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Biographical Sketch of John Slade

John Slade, of Irish descent, came from Enfield, Conn., to this town in the autumn of 1773. He married widow Leason, of Enfield, Conn., by whom he had five sons and two daughters. His sons were John, William, Thomas, Daniel, and Samuel. John, Jr., moved- to Brookfield, Vt. Lieut. William Slade married Anna Root, of Windsor, Conn., by whom he had five sons and three daughters. Samuel married Hannah Thompson, by whom he had three sons and five...

Alstead Center, Cheshire County NH

ALSTEAD CENTER, (p. o.) a hamlet located upon a hill about half a mile east of the geographical center of the town, was formerly the business center of the town, and about 1802, the prospective sight of the county court-house. It long since lost its prestige, however, and now along its single street, a school house, a Congregational house of worship, in perhaps a dozen dwellings...

Biographical Sketch of Joseph Watts

Joseph Watts was born here and, resided in the town until his death, in 1816. He resided just north of the village, where he reared four children, none of whom are living. An adopted son, George U. R., is now a resident of the town. John, Isaac and Jesse, brothers of Joseph, also spent their lives here. None of their descendants now reside...

Biographical Sketch of James Spencer

James Spencer was born at Springfield, Vt., in May, 1819. He learned the blacksmith trade there, married Susan M. McCrae. and reared two children, J. H. and Susan A. The former is a blacksmith in Keene, and the latter is the wife of H. P. Ware and resides in Alstead. James came to Alstead about 1846 and was engaged in the blacksmith business here. He was a celebrated clarionet player and died February 18, 1883. His widow resides in Keene, aged sixty-three...

Biographical Sketch of Col. Cyrus Kingsbury

Col. Cyrus Kingsbury, from Worcester, Mass., came to Alstead in 1785. He married, first Annas S. Taynter, and second, Philete Partridge, rearing five sons and one daughter. He held a military commission for a considerable time, served as deacon of the Baptist church, and represented the town a number of years, and finally, in 1814, removed to Bloomfield, N. Y., where he soon after died. His family returned to Alstead. Cyrus, Jr., the only child of the Colonel’s first wife, though a cripple from his birth and ever afflicted with ill health, graduated at Brown University. R. a.. and subsequently at Andover Theological Seminary, and, in 1816, went as missionary among the Western Indians, where he spent the remainder of his life. He established a flourishing station among the Cherokees, called Brainard, and two among the Choctaws, called respectively, Elliot and Mayhew. Joseph, a half-brother of Cyrus, Jr., spent his life in Alstead. Originally a Whig in politics, he became a Republican on the organization of that party, represented the town in the legislature, and held various local offices. He died in 1865, aged seventy-six years. He married Keziah, daughter of Lieut. Ephraim Kingsbury, who bore him one son and five daughters. Two of the daughters, Clarissa (Mrs. William Howard), and H. Sophia P. (Mrs. T. Tufts), reside in town, and Harriet M. (Glickmyer), in Brooklyn, N. Y., and Annas S. in Concord, N....

Biographical Sketch of Benjamin Proctor

Benjamin Proctor came to Alstead, from Ipswich, Mass., and settled in the southwestern part of the town, on lands owned by H. G. Barnes, of Walpole. He lived upon this place for many years, and then moved upon the farm now owned by Ezra Webster, where he died, March 23, 1854, aged eighty-six years. He married Susannah Lowe, who died April 5, 1858, aged eight-five years. Only two of his ten children are living, Ebenezer and Louisa. The latter married Philip Wheeler. Ebenezer was born November 17, 1805, and married Anna K., daughter of Daniel Bird. She was born in Watertown, Mass., in 1811. Of their six children, four are living. Of these, Mary F. married Merrill White and lives in Keene. Hattie A. married John Wood and lives in Athol, Mass. John E. lives in Walpole, and Frank H. in Athol, Mass. Ebenezer Proctor represented this town in 1849-50, and was selectman. He moved to Walpole in 1869, where he now...

Biographical Sketch of Dea. Jeremiah Howard

Dea. Jeremiah Howard, from Ipswich, Mass., came to Langdon, with his wife and three children, in 1783 or ‘8q.. He took up wild land, built a log house, and reared a family of four sons and five daughters. Stephen, his first born in Langdon, spent his life on the old farm, reared seven children, and died in 1873. aged eighty-seven years. When Stephen became of age, his father bought the land where Alstead village now is, and built a saw and grist-mill where the Holmes mill now is, though a mill had previously been built there,. by Mr. Towne. In 1828 Mr. Howard’s mills were destroyed by a freshet, but were rebuilt after a few years. He died in 1837, aged eightyone years. He served in the Revolution and was pensioned in his old age. William Howard, his grandson, aged seventy-four years, has resided at Alstead since 1836. He married Clarissa Kingsbury, February 28, 1836, and has reared two sons and a daughter. His eldest son, Edward B., is at the head of the pork-packing and provision firm of E. B. Howard & Co., of New York. Frank 0., the youngest, is a hardware clerk, in Indianapolis, and. The daughter, Ellen S., is Mrs. W. D. Holt, of this...

Biographical Sketch of Absalom Kingsbury

Absalom Kingsbury, from Coventry, Conn., came to Alstead in 1771, and moved his family thither the following year. His first wife, Rebecca Rust, bore him eight sons and two daughters, the sons being as follows: Asa, Ebenezer, Ephraim, Obadiah, James, Elisha, Joshua and Amariah. His second wife was a widow Wilson. Asa studied medicine with Dr. Frink, of Keene, entered the Revolutionary service, and died at New York, in August, 1776, aged twenty-four years. Lieut. Ephraim, who continued on his father’s farm, married for his first wife, Kezia Richardson, of Wrentham, Mass., and for his second, Hannah Leonard, of Carver, Mass., by whom he had six daughters. Elisha K., married Phebe Beckwith, who bore him six sons and two daughters. Absalom served the town as justice of the peace, treasurer, and representative, and was instrumental in organizing the first...

Biographical Sketch of Elijah Towne

Elijah Towne came to Alstead, after having previously lived in Weathersfield, Vt., Windsor, Vt., and also in Munson, Mass. He married Miriam Lane, and had born to him ten children, five of whom are living. Of these Samaria married Dean Towne and lives in Worcester, Mass. Miriam married Richard Blodgett and lives in Claremont, N. H. Marcia married William Ellis and also lives in Claremont. Elisha lives in Keene, and Salem in Walpole. Mr. Townsend died here at the age of eighty-four...
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