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Biographical Sketch of John Harkness

John Harkness, born in Smithfield, R. I., in 1767, came to Richmond, N. H., when a child, and lived there until his death. in 1851. His son, James,. a native of Richmond, came to this town when about twenty-six years of age, and is now located on road 19.

Biographical Sketch of Hon. John M. Parker

Hon. John M. Parker, son of Amos A., and Mary (McClary) Parker, was born in Kingston, N. H., September 17, 1836, but his father, returning to Fitzwilliam, soon after his birth, he spent the remainder of his life here. He was educated in the Fitzwilliam common schools, and in Philip’s Exeter academy. He spent three years and three months in the army, and was mustered out as lieutenant. He has been engaged in mercantile business here for twenty years, was a member of the house of representatives in 1870 and 1871, and of the senate in 1881 and 1882. He married twice, first; Catharine A. Adams, in October, 1866; and second, Abbie H. Kimball. He has two children, a son and a...

Biographical Sketch of Amos Andrew Parker

Amos Andrew Parker, son of Nahum, was born in Fitzwilliam, October 8. 1791. He was fitted for college at the New Ipswich academy, and graduated from the University of Vermont. He studied law with James Wilson, of Keene, and opened an office at Epping, N. H., where he remained two or three years. He then went to Concord, N. H., where he established the “New Hampshire...

Biographical Sketch of Dea. Milton Chaplain

Dea. Milton Chaplain, son of Squier Moses Chaplin, was born in thesoutheastern part of this town, in 1805. He attended a district school and the academy at Amherst, Mass. In the year 1824, when nineteen years of age, he “bought his time” during his minority and built a small shop in which he began the manufacture of clothes pins, being the first to make them in town. The method employed when he began was to turn them all in a lathe then cut the slot with a circular saw, when they were finished by boys and girls by hand. At the same time, he began the manufacture of mop-handles. In 1839, he established warehouses in Buffalo, N. Y., and later on in other parts of the West. He sent out salesmen with teams to sell washboards, rolling-pins, etc. His was the first water-power shop for the manufacture of wooden-ware in Cheshire county. He sold out to his brother Elisha and his cousin Levi Bent, who manufactured the goods, which he bought and sold, employing sixteen peddlers. He dealt at wholesale in those goods in Boston for four years, then sold out, went to Adrain. Mich., and engaged in the dry goods trade, which he continued until 1861. He has been treasurer of the Fitzwilliam Savings bank for ten years. He has been an extensive traveler, visiting thirty-two states and territories, and has a memory richly stored with knowledge gained in his travels. He married Caroline, daughter of John J. Allen, of this town, in November, 1830, and has had three children. His son Elliot is a farmer in Delaware...

Samuel Winch Genealogy

Elizabeth1 Winch, spinster, of Great Alhallows, London, in her will, made 1659, proved 1661, calls herself “bound for Virginia” and names her brothers Richard and John. It is thought that John may have been the father of Samuel of Framingham, Mass. Virginia was often used to mean America. I. Samuel2 Winch was in Sudbury, Mass., as early as 1670. A few years later he settled in Framingham and was an original member of the Framingham church. He was buried, Aug. 3, 1718; m. (1), Feb. 11, 1673, Hannah, dau. of Matthew Gibbs and had seven ch. by her. He m. (2), Jan. 11, 1699, Sarah, widow of Benjamin Barnard, by whom he had two ch. II. Thomas3 Winch, son of Samuel2, I, and the youngest ch. of the first wife, b. abt. 1694; d. Framingham, Sept. 22, 1761; m. Oct. 23, 1718, Deborah Gleason, b. Apr. 27, 1703, dau. of Isaac and Deborah (Leland) Gleason. They had seven ch. b. Framingham, Mass. III. Thomas4 Winch, son of Thomas3, II, b. Framingham, June 25, 1723; m. Dec. 20, 1743, Elizabeth Drury, b. July 30, 1721; dau. of Caleb and Elizabeth (Eames) Drury of Framingham. They had eleven ch. b. Framingham. IV. Caleb5 Winch, the eldest ch. of Thomas4, III, b. Framingham, Sept. 26, 1744; d. 1826; m. (1), Mehetabel Maynard, b. Framingham, May 28, 1747; d. Fitzwilliam, May 6, 1806; dau. of Joseph and Abigail (Jennings) Maynard. He m. (2), Aug. 26, 1807, Mrs. Esther (Mack) Rowe of Sullivan, widow of James Rowe, and dau. of Josiah Mack of Gilead, Conn., and was b. abt. 1744; d. Sullivan, July 4,...

Fitzwilliam, Cheshire County, New Hampshire History

Fitzwilliam, one of the southern tier of townships in the county, lies in lat. 42º 45 and long. 4º 54′, bounded north by Troy and Jaffrey, east by Jaffrey and Rindge, south by the state line, and west by Richmond. The town was originally granted by the Masonion proprietors, as Monadnock No. 4, January 15, 1752, to Roland Cotton and forty-one others. These grantees, however, failed to comply with the requirements of the charter and thus forfeited their right to the territory, and it was subsequently, early in 1765, re-granted to Samson Stoddard and twenty-three associates. On May 19, 1773, upon petition of the inhabitants, a New Hampshire charter was obtained of Governor Wentworth, and the town was incorporated under its present name, given in honor of the Earl of Fitzwilliam. This history entails tax records, sketches of early industry, churches, military, and benevolent societies, as well as biographies, genealogies and sketches of the early settlers. History of Fitzwilliam General History of Fitzwilliam, NH Early Settlers of Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire Industry History of Fitzwilliam, NH Military History of Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire Fitzwilliam Depot Fitzwilliam Village Howeville Hamlet Bowkerville Church History The First Baptist church The First Congregational church The Methodist Episcopal church The Orthodox Congregational church Biographies, Genealogies and Sketches Adams, Jonathan S., Captain Baker, Barzaliel Bowker, Bartlett Brooks, Oren Carter, Josiah Chaplain, Milton, Dea. Cummings, Silas, Dr. Davis, Isaac Dudley, Samuel S., Rev. Dunton, William Ellis, Timothy Fife, Silas Fisher, John E. Forristall, David Gleason, Anson R., Dr. Harkness, John Hayden, Ezra Morse, Silas Parker, Amos Andrew Parker, John M., Hon. Platts, Hosea Reed, Edward C. Reed, James,...
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