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Phineas Wright Genealogy

Phinehas Wright of Hartford, Conn., m. Zilpha Cooper of Westmoreland, N. H., settled at Walpole and removed to Keene abt. 1796. Caleb2 Wright, son of Phinehas, b. Feb. 15, 1794, d. Keene, Nov. 21, 1869; m. Dec. 7, 1815, Sarah Reed, b. Surry, July 14, 1796, d. Keene, Nov. 16, 1838. Among their fifteen children, was: Calvin3, b. Keene, Mar. 13, 1816; d. Gilsum, Feb. 16, 1907; m. Diantha Leborveau of Keene, and had six children. Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Wright lived in S., on the Old Kemp or John Dunn place for a few years, and had born here:  Harriet Emily4, b. Oct. 14, 1847; d. Feb. 14, 1848. A son, George Abbott4, b. Swanzey, Aug. 18, 1844; d. S. Mar. 3, 1848. These two children were buried in the village cemetery in Surry. We have more in regard to the Caleb Wright family, but do not print it as an extended account of the Wright family is being prepared for the Surry Town...

Amos Wood Genealogy

1. Amos2 Wood, son of Joshua1 and Esther (Esty) Wood, was b. in Keene, June 16, 1794; d. Wilton, June 12, 1873; was a farmer and lived in Keene, Walpole and Wilton. He was a Deacon in the Congregational church of Walpole. He m. (1), Sept. 23, 1817, Fanny Seward, b. Sullivan, Nov. 13, 1794, d. Walpole, Sept. 19, 1848; dau. of Dea. Josiah and Sarah (Osgood) Seward of S. He m. (2), Mar 20, 1850. Pamelia Wightman, b. Walpole (?), 1795, d. there, Nov. 16, 1854; dau. of Israel and Frances (Allen) Wightman; m. (3), Apr. 16, 1858, Mrs. Lucinda (Gould) Kent of Nashua. b. Henniker, Dec. 22, 1807, widow of Abel Willard Kent, and dau. of Benjamin and Abigail (Clark) Gould. Ch. b. Keene: Amos Seward3, b. Dec. 5, 1817, was a baggage master on the Cheshire R. R. There had been a train wrecked and some broken, derailed cars were left near the track. He wished to show the spectacle to a friend who was riding with him, and, opening the side door a little, he cautiously put out his head to see where he was, but just in time to be hit by the derailed car, from the effects of which accident he died very soon after, Apr. 24, 1856. He m., Jan. 6, 1841, Roxana Seward, b. Sullivan, May 22, 1821, dau. of Abijah and Roxana (Fay) Seward. No children. Fanny3, b. May 5, 1819, m. July 15, 1851, Harvey Ball, b. Alstead, Apr. 27, 1818, d. Nashua, Dec. 10, 1902; son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Gould) Ball. She d. at Nashua, May 14,...

Walpole, Cheshire County, New Hampshire History

THE early history of anyone town on Connecticut River only is repeated in the early settlements of others located in the same vicinity, in the manner in which families lived, and also in the dangers by which they were beset by hostile Indians. Town lines were no barriers to the friendship that one settlement had for another. There were prominent motives which the early settlers had for a pioneer life. One was to better their condition and make a name for themselves; and the other was to get away from the conventionalities of populous towns into an atmosphere of freedom, they could not brook restraint. Many of the early settlers of this town were from the State of Connecticut, who brought with them the frugal, industrious habits of the people of that State, and also the religious sentiments of the Puritans. Another class of settlers came from Londonderry, this state, who were Scotch-Irish Presbyterians. They also were frugal, industrious people, and made the old rocky hills yield an abundance for man and beast. After the lapse of more than a century and a quarter, it is impossible for the historian to tell what character all the early settlers of this town bore, only from tradition. However, it is inferred from their acts found recorded in the records of the town, and such stray information as has been gathered from other sources, that most of the first settlers were men of great force of character, patriotic in their political sentiments, strict in their religious observances, frugal and industrious. The intellectual attainments of the first settlers were not of a high...

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