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Biography of Henry Buxton

HENRY BUXTON. – As we trace out, one by one, the variety of sources from which our pioneers are derived, and see the commingling of all lines of nationality and all kinds of business in our cosmopolitan population, we are more than ever impressed with the great problem which we, as a people, are working out, and the great destiny which we have. The subject of this sketch, of whom an excellent portrait appears herewith, is a representative of the Hudson’s bay Company rĂ©gime in Oregon, and is one of the now few living members of the company by which the great fur monopoly sought, though in vain, to meet the incoming tide of American immigration with its own weapons. On this account, as well as his well-known high qualities of mind and character, Mr. Buxton occupies a unique and interesting place among the pioneers of Washington county. Mr. Buxton’s father was born in Derbyshire, England, in 1792. In 1821 he went to Manitoba, and became an employe’ of the Hudson’s bay Fur Company. He was there married to Frances Thomas, the daughter of one of the factors of the Hudson’s Bay Company. From this union, the subject of our sketch was born on the 8th of October, 1829. In the year 1841, the astute officials of the fur company, foreseeing the inevitable collapse of their power from the encroachments of American settlers, determined to head off the danger by founding a settlement of their own. The Red River Colony of 1841 was the result. Mr. Buxton was a member of that colony. The first design was to go...

Biography of Hon. Willis George Buxton

Hon. Willis George Buxton, a well-known lawyer of Boscawen and a member of the New Hampshire Senate, was born in Henniker, N.H., August 22, 1856, son of Daniel M. and Abbie A. (Whitaker) Buxton. His father was a native of Henniker; and his mother was born in Deering, N.H. His paternal ancestors came from Massachusetts. After receiving his elementary education in the public schools of Henniker, he pursued a higher course of study in the Clinton Grove and New London Academies. In 1876 he commenced the study of law in the office of B. K. Webber, of Hillsborough Bridge, and in 1878 entered Boston University Law School, from which he was graduated in 1879. He was admitted to the bar in March of that year, and immediately began the practice of his profession at Hillsborough. In 1882 he removed from Hillsborough to Penacook, where he was associated with the late Judge N. Butler for a time, and continued to occupy the same office after the death of his partner. He was instrumental in establishing the Penacook and Boscawen Water Works, of which he is at the present time Treasurer and Superintendent. He is clerk of the Penacook Electric Light Company, has been a member of the Board of Education, and is Town Treasurer of Boscawen. He has been a member of the Republican State Committee since 1886; was a member of the Constitutional Convention of New Hampshire in 1889; and was elected to the House of Representatives from Boscawen in 1895, and served as Chairman of the Committee on Elections. He is now a member of the State Senate,...

Biography of Rathan Page Buxton

Rathan Page Buxton, a wellknown resident and a prominent agriculturist of Henniker, was born March 5, 1829, on the farm and in the house where he now lives, son of Daniel and Abigail (Page) Buxton. He comes of substantial New England stock. His grandparents, David and Ruth (Peasley) Buxton, came to Henniker from Newton, Mass., in 1800. They settled on the farm now owned by the Baker family, and there spent the remaining years of their long lives. After marriage Daniel Buxton lived for a few years in that part of Danvers, Mass., now in Peabody, engaged as a tiller of the soil. In 1826 he traded with his wife’s brother, Enoch Page, his farm in Danvers for the Nathan Page Buxton, now lives. Having followed his chosen occupation on this farm until pretty well advanced in life, he bought a house in North Weare, the early home of his wife; and there both died at the age of sixty-seven years, his wife, who was three years older than he, passing away first. They had eight children, namely: Peace, now the wife of David Osborne, of Port Huron, Mich.; Lydia, who never married, and died at the age of fifty-four; Eliza, now deceased, who married William H. Gove, also deceased; Maria M., now residing in Bound Brook, N.J., who is the widow of James Denison, late of New York City; Abbie and Hannah M., both unmarried, who reside in Weare; Nathan P., the subject of this sketch; and Daniel M., a house-mover of Hillsborough, N.H. Both parents were original members of the Society of Friends in Henniker. Nathan Page...

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