Collection: History of the Town of Cornish Sullivan County New Hampshire

Thomas Coburn

4. THOMAS2 COBURN (Asa1) was b. Sept. 9. 1790; m. Feb. 11, 1817, Almira Stone of Cornish, dau. of Dea. Josiah and Hannah (Weld) Stone, b. Sept. 2. 1792, and d. Jan. 6. 1869. They lived in Potsdam, N. Y. Children: i. HORATIO NEWTON. b. Oct. 19, 1817: d. May 24, 1820. ii. HIRAM BREWSTER, b. April 3, 1819. iii. MARTHA ALMIRA, b. Nov. 7, 1820. iv. SARAH JOANNA, b. July 22,...

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Stephen Cole

3. STEPHEN3 COLE (Ebenezer2, Ephraim1) was b. ; m. , Mary Whitney, who d. Feb. 27, 1814. He d. Feb. 24, 1814. The husband and wife, and also his mother, Edith, all d. within three days of each other. Their children were:     i. JASON, b. -; m. March 10, 1815, Miriam Plaistridge of Cornish, b. Nov. 15, 1792, and d. Feb. 29, 1888. She was dau. of Caleb and Hannah (Manning) Plaistridge. Mr. Cole was drowned in Connecticut river, March 12, 1817, aged 29, leaving one son five days old, who took his father’s name.     ii. SUSAN, b. ; d. young.     iii. ASA, b. -. 6. iv. EBENEZER, b. Sept. 14,...

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Edward W. Collins

EDWARD W. COLLINS was b. in Paris, France, Dec. 25, 1813. No record obtained when he came to America. He came to Cornish from Croydon, in 1857 (?). He m. July 29, 1837, Delilah Forehand of Croydon, dau. of Christopher and Betsey (Walker) Forehand, b. June 11, 1819, and d. on Cornish Flat Sept. 29, 1903. Mr. Collins was a shoemaker and res. on the Flat. He enlisted in the Civil War in the 14th Regt. of N. H. Vols. He d. Oct. 7, 1869. Children, all b. in Croydon:     i. EDWARD W., JR., b. Nov. 23, 1838; m. Nov. 27, 1867, Allie S. Glidden. He d. Nov. 30, 1895. No children. ii. HELEN F.. b. Aug. 17, 1841: m. June 17. 1868, William G. Flanders, then a nurseryman of West Lebanon. She d., childless, Aug. 25, 1877. iii. FRANCES ELLA, 1st, b. May 13,1844; d. March 23, 1846. iv. FRANCES ELLA. 2d, b. June 12. 1843; m. Feb. 20, 1870, Daniel E. Carroll, then of Cornish. Two children. (See Carroll.) She d. Oct. 29,...

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Stephen Cole

4. STEPHEN4 COLE (Daniel3, Ebenezer2, Ephraim1) was b. Oct. 17, 1787; studied medicine with Dr. Roswell Leavitt of Cornish and Dr. Edward E. Phelps of Windsor, Vt., and from them received a license to practice medicine and later received an honorary degree from Dartmouth College. He settled first in Huntsburg, Vt., and then, in 1813, settled in Cornish, where he lived and practiced medicine till 1830. He then rem., first to Windsor. Vt., afterwards to Westford, N. Y., and finally to Peru, N. Y. in 1838, where he spent the rest of his life, dying Oct. 14, 1876. He was considered a physician of skill and eminence. He m. Sept. S, 1811, Joa Holbrook of Stoughton. Mass., dau. of John and Sybil (Lane) Holbrook, b. Aug. 12, 1778. Five children, the first one b. in Huntsburg. Vt., and the rest in Cornish:     i. SAMANTHA MARIA, b. Aug. 3, 1812; m. -, D. S. Holcomb. She d. in Feb., 1851.     ii. MARTHA JOHNSON, b. Feb. 16, 1815; m. Geo. Howe, lived in Lancaster, Wis. 7. iii. FRANK HOLBROOK, b. Oct. 14, 1816.     iv. GEORGE WARREN, b. Jan. 22, 1819; m. Almira Holcomb, lived in Galesburg, Ill.     v. SYBIL EDITH, b. Aug. 9, 1820; m. Henry Cochran, lived in Montpelier,...

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Isaac Cumings

The first known record of this name in this country is that of Isaac Comings spelled (Cumings). He came from Eng. or Scotland to this country about 1640. He and his descendants for several generations settled chiefly in the towns of eastern Mass. The direct line of those of his descendants who came to Cornish is as follows: Isaac1, b. in 1601; d. in 1677. John2, b. 1630; m. Sarah Howlet. He d. Dec. 1, 1700. She d. Dec. 7, 1700. John3, b. 1657; m. Sept. 13, 1680, Elizabeth Kingsley. She was killed by the Indians July 3, 1706. (See Belknap, I, 173.) John4, b. July 7, 1682; m. Elizabeth Adams Oct. 3, 1705. He d. April 27, 1759. She d. April 30,...

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Daniel Cole

5. DANIEL4 COLE (Daniel3, Ebenezer2, Ephraim1) was b. Dec. 16, 1792, in Plainfield. A prosperous farmer; m. first, Jan. 16, 1815, Martha Johnson of Cornish, dau. of Abel and Sarah E. (Chase) Johnson, b. in 1797, and d. March 2, 1832; m. second, Aug. 27, 1833, Mrs. Lucinda L. (Bryant) Avery, formerly of Cornish, dau. of Israel and Mehitable (Wyman) Bryant, b. in 1805, and d. Oct. 21, 1878. Mr. Cole d. Oct. 17, 1865. Children by Martha Johnson:     i. SARAH C., b. Nov. 24, 1815; m. Feb. 13, 1839, Earl Westgate of Plainfield. Six children. (See Westgate.) She d. Jan. 18, 1876.     ii. MARTHA, b. Dec. 5, 1816; m. Nov. 30, 1836, Laurens A. Grannis of Claremont (second wife). Seven children. Lived several years in Claremont on a farm, then rem. to Guildhall, Vt., where they spent the rest of their lives. She d. July 3, 1898. He d. Oct. 30, 1896.     iii. ABEL JOHNSON, b. Nov. 8, 1819; m. -, Marcia Houghton. They lived in Waukesha, Wis. 8. iv. GEORGE L., b. April 16, 1821.     v. HARRIET, b. May 5, 1823; m. July 4, 1843, Nathan Souther, who was b. July 25, 1816, and d. Jan. 18, 1877. She d. March 2, 1902. They lived in Lowell, Vt. Six children. 9. vi. DAN WHEELER, b. Jan. 18, 1826. Children by Mrs. Lucinda L....

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Samuel Comings

1. SAMUEL5 COMINGS, their fourth son was b. in Westford, Mass., Sept. 16, 1718; m. Dec. 1, 1741, Sarah Spaulding. She was b. June 9, 1723. They res. in Westford, Mass., several years and rem. to Dunstable, Mass., in 1757 and lived there till 1773, when they rem. to Cornish. He took a deed of land and a mill of Jonathan Chase, Esq., which for more than a century has been called "Comings Mills." Here they spent the remainder of their lives. He d. June 6, 1796, in his 78th year. She d. Nov. 20, 1801, aged 78. Both were buried in the cemetery on the Comings place, near the center of the town. Children: 2. i. SAMUEL, b. Nov. 18, 1742, in Westford, Mass.     ii. ABIGAIL, b. June 23, 1744, in Westford, Mass.     iii. SARAH, b. May 18, 1747, in Westford, Mass.     iv. BENJAMIN , b. Dec. 28, 1749, in Westford, Mass.; d. Oct. 2, 1759.     v. BETSEY, b. June 28, 1752, in Westford, Mass.; m. -, William Farris. He d. Nov. 22, 1810. She d. June 5, 1776. 3. vi. BENJAMIN, 2D, b. March 28, 1755.     vii. MARY, b. Dec. 16, 1757; m. Feb. 5, 1751, Ebenezer Fletcher. She d. Feb. 26, 1812. (See Fletcher.)     viii. ANDREW, b. Feb. 16, 1761, Dunstable, Mass.; d. Oct. 1, 1775. 4. ix. WARREN, b....

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Ebenezer Cole

6. EBENEZER4 COLE (Stephen3, Ebenezer2, Ephraim1) was b. Sept. 14, 1808; m. first, June 2, 1830, Mary Brewster Kimball of Cornish, dau. of Eliphalet and Selinda (Ripley) Kimball, b. Dec. 2. 1806, d. Nov. 29, 1854; m. second, Jan. 1. 1856, Rebecca Tracy of Cornish, dau. of Stephen and Betsey (Boardman) Tracy, b. Aug. 25, 1818, and d. Nov. 16, 1893. Mr. Cole was a prominent man in Cornish; was selectman three years; represented the town in the legislatures of 1848. 1849. 1850 and 1851. He left town soon after he lost his first wife and went to Lebanon, where he spent the rest of his life. He d. April 20, 1892. Children, by first wife and b. in town:     i. EMELIA ANN. b. June 15, 1831; d. June 24, 1831.     ii. SUSAN ELIZABETH, b. Sept. 10, 1833; d. Aug. 5, 1834.     iii. HENRY EBENEZER, b. July 22, 1835; m. -. Jane Wells. Living in Conn.     iv. FLORILLA MILLS, b. Oct. 28, 1837; m. Jan. 10, 1859, Sheldon A. Hale. She d. in Wis. about 1903.     v. LOVELL KIMBALL, b. Aug. 8, 1839; m. -, and lives in Col. Child by second wife:     vi. STEPHEN TRACY, b. Oct. 27, 1856; m. Nov. 8, 1882, Carrie Eudora Towne, dau. of Dr. Charles O. Towne. Mr. Cole lives in Lebanon. His wife was b. Dec....

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Samuel Comings

2. SAMUEL6 COMINGS (Samuel5, John4-3-2, Isaac1) eldest son of Samuel5 and Sarah (Spaulding) Comings, b. Nov. 18, 1742, in Westford, Mass.; m. first. Oct. 28. 1765, Sarah Butterfield, b. July 4, 1745, d. Aug. 31, 1804. There is nothing to show when he came to Cornish, as he remained away till all their children were born, the last being in 1789. He probably came soon after this, and lived with his father. They carried on their extensive farm, beside running the mill a large portion of the time. They also increased the capacity of the latter, and added a carding mill, carpenter shop, and tenement rooms. Thus the little settlement took on the appearance of substantial thrift and prosperity. The dense forests that then surrounded, and the waters that propelled the mill, rushing over a rocky precipice down into a densely wooded glen, presented scenery exceedingly grand and picturesque. Some of these attractions still remain, but the woodman’s ax has despoiled much of the primitive beauty of the surrounding forests, and the old time-honored mills, so useful in their day, have been destroyed by fire. Mr. Comings spent the remainder of his life in Cornish dying Jan. 17, 1826. After the death of his first wife, he m. second, Mrs. Lydia (Marsh) Pollard, and third, some years afterward, Mrs. Lucy Willard. There is no record of the date of...

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Frank Holbrook Cole

7. FRANK HOLBROOK5 COLE (Stephen4, Daniel3, Ebenezer2, Ephraim1) was b. Oct. 14, 1816; was the son of Dr. Stephen and Joa (Holbrook) Cole; m. Jan. 17, 1849, Julia C. Persons, b. March 30, 1829. Children, now living in Peru, N. Y.:     i. JENNIE E., b. Nov. 20, 1849; m. Oct. 4, 1880, Clifton Dawson.     ii. FRANK H., JR., b. Dec. 1, 1851; d. July 17, 1870.     iii. LUCY ELLEN, b. Dec. 17, 1853; m. May 4, 1880, Joseph...

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Benjamin Comings

3. BENJAMIN6 COMINGS (Samuel5, John4-3-2, Isaac1) a brother of Samuel, b. March 28, 1755, in Westford, Mass.; m. Sept. 5, 1776, Mary Cooper, dau. of Dea. John and Mary (Sherman) Cooper, b. at Hardwick, Mass., July 20, 1753. Dea. Cooper moved from Hardwick to Cornish in 1769; and the next year to Croydon. Mary Cooper, his wife, was own cousin to Roger Sherman, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Col. Benjamin Comings bought land and located in the unbroken forest 21, miles northeast of the Comings mills, built a log house, and set about clearing the land for crops, somewhere between 1778 and 1781. That place, located the south side of Meeting House Hill near the center of the town, is still called the "Comings Place" and occupied by his descendants. Along row of maple trees adorn the roadside. Col. Coming d. April 14. 1813; his wife d. Dec. 13, 1843. Children, all b. in Cornish:     i. PENINNAH, b. June 20,1777; m. Dec. 14, 1800, Chester Weld. Four children. She d. May 11, 1810. (See Weld.)     ii. T. SAMUEL, b. Nov. 3, 1778; d. Oct. 10, 1866, at Waldo, Sheboygan Co., Wis. He was thrice married. Settled in Berkshire, Vt., and in Waldo, Wis.     iii. POLLY, b. Feb. 17, 1781: m. March 1, 1801, Luther Bingham of Cornish and res. in Morristown, Vt....

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George L. Cole

8. GEORGE L5 COLE (Daniel4-3, Ebenezer2, Ephraim1) was b. April 16, 1821; m. Sept. 14, 1846, Samantha Souther of Plainfield, dau. of David and Mary (Avery) Souther, b. May 11, 1828, d. Jan. 31, 1897. He was a farmer and lived in the north part of the town. He d. Nov. 1, 1893. Children: 12. i. WILLIS GEORGE, b. Nov. 21, 1848.     ii. MARY E., b. June 19, 18..54; m. June 19, 1876, Harrison Cook, and lives in Brattleboro, Vt.     iii. EFFIE M., b. Aug. 9, 1856: m. , William White, formerly of Norwich, Vt. Live in Claremont.     iv. JULIA S., b. Nov. 10, 1857; m. Jan. 7, 1873, Lucian L. Spaulding of Cornish. One child. (See Spaulding.)     v. ELMER S., b. May 28, 1865; m. Dec. 2.5, 188.5, Effie Hart. Three children. A policeman, res. in Claremont.     vi. BURT S., b. March 7, 1871; m. Nov. 22, 1899, Carrie E. Bailey of Claremont. A machinist, res. in...

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Warren Comings

4. WARREN COMINGS6 (Samuel5, John4-3-2, Isaac1) youngest son of Samuel5 and Sarah (Spaulding) Comings, b. Oct. 16, 1768, in Dunstable, Mass. Came to Cornish with his father; m. May 28, 1789, Mary Taylor of Cornish, dau. of Capt. Joseph and Elizabeth (Sumner) Taylor, b. Sept. 18, 1767, and d. Nov. 6, 1849, aged 82. He d. Dec. 12, 1853, aged 85. A mechanic and farmer. Children born in Cornish:     i. SALLY, b. July 10. 1791; m. William Dailey of Bridgewater, Vt., d. Nov. 19, 1872. He d. Jan. 1, 1861. No issue.     ii. WILLIAM SUMNER. b. April S, 1793: m. March 23, 1822 (or Nov. 19, 1821), Susan Gates, b. July 10, 1791. He d. March 2, 1875. No issue.     iii. BETSEY, b. April 6, 1796; m. Nov. 19, 1821, David Smith. She d. May 10, 1863. Lived at Sparta, Sussex Co., N. J. He d. March 20, 18 9. Seven children.     iv. WARREN SPAULDING, b. June 15,1797; d. Dec. 1, 1818. Unm.     v. TAYLOR GILMAN, b. May 15, 1799; d. Aug. 18, 1803.     vi. JOSEPH SIDNEY, b. April 22, 1801; m. Jan. 22, 1834, Lydia Delilah Comings of Cornish, dau. of Andrew and Lydia (Jackson) Comings, b. Jan. 19, 1807, and d. Sept. 19, 1872. He d. Oct. 21, 1854.     vii. HEMAN HUNT, b. April 9, 1803. Was a very prominent...

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Dan Wheeler Cole

9. DAN WHEELER5 COLE (Daniel4-3, Ebenezer2, Ephraim1) was b. in Plainfield Jan. 18, 1826; m. April 2, 1849, Philena A. Spencer of Plainfield, dau. of Archibald Spencer, b. in 1826 and d. Jan. 23, 1892. They came to Cornish in 1850 and settled on the Thomas Ayers place where they lived many years and then returned to Plainfield where they both d. He d. June 28, 1881. One child, b. in Cornish: LYDIA ANN, b. Jan. 6, 1852; m. first, Walter Symonds and by him had two children: 1. Lena Spencer, b. June 5. 1871. She m. — Hawkins. She d. in Boston April 19, 1909. 2. Junius -Wheeler, b. Aug. 13, 1873: m. March 30, 1909, Gertrude E. Westgate of Plainfield, dau. of Edward J. and Mary (Bean) Westgate, b. July 2, 1884. He is mail driver from Cornish Flat to Windsor, 1909-. The marriage proving unfortunate, a div. was obtained by her, she retaining the custody of the two children, and by act of the legislature, she resumed her maiden name, and the names of her children were changed to Cole. She m. second, May 11, 1881, Melvin Walker of Cornish, and by him had one child, Stella E., b. Feb. 5, 1889. (See Walker.) They live near the town line of...

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