Location: Chesterfield New Hampshire

Biographical Sketch of John Darling

John Darling came to Chesterfield, from Winchendon, Mass., February 17, 1778, and settled upon a part of what is now known as Barrett hill. He was one of the party that made the famous march to Quebec, in 1775, under command of Benedict Arnold, through the wilderness of Maine. At an early period he built the large two-story house, situated on the road from the Center village to Winchester, long known as the “yellow house,” and at one time owned an extensive tract of timber land in the Winchester woods, from which he cut large quantities of lumber, sawing it in a mill erected for that purpose, then drawing it to the Connecticut and rafting it down to Hartford. He married three times, first Sarah Blood, of Groton, Mass., who died June 6, 1804; second, Mrs. Lydia Baker, of Westmoreland, who died September 9, 1815; and third, Mrs. Mary Taylor, daughter of Rev. Abraham Wood. Mr. Darling died March 28, 1824, in his seventy-third year. His children were as follows: John, born December 17, 1778, Nahum, born August 22, 1781; Montgomery, born April 8, 1785; Darius, born June 26, 1787; Boynton, born January 23, 1790; Sarah, born September 23, 1791; Mary Ann. born April 31, 1794; Louis, born January 2, 1796; and by his second marriage, he had born to him Miranda, and by his third marriage, Heliann and...

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Biography of Peter Wheeler

Peter Wheeler came to this town about 1762, and settled where Russell H. Davis now lives, not far from the brook that bears his name. His children were Lydia, Peter, Jane, John, Ephraim, Jonathan, Olive, Samuel, and Sally. Peter, born in 1762, married Sarah, daughter of Amos Hubbard, who bore him twelve children, namely: Hubbard, Sophia, Maria T., Sally, Samuel, Laura, Philena, William, Warren, Ward, Watson, and Arminda. Jonathan, son of Peter, Sr., was born September 30, 1770, and married Lavina, daughter of Aaron Fisk, in 1802, who bore him three children, John, Louisa, and Addison. John, born August 6, 1802, married Rosea Hall, daughter of Demmis, and niece of Ezra Titus, in whose family she lived until her marriage. H’ children are Olive D., John A., Jonathan F., Hoyt, H., Francis W., Ann V., and Norman F. Jonathan F., born May 22, 1827, married Mary A., daugh ter of Elias Brown, and has had born to him five children, as follows: George B., September 12, 1848; James F., May 5, 1852; Elias E., February 24, 1855 Gustina M., August 11, 1859; and Norman F., February z, 1861. Hoyt H. was born on the home farm, August 30, 1833. He taught school for severa years in this and in neighboring towns, was admitt,d to the bar of Windham county, Vt., in 1859, and commenced the practice of law with...

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Biographical Sketch of Beza Aldrich

Beza Aldrich, son of Gen. George and Azuba (How) Aldrich, of Westmoreland, born September 21, 1779, married Lydia Arnold, settled in Chesterfield about 1831, and died here October 28, 1857. Their children were Warren L., William A., Helen A. and George...

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Biographical Sketch of William Henry

William Henry is said to have come to Chesterfield, from Lunenburg, Mass, between 1770 and 1776. He married May Conn, who bore him six children, as follows: May, William, James, Betty, Eunice, and Freelove. James married Mary, daughter of Gibson Willard, in 1798, who bore him six children. They were Frederick W., Rebecca H., John P., Willard, Mary F., and Betsey E. Willard, born February I, 1809, married three times, first, Mary B. Shaw,. in 1834; second, Emily, daughter of Samuel Goodrich, October 8, 1856; and third, Mrs. Sarah M. Reed, of Fitzwilliam, in 1877. His children are Nathaniel C., Mary E., Lydia A., Hubbard W., Martha J., Ella J., Emily J., and John G. Nathaniel C., born September 21, 1837, married for his first wife Augusta M. Snow, of Swanzey, November, 9, 1864, and for his second wife Jennie N. Chamberlain, of North Dana, Mass., December 15,...

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Biographical Sketch of Henry O. Coolidge

Henry O. Coolidge, whose father, Oscar, was one of the early merchants of the town, was born January 5. 1830. In 1849 and 1870 he engaged in trade at the Center village in partnership with Hon. C. J. Amidon; from ’51 to ’62 (excepting ’54, when he was in Brattleboro. Vt.) with his father; from ’62 to ’66, alone. He was also postmaster about eight years; town clerk from ’52 to ’69, with exception of the years ’54 and ’68; selectman ’60, ’61, ’65 and ’67; representative ’67. In 1869 he removed to Keene, where he now resides, cashier of the Ashuelot National Bank, and has held the office of register of probate. At the November election in 1880 he was chosen one of the representatives from Keene to the general...

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Biographical Sketch of Josiah Torrey

Josiah Torrey, born October 7, 1758, came here from Upton, Mass., about 1785, and settled in the eastern part of the town on the farm afterwards owned and occupied by his grandson, Levi Torrey. He married twice, first, Lydia Fisk, who died in 1806, and second, Anna, daughter of Israel Amshrv. He died January 25, 1832. He had born to him eight children, namely: Samuel, Joel, Anna, Levi, Jemima, Polly, Nathaniel, and Fanny. Samuel, born August 12, 1782, married Mary Cook, November 21, 1815, who bore him seven children, as follows: Maria, Levi, Lucius, Mary M., Marshall, Lucretia, and Elvira. Levi, born March 2, 1820, married Polly, daughter of Squire Spaulding, May 3, 1847, and had born to him three children, as follows: Mary M., born January 26, 1848; Lucius L., born May 1, 1853; and Frank W., born November 5,...

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Biographical Sketch of Broughton D. Harris

Broughton D., son of Wilder Harris, born August 16, 1822, married Sarah Buel Hollister, March 24, 1851. He graduated from Dartmouth college in 1845, studied law in the office of Hon. Asa- Keyes, of Brattleboro, and then engaged in the newspaper business, being editor of the Vermont Phoenix for a while, and, for several years, of the Semi-Weekly Eagle. In the spring Of 1851 he went to Utah as the first secretary of that territory, Brigham Young being at that time governor of the same. After he left Utah he was appointed secretary and acting governor of New Mexico, but this appointment he declined. In 1847, ’48 and’49, he was register of probate for Windham county, Vt., and a member of the Vermont senate in 1860 and 1861, being also chairman of the senate committee on military affairs. He was a member of the “Peace Congress,” which assembled at Washington in 1860 and ’61. For a number of years he has been extensively engaged in the construction of railways. Mr. B. D. Harris was one of the incorporators of the Brattleboro Savings bank, has been a trustee from the beginning, and for several years has been, and now is, its president. He was delegate at large from Vermont to the Republican National Convention in 1884. Mr. Harris is of positive, energetic, and self-reliant type, quick to see and prompt...

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Biographical Sketch of Jacob Amidon

Jacob Amidon, born in Mendon, Mass., about 1753, came to Chesterfield in 1782. He was engaged in trade here, held many of the town offices, reared a family of five children, and died February 11, 1839, aged eighty-five years. His son Otis, born here March 6, 1825, became one of the leading men of the town, both in church and municipal affairs, and died July 22, 1866. His son Charles Jacob is a prominent manufacturer in...

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Biographical Sketch of Calvin E. Nurse

Calvin E. Nurse, son of Benjamin, was born in Keene, March 20, 182 He has resided a number of years in Chesterfield, having previously travel extensively in the United States and Canada as an attach€ of a circus co pany. He is a painter and...

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Biographical Sketch of Abner Harris

Abner Harris, son of Abner, came to this town from Woodstock, Conn., soon after 1777, and purchased 150 acres of land, the same being a part of the farm which has long been known as the Harris farm. His children were Abner, John, Perley, Elizabeth, Experience, Esther, Tamar, Deborah, Sarah, Lydia, Mary, Thomas, Zerviah and Dolly. Wilder, son of John and grandson of Abner, was born May 11, 1797, married three times, first, Harriet, daughter of John Davis, in 1817,who died November 2o, 1851; second, Mrs. Nancy J. Wood, of Saxton’s River, Vt., July 5, 1854, who died in December, 1869; and third, Mrs. Mary J. Clark, of Springfield, Vt., July 21, 1871. In his earlier years he was a carpenter, and worked at his trade pretty extensively. Mr. Harris was also interested for sometime in the manufacture of lumber and shingles, in two mills erected for that purpose, on Lily Pond brook, near where it empties into the Catsbane. He removed to Brattleboro in 1865, where he now resides. His children are George Francis, Broughton Davis, Gordis Day, and Urban...

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Biographical Sketch of Ephraim Amidon

Ephraim Amidon, from Oxford, Mass., came to Westmoreland previous to 1777, and located upon the farm now owned by his grandson, Ephraim. He married Jane Robbins, reared ten children-Hephzibah, Matilda, Abigail, Ebenezer, Noah, Polly, Salome, Nathaniel, Jane and Ephraim, and died March 21, 1822, aged seventy-three years. Squire, son of Nathaniel, now resides in this town, off road 2. Elijah, son of Ephraim, 3d, resides on road 40. Charles L., son of Squire, resides on road 21. Other descendants reside in different parts of the...

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Biography of Herbert B. Titus

Herbert B. was born in the old farm house built by his grandfather, and long since demolished. At the age of fourteen he taught his first school of forty scholars, sixteen of whom were older than himself, and with such success that his services were again sought for the same school Teaching and work upon the farm alternated with study at the academy at West Brattleboro, Vt., Chesterfield and Meriden, until 1854, when he entered Yale college where he remained but a single term, the death of a relative who had promised pecuniary assistance, leaving his way not clear at so expensive an institution. He resumed teaching and farming, and in 1859 was appointed county commissioner of common schools. In this position he was an earnest worker, and his interesting and practical addresses throughout the county showed much force and originality of thought. In April, 1861, he was holding a teachers’ institute in Keene, when, at the call of President Lincoln for troops, his name was first upon the list for a volunteer company it was proposed to raise under Capt. T. A. Barker, of Westmoreland. This company became Co. A, of the 2d N. H. Regt., and re-enlisting for three years, he was commissioned its second lieutenant. After the battle of Bull Run, in which his bravery and perfect coolness under fire were conspicuous, he was promoted to...

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Biographical Sketch of Levi Mead

Levi Mead, son of Matthew, and a soldier in the Revolutionary war, came to this town from Lexington, Mass., about, 801, and occupied the next house south of the Tyler place, which he kept as a tavern. In 1816 he built the present tavern at the Center Village, long known as the “Mead tavern.”In 1802 he was appointed deputy-sheriff for Cheshire county, and held this. office many years. He died April 29, 1828. He nad born to him eight children, as follows: Levi, Joseph, James, Bradley, Larkin Goldsmith, Elias Marshall S., and Betsey R. Larkin G., born October 2, 1795, married Mary: J., daughter of Hon. John and Pclly (Haves) Noyes. He was educated the Chesterfield academy and at Dartmouth college, and then read law wi Hon. Phineas Handerson. For many years he was a prominent member the Cheshire bar. He removed to Brattleboro in 1839, when his son Larkin G- was but four years of age. The latter, born in Chesterfield, January 3 1835, is widely known as the “Vermont...

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Biographical Sketch of Eleazer Cobleigh

Eleazer Cobleigh was an early settler in Chesterfield, being here as early as 1776. The first grist-mill as previously mentioned, was probably built by him. Dan Cobleigh was also an early settler, being here as early as 1770, Jonathan Cobleigh, also an early settler, purchased property here April 13, 1763. Jonathan Cobleigh, Jr., is also mentioned here in the tax list of 1770. His children were Lemuel, Lvdda, Jonathan, James, and Sally and Lydia, twins. Oliver Cobleigh was here in 1770, and reared a family. John Cobleigh’s name appears here in 1776. His son John, born April 10, 1776, married Polly Stanford in 1795, and reared ten children, one of whom, Jonathan, was the father of Erastus H., who resides on road 19, corner...

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Biographical Sketch of Samuel Hamilton

Samuel Hamilton, born in Ireland, in 1752, was the son of a linen merchant, or weaver, came to Boston about 1772, and settled in Chesterfield sometime between 1780 and 1785. He married Mary, sister of Dr. Joshua Tyler, May 9, 1775. He was engaged after coming to Chesterfield in the weaving of linen cloth. He died February 12, 1810. His children were John, Hannah, Hance, Loammi, James, Samuel, Ara, Fanny, Uri, and Amadella. Ara, born May 22, 1789, married twice, first, Sally, daughter of James Roberston, in 1815, who died December 11, 1823; and second.Almira, daughter of Phineas Fullam, in 1824. He was lieutenant in Capt. Reuben Marsh’s company, which was stationed at Portsmouth in the autumn of 1814. He was selectman in 1839, ’41, ’43 and ’45. He died July 24, 1865. He had born to him two children, Sarah R. and George L. The latter was born December 14, 1828, married Hannah E., daughter of Elias Brown, January 1, 1849, and has had born to him five children, as follows: Frank, Luella A., Frederick M., Frank C., and Vanetta M. George L. is a manufacturer of sash, doors and blinds, at Chesterfield Factory. His son Frederick M. was born April 29, 1854, and married Addie M., daughter of James C. Farwell, November 4, 1880. Frank C. was born November 23,...

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