Location: Chesterfield New Hampshire

Biography of Samuel Burt

Samuel Burt6, (Samuel5) whose portrait appears here, was born Westmoreland, November 5, 1990. He married Betsey, daughter of Josia Jr., and Lena (Holbrook) Penniman, born in Mendon, Mass., April 2,1798 He settled on the road where William Atherton now lives. In the spring 1837 be bought the farm where Rodney Fletcher now lives, west of the village, where he lived until the spring of 1845, when he purchased of D. Walton, what is now Walter Wheeler’s hotel, residing there twenty-two years. In the spring of 1867 he sold the same to Sanford Guernsey, removing to the north side of the village and occupying part of his son Daniel’s house, and there, on the evening of March 21, 1868, while (save the three who died previously,) blessed with a reunion of his children, he passed away. They has two sons and seven daughters. Mrs. Burt was an intelligent, labor-loving – self-denying woman, and to make others happy was the counterpart of his life. She died the day the Union meeting-house was raised, July 30, 1853, followed August so, by Augusta M., born July 30, 1830, and September 14, by Jane A., born April 2, 1831. Mr. Burt was a man who sought substantitive comforts rather than pomp or show; was characterized for integrity, a staunch friend, making others welcome to his home, where beneath its rafters the needy were sheltered,...

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Biographical Sketch of Sumner Warren

Sumner Warren, son of Increase Warren, of Westmoreland, married Luthera Willard, of Charlestown, N. H., September 30, 1841. He resided many years in Chesterfield Factory, was a tanner, and very successful in business; was noted for promptness, probity and liberality in all his dealings. He was town clerk in 1845 and contributed largely toward the building of the Union church, and lately resided in Keene. He had five children, three of whom died young. The eldest, Lyman H., born June 26. 1842, enlisted, in September, 1861, in the 17th Regt., U. S. Infantry, distinguished himself for cool ness and indomitable bravery and courage in battle, and was rapidly promoted to a captaincy. He was wounded in the foot at the battle of Chancel lorsville. After the war he was stationed at Houston, Texas, where he died.September 18, 1867, and was buried in Chesterfield...

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Biographical Sketch of Dr. Henry Carpenter

Dr. Henry Carpenter was born in Alstead, N. H., December 24, 1803. His father, Eber Carpenter, was a practicing physician in Alstead from 1802 until his death, May 23, 1841. Henry, the eldest of his eight sons, distinguished himself in the profession of medicine and surgery. He graduated medicine at Castleton, Vt., in 1825, and soon after settled in Chesterfield where he soon gave evidence of superior skill, and with a growing reputation as such, continued the practice of his profession until his death, August 1852. Decisive in all things, ignoring creeds, he spent his life in ministering to the wants of his fellow men, believing that acts, and not creeds or belief constituted true religion. He was a man of large sympathies. He married Lydia H. Chandler, of Colerain, Mass., in 1829, and had born to him two daughters, Helen and Lucretia. His wife died in 1837. Only one of daughters, Lucretia A., is living, and resides in Montrose, Pa., highly esteeme and noted for her Christian virtues. Dr. Carpenter served as representative in the legislature of the state with commendable ability, and in all things in trusted to his care was a man of accredited worth. A son by a later marriage, Charles Henry, served in the late Rebellion, and distinguished himself by meritorious acts and duties during the war, dying in Mississippi soon after the close...

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Biography of James Burt

James Burt, the paternal grandfather of Samuel Burt, sailed from London, England, April, 1635, for the Barbadoes, in the “Falcon deLondon,” Thomas Irish, master. He was in Newport in 1639; surveyor in Taunton, in 1645; and one of a company making the “Dighton purchase”that year. He took the oath of fidelity in 1657, and was entitled to divisions of land. His will was proved March a, 1681. His wife, Annie, died August 17, 1668. Richard, his brother, was one of the forty-six persons who made the “Taunton Purchase,” in 1637, to be “eight miles square, liberal measure.” He died previous to October 26, 1647; on that day his minor son, Richard, chose his uncle, James Burt, for his guardian, and the court at Plymouth confirmed his choice. The mother of these brothers was said to have danced for expression of joy, on setting foot upon American soil. The ancestral Burts were men of clear, strong minds, determination and physical courage. Many of them were pillars in the different churches to which they belonged, and were honored and wealthy men. Henry’ is still held in rememberance as a man of superior judgment, whose voice, when any local question agitated every voter, was said to carry the town. Three or four generations of them are buried in Oakland cemetery, Taunton, Mass. Samuel Burt5 (Henry4, Thomas3, James2, James1,) was born in Taunton,...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph W. Pierce

Joseph W. Pierce, son of George, was born in Smithfield, R. I., and came to this town with his parents when an infant. He married Sarah J., daughter of Davis Arnold, who bore him six children, namely, Ansel J., Harry A., John M., David W., S. Jennie, and Josie M. Mr. Pierce died February 27,...

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Biographical Sketch of Fred B. Pierce

Fred B. Pierce, son of Benjamin, was born at Chesterfield Factory, April 20, 1845. He married Emma F., daughter of Josiah W. Cook, of Alstead, December 16, 1868, and has one daughter, Maude E., born May 23, 1871; a son, Frank M., born May 17, 1875, died September 18th of the same year From 1868 to 1882 he was interested with his father in the manufacture of bits and augers. In 1877, however, he established the business of manufacturing brush-handles, in which he is still engaged, doing the largest business in Chesterfield Factory. He has done much to build up this village to the standard of prosperity it now...

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Biography of Lawrence Walton

Lawrence Walton was in Chesterfield as early as 1770, and died here November 28, 1795, aged seventy-eight years. His children were as folio Elisha, Nathaniel, Peru, Sarah, Lucretia, Margaret, Deborah, and Elijah. Nathaniel married, first, Mary, daughter of Eli Partridge, and second, Jemi daughter of John Sanderson. He lived in the “New Boston” district, on the farm now owned by Charles M. Davis, was a blacksmith by trade, and noted for his great strength. His children were Elijah, Azariah, Nathan, Polly, Lovilla and Rachel. Elijah, son of Nathaniel, married Joanna, daught of Shadrack Herrick, and died September 24, 1861. His children were Dan Stoddard, Thirza L., Lafrinda, Sophronia, Lovell M., George P., and Caroline M. David S., the first of these, married Elizabeth, daughter of Abel Eaton, April 22, 1830, who died August 22, 1850, and for his second wife, Catharine H. Brandt, of Darby, Pa., November 19, 1853, and reared seven children. He was a stone mason, and built the Episcopal church in Keene, the old jail and other prominent buildings. After the death of his first wife he engaged in building railroad bridges in Pennsylvania, but soon after his second marriage he returned to Chesterfield Factory, where he died, March. 11, 1882. Mrs. Walton now resides in Philadelphia. The daughters were May E. (Mrs. Jude S. Sargent, of Keene); Ellen 0. (Mrs. Lorenzo Stebbins, of Hinsdale); Sebette...

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Biography of Rodney Fletcher

Rodney Fletcher, son of Arad H. and Bethana (Darling) Fletcher, wasborn in Chesterfield, November 18, 1826, and married Olive W. Albee, daughter of Captain Nathaniel Albee, of Chesterfield, November 3, 1847. He has one daughter, Sarah E., who was married in 1873, to B. H. Swan; D. V. S. Since 1843 Mr. Fletcher has resided at Chesterfield Factory, and has worked in the auger factories located there, under various firms at different periods as finisher, having had charge of the polishing-room, where b has been for more than forty’ years. Under the old military regime, he was a prominent member of the Chesterfield Light Infantry, in which organization he held a commission four years, and the last two commanding the com pany. Early in life he evinced great aptitude as a nurse, and notwitltstan ing his active and laborious business cares, has never been too hurried devote any necessary amount of time, day or night, to the care of his si and suffering neighbors. For a scoie and more of years he has acted undertaker in and about Chesterfield Factory, and as marshall at nearly I funerals. In acknowledgment of these freely rendered services, his frien in 1880, gave him an ovation, and with brass band, songs, poems speeches, presented him and his wife with valuable tokens of their appre tion and regard. The following tribute is from a...

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Biographical Sketch of T.L. Fowler

T.L. Fowler was superintending school committee for a number of years, and also taught a term of high school in Factory Village, in 1862, which was very successful. He married, in 1843, Miss Mary Folgier Hazzelton, of Northfield, N. H. She lived about three years, leaving one son, Eugene A., born February 3, 1845. In 1848, he married Nancy M. Giles, of Windsor, Me. They have had four children, Herschel J., born April 23, 1746; Orin R., born May 21, 1851; Oris L., born April 13, 1853, died November, 1855; and Manson L., born February 30,...

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Biographical Sketch of Benjamin Pierce

Benjamin Pierce, son of George, was born in Smithfield, R. I., February 26, 1815, and in early life lived with his father on the farm. He obtained his education at the common schools and at the Chesterfield academy, taught school winters until his marriage, which took place November 15, 1842, to Caroline A. Gale, of Pertersham, Mass., when he settled at Chesterfield Factory. Here he was engaged in selling goods manufactured by Richardson & Huggins, also goods made by Pliny Merrill, of Hinsdale. In 1853 he bought thebit and auger factory of Barton Skinner and commenced the business of manufacturing Pierce’s celebrated boring implements. He followed this till 1882,. when he sold out to Currier Brothers. By his business tact Mr. Pierce has accumulated a large fortune. He also manufactured spinning wheels and wheelheads, which he still continues. His business has been one of the most extensive of any in Chesterfield. His wife died October 30, 1882, having hadd six children born to her, viz: Fred B.; Caroline M., married and living at Atchison, Kan.; Nellie K., living with her sister at Atchison; Gracie M., born December 30, 1854, died October 3, 1873; Alice H., born November. 14, 1858, and died September 5, 1860; and one son died in...

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Biography of Richard Henry Hopkins

Richard Henry Hopkins, son of Richard and Emeline (Lewis) Hopkins, was born in Chesterfield, May 9, 1831, and died February 21, 1877. He received a good business education, and then learned the machinist trade at Hinsdale, N. H., after which he returned to Chesterfield Factory and soon engaged in the manufacture of bits and augers for Benjamin Pierce, and continued in the business till April 1, 1870. From 1868 to 1870 Fred B. Pierce was his partner, under the firm name of Hopkins & Pierce. He also in company with Horace Howe, (who for many years had been overseer in a cotton mill,) purchased the cotton factory, and converted it into a shop for the manufacture of woodenware, and under the firm name of Howe & Hopkins, made spinning wheels, flax wheels, hatchels, &c., several years. In April, 1870, he removed to Hinsdale, N. H., and went into company with G. S. Wilder, under the firm name of Wilder & Hopkins, edgetoolmanufacturers. In 1872, in company with George C. Fisk, president of the Wason Manufacturing Company, car builders, of Springfield, Mass., under the firm name of Fisk & Hopkins Paper Co., he built a paper mill at Hinsdale, of which he was the successful manager until his death. He was a fortunate financier, honest and punctual in his business affairs, cheerful, social, temperate, and with a free hand and...

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Methodism in Chesterfield New Hampshire

According to tradition, the first Methodist sermon preached in the town, and probably in New Hampshire, was in 1772, at the house of James Robinson, a Scotch dissenter, who settled in Chesterfield on the farm where his grandson, T. N. Robinson, now resides. Mr. Robinson, hearing from friends in New York of the zealous and devoted Philip Embry, sent a message desiring Mr. Embry to come and preach at his house, setting forth the good he thought might result from his labors. Mr. Embry saw fit to respond, and in the fall or early winter 1772, he came to town, the same year the Rev. Abraham Wood was settled pastor over the Congregational church. The result of Mr. Embry’s preaching was a revival, and a number professed a change of heart, among whom were the older persons in the neighborhood, and doubtless a class was formed, as they were reported to hold exclusive meetings, which gave to the neighborhood the name Christian street, which it retains to the present time. The little band looked forward with great anxiety to the return of Mr. Embry the following year, but they were doomed to be disappointed, as in August, 1773, he died. The effect upon the Robinson family was lasting and they were prepared to receive the itinerant at his first approach. Three of the daughters married Methodist ministers-Sarah married Rev....

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Biographical Sketch of Edward Jarvis

Edward Jarvis, son of Edward, was born at St. John City, N. B. He married Calista M. Gibson, of that city, September 16, 1856, and came to Chesterfield, June 29, 1860, and lived near the southern boundary line of Westmoreland in the house where Mr. Strobridge lived and died. After two years he went to Swanzey, and engaged in lumbering in California woods. Three years afterwards he removed to Westmoreland, and lived on the farm last owned by Sanford Guernsey, and the house built by Samuel Burt, ist. They lived there fourteen years, when the buildings were destroyed by fire. He then removed to Chesterfield Factory in September, 1880, where he keeps a boarding house and livery stable. He lives on Main street, in the house long accupied by Jacob White. His children were four sons and four daughters, viz.: Eugene, born October 17, 1859, died at the age of seven; Peter A., born March 3. 1863, died at the age of four years; Stanley E., born October 17, 1857; Joseph A., July 1, 1861; Eliza J., April 10, 1865, Lettica S. V. December 7, 1868; Ada Corinne, March. p, 187z;and Edna M., January 12,...

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The Universal Restoration Society of Chesterfield NH

The Universal Restoration Society is the corporate name of the Universalist society at West Chesterfield. This society was organized as early as 1798, or earlier. In June, 1818, fifty-five members of the society petitioned the legislature to be incorporated into a society, under the name that had already been adopted. The petition was granted, and an act was passed incorporating Oliver Baker, Stephen Streeter, Jonathan Cochran, with their associates and successors, into a society to be known as the Universal Restoration Society. Rev. Robert Bartlett, from Langdon, was their first pastor. Previous to their building, in 1830; the meeting-house now in use, the society held its -meetings forthe most part in private houses and school-houses, for the town would not vote them the use of the meeting-house at the Center Village, for any purpose whatever, till 1816, when they allowed them to hold a convention in it. January a, 1830, the town voted to allow the Universalists to use the meeting-house every alternate Sabbath, for one year. The same year, the house now occupied by them was built. The money for building it was .obtained mostly by the sale of pews. Several persons of the Baptist persuasion also bought pews, on condition that they be allowed the use of the time for worshiping in their own way. The present pastor is Rev. U. S. Williams. The society also has...

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Biography of Bethel Field

The ancestors of the Field family, of Chesterfield, were of old Puritan stock, who settled in Taunton, Mass., early in colonial times, where many of their descendants still live. Bethuel, son of Nathaniel Field, of Taunton, married Sally Lincoln, of Norton, Mass., and settled in Chesterfield, in 1819 or ’20. “He was somewhat given to accounts, being a ‘Squire,’ and a prominent man in town matters.” He died in 1847, Mrs. Field surviving him until 1867. Jessie Field, one of their ten children, born November 3, 1811, inherited his mother’s refined sensibilities and his father’s good sense and mental acumen; while Hannah J. Streeter, whom he married in 1838 possessed tact, energy and executive ability. An unfortunate fall, resulting in permanent lameness, blighted Mr. Field’s future prospects, and necessitated his removal from the farm, in 1846, to Factory Village, to engage in a less active occupation, and finally caused his death, in April, 1851, at the early age of thirty-nine years. His wife still lives, and resides at Wilmington, Vt. – This is also the residence of her youngest daughter, Mary E. Field, born October 6, 1845, who married John R. Buell, a worthy young man of business ability, and a native of Wilmington. They have three children, Orrin R., a bright, scholarly lad of thirteen, and Helen M. and Albert J., born in June, 1882 and ’84, respectively....

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