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Location: Gilsum New Hampshire

Biography of Reverend Samuel Goddard

Mr. Samuel Goddard was born at Sutton, Massachusetts, July 6, 1772. We have no information concerning his early life. His opportunities for education are said to have been scanty. After coming to manhood he was for several years in trade with a brother in Royalston, Mass. Here he married his first wife (Abigail Goddard of Athol, a town adjoining Royalston), and here his older children were born.

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General History of Gilsum NH

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now GILSUM lies in the northern-central part of the county, in lat. 43° 1′ and long. 4° 50′. In outline it is similar to that of a carpenter’s square, bounded north by Alstead and Marlow, east by Stoddard and Sullivan, south by Sullivan and Keene, and west by Surry. It was originally granted, under the name of Boyle, to Joseph Osgood and his associates, December 30, 1752. No settlements were made under this grant, through fear of the Indians, until so late a date that the charter was forfeited But notwithstanding this, in March, 1761, Benjamin Bellows bought of Rebecca Blanchard, widow of Joseph Blanchard, of Dunstable, Mass, the “Rights he had in Boyle,” for £67, 10s. ” sterling money.” This deed conveyed twenty-six rights, and also mentions the names of their original owners. Four days after, March 28, 1761, he also bought of Theodore Atkinson, of Portsmouth, for £60, 15s. sterling, twenty-seven rights more. On the 1st of May, 1761, he sold 18,000 acres for £1,350, “lawful money,” to Samuel Gilbert, Esq., Josiah Kilburn, Thomas Sumner, Jonathan Smith and Joseph Mack, all of Connecticut. These five men doubtless sold shares to those who subsequently became associated with them as proprietors of Gilsum, though no record of such sale has yet been found. Thomas Sumner, it ”...

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Phineas Wright Genealogy

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now 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...

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Samuel Woods Genealogy

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now I. Samuel1 Woods of Cambridge, Mass., b. abt. 1636; went to Groton, Mass., in 1662; d. in Groton, Mar. 19, 1712; m. in Cambridge, Mass., Sept. 28, 1659, Alice Rushton, b. abt. 1636. Seven ch.: the first b. in Cambridge, the others in Groton, Mass. II. Samuel2 Woods, son of Samuel1, I, b. Cambridge, Mass., Jan. 3, 1661; m. in Chelmsford, Mass., Dec. 30, 1685, Hannah Farwell, b. Chelmsford, Mass., Jan. 20, 1667-8; dau. of Joseph and Hannah (Learned) Farwell. She m. (2), Capt. Peter Joslin of Lancaster, Mass. Peter’s first wife was slain by the Indians who attacked her home, July 18, 1692, in Lancaster. Samuel and Hannah Woods had eight ch., the oldest. III. Samuel3 Woods, b. (place and date unknown); d. Groton, Mass., Apr. 10, 1773; m. Nov. 29, 1720, Patience Bigelow, b. Sept. 30, 1698, probably dau. of James and Elizabeth (Child) Bigelow of Watertown, Mass. She d. in Groton, Mass., Jan. 23, 1771. Eight ch. b. Groton. IV. William4 Woods, son of Samuel3, III, b. Groton, Oct. 17, 1735; d. Keene, Mar. 23, 1818; m. Feb. 9, 1757, Naomi Longley, b. Chelmsford, Mass., May 18, 1741; d. Keene, Sept. 8, 1815; dau. of Nathaniel and Lydia (Foster) Longley. Their ch. were: Naomi5, b. Chelmsford, Mass., May 18, 1759, bur. Oct. 16,...

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Benjamin Willis Genealogy

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Benjamin1 Willis, who d. at Keene, Mar. 22, 1820, aged 80, was probably the father of Benjamin2, 1, of Sullivan. 1. Benjamin2 Willis, son of Benjamin1, was a farmer and res. Keene and Sullivan; d. in Sullivan, Aug. 26, 1837, aged 75; m. Mar. 17, 1785, Annis Briggs b. Norton, Mass., Sept. 25, 1759, d. Sullivan, Jan. 22, 1831; dau. of Elisha and Mary Briggs of Keene. Ch. b. Keene: Mary3 (christened Polly), b. Mar. 17, 1785; m. John Newman (q. v.) Sarah3, b. 1789; m. Robert. Hall (q. v.) Annis3, b. May 25, 1794. Asenath3, b. unk.; d. Keene, unm., June 10, 1824. Fanny3, b. Dec. 6, 1798. 2. Annis3 Willis, dau. of Benjamin2, 1, m. Justus Chapin, b. Alstead, Mar. 31, 1790, d. there, Sept. 20, 1869, son of Justus and Martha (Taylor) Chapin. They lived in Gilsum and Alstead and she d. in Alstead, Mar. 13, 1867. She had six ch.: Martha Taylor4 Chapin, b. Gilsum, Aug. 18, 1816, d. Marlow, May 29, 1878; m. Mar. 11, 1852, Ephraim Pratt Evardon, b. Winchester, Oct. 21, 1798, d. Alstead, Jan. 15, 1867, son of John and Rebecca (Pratt) Evardon. Res. Gilsum, and had: Martha Ann5 Evardon, b. Jan. 17, 1854; m. June 6, 1871, Edgar Cyrus Farnum, b. Marlow, July 4, 1848, son of...

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Biographical Sketch of Charles Franklin Kingsbury

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Charles Franklin Kingsbury was born in Gilsum June 11, 1824, being the third child of William and Temperance (Leonard). Kingsbury. Until the age of twenty he lived and worked on the farm, ‘having no opportunity for an education except the public schools of not more than ten or twelve weeks each winter. He was anxious for an education, and that he might have the means to attend an academy, spring and fall, he worked on the farm two or three months in summer, and taught school in the winter. In 1848 he entered Norwich University, Vt., where he remained three years, and then commenced the study of medicine with Dr. James G. Murphy, of Brattleboro, Vt. While prosecuting his studies he was engaged much in teaching in the towns of Marlboro, Alstead and Walpole. He attended medical lectures at Woodstock, Vt., and at Dartmouth Medical college, receiving his degree of M. D. in the latter institution, November, 1855. He practiced one year in Gilsum, four years in Stoddard, and in March, 1860, established himself in Lyme, Grafton county, where he has since remained. His success in the treatment of disease has brought an extensive practice, which the possession 0f an iron constitution has enabled him to endure. From 1872 to 1819 he was a member of...

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Industry and Manufacturing of Gilsum NH

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now GILSUM is a handsome post village, located on the Ashuelot, at the inner of the “carpenter’s square.” It has a beautiful location, surrounded by and lying about 780 feet above sea level. It has one church, (Congregational) three stores, one hotel, two woolen mills, a saw-mill, two blacksmith shops and about fifty dwellings. John S. Collins’s wollen-mill, on road 10, was built by Gerould & Wetherby in 1845, and came into the present proprietor’s hands in 1872. He employed sixty-five hands, has twenty-four broad looms and 880 spindles, and manufactures, 8,000 yards of cloth per month. The Gilsum Woolen Co.’s mill was built by Wright, Cornell & Co., in 186? was taken by Cuthbert, Gould & Co., in 1867, and came into the pr company’s possession in 1880. They employ about thirty men, have broad looms and 780 spindles, and manufacture 4,000 yards of goods month. Rice, Rawson & Co.’s tannery was built, one part in 1860, and the other 1864. The former was built by Mr. Rawson, and the latter by Nelson, Rich & Rawson, upon the site of one destroyed that year, built in 1849. In 1870 the tannery became as it now stands. They employ from twelve to fifteen hands, and turn out from 10,000 to 12,000 hides per year. Samuel W. Dart’s...

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Biography of Amherst Hayward

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Amherst Hayward was born in Surry November 18, 1788, and was brought up by Col. Jonathan Smith, who married his father’s sister. He married Betsey Cole, February 24, 28 i i, and for his second wife, Polly Cole, June 29, 1821, and had born to him sixteen children. After living in Rocking ham, Vt., for a time he returned to this town in 1815. He served the town as selectman, was deacon in the Congregational church for twenty years, and led the choir for fifty years. He died January 16, 1867. Nahum 0., son of Amherst, was born September 8. 1817, married Hannah Glover, February 21, 1841, lived in Boston several years, and returned to Gilsum in 1846. He has had born to him four children. He is well known through the county as an auctioneer and dealer in lumber and cattle. He is frequently employed in the settlement of estates and similar business, and is a director of the Five Cents Savings Bank of Keene. He owns a large amount of real estate. and has built several houses. He has served the town as selectman several years and as justice of the peace. Silvanus, son of Amherst, was born December 3, 1828, and received his early education at home, living with his uncle Elisha S....

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Biographical Sketch of William Banks

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now William Banks was born in the part of Marlboro now Roxbury, May 13, 1802, and came to Gilsum in 1820. He is a shoemaker by trade. He has served the town as selectman and lives with his son, Elmer D., on road 2. The latter is at present one of the selectmen of the...

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Biographical Sketch of Thomas Howard

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Thomas Howard moved to Marlow, from Lyme, Ct., about 1780 and settled in the northwestern part of the town. He married Hannah Beckwith and reared a family of eight children. He died in 1842, aged eighty-five years. His son Thomas was born in Marlow in 1784, and lived there till 1837, when he moved to Gilsum, and died here in 1852. He was a farmer and a carpenter, married Parmelia Buss, of Marlboro, and reared a family of nine children, four of whom are now living. Of these, two daughters live in Hamilton, Ont., one son, James M., lives in Orange, Mass., and Francis A., resides in Gilsum. The latter has been engaged in the mercantile business for the last eight years, has been postmaster seventeen years, justice of the peace for the last twenty-three years, and is now one of the selectmen of the...

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General History of Cheshire County NH

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now GILSUM lies in the northern-central part of the county, in lat. 43° 1′ and long. 4° 50′. In outline it is similar to that of a carpenter’s square, bounded north by Alstead and Marlow, east by Stoddard and Sullivan, south by Sullivan and Keene, and west by Surry. It was originally granted, under the name of Boyle, to Joseph Osgood and his associates, December 30, 1752. No settlements were made under this grant, through fear of the Indians, until so late a date that the charter was forfeited But notwithstanding this, in March, 1761, Benjamin Bellows bought of Rebecca Blanchard, widow of Joseph Blanchard, of Dunstable, Mass, the “Rights he had in Boyle,” for £67, 10s. ” sterling money.” This deed conveyed twenty-six rights, and also mentions the names of their original owners. Four days after, March 28, 1761, he also bought of Theodore Atkinson, of Portsmouth, for £60, 15s. sterling, twenty-seven rights more. On the 1st of May, 1761, he sold 18,000 acres for £1,350, “lawful money,” to Samuel Gilbert, Esq., Josiah Kilburn, Thomas Sumner, Jonathan Smith and Joseph Mack, all of Connecticut. These five men doubtless sold shares to those who subsequently became associated with them as proprietors of Gilsum, though no record of such sale has yet been found. Thomas Sumner, it ”...

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Biographical Sketch of James M. Mark

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now James M. Mark, born December 23, 1787, built here about 1815, and remained until his death. Luther W., his son, was born March 27, 1809, and succeeded his father on this place. He served the town as selectman, married his cousin, Mary Hamilton, and had born to him two children, Luther W. F., and Hans. He died November 3, 1863. The former was born September 15, 1834, and married Emily Z. Boynton, December 20, 1865. He bought the place where he now resides, in 1864, and has since kept a general country store. Previous to this he was a photographer. He is a justice of the peace, and also clerk of the...

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The First Congregational Church, Gilsum NH

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now The First Congregational church, located at Gilsum village, was organized by a council convened for the purpose, October 28, 1772, with eighteen members, Rev. Elisha Fish being the first pastor. Their church building, erected in 1834, is the successor of one built in 1793. It cost about $1,200.00. The society now has fifty members, with Rev. George W. Rogers, pastor. The society has also a Sabbath-school with 150 scholars, Robert Cutbett...

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Biographical Sketch of Dudley Smith

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Dudley Smith was born at Dracut, Mass., February 10, 1772. He was twice married, first, to Hannah Graham, who bore him four children, as fol. lows: Dudley, Daniel, Dinsmore, and Hannah G. He married, for his second wife, Betsey Rollins, August 13, 1822, and had born to him four more children, as follows : Daniel. Joseph E., Eliza A., and Elbridge. He was a cabinet maker by trade, and when he first came to the town he cleared land by day, and worked at his trade till eleven at night, and from four in the morning till daylight. In 1849 he moved to his house in the village, where he died at the age of eighty-three years. He was selectman four years. His son, Daniel, born April 14, 1825. married Martha A. Loveland, December 10, 1844, who has borne him three children, Daniel E., John A., and Frederick...

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Biographical Sketch of John Guillow

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now John Guillow was born in Gill, Mass., December 21, 1784, and came here in 10o6. He studied medicine with Dr. Palmer, and was called ” Doctor” Guillow, but never practiced much. He married Betsey Stevens, March 29, 1808, and had born to him thirteen children. His son, John C., was born April 7, 1813, and married Finis P. Hemenway, June 21, 1837, who bore him thirteen children. He is engaged in lumbering and farming, and has served the town as selectman several years. His son, Lucius R., was born February 24, 1842, and married Elizabeth Spooner, in 1862. He is a carpenter and general mechanic, has held the office of selectman, and is at present, town representative. He resides on road...

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