Select Page

Location: Langdon New Hampshire

Biography of Roswell Huntoon

Roswell Huntoon, an enterprising farmer residing in Langdon, was born in the town of Unity, this county, October 14, 1820, son of Lemuel and Sybil (Palmer) Huntoon. Phillip Huntoon, born in Wiltshire, England, in 1664, was the immigrant ancestor of this family. The next in line was John. Then came Charles, who was born October 12, 1725, at Kingston, N.H., and died in Unity, May 27, 1819. He was a very prominent man in Unity, and he served in the General Court of the State. He bore arms in both the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. His son, Charles Huntoon, Jr., was born in Unity, December 15, 1755, and died January 2, 1838. Charles married Maria Smith, of Kingston, N.H.; and their union was blessed by the birth of six children-Robert, Jacob, Pollie, Maria, Lemuel, and Erastus. Lemuel Huntoon was born in Unity, November 29, 1793. About the year 1835 he came to Langdon, and lived here until his death, which occurred November 15, 1878, when nearly eighty-five years of age. He was a blacksmith by trade, and his years of active labor were spent at the forge. He was one of the first in this section to espouse the cause of temperance and join the temperance club. Sybil, his wife, was a daughter of Benjamin Palmer. She was born September 20, 1794, and died May...

Read More

Biography of John W. Jefts

John W. Jefts, a machinist by trade, but who for the past nine years has been successfully engaged in farming in the town of Langdon, was born here, December 4, 1859, son of Alphonso M. and Almira (Clough) Jefts. The genealogy of the Jefts family is traced to England, from which country, on some date between 1620 and 1638, the American progenitor emigrated to Massachusetts, and settled in Billerica. His immediate descendants continued to reside in that State for some years. Jonathan, the greatgrandfather of John W. Jefts, was the first of the name to come to New Hampshire. He settled in the town of Mason, where he afterward died. Hosley Jefts, the grandfather, was born in Mason. In early manhood he settled in Langdon, and afterward became a prosperous farmer and an influential citizen. He married Abigail Green, and they became the parents of seven children; namely, Harriet, Indiana, Caroline, Rockazna, Albert, Alphonso M., and Eli. Alphonso M. Jefts, born in Antrim, N.H., in March, 1815, was over seventy-six years of age when he died, June 18, 1891. He followed the occupation of a farmer, first in Putney, Vt., which was his home for a number of years. Later he moved to Langdon, where he resided for forty years, and acquired a goodly property. He served his town as Road Surveyor for a score of years. Almira, his...

Read More

Biography of Henry Marshall Elwell

Henry Marshall Elwell, Chairman of the Board of Selectmen of Langdon, Sullivan County, N.H., son of Robert and Phoebe (Evans) Elwell, was born in this town, April 13, 1839. His paternal grandfather, Benjamin Elwell, a lifelong resident of Langdon, was a wealthy farmer and highly esteemed citizen. He married a Miss Kendall, and had four children, named: Samuel, Betsey, Nancy, and Robert. Benjamin Elwell and his wife died on the same day, within a few minutes of each other; and their mortal remains were buried together in the same coffin. Samuel, the eldest son, lived in Langdon all his life, a well-to-do farmer. He married a Miss Jewett, and had four children-Electa, Sophronia, Nancy, and Samuel K. Betsey, the second child of Benjamin Elwell, married Simon Sartwell, a prosperous farmer of Langdon, very prominent in town affairs; and they had several children. Nancy married Colonel Ansel Glover, of Alstead, a leading Democratic politician, who was at one time a delegate from his party to the national convention in Baltimore. Robert, the father of Henry Marshall Elwell, acquired his education in the schools of Langdon. He began his active career as a farmer, and subsequently engaged in lumbering. He made a specialty of breeding shorthorned cattle, of which he had exhibits at the principal New England County and State Fairs. His farm, one of the largest in Sullivan County, contained...

Read More

Biography of William Hall

William Hall, the enterprising proprietor of Langdon Creamery, Langdon, N.H., and dealer in butter, cream, milk, eggs, chickens, pork, and other farm and dairy products, was born in Claremont, this State, March 23, 1850. He is a son of Jonathan and Caroline L. (Leet) Hall and a descendant of one of the oldest families in Sullivan County. Both his grandfather and his great-grandfather Hall bore the Christian name of Jonathan. Grandfather Hall was born August 25, 1776, in Spencer, Mass., whence he came to Langdon when a young man. He afterward removed to Claremont, where he died in 1854. In his active years he followed the occupations of a farmer, carpenter, and cooper; and he fought in the War of 1812. He married Sally Prouty, whose father was a very influential citizen of Spencer, Mass. She was born in 1779, and died in 1871. They were the parents of eleven children, two sons and nine daughters, Jonathan, third, being the youngest son. Jonathan Hall, third, was born in Langdon, June 19, 1815, and is now living in Keene, N.H. After leaving school, he learned the trade of a shoemaker and later that of a carpenter. Since then he has been variously employed as an architect, inventor, manufacturer, and millwright. Many of the machines built by C. B. Rogers, of Norwich, Conn., were designed by him. He was the builder...

Read More

Biography of Charles Asa Holden

Charles Asa Holden, a well-to-do farmer of Langdon, was born in this town, August 4, 1833, son of Asa and Mary Ann (Evans) Holden. Edmund Holden, the father of Asa, was a native of Shirley, Mass., and the first of the family to settle in Langdon. He was a prosperous farmer and stock-raiser. In 1796 he married Susan Rockwood, of Groton, Mass., and became the father of six children, born as follows: Amanda, in 1797; Suka, in 1799; Edmund, in 1802; Asa, May 30, 1804; Rockwood, in 1809; and Sophronia, in 1813. Asa Holden taught school for a number of years in different towns. Then he purchased a farm, and was engaged in carrying it on until he gave up active work, some twelve years before his death, which happened December 12, 1885, when he was over eighty-one years of age. He was a Deacon of the Congregational church for many years. Mary Ann (Evans) Holden, his wife, was born in Rockingham, Vt., in 1811, and died in September, 1874, aged sixty-three. Their children were: Charles Asa, Mary E., George H., Henry M., Luella V., and Edward M., all of whom were born in Langdon. Mary E., the elder daughter, now deceased, who was born January 26, 1835, married Samuel K. Upton, formerly of Langdon, now of Acworth, N.H., and had two children-Mary L. and Hattie L., respectively the...

Read More

Biography of Charles A. Jefts

Charles A. Jefts, a prosperous business man of Langdon, was born in Putney, Vt., January 27, 1853, son of Alphonso M. and Almira (Clough) Jefts. He comes of a family whose founder emigrated from England some time in the seventeenth century, settling in Billerica, Mass., and whose descendants made their home in that State for many years. Jonathan, the great-grandfather of Charles A., born in Townsend, Mass., was the first to seek a home in the Granite State. The last years of his life were spent in the town of Mason. Hosley Jefts, the father of Alphonso M., and a native of Mason, removed to Langdon, where he was engaged in farming, and afterward died. He married Abigail Green; and they had eight children, respectively named: Harriet, Indiana, Caroline, Roxanna, Albert, Alphonso M., Eli, and Pamelia. Alphonso M. Jefts, a native of Antrim, N.H., was born in March, 1815, and died June 18, 1891. He settled on a farm in Putney, Vt., but afterward came to Langdon, which was subsequently his home for forty years. He had no political ambition, and he was an attendant of the Episcopal church Almira, his wife, who was born in Westmoreland, N.H., December 25, 1815, daughter of John Clough, of Stamford, Vt., had nine children-Mason, Maria, Abigail, Harriet, Mary P., Mira A., Fred F., John W., and Charles A. Mason, now deceased, was...

Read More

Search


It takes a village to grow a family tree!
Genealogy Update - Keeping you up-to-date!
101 Best Websites 2016

Pin It on Pinterest