Location: Sunapee New Hampshire

Biography of William Cant Sturoc

William Cant Sturoc, “the bard of Sunapee ,” as he is often called, was born November 4, 1822, in a humble, straw-thatched cottage in Arbroath, Scotland, son of Francis Sturoc and his wife, Ann (Cant) Sturoc. Doubtless, the poetic genius has descended to him from his paternal great-grandfather, James Sturoc, who wrote a book of “Hymns and Spiritual Songs,” and died in Panbride in 1750. Other distinguished members of the family were well known in the church. Among these was the Rev. David Sturoc, who was of ready speech and pen, and two generations ago repeatedly entered public debate with the renowned Dr. Wardlow, of Glasgow. Francis, the father of William, was well known as highly cultured and profoundly read, although throughout his life he followed mercantile occupations. Cantsland, an ancient estate in Kincardineshire, now in other hands, was for several hundred years in the possession of the Cants, the mother’s family. James Cant, the maternal grandfather of William C., and a resident St. Cyrus in the same county, was cousin to the famous Immanuel Cant, or Kant, who died in 1804. James had four daughters-Helen, Ann, Margaret, and Jane. His only son, John, died in Bridgeport, Conn. Ann Cant married Francis Sturoc, December 19, 1808, and to them were born ten children. The father died in 1851, aged seventy-seven years, after surviving the mother some years. William Cant,...

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Biographical Sketch of Moses F. Knowlton

Moses F. Knowlton, a wellknown livery man of Sunapee, N.H., was born in this town, July 24, 1845, a son of Dennis G. Knowlton. His grandfather, Samuel Knowlton, who was a lifelong resident of Sunapee, had three sons-Dennis G., Moses F., and John P. Dennis G. Knowlton had two sons-Charles A. and Moses F. Moses F. Knowlton was educated in the schools of his native town. When he first went to work for himself, he took up general farming. Subsequently he kept a general store in Sunapee for about ten years in company with his father. He then went into the hotel business in Newport, N.H., where for four years he successfully conducted the Phenix Hotel. Finally, returning to Sunapee, he engaged in the livery business, to which he has since given his attention. He keeps a thoroughly up-to-date establishment, and some of the finest steppers and most stylish turnouts anywhere to be found may be obtained of him. As the natural result of his enterprise and ability he has been very prosperous in business. Mr. Knowlton is a public-spirited 1890-91 he represented the town in the legislature. He served four terms as Selectman, and he was Town Clerk for three years. Mr. Knowlton is a member of the I. O. O. F., No. 79, at Sunapee, and also belongs to the encampment at Newport. His religious opinions are...

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Biography of David M. Currier, M.D.

David M. Currier, M.D., a successful physician of Newport, was born in Grafton, Grafton County, September 15, 1840, son of David and Rhoda (Morse) Currier. The grandfather, David Currier, presumably came from Salisbury, Mass., and located in Canaan, where he became the owner of a good tract of land, and died at the age of seventy-one years. He married February 2, 1797, Ruth Stevens, David, born February 8, 1803; Edward, born June 12, 1805; Aaron, born September 10, 1813; Dorothy, born January 28, 1799; and Hannah, born June 23, 1800. David, the father of Dr. Currier, was also a farmer. His active life was spent in Canaan and in Grafton. At a later date he moved to the farm, where he died July 2, 1862. His death resulted from injuries from the fall of a tree upon him while at work in the woods. He married Rhoda Morse, who was born in Enfield in 1807, and died March 31, 1894. He was a Free Will Baptist. In his last years he was a Republican. His children were: Rhoda M., who died when two years old; Amanda M. Hadley, who died sixty years of age; Ruth S. Leeds, who lives in Orange, N.H.; Mary Y. Diamond, also a resident of Orange; David M., the subject of this sketch; and William H. Currier, who is a travelling salesman, residing in South...

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Biography of George H. Bartlett

George H. Bartlett, a prosperous manufacturer of Sunapee, was born in that town, September 28, 1841, son of John and Sarah (Sanborn) Bartlett, natives respectively of Deering and Springfield, N.H. He belongs to an old family. One of his ancestors was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. John Bartlett, his grandfather, was a farmer in Deering, and died at a good old age. John’s son, also named John, was a pioneer of Sunapee. This John came here on horseback, and took up new and almost wild land. The remainder of his life was spent in Sunapee, where he left the reputation of an energetic man. He lived to the ripe age of eighty-three years, and his wife lived to be eighty-two. They were both supporters of the Methodist John Bartlett, the present Representative to Concord from the town of Sunapee. General Charles H. Bartlett, of Manchester, N.H., is another. George H. Bartlett passed his boyhood in his native place, receiving the education afforded by the common schools, supplemented by a course at New London Academy. His first experience in business was obtained in a sash and blind factory in Manchester, and he was a box-maker there for some time. Later on he returned to Sunapee, and engaged in his present business-the manufacture of hames. He and Mr. W. H. H. Cowles established the industry there in 1865, and...

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Biography of Henry Batchelder

Henry Batchelder, a well-to-do farmer of Sunapee, was born here, January 17, 1843, son of Nathaniel and Sarah (Trask) Batchelder, both natives of Beverly, Mass. His grandfather, Zachariah Batchelder, a shoemaker by trade, was an early settler of Sunapee. Both Zachariah and his wife died in that town. Nathaniel, who came Sunapee for several years; and he voted the ticket alone. Active in religious work, he was an esteemed member of the Methodist Episcopal church at Newport. He died in Sunapee at the age of eighty-six. His wife lived to the age of ninety-two years. They had six children, three of whom are now living. Those deceased are: Ellen, who died in infancy; Nathaniel, who died in the Civil War; and Zachariah, who reached the age of ten years. The eldest of the living children, Mrs. Mary R. Sleeper, is the wife of B. R. Sleeper, with whom she lives on the old Batchelder farm in Sunapee. Alfred T. Batchelder, the other surviving son, is a lawyer of Keene, N.H. Henry Batchelder grew up in his native town, receiving his education in the common schools and at New London Academy. He has been chiefly engaged in farming. Until recently he owned an interest in the old home farm. He sold out this interest, and purchased another place in Sunapee, containing one hundred and fifty acres, where he has since...

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Biographical Sketch of Charles A. Knowlton

Charles A. Knowlton, a prominent resident of Sunapee, was born here, November 21, 1846, son of Dennis G. and Elizabeth A. Knowlton. His father, who was a well-known man in Sunapee, died April 11, 1894. Charles received his education in the common schools of his native town and at Wolfboro High School. He grew to maturity in Sunapee, and quite early learned the trade of machinist. He worked at that business for about five years, and then started a store in Sunapee. He has now been keeping store for over twenty-five years. The business is flourishing. The establishment Knowlton carries much weight with it in the community, as bearers of it are the oldest and best known traders in the town. Mr. Knowlton has been Tax Collector, Town Clerk, and Town Treasurer; and he has been Moderator for ten years. He was Postmaster of Sunapee during both administrations of President Cleveland. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Sunapee, and he also belongs to the Knights of Pythias of Newport. In politics he is a Democrat, and in religious belief he is a Universalist. Mr. Knowlton was married August 23, 1870, to Emily S., born in Sunapee, August 23, 1848, daughter of Josiah and Sarah (Osborne) Trow. Josiah Trow was a native of Sunapee; and his wife belonged to Springfield, N.H. Both are now...

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Biography of Captain John P. Knowlton

Captain John P. Knowlton, a retired merchant of Sunapee, was born in that town, October 10, 1821, son of Samuel and Betsey (Pike) Knowlton. The grandfather, Robert Knowlton, was one of the pioneer settlers of New London, N.H., and a leading man in his time. He was a well-educated man and a successful school teacher. He also had time to attend to farming. His last years were spent in the State of Indiana, where he died at an advanced age. He married a lady named Smith, and she also lived to a good old age. Samuel Knowlton, born June 16, 1791, was a farmer, and spent the greater part of his life in Sunapee, to which he came when he was a young man. He was also engaged in hewing lumber, saw-mills being then very scarce. His religious views were liberal, and he was a Jeffersonian Democrat. He filled various offices of greater or less importance in his town, and was in the State legislature for two years. His wife, Betsey, who was born in New London in 1787, September 11, had three children, of whom John P. is the only survivor. The father died in Sunapee, September 13, 1846, and the mother, August 28, 1881. The two sons not living were: Dennis G., born September 23, 1815, who died April 11, 1894; and Moses F., born July 19,...

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