Arthur Wilson Silsby, of Concord, who for the past thirteen years has been Judge of Probate for Merrimack County, was born in Concord, August 28, 1851, son of George H. H. and Sarah F. (Chickering) Silsby. He is a direct descendant of Henry Silsby, who emigrated from England about the year 1630, and settled in Salem, Mass. Captain Henry Silsby, greatgrandfather of Arthur W., was an early settler in Acworth, N.H. He served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and was a member of the Committee of Public Safety. His son, Ozias, Judge Silsby’s grandfather, was a Congregational preacher.
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George H. H. Silsby, the father of Judge Silsby, born in Hillsborough, came to reside in Concord when he was fifteen years old. He was a stationer, printer, and bookbinder, and followed that business during the active period of his life. His wife, Sarah, who was born in Danvers, Mass., descended from Revolutionary patriots. Her grandfather, John Chickering, participated in the battle of Bunker Hill.
Arthur Wilson Silsby acquired his education in the public and high schools of Concord. He also took a short course at the well-known Phillips Academy in Exeter, N.H., and fitted for college. He commenced the study of law with the firm of Minot, Tappan & Mugridge, of Concord. Later, after completing his preparations with Mr. Mugridge, he was admitted to the Merrimack County bar in August, 1877. Thereupon he entered into practice, remaining in the office with Mr. Mugridge until his death, which took place in April, 1884. On September 14, 1883, he was appointed Judge of Probate; and he has since presided over that court with ability, and gives general satisfaction. His decisions have been marked by an earnest desire to accord justice in all cases coming before him, and he has shown that he is eminently qualified for this responsible office. Judge Silsby is unmarried. In politics he supports the Republican party. He is a member of the Sons of the Revolution.