Henry Tubbs, a successful dentist practising in Newport, was born in Peterboro, N.H., February 24, 1831, son of Joseph and Azuba (Monroe) Tubbs. The family is traced back to one William Tubbs, who came to the Plymouth Colony from London, England, in 1635. The paternal grandfather of Dr. Tubbs was Captain Joseph Tubbs, of Marlow, N.H., an early settler, a successful farmer, a good citizen, and a Captain in the old State militia. He died at the age of eighty years.
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Joseph Tubbs, son of Captain Tubbs, in company with Thomas Baker owned the Eagle Mills at Peterboro, N.H., where he manufactured cotton goods, ginghams, etc., from the rough cotton. Successful at first, the firm met with disasters from various causes; and the business was wound up after several years of existence. Joseph Tubbs then turned his May 22, 1859, at the age of seventy years and three months. His wife was a daughter of Dr. Joseph Monroe, of Hillsborough. She died at Hancock, N.H., January 16, 1871, at the age of seventy-five years and eight months. They were both Unitarians. They had six children, of whom three are deceased, namely: Thomas B., who died in 1894, seventy-nine years old; Elijah M. Tubbs, who died in 1881, fifty-eight years old; and Mrs. Sarah W. Merriman, who died at the age of fifty-five years. The others are: Mrs. Maria T. Blood, who resides in Hancock, N.H.; Louisa A., also a resident of Hancock; and Henry, the subject of this sketch.
Henry Tubbs, the subject of this sketch, the youngest of his parents’ children, was a student for a time in the private school of Dr. Sullivan McCollester. His first business venture was as a clerk in a country store. Later he was employed in the dry-goods business in Boston for a while. In 1859 he entered his brother’s office in Peterboro, and began to study dentistry. He located in Newport in 1860, where he was the pioneer in his calling. On December 24, 1865, he married Mary A. Rogers, who was born in Sunapee. They have three children-Annie L., Chandler T., and Gerty M. Annie is the wife of Will Chandler White, of Concord; and Gerty is at school at Bradford, Mass. In politics Dr. Tubbs is Republican. He was a member of the Lower House of the State legislature in 1896. A prominent Mason, he belongs to Mount Vernon Lodge of Newport, the Royal Arch Chapter of Newport, and Sullivan Commandery at Claremont. He has also membership in Mount Coit Lodge, Knights of Honor. The Doctor’s success in life is entirely the result of his own efforts.