Milton Mills’ Methodist Ministers of 1869-1904

By Muriel Bristol | February 2, 2019

Methodists were present in Milton and Milton Mills prior to 1869 but, apparently, without their own assembled congregation or meeting-house. Jonathan G. Johnson had charge of a district that included Wolfeborough, Brookfield, and Milton Mills, in 1849. Daniel W. Barber had a district of Three Ponds Milton, and Union Village, in 1856, and Milton and Milton Mills, in 1857 (Methodist, 1880).

Milton Mills Methodist
Milton Mills Methodist Church

According to Scale’s History of Strafford County, the Methodist Church of Milton Mills organized itself in June 1869 and erected its “neat and tasty” meeting-house in 1871.

The Methodist Church of Milton Mills was organized in June, 1869. The first officers were Asa A. Fox, clerk, John Brackett, treasurer, Harris Brown, sexton, Alpheus Remick, collector; Stewards A.B. Shaw, John Brackett, E.C. Abbott, S.F. Rines, W. Hapgood, J.N. Witham, B.S. Butler, H.L. Mitchell, A.A. Plumer; trustees, A.B. Shaw, B.S. Butler, J.B. Dow, J. Brackett, S.F. Rines, J. Lewis, J.N. Witham, G.E. Hart, W. Patten.

The pastors have been Revs. Ira Tibbetts, James Crowley, W.H. McDaniels, A.B. Carter, J.M. Bean, W.C. Bartlett, and J.P. Frye.

This church has a very neat and tasty house of worship, pleasantly located near the Union House. It was erected in 1871 (Scales, 1914).

Scales’ list of pastors is not complete and runs only up through about 1889 (years short of his 1914 publication date). Other pastors have been added in this list, which extends out to 1904.

Ira J. Tibbetts

Ira Jackson Tibbetts, Methodist, son of Samuel Hayes and Belinda (Cross) Tibbetts was born, July 18, 1836. Licensed to preach at Rochester, 1870. Admitted on trial to the New Hampshire Conference, 1871. Ordained deacon by Bishop Simpson, at Newport, April 20, 1873, and elder by Bishop Wiley, at Haverhill, Mass., April 25, 1875. Appointments: Milton Mills, 1871-2; Jefferson, 1873; East Haverhill, 1874-5; Gilford Village, 1876-8; North Haverhill, 1879; Piermont, 1880-1; Stark, 1882-3; Landaff, 1884-5; North Salem, 1886-7; Milton Mills, 1888; Moultonville, 1889-90; Gilford, 1891-2; supernumerary, 1893-4; located, 1895-1905. Married Abbie M., daughter of William and Abigail Yeaton, at Rochester, May 5, 1861 (Carter, 1906).

Ira J. Tibbetts, a woolen mill worker, aged thirty-three years (b. NH), headed a Rochester (Gonic P.O.), NH, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Abby M. Tibbetts, keeping house, aged thirty-five years (b. NH), Ida M. Tibbetts, at home, aged six years (b. NH), and Esta Yeton, aged forty years (b. NH). Ira J. Tibbetts had personal estate valued at $300. They shared a two-family dwelling with the household of Phebe Greenfield, aged seventy-one years (b. NH). Greenfield had personal estate valued at $150.

Ira J. Tibbets appeared as the Methodist minister in the Milton [Milton Mills] business directory of 1871.

I.J. Tebbetts represented Piermont, NH, at the New Hampshire Conference, which was held at Great Falls, NH, April 8-12, 1880 (Methodist, 1880).

Ira J. Tibbetts, a minister, aged forty-four years (b. NH), headed a Piermont, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Abbie M. Tibbetts, keeping house, aged forty-five years, and his daughter, Ida M. Tibbetts, at home, aged fifteen years (b. NH).

I.G. Tibbetts appeared again as the Methodist minister in the Milton [Milton Mills] business directory of 1889.

Abby M. (Yeaton) Tibbetts died in California, between 1900 and 1910.

J.S. Potter

J.S. Potter appeared as the Methodist minister in the Milton [Milton Mills] business directories of 1873 and 1874.

James E. Crowley

Crowley, James E.
Rev. James E. Crowley

Rev. James Crowley, son of James H. and Mary (Ridlon) Crowley, was born in Cornish, Me., Sept. 15, 1820, and died at East Wolfeboro, N.H., July 1, 1893. During fifty of the nearly seventy years of his earthly pilgrimage, he “walked with God,” and then “he was not, for God took him.” He was converted in his native town in 1843. He united with the Free Baptist church, and by that denomination he was licensed to exhort at Limerick, Me., in 1865. Afterward, moving to New Hampshire, he united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, in 1867, and was licensed to preach, in 1868, at Ossipee. Three years later (1871) he was received on probation in this Conference, at Rochester. He was ordained deacon, at Newport, in 1873; and elder, at Haverhill, Mass., in 1875.

He was married Sept. 24, 1846, at Saco, Me., to Nancy Wiggin. This happy union was blest with three daughters Helen W., Annie A., and Abbie A., all of whom were converted before entering their teens. Thus beautifully was illustrated in that Christian home, the motto of Joshua: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” May all of that household at last dwell together with Him, “Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.” 

Brother Crowley was a student, from 1839 to 1841, at the academy at Limerick, Me. He made good use of such educational privileges as were within his reach. In his early manhood, by farming in the summer and teaching school in the winter, he developed in harmonious proportions his physical and mental powers. 

He was a model citizen and an ardent patriot. His country’s call for defenders found in him a ready and sympathetic response. He did excellent service in the Union Army, as a non-commissioned officer.

Though he would not be called a profound student, yet he was a devout searcher of the Bible, and was familiar with other good books. Those who knew him in the later years of his active ministry, were surprised at the amount of general information which he possessed. He could state, better than the average pastor, the political situation, the current discussions in sociology, and the theological drift. The papers which he prepared for ministerial associations evinced reading, thought, practical insight and fidelity in preparation.

But he was more a student of men than of books. That a man so simple and artless could so correctly read, so powerfully attract, and so successfully utilize elements so varied as he had to deal with, from the crudest rustic to the metropolitan star preacher and his brilliant coterie sojourning in his parish, is surely remarkable. By a rare combination of sterling qualities, he won the confidence, the love, the profound respect and the active co-operation of the back woodsman and the savant. He was a choice spirit, a lovely character. He was nature’s unpolished, unstilted, nobleman. Yes, he was Christian nobility Itself (M.E. Conference, 1894).

James Crowley, a clergyman, aged forty-eight years (b. ME), headed a Tuftonborough, NH, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Nancy Crowley, keeping house, aged forty-five years, Helen Crowley, a tailoress, aged twenty-two years (b. ME), Annie Crowley, attending school, aged thirteen years (b. (ME), and Mary A. Crowley, aged six years (b. ME). James Crowley had personal estate valued at $1,200.

The appointments, which Brother Crowley served with great fidelity and usefulness, were as follows: Tuftonborough, 1870-2; Milton Mills, 1873-4; Landaff, 1875-7; Jefferson, 1878-80; Groveton, 1881-2; Groveton and Stratford, 1883; Rumney, 1884-5; Jefferson, 1886-90. In 1891, he received the superannuated relation. He supplied Moultonville 1891-2, and was appointed to supply East Wolfeborough and North Wakefield, 1893 (M.E. Conference, 1894).

[Ed. note: the appointment dates at Milton Mills and Landaff seem to be reversed].

James Crowley appeared as the Methodist minister in the Milton [Milton Mills] business directories of 1876 and 1877.

James Crowley represented Jefferson, NH, at the New Hampshire Conference, which was held at Great Falls, NH, April 8-12, 1880 (Methodist, 1880).

James Crowley, a clergyman, aged fifty-nine years (b. ME), headed a Jefferson, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Nancy Crowley, keep house, aged fifty-five years (b. NH), and his daughter, Abby A. Crowley, at school, aged sixteen years (b. VT). They shared a two-family dwelling with the household of Samuel Bryant, a machinist, aged sixty-one years.

Rev. James Crowley, of Groveton, N.H., will officiate at Grace, (M.E.) Church next Sabbath (Essex County Herald (Island Pond, VT), October 7, 1881).

In the early part of this [1893] year he was called to that higher service, which awaits all faithful laborers in the vineyard below.

Much of the time, during his last illness, his mind wandered. But even then it instinctively sought the fields of spiritual conflict and triumph. When he would find himself too near the foot of the bed, he would say: “Draw me up a little nearer the Weirs.” When he came to the shadowy valley, he found a divine presence, whose winsome words he softly whispered: “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” His last rapturous utterance, “I see glimpses of glory,” assured us of his latest triumph, and that the gates of the glory-land were opening to receive another accession to the innumerable, white-robed host.

And did the glory ineffable that burst upon his vision, and into which he was welcomed, cause him to wait with eager longing the coming of that worthy helpmeet, who for nearly half a century, shared his earthly campaigns and conquests? He had not long to wait (M.E. Conference, 1894). 

Rev. James E. Crowley died in Wolfeborough, NH, July 1, 1893. Nancy (Wiggin) Crowley died in Ossipee, November 1, 1893.

Willard H. McDaniels

Willard Hoyt McDaniels was born in Jay, VT, April 1, 1833, son of David and Hannah (Berkley) McDaniels.

Willard McDaniel, of Stewartstown, NH, aged thirty years, white, a farmer, born Vermont, registered for the military draft, in June 1863.

He married in Coventry, VT, March 8, 1875 Lovina Magoon. She was born in Canada, in 1834.

William [Willard] H. McDaniels, works for shoe mfty, aged thirty-six years, headed a Rochester [Gonic P.O.] at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Lavina McDaniels, keeping house, aged thirty-five years (b. Canada), George W. McDaniel, at home, aged three years (b. VT), Lilla A. McDaniel, at home, aged one year (b. NH).

W.H. McDaniels would seem to have been in Milton Mills, NH, in or around 1875.

Willard H. McDaniels, works in shoe shop, aged forty-six years (b. VT), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included Lavina McDaniels, keeping house, aged forty-five years (b. Canada), George W. McDaniel, at home, aged thirteen years (b. VT), Lilla A. McDaniel, at home, aged eleven years (b. NH).

VERNON. Elder W.H. McDaniels of Keene, N.H., will preach in the chapel next Sunday at 10:30 A.M. and 1:30 P.M. (Vermont Phoenix, February 1, 1895).

Lovina M. McDaniels died in 1912. Willard H. McDaniels died in Saugus, MA, September 26, 1914.

Alba B. Carter

Alba Briggs Carter, Methodist, son of Ebenezer and Geazeldem (Parker) Carter, was born Sept. 11, 1844. Preparatory studies at Derry and Milton Mills. Admitted on trial to the New Hampshire Conference, 1873. Ordained deacon by Bishop Haven, at Haverhill, Mass., April 25, 1875, and elder by Bishop Peck, at Dover April 22, 1877. Appointments Derry, 1873-5; Milton Mills, 1876-8; Hampton, 1879-80; Raymond, 1881-2; Great Falls, 1883-4. Died there, April 9, 1885. Married Eliza Ann, daughter of Osman and Mary Carter (McConnell) Carr, at St Johnsbury, Vt., Aug. 1, 1864. She survived him (Carter, 1906).

A.B. Carter represented Hampton, NH, at the New Hampshire Conference, which was held at Great Falls, NH, April 8-12, 1880 (Methodist, 1880).

James M. Bean

James Mowry Bean, Methodist, son of John and Nancy (Hill) Bean, was born Nov. 18, 1833. Preparatory studies at Salisbury and Warner High Schools, and New Hampshire Conference Seminary. Studied for the ministry at the Concord Biblical Institute, 1859-61. Licensed to preach by the First Church, Concord, April 7, 1859. Supplied, Alexandria, Jan. 1863-4. Admitted on trial to the New Hampshire Conference, 1864. Ordained deacon by Bishop Janes, at Lebanon, April 10, 1864, and elder by Bishop Ames, at Lawrence, Mass., April 5, 1868. Appointments: Alexandria and Groton, 1864; Lempster and Unity, 1865-6; Loudon, 1867; Landaff, 1868; Manchester, 1869-71; Canaan, 1872-3; Amherst, 1874; Amherst and Milford, 1875; Goffstown, 1876-7; Sandwich, 1878; Milton Mills, 1879-80; Londonderry, 1881-3; Salem Centre, 1884; Kingston, 1885; Kingston and North Danville, 1886-7; East Haverhill, 1888; Wolfborough Junction, 1889; West Rindge and Fitzwilliam, 1890-1; West Rindge, 1892; Contoocook and Webster, 1893; superannuate, 1893-5; supplied, Raymond and Fremont, 1895-6, Died Raymond Jan. 24, 1897. Married Mary Trussell of Boscawen, at Concord, Nov. 13, 1862 (Carter, 1906).

J.H. Bean appeared as the Methodist minister in the Milton [Milton Mills] business directory of 1880.

J.M. Bean represented Milton Mills and Union, NH, at the New Hampshire Conference, which was held at Great Falls, NH, April 8-12, 1880 (Methodist, 1880).

Rev. J.M. Bean of Kingston, NH, went as a delegate to the NH Prohibitory Party convention, which was held at Phoenix Hall, in Concord, NH, July 14, 1886. He made the motion to proceed to balloting for their gubernatorial candidate. Colonel Joseph Wentworth of Concord, NH, had the necessary votes among the delegates, whom the newspaper called the “Cold Water Men of the Granite State” (Boston Globe, July 15, 1886).

William C. Bartlett

William C. Bartlett was born in Brome, Shefford, Quebec, Canada, May 1, 1848. William C. Bartlett of [Northfield scratched out] Gilford, NH, claimed to have emigrated to the United States in May 1869, when he was naturalized in Belknap County, September 4, 1872. (There was a three-year residency requirement).

Thomas Bartlett, a farmer, aged sixty-two years (b. England), headed a Northfield, NH, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Ann Bartlett, keeping house, aged sixty years (born England), and William Bartlett, attending school, aged twenty-two years (b. NH [SIC]). Thomas Bartlett had real estate valued at $500 and personal estate valued at $150.

William C. Bartlett married in Tilton, NH, in 1873, Emma M. Downing, daughter of Lorenzo and Martha E. Downing.

W.C. Bartlett represented East Rochester, NH, at the New Hampshire Conference, which was held at Great Falls, NH, April 8-12, 1880. (Methodist, 1880).

William C. Bartlett, a clergyman, aged thirty-three years (b. Canada), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Emma Bartlett, keeping house, aged twenty-four years (b. NH), and his daughter, Winnie C. Bartlett, aged five years (b. NH).

W.C. Bartlett appeared as the Methodist minister in the Milton [Milton Mills] business directories of 1881 and 1882.

William G. Ripley married in Center Sandwich, NH, May 5, 1907, Edith M. Bartlett, he of Malden, MA, and she of  Sandwich, NH. Clergyman W.C. Bartlett of Center Sandwich, NH, performed the ceremony. Ripley was a shipper, aged twenty-four years (born Malden, MA, son of Henry W. and Sarah L. (Jones) Ripley). Edith M. Bartlett was a houseworker, aged twenty-one years (born Lawrence, MA, daughter of William C. and Emma M. (Downing) Bartlett).

William C. Bartlett died in Springfield, MA, in 1924. She died in Lancaster, MA, December 1936.

Joseph P. Frye

Joseph Pierce Frye, Methodist, son of Ivory and Satira (Ellison) Frye, was born Oct. 1, 1843. Preparatory studies at Manchester. Admitted on trial to the New Hampshire Conference, 1872. Ordained by Bishop Janes, at Manchester, April 26, 1874; and elder by Bishop Simpson, at Lebanon, April 16, 1876. Appointments: Moultonville, 1872-3; Union, 1874; Candia, 1875-6; Hampton, 1877-8; Seabrook 1879-81; Milton Mills and Union, 1882; South Tamworth, 1883-5; Landaff, 1886-8; North Haverhill, 1889-91; Warren, 1892-4; Monroe and North Monroe, 1895-6; North Charlestown and West Unity, 1897-1900; Londonderry, 1901-3; Enfield and West Canaan, 1904-5. Married Mary Emma, daughter of John Edmund and Eliza (Young) Wilber, at Manchester, June 5, 1872 (Carter, 1906).

J.P. Frye represented Seabrook, NH, at the New Hampshire Conference, which was held at Great Falls, NH, April 8-12, 1880 (Methodist, 1880).

Joseph P. Frye, a clergyman, aged thirty-six years (b. NH), headed a Seabrook, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mary E. Frye, keeping house, aged thirty-five years (b. MA), and his sons, Lewis A. Frye, aged seven years (b. NH), and Joseph A. Frye, aged four years (b. NH).

Joseph P. Frye, a clergyman, aged fifty-six years (b. NH), headed a Charlestown, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Mary E. Frye, aged fifty-five years (b. MA), his children, Joseph A. Frye, a RR mail clerk, aged twenty-three years (b. NH), and Grace E. Frye, at school, aged sixteen years (b. NH), and his mother-in-law, Eliza Wilbur, aged seventy-nine years (b. ME).

Joseph Pierce Frye died in Billerica, MA, November 24, 1917.

Jefferson T. Davis

Jefferson Thomas Davis, Methodist, son of Oliver and Harriet Elizabeth (Moore) Davis, was born Sept. 14, 1841. Preparatory studies at the New Hampshire Conference Seminary, 1866-72. Licensed to preach by the Quarterly Conference, at Tilton, Sept. 21, 1870. Admitted on trial to the New Hampshire Conference, 1872. Ordained deacon by Bishop Janes, at Manchester, April 27, 1874, and elder by Bishop Simpson, at Lebanon, April 16, 1876. Appointments: Gilmanton 1870-2; Lyman 1873-4; Haverhill, 1875-6; Stark, 1877-8; South Columbia, 1879-80; South Tamworth, 1881-2; Milton Mills, 1883; Tuftonborough Circuit, 1884-5; North Grantham, 1886-7; supernumerary there, 1888-90; supplying Tuftonborough, 1890; superannuate, there 1891-6. Soldier, Company F, Ninth New Hampshire Volunteers, Aug. 6, 1862 to June 10, 1865. Died Tuftonborough, July 9, 1896. Married Annie Louisa, daughter of Joseph and Mary Dodge Brown, at Franklin, Aug. 21, 1867 (Carter, 1906).

J.T. Davis represented South Columbia, NH, at the New Hampshire Conference, which was held at Great Falls, NH, April 8-12, 1880 (Methodist, 1880).

J.T. Davis appeared as the Methodist minister in the Milton [Milton Mills] business directory of 1884.

Henry E. Allen

Henry E. Allen was born in Sanford, ME, September 8, 1851, son of Emelius and Sarah (Hanson) Allen.

He married in Sanford, ME, May 29, 1872, Livonia Jane Gowen. She was born in Sanford, ME, in 1852.

Henry E. Allen, works in woolen mill, aged twenty-eight years, headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included Livona Allen, aged twenty-eight years (b. ME), and Sadie E. Allen, aged two years (b. NH). The resided in a multi-family dwelling on Liberty Street, with the households of John A. Bingham, at home, aged seventy-one years (b. Ireland); and widow Sarah F. Jenness, works in woolen mill, aged forty-one years (b. ME).

Camp-Meeting Notes. Epping. N.H., August 24. The twenty-third annual camp meeting at East Epping began yesterday afternoon with a sermon by Rev. H.E. Allen of Milton Mills. The sermon today was by Rev. Hugh Montgomery. About 1000 people are on the grounds (Boston Globe, August 25, 1886),

H.E. Allen appeared as the Methodist minister in the Milton [Milton Mills] business directory of 1887.

Religious Intelligence. New Hampshire. Raymond. The meeting of the Rockingham County Temperance Association, already briefly noticed in our columns, was one of more than ordinary interest. There was a good attendance of representative ministers from various parts of the county and of the people of Raymond and the neighboring towns. The address of Rev. H.E. Allen, Methodist, of Chester, was specially commended for its clearness and force. Mrs. Fowler of South New Market, a noted temperance worker, gave valuable facts from her experience, and the short speeches which followed from Rev. Messrs. Peabody of Candia, Mills of Raymond, Howard of New Market, Hon. A. Whittier, of Raymond, and others were full of hopefulness and energy (Vermont Chronicle, May 11, 1888).

East Haverhill. Rev. H.E. Allen, who has had charge of the church here for the past two years, has gone to Goffstown centre. Mr. Allen was greatly admired by all the people of this place. His successor, Rev. Mellen Howard, comes to us from Greenland, N.H., highly recommended (United Opinion (Bradford, VT), May 1, 1891).

Henry E. Allen, a clergyman, aged forty-eight years (b. ME), headed a Stark, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Livonia J. Allen, aged forty-eight years (b. ME), and his daughter, Sadie E. Allen, aged twenty-one years (b. NH).

Allen, Henry E.REV. HENRY E. ALLEN DEAD. Methodist episcopal Pastor in Lawrence Had Served Also in Several New Hampshire Parishes. LAWRENCE, July 10. Rev. Henry E. Allen, pastor of St. Paul’s Methodist Episcopal Church, died suddenly at 2 this morning at his home, 22 Wyman st. Acute indigestion was the cause of death. Rev. Mr. Allen was in his usual health when he retired last night, and after midnight was taken suddenly ill and died before anything could be done for him. Rev. Mr. Allen was born in Sanford, Me., in 1850 and was educated in the schools there. When a young man he entered a mill at Sanford and remained there until he was made an overseer. Later he took a theological course and was admitted to the ministry. His first pastorate was served in the town of Milton, N.H. After a short stay there he was sent to take charge of a parish in the mountain town of Starke. N.H. He was later located in Goffstown, East Haverhill, Derry, Salem and Manchester, N.H. He came here from Manchester two years ago last April. It was at the request of his parishioners that he was again assigned to St Paul’s Church this year. Rev. Mr. Allen was a member of the Masonic order, grand prelate of the Grand Lodge of Knights of Pythias of New Hampshire and past grand warden of the N.K.O.P. of New Hampshire. He is survived by a wife and one daughter, Mrs. Alfred H. Morse of Salem, N.H, and one brother, living In Sanford, Me. (Boston Globe, July 10, 1913)

Rev. Henry E. Allen died in Lawrence, MA, July 10, 1913, aged sixty-one years. Livonia J. (Gowen) Allen died in 1924.

Edwin S. Coller

Edwin Simeon Coller was born in Northfield, MA, April 27, 1859, son of Aaron and Mary E. (Gifford) Coller.

He married in Jamaica, VT, November 24, 1887, Harriet Bell “Hattie” Wardwell. He was a clergyman, born in Northfield, MA, aged twenty-five years, resident in Acworth, NH. She was born in Keene, NH, aged seventeen years, resident in Jamaica, VT, daughter of Orlan N. and Augusta M. (Wilson) Wardwell.

JAMAICA. Mrs. O.N. Wardwell who has been at Milton Mills, N.H., for some time past taking care of her sick daughter, has returned here to her home (Londonderry Sifter (South Londonderry, VT), April 7, 1893).

E.S. Collen appeared as the Methodist minister in the Milton [Milton Mills] business directory of 1894.

Edwin S. Caller, a clergyman (Meth.), aged forty-one years (b. MA), headed a Goffstown, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Hattie B. Caller, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), and his daughter, Ethel C. Caller, at school, aged eleven years (b. NH).

Rev. Edwin S. Coller was pastor of the Piermont, NH, Methodist Episcopal church in April 1909.

Rev. E.S. Coller will take for his text Sunday morning, “The Black God.” This may sound startling but we feel sure it will be all right. Come and hear, and decide for yourself (United Opinion (Bradford, VT), August 20, 1909).

Edwin S. Coller, of Piermont, NH, divorced Hattie B. (Wardwell) Coller, of Hollowville, NY, in Grafton Superior Court, February 17, 1910. The stated cause was abandonment.

Edwin S. Coller died in Goffstown, NH, January 2, 1929. Harriet B. (Wardwell) Coller died in New Jersey, March 23, 1961, aged ninety years.

Eugene J. Deane

Eugene James Deane was born in Eden, VT, May 28, 1868, son of James R. and Ellen J. (Parker) Deane.

E.J. Deans appeared as the Methodist minister in the Milton [Milton Mills] business directory of 1898.

Hinsdale. Rev. E.J. Dean’s subject at the Methodist church Sunday morning will be, “Why I Am a Methodist” (Vermont Phoenix, March 23, 1900).

Eugene J. Deane, a clergyman, aged thirty-two years (b. VT), boarded in the Hinsdale, NH, household of Edgar C. Bartlett, at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. Bartlett was a farmer, aged thirty-five years (b. NH). His household included his wife, Sarah Bartlett, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), his daughters, Lillian Bartlett, at school, aged seventeen years (b. NH), and Doris Bartlett, at school, aged nine years (b. MA), his father-in-law, Nelson Barritt, aged eighty-six years (b. NH), his mother, Harriet Bartlett, aged seventy years (b. NH), and his clerical boarder.

REPRESENTING WESTERN CO. M. Eugene J. Dean of The Northern Exploration Company in City. The Hub reporter today had the pleasure of examining what is probably the largest gold nugget ever brought to this city from the placer mines of Alaska, the same being about the size of a large rabbit foot and with a value which seems exorbitant. Mr. Eugene J. Deane represents the Northern Exploring company with headquarters at Seattle, and was exhibiting specimens of their placer and quartz properties and also copper ore samples nt the time. This company is now working in Nebraska selling proerties in their different fields and at present are working in Kearney in connection with W.L. Hand of the New Era Immigration company and has headquarters at the Midway hotel. The placer properties of the company are located at Fairbanks and Richardson, Alaska, in the Tanana district and in Washington, while the gold quartz properties are in Nevada, The copper quarries owned by the company are at Gribbel Island, British Columbia. Mr. Deane asks one and all to see him at the Midway and see this sample nugget (Kearney Daily Hub, September 10, 1907).

Eugene J. Deane died in Wichita Falls, TX, March 18, 1921, aged fifty-two years. At the time of his death, he was engaged in the “mining & oil” trade.

Alba M. Markey

Alba Marcus Markey was born in Dover, NH, October 15, 1864, son of James P. and Eliza J. (Abbot) Markey.

He married, in 1884, Linnie Greenleaf. She was born in 1865.

The Rev. A.M. Markey, of Moultonville, NH, went as a delegate to the eighth international triennial Sunday school convention, which was held at the Tremont Temple, on Tremont Street, in Boston, MA, June 23-26, 1896 (Boston Post, June 22, 1896).

Alba M. Markey, a clergyman, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Milton Mills household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Linnie Markey, aged thirty-four years (b. MA), and his daughters, Daisy Markey, at school, aged fourteen years (b. MA), Alice Markey, at school, aged thirteen years (b. MA), and Ida Markey, at school, aged eleven years (b. MA).

A.M. Markey appeared as the Methodist minister in the Milton [Milton Mills] business directory of 1901.

Rev. A.M. Markey performed a wedding in Marlboro, NH, of which he was then Methodist church pastor, July 15, 1903 (Fitchburg Sentinel, July 21, 1903).

Linnie G. (Greenleaf) Markey died in Pepperell, MA, in 1918.

WILLIAMSTOWN. Rev. A.M. Markey, formerly of Salem Depot, N.H., did not arrive in town yesterday as stated in a Times item, but was expected to come this forenoon at 10:30. He brings with him a wife, to whom he was married on the 15th. Mr. and Mrs. Markey have the best wishes of the community as they enter upon the work of this pastor (Barre (VT) Daily Times, April 17, 1919).

Rev. A.M. Markey died in Lyndonville, VT, November 18, 1943.

Rev. Alba Markey. Special to the Free Press. LYNDONVILLE, Nov. 18. Rev. Alba M. Markey, 79, retired Methodist minister died this morning after a long illness. He was born in Dover, N.H., son of James P. and Eliza Abbott Markey. He was graduated from the Boston university school of theology in 1894 and began work in the New Hampshire conference in 1899, serving in the next 20 years churches at Milton Mills, Canaan, Marlboro, West Swansey, Bristol, North Haverill and Salem. In 1899 he transferred to the Vermont conference, serving churches in Williamstown, Concord, Lyndonville, Groton and West Burke. He retired in 1938. He was past grand master of the Vermont Lodge of Odd Fellows, a member of all the Masonic bodies, served as secretary of Lyndonville Rotary club in 1919. He married Flora Thom, Salem, N.H., who survives him with two daughters, Mrs. Kenneth C. Coburn, Baldwinsville, Mass., and Mrs. Frank Poor, Waslaco, Texas; also two grandchildren and a great-grandchild (Burlington Free Press, November 19, 1943).

Flora A. (Thom) Markey died in 1967.

Silas E. Quimby

Quimby, Silas E.Silas Everard Quimby, Methodist, son of Rev. Silas and Penelope Cowdry (Fifield) Quimby, was born Oct. 19, 1837. Preparatory studies at Tilton Conference Seminary. Graduated at Wesleyan University, 1859. Licensed to preach by the Quarterly Conference, at Middletown, Ct., March, 1858. Teacher, Greek, Newbury, Vt. Seminary, 1859-63. Admitted on trial to the Vermont Conference, 1862. Ordained deacon by Bishop Baker, at Tilton, April 13, 1862; and elder by Bishop Simpson, at Keene, April 16, 1866. Appointments: Littleton, 1863; professor of Greek and mathematics, Newbury, Vt. Seminary, 1864-7, principal, 1866-7; Lebanon, 1867-8; Plymouth, 1869-70; Exeter, 1871-3; Sunapee, 1874-6; Tilton, 1877; president Tilton Conference Seminary, 1878-86; Whitefield, 1886-7; Laconia, 1888-9; Newmarket, 1890; Exeter, 1891-3; Rochester, 1894; Penacook, 1895-6; Pleasant Street, Salem, 1897-1900; conference evangelist, 1901; Milton Mills, 1902-3; Berry, 1904; Delegate to the General Conference Cincinnati, O., 1880. Married Anna Wesley, daughter of Rev. Orange and Eliza (Dearborn) Scott of Newbury, Vt., July 10, 1862. She died at Salem, Mass. [SIC], March 8, 1901, aged 60. Publication Church Music, 1890 (Carter, 1906).

Silas E. Quimby, a minister, aged sixty-two years (b. NH), headed a Salem, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Anna W. Quimby, aged sixty years (b. NH), and his son, Ernest S. Quimby, a teacher, aged twenty-six years (b. NH).

WAS PRESIDENT AT NEWBURY, VT. Tilton, N.H., Feb. 23. Rev. Silas E. Quimby, former president of Tilton Seminary, died at Bellefonte, Penn. today aged 77, according to word received here tonight. He was president at Newbury Seminary, Newbury, Vt., before coming to Tilton (Montpelier Morning Journal, February 24, 1913).

Willis Holmes

Willis Holmes was born in Carroll, NH, September 5, 1855, son of Robert R. and Letitia J. (Phillips) Holmes.

He married, circa 1875, Ella Esmerelda Kimball. She was born in Hollis, ME, circa 1855.

Willis Holmes, a clergyman, aged forty-four years (b. NH), headed a Landaff, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included Ella E. Holmes, aged forty-three years (b. ME), Agnes A. Holmes, a schoolteacher, aged eighteen years (b. NH), Nella E. Holmes, attends school, aged thirteen years (b. NH), Norris D. Holmes, aged nine years (b. NH), and Evelin Holman, aged three years (b. NH).

W. Holmes appeared as the Methodist minister in the Milton [Milton Mills] business directory of 1904.

Willis Holmes, a minister, aged fifty-four years (b. NH), headed a Haverhill, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Ella B. Holmes, aged fifty-three years (b. ME), and his daughter, Nellie E. Holmes, aged thirteen years (b. NH). They resided in a rented house on Main Street.

Ella (Kimball) Holmes died in 1918. Rev. Willis Holmes died in Landaff, NH (three months residence, previous residence, Lincoln, NH), January 6, 1921, aged sixty-five years.

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