South Milton Senator Eli Wentworth (1821-1863)

By Muriel Bristol |November 27, 2022

Eli Wentworth was born in Milton, February 19, 1821, son of Ichabod H. and Peace (Varney) Wentworth.

Ichabod H. Wentworth headed a Milton household at the time of the Sixth (1840) Federal Census. His household included one male aged 40-49 years [himself], one female aged 40-49 years [Peace (Varney) Wentworth], one male aged 20-29 years [Hiram V. Wentworth], one male aged 15-19 years [Eli Wentworth], one female aged 15-19 years, and one male aged 5-9 years. Four members of the household were engaged in agriculture. Their household appeared in the enumeration between those of John Plumer, Jr., and William Wentworth.

Elder brother Hiram V. Wentworth married, circa 1842, Mary J. Nute. She was born Milton, circa July 1820, daughter of John C. and Sarah A. (Varney) Nute.

Eli Wentworth married in Milton, July 23, 1843, Mehitable Jane “Jane” Howe, both of Milton. She was born in Milton, in 1822, daughter of Jonathan and Mehitable (Twombly) Howe. Jacob Davis performed the ceremony.

Jonathan Howe of Milton made his last will, April 30, 1845. He devised to his beloved [second] wife, Abigail Howe, the sole use of the house, the use and income of the field in which the house was situated, one-half of the associated barn, pasturage for two cows, use of a horse and carriage, when necessary, four sheep, and whatever personal property she brought at the time of their marriage. He named his son Ira F. Howe, as executor, and devised to him the remainder of the real and personal estate, as well as his wife’s share after her decease. Ira F. Howe was also named as executor. He devised $12 each to his daughters, Lucy Durell, Hannah Cook, and Mehitable Jane Wentworth; and $1 to Stephen Twombly. Joseph Cook, Jacob Davis, and John H. Davis signed as witnesses (Stafford County Probate Docket 2771).

Daughter Clara Ann Wentworth was born in Milton, November 26, 1844.

Eli Wentworth, a shoe manufacturer, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Seventh (1850) Federal Census. His household included Mehitable J. [(Howe)] Wentworth, aged twenty-eight years (b. NH), Clara E. Wentworth, aged six years (b. NH), and John C. Plumer, a shoe manufacturer, aged twenty-one years (b. NH). Eli Wentworth had real estate valued at $350. He shared a two-family residence with the household of [his elder brother,] Hiram B. Wentworth, a shoe manufacturer, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), who also had real estate valued at $350. The household of [his father,] Ichabod H. Wentworth, aged fifty-five years (b. NH), appeared next door. His property was valued at $3,500.

Eli Wentworth received an appointment as South Milton postmaster in 1852.

Miscellaneous Items. A new post office has been established at Northfield Four Corners, Franklin county, Mass., and Moses Tyfield appointed; also at South Milton, Strafford county, N.H., Eli Wentworth, postmaster (New England Farmer (Boston, MA), June 5, 1852).

The Milton selectmen of 1852 were Asa Fox, Eli Wentworth, and Ichabod Hayes. Those of 1853 were Eli Wentworth, J.S. Hersey, and J.N. Witham.

Eli Wentworth received an initial five-year appointment as a Milton justice-of-the-peace, July 1, 1853.

The NH Annual Register & US Calendar of 1853 identified Milton’s Justices of the Peace as being Stephen Drew, John L. Swinerton, Joseph Cook, John J. Plumer, Daniel Hayes, Jr., Daniel P. Warren, James Berry, Ichabod H. Wentworth, Joseph Pearl, Robert Mathes, Elias S. Cook, David Wallingford, John E. Goodwin, Charles C. Hayes, Jas. Jewett, Thos. Y. Wentworth, Asa Fox, James Connor, and Eli Wentworth (Lyon, 1853). (Justice Ichabod H. Wentworth was his father, and Justice Elias S. Cook was married to his sister-in-law, Hannah (Howe) Cook).

Son Charles Webster Wentworth was born in Milton, in April 1855.

Milton sent Eli Wentworth to Concord, NH, as one of its two NH State Representatives for the 1855-56 biennium. (The other was David Wallingford (1819-1903)). His mileage was rated as 100 miles. Rep. Eli Wentworth, acting for the House Committee on the State Prison, June 20, 1855, submitted its recommendation to the House.

The committee on the State Prison, have directed me to report the following resolution: ELI WENTWORTH for the Committee. Resolved, That the inventory of the State Prison be laid upon the table. and that the Clerk be directed to procure the usual number of copies for the use of the House. The resolution was adopted (NH General Court, 1855).

New Hampshire passed a prohibitory law on a third attempt in July 1855, only a month after the Portland Rum Riot. (See Milton Under “Semi-Prohibition” – 1855-02).

Eli Wentworth appeared in a State political manual of 1867, as having been the Strafford County Treasurer back in 1857 (McFarland & Jenks, 1866).

Eli Wentworth of Milton and Chester R. Robinson (1819-1858) of Enfield, NH, were appointed doorkeepers at the NH House of Representatives, June 4, 1857 (NH General Court, 1857).

Mr. Norris, of Danbury, introduced the following resolution: Resolved, That Eli Wentworth of Milton, and Chester R. Robinson of Enfield, be appointed door-keepers of the House of Representatives for the ensuing year. … It was decided in the affirmative. So the resolution passed. 

Mr. Hayes, of Milton, presented the account of Eli Wentworth.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened, That the sum of seventy-one dollars and thirty cents be paid C.R. Robinson, in full for his account; the sum of seventy dollars and fifty cents be paid Eli Wentworth, [in] full for his account, and that the same be paid out of any money in the treasury not otherwise appropriated.

(Fellow door-keeper Chester R. Robinson received an appointment as an Enfield, NH, justice-of-the-peace, May 25, 1858. The same court roster indicated that he was “dead,” because he had died of a liver complaint in Enfield, NH, later that same year, aged thirty-nine years. He was a merchant).

Eli Wentworth received a renewal of his appointment as a Milton justice-of-the-peace, June 18, 1858. On this occasion he was also promoted to or designated as a “justice in quorum.”

Eli Wentworth, a shoe manufacturer, aged thirty-nine years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included M.J. [(Howe)] Wentworth, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), Clara Wentworth, aged fifteen years (b. NH), Charles W. Wentworth, aged seven years (b. NH), and Martin L. Nute, a sh0emaker, aged twenty years (b. NH). Eli Wentworth had real estate valued at $2,000 and personal estate valued at $1,000. His household appeared in the enumeration between those of [his elder brother,] H. Wentworth, a shoe manufacturer, aged forty-one years (b. NH), and George W. Jones, a shoemaker, aged twenty-six years (b. ME). The household of [his father,] Ichabod H. Wentworth, a farmer, aged sixty-four years (b. NH), appeared just after that of George W. Jones).

Eli Wentworth served then as a NH State Senator for the 1860-61 and 1861-62 biennia.

New Hampshire. Concord, N.H., 5th – The Republicans have nominated Eli Wentworth, of Milton, for President of the Senate, and E.A. Romans, of Somersworth, for Speaker of the House. The Democrats nominated A.P. Hale, of Nashua, for Speaker of the House. Preparations are being made for a grand celebration of election day which comes off tomorrow (Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, MA), June 5, 1861).

Eli Wentworth, of Milton, NH, a farmer, aged forty years, married, mustered into the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Sixth NH Volunteer Infantry Regiment, November 28, 1861. (See Milton in the 6th NH Regiment – 1861-65).

The 6th New Hampshire regiment, at Keene, is full, and the 7th and 8th, at Concord, are nearly so; and all will be off to the war before the 15th inst. The Governor has therefore decided to issue commissions for the 9th regiment, intended for Butler’s brigade. New Hampshire has also four companies of cavalry full, intended for the New England regiment, Col. Lawton, organizing at Providence under the auspices of Gov. Sprague. Two companies of sharpshooters, the second of which is ready to leave, and a battery of artillery now in the service, complete the list of what New Hampshire has done, and is doing (Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL), December 6, 1861).

The Sixth NH Volunteer Infantry Regiment left New Hampshire for Washington, D.C., December 25, 1861.

Arrival of the Arago, with Gen. Scott, &c. New York, 26th. The steamship Arago arrived at 5.30 this afternoon. News anticipated. She brought full files of papers, but no mails, which are on the Edinburg. General Scott and J. Clancey Jones are among the passengers. The Sixth New Hampshire Regiment passed through here [New York, NY] today for Washington; also, a battalion of Massachusetts cavalry for Annapolis (Boston Evening Transcript (Boston, MA), December 27, 1861).

MILITARY MOVEMENTS IN NEW YORK. ARRIVAL OF THE SIXTH NEW HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT. The Sixth New Hampshire regiment, Colonel Nelson Converse commanding, arrived in this city yesterday from Keene, N.H., and mustered 1,023 men. They departed for the seat of war late in the evening. The following are the leading officers: Staff Officers – Colonel, Nelson Converse; Lieutenant Colonel, Simon G. Griffin; Major, Charles Scott; Adjutant, Phin. P. Bixby; Quartermaster, Alonzo Nute; Commissary, Eli Wentworth; Surgeon, Wm. A. Tracy; Assistant Surgeon, Sherman Cooper; Chaplain, Robert Stinson (Universalist); Sergeant Major, Timothy K. Ames; Quartermaster Sergeant, Albert Kimball; Commissary Sergeant, John H. Varney; Hospital Steward, James H. Noyce. Line Officers – Company A, Captain Joseph Clark: Company B, Captain Samuel P. Adams; Company C, Captain H.H. Bierson; Company D, Captain Samuel D. Quarles; Company E, Captain O.G. Dort; Company F, Captain Geo. C. Starkwell; Company G, Captain John W. Putnam; Company H, Captain John B. Sanders; Company I, Captain Robert L. Ela; Company K, Captain E.H. Converse (NY Daily Herald (New York, NY), December 27, 1861).

The Sixth NH Regiment participated in an expedition into Hatteras Inlet, N.C., January 6–13, 1862, and remained on duty there until March 2, 1862.

Correspondence of the Baltimore Sun. Washington, Jan. 7. The Sixth New Hampshire regiment, which has just arrived here, has been ordered to join Gen. Burnside’s division at Annapolis. It is inferred that the operations of this expedition are not to be at remote points, since that Com. Goldsborough has chief command. It is understood in naval circles that no armed vessels have been sent in against any point on the Texas coast, and in respect to the stone fleet, the orders were that one channel should be left open to each harbor (Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, MD), January 6, 1862).

THE NEW-HAMPSHIRE SIXTH TO EXCHANGE PLACES WITH COL. HAWKINS’ ZOUAVES – DEATH OF SEVERAL PRIVATES. On Friday the order was given to land the New-Hampshire Sixth Regiment Volunteers, Col. CONVERS, who have been assigned the duty of garrisoning Camp Wool in place of Col. HAWKINS’ Zouaves, who are to take part in the expedition. The reason for this change, in part, is the condition of the New-Hampshire Sixth respecting drill and general health. Since it left camp at Keene, where it had little or no opportunity for drill, it has been constantly on the move, which has kept them exposed, so that, besides having no proper time for practice in the manual of arms, a large number, some 160, from time to time have been down with disease, mostly measles, from which it has suffered considerably. There are still between 30 and 40 cases of this disease in the regiment, which makes their situation a very trying one, being obliged to land on this desolate sand beach with very inadequate accommodations for the sick. The surgeon endeavored to have the order revoked, and have these unfortunate men placed on board of the Recruit or some other comfortable vessel until better accommodations could be provided than existed at Fort Clark. One man, Mr. PIERCE, died from a relapse; a Mr. AMMIDON died from inflammation of the brain; and WARREN D. FAY, of Walpole, N.H., died on the passage down, from an apoplectic fit on the 16th of January. Fay was buried on the point near Fort Hatteras. The regiment, on the 17th of January, marched to Camp Wool, and encamped during a heavy rain. It is composed of excellent materials, but they appeared much worn out by hard work. They are now in comfortable quarters. The list of officers is as follows: Colonel, NELSON CONVERS, Marlboro’; Lieutenant-Colonel, S.G. Griffin, Concord; Major, Chas. Scott, Peterboro’; Adjutant, P.P. Bigsby, Concord; Quartermaster, Alonzo Nute, Farmington; Commissary, Eli Wentworth, Milton; Surgeon, Wm. A. Tracy, Nashua; Assistant Surgeon, S. Cooper, Claremont; Chaplain, Robert B. Stinson, Croydon (NY Times (New York, NY), January 29, 1862).

A Disastrous Expedition – Below we give a list of the vessels belonging to the Burnside fleet reported lost and stranded together with their armament and the names of the regiments on board: Gunboat Zouave; 4 guns – one 30-pound Parrott gun, two 12-pound rifled guns and one 12-pound mountain howitzer. Reported lost. Steamer Eastern Queen has the Fourth Rhode Island regiment on board. In that regiment there are about forty persons belonging to this city and Fall River, Rhode Island. Reported ashore. Steamer City of New York is the Flag Ship of the First Brigade, and had on board the 25th Massachusetts regiment. Reported lost. Steamer Louisiana reported ashore, had on board the 6th New Hampshire regiment. Floating battery Grapeshot with two guns reported lost. Bark Voltigeur had the Eleventh Connecticut regiment on board, and is said to have gone ashore. The Pocahontas, which is reported lost, we believe was a gunboat (Fall River Daily News (Fall River, MA), January 29, 1862).

The Sixth NH Regiment captured Roanoke Island, VA, March 2, 1862, and remained on duty there.

Affairs at Roanoke Island. … Dr. BRYAN reports the troops on the Island in good condition, with the exception of the Sixth New Hampshire Regiment, who are still a good deal troubled with dysentery and diarrhoea, and other camp diseases. The wounded left upon the Island, after the engagement which resulted in its capture, are doing very well. The present number of sick and wounded in the hospitals, and elsewhere, is about one hundred and fifty, having been reduced to that number from three hundred and fifty on the 7th inst. On the 24th inst., one hundred and twenty were discharged cured to rejoin their different regiments. Of those remaining in hospitals, there were fifty-six from the Sixth New Hampshire, fourteen from the Eighty-ninth New York, and twenty from the Ninth New York (Hawkins’ Zouaves). A new fort is being erected on the Roanoke Sound, side of the Island, within about an eighth of a mile of the old Raleigh Fort, and on the shore of the Sound nearly opposite Nag’s Head. It will be about 180 feet in diameter, and the ditch surrounding it will be filled with water from the Sound. The guns will be mounted en barbette, and so arranged as to command three-quarters of a circle. There are about sixty contrabands engaged in wheeling sand for its construction; and it will be sodded with the turf or peat, easily obtained upon the Island (Philadelphia Inquirer, April 5, 1862).

The Sixth NH Volunteer Infantry Regiment went next on an expedition to Elizabeth City, VA, April 7–8, 1862.

Fortress Monroe, 25th. – A schooner was captured by the gunboat Cohasset this morning on suspicion of an intention to run the blockade and enter Elizabeth river. The captain said he was bound to Hatteras Inlet. He had a cargo of beef pork &c. His papers were taken from him. The flag of truce sent to-day returned with the schr. Mississippi which brought from Norfolk yesterday 17 of the wounded prisoners of the battle at South Mills. The Union troops in that battle consisted of part of five regiments, viz: 21st Massachusetts, 51st Pennsylvania, 9th and 89th New York, and 6th New Hampshire, under General Reno, numbering 500 or 600 men (Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, MA), April 26, 1862).

The Sixth NH Regiment rook part in the Battle of Camden, NC, April 19, 1862, as a part of Brigadier Gen. Jesse L. Reno’s Second Brigade. (Gen. Reno would receive a fatal wound while commanding a Corps at the Battle of South Mountain, September 14, 1862. Reno, NV, was one of the places that would be named for him).

CONGRATULATIONS OF GEN. BURNSIDE. HEADQUARTERS, DEPARTMENT of NORTH CAROLINA, April 26, 1862. GENERAL ORDERS, No.30 The General commanding desires to express his high appreciation of the excellent conduct of the forces under command of Brig. Gen. Reno, in the late demonstration upon Norfolk. He congratulates them as well upon the manly fortitude with which they endured excessive heat and extraordinary fatigue on a forced march of forty miles, in twenty-four hours, as upon the indomitable courage with which, notwithstanding their exhaustion, they attacked a large body of the enemy’s best artillery, infantry and cavalry, in their own chosen position, achieving a complete victory. It is therefore ordered, as a deserved tribute to the perseverance, discipline and bravery exhibited by the officers and soldiers of the Twenty-first Massachusetts, Fifty-first Pennsylvania, Ninth New-York, Eighty-ninth New-York and Sixth New-Hampshire on the 19th day of April, a day already memorable in the history of our country, that the above regiments inscribe upon their respective colors the name, “Camden, April 19.” The General Commanding desires especially to express his approbation of Gen. Reno’s strict observance of his orders, when the temptation to follow the retreating enemy was so great. By command of Major-Gen. BURNSIDE. Lewis Richmond, Assistant Adjutant-General (New York Times, May 4, 1862).

New York, 9th. – Steamer Eastern Queen has arrived from Newbern and brings the sick and wounded of the 6th New Hampshire regiment. – Many of them have wounds received in the Newbern, Camden and Roanoke battles and many are sick. They are being cared for by Colonel Howe and other State agents at the New England rooms (Fall River Daily Evening News (Fall River, MA), May 9, 1862).

The Sixth NH Regiment participated in the capture of New Bern, NC, June 18-July 2, 1862. It moved from there to Newport News, VA, July 2–10, 1862, and remained on duty there until August 2, 1862. 2nd Lt. Eli Wentworth received a promotion to 1st Lt., July 4, 1862.

New York, 21. A force of our troops, at New Berne, dispersed a rebel force some six miles above on opposite side of the Nouse River, and destroyed their fortifications, bringing in Capt. Latham prisoner (Dawson’s Fort Wayne Daily Times (Fort Wayne, IN), June 23, 1862).

The Sixth NH Regiment moved to Aquia Creek and Fredericksburg, VA, August 2–7, 1862.

Steamboat Collision and Great Loss of Life. A collision occurred on the Potomac river, on Wednesday night of last week, between the steamers Peabody and West Point. The West Point was bound to Aquia Creek from Newport News, with 250 convalescent soldiers of General Burnside’s army. She sank in ten minutes after the accident. Seventy-three lives were lost, including the wife and child of Maj. Dort, the wife of Lt. Col. Scott and the wife of Capt. Cummings, all of the New Hampshire 6th regiment (New England Farmer (Boston, MA), August 23, 1862).

The Sixth NH Regiment participated in Gen. Pope’s campaign in northern Virginia, August 16-September 2, 1862. This included the Battle of Groveton, August 29, 1862, the Second Battle of Bull Run, August 30, 1862, and the Battle of Chantilly, VA, September 1, 1862. The Sixth NH Regiment formed a part of the First Brigade, Second Division, Ninth Army Corps. Its commander, Col. Simon G. Griffin (1824-1902), led the regiment in the battles of Second Bull Run, Antietam and Fredericksburg.

The Sixth NH Regiment participated in Maryland Campaign in September–October, 1862. This included the Battle of South Mountain, MD, September 14, 1862, the Battle of Antietam or Sharpsburg, MD, September 16–17, 1862, and duty in Pleasant Valley, MD, until October 27, 1862.

The Sixth NH Regiment moved to Falmouth, VA, October 27-November 19, 1862. It was at Corbin’s Cross Roads, near Amissville, VA, November 10, 1862, and Sulphur Springs, VA, November 14, 1862.

General James Nagle (1822-1866) led several regiments, including the Sixth NH Regiment, in a charge up Marye’s Heights at the Battle of Fredericksburg, VA, December 12–15, 1862.

GENERAL NAGLE LEADS A CHARGE. A heavy fire was concentrated upon it as it advanced, so much so that a part of the column faltered and might perhaps have fallen back in disorder had not the veteran Second Maryland, Sixth New Hampshire and Forty-eighth Pennsylvania, led by General Nagle in person, started at a charge which inspired enthusiasm throughout the line [and] dissipated the confusion (Perry County Democrat (Bloomfield, PA), December 25, 1862).

The Sixth NH Regiment participated next in Gen. Burnside’s second Virginia campaign, which was called the “Mud March”, January 20–24, 1863; and then moved to Newport News, VA, February 11, 1863.

It appears that portions of Burnside’s army have crossed the Rappahannock but undoubtedly the reports of a battle and the wounding of Gen. Hooker are premature. Gen Burnside has issued an order in which he states that he is about to give battle. The weather had moderated on the Potomac yesterday, to such an extent as to render the roads almost impassable. It is not unlikely that Burnside’s plans may be somewhat changed by the mild weather and bad roads. It is evident from Burnside’s order that he believes or knows that Lee has weakened his army a great deal since the last battle. If the weather shall permit there is no doubt that we shall hear to-day or to-morrow of another bloody straggle. God grant success to the Army of the Potomac! (Lewiston Sun Journal (Lewiston, ME), January 23, 1863).

The Sixth NH Regiment transferred next to Lexington, KY, March 26-April 1, 1863. From there it went to Winchester, KY, and then to Richmond, KY, April 18, 1863. Then to Paint Lick Creek, KY, May 3, 1863, and to Lancaster, KY, May 10, 1863.

BURNSIDE’S MOVEMENTS IN KENTUCKY. … LEXINGTON, Ky., June 4, 1863. … Brigadier General Nagle, lately commanding the First brigade, Second division, of the Ninth corps, has resigned. A chronic affection of the functions of the heart has compelled him to desist from active service, and he parts with regret from the soldiers who have shared with him the glories and dangers of so many battle-fields. Colonel Griffin, of the Sixth New Hampshire, is at present in command of the brigade (Daily Progress (Raleigh, NC), June 23, 1863).

The Sixth NH Regiment left Crab Orchard, KY, June 3, and traveled, first on foot and then by train, to Cairo, IL, arriving there, June 8, 1863. From there it traveled by steamship down the Mississippi River towards Vicksburg, arriving there June 14, 1863.

Movements of the Ninth Army Corps. A New Hampshire man connected with Colonel Griffin’s Brigade, Second Division, Ninth Army Corps, writes from Cairo, Illinois, under date of “Monday afternoon, June 8,” as follows: “We arrived here this forenoon. Got orders at Crab Orchard Tuesday evening (2nd inst.) about 8 o’clock to start the next morning at 4 with eight days rations. Started Wednesday morning and marched to Camp Dick Robinson the first day about twenty-two miles. Left the next morning at 4 and marched eighteen miles to Nicholasville. Took the cars Thursday night for Lexington, through there to Covington, arriving Saturday noon. Crossed the river to Cincinnati and had dinner, then took the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad, going the whole breadth of the State of Indiana way into Illinois to the town Landoloce (?) where we changed cars. Took the Illinois Central Railroad for this place; arrived this forenoon. We shall probably go aboard the steamers to-night, bound down the Mississippi to Vicksburg. Bully for that; Tell everybody the old Ninth Corps is going down to help wind up this rebellion. Hope you will hear good news from us soon. We are all in good spirits” (Daily Telegraph (St. Albans, VT), June 16, 1863).

Vicksburg had been besieged since May 18, 1863. Its Confederate defenders surrendered to the Union army, July 4, 1863 (which happened to be also the final day of the Battle of Gettysburg, PA).

After the fall of Vicksburg, the IX Corps – including the Sixth NH Regiment – was among the Union forces under General William T. Sherman (1820-1891) that advanced on the Mississippi state capitol at Jackson, MS, July 4–10, 1863. Jackson fell to them on July 17, 1863.

Eli Wentworth died of a fever at Snyder’s Bluff, Milldale, MS, July 18, 1863, aged forty-two years, six months. (He was a quartermaster in the U.S. Army). The Army death register had him as Lt. Eli Wentworth, a member of the Sixth NH Volunteer Regiment, which was then in the 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 9th Army Corps. The Sixth NH Volunteer Regiment’s assistant surgeon, F.N. Gibson, recorded his death, from Feb. [Febrile] Typhoid.

MEMOIR: Hon. Eli WENTWORTH was born in Milton, N.H., Feb. 19, 1821. He lived in his native town the most of his life, and received many marks of distinction from his fellow citizens, having filled the offices of Selectman, County Treasurer, Representative and Senator, serving his State and Town in public office before his enlistment eleven years. When the present rebellion broke out his patriotism was fully aroused and he felt it his duty to do all in his power for his country. He was commissioned in the 6th Regt. N.H.V., Oct. 19, 1861. During his service with the Regiment he acted first as Commissary and subsequently was appointed to act as Quartermaster of the Brigade. He died of disease after a short sickness of only three weeks at Milldale, Mississippi, July 1862, aged 42 years 5 months. Mr. Wentworth was a valuable man and in his demise his family are bereft of a dutiful son, a confiding brother, a kind husband and a devoted father. As a Mason he was an ornament, represented by the perfect [ashlar?] and had found a certain point within a circle which taught him to walk uprightly before God and man and square his actions by the square of virtue, and to remember that he was traveling to that undiscovered country from whose journey no traveler returns.

General Sherman’s forces remained encamped at Milldale, MS, until August 5, 1863.

Finally, on the 8th of August, transports were furnished, and the regiment embarked, with its brigade, and slowly made its way up the river to Cairo, and thence by rail, arriving at Cincinnati on the 20th. The sickness that prevailed on board the transports, as the troops ascended the river, was terrible, and almost universal. Almost every night, as the troops “lay up” on account of low water, and the consequent danger from sand bars, a little party would be seen with lanterns, sadly making its way on shore to bury some comrade who had fallen a victim to disease. Lieutenant Eli Wentworth, Regimental Quartermaster, was one of the victims, he having died at Milldale on the 18th, while the regiment was absent at Jackson. Halting a few days at Covington, it proceeded by rail to Nicholasville, and encamped near Camp Nelson, both officers and men still suffering terribly from the effects of that southern climate. Large numbers were sent to the hospital, and many died (NH Adjutant General, 1866).

On August 20, 1863, the Sixth NH Regiment left Cincinnati, OH, for Nicholasville, KY.

Over the course of war, the Sixth NH Regiment would lose a total of 418 men during service; 10 officers and 177 enlisted men killed or mortally wounded, 3 officers and 228 enlisted men died of disease (Wikipedia, 2021).

Daughter Clara A. Wentworth married in Farmington, NH, May 25, 1865, Daniel S. Burley, she of [South] Milton, and he of Middleton, NH. She was a lady, aged twenty years, and he was a farmer, aged twenty-three years. Rev. Ezekiel True performed the ceremony. Burley was born in Newmarket, NH, June 10, 1843, son of Frederick P. “Plumer” and Martha J. (Wentworth) Burley.

Father-in-law Jonathan Howe died of apoplexy in Milton, December 21, 1866, aged eighty-four years, five months, and nine days. He was a married farmer. His last will of 1845 was proved in a Strafford County Probate court held in Dover, NH, January 1, 1867 (Stafford County Probate Docket 2771).

Stepmother-in-law Abigail Howe died of old age in Milton, December 4, 1869, aged eighty years.

Mehitable J. [(Howe)] Wentworth, keeping house, aged forty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. Her household included Charles W. Wentworth, works for shoe factory, aged seventeen years (b. NH), and Angeline Richards, runs stitching machine, aged thirty years (b. NH). Mehitable J. Wentworth had personal estate valued at $400. Their household appeared in the enumeration between those of [her brother-in-law,] Hiram V. Wentworth, a shoe manufacturer, aged fifty-one years (b. NH), and Joseph B. Wakeham, works for shoe factory, aged forty-six years (b. NH).

Father Ichabod H. Wentworth made his will, presumably in Milton, October 28, 1871. He devised $200 and an undivided share in West Milton land to his son, Hiram V. Wentworth; $50 to Mary J. [(Nute)] Wentworth; $50 to Mehitable J. [(Howe)] Wentworth; $10 to Clara M. [(Wentworth)] Burley, wife of Daniel S. Burley; a life estate in all notes, bonds, money, and personal property to his wife, Peace [(Varney)] Wentworth; and, after her decease, the household furniture to Mary J. [(Nute)] Wentworth and Mehitable J. [(Howe)] Wentworth. He devised the remaining undivided share in the West Milton land to his grandsons, Henry H. Wentworth and Charles W. Wentworth, as well as any rest and residue not devised. (The land was bounded north by land of H.H. Pinkham, west by land of Joseph Horn, south by land of Joseph Barker, and east by land of David Furbush). John F. Hart, Ira S. Knox, and Ezra H. Twombly signed as witnesses (Strafford County Probate, 83:99; Strafford County Probate Docket 3678).

Father Ichabod H. Wentworth died of paralysis and a fever in Milton, July 19, 1872, aged seventy-six years, seven months. (He was a son of Ichabod and Keziah Wentworth). His last will was proved in a Strafford County Probate court held in Dover, NH, in August 1872 (Strafford County Probate Docket 3678).

Mother Peace (Varney) Wentworth died of catarrh and age in Milton, August 14, 1873, aged seventy-six years, ten months. (She was a native of Dover, NH, and a daughter of Aaron and Annie Varney).

Brother-in-law Ira F. Howe died of dropsy in Milton, December 16, 1873, aged sixty-seven years.

Charles W. Wentworth, a farmer, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his mother, Mehetabel J. [(Howe)] Wentworth, keeping house, aged fifty-seven years (b. NH). Their household appeared in the enumeration between those of [his cousin,] Henry H. Wentworth, a butcher, aged thirty-six years (b. NH), and George W. Jones, a farmer, aged forty-seven years (b. ME).

Civil War veterans had founded their own fraternal organization as early as 1866, calling it the Grand Army of the Republic (or G.A.R.). It was organized in state-based “departments,” with sequentially numbered chapters or posts within each department. Milton’s G.A.R. “Post” was the eighty-ninth one formed in the New Hampshire Department and was named the “Eli Wentworth Post, 89, G.A.R.”

LOCALS. Carlton Post received a friendly visit, last Friday, from about fifteen of the members of the Eli Wentworth Post of Milton. Our soldier boys were ready to receive them, and, after greetings were exchanged, a collation was served. The Women’s Relief Corps also participated in part of the exercises (Farmington News, November 4, 1887).

Under this system, the Carlton Post, No. 24, G.A.R., of Farmington, NH, would have been founded earlier than the Wentworth Post, No. 89, G.A.R., of Milton, NH. (The women’s auxiliary of the G.A.R. was called the Women’s Relief Corps (W.R.C.).

Mahetabale [(Howe)] Wentworth, widow of Eli Wentworth, appeared in the surviving Veterans’ Schedule of the Eleventh (1890) Federal Census. Her late husband had been a 1st Lt. in the Sixth NH Infantry Regiment.

Brother Hiram V. Wentworth died in Milton, September 12, 1890, aged seventy-one years, ten months, and seventeen days. C.D. Jones, M.D., signed the death certificate.

MILTON. Mrs. Wentworth of South Milton is very sick from the effects of a shock. Her daughter, Mrs. Dan Burley of Newburyport, is with her (Farmington News, April 26, 1895).

Mehitable Jane (Howe) Wentworth died in Milton, April 30, 1895, aged seventy-two years.

ELI WENTWORTH POST, NO. 89, Milton, November 19, 1896. – November 19. I inspected Eli Wentworth Post, and I found there the same condition as in the other Posts I have inspected. A long distance for many to come and increasing years make it hard for many attend. I found the records well-kept, orders properly filed, and that close attention to the detail work which keeps a Post healthy. The emphatic determination expressed by those present to hold the line, has given me new courage to believe our smaller Posts the equal of our large ones in pluck and endurance. – H.L. WORCESTER, Assistant Inspector (G.A.R., 1897).

Sister-in-law Hannah (Howe) Cook died of old age in Milton, January 11, 1899, aged eighty-two years, four months, and twenty-seven days. M.A.H. Hart, M.D., signed the death certificate.

Daniel Burley, a shoe manufacturer, aged fifty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Newburyport, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty years), Clara A. [(Wentworth)] Burley, aged fifty-five years (b. NH), his brother-in-law, Charles W. Wentworth, a shoe cutter, aged forty-five years (b. NH), his boarder, John P. Stevens, a shoe manufacturer, aged thirty-three years (b. MA), and his servants, Nora Finnegan, a servant, aged twenty-five years (b. Ireland), and Hannah Finnegan, a servant, aged eighteen years (b. Ireland). Daniel Burley owned their house at 191 Summer Street, free-and-clear. Clara A. Burley was the mother of five children, of whom none were still living.

Son Charles W. Wentworth died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Newburyport, MA, August 5, 1908, aged fifty-five years, three months, and thirteen days. He was retired, residing at 191 High Street. (Mrs. D.S. Burley supplied the personal information).

Son-in-law Daniel S. Burley died of progressive paralysis in Newburyport, MA, March 10, 1909, aged sixty-seven years, and two months.

ESTATE OF ABOUT $750,000. Will of D.S. Burley of Newburyport Remembers Family Employes and Y.M.C.A. – Remits Church Debt. NEWBURYPORT, March 24 – The will of Daniel S. Burley, shoe manufacturer, reputed to have been worth about $750,000 has been filed in the probate court. The bequests include the following: Clara A. Burley, his wife, $150,000; John P. Stevens nephew, $50,000; John P. Stevens, Mr. Burley’s real estate and personal property at his summer home at Eastlake, N.H.; Elisabeth S. Stevens, wife of Jacob B. Stevens, $1,000; Jacob B. Stevens, Peabody, sister’s husband, $1,000; Lydia F. Mitchell, Union, N.H., $500; Charles Wentworth, Newburyport, $3,000; Helen B. Fierneman, Rochester, N.H., $500; Thomas E. Medcalf, Newburyport, for faithful services, $2,500; Isaac W.C. Webster and Augustus W. Garland, Newburyport, faithful employes, $1,000 each; Union Congregational Church, Union, N.H., all money due Mr. Burley; H.B. Little, L.B. Cushing and Charles Thurlow, $10,000 in trust for the Newburyport Y.M.C.A. The remainder of the estate is bequeathed to the testator’s wife, Clara A. Burley, who is named as executrix of the will (Boston Globe, March 24, 1909).

Clara A. [(Wentworth)] Burley, own income, aged sixty-five years (b. NH), headed a Newburyport, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. Her household included her servant, Bessie Cronin, a private family servant, aged twenty-two years (b. Ireland), her boarders, Elma Stevens, a shoe factory finisher, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), and Bennett J. Samson, a laundry manager, aged thirty-six years (b. MA). Clara A. Burley rented their house at 193 High Street.

Clara A. [(Wentworth)] Burley, a widow, aged seventy-five years (b. NH), headed a Newburyport, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. Her household included her cousin, Angie Hanson, a widow, aged seventy-nine years (b. NH), her maid, Katharine Carroll, a private family houseworker, aged thirty-five years (b. Ireland), and her boarder, Bennett J. Samson, a laundry manager, aged forty-four years (b. MA). Clara A. Burley owned their house at 191 High Street.

Daughter Clara A. (Wentworth) Burley died in Newburyport, MA, June 2, 1925, aged eighty years.

MRS. CLARA A. BURLEY DIES AT NEWBURYPORT. NEWBURYPORT, June 2 – Mrs. Clara A. Burley, 80, widow of Daniel S. Burley, formerly a prominent shoe manufacturer here, died today at her home, 191 High st. She was born in Milton, N.H. and came here nearly 40 years ago. Mrs. Burley was a member of Central Congregational Church and a generous contributor to the work of the Young Men’s Christian Association, of which her husband was a former president and benefactor and for whom the boys and girls’ Summer camp at Angle Lake, Hampstead, N.H., was named. Her nearest relative is a cousin, Mary Abbie Howe of West Milton, N.H. (Boston Globe, June 3, 1925).


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Wakefield, NH, Adventist Ministers

By Muriel Bristol | November 20, 2022

The following is not intended to be an exhaustive list but is occasioned by the appearance in Milton city directories of Elder or Rev. Joseph Spinney (1812-1899) of neighboring Wakefield, NH, as having being Milton’s Adventist minister.

Elder Spinney began as a Freewill Baptist, who was persuaded to Millerism (see References), in 1843, and to its successor or its continuation, Adventism, in 1843. Thirty congregants followed him when he left the Freewill Baptist Church established a fully Adventist church in 1854.

Calvin S. Shattuck (1834-1902) and Emery A. Goodwin (c1852-1915) appear as having been, respectively, Elder Spinney’s sometime associate and his successor.

Joseph Spinney – 1854-99 

Joseph Spinney was born in Wakefield, NH, March 11, 1812, son of David and Lydia (Paul) Spinney. (David and Lydia (Paul) Spinney moved from Kittery, ME, to Wakefield, NH, circa 1808-09).

At the foot of Berry Hill Rd, near Oak Hill Rd was the South Wakefield School (District #5). Next-door was the Spinney Meeting House, originally built in 1834 by the Baptist Society. Elder Joseph Spinney, who lived on Jug Hill Rd, was the pastor here for 63 years. Members of the congregation came from Acton, Maine and Milton Mills as well the South Wakefield area. The Church was the center of social as well as religious activity. The building is on the State Register of Historic Places and is owned by the Wakefield Heritage Commission (Wakefield Planning Commission, 2010).

Joseph Spinney married in Milton, May 10, 1840, Elizabeth Spinney, he of Wakefield, NH, and she of Milton. Rev. Theodore Stevens performed the ceremony. She was born in ME, March 8, 1811, daughter of Charles and Alice (Rice) Spinney.

In this [Wakefield, NH,] neighborhood was the early home of that venerable minister, who, for full fifty years, has been almost our Town Minister, so wide has been his circuit and influence, and I regret today that he is not present, as I hoped he would be, to speak of olden days. I refer to Elder Joseph Spinney, of winning ways, and the appearance of a patriarch. Each year, nearly, some were excused. But the town only could excuse. It held that right, as well as to tax. It may not be proper for us, at this time, to criticise too sharply this right. We do not meet today to say that the First church should have remained the only one. But to rejoice that the good Lord permitted a FIRST church to exist in Wakefield. A variety in religious, as in political views, may be expected, even among a small population. Each view may be of hearts loyal to God or to the nation. And this variety is shown in the history of our town, as the number excused grew larger (Thompson, 1886).

ADVENT CHURCH. Meetings were held by the followers of Wm. Miller in 1842, and later, and April 5, 1852, Elder Joseph Spinney, and twenty-two members, followed later by twelve others, withdrew from the Free Baptist Church and became a separate society. The first minister, Elder Spinney, continued as pastor of the church at South Wakefield, which had been erected by the Free Baptists and Adventists, for very many years until his death. Rev. Joseph Libby and other clergymen have supplied. The present Adventist supply is Rev. E.A. Goodwin (Mitchell-Cony, 1908).

Mother Lydia (Paul) Spinney died in Wakefield, NH, August 7, 1842.

Daughter Mary E. Spinney was born August 3, 1844. Daughter Eliza A. Spinney was born May 11, 1846. Daughter Martha A. Spinney was born October 17, 1847.

Father David Spinney died in Wakefield, NH, July 19, 1848.

Daughter Martha A. Spinney died of a throat abscess in Wakefield, NH, January 22, 1850; and daughter Mary E. Spinney died of a throat abscess in Wakefield, NH, February 11, 1850, aged five years.

Joseph Spinney, an F.W.B. clergyman, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Seventh (1850) Federal Census. His household included Elizabeth Spinney, aged thirty-eight years (b. ME). Joseph Spinney had real estate valued at $3,000.

Daughter Eliza A. Spinney died January 29, 1852.

SPINNEY MEETING HOUSE. In 1831, a small group of people in South Wakefield met and began a “Free Will Baptist Movement.” This group included Jacob Wiggin and Isaiah Wiggin. The land for this building was purchased for $8 and soon a church was built. The Rev. Joseph Spinney became pastor and served as Baptist minister from 1836 until 1854 when he became a zealous Adventist. Thirty members followed Elder Spinney into the new ministry, new by-laws were written and signers included Joseph and Luther Wiggin. Now Baptists and Adventists used the church alternately (Wakefield Heritage Commission, n.d.).

Second Adventism. — The first Advent meetings were held in Brookfield in 1840. Daniel Churchill and Elder William Thompson, of Wolfeborough, were the first to preach that doctrine. Mr. Churchill was born in Brookfield, but in early life went to Lowell, where he became acquainted with Elder William Miller when he held meetings in that city. Mr. Thompson was a lifelong resident of Wolfeborough, where he died a few years ago. Later [1854] Elder Joseph Spinney, a Freewill Baptist minister of Wakefield, adopted the Second Advent doctrine and preached in this town for nearly forty years. Owing to advanced age he seldom holds services except at his own church at South Wakefield. Within the last thirty years such men as Elder Miles Grant, H.L. Hastings, John Couch, A. Ross, L. Boutell, and a large number of the most prominent men in the Advent denomination have held conference and protracted meetings in the town hall, which have been attended by a larger number of people than those of any other religious society. At present Thomas L. Churchill and Charles Colman, both residents of Brookfield, hold religious services in the surrounding towns (Merrill, 1889).

Joseph Spinney, a clergyman (Advent), aged forty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Elizabeth Spinney, aged forty-nine years (b. ME). Joseph Spinney had real estate valued at $1,600 and personal estate valued at $300.

Father-in-law Charles Spinney died in Milton, April 7, 1862.

Joseph Spinney, a clergyman, aged fifty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Elizabeth Spinney, keeping house, aged fifty-nine years (b. NH [SIC]). Joseph Spinney had real estate valued at $1,500 and personal estate valued at $440.

NEW HAMPSHIRE. Friday of last week many people from Brookfield and vicinity, within a circuit of twelve miles, gathered at the late home of Joseph B. Buzzell, where his remains had been taken the evening before for interment, to witness the funeral ceremonies. Elder Joseph Spinney of Wakefield conducted the services. The remains were taken from the house by the bearers, followed by the mourners (his mother being quite infirm and somewhat deranged in her mind, did not follow). People to the number of four hundred formed a procession and marched to the grave. The text and hymns used on this occasion were selected by the deceased. The text was the same used at the funeral of Susan Hanson, by the same minister (Boston Post, July 17, 1879).

Joseph Spinney, a farmer, aged sixty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Wakefield, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His house included his wife, Elizabeth Spinney, keeping house, aged sixty-nine years (b. ME).

Joseph Spinney appeared in the Milton business directories of 1881, 1882, 1884, 1887, 1889, as pastor of the Milton Mills [Wakefield] Adventist church. C.S. Shattuck appeared also in 1881, and 1882.

MARRIAGES. In Wakefield, Mar. 13, by Rev. Joseph Spinney, Mr. James E. Stevens and Miss Etta E. Everett, both of Farmington (Farmington News, March 26, 1886).

The Town of Wakefield, NH, paid Joseph Spinney $5.37 and James L. Wentworth $5.37, as their one-half proportions of the interest on the ministerial fund, due to the Advent society for the year ending March 1, 1887. James W. Garvin received $10.74 for the Episcopal society; Edwin Junkins received $5.37, and Satchell Weeks received $5.37, for the Congregational society; and Eliza Blake received $10.74 for the Methodist society. (Wakefield, NH, Town Report, 1887).

Joseph Spinney appeared in the Milton business directories of 1894, and 1898, as a Milton Mills Adventist clergyman.

Spinney, Elder Joseph and Elizabeth

DEDICATION AT SANBORNVILLE. Keys of New S20,000 Town Hall Presented the Selectmen by F.Z. Leavitt. SANBORNVILLE, N.H., Feb. 26 – The exercises of dedication of the new $20,000 Wakefield town hall took place here today. On arrival of the morning train from Boston a large contingent from that city and Portsmouth were met at the depot by the reception committee and escorted to the hall. The streets leading to the hall were crowded by townspeople and visitors, who soon filled the building to overflowing. At 1 o’clock Hon. John W. Sanborn, as chairman, called the assembly to order. After a selection by the Sanbornville band of 24 pieces, prayer was offered by Rev. Joseph Spinney, 84 years of age, and one of the oldest residents of the town. Frank J. Leavitt. chairman of the building committee, in a neat speech, presented the keys of the building. Hon. John W. Sanborn accepted the same, in behalf of the selectmen. Mr. Sanborn then delivered an interesting address on the history of the town. In his remarks he said that the first town meeting house was built on the shore of Lovell lake, by the original 30 proprietors of Wakefield, then called East Town. The second was built at the corner. This, like its predecessor, was also outgrown, and a larger one built at the same place. Short addresses were also made by Hon. Chas. B. Gaffney of Rochester, Hon. Joshua G. Hall of Dover, Hon. John B. Nash of Conway, Rev. A.B. Thompson of Raymond and others. The benediction closed the exercises. Dinner was served in the banquet and adjoining rooms. It is estimated that 800 people were fed. Arthur L. Foot, as chairman of the reception committee, with his corps of aids, left nothing undone to make the visitors’ stay pleasant. The building committee consisted of Frank J. Leavitt, Herbert G. Rodgers, William H. Willey, Joseph L. Johnson. This evening there will be a grand ball in the new hall, music being furnished by Blaisdell’s orchestra of Concord (Boston Globe, February 26, 1896).

Elizabeth (Spinney) Spinney died in Wakefield, NH, October 30, 1898.

Joseph Spinney died of general debility in Wakefield, NH, December 21, 1899, aged eighty-seven years, nine months, and ten days. He was a widowed clergyman.

ELDER JOSEPH SPINNEY. Joseph Spinney, one of the oldest and best-known preachers of the Advent faith in the state, died in Wakefield, December 21, 1899. Elder Spinney was born in Wakefield, March 11, 1812. He was educated at Limerick, Me., and Wakefield academies, and taught school winters from 1830 to 1850. He commenced preaching at twenty-one years of age, and was ordained to the ministry of the Free Baptist church, but in 1843 he associated himself with the Adventists with whom he continued up to the time of his death, preaching most of the time in Wakefield. He had united 225 couples in marriage, and officiated at between seven hundred and eight hundred funerals (Metcalf & McClintock, 1900). 

Calvin S. Shattuck – c1880-83

Calvin Styles Shattuck was born in Belvidere, VT, October 26, 1834, son of Daniel and Anna (Carpenter) Shattuck.

Calvin S. Shattuck of Massachusetts was a first-year student at Lane Theological Seminary, in Cincinnati, OH, in 1853.

Calvin S. Shattuck married in VT, circa 1859, Phila J. Gray. She was born in Montpelier, VT, December 13, 1840.

Calvin S. Shattuck, a Christian clergyman, aged twenty-five years (b. VT), headed a Starksboro, VT, household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Phila Shattuck, aged nineteen years (b. VT).

Calvin S. Shattuck, a clergyman, aged thirty-five years (b. VT), headed a Colebrook, NH, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Eliza [i.e., Phila,] J. Shattuck, keeping house, aged twenty-nine years (b. VT), Frank W. Shattuck, aged eight years (b. VT), Avis E. Shattuck, aged seven years (b. VT), Charles W. Shattuck, aged three years (b. NH), and Thomas W. Shattuck, a barrel maker, aged fifty-six years (b. VT). Calvin S. Shattuck had real estate valued at $2,000 and personal estate valued at $600. Thomas W. Shattuck has real estate valued at $900.

CAMP MEETINGS. Wednesday. At the same hour one person from Portsmouth, N.H., was baptised by Elder Calvin S. Shattuck of Beebe Plain, P.Q., in the lake near the railroad shops (Portland Daily Press (Portland, ME), August 29, 1878).

C.S. Shattuck appeared in the Milton business directories of 1880, 1881, and 1882, as a Milton Mills Adventist clergyman. (Joseph Spinney appeared as such also in 1881, and 1882).

Calvin S. Shattuck, a clergyman, aged forty-five years (b. VT), headed a Milton household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Phila J. Shattuck, keeping house, aged thirty-nine years (b. VT), and his children, Frank W. Shattuck, at house, aged eighteen years (b. VT), Avis E. Shattuck, at house, aged seventeen years (b. VT), and Charles W. Shattuck, at house, aged thirteen years (b. NH). Their household appeared in the enumeration between those of Moses H. Remick, a farmer, aged sixty years (b. NH), and Eli Wentworth, a farmer, aged fifty years (b. NH).

Hardwick. Rev. Calvin Shattuck of Pittsfield, N.H., preached the dedicatory sermon at the new Adventist church in this place on Sunday, December 14th, from First Kings ix:3. The church was filled to its utmost capacity at the afternoon service. Revs. A.F. Drown (Adventist) and W.C. Robinson (Methodist) assisted in the service with the utmost cordiality and good feeling (Vermont Watchman and State Journal (Montpelier, VT), December 24, 1884).

WATERVILLE. Daniel Shattuck still lingers. Calvin Shattuck has been in town, called home by the sickness of his mother (News & Citizen (Morrisville, VT), December 25, 1884).

Hardwick. Rev. Calvin Shattuck of Pittsfield, N.H., preached at the Advent church on Saturday and Sunday last (Vermont Watchman & State Journal (Montpelier, VT), February 25, 1885).

WATERVILLE. Rev. Calvin Shattuck, of New Hampshire, was in town recently to attend the funeral of his father, Daniel Shattuck, whose death occurred at the residence of his son-in law, W.J. Wheelock, on the 24th ult., caused by receiving a fall on the ice two weeks before. His age was 83 years (News & Citizen (Morrisville, VT), February 2, 1888).

Waterville. Rev. Calvin Shattuck is holding tent meetings each evening this week near W.J. Wheelock’s house (Cambridge Transcript (Cambridge, VT), July 22, 1892).

On December 23, 1893, Mr. [James Frank] Roberts married Mrs. Avis E. Shattuck Ferry, daughter of the Rev. Calvin S. Shattuck, an evangelist of the Second Adventist faith. Mr. Shattuck has resided in Pittsfield, N.H., for many years. He married Phillis Gray, who bore him four children, of whom three are living. These are: the Rev. Frank Shattuck of Rochester, N.H.; Avis E., who is now Mrs. Roberts; and the Rev. Charles W. Shattuck of Lakeport, N.H. (Biographical Review, 1897).

Calvin S. Shattuck died of stomach cancer on Green Street in Bridgton, ME, November 23, 1902. aged sixty-eight years, twenty-seven days.

EAST CHARLOTTE. G.W. James went to Sugar Hill, N.H., Wednesday last, where he was summoned to attend the funeral of Rev. Calvin Shattuck, an intimate friend, which was held on Thursday (Bridgport Sun (Bridgport, VT), December 4, 1902).

Phila J. (Gray) Shattuck died in Vernon, VT, February 23, 1928, aged eighty-four years.

Mrs. Shattuck Dies at Vernon Home. Mrs. Phila Shattuck, 84, widow of Rev. Calvin Shattuck, died at the Vernon home Wednesday evening. She had lived at the Home only three months, her former home being at Alton Bay, N.H. She was a woman of beautiful Christian character and a lovable disposition. She leaves two sons, Rev. Frank Shattuck, whose home is in California, and Rev. Charles Shattuck, who is an evangelist in Newport, N.H., but whose home is in Lynn, Mass. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at the Home. Rev. G.E. Tyler officiated. The body was entombed in Northfield until spring, when it will be taken to Sugar Hill, N.H., for burial (Brattleboro Reformer (Brattleboro, VT), March 1, 1928).

Emery A. Goodwin – c1901-1908

Emery Augustus Goodwin was born in Moultonboro, NH, circa 1852, son of Charles and Elizabeth (Nutter) Goodwin.

Emery Augustus Goodwin married in Northampton, MA, November 13, 1873, Helen J. Angell, he of Moultonboro, NH, and she of Huntington, MA. He was a farmer, aged twenty years, and she was a teacher, aged thirty years. Rev. Edwin T. Hiscon performed the ceremony. She was born in Huntington, MA, August 13, 1842, daughter of James and Martha Angell.

Helen J. Angell graduated from Mount Holyoke with its Class of 1871, and her husband, Emery A. Goodwin, had graduated from the same school with its Class of 1873.

1871. GRADUATES. Angell, Helen J., Northampton; m. Emery A. Goodwin, ’73; P.O. address, Lake View, N.H. (Mount Holyoke College, 1895). 

Emory A. Goodwin, a farmer, aged twenty-six years (b. NH), headed a Moultonborough, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Helen J. [(Angell)] Goodwin, keeping house, aged thirty-seven years (b. MA), and his daughters, Mary E. Goodwin, aged five years (b. NH), and Alma M. Goodwin, aged one year (b. NH).

Helen J. Goodwin write the following poem for the Mount Holyoke College semicentennial in 1888.

AT HOME.
MRS. EMERY A. GOODWIN, CENTER HARBOR, N.H. (Helen J. Angell, ’71).

Our mother calls her daughters home
To crown her year of jubilee;
From distant continents we come
And from the isles of every sea;
From mountain heights, from desert sands,
From city streets and lonely lands.

We come but some have come unseen,
So closely cling the little hands,
So frail the lives that on us lean,
So long the paths from foreign strands,
So large the work, so weak the frame;
But we in heart are here the same.

Our founder never knew how blest
Her name, her work, her life, should be,
Could she come back from her sweet rest
And sit with us beneath the tree
Whose germ she planted, she would cry,
“The Lord hath done this!
What am I?”

And gazing on her pictured face
Recall we all the blessed host
Whose home was once this hallowed place;
Our buried treasures – not our lost.
O that the stone for this one day

From every grave might roll away!

That both the living and the dead
At once might stand within these walls,

Where like the dew on Hermon’s head
The Spirit’s gentle presence falls;
Where souls are clothed with heavenly might
To win in every earthly fight.

Dear alma mater! in God’s hand
Thy future lies; for us a day
Of meeting, by no parting spanned,
Where God shall wipe our tears away;
For after night comes morning blest,
And after toil his perfect rest (Mount Holyoke College, 1888).

Emery A. Goodwin, a farmer, aged forty-six years (b. NH), headed a Moultonborough, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Helen J. [(Angell)] Goodwin, aged forty-seven years (b. MA), his children, Alice M. Goodwin, aged twenty-one years (b. NH), James E. Goodwin, at school, aged nineteen years (b. NH), Elmer C. Goodwin, at school, aged sixteen years (b. NH), and Robert H. Goodwin, at school, aged thirteen years (b. NH), and his father, Charles Goodwin, aged eighty-six years (b. ME). Emery A. Goodwin owned their farm, free-and-clear. Helen J. Goodwin was the mother of five children, of whom four were still living.

Emery A. Goodwin, a farmer, aged fifty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Moultonboro, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of thirty-six years), Helen A. [(Angell)] Goodwin, aged sixty-eight years (b. MA), and his daughter, Alice M. Goodwin, a local primary teacher, aged thirty-one years (b. NH). Emery A. Goodwin owned their farm, free-and-clear. Helen J. Goodwin was the mother of six children, of whom four were still living.

Emery A. Goodwin died of valvular heart disease in Meredith, NH, March 19, 1915, aged sixty-one years, seven months, and twenty-six days.

Helen J. (Angell) Goodwin died in Meredith, NH, February 21, 1916.


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Find a Grave. (2007, October 15). Emery Augustus Goodwin. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/22230061/emery-augustus-goodwin

Find a Grave. (2011, February 19). Elder Calvin Styles Shattuck. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/65865494/calvin-styles-shattuck

Find a Grave. (2013, July 27). Elder Joseph Spinney. Retrieved from www.findagrave.com/memorial/114457951/joseph-spinney

Merrill, Georgia D. (1889). History of Carroll County, New Hampshire. Retrieved from books.google.com/books?id=xmMKyZxlU5MC&pg=PA504

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South Milton Miller William P. Tuttle (1823-1911)

By Muriel Bristol | November 13, 2022

William Penn Tuttle was born in Dover, NH, June 26, 1823, son of Joseph and Sarah (Pinkham) Tuttle.

William P. Tuttle married (1st) in Farmington, NH, December 14, 1852, Mary Varney. She was born in Farmington, NH, May 21, 1829, daughter of William and Annie Varney.

William P. Tuttle, son of Joseph and Sarah P. Tuttle, of Dover, in the county of Strafford, and state of New Hampshire, and Mary Varney, daughter of William and Anna Varney, of Farmington, in the county of Strafford, married in Farmington, December 14, 1852 (NH Genealogical Society, 1905).

Son George E. Tuttle was born in Milton, circa 1859.

William P. Tuttle, a miller, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton P.O.”) household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Mary B. Tuttle, aged thirty-one years (b. NH), George E. Tuttle, aged one year (b. NH), and William G. Jewett, a miller, aged eighteen years (b. NH). William P. Tuttle had real estate valued at $1,500 and personal estate valued at $2,000. His household appeared in the enumeration between those of George Lyman, a farmer, aged sixty-three years (b. NH), and L.D. Hayes, a shoemaker, aged thirty-six years (b. NH).

Son George E. Tuttle died in June 1860.

William P. Tuttle, a miller, aged forty years (b. NH), of Milton, registered for the Class II military draft, in July 1863. (See also Milton Class II Draft List – 1863).

William P. Tuttle was one of the ten prominent Milton citizens who incorporated a private secondary school – the Milton Classical Institute – at Three Ponds Village in Milton, NH, in July 1867. The incorporators included also NH Governor’s Councilor (and ex-officio NH State Board of Education member) Charles Jones, Strafford Sheriff Luther Hayes, manufacturer Hiram V. Wentworth, Dr. George W. Peavey, and others.

Mary V. (Varney) Tuttle died of consumption in Milton, March 2, 1869, aged thirty-nine years, nine months, and eight days.

The City of Dover, NH, paid William P. Tuttle $3.06 for road labor in District 12, in 1869-70 (City of Dover, NH, 1870).

William Tuttle, a shoemaker, aged fifty years (b. NH), headed a Dover, NH, household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included William R. Tuttle, works in shoe factory, aged twenty-nine years (b. NH), and Stephen Tuttle, at home, aged fifteen years (b. NH). William Tuttle had personal estate valued at $300.

William P. Tuttle married (2nd), in Windham, ME, March 28, 1872, Lydia M. Cartland. She was born in Parsonfield, ME, October 26, 1831, daughter of Charles and Miriam (Robinson) Cartland.

MARRIED. In Deering, March 28, at Friends’ Meeting House, William P. Tuttle, of Dover, N.H., and Lydia M. Cartland, of Portland (Portland Daily Press (Portland, ME), March 30, 1872).

Dover, NH, employed William P. Tuttle as one of its field drivers in 1873. A field driver was a town official authorized to round up and impound domestic farm animals roaming at large.

FIELD DRIVERS. Jesse Whitehouse, Andrew J. Bodge, Charles Kimball, William P. Tuttle, Enoch T. Foss, Dennis A. Johnson, Augustus A. Davis, Joseph H. Hodgdon, Jacob J. Drew (City of Dover, NH, 1874).

William P. Tuttle served as a member of the Dover, NH, Board of Instruction, i.e., its school board, in the years 1875-76, 1876-77, 1877-78, 1878-79, 1879-80, and 1880-81 (Dover City Council, 1882).

Dover, N.H. The bill to redistrict the city also amended the city charter so that the old School Board was unseated, and the elections will hereafter be made by the Aldermen. The new Board thus elected consists of the Rev. George B. Spalding, John B. Stevens, Jr., Dr. Charles A. Tufts, William P. Tuttle, E.C. Kinnear, H.H. Hough, C.K. Hartford, O.C. Farrar, T.J. Smith, Thomas E. Sawyer, John R. Varney and C.A. Towne. The City Government has passed an ordinance which provides that hereafter all buildings erected within certain prescribed limits shall be of brick or other non-inflammable material (Boston Globe, July 21, 1876).

DOVER QUARTERLY MEETING. Jacob K. Puritan, Tobias Meader, William P. Tuttle, Timothy B. Hussey, William R. Dennis, Samuel Buffum, Otis Meade, Ira T. Jenkins, Thomas G. Roberts (Portland Daily Press (Portland, ME), June 16, 1879).

William Tuttle, a farmer, aged fifty-one years (b. Dover, NH), headed a Dover, NH, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Lydia M. Tuttle, aged fifty years (b. Parsonfield, ME), his mother, Sarah P. Tuttle, aged eighty-six years (b. Dover, NH), and his servants, William F. Cartland, a farm laborer, aged twenty years (b. Parsonfield, ME), Willard Mansfield, a farm laborer, aged thirty-five years (b. NH), and Etta Willard, housework, aged twenty years (b. Cambridge, ME). Their farm was situated on the Dover Point Road.

The grocery business has always been the leading factor in the mercantile life of Dover, and the leading grocer of the city to-day is William F. Cartland, a native of Parsonfield, Me., who came to Dover at the age of eighteen, entering the employ of his uncle, William P. Tuttle. Three years later he engaged with J. Roberts, to learn the grocery business. Subsequently, he was in employ of W.S. Wiggin, but cherishing an ambition to conduct business for himself in 1885 he bought the interest of John Kimball in firm of Kimball & Tasker, then in Freeman block, Washington street (Granite Monthly, 1900).

Strafford County purchased $6.00 worth of potatoes for its County Farm from William P. Tuttle in 1887-88 (Strafford County, 1888).

William P. Tuttle’s Dover Point wood lot appeared in an 1890 NH Dept. of Agriculture report, as an example of excellent tree growth.

On the William P. Tuttle farm in Dover, N.H., an acre in white pine grew over two hundred and thirty cubic feet a year for fifty years, the trees having been cut just half a century after the land had been cultivated for potatoes (NH Dept. of Agriculture, 1890).

Lydia M. (Cartland) Tuttle died of an abdominal tumor in Dover, NH, September 17, 1896, aged sixty-four years, ten months, and twenty-two days.

William P. Tuttle married (3rd) in Dover, NH, November 11, 1897, Hannah Coffin (Hanson) Canney, both of Dover, NH. He was a farmer, aged seventy-four years, and she was aged sixty-five years. Rev. George E. Hall performed the ceremony. She was born in Dover, NH, September 25, 1832, daughter of Samuel and Clarissa (Varney) Hanson.

William Tuttle, aged seventy-two years (b. NH), headed a Dover, NH, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of two years), Hannah Tuttle, aged seventy-one years (b. NH).

Hannah C. ((Hanson) Canney) Tuttle died in Dover, NH, November 26, 1908, aged seventy-six years.

William P. Tuttle, retired (own income), aged eighty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Dover, NH, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. William P. Tuttle owned his house on the Dover Point Road, free-and-clear.

William P. Tuttle died of senility on the Dover Point Road in Dover, NH, May 4, 1911, aged eighty-seven years, ten months, and eight days. He was a farmer, who had lived in Dover, NH, for “nearly” his whole life, his prior residence having been in North Berwick, ME. George P. Morgan, M.D., signed the death certificate.

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South Milton Commissioner George Lyman (1827-1900)

By Muriel Bristol | November 6, 2022

George Lyman was born in Milton, December 22, 1827, son of Micah and Mary (Kelly) Lyman. (Micah Lyman was a son of South Milton Miller T.C. Lyman (1770-1863)).

Michael [Micah] Lyman, a farmer, aged fifty-two years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Seventh (1850) Federal Census. His household included Mary [(Kelly)] Lyman, aged fifty-four years (b. NH), and George Lyman, a farmer, aged twenty-two years (b. NH). Micah Lyman had real estate valued at $5,000; and George Lyman had real estate valued at $1,000.

Jeremiah Plummer, a farmer, aged fifty-five years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Seventh (1850) Federal Census. His household included Tamson Plummer, aged forty-nine years (b. NH), Hannah Plummer, aged twenty-two years (b. NH), Jonas Plummer, a farmer, aged eighteen years (b. NH), and Ruth Plummer, aged thirteen years (b. NH). Jeremiah Plummer had real estate valued at $3,000.

George Lyman married in Rochester, NH, November 27, 1851, Hannah Plummer, he of Milton and she of Rochester, NH. Rev. J.E. Farewell performed the ceremony. She was born in Rochester, NH, in 1826, daughter of Jeremiah and Tamsen D. (Twombly) Plummer.

Son Harry S. Lyman was born in Milton, August 15, 1852.

Son John E. Lyman was born in Milton, March 11, 1854. He died in Milton, September 6, 1854, aged five months, twenty-six days.

Father-in-law Jeremiah Plumer of Rochester, NH, made his last will September 9, 1856. He devised to his beloved wife, Tamson [(Twombly)] Plumer, all his household furniture, excepting that devised to others, one-half of his provisions, one-half of his fatted hog, two cows, and four shares in the N.E.S.W. store, Division #186, for so long as she remained his widow, cut wood for her fire, $50 in money, one-sixth of the produce raised on his homestead farm, excepting hay, and one-half of the new part of the house (Strafford County Probate, 70:46).

Jeremiah Plumer devised $200 to his daughter, Hannah Lyman, wife of George Lyman. He devised $150 to his daughter, Ruth Plumer, as well as one bed and bedding, and one cow, the cow to be supplied at any time she might marry within three years, otherwise at the three-year mark. He devised to his son Jonas Plumer one bed and bedding, all his cider and cider casks, eight dry casks, two meat barrels, one desk, and a trunk, as well as all the rest and residue of the estate. Son Jonas Plumer was also named as executor. Peter M. Horne, Charles Wentworth, and Henry S. Horne signed as witnesses. The will was proved in a Strafford County Probate court held in Dover, NH, January 6, 1857 (Strafford County Probate, 70:46).

In these bequests to his son, Jonas Plumer, one may gain some insight into how a farmer might store his food at this time. Jeremiah Plumer had cider casks for his liquids, “dry” casks for his flour, sugar, dried fruits and vegetables, etc., and “meat” barrels for his preserved meat, such as the other one-half of the fatted hog.

Daughter Elizabeth Cushing Fall was born in Milton, May 10, 1859.

Sister-in-law Ruth C. Plumer married in Portsmouth, NH, January 3, 1860, Isaac S. Twombly, she of Rochester, NH, and he of Dover, NH. He was aged twenty-eight years, and she was aged twenty-five years. Rev. D.P. Leavitt performed the ceremony.

Tamson Plummer, aged fifty-eight years (b. NH), headed a Rochester, NH, household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. Her household included Jonas M. Plummer, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH), and George E. Jones, aged nine years (b. NH). Jonas M. Plummer had real estate valued at $4,000 and personal estate valued at $1,035.

George Lyman, a farmer, aged thirty-two years (b. NH), headed a Milton (“Milton P.O.”) household at the time of the Eighth (1860) Federal Census. His household included Hannah [(Plummer)] Lyman, aged thirty-three years (b. NH), H.S. Lyman, aged seven years (b. NH), and Elizabeth C. Lyman, aged one year (b. NH). George Lyman had personal estate valued at $500. His household appeared in the enumeration between those of his father, Micah Lyman, a farmer, aged sixty-three years, who had real estate valued at $4,000, and William P. Tuttle, a miller, aged thirty-seven years (b. NH).

Father Micah Lyman died in Milton, September 14, 1860, aged sixty-two years.

The Milton Selectmen of 1862 were Jos. Cook, Geo. Lyman, and J.N. Witham. The Milton Selectmen of 1863 were Geo. Lyman, J.N. Witham, and T.H. Roberts.

George Lyman of Milton, a farmer, aged thirty-five years (b. NH), registered for the Civil War Class II military draft, in June 1863.

The Milton Selectmen of 1867 were Chas. Jones, Geo. Lyman, and E.W. Fox. The Milton Selectmen of 1868 were Geo. Lyman, E.W. Fox, and Chas. Hayes.

George Lyman appeared in the Milton business directories of 1867-68, 1868, and 1869-70, as being a Milton justice-of-the-peace.

Justices. Milton. Charles Jones, Luther Hayes, Elbridge W. Fox, Joseph Plumer, Ebenezer Wentworth, Ezra H. Twombly, Joseph Mathes, Charles A. Cloutman, Asa Jewett, Elias S. Cook, Joseph Cook, Robert Mathes, Eli Fernald, Asa Jewett, Daniel S. Burley, Ira C. Varney, George Lyman, George W. Peavey (Briggs & Co., 1868).

Milton sent George Lyman and Samuel G. Chamberlain to Concord, NH, as its NH State Representatives for the 1869-70 biennium. It would seem that Samuel G. Chamberlain did not complete his two-year term and was replaced in 1870 by Samuel W. Wallingford (NH General Court, 1870).

George Lyman was allotted round-trip mileage of 160 miles, while Samuel W. Wallingford was allotted 172 miles. Wallingford presumably lived a further six miles away from their Concord, NH, destination. Rep. Lyman served on the Fisheries Committee, while Rep. Wallingford served on the Education Committee (NH General Court, 1870).

Rep. Lyman had NH House seat 04-53 and Rep. Wallingford had seat 05-21, and both men lodged at J.Y. Boynton’s (NH House of Representatives, 1870). (These would be minority seats as House seating is currently arranged). John Y. Boynton appeared in the Concord, NH, directory of 1870 as a carriage maker at Abbot’s (i.e., Abbot, Downing & Co., coach and carriage manufacturers), with his house at 4 Call’s block, on State Street. John Y. Boynton, who was aged fifty-eight years (b. ME), had a wife, three daughters, and eight lodgers in his household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census.

George Lyman, a farmer, aged forty-two years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Ninth (1870) Federal Census. His household included Hannah [(Plummer)] Lyman, keeping house, aged thirty-eight years (b. NH), Harry S. Lyman, a farm laborer, aged seventeen years (b. NH), Lizzie C. Lyman, at school, aged eleven years (b. NH), and Mary [(Kelly)] Lyman, aged seventy-four years (b. NH). George Lyman had real estate valued at $2,500 and personal estate valued at $575.

Milton - 1871 (Detail) - G Lyman
Milton, 1871 (Detail) – Home of G. Lyman (indicated with red arrow) in School District #10 (South Milton). The homestead of his grandfather, T. Lyman, may be seen between the Lyman Cemetery (“Cem”) and the Hayes Sta. & Freight Sta. (where the railroad track crosses the road).

The Milton Selectmen of 1871 were Geo. Lyman, John Lucas, and G.H. Plumer. The Milton Selectmen of 1872-73 were Geo. Lyman, Geo. H. Plumer, and T.H. Roberts.

George Lyman was Milton treasurer in 1873, and 1874. He was preceded in that office by Thomas H. Roberts and succeeded by Elbridge W. Fox.

George Lyman appeared in the Milton business directories of 1873, 1874, 1875, and 1876, as being a Milton justice-of-the-peace.

MILTON. Justices. Luther Hayes, C.H. Looney, E.W. Fox, State; Joseph Mathes, Joseph Cook, George Lyman, G.W. Peavey, J.S. Hersey, J.N. Sims, B.B. Plummer, B.P. Roberts (Tower, 1876).

The Milton Selectmen of 1874-77 were Geo. Lyman, Geo. H. Plumer, and J.U. Simes.

Mother-in-law Tamsen D. (Twombly) Plummer died in 1878.

NEW HAMPSHIRE. NOMINATIONS. Dover, N.H., Oct. 3. – The Republican Convention for Strafford county to-day nominated Frank S. Tompkin of Dover for Register of Deeds, John R. Varney of Dover for Register of Probate, Henry H. Hough of Dover for Treasurer, John Greenfield of Rochester for Sheriff, C.R. Shackford of Dover for Solicitor, Cyrus Littlefield of Dover, Samuel A. Seavey of Somersworth and George Lyman of Milton for Commissioners (Boston Post, October 4, 1878).

George Lyman appeared in the Milton business directories of 1880, 1881, and 1882, as being a Milton justice-of-the-peace.

George Lyman, a farmer, aged fifty-two years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Hannah [(Plummer)] Lyman, keeping house, aged fifty-two years (b. NH), his daughter, Lizzie Lyman, teaching school, aged twenty-one years, (b. NH), and his mother, Mary [(Kelly)] Lyman, at home, aged eighty-three years (b. NH). His household appeared in the enumeration between those of Theodore Lyman, a farmer, aged sixty-seven years (b. NH), and Luther Hayes, a farmer, aged sixty years (b. ME).

Stephen Osgood, a policeman, aged forty-eight years (b. ME), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Tenth (1880) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Fannie B. Osgood, keeping house, aged forty-four years (b. ME), his boarder, Harry S. Lyman, a policeman, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH), and his servant, Mary A. Hunt, a domestic servant, aged eighteen years (n. MA). They resided on Chestnut Hill Avenue.

George Lyman was elected as one of three Strafford County Commissioners in November 1880.

Commissioners. George Lyman, Milton; Cyrus Littlefield, Dover; Sam’l A. Seavey, Great Falls (Tower, 1881).

The Milton Selectmen of 1882-83 were Geo. Lyman, W.H.H. Pinkham, and J.U. Simes.

WEST MILTON. The school in the district known as Varneyville, that closed last week, was taught by Lizzie R. Burrows, who is a teacher of fine ability, thorough being the word with her. Three of her pupils Melissa Moore, Minnie Burrows and Carrie Pulsifer were given 1128 words to write, all of which were spelled correctly. The classes in Algebra, Arithmetic and Grammar excelled any thing of the kind that has come under my notice for many a day. Hoping that we may have more such teachers in the future is the wish of our Superintending Committee, Miss Lizzie Lyman, and all who are interested in the cause of education. C.U. Later (Farmington News, July 13, 1883).

Daughter Lizzie C. Lyman married in Milton, August 39, 1883, George C. Fall, he of Wakefield, NH, and she of Milton. He was a carpenter, aged twenty-seven years, and she was aged twenty-four years. Rev. George Sterling performed the ceremony. Fall was born in Lebanon, ME, August 10, 1856, son of Ebenezer and Dorcas (Horne) Fall.

Miss Lizzie Lyman and W.E. Pillsbury appeared in the Milton business directory of 1884, as the Milton school superintendents.

The Milton Selectmen of 1884 were Geo. Lyman, W.H.H. Pinkham, and C.T. Haines.

Son Harry S. Lyman married in Concord, MA, May 30, 1885, Laura Gertrude. Huckins, he of Boston, MA, and she of Concord, MA. He was a state prison officer, aged thirty-one years, and she was at home, aged twenty-one years. Rev. J.W.F. Barnes, state prison chaplain, performed the ceremony. Huckins was born in Dover, NH, January 12, 1864, daughter of Robert L. and Sarah J. (Tucker) Huckins.

Mother Mary (Kelly) Lyman died of old age in Milton, December 31, 1885, aged ninety years, six months.

LOCALS. Mary, widow of the late Micah Lyman, Esq., of Milton, and mother of Hon. John D. Lyman, and ex-County Commissioner Lyman of South Milton, died at her home in Milton, Thursday, aged 90 years, 6 months. She was the oldest lady in the town (Farmington News, January 8, 1886).

Hannah (Plummer) Lyman died of consumption in Milton, November 16, 1886, aged fifty-nine years, eleven months, and sixteen days. W.F. Wallace, M.D., signed the death certificate.

George Lyman, acting in his capacity of justice-of-the-peace, officiated at a Milton marriage in October 1887.

MARRIAGES. In Milton, Oct. 8, by Geo. Lyman, Esq., Luther H. Wentworth of Milton and Miss Flora J. Nelson of East Hardwick, Vt. (Farmington News, October 14, 1887).

REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS. George Lyman to J.E. Brown, Milton (Farmington News, March 29, 1889).

MILTON. George Lyman has returned from his trip to Boston (Farmington News, November 25, 1892).

The Milton Selectmen of 1893-94 were Geo. Lyman, G.H. Plummer, and C.W. Lowd.

MILTON. At the town meeting Tuesday the following officers were chosen: Selectmen, George Lyman, George H. Plummer, Charles Lowd; moderator, Elbridge Fox; town clerk, Charles D. Jones; road commissioners, Fred Chamberlain, Charles Ellis, W.H.H. Pinkham (Farmington News, March 24, 1893).

Mrs. Martha E. (Ricker) Mathes, widow of Joseph Mathes (1815-1883), died of LaGrippe, i.e., influenza, followed by typhoid pneumonia, in Rochester, NH, March 23, 1893, aged sixty-seven years, two months, and fourteen days.

MILTON. The household furniture of the late Mrs. Martha [(Ricker)] Mathes was sold at auction Saturday. George Lyman was auctioneer (Farmington News, June 30, 1893).

The Milton Selectmen of 1895 were Geo. Lyman, G.H. Plummer, and J.U. Simes.

LOCALS. The retiring board of selectmen have remarkable records in serving that town. Geo. Lyman has served in that capacity for 29 years, John U. Sims for 18 years, and George Plummer for 12 years. They are republicans. There was a cat-a-cornered fight this year against the “old board” – the “Milton Tammany” its opponents called it – and the following board, also republicans, were elected: Samuel H. Wallingford, Joseph H. AveryFreeman H. Loud. Luther Wentworth was foremost in the battle, and though there were four candidates against him, it required three ballots to defeat him for second place on the ticket. Evidently there were lively times at Milton town meeting (Farmington News, March 18, 1896).

[Ed.: We may note the circumstance that all three selectmen – each a member of long tenure – were replaced by an entirely new board. The Milton town government of that time apparently felt no pressing need for staggered terms in order to ensure “continuity”].

George Lyman, a farmer, aged seventy-two years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his daughter, Lizzie L. [(Lyman)] Fall, aged forty-one years (b. NH), his granddaughter, Ruth L. Fall, aged thirteen years (b. NH), and his servant, Woodbury Johnson, a farm laborer, aged forty years (b. NH). George Lyman owned their farm, free-and-clear. Lizzie L. Fall had been married for fifteen years; she was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

Harry S. Lyman, a prison officer, aged forty-six years (b. NH), headed a Boston, MA, household at the time of the Twelfth (1900) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of fifteen years), Laura G. [(Huckins)] Lyman. aged thirty-six years (b. NH). Harry S. Lyman rented their house at 16 School Street.

George Lyman died of chronic Bright’s Disease in Milton, June 19, 1900, aged seventy-two years, six months. James J. Buckley, M.D., signed the death certificate.

LOCALS. Ex-county commissioner George Lyman of Milton died last Tuesday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Paul [Mrs. Fall], in that town, after an illness of Bright’s disease. He was about seventy-three years old. Mr. Lyman was a member of the grange and had held many town offices. He is survived by one son and one daughter and by his brother, the Hon. J.D. Lyman of Exeter, formerly of Farmington. Funeral this Thursday (Farmington News, June 22, 1900).

Brother John D. Lyman died of cystitis in Exeter, NH, July 31, 1902, aged seventy-nine years. (See Milton in the News – 1902).

Hon. John D. Lyman Dead. EXETER, N.H., August 1. Hon. John D. Lyman, known throughout the country as a writer upon agricultural subjects, died here today, aged 79 years (North Loup Loyalist (North Loup, NE), August 8, 1902).

Daughter Mrs. Lizzie O. [(Lyman)] Fall gave a report, in her capacity of Ceres, to the Eastern New Hampshire Pomona Grange meeting in Rochester, NH, – the largest ever held there – in December 1902. (See also Milton Delegate Bard B. Plummer (1846-1919) for a description of Grange offices).

Ceres in her report said: “What is harvesting now compared to what it used to be? Think of reaping, cradling, raking, binding and mowing, all by physical exertion, of threshing with the flail and winnowing with the wind; and then think of the reapers and binders, the mowing and threshing machines, the plows and cultivators upon, which the farmer can ride with comfort. Every agricultural implement tends to elevate the farmer, whether he knows it or not, for it gives him more time for thought and pleasure. We have the best country in the world, and farmers ought to be prosperous and happy, for happiness is the object of life” (New England Farmer (Boston, MA), December 27, 1902).

GRANGE NEWS AND NOTES. Items of Interest to Hollis Patrons. Eastern, N. II., pomona grange held a forenoon session with Dover grange, April 22. At the afternoon public meeting a very large audience attentively listened for three and one-fourth hours to a program of great merit arranged and conducted by Lecturer Mrs. Lizzie L. Fall of Milton. Greetings by Master E.M. Felker; invocation by the Rev. W.R. Clark; address of welcome by W.D.F. Hayden, master of Dover grange; response F.P. Wentworth, Rochester. Supper was served to 310 (Hollis Times (Hollis, NH), April 28, 1905).

Harry S. Lyman, a state prison officer, aged fifty-five years (b. NH), headed a Medford, MA, household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty [twenty-five] years), Laura G. [(Huckins)] Lyman, aged forty-six years (b. NH). Harry S. Lyman rented their house at 528 Main Street.

George G. Fall, an expressman, aged fifty-three years (b. ME), headed a Milton household at the time of the Thirteenth (1910) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of twenty-six years), Lizzie L. [(Lyman)] Fall, aged fifty years (b. NH). George G. Fall owned their house, free-and-clear. Lizzie L. Fall was the mother of one child, of whom one was still living.

BUNKER HILL DISTRICT. Officers Herbert E. Chellis, Stephen R. Anderson and Fred Pfluger of the State Prison force returned to duty this morning at the prison after their vacation. Guardroom officer Harry S. Lyman, one of the “oldtimers” at the institution, is off duty on account of sickness since he left on his vacation the latter part of July (Boston Globe, August 31, 1916).

Harry S. Lyam [Lyman], aged sixty-seven years (b. NH), headed a Medford, MA, household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife, Laura G. [(Huckins)] Lyam, aged fifty-six years (b. NH). Harry S. Lyam rented their house at 528 Main Street.

George G. Fall, a Boston & Maine R.R. express messenger, aged sixty-three years (b. ME), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fourteenth (1920) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty-seven years), Lizzie L. [(Lyman)] Fall, aged sixty years (b. NH). George G. Fall owned their farm on the Wakefield Road [White Mountain Highway] (at its intersection with Charles Street).

Walter N. Burke defaulted on a mortgage that involved several tracts of land, one of which tracts had some of George Lyman’s land as an abutter.

Also another tract of land situate in Milton, in said County of Strafford, and bounded as follows, to wit: beginning at the easterly corner of land formerly of Beard P. Varney, and running westerly by said Varney land to land of George Lyman; thence northerly by said Lyman land to the road leading, from the house of Hiram W. Ricker to South Milton; thence easterly by said road to land formerly owned by Isaac Wentworth; thence southerly by said Wentworth land and the road leading from South Milton by the house of the late Beard P. Varney to the bounds begun at, containing five acres, be the same more or less (Farmington News, February 13, 1925).

Son Harry S. Lyman died in Haverhill, MA, September 23, 1929, aged seventy-six years. (Laura J. (Huckins) Lyman’s sister, Bernice H. (Huckins) Kimball, lived in Haverhill, MA, with her husband, Amos M. Kimball, and their mother, Sarah J. (Tucker) Huckins).

DEATHS. LYMAN – In Haverhill, Mass., Sept. 23, Harry S. Lyman of 528 Main st., Medford, Mass. Funeral services will be held from the chapel at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett, Mass., Wed., Sept. 25, at 3 o’clock. Relatives and friends invited to attend. Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery (Boston Globe, September 24, 1929).

Laura G. [(Huckins)] Lyman, a widow, aged sixty [sixty-six] years (b. NH), headed a Somerville, MA, household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. She rented her apartment at 391 Broadway, for $65 per month. She did not have a radio set.

George G. Fall, a retiree, aged seventy-three years (b. ME), headed a Milton household at the time of the Fifteenth (1930) Federal Census. His household included his wife (of forty-seven years), Lizzie L. [(Lyman)] Fall, aged seventy years (b. NH). George G. Fall owned their house, which was valued at $2,000. They did not have a radio set.

Son-in-law George C. Fall died of hypostatic pneumonia in his residence on the State Road, i.e., White Mountain Highway, in Milton, May 27, 1933, aged seventy-six years, nine months, and seventeen days. He was a retired express manager. Thomas K. Chesley, M.D., signed the death certificate.

Daughter Mrs. Lizzie [(Lyman)] Fall was on the Milton School Board in 1934, with Robert Page and Mrs. Grace Willey.

NUTE RIDGE. Nute Ridge school closed Wednesday, June 20, with exercises held at Nute chapel, which consisted of the following program. Song, “Hail, Glad Vacation;” school recitations, “Goin’ Fishing,” William Wilson, “A Boy’s Complaint,” Fred Boorack, “The Foolish Little Maiden,” Doris Goodwin; recitation and song, “The Bunnies Have a Visitor,” Myrtle Durkee; recitation, “Two Questions,” Virginia Peters; play, “Susanna’s Illness,” Norma Nute, Elsie Bigelow, Dorothy Perry, Charles Perry; recitations, “Rover in Church,” Elizabeth Perry, “My Live Dolly,” Emily Casey, “In Strict Confidence,” Paul Boorack, “Words,” Florence Bigelow; song, “School Days,” Myrtle Durkee, Paul Boorack; recitations, “A Mix Up in Days,” Dorothy Perry, “A Boy’s Troubles,” Francis Perry, “Growing,” Myrtle Durkee; “The Critic’s Advice,” Dorothy Goodwin; play, “Vacation Time,” school. One of the highlights of the program was six years old Robert Casey swinging his baton and directing the group singing which was done in a manner that suggested a veteran orchestra director. Robert Page, Mrs. Lizzie Fall and Mrs. Grace Willey of the Milton school board were present and made appropriate remarks. A goodly number of visitors were present, which included the present school nurse, Miss Northway, and past school nurse, Mrs. Stanley Tanner. The following children had perfect attendance for the entire year: John William, Florence, Elsie and Gerald Bigelow, Norma Nute and Myrtle Durkee (Farmington News, June 29, 1934).

WEST MILTON. Robert Page and Mrs. Lizzie Fall of the Milton school board were on the “west side” during the past week attending to transportation details, inspecting school buildings, etc. They were accompanied by E.A. Hodgdon (popularly known as Hoddy) who gave ample evidence that his jovial disposition still remains with him (Farmington News, September 7, 1934).

WEST MILTON. Mrs. Lizzie Fall, member of the Milton school board, was a visitor at the Nute Ridge school in connection with the taking of the school census. Norma Nute was the lone pupil that obtained 100 per cent in spelling for the month of September (Farmington News, September 28, 1934).

WEST MILTON. Ferne McGregor attended a convention of rural teachers held at Chocorua, Tuesday, and found herself booked for a talk on “Public activities in a rural school.” She was accompanied by Mrs. Lizzie Fall of the Milton school board and Miss Alice Dennison of Boston (Farmington News, November 2, 1934).

SANBORNVILLE. Miss Belle Fall, who closed her house some weeks ago and visited her niece in Wakefield, Mass., for a while, is now at the home of her sister-in-law, Mrs. Lizzie Fall, Milton (Farmington News, January 18, 1935).

WEST MILTON. The many friends of Mrs. Lizzie Fall are pleased to learn of the progress made in recovering from her recent illness (Farmington News, June 28, 1935).

Daughter-in-law Mrs. Laura G. Lyman appeared in the Haverhill, MA, directory of 1938, as residing at 70 Hamilton avenue. (Amos M. (Bernice H.) Kimball, com. trav., had their house at 70 Hamilton avenue).

Daughter-in-law Laura G. [(Huckins)] Lyman died in the Phillips House, [Massachusetts General Hospital,] in Boston, MA, August 25, 1939, aged seventy-five years.

Death Notices. LYMAN – At Phillips House, August 25, Laura Gertrude, widow of Harry S. Lyman, formerly of Somerville. Funeral services will be held at the John E. Kauler Funeral Home, 67 Broadway, Somerville, Sunday, at 2 o’clock (Boston Globe, August 26, 1939).

Lizzie L. [(Lyman)] Fall, aged eighty years (b. NH), headed a Milton household at the time of the Sixteenth (1940) Federal Census. Her household included her grandson, Lyman Plummer, a [Strafford] county deputy sheriff, aged twenty-seven years (b. NH). They had both resided in the “same house” in 1935. Lizzie L. Fall owned their house, which was valued at $2,000.

Daughter Elizabeth C. “Lizzie” (Lyman) Fall died at the Jackson Nursing Home in Rochester, NH, of hypostatic pneumonia (following a fractured hip), June 4, 1943, aged eighty-four years, twenty-five years.

IN MEMORIAM. Lizzie L. Fall. Many Farmington people learned with regret of the death of Mrs. Lizzie L. Fall of South Milton which occurred last Friday at the Jackson Nursing home in Rochester, where she had been cared for during several months’ illness. Mrs. Fall was born in Milton, May 10, 1859, the daughter of George and Hannah (Plummer) Lyman. She was a 60-year member of Lewis Nute Grange, an honorary member of Eastern New Hampshire Pomona Grange, and a member of Fraternal Chapter O.E.S., of Farmington. Delegations from all of these organizations attended the funeral services, which were held at her home Monday afternoon. Surviving relatives include one daughter, Mrs. Bard Plummer of Milton, three granddaughters and two grandsons, Tech 2/c Bard Plummer, serving overseas, and Pfc Lyman Plummer, stationed in Boston (Farmington News, June 11, 1943).


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