Elliot Family

The name was not here early.  Jacob Elliot married into the family of James Towle, at the Branch, and came to town.  He was from Chester, son of Jacob, who was son of Edmund, from Amesbury, Mass.

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Emerson Family

In the genealogical part of this history, more is said in explanatory remarks, and characteristics, found in some generations of families, than is common in similar works.  The justification is in this, –important objects are to be accomplished.  Citizens and others, who have lived here, are to have a history of the past, and get a knowledge of families that will make them feel a loving acquaintance with each other, and thus a bond of happy union be felt.

The Emersons live in almost the extreme south-west.  In that neighborhood, church priviledes are mostly at the Burrough, in Chester.  The Emersons, so far away, do not seem to be much known by the great body of our people.  We have the pleasure now to introduce them.  The families are two, –John V. in “Shatica,” and Samuel, with his sister, Mrs. Martha Thomas, near Candia line.

Already, and in families yet to be noted, much is made of excellent talents, civil services, and patriotic deeds, performed by some members, in the past.  Having little to tell of in our own family, we speak freely of others.  In doing this, those favored with noble blood, should remember the sentiment of Pope in his “Essay on Man,” to the effect that none can be ennobled by the blood of the good or great, but by their own good deeds.

The Emersons here had an ancestor, in the female line, of heroic fame.  This was Hannah Dustin, whose name before marriage was Hannah Emerson.  Her husband was Thomas Dustin.  Their home was in Haverhill, Mass., two miles or more west of the compact part of the city.

March 15, 1697, a party of Indians came, took her and her nurse and little child but a few days old, and started off in the wilderness.  The child being troublesome, an Indian dashed its head against a tree, and left it.  On the night of April 30, while encamped on an Island, now Fisherville in Concord, Mrs. Dustin and her nurse, with hatchets, killed ten Indians while they were asleep; two others, being alarmed, escaped.  The heroines then made their way back to Haverhill.

The first Emerson in America was John, of Ispwich, Mass., in 1648.  Whether he was the progenitor, or relative, of those found in Haverhill, but eight years later, has not, so far as we know, been ascertained.

Michael Emerson settled in Haverhill in 1656.  The settlements were but 16 years old.  It is thought he was a shoe-maker, as there is an account some later, that he was chosen leather sealer.  The record is, that he was chosen “to view and seal all leather.”  His wife was Hannah Webster.  They were married April 1, 1657.  Their oldest child was Hannah, who married Mr. Dustin, and she was the one captured by the Indians, as already narrated.

A son of Michael was Jonathan.  This Jonathan had a son Samuel, who settled in Chester.  He was a surveyor of land, Town Clerk, and one of the Selectmen.

Samuel Emerson had five children, of whom we have an account.  The youngest was Nathaniel, who married Sarah Tilton.  He settled in Candia, before the town was incorporated.  He entered the army, was Lieutenant Colonel, and, as such, fought under Stark at Bennington.  He died April 30, 1824, aged 82.  His residence was where Freeman Parker lately lived.  Children:

1.  Jonathan, died young.

2.  Anna, married Seth Knowles.

3.  Samuel, married Mary Varnum, lived in Raymond, where his son Samuel and Mrs. Thomas live.

4.  Sarah, lived in Vermont, married E. Robie.

5.   Nathaniel, married Polly Norton, lived in Maine, then in Candia.

6.  Richard, married Sally Clay, lived in Candia, was a Land Surveyor.

7.  Elizabeth, married Mr. Eaton.

8.  Hannah, married Mr. Jenness, lived in Piermont.

9.  Lydia, married Samuel Patten.  He lived in the Patten District, owned a farm in Raymond on the Green, now possessed by John Healey, Esq.  Colonel Rufus E. Patten is his son, and lives on the homestead in Candia.

10.  Nabby, married John Lane, Esq., of Candia.  He was a land surveyor, was much in office, and was Representative nine years.  He died in 1851, his widow in 1867.  A daughter is the wife of Ex-Governor Frederick Smyth of Manchester.

Colonel Nathaniel Emerson had a step-brother, his father’s son by a second wife.  This was Moses, who lived in Candia.  Of his children, Moses, now aged, lives in the Patten district.  Hon. Abraham, fifth child of the first Moses, lives on the home place of his father.  Hon. Abraham is the father of Rev. John D. Emerson, now pastor in Biddeford, Me.

Samuel Emerson of Raymond, son of Col. Nathaniel of Candia, was married to Mary Varnum, Nov. 19, 1801.  Children:

1.  Jesse, b. Oct. 20, 1802, lived in town, and died Feb. 28, 1821.

2.  Betsy, b. July 26, 1804.

a3.  Mary, b. March 20, 1806, married Mr. Fitts, and lived in Candia.

4.  Martha, b. Oct. 14, 1807, married Mr. Thomas, lived in Boston, and in 1861, returned to this town, where he died in Nov.  She resides on the homestead.

5.  John V., b. Dec. 26, 1809, married Sarah Hoyt, lives at “Shatica,” in town.

6.  Samuel, b. Aug. 18, 1811, lives on the homestead.

7.  Sarah A., b. June 8, 1813, married Mr. Pearson, and lives in Chelsea, Mass.

8.  Harriet A., b. March 6, 1817, taught school, married Luther M. Wason, and lives in town.

9.  Hannah, b. Aug. 14, 1819, died in town Aug. 30, 1836.

10.  Lydia P., b. Dec. 22, 1821, lives in Charlestown, Mass.

Samuel Emerson, the father of this large family, lived to see the most of them become of age.  He died March 13, 1848, aged 76.

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Fogg Family

This family is one of great antiquity in England and Wales.  Some of the name settled in the county of Kent, in the reign of Henry I.  Their coming there was about the year 1112 or 1115.  That was about fifty years before the Norman conquest.  Some settled in Ashford, fifty miles from London, in the reign of Henry IV., about the year 1400.  Sir John Fogg founded a College in Ashford, where he died.  His son, Sir John Fogg, resided there.  His will was dated Nov. 4, 1533.  There was also a Sir Francis Fogg in that place.  These families were of high standing.

Rev. Robert Fogg. supposed to be a relative to the first of the name in America, lived in the north of Wales, n 1662.  The first in New Hampshire was Samuel Fogg.  He was the progenitor of the name in this part of the country.  It is said “three brothers” came over, the other two, Robert and Ralph, going to other states.

Samuel Fogg came to Hampton.  The town was settled in 1638, and he came soon after.  Then there were but four towns in New Hampshire.  He was about 35 years of age, and married Anne Shaw of that town, Oct. 12, 1652.  Ten years later, she died, and he married Mary Page, of Hampton.  He died April 16, 1672.  He had a farm, and was a member of the Congregational church in the town, as were both of his wives.

Rev. Jeremiah Fogg, born in Hampton about 1711, graduated at Harvard College in 1730, and was settled as the first minister in Kensington, Nov., 1737.  He continued there 52 years, and died Dec. 1, 1789, aged 78.  He was of the third generation from Samuel Fogg, already named at Hampton.

It is believed that Major Josiah Fogg, early  in this town, was also a descendant of Samuel Fogg, of Hampton.  He was from near Bride Hill, in that town.  He was married three times.  His first wife’s name was Mary.  Children:

Samuel, b. Aug. 10, 1756.

 Molly, b. April 30, 1762, married Mr. Osgood.

By second wife, —

Sarah, b. Nov. 24, 1767.

Lucy, b. Nov. 12, 1770, married Chase Osgood.

By third wife, —

Abigail, b. July 25, 1772, married Joshua Norris.

Dorothy. b. March 14, 1774.

Joseph, b. March 27, 1776.  He followed his father on the home place, owned a large farm, was energetic and industrious, and represented the town in the Legislature.

Josiah, b. June 10, 1778, was a farmer and joiner, lived where Rev. M. Newhall lately lived, but sold and went to Exeter.

Nancy, b. July 11, 1780, married Mr. Sanborn.

Dudley, b. Sept. 20, 1782, married Nancy Gove, of Nottingham, and settled in Readfield, Me.

It is thought that there were more children, who died young.  Major Fogg’s third wife was Abigail Eastman, probably of Kingston.  Dr. J. C. Eastman, of Hampstead, is a relative.

Joseph Fogg, son of Major Josiah Fogg, married Dorothy Evans.  Children:

1.  Hannah, b. Jan. 16, 1799.

2.  Sally, b. March 16, 1803.  These both married and went to Maine.

3.  Joseph, b. Oct. 22, 1806.  He lived away after marrying, but came back to the home place.  Neither he nor his wife lived to advanced years.  Of their children, three remain:  Mrs. Aaron W. Brown, of this town, Mrs. Floyd of Epping, and Mrs. Samuel Gove of Nottingham.

4.  Eleanor, b. Aug. 23, 1811, married Ebenezer Prescott and lives in town.

5.  Timothy E., b. Feb. 15, 1814, settled at first on the home place, having married Frances Prescott.  Afterwards he went to Maine, and lived last in Lewiston, where he died.

Josiah Fogg, son of Major Josiah Fogg, married Hannah Pecker of Salisbury, Mass.  He died in Deerfield Mass., in March, 1869.  His wife died in Exeter, Sept. 26, 1861.  Children:

1.  Josiah, b. March 25, 1811, resides in Deerfield, Mass., is engaged in raising short-horned cattle.

2.  James P., b. Nov. 26, 1812, resides in Chicago, Ill., and is an importer and dealer in seeds.  In that business, he has been to Europe several times.

3.  Lucy J., b. Nov. 6, 1814, married A. H. Dunlap. and resides in Nashua.  Mr. Dunlap is in the garden seed business.

4.  Abby P., b. Dec. 19, 1816, married J. T. Porter of Exeter, died March 4, 1861.

5.  William P., b. Dec. 24, 1818, died Aug., 1823.

6.  Charlotte H., b. July 1, 1821, died Aug., 1823.

7.  Martha N., b. May 3, 1824, resides in Deerfield, Mass.  The above named were born in Raymond, and the family moved to Exeter.

8.  William P., 2d. b. in Exeter, July 27, 1826, resides in Cleaveland, Ohio.  He has been a great traveler ; once sailing around the world, and at the time was correspondent of a Cleaveland paper. which correspondence was published in book form.  He spent the winter a year ago in Egypt.

Dudley Fogg, son of Major Josiah Fogg, married Nancy Gove, Aug. 28, 1805.  She was born, Dec. 28, 1783.  Mr. Fogg, after marriage, went to Readfield, Me., and in 1807, moved his family there.  That town was his home till his death, Nov. 19, 1855.  His widow died June 23, 1859.

Mr. Fogg was Town Agent several years, one of the Selectmen from 15 to 20 years, and he and his wife were members of the Free Baptist church, of which he was a deacon.  Children:

1.  Samuel G., b. Sept. 13, 1806, died June 9, 1819.

2.  Sally S., b. March 24, 1809, married Moses Choate.

3.  Ruth A., b. Oct. 9, 1811, married Charles Bean.

4.  Josiah N., b. Jan. 12, 1815, married Hannah W. Shaw.

5.  Dudley, b. May 11, 1817, died June 5, 1839.

6.  Perfenda R., b. May 17, 1821, married Rev. G. W. Bean.  He is a minister in the F. Baptist denomination, was paster some years in Maine, then in Lowell, Mass., Sandwich, N.H., then back to Maine, and is now agent of Pittsfield Seminary.

7.  Samuel G., b. March 27, 1823.  He lives on the home place in Readfield.  He married Mary A. Stevens.  She died, and he married, second, Ann M. Prescott, daughter of Ebenezer Prescott, of Raymond.

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Folsom Family

The first of the name in this country was John, who came to Hingham, Mass., in 1638, and to Exeter about 1650.  His descendants have lived, if we have a correct account, in Exeter ever since.  One, Gen. Nathaniel Folsom, was an officer in the war of the Revolution, and a member of the Continental Congress.

Eliphalet Folsom was born in Exeter, a mile below the village.  He came to this town, married Molly Fullonton, and lived where Capt. S. D. Tilton does.  Children:

1. Child, b. March 2, 1777, died same day.

2. Jonathan, b. Oct. 18, 1778.  He never married, lived on the home place to a great age, had good social qualities, and a very genial disposition.  He died Dec. 8, 1871.

3. Polly, b. Feb. 7, 1780, married James Young, lived in Deerfield, and the last years of her life in this town.

4. John, b. July 2, 1783, married, first, Mary Palmer of Candia ; second, Mrs. Pillsbury, lived in town, was much in office, as Selectman, Representative and Justice of the Peace ; died Jan. 31, 1864.  Children:  Mary, Sally, Delia, John Franklin, Hannah, one died young.  All dead but Delia.  By second wife, Julia and Emily.  John Franklin, the only son, married Elizabeth Pillsbury, and died July 7, 1857, aged 37.  He was an active, good citizen.  One son, Rev. John Dana Folsom, and three daughters, living.

5. Jacob, b. July 1, 1785, married Huldah Folsom, and settled in Maine.  His widow and a daughter, Mrs. H. P. Fullonton, are now here.

6. Eliphalet, b. Dec. 7, 1788, married Miss Folsom and settled in Maine.

7. Francis, b. Feb. 16, 1792, never married, lived on the home place, and died May 3, 1833.

8. Thomas, b. Dec. 22, 1794, married Sally Edgerly of Epping, lived on the home place, a farmer, and for two years one of the Selectmen.  Children,-Eliphalet Francis, a school teacher, a young man of promise, died Nov. 23, 1842.  Sarah A. became the first wife of Capt. S. D. Tilton, and died Nov. 20, 1870.  Thomas Folsom died Nov. 12, 1862.

9. Delia, b. Dec. 21, 1796, married, first, John Nay, lived in town ; second, Theophilus Stevens, and lives in Epping.

REV. ABRAHAM FOLSOM.  The first account of his ancestors is in Epping, and there is no doubt they were descendants of the first John, at Exeter.

FIRST GENERATION.  Abraham Folsom lived in Epping.

SECOND GENERATION.  Abraham and John, sons of the above, settled in Gilmanton.

THIRD GENERATION.  Jacob, son of Abraham, settled in Tunbridge, Vt., and was deacon of the Free Baptist church.  His late years were passed in Washington, Vt.

FOURTH GENERATION.  Rev. Abraham Folsom, oldest son of Jacob, was born in Tunbridge, April 16, 1794, and died in this town, March 31, 1872.  An account of him is given in the Chapter on Biography.

Moses Folsom, brother of Rev. Abraham, is a Free Baptist preacher in Newfield, Me.

Enos, another brother, served as a printer, in after years lived in Washington, Vt., and about 1862 moved to Wisconsin.  He became a member of the Rolling Prairie Free Baptist church, was its Clerk, and died in Burnett, Wis., Feb. 5,1874, aged 75.

Gilman Folsom, of this town, came from another branch of the first John in Exeter.  There was a David Folsom, who had five sons,-James, David, Winthrop, Gilman and Ezekiel.  Ezekiel lived in the north part of Epping, near the Lee line.  There his son Gilman was born.  He served with Mead Folsom, at West Epping, married Betsy Norris, and settled on a farm that had long been in the Osgood name.  The great business in which he and his son were formerly engaged, is named on Page 25.*  Moses, a brother of Gilman, lived when young with John Folson, Esq., near Oak Hill.  He was killed many years ago by an accident in a mill, somewhere west of New Hampshire.

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* Nursery – garden seeds among the chief products.

Fox Family

Benjamin Fox married Betty Fullonton, sister of Capt. John, lived last north of Oak Hill.  Two daughters married Samuel and John Bachelder.  Sinclair moved to Ohio.  David married Abigail Bachelder, lived in a house, now gone, near the Widow John Tilton.  Children,-Levi, Benjamin, who lived in Nottingham, John, David, Abigail, who married Ebenezer C. Osgood, Lucy, the second wife of James Bachelder, Affa B., who married Dean Smith, and Eleanor B., who married Benj. Bachelder.

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Fullonton Family

The progenitor of the family in this country was John, said to have come from England, to that part of Exeter now Epping.  His wife’s name was Deliverance, as there is a record in Epping of children born to John and Deliverance Fullonton.  The names of but three are put down, and the dates are uncertain.  The children of whom we have an account are the following:

1. John, b. 1730, lived just below the late Amos Stickney’s place, in Epping, came to Raymond soon after 1760, lived where Lieutenant J. E. Cram does, and died June 14, 1817.

2. David, lived on the home place, in Epping, went into the army of the Revolution, and died.

3. James, b. 1733, came to this town with his brother John, settled in the field now owned by Mr. Tufts, near J. E. Cram’s, afterwards moved to Sanbornton.

4. William, settled in Wolfborough.  Descendants were living there but a few years since, spelling their names Fullerton.

Betty, married Benj. Fox., and lived in town.  Of their children were the late David Fox ; Sinclair, who went to Ohio ; and the wives of Samuel and John Bachelder, who lived in the north-west part of the town.

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Gile Family

Joseph Gile signed the petition for the incorporation of the town.  We know nothing more of him, and it is not likely that Jesse Gile, the head of the family afterwards here, who came from Haverhill, Mass., was related to him.

Jesse Gile lived on the place where his grandson, Martin V. B., now lives.  He was a man who made no great show, but possessed good judgment, and a sound understanding.  He died Aug. 7, 1838.  His children by his wife, Mary, were:

1. Ruth, b. June 1, 1795, lived in town, died April 1, 1871.

2. David, b. March 30, 1797, lived in the west part, and about 1848, when the line was straightened, his house was in Candia, where he died.

3. Phebe, b. May 8, 1802, lived in town, became the second wife of Elias Wendell, and died Dec. 12, 1860.

4. Samuel, b. Oct. 23, 1804.

5. Mary, b. June 21, 1807, married Nathaniel D. West, and died April 16, 1857.

6. Jesse, b. March 3, 1812.  He lived on the home farm, married Eliza Towle.  He has always been willing to work for a living, and it is pleasant to say that from that humble home, children came forth to act a good part.  They are the following:  Martha V. B., on the home place, Nancy, Elisha T., Lavinia, married Henry O. Towle, Gilman E., Lydia, married Mr. Webster of East Kingston, Erastus B., Ellen, married Mr. Hayes, lives in Milton, and Jesse.  Two died young.

Another, a relative of the Gile family, should be named.  Mary N. Gile was a native of the town ; in the common school, evinced good scholarship ; much by her own energy and industry, attended higher schools, so that she became qualified to teach, in which she became very successful.  After pursuing this calling for a few years, another situation for usefulness presented itself.  On the 25th of July, 1860, she was united in marriage with Nathaniel G. Knowles of Haverhill, Mass., where she resides.

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