Austin Reed married Bertha Briggs 31 August 1904

Austin Herbert Reed was born 12 April 1877 in Newport NH, the son of Herbert W Reed and Elizabeth A Richardson.  The family was in the 1880 census in Newport, living with Herbert’s parents, Jackson and Harriet (Crowell) Reed.  In 1900, Austin was with his parents in Newport.  Herbert was a farmer.  Austin, age 23, was at school. 

Berth Lillian Brigs was born 5 May 1880 in Lebanon, NH, daughter of Darius B Briggs and Amy J Demary.   They lived in Lebanon in 1880, coincidentally with her father’s parents, Benoni and Matilda Briggs.  They were still in Lebanon in 1900. 

On 31 August 1904 in Lebanon, Austin married Bertha.  Austin was a clergyman, and Bertha was a teacher.  This was the first marriage for both.  He was a resident of Woodstock, and Bertha a resident of Lebanon. 

In 1910, they lived at 29 Walnut Street in Laconia, and Austin was listed as a clergyman.  Their first son Herbert was two years old.  Son Herman was born in Amesbury, MA in 1912.

In 1918, Austin registered for the WW1 draft, in Fitchburg, MA.  He was 41, and clergyman at Christ Church.  Bertha was his nearest relative.  He was described as medium height and build,  blue eyes, and brown hair.

 He was living as a Reverend in Keene ,N.H. on 3 Jan 1920. The 1920 census lists the family at 147 Washington street in Keene.  He was the clergyman at the Episcopal church. On May 1, he became rector of the St. James Episcopal Church, in Keene.  (1930 Keen Directory).  The 1930 census lists the family at 147 Bowen (?) street in Keene, where Austin continued his work as an Episcopalian minister. 

I was not able to find death records for Austin or Bertha.  Herbert died in 1994 and Herman in 1980, both in Keene.



James O Keniston married Elizabeth Josephine Denny 30 August 1884

James O Keniston (or Kenniston) was born about 1856 in Eliot, Maine, the son of Joseph Keniston and Sarah J Spinney.  I was not able to find the family in 1860, but they were listed in Eliot in 1870.  Joseph was a laborer.  I also could not find the family in 1880. 

Elizabeth Josephine Denny was born 19 February 1850 in Chelsea, Massachusetts, the daughter of Joseph Denny and Eliza Jane Hawkins.  I originally thought that she was the daughter of Eliza Hawkins and Joseph Fuller, but later records named her father as Joseph Denny, and I did find a marriage record for EJ Hawkins and Joseph W Dennie on 25 October 1848 in Boston.  This would be consistent with Elizabeth’s birth in Chelsea in 1850. 

I was not able to find this family in 1850.  By 1860, Eliza Jane had married Joseph Fuller, and they were living in Portsmouth.  Elizabeth was going by the last name Fuller.  Elizabeth was not with the family in 1870.  At that age, she was old enough to be working and/or living elsewhere.  In 1880, at age 30, she was living with her now-widowed mother Eliza, and going by the name Denny.  From this record, I had originally thought that Elizabeth must have married someone named Denny, but on closer review, she was listed as single.  This is consistent with Elizabeth being Eliza’s daughter by a previous marriage. 

On 30 August, 1884, in Portsmouth NH, James Kenniston married Lizzie J Denney.   James claimed to be 28, and Lizzie claimed to be 27, although she was really 34.  Other than that, her parents’ names and her birthplace matches.  This is listed as the first marriage for both.  I did not find a record of children for Lizzie and James. 

James O Kenniston died 8 September 1889 in Portsmouth.  His occupation was listed as “seaman”.  Cause of death and burial location were not listed.    

The 1890 Portsmouth city directory listed

  • Keniston, Lizzie J, widow of James O., bds Mrs. E.J. Fuller’s Sagamore road
  • Keniston, James O., mariner, died Sept. 8, 1889
  • Keniston, Luther E., farmer, bds Mrs. Eliza J Fuller’s, Sagamore road [brother of James]

The 1900 census lists Lizzie J Keniston as living with her mother, Eliza J Fuller.  Lizzie was widowed, no children born.  Lizzie and Eliza both listed “laundress” as their occupations, and Luther, still living with them, was a laborer. 

On 19 August 1908, Lizzie J Kenniston age 58 married Robert V Noble age 60.  This is listed as second marriage for both, both widowed.  The bride’s mother is Eliza J Hawkins, deceased, age 74.  Father is listed as Joseph W Denny, mariner b Baltimore.   

The 1910 census lists Robert and Lizzie at 140 Market Street in Portsmouth.  His occupation was house “joiner”, and Lizzie worked as a laundress at home.  This census also says that Lizzie has had no children and lists her father’s birthplace as Maryland.

Lizzie died 7 September 1916 in Portsmouth.  Cause of death was diabetes, and she was buried at Harmony Grove (as were many of her relatives.)  Her death record lists her mother as Eliza Hawkins and father as Joseph Denny. 

Robert died 11 October 1918 of lobar pneumonia and is also buried at Harmony Grove.


Curt M Bean died 29 August 1935

Curt Martin Bean was born 17 January 1885 in Belmont, NH, the only child of Charles O Bean and Sarah Martin.  Curt’s father died before 1900, and he and his mother were in the 1900 census in Belmont.  Sarah was head of the house, and Curt, at age 16, listed his occupation as farmer. 

In the 1910 census, Curt was listed as the head of the household, owner of a general farm, and his mother lived with him. 

On 25 February 1911, Curt married Lucy M Larivie, daughter of Joseph Larivie and Josephina Sanchagrin.  Curt was 27, Lucy was 20.  Both were residents of Belmont.  He was a farmer, she was a housekeeper, and this was the first marriage for both.  This marriage ended before 1916.  I did not find a death record for Lucy, so I don’t know if the marriage ended with her death, or a divorce.  I did not find birth records for children of Curt and Lucy.  I did not find a subsequent marriage for Lucy.

On 31 Aug 1918 in Belmont, Curt married Lydia “Daisy” Richards, daughter of Charles Henry Richards and Nancy Elvira (or Elizabeth) Richards.  When Curt registered for the WW1 draft in 1918, he listed himself as a self-employed farmer, with Daisy as his nearest relative.  He was described as tall, medium build, blue eyes, light hair, and no disabilities.  Their address was RFD Laconia. 

In 1920, Curt and Daisy lived in Belmont on Laconia Road.  His mother Sarah lived with them.  Charles owned his own farm. Sarah died 19 July 1929 in Belmont. 

Curt and Daisy lived in Belmont in 1930.  It appears that their neighborhood or road was called Farraville, although I was not able to find that on a modern map.   Daisy’s parents, Charles and Nancy, lived with them.  Curt still listed his occupation as farmer, and his father-in-law was a farm laborer. 

Daisy died 26 December 1930, of complications of pregnancy, in Laconia, and is buried at Belmont in the South Road cemetery.  I was not able to find any records of children born to Curt and Daisy. 

Curt married a third time, to Mary Lamott, on 30 June 1934, in Belmont.  She was the daughter of Edwin Lamott and Mirian Bridges.  This was third marriage for both.  He was 40, Mary was 37.  I did not find any children for Curt and Mary.

Curt died 29 August 1935 in Laconia.  He was buried at Belmont in South Road Cemetery.

William Ewing married Tamson Hodges 28 August 1869

William Ewing was born about 1847 in Aylesford, Nova Scotia, the son of Henry Ewing and Hannah Sophia Parker.  Tamson Ermina (or Armina) Hodges was born about 1849 in Aylesford, daughter of Jonathan Hodges and Ruth Taylor.  Tamson’s name has been misinterpreted and misspelled as Thomas, as Joman Rogers (instead of Tamson Hodges), as Tomau, even on her headstone as Tamzor.  Actually, she was named for Ruth’s mother, Tamson (Morton) Taylor. 

William and Tamson were married 28 August 1869 at the Baptist Church in Factorydale, a small community in Aylesford township.  This was the first marriage for both.  Witnesses were James Ewing (William’s brother) and a Parker (not able to read the name).  She was married the same day that her cousin Louisa Hodges married John Banks. 

William and Tamson’s son Burpee Ewing was born about 1870 in Nova Scotia.  (Richard Burpee was a Baptist minister and missionary from New Brunswick, who spent time in Burma.  He died as a young adult, and Burpee became a cherished Christian name to give to generations of Baptist sons.)

On April 15, 1870, William Ewing was on the ship “Oriental” from Margaretsville to Boston.  On the same ship were John Banks (possibly the one who married Louise Hodges) and JHC Hodges.  I also found a William Ewing from Nova Scotia living in Dedham MA.  He worked as a farm laborer.  Marital status was not listed in 1870, and Tamson and Burpee were not with him.  I was not able to find them in the 1871 Canada census. 

William and Tamson had a daughter, Nellie A (Melisa) born in October 1874 in Canada.  Tamson died about 1878 and was buried in the old Baptist cemetery in Morristown.  The 1881 census lists William, Melisa, and Burpy in Aylesford South.  He was a farmer and the family was of Irish descent. 

In 1891, William was living in Millville, Nova Scotia, where he worked as a farm laborer.  His daughter Nellie was living with her aunt Rebecca (Hodges) McKeown in nearby Clarence.  I didn’t find her brother Burpee.

William sailed on 18 May 1893, on the “Yarmouth” from Yarmouth to Boston.  He listed his occupation as carpenter. The schooner Yarmouth was built in 1841 for Captain Thomas Matthews.  On 22 August, 1894, he was on the “Boston”, from Yarmouth to Boston.  On 15 July,  1898 he was on the “Prince Edward” from Yarmouth to Boston. On 11 Nov, 1900 he was on the “Boston” from Yarmouth to Boston. On 1 May,   1902, he was on the “Boston” from Yarmouth to Boston.  Perhaps this movement back and forth between Nova Scotia and Massachusetts explains why I have not been able to find him in the 1900 US or 1901 Canada census. 

On Sep. 26, 1903, Ewing was on the “Prince George” from Yarmouth to Boston.  He listed his nationality as “A”  The “Prince George” was a 1,990 gross ton ship, length 290ft x beam 38ft, built by Earle & Co, Hull in 1898 for the Dominion Atlantic Railway. She arrived at Boston in Nov.1898 for use in the Boston – Yarmouth NS service. On 1st Jan.1912 the service and ships were leased by Canadian Pacific. Canadian Pacific were primarily interested in the Digby – Saint John route and disposed of the Yarmouth NS – Boston service by selling the Boston, Prince Arthur, and Prince George to Eastern Steamship Corporation on 20th Aug.1912. She continued Bay of Fundy services until 1931 when she was sold to Boston Iron & Metal Co for scrap. [Canadian Pacific by George Musk]

I also was not able to find William in the 1910 US or 1911 Canada Census.  He did move to Lynn MA, and was listed in city directories there as living at 98 Park, which was his daughter’s home.  She had married James F Groves, and they had two children, Mildred Alice and William Burpee Groves.  The 1920 census lists William with the Groves family.  He did not list an occupation, and was 73 years old.   

William died in Lynn on 25 June 1927.  His heirs were his nephew James Rawding (son of his sister Melissa for whom William’s daughter was probably named), his brother Hennigar Ewing, his son Burpee and daughter Nellie, and son-in-law James Groves.  William was buried with his wife Tamson in the old Baptist cemetery in Morristown.

Their daughter Nellie Groves died in June 1956 in Lynn MA.  Son Burpee went west.  In 1910 he was working as a lumberman in Darrington, WA.  In 1911 he was recorded at a border crossing in Sumas, WA on his way to Arlington, WA, occupation cook.  He listed his contact person as his sister, Nellie Ewing, of Aylesford.  She had actually been married for seven year by then.  Perhaps he hadn’t been in touch with his family.  This is the last record of him, although he was listed in his father’s will, so he may still have been alive in 1927.


Thomas Smith married Tryphena Russell 27 August 1737

Thomas Smith’s grandson Joseph was 98 years old and the oldest man in Ipswich. In his later years, a reporter from the Ipswich Chronicle interviewed him about his life and remembrances.  The following is the section about his grandfather and grandmother, Thomas and Tryphena: 

Thomas Smith was the son of Thomas and Elisabeth (Emmons) Smith, and was born July l5, 1716. When he was 21 years old he married Tryphena Russell. She was the daughter of Henry and Sarah (Adams) Russell. She was four years younger than her husband, having been born in August, 1720. They were published from the pulpit, as the custom was then, August 27, 1737. They both staid from meeting that Lord’s Day, without doubt; both had sudden colds or a Sunday headache. The wedding soon followed and they began life in the plain style of the people of a century and a half ago.

As the years rolled they had nine children: Thomas, the eldest boy, married Elisabeth Goldsmith and lived in Newburyport; he was a revolutionary soldier. Andrew was also a revolutionary soldier, and at West Point when the treachery of Arnold was discovered; he was a pleasant, entertaining man, and delighted children by stories of West Point days. He married Sally Warner of Londonderry, and died at the age of forty, leaving no children: his gravestone may be seen in the old yard.   

Another son, Daniel, also a revolutionary soldier, was born March 10, 1755, and married Hannah Lord; he died January 28, 1844, aged nearly 89 years. He was a cabinet or chair maker; and was very skilful in making flag-bottom seats. He must be well remembered by some present. Simon was baptized August 2C, 1750, married Mary Shatswell, and was the father of the aged man with whom we meet.

Of the daughters of Thomas, Elisabeth married Thomas Gould in 1784; Eunice married Campbell Ripiev a native of Duxbury, he built the little one story house by the graveyard, recently occupied by Mr. Tibbetts. One of the daughters married a Lakeman and lived in Newburyport; another married a Phelps; another a Goodrich.

Thomas Smith the owner of the currier’s shop and lands above mentioned, was always spoken of by his grandchildren as a very worthy and industrious man. He and his wife lived together fifty-two years: Tryphena the wife died Dec. 1. 1780. aged 69; and the husband followed February 13, 1701. They are buried side by side with their son Andrew.

The family pew in the Meetinghouse built in 1749, was in the gallery, and directly opposite the pulpit.  It was marked in the plan, No. 14, and £35 old tenor was paid for it.  It was occupied in later years by his son Simon.  The homestead of Thomas was the land west of, and adjoining the old High street graveyard; he owned the land to the top of the hill; his currier-shop opened onto the street; his house and home were in the rear, on the gentle rise of the hill; and it was a pleasant place for his grandchildren. 

While it was the job of the tanner to produce the actual leather, the currier’s role was to transform the hard hides into the supple leather required by other craftsmen. To do this he reduced the leather to an even thickness to make it more pliable and improve its appearance. A number of operations were performed in this process. Damping: The leather was softened and thoroughly scoured using a variety of slickers. Shaving: The leather was reduced to a uniformed thickness, which demanded great skill. The work was done on an upright beam using the characteristic currier’s knife. Stuffing: The leather was stuffed with dubbin, a mixture of tallow and fish oil, to increase its pliability. It was then worked with various slickers of wood, glass and copper. The finest leather was then worked with various boards to enhance its grain, and finally polished.




Simon Smith born 26 August 1750

Simon Smith was born 26 August 1750, in Ipswich, MA, the son of Thomas Smith and Tryphena Russell.  He married Mary Shatswell on 20 November 1771. Simon’s occupation was “currier”, meaning one who tanned leather by incorporating oil or grease. He died 29 August 1815 in Ipswich.  His son Joseph lived to be 98, and was a celebrity in Ipswich.  At his death in 1881, a reporter published a small biography about Joseph, and it included a few pages of Joseph’s memories of his father.  The following paragraphs are excerpts from that book. 

Simon Smith followed the trade of his father. In his youth and early manhood he worked in his father’s shop. He was remarkable for his physical strength; whatever employed him, whether swinging a scythe or using the currier-knife, he outstripped his fellows. The story is yet told of him coming home one Saturday afternoon from Newburyport, where he had been working at his trade; he had received the pay for his work, and passed beyond the limits of the town, when suddenly he was confronted by a ruffian who demanded his money. Without a moment’s hesitation or confusion Simon grasped the villain and held the currier’s knife over him; the man begged pitifully to be released.

During the revolution he several times engaged in privateering. A League was formed in the High street neighborhood with the under-standing that if any member of it should be drafted each should contribute his share towards sending a substitute. Simon, one of the League (or Class as it was also called,) came under the draft; a substitute was promptly provided. This substitute served the required time, and was then asked to go a second time for another person; he assented and was enrolled, but before he was paid, he was invited to a down river party and never returned. Rumor said there was foul play at Plum Island that day.

When Simon Smith and Mary Shatswell were married they went to live at Red Gate, and there the children were born. We catch glimpses of that early home by what has been told us: One night when Simon was away the mother gathered all the children into her room to sleep — for it was a lonely place to be in without protection. She heard at night the tramping of many feet and cautiously lifting the curtain she saw a company of Hessians marching hastily by. Their skirted coats gave the idea that they were Indians, and whether friend or foe she could not tell. It was a night of fear to the lonely mother. This midnight march caused intense excitement in Ipswich.

At another time a woefully tattered beggar appeared at the gate. The terrified children ran to their uneasy mother, and she speaking to the dog, he barked so furiously that the old wanderer went down the road like Jehu’s horse.

When dinner was ready and the father was not on time, [Sir they called the father then] the children were sure if they called him in the great brick oven he would come; so the now aged Joseph, then a little tow-headed boy, took down the wooden door of the oven, and putting his head in. shouted, “Sir, Sir, the dinner is ready:” and then the impatient children ran to the door to see if Sir was in sight.

Life at Red Gate was too lonesome, and so Simon bought the little one story house which stood at the rear of the High st, school house. It “had diamond pane glass, a double front door, and a huge flat rock for the door stone. In this house the short story of the youngest boy’s life ended. His name was William; a winsome child he was. Every Sunday night the mother made a short cake of flour, just big enough for herself and husband. No child expected any portion of it, for a bowl of milk and rye bread was their usual supper; but the little petted William, because he was the youngest, the dearest and the best, was by common consent allowed to be worthy a little fragment of the cake, and more than that, he was permitted to eat it standing at the table, a privilege no other child of the family had, for the wooden trencher and bowl were taken from the table, and the child sat upon the doorstep in summer and before the fire in winter. Little William when six years old sickened and died of scarlet fever. Greatly was he mourned and never forgotten. They put him in his little black coffin, and four lads carried him over to the old burying ground, and there by the side of the grandparents the pleasant child was laid. His mother mourned to her latest day.

 Thanksgiving Day was the one day of all the year. Simon Smith always bought fourteen pounds of flour for this occasion, and Mary, his wife, made each of her children a little mince pie with a flour crust. It was the only time in the year that the children tasted flour, unless they were sick or had company; then a few crackers were allowed.  The Thanksgiving Dinner consisted of a pudding with raisins or dried huckleberries. This was served first. Then followed roast goose, and that there might be no lack, there was also a boiled dish.

 There were not many books in the Smith house: the children learned “Polly Gould’s Last Words,” and the “Majors only Son;” and now and the Major’s son wandered into town from Newbury, wailing his song and showing the gold ring of the rhyme.

The old family pew was the front gallery seat directly facing the minister. It was bought when the meeting house was finished, by Thomas Smith, 1750 for £35. is the link to the complete book.

Lucy Hyde born 25 August 1824

Lucy Hyde was born 25 August 1824 in Ohio.  This information came from a posted tree, no parents were listed, although in later census records, she reported that her parents were from Pennsylvania.

On 14 August, 1842, in Greene County, Ohio, Lucy married John Fawcett.  The marriage record didn’t list their ages, residences, or parents, but the ceremony was performed by Alfred Jenkins, Justice of the Peace. 

I was not able to find John and Lucy in the 1850 index, but figured they should have been in Ohio where they were born and where their first children were born.  I looked up where the JP lived, which was Caesars Creek in Greene county.  I was then able to find Lucy “Fancett”.  The household consisted of John and Lucy, and their first four children:  Maximilian, Miriam, Lavina, and Clarissa. 

The Fawcett family moved to Emporia, Kansas in time for the 1859 state census in Emporia, and lived there the rest of their lives.  In the 1860 census, John’s farm was valued at $2000.  Miriam had married Henry Pearce, but was living at her parents’ home.  Another daughter, Mary, had been added to the family. 

The Fawcett family was in the 1865 state census.  John’s farm was valued at $1500, with personal property valued at $1650.  This is the first census I’ve seen where a wife was given value for property of her own, and Lucy’s real estate was valued at $400 with personal property at $800. 

In 1870, Lucy and John were in Emporia, with the farm now valued at $9850 and personal property at $955.  The only child at home was Charles, age 4.   John and Lucy were in the 1875 state census.  Either the family farm was downsized, or the value was calculated differently, as it was listed at $2015, and personal property at $195.  Lucy’s daughter Miriam Pierce/Pearce had died two years earlier, and her four children, Blance, Emma, Margaret, and Wilber Pierce were being raised by Lucy and John.  John died 26 February 1876 in Emporia.

In 1880, Lucy, now widowed, was the head of the household, which included her son Charles, and the four Pierce children. 

Lucy was in the 1900 census in Emporia still head of her household.  She was a farmer.   Her son Charles was a blacksmith.  Lucy’s son Maximilian had died a few years earlier, and his widow Alice and children Lucy, Hazel, and Donald were living with her.  Lucy (named for her grandmother) would later marry John Mullenax in Idaho.  The household included a servant, John Owens.

Lucy was counted in the 1905 state census in Emporia.  Charles was now the head of the household which included Zelma Fawcett, wife of Lucy’s son John. 

The Emporia Gazette  Saturday, June 10, 1905  Mrs. Lucy Fawcett Dead

Mrs. Lucy Fawcett living near the Rinker Bridge died this morning at 5 o’clock of dropsy. Mrs. Fawcett had been sick for three years. She was 82 years of age. She is survived by one son, Charles, with whom she had been living. The funeral services will be held from the house Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock and the body will be interred in Maplewood Cemetery. The funeral sermon will be preached by Rev. W.A. Parker of the First Christian Church.

Parker N Young married Marietta Vroom 24 August 1870

Parker N Young was born 15 October 1840 (according to his Find-A-Grave memorial) in Nova Scotia.  I was not able to find a birth record or parents for him.  I also was not able to find him in any census, US or Canada, until 1870, when as PN Young, he was living in Madison, Ohio, and working as a bridge carpenter.

Marietta Vroom was born 28 November 1847 in Middleton, Nova Scotia, the second of seven children of Jeremiah Vroom and Henrietta Randolph.  Jeremiah took his family to Massachusetts, and in 1860, the lived in Marblehead, where Jeremiah worked as a ship carpenter.  His property was valued at $700. 

Jeremiah moved his family west, and in 1870, they lived in Falls, in Muskingum, Ohio.  Jeremiah was listed as a bridge carpenter.  Perhaps he and Parker worked on projects together. 

Parker Young married Marietta Vroom on 24 August, 1870, in Muskingum county (probably in Falls).  The marriage index does not show addresses, occupations, or parents. 

Parker and Marietta had a son, Joseph B Young, born 27 September 1876.  In 1880, they all lived in Zanesville, OH.  Parker was listed as a carpenter. 

Parker died 13 October 1894 in Falls, at age 54. This record lists him as a farmer, but again, doesn’t name his parents.     

In 1900, Marietta was living with (or at least in the same building with) her widowed brother Daniel Vroom, in Falls.  Her son was with her, employed as a clerk in the railroad shop, but this is the last record I have of him.   This record says that Marietta had two children, one still living.  I hadn’t identified any other children for her until I checked Find-A-Grave.  Looking in the same cemetery as her father – Woodlawn, I found an Alice, born 17 April 1873, died 21 April 1874, daughter of PN and M Young.  Since she was in the same cemetery section as Parker, I’m sure she is Marietta’s daughter.

In 1910, Marietta was living with her younger sister Emeline Vroom  on Dusden  Road in Falls.  This census says that she had four children, only one living.   It appears that they lived in the same place in 1920. 

In 1928, both Emma and Marietta received $500 each as heirs of Elizabeth Oldham.  I don’t know how they were related.

It was hard to find Marietta in the 1930 census.  I try to use filters like age and birth place along with names.  She had been indexed as Mariella Young born in Czechoslovakia living with Emiline Broom.  Ancestry has a way to send corrections or alternate information for the records.  I try to correct as I find them, so that the next person will more easily find their family.

Marietta died 27 March 1934.  Her home address as 1922 Dresden road, occupation housewife, widowed, but no cause of death was listed.  She was buried at Greenwood cemetery in Zanesville. 



Thomas Jones married Elizabeth Poole 23 August 1749

Thomas Jones was born about 1732 in Wales, the son of Nicholas Jones and Elizabeth Mead.  Nicholas had been living in the Colonies, but went back to Wales to live for a time, so Thomas and perhaps some of his siblings were born in Wales.  The Jones family returned and settled in Jamaica, Long Island, New York in 1750. Edward bought a farm on Black Oak Ridge Road in Bergen County NJ about 1773. Thomas and Elizabeth had at least eight children.   His three sons, Edward, William, and Nicholas and families (and possibly his daughters) left for Nova Scotia about 1783 after the Revolutionary War, with Admiral Digby’s group, as Loyalists.  Son Edward returned to the farm about 1800, William and Nicholas stayed in Nova Scotia.  William and Nicholas both married Loyalist daughters of Dutch descent.

Thomas and Elizabeth stayed on their farm in New Jersey until they died, she in 1784 and Thomas in 1803.

Harrison Woodward married Roxie Evelyn Hackett 22 August 1864

Harrison Woodward was born 29 May 1840* in Plainfield NH, the son of Benjamin Woodward and Polly Lacount.  In the 1850 census, Harrison was living with Phineas and Sally Corey, next to Benjamin and Polly, in Woodstock VT.   The families were farmers. [*Please read comments section for corrected information relating to Harrison, Sally Corey, and Roxie.]

Harrison was back with his parents in 1860 in Woodstock.  His father’s farm was valued at $400, and personal property at $50, about average in that neighborhood.  Phineas and Sally were still next door.

During the Civil War, Harrison was listed in the Middlesex VT register of all persons subject to do military duty between the ages of 20 and 35, and all unmarried persons subject to do military duty above the age of 35 and under 45. His age was listed as 22, an unmarried farmer born in New Hampshire.  He enlisted on 11 July 1863, into Company K, 2nd Infantry Regiment of Vermont.  He received a disability discharge, having provided distinguished service, on 23 January 1864. 

This regiment was organized 20 June 1861 and mustered out on 15 July 1865.  This unit took part in the Battle of Bull Run and at Gettysburg prior to Harrison’s enlistment. The following excerpt of the regimental history covers the Harrison’s time: On the 14th of August, 1863, the regiment went to New York, as it was expected there would be rioting in that city, remaining there until September 13, when it, with the other regiments of the Brigade, rejoined the Sixth Corps. During the winter of 1863-64 it took part in several reconnoissances with very little fighting.  It was engaged in the battle of Rappahannock Station, Va., Nov. 7, 1863.

Roxie Evelyn Hackett is the daughter of Warren Hackett and Evelina Swann.  I have not found Roxie’s birth record, but one posted record in a family tree is 9 July 1849, in Barnet, VT.  Calculating her birthdate from her death record gives her a birth year of 1844.  However, the 1850 census lists her as age three, so born about 1847.  As this is the record closest to her birth, it is probably the most accurate. 

I found a death record for Warren Hackett of 22 September 1847 in Barnard, VT.  The 1850 census lists Roxa H Angell in the household in Barnard.  Head of the household is Stukey or Stukely Angell, 26, with Evelina 20, James Hackett 5, and Joseph Angell, 9.  Best guess is that this is a second marriage for Evelina, and that Roxa H is Roxie Hackett.  Usually the children are listed oldest to youngest.  I’m not sure if there is any significance to the order they were written here.  Joseph could be a son from “Stukely’s” first marriage, or even a younger brother. 

The 1860 census lists Roxa Hackett, age 13, living in Claremont NH.  John Angell was a factory operative.  Wife Eveline and daughters Abby 8 and Emma 3 complete the household.  (A later marriage record for Abby lists her father as “Studly Angell”).

On 22 August 1864, Harrison married Roxie in Bridgewater VT.  They were in the 1870 census in Bridgewater, living with Benjamin and Polly Woodward.  Benjamin and sons Benjamin and Henry worked in a woolen mill.  Harrison was a laborer, and their son William  had been born about two years earlier. 

In 1880, Harrison and Roxie lived in Lebanon NH.   Harrison was a stone mason.  They eventually had seven children:  William (1868-1944), Leon (1872-1944), Flora (1874-1942), Adelia (1876-1946), Daisy (1879-1946) Thomas (1882-1936), and Timothy (1890-1967). 

Roxie died 2 October 1893 in Lebanon, of heart disease.  About 1893, Harrison married Martha Cota, daughter of Henry Cota and Elizabeth LaClair.  Harrison and Martha lived in Lebanon in 1900 and that census says they had been married seven years.  Harrison and his older son Thomas were peddlers but the census doesn’t say what they sold.    

In 1910, Harrison and Martha lived on Mahan flat in Lebanon.  Harrison didn’t have an occupation listed.  Martha was a seamstress in an overall shop.  The family included Martha’s sister Etta (who had married Harrison’s son Leon) and Etta’s daughter Eva.  Etta also was a seamstress.   Harrison’s youngest child Timothy was a weaver in the woolen mill. 

The 1915 Lebanon city directory lists Harrison and Martha at 19 Mahan, Harrison is retired.  Tim and his wife Lana (Laber) also lived there. 

In 1920, the Woodwards were still on Mahan street.  They owned their home.    Martha worked as a stitcher.  Her sister Mary (Cota) Sloan lived with them.  The directories of 1922 and 1924 list them at 19 Mahan. 

Harrison died 12 December 1925 in Lebanon of bronchitis and arteriosclerosis and is buried at Glenwood.  Martha died 23 June 1941 and is also buried at Glenwood.

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