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sent with others to guard baggage the Maine Legislature proposed him as trains to Springfield, Mass. He was a candidate for Vice President in 1844, afterwards stationed in New Jersey, but his name was not pressed in the West Point, Saratoga, Schenectady, National Convention held that year. Johnstown and other places, participa The Democrats having the ascendancy ting in the campaign that resulted in in Maine, Mr. Evans retired to private the surrender of Burgoyne, and also at life at the close of his term in 1847, but the engagement at Pine Bridge. His was subsequently a member of the third winter in the army was spent at Board of Claims against Mexico, and Newburgh, and there he received his for three years Attorney General of discharge when peace was declared. Maine. He was twenty years ago the Returning to New Hampshire he was leading statesman of Maine, and her married, and moved with his wife to most eminent lawyer. He has been a Edinburgh. He received his first pen- member of the Democratic party since sion under the law passed March 18th, the disorganization of the Whig party, 1818, his papers bearing the autograph though not active in politics. of John C. Calhoun, Secretary of War. FISKE, Mrs. Jerusha (Norton), widow of

Mr. Downing's wife died several the late Josiah J. Fiske, of Wrentham, years since, and of thirteen children aged 78 years. only two survive. The old gentleman GERRY, Elbridge, New York, May 18, took much interest in the late rebellion, aged 74 years. He was son of the late and frequently expressed a wish to have Gov. Elbridge Gerry, a grad. of H. C. strength enough to assist the govern- of the class of 1813. He was at one ment. Three of his grandsons were in period Surveyor of the Port of Boston. the Union Army. The deceased was a GILMORE, Joseph A., Ex-Gov. of N. H., man a little above the medium height, April 17, in the 56th year of his age. and stoutly made. His health was lle was a native of Weston, Vt., and generally good. It will be recollected went to Boston in 1826, where he rethat on the 30th of November, 1861 sided until his removal to N. H. in (which he claimed was his hundreth 1813. He was President of the Senate birthday), Mr. Downing cut down a in 1859, and Governor in 1863 and 1864. hemlock tree 22 inches in diameter, GOODELL, Rev. William, Philadelphia, a black cherry tree measuring a foot in Feb. 18, aged 75 years. Ile was for diameter, and then digging a hole many years a missionary in Turkey. through the snow and frost, planted a HARKER, Simon, printer and phonogtasmall tree.

pher, Carlisle (Eng.), March 4, aged EAMES, Mrs. Julia (Ellis), wife of Daniel about 50 years. He was a rapid and ac

Eames, Esq., Hopkinton, April 27, curate verbatim reporter, and was once aged 64 years.

connected with the Traveller of this Eliot, Henry, Roxbury, May 22, aged city, which thus speaks of him :

71 years and 10 months. He was a The deceased was a sharp, rapid and native of Boston, and the son of the very ready writer, turning his thoughts late Ephraim Eliot, M.D., of Boston. with perfect freedom to the many subThe son inherited the well known anti jects of an entirely different character quarian and historical tastes of his that daily demand the attention of the father, whose “ History of the New public journalist. His system of reNorth Church " is well known among porting was stenographic, with numernative Bostonians.

ous improvements of his own, which he Evans, Hon, George, Portland, Maine, regarded as superior to those in use in April 6, aged 70.

America. As a reviewer of new publiThe deceased was born at Hallowell, cations he also achieved an excellent reMe., Jan. 12, 1797, grad, at Bowdoin putation. His very truthful criticism College in 1815, and studied and adopt of Longfellow's poem of “ Hiawatha," ed the profession of law, opening an in particular, created a decided sensaoffice in Gardiner. He was for several sion in literary circles, received the enyears a member of the Legislature, and dorsement of many versed in literature in 1829 was speaker of the House. He and science, and contributed very largewas elected to the lower branch of Con- ly to the sale of the poem. gress the same year, served twelve HATHAWAY, Hon. Samuel G., Solon, years in the House, and in 1841 he was Courtland Co., N. Y., May 2, aged 87 elected United States Senator, as a years. He was born at or near FreeWhig, and was an active member of town, Bristol Co., Mass., in or about that body. Mr. Evans understood the the year 1780, and was apprenticed to financial questions of the day as well Peter Nichols to learn the trade of a as any Senator. The Whig members of blacksmith. At the termination of his apprenticeship he started, on foot and Hudson, Esq., of Roxbury, Groveland, alone, to seek his fortune in the world, March 3. She was a granddaughter carrying all his effects, save his clothing, of the late Mr. Benjamin Balch, Senior, in a bundle tied with a pocket handker- of Salem, and was born at Newburyport, chief. When an old man he used to April 23, 1842. say that he never forgot the sensation JENKINS, Thomas J., Billerica, Mass., April he experienced, as he turned around 9, aged 61 years and 3 months. He was upon the hill near the Congregational highly respected by all who knew him. Church, to take a farewell look at As- KIMBALL, Hon. Edmund, Bradford, Feb. sonet Village in Freetown, where till 19, aged about 55 years. then his life had been spent. That part LAKIN, Miss Elizabeth, Charlestown, of the State of New York in which he set- Mass., March 11, aged 69, daughter of tled was then (1804) comparatively new, the late David Lakin, of Boston. and his energy, activity and skill soon LORING, J. Jones, Hopkinton, April 27, made him a leading spirit in that com- aged 57 years. munity, so that he was widely known Lunt, Silas, Newburyport, June 2, aged as a public man for at least half a cen- 92 years. He was the oldest citizen of tury, filling every office from commis Newburyport, and retained his faculties sioner of highways to member of Con till the last. gress, and for several years held a seat MERROW, Almira J., in West Newfield, both in the Assembly and Senate of the Me., April 19, aged 18 years, 2 months State, and was appointed to Major and 17 days. She was born in N. and General of Militia. He was a lineal was the daughter of Charles and Handescendant of Colonel Ebenezer Hatha nah (Davis) Merrow and sixth in deway, who was born in Taunton (now scent from Dr. Samuel Merrow, of Berkley), May 26th, 1689, removed to (Oyster River) Dover, N. H. Freetown about 1704, married Ilannah Nichols, Margaret, at Freetown, April 1, Shaw, March 8, 1711, commissioned a aged 80 years, 1 month, 11 days, relict Justice of the Peace in 1748, chosen a of Capt. John Nichols, and daughter of Selectman of Freetown in 1752 and Ephraim Winslow, Esq. and wife Han1753, and died Feb. 16, 1768. The nah. house erected by Col. Ebenezer Hatha- Nichols, Rev. John, Beverly, Feb. 24. way, and where, one hundred and ten aged 58 years. He had been pastor of years ago, he kept a tavern, is still the First Universalist Church in Beverly standing, an interesting relic of the about 10 years, and was one or more past.

E. W. P. years a member of the General Court. Hawes, Rev. Joel, D.D., Hartford, June He leaves a wife and two children,

3, aged 78 years. He was the oldest PARKER, Rev. Clement, Farmington, N.H., pastor in Connecticut. For his works, Feb. 25, aged 85 years. Born in Covenvide Allibone in loco.

try, Conn., he commenced his ministry HOLMES, Paraclete, Kingston, Feb. 23;

a in Vt., preaching at Cabot and other well known sea captain, and an honest places, was settled at Auburn, N. H., man.

Feb. 19, 1817, and dismissed Oct. 26, Hoyt, Prof. Benjamin T., son of Rev. Ben 1825. He then preached at Farmington

jamin R. and Lucinda Freeman, of and Milton about two years, and afterWindham, N. H., born in Boston, Oct. wards to the 2d Congregational Church 18, 1820, died at Greencastle, Indiana, in York, Me., and in Acton and South May 24, 1867 ; grad. at the Wesleyan Sanford, Me., till within the past few University, Middletown, Conn.; was suc years when he has been enfeebled by age. cessively Principal of the High School His wife died about three and a half years at Middletown, Conn. and at Chelsea, since. He was a faithful, devoted and Mass., and President of the Collegiate Institute at Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and Perry, Calvin, of Natick, at the Mass. of the Female College at Indianapolis. General Hospital, Boston, March 12, In 1858 he was elected Prof. of Belles aged 51 years and 6 months. Lettres in Asbury College at Greencastle, PFALTZ, Augustus, Saxonville, Mass, Mar. Indiana, where he continued till his death. 2. The deceased had been for many years

He was a gentleman of fine accom the foreman of the dye house of the plishments, of great energy of character, Saxonville Mills, was a man of much was eminently successful as an educator, more than ordinary intelligence, and was and had the satisfaction of seeing the well read in general literature. His inNew England methods of education in tegrity was unexceptionable, and he was troduced into the common schools of his held in high esteem by all the people. adopted State.

As it respects the Christian religion, he Hudson, Anna, daughter of Charles H. was an avowed sceptic, and endeavored Vol. XXI.




to defend his “refuge of lies” with an struction, and advocating negro suffrage, ability that commanded respect. But as called The Right Way, of which 50,000 he drew near the invisible world, his copies were circulated some weeks. scepticism vanished like the dew before STREETER, Rev. Sebastian, Somerville, the sun. He immediately turned his at- June 2, aged 84 years. He was born in tention to the offer of salvation to sin April, 1783, in what was then the town ners by the Gospel through Christ, and of Hoosac, and is now the town of in despair of security elsewhere, he cast Adams. His family early removed to himself on the Saviour with the trust of Swansey, N. H., where his childhood a child, and was saved. His rapture was and youth were spent. When eighteen inexpressible: and after warning some years of age he began to teach in Swanof his friends who were similarly scepti sey, and at that time he was warmly incal with an eloquence and power that terested in the theological views which moved them to tears, and astonished he has spent his life in inculcating. He others who sympathized with him in the preached his first sermon in 1802, not love of Jesus, he passed triumphantly to intending at the time to make the minthe better land.

istry his profession, as he had the pracPHILIPS, Jonas B., a prominent lawyer, tice of the law in view. The news of

politician and author, New York, May his having spoken, however, soon spread 15. He was the author of about seventy abroad, and at the earnest solicitations of dramas, including “Nick of the Woods, friends he spent about a year in travel“ My New Wife and Old Umbrella," ling through Maine and New Hampand other popular plays.

shire, lecturing on his way in many PRATT, Miss Sarah Pickering, daughter of places. He shares with Murray the

the late William Pratt, Boston, Nov. 22, honor of being persecuted ; at one time 1866, aged 59 years. Miss Pratt left in he was assaulted with stones. her will ten thousand dollars and a very He was married when about twentyvaluable collection of shells to the Bos four years of age, and his wife survives ton Society of Natural History, and the him. In 1807, he was settled in Ware, Society have now been placed in posses N. H., at which place he remained four sion of this handsome bequest. The years, and then removed to Haverhill, collection of shells is very valuable, hav Mass., where he worked in the ministry ing been perfected with great care. It is about the same length of time. About gratifying to see the wealthy thus con the close of the war of 1812-14 he retributing to give additional interest to an moved to Portsmouth, N. H., where he institution which is doing great good in succeeded Rev. Father Ballou. He spent the community by imparting information nine or ten years in this place. From upon many interesting subjects connect there he came to Boston, and was ined with the study to which it is special stalled as pastor of the Hanover-street ly devoted.

Church, May 13, 1824, and that parish Smith, Hon. Albert, Boston, May 28, aged enjoyed uninterrupted prosperity under

70 years. He was formerly U. S. Mar- his ministry. shal of Maine, and at one time member SPERRY, Henry, Billerica, March 10, aged of Congress. He was a brother of Ad. 52 years. A well known master builder. miral Smith of the United States Navy, TENNEY, Rev. Asa, Concord, N.H., March

and was born at Hanover in this State. 1, in the 67th year of his age. STEARNS, Major George L., Medford, April Mr. Tenney was born in Corinth, Vt.,

10, aged about 60 years. He was the Feb. 4, 1801. In his youth he learned head of the firm of Geo. L. Stearns & the trade of a blacksmith-was hopefully Co. (W. J. Bride), of 129 Milk street, converted at the age of 17, and began to one of the heaviest houses in New Eng study for the ministry at 21, with Rev. land in the lead and patent pipe business. Grant Powers of Haverhill, and finished

To friends in the country at large, he with Rev. Dr. Tyler, President of Darthas chiefly been known for his patient mouth College. He was licensed to and self-sacrificing efforts in behalf of preach by the Orange Association in freedom, first distinguishing himself in Nov. 1827, after which he preached as a the Kansas troubles of the last decade. missionary of the N. H. M. S. to the ConHis contributions have been generous, gregational churches in Groton and Heone single gift in 1854 or thereabouts, bron five years, during which 71 were for the border cause, amounting to added to the two churches. On the or$7000. He was at one time owner of ganization of the Congregational church the Boston Commonwealth, a daily news in West Concord, April 22, 1833, he was paper, and, after the surrender of Lee, installed its pastor, and continued such published for some time at his own ex till his death. He left a record of 312 pense a weekly paper bearing on recon added to the church, 139 baptisms, 493 funerals attended, and 208 marriages sol. He was born and always lived in the emnized. He preached in all about 7000 same house, and on the same farm, where times. He leaves a wife, two sons, one his father settled in 1752. a physician, and the other, Rev. Edward He has enjoyed a life of uninterrupted P., who m. Miss Ellen Weeks, of Lowell, health, having never had occasion to call and lives in Manchester, Mass., and a medical attendance since he was ten married daughter residing in Illinois. years old, at which time his life was desHe was a most watchful, laborious and paired of, but was apparently saved by useful pastor, and a plain, original and the skill of a camp doctor, then stationed effective preacher. Though compara at Rutland, Mass., as prisoner of war, tively not a learned, nor an eloquent or his attendance being suggested by other ator, he accomplished well the work his Dutch prisoners then boarding at his faMaster gave him to do, and is now, doubt ther's house. Being eight years old less, reaping the reward of a “good min when the revolutionary war broke out, ister of Jesus Christ."

he remembered and would relate many Tombs, Mrs. Eliza S., widow of the late incidents of those times. He was able

Edward H. Tombs, Boston, April 16, to perform light work till within two or aged 42 years.

three years of his death. TOMBS, Joseph, Newton Centre, April 14, WHITTIER, Leonard, Haverhill, April 26, aged 82 years.

aged 67 years. He was one of the oldest WALCOTT, Mrs. Harriet N. (Tolman), wife shoe manufacturers of that place, having

of Samuel. Walcott, New York; June 7, been engaged in the business forty years. aged 36 years.

Winslow, Abner, Freetown, April 10, WASHINGTON, Samuel, Delhi, Ohio, Mar. aged 62 years, 11 months and 2 days.

18, aged 81 years. He was the grand The deceased was the eldest son of John son of Samuel, brother of George Wash Winslow and wife Keziah Hinds, and .ington, and his nearest remaining relative. was born in Freetown, May 8th, 1804; WEBSTER, Mrs. Jenette, Salisbury, N. H., grandson of Abner Winslow and wife

March 17, aged 78 years. She was the Rebecca Hathaway; gr.-grandson of widow of the late Jonathan P. Webster, John Winslow and wife Betty Hathand daughter of Ira Wilkins formerly away; gr.-gr.-grandson of Lieut. Job of Boston.

Winslow, who died in Freetown, July WHITING, Dr. Augustus, Charlestown, 14th, 1720, and gr.-gr.-gr.-grandson of

May 3, aged 72 years and 2 months. He Kenelm Winslow the emigrant, who was

was the oldest physician of that city. one of the 26 original proprietors of WHITNEY, Dea. David, Westminster, Mar. Freetown at its purchase of the Indians

25, aged 99 years, 7 months and 9 days. in April, 1659.


NECROLOGY. [Prepared by Wm. B. TRASK, Historiographer of the Society.] FAIRBANKS, Hon. Stephen, a resident member, died in Boston, Sept. 10, 1866, aged 82 years. He was born in Dedham, Mass., Feb. 5, 1784 ; his father was Israel Fairbanks, who moved to Francestown, N. H., when Stephen was about fifteen years of age, at which time the son came to Boston, and here, or in its vicinity, was apprenticed to the trade of a saddler and harness maker. At the age of 21 he engaged in business for himself, and the same year (1804) was admitted a member of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, of which institution he was, thirtyone years afterwards, chosen President. He was also re-elected to the same office in the following years of 1836 and 1837. Mr. Fairbanks early relinquished the mechanical profession in which he was first engaged, and entered upon the hardware business, which he pursued until 1846, at which time he became connected with the Western Railroad Corporation. He was chosen one of the Directors at the annual election of officers, Feb. 11th, of that year, and in 1848 was made their Treasurer, which office he held for eighteen years.

In 1807 Mr. Fairbanks m. Abby Parker, only dau. of Capt. Thomas Parker, a highly respectable naval officer. They had three children, all of whom, with their parents, are now deceased, viz. :-Henry Parker; George Frederic, who died when eleven years of age; Caroline Louisa, who m. Rev. Wm. 0. Moseley, and died in 1846.

Mr. F. served on the School Committee for some time; was a member of the Mass. Legislature and Senate several years; President of the Mass. Temperance Society; Trustee on the part of the State, of the Blind Asylum; Treasurer of the “ Society for Propagating the Gospel among the Indians and others in North America," and of the Idiotic School; and was an active member of many of the philanthropic societies and institutions in the City of Boston.

“Mr. Fairbanks not only gave freely of his time to the public, but liberally of his means. His aim was to be a useful man in the community in which be lived. . He was a Christian believer, and sought to live as he believed. He died, supported by that hope which is full of immortality."

Hale, Hon. Salma, of Keene, N. Hl., a corresponding member, died Nov. 19, 1866, aged 79 years. He was a descendant of Thomas Hale, who came to Newbury from England in 1635. His great-grandson, Edmund Hale, was the father of Joseph Hale, who held the office of a Coroner in the County of Rockingham in the Province of New Hampshire, under a commission from Sir John Wentworth, bearing date Dec. 15, 1772. His son, David, married flannah Emerson, of Haverhill, whose ancestor was of the family of Hannah (Emerson) Duston, of heroic memory, and Salma, his third son and child, was born at Alstead, N. H., March 7, 1787. At the age of about thirteen, he was placed in the office of the Farmers' Museum, a newepaper published at Walpole, N. H., where he learned the trade of a printer; and when he had just passed the age of eighteen, he became the editor of a republican journal at that place called the “ Political Observatory." He was a student at law in the office of the Hon. Roger Vose, with whom, as well as with Samuel Dinsmoor, afterwards Governor of the State, and the Hon. Phineas Handerson, he pursued the study of that profession. But in 1812 he was appointed Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas for the County of Cheshire, then comprising also the present County of Sullivan, and went to reside in Keene about 1813. Changes were made in the constitution of the Court from time to time, but he continued to hold the office of Clerk of that Court, with the exception of a few years, and of the Superior Court of Judicature from early in May, 1817, until about May, 1834, and in October of that year entered the Bar. In 1816 he was nominated for Congress, and was elected by a larger number of votes than any other candidate, the election being then by a general ticket. He sat in Congress during one term only, for the years 1817-18, 1818-19, declined a re-election, and resumed the duties of his office at Keene. He was a Trustee of “ Dartmouth University" under the act which led to the famous “ Dartmouth College Case," also of the University of Vermont at Burlington, and held the office of Secretary to the Commissioners under the Fifth Article of the Treaty of Ghent for determining part of the boundary line between the territory of the United States and Great Britain. He was also a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and of the State Senate. In 1820 he married Sarah K, King, who died April 19th, 1865. He was fond of the study of the languages, and was a proficient in several, and wrote with precision, conciseness and elegance. His early associations gave him an interest in American history, and, while in Congress, he conceived the idea of writing upon that subject. Subsequently a prize of four hundred dollars offered by the American Academy of Languages and Belles Lettres for the best school history of the United States was awarded to him. His work, published in 1825, was for a long series of years extensively used as a school book, and was republished also in England. He wrote the “ Annals of Keene," contributed extensively to newspapers and literary periodicals, and passed a large part of his life in historical and literary pursuits, for which he was peculiarly fitted by the qualities of his mind and by his tastes. He took an early and active interest in the subjects of temperance and education, while in Congress opposed the Missouri Compromise, and was subsequently an earnest and consistent opponent of negro slavery. He was made a corresponding member of the Society in 1847.- Com.

BLAKE, Samuel, a resident member, died in Dorchester, March 2, 1867, suddenly, of disease of the heart, aged 69. He was a descendant in the seventh generation from William and Agnes Blake, of Dorchester, through Elder James, Deacon James, James4“ the Annalist,” Samuel, Jonathan. His ancestry is traced back four generations, in England, prior to his emigrant ancestor, William, who was born in 1594. John Blake, gr.-gr.-grandfather of the latter, of Little Baddow, Co. of Essex, lived-if statements made to us are correct in the reign of Henry VII.

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