County, New Hampshire
Many of those whose names are signed to the early petitions exist in the minds of the oldest inhabitants only as a shadowy remembrance, and not many stand out so sharply defined as to be caught for the view of posterity.
Enoch Emery finally settled in Jericho, and Humphrey owned the brickyard and lived there for years.
Richard Garland was the first constable and collector of taxes of the town of Bartlett. He was a soldier of the Revolution, a native of Dover, and lived to an advanced age, dying March 5,1853. His wife was Sarah Watson, of Rochester. Their eldest son, Eben, remained in Bartlett, and married Lydia Hayes, of Rochester. They had three sons, Alexis, Richard, and Otis (the two Latter died young), and four daughters. Alexis made his home in town and married. His four sons were: Benjamin C., Eben O., Richard A., and Fred E. Eben O. is a resident of Bartlett, and carries on merchandising.
Sergeant Jonathan Tasker, of Captain Clay's company, Colonel Reed's regiment of the Revolutionary army, one of the first selectmen, was a descendant of John Tasker, who emigrated from England and settled in Madbury. John had four sons : Ebenezer, Samuel, John, and William. Ebenezer was the father of Ebenezer and Jonathan, who settled about two miles below Bartlett village. Jonathan had two sons, Jonathan and Ebenezer, and four daughters; Polly married Elder Hasletine ; Lucretia and Lurana (twins) married brothers, Daniel and Joshua Rogers; Comfort married Benjamin F. George. Cyrus A. Tasker, of Fairview cottage, is son of Ebenezer.
The Meserves were related to George Meserve, early collector of the ports of Boston and Portsmouth, and to Colonel Meserve, who was at the siege of Louisburg in 1745. Clement and Jonathan Meserve, brothers, came from Marlburg, near Dover, and settled in Jackson in 1790. After some years Clement moved into Bartlett. He had several children, but his son Silas remained on the home place. Silas was a man of considerable ability and held many offices, one of which being that of associate judge of the court of common pleas. He had eight children, and the names of the sons were: Stephen, Ezra, John Langdon, and Isaac. Stephen and Isaac lived and died in Bartlett. The former did not marry, but the latter had six daughters, all of whom are dead except Emily A., now living with her brother, both unmarried. Stephen was a man of ability and of much prominence in his day. He represented the classed towns of Jackson and Bartlett for many years, and then Bartlett alone. Although not a lawyer, he attended to much legal business in this part of the county. Hon. Arthur L. Meserve is now the only male of that name living in town. He was born April 18, 1838. He has written much for the press, and is quite well known in literary circles; has been a farmer and merchant, and connected somewhat with railroads; repeatedly held town offices, represented the town in the legislature, and held the office of county commissioner three years, was colonel on Governor Weston's staff, chairman of Democratic state committee for two years, and two years member of Governor Charles H. Bell's executive council.
The Hall family has been distinguished and prominent. Hon. Obed Hall,from Madbury, early had a fine farm in Upper Bartlett, and his house was a popular house of entertainment. He was a man of medium size and fine presence, and of great ability. He was member of Congress in 1811, and for many years his influence was potent in affairs. Ezra Keniston now resides on the place where was his home. An old resident says: " Obed Hall had the smartest family ever raised in Bartlett, and the best-looking girls. His son Obed went into business in Portland; Elijah studied law and left town early. Abigail, a daughter, never married, but engaged in business in Portland and was a keen business woman. Hannah married Benjamin Gould, of Conway Centre. He kept tavern for a long time. The other children were: Maria, Mary and Martha (twins), and Caroline. His first wife was twenty years older than he, and his second wife was twenty years younger than he. She was mother of the children. After Mr. Hall's death she married Richard Odell, and took the children with her to Portland."
Ebenezer L. D. Hall, a Revolutionary soldier, was a brother of Judge Obed Hall, and was a man of unusual education and business qualities. He taught school, and was popularly known as "Master" Hall. He filled various town offices with ability, and on the death of Dr Willson in 1811 was appointed judge of probate of Coos county, and held the office until 1829. Judge James W. Weeks writes of him: "Mr. Hall was very popular as judge of probate. He was a farmer, and a man of influence. His manners were most courtly, and he possessed extremely kind feelings. Widows and orphans could trust their interests in his hands with perfect safety." Obed Hall, Esq., of Tamworth, was his son. Another son, Jonathan, was a lifelong resident of Bartlett. (His son, Lloyd L., lives on the ancestral acres.) Sarah A., daughter of E. L. D. Hall, married James H. Hall, of Bartlett.
Elias Hall lived in various places ; kept toll bridge and the toll gate. One of his sons became wealthy in New York. Another, J. S., was one of the company that built the Summit House on Mt Washington in 1852. He removed to Jefferson, where he died.
Levi Chubbuck settled on the place where Ed Sinclair now lives. He died comparatively young, but left a large family. His sons Levi and Barnet settled in town, Levi occupying his father's homestead. Hannah married John Thompson, of Conway; Sally married John Carlton; Betsey married a Walker; Jane married David Carlton. Levi the younger married Ann Davis, and had children: Edwin; George; Mary A.; Emeline (married Hon. G. W. M. Pitman); Rhoda (married Tobias Dinsmore).
Joseph Pitman was an important man in the early settlement, holding many useful offices. No other of the pioneers has so many descendants bearing his name or in positions of honor. John Pitman, son of Joseph, lived off from the valley road on the East branch. He married Abby, daughter of Woodman Carlton. His oldest son, Hazen, is the oldest representative of the family name. He was born January 30, 1806, married, first, Mary, daughter of Joseph Pendexter ; second, Eliza H., daughter of Ebenezer and Polly (Huson) Tasker. He has been much in town office, and fifty years a Methodist church member. He laid the foundations of the Pequawket House by opening a boarding-house in 1854.
It is said that Benjamin Pitman was left a lad on the kindness of his uncle Joseph, who brought him up as his own son. Marrying Sally Pendexter, he located in Jackson, but in a short time came to Bartlett. A stalwart man, orderly and methodical, he was powerful and harmonious in body and mind, and very decided. As a result of the industry of himself and wife, he left one of the largest and best cultivated farms in Bartlett. His son, John P. Pitman, was a teacher for many years, prominent in town, and county treasurer of Coos
county for three terms. He had a dignified presence and unquestioned integrity. A sterling Democrat, he did much good work in filling the quota of Bartlett in the Civil War. He died unmarried a few years since.
From old residents we are enabled to give something of some early residents, and in their language.
Samuel, Simon, and Jonathan Seavey lived in the east part near Kearsarge. Their descendants are in Conway. Frank George married Mary, daughter of Ithamar Seavey, of Conway, belonging to this family.
The McMillan place was where Cyrus A. Tasker lives. He purchased it of Rev. James McMillan, who lived where William D. Tasker does, and kept the post office for a long time.
David Woods lived above James McMillan, and moved early to Jackson. He worked on the turnpike for many years.
Noah and Thomas Sinclair were later residents, but deserve notice, as Noah attained " a great age," and they have been good citizens.
Samuel Carlton lived opposite the lower meeting-house; Woodman lived near him. The family has been a numerous one in town, and the oldest one is also named Woodman. He is eighty-six years old.
Robert Place's farm is now occupied by Charles Allen, grandson of Abram the miller. Place's son became connected with a gang of counterfeiters, the farm was sold to keep him out of prison, and the family went from town.
James Rogers and sons, Daniel, Joshua, and Jonathan, lived across the Saco from Judge Hall.
Samuel Fall lived near neighbor to Obed Hall. One of his daughters, Rebecca, married Samuel Parker, the miller; another, Judith, married an Allard and had two sons, Samuel and Joseph. Isaac, George, and Robert Stanton lived in the Hall neighborhood, just below Ebenezer Tasker's.
Richard Garland lived just above Ebenezer Tasker on the main road. There is no house on the farm.
Levi Rogers lives just above.
Joseph Seavey moved to New York. Elijah Seavey settled below Judge Hall. He had three daughters. Lavina married Walker George; Eliza married John Wentworth; Lucy married John George. Austin George came early from Conway and settled the farm where his son,
Benjamin F., lived so many years, and now occupied by Frank George. He was an active and useful man.
Peter Stillings lived below the village on the road to Judge Hall's. Samuel Stillings was the farthest resident in the upper part of the town. William White paid Judge Hall seventeen hundred dollars in money for his farm, about a mile below Hall's tavern, and it was the finest one in that part of the town. His son William went to Canada, took part in the Rebellion of 1837, returned, and died in Conway.
Source: History of Carroll County, NH, edited by Georgia Drew Merrill, 1889
Transcribed by: Helen Coughlin
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