History of the town of Andover, New Hampshire
1751 - 1906
Printed by the Rumford Print Co.
[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]
The following pages present what was contained in the notes of Mr. George E. Emery; and very much more that has been gathered from personal knowledge, from the state and town records, from church and family records, from hundreds of personal interviews and from an extensive correspondence, concerning most of the families that have found homes in this town. The greatest amount of labor has been devoted to the search for records of the earlier settlers. Some of this work is fairly complete, but much of it, after a period of more than a century, is still fragmentary.
A brief explanation will enable the reader to follow readily the arrangement of the different families and the order of the names in each family.
1. The several families are arranged alphabetically.
2. The surname of the family is printed in large capitals.
3. The Christian and the surname of the head of each sub-family, with the maiden name of the wife, is printed in small capitals.
4. The full maiden name of the wife is given if known, with the surname in parenthesis.
5. When the name of a town is given it is assumed to be in New Hampshire, unless otherwise noted.
6. Residence, when not otherwise noted, is assumed to be in Andover.
7. In giving the age of an individual, the years, months and days are separated by a dash.
8. The usual abbreviations:
a. for aged, b. for born, d. for died, dau. for daughter, m. for married, rem. for removed, res. for resided or resides, and t. r. for town records, have been used.
9. In the printing of surnames, the spelling usually employed by each family has been followed. In the case of one large family whose different branches, at various periods, have written the name "Sines," "Silly," "Selley," "Selly," "Celley" and "Cilley," the modern spelling "Cilley" has been used.
10. The genealogical data for each family is so arranged as to follow out the descendants of each, in order of birth, in the male lines, to the latest generation in town. When children of the older families have removed from town, the names and dates are continued generally, if known, for one generation.
It is practically impossible to avoid errors in names and dates, though great care has been observed in this respect. Frequently the different members of the same family do not agree concerning dates of births, marriages and deaths, and in most of such cases the data cannot be verified now by trustworthy records.