History of the Town of
Canterbury, New Hampshire
By James Otis Lyford,
Editor of History of Concord, N.H.
Author of the Life of Edward H. Rollins
In Two Volumes
KEYSAR-KEZER to LYFORD
[transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger]
It is difficult to trace the Keysar families with certainty on account of the several spellings of the name, Keyser, Kezer, Kezar, Keasor, Keazor, Kizar. The two spellings, Edmond, Edmund, also cause confusion. These differences make some of the dates given here questionable. DR. EBENEZER KEZER, who was a Revolutionary soldier, had sons, Edmond, John and George. Edmond had children, Joseph, John, Jessie, Benjamin, Mary, Betsey, Phebe, Susan, Miles, Edmond, Rhoda and Olive.
EDMOND KEYSAR, b. 1781, in C.; m. Betsey Young. He d. 14 March, 1853; she d. 31 July, 1839, aged 55. Child.
BENJAMIN KEYSAR, b. 1811 in C.; m. Belinda, dau. of Stevens and Abigail Burleigh. He d. 1852; his wife d. 1886. Children:
JOHN KEYSAR, son of Edmond, m. Deborah Wiswell. Children: Myra, Sarah, Phebe, Wiswell, Susan, Burkley, Clark and Blakley. Lived in Clarksville and Stewartstown. An Edmund Kezer's name appears on the roll of the soldiers of the Revolution as corporal from C., and on the tax list 1775. He was a native of Northfield.
JOHN KEZER, son of Edmund, b. 1776, came to C. about 1826; m. 4 March, 1847, Susannah, dau. of Miles Hodgdon, who lived on the place now owned by Granville W. Morgan. Mr. Kezer d. 1853; his wife, b. 1783, d. 1859. Miles Hodgdon d. 6 Oct., 1838, aged 76; his wife, Mary, d. 22 May, 1841, aged 91. John Kezer had a sister, Mary, who m. ---- Merrill and lived in Stewartstown. Ebenezer, brother of John, d. with his nephew, Edward Osgood in C., 19 Dec., 1846, aged 55, unm. Child of John and Susannah Kezer:
(For fuller account of the Joseph Kimball family see Genealogy by John Kimball of Concord.)
1. RICHARD(1) KIMBALL was probably the ancestor of most of the numerous families of the name of Kimball in New England. On 10 April, 1634, O.S., at the age of 39, he embarked at Ipswich, in the county of Suffolk, Old Eng., in the ship, Elisabeth, William Andrews, master, for Massachusetts, and landed at Ipswich. He first settled in Watertown, of which he was a proprietor, in 1636-37; was admitted a freeman 6 May, 1635. He soon removed from Watertown to Ipswich, and is first known as an inhabitant of that place, 23 Feb., 1637-38, when he was granted by the town "a house lott next adjoining to goodman Simons at the west end of ye town"; also granted him the same day "40 acres Beyond the North River near the land of Robert Scott." In 1639-40, he had "liberty to pasture two cows free." He is mentioned "the last day of last month 1641," as among the commoners of Ipswich, and appointed, 1 March, 1645-46, as one of the "Seven men." His occupation was that of a wheelwright. January, 1649-50, he was granted liberty "to fell such white oaks as he hath occasion to make use of about his trade for the towns use." Also, 1660, "to fell 20 white oak trees to make weels; for the Townsman their use." In 1653, he was of a committee of three to survey fences in the common fields north of the river. He m. first, Ursula, the sister of Thomas and dau. of Martha Scott, before his arrival in Ipswich; m. second, Margaret, widow of Henry Dow, of Hampton, 23 Oct.; 1661. Margaret d. 1 March, 1675-76. Richard d. 22 June, 1675, leaving a will dated 1674-75. His age was 80 years. Eleven children of whom Richard(2) was the fourth.
2. RICHARD(2) KIMBALL (Richard(1)) b. in Eng., 1623, came with his parents to New England when but eleven years old, in the ship Elisabeth, and settled with them in Watertown, Mass., but soon after moved to Ipswich, where he became a proprietor in 1648; removed to Wenham as early as 1656; was one of the first settlers, and the first of the name in that town. He was a wheelwright by trade. Soon after his removal, he subscribed £3 as minister's rate, to be paid one half in wheat, the balance in Indian corn. The next year he was chosen selectman, in which office he continued, with the exception of three years, till 1674. 4 Dec., 1660, he was on the committee to arrange for the building of a new meeting house. He m. first, Mary Gott, who< d. 2 Sept., 1672; m. second, Mary ----, who survived him. An agreement was made, 26 Sept., 1676, where there were eight children mentioned, probably by his first wife. Richard d. at Wenham, Mass., 26 May, 1676, aged 53. Of these children Caleb was the sixth.
3. CALEB(3), KIMBALL (Richard(2), Richard(1)) was b. in Wenham, Mass., 9 April, 1665. He was of Exeter, having moved there from Wenham; was a mason by trade. He purchased land in Exeter as early as 1720. He did not remain there, for he d. in Wenham, 25 Jan., 1725-26. His widow, Sarah, d. in Wenham, 20 Jan., 1731-32. Eight children, b. in Wenham, Mass., of whom John was the second.
4. JOHN(4) KIMBALL (Caleb(3), Richard(2), Richard(1)) was b. in Wenham, Mass., 20 Dec., 1699, and settled upon land acquired by his father in Exeter; m. first, Abigail Lyford, 14 Feb., 1722-23. She d. in Exeter, 12 Feb., 1737-38; m. second, Sarah, dau. of Dea. Thomas Wilson, 18 Sept., 1740. Children by first marriage, b. in Exeter:
Children by second marriage, b. in Exeter:
5. JOSEPH(5) KIMBALL (John(4), Caleb(3), Richard(2), Richard(1)) was b. in Exeter, 29 Jan., 1730-31. He resided there, and m., first, ---- ----. There is a tradition that her name was Olive Wilson; m. second, Sarah Smith, about 1762. There were nine children of Sarah, all b. in Exeter. It is believed that they exchanged their property in Exeter for the farm in C., to which they removed in 1788. He had the misfortune to lose his eyesight before he left Exeter; consequently he never looked upon the town of C. Six of his children were born after he became blind. Sarah d. at C., 1 March, 1808, aged 65. Joseph d. 6 Nov., 1814. They were buried in the old cemetery near "Hackleborough" in C. Children by first marriage, b. in Exeter:
Children by second marriage:
6. JOHN(6) KIMBALL (Joseph(5), John(4), Caleb(3)) b. in Exeter, 20 Nov., 1767; m. Sarah, dau. of Benjamin Moulton, of Kensington, 21 Nov., 1793. They moved to C., 17 Feb., 1794, and settled on the farm owned by his father, where he resided sixty-seven years. The militia musters of the 38th Regt. were generally held on his field. In addition to the care and labor on his farm, he added that of wheelwright, and occasionally framed a building or constructed a cider-mill. In the winter he manufactured hand hay-rakes and other useful articles for sale. He also did a large business in buying wool. Sarah d. 30 April, 1853, aged 85 years. He d. 26 Feb., 1861. They were buried in a small enclosure on their farm. Children, b. in C.:
Child by second marriage: Benjamin Kimball Tilton, b. 19 May, 1836; m. Jennie M.
Sept., 1868. Child: Frank Arthur(9) Tilton, b. 4 Nov., 1869.
7. JOSEPH(6) KIMBALL (Joseph(5), John(4), Caleb(3), Richard(2), Richard(1)) was b. in Exeter, 23 May, 1772; moved to C. about 1794, and erected a house just south of the meeting house at the Center, where he lived until the year 1797. He moved to a farm near and now owned by the Shakers. Nine of his children were b. there. In the year 1824, he settled at Hill's Corner, where he carried on the manufacture of hand spinning wheels of all kinds and hay-rakes, and also raised and put up garden-seeds for sale. M. first, Mary Hall, 3 Jan., 1795, who d. 6 Feb., 1817, aged 41; m. second, Mary (Sanborn) Rand, May, 1817, who d. in C., 7 Sept., 1864. He d. in Gilmanton, 19 June, 1863. Children, b. in C.
8. BENJAMIN(7) KIMBALL (John(6), Joseph(5)) b. in C., at the homestead of his father, 27 Dec., 1794; m. Ruth, dau. of David and Phebe (Hoit) Ames, of C., 1 Feb., 1820. He moved to Boscawen in the spring of 1824, and purchased the farm on High Street then known as the Frost place. He was an active and influential business man. In 1831 he built the lower dam across the Contoocook River, and erected and put in operation the brick grist and flouring mill now in use. This was the first improvement of the water-power at the upper falls, now the center of the growing village of Penacook. In March preceding his death, which occurred 21 July, 1834, he was elected to represent the town in the legislature, but his health was so impaired that he was not able to take his seat. His wife d. at the house of her son, John, in Concord, 22 Oct., 1874. Children:
9. JOHN(7) KIMBALL (John(6), Joseph(5)) was b. in C., 31 May, 1798; m. Sally Sanborn, dau. of John Peverly, of C., 24 Oct., 1826. They moved to Boscawen the next day, and settled on the Rolfe farm, where they resided until his death, 30 Sept., 1829. His widow m. second, David Morrill, of C. Child:
10. JEREMIAH(7) KIMBALL (Joseph(6), Joseph(5), Johns(4), Caleb(3), Richard(2), Richard(1)) was b. in C., 30 Nov., 1798; m. first, Julia, dau. of Timothy Gleason, of C., 23 Nov., 1826. She d. in Concord, 9 Jan., 1857, aged 49. M. second, Kate (Brown) Rowe, dau. of Matthew Nealey Brown, of C., 4 Jan., 1869. She d. in Concord, 6 Feb., 1879, where he had moved after residing in C., Boscawen and Northfield.
11. JOSEPH SMITH(7) KIMBALL, (Joseph(6), Joseph(5)) b. in C., 27 Oct., 1806; m. Lydia Leavitt, dau. of Joseph Greeley, of Gilmanton, 11 Dec., 1831. They moved into a house built by himself, situated just south of the Union meeting house in C., where they lived until 1840, when they moved to the homestead of his father-in-law in Gilmanton. Later in life they moved to E. Concord. He represented the town of Gilmanton in the legislature of 1866-67. Children:
12. WILLIAM MOODY(7) KIMBALL (Joseph(6), Joseph(5)) b. in C., 4 Dec., 1808; m. Lucy Jane, dau. of Reuben and Judith Hall Johnson, of Boscawen, 8 Jan., 1835, where he moved. He was frequently elected to fill the various offices in town. In 1835 he was an owner in the valuable waterpower now the basis of the manufacturing village of Penacook. In early life he was successfully engaged in building (Factories, mills and machinery, in N.H. and Mass. In 1857 he moved with his family to Minneapolis, where he d. 5 Sept., 1884.
13. JOHN(8) KIMBALL (Benjamin(7), John(6), Joseph(5)) b. in C., 13 April, 1821. He moved to Boscawen in 1824. At the age of 17 he was apprenticed to learn the trade of a millwright. He followed the business in Boscawen, Suncook, Manchester, Lowell and Lawrence. In 1848 he took charge of the new machine and car shop of the Concord railroad; was master mechanic in 1850. Since moving to Concord he has been prominently identified with the business and political life.(See Chapter on Hill's Corner school district.) He m. first, Maria, dau. of Elam Phillips, of Rupert, Vt., 27 May, 1848. After her death he m. second, 15 Oct., 1895, Charlotte, dau. of Daniel Clark and Mehitable Tilton Atkinson of Tilton. Child of the first marriage: i. Clara Maria, b. in Lawrence, Mass., 20 March, 1848; m. Augustine Rogers Ayers, of Concord, 4 June, 1873. (Children, See Ayers Gen.)
14. BENJAMIN AMES(8) KIMBALL (Benjamin(7), John(6), Joseph(5)) b. in Boscawen, 22 Aug., 1833. He graduated at Dartmouth College with honor 27 July, 1854. He entered, 1 Aug., 1854, the employ of the Concord railroad as draftsman, and was promoted, 19 April, 1856, to be foreman of the locomotive department. 1 Jan., 1858, he succeeded his brother as master mechanic, a position he continued to occupy until 1 April, 1865, when he resigned to become a member of the firm of Ford & Kimball, manufacturers of car wheels and brass and iron castings. In 1870 he was elected a member of the house of representatives from Ward 6, Concord, and in 1876 and 1902 he was chosen a member of the constitutional conventions of those years. He is a trustee of the Merrimack County Savings Bank, and director of the Mechanicks National Bank from its organization and is now its president. 11 Jan., 1879, he was elected a director in the Concord railroad, and has since been closely connected with the railroad system of the state. In Nov., 1884, he was chosen councillor for the second district. He m. Myra Tilton, dau. of Ira and Rhoda (Ames) Elliott, of Sanbornton, 19 Jan., 1861. Child: i. Henry Ames(9), b. in Concord, 19 Oct., 1864; m. 17 Nov., 1904, Charlotte, dau. of John H. and Josephine B. (Atkinson) Goodale of Nashua.
1. JONATHAN(1) KITTREDGE was a descendant of John Kittredge, who came from England and settled in Billerica, Mass., where he d. 18 Oct., 1676. Jonathan was a physician and practiced his profession in C. from 1788 until 1810, when he removed to Salisbury. He was b. in Tewksbury, Mass., in 1763, and d. in Salisbury, 27 Feb., 1819. Nothing is known of his immediate ancestors. He had three brothers, Nathaniel, Joseph and John, and two sisters, one of whom was named Hannah. He was the eldest of the family. His wife was Apphia Woodman of Sanbornton. Children:
2. JONATHAN A.(2) KITTREDGE (Jonathan(1)) b. 17 July, 1793; m. Julia Balch. Children:
3. JOSEPH WOODMAN(2) KITTREDGE (Jonathan(1)) b. 1 April, 1795; m. Sarah Upham. Children:
4. MARTHA(2) KITTREDGE (Jonathan(1)) b. 19 Feb., 1797; m. Rev. Stephen Morse of Thetford, Vt. Children:
5. MOSES(2) KITTREDGE (Jonathan(1)) b. 28 Nov., 1801; m. Caroline Lord. Children:
6. AARON(2) KITTREDGE (Jonathan(1)) b. 28 Nov., 1801; physician; m. Martha Goodhue. Children:
7. ALFRED(2) KITTREDGE (Jonathan(1)) m. Mary Emery Noyes. Child: Sarah Noyes(3).
8. MARY ESTHER(2) KITTREDGE (Jonathan(1)) m. Irenus Hamilton of Lyme. Children:
1. LISTEN SMITH(2) KNOWLES, son of Capt. John(1) and Mary Susan (Buseell) Knowles, was b. 13 Oct., 1805, in Gilmanton. The mother d. 30 April, 1844, aged 62 years. The father d. 28 May, 1875, aged 88 years. The son m., 1829, in C., Rebecca, dau. of Elijah and Hannah (French) Huntoon. (See Huntoon Gen.) Mr. Knowles resided twenty years in C. He d. 10 Feb., 1875, aged 69 years. Mrs. Knowles d. 16 Sept., 1903, aged 93 years. Both d. in Penacook. Children:
2. WILLIAM(2) KNOWLES (Capt. John(1)) b. 5 Oct., 1820; m. Clarissa, dau. of Eleazer Scott. She d. 29 May, 1891. He d. in C. Children:
3. CYRUS(3) KNOWLES (Listen(2), Capt. John(1)) b. in Gilmanton; m. Serena Wells Philbrook of E. Tilton. They both d. in Concord. Children:
4. EMILY JANE(3) KNOWLES (Listen(2), Capt. John(1)) b. in New London; m. Calvin Roberts. She d. 3 Aug., 1896, aged 60 years. Child: Henry(4) Roberts. m. Grace Boyce. Child: Harold(5) Roberts. Reside in Boacawen.
5. JOSEPH(3) KNOWLES (Listen(2), Capt. John(1)) b. 22 Jan., 1837, in New London; m. first, 15 July, 1860, in C., W. Jane, dau. of Joseph Heath of C. (See Heath Gen.); m. second, 8 Dec., 1864, in Penacook, Lucinda F., dau. of John S. and Lucinda (French) Moore. (See Moore Gen.) She d. 28 Nov., 1867. He d. 28 Feb., 1901. Child by second marriage: Susie M.(4), b. 30 Dec., 1866, in Penacook; m. first, 24 April, 1902, Arthur F. Graves; m. second, 28 Oct., 1907, in Penacook, Lemuel, son of Harry Nutting, b. 2 March, 1860, in Dunville, Shipton, Can.
6. MYRA(3) KNOWLES (Listen(2), Capt. John(1)) b. 6 Oct., 1844, in C.; m. 2 Dec., 1869, Charles L. Kenney of Loudon. Children:
1. JAMES(1) LAKE, m. Mehitable Berry. Children, perhaps not in order of birth:
2. JOHN(2) LAKE (James(1)) b. at Andover; m. first, 10 Nov., 1830, in C., Betsey Kenniston of Loudon; she d. 2 March, 1859, aged 63 years; m. second, Caroline Jane, dau. of Samuel and Lydia (Smith) Brown, b. in Gilmanton, d. 21 May, 1893, aged 84 years. John Lake d. 21 April, 1894, aged 89. Children by first marriage, b. in C.:
3. JAMES(2) LAKE (James(1)) b. in Salisbury; m. first, 1 March, 1837, in C., Betsey Randall. She d. 6 Nov., 1861, aged 53 years; m. second, 21 Oct., 1871, Mrs. Sarah (Dow) McDaniel. James Lake d. 24 April, 1894, aged 86 years. Children by first marriage, b. in C.:
4. JEREMIAH(2) LAKE (James(1)) m. 18 Sept., 1836, in C., Martha, dau. of Abraham Glines. Abraham was b. in C., 1771. Children:
5. JOHN FRANK(3), LAKE (John(2), James(1)) b. 16 Feb., 1833; m. 25 Nov., 1855, in C., Sarah E., dau. of Nathaniel and Judith (Wiggin) Peverly. She was b. 23 Jan., 1836, in Danbury; d. 26 Aug., 1901. (See Peverly Gen.) Children, b. in C.:
6. GEORGE WASHINGTON(3) LAKE (John(2), Jame(1)) b. 25 April, 1835; m. Rhoda Abigail Emeline Hill, b. 6 Oct., 1839; d. 20 March, 1889, in C. (See Hill Gen.) Children:
7. WILLIAM RANDALL(3) LAKE (James(2), James(1)) b. 22 Nov., 1844; m. Susan Lydia Worrald, b. 3 Jan., 1849, in Halifax, N.S.; d. 9 Oct., 1899, in C. Children, first three b. in Boston:
8. WILLIAM H.(4) LAKE (William R.(3), James(2), James(1)) b. 13 April, 1873; m. 25 Feb., 1897, Clara J., dau. of George H., and Lucy (Hoyt) Dow. Clara J. was b. 30 July, 1880, in Loudon. Child: Susan Viola(5), b. 15 Aug., 1908.
1. SAMUEL(1) LAMPREY b. 10 April, 1780; d. 27 April, 1860; m. Sally Burleigh, b. 3 Dec., 1783; d. 30 Sept., 1877. They settled in Gilmanton.
2. BENJAMIN B.(2) LAMPREY (Samuel(1)) b. 5 March, 1812; d. 12 March, 1897; m. 16 Feb., 1836, Hannah B. Hadley, b. 20 April, 1816, d. 20 Aug., 1860.
3. WILLIAM H.(3) LAMPREY (Benjamin(2), Samuel(1)) b. in Belmont, 19 March, 1844; m. 21 Aug., 1862, Sarah A. Cate, b. in Belmont, 10 Jan., 1842; d. 8 Feb., 1870. He was a member Co. H, 12th N.H. Inf., in Civil war.
4. WILLIAM C.(4) LAMPREY (William H.(3), Benjamin(2), Samuel(1)) b. in Laconia 8 May, 1867; m. 6 Aug., 1885, Etta M., dau. of Nathaniel A. Hodge of Pembroke, b. 2 April, 1865. Mr. Hodge was a member of Co. E, 10th Regt. N.H. Inf., Civil war. Mr. Lamprey came to C. 23 Sept., 1896. Children:
1. ALOWZO B.(2) LOVERING, son of Zebulon(1), b. 13 April, 1827, in Loudon; m. 20 Oct., 1851, in Loudon, Sarah S. C. Davis, b. 16 Aug., 1834, in Loudon. She was a dau. of Jeremiah(2) (Jonathan(1)) Davis. Jeremiah(2) Davis was b. 23 Sept., 1792; m. first, Judith, dau. of Aaron and Judith (Eastman) Austin of E. Concord. Judith Eastman was a descendant of Ebenezer Eastman of E. Concord. She was a tailoress and years before her marriage cut and made men's clothes, often going through C. to work at her trade. Her eldest brother, William, was a goldsmith in Concord; her brother, John, was a sea Capt. She d. 6 Aug., 1847, aged 46 years. Jeremiah(2) Davis m. second, 14 May, 1848, Susan Pike. He d. 4 Aug., 1851. Mr. Lovering removed from Loudon to C. 1 April, 1858, where he d. 21 Oct., 1901. Children:
(The greater part of the genealogy of the Lyford family is taken from a pamphlet prepared by William Lewis Welch of the seventh generation and published for the Essex Institute at Salem, Mass. It is entitled, "Francis Lyford of Boston and Exeter and some of his descendants.")
FRANCIS LYFORD, who is found in Boston in 1667, is the ancestor of the Lyfords of C. and of nearly all of that name in this country. At this date he is a witness to a conveyance of land. (Suffolk Deeds, Liber V, Page s 378-379.) Under date of 20 Sept., 1670, "John Chandler for and in consideration of eighteen pounds to me in hand paid by ffrancis Lyford of Boston, marriner," mortgages to the latter certain property in Roxbury. (Suffolk Deeds, Liber VI, Pages 219-220.) In a deed acknowledged 9 July, 1672, is the following: "To All People to whome this writing or Deede shall come wee Thomas Smith of Boston in New England Builder & Elisabeth his wife send Greeting. Know yee that for & in consideracon of the Love we the saide Thomas Smith & Elisabeth doe bears unto our Sone in Law ffrancis Lyford of the same place Marriner . . . have granted . . . unto the said ffrancis Lyford . . . a piece or parcell of Land in length fourty foote or more or Less from the Seaward as far as the said Smith his Land reacheth being butted & bounded Easterly with the Salt Sea and fforthill & westerly partly with the dwelling house of him the saide Smith & partly with his Land &c." (Suffolk Deeds, Liber VI, Pages 32p-321.)
Francis Lyford, after the death of his wife (perhaps in 1677), sold this land. In 1678 he and John Bradish "have libertie granted them to wharfe before theire house and land." (7th Report Boston Record Commissioners, Page 115.) Before 1683 Francis Lyford had removed to N.H., for in a deed(Exeter Deeds) dated 29 Oct., 1683, "ffrancis Lyford" of Exeter, mariner, bought of Robert Tufton Mason sixty acres of land in that town known as "Samuel Dudley's great pasture" and fifteen acres of marsh land adjoining; also "7 acres of Sheep pasture on side of Samuel Dudley deceased his house."
In a list of persons in Exeter who had received grants of land from the town under date of 28 March, 1698, appears Francis Lyford as having 200 acres.
He served as selectman of Exeter in 1689 and 1690. During King William's war, Francis Lyford served from 6 Feb., 1696, to 5 March, 1696, in Capt. Kinsley Hall's Co. of militia in Exeter. He appears to have followed the sea after removing to N.H., probably engaging in the coasting trade from Portsmouth to Boston, as is shown by the following return.(N.H. Prov. Papers, Vol. II,
"Custom House in New Hampshire, Portsmouth in New England, October 14th, 1692, Clearings outward, Boston.
"Francis Lyford, Comr. of the Sloop Elizabeth of Exeter, of 20 tunns burthen or thereabouts, with noe gunns, navigated wth two men, Plantation built, cleareth for Boston, having on board 1000 ft. of boards, 4000 staves, 14000 of trunnells, 1500 ft. of Pine planks & joyce."
"Exeter the 21 february, 1710. A noat of disburstsments. This are to Enforme whome it may Concern that francis Lyford of Exetter bade his Slope Imprest by Capt. John perkins of portsmouth and promised to pay six pound for the Runn of here to sacoe and from thence to picescataquack againe to bring away the distressed inhabitance whene the Indians were burning and destroying all About them William Jefry and Thomas Lyford at the same time in said slope which ware About twenty one years since at the same time was bureses flechers seaman families & goods in said slope with several more unknown to me."(N.H. Prov. Papers, Vol. XI, Page 645.)
"Exeter, 21th february, 1710, the disburstments of francis Lyford df Exeter in dieting of soldiers in the Indian warre. At Capt. kinslyes halls garrison too men under the Comand of Capt. bancroft eight weeks and of Caps thaxter men at Mr. Moses gillmans garreson ten mene five monthes to say in the winter fall & spring."(N.H. Prov. Papers, Vol. XI, Page 646.)
1. FRANCIS(1) LYFORD, d. in Exeter between 17 Dec., 1723, date of his will, and 2 Sept., 1724, when will was probated. M. first, in Boston, about June, 1671, Elisabeth Smith, b. 6 Nov., 1646, dau. of Thomas and Elisabeth Smith; m. second, in Exeter, 21 Nov., 1681, Rebecca Dudley, dau. of Rev. Samuel Dudley by his third wife, Elizabeth, and granddau. of Gov. Thomas Dudley. Children by first wife:
Children by second wife:
2. THOMAS(2) LYFORD (Francis(1)) b. in Boston 25 March, 1672; d. in Exeter between 29 Dec., 1726, date of his will, and 7 June, 1727, when will was probated; m. in Exeter, Judith, dau. of Moses and Elizabeth (Hersey) Gilman. He was granted thirty acres of land 3 Feb., 1698, thirty acres 21 Feb., 1698, and he is on the list of distributers, 12 April, 1725, as having had 100 acres. Children, b. in Exeter:
3. THOMAS(3) LYFORD (Thomas(2), Francis(1)) b. in Exeter; m. first, 5 Dec., 1728, Ann Conner, b. 30 March, 1709, dau. of Jeremiah and Anne (Gove) Conner, who were m. 3 July, 1696. Thomas Lyford m. second, Mrs. Mary James of Exeter. In a deed dated 12 Oct., 1778 (Exeter Deeds, Liber 175, Page 352), is the following description: "Thomas Lyford of Exeter, yeoman, and Mary Lyford, my wife, heretofore Mary James of Exeter, aforesaid, widow and innholder." Administration granted on his estate 18 March, 1788. Children:
4. JOHN(3) Lyman (Thomas(2), Francis(1)) b. in Exeter. Housewright in Epping; m. Lydia, dau. of William and Hannah (Gilman) Folsom. He moved to C. about 1773, and d. there between 18 March, 1788, date of will, and 20 May, 1795, when will was proved. Children:
5. DAVID(3) LYFORD (Thomas(2), Francis(1)) b. in Exeter, lived in Epping, not 21 years of age, 29 Dec., 1726, when his father's will was made. Perhaps m. Abigail Dudley, b. 1704, dau. of Stephen and Sarah (Gilman) Dudley. David Lyford of Epping deeded to his son, Thomas, May. 17, 1763, "3 acres of home place also 1-8 of saw mill, known as Lyford's Mill." (Exeter Deeds, Liber 71, Page 220.) Child:
6. THOMAS(4) LYFORD (Thomas(3), Thomas(2), Francis(1)) b. in Exeter 12 May, 1743; m. Ann, dau. of Kinsley and Mercy (Hilton) James. She m. second, 16 Feb., 1812, Col. Eliphalet Giddings. She d. 12 Aug., 1818, Thomas Lyford d. 27 July, 1787. Children:
7. JAMES GILMAN(4) LYFORD (John(3), Thomas(2), Francis(1)) bapt. 24 Aug., 1746, in Exeter; m. Mary (Molly) Hardy, b. in Exeter. Settled in C. about 1773 and from there removed to Stanstead, Can., in 1802. Children:
8. THOMAS(4) LYFORD (John(3), Thomas(2), Francis(1)) b. 12 Nov., 1768; m. 7 April, 1793, Hannah Hale, b. 29 July, 1773, and d. 28 July, 1839. Resided for a time in C., and then moved to Northfield. Children:
9. JOSEPH(4) LYFORD (John(3), Thomas(2), Francis(1)) b. 28 Feb., 1765, in Epping; m. 15 Dec., 1791, Susanna Dearborn, b. in Greenland 30 Nov., 1774, and d. 27 Nov., 1836, in C. He d. 1847, in Chicago, Ill. Children, b. in C.:
10. THOMAS(4) LYFORD (David(3), Thomas(2), Francis(1)) b. in Epping 1738, d. 15 April, 1804, Cabot, Vt.; m. Mehitable Robinson; resided in Exeter, C. (that part now Northfield), New Ipswich and Sanbornton. Moved to Cabot, Vt., in 1783, being the third settler there. He was a millwright and built the first grist mill in Cabot. Entered the army from C. as 2d Lieut. in Capt. Jeremiah Clough's Co. in 1775, serving until 1781. He was with Gen. Hazen when he built the military road from the Conn. River at Newbury, Vt., via Cabot towards Canada. Lieut. in Major Whitcomb's Corps of Rangers and both he and his son, Fifield, were at West Point with Arnold. Children:
11. THOMAS(5) LYFORD (Thomas(4), Thomas(3)) b. in Exeter 30 Nov., 1786, d. 2 April, 1870; m. 1812, Hannah Badger, dau. of Lieut. Moses and Hannah (Foster) Cogswell of C., b. 19 Feb., 1790, and d. 24 March, 1853. (See Foster and Cogswell Gens.) He was a chaise maker in Exeter and moved to C. about 1810. Children, b. in C.:
12. JAMES(5) LYFORD (James Gilman(4), John(2)) b. 1765, pub. 8 Sept., 1792, to Deborah Lyford, dau. of Thomas(3) and Ann (James) Lyford, b. 3 May, 1769. He resided at C., from about 1773 to 1802, when he removed to Stanstead, Can. In 1806 he moved to Sebec, Me., where he d. April, 1846. Children:
13. JOHN(5) LYFORD (James Gilman(4), John(3)) b. in C. and d. at Salem, Mass. His will, dated 20 June, 1800, probated 6 Nov., 1800, gives entire estate to his "brother James, of C., he to pay $400 to my father James Gilman Lyford."
14. DUDLEY(5) LYFORD (James Gilman(4), John(3)) b. in C.; m. first, Ann, dau. of Thomas and Ann (James) Lyford, 15 Feb., 1798; m. second, Abigail Lyford, sister of Ann. Child by first wife:
Children by second wife:
15. BILEY(5) LYFORD (James Gilman(4), John(3)) b. 17 Oct., 1775, in C.; m. 1 Dec., 1801, Lois, dau. of Thomas and Ann (James) Lyford. He was the first settler in Atkinson, Me., and brought his wife there from Bangor, Me., on horseback, in 1804. She d. 29 May, 1854. He d. 1 March, 1865. Nine children.
16. ZEBULON(5) LYFORD (James Gilman(4), John(3)) b. in C. Settled in Stanstead, P.Q., in 1802; m. Sarah Buswell of Gilmanton, who d. 8 March, 1857. He d. 16 March, 1816. Children:
17. JONATHAN(5) LYFORD (James Gilman(4), John(3)) b. 1779 in C. Moved to Stanstead, P.Q., in 1802 and to Sebec, Me., in 1806, and d. there 25 Sept., 1864; m. 1806, Sarah Spaulding. Eight children.
18. JEREMIAH(5) LYFORD (James Gilman(4), John(3)) lived in Stanstead, P.Q., and in 1824 in Thornton; m. Naomi Dickey. They had eight children among whom was Byley(6), b. 25 June, 1822, in Stanstead, who was a physician and practiced in Tilton; m. 6 March, 1851, Vashti P., dau. of Zebadiah and Vashti Shattuck, b. 1823, in Hillsborough. He d. at Tilton, 23 Jan., 1875. Child: Josie(7), b. 1853, in Nashua; m. 1882, George C. Trowbridge and resides in Chelsea, Mass.
19. JOSEPH(5), LYFORD (Joseph(43), John(3)) b. 11 July, 1792, in C.; m. 1 Nov., 1815, Charlotte Dow, b. 22 Nov., 1789, d. Dec., 1868. He went West in the fall of 1836, and settled in Buda, Ill., then called French Grove, where he d. 11 Dec., 1836. Children, b. in C.:
20. WINTHROP DEARBORN(5) LYFORD (Joseph(4), John(3)) b. in C., 16 May, 1808; m. 24 April, 1836, Harriet A. R., dau. of Robert and Polly (Cross) Chase, b. at Webster Place in Franklin 8 June, 1814. Children, b. in C.:
21. MOSES COGSWELL(6) LYFORD (Thomas(5), Thomas(4), Thomas(3)) b. 3 Oct., 1813; m. 8 Dec., 1861, Juliet Eudora Robinson of Belmont, who d. 5 Feb., 1904. He d. 5 Feb., 1871. They resided in C. Children:
22. JAMES(6) LYFORD (Thomas(5), Thomas(4), Thomas(3)) b. 4 Oct., 1814; m. first, 28 Feb., 1839, Abigail French of Stoneham, Mass., b. 25 Feb., 1818, d. 1 June, 1846; m. second, Sophia M. Richardson, b. 26 Nov., 1810, d. 28 Aug., 1850; m. third, 3 Nov., 1851, Mary Isabel McLane of New Boston, b. 11 Oct., 1821, and d. at Tilton 28 Nov., 1885. He d. at Tilton 28 May, 1879. He resided at Boston until 1866, when he moved to C., where he remained until about 1878, removing then to Tilton. Children by first wife:
Child by second wife:
Children by third wife, b. in Boston, Mass.
23. JOHN(6) LYFORD (Thomas(5), Thomas(4), Thomas(3)) b. 8 Dec., 1815; m. 12 Nov., 1840, Elizabeth Ham of C., b. 9 May, 1821, d. 19 Dec., 1869. He resided in C. and Belmont and d. at the latter place 9 Dec., 1888. Children, b. in C.:
24. MARTHA BADGER(6) LYFORD (Thomas(5), Thomas(4), Thomas(3)) b. 15 Nov., 1830; m. 5 June, 1861, Joseph Ayers of C. (second wife). She d. 13 April, 1876. One child, Lucy C.(7) Ayers. (See Ayers Gen.)
25. LUCY CAROLINE(6) LYFORD (Thomas(5), Thomas(4), Thomas(3)) b. 9 Jan., 1833; m. 11 Nov., 1856, Joseph Clough Wyatt of Northfield, who was b. 3 Dec., 1830. She d. 4 April, 1876. He d. 12 June, 1908. Children:
26. THOMAS(6) LYFORD (Dudley(5), James Gilman(4), John(3)) b. 2 Feb., 1807, in C.; m. Eliza Burns Greely, b. 8 July, 1809, at Gilmanton, d. 27 June, 1874, at Rockport, Ill. He migrated to Roscoe, Ill., about 1842, driving there from C. He was killed by a threshing machine at Roscoe, 19 Dec., 1858. Children: