Collection: Merrimack and Sullivan Counties New Hampshire Biographies

Biography of John S. Hubbard

John S. Hubbard, a manufacturer of cigars and a wholesale and retail dealer in cigars and tobacco at Concord, N.H., was born in Greenville, N.H., December 18, 1838, son of John and Mary (Kennedy) Hubbard. John Hubbard, his grandfather, born at New Ipswich, N.H., was a distinguished professor of mathematics at Dartmouth College for many years. He attained a good old age. The original progenitor of the Hubbard family in America came from England and settled in Concord, Mass. The father, also a native of New Ipswich, was a graduate of Dartmouth College. For a portion of his life he

Biography of Thomas T. Penniman

Thomas T. Penniman was a well-to-do farmer and wool-grower of Plainfield. A native of this town, he was born January 19, 1823. After completing his education in the schools of Plainfield, he turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, and assisted his father in carrying on the home farm. He eventually inherited the property, and under his energetic management it was made to yield a handsome profit. The estate, situated upon elevated ground, contains three hundred acres of land and substantial buildings, all in good repair. While he was engaged in general farming and stock-raising, he devoted his chief efforts for

Biography of Ephraim P. Goss

Ephraim P. Goss, a prosperous farmer, fruit-grower, and dairyman of Henniker, was born November 27, 1844, on Pork Hill, in the northern part of this township. He is a son of Luther Goss, whose father, Ephraim Goss, when he was a young man, came here from Lancaster, Mass. Ephraim was one of the first in complying with the call to arms that resounded through the colonies after the fights at Concord and Lexington, and subsequently rendered the services of one good man in the war of independence. Mrs. Robert D. Rice. Afterward he bought the property on Pork Hill known

Biography of Gilman C. Morgan

Gilman C. Morgan, a farmer of Hopkinton, Merrimack County, N.H., was born September 10, 1830, in Hartford, Vt., being a son of Nathaniel and Mehitable (Colby) Morgan. His paternal grandfather, Nathan H. Morgan, was born October 27, 1765, in Pembroke, N.H. Four years later his father and mother, who were English, came to Hopkinton, and settled in the unbroken forest in the south-west part of the town. At that time there were no roads, but only foot-paths, indicated by spotted trees for a guide. Nathan H. Morgan remained on the old homestead from the time of coming here with his

Biography of Hon. Charles C.Kenrick

Hon. Charles C. Kenrick, State Senator, is one of the most prominent citizens of Franklin, N.H. He was born April 8, 1844, fourth son of Stephen and Clarissa A. (Blanchard) Kenrick. His paternal grandfather, John Kenrick, who was born December 17, 1764, was a native of Amesbury, Mass. He married Sarah Colby, of the same place, born January 25, 1771, and had nine children, of whom Stephen, father of Charles C., was the youngest. John Kenrick died in Amesbury in 1806, and his widow married David Marsh. Stephen Kenrick was born June 15, 1806, in Haverhill, Mass., and came to

Biography of Charles Gould

Charles Gould, an extensive and prosperous agriculturist of Hopkinton, was born March 8, 1823, on the farm where he now resides, son of Captain Moses and Hannah (Currier) Gould. He represents one of the oldest families of this section of the county. His ancestor, Joseph Gould, was one of the original proprietors of Hopkinton, where he bought land while yet a resident of South Hampton, N.H. Joseph died shortly after his purchase; and his widow with her family of five sons, all young men, came here in 1754, each son making a separate settlement. Joseph Gould was born in South

Biography of John M. Cole

John M. Cole, a well-known farmer and real estate speculator of Plainfield, was born here, August 3, 1836, son of Daniel and Lucinda (Bryant) Cole. The Cole family is of German origin. The great-grandfather of John M. was Ebenezer Cole. The grandfather, Daniel Cole, was one of the prosperous farmers of Plainfield in his day, and also followed the trades of tanning, currying, and shoemaking. He fought for independence in the Revolutionary War, taking part in thirteen engagements; and he received for his services a pension, which after his death was extended to his widow. He and his family came

Biography of David A. Sargent

David A. Sargent, a hotel-keeper in Croydon, was born January 5, 1829, in Grantham, N.H., son of Moses and Mary (Clement) Sargent. His paternal grandfather was one of the early settlers of Warner, N.H. The father was born in Warner, May 1, 1788, and remained there for some time, carrying on general farming. Later he removed to Grantham, where he spent the remainder of his life. While a Republican in politics, he never held public office. He died in 1849, at the age of sixty-one years. His wife Mary, who was born in Warner, December 3, 1788, died in 1870,

Biography of Andrew J. Silver

Andrew J. Silver, senior partner in the firm of Silver & Hall, Gossville, and an ex-member of the New Hampshire legislature, was born in Deerfield, N.H., May 9, 1835, son of Joseph M. and Sarah S. (Chase) Silver. The latter, natives respectively of Haverhill, Mass., and Deerfield, were both born in the year 1800. Joseph M. Silver moved to Deerfield when quite young and learned the carpenter’s trade. The active portion of his life was devoted to that calling. He owned a good farm, which he also cultivated with success, and lived to the age of eighty-eight years. In politics

Biography of Warren Sargent

Warren Sargent, a brick manufacturer of Allenstown, and a son of Sterling and Sarah (Gault) Sargent, was born in this town, September 1, 1837. The genealogy of the Sargents, who are of English origin, is directly traced through eight generations to Richard Sargent, who is supposed to have been an officer in the royal navy of England. The first ancestor to come to America was William Sargent (first), who was born in England about the year 1602, and first settled in Ipswich, Mass. Later he moved to Newbury, and still later to Hampton, N.H. A more extended account of the