of GOFFSTOWN NH PEOPLE
Information from History of Hillsborough County, NH by D. Hamilton
Hurd; Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis & Co., 1885.
McGaw Parker | Lemuel Noyes Pattee |
THE SHIRLEY FAMILY | Captain
Charles Stinson |
George Nye of Goffstown NH & Burlington NJ
New Hampshire Author, Educator, Social Reformer, and Women's Rights
Champion: Mary Sargeant (Neal) Gove Nichols (1810-1884)
first ancestor of the subject of this sketch was Josiah Parker-1, who came from
England prior to 1700 and settled in Cambridge, Mass. His son Thomas-2 was a clergyman,
and was the first settled pastor of the church at Dracut, Mass., and died there
His son John-3 settled in Litchfield,
N.H. His second son William-4, was born in 1775. He married Hannah Aiken, who
died September 30, 1818. His second wife Hannah (Adams) McGaw, was born August
22, 1788, and died February 26, 1869. By the first union there were four children,--Rodney,
George W., Caroline and Margaret Ann. By the second union there were also four
children--Hannah A., born November 13, 1819; John McGaw-5, born September
17, 1822, David Adams, born October 5, 1824, and William H., born August 6, 1831,
who died in infancy.
William-4 was one of
the early settlers of Goffstown, N.H., and became largely identified with the
lumbering and mercantile trade and was also an extensive farmer and, for his time,
one of the prominent and successful men of the town. He died August 9, 1839. His
wife, Hannah Adams, was a superior woman, a descendant of that honored family
whose representatives were called to the executive head of our nation, whose Christian
influence over her family was most enobling and "whose children now call
The subject of this
sketch at an early age attended the district school of his native town, where
he received the rudimentary part of his education, and after some time spent in
the academy at Hopkinton, N.H., he completed his education at old Derry Academy,
and entered the store of his father as clerk. After several years of experience
in mercantile life gained in his father's store, also in a store in Concord and
in the store of William WHITTLE, in Goffstown, he, in 1843, started on his own
account in the mercantile trade at the old stand of his father's where, in 1847,
he associated with him his younger brother, David A., under the firm-name of J.M.
& D.A. Parker, -- and for almost forty years they have pulled together, carrying
along large agricultural as well as mercantile interests. They have also invested
a large capital and engaged extensively in the wood and lumber business for many
years, and by sound judgment and indomitable energy have accumulated a large property.
The building of the Manchester and North Weare Railroad added greatly to their
business facilities, and they became its largest partron. On the 30th of November,
1854, Mr. Parker married Letitia C., daughter of the late Captain Charles Stinson,
of Dunbarton, N.H. Mrs. Parker was born March 9, 1835. The children of this union
are three--Charles Stinson, born November 3, 1855; Henry Woodman, born February
26, 1859, and Frank Adams, born June 1, 1866. Charles was married, August 30,
1877, to Ella J. Hoit, who died February 8, 1878.
Charles and Henry are
associated in the mercantile business at Goffstown and are doing a large and profitable
business. Mr. Parker is a Republican in politics, and has been elected to various
offices, in each of which he has shown fidelity and good sense. He was a member
of the State Senate in 1858-59. In 1855 he was elected commissioner for Hillsborough
County, serving two terms, and in 1869 represented his town in the General Court.
In 1876 and 1877 he was councilor from his district, being elected from a strong
Democratic district, thus showing his popularity even among political opponents.
At the institution of the State Board of Equalization, in 1879, he was commissioned
by the court as one of the five members, was reappointed in 1881 and selected
as president of the board. In 1879, at the organization of the Guaranty Savings-Bank
of Manchester, he was elected president, which office he still holds. He is also
one of the directors of the Merchants' National Bank of Manchester. Mr. Parker
has been postmaster of his native town, has gained a wide celebrity as a successfull
auctioneer, is often called to act as referee in the adjustment of disputed questions,
and in all matters of a public nature he takes a most lively interest, and has
won a most enviable reputation. New Hampshire is justly proud of such a son.
subject of this sketch was born in Massachusetts, February 5, 1804. His parents,
while he was very young, removed to Goffstown, N.H., and in this romantic and
beautiful village he passed his boyhood days. He attended the public school, and
there received the foundation for an education on a more extended scale than was
to be acquired in the district school.
yet of tender years he was placed in the office of Judge Charles H. Gove (then
a resident of the town), and under the private tuition of that distinguished jurist
became fitted for the discharge of the responsible duties of later life. Mr. Pattee,
after leaving the office of Judge Gove, worked as a farmer during the summer months
for several years, and during the winter taught in the district schools, of several
of the adjoining towns with a good degree of success.
In 1827 he married Vashti
L., daughter of Joseph and Margaret Little, of Goffstown. They had one child,--Mary
F., who was born March 29, 1828, and was married to John B. Woodbury, of Antrim,
N.H., March 6, 1849.
Mr. Pattee was a proprietor
of a country store for several years, and in this department of industry achieved
a good degree of success.
In 1842 he was elected
register of Probate, and in September of that year removed to Amherst, N.H., at
that time the county-seat of Hillsborough County, where for ten years, he discharged
the duties of that responsible office with rare intelligence.
his residence in Amherst he represented the town in the General Court. At the
close of his service as register of Probate he removed to Antrim, in the same
county, which town he also represented in the General Court.
the June session of 1855, Mr. Pattee was elected Secretary of State, and served
to June, 1858, being re-elected each year. He discharged his duties of this responsible
office with singular fidelity, and, as a matter of political history, was the
first Secretary of State elected under a Republican administration, Hon. Ralph
Metcalf being Governor.
Mr. Pattee was an active member of the Whig party,
and assisted in the formation of the Republican party, and acted with it up to
the time of his death, with but one exception. Being an admirer of General George
B. McClellan, he voted for him for President.
Pattee was liberal in his religious views, was a constant attendant upon and a
liberal contributor to the support of public worship. He was a genial man, an
interesting and fluent talker, a good citizen and much respected by all who knew
A beautiful portrait in oil, the gift of
his widow, hangs in the office of the Secretary of State, from a copy of which
the accompanying engraving was made.
died April 1, 1870, aged sixty-six years, and was buried in the family lot in
first ancestor of the New Hampshire Shirleys of whom we have any record, was James
Shirley, who was born, probably in the north of Ireland, in Ulster County, in
1649. This was the year that Cromwell send his famous Ironside Legion into Ireland,
and avenged the terrible massacre of the Protestants in 1641. It is not improbable
that the ancestor of James Shirley, if not James himself, came from Scotland to
Ireland in one of those currents of emigration that set out from one country to
another, as the waves of religious persecution swept hither and thither, as Catholic
or Protestant was in the ascendant. It is even possible that James Shirley, as
well as his ancestors, may have been a native of Scotland, and with his parents,
have been among the exiles driven from Scotland, in 1660, under the cruel persecution
of James Graham, of Claverhouse, who was the tool fo James, viceroy of Scotland
and brother of James II. These immigrants from Scotland were Presbyterians. Fifty
years before, in 1612, many of their ancestors had settled in Ulster, on lands
confiscated upon the overthrow of the Earl of Tyrone, who had rebelled against
James I. This immigration kept up until 1641, when the hatred of the natives had
so increased that it culminated in an attempt to exterminate the entire Protestant
population, and in the attempt forty thousand Protestants were slain. His massacre
was avenged by Cromwell, who, for the first time, brought all Ireland to England's
feet. For forty years more the Scotch and Irish lived side by side in the north
of Ireland, always hating and always at feud with each other. The expulsion of
James II from the throne of England, in 1688, was followed by the accession of
William III, and a new religious war in Ireland, the Catholic Irish supporting
James, and the Presbyterian Scotch rallying about the standard of William. It
was during this turbulent period--1690-91--that the famous siege of Londonderry
occurred. William triumphed, and the battles of the Boyne and Aughrim the cuase
of James and the Catholics was overthrown. But the brave defenders of Londonderry
fared but little better than their Catholic besiegers. The acts passed in the
interest of the Church of England bore as heavily against the Scotch Presbyterians
as against the Irish Catholics. Many emigrated, and among the number was the faithful
band that settled Londonderry [NH]. They sailed in five vessels, and landed in
Boston, August 4, 1718. That winter they passed in Casco Bay, suffering terribly.
The next year they heard of Nutfield, on the Merrimack [River], settled there
and renamed it Londonderry. Thence they spread, and they and their children became
the pioneer settlers of Derry, Chester, Windham, Bedford and Goffstown. James
Shirley arrived in Chester in 1730, at the great age of seventy-six, bringing
with him a full-grown family. He was a farmer, and is chronicles as living to
the extraordinary age of one hundred and five years. It will be seen that the
Shirleys sprang from a hardy, industrious, reliant and long-lived ancestry.
With James-1 Shirley came three sons, -- John-2,
James-2 and Deacon Thomas-2. Captain James-2 Shirley, who died in 1796, was a
seventh son, and famous for curing king's evil (or scrofula) by the stroke of
the hand. Thomas-2 was born in Ireland in 1728, and died in Goffstown in 1808,
aged eighty years. His son, James-3, was born in Chester in 1759, and died in
Goffstown, March 31, 1855, aged ninety-six years. He married Mary Moore, daughter
of Colonel Daniel Moore, an officer in the Revolutionary War. For his second wife
he married Mrs. Abigail McCutchins, the mother of Moses and General Luther McCutchins,
Mrs. John Swallow and Mrs. Robert M. Shirley. Their children were Nancy-4, Jane-4,
Thomas-4, Daniel M-4, John-4, Gilman-4, William-4 and Robert M-4.
Shirley, born 1784; died December 12, 1818; married Joshua Vose, of Bedford; children,--Joshua,
Daniel, James and Nancy.
Jane-4, born 1785;
died December 9, 1865; married William McKinney, of Newberg, Ind.; children,--Margaret,
born 1806; Mary, born 1808; John, born 1810; James, born 1810; William, born 1814;
Thomas, born 1817; Joshua, born 1819; Nancy, born 1822; Harriet, born 1825; Martha,
born 1828; Cornelia, born 1830; Cordelia, born 1830.
Shirley born 1789; died May 13, 1834. He was a teacher, and died at Satassia,
Miss., aged forty-five years. He never married.
M-4 Shirley, born 1791; died August 23, 1855; married Jane Moore, daughter of
Robert Moore, of Bristol. He was a farmer and lived on a part of the original
homestead farm on Shirley Hill, the house on which, still standing, was the second
two-story frame house built in town. Their children were: Robert M., born November
24, 1819; died April, 1883; married Margaret Dodge of Goffstown.Nancy, born December
26, 1823; married Gilman Shirley; children,--Alma, born 1849; Frank, born March
29, 1854; Clinton, born October 6, 1857.
Mary, born May 10, 1826; died December
1, 1869; married Ephraim Heald; children,--George, born 1849; Hattie, born July
Joseph, born April 22, 1831; married
Nellie Niles, of Bombay, N.Y.; children,--Ardello, born 1859, died 1865; Delbert,
born 1861; Jennie, born 1869; Delmay, born 1871; Hattie, born 1875.
born April 2, 1835; married Sylvanus D. Johnson; children,--Cora Belle, born February
10, 1859, died July 12, 1859; Horace Shirley, born October 22, 1867, died October
12, 1869; Shirley Moore, born January 8, 1869; Helen Inette, born February 2,
Daniel, born September 26, 1838; married
De Ette Sackett, of Potsdam, N.Y.; children,--James, born February 23, 1876; Emma
De Ette, born July 4, 1879.
Horace, born March
19, 1841; enlisted in Company G, Sixteenth New Hampshire Volunteers; drowned in
Vermillion Bayou, La., April 17, 1863, at the age of twenty-two. He was one of
the thousands of noble and patriotic youths who gave their lives to their country
in the war which saved the Union and freed the slave.
James-4 Shirley, born May 5, 1794; died August 8, 1863. He graduated at Dartmouth
College, read law at Albany, N.Y., but soon left for Augusta, Ga., resuming studies
and having charge of an academy there. He began practice at Florence, Ala., and
pursued it at Huntsville, Ala, but finally settled at Vicksburg. His character
was unblemished, his benevolence exalted and his loyalty to the Union uncompromising.
It was at his plantation that the interview occurred between Generals Grant and
Pemberton, which led to the surrender of Vicksburg. He married, first, Harriet,
daughter of James Walsworth, of Norwich, Conn., in 1820. In 1835 he married Adeline,
daughter of Abraham Quincy, of Boston, Mass. James Jay, oldest son of James and
Harriet Shirley, was born in 1825, died 1852. His widow Harriet, and daughter
Emma (Mrs. Andrew Criddle), reside in Clinton, Mass. Children by second marriage,--Frederick,
born 1836, died 1873 unmarried. Quincy, born 1848, graduated at West Point, died
1879, he married Margaret Parks. Alice, born in 1844, married General John Eaton,
United States commissioner of education, their children are,--James Shirley, born
1868; Elsie, born February 6, 1871; John Quincy, born 1873.
Shirley, born 1797; married Margaret Houston; lives at Suspension Bridge, N.Y.
Children,--Alfred, born 1819; married Jane Woodbury. Maria, born 1827; married
Andrew Kimball; their children,--Lauron H., born 1850; Emma J., born 1852, died
1876; Ella F., born 1854, died 1877; Clara M., born 1857, died 1881; George A.,
born 1859; John S., born 1855, died 1861; Gilman, born September 20, 1823, married
Nancy Shirley; member of Company G, One Hundred and Twelfth New York Volunteers,
killed in battle of Cold Harbor, Va, June 2, 1864. John Shirley died May 10, 1855;
married susan Parker, of Hooksett; children,--Josephine, born 1849; Charles, born
1850; Quincy, born 1858; Susey, born 1862; Mary Jane, born 1823, married Griggs
Holbrook, member of One Hundred and Seventieth New York Volunteers, died in Andersonville
prison; married, second, Joseph H. Stevens, died 1880; children,--Margaret Abbie,
born 1866; Alice Maria, born 1868; John Hadley, born 1870; Fred Hodgman, born
1873; married, third, Andrew Kimball. Sarah, born 1836; married Matthew Dolphin;
died 1869; children,--George Alfred, born 1867; Carrie Shirley, born 1869. Margaret,
born 1840; married James Cooper, 1863; children,--Thomas Shirley, born 1865; John
Maxwell, born 1867; Ella Margaret, 1869; Robert James, 1871; Mary Emma, 1874.
Gilman-4 Shirley, born 1799; died at Gilmanton Academy,
Franklin County, Ala, August 18, 1822, aged twenty-three; unmarried.
Shirley, born 1802; died at Courtland, Franklin County, Ala, August 25, 1824,
Robert M-4 Shirley, born January
5, 1808; married Sophia McCutchins, born April 15, 1805, died December 6, 1870;
married, second, Lucretia Houston, born July 20, 1820. For fifty years Mr. Shirley
was one of the prominent farmers and business men of the county. He is now retired
from active business, and in his retirement, as in his active life, is distinguished
for his kindness, integrity and liberality. He was a seventh son, famous for curing
king's evil. Children (by first wife),--James Quincy-5, born November 14, 1829;
married Elmira McPherson, of Bedford; educated at New London; went to California
in 1850, at the age of twenty; engaged in mining and stock raising in California,
Idaho, Utah and Oregon; a pioneer and successful operator in the latter business.
At the early age of twenty-one he drove a large herd of cattle from Council Bluffs
to San Francisco.
Mary Helen-5, born May 23,
1839; married Frederick Eaton, dry-goods merchant of Toledo, Ohio; child, Helen,
born Augut 5, 1866, died April 13, 1876.
Frances-5, born November 21, 1844; married Colonel James B. David, of Amherst;
resides in Somerville, Mass; child, James Quincy, born May 30, 1874.
Carlton Shirley-5, born December 5, 1834 in Goffstown, N.H.; married Amanda Malvina
Baldwin (April 24, 1862), daughter of Deacon Nahum Baldwin, of Manchester; children,--Mary
Vicksburg-6, born July 4, 1863, the day of the fall of Vicksburg; Robert Lawrence-6,
born May 12, 1868; Florence Sophia-6, born February 17, 1871.
Colonel E.C. Shirley is one of the best known and most prosperous farmers in the
State. He tills the homestead farm on Shirley Hill, which he has improved and
brought to a high state of cultivation. His occupation is that of his immediate
and remote ancestry in an unbroken line, and which has so strikingly conduced
to longevity in this family. His home combines the attractiveness of rural life
and the happiness of the domestic circle, united with a generous hospitality and
troops of friends. Colonel Shirley was educated in the district school until he
was eighteen years of age, and was then sent to New Hampton, where he remained
until the breaking up of that school. He then went with Professor Knight to New
London, where he remained three years. After leaving school, Colonel Shirley went
to California in 1856, where he remained two years, engaged in various employments.
Returning to New Hampshire, he was engaged in lumbering operations until 1862,
when his father moved to Manchester, leaving the homestead to his care and possesssion.
Colonel Shirley has always taken an active interest in military and agricultural
affairs. He has held a commission as second lieutenant in the Amoskeag Veterans,
aid-de-camp to Governor P.C. Cheney, with the rank of colonel, and on "New
Hampshire Day," at the Centennial at Philadelphia, was officer of the day.
He was also assistant quartermaster on the staf of Brigadier-General Clough, New
Hampshire National Guard. He is a member and trustee of the New Hampshire Agricultural
Society, and chief marshal at four exhibitions. He is also one of the founders
of the Piscataquog Valley Agricultural Association.
subject of this sketch was born April 18, 1800, in Dunbarton, N.H. He was grandson
of William-2 Stinson, one of the early settlers of this town under the Masonian
grant of 1751; was born of Scottish parents in Ireland, March 15, 1725. From that
country, while young, he emigrated with his father to Londonderry, N.H. In the
year 1751-52 he commenced a settlement in Starkstown (afterward Dunbarton), where
for a time he lived alone in a log cabin, in which, one one occasion, he received
as a visitor the Rev. David McGregore. "Not having a table," says the
historian of Londonderry, "nor anything that would answer as a better substitute,
he was obliged to make use of a basket, turned up." The Rev. Mr. McGregore,
in asking a blessing, pertinently implored that his host might be "blessed
in his basket and in his store." This blessing was literally fulfilled, as
Mr. Stinson became one of the wealthy persons in the vicinity.
He was prominent in the settlement of the township, and filled with credit many
offices of trust and importance, and by industry and economy became one of the
most substantial freeholders within twenty miles of his residence.
William Stinson was married to Agnes Calwell, March 26, 1754, and died August
21, 1803. She was born June 17, 1734 and died July 23, 1818. By this union there
were twelve children.
Jr., second son of William Stinson, Sr., born March 4, 1762, married Jane Cochran,
of New Boston, N.H., who was born in 1776. He was an excellent farmer and intelligent
man. He was often employed in town affairs, was liberal and hospitable, especially
to the poor. In him they found a friend.
His wife was a superior woman, who looked well to the ways of her household, and
their home was one of the most agreeable visiting-places in town. From this union
there were five children. William Stinson, Jr., died April 8, 1822. Jane C. Stinson
died April 28, 1820.
Captain Charles-3 Stinson was the oldest son of William
Stinson, Jr. At an early age he displayed a love for farming and made progress
in the district school. At Bradford Academy, Massachusetts, he ultimately acquired
what education it was his privilege to obtain. When eighteen years of age he was
appointed commander of Dow's Troop. He was an active officer during the celebrated
Goffstown muster, where he obtained the title that followed him through life.
He was well known in this section of the State for his good judgment and his sound
As a farmer he was active,
and naturally of a strong constitution, he was able to carry on a great amount
of work, and as a reward for his industry, he added to his original inheritance
a good property.
As a resident of Dunbarton,
N.H., he was active and prominent in its affairs. He was country commissioner,
selectman, treasurer and twice elected to the Legislature. In 1867 he sold the
remainder of his days in quietness and attending to his business affairs.
Captain Charles Stinson married Susan, daughter
of Robert and Prudence Cochran, of Sharon, Vt., May 15, 1831. Susan was born October
27, 1803, and died March 23, 1838. He married, second, Mary Ann, daughter of Moses
and Sally Poore, of Goffstown, N.H., May 29, 1839, born August 28, 1811.
Captain Charles Stinson died August 8, 1878. There
were three children by the first union, and one by the second.
1) Jane Stinson, born October 5, 1833, married Wallace Caldwell of Byfield, Mass.,
July 15, 1858
2) Letitia C. Stinson, born March 9, 1835, married John M. Parker,
of Goffstown, November 30, 1854
3) Susan C. Stinson, born October 22, 1837,
married George Byron Moore, November 29, 1860. Mr. Moore died of pneumonia April
11, 1872. On May 17, 1877, she married Judge Edwin S. Jones, of Minneapolis, Minn.,
where she now resides.
4) Mary A. Stinson, born August 1, 1841, married Charles
A. Pillsbury, September 13, 1866, of Minneapolis, Minn., where she now resides.
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