Hezekiah Young was born c1775 most likely in Salem, NH although a birth record for him was not found recorded there. He was mostly likely the son of Israel Young Jr. & Elizabeth Clark. Hezekiah married Sarah “Sally” Harris about 1795-6 probably in either Salem or Manchester, NH. [i] She was born Nov 15, 1776 in Salem, NH daughter of Joseph Harris Jr. & Martha Hadlock of Salem, NH. [ii] Further proof of her parents & siblings can be found in letter written by her on Apr 28 1837 in her mother's Revolutionary Pension file. [iii] Hezekiah likely relocated to Manchester with his father between 1779-80. See the link above for Israel Young.
Hezekiah is first noted on the Tax List in 1797,[iv] and the school tax list in 1798. [v] I did not definitively find him on the 1800 Census (incidentally, Derryfield is indexed as Deering on Ancestry for 1800), but I suspect it may be because his name looks like “Hugh Young” and should instead read as “Hezh”. That household has 2 males under 10; 1 male 16-25; 1 female 16-25 which fits perfectly with Hezekiah’s family in 1800; the two sons likely being John & Caleb. At any rate, Hezekiah’s household is definitely on the 1810 Census (then called Manchester). It shows 3 males under 10, 2 males 10-15, 1 female under 10, 1 female 26-44, 1 male 26-44.
Sadly, in March of 1815, Spotted/Spoiled Fever claimed 6 of their 9 children at the time, all within days of each other. Click here to read about that. After that they went on to have several more children as is indicated in other parts of this report.
The 1820 Census in Manchester shows his household as 1m 10-15, 1 male 16-25, 2 females under 10, 1 female 16-25, 1 female 26-44, 1 male 45+, and the 1830 Census shows 1 male 15-19; 1 male 50-59; 1 female 5-9; 2 females 10-14; 1 female 50-59.
The first deed for a land purchase in Derryfield, NH by Hezekiah Young of Derryfield, yeoman, is recorded in the Hillsborough County [HC] Deed# 64-671. It was signed 10 Jun 1799. The property was 10 acres in Derryfield, purchased from Nathaniel Merrill of Derryfield [who was married to his sister Mary] for 150.00. The general description of the land states it ran easterly on the line of Robert McGregor Esq., then northerly, then westerly to the line of land owned by John Harvey, along his line to the bounds first mentioned. James Young was a witness on that deed.
Many other deeds are also found in Hillsborough County Registry of Deeds, Spring St. Nashua, NH for Hezekiah Young of Derryfield, NH, yeoman. In a brief nutshell they are as follows:
In 1830 Hezekiah received land from Martha Harris, his mother-in-law, on Rockingham County Deed 260-507. She is named a widow and the land was on Hity tity brook. There is no sale from Hezekiah or Sarah/Sally that was found in Rockingham or Hillsborough Counties. See more on Joseph & Martha here & here.
The last deed found under Hezekiah’s name is in 1834, Hillsborough County, 175-337 and is actually an Indentured Lease dated 29 Aug 1832 between David Young & of Manchester, yeoman & Hezekiah Young, Manchester, Husbandman, , for the consideration hereafter mentioned David Young hath lease to Hezekiah Young all the farm that he now lives on in Manchester, bank of the Merrimack Samuel Hall, Nathaniel Baker, great meadow, 6 acres, Ezekiel Stevens, David Davis, Also another piece….”Hezekiah Young for & during his natural life” 2 gift of deeds from Hez to David this same day. Signed by both David & Hezekiah Young.
Sally H. Young, widow, of Manchester, on HC deed -294 sold to Amoskeag Manf., Co. certain piece of land or farm beginning at the Merrimack River bounded by Sam’l Hall’s land lately sold to Amoskeag, to the highway opposite David Young’s dwelling house, middle of highway leading to Manchester Meetinghouse, 12 Dec 1837 Witnesses David Young & James Walker.
Hillsborough County Deed 237-423 solidifies the connections between several family members, although it does not specifically state relationships.
“Know all men by the presents that we Sally Young, Simeon Haselton and Clarissa Haselton wife of the said Simeon, all of Manchester in this county of Hillsborough and the State of New Hampshire, Benjamin Doe of Pembroke in the county of Merrimac and Betsy C. Doe wife of the said Benjamin, Israel Young of Landoff in the county of Grafton, and Mary Ann G.B. Young wife of the said Israel, Samuel G Wentworth of Jackson in the County of Coos and Louisa Wentworth wife of the said Samuel G. & Josiah Lamb of the Province of Lower Canada and Sarah Lamb wife of said Josiah for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred dollars….”
The Manchester Historical Society indicates:
"Hezekiah Young lived in the large wood-colored house since occupied as "The Women's Aid & Relief Home" at the lower end of Elm St. It is still standing and owned by the Amoskeag Company. The farm contained about 100 acres and extended half way out to the center." [vi]
That was in 1897, unfortunately, it has long since been torn down. The Women’s Aid was established in 1875 and was located "Young cor Willow" according to the 1890 Directory. While Young St. & Willow St. do not intersect today, the two did intersect in 1892 which can be seen on the Manchester Atlas in Ward 6. The farm is marked as being owned by the Amoskeag Corp. on that map. Today the intersection would be on the corner of Hayward and Willow, where Schnitzer Steel/Advanced Recycling, 399 Willow St., now stands. See above for a comparison between Today & 1892. The 1892 Atlas can be found & purchased on HistoricMapWorks.com – I highly recommend this site.
This location should not be confused with later sites of the Women’s Aid. Manchester By Robert B. Perreault, pg 86, has a picture of the 2nd Women's Aid Home at 180 Pearl St which opened in 1891. That book also mentions the first one being on Willow St & the third one being in what is now the Currier Museum of Art.
The Union Leader ran an article on the Women’s Aid & Relief Society in Feb 2014 which states:
“Businesses contributed as well. One of the largest of these donors was the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company. In 1878, the company renovated a farmhouse in the Bakersville section of town on what is now South Willow Street, and loaned this to the Society. A professional staff was hired, and this became Manchester's first hospital” See more here.
I think I should note it was not on what I would call “South Willow St” as it was much closer to the Valley St jail than the business district of So. Willow as is depicted above. It is technically I believe the north side being just plain old “Willow St.” as is also depicted on the maps above.
Plus, it was noted as “the Company’s Hospital” in 1856, so while it could be the first hospital, it does not seem it was due to the Women’s Aid & Relief Society. According to The History of Manchester, formerly Derryfield, in New Hampshire: including ... By Chandler Eastman Potter published in 1856, pg 696
"This road continued in use until 1840 when the part from Bridge St to the Hezekiah Young Farm, now the Company's Hospital, was discontinued."
Pg 693 states:
The second road laid out this day [Nov 27 1751], commenced thus:
"Begining at the rhoad betwixt Thomas Gorge and Abraham Merrill's land, then runing eisterly on said line to Moss Willes land, thence easterly by marked trees as near to said marked trees as good ground will allow to a brige in John Halls land to the north sied of hies fieldes, from thence to a rod lidinge from John Hall to Roabort Andrsons."
This road is the one that passes the Company's Hospital, and so on east to the "Mammoth Road."
Now, this begged the question - What does “the Company’s Hospital” mean exactly? I think it means it was the Amoskeag Manufacturing Co’s hospital. The 1857-8 Map, available on the Library of Congress website, shows it marked as a hospital.
Hezekiah died Sept 19, 1834, age 59 years old according to his death announcement in the New Hampshire Patriot on Oct 6 1834 where it curiously states “papers in Maine are asked to copy”. It wasn’t until I realized Sarah’s sister lived in Maine that I understood that comment. His death is also in the Farmer’s Cabinet on Oct 10 1834, both can be viewed online with GenealogyBank.com. A record for his death was not found at NHVR.
He and much of his family are buried in the Centre Cemetery in Manchester, NH off Mammoth Rd although few stones remained when I visited in 2013. It should be noted this same cemetery is listed as “Huse Cemetery” on FindaGrave and several pictures of stones are there, but Hezekiah was not listed and a photo of his stone was added to Sarah. I added him & a new photo of his stone.
The WPA completed a survey of this cemetery in 1938 and Bernard H. Cowette III completed another in 1993. A reference to both can be found on GenWeb Tombstone Project. From these works we can gather that the following family member were buried and marked at one time.
Cowette states in part:
“Regarding mistakes by the WPA surveyor, I have corrected them and made no provisions within the text to denote them with the exception of one case, that of Hezekiah Young (stone #41). As can be noted, the DOD and AG have been bracketed. Unless this Hezekiah Young was really the junior to an elder Hezekiah, the date cannot be correct it is likely that instead of recording the DOD as 1851, the WPA surveyor should have recorded it as 1815. This would be in ping with the dates of death of his children and his purported age at the time of his death.”
Please note: I have added my own notes in bold italics.
41 [Young] Hezekiah [9/18/1851]
Actually read 1834-stone is there, but top broken 2013
57* Young Sarah H. 6/23/1817 70y 8m
Actually read 1847-wife of Hezekiah
40a Young Caleb 3/11/1815 17 S: Hezekiah Young
40a Young Eliza 3/11/1815 9 D: Hezekiah Young
Reads “in the 3rd year of her age” – dual stone with Caleb
& Eliza is still there in 2013
54* Young Mary 3/13/1815 4m D: Hezekiah & Sarah Young
55* Young George W. 3/13/1815 9 S: Hezekiah & Sarah Young
56* Young John 3/14/1815 19 S: Hezekiah & Sarah Young
58* Young David 10/8/1871 61y 7m
Son of Hezekiah & Sarah
61* Young Jonathan 4/26/1829 56
Brother of Hezekiah
62* Young Mary 2/21/1828 19 W: Jonathan Young
Read age as 49 not 19
43 Young Emma J. 9/21/1868
Unsure who she is…at this time, but her stone is still there
in 2013 & she is near the others.
44 Young ? I suspect this belongs to Hezekiah Jr. d. Mar 17 1815 age
10 but it is unreadable
His Hillsborough County Probate No. 10351 was filed November 4 1834 & his will states the following:
I Hezekiah Young of Manchester in the county of Hillsboro in the state of New Hampshire, Husbandman, to make and publish this my last will and testament in the following manner
First. I give to my eldest son David Young all the lands heretofor conveyed to him by deed or deeds from me. He to come in full possession thereof from and after the decease of my present wife Sally Young.
Second. I give to each of my two daughters, Mary Ann and Loisa Young, a string of gold beads or money equivalent thereto. I also give to them and to each of my other daughters Sally, Clarissa and Betsey the sum of one hundred dollars each being five hundred Dollars to be paid them by David Young in part consideration of the Estate conveyed or devised to him.
Third. I give and bequeath to my wife Sally Young all the remainder of my estate real and personal, to hold the same during her lifetime, and at her deceased to be equally divided among my five daughters above mentioned, or in case of my said wife should marry, all the property here by bequeathed is too pass to my said daughters at the time of such marriage.
And I do hereby appoint and allow Frederick G Stark Esq. of Manchester aforesaid to be sole executor of this my last will and testament, and reserve to him enough of my personal property to defray my funeral charges and his necessary and proper expenses of carrying this will into effect.
In witness is whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifth day of September 1834
Signed sealed published and declared by the above mentioned as a key a young as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto
Samuel B Kidder
Also contained in the file is a statement by Stark it reads: “To the heirs, and others interested in the estate of Hezekiah Young late of Manchester deceased. on the 19th day of September 1834. You are hereby notified that I decline & refuse to accept the appointment of Executor of the foregoing well and I further certify that I gave personal notice hereof to the widow, and eldest son of said his Hezekiah Young on the 6th day of October 1834. ~ Frederick G. Stark”
“Sally H. Young” was appointed Administrator of the estate, and Frederick G. Stark acted as her attorney.
His Estate papers indicate his personal estate was valued at 505.72. It appears this does not include any of the real estate conveyed to David, but does include an undivided third of 35 acres being part of lot No 35 owned with Joseph Moore & I______ Hea_y [?]. The 1/3 was valued at 150.00. It also includes nearly every item imaginable as they often did in those days including: animals, tools, baskets, kettles, beds & bedding, lamps, utensils, and many other items.
From the estate, Dr Silas Walker was paid the balance due of 15.42 for tending to his last illness, & John B. Goodwin was paid 3.00 for a coffin. Three men were paid to appraise property. They were Benjamin Mitchell, George Clark, & Samuel Jackson. George Daniels & Samuel B. Kidder were paid to testify as witnesses to the will. There were a few administrative costs, and also some debt which included James McK Wilkins, John Young, Hibbard Stevens, John G. Brown, George Clark, Corey & Harvey. All this left a balance of 414.99
There is a death record recorded at NH Vital Records for a Sarah H. Young who died of Typhoid Fever a69 8mo in Manchester, NH on 23 June 1847. This is Sarah (Harris) Young, the mother, not the daughter, despite that the record states her father was Hezekiah Young. She was buried in Center Cemetery with the others but the grave was misread on the WPA Survey.
Children of Hezekiah & Sarah were:
* These birthdates were on the LDS - IGI years ago – they are no longer there since the site has been revamped, and aside from that source, there aren’t any real records I have found yet. NHVR does not have the births for his children, nor does the Town Records 1786-1806 vol 2 via LDS. I have not given up that they are in the City of Manchester somewhere. I suspect there is a family bible or church records floating around with all these dates but that is just a theory. Ordinarily, I would not include these dates given the lack of a valid source, but everything else I have seen seems to give credibility to them, therefore, I have in the hope that someone will contact me with valid records.
1. John Young b: Jan 2, 1797* probably in Manchester, NH d: Mar 14, 1815 age 19 grave in Centre Cemetery, Manchester, NH. [vii]
2. Caleb Young b: Dec 2, 1799* d: Mar 11, 1815 age 17 grave in Centre Cemetery, Manchester, NH.[viii]
3. Sarah/Sally Young b: Oct 16, 1801* m: Josiah J. Lamb b. 13 Sep 1796 in MA [calc.] probably married between 1810-1820, although a record has not been found. It doesn’t seem she fits on the census with her father in 1820. She is noted in her father’s will in 1834.[ix] They are also on HC Deed 237-423 in 1845 as of “Lower Canada” with her mother & siblings. They lived in St Johnsbury, VT from 1850-1870 and are on censuses there. In 1860, her niece, Augusta Doe, is listed as a “Servant” with them. He died 23 Oct 1877 in St. Johnsbury VT. [x]Sarah Lamb d: Concord Mar 6 1883 82y 4m 8d [birth calculates to Oct 26 1800]. [xi] Just prior to her death, she is listed in the 1883 Concord Directory, pg 145, “Lamb, Sarah, widow of Josiah, h. 29 Turnpike”. They probably had more children but the only one I found for sure was:
i. William Lamb b. c1838 in Canada per 1850 Census
4. Clarissa Young b: Nov 28, 1803* d. Dec 7 1868*. She is noted in her father’s will in 1834.[xii] They are also on HC Deed 237-423 in 1845 as “of Manchester’ with her mother & siblings. For more on her click here
5. Hezekiah Young Jr b: May 21, 1805* d: Mar 17, 1815 age 10 grave in Centre Cemetery, Manchester, NH. [xiii]
6. George "Washington" Young b: Dec 25, 1806* d: Mar 13, 1815 age 9 Centre Cemetery, Manchester, NH. [xiv]
7. David H. Young b: Feb 19, 1810* d: Oct 8, 1871 61y 7m 19d, [birthdate calculates to given date] Centre Cemetery, Manchester, NH. [xv] m: Sophrina Hamblett who was born c1815 in VT.[xvi] He is noted as “Eldest son” on father’s will in 1834, meaning ‘eldest living son’ no doubt. [xvii] On the 1850 Census they are in Manchester. Removed to Sanbornton, NH in 1856 per Rockingham County deed 374-111 to his sister Clarissa Haselton, but in 1860 they are back in Manchester, NH. He is with son Horace in Manchester NH during 1870 Census.
They had: [Also see 1850 & 1860 Census Manchester]
i. Elisa J. Young b. 18 May 1838 in Manchester, NH. She never married & may have had a mental illness. She died in the NH State Hospital 17 Aug 1905 Concord, NH.[xviii]
ii. David H. Young b. Mar 1840 in NH[xix] d. after 1860.[xx] M: Olive H. Clough 20 Mar 1856 in Manchester, NH. [xxi] Looks like his was on 1900 Templeton, MA Census; 1910 Manchester, NH Census, 1920 Templeton, MA Census; didn’t find on 1880 Census.
iii. Mary O. Young b. 8 Jan 1842 d. Sep 11 1844 2y 8m 3d in Manchester, NH of Croop buried in Center Cemetery. [xxii]
iv. Horace H. Young b. 4 Oct 1843 in NH.[xxiii] m: Emelie J. Davis dau of Absalom & Emily Davis on Sep 4 1866 in Manchester, NH.[xxiv] Married 2nd Cora May Phelps in St Albans VT on Jan 10 1888.[xxv] He died Jan 5 1923 in Manchester, NH 79 3m1d. [xxvi]
v. Sophronia Augusta Young b. 27 Aug 1846 in Manchester NH. [xxvii] m: _____Temple m 2nd: James M. Hall Oct 26 1887.[xxviii] She died Aug 7 1918 a72.[xxix]
8. Elisa Young b: Oct 16, 1812* d: Mar 11 1815 age 2/3 Centre Cemetery, Manchester, NH. [xxx]
9. Mary Young Nov 16, 1814* d: Mar 11, 1815 4mo Centre Cemetery, Manchester, NH. [xxxi]
10. Elizabeth Clark Young b: June 30, 1816 m: Benjamin Norris Doe in Pembroke on 25 Mar 1838.[xxxii] She d: May 20, 1884; See censuses in 1850, 1860, 1870 & 1880 in Pembroke & also see History of Pembroke which states Elizabeth Clark Young born on June 30, 1816 married Benjamin Norris Doe, she died May 20, 1884 see pg 69 for more on family-google books– Noted on father’s will 1834 They are also on HC Deed 237-423 in 1845 as “of Pembroke” with her mother & siblings.
i. Sarah F. Doe b. 1839 in NH.[xxxiii] m. George S. Blanchard d. 6 May 1906 in Pembroke, NH.[xxxiv]
ii. Augusta E. Doe b. 1841 in NH.[xxxv] m: ___ Hyatt d. 25 Jan 1892 In Pembroke, NH.[xxxvi]
iii. Julia A. Doe b. 1846 in NH.[xxxvii] m. Henry F. Eaton 22 Jan 1872.[xxxviii]
iv. John B. Doe b. 1852 in NH. [xxxix]d. 9 Jan 1898 in Pembroke, NH.[xl]
11. Mary Ann G. B Young b: Sept 29 1818*[xli] m: Israel Young b: Mar 29 1816[xlii] [b. 31 Mar 1816[xliii]] son of David Young & Hannah Eastman [David being Hezekiah’s brother] on Sept 27 1844 in Manchester, NH.[xliv] She d: Feb 2, 1846 age 27 very suddenly in Landaff – “daughter of the late Hezekiah Young of Manchester, NH” – see New Hampshire Patriot on Feb 26 1846. He died Aug 28 1899 age 83y 4m 30d in Landaff, NH.[xlv] They are both buried in Landaff Center Cemetery, Landaff NH marker states: “Israel Young Mar 29 1816 - Aug 28 1899, Mary Ann G.B. Young his wife Sept 27 1818 - Feb 2 1846, Betsey A. Eastman his wife Mar 25 1822 - June 25 1890” See 1850 & 1860 censuses in Landaff, NH. She is noted on father’s will 1834 They are also on HC Deed 237-423 in 1845 as “of Landaff” with her mother & siblings.
Israel & Mary had:
i. Orrin Young m: Martha Presby Dec 2 1869 in Landaff, NH.[xlvi] He died 27 June 1918 in Libson, NH.[xlvii]
ii. Mary A.G.B. Young m: George C. Austin Sep 1 1869 in Landaff, NH.[xlviii]
Israel married 2nd Betsy Eastman & had:
iii. Oscar E. Young, b. May 11 1848 d. Apr 18 1918 in Landaff, NH 69y11m7d.[xlix]
iv. George H. Young b. May 16 1850 d. Dec 5 1934 in Woodsville, NH 84y5m19d.[l]
v. Louise H. Young b. Oct 12 1854 d. Sep 17 1918 in Landaff, NH 63y 11m5d.[li]
12. Louisa D. Young b: Dec 3, 1820*[also calc from death] m: Samuel Gray Wentworth on Nov 14 1844 in Manchester, NH.[lii] 1850 Manchester, 1860 Middleton, MA; 1870 & 1880 in Candia, NH. The Wentworth Genealogy pg 733 states Louisa D dau of Hezekiah & Sarah of Manchester married Samuel Gray Wentworth. See for more. She is noted on her father’s will 1834. They are also on HC Deed 237-423 in 1845 as “of Jackson” with her mother & siblings. He died 22 Dec 1896 in Candia, NH & was buried in Holbrook Cemetery, Candia, NH. Howard W. Brown [grandson?] applied for a military stone for his grave in 1942.[liii] She died 9 Apr 1900 in Raymond, NH, but her father is incorrectly named on her death record.[liv]
i. George Wentworth b. 1845 in [Manchester?] NH. [lv]
ii. Charles Nelson Wentworth b 1847-9 in [Manchester?] NH.[lvi]
iii. Millard F./P. Wentworth b. 1850 in [Manchester?] NH. [lvii]
iv. Ellen M. Wentworth b. 1855 in [Manchester?] NH.[lviii]
v. Mary A. Wentworth b. 1857 in [Middleton?] MA.[lix] m: ______ Brown d. 25 Dec 1917 in Raymond, NH. [lx]
vi. Joseph H. Wentworth b. 1861-2 in [Middleton?] MA.[lxi]
vii. Unnamed Wentworth b. 1880 in Candia, NH [child reported for year ending 31 Mar 1880 in Candia].[lxii] [weird as Louisa was almost 60…so this may be an error or delayed reporting]
[i] Marriage of Hezekiah & Sarah is based on the birth of their first known child, John, buried in Center Cemetery.
[ii] Birth of Sarah Harris Gilbert, Edgar, “History of Salem, NH” Rumford Printing, 1907 pg 29; Salem Town Records 1750-1805 Vol 40910, pg 612, available online at FamilySearch via their catalog; NHVR has it incorrectly recorded as 1778.
[iii] Martha Harris Revolutionary Pension File #14847 via Fold3.com
[iv] Brown, George Waldo, Early Records of the Town of Derryfield, now Manchester, 1782-1800, 1906, Manchester Historical Society, pg331, 343-4
[v] Brown, George Waldo, Early Records of the Town of Derryfield, now Manchester, 1782-1800, 1906, Manchester Historical Society, pg 347
[vi] Hezekiah Young House: Manchester Historic Association (Manchester, N.H.) “Collections”, Volume 1, 1897, pg 99, available on GoogleBooks
[vii] See WPA, Cowette & my notes in text prior, plus my blog here: http://nhgenealogist.com/2/post/2013/06/spotted-fever-kills-6-of-hezekiah-youngs-children-manchester-nh-march-1815.html
[viii] See WPA, Cowette & my notes in text prior, plus my blog here: http://nhgenealogist.com/2/post/2013/06/spotted-fever-kills-6-of-hezekiah-youngs-children-manchester-nh-march-1815.html
[ix] See transcription in text
[x] "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954," database with images, FamilySearch
[xi] Death of Sarah Lamb NHVR d: Concord Mar 6 1883 82y 4m 8d [birth calculates to Oct 26 1800] b: Manchester, female, widow, housekeeper, old age, Resided in state 9 ½ years, fa: Hesekiah Young & Sally Young, fa b: Deerfield, NH [prob should have been Derryfield] Mother b: New Salem, NH – does not name husband
[xii] See transcription in text
[xiii] See WPA, Cowette & my notes in text prior, plus my blog here: http://nhgenealogist.com/2/post/2013/06/spotted-fever-kills-6-of-hezekiah-youngs-children-manchester-nh-march-1815.html
[xiv] See WPA, Cowette & my notes in text prior, plus my blog here: http://nhgenealogist.com/2/post/2013/06/spotted-fever-kills-6-of-hezekiah-youngs-children-manchester-nh-march-1815.html
[xv] Death of David Young Manchester City Records, image via FS Catalog Oct 8 1871 61y 7m 19d, died on Old Ferry Rd, Res Manchester, male, Married, b. Manchester, son of Hezekiah Young & Sarah. Fa b. Manchester, no bp for mo, cause Consumption, buried Center Cemetery on Oct 10; See WPA, Cowette & my notes in text prior, plus my blog here: http://nhgenealogist.com/2/post/2013/06/spotted-fever-kills-6-of-hezekiah-youngs-children-manchester-nh-march-1815.html
[xvi] See Census records and vital records for children
[xvii] See transcription in text
[xviii]"New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch; "New Hampshire Deaths and Burials, 1784-1949," database, FamilySearch
[xix] 1900 Census in Templeton, MA
[xx] 1860 US Census with his father
[xxi] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxii] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxiii] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxiv] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxv] "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxvi] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxvii] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxviii] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxix] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch;"New Hampshire Deaths and Burials, 1784-1949," database, FamilySearch
[xxx] See WPA, Cowette & my notes in text prior, plus my blog here: http://nhgenealogist.com/2/post/2013/06/spotted-fever-kills-6-of-hezekiah-youngs-children-manchester-nh-march-1815.html
[xxxi] See WPA, Cowette & my notes in text prior, plus my blog here: http://nhgenealogist.com/2/post/2013/06/spotted-fever-kills-6-of-hezekiah-youngs-children-manchester-nh-march-1815.html
[xxxii] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxxiii] See Pembrook, NH Census Records
[xxxiv] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxxv] See Pembrook, NH Census Records
[xxxvi] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxxvii] See Pembrook, NH Census Records
[xxxviii] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch (
[xxxix] See Pembrook, NH Census Records
[xl] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xlii] "New Hampshire Births and Christenings, 1714-1904," database, FamilySearch; Gravestone; "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xliii] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[xliv] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xlv] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xlvi] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xlvii] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xlviii] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xlix] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[l] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[li] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[lii] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[liii] "United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1949", database with images, FamilySearch
[liv] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[lv] See parents Census records
[lvi] See parents Census records
[lvii] See parents Census records
[lviii] See parents Census records
[lix] See parents Census records
[lx] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxi] See parents Census records
[lxii] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
DAR – At last! Joseph Harris Jr of Salem, NH
Finally, after years of trying to find enough proof to join the Daughters of the Revolution through several different Revolutionary Soldiers, I've finally got it! It hasn’t been that I have a shortage of men who served in some capacity that I connect to, it’s the matter of indisputable proof.
Luckily, it just so happens, I have proof of the Revolutionary War ancestor I am most proud of! You may have seen a blog that I wrote long ago about his exceptionally strong wife Martha.
Gilbert, in “The History of Salem, NH”, pg 347, states when “the news came that the British had fired on American troops at Lexington, Joseph got down his musket and powder horn and prepared to leave for the scene of action as soon as a call should come for assistance.” Gilbert states he didn’t know anything more of him after he went into the army but here, we’ll piece together Joseph & his service. Sources for his service can be found here.
Records show Joseph Harris Jr. enlisted Apr 23 with Stark’s Regiment just after Lexington & Concord serving from 15 May 1775 to 1 Aug 1775, 2 mo 22 days under Capt Elisha Woodbury in Col John Stark's First Regiment. Stark’s headquarters from the onset of the war was located at the Isaac Royal House, 15 George St, Medford MA. So, it’s safe to assume Joseph spent some time there. Stark, was an unsung National hero of the American Revolution, but is only well known in New Hampshire. He coined the state’s motto “Live Free or Die”.
Joseph Harris & others in Stark’s Regiment fought at the Battle of Noddle’s Island & Chelsea Creek May 27, 1775 - May 28, 1775 and Bunker Hill June 17, 1775. The Battle of Noddle’s Island & Chelsea Creek is seldom talked about or taught, but it was the second military battle of the Revolution & the first that involved Naval forces. The landscape of the area was quite different than it is today, but it is clear it encompassed the area of Boston Harbor which included parts of what we now know as Chelsea & Winthrop. The topic is quite controversial as to what names &/or towns should be given to this battle & I wish to stay out of all that, lol. Some online sources for the Battle of Noddle’s Island & Chelsea Creek can be found online. That said, the story goes something like this….
As I mentioned before, the Battle of Lexington & Concord had already happened, and British troops had attempted to take over Boston, but they were surrounded by “Rebels” who wished to contain them there. The Rebels, as we were called at the time, aka “Patriots” today, knew there was one area where the British could gain supplies and that was through their ships being brought into the harbor & the farmers that lived on the isles off the shore known as Noddle’s & Hogs Islands. See, the British banked on being able to convince the farmers not only to provide them with fresh livestock and produce, but store supplies they had stolen from elsewhere in the area. The farmers were stuck literally in the middle.
May 14 1775, Joseph Warren, who led the Massachusetts Committee of Safety for the Patriots issued an order that basically stated all the livestock needed to “be taken from Noddle's Island, Hog Island, Snake Island, and from that part of Chelsea near the sea coast, and be driven back” [inland]. Further, he decided that the regiment at Medford should do it. The Regiment at Medford was the NH men gathered by and under the Command of Col. John Stark, of which Joseph Harris Jr. was one.
A few short days before they were to complete this mission Warren and Gen. Artemas Ward scoped out the situation on Noddle’s Island & in fact did find plenty of livestock there. The plan was to move ahead. Keep in mind as I tell this story, the facts are that Stark has never received the respect he deserved, and so depending on who is telling his story matters greatly in the perspective it is slanted. That said, I will try to give a neutral version…
It is said Stark & his trooped crossed the bridge over the Mystic River just after midnight on May 27. They went through Malden, Everett and Revere. The plan was to reach the shore at what is currently known as Belle Isle Marsh Reservation during low tide & make it to Hogs Island from there. About 10am they went across & the plan worked avoiding detection of British forces. Most of Stark’s men stayed there to clear that island while he & about 30 others continued across to Noddle’s Island.
Once on Noddle’s Island, Stark’s men began to kill the animals they could find & set fire haystacks and barns. Now, I don’t know what you are thinking, but even me as a big admirer of Stark, is thinking …Seriously? Dumb idea. Obviously, the British noticed the smoke. For now, I’m going to choose to believe Joseph was back on Hogs Island and not part of that fiasco. After all, I don’t know for sure, nor do I really want to look into it at this moment.
Anyway, so…the British noticed the smoke & fire around mid-afternoon and went to Noodle’s Island & engaged with Stark’s men there. At the same time, the British ship schooner “Diana” was sent to cut off the Patriots escape. 400 British troops encompassed the area & began driving the Patriots back, but alas they “stuck to their guns” so to speak & hunkered down in the marsh of a creek relentlessly firing up the British until they retreated. Stark’s men then rejoined the remaining Patriots at Hogs Island driving hundreds of livestock to the mainland. Meanwhile the Diana was rapidly becoming stuck in the retreating waters of the creek. The Patriots tried to get them to surrender but they weren’t ready & for hours later the battle continued. Eventually though the ship turned to its side & the British were forced to board their other ship the Britannia which was nearby.
A couple weeks later on June 17 1775 the Battle of Bunker Hill was fought and Stark’s men, including Joseph Harris, participated. Stark determined upon his arrival that the British would likely attack the patriots approaching on the shore of the Mystic River. Stark directed his men to the valley between Mystic Beach and Beech’s Hill.
Jack Kenny describes it best in his post on TheNewAmerican.com & I highly recommend checking out the full context:
Stark ordered them to “fortify” a two-rail fence by stuffing straw and grass between the rails. Stark also noticed an additional gap in the defense line and ordered Lieutenant Nathaniel Hutchins, from his brother William Stark’s company, and others to follow him down a nine-foot-high bank to the edge of the Mystic River. They piled rocks across the 12-foot-wide beach to form a crude defense line. After this fortification was hastily constructed, Stark deployed his men three-deep behind the wall. A large contingent of British, with the Royal Welch Fusiliers in the lead, advanced toward the fortifications. The Minutemen crouched and waited until the advancing British were almost on top of them, and then stood up and fired as one. They unleashed a fierce and unexpected volley directly into the faces of the fusiliers, killing 90 immediately and breaking the advance. The fusiliers retreated in panic. A charge of British infantry was next, climbing over their dead comrades to test Stark’s line. This charge too was decimated by a withering fusillade. A third charge was repulsed in a similar fashion, again with heavy losses to the British. The British officers wisely withdrew their men from that landing point and decided to land elsewhere, with the support of artillery.[i]
The details of Joseph’s service in 1776 was a little harder to track. It is said in his wife’s pension file he served un Capt. John Allen near Boston in 1776, and it would make sense that he was closer to home as my 4x great grandmother Sarah would have been conceived about Mar-April 1776. But what about after that? Well, an undated record seems to indicate at some point he served in the 7th Regiment under Robertson in Richard Dow & Col. Wingate. It is my guess after combining the above record with an additional statement in his wife’s pension that he was in (or near) Ticonderoga, NY prior to June 1777 & a couple other sources stating that Dow & Wingate’s Regiment was raised for service to Canada &/or northern NY, that he was in fact with them up there in the summer of 1776.
I then suspect he returned home for a little while. It is certain he rejoined for another 3 years on Apr 23 1777, this time in NH’s 2nd Regiment under Caleb Robinson’s & Col Nathan Hale. That regiment also embarked upon the journey to Ticonderoga, NY shortly thereafter. Joseph was killed there 17 Jun 1777 during either an ambush by Native Americans or the raid of the British Army the same day. Some records seem to indicate he died the 18-19 of June, so it is unclear exactly.
Most people will probably now wonder…Native Americans…? Yes, while the battle has not been made historically well-known, it was in fact a major battle. More about it can be found on AllThingsLiberty.com in a blog written by Michael Barbieri. I can’t possibly describe the circumstances in Ticonderoga, NY which took my 5x great grandfather from this Earth better he. I highly encourage you to read his work for more specific details about the day. I will however quote from him the following two pieces which hold significant weight in piecing together the death of Joseph Harris:
On that day, with pleasant weather and little expectation of trouble from the British in Canada, the American camp at Ticonderoga had a relaxed attitude. Around noon, the calm atmosphere changed dramatically when the long roll of the drums signaled a call to arms. The alarm had been occasioned by “two Men taken and two killed by a Party of Indians who had concealed themselves in the Bushes near our out Guards, and rushed suddenly upon some unarmed Men who had strolled out a fishing.” These men, from Hale’s New Hampshire regiment, had gone out along the road between the French lines and the mills on the La Chute River. When they had walked only about one hundred rods (about a quarter of a mile) from the lines where a thousand men sat encamped, the Indians fell upon them. Within moments, the Indians had completed their bloody work, dragged their prisoners into the woods, and begun their trek back to Canada.
Records indicate three men of Caleb Robinson’s Company in Hale’s Regiment—Joseph Harris, Moses Copps, and Samuel Smith—all died that day. Whether they suffered their fate near the French Lines at Ticonderoga or in the ambush has not been determined. Four other men—Israel Woodbury and Thomas Creighton of Hale’s regiment, Edward Wells of Poor’s regiment, and William Presson of Scammell’s regiment—are all listed as missing at that time. Like those killed, it has not been determined if they became prisoners during the raid or the ambush.
After that fateful day, Martha remained his widow in Salem, NH for the rest of her life. More details on her rather fascinating life after Joseph’s death can be found here
Okay – so now I guess it’s time to explain how I trace back to him & a little more about his details & descendants.
My 2x great grandfather was John Haseltine of Salem, NH – his blog is here, and documentation filed with my application can be found here
My 3x great grandparents were Simon Haseltine & Clarissa Young of Chester, NH – their blog is here, and documentation filed with my application can be found here
My 4x great grandparents were Hezekiah Young & Sarah Harris of Manchester, NH – their blog & the Young line will follow in the next couple weeks, but some documentation filed with my application can be found here
5x great grandparents Joseph Harris Jr & Martha Hadlock!
Joseph Harris Jr. was born in Salem, NH on 16 Aug 1751, son of Joseph Harris Sr. & Joanna (Webber).[ii] Joseph Sr & Joanna married in Ipswich, MA 2 Dec 1743, [iii] and had Joseph Jr & 4 daughters. Their daughters were: Elizabeth born 28 Sep 1749[iv]; Sarah born 29 Sep 1753[v]; Patience born 16 Apr 1756[vi]; Mary born 21 Oct 1758.[vii]
Joseph Jr’s mother, Joanna died prior to 1787 when Joseph Sr married second Lydia Asten/Austin on 9 Aug 1787 in Salem, NH. [viii] I highly suspect Joseph Sr & Lydia had a daughter of their own named Hulda W. Harris, born about 1783-1787, however evidence is severely lacking. Hulda does seem extremely close to the family given the names of her children. Hulda married William Jones in 1803 & had: Caleb Y.;Ralph H.; Sarah.; Alexander T.; Dudley W.; Hezekiah Y.; Henry P.; John R.; Margaret E.; Martha Allen; Nathan B.; & William (see familysearch.org) She is referred to as Granny Jones in the History of Salem NH by Gilbert, however she is not on the census with her husband in 1850.[ix] If Hulda was Martha’s child as some indicate, I suspect I would have found something to her detriment for having a child out of wedlock – and there was not even the slightest hint she was anything other than highly respected in the community.) Joseph Sr lived a long life & was clearly part of his grandchildren’s life as Sarah mentions him in her letter found in her mother’s pension file.[x] He died between 1810-1820. No record or will was found in Rockingham County, but there is a notation of an inventory for a Joseph Harris [Sr] c1815 but it does not have a docket#. Deeds have not proved helpful thus far. I will have to do another blog on further details for him & his daughters when I get a chance.
Joseph Jr married Martha Hadlock born 2 Dec 1748 in Gloucester MA, [xi] dau of Samuel Hadlock & Hannah Toppan, [xii] on 15 Sep 1771 in Haverhill MA by Rev Badger. [xiii] They first lived in Ipswich and then removed back to Joseph’s home town of Salem, NH.[xiv] His probate file can be found in Rockingham County Docket# 4400. See this folder for copies of documentation on Martha & Joseph.
Joseph & Martha’s children were:
1. Martha Harris born c1772 in Ipswich MA.[xv] In Orford, NH on 24 Jan 1793 she married Michael Taintor [xvi] who d. 22 Jul 1802 Orford NH (NHVR). [xvii] She died 21 Nov 1824 a52y near Haverhill, MA & was buried in Salem Center Burial ground, Salem NH. [xviii] During 1800 they both were in likely in Orford, ME. 1810 shows she was in Orford, but she was not found in 1820 so it is unclear to me where she was in that last years of her life. [xix]
i. Joana Taintor 17 Sep 1793 Orford NH (NHVR)[xx]
ii. Josiah Taintor 1 Feb 1795 Orford, NH(NHVR)[xxi]
iii. Alexander Troup Taintor 3 May 1797 Orford, NH(NHVR) [xxii] m: Deerfield MA? [xxiii] He died in Somerville Ma Oct 14 1873 (MVR)[xxiv]
iv. Joseph Obadiah Harris Taintor 17 Dec 1799 Orford, NH (NHVR) [xxv] d. 7 Jun 1863 Deerfield MA (MVR)[xxvi]
v. Mary Midwell Taintor 25 Mar 1802 Orford, NH(NHVR)[xxvii]
2. Joanna Harris born 6 Jul 1774 in Salem NH. [xxviii] Resided in the area of Belfast ME prior to 1837.[xxix] Some say she married Jonathan Jack of Chester NH, but I found nothing to confirm this. It is suspected my myself & a fellow researcher/potentially distant cousin, Christine Howard, that she may have actually married John Howard. Christine found that Martha provided an affidavit for the Revolutionary pension of Lydia (Corliss) Howard's application. Martha states in her affidavit that her daughter married Lydia and John Howard's son John, who was born in Salem, N.H. on 10 December 1776, but did not provide a first name of her daughter. Due to the process of elimination is seems clear this was Joanna, however naturally there is a snag. Salem, NH Town Records show a marriage for Nancy Harris & John Howard on 13 January 1799. Christine & I agree this is a stretch for a nickname for Joanna, however her grandmother was Joanna, so perhaps it was to avoid confusion. Or perhaps it was just an error as a son, Joseph Harris Howard was born to John & Joanna Howard in Salem NH on 28 March 1799. I can’t explain the quick birth after the marriage but my suggestion would be to check the details in the Salem Town Meeting Records available through LDS. There could be a hint in there I previously missed. There are definitely occasions in there when they discuss children that may have been conceived in unusual circumstances.
Further Christine found a listing for John Howard c1837 which coincides with the affidavit Sarah wrote on their mother’s behalf. As well, she found a listing for a service record for a Joseph H. Howard, born circa 1798-99 in Salem, NH & enlisted in Portland, ME. She would be the one with more expertise on the Howard line, and should be consulted in matters of interest to it.
3. Sarah “Sally” Harris b. 15 Nov 1776 (See future & past Young blogs, which are here and here
[ii] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLPR-SM9 : accessed 9 May 2016), Joseph Harris, 16 Aug 1751; citing Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord; FHL microfilm 1,001,004.
[iii] "Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FCCS-PM2 : accessed 9 May 2016), Joseph Harris and Joanna Webber, 02 Dec 1743; citing reference ; FHL microfilm 0547505 IT 1.
[iv] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLPR-MYG : accessed 9 May 2016), Elizabeth Harris, 28 Sep 1749; citing Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord; FHL microfilm 1,001,004.
[v] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLPR-3WL : accessed 9 May 2016), Sarah Harris, 29 Sep 1753; citing Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord; FHL microfilm 1,001,004.
[vi] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLPR-SRD : accessed 9 May 2016), Patience Harris, 16 Apr 1756; citing Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord; FHL microfilm 1,001,004.
[vii] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLPR-SF8 : accessed 9 May 2016), Mary Harris, 21 Oct 1758; citing Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord; FHL microfilm 1,001,004.
[viii] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL69-J2B : accessed 9 May 2016), Joseph Harris and Lydia Asten, 09 Aug 1787; citing Salem, , New Hampshire, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord; FHL microfilm 1,001,267.
[ix] "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWZL-32H : accessed 9 May 2016), Wm Jones, Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States; citing family 173, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
[x] Fold3 Martha Harris’s pension file
[xi] Fold3 Martha Harris’s pension file
[xii] Martha Hadlock Birth Record, Martha Young's pension file- #14847; Joseph Harris Rockingham County Probate File #4400, Joseph Death Record- does not exist - instead see Revolutionary Service Records; Martha Death Record-does not exist - instead see 1840 Census where she is in the home of Dudley W. Jones.
[xiii] Fold3 Martha Harris’s pension file
[xiv] Fold3 Martha Harris’s pension file
[xv] Fold3 Martha Harris’s pension file
[xvi] See FamilySearch.org
[xvii] See FamilySearch.org or NHVR
[xviii] Haverhill, MA Death Records & Salem Center Burial ground, Salem NH.
[xix] 1800 Census he was in Orford, ME; 1810 Census she was in Orford; She was not found on the 1820 Census there
[xx] See FamilySearch.org or NHVR
[xxi] See FamilySearch.org or NHVR
[xxii] See FamilySearch.org or NHVR
[xxiii] See FamilySearch.org or MVR
[xxiv] See FamilySearch.org or MVR
[xxv] See FamilySearch.org or NHVR
[xxvi] See FamilySearch.org or MVR
[xxvii] See FamilySearch.org or NHVR
[xxviii] See FamilySearch.org or NHVR
[xxix] Fold3 Martha Harris’s pension file
I come across strong women in my family time and time again, but every now and then I find a grandmother who pulls especially hard on my heart strings really bringing to the forefront what a long line of incredibly strong women we come from. Martha (Hadlock) Harris was one of those women.
Martha was born Dec 2 1748 in Gloucester, Ma, daughter of Samuel Hadlock & Hannah Toppan. Her dad died before she was 6 yrs old and her mother married Edmond Marshall removing to Ipswich, Ma. Martha and Joseph Harris Jr. likely met & fell in love in Ipswich, perhaps at his grandfather's place or family who had remained there. Joseph was the son of Joseph Harris Sr & Joanna Webber, and grandson of Thomas Harris & Johanna Pulcipher of Ipswich. Joseph Harris Jr & Martha Hadlock were married Sept 15 1771 in Haverhill, MA by Rev Badger but the record was lost early on. They lived in Ipswich for the first couple years of their marriage before returning to Joseph's hometown of Salem, NH and living nearby Joseph Harris Sr.
Martha was a young widow, her husband Joseph Harris Jr dying in Jun 1777 at Ticonderoga, NY in the Revolutionary War. She was 29 at the time, with three young daughters, having been married less than 6 short years. In Salem, NH living near her father-in-law, she raised her daughters Martha, Joanna & Sarah, my 4th great grandmother, an especially strong woman in her own right having lost 6 of her 9 children between March 11th and March 17, 1815 due to spotted fever and then carried on to have 3 more children & live until 1847.
Martha, with her dynamic persevering nature, her cow, her garden & her large hand loom provided for herself and her daughters by weaving and selling cloth, likely day after day to ensure a level of security for them all. She lived on the crest of a small hill off what is known today as North Main St. just past Town Farm Rd. Conflicting references has made it difficult to ascertain as of yet if her home was on the right or the left if headed north, but we can be certain it was just after the bridge and brook that passes there, which was once called "Widow Harris's Bridge".
One devastating day, her humble home on the hill burned to the ground leaving only the chimney. It is said "Willing hands, however, assisted her in saving her great loom" (History of Salem by Gilbert pg 348) So, she propped up the loom against the chimney, and built herself another house, presumably around it. Gilbert says she lived there many years until she received the pension and then built a new small but comfortable house nearby. I suspect she built the new house with the 100.00 she received from the sale of her land to her son-in-law Hezekiah Young in 1830, rather than as late as 1837. The Deed 260-507 states: For 100.00 dollars; land in Salem a20 acres beginning at a large rock by Hittee Tittee brook by the highway; northeasterly to land of ______Warner; also borders Daniel Emerson & John Ewins/Evins. It doesn't mention her house at all. (viewable online nhdeeds.com)
Later, this "new" house, Gilbert says, was moved nearby to the Town Poor Farm where she could live in it and be looked after a little better.
Gilbert states that for a short while before her home was moved, she lived with her grandson Dudley Jones who lived across the brook from her (p348) & he also states that "Granny Jones" was Widow Harris's daughter (pg 400). I do not show those relationships at all and fear an assumption was made on the part of Gilbert.
Martha's widow's pension file #14847 (viewable on footnote.com) confirms Joseph & Martha Harris definitely only had 3 daughters: Martha d: 1824 (m: Michael Taintor), Joanna resided in Belfast, Me as of 1837 & Sarah (my 4th grt grndmo) - this per Martha Harris's affidavit & her daughter Sarah's affidavit. "Granny Jones" cannot be her daughter.
" Granny Jones", Dudley Jones's mother, was "Hulda W. Harris". She was married to William Jones & had many children. All the records for their children I saw say "Hulda W. Harris". I have no idea who Hulda actually was the daughter of, but I suspect she was the daughter of Joseph Harris Sr. & his second wife Lydia. Making her a much younger half sister of her deceased husband.
Martha's affidavit dated May 4 1837, aged 88 (b: a1749) states he volunteered at first, came home & reenlisted 3 yrs with Capt Woodbury & Col Stark Regt. It confirms she was married Sept 15 1771 and that he died at Ticonderoga Jun 18 1777. Her maiden name was Martha Hadlock, and she reports that previous to & for a years or two after her marriage, they lived in Ipswich, MA. She claims she was married by Rev Badger of Haverhill and that she had a marriage cert that she kept with her husband's papers long after his death but they were all burned in the fire and Badger has been dead many years. She confirms no record of her marriage can be found and that she had 3 children Martha born in Ipswich; Joanna, & Sarah both born in Salem, NH. She states Sarah was about 7 months old when her father died.
The next page of the file is an affidavit from Sarah Young of Manchester widow of Hezekiah Young late of Manchester, deceased. "I am 60 years of age and my maiden name is Sarah Harris daughter of Joseph Harris & Martha Harris of Salem." Sarah states she was born Nov 15 1776 and confirms sisters Martha & Joanna as older than her. She reports Martha was born in Ipswich and has been dead about 12 years (Can't find her birth). She says her sister Joanna she suspects is still living in Belfast Maine. "My mother's maiden name was Martha Hadlock and as I was informed lived in Ipswich for sometime prior to and after her marriage." She confirms the fire, the papers and mentions her mother and grandfather Joseph Harris telling her that her father died at Ticonderoga in 1777. It is dated Apr 28, 1837.
The 1840 pension list says Martha Harris was 96 (b:1744), but her letter in 1837 & birth record indicate she was about 92 years old in 1840. The date of her death and/or a burial has not been found, but it was likely between 1840-50 in Salem, NH, as she disappears off the census.
Updated May 9 2016
I am so grateful we do not have this spreading around our children anymore...
Beginning with the first known case in Medfield, Massachusetts during the spring of 1806 cases of spotted fever began to appear throughout New England through at least 1815 killing countless people. According to An Inquiry into the Nature and Treatment of the Prevailing Epidemic called Spotted Fever by Job Wilson, M.B. published in 1815, it came on very suddenly with extreme pain in the head & stomach, followed by cold chills, and puking. Breathing was short & struggled, the root of the tongue whitish, eyes wild & vacant, skin hot, but not dry, and an intense fear of falling was also present. The total time of sickness up to this point 6-9 hours, followed by coma & the appearance of purple spots pretty much everywhere for about 3-5 hours, then death.
As researchers we want to find stories about our ancestors, but the sadness of their reality just breaks my heart. I can’t even imagine the horror of realizing your child had this disease, further still, losing 6 of your children to it in less than a week. And yet this was the case of my 4th great grandparents Hezekiah Young & Sarah Harris of Manchester, NH. It must have been beyond any comprehension.
The children, all buried in Center Cemetery in Manchester, NH, were all sick less than 14 hours each :
Caleb Young d. Mar 11, 1815 age 17
Elisa Young d. Mar 11 1815 age 2/3
Mary Young d. Mar 11/13, 1815 4mo
George "Washington" Young d. Mar 13, 1815
John Young Mar 14, 1815 age 19
Hezekiah Young d. Mar 17, 1815 age 10
If you are interested in this family, or are a descendant, please contact me at info@NHGenealogist.com. I do have quite a bit more information on this couple & their additional children. I would love to collaborate.
Survey of Center Cemetery, Manchester, NH completed by Bernard H. Cowette III in 1993, available online as of June 12, 2013 at: http://files.usgwarchives.net/nh/hillsborough/cemeteries/cencem.txt
Boston Daily Advertiser (Boston, MA), Tuesday, April 11, 1815 Paper: Vol IX, Iss 7, Pg: 2, available via GenealogyBank.com
An Inquiry into the Nature and Treatment of the Prevailing Epidemic called Spotted Fever , Job Wilson, M.B. , Boston, MA, 1815 available via Archives.org
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy