See Part I here
Timeline Notes on Asa Haseltine & Mary Ober’s life:
In 1757 Asa’s grandfather Philip Haseltine gave 15 yr old Asa 50 acres of land in Atkinson, NH & Haverhill, MA on Captain’s Pond (now Salem) on Rockingham County Deed #111-50. When I traced the property through maps, deeds, etc. with the help of Atkinson Historical Society members, it seemed that land might have been on the side of the pond where Liberty Street in Salem, NH is, but I can’t be positive & should revisit this having gained so much more information from the deeds of his grandfather Philip. Asa’s deed was officially recorded in Rockingham County Court in person by Phillip on May 23 1764. [There is more under his grandfather which we will get to in the following weeks]
Asa & Mary marry 1763 in Haverhill, MA & she likely joins him in Atkinson, NH, although nothing has been found to indicate he lived there before this – I suspect he likely was already establishing a home & farm there by then as he was 21 years old. [History of Rockingham County, NH Lists Asa as an early settler on pg 441]
Their oldest son, Asa Jr. was born Aug 9 1764 according to a birth record in Manchester, but it is unclear why it is recorded there, and it would have to have been well after the fact.
According to Documents and Records Relating to Towns in NH vol IX 1875, pg 29: May 20 1766 Asa signed for the separation of Atkinson; but pg 39 Jan 1, 1767 Asa changed his mind about being in favor of the separation and sends letter to town [transcribed in book] and states he was “perswayed”.
The Atkinson Town Record Vol I 1767-1806 notes:
· Mar 26 1771 pg 27 Asa Haseltine elected Hog Reiver in Atkinson
· Mar 29 1774 pg 46 Asa Haseltine elected Hog Reise [reiver/reaver] in Atkinson
· 1777 pg 69 Elected Surveyor of Highways in Atkinson
The book Atkinson Then & Now states Asa Haseltine was a Revolutionary Soldier but I haven’t found any actual evidence of this on Revolutionary War Rolls and the book does not state a source.
Rockingham County Deeds:
June 9 1778 110-189 sold to Joseph Webster 20 acres Part Atkinson/part Haverhill
June 9 1778 123-423 sold to Samuel Webster 5.5 acres Atkinson land
June 9 1778 123-390 sold to Benjamin Emery of Atkinson Atkinson/Salem land 26 acres
Also bounded by William Webster’s land Captain’s Pond
Aug 4 1778 111-398 bought in Windham from Jeffrey & Mary Dough 100 acres 900 lbs Bounded by Oliver Saders; Samuel Sanders, Hittee Tittee Brook & Pond; Thomas Jameson -I think today near/at the Salem Town Park on Shadow Lake Rd-check not on other side of pond and down road by Lions(?) building...
May 13 1779 111-233 sold to John Jameson of Windham 3 acres 130 pnds Hity Tity Pond
June 1, 1782 172-89 sold to John Jameson of Windham 4.5 acres 15 pnds Hity Tity Pond
1784 Asa is noted in Windham town papers Town Papers Relating to Towns New London to Wolboro
Vol XIII 1884: pg 714 & 715 - Feb 27 1784 in Windham on electing a representative – signed by Asa; pg 716 & 717- Dec 24 1784 – magistrate recommendation- Asa & Philip (brother of Windham?) signed
Early Records of the Town of Derryfield: 1751-1782 George Waldo Browne- Manchester Historical Society Vol I - has zero Haseltine results
Early Records of the Town of Derryfield, Now Manchester, New Hampshire, 1782-1800
1785 – around the time they moved to Derryfield – not on tax list in Derryfield 1785
1786 is first seen on tax list in Derryfield
Mar 1786 Asa voted tything man in Derryfield
Dec 11, 1787 RC Deed#236-360 Asa of Derryfield sold to John Emerson of Windham 105 acres 270 Pnds Bounded by: Jameson & Sanders On the Pond to the outlet and crossing the brook Brook including meadow Northeast corner of Richard Kelly’s land
Documents Relating to Towns in NH Gilmanton to New Ipswich vol XII ; pg 551 1787 – Debt of town inhabitants – Asa Haseltine & Jonathan Haseltine plus israel Young.; pg 558 1797 – About fishing on Cohas Brook –Haseltines – Asa, Asa jr, David, Philip, Benj, maybe more on pg 559; pg 565 & 566 -1800 – about fishing in Cohas Brook signed by many others and these Haseltines – Philip, Stephen,Asa, John, Jonathan, Asa Jr, Philip Jr, Moses, & David – also note Youngs – Israel, Hezekiah, James, & Joseph
Manchester a Brief record of Its Past, by John B Clarke, 1875, pg 79 & 80 states there are eight hotels one is the Haseltine House- The business directory in the book shows many counselors reside there. Pg 92 states in 1872 it was decided to install a pump for the water supply and to locate the pumping station near the old Haseltine mill-site, the damn across Cohas Brook near the Clough & Foster Saw mill and the distributing reservoir up the summit of the hill at Manchester Centre near the “old parsonage”
Today the pumping station still runs and is located at 567 Bodwell Rd. The damn is up the street directly opposite of the station.
1790-Asa buys pew #21 in Town Church Meetinghouse [Could be Jr I suppose]
Manchester Historical Assoc has photo and book about the Old Town Church/Meetinghouse by Chalmers. This church is in the old town centre Mammoth Rd next to little Center Cemetery-there is a plaque. If headed north on Mammoth it is on the right before Hanover St. If you take Hanover st exit go to Mammoth take a left and it will be on left.
The Town Church of Manchester By Thomas Chalmers –Google - tells about the building, shows pew layout, and sales of pews Asa was included in the first pews that were sold in 1790 pg 50 http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Town_Church_of_Manchester.html?id=jXOuRqCJydcC
History of Hillsborough County pg 93 also tells of the Old Town Church and pew sales and #21 to Asa Haseltine – and states exactly the same things as pg 378 of The History of Manchester Formerly Derryfield, by Potter, 1856 [see below]
1790 Derryfield free wht 16+ free wht -16 Free wht females
Asa 4 3 3
1793 – Elected surveyor of highways [Could be Jr I suppose]
1796 & 1797– Inventory shows:
1797 – notes highway by Asa Haseltines to the road leading to Chester to Major Webster’s
The History of Manchester Formerly Derryfield, by Potter, 1856, - no index
pg 690 – 174? Road to Haseltine’s Mill to Manchester Centre (too early);
pg 692-93 “Gillis lived probably near where John Huse now lives, and this road crossed the Alewive Falls, at the Haseltine place, thence to Michael McClintocks’s, who lived upon what is now known as the Gen. McQueston Farm.”
pg 697 – 1753 use to Derry Manc centre past McQueston farm & house, across Cohas (brook), past john Haseltine’s, schoolhouse #9, and the houses of JA Webster, John Huse, and Walter H Noyes to the town line;
pg 700- states 1794-Pawtucket Rd through Manc. Centre, crossing Cohas near Mc Queston place and continuing on Derry Rd as now traveled to Haseltine & Saunders Tavern, which stood near Corning School house in district 9;
pg 701-1806-highway districts- no 4 shall begin at the ditch above Philip Haseltine Jr thence down the river road to Nathaniel Baker’s also from Eliphat Parkers to John Browns house and from Harveys Ferry to the meeting house and there stop. District #5- shall begin at the meetinghouse thence down the road by Major Webster’s and Black Jims Tavern to Chester line and up to Jonathan Haseltines and john Haseltines and Moses Merrills and David Haseltines and John Dickeys.
pg 185 Re William Gamble: Determined to live in Chester he spotted out the farm now owned by Samuel Gamble, his great grandson and Isaac Flanders, Esq. This was probably about 1733. Here he built a log house upon the east side of the brook that passes through the farm of Samuel Gamble, Esq. The path from Nameoskeag Falls to Londonderry, and running by spotted trees, passed near his house, and crossed the Choas below the Hazeltine Mills.
pg 657 Prior mill was “Webster Mill” - “The next falls upon the Cohas, were formerly known as the “Alewife Falls”. These were early owned by the Hazeltines, upon which a mill was built by them, and continued in the family for a great many years, and is now known as the “Hazeltine Mill” though but little is left of it but rotten timbers. The fall is not suffucient to make this privilege one of any considerable value, and ii is doubtful whether it will ever again be used for hydraulic purposes. Next below the Hazeltine Mill is the Harvey Mill….
pg 680  Talks about how Dec 10 1754 selectmen laid out a road at Ellwife falls “This road led from the Haseltine mill north westerlt to where David Dickey 3d now lives; thence through the farms now owned by Samuel Gamble & Isaac C. Flanders, Esqrs. And so on to John Hall’s house, near the meeting house. The most of this road was long since discontinued. A part of it from Dickey’s to the Hazeltine mill is now used.”
pg 750 Regarding the Social Library Company Dec 6 1802 – Philip Hazeltine, Asa Hazeltine, Moses Hazeltine, Asa Hazeltine, - it is unclear which Philip this was – I seem to remember seeing somewhere it was Philip Jr.
Pg 378 Regarding pew sales in 1790 sold to the highest bidder – Asa Hesltine #21 for 9 pounds which is multiple times the amount everyone else paid which ranged from 1pound to 2pounds 1 shilling. The next page contains a diagram of the pew layout and it doesn’t seem that anything is special about pew #21- curious as to why the price was so much higher. BTW the meeting house was barely used at all after 1790 & came into serious disrepair by 1792 when the pews in the gallery were auctioned off but never built.
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Side note “Deer Neck in Chester” is where the two Massabesic Lakes meet on Londonderry Turnpike or Rt 28 bypass today.-
1800 on Derryfield census: Not on it – only Asa Jr who has:
4m under 10; 1m 16-25; 1m 26-44; 1m 45+; 2f under 10; 1f 16-25; 1f 26-44; 1f 45+
1800 Tax list in Early Records of Manchester 1801-1816 shows Asa Sr without property & from then on
he is not on the list.
Early Records of the Town of Manchester, formerly Derryfield, New Hampshire, 1801-1816
1810 “ (Manchester)
Asa “Sr” 1m 45+; 1f 45+
Seems Mary died between 1810-1820
1816 beginning on page 367 in Early Records Manchester, NH 1801-1816 Vol III by the Manchester Historic Association Collections Society, residents are listed by School district and it details the tax amounts for each division. John, John Jr., Asa Jr., Jonathan, are all in District 4.
Early Records of the Town of Manchester, formerly Derryfield, NH 1817-1828 Vol IV be George Waldo Browne http://www.mocavo.com/Manchester-Historic-Association-Collections-Formerly-Derryfield-New-Hampshire-1817-1828/809043/7?browse=true#347
1820 likely Asa Jr w/ Sr on Manchester census
Asa Jr 2m 16-26; 2m 45+; 1f under 10; 1f 45+
1830 likely Asa Sr & Jr in Chester (I think rather than them moving the townline moved…)
Asa Jr 1m 60-69 1m 80-89 1f 60-69
1834 Asa Sr lived to be abt 91 dying in 1834 according to the History of Chester, pg 625. His burial place is unknown/unmarked. There is not a probate record for Asa in Rockingham or Hillsborough County.
Next week see Asa's Parents here
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So, we're finally moving on to a point where a lot has been openly published online by others, some of which is sourced and some of which is not. Over the next two weeks I'll be sharing my notes & sources for Asa & Mary, what exists, what doesn't exist, etc. In the first half of this post I'll discuss their possible children & in the second half next week, I'll discuss piecing their life together through records.
Asa Haseltine was born on June 15, 1742 in Haverhill, MA, son of James Haseltine and Elizabeth Hutchins (Haverhil VR). [See the transcription of the will of his father James Haseltine that names Asa here.] Asa married Mary Ober on Dec 6, 1763 in Haverhill, Ma (Haverhil VR). Mary was born on Aug 10 1745 in Salem, NH and was the daughter of Israel Ober and Mary Pittman of Salem, NH (NHVR). Some state her full name as "Mary Elizabeth Ober" I have not seen a source that backs this up - if you have one - please share it in the comments.
Birth records for their children have not been found & were likely not recorded anywhere. We can assume they were born in Atkinson, NH as that is where they lived at the time but no records for them exist there. Atkinson’s Vital Records at the Historical Society was checked as well as the Congregational Church Records for Atkinson held at the NH State Library. The towns of Windham, Derryfield, Haverhill & Salem were also checked. Further, Asa did not leave a will or probate behind.
Lapham has been the main source of noted births etc - this is a problem because he is not always right, however, as discussed in the weeks prior to this blog post through the deeds we can be fairly certain that this is all the same family – but it is certainly NOT all indisputable. I would LOVE to know what others have found.
Possible Children of Asa & Mary – order uncertain
1. Asa Haseltine [Jr.] b: Aug 9, 1764 (NHVR – no parents listed) m: Rebecca Hogg [b. 1762] on Mar 19 1793, both of Derryfield in Goffstown/Manchester, NH (NHVR). Wife of Asa Haselton died Sep 4, 1848 age 86, according to History of Chester pg 627.
All birth records NHVR say “Pagy” as the mother
[weird because her name really seems to be Rebecca]
i. John Haseltine b. Jul 30 1794 Derryfield/Manchester, NH
ii. Asa Haseltine b. Aug 5 1796 Derryfield/Manchester, NH
iii. Rebeckah Haseltine b. Aug 5 1796 Derryfield/Manchester, NH
iv. Silas Haseltine b. Nov 10 1798 Derryfield/Manchester, NH
v. Phineas Haseltine b. Jan 23 1801 Derryfield/Manchester, NH d. Dec 14 1885 death
says son of Asa & Rebecca Hodge
vi. Edward Haseltine b. Apr 19 1803 Derryfield/Manchester, NH – there must be a story
here as it seems he was appointed a guardian in adulthood, see probate records and
deeds for him in Hillsborough County.
Genealogical Sketches of Robert and John Hazelton and Some of Their Descendants, Compiled by Lapham, published by F.H. Hazelton, 1892 - 368 pages pg 149 states: married ____Hoag Children: John m: _ Hall; Asa drowned; Rebecca m: Joseph Kimball of Salem, NH; Silas m: _____Hall; Phineas m: __McMurphy; Edward -
2. Polly Haseltine* b: 1770 m: David Calef about 1792. He was b. a 1767 in Chester, NH, farmer, (according to the birth of Jonathan) lived first in Chester on the homestead (RC Deed 152-98 in 1788) then traded property with James Emerson (RC 195-213 in 1799; 185-264 in 1799) & resided in Londonderry, NH. Both lived to be 84. They are buried in Moore’s Cemetery in Manchester, NH per FindaGrave. “Moore Cemetery is visible from Brown Avenue, but shares an entrance with Pine Island Park.” Also see Hillsborough County deed 98-376 which states that David owned part of the Haseltine Mill. Other deeds should be checked as well.
They had at least 8 children, order uncertain:
i. Stephen Calef b. Aug 10 1798 in Londonderry, NH 4th child, (NHVR)
ii. John Calef
iii. Mary Calef
iv. Jonathan Calef b. May 11 1806 in Londonderry, NH, 8th child (NHVR)
v. Betsey Calef
vi. Ruth Calef
Genealogical Sketches of Robert and John Hazelton and Some of Their Descendants, Compiled by Lapham, published by F.H. Hazelton, 1892 - 368 pages pg 151-2 states: married David Calef, Children: Betsey; Jonathan; John; Stephen; Nancy; Ruth; Mary; Sarah
Also see - Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire: A ..., Volume 2
edited by Ezra S. Stearns, William Frederick Whitcher, Edward Everett Parker pg 885.
3. Phillip Haseltine b. a1768-1771 – see previous post here
4. James Haseltine b:A1772 – d. Oct 18 1848 in Manchester, NH of consumption (NHVR) I haven’t looked into him at all – but I will say there are a zillion deeds under “James” in Hillsborough County that should be researched.
5. Betsy Haseltine B. a1773? Possibly married Philip Stevens, both of Derryfield, in Goffstown, NH on Mar 4 1795 (NHVR)
i. Alpha Stevens b. Aug 2 1798 in Derryfield, NH (NHVR)
Genealogical Sketches of Robert and John Hazelton and Some of Their Descendants, Compiled by Lapham, published by F.H. Hazelton, 1892 - 368 pages pg 152 states: married ____ Stevens; Abigail; Alpheus; Elizabeth
6. Stephen Haseltine b: a1774 Lapham says he moved to Newport NH, but I don’t see him on a census there in 1820 or 1830. Deeds clearly state he was the brother of David, but nothing found specifically states he was the brother of the others. He is last seen for sure in Manchester, NH 1810. The only Stephen on the census in Newport doesn’t show up until 1860.
There is a marriage in Salem, NH between Stephen Haseltine of Derry, NH & Lydia Haseltine of Salem, NH on March 15 1803 reported by Salem, NH, not sure it’s him or not (NHVR) That Lydia Haseltine is the daughter of Jonathan & Sarah (Kimball) Haseltine b. Aug 27, 1782 in Salem, NH which links to the family in Springfield, NH. A Stephen does show up in Springfield, NH during 1830 [age 40-49 b. 1781-1790] & 1840 -30-39]?, but he is not old enough, could be his son?
i. Kimball Haseltine b. Feb 3 1804 in Manchester, NH according to d. Jun 18 1893 in
Springfield, NH son of Stephen & Lydia (NHVR) m: Hepsibah Smith May 15 1834
Sunapee, NH (NHVR) She was b. 1811 & died Nov 24 1880 age 69 in Springfield,
NH, dau of Nathan Smith & Sally (NHVR)
ii. Albert Haseltine b. Oct 4 1814 Sunapee, NH according to d. Jan 27 1892 77y3m23d
Springfield, NH (NHVR)
Genealogical Sketches of Robert and John Hazelton and Some of Their Descendants, Compiled by Lapham, published by F.H. Hazelton, 1892 - 368 pages pg 151 states: married Lydia, daughter of Jonathan Kimball & moved to Newport, NH [Sullivan County] Children Kimball; Betsey; Lydia & other children born in Newport
7. David Haseltine b. a1776? Deeds clearly state he is Stephen’s brother & his wife was Mirium. There is a marriage to a Miriam Stevens in Manchester 1797 (NHVR). In a deed between David & Philip it also mentions Stephen is David’s brother, but nothing found specifically states he was the brother of the others. There is also a deed between Jonathan & David Hillsborough County Deed# 99-296 see previous post
i. David Haseltine b. Oct 11 1800 in Manchester, NH (NHVR)
ii. William G. Haseltine b. in Manchester, NH d. Jan 11 1879, 78y 7m in Dunbarton, NH,
names David & “Maria” as parents (NHVR)
iii. Catherine Haseltine b. a1804 m: ______ Martin d. Apr 29 1873, 69y 8m in Lynn, MA
iv. Miriam Haseltine b. a1815 in Manchester, NH m1st ? m2nd: _____ Brown m3rd Ezekiel
Tibbetts on Nov 5 1876 in Goffstown, NH, son of Steven & Ruth Tibbetts (NHVR)
Genealogical Sketches of Robert and John Hazelton and Some of Their Descendants, Compiled by Lapham, published by F.H. Hazelton, 1892 - 368 pages pg 150 states: married ______ Stephens and settled in Manchester, NH. Children: Sewall s. Manchester; Williiam; David s. near Boston; Son; Jonathan; Betsey; Catherine m: ____ Mansfield; Mary; Miriam
8. John Haseltine b: Apr 31 1777 likely in Atkinson, NH as calculated by his death record. John married Lydia Flint b: Oct 29 1800, both of Derryfield, in Chester, NH (NHVR). He died of old age on Feb 20, 1861 83y9m20d in Manchester, NH but record does not state parents (NHVR).
i. Lydia Haseltine b. Feb 5 1801 in Derryfield, NH (NHVR) d. Jan 20 1887 85y 11m 15d in
Candia, NH m: McDuffee b. Manchester p: “John Haselton & Lydia Flint” (NHVR)
ii. Stephen Haseltine b. Nov 30 1802 in Derryfield, NH (NHVR) He lived in
Manchester, NH 1850 Census
iii. Cadevial Haseltine Aug 3 1804 in Derryfield, NH (NHVR)
iv. John Haseltine Oct 3 1806 in Derryfield, NH (NHVR)
Genealogical Sketches of Robert and John Hazelton and Some of Their Descendants Compiled by Lapham, published by F.H. Hazelton, 1892 - 368 pages, pg 151 states:”married Lydia Flint of Reading; Children: Lydia m: ____ Severance; Stephen; Kadmise (?); Caleb; Betsey; John d. of small pox; Lucinda; Lavina; Washington
9. Nancy Haseltine b: a1788? Lapham says she married Jonathan Hazelton as his 2nd wife – there is a Jonathan who married Nancy in Bedford, NH Dec 25 1804 but no parents are listed on the record (NHVR). They are buried in Centre Cemetery, Manchester, NH. She died Oct 17 1836 according to her grave stone age 48 , death record not found. Jonathan died May 23 1846 age 48 [b. 1798] according to his gravestone & NHVR-no parents listed. Jonathan was part owner of the Haseltine Mill in Hillsborough County Deed # 98 376. There is also a deed between Jonathan & David Hillsborough County Deed# 99-296 see previous post
Genealogical Sketches of Robert and John Hazelton and Some of Their Descendants, Compiled by Lapham, published by F.H. Hazelton, 1892 - 368 pages pg 151 states: became the second wife of Jonathan Hazelton; Mary b. Nov 15 1807 m: Joshua Coming, moved to Wisconsin; Sarah b. Aug 3 1813 m: Josiah Davis of Manchester; Nancy m: Levi Russell s. California; Jonathan b. Mar 2 1818; Judith b. Jan 5 1820
Continued next week - Surname Saturday - Piecing Together Asa Haseltine & Mary Ober's Life Together
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