Phillip Haseltine & Alice Sprague have been one of those sets of grandparents that have been…well, let’s say …a challenge. For starters a few things have confused the matter. Primarily, in Derryfield, NH (now Manchester) records there was our Philip & Philip Jr who was our Philip’s first cousin. One of them was often called “joiner” which posed the question which one, & was he a joiner by trade, or is it Junior mis-spelled? Adding to this confusion is The Haseltine Genealogy book by Lapham which has confused “Phillip Jr” the son of Phillip Haseltine of Windham, with our Phillip by stating that our Philip married a Stevens. How this happened is kind of beyond me since he actually seems to have Philip Jr. correct. As if that wasn’t confusing enough it seems they both disappear off the records about the same time. Philip Jr. removing to Independence, NY with most of his family & our Philip disappearing into thin air.
Further, the book states our Philip’s parents were Asa Haseltine & Mary Ober. This couple lived in Atkinson, Windham & Manchester, NH, but without records & sourcing this has posed the biggest question of all…was he right about that? Honestly, at this moment – I’m not sure…but I’m going to do my best to sort out what we can determine from the records over the next few weeks. I guess we’ll see where we end up from there.
Ok, so, let’s start with what solid records exist &/or don’t appear to exist for them.
· An indication of Philip’s birth has not been found in Atkinson, Windham or Manchester, NH. It is likely that if Asa is his father he would have been born about 1766-71 in Atkinson, NH. Further no birth or baptism records seem to exist for any of Philip's siblings either. There is one mention of a birthdate in the Manchester records on the death of Asa Jr but that is it.
· Ellis/Alice/Elsey was born Apr 11 1780 in Methuen, Ma. The notations found state “Elsey”, the daughter of James Sprague & Persis Huse of Methuen, MA & Pelham, NH. The best source I can find for her birth is “The Sprague Project”. I have been unable to verify their source or a more primary source at this time, but when I do the Sprague & Huse lines I will show more details on that. I am confident Alice was the grand-daughter of Abel Huse., and his will does mention her parents.
· “Phillips Haseltine” & “Ellis Sprague” both of Derryfield, NH married on July 14 1797 as reported to the State of New Hampshire by Cyrus F. Marston of Chester, NH on Dec 31 1905 on the bottom of the NHVR it states “Vol. 1. Page 339”. I have not looked to see what that means yet.
Children of Phillip & Alice were all born & recorded in Manchester NH,
all list mother as Alice, & can be found at NHVR under births.
1. Persis Haseltine born June 8, 1800 seems like she may have married Thomas K. Breed Jr of Lowell, intention in Methuen Jan 5 1835, married in Lowell on Jan 18 1835 (NEHGS) [Named after Alice’s mother, Persis Huse]
2. Eliza Haseltine born Sept 9, 1801, I have no idea…
3. Frederic Haseltine born Nov 9, 1805. It seems like he may be this man: Frederic "Hazelton" of Derry, NH married Nancy Smith Nov 26, 1832 in Ipswich, Ma. She was born in Ma Aug 26, 1809 in Ipwich (NEHGS) daughter of Samuel & Hannah Smith (NEHGS). They removed by 1850 & 60 to Olive, Meigs, Ohio; 1870 Esculapia, Lewis, Kentucky w/ son George & his family. She died before 1870 in OH or KY? He died after 1870 probably in KY.
Fred & Nancy had:
i. George T/F? Haseltine b: a1834 in NH married Juliette before 1860 in OH and
had: Margaret, Henry, Nancy, Fannie, & Howard
ii. Mary A. Haseltine b: a1836 in NH
iii. Elizabeth A. Haseltine b: a1838 in NH
iv. Sarah M. Haseltine b: a1843 in OH
v. Eliza J. Haseltine b: a1845 in OH
vi. Alice F. Haseltine b: a1847 in OH
vii. Hannah Haseltine b: a1852 in OH
viii. Martha Haseltine b: a1858 in OH
4. Isaiah Haseltine b: Feb 24, 1807 seems like he may be this man: m: 1832 Relief Walker dau of Jesse Walker & Lois Holt b: Jan 11 1812 Andover, VT. He d: Nov 11, 1888 Weston, VT. She died Feb 11 1892. During 1840 & 1850 they lived in Baltimore (Weston) VT. Their children were:
i. Harriet Walker Haseltine b. May 17, 1833 d. Mar 17, 1835
ii. * Charles Clifford Haseltine b. Apr 18,1835 m. Lydia E. Persons
iii. Hiland Haseltine b. 1837
iv. Julia E. Haseltine b. Mar 8, 1845 d. Apr 7, 1846
v. * Abby Jane Haseltine b. Feb 12, 1848 m. Horace Frederick Cole in Mt. Holly, VT
*more on above link under “Isaiah HESSELTINE”
5. Simon Haseltine b: Dec 8, 1809 See previous sketch here
6. Alice Haseltine born Aug 14, 1811 may be the Alice who m: John H Reid in Chester 1842
7. Mary Haseltine born Feb 3, 1812 may be the Mary who m: John Carlton intention published Jan 27 1833 m: Feb 21 1833 in Methuen, MA [both of Methuen] (Methuen VR); I’m not 100% but seems right as Simon named his son (my GG grandfather) John Carlton Haseltine. I haven’t been able to determine where there were in 1850 or if Mary was still alive at that time, but I haven’t knocked myself out looking either.
Although the births of their children are thankfully clearly recorded, their life together has not been especially easy to track, but we’re getting there. Here are some of the bits & pieces that have been found so far:
Death &/or Gravesites:
None found – I should probably pursue this further, and double check all the cemeteries with burials in the first half of the century in Manchester & surrounding area ie: Auburn, Candia, Manchester, Londonderry, etc. I am pretty certain there any records in Chester for them unless they are buried in someone’s basement or attic J
There isn’t a probate record for Phillip, Alice, Asa or Mary in Rockingham or Hillsborough County. Further, there isn’t one for Israel Ober, Mary Ober’s father, or James Sprague, Alice’s father either.
Derryfield Inventories for Philip – but honestly these should be checked again & compared with Philip Jr & even further the deeds to see if it helps to sort them out – I’ll do that this week…These & more are in the Early Records of Derryfield by the Manchester Historic Association Collections Society which are on Google.
1796 1 poll, 2-3?, 60 wild land & buildings, 1 Dollar, 67 Cents
1797 1 poll, 2 horses, 2 cows, 1 tillage, 50 unimproved land, 13. value of building/land, 3.17 in money
State Town School County Tax List dated Jun 1, 1816 beginning on page 367 in Early Records Manchester, NH 1801-1816 Vol III by the Manchester Historic Association Collections Society.
States residents listed by school district and it details the tax amounts for each division. The only Philip Haseltine listed is in District 2. Other Haseltines - John, John Jr., Asa Jr., Jonathan, are all in District 4.
Censuses: The ‘not Jr’ Philip
1800 in Derryfield: 1m 16-25; 1m 26-44; 2f under 10; 1f 16-25
1810 in Derryfield: 2m under 10; 1m 16-25; 1m 26-44; 1f under 10; 1f 10-15; 1f 16-25; 1f 26-44
He was not definitely found in 1820 , 1830, 1840 or 1850 but…
1820 there is suddenly a Philip in Manheim, Herkimer, New York,
& another in Middlesex, Ontario, NY
1830 Philip Haselton [Jr] is then in Independence, Allegany, NY
1840 Two Philip’s are now in Independence, NY & another is shown in Herkimer, Herkimer, NY
Another option could be that our Philip is with Simon in 1840 as
a man of that age group is in his home…but who knows…it could be anyone
1850 Two Philip’s are still in Independence, NY
Hillsborough County Deeds:
The following deeds are definitely our Philip & Alice:
Nov 1st 1796 : 43-73-4, Philip Haseltine of Derryfield, Hillsborough, NH, Yeoman, from Binsley Stevins of Andover, Essex, MA, Gentleman- 150.00, a part of land in Derryfield,100ac lot in the 2nd Div, and a small island in Massabesik pond so called known by the name of Bushnal’s Island or Poore’s Island, also half Dear Island so called in said pond. Said land to be held to the said Philip Haseltine as described in a certain deed in which one John Sheldon has received of a certain Alexander McMurphy which will appear on record in Hillsborough County. Witnesses: John Haseltine & Nath’l Lovejoy ~ Justice of the Peace. Rec’d & Recorded 30 March 1797 by Jon’a Smith Regr.
March 9 1797: 48-327 Philip Haseltine of Derryfield, Yeoman, to Israel Webster of Derryfield, Yeoman, –10.00 tract of land in Chester – one half of a certain Isle and in Masabescik pond being Dear Island so called description to be held from a deed which one John Shelddon rec’d from Alexander McMurphy. Witnesses Josi Huse & Benjamin Lasley [?], Appeared Mar 23 1797 befor John Stark Jr Justice of Peace, Recorded Jun 27 1799 by Jon’a Smith Regr. Signed by Philip heseltine [no wife named]
Oct 16 1802: 98-307 Philip & Alice Haselton of Derryfield, Yeoman to Richard Currier of Methuen, MA, Yeoman, island or point of land on Lake, 200.00, 15 ac, An island or point of land being in Massabee pond so called by the name of Bushnells Island or Poors Point, bnded by said pond & a bog lying between said island and land of John Dickey – And I the wife of said …. Signed by Philip Heseltine & Alice heselti---- Witnesses: John Haseltine & Polley Sprague [Could be her sister Mary b. Oct 13 1781]
Feb 16 1804 : 67-335 Phillip & Alice Haseltine of Derryfield, Husbandman to David Flint of Derryfield, Husbandman. 500.00 land in Derryfield, 40 ac, bounded “on the north line of Jonathan Young’s farm”, “southeast corner of Peter Emerson’s land”, “highway on the southwestly side of the road leading by the barn on the farm which belonged to Thomas Griffin”, then on to the north side of the highway near the NW corner of the house that Jacob Atwood now lives, to Capt John Perham’s land, aforesaid Young’s Farm, “with all the buildings standing on said premises”. Signed Philip Heseltine & Alice heseltin.. Witnesses: Isaac Huse & Jacob Atwood, Philip appeared before John Stark Jr Mar 13 1804, Recorded Nov 8 1805 by Isaac Brooks Regr
Apr 23 1806 : 73-413 Phillip & Alice Haseltine of Derryfield, Husbandman, to David Flint of Derryfield, Husbandman, 350 dollars, land in Derryfield butted by said Flint’s land & land of Jonathan Young, then west by Young’s land to the SE corner of Peter Emerson’s land, the northerly by Emerson’s land to the highway leading from David Dickey’s to Major Aikens then by said hwy to land owned by Capt John Perham’s land, back to Flint’s land, 35 acres, reserving the highways, signed by Philip heseltine & Alice heseltine; Witnesses: Samuel P Kidder & Wm Blodget; Philip appeared before Samuel P. Kidder JP Apr 23 1806; Recorded Jun 10 1807 by Isaac Brook Regr.
This is where it gets much trickier ….because there are a lot of deeds to sort out .so I guess you’ll know what I’ll be doing this week among other things….until then…say a little prayer clear evidence shows up to prove the parentage of Philip….
Link to Part II here
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