Genealogical Information on the Signers of Marlowâ€™s Petition
for an Extension of the Charter, Delivered to Governor Wentworth
in Portsmouth by Samuel Gustin, January 1772
For the details of this story, see "Man Rode Horseback to Portsmouth and Saved Marlow" under "Marlow History" in this Forum.
This represents the genealogical information we have been able to gather so far on our first settlers. If you are familiar with any of these and can correct any errors or add information, please register for the Forum and share. (It's free!) Also, if you have a particular interest in any of these people, please ask. In most cases, there is further information available. We will be happy to "dig" for you.
We must use caution in accepting what we find on the interenet as fact and much of this information is gathered from internet sources. The information is only as good as the information people have entered. Bob Nichols cautions us: "We have to be very careful about accepting all that we find on the internet as being fact. We must remember that what we find on websites is information that an individual has posted. It may or may not have been verified. While most people don't intentionally post inaccurate information, it does happen. Sometimes it is vanity -- some people won't believe that their ancestor(s) had a child before marriage, even though it was moderately common -- and they simply say that a marriage date must be the previous year. Sometimes people don't check a "fact" because they "know" it is true. For example -- we all know where the Battle of Bunker Hill was fought, where the Battle of Bennington was fought and that Ulysses Simpson Grant was President of the United States. The answers are: Bunker Hill in Massachusetts, Bennington in Vermont and "yes" he was president of the United States. We don't have to check these because we "know" that they are true. Not quite so. The Battle of Bunker Hill was actually fought at Breed's Hill which is nearby. The Battle of Bennington was fought in eastern New York -- militia left Bennington and headed west and met the enemy in New York. Grant's mother named him Hiram Ulysses Grant -- his name was changed later."
Please understand that this is a work in progress, and Bob and I will be rechecking, refining, and updating the information here. These are the signers as they appear to have been - as it seems at the moment. It just wouldn't be research if we didn't occasionally learn something new. We don't intend to present Marlow history as many American textbooks present history, as myths of our past, but to ferret out the truth. Still, it is difficult to untangle these webs. Please, if you know something about one of these individuals that we don't or believe we are wrong about something, let us know. We would love to hear from you.
--- Abel was born in Lyme, CT about 1735, son of Richard Beckwith and Hannah Moore. He married Lucy Caulkins, born in Lyme Aug. 6, 1723, where she died March 23, 1759. This suggests that the pair returned to Lyme after some time in NH. Their children are Martin Beckwith, born 1759 and Hannah Beckwith, born Dec. 4, 1762 in Lyme, CT. He seems not to be a direct ancestor of the Beckwiths who remained in the area.
Bob Nichols adds that while Lucy Caulkins is the maiden name of the woman that Abel Beckwith married, she was at the time ofntheir marriage, the widow of Simon DeWolf. (5/14/07)
--- Sylvanus was born on May 22, 1742 in Lyme, CT, son of Hezekiah Beckwith and Mary Gilbert. In 1765, he married Hepzibah Tubbs, daughter of Abner and Anna Tubbs. They had one (known) son, Nathan Beckwith, born Sept. 15, 1778 in Stanford, NY. One maternal great grandmother is Mary DeWolf, daughter of Balthazar DeWolf. Sylvanus seems not to be a direct ancestor of the locally famous Beckwith families. However, there is probably a connection.
--- Abner, son of Abisha Bingham and Mary Tubbs, was born in the town of Scotland in Windham County, CT in 1739. He died in Walpole, NH about 1774. His wife, Sarah Clark, also born in the town of Scotland, CT, died in Marlow, NH in 1799. Their children, Faith, Ripley (b. 1759), and John Clark Bingham (b. 1765) were born in Scotland, CT. Abnerâ€™s mother, Mary Tubbs, was born in Lyme, CT April 2, 1710 and died July 23, 1813 in Windham, CT. The parents of Mary Tubbsâ€™ mother, Martha (Mara) Smith, were John Smith and Mary Huntley. Maryâ€™s parents were John Huntley and Mary Curtis, one patriarch and matriarch pair of the Marlow Huntley clan as well as of many other Huntleys and Marlow folk. The parents of John Smith, Maryâ€™s maternal grandparents, were Richard Smith and Joanna Quarles of Lyme, CT and Providence, RI. Many Marlow genealogies lead back to this pair.
--- Ephriam, son of Ephriam Brockway and Susanna Carrier*, was born Nov. 1, 1741 in Lyme, CT and died in 1816 in Marlow, NH. On Dec. 30, 1760, he married Esther Calkins in Lyme. She died about 1764 in Charlotte, NY. Their children are: Sally (b. 1769), William (b. Feb. 24, 1786 in Lyme), and Ephriam (b. 1789 in Lyme). Estherâ€™s parents are Joseph Calkins and Lucretia Turner. It seems that Ephriam and Susanna must have left Marlow for awhile after 1772, since their children were born in Lyme, but at least Ephriam returned as he died in Marlow. Did they also live in Charlotte, NY where she died earlier?
*"My records have Susannah Currier." Bob Nichols (5/07)
--- Marlow's Samuel Canfield was a preacher, and there are several men of the period by that name in Connecticut, including several in or near Lyme, CT that it seemed at first hopeless to speculate which one came to Marlow, but our friend of Marlow Historical Society, Bob Nichols, has figured it out.
We know of our Samuel Canfield that his house burned down and his two young children were lost in the fire. It is said that he later left town rather suddenly. It seems that he was working in his fields the day a funeral was held two miles away when he clearly heard the voice of the deceased. He was so spooked by the experience that he quickly departed the area with his family. Today we might think of several psychological reasons for his experience, but who knows? I wonder what the voice said. That is not recorded.
Robert Nicols has discovered that this man is our Marlow's own Revolutionary: Our Marlow Revolutionary Samuel Canfield was born in Wallingford, CT on Dec 20, 1737 and died in 1813 in Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada. His parents are Joel Canfield and Esther Moss. His spouse is Lucy Waterhouse or Lucy Waltrous, of Lyme, CT. Nichols adds that Samuel Canfield is one of thirteen children, and, while his father's name is Joe, he also had a bother Joel, born in 1739. (5/07)
This is how Nichols deduced the corrected Samuel Canfiled - He located these inscriptions in what is now called Marlow's West Yard Cemetery near Baker's Corners:
In memory of ESTHER
And SARAH Daughters of
Capt Sam'l CANFIELD &
Lucy his wife they was
Burnt to death in their
Father's house June 18th
1789 Sarah 10 & Esther 12
In memory of LUCY Daugh
ter to Capt Samuel CANFIELD
& Lucy his wife. Who died
March 10th 1779 aged 9
years & 10 months.
Behold all you as you pass by
As you are now so once was I
As I am now so you must be
Prepare for death and follow me.
There we have the two daughters who were lost in the fire, another daughter lost ten yearts earlier, and his wife Lucy Watrous (or Waterhouse).
--- While there are several men named Simeon or Simon Church during this period. One was born in 1708 in Lynn, MA. His father is Samuel Church and his mother is Susannah Hungerford. He was married to Eunice Warner who was born in Saybrook, CT in 1709/10 and died in Chester CT July 16, 1809. Another is his son, Simeon Church, as pointed out by Bob Nichols (5/07). The reason we believe one of these must be the Marlow Simeon Church of 1772 is that the daughter of Simeon Church, Sr./sister of Simeon Church, Jr., Elizabeth, who was born Nov. 28, 1753 in Saybrook, CT, married Isaiah Huntley (b. Nov. 24, 1751 in Lyme, CT) and was the mother of seven Huntleys, all born in Marlow:
Calvin - Aug. 11, 1780
Nathan - Jan. 7, 1782
Isaiah - Nov. 20, 1787
Leland - Dec. 3, 1790
Allen - Dec. 13, 1792
Wealthy - March 16, 1795
Seldon - Oct. 20, 1797
Isaiah and Elizabeth moved to Duxbury, VT where he was a successful farmer, owned a saw mill, and held positions of trust in the town. He died Dec. 21, 1820. Elizabeth (Church) Huntley died in Waterbury, VT on Feb. 13, 1841. These folks stayed in Marlow long enough to birth their family and moved on.
From Bob Nichols -
The children of Simeon Church and Eunice Warner:
Titus - 1745-1807
Lois - 1747-1825
Simeon - 1750-1841
Philemon - 1751-1842
Elizabeth - 1753-1831 (who married Isaiah Huntley)
John - 1755-1834
Samuel - 1759-1842
Bob Nichols, friendly local genealogist, points out that the son Simeon Church (1750-1841) is the more likely signer of the petition because he would have been in his prime in 1772.
---Titus is the son/brother of Simeon Church (above), who also a signer of the petition, as his mother is shown to be Eunice Warner. It appears that Titus Church's parents, Simeon and Eunice, are cousins, Simeonâ€™s mother being Susannah Hungerford and Euniceâ€™s father being Thomas Hungerford, both being children of Thomas Hungerford, Sr. of Saybrook near Lyme, CT. This Titus has a second spouse, Mary Lowell, of whom we know only her name.
Titus Church was married to Anna Tubbs, born Oct. 8, 1752 in Lyme, CT and who died in Marlow before March 15, 1780. Her father is Joseph Tubbs (b. Feb. 13/14 in Lyme, CT) and her mother is Lucia Robins (b. Feb. 1, 1717/18). Annaâ€™s father Joseph is the son of Isaac Tubbs (b. Sept. 6, 1682 in New London, CT) and Marah Smith (b. August 8, 1686 in New London, CT). That leads us back to her father, John Smith, and his father, Richard Smith of Lyme, CT and RI and his wife, Joanna Quarles. This Titus Church is also a possible candidate for the signing, although the first is more probable. We will work on a more definitive answer. Will the Titus Church who signed the Marlow petition please stand up?
--- Samuel is one of men listed on the petition as planning to bring his family to Marlow in the spring of 1772. Samuel is a puzzle because there seem to be a number of men by this name from Connecticut who are in the right age range in 1772 to be candidates. Simply because he hails from Saybrook, near Lyme, CT, this Samuel seems to be the most likely to have signed the petition. Since apparently the Comstocks did not remain in Marlow long enough to contribute any vital statistics, the identity remains uncertain. Samuel Comstock (b. in 1734 in Saybrook, CT and d. in Saybrook in 1833) is the son of Samuel Comstock and Irena Pratt. His first spouse, Mary Taylor, whom he married in 1754, died Sept. 1807 in Richmond, MA. His second spouse, Laura Merritt, born in Saybrook, CT in 1748, died in 1790. They had the following children, all born in Saybrook: William, Samuel, Josiah, Rebecca, and Dorothy. This is the Comstock line which, with the Pratts, became big business folk in Essex, CT. Whether or not this is Marlowâ€™s Samuel Comstock remains to be seen.
---Solomon, born in Lyme, CT in 1736, is the son of Solomon Gee, Sr. and Deborah Huntley. Solomon Gee, Sr. is the son of Richard and Mary Gee. Then the line goes to Ezechiell Gee to Phillipi Guye, pointing to a French origin of the name (as in Guy Fawkes). Deborah Huntley is the daughter of Aaron Huntley and Deborah Dewolf, a line leading to Balthazar and beyond to (Belgian?) DeLoup (The Wolf). On Nov. 10, 1760, Solomon Gee married Martha Bingham (b. Aug. 15, 1741 in the town of Scotland, CT). Incidentally, Martha Bingham is the daughter of Abisha Bingham and Mary Tubbs. Mary is the daughter of Isaac C. Tubbs and Martha (Marah) Smith. Marthaâ€™s parents are John Smith and Mary Huntley, so, as we can see, the Gee family is closely related to other Marlow families. John Smith leads us back to his parents, Richard Smith and Joanna Quarles, so there are those names again. The following children were born to them in Lyme, CT and presumably accompanied them to Marlow, NH:
Leuman - b. Nov. 14, 1759
Molly - b. Jan. 24, 1762
Abner - b. Feb. 15, 1765
The following were born to them in Marlow:
Solomon - b. March 24, 1771
Abisha B. - b. July 17, 1773
Edward Gee - b. Oct. 1780
Although some sources show the family name as McGee, that seems incorrect since the name traces back to the French name, "Guy," pronounced "Gee" with a hard "g."
Solomon Gee built several of marlow's early mills. His first was on Grassy Brook. Later the Gees built a mill on what is now called Gee Brook. The remains of the mill dam may still be seen near where Sand Pond Road joins Route 10. Solomon Gee died in Marlow Dec. 24, 1803 and his wife Martha died in Marlow Nov. 15, 1823. (See more about Marlow's Gee family under "Genealogical Matters" in this Forum.)
--- John, born in New Salem, CT, is the son of Samuel Gustin, the Marlow hero who took a petition to Governor Wentworth, riding horseback through untracked wilderness from Marlow to Portsmouth, NH in January. John is named after his grandfather, John Gustin. Johnâ€™s mother is Abigail Shaw. Johnâ€™s name was sometimes spelled â€œGustine.â€
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