Towle Roads :
Tracing family routes through old photos
Benjamin M. Towle (3) as a young boy.
Mary Josie Fowler
This book presents, through available pictures, a photo book of
the ancestors of the Rand family of
Hannah Sanborn (1798-1877) married Benjamin Marden Towle.
Hannah Sanborn was born in
The Sanborn Genealogy is well
documented in the book by V.C. Sanborn, though the wife of Reuben Sr. is not
fully identified. Reuben married Margaret Richardson in 1727, she the daughter
of Joseph Richardson and Margaret Godfrey. This relationship was proved by
court papers in the disposition of the property of one of her brothers who died
suddenly in 1743, with both Reuben and Margaret signing. They had several
daughters and the
two sons mentioned above. It is not known when either Margaret or Reuben Sr.
died, though it is assumed he died in Epsom. His son Eliphalet
married Margaret Wallace shortly after he moved to Epsom, Nov. 19, 1761. She
was the daughter of George Wallace and Margaret McClary,
this union providing the genealogical link of the
From The Minnesota Society of the Sons of the American Revolution;
Eliphalet Sanborn was born at
Margaret had a large family: Josiah born 1763;
The Sanborn Homestead on Center Hill.
Sanborn burials in the
Left: Mr. Eliphalet Sanborn, died July 27, 1794 ae 64 years (Rev. War Vet)
Right: Mrs. Margaret (Wallis), wife of Eliphalet Sanborn, died April 29, 1836 ae 92 yrs 1 mo & 16 days
Left: Josiah Sanborn Esq. died June. 14, 1842 ae 79.
Right: Anna (Annah Locke), wife of Josiah Sanborn Esq, died Aug. 18, 1838 in the 79 year of her age.
From the Farmer's Cabinet Newspaper, 12-31-1825
At Epsom, about 12 o'clock,
on the night exceeding Monday the 19th instant, the barn belonging to Josiah
Sanborn, Esq. together with its contents, 30 tons of hay, 20 head cattle,
including a yoke of large fat oxen, a horse and various other articles, was consumed
by fire. By the timely exersions of the neighbors,
the house, which was united with the barn by a shed, was preserved. The
residence of Esq. Sanborn is upon the side of
The following communication was received two or three weeks since for publication. We had heard the story to which it relates, and the source when it sprang, but deemed it too ridiculous to require contradiction. As, however, we are informed, great exertions are making to circulate this report, with a view to prevent the election of Mr. Sanborn, we feel it our duty, in justice to the character of the Gentleman, to insert the certificate of Levi Towle, Esq., the person with whom the transaction referred to, took place.
I the subscriber, hereby certify, that I have known and dealt with Josiah Sanborn, Esq. of Epsom, for many years. I always found him to be a fair, honest, upright man, in all his dealings. I never knew him to take any property of any kind from me wrongfully. The story that is in circulation of Esq. Sanborn's taking a twenty dollar bank bill from me, wrongfully, is a mistake. I know of no such thing: There was a 20 dollar bill swept from my table by some means, I know not how, but I did not miss the bill until Esq. Sanborn asked me if there was not a mistake about the money he had paid me; I answered not to my knowledge; I will look and see, Esq. Sanborn said you need not look, for I have taken off the floor a twenty dollar bill, and I know it to be the same bill I just paid you, and handed it to me.
In the Presence of SAMUEL SHAW, BENJAMIN TOWLE
Feb. 9th, 1815
first lived at
Their children were:
Simeon M., 1752-1823
Mary, born 1755, married James Hobbs
born Feb. 1, 1757 in
Anna, born 1759, married Nathaniel Marden
Hannah, born 1762, married William Yeaton and settled in Epsom
Joseph, born 1766, married Sarah Wallace, daughter of Abraham and settled in Epsom
Benjamin, born 1769, married Betsey E. Wood and resided in Epsom
Sally, born 1775, married Lemuel Bunker
As can be seen, Epsom became the home
for several of the sons and daughters of Jonathan and Elizabeth. William Yeaton resided on
Simeon Towle and Solomon Marden divided a lot in what the family called the Towle pasture, at the top of
Left: Home of William Yeaton and his wife Hannah Towle. Later known as the Ordway house.
Right: Home of Joseph Towle and his wife Sarah Wallace. Once the town poor farm, and later owned by Robert Cutter.
Simeon M. Towle and his wife Elizabeth Marden had the following children born in Epsom:
Dowst, born 1786, married Levi Locke and resided in
Betsey, born 1790, married John Yeaton, resided Epsom
Parna T., lived in Epsom, unmarried, lived in a house built
for her by her brother Benjamin on
Benjamin M., born Sept. 20, 1794
Simeon, born Feb. 9, 1800, married Hannah Yeaton, daughter of William & Hannah (Towle) and lived in what was later the Karl Rand home.
1-27-1823 SIMEON TOWLE - In Epsom, on the 3d inst. Mr. Simeon Towle, in the 71st year of his age. He served in the French war, and the war of the Revolution, with honor to himself and fidelity to his country. He sustained an unblemished reputation for integrity and industry, and till a few days previous to his death enjoyed an uninterrupted course of bodily health, when he terminated his earthly career with composure and resignation. At his interment, an appropriate and well adapted sermon was delivered upon the occasion by the Rev. Mr. Prentice of Northwood. (N.H. Statesman)
James Babb, in his diary, notes "Simeon Towle died of Intemperance in the 71st year of his age," and on the next day he attended the funeral.
Benjamin Marden Towle (1786-1857), was the first of three generations to bear the name. He married Hannah Sanborn (see page 5), January 21, 1821, in Epsom. He was deeded the old homestead in 1816, with the provision of having to care for his parents during their lifetime. Benjamin later built his own home just a short ways down the hill from the original homestead, the fate of the original building either burned or just suffered from old age. This new home, in later years referred to as the Colby house, was described in part by Harriet Sanborn Towle, granddaughter of Benjamin. "There was an extension on the north side of the main house which was my grandmother's kitchen. She also had the old parlor and a bedroom back of it."
NH Statesman 12-5-1857 - In Epsom, Nov. 18, very suddenly, Benjamin M. Towle, aged 63 years and two months. He had suffered for some years with a disease of the heart, but death interposed and terminated his sufferings without a struggle while sitting in his chair. He was a man of decided opinions, respected by all who knew him as neighbor, a citizen and a Christian.
By his death a large circle of acquaintances and friends have sustained a loss, as also the Congregational church of this town, of which he was a faithful member. NH Statesman 12-5-1857
The Towle/Colby House
Children of Benjamin Marden Towle and his wife Hannah Sanborn.
Left to right: Sarah Huse, Benjamin Marden, Clarissa Marden, Catherine E. (Kate) and Charles Augustus Towle.
Benjamin Marden Towle and his wife Hannah Sanborn's children were:
Sarah Huse Towle, born 1821, married John Wallace, she died July 23, 1899
Elizabeth Marden Towle, 1823-1834, In Epsom, April 5, of scarlet fever, Elizabeth Marden, aged 10 years and 5 months, daughter of Benjamin M. Towle.
Nealley Towle, born 1826,
married John Shaw and resided
Benjamin Marden Towle, born 1828
Catherine S. Towle, 1832-1840, In Epsom, July 30, of brain fever, Catherine S. Towle, daughter of Mr. Benjamin M. Towle, 8.
Clarissa Marden Towle, born 1834, married Alfred E. Ambrose, resided
Augustus Towle, 1837-1899, married first, Jennie Lay
Benjamin Marden Towle, the second of that name, was born in Epsom November 2, 1828, and inherited the homestead on the death of his father in 1857. He married first, on May 1, 1850, Eliza Ham, daughter of William Ham and Nancy Hopkinson. She died in 1861, having had three children. Benjamin married second, Feb. 11, 1862, Harriet Edgerly, daughter of Nathaniel Edgerly and Elizabeth Boynton. They had two children.
The children of Benjamin Marden Towle (2) and Eliza Ham were:
George Benjamin Towle, 1851-1851, lived one month
Harry Freeman Towle, born May 20, 1852, married Dec. 23, 1880, Annie Sproul
Annie Eliza Towle, born April 8, 1857, married first in 1881, Joseph Richardson Smith. He died and she married second in 1908, Herbert Warren Colby
Photo circa 1860 of Benjamin Marden Towle, his first wife Eliza Ham and daughter Annie Eliza. Photo courtesy of Mike Lawrence.
Benjamin M. Towle (2) writes: My
father married Eliza Ham for his first wife and lived with the Ham's. Deeds
indicate that Squire Ham (William) first conveyed half the property to him and
later the rest. My father lived there before moving up the hill to the Towle place. I think my father must have sold the place to
James Burnham who lived and died there. PHOTO: The
The children of Benjamin Marden Towle and his second wife, Harriet Edgerly:
Benjamin Marden Towle, born 1862, married Feb. 2, 1887, Annie Lydia Cilley
Harriet Sanborn Towle, born 1867, married Oct. 10, 1896, Fred Winburn Dudley
Upon the death of his first wife, Benjamin moved from the Ham home
Benjamin Marden Towle (2) and his second wife, Harriet Edgerly.
Below: Children of Benjamin M. Towle (2) and their spouses.
Left to right: Harry Freeman Towle and his wife Annie M. Sproul. - Joseph Richardson Smith, 1st spouse of Annie Eliza Towle. She married 2nd Herbert Colby.
Left to right: Benjamin M. Towle (3) and his wife Annie Lydia Cilley. - Fred Winburn Dudley and his wife Harriet Sanborn Towle.
Below: Benjamin Marden
Towle (2) and his wife Harriet Edgerly
in later years. Above, another view of their home on
Benjamin M. Towle (3), known around town as 'Mard' Towle, built a house on Black Hall Road, next to the old Ham, later Burnham home. Here he farmed and raised his family, and for a time operated a steam mill. Benjamin M. Towle died May 17, 1945 at his home. His wife died July 26, 1953. They had one daughter.
Helen Gladys Towle, born Sept. 21, 1889, and married Karl Fowler Rand, June 17, 1914.
Helen Gladys Towle
The B.M. Towle house, later the home of Carleton & Joyce
Annie Lydia Cilley,
who married Benjamin M. Towle, was born in Epsom,
March 30, 1865 to Daniel Thomas (Tom) Cilley and
Lydia Ann Babb. The line of Cilley's traces back
directly to the famed General Joseph Cilley of
Thomas Cilley, b. May 1, 1834 in
Plumer Cilley, b. Oct. 12,
Daniel Cilley, b. March 12, 1759,
Gen. Joseph Cilley, b. 1734, married Sarah Longfellow
Thomas Cilley, known in town as 'Tom' Cilley, and his wife,
Daniel Thomas Cilley and Lydia Ann Babb had two children:
J., born Sept. 17, 1860 in
They had one child, Eva Augusta Lawrence who married as his first wife, John Cox.
Annie Lydia, born Mar. 30, 1865 in Epsom, married Daniel Thomas Cilley.
Daniel T. Cilley
died Sept. 23, 1920, his wife
The Daniel T. Cilley house, which later burned.
and his wife
The original Epsom Cilley homestead was built just before 1800 by Col. Daniel Cilley as "the Cilley Tavern." The associated story is the use of rum to persuade those building the new road to have it pass by the tavern.
Cilley Family Burials
General Joseph Cilley in an old family plot in
Lydia Ann Babb, wife of Daniel Thomas Cilley, was the daughter of John Babb and Salome Rand.
John Babb was born May 20,1802 in Epsom, the son of John Babb and his wife Anna
Holmes. On Feb. 2, 1826 in Chichester, he married
Salome Rand, daughter of Richard Rand and
William Pickering Babb, born 1828 and married Rebecca J. Heath
Martha Ann, born about, 1830, died Aug. 6, 1835
Lydia Ann, born August 11, 1836, married Daniel Thomas Cilley
Babb homestead on
John and Salome (
John Babb and his wife Anna Holmes - John Babb and his wife Salome Rand.
Karl Fowler Rand was born May 22, 1891 to Walter Stearns Rand, son of Gilman Moody Rand and wife Caroline Stearns; and Mary Josie Fowler, daughter of Samuel Fowler and Elvira Ann Critchett. Walter S. married Mary Josie Fowler June 8, 1889. Karl F. Rand married Helen Gladys Towle, daughter of Benjamin M. Towle and Annie Lydia Cilley.
RAND LINE from
Walter Stearns Rand 1863-1905, son of:
Gilman Moody Rand 1834-1924 and Caroline Clinton Stearns 1838-1902, married March 4, 1863
Gilman Moody Rand was the son of:
John S. Rand 1800-1843 and Elizabeth Sherburne 1798-1882, married Nov. 20, 1823
John S. Rand was the son of:
William Rand 1757-1842 and Mary James 1749-1844, married Apr. 12, 1782
William Rand was the son of:
Thomas Rand 1717-1796 and Elizabeth Chapman, christened 1722, died unknown, married December 17, 1741
Karl F. Rand and Helen G. Towle had the following children:
Dorothy Towle Rand, 1917-2006, married June 19, 1935, Clifford Osborne.
Fowler Rand, 1921-1996, m 1st Dorothea Mindt, 2nd
Peggy Vallas, 3rd
Towle Rand, born August 4, 1931, married Nov. 19,
1950, Joyce LeDuc of
Dorothy Towle Rand, Keith Fowler Rand, Carleton Towle Rand
Karl F. Rand and Helen G. (Towle) Rand and family at their 40th Anniversary.
The Karl Rand homestead was built sometime after 1815. In 1821 John Dyer bought land and buildings from Edward Lawrence, and a few months later sold it to Simeon Towle. Simeon (1800-1872) was the son of Simeon M. Towle and Elizabeth Marden, and a brother to the first Benjamin M. Towle. He married Hannah Yeaton, daughter of William Yeaton and Hannah Towle. The property passed to his son Charles W. Towle, who resided there until his death in 1899. Benjamin M. Towle (3) bought the farm from the estate, and it later became the home of his daughter Helen after her marriage to Karl Rand.
Samuel Fowler was born May 8, 1821, the son of Winthrop Fowler and Abigail Davis. He married Nov. 16, 1854, Elvira Ann Crtichett, daughter of James Critchett and Sally Green. She was born Jan. 10, 1827 and died Apr. 26, 1911. Samuel died Mar. 25, 1898. Their children were:
James W. Fowler, 1844-1918, married Jan. 15, 1868, Ruhamah J. Locke.
Ella Maria Fowler, 1848-1929, married Feb. 10, 1873, James B. Tennant
Charles Baker Fowler, 1849-1894, married Jan. 24, 1875, Emma O. Tennant
Horace Fowler, 1855-1914, married Apr. 26, 1879, Ida Mary Holt
Grace Annie Fowler, 1860-1864
Mary Josie Fowler, born Jan. 14, 1863, married June 8, 1889, Walter S. Rand, she died Feb. 11, 1926
Left: James W. Fowler and his wife, Ruhama J. Locke. Center: Ella M. Fowler. Right: Mary Josie Fowler.
Thomas Critchett and his wife Margaret Wallace, were probably the first to occupy this site. The land passed to his son James Critchett and wife Sally Green n 1817. Upon the death of James Critchett, the land became the property of Samuel Fowler and his wife Elvira Ann Crichtett, a daughter of James and Sally. The next to live at the farm was James W. Fowler and his wife Ruhamah Locke, James being a son of Samuel and Elvira. The property was sold in 1917 to Karl Rand, who sold it in 1934 to George Allen. In 1971 it was bought by Michael Sklarin and his wife and granddaughter of Karl Rand, Claire Osborne.
Thomas Crtichett 1772-1839, married Feb. 14, 1793, Margaret Wallis (1772-1841). Children:
James, born 1795
Sarah, 1797-1869, married Nov. 14, 1816, William McMurphy 1793-1845
Edward, born 1799, nothing more known
Hannah W., 1801-1875, married Dec. 20, 1827, Samuel Plumer Cilley
Mehitable, 1804-1879, married Dec. 12, 1822, Rev. Silas Green 1801-1874
Jane Wallace, 1806-1840, married Dec. 25, 1828, Nehemiah Knox
1811-1859, married abt. 1841, Eliza Conn, resided
born 1795, died Apr. 24, 1841, married Feb. 1, 1823, Sally Green, daughter of Jabez Green and Anna Smith. She was born Nov. 24, 1789 in
Mary G. Critchett, 1823-1880, married before 1845, Joseph C. Baker
Elvira Ann Critchett, married Samuel Fowler
Left: Elvira Ann (Critchett) Fowler. Right: Fowler monument in the
Graves of Thomas Critchet
and his wife Margaret (Wallis) Critchett - James Critchet and his wife Sally Green.
Mary Josie Rand, Karl Fowler Rand and his wife, Helen Gladys Towle.