Currier Doe 1823-1898
Currier Doe was born in Durham, N. H.,
July 21, 1823. He is the son of James
and Patience (Langley) Doe, and grandson
of John Doe. His father, James Doe, was
a farmer, and when Charles C. was but
two years of age removed to the town of
Lee, in Strafford County, where he resided
ten years. He then spent about a year
each in Newmarket and Nottingham, when
he removed to Barrington, where he made
his home for several years. He then moved
to Grafton, and there his wife died (1845).
Mr. Doe continued to reside there, making
his home with his eldest son, till 1856,
when he came to Pittsfield, where he died
He reared a family of eight children,
John, married Abby Davis and resides in
Pittsfield; has two children, a son and
Nancy, married John Garland, of Nottingham.
They have one daughter.
Drucilla married, first, L. Kimball; no
issue. Second, Moses Brown, of Andover.
By this marriage she had two children.
She is now deceased.
Abigail, married John T. Gilman; resides
in Deerfield; has two sons.
Charles C., subject of this sketch.
Gilman L., married Nancy Ellenwood. They
reside in Iowa; have three sons.
Mary J., married David Garland, of Nottingham.
They have one son.
Hezekiah H., married - Sleeper; had one
son. Hezekiah enlisted in Company B, Nonth
Regiment New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry,
and died in hospital at Nicholasville,
Ky., August 1863.
Charles C. Doe, like so many of the sons
of the yeomanry of New England, had but
limited facilities for obtaining an education,
the public school of the town in which
his father chanced to reside affording
the only opportunity he enjoyed. Being
one of a somewhat numerous family, in
very moderate circumstances, he had to
contribute his share of labor to the support
of the family as soon as he was old enough
for his services to be of any avail. When
he was sixteen years of age he hired out
away from home to work on a farm, and
from that time till he attained his majority
his wages went to the support of his parents.
December 15, 1845, he married Mehitable
P., daughter of Amos and Nancy (Libby)
Davis, of Epsom, N. H., and went to reside
with his father-in-law and manage the
farm. Mr. Davis lived but a few months
after his daughter's marriage. There still
remained, however, three old people in
the family, - Mrs. Davis, her mother (Mrs.
Libby) and a bachelor brother of Mrs.
Davis. Mr. Doe took charge of the farm
and assumed the care of the old people,
a trust which he most faithfully performed
to the time of their death.
He has followed farming as his chief occupation
through life, and has been successful.
In addition to farm labor, however, he
has usually employed the winter months
in teaming and lumbering; and for many
years, while his sons were growing up
to manhood, they employed their time at
shoemaking and thus added to the family
Mr. Doe represented his town in the Legislature
during the two years of 1865 and 1866.
He has been selectman of his town and
has been a member of the Christian Church
for more than forty years.
Mrs. Doe's ancestors, both on the paternal
and maternal sides, came from Rye, N.
H., to Epsom, about a century ago, when
this country was almost an unbroken wilderness.
Her grandfather, Davis, settled on the
spot where Mrs. Doe now resides. The old
homestead has never been out of the possession
of the family. Her grandfather, Libby,
was a soldier in the War of the Revolution,
and her uncle was in the War of 1812.
The children of Mr. and Mrs. Doe are,
Walter C., born November 12, 1846; married
Elva Cass, of Epsom; resides in Lynn,
Mass.; is a shoemaker by trade.
Amos, born September 11, 1849; married
Mellie Hobnan, of Dixfield, Me.; resides
in Boston; is by trade a carpenter.
James A., born March 7 1852; married Augusta
Ladd, of Deerfield, N. H.; resides in
Manchester; is a surveyor of lumber, etc.,
in a large sash and blind-factory and
Sarah A., born November 1, 1854; married
Calvin D. Clark, of Barnstead, N. H. He
was for four years engaged in the grocery
trade in Pittsfield, N. H., but in 1884
he sold out his business and went to reside
with his father-in-law on the farm.
George W., the youngest of the family,
was born August 24, 1857; died December
17, 1883; unmarried. He always resided
with his parents. He was a young man of
bright intelligence and more than ordinary
ingenuity in mechanical matters.
Mr. Charles C. Doe is an honest, upright,
sincere man; unobtrusive, attending strictly
to his own affairs, and of a generous,
manly, frank disposition. The world would
be better for more such men.