In 1936, Benjamin M. Towle, with the aid
of his sister Harriet Dudley, recorded his memories of all the houses and their
To get a sense of when
From town records of those citizens petitioning to restore previous years taxes, 1762, Benjamin Blake.
From town records of those buying pews 1764, Benjamin Blake, Samuel Blake
From Church records, 1764, Abraham Wallace married Hepzibah Blake
From Church Records, 1765 Abraham Wallace has a son baptized.
From Church Records, 1769, Benjamin Shepard had a daughter baptized
From Church Records, 1770, William Wallace had a daughter baptized
From Church Records, 1765, Jeremiah Prescott and Abraham Wallace renewed Baptismal Covenant
From Deeds, 1770, Andrew McClary to Jethro Blake, lot 15 and lot 92 in the third range.
Association Test Signers, 1776, Waymuth Wallas (
It would appear as though the area was first settled by the
families of Jeremiah Prescott, Abraham Wallace, and Benjamin Blake.
We the Committee chosen to lay out roads – have laid out 2 roads. The first beginning at John Casses house at the second range at the bound betwixt the said Casses land and Sam’l Bickfords land thence running upon the northerly side of sd Casses land to the south side of Sam’l Wallises and (Lot) No. 88 in the 3 range.
This would be from about the
Beginning at a highway formerly laid out which is about 8 or 10 rods southerly of Nathan Wallis’s House in Epsom struck southerly on an old way as it is now used about 2 miles and 10 rods to a pine stump standing near William Droughts field fence thence southerly through said Drought’s about 22 rods to a pine stump standing on said old way about 2 rods westerly from said Drought’s house, thence following said old way southerly about 234 rods to a pine tree on the easterly side of said way and on the dividing line between Epsom and Allenstown, 2 rods wide.
Of note is that in 1772, the other end near the 'Prescott Bridge' was extended to the 'Great Bridge' over the Suncook River, which would be from the end of Black Hall Road up Goboro Road, which early on was referred to as the 'Rand Road.'
The first reference to the road name was in a deed for property
In 1748, Foster Trefethen sold his
original lot 93 to Samuel Wallace of
The 1795 town agricultural and poll information indicates that
Abraham, Joseph and Nathaniel Wallace were still in Epsom. Weymouth Wallace
sold his property to Joseph Towle, who in turn sold a
small section of land to William Yeaton. Joseph had
married a daughter of Abraham Wallace, and his sister, Hannah Towle, had married William Yeaton.
George Urin (Yewrin) was
also still located on
By 1800, Abraham and Joseph Wallace where
the only members of the Wallace clan still in Epsom, with Nathaniel and William
Weymouth Wallace having left town. Joseph soon followed. Nathaniel's land was eventually owned by
Joseph Towle, and Joseph Wallace sold his house and
land to Elijah Locke Jr.. Locke sold the house in 1814
to Jonathan Yeaton. Elijah also owned parts of lots
90 and 91 which he sold to John Brown of
Abraham Wallace died in 1816 and his estate passed to his son in
law James Marden. In 1824 he sold the land to Thomas
D. Merrill, who days later sold the property to Jonathan Yeaton.
Yeaton held the property for about a year before
selling it to Josiah Brown of Epsom, son of John and Salome (Allen) Brown.
Three years later, in 1828, the Brown's sold the land back to Thomas D.
Merrill, who in turn, sold it to William Ham Junior of Epsom in 1833. This
property is the northern side of
Weymouth Wallace sold out to Joseph Towle
Jr. in 1791 who shared the property with Jonathan Towle.
Joseph had married Sarah, the daughter of Abraham Wallace. The Towles built and established a tavern, later the Cutter
property, and sold the original house on the lot to Samuel Goss who married
Joseph's daughter, Susan G. Towle. Joseph Towle died in 1828, and the tavern property passed to his
son in law, James Hersey, spouse of Sally Towle,
daughter of Joseph and sister to Susan G. This property later became the town
poor farm. Across the street on the east side of
During this same time period, William Yeaton
continued to buy land on the southern half of
I give and devise to my son Hopley Yeaton, all the land I own in lot No. eighty-six in the third range of lots in said Epsom, excepting a piece occupied as a burying ground five rods square in the corner of the field northwesterly of the house where I now live. Also all the land I own adjoining the New Hampshire Turnpike which I purchased of Isaac L. Ham and all the land I own in lot No. 85 in the third range.
I give and devise to my son Levi T. Yeaton all the land I own in lot No. 84 in the third range in said Epsom – one yoke of oxen, one cow and six sheep and one half of my farming utensils of every description to be divided at my decease.
John Mark Moses also outlined the William Yeaton family as follows:
Hannah Towle (1726-1843), married
William Yeaton (1756-1831), of
William Yeaton bought land extensively to the south, and relocated his home on the lot where the graveyard is, east of the pond. He left nine children, all of whom settled in town, and all but two within half a mile of home.
They were: John (1781-1861), who settled next north of his father: William (1783-1830), of the Warren Yeaton place: Joseph (1786-1833), of the James Brown place (Lot 84): Jonathan (1788-1828), who lived a little up the New Rye road: Samuel T. (1791-1864), who lived where his grandson, Samuel R., now lives (Lot 85 by deed); Sally (1793-1864), who married Jonathan Goss, son of Samuel, and was mother of William of Gossville; Hannah (1796-1874) who married Simeon Towle: Hopley (1801-1856) who had the homestead: and Levi T. (1804-1846), who had the lot next south of Samuel's.
Son Joseph Yeaton already acquired
property at what was later the
Black Hall Road early on was largely owned by the Wallace and Towle families, but by the 1830's, the Wallace's were gone and replaced by Yeaton families, with the Towle's still large land owners. Several other families, including the Brown's, Gove's, Urin's and others had all sold out.
Near the center of the third range were four lots. They included lot #91, a thirty acre out lot (no. 15) that accompanied a home lot; lot #92 and lot #93. The smaller out lot was combined with lot #92.
A small lane separated lot #91 from the smaller 30 acre lot #15. This lot early on belonged to Joshua Berry and was sold to William Blazo, who in 1757 sold it to Abraham Libbey. Libbey also acquired the adjoining lot #92, and sold both to Josiah and Tryphena Sanborn in 1767, their identities remain unknown, though they appear in several Epsom land deals. They seem to have speculated in Epsom land, and sell the two lots just a year later to Andrew McClary. McClary himself was a large player in buying and selling Epsom properties, and turned the property over in one day to Jethro Blake, the same who had purchased lot #91 from George Urin. The deed gives the size of the two lots as 80 acres, and no mention of any buildings. Jethro Blake appears to have built a house and barn, as when he sells to Amos Morrill, another infamous Epsom land speculator, they are included along with an orchard. Amos Morrill in 1789 sells to Simeon Towle a part of lots 15 and 92 that is on the easterly side of the road that leads from Epsom to Pembroke, 70 acres, with all the buildings and orchard, that which he bought from Jethro Blake. This land totaled 70 acres, as a small portion was sold to Abraham Wallace.
Amos Morrill also sold part of lot #15 and lots #92 and 93, on the
westerly side of
The Simeon Towle homestead was replaced
about 1820, by a newer house by his son Benjamin M. Towle,
which is at the top of what is now
Lot #93 was drawn by Foster Treferren
and sells to Samuel Wallace of
What is interesting is that the original homes, while on different lots, were in extremely close proximity to each other.
Starting down the west side of the road in 1858 from the north end:
The Free Will Baptist Church parsonage, just built, does not appear in 1850 census. Resident was Rev. Moses A. Quimby.
Simeon Towle, later the Karl Rand home, was resident in 1850 with wife Hannah and children Lucy, Elvira, Emeline, Gardner and Charles W. By 1860 two children remained with their parents, Emeline and Charles.
Town Farm, in 1850 was run by Dudley Hill and had for residents, Miriam Baton, Betsey Ames, Abigail Towle, Elijah Pettingill, David Dickey, John Locke, Moses Locke, Reuben, Eliza and Keziah White, Thomas Moses. In 1860 the farm was run by James M. Burnham with his wife Mary and daughter Alice. Resided at the town farm were Elijah Pettingill, Simon Grant, David Dickey, Jonathan Godfrey, John Doloff, Moses Locke, John Lokce, Roswell McDaniels, Josiah How and Alice Goss.
Benjamin Bickford, with his wife Sally, and living with them his son Benjamin Junior and wife Emily J.
S. Yeaton, probably a Samuel in what was probably the Hopley Yeaton house. In 1850 John Hopkinson lived in this area, and if not in this home, likely the early Joseph Wallace residence. Appears that the house was owned in 1860 by Samuel T. Yeaton.
Samuel T. and James C. Yeaton, father and son lived at what is later the Pete Yeaton home.
Starting down the east side of the road in 1858 from the north end:
Freewill Baptist church original building, it was replaced with a new building in 1861.
William 'Squire' Ham and his wife Nancy, daughter Eliza and son in law Benjamin Towle. Andrew Sherburne was also residing there in 1850. In 1860 William and his wife were still living in the homestead with Ann B. Cochran, housekeeper and boarders, Nancy Fisher and George Goodhue.
James Clark and his wife Mary with sons John C., James M. and Samuel Clark. In 1860 just James and Mary are listed. This is the old Abraham Wallace homestead.
Benjamin M. Towle and his wife Hannah in 1850 with children Sarah, Clarissa, Charles, Catherine and Sarah. Also in the household Elizabeth and Mary Mathes. In 1860 son Benjamin and his wife Eliza (Ham) are the heads of household along with his mother. Benjamin and Eliza's children included Henry and Anna.
Daniel C. Bickford and his wife Jane and children Thomas, Georgiann and Eliza. In 1860, Daniel and wife with son Thomas E. and his wife Mary J. (Yeaton) and a laborer, Charles E. Lewis.
Joseph W. Burnham and wife Martha (Worth) in 1850 in the home built for Parna Towle. There does not appear a listing in 1860 census.
Solomon Yeaton's house appears on the 1858 map but is not labeled. In 1850 he is there with wife Mary and children Elizabeth, Georgianna, Mary J. (who married Thomas E. Bickford, son of Daniel C.) Sarah and Emily. In 1860 the family included Solomon and wife Mary and children Georgianna, Sarah, Emma, Eva, Edward, Susan and Leon Morse.
John Yeaton 3rd occupied the house on
Samuel T. Yeaton owned houses on both sides of the road, opposite each other. The 1860 census included 2 Samuel T. Yeaton's, with a younger Samuel T., age 23, who married within the year a Sarah (unknown) age 22. He is not listed as junior, and no reference has been found for this younger Samuel.
James M. Brown lived in the earlier Levi T. Yeaton
Samuel Worth owned a house next to the James M. Brown. His wife
was Sarah (
John Spurlin owned the last house before
The majority of the homes on
Baptist Church Parsonage, which in 1900 was occupied by the Rev. John Scribner
G. W. Towle is listed on the 1892 map, which is likely labeled incorrectly and should appear as Charles W. Towle. Charles had a wife Rebecca G. Towne. Charlie died in 1899, no children.
Daniel Yeaton bought the old town farm
from the town of
Benjamin Bickford and his wife still living in the house which belonged to his father, Benjamin. Benjamin Jr. married Emily Gray and had children Lewis L., Joseph F., Edgar H. and an unnamed male.
Two smaller houses between the Ben Bickford house and the Pete Yeaton farm shown on the map of 1858, are gone by the map of 1892.
Samuel R. Yeaton inherited the farm of
his father James Cochran Yeaton, and his father
Samuel T. Yeaton. Samuel R. married Mabel E. Stewart
and had children
The Epsom Shoe Factory was established in 1881, and built a mill which was rented out. At the time of the 1892 map, it was the Hill Shoe Factory.
Nathan J. Goss lived in a house built by his brother John. Nathan married Ida W. Leighton, daughter of Charles W. Leighton. They had three children, Ethel M., Maryetta R., and Nathan J.
Charles Royal was connected with the Epsom Shoe Factory shortly after it was formed. He married in Pembroke Myra C. Brown and had at least two children born in Epsom.
Jonathan Marden and his wife Mary A.
Hopkinson lived in one of the two houses that were brought from Route 28 south
to this end of
James M. Clark (Jr.) left the home of his parents and brothers
(the old Abraham Wallace house) and moved into a newly constructed house on
James M. Burnham bought the William Ham homestead. He married Mary Jane Wells and had a large family: Alice, Eliza, Emma, Walter, Edgar, Otis, Moses, William, an unnamed infant, and Alfred.
Benjamim M. Towle (3rd)
built on a house on land next to the old William Ham house on the corner of
what is now
Widow Benjamin Towle (2nd) (Harriet), was still head of household of the family homestead. She died in 1910.
Charles W. Leighton inherited through his wife Eliza, the Daniel C. Bickford house. In 1900 he had two boarders and his niece Carrie J. Coleman living with them.
Hiram A. Holmes owned the former Parna Towle house, later Parker, and likely rented the house.
Mrs. MaryYeaton, widow of Solomon, stilled lived in the family homestead in 1892 which was sold before 1900 to Albert A. Ordway and his wife Angie.
Fred Yeaton inherited the homestead on
Samuel R. Yeaton, who owned the farm on
the west side of
John Spurlin with wife Elcy and son Lewis B., owns the
last two houses before
Pictured above, the shoe factory and three houses at the northern
The population of Epsom in 1860 was 1216,
in 1900 it was 771, and continued to drop to 655 in 1920. There was little
Southwick, George B., Clergyman, 56
Flora W., 48
Ruth A., 14
Zinn, Ferdinand, 50
Zinn, Robert 37
Hedwig B., 7
MacKenzie, William J., 44
Flornece M., 37
Ordway, George A., 44
J.E, wife, 44
Curtis W., 14
Bernice C., 10
Austin A., 6
Everett R., s.10
Burnham, William C. 47
Hattie A., 39
Doris E., 18
Towle, Benjamin M. 57
Annie L., 54
Cilley, Daniel T., 85
Rand, Karl F., 38
Helen G., 30
Dorothy T., 2.6
Zinn, Rudolf, 49
Yeaton, Minot, 41
Helen A., 40
Annie B., mother, 78
Ordway, Albert A. 46
Helen C., 17
Leon A., 15
Dean E., 13
Lillian C., 8
Tallman, Wesley J. 52
Hattie M., 39
Howard W., 12
Eleanor M., 7
Russell E., 5
Carroll, son, 4
Smith, Nettie A., 53
Sawyer, Edward P., 72
Yeaton, Frederick W., 54
Frederick W., 14
James H., brother, 44
Yeaton, Samuel R., 62
Mabel, E., 55
George S., 20
Maruice A., 15
Spurlin, Elbridge, 52
Spurlin, Lewis D., 59
Emerson, Nelson, boarder, 41
The population of the town in 1930
was 678 and climbed to 797 in 1940. It was during this time period that
Benjamin M. Towle recorded his memories of the
families living on
In October of 1936, Benjamin M. Towle
(1862-1945) sat down with his sister, Hattie (Towle)
Mr. Henry Sanborn is responsible for the statement that charcoal was burned on this road and hauled to market by the citizens who were called `black haulers'. Hence the road was called Black Hall (Haul) Road.
Henry F. Sanborn (1819-1897) lived on Sanborn Hill, son of
Frederick and Lucy (Sargent) Sanborn. Since the road has been seen in an early 1806 deed as '
The small bridge over the Little Suncook River was called the
No information of a drowning appears in any records, though the
property around the bridge was owned by Jeremiah Prescott who had a house
located in the area. Col. Jeremiah Prescott died in Epsom in 1817 and the
majority of his children removed to
Photo of the bridge after the 1936 flood.
Of his house he wrote:
House of Benjamin Marden Towle. I built this house fifty years ago. Construction was begun in the fall of 1886 and the house was finished in the winter and we moved into it as early as February. The land was bought from James Burnham, a corner of his field.
The house is on part of the old William Ham lot, and for a time the Ham home was owned by his father, Benjamin M. Towle, the second of that name. Here with his wife Annie Cilley, he raised his daughter Helen Gladys Towle, who later married Karl F. Rand. The house was owned for a short time by their son, Keith, before later being sold to his brother Carleton and his wife, Joyce LeDuc.
Photos: Top, Benjamin M. Towle on the porch of his
The Free will Baptist Parsonage stands at the junction of the
Clergymen for the
Nathan J. Goss
The Nathan J. Goss house was across the Little Suncook River from
the Epsom Shoe Factory building, which was established in 1881. The land on
which both buildings stood belonged to William Goss. William died in 1887 and
his eldest son John was the administrator of the estate. John sold the tract of
land with buildings to his brother Nathan in 1887, a half acre on a lot called
number 3. Nathan transferred the property into his wife's name in 1907, both
Nathan and his wife, according to the deed, were of
Nathan Jonathan Goss married Ida May Leighton June 2, 1886 in
Epsom. Ida was the daughter of Charles W. and Eliza Jane (Bickford) Leighton,
and they had daughters Ethel M., who married William E. Davis; Maryetta Rebecca, who died young; and Nathan J. (Junior)
who did not marry, and died in
Nathan J. died in 1910, his wife Ida, died in
At the time Benjamin M. Towle recorded
his memories of
The Epsom Shoe Factory Company was established May 2, 1881 on
The Zinn's rebuilt across the river on
the other side of the Nathan Goss home, and was part of the houses they later
Photos - Top, the mill pond and Epsom Shoe Factory.
Silk Mill. This house and the next occupied by Robert Zinn as a dwelling were moved from the other side of the river where they formed one house known as the "Long House" on the Dickey place. This was on the present Route 28. It stood beyond the house built by Freeman Marden and was on the same side. (Benjamin M. Towle, 1936).
Photo above, on the left, the Nathan Goss house, the next two later belonged to the Zinn's, with the middle house later having the new lace factory attached, dating the photo before 1916. Note the stone wall along Black Hall Road.
The 1892 map of Epsom does not show any house past that of Freeman Marden's on what is now Route 28. The 1858 map does show a home belonging to R. and R. O. Dickey, with the Marden house likely not yet built. This is the Dickey homestead that was moved, (probably before 1892 as they appear on Black Hall Road, along with the Nathan Goss house on that map), to the northern end, east side, of Black Hall Road, just across the Prescott Bridge. The houses belonged to Robert and Hannah (Osgood) Dickey and their son, Robert O. Dickey.
It would appear that the Goss family moved the homes from Route 28
Jonathan Marden was living in the next house just south of the lace factory business at the time he bought it from John A. Goss in December of 1888. His family included his wife, Mary A. (Hopkinson) and children Truman R., Frank W., Delia T. and Mary F. Marden. They sold their home in 1896 and it went through several owners in rather rapid succession, with John E. and Sarah E. Chesley owning it in 1902. After about a dozen years they sold it to Clarence and Hannah Pennell of Allenstown. In 1916 it was bought by Robert Zinn who raised his family there until it was sold in 1946 to Fredonia Ritchie. The Gossville Textile Company owned it from 1948 to 1957, and in 1959 it was sold to Maurice E. Sherburne, who with his family occupied the house until sold in 1973.
On the west side, practically opposite the Zinn
plant, are three houses owned by
Photo - The three houses built by Charles Sumner Hall, shown here on the left side of the road.
In deeds these houses are identified
as No. 1 being the closest to the
House number one was sold to
The center house of the three, number 2,
was sold by the heirs of Charles Sumner Hall in 1928 to Henry L. and Doris
(Burnham) Stevens. Doris Burnham was raised at the old Ham homestead on
The third house was initially sold to
Frank P. and Harriet R. Davis of Seabrook. His wife, Harriet Rosina Rand was a
sister to Katie (
On the east side next comes the house owned by the heirs of William McKenzie. This was owned and occupied by James M. Clark in my childhood. Jim Clark was somewhat of a character, rather famous for his dirt and shiftlessness. Always went barefoot and seldom washed his feet. He lost a part of his hand in a planer at William Tripp's mill and delighted in showing the stump to everyone. Said machinery was a "cuss to the country." The house was built or remodeled by Robinson, think it was Black Smith shop, moved there and fixed up and that my father and James Burnham did the work. Robinson moved to Pembroke. (Benjamin M. Towle, 1936).
Pictured - Verne MacKenzie at the Karl Rand home.
James M. Clark was the son of James M. and Mary J (Jenness) Clark. He was one of three sons, his brothers,
John C. and Samuel J. lived with their parents on the old Abraham Wallace farm,
located off what is now
James M. Clark was a civil war veteran, and his service record is found in the Epsom GAR history book:
GAR Record Book
James M. Clark Jr. - 35
Born Feb. 12th 1827 at
Entered service Sept. 5th 1864 at
Private Co. A 18th
Discharged June 10th 1865, special order No. 22 War Dept. Washington, DC
First engagement - Siege of Petersburg, VA in 1865
Joined Geo H Hoyt Post 66 GAR June 21st 1883. Dropped June 30th 1892
Reinstated Mar 1st 1894
George H. Yeaton also mentions James M. Clark when researching the uncovering of some human remains in Epsom, and from his story comes this brief account:
THE UNKNOWN MAN BELIEVED TO HAVE
BEEN MURDERED IN GOSSVILLE
About the year 1887 – George H. Yeaton (excerpt)
“A large two story house near where the human bones were found, was used at the time this man was probably killed, as a boarding house. This was when the Epsom Shoe Factory was operating, employing sixty or seventy hands, the shoe factory was just across the river from the boarding house and this person I interviewed said, that as a boy and young man, he worked at the shoe factory and could well remember one of the men, who boarded at the boarding house, across the river, coming into the shop one morning, looking as if he had been in a fight and saying, “There was a terrible fight over to the house last night.” Another person told me that a Mr. James Clark, who lived not far from the boarding house, came into the store in the village saying “They have killed a man at the boarding house, I found a man’s clothes hidden behind a large rock up in the wood just back of the boarding house.”
Deeds show the
There is no known photo of the
The house occupied by William Burnham was formerly occupied and owned by "Squire" Ham. My father married Eliza Ham for his first wife and lived there 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. (Benjamin M. Towle, 1936).
William Ham was the grandson of
Benson Ham, the first of the family to settle in Epsom. His parents were George
Wallace Ham and Margaret Dickey. William Ham was born in Epsom in 1791, and was
often referred to as 'Squire' Ham,. He married Nancy
William Ham, seen as William Ham Jr. in early records, was several times an Epsom Selectman, was a justice of the peace and superintendent of schools. He bought the old Abram Wallace homestead in 1833 and built a house on the westerly end of the lot on the easterly side of
Shortly after daughter Eliza married Benjamin M. Towle, William Ham deeded one half of his land and home to his new son-in-law, who was living in the household. At least two, if not all three, of the couples children were born in the Ham household, George Benjamin, who died in infancy; Harry Freeman, and Annie Eliza. When Benjamin's father died in 1857, the family moved to the Towle homestead, and the property returned in full to William Ham. The property was sold to James McCutcheon August 15, 1860, and the next day the Burnhams sold the property back to Benjamin Towle. It is assumed that there was some arrangement for the Burnhams to reside their, eventually gaining ownership in 1868. By this time Eliza Towle had died leaving two young children, and Benjamin M. Towle married as his second wife, Harriet Edgerly.
James McCutcheon Burnham was the son of Jeremiah Gorden Burnham and his wife Sarah Worth. He married mary Jane Wells, daughter of Theophilus Wells and Lucy M. Critchett. They raised a large family in their
William C. Burnham was born in Epsom September 19, 1872 and married in 1894, Hattie A. Pike, daughter of George A. and Augusta A. (Bowen) Pike. They had three children, Maude Augusta who married Robert M. Brown; a stillborn daughter; and Doris Emma, who married Henry L. Stevens. William C. Burnham died in 1941, and his widow Hattie sold the farm to Fred and Dorris Ward in 1954. A small house lot, north of the Burnham house and on
Sylvester Dana Edgerly 1820-1887.
No deed has been found to date of how
George W. Swain acquired the property, or from whom. [note:
as of this writing, the
Sylvester Edgerly would have been familiar with the property as his sister, Harriet, married Benjamin M. Towle who was the adjoining land owner. No deed has been found as to how Edgerly disposed of the property, nor what type of dwelling it included, but it would appear to have been acquired by the Burnhams.
On the hill east of
Abraham Wallace was the son of Samuel and Phebe Wallace, and was born about 1744, most likely in
James Marden sold his share to Thomas D.
Merrill in 1824, and this one undivided half was sold my Merrill to Jonathan Yeaton the same day. The property was described as having a
house, barn, porch, hogs pen, joiner's shop, shed and cider mill, some 70
acres. Within a year, Yeaton sold it to Josiah Brown,
who after about three years sold it back to Thomas D. Merrill. In 1833, Merrill
sold 36 acres, including a coopers shop, to William Ham. What exactly
the situation with the house and property is unclear, but in 1844, William
Ham sold to James M. Clark, 'one undivided half of the dwelling house and barn
now standing on the farm formerly owned by Abraham Wallace'. It also contained
the privilege of the door yard and barn yard. Meanwhile, it appears the two
daughters of Abraham Wallace, throughout the earlier transactions,
still owned there share, and Ruth Wallace, spinster sold her share to Joseph Jenness of
James M. Clark was the son of James Clark and his first wife Anna
Cochran. He married Mary J. Jenness in
There remains only a barn cellar hole and the family cemetery plot.
My grandfather Benjamin Marden Towle built the Towle house, now
owned by the heirs of Herbert Colby. The original Towle
house was in the field east of the present house, on the side of the field
toward land now owned by Eugene Philbrick. Only the
cellar hole and the well remain. Simeon Towle and his
wife Elizabeth (Marden) Towle
came here from
The Benjamin M. Towle House off Black Hall Road on Colby Road
The Simeon Towle house was replaced by son Benjamin with a house circa 1820, later known as the Towle homestead, and more recently, the Colby House. Simeon Towle bought this parcel of land from Amos Morrill in 1789, already being of Epsom. His obituary mentions he served in the French War as well as the American Revolution. He married on August 2, 1779, Elizabeth Marden, daughter of Benjamin Marden and Rachel Dowst, all of
The lot had several owners and was original lot No. 15 and lot No. 92. In 1770 Andrew McClary sold the lots to Jethro Blake of Epsom, who previously resided on Center Hill, on the home lots. He built and lived on the lot, selling it with house, barn and orchards to Amos Morrill in 1786. Morrill sold part of the lot to Abraham Wallace, the remainder, with buildings and orchard to Simeon Towle.
In 1816, deeds were written transferring the homestead from Simeon to his son Benjamin M. Towle. Benjamin built a new house about 1820 which passed to his son, Benjamin M. Towle (2nd) which then passed to his son Harry F. Towle, which he later sold back to his mother, Harriet E. Towle the next year. After the death of her husband, Harriet deeded the property to her son Benjamin M. Towle (3rd) in 1896, he having built his own house on a lot on
Charles W. Leighton (1841-1926)
The farm now owned by Eugene Philbrick was owned by Solomon Marden, brother of Elizabeth (Marden) Towle. Later is was the Brown farm. A family named Urann lived there. In my childhood, Daniel Philbrick owned and occupied it. Charles Leighton and Jane (Bickford) Leighton, his wife, also lived there.
Charles Leighton sold the place to James Eugene Philbrick. (Benjamin M. Towle, 1936).
The original right of John Youren, lot 91,
was drawn Nov. 6, 1732 and stayed
in the family pretty much until 1779 when it was sold to Jethro
Blake. Blake lived on the adjoining lot 92, and sold both, with lot 81 being
sold to back back to George Urin
(Youren) who had acquired the rights as early as 1771
from the family. George Urin sells the property with
buildings and 'orcharding' where he was currently
living, thus being the first person to live on the lot. He left in 1801 when
Elijah Locke lived on the lot, but he was there a short time when he sold it to
John Brown of
John Brown was the son of Jonathan Brown and Mary Garland, who had eight known children, Elizabeth, Joseph, John, Jonathan, Mary and Abigail. Daughter
John Brown was born November 12, 1759 and married in
Daniel C. Bickford was one of 7 children born to Thomas Bickford and his wife Olive Haynes, part of the Bickford line that were early settlers of the town. The names of the children of the family are well known in Epsom history: John who married Eliza Lane; Samuel Weeks Bickford who married Lucy Learned; Nathan, who married Eliza W. Dickey; Olive W. who married Simeon Philbrick and lived in Allenstown; Daniel C. who married Jane Staples; Mehitable who was unmarried; and Dearborn, of which nothing more is known.
No marriage record has been found indicating when Daniel C. married Jane Staples, nor is anything known of her parents, though she was born in
Daniel C. Bickford died in 1877, and he deeded half homestead to his son Thomas E. in 1861, 'for and during the natural life of the said Daniel C. Bickford and the natural life of Jane Bickford' including 'one half of the barn and the out buildings with two rooms in the easterly end of the dwelling house with a privilege in the cellar, chamber and diary'. Thomas Edward Bickford entered the War of the Rebellion as was killed at
Know primarily as Gene or Eugene Phibrick, he used the home in its later years to store apples, which eventually led to the building collapsing, the property foreclosed upon, and sold to Karl F. Rand in 1938.
The Cape Cod cottage on Black Hall Road next to Benjamin Towle's building, was built in 1938 by Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Osborne. The land was deeded to them by Mr. Towle, Mrs. Dorothy (Towle Rand) being his granddaughter. (Carleton T. Rand, 1945).
Benjamin M. Towle
deeded a lot to his granddaughter, Dorothy (
The house now occupied by Karl Fowler
The heir's rights were sold at auction, subject to the widow's dower rights and I bought them. Later I bought out the widow. The house was originally Cape Cod cottage type, and Charles built a two-story ell. Back of the front hall was a closet with a door which fitted miserably into the wooden partition. The upper part of the main house was unfinished and was the loom room. (Benjamin M. Towle, 1936).
The Karl Rand Farm
The Karl Rand farm was part of the combined lots 92 and 15. The original right for the property was drawn by Nathaniel Huggins, with lot 15 being belonging to Joshua Berry in 1757 when he sold it to William Blazo. Blazo did not settle on the lot, but held it for only a few days before selling it to Abraham Libbey, who had previously bought lot 92 from William and Nathaniel Huggins. Ten years later it was sold to speculators Josiah and Tryphena Sanborn. Now owners of both lots, they sold them to Andrew McClary, who in turn, sold them to Jethro Blake who owned an adjoining lot. Amos Morrill acquired the land and sold a part of the 30 acre lot, part of lot 92 and part of lot 93 to the tailor, William Sanborn. This same property was sold to Joseph Lawrence in 1799 by Sanborn and he sold it in 1815 to his brother Edward Lawrence.
Edward Lawrence (1745-1829) built on the property, as when he sold it to John Dyer of Epsom it included buildings. Dyer apparently did not reside in the home, owning it for only a few months before is was sold to Simeon Towle Jr., of Epsom 'land I purchased of Edward Lawrence of Epping with all the buildings standing thereon, containing 100 acres more or less'.
Simeon Towle was a son of Simeon M. and Elizabeth (Marden) Towle, and a brother to Benjamin M. Towle. The elder Towle lived in the pasture above
Charles William Towle inherited his father's
On the east side of
Benjamin Towle, my father, sold the place to Daniel Ayers, it went into possession of Warren Yeaton, probably by mortgage. Addison Davis once lived there, also a family named Pinney. Mrs. James Fisk bought it of the Yeaton heirs and gave it to Kidder Fisk who lived there for a while and sold it to Rudolf Zinn. Zinn remodeled the house and sold it to Osborne. (Benjamin M. Towle, 1936).
The Perna (Parna)
Towle house on
Benjamin M. Towle
(1st) built a house for his spinster sister Parna Towle and deeded her the property
in 1839. Four years later it as sold back to him. He
finally sold it to Hazen Saltmarsh of Hooksett who
sold it to Joseph W. Burnham in 1856, and it is he who is shown there on the
1858 map. Burnham was the son of Jeremiah G. and Sarah (Worth) Burnham, whose
brother buys the William Ham homestead. Joseph married in 1857 Martha J. Worth, daughter of John and Mary (Mann) Worth. In 1865 the Burnhams sold their home to Daniel C. Ayer, with the Towle's selling them an additional 5 acres. Daniel C. Ayer
James Barry Osborne married in
Over the next decade the house had several owners, including Llewellyn Cushing, Gerald Pickard, James Martel, Lloyd Hill, and in 1957, purchased by Eugene and Shirley Parker.
The Cape Cod cottage on
Harvey Jackson home on Black Hall Road
Benjamin M. Towle
(3rd) bought the Charles W. Towle estate in 1900,
with the majority of the property being sold to Karl F. Rand, with the
exception of one small lot of about three acres. This small piece of property
was sold in 1940 to Paul Brusquini, who built a small
cape home on the lot. In 1947 they left Epsom and sold the home to
The house formerly used as the Epsom Poor House
stands on the west side of the road. It is now owned by
It is said that this house was built by a Towle and James B. Towle was buried in a family graveyard next to the small yard where the town poor were buried. (note: Joseph Towle buried in Poor Farm cemetery) The place was known previous to its use as a poor house as the Esq. Hersey place. It was bought soon after 1848 and was used as a poor farm until about 1865 (Benjamin M. Towle, 1936).
The Daniel T. Yeaton homestead, later home of Robert E. Cutter.
The early transactions for lot 89 are
missing in the public record, though it is known it was drawn by William Perkins
and John Berry.
Joseph Towle died in 1828 and is buried in the Poor Farm cemetery, not far from the house. The homestead passed to his daughters Hannah, Susan G., and in particular Sally, who married James Hersey. Hersey sold the homestead to Silas Green in 1846, who in turn sold it to Elihu Scott in 1847. The Epsom town report for the years 1848-1850, show the purchase of the farm from Scott for $1900.00 for use as the town Poor Farm. It was filled with $220 worth of live stock; $64.82 for furniture; $47.07 worth of farming tools and $175.31 worth of provisions and produce. It would appear the farm was managed by W. S. Prescott. By its second year, 31 paupers were in residence full time, with another 13 boarding part of the year. The town operated the poor farm until about 1865, and it was sold to James Yeaton. James Yeaton sold the farm to Daniel T. Yeaton in 1872, and it was known quite some time as the Daniel Towle Yeaton homestead.
Daniel T. Yeaton married Margaret Ann Chesley in 1867, and she died with an infant child in 1870. Daniel married second, Ann Bray Rowell in 1872, and they had three children: Alfred Daniel who married Evelyn Winkley:, Minot Rowell who married Helen G. Green; and Alice Bertha, who married Harry Silver. In 1903 Daniel deeded one undivided half of the property to his son Minot, who owned the property until selling 'our homestead, the same premises that James Yeaton deed Oct. 25, 1872 to Daniel Yeaton' to Robert E. Cutter. Robert Cutter died in 2005 and was buried in the Poor Farm cemetery.
Albert G. Ordway lives in the very old house where Solomon Yeaton formerly lived. After the death of Mrs. Solomon Yeaton, the place was sold to Ordway. This is probably a very early Yeaton homestead. (Benjamin M. Towle, 1936).
The Solomon Yeaton, later Ordway House
Shortly after Jonathan Towle bought the homestead farm of Weymouth Wallace, he sold a lot of land across the street on the east side of
Eldest son John settled on the old Nathaniel Wallace homestead on what is now
John Yeaton married in 1803, Rebecca Bickford, a daughter of Samuel and Abigail (Cook) Bickford, and had four known children, John, Samuel P., William and Daniel. His wife died in 1811, and he married as his second spouse, Betsey Towle, daughter of Simeon M. and Elizabeth (Marden) Towle. This union included three children, Solomon M., Sallie T. and Warren. Upon the death of Betsey, John Yeaton married third, Elizabeth W. Ham, the widow of his brother William.
Solomon M. Yeaton inherited the original family homestead with 10 acres from his father John, who inherited the farm from his father William. This is where Solomon raised his family, and the homestead stayed in the family, with the rights of the homestead deeded to his wife Mary (Hilliard) by her children in 1886, and she sold the homestead to in 1897 to Albert A. Ordway after over a century of being in the Yeaton family.
Albert Alanson Ordway had roots in Epsom through his mother, Nancy Carleton who married George Ordway. Her parents, George R. and Nancy (Tripp) Ordway were Epsom residents. Her sister, Mary A., married Alanson Stewart, and their daughter Mabel Evelyn married Samuel R. Yeaton, parents of Russell S. Yeaton who later owned a large farm on Route 28, on the
On the same side (East) is a rather more recent
house built by
Israel Garfield house on Black Hall Road
Israel Garfield hailed from
Lydia P. Bickford was the daughter of Samuel and Sally (Pervear) Bickford, and was born about 1811, based on her
age when she died in 1884.
Tallman married in 1903, Hattie M. Brown of Gilmanton, daughter of
Charles Jonathan and Lenora (Jones) Brown. Hattie's sister,
The Tallman's had a large family, including son Lester P.,, Howard W., Lawrence C., Russell, E., Carroll J., and Ray
C.. For daughters, Eleanor M. and Ruth L.. The family
has a plot in the
The Tallman's sold the home to James B. Osborne and was used by the Osborne family until sold to Bob Cutter in 1947. He may have used it as a rental property until sold in 1965 to Spencer Hood. His widow sold the home in 1995.
On the west side next comes the Ben Bickford house. I can remember four generations there, Old Ben, Young Ben, Joe and Joe's son who was born there. I have heard that this was an old tavern. (Benjamin M. Towle, 1936).
Benjamin Bickford Homestead
In a deed from Benjamin Shepard to
Joseph Cilley, it states that the house on this lot
is on the 'same land that Benjamin Blake did formerly live on.' Though the deed
gives that information, the sale to Shepard was from
Benjamin Blake's brother, Dearborn Blake.
Shepard ran a mill on the property and it
property was sold by Ciley to Weymouth Wallace,
already of Epsom. William Weymouth Wallace married in 1772, Martha Wallace,
daughter of Samuel and Phebe (Libbey)
Wallace. Three of her brothers, namely Joseph, Abraham and Nathaniel, all
Benjamin Bickford was a son of Samuel and Sally (Pervear) Bickford and was born and raised in Epsom. He
married Sarah L. Eastman of
Son Edgar moved to the west coast, and son Joseph lived with his parents in the homestead. Benjamin Bickford, a civil war veteran, outlived his son Joseph and wife, passing away in 1916. He sold the house to Israel Garfield, with the provision that he could remain in the house and keep a small garden. The heirs of Israel Garfield sol the house to Samuel W. Bickford in 1938, and upon his death, his son Jackson Rockwell Bickford lived in the house, raising his family there until 1946.
On the west side, up a lane, is the house occupied by Fred Yeaton. This is the "Uncle Jack" Yeaton place where he lived in very earliest days and where his son Will lived. Fred is Uncle Jack's grandson.(Benjamin M. Towle, 1936).
No old pictures are known to exist of the Yeaton homestead.
John Mark Moses states that John Yeaton
settled 'next north of his father' which would be what was part of the original
Joseph Wallace homestead. Wallace sold the property with his home, to Elijah
Locke Jr., who sold it in 1814 to John Yeaton. John
(1781-1861) likely built his house on the western side of
William deeded lands to many of with son John receiving the rest of the estate and was named executor. John Yeaton died in 1861 and the homestead was sold by his heirs. John the third married in 1828, Sarah Bickford, daughter of Samuel and Sally (Pervear) Bickford. As in the case of his father before him, his first wife died leaving six children, namely: William, who married Caroline A. Tripp and died in the Civil War; James A., who married Annie R. Crockett and settled on New Orchard Road; Sarah who married James L. Bartlett; Daniel T. who married twice and bought the old town poor farm; Vienna R. who married Elbridge G. Batchelder; and Betsey who married Thomas B. Robinson. John married after the death of his second wife, her sister, Caroline Bickford, widow of Samuel C. Cilley. From this marriage were two more children, Estella A. and Frederick W. Yeaton. John Yeaton lived until 1881, leaving the homestead to his youngest son, Fred, who married in 1898, Florence L. Fowler. Their children, Nathan, Matthew F., Millard J. and Frederick W., who inherited the homestead.
Just beyond the Ben Bickford house is a cellar hole where
"Bill Brooks" lived. I remember going there with father when a child
died. It was taken down and moved. The ell stands at Gossville.
It was moved out there and Billy Bennett lived in it. This was probably a Yeaton house. (Benjamin M. Towle, 1936).
Note: From History of Goboro Road, Billy Bennett bought the ell of the “Red House” on
Thomas Dearborn Bickford (1862-1878)
The original proprietor of lot 87 was Richard Neal, which was sold
for unpaid taxes February 7, 1781 to John Casey, and sold by him to Joseph
Wallace on May 4th. Wallace built a house and settled on the lot with a family
of at least 4 boys and three girls, according to the 1790 census. The children
have never been identified, and the family left Epsom about 1804. He sold 25
acres of the lot to Thomas Bickford, and sold the house with 54 aces to Elijah
Locke Junior. Joseph was a son of Samuel and Phebe (Libbey) Wallace, and joined his brothers Abraham and
Nathaniel, and his sister, Martha, wife of Weymouth Wallace, on
Elijah Locke Junior was the son of Elijah and Elizabeth (Brown)
Locke and was born in
Jonathan Yeaton was one of many sons of
William and Hannah (Towle) Yeaton
who settled on
The property was sold, unlike most of the families'
On the West side of
This house was sold and torn down. William Goss bought it intending to use the timbers for a house nearer Gossville, but found it so poor he did not use it. (Benjamin M. Towle, 1936).
The Yeaton Burying Ground on
Hopley Yeaton was the
next to youngest son of William and Hannah (Towle) Yeaton. He married in 1828, Hannah Bickford, daughter of
Samuel and Sally (Pervear) Bickford in a marriage
that lasted about a decade. In 1838 he married as his second wife, Sarah Ann
Kimball, and little is know of this union. In 1849 he married as his third and
final wife, Salome G. Lear, daughter of Alexander S. and Mary Jane (Wiggin)
Lear. All three marriages were in Epsom, and no children from any of the
marriages. Hopley spent is later days in
It was not until the 1970's that any new buildings were erected on this site.
On the west side next comes the house of the late Samuel Yeaton. This was built by Jim C. Yeaton. He lived there and was followed by his son Samuel. The place is now occupied by Sam's widow and his sister Lizzie.
The house opposite was the old place. It was unoccupied and deserted for many years, until repaired and renovated. Maurice Yeaton, son of Samuel, lives there. On the east side a little to the north of the house stood the old cider mill where much cider was made. (Benjamin M. Towle, 1936).
Above the James C. Yeaton home which was destroyed by an early morning fire October 29, 2012. The barns survived, - below, site of the original Samuel T. house.
The Maurice 'Pete' Yeaton
farm is located on the west side of
The farm sits on lot 85 which was sold to
John Yeaton in 1803, and 80 acres of the lot was sold
to William Yeaton in 1807. In 1821 William sold land
on both sides of
James Cochran Yeaton married in Epsom March 18, 1856, Hannah Drake Towle, daughter of Robey M. and Mary Abigail (Nelson) Towle. Their first son, Samuel Roby Yeaton married Mabel Evelyn Stewart and inherited the homestead, which had been expanded by his father to include adjoining Yeaton properties. Other children included Elizabeth H. who married John C. Yeaton; Mary A. who married William D. Hutchinson of Pembroke; Nettie, who married William A. Smith of Manchester; and James H. Yeaton. James C. died in 1884 leaving minor children Nettie and James H. Yeaton.
Samuel R. and Mabel Yeaton
had six children: Florence E. who married Charles A. Bartlett; Josie G.; Sophronia M. who married Walter Wells; Russell S. who
married Anna E. Peterson and had a farm on ROute 28 (
Next on the East side of the road is a new house built by
Winthop H. Fife was the son of Fred C. and
The "Jim Brown" house is on the left or east side of the
road. It was sold to John Spurlin. Later it came into
the hands of an Italian named
An old house formerly stood beyond the Jim Brown house, which was called the Spurlin house. This has been unoccupied and abandoned ever since I can remember. (Benjamin M. Towle, 1936).
The Joseph Yeaton - James M. Brown
The Joseph Yeaton lot is part of lot 84
in the third range of lots in Epsom, the original proprietor, Benjamin Parker.
James Gray bought 163 in lot 84 in 1779 for unpaid taxes. An additional 76
acres was sold to 1778 to Richard Tripp. Records do not reveal any activity on
the lot which appears in the hand Rufus G. Amory of
Just what arrangement John and Joseph remains with the property remains a bit of a mystery. In 1823 John quitclaims the northerly half of a two story house to Joseph along with an additional lot that included that on which the barn was standing. In 1827 John deeds the southerly half of the two story dwelling.
The marriage of Joseph to Elizabeth Brown, daughter of John and
Sarah/Salome (Allen) Brown is not known, though they had a child as early as
1815. They lived in their
John Spurlin married about 1850, Elcy Fife and had three children, Jeremy, Lewis B. and Elbridge K., who married in 1898 Nellie Bickford, and after her death in 1911, married Annie Clark.. His father died in 1901 and the house was occupied by their son Elbridge. The sole surviving child of Elbridge and Nellie was son Clifton L. who never married, and he and his step mother Annie Spurlin sold the home to Thomas Brasley and Henry D. Biscornet. They sold various parts of the property, with the house and about 8 acres being sold soon after they acquired it to a Louis Langlitz (seen in various spellings), whom after 8 years sold it to Joseph and Grace Santa Paula.
The abandoned house seems to have been occupied by S. Worth, as seen in some deeds and is how it appears on the 1858 map.
The house now occupied by Leonard Batchelder was the John Spurlin house, probably built by him. This is on the east side of the road. (Benjamin M. Towle, 1936).
the Batchelder Guest House on
The tract of land on which this house stands is part of lots 83
and 84 which section was owned by Jonathan Yeaton. He
deeded the property to his minor daughters in October 1828 and died less than a
month later. The guardian of the daughters Susan and Mary was James Hersey, who
sold the property on their behalf to William T. Jenness
who owned the store at the four corners at
John Spurlin came to Epsom from
The Stewart house is now occupied by Mrs
.George Batchelder who was Nettie Stewart and was
later sold by the heirs to
An 1898 photo of the Mary Stewart house, corner of
The house on this lot was either moved or built before 1850, and
is referenced in a deed of 1852 when Elizabeth Bickford sells adjoining
property, referring to 'the parsonage lot.' Indeed, the 1850 US Census,
following the order of houses on the street, shows Rev. Gorham P. Ramsey living
in the parsonage. Thomas Tripp, who probably owned the lot, was the clerk for
Mary J. Young was a daughter of Albon
Perkins, and married in Epsom, Levi G. Young, who died in the Civil War
December 19, 1862 at
The store at the corner of
The next owners were Theophilus Wells
who obtained the property in 1859, selling it the next year to his son in law,
Moses Critchett. Deeds during this period give a
little more detail as to how the property may have appeared. Moses and his wife
lived in the house, but leased the store the adjoining horse shed. The lease, which included water rights, was for twenty years, was
to Joseph C. and Josiah B. Cram, of Allenstown and Pembroke. They
eventually owned the store building, but not the land on which it stood, and
moved to Allenstown. By 1865, Levi and Sally Robinson had bought the property
and two years later sold it to Eben S. Dutton of
Hooksett. It was only three years later when it became the property of Arthur
The Tennants moved to Epsom, and Arthur
sold the business to his son James B. Tennant in 1874. James grew the business
and expanded his business and eventually moving to
The longest single owner was Oliver C.Lombard, who ran the store for nearly 40 years.
Walter Tripp's house was moved from the Fowler district and put up in the same shape as originally. (Benjamin M. Towle, 1936).
The original house at the Short Falls four corners, last occupied by Susan A. (Straw) Philbrick
Isaac Smith sold the property to Levi T. Yeaton in 1840. Levi already owned the Worth house at Short Fall which he bought in 1821. He died suddenly and John Yeaton 3rd and Nathan Bickford, guardians of his minor children, sold the property to James Tripp in 1848.
Levi T. Yeaton, one of the sons of William and Hannah (Towle) Yeaton married Mary Mathes of Northwood in 1830, and by the deeds, had children John A., Horace, Levi, George W. for sons, and a daughter Angie M..
James Tripp was a son of John and Sally (Gordon) Tripp and was
born in Epsom in 1814, marrying Isabella Dickey (
Finally, for a time, the house was occupied as the Burnham's owned
it from 1849 until 1864. They sold it to David and Clara Robinson, but they
turned the house over to James W. Marden within a
year. James W. Marden, who operated the
Bob Tripp related in 2003 that the house was moved from