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Biographies | French & Indian War Roster
Genealogies & Biographies (External)
[Also see "History" section for mention of many of the early settlers of this area]

There are many unsung heroes and heroines of Manchester New Hampshire whose names are not mentioned here. These include the 'house wives,' mill workers, laundresses, chauffeurs, maids, stable boys and all of the other "uninfluential" people who made up the majority of the population. Their accomplishments may not appear in any of the history books about Manchester, but without their existence, the city would not have grown and developed. I salute all of them.

& G E N E A L O G I E S
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Hypertext on the name of the individual links to their biography and/or family tree.


Robert P. "Bob" Beattie,
athlete, coach, sports commentator

Joseph Bernier publisher of L'Avenir

Vanessa Leah Washington-Johnson-Bloemen (1953-2011)
Manchester New Hampshire’s Human Rights Champion, Volunteer, Civic and Community Leader


Mary A. (Hawley) Briggs (1870-1904)
Baptist missionary to Japan, teacher

Dr. William D. Buck
Dr. William D. Buck

Hon. David A. Bunton
Hon. David A. Bunton

Maud L. (Hood) Center 1874-1958
First NH Lady Century Rider of 1893, Bicyclist, Linotypist:

Manchester New Hampshire's Premier Baseball Family: Fred and Robert "Curly" Clement

Nathaniel Wentworth Cumner

Nathaniel Wentworth Cumner

John Bernard Delaney, D.D. 2nd Bishop of Manchester

Alfred G. Fairbanks
Alfred G. Fairbanks

Moses Fellows
Moses Fellows

Mary E. Fogarty (1921-2011)

Frank Monroe Frisselle

Frank Monroe Frisselle

Captain Joseph Freschl: An Immigrant's Story (pdf)
Henry Melville Fuller
(photograph found in article)
Dr. John Gleason, founder Beacon Hill Hospital in Manchester NH


John Hall

Joel Harter Hesser (1867-1945)
Founder, Hesser College

Benjamin Kidder


Manchester New Hampshire's Professional Wrestler, Restaraunteur, Wild Circus Owner, Amusement Park Operator, Real Estate Investor: John Demetrious Kilonis (1885-1965)

Manchester, New Hampshire’s Distinguished Artist, Instructor, Director, Civic Leader: Maud Briggs Knowlton (1870-1956)
- blog, Cow Hampshire


Eleanor Crough Lockwood
Manchester New Hampshire Teacher, WW1 Red Cross Nurse, Public Health Nurse, Women’s Rights Advocate, Civic Leader, Clubwoman: Elena Mae (Crough) Lockwood (1884-1962)


Elizabeth "Nacky" (Scripps) Gallowhur, LOEB

Glady Harter (Hesser) Lord (1899-1961)
Teacher, Hesser College Owner

Likeness of John H. Maynard
John H. Maynard

The Father of Labor Day: Manchester New Hampshire's George McGuire aka Maguire (1857-1913)
John MOOR - John, son of Maj. Samuel, and Deborah (Butterfield) Moor was born in Litchfield, N.H., Nov. 28, 1731.
Joseph Morency (1898-1978) Manchester NH Grocer - photos with story

New Hampshire WWI Military: Yeoman Anne (Frasier) Norton of Derry, Manchester and Portsmouth NH (1893-1918)


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Ada Parnell, Immigrant to Manchester NH
Ada Parnell, Immigrant

Dr. William Moody Parsons

Dr. William Moody Parsons

Bernice (Blake) Perry

First Female Aviator, Well-Known Photographer and Philanthropist


Online Book: Memoir of William Shepherd, innkeeper of Concord MA and Manchester NH in 1839


Manchester NH's Hot Dog Kings: The Schoenland Family

Gen. John Stark, by Samuel F.B. Morse, 1816, Courtesy of Macbeth Galleries, New York. From book: Life of General John Stark of New Hampshire by Howard Parker Moore, 1949

William F. Schonland of Schonland's meat products

Manchester New Hampshire’s Philosopher and Educator: Professor Emeritus Isabel Scribner Stearns (1910-1987)

Roger G. Sullivan

Manchester New Hampshire Cigar Manufacturer, Director and Philanthropist: Roger G. Sullivan (1854-1918)

Charles W TOBEY. - president of the F.J. Hoyt Shoe Company (photo)

Dr. Charles Wells
Dr. Charles Wells

Mrs. Olive M. Winegar, electic physician
(1814-aft 1870)
and her daughter
Emogene Ramenla Winegar, M.D.

Effie Brown (Earll) Slingerland Yantis (1869-1950)
Illustrator, Lecturer, Social Worker, New Hampshire Politician


- Genealogy of the Moore family : of Londonderry, New Hampshire, and Peterborough, New Hampshire, 1648-1924. - Ancestry.com

JOHN GOFFE was an influential man in the new settlement, and had a son, John, who became a distinguished officer in the French and Indian War. The (current) Wayfarer Inn is located on the site of the historic John Goffe's Mill. A Historic marker can be found on Route 3 in Bedford near the Manchester line, about .2 miles north of its junction with Route 101. This is considered the site of Squire John Goffe's log homestead on Bowman's Brook. John Goffe's Mill, now part of the motel complex across the road [see the Wayfarer link above], was built in 1744 by his grandson, Major John, rebuilt in 1834 by his great grandson, Theodore, following a fire, and again in 1939 by another descendant, Dr. George Woodbury. Prominent in Bedford history, the family name was given to neighboring Goffstown and Goffe's Falls. Four generations of Goffes, with their wives, rest side by side in Bedford's Old Burying Ground. Other descendants rest in the Bedford Center Cemetery. SEE GENEALOGY (FAMILY TREE) OF JOHN GOFFE
(added May 2005)

BENJAMIN KIDDER doubtless came here about 1722 with his father-in-law, John GOFFE, as he was a grantee of Londonderry in that year. He probably was originally of Billerica. He entered in the company under the famous Captain LOVEWELL, in the expedition against Pequauquauke, and while on the march, and in the neighborhood of Ossipee Lake, was taken sick. It is probable that he did not long survive the hardships and exposures of this expedition. His son, John KIDDER, was named as a legatee in the will of his grandfather, John GOFFE, Esq., made in 1748.
EDWARD LINGFIELD -- Very little is known of Edward LINGFIELD (often written as LINKFIELD). He married a daughter of John GOFFE, Esq., and settled in the Manchester area about 1722. He was a corporal in Lovewell's expedition, was one of the thirty-four men who marched from Ossipee Lake to Pequauquauke, and took part in that famous battle, where he fought with great bravery. He was one of the nine men in that battle "who received no considerable wounds." After his return from that expedition, he received an ensign's commission as a reward of his heroic conduct in the battle of Pequauquauke.
JOHN McNEIL came to Londonderry with the first emigrants in 1719. The McNEILS of Scotland, and in the north of Ireland, were men of known reputation for bravery, and Daniel McNEIL was one of the Council of the city of Londonderry, and has the honor, with twenty-one others of that body, of withstanding the duplicity and treachery of Lundy, the traitorous Governor, and affixing their signatures to a resolution to stand by each other in defense of the city, which resolution, placarded upon the market-house and read at the head of the battalions in the garrison, led to the successful defense of the city.

John McNEIL was a lineal descendant of this councilor. Becoming involved in a quarrel with a person of distinction in his neighborhood, who attacked him in the highway, McNEIL knocked him from his horse, and left him to be cared for by his retainers. This encounter, though perfectly justifiable on the part of Mr. McNEIL, as his antagonist was the attacking party, made his tarry in Ireland unpleasant, if not unsafe, and he emigrated to America, and settled in Londonderry. Here he established a reputation not only as a man of courage, but one of great strength, and neither white or Indian man upon the borders dared to risk a hand-to-hand encounter with him. Measuring six feet and a half in height, with a corresponding frame, and stern, unbending will, he was a fit outpost, as it were, of civilization, and many are the traditions of his personal encounters during a long and eventful border life. His wife, Christiana, was well mated with him, of strong frame and great energy and courage. It is related that upon one occasion, a stranger came to the door and inquired for McNEIL. Christiana told him that her "gude mon" was not at home. Upon which the stranger expressed much regret. Christiana inquired as to the business upon which he came, and the stranger told her he had heard a great deal of the strength of McNEIL and his skill in wrestling, and had come some considerable distance to throw him. "And troth, mon," said Christiana McNEIL, "Johnny is gone, but I'm not the woman to see ye disappointed, an' I think if ye'll try mon, I'll throw ye meself." The stranger, not liking to be thus bantered by a woman, accepted the challenge, and, sure enough, Christiana tripped his heels and threw him upon the ground. The stranger, upon getting up, thought he would not wait for "Johnny," but left without deigning to leave his name.

**ADDED April 2005**
Genealogy - Family Tree of Archibald & Gen. John STARK

was born at Glasgow, in Scotland, in 1693. Soon after graduating at the university, he moved to Londonderry, in the north of Ireland, becoming what was usually denoted a "Scotch-Irishman." There he was married to a poor, but beautiful Scottish girl, by the name of Eleanor NICHOLS, and emigrated to America. He at first settled in Londonderry, where he remained until some time in 1736, when, having his house burned, he removed to that portion of land upon the Merrimack then known as Harrytown, upon a lot that had been granted to Samuel THAXTER by the government of Massachusetts, and which was situated upon the hill upon the east bank of the Merrimack, a short distance above the falls of Namaoskeag. Here he resided until his death. An educated man, STARK must have had a strong desire that his children should enjoy the advantages of an education; but in a wilderness, surrounded by enemies, and upon a soil not the most inviting, the sustenance and protection of his family demanded his attention rather more than their education. His children, however, were instructed at the fireside in the rudiments of an English education, and such principles were instilled into them as, accompanied with energy, courage and decision of character, made them fit actors in the stirring events of that period. His education fitted him rather for the walks of civil life; but yet we find him a volunteer for the protection of the frontier against the ravages of the Indians, in 1745. For the protection of the people in this immediate neighborhood, a fort was built at the outlet of Swager's or Fort Pond, which, out of compliment to Mr. STARK's enterprise in building and garrisoning the same, was called Stark's Fort.

Mr. STARK had seven children--four sons and three daughters. His four sons: William, John, Archibald and Samuel, were noted soldiers in the Indian and French wars, and the three oldest had distinguished themselves as officers in the notable corps of Rangers prior to their father's death. The second son, John, became the famous partisan officer in the Revolution, and as a brigadier won unfading laurels at the battle of Bennington. Mr. STARK died the 25th day of June, 1758, aged sixty-one years. [more info on Archibald Stark and his genealogy - archived version]

General JOHN STARK, son of ARCHIBALD STARK - Roger's Ranger and Revolutionary hero, served at Bunker Hill and in Washington's New Jersey campaign of 1776 to 1777, and commanded the American militia which decisively defeated two detachments of Burgoyne's army near Bennington, Vermont, August 16, 1777. He married Elizabeth "Molly" Page. A stone marks his birthplace on Stark Road, six-tenths of a mile easterly on Lawrence Road. John Stark is buried in Manchester.

SEE online: "General Stark and the Battle of Bennington" - from Harper's new monthly magazine. / Volume 55, Issue 328, September 1877 (Cornell University Library)

JOHN HALL came to this country probably after 1730. He tarried some time in Londonderry, and then moved upon a lot of land near the west line of Chester, and in that part of the town afterwards set off to form the town of Derryfield. He was an energetic business man, and for a series of years transacted much of the public business of this neighborhood and town. He kept a public-house until his death. The original frame house built by him, but added to according to business and fashion, until little of the original could be recognized, was standing until 1852, when it was destroyed by fire. It had always been kept as a public-house, and generally by some one of the name.

Mr. HALL was the agent of the inhabitants for obtaining the charter of Derryfield, in 1751, and was the first town clerk under that charter. He was elected to that office fifteen years, and in one and the same year was moderator, first selectman and town clerk.

WILLIAM GAMBLE and MICHAEL McCLINTOCK -- William GAMBLE came to this country in 1722, aged fourteen years. He and two elder brothers, Archibald and Thomas, and a sister, Mary, started together for America, but the elder brothers were pressed into the British service upon the point of sailing, leaving the boy William and his sister to make the voyage alone. William was saved from the press-gang alone by the ready exercise of "woman's wit." The GAMBLEs had started under the protection of Mr. and Mrs. Michael McCLINTOCK, who resided in the same neighborhood, and were about to emigrate to New England. Upon witnessing the seizure of the elder brothers, Mrs. McCLINTOCK called to William GAMBLE, "Come here, Billy, quickly," and upon Billy approaching her, she continued, "Snuggle down here, Billy," and she hid him under the folds of her capacious dress! There he remained safely until the gang had searched the house for the boy in vain, and retired in high dudgeon at their ill success.

Upon coming to this country, the McCLINTOCKs came to Londonderry. They were industrious, thriving people, and Michael and William, his son, built the first bridge across the Cohoes, and also another across the Little Cohoes, on the road from Amoskeag to Derry. These bridges were built in 1738, and were probably near where bridges were still maintained, across the same streams on the "old road to Derry," ca. 1885. The McCLINTOCKs were voted twenty shillings a year for ten years for the use of these bridges.

William GAMBLE, upon his arrival in Boston, went to work on the ferry from Charleston to Boston. Here he remained two years. During the Indian War of 1745, he joined several "scouts," and upon the commencement of the "Old French War," in 1755, having lost his wife, he enlisted in the regular service, and was in most of the war, being under WOLFE on the "Plains of Abraham."

Family Tree of William-1 NUTT (1698-1771) and descendants. Perhaps one of the most "famous" of his descendants was: George Washington Morrison Nutt, "a little person," born in Manchester, New Hampshire, 1 April, 1844;died in New York city, 25 April, 1881. He was first placed on exhibition in Barnum's museum in New York city, accompanied Charles S. Stratton ("Tom Thumb") on a tour around the world in 1869-'72, and subsequently conducted theatrical shows in Portland, Oregon, and San Francisco, California, in partnership with his brother, Rodney, who, besides himself, was the only diminutive member of the family. Afterward he managed travelling companies. " Commodore" Nutt, as he was called, though well-proportioned, was only 43 inches high. He performed in Keene NH in 1868. Read his obituary from the May 26, 1881 issue of the NY Times: "COMMODORE NUTT" DEAD.; THE HISTORY OF THE WELL-KNOWN DWARF"
Photographs and Biography
of Frederick Smyth can be found in the UNH Milne Collection Archives


Extensive Biography and Genealogy
Frederick Smyth (1819-1899)
Born in Candia, NH, later moving to Massachusetts and then later to Manchester NH.

Frederick Smyth was a banking and railroad executive who was active in Republican and New Hampshire state politics. He served as governor of New Hampshire for two terms (1865-66).

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