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					         HISTORY
                OF

FRANCESTOWN, N. H.
FROM ITS EARLIEST SETTLEMENT APRIL, 1758

          TO   JANUARY 1, 1891.
               WITH A BRIEF

       GENEALOGICAL RECORD

   OF ALL THE FRANCESTOWN FAMILIES.

    BY REV. W. R. COCHRANE, D. D.
          OF ANTRIM, N. H.
                   -AND
       GEORGE K. WOOD ESQR.
         OF FRANCESTOWN.
         PUBLISHED BY THE TOWN




               NASHUA, N.H

       JAMES H. BARKER; PRINTER.

                   1895.
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  This family came from England, but were of French, and probably Huguenot origin. The name
was first written Cresse. It is said to have been spelled 28 different ways. The first of the name in
this country spelled it Cresse. The Francestown branch generally pronounced it, and sometimes
spelled it Creecy. But Cressy, as given above, is the orthography that is most prevalent.

  WILLIAM and MIGHILL CRESSY landed at Salem, Mass., in the year 1649. William soon went
to Connecticut and remained in that colony. Mighill, (or Michael,) who was 21 years of age on
arrival In this country, settled to Salem, and married in 1658, Mary Bachelder, (dau. of John and
Elizabeth) of "Royal Side," a part of Salem now Beverly. She died in child-birth, leaving oue child,
John, b., Aug. 5, 1659. After her death, Michael Cressy moved to Ipswich, Mass., where he
married Mary Quilter, April 6, 1660, had three other children, Mighill, William, and Mary, and died
April, 1670. The widow with her three children moved to Rowley, Mass., where she d. May
7,1707. Her son, Mighill, married, Sarah Hidden of Rowley and died in that town, 1740. Her son,
William, married, Anne Hidden of Rowley and d. in 1717. And her dau. Mary, married, Samuel
Hidden of Rowley.

  JOHN CRESSY, son of the first settler, (b. Aug. 5, 1659) m. Nov. 23,1685, Sarah, dau. of John
and Mary (Tredwell) Gaines of Ipswich, Mass. He lived in "Royal Side," Salem, (now Beverly,)
was Deacon of the 2nd church of Beverly, and died, July 22. 1735, having had child-



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ren:-- Mary, John, Sarah, John, Joseph, Daniel, Job, Benjamin, Hannah, Abigail and Noah. Their
mother died, April 4, 1751, aged nearly 86.
  Joseph Cressy, fifth child of John and Sarah (Gaines) Cressy and grandson of Mighill and
Mary, (Bachelder); Cressy was born, June 19, 1696 and m. 1st, Hannah, dau. of William and
Hannah Dodge of Salem, and m. 2nd Hannah Holton of Salem. The first wife died, Sept. 30,
1732; the 2nd wife died, March 31, 1783. Joseph Cressy, d. in March 1767, leaving twelve
children all b. in Royal Side, (Beverly.) Those who reached mature years were; Hannah, Sarah,
Susannah, Joseph, Mehitable, James, Andrew and Amos.
  Andrew Cressy was b. in Beverly, Feb. 1745, being son of Joseph and Hannah, and
great-grandson of the first settler, Mighill. He m. Mary Woodbury, dau. of Josiah, Jr. and Hannah
(Perkins) Woodbury of Beverly. They were “published” June 24, 1770. Thus he was the fourth
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generation this side the water. Andrew Joseph , John , Mighill . His wife was from one of the
oldest and best families in Beverly. Her father was of the fifth generation of Woodbury’s this side
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the water Josiah, Jr. , Josiah , Peter , Humphrey , John , the last named having come to Salem,
(Beverly,) in 1624. Her brother, Peter Woodbury, settled in Amherst, (now Mont Vernon,) in
1773, and about the same time her nephew, Peter Woodbury, Jr., settled in Francestown.
Andrew Cressy and wife and two children, (Joanna and Joseph) moved from Salem to
Francestown in 1777. He had been a cooper by trade, but attracted by the representations of
kindred and friends, who were pioneers, he came here and bought a farm about two miles
southwestward from the present village, the same being still known as the “Cressy Place," though
now only the vacant. cellar tells of the past. It was then mostly a deep forest, but was gradually
changed into a comely farm and made a happy home for the family. Here the parents lived
together forty-five years. Mr. Cressy died Dec. 1 1822, aged 78 yrs. Mrs. Mary (Woodbury)
Cressy, died with her son at Marblehead Mass., Oct. 22, 1829, aged 84 yrs. They were honest,
intelligent, Christian parents. Some one said of them; "They endeavored to bring up their children
in the wisdom of the Scriptures; and that they did not labor in vain, is shown by the prominent
Christian element in their descendants. The memory of their piety is cherished by those that knew
them." Dea. Fairbanks said to one of the family in 1846, "I am as sure that your grandfather and
grandmother Cressy are in heaven, as I am that I am walking down this road,"--being then on the
way to his home in Mill Village. Such quiet, laborious, persevering Godly; lives are beautiful and
worthy of honor, and do more good than many who have held the so called high places of the
world. The children of Andrew and Mary were: --
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1. JOANNA, [b. in Beverly, March, 1775; m. James Cochran of Antrim in 1796, for many years
     one of the most efficient and conspicuous men in that town; d. in Antrim, March 23, 1829;
     had six children, Andrew C., Ira, Mary W., Rodney, Eliza and James. Her descendants are
     held in great respect in every walk of life. She had a beautiful home in Antrim, and her son
     Ira, (b. July 1, 1799) still occupies the same, together with his son Hon. George A.
     Cochran, now (1887,) and for some six years a commissioner of Hillsboro' County. Her
     youngest daughter, Eliza, married Dr. Jacob P. Whittemore, and was mother of the late Dr.
     James H. Whittemore, who, at his early, death (Jan., 1886,) was Resident Physician and
     Head of the Mass. General Hospital Boston, a man whose early and high promotion was
     proof of the foremost standing in his profession.]
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2. JOSEPH, [b. in Salem, Mass., Oct. 28, 1776, was the first son of the fifth generation, Joseph ,
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     Andrew , Joseph , John , Mighill , m. Betsey, dau. of Maj. Oliver Holmes of Francestown,
     May 16, 1804. Before marriage he was for a time clerk in the store of his cousin, Peter
     Woodbury, in Francestown. Subsequently he occupied the farm with his father. In March,
     1822, he went to New York and bought a farm in Canisteo, in the South-western part of the
     state, and at once commenced upon the same. After the season was over he returned for
     his family, and they started for their new home in the depth of winter, Feb. 5, 1823. They
     then had seven children, of whom one was a babe in the mother’s arms. His brother-in-law,
     “James Cochran with horses and covered sleigh came through with them." There were no
     railroads and few stages. They endured many hardships both on the way, and in the new
     settlement. But they had neighbors from Francestown, in the persons of Asa Downes, and
     Joel Clark. Mr. Cressy worked on his farm, summers, and taught school winters for many
     years. Did much of what was called "town business,” was for some time School
     Commissioner, was a man of notably, mild and pleasant address, and made friends
     everywhere. The mother, Betsey Holmes was all excellent woman. Their children settled
     around them and their



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last days' were spent in comfort and honor on the homestead where they located in 1828. They
had nine children:
     Vinia (b. in Francestown, April 2, 1805; d. May 5, 1805.).
     Mary W., (b. May 10, 1807 at Francestown, m. Lewis Holmes (NOTE from Ron Cressy:
       Holmes is an error should be Hermer) of Canisteo, N. Y., May 15, 1824, d. Dec. 11, 1884,
       leaving eight children.)
     Eliza H., (b. at Francestown, Dec. 22, 1809; m. Oct. 1, 1840, Sanford Downes, son of Asa
       Downes formerly of Francestown had but two children, both sons, both in the. army. Alfred
       lost his life in the service. Sanford, Jr. resides, at Hornellsville, N. Y.)
     Adaline, (b. at Francestown; April 5, 1812, m. Simeon Jones of Canisteo, d. Oct. 26, 1880.
       Her husband was killed by a railroad accident. They had 7 children.)
     Harriet (b. at Francestown, July 28, 1814, m. Dec. 2, 1841, Dexter Clark a native of Henniker,
       he d. at Pierson Mich. Dec. 17, 1879.)
     Annie Holmes, (b. at F. March 29, 1817, m. John France of Hornellsville, N. Y., May 20,
       1841. Her only living child is Charles G. France, an engineer, residing in Buffalo, N. Y.)
     Joseph H., (b. at Francestown, Feb. 1, 1820, m. Mary Fulton, moved from Canisteo to
       Kasson, Minn.)
     Levi Brown, (b. at Francestown, July 2, 1822, carried in his mother's arms to Canisteo the
       next winter, m. Mary Ann Robinson of Windham, N. Y., July 9, 1856. They have two
       children, Florence A., who m. Willis P. Jones, and Lewis Josiah, who m. Alice A. Georgia.)
     Andrew P., (b. at Canisteo, July. 21, 1825, m. Sarah L. White, Aug. 4, 1850, occupied the
       homestead of his father, d. April 26, 1882.)

3. Mary [b. in Francestown, d. at 10 years of age.]

4. Josiah P., [b. at Francestown, June 2, 1785, m. 1809, Mary Beale Wooldredge, daughter of
      Wm. and Sarah (Hanover) Wooldredge of Marblehead, Mass. Josiah P. Cressy was of the
      fifth generation: Josiah P5, Andrew4, Joseph3, John2, Mighill1. In 1810 he purchased land
      for, a homestead in Marblehead and moved to that place.
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        Having learned the carpenter's trade and given much attention to architecture, be became
        a master-builder, and was very successful. He also worked into a large lumber business,
        buying in Bangor, Me. and shipping to Marblehead. Afterwards he became interested in the
        fisheries and owned many fishing vessels. Was an honest and careful business man, was
        member and trustee of the Orthodox Congregational Church of Marblehead, was, a director
        of the National Grand Bank of that city, held the highest, honors in Free Masonery, was of
        quiet, undemonstrative manners, brought. up his children to recite the Catechism every
        Sabbath evening at home, was "diligent in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord", and
        died with Christian calmness and peace, Jan. 27, 1844. His wife, a bright sweet, noble
        Christian woman survived him, and died Nov. 2, 1877, aged 85. Their children, though not
        born in Francestown, are briefly noticed here, as being, through the Academy and
        otherwise, remembered by, many in this place, and were as follows:-
      Mary Woodbury, (b. Sept. 25, 1809, m. Ralph Devereux of
        Marblehead, Jan. 13, 1844, was a woman of life-long and notable piety, d. Feb. 28, 1880.
        No children.
      Eliza (b. Sept. .26, 1811. m. Thomas Foss, Oct. 7, 1844, he was Surveyor of Marblehead
        and Lynn under the administration of Taylor and Fillmore, they had children, Ida C., Joanna
        C., Carrie F., Thomas and Lillie F. Carrie F. became the wife of Rev. F. E. Rand,
        Missionary at Ponape, Micronesia.
      Josiah P., Jr., (b. March 28, 1814, m. Eleanor Prentice of Marblehead, June 8, 1841, d. in
        Salem, Mass., June 4, 1872, no children, was one, of our most prominent and honored
        sea-captains for many years, commanded the Gun Boat, Ino, during the war of the
        Rebellion, was a brave and vigilant officer, was universally respected, was a member of Dr.
        A. L. Stone's Church, San Francisco, and died triumphantly in the faith of Jesus.)
      Sarah Hanover, (b. April 27, 1816j unm.)
      William Andrew, (b, Sept 12, 1818 m. Emily F. Lord of Francestown, Oct. 11, 1848, was a
        sea-captain, and com



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        manded a ship at, the age of 28, was reliable and fearless, settled in Salem, Mass., 1867,
        died there, July 17, 1874. Represented the city of Salem in Mass., Legislature, 1871-
        '72-'73 Their oldest. child, William Andrew, Jr., was born in Francestown, Oct. 10, 1851,
        and m. Josephine E.Lefavor of Boston, Jan 26, 1877. The other children of William A., and
        Emily F., (Lord) Cressy, were, Emily F., and Josiah P.)
      William, (b. Feb. 11, 1822, d. Oct. 11, 1822.)
      Joanna Cochran, (b. Dec.. 26 1824, m. Feb. 28, 1861 Jacob Wellman of Salem, Mass. He
        was for years in business Marblehead, established the Wellman Reading Room in that city,
        now under charge of the Young Mens' Christian Association. They now reside in New York
        City. Their two sons, Perkins Cressy, and Jacob Andrew both died in Marblehead, the first
        aged 19 months, the, second aged 19 years. The writer in his boyhood heard it said that
        "Joanna Cressy was one of the, brightest, smartest girls that ever were in Francestown.",
        She has rendered important aid in collecting material for this book. She was a pupil in the
        Academy here in, 1845 and 1846, and went thence to be assistant in the So. Grammar
        School of Marblebead, Mass. She was Preceptress of Francestown Academy for, the
        years, 1851 and 1852 and gave great satisfaction, and the trustees voted to secure her
        services further, "If she could be had." But she returned to Marblehead and taught as
        Assistant in the High School of that city till her marriage, 1861. As teacher and friend she
        was held in the highest appreciation.)
      Martha Caroline, (b. May 9, 1827, m. Jan: 7, 1864, Capt. Joseph Gregory of Marblehead;
        only one child reached maturity, Levi Woodbury, b. Sept. 20, 1867. She was a
        much-appeciated teacher in that city previous to her marriage.)
      Levi Woodbury, (b. March 24, 1829, was established in. business in Chicago, but being
        pulled down by the "finiancial panic" in 1857, be took a position offered in a Business
        House in New Orleans, was popular there and soon made second officer in a military
        company. When the war broke
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      out he was ordered into the Confederate service against his will and lost his life just after
      the Battle of Antietam, by the falling of an old tree upon his camp at night. Was a young
      man of marked attractions and many friends.)

5. ANDREW, JR., [Drowned at Canesteo, N. Y., in May, 1828, aged about 36.]

6. HANNAH, [b. at Francestown, March 1, 1788, united with the church in 1812, m. Ward
     Woodward afterwards of Homer, N. Y., Nov. 25, 1822, d. in that place, Aug. 22, 1879, aged
     nearly 91 years and 6 months. Her husband was a native of Lyndeboro. They went to
     Homer in 1823. Their son, Horace P. Woodward, M. D., b. April 17, 1824, was surgeon in
     the army several years, married Emma A. Hobert of Fort Wayne, Ind., Feb. 28, 1865, and
     now resides in Warnego, Kansas. Their second son, Charles N. Woodward, b. July 15,
     1826; married lst, Charlotte M. Brown, 2nd, m. Elizabeth Dada, and has a son Charles
     Brown Woodward, who is a druggist in Great Bend, Pa.]

				
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