Ms S 697: Shawsheen Village Maps and Plans
Chiefly correspondence, c. 1820-1890 of three generations of the
Bell and Upham families of New Hampshire. Bells included
distinguished senators, governor, lawyers; Uphams ministers,
professors and doctors. (4 feet)
These papers cover three generations of an
extremely distinguished New Hampshire family. Its representatives
only came to Andover with Charles Upham Bell, 1843-1921, judge of
the Essex County Probate Court. The papers were given to the
Society y his daughter, Mary White Bell, in bits between 1954 and
The first Bell in American, John, came to
Londonderry NH from Ulster around 1700. His son John, 1730-1825 and
wife Mary Ann Gilmore had twelve children, of whom Samuel,
1770-1851, was the most distinguished. A lawyer; a Dartmouth
graduate; 1819 to 1823 governor of New Hampshire; 1823 to 1835 U.S.
Senator. He was Judge of the New Hampshire Superior Court and
served in both houses of the New Hampshire legislature. He had ten
children by two wives: Mehitable Bowen Dana and Lucy G. Smith. The
children who have letters in this collection are Samuel Dana, Mary
Ann, James, Luther, George, John and Louis.
James Bell, 1804-1857, the third child is best
represented in this collection. Like his father a distinguished
lawyer, he ended as United States Senator. He graduated from
Bowdoin College in 1822. He lived in Exeter and Gilford. He served
in the state legislature for many years. Elected U.S. Senator in
1855, he died in office in 1857.
He married in 1831, Judith Almira Upham,
1811-1895, of an equally distinguished family. They had five
children: Mary Anne 1832-1886, who married Nathaniel Gilman White,
President of the Boston and Maine Railroad; Eliza Upham, b. 1834;
Lucy, b. 1838; James Dana, b. 1840 and Charles Upham, 1843-1921.
Charles resided in Andover after about 1890.
The Upham family were the descendants of Reverend
Timothy, 1748-1799, minister of Deerfield NH, and his wife Hannah
Gookin. They had six children, including Nathaniel, b. 1774 and
Timothy, b. 1782, Collector of the Port of Portsmouth, NH. The
Honorable Nathaniel married in 1798, Judith Cogswell of Gilmanton,
NH. He had a distinguished career in the New Hampshire and U.S.
They had eleven children. Thomas Cogswell,
1799-1873, was professor at Bowdoin College. Nathaniel Gookin,
1801-1869, was Justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court. Mary
married first Hon. David Barker, d. 1834, a politician and then
Ebenezer Coe of Bangor, Maine. Alfred, 1804-1878, was a physician
in New York City. Timothy, 1807-1848, was also a physician. Joseph
Badger, 1808-1889, was a merchant in Portsmouth, NH. Judith Almira,
as we have seen, married James Bell and had five children. Hannah
Elizabeth died as an infant. Ruth Cogswell, 1815-1869, married Dr.
John Berry of Somersworth. Francis William, b. 1817, was a lawyer
in New York City. Albert Gookin, 1819-1847, was also a physician.
The information on the families comes from “The
Record of My Ancestry” probably compiled by Charles Upham Bell and
other genealogical material in the collection and from Upham
Genealogy: The Descendants of John Upham, by F. K. Upham
(Albany, 1892,) and The Bench and Bar of New Hampshire by
Charles H. Bell (Boston, 1894.)
“The Record of My Ancestry” was formerly cataloged
as Ms 54;, the Bell Family Genealogical Scrapbook was formerly
cataloged as 929.2 Be 2; Louis Bell’s autograph book had number 091
by Mary F. Morgan, March 1983.
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