Josiah Willoughby, II was the second son named Josiah born to John and Azubah (Wheeler) Willoughby probably in Plymouth, Grafton, NH. John was related to the large group of Willoughby's of Hillsboro Co. but most, (not all) of the Grafton County folks are descended from John and Azubah. They had first a son named Josiah born 9 Feb. 1762 in Hollis, Hillsboro, NH who apparently was killed in some action relating to the Revolutionary War in Oct 1777, and is buried somewher near Plymouth. He would have been only 15 years old.
The following Spring, John and Azubah had another son, and named him in honor/ remebrance of his older brother thus he is titled Josiah, II and is not a "Jr". They had several other children which I will list on a seperate posting.
This Josiah (II), was born 8 May 1778 in Plymouth, Grafton, NH; and died in Haverhill, Grafton, NH before 20 Jan 1852, as that is when his probate procedings began. He married Betsey C. HARRIMAN, sometimes Henman*, Herman*, etc. *I have carefully checked with the Plymouth and other Grafton records, census, etc. and determined that it must be Harriman/Herriman. Betsey and Josiah were married in Plymouth on 28 Nov 1799 and are found on the 1800 census in Plymouth. Also found in Plymouth is Thomas Harriman (although difficult to read). Upon further study I learned that Thomas Harriman was married to Martha Pool or Poole. Betsey and Josiah's daughter Lavina Willoughby Carleton had a daughter named Martha P. Carleton. I have never learned what the "P" stood for, now I believe we will learn it stood for Poole. (No "Music Man" jokes if you please!)
Thomas Harriman is listed again the 1800 and 1810 Plymouth, Grafton, NH census and is more easily read.
Betsey Harriman was b.c.1782 possibly in Plymouth, Grafton, NH and was still alive in 1860, (age 77) when the census was recorded. At that time she was living with her son Ezra B. Willoughby.
The following are notes related to Josiah from the Haverhill, grafton, NH town records:
9 March 1824 p.#246
"That the selectmen be a committee to lower and settle the rent with J. Willoughby if they think it proper to lower it"
2nd Tues of March 1831 p.#323
"item 9: To see if the town will any part of the rent on the town lot occupied by Josiah Willoughby..." Edmund Carleton, Auditor.
18 March 1835 p#388
"....practical division already by the consent and action of those constituting the original District, a schoolhouse having been erected in the Southerly Section of the District, in which a school has been kept during the winter, while another School has been kept in the northerly Section of the District in the dwelling house of Mr. Peter Foran.
The Committee recommend that town recognise and sanction by vote the division which the inhabitants of the district thus made, which we believe call'd for by the circumstances of the case: and that the farms ocupied by Richardson French, Daniel French, Josiah Willoughby, Abraham Rogers, Riley Wells, Peter Foran, Leonard Stevens, James King, James King, Jr., Jacob M. White; Jacob M White, Jr.; John G White, Walter Bailey, and all the other Tracts and parcels within the general lines and circuit of said farms be set off from District no. 5 and be with..."
Note the above mentions his son-in-law Daniel French, too.
Josiah can be found in the 1800 census in Plymouth, Grafton age 16-25; 1820 he is in Groton, Grafton, NH age 26-44; the 1820 Grafton Census is not available; 1830 he is listed in Haverhill age 50-60; and in 1840 he is in Haverhill listed as 60-70. By 1850 He is not listed and his wife Betsey is recorded as a widow living with Ezra B. Willoughby. the settling of the probate began at Littleton, Grafton, NH 20 Jan 1852.
Josiah is buried at Horse Meadow Cemetary in N. Haverhill, Grafton, NH
I am aware of the folloing children for them:
1) Drury F (Fairbanks?) Willoughby b. 15 April 1807 in Haverhill (date calculated fromdeath record); d. 6 April 1876 in Howard City, Mecosta, MI age 68y, 11m, 21 days. I think Drury was named after the Pastor in town as several men born about the same time have Drury F. and then their surnames, with no other apparent connection through ancestry. Either that or he was a close friend who they named him after. I did find Drury Fairbanks living in Littleton, Grafton, NH in 1850 and he is a "Congregational Clergyman". Rev'd Fairbanks would have been about 27 at the time of their marriage and about 34 at the time of his birth. Drury F Willoughby md Betsey French daughter of Richardson French.
2) Lucinda Willoughby b.c. 1805, Plymouth or Groton, Grafton, NH md. John Mullikan and was living in Benton, Grafton, NH after 1860. Filed intentins for marriage @ Haverhill 23 Feb 1818, both parties "of Haverhill", thus placing Josiah and Betsey in "town" of Haverhill by 1818.
3) Lavina Willoughby b. 31 Jan 1808 in either Groton or Haverhill, Grafton, NH md to William Hutchins Carleton after 20 Sept 1830, both parties "of town" per the Haverhill publishing of intentions.
4) Horatio Willoughby b 1809 near Briar Hill Warren, Grafton, NH d. 23 April 1863 N. Haverhill, NH m. Sarah FRENCH daughter of Richardson FRENCH sister of Betsey French, above. Intentions for marriage were published in Haverhill 11 Oct 1835. Horatio is buried at the Horse Meadow Cemetary in N. Haverhill, Grafton, NH.
5) Emily H (Harriman?) Willoughby b.c. 1813 in Grafton, NH d aft 23 June 1860 (still living when 1860 census taken). Md Daniel FRENCH brother of Sarah and Betsey, above,a nd son of Richardson FRENCH. about 1838.
6) Ezra B. Willoughby b 1821 in Warren or Haverhill, NH md to Vilma (?). d. after 1860 census was taken.
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