Charles Currier Doe
Currier Doe was born in Durham, N. H., July 21, 1823. He is the son of James and
Patience (Langley) Doe, and grandson of John Doe. His father, James Doe, was a
farmer, and when Charles C. was but two years of age removed to the town of Lee,
in Strafford County, where he resided ten years. He then spent about a year each
in Newmarket and Nottingham, when he removed to Barrington, where he made his
home for several years. He then moved to Grafton, and there his wife died (1845).
Mr. Doe continued to reside there, making his home with his eldest son, till 1856,
when he came to Pittsfield, where he died (1862).
He reared a family of eight
John, married Abby Davis and resides in Pittsfield; has two children,
a son and daughter.
Nancy, married John Garland, of Nottingham. They have
Drucilla married, first, L. Kimball; no issue. Second, Moses
Brown, of Andover. By this marriage she had two children. She is now deceased.
Abigail, married John T. Gilman; resides in Deerfield; has two sons.
C., subject of this sketch.
Gilman L., married Nancy Ellenwood. They reside
in Iowa; have three sons.
Mary J., married David Garland, of Nottingham. They
have one son.
Hezekiah H., married - Sleeper; had one son. Hezekiah enlisted
in Company B, Nonth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, and died in hospital
at Nicholasville, Ky., August 1863.
Charles C. Doe, like so many of the sons
of the yeomanry of New England, had but limited facilities for obtaining an education,
the public school of the town in which his father chanced to reside affording
the only opportunity he enjoyed. Being one of a somewhat numerous family, in very
moderate circumstances, he had to contribute his share of labor to the support
of the family as soon as he was old enough for his services to be of any avail.
When he was sixteen years of age he hired out away from home to work on a farm,
and from that time till he attained his majority his wages went to the support
of his parents. December 15, 1845, he married Mehitable P., daughter of Amos and
Nancy (Libby) Davis, of Epsom, N. H., and went to reside with his father-in-law
and manage the farm. Mr. Davis lived but a few months after his daughter's marriage.
There still remained, however, three old people in the family, - Mrs. Davis, her
mother (Mrs. Libby) and a bachelor brother of Mrs. Davis. Mr. Doe took charge
of the farm and assumed the care of the old people, a trust which he most faithfully
performed to the time of their death.
He has followed farming as his chief
occupation through life, and has been successful. In addition to farm labor, however,
he has usually employed the winter months in teaming and lumbering; and for many
years, while his sons were growing up to manhood, they employed their time at
shoemaking and thus added to the family exchequer.
Mr. Doe represented his
town in the Legislature during the two years of 1865 and 1866. He has been selectman
of his town and has been a member of the Christian Church for more than forty
Mrs. Doe's ancestors, both on the paternal and maternal sides, came
from Rye, N. H., to Epsom, about a century ago, when this country was almost an
unbroken wilderness. Her grandfather, Davis, settled on the spot where Mrs. Doe
now resides. The old homestead has never been out of the possession of the family.
Her grandfather, Libby, was a soldier in the War of the Revolution, and her uncle
was in the War of 1812.
The children of Mr. and Mrs. Doe are, -
C., born November 12, 1846; married Elva Cass, of Epsom; resides in Lynn, Mass.;
is a shoemaker by trade.
Amos, born September 11, 1849; married Mellie Hobnan,
of Dixfield, Me.; resides in Boston; is by trade a carpenter.
James A., born
March 7 1852; married Augusta Ladd, of Deerfield, N. H.; resides in Manchester;
is a surveyor of lumber, etc., in a large sash and blind-factory and lumber-yard.
Sarah A., born November 1, 1854; married Calvin D. Clark, of Barnstead, N. H.
He was for four years engaged in the grocery trade in Pittsfield, N. H., but in
1884 he sold out his business and went to reside with his father-in-law on the
George W., the youngest of the family, was born August 24, 1857; died
December 17, 1883; unmarried. He always resided with his parents. He was a young
man of bright intelligence and more than ordinary ingenuity in mechanical matters.
Mr. Charles C. Doe is an honest, upright, sincere man; unobtrusive, attending
strictly to his own affairs, and of a generous, manly, frank disposition. The
world would be better for more such men.