Biographical Sketch of Jacob Hutchinson

Biographical Sketch of Capt. Jacob Hutchinson, b. 5 February 1785

Jacob Hutchinson, son of Bartholomew and Phebe (Haggett) Hutchinson, was born February 5, 1785; died March 23, 1859; married, August 27, 1807, Betsy, daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth (Burns) Burnham; married second, June 2, 1839, Esther, daughter of Phinehas and Susan Whitney. By the first marriage there were four daughters, Betsy, who married William Shaw, Jr., Jane, who married Milton V. Wilkins, Harriet, who married Luther S. Bullard, and Maria Adeline, who married Timothy C. Senter.

Captain Hutchinson was the grandson of Nathan Hutchinson, the original settler, and located upon a portion of the Charlestown school farm, which descended to him from his father. At an early age he became interested in military matters, and in 1820 was a promoter of the organization of a company of light infantry enlisted under the legislative act of 1819. This company was composed of the substantial men of the town, and by the unanimous choice Mr. Hutchinson was made its first commander and held the position four years. His interest in military matters continued until far advanced in life. He was a good specimen of a man, physically and mentally, and was possessed of great activity and industry. His life was spent on the farm where he was born, and which he cultivated with more than usual skill. For many years he was largely interested in the culture of hops, having at times from twelve to fifteen acres in this single crop.

Captain Hutchinson was appointed collector of taxes for the town in 1816, and held the office coninuously until 1835. He was a member of the board of selectmen for the years 1833-'34 and '35; was deputy sheriff of the county for several years, commencing with 1824. Having no sons of his own he sought the companionship and assistance of his grandson, Christopher C. Shaw, son of his eldest daughter. He remained with his grandfather until he embarked in business for himself.

(The History of Milford, by George A. Ramsdell, Concord, N. H.: The Rumford Press, 1901, pp. 404-5.)

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