Edward NOYES 14was born on 19 Feb 1776 in Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire.16-18 He died on 29 Nov 1846.19 There is a depth of pathos on the tone of the following letters, written by Joseph Merrick, and his wife, Sarah (Harriman) Merrick, from Adrian, Mich., to their brother-in-law, Edward Noyes, and his wife, with whom their mother had been left when they moved to Michigan. We of the twentieth century cannot imagine the distance which lay between the new home in Michigan and the old home in New Hampshire sixty years ago. China is nearer to us to-day than New Hampshire was to Michigan when those old letters were written. They are dated Feb., 20, 1841, and addressed to Edward and Sarah Noyes, Hampstead, Rockingham County, N. H. The postage was twenty-five cents, and the letter was sent collect. Joseph’s letter is first;
Dear Brother and Sister. After a long abscence from you and a long time sence we have heard from you or any of our friends in your country we have wrote a number of letters to go to your country and have not received any return we cannot think what is the cauze without you are all gon or forgotten us I feel anctious to hear from our friends. I have undertaken Once more to see if we cannot get one from you we have of Late received a letter from a Daughter we have in New York stating that it was not long since one of Brother Grimes sons that came from your country She got some information from him he sayeth that my Mother was liveing when he left and was Liveing with you that was glorious noose to me I have had a grate many serious thoughts concerning my Mothers situation since I left there I never have heard how that Property of Mothers was disposed of whether she has got anything of her own or not let that Be as it may. I Expect your good feelings and Sallys do every thing for her cumfort that you can if there is not anything left of her property for her support let me know and I will assist in her support do let her have everything that is nesary for her cumfort. My Dear Mother I do long to see you once more this side of the grave I do not know as I shell ever injoy that Blesssing I have talked a number of years of cumming there their seems to be something in the way. I talk of trying this summer it is uncertain. but I shall try my best we are now in Michigan in the Village of Adrian and five children in the same place and doing well one at niles in the same State one in pensyvana two in New York and all a doing well we lost a daughter about two years ago a grate loss to us she was about 20 years of age How I wish you to imform me how that property of the old place was Disposed of and the one that owns it now now I wish you would let me know where all my Brothers and Sisters are and how they git along in this world in every respect as nigh as you can I am very anctious to hear. and tell them they must write to me with out fail tell them I havenot forgoten them if they have me do not fail writing as soon as you recive this
I wish you all the Blessings that this world affords and all the famley of ours thrue life and Everlasting hapiness in the world to come
Adrian February 20 1841
From your Brother and friend JOSEPH MERRICK.
when you write say Adrian Lenawee County Michigan
we live in a fine plesant Cuntry and a good sile our helth are good at prisent
At the same date the mother writes:
BELOVED BROTHER AND SISTER:
It is with the greatest pleasure I take my pen in hand to write you a few lines, wishing once more to hear from you, although we are seperated at so great a distance from each other, a distance of one thousand miles, and though the waters of Lake Erie rool between us, my mind is often with you, I often think of the many pleasant visits we have had together in yearse that are past, but now we are deprived of the privilege, but we have the privilege of communicating our thoughts to each other by writing, which I esteem a great blessing. I never expect to see you again in this world, nor any of our friends in that place, but I hope to meet you on fair Canaans happy shore where we shall meet to part no more. I have had great afflictions to pass through since we came to this western country, we have lost two children Eliza and Mary, which was a great loss to us, but God was my support in that trying hour, I trust He will ever be my guide and protector, through this vale of tears. I wrote a letter to Brother Caleb two years ago this winter, but we have not had no answer, I did think that if Bro. Caleb or his wife were living one or both of them would have written to us, but alas we are out of sight and out of mind, it seems as though we were entirely forgotten by our friends in that place. Now Brother Noyes I wish you would write us, and Brother Caleb and any of our friends who feel disposed to, a letter from you would be joyfully received, we want to hear all the ( ), and how all the Brothers and Sisters get along in the world. I want to see you all very much especially Mother Merrick, I hope she has kind attension and everything for her comfort, it will be but a short time before we shall want the same kind care paid to us, yes very soon, I feel as though the day was not far distant. We have everything to make us comfortable and happy, except fruit, and that is getting quite plenty. Do write to us on the reception of this, without fail. We have three children that are not married the two youngest Judith and Byron and Joseph Boards with us. My love and best respects to you all.
From your ever affectionate sister,
Edward and Sarah Noyes. Edward NOYES and Sarah MERRICK were married on 19 May 1803 in Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire.19-21 The Noyes Descendants, Vol. I says 1803.
Sarah MERRICK was born on 3 Jul 1784 in Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire.20,21 Edward NOYES and Sarah MERRICK had the following children:
i. Mary Darling NOYES was born on 12 Dec 1803 in Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire.9,21 She died in 1874.9
ii. Joseph NOYES21 was born on 3 Dec 1805 in Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire.9,21 He died on 25 Apr 1882.9 Unmarried.
iii. James NOYES was born on 26 Mar 1808 in Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire.9,21 He died in 1864.9,21 (Merrick says 1863.)
iv. Sarah Ann NOYES was born on 19 Mar 1810 in Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire.9,21 Merrick says Aug 19, 1810. She died in 1866.9
v. Edward Rand NOYES was born on 5 Nov 1813 in Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire.21,22 He appeared in the census on 18 Jun 1870 in Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire.23 (Age 56; farmer; value of real estate $1,500.) He appeared in the census on 11 Jun 1880 in Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire.24 (Age 66; farmer.) He died on 8 Mar 1886.22 Member of the State Legislature in 1875.
24 vi. Joshua Flint NOYES.
vii. Eunice NOYES was born on 28 Feb 1819 in Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire.9,21 Merrick says February 29, 1818.
viii. Eliza NOYES was born on 26 Sep 1823 in Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire.9,21 She died on 8 Oct 1894.9
ix. George Washington NOYES was born on 16 Nov 1825 in Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire.9,21 Merrick says Nov. 11, 1825. He died in 1892.9
Henry NOYES 25 was born on 25 Oct 1789 in Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire.25,26 He died on 26 Sep 1875.25 Soldier in the war of 1812, stationed at Portsmouth, N.H. and received a pension for services rendered. Henry NOYES and Elizabeth PEABODY were married in 1819.25
Elizabeth PEABODY was born on 21 Sep 1801 in Portsmouth, Rockingham, New Hampshire.27 She died on 1 Aug 1837.28 Henry NOYES and Elizabeth PEABODY had the following children:
i. Lois Ann NOYES.
ii. Elvira Peabody NOYES was born on 13 Aug 1826 in Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire.12 She appeared in the census on 18 Jun 1870 in Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire.23 (Age 44; keeping house.) She appeared in the census on 11 Jun 1880 in Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire.24 (Age 53; keeping house.)
iii. Sarah E. NOYES was born on 12 Sep 1828 in Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire.12
iv. Lavinia J. NOYES was born on 21 Jul 1837 in Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire.12 She appeared in the census on 18 Jun 1870 in Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire. (Age 33; keeping house living with sister, Elvira and her husband Edward R. Noyes.) She appeared in the census on 11 Jun 1880 in Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire.24 (Age 42; living with sister, Elvira and her husband Edward R. Noyes.)
Joseph NOYES 17,29,30 was born on 1 Nov 1732 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.17,31,32 (The Noyes Descendants, Vol. I says 11 Jan 1731/32.) He lived in Plaistow, Rockingham, New Hampshire in 1741.31 He lived in Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire in 1762.31 He died on 11 Jul 1807 in Henniker, Merrimack, New Hampshire.17,31 (While away from home on a business trip he was found dead in the woods at Henniker.) He moved to Plaistow, N.H. in 1741 and in 1762 he bought the farm in Hampstead, N.H. which was still owned by his descendants in 1904, but the Noyes home (the “old red house”) was destroyed by fire in 1897. Joseph Noyes served Revolutionary War in the expedition against Crown Point. He also served as a private in Capt. Jesse Page’s company of volunteers from Atkinson, in Col. Jacob Gale’s regiment, which joined the Continental army in Rhode Island in August, 1778. Was in the battle at Bunker Hill.
Noyes, Joseph. Private, Capt. David Kingman’s co., Col. Edward Mitchel’s regt.; service, 16 days, on the alarm at Rhode Island of Dec. 8, 1776. Roll endorsed “Alarm Roll to Providence Dec’r 1776.” [Mass. Soldiers & Sailors In The War of The Revolution 11:553]
Noyes, Joseph. Private, Capt. Jonathan Poor’s co.; copy of a company return [year not given]; copy of a receipt dated Newbury, March 18, 1777, signed by others of said company for wages for 6 weeks service, appears on reverse of return. [Mass. Soldiers & Sailors In The War of The Revolution 11:553]
Noyes, Joseph.Corporal, Capt. David Kingman’s co., Maj. Eliphalet Cary’s regt.; marched Aug. 2, 1780; discharged Aug. 9, 1780; service, 7 days; company marched to Rhode Island on the alarm of July 30, 1780. [Mass. Soldiers & Sailors In The War of The Revolution 11:553] Joseph NOYES and Mary FLINT were married on 26 Mar 1762 in Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire.17,18,31 (The Noyes Descendants, Vol. I says 1762.)
Mary FLINT was born. Joseph NOYES and Mary FLINT had the following children:
i. Molly NOYES was born on 16 Oct 1762 in Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire.17,18,31 (The Noyes Descendants, Vol. I says 12 Dec 1762.) She published intentions to marry on 3 May 1787 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts.33 To James Eaton.
ii. Joseph NOYES34 was born on 16 Oct 1764 in Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire.17,18,31 (The Noyes Descendants, Vol. I says 18 Oct 1764.) He died on 23 Dec 1818 in Andover, Merrimack, New Hampshire.17 He was buried after 23 Dec 1818 in Andover, Merrimack, New Hampshire.35 (Simonds Cemetery.) Joseph Noyes began business early in life in Haverhill.
On leaving Haverhill he came to Salisbury, settling on a farm in that portion of the town subsequently included in the town of Franklin. This farm was known as the Noyes farm and was afterwards occupied by L.D. Davenport. After the house on the farm was burned, Noyes moved to the village on the west side of the river, now Franklin, and opened a store in the basement of his house. His domestic life was very unhappy; his wife was extravagant and contracted debts without his knowledge, and a separation resulted. He became involved in quarrels with his neighbors and, declaring that his property should no longer contribute to the support of that community, he moved up the river into Andover, on a farm where he resided until his death. This farm was afterwards occupied by Simeon Brown.
Mr. Noyes was a shrewd, industrious, business man who, by economy and thrift accumulated what at that time was accounted a comfortable fortune. He left three children: Joseph, Thomas Jefferson and Lucy.
The people of Andover and vicinity were especially interested in the following clause in his will:
Item 4. I do hereby direct my executor to take $10,000.00 out of my personal property and bank stock, and appropriate it for the support of a public school; said school to be under the direction of six directors, who shall at first be appointed by my executor, and after that they shall fill their own vacancies. The house for said school to be built on the farm on which I now live, which farm I also give and bequeath for the support of the school; said school to be denominated “Noyes School.”
In accordance with this clause of the will the executor, Robert Barber, appointed the following directors: Josiah Badcock, William Proctor, Silas Merrill, John Simonds, John Joseph Bryant and Robert Barber.
An act to incorporate the directors of the Noyes School in the town of Andover, was passed by the Legislature, and approved June 21, 1822. A large, old-style, one-story schoolhouse was built in 1822, on the Noyes farm, nearly opposite the dwelling house, and the school opened in 1823 under the management of Benjamin M. Tyler of Andover, as principal.
For five years the school was very successfully maintained, to the great credit of the principal and directors. The Noyes residence was converted into a boarding house and was always filled with an excellent class of students. Considering all the conditions, this was probably the most successful school during its existence, ever maintained in the town.
When Joseph, the eldest son of Mr. Noyes, became of age, in 1826, he instituted a suit to break the will, on the ground that the testator was not sane. There was a long and bitter legal contest ending, in 1828, in the breaking of the will, the destruction of the school and the distribution of the property amoung the heirs.
The friends of a better education in the community were unwilling to lose the services of Mr. Tyler as a teacher, and plans were soon matured for building the two-story brick building in Franklin village now long known as “the academy.” This building was finished and occupied in 1830. The institution was chartered in 1831, as “The Instructor’s School,” and Mr. Tyler was the principal until his resignation in 1846.
The name of this school clearly indicates its main idea, the training of teachers, and, so far as now known, it was the first of its kind in this part of the country. It was well supported by the community and its success had no small influence in the early history of Franklin.
iii. James NOYES was born on 31 Oct 1767 in Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire.17,18,31 He lived in Adrian, Lenawee, Michigan in 1795.31 He lived in , , Ohio in 1808.31 James went to Adrian, Mich., about 1795, and in 1808 was living in Ohio and had four sons.
iv. Lucy NOYES was born on 20 Oct 1772 in Hampstead, Rockingham, New Hampshire.17,18,31
v. Edward NOYES.
Peter NOYES was born on 3 May 1758 in Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire.40,41 VR Plaistow, NH says 5/1/1758. He died on 24 Feb 1847.40,41 Peter NOYES and Sarah NOYES had marriage banns published on 30 Dec 1788 in Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire.26 They were married on 22 Jan 1789.42 “Noyes Descendency” says 1789.
Sarah NOYES was born on 3 Jan 1768 in Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire.26,42 She died on 14 Sep 1827.41 Peter NOYES and Sarah NOYES had the following children:
i. Henry NOYES.
ii. Silas NOYES was born on 30 Jul 1791 in Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire.12,26 He died in 1875.12
iii. Amos NOYES was born on 4 Apr 1793 in Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire.26 He died on 3 Jan 1810 in Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire.26
iv. Daniel NOYES was born on 27 Feb 1795 in Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire.40 VR Atkinson NH says 2/24/1795. He died on 22 Apr 1859.40
v. John NOYES was born on 8 May 1797 in Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire.26,40 He died on 17 Jul 1877.40
vi. James NOYES was born on 30 Nov 1798 in Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire.40 VR Atkinson, NH says 12/31/1798. He died on 17 Feb 1867.40
vii. Ira NOYES was born on 29 Jan 1801 in Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire.26,43 He published intentions to marry on 11 Jun 1836 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts.44 To Maria A. McIntire of Salem. He died on 5 Feb 1852.40
viii. Sally NOYES was born on 7 Nov 1803 in Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire.26,40,45 She died in 1893.40
ix. Joseph NOYES was born on 11 Aug 1806 in Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire.26,40 He died on 7 Apr 1865.40
x. Samuel NOYES was born on 9 Jan 1809 in Atkinson, Rockingham, New Hampshire.26,40 He died on 6 Apr 1893.40