The Pinkham’s of Newmarket

Hollis Hamden, third child and second son of John (3) and Betsey (Smith) (Doe) Pinkham. was born in Newmarket, September 22, 1829, and died March 9, 1897. He was educated in the common schools of Newmarket, and learned the carpenter’s trade, and later the tailor’s trade with his brother Joseph. Finally he went into the retailing of shoes, and followed that occupation until his death. Originally a Jacksonian Democrat, he kept pace with the progress of the world, and at the outbreak of the Rebellion became a Republican and adhered to that faith as long as he lived. He married, October 9, 1854, at Casco, Maine, Abbie Meserve Pinkham. who was born in Dover, September 29. 1833, daughter of William and Martha (Hill) Pinkham. She died April 5. 1901. Their children were: Frank Herbert and Ernest Percy, both of whom receive further mention below.

(VIII) Frank Herbert, eldest son and child of Hollis H. and Abbie M. (Pinkham) Pinkham. was born in Casco. Maine. October 9, 1854, and educated in the common schools of Newmarket and at Tilton Seminary, Tilton. New Hampshire. He learned the printer’s trade, and in 1875 founded the Newmarket Advertiser. Newmarket. New Hampshire, which he has since successfully edited and published. He is senior partner in the firm of Pinkham & Neal, proprietors of a restaurant and lunch room at Newmarket. In politics he is a Republican. He has filled the office of town treasurer eight terms, and is now (1907) serving his eleventh year as treasurer of the school district. He is a member of numerous fraternal and social organizations. He is a member of Rising Star Lodge, No. 47, Free and Accepted Masons, of Newmarket, of which he is a past master, and is now serving as secretary; Pioneer Lodge, No. 1, Knights of Pythias, of Newmarket; Lamprey River Grange, No. 240, Patrons of Husbandry; is a member of Pocasset Tribe, Improved Order of Red Men; past warden and past supreme representative of the New England Order of Protection, with membership in Piscataqua Lodge, No. 72; member of North Star Lodge, No. 259, Knights of Honor, of Dover; and the Pascatoquack Club of Newmarket. He married, April 22, 1875, at Lake Village, now Laconia. New Hampshire, Marion L. Ritchie, who was born March 13, 1854, daughter of William K. and Adelaide (Kent) Ritchie, of Everett, Massachusetts. They have two children: Bessie Mae, born March 30, 1880; and Ada Marion, May 23, 1884. Bessie M. is the wife of Clarence li. Neal, and Ada M. is the wife of Amede Magnon, both of Newmarket.

(VIII) Ernest Percy, second son of Hollis H. and Abbie M. (Pinkham) Pinkham, was born in Newmarket, February 9, 1862. He learned the printer’s trade in the Advertiser office in Newmarket, and later was foreman of the Cape Elizabeth Sentinel, at what is now South Portland, Maine. From January, 1884, to January, 1889, he was a clerk in the shoe store of the late John L. Boardman in Newmarket. On the latter date he bought his employer’s stock in trade, and has since conducted a successful and constantive increasing trade. In December. 1892, he bought out the fire insurance business of the late Timothy Murray, and since that time has also conducted an insurance business. His political faith is Republican, and he has been elected to various offices by his party. He was town clerk in 1903-04: representative in the general court, 1898-99; selectman, 1902-03; has been secretary of the school board since March, 1904; and was elected town treasurer on the Citizen’s ticket in 1906. He is socially and fraternally connected with many orders whose object is the enhancement of the happiness of mankind. He is a member of Swamoscott Lodge, No. 8, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Newmarket, of which he was elected noble grand in 1889, and of which since July, 1800, he has continuously been secretary; member of Star of Hope Rebekah Lodge, No. 19; a member of Rising Star Lodge, No. 47. Free and Accepted Masons; a charter member of Lamprey River Grange, No. 240, Patrons of Husbandry, of which he was the first secretary, and of which he was master in 1902-03. June 11, 1903. he joined Pioneer Lodge. No. 1, Knights of Pythias, in which he served two terms as chancellor commander, and in which he is now keeper of the records and seals; member of Pascatquack Club, a social club of Newmarket He married, in Saco, Maine, November 10, 18S6. Estella Merrow Ham, who was born in North Shapleigh, Maine, March 31, 1868, daughter of Norris S. and Mary A. (Milliken) Ham, of Saco, Maine. They have two children: Beatrice, born in Saco Maine, June 15. 1891; and Helen, in Newmarket, New Hampshire, December 21, 1895.

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