Friday, December 16, 2016

52 Ancestors - Week 155: #220 John Underhill (1745-1816) of New Hampshire

Here is my 52 Ancestors biography for week #155:

John Underhill (1745-1816) is #220 on my Ahnentafel List, my 5th great-grandfather, who married #221 Hannah Colby (1745-????) in 1767.

I am descended through:

*  their son, #110 Amos Underhill (1772-1865), who married #111 Mary "Polly" Metcalf (1780-1855) in 1801.
*  their daughter #55 Mary Ann Underhill (1815-1883) who married #54 Samuel Vaux (1816-1880) in 1839.
*  their daughter, #27 Abigail A. Vaux (1844-1931), who married #26 Devier J. Smith (1839-1894) in 1861.
*  their daughter, #13 Abbie Ardell Smith (1862-1944), who married #12 Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946), who married  in 1887.
*  their son, #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976), who married #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977) in 1918.
* their daughter #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), who married #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                       John Underhill[1–3,4]   
*  Sex:                          Male   

*  Father:                      John Underhill (1720-1793)   
*  Mother:                    Joanna Healey (1718-1809)   
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                       20 June 1745, Chester, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States[1,3–4]   
*  Military:                  16 August 1777 (age 32), Battle of Bennington; Sergeant in Revolutionary War Army[2]   
*  Death:                     1816 (about age 71), of hypothermia; Plainfield, Sullivan, New Hampshire, United States[5]   
3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:                Hannah Colby (1745-    )   
*  Marriage 1:            1767 (about age 22), Chester, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States[1]  

*  Child 1:                  Joseph Underhill (1770-1843)   
*  Child 2:                  Amos Underhill (1772-1865)   
*  Child 3:                  Nancy Underhill (1774-    )   
*  Child 4:                  John Underhill (1776-1858)   
*  Child 5:                  Susan Underhill (1778-    )   
*  Child 6:                  Jonathan Underhill (1779-1875)   
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

The Underhill Genealogy written by Josephine C. Frost has this information about John Underhill (Volume 4, Page 29)[1]:

"JOHN UNDERHILL, son of (2) John and Joanna (Healey) Underhill, was born in Chester, N. H., June 20, 1745, and married in 1767, Hannah Colby, daughter of Joseph. They resided near the brick school house on the opposite side of the road a little to the southwest. He removed to Plainfield, N. H., where he died in 1816."

The History of Old Chester [N.H.] from 1719 to 1869, by Benjamin Chase provides this information about John's life:

*  page 375: Pay-roll of Capt. Stephen Dearborn's company, Thomas Stickney's regiment, in Gen. Stark's brigade, which company marched from Chester, in the State of New Hampshire, and joined the Northern Continental Army, 1777, from July 19 to September 18; John Underhill, Sergt., Company A., advanced to Sergt. Aug. 16.

*  page 603: John Underhill, born 20 Jun 1745 married Hannah Colby, settled in Chester near the brick schoolhouse where W. Whittemore now lives and removed to Plainfield and died of hypothermia in 1816, had seven children.

Everything indicates that this was the John Underhill who was promoted to Sergeant at the Battle of Bennington, Aug. 16, 1777. 

The birth record for John Underhill provides his birth date of 20 June 1745 in Chester, New Hampshire, the son of John Underhill and Joanna Helay[3,4].  

John Underhill and Hannah Colby married in about 1767 [1] and had seven children between 1770 and 1785, all born in Chester, New Hampshire. 

Joseph Colby, of Chester, N. H., resided on Lot No. 40, located on the Long Meadow road and near the old brick school house. On March 2, 1774, his daughter Hannah and her husband, John Underhill, purchased this place and lived there until they removed to Plainfield. They sold it in 1801 to Mary Brown but previous to its purchase they lived in Candia. 

There is no death record in the Plainfield, N.H. town records, nor is there a known burial record.  There is no probate record for him in Cheshire or Sullivan County, New Hampshire probate court records.


1. Josephine C Frost, Underhill Genealogy, Volume 4 (N.p.: Myron C. Taylor, in the interests of the Underhill Society of America, 1932), page 29, John Underhill sketch.

2. Benjamin Chase, History of Old Chester From 1719 to 1869 (Auburn, N.H. :  the author, 1869).

3. "New Hampshire, Birth Records, 1659-1900," indexed database with record images, (, "Thurston - Vochon," John Underhill birth entry.

4. "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," online database, FamilySearch International (, FHL microfilm, 98 reels; citing New Hampshire Registrar of Vital Statistics, Concord, N.H., "Index to births, early to 1900", John Underhill, born 1745, entry.

5. Josephine C Frost, Underhill Genealogy, Volume 4, page 29.

NOTE:  Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post Challenge:  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2016 to 156 Ancestors in 156 Weeks.


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