Quenby) name is ubiquitous in Sandwich, NH but for clarity I've chosen
to begin the story in 1638 in Amesbury,MA:
Robert Quimby was probably
born around 1625 in Farnham, Surry, England, and came from England to Salem, MA in the company of his uncle, William Quimby in 1638.
Robert was a ship's carpenter and bought land in Amesbury, MA in 1658.
Robert married Elizabeth Osgood in 1657, daughter of William
Osgood and Elizabeth Cleer of Rowley, MA. The Osgood and
Quimby families came to America on the ship "Confidence" in 1638, as did
other ancestors ~ Roger Eastman and his wife, Sarah Smith,
and William Boynton and his wife, Elizabeth Jackson.
Robert and Elizabeth had eight children. Their son,
born 1660 in Salisbury but lived in Amesbury. His parents, Robert and
Elizabeth were attacked in 1677 by the Indian, Symon, who was
thought to be a friend of the families. Robert was killed and Elizabeth
wounded and left for dead
William Quimby married Sarah. No information was to be found
for her. They had at least two children, one of whom was William, born
Oct. 8, 1693 in Amesbury. William's second wife was Martha Eastman.
She was born 1705, daughter of Zachariah Eastman and Martha
Thorne. William and Martha were married Jan. 9, 1729. They both died
1781 in Ipswich, MA. William and Martha had nine children, including
twins, Moses and Aaron Quimby, born 1733 in Kingston,
Aaron married Mary Johnson in 1766. She was probably a 2nd
wife. Mary was born in 1744, the daughter of Samuel Johnson and
Susanna Davis. These were pioneering families who settled Haverhill,
MA. Major Aaron Quimby died 1809 in Weare, NH and Mary died 1825 in
Sandwich, NH. Aaron was one of the first selectmen of Weare and fought
with distinction in the "old French war". He fought in Canada in 1755.
Aaron and Mary had son Benjamin Quimby, one of nine children, April
17, 1782 in Sandwich, NH. He changed his name by act of New Hampshire
Legislature in 1817 to Johnson Davis Quimby, using his mother's
family surnames. He served in the New Hampshire Militia and was Justice of
the Peace. He was a General by 1830.
Johnson Davis married
Mary (Molly) Collins, born in 1783 in
Shapleigh, ME-in 1802. He died 1855 and she died 1879. They are buried in
the cemetery behind the Baptist Church in Center Sandwich. His stone reads
"HE LIVED TO DO GOOD" and her's reads, "SHE DID THE BEST SHE COULD".
They had son, Charles Quimby, born 1803 at the family farm in North
Sandwich. He married in 1828, Susanna Shorey Fullerton of
Wolfeborough, NH. Charles was a farmer and was a Representative to the
Legislature in 1852/3. Susanna was sister of Elizabeth Fullerton
who married Col. Joseph L. Quimby. Charles and Susanna had eight
Their daughter, Katherine Piper Quimby was born 1844 in Sandwich.
She married in 1868 in Charlestown, MA, Marshall Brown Smith of
Lexington, MA. He was born March 8, 1841, son of Joshua Stearns Smith
and Maria Lawrence. He died in Maine, 1910, and she in 1916 in
W. Sommervile, MA.
Their daughter was Martha Augusta Smith who married
Norton Johnson of E. Boston, MA. They had seven children. My
grandmother, Marcia Wellington Johnson was their sixth child, and
was born in 1901 in Arlington, MA.
Marcia told me many times of the trips "up country" to Sandwich to visit
the grandparents at the farm. She was left the key to the Baptist church
that Susanna used to gain access so that she might practice the organ for
Suzanne D. Larson
** To the best
of our knowledge, these are true facts and documented by my grandmother
and her sister for membership in the DAR in the 1950s.