John Dwinnell Esty son of William, V., and Phebe (Dwinell or Dwinnell) Esty, b. in Topsfield, Mass., Aug. 2, 1781 (bap. there, Aug. 12, 1781; d. in Groton, N. H., May 3, 1867; came to Keene with his parents about 1784; lived in Keene, Sullivan, and the state of Vermont, and finally went to live with his ch. in Groton, N. H.
In S[ullivan], he lived at 156, from 1812 until 1819. He built the only house on that place and removed it, no one ever living there but himself.
He m. in Keene, by Rev. A. Hall, Feb. 1, 1809, Betsey Howard (sometimes spelled Hayward or Heywood), a dau. of William Howard of Stoddard, who began the farm where Heman Jenkins and Asa Davis, Jr., lived in the latter half of the nineeenth century. Betsey's mother's first name was Thomassine (usually written "Tamsin "), if we correctly decipher the chirography. We have not found the places and dates of the birth and the death of Betsey.
They had nine ch.:
1. Avis, b. in Keene (?), about 1809; d. in Keene, Oct. 28, 1812;
2. John, b. in Keene, Mar. 17, 1811;
3. Maria, b. in S., at 156, Aug. 19, 1813;
4. Nelson, b. in S., at 156, Aug. 1, 1815; d. in Groton, N. II., num., May 24, 1889;
5. Mary Ann, 4, b. in S., at 156, Mar. 25, 1817 ;
6. William, 5, b. in S., at 156, Apr. 7, 1818;
7. Laura, b. in Vermont, Sept. 13, 1820; d. in Groton, N. H., unm., Sept. 12, 1889:
8. Dauphin (by himself always misspelled Dorphin), b. in Vermont, Mar. 9, 1822:
9. Caroline, b. in Vermont, May 25, 1827; d. in Lyme, N. H., unm., Aug. 2, 1906.