The Drown Newsletter

Issue 8 September 1995



All that I know about this man was that he was born April 17 1843 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and that he graduated from Dartmouth College in 1844. He later lost his sight but still published a book of poetry, Idylls of Strawberry Bank, 1873, Rand Avery & Co. This is part of one poem from the book, titled "The Spirits Whisper":

Gracious Spirit, I would listen
To thy voice so full of love,
Whispering, in the soul's deep stillness,
Holy tidings from above.
I would have my heart made ready,
For thy peaceful, quiet rest,
As a dove, with care unwearied,
Seeketh for herself a nest.
I would cherish thy blest visit,
When reproof must needs be given,
As kind tokens of God's favor,
Borne on angel wings from heaven.
I would covet such a guidance,
Lest my erring footsteps stray;
And would feel thy beams around me,
Like a sun to light my way.

(Submitted by Jonathan C. Drown)

Samuel Drowne of Kittery

One of the sons of Leonard Drowne, who was profiled in the last issue, was Samuel, the direct ancestor of almost 2000 Drowns, Drownes and Drowns up until the present day. Samuel was born in present-day York County, Maine on March 7, 1676. The precise place of birth has been recorded as either Sturgeon's Creek or Kittery. He married Elizabeth Morrell, daughter of John Morrell and Sarah Hodgdon in Boston on February 3, 1698. He was said to be a ship builder and sea captain, but died at the relatively young age of about 44, on January 25, 1720/21. His tombstone can still be seen in an overgrown cemetery on what was once the John Morrell property near Kittery. The stone reads "Here Lyes the Body of Samuell Drowne Senr Aged 43 Years 10 Months and 18 Days Died Janr ye 25 1720/21." His wife died in Kittery in January 1741. Their children were:

Elizabeth - born in Boston, 20 Apr 1700. She married James Wittem in Kittery, 12 Apr 1720 and died in 1795.

Samuel - born in Boston, 15 Jul 1704. He married Martha Tibbetts in Durham, N.H., 12 Jan 1728 and died in Rochester, N.H. in 1795. (Samuel will be featured in the next issue of the Newsletter.)

Solomon - born in Boston, 26 Mar 1706. He married about 1740, his wife's name has not been discovered.

Thomas - born in Boston, 23 Dec 1708; died 3 Aug 1709

Hannah - born in Boston in 1729

Some think there might also have been a daughter Mary


Seek info. Phebe (Richardson) Drown Hubbard, b. Craftsburg, VT 17 Sep 1845; m. 1) ? Drown, 2) Roswell S. Hubbard. She d. Peacham, VT, 4 Jan 1913. Also, info/desc of Enoch and Jane (Richardson) Drown. Children: Reuben A. b. 1854 Danville, VT., m. Martha Varnum; Adoniram, b. 1858 Walden, VT.; Mary Louisa (twin) b. 1861 Walden, m. Herbert Houghton; Martha Luella (twin) m. Eugene Glidden; Ellen b. 1867; Nettie W. b. 1869, m. Oscar E. Bundy.

Susan Schwinn, 64 E. Lewis Ave., Pearl River, NY 10965-1115.

Capt. Leonard Drown

(Edited from the original in History of Penacook

The subject of this sketch was among the first to volunteer when the attack on Fort Sumter aroused the citizens of the Granite State to defend the liberties of the nation, and he was the first officer from New Hampshire to fall in battle. Born in Rehoboth, Mass., Dec. 12, 1819, he passed his early years as other boys in rural communities. Of an adventurous spirit, his inclinations led him to go to sea, but at the earnest solicitation of his family, he abandoned the idea and at Providence, R. I. he served his apprenticeship as blacksmith and worked at that trade until he exchanged the hammer and anvil for the sword. He came to Fisherville (now Penacook) New Hampshire in 1854. The outbreak of the civil war found him enjoying life at home with wife and three young children. His mind was soon made up and he at once raised a company hoping to join the First Regiment, NH Volunteers. The regiment was filled before his company was accepted, a serious setback since the opinion was that the war would end in a few weeks. However, the call for more men soon went out and his company went to Portsmouth and joined the Second Regiment, of which he was senior captain at his death. He was described as the 'beau ideal' of a soldier - tall, erect, and with a military bearing which would distinguish him in a throng, with eyes that would fairly blaze when aroused. With the exception of a brief visit home in the early winter of 1862, he served with his regiment and established himself with a brave reputation at the battles of Bull Run and Williamsburg. His last battle was described as follows: "... at Williamsburg, May 5, 1862, he fell before the victory, fighting bravely, and doubtless enraged at heart that a single division should bear the brunt of battle with the whole of Johnston's army, while thousands of comrades were at hand who might have supported them. General Hooker, in his report, said 'History will not be believed when it is told that my division were permitted to carry on this unequal struggle from morning until night, unaided, in the presence of more than 30,000 of their comrades with arms in their hands. Nevertheless it is true.' Although fighting at fearful odds, it is certain that he showed no signs of fear; if their numbers were small, their valor was equal to the occasion. Charge after charge failed to break their lines, and so in the rage of battle he fell, leaving an honored name and a bright example to American citizens."

His body was sent home and he was buried May 20, 1862, by the Masonic fraternity, the Governor's Horse Guards doing escort duty, and his remains followed to the grave by the governor and council, city officials and a vast concourse of citizens.

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