James Noyes Farmer CORLISS

James Noyes Farmer CORLISS

Male 1845 - 1883  (38 years)

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  • Name James Noyes Farmer CORLISS 
    Born 3 Jan 1845  Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Birth recorded in family bible.
    Gender Male 
    Died 4 Aug 1883  Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • The death record of James N. Corliss cites age 38 years 7 months, married, occupation Farmer, born Hudson, New Hampshire, son of James Corliss, occupation Farmer, and Sarah M. Hamblett, both born Hudson. Cause of death is "killed by locomotive on Nashua & R. Railroad." [1]
    Buried Abt 6 Aug 1883  Westview Cemetery, Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • gravestone marked with "Co F #1 N.H. H.A."
    Person ID I1552  FamilyWorld
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2015 

    Father James CORLISS,   b. 7 Dec 1802, Nottingham West (now Hudson), Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Sep 1885, Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Sarah M. HAMBLETT,   b. 23 Oct 1818, Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Sep 1888, Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married Abt 1839  New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • 1850 census of Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, enumerated 15 August 1850:

      - Corliss, James, age 47, occupation Farmer, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, Sarah, age 32, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, Sarah A., age 7, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, James N., age 6, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, Rebecca F., age 3, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, Justine A., age 1, born New Hampshire.

      On the same census page is James's brother and mother:

      - Corliss, Daniel P., age 46, occupation Farmer, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, Sarah, age 69, born New Hampshire.

      The next house is James's wife Sarah's parents:

      - Hamblet, Amos, age 60, occupation Farmer, born New Hampshire.
      - Hamblet, Sarah, age 60, born New Hampshire.
      - Hamblet, Alvin, age 25, occupation Shoe Maker, born New Hampshire.
      - Hamblet, Herver [Horace], age 20, occupation Shoe Maker, born New Hampshire.
      - Hamblet, Elizabeth, age 15, born New Hampshire.

    • 1860 census of Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, enumerated 27 June 1860:

      - Hamblett, John R., age 58, occupation Farmer & Blacksmith, personal property value $270, born New Hampshire.
      - Hamblett, Parthena, age 63, occupation Wife, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, James N., age 15, occupation Farm Laborer, born New Hampshire.

    • 1870 census of Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, enumerated 22 June 1870:

      - Corliss, James, age 67, occupation Farm Laborer, personal property value $100, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, Maria [Sarah], age 52, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, Elvira, age 14, female, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, Loring D., age 11, male, born New Hampshire [I've found no reason to believe this is their son; could be a different relative].
      - McCoy, James, age 82, occupation Farm Laborer, born New Hampshire.

      The previous family is:

      - McCoy, James Jr., age 23, occupation Farmer, real estate value $600, personal property $150, born New Hampshire.
      - McCoy, Emma, age 26, occupation Keeping House, born Massachusetts.
      - McCoy, James O., age 10 months, occupation At Home, born August in New Hampshire.

      Earlier on the same page is their son James:

      - Corliss, James M., age 25, occupation Farmer, real property value $1,000, personal property value $200, married in December, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, Hattie, age 16, married in December, born New Hampshire.

      Several houses before them are James Sr.'s brother:

      - Corliss, Daniel P., age 65, occupation Farmer, real property value $400, born New Hampshire.

    • 1880 census of Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, enumerated 16 June 1880:

      - Corliss, James, age 77, occupation Farm Laborer, born New Hampshire, both parents born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, Sarah M., age 61, wife, occupation Keeps House, born New Hampshire, both parents born New Hampshire.

      They live next door to their daughter Sarah and her family:

      - Smith, Frederick F., age 40, occupation Farm Laborer, born Massachusetts, father born Germany, mother born England.
      - Smith, Sarah A., age 37, wife, occupation Keeps House, born New Hampshire, both parents born New Hampshire.
      - Smith, George E., age 12, son, born New Hampshire.
      - Smith, Sarah, age 6, daughter, born New Hampshire.

    Family ID F1849  Group Sheet

    Family Harriet Ellen "Hattie" BUNKER,   b. 17 Jul 1854, Moultonborough, Carroll County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1927, Salem, Rockingham County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 1 Dec 1869  Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • The marriage record of James N. Corliss and Hattie B. Bunker cites the groom's residence as Hudson, New Hampshire, age 24, first marriage, occupation Jobber, born Hudson, son of James Corliss, occupation Farmer, born Hudson, and Sarah M. Hamblet, born Hudson. The bride's residence is Lawrence, Massachusetts, age 15, first marriage, born Moultonborough, New Hampshire, daughter of Levi E. Bunker and Hattie E. Grace.
    Notes 
    • 1850 census of Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, enumerated 15 August 1850:

      - Corliss, James, age 47, occupation Farmer, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, Sarah, age 32, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, Sarah A., age 7, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, James N., age 6, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, Rebecca F., age 3, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, Justine A., age 1, born New Hampshire.

    • The 1860 census of Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire:

      - Hamblett, John R., age 58, occupation Farmer + Blacksmith, born New Hampshire.
      - Hamblett, Parthena, age 63, wife, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, James N., age 15, occupation Farm Laborer, born New Hampshire.

    • The 1870 census of Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire:

      - Corliss, James M., age 25, occupation Farmer, real property value $1,000, personal property $200, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, Hattie, age 16, born New Hampshire.

      The census record cites their marriage the previous December.

    • The 1880 census of Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, enumerated 4 June 1880:

      - Corliss, James N., age 35, occupation Teamster & Farmer, born New Hampshire, both parents born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, Harriett E., age 25, wife, born New Hampshire, father born New Hampshire, mother born Maine.
      - Corliss, Walter, age 9, son, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, Levi W., age 7, son, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, Hattie M., age 4, daughter, born New Hampshire.
      - Corliss, James A., age 1, son, born New Hampshire.

    Children 
     1. Walter CORLISS,   b. 5 Mar 1871, Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 1962, Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     2. Levi Willie CORLISS,   b. 14 Aug 1873, Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1959, Cuba Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     3. Hattie Maria CORLISS,   b. 19 Feb 1875, Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1961  (Age 85 years)
    +4. James Albert CORLISS,   b. 22 Jul 1878, Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Mar 1969, Sanford, York County, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     5. Hosea Frederick CORLISS,   b. 24 Jun 1880, Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1963, Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     6. Ella Louisa CORLISS,   b. 2 Jul 1883, Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1985, Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 102 years)
    Last Modified 3 Jan 2014 
    Family ID F1851  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 3 Jan 1845 - Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Dec 1869 - Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Aug 1883 - Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Abt 6 Aug 1883 - Westview Cemetery, Hudson, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    James Noyes Farmer Corliss, circa 1880
    James Noyes Farmer Corliss, circa 1880
    Harriet Ellen Bunker, James Noyes Farmer Corliss, Walter Corliss, and Harriet Tuttle Grace, about 1900 (framed drawing)
    Harriet Ellen Bunker, James Noyes Farmer Corliss, Walter Corliss, and Harriet Tuttle Grace, about 1900 (framed drawing)

    Headstones
    Headstone of James Noyes Farmer Corliss
    Headstone of James Noyes Farmer Corliss

  • Notes 
    • James N. Corliss (with an alternate name of Corless, James M.) is listed as a Union soldier with Company F, 1st NH Regiment, NH Heavy Artillery, with the rank of Private (reference film number M549, roll 3). A list of the First Regiment New Hampshire Volunteer Heavily Artillery: "Corliss, James M., Co. F; b. Hudson; age 19; cred. Hudson; enl. August 29, 1864 for 1 yr.; must. in Sept. 6, 1864, as Priv.; must. out June 15, '65."

      I found a Civil War Pension Index card: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, dated 1890 July 23 which apparently is a petition for benefits for a minor child named Hattie E. Craig. This was the name of his widow when she married her 2nd husband. Needs further research!

    • The Nashua Telegraph, Monday, August 5, 1883

      A Terrible Accident. Two Men Killed at a Railroad Crossing in Hudson

      A terrible accident in which two men lost their lives occurred on the Nashua and Rochester Railroad, at a place in Hudson known as Lawrence's Corner, at an early hour on Saturday evening. The "Salisbury," Charles Vantine engineer was returning from Epsom with a special train. The locomotive, there being no table at the station mentioned on which to turn it, was running tender forward. When the usual distance from the crossing where the accident occurred, according to the engineer and the people residing in the vicinity, the whistle was sounded, and when nearing the highway and coming into view from between the sand banks of a cut the engineer saw the head of a horse upon the track about three long cars distant ahead of him. He whistled for the breaks and made the usual effort to stop his train, but, being on a down trade, was unable to slacken before reaching the crossing. The tender of the locomotive struck squarely upon the body of the wagon, which with the two occupants and a bag of flour that was behind the seat were hurled into the air and carried fifty feet or more beyond the crossing--the men ten feet further on--and dumped in the ditch. The unfortunate men fell face downward, one across the other like the letter X, and neither knew what hurt them. In fact both were instantly killed. Their bodies were not disfigured, there being no abrasion of the skin only on the forehead of the oldest. The skulls of both, however, were crushed.

      The unfortunate men were James M. Corliss, residing near Robinson's pond a mile and a half north of the accident, and Hosea B. Wallace of Ashburnham, Mass., the latter being the father of Corliss' wife who, in company with his second wife he was visiting. Corliss was well known in this city, to which he had teamed wood. The two men had been in Pelham during the afternoon and it is said that they were "feeling pretty good" when they started for Hudson. At any rate they had two bottles of rum with them, the bottles being crushed in the accident and the odor of its contents being as distinct upon the locomotive when it reached Nashua as was the color of the flour. A little girl who saw the accident says the whistle sounded before they reached the track and that one of the men, probably the one who was driving, threw up both hands as though in the act of urging, with the reins, the horse to travel faster over the crossing. This would indicate that they were aware of the approach of the train and that the driver, whichever it was, took chances which he probably would not have taken had his mind and judgment been clear. Wallace, whose age was about forty-six years, leaves a wife and several grown up children. Corliss, aged thirty-eight, leaves a wife and six children, one of them a baby in arms, and all in poor circumstances.

      Following the accident the railroad men notified the authorities and some more than an hour afterwards, when a Nashua reporter reached the scene, nothing had been done in the matter of the removal of the bodies. A man but a short distance away, was inquired of, and his answer was that he believed a couple of men had been killed "up there" but he hadn't been up to see about it. Several persons were standing around, one or two of whom were intoxicated and profane, and the authorities were paralyzed and feared to move until they had the permission of a county coroner. Accordingly Coroner Whittmore of this city was notified of the situation. He told the authorities the men were killed by a locomotive and that there was no necessity of his attendance. Then, it being near 10 o'clock, the County Commissioner was aroused from his bed and the inquiry made. "What shall be done with the bodies?" He advised the inquirers to take that of Corliss to his home, and that of Wallace, considering that he was visiting at Corliss, and that his wife was there, to this same place. Corliss' body was buried on Sunday and the body of Wallace was taken to Ashburnham for interment today, by a brother of the deceased who arrived in town last night. The horse, which escaped unhurt, ran a short distance and was found feeding by the side of the highway. He belonged to an Ashburnham stable keeper who arrived in this city Sunday night in search of his property.

    • Next to James's gravestone is another stone with Hattie T. Wallace 1837-1905 and Hattie Hamblett 1854-1927. Hattie Hamblett is James's wife, who had married again twice more after his death. Hattie Wallace is Hattie Hamblett's mother, whose third husband was Hosea Wallace, who was killed in the train accident with James Corliss.


  • Sources 
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