GENEALOGY AND FAMILY HISTORY OF THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
A record of the chievements of her people in the Making of a Commonweath and the Founding of a Nation
EZRA S. STEARNS Assisted by WILLIAM F. WHITCHER & EDWARD E. PARKER
VOL. 11 Illustrated The LEWIS Publishing Co. New York - Chicago 1908
SLEEPER PAGE 811
This old American name is now widely distributed through out New England and the entire United States, and is borne by many honorable and worthy citizens. It is of English origin, and was early transplanted to American shores.
(1) THOMAS SLEEPER was born about 1616, and was a resident of Hampton, NEW HAMPSHIRE, soon after the settlement of that town in 1638. Land was granted to him as early as 1646. In the latter part of his life he lived on what is now known as SHAW's Hill. His was then a frontier house, no other family living so remote from the main settlement.
From him and his descendants that part of the town was called, "Sleepertown," since corrupted into "Sleepytown." He died July 30, 1696, and his family afterwards removed to the newly incorporated town of Kingston. His wife, JOANNA died there February 5, 1703, at the age of eighty years. She was buried in Hampton. Their children were, ELIZABETH, MARY, RUTH, JOHN, MOSES, AARON, and LUTHER.
(11) AARON, third son and sixth child of THOMAS and JOANNA SLEEPER, was born February 20, 1661, in Hampton, and died in Kingston, May 20, 1661, aged seventy-one years. He was married May 23, 1682, to ELIZABETH, daughter of JOSEPH and ELIZABETH (PARTRIDGE) SHAW, and granddaughter of ROGER SHAW (see SHAW) 1), and had a second wife SARAH, who bore him tow children. The first wife was the mother of seventeen children. They included MOSES, THOMAS, ASARON, JOSEPH and JOHN (twins), SAMUEL, ELISHA, HEZEKIAH, EBENEZER, JONATHAN and ABIGAIL.
(111) MOSES SLEEPER (Omitted from original post) (III) Moses, son of Aaron and Elizabeth (Shaw) Sleeper, was born January 2, 1684, in Hampton, and resided in Kingston, where he died January 13, 1/54, He was married January 9, 1714, to Mary, daughter of Captain Jonathan Sanborn. She was born March 20, 1698. They had fifteen children.
(1V)DAVID, son of MOSES and MARGARET (SANBORN) SLEEPER, was born November 16, 1721, in Kingston, and settled immediately after his marriage in Sandown, NEW HAMPSHIRE. he cleared and improved a good farm in Sandown, and through industry and thrift accumulated what was considered at that early day a handsome fortune, which he distributed among his children as they began life for themselves. He was prominently identified with the early civic affairs of Sandown, and also with the Baptist Church of which he was one of the leading supporters. As commander of the local militia company he hastily assembled his commond on hearly the new of the battle of Lexington, and marching to Boston reported for duty in defense of national independence.
He was untiring in his efforts to perfect the moral training of his children, all of whom inherited his homnesty, integrity and other commendable virtues, and in addition to providing them with a goodly share of the goods of this world, he left them the honorable record of having lived an upright and conscientious life. He died in Sandown, October 18, 1780. His first wife, whom he married November 24, 1743, was MARGARET SCRIBNER, and his second wife was RUTH JENNESS, who was born March 29, 1735, and d.ied July 6, 1823. Of his first union there were four children, and his second wife bore him sixteen children. Six of his sons and two of his daughters settled in Bristol, New Hamphshire, namely: GIDEON, PETER, MOSES, JOHN, DANIEL, SAMUEL, MARY (who married THEOPHILUS SANBORN), and RUTH (who married JAMES INGALLS). Some of his children settled in Vermont, others went to Maine and Canada and one located in Plymouth, this state.(Mention of his sons DAVID and BENJAMIN and descendants forms a part of this article.) Page 812.
(V) . DAVID (2), son of DAVID (1) and MARY (SCRIBNER) SLEEPER, was born 1748, and first settled on the homestead at Sandown and removed thence to Vershire, Vermont, and returned to Sandown, where he finished his days. The vital records of the state are singularly silent about this family.
(VI) Joseph, supposed to have been a son of David (2) Sleeper, was born September 10, 1782, but the records do not indicate the place of his birth (presumably Sandown: recorded in Gilford). He married Susanna, daughter of Simeon and Miriam (Morrill) Hoyt (see Hoyt, VI). They had children : Lucinda, Henry and Susanna.
(VII) Henry H., only son and second child of Joseph and Susanna (Hoyt) Sleeper, was born December 6. 1812, in Gilford, New Hampshire, where he resided. He married Caroline Robie, who was a descendant of an old Maine family of that name, and had three children : Charles H., Joseph Franklin, and a daughter who died young.
(VIII) Charles H.. son of Henry H. and Caroline ( Robie) Sleeper, was born August, 1836. in Gilford, and was a farmer in that town during the earlier part of his business life. He married Angenette True, of Lincoln, Maine. They have one son. Charles E.
(IX) Charles E., son of Charles H. and Angenette (True) Sleeper, was born in Gilford. November 29, 1862, and has spent his life in that town and Laconia, engaged in agricultural pursuits. For many years Charles H. Sleeper has taken an active part in public affairs, and served several years as selectman in Gilford, and also represented that town in the state legislature. His present residence is in Lakeport, one of the suburbs and a ward of the city of Laconia, and his son occupies the old homestead in Gilford. Mr. Sleeper is an Odd Fellow, a Republican in politics, and a Unitarian in religious preference. Charles E. married Ida A., daughter of John and Hannah (Sherwood) Goodwin, of Warren, New Hampshire, and has four children : Maud E.. born May 8. 1891 ; Hannah D., born July 19, 1893; Frank D., born May 7, 1898; Charles H.. born August 15, 1904.