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3. Judge Daniel BEEDE Esq.1 was born on 21 July 1729 in Kingston, Rockingham, New Hampshire.11,12

He appeared in the census in 1790 in Sandwich, Strafford, New Hampshire. Name: Danl Beade 3 males 16+: himself, prob. son Joshua & ?? [see below]
1 male < 16: prob. son Cyrus
6 females: prob. wife Patience, daughters Phebe, Lydia & Patience. Possibly daughter Martha and daughter-in-law Phebe [Joshua's wife].

Son Joshua married in Feb. 1789 but is not listed as a head of household anywhere. It is likely that he and wife Phebe were living with Daniel.

It is possible that one of the unidentified females is daughter Martha and the unidentified male her husband Stephen Hoag. Martha was 5 months pregnant when she and Stephen married in March 1790 and Stephen had no family in Sandwich. It is likely that they stayed in Daniel's home until after the baby (Levi) was born and they could get a place of their own.

He died on 7 April 1799 at the age of 69 in Sandwich, Strafford, New Hampshire.4,13

Daniel was much in public life in towns where he lived, settling first in Brentwood (now Fremont) where seven of his twelve children were born. He moved first to Gilmanton, where he lived about one year. During this time he surveyed the town of Sandwich and was one of the first settlers (1768). He held many public offices in Sandwich and was Judge of the County Court (see History of Carroll County for a sketch of his life).

From "The History of Carroll County":

Daniel Beede was the second son of Eli, and was born in East Kingston, July 21, 1729. His education was very imperfect. Our schools were then few in number and seldom merited the name. The great mass of the people in the state had little means to improve the school or give their children a knowledge of literature or the useful arts. The Bible was the only book Eli Beede allowed to be read in the family, and that book, or detached portions printed for that purpose, was almost the only one used in the country schools. Under such circumstances Daniel was unable to acquire the knowledge he sought, but by the aid of Mr. Secombe he obtained some valuable information and the use of books, amongst others a spelling-book, which, he used in after life to say, he was obliged to keep as secret as if it had been stolen goods. Mr. Secombe also instructed him in the higher branches of mathematics, trigonometry, and surveying. He afterwards became a good practical surveyor. He imbibed the principles of Quakerism, was attached to the Quakers, attended their meetings, and frequented their society, but never joined their church, and in advanced life thanked God that he had preserved his freedom from the discipline and powers of all church governments and from the restraints and impositions of all sectarians. June 15, 1795, he was appointed a judge of the court of common pleas of Strafford county, which he resigned in the winter of 1799, just before arriving at his seventieth year. He died early in April, 1800, aged seventy-one. He was a man of sound judgment, great prudence, and strict integrity, and was superior to the narrow views of party and the sordid spirit of selfishness. He was distinguished for his hospitality and kindness to strangers and travelers. In public as well as private life his great object, and one he pursued successfully, was to be useful to others, an in return he enjoyed the consolation arising from the respect, esteem, and confidence of all who knew him, as those who differed from him in opinion never questioned the purity of his motives and submitted to his decision; indeed, the mildness of his temper and the gentleness of his manners tended not less than the firmness of his character to disarm opposition.

He married, January 26, 1750, Patience Prescott, and settled in Gilmanton. He possessed executive qualities in a large degree, and was considered to be the best person to become father to the coming town that the proprietors could find. As an inducement to him to become the first settler and their agent they offered to give each of his children (tradition says each of his sons) one hundred acres of land. He then had six sons and two daughters. Leaving his farm in Gilmanton in charge of his son Daniel in the autumn of 1768, he, with his wife, Israel Gilman and wife, fifteen laborers, and Mary Wells, a hired girl, came to the town, and located on Wentworth Hill. Here, according to the statement of his daughter, Phebe, they cut the first trees and put up the first house in the town (a log one) the same day they arrived. It was in front of the present residence of Paul Wentworth, Esq., where the first burying place in the town was afterwards made.
From "Twenty-Ninth Annual Excursion of the Sandwich Historical Society"
Published 10 August 1948

"Daniel Beede, (1729-1799), Proprietors Agent, Justice of the Peace, Selectman and later Judge, was the leading man of Sandwich in its early days. It was he who led the first group of settlers here and tradition says they built the first log house the night of their arrival, early in November 1767, and that snow fell that very same night."

"Sandwich was nothing but an unbroken wilderness when Daniel Beede with a small band of laborers (fifteen, it is said, and Mary Wells, a hired girl) arrived. It was he who surveyed the township and apportioned the lots to the various settlers, many of whom made "pitches" for an absent proprietor. The township was rough and rocky and it must have been hard work clearing the land and getting the first families established. The first log house was built down by a spring near the little cemetery on the present Wentworth farm. From this humble beginning was build a fine farm, the frame house eventually standing just below the present Wentworth home. It was the stopping place for all travellers, and stranger or friend, they were always made welcome. In this house were held the early town meetings and most of the early town business was transacted there."

"Daniel Beede was the first town clerk, serving from 1773 to 1794. He was on the first Board of Selectmen, and delegate to the fifth Provincial Congress at Exeter in December, 1775. He was many times the representative to the general court: in 1775, 1776, 1782, 1784, 1786, 1787, and from 1789 through 1795. On June 15, 1795, he was named a judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Strafford County, which office he held until the winter of 1799 when he resigned. As first Justice of the Peace in Sandwich he performed the marriages of many inhabitants, and as long as he lived was the town's outstanding citizen."

Judge Daniel BEEDE Esq. and Patience PRESCOTT were married on 4 February 1750 in Kingston, Rockingham, New Hampshire.14

Patience PRESCOTT, daughter of Joshua PRESCOTT and Sarah CLIFFORD, was born about 1724 in Kingston, Rockingham, New Hampshire.4

She appeared in the census in 1790 in Sandwich, Strafford, New Hampshire. She is probably one of the 6 females in Daniel's household.

She died in December 1793 at the age of 69.4

Judge Daniel BEEDE Esq.-4080 and Patience PRESCOTT-4084 had the following children:



Nathan BEEDE [probably MOODY]-4874.



Captain Daniel BEEDE Jr.-4875.



Aaron BEEDE-4876.



Elijah BEEDE was born on 16 May 1757 in Brentwood (now Fremont), Rockingham, New Hampshire. He died on 28 May 1775 at the age of 18. Drowned in Squam Lake. Buried in Beede Cemetery on Wentworth Hill.



Joshua BEEDE-4081.



Sarah BEEDE-4878.



Mary BEEDE-4879.



Gen. Cyrus BEEDE-4880.



Martha BEEDE-4881.



Phebe BEEDE-4882.



Lydia BEEDE-4883.



Patience BEEDE-4884.

Judge Daniel BEEDE Esq. and Dorothy ETHRIDGE were married on 27 February 1795 in Sandwich, Strafford, New Hampshire.4,15

Dorothy ETHRIDGE was born about 1731.4

Last Updated: 12 March 2013