he died, June 3, 1861.
TheSalem Register says, ‘An old and faithful servant of the commonwealth, William Tufts
, died at his residence in this city on Monday.
was in his seventy-fifth year, having been born in Medford
, March I, 1787.
From 1815 to 1850 he was well known to all who had business transactions at the state house, having been for a long period the chief clerk
in the office of the secretary of the commonwealth.
For several years past he has resided in Salem
, quietly enjoying the fruits of his well-spent active life.’
Capt. James Gilchrist
, born in Danvers
, 1770, married Susan Wyman
, June 10, 1805.
He was engaged in the East India
trade, sailing from Salem
They made their home in the house on High street generally called the Train house
, moved to the one called the Ebenezer Turell
or Jonathan Porter house, then again to the former.
Six or seven of their nine children were born in this town, and after a residence of seventeen years the family moved to Charlestown, N. H.
, where Captain Gilchrist
When we see what was the caliber of the members of this family, we realize that what was our loss was New Hampshire
John James Gilchrist
, born February 16, 1809, and Edward Gilchrist
, born February 15, 181, must have received their early education here.
The former was a pupil at the school of John Angier
He graduated from Harvard, 1828, and upon being admitted to the bar established himself in Charlestown, N. H.
He married a daughter of a former governor of that state, and became successful in the practice of his profession.
He was early called to the head of the Supreme Court of New Hampshire
, and was appointed one of the judges of the Court of Claims by President Pierce
He discharged his duties with marked ability and was greatly esteemed.
He died at Washington
, April 20, 1858.
His intimate friend and classmate, Hon. George S. Hillard
, elsewhere mentioned in this paper, wrote a long and highly complimentary obituary notice of Chief Justice Gilchrist