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Nicholas Lisson


  NICHOLAS1 LISSON was born in Lochabar, Scotland (Possible birth and death dates: 1618 - Death : 1697 Exeter, Rockingham, NH, USA.  He married ALICE ?  In the “History of Exeter” pg. 56, is listed:  Nicholas Lisson, married Jane - Dec. 14, 1682, so possibly he was remarried at this time.

Children of Nicholas and Alice Lissen are:
  1.  Hannah LISSON, m. John BEAN
  2.  Elizabeth LISSON, b. 1635-1637, Exeter, New Hampshire; d. June 14, 1675, Exeter, Rockingham, New Hampshire.  m.  Henry MAGOON  (MacGoun(e) - Clan Chattan)
     3. Mary LISSON, b. 1644, Exeter, Rockingham, New Hampshire. m. Alexander GORDON

NOTE:   John BEAN, Alexander GORDON, and Henry Magoon (possibly MacGOUN(E), were all prisoners sent to the Colonies after the battle of Worchester in 1651.   All were purchased by Nicholas Lisson (Lysson), to work off their indenture.  
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LISSEN,
1. JOSEPH (Lessen), Oyster River 1662. List 363a.
2. NICHOLAS (aut), millman, Exeter, abt 60 in 1678, abt 80 in 1694. Owned land in Salem. MA.  and  Marblehead. 1637; in Glouchester 10 Oct 1648 he bought George Barlow's two houses and lands in Exeter Town gr. 12 Jan. 1648-9, the first of many, included mill privileges.  He was one of three to collect town rent for sawmills 1653; Selectmen 1654-56, 1662, 1666; Commit. on Dover-Exeter. bounds 1671-2.  He bought house and land at the waterside 1654, invested in various new sawmills, and in May 1667 from Robtert Wadleigh half his 320 acres on Lamprill Riv., from which both had been dispossed and Mr. Samuel Symonds put in, before 20 Oct. 1668.  Two wives in sight once each, Alice 1666, Jane m. in Exeter, NH.,14 Dec.1682. He spent his last years with Nicholas and Mary (Gordon) Smith; and died when their son Richard was 8 or 9 yrs. old. Called deed in deed 20 May 1697. Administered 8 Dec. 1714 to grandsons Alexexander Magoon (Son of Henry Magoon) and Nicholas Gordon (Son of Alexander Gordon); late divided to three daughters or representatives.: Hannah, eldest, m. John Bean, JR.,  Elizabeth, 2d dau., m. by 1661 Henry Magoon. Mary, 3d dauh., m. Alexander Gordon (1).
3. Thomas, 3-yr. man at Richmond Isl. 1638; ran away bef. 15 July 1639. List 21.

Notes
Book reprint available from Godfrey Memorial Library:

The Hingham Founding Fathers of “Old Colony” New Hampshire (Exeter II-The Origin)

1623-1655 Wayne Clark Gilman, Board of Trustees of the Godfrey Memorial Library. This book documents the early family settlers of Exeter, both Wheelwright family followers and the Gilman, Hilton, Folsom, Leavitt, Smart, Maverick, Wilson, Warren, Taylor, Cushing, Smith, Robinson, Hall, Pettit, Moore, Greenfield, Lyford, Jacob, Moulton, Thing, King, Dolloff, Williams, Willey, ***Lissen, Gordon,*** Sanders and Wall families of the Piscataqua and Exeter.  A chapter on Ye Ole Sawmill documents the earlilest beginnings of the importance of timbering, one of America’s first industries. The book includes four chapters of Captain Christopher Leavitt’s  “A Voyage into New England....1624” a marvelous documentation of early English/Native American relations in 1624 prior to the establishment of the Massachusetts Bay Colony; and it includes Wheelwright’s sermon that sparked the ”Antinomain” controversy of 1634-1640 and his expulsion to Exeter and later move to Wells, Maine. (1995), Heritage Books reprint, c185pp, illus, cloth, #C-304,
(source:  Godfrey Memorial Library [
http://www.godfrey.org/books.html])

Hannah Lissen, daughter of Andrew Lissen, born in Lochabar, Scotland married John Bean in Exeter — perhaps Andrew is Nicholas’ brother? /ACR

Nicholas Lissen (Listen) was listed as a Selectman druing the years of 1654, 55, 57, 62, 66  - This is acccording to the History of Exeter NH

Thanks to Joanne Roth for the above information.


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