The CALL and GREELEY Families of Boscawen, New Hampshire

Emma S. (Call) Greeley of Boscawen NH

Emma S. (Call) Greeley of Boscawen NH

Let is first be known that this is not a listing of all CALL and/or GREELEY Families in New Hampshire, nor even in the Boscawen NH area.  I happened to purchase three interesting photographs on Ebay–that of Levi Fellows Call, his wife Mary (McCoy) Call, and his sister, Emma S. (Call) Greeley.    To learn more about the people behind the faces, it meant researching the Call and Greeley families.  My focus was more on the New Hampshire CALL lineage.

It is interesting to note my discovery that I am related to the people pictured, albeit distantly through their [Mehetable and other] JACKMAN lines.


Philip Call, b 1684 in Newbury MA, possibly son of John Cole, or Philip Call. He died 10 Aug 1757. He married 20 Jan 1706/07 in Amesbury MA to Sarah Tressel, daughter of Henry & Martha (Ring) Tressell. She was killed by Indians in 1754.  A “weaver” while in Amesbury MA. One of the first settlers of Contoocook NH. According to one source: “After the close of hostilities in 1749, he moved up the Merrimack, a little more than a mile beyond the line of Contoocook, to the fertile intervale of Bakerstown (South Franklin), and began a clearing on the Webster farm.  While living there, in 1754, the Indians made a descent upon the place, and killed Mrs. Call, as already narrated in the journal of events.  It is supposed that Philip Call lived and died in Salisbury, and that he was buried in the cemetery in South Franklin: but no stone marks his resting place.  It is not unlikely that the Indians were well acquainted with Philip Call.  He was a good Indian fighter, and possibly they took particular pleasure in making a descent upon his place.  His son Stephen was one of the first selectmen of Salisbury, upon the organization of the town in 1768.  He served in Capt. Webster’s company, Col. Nichol’s regiment, in the Rhode Island campaign, 1776.  The Call family of Franklin and Hill are descendants of Philip. ”
Children of Philip & Sarah (Tressel) Call:
1. Philip Call, b. 26 May 1707 in Amesbury MA: m. Dorothy Hadley. She hid with her oldest child behind the chimney of their house during a massacre, saving her life.
2. Obadiah Call, b 16 Nov 1709; m. Eleanor —
3. Sarah Cole, b. 8 March 1715 in Newbury MA; m. Hezekiah Colby
4. Martha Call, b. 7 Feb 1718 m. Richard Jackman
5. +Moses Call, b 9 Jan 1725/26 Amesbury MA; m. Mehitable Jackman
6. Stephen Call b 9 Nov 1728 Portsmouth NH; m. Eunice Danforth,


Moses Call, son of Philip and Sarah (Tressel) Call; b 19 January 1726 in Amesbury MA [Amesbury MA Births, page 46] and d 19 October 1810 ; m. before 1751 to Mehetable Jackman, dau of Deacon George and Hannah (Bishop) Jackman. She b. 1729 and d. 19 October 1809 in NH, aged 80. In 1764 he was Constable of Boscawen NH. At the breaking out of the Revolutionary war, Lieut. Moses Call served on the Committee of Safety, was an officer in the Boscawen company and took part in the battle of Bunker Hill, being a lieutenant in Capt. Kimball’s company in the Bennington campaign of 1777, the company marching July 4th of that year to oppose Gen. Burgoyne’s advance from Canada to Lake Champlain.
Constitutionalist newspaper, Exeter NH, printed Monday, Dec 10, 1810–DEATHS: In Boscawen, 19th Oct. Mehitable Call, aged 81; widow to Lt. Moses Call.
Children of Moses & Mehetable (Jackman) Call:
1. Hannah Call, b. 6 Sep 1751 Boscawen NH
2. Phebe Call, b. 11 Sep 1753 Boscawen NH, died young
3. +Moses Call, b. 12 June 1755 Boscawen NH
5. Capt. Silas Call, b. 17 March 1758 Boscawen NH; officer in the War of 1812, dying in service; m. Molly Corser, daughter of John
6. Phebe Call, b. 10 Sep 1760 Boscawen NH
7. Timothy Call, b. 13 Feb 1763 Boscawen NH; drowned July 1804 in Lake Champlain. Father of Henry Cleveland Call.
8. David Call, b. 18 May 1765 Boscawen NH
9. Daniel Call, b. 13 Oct 1767 Boscawen NH
10. Nathan Call, b. 15 Oct 1770 Boscawen NH


Lieut. Moses Call, Jr. son of Moses & Mehetable (Jackman) Call, b. 12 June 1755 in Boscawen NH d 1796 [according to his tombstone];   m. 26 Oct 1779 in Newbury MA to Sarah Boynton, dau of Enoch & Rachel (Foster) Boynton. She b 10 Oct 1755 in Gloucester, Essex Co. MA and d. 8 May 1834 in Boscawen NH. They are both buried in Corser Hill Cemetery, Webster NH.
Children of Moses & Sarah (Boynton) Call:
1. Enoch Call, b. 3 Oct 1780 Boscawen NH, d. Dec 1812
2. Moses Call, b. 21 Jan 1782 Boscawen NH; d. 1 May 1848; m. Sarah “Sally” Fellows, dau of Richard & Rachel (Scribner) Fellows
3. John Call, b. 15 May 1784 Boscawen NH, d. 11 Sep 1844
4. Sarah Call, b. 12 Jan 1786 Boscawen NH
5. +David Call, b 24 June 1791 in Boscawen NH
6. Nathan Call, b. 12 Dec 1792 in Boscawen NH
7. Luke Call, b. 5 May 1795 in Boscawen NH.


David Call, son of Moses and Sarah (Boynton) Call, b. 24 June 1791 in Boscawen NH, and d. 28 July 1861 in Webster NH. He married 13 March 1820 in Boscawen NH to Polly Fellows, dau of Moses & Sarah (Stevens) Fellows. She b. 18 Feb 1800 in Salisbury NH and d. 25 Feb 1862 in Webster NH. They are both buried in Beaver Dam Cemetery, Webster NH. He was a black smith residing in Boscawen NH
1860 US Census > NH > Merrimack Co. > Boscawen
David Call M 68 NH blacksmith
Polly Call F 60 NH
Phebe Jane Call F 19 NH teacher
Children of David & Polly (Fellows) Call:
1. Sarah Elizabeth Call 1821-1881; m. Abial Rolfe.
2. Alvira Call 1824-1848; m. 11 March 1847 in Newburyport MA to Joseph B. Coulliard, son of Joshua & Nancy.  He was a manufacturer.
3. +Levi Fellows Call b 20 March 1827, d. 1916; m. Mary A. McCoy
4. Mary Call b 1830; m. John Carpenter Abbott
5. Royal Harris Call b 1833, d. 1914; m. Sarah E. Currier; physician, resided at Lowell MA.
6. +Emma Stevens “Emily” Call, b. Nov 1835 Webster NH


Levi Fellow & Mary (McCoy) Call of Concord NH

Levi Fellow & Mary (McCoy) Call of Concord NH

Levi Fellows Call, son of David & Polly (Fellows) Call, b. 20 March 1827 in Boscawen NH, died 18 May 1916 in Concord NH. He married Mary A. McCoy, dau of Israel and Martha (Hall) McCoy. She b. 13 May 1833 in Wolfboro VT and d. 1 Nov 1921 at the NH State Hospital in Concord NH. In 1853 working for Nathan Call at 185 State Street, or 1 Call’s Block. They are buried in Blossom Hill Cemetery, Concord NH. He resided in Concord NH for 68 years, residing at his death at 26 Mill Street. A plumber by trade. According to the 1900 US Census, they had no children.

Emma S. (Call) Greeley of Boscawen NH

Emma S. (Call) Greeley of Boscawen NH

Emma Stevens “Emily” Call, daughter of David & Polly (Fellows) Call, b 3 November 1835 Webster New Hampshire, died 16 March 1907 in Boscawen NH; she married 14 June 1864 in Concord NH [Greeley genealogy says in Lawrence MA] to Nathaniel R. Greeley, son of Reuben & Mary Ann (Shirley) Greeley. He was born 10 June 1829 in Boscawen NH, and died 9 February 1924 in Boscawen NH. He was an optician. Resided Penacook and Webster, New Hampshire.
1920 US Census > NH > Merrimack Co. > Concord
Nathaniel Greeley Head M 90 NH
Leon Greeley son M 54 NH
Lou Greeley dau-in-law F 57 NH
1930 US Census > NH > Merrimack Co. > Concord
Walter W. Wilmot Head M 30 MA VT ME Jan 1870 Brakeman RR
Leonora G. Wilmot Wife F 32 NH NH NH Aug 1868 1 child 0 living
Emma S. Greeley mother-in-law F 65 NH NH NH Nov 1835 married 36 yrs 4 ch 2 living
Children of Nathaniel R. and Emma S. (Call) Greeley:
1. Leon Marshall Greeley, b 15 Apr 1866 Webster NH, d. 14 May 1952 in Boscawen NH, aged 86; m. 3 May 1891 in Portsmouth NH to Emma S. Randall, dau of Daniel S. & Emily A. (Adams) Randall. He was a printer by trade. Buried Woodlawn Cemetery, Penacook NH. Child: Randall Horace Greeley, b. 7 October 1893, who m. 31 Dec 1927 in Manchester NH to Cecile K. Blackstone, dau of Sumner E. & Lillian (Welcome) Blackstone. He died July 1970. He was a WPA Illustrator.
2. Leonora Geneva Greeley, b 26 Aug 1868 Webster NH, d. 11 Nov 1900; m. 9 May 1897 in Webster NH to Walter W Wilmot, son of Willard W. & Frances A. (Usher) Wilmot. He b. Jan 1870 in Lowell MA. Their child, Gustin Fellows Wilmot, b. 1 July 1898 in Concord NH, died the next day.
3. Horace Wendall Greeley, b. 2 July 1872, d. 14 Aug 1873
4. Winnifred Evelyn Greeley, b. 5 Sep 1874, d. 16 Aug 1875


Genealogy of the Greely-Greeley Family, by George Hiram Greeley

The Call Family, compiled by B.F. Cummings, 1898 [a different CALL family but provided here for the interest].

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27 Responses to The CALL and GREELEY Families of Boscawen, New Hampshire

  1. Marilyn says:

    Just came across your blog and found this very interesting since I was out snooping around looking for ancestors! I am related to Call lineage through Statira Call, which I had thought was the daughter of Moses Jr. Have you heard of her name in your research? Thanks!

    • Janice Brown says:

      Hello Marilyn. No sorry I never saw the name of Statira Call in my research. I was not trying to write about ALL Of the Call Family just the one pertaining to my story and photographs.

      • Marilyn says:

        Thanks just saw your response. My eyes are just about bugging out of my head after hours of genealogy research! Most of my family are from NH and Kittery area. I enjoy your posts!

  2. Jeff Call says:

    Can you provide any information on the parents of Moses Call (1750 – 1842)? He was born in Warner, NH and died in Boscasen, NH. His wife was Joanna and his children were Joseph, Judith, Betty, Molle, Sarah, and Jere. Any help is appreciated

    • Janice Brown says:

      Jeff, sadly I cannot provide you with information on THAT Moses Call’s parents. He seems to be a bit of a mystery. His son Jere’s brief biography just states his father’s name then says his fathers ancestry was from England (which is pretty vague). None of towns that are connected with him including Boscawen, Salisbury, Warner, Sanbornton, etc mention beyond Moses. It would be a great error to presume that he is connected with Phillip Call who was the ancestor of the other Call families in the area at that time without definitive proof. You may want to pursue a CALL FAMILY DNA STUDY, and/or to do a complete CALL FAMILY RESEARCH of all CALL/CAUL/COLE families in New England and how they fit in. I had to do such a study in order to sort out my LONG family tree. I hope you will find the following useful to you in some small way.

      What I do know I will share. What I did find confusing about YOUR Moses Call is that he married rather early. If his birth year is correct, (based on his death date and how old he was at the time, extrapolating backward, he would have been about 19 years old at the time of his marriage. That people “married young” back in colonial America is an old wives tale. Most men and women waited until they were “of age” or 21+ to marry, especially the men, when they were then considered and adult. Their first child is born almost a full year after their marriage, so the fear of her being pregnant “early” does not appear to be a considering for marrying “young.” Just something to consider in your research.

      Moses Call, b. abt 1750 in Warner NH; d. 30 Dec 1842 in Boscawen NH, age 92; m. 23 Nov 1769 in Hampstead, Rockingham Co. NH to Joanna Clough. She was b. 15 Apr 1751 in Sandown NH and d. 23 Jan 1825 in Warner NH. He and Joanna is buried in Schoodac Road Cemetery, Warner NH. This Moses Call is probably the one found in the “Roll of Captain Daniel Flood’s Company” of 1776 [Provincial Paper’s, Bouton].
      Children of Moses & Joanna (Clough) Call:
      1. Joseph Caul [Call], b. 14 Oct 1770 Warner NH
      2. Judith Caul, b. 8 May 1776 Warner NH
      3. Betty Caul [Coll], b. 16 Aug 1779 Warner NH
      4. Molle Caul [Mollie Coll] b. 13 Oct 1785 Warner NH
      5. Sarah Caul [Coll], b. 24 July 1787 Warner NH
      6. Jerrey “Jere” Call, b. 24 May 1790 Warner, Merrimack Co. NH; d. 2 March 1847

      The MOSES CALL you ask about (as shown above) is NOT the son of Moses & Mehitable (Jackman) Call as some claim. That person was entirely different, and a bit of his info is below. Whether the 2 men are connected in any way is unknown.

      LIEUT. MOSES CALL, son of Moses & Mehitable (Jackman) Call, b. 12 June 1755 in Boscawen NH; d. 1796 NH; He m. 26 Oct 1779 to Sarah BOYNTON (1755-1834); buried Corser Hill Cemetery, Webster NH
      Children of Lieut. Moses & Sarah (Boynton) Call: [partial list only quickly compiled]
      1. Moses Call, b. 1779, d. 1 May 1844 Boscawen NH
      2. Enoch, b. 3 Oct 1780, d. Dec 1812
      3. Moses Call, b. 21 Jan 1782, d. 1 May 1848
      4. David Call 1791-1861

      RESOURCES for you to further study.




      • Jeff Call says:

        Thanks for your help, Janice. Where this Moses came from is definitely a mystery. I’ve even talked with the Warner historical society and they had no clue as to who his parents were or where he came from. I had previously looked at all 3 links you provided. In the Call Family Genealogy they have “my” Moses Call born in Warner, married to Joanna Clough and mentions their daughter Sally, who married Moses Little. All of this information is correct. However the birth date matches Lt. Moses Call’s. If possible, could you give me information on how to or where to look to conduct a family DNA study? Again, thank you for your help.

        • Janice Brown says:

          Jeff, responding to your response.
          1) I would recommend you contact: about setting up a group for Call / Caul / Cole etc. but perhaps there already is one there.
          2) did you see the link I added that Moses Call’s grandson wrote about Moses coming from England. I will repost it here for you. NOT to be discounted since it is a possibility.
          Please keep me updated on your progress.

  3. Carol Antone says:

    My great-grandmother was Lorenzia Call, daughter of Moses A. Call and Mary Kingsbury. From my research through the years i found that Moses A. Call (1824-1865) and born to Moses Call III and Sally Fellows. I would like to know for sure if my 2nd great-grandfather belongs to your Call family.

    • Janice Brown says:

      Moses Augustus Call (b. 1824) appears to be the son of Moses & Sally (Fellows) Call listed in my post. Lorenzia Call was named after her aunt (her father’s sister) who is listed as “Lorenzy” on her birth record. So yes, he would be a member of this same family.

      • Carol Antone says:

        Awesome!!!! I would love to correspond more with you about my mother’s family. I am debating on doing an DNA through Ancestry…would love to know more about my ancestors!! From what i have learned Moses Augustus Call served in the Wisconsin branch of the infantry during the Civil War. He is buried in the Stoddard Cemetery in Richland Co., Wisconsin, and it’s an unmarked grave but listed in being there along with his father-in-law Jeremiah (Jerry) W. Kingsbury and other family members.

  4. balinagra says:

    Janice … I went back over the past year and revisited the information on the grandmother Statira Call b. 1820 York (Kittery) Maine, that I was searching for information on. Best I can see is that she was the daughter of Joseph Call b. 2 Apr 1785 and his second wife Elizabeth (Betsey) Blake (Black). Joseph was the son of Lt. Moses Call Jr. and his wife Sarah Boynton. (I have their children listed as follows) Enoch b. 1780, Moses b. 1782, Joseph b. 1785 and David b. 1791).

    Am I on the right track here with this line??
    Thanks Marilyn

    • Janice Brown says:

      I mention Lt. Moses Call in my post, along with additional children you did not mention. I cannot say unequivocally whose Statira’s parents were. Have you ever found Joseph Call’s will in Maine? That might help if he mentioned his children’s names.

  5. Janice This is wonderful I have to connect you with a descendant who I met at the Macy Colby Reunion in Amesbury MA She found records on the CALL related to Colby line and weapons used by Moses. Philip, and Silas Call in the American Revolution and other wars

  6. Rachel Call says:

    Hi Janice, funny I should come across your blog today! After I went to my grandfather’s hometown today for their 175th celebration/ grand opening at the Bennington NH historical society museum today! I’ve been trying to do some family research on & off for some time. My name is Rachel Call and my family is, from what I’ve been finding, has been in New Hampshire for quite awhile! I remember my grandfather Vernon Call telling me a story about a long time great aunt who was killed by an Indian & my jaw nearly dropped reading this! I’m wondering if our Call’s are the same?!

    • Janice Brown says:

      Rachel, I did a little back checking and I get your family back to an Enoch Call who lived in Boscawen, so no doubt you are from this very same line.

      • Rachel Call says:

        Thank you!! I’m so excited & cant wait to do some more research and get all this organized & go visit some gravesites and maybe some more areas they lived in! What would you recommend?

        • Janice Brown says:

          I recommend that you start with yourself and work backwards. The information I discovered is not going to disappear. So collect what you can on living people or recently passed people. Photographs, documents, talk to people who are old in your family and get their stories. They can probably tell you a great deal.

    • Donna Doran says:

      Rachel my 8th g grandfather is Philip Call – Franklin NH. My mother has been very involved in our heritage. Coincidentally I live in one of the abutting towns of Bennington and am only about 5 miles from the historical society. This is so interesting to me as I was not aware of this at all. Feel free to contact me.

      • Rachel Call says:

        Hi Donna! Nice to “meet” you! That’s amazing, yeah I remember my grandfather telling me about the aunt who who’s killed by an Indian. He did mention his sister who had a book that relatives had compiled with some family history but unfortunately have never been able to see it. That aunt has since passed & the family is not close so I’ve never seen it. Hence on my own to do my own research from scratch. I’d love to contact you to compare research!

  7. Shirley says:

    i am looking for Jerusha Call born 26 ,march 1812 in Boscawen ,N.H. married John Smith

  8. Donna Doran says:

    I should have told you that Phillip’s wife was indeed killed by the natives. My grandfather was Sanford Call (I never knew him) who lived in the Auburn maine area

  9. Matthew a Pruett says:

    Apparently Lt Moses Call Jr
    BIRTH 12 JUN 1755 • Boscawen, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States
    DEATH 1796 • Webster, Merrimac, New Hampshire
    Was my 6th great-grandfather

  10. Bill says:

    Hi Janice:
    While researching my family I came across your work. I am looking for information about David Call son of Moses and Mehetable Jackman Call. I think he married Jane Corser and had 9 children. I am specifically looking for his daughter Rebecca Call (if she is his daughter). Any help would be appreciated.
    Bill O’Brien

  11. doctordavis says:

    Ms. Brown and the Calls: I just found an obit from April 2011 for Irene Call Davis of Sutton NH while I was researching the Davises there. According to Chadwick’s website she was the daughter of Shirley Call and his wife, who was a Quimby.

    • Donald Davis says:

      I just learned about this blog this evening and the first posting is all about one ancestral lines! Shirley Call was grandfather and his line traces back to Philip Call through Silas Call who d. at Portsmouth during the War of 1812. His wife was Annie Quimby, Their third child was Irene, my mother. My grandfather was a mason and was true craftsman at his trade He built hundreds of fireplaces in the Sunapee Lake – New London area. He always drew a fish in cement on the face of the smoke chamber and used a penny for the fishes eye. His father was Jonas Franklin Pierce Call.

  12. Stacie Sneider says:

    Hello! I know this is an old blog post but just found it in 2023! so this is a long shot. I’ve traced my heritage back to Alexander Call b. 1748 d. 1808 and his wife Hannah Elizabeth Larkins b. 1757 d. 1862. Alexander’s father is a bit of a mystery. Some information suggests Lewis Call b. 1725 in Pennsylvania and that his father was Samuel Phillip Call b. 1684. and his mother Sarah Call (Trussell) b. 1684 of the famous Indian attack. However the information is sketchy. Any information on this Lewis Call would be helpful.

  13. Susan says:

    Hello Mr Call my 4th paternal great grandmother was Maria Call born around 1816 New Hampshire married Alvah Putnam in 1834 Shelbourne Vermont death 1879 Mooers Clinton NY im struggling to find her parents could they possibly be Amos Call 1788 who married Lucy died in Erie NY ?

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