Timothy Chandler was a skilled clockmaker and jeweler. He was also civic-minded and active in the development of the New Hampshire Asylum. This is an interest that might have be triggered by the psychological struggles of his children.
John Stearns, the father of the family, was killed by one of the first locomotives in service of the Boston & Lowell Railroad. That did not stop two of his sons from becoming pioneers in railroad development throughout New England.
Orpha Boynton and John Hopkins struggled financially in raising their nine children. Their children experienced a number of disruptions in their families, one son leaving his wife to head for the gold fields in California.
Samuel French served in the Revolutionary War and was held captive for four years. Afterwards, he married Tamison Eastman and they had three children. Tragically, Samuel committed suicide by hanging in 1799.