446. Zimri Scates7 Wallingford (Samuel6, David5, Peter4, John3, John2, Nicholas1) was born in Milton, Strafford County, New Hampshire 7 October 1816.(2581) Zimri died 28 May 1886, in Dover, Strafford County, New Hampshire.(2582) He is buried in Pine Hill Cemetery in Dover.(2583)
He married Alta L. G. Hilliard, 26 or 27 August 1840, in Berwick, York County, Maine.(2584) Her father was the pastor of the congregational Church in Berwick, so the marriage likely took place there.
Alta was born 17 February 1810, in Berwick, York County, Maine. (Date from gravestone, and place from NHVR death record.) Alta was the daughter of Rev. Joseph Hilliard and Sarah Langton.
She was from Berwick, Maine. In her father's will dated 25 January 1842 and probated 4 December 1843 she is called Alte Gray Wallingford. Her bequest was for $100, and, after the decease of Joseph's wife, "my silver tankard and 1 large silver spoon".(2587)
Zimri got his unusual name due to the death of a cousin. His mother's sister Mary, who married Deacon John Scates, had a son Zimri Scates who died in Milton on 26 February 1816 at the age of 16, only a little more than seven months before Zimri Scates Wallingford was born.
At age twelve Zimri began learning blacksmithing, and two years later began working in the machine shops of the Great Falls Manufacturing Company in Somersworth, N.H. He filled an apprenticeship in machine building there, as well as in Maryland, Virginia and Philadelphia. In 1844 he began working for the Cocheco Manufacturing Company in Dover, N.H. and worked as a master machine builder. In 1849 he became Superintendant of the mills, and in 1860 was promoted to Agent, a job he held until his death. He was a strong anti-slavery advocate before and during the Civil War, and an active supporter of the Republican Party from its formation. He was a member of the N.H. Constitutional Convention in 1876 and also a Presidential Elector that same year. He served for years as president of the Savings Bank for the County of Strafford, a director of tbe Strafford National Bank, president of the Dover Library Association, and a director of the Dover and Winnipesaukee Railroad. His religion was Unitarian.(2588)
Zimri was actively engaged in pushing the interests of Dover's Cocheco River and was a member of the Dover Navigation Company. The company built schooners, and their fifth such ship, built by the Goss and Sawyer shipyard and launched from Bath, Maine in July 1882, was the Schooner Zimri S. Wallingford. The schooner was one of the Company's biggest financial successes. Besides delivering many cargoes of coal to Dover, it also carried lumber, stone, ice, phosphorus and produce up and down the East Coast. The ship was totally destroyed in an accidental fire on 17 March 1895 at Montompkins Inlet, Virginia. Over her lifetime the Wallingfordhad earned $23,577 for her owners, a profit of 124%, and was insured for another $12,000.(2589)
A lengthy biography of Zimri, as well as portraits, are available in Hurd's History of Rockingham and Strafford Counties(2590) and Sketches of Successful New Hampshire Men (1882).(2591) The biography is the same in both.
In the 1850 census of Dover, Zimri and Alta are living with their children John O. and Mary C., as well as Ellen O'Brien, 32, born Ireland (presumably a servant), Joseph Hilliard, 19, a machinist born in N.Y., and William H. Hilliard, 16, a manufacturer born in N.Y. The latter two are probably relations of Alta.(2592) Ten years later they are still living in Dover. This time Zimri has gone from being described as a manufacturer to a "Supt. Cotton Mills". With Zimri and Alta are four children John, a 19-year old machinist, Mary, Julia and Ira, as well as Kate Winn, 21, born Ireland, who is probably another servant.(2593) The child Ira is very likely the son of Zimri's brother Ira and his wife Delania, as both his parents were dead by the time of the 1860 census.
Zimri Scates Wallingford and Alta L. G. Hilliard had the following children:
+ 610 i. John O.8 Wallingford was born about 1842.
+ 611 ii. Mary C. Wallingford was born about 1847.
+ 612 iii. Julia Hilliard Wallingford was born 3 September 1850.