Nathaniel Ladd of Exeter, m. Elizabeth, daughter of the Hon. John Gilman, July 12th, 1678, who was b. Aug. 16th, 1661, and had Daniel, John, Nathaniel and Mary, who m. Jacob Gilman of Kingston, and had John, Mary, Stephen, Jacob, Daniel and Elizabeth. Mr. Ladd was killed by Indians Aug. 11th, 1691.
Nathaniel Ladd, Jr., m. Catharine Gilman and had Nathaniel, Daniel, Edward, Josiah, Elias, and by a second wife, Mercy Hilton, he had Paul and Dudley.
Edward Ladd came to Gilmanton late in life, and closed his days here with his son Samuel, July 6th, 1788.
Col. Samuel Ladd m. Abigail Flanders of Exeter, moved to Gilmanton, and had Samuel, John, Edward, Isaac, Abigail, Jonathan, Dudley, Mehitable and Thomas.
Arthur S. Ladd who ranks among the foremost agriculturists of Belmont, was born in this town, January 17, 1838, son of Langdon and Sylvania (Colby) Ladd.
The remote ancestors of the Ladd family are said to have gone to England with William the Conqueror from Normandy. Daniel Ladd, native of England, the first of the name in a native of England, the first of the name in America, settled at an early date in Ipswich, Mass., receiving a grant of land in 1637, and later moved to Haverhill, where his son Nathaniel was born. Nathaniel Ladd settled in Exeter, N.H., when a young man; and his son Nathaniel Jr., was long a resident of that town. A brick house that he erected is still standing, and is owned by Dr. John Perry.
Edward Ladd, son of Nathaniel Jr., settled in Belmont, and cleared a farm from the wilderness. He married Catherine Thing, daughter of Samuel Thing; and their son, Colonel Samuel Ladd, was the great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch. Colonel Samuel Ladd built and owned the first saw-mill in what is now Laconia. In 1768 he married Abigail Flanders, who died in 1803. Edward Ladd, second, son of Colonel Samuel, and grandfather of Arthur S., settled upon what has since been known as Ladd Hill in the Town of Belmont. The house in which he lived was built by his father, and is now occupied by his grandson, the subject of this sketch. Grandfather died in early manhood, from the effects of a fall from his horse. He married Hannah Hoyt, of Sanbornton, N.H.
Their son, Langdon Ladd, Arthur S. Ladd's father was born Belmont in 1811. He was nine years old when his father died, and when old enough he took charge of the home farm. He was an active and industrious farmer, and resided at the old homestead until his death, which occurred in 1887. Politically, he was a Democrat; and in 1874 he was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives. His wife, Sylvania Colby, who was a daughter of Barnard Colby, of Sanbornton, became the mother of nine children, four of whom died in infancy. The others were: Arthur S., the subject of this sketch: Martha A.; Grace C.; Allen Y.; and Emma J. All acquired a good education. Martha A., who taught school for some time, married for her first husband Charles Gale, of Massachusetts, and for her second husband, Martin W. Stratton. She removed to Reading, Kan., where she died in 1895. Grace C. Ladd married Joseph Pitman, of Laconia, N.H.; Allen Y. married Kate Bennett, of Gilford; and Emma J. died April 3, 1870.
Arthur S. Ladd acquired his elementary education in the district school, and later began an academic course, but was obliged to relinquish his studies on account of his father's failing health. He manages the farm with good judgment, and aside from general husbandry has been quite extensively engaged in stock-raising. He succeeded to the ownership of the property at his father's death, and he also possesses other real estate in this vicinity.
In February, 1867. Mr. Ladd was united in marriage with Ellen M. Porter. She is a daughter of Irad and Letta (Knapp) Porter, both of whom were born in Lyman, N.H. Mr. Porter died at the Ladd homestead, aged 84 years. His family was of Scotch descent. Mrs. Porter was a daughter of Elijah Knapp, who settled with his family on a tract of wild land in Lyman, N.H., and lived in a log house until a frame dwelling could be erected. Mrs. Ladd attended the academy in Haverhill, N.H., in her girlhood, and subsequently taught seven terms of school in that vicinity. At the time of her marriage she was residing in Laconia, N.H.
Mr. and Mrs. Ladd have three daughters; namely, Edith S., Florence E., and Candace P.,all of who have attend the Laconia High School. Edith S. Ladd was graduated in 1885, and was salutatorian of her class. She taught school for two years in Belmont, and is now the wife of J. Edward Phelps, of Laconia. Candace P. Ladd was graduated in 1893, and was the valedictorian of her class. She is now teaching in Sanbornton.
Mr. Ladd never took any active interest in politics until 1896, when he was the Democratic candidate for Representative to the legislature, and, although the town is strongly Republican, made a good showing for his party. He is a member of the First Baptist Church in Laconia, and has been a Deacon for the past 10 years.