Hazen P. Weeks, a successful farmer of Gilford, Belknap County, N.H., and a veteran of the Civil War, was born on Liberty Hill, October 22, 1840, son of Noah and Mary (Dudley) Weeks. His grandfather, Noah Weeks, Sr., who was born in Greenland, N.H., January 12, 1754, was the first of the family to settle in Gilford. In February, 1780, he married Betsey Meade, who was born April 11, 1759, and died March 26, 1820. He died March 12, 1825.
Noah and Betsey (Meade) Weeks were the parents of nine children, a brief record of whom is as follows: Will, born in Gilmanton, December 12, 1782, died in 1839; Mary, born September 24, 1784, died July 26, 1806; Sally was born November 14, 1786; Matthias was born December 13, 1788; Asa was born in August, 1790; Betsey was born August 24, 1792, and died January 9, 1818; Hannah was born June 18, 1794, and died in 1813; Noah was born March 29, 1797; and Eleanor was born January 12, 1804. William Weeks settled in Portsmouth, N.H., and was in his later years editor of a newspaper. He married Abigail Hubbard. Sally married Daniel Kelley, and resided upon a farm on Guiney Ridge in the town of Gilmanton. Her son, John L. Kelley, is now a well-known resident of Franklin, N.H. Matthias Weeks lived in Gilford, and was a prosperous farmer. He married Betsey Thing, and had three children, of whom the only one living is Deacon Jonathan, who is now eighty years old. Betsey Weeks married Ephraim C. Mason. Asa married Jemima Marston. Eleanor married John G. Sanborn, and resides in Laconia.
Noah Weeks, fourth son of Noah, Sr., engaged in farming with his father when a young man, and continued with him while he lived. Previous to his death, grandfather Noah Weeks divided his property, Asa taking the Webster farm, Noah, Jr., father of Hazen P. Weeks, retaining possession of the homestead on Liberty Hill. He was an able farmer, and of his labor. He was prominent in public affairs, and for many years was a Deacon of the Free Will Baptist church. He died in August, 1872. His wife, Mary Dudley, whom he married April 23, 1820, became the mother of eleven children; namely, Betsey M., Eleanor P., Hannah A., Noah D., Serepta A., Hazen P., the subject of this sketch, and Sarah now a widow, and resides with her son in New York City. Charles H. married Polly Wadleigh, and died in Centre Harbor, N.H. Alvah T., who lives in Romney (Rumney) N.H., married Salina Blanding, and had a family of three children, two of whom are living. Mary J. married Frank Naton, and died in Manchester leaving one child, who is living in Laconia. Lyman M. wedded Mary A. Thing and both died in Gilford, N.H., leaving one child, now living in Laconia. Eleanor P. married Albert Rogers (both deceased). Hannah A. died at the age of sixteen years. Noah D. married Emma Jewel, and lives in Laconia, N.H. Sarepta A. is now Mrs. Lamprey, of Laconia. Sarah T. married Hiram Emerson, and is residing at the old homestead.
Hazen P. weeks was educated in the district schools, at Gilford Academy, and at New Hampton, where he spent one school year, and then returned to his father's home for a short time. In 1863 he enlisted in the First Regiment, New Hampshire Heavy Artillery. He served as a non-commissioned officer until the close of the war, and after his return from the army he was for a few years engaged in farming at the homestead. In 1874 he bought the Webster farm, formerly his uncle Asa's which adjoins the home property, and, having added more land, he now owns two hundred acres. he has made various improvements upon the land and buildings, and has one of the best pieces of agricultural property in this locality. He was formerly engaged in stock-raising, but for the past fifteen years has devoted his attention to the milk business. He is an active supporter of the Republican party, has served three years as a Selectman, and two years as a Representative; and while in the legislature he was a member of the Committee on Roads and Bridges and upon the Insane Asylum.
Mr. Weeks married Mary F. Roberts, a native of Belmont, N.H., daughter of John M. and Sarah E. (Leavitt) Roberts. Her father was a native of Gilford, and her mother was born in North Hampton, N.H. John Roberts, father of John M., was an early settler in Gilford,. He had three other sons; namely, Charles, Joseph L. and James H., who at one time were all engaged in the machine business in Boston, where James H. Roberts is carring on an extensive business in that line at the present time. Mrs. Weeks's father was formerly in business, but returned to the homestead in order to care for his parents in their old age, and is now living in Laconia. Mrs. Weeks has a sister, Etta E., who married Dana Elliott, of Laconia, and a brother, John L. Roberts, who is now engaged in the wood, coal, and ice business in Laconia. Mr. and Mrs. Weeks have two children ---- Walter S. and Bessie E. Walter S. weeks received his education at the schools in Gilford and New Hampton. Mr. Weeks is a member of the Granite Lodge, No. 3, Ancient Order of United Workmen, of Laconia; and he and Mrs. Weeks are members of the Belknap Grange. In his religious views he is a Free Will Baptist.