Category Archive: Merrimack Co., New Hampshire

Apr 04

1940 Census – Loudon, Merrimack County, New Hampshire

1940 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Loudon, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Enumeration District 7-57, Sheet 3-A; downloaded from Archives.gov 3 April 2012.

The unincorporated area called Loudon Village was enumerated on 9 April 2012 by Wm. Joyce Medlock. My parents were listed with their respective parents. Their homes where on opposite sides of Main Street directly across from one another.

Family of Alice M. Perkins (Alice furnished the information)
Lines  18–20, household no. 42; Alice owned her home worth $3,000; in 1935 the family lived in the same house;
Household members (all born in New Hampshire): 1) Alice M. Perkins, head, age 54, widow, completed 4 years of high school; 2) Josephine E. Perkins, daughter, age 22, completed two years of college, and employed as an office attendant in a hospital; and 3) Alice M. Deprey, lodger, age 28, completed two years of college, and employed as a school teacher.
Family of Oscar H. Woodward (Sara Woodward furnished the information)
Lines 21–24, household no. 43; Oscar owned his home worth $3,000; in 1935 the family lived in Concord, Merrimack County, NH
Household members:1) Oscar H. Woodward, head; age 60, completed four years of high school, born in NH, and employed as a trackman for a steam railroad;  2) Sara M Woodward, wife, age 58, completed two years of high school, born in Nova Scotia; 3) Oscar H Woodward Jr, son, age 25, completed four hears of high school, born in NH, in 1935 he was in the U.S. Army, and employed as a truck driver; and 4) Jean M. Collins, lodger, age 15, completed 8 years of school, and born in NH.

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Nov 27

Seaver’s Saturday Night Challenge

The government structure of New England is unlike that of much of the United States. In that vain, I’ve taken a slight twist on Randy Seaver’s  “Saturday Night Fun Challenge” using Randy Majors’ website, http://randymajors.com/p/maps.html. My focus is on the town of Loudon, New Hampshire, rather than on Merrimack County within which Loudon, now lies.

Province of New Hampshire (now one of New England’s six states): On 18 September 1679, King Charles II made New Hampshire a royal colony separate from Massachusetts, but did not stipulate a western limit to its borders.[1]

New Hampshire Vermont Atlas of Historical County Boundaries*

Historical U.S. County Boundary Maps

1770 Effective Saturday, April 29, 1769, ROCKINGHAM created as one of five original counties

1773 Loudon in the province of New Hampshire
The first settlement was begun in 1761. Loudon, formerly a part of Canterbury, was incorporated on 28 January 1773,[2] and was within the jurisdiction of Rockingham County.

1780 Loudon, Rockingham County

1790 Loudon, Rockingham County

1800 Loudon, Rockingham County

1810 Loudon, Rockingham County

1820 Loudon, Rockingham County

1825 Effective 1 August 1823, Merrimack County was created from Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties.[3]

1830 Effective 24 December 1828, Merrimack County gained some area from Strafford when the town of Franklin was created from the towns of Andover, Northfield, Salisbury, and Sanbornton.

1830 Loudon, Merrimack County

1840 Loudon, Merrimack County

1850 Loudon, Merrimack County

1860 Loudon, Merrimack County

1870 Loudon, Merrimack County

1880 Loudon, Merrimack County

1890 Loudon, Merrimack County

1900 Loudon, Merrimack County

How do these boundaries affect my research?

Since vital records are under the jurisdiction of the town in New Hampshire, in addition to looking for records of births, marriage, and deaths for families know to have resided early in Loudon, I need to look at the records of Canterbury, since Loudon was formed from lands formerly in the town of Canterbury.

For probate and deed records for the families living in Loudon, prior to the formation of Merrimack County in December 1828, I need to look for the records in the county of Rockingham.


[1] T.J. Rand, coordinator of “Loudon, Merrimack County, New Hampshire,” NHGenWeb page http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nhmerrim/Loudon/ viewed 26 November 2011.

[2] Marcia D. Melnyk, Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research, 4th edition (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999), 150.

[3] Randy Majors, “Historical U.S. County Boundary Maps, ”http://randymajors.com/p/maps.html, viewed 26 November 2011.

* John H. Long, editor, New Hampshire Vermont Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993).  [A project of the Dr. William M. Scholl Center for Family and Community History: The Newberry Library.]

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Nov 21

Matrilineal Monday

One of the down sides of accepting client commissions as a professional genealogist (I’m proud to have been an associate of the Board of Certification of Genealogists for over fifteen years) is that we sometimes spend so much time conducting research on families of others, we rarely accomplish much research on our own families.

When I recently decided to write a blog on my matrilineal line, I was somewhat surprised to see that I’ve conducted very little original research on these lines. The brief ahnentafel of my matrilineal line will illustrate just that.

3. Josephine Emma Perkins. Born on 30 Dec 1917 in Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[1] Josephine Emma died in York Harbor, York County, Maine, on 2 Jan 1993, at the age of 75.[2] Memorial services were held on 5 January 1993 in Concord, New Hampshire. Josephine was buried in the family plot (Plot FF 2 Grave), Blossom Hill Cemetery, Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.

On 21 Sep 1940 she married Oscar Herman Woodward  Jr. in Chichester, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[3]

7. Alice Margaret Brown. Born on 20 Feb 1886 in Canterbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[4] Alice Margaret died in Westmoreland, Cheshire County, New Hampshire, on 4 Jun 1983; she was 97.[5] Buried on 9 Jul 1983 in Blossom Hill Cemetery, Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.

On 8 Apr 1908 she married Homer Lathe Perkins in Chester, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.

15. Margaret Elizabeth Gale. Born on 16 May 1851 in Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[6] Margaret Elizabeth died in Cerebral Embolism, Canterbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, on 15 Jan 1919; she was 67.[7] Buried on 18 Jan 1919 in Blossom Hill Cemetery, Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.

On 20 Jan 1872 Margaret Elizabeth Gale married Alfred Hermon Brown in Canterbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[8]

31. Mary Jane Merrill. Born on 2 May 1823 in Methuen, Essex County, Massachusetts.[9] Mary Jane died in Canterbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, on 28 Jun 1906; she was 83.[10] Buried in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Methuen, Essex County, Massachusetts.

On 26 Jun 1850 Mary Jane Merrill married Eliphalet Gale, perhaps in, Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[11]

63. Margaret Clark. Born on 28 Apr 1798 in Londonderry, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.[12] Margaret died in Canterbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, on 7 Nov 1875 at the age of 77[13] and was buried in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Methuen, Essex County, Massachusetts.

On 2 Jul 1822 Margaret Clark married Jonathan Merrill in Londonderry, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.

127. Mary Quimby.[14] Born about 1778. Her death date is unknown at this time.

Mary Quimby married James Clark about 1798.[15]


[1] Birth Certificate of Josephine Emma Perkins.
[2] State of Maine certificate of death, Josephine Woodward, 4 January 1993, York, Maine; and Obituary of Josephine Woodward, Concord Monitor, Concord, New Hampshire, 4 January 1993, p. B2. Although I was not present at the time of her death, I was present at her memorial service arranged by the Bennett Funeral Home, 209 N. Main St., Concord, New Hampshire.
[3] New Hampshire Marriage Records.” Marriage certificate of Oscar Herman Woodward Jr. and Josephine Emma Perkins.
[4] James Otis Lyford, History of the Town of Canterbury, New Hampshire, 1727-1912, 2 volumes (Concord, New Hampshire: The Rumford Press, 1912), II: 47. Hereinafter cited as History of the Town of Canterbury.
[5] Death Certificate of Alice M. Perkins, file #8303448, 10 June 1983, New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Statistics, Hazen Road, Concord, New Hampshire
[6] History of the Town of Canterbury, II: 156; and  “Death Record of Margaret Elizabeth Brown, recorded 20 January 1919, Box 500, New Hampshire Vital Statistics, Hazen Road, Concord, New Hampshire.
[7] Death Record of Margaret Elizabeth Brown, recorded 20 January 1919, Box 500, New Hampshire Vital Statistics, Hazen Road, Concord, New Hampshire.
[8] History of the Town of Canterbury, II: 46; Charles Henry Chandler, The History of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, 1735-1914 with Genealogical Records of the Principal Families (Fitchburg, Massachusetts: Sentinel Printing Company, 1914), 276; “New Hampshire Bride Index, Record Info: Family History Library microfilm: #0,975,694; Canterbury, New Hampshire, Records of Marriages, Births, and Deaths, 1719-1931, Canterbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Family History Library microfilm #2,259,048, item 3, 106-107.
[9] Vital Records of Methuen, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849, Topsfield, Massachusetts: Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, 1909, 84; and History of the Town of Canterbury, II: 242.
[10] History of the Town of Canterbury, II: 156; and “New Hampshire Death Records, 1901-1948,” FamilySearch database, FamilySearch.org, viewed 4 February, 2011.
[11] History of the Town of Canterbury, II: 156.
[12] History of the Town of Canterbury, II: 242.
[13]  Commonwealth of Massachusetts copy of record of death, Margaret C. Merrill, No. 93765, February 1983, Boston, Massachusetts; and History of the Town of Canterbury, 242.
[14] History of the Town of Canterbury.
[15] History of the Town of Canterbury.

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Nov 04

Parents of Homer Lathe Perkins

Although we have no contemporary record to provide evidence that Emma A. Jenkins was the mother of Homer Lathe Perkins nor a marriage record for John Butters Perkins and Emma A. Jenkins, we have the following evidence of their marriage.

  • Tombstone of John Butters Perkins and Emma A., his wife[1]
  • 1880 U.S. Census indicates that Emily A. is the wife of John B Perkins.[2]
  • 1900 U.S. Census: indicates that Emma A. is the wife of John B. Perkins, that Emma had given birth to four children, three of whom were still living[3] [Louisa B. died 31 July 1885.[4] John B. and Emma A. Perkins had both been married for 32 years. There were three children in the household: Etta Belle, daughter, born November 1869; Charles B., son, born June 1872; and Homer L., son, born Jun 1876.
  • Marriage of Etta B. Perkins and George W. Rowell states that Etta Belle’s parents were John B. Perkins and Emma Jenkins.[5]
  • Birth of Charles B. Perkins, born 13 June 1872, filed 28 February 1928,[6] show parents as John B. Perkins and Emma A. Jenkins.
  • Birth of Louisa B. Perkins, born 6 July 1875, filed 28 February 1925,[7] show parents as John B. Perkins and Emma A. Jenkins

Although much of the evidence is not “close” to the time of the event, I do believe that we have a strong argument indicating that the parents of Homer Lathe Perkins, were John B. Perkins and Emma Jenkins.



[1] Triple headstone for John B. Perkins; Emma A., his wife; and Louise B. Perkins, Mount Hope Cemetery, Loudon, Merrimack County, New Hampshire (behind the 1st Congregational Church in Loudon Village) photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger, September 1991.

[2] 1880 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Loudon, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Enumeration District 184, sheet 4D, dwelling 40, family 42, line 34; National Archives micropublication T9, reel 766; viewed on Ancestry.com 3 November 2011.

[3] 1890 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Loudon, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 150, Enumeration District 169, sheet 7A, dwelling 163, family 163, line 18; National Archives micropublication T623, reel 949; viewed at the National Archives-Southeast Region, East Point, Georgia.

[4] Triple headstone for John B. Perkins; Emma A., his wife; and Louise B. Perkins, Mount Hope Cemetery, Loudon, Merrimack County, New Hampshire (behind the 1st Congregational Church in Loudon Village) photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger, September 1991.

[5] State of New Hampshire marriage record of Etta Belle Perkins & George Rowell; FamilySearch database “New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947, image 505; viewed 3 November 2011 [in FamilySearch.org, the indexed refers to George U. Powell and Ella P. Perkins].

[6] State of New Hampshire birth record of Charles B. Perkins; FamilySearch database “New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900, image 2602; viewed 4 November 2011. It should be noted that this is a derivate document filed some fifty-two years after his birth.

[7] State of New Hampshire birth record of Louisa B. Perkins; FamilySearch database “New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900, image 2602; viewed 4 November 2011.  It should be noted that this is a derivate document filed some fifty years after her birth.

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Aug 22

Will of a Young Soldier

The headstone of Lewis M., son of Lewis & Nancy Davis, indicates that he died the 21st of August 1863 at the age of 31.

What caused his early demise?

This Davis family lived in Merrimack County, New Hampshire around Andover which borders Franklin on it’s western border.

Lewis M. Davis was the fifth known child, first son, of Lewis and Nancy Davis. His siblings were Sarah Jane Davis who married Nathan Gage; Elizabeth who married Mr. Brown; Catherine, who died young and is also buried in Sawyer Cemetery; Nancy who married Jeremiah Judkins; Albe C.; Laura Davis (my direct ancestor) who married Daniel Russell Woodward; Olive B. who married Calvin Call; George Davis; and Alva Davis.[1]

Search results for Lewis M. Davis and several of his siblings in New Hampshire in the records in the 1860 federal census were negative.

My next step was to investigate the Merrimack County probate records for Lewis M. Davis on the premise that by his death at the age of 31 he may have acquired some real or personal property which have resulted in a probate to his legal heirs at the time of his death. I did not expect to find that he had left a will. Much to my surprise, Lewis M. Davis did leave a will. Actually it was unusual for young men with property to write their will in preparation for marching off to war.

Lewis’ opening lines  read, “I Lewis M Davis of the town of Franklin in the County of Merrimack and State of Newhampshire beinn about to start for the ward do make a disposal of my property …”[2]


[1] Siblings of Lewis M. Davis have been reconstructed from a variety of newspaper articles, and an interview by this author with Douglas R. Woodward, grandson of Daniel Russell and Laura (Davis) Woodward, in September 1991, and from a newspaper article, “Fiftieth Anniversary: Mr. and Mrs. Daniel R. Woodward Receive Their Friends,” Franklin Journal Transcript, Franklin, N.H. 4 February 1904.

[2] Will of Lewis M. Davis, file no. 6128, Merriamck County New Hampshire Probate Court, Concord, New Hampshire.

This story will be continued.

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Jul 18

Military Monday: Final Pension Payment of Enoch Adams

While working at the National Archives in Washington, DC, in July 2010, I had the Final Pension Papers for Enoch Adams,  pulled (the Final Pension Papers for New Final Pension Payment Voucher for Enoch Adams had not been microfilm nor had digital images been prepared. There were four pages (or six folios) contained with in the file jacket.

In summary, the papers within the final pension packet illustrate that  Enoch Adams of New Hampshire had served as a private in the army of the Revolution. He received a pension for his natural live of eighty dollars a year paid twice a year: March 4th and September 4th. The pension commenced on 4th January 1831.

We also learn that Enoch son Russell was executor of Enoch’s estate and that he reported his father’s death to the pension office. Enoch died in Salisbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, 27 February 1842 and that he left no widow. His son Russell Woodward was executor of Enoch’s will. He had been a resident of Salisbury for forty-six years.

The documents found Enoch Adams Final Pension Payment[1] are digitized and presented below in the order which they appeared in the jacket.  Source: Enoch Adams, New Hampshire Revolutionary War Final Pension Payment Voucher, Box 1, Entry 722, Third Auditor’s Office, Records of the General Accounting Office (RG 217), National Archives Washington, DC


[1] Enoch Adams, New Hampshire Revolutionary War Final Pension Payment Voucher, Box 1, Entry 722, Third Auditor’s Office, Records of the General Accounting Office (RG 217), National Archives Washington, DC.

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Jun 05

This Is the Face of Genealogy

Mary Jane (Merrill) Gale and her daughter Margaret Gale (about 1890, taken in or about Concord, New Hampshire)

My 2nd great grandmother and her daughter (my great grandmother).

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Apr 11

Military Monday: Daniel Russell Woodward in Co. E, 16th N.H. Regiment

My Great Grandfather Daniel Russell Woodward served with Company E (Captain Jonathan P. Sanborn’s Company) in the 16th New Hampshire Regiment, N.H. Volunteers. According to his Certificate of Disability found within his pension application [file #WC-711-973, National Archives, Washington, D.C.]. Daniel R. was enlisted by Sanborn on 12 September 1962 to serve 9 months. Following an accident in camp where he fell on a tree stump, he was listed as unfit for duty and and given a certificate of disability for discharge on the 27th April 1863 at New Orleans, Louisiana, where he received a disability discharge from A.W. Smyth MD.

 

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Mar 28

Military Monday: World War II, Old Man’s Draft

On the 12th of September 1918, my grandfather, Oscar H. Woodward, Sr., registered at Local Board #2 in Franklin, New Hampshire,  for the World War I Draft [WW I Draft registration Card of Oscar H. Woodward; RG 163, Selective Service System (World War I), National Archives-Southeast Region, Morrow, Georgia]. At the time of registration he was thirty-eight years old and resided in Franklin.

World War II Draft Registration Card of Oscar Herman Woodward

On the 25th of April 1942, he again when to his local draft board to register. This time he was enrolling in the fourth draft registration for World War II [World Wr II Draft Cards (Fourth Registration) for the State of New Hampshire, Record Group 147, Records of the Selective Service System 1940-; National Archives micropublication M1963, reel 19]. At this time, he was sixty-two years of age and resided in Loudon, New Hampshire.

Grand Dad was not called to military service on either of these occasions, nor did he volunteer.

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Mar 27

Sweets

During week #13 of 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History, the topic is “Sweets.” What, you ask, does a Steeple clock have to do with sweets?

When my twin brother and I were toddlers, we lived in an apartment across from Craigen’s Store in Loudon Village, New Hampshire. At the time Dad was away most of the time serving as a Marine during World War II. I know now that money was very tight for the family and as I look back, I can understand it better. I remember Mom washing clothes using a galvenized tub and a scrub board, but I digress.

Our parents tried their best to make Dad’s furloughs memorable. One of their favorite activities was to stage bubble contests using bubble gum (a nice sweet flavor). To our delight every one in the family participated. There was much laughter … that is until it was time to clean up and the kerosene was called into action. Mom would tie my hair away from my face in hopes that I wouldn’t get gum in my hair, but I generally managed to do so anyway.

Any left over gum was stored in the back of the steeple clock that was kept on a shelf behind the living room couch. I recall wanting a piece so very badly (even though I was not supposed to have it) that I set out to invade the storeage place. The clock came crashing down on my head and several parts broke off. Needless to say my Mom was most unhappy and I received the punishment I certainly diserved.

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