Category Archive: New Hampshire

Jul 09

52 Ancestors, #26: Enoch Adams, Rev War Veteran

My 4th great grandfather, Enoch Adams, was a Revolutionary War Veteran.

Enoch Adam, a resident of Newbury, Massachusetts, first enlisted for service in the Revolution War in April 1775 for eight months. He re-enlisted five times with the last enlistment in June 1778 for nine months.[1]

ENOCH ADAMS, Born on 29 November 1755 in Newbury.[2] Enoch died in Salisbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, on 27 February 1842.[3]

Enoch was married on 11 May 1781 to ELIZABETH RUSSELL in Newbury.[4] Elizabeth was born on 27 June 1759 and died (perhaps in Salisbury) in Aug 1802.[5]

Enoch and Elizabeth had nine children:

i.            RUSSELL ADAMS, baptized on 20 January 1782 at the First Congregational Church in Newbury. [6] Russell died 21 October 1788 in Newbury,[7] and was buried on 22 October 1788 in Newbury.[8]

ii.            RICHARD ADAMS, baptized on 31 August 1783 at the First Congregation Church in Newbury;[9] died in November 1788.[10]

iii.            ELI ADAMS, born on 29 September 1784 in Newbury;[11] baptized on 17 October 1784 at the Frist Congregation Church in Newbury;[12] died on 17 July 1832;[13] and was buried 29 July 1817 in Newbury.[14] Eli married ABIGAIL TRUE in 1824.[15]

iv.            JUDITH ADAMS, born on 2 January 1787 in Newbury;[16] baptized 11 February 1787 at the First Congregational Church in Newbury.[17] Judith died 9 September 1874.[18]

On 21 November 1808 Judith married ENOCH EASTMAN of Boscawen, New Hampshire, in Newbury.[19] Enoch Eastman & Judith resided in Webster, New Hampshire. He died 29 September 1865 at the age of 96 years, 6 months.[20]

v.            RUSSELL ADAMS, born on 12 May 1788.[21] Russell died in Hill, Merrimack County, on 19 November 1859.[22]

Russell married SUSAN FIFIELD, daughter of Obediah P. Fifield, on 11 March 1813  in Salisbury.[23] Susan died on 27 April 1856 in Hill.[24]

vi.            RICHARD ADAMS, born on 29 July 1790 probably in New Hampshire.[25]

On 28 December 1813 Richard married SARAH DUNBAR. [26]

vii.            ELIZABETH ADAMS, born on 3 May 1792 probably in, New Hampshire.[27]

viii.            PHEBE ADAMS, born on 2 July 1795 probably in, New Hampshire. [28]

ix.           DORCAS ADAMS, born on 19 July 1797 in Salisbury, and died in Hill on 10 March 1877.[29] Dorcas was buried in Franklin Cemetery, Franklin, Merrimack County.[30]

On 8 July 1828 Dorcas married DANIEL SAUNDERS WOODWARD, son of Jesse Woodward & Bashabee Stevens, in Salisbury.[31]  Daniel was born 11 June 1804 in Springfield, Sullivan County, New Hampshire.[32] Daniel Saunders died in Hill on 18 January 1892.[33]

 

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Notes:

[1] Revolutionary  War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant application files of Enoch Adams, file S16,593; National Archives microfilm publication M804; viewed and downloaded from Fold3.com, 9 July 2014

[2] Vital Records of Newbury, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849, 2 volumes (Salem, Massachusetts: The Essex Institute, 1911), I: 13; hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Newbury.

[3] Enoch Adams Final Pension Payment, number 100793,” Original, Affidavit of James Clark.

[4] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 9.

[5] John J. Dearborn, The History of Salisbury, New Hampshire, from Date of Settlement to the Present Time (Manchester, New Hampshire: William E. Moore, 1890), 447; Hereinafter cited as Dearborn, History of Salisbury.

[6] Vital Records of Newbury, I: 18.

[7] Dearborn, History of Salisbury. 447; and Andrew N. Adams, A Genealogical History of Robert Adams of Newbury, Massachusetts and His Descendants (Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle Company, 1900), 80. Hereinafter cited as Adams, Genealogical History of Robert Adams.

[8] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 536 (data from private Record, “Short’s sexton’s book, now in possession of Miss Ruth Short.[1911]).

[9] Vital Records of Newbury, I: 18.

[10] Dearborn, History of Salisbury, 447.

[11] Dearborn, History of Salisbury, 447.

[12] Vital Records of Newbury, I: 12.

[13] Dearborn, History of Salisbury, 447.

[14] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 534 (data from private Record, “Short’s sexton’s book, now in possession of Miss Ruth Short.[1911]); and Adams, Genealogical History of Robert Adams, 80.

[15] Adams, Genealogical History of Robert Adams, 80.

[16] Dearborn, History of Salisbury, 447.

[17] Vital Records of Newbury, I: 15

[18] Adams, Genealogical History of Robert Adams, 80.

[19] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 12.

[20] Adams, Genealogical History of Robert Adams, 80.

[21] Dearborn, History of Salisbury, 447.

[22] Dearborn, History of Salisbury, 447.

[23] Town Records, Marriages, Births, and Deaths, 1797-1846, page 6, Salisbury, New Hampshire, Family History Library, microfilm 2,224,660.

[24] Dearborn, History of Salisbury, 447.

[25] Dearborn, History of Salisbury, 447.

[26] Dearborn, History of Salisbury, 447.

[27] Dearborn, History of Salisbury, 447.

[28] Dearborn, History of Salisbury, 447.

[29] Dearborn, History of Salisbury, 447.

[30] Tombstone of Daniel S. Woodward; Dorcas A, his wife; Lucy L, his wife; Perlena, daughter of D.S. & D.A.[ Elizabeth A, wife of John Pollard; and Bashabee, wife of Jesse Woodward,” Franklin Cemetery, near intersection of Route 127 and Ward Hill Road, Franklin, New Hampshire, Viewed and photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger, 29 September 1991.

[31] Town Records of Salisbury, New Hampshire, 1799-1845, page 64, Family History Library microfilm, #0,016,503.

[32] One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Settlement of Boscawen and Webster, Merrimack Co., N.H., August 16, 1883; and Springfield Town Records from 1733 to 1850 (Concord, New Hampshire: The Republican Press Association, 1884), 184.

[33] Probate file of Daniel S. Woodward, file no. 14598, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Volume: 65-68, Family History Library microfilm #1,571,928; and Certificate of Death of Daniel S Woodward, 18 January 1892, Hill, New Hampshire, New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Hazen , Concord, New  Hampshire, FamilySearch database viewed 7 August 2013.

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Jul 07

52 Ancestors: #24 Eliphalet Gale

EGale1890ELIPHALET GALE, born 16 December 1806 in Gilmanton, Strafford County (now Belknap); and died in Canterbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, on 16 April 1891.[1] He is buried in Smith Meeting House Cemetery, Gilmanton.[2]

Eliphalet married, first. HANNAH GALE, daughter of Stephen Gale & Lois Patten on 28 December 1836.9 Hannah died in Concord on 19 August 1849.[3]

They had the following children:

i.            STEPHEN EDWIN GALE, born on 7 Jan 1842 in Concord.[4] Stephen Edwin died in Canterbury on 29 Jan 1890. [5]   Stephen was buried in Smith Meeting House Cemetery, Gilmanton.[6]

On 3 December 1871 Stephen married CLARA PEASLEE, daughter of Zaccheus Peaslee & Betsey A. Parrish, in Gilmanton.[7] Clara was born on 16 August 1846 and died on 20 March 1913. [8]

ii.            MARTHA ANNA GALE, born on 20 December 1844 in Concord.[9] Martha Anna died in Concord on 21 June 1847, and was buried in Gilmanton.[10]

iii.            ELIPHALET FRANK GALE, born on 24 February 1848 in Concord.[11]

On 22 October 1872 he married FANNIE BENNETT.[12] Elipahlet and Fannie had one child, Chester Howard Gale.

 Eliphalet married, second, Mary Jane Merrill, daughter of Jonathan Merrill and Margaret Clark, on 26 June 1850.[13] Mary Jane was born 2 May 1823 in Methuen, Essex County, Massachusetts,[14] and died in Canterbury on 28 June 1906. [15]

Eliphalet and Mary Jane had the following children:

i.            MARGARET ELIZABETH GALE, born on 16 May 1851 in Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[16] Margaret Elizabeth died in Canterbury, on 15 Jan 1919.[17]Buried on 18 Jan 1919 in Blossom Hill Cemetery, Concord.[18]

M. Lizzie Gale married ALFRED H. BROWN, son of Hermon Brown & Sophronia Prescott, in Canterbury on the 20th of January 1872.[19]  Alfred was born on 14 July 1838 in New Ipswich, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.[20] Alfred Hermon died in Canterbury on 4 October 1921.[21] Margaret and Alfred had four children.

ii.            GEORGE HOWARD GALE, born on 26 March 1853 in Concord.[22] George Howard died in 1932; he was 78.7 Buried in 1932 in Smith Meeting House Cemetery, Gilmanton.7

On 17 October 1900 when George Howard was 47, he married MARTHA FICHTEL, daughter of Carl F. Fichtel & Elizabeth Dolde, in New York City. [23] Martha was born on 30 June 1872 in New York, NY.[24] Martha died in 1964.[25]

iii.            WILLIAM CLARK GALE, born on 6 March 1855 in Concord.[26] William Clark died in Canterbury on 20 April 1865 at the age of ten. [27]

iv.            ANNA GERTRUDE GALE, born on 23 Jan 1858 in Canterbury.[28] Anna Gertrude died in Sommerville, Middlesex County, Massachusettes, on 28 February 1903.25

On 10 July 1886 when Anna Gertrude was 28, she married GEORGE M. CLOUGH9 in Canterbury. [29] George was born on 28 May 1863 in Warner, Merrimack County.25 Anna Gertrude and George Clough had three children.

v.            MINNIE FRANCES GALE, born on 9 October 1860 in Canterbury. [30]

On 19 July 1883 when Minnie Frances was 22, she married ROBERT FRAME, son of James Frame & Agnes Garroway, in Canterbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[31] Robert was born in 1858, perhaps in Glasgow, Scotland.

vi.           SARAH ANGIE GALE, born on 27 July 1863 in Canterbury. [32] Sarah Angie died in Canterbury on 26 April 1865. [33]

vii.             CLARENCE SIDNEY GALE, born on 18 April 1865 in Canterbury. [34]

On 19 October 1887 Sidney married LILLIAN M. MORRILL in Canterbury. [35] Lillian was born on 10 February 1866.[36]

viii.            BERTHA MAY GALE, born on 16 May 1869 in Canterbury. [37] Bertha May died on 20 October 1943.[38] Buried in Blossom Hill Cemetery in Concord.[39]

On 8 June 1890 Bertha married JOHN O. HOUSTON, son of Robert Houston & Adaline Duncklee, in Canterbury.[40] John was born on 6 April 1858 in Bedford, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, and died in Boscawen, Merrimack County, on 11 July 1924.[41]

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Notes

[1] James Otis Lyford, History of the Town of Canterbury, New Hampshire, 1727-1912, 2 volumes (Concord, New Hampshire: The Rumford Press, 1912), II: 156; hereinafter cited as Lyford, History of Canterbury; and 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, 306-307, hereinafter cited as Canterbury Records of Marriages, births, and deaths.

[2]Tombstone of Eliphalet Gale, Smith Meeting House Cemetery, Gilmanton, New Hampshire (Route 107 to Smith Meetinghouse Road, part of which is a dirt road).

[3] Lyford , History of Canterbury, II: 156; and Tombstone of Hannah Gale, wife of Eliphalet, Smith Meeting House Cemetery, Gilmanton, New Hampshire (Route 107 to Smith Meetinghouse Road, part of which is a dirt road).

[4] Lyford, History of Canterbury, II: 156.

[5] Lyford, History of Canterbury, II: 156.

[6] Tombstone of Stephen E Gale and Clara Peaslee, his wife, Smith Meeting House Cemetery, Gilmanton, New Hampshire (Route 107 to Smith Meetinghouse Road, part of which is a dirt road); hereinafter cited as Tombstone of Stephen E. Gale, et al.

[7] Lyford, History of Canterbury, II: 156; and Gilmanton, New Hampshire, Vital Records 1, Family History Library microcopy 1,007,165.

[8] Tombstone of Stephen E. Gale et al.

[9] Lyford, History of Canterbury, II: 156.

[10] Tombstone of Martha Annna, only daughter of Eliphalet & Hannah Gale, Smith Meeting House Cemetery, Gilmanton, New Hampshire (Route 107 to Smith Meetinghouse Road, part of which is a dirt road)..

[11] Canterbury Records of Marriages, births, and deaths

[12] Lyford, History of Canterbury, II: 263.

[13] Lyford, History of Canterbury, II: 156.

[14] Vital Records of Methuen, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Topsfield, Massachusetts: Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, 1909), 84

[15] Lyford, History of Canterbury, II: 156; and New Hampshire Death Records, 1901-1948,” Online database, FamilySearch Record Search, 2010, FamilySearch.org, FHL microfilm, 316 reels, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah; hereinafter cited as Certificate of Death of Margaret Elizabeth Brown.

[16] Lyford, History of Canterbury, II: 156; and Certificate of Death of Margaret Elizabeth Brown, 15 January 1919, Canterbury, New Hampshire

[17] Certificate of Death of Margaret Elizabeth Brown; and Grave marker of Margaret E. Gale Brown,” Blossom Hill Cemetery, 207 North State Street, Concord, New Hampshire, Viewed and photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger, September 1991.

[18] Tombstone of Margaret E. Gale Brown,” Blossom Hill Cemetery, 207 North State Street, Concord, New Hampshire, Viewed and photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger, September 1991.

[19] Lyford, History 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; hereinafter cited as Chandler, History of New Ipswich; and Index of Marriages, Canterbury, Family History Library microfilm 2,259,048, item 3.

[20]Chandler, History of New Ipswich, 276.

[21] Annual Report of the Town Officers of the Town of Canterbury (Canterbury, New Hampshire: The Town, 1922), 62.

[22] James Otis Lyford, History of the Town of Canterbury, New Hampshire, 1727-1912, 2 volumes (Concord, New Hampshire: The Rumford Press, 1912), II: 156; hereinafter cited as Lyford, History of Canterbury; and 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, 306-307, hereinafter cited as Canterbury Records of Marriages, births, and deaths.

[23] Lyford, History of Canterbury, II: 156.

[24] Lyford, History of Canterbury, II: 156.

[25] Canterbury Records of Marriages, births, and deaths.

[26] James Otis Lyford, History of the Town of Canterbury, New Hampshire, 1727-1912, 2 volumes (Concord, New Hampshire: The Rumford Press, 1912), II: 156; hereinafter cited as Lyford, History of Canterbury; and 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, 306-307, hereinafter cited as Canterbury Records of Marriages, births, and deaths.

[27] Lyford, History of Canterbury, II: 156.

[28] Lyford, History of Canterbury, II: 156.

[29] Lyford, History of Canterbury, II: 157; and Marriage record of George M. Clough and Anna Gertrude Gale

[30] James Otis Lyford, History of the Town of Canterbury, New Hampshire, 1727-1912, 2 volumes (Concord, New Hampshire: The Rumford Press, 1912), II: 156; hereinafter cited as Lyford, History of Canterbury; and 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, 306-307, hereinafter cited as Canterbury Records of Marriages, births, and deaths.

[31] Marriages Registered in the town of Canterbury, Canterbury, New Hampshire, Records of Marriages, births, and deaths, 1719-1931; and Marriage Record of Robert Frame and Minnie F. Gale, New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947,” Online database,  FamilySearch.org.

[32] Lyford, History of Canterbury, II: 156; and Births Registered in the Town of Canterbury, page 130, Canterbury Records of Marriages, Births, and Deaths, 1719–1931, FHL microfilm 2,259,048, item 3; hereinafter cited as Births Registered in the Town of Canterbury.

[33] Lyford, History of Canterbury, II: 156.

[34] Lyford, History of Canterbury, II: 256; and Births Registered in the Town of Canterbury, page 136.

[35] Lyford, History of Canterbury, II: 157.

[36] Lyford, History of Canterbury, II: 263.

[37] Lyford, History of Canterbury, II: 157.

[38] Tombstone of Bertha May (Gale) Houston, Online database, http://www.findagrave.com/, viewed 16 April 2013; hereinafter cited as Tombstone of May Houston.

[39] Tombstone of Bertha May Houston

[40] Marriage Record of John O. Houston and Bertha M. Gale, New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947, Online database at FamilySearch.org.

[41] Tombstone of John O. Houston, Online database, http://www.findagrave.com/, viewed 16 April 2013

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Jul 07

52 Ancestors: #24 John Foss

Most of the information for the family of John Foss is found in the derivative work by Guy S. Rix, Genealogy of the Foss Family, and delayed marriage records filed in the early 1900s with the state of New Hampshire.

John Foss. , born on 28 August 1781 in Strafford, Strafford County, New Hampshire and died in Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, on 30 April 1863.[1]

John was married three times.

  • John married, first, Lucy Hayes in probably in, Strafford County.
  • John married, second, Mercy Montgomery who died on 14 November1853 in Hopkinton, Merrimack County.[2]
  • John married, third, Emily P. Clough on 4 March 1857.[3]

John and Lucy and three children children:

i.        JOHN HAYES FOSS, born in Strafford, Strafford County.[4] Buried in Pittsfield, Merrimack County.

On 24 Jun 1838 John Hayes married SARAH ABIGAIL DENNETT in Barnstead, Belknap County, New Hampshire.[5]

ii.        JOANNE B. FOSS, born on 18 April 1811 in Strafford, Strafford County, and died on 25 November1888.[6] Buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Loudon Village, Merrimack County.11 On, 2 August 1832 when Joanne B. was 21, she married WILLIAM JENKINS in Belmont, Belknap County.[7]

                         iii.        COMFORT B. FOSS, born about 1814 in Strafford, Strafford County.[8] Comfort B. died on 1 February 1850.[9] On 1 January 1834 when Comfort married GEORGE PERKINS in Barnstead, Belknap County.[10] Comfort B. Perkins was buried in the Old Hopkinton Cemetery.[11]

John and Mercy  had the two children:

i.        MERCY ELIZABETH FOSS, born in 1827 and died in Chichester on 1 February 1869.[12]  Mercy Elizabeth married NATHANIEL BATCHELDERon the 3rd of May 1846, in Hopkington.[13]

ii.        JONAH MONTGOMERY FOSS, born in 1829 in Strafford, Strafford County and died in Hopkinton, on 23 Jul 1882.[14]

Jonathan Montgomery married ALVIRA CONNOR, daughter of Abel Connor & Hannah Whitney was on 8 January 1827and died in Hopkinton, on 9 August 1881.[15]

Census Record:

  • John and Mercy were enumerated on the 4th of September 1850 in Hopkinton with household members: Jonah M. Foss, age 30; Alvira C. Foss, age 33; and John M. Foss, age 2.[16]
    John had real property valued at $2,500.
  • John and Emily were enumerated in Hopkinton on 19 June 1860 in the home of his father, John Foss, with 4 additional household members: Jona G.M. Foss, Alvira Foss [wife of Jonah], John, age 12, and George, age 9 [sons of Jonah and Alvira].[17]
    John had real property valued at $3,500 and personal property valued at $1,100.

Boundary Considerations[18]

1781. John Foss allegedly born in Strafford County.

1832. John’s daughter, Joanne (or Joan) married William Jenkins in Belmont incorporated in 1859 (originally part of Gilmanton, perhaps called Upper Gilmanton in Strafford County (1840 in Belknap County)

1834. John’s daughter, Comfort married George Perkins in Barnstead (incorporated in 1827), Strafford County (1840 in Belknap County).

1850. John and his wife Mercy enumerated in Hopkinton, Merrimack County.

1860. John and his wife Emily enumerated in Hopkinton, Merrimack County.

1863. John Foss died in Hopkinton, Merrimack County.

  • One of the original New Hampshire counties, Strafford was created 29 April 1769.
  • Merrimack County was formed from Grafton, Hillsborough, and Rockingham Counties in 1823.

Suggestions for Future Research

Town Records are extremely helpful. We have the names of two towns in original Strafford County, Strafford, Gilmanton and Barnstead, it would be prudent to start with the town records of Strafford and Barnstead in mention of John Foss and members of his family.

Since John is recorded with property in 1850 and 1860, it is necessary to study the deeds of Merrimack County. Since the town of Hopkinton was near the boundary of Hillsborough County and Rockingham County prior to the formation of Merrimack County in 1823, it may also me necessary to search for Foss deeds in Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties as well.

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Notes:

[1] Guy S. Rix, Genealogy of the Foss Family (Concord, New Hampshire: Typescript, 1917), 74. Hereinafter cited as Rix, Genealogy of the Foss Family.

[2] “Barnstead, N.H., Marriage Records,” 76.

[3] “New Hampshire, Marriages, 1720-1920,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM91.1/FD2B-TH9; accessed 5 July 2004,  FHL microfilm 1000993.

[4] Rix, Genealogy of the Foss Family, 142.

[5] “New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11835-35694-68?cc=1520640 : accessed 05 Jul 2014), 004243151 > image 2056 of 5021; citing Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord.

[6] “Tombstone of William Jenkins; Joanna B, his wife; and children, Mary H, Louise j, and Etta G,” Mount Hope Cemetery, Loudon Village (behind the Congregation Church), New Hampshire.

[7] “New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11823-40804-17?cc=1520640 : accessed 05 Jul 2014), 004243056 > image 4892 of 5063; citing Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord.

[8] Rix, Genealogy of the Foss Family, 74.

[9] “age 36 yrs, 3 mo & 1 day,“ Rix, Genealogy of the Foss Family, 74.

[10] ““Marriage Record of Georgia Perkins and Comfort Foss,” 1 January 1834, Barnstead, Belknap County, New Hampshire, Online database, New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947 at FamilySearch.org, 5 August 2013.

[11] Memorial #83,635,895 to Comfort B. Perkins by “Ken – TN,” 18 January 2012, viewed on FindAGrave.com, 5 July 2014.

[12] Rix, Genealogy of the Foss Family, 143.

[13] Mercy is called Miss Mary E Foss on the delayed marriage record recorded on 14 December 1905 by J. A. Fuller, “New Hampshire, Marriage Records, 1637-1947,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-266-11063-171324-45?cc=1520640 : accessed 05 Jul 2014), 004243110 > image 4107 of 4849; citing Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord.

[14] Rix, Genealogy of the Foss Family, 143.

[15] Rix, Genealogy of the Foss Family, 143.

[16] 1850 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Hopkinton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 158, dwelling 426, family 432. Lines 1–5; National Archives microfilm M432, reel 435.

[17] 1860 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Hoping, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 200, dwelling 446, family 511, lines 31-36; National Archives microfilm M653, reel 676; viewed on Ancestry.com, 5 July 2014.

[18] Michael J. Leclerc, editor, Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research, 5th edition (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012); and John H. Long, editor, New Hampshire / Vermont Atlas of Historical County Boundaries (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1993).

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May 23

52 Ancestors: #17 Josephine Perkins

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Apr 02

52 Ancestors: #13 Homer Lathe Perkins

HLPerkinsHomer Lathe Perkins was one of nearly thirty thousand men between the ages of thirty-seven to forty-five who answered the call of the Selective Service to register for the draft on the 12th of September 1918.[1] That, in it self, is not surprising. However, her resided in the village of Loudon and I would have expected him to travel into Concord (only 8 miles away from his home) to register. Why did he register in Franklin (some 22 miles away)?  That is a puzzle to which I need a solution.

Unfortunately I never met my Grandfather Perkins—he died before I was born. But I do know that he was a wheeler and dealer. I have in my possession a large number of original deeds relating to his buying and selling of land in and about Loudon. His wife, Nana Perkins, once told me that he’d buy a house, she’d work hard to make it a home and as soon as she did, he’d sell the place. I knew she lived in the house I remember in Loudon for several years before his death and when I asked her how she managed to stay there, she said, “When he put out the ‘for sale’ sign, I simply when out in the yard and yanked it up and he got the message.”

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1930Chevrolet

In 1930 Homer and Alice purchased a new Chevrolet Sedan from Gossville Garage in Epsom, N.H.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homer Lathe Perkins, son of John Butter Perkins and Emma Adeline Jenkins, was born in Loudon (Merrimack County), New Hampshire, 16 June 1879.[2] He died 22 August 1939 in Loudon.[3]

Homer L. Perkins and Alice M. Brown were married 8 April 1908 in Chester (Rockingham County), New Hampshire, by Albert Hall, Minister of the Gospel.[4]

The couple had two daughters.[5]

i.      Helen Elizabeth Perkins, born 7 February 1909 in Loudon;[6] died 14 November 1976 in Keene (Cheshire County), New Hampshire;[7] and was buried in Blossom Hill Cemetery, Concord (Merrimack County), New Hampshire. She and John William Galloway were married, 18 July 1936, in Loudon by William Hastings, Congregational minister.[8] Helen and John had one child.

ii.      Josephine Emma Perkins, born 30 December 1917 in Concord, New Hampshire;[9] died in York, Maine;[10] and was buried in Blossom Hill Cemetery, in Concord. She married Oscar H. Woodward, Jr., September 1940 in Chichester, New Hampshire.[11] Josephine and Oscar had four children.

perkins-woodwardHomer and Alice are buried in Blossom Hill Cemetery, Concord, New Hampshire.

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[1] World War I Draft Registration Card of Homer Lathe Perkins, Homer Lathe Perkins, 12 September 1918, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Selective Service Records, Record Group 163, National Archives at Atlanta, Morrow, Georgia; hereinafter cited as WWI Draft Card of Homer Lathe Perkins.

[2] WWI Draft Card of Homer Lathe Perkins.

[3] Certificate of Death, Homer Lathe Perkins, New Hampshire Department of Vital Records, Hazen Road, Concord, New Hampshire.

[4] Certificate of Marriage of Homer L Perkins and Alice M. Brown in possession of the author.

[5] History of New Ipswich, 275–276.

[6] Birth Record of Helen E. Perkins, Annual Report of the Financial Affairs of the Town of Loudon for the Year Ending 15 February 1909 (Concord, N.H.: The Town, 1909), 37.

[7] Tombstone of Helen Perkins Galloway, Blossom Hill Cemetery, Concord, New Hampshire, viewed and photographed by the author, 9 August 1993.

[8] New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947, Downloaded from FamilySearch.org, 5 August 2013.

[9] Birth Record of Josephine E. Perkins, Annual Report of the Financial Affairs of the Town of Loudon for the Year Ending 15 February 1917 (Concord, N.H.: The Town, 1917).

[10] Death Certificate of Josephine P. Woodward, #93 00989, State of Maine, Department of Human Resources, York, Maine.

[11] Marriage Record of Oscar Herman Woodward Jr. and Josephine Emma Perkins, New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Hazen Road, Concord, New Hampshire

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Mar 25

52 Ancestors: #12 Josiah Brown

Many years ago, my grandmother, Alice M.  (Brown) Perkins, asked me to learn more about  her second great grandfather (my fourth great grandfather), Josiah Brown,  Revolutionary War service. Josiah, a resident of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, was. At the time I only found reference to his Revolutionary service in two authored town histories.[1]

In his History of New Ipswich, Chandler states,

Josiah enlisted 10 May 1775 and mustered 11 July 1775 for duty in the American Revolution. At that time we was described as a 32 year old farmer, 5 feet 8 inches, fair complexion, and light eyes. He served as a 1st Lieutenant in Capt. Ezra Town’s company, Col. James Read’s regiment. He fought at Bunker Hill and latter led a company of men to assist at Fort Ticonderoga.[2]

Chandler devoted the fifth chapter of his book to “The Revolutionary Period” and includes considerable discussion relating to Captain Ezra Town’s company and Captain Josiah Brown. Therein, Chandler states that Captain Josiah Brown of New Ipswich was the commander of men who marched, May 6th, 1777, for Fort Ticonderoga.[3]

Lyford simply states, “He was at the battle of Bunker Hill,”[4] and family tradition adds that he was the last to retreat from Bunker Hill. I always teased my grandmother, by telling her that the only reason he was the last to retreat was because he could not run as fast as the others. With a twinkle in her eye, she’d reply with a “pesst!”

Josiah Brown was born in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, 30 January 1742 son of John & Elizabeth (Potter) Brown;[5] and died in New Ipswich, 18 March 1831.[6] He married Sarah Wright in Concord, Massachusetts, 31 October 1765.[7]

Josiah and Sarah resided in New Ipswich on Flat Mountain by 1766 and were members of the New Ipswich Congregational Church before 1786.[8] He was later instrumental in forming the Baptist Church and was the first deacon of that church.[9]

Known children of Josiah and Sarah (Wright) Brown (most likely all of them were born in New Ipswich):

i.      Josiah Brown was born 1 October 1766;[10] baptized in New Ipswich Congregational Church 25 Oct 1767;[11] and died in Whitingham, Windham County, Vermont, 20 January 1848.[12] Josiah married Milicent Wright m Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, on the 20th of April 1792.[13]

ii.      Joseph Brown was born 10 October 1767;[14] and died in Whitingham, Vermont, 2 March 1827.[15] Joseph married Sally Preston in New Ipswich, 2 May 1791.[16]

iii.      Jonas Brown was born 4 March 1769;[17] and died in Whitingham, Vermont, 23 February 1836.[18]  He married Lois Russell in New Ipswich, 28 February 1796.[19]

iv.      Sarah Brown was born, 22 November 1770;[20] and died 20 April 1822.[21] She married Reuben Brown in New Ipswich, 1 July 1793.[22] Reuben, Sarah’s first cousin, was born in Concord, Massachusetts, 15 Mar 1769, son of John and Elizabeth (Bateman) Brown;[23] Reuben died 17 July 1853, probably in Brownsville in Canada.[24]

v.      Aaron Brown was born 8 December 1772.[25]  [See blog post http://www.musingsbylinda.com/MyFamily/?p=692]

vi.      Amos Brown was born 11 September 1774;[26] and died10 May 1864. [27] He married Sarah Tarbell, 5 April 1803.[28]

vii.      Abner Brown was born 27 July 1776;[29] and died at New Ipswich 4 April 1824.[30] He married 1st, Polly Jaquith, 10 December 1805; and 2nd, Polly Ayer, 16 May 1815.[31]

viii.      Rebecca Brown was born 5 July 1778;[32] and died 9 June 1853.[33] She married Nathan Perry.[34]

ix.      Levi Brown was born 6 August 1780;[35] and died 10 September 1840. [36] He married Betsey Temple, 15 May 1803.[37]

x.      Nathan Brown was born 25 July 1882;[38] and died in Whitingham, Vermont, 21 January 1862.[39] He married Betsey Goldsmith, 3 June 1806.[40]

xi.      Heywood Brown was born 2 July 1784;[41] and died 2 March 1867. [42] He married Sally Walcott, 5 February 1809.[43]

xii.      Betsey Brown was born 7 February 1787; and died 11 July 1793. [44]

xiii.      Abigail Brown was born 22 June 1790; and died 24 April 1864.[45] She married Asa Farnsworth.[46]

 

Future Research

  1. Search the Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, Index to Probate Records, 1771-1921[47] for reference to the Estate of Aaron Brown.
  2. Search for a map, with residence indicated, of New Ipswich and vicinity about 1800 or so.
  3. Sort through the numerous “Brown” deeds previously transcribed or abstracted to sort men with the same name and determine what property Josiah and Sarah (Wright) Brown owned in New Ipswich and possibly in other parties of Hillsborough County.

 

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[1] Charles Henry Chandler and Sarah Fiske Lee, The History of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, 1735–1914, with Genealogical Records of the Principal Families (Fitchburg, Massachusetts: Sentinel Printing Company, 1914), 269; hereinafter cited as History of New Ipswich; and James Otis Lyford, History of the Town of Canterbury, New Hampshire, 17271912 (Concord, New Hampshire: The Rumford Press, 1912), II: 46; hereinafter cited as History of Canterbury.

[2] History of New Ipswich, 269.

[3] History of New Ipswich, 87.

[4] History of Canterbury, 45.

[5] Concord, Massachusetts, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 16351850 (Reprint, Charlestown, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999), 156; hereinafter cited as Concord, Vital Records.

[6] History of New Ipswich, 269; and Charles Edward Potter, Genealogies of Some Old Families of Concord, Mass. And Their Descendants in Part to the Present Generation, volume 1 (Boston: Alfred Mudge & Son, Printers, 1887), 54; hereinafter cited as Genealogies of Some Old Families of Concord.

[7] Concord Vital Records, 221; and History of New Ipswich, 269.

[8] New Ipswich Town Records, 134.

[9] History of New Ipswich, 269.

[10] New Ipswich Town Records, 9.

[11] New Ipswich Town Records, 102.

[12] History of New Ipswich.

[13] Concord Vital Records, 358; and History of New Ipswich, 271.

[14] New Ipswich Town Records (n.p.: typescript, n.d.), 8; typescript in possession of the New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord, New Hampshire; hereinafter cited as New Ipswich Town Records.

[15] History of New Ipswich, 271.

[16] New Ipswich Town Records, 74; and History of New Ipswich, 271.

[17] New Ipswich Town Records, 9.

[18] History of New Ipswich, 271.

[19] New Ipswich Town Records, 74; and History of New Ipswich, 269.

[20] New Ipswich Town Records, 9; and History of New Ipswich, 269.

[21] History of New Ipswich, 269.

[22] New Ipswich Town Records, 74; and History of New Ipswich, 269.

[23] Concord Vital Records, 228.

[24] History of New Ipswich, 270.

[25] New Ipswich Town Records, 9; and History of New Ipswich, 269.

[26] New Ipswich Town Records, 9; and History of New Ipswich, 269.

[27] History of New Ipswich, 272.

[28] Ibid.

[29] New Ipswich Town Records, 9; and History of New Ipswich, 269.

[30] New Ipswich Cemetery Records; Family History Center microfilm # 0015568 item 4.

[31] History of New Ipswich, 272–273.

[32] New Ipswich Town Records, 9; and History of New Ipswich, 269.

[33] History of New Ipswich, 269.

[34] Ibid.

[35] New Ipswich Town Records, 9; and History of New Ipswich, 269.

[36] History of New Ipswich, 269.

[37] Ibid.

[38] New Ipswich Town Records, 9; and History of New Ipswich, 269.

[39] History of New Ipswich, 273.

[40] Ibid.

[41] History of New Ipswich, 269.

[42] History of New Ipswich, 273.

[43] Ibid.

[44] History of New Ipswich, 270.

[45] Ibid.

[46] Ibid.

[47] Family History Library microfilm 0,016,069.

 

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Mar 24

52 Ancestors: #11 Aaron Brown

Researching ancestors with the surname Brown can be a challenge at best, but when they marry first and second cousins, things can become quite confusing. This appears to be a common phenomenon among my Brown ancestors who settled in Concord, Massachusetts, and then moved on into New Ipswich, New Hampshire in the 1700s.

My third great grandfather, Aaron Brown, was the fifth known child of Josiah Brown and Sarah Wright. He was born in New Ipswich, New Hampshire, on the 8th of December 1772[1] and died 15 February 1828.[2] Aaron married his first cousin Hannah Brown on the 16th of April 1795.[3] Hannah, daughter of John Brown and Elizabeth Bateman was born 28 April 176 and died 15 February 1852.[4] Aaron and Hannah were buried in New Ipswich’s Central Cemetery.[5]

According to Candler, Aaron occupied “the farm of his father-in-law, John Brown on the crest of the mountain. He also for a few years after the construction of the turnpike kept a store near his home. He sturdily maintained the activities of his father, Capt. Josiah Brown, being a lieutenant and also a prominent supporter of the Baptist church, and like his father, a deacon.”[6]

The couple had at six known children.

i.      Betsey Brown was born 23 January 1796; and died 26 January 1804.[7]

ii.      Aaron Brown was born 28 September 1797; and died 22 May 1798.[8] Aaron is buried in the Hill Cemetery, New Ipswich, New Hampshire.[9]

iii.      Addison Brown was born 11 March 1799;[10] and died 11 May 1872.[11] Addison married Ann Elizabeth Wetherbee, 13 December 1832.[12] Addison and Ann Elizabeth were buried in the Prospect Hill Cemetery, Brattleboro, Vermont.[13]

iv.      Hermon Brown was born 28 December 1800.[14] [See blog post http://www.musingsbylinda.com/MyFamily/?p=690]

v.      Mary Brown was born 14 February 1803;[15] and died 1 December 1837.  She married William Billings, 2 December 1835.[16]

vi.      John Stillman Brown was born 26 April 1806; died 1902; married Mary Ripley, 16 August 1836.[17] John and Mary are buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, Kansas.[18]

Future Research

  1. Search the Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, Index to Probate Records, 1771-1921[19] for reference to the Estate of Aaron Brown.
  2. Search for a map, with residence indicated, of New Ipswich and vicinity about 1830 or so.
  3. Sort through the numerous “Brown” deeds previously transcribed or abstracted to sort men with the same name and determine what property Aaron and Hannah Brown owned in New Ipswich and possibly in other parties of Hillsborough County.

 

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[1] Charles Henry Chandler and Sarah Fiske Lee, The History of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, 1735–1914, with Genealogical Records of the Principal Families (Fitchburg, Massachusetts: Sentinel Printing Company, 1914), 272. Hereinafter cited as History of New Ipswich.

[2] History of New Ipswich, 272; and New Ipswich Cemetery Records; Family History Center microfilm # 0015568 item 4.

[3] History of New Ipswich, 269.

[4] Ibid.

[5] Tombstone of Dea. Aaron Brown and tombstone of Hannah Brown, widow of Aaron Brown, Central Cemetery, New Ipswich, New Hampshire, viewed by the author, 10 August 1977.

[6] History of New Ipswich, 272.

[7] Ibid; and New Ipswich Town Records (n.p.: typescript, n.d.), 8; typescript in possession of the New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord, New Hampshire. Hereinafter cited as New Ipswich Town Records.

[8] Ibid.

[9] Tombstone of Aaron Brown, son of Aaron and Hannah Brown, viewed on FindAGrave.com, 20 March 2014.

[10] New Ipswich Town Records, 9.

[11] History of New Ipswich, 275.

[12] Ibid.

[13] Tombstone of Addison Brown and Ann Elizabeth Brown, viewed on FindAGrave.com, 20 March 2014.

[14] New Ipswich Vital Records, 9.

[15] New Ipswich Town Records, 9 where she is called “Polly.”

[16] New Ipswich Town Records, 88.

[17] New Ipswich Town Records, 9.

[18] Images of the Tombstones of John Stillman Brown and Mary Ripley Brown, FindAGrave.com, viewed 20 March 2014.

[19] Family History Library microfilm 0,016,069.

 

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Mar 17

52 Ancestors: #10 Hermon Brown

The 52 Weeks, 52 Ancestors, a challenge offered to genealogical bloggers by Amy Johnson Crow at the beginning of the year has proven to be an eye opener!  My ancestors were primarily New Englanders, arriving from England by 1650.  It is not easy to conduct research on the family during the last thirty years as I’ve been residing in Georgia. The infrequent trips back to New England are almost always spent visiting family members. My next trip will be extended so that I can explore cemeteries, county courthouses, and town halls. This exercise is forcing me to re-evaluate my research plans.

One of my ancestors that I know very little about (outside the mundane decennial census records) is my 2nd great grandfather, Hermon Brown. Hermon was farmer and a deacon of the Baptist Church in New Ipswich, New Hampshire,[1] were he was born, raised, and spent many adult years. Other than that, I know little of him.

He regularly appears in the federal census records, and in addition to the History New Ipswich, New Hampshire, 1735–1914 the family genealogy appears in the History of Canterbury, New Hampshire, 1727–1912.[2]

Hermon Brown was born 28 December 1800 in New Ipswich, to Aaron and Hannah (Brown) Brown; and died 23 August 1876 in Westminster, Massachusetts.[3] He married Sophronia Prescott, 13 April 1826.[4]

The couple had at least nine children.[5]

i.      Addison Prescott Brown, born 2 August 1827; married, 26 Dec 1850, Frances Louisa Chase.

ii.      Hannah Elizabeth Brown, born 21 May 1829; died. 14 September 1831.

iii.      Joseph Aaron Brown, born 8 May 1831; married 8 February 1854, Lucy A. Davis.

iv.      John Humphrey Brown, born 22 March 1834; died 23 February 1845.

v.      Mary Elizabeth Brown, born 16 March 1836; married, 21 May 1857, Charles H. Burrough.

vi.      Alfred Hermon Brown, born 14 July 1838; married, 20 January 1872, Margaret E. Gale.

vii.      George Stillman Brown, born 12 November 1840; died 11 December 1840.

viii.      Sophronia Eliza Brown, born, 20 August 1842; died 16 September 1842.

ix.      Hannah Eliza Brown, born 19 November 1843; died 13 September 1845.

Five of the nine children died young and are buried in Central Cemetery in New Ipswich: Hannah E., George S., Sophronia E., John H., and Hannah E. Hermon and Sophronia are also buried in Central Cemetery. [6]

Mary-Agnes Brown-Grover, a Brown descendant, had in her possession several letters sent between a variety of family members. We are fortunate that she transcribed the letters and the series of letters were published in several issues of the New England Historical Genealogical Register.  In the NEHGR dated July 1977, Hermon Brown was referenced: [7]

  • Letter from Addison Prescott Brown, Westminster, Vt., to Hermon Brown, New Ipswich, N.H., 26 December 1847.
  • Letter from Mr. and Mrs. Addison Prescott Brown, Bellows Falls, Vt., to Mr. and Mrs. Hermon Brown, New Ipswich, N.H., 1 February 1852.

Sometime in the early 1980s, I visited the town clerk’s office in New Ipswich. I no longer have the reference to her name or the location of her office (in her home on a farm in New Ipswich). I was allowed to look at the volumes of vital records found in her open safe, but she had no equipment to duplicate the copies nor was she willing to make copies for me.

In his History of Canterbury, Kidder includes a key to the “Occupants of Farms, Houses, Etc.” located on the foldout map in the front of his book (the map is not available in the scanned Google Books PDF file). None-the-less, “John Brown, Aaron Brown, Hermon Brown” are associated with Section B. Lot 181 “West of the Mountain,”[8] There is a work-around of the missing map—DavidRumsey.Com. In the Rumsey collection we find an 1892 map of New Ipswich[9] that includes name of homeowners. The map shows two mountains, Kidder Mountain and Barrett Mountain, but there are no homes illustrated on the west of either of those mountains. A map of New Ipswich has not been located in the digital map collection of the Library of Congress.

Federal Census records indicate that Hermon Brown and his wife removed from New Ipswich by 1860 when the family was enumerated in Paxton, Worcester County, Massachusetts.[10] The census indicates that he was a farmer owning property valued at $2000. His son, Alfred H. Brown, age 21, and mother-in-law, Elizabeth Goddard, age 81, were residing with Hermon and Sophronia.

Efforts to find Hermon or Sophronia in the 1870 U.S. census and Sophronia in 1880 have proved futile.[11]

Selected Future Research

  1. Search the deeds of Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, for Hermon Brown
  2. Return to New Ipswich and photograph the graves of Hermon and Sophronia Brown and their five children who died young.
  3. Return to New Ipswich and visit office of the town clerk to reconstruct a search of vital records I made in the early 1980s.
  4. Continue the search for the marriage record of Hermon Brown and Sophronia Prescott[12]
  5. Continue to search the 1870 for evidence of the residence of Hermon Brown and Sophronia (page by page if needed in New Ipswich, or possible residence of their children).
  6. Continue to search the 1880 for evidence of the residence of Sophronia.

 

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[1] Charles Henry Chandler and Sarah Fiske Lee, The History of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, 1735–1914, with Genealogical Records of the Principal Families (Fitchburg, Massachusetts: Sentinel Printing Company, 1914), 275. Hereinafter cited as History of New Ipswich.

[2] James Otis Lyford, History of the Town of Canterbury, New Hampshire, 1727–1912 (Concord, New Hampshire: The Rumford Press, 1912), II: 46. Hereinafter cited as History of Canterbury.

[3] Ibid.

[4] Ibid.

[5] History of New Ipswich, 275–276.

[6] Tombstones viewed during the summer 1983 by the author.

[7] Mary-Agnes Brown-Grover, “From Concord, Massachusetts, to the Wilderness: The Brown Family Letters, 1792–1852,” New England Historical and Genealogical Society  (July 1977), 203–204.

[8] Frederic Kidder, and Augustus Addison Gould, The History of New Ipswich: from Its First Grant in MDCCXXXVI, to the Present Time (Boston: Gould and Lincoln, 1852), 279.

[9] D.H. Hurd & Co. Map of New Ipswich, Hillsborough Co. (with) New Ipswich P.O., town of New Ipswich. Boston, 1892; viewed at http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~30897~1150831, 14 January 2014.

[10] 1860 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Worcester County, Massachusetts, page 565, Paxton, dwelling 66, family 83, lines 30–33; National Archives microfilm M653, reel 531.

[11] Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest Online indexes searched including spelling variations.

[12] A marriage record for Hermon Brown and Sophronia Prescott was not located at the New Hampshire Division of Vital Statistics in Concord, New Hampshire (1982); at the Massachusetts Division of Vital Records in Boston (1983); or among the numerous databases available on the New England Historical and Genealogical Society website (2013).

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Mar 03

52 Ancestors: #9 – Alfred H. Brown

Alfred H. Brown

I never knew my great grandfather, Alfred H. Brown, he died in 1920 and his daughter, my maternal grandmother, rarely spoke of him. I always think of my great grandfather as a store keeper, but he had many facets to his life. Indeed he did own and run a general store in Canterbury, New Hampshire (it burned down about 1927 with several other structures, but was eventually rebuilt as a general store that was still in operations when I last visited the area in 1991).

BooksFromAHB_smI do know that my great grandfather was interested in his pedigree. Several of his books on county history have been passed on to me, including the History of Canterbury, New Hampshire, [1] The History of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, 1735–1914,[2] and Genealogies of the Old Families of Concord, Mass. And Their Descendants.[3] Thankfully, these histories have provided wonderful clues to what might have been a difficult family to search.

Alfred H. Brown was born in New Ipswich, New Hampshire, 14 July 1838, son of Hermon and Sophronia (Prescott) Brown.[4] He died 4 October 1921 as reference in the diary of his daughter, Alice M. Perkins by the following entries.

3 Oct 1921:  “Papa [Alfred H. Brown] looks very sick and I feel he will not last long.”

4 Oct 1921:  “Papa passed away about noon. “

Around 1861, Alfred and his brother, Joseph moved from New Ipswich to Canterbury where they formed a partnership and opened a general store. In 1868, Alfred bought his brother out and continued to run the general store until his death in 1921.[5]

Margaret Elizabeth Gale married Alfred H. Brown in Canterbury on 20 January 1872.[6] She was the daughter of Eliphalet and Mary Jane (Merrill) Gale.

The couple had four children all born and raised in Canterbury:

  1. Josephine Maud Brown, born 1 January 1873;[7] and died 24 November 1958.[8] Josephine, who never married, served as a librarian at the New Hampshire State Library for many years.
  2. Fred Hermon Brown, born 19 March, 1874,[9] and died 21 July 1947.[10] He married…
  3. Mary Prescott Brown, born 2 May 1877.[11] She married Richard A. Cody…
  4. Alice Margaret Brown, born 20 Feb 1886,[12] and died 4 June 1983.[13] She married Homer Lathe Perkins of Loudon, 8 April 1908 in Chester, New Hampshire.

Alfred and Margaret raised their family in a four-over-four colonial structure with an attached el and barn. His daughter, Alice (my grandmother) was born in the front right bedroom on the second floor (see image of their home, called The Maples, in my blog about Alice Margaret Brown).

Alfred and Margaret are buried in Blossom Hill Cemetery in Concord, New Hampshire.

According to the History of the Town of Canterbury: [14]

No turmoil ever disturbed Mr. Brown and his record was never questioned, no matter how bitter the partisan strife of the day.  In the discharge of his duties he has ever been courteous, obliging and helpful; and as a public official, he has enjoyed the confidence of all parties. During the long winter evenings the store was the place where politics and current events were discussed.  No lyceum ever afforded more earnest debates and very few more entertainment.  The arguments of political speakers and the facts presented by public lecturers were here analyzed and dissected.  These gatherings night after night with their exchange of views contributed to make a Canterbury audience most critical, and he who came to address them was fortunate if his statements were not challenged by one of more of his hearers.  If these store discussions took an acrimonious turn, Mr. Brown had the happy faculty of changing the current of thought of his visitors.

 In 1862, be became postmaster of Canterbury and held that position for most of the years he had the store. Mr. Brown also served the community for many years as the town clerk of Canterbury.[15]

An article in The Granite Monthly, provided the following account of Alfred H. Brown:[16]

A.H. Brown is the A.T. Stewart of the town [Canterbury, N.H.].  For twenty years last past he has ministered to the corporal wants of Canterbury, dealing out the sweets and sours, attending to the clerkly business of the town, and devoting considerable attention to the improvement of an assorted breed of hogs.  He is not to the manor born, although his better half is [Margaret Gale]. His mercantile operations are not confined to the limited sphere of Canterbury. His energies have sought an outlet at the Weirs, where a branch store will be run at full blast the coming season.

The place at the Weirs reference in The Granite Monthly article immediately was a summer hotel called the “Aquedoktan House”, located 80 rods south of the train depot, where rooms could be found for $1.50 per day or $7 and $8 per Week.  Breakfast was served for 35¢, supper for 35¢, and dinner for 50¢.  Mr. Dennett was an apparent joint partner in this venture.  I do not know how many seasons the pair ran this hotel before it was burned to the ground.

Aquedoktan House

Aquedoktan House

Great grandfather also had an interest in pigs and establishing a better product. I’ve always enjoyed the following image of Alfred H. Brown and his prize winning hog.
Alfred H. Brown and his hog with Clarence S. GaleThe following image of Alfred and his wife, Margaret, was taken at the home of their daughter Mary Prescott (Brown) Cody in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts.
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[1] James Otis Lyford, History of the Town of Canterbury, New Hampshire, 1727-1912, 2 volumes (Concord, New Hampshire: The Rumford Press, 1912), hereinafter cited as History of the Town of Canterbury.

[2] Charles Henry Chandler, The History of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, 1735–1914 (Fitchburg, Massachusetts: Sentinel Printing Company, 1914), hereinafter cited as History of New Ipswich.

[3] Charles Edward Potter, editor, Genealogies of the Old Families of Concord, Mass. And Their Descendants in Part to the Present Generation, volume 1 (Boston: Alfred Mudge & Son, Printers, 1887).

[4]  History of the Town of Canterbury II: 46; and History of New Ipswich, 276.

[5] History of the Town of Canterbury I: 203.

[6] Brown-Gale Marriage Record, New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records, Hazen Road, Concord, New Hampshire; History of the Town of Canterbury II: 46; and History of New Ipswich, 276

[7] History of the Town of Canterbury II: 46.

[8] Grave Marker of Josephine M. Brown, Blossom Hill Cemetery, Concord, New Hampshire, viewed August 1993

[9] History of the Town of Canterbury II: 46.

[10] Grave Marker of Fred H. Brown, Blossom Hill Cemetery, Concord, New Hampshire, viewed August 1993.

[11] History of the Town of Canterbury II: 47.

[12] History of the Town of Canterbury II: 47.

[13] Funeral Memorial Card for Alice M. Perkins, Arrangements by Foley Funeral Home, Keene, N.H. in possession of the author who also attended the funeral at the United Church of Christ in Keene, New Hampshire, 8 June, 1983.

[14] History of the Town of Canterbury I: 267.

[15] Alfred’s daughter, Alice M. (Brown) Perkins served for many years as the town clerk of Loudon, New Hampshire, and his granddaughter, Josephine (Perkins) Woodward served a term or two as the town clerk of Walpole, New Hampshire.

[16] The Granite Monthly, a New Hampshire Magazine, June, 1881, page 388.

 

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Feb 02

52 Ancestors: #6 Jesse Woodward

I know little of my 3rd great grandfather, Jesse Woodward, father of Daniel S. Woodward. However, I do have some clues that needed to be followed when I have an opportunity. Perhaps some of those objectives can be made next week when I’m at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Jesse Woodward was born in Plaistow, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, 24 June 1774, son of Stephen Woodward and Hannah Clement.[1]  Stephen Woodward was a poor man with little means of support when he, with his wife Hannah, and infant Eliphalet, were warned out of Plaistow, New Hampshire, to return to Haverhill in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts from which they had come in 1759.[2] Evidence in the Plaistow town records indicate that the family stayed in Plaistow until at least when Jesse’s youngest sibling was born in 1779. In 1762, Stephen Woodward a laborer of Plaistow was sued for a debt owed to Samuel White (Stephen had signed the note so we know though poor, he was literate).[3]

Jesse married Bashabe Stevens,[4] allegedly in Springfield, New Hampshire, about 1800, but no principal evidence has been found for the marriage. A Jesse Woodward paid a poll tax in Springfield, New Hampshire in 1803. No record has been located for Jesse Woodward after the 1803 tax record, and he has never been specifically located on any federal census record.

Family tradition indicates that as a young adult he went to Rumford, Maine, where he died. Extensive search in the recrods of Rumford and Oxford County, Maine, in 1996 were fruitless.  No reference to Jesse has been located in the vital records of Rumford, Maine, or the probate records of Oxford County, Maine.

It would appear that Jesse Woodward died before 1837 when Bashabe is called “widow” Woodward.

In 2011 I found a death notice in the New Hampshire Patriot that stated that a Jesse Woodward, age 60, died in Springfield, New Hampshire.[5] Finally a fairly substancial clue to pursue.

Bashabe Stevens is first located in the New Hampshire deeds in 1837 when she, a resident of Salisbury, New Hampshire, widow woman, purchased about an acre of land in Boscawen, New Hampshire, from Kimball Woodward.[6] In 1846 she conveyed that property in Boscawen, New Hampshire, to her son-in-law Ezekiel Davis.[7] At the time she was residing in Lowell, Mass., probably with her daughter and son-in-law. Bashabe, who died at the age of 84, is buried in Franklin, New Hampshire, in the plot of her son Daniel S. Woodward. It is not known whether she died in Lowell, Massachusetts, or near Franklin, New Hampshire.

Jesse Woodward and Bashabe Stevens had at least two children:

  1. Daniel Saunders Woodward
  2. Diana A. Woodward (mar. Ezekiel S. Davis). In 1864 Diana probably resided in Lowell, Middlesex Co., Mass.

Jesse and Bashabe may have also been the parents Kimball Woodward (born about 1802; and died in 1845).

 



[1] Plaistow, New Hampshire, Town Records, Vol. 1: 401, Family History Library microcopy #15, 281.

[2] Warning out of Stephen Woodward, file “Warnings Out 1759,” Province of New Hampshire, New Hampshire State Archives.

[3] Province of New Hampshire, Loose Records of the Inferior Court at Portsmouth, file #06332, New Hampshire State Archives, Concord, New Hampshire.

[4] Daniel S. Woodward named his parents as Jesse Woodward born in Plaistow, New Hampshire, and Bashabe Stevens, born in Springfield, New Hampshire [Marriage Return of Daniel S. Woodward and Lucy (Spaulding) Staples [his second marriage], New Hampshire Department of Vital Records and Statistics, Hazen Road, Concord, New Hampshire.]

[5] New Hampshire Patriot 26 November 18632; viewed on GenealogyBank.com, 12 December 2011.

[6] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 53: 26, Family History Library microcopy 16,137.

[7] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 83: 190, County Clerk’s Office, Concord, New Hampshire.

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