Category Archive: New Hampshire

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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Feb 02

52 Ancestors: #5 Daniel S. Woodward

We should not simply collect records that we think belong to our ancestors (or potential ancestors) and squirrel them away in a box, file cabinet, or whatever. It is so important that we put every one of those documents through the wringer and analysis, analysis, analysis. I learned my lesson the hard way.

Of course the fact that during the past twenty years I’ve spent most of my research hours on historical and genealogy projects that relate to the south of the Mason Dixon line, Like the cobbler whose children have no shoes, my personal genealogical research has been very space.

In order to better understand my progress (or lack thereof) on my research relating to my 2nd great grandfather, Daniel S. Woodward, I’ve gone through my files and really looked at the documents I have on file.  Almost immediately I saw things that completed escaped under the radar screen during past research endeavors.

Daniel S. Woodward was born about 1804 (probably in New Hampshire), the son of Jesse Woodward and Bashabe Stevens. [1] Daniel married, first, in Salisbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, on 8 July 1828,[2] Dorcas Adams,[3] daughter of Enoch Adams and Elizabeth Russell. Daniel married, second, Lucy (Spaulding Staples) in Franklin, New Hampshire, on 14 June 1879.[4]

Dorcas Adams was born 19 July 1797 or 1796[5] probably in the area of Salisbury, New Hampshire. Dorcas Adams was killed in Hill, New Hampshire, from falling debris of a barn when a strong storm caused the barn to collapse.[6]

Daniel died 18 January 1892, Intestate, and his widow, Lucy, choose George R. Stone to administrate his estate.[7]

Daniel S. Woodward and Dorcas Adams had at least ten children:

  1. Elisabeth Woodward, b. 22 Sep 1828; mar. John Pollard 3 Sep 1854; d. 23 Dec 1876.
  2. Hannah S. Woodward, b. 1 Nov 1830; mar. Perley Dickerson 16 Aug 1869
  3. Phoebe Woodward, b. 1 Nov 1830; mar. George Howe; d. 21 Apr 1897
  4. Daniel Russell Woodward, b. 10 Apr 1833; mar. 30 Jan 1854 Laura Davis; d. 6 Jan 1910 [see 52 Ancestors – #4]
  5. Stephen Adams Woodward, b.  22 Aug 1834; mar. Nancy Morrill 9 Jun 1856; d. 22 Sep 1924
  6. Alvin A. Woodward, b. 22 May 1836; mar Ellen M. Marden, 18 Jun 1859; d. 22 Oct 1905.
  7. Dorcas Catherine Woodward, b. 22 Feb 1838; mar. Edwin E. Clark, 4 July 1859; d. 10 Oct 1927
  8. Diane Woodward, b. 22 Sep 1839; mar., 1st,  Benjamin Morrill, 1 Mar 1860; mar, 2nd, William H. Roberts, 27 Aug 1865
  9. Perlena Ann Woodward, b. Aug 1842; d. 8 Oct 1844
  10. Francis Ross Woodward, b. 9 Feb 1845; mar., 1st,  Lydia Gordon; mar., 2nd, Ella E. Hilpert, 29 Mar 1886

Oliver A. Woodward, a 24 years old stone Mason was residing with Daniel S. Woodward in 1850,[8] and appeared as the oldest child (third entry) prior to Daniels’s known children, Elisabeth, Hannah, Phebe, Dorcus, Stephen, Alvin, Dorcas, Frank, and Dinah. At first blush it would appear that Oliver was the older son of Daniel S. However, when we compare this census to the1840 census entry for the household of Daniel S. Woodward[9] there appears to be a problem.

Partial abstract of the Daniel S. Woodward household in the 1850 Census

Name Age Occupation Probable age bracket in 1840
Daniel S. Woodward 54 Stone Mason
Dorcus Woodward 52
Oliver A. Woodward 24 Stone Mason 10 to 15
Elisabeth 22 10 to 15
Hannah 19 5 to 10
Phebe 18 5 to 10
Daniel R. 17 Stone Mason 5 to 10
Stephen 16 Stone Mason 5 to 10
Alvin 13 Under 5
Dorcus 11 Under 5
Francis [Frank] 6 [not yet born]
Dinah 11 Under 5

Partial abstract of the Daniel S. Woodward entry in 1840

Age Group # of males # of females
Under 5 1 [Alvin] 2 [Dorcus & Dinah]
5 & under 10 2 [Daniel R & Steven] 2 [Hannah & Phebe]
10 & under 15 1 [Elisabeth]
15 & under 20
20 & under 30
30 & under 40 1
40 & under 50 1
50 & under 60
60 & under 70
70 & under 80
80 & under 90 1

There seems to be some condtradictions between the two decennial census records. For instance, if Oliver is a son of Daniel S., and his age is somewhat correct in the 1850, then why isn’t he enumerated in Daniel’s household in 1840. Who is the 70 to 80 year old male in Daniel’s home in 1840? The first question is not easy to answer, but the second is, but indirectly. Enoch Adam (father-in-law of Daniel) was a Revolutionary Pensior [I’ll save discussion of Enoch for a future blog]. Although I have little evidence to date, I expect that Oliver was son of Kimball Woodward, supposed brother of Daniel. Kimball Woodward met his death by drowning in 1845. It is not unreasonable to assume that Daniel was training his apparent nephew, Oliver, to be a stone mason.

The 1850 census indicates that Daniel S. Woodward had $ 1,200  worth of real estate. Subsequent deed work produced ten property conveyances in Merrimack County. Abstracts appear heree.

  1. Date of conveyance: 1 November 1832; date recorded: 24 April 1834
    Daniel S. Woodward purchased land in Salisbury, for consideration of $20 from James Johnson (both men were of Salisbury, Merrimack County).
    Description: A certain piece of land lying in said Johnson [sic] Salisbury, it being a part of lot number forty one in the third range and is bounded as follows: Beginning at stake and Woodard stones standing eight feet north of the northwest corner of a house built by Joseph Webster, thence south ten rods to a stake & stones, thence east eight rods to stake and stones, thence north ten rods to stake & stones, and thence west eight rods to the first mentioned bounds to contain eight rods (Deed is to convey the premises as they were in 1828).
    Signed: James Johnson
    Witnesses: Joshua S. Bean and Benjamin Scribner proved the deed on 1 November 1832.[10]
  2. Date of conveyance: 20 December 1838; date recorded 27 December 1838.
    Ira Sweatt of Boscawen, yeoman, convey to Kimball Woodward, yeoman, also of Boscawen, for consideration of $485.
    Description: land with buildings on the same where I now live situate in said Boscawen containing six acres be the same more or less and bounded easterly on Blackwater River southerly on land of Isaac T. Sweatt, westerly on a highway and northerly on land of Richard P. Shattuck reserving the same privilege to Silas Sweatt as is reserved in my deed from him, reference thereto being had….
    Signed: Ira Sweatt
    Witness: Moses Fellows and Hezh Fellows[11]
  3. Date of conveyance: 7 April 1834; date recorded: 24 April 1834
    Daniel S. Woodard sold to Kimbell Woodard, gentleman, (both of Salisbury, Merrimack Co., NH) for the sum of $40
    Description: A certain piece of land lying in Salisbury, it being a part of lot No. forty one in the third range and is bounded as follows: beginning at stake and stones standing eight feet north of the northwest corner of a house built by Joseph Webster, thence south ten rods to a stake & stones, thence east eight rods to stake and stones, then north ten rods to stake & stones,  and thence west eight rods to the first mentioned bounds to contain eighty rods same more or less.
    Signed: Daniel S. Woodward (his mark)
    Witnesses: Joshua S. Bean & Samuel Smith[12]
  4. Date of conveyance 4 November 1839; date recorded 17 June 1840
    Conveyance from John L. Eaton, yeoman, of Salisbury to Kimball Woodward, yeoman, of Boscawen, for consideration of $1,000.
    Description: “…a certain piece of land situate in Salisbury aforesaid and bounded as follows. viz. Beginning at Boscawen line on the westerly side of mutton road so called & running on said road northerly one hundred and forty rods to a stake and stones: thence south one & a half degrees west, one hundred & ten & a half rods to a stake & stones thence south seventy five degrees west fifty-six rods to land owned by Pearce Fellows thence on said Fellows line southerly forty six rods to Boscawen line thence on said line easterly to the corner first mentioned containing seventy two & a half acres be the same more or less. Reserving the Saw Mill situate on the premises with the privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging agreeably to an indenture & obligation made by me with Pearce Fellows of said Salisbury dated the twenty fourth day of January 1839 & Recorded in the Merrimack Records Lib. 57. Fol page 73[?] Reserving also a passage way for teams from the highway by the Saw mill to the land down beyond ~  …”
    Lousy B. Eaton, wife of John L. Eaton relinquished her dower rights.
    Signed: John L. Eaton and Lousy B. Eaton
    Witnesses: Valentine Little and Stephen Dearborn[13]
  5. Date of conveyance: 17 April 1841; date recorded: 27 April 1841
    Daniel S. Woodward purchased property from Nathan Kilburn (both of Boscawen, Merrimack Co., NH) for $450.
    Description: A certain tract or parcel of land situate in said Boscawen, containing twenty-five acres, be the same more or less, bounded as follows, viz. on the east by the highway leading from the end of Pleasant Street in Boscawen to the South road village in Salisbury, on the south by land of Benjamine Smith, on the west by land of Gailand Caleb, and on the north by the line of the town of Boscawen, excepting one acre of land now owned by Kimball Woodward, and as the same tract of land and building conveyed to me by said Kimball Woodward by deed dated the tenth day of February 1838.
    Polly Kilburn, wife of Nathan signed, thus relinquishing her dower rights.
    Signed: Nathan Kilborn and Polly O. Kilburn
    Witnesses: John Fellows, James S. Fellows and proven by Hezh Fellows, Justice Peace[14]
  6. Date of conveyance: 23 April 1844; date recorded: 25 June 1844.
    William C. Little of Salisbury sold to Daniel S. Woodward of Boscawen for Eighty dollars
    Description: a certain piece of land situated in Salisbury in said county of Merrimack being a part of lot numbered twenty one in the first range of Salisbury and bounded as follows, viz; on the west by the road and on the north east and south by land of Thomas[?]R. Little containing one and a half acre, be the same more or less, meaning to convey the same which was bequeathed to me by my grandmother, Mary Little, late of said Salisbury, deceased.
    Signed: William C. Little
    Witnesses: John Little and Joseph Hooper[15]
  7. Date of conveyance: 13 November 1846; date recorded: 1 December 1846.
    Bashabee Woodward of Lowell, Middlesex County, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, widow, to Ezekiel Davis (also of Lowell) for consideration of one dollar and the kind attention and support of me by the said Ezekiel S. Davis since his intermarriage with my daughter Diana A. Woodward
    Description: a certain piece of land with the buildings thereon, situated in Boscawen Merrimack Co., NH, containing one area be the same more or less bounded and described as follows: Beginning at the northeast corner of a piece of land conveyed to Kimball Woodward by Samuel D. Couch, it being the a part of the Enoch Gilbert farm, so called, lying on the west side by the road leading from the fourth New Hampshire Turnpike road in Salisbury to Pleasant Street in Boscawen, thence on said road southerly twenty rods, then westerly eight rods, thence northerly twenty rods on a line parallel with said road, and then easterly eight rods to the point of beginning containing one hundred sixty square rods more or less, being the same land conveyed to me by Kimball Woodward of said Boscawen by his deed dated 31 July 1837 and recorded in Merrimack Records Lib 52 Fol 26 to which said deed and record thereof reference may be made.
    Signed Bashabee Woodward (her mark)
    Witnesses: James Hopkins & Wm. F. Smith[16]
  8. Date of conveyance: 15 June 1847
    Nancy George, widow of True George of Salisbury, to Nancy Woodward for $150
    Description: a certain tract of land situate in Boscawen in said county of Merrimack containing one acre by measure with a dwelling house,  wood shed, and barn thereon and bounded as follows, beginning at a post & stone standing on the west side of the highway leading from Salisbury south road to Comser[?] Hill so called at the north east corner of said land, thence westerly along by the north side of said buildings and parallel with said house until it strikes a line parallel with the east side of barn standing on land of ?? Woodman & containing the same on the same
    Signed: True George
    Witnessed by: Nathan Smith and John Smith and proven 15 Jun 1847.[17]
  9. Date of Conveyance: 6 May 1850; date recorded: 7 May 1850
    Ezekiel S. Davis, of Lowell, Middlesex Co., Mass., to Bashabee Woodward, also of Lowell, for consideration of $100
    Description: a certain tract of land with the building thereon situated in Boscawen in the county of Merrimack, containing one acre, described as follows: to wit beginning at the northeast corner of a piece of land conveyed to Kimball Woodward by Samuel D. Couch it being a part of the Enoch Gilbert farm so called lying on the west side of the road leading from the fourth New Hampshire Turnpike road in Salisbury to Pleasant Street in Boscawen, thence on said road southerly twenty rods, thence westerly eight rods, thence northerly twenty rods on a line parallel with said road, thence easterly eight rods to the point of the beginning containing one hundred and sixty square rods more or less, being the same convey to Bashabee Woodward by Kimball Woodward by deed dated 31 July 1837 and recorded in Merrimack Register Lib 53 Fol 26 and afterwards conveyed to me by said Bashabee by deed dated 30 Nov 1846 and recorded in Merrimac Records Lib 83 Fol 190.
    Signed: Ezekiel S. Davis
    Witnesses: W.P. Webster and William Standish.[18]

10. Conveyance date: 22 November 1852; recorded 10 January 1853
Basheba Woodward of Springfield, Sullivan Co., NH, to Silas Rolins, also of Springfield.for consideration of $100
Description: A certain piece or parcel of land situated in Boscawen Merrimack County and State aforesaid and containing one acre by measure and bounded as follows viz Beginning at the north east corner of a piece of land deeded to Kimball Woodward by Samuel D. Couch it being a part of the Enoch Elliot farm so called laying on the west side of the road leading from the 4th N.N. Turnpike so called in Salisbury to pleasant Street in Boscawen thence on said road Southerly twenty rods thence Easterly eight rods thence northerly twenty rods on a parallel line with the aforesaid road, thence Easterly eight rods to the first mentioned bound containing one hundred and sixty square rods or one acre as aforesaid
Signed: Basheba Woodward
Witnesses: Daniel N. Adams and Moses N. Loverin[19]

 

Future Research:

  1. Determine the birth place of Daniel S. Woodward.
    Was he born in Oldfield, Maine[20] (or elsewhere in Maine[21]); in Springfield, New Hampshire (or elsewhere in New Hampshire[22]); or was he born in Vermont?[23]
  2. Was Kimball Woodward a sibling of Daniel S. Woodward?
  3. Search for obituaries of Daniel S. Woodward,  Dorcas (Adams) Woodward, and Lucy (Spaulding Staples) Woodward.
  4. Search for the distribution of the estate of Daniel S. Woodard.
  5. Search for the distribution of the estate of Dorcas (Adams) Woodward and from whence she gained her real property.

 

 


[1] 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.]

[2] Salisbury, New Hampshire, Town Records, 1797–1845: 54; Family History Library microfilm 16,503.

[3] Salisbury, New Hampshire, Town Records, Vol. 1: 955, New Hampshire State Library microcopy.

[4] 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] The death year inscribed for Dorcas on the Woodward tombstone in Franklin Cemetery is 1796.

[6] Family tradition relayed by Douglas Woodward, great-grandson of the Dorcas (Adams) Woodward, on 29 September 1991, to Linda Woodward Geiger and tombstone of Daniel S. Woodward and family members, Franklin Cemetery, Franklin, New Hampshire, photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger, 29 September 1991.

[7] Probate record of Daniel S. Woodward, file #14598; Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Probate Court, Concord, New Hampshire.

[8] Famiy for Daniel S. Woodward, 1850 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Boscawen, Merrimack County, New Hampshire,  dwelling 110, family 110, National Archives micropublication M432, reel 436.

[9]  Enry for Danal S. Woodward, 1840 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Salisbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 137A, line 18; National Archives microfilm M704, reel 240.

[10] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 36: 543; Family History Library microfilm #16,128.

[11] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 55: 209; Family History Library microfilm #16,138.

[12] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 36: 544; Family History Library microfilm #16,128.

[13] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 62: 237, Family Hisotry Library microfilm #16,142.

[14] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 65: 228; Family History Library microfilm #16,112.

[15] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 76: 188; Family History Library microfilm #16,149.

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

[17] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 94: 48; Family History Library microfilm #16,158.

[18] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 98: 429; Merrimack County Clerk’s Office, Concord, New Hampshire.

[19] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 115: 36; Merrimack County Clerk’s Office, Concord, New Hampshire.

[20] Delayed Marriage Record of Daniel R. Woodward and Laura Davis, recorded in Franklin, New Hampshire, 19 October 1910, New Hampshire Department of Vital Records and Statistics, Hazen Road, Concord, New Hampshire.

[21] Entry for Frank R. Woodward, 1880 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Hill, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 322A, dwelling 142, family 150; National Archives micropublication T9, Reel 766.

[22] Entry for Alvin Woodward, 1880 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Hill, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 320A, dwelling 93, family 98; National Archives micropublication T9, Reel 766; Entry of Daniel S. Woodward, 1850 U.S. Census, Free Population  Schedule, Boscawen, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 258B, dwelling 110, family 110; National Archives micropublication M432, reel 436; and entry of Daniel S. Woodward, 1870 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Hill, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 331B, dwelling 102, family 99; National Archives micropublication M593, reel 846..

[23] Entry for Daniel S. Woodward, 1860 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Franklin, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 1042, dwelling 733, family 732; National Archives micropublication M653, Reel 677.

 

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Nov 27

Scrapbooking Sunday: Brown Family Heirloom

The note found in one of the drawers within this desk reads:

The living know that they must die,
But all the dust forgotten lie;
Their memory and their sense is gone,
Alike unknowing and unknown.
Then what my thought Design to do,
My hands with all your might pursue
Like no Device nor work is found,
_or faille nor hope beneath the ground

For Value received I promise
Alfred H. Brown my Desk at
My decease
Elizabeth Goddard

Alfred H. Brown, born, 14 July 1838, in New Ipswich, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, son of  Hermon Brown and Sophronia Prescott.[1] Sophronia Prescott was born 11 December 1802 in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, daughter of Samuel Potter Prescott and Elisabeth Brown.[2]

 

Elisabeth Brown, maternal grandmother of Alfred H. Brown, was born 28 February 1779, in Concord, daughter of Elizabeth Brown and Lieut. Samuel Brown.[3] She married, 1st, Samuel Potter Prescott on 7 June 1798 in Concord;[4] and 2nd. Asa Raymond, and 3rd, Rev. David Goddard, 30 Jun 1846 in New Ipswich.[5]

Alfred H. Brown was my great grandfather.


[1] Death certificate of Alfred H. Brown, Bureau of Vital Statistics, State of New Hampshire, Hazen Road, Concord, New Hampshire; and 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 History of New Ipswich).

[2] Vital Records of Concord, Massachusetts, Birth, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635–1850 (photocopy of 1891 edition, Boston (hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Concord): New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1986), 94; and William Prescott, The Prescott Memorial: Or a Genealogical Memoir of the Prescott Families of America (Boston: Henry W. Dutton & Son, 1870), 120 (hereinafter cited as The Prescott Memorial).

[3] Vital Records of Concord, 247; and Charles Edward Potter, Genealogies of Some Old Families of Concord, Mass., and Their Descendants in Part to the Present Generation (Boston: Alfred Mudge & Son, Printers, 1887), 64 (hereinafter cited as Some Old Families of Concord).

[4] Vital Records of Concord, 362; and Some Old Families of Concord, 64.Asa

[5] Town Clerk, Vital Records of New Ipswich, New Hampshire (New Ipswich, New Hampshire: typescript), n.d.), Family History Library microfilm #15,568.

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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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Jul 19

My 16 Great Great Grandparents

Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Fun Challenge—Although I’m very late answering the challenge, I had fun this morning constructing what turns out to be a rather boring pie-chart.

Birthplaces of My 16 Great Great Grandparents

16. Daniel Saunders Woodward was born on 11 June 1804 in Springfield, Sullivan County, New Hampshire.[1] He died of Pneumonia in Hill, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, on 18 January 1892,[2] and he was buried in Franklin Cemetery, Franklin, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[3]

On 8 July1828 Daniel Saunders married Dorcas Adams in Salisbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[4]

17. Dorcas Adams was born on 19 July 1797 in Salisbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[5] She died in Hill, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, on 10 March 1877,[6] and was buried in Franklin Cemetery, Franklin, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[7]

18 Lewis Davis was born on 30 January 1796 in Sutton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[8] Lewis died in probably in or about Franklin, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, on 27 October 1844 and was buried in Franklin, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[9]

On 28 November 1822 Lewis married Nancy Glines in Sanbornton, Belknap County, New Hampshire.[10]

19. Nancy Glines was born on 21 July 1799 in Northfield, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[11] Nancy died in Franklin, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, on 22 October 1887 and was buried in Sawyer Cemetery, Franklin, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[12]

20. John Waddell was born in Scotland about1824.

John Waddell married Mary Moore about 1844 in Truro, Nova Scotia.[13]

21. Mary Moore was born about 1824. Mary died about 1864.

22. William John McDougall[14] was born about 1816.[15] He died in South Maitland, Hants Co., Nova Scotia, on 2 May 1886.[16] He was shipbuilder.[17]

William John married Sara O’Brien, about 1844.[18]

23. Sara O’Brien[19] was born about 1822–1823.[20]

24. Stephen Perkins was born on 20 April 1806 in Chichester, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.[21] Stephen died in Chichester, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, on 20 September 1897; he was 91.[22] Buried in Chichester, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[23]

On 25 November 1832 when Stephen was 26, he married Betsey Lane in probably in, Chichester, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[24]

25. Betsey Lane was born on 23 July1805 in Chichester, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.[25] Betsey died in Chichester, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, on 22 September 1890; she was 85.[26] Buried in Chichester, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[27]

26. William Jenkins was born on 8 June 1811 in Lee, Stratfford County, New Hampshire.[28] William died on 18 March 1895; he was 83.[29] Buried in Loudon Village, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. [30]

On 2 August 1832 when William was 21, he married Joanne B. Foss in Gilmanton, Belknap County, New Hampshire.[31]

27. Joanne B. Foss was born on 18 April 1811 in Strafford, Strafford Co., NH.[32] Joanne died on 25 November 1888.[33] Buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Loudon Village, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[34]

28. Hermon Brown was born on 28 December 1800 in New Ipswich, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.[35] Hermon died in Westminster, Worcester County, Massachusetts, on 23 August 1876.[36] He was buried in Central Cemetery, New Ipswich, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.[37]

On 13 April 1826 when Hermon was 25, he married Sophronia Prescott.[38]

29. Sophronia Prescott was born on 11 December 1802 in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.[39] Sophronia died in Boxborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, on 21 April 1894.[40] Buried in Central Cemetery, New Ipswich, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.[41]

30. Eliphalet Gale was born on 16 December 1806 in Gilmanton, Belknap County, New Hampshire.[42] Eliphalet died in Canterbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, on 16 April 1891at the age of 84 years and 1 month and buried in Smith Meeting House Cemetery, Gilmanton, Belknap County, New Hampshire.[43]

On 26 June 1850 when Eliphalet was 43, he married Mary Jane Merrill in probably in, Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[44]

31. Mary Jane Merrill was born on 2 May 1823 in Methuen, Essex County, Massachusetts.[45] Mary Jane died in Canterbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, on 28 June 1906[46] and was buried in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Methuen, Essex County, Massachusetts.


[1] One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Settlement of Boscawen and Webster, Merrimack Co., N.H., August 16, 1883. Also Births Recorded on the Town Records from 1733 to 1850 (Concord, N.H.: The Republican Press Association, 1884), 184; and Tombstone of Daniel S. Woodward et al. Franklin Cemetery, Franklin, New Hampshire (near intersection of Route 127 and Ward Hill Road), photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger, 29 September 1991.

[2] Death Certificate of Daniel S. Woodward, State of New Hampshire Death Returns, New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Hazen Street Concord, New Hampshire.

[3] Tombstone of Daniel S. Woodward et al. Franklin Cemetery, Franklin, New Hampshire (near intersection of Route 127 and Ward Hill Road), photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger, 29 September 1991.

[4] Town Records of Salisbury, New Hampshire, Volume: 1799-1845: 64; Family History Library microcopy, Film: #0,016,503.

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

[6] Dearborn, The History of Salisbury, 447.

[7] Tombstone of Daniel S. Woodward et al. Franklin Cemetery, Franklin, New Hampshire (near intersection of Route 127 and Ward Hill Road), photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger, 29 September 1991.

[8] Delayed birth certificate of Lewis Davis, dated 4 January 1906, New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Hazen Street, Concord, New Hampshire.

[9] Tombstone Inscription of Lewis Davis in the Sawyer Cemetery, West Franklin, New Hampshire (on private property – access from an old road just off Hoyt Rd, near intersection of Hoyt and Lakeshore Drive near the head of Webster Lake and Andover town line) photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger, 29 September 1991.

[10] Sanbornton [New Hampshire] Town Records,” Sanbornton Town Clerk, microfilm of transcript at the State Capitol Building in Concord, New Hampshire, FHL 15,310,716–717

[11] Tombstone Inscription of Nancy, wife of Lewis Davis in the Sawyer Cemetery, West Franklin, New Hampshire (on private property – access from an old road just off Hoyt Rd, near intersection of Hoyt and Lakeshore Drive near the head of Webster Lake and Andover town line) photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger, 29 September 1991.

[12] Tombstone Inscription of Nancy, wife of Lewis Davis in the Sawyer Cemetery, West Franklin, New Hampshire (on private property – access from an old road just off Hoyt Rd, near intersection of Hoyt and Lakeshore Drive near the head of Webster Lake and Andover town line) photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger, 29 September 1991.

[13] Interview with Douglas Russell Woodward, 29 September 1991; and Joanna MacLean Currie and Jane Currie Wile, Genealogical Profile: Matthews, Waddells (Truro, Nova Scotia: privately published, n.d.), 55 (hereinafter cited as Currie & Wile, Genealogical Profile).

[14] Sara Waddell Woodward, Little Blue Nose, dictated about 1855 to her husband Oscar H. Woodward who created the typescript, copy in possession of Linda Woodward Geiger, Big Canoe, Georgia (hereinafter cited as Little Blue Nose).

[15] 1871 Canadian Census, Population Schedule, Maitland, Hants Co., Nova Scotia, page 23, dwelling 75, family 82; FHL microfilm #493,599 (hereinafter cited as 1871 Census, Maitland); and 1881 Canadian Census, Maitland, Hants County, Nova Scotia, page 27, dwelling 102, family 106; FHL microfilm #1,375,810 (hereinafter cited as 1881 Canadian Census, Maitland)

[16] Estate of William McDougall, file 1475A, Registry of Probate Loose Petitions & Wills, File – 36, 1885-1886, Hants County Court of Probate, Nova Scotia; FHL microfilm #565,420; and Letter from D.R. Woodward (7 Kennington Rd., Hampton Falls, NH 03844) to Linda Woodward Lorusso (now Geiger) in possession of Linda Woodward Geiger, 2300 Yanoo Trace, Big Canoe, Georgia.

[17] 1871 Canadian Census, Maitland, page 23, dwelling 75, family 82; and 1881 Canadian Census, Maitland, page 27, dwelling 102, family 106.

[18] Interview with Douglas Russell Woodward, 29 September 1991.

[19] Little Blue Nose

[20] 1871 Canadian Census, Maitland, page 23, dwelling 75, family 82; and 1881 Canadian Census, Maitland, page 27, dwelling 102, family 106.

[21] William Haslet Jones, Vital Statistics of Chichester, New Hampshire, 1742-1927 (Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc., 2000), 31 (hereinafter cited as Jones, Vital Statistics of Chichester); and Thomas Allen Perkins, Jacob Perkins of Wells, Maine and His Descendants, 1583-1936 (Haverhill, Massachusetts: Record Publishing Company, 1947), 91 (hereinafter cited as Perkins, Jacob Perkins of Wells).

[22] Perkins, Jacob Perkins of Wells, 91; and Jones, Vital Statistics of Chichester, 127.

[23] Jones, Vital Statistics of Chichester,127.

[24] Perkins, Jacob Perkins of Wells, 91; and Jones, Vital Statistics of Chichester, 65.

[25] Perkins, Jacob Perkins of Wells, 91.

[26] Jones, Vital Statistics of Chichester, 127; and Perkins, Jacob Perkins of Wells.

[27] Jones, Vital Statistics of Chichester, 127.

[28] Annual report of the Financial Affairs of the Town of Loudon (Town of Loudon, The Town of Loudon, Concord, N.H., 1907), 36; and Tombstone of William Jenkins and Joanna B, his wife,; & Mary H., Louise J., and Etta C. Mount Hope Cemetery, Loudon Village, New Hampshire behind the First Congregational Church, viewed and photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger,  September, 1991

[29] Tombstone of William Jenkins and Joanna B, his wife,; & Mary H., Louise J., and Etta C. Mount Hope Cemetery, Loudon Village, New Hampshire behind the First Congregational Church, viewed and photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger,  September, 1991

[30] Tombstone of William Jenkins and Joanna B, his wife,; & Mary H., Louise J., and Etta C. Mount Hope Cemetery, Loudon Village, New Hampshire behind the First Congregational Church, viewed and photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger,  September, 1991

[31] Town Clerk of Gilmanton, New Hampshire, Gilmanton, NH, Town Records; FHL microfilm #0,015,146.

[32] Annual report of the Financial Affairs of the Town of Loudon (Town of Loudon, The Town of Loudon, Concord, N.H., 1907), 36; and Tombstone of William Jenkins and Joanna B, his wife,; & Mary H., Louise J., and Etta C. Mount Hope Cemetery, Loudon Village, New Hampshire behind the First Congregational Church, viewed and photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger,  September, 1991

[33] Tombstone of William Jenkins and Joanna B, his wife,; & Mary H., Louise J., and Etta C. Mount Hope Cemetery, Loudon Village, New Hampshire behind the First Congregational Church, viewed and photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger,  September, 1991

[34] Tombstone of William Jenkins and Joanna B, his wife,; & Mary H., Louise J., and Etta C. Mount Hope Cemetery, Loudon Village, New Hampshire behind the First Congregational Church, viewed and photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger,  September, 1991

[35] New Ipswich, Town Records, Vital Records, 1750-1800: 175, New Ipswich Town Clerk’s Office, visited August 1982; 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), 272 (hereinafter cited as Chandler, History of New Ipswich); and Charles Edward Potter, Genealogies of Some Old Families of Concord, Mass. and Their Descendants in Part to the Present Generation (Boston: Alfred Mudge & Son, Printers, 1887), 59 (hereinafter cited as Potter, Genealogies of Some Old Families of Concord).

[36] Death Certificate of Hermon Brown, dated 1876, Volume 285: 430, Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Department of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts.

[37] Cemetery Inscriptions, New Ipswich, New Hampshire (n.p.: Typescript, n.d.), 37; manuscript located at the New Hampshire Historical Society.

[38] William Prescott, M.D., The Prescott Memorial: Or a Genealogical Memoir of the Prescott Families in America (Boston: Henry W. Dutton & Son, 1870), 120 (hereinafter cited as Prescott, Prescott Memorial); and Chandler, History of New Ipswich, 275.

[39] Prescott, Prescott Memorial, 120; Potter, Genealogies of Some Old Families of Concord, 94; and Concord, Massachusetts, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635-1850 (1891 photocopy, Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Society, 1986), 264.

[40] Death Certificate of Sopronia Brown, dated 31 December 1894, Volume 446: 89, Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Department of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts.

[41] Cemetery Inscriptions, New Ipswich, New Hampshire (n.p.: Typescript, n.d.), 37; manuscript located at the New Hampshire Historical Society.

[42] James Otis Lyford, History of the Town of Canterbury, New Hampshire, 1727-1912, 2 volumes (Concord, N.H.: The Rumford Press, 1912), II: 156 (hereinafter cited as Lyford, History of Canterbury).

[43] Tombstone inscription for Eliphalet Gale, Smith Meetinghouse Cemetery (Route 107 to Smith Meetinghouse Road, part of which is a dirt road), Gilmanton, Belknap County, New Hampshire.

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

[45] Vital Records of Methuen, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849 (Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Mass., 1909), 84; and James Otis Lyford, History of the Town of Canterbury, New Hampshire, 1727-1912, 2 volumes (Concord, N.H.: The Rumford Press, 1912), II: 242.

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

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May 04

Wordless Wednesday

Sarah Thorndike, Chuck Thorndike, and Linda Woodward, Meredith, N.H., 1952

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Apr 20

Restaurants – week 16: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Our challenge this week is to discuss restaurants of our childhood. You know, that’s hard to do when your family very rarely went to a restaurant. When we lived in Loudon (until I was about 6 & 1/2) there were no restaurants around and excursions into the thriving city of Concord were few and far between. We moved west to Walpole about 1947. Again, the village did not have much to offer in the way of restaurants, even if my folks had been able to find the money to splurge. In a way we frequently ate when the weather was pleasant. Mom packed a terrific picnic! I remember items were packed in bowls or pyrex baking dishes and pitchers and then wrapped in layers and layers of newspapers to keep the food warm or cold depending on the need.

Excursions to the a dairy for ice-cream was a grand treat. When we were in Loudon, we drove to Laconia to Week’s Dairy Bar. Delightful home-made ice cream in many varieties. When we were in Walpole, the family would drive into Keene to McKenzie’s Dairy Bar. That was a unique experience because the dairy bar was attached to a special barn that had plate glass windows. In the early evening, we could have our ice cream and watch the cows being milked with special high tech equipment. What fun!

As an adult I always enjoy the Red Mill in Westminster and the Old Mill in Sudbury, Massachusetts. I’ve never found a wonderful spot in the Atlanta area—well, Baby Does, but that place closed over ten years ago.

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Feb 25

Newspaper Clippings

Don’t you just hate it when you find newspaper clippings that contain no documentation, e.g., no date and the paper is not named. My family is notorious for clipping and snipping, but not telling. Clues for approximate dates (at least a year or range of years) sometimes can be found. The accompanying clipping describes a Woodward family reunion in Milford, N.H. I know the reunion took place after 24 May 1952 when my younger sister was born because although her name is miss-spelled (Gail not Gale) and the hosts were Robert and Kathy Smith. Kathy had been in the foster care of my grandmother and grandfather and was always very much a part of the family. I expect the reunion occurred about 1953.

Originally published in Anamnesis

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