Category Archive: Brown Family

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 23

52 Ancestors: #8 Alice Margaret Brown

Alice M.B. Perkins, 1972

Alice M.B. Perkins, 1972

Nana Perkins was a big influence in my life. While we were growing up, my twin brother and I spent a lot of time at her home next to the Grange Hall in Loudon, New Hampshire. We never knew our grandfather Perkins—he died before we were born.

For many years she was the Loudon town clerk and local correspondent for the Concord Monitor, the weekly newspapers published in Pittsfield and Laconia. I recall her using a rickety old typewriter to record the town events such as vital records, fishing and hunting licenses, etc.

Nana Perkins was a big Red Sox fan, but listened to any game she could on her radio (before she owned a television set). Because her home was always open (I don’t recall that a door was every locked) to villagers, friends, and relatives, she occasionally felt a need to escape so no one would disturb her when an important baseball game was underway. When that happened, she put my brother and I in her car and drove us to a cemetery in a neighboring town. Once at the cemetery she’d ask Peter and I to get out of the car to play while she listened to the game on the car radio.

Following WWII our family moved in for a couple of years before my Dad got a job as a NH State Trooper and was transferred to the the Keene area. Peter and I started school in Loudon, we would walk up Main Street (now called South Village Road) in the village, past the library and over the Soucook River bridge and then up School Street to the one room school house.

It was Nana Perkins who originally got me involved in family history. She gave me a couple of town genealogy books that had belonged to her father and it wasn’t long before I was hooked. I think, however, my early days playing in cemeteries helped nudge me that in direction as well.

1952_LindaNana Perkins enjoyed using a needle and thread. She was always mending or piecing a quilt. It was Nana Perk who taught me to sew clothes. I remember sitting at her old Singer treadle machine when I was about ten years old making my very first outfit—a pair of shorts and halter-top made of printed blue cotton [see image at right].

1975_GrangeThe Grange was always a part of Nana’s life. She regularly attending meeting of the Grange in Loudon. In the image to the left she is pictured receiving a special award. That was in 1975 when she was 89 years old.

When we were young, she saw to it that Peter and I became members of the Juvenile Grange and when my family moved from Loudon to Walpole about 1947, members of the Juvenile Grange gave us a “Going Away” party complete with several Golden books.

Alice Margaret Brown was the youngest of four children born to Alfred H. and Margaret (Gale) Brown. She and her three siblings, Josephine, Fred, and Mary grew up in Canterbury, New Hampshire. Their family home was called The Maples. The images below show the house and barn about 1991.

TheMaples_02

The Maples

TheMaples_05

Barn attached to the “El” of The Maples

Oh, how I wish I had recorded the many stories she told me about her childhood.

Following her graduation from high school (I believe she attended the Keyser School in Canterbury, Alice taught school in Loudon where she roomed with the John Butters Perkins family. John’s son, Homer, and Alice were wed in Chester, N.H. by Albert E. Hall, on the 8th of April 1908. The couple resided in Loudon and had two daughters, Helen and Josephine.

 

 

Perkins-Brown_mar02Nana moved to Keene, N.H. in 1964 to live with her daughter Helen. When Helen passed in 1976, my Mom moved in to the cottage on Boston Place until Nana decided it was time she moved into a senior residence. Nana Perkins died in Westmoreland, New Hampshire, 4 Jun 1984, at the age of 97.

I really miss her even though she’s been gone so many years.

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Dec 23

Bible of Alfred H Brown

Bible belonging to Alfred H. BrownThe Sunday School Class taught by Alfred H. Brown presented him with a Bible. Unfortunately, a date of publication has not been located.

The family records are sparse containing marriage and birth information for Alfred H. Brown and Miss Lizzie Gale and the birth dates fo their four children. The Bible also presented the opportunity for place of sixteen photographs, but only twelve have survived. It would be logical for the images to be those of family and close relatives. None of the images carry identification. Could some of the individuals be members of the Sunday School class?

I present you scans of the pages and will hope that someone will be able to identify some of the people.

Bible belonging to Alfred H. Brown

Bible belonging to Alfred H. Brown

 

Bible belonging to Alfred H. Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bible belonging to Alfred H. Brown

Bible belonging to Alfred H. Brown

 

Bible belonging to Alfred H. Brown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bible is in the possession of Linda Geiger, Big Canoe, Georgia.

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May 08

Postcard from 1886 Acknowledges Birth

Alice Margaret Brown was born in Canterbury, New Hampshire, 20 February 1886, to Alfred Hermon and Margaret Elizabeth (Gale) Brown. My sister recently found the postcard scanned for display here among some old papers of Nana Perkins (AM Brown). Although she is not named, the card obviously is in reference to her birthday three days prior to the date on the postmark of the postcard.

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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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Aug 03

Wordless Wednesday: Mary Prescott Brown, 1893

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