Category Archive: Newspapers

Jul 30

12th Regiment Reunion, Gilmanton Iron Works, 25 Sep 1885

Life gets in the way sometimes – broken limbs with complications, getting ready for retirement, and embracing a Digital SLR camera complete with taking a series of continuing education classes through the University of North Georgia. Life is also taking me in another direction as I prepare for the expected full time company of my dear sister when she moves in with me sometime this fall. That preparation  is leading me to new discoveries.

All family historians need to de-clutter now and then and throughly go through there family files. I can almost guarantee that you’ll find some documents you’ve forgotten you ever had, some of which have never been analyzed for historical clues.Image of a man wearing a suit found in a clothing advertisement, W.D. Middleton Store, Laconia, New Hampshire, September 25, 1885.

This morning, I located a four page publication, The Haversack, published at Gilmanton Iron Works [New Hampshire] on the 25th of September 1885.

The first page contained details of the reunion of the 12th Regiment including the itinerary for the event—parade, address by Miss Cora R. Gale (one of my shirttail relatives), a grand campfire in the evening, etc. The great event also provided brief articles on the known members who had passed, as well as a list surviving comrades, including company, and community of residence. I don’t have any direct ancestors that served in the 12th Regiment, but the paper is an interesting read.

The image on the left is part of an advertisement for the line of clothing at the W.D. Middleton establishment in Laconia, New Hampshire.

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Dec 12

Is This My Jesse Woodward?

Could it be???? After years of searching for some mention of my Jesse Woodward after I last found him paying a poll tax in Springfield, NH, in 1806, I may have found him this morning while searching on Jesse was born 24 June 1774 in Plaistow, New Hampshire, son of Stephen Woodward and Hannah Clement[1] and married Bashabe Stevens in Springfield (Grafton, now Sullivan County), New Hampshire.

Bashaba Woodward of Salisbury, New Hampshire, purchased 1 acre of land from Kimball Woodward in Boscawen, NH, on 31 July 1837.[2] On the 30th of November 1866 she transferred by deed of gift to Ezekiel S. Davis  “in consideration of the kind attention and sample support of me by the said Ezekiel S. Davis since his intermarriage with my daughter, Diana A. Woodward.”[3] The indenture was between Bashaba Woodward of Lowell, Massachusetts, and Ezekiel Davis, also, of Lowell. Jesse’s name did not appear on any of these transactions, which made me think that he was either deceased or the marriage of the couple had gone sour and she’d left him.

Now that this 1832 death notice has been located, it would appear that Bashaba had become a widow at his passing in Springfield, New Hampshire.[4]

There were several Jesse Woodwards in New Hampshire that were recorded in a variety of federal censuses in New Hampshire prior to 1850. It is time I made a through study of those families.

Some family members thought that he had moved from Springfield, New Hampshire into Maine (perhaps Oldfield) where he probably died. In fact a couple of census records indicate, indirectly, that Jesse’s son, Daniel, was born in Maine.

New hypothesis will need to be developed and research in Springfield (Grafton County, now Sullivan County) will need to be investigated.

So much to do, so little time

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[1] Town Records of Plaistow, New Hampshire, 1736–1843, page. 401. Family History Library microfilm #15,281.

[2] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 53: 26. Register of Deeds, Concord, New Hampshire.

[3] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 83: 190; Family History Library microfilm #16,152.

[4] “Deaths,” New-Hampshire Patriot, Concord, New Hampshire, 26 November 1832. Viewed at, 12 December 2011.

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