Monthly Archive: June 2014

Jun 07

52 Ancestors: #21 The House in Loudon Village

While growing up, my twin brother and I spent a lot of time at the home of our grandmother Perkins in Loudon Village. We never knew our grandfather Perkins—he died before we were born. I can attest to the fact that he was an active real estate dealer as I have many of his original deeds and because Nana Perkins told me that he would purchase a house, she’d turn it into a home, he’d sell the home, and the cycle would begin all over again. When I asked her why he’d not sold the present house that she’d lived in for years, she told me that when he put the “For Sale” sign in the front yard, she yanked the sign out of the ground. He got the message.

The acreage on which the house sat was above the roadbed by several feet. In addition to the house there was a large garage with attached shed and a separate hen house (rarely occupied). The shingled house stood on the island formed by the semi-circular dirt drive around the house.

The house had seven rooms (four down and three up) with an attached shed area that contained an additional three rooms of non-living space. The back door of the house opened into the first shed area where the laundry apparatus and icebox were located. My first memories are of the galvanized tubs and washboards that were used to do the family laundry. A big electric washtub with agitator and attached wringer comprised of two wooden rollers later replaced these laundry tools. Mr. Rogers and his team hauling huge blocks of ice stopped twice a week to refurbish the ice in the icebox. A truck with wooden bed later replaced the team of horses and the wagon. The other parts of the attached shed where used for storage.

The best food ever was cooked on the wood stove in the kitchen—when I close my eyes I can see and almost smell the aroma from those beautiful fruit pies. Other furnishings in the kitchen were a corner cupboard, a Hoosier cabinet, a large table with lots of chairs and a rocking chair. And, oh yes, there was a contraption that was connected to the stove that served as a water heater. Water from this would be used to wash the dishes in the long soap sink in the pantry located between the kitchen and the dinning room.

One of the two front rooms was used as a sitting room and the second as an office. The latter contained a big desk with rickety old typewriter. Nana Perkins served as the elected town clerk for the town of Loudon for many years and this room served as the Town Clerk’s Office. Nana was, also, a local correspondent for the Concord Monitor, and the weekly newspapers published in Pittsfield and Laconia. It seemed like that old typewriter was continually clattering. 1952_LindaThis was also the room where Nana Perkins taught me to sew. 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 constructed from a blue calico print.

The house in the village will always bring me wonderful memories and happy smiles.

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Jun 04

52 Ancestors: #20 Cabinet Cards, Grace Maude & Ella Gertrude Brown

I continue to be amazed at the number of cabinet card images that were produced by the Brown family who eventually settled in New Ipswich, New Hampshire. Many of the families are written up in Chandler’s History of New Hampshire and/or Lyford’s History of the Town of Canterbury, books in my possession that belonged to previous generations.

Gertrude Brown

Gertrude Brown

Grace M. Brown

Grace M. Brown

In this post I’ll feature images of two sisters, daughters of Joseph Brown (son of my 2nd great grandparents, Herman and Sophronia (Prescott) Brown. Joseph Aaron Brown was born 8 May, 1831, probably in New Ipswich, New Hampshire, and died 13 July 1908 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Joseph A. married Lucy Davis, 8 February 1854, and the couple had six known children. [1] On the 2nd of June 1860, the family was enumerated in the 6th ward of Nashua, New Hampshire, where Joseph was described as a “pedlar.” [2] The family was still in 6th Ward of Nashua in 1870 where he was a dry goods peddler. He apparently did very well at his trade because he was enumerated with real estate valued at $3,500 and a personal estate valued at $1,000. [3]. By 1880, Lucy had passed away and Joseph had moved to Manchester where he was a stable keeper at 197 Lowell Street. [4] In 1900, Joseph was residing South Beech Street in the 10th Ward of Manchester.[5]

Joseph’s two daughters were Ella Gertrude (called Gertrude), born 22 July 1860 in Nashua, and Grace M, born 10 May 1875 in Manchester.[6]

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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), II: 46.

[2]  1860 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Ward 6, Nashua, New Hampshire, page 167, dwelling 83, family 100; National Archives microfilm series M653, reel 673.

[3] 1870 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Ward 6, Nashua, New Hampshire, page 435, dwelling 259, family 403; National Archives microfilm series M593, reel 843.

[4] 1880 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, Page 290, Enumeration District 135, dwelling 362, family 532; National Archives microfilm series T9, reel 763.

[5] 1900 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, Page 161, Enumeration District 114, dwelling 639, family 828; National Archives microfilm T623, reel 948.

[6] Lyford’s History of Canterbury, II: 49.

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Jun 04

52 Ancestors: #19 Cabinet Cards and Unknown Kin

The following four images were located among the effects of my late Grandmother, Alice M (Brown) Perkins, who died in 1983. There are multitudes of photographs of the Brown and Gale families, many identified, but I’ve never located any relating to the Perkins side of that marriage. Therefore, I’m very sure that these images relate the family of Alfred H. Brown (1838-1921) and his wife Margaret Elizabeth Gale (1851-1919) of Canterbury, New Hampshire. I’ll be delighted with any additional clues about these individuals.

Fig. 1 - Studio: Lewis, Hudson, Mass.

Fig. 1 – Lewis [Studio], Hudson, Mass.

Fig. 2 - Studio: Lewis, Hudson, Mass.

Fig. 2 – Lewis [Studio], Hudson, Mass.

Fig. 3 - Studio: F.F. Mettner, Photo Artist, 67 Mass. Street, Lawrence Kansas

Fig. 3 – Studio: F.F. Mettner, Photo Artist, 67 Mass. Street, Lawrence Kansas

Since both of the cabinet cards in Fig. 1 and Fig. 2 were produced by the Lewis [Studio], I expect that they may be husband and wife. I’m not aware of any kin residing in Hudon, Mass., but my2nd great grandmother, Sophronia (Prescott) Brow, widow of Herman Brown, died in Boxborough, Mass. which is relatively near Hudson.



Fig. 3 was created in Lawrence, Kansas, by F.F. Mettner.

According to Chandler’s History of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, 1735–1914 [1914]  states that John Stillman Brown, born 26 April 1806 in New Ipswich, NH, son of Aaron and Hannah (Brown) Brown (my third great grandparents). removed to Lawrence Kansas, about 1857, where he was a minister and farmer.  John S. Brown died in 1902, probably in Kansas. At least three of his four children also removed to Kansas.,

His sons, Charles Edward Brown and William Ripley Brown  Charles Edward Brown, son of John Stillman and Mary Ripley Brown. Charles Edward Brown was born 15 September 1842, and died 15 June 1880 in Lawrence, Kansas, where he was a farmer. His brother, William Ripley Brown had has moved to Kansas. William resided in Leavenworth, Kansas where he was a district judge, representative in Congress, and register of the U.S. Land Office.

Looking at the apparel of the gentleman in the photo, I’d be inclined to think that this is likely to be John Stillman Brown, but that is a guess, of course.

Fig. 4 was produced by the Gubelman Studio at 77 & 79 Montgomery Street, Jersey City.  This image has me totally stumped as I don’t know of any Brown or Gale family member residing in or near Jersey City.

Fig. 4 - Studio: Gubelman, Jersey City

Fig. 4 – Studio: Gubelman, Jersey City

The Wikipedia page illustrating timelines for cabinet cards may be very useful for dating the images.

All four of the images are mounted on heavy weight card stock, placing the image in the time frame from 1880 to 1890.

My work is cut out for me, but perhaps, just perhaps, one of the readers of this post will be able to assist in the identification of these four individuals.

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