Guide to the Page Family Business Records, 1823-1935

Collection number: MC 329
Size: (1 box) (0.33 cu.ft.)

About the Page Family of Gilmanton

The Page family was a relatively well-off family from Gilmanton Ironworks, NH. Members consisted of Moses Page (1791-1862) and his wife Dorothy S. Sanborn (1790-1872). Their son was John Sherburne Page (1825-1891), who married Sarah T. Smith (1828-1893, dau. of Josiah Smith & unknown) at Barnstead on 27 April 1851. John and Sarah had at least three children: George E. Page (1854-1931), Charles Frank Page/Frank Charles Page (1857-1953), and Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Page (1864-?). Other family members mentioned in passing include Benjamin Greely Page (1835-1878), Jabez Page (1786-1851), John Page's brother Dixi/Dexey Crosby Page (1827-1914) and his wife Cyrena Gilman (Webster) Page (1834-1910), John W. Page (?-?), Moses E. Page 3rd. (?-?), Peasley Page (?-?), and Samuel Smith (?-?).

About the Page Family Business Records (1823-1935)

The Page family's papers consist of correspondence, promisory notes, tax slips, many records of financial relief administered to local women by the town, undertaker's vouchers, town meeting notes, church census records, insurance contracts, tax collection records, and the like. They provide a fairly comprehensive picture of the life and circumstances of the population of Gilmanton and surrounding areas, especially during the 1850s-1870s when John Page served as tax collector.

Many local family names are represented, including: Adams, Cate, Dow, Dudley, Eastman, Flanders, French, Gale, Gilman, Greeley, Hatch, Hinkley, Hubbard, Kelley, Lougee, Morrill, Newell, Nute, Osborn, Pratt, Rogers, Tufts, Wight, and Young.

Particular items of interest include:

  • 1862, 25 June: Last will and testiment of Moses Page
  • 1867: List of Gilmanton voters who are Republicans and Democrats
  • 1875: Contract releasing John Page from guardianship of Asa M. Flanders
  • Undated: Notes from Page's speeches as moderator of Gilmanton town meeting
  • Undated: Petitions and survays for a new road to be run through the town
  • Undated: List of all the members of the Congregational and 1st Baptist Society of Lower Gilmanton

There are also several vouchers from the local undertaker for the buriel of less well-off citizens in the town:

  • 1886, Jan. 25: Moses H. Peaselee
  • 1886, July 7: Mary K [illegible]
  • 1887, March 2: Charles Leonard Weeks
  • 1889, April 7: Eunice Fulsom/Folsom
  • 1889: July 28: Elizabeth French

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder Number], [Box Number], Page Family Business Records, 1823-1935, MC 329, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Purchase from Carman Valentino Rare Books, ca. 2016-2017.

Collection Arrangement

Collection was sorted chronologically during processing.

Collection Contents

Folder 1Papers, 1823-1848
Folder 2Papers, 1851-1859
Folder 3Moses Page's Will, dated 25 June 1862
Folder 4Papers, 1860-1869
Folder 5Tax book and other accounts, 1861-1865
Folder 6Tax Collection Book, 1864
Folder 6Papers, 1870-1879
Folder 8Tax List and Militia List, 1879
Folder 9Papers, 1880-1889
Folder 10Papers, 1890-1891
Folder 11Papers, 1919-1935
Folder 12Papers, undated
Folder 13Property Tax/Census List, undated


Ledgers & Receipts
Legal Papers