New Hampshire Diaries

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    Matthew Harvey Watson (2 June 1891 Sutton NH - 7 March 1970 Taftsville VT) was the son of James Harvey Watson (1847-1899) and Emma Wheeler (1857-1942). He married Addie Mae Rogers (ca. 1897 Vermont - ?) in 1915; they had two children. The two volumes of Watson's diary cover the years 1922-1925 when…
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    Elizabeth Jewett (1822-1908) was the daughter of Ahimaaz Jewett and Eliza Scott of Peterborough NH. She married first Samuel C. Clement (d. 1846) in 1845, and second William B. Hale of Savannah Georgia and Upton, MA. Elizabeth was a school teacher, highly literate and a world traveler. The…
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    The Stevens family of Meredith, New Hampshire consisted of Ebenezer Stevens (1810-1901), his first Therina P. Osgood (1811-1845) and their three children, and his second wife Cassandra Swansey (1818-1901) and their daughter Alice Swansey Stevens (1849…
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    Roy Tebbetts/Tibbitts Foss (30 May 1875 Gonic NH - 7 March 1914 Exeter NH) was the son of Samuel Drew Foss (1845-1916) and Emma S. (Foss) Foss (1853-1907). He married Harriet Josephine Hattie Fernald (1882-1972)in 1907. Their children were Mary Emma (…
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    Warren Brown (1836-1919) of Hampton Falls, NH married Sarah Gertrude Norris (1841-1917) in 1867. Their children were Norris Brown (1868-1869), Harry Benson Brown (1870-1903), Arthur Warren Brown (1873-1960), Gertrude Norris Brown (1878-1896), and…
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    The probable author of this diary was farmer Maximillian Jewett Webber (1808-1873) of Boscawen, N.H. He married Clarissa J. Sweat/Swett (1811-1882) in 1831; their son was born in 1839. This assumption relies on the number of family members in the diary and the farm's proximity to that of Farnum […
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    Charles C. Marshall (1844 Sutton NH-1927 Boscawen NH) was the son of William H. Marshall (1811-1877) and Mary Gould Hart (1817-1903). He was the third of nine children. He enlisted as a Private in Company H of the 1st Regiment of the New Hampshire Volunteer Calvery on 29 July 1864 and was mustered…
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    Susie L. Brown (b. Jan. 14 1824) was a young, unmarried woman working as a school teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in Kensington NH in 1875-1876. She is not named in the census records of the time, but her most likely parents are John Brown Sr. (1779…
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    Thomas Jewett Chesley (1869-1967) was born in Hutchinson, MN. His father James had traveled west with the Manifest Destiny Movement, but when the elder Chesley was murdered in 1881, Thomas's mother Frances Tasker brought the family back to New…
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    Mary Helson (1845-1896) and Irvin Folsom (1841-1917) owned a small farm in Raymond, N.H. They were married in 1865 in Epping N.H.; their three children were Maud Eliza (1867-1942), Nellie Allen (1870-after 1910), and Frank (1876-1976). They made their living growing, saving, and selling seed as…
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    George Frank C. Andrews was born in New Boston, NH in 1844, son of Issachar Andrews and Elizabeth L. Lull. He enlisted on September 17, 1862 at age 18. He served in Company G of the 16th New Hampshire regiment until his discharge on August 20, 1863. He died at home in New Boston two weeks later on…
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    Diaries and papers from farmer John Asher Brown (1820-1910) and his son Alvah Leroy Brown (1842-1924) of Loudon, Merrimack County, N.H. Detailed accounts of 43 years of a family's life, including farming practices, accounting, family deaths, visits,…
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    The Osborne Family of Weare, NH were farmers, teachers, and members of Weare Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Three generations are represented: Samuel Osborne Sr. (1789-1858), Lindley H. Osborne (1833-1920), and Charles…
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    Solon Burpee Sargent (New London NH 1861- Franklin NH 19??) was a granite/cutter and carver. After working in various odd jobs as a laborer and stone cutter, he settled down in Franklin/Tilton NH around 1894 and became both a dealer and a carver of…
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    Milne Special Collections is located at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, USA. The New Hampshire Diary Collection consists of approximately 40 diaries from men and women writing between 1856-1951. Predomenant subjects include farming,…
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    Eliza Ann Dutton was born on August 6, 1850 in Milford, New Hampshire, and died 1927. This is a diary of her activites during 1868, her 18th year.
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    Nancy Amelia Woodbury Priest was born in Winchendon, Massachusetts in December 1836 to Francis and Sophia Priest. In September of 1870, Nancy contracted typhoid fever and died. This diary was written over the course of the seven months between January and July…
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    Lydia Smith Hall (1819-1891) was born in Auburn, N.H. She married John B. Hall (1802-1867), a farmer from Barrington, New Hampshire, in 1853. The couple had at least six children, though by 1880, at least two had died. They lived and attended church…
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    Rice Rowell Whittier (1817–1897) was a deeply religious Free Baptist Elder, subscription agent, and missionary from Deerfield Centre, New Hampshire. During the years covered in the diaries Whittier lived in Greenwood, Illinois, 1862–1870, New Orleans…
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    The Dowst family lived in Allenstown, near Manchester, New Hampshire. They included various generations of men named Henry Dowst (beginning in 1784) and Frank Dowst (-1905). Contents of this collection were kept by the men of the family. The…
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    Susan A.W. Joslin (1792-1875) of Keene, N.H. was the daughter of David Joslin and Rebecca Richardson of Stoddard, NH. The diary has entries for each day of the year 1853 and talks about many local things – the machine shop, the wire factory, the paper…
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    A Hopkinton, New Hampshire farmer originally from Sudbury, Massachusetts, Brown was a Quaker horticulturalist. He moved to Hopkinton before the Revolution and became a successful farmer who gave special attention to his fruit stock. He had extensive apple orchards as well as plum and peach trees.…
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    Martin V. B. Tewkesbury (1834-1900) of Danville, New Hampshire was primarily a farmer who grew potatoes, corn, and wheat, and also raised sheep and pigs. He supplemented his income by means of a saw and cider mill which were constantly in use…
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    John W. F. Locke was born on October 13, 1838 in Barnstead, New Hampshire to Eliphalet and Sally Locke. When the Civil War began he was unable to join the New Hampshire Volunteers because he suffered from asthma. According to his diary entries, he…
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    George H. Lang was born June 6, 1827 in Rye, N.H. He served in the 17th regiment of Massachusetts, Company D. He was a farmer. He died July 12, 1901. The George H. Lang Diary consists of copies of the diary spanning the years 1871-1901…
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    Joseph Foster was a colonial MA ship captain who served in the American Revolution. Lyman Spauling was a doctor in Portsmouth around the same time. Their families (including Elizabeth Coues, Adelade Spaulding, and Joseph Foster III) intermarried over…
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    City Treasurer, Laconia, N.H. and Manager, Laconia National Bank. A daily accounting of local political business, as well as details about the weather and Dinsmoor’s private life.
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    Marietta was born in Sanbornton, N.H. Sept. 22, 1849 and was the daughter of Joseph and Sally Lougee. She married John Henry Brown on June 10, 1872 and lived in Bristol, N.H. He became a prominent Republican politician, was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1896, and served as a…
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    James Babb (1794-1853) was a general storeowner in Epsom, N.H. Diary of James Babb of Epsom, N.H. It details business matters, religious meetings, and his service as a member of the 2nd Battalion, 18th Regiment, N.H. militia. Babb also comments about…
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    This 50 page journal, primarily covering the years 1843-1844, contains entries on women’s rights and the works of the poet John Keats. In the back are genealogies of Eli Demerit(t) (1696) and Nathaniel Young (1794), suggesting that perhaps the author…
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    Ida M. Hatch was born in Gilford, N.H. in 1856 and for a number of years taught school there. She married Robert C. Morrill, a farmer, also of Gilford, on August 30, 1879. She gave birth to a daughter in January 1893 in her 37th year. Seven diaries for the years 1873, 1874, 1876, 1877, 1882, 1886…
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    Ellen Clarke, b. ca. 1852, was resident of Durham or Lee, N.H. Diary kept by thirteen year old Ellen Clarke. She mentions her family, local affairs, and the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The diary also contains two stories written by Clarke.
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    Benjamin Doe (1791-1884), son of Ebenezar and Hannah Chesley Doe was a farmer and lifelong resident of Durham, N.H. He married Nancy M. Moore (1802-1887) and had two children, Philena and Olinthus. Doe served as Durham town moderator in 1836, as a…
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    Washington Harrison Hobbs (1840-1923), a lifelong resident of Hampton, New Hampshire, maintained a farm and ran a seasonal boarding house on the New Hampshire coast. Two leather-bound manuscript diaries (1872-1873), in which Hobbs describes the weather, his farming activities, and business at his…
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    William Graham was born in Chester, NH in 1776 and lived there his entire life. He served in various official positions for the town, was a prosperous landholder, and owned both a saw-mill and a grist-mill. Combination diary/account book of William Graham that details his day-to-day labor in mill…
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    Harriet Sophia Coe (1840-1916) was born in Lubec, Maine, married Joseph William Coe on December 2, 1861 and resided in Durham, New Hampshire. The collection consists of 17 diaries written between 1897 and 1916 by Harriet Sophia (Churchill) Coe. These…