New Hampshire Thankfully


Wedding Day  3 July 1953
Wedding Day 3 July 1953

Thanksgiving is fast approaching. It is a time of year when we want to give thanks for what we have. I decided that I would post about my ancestors. I would not be here if they did not have the stamina and courage to voyage across the great wilderness known as the Atlantic Ocean during the Great Migration. The Great migration is the time from 1630 to 1640, when due to political and religious beliefs many from England decided that the New World would be a place to practice those beliefs. Isaac Stearns (Watertown), Robert Fletcher (Concord), Aquila chase (Newburyport), and Thomas Nelson (Rowley) was my ancestors that made that decision. They were tailor, surveyor, seaman and entrepreneurs by trade. They did not stop their migration in the Massachusetts Bay Colony but continued to advance into the wilderness of New Hampshire. Their large families of eleven to fourteen members needed room to grow and have land of their own. Like most children you don’t always hold the same beliefs of their parents; some even removed themselves so they could practice their choice of religion, have their own farm or craft, or simply live life away from the strong political tyrants of the day.


In my research to date my ancestors we proprietors or early settlers of New Hampshire towns such as Merrimack, Amherst, Litchfield, Goffstown, Bedford, Weare, Sutton, New London and Hampton.


Travelling the back roads of New Hampshire has given me a small glimpse into what the wilderness was like for them. No electricity, no ready cut timber, no tap water or a modern day water closet. They had to bring what they could carry with them, build it from what nature provided or do without.  I am Thankful for all they did to survive and create New Hampshire towns. I feel that the Shaw’s Brother Song, New Hampshire Naturally best describes how I feel about my native state. It is my favorite of the nine New Hampshire State songs. I have provided links to my photographic tribute to New Hampshire and the Shaw’s Brothers song. My limited computer skill didn’t allow me to combine them together into one video. I did create a windows media version which I could not figure out how to save and upload to this post.

New Hampshire Naturally by Rick and Ron Shaw; Words for the song were found on the State Symbols USA website,

New Hampshire Naturally by Rick and Ron Shaw  found on You Tube.

June Stearns Butka Photographic tribute, presented by Photoshop Gallery


New Hampshire Naturally by Rick and Ron Shaw

Verse 1:

There’s a place I know

Where the purple lilacs grow

And the sparkling rivers rush down to the seas;

Where snow-capped mountains rise

High into the clear blue sky

And the seasons come and go naturally.



Oh, New Hampshire.

New Hampshire is where I want to be.

Oh, New Hampshire is where I want to be.

Oh, New Hampshire.

I love New Hampshire naturally.


Verse 2:

Oh, I love her in the spring

When the birds begin to sing;

In the winter and the good old summertime;

But I think it’s in the fall

That I love her most of all,

New Hampshire is always somewhere on my mind.


Verse 3:

As I sail upon a breeze,

Feel the earth beneath my skis,

Paddle down a stream or cast a fly;

Wander through a village square,

Breathe the cool, clean mountain air,

I know how it feels to be New Hampshire high.

Source: New Hampshire State Library, Concord, New  Hampshire


The third verse on the You tube video is:

As I sail upon a breeze,

Hike among the towering trees

Paddle down a stream or cast a fly;

See the first rays of the sun shinning on Mt Washington

I know how it feels to be New Hampshire high.


Happy Thanksgiving to one and all. May you take a moment at your Thanksgiving gatherings to remember all who went before us. How hard they worked to provide a future their families then and now.  Be safe.


Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that the nation can live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But it a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who have fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us-that from those honored dead we take increased devotion to tht cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion-that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not parish from the earth.

Posted in honor of all who served in remembrance of 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania