I have BIG plans for 2014, including new blogs about the importance of citations of resources; the resolution of one of the “roadblocks” I encountered in 2013 and announcing the new members of the family line. I will continue to post photographs, family recipes and little Vignettes of Life.
May you all have a Happy Healthy New Year. Keep warm and safe.
I was surprised that when I “Google” Andrew Jackson’s visit to New Hampshire, I received mainly links to the historical marker about his visit. There was a link to a well written article about his visit to Lowell, Massachusetts. I finally found a small tidbit on the visit in a book from the Federal Writer’s Project called “New Hampshire: A guide to the Granite State,” on page 463 regarding the chapter titled Tour 15 from Concord to Fitzburgh. It seems that Hillsbourgh Historical Band was invited to play for President Jackson in Concord, New Hampshire. They enthusiastically traveled by wagons to Concord.
The book reads: “They traveled by wagons to Concord, gay in their uniforms of gray coats with bell buttons, black leather caps with plumes, and white pants. Reaching Concord at night, they struck up a lively tune and awoke General Pierce, who stormed and raved because they had disturbed his guest. President Jackson then laughed and invited them to a feast.”
I post this in honor of the 180th anniversary of President Andrew Jackson’s visit to New Hampshire on this coming Saturday 29 June 2013.
Here lies buried the first and only settlers of Dixville until 1865. John
Whittemore and his wife Betsey. Dixville had been granted to Colonel Timothy Dix
in 1805 on the condition that thirty settlers be established here within five years.
Colonel Dix died in the War of 1812. the town was taken over by Daniel Webster,
a sponsor of Colonel Dix.
After the Whittemore’s arrived in 1812 they endured extreme privations for
three years. A road through the notch was opened, but not during the winter,
causing them to be isolated. In December 1815 Betsey died. Her husband was
obliged to keep her body frozen all winter before he could bury it. Following
her death John moved to Colebrook where he lived until his death in 1846.
He was laid to rest here by his wife’s side.
New Hampshire State Parks
Landmarks can be found anywhere, including the middle of a hiking trail in the Great North Woods of New Hampshire. When I look at this photo now, I think of what it can offer me from a genealogical point of view. When taken I just thought how interesting that someone actually lived in this remote area. They survived the winter’s blistering winds, blinding snowstorms, bone freezing ice and nature’s creatures that prowl those woods day and night. They enjoyed the summer time refreshing breeze, breathtaking panoramic views and the comforting birdsong filled days.
Please take a moment to read the local landmark you walk or drive by daily. It will offer you an insight into the life of your community in year past; maybe even a glimpse into your family ancestors. If nothing else it will provide you with a tidbit of history.
I am keeping with the Sutton, New Hampshire theme during this week of remembering those who have served our nation in military and public service. John Sargent Pillsbury was born in Sutton 29 July 1827 to John Pillsbury and Susanna Wadleigh.
This land marker is located on the common in the historic district of Sutton, Merrimack, New Hampshire Route 114. The house he was born in is nearby. So this is were flour and granite mix. The puritan work ethic and determination of the Granite State travels to the mid-west establishing a milling company that is still providing flour to our nation’s family.
The family telling is he is related to us. Although I have found the Sargent name in our lineage, I have not found the link to the Pillsbury name. An Elizabeth Sargent, aka Betsey, aka Eliza, is listed as wife of Jacob Chase and mother of Alonzo Chase my ancestor. I recently found a letter in the file from the Warner Historical Society stating that Alonzo was adopted. I have found no family connections for Elizabeth prior to the notation of marriage to Jacob. This is my brick wall that I intent to use the Evidentia program to work to prove or disprove this claim. Stay turned for future post on my progress of solving this mystery.