The CALL and GREELEY Families of Boscawen, New Hampshire

Emma S. (Call) Greeley of Boscawen NH

Emma S. (Call) Greeley of Boscawen NH

Let is first be known that this is not a listing of all CALL and/or GREELEY Families in New Hampshire, nor even in the Boscawen NH area.  I happened to purchase three interesting photographs on Ebay–that of Levi Fellows Call, his wife Mary (McCoy) Call, and his sister, Emma S. (Call) Greeley.    To learn more about the people behind the faces, it meant researching the Call and Greeley families.  My focus was more on the New Hampshire CALL lineage.

It is interesting to note my discovery that I am related to the people pictured, albeit distantly through their [Mehetable and other] JACKMAN lines.

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New Hampshire Epitaph: Killed With An Axe By An Insane Brother

Tombstone of Gilman Spaulding, found in the Central Cemetery of New Ipswich, NH.  Photograph by Judy, originally posted on Find-A-Grave.  Used here with her written permission.

Tombstone of Gilman Spaulding, found in the Central Cemetery of New Ipswich, NH. Photograph by Judy Hohenadel, originally posted on Find-A-Grave. Used here with her written permission.

An epitaph on a stone located in Central Cemetery in New Ipswich, New Hampshire is succinctly understated:

“Mr. Gilman
Spaulding
was kill’d with an ax
by an insane Brother,
Sept. 19, 1842
AEt. 38.”

I was recently contacted about this by an email of John M. Poltrack. I became as curious as he was, and was determined to learn more. In September of 1842 several newspapers noted the event, all with the same oddly worded story.

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New Hampshire 1877: Disastrous Mardi Gras Transplant

Proclamation by the King of the Carnival, 1936, Boston Public Library, Print Department

Proclamation by the King of the Carnival, 1936, Boston Public Library, Print Department

The attempt to transplant the Old World ceremonies of Carnival and Mardi Gras to our northern soil has always proved disastrous. Southern cities have had considerable success in frolics of this kind, but as a rule such attempts elsewhere turned out a sad burlesque and there has been a feeling of relief when they were well over.

From the tone of the New York papers it seems that the “Yankee Carnival” there was not a success. The Herald speaks of the “gimcrack day procession, a two mile funeral of show wagons and hand-bill throwing,” “the gingerbread night procession”; the World tells of the visit of King Carnival in “a somewhat heterogeneous fashion”; and the Times has a quite racy and funny account of the show under the head, “the festival of fools, inane stupidity and pageantry.” The great procession appears to have been a long line of advertising vans; or, as one paper expresses it, “a grand combination of dealers, an organized company of advertisers, who occupied the public streets, impeded travel, and nauseated passengers with clap-trap and vulgarity.”

May 22, 1877, Farmer’s Cabinet (Amherst NH), Vol 75, Issue 46, Page 2

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A New Hampshire Valentine Warning of 1850

00valentineST. VALENTINE’S–On Thursday, St. Valentine will hold his annual festival. Single ladies and gentlemen may expect the usual quantity of favors, while “the little god Cupid” acts as post-boy. Old bachelors should fortify their bosoms with an extra covering of linen, as the mischievous archer sometimes plays the dickens with tender breast-works.

Romantic girls should exercise caution in the distribution of their gilt-edged missives, or they may find love-lorn swains susceptible enough to admit the “soft impeachment.” Finally, ladies, one and all, look out for the males on the morn of Valentine; and if you get caught, avenge yourselves by lass-ooing the rogues who wish to entangle you.

From: February 12 1850; New-Hampshire Gazette (Portsmouth, NH) Vol XCVI, Issue 7, page 2.

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The Kangas Family: Finnish Immigrants to New Hampshire

William "Willie" Kangas and Elmi Kemppainen pose on 25 December 1896.

William “Willie” Kangas and Elmi Kemppainen pose on 25 December 1896.

Between 1890 and 1920 1,558 immigrants from Finland became New Hampshire residents. This fact is dwarfed by the statistics that show in the same time period that 44,420 of the immigrants were French Canadian, 14,890 were Irish, followed by those of Greek, Russian, Polish, Austrian, Swedish, German, Italian and Lithuanian origin.

Certain towns in New Hampshire seemed to be attractive to the Finnish immigrants, some being New Ipswich, Rindge, and Milford.

One couple peers out at me from their wedding photograph (on the back is inscribed “Mr. & Mrs. Wm Kangas just married 1896.”).  They were captured on film at Desclos Bros in Manchester, New Hampshire. Continue reading

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