New Hampshire Tidbits: The First Settlers of Concord

Old print of Concord from Adventures of America, Internet Archive.

Originally this story was part of one entitled: “Concord New Hampshire: A Year of Celebration in 2015.” Upon review 5 years later, and hearing many message board comments promoting fake news, I’ve decided that this topic should have its own headline.

History is a mix of real events, personal opinion and mixed messages. We’ve all heard that quote that history is written by the victors. In actuality it goes much further than that. Somehow we think that it is only recently that fake news has appeared, and it was all perfect before now. How wrong could we be?  People talk about revisionist history as if it is a terrible thing–it is not always bad to review what happened with an unprejudiced eye.

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Surprising Discoveries with mtDNA

Charles Manning, Mary Manning, Addie (Ryan) Manning circa 1936. (My grandparents, and mother).

If my mother was alive, she’d be 101 today. So it seemed the perfect time to write about her, and the DNA that she shared with me–haplogroup K1a4a1b,. I know she would be surprised with the findings of my matrilineal (female line) search. But why? Well, my mom was most proud of being three-quarters Irish rather than being one-quarter English. Continue reading

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Newport New Hampshire’s Early Women Physicians: Freelove (Buell) Nettleton and Mabel (Nettleton) Buell

Pen and ink sketch of colonial woman with candle, man bowing. Library of Congress.

It is not unusual in American history for the story of remarkable women to be overlooked.  Thankfully the book, ” History of Cheshire and Sullivan Counties, New Hampshire” included mention of two women healers of Newport New Hampshire.  If they had been born one hundred years earlier, perhaps they would have been accused of witchcraft, for medicine was deemed to be the domain of men.

Editor’s Note: Freelove (Buell) Nettleton [Mrs. Jeremiah] was the great-great-aunt of Sarah Josepha (Buell) Hale, the “Mother of Thanksgiving.” [See BUELL Genealogy and story of Sarah J. (Buell) Hale].

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New Hampshire Tidbits: Drought History

Drought headline in Boston Herald Newspaper of January 1900.

A drought, such as the one in New Hampshire in 2020, is not a new thing for us. The Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics, Portsmouth NH of `10 October 1829 reported: “Drought–severe drought has lately prevailed in various parts of New England, New York, Pennsylvania &c.” Continue reading

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75 Years Ago: VJ (Victory over Japan) Day in New Hampshire

VJ Day Parade, Edward A. Sallenbach, lithographer, 1940-1950, Library of Congress

Japan surrendered to the Allies on 15 August 1945, but the formal signing of the “Japanese Instrument of Surrender” was on 2 September 1945 onboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. This action officially ended World War II.

My uncle, Lieut. Col. Robert J. Manning was a bomber pilot stationed on the island of Ie Shima, when the Japanese diplomatic delegation, on their way to meet with Gen. MacArthur and sign the surrender terms, stopped there on August 19, 1945. He took a photograph of their plane.  If you thought August 15th was VJ day, it is sort of. Many Americans celebrate August 14 as V-J Day, as this is when it is observed in Europe. Continue reading

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