2020 New Hampshire Dairy Month

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection, The New York Public Library. “Cow and calf.” The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1839.

These days we have a great deal to ponder as our lives have changed dramatically during the past 3 months. Once our every day lives return closer to normal, we need to consider what is truly important in our lives in a broader sense.

According to Change.org, “fifty years ago New Hampshire had 850 dairy farms, today only 94 remain.” A combination of many factors including low milk prices, the increasing use of alternative (non-dairy) products which decreases demand have created a dairy crisis, and competition from out-of-state producers. Continue reading

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More Manchester New Hampshire World War I Heroes

For three years I have dedicated much of my time to researching New Hampshire heroes of WWI (heroes being a general term to include both women and men).  For Memorial Day 2020 I decided to follow up and try to discover a few more of these amazing heroes from Manchester whose deaths now bring the total of known WWI casualties to 140.  It should seem more important to us now, that the men mentioned below died during the influenza pandemic of 1918. Continue reading

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Additional New Hampshire WWI Heroes

This is an ongoing series of stories about the men and women of New Hampshire who laid down their lives for their country during World War One.  Whether they died in battle, or of various diseases contracted while in service, they deserve our respect, honor and to be remembered.

The following people were some who I recently researched. Memorial Day 2020 seemed to be the appropriate time to shine a light on them.

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New Hampshire Missing Places: Spring Valley Campground, near Lake Massabesic–Manchester

Photograph of Spring Valley Camp near Lake Massabesic, NH from The Union: Manchester N.H. Tuesday July 4, 1911, page 10

An intriguing story on the front page of a 1911 Manchester (New Hampshire) Union newspaper caught my eye. “Living Out At Spring Valley” boasted the headline, “Picturesque Camp Not Far From Lake Massabesic, Colony Increasing Yearly.”

There is, of course, a Spring Valley Brook that connects with Lake Massabesic somewhere around the picnic table area at Front Park, crossing the road and then weaving like a snake west and northwest, crossing Candia Road, splitting into two branches and continuing. In this same vicinity at Candia Road can be found Spring Valley Street. This is probably the general vicinity of the campground in my story. Continue reading

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New Hampshire Matrilineality and Mothers Day

J.W. Brown, this blog’s editor, spoofing over a witch’s brew. Her ancestors, of course, were not really witches at all. They were simply strong minded women, perhaps with healing talents, who had upset their neighbors, or had property or possessions that other wanted for themselves.

This year for Mother’s Day, I thought I’d try something different when it comes to story telling. I was looking at my personal matrilineality–the tracing of kinship through my female line. In some cultures people are identified through their “matriline” (or their mother’s family tree) rather than through the paternal line that I am used to in European and United States family research.  [See Matrilineality on for details of cultures who use matrilineality.]

My oldest female ancestor in the United States (in this direct line from my mother, to grandmother, great-grandmother etc.) is my 9th-great- grandmother, Jane, wife of Thomas Walford [Wilford, Wolford, Woolford] of England and Great Island, Portsmouth, New Hampshire (now New Castle). Continue reading

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