A New Hampshire Oddity: Grafton’s “Ruggles Mine”

Ruggles Mine postcard from the 1960s.

Samuel Ruggles discovered mica in New Hampshire in 1803, while digging around in his field near the town of Grafton, Grafton County, NH. From such small beginnings arose the first commercial mica mine in the United States. Ruggles Mine is considered the nation’s oldest mica, feldspar and beryl mine.

Second view of Ruggles Mine taken in the 1960s when it was a tourist spot.

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**OWNERSHIP**
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The Ruggles Mine web site [at the time of the first writing of this story, now the web site is defunct] states that “It is not certain who owned the mine after the death of Sam Ruggles and for much of the rest of the nineteenth century.” Perhaps I can shed a little light on this.

**FINDING THE ELUSIVE FOUNDER: SAMUEL RUGGLES**
In the 1850 U.S. census, I found  the following:
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1850 United States Federal Census > New Hampshire > Grafton > Grafton
Martin Davis 23 M Farmer NH [see his story later below]
Lydia Davis 24 F NH
G.H. Ruggles 48 M Merchant 3000 MA [b abt 1802]
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Intrigued by finding a Ruggles living in Grafton, I went a step further and looked at the next census of ten years later.
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U.S. Census > 1860 United States Federal Census > Massachusetts > Suffolk > Boston Ward 4 [boarding in the Marlboro Hotel]
Geo. H. Ruggles 59 M Isinglass b. Mass
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The term, “Isinglass” jumped out at me.  No doubt this man was probably a relative or even a son of the famed Samuel Ruggles.  The initials of the Grafton man and the age were the same. Taking a look at the Boston MA records, I found:
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1863 Deaths City of Boston
George H. Ruggles of Roxbury MA, age 61, cong of lungs, merchant, single, b. Boston, son of Samuel & Elizabeth Ruggles.  Father b. Billerica, mother b. Haverhill.
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I’m sure I’ve found the correct Ruggles family.  And in addition, I’d learned that Samuel Ruggles of “Mine fame” was not a foreigner from England, but rather born nearby in Billerica MA.  Further research showed the death dates of both a Samuel and an Elizabeth Ruggles in Cambridge MA.

The family ancestry of George H. Ruggles can be found at the bottom of this article.  At any rate, by 1863 when George H. Ruggles died, the mine ownership passed on.  George was single and so he had no wife or children to inherit it.

According to the History of Grafton County NH, in 1886 George H. Randall was the superintendent of the mine, and indeed in the 1880 census, George H. Randall and wife Rebecca are living in Grafton, he being shown as “overseer of mine.”   In 1892 it was called the ‘Ruggles and Randall’ Mica Mine.  In fact George H. Randall was the grandson of Samuel Ruggles the original owner, through his daughter Sarah Ann, who married Henry Randall [see genealogy below].

The Ruggles Mine history page does a nice job of continuing with the history of ownership.  As of 2005, the owner of the mine was Gerry Searles.[Geraldine Deal Searles].

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**AN EARLY ACCIDENT**
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Salem Register, Salem MA, Thursday Oct 11, 1866 Page 2

A question from a reader prompted me to write about an accident that occurred in the mine in 1865.  A newspaper notice as follows reported:  Salem Register, Salem MA, Thursday Oct 11, 1866 Page 2. “FATAL ACCIDENT AT GRAFTON, N.H. On Thursday, Oct. 4th, Mr. Martin L. Davis, foreman of the Isinglass Co., was instantly killed by an explosion of a keg of powder, which had been put in to blast a seam. Mr. Hosea D. Barney and other workmen were injured. Mr. Barney had both eyes put out and was badly burned. Mr. Davis was 35 years old and leaves a wife and one child. Mr. Barney was a widower, about 30 years of age, and has two children depending upon him for supoort. The powder went off just as Mr. Davis Was seen to strike a drill into the seam and it is supposed there may have been an old fuse burning in the seam.

The man who died in the accident was Martin L. Davis, son of Samuel & Maria (Hadley) Davis, and grandson of Jeremiah Davis & Mary Blaisdel. [Editor’s note: and as it turns out Martin would be a distant cousin to me through his grandmother Mary Blaisdel, see relationship at the very end of this story]. Martin Davis was born 23 October 1825/26 at Grantham, Sullivan Co. NH.  He died 5 October 1866 at Grafton NH as the newspaper story states. His official cause of death was “Blown up at Isinglass Hill.”   He is buried in Wells Cemetery, Canaan, Grafton Co. NH.  In the 1850 U.S. Census, George H. Ruggles the mine owner lives in his household.  Martin Davis married Lydia “Liddie” Aldrich about 1855 and had a son Charles E. Davis [who was born Sept 1854 in Grafton NH and married 28 Aug 1875 in Bristol NH to Ella Jane George. Charles and Ella (George) Davis had a son Edwin Martin Davis b 13 Oct 1877 in Alexandria, NH. In 1942 Edwin M. Davis was single, living at the Hotel Roosevelt in St. Petersburg FL].

As for the second man, Hosea D. Barney was born 16 Nov 1833 at Grafton NH, son of Arad S. & Hannah (Prescott) Barney.  He died 16 April 1911 in Franklin NH, aged 77, and is buried in Grafton Center Cemetery.   Despite the severity of his injuries he appears to have mostly recovered and lived a fairly long life, marrying a 2nd time.  By 1900 he was living in Franklin NH and after his death his widow lived in Concord NH. He m1st) 27 May 1855 Manchester NH to Ann Eaton [children: Mira Ardell who m. Charles Dean and Mary E. who m. Herbert Rollins].  He married 2d) 12 Oct 1882 in Springfield NH to Esther Ann Crowley-Aldrich, dau of Patrick & Esther Crowley.

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**WHY MINE MICA?**
**THEN AND NOW**
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In 1803 mica was then widely used to make isenglass, [often incorrectly spelled isinglass, which is a gelatinous substance], a product which was very much in demand during the early 19th century, for lamp chimneys, stove windows, furnace viewing glass, and the like. I had an antique wood stove that I used in the 1970s that had one of these nifty isenglass windows.

In the early years of our country window pane glass was difficult to obtain, even if you could afford it, because it had to be shipped from Europe. Early settlers frequently greased paper, and used that on window openings.

And lets clear up a rumor about the mine…. colonial law indeed required that most if not all manufactured goods had to be imported. By 1803 when this mine was “discovered,” fear of this law had passed (following the American Revolution), and so there was no reason for the “find” to be kept secret, other than to insure that locals did not scavenge freely. Reportedly Samuel Ruggles “smuggled [the mica] through Portsmouth NH and into Boston where it was sold as imported goods.” [Makes for an interesting story, but the facts just don’t add up].  Another theory found on the Ruggles Mine web site talks about land claim issues.  We may never know the truth.

Although older uses of mica (such as for window panes) became a thing of the past, new uses for mica were soon discovered. By 1904 Mica was used as spacers and insulators in the diode vacuum tube, and in the triode of 1906. Since these were used in radios of the time, at the outbreak of World War I, mica was an important commodity. During World War II mica demand became even greater, but rapidly decreased in use with the development of solid-state electronics.

Today ground mica is used in the well drilling industry, the rubber industry, the plastics industry, and in the production of rolled roofing and asphalt shingles. High-quality scrap mica is used in the manufacturing of mica paper from which built-up plates are made for use as electrical insulation.

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**DESCRIPTION OF THE MINE***
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The mine itself is located in the northwestern part of the town of Grafton, in Grafton County, New Hampshire. Here is found a remarkable ledge, [in 1886] called the “Pinnacle.” On the south side the ground rises by a gradual ascent to the summit; but on the north side it rises nearly perpendicular over one hundred and fifty feet.

Drive to the top of Isinglass Mountain [in 1886 this was instead called “Glass Mountain“] over an access road off Route 4 and park on the summit plateau to see a lovely panoramic view, including Cardigan, Kearsarge and Ragged mountains. After a short walk past a museum of old mining equipment, you are in Pit A, a man-made canyon with walls of white quartz and feldspar.

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**FORMERLY OPEN TO VISITORS**
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Mica mining ended at Ruggles Mine in the late 1950s.  In the 1960s it became a tourist destination and during the “nice weather” months visitors enjoyed a geological and mining experience, exploring the open pit mine’s caverns and tunnels and hammering away at rocks in search of minerals.  Over 150 minerals occur here, including feldspar, beryl, mica, amethyst, rose and smoky quartz, tourmaline, and garnet.  You used to be able to rent hammers and buckets at the mine entrance, keeping whatever minerals you collect.  The mine’s uranium minerals are prized by collectors and museums throughout the world.

Other property owners were General Electric and later the makers of Bon Ami cleaners who used the feldspar deposits in their scouring powder.  In 2005 a 200-year-old ore cart was discovered while doing maintenance on one of the mineral slag piles. The was added to the museum’s history of the mine.

The mine closed as a tourist attraction in 2016. The 235-acre property was originally offered for sale for $2 million dollars then marked down to $900,000. By 2018 it was included as a property on the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance’s “Seven to Save” list. The State of New Hampshire is in the early stages of exploring whether to turn the mine area into a state park.

Janice


– VIDEO: Lets Visit Ruggles Mine
– VIDEO: Ruggles Mine
History of Ruggles Mine
Family of Ruggles, by Frances Cowles, 1912 –
Genealogy of Thomas Ruggles of Roxbury, 1637, to Thomas Ruggles of Romfret Connecticut , etc. (1896) –
Ancestral lineage of Major John Ruggles of Rutland, Vermont, whose ancestor was Thomas Ruggles, esquire of Sudbury, Suffolk, England, A.D. 1547 .. (1920) –
New England Pegmatites

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***RUGGLES FAMILY TREE***
[for more details see the Genealogy of Thomas Ruggles above]
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Thomas Ruggles, son of Thomas, b. abt 1584 in Sudbury, Suffolk England and d. 15 Nov 1644 in Roxbury, Suffolk Co MA. He died of consumption. He m. 1 Nov 1620 in Nazeing Essex England to Mary Curtis. The will of Thomas Ruggles stated: “Thomas Ruggles of Roxbury, Suffolk MA, 9/9/1644. To sonne John my lott weth lyeth behind the great pound contains my sixteene Acres more or lesse. To sonne Samuell, my lott butting vppon the left of Philip Eliot on the east & one Arthur Garis north–7 acres more or lesse. Also my land at Dedham, containing 12 acres more or lesse. Also my land at Dedham containing 12 acres more or lesse. To dau Sarah three pounds in such pay as my wife can best spare her at the age of one & twenty yeere. At decease of wife effects to be divided betweene my 3 children. — Thomas Ruggles
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Children of Thomas & Mary (Curtis) Ruggles:
1. Thomas, b. abt 1623 in England
2. John, b. abt 1625 in England
3. Sarah, b. 1628
4. +Samuel Ruggles, b. abt 1629

Samuel Ruggles, son of Thomas & Mary (Curtis) Ruggles, b. abt 1629 and d. 15 Aug 1692. Tavern keeper of the Flower de Luce Tavern in Roxbury MA, that stood on the north-east corner of Bartlett and Blanchard streets.  He m1) 10 Jan 1654/55 to Hannah Fowle. He m2nd) 26 May 1670 in Roxbury MA to Hannah Bright.
Children by first wife, Hannah Fowle:
1.Hannah Ruggles
2.Mary Ruggles
3. +Samuel Ruggles, b. 1 June 1658 in Roxbury MA
4. Joseph Ruggles
5. Hannah Ruggles
6. Sarah Ruggles
7. Mary Ruggles
8. infant
9. Sarah Ruggles
Children by 2nd wife:
10. Thomas Ruggles
11. Anna Ruggles
12. Elizabeth Ruggles
13. Henry Ruggles
14. Huldah Ruggles

Samuel Ruggles, son of Samuel & Hannah (Fowle) Ruggles, b. 1 June 1658 in Roxbury MA and d. 25 Feb 1715/16 in Roxbury MA. Selectman, rep of Roxbury MA, Capt of Roxbury Militia. He m. 8 July 1680 in Roxbury MA to Martha Woodbridge.
Children: 11 children including:
1. +Samuel Ruggles, b. 3 Dec 1681 in Roxbury MA
2. Lucy Ruggles
3. Huldah Ruggles
4. Timothy Ruggles
5. Hannah Ruggles
6. Patience Ruggles
7. Martha Ruggles
8. Sarah Ruggles
9. Joseph Ruggles
10. Mary Ruggles
11. Benjamin Ruggles

Samuel Ruggles, son of Samuel & Martha (Woodbridge) Ruggles, b. 3 Dec 1681 Roxbury MA, d. 1 March 1748/49 Billerica MA; m. 19 Dec 1710 Billerca MA to Elizabeth Whiting; m2) 18 Apr 1728 to Elizabeth Williams.
Children of Samuel & Elizabeth (Whiting) Ruggles:
1. Elizabeth
2. Samuel
3. Nathaniel
4. Elizabeth 2nd
5. Martha
6. Dorothy
7. Lucy
8. +Joseph Ruggles, b. 9 Jan 1725/26 Billerica MA
Children of Samuel & Elizabeth (Williams) Ruggles:
9. Nathaniel
10. John
11. Sarah
12. William

Joseph Ruggles, son of Samuel & Elizabeth (Whiting) Ruggles, b. 9 Jan 1725-26 at Billerica MA; m. 2 Nov 1749 in Sudbury MA to Sarah Rob(e)y [recorded several places including  Billerica MA]
Children of Joseph & Sarah (Robey) Ruggles:
1. Sarah Ruggles, b. 29 Sep 1750 Billerica
2. Samuel Ruggles, b. 7 June 1752 Billerica
3. Samuel Ruggles, b. 23 Aug 1753, d. 23 Aug 1753
4. Samuel Ruggles, b. 12 May 1754 Billerica, d. 9 May 1755
5. Sarah Ruggles, b. 20 Jan 1756 Billerica, d. 25 Jan 1754
6. Molly “Mary” Ruggles b 22 Jan 1757 Billerica  [m. Joseph Shed]
7. Joseph Ruggles b 4 Apr 1759 Billerica
8. Samuel Ruggles b 8 Apr 1761 Billerica, d. 7 May 1761
9. Sarah Ruggles b 27 Apr 1762
10. Elizabeth Ruggles, b 4 Feb 1764 Billerica, d. 19 Apr 1813
11.Anna Ruggles, b. 10 Feb 1766 Billerica
12.Martha Ruggles, b. 30 Apr 1768 Billerica
13.+Samuel Ruggles, b. 3 Aug 1770 Billerica
14. ?Matthew Ruggles, bap 8 Nov 1772 [as son of Joseph, no birth rec]
15. Lucy Ruggles, b. 26 Oct 1774 Billerica MA

Samuel Ruggles, son of Joseph & Sarah (Robey) Ruggles, b. 3 Aug 1770 in Billerica MA. He d. 27 May 1843 in Cambridge MA, ae 72 years. His wife Elizabeth d. 24 Dec 1841 ae 67 years. Samuel Ruggles probably married Elizabeth Haskell 29 March 1798 in Boston MA.  According to her son’s death certificate she was born in Haverhill MA.  This Samuel Ruggles is the founder of Ruggles Mine in Grafton, Grafton Co. NHThe 1820 directory of Boston MA shows his occupation as ‘grocer’ on Cambridge Street.  By 1832 Samuel’s sons George and Charles were shown running  the 89 Cambridge Street grocery, while Samuel was listed at his home on Blossom Street.
Children of Samuel & Elizabeth (Haskell) Ruggles: [may be other children]
1. Eliza R.P. Ruggles, b. 1800 in Boston MA; died 17 April 1866 Boston MA; m. Samuel S.  Lawrence.
2. George H. Ruggles, b. abt 1802 in MA. He died in 1863 in Roxbury/Boston MA, age 61 of congestion of the lungs. He was single, an insinglass merchant.
3. William H. Ruggles, b abt 1805; d. 25 November 1878 Lincoln MA.
4. Charles Ruggles, b. abt 1809; d. 13 April 1869 in Medford MA.
5. Sarah Ann Ruggles, b. 2 May 1812 in Boston MA; d. 25 March 1864 Boston MA: m. 29 May 1834 in Boston, Suffolk Co. MA to Henry Randall. He was born 12 Feb 1807 and d. 12 Aug 1891.  He married 2nd) 15 Sep 1864 to Amelia P. (Hosley) Fitch. Children of Henry and Sarah (Ruggles) Randall include: 1) Mary E. Randall, b. 1835, d. Sep 1880; m. 21 June 1860 to Charles Harris, son of John & Zeruah Harris; 2) Samuel H. Randall, b. 1836; m. 13 Nov 1865 to Maggie MacLellan, dau of Cyrus J. and Harriet B. MacLellan; 3) George H. Randall, b 1838; m1) 4 July 1873 to Mary E. Butterfield, dau of Rodolphus & Lucretia (Edwards) Butterfield.  He m. 2nd) 28 April 1880 to Rebecca Delavante (De La Vante) dau of George and Elizabeth.  She was b. 1852 in NY and died Aug 1902.  She is buried in Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain MA; 4) Charles L. Randall, b. 1841 Boston, d. 13 Sep 1896 Boston MA;
6. Mary R. Ruggles, b abt 1816 Boston MA: d. 31 December 1887 Boston MA; m. 22 Jun 1876 in Brattleboro VT to Bryon Sariel Howard.

————–Connection between the blog editor and Martin Davis———————

As shown above, Jeremiah Davis married 1794 in Sutton NH to Mary Blaisdel.  She was b 6 April 1755 in Amesbury MA, and died 18 May 1778.
– Mary (Blaisdel) Davis was the daughter of Christopher & Sarah (Nichols) Blaisdell, granddaughter of Daniel Blaisdell & Naomi Tuxbury, gr-granddaughter of Jonathan Blaisdell & Hannah Jameson, and 2nd gr-grand dau of Henry Blaisdell & Mary Haddon, who were also my 8th great-grandparents.
 — Blog Editor’s descent—
Henry BLAISDELL (1632 – 1703)
8th great-grandfather
Ebenezer BLAISDELL (1657 – 1710)
Son of Henry BLAISDELL
Ephraim BLASDELL (1682 – 1728)
Son of Ebenezer BLAISDELL
Ephraim BLASDELL # (1719 – 1806)
Son of Ephraim BLASDELL
Mary “Polly” “Molly” BLAISDELL #+ (1766 – 1805)
Daughter of Ephraim BLASDELL #
Nathan LONG # (1799 – 1850)
Son of Mary “Polly” “Molly” BLAISDELL #+
Moses Edwin LONG +# (1837 – 1890)
Son of Nathan LONG #
Minnie Almira LONG # (1866 – 1890)
Daughter of Moses Edwin LONG +#
Mattie Almira KILBORN * # (1885 – 1964)
Daughter of Minnie Almira LONG #
Berwin Howard WEBSTER*+ (1913 – 1981)
Son of Mattie Almira KILBORN * #
**The blog editor, daughter of B.H. Webster**

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Updated July 2013 JWB
Updated April 2019 JWB

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16 Responses to A New Hampshire Oddity: Grafton’s “Ruggles Mine”

  1. Fred E. Davis says:

    I commend Janice Brown for a lot of hard work researching Ruggles mine. I have a bit of personal experience with that – I worked on it for about 5 years! I managed to trace both the family history and mining history of the two families that founded the U.S. mica industry in the 1800s, and have published a book on the topic: “U.S. Mica Industry Pioneers: The Ruggles and Bowers Families.” Sam Ruggles was a wealthy Boston merchant and grocer who purchased the Grafton property beginning in 1805. His only competition for over 60 years was James Bowers, a self-sufficient farmer & mineral dealer in S. Acworth, NH, and his family (son & grandsons). The Bowers worked mica mines in New Hampshire and North Carolina. If interested, check Amazon.com or other major booksellers.

  2. doctor davis says:

    I was wondering what you might know about an explosion at Ruggles Mine that killed Martin Davis. His death certificate says he was “blown up at Isinglass Hill” on Oct. 5, 1866. Martin is listed as the head of household in the 1850 Grafton census (with George Ruggles as a boarder). The mine was near the border of Canaan near an old road that intersected with Height of Land road. I can not find an obit for Martin as Canaan’s newspaper did not start up until shortly after his death. Did anyone else die in this explosion? Was it a suicide, murder? Thanks. P.S. is Fred Davis related to Martin?

    • Janice Brown says:

      Hello! I found the following update that gives a bit more information on your story. I will do more research and add it to my original story. Salem Register, Salem MA, Thursday Oct 11, 1866 Page 2. “FATAL ACCIDENT AT GRAFTON, N.H. On Thursday, Oct. 4th, Mr. Martin L. Davis, foreman of the Isinglass Co., was instantly killed by an explosion of a keg of powder, which had been put in to blast a seam. Mr. Hosea D. Barney and other workmen were injured. Mr. Barney had both eyes put out and was badly burned. Mr. Davis was 35 years old and leaves a wife and one child. Mr. Barney was a widower, about 30 years of age, and has two children depending upon him for support. The powder went off just as Mr. Davis Was seen to strike a drill into the seam and it is supposed there may have been an old fuse burning in the seam.” I hope this helps clear up some questions you have.

  3. doctor davis says:

    Thank you so much! I wonder why it was published in Salem, MA (is this because the Ruggles family lived near there?). I could not find anything in the Concord Monitor or Manchester Union as their obit files do not go back that far. Martin was my great-uncle. I am descended from one of his brothers. So that means if you are related to Mary Blaisdell, then you are related to me also! Do you have much info on her and Jeremy? They are in the Sutton, NH town history, but I do not know much about where they came from as there are many Jeremiahs in the family. I also am related to Mr. Barney in the article. Martin’s brother also married an Aldrich, as did his sister. Martin’s widow married again to a man named Edwin Merrill and lived in Bristol or Alexandria. I think their son Charles also married and had a child, but I could find no other descendants.

    • Janice Brown says:

      I have added a bit more to the Martin Davis story. And yes you and I are cousins though not closely. You and I are connected through my 8th great-grandfather Henry Blaisdell (1632-1703) and at the bottom of the story I’ve added my connection to Martin Davis.

  4. Fred E. Davis says:

    My reply to ‘doctor davis’ disappeared somehow, but Janice Brown’s contribution gives the article I wanted to mention. Thank you, Jancie!

    • Janice Brown says:

      Fred, thank you for reading and commenting. I have to approve all comments, and I did not see one from you before this one that I am replying to. If you replied with the same article thank you! I’ve updated my story to reflect some of the research.

      • Fred E. Davis says:

        As to why the article appeared in a Salem, MA, newspaper: It was common practice to “borrow” articles from other newspapers, especially newsworthy and human interest articles. What you find in a search will depend on which database you search (not all carry the same papers) and when you search (databases are updated periodically, so a miss one day becomes a hit another day). I just tried a new search and found another article from 11 Oct 1866, Concord, NH, “Independent Democrat” (page 3 in the “Deaths” section):

        “In Grafton, Oct. 4th, Martin Davis, Esq., for sixteen years Superintendent of the Mica Quarry, aged 40 years. By the premature explosion of a heavy charge of powder, a Mr. Barney was severely injured and Mr. Davis was thrown some thirty feet into the air, and fell among the rocks some twenty feet from where he had been standing. He expired in about two hours. He was a man of thrift and excellence, and leaves a wife and one son, who sorrow much on account of his sudden and painful death. His funeral was attended by the writer at East Canaan, Oct. 7, in presence of a large concourse of people. J.W.A.”

        • Fred E. Davis says:

          The obituary for Martin Davis in the Independent Democrat was signed simply “J.W.A.” It was apparently written by the Reverend John Wesley Adams, a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church with numerous pastorates around New Hampshire, including East Canaan. He had quite an interesting life that included two years as Chaplain for the 2nd New Hampshire Regiment in the Civil War. Much has been written about him that can be easily found with an google search.

  5. doctordavis says:

    Thank you again for your amazing work. Our connection goes back further than I thought. But, now I have some info that I did not have before. I also found your article on Bette Davis. I knew her father was born in NH and she lived here briefly, but did not go back as far as you did. Did you also know that Claude Rains is buried in Moultonboro and lived in Sandwich for many years? He and Bette were in a couple of movies together. Also, Chuck Connors’s parents lived in NH. They were married in Berlin and his father worked for Brown’s paper mill. They both were Canadian, but Chuck (nee Kevin) was born in Brooklyn shortly after they moved away. But, maybe he was conceived in NH!

  6. doctordavis says:

    After reading over the info you posted on Mary Blaisdell Davis, I noticed that the dates of her birth, marriage, and death could not all have been correct. If she died in 1778, how could she have gotten married in 1794? Her son Samuel was born in 1777, so it is unlikely she did not get married until 1794.

    • Janice Brown says:

      I agree with you on this. Sorry for the confusion. I have more research to do, however ALL of the Blaisdell lines from Amesbury MA where both Mary and her husband were from all descended from the same immigrant ancestor. So it is just a matter of discovering which line. The parentage of Mary was based on the History of Sutton NH that said that two Davis brothers married Blaisdell sisters.

  7. doctordavis says:

    Mr. Davis: Thank you for the info, maybe I can find the article. Now I know how long he worked there, which must have have been most of his adult life. I will try sometime to find out where exactly he and Mr. Ruggles lived. So, are you related?

  8. doctordavis says:

    Ms. Brown: Thank you for posting the info re:Martin Davis from the Concord paper. I do have the Sutton history and it is assumed that Mary and Sara were sisters. Family Search shows that many of the Jeremiahs had sons with the same name and the Davis and Blaisdells surnames were common to the Kingston and Amesbury/Newbury areas. The 3rd Jeremiah was born in 1735 in Amesbury and married Mary Blaisdell in Kingston in 1765. She was born in 1740. Their son, Jeremiah Blaisdell Davis, was born in 1765 in Kingston and he married Abigail Foss in Plainfield in 1794. I think your source got the father and son confused and thus the wife and daughter-in-law. I found another source (Stearns) last night which shows the line going back to John Davis born in 1612 in England, but there is a break in the Jeremiahs, where the one born in 1735 does not show up. It only shows his brother, Jonathan, who married Sarah in Sutton. No mention of Jeremiah and Mary. Maybe because Jeremiah moved to (New) Grantham, which is now part of Plainfield and they confused him with the son. I can not find graves for either one. I also can not find death dates for either. But I did find Jonathan’s grave in Sutton. Thanks again for all your wonderful work. Your site should be required reading in all NH schools.

  9. Dr. Davis says:

    Ms. Brown: Was wondering if you had heard that Ruggles Mine has recently been sold. There was an article in our local paper, the Valley News, about it this past week. There were not many details, but it did go for less than the original asking price. -Dr. Davis

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