Monthly Archives: August 2007

New Hampshire Genealogy: The Legend of the Irish Drummer Boy

How many of us have stories passed down from our parents or grandparents that are partly based in truth, but … Continue reading

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Newton New Hampshire’s Social Worker and UFO Abductee: Eunice Elizabeth "Betty" (Barrett) Stewart Hill (1919-2004)

On a late summer evening on 19 September 1961, Barney and Betty Hill were driving through Franconia Notch in New … Continue reading

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Betty and Barney Hill

Betty and Barney Hill, New Hampshire residents, and the topic of the book “Interrupted Journey.” See upcoming article about them…. Continue reading

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Poem: "Monadnock in Autumn," by Edna Dean Proctor

Uprose Monadnock in the northern blue,
A glorious temple builded to the Lord!

The setting sun his crimson radiance … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Glossary: Smallpox

An example of small pox, from book, "The diagnosis of smallpox, "by T.F. Ricketts, 1910

An example of small pox, from book, “The diagnosis of smallpox, “by T.F. Ricketts, 1910

Before the introduction of inoculation, small-pox was the most fatal disease in Great Britain and the American colonies. It killed about one out of four of those who contracted it, and left many survivors blinded, scarred and weak for life. After inoculation became common practice, the disease killed only one in several hundred people.

Eventually as a preventative, and to limit deaths, New Hampshire townships were given the power to isolate individuals and families who had small-pox or those who had come in contact with the disease. These people were placed in pox-houses (or sick-houses). Doing so often reduced the number of people who came in contact with them, and contracted the disease themselves. Continue reading

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