Category Archives: Genealogy

The Joslin and Allen Families of Surry, Cheshire County, New Hampshire

Surry is a quaint and lovely town in Cheshire County, in the south western section of New Hampshire. Two families settled early in the town, intermarried and thrived–the Joslin and Allen families. I use their photographs to illustrate these genealogies. 

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New Hampshire and Portsmouth’s First Woman Mayor: Mary Ellen (Carey) Dondero (1894-1960)

Residents of Portsmouth, New Hampshire are familiar with the Dondero name. A beloved former mayor, Eileen Dondero Foley, just passed away in February of this year (2016). Less known these days, but historically important, was Eileen’s mother, Mary Ellen (Carey) … Continue reading

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Faces of the Benjamin G. Brooks Family of New Hampshire and Massachusetts

The faces of Benjamin Gove Brooks, his wife Frances Eliza (Downer) Brooks, and their son B. Ferdinand Brooks, look out at you from pale CDV photographs. Benjamin and his wife Frances were both born and raised in New Hampshire. Benjamin … Continue reading

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A New Hampshire Governor, Ghosts, and a Second Wife: Anthony & Eliza A. (Messinger) Colby

It is said that the ghost of former New Hampshire governor Anthony Colby haunts Colgate Hall at Colby-Sawyer College. That hall was built many years after his death on the spot where the former brick academy building sat. The original … Continue reading

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The Wonalancet Company of Nashua New Hampshire and its founder Harry Harmon Blunt (1875-1923)

The Wonalancet Company was founded in Nashua New Hampshire, incorporated in 1905 by Harry Harmon Blunt (not the Henry H. Blount as is printed in some sources). This company was an important cotton importing house in its day, specializing in … Continue reading

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