A Tribute to My Mother on Mothers Day 2015

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Mary Manning, not yet Webster, with her camera at Hampton Beach late 1930s early 1940s.

Mary was born into a large Irish family in Manchester, New Hampshire, the youngest girl, and next to the youngest child of thirteen.  She had polio as a youngster, but felt lucky rather than upset.  She said that though she would always walk with a limp, her life had been spared when other children she knew had died. Continue reading

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The Elusive Manuel Family of Franklin, New Hampshire

A gem-sized tintype photograph of George Manuel of Franklin NH. He was born in 1848.

A gem-sized tintype photograph of George Manuel of Franklin NH. He was born in 1848, and died in 1911.

My quest to discover more about the Manuel Family of New Hampshire arose from my purchase of a gem sized tin type on Ebay of George Manuel of Franklin, New Hampshire. I remembered running across this rare name a few times during research of my own family in Boscawen.  As if often the case, I discovered a family relationship–that one member of this Manual clan married my 2nd great-grand uncle.

The origin of this family is obscure to say the least. In ancient records I find several “Manuel” lines possibly related to the New Hampshire branch, but probably not. The oldest record is of Minges Manuel who in February of 1671 was in Kingston NY court stating that a George Hall owed him 383 guilders. Closer to home, the earliest record is a marriage on 4 Sep 1731 between a Bathsheba Manuel and Peleg Barker in Rhode Island. In 1797 the Boston Athenaeum obituary lists a Joseph Manuel, mariner, born at Port o’Port and died 26 October 1797 in Boston MA, age 23 years. Several of these individuals are identified as black skinned, while other records do not say.  Manuel is a name found in many places, including England, Ireland and Portugal.  Continue reading

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Alfred Spalding of Merrimack and Nashua New Hampshire: Sailor, Farmer and Boarding House Keeper (1806-1887)

Alfred Spalding of Merrimack and Nashua NH. He was the son of Silas and Betsy (Hills) Spaulding. (1806-1887)

Alfred Spalding of Merrimack and Nashua NH. He was the son of Silas and Betsy (Hills) Spaulding. (1806-1887)

Yes, you guessed it.  Another photograph came into my possession–actually I bought it on Ebay–this time of Alfred Spalding.  The Spalding family of southern New Hampshire area was particularly prolific, and so it is not always an easy task to sort them out.  His story is not unusual for the place nor the time.  Alfred Spalding was an average man who led an average life. This photograph was taken in the studio of E.W. Johnson in Nashua, NH.

Alfred Spalding was born in Merrimack, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire in 1806 into a farming family.  Some of the earlier ancestors were sea-faring men, and so Alfred as a young man did the same, as did one of his sons.  By 1850 he married and had turned to farming in his home town of Merrimack, New Hampshire.  In 1860 he ran a boarding house in nearby Nashua, on the corner of Spring and Eldridge Streets. Perhaps when his wife died in 1871 he no longer had the heart for it, for he gave up the boarding house, and for several years lived at 76 Chestnut Street in Nashua NHContinue reading

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New Hampshire Missing Places: Dome Mount aka Pleasant Dome aka Mount Pleasant

Old Postcard of the Presidential Range, White Mountains New Hampshire still showing Mt. Pleasant (now Mt. Eisenhower) and Mt. Clinton (now Mt. Pierce).

Old Postcard of the Presidential Range, White Mountains New Hampshire still showing Mt. Pleasant (now Mt. Eisenhower) and Mt. Clinton (now Mt. Pierce).

New Hampshire has a penchant for changing things–slogans, and place names especially.  It’s “in with the new and out with the old!”  As you’ve possibly guessed (as it is the case in most of my “Missing Places” posts) the mountain in question is not truly lost, it was just renamed. We don’t know if the native people had a unique name for it or not, but by 1820 one of the peaks in the White Mountain’s Presidential Range was called Dome Mount and Mount Pleasant. In 1969 it was renamed Mount Eisenhower. Continue reading

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Hoofing it in Canterbury NH — May 2, 2015 Heifer Parade

heiferThis moo-ving story is just too cute not to publicize.  Saturday May 2, 2015 is the date of Canterbury Shaker Village’s 2nd Annual Heifer Parade with Food and Fiddle.  We complained more than once in the past few months about how cold and snowy it was.  Now that its NOT, this is the perfect time to celebrate Spring. Continue reading

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