New Hampshire’s Former First Lady: Constance Rivington (Russell) Winant Eppley Earle (1899-1981)

Mrs. Constance (Russell) Winant, circa 1941

Mrs. Constance (Russell) Winant, circa 1941, at the time of her husband’s appointment to the Court of St. James.

Constance Rivington Russell was born on 18 September 1899 in New York, the daughter of Archibald Douglas & Albertina Taylor (Pyne) Russell. She was the granddaughter of Percy Rivington Pyne, and great-granddaughter of Moses Taylor. Her father was a financier and philanthropist, her grandfather a banker, financier and philanthropist, and her great-grandfather an early president of the National Bank of NYC and stockholder in the Lackawanna and Western Railroad. The family were benefactors of Princeton University. Continue reading

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New Hampshire’s Favorite Irish Son: Somersworth’s General John Sullivan (1740-1795)

Likeness, from Military Services and Public Life of General John Sullivan, by Thomas C. Amory, Boston, 1868

Likeness, from Military Services and Public Life of General John Sullivan, by Thomas C. Amory, Boston, 1868

Who else could I write about on Saint Patrick’s Day?   New Hampshire’s favorite Irish son, General John Sullivan, was a patriot of the American Revolution.  Though some researchers say he was born in Berwick, Maine, there is much evidence to support a New Hampshire origin.

General John Sullivan, son of John Owen & Margery (Brown) Sullivan was born 7 February 1740 in Somersworth, Strafford Co., NH , and died 23 January 1795 in Durham, New Hampshire. He married Lydia Remick Worchester, dau of John & Lydia (Remick) Worster. She was born 14 Oct 1738 and died 21 March 1820 in Durham NH. They are both buried in Sullivan Cemetery, on the family.

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“Cow Hampshire” Blog Turns Nine in 2015

Cow Hampshire 9th Anniversary

Happy Birthday Cow Hampshire.  My first post on this blog was made on March 16, 2006, one month exactly after my twin sister, Kathi’s death.  She was a blogger, often posting her own poems and thoughts.  I posted a photograph that she had taken in Shaker Village in Canterbury, NH.  The same day I posted an article called “Cow Hampshire Explained, ”  where I state, “What do I plan to do with this blog–I’m not quite sure at this point.  I am really into genealogy and history, mostly in New Hampshire where many of my ancestors lived, and so I expect that I will focus on those topics, along with posting some photographs.”  That was nine years ago today. I have remained true to my original blog focus. Continue reading

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Illustrator, Lecturer, Social Worker, New Hampshire Politician: Effie Brown (Earll) Slingerland Yantis (1869-1950)

Effie Brown (Earll) Slingerland Yantis (1869-1950)

Effie Brown (Earll) Slingerland Yantis (1869-1950)

In 1922, Effie E. Yantis is quoted as saying: “I happen to know two girls who both made failures of their first lemon pies. One said, “I will never make another lemon pie;” the other, “I shall never give up till I learn how to make the best lemon pie anyone ever tasted.”  To carry on no matter what happens is the only road to success.”  Effie was familiar with success.  She had graduated from Cornell in 1893, and had produced lantern slides that were being used all over the world.  She had helped to start the home economics program at Cornell.  In New Hampshire, she was a member of the Legislature from 1922-1926, introducing the first bills by a woman.

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New Hampshire’s First Female Banker and Financier: Winchester’s Jane Grace Alexander (1848-1932)

Jane Grace Alexander of Winchester NH

Jane Grace Alexander of Winchester NH

Jane Grace Alexander, was born October 26, 1848 in Winchester, New Hampshire, daughter of Edward & Lucy M. (Capron) Alexander.   She was the first woman in New Hampshire to be elected treasurer of a bank. In 1881,  she was elected treasurer of the Winchester’s Security Savings Bank, having worked at the Winchester National Bank since 1872.

[Editor’s note: Though some biographies state that she was the first woman in the United States to be elected treasurer of a bank, it appears that Mrs. Susanna Duncklee, of Newton, Massachusetts has the distinction of being the first woman bank treasurer in America. Miss Duncklee was elected to that office in 1874.] Continue reading

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