The Farm Boy Who Built New Hampshire’s Only Silver Industry: Concord’s William Butler Durgin (1833-1905)

Fairfax pattern silverware advertisement by William B. Durgin Co.

William B. Durgin’s silver flatware and serving pieces are today still very much collectible and in demand. During the company’s heyday his Fairfax silver pattern was the leading one in the entire United States.

But William Butler Durgin was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth.  Though I give credit in the story title to Concord, where he gained his greatest economic success, he was a native of Campton, in Grafton County, New Hampshire. Continue reading

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New Hampshire Christmas Gifts and Events of 100 Years Ago (1916)

In December of 1916, one hundred years ago, the Portsmouth (NH) Herald offered tidbits of local information along with advertisements for Christmas gifts and food. These offerings are a window into New Hampshire’s past. Continue reading

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The Faces of Warren Plummer & Eliza Ann (Pease) Tenney of New Hampshire and Vermont

wp-and-eliza-tenney-watermarkedThe faces of Eliza Ann Pease and her second husband, Warren Plummer Tenney, peer out from worn and speckled photographs. These are gem-sized pictures, designed to be inserted into jewelry, that managed to remain in their paper wrappers, and were taken after their marriage in 1861.  Continue reading

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Blog Caroling: This Time of Year

My dear friend fM’s favorite holiday tradition (she says) is Blog Caroling.  I suspect that her ritual of dressing up in flannel jammies with hot toddy in hand are as important as the musical production.

Last year I presented a truly local song.  But with New Hampshire-specific Christmas songs being rarer than chestnut trees, I settled, quite happily, for one I like that has little to do with my locale. Continue reading

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Faces of the EVERETT FAMILY of New London, Salisbury and Concord New Hampshire

New London's main street circa 1900. From an old postcard.

New London’s main street circa 1900. From an old postcard.

We have to start with the father in order to know the sons. Jonathan-5 Everett came from a long and well-traced line that I have included in the genealogy below. Jonathan moved from Attleboro, Massachusetts to New London NH before 1789 (according to the New London NH town’s history). He lived in a log cabin, and later in a frame house. He was an influential citizen. He married Mary Messinger/Messenger and produced eight children.

In a previous  story I wrote about this same Jonathan & Mary (Messinger) Everett’s daughter Mary, who married the Honorable Anthony Colby, a governor of New Hampshire. In this story I will show photographs of Mary’s brothers, David and Daniel Everett, along with their wives, and their family trees. Continue reading

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