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New Hampshire Glossary: Neat Stock

Neat stock is a livestock term that may have originated in New England, and was used as early as 1782 in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Neat stock was often used as payment and barter. 28 December 1782. Providence Rhode Island, … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Glossary: Skylarking and Watermelon Frolics

“Clowning around, acting up, horsing around, showing off, showboating” — all of these are terms that probably bring energetic pranks to mind.  While researching the “Squog” section of Manchester, New Hampshire, I came across a sad newspaper notice about one … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Glossary: Chirugeon

Chirugeon, also written “chirurgeon,” was the name for a colonial surgeon. In addition to performing surgical operations they were able … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Glossary: Dowser

A dowser is a person who is able to locate water, and sometimes precious metals. On a few documented occasions, … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Glossary: Tin Reflector Oven

Tin reflector ovens were used to cook food in the late 18th century and early 19th century, in conjunction with … Continue reading

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