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Redstone New Hampshire DAR Chapter & State Regent, National Librarian-General, Mayflower Descendant and Governor: Florence May (Tilton) Crockett (1886-1946)

Florence May Tilton was born 6 May 1886 in Farmington, Franklin Co. ME and d. 3 Sep 1946 in Conway, Carrol Co. NH. Her parents were Joseph Adelbert Tilton and Lizzie Norton Eaton. After her marriage to Ralph Lynden Crockett … Continue reading

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The Origin of the New Hampshire Historical Society

Today the New Hampshire Historical Society has a strong presence in the state, and maintains several buildings to house the collections and the library of the society in Concord, New Hampshire.  Even the collectors of history have a history of … Continue reading

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New Hampshire’s Burnap "Leghorn Bonnets"

A sample bonnet from the 18th century found in Connecticut. Note: this is not a photograph of the bonnets made by the Burnap sisters. Samples of leghorn straw bonnets can be found HERE.

According to the Merrimack NH town history, presented at the Bicentennial celebration in 1946 (written by my grandmother, Mattie Kilborn Webster): “The Burnap sisters, daughters of Merrimack, New Hampshire’s first minister [Jacob Burnap], had other ideas of a woman’s usefulness. It is claimed that in this Town [Merrimack] they invented the making of “Leghorn hats” or bonnets, as they were called. Continue reading

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