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The Nurse from Milton Mills, New Hampshire: Flora N. Runnels (1866-1960)

She has a fairly plain face, intelligent dark eyes, curly hair. She wears the pinstriped frock of a nurse over her dark dress. Her collar is tightly and demurely closed with a pin.  The name of the woman in the … Continue reading

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New Hampshire Back Stairs: Servants to the Carpenter, Manning, Hoyt, Slayton, Campbell and Jenks Families in 20th Century Manchester

They opened the door to greet visitors. They cooked, served and cleaned up after the daily meals. They tidied the rooms and changed the bed linens. They washed and ironed the family’s clothing. They provided transportation first in horse driven … Continue reading

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New Hampshire: Run-Aways, Desertions & Elopements of the 18th Century

When we think about ‘Run-Aways’ of colonial times, what first comes to mind is often run-away slaves.  In fact the majority of these ‘errant’ individuals, at least in colonial New Hampshire, were either wives, apprentices or indentured servants. Indentured Servants … Continue reading

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