The Furber Family of Londonderry New Hampshire

john-w-furber2-watermarkedMany of my stories originate from photographs, and this one is no different.  I purchased two of the Furber family of Londonderry, New Hampshire.  Both are tin type photos in a paper jacket, probably taken around the time of the Civil War, in the mid to late 1860s.  The boys pictured are both sons of John S. Furber, a prominent manufacturer of water pumps.

The first photograph is of John W. Furber.  Sadly he died in 1885  at the age of 39.  His younger brother, Elbridge W., died in 1881, aged 18.  Both of these men died from consumption (tuberculosis), a common killer of both young and old in those days.

Elbridge W. Furber, son of John S. Furber.

Elbridge W. Furber, son of John S. Furber.

The Furber family lived across the street from Crowell’s Corner, on Mammoth Road in Londonderry, New Hampshire. They were part of the fabric of the community, and from a long line of New Hampshire citizens.


Also see:  FURBER GENEALOGY from Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of the State of Massachusetts, Vol 4, ed by William Richard Cutter, William Frederick Adams, 1910, page 2635+

Lieut William Furber & Elizabeth —
William Furber & [1st wife, unknown]
William Furber & Sarah (Nute)
Jethro Furber & Phebe (Fabyan)
John Furber, son of Jethro Furber, born 27 Oct 1742 Newington NH, died 1 March 1821 Wolfeboro NH, buried in Furber Cemetery, Wolfeboro, NH. He m1) Patty Marshall. He 2d) Abigail Lord. She b. c1752, d 25 Dec 1815, aged 63y in Wolfeboro NH, buried there in the Furber Cemetery. He settled in Wolfeboro NH, shown there in the 1790 census.
Children of John & Patty (Marshall) Furber:
1. Pattie Furber, b. 4 Oct 1768; m. Thomas Cotton
2. Betsey Furber, b. 8 Dec 1770
3. John Furber, b. 20 January 1773; m1) Sally Leavitt; m2) Hannah Yeaton.
Children of John & Abigail (Lord) Furber:
4. +Joseph Furber, b. 11 March 1785
5. William Lord Furber, b. 19 July 1786; m. Abigail Rendell
6. Daniel F. Furber, b. 27 April 1788, d. 8 Oct 1857; m1) Sally Chesley; m2) Nancy Ferren. She was b. 16 July 1805, d. 29 Apr 1872; buried Furber Cemetery Wolfeboro NH
7. Polly Furber, b. 31 May 1791

Capt. Joseph Furber, son of John & Abigail (Lord) Furber, born 11 March 1785 at Wolfboro NH, died 10 January 1856 Hartland VT, buried Plain Cemetery; He m1) 1807 NH to Sarah “Sally” Fulsom/Folsom. She was b. c1781 NH, d. 13 Feb 1841 NH. He m2d) 22 July 1842 in New Durham NH to Betsey Cross [Buried Plains cemetery]
Children of Joseph & Sarah (Fulsom) Furber:
1. Mark F. Furber, b 24 Feb 1808 Carroll Co. NH; m. 19 Sep 1841 in Waltham MA to Lusinda Moore Fernald
2. William B. Furber, b. 4 May 1809 Ossipee NH, d. 3 May 1867 Wollfeboro NH; m. 1 Jan 1837 Wolfeboro NH to Mary Jane Wallis
3. +John Snell Furber, b. 14 Oct 1819 Ossipee NH
4. Joseph Henry Furber, b. c1831 Hartland, Windsor Co. VT; d. 3 July 1863 Gettysburg PA. [Civil War casualty, Gettysburg Battlefield] m. 25 Nov 1851 Boston MA to Mary Doherty.
5. Marsha Jane Furber, b. 17 April 1832 Hartland VT; d. 17 Apr 1853 Hartland VT
6. Sally Furber, b c1833 Hartland VT, d. abt 1847, age 14.
7. Mary Ann Furber, b. abt 1837 Hartland VT; m.1) 1 Jan 1858 Hartland VT to John Parker Bagley. He d. in 1862. She m2) 20 March 1864 in Hartland VT to Henry Jefferson Bagley

John Snell Furber

John Snell Furber. Courtesy of Kathy Rosson.

John Snell Furber, son of Joseph & Sarah (Fulsom) Furber was b 14 October 1819 Wolfeboro NH, d. 10 Feb 1891 North Londonderry NH; m. 12 June 1845 in Manchester NH [also recorded Boston Mass] to Laura A. Wallace/Wallis, daughter of John P. & Dorcas (Whorff) Wallace. She b. 20 October 1821″Dey” [?Derry] NH, died 8 October 1910 in Lochmere, Belknap Co., NH. He is buried in Pleasant View Cemetery, Londonderry NH. Furber Pipe Co. His factory and home were located “across from Crowell’s Corner on Mammoth Road, on the present site of a mobile home park.” In 1857 he invented an “improved” water hand pump. [Photographs of John S. Furber and his wife Laura from Kathy Rosson].

Laura (Wallace) Furber, courtesy of Kathy Rossen.

Laura (Wallace) Furber, courtesy of Kathy Rosson.

1850 US Census > NH > Rockingham > Londonderry
John S Furber 30 NH
Laura A Furber 29
John W Furber 3* b abt 1847 NH
Laura J Furber 2, b abt 1848 NH
Lewis J Furber 1, b abt 1849 NH
Aug 15, 1860
The barn of John S. Furber, near White’s at Londonderry was struck by lightning Wednesday afternoon, set on fire and consumed, together with four cows, one horse, two sheep and several tons of hay. Insured in the Rockingham Farmer’s Mutual for a small sum. His loss is chiefly on the stock. There was another barn cornering on the burnt one, which caught, but the wind changed, and water was poured upon it and it was saved.
1870 US Census > NH > Rockingham > Londonderry
Furber John S. 50 M W Hemp Maker 3000 600 NH
Furber Laura W. 48 F W Keeping House NH
Furber Oscar E. 19 M W NH
Furber Frank G 17 MW NH; m. 29 May 1877 Londonderry NH to Mary A. Mackay dau of James W. & Abbie Mackay.
Furber Elbridge W 7 M W NH
Children of John W. & Laura (Wallace) Furber:
1. **John W. Furber [see photo above], born 6 August 1846 Chelsea MA, died 29 November 1885 Londonderry NH; Pleasant View Cemetery, Londonderry.
2. Laura J. Furber, b. 7 October 1847 [dau of John S. & Laura J. (McQuesten) Furber per marriage cert]. She married Capt. George Spinney Garvin. [Garvin genealogy]
3. Lewis/Louis J. Furber, b.5 October 1848; m. Clara J. Marshall
4.Oscar E. Furber, born 11 June 1851 NH; died 6 June 1916 Winchester MA; buried there. He continued his father’s company, moving to Maine and starting the Furber Pump Works in Saco, Maine in 1872. He made porcelain lined wood pumps, force pumps and lamp posts. He had several patents related to pumps. Later he was in the lumber business in Tennessee, following by being a builder of houses in Boston MA. He married Lizzie Ella Murray.
5.Frank G Furber, b 26 Aug 1852 NH; m. 29 May 1877 Londonderry NH to Mary A. Mackay dau of James W. & Abbie Mackay.
6. **Elbridge W. Furber [see photo above], born 30 March 1863, died 12 September 1881, age 18 in Londonderry, Rockingham Co. NH. Buried Pleasant View Cemetery, Londonderry NH. Occupation: Book-keeper on his death record. Buried Pleasant View Cemetery, Londonderry NH.


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