Was Your New Hampshire Ancestor a Suffragist?

Women picketing for suffrage. From Suffragist magazine 1918.

I remember my grandmother proudly speaking about the day that she had the right to vote. In 1920 when she first could, she was forty-one years of age, married and would within the next few years give birth to her 12th child.

I never asked her if she was a suffragist. I suspect she was, but probably not an activist–she would have been too busy taking care of all her household of children.  My mother was only a year old in 1920.

But where would you discover your family’s involvement in the suffrage movement? Look to National, State and local records of meetings and conferences, booklets and pamplets published between 1866 and 1920. Free sources such as the Internet Archive and the Hathi Trust are both a good source along with notices that appeared in local and national newspapers, and historical society scrap books. I found a few photographs at the U.S. Library of Congress.

I have looked at various sources in New Hampshire for a list of names (men and women) who were active in New Hampshire to promote suffrage.  I will try to list them here, with details if possible.  Links on their names will go to either a story I have written about them, or to additional biography. [An asterisk indicates a photograph is available, ‘SEE STORY ‘means that I’ve written a detailed story about this person, so follow on the link to read same]. Additions from my readers are always welcome.

=== NEW HAMPSHIRE SUFFRAGE SUPPORTERS ===

Frances Matilda Abbott*, Concord – member Concord Equal Suffrage League [see bio] [see two photographs and more info at find-a-grave] [She is my 4th cousin 5x removed]

Mrs. [Almira Shattuck] Chester E. Albee, Claremont – VP of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn., 1885.

Dr. Ella Blaylock Atherton*, Nashua, — member of New Hampshire Woman Suffrage Assocation. [SEE STORY]

Walter Smith Baker*, Concord — merchant tailor; Member, Concord Equal Suffrage League [see bio and photo]

Mrs. Susan C. Bancroft* — Concord NH. Past President of the NH Federation of Women’s Clubs. In November of 1918 she was part of a letter writing campaign promoting suffrage and urging votes to elect a pro-suffrage candidate [Brattleboro Daily Reformer newspaper 2 Nov 1918 page 4. Headline: Women Join Fight]. [SEE STORY]

Dr. Sarah J. Barney* — Grafton NH and Franklin NH the World Suffrage Association held its 17th annual meeting in 1914, she was among the executive committee from New Hampshire [SEE STORY].

Henry W. Blair* — Honorary VP, NH Woman Suffrage Association. VP of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn., 1885 [SEE STORY]

Hon. Oliver E. Branch* — Manchester NH; the World Suffrage Association held its 17th annual meeting in 1914, he was among elected vice president(s) from New Hampshire. [SEE STORY]

Dr. Marion Louise Bugbee*, Concord — member of Concord Equal Suffrage League.  [see bio and photo]

Sherman E. Burroughs*, Manchester; Auditor of NH Woman’s Suffrage Association in 1901; the World Suffrage Association held its 17th annual meeting in 1914, he was among the executive committee from New Hampshire. [SEE STORY]

Witter Bynner*, Cornish ; the World Suffrage Association held its 17th annual meeting in 1914, he was among the executive committee from New Hampshire. [SEE STORY]

Clarence E. Carr*, Andover NH; the World Suffrage Association held its 17th annual meeting in 1914, he was among elected vice president(s) from New Hampshire. [SEE STORY]

Levin Joynes Chase*, Concord — advocate of equal suffrage, gave his support while serving in NH legislature. [bio and photo]

Mary N. Chase*; the World Suffrage Association held its 17th annual meeting in 1914, she was among elected vice president(s) from New Hampshire. In 1901 she was president of the NH Woman’s Suffrage Association. In 1903 she was asked to preside of the NH Constitutional Convention, being the first woman to do so.  [SEE STORY]

Mrs. Winston [Mabel Harlakenden (Hall)] Churchill*, Cornish NH and Windsor VT — 1913  Mem. Ex. Com (NH). Also lecturer, parades, publicist. Treasurer of Cornish Suffrage League in 1912. [SEE STORY]

Sargent Orison Clark, Claremont and Concord, clergyman, member Concord Equal Suffrage League [bio and photo]

Mrs. Olive (Rand) Clarke, Warner and Manchester – Delegate to the National Suffrage Convention from New Hampshire.

Marion Weston Cottle*, Intervale — lawyer. Lecturer on law and suffrage. [see photo and bio]

Benjamin W. Couch*, Concord ; the World Suffrage Association held its 17th annual meeting in 1914, he was among the executive committee from New Hampshire. [SEE STORY]

Frank Cressy*, Bradford and Concord — ardent equal suffragist. [see photo and bio].

Jessie Edith (Rice) Donahue, Jaffrey and Manchester — Vice President Manchester Equal Suffrage League [see bio]

Mrs. Mary (Handerson) Ela, Keene — corresponding secretary of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn., 1885.

Mrs. Christopher C. (Dorothy S. Flanders) Fellows, Centre Sandwich. On Executive Committee of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn., 1885.

Mrs E.W. Eustis, Colebrook – VP of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn., 1885.

Bristol New Hampshire’s Tailor, Stock and Dairy Farmer, Activist, Suffragist: Mary Ann (Powers) Filley (1821-1910)

Miss Caroline Foster, Canterbury — On Executive Committee of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn, 1885.

Henry Hollis French, Concord — lawyer, U.S. Senator.  Advocate of equal suffrage [see bio]

Dr. J.H. Gallinger *; the World Suffrage Association held its 17th annual meeting in 1914, he was among elected vice president(s) from New Hampshire. Also on Executive Committee of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn., 1885. [SEE STORY]

Mrs. Eliza Jane (Cooley) Gilbert, Keene – President of the [then] newly re-organized New Hampshire Woman’s Suffrage Association, 1885-1887, also on Executive Committee 1885.

Mrs. Lidia [Lydia True (Means) [wife of William Parker Graves] Graves – Delegate to the National Suffrage Convention from New Hampshire

Mrs. Margaret L. Griffin, Keene — On Executive Committee of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn., 1885.

Rev. Angelo Hall, Andover – Treasurer of NH Woman’s Suffrage Association in 1901.

Josephine B. (Weeks) Hall [wife of Rev. Charles Elliott Hall] – continued with the work of the NH Woman’s Suffrage Association from 1895 to 1897 when the association moved from Concord to Nashua NH.

Alice F. Harriman, Laconia NH – President of NH Federal of Women’s Clubs. In November of 1918 she was part of a letter writing campaign promoting suffrage and urging votes to elect a pro-suffrage candidate [Brattleboro Daily Reformer newspaper 2 Nov 1918 page 4. Headline: Women Join Fight].

Mrs. Alfred Haven, Portsmouth — VP of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn., 1885.

Mrs. A.W. Hobbs, Concord – Treasurer of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn., 1885.

Mrs. R. Holden, West Concord. On Executive Committee of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn., 1885.

Horace H. Holton, Lancaster – VP of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn., 1885.

Portsmouth New Hampshire’s Charity Worker and Suffragist: Sarah Whittier “Sallie” Hovey (1872-1932)

Dr. Jane Elizabeth (Hoyt) Stevens* – Member of the New Hampshire Woman Suffrage Association; physician. [see photo and bio]

Alice Caroline Humphrey*, Concord — Educator and poet, member Concord Suffrage League [see photo and bio]

Mrs. Elizabeth “Bessie” (Bisbee) Hunt [Mrs. Nathan Parker Hunt], Manchester — VP of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn., 1885, 1901.

M.O.A. Hunt, M.D., Manchester – On Executive Committee of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn., 1885.

Miss Clara L. Hunton, Claremont — At 43rd annual convention, offers thanks to various people for use of locations and services. In 1904 president of Claremont Equal Suffrage League, active also at state level [see]

Harriet Lane Huntress*, Meredith — Educator. On Advisory board of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn. [SEE STORY].

Susan A. Whiting Ines – Life member NH Suffrage Association

Mrs. Agnes M. Jenks * – Delegate to the National Suffrage Convention from New Hampshire, made donation to the national suffrage organization, Corresponding Secretary in 1912 for the NH Woman Suffrage Society, living at 23 Merrimack Street, Concord NH. [SEE STORY]

Martha Evalina Johnson*, Laconia –tax collector, member Laconia Suffrage League. [see photo and bio].

Mrs. B.F. Kinsley, Manchester NH – VP of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn., 1885

Miss Martha S. Kimball* (Portsmouth NH)  – Delegate to the National Suffrage Convention from New Hampshire; the World Suffrage Association held its 17th annual meeting in 1914, she was among elected vice president(s) from New Hampshire. In November of 1918 she was part of a letter writing campaign promoting suffrage and urging votes to elect a pro-suffrage candidate [Brattleboro Daily Reformer newspaper 2 Nov 1918 page 4. Headline: Women Join Fight].  [SEE STORY].

Northwood New Hampshire Teacher and Attorney, Ella Louise Knowles (1860-1911)

Mrs. N.H. Knox, Littleton — On Executive Committee of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn., 1885.

Mrs. George O. [Pamelia C. Gardner] Little, Keene — On Executive Committee of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn., 1885.

Mr. and Mrs. (Marion Morse) Percy Mackaye – playwright; members of Cornish (NH) Suffrage League in 1912. [Information from 1912 interview with Mabel H. (Allen) Churchill]. [see his bio and photo]

H.H. Metcalf*, Concord NH – ; the World Suffrage Association held its 17th annual meeting in 1914, he was among elected vice president(s) from New Hampshire. [SEE STORY]

Mrs. Eliza A. (Huse) Morrill, Concord, NH; VP of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn., 1885

Miss Millicent S. Morse* – Delegate to the National Suffrage Convention from New Hampshire [SEE STORY].

Dover New Hampshire Suffragist and UNH Administrator: Carmita Aileen (Cameron) Murphy (1925-2003)

Mary Donker Musgrove*, Bristol NH — newspaper editor, member of Bristol (NH) Suffrage Assn. [SEE STORY]

Bertha Niles,  Concord NH — member Equal Suffrage League. [see bio]

Mrs. [Frances Jeanette Smith] “Jennie” Niven [Mrs. John L.], Manchester – Delegate to the National Suffrage Convention from New Hampshire.

Miss Pearl Lawson Niven, [later Mrs. George Herbert Peach] Manchester – Delegate to the National Suffrage Convention from New Hampshire.

Mrs. C.N. Nutter, Exeter NH — VP of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn., 1885.

Etta (Haley) Osgood, [born Chatham NH] —  Member Portland Maine State and National Woman’s Suffrage Assn. [see bio]

Miss Anne Parrish = Member of Cornish (NH) Suffrage League in 1912. [Information from 1912 interview with Mabel H. (Allen) Churchill.]

Mr. & Mrs. Maxfield Parrish – Members of Cornish (NH) Suffrage League in 1912. [Information from 1912 interview with Mabel H. (Allen) Churchill.] [See his bio]

Abby (Hutchinson) Patton*, Milford NH; singer, musician, writer; supporter of women’s suffrage. [SEE STORY]

Mary Quimby Philbrick, Epsom NH; the World Suffrage Association held its 17th annual meeting in 1914, she was among the executive committee from New Hampshire.

Sarah Hall (Sargent) Pillsbury, Concord NH; VP of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn., 1885.

Sarah Spofford (Adams) Piper, Concord NH; Wrote the call for the first convention of the NH Woman’s Suffrage League in 1868 by Mrs. Sarah Piper of Concord [along with Mrs. Armenia White]

Mrs. E.S. Preston, New Ipswich — VP of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn., 1885.

Miss Mary E. Quimby, Concord [later Mrs. Walter Jackson Philbrick] – Secretary of NH Woman’s Suffrage Association in 1901

Mr. & Mrs. Henry R. Quinby*, Lakeport NH ; the World Suffrage Association held its 17th annual meeting in 1914, they were among elected vice president(s) from New Hampshire [SEE STORY]

Mrs. Mary (Pendleton) Remick, wife of Judge James W. Remick of Concord.  In November of 1918 she was part of a letter writing campaign promoting suffrage and urging votes to elect a pro-suffrage candidate [Brattleboro Daily Reformer newspaper 2 Nov 1918 page 4.  Headline: Women Join Fight]. [see photo and bio]

Mrs. Ellen (Ruddick) Richardson*, Concord NH; state president of the NH Women’s Christian Temperance Union. In November of 1918 she was part of a letter writing campaign promoting suffrage and urging votes to elect a pro-suffrage candidate [Brattleboro Daily Reformer newspaper 2 Nov 1918 page 4. Headline: Women Join Fight]. [see bio and photo]

Mrs. M.W. Richardson, Amherst – VP of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn., 1885.

Marilla M. Ricker*, Life Member, NH Woman Suffrage Association. SEE: “New Durham New Hampshire’s Educator, Lawyer, Suffragist, Humanitarian and Author: Marilla Marks (Young) Ricker (1840-1920)”

Joseph Henry Robbins, Concord — clergyman, member Concord Equal Suffrage League [see photo and bio]

Henry Pearson Rolfe, Concord NH. Lawyer. VP of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn., 1885.

Mrs. George (Juliet Barrett) Rublee, Cornish NH. President of Cornish Suffrage League in 1912. Represented NY in suffrage parade in 1911, along with Mabel H. (Allen) Churchill.  Information from 1912 interview with Mabel H. (Allen) Churchill. [See biography and burial location] [Pioneer Film Maker]

Agnes Ryan*, Durham — suffragist, pacifist [link to NHHS book]

Mr. Homer Saint Gaudens — member Cornish (NH) Suffrage League 1912. [Information from 1912 interview with Mabel H. (Allen) Churchill]. [See bio and burial location]

Rev. Edmund Ring Sanborn – secretary of the NH Woman’s Suffrage Association in 1870.

Rev. William Thomas Savage, Franklin NH — among the earliest delegates from New Hampshire to help form the American Woman’s Suffrage Association in 1869.

Lois (Warren) Shaw*, New Hampshire representative to the National Woman’s Party; suffragist; jailed in 1919 during protest. [SEE STORY]

Lillian Adelaide (Tourtelotte) Sherman*, Warner —  writer, member of Suffrage Club. [see photo and bio]

Newport New Hampshire Teacher, Suffragist, Civic & Club Leader, Business Woman: Mary Matilda (Putnam) Sibley (1860-1927)

Katherine (Call) Simonds*, Franklin — musician, dramatic soprano, author and composer.. Equal Suffragist, member Franklin Equal Suffrage Club.  [see photo and bio]

Mrs. [Mary Abbie Berry] C.W. [Charles W.] Talpey, Farmington — On Executive Committee of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn., 1885.

Mrs. [Julia Ball] Edward C. Thayer*, Keene — VP of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn., 1885, also on Executive Committee same year. In 1887 VP of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn. [SEE Story]

Mrs. Helen Chadwick Rand Thayer, of Portsmouth. In November of 1918 she was part of a letter writing campaign promoting suffrage and urging votes to elect a pro-suffrage candidate [Brattleboro Daily Reformer newspaper 2 Nov 1918 page 4. Headline: Women Join Fight]. [see bio]

Arthur Thompson*, Warner NH ; the World Suffrage Association held its 17th annual meeting in 1914, he was among elected vice president(s) from New Hampshire [SEE STORY]

Mary Gordon (Nichols) Thorne*, Concord. Member Concord Equal Suffrage League [see photo and bio]

Rev Edward Arthur Tuck*, Milford and Concord — clergyman. Member Concord Equal Suffrage League. [see bio and photo]

Helen Lorraine (Benedict) Remick, Concord. Member Equal Suffrage League. [See bio]

Fred Tilton Wadleigh*, Sanbornton and Milfordclothing merchant. NH House of Representatives. In 1912 member of NH Constitutional convention and member of minority committee on woman’s suffrage and signed the report in favor of the amendment. [see bio and photo]

Miss Caroline R. Wendell*, Dover ; the World Suffrage Association held its 17th annual meeting in 1914, she was among elected vice president(s) from New Hampshire. On Executive Committee of NH Woman’s Suffrage Assn. in 1885. Member of local and State Suffrage Associations. Auditor of NH Woman’s Suffrage Association in 1901.  [See photo and bio]

Armenia S. White – first president and life member of the NH Woman Suffrage Association; Honorary Vice President. In 1885 on Executive Committee. In Nashua Telegraph 1914, New England W.S.A.; ; the World Suffrage Association held its 17th annual meeting in 1914, she was among elected vice president(s) from New Hampshire. SEE “New Hampshire’s Leading Suffragist, Human Rights Proponent and Philanthropist: Armenia S. (Aldrich) White (1817-1916)”

Nathaniel White [spouse of Armenia S. White] — works of philanthropy and reform including suffrage. [See story here]

Sarah Jane (Messer) Whitney [Mrs. Henry I. Whitney], Greenville NH — “a faithful worker and generous contributor to the support of the [NH Women’s Suffrage] association.

Mary I. Wood* – Portsmouth NH; the World Suffrage Association held its 17th annual meeting in 1914, she was among elected vice president(s) from New Hampshire. [SEE STORY].  Her biography in “1000 New Hampshire Notables, 1919” adds: “member and vice-president N.H. Woman Suffrage Ass’n; has written and spoken extensively in behalf of the various causes in which she is engaged, particularly for woman suffrage, of which she has long been an ardent advocate.”  In November of 1918 she was part of a letter writing campaign promoting suffrage and urging votes to elect a pro-suffrage candidate [Brattleboro Daily Reformer newspaper 2 Nov 1918 page 4. WOMEN JOIN FIGHT]. [SEE STORY]

Susan Jones (Wentworth) Woodward*, Concord — member Concord Equal Suffrage Assn. [see photo and bio]

Mrs. Nellie S. Woodward, Nashua — Past President of the NH Federation of Women’s Clubs. In November of 1918 she was part of a letter writing campaign promoting suffrage and urging votes to elect a pro-suffrage candidate [Brattleboro Daily Reformer newspaper 2 Nov 1918 page 4. Headline: Women Join Fight].

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3 Responses to Was Your New Hampshire Ancestor a Suffragist?

  1. What an interesting article, thank you for sharing.

  2. Amy says:

    It is hard to imagine not being able to vote—something we take for granted and yet something that so many people fail to do.

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