New Hampshire Suffragist, Newspaper Editor, Printer, Civic Leader: Mary Donker Musgrove of Bristol (1875-1944)

Photograph of Mary D. Musgrove, from Bristol (NH)
Historical Society. My thanks to Lucille Keegan.

Mary Donker Musgrove was born on 22 October 1875 in Bristol, Grafton Co. NH, daughter of Captain Richard Watson and Henrietta Maria “Etta”(Guild) Musgrove.  She led a long and productive life, and died on 6 Sep 1944. To those who wonder about the unusual middle name of Donker, it was her paternal grandmother’s surname as you will see in the genealogy below.

Miss Musgrove was buried in her family’s plot in Homeland Cemetery, Bristol NH where generations of the Musgrove family lie.  It is what is in between those two dates that made her special. My thanks to Lucille Keegan of the Bristol (NH) Historical Society for her help with this story.

The book, “One Thousand New Hampshire Notables,” by Henry H. Metcalf, Francis M. Abbott [1919,  Hathi Trust], both compilers of which are also suffragists, is a wonderful source of biographical information as follows: ”

Old postcard, Bristol New Hampshire’s Old Home Day.

MUSGROVE, MARY DONKER / Editor and publisher; b. Bristol, N.H. Oct 22, 1875; dau. Richard W. and Henrietta M. (Gould) [Editor’s note: surname should be Guild] Musgrove; ed. Bristol schools and New Hampton (N.H.) Institution, 1896; engaged since graduation in the office of the Bristol Enterprise; first associated with her father, and since his death in February 1914, as editor of the Enterprise, and proprietor of the “Musgrove Printing House,” with an extensive line of job work, including considerable state printing; Methodist; recording steward, M.E. church in Bristol since 1914; member and secretary, Sawhegeuit Chapter, O.E.S [Order of the Eastern Star].; member, Red Cross and Bristol Suffrage Ass’n. Residence, Bristol, N.H.

Circa 1910 postcard of Central Square in Bristol NH.

In 1922 Mary Donker Musgrove published an autobiography of her father, Captain Richard W. Musgrove of Bristol, soldier, editor, historian and legislator who was born 1 Nov 1840 and died 19 Feb 1914.  I also discovered a notice in the Trenton Evening Times, 31 Jan 1937, Trenton NJ, page 20, where an article about the town name of Bristol throughout the United States. The story provides a focal point on Mary D. Musgrove’s surroundings: “Bristol, N.H., population 1,428, Grafton County, B. & M. R. R., flannel, crutches, picker sticks, mill supplies manufactured, mica cutting and a weekly, the Enterprise. Miss Mary D. Musgrove, editor of the Bristol (N.H.) Enterprise sent us a booklet written by her father, Captain Richard Musgrove, and containing the following: Bristol, N.H. was incorporated June 24 1819, although the first settlement was made in 1767. Today this village is one of the prettiest in the State. It has about 275 dwellings distributed along five miles of fine streets, while its stores, manufactories and public buildings number about 50 or more. The village is supplied with aqueduct water from the lake for fire and domestic purposes; its streets are lighted with electricity and have fine concrete sidewalks. Its residences denote thrift, taste and comfort. It has four churches, Congregational, Methodist, Baptist and Roman Catholic; free public library, good school, good hotel; woolen, paper, pump and grain mill, mica shop and various wood-working establishments including the largest crutch manufactory in the United States. Luther C. Ladd the first man who fell in the Union Army in the Civil War was born in this Bristol.‘”

In an interesting coincidence, back in 2005 I must have been researching this family for someone, or there was a personal connection, for I posted a lengthy genealogy on the Rootsweb message board. I am repeating that here, plus additional information I’ve gleaned.


James-1 Musgrove, a son of James and Sarah (Hacket) Musgrove was b. 13 Dec 1798 in London, England. His father was a custom house officer of the East Indian company at Calcutta, India. From eight until seventeen years of age, he was a cabin boy in the British navy; served four years as tailor’s apprentice at St. John’s, New Brunswick, whence he sailed for Boston, Mass. Was shipwrecked at the mouth of the Penobscot river, from which point he walked to Boston; there he finished a seven years’ apprenticeship, then required to learn most trades, and returned to London. He m. 29 December 1827 in Bethnel Green Church, London England to Ann Donker. She b. 3 Sep 1802 in Spitalsfield, London, England, daughter of Isaac & Mary (Ship) Donker. In September 1832 they emigrated to the United States, residing in Boston, Charlestown and Lynn MA. In the financial panic of 1837, he was thrown out of work, and advertised for a place in which to establish himself in business. Replies came from Hon. Nathaniel S. Berry of Bristol [NH] and other places. TO visit the places where he was asked to locate he walked from Lynn [MA] to Vermont, thence to Haverhill Corner and Bristol [NH]. In 1837, here he located [Bristol NH’ and conducted the tailoring business until incapacitated by age. He was a great reader and a well informed man, an abolitionist, and both were lifelong active workers in the Methodist Episcopal Church. James died 13 May 1878 Bristol NH, ae. 79-5-0. His wife Ann died 20 March 1879, ae. 76-6-17. In 1870 James, wife Ann, and daughter Susan residing in Bristol NH., and d. 13 May 1878 in Bristol NH.
Children of James & Ann (Donker) Musgrove: [11 in all]
1. James, b. 24 Dec 1828 London, England; d. 13 Nov 1829.
2. Ann, b. 10 Nov 1830 London, England; d. 21 March 1846, ae 15-4-11 in Bristol NH of scarlet fever.
3. Susannah “Susan,” b. 24 Nov 1831, London, England; bap 25 March 1832 Saint Matthew, Bethnal Green, London England.; residing Bristol NH in 1870 with her parents, single at that time. In 1880 single and living in Bristol NH with the family of Charles & Susan B. Kidder. In 1900 Concord NH City Directory, “Miss Susan Musgrove, Old Ladies Home, 96 Pleasant Street.” In 1910 living in “Old Ladies Home,” single in Concord, Merrimack Co. NH. She died 31 Oct 1921 in Concord NH, aged 88.
4. Mary Donker, b. 5 Sep 1833 Charlestown, MA; d. 23 Nov 1851, ae 18-2-18
5. +William Isaac, b. 13 July 1835 Lynn, MA
6. +John Henry, b. 7 May, 1837 Lynn MA
7. Sarah Minot Chase, b. 10 March 1839 in Bristol NH; graduated from Tilton Seminary in 1865. Was a teacher in the public schools, and at Poultney (VT) Seminar; was in city missionary work at Troy NY for the Second Street Presbyterian Church; had, since 1887, maintained a mission home at 3,337 6th Ave., Troy. Was formerly a Methodist, later connected with the Christian Alliance. In 1880 Census found in Troy, Rensselaer County, NY, in an infirmary, age 40. She d. 19 Nov 1933 in Bristol NH.
8. +Richard Watson, b. 21 Nov 1840, Bristol NH
9. Adam Clark (aka Abbott), b. 22 Aug 1842 in Bristol NH. In 1862 he was employed in a knitting mill at Cohoes NY, where he changed his first name to Abbott, and under that name enlisted in Co. H, 115th NY Vols, enlisted as a private 21 July 1862 at the age of 19; POW on 15 September 1862 at Harper’s Ferry; killed at Deep Bottom VA 16 Aug 1864.
10. George Gustavus Sanborn, b. 27 Dec 1845 Bristol NH; d. 15 Apr 1846
11. +Charles Marston, b. 2 Feb 1848 in Bristol NH


William I.-2 (James-1) Musgrove, b. 13 July 1835 Lynn MA; m. 29 May 1859 at Cohoes NY to Cornelia Emma Potter, dau of Miron and Elvira Potter. She b. Troy NY 27 June 1840, d. Cohoes NY 7 Dec 1872, ae 32-5-10. He was for several years an overseer in a knitting mill at Cohoes NY; in trade 20 years at Cohoes; superintendent of the Medlecott-Morgan knitting mill at Springfield MA until he d. 26 Dec 1900 ae 65-5-13. Republican, Methodist. In 1870 census living in Cohoes, Albany County, New York, his occupation being “Freight merchant.”
Children of William & Cornelia (Potter) Musgrove:
1. +Charles Watson, b. abt 1864 in New York
2. Clara Belle, b. 27 Aug 1867 Cohoes NY; Resided Springfield MA, unmarried.

John Henry-2 (James-1) Musgrove, b. 7 May 1837 Lynn MA; m. 8 Apr 1866, Carrie Sophia, dau. of Rev. Newell Culver [see]. She b. 5 May 1841 and d. 27 Oct 1883 in Pittsfield MA, ae 42-5-22. He m2) 11 June 1888, Mary L., dau of Rev. James C. and Sarah Ann (Chase) Aspinwall. She was b. Weathersfield VT, 10 Novf 1848, and graduated from Tilton Seminary 1871, and was a school teacher. He was a knit goods manufacturer at Bristol NH, Enosburg Falls VT, Cohoes NY, Stillwater NY and for 16 years superintendent of the Berkshire Knitting-mills at Pittsfield MA. He was later president and manager of the Musgrove Knitting-mills at Pittsfield MA. (which made ladies’ and children’s’ knit underwear); In 1880 living in Cohoes NY, his occupation being “woolen man.” In 1930 living in Pittsfield MA, a widower, with daughter Sophia.
Children of John H. & Carrie (Culver) Musgrove:
1. +Nellie Mabel, b. 18 March 1868 Bristol NH; m1) Charles W. Mink; m2) George Corwin
2. Carrie Gertrude, b. 7 Apr 1870 in Bristol NH; in 1900 living in Edgerton, Rock Co. Wisconsin, a schoolteacher, boarding in the home of John Spencer.
3. Newell Culver, b. 7 Feb 1873, Bristol NH; d. 26 July 1873 Cohoes NY
4. +John Culver, b. 7 March 1880 Bristol NH; graduated as electrical engineer at Cornell University, Ithaca NY 1903.
4. Sophia “Sophie” Donker, b. 26 Oct 1890 Pittsfield, MA; d. 29 Dec 1979 in Boston, MA; unmarried

Richard Watson-2 (James-1) Musgrove, b. 21 November 1840 in Bristol NH, and d. 19 Feb 1914 in Bristol NH. Richard wrote the “History of Bristol NH.” In 1857 entered the seminary at Tilton NH. Enlisted as a private in Company D., 12th New Hampshire Volunteers, appointed corporal in March 1873 and later sergeant and first sergeant, lieutenant (May 1864) and then captain. He mustered out and returned to Bristol NH where he engaged in the wool business. In December 1870 he opened a printing office, and in June 1878 started a newspaper called “Bristol Weekly Enterprise.” He was six years on the board of education of Union School District; town clerk for six years, and in November 1884 was elected a member of the legislature. He was author of the bill to provide for the publication of the “Register of New Hampshire Soldiers and Sailors, War of the Rebellion.” He represented the Fourth Senatorial district in the senate of 1891-92. For 33 years he was recording steward of the official board of the Methodist Church, and chairman of trustees of Minot-Sleeper Library since its organization. He was a Republican, Mason, Odd Fellow, and member of the G.A.R. He married 23 December 1869 to Henriette “Etta” Maria GUILD, daughter of Ebenezer and Sarah Maria (Brown) Guild. She b. 14 Sept 1843 in Walpole NH. She has been from girlhood a music teacher and church organist, successful in training children for chorus singing, and with her children gave concerns throughout the state as the “Musgrove Family.” She was active in church and temperance work. In 1870 residing in Bristol NH, his occupation at that time being “woodcutter.” In 1880 residing in Bristol NH with family, Richard’s occupation being “editor and printer,” and Etta’s occupation being “music teacher.” In 1900 living in Bristol NH, occupation “editor” with wife and 4 of his youngest children.
Children of Richard & Etta (Guild) Musgrove:
1. +Isadore Maria “Isadora”, b. 24 Dec 1870 in Bristol NH
2. +Frank Abbott, b 19 July 1872 in NH; m. Lillia Howe
3. +Carrie Etta, b. 25 Jan 1874, Bristol NH; m. Pierce J. LITTLE
4. Mary Donker, b. 22 Oct 1875 in Bristol NH; graduated at New Hampton, 1896; was associate editor of “Bristol Enterprise;” Member of Methodist choir. SUFFRAGIST. This story is about her, see top of page.
5. Anna Belle, b. 7Jan 1878 in Bristol NH. Since 1898 was a student and teacher of music in Boston MA
6. +Eugene Richard, b. 20 Aug 1879 in Bristol NH; graduated from Tilton Seminar 1900; was a student at Dartmouth College; in 1910 was a teacher at Ware Academy in Worcester MA

Charles Marston-2 (James-1) Musgrove, b. 2 Feb 1848 in Bristol NH, He died  14 March 1928 in Pittsfield MA. He married 21 Dec 1867 in Bristol NH to Sarah Maria Fogg, dau of Oliver B. & Lucy G. (Moore) Fogg. She b. 27 Jan 1848 in Alexandria NH. He was a farmer in Bristol until about 1880, an overseer in knitting-mills in Cohoes NY and Pittsfield MA for 19 years. He took out several patents for improvements in knitting machinery, and was later a manufacturer of knit goods in Pittsfield MA; In 1870 living in Bristol with wife Sarah, and daughter Addie (age 2). In 1880 living in Bristol NH with family, his occupation being “Fish Dealer.” In 1900 living in Pittsfield, Berkshire Co, Massachusetts, occupation “Knitting Mill Supt.”
Children of Charles & Sarah (Fogg) Musgrove:
1. +Addie Viola “Ada”, b. 24 May 1868, Bristol MA; m. 5 Feb 1891, Perry E. Miller
2. +William Abbott, b Sep 1871 in Bristol
3. +Clara Elizabeth, b. 11 March 1874 in Bristol NH
4. George Egbert, b. 26 Sept 1877 in NH; in 1930 unmarried and living in Pittsfield MA, with his sister Grace & her husband; took a three years’ scientific course at Dartmouth College 1899-1902, and was an electrical engineer at Schenectady NY
5. +Arthur Sylvanus b. 3 March 1879 in Bristol NH
6. +Grace Cole b. 7 Jan 1883 in Pittsfield MA; m. Frank M. Hadsell
7. Alberta, b. 13 Nov 1885 in Pittsfield MA


Charles Watson-3 (William I-2, James-1) b. 3 Oct 1865 in Cohoes NY; m. 17 May 1886 Mary Ellen, dau of Martin Lewis and Mary Elizabeth Pattee. She b. 12 Apr 1865 in New York City. He was a letter carrier in Springfield MA. In 1923 Springfield MA directory, living at 797 White street.
Children of Charles W. & Mary E. (Pattee) Musgrove:
1. Mary Clara, b. 25 March 1887 Cohoes NY
2. +Charles William, b. 12 Oct 1888 Cohoes NY; in 1923 a letter carrier in Springfield MA, res 797 White Street; m. Mabel M.
3. Grace Frances, b. 10 Sep 1890, Cohoes NY

Nellie Mabel-3 (John Henry-2, James-1) MUSGROVE, b. 18 March 1868 Bristol NH; She m1) 27 April 1889 Charles W. Mink of Pittsfield MA. He was a printer, employed by The Pittsfield Sun, and d. 12 Jan 1896. She m2) 18 Sep 1896, George Corwin of Glenfield NY. He was born Nov 1866 in Turin NY. In 1900 living in Martinsburg, Lewis Co. NY. In 1910 a Nellie Corwin was a widow, boarding in Pittsfield MA, the census showing she had 5 children and 3 were still living. In 1930 an “M. Nellie Corwin” a widow was boarding in Boston MA.
Children of Charles W. & Nellie (Musgrove) MINK:
1. Ralph R. MINK, b. 26 Aug 1891, d. Jan 1965 MA
Children of George & Nellie M. (Musgrove) CORWIN:
2. Caroline Elizabeth CORWIN, b. 11 June 1890 Pittsfield MA; d. 26 Aug 1891, ae 1-2-15
3. Reuben Raymond CORWIN, b. 26 Aug 1891
4. John H. CORWIN b. June 1897, Grieg NY, prob d.y.
5. Charles L. CORWIN, b. Aug 1898 Glenfield NY; living in August 1946 when he petitioned the will of his grandfather John M. Musgrove, along with his mother.
6. John Harold CORWIN, b. 13 Sep 1900 NY; alive in August 1946 when he petitioned the will of his grandfather, along with brother Charles and mother Nellie.

John Culver-3 (John Henry-2, James-1) MUSGROVE, b. 7 March 1880 Bristol NH and d. Oct 1966 in Pittsfield MA; he graduated as electrical engineer at Cornell University, Ithaca NY 1903. He married abt 1905 to Elizabeth L. Trotter, dau of John & Mary (Kidd) Trotter. She b. 12 Feb 1881 in Troy, NY [her parents were both from Scotland], and d. February 21, 1947 in Pittsfield MA, after a long illness. She was a teacher in the Sunday school of the First Congregational Church. Her funeral services were held in the First Congregational Church and she was buried in Pittsfield [MA] cemetery. In 1910, 1920 & 1930 living in Pittsfield MA.
Children of John C. & Elizabeth (Trotter) MUSGROVE:
1. Caroline Elizabeth, b. 10 October 1906 in Pittsfield MA; She graduated from Russell Sage College and was an English instructor at Pittsfield [MA] high school. She m. Feb 1944 to Ronald V. Coons, at the Emmanuel Congregational Church in St. Louis MO by the Rev. Ira D. Fales [where here was stationed at Jefferson Barracks Missouri, pending transfer overseas]. He was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Frederick D. Coons, of Middleburg NY. He was a graduate of Union College; at the time of her mother’s death she resided Wales, Alaska. She and her husband were employed by the weather bureau in Alaska, then residing on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. He served as a Sergeant in the Army Air Force.
2. James Trotter., b. 20 October 1908 at Pittsfield MA. He died 12 August 1987 in California. He married — Agnew, dau of Mr. George A. Agnew of Long Beach, California. In July 1943 had a son born [in Berkshire Evening Eagle]. In his mother’s obituary of February 1947 he is “of Long Beach California.”

Isadore Maria “Isadora”-3 (Richard Watson-2, James-1) MUSGROVE, b. 24 Dec 1870 in Bristol NH, d. 22 Sep 1902 at Merrimac, MA, ae 31y-8m-28d. She graduated from New Hampshire Literary Institution 1893 and was a public reader; She m. 17 November 1896 to Prof. Charles W. Cutts (as his 2d wife). He b. Oct 1862 in NH, son of William F & Mary Cutts of Milton NH. He was a teacher at New Hampton Institution, and later principal of High school and superintendent of schools at Merrimac, MA. He married 3 times (according to 1910 census) He married 2) Nellie W.. She b 1866 in Maine. In 1900 living in Blue Hill, Hancock Co. ME with wife Isadora; in 1910 living in Merrimac, Essex Co MA with wife Nellie.
Children of Charles W. Cutts & his first wife:
1. Ethel B., b. Jan 1890 in NH
Children of Charles W. & Isadore M. (Musgrove) CUTTS:
2. Mary Elizabeth, b. 4 Oct 1897 in Bristol NH

Frank Abbott-3 (Richard Watson-2, James-1) MUSGROVE, b 19 July 1872 in Bristol, NH; graduated from New Hampshire Literary Institution in 1892, and from Dartmouth College in 1899; m. Lillia Howe, dau of Louise M. Stewart of VT. She was b. 27 Oct 1886 and died Feb 1986. In 1900 US Census living in Hanover, Grafton Co. NH, his occupation, “editor,
newspaper.” In 1907 NH City Directory of Hanover NH shows: “Musgrove, Frank A., proprietor, Dartmouth Press and Hanover Gazette, 17 So. Main Street, h. do.” 1918 Directory of Hanover NH shows: “Musgrove, Frank A. (Lillia) (Dartmouth Press) and publisher Hanover Gazette, Musgrove bldg s.r. Lebanon. In 1930 US Census in Hanover NH. He died bewt 1931-1935 when the 1935 Hanover directory shows: “Musgrove, Lillia H, wid. Frank A., pres. Dartmouth Press Inc., h. Lebanon St. The 1941 Lebanon Directory shows “Lilla H. wid Frank A. real estate, 35 N. Main, h 79 Lebanon.
Children of Frank and Lillia (Howe) Musgrove:
1. Louise Etta, b. 17 Nov 1908 in Hanover NH; 1935 Hanover City directory shows: “Musgrove, Louise, teacher Portsmouth, r. Mrs. Lillia H. Musgrove.” 1941 City Directory shows “Louise Musgrove, tchr Portsmouth r. Mrs. Lillia H. Musgrove.”  She married Arthur Otis Pickering. Buried Pine Knoll Cemetery, Lebanon NH.
2. Frank R or Jr., b. 5 Jan 1912 NH, d. Oct 1987 Lebanon NH; 1941 Directory of Lebanon NH shows: “Musgrove, Frank Jr. USA r35 S. Main

Carrie Etta-3 (Richard Watson-2, James-1) MUSGROVE, b. 25 Jan 1874, Bristol NH, died after 1941; in 1900 Concord City Directory, “Miss Carrie E. Musgrove, removed to Bristol”; pursued classical course at New Hampton Literary Institution; m. 11 Sep 1900, Pierce J. Little. He was b. Apr 1874 in NH, son of Henry & Margaret Little of Exeter NH and he died before 1920 He was foreman in shoe factory at Exeter NH. In 1910 US Census living in Hanover, Grafton Co NH, his occupation, manager of a newspaper. In 1920 Carrie E. is living in Hanover NH with her children, listed as a widow. In 1941 living in Hanover NH at 16 Maple Street.
Child of Pierce J. & Carrie E. (Musgrove) LITTLE:
1. Margaret Musgrove LITTLE, b. 23 Jan 1903, Exeter NH; living with mother in Hanover NH in 1910 and 1920 US census; in 1930 living (boarding) in Keene NH, single, a school teacher.
2. Mary Emilie LITTLE, b. 28 Nov 1906 in Hanover NH
3. Richard Henry LITTLE b abt 1912 NH; in 1938 Lebanon Directory, he was a steward at the Hanover Inn. He married 12 June 1936 in Durham NH to Beryle Ruth Piper, daughter of Allen & Ruth (Wing) Piper.

Eugene Richard-3 (Richard Watson-2, James-1) MUSGROVE, b. 20 Aug 1879 in Bristol NH, and died 30 Dec 1970 in Saxtons River, Windham Co. VT; graduated from Tilton Seminar 1900; was a student at Dartmouth College; in 1910 was a teacher at Ware Academy in Worcester MA. He married 30 June 1909 to Eva Fling. She b. 10 Feb 1888 in NH, dau of Charles W. and Abbie Etta (Seavey) Fling. In 1920 & 1930 living in East Orange, Essex Co., NJ.
Children of Eugene R. & Eva (Fling) MUSGROVE:
1. Donald E., b. 18 Jan 1911 in Worcester, MA; d. 23 May 1989 in Saxtons River, Windham Co. VT; m. Marjorie –; was music supervisor in the schools of Meredith NH in 1941, resided Main Street.
2. Geneva Fling, b. 16 September 1913 at Hastings-on-Hudson, NY; She died 22 June 2009.  She married Wilbur G. Bowen [see more biography on Find-a-grave]
3. Malcolm G., b. 31 Aug 1919 in NJ; d. 5 Dec 1995 East Ryegate, Caledonia VT; according to his WWII enlistment form, he enlisted 31 July 1941 at Trenton NJ, as a private for 3 years, having 3 years of college, and being single at the time. [see more at find-a-grave]

Addie Viola “Ada”-3 (Charles M.-2, James-1) MUSGROVE, b. 24 May 1868, Bristol MA; m. 5 Feb 1891, Perry E. MILLER of Pittsfield MA. He b. 18 April 1867 in Ancram NY They res. Pawtucket RI, where he was a knit goods manufacturer. [In 1900 US census, Pawtucket RI]
Children of Perry E. & Addie (Musgrove) MILLER:
1. Florence MILLER, b. 3/9 Nov 1891 Coventry RI
2. Clarence McArthur MILLER, b. 15 Nov 1893 Pittsfield MA
3. Lester Arthur MILLER, b. 23 Nov 1896 Pawtucket RI

William Abbot-3 (Charles M.-2, James-1) MUSGROVE, b Sep 1871 in Bristol NH; He married 23 Nov 1892, Nellie W. Parker, daughter of Nelson and Nettie (Tayer) Parker . She b. 23 Nov 1872 in Pittsfield MA. He was in the meat business in Pittsfield MA. In 1900 living in Pittsfield, Bershire Co. MA with his wife, son Nelson, and mother-in-law Antoinette Parker. In 1910 living in Pittsfield MA with mother-in-law, wife and additional child. In 1930 living with son Nelson P. in Pittsfield MA.
Children of William A. & Nettie (Parker) MUSGROVE:
1. +Nelson Parker b. 12 Dec 1894 Pittsfield MA
2. Gladys “Gladis, b. 21 June 1906 Pittsfield MA; d. 22 Aug 1997 Pittsfield MA; unmarried

Clara Elizabeth -3 (Charles-2, James-1) MUSGROVE, b. 11 March 1874 in Bristol NH; d. 2 June 1951 in Quincy MA. She married 2 Dec 1896 in Pittsfield MA to Dr. Elmon Reuben Johnson, son of Joseph Henry & Rhoda Clarinda (Coleman) Johnson. He b. 31 May 1871 in Hancock MA, and died 30 Oct 1941 in Quincy MA. He was an ear, nose and throat specialist in Boston MA. In 1930 US Census living in Quincy, Norfolk Co., MA. They resided at 389 Newport Ave, Wollaston, MA.
Children of Elmon R. & Clara (Musgrove) JOHNSON:
1. Charles Musgrove JOHNSON, b. 2 Feb 1898 Wollaston MA
2. Elmon Reuben JOHNSON JR., b. 16 Aug 1901, Wollaston MA; d. 14 Nov 1974 at Ormond Beach, Volusia Co. Florida; On 18 May 1942 he enlisted for service in WWII in Boston MA, indicating that he had 3 years of college, occupation hammersmith or pharmacist, and was single without
3. Marjorie JOHNSON, b. 23 March 1904, Wollaston MA
4. Lula Elizabeth JOHNSON, b. 10 Dec 1913 in Wollaston (Quincy) MA, and d. 10 Jan 1990 in Daytona Beach FL. She m 26 Nov 1938 in Wollaston (Quincy) MA to Harry Edward WILD. Had at least on child, a daughter who m. Russell John Frazian.
5. Ruth A. JOHNSON b. abt 1921 MA

Arthur Sylvanus-3 (Charles-2, James-1) MUSGROVE b. March 1879 in Bristol, NH; married 24 Apr 1906 to Edna May Prentice. She b. 28 Apr 1887 in Middlefield MA. In 1930 living in Pittsfield, Berkshire Co MA. [census incorrectly indexed as “Musgrave.” He was a knitter, residing at 12 Congress Street, Pittsfield MA.
Children of Arthur S. & Edna (Prentice) MUSGROVE:
1. Clara, b. 12 Nov 1906 Pittsfield MA [entry crossed out in 1930 census]. ?married Stephen Curtis Burghardt
2.+Richard Arthur b. 7 Aug 1908 in Pittsfield MA: in 1930 working in knitting mill
3. Mary E., b. 19 Sep 1909 Pittsfield MA [entry crossed out in 1930 census]
4. Theodore Prentice, b 11 May 1918 MA, d. March 1975 in MA; sang at his cousin, Irene Hadsell’s wedding, in addition other newspaper articles show that for many years he sang for different public occasions, sometimes as a first tenor; He enlisted on 20 Aug 1942 in Springfield MA, reporting 3 years of high school and experience as a cashier and stock record clerk, and that he was married. The Berkshire Evening Eagle [Pittsfield MA] on 24 Feb 1843 reported: “Pvt. Theodore P. Musgrove, son of Mrs. Arthur S. Musgrove, 12 Congress St, and husband of the former Miss Katheryn Krone of Pittsfield, was honor man in his class of skilled aviation mechanics which graduated this week from airplane mechanics school in Army Air Forces Technical Training Command at Seymour Johnson Field, N.C…he graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1936 and was employed as a clerk for the General Electric Company before he entered the service.” During his service, Mrs. Musgrove worked as one of the staff of the Berkshire Athanaeum. Theodore P. was discharged in April of 1946. In July 1950 the newspaper reported the birth of a son, and he was living at 64 Chickering Street in Pittsfield MA. In 1953 he was living in West Springfield MA, with his wife, an account supervisor at GE Co., residing 340 Amostown Road.
5. Priscilla Jeanine/Jeanne, b. 1925 Pittsfield MA; She m. 1944 to Calvin E. Tainter.

Grace Cole-3 (Charles-2, James-1) b. Jan 1883 in Massachusetts; married 12 Oct 1915 to Frank Moss Hadsell. He was born 1 May 1885 in MA. In 1930 living in Pittsfield MA. Her brother, George Musgrove was living with them in that census. He completed a draft card before World War I, and had blue eyes and brown hair. Resided 936 West Street.
Children of Frank M. & Grace C. (Musgrove) HADSELL:
1. Howard F. HADSELL, b. abt 1917 MA; he attended Pittsfield High School, and was employed by the West Pittsfield Garage. He married 11 April 1944 to Virginia A. Burgess, dau of Mrs. & Mrsl Will F. Burgess, with the Rev. H. Elliott Chaffee officiating. She worked for the General Electric Company. He was killed 13 June 1945 in an accident when his motorcycle struck a bridge near NY-Vermont state line, while he was returning from Petersburg NY. His obituary in the Berkshire Evening Eagle of June 13, 1945 mentions his parents, wife, and two sister, but no children.
2. Doris HADSELL, b. 5 Aug 1918 MA; d. 8 June 1992 Pittsfield MA; member of Pittsfield Grange [MA], and a member of the Wesleyan Service Guild of Trinity Methodist Church; She was maid of honor at her sister’s wedding; unmarried
3. Irene Sarah HADSELL, b. abt 1922 MA; graduated from Pittsfield [MA] high school, and Berkshire Business College; m. June 1948 to Robert Joseph Crossley, son of Mrs. Thomas J. Lyons, at Trinity Methodist Church, Rev. W. Charon Denson officiating. He graduated from Pittsfield [MA] High school and was employed at the Eagle Printing & Binding Company. He served three years with the Army in World War II, in Europe.


Charles William-4 (Charles Watson-3, William I-2, James-1) MUSGROVE, b. 12 Oct 1888 Cohoes NY; He m. abt 1925 to Mabel McCaffery. She b. abt 1901 in NY. In 1923 a letter carrier in Springfield MA, res 797 White Street; in 1930 living in Springfield MA, his father Charles W. living with him.
Children of Charles W. & Mabel (McCaffery) Musgrove:
1. William F., b. 20 Feb 1930 Springfield MA, died 27 Dec 2001 Saybrook CT. He married Beverly Roy.

Nelson P.-4 (William A.-3, Charles M.-2, James-1) MUSGROVE, b. Dec 1894 MA; married by 1916 to Hazel Morenus, dau of Frank and Elizabeth (Baldwin) Morenus. She 10 Sep 1894 in Johnstown NY, and died 21 October 1948 at the Anderson Nursing Home in Pittsfield MA. According to her obituary, she was a skilled violinist and a member of the Pittsfield Symphony Orchestra, was the first Girl Scout Leader in Pittsfield MA, and a member of the First Methodist Church. Her funeral was held from the Wellington Funeral Home, with burial in the Pittsford [MA] Cemetery. In 1920 living in Pittsfield, Berkshire Co. MA, Engineer, Electric Works. In 1930 living in Pittsfield MA [census incorrectly indexed as “Musgrave”]
Children of Nelson P. & Hazel (Morenus) MUSGROVE:
1. Virginia May, b. 19 June 1916 in Pittsfield MA; m. Charles Dunham
2. Nelson P. Jr., b. 31 July 1922 MA; d. June 1977

Richard Arthur-4 (Arthur Sylvanus-3, Charles-2, James-1) MUSGROVE, b. 7 Aug 1908 in Pittsfield MA: in 1930 working in knitting mill; he married 1) Lottie Florence Michaud, dau of William Michaud. She b. 2 May 1911 in Eagle Lake, ME, and died 17 Nov 1942 at the House of Mercy Hospital in Pittsfield MA, age 31. She has resided in Cheshire Co NH previous to her marriage. He m2) Nov 1943 to Ruby Bernadette Michaud; resided 68 Newell Street
Children of Richard & Lottie F. (Michaud) Musgrove:
1. Richard A. Jr.; graduated from Pittsfield High School in 1948, and enlisted in the Army, stationed at Chicago IL, Texas and then overseas, where he was part of the Air Base Group at Brize Norton, England in April 1952.
2. Patricia; She graduated from Pittsfield [MA] High school and was employed by General Electric; in 1948 was in cast of First Methodist Church play; married 6 Nov 1951 in Canaan NY to Robert Wills, of Hinsdale MA, son of Leonard Wills of Agawam MA. He graduated from Agawam High school, served one year in the Navy and was also employed by General Electric.
3. Beverly, b abt 1936 in Pittsfield MA.
Children of Richard A. & Ruby B. (Michaud) Musgrove:
4. son, b July 1944, died in infancy
5. son, b. 7 July 1945, d 8 July 1945

1. History of the town of Bristol, Grafton County, New Hampshire by Richard W. Musgrove; Bristol, N.H.: Printed by R.W. Musgrove, 1904, 1263 320 — MUSGROVE
2. The descendants of Ensign John Moor of Canterburg, N.H., : born 1696-died 1786 by Howard Parker Moore; Rutland, Vt.: Tuttle Co., 1918 page 151
3. Gazetteer of Grafton County, N.H., 1709-1886 by Hamilton Child, Syracuse, N.Y.: H. Child, June 1886
4. Historic Newspapers and Directories 1890-1955
5. US Census, 1850-1930
6. Family Search, online records.

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