NH Tidbits: Thomas B. Tamblyn’s 1869 Steamship on Long Pond, Concord, New Hampshire

Undated photo of Long Pond, now Penacook Lake in Concord NH. Caption: “Long Pond Looking towards West Concord. State Hospital houses on shore were down under from present Daniel Abbott house on Long Pond Drive.” George W. Perry Collection. New Hampshire Historical Society. Colorized.

This story is about the earliest or at least one of the earliest steamships in the Concord, New Hampshire area. I was researching my 2nd great-grand uncle, Thomas B. Tamblyn, who married my 2nd great-grand aunt by blood, Judith Kilborn Tuttle, when I came across a land purchase.

John Ballard, et al. to T.B. Tamblyn, land near Long Pond for $500   — New Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette, 25 Aug 1869, page 3

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NH Tidbits: Merrimack’s Special (Police) Officer Division

Photo of Merrimack NH’s Police Chief, Edmund O’Leary. from the annual town report. Colorized.

On May 11, 2013 the Merrimack (NH) Police Department held an Open House and special event to honor all of the men and women who had served the town as police officers, special officers, auxiliary officers and constables. According to the local news story, “On July 1 of 2013, after 113 years of service to the town, the ‘Special Officer Division’ was designated out of service.”   A plaque noting the names and dates of service from 1905-2013 was unveiled. [Editor’s note: actually constables go back 275 years (from 2021) to 1746]” Continue reading

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An 1838 New Hampshire Tale of Horror: The Three Brides

Sketch of Grave Digger from I’ve gathered them in; or, The old grave digger; song for bass or contralto, by C.A. White 1873; Internet Archive. Colorized by blog editor.

As published in Weekly Raleigh Register newspaper, Raleigh, North Carolina, 18 June 1838, page 1 /and/ The Maryland Gazette, Annapolis Maryland, 21 June 1838, page 1

“Towards the close of a chilly afternoon in the latter part of November, I was traveling in New Hampshire on horse-back. The road was solitary and rugged, and would along through gloomy pine forests, over abrupt and stony hills. I stopped at an inn, a two story brick building, standing a little back from the road. Continue reading

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How Horses Arrived in New Hampshire

In the past Ive spent a great deal of time researching how cows came to New Hampshire, but gave little thought to horses.  It might surprise you to know that several ancient species of  horses WERE native to North America–however they went extinct way before New Hampshire was settled by Europeans.   In 1519 the Spanish explorer Cortez imported Iberian horses to Mexico (the first to do so to the mainland). Descendants of these creatures began what is known as the American Mustang breed.

In New Hampshire there were no native horses until they were imported from Europe. Most likely the first New Hampshire horse was from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. According to the International Museum of the Horse, in an article on colonial horses, “English and Dutch horses . . . arrived in Massachusetts between 1629 and 1635.” Continue reading

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Merrimack New Hampshire’s Educator, Artist, Civic Leader, Librarian: Emma Augusta Cross (1850-1933)

Photograph of Emma A. Cross, courtesy of the Merrimack Public Library, colorized by the blog editor.

Today few residents of Merrimack New Hampshire can remember a time without their iconic ‘Lowell Library‘ on the corner of Route 3 and Baboosic Lake Road. However, that structure was not erected until 1925.   Emma Cross was not the first librarian (Dr. Warren Pillsbury and Dr. George H. Davis were earlier librarians) but she was the longest and most generous, serving for 38 years with the library located in the front rooms of her home on Loop Road. [see History of Library] Continue reading

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