Sometimes marked as Frederick C. Low. (1837-1909) Also looking for information on any letters written by him or Elijah Low.
I need at least one undergrad intern who is studying Library Science or History, preferably in New Hampshire but other New England states could be helpful. About 10-15 hours a week, 75% working from their home and about 25% hands on at different libraries & archives in New England. Could end up being 50-50 if in Boston, Maine or Keene, NH/VT. Digital camera, internet access, & professor reference a must. If you know anyone, have them contact me at Info@NewEnglandGenealogist.com
Do you like history but find yourself with your eyes glazed over in boredom watching dry documentaries? Well, there's no need for that with Comedy Central's TV show Drunk History which totes the slogan "We make history fun!"
I guarantee you've never seen history like this. The series films drunk historians telling their own unique versions of history. If you haven't seen it, you really must. The series will have it's 3rd season premiere in 2015, but until then you can check out full episodes of Season 1 &2, plus deleted scenes & outtakes:
There is still time to go out & explore the scarecrows scattered all over Chester, NH.
They are on display until Oct 30th 2014
Spending my teen years in a rural New England town with its old time charm, rich history, beautiful farms and hidden treasures was a gift many "city folk" dream of. One of these treasures is tucked in what is known to the old townies of Windham, NH as the neighborhood of "Shady Brook". There, about a half mile from where I lived, and across the street from where my significant other Romeyn Todd Murphy lived, lies two ponds Rock Pond and Moeckel Pond (aka Simpson's Pond). Well...that's not exactly true anymore, because the damn for Moeckel Pond was breached in 2010 by the state & now needs to be replaced. At the moment, it's more of a dry wetland and quite honestly sort of depressing to those of us who remember the beautiful little pond from growing up there. The once 40 acre pond at the base of Deer Leap is engulfed in 700 acres of public hiking trails and wildlife who need the pond to enhance their survival. The goal is to replace the 250 year old damn with a much safer one so the wildlife can thrive and the community may once again enjoy froggin' adventures, canoeing, pond hockey & the view from a top Deer Leap. Incidentally, if you haven't been up there you are missing out, especially during foliage season. Ro & I had our very first date there and to us there is no better place to picnic.
There are a couple ways you can help. The Friends of Moeckel Pond are selling scarecrow frames which can be purchased from them & decorated by you in all sorts of creative and fun ways. Think out of the box, go crazy! There are virtually millions of possibilities, perhaps you could depict iconic movie, TV or historical characters. Give Chester, NH a run for their money & don't let them be the only town that takes scarecrow building to new heights! Display them in your yard & possibly get featured in the Windham Independent News. For an additional donation you can even be part of the contest possibly winning first place!
You can purchase a scarecrow frame by calling Dianna at 603 893-7334. If scarecrow building isn't quite up your alley you can still donate to the cause by sending a tax deductible donation marked for "Moeckel Pond" to Windham Endowment, PO Box 4315, Windham, NH or donate via WindhamEndowment.org. Don't forget to check out all the Friends of Moeckel Pond happenings on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/friendsofmoeckelpond
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Nollaig Shona Duit'
pronounced as 'null-ig hun-a dit'
means - "Happy Christmas" in Gaelic
Santa Claus is known as 'San Nioclás' (Saint Nicholas) or 'Daidí na Nollag' (Father Christmas)
The official Christmas season in Ireland seems to vary by which site you visit but generally it seems it begins on Dec 8th and lasts until the Feast of the Epiphany or Little Chistmas on Jan 6th, with variations in the middle. It seems most people are blessed with vacation or as they say "holiday" from about Dec 21 until Jan 2.
Having not quite been taken over by commericalism to the extent it has in the US, it is still more of a religious holiday rich in religious tradition and family, than gifts and Santa. Many attend church services with the Midnight Mass being the most popular for Roman Catholics & Christmas Day Services for Protestant religions. Lights and nativities decorate towns much like they do here and in the homes christmas trees are decorated with tincil & baubles or what we would call bulbs. Traditionally othe decorations are made of holly and ivy as those were plentiful throughout the homesteads & villiages in earlier times. Wreaths would be hung on the door made from these and lghted candles shine in the windows to aid Mary & Joseph's journey. Decorations are faithfully taken down on January 6th, as it is considered bad luck to take them down earlier.
On Christmas Eve tables can be found set with a seed cake, or bread filled with caraway seeds, & milk for Mary & Joseph should they arriive & need nourishment. Tradional Christmas dinners include goose, ham or more recently turkey served with a variety of potatoes of course including mashed, roasted [Recipe - Click here] & boiled which is generally topped with butter, parsley & garlic. A variety of vegetables are also offered such as parsnips, cabbage and brussel sprouts. Dessert is generally Plum Pudding - which incidentally has no plums...
The holiday season brings with it additional traditions including taking a Christmas Swim, or enjoying St. Stephen's Day (aka Boxing Day - the day after Christmas) with the traditional meal including beef spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, or perhaps by enjoying horse races and foorball [soccer]. some still practice the tradition of visiting home to home which all began with the wren, "The Devil's Bird".
In earlier centuries known as the Penal Times (1538-1839) there became a tradition of groups of people traveling from house to house wearing old clothes & blackened faces while carrying a pole topped with holly & a dead wren. Thankfully, the dead wren is no longer part of the tradition but it becgan because
there was once a plot of attack in the rage between religions. The wrens tapped the drums of the group about to be attacked awakening and sparing them the ambush. from then on the attackers referred to the bird as "The Devil's Bird".
The Feast of the Epiphany or Little Christmas celebrated on January 6th is also called 'Nollaig na mBean' or Women's Christmas. On this day women get the day off & men do all the work - woo yoo!
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“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!”
― Dr. Seuss, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
It's that time again!!! Scarecrows in Chester are everywhere and they aren't your average scarecrows. They are extraordinary! From Ben Franklin to Harry Potter & everything in between. Every year the Chester, NH Historical Society sells scarecrow bodies for 20.00 to residents & business owners in town to raise money for the society. There is no limit to the imagination that develops with the creations they proudly display throughout the town until October 30th.
Today we ventured out on a joy ride to enjoy the foliage & explore what was in store this year. I couldn't wait to come home and share a few! I'd like to encourage everyone to mosey on through the town & check it out. On virtually every street there are sites & smiles everywhere.
It really is a lot of FREE FUN no matter what your age! Here are just a few to catch a glimpse. I wouldn't want to ruin the fun of finding them on your own. Can you find ET? Harry Potter? Dorothy complete with the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man & of course the Scarecrow? Plus many many more!!! :)
I have to admit..I was a little amused by the "Honest Man" part...
it seemed like a very rare find ;)
"AN HONEST MAN
JOHN F. PALMER
AGE 71 YRS. 6 MOS. 8 DAYS
ERECTED BY DR. AND MRS G. E. WHITTEN"
1900 Census in Haverhill, Ma shows John boarding on Main St. with George E. Whitten & his wife Carrie. John was born in Feb 1848 in Massachusetts and was divorced at the time, both of his parents were born in New Hampshire. In 1880, he was a single shoemaker boarding with Lorenzo Washburn, his wife Caroline, their daughter Lena & Lorenzo's father-in-law Moses S. Palmer. 1910 John is listed as a widower & servant in the Whitten household. The 1906 Directory lists him as a Coachman and he continues to be listed in a similar profession until at least 1916. John Francis Palmer died "single" in Haverhill, MA Aug 16 1919. His death record states he was born Feb 8 1848 in Lowell, MA (parents unknown) and had lived in the city for 51 years. He died of Influenza & Pneumonia, aged 71 yrs, 6 month & 8 days. His wife, if he truly had one at some point, is unknown. No marriage was found, and he seems to be listed in various martial statuses, none of which say "married". That said, it is possible he married & divorced between 1880-1900.
1850 & 1860 John is with his parents Moses S. Palmer, Blacksmith & Polly in Windham, NH . Polly/Mary (Avery) Palmer was born in about 1802 in Temple, NH and died aged 74 during 1876 in Windham, NH, daughter of John & Hannah Avery according to her death record. Moses was born in Hampstead, NH about 1798 according to his death record and died Feb 9 1881 in Haverhill, MA son of James Palmer & Abigail.
A few days ago it was mentioned on "All Things History Rockingham County, NH" on Facebook that bats inhabit the East Derry Congregational Church. I thought I'd share my experience first published in WindhamLife Magazine Aug 2007. The issue also has an informational article on bat removal practices & services to the local area. The publication is no longer in print :( Six years later, I am unsure if the bat problem has been taken care of by now or not.
I'm starting a new Facebook Group!!! Pass it along to all your NH history buff friends! Everyone can post topics, questions, etc. :) A place where history lovers connected to Rockingham County, NH come together to network, chat, and share old photos & stories. Everyone is welcome to join! https://www.facebook.com/groups/200460270133276
Came across this the other day engraved on a stone at Hilldale Cemetery, Haverhill, Ma and I liked it so I thought I'd share:
ELLEN F. RICHARDSON
TIS NOT ALL OF LIFE TO LIVE NOR ALL OF DEATH TO DIE
- OUR GRAM
Sitting in the middle with the big bouquet is Emma Singleton. Her new husband Arthur Stead is to the left. Directly behind is her sister Elizabeth Hannah called "Fannie" Singleton, then Arthur Kaye (Fannie's future husband). Her other sister Minnetta "Minnie" Singleton is on the other side of Arthur Kaye. To the far left sitting down are John & Anne (Stevenson) Singleton, and brother Harold Singleton is sitting with thei mother. I'm not sure who the guy standing behind John & Anne is, and I am unsure who anyone on the right of Emma & Minnie are. I'd love to know if anyone recognizes this family. Anne (Stevenson) Singleton was my GG Grandfather Thomas Stevenson's niece. I have more pictures of this family if interested.
I have lived in Massachusetts & New Hampshire 99.9% of my life and until last week never heard of the mysterious Sea Serpent of Cape Ann (Gloucester) which created a local media frenzy from 1817-1827 & beyond. Was it real? Were there more than one? Was it really just a whale? Who knows...but the tales of many who are said to have exceptional reputations, and the sightings by hundreds of people according to period newspapers certainly makes you ponder...hmmm...maybe...? Here's just one of hundreds, if not thousands of articles during 1817-1827, which mention sightings of the enormous creatures all along the New England coast.
“WE have in our possession an extract of a letter from John Low, Esq to his son in this town dated Gloucester, Thursday afternoon Aug 14, 1817.
There was seen on Monday and on Tuesday morning playing about our harbour between Eastern Point and Ten pound Island – a SNAKE with his head and body about eight feet out of water –his head is in perfect shape as large as the head of a horse. –his body is judged to be about FORTY-FIVE or FIFTY FEET IN LENGTH—it is thought he will girt about 3 feet round the body, and his sting is about 4 feet in length.
While writing the above a person has called in, who says that there are two to be seen, playing from the Stage-hed into the harbour inside of Ten pound Island.
The spectors are Mr Charles Smith and Mr John Proctor and several others. A number of our sharp-shooters are in pursuit of him but cannot make a ball penetrate his head. Another party is just gaining in pursuit with guns, harpoons, & c. –Our small craft are fearful of venturing out a fishing.
The above can be attested to by twenty different people of undoubted veracity – Salem Gaz Office
In addition to this account the Salem Register states, that the Serpent is extremely rapid in its motions which are in all directions—that it shews a length of 50 feet; that a man who discharged his musket within 30 feet of the fish. says its head was partly white and that he hit it – that a large sum had been offered for it; that ‘it appears in joints like wooden buoys and a net rope almost as large as a barrel” –that musket balls appear to have no effect on it –that it appears like a string of gallon kegs 100 feet long.
The ediftor of the Register quotes an account of a Sea Serpent seen on the coast in 1746, something like it. It had a head like that of a horse—and as he moved he looked like a row of large casks following in a right line.”
Photo via: http://myweb.northshore.edu/users/ccarlsen/poetry/nahant/image_pages/sea_serpent_cape_ann.html who apparently got it from Nahant Historical Society - http://www.nahanthistory.org
Boston Intelligencer, Boston, MA, Uncommon Serpent , 08-16-1817, Vol 4, Iss 1, Pg 2 via GenealogyBank
Boston July 2 
“We are informed by a person lately come from Black Point, in the Eastern Parts of this Province, that about a fortnight ago, a very strange Creature was found on the Shore there, which the Tide had left, about twice as large as an Ox, its Head and fore Parts resembling a Lion, with prodigious large flat Feet, and Teeth Eighteen Inches long, white as Ivory, and as thick as a Man’s Wrist. He was very slow and helpless, and had no other way to attempt an Escape from his Enemies, but by flicking his Teeth in the Ground, and dragging his hinder Parts after him. The People assaulted him with Axes and other Instruments, which made no Impression on him, till by Chance they found a Place susceptible of their weapons, wherewith he was at last destroy’d. Tis further added, that upon cutting off a piece of his Flesh, it was found so exceeding tough, that it could not be torn [as nder?] by three Yoke of Oxen.”
Weekly Rehearsal (Boston, MA), Thursday, July 2, 1733, Issue: 92, Page: 2, available via GenealogyBank.com
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy
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