I've been photographing the weather vanes in the historic area of Nutfield, New Hampshire. Nutfield used to be where Derry and Londonderry are located today, but also covered Windham and parts of Hudson and Manchester, New Hampshire. Today's weathervane is in Windham.
Do you know the location of weathervane #49? Scroll down to see the answer.
Today's weathervane is located at an old farm on Londonderry Road in Windham, New Hampshire. It was built in 1815 by Deacon Silas Moore. In 1853 it was sold to John W. Noyes, and then owned by the following families: Hills, Burns, McDaniels, Robie, Holmes, Jenness, Lord, Emery, Bonazoni, Snow, Fedas, and Rennard in 1974. The Windham Historical Society has no record of the present owner. The weathervane is a three dimensional horse with a two wheeled sulky and rider.
From page 632 of the History of Windham in New Hampshire by Leonard Morrison :
1. Timothy McDaniel1, was b. in the Highlands of Scotland; settled in Portland, Me., and owned a large amount of real estate; was a teacher of note; was an officer in the Revolutionary army. He m. Mary Winslow. Their son,
2. Washington-Shirly2, also of Portland, then of Saco, then of Freedom, N.H. m. Polly Woodman. Their son,
3. Ephraim3, of Windham, was b. in Freedom, Aug. 23, 1819; was a weaver 37 yrs; enlisted as a drum-major, Oct. 28, 1861, in Fifth Regt. N. H. Vols.; discharged Oct. 26, 1862; was severely injured during the seven day's fight and retreat in front of Richmond, from which he has never recovered. He. m. Sarah-A., dau. of Kendall and Martha (Keyes) Swallow, of Dunstable, b. March 27, 1829. He now owns the Dea. Silas Moore farm in the north part of town. Children:-
4. Maria4, b. Lowell, Mass., Sept 23, 1843; m. Samuel Houghton of Fulton, Ill.; music-teacher.
5. William-Wallace4, b. Lowell, April 9, 1853; m. Emma-F. Stearns of Lowell, b. Chelmsford, Nov. 11, 1853. Ch.: Edward-W.5; res. Lowell; overseer in mill.
6. Roscoe4, b. Freedom, N.H., Aug 18, 1857; musician; res. Lowell."
Thank you to Joan Normington of the Windham Historical Society for the information on this house.
The History of Windham in New Hampshire, by Leonard Allison Morrison, Boston, MA: Cupples, Upham & Co., 1883.
Rural Oasis, 1883 - 1975, by the Windham, NH Town History Committee.
Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo