Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Simple Weathervane

I post another in a series of weather vane photographs every Wednesday.  This started with images of weathervanes from the Londonderry, New Hampshire area, but now I've found interesting weather vanes all across New England and across the globe.  Sometimes my weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are interesting.  Often my readers tip me off to some very unique or unusual weathervanes, too!  If you know a great weather vane near you, let me know if you'd like to have it featured on this blog.

Today's weather vane was photographed in New Hampshire.

Do you know the location of weathervane post #317?  Scroll down to find the answer.



Today's weathervane can be seen above the Provident Bank in Bedford, New Hampshire.  This bank is located at 1 Atwood Lane in the new Goffe Mill Plaza on South River Road.  

This weathervane is very simple.  It's just a directional arrow pointing to the wind, and a finial on the top of the pole.  Nothing more.  For brand new construction, this is very different.  Usually modern architects take advantage of all the fancy new weather vanes, or take time to put a bit of advertising art in the design. This weathervane is refreshing, and the DeStefano architects of this building seem to reflect the colonial roots of the Goffe family mills and homes that once stood in this area.  The website of this architectural firm has a slogan "Lavishingly detailed design.  Clothed in simplicity". 

Provident Bank

DeStefano Architects

Goffe Mill Plaza, Bedford, New Hampshire


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Simple Weathervane", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 28, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/06/weathervane-wednesday-simple-weathervane.html: accessed [access date]). 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday~ Peter Clements Rowell and his first wife, Susan Eastman, buried in Hooksett, New Hampshire

This tombstone was photographed at the Head Cemetery in Hooksett, New Hampshire.


PETER C. ROWELL
DIED
Feb 24, 1876
AE. 83 ys, 4 mo, 12 ds

SUSAN S.
his wife, d.
Dec. 27, 1870
AE 58

Peter Clements Rowell, son of Josiah Rowell and Abigail Duston, was born 12 Januar y 1793 an died 24 February 1876 in Hooksett, New Hampshire.  He married married Susan Eastman of Pembroke 18 August 1814 in Pembroke, New Hampshire.  They had two daughters (Emily and Frances).  He remarried on 16 September 1851 to Mary Hackett Ordway and had four more daughters (Mary Susan, Sarah Jane, Martha and Nancy). 

There is a civil war flag holder marking this grave. I couldn't find any records of Peter Rowell serving in the Civil War. 

The sheaf of wheat on a tombstone symbolizes the divine harvest or the cycle of life, and usually found on the markers of the elderly. 

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Peter Clements Rowell and his first wife, Susan Eastman, buried in Hooksett, New Hampshire",  Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 7, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/06/tombstone-tuesday-peter-clements-rowell.html: accessed [access date]). 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Jemima (Wyman) Burnham applies for a Revolutionary War Widow’s Pension

Colonel Joshua Burnham
Buried in Milford, New Hampshire
North River Road Cemetery
Revolutionary War Veteran

Last week I posted the documents Col. Joshua Burnham, my 5th great grandfather, used to prove his military service, and his need for a pension in his elderly years after the Revolutionary War.  He died in Milford, New Hampshire in 1835 and left his wife a widow.  She was infirm, and upon becoming widowed removed to South Boston to reside with her daughter, Jemima, and son-in-law, Romanus Emerson, (my 4th great grandparents). 

This week, I am posting the documents Jemima needed to provide for her widow’s pension.  There appeared to be some mix up since she applied in New Hampshire but wanted to receive her pension in the state of Massachusetts.  Her lawyer, Hubbard Newton of Amherst, New Hampshire, wrote a lot of correspondence about this situation.

Jemima died on 6 September 1843 in South Boston.  I have never found her burial site.  It was interesting for me to note that Jemima signed her name with a mark.  She must have been illiterate.

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State of New Hampshire                            On this twenty first day
Hillsborough County S. S.  }                        of August in the year of
Our Lord eighteen hundred and thirty eight, person-
ally appeared before the Court of Common Pleas holden
at Amherst with and for the County of Hillsborough
aforesaid, Jemima Burnam late of Milford in said
County, now a resident of the city of Boston in the Com-
monwealth of Massachusetts, aged eighty two years,
who being first duly sworn according to law, doth
on her oath make the following declaration, in order
to obtain the benefit of the provisions made by the act
of Congress, passed July 7th 1838 entitled “An act
granting half pay and pensions to certain widows:”
      That she is the widow of Joshua Burnam late
of Milford in the County of Hillsborough aforesaid, declared
who was a private in the Army of the Revolution, and
a pensioner of the 18th March 1818, and at the time
of his death, inscribed on the pension list, Roll of the
New Hampshire Agency, at the rate of eight dollars
per month.
                She further declares that she was married
to the said Joshua Burnam on the twenty first
day of January   in the year of our Lord seventeen
hundred and seventy nine: that her husband
the aforesaid Joshua Burnam died on the seventh
day of January in the year eighteen hundred
and thirty five, at Milford aforesaid, and that
she has remained a widow ever since that period.
        That she was not married to him prior to his
leaving the service, but the marriage took
place previous to the first of January, seventeen
hundred and ninety four, viz: at the time
above stated.                                    her
Witness H. Newton                Jemima X  Burnam                  
                                                            Mark
Sworn and subscribed, on the day and
Year above written, before the Justices of the
Court aforesaid, in open Court.
Witness
                Leonard Wilcox { Presiding  Justice
                                               Of said Court

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Massachusetts
N. Hampshire 1,368
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Jemima Burnham
Widow of Joshua Burnham, Rev.
who was a pensioner under the Act of June 7, 32
and who died on the 7th January 1835
of Hillsboro in the State of N. H.
who was a Priv. in the Company commanded
by Captain Reed of the Regt. Commanded
by ??? in the N. H.
line for 2 years
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Inscribed on the Roll of Congress
at the rate of 90 Dollars – Cents per annum,
to commence on the 4th day of March, 1836
============================
Certificate of Pension issued the 12th day of Oct.
’38 and ??? died Hubbard Newton
                Amherst, N.H.
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Arrears to the 4th of Sept.          $225.00
Semi-annual allowanced ending   45.00
                                     ================
                                                        $270.00

                      {Act July 7 }
                              1839

Recorded by L. A. Elliot   Clerk
Book A, Volume 7, Page 34

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Pension Agency
Concord, N.H.  April 19, 1839

J. L. Edwards Esq.
Sir,
              Jemima Burnham, whose
name has been entered as commencing
her pension March 4, 1836, has never ap-
plied here or been paid at this office.
                I am, respectfully, Sir,
                     Your obedient servant,
                                      ??? Hill



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Application for a Transfer  

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Suffolk County, Ss

                On this third day of April 1839 before
me, the subscriber, a Justice of the Peace for the
said County of Suffolk, personally appeared Mrs.
Jemima Burnham who, on her oath, declared
that she is he widow of Joshua Burnham
decd.  Who was a Private and ??? in the
Army of the Revolution.  That her said
husband died on the 7th day of Janry. 1835, that
she was pensioned under the act of 7th July ’38,
at the rate of $90 per annum as his widow,
that her name was inscribed on the
Roll of the Concord Agency (N. H.) that she
has resided in Boston County & State aforesaid,
for the last three years where she
intends to remain and wishes her pension
to be there payable.  She further declares
that a Pension Certificate was issued in her
name on the 12th Decr, 1839 at the rate
above stated but that she has never
recd. Any part of the amt. due from
the Agent in Concord, N. H.

Sworn and subscribed to, before



me, the day and year aforesaid.
                                                                         her
Franklin Haven                                Jemima   X Burnham
Just. Peace                                                    Mark
                        Witness   Edward N. Brown
And on the same day personally
Appeared Romanus Emerson, a credible
Witness, and made oath in due ??
Of law that he has been well acquainted
With the above named deponent for
29 years past and knows that she is the
Widow of Joshua Burnham decd. & the
Identical person named in the ??
Affidavit.                       Romanus Emerson
                                                third
Sworn & subscribed this first day of
April A. D. 1839 before me ( the date
First attend from first to third.)

Mr. Franklin Haven,  Just. Of the Peace
                                      For Suffolk County

Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Secretary’s Office Boston April 3, 1839
I hereby certify that the above named Franklin Haven is a
Justice of the Peace for the County of Suffolk in said Common-
wealth, duly constituted and commissioned.
                Witness my hand the Seal of the Commonwealth
                John P. Bigelow
                Secy. Of the Court



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                                 Boston 9th April 1839

Sir,
                 I enclose herewith the application of
Mrs. Jemima Burnham a pensr. under the Act
of 7th July 1838 to be transferred from the Agency
at Concord, N. H. to Massachusetts.  As the
pensr. has not recd. Any of the amt. due
her at the New Hampshire Agency, she
would be happy to receive an early return
as is consistant with the rules of the Dept.
                                I am very resply.
                                Yr. obt. Servt.
                                L. M. Stone

J. L. Edwards Esqr.}
Comr. Of Pensions
Washington
D.C.


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Commonwealth of Massachusetts} Ss
Suffolk County      

                                                                Be it known that as this
Eleventh day of July 1843 personally appeared
before me the subscriber, a Justice of the Peace in an for
said County and Commonwealth, Mrs. Jemima Burnham,
a resident of South Boston in the County of Suffolk
aforesaid age about eighty six years, who being first duly
sworn according to Law doth on her oath make the
following declaration in order to obtain the benefits
of the provision made by the Act of Congress passed on
the 3rd day of March 1843, granting pensions to widows
of persons who served during the Revolutionary
War.
                That she is the widow of Joshua Burnham
who was a Private and ?? in the Revolutionary
War and served as she verily believes as stated by her
In her original declaration for a pension under the
Law of the 7th July 1838 to which declaration and the
Papers accompanying the same now on file in the
War Department she would refer for a more particular
Statement of his services for the proof of her marriage
Identity and the time of her husband’s death.
                She further declares that she was pensioned
Under said act at the rate of ninety dollars per annum
Which XXXXXX she received from the 4th of March
1836 to the 4th March 1841 at the Agency in Boston
Massachusetts and at the time of her receiving her last
payment surrendered the Pension Certificate granted to her
under said Act to the Pension Agent at the said city of
Boston agreeably to the rules of the Department.
                And this declarant further alleges that she has
not intermarried since the decease of her said Husband
but is now and ever since has been the Widow of said
Joshua Burnham deceased as will more fully appear
By the proof hereunto annexed.
                And further she saith not.
                                                                                         her
Witness Romanus Emerson                    Jemima  X Burnham
                                                                                         Mark


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Sworn to and subscribed on the day and year
first within written, and I certify that the applicant
is personally known to me to be the person within
described.
         Before me,
                Lowell m. Stone
                                Justice of the Peace

I Romanus Emerson of South Boston in the
County of Suffolk of lawful age, an oath testify
And say, that I have been well acquainted with
Jemima Burnham the applicant named in the within
declaration for many years last past.  I know that
she was the wife and is now the Widow of Joshua
Burnham deceased, who was reputed to have
been a soldier in the Revolutionary War and that
she was a pensioner under the law of the 7th July
1838 as stated by her.
                                Romanus Emerson

Commonwealth  of Massachusetts
Suffolk County } ss    July 11th 1843
Then came Romanus Emerson who is known
To me to be a credible witness and made oath that
The foregoing affidavit by him subscribed is
Strictly true -.
                Before me
                                Lowell M. Stone
                                                Justice of the Peace


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Amherst, N. H. 17th September, 1838

James L. Edward, Esq.,
                                                Dear Sir, I herewith
enclose to you, the Declaration of Jemima
Burnam, and the widow required to obtain
Rev. claim for a pension, under the act of the
7th July 1834.
                                Should a pension certificate, or due
examination, be awarded, in this case, the applicant
is to be placed on the Roll of the Massachusetts
Agency, as she now resides in the city of Boston
in that state.
                I am, however, her agent, for this purpose,
as the widow is all in New Hampshire, & the
business could be done with the least expense here.  And
you will plan to cause the certificate, should
one be granted, to be enclosed to me at
Amherst, N. H., as also any other communi-
cation on this subject.
                Your’s very Respectfully, etc
                                Hubbard Newton
                                                Counsellar at Law



Click here to read last week's post about Col. Joshua Burnham's application for a Revolutionary War pension:
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/06/joshua-burnham-proves-his-military.html

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Jemima (Wyman) Burnham applies for a Revolutionary War Widow’s Pension", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 26, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/06/jemima-wyman-burnham-applies-for.html: accessed [access date]). 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ HASKELL of Gloucester, Massachusetts



HASKELL / HASKEL / HASKLE / HASCOLL / HASCALL

This is a case of my 9th great grandfather who married my 10th great grandmother.  Sounds funny? Well, it is a very tangled family tree.

William Haskell, my 10th great grandfather, was born about 1578 probably in Charlton Musgrove, Somersetshire, England, where he also died and was buried on 11 May 1630.  He left a widow, my 10th great grandmother, Elinor Foule, and seven children.  Sometime later Elinor remarried to John Stone, who happens to be my 9th great grandfather through his first marriage to Elinor Cooke [See this link for my STONE lineage through their son Nathaniel Stone:   https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2014/12/surname-saturday-stone-of-beverly.html  ]

In 1635 John Stone brought his own two Stone sons, his second wife Elinor, and some of Haskell children to Massachusetts.  They settled at what is now Beverly, Massachusetts and owned a farm near the Bass River, close to where the United States Shoe Machinery Corporation, now the Cummings Center, was located.  If this sounds familiar, three generations of my family worked at “The Shoe”, including my own father, and it was just a few blocks from my childhood house on 7 Dearborn Avenue. Can you believe my family lived in this neighborhood for nearly 400 years? 

Of these four Haskell children who appear later in the Massachusetts records, much is known about Roger, who appeared to be here first.  According to an article in the New England Historic Genealogy Society Register: “Mark was apprenticed to John Whiting, broadweaver of Shepton Mallet, in 1635 for nine years. He does not appear in Massachusetts before 1652 he likely completed his apprenticeship before joining his brothers in New England.  Roger, the oldest, appears in Charlton Musgrove records as late as 1635 but received a land grant at Beverly, Mass., in 1636, which considerably narrows the probable date of his arrival.  William does not appear in any known New England records before 1643, but it seems likely he and Roger arrived together.  Roger died at Beverly, in 1667 and his will he gives 'to my sister Jone a heifer...' so we can surmise she was then in New England and perhaps married, though no marriage record survives." NEHGS Register, Volume 138, pages 225 - 226.

William Haskell, Jr., my 9th great grandfather, was born 8 November 1618 in Charlton Musgrave.  He settled in Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1643 where he was a mariner.  He was a selectman for a few years and a representative to the General Court six times.  He became lieutenant of the militia in 1661, and later promoted to captain.  When the first church was settled at Gloucester he was one of the first two deacons chosen.  He married a Mary Tybott, whose father, Walter Tybott, followed Reverend Richard Blynman from Wales to Gloucester. They had nine children, and both William and Mary died in 1693 only four days apart.

Their son, Mark Haskell, my 8th great grandfather, married Elizabeth Giddings of Ipswich and had three children before he died young in 1691, age 33 years and 5 months. Elizabeth remarried to John Dennison. Her son, Mark Haskell, Jr., my 7th great grandfather, lived a long life to 87 years.  He married Martha Tuthill and had thirteen children!  Martha was the great granddaughter of Remember Allerton, a Mayflower passenger.  She passed away in 1763 and Mark took a second wife, Elizabeth Porter, in 1767, who had been widowed three times by Daniel Gilbert, Joseph Goodhue, and John Burnham (who was my 7th great grandfather with his first wife Anne Choate).  There was a lot of intermarriage in this branch of my family tree, don’t you think?

Lucy Haskell (1715 – 1789) is my 6th great grandmother.  She married Jabez Treadwell, a cooper from Ipswich, in 1736.  I own an original copy of Jabez’s will, written on old linen paper, and written in 1781.  Lucy and Jabez had eleven children, and I descend from their son Nathaniel Treadwell (1753 – 1822).  You can see this written last will and testament at this link:  https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2009/10/jabez-treadwells-will.html

There is a great quote in the book Saga of Cape Ann, by Elliott Copeland & Melvin T. Rogers, 1960, page 135 “In the 18th Century, Bearskin Neck was the site of fishermen's shanties, boat building shops, stores which sold boat gear, bait, and clams, an old tavern, and the 'lean-to' where Wm. Haskell, who wore earrings and did up his hair on curl papers, sold home made ginger pop & molasses candy...."  I’d like to think that this was William Haskell (1618 – 1693), my 9th great grandfather, but I really don’t know which William Haskell this excerpt describes.

Some HASKELL sources:

Chronicles of the Haskell Family, by Ira J. Haskell, 1943, Ellis Printing Co., Lynn, MA

“John Stone: First Ferryman of Beverly, Mass and some of his descendants 1635 – 1900”, by James B. Stone in The Essex Genealogist, Volume 7, pages 67 - 70.

“English Origins of the Haskell Family”, by Winthrop Allison Haskell in the NEHGS Register, Volume 138, pages 225 - 226

My HASKELL genealogy:

Generation 1: William Haskell, born about 1578 in Charlton Musgrove, Somersetshire, England, and buried 11 May 1630 in Charlton Musgrove; married to Elinor Foule. Seven children.  Elinor remarried to John Stone.

Generation 2: William Haskell, baptized 8 November 1618 in Charlton Musgrove, died 20 August 1693 in Gloucester, Massachusetts; married on 6 November 1643 in Salem, Massachusetts to Mary Tybott, daughter of Walter Tybott, born 6 November 1628 in Chepstow, Wales and died 24 August 1693 in Gloucester.  Nine children.

Generation 3:  Mark Haskell, born 8 April 1658 in Gloucester, died 8 September 1691 in Gloucester; married on 16 December 1685 in Gloucester to Elizabeth Giddings, daughter of John Giddings and Sarah Alcock.  She was born about 1666 in Ipswich, and died 15 September 1725 in Gloucester. Three children.  Elizabeth remarried to John Dennison.

Generation 4:  Mark Haskell, born 16 September 1687 in Gloucester, died 25 August 1775 in Ipswich; married about 14 January 1710 in Gloucester to Martha Tuthill, daughter rof John Tuthill and Martha Ward.  She was born 21 November 1690 in Ipswich, and died 15 May 1763 in Ipswich.  Thirteen children.

Generation 5: Lucy Haskell, born 21 May 1715 in Gloucester, died 21 September 1769 in Ipswich; married on 20 November 1736 in Ipswich to Jabez Treadwell, son of Nathaniel Treadwell and Hannah Unknown.  He was born 9 August 1713 in Ipswich, and died 22 December 1780 in Ipswich.  Eleven children.

Generation 6:  Nathaniel Treadwell m. Mary Hovey
Generation 7:  Jabez Treadwell m. Betsey Jillings Homan
Generation 8:  Eliza Ann Treadwell m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 9:  Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 10:  Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 11:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ HASKELL of Gloucester, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 24, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/06/surname-saturday-haskell-of-gloucester.html: accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Flock of Birds

I post another in a series of weather vane photographs every Wednesday.  This started with images of weathervanes from the Londonderry, New Hampshire area, but now I've found interesting weather vanes all across New England and across the globe.  Sometimes my weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are interesting.  Often my readers tip me off to some very unique or unusual weathervanes, too!  If you know a great weather vane near you, let me know if you'd like to have it featured on this blog.

Today's weather vanes were photographed in New Hampshire.  Two on one house!

Do you know the location of weathervane post #316?  Scroll down to find the answer.





The three geese are on the building to the left,
and the heron is on the building to the right


These two lovely bird weather vanes were seen on a farmhouse on Meetinghouse Road in Bedford, New Hampshire.  This is a large home in the "Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn" style, with an additional garage.   These weathervanes were both installed on cupolas above the roof ridges.  This home dates to 1826.

Over the garage is the elaborate weather vane with the three flying geese.  Birds of all types are popular weathervanes in New England, and usually I see one eagle or one goose, but this group of three is especially nice.   Over the larger barn building is the heron weathervane.  Both weathervanes feature the birds in flight, which ties them together nicely.

I have driven by these two weathervanes many times in the past few years, but finally in April we found a place to pull over so we could walk to the road in front of this home to take photographs.  When the trees leaf out it will be difficult to see these.

Click here to learn more about the typical New England "Big House, Little House, Backhouse, Barn" style of farmhouse:
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2014/08/big-house-little-house-backhouse-barn.html


Click here to see the entire Weathervane Wednesday series of posts!

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Flock of Birds", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 21, 2017, ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/06/weathervane-wednesday-flock-of-birds.html: accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday ~ A Young Man and his Infant Daughter

These gravestones were photographed at the Riverside Cemetery, on Rt. 3A, in Hooksett, New Hampshire.


ALICE M.
Dau. of
N.K & M.
DAVIS
died
Aug. 20, 1849
AE 1 yr 10 mo.
How gloomy all where
She sweetly smil'd



Capt.
NEHEMIAH K. DAVIS
died
Dec. 2, 1847
AEt. 27
Here lies one we lost so dear
His loss to us it seems severe
But in the silent grave we must leave him
Till the resurrection morn
Then our Saviour will receive him
And restore his lovely form. 


Hazen Davis, born 1796, died 4 May 1858; married Sally Kennerson.  She died 19 June 1854.  They had five children including Nehemiah Kennerson Davis.  Nehemiah was born in 1820 and married Maria French in 1843.  When he was only 27 years old he was killed on the railroad in Hooksett on 2 December 1847.  According to A Genealogy of the Descendants of Abraham Colby and Elizabeth Blaisdell, by Harrison Colby, 1895, page 113 “He was a captain of the militia, in which he took much delight.”   Nehemiah had one child, Alice, born 20 October 1847, barely a month and a half before his untimely death.  She died 20 August 1849 aged 1 year and 10 months.

According to “AuntieJ” at Find A Grave, this headstone was standing upright in 2012 when she photographed it and wrote this note “Nehemiah is buried near Hazen Davis.  Grave stone is close to the fence, making an odd angle necessary in order to get a shot of the entire stone.”  Apparently, sometime in the last five years this stone fell and was placed face up.  

Nehemiah K. Davis at Find A Grave:

Alice Davis at Find A Grave:


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ A Young Man and his Infant Daughter", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 20, 2017, ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/06/tombstone-tuesday-young-man-and-his.html: accessed [access date]). 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Joshua Burnham Proves his Military Service

The Colonel Burnham Homestead in Milford, New Hampshire

Joshua Burnham, my 5th great grandfather, served in the American Revolutionary War, and in 1818 he decided to apply for a military pension.  Lest you think that paperwork, red tape and bureaucracy are anything new, you should read this blog post.

Joshua Burnham, son of Stephen Burnham and Mary Andrews, was born In Gloucester, Massachusetts on 26 January 1754.  He served in the Revolutionary War in 1775 for eight months, and re-enlisted for 1776- 1777 for a term of one year.  In 1779 he married Jemima Wyman, the daughter of Increase Wyman, in Wilton, New Hampshire.  They lived on a large farm in Milford, in a beautiful old homestead which is still standing today as “The Colonel Joshua Burnham Tavern”.  

It appears that Joshua Burnham sold his land and homestead.  He ran into hard times and in 1818 he had to apply for a military pension.  Here are some of the documents he submitted to prove his military career.  Below you will see a sworn affidavit from Joshua, and another three depositions from three friends who served in the military with him during the Revolution.  Each affidavit also has another sworn statement by a court clerk, guaranteeing that the signatures of the friends are genuine. 



I Joshua Burham of Milford in the Coun-
ty of Hillsborough and State of New Hamp-
shire aged sixty four years, declare and
say That in the month of April in the
year one thousand seven hundred and
seventy five at said Milford, then called
Amherst, I enlisted as a private soldier
In Capt. Josiah Crosby’s Company in Col.
James Read’s Regiment in the New Hampshire line in the American
Army to serve eight months and served
the whole of said eight months in said
Crosby’s Company- at the end of which
I enlisted as a private soldier in Capt. ----
Jones’ Company in said Read’s Regiment
To serve one year and served the whole
Of said year in said Jones’ Company-
Serving all said time of service.  I served
at Bunker Hill, New York, Philadelphia, and
in Canada ?? said was in the battle at
Bunker Hill & I was discharged from the
Service with others by the ???
of the Officer, at a place called Aesapus farmer
But known by the name of Kingstown in
the State of New York.
I further declare that I am in reduced
circumstances, have no property, and
am in need of relief and support having
no way to support myself but by my labor,
and my health is very poor beside being
lame in one of my ankles & which has
been a confirmed complaint for about
four years last ??
Witnesses to signature                       Joshua Burnham
Solomon Kittridge
Nathl. Shattuck              sworn to this ????
                                         Before me G. Smith        Associate Justice of the
                                                                                   Court of Common Pleas


I Israel Burnham of Lyndeborough in the
County of Hillsborough do solemnly swear
that I am well acquainted with Joshua Burham
who has given his affidavit on the other side of this
that I know him to be the same person who
served with me in the Continental establish-
ment faithfully for the term of one year in Capt.
Jones’ Company in Col. James Reed’s Regt. In the
New Hampshire Line his service commenced in
Jan. A.D. 1776 & ended in Jan. A.D. 1777.  I was dis-
charged on account of sickness about one fort-
night before my time expired.    ?? the said
Joshua in the service I have no doubt in my
mind but he served out his time.  I was honestly
discharged as he did not return home for about
three weeks after my return.  We both lived
in the same town.
Sworn to this 6th day of July 1818                       Israel Burnam
Before me   J. H. Smith           Associate Justice of Court of C. Pleas


I Nathl. Shattuck of Amherst depose and say
That I have been acquainted with Joshua
Burnam before mentioned for about four-
teen years- I further say that I have had op-
portunity to be acquainted with his property
and know that by misfortune in the
business of a trader he has become poor
and wholly destitute of property, and stands
in need of relief- that he is old and infirm
in health and lame in one of his feet.
Sworn to this 31st day of March AD 1818                    Nathl. Shattuck
before me                J. H. Smith  Associate Justice of the Court
                                                        of Common Pleas


I Joseph Leavitt of Amherst in the County
Of Hillsborough aforesaid do solemnly swear
That I am well acquainted with Joshua Burham
And who has given his affidavit on this sheet
I know him to be the same person who served
In the Continental establishment for the term
Of one year commencing the first part of
Jan. A. D. 1776 & ending the fore part of Jan.
A.D. 1777 his service was alone in Col Reed’s
Reg. in the New Hampshire Line in Capt.
Jones’ Company at which time I served in the
Same Regt. And left the said Joshua in the
Army as he was sick & unable to travel when
I was discharged.  I ??ed to the same Town
With him, now it, Amherst
Sworn to this 6th day of                   Joseph Leavitt
July 1818 Before me                        J. H. Smith -  Associate Justice
                                                                                   The Court of C. Pleas


This certifies that Nathaniel Shattuck, Israel Burnham,
And Joseph Leavitt are all credible witnesses in
Court of Law -             J. H. Smith -            Associate Justice of the
                                                                       Court of Common Pleas


  
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Joshua Burnham was granted his pension in July 1818.  He died in 1835 and his widow applied for a pension which she received until her death in 1843.  I’ll blog more about this next week, because poor widow Jemima Burnham had to do even more paperwork to prove her marriage and her case for her widow’s pension. 

Click on this link for a previous blog post about Col. Joshua Burnham:
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/01/illiterate-colonel.html

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Joshua Burnham Proves His Military Service”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 19, 2017, ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/06/joshua-burnham-proves-his-military.html: accessed [access date]).