Rebecca Lavina Hodges b 31 January 1840

Rebecca Hodges was born 31 January 1840, in Aylesford township of Nova Scotia, the fifth of nine children of Jonathan and Ruth (Taylor) Hodges.  Her father was a farmer and shoemaker.  She married William B McKeown on 12 December 1865 at Berwick.  He was from nearby Lawrencetown, and this was the first marriage for both.  Witnesses at the wedding were neighbor Albert G Roland and Rebecca’s younger brother Stephen Hodges. 

In 1871, Rebecca and William lived with their first two children, Minnie and Hattie, in Clarence.  Son Charles was born a few years later.  Rebecca and her family were in the 1881 census, living at Clarence NS.  William was listed as a farmer, and all reported they were ethnically Irish.  (McKeowns were from northern Ireland.)  Besides farming, William served as Deacon at the Baptist church.

In 1891, the household consisted of William, Rebecca, their son Charles, a domestic (servant) named James Sanderson, and Rebecca’s niece Nellie Ewing (daughter of Tamson Hodges Ewing.)

In 1901, Rebecca and William lived with their daughter Minnie and her husband Charles Clearn, in Clarence.  The Bridgetown Monitor reported on Bridgetown Monitor:  2 Feb 1910:  Lawrencetown. Mr and Mrs C. B. McKeown entertained their friends very pleasantly Monday evening, it being the seventieth birthday of Mrs Wm. McKeown.

By the time of the 1911 census, Rebecca and William were living in the household of their son Charles, and his wife Florence, in Brickton. 

Rebecca’s grandson William Balcom (Hattie’s son) served in World War 1 as a member of the Canadian Railway Troops.  This organization built railroads in Europe to facilitate the movement of war supplies, after it became evident that road and animal transport could not move the massive quantities needed to support the military.  Return trains evacuated casualties. Railway men were killed due to accidents, shelling, aerial bombing, and machine gun and rifle fire.  While the troops had the protection of their trenches, the railway troops were more often out in the open, moving supplies forward or repairing rail lines.  William Balcom died in France on 24 April 1918, and is buried at St-Hilaire near the town of Frevent in France.  Rebecca’s son Charles served overseas in the Canadian Forestry Corps. The roll of this battalion was to undertake lumbering operations in Europe in support of England in the war and included building landing fields.  He died of accidental injuries just five weeks after his nephew William, on 30 May 1918, and is buried in Chichester Cemetery in England. 

Rebecca died 23 May 1927.  Her husband died 1 May 1936.  They are buried at Pine Grove Cemetery at Middleton NS.


James Harding Hodges m Ausithe Bourque 30 Jan 1883

James Hodges was born 28 July 1853, in Aylesford, Nova Scotia, the first of 11 children of Ralph and Mary (Hodges) Hodges. The family lived in the community of Morristown.  The 1871 census shows him living with his parents and siblings in Aylesford South, Kings, NS. I have not been able to find him in the 1881 census.  James’ life path was different from his Hodges siblings and cousins, because he didn’t stay in Kings County, nor did he emigrate to Massachusetts.  Instead, he moved to New Brunswick, just across the Nova Scotia border.

Ausithe Bourque was born 20 September 1854, in Memramcook, New Brunswick, daughter of Joseph Bourque and Appoline “Polonie” Melancon.  Ausithe’s family was from the Dorchester area.  The 1851 census lists Joseph Bourque’s family, he reported that his race was “Acadian”, and indicates that the three youngest children (before Ausithe was born) were deaf and dumb (the terms used at that time.)  I could not find the family in the 1861 census, but the 1871 census indicates that “Oset” is deaf and dumb. 

I searched the 1881 for Ausithe.  There is a name that looks like “Cealy Burk”  F age 24 (indexed as Buck) living with John Allen in Sackville –  Under “infirmities” she is listed as deaf and dumb, and I believe this is Ausithe, b 1857 (more clues below.)

I know that the Hodges clan is Irish Baptists, so I don’t know what made me look in the on-lin Catholic church records, but I’m glad I did, because here’s what I found in the vital records for St-Thomas in Memramcook: 

B 13  James Hodges (29 ans)

Ce trente Janvier mil huit cent quatre vingt trois, Nous pretre soussigné  avons baptisé,  sous condition, James Hodges agé  de vingt neuf ans, fils de Ralph Hodges et de Mary Hicks.  Parrain Ferdinand Melançon, marraine Rufine Melançon , qui n’ont pas signé.

                                                                        Ed E Labbe, ptre e.a.c.

This 30th of January one thousand eight hundred eighty three,  I the priest who signed below baptized, under condition, James Hodges age of twenty nine years, son of Ralph Hodges and of Mary Hicks.  Godfather Ferdinand Melancon, godmother Rufine Melancon, who did not sign.

Ed E Labbe, ptre e.a.c.

The names of James’ parents are in fact Ralph Hodges and Mary Hodges, first cousins.  Apparently someone felt it would be better to give Mary the alias of “Hicks”.  Perhaps their “degree of consanguinity” would not have been acceptable to the Catholic Church, and if James wasn’t baptized Catholic, it would have been much harder for him to marry his sweetheart.  The next entry in the record says:                                                         

M 15 James Hodges & Ansithe Bourque

Ce trente Janvier mil huit cent quatre-vingt trois, après avoir accordé la dispense de publication entre James Hodges fils majeur de Ralph Hodges et de Mary Hicks de Sackville d’une part; et Ansithe Bourque, fille majeure de defunct Joseph Bourque et de Polonie Melançon aussi de Sackvile d’autre part; tous deux sourds & muets, et ne connaissant aucun empêchement, Nous pretre soussigné avons reçu le mutuel consentement de mariage des susdits époux et leur avons donné la bénédiction nuptiale en présence de Ferdinand Melançon et de Rufine Melançon qui n’ont pas signé.

                                                                                    Ed  E Labbe, ptr

This thirtieth of January, one thousand eight hundred and eighty three, after obtaining the agreement of dispensation of the publishing between James Hodges, adult son of Ralph Hodges and of Mary Hicks, of Sackville of one part, and Ansithe Bourque, an adult daughter of the deceased Joseph Bourque and of Polonie Melançon, also of Sackville of the other part, both deaf and mute, not knowing of any objection, we, undersigned priest have received the mutual consent from both spouses and have given them the wedding benediction in presence of Ferdinand Melançon and Rufine Melançon who have not signed.

                                                                                    Ed  E Labbe, ptr

 [Merci, cousin Diane T for proof-reading my translation!]

Date February 8 1883, County Westmorland, Place Sackville  Newspaper Chignecto Post : m. 30th ult., at residence of John ALLEN, Middle Sackville (West. Co.) by Rev. E. Labbe, James HODGES / Miss Ouellete BURKE, both deaf and dumb.

The man who hosted the wedding is probably the same John Allen where the bride was living in 1881.  (He has daughter Janie who might be the Jennie Allen who was later living with James and Ausithe in 1901.)

The 1891 census of Sackville NB lists James Hodges, 38, b NS, parents b NS, shoemaker; Eusette Hodges, 34, wife, b NB, parents b NB, and Adolphe Burke, 18, son, b NB. parents b NB, shoemaker.  I do not believe that Adolphe Burke is their son.  In 1891, they had only been married 8 years, and Adolphe is 18.  If he was James’ son, his name would have been Hodges. 

Another entry lists the 1891 location as “Institutions” subdistrict, in Westmorland, NB.  The group includes Elizabeth Burke age 45, Marcelle McFee 31, Harold Snowden 7, and John Weatherhead, 20.  The actual copy is illegible.  The index lists Elizabeth and Adolphe as lodgers. 

The 1901 census for Sackville, NB lists James Hodges b 18 Mar 1853, in NS, religion Catholic, shoemaker, Osite Hodges b 4 Sep 1860 in NB, religion Catholic, Jennie Allen, b 6 Aug 1876, NB.  This may be the daughter of John Allen.  The 1911 Sackville census lists James Hodges b July 1852, Catholic, shoemaker and Aressett Hodges, wife, b Oct 1861 (very hard to read, indexed as Charett)

There is a website at which has a nice collection of indexed vital records, with the actual images.  In the Register of Deaths Year 1933, Book 159, Page 239, it lists James Hodges of Amherst NS (which is just across the border from Sackville NB).  It says, Male, French, married, born Aylesford NS in 1852, died age 81, shoemaker. He died July 30, 1933, arteriosclerosis, with enlarged prostate.  He was buried in Sackville 1 August 1933.  

A very nice librarian from Sackville sent me the following:   

Obit from Sackville Tribune Post Aug 3, 1933, p 8   OBITUARY – James Hodges

Mr. James Hodges, a former resident of Middle Sackville, passed away at his home in Amherst last Sunday evening.  Deceased, who was 79 years of age, was a native of Nova Scotia, but came to Sackville many years ago.  In 1880, he entered the employ of the late Abner Smith at Middle Sackville and was afterwards employed by Councilor James Smith.  When the Wry-Standard company was formed he worked for them until about a year ago, when he retired on account of ill health.  He moved to Amherst a few years ago when the Wry-Standard took over the premises formerly occupied by the Amherst Boot & Shoe Company.  The late Mr. Hodges, who was well known and highly respected, is survived by his widow.  The funeral was held on Monday, interment being in the Holy Rosary R. C. cemetery at Middle Sackville.

But what happened to Ausithe?

The Nova Scotia website listed a Rosie Hodges, French Canadian who died 19 June 1947 in Amherst, buried at Beach Hill Cemetery. Her home address was 11 Maple Avenue, she was a widow.  Date of birth was given as Sep 15, 1854.  Using the age of Oset in 1871, she would have been born in 1855.  Since James was listed as “married” his wife should have died after him.  Is this her?  Back to the kindness of the librarian:

Amherst Daily News June 20, 1947, page 5  OBITUARY – Mrs. Rosie Hodges

The death of Mrs. Rosie Hodges occurred Thursday evening at the home of her niece Mrs. Jude Cormier, 11 Maple Ave.  Although Mrs. Hodges was 92 years of age she was active up until a few days before her death.  She came to Amherst from Sackville about 20 years ago and was highly respected by all who knew her.  She is survived by two nieces, Mrs. Jude Cormier of Amherst, and Mrs. Mary Gould of Port Elgin, and a nephew Willliam Terrio of Carlisle, England.  The remains will rest at Campbell’s Funeral Home until Saturday morning.  Service will be from St. Charles Church at 9 o’clock.

Amherst Daily News, June 20, 1947, page 4  FUNERAL – Mrs. Rose Hodges

The funeral of the late Mrs. Rose Hodges was held from the R. C. Church with Requiem high mass conducted by Rev. Father McCarthy assisted by Father Mackey.  The pallbearers were Henry Arsenault, Pat LeBlanc, Amos LeBlanc, and Sandy Chapman.  The remains were taken  to Sackville for burial in the Beach Hill Cemetery.  Mass Cards were from the following:  Mr. and Mrs. Meddie Richard and family; Mr and Mrs. Amos LeBlanc; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Arsenault and Patsy, the Desprey Family, Mr. and Mrs. Jude Cormier, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Allen, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Richard and family.

Rose Hodges’ obituary doesn’t list her husband, but it does say “survived by nephew William Terrio” plus nieces Mrs. Jude Cormier and Mrs. Mary Gould.  Ausithe Burke has a sister Jane.  This could be the Jane (Mrs. Daniel) Tarrio in the 1911 census in Amherst NS.  She is the correct age to be Ausithe’s sister, according to earlier census records.  Jane and Daniel have a son William.  Living in the same household is Nancy Burke.  Ausithe also had a sister named Nancy, and this one is the correct age. Her occupation is “domestic” and working for her sister, so this would also seem to confirm that the wife Jane is a Burke. There are Cormiers and Goulds in the immediate vicinity, so the nieces (Mrs. Jude Cornier and Mrs. Mary Gould) could also be daughters of Jane who married after 1911 census.  William D Terrio WW1 record lists relative as Jane Burk Terrio of Amherst.  

Also per the librarian, Beach Hill cemetery is really Beech (the tree, not ocean front) and is the same as Holy Rosary cemetery.   I found James Hodges’ headstone at the cemetery.  Buried there also is Mary Burk, who is Authithe’s older sister.  Her death record says that she died in 1904, cause of death, general debility, lifetime.  I did not find a marker for Ausithe.

This couple was a fun little piece of detective work.  One of the challenges was that I was never sure of the wife’s name.  In all the records I found for her, her name was never spelled the same way twice:  Ausithe, Oset, Cealy, Ansithe, Eusette, Ouisette, Osite, Aressett, Rosie, and Rose!

I also learned that Amherst was at one time home of the Amherst School for the Deaf, later Amherst Vocational School.  I have not been able to find out when that school opened, so I don’t know if that was the draw for James and/or Ausithe.

Christian Hintz b 29 January 1850

Christian Hintz was born 29 January, 1850, in Leipzig, Bessarabia, Russia, the fourth of 13 children of Johann Friedrich and Louisa (Nuske) Hintz.  Christian married Rosina Roehl in Tarutino, Bessarabia, Russia on 5 February 1870.  They eventually had 12 children.  The first four were born in Russia, the rest in the Dakotas.  Christian was the oldest son who lived to be an adult.  He, his wife, and children were the first of the descendants of Johann and Louisa to immigrate to the United States.  Later, his mother and surviving siblings would come to America to join him.  The following information tells about the way of the life of early settlers of the Dakotas. 

In the Beginning . . . Hebron, North Dakota 1876-1912 Compiled by Jane Berg and Kathy Elmer page 83

In the year 1880 Christian Hintz came from Leipzig, Russia with his family and located near Scotland, South Dakota.  In the course of a few years he was importuned by relatives and friends in the old country to find places for them in America.  As free homestead land was all taken up around Scotland he looked about elsewhere and hearing of the Hebron colony made a trip out here in the fall of the year ’85 to view the country.  The land looked so satisfactory that he decided to dispose of his South Dakota farm and locate out here himself the following year   Accordingly he wrote to his people in Russia telling them of his plans and directing them to come directly to Hebron in the spring of ’86 and he would meet them there.  That spring a group of Russians left Leipzig for America, among them being the families of Gotlieb Roehl, Gottlieb Klaus, a shoemaker, John Friesz and Fred Miller.  They passed through Germany and took ship at Hamburg, arriving at Hebron about four o’clock in the morning of April 27.  As the conductor started putting them off here they objected saying there must be some mistake as they were going to a large town, while here they could see nothing but a small building of a depot. The conductor insisted that this was the place and proceeded to unload them all here.  The whole group stayed at the depot until morning when some of them seeing the Krauth and Leutz Store went over and made inquiries.  Leutz told them that about a week before a man by the name of Christian Hintz had come up from South Dakota and was now staying with the John Krauss family on the present Moos farm.  Word was sent out and soon Hintz and Krauss came and took them all out to the latter’s place.  Krauss had only arrived shortly before but had a solid shack up already; the whole bunch packed into that hut and slept on the earth floor while they stayed there.  They were all broke and nobody had any money to speak of.  There was no land agent around then so Krauss took them around to show them the land, and in order to make a living in the meantime they all picked bones.

They found that practically all the watered homestead claims were taken up already to a distance of about 12 miles south of town.  The land was unsurveyed down that way and they did not know if any particular place was on railroad or government land.  The settlers all wanted land with a spring or creek on it, as they were adverse to digging over 10 feet for a well.  John Dittus was living out there already and he was the furthest out when Hintz came so Hintz took up the next suitable location beyond.  He had his brother-in-law Roehl locate next beyond him near a spring. With Roehl were his young sons Daniel, Fred, and Gottlieb.  They built a sod shack and with poles cut at the River they made a roof.  They had no stove for the first six or seven years so had to get along with a fireplace for heating and cooking purposes and in the side of this was built a Russian oven where they did their baking during that time.  They had only one big dish out of which the whole family had to eat, but nearly all the members had a spoon.  They had only one kettle and this they used to cook their meals in over the fire.  They had practically nothing to put into the kettle, except what they were able to get in exchange for bones.

Mrs. Roehl brought along from Russia two gallons of goose lard which had to last the whole family a year until they were able to get and raise a pig to butcher.  They bought a heifer on terms and after a year more they were able to get some milk.  The clothing they brought along from the old country was made to last three years.

In those days the prairie grass grew two feet deep and prairie fires used to come and burn them out. Late in the fall Gottfried Hintz was working hard to fight the fires.  The heat was intense as the hot air was blown by the resulting winds.  When the fire was subdued in one place the fighter would have to rush to another place, perhaps half a mile or more away.  It froze hard during the night but Hintz had to continue throughout the night with little rest.  The alternate heat and cold caused him to get lung fever and he died on the third day. He was buried on top of a flat hill on the NE1/4 3-137-90 about a mile east of the Catholic church south of town.  As the land was unsurveyed in those days and a number of settlers lived around there it was agreed that this was sufficiently conveniently located for a common burial place, and in a few years quite a number were buried there including old man Sprecher. They had no tombstones and after the land became surveyed Christ Kuntz plowed it up and it has remained a tilled field ever since. 

They obtained seven bushels of seed wheat from the government which was sown and that fall they realized ten bushels for a crop. The next year they seeded ten bushels and got 110 for a crop.  During the first year the settlers out that way had but one calendar in the whole comunity and important dates like Christmas etc. were kept track of and passed around from neighbor to neighbor. Once in a year a preacher was invited to come from Stanton to give them a service.  Later Mike Sprecher who lived about 12 miles southwest of town used to serve those people as teacher and preacher during his spare time.”

The 1900 census lists Christian’s family as living in Glen Ullin Township of Morton County, ND.  The census says that they had 15 children, but sadly, only 7 were still alive.  Christian was a farmer and was doing well enough that he employed a servant.  His widowed mother lived nearby with another older woman named Christiana Roehl – perhaps she was his mother-in-law. 

Christian Hintz was issued a passport in 1901 – I wonder where he was going to travel.  The application includes helpful clues about him, such as that he arrived in the US July 1879, and became a naturalized citizen in 1885.  Christian’s wife Rosina died in 1901, and in 1902, Christian married Christine Hennig Stern, another German from Russia.  In 1910, Christian and family lived near Leipzig ND.  Christian continued his work as a farmer.  In 1915, the ND state census lists Christian, Christina, and daughter Helena.

Christian and Christine were counted in the 1925 state census as residence of New Leipzig.  They were listed as foreign born, but had become US citizens.  New Leipzig was formed when the newly built railroad was routed south of Leipzig.  Most of the community packed up and moved, buildings and all, to reestablish the town along the railroad.  Christian and Christina lived in the village of New Leipzig in 1930. 

Christian and Christina both died in 1938.

Josephine LaClair d 28 January 1933

Josephine LaClair was born 15 July 1858, in Conway, NH, the first of four children of Barnabas and Sarah Ann (Hawkins) LaClair.  The first I have found of her is probably the 1860 census, where Barney McLary and Sarah A are living with Cornelius Hawkins, and a 2-year old child with them.  The census-taker lists the child as John, a 2-year-old male.  However, I suspect that this is an error.  The family was living in Conway.

The next record is the 1871 census of Compton, Quebec.  Barney Le Clere is listed with Sarah, and their children Josephine age 13, Anne age 9, Philip age 7, and Isabel, age 4.  Sarah and the three older children were listed as born in the US, while Isabel (later known as Lizzie) was born in Quebec. 

The next record is from the 1875 Barton Town Records:  Oct 16th, 1875, in Glover, William Hemming of Barton, 21, laborer, born Swainswich, England, son of James and Eliza Hemming, first marriage, to Josephine LaClare of Barton, 17, born Conway, NH, daughter of Barnubus and Sarah Ann LaClare, first marriage, by Sidney KB Perkins, Clergyman.

I have not located the Hemming family in the 1880 or 1881 census, but they are recorded in 1891 in Potton, Quebec.  William is listed being “Church of England” while Josephine and the children were “Advent” (7th Day Adventist?).  The census says that their son William was born in the US, but the rest of the children (Florence, Rosa, Laura, Robert, Minnie, and Roy) were all born in Quebec. 

By 1900, the family had moved back to Barton, where William continued his trade as a carpenter.  Josephine reported that she had 8 children, but only 7 were still living.  Son Robert had died at age eight. I seem to remember a story of a child struck by lightning – is this the one? The household included son William with his wife Martha Lavine (his cousin, as best I can tell, daughter of Josephine’s sister Anne) plus their son Vernon.  The youngest children, Minnie, Roy, and Clara, were also in the household, although this census lists all the children as born in Vermont. 

In the 1910 census, William and Josephine were still living in Barton. William was listed as a carpenter and house builder. Roy and Clara were still in the household. 

Two of Josephine’s daughters died in 1918. Laura Eveline Hemmings Caverly, was a victim of the influenza epidemic, dying of double pneumonia caused by the flu.  Minnie Adelaide Hemmings Hammond was diagnosed as having multiple neuritis, which is also known as peripheral neuropathy, which causes sensory loss and muscle wasting. 

In 1920, William and Josephine still lived in Barton. William died in 1926, and in 1930, Josephine was living with her youngest daughter, Clara “Kitty” Barton, in Barton. Josephine’s son William died in 1931 of cancer. Josephine died 28 January 1933 in Barton.  Josephine is buried with her husband and daughter Kitty at Willoughby Cemetery in South Barton.

Job Williams m Alice Clark 27 Jan 1738

Job Williams was born 21 July 1762, the second of ten children of Lemuel and Sarah (Lawrence) Williams. A history book about Plainfield says he came there with his father.  However, I have a copy of his birth record which was transcribed from the Plainfield town records in 1905 and filed in Concord, so that would seem to be reasonably reliable information, although not quite as good as seeing the original record in Plainfield.  I did not locate a birth record for Job from Connecticut, where Lemuel was born. 

Job was a Revolutionary war soldier, enlisting several times.  At the time of the burning of Royalton VT, in 1780, he “shouldered his musket and went in pursuit of the Indians towards Canada.” 

Alice Clark was born about 1764, daughter of Adam and Mehitable (Gates) Clark.  She and Job were married 27 January 1783 in Plainfield, NH.  They eventually had nine children.  A history of Plainfield describes his residences:   He lived on the Edward Freeman place at one time.  Later he bought four fifty-acre lots north of the Plain, now owed by Angus Allen including the farm lately owned by Walter Williams.  He lived at the “narrers” at the Lute Westgate place, now the Boldton house (1991) should take you to a website that has current photos of homes built by his father Lemuel about 1797, and Job’s son Job in 1842, and still in the Williams family. 

Like many others of the day, he kept a tavern, and had a tavern license in 1813 and 1818.  In 1822, he was a Surveyor of Highways (p 520, History of Plainfield and Meriden).  Job died 28 August 1827, possibly in Rochester NY.  What was he doing in New York?  Had the whole family moved there?  Was he travelling? Subsequent records relating to the family indicate that the family stayed in Plainfield. 

Alice Clark Williams applied for her widow’s pension on August 31, 1838.  Her residence at that time was Plainfield, Sullivan Co, NH, and she was 74 years old.  I have found pension records for several Revolutionary War ancestors, but I think that this record is the best treasure trove of genealogical information of all that I have collected.  The government didn’t just take the applicant’s word, the widow had to prove the dates of service, and had to prove that she was legally married, that the soldier was deceased, and that she had not remarried. 

Alice was in possession of Job’s discharge papers:  “Fort Wait Nov ? 1781  Job Williams a soldier in Capt Nelson’s comp, Colo Waits Batalion after discharging the duty of a good and faithful soldier is discharged from this company and has leave to pass.  Benj Wait Lt Colo.”  This seems to be unusual – usually I read that the papers have been lost, or perhaps burned in a house fire.  People who knew Job also signed statements that they knew he had served, where, and with whom. 

Alice did not have written proof such as a marriage certificate.  Some applicants would contact the town clerk for a certified copy of the marriage record.  Alice didn’t do this, or perhaps the record couldn’t be located.  However, she did have two people, her brother Cyrus, and Job’s brother Elisha write affidavits that they witnessed her marriage.  Having these names helps identify family groups and clues for further research.  For example, if I couldn’t find information on Alice’s parents, I might have been able to find information on Cyrus’s parents.  Elisha’s statement also confirmed that Job died in New York in August of 1827. 

As further circumstantial proof of marriage, Alice provided a list of her children and their birth dates, which she says was written in her husband’s own hand.  This document serves as a “family group sheet”.  It further shows that Job was pretty literate, while Alice signed her documents with an “X”. 

Darius Williams born April 27th in the year 185

Aron Williams born September 5th in the year 1787

Alice Williams born March 10th in the year 1789

Lyman Williams born October 30 in the year 1791

Job Williams born September 12th in the year 1794

Dineson Williams born February 1st in the year 1798

Mehitabel Williams born August 30th in the year 1799

Charles Williams born October 7th in year 1803

Leonard Williams born May 16th in the year 1804

Alice was approved for a pension of $23.30 per year.  When she died on 19 November 1842, the probate court at Newport notified the government that she could be removed from the pension.  Before she died, and continuing afterwards, her son Job and daughter Alice applied for an increase in the pension, on behalf of all the children, as they felt that some of their father’s service time had not been included in the calculation of the pension.  They asked for an additional six months to be recognized, but in the end, he only got credit for an additional 26 days.  I don’t know that value of those extra days, but this set of papers is valuable for research because by this time, the children were adults, and the application gives the married names of the daughters, including my ancestor, Mehitable Blood. 

There is a post script to this record – in 1908, a Mrs. N. S. Johnson of West Lebanon NH wrote to the Commissioner of Pensions in Washington DC asking for information about Job William’s service record.  Perhaps she is also a descendant of his.  Her letter says that he died in Rochester, NY.  She used her husband’s business stationery – which not only included information about his business – carriage, sleighs, and harness, but also included his photograph.  And following good research protocol, she offered to pay the expenses of getting the information.  N S Johnson is probably Nelson S Johnson, horse dealer, of West Lebanon, according to census records.

There is a Job Williams, Revolutionary War soldier listed as buried at Oran Pioneer Cemetery (now called the Oran Community Church Cemetery) in Pompey, Onondaga County, NY.  However, he is a different Job Williams, born 1758, in Canterbury CT.

William Patterson Hayes d 26 January 1890

William Hayes was born about 1827 in Orford NH, the first of five children born to Sylvanus and Margaret (Patterson) Hayes.  The 1830 census of Orford lists Sylvanus, and includes a child the correct age to be William.  The family was also listed in the 1840 census as living in Hanover. 

In 1850, the first census that lists all family members, the record shows William living with his parents, and his brother George.  The 1860 census shows the same, and includes Arabella Turner, domestic. William married Arabella on his birthday, 26 January, 1863, in Hanover NH.   

In 1870, William P Hayes, farmer, was the head of the household, which included his wife, daughter, son, parents, and brother George.  The farm was valued at $3000, and William had personal property valued at $830. 

William and Arabella had at least 5 children by 1880.  Margaret “Maggie” died at age 14.  William, Arthur, and Eva all lived to be adults and marry.  The fifth child, Lucy, may have died as a child.

Arabella died 31 March 1882, with cause of death listed as “congestion of liver” which refers to overfullness of blood vessels in the organ.  William died 26 January, 1890, in Hanover.  His cause of death was Bright’s Disease (a form of kidney disease) and pneumonia.  They are buried at Greensboro Cemetery.  Greensboro is a nice small cemetery.  We haven’t been able to find who holds the records for the cemetery, although researcher Gilman Frost has made references to those cemetery records.  It is on my to-do list for a full inventory of existing headstones, for Find-A-Grave, on some future NH visit.

Rodney Perham m Anne E Amazeen 25 January 1864

Rodney Perham was born about 1831 in Lyndeborough NH, grandson of Revolutionary War soldier Oliver Perham.  In the 1850 census, he lived in Lydeborough with his parents and siblings.  He was a farmer.  Some time before 1855, he moved to Lowell, MA, and is listed in the Massachusetts state census working as a laborer.  He was apparently counted twice in the 1860 census, living with his family in Lyndeborough, a farm laborer, and also boarding with a family in nearby Wilton, where his occupation is listed as “operator of milk car.” 

Rodney enlisted in the army 19 May 1862, serving in Company E, 9th NH infantry.  He was promoted to sergeant on 6 August 1862.  He received a gunshot wound to his arm on 12 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.  He mustered out on 15 May 1865 in Concord NH.  Statistics about his regiment indicate that 155 officers and enlisted men were killed, and 254 died of disease or accident. 

Excerps from: Regimental History  NINTH REGIMENT NEW HAMPSHIRE VOLUNTEER INFANTRY.  By GEORCE L. WAKEFIELD, late Sergeant Company C, Ninth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry.

The record of the Ninth New Hampshire is one of arduous campaigns, followed by comparative rest. It suffered in battle at Antietam and Fredericksburg, and in the mud at Falmouth ; was cheered by the comforts of Newport News, and feasted in Kentucky ; had its ranks depleted by disease in Mississippi, and returning to the Blue Grass region, recuperated for the hazardous march over the mountains of East Tennessee. At Annapolis it welcomed recruits and convalescents’ in preparation for the bloody ordeals of Spottsylvania, the “Mine”, and Poplar Springs Church, and for the wearisome waiting before Petersburg.

The Ninth Regiment found its corps at Leesboro, Md., and with the First Brigade, moved forward to check Lee’s advance.

On September 13 it bivouacked at Middleton; and on the 14-just twenty days after its departure from New Hampshire- the Ninth Regiment alone charged a rebel brigade, and drove it from the crest of South Mountain. No other New Hampshire regiment went into battle with so little experience. Two days later, September 17, at 9 A. M., the Ninth was ordered to the front at Antietam, and took position on the left, opposite the “stone bridge” over the creek. After two hours, exposure to an incessant musketry fire at short range, from an enemy posted on the high and heavily wooded bank across the stream, the bridge was carried by storm, the Ninth being one of the first regiments over. It fought all day, and that night guarded the bridge.

May 10 the division marched to the front, near Spottsylvania, and came under artillery fire. The following day it was withdrawn, marched to the rear, and given six days’ rations. At daybreak, on the 12th; after an all-night exposure to a violent rainstorm, the Ninth, occupying the extreme right of its corps, and numbering about five hundred muskets, took part in the charge that was ordered along the whole line, companies I and G deployed as skirmishers, capturing about fifty prisoners. On account of the unevenness of the ground, the regiment became separated from its brigade, and advanced beyond it into “Bloody Angle,” just in time to meet the enemy’s advance and save the left of the Second Corps.

Here the Ninth became involved in its fiercest conflict. The enemy, in heavy force, met the regiment in front, and quickly moved around its left flank. Though bullets were rapidly thinning its ranks, and the left was wholly unprotected, yet, rallying around its colors, the Ninth met this onslaught with such a stubborn resistance that the enemy was thrown back to his works. The battalion fell back steadily a short distance, and established and held a line with the rest of its brigade. In this engagement the Ninth sustained a loss in killed, wounded, and missing, of over two hundred. The survivors were placed on picket at the apex of the angle formed by the lines of the Second and Ninth corps. During the night the enemy withdrew, but the regiment retained its position, doing some skirmishing, until the 18th. An advance was ordered then, and the Ninth, acting with other regiments as a support to the Irish Brigade of the Second Corps, was heavily engaged.

E N G A G E M E N T S.

South Mountain, Md. Sept. 14, 1862

Antietam, Md. Sept. 17, 1862

White Sulphur Springs, Va. Nov. 15, 1862

Fredericksburg, Va. Dec. 13, 1862

Siege of Vicksburg, Miss. June 14 to July 4, 1863

Jackson, Miss. July 10- 16, 1863

Wilderness, Va. May 6, 7, 1864

Spottsylvania, Va. May 10- 18, 1864

Battles Fought

Fought on 14 Sep 1862 at South Mountain, MD.

Fought on 17 Sep 1862 at Antietam, MD.

Fought on 13 Dec 1862 at Fredericksburg, VA.

Fought on 13 Jul 1863 at Jackson, MS.

Fought on 27 Feb 1864 at Cumberland Gap, TN.

Fought on 6 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA.

Fought on 7 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA.

Fought on 12 May 1864 at Wilderness, VA.

Fought on 12 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.

Fought on 18 May 1864 at Spotsylvania Court House, VA.

Anna E Amazeen was born about 1842 in New Hampshire.  She married Rodney Perham in Milford NH on 25 January, 1864.  Rodney was still active in the military, so perhaps they married while he was home on leave.

In 1870, the Rodney and Anna lived in Wilton NH, where Rodney worked in a woolen factory.  Their daughter Eva Belle was born about 1875.  She is the only child I have found for them.  Rodney changed professions, as by 1874, he was listed in Haverhill and Bradford MA city directories as being a boot or shoe stitcher.  He continued at this profession at least through 1886. 

Anna died in 1889.  Rodney was listed on the 1890 Veterans Schedule.  He was still listed as living in Bradford, but apparently retired, as no occupation was listed.  He died 23 Dec 1896, and cause of death was “hemipligia” which is total paralysis of the arm, leg, and trunk on the same side of the body, as acquired from a stroke.

William Brewster b 24 January 1560

William Brewster was born 24 January 1560. Elder William Brewster came from Scrooby, in north Nottinghamshire and reached what became the Plymouth Colony in the Mayflower in 1620. He was accompanied by his wife, Mary Brewster, and his sons, Love Brewster and Wrestling Brewster. The town of Brewster, Barnstable, MA was incorporated February 19, 1803 and was named for Elder William Brewster, a large part of the inhabitants being his descendants. William Brewster attended Peterhouse College, Cambridge 1580-1583; was postmaster and baliff-receiver at Scrooby, England 1590-1607. He organized the Scrooby congregation 1606-1609; removed his family to Amsterdam and later to Leyden, Holland where he tutored 1609-1616 and was ruling Elder 1616-1619. He was in flight and hiding in England in 1619-1620 while arranging passage for the Sainets to New England. At Plymouth, William was Ruling Elder until 1643. He was also purchaser 1626; Undertaker 1627-1641.

People like to claim having a Mayflower ancestor. However, my link to William is through Elizabeth Brewster who married Thomas Emerson. Some people claim that she is one of William’s daughters, others say that has not been proven, so he may be my 10th great grandfather and one of the ancestors I share with my husband.

Or not.

David Hayes m Lydia Merrill 23 January 1782

David Hayes (sometimes written Hase) was born in 1756, the son on Samuel Liberty and Sarah (Robards) Hayes, in Danbury, CT.  David came to Hanover by boat on the river, and used to go to Charleston to mill. He settled on what is now called Hayes hill.

His Revolutionary War pension record shows that David enlisted in the army in May, 1776 at Royalton VT, and served about six months.  He was “employed in building a fort, and scouting”. The record does not name the fort.  David reenlisted in the New Hampshire militia in November and served another two months. The record says he went from Hanover to Ticonderoga.  In May 1777, he enlisted again in the New Hampshire militia, and marched from Hanover to Ticonderoga, and was stationed at Mount Independence, serving another two months there.   He was discharged shortly before Fort Ticonderoga was evacuated.  David’s pension was $25.55 per year. 

Lydia Merrill was born 6 January 1763 in Hampstead, NH, the daughter of Nathaniel and Anna (Gile) Merrill.  David and Lydia were married 23 Jan 1782 in Hanover NH. 

The Hanover Town Records indicate that David was an active member of the community:

March 11, 1788 voted that David Hase would be paid for one hundredweight of flour delivered to said militia.

March 10, 1789 sworn to office of Tithingman.  The job of the tithingman “to present the names of all single persons that live under family government, stubborn and disorderly children & servants, night walkers, typlers, saboath breakers, by night or by day, & such as absent themselves from the public worship of God on the Lords dayes, or whatever the course or practise of any person or persons whatsoeuer tending to debauchery, irreligion, prophaness, & atheisme among us, wherein by omission of family government, nurture, & religious duties, & instruction of children & servants, or idleness, profligat, uncivill, or rude practises of any sort.”  If such person was fined, the tithingman would collect a percentage of the fines. 

May 18, 1790 voted to allow Mr. David Hayes acc for moving Mrs. Cleaveland to Mr. Heaton

March 10, 1795 David Hayse sworn in as surveyor of highways, a person who was given the authority to “call out every Teeme and person fitt for labour, in their course, one day every yeare, to mend said highwayes wherein they are to have a spetiall to those Common wayes which are betwixt Towne and Towne.” This provided the main source of workers for road and bridge construction. 

March 14 1797 appointed Tythingman

1803 selected to serve as hog reeve.  Hogs were usually supposed to be yoked (wear collars) and have rings in their noses, which reduced the amount of damage they could do to gardens and crops by rooting. This was not a minor concern, because this food was necessary for human survival. If the owner of a hog had not ‘rung’ and ‘yoked’ their hogs, and they got loose and became a nuisance in the community, one or more of the men assigned as Hog Reeve would be responsible for capturing the animal and performing the necessary chore for the owner; who could legally be charged a small fee for the service.  “Reeve” derives from the same root as the “riff” in sheriff, and a hog reeve rounded up stray hogs. He turned them over to the pound keeper, who fed them until claimed by the owner, who paid set fees.  David was selected for this position again on 13 March 1810 and 8 March 1814. 

David and Lydia had eight children.  Lydia died 15 Aug 1802.  David married Martha (last name unknown), and she died 17 June 1833, age 67.  David died Aug 5, 1834, and all three are buried at Hanover Center, NH.

Eliza Jane Hawkins b 22 January 1829

The 1830 census for Tamworth NH lists Cornelius D Hawkins, and the household consisted of 1 male between 20-30 (Cornelius), one female between 20-30 (his wife) and two females under the age of 5 – presumably daughters who were old enough to be married by 1850, when the census first listed all household members.  The 1840 census listed 1 male 30-40 (Cornelius), 1 male under 5 (Andrew), 1 female 30-40 (his wife), 1 female 15-10 (Sarah Ann) and 2 females 10-15, the two daughters listed in 1830.  By 1850, the named family members are Cornelius, Sally, Sarah, and Andrew.  The two older daughters are out of the family, still unidentified.

Fast-forward to last summer.  Ancestry was having technical problems, so I revisited the pilot FamilySearch site.  I searched on Cornelius Hawkins, and found him and Sarah Winkley listed as parents in the death record of Sarah Ann McClary (aka LaClair) – refer to my second WordPress post on searching for Sarah.  That death record put her death place as Portsmouth, NH.  But another hit also listed Cornelius and Sarah as the parents of Eliza J Fuller on her death record.  That made her one of the unnamed daughters in the 1830 and 1840 census records.  Here’s her story:

Eliza Hawkins was born 22 January 1829 in Tamworth NH, the second of four children of Cornelius Hawkins and Sarah Winkley.  (My records for Cornelius have another wife listed – Sally Brown, and I’m not sure where she fits in. Another mystery to work on.)  At any rate, Eliza’s family lived in the Tamworth/Albany area.  Town lines were redrawn a couple times, and they may have lived in both towns without moving. 

About 1850, Eliza married Joseph W Fuller, as his second wife.  Their daughter Elizabeth J was born in 1850 in Chelsea, MA, followed by Frances, Maria, George, and Henry, all born in Portsmouth NH. 

The family lived at #4 Sagamore, which is adjacent to the cemeteries, and Joseph Fuller was a caretaker there.  Joseph died in 1880.  Eliza continued to run the household on Sagamore by the intersection of Jones avenue, and took in boarders.  Her children, as adults, also lived with her from time to time, Her sister Sarah stayed with her there.  Eliza is listed at that home as late as 1903. 

Eliza died 10 Feb 1906 in Portsmouth, and is buried at Harmony Grove in the Fuller/Hawkins family plot.   Apparently, Eliza’s family kept in touch with some of Sarah’s daughters, as there was a reference to being visited by “Uncle Fuller” which helps me feel confident that they are all part of the Hawkins family.

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