Joseph Perham m Abigail Melendy April 1828

Joseph Perham was born 17 September 1802 in Lyndeborough NH, son of Oliver Perham, a Revolutionary War soldier, and his second wife, Anna Pierce.  Abigail Melendy was born 10 December 1803 in Wilton NH, daughter of Joseph and Melendy and Abigail Blanchard. 

Joseph and Abigail were married in April 1828 in Lyndeborough.  They had at least six children: Wiliam, Rodney, Chandler, Abigail, Newton, and Mary Frances.  The family was counted in the 1850 census in Lyndeborough.  He was a farmer, with real estate valued at $2000. 

Abigail died 6 June 1858 in Lyndeborough, and was buried at Perham Corner cemetery.  Six months later, Joseph married Mary Butler Stowell, in Nashua, on 3 December 1858. 

Joseph and Mary were counted in the 1860 census of Lyndeborough.  William was no longer in the household, but Rodney, Abigail, Chandler, Newton, and Francis were in the household.  Charles R Bacon, age 17, and Ellen L Bacon, 9, are also in the household.  Having found Charles R Bacon in the 1850 census in Nashua, with Mary B Bacon, I suspect that Mary Butler Stowell was formerly married to a Mr. Bacon, and these are Joseph’s step-children.

I have not been able to find the family in the 1870 census.  Joseph Perham died 17 January 1879, and Mary died 11 days later, both in Lyndeborough.  Joseph is buried at Perham Corner. 

Perham Corners Cemetery was probably established when this part of Lyndeborough was called “Bevins Corner.”  In 1832 a deed was made between Asa Blanchard and David Perham which gave a parcel of land for the cemetery.  The oldest stone in this yard is that for Eben Blanchard who died in 1798, no age indicated.

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