Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday~ Another case of genealogical serendipity!

I photographed these two tombstones while I was wandering around the Central Cemetery in Beverly, Massachusetts looking for my 3rd great grandparent’s gravestones (Peter Hoogerzeil and Eunice Stone).  I never found my ancestors, but I thought that perhaps I was related to these Emersons.

I was right! These are two wives of Rev. Joseph Emerson (he was married three times).  He was called to be the first minister of the Third Congregational Church of Beverly on 21 September 1803.  He was my 2nd cousin six generations removed, born in Hollis, New Hampshire on 13 October 1777.  His grandfather, Daniel Emerson (1716 – 1801) was the brother of Brown Emerson (1704 – 1774), my 6th great grandfather.  This family was full of ministers.  The first Emerson in this lineage was Reverend Joseph Emerson (1620 – 1680) of Concord, Massachusetts, who married the daughter of Rev. Edward Bulkeley (1614 – 1696), Concord’s first minister.   My 4th great grandfather, Romanus Emerson (1782 – 1852) had four brothers- all ministers (Romanus had a speech impediment and never made it to being a pastor).  Even cousin Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882), studied to be a minister, too, at Harvard Divinity School and was an assistant at Boston’s Second Congregational Church.



Nancy, the wife of Joseph Emerson
born May 28, 1779. married Oct. 19
1803. died June 15, 1804.

"A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband"
What armies of endearments throng the soul!
My Nancy, I'm become thy pupil now,
"Now will I take my leave, so soon to follow."
May her dying counsels live in the hearts of
her surviving friends, may her living virtues
and graces flourish in their lives; and the
sublime serenity of her death prove more
than a pillow for theirs.



The wife of Joseph Emerson was
born Dec. 19, 1777, married July 15,
1805, and died Nov. 7, 1808.

She was remarkable for mental vigor
and bodily infirmities, for animat-
ing cheerfulness under much pain,
for rich resources of mind with
little reading; for performing the 
useful labors of a long life in a few
years; for the most lively and tender
attachment to her connexions and
friends; with the most sublime and
diffusive benevolence to all mankind.
Fond pupil pause, with deep concern receive
The solemn lesson that the dead can give.
What tho for thee, she toils and weeps no more
Nor charms thee now with intellectual store:
[the rest is buried under the sod]

Researching ministers is wonderful.  If you have a minister in your family, you are very lucky because they leave lots of documents and records behind for you to find.  I usually start with Google.  There might be links to sermons, ceremonies, books, biographies and even church bulletins at the Google Book search.  I found the Simmons College thesis that mentioned Rev. Joseph Emerson (see below) via Google.  Most ministers go to a college, university or divinity school, and these places have archives you can search online, visit in person, or call and speak to an archivist.  Many churches have historians or secretaries, and it is worth getting friendly with them by email or in person (bring coffee and cookies). Schmoozing with church staff is perfectly acceptable, especially if you make a donation of any size.   You might find your minister ancestor’s grave right in the church yard, or nearby.  Don’t forget to search WorldCat.org for sermons and papers by or about your minister.

The Third Parish in Beverly, Massachusetts was formed from a dissenting group of Calvinists in 1802.  Most of their members came from the First Parish, which had become Unitarian.  Eventually this parish became the Dane Street Congregational Church in 1837.  This is the same church where my Dad went to Sunday school, and where I was baptized.  This church is located within walking distance of the Central Cemetery, and these tombstones face Dane Street, near the fence on the sidewalk.  Isn’t that serendipity?

Reverend Joseph Emerson graduated Harvard College in 1801.  He was ordained at Beverly as pastor of the Third Church on 21 September 1803 and resigned in 1816 for health reasons. He established the Young Ladies’ Seminary in 1821 (Mary Lyon, who founded Mt. Holyoke College, was his student).  He died at Wethersfield, Connecticut on 13, May 1833.  He married first Nancy Eaton on 19 October 1803.  She died in 1804 (see the tombstone above).  He married second to Eleanor Read in July 1805, and she died in 1808.  He married third to Rebecca Haseltine in 1810.

Rev. Joseph Emerson and Rebecca Haseltine had a son, Luther (1810 – 1867) who was the minister in Amherst and Highland County, Virginia.  You can see his grave, at the Shemariah Church Cemetery in Augusta County,  at this link http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=23261746 .  Reverend Luther Emerson was born in Beverly in 1810.

Another son, Alfred Emerson (1812 – 1896) graduated from Yale and from the Andover Theological Seminary.  He was a professor at Western Reserve College, and then served as a Congregational pastor at South Berwick, Maine and in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.   See this link for a biography: http://wheatoncollege.edu/college-history/1890s/reverend-alfred-emerson/   I told you that the Emerson family was full of ministers, and here is more proof! 

For the truly curious:

If you have New England Puritan or Congregational ministers in your family tree, an invaluable resource is the Congregational Church Library, 14 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts  http://www.congregationallibrary.org/ and telephone 617-523-0470.  Their library is open Monday through Friday, 9am – 5pm and by appointment, free to the public.

Book on Rev. Joseph Emerson, Life of Rev. Joseph Emerson, Pastor of the Third Congregational Church in Beverly, Massachusetts, by Rev. Ralph Emerson, 1834 (Ralph was the brother of Joseph Emerson, also a Congregational minister in Norfolk, Connecticut and a professor of Ecclesiastical History at Andover Theological Seminary).

A Master’s Degree thesis from Simmons College mentions Rev. Joseph Emerson and the history of the Third Parish:   “Congregationalism Divided: A Case Study of Beverly, Massachusetts’ First Parish Congregational Church Split, 1802 – 1834” by Caitlin Lampman, 30 April 2013, online at this link:

The Dane Street Congregational Church website  http://www.danestchurch.org/about/history

For more information on the Emerson family and their many ministers, see the book The Bulkeley Genealogy by Donald Lines Jacobus, 1933.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

One Lovely Blog Award

I was nominated for the “One Lovely Blog Award” by none other than Randy Seaver (thanks, Randy!) who writes the blog “Genea-Musings” and others. 

Here the Rules for the "One Lovely Blog Award":

   1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to that blog
   2.  Share Seven things about yourself.
   3.  Nominate 15 bloggers you admire (or as many as you can think of!)
   4.  Let your bloggers know that you've tagged them for the One Lovely Blog Award

Here are my seven things about myself (I’ve done similar memes before, so I tried to think of seven new things- phew!):

  1.  I was born in Beverly, Massachusetts, where more than 10 generations of my ancestors were born and lived.  We don’t move around a lot.  It is still only about one hour away from where I live now.

  2.   I was interested in family history as early as I can remember.  I was the kind of kid who liked to sit with the old folks and listen to the stories. I took my first college class in genealogy when I was fourteen or fifteen years old.

  3.   I went white water rafting once.  It was class three and four rapids on the Rouge River in Ontario.  At one waterfall  8 out of 10 people fell out of the raft, including our guide.  I managed to stay on board, along with one other terrified person.  Who do you save first? Your husband or the guide? We managed to get everyone in except for a woman who we didn’t see for another two hours (we were relieved to learn than another raft picked her up).  A few days later I found out I was nearly 8 weeks pregnant.  No wonder I felt queasy.  I haven’t been rafting since.

  4.  My first real job (other than babysitting and raking leaves) was as a “page” at the local library as a high school student.  This was a glorified gopher position.  I re-shelved books, ran errands up and down stairs, dusted, covered and repaired books, and filled in at the desk when the librarians took breaks. Then I did the same thing for three years as a college student for my work study job to help pay for room and board.

  5.  I wanted to be a computer programmer but my high school advisor was appalled and talked me out of it.  He insisted that my choices were teacher or librarian.  I went on to teacher college and ironically I learned how to teach coding to middle school students.  Somehow I wish my advisor had mentioned genealogy, but the teaching and computer skills have come in handy as a blogging genealogist.

  6.  I met my husband on the second day of college at a mixer.  (Do they still do “mixers” or am I a dinosaur?)  I went to an all-women’s college in Cambridge, and he was there with a group of men from MIT (there were very few women at MIT in those days).  The rest is history.

  7.  I recently moved north of Manchester, New Hampshire. I miss “Nutfield” AKA Londonderry, but I’m enjoying being near the capital of Concord and all the genealogical archives and vital records. Londonderry is still nearby. There is something new to explore every day, and that has been a lot of fun!

Nominations –

I’ve done other “Lovely Blog Awards” and similar memes in the past, so I tried to think of blogs that haven’t been mentioned yet. Randy already named some of my favorites, but I have a huge list of genealogy and history blogs on my blog reader.  I also noticed that none of his nominees posted their lists yet (doesn't that break the chain?).  I’m only allowed to nominate fifteen blogs.  Here are some I think you will enjoy (not all are New England blogs, there are two Hawaiian themed blogs here, and two collaborations of worldwide writers, too):

1.  “My Maine Ancestry” by Pam Carter
2. “Let’s Talk New England” by Amylynne Baker-Santagate
3, “World Wide Genealogy”  a collaboration edited by Julie Goucher
4.  “Cow Hampshire” by Jan Brown
5.  “The Road Backward” by Karen Howes
6.   “Ho’okuleana” by Peter T. Young
7.   “Thomas Gardner of Salem, MA” by the Thomas Gardner Society and John M. Switlik
8.   “From Maine to Kentucky” by Elizabeth Pyle Handler
9.  “Stories from Old Ipswich” by Gordon Harris
10. “Streets of Salem” by Donna Seger
11.  “Past is Present”by the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts
12. “The Family Connection”  by Jeanie Roberts
13.  “theumiverse” by Umi Perkins
14. “Two Nerdy History Girls” by Loretta Chase and Susan Holloway Scott
15. “Journal of the American Revolution” a collaboration edited by Todd Andrlik, Hugh T. Harrington and Don N. Hagist

You can read Randy's original post about the "One Lovely Blog" award here:
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Surname Saturday ~ LAWRENCE of Ipswich, Massachusetts


The Lawrence family has deep roots in England and has been researched and written about by many genealogists.  I am descended of two children of Thomas Lawrence (1589 – 1625) who never came to the New World, but his wife, Joan Antrobus, remarried to John Tuttle (1596 – 1656) and brought her six Lawrence children and Tuttle children (of whom I descend from one- Simon Tuttle (1637 – 1691) ), to Massachusetts.

And so, although Thomas Lawrence never came to the New World, his children were here and left Lawrence descendants.  He died intestate and on 21 March 1624/25, his widow, Joan, was made administratrix of his property.  Her accounting, in 1627, names his children, John, Thomas, William, Jane and Marye.  He was the son of John Lawrence (1561 – 1609) and Elizabeth Bull, and he was mentioned  in his father’s estate documents in St. Albans, Herfordshire, England.

Joan Antrobus (about 1592 – 1661) was the daughter of Walter Anterbus and Joan Arnold of St. Albans.  Joan was 65 years old when she immigrated with her daughter, Joan Antrobus Tuttle, in 1635 onboard the Planter with her son-in-law John Tuttle, and her Lawrence and Tuttle grandchildren.  I have deep admiration for these two Joans, who came aboard this ship to the New World and cared for all these children on the passage across the Atlantic Ocean.

The Planter, with this big extended family of Lawrences and Tuttles, arrived at Boston, Massachusetts on 7 June 1635.  They settled at Ipswich, Massachusetts.  John Tuttle returned to England and later died at Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland on 30 December 1656.  Joan (Antrobus) (Lawrence) Tuttle was in Northern Ireland in 1659 and is believed to have died there after 29 January 1661. 

For more information on this extended family of Lawrences, Antrobuses and Tuttles:

The American Genealogist, “John Tuttle of Ipswich, Massachusetts” by David L. Greene, Volume 54 (1978), pages 167 to 175.

The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635 by Anderson, Sanborn and Sanborn, Volume 1 A-B, page 66 -69, “Joan Antrobus”
Also see Volume IV I-L, pages 254 - 258, “John Lawrence”
Also see Volume IV I-L, pages 258 - 259, “Mary Lawrence”
Also see Volume IV I-L, pages 259 - 263, “Thomas Lawrence”
Also see Volume IV I-L, pages 263 - 268, “William Lawrence”

For the Royal Descents of Thomas Lawrence see The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies of the United States, Who Were Themselves Notable or Left Descendants Notable in American History, by Gary Boyd Roberts, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2008, pages 562-564.

Not only am I descended of three of Joan’s children, but my two lineages from her two Lawrence children are quite complicated, with much intermarriage.  I hope you can follow along!

My LAWRENCE genealogy:

Generation 1: Thomas Lawrence, son of John Lawrence and Elizabeth Bull, was baptized at St. Albans, Herfordshire, England on 2 February 1589, and died there on 20 March 1625;  he married on 23 October 1609 in St. Albans to Joan Antrobus, daughter of Walter Anterbus and Joan Arnold.  She was born about 1592 and died after 29 January 1661 probably in Northern Ireland.   Joan married second to John Tuttle, in 1627 in St. Albans.  Six Lawrence children, and I descend from two of them (and one Tuttle child).

Lineage A:

Generation 2:  Jane Lawrence, born 18 December 1614 in St. Albans, died 2 March 1680 in Ipswich, Massachusetts; married on 20 February 1634 in St. Albans to George Giddings, son of John Giddings and Joan Purrier.  He was born 24 September 1609 in Clapham, Bedfordshire, and died 1 June 1676 in Ipswich, Massachusetts.  Eight children and I descend from two of them.

Lineage A1:

Generation 3: Thomas Giddings m. Mary Goodhue
Generation 4: William Giddings m. Sarah Hitchings
Generation 5: Thomas Giddings m. Martha Smith
Generation 6: Sarah Giddings m. Amos Burnham
Generation 7: Judith Burnham m. Joseph Allen
Generation 8: Joseph Allen m. Orpha Andrews
Generation 9: Joseph Gilman Allen m. Sarah Burnham Mears
Generation 10:  Joseph Elmer Allen m. Carrie Maude Batchelder
Generation 11: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)

Lineage A2:

Generation 3:  John Giddings m. Sarah Alcock
Generation 4: Elizabeth Giddings m. Mark Haskell
Generation 5: Mark Haskell m. Martha Tuthill
Generation 6: Lucy Haskell m. Jabez Treadwell
Generation 7: Nathaniel Treadwell m. Mary Hovey
Generation 8: Jabez Treadwell m. Betsey Jillings Homan
Generation 9: Eliza Ann Treadwell m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 10: Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 11: Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 12: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents, see above)

Lineage B:

Generation 2: Mary Lawrence, baptized on 10 April 1625 in St. Albans, died 27 March 1715 in Ipswich; married about 1643 in Ipswich, Massachusetts to Thomas Burnham.  He was born about 1623 in Norwich, Norfolk, England and died 19 June 1694 in the Chebacco Parish of Ipswich.  Twelve children.

Generation 3:  John Burnham m. Elizabeth Wells.  I descend from three of their children.

Lineage B1:

Generation 4: John Burnham m. Sarah Choate
Generation 5: John Burnham m. Rachel Smith
Generation 6: Dorothy Burnham m. Abner Poland
Generation 7: Abner Poland m. Sarah Burnham
Generation 8: Sally Poland m. Henry Burnham
Generation 9: Sarah Ann Burnham m. Samuel Mears
Generation 10: Sarah Burnham Mears m. Joseph Gilman Allen (see above)

Lineage B2:

Generation 4: Thomas Burnham m. Susannah Boardman
Generation 5: Stephen Burnham m. Mary Andrews
Generation 6: Joshua Burnham m. Jemima Wyman
Generation 7: Jemima Burnham m. Romanus Emerson
Generation 8: George Emerson m. Mary Esther Younger
Generation 9: Mary Katharine Emerson m. George E. Batchelder
Generation 10: Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen (see above)

Lineage B3:

Generation 4: David Burnham m. Elizabeth Perkins

Lineage B3a:

Generation 5: David Burnham m. Elizabeth Marshall
Generation 6: Amos Burnham m. Sarah Giddings (see above)

Lineage B3b:

Generation 6: Westley Burnham m. Deborah Story

Lineage B3bi

Generation 7: Westley Burnham m. Molly Woodbury
Generation 8: Henry Burnham m. Sally Poland (see above)

Lineage B3bii:

Generation 7: Sarah Burnham m. Abner Poland (see above)

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Fort McClary, Kittery, Maine

Kittery Point is on the southern coast of Maine, and has been an important military defense spot since 1689.  William Pepperrell build an earth work and small blockhouse first known as Fort Pepperrell.   In 1715 six cannons were placed here to defend the mouth of the Piscataqua River. Later, on New Castle Island Fort William was built. 

Fort McClary is a wooden blockhouse built in 1844 on the southern coast Kittery Point.  This was a strategic approach to the U.S. naval shipyard in Portsmouth harbor.   This site was named for Major Andrew McClary, who was the highest ranking officer killed at the Battle of Bunker hill, and a New Hampshire native.  The fort began in 1808, and was important during the War of 1812 and during the Civil War. 

In 1924 the federal government sold the land to the State of Maine to be used as a state park.  During World War II parts of the fort were used for civilian defense, to match the concrete bunkers across the river at Odiorne Point in New Hampshire.  Fort McClary was placed on the National Register of Historic places in 1969, and the blockhouse was renovated in 1987 and now is a museum.   You can look across the mouth of the Piscataqua River to Rye,New Hampshire, Whaleback Lighthouse and the Isles of Shoals.

The fort is a hexagonal blockhouse build on a first floor of cut granite blocks.  The second and third floors are logs, and were used as Officer’s quarters and now serve as exhibit space. There is a brick Rifleman’s house, powderhouse, parade grounds and large earthworks.  This park is open summers only, fee charged.

Antique postcard of Fort McClary's blockhouse

Useful information:

Fort McClary State Historic Site
and also

Friends of Fort McClary
PO Box 82
Kittery Point, Maine  03905
(A non profit group formed in 2000 by citizens interested In preserving this historic site.)

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Are you a descendant of Thomas Rogers of the Mayflower?

Sometimes I get interesting email I just have to share with everyone.  This is one of those occasions!  Please check the links, because they have some of the best local history and genealogy of a Mayflower family I have ever seen.  There is a great sketch of Thomas Rogers (about 1571 - 1620), who died that first winter in Plymouth but his sons Joseph (1602/3 - 1677/8)  and John (1606 - abt 1691) went on to have descendants in the Plymouth Colony. 

St. Peter and St. Paul Church, Watford, Northamptonshire
Where members of the Rogers family were baptized and married
(photo from the website mentioned below)

Dear Mayflower Society Representative,
I hope you don't mind me contacting you by email. My name is Dee Solomon and I live in the small village of Watford in the County of Northamptonshire in England UK.
As I am certain you are already aware, our village is the birthplace of the Pilgrim Father Thomas Rogers, his wife; Alice Cosford and their children.
My reason for contacting you is to bring to your attention our village's history website - which tells the story of Watford from Roman times to modern day. We do have one webpage which is dedicated to the story (as far as we know it) of the Rogers family.
Since we started the website we have had a number of descendants of the Rogers family (now living in the United States of America) contact us for information or photos of Watford - of which we have been happy to assist wherever possible. One person even asked us to send them a leaf from a tree in our churchyard!
Whilst few buildings now exist in the village that were around in Thomas Rogers time, our parish church was built in the 1300s and was, with certainty, where the Rogers family once attended services. Indeed, his father; William Rogers, his sister; Elizabeth and his infant brother; John Rogers were all buried in the churchyard here. Likewise, Thomas and Alice's children were all baptised here too. We still have the 15th Century font in the church that was almost certainly used for the baptisms.
One thing we have noticed is that when descendants are tracing their ancestry they often get our village confused with the much larger town of Watford in the county of Hertfordshire, England UK. Watford in Hertfordshire is only about 60 miles to the south of us and has no connection with the Rogers family. However, we understand how easily people can make this mistake and we try to correct this if we ever see it used on genealogy sites.
We just wanted you to be made aware of our existence here and, if we can ever be of assistance to you and your society or to individual members who are descendants of the Rogers family, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kindest and best wishes.
Dee Solomon


For more information on Thomas Rogers

The Thomas Rogers Society in America http://www.thomasrogerssociety.com/    

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants https://www.themayflowersociety.org/   

The Pilgrim Fathers UK Origins Association and Community Interest Company http://www.pilgrimfathersorigins.org/   

Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Descendants of the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts December 1620: Family of Thomas Rogers, by Ann T. Reeves (Plymouth, Massachusetts: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2000) 

"English Ancestry of the Pilgrim Thomas Rogers and his Wife Alice (Cosford) Rogers" by Clifford L. Stott, The Genealogist, No.2 (1989).

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Another Centaur?

Every Wednesday for more than three years Vincent and I have been posting photographs of weather vanes located in or near the Nutfield area (the former name for the land where Londonderry, Derry and Windham, New Hampshire are now located). Most are historically interesting or just whimsical and fun weather vanes. If you know an interesting weather vane, please send me an email or leave a comment below.

Today's weather vane was found over the border in Vermont. Have fun guessing where you may have seen this weather vane.

Do you know the location of weather vane #174? Scroll down to see the answer....

Click to enlarge, it's easier to read!
Two weeks ago I featured a mermaid here at Weathervane Wednesday, and this week it's another mythical creature- a centaur.  The very first weather vane ever at this series, weather vane #1, was the famous gilded centaur from Londonderry, New Hampshire's Mack's Apple Orchard barn, you can see it by clicking HERE or scroll down.  This centaur is from the collection at the Stage Coach Gallery at the Shelburne, Museum.  It is attributed to A. L. Jewell & Company, of Waltham, Massachusetts.  They were active between 1852 and 1857 when Jewell and his partner were fatally injured, and the company was bought out by Cushing and White.

This is the centaur weather vane in Londonderry....

Weather Vane #1

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

The Shelburne Museum - www.shelburnemuseum.org 

Silhouettes in the Sky: The Art of the Weathervane, by Jean M. Burks, The Shelburne Museum, 2006 [available at the main gift shop at the Shelburne Museum - this is the only book on their collection of weather vanes]

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday ~ EMERSON sisters from Chester, New Hampshire

These tombstones were photographed at the Chester Village Cemetery, Chester, New Hampshire

15th 1749
IN ye 5th

ye   13th
IN ye 19th

A blog post about the parents, Samuel and Sarah Emerson

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Monday, September 15, 2014

A Blast from the Past! Robie's Country Store, Hooksett, New Hampshire

There has been a store or trading post at this location since Hooksett, New Hampshire was first settled.  Robie's Country Store is located on the west side of the Merrimack River, and originally had a dock.  The railroad passed right behind this site in 1842, and the tracks are still there.  The original building burned in 1857 and was rebuilt, then burned again in 1906 and was rebuilt.  

George A. Robie bought the store in 1887, and it was passed from father to son for 110 years. The last Robie owner was Lloyd Robie, who took over as the fourth generation in March 1965.  He retired in 1997.  Hooksett residents formed the "Robie's Country Store Historic Preservation Corporation" and bought the property from the Robie family in the year 2000.

The building serves a museum for items from the Historical Society and keepsakes from the Robie family.  The Society maintains the historic structure and the store is operated by a tenant. The current store owner is Tom Walsh, a Hooksett resident very active in local politics and a state representative. The store has been open since early spring, and breakfast and lunch are served everyday. The store continues to be a gathering place for local people and for visitors from away.  There are basic grocery items for sale, as well as New Hampshire made products, and gifts and books from the Historical Society. 

Robie's Country Store has been placed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, and several other historic plaques and certificates are on display inside the store.  The success of this historic site depends on the support of the community. Please drop by for a cup of coffee, ice cream or to buy a quart of milk.  

Pause a while here for a cup of coffee and a game of checkers.
Political candidates have dropped by here for decades
including Jimmy Carter, who made his first political stop in NH in 1975
and introduced himself to Lloyd Robie.  Mr. Robie replied "Jimmy who?"
This quote was reproduced on bumper stickers, campaign buttons and TV ads.

Donations for the preservation of the Robie's Country Store may be sent to:

Robie's Country Store
Historic Preservation Corp.
9 Riverside Street
Hooksett, NH  03106

or contact the corporation at 603-485-3881

Robie's Country Store website  http://robieshistoricpreservation.wordpress.com/

Hooksett Historical Society  http://hooksetthistory.wordpress.com/  

Obituary for Dorothy Robie, wife of Lloyd Robie, who passed away on April 26, 2014 in Manchester, New Hampshire   http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/concordmonitor/obituary.aspx?n=dorothy-b-robie&pid=170886022&fhid=4803   

The Robey/Robie/Roby Family Genealogy website

The Robie Family Genealogy:

Generation 1:   Henry Robie, son of Thomas Roby and Mary Coxen, born 12 February 1619 in England, died 27 April 1688 in Hampton, New Hampshire; married in 1644 in Exeter, New Hampshire to Ruth Moore, daughter of William Moore and Mary Kellaway.

Generation 2:  John Robie, born 2 February 1648 in Exeter, New Hampshire, died 16 June 1691 in Haverhill, Massachusetts when he was killed by Indians; married to Ann Corlis on 1 November 1677 in Haverhill.

Generation 3:  Ichabod Robie, born 15 January 1679 in Haverhill,  died 16 April 1691 in Haverhill;  married  on 10 January 1707 to Mary Cass. He was captured by Indians in 1692 and taken to Canada, and redeemed in 1692.

Generation 4:  Samuel Robie, born 17 October 1717 in Hampton, New Hampshire, died in Goffstown, New Hampshire; married Phoebe Butterfield.

Generation 5:  Edward Robie, born 31 October 1747 in Chester, New Hampshire,  died 26 December 1837 in Chester; married on 10 October 1771 in Chester to Sarah Smith, daughter of John Smith and Sarah Toppan.

Generation 6:  Edward Robie, Jr., born 20 November 1778 in Chester, died on 27 December 1837 in Chester; married on 2 May 1811 to Mary B. Prescott, daughter of John Prescott and Molly Merrill.

Generation 7:  Henry Edward Robie, born 10 May 1813 in Chester, died on 13 February 1874 in Hooksett; married on 9 June 1844 to Mary Jane Nelson in Hudson, New Hampshire. She was the daughter of Jonathan Nelson and his wife, Axie.

Geneation 8:  George Albert Robie, born 21 June 1840, died 21 December 1913; married on 4 January 1862 in Hooksett to Angie A. Wheeler, daughter of William W. Wheeler. George was the first Robie to buy the store in 1887.

Generatoin 9:  Arthur George Robie, born 13 September 1863 in Hooksett, died 12 February 1933 in Hooksett; married to Esther Alvira Robinson, daughter of William Robinson and Eliza Ann Brown. Four children.

Generation 10:  George William Robie, born 8 April 1891 in Hooksett, died October 1967; married to Annie Rachel Brown, daughter of Henry Adam Brown and Janie Borden Mattatall.  Two children.

Generation 11:  Lloyd Brown Robie, born 27 July 1918 in Manchester, New Hampshire, died 1 January 2006 in Boscawen, New Hampshire, married on 5 July 1941 to Dorothy Burbank, daughter of Ernest Burbank and Ethel Benton.  Four children

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