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By Janice W. Brown | A Genealogy and History Blog about New Hampshire People, Places and Events

John Stark: A Hero for His Time and Ours

To remind us what a true hero looks and acts like, we’ve enlisted a local historian and an entire class of illustration students from the NH …

The Face of Eldred Louis Sanborn of Sanbornton NH (1890-1967)

Eldred L. Sanborn of Lochmere, New Hampshire<p>A 1917-era postcard shows a handsome young man seated before a table. He is dressed in a WWI uniform. On …

New Hampshire WWI Military: Heroes of Manchester

Manchester, New Hampshire sent its full quota of young men to serve during the World War (or World War I as we call it now). Of those soldiers, at …

Military History

Ten Essential Tasks For U.S. Genealogists on Veterans Day

Genealogists have a greater reason than most to pay attention to Veterans Day. We are the keepers of history, the scavengers of memorabilia, and the …

Veterans

New Hampshire Political Heroines, Suffragists, Elected Women and Record Breakers

Being that November 8, 2016 is a momentous day for New Hampshire (and the United States), I want to highlight some of the heroic women who paved the …

England

New Hampshire WWI Military: The Heroes of Hancock

I recently purchased an interesting old postcard dating back to World War I days. It displays a photograph of the (then) town library, along with a …

Military History

The Celebrated Ventriloquist and Professor of Legerdemain & Namesake of Potter Place, New Hampshire: Richard Potter (1783-1835)

I was reading a 1968 article in the Nashua Telegraph about how Potter Place, New Hampshire is reportedly haunted. I suppose anywhere mankind has …

New Hampshire

Ghostly, Spine-Chilling, Halloween Tales and Yarns from New Hampshire

In the past I have shared many stories at Cow Hampshire of weird, supernatural, eerie, and down-right weird occurrences. Here is a compilation of the …

New Hampshire

100 Years Ago Halloween Was Husband Hunting Day

The traditions of Halloween have changed a great deal over the centuries. From pagan celebrations to Christian holy days, and from a day of pranks …

Halloween

New Hampshire Tidbits: A History of Blossom Hill Cemetery, Concord

Concord’s very first burial ground was the Old North Cemetery, established in 1730. Though Concord had other cemeteries, Blossom Hill was only the …

Archaeology

New Hampshire WWI Military: The Soldier’s Comfort Kit

The people of New Hampshire have had their own vocabulary from the get-go. From drinking at a ‘bubbler,’ to catching ‘hornpout,’ there is often at …

Sewing

Franconia New Hampshire’s Indian Head Profile

An enormous stone face peers from a cliff on Mount Pemigewasset, in Franconia, New Hampshire. It sits not far from where its brother rock, The Old …

Adventure Travel

New Hampshire WWI Military: The Heroes of Nashua

You “did not hear the cannon, did not face bullets, did not writhe under the gas; … you, were safe here at home, working, earning and spending; and …

Veterans

World War I Memorials in Nashua New Hampshire

Nashua, New Hampshire has a rich military history. The local veteran organizations have never shirked their duty to recognize and remember those who …

Remembrance Day

New Hampshire WWI Military: U.S. Army Nurse Lucy Nettie Fletcher of Concord NH (1886-1918)

“I have a soul that, like an ample shield, Can take in all, and verge enough for more…” [1] These words are inscribed as the graduation quote of Lucy …

England

New Hampshire WWI Military: Army Nurse Corps Teresa Margaret Murphy of Concord NH (1891-1918)

Up until the posting of this story, very little has been written about Teresa Margaret Murphy, a hero(ine) of World War I. Every few years she is …

England

10 Ways Marketers are Making you Addicted to Genealogy

What better way to start a blog post about click-bait than by creating one? The title of this post is a lie, of course. A click-bait title is …

Genealogy

World War I Memorials in Concord New Hampshire

Concord, New Hampshire has four memorials to the heroes of WWI and yet many city residents are unaware of them. (There are five if you count the …

England

2016: The 8th Annual Great Genealogy Poetry Challenge

Each year for the past seven, genealogist bloggers have been invited to post a bit of poetry about a region, historical event, legend, or a person …

New Hampshire

Cow Hampshire

Posted on 27 October, 2017 by<p>The Ghost Story, by Frank French. From a wood engraving, 1886. Black ink on tissue paper. New Hampshire Historical …

Faces of the Fifield and Spencer Families of Sullivan County New Hampshire

Once again some amazing tintype and gem-sized photographs have come across my desk. This time they are of the Fifield and Spencer families. They …

Bikinis

New Hampshire’s Rock Profile: The Watcher aka Old Woman of the Notch

New Hampshire rocks are often like the clouds in its skies–if you stare at them long enough they start to look like something else. She has been …

Adventure Travel

African-American Soprano and “Queen of Song”: Dover New Hampshire’s Nellie (Brown) Mitchell (1845-1924)

She was born, Nellie Brown, the daughter of Charles & Martha (Runnels) Brown. Her father was a shoemaker turned barber/hairdresser. In the 1850 …

England

New Hampshire Tidbits: An 1823 Dartmouth College Education

In the year 1823, expectations were remarkably different than today, both for preparation to enter Dartmouth College and the yearly curriculum. In …

New Hampshire

Consumed by Fire: Weare New Hampshire’s William Worthley (1808-1874)

The notation “consumed by fire” on William Worthley’s death certificate sounded grim. And it all began with the recent purchase of a CDV photo of …

College of William & Mary

New Boston New Hampshire’s Famous “Frog Rock”

Is the Frog Rock famous, infamous or not famous at all? How many people nowadays even know about it? Is it located in New Boston, or Mont Vernon, or …

Nature

New Hampshire Tidbits: The Dirty Secret of Colonial Floors

The earliest buildings of New Hampshire had dirt floors. Once they had evolved to wood flooring, the problem arose of how to keep them clean. Rugs …

New Hampshire

Promote Your Blog: A Genealogist’s Potluck Guide

My favorite genealogy resource is my blog, Cow Hampshire. It is not just a place where I write and share genealogy and history stories about New …

Digital Marketing