Sunday, May 6, 2018

1828 Deaths at Cornish, New Hampshire; from a Handwritten Journal Covering the Years 1826 to 1850


Pages from a journal handwritten by an unknown person, but likely by a descendant of William Ripley, that lists the deaths at Cornish, New Hampshire from 1826 to 1850.  This post covers deaths in 1828.

Interestingly, an article in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register of 1917, pages 338-342, describes the project undertaken by William Ripley to record deaths in Cornish, New Hampshire, from 1775 until his death in 1818, upon which the task was given over to subsequent descendants. 

The journal here is, I believe, either a copy of the original records, by a descendant of William Ripley, or was kept as the deaths happened by William Ripley's son Col. James Ripley until his death in 1842, leaving no descendants, and then by William Ripley's grandson Deacon James Ripley Wellman, son of Althea (Ripley) Wellman. 



See other posts that features deaths in the journal from:

18261827; 1829; 1830; 1831; 1832; 1833; 1834

The journal measures approximately 9-3/4" by 8" and consists of the covers, 8 interior pages, with entries also on the inside back cover.

"Con" may refer to "Consumption", whether tuberculosis or an all-inclusive term for wasting away.  "OA" is presumably "Old Age".  "Ch" and Ch m" presumably refer to "Church" and "Church member".   Some pages mention "Bm", might be "Baptist member".

If you notice spelling and interpretation errors and/or if you have clarifying information or alternative identities for any of the people mentioned, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Sources for the information, hopefully correct, that I've added to the listings:

The entries are a bit jumbled, so be forewarned that the deaths might not have occurred in the month noted, and some dates don't match other sources, but are close and may even be more dependable, if this journal is truly a primary source.

If you have corrections, different interpretations, clarification or additional information on any of the people mentioned below, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

Deaths in 1828

January

  • 7 - Wife of Elijah Rickard 45.  Presumably Tenty (Ransom ?) RichardA History of the Town of Cornish, New Hampshire, with Genealogical Record, 1763-1910, Volume 2, gives Tenty's death date as January 8, 1827.  Perhaps she died very close to midnight.  Note: Her FindaGrave memorial gives her death year as January 8, 1824, but perhaps the stone is difficult to decipher. 
February
  • 7 - Widow Lydia Leach 42.  Lydia (Fitch) Leach, daughter of Samuel Fitch and Thankful (Royce) Fitch and wife of Calvin Leach, as shown on page 155 of History of the Town of Cornish, New Hampshire, with Genealogical Record, 1763-1910
  • 20 - George W. Leavitt, 17.  George Washington Leavitt (1811-1828), son of Dr. Roswell Leavitt and Dorothy (Ashley) Leavitt; mentioned on page 256 of History of the Town of Cornish, New Hampshire, with Genealogical Record, 1763-1910, Volume 2.  His brother Roswell Leavitt would die later that year in December.
  • 22 - An Infant of Levi Ayers 3 h.  According to information on Levi Ayers on page 10 of History of the Town of Cornish, New Hampshire, with Genealogical Record, 1763-1910, Volume 2, this infant would have been firstborn child John, son of Levi Ayers and Philenda (Johnson) Ayers.  Their next born child, also named John, died in young adulthood in 1855.

March

  • 5 - Mr. Jonas B. Huggins 46.  See page 213 of History of the Town of Cornish, New Hampshire, with Genealogical Record, 1763-1910, Volume 2.
  • 16 - Old Mrs. Platt OA
  • 17 - Widow Haynes (or Stephen Williams wife's mother) OA.  Presumably Louise Haynes, whose death date on her FindaGrave memorial reads March 14, 1828, an easy misreading, for either the person writing in the journal or preparing the Memorial.

May

  • 15 - An Infant of William R. Kimball 1 mo - Laura Ann Kimball; mentioned on page 248 in a two-page section on her father William Ripley Kimball in History of the Town of Cornish, New Hampshire, with Genealogical Record, 1763-1910, Volume 2.
  • 18 - Wife of Capt Perez Jackson C 58.  Lucy (Hunter) Jackson (1769-1828), mentioned on page 220 in History of the Town of Cornish, New Hampshire, with Genealogical Record, 1763-1910, Volume 2.
  • 25 - Mehitable Atwood dau of ? 25.  Mehitable (Atwood) Emerson (1802-1828), wife of John Emerson.  Interestingly, History of the Town of Cornish, New Hampshire, with Genealogical Record, 1763-1910, Volume 2, notes that Mehitable died in 1883 - the author's research apparently missed a subsequent marriage of John Emerson.

June
  • 1 - Mr. Nathaniel Huggins 74; mentioned on page 211 of History of the Town of Cornish, New Hampshire, with Genealogical Record, 1763-1910, Volume 2.
  • 6  - Miss Ruth Pike Con Chm 40
August
  • 4 - Mr. Ford Bryant Con ch m 66 3 mo - mentioned in page 34 of History of the Town of Cornish, New Hampshire, with Genealogical Record, 1763-1910, Volume 2.
  • 17 - Widow Lucy Brigham Con 37 - FindaGrave Memorial for Lucy Brigam, with death date on stone August 18, 1828 
  • Widow Patience Willson OA 88.  Patience (Parkhurst) Wilson, wife of Robert Wilson; mentioned on page 422 of History of the Town of Cornish, New Hampshire, with Genealogical Record, 1763-1910, Volume 2.
September
  • 4 - A Son Mr. James Balloch or James Bullock.  The son was James Balloch (1797-1828), who married Maria Aletta Dean; described on page 15 of History of the Town of Cornish, New Hampshire, with Genealogical Record, 1763-1910.  Brother of Mary Balloch, shown below in the death listings for November.
  • 6 - Wife Peletiah Martindale 48.  Betsey (Jackson) Martindale (abt 1770-1828).  Peletiah and Betsey are mentioned on page 269 of History of the Town of Cornish, New Hampshire, with Genealogical Record, 1763-1910, Volume 2
  • 19 - Mr. Moses Farnum 54.  Also seen as Moses Farnham
  • 28 -  Calvin Edgerton 18
October
  • 3 - Wife of Samuel Green  Bm [?] 47 3m.  Possibly this Susan Green, whose death date shows as September 3, 1828 on her FindaGrave Memorial.  The date is given as October 3, 1828 in History of the Town of Cornish, New Hampshire, with Genealogical Record, 1763-1910, Volume 2Susan's maiden name may have been Parmenter.
  • 9 - Wife of Mr. Porter Suicide.  There's a FindaGrave memorial for a Sarah (Hoyt) Porter who died on October 8, 1828, wife of Isaac Porter, perhaps the person described in the journal.
  • 27 - Widow Farnum Wife of Moses F 55.  Presumably Rebecca (Dean) Farnum/Farnham, wife of the Moses Farnum/Farnham who died in September, noted above.  
  • 31 - Doctor Solomon Chase OA 87 or 88.  Mentioned on page 63 of History of the Town of Cornish, New Hampshire, with Genealogical Record, 1763-1910, Volume 2.
November
  • 1 - A Daughter of James Balloch 27.  Presumably Mary Balloch; described on page 15 of History of the Town of Cornish, New Hampshire, with Genealogical Record, 1763-1910, sister of the James Balloch mentioned under the September deaths above.  Her FindaGrave memorial gives her year of death as 1827, but this is perhaps a misreading of a faint engraving.
December
  • 27 - Capt. Platts OA.  Perhaps the husband of "Old Mrs. Platt", who died earlier in 1828 in March; noted above.
  • 30 - Roswell Leavitt Ch m.  Presumably the Roswell Leavitt, son of Dr. Roswell Leavitt and Dorothy (Ashley) Leavitt, mentioned as dying on December 28, 1828 while a student at Amherst College, as noted on page 256 of History of the Town of Cornish, New Hampshire, with Genealogical Record, 1763-1910, Volume 2Roswell's younger brother, George Washington Leavitt, died earlier that year, in February 1828.

Whole No. in 1828 - 26

If you notice transcription errors or have information on any of the people mentioned above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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