Tuesday, April 26, 2011

1841 Student Sum book of William M. Parsons, future Physician at Manchester, New Hampshire

1841 student sum book of William Moody Parsons of Gilmanton, New Hampshire.  

Dr. Parsons was born 30 December 1826 at Gilmanton, New Hampshire, the son of Josiah and Judith (Badger) Parsons.  See a collections of Parsons papers held by the New Hampshire Historical Society.

The handmade workbook is 20 pages long and contains math problems in blue ink and grocery lists in dark ink, along with some doodling.  See more scans and a map of Manchester, New Hampshire, below.

William M. Parsons went on to receive his medical education at Dartmouth and Vermont Medical College, from which he graduated in 1851.  He practiced medicine at Bennington and then at Antrim, New Hampshire.  In 1873, he moved his practice to Manchester, New Hampshire.

In November of 1882, Dr. William M. Parsons married Marian Josephine Hosley.  She was born in April of 1855, the daughter of Manchester, New Hampshire mayor John Hosley and his wife Dorothea H. (Jones) Hosley.  

Dr. and Mrs. Parsons had one child, a daughter Martha Sophia Parsons, born 30 April 1884 [though I found one source out of several that gave 30 April 1883].  

Because Dr. William M. Parsons and his father-in-law John Hosley were prominent men in New Hampshire history, I found several short biographies of them, for instance, in Willey's Semi-centennial Book of Manchester, 1846-1896.

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