Thursday, July 31, 2014

1848 Spelling Book of Miss Martha J. Munroe of Taunton, Massachusetts

Spelling book with inscription on first end paper: Property of Miss Martha J. Munroe, Taunton, 1848. Her maiden surname is spelled Monroe in the Find a Grave memorial for Martha J. Monroe Dunham (1837-1918).

From online research, hopefully correct:  [corrections and additions welcome!]

Martha Jane Munroe was born 13 January 1837, the daughter of William and Sophia (Williams) Munroe/Monroe.  She married George Alfred Dunham, son of Schuyler and Sally (White) Dunham.  George was born 12 July 1836.  They were living at Taunton, Massachusetts, at the time of the 1880 Census; Norton, Massachusetts, at the time of the 1900 Census and Attleborough, Massachusetts, at the time of the 1910 Census.

I believe they had five children:
  1. Georgietta Dunham (1859-1859)
  2. Erford Clinton Dunham (1860-1908)
  3. Clara Jane Dunham (1867-1940); married Arthur Wells Twombley
  4. George Alfred Dunham, Jr. (1873-1948); married Helen Tew Lane and Mabel Estella Field
  5. Nellie A. Dunham (1892-1979); possibly an adopted daughter
Martha died in 1916 and George in 1920.  They're buried at Oakland Cemetery at Taunton, Massachusetts, with two of their children, Georgietta Dunham and Erford Clinton Dunham.  Their grandson, Howard C. Dunham, son of George Alfred Dunham, Jr., and Helen Tew (Lane) Dunham, is also buried with them.  Howard was born 26 January 1896 and died 13 August 1896.

If you have corrections and/or additions to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!
The spelling book was published by Tappan, Whittemore & Mason, 114 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts about 1844.  Below are images of a few pages, some with doodling on them.

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