Monday, August 10, 2020

1892 Photograph of Students in District School #6 at Alstead, New Hampshire; plus 2 Photos of Teacher Nettie Sophia Robinson, 1883 and 1890

Wonderful photograph of students and perhaps teacher in the school in District 6 at Alstead, New Hampshire, dated January 7, 1892, and two cabinet photographs of Nettie Sophia Morrison, presumably the teacher in the back row.

Nettie Sophia Morrison in 1890

The students and teacher are identified on the reverse, presumably left to right, not in rows.
  • Aurilla M. Bean
  • Chester W. Demerse
  • Edith E. Hartwell
  • John G. Supple
  • Florence M. Forristall - see a post that features a 1895 wedding photograph of Florence's father Frank M. Forristall and second wife Mary (Cater) Forristall; and a post that features a photograph of Florence's younger full sibling, Ralph Wayne Forristall (1888-1964)
  • Leslie P. Forristall - see a post that features a 1895 wedding photograph of Leslie's father Frank M. Forristall and second wife Mary (Cater) Forristall; and a post that features a photograph of Leslie's younger full sibling, Ralph Wayne Forristall (1888-1964)
  • John A. Smith
  • Nettie S. Morrison - presumably the teacher - see cabinet photographs below
  • Beatrice M. Porter
  • Katie A. Supple
  • Warren H. Porter
  • Marcia A. Smith

The teacher was presumably Nettie Sophia Morrison, born 18 January 1865 at Alstead, New Hampshire, daughter of Andrew Morrison and Julia V. (Kidder) Morrison.  Two photographs of Nettie were found with the school photograph, one taken in 1883 and another in 1890.

Nettie married Clinton Jesse Gates, or Jesse Clinton Gates, at Alstead on 16 December 1896. He was born at Keene, New Hampshire, son of Roscoe E. Gates and Nellie (Porter) Gates.

In the 1910 Census, Jesse/Clinton noted his occupation as a contractor to carry the mail and his marital status as a widower. Not long after this enumeration, he died of heart disease at age 37 in September 1910 at Alstead. I haven't found a record of Nettie's death, which, if Jesse/Clinton was indeed a widower in 1910, had to have happened between 1900 and 1910.

The FindaGrave memorial for a Nettie M. Gates (1865-3 May 1948) buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery at Ocala, Florida, is presumably that for a Rhode Island native, wife of Arthur G. Gates.

More Morison/Morrison genealogy is found in the book The history of the Morison or Morrison family with most of the "Traditions of the Morrisons" (clan MacGillemhuire), hereditary judges of Lewis, by Capt. F. W. L. Thomas, of Scotland, and a record of the descendants of the hereditary judges to 1880. A complete history of the Morison settlers of Londonderry, N.H., of 1719, and their descendants, with genealogical sketches. Also, of the Brentwood, Nottingham, and Sanbornton, N.H. Morisons, and branches of the Morisons who settled in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Nova Scotia, and descendants of the Morisons of Preston Grange, Scotland, and other familiesby Leonard Allison Morrison (1843-1902); Frederick William Leopold Thomas; published in 1880.

If you have information on any of the people in the photograph, especially if you have information on the teacher, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

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