Wednesday, March 4, 2015

DAR New England Chapters & Descendants of Moses Short Newbury MA Members

From the Archives Several DAR Members in New England
In Memory for Moses Short of Newbury and his descendant Laurie Jarvis Short. Her relatives Abbey Short and Ruth Short of the DAR Old Newbury Chapter
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A DAR Outing

 Old Newbury Chapter Newburyport Massachusetts One of the most attractive outings ever taken by the chapter was the Field Day at Fatherland farm South Byfield October 15 1900 This house long the seat of the Parsons family was built by Jacob Parsons the Boston merchant Its present owner is Mrs Alexander Forbes a descendant of Jacob Parsons and a member of Old Newbury Chapter. Ruth I Short attended.

Moses Short, son of James Short 1713-1795 and Ruth Jaques 1717-1779 (aunt of Anna Jaques)
He had at least 9 siblings.  
He married Lydia Emery (155-1826) July 24, 1781 and they had 6 children.
He married Abigail Illsley Oct 26 1826
They had 2 daughters Abigail Styles Short 1830-1903  and Ruth Illsley Short 1829-1907

"SHORT, MOSES, Newbury. Private, Capt. Silas Adam's co., Col. Titcomb's regt.; service 2 mos., travel also allowed to and from place of rendevous, roll endorsed 'for 2 Months Service at R Island;' also, Capt. Oliver Titcomb's co., Col. Cogswell's regt.; entered service Oct. 5, 1778; service 2 months 29 days; company detached to guard and fortify post in and about Boston."
             Short House Newbury MA Photo From Boston Public Library

From DAR Lineage Book 
Ruth Isley Short and Abigail Short Born in Newbury, Massachusetts. Descendant of Moses Short, of Massachusetts. Daughter of Moses Short and Abigail Ilsley, his wife. Moses Short, (1760-1841), served as a private and received a pension. He was born in Newbury, where he died.

Newburyport Daily News Tuesday September 1, 1903 page 3 Abby Short Dead
For Years She Was One of the Teachers of Our Schools

              The death of Miss Abby Short occurred at Newbury this morning at the age of 72 years. For many years Miss Short was a teacher in the Kelly School of this city and her former pupils number many of the leading business men of the city today, who remember her with the kindliest of feelings for the important part she played in the shaping of their education. She had been a “great” sufferer for years and her death comes as a welcome relief. Full of years and of honors she is sincerely mourned and throughout the city today many a tear will drop in memory of Miss Short.

Gravestone located in First Parish Cemetery, High Road, Newbury,Massachusetts Transcription:
1760 Moses Short 1841
Soldier of the American Revolution
His Wife
1786 Abigail Ilsley 1875
their daughters
1829 Ruth I Short 1927
1830 Abigail Short 1903

                                                Ruth Ilsley Short

Newburyport Daily News Thursday March 17, 1927 page 4 At Rest in Native Town

              The funeral of Miss Ruth Ilsley Short for many years a resident of Oldtown was held at the home of Mrs. Ruth Bradstreet in Rowley, where Miss Short had made her home for the past few years. Her death occurred Sunday evening March 13, aged 97 years, 8 months and 23 days.                She was the daughter of Moses and Abigail Short of Newbury, he being a Revolutionary Soldier. Miss Short was one of the very few remaining real Daughters of the Revolution. Her home was in one of the oldest houses in Newbury, at the corner of High Street and Rolfe’s Lane and she was the oldest in point of membership of the Oldtown Church, having united with it 73 years ago. At one time in her life Miss Short was a teacher in the old school house that stood upon the Upper Green.
               The funeral service was conducted by the pastor of the First Church in Newbury, Rev. Charles Sumner Holton, and was attended by many of her former neighbors and friends, also officers and members of the church. There were many beautiful floral tokens, including gifts from the Home Missionary Society of which the deceased had been a member for many years, also from the local Chapter of the D.A.R. and from other friends. The funeral was in the Cemetery of the First Church, Newbury.
Gravestone located in First Parish Cemetery, High Road, Newbury, MA
1760 Moses Short 1841
Soldier of the American Revolution
His Wife
1786 Abigail Ilsley 1875
their daughters
1829 Ruth I Short 1927
1830 Abigail Short 1903

Nathaniel Tracy Chapter of Newburyport 1896 and DAR Magazine Vol 17 1900 mentions the Chapter and Nathaniel Tracy and Dalton House Also See Stamp Act Wolfe
Newburyport sent out many privateers during the Revolutionary war Nathaniel Tracy fitted out a great fleet consisting of 24 cruisers with 340 guns and 2800 men He also contributed $160,000 to the cause of liberty His fine old mansion is now the public library and museum The old Dalton house now the home of the Dalton club retains its fire places with their exquisite carvings and Corinthian pillars reaching to the ceiling In a frame upon the wall is a sample of wall paper similar to that seen in the Quincy house On the label it is stated that it had been used to adorn the room in which Mary Dalton was married to Leonard White

From this article Mrs. Elizabeth Brown Thomas Morse, Ruth Short, Mary Augusta Danforth, Sarah Judd, Helen Stone Rogers 

From this Article

See Mary Rebecca Brodhead Pike (1815-1922) — New Hampshire DAR member — achieved age 106

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Blaisdell, Noyse families crafted clocks, combs

My Column From Newburyport News 

Colonial families handed down trades through the generations. The Blaisdells (See Genealogy by S Klomps below) of Amesbury perfected clock making and the Noyses of Newbury mastered comb manufacturing. They would be among the many ingenious families who would help establish Essex County as the center of industry. Even more fascinating, generational expertise was not limited to one profession, as most “readily turned a hand at any business,” resulting in great success.
Amesbury historian Steven Klomps asserts that the Blaisdells were the first American-born clock makers. David Sr. was a “mechanical genius” and made his first clock in 1735.
David hitched up with Abigail Colby and lived on Main Street in a house that is now the Bartlett Museum. The couple had four sons who became master clock makers.
David conducted business from Kendrick’s Lane in the front yard of his Uncle Charles’ home and “never was there a more industrious or useful man seldom found.” His talents went beyond clocks. He “repaired augers, andirons, steelyards, gunlocks, tin and brass ware, shod horses, and forged iron work for vessels.” He also “sold groceries, dry goods, meat, wood, and operated a cider mill.”
The town voted to give David the meeting house bell that historians conclude he used for casting clock bells. The clocks are still ticking today and the fine craftsmanship and quality come through the brass and pewter dials. There are 20 clocks on record made by him.
Newbury’s Daniel Balch, another instrumental clock maker, apprenticed under David.
In 1755 David was commissioned to Fort Ticonderoga to make armor. He brought his 14-year-old son Isaac to apprentice under him. Unfortunately, he was killed in battle, but Isaac returned home to work with David Jr. and Uncle Obadiah Colby. Isaac settled Chester, N.H., earning a fine reputation as a silversmith and clockmaker.

Gary Sullivan of “PBS Antiques Road Show” states that David Jr. took over the business in 1756. David’s contribution to the clock world was mastering the sophisticated eight-day brass, time and strike movement, rather than the standard 30-hour lantern one. A clock sold at auction made in 1750 is easily identified because of its unusual features, namely the unique heart shaped cut-outs in the sides of hood carved to amplify the loud bells strike.
In 1777, Salisbury made history when the frigate Alliance was forged by the Hackett family. Klomps notes that David’s talent as a blacksmith was utilized in the enterprise. An impressive account is listed in the records of Timothy Cushing.
According to Sullivan, clocks produced by son Nicholas are among the rarest by any Blaisdell clan member. A tall clock made in 1760 is one of the most important examples of Colonial clock making and only two others like it have been documented. The clock, Sullivan notes, has “a rare sarcophagus top and a fine early painted surface,” and “is in almost a perfect state of preservation.”

In Newbury, the Noyeses were busy crafting another trade. Enoch Noyes, or “Old Fact,” as the natives called him, was a self-taught mechanical genius. It is often said, “a man’s home is his castle,” but for this man, it was a breeding ground for inventiveness. He owned the largest library around, first to import fruit trees, bred varieties of fish and issued the first comb industry in America (1759).
All the labor was done by hand and he straightened the horns used for combsby steaming them over his kitchen fire, pressing them in a cleft leg, opening it with wedges and allowing it to spring together.
A 1925 article, “Sesquicentennial of Comb Industry,” noted 32 comb shops in town between 1830 and 1840 with several Noyes offspring constantly inventing and improving the production. The foremost was grandson David Noyes, who invented a machine for twining, or cutting the teeth. He was the most important man in comb-making in America. By 1844 S. C. Noyes & Co. ruled the industry with the first steam-engine used in the town.
Horatio Noyes notes that Enoch’s eccentric nature matched his talents: “a great joker and capital storyteller, often running to the parish barefooted and bareheaded.” On hot summer days he was spotted sporting only his light britches running the fields “just to go a nooning.”
One thing is for sure: These fellows were a “marvel of Yankee ingenuity,” constantly combing new territory for inventions and never squandered time.

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Comb-Makers Davis F., William, and William H. Noyes. Courtesy of the Newburyport Public Library Archival Center

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Clock above with pewter dial bears the label of David Blaisdell of Amesbury, 1744
Bulletin of the Museum of Fine Arts, Volumes 12-14
Two hundred years of American clocks & watches C H Bailey
Also see See Simon Willard 

Horace Greeley, the Farmer Receiving Presidential Nomination from Horace Greeley, the Editor

From the Archives please e-mail me for a PDF/JPEG COPY
 NO-22 Presidential Election

Monday, March 2, 2015

Wharfs, Women, and the Waterside


The second presentation in a five-part lecture series celebrating Newburyport history, will be held Sunday, March 15, at 2:00pm at the Newburyport Public Library Program Room. The presentation is by Skip Motes (research by Marge Motes). Skip Motes is a local author, historian, and artist. Last year Newburyport celebrated the 250th anniversary of the separation of the maritime Waterside community from Newbury to form the new town of Newburyport. This presentation turns to two earlier questions. How did the Waterside develop within agrarian Newbury? What role did women—history’s silent partners—play ?

Captain Paul White, came to Newbury, sixty-three years old, a seasoned sea captain and merchant, built the first wharf on the waterfront in 1656. His second wife, Anne (Wood) (Jones) White had children from an earlier marriage that married into the families of the early governors of Massachusetts, including Anne (Dudley) Bradstreet, the first published female poet in America.. Stephen Greenleaf, Richard Dole, Nathaniel Clark and Nathaniel Davison built the next group of wharfs on the central waterfront.. Daughter Anne Wood married 2nd Colonel Dudley Bradstreet, son of Gov. Simon Bradstreet and Anne (Dudley) Bradstreet.Anne (Dudley) Bradstreet was the daughter of Gov. Thomas Dudley, and the first published female poet in America

Skip and Marge Motes are both members of the Newburyport Preservation Trust, Members at Custom House Maritime Museum, Museum of Old Newbury, and Volunteer at The Archival Center at Newburyport Library. They have been researching Newburyport’s history since moving here in 1995.   Resume of Skip Motes Art

Wellesley High School Boys Basketball 1915

From Boston Globe 1915

Joshua Coffin of Newbury Obit

From The Liberator July 1 1864 Please post or email for PDF/JPEG Copy of article or Coffin Line

"Olden teacher, present friend, Wise with antiquarian search, In the scrolls of State and Church; Named on history's title-page, Parish-clerk and justice sage." To My Old Schoolmaster." John Greenleaf Whitter 

Newburyport Preservation Trust

Coffin Family Papers, 1700s-1860s
Joshua Coffin Papers

Purchase Book at Sons & Daughters of Newbury 

Saturday, February 28, 2015