Location: Harrisville New Hampshire

Biographical Sketch of Erastus Harris

Erastus Harris, from Medway, Mass., located in the southeastern part of Nelson, (now in Harrisville), at an early date. He was a carpenter, owned a large farm, and died in 1798, aged eighty-four years. His son, Bethuel, born in 1769, came on about 16 years later, and located at the village. His house was located just on the line between the two towns, though he voted in Nelson. He married Deborah Twitchell, reared ten children, and died in July, 1851. The part he took in the manufactures of the town. has already been spoken of. He was a major of militia, and held many of the town offices. Five of his ten children are now living, viz.: Lavell, born August 25, 1802, in Milford, N. H.; Charles C. P., born here August 20, 1807, has been a woolen manufacturer, postmaster since 1852, represented the town in 1867-’68, and has also held most of the other town offices; Mrs. Mary Hutchinson, of this town; Mrs. Sally Hayward, of Peterboro, N. H.; and Mrs. Lois Prouty, of...

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Biographical Sketch of William Seaver

William Seaver came from Roxbury. Mass., and settled upon a farm in the southern part of Nelson in 1823, and died in 1867. He reared a family of seven children, four of whom, Charles C., Wellington W., George W., and Mrs. Lucy H. Towne, are living, all located in this...

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History of Maufacturing in Harrisville, NH

C. & H Farwell’s saw-mill and clothes pin factory, located on road 24, corner of 21, was established by them in 1871. They employ twelve men, and manufacture about l00,000 feet of coarse lumber, and about 15,000 boxes of 720 clothes-pins each, per year. S. T Symonds & Son’s pail handle and knife tray factory, located on road 151, was established by Bemis & Symonds, in 1849, and came under the control of the present firm about 1879. They employ six men, with the capacity for turning out 6,000,000 handles, besides a large number of knife trays and pastry boards per year, and they also saw coarse lumber. Silas Hardy’s saw-mill, grist-null, pail handle and chair stretcher factory, located on road 32, was built by L. L. Howe, in 1880, and sold to Mr. Hardy, of Keene, in 1885. He employs four men, and manufactures about 200,000 feet of coarse lumber per year, and 300 cords of material into chair-stock and pail handles, and also turns out 25,000 shingles and 25,000 laths. The gristmill has one run of stones, and does custom grinding. Zophar Williard’s saw-mill and clothes in factory, located on road 17, was built by A. E. Perry, about 1859. Mr. Williard became a half owner in 1865, and purchased the entire concern in 1876. He employs twelve men, and manufactures about 25,000 feet of lumber, 15,000...

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Biographical Sketch of Major Abner S. H. Hutchinson

Major Abner S. H. Hutchinson was born in Wilton, N. H., December 10, 1803. He joined the militia when a young man, and rose to the rank of major in the 12th N. H. Regt., and was captain of the Nelson Rifle Company. He married Mary, daughter of Bethuel Harris, who bore him five children, of whom Albert is in North Carolina, and Henry in Boston. His daughter, Belle, resides in Harrisville. Two sons, Albert and Henry N., are dead. A. S. Hutchinson came to Nelson in 1829, and began work in the mill. He was a partner four years with C. C. P. Harris in the manufacture of woolens, and has been engaged in the business in various departments for fifty...

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Biographical Sketch of Joseph Mason

Joseph Mason was born in Shelborn, Mass., in 1748, reared a family of ten children, and was killed by the fall of a tree, in 1806. His son Samuel, who was known as Captain Mason, was born in 1771, reared a family of twelve children, and died in 1822. His son Merrill was born in 1816, and now resides in Marlboro. Samuel, Jr., was born in Sullivan, and came to what is now Harrisville when a young man, reared a family of eight children, six of whom are livina. He died in 1862. His sons, George W. And James A., reside in...

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Hamlet of Pottersville, New Hampshire

POTTERSVILLE (p. o.) is a hamlet located in the southwestern part of the town, its name being derived from the extensive potteries that once thrived here. Clay of an excellent quality, is found here, and the business was commenced by David Thurston, in 1795. Jonathan Flood Southwick, from Danvers, Mass., purchased Mr. Thurston’s shop, and continued the business till his death, when it passed into the hands of Jedediah K. Southwick. The non-intercourse and embargo acts, and the war with England, gave such an impulse to the manufacture of this kind of ware, that some eight or ten shops were built in the vicinity. From the close of the war, in 1815, however, the business began to decline, and finally became one of the things of the past. The name of the first workman in the village was Felton, who came from Danvers,...

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Biographical Sketch of Lewis Harris Kittredge

Kittredge, Lewis Harris; automobile business; born, Harrisville, N. H., June 18, 1871; son of Samuel Grant and Harriet Louise Harris Kittredge; educated, Keene, N. H., High School, New Hampshire State College, degree of B. S.; 1896-1897, with New York Belting & Packing Co., Passaic, N. J.; 1897 to present time with The Peerless Motor Car Co. of Ohio, pres. since 1906, same office for the company in New York and New England; director The Peerlees Motor Car Co. of Ohio; pres. since 1906, same office for the Company in New York and New England; director the Peerless Motor Car Co. of Illinois; director The Central National Bank, Cleveland; member executive committee National Association of Auto Manufacturers; director automobile committee, Chamber of Commerce; director Association Patents Co.; vice pres. and administrative council member, National Metal Trades Ass’n; chairman fiscal trustee, The Maternity Hospital; member finance committee, Associated Charities; member federation board The Cleveland Federation for Charity and Philanthropy; member Cleveland Automobile, Union, Euclid, Clifton, Mayfield, and Athletic Clubs, and Zeta Epsilon Zeta...

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Harrisville, Cheshire County, New Hampshire History

Harrisville lies in the extreme eastern part of the county, in lat. 42º 57′ and long. 4º 59′, bounded north by Nelson and Hancock, the latter in Hillsborough county, east by Hancock and Peterboro, south by Dublin and west by Roxbury and a portion of Marlboro. This is the youngest township in the county, having been incorporated as late as July 2, 1870, its area being made up of territory taken from the southern part of Nelson and northern part of Dublin. The extreme length of the town, east and west, is nearly eight miles, and its greatest width, north and south, from two and a half to three miles, comprising an area of about 10,000 acres, which, to be accurate, is enclosed as follows: Beginning at a stone post, where the present north line of Dublin intersects with the western line of Peterboro, thence extending north 77½º west 2,525 rods, or following the north line of Dublin, to the line of Marlboro; thence northerly on the line of Marlboro and Roxbury to the southwest corner of Nelson, near the head of Woodward pond; thence in a general easterly course, with an offset north 160 rods on the east shore of Breed pond, about 1,784 rods, to the line of Hancock; and thence south 12º 30′ south 480 rods, thence south 79º east 879 rods, thence south 287 rods...

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