Showing posts with label Amesbury MA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Amesbury MA. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Indian War Vet Patrick Burke of Amesbury

Amesbury Daily News Amesbury, Massachusetts on Saturday, August 18th, 1928

Patrick Burke (1850-1928) born in County Corke, Ireland November 14 and arrived in the United States . He was son of Patrick Burke (d 1902) and Bridgett ? 
He married Mary Herrian on 5 Jul 1877. The couple are listed in 1880 census living on Friend Street in Amesbury, Massachusetts and he is working in the carriage industry.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

A letter written to W. H. B. Currier, of Amesbury, Mass.

From The Works of John Greenleaf Whittier: Old Portraits and Modern Sketches

Danvers, Mass., 9th Mo., 24, 1881

I regret that it is not in my power to join the citizens of Amesbury and Salisbury in the memorial services on the occasion of the death of our lamented President. But in heart and sympathy I am with you. I share the great sorrow which overshadows the land; I fully appreciate the irretrievable loss. But it seems to me that the occasion is one for thankfulness as well as grief.

Through all the stages of the solemn tragedy which has just closed with the death of our noblest and best, I have felt that the Divine Providence was overruling the mighty affliction,—that the patient sufferer at Washington was drawing with cords of sympathy all sections and parties nearer to each other. And now, when South and North, Democrat and Republican, Radical and Conservative, lift their voices in one unbroken accord of lamentation; when I see how, in spite of the greed of gain, the lust of office, the strifes and narrowness of party politics, the great heart of the nation proves sound and loyal, I feel a new hope for the republic, I have a firmer faith in its stability. It is said that no man liveth and no man dieth to himself; and the pure and noble life of Garfield, and his slow, long martyrdom, so bravely borne in view of all, are, I believe, bearing for us as a people "the peaceable fruits of righteousness." We are stronger, wiser, better, for them.

With him it is well. His mission fulfilled, he goes to his grave by the Lakeside honored and lamented as man never was before. The whole world mourns him. There is no speech nor language where the voice of his praise is not heard. About his grave gather, with heads uncovered, the vast brotherhood of man.

And with us it is well, also. We are nearer a united people than ever before. We are at peace with all; our future is full of promise; our industrial and financial condition is hopeful. God grant that, while our material interests prosper, the moral and spiritual influence of the occasion may be permanently felt; that the solemn sacrament of Sorrow, whereof we have been made partakers, may be blest to the promotion of the righteousness which exalteth a nation.

Captain John M Pettingell

John Mason Pettingell was son of Andrew Haskell Pettingell and Mary Nash Grandson of Moses Pettingell and Mary Haskell.
Gr Grandson of Eleazer Pettingell and Sally Folsom Beckett
Gr Gr Grandson of  Moses Pettingell and Elizabeth Atkinson
Gr Gr Gr Grandson of  Nathaniel Pettingell and Margaret Richardson Gr Gr Gr Gr Grandson of  Matthew Pettingill and Sarah Noyes From A Pettingell Genealogy: Notes Concerning Those of the Name

J. M. Pettingell was married in June, as the following from The Bottom Traveller, relates: "Miss Myrtle Van Wye, daughter of Mrs. Flora H. Van Wye, of Bradlee Court, Craigie Circuit, and John Mason Pettingell of 1 Ellsworth Park were married last evening at the home of the bride's mother. The Rev. Raymond Calkins, pastor of the First Congregational Church, performed the ceremony. The bride was attended by a group of young girls, members of her Sunday school class, and was given in marriage by her mother. The best man was Andrew F. Pettingell, a brother of the bridegroom. The bridegroom is a graduate of Technology in the Class of 1912 and the son of Mrs. Caroline F. and the late Capt. John M. Pettingell, of Newburyport. During the war he was an aviator, serving with the rank of second lieutenant in this country and France. He is a member of the firm of Carlson & Pettingell, combustion engineers. The bride is a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College, Class of 1914, with M. A. degree from Radcliffe in 1916. After a short wedding trip Mr. and Mrs. Pettingell will reside at 1200 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Mass."
Tuesday, June 25, 1901 Boston Herald (Boston, Massachusetts) 

  • Technology Review, Volume 23
  • A Pettingell Genealogy: Notes Concerning Those of the Name
  • Richard Fowler, Sr. (1802-1881) of Newburyport, Massachusetts and his wife, Susanna Mary Currier (1803-1875); their ancestry and their descendants Laura K. Pettingell, John M. Pettingell
  • Boot and Shoe Recorder, Volume 30  
  • Boots and Shoes. Gossip Gathered among Local Dealers. and Manufacturers Saturday, March 14, 1891  
  • The Boston Almanac and Business Directory, Volume 57
  • Business Troubles. Closed by the Sheriff Saturday, May 9, 1896 Boston Journal
  • National Telephone Directory 1895
  • Annual Statics of Manufactures 1891
  • The Boot and Shoe Trade. How some Drummers Work up Trade-Items of Interest to Shoe Men Friday, June 13, 1890 Boston Journal

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Amesbury Josiah Bartlett Monument honored by John Greenleaf Whittier July 4 1888

Photo of Josiah Bartlett at present location is courtesy of Jennifer Haven, Reference Librarian, Amesbury Public Library. From Works of Karl Gerhardt 1888
The figure, over eight feet in height, stands erect, with head uplifted, "the mouth and the brow are brave in bronze," and one foot pressed forward, "a true embodiment of the independence which Governor Bartlett was prominent in obtaining for his country-men." The costume represents the old-time knee breeches, long waistcoat, and loosely-hanging coat with ruffed cuffs of Revolutionary days, such as Governor Bartlett wore. That the face might be a perfect reproduction, an oil painting of Josiah Bartlett, by Trumbull, was procured in Boston, which was valued so highly that it was deposited in a bank vault every day as the sculptor finished his work. In the right hand is a quill pen and in the left a roll on which is the word "Independence," thus illustrating the subject of the statue. The entire work is considered perfect in every detail, and stands in all the grandeur of enduring bronze, a fitting testimonial to the fame of one of Massachusetts' noble sons.
The following poem concluded the events of a day made memorable in the history of Amesbury:

One Of The Signers

O storied vale of Merrimac
Rejoice through all thy shade and shine,
And from his century's sleep call back
A brave and honored son of thine.

Unveil his effigy between
The living and the dead to-day;
The fathers of the Old Thirteen
Shall witness bear as spirits may.

Unseen, unheard, his gray compeers
The shades of Lee and Jefferson,
Wise Franklin reverend with his years
And Carroll, lord of Carrollton!

Be thine henceforth a pride of place
Beyond thy namesake's over-sea,
Where scarce a stone is left to trace
The Holy House of Amesbury.

A prouder memory lingers round
The birthplace of thy true man here
Than that which haunts the refuge found
By Arthur's mythic Guinevere.

The plain deal table where he sat
And signed a nation's title-deed
Is dearer now to fame than that
Which bore the scroll of Runnymede.

Long as, on Freedom's natal morn,
Shall ring the Independence bells,
Give to thy dwellers yet unborn
The lesson which his image tells.

For in that hour of Destiny,
Which tried the men of bravest stock,
He knew the end alone must be
A free land or a traitor's block.

Among those picked and chosen men
Than his, who here first drew his breath,
No firmer fingers held the pen
Which wrote for liberty or death.

Not for their hearths and homes alone,
But for the world their work was done;
On all the winds their thought has flown
Through all the circuit of the sun.

We trace its flight by broken chains,
By songs of grateful Labor still;
To-day, in all her holy fanes,
It rings the bells of freed Brazil.

O hills that watched his boyhood's home,
O earth and air that nursed him, give,
In this memorial semblance, room
To him who shall its bronze outlive!

And thou, O Land he loved, rejoice
That in the countless years to come,
Whenever Freedom needs a voice,
These sculptured lips shall not be dumb!  

See Jacob Huntington and Family from Amesbury Carriage Museum

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Moses Newhall Huntington of Amesbury MA

Moses Newell Huntington was born December 20, 1834. He was a collector of curiosities from all over the world. He presented his collection to the Amesbury Public Library, together with several thousand dollars. He was a much respected citizen of his native town, where he died December 23, 1907.  
From A Genealogical Memoir of the Huntington Family in this Country: Embracing All the Known Descendants of Simon and Margaret Huntington, who Have Retained the Family Name 
Library Journal, Volume 29 by Charles Ammi Cutter has Moses donating 500.00 Card catalog case periodical cases pictures and reference books valued at $500 from Moses N Huntington as a memorial to his sister Ruth A Huntington.  
Public Documents of Massachusetts: Being the Annual Reports of Various Public Officers and Institutions ..., Volume 12 The will of the late Moses Newell Huntington also a former trustee leaves to the library about 70 books a collection of engravings and his large collection of minerals relics etc and money enough to provide cases for their safe keeping.
Legendary Locals of Amesbury by Margie Walker "His estate donated $15,459.45 to the Amesbury Public Library." see page 19 and there is a wonderful picture of Moses as well. Moses was a shoemaker and worked from his home.
According to death records died of heart disease. Moses never married.

Moses father was John Huntington*, born September 7, 1797, in Amesbury, Mass.; married, in 1821, Hannah Jones, who died, and he married, second, in 1850, Abigail C. Vining, who died January 5, 1899. He was a thriving farmer in his native town, occupying a portion of the original homestead, where he died October 27, 1888.

Huntington House Amesbury Massachusetts

Moses Huntington, born May 25, 1768: married Hannah Page, and lived in Amesbury, Mass., where he died Jan. 15, 1854.
1. Enoch, born Dec. 27, 1794.
2. *John, born Sept. 7, 1797.
3.Ruth, born Sept. 9, 1799, died in 1800.
4. Jacob, born Jan. 16, 1801.
5. Phillip, born May 22, 1803.
6. Daniel, born Mar. 17, 1806.
7. Moses, born May 6, 1809.
8. Lydia Jones, born May 14, 1812.
9. Ephraim Morrel, born July 16, 1816.