Showing posts with label Josiah Bartlett. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Josiah Bartlett. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Edward Payson Shaw of Newburyport

A little info for my Face Book Page New England Family Genealogy & History and Wolfe Tavern Edward Payson Shaw was responsible for restoring Newburyport's Merrimac House (former Wolfe Tavern) 

A nice story in the Newburyport News by Joe Callahan June 8, 2015 Edward Payson Shaw was born on Charter Street in Newburyport on Sept. 1, 1841. He was the son of Samuel Shaw (1784-1868) and Abigail Bartlett (1805-1877) a descendant of Josiah Bartlett, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. 

On June 21, 1838 Samuel Shaw, son of Samuel Shaw SR (1748-1829) and Abigail Hale Stickney (1756-1831) married Abigail Bartlett daughter of Here is a 1895 news clip on them


At the age of 15,  Edward P Shaw entered the hack business and by the age of 22 he owned and operated an express line between Newburyport and Boston. To Read more  As I See It: E.P. Shaw: developer in Newburyport and Salisbury Beach

According to Newburyport town records, Edward P Shaw March 14 1899 Wolfe Tavern, owned by E. P. Shaw; loss, $350.65; insurance, $19,000; cause, defective chimney.

From Tuesday, July 5, 1921 Boston Herald (Boston, Massachusetts)

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

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Ezra Bartlett Master Mate USS Kearsarge

Looking for more info on family records, picture, and diary written by Ezra on board Thanks

Photo from  Grand Army of the Republic
Acting Ensign Ezra Bartlett served during the Civil War aboard the USS Kearsarge. The USS Kearsarge is most known for its famous sea victory over the CSS Alabama off Cherbourg, France on June 19, 1864. Born: Apr. 16, 1832 Stratham, New Hampshire. Died: Aug. 18, 1886 Stratham, New Hampshire. He was s. of Dr. Josiah Bartlett and Hannah Eleanor Weeks Thompson
He married Flora McIntyre, d.of Peter McIntyre and  Ann of Scotland.

Josiah Bartlett was son of  Ezra Bartlett (son of Josiah Bartlett of Kingston, NH--first signer of the Declaration of Independence) ) and Hannah Gale, d.of Amos Gale and Hannah Gilman of Kingston, NH
Hannah Thompson was daughter of Col. Ebenezer Thompson (son of Judge Ebenezer Thompson) and Mary Weeks  More info on genealogy below provided by Edward Gerrish of Newbury MA
Bartlett Family. Papers, 1710-1931. ca. 10,000 items. Includes several letters and a diary by Ezra Bartlett. (1832-1886) written on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge

USS Kearsarge Ship's officers pose on deck, at Cherbourg, France, soon after her 19 June 1864 victory over CSS Alabama. Her Commanding Officer, Captain John A. Winslow, is 3rd from left, wearing a uniform of the 1862 pattern. Other officers are generally dressed in uniforms of 1863-64 types. View looks aft on the port side. At left is Kearsarge's after XI-inch Dahlgren pivot gun, with its training tracks on the deck alongside. Those present are (from left to right): Chief Engineer William H. Cushman; Surgeon John M. Browne; Captain John A. Winslow; Acting Master's Mate Ezra Bartlett; Paymaster's Clerk Daniel B. Sargent; Lieutenant Commander James S. Thornton, Executive Officer; 2nd Assistant Engineer William H. Badlam; 3rd Assistant Engineer Henry McConnell; Acting Master James R. Wheeler; Boatswain James C. Walton; 3rd Assistant Engineer Sidney L. Smith; Gunner Franklin A. Graham; Acting Master's Mate Charles C. Danforth; Acting Master Eben M. Stoddard; 3rd Assistant Engineer Frederick L. Miller; and Paymaster Joseph A. Smith. US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 61669. The original glass negative is held by the Library of Congress.

 Rondin Photo 19th of June 1864 Cherbourg, France From Left to Right
#1- Quartermaster James Saunders-Medal of Honor Recipient
#2- Quartermaster Charles Butts
#3- Quartergunner and Captain of the Afterguard John W. Dempsey (Looking Pale and weak, his arm had been amputated less than 48 hours earlier but he insisted on being in the photo.)
#4- Boatswain James C. Walton
#5- 2nd Class Boy Manuel Jose Gallardo (12 years old)
#6- Extreme Rear Center- Quarter Gunner Andrew Rowley
#7- Captain of the Afterguard Henry Cook
#8- Midshipman Edward Preble- Officer in charge of this division
#9- Quartermaster William B. Poole- Helmsman at the time of the battle- Medal of Honor Recipient
#10- Acting Master Ezra Bartlett
#11-Quartermaster William W. Gurney

Friday, July 29, 1864  Paper: Providence Evening Press (Providence, RI)  

[Mr. Ezra Bartlett; Stratham; U. S.; Kearsarge; Navy Yard; Ordered; Duty; Appointed; Steamer] Saturday, January 18, 1862  Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics (Portsmouth, NH)

Saturday, April 16, 1904  Paper: Boston Herald (Boston, MA) 

From part of a letter written by J. Thorton, Lieutenant-Commander and Executive Officer to Captain Winslow, U S Navy 

   The marines fought the rifle gun upon the top gallant forecastle under the charge of Acting Master's Mate Charles H. Danforth. The action on our part was commenced by this gun, and its fire was rapid and effective throughout. The high reputation of their service was nobly sustained by the marine guard of this ship. The boatswain, James C. Walton, was observably active and efficient. Gunner F. A. Graham's duties were all performed efficiently and merit commendation. The carpenter's mate, Mark G. Ham, is well known to you, sir, as a faithful and competent man. His conduct in the battle was distinguished by the cool and intelligent performance of his duties. It is unnecessary for me to call your attention to the officers commanding the gun or master's division, as their duty was performed under your own eye. I am happy to commend Acting Master's Mate Ezra Bartlett, in charge of the shell supply, for his coolness and efficiency.

2nd Letter

Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D. C.

        SIR: The Department having given instructions by letter of the 7th instant to report in cases of officers or men who, for conduct in the action of the Kearsarge and Alabama, were deserving of special mention, I beg leave to reply that in the report of the executive officer, which was fully endorsed by me, immediate attention was devoted to this subject, and the names of such officers and men were indicated as were deserving of merit by special mention.
        The divisions commanded by Acting Masters James R. Wheeler, Eben. M. Stoddard, and David H. Sumner were all well served, the officers in command setting an example of coolness and zeal worthy of commendation. And I beg to refer particularly to the services of Acting Master James R. Wheeler, who, in connection with the action, has been otherwise active in command of the Annette, and on other duty in the [English] Channel during the past severe winter; and his efficiency as an officer being of the highest standard, I deem a special mention in his case should be made.
        I would also refer again to Acting Master's Mates Charles H. Danforth and Ezra Bartlett. Both of these gentlemen, for services rendered in the action, for ability, and for unexceptional good conduct during the cruise are deserving of reward.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Josiah Bartlett first signer Declaration of Independence Monument Amesbury Massachusetts and Kingston New Hampshire Home

The Costumed Committee clipping dated April 14, 1969 from the Stearns Family Shown in photo from Kingston NH L to R Mrs Richard A Berry Leonard F Sanborn, as the pastor. Roiney M Wilson and wife Mrs Wilson, a direct descendant of Josiah Bartlett, Richard A Berry and Mrs Donald M Chase
Listed in the Smithsonian's inventory of American sculpture. 
Josiah Bartlett Auction, New Hampshire, Martin Willis Auctioneer VIDEO Josiah Bartlett Date: Saturday, March 4, 1871
Paper: Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics (Portsmouth, NH)

From: Home of Declaration of Independence signer and West Wing inspiration Josiah Bartlett goes on sale for $849,000 - complete with tree he brought back from Philly in 1776 The home has been in the Bartlett family for seven generations and never been on the market. The current owner, Ruth Albert, is moving to Florida with her husband Desperately tried to find a family member to move in, to no avail By James Nye

 Ruth Albert, the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Josiah Bartlett, the former New Hampshire governor, and signer of the Declaration of Independence poses in her home on Wednesday July 16, 2014 by the desk and under the portrait of Bartlett in Kingston, New Hampshire
See Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence
The Papers of Josiah Bartlett By Josiah Bartlett
Be sure to visit Bartlett Museum in Amesbury Ma to learn more on history and family

“A man of the distinguished powers of Doctor Bartlett, and of his decision and integrity, was not likely long to remain unnoticed, in times which tried men’s souls.”–

Josiah Bartlett, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Standing portrait of Josiah Bartlett holding a quill in one hand and the Declaration of Independence in the other. Dedicated July 4, 1888, with a reading of John Greenleaf Whittier. Located in Huntington Square, Amesbury, Massachusetts. The sculpture was modeled from a painting by JohnTrumbull.Article includes John Greenleaf Whittier poem visit his home in Amesbury MA 

Bartlett's home (for a virtual tour) and an article by Frederick Myron Colby from the Granite Monthly Volume 6 More on F M Colby Colby history is in Amesbury as well visit Macy-Colby Home 

Relic: A linden tree planted as a sapling by Josiah Bartlett after signing the Declaration of Independence is seen on the front lawn of his home Wednesday July 16, 2014 in Kingston, New Hampshire

One of four bedrooms, complete with a wood stove is seen in the farmhouse built in 1774 for former New Hampshire governor and signer of the Declaration of Independence Josiah Bartlett Wednesday July 16, 2014, in Kingston, N.H. The home is up for sale after being in the family for seven generations. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

This photo is from an article by Caroline Blonski An inside look at Kingston's Josiah Bartlett House It's home to descendant of signer of Declaration of Independence

Basic: A commode and hand pumped bath tub are seen on the second floor of the Josiah Bartlett home, Wednesday, July 16, 2014, in Kingston, New Hampshire

Period: The parlor of the four-bedroom farmhouse built in 1774 for former New Hampshire governor and signer of the Declaration of Independence Josiah Bartlett 


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