Rochester Courier

February 26, 1864


Excerpts from: The Weekly Courier, Newspaper, Friday Evening, Feb. 26, 1864, Rochester, NH, on Microfilm held at the Rochester, NH, Public Library. Every attempt at accuracy has been made. These excerpts cover many towns and even other states. Material is varied; marriages, news articles, deaths, advertisements anything pertaining to individuals, events or local history. Submitted by - C. Parziale 8/20/00



In Middleton, Feb 13, by Benjn. H. CHENLEY, Esq., Mr. John H. COOK of Milton and Miss Martha YOUNG , of Alton In Dover

- 8th inst., by Rev. L. J. HALL, Mr. Charles P. FERGUSON, Springvale, Me., and Mary A. CHASE, of Dover

11th inst., (by the same) Mr. Jacob H. LANGMAID and Miss Emma F. DAVIS, both of Durham, N.H.

Jan 23, Mr. Ebenezer H. GORDON, Jr., of Lawrence, Mass., and Miss Lucy A. CHAPMAN, of Newmarket.

In Boston, 10th inst., by Rev. James B. MILES, Lieut. James M. DURELL, of the 13th N.H. Reg't, and Miss Bathsheba Thaxter, daughter of Solomon HOVEY of Boston.

In Portsmouth, Feb. 11, by Rev. I.F. WATERHOUSE, Mr. George F. KNOX and Miss Emeline ADAMS, both of Kittery, Me.,

Jan 25, by Rev. Mr. ADAMS, Mr. Charles M. EMMONS and Miss Annie E. SMALL, both of Lyman, Me.

- Feb 5th, , Mr. Charles H. RAMSDELL, 32d Mass. Vols., and Miss Emma E. MOULTON, of York, Me.

In New York, Jan 27, Mr. John N. FROST, Jr., of Portsmouth, and Miss Theresa LUNT, youngest daughter of the late Joseph Lunt, of N.Y.

In Concord, 2d inst., by Rev. Henry E. PARKER, Lieut. Wm. A. FOSGATE of Winchester and Miss M.F. HOSMER of Fisherville.

Jan 27, by Rev. Dr. BOUTON, Mr. George J. SWEATT and Miss Abbie S. CILLEY, both of Andover.

At Kingston, Feb. 4, Mr. John W. DUDLEY and Miss Rinda S. THING, both of Brentwood.

In Newton, Feb. 4, Lieut. Wm. B. MORRILL and Miss Helen M. GOODRICH.

In East Jaffrey, Feb. 7, Mr. David D. PAGE and Miss Ellen R. BADGER, Both of Peterborough.

In Bradford, Jan. 22, Capt. John HUBBARD and Mrs. Nancy R. GOULD.

In Stratham, Feb. 10, Albert E. BOWLEY, of Exeter, and Miss Nellie M. BENNETT.

In Lawrence, Mass., Feb. 18, by Rev. A. CHURCH. Mr. Frank B. MOORE, of Lawrence, and Miss Emma RICKER of Dover, N.H.

- In Alton, Feb. 11, Mr. Charles G. CATE of Alton, and Miss Carrie C. RICKER of South Berwick, Me.

In Wolfborough, Mr. John H. RENDELL, of Roxbury, Mass., and Miss Ora T. COTTON.



            The Transitions Caused by the War -
              A correspondent of the New York World, in a letter from Hilton Head, says: "Some of the Beaufort mansions - formerly owned by wealthy rebels, and which have been confiscated because of their treason -- have recently passed into the possession of others. At the auction there was a number of negroes, who have become comparatively wealthy by their labors since Hilton Head was ocupied by our troops.
              Some of them have received from twenty to thirty dollars a month, with rations, from speculations, and others have also made great gains by peddling different articles among the troops. These sums they have frugally saved; and there is an evident desire among some of them to acquire real estate. One house was knocked down to a colored man for fifteen hundred dollars. Thus one of the greatest revolutions of any age is being accomplished. Four years ago the negro buyer of this mansion might have been knocked down to any one desirous of giving fifteen hundred dollars for him, and now, with the same sum, he is enabled practically to thrust out of his own house the proud master who, perhaps, once bought and sold him."


             An Unfortunate Bridegroom -
              A letter from Western Virginia, dated last week, relates the following incident, showing the want of some sharp corrective there abouts: - Yesterday was another high day in our old home (Winchester) a young man named Kemp from Ohio, went up there to take unto himself a wife, and was married on Thurday night to Miss Bettie Ginn, and on Friday morning, as the bridal party, consisting of over a dozen ladies and gentleman, in vehicles, were leaving, a party of rebels overtook them on the top of Fort Hill (on the edge of the town), and made the groom get out of the vehicle, and took from him a pocket pistol and shirt, and searched his baggage, taking some other articles, and told him to go on. They had not gone more than a fourth of a mile further when another party of rebs halted them and made the groom get out. The told him that Maj. Gilmon (a distinguished plug-ugly of yore) wanted to see him at a house on the rail-road, about a fourth of a mile distant, and some of them conducted him there, where he found three robbers, with their carbines pointed at him, who ordered him to take off his clothes, which he refused to do, when they threatened to shoot him if he did not give up his money and watch, and he was obliged to disgorge about $200 in greenbacks and his gold watch, after which they directed him to go on, and he rejoined the party.


Nothing but leaves; the spirit grieves
Over a wasted life;
Sin committed while conscience slept,
Promises made but never kept,
Hatred, battle and strife;
Nothing but leaves!

Nothing but leaves; no garnered sheaves
Of life's fair, ripened grain;
Words, idle words, for earnest deed;
We sow our seeds
lo! tares and weeds;
We reap with toil and pain
Nothing but leaves!

Nothing but leaves; memory weaves
No veil to screen the past;
As we retrace our weary way,
Counting each lost and misspent day,
We find, sadly at last,
Nothing but leaves!

And shall we meet the master so,
Bearing our withered leaves?
the Saviour looks for perfect fruit
We stand before him, humble mute,
Waiting the words he breathes
"Nothing but leaves?"

                       Mrs. L.E. Akerman



"The Battle Cry of Freedom"
Yes, we'll rally round the Flag boys, We'll
rally once again,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom;
We will rally from the hill side, we'll gather
from the plain,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom.

(Chorus) The Union forever,
Hurrah boys, hurrah ;
down with the Traitor,
Up with the star.
While we rally round the Flag, boys, rally
once again,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom!

We are springing to the call of our Brothers
gone before
shouting the battle cry of Freedom!
and we'l fill the vacant ranks with a million
freemen more,
Shouting the battle cry of Freeom! (Chorus)

We will welcome to our numbers, the loyal,
true and brave,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom!
And altho' he may be poor, he shall never be
a slave,
Shouting the battle cry of Freedom! -- (Chorus)

So We're springing to the call from the east
and from the west,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!
And we'll hurl the rebel crew from the land
we love the best,
Shouting the battle cry of freedom! -- (Chorus)



            A letter from the 11th N.H. Regt,            at Strawberry Plains, Tenn., of a recent date, says: "We are still on short rations, and I don't see any prospect of getting any better ones. The boys have to spend all their wages to get enough to eat, and even then they have to go about eight miles to get it. I hope we may get better rations soon or we shall grow pretty lean. What the reason for such short rations is, I don't know, but shouldn't be surprised if some Quartermaster was to blame about it."


              The Grantees of the American Fire Insurance Company, incorporated at the last session of the Legislature, met at Exeter last week, and accepted the act of the Corporation, and elected their Directors.-- Among the rest we notice the name Col. C.S. WHITEHOUSE of this town.


              Late letters received from Capt. BLAISDELL and other of our soldiers of the 9th Regt. at Point Burnside, Ky., speak of the continued good health of our Rochester boys there, and of a report that the Regiment is soon expected to go to New York, when it will probably receive orders for Texas or some other southern point.


              We notice our fellow townsman, J.H. ELA, Esq., is up in Merrimack county on the stump. He is advertised to speak in Warner this evening.


              Walcott HAMLIN, Esq., of Dover addressed the citizens of this town on the political topic of the day, on Wednesday evening. The present seems to be a time of political meetings, but the republicans seem to be running a high pressure machine, while our democratic friends haven't so much as stirred up the coals under their political boiler. Come, gentlemen, get up steam, Trot out your big guns, and let us have a wee bit of democratic noise, eh?


              The Wolfboro News has an item concerning the malicious and ridiculous manner in which the horse of a Bartlett man was served in Jackson, at Trickey's stable in that place. It was completely shaven, and the harness of the horse cut into pieces. The man was one of the government witnesses in the draft case last summer.


              A requisition was made a few days since on the government for boots for the colored regiment in camp at Quincy, Ill. The sizes were so enormous that they could not be procured at Chicago, and the agent was ordered to have the regimental feet measured and send the result to Washington, so that the boots could be constructed there. The sizes range from 10's to 20's. This regiment, a contemporary thinks will be apt to "trample on the rights of the South."


              The revival interest still continues at Great Falls. Meetings are held in the Town Hall every other evening.


              Mobile is destined to fail. Gen. Sherman is advancing upon it, from Vicksburg, and is already in the heart of the rebel country, and will soon form a junction with troops sent from New Orleans across lake Ponchartrain, and with FARRAGUTT's fleet. The city is reported to be defended by 15,000 rebel troops. Gov. Watts has issued a proclamation to the citizens of Mobile, that the city is about to be attacked, and exhorting non-combatants to leave. Gen. SHERMAN and QUITMAN of our forces are reported on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, and are in excellent fighting trim.


              The new mill at Great Falls is driving business. One of the cotton mills is also doing a little something. The village, however, is still quite dull from the general stoppage of its cotton manufacturing.


            Our Baptist friends held a Social Festival on Tuesday evening of last week, to procure funds to purchase a musical instrument, and notwithstanding the severity of the weather, met with perfect success. The ladies of the Society, having ordained a good time had entered into the spirit of the occassion with a perfect Free Will and as is usually the case when Free Will and Forordination go hand in hand, the good time came. The tables displayed beauty, taste and abundance, and in the regions below the bivalves furnished the luscious morsels ad libitum. While the Farmington Quartette Band discoursed sweet music the company were entertained with numerous and pleasing tableaux; the one entitled the Spirit of 76, where the parties were dressed in costume, with the old fashioned cotton cards and small flax wheel in full operation, seemed especially to please.
            The fish pond furnished an unfailing supply of a greater variety than old Ik. WALTON ever dreamed of. Under the guiding hand of our friend E.C. KINNEAR the time passed pleasantly and of course profitably, (for we believe in the profit of pleasure) and the pretty little net gain of $175, was realized. We understand those having the matter in charge intend purchasing one of Mason and Hamlin's $223 cabinet Organs.


              Our young friend Geo. P. EDGERLY, late clerk at the Provost Marshall's office in Portsmouth has gone to Point Look-out, Md. to be Gen. MARSTON's clerk. He will be the right man in the right place; his penmanship is grace itself, his habits and his figures are correct and his honesty unquestioned.


              The quiet of our village was disturbed last Saturday by an alarm of fire, the P.O. building having caught on the roof. The Engine and H. & L. companies were promptly on the spot, but the fire was easily extinguished with a few pails of water without their aid.


              Elder WEDGEWOOD who carried a boy from here to the Reform School at Manchester last week, returns with praises on his lips for everything he saw; the treatment was kind and beneficent, the discipline admirable, the declamations and singing better than he ever heard in any other school.


              Lemuel CHASE, of Sandwich, N.H., has lost four children within a week from diptheria. Three of them were buried in one grave.


              Aaron P. HUGHES, Esq., of Nashua died on Wednesday, Feb 24, at Worcester, Mass, of lung fever. He was a prominent politician and energetic business man.



In Dover, Feb 16, Mrs. Addie B., wife of Mr. A.C. STEVENS, aged 22 years

18th inst., Mr. Henry HUGHES, aged 68

19th inst., Joanna H. HAYES, aged 63

20th inst., Charles M. son of Howard M. and Mary E. HENDERSON, aged 5 yrs., 2 mos., 29 days.

In Greenland, Jan 3, Mrs. Harriet B. WEEKS, aged 78, widow of Wm. Weeks.

Frank H. Holmes, aged 8 years, 7 months, son of James HOLMES of Manchester, and grandson of Abraham Holmes of Portsmouth.

Feb 10, Mrs. Patience BERRY, aged 68 years, wife of Levi BERRY, Esq.

In Portsmouth, Feb 12, Clarence Leslie YEATON, aged 2 years, 11 months, child of James R. and Emma S. Yeaton.

Feb. 17, Emily J. WEBSTER, aged 31.

At the Almshouse, Feb 18, Nancy BROWN.

In Rye, Feb. 12, Albertine H., aged 2 months youngest daughter of William and Henrietta BROWN.

In Newcastle, Feb 7, after a lingering and very distressing sickness, Mrs. Eunice Neal, aged 62 years, wife of William NEAL.

In Kittery Point, Me., Jan 18, of scarlet fever, Elvin LeRoy CHAMBERS, aged 5 years, 5 months, 6 days;

Jan 30, Jessie Gertrude CHAMBERS, aged 3 years, 4 months, 9 days; youngest children of Samuel S. and Ann M. Chambers.

Feb 13, Mrs. Olive MITCHELL, aged 82 years, 3 months, widow of Mr. Charles Mitchell.

In Gilford, Jan. 26th, Ralph, son of Ralph and Hannah SLATER, aged 2 years.

In East Boston, Mass., 6th inst., Mrs. Mary C. BRUCE, aged 68 years, 10 months, 6 days, wife of Mr. Lewis Bruce, of Portsmouth.

In Newington, 9th inst., Mr. J. Simes HOYT, aged 19 years, son of James and Lydia S. Hoyt.

In Kittery, Me., Jan 20th, Miss Abbie S. GOODWIN, aged 20 years, daughter of Mr. Edward T. Goodwin

3d inst., Charlotte M. CAMPBELL, aged 14 years, 9 months.

In Strafford, 2d inst., of dropsy, Mr. William PEAVEY, aged 74 years, 9 months, 27 days.

7th inst., very suddenly of palsy, Mr. Stephen JOHNSON, aged 45 years, 8 months. In the life of this good man, were combined the faithful husband, the affectionate father, the loving brother, and humble Christian. A mourning widow, three children, an aged mother, with numerous relatives and friends, deeply feel their irreparable loss.

In Portsmouth, Feb. 8, John Henry LYONS, aged 20 years, 3 months, only son of Thomas and Mary A. Lyons.

In Farmington, 16th inst., Abram W., son of Chs. H, HAYES, aged 2 years and 2 days.

In Middleton, Feb 7th, of lung fever, David DAVIS, Esq, aged 69 a native of New Durham but has long been a resident of Middleton; and will be remembered as an active business man of that town.

Feb. 16th, of lung fever, after an illness of four days, Mr. Leighton COLBATH, aged 73 years, 9 months.

In Newmarket, Feb 2, Vincent TARR, aged 74.

In Tamworth, Jan 28, Jonathan MOULTON, aged 95.

In Brookline, Mass., Feb 12, Augustus W. SCAMANS, aged 50, formerly of Exeter.

Drowned at sea, Dec. 2, Dr. C.E. PEARSON, Surgeon of the ocean steam packet Ceres.

In Exeter, Feb 4, Mrs. Fannie A. ROBINSON, aged 35

Feb 4, Miss Frances Ann GRANT, aged 26.

In Franklin, Feb. 5, Mrs. Ann W. MORSE, aged 36.

In Peterborough, Feb 2, Relief ROBBE, aged 67

In Canterbury, Feb 10, Mrs. Huldah BROWN, widow of Dea. Wm. Brown, aged 86.



Country Store.

          Wishes the public not to forget that he keeps
          a large Stock of


      and that they are to be sold on the most rea-
          sonable terms. Among other things new he
          has lately purchased a large stock of


          For Carpenters and Mechanics, which is by                   far too numerous for a detailed mention.
          Farmers, Mechanics, Laborers, and
          House-keepers, be sure and call and see me,
          and you can be sure of getting what you
          want, in spite of hard times, at a low figure.                     Rochester, Feb. 12, 1864.


Sign of the Mortar, Central Square,
Drugs, Medicines, Chemicals
Perfumery, Toys & Yankee Notions, Pocket Cutlery,
Etc., Etc., Etc.
Pure wine and Liquors for Medicinal Purposes;
Trusses, Supporters and Shoulder Braces;
School & miscellaneous Books and stationery.

Stone and Earthen Ware.



Rochester, N.H.

Suits cut and made in fashionable style, and
warranted to give good satisfaction D & P
have a variety of nice cloths on hand for gents
wear, which they will sell at reasonable rates.


The subscriber hereby gives notice that he has
been duly appointed Administrator of the Es
tate of DORWIN MORSE late of Milton in
the county of Strafford and State of New Hamp
shire, deceased, intestate.
     All persons indebted to said estate are request
ed to make immediate payment to the subscrib
er, or to Geo. M. Herring of farmington, or to
Phebe A. Morse of Milton.
                    GEO. W. PIERCE, Adm'r.
Milton, N.H., Feb 3d, 1864.

O  Y S T E R  S A L O O N
   The Subscriber calls attention to his neat, quiet
and well arranged Oyster and Refreshment Sa
And trusts by courtesy and respectful attention
to the wants of the Public, to receive a fair share
of Patronage. Parties Furnished with Refresh-
ments of all kinds at instant notice.
    I am prepared to furnish the best Providence
River Oysters. Fresh from their Beds, by the
Gallon or Bushel, at  fair Prices.


      Gt. Falls, N.H.

C O R S O N ' S
E  X  P  R  E  S  S 

  Takes packages to and from Dover, Boston and
  Rochester, and Rochester and Great Falls,
  daily and as cheap as by any other route.
    Office in Rochester at Chas. Hendrson's Drug
  Store, Central Square. Leaves for Dover at 9
  a.m. and for Great Falls at 3: 15 p.m. or by
  the down trains.


    Everybody in Strafford County, and every
  body besides, are hereby notified that the

MARK   H.  SEAVEY   &  CO.,
  Has a Store crammed full of everything in
  the shape of
Britannia and Tin Ware.
    It is useless to say more, for the aforesaid
  everybody knows very well what tinware
  means, and they know that a "right smart"
  article is rarely found; but I have it, and
  if you wish to buy, it will be sold at a "rag
     I have also any quanity of Knick-knacks
  usually found in a well-regulated tin ped
  dler's cart and a large variety of Cutlery,
  Kerosene Lamps, & e., &c., besides
  some of the best patterns of


     Old Tin ware, etc., repaired at short no-
  tice, or new manufactured to order.
    Main street (or something else,) opposite       Rochester Bank.
       Rochester Feb, 10, 1864.


At the Old Factory Store,
On Market Street,

      Offers to the public a choice collection of W.I.
    GOODS AND GROCERIES, at the lowest
    cash prices. also Blankets, Flannels and Rem
    nants manufactured by the Norway Plains Co.,
    always on hand and for sale at a bargain.

C   O  A   L   S  
For sale by        GEO. W. TUCKER,

Long Wharf -- Portsmouth.

Continues to insure Real Estate and Personal
Property upon the most reasonable terms,
by application to

Great Falls Corner Band,
(Geo W. Brown, Leader & ??? )

    Are prepared to furnish the ??? ??? and High grand
  Firemen's Parades, civic Processions, Levees,
  Weddings, Picnics, or wherever the services of
  a good Band are required. Terms Reasonable.
  All communications to be addressed to

          CHAS. WIMPHEIMER, Clerk.

No. 5 Central Block, Central Street Dover
Ice Cream by the Quart of Gallon.
    Parties supplied.

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