Title: Holt Family Archive of Documents, Letters, ...
Publisher: c. 1770-1880, mostly Nelson and Peterboro, New Hampshire
Publication Date: 1770
Book Condition: Near Fine
Forty-two manuscript documents (ship's discharge papers from the Nonantum, Bark Tropic Bird, and Barque Clotilde, plus letters, legal documents, etc.) and 22 photographs from the family of Hiram Holt (1807-1894) and Rowena (sometimes "Roina") Breed Holt (1809-1888), who had 8 children. A series of 17 promenade card photographs taken by J. A. French of Keene show their golden wedding anniversary celebration (29 May 1885) at their farm in Nelson, New Hampshire. The photographs show the property and multiple generations of their large, extended family. Photographs have printed labels identifying the location and date, but do not include individual names. Documents are more specific, providing names, dates, and locations. Highlights include a letter by grandson Clifford Holt from the frontier in Creighton, Nebraska in 1881; cousin H. H. Holt sends a letter dated 23 January 1864 from his regiment's camp near Falmouth, Virginia (he may be the soldier depicted on an accompanying carte-de-visite); a group of letters from Harvey M. Holt and his wife Deborah Melissa Robinson Holt in Dedham and Everett, to Hiram and Rowena, 1880-1881; letters from Stearns Tarbox and Lizzie Holt speak of the water mills on the Contoocook River and Nubanusit Brook, which would become prosperous mill towns and provide employment to many of the large families that dispersed from farms in the area. Also includes the original lyrics (manuscript, cursive in black ink) for "The Floating Scow," also known as "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny," which was commonly sung by Confederate soldiers of Virginia. It has been reworded more than once since the version set down here. A rich collection, nicely preserved in archival sleeves and 3-ring binder, accompanied by modern notes, worthy of further study. Bookseller Inventory # D11119
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