Genealogy of a Legacy
My great-great-great-grandfather, John Whittemore, was born 7 February 1776 in Pembroke, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. He married Betsy Pillsbury 1 January 1799 in Rumford, Oxford County, Maine. To them were born seven children: Benjamin, Sarah, Samuel, John, Daniel, Mary and Elizabeth. Betsy died 15 December 1815 in Coös County, New Hampshire.
John married 2nd to Olive Brainerd 3 February 1834 in Stewartstown, Coös County, New Hampshire. John and Olive had one daughter: Octavia Olive Whittemore.
John Whittemore died 19 January 1846. He is buried with Betsy in Dixville, Coös County, New Hampshire. The very small family cemetery with two gravestones and a few field stone markers is now within the boundaries of Dixville Notch New Hampshire State Park. Panoramic Dixville Notch, 180 Degree View
Elizabeth Whittemore was born 14 June 1814 in Dixville, Coös County, New Hampshire. She married Alonzo Eastman 31 May 1842 in Colebrook, Coös County, New Hampshire. To them were born seven children: Martin, Joseph, Mary, John, George and Sarah. Elizabeth died 5 February 1899 in Milan, Coös County, New Hampshire.
Sarah Ladora Eastman was born 19 January 1857 in Colebrook, Coös County, New Hampshire. She married David Cairns. Sarah died about 1934 in Maine
Julia Eastman was born 28 August 1884 in Millsfield, Coös County, New Hampshire. She married Fred Bean 19 August 1903 in Milan Coös County, New Hampshire. Julia died 4 June 1964 in Lancaster, Coös County, New Hampshire. Julia is buried with Fred in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Milan, Coös County, New Hampshire.
Julia Marie Eastman Bean is my grandmother. I can hardly remember a time when she was not a part of my life. My grandfather Fred Bean died 2 years before I was born and my father was an only child. Grammie Julia lived with us from time to time, though she owned her own home in Errol, Coös County, New Hampshire. She was with us during the 2nd World War while my Dad was in the Pacific. I was a fortunate child during those years [at that time I was an only child], I had the attention of two adults who thought I was special! When I was about 10 years old, Grammie sold her home in Errol and from then on, she lived with us in Lancaster, Coös County, New Hampshire. [A friend termed this view |"The Hills of Home"|, with this I agree completely].
Grammie Julia taught me to sew and knit, which greatly enriched my life. Creating, with fabric, needles and yarn, has been part of my life since I was about 7 years old. |Pieces-N-Time|
Here you have the women through whose hands the
silver spoons have passed. Some day they will go into the hands of my lovely
daughter, Katharine....and in turn to her daughter Kristine.
In December 2000, the provenance for the silver spoons and an antique towel was found among family papers.
|Julia Marie Eastman| |Sarah Ladora Eastman| |Elizabeth Whittemore| |Octavia Olive Whittemore|
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