Hebron Historical Society Gazette
Volume 1, No. 1, January 2003
his is the first issue of prominent citizen there. About From this point Ordway was
the Hebron Historical 1800 the younger John enlisted dispatched with nine men to join
Society Gazette. The in the United States army and in Lewis; his journal covering the
purpose of the Gazette 1803 was sergeant in Capt. period July 13-19, 1806, is the
is to publish articles related to Russell Bissell's company of the sole record of that portion of the
Hebron, NH history and 1st Infantry, stationed at expedition. Ordway's party,
genealogy. Among other items Kaskaskia, Ill. augmented by some of Lewis'
that will be presented in the HHS Thither in that year came Capt. men, overtook Lewis on July 28,
Gazette will be reprints of old Meriwether Lewis [q.v.], and continued with him to St.
articles written about, and enlisting recruits for his Louis, where the united
sometimes in Hebron. expedition across the continent. expedition arrived in safety on
The first article, on Sargent Ordway joined the expedition, Sept 23.
John Ordway, was chosen as the was continued as sergeant, and After his return Ordway paid a
result of many requests appointed to keep the rosters and visit to his home and family in
concerning Sargent Ordway who orderly books. During the first Hebron, New Hampshire. In
was a leading member of the winter of preparation, when the 1807 he went back to Missouri,
Lewis and Clark Expedition. The men of the party were encamped where he bought considerable
article below is from the at Dubois River, opposite St. land and established a plantation
Missouri Historical Review, July Louis, he was frequently in in the New Madrid district. His
1918. charge of the detachment during home suffered severely in the
________________________ the absence of the captains, earthquake of 1811, when as his
The Real John Ordway, Lewis and Clark. With the sister described the scene, it was
Member of the the Lewis and expedition he spent the first "a dreadful sight to see the
Clark Expedition. winter at the village of the ground burst and throw out water
“ORDWAY, JOHN (c. Mandan Indians, leaving there as high as the trees." Practically
1775-c 1817), explorer, was one Apr. 7, 1805, for the western nothing is known of Ordway's
of ten children of Job, and journey. The next winter was further career, except that in
Hannah (Morse) Ordway, who spent on the shores of the 1818 his widow, Elizabeth,
lived at Amesbury, Mass., until Pacific, where Ordway endured applied for lands appropriated
about 1774 and subsequently at his full share of the hardships for the relief of the earthquake
Bow, N. H., where John was and dangers of the situation. On sufferers. The journal that John
born. Ruins of the parental home the return journey the two Ordway kept on the expedition
at Bow show that the father was leaders separated, Lewis was secured by Captain Clark for
a substantial farmer. His elder undertaking a northern route, his records, but then it
son Stephen lived in later life at while Clark with Ordway sought disappeared for many years. In
Hebron N. H. and became a the headwaters of the Missouri. 1913 it was found among the
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Biddle papers, and three years owned by Arcangelo V. rooming facilities, room and
later was published in the Arecchi), and Charlie George's board were obtained for students
Wisconsin Historical Collections (now owned by Richard S. in nearby homes. This was one
(vol. XXIL 1916). It is a Merrill); No. 3, in East Hebron of the downfalls of the academy,
straightforward, clear narrative which continued in use until as not enough homes could be
of the day by day happenings on 1942; No. 4 on Kidder Hill (on found to house the students (89
the journey. Both the what is now Wade Road); and were enrolled in 1840).
commanders trusted Ordway and No. 6, a united district with The academy drew students
he appears to have been next to Plymouth on the road to Bristol, from Dorchester, Groton,
them in both ability and a little below Bear Mountain Rumney, Plymouth,
authority.” Road, at the corner as one comes Bridgewater, Alexandria, and
[Records of the Ordway family from Hobart Hill. Bristol. When it closed, the
are in the Vital Records of Eventually, most of the schools building was acquired for use as
were discontinued as the school the village school, with the
board consolidated when the Hebron Library occupying the
number of students dwindled. upstairs for many years.
The old schools in East Hebron __________________________
and on George Rd. were closed East Hebron Schoolchildren’s
in 1886. A new building was Who’s Who of 1936
constructed in East Hebron near In 1936 the children attending
McClure's (now called Six the East Hebron school were
Chimneys) in 1888 and this is assigned to write a short
the school that operated until biographical sketch of
1942 and is presently owned by themselves. The results were
Dr. and Mrs Maurice Huckins. collected and incorporated into
The Tenney Hill and Wade Hill the East Hebron Who’s Who.
schools were no longer used That entire work is given below.
after 1887. One student from “East Hebron Who’s Who
these schools was sent to Once upon a time thirteen girls
Bridgewater and the rest to the and boys lived in a little white
Amesbury, Mass.; those of Bow, village and McClure (E. Hebron) house with their helper.
N. H., are lost, and consequently schools. All worked and played
the date of birth is lacking.] “There were 21 enrolled at the together happily. Each one had
Hebron Schools - 1800’s Village and 17 at East Hebron in his work to do.
Various reports credit Hebron 1888,” according to the History One really rainy day these
with having five, six, and nine of Hebron published by the boys and girls thought it would
school districts in the early days Bicentennial Committee in 1976, be fun to write the story of the
of education in the town. “with three terms at the Village life of each one in school.
Recollections of Hebron, and two at East Hebron. By 1898 We hope you will like these
published in 1920, lists five the East Hebron School also had stories and have as much fun
schools existing in the 1800s, in three terms.” reading them as we did writing
addition to the No. 5 village The Hebron Academy was them.
school. These included No. 1 on established in 1839 with
Tenney Hill; No 2., on George’s instructions given in Latin, Girls
Road was a little brick house Greek, French, and English. Nancy Morse
between Leonard Wise's (now Since the academy had no Pauline Patton
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Sarah Smith learning to sew. I would like to be a school
Barbara Adams I want to draw pictures when I teacher when I grow up.
Betsy Merrill grow up. Frank S. Morse
Dorcas Smith George Bradley Davis I was born November 23,
Boys I was born in East Hebron, 1926. It was in the town of East
William Merrill February 4, 1927. Hebron, N.H.
George Davis I live now where I did when I My parents were very glad to
Carter Gibbs was a baby. have a baby boy in the family. I
Frank Morse I am in the third grade. There had no brothers or sisters.
Raymond Davis are five boys and girls in my My mother said that when I
John Merrill grade. My teacher is Mrs. Cote. I was little, I used to get into
Parker Smith like to play games. mischief. Once I got hold of a
Their helper Mrs. Cote. When I grow up, I want to be a camera film. I spoiled the
Pauline Esther Patten I am in the fourth grade at
I was born in East Hebron on William Merrill school. I don’t remember my
September 14, 1927. I was born in Alexandria, first day at school.
My parents names are Maude March 12, 1928. My parents are For work in summer, I have to
G. Patton and George E. Patton. Mr. And Mrs. Walter Merrill. I go after the cows. In the winter, I
I live in a country home. have ten brothers and sisters. We get the wood in the house.
I was born in the house where I live beside the lake in a big I like fishing, hunting,
live now. When I was a baby I house. swimming, and skating.
liked to play. I also likes to make I like to go swimming in I don’t know what I will do
noise. summer. when I grow up.
The first day I went to school I I want to be an aviator when I
did not have any work to do. I get older. Carter B. Gibbs
have to work now that I am in I was born in East Hebron,
the third grade. I like my Sarah Margaret Smith N.H., November 21, 1926.
teacher. She is good to us. I was born in Plymouth on My parent’s names are Irene B.
I like to play the piano. I also January 12, 1927. and George D. Gibbs. I have one
like to read “Child Life.” There My parents names are Evelyn brother. His name is Ivan G.
are many good stories to read. G. and Manson B. Smith. We Gibbs.
When I grow up, I would like live on a farm. I weighed ten pounds when I
to be a music teacher. When I was a baby, I liked to was born. I began to walk when I
play with my sister and brother. was a year old.
Nancy Jane Morse Their names are Dorcas E. and I went to school when I was
I was born in East Hebron, Manson P. Smith. six years old. I can not
October 27, 1927. I started school when I was six remember much about my first
My parents are Oscar V. Morse years old. I am in the third grade day at school. My teacher’s
and Emma G. Morse. I live on a now. I like school very much. name was Miss Nichols. In my
farm. My teacher’s name is Mrs. Cote. early school days, I had trouble
I have one brother. His name is There are five children in my with two studies. They were
Frank. grade. reading and arithmetic. I can do
I go to school. I am in the third I like to play out of doors with them very well now.
grade. I like to go to school now. Dorcas. I like to swing and play My work at home is getting the
Like to play games. I am in out playhouse. wood and milk.
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My amusements are baseball, to be a carpenter and build brought to East Hebron to live.
football, swimming, and skating. furniture and houses. My mother’s father was a
I hope to be an aviator when I minister. Her (my mother) name
grow older. Barbara F. Adams was Evelyn Scott before she was
I was born June 6, 1925 in married. My father’s name is
Raymond F. Davis Hebron, N.H. I have two Manson Smith. We live at my
I was born in Hebron in the brothers. We live in a brick grandmother’s house. My
year 1924. I have gone to school house. I used to live in Bristol. brother is two years older than I
five years. I have played ever The first day at school, I am. My sister is nine years old.
since I could walk and run. I looked at books. I played with When I was quite small, I went
have done some work since I the other girls. In the winter south. I can’t remember much
was five years old. time, we slid on pans in the about it. I liked to eat a great
My father works on the farm. pasture. deal. My grandfather took
The boys help him. When I get home at night, I cookies to church to keep me
At school there are two girls in help my mother get supper quiet.
my class. ready. In the morning, I make Miss Nichols was my first
My first school days were the beds. teacher. My teacher now is Mrs.
easy. Later on, I did harder work. I like to ride horseback. I enjoy Cote. I like school.
I like to go hunting, my 4-H club work. I help my mother. I like to
swimming, play football, and go I would like to be a tap dancer cook and sew.
on picnics. when I grow older. I like to play games and go
When I grow up, I would like swimming.
Betsy Merrill I want to teach school when I
I was born in East Hebron, grow older. Nothing much has
June 7, 1925. My parents have a happened to me but perhaps
campground. I have some something will as I grow older.
brothers and sisters.
When I was little, I liked to get John Merrill
into things. One day, my mother I was born in East Hebron,
went to the post-office. I climbed N.H., October 25, 1924.
upon the table and ate all the My parents have always lives
sugar. around here. I have three
In my early school days, I did brothers and seven sisters.
not have to study very hard. In my babyhood, I used to play
I like to go to school. I belong with my brother.
to a 4-H club. We are learning My first teacher was Miss
5% off any meal how to sew. Estey. I went to school when I
at the To amuse myself, I play ball, was six years old. We did have
Cafe on the dance, jump rope and sing. to work very hard. I walked to
Common I would like to be a nurse when school with Parker.
in the I grow older. I will have to work I am in the sixth grade now. I
Hebron Village hard and study. walk to school with my brother. I
Store take him home at night on
with this coupon. Dorcas Smith Parker’s bicycle.
I was born March 3, 1925 in My work is getting in the wood
Plymouth, N.H. Later I was when I get home.
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I like to skate and go sliding. Cold Friday, January 19, 1810
We have recently had an
Manson P. Smith This space sponsored by unusually early cold snap in
I was born July 19, 1923 at Hebron and the following story
Plymouth, N.H. was brought to mind. This story
I live with my two sisters and Janice & Ronald Collins is but one of the many kept in
my parents in East Hebron. My the Family Notes and Articles of
mother’s name is Evelyn Smith Richard and Betty Merrill.
and my father’s name is Manson
Smith. “Record of Cold Friday
I spend three years of my Leon Merrill being invited by a
babyhood in North Carolina. I hope to go to Exeter and then gentleman to supper in Jan 1918
I started school when I was to college. I would like to be a after supper the man brought out
seven years old. My school days civil engineer.” an old diary …kept from 1806 to
have been happy ones. 1868. In it he found the record of
I am now in the seventh grade. temperature given for that day
known as ‘Cold Friday’ when
Grandfather Bartlett walked
Jay Matthews Logging from Alexandria to Groton with
only a ‘Tow Frock,’ for a coat
Groton Road, Hebron, NH on. It was 33 below in Mass, the
day was very windy. Probably
(603)744-8474 the thermometer was 45 below in
Hebron on that day. For a few
days previous there had been a
January thaw. The day was
January 19, 1810. The records
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temperature for every month and
said in June ponds were frozen
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SUBDIVISION PLANNING Nearly all crops were killed.
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Jan 19, 1810 was the cold
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Hobart Hill Road throughout New England. From
Hebron, NH 03241 the mild temperature of 43
603-744-2696 degrees above zero at sunset the
evening before, the mercury sank
to 25 degrees below zero in
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sixteen hours. This change was distance, with feet and face badly 1881 in Hebron. Married Sarah
attended by a violent, piercing frozen and himself unable to Hobart. Trying to find his
wind, prostrating trees and stand. Mr. Brown hastened to the parents. Contact Ron at 744-
overturning buildings. Young house with his horse and sleigh. 1 0 4 8 , e m a i l
cattle and wild animals were He loaded Mother and children email@example.com
frozen, and many a stage driver in the sleigh, covered them with
and school boy received the bedding, and started for his Responders may send their data
earmarks which they wore own house. Twice the sleigh was directly to the requester or they
through life. turned by violent gusts of wind. can send it to the Gazette to be
Thus was occasioned the death Mr. Brown urged the mother to published in the Followup
of the Ellsworth children in try and reach his house Column.
Sanbornton, NH. The farm house immediately, as her limbs were
of their father, Jeremiah beginning to fail. She did so, Queries will be carried in two
Ellsworth, on the old New crawling much of the way on her issues for a nominal charge of
Hampton road, gave way to the hands and knees. While he $1.00 per query.
violence of the gale half an hour having a second time loaded the
before sunrise, the windows half dressed children, soon found Send your queries with a check
being blown in, exposing the them again scattered upon the made out to the
whole building to destruction. frozen snow, with his sleigh Hebron Historical Society to
Mrs. Ellsworth and her youngest broken. Covering the youngest Ron Collins, 18 Brooks Circle
child took refuge in the cellar. under a log, he started with the Hebron, NH 03241
Mr. Ellsworth covered his two two oldest on foot toward his
other children in bed and started house. Their cries stimulated him __________________________
for his nearest neighbor’s, David to intense exertion, but before he Tidbits of Hebron History
Brown, reaching there at sunrise reached the house they were An early Hebron saw and grist
and though but a hundred rods frozen stiff, so as to die in a few mill was built in 1810 by James
minutes after. Other neighbors George who operated it for 25
Autoair Plus came to the rescue and the body years. Then Joseph Whipple
General Repairs, Auto Air Conditioning, of the remaining child was soon became the owner.
Cruise Controls, Heaters returned. Mr. Brown was blind Cooper Road probably
Installation & Service · ASE Certified the rest of his life in received its name because John
Wiring Repair a Specialty
consequence of his exposure, Gardner was a cooper in
8 Miles from I-93 Exit 26 and the parents suffered long and Hebron around the mid-1800s
Route 3a, Hebron severely from their injuries.” on Bog Brook.
603-744-3371 The Ball brothers, Levi and
Maynard Young - Owner Emri. lived on George Rd. and
Queries and Followups
Part of our effort to keep carried on the cooper and
Hit'r Mis Photographers Hebron History alive will be to woodworking trade. Emri
PO Box 368 help you in your own Hebron specialized in basketmaking
Hebron, NH 03241 related research. To help in that while Levi concentrated on sap
(603)744-6654 regard we will have a regular yokes, and ox yokes.
Queries column an example of Charles W. Powers who
which is: operated his shop for more than
ask for Alice or Winnie 50 years on the north side of the
Merrill, Uriah born c June 1803 Hebron Common where the
in Salem, NH died April 21, Sycamores now live.
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Hebron Historical Society Program Events Calandar for 2003. Books and Publications
This calandar will be filled out as the year progresses and will be updated in
each issue of the Gazette. Hebron Historical
January 7 - 8:20AM - Presentation of the Old Hebron Schools Map to the Society
February 22 - An Evening with George Washington The Genealogies of The Early
July 26 - Hebron Town Fair - we will have a booth there, come see us. Settlers of Hebron, NH 1761-1800
August - Pot Luck Supper - Program TBA written by Ronald Collins, archivist of
September - Annual Hebron Historical Society meeting the historical society. The book of 185
pages covers the lives of nearly 1500
If you have a suggestion for a program please do not hesitate to tell us. Just call people and is completely indexed. Price
Barbara Brooks at 603-744-3597 and she’ll be happy to hear your idea. $25.00 for non-members, $22.50 for
The “Genealogies of The 19 th
Century Residents of Hebron, NH
This space sponsored Save July 9th written by Ronald Collins, archivist of
HEBRON HOUSE AND CEMETERY
the historical society. The book of 178
pages covers the lives of nearly 1600
people and is completely indexed.
to benefit the Hebron chapter of the Price $25.00 for non-members, $22.50
Carol & Roger LaFontaine Newfound Audubon Society. for members.
Lunches will be made available by the The family names contained in these
Hebron Village Store two volumes are: Adams, Ball,
Barnard, Bartlett, Beede, Berry, Blood,
Bowers, Braley, Browne, Butterfield,
Case, Cheney, Cilley, Clement,
Colburn, Colby, Crawford, Crosby,
Cummings, Davis, Dustin, Estye,
Special Thanks to Farley, Farren, Fowler, Fox, George,
Gilman, Goodhue , Gould, Greenleaf,
Hardy, Hazelton, Heath, Hobart, Hoyt,
Dr. Howard Oedel Huckins, Jesseman, Jewell, Jewett,
Johnson, Kelley, Kendall, Keyes,
Kidder, Lovejoy, McClure, Melvin,
for many years of service and support to the Merrill, Moore, Morgan, Morse,
Moses, Murch, Muzzey, Nelson,
Hebron Historical Society and for helping to Nevens, Nevens, Norris, Noyes,
preserve and document the history of Hebron. Nutting, Ordway, Page, Parker,
Howard was president of the Society for many Perkins, Phelps, Pierce, Pike, Powers,
years and still plays a major role in directing Putney, Rawlins (Rollins), Remick,
the efforts of the Society. Howard is also the Roby, Rogers, Sanborn, Sealy (Cilley),
Shuttuck, Smith, Vickery, Walker,
primary presenter for many of our programs. Ward, Whipple, Whitmore, Wise, and
So a tip of the hat and three cheers These books may be purchased directly
for the good doctor. from the Hebron Historical Society or
at the Hebron Village Store, 7 North
Shore Road, Hebron, NH, 603-744-
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Hebron Historical Society Hebron Historical Society Gazette
PO Box 89 Editor: Ron Collins
Hebron, NH 03241 Contributing Writers: Barbara Brooks,
603-744-3597 Howard Oedel, Andrea Goldthwaite
Layout: Collins Publishing
Printer: Venture Print, Plymouth, NH
Officers: Items for Publication should be sent to
President : .......................Barbara Brooks Ron Collins
V.P. & Archivist: ............Ronald Collins PO Box 152
Secretary: ........................Andrea Goldthwaite Hebron, NH 03241
Treasurer: ........................Robert Bruni or via email to
Remember, your Historical Society has beautiful
Greeting cards for sale.
They are $12.50 for a pack of 8 with envelopes if you are not a member of the HHS and $10 a pack if you are a
member. Single cards and envelopes can also be bought for $2.00.
To purchase cards contact Barbara Brooks, 16 Brooks Circle, Hebron, NH 03241, 603-744-3597 or you may buy
them at the Hebron Village Store.
Join The Hebron Historical Society. Send in this membership application with the
appropriate amount to Hebron Historical Society, PO Box 89, Hebron, NH 03241. Checks
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Donations of money and historical items
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