Epping Historical Society
It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this, the last issue of Speak Up Epping. Barbara has done a great service to the town of Epping, and she will not be forgotten. Barbara, a fond farewell and we wish you well on your new adventures!
The Epping Historical Society is becoming very busy! New folks move into town and are very curious about their new property, and do we have any information on the home? We try to help where we can, and encourage and guide them to do research on their own. We share what we have, but we know there is a lot more info for the homeowner to find.
In July, a couple are coming to Epping from Houston to do family research on the Blake family. We are gathering what we have, and we will share this with the Blake descendant. They will bring the family research they have done, so it is always a winning situation.
We are on the lookout for any information on our veterans, especially the Vietnam and Middle East wars. We had a Veterans display for Memorial Day and at that time we realized we need to include more artifacts and info on our newest Veterans. We do not have a uniform from this recent era. We have a World War II Army uniform and a WW II Navy uniform, which we had on display. We store these uniforms in Archival Boxes, so they will be preserved. If any of our veterans has anything to share, we would love to add these items to our archives.
As you enter our building, you will notice our memorial bricks. You too can have a brick placed in our walkway. The bricks are available at the society, the cost is $50.00, that includes three lines with 14 letters and spaces on each line. We supply the bricks to the engraver. The old bricks came from the old Rundlett building that was on the corner, where the bank was located. When the building was torn down, the Epping Historical Society rescued a pallet of the old bricks, and they are stored in our basement.
We are open on Monday mornings from 8:00 to 12:00, or when the flag is flying! Of course, this is not convenient for everyone, so please call me, and we can make an appointment that will fit your schedule. Our phone number rings into my cell phone, so I can take calls anytime.
I hope you enjoy the following story. This makes all of us realize that “the good old days” were not so great.
Between 1657 and 1817, there were laws about settling in a town. If a family decided to move to a new town, the family was given a “Warning Out” when they arrived at a new place. This was an official document, signed and sealed by the Townsmen. At that time, many new towns were established, and the “Townsmen” or Selectmen of these towns decided if a family was allowed to become an inhabitant of the said town. When new families came to town, they had to have a means of support, because the towns could not support families that were poor, looking for a place to live. The newcomers had to declare what town they came from, in case they fell on harder times and became town supported. If that happened, they were removed to their former town, for that town to support the family. On the official warrants, the family is named in this order; husband, wife, and children by age and name, so there was no mistake who they were. Many people ignored the warning out, bought land, and established a home or business, and led very productive lives. After three years, they could apply to the selectmen, to become an inhabitant of that town. The laws of each town were very different, some towns allowed families to stay after a few months, some towns never allowed in new inhabitants.
At the Epping Historical Society, we have several “Warnings Out.” Several of these are copies of documents sent to other towns, informing said town that Epping was sending a family back to said town to be supported. We found a document from Newmarket, sending a family back to Epping. In many cases, heads of families did not know exactly what town they came from. Some families moved from town to town so often, their whereabouts was not recorded.
Joy True, curator, Epping Historical Society
The Civil War Roundtable of NH
Elizabeth Hallett, vice-president of this group, was part of the events for Remembrance Day in Gettysburg
“There is no time like the present to join us in the past.”
The Civil War Roundtable of New Hampshire welcomes anyone with an interest in the American Civil War who would like to be with others who share the same desire to learn more of this time in American history. We are an informal club with the only requirement being a Civil War enthusiast. If you or a friend has an interest in the American Civil War, we invite you to come check us out.
Founded in May 1991, the Civil War Roundtable of New Hampshire is a group of men and women, young and old, who share our interests, both blue and gray, in the pivotal era of American history known as the Civil War. We are open to the public and welcome all! As our slogan goes, “There’s no time like the present to join us in the past.”
Note: The schedule is subject to change without notice. You can access the CWRT-NH website for the current schedule. If a meeting is cancelled, a notice will be put on ETV.
No meetings in July or August.
September 16, 2022 – Dr. Elizabeth Leonard: “Benjamin Franklin Butler: A Noisy, Fearless Life.” (new book Spring 2022)
October 21, 2022 – Dr. Michael Schroeder: “Rebels in Portland Harbor: The Civil War Career of Lt. Charles Reed, CSN.”For information on the Roundtable and a complete schedule of meetings and news, please visit the web site: www.cwrt-nh.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.