Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Antique Photographs of Church & Grange Hall, Cornish, New Hampshire; E. R. Harrington

Vintage photograph of the church and grange hall in Cornish, New Hampshire, possibly taken by E. R. Harrington, as you can see from the period scrap of paper taped to the top.   Another photograph shows a closeup of the grange hall, below.  Neither photograph has any markings on reverse.

Researching online, I found someone who may be our E. R. Harrington: an Elbert Russell Harrington, born November 2, 1884, the son of Levi W. and, possibly, Harriet Harrington of Cornish, New Hampshire.  

In the 1880 Census, Levi is shown living with wife Harriet, daughter Anna and sister Phoebe.

As shown in the 1900 Census, Levi had moved across the Connecticut River to Winslow, Vermont where he called himself "widowed" and a "guard", possibly at a prison?  Elbert is still living in Cornish, with his aunt Phoebe.  

Whether Harriet was still living in 1884 when Elbert was born or if Levi had married another woman, who herself died before the 1900 Census was enumerated, I do not know.    

By 1910, Levi was living back in Cornish with his wife Cozella.  Elbert was living with them.

It appears that Elbert Russell Harrington married Mabel Albina Cheever in Ludlow, Vermont, in 1917.  I find the couple in the 1920 Census but cannot find them in the 1930 Census.    Mabel Albina (Cheever) Harrington died in 1985 in Massachusetts.  I don't know if she and Elbert had any children.

Note the tower that appears at left in the photograph showing both the church and grange hall.

If you have any insights into the Harrington family or the church or grange hall, I would most appreciate hearing from you.  Thanks for stopping by!

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