New Hampshire Club Notes

June 12. 2013 9:06PM

The gravesite marker honoring Real Daughter Thirzah Hazzard Kinsley Beal for being a Real Daughter, an early member of DAR whose father was also a Revolutionary War Soldier or Patriot. The marker was placed by the Mercy Hathaway White and the Deborah Sampson chapters of DAR. 

DAR chapters mark Real Daughter's grave

SPRINGFIELD — The Bradford area's Mercy Hathaway White Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, along with the Deborah Sampson Chapter of Brockton, Mass., recently marked the grave of Real Daughter Thirzah Hazzard Kinsley Beal. Real Daughters are women who were early DAR members whose fathers were Revolutionary War soldiers or patriots.

Thirzah was born in Springfield in October 1810, the youngest of 11 children of James Carr Hazzard and Betsey Greeley. In 1833, Thirzah married Silas Kinsley, who died in 1857. In the 1850 census, they were living in Springfield with her widowed mother and three children. Thirzah married Selah Beal in 1865, and they were living in Lyme during the census in 1870 and 1880.

After his death, she moved in with her widowed daughter in Brockton, where Thirzah joined the Deborah Sampson Chapter. Thirzah died in 1900, and she was buried in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Springfield.

After marking her grave, members of the two chapters, along with New Hampshire State Regent Laura Kessler and Massachusetts State Regent Julia Eacott, proceeded to Franklin, where Thirzah's sister was recognized. Then they attended a lunch provided by members of Greater Concord's Buntin Rumford Webster Chapter at the Franklin Historical Society, where the historical society's curator gave a history of the society.

To learn more about DAR, contact Laurel Corson of the Mercy Hathaway White Chapter at 748-4783 or

'New England Town' focus of program in Kensington

KENSINGTON — The Kensington Historical Society and the Kensington Public Library will host a presentation by Jere Daniell on "The New England Town," with an emphasis on Kensington, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the library, 126 Amesbury Road.

A retired Dartmouth College history professor, Daniell taught courses on Colonial America, the American Revolution, the history of New England and the New England town. He is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy and Dartmouth and has a Ph.D. from Harvard.

The program, made possible by a N.H. Humanities Council grant, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more details, call 772-5022 or email

Mary Butler DAR displays 118-year-old spoon

WINNISQUAM — A rare DAR souvenir spoon from 1895, which was owned by the Mary Butler Chapter of DAR's Real Daughter and founding member, Jennette Murphy, was displayed for the first time in 100 years at the chapter's annual breakfast meeting.

Member Cindy Wallace, Murphy's great-great-granddaughter, recently located the spoon. Personalized souvenir spoons were given to Real Daughters around 1895. They originally sold for $1.50 to $3.

New officers also were installed during the meeting: Rosalie Babiarz, regent; Adele Bausor, vice regent; Rebecca Ekholm, secretary; Elaine Bonnette, treasurer; Jane Percy, assistant treasurer; Florence Merrill, chaplain; Marian Ekholm, registrar, and Mary Flaherty, assistant registrar.

The chapter, which added four members during the past year, now has a total of 78.

The chapter meets the third Monday of the month except in January and February. Visitors and perspective members are welcome at meetings. For more about meetings or membership, call Marian Ekholm at 293-0429. Information also is available at

New Durham library group sets book, bake, plant sale

NEW DURHAM — The Friends of the New Durham Public Library will host its annual book, bake and plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22, on the library grounds, 2 Old Bay Road.

The sale will offer paperback and hardbound books for all ages, home-baked goods and plants donated by Pearson Greenhouses. Anyone wishing to donate books may drop them off at the library. Baked goods also are welcome.

Proceeds will benefit library programs and equipment.

Friends of the Library membership is open to all community members. The group meets at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at the library. For more about the sale, call President Heather Wingate at 859-1274 or Secretary Marjorie Mohr at 859-6490.

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