Leonard Smith’s House in Jaffrey

I think there’s a pretty good chance that this is the house where Leonard Smith and family resided in 1880, based on the 1880 census record, and the map mentioned below. The census taken that year listed the residents as Leonard himself, daughters Mary Alice (Mom’s paternal grandmother) and Etta (‘Aunt Et’, who later moved to McKinley Rd. in Worcester with her husband Walter Scott. Mary Alice’s daughter Mildred lived with the Scotts for many years). Also living with the Smiths was Leonard’s 87 year old mother-in-law Lucy Coggswell. Leonard’s wife Lydia had passed away prior to 1880, possibly as a result of complications from Mary Alice’s birth.

A mile and a half to the west on the Fitzwilliam Road stands an impressive house that may be the Frederick Spaulding farm, where Daniel Dunn was employed as a laborer in 1880 at the age of fourteen. I wasn’t able to get a picture of that house, but it’s in the right spot, and there were not many period houses in the immediate vicinity. The picture shows the locations of the houses from a Google Earth aerial image, with Mt Monadnock in the background- click on it to enlarge, or click here for the online Google map of the area.

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