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Re: Willard/Narramore connection - NH - Flossie
Posted by: Carl Cushman Hybels (ID *****9267) Date: June 10, 2009 at 18:05:57
In Reply to: Willard/Narramore connection - NH - Flossie by Erin Haviland of 412

Dear Erin, The cellar hole and barn foundation of a Narramore ancestral homestead is near my family's woods land in Richmond, NH. That homestead's land extends into Winchester, NH Narramores lived there from about 1800 until about the 1880's. Both Narramore and Willard are
late 18th through 19th century family names common to Richmond and Winchester.
I have enjoyed hiking to that cellar hole since I and my brothers were kids. Set on top of a now wooded hill the Narramore cellar hole has the best stone work in the area. Beautiful quarried granite, with sharp 90 degree angles, and a deep cellar. The barn foundation has in part nearly 6 foot high granite walls. There is a well built stone ramp to the side of what was the barn. A natural granite ledge forms much of what was the ground floor of that barn. There are surviving grape vines, or last I looked they were still alive, snaking and towering into the trees, 40 feet up or so, about fifty feet behind the cellar hole. When I was a kid there were a couple old apple trees still hanging on in what's been woods for a long time/ those apple trees are gone now. There was a small remnant grassy clearing still there when I was a kid.
Deer wintered over in that yard.
In the 1990s the current owner of the Narramore land, Antonio Sandry (then in his 80's, I liked talking with him various times, he died last year; the area and several others is owned by the Sandry family of Winchester), recleared and seeded that clearing and made and seeded some paths up there. He had his crew build a nice three sided hut next to the cellar hole.
There is a Narramore Brook that runs through a ravine, bordered by my family land and Sandry's. An old road (ATV, horses or hiking now) went from the pioneer road my cabin is on down a ramp cut into the hillside by the Narramores in say 1800 down that ravine, over the brook, then up a hill about another half mile to the Narramore homestead.
The whole northwest section of Richmond, now mostly woods except for a few clearings including our family cabin a mile into the woods and a few houses still edging that area a mile or more away was settler's land in the late 18th then 19th centuries. As kids, and still today when we can, we love clambering around, including to the 8 or so cellar holes in that area. In Richmond's Library when I was a kid my mom found and copied history of each of them including an 1858 map with "L. Narramore" marked for that house now cellar hole.
-Like there's a cellar hole behind our cabin built by an Asa and Chloe Thayer in 1796 and our well, except for the wooden well house, is from 1796.
Besides the Narramore homestead foundation and Narramore brook (which winds into Rabbit Hollow, Winchester), from a copy of an 1892 Richmond map I have I see there were three "N. Narramores" living in the center area of Richmond, NH
There is a Willard Mountain (a wooded hill) about a mile and a half south of where our cabin is. Willard Mountain now has a cell phone tower, enabling pretty good Verizon cell phone coverage in the woods out there, including by my cabin.
Other Willards, like Narramores, lived around Richmond and Winchester.
I don't know how long ago your g-grandmother Flossie was from. If before the 1880's she might have grown up on the Narramore homestead I know, or if she's more recent at least certainly it was the house for perhaps her grandparents or great grandparents...
And she definitely married a local man, since Willards are also from arond there.
I have loved being able to write this letter to a descendant of ancestral lands I've known and liked very much for many years. You are the first descendant of the pioneer settlers from that now woods region I've been able to contact. I hope to hear from you.
On a whim yesterday at work I happened to think, "Hey, when I get home I'll Google Narramore, see if I can find anything..." I know you posted in 2002 and probably have long since given up getting more of a response. But I hope this reaches you well.
I hope this e-mail helps, by helping to reconnect you with some long lost ancestors and their history.


Carl Cushman Hybels

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