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Guide to the Piper Family papers, 1845-1941

Collection number: MC 85

Size: 4 boxes (1.33 cu.ft.)

About the Piper Family

The Isaiah Piper family lived in Factory Village (Belmont), New Hampshire from 1836. Isaiah’s first wife Elisabeth taught school there. She died in 1864 aged 35 years, having had two children, Ahira Barney (born 1856) and Elmer Isaiah (born 1861). His second wife, Sarah Emeline Kilburn, gave birth to Ernest Kilburn (born 1871) and Fred Herbert (born 1873). Both Isaiah and Fred H. Piper were active in town government and affairs. Isaiah was the town treasurer of Upper Gilmanton (Belmont) in 1879 and selectman of Belmont during the period 1882-1885 and 1895. Fred H. Piper was selectman of Belmont from 1913-1916 and 1920-1934. He was a Representative to the General Court in 1936-1937 and trustee of the town’s trust funds in 1945-1948. His wife, Sarah E. Piper, worked as a teacher.

About the Piper Family Papers

The Piper Family Papers contain various personal papers relating to Isaiah and Elisabeth Piper and Fred H. and Sarah E. Piper. There are receipts, account books, and correspondence – including 20 letters Ahira B. Piper wrote to his parents that describe the social and cultural life of Manchester, New Hampshire, 1876-1877. The collection also contains materials relating to the Pipers’ work in Belmont’s government, such as: selectmen’s inventories, tax assessment records, vital records, receipts, correspondence, and various accounts. Also included is information regarding the First Free Baptist Church of Belmont and 48 photographs, many of which are unidentified.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Piper Family Papers, 1824-1941, MC 85, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Purchased: Charles Apfelbaum, Mar. 1986 (Accession number: 8576)

Collection Contents

Series I: Isaiah and Elisabeth Piper

Subseries A: Personal Papers

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Account Book, Isaiah Piper, 1854-1857
Box 1, Folder 2 Account Book, Isaiah Piper, 1870
Box 1, Folder 3 Account Book, Isaiah Piper, 1894-1898
Box 1, Folder 4 Correspondence from Ahira B. Piper (son), 1872
Box 1, Folder 5 Correspondence from Ahira B. Piper, 1876
Box 1, Folder 6 Correspondence from Ahira B. Piper (son), 1877
Box 1, Folder 7 Correspondence, miscellaneous individuals
Box 1, Folder 8 Receipts, taxes, 1869-1893
Box 1, Folder 9 Receipts, miscellaneous, 1824-1895
Box 1, Folder 10 Miscellaneous materials

Subseries B: Town of Belmont, New Hampshire Papers

Box 1, Folder 11 Accounts, 1878-1906
Box 1, Folder 12 Estate of Fred H. Brown: will, inventory, receipts, 1880-1893
Box 1, Folder 13 First Free Baptist Church, receipts and Sunday School records, 1868-1882, 1856(?)
Box 1, Folder 14 First Free Baptist Church, sermons preached for members of the Piper family (eulogies, etc.), 1858 and n.d.
Box 1, Folder 15 Guardianship of Eleanor Sanborn, receipts, 1887-1890
Box 1, Folder 16 Selectman’s Inventory, 1881-1883
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 Tax Assessments: C-F; I-N, 1845
Box 2, Folder 2 Tax Assessments, 1847
Box 2, Folder 3 Tax Assessments: A-B, 1849
Box 2, Folder 4 Tax Assessments: A-B, 1863
Box 2, Folder 5 Tax Assessments, 1864
Box 2, Folder 6 Undertaker’s Vouchers, 1886-1895
Box 2, Folder 7 Miscellaneous government documents (taxes, town meeting notices, petitions)

Series II: Fred H. and Sarah E. Piper

Subseries A: Personal Papers

Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1 Account Book, Sarah E. Piper, 1904-1919
Box 3, Folder 2 Miscellaneous accounts, documents, etc., 1909-1941

Subseries B: Town of Belmont, New Hampshire Papers

Box 3, Folder 3 Birth, Marriage, and Death Certificates, 1919
Box 3, Folder 4 Correspondence, 1920-1922
Box 3, Folder 5 Guardianship of Cyrus B. Norris, n.d.
Box 3, Folder 6 Legal documents, 1902-1920
Box 3, Folder 7 Poor relief, receipts and communications, 1926-1927
Box 3, Folder 8 Receipts and bills, 1914-1928
Box 3, Folder 9 Tax Assessments ledger, 1925-1926
Box 3, Folder 10 Tax Assessments, 1926, 1929

Series III: Photographs

Box 3, Envelope 1 Isaiah Piper, Nov. 1880
Box 3, Envelope 2 Unidentified Man
Box 3, Envelope 3 Unidentified Man, Woman, and Infant
Box 3, Envelope 4 Unidentified Woman
Box 3, Envelope 5 Unidentified Woman
Box 3, Envelope 6 Unidentified Man
Box 3, Envelope 7 Unidentified Man
Box 3, Envelope 8 Unidentified Man
Box 3, Envelope 9 Unidentified Man (Duplicate of e.8)
Box 3, Envelope 10 Unidentified Girl
Box 3, Envelope 11 Unidentified Boy
Box 3, Envelope 12 Unidentified Man, full-length portrait
Box 3, Envelope 13 Unidentified Man
Box 3, Envelope 14 Unidentified Man (Duplicate of e.13)
Box 3, Envelope 15 Two unidentified women
Box 3, Envelope 16 Unidentified Woman
Box 3, Envelope 17 Unidentified Woman, full-length portrait
Box 3, Envelope 18 Unidentified Girl
Box 3, Envelope 19 Unidentified Girl
Box 3, Envelope 20 Unidentified Woman
Box 3, Envelope 21 Unidentified Woman
Box 3, Envelope 22 Unidentified Woman
Box 3, Envelope 23 S. Piper (Man)
Box 3, Envelope 24 S. Piper (Man)
Box 3, Envelope 25 Unidentified Man
Box 3, Envelope 26 Unidentified Woman
Box 3, Envelope 27 Unidentified Woman
Box 3, Envelope 28 Unidentified Woman
Box 3, Envelope 29 Unidentified Woman
Box 3, Envelope 30 Unidentified Boy
Box 3, Envelope 31 Unidentified Girl
Box 3, Envelope 32 Unidentified Girl
Box 3, Envelope 33 Unidentified Woman
Box 3, Envelope 34 Unidentified Woman, 3/4-Length Portrait
Box 3, Envelope 35 Unidentified Man
Box 3, Envelope 36 Unidentified Very Young Girl
Box 3, Envelope 37 Landscape; Piles of wood and building materials
Box 3, Envelope 38 House Under Construction
Box 3, Envelope 39 House Under Construction
Box 3, Envelope 40 Mt. Washington Cog Railway
Box 3, Envelope 41 White Mountains
Box 3, Envelope 42 Mt. Washington Cog Railway Station
Box 3, Envelope 43 Building. Mt. Washington
Box 3, Envelope 44 View of Clouds from White Mountains
Box 3, Envelope 45 White Mountains
Box 3, Envelope 46 Hikers in White Mountains
Box 3, Envelope 47 Automobile on Mt. Washington Road, c. 1925
Box 3, Envelope 48 Skiers. White Mountains

2 Responses to “Guide to the Piper Family papers, 1845-1941”

  1. Wallace Rhodes Says:

    I am the grandson of Fred H. Piper. I am a loss as to how these items came into the possession of UNH. From the information I assume that the latest material is from 1941 so it somehow left the family after that date. I have no regrets that the collection is where it is, otherwise it would have probably been lost forever. I do,however,note several errors in the information and would like to somehow straighten out the information. Another interesting aspect of this material is that Mrs. Dean Charles Pettee (Luella Sweat)was a first cousin to Fred Piper. Runnels “History of Sanbornton” Volume II page 574 gives a pretty good family history. By the way, the picture at the top of this page is of Isaiah Piper. Ernest K was the oldest son by his second wife Sarah Kilborn. Fred was the younger brother. Wallace Piper Rhodes

  2. Roland Goodbody Says:

    Hello Wallace.

    We bought the papers from a dealer in New Jersey back in 1986.

    Thank you for the corrections and for the tip about the history of Sanbornton. I will update the information accordingly.

    Roland Goodbody Manuscripts Curator