Guide to the Thomas Wilson Thorndike Memoir, 1884
Collection number: MS 253
Thomas Wilson Thorndike (1797-1888)
Thomas Wilson Thorndike (1797-1888) was born in Concord, N.H. and married Ruth Dow in 1823. He lived in Concord NH and worked as a carriage maker before moving to Weare NH to work as a manufactorer from 1839 onwards. The choice of town is not random; Weare still maintains a strong Quaker community and meeting over a century later. He died in Weare in 1888.
About the Thomas Wilson Thorndike Memoir (1884)
A 18pp. manuscript in two parts (14pp. and 4pp.), mostly written in 1884, outlines his family history and his manufacturing ventures and also describes his religious conversion to the Quaker faith and his views against singing during worship. His business as a carriage maker was successful. He employed six apprentices and a number of journeymen before he moved moved to Weare in 1839 where he manufactured doors, sashes, and blinds.
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Thomas Wilson Thorndike Memoir, 1884, MS 253, Milne Special
Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.
Purchase: Ian Brabner, Wilmington, DE, March 10, 2014 (Accession number: 2014.04)