Home on the Farm

Besides looking through old people’s stuff and enjoying the look of unique handcrafted furniture, one of the reasons I enjoy antiquing is that everything old has a story, from how it was used to who owned it.

This is also true with houses and when we bought our farmhouse last year, we were told the original home along with the barn that is still attached was built sometime in the mid-1800’s.

Deciding we needed a name for our farm and wanting to know the history, Dennis and I spent a Friday afternoon at the Registry of Deeds in Concord pouring through old documents tracing back the roots of our farm.

I was a bit naïve in thinking that it wouldn’t take very long, however after close to three and a half hours we were able to trace back to the 1830’s when a man named Lewis Flanders owned the property.

Flanders deeded the property to his son Nathaniel and somewhere along the time of 1850’s John Moore, a very prominent figure in Loudon history acquired this land and most of the land on “the ridge.”

John Moore had LOTS of children, one being John B. Moore who was deeded a chunk of the land. John B. and a man named Nathan Clough (the Clough’s also being a very prominent name at the time: See the footnote at the end) each married a Dimond sister (from Gilmanton). In 1861, John B. deeded three tracts of land totaling 73 acres to Nathan. We believe it was about that time the original house and barn was built.

Nathan passed in 1890 leaving the farm to his wife Mary and two daughters, Alice and Minnie. Mary died in 1926, Minnie married Alfred D. Moore and Alice stayed and ran the farm for thirty-five years. The farm became known as the Alice M. Clough Farm.

In 1934, Alice deeded the property to Clinton C. Moore. Alice passed that November and Clinton was likely her sister Minnie’s son. Clinton passed suddenly at the age of thirty-five and the property changed several hands over the years after that.

1937 – Moore (Clinton’s widow Marion) deeded to Brown

1943 – Brown deeded to Cragin

1947 – Cragin deeded to Tibbetts

Then in the 1950’s the three tracts of land were subdivided and sold individually. And that’s where things got fuzzy. We know at one point around 1959 a Smith owned the property and in 1971 a Whittall owned it. It was in the 1970’s that renters sparked a fire that burned down the main house.

The house was rebuilt on the original foundation and is still attached to the original barn.

Then:

1976 – Whittall deeded to Relf

1986 – Relf deeded to Reynolds

1994 – Reynolds deeded to Ortiz and Beckwith

Ortiz and Beckwith owned the property for almost twenty years. We purchased the farm from Lynn Beckwith after her husband passed.

It is interesting that the person who owned and worked the farm the longest was Alice and we have decided to retain the name Alice M. Clough Farm for our property. We have reached out to the Loudon Historical Society hoping to locate pictures and perhaps more history on Alice. Our wish is to refurbish the house to bring back the original charm of the farmhouse that Alice lived in. This may be difficult due to not only lack of information, but that the structure built in the seventies doesn’t contain any fireplaces and likely isn’t the same layout. Still, it would be interesting to see what it looked like back then.

Many of the Clough’s and Moore’s are buried in a cemetery up the road and Dennis and I will head up there soon to check out names. We have learned that both Alice, her parents and Minnie and her family are all buried there. We assume she deeded the property back to the Moore’s when she became ill. We know she never married.

We will keep digging and talking to people in hopes we can learn more about Alice and her father Nathan. For now, I can imagine two young girls playing in the yard or helping their parents with chores and perhaps heading up the road to the old church on the hill on Sundays.

 

Footnote:

The Clough Lineage:

The lineage on Alice and her father Nathan can be traced all the way back to Salisbury, England and John Clough who sailed here sometime in the 1600’s. He married Jane Clough and together they had twelve children.

The first born son was named John and he married Mercy Page. They had a son they named Aaron.

Aaron Clough married Abigail Moulton and they had a son also named Aaron 

Aaron married Mehitable Shed and they had a son named Abel.

Abel married Naomi Dow and they had a son named Aaron.

Aaron married Betsy Dimond and they had Nathan C. Clough who we now know is the father of Alice M. Clough and owned our farm.

If you have any information on the Clough family from Loudon, NH or the Moore’s from Loudon Ridge, please send me a note.  I would love to learn more.

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3 thoughts on “Home on the Farm

  1. I love history and — surprise! — collect and love antiques. My husband and I have, unbidden, become antiques ourselves. I find it sad and amusing that younger people who value old “things” have little or no interest in old people. Too bad, because our generation has so many stories. We carry as much history as any “thing” … but unlike things, we can talk. You don’t have to do any research. Just ask!

    • Exactly! And as we get older we LOVE to share our stories. As a young adult, I was not really into “old” things. I think we gain an appreciation for history as we begin to make our own history.

  2. The history of places and buildings is an abiding love of mine. I know the history of my own home, in part because the second ever owner was my grandfather and it’s been in the family ever since.

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