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Julia Ball Thayer

Julia Ball Thayer was born about 1836 in Winchester, New Hampshire to David Ball and Fanny Capron (IGI). She shows in the Winchester 1850 census as a 14 year old in the home of her father, David, a merchant, age 46 and her mother, age 44. Delos, 19, a clerk, and Jane, 11, show in the household.  A Lucy Ball, age 40, shows in the household, likely a relative to David. Several workers reside in the home, probably employees of David. She shows as Julia B. Ball in the 1860 census at age 24, a teacher of music, in the household of David and Fanny Ball, who are now reported as age 59 and 54, respectively. Jane E. Ball. 21, is also in the household.

In the 1870 census for Winchester, she is listed as Julia A. Ball, age 34, a music teacher, with Jennie E. Ball, 31, keeping house.

By the 1880 census she has married and has moved to Keene: 1880 census Ward 5 Keene, Cheshire, NH Home on Main Street. Edward C. Thayer 47 Manufacturer b Mass Parents both born Mass. Julia B Thayer 45 Keeping House b NH Parents both born NH. Delos, Jennie, and a son of Delos also are in the household.

In the 1900 census for Ward 5, Keene, Julia B. Thayer shows as the head of household, age 65, with her brother, Delos, aged 68, and sister, Jane E., aged 61, living with her.

Mr. Edward Carrington Thayer was born in Uxbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts May 10,1828 to Joseph and Chloe Taft Thayer who had been married in Uxbridge Sept 3, 1818 (Uxbridge Vital Records to the year 1850). Edward was one of at least 6 children (IGI). Joseph was a well-to-do farmer and attorney.

Edward shows in the 1850 and 1860 Uxbridge censuses in his parent’s household and lived in Uxbridge at least as late as the 1870 census. In the 1870 census Joseph shows a net worth of $100,000 and Edward as a farmer in his father’s household. After the 1870 census Edward apparently moved to Keene, N.H.

Mr Thayer served on the city council of Keene from Ward 5 in 1876 and 1877 and as Ward 5 Alderman in 1878 (Anon., 1886) In 1885 Edward Thayer was treasurer of The Ashuelot Manufacturing Co., incorporated 1878, which manufactured Union and Moscow beavers. About 250 hands operated the 12 sets of woolen cards. The mill, located on the Ashuelot River, was 3 stories high and 200 feet long with several out buildings.

He served as president of a savings bank, The Cheshire Provident Institution (est 1833) in Keene. He was a partner in Thayer and Turner’s Woolen Mills in Lower Ashuelot and Vice President of the Cheshire R.R. He was also president of the Winchester National Bank from 1876 through 1885 (Childs, 1885). Edward C. Thayer died July 4, 1898 in Keene at age 70 (Griffin, 1904).

The family was very generous to the city of Keene and many other places. In 1893, Edward Thayer gave the city of Uxbridge, Massachusetts, a building in his parents' honor to be a new home for the town library, then located in the Town Hall.

The Uxbridge native spent $33,500 on the Thayer Memorial Building: $28,000 for construction, $4,000 for its North Main Street parcel and $1,500 on furnishings from Boston's Paine Furniture Co., whose founders once lived in  Uxbridge.  (See http://www.uxbridgenow.com/townissues/townhall/Town%20Hall%20holds%20the%20ghosts12_7_2003.htm

Just before he died, Edward Thayer gave the city of Keene the Henry Colony House on West Street in May, 1898 for use as a public library and his widow and niece gave $5000 for the purchase of books. The offer to the city can be found at  _http://www.ci.keene.nh.us/library/appendix.html_
(http://www.ci.keene.nh.us/library/appendix.html) .

The building was remodeled and dedicated in February, 1899 after Edward’s death (Griffin, 1904) The Piqua Memorial Hospital of Piqua, Miami County, Ohio, was built with the donation of Mrs. Edward C. Thayer in memory of her brother Delos C. Ball, a resident of that town from 1855-1870. The hospital was built at a cost of $20,000 and dedicated Nov 30, 1905. (Anonymous, 1919-1920)

Anonymous, History of Cheshire and Sullivan Counties, New Hampshire. Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis & Co., 1886, 1073 pgs

Anonymous, Memoirs of the Miami Valley Chicago: R.O. Law Co., 1919-1920, 1950 pgs.

Child, Hamilton, Gazetteer of Cheshire County, N.H., 1736-1885.  Syracuse, N.Y.: H. Child, 1885, 882 pgs

Griffin, Simon Goodell, A history of the town of Keene : from 1732, when the township was granted by Massachusetts, to 1874, when it became a city Keene, N.H.: Sentinel Print. Co., 1904, 852 pgs.

Jim Otton, Lakewood, Colorado. Researching the Skinner family in Nelson (Packersfield), N.H.

Jim. "Julia B. Thayer." Rootsweb: Ancestry.com. 5 January 2013. Web. 14 February 2005. <http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/NHCHESHI/2005-02/1108357543>