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1912 Leonard Hobart Pillsbury 50th Anniv. Invite, Derry, Rockingham NH


Printed on thick white beveled gold edge card stock, an invitation in gold gilt inks. Text reads: "1862-1912, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Hobart Pillsbury will be pleased to receive their friends at the Fiftieth Anniversary of their marriage, Friday August twenty third, Nineteen hundred twelve, Elmwood Farm, Derry, N.H, afternoon two to five, Evening Seven to Nine."

Judge Pillsbury 1835-1933 was born in Dunbarton, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. He spent time in Kansas territory when young, and became a well known Derry NH figure. He was a a celebrated Civil War veteran, as seen below, fighting in many major battles. His wife was Evelyn Francena Sanborn Pillsbury 1842-1918. They married in 1862 during the Civil war. They had 4 sons and a daughter named Grace, who married Josiah Crocker. See his wonderful bio below.

Source: History of Rockingham County, New Hampshire and Representative Citizens by Charles A. Hazlett, Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill., 1915: "CAPT. LEONARD HOBART PILLSBURY, proprietor of a flourishing house furnishing company in Derry, N.H., and a veteran of the Civil War, was born in Dunbarton, N.H., in 1835, a son of Rev. Stephen and Lavinia Hobart Pillsbury. His father was a Baptist minister. When only one year old Capt. Pillsbury came to Londonderry with his parents in the very year that the City of Manchester was founded, there being at that time only two houses on its present site. In Londonderry he was reared to manhood, being largely instructed by his parents and an older brother and sister. In 1855, being sternly opposed to human slavery, as were both his parents, he joined the anti slavery emigrants who went courageously to the New Territory, as the Poet Whittier wrote, "To rear a wall of men on Freedom's southern line And plant beside the cotton tree the rugged northern pine." He remained in Kansas three years, pre-empting his quarter section of land, and at one time carrying one of Beecher's rifles in those turbulent Border Ruffian" times. He then returned to his native state and entered the Phillips Exeter Academy, from which he was graduated in 1862. In the spring of that year he enlisted in Company A, 9th NH Infantry, being mustered in as captain of the company August 23, 1862, and was ordered south with his company the same month. He joined the Army of the Potomac in time to take part in the battles of South Mountain and Antietam. He also took part in the fighting at Fredericksburg, Vicksburg and Jackson, and participated in many smaller engagements. After taking part in the battle at Jackson, Mississippi, under Sherman against Johnson, the troops returned to Vicksburg, where he had previously witnessed the fall of that city. His company, through battles and hardships, being now reduced to seven men fit for duty, he was granted leave to return home, but was later assigned to special duty in the revenue service in New York City, where his mission was to watch for and seize all goods "Contraband of War." He was never seriously wounded, although hit by a piece of shell at Antietam. After the war Capt. Pillsbury spent two years as an officer of the customs in New York City. In 1866 he located in Manhattan, Kansas, and for two years was associated with his brother, Josiah H. Pillsbury, In conducting an independent newspaper there named "The Manhattan Independent." The next five years he spent in stock-raising in Kansas, after which he was appointed deputy clerk in the United States Court and court commissioner at Memphis, Tenn., where he remained for five years. He then returned to New Hampshire and located in Derry, conducting a general mercantile business there for ten years. At the end of that time he established his present business in which he has ever since been engaged successfully. He has served as a member of the legislature and of the constitutional convention and three years as police judge in Derry. He resides on and owns the Elmwood farm, a fine property of 60 acres lying on the State Road from Manchester to Lawrence, one north of Derry. Capt. Pillsbury was married August 23, 1862, to Evelyn Sanborn Pillsbury of Kingston, N.H., his marriage taking place on the same day on which he was mustered in as captain of Company A, 9th New Hampshire volunteers. Only two days later he left for the seat of war. He and his wife are the parents of four sons and one daughter, namely: Frederick S. Pillsbury, engaged in the real estate business in Watertown, Mass.; Ambrose Burnside Pillsbury, who resides in Derry and is associated with his father in the house furnishing business; Edwin S. Pillsbury president and general manager of the Century Electric Co, of St. Louis, Mo.; William S. Pillsbury, of East St. Louis, Illinois, and Grace L. Crocker, of Belmont, Mass., wife of Josiah H. Crocker. They have ten grandchildren. They celabrated their golden wedding on the 23d August, 1912, the occasion being quite a notable one and largely attended by many friends from distant states. Capt. Pillsbury, who is often addressed as "Judge Pillsbury" is a member of the Baptist Church of Derry and was one of its founders, only a few of whom now survive. He was for 25 years the superintendent of its Sunday School, He is also a member and a past commander of the Wesley B. Knight post of the G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic), president of the Regimental Association of the Ninth Veterans, and has 45 years been an "active member and one of the vice presidents of the American Peace Society, and deeply interested in whatever concerns the happiness, education and elevation of the race."

This is a rare and wonderful 50th anniversary invitation of an important family in American history, as well as New Hampshire and Derry history. This family has DAR, Daughters of the American Revolution and SAR Sons of the American Revolutionary War roots. It was found in Brimfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts.

What a wonderful party this must have been, from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at their beautiful Elmwood farm! In 1912, Leonard was age 77, born in 1835 and his wife Evelyn was age 70, born in 1842. Evelyn died 6 years later at age 76. Capt. Pillsbury lived on until 1935, and died at the amazing age of 98.

Size: 2.5 by 4 inches
Debra Clifford Ancestorville Genealogy       Note: The original is sold, but you may still purchase large, detailed and intimate 300 dpi high resolution scans of front and back, sent immediately via email. Please check our site carefully, as many may be related to each other that we are unaware of. Click scan to place in your cart. Thank you, enjoy! ~debra (please also join me at Ancestorville Genealogy on facebook. contact info on top bar)

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