1895 Mary Nesmith Parsons CDV, Teacher Pinkerton Academy Derry NH
On reverse: "Mary N. Parsons, Teacher of Grammar, French and Greek at P.A." is handwritten in old period fountain pen ink. Photo type: Original Vintage Victorian CDV Carte de visite Photo, dated 1895. Photographer: Notman Photo Co, 480 Boylston St. & 3 Park St, Boston, Massachusetts. Middlesex, Essex, Suffolk County. (known to be photographers James Notman & Charles Notman)
A beautiful photo, found in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Mary N Parsons was a teacher at Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H. She and her sister, Olive Sewall Parsons were daughters of the Rev. Benjamin F. Parsons, and granddaughters of the Derry, NH trader, Jotham Nesmith. They inherited the family house on Nesmith St., in Derry, but in the early years of their teaching careers would serve in cities in Massachusetts, returning in summers to care for their mother. Mary served one year in Gloucester also.
They spent much of their career at Rogers Hall School for Girls, in Lowell, where Olive became the Principal. Mary was born in Jan. 1863, and Olive in 1866. In this photo Mary is 32; five years later, on the 1900 census, she is teaching school back in Derry.
She was at Rogers Hall until at least 1929. Eventually Olive retired, and traveled extensively. Their brother, Frank Nesmith Parsons (born in Dover, New Hampshire September 3, 1854 and died in Franklin, New Hampshire in 1934) was a lawyer, politician, and Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court from 1902-1924. Some sources spell his middle name as Naismith.
NOTE: Their father: Benjamin Franklin Parsons was born in Wiscasset, Lincoln, Maine in 1820 to Jotham Parsons and Olive Greenleaf. He first married Sarah J Erskine and had a child. Benjamin Frankin married Mary Ann Nesmith and had 8 children. He passed away on 1883 in Derry, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.
A beautiful and original antique vintage family photo of quite an amazing woman for the times. We honor Mary and her work.
Size 2.5 x 4 inches
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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