David H. and Mary F. Tewksbury Family Association

The Tewksbury House.

The purpose of the Association shall be to perpetuate the memory of David H. and Mary F. Tewksbury by forming a closer bond of friendship and cooperation among the descendants and their spouses and to maintain the homestead known as Windhaven.

Membership in the Association is open to any direct descendant of David H. and Mary F. Tewksbury, their spouses and children, whether natural, adopted or stepchildren.

 

If you are interested in joining the association or learning more please contact the vice president Danina DiBattista at tewksburyvicepresident@gmail.com.

✨ Countdown to 100! ✨

from the 100th Anniversary Committee

     As we write this at the close of 2021, we are amazed to think that next July we will reach the 100th anniversary of the first official Tewksbury Family Reunion held at Windhaven in 1922.  Spending time with family was very important to Mary Frances Tewksbury and we are thrilled to be celebrating this very important milestone.  Reunion has expanded over the years from a one-day event held the Sunday closest to Mary’s birthday to a weekend long celebration with folks arriving on Friday ready to relax and hang out.  Whether you can join us for the day, the weekend or even longer we hope everyone will mark their calendar and join us the weekend of July 15 – 17, 2022.

     Accommodations are a concern for folks that have to travel a distance.  Although there’s limited bedroom space in the house, there’s lots of room to pitch a tent or to park a travel trailer on the property. We are in the process of compiling a list of local motels and B&Bs and hope to have that posted by the middle of January.   The design for our commemorative t-shirt is slowly coming together and we will post that information too.

     The program committee has been working since last September to plan a weekend that will offer something for everyone including time to sit under the trees and catch up with family doings to participating in more physical activities such as mountain climbing, hikes, or kayaking.  Over the next several months, we will post monthly updates as plans become finalized.  While we have a lot of ideas, we would love to have your input too. Please let us know if there is something that you would like to see added or if an activity sounds great or is the worse idea ever. You can reach the planning committee directly at tewksbury100anniversary@gmail.com

     For the children, there will be a designated play area and the horseshoe pit will be waiting.  There will be games (structured and pick up) of all kinds for the young and young at heart. When you arrive for the weekend we will also have information about area activities from farmer’s markets and shopping to the nearest trail, pond, or mountain top.

     Saturday night will be the first of our “organized” activities starting with a potluck Taco night communal dinner.   For those who have room after dinner, we will have ice cream sundaes and let the campfire burn down for s’mores before fireworks at dark.  The evening will end with age-appropriate ghost stories across the road in the Tewksbury cemetery.

We’ll share more about Sunday next month!   

It's That Time of Year

    Today, hunting is a sport that involves killing wild animals and birds with firearms and the bow and arrow.  When the family first moved to Windhaven in 1878, Seldon describes life as rough and hunting was used to provide food.  David and Mary had a big family on a small, rocky hill farm with little cash floating around.  When Seldon and Roy would do odd jobs in the neighborhood such as cutting wood on the property, they would take David’s shotgun from the war with them to see if they could get a partridge or squirrel to take home to supplement their dinner.

     Some branches of the family still hunt for recreation for sport and to fill the freezer with meat.  Inasmuch as Vermont’s deer hunting season typically overlaps with Thanksgiving, I remember the Robertson boys looking to duck out early if they hadn’t been successful prior to Thanksgiving day.  According to the journal entries at Windhaven, there were several years when Lee Tewksbury, Sr. went there to hunt. Unfortunately for him he didn’t have much luck. In the intervening years the deer have obviously made a resurgence since Dan Butler and Brandon Covey both got deer this year. Those of us who attend the July reunion picnic look forward to Dan Butler’s venison cooked with onions.  Looks like it should be on the menu once again next summer!

Reasons to Celebrate

Ella Tewksbury turns 101!

Amy and Jay Rodger got married!

Dan Butler, Pearle Robertson Butler, Jay Rodger, Amy Covey Rodger, Lanny Covey and Leslie Covey

Calendar

EventDate

Virtual Winter Board Meeting

February 6, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Virtual Spring Board Meeting

April 24, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Virtual Summer Board Meeting

June 29, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Virtual Association Annual Meeting

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Details TBA

Annual Family Reunion Picnic

Come for the weekend!

July 17, 2022

 

Able-bodied construction help will be needed again next summer!

Do your calisthenics over the winter so you can volunteer.

The barn project is completed for this year.  Unfortunately only two sides were finished despite the marathon efforts of Bond Davis and Neil Kelley.  Both end walls of the barn will need to be reconstructed next year.  The association owes a debt of gratitude to everyone who volunteered over the summer with both construction help, food and encouragement.

June 12

June 26

July 10-11

July 24

August 7

August 14

August 21

August 28

September 11

Scope of the 2022 Maintenance Projects

Despite the Herculean efforts of Bond Davis and Neil Kelley the barn restoration could not be completed in one summer.  Both end walls of the barn will need to be fixed and the windows restored.

  • rotted exterior walls
  • the end wall window frames

 

Additional exterior work items:

  • replace the asphalt shingles on the well house
  • replace the glazing compound and paint all the windows in the house

 

Please consider making a donation to help cover the cost of the supplies.  (Go to Dues and Donation page)

Recent Donations to the Association

Bond Davis

Barbara Erickson

John Harrison Turner

Jess & Nate Gidding (website sponsors)

Neil Kelley (Lowe’s discount for building supplies)

Martin Tewksbury

Danina DiBattista & Preston Turner

Daphne Turner

Judith Luneau

Laura & Bob Tewksbury

Jess Robertson (kitchen stove and parlor wood stove)

Pearle & Dan Butler

Cheryl Davis in honor of Amy and Jay Rodger’s nuptials

Gidding Family (grill)

James Bogenrief in memory of Bertha Turner

Jane B. Clee in memory of Bertha Turner

Terrill Covey (Portapotty rental for reunion)

Roxanne Jedraszczak in memory of Mary Fullam & Rex Fullam, Jr.

Fireworks Fund

     Jess Robertson

     Sara Luneau

     Thea Gaudette

     Amy Rodger

     Terrill Covey

     Pearle Butler

     Danina DiBattista

 

Mary Frances and David Henry Tewksbury

Portrait of Mary Frances Langley

Mary Frances Langley

Mary was born July 18, 1846 to Andrew “Blacksmith” Langley and Lois Sanborn in N. Wilmot, NH. They lived on the Piper Pond Road. Mary’s occupation was listed as a school teacher when she was married to David Henry Tewksbury on July 18, 1866 by his stepfather Rev John M. L. Babcock in Springfield, NH.

To raise extra money Mary would knit toes and heels into socks from the Sulloway Hosiery Mill in Franklin, NH for $0.20 per dozen pair. Once the mill found a way to knit on the toes and heels in two parts, Mary would sew the parts together with a darning needle with a designated stitch with yarn furnished by the mill. For this she was paid $0.10 a dozen pairs.

Sheep were raised on the farm and some wool was sold and some was cleaned, carded at the mill and shaped into balls. Mary would spin the wool into yarn and knit mittens and socks. Mary was a consummate reciter of poetry from memory. She had great musical ability and a splendid alto voice. She liked to go berry picking barefoot for any kind of berries. She would make pies and gems for breakfast and berries and milk for supper.

Tradition tells us that Mary would mark her pies with TM. For the mince pies, it meant “tis mince” and for the other pies it meant “taint  mince.” Some of her descendants continue this tradition at Thanksgiving.

Seldon said the children referred to Mary as Marm.  Mary died January 5, 1929 in Manchester, NH. She is buried in the Tewksbury Cemetery in N. Wilmot, NH.

Portrait of David Henry Tewksbury

David Henry Tewksbury

David was born to Miriam Tewksbury and Israel Perrin on January 26, 1844.  His parents were married February 26, 1842. It was discovered that Israel was already married and they separated. David was adopted by his grandfather, Henry Tewksbury, Jr. His mother married Reverend John Martin Luther Babcock, a Free Will Baptist minister and a widower with a child, Martha Anna Babcock on April 5, 1849. He had four half siblings, Lilla Babcock, Sophia Babcock, Charles S. Babcock and Milton Babcock.

David served in the 4th Regiment NH Volunteer during the Civil War. The rheumatism he suffered later in life was thought to be related to sleeping on the ground during the war. In the 1860’s and 1870’s he worked as a section hand on the railroad. On the farm, David kept a few sheep and used oxen to work the land. David planted potatoes, corn and beans for the family to use and some to sell or swap for groceries. They also grew watermelons and muskmelons.

Blanche remembered her father as a hard working man, really talented in some respects having had few educational advantages. He had a fine talent for dramatic lines and was very generous. Buy a bushel of potatoes from him and he would throw in a peck for good measure. Blanche says he had a musical ear but couldn’t carry a tune. Some of her older siblings spoke of him as being a bit severe in discipline but to Blanche he was always gentle and jovial. David liked to dress up and play Santa Claus at Christmas.

David married Mary Frances Langley on July 18, 1866. He worked as a farmer most of his life. He died April 13, 1897 and is buried in the Tewksbury Cemetery in N. Wilmot, NH.

Maude, Mary, Gertrude, Blanche and Bertha at the old schoolhouse
Mary's grandchildren in 1916
Seldon, Gertrude, Blanche, Mary, Bertha, Carl and Harry in 1916

Please direct any corrections or ideas for additional content to Cheryl Davis at cluisedavis@gmail.com.