N. Charter & Salma Hale in Walpole, NH, printed family record or register for the James and Betsy Walker family, c. 1806-07 - possibly of Rockingham, VT. This record is unusual for being entirely printed. James and Betsy Walker family record, paper is printed in black ink, printed at the top to the bottom are the following names: "Mr. JAMES WALKER, born September 18th 1753./ Mrs. BETSY WALKER, born October 1st 1762./ An Infant still-born, October 9th 1784./ Nathaniel Walker, born August 16th, 1788./ Dolly Walker, born August 30th, 1790./ Betsy Walker, born October 3rd 1792./ Samuel Walker, born August 7th, 1798./ Polly and Harry Walker, born December 4th, 1800./ Polly Walker, died July 24th, 1803. the names are surrounded in a printed rectangle of small repeating leaves, at the base is the inscription, " CHARTER & HALE, Printers, Walpole." paper is toned a light brown, wooden frame is unpainted, and mortised at each end and held in place by a round peg, the interior of the frame has a bead molding, there are two drilled holes at the top of the frame for a string for hanging, the back board appears to be original to the frame and is incised with an x. Charter and Hale also printed a narrative of Ethan Allen's captivity.
Family registers often recorded marriages, births, and deaths. This printed document shows the joys and heartaches of the Walker family of Rockingham, Vermont. Although Betsy Walker gave birth to eight children over a span of 16 years, her first child was “an infant stillborn,” and, from her set of twins born in 1800, Polly died before her third birthday in 1803.
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