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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Big Grandma

Big Grandma

The woman in the rocker is "Big Grandma," Betsey Calista Britton (née Ware), my great-great grandmother. The woman to her left is her daughter, Martha Harriet Carpenter. To Betsey's right is her granddaughter, Mabel Carpenter Perry, who is holding her son, John Perry. The photo was taken at the Britton place in Surry, NH, in 1913 by Mabel's older brother, Fred Carpenter. Big Grandma was born on the other side of the Asheulot River and Surry Mountain in Gilsum, NH, in 1819, and died in Surry in 1917. Martha was born in 1851, and Mabel was born in 1878, both in Surry.

Steve Miller
Someplace near the crossroads of America

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