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W-MCP6-1.404 TO THOMAS B. MCQUESTEN from his father's cousin, John Knox McQuesten
Oct 24 1909
To: Whitehern, Hamilton, Ontario
From: Manchester N. H.

My dear Tom:

Your letter of the 15th was received some days ago, and I am sorry to say I cannot give you any information as to that Presbyterian Church in Hamilton. If the church organized in 1833 was an independent, I very much doubt it was within the jurisdiction of an American Presbytery. Some records of it ought to be got at through the stated clerk of the nearest Presbytery in the state of New York if there was no such organization any where near Hamilton and in Canada.

Your grandfather took his degree in 1830,1 was at Sanbornton Bridge N.H. one year and at Brockport 10 years, when he went over to Hamilton and I presume he immediately connected himself with the Merrick St. Church.

Some churches keep their records and some do not, as I found when attempting to write up the history of the Squog Church a year ago. I wish I could help you out, but do not know a thing about it. It is not likely there is a letter from your grandfather in the house now, and my recollection does not go back of 1842, for that was the year in which I was born.

We are about as well as usual here, and things move on in the same old rut. Yesterday we called on J. Q. A. McQ. and his daughter, found them well and in a new house, a much better one than they formerly occupied. John is 75 years old and getting feeble.2

There is talk now of a bridge to connect the towns of Litchfield and Merrimack. It seems strange there never was a bridge between Manchester & Nashua.

My farm work is all done and the wonder is that crops are good for anything seeing there has been so little rain. The lake is fully as low as you saw it a year ago. It may interest you to know that the pipe is laid to convey that water to the Bedford Line. The pipe runs through Seeward St. just east of our house and this will add somewhat to the value of our property.

Remember me to Dr. Sawedoff and sometime when the spirit moves he might as well write me an instructive letter. Tell him his cousin John is anxious to learn. With much love to family in which Lucia joins.

J. K. McQuesten [John Knox]

1 According to our records, Dr. Calvin McQuesten graduated from Bradford Academy with a teaching certificate in 1825, and in 1827 he returned to school to study medicine at Bowdoin College and he received his medical degree in 1830. He conducted a medical practice and a pharmacy at Brockport, New York, for several years, and then moved with his family to Hamilton in 1839 after the Rebellion of Upper Canada was quelled in 1838. His cousin John Fisher operated their Hamilton Foundry from about 1835. There is much correspondence between John Fisher and Dr. Calvin during this period. (See W-MCP4-6.163, W2328, W2416, Box 14-102, and his Bio on this site.)

The 1879 Yahoo Map of Manchester shows that the Piscataquog River runs into the Merrimack River near, or at, Manchester. For the "Squog" church and some information about the family there, see W8242.

2 Likely, John Quincy Adams McQuesten , Dr. Calvin McQuesten’s nephew, son of his brother David Jr. (1793-1850). He had a daughter named Martha (Leona Beane p.84). (See also, W8244, W8219, W8223). According to this letter he was born in 1824.

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