James Brown Straw III
- Born: 9 Apr 1831, Lowell, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
- Marriage (1): Clara A. Hancock on 12 Oct 1858 in Franklin, Merrimack County, New Hampshire
- Died: 21 Jan 1894, Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire at age 62
- Buried: Pine Street Cemetery, Manchester, NH
Cause of his death was Influenza.
per research of James Townsend of CA on IGI files and genealogy of Ellen Straw Thomspson of 1897; per Granite Monthly 1899 he was a deputy collector of internal revenue and tax collector from 1890 til his death.
LOWELL DAILY CITIZEN AND NEWS 3 Dec 1859
Brown Sympathy Meetings
At Manchester, NH yesterday, there was a brisk excitement, occasioned by an attempt to toll the obsequies of old Brown from the city bell. It had struck 4 or 5 times when the Mayor, among the sympathizers in the belfrey and ordered them to desist. Mr. James B. Straw, a brother of Mr. E. A. Straw, agent of the Amoskeag Company, refused to leave, when the Mayor dropped him through the scuttle [. A small opening or hatch with a movable lid in the roof, wall, or floor of a building.], by the most convenient mode, and the bell didn't ring anymore.
census 1870 Hillsborough, NH Joseph B. Straw c1831 Clara H. c1835 Clara G(ertrude) c1864 Mehitable c1800 (mother living with him?) Abby c1828 (sister of Joseph/James)
Boston - THE INDEX - 21 March 1878 (city of Manchester, NH)
"To the citizens of Ward 3 - Fellow citizens. Are you a christian. If so can you consistently go to the polls and deposit your ballot for an infidel?
James B. Straw openly declares his open hostility to the reading of the bible in our public schools and avows his intentions to banish its use by all legal measures. James B. Straw is in favor of the repeal of the prohibitory and all laws which shall prevent the free sale of intoxicating liquors.These are sentiments which he openly avows. If you are a member of the Church of Christ or a law abiding citizen, how can you vote for James B. Straw. Mr William Little of that city informs us that Mr. Straw was nevertheless elected alderman - a fact that speaks well for the voters...."
1880 Census 593 Union Street in Manchester, Hillsborough, New Hampshire James B. STRAW Household Birth Year <1831> Birthplace MA Age 49 Occupation Lawyer Marital Status M <Married> Race W <White> Head of Household James B. STRAW Relation Self Father's Birthplace MA Mother's Birthplace MA
Others in house hold are:
Clara [wife] age 45 a house keeper
Clara G. age 15 [daughter] at school
Hannah Hancock age 78 born VT [James' mother in law] widowed
also 3 single male boarders
NEW HAMPSHIRE PATRIOT 29 Apr 1889
Manchester, NH apr 28
Herbert F. Norris, clerk of the government building in sthis city, was yesterday notified of his removal by supervising Architect Windrim. Mr. Norris is an editorial writer on the UNION and a popular Democratic orator, and was removed soley to make room for James B. Straw, a Republican corporation lawyer. there is decxided dissatisfaction among business men, Republicans as well as Democats, over the change.
NEW HAMPSHIRE PATRIOT - 2 May 1889
Herbert F. Norris of Manchester has been removed from the office of clerk of the government building, in that city which is now approaching completion, in order to make a place for that persistent Republican clamorer after official pap, Mr. James B. Straw who has to be taken care of as constantly as John M. Crawford, in order to save the party in the spindle city from going to utter wreck. As far as Mr. Norris is concerned, nobody cares for his removal. The Democrat who can not make a living without holding office, especially under a Republican administration has no call to exist at all, as Norris himself will promptly concede.The remarkable feature in this removed and appointment consists in the fact that the superintendent, Mr. Gay, still continues in office.Had he been removed and a Republican superintendent appointd at the same time that Norris was removed to give place to Straw, there would have been no occasion for criticism, but to force an objectionable Republican clerk upon a Democratic superintendent is an inexcusable outrage. If the Republicans have no man fit for superintendent, they should have allowed the Democratic encumbent to retain his old clerk.
Pine Street Cemetery, Manchester, NH burials all in same plot: James B. Straw 9 April 1831 - 21 January 1894 Clara A. Hancock 30 August 1834 - 29 May 1902 Minnie E. Straw 26 March 1862 - 10 August 1862 Clara Gertrude Straw 24 July 1864 - 15 November 1948 Mehitable F. Straw 18 April 1800 - 22 May 1873 Abigail C. Straw 22 April 1827 - 13 July 1895 Hannah H. Hancock 30 July 1804 - 13 March 1898
BOSTON JOURNAL 22 Jan 1894
Hon James B. Straw, City Auditor of Manchester, NH, died at his home in that city yesterday aged 63 yrs and 9 months. The deceased had been sick only a week. The cause of death was due to a complication of diseases.
Mr Straw was a native of Lowell, Mass, but went to Manchester more than 40 years ago. After being employed for a time on the Amoskeage Corporation in various capacities, he was appointed deputy collector of Internal Revenue. During the time he occupied that office he studied Law with Hon E. M.[Toplief? blurred on page] and was later admitted to the Bar where he gained a substantial reputation.
He was appointed City Auditor in 1890 by Hon David R. Varney and had just been re-elected for the fourth consecutive time. He was a member of the Board of Aldermen during the Administration of Hon. Ira Cross(?) in 1876 and again in 1878 during the time Hon. John L. Kelley sat in the chair.
The deceased was a radical Republican and an old time Abolitionist and one of the most exciting events in his career was a personal encounter he had with the late ex Mayor E. W. Harrington [Edward Weatherbee Harrington, SR.] in the belfrey of City Hall due to his tolling the bell at the time that John Brown was hanged after his famous raid. The deceased was a brother of the late Hon. E. A. Straw, ex- Govenor of New Hampshire.He leaves a widow and a daughter.
LW&T of James B. Straw of Manchester, Hillsboro, NH - 27 Feb 1886
Clara Gertrude Straw [dau] $1.00
Clara H. Straw [wife] - all of the estate in her decease to my dau Clara Gertrude Straw
James married Clara A. Hancock, daughter of William Hancock and Hannah Hall Haines, on 12 Oct 1858 in Franklin, Merrimack County, New Hampshire. (Clara A. Hancock was born on 30 Aug 1834 in Franklin, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, died on 29 May 1902 in Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire and was buried in Valley Cemetery Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA.). The cause of her death was chronic enteritis.
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