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Death Record on the Coffin Plate of Nahum Russell died 1854
Dimensions of Nahum Russell's coffin plate are 4 3/8 x 3 3/8".
Died July 17th 1854
Aged 63 Yrs. 5 Mos.
Submitter Rev. Craig L. Cowing sends this:
Nahum, son of Walter and Frances (Cutter) Russell, was born probably at Arlington, Massachusetts, and was one of the early settlers in the town of Greenfield, New Hampshire, where he came in 1823. He owned a tract of two hundred acres of land on what is now known as Boylston street, and was a farmer and extensive cattle raiser. He married Lucretia Johnson, and their children were: John, Nahum, George, Lucretia, and William. (Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire by E.S. Stearns, p. 730)
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