Jackson Iron Manufacturing Company Records, 1795-1888, undated
Scope and Content Note
The records of the Jackson Iron Manufacturing Company include corporate records, financial records, correspondence and documents related to lawsuits regarding land disputes. Some papers of the company prior to the transfer of ownership are included.
Series I. Corporate and Legal Records is organized into three subseries. Subseries A. Corporate Records includes two volumes containing a copy of the incorporation, by-laws, and the meeting minutes. This subseries also includes notices of stockholder meetings, lists of stockholders, cancelled stock certificates, and blank stock certificates. The largest portion of the subseries is dedicated to notes, copies of Registry records, and surveyor field notes regarding land owned by the company. Subseries B. Wells v. Jackson Iron Manufacturing Company consists of affidavits, depositions, trial documents, An Essay on the Cardinal Points by the surveyor Noah Barker, a rejoinder and a surrejoinder to his essay, as well as an appendix. Subseries C. Woods v. Jackson Iron Manufacturing Company comprises copies of the plaintiff’s and defendant’s briefs, correspondence, minutes, and printed court documents. These subseries are organized chronologically.
Series II. Financial Records includes a journal, ledger, and book of notes payable. Included are various bills (including taxes), receipts, accounts of the company, and accounts with George P. Meserve. There are also accounts with contractors such as surveyor Noah Barker and legal counsel William and Henry Heywood. This series is organized chronologically.
Series III. Correspondence is mainly the correspondence received by E. S. Coe. The folder marked “Letters regarding the Iron Ore Tract” includes letters from Albert B. Hill, Daniel A. Patch, and David Pingree to E. S. Coe. In the front of the folder is an index of the letters. Other correspondents include David Pingree, William Heywood, George P. Meserve, Mark Haskell, Charles H. Ladd, Joseph S. Hall, Amos B. Merrill, and Joseph W. Weeks. This series is organized chronologically.
- 1795-1888, undated
- Jackson Iron Manufacturing Company (Corporate Entity)
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The Jackson Iron Manufacturing Company was incorporated by the State of New Hampshire on July 17, 1836. George P. Meserve, Joshua Trickey, and John P. Meserve and associates are listed as the incorporators. The first meeting of the company was held May 4, 1837 at the house of George P. Meserve in Jackson, New Hampshire. In late 1845 and early 1846, the board of directors all resigned their positions and a new board was elected on February 6, 1846. The new board included: David Pingree; Alexander Ladd; Samuel E. Coues; John L. Hayes; Charles H. Ladd; and Alexander H. Ladd. In December 1872, the board voted to sell all of the Company’s right in Sargent’s Purchase to Stephen G. Wheatland. In June of 1877, the board voted to sell eleven hundred acres, known as the “iron ore tract.” The board subsequently voted in May of 1878 to sell all lands owned by the company. On June 18, 1878 it was voted “that the affairs of the company being settled it will be unnecessary to call further meetings of the corporation.”
The Jackson Iron Manufacturing Company was sued multiple times in regards to land rights and ownership. In 1860, Henry B. Wells filed a real action to recover 12,000 acres and establish title to the summit of Mount Washington. Wells claimed the summit of Mount Washington to be his, by prior possession and as being within the limits of his purchase of Thompson & Meserve’s Purchase as granted in September 1835. The defendants claimed ownership as part of Sargent’s Purchase, granted in May 1832, which was purchased by David Pingree in 1846. Both tracts of land were granted by James Willey, the New Hampshire State Land Commissioner. The points contested resulted in three New Hampshire Supreme Court cases, and legal disputes lasting over a decade. The suits were discharged, and exceptions sustained. The suits were officially ended in 1872 when the heirs of David Pingree purchased the opposing party’s interests in both tracts.
In August 1872, Noah Woods filed a real action to recover an eleven hundred acre tract of land in Bartlett, New Hampshire. Woods stated the deed for the property was not properly recorded per an 1830 law, and therefore was null and void. The judge ruled that act of 1830 did not apply to this conveyance and that the deed was executed in compliance with the laws in effect at the time of conveyance. The judgment was in favor of the defendants, with cost.
Other disputes concerning property in and around Mount Washington, involved the Mount Washington Summit Road Company and the trustees of David Pingree’s estate.
5.5 linear feet (7 boxes; 2 volumes)
Language of Materials
The records of the Jackson Iron Manufacturing Company include corporate records, financial records, correspondence and documents related to lawsuits regarding land disputes.
SERIES I. Corporate and Legal Records
- A. Corporate Records
- B. Wells v. Jackson Iron Manufacturing Company
- C. Woods v. Jackson Iron Manufacturing Company
SERIES III. Correspondence
Phillips Library Stacks
This material was donated by Pingree family heirs.
Collection processed and cataloged by Jennifer Hornsby, September 2014.
- Barker, Noah, 1807-1889
- Bartlett (N.H.)
- Boundary disputes -- New Hampshire
- Burns, Fletcher & Heywood
- Cadastral maps
- Coe, Ebenezer S., 1785-1862
- Coe, Ebenezer Smith, 1814-1899
- Cooley, Whiting
- Coos County (N.H.)
- Coues, Samuel Elliott, 1797-1867
- Gorham (N.H.)
- Haskell, Mark
- Hayes, John L. (John Lord), 1812-1887
- Heywood, Henry
- Heywood, William
- Hitchcock, Charles H. (Charles Henry), 1836-1919
- Hitchcock, J. R.
- Huntington, Joshua Henry, 1833-1904
- Iron industry and trade
- Jackson (N.H.)
- Jackson, Charles T. (Charles Thomas), 1805-1880
- Jose, H. N.
- Justice, Administration of -- New Hampshire
- Ladd, Alexander H., 1815-1900
- Ladd, Charles H., 1812-1899
- Land titles
- Lumbering -- New Hampshire
- Macomber, David O.
- Merrill, Amos B.
- Meserve, George P., 1798-1884
- Meserve, John P.
- New Hampshire -- Surveys
- Odiorne, Benjamin
- Odiorne, John B. H., -1842
- Physical geography -- New Hampshire
- Pingree, David, 1795-1863
- Pingree, David, 1841-1932
- Pingree, T. P. (Thomas P.)
- S.K. Howard and Co.
- Sargent's Purchase (N.H.)
- Taft, John B.
- Thompson & Meserve's Purchase (N.H.)
- Thompson, J. M.
- Trickey, Joshua
- Weeks, Joseph W.
- Wells, Henry B.
- Weston, Nathaniel
- Woods, Noah, 1811-1891
- Jackson Iron Manufacturing Company (Corporate Entity)
- Jackson Iron Manufacturing Company Records, 1795-1888, undated
- Inventory prepared by Jennifer Hornsby
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Processing of this collection was funded by a gift from the Pingree heirs.
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