Benjamin Morrill of Boscawen, New Hampshire.

Benjamin Morrill was born in Boscawen on 16 January,1794 and died April 21,1857. His parents were Samuel Morrill and Sarah (Atkinson) Morrill. He was their fifth child. Boscawen, A small village located just northwest on Concord, NH, he lived in the house his grandfather Reverend Robie Morrill who graduated from Harvard College in 1755. The house was built in 1769 and is located on King Street. It was the first framed house in that town. It is summarized that Benjamin was a practical man and that he was educated. His work demonstrates a creative skill in mechanical matters. It is not presently know who trained Benjamin as a clockmaker and 1816, Benjamin is recorded as setting up his shop. Benjamin’s oldest sister Judith, married Joseph Chadwick. He was also a clockmaker from the same town and was seven years older than Benjamin. On November 22, 1818, Benjamin marries his first of two wives, Mehetable Eastman. She was the daughter of Simeon and Anna (Kimball) Eastman of Landiff, New Hampshire. They had two children before she died on July 6, 1828. Benjamin remarried six months later to Mary Choate of Derry, New Hampshire. Together, they also had two children. Benjamin died April 21, 1857. As a clockmaker, examples of tall case, banjo, shelf, mirror and tower clocks have been recorded as being made by him. As production clocks made their way into his region, he was also known to make scales and musical instruments that included Melodeons and Seraphines.

As a Clockmaker, Benjamin made numerous clocks. These included tall case clocks, shelf clocks, banjo clocks and mirror clocks. Interestingly, he is credited with developing the New Hampshire clock form. Many of the mirror clocks found today, feature his “Wheel Barrel” style movement. Benjamin is also thought to have made at least four tower clocks. Interestingly, none of these examples are signed but, all are similar in style. The documented examples are as follows. One example was installed in the tower in the First Parish Meeting House located in Dover, New Hampshire. A second clock was installed the tower of the Congregational Church in Henniker, New Hampshire in 1835. This clock is now on display at the American Clock and Watch Museum in Bristol, Connecticut. A third clock is reportedly located in its original location in Orford, New Hampshire. Later in life when clockmaking became less profitable, Benjamin developed an interest in music. He then began to manufacture various musical instruments and scales.

Benjamin Morrill of Boscawen, New Hampshire circa 1810. A colorfully inlaid birch case tall clock. UU29

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Benjamin Morrill of Boscawen, New Hampshire. A New Hampshire Mirror Clock.

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Benjamin Morrill of Boscawen, New Hampshire. An inlaid mahogany case shelf clock. 26230

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