John Lupia submitted the following information from the online draft of his book of numismatic biographies for this week's installment
of his series. Thanks! As always, this is an excerpt with the full article and bibliography available online. This week's subject is New Hampshire
collector John Calvin Gitchell. -Editor
John Calvin Gitchell (1828-1868), was born on December 22, 1828, son of Ezra B Gitchell (1800-), and Hannah (1788-).
Mitchell was born and raised in Boscawen where he was a student in the Boscawen Academy in 1846. He joined the Army during the Civil War. His life's
career was as a cabinet maker, woodcarver, mechanic, and a farmer who grew corn, oats and barley. He wrote letters to editors of farming periodicals both
giving and seeking agricultural advice.
He was a member of the Freemasons.
Correspondence of twenty-one year old John C. Gitchell to his young friend, the twenty-one year old, George Hilliard Davis (1836-1868), postmarked
Boscawen, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, June 18, 1857, cover franked with scarce Scott #11. The two page letter begins with recollections of Election Day at
Concord asking Davis if he still has his coin collection he spoke about and if so will he sell it or any part of it to him. Gitchell desires to collect the
colonial Fugio and Washington Cents and directly asks Davis about them
On June 1, 1863, he joined the 7th Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers. On December 3, 1865, he married Seibert George Sweatt, at Webster, New Hampshire.
He died September 17, 1868, three months before his 40th birthday.
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GITCHELL, JOHN CALVIN
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