13. Hannah Davis - Amos Fortune
located in Jaffrey Center, on the south side of NH124,
about 2 miles east of its junction with US202, Jaffrey, NH

"Buried behind Jaffrey's colonial Meeting House nearby are 'Aunt' Hannah Davis, 1784-1863, resourceful and beloved spinster who made, trademarked, and sold this country's first wooden bandboxes; and Amos Fortune, 1710-1801, African-born slave who purchased his freedom, established a tannery and left funds for the Jaffrey church and schools."

erected 1963

Jaffrey Meeting House and graves

Stalking New Hampshire's Historical Markers
Historical Markers of the Monadnock Region

Related Links:
Review of Elizabeth Yates' Amos Fortune, Free Man
A short history of bandboxes and Hannah Davis biographical notes
Amos Fortune's grave

All text and images on this website (c)2002 Mary Lizie and Robert Marville

Revised 1/16/2002