Nannie , the daughter of Benjamin and Abbie Bristow, was
    the mother of Dorothy Draper (Gannett) Hamlen and the
    grandmother of John and Bill Gannett. Photos are from
    Benjamin Helm Bristow - Border State Politician. Thanks to
    Bob Gannett for the book.

    Hopedale History
    March 1, 2016
    No. 295
    Benjamin Helm Bristow

    Hopedale in February   

    Then and Now - Lowell's Dairy        The Fire at Lowell's   

    Farming Road Controversy, Mendon, 1755 - 1774   

    The Blackstone History Museum  

    The Carousel at Lake Nipmuc Park   

    During the past two weeks, additions to have been made to existing pages, including: The Iceout    
    (Photos of Hopedale Pond, clear of ice at the lower end, on February 26.)     Deaths  


    Twenty-five years ago - March 1991 - Iraqi forces suppress rebellions in the southern and northern parts of the
    country, creating a humanitarian disaster on the borders of Turkey and Iran.

    An amateur video captures the beating of motorist Rodney King by Los Angeles police officers.

    540,000 American troops begin to leave the Persian Gulf.

    Exxon agrees to pay $1 billion for the clean-up of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.

    The Acid Rain Treaty of 1991 is signed between the American and Canadian governments.

    Germany formally regains complete independence after the four post-World War II occupying powers relinquish all
    remaining rights.

    Fifty years ago - March 1966 - Bobby Hull of the Chicago Blackhawks sets the National Hockey League single
    season scoring record against the New York Rangers with his 51st goal.

    The Texas Western Miners defeat the Kentucky Wildcats with five African-American starters, ushering in
    desegregation in athletic recruiting.

    General Motors President James M. Roche appears before a Senate subcommittee, and apologizes to consumer
    advocate Ralph Nader for the company's intimidation and harassment campaign against him.

    Demonstrations are held across the United States against the Vietnam War.

    See below this text box for Hopedale news from 25, 50 and 100 years ago.


                                                     Benjamin Helm Bristow, Part 1

    Since Eben Sumner Draper married Nannie Bristow (Nancy, but always called Nannie) in 1883, the name Bristow
    has been in Hopedale. Eben and Nannie named their first son, Benjamin Helm Bristow Draper. He was generally
    known as B.H. Bristow Draper, or familiarly, Bristow. He and his wife, Queena named their first son Benjamin Helm
    Bristow Draper, Jr. In 2016, the name is still here, as the middle name of Bill Gannett, grandson of Nannie and the

    Considering the significance of the name Bristow, I thought it was time to look into the source of it. That would be
    Nannie's father, Benjamin Helm Bristow. In November I sent two ezines on some of the Kentucky relatives of the
    Drapers of Hopedale. The Bristows were from Kentucky also, but they were quite different from the Prestons,
    Wickliffe's and others of the earlier stories. While those Kentuckians were Confederates and among the largest slave
    owners in the state, Mr. Bristow remained loyal to the Union in a very active way. Here's a bit about him from  the
    Memorial of Benjamin Helm Bristow.

    Benjamin Helm Bristow was born at Elkton, Kentucky on June 20, 1842. He was graduated from Jefferson College,
    Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania, in 1851. After studying law in his father's office, Mr. Bristow was admitted to the bar in
    1853, and for a time practiced at Elkton in partnership with his father. Upon November 21, 1854, at Elizabethtown,
    Kentucky, he was married to Abbie Slaughter Briscoe. Their two children are now Nannie Bristow Draper, wife of
    Eben S. Draper, of Hopedale, Massachusetts, and William B. Bristow, of New York. In 1858, Mr. Bristow removed to
    Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and formed a partnership with Judge R.T. Petrie, and afterward with Mr. John Feland, which
    continued until he entered the volunteer service.

    At the outbreak of the Rebellion, as Kentucky was a slave state, the sympathies of many of its citizens were with the
    seceding states. Mr. Bristow, however, animated by the anti-slavery principles learned from his father, and by the
    spirit of patriotism which was always characteristic, an once gave himself up to the work of preserving the Union. He
    aided largely in recruiting the Twenty-fifth Kentucky Infantry, and on September 20, 1861, was mustered into the
    service as its lieutenant-colonel. With his regiment he took part in the engagements about Fort Henry and Fort
    Donelson, and in the Battle of Shiloh. In the latter action, he was seriously wounded, and the regiment was so
    reduced in numbers that it became necessary to consolidate it with another regiment. After recovering, Mr. Bristow
    devoted himself to raising the Eighth Kentucky Cavalry. That regiment was mustered into the service for one year on
    September 8, 1862, with Mr. Bristow as its lieutenant-colonel, and on April 1, 1863, he was commissioned as its
    colonel. With the regiment he was engaged in many cavalry skirmishes in Kentucky in 1862 and 1863. When
    General John H. Morgan of the Confederate cavalry make his greatest raid through Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, Mr.
    Bristow and his regiment were engaged in pursuit, and were present at the capture of Morgan and his command
    near Wellsville, Ohio, on July 26, 1863. Mr. Bristow's decision of character and complete self-possession in the
    presence of danger admirably fitted him for a cavalry officer, and his military service was successful and
    distinguished. A brevet as brigadier-general was offered to him, but as his service had then terminated, he declined
    the honorary rank.

    In August 1863, while Mr. Bristow was engaged in this active service, he was elected to represent Christian County
    in the State Senate of Kentucky. This was done without his knowledge. The emancipation proclamation of January 1,
    1863, had been met in Kentucky with organized and determined opposition upon the part of some of the so-called
    Unionists, led by ex-Gov. Charles A. Wickliffe. The political situation was very critical, for it was feared that this
    movement might lead, even at that late day, to some effort to arbitrarily drag Kentucky into secession, as had been
    done in the case of Tennessee. Those who were in good faith supporting the National Government, deemed it of
    great importance that Mr. Bristow's well-known personal force in argument and in counsel should be employed in
    combating any such scheme in the legislature. Inasmuch as the term of service of his regimen expired in the month
    following, and as his election seemed to be a call to duty, Mr. Bristow reluctantly gave up further military service and
    accepted the position of Senator. He never ceased, however, to feel that interest in the events and the actors in the
    great struggle to preserve the Union, which is peculiarly intense in those who themselves have had their part in its
    trials and its victories. Memorial of Benjamin Helm Bristow, Privately printed, 1897

      Benjamin Helm Bristow, Part 2   
                   More on Benjamin Bristow (All of the Memorial, and some pages from Border State Politician.)           

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