Maria Emes and Elias Joslin
As was the case with many early settlers of this region, Alexander Emes came to Dublin, New Hampshire from Massachusetts. He made his way in 1788 and that same year married Sarah Bates of Jaffrey. Sarah died soon after the birth of her only daughter. Alexander remarried Beriah Marshall. Of their nine children, Maria was the second youngest, born in 1808. Maria became an accomplished artist. The museum has several watercolors and theorem paintings completed by Maria in the 1820’s. Maria married Elias Joslin in May of 1840. Their only child, born in November of 1842, was named after Maria’s younger sister, Emeline. The Joslin family moved to Keene. Their home was the large house on Main Street built by Abel Blake in 1806. Maria died at the age of 74.
The Joslin (Joscelyn – Josselin) lineage can be trace through England and Normandy, through aristocrats, kings and chieftains, back to Charlemagne. The first ancestor to reach America was Thomas Josselin who traveled here from England with his wife Rebecca Marlow in 1635. Thomas’ descendant, David Joslin came to Stoddard, NH from Leominster, Massachusetts. David’s father was a captain in the Continental Army and David himself fought with honors in the American Revolution as well. Born in 1808, Elias Joslin was the second youngest of 14 children born to David Joslin and his wife, Rebecca Richardson. Elias became a blacksmith. He moved to Dublin, New Hampshire where he practiced his trade and married Maria Emes. After the birth of their daughter, the family moved to Keene where he purchased land and set up his business midway on Keene’s main street. In 1847, Elias purchased the stately Federal house directly across the street for his blacksmith shop.Elias passed away in 1898.