Obituary of Col. Stebbins H. Dumas

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Col. Stebbins H. Dumas

Early Hampton Beach Hotelier

February 1830 - Feb. 10, 1902

Hampton Union, Friday, February 14, 1902

Stebbins H. Dumas

Col. Stebbins H. Dumas, the popular landlord of the Boar's Head Hotel of Hampton Beach, N.H., for fully forty years, died Monday [Feb. 10], at his home in Concord, NH, at the age of 74 years. The news will be received with sorrow by a very wide circle of friends who have patronized this well-known and fashionable resort for years, and included among the number will be many politicians who delighted to gather there. Gen. Dumas won his way in life by his own efforts. He was at one time a bell boy in the Phoenix Hotel at Concord, N.H., and years later he was the proprietor of the same hotel. Other hostelries which have been the gainers in past years by his management are the Squamscot House in Exeter, N.H. and the Haymarket Hotel at Boston. At Hampton Beach the Boar's Head Hotel stood on the top of the bluff from which it took its name. Col. Dumas used to say, when questioned in regard to the length of his stay there: "I have owned and managed this place more years that I care to own up to." The hotel was burned in November, 1893. The old house had been a landmark on both land and sea for a quarter of a century. In June, 1894, he opened the hotel at the foot of the bluff and called it the New Boar's Head Hotel. Col. Dumas leaves a daughter [Anita]. The funeral was held at his Concord home on Thursday noon.

Genealogical note: The 1900 census of Concord, NH states that he was born in Vermont in February 1830, but this date doesn't match with his age as given at other points in his life. His age at death as given in the obituary above suggests that he was born in 1827 or 1828. The 1870 census of Concord states that he was aged 43 at that time, projecting a birth date in either 1826 or 1827. An 83-year-old Julian Dumas was living with him who might be his father. Also living with him was a son Edward P. Dumas, age 16, born in NH, as well as his daughter Anita Q., age 9, also born in NH. The 1860 census of Concord, NH gives his age as 33, consistent with the birth date of 1826 or 1827. Living with him at the time were his 29-year-old wife Anna and his 6-year-old son Edward P. Dumas. He was age 24 in the 1850 census of Concord.

The 1830 census of Waitsfield, Vermont has the familiy of Julien Dumas and it shows him as having two sons under the age of five. This Julien is likely his father, based on the fact that Julien was living with Stebbins in 1870. Julien was born in Canada.

Stebbins' wife was named Annie Woods. His son Edward apparently pre-deceased him, but his daughter Anita, who was born in Concord, NH in March 1861, married on March 29, 1884 to William O. Taylor of Hampton. She died in Limerick, Pennsylvania in March 1910. [Source: Family history : Anthony Taylor of Hampton, New Hampshire, founder, pioneer, town father, and some of his descendants, 1635-1935 / compiled, edited and published by Harold Murdock Taylor (Rutland, VT: Tuttle, 1935), p.353]

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