Saturday, September 20, 2014

Surname Saturday ~ LAWRENCE of Ipswich, Massachusetts


The Lawrence family has deep roots in England and has been researched and written about by many genealogists.  I am descended of two children of Thomas Lawrence (1589 – 1625) who never came to the New World, but his wife, Joan Antrobus, remarried to John Tuttle (1596 – 1656) and brought her six Lawrence children and Tuttle children (of whom I descend from one- Simon Tuttle (1637 – 1691) ), to Massachusetts.

And so, although Thomas Lawrence never came to the New World, his children were here and left Lawrence descendants.  He died intestate and on 21 March 1624/25, his widow, Joan, was made administratrix of his property.  Her accounting, in 1627, names his children, John, Thomas, William, Jane and Marye.  He was the son of John Lawrence (1561 – 1609) and Elizabeth Bull, and he was mentioned  in his father’s estate documents in St. Albans, Herfordshire, England.

Joan Antrobus (about 1592 – 1661) was the daughter of Walter Anterbus and Joan Arnold of St. Albans.  Joan was 65 years old when she immigrated with her daughter, Joan Antrobus Tuttle, in 1635 onboard the Planter with her son-in-law John Tuttle, and her Lawrence and Tuttle grandchildren.  I have deep admiration for these two Joans, who came aboard this ship to the New World and cared for all these children on the passage across the Atlantic Ocean.

The Planter, with this big extended family of Lawrences and Tuttles, arrived at Boston, Massachusetts on 7 June 1635.  They settled at Ipswich, Massachusetts.  John Tuttle returned to England and later died at Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland on 30 December 1656.  Joan (Antrobus) (Lawrence) Tuttle was in Northern Ireland in 1659 and is believed to have died there after 29 January 1661. 

For more information on this extended family of Lawrences, Antrobuses and Tuttles:

The American Genealogist, “John Tuttle of Ipswich, Massachusetts” by David L. Greene, Volume 54 (1978), pages 167 to 175.

The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635 by Anderson, Sanborn and Sanborn, Volume 1 A-B, page 66 -69, “Joan Antrobus”
Also see Volume IV I-L, pages 254 - 258, “John Lawrence”
Also see Volume IV I-L, pages 258 - 259, “Mary Lawrence”
Also see Volume IV I-L, pages 259 - 263, “Thomas Lawrence”
Also see Volume IV I-L, pages 263 - 268, “William Lawrence”

For the Royal Descents of Thomas Lawrence see The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies of the United States, Who Were Themselves Notable or Left Descendants Notable in American History, by Gary Boyd Roberts, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2008, pages 562-564.

Not only am I descended of three of Joan’s children, but my two lineages from her two Lawrence children are quite complicated, with much intermarriage.  I hope you can follow along!

My LAWRENCE genealogy:

Generation 1: Thomas Lawrence, son of John Lawrence and Elizabeth Bull, was baptized at St. Albans, Herfordshire, England on 2 February 1589, and died there on 20 March 1625;  he married on 23 October 1609 in St. Albans to Joan Antrobus, daughter of Walter Anterbus and Joan Arnold.  She was born about 1592 and died after 29 January 1661 probably in Northern Ireland.   Joan married second to John Tuttle, in 1627 in St. Albans.  Six Lawrence children, and I descend from two of them (and one Tuttle child).

Lineage A:

Generation 2:  Jane Lawrence, born 18 December 1614 in St. Albans, died 2 March 1680 in Ipswich, Massachusetts; married on 20 February 1634 in St. Albans to George Giddings, son of John Giddings and Joan Purrier.  He was born 24 September 1609 in Clapham, Bedfordshire, and died 1 June 1676 in Ipswich, Massachusetts.  Eight children and I descend from two of them.

Lineage A1:

Generation 3: Thomas Giddings m. Mary Goodhue
Generation 4: William Giddings m. Sarah Hitchings
Generation 5: Thomas Giddings m. Martha Smith
Generation 6: Sarah Giddings m. Amos Burnham
Generation 7: Judith Burnham m. Joseph Allen
Generation 8: Joseph Allen m. Orpha Andrews
Generation 9: Joseph Gilman Allen m. Sarah Burnham Mears
Generation 10:  Joseph Elmer Allen m. Carrie Maude Batchelder
Generation 11: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)

Lineage A2:

Generation 3:  John Giddings m. Sarah Alcock
Generation 4: Elizabeth Giddings m. Mark Haskell
Generation 5: Mark Haskell m. Martha Tuthill
Generation 6: Lucy Haskell m. Jabez Treadwell
Generation 7: Nathaniel Treadwell m. Mary Hovey
Generation 8: Jabez Treadwell m. Betsey Jillings Homan
Generation 9: Eliza Ann Treadwell m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 10: Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 11: Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 12: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents, see above)

Lineage B:

Generation 2: Mary Lawrence, baptized on 10 April 1625 in St. Albans, died 27 March 1715 in Ipswich; married about 1643 in Ipswich, Massachusetts to Thomas Burnham.  He was born about 1623 in Norwich, Norfolk, England and died 19 June 1694 in the Chebacco Parish of Ipswich.  Twelve children.

Generation 3:  John Burnham m. Elizabeth Wells.  I descend from three of their children.

Lineage B1:

Generation 4: John Burnham m. Sarah Choate
Generation 5: John Burnham m. Rachel Smith
Generation 6: Dorothy Burnham m. Abner Poland
Generation 7: Abner Poland m. Sarah Burnham
Generation 8: Sally Poland m. Henry Burnham
Generation 9: Sarah Ann Burnham m. Samuel Mears
Generation 10: Sarah Burnham Mears m. Joseph Gilman Allen (see above)

Lineage B2:

Generation 4: Thomas Burnham m. Susannah Boardman
Generation 5: Stephen Burnham m. Mary Andrews
Generation 6: Joshua Burnham m. Jemima Wyman
Generation 7: Jemima Burnham m. Romanus Emerson
Generation 8: George Emerson m. Mary Esther Younger
Generation 9: Mary Katharine Emerson m. George E. Batchelder
Generation 10: Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen (see above)

Lineage B3:

Generation 4: David Burnham m. Elizabeth Perkins

Lineage B3a:

Generation 5: David Burnham m. Elizabeth Marshall
Generation 6: Amos Burnham m. Sarah Giddings (see above)

Lineage B3b:

Generation 6: Westley Burnham m. Deborah Story

Lineage B3bi

Generation 7: Westley Burnham m. Molly Woodbury
Generation 8: Henry Burnham m. Sally Poland (see above)

Lineage B3bii:

Generation 7: Sarah Burnham m. Abner Poland (see above)

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Fort McClary, Kittery, Maine

Kittery Point is on the southern coast of Maine, and has been an important military defense spot since 1689.  William Pepperrell build an earth work and small blockhouse first known as Fort Pepperrell.   In 1715 six cannons were placed here to defend the mouth of the Piscataqua River. Later, on New Castle Island Fort William was built. 

Fort McClary is a wooden blockhouse built in 1844 on the southern coast Kittery Point.  This was a strategic approach to the U.S. naval shipyard in Portsmouth harbor.   This site was named for Major Andrew McClary, who was the highest ranking officer killed at the Battle of Bunker hill, and a New Hampshire native.  The fort began in 1808, and was important during the War of 1812 and during the Civil War. 

In 1924 the federal government sold the land to the State of Maine to be used as a state park.  During World War II parts of the fort were used for civilian defense, to match the concrete bunkers across the river at Odiorne Point in New Hampshire.  Fort McClary was placed on the National Register of Historic places in 1969, and the blockhouse was renovated in 1987 and now is a museum.   You can look across the mouth of the Piscataqua River to Rye,New Hampshire, Whaleback Lighthouse and the Isles of Shoals.

The fort is a hexagonal blockhouse build on a first floor of cut granite blocks.  The second and third floors are logs, and were used as Officer’s quarters and now serve as exhibit space. There is a brick Rifleman’s house, powderhouse, parade grounds and large earthworks.  This park is open summers only, fee charged.

Antique postcard of Fort McClary's blockhouse

Useful information:

Fort McClary State Historic Site
and also

Friends of Fort McClary
PO Box 82
Kittery Point, Maine  03905
(A non profit group formed in 2000 by citizens interested In preserving this historic site.)

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Are you a descendant of Thomas Rogers of the Mayflower?

Sometimes I get interesting email I just have to share with everyone.  This is one of those occasions!  Please check the links, because they have some of the best local history and genealogy of a Mayflower family I have ever seen.  There is a great sketch of Thomas Rogers (about 1571 - 1620), who died that first winter in Plymouth but his sons Joseph (1602/3 - 1677/8)  and John (1606 - abt 1691) went on to have descendants in the Plymouth Colony. 

St. Peter and St. Paul Church, Watford, Northamptonshire
Where members of the Rogers family were baptized and married
(photo from the website mentioned below)

Dear Mayflower Society Representative,
I hope you don't mind me contacting you by email. My name is Dee Solomon and I live in the small village of Watford in the County of Northamptonshire in England UK.
As I am certain you are already aware, our village is the birthplace of the Pilgrim Father Thomas Rogers, his wife; Alice Cosford and their children.
My reason for contacting you is to bring to your attention our village's history website - which tells the story of Watford from Roman times to modern day. We do have one webpage which is dedicated to the story (as far as we know it) of the Rogers family.
Since we started the website we have had a number of descendants of the Rogers family (now living in the United States of America) contact us for information or photos of Watford - of which we have been happy to assist wherever possible. One person even asked us to send them a leaf from a tree in our churchyard!
Whilst few buildings now exist in the village that were around in Thomas Rogers time, our parish church was built in the 1300s and was, with certainty, where the Rogers family once attended services. Indeed, his father; William Rogers, his sister; Elizabeth and his infant brother; John Rogers were all buried in the churchyard here. Likewise, Thomas and Alice's children were all baptised here too. We still have the 15th Century font in the church that was almost certainly used for the baptisms.
One thing we have noticed is that when descendants are tracing their ancestry they often get our village confused with the much larger town of Watford in the county of Hertfordshire, England UK. Watford in Hertfordshire is only about 60 miles to the south of us and has no connection with the Rogers family. However, we understand how easily people can make this mistake and we try to correct this if we ever see it used on genealogy sites.
We just wanted you to be made aware of our existence here and, if we can ever be of assistance to you and your society or to individual members who are descendants of the Rogers family, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Kindest and best wishes.
Dee Solomon


For more information on Thomas Rogers

The Thomas Rogers Society in America    

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants   

The Pilgrim Fathers UK Origins Association and Community Interest Company   

Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Descendants of the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth, Massachusetts December 1620: Family of Thomas Rogers, by Ann T. Reeves (Plymouth, Massachusetts: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2000) 

"English Ancestry of the Pilgrim Thomas Rogers and his Wife Alice (Cosford) Rogers" by Clifford L. Stott, The Genealogist, No.2 (1989).

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Another Centaur?

Every Wednesday for more than three years Vincent and I have been posting photographs of weather vanes located in or near the Nutfield area (the former name for the land where Londonderry, Derry and Windham, New Hampshire are now located). Most are historically interesting or just whimsical and fun weather vanes. If you know an interesting weather vane, please send me an email or leave a comment below.

Today's weather vane was found over the border in Vermont. Have fun guessing where you may have seen this weather vane.

Do you know the location of weather vane #174? Scroll down to see the answer....

Click to enlarge, it's easier to read!
Two weeks ago I featured a mermaid here at Weathervane Wednesday, and this week it's another mythical creature- a centaur.  The very first weather vane ever at this series, weather vane #1, was the famous gilded centaur from Londonderry, New Hampshire's Mack's Apple Orchard barn, you can see it by clicking HERE or scroll down.  This centaur is from the collection at the Stage Coach Gallery at the Shelburne, Museum.  It is attributed to A. L. Jewell & Company, of Waltham, Massachusetts.  They were active between 1852 and 1857 when Jewell and his partner were fatally injured, and the company was bought out by Cushing and White.

This is the centaur weather vane in Londonderry....

Weather Vane #1

Click here to see the entire collection of Weathervane Wednesday posts!

The Shelburne Museum - 

Silhouettes in the Sky: The Art of the Weathervane, by Jean M. Burks, The Shelburne Museum, 2006 [available at the main gift shop at the Shelburne Museum - this is the only book on their collection of weather vanes]

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday ~ EMERSON sisters from Chester, New Hampshire

These tombstones were photographed at the Chester Village Cemetery, Chester, New Hampshire

15th 1749
IN ye 5th

ye   13th
IN ye 19th

A blog post about the parents, Samuel and Sarah Emerson  

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Monday, September 15, 2014

A Blast from the Past! Robie's Country Store, Hooksett, New Hampshire

There has been a store or trading post at this location since Hooksett, New Hampshire was first settled.  Robie's Country Store is located on the west side of the Merrimack River, and originally had a dock.  The railroad passed right behind this site in 1842, and the tracks are still there.  The original building burned in 1857 and was rebuilt, then burned again in 1906 and was rebuilt.  

George A. Robie bought the store in 1887, and it was passed from father to son for 110 years. The last Robie owner was Lloyd Robie, who took over as the fourth generation in March 1965.  He retired in 1997.  Hooksett residents formed the "Robie's Country Store Historic Preservation Corporation" and bought the property from the Robie family in the year 2000.

The building serves a museum for items from the Historical Society and keepsakes from the Robie family.  The Society maintains the historic structure and the store is operated by a tenant. The current store owner is Tom Walsh, a Hooksett resident very active in local politics and a state representative. The store has been open since early spring, and breakfast and lunch are served everyday. The store continues to be a gathering place for local people and for visitors from away.  There are basic grocery items for sale, as well as New Hampshire made products, and gifts and books from the Historical Society. 

Robie's Country Store has been placed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, and several other historic plaques and certificates are on display inside the store.  The success of this historic site depends on the support of the community. Please drop by for a cup of coffee, ice cream or to buy a quart of milk.  

Pause a while here for a cup of coffee and a game of checkers.
Political candidates have dropped by here for decades
including Jimmy Carter, who made his first political stop in NH in 1975
and introduced himself to Lloyd Robie.  Mr. Robie replied "Jimmy who?"
This quote was reproduced on bumper stickers, campaign buttons and TV ads.

Donations for the preservation of the Robie's Country Store may be sent to:

Robie's Country Store
Historic Preservation Corp.
9 Riverside Street
Hooksett, NH  03106

or contact the corporation at 603-485-3881

Robie's Country Store website

Hooksett Historical Society  

Obituary for Dorothy Robie, wife of Lloyd Robie, who passed away on April 26, 2014 in Manchester, New Hampshire   

The Robey/Robie/Roby Family Genealogy website

The Robie Family Genealogy:

Generation 1:   Henry Robie, son of Thomas Roby and Mary Coxen, born 12 February 1619 in England, died 27 April 1688 in Hampton, New Hampshire; married in 1644 in Exeter, New Hampshire to Ruth Moore, daughter of William Moore and Mary Kellaway.

Generation 2:  John Robie, born 2 February 1648 in Exeter, New Hampshire, died 16 June 1691 in Haverhill, Massachusetts when he was killed by Indians; married to Ann Corlis on 1 November 1677 in Haverhill.

Generation 3:  Ichabod Robie, born 15 January 1679 in Haverhill,  died 16 April 1691 in Haverhill;  married  on 10 January 1707 to Mary Cass. He was captured by Indians in 1692 and taken to Canada, and redeemed in 1692.

Generation 4:  Samuel Robie, born 17 October 1717 in Hampton, New Hampshire, died in Goffstown, New Hampshire; married Phoebe Butterfield.

Generation 5:  Edward Robie, born 31 October 1747 in Chester, New Hampshire,  died 26 December 1837 in Chester; married on 10 October 1771 in Chester to Sarah Smith, daughter of John Smith and Sarah Toppan.

Generation 6:  Edward Robie, Jr., born 20 November 1778 in Chester, died on 27 December 1837 in Chester; married on 2 May 1811 to Mary B. Prescott, daughter of John Prescott and Molly Merrill.

Generation 7:  Henry Edward Robie, born 10 May 1813 in Chester, died on 13 February 1874 in Hooksett; married on 9 June 1844 to Mary Jane Nelson in Hudson, New Hampshire. She was the daughter of Jonathan Nelson and his wife, Axie.

Geneation 8:  George Albert Robie, born 21 June 1840, died 21 December 1913; married on 4 January 1862 in Hooksett to Angie A. Wheeler, daughter of William W. Wheeler. George was the first Robie to buy the store in 1887.

Generatoin 9:  Arthur George Robie, born 13 September 1863 in Hooksett, died 12 February 1933 in Hooksett; married to Esther Alvira Robinson, daughter of William Robinson and Eliza Ann Brown. Four children.

Generation 10:  George William Robie, born 8 April 1891 in Hooksett, died October 1967; married to Annie Rachel Brown, daughter of Henry Adam Brown and Janie Borden Mattatall.  Two children.

Generation 11:  Lloyd Brown Robie, born 27 July 1918 in Manchester, New Hampshire, died 1 January 2006 in Boscawen, New Hampshire, married on 5 July 1941 to Dorothy Burbank, daughter of Ernest Burbank and Ethel Benton.  Four children

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Surname Saturday ~ WINTHROP of England and Massachusetts

The first known Winthrop in this line was Adam Winthrop, son of Adam Winthrop and Joane Burton, who was apprenticed in London for ten years.  He was a clothier, and a member of the Clothworker’s Company of London.  He was later elected Sheriff of London.

In 1543 he served time in Fleet Prison “for disobeying the wardens in the search because that he would not suffer them to carry the cloth out of his house”.  Adam was not released from Fleet until he paid a 600 pound fine.  In 1544 he bought a manor house in Groton and became “Lord of the Manor” .  King Edward VI granted him arms and the rank of Gentleman in 1544.  This was passed on to his son John Winthrop.   I descend from the youngest son, the third Adam Winthrop in this line.

This Adam was also a clothier in London.  He was made master of the Clothworker’s Company in 1551.  When his brother John went to Ireland in 1594 he became the Lord of the Manor at Groton.  His papers were preserved in the British Museum as “The Winthrop Papers”.  Adam and his second wife are buried at St. Bartholomew’s Church.   Adam’s only son, John Winthrop (1588 – 1649) was the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and came to New England on board the ship Arbella in 1630. There were a total of eleven ships that came that summer with the Arbella, and these ships carried about 800 Puritan immigrants known as “The Winthrop Fleet”.

Governor John Winthrop’s youngest sister, Lucy (1601-1679) came to the New World in 1638 on board the ship Thomas and Francis with her husband, Emanuel Downing and settled in Salem, Massachusetts.  They returned to England in 1645 when her husband became a spy for Cromwell.  Downing was appointed to be Minister to Holland under Cromwell, and later Council of State for Scotland under the King Charles.  He died in Scotland, and Lucy went to live with her son, Sir George Downing, in London.  George lived at Number 10 Downing Street, which later became the Prime Minister’s residence.

Lucy Winthrop Downing was my 10th great grandmother, and the end of my Winthrop line.  Her daughter, Lucy Downing (1625- 1697) was born in Salem, Massachusetts and married Bonus Norton.  They were my 9th great grandparents.

The Winthrop Papers are online at 

The Lion and the Hare: Being the Graphic Pedigree of over one thousand Descendants of John Winthrop, 1588 – 1649, by Ellery Kirk Taylor, Ann Arbor Michigan, 1939

Notes On the Winthrop Family: And Its English Connections Before Its Emigration to New England, by William Henry Whitmore, Albany NY, 1864

The Winthrop Family in America, by the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1948

My Winthrop Genealogy:

Generation 1: Adam Winthrop married to Joane Burton

Generation 2: Adam Winthrop, born on 9 October 1498 in Levenam, Suffolk, England, died on 9 November 1562;  married first on 20 July 1534 to Agnes Sharpe; married second to Alice Hunne.

Generation 3: Adam Winthrop, baptized on 10 August 1548 at St. Peter’s Parish in Levenam,  died on 28 March 1623 in Groton, Suffolk, England;  married first on 20 February 1579 to Anne Browne; married second to Alice Still.

Generation 4: Lucy Winthrop, born on 9 January 1601, died on 1679 in England; married on 10 April 1622 in Groton to Emanuel Downing.  He was the son of George Downing and Dorcas Bellamy baptized on  12 August 1585 in St. Lawrence Parish, Ipswich, Suffolk, England, and died on 26 July 1658 in Scotland. Five children.

Generation 5: Lucy Downing m.  William Norton
Generation 6:  Bonus Norton m. Mary Goodhue
Generation 7:  Elizabeth Norton m. Benjamin Swett
Generation 8:  Elizabeth Swett m. David Batchelder
Generation 9:  Elisha Batchelder m. Sarah Lane
Generation 10: Jonathan Batchelder m. Nancy Thompson
Generation 11:  George E. Batchelder m. Abigail M. Locke
Generation 12:  George E. Batchelder m. Mary Katharine Emerson
Generation 13:  Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 14:  Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

The New Hampshire Historical Society- Library and Museum

The New Hampshire Historical Society Library is located at 30 Park Street in Concord, New Hampshire.  This is a premier spot for genealogical research, since the New Hampshire State Library is located right next door, and the Concord city public library is across the street!  You can hop from one library to the other easily if you need to look at different types of documents. The New Hampshire state vital records are a short drive away, too, at 71 Fruit Street.  

 This library is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9:30 am to 5pm.  You can call ahead and speak to one of the reference librarians and they will pull materials for you and have them ready for your visit. The card catalog is available online, and there are finding aids online, too. Non-members must pay a $7 day fee to use the research room. Full time students are free, and service members, veterans and their families are free from Memorial Day to Labor Day (courtesy of the MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families).   Fellowships for research projects are also available.

I have found some wonderful genealogical resources here.  There are records from all over New England, but of course, a plethora of stuff from New Hampshire. Check out the manuscript collections, because in the days before internet I never expected to find much but while browsing the old card catalog I found a  Wilkinson genealogy done by a distant cousin in the 1920s.  What serendipity!  There are also maps, town histories, and other goodies.

The New Hampshire Historical Society Library reading room

Items pulled from the library for the LOCKE family reunion 2013

If you can't get to the library in person, the staff can do research for you.  Research services are available online, by telephone or mail.  You can reach the staff at 603-856-9641 or at the research services web page  

This gorgeous building was constructed in 1911 and financed by Edward Tuck (1842 - 1938).  It is a few blocks from exit 14 of Route 93, right across the street from the state capital building. Entrance to the building and the exhibits are free, the only charge is for non-members using the research room.  

The New Hampshire Historical Society Hamel Center is located a few blocks away from the library at 6 Eagle Square.  This building was the museum until earlier this year, and now serves as the collections management center.  Current exhibits are now in the library building, and there are always several online exhibitions at the website     There is also a link to the online catalog of museum collections for objects and finding aids for these images. 

New Hampshire Historical Society website
phone 603-856-0625

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