Friday, July 23, 2010

Wyman Family Reunion, Burlington, Massachusetts

Francis Wyman's 1699 gravestone

The Massachusetts Historical Association has approved a matching grant request for $50,000 for the restoration of the 1666 Francis Wyman House in Burlington, Massachusetts. The Wyman Family Association is raising the matching funds. According to their website at

“Please, open your genealogical hearts and generous pockets, and send your tax-deductible contributions so we can take advantage of every dollar that can be matched. Large, or small, we welcome any and all amounts, as they will be available for the matching grant.”

Click here to view the letter

This Phase II Interior Restoration Plan will restore the fire damage done to the 1666 home and create a first floor Francis Wyman House Historic Museum. It will complete the work for the first floor rooms and stairway, and make the building handicap accessible.

Also, the Wyman Family Association is planning their annual reunion for September 12, 2010 at the new Woburn Historical Society at 7 Mishawum Road at 10 AM. Trolley tours to the Wyman House and two other historical sites will leave at 11:30 and 2 PM. The family association was established in 1899 for descendants of Francis Wyman to maintain the homestead as an educational resource and historic landmark. The Francis Wyman House is the oldest landmark in Burlington (originally part of Woburn, Massachusetts) and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Francis Wyman was born on 2 May 1617 in Westmill, Hertfordshire England, and died on 28 November 1699 in Woburn (now Burlington), Massachusetts. He married first Judith Pierce 30 January 1643/4 in Woburn (no children), and married second to Abigail Reed on 2 October 1650 in Woburn. She was born on 30 December 1634 in Dorchester, the daughter of William Reed and Mabel Kendall. (Seven children)

For more information on the Wyman Family Association see the website

Francis Wyman Association, Inc.
PO Box 1224
Burlington, MA 01803-6224 of my several blog posts on the Wyman Family, including some genealogical information on Francis Wyman’s descendants

Other local family reunions:

Felton Family Reunion, 31 July and 1 August 2010 at the Felton Homesteads in Peabody, Massachusetts

Caverly Family Reunion: 25 September 2010, Bow Lake Grange, Strafford, NH, Descendants of William Caverly and Mary Abbott of Portsmouth, NH

Towne Family Reunion: 23 -25 September 2010, Omaha, Nebraska, Descendants of William Towne and Joanna Blessing of Salem, Massachusetts

Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

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