Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday- The Moores of Derry

These are some of the Scots Irish Presbyterian settlers named MOORE of Nutfield (Londonderry, now Derry), New Hampshire buried at Forest Hill Cemetery in Derry, New Hampshire


LETITIA MOORE
WIFE OF
DEA. ROBERT MOORE
DIED DEC. 6, 1832
AGED 88
JANE MOORE
HER DAUGHTER
DIED AUG. 22, 1863
Aet 85
B. DAY LOWELL [note: this is the name of the gravestone maker]


Marker for Charter John Moor
Born 13 Feb 1692 in Gelncoe, Scotland, died about July 1741 in Londonderry, New Hampshire
Stone erected by a descendant

Moore Family Plot



Moor family stones
Including Charter Samuel Moore
Born 1655, Argyll, Scotland
Stone erected by a descendant



Here lies Buried
The Body of Mrs
MARY MOOR wife to
Mr. SAMUEL MOOR
Who departed this life
April y. 8, 1733
Aged 72 years

Ledger stone for the Moore family

THIS Monument is Erected to the
Memory of Deacon Robert Moor
Who departed this life April 4, 1796
Aet 74
Mrs. Lettice Moore deceased
Wife of Mr. Robert Moore, daughter of
Mr. Thomas Coughran Elder, in New
Boston. Mr. Jennat his wife who
Departed this life March 11th 1775
In the 70th year of her age
Moor Children of the above
??? Jean died Augst 24
1758 Aged 14 days
And Mary died March 9th 1773
Aged 18 months
Mr. Jonah Moore son of the above
Died May 9th 1799 Aet 29
Robert, son of Deac. Robert Moore
Aug 1802, Aet 30.

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Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Monday, November 29, 2010

Amanuensis Monday- Josiah Stone’s Pension Papers

Susanna Stone's application for a pension
under her husband, Josiah Stone
Pension Number B. L. Wt. 11191-160-55, page 9
My 3x great Grandfather Peter Hoogerzeil was born on 28 October 1803 in Dordrecht, Netherlands. He had stowed away on a Rotterdam ship to America. It was supposedly full of hemp bound for the ropewalk in Salem, Massachusetts. According to family lore, he married the Captain’s daughter. This story always bothered me because of two reasons. #1, a stowaway was a criminal, and wouldn’t the captain of the ship be angry at this young man? #2, I could never find the name of Peter’s mother and father-in-law in the records. He married Eunice Stone on 30 December 1828, according to the Beverly, Massachusetts Vital Records.

In the Beverly Vital Records, there was no birth record for Eunice Stone. Her death record lists her parents as Edmond Stone and Susanna Hix of Beverly. There was no marriage for an Edmond and Susannah in the records. There was a marriage for a Josiah Stone and Susannah Hix on 25 January 1795 in Beverly.

In the Revolutionary War Pension records on Footnote.com I found a record for Josiah Stone that cleared up all the confusion. Apparently the death record was wrong Eunice’s father was Josiah Stone. Josiah Stone served in the Revolutionary War, his pension file names Eunice Hoogerzeil, Daniel Woodbury, Hezekiah Foster, and Susanna Stone. Pension Number B. L. Wt. 11191-160-55.  Apparently Captain Josiah Stone forgave his stowaway?

Partial transcription:

“….On this thirtieth day of March, A.D. one thousand eight
hundred and fifty-five, personally appeared before me a Justice of the Peace and notary Public with and
for the County and State aforesaid, Susanna Stone aged
----- years, a resident of Beverly in the State
of Massachusetts who being duly sworn according to law declares
that she is the widow of Josiah Stone deceased, who
was a private as she believes, in the company commanded by Captain
John Kettell; Major Heath Detachment, stationed at
Boston.
……That her said husband was mustered into service at Boston on or about
The first day of September A. D. 1779 for the term
of ---------- and continued
in actual service in said war for the term of more than fourteen days and
was honorably discharged at Boston on the 30th day
of September A. D. 1779.
She further states that she was married to the said Josiah Stone
in Beverly on the twenty fifth day
of January A. D. 1795, by one Rev. Joseph Nahum then a
clergyman of Beverly, and that her name before said marriage
was Susanna Hicks, that her said husband died
at Beverly on the 20th day of April A. D. 1848
and that she is now a widow….”

Family Group:
Josiah Stone (Josiah, Josiah, Nathaniel, Nathaniel, John) born 25 December 1763 in Beverly and died 20 April 1848 in Beverly; married first to Mary Wales on 16 May 1784 in Beverly, she died on 2 July 1794; married second to Susannah Hicks/Hix on 25 January 1795.
Children with Mary Wales in the Beverly Vital Records
1. Betsy, born 20 May 1788
2. Edmond, born 7 December 1791
3. Josiah, born 17 September 1793, died October 1820 in New Orleans
4. David Wales Stone baptized on 27 July 1794 in Beverly.
Children with Susanna Hicks in the Beverly Vital Records, except for Eunice
5. Polly Stone, born 22 October 1795
6. Joanna Stone, born 31 August 1797
7. Louise/Lois, born 20 September 1799
8. Eunice Stone, born about 15 May 1807 (calculated from an obituary) married Peter Hoogerzeil.

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Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Not So Wordless Wednesday- A Thanksgiving Turkey

This photo is almost ten years old.  I used to take my Londonderry, New Hampshire Girl Scout troop to the Heifer Project "Overlook Farm" in Rutland, Massachusetts.  Heifer's mission is to end world hunger by providing a hand up instead of a handout, usually in the form of farm animals who can keep feeding and providing income for families.  The girls in my troop would spend the whole day doing good deeds for Heifer like mucking out the barn, milking goats, grooming llamas, picking vegetables or whatever else was needed to be done.  

In 2001 we went to Heifer in mid-November.  One of the first chores was a fun one- to round up a number of turkeys and put them in kennels on a truck.  The teenaged girls loved this one, and they all cuddled and cooed over the birds.  It wasn't until later that one of them realized why the turkeys were taken away on the truck.  They were orders for customers Thankgiving tables (a Heifer fundraiser)! 

These girls are all college graduates now.  We started volunteering for Heifer when they were about nine years old, and the last time we went to Overlook Farm they were all in high school. Every one of them told me that their years of service at Heifer were their favorite memories of being a Girl Scout.  Our troop disbanded in 2004 and the first troop reunion is planned for this Christmas, and I'll have to show them this photo!

Click here for a link to Heifer International's Overlook Farm
http://www.heifer.org/site/c.edJRKQNiFiG/b.201558/
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Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday- Derry's First Settlers

Behind East Derry's Historic First Church
is the Forest Hill Cemetery
and the oldest graves there are labeled "First Settlers"




These are the gravestones of the first founding families of Nutfield, New Hampshire,
the Scots Irish Presbyterians who came in 1719. The first burial was about 1722.
At this time the name of the town changed to Londonderry,
and later split into two towns, the Eastern portion renamed Derry.
For the next few weeks I will highlight some of these gravestones individually
and show the artwork, epitaphs and inscriptions, along with some genealogical information.

For more information on Forest Hill Cemetery, in Derry, New Hampshire click here
http://www.forest-hill-1721.webs.com/ Friends of Forest Hill Cemetery
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Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Monday, November 22, 2010

Amanuensis Monday + One letter = Dozens of New Cousins!



Boston July 24. 1867

Dear Aunt,

I received your letter dated May 22/67 and
It was gladly received day before yesterday.
We are having pretty warm weather here now
although it Is not quite as warm today as it usually
is. Sara has been married just one year ago last
Thursday, her husband’s name is William Pierce.
Grandma was very much opposed to the match.
Sara left home & went up to my Father’s brother to
Live Henry Moore’s & I left home last Wednesday
I am now living here with him, I was sorry to do so
but Grandma used to find fault with me so much
that I could not stand it & Aunt Caroline
lives there, too, it was too many together. I concluded
it would be best in the end although I was very sorry indeed.

to leave Grandma and should have stayed and done all
I could for her, but things didn’t go on right.
Greenwood is getting along, pretty well. It is a year next
month since he fell & he goes now with a cane, he has got a
beautiful boy, it is quite large now. Sara has no little ones
as yet. Has John got any little ones yet? I am still writing
at the office and I get tired when night comes. One of
Uncle Henry’s girls work at the same place, so it makes it
quite nice for me, we live but a short distance from Aunt Agnes’s.
I intend to go up there soon and see her it is now quite a
long time since she was at our house. Grandma never did
feel very pleasant lately toward her.
Frank, Christopher’s Son the one what went to
Sea got home this Spring, he is quite a man now he did
not know of Grandpa’s death until he landed on the
wharf here he was much surprised to hear that it was
so.

I believe you used to be acquainted with Rachel
Kendall or Nicols her name was before she was
married. I think she said you stood up with her
or she with you when you were married, her Mother
is dead she died 4th of July morning at 7 o’clock
Mrs. Rachel Kendall sent her love to you.
We had a very dull fourth this year we had our 4th
on the 24th of June that was a great day, the great
Masonic Temple was dedicated the President was
here and the City was so full they had to pitch tents
on the Common for folks to sleep in, every place was so
full, I had the pleasure of seeing Pres. Johnson.
When you answer this please direct to 1679
Washington St. that is where I live, at present.
Don’t be long before you answer this, do as soon as you
can conveniently.
I must now close hoping this will find you well,
answer soon. I shall send you a picture of myself
just as soon as I have some good ones taken which will
be in about a month.

Good Bye With Love.
From your Affectionate Niece,
Helen


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This letter was found amongst Mary Dominis’s papers in the Hawaii Archives. Mary removed to Hawaii from Boston with her husband, sea captain John Dominis, in the 1830s. Her son, John Owen Dominis, married Lili'uokalani, who was Hawaii's last monarch. Mary is my 4x great grandmother's sister. The letter was simply signed, “your Affectionate Niece, Helen”. I had no Helen in the family tree, and I was stumped. So I started at the top and worked my way down.

1. The letter is dated 1867. She mentions a Sara marrying a William Pierce one year earlier. I searched the Massachusetts Vital Records for 1866 marriages with a William Pierce. There were a surprising number of William Pierces, including several who married Sarahs. One was a Sarah Moore, daughter of Augustus and Sarah. I noted this one since a few sentences later Helen mentions “Sara left home and went up to my Father’s brother to live Henry Moore’s…”

2. There is a mention of an Aunt Caroline. The only Caroline in this branch of the family was Caroline Lincoln (1818-1909) who married Enoch Howes Snelling (1816-1877) in 1845. Enoch was Mary Dominis’s nephew; the son of her sister Sarah Dargue Jones (abt 1794 – 1875) and Enoch Howes Snelling, Sr. (abt 1790 – 1866),

3. There is mention of a person named “Greenwood” with a new baby. Enoch, Sr. had a son named Nathaniel G. (1823 – 1902) who had a baby George born about 1867.

4. Another person mentioned was Frank. Well, Enoch, Sr., had another son named Christopher H. (1820- 1863), who had a son named Christopher Frances (1846-1911). Could Frank be the nickname of Christopher, Jr.- slightly different to distinguish himself from his father?

5. Frank was surprised to hear of Grandpa’s death. Enoch, Sr. died in 1866. He would have been Christopher Frances’s and also Helen’s grandfather.

Armed with these clues, I began to search further. The 1860 Federal Census in Boston lists the household of Enoch H. Snelling, age 69, and the following family members (unfortunately the 1860 census doesn’t list descriptive relationship names like sister, niece, cousin): Sarah D , age 65; Nathaniel G, age 47; Christopher, age 14; Sarah A. Moore, age 17; Helen A. Moore, age 11; Angeline Brigham, age 40; Malvina Brigham, age 40; and Ellen Houghton, age 20 labeled as a servant from Cork, Ireland.

There was a marriage in the Massachusetts Vital Records for Helen A. Moore, age 20, in 1869 (just two years later) to Stephen E. Ellis, age 21. She lists her parents as Augustine and Sarah. Since her sister listed her parents as Augustine and Sarah I decided to search for a death for a “Sarah Moore” to see what was listed as her maiden name. I found a death record in Boston for Sarah Anne Moore, 4 December 1849 (very close to the time Helen was born), daughter of Enoch and Sarah D. Snelling, Mrs. Augustus D. Moore, of typhus fever. Two of Sarah Moore’s little brothers, ages 9 and 13 also died of typhus in September 1849.

Conclusion:

Sarah Dargue (Jones) Snelling and Mary Lambert (Jones) Dominis were sisters. Helen was Mary’s grand niece, daughter of Sarah’s daughter, Sarah D. Snelling who married Augustus Moore. This is a letter from a motherless teenager to her great aunt thousands of miles away, complaining of her family situation. I can only imagine how helpless both aunt and niece felt about being unable to communicate often or ever visit each other. I know that there are photographs from the Dominis family in the Hawaii Archives, and on my next visit I’ll see if Helen ever sent a portrait to her great aunt.

I’ll be spending lots of time researching the Moore family in vital records, censuses, city directories and other resources. Already, there are dozens of new names to attach to the family tree. And more Snellings, too!

Unresolved questions:
Who is Greenwood?
Who are Angeline and Malvina Brigham, both aged 40 in the 1860 census?
Who was Rachel Nicols Kendall?

Source for the letter: Hawaii State Archives, Queen Liliuokalani Collection, M-93, Box 11, Folder 91, Letter from Helen Moore to Mary Dominis, July 1867.

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Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thanksgiving Proclamation 2010

NH Mayflower Deputy Governor, John Payzant, NH Governor John Lynch
and NH Mayflower Captain Heather Rojo at the Statehouse

At the Statehouse, Concord, New Hampshire on 17 November 2010, Governor John Lynch of New Hampshire signed the official Thanksgiving Proclamation presented by members of the New Hampshire Society of Mayflower Descendants. The Mayflower Society’s role is to honor the memory of our Plymouth ancestors and to fulfill this mission through genealogical research and promoting our colonial history. All this so New Hampshire residents can now officially enjoy their turkey dinner!

Since I didn't keep the copy of this year's proclamation, I'll post the wording for the 2009 Proclamation (very similar to this year's):

WHEREAS, In the autumn of 1621, the Pilgrims held a three-day feast to celebrate the plentiful harvest they reaped following their first winter in North America, and


WHEREAS, the first national Thanksgiving Day, proclaimed by President George Washington, was November, 26, 1789, and President Abraham Lincoln, proclaimed the first annual national holiday in 1863, establishing as the date the last Thursday of November at the behest of nationally celebrated editor and author, and daughter of New Hampshire, Sarah Josepha Hale; and

WHEREAS, on Thanksgiving Day, New Hampshire citizens and all Americans come together to enjoy the fellowship of family and friends with a feast that symbolizes the many blessings in our lives; and

WHEREAS, while Thanksgiving is a time to gather in a spirit of gratitude with family, friends, and neighbors, it is also an opportunity to serve others and to share our blessings with those in need; and

WHEREAS, as citizens we pause to consider our good fortune as residents of this Great State, we are especially mindful of the heroic men and women serving in our Armed Forces, especially those serving abroad;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, John Lynch, Governor of the State of New Hampshire, do recognize and celebrate November 26, 2009 as
THANKSGIVING DAY
and encourage the people of New Hampshire to pray or reflect on their own and give thanks for the rich blessings of our State and our Nation.

In WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of New Hampshire

John Lynch

G O V E R NO R

DONE at the Capitol in Concord in the Executive Chambers on this Eighteenth day of November in the year Two Thousand and Nine.

Photograph courtesy of Carolyn Payzant

A post about the Thanksgiving Proclamation of 1782 http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2009/11/thanksgiving-proclamation-1782.html

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Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Friday, November 19, 2010

Burnham Wooden Ships, Essex, Massachusetts

H. A. Burnham
Essex, Massachusetts Wooden Ship Builder
There's one in every family-- someone who keeps the family name prominent in the old hometown. Perhaps they live on the old family homestead, or participate in the local historical society where their ancestors settled. In Essex, Massachusetts, the main industry at one time was ship building, and the biggest family in town was the Burnham clan. The H. A. Burnham ship building company is still building wooden ships in Essex, located right behind the Ancient Burial Ground, and the Essex Shipbuilding Museum near the causeway. I don't know how exactly I'm related to Harold Burnham, but I'm sure that we are cousins many, many times over. It's nice to drive through Essex and still see a business with the Burnham name. According to Harold's Google profile, he is the 28th Burnham to operate a ship yard in Essex since 1819!

Just take a look in the Essex Massachusetts Vital Records, and count up the Burnhams. According to the list of 1782 Householders in Chebacco Parish, Ipswich, Massachusetts (now known as the town of Essex) transcribed by Kurt Wilhelm on the Rootsweb.com site for Essex, there were 23 families under the name of Burnham. The next most popular surnames were Andrews with 12 households, followed by Choate and Story with 10 households each. I have so many Burnham lineages, I have lost count. My grandfather was from Essex, and his ancestry goes back to the original settlers of Chebacco Parish, who were the Burnhams, as well as a handful of other families who all intermarried with the Burnhams. Many of his ancestors were Burnhams who married Burnhams. You can click on the name BURNHAM in the right column of this blog to find all the stories I have posted about this family.

By 1820 there were 43 different surnames in the town of Essex. Burnham had 53 households, Andrews 29, Low had 18, Story had 17 and Choate had 11. According to the census there were 292 people named Burnham, 166 named Andrews, 85 named Low, 93 named Story and 65 named Choate.

By 1830 there were 336 Burnhams, 136 Andrews, 119 Storys, 111 Lows, and 55 Choates.

By 1850 there were 399 Burnhams, 184 Andrews, 144 Storys, 64 Lows, 44 Perkins, 33 Cogswells, 31 Haskells, 25 Choates and 22 Allens. The town was becoming more diverse with more surnames in total, but the number of Burnhams had exploded! The three biggest occupations were farming (118), shipbuilding and shoemaking. An amazing total of 34 schooners were built and several more started. 170 men were listed in trades having to do with shipbuilding (mariners, shipwrights, caulkers, ropemakers, etc), not including all the blacksmiths, carpenters, painters, teamsters and day laborers.

And by 1860 there were 356 Burnhams, 172 Andrews, 148 Storys, 70 Lows, 38 Cogswells, 46 Mears, 28 Haskells, 25 Lufkins, 22 Polands, 21 Allens, and 19 Choates. According to the Essex Rootsweb calculations by Kurt Wilhelm “The six most commonly found names in Essex, accounting for 50% of the population, were Burnham with 356 people (21% of town population); Andrews with 172 (10%); Story with 148 (9%), Low with 70 (4%); Mears with 46 (3%); and Perkins with 45 (3%). Forty percent of the town were named Burnham, Andrews, or Story.” 170 men were involved with shipbuilding, as well as 11 mariners, out of 604 listed male occupations. That means that 33% or one-third of the men were involved with ship building.

More two masted ships were built in Essex, Massachusetts than any other town in the world. This is an amazing statistic, considering that in 1850 there were only 1,585 people in Essex. In 1860 there were only 1,701 people in town. A small town with a lot of ships, and a lot of Burnhams! There are still wooden ships being built in Essex, and there is still a ship building company with a Burnham name.

Click here for a video of the Essex built schooner Isabella, being laid, built and launched in 2005 -2006 by Harold Burnham.



This blog post was written for the 100th Carnival of Genealogy "There's One in Every Family"
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For more information on Essex Shipbuilding:

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~macessex/index.html Town of Essex website, hosted by Kurt Wilhelm, acting curator of the Essex Historical Society and the Ship Building Museum, also chairman of the Essex Historical Commision. Kurt's analysis of the 19th century Essex census records gave me most of the details I used in this post about the Burnhams in Essex.

A blog by Laurie Fullerton about the Burham Boatbuilding company - "Boat Building with Burnham" http://boatbuildingwithburnham.blogspot.com/

Essex Shipbuilding Museum - http://www.essexshipbuildingmuseum.org/

Frame Up!: A Story of Essex, Its Shipyards and Its People, by Dana A. Story, The History Press, 2004

Growing Up in a Shipyard: Reminiscences of a Shipbuilding Life in Essex, Massachusetts, by Dana A. Story, Mystic Seaport Museum, 1991

Essex Shipbuilding, by Courtney Ellis Peckham, Acadia Publishing, 2002 (Images of America Series)

Images of America, Essex, by Dawn Robertson and Kurt Wilhelm, Acadia Publishing, 2010

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Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Family History and the newly renovated Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Paul Revere surrounded by his silver
We were lucky to attend an opening gala at the recently re-opened Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. I wasn’t planning to include my visit as a blog post, until I saw the galleries in the new Art of the Americas Wing. Instantly I started looking for history, genealogy and surnames as soon as I walked into the MFA. Maybe it’s just the way my brain works, but there was family history all around me. If you are a genealogist you’ll like it, too.

As director Malcolm Rogers was giving his remarks on the 53 new galleries (Yes! The museum is one third bigger than the last time you visited!) I could see Paul Revere’s portrait by John Singleton Copley over his shoulder. The last few times we were at the museum, Revere and the other colonial portraits were in storage. It was exciting to see these icons of New England History, by Copley, Gilbert Stuart and John Singer Sargent again, along with all the other art works, and their new exhibit halls were worth the wait.

This summer and last year I blogged about visiting my in-laws in Spain. We had seen many of Sargent’s paintings on display in Madrid, at a very interesting exhibit showing the two contemporaries Joaquin Sorolla and Sargent together. Sargent’s famous Daughters of Edward Darley Boit had been shown in the Prado opposite Velasquez’s most famous Las Meninas. I suppose that during a renovation, it was a great time to lend out paintings for special exhibits. It was fun to see these paintings abroad, especially with our Boston/Madrid family connections, but wonderful to see these back home at the MFA.


John Singer Sargent’s
Charles Stewart Sixth Marqess of Londonderry,
Carrying the Great Sword of State at the Coronation of King Edward V,
11 August 1902.
I photographed it last year when it was hanging near the grand staircase.
Now it is in the new wing, hanging on the back of the wall
displaying Sargent’s more popular The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit.
Obviously, this guy never lived in our Londonderry!
 Instead of visiting the portrait gallery, and then the decorative arts gallery, and then the furniture gallery, in the new MFA Art of the Americas Wing Paul Revere’s portrait is surrounded by his silver hollowware, and there is even one of his famous cartoons of the Boston Massacre hanging nearby. Portraits of famous families are displayed with similar furniture, like the chairs upon which they sit, and even the tea services and textiles. History comes alive, as well as the stories of the families. Many of these pieces have been in storage, and were not regularly on display before.

On one wall, not far from Paul Revere, there was a collection of miniature family portraits, and a receipt for two larger husband and wife portraits hanging across the room. I found the receipt especially interesting, since it was similar to things I’ve found in family paper collections. You rarely see these receipts on display along with the art. In the same case was a wine corkscrew painted onto a door jamb from the Codman estate in Lincoln, Massachusetts. John Singer Sargent was a guest at the Codman house, and one evening they were lacking a corkscrew for dinner- so he painted one hanging on a hook. Wouldn’t you love a houseguest to do the same? This is history I never read in any history book! All in one small display case.

Breaking from the traditional art displayed before at the MFA, there are more pieces of folk art, including quilts, weathervanes, and carousel animals. There nine new period rooms of furnishings from famous houses, showcasing styles from colonial to the twentieth century. Art is displayed salon style in several galleries, and my favorite example was the Vinik gallery, which even had a painting of a salon style gallery in the MFA from 100 years ago!

In an hour and a half we saw only part of two floors, a small portion of the 53 new galleries. We will definitely be returning to check out the other floors and special exhibits. For those who love family samplers and mourning embroidery, there are examples on display in the new main galleries, but Gallery LG26 will have an exhibit of “Embroideries of Colonial Boston: Samplers” from November 20, 2010 through March 13, 2011 and then in the same gallery “Embroideries of Colonial Boston: Schoolgirl Pictures” from April 2 – August 28, 2011.


The Greenwood Lee Family, 1747 by John Greenwood (1727 – 1792) Greenwood is my second cousin, 8 generations removed. He began by painting his own family and friends, before removing to Europe where he achieved prominence. He was well known in Boston as a portrait painter just before John Singleton Copley rose to fame. Sorry for the poor quality of the photos, since flash is not allowed inside the MFA.

For more information:

The best new guide to the MFA Art of the Americas Wing was a special issue printed in the Sunday 14 November 2010 issue of the Boston Globe. It is available as a reprint at the MFA.

http://www.mfa.org/collections/art-americas the link to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston website

http://www.wbur.org/2010/11/12/mfa-boston-expansion from Boston’s Public Radio station WBUR, this page includes several links to reviews, video tours, and slide shows.

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Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Not so Wordless Wednesday - MacGregor Cut, Londonderry, NH


On a section of Stonehenge Road, still completely wooded, is this strange monument.  I've wondered about it for years, and finally decided I would look it up.  In the book Early Londonderry: Tidbits and Historical Sketches, Volume III, by the Londonderry Historical Society, 1972, page 44, there is a short paragraph:

"There was no road up this hill in 1857.  There may have been a path or wood-road from the Whittemore farm, but the first time a road shows is on the map of 1892.  This dirt road made a turn part of the way up the hill to the left, and it can still be seen today.  Henry F. MacGregor wanted to do something for this town at the same that he willed his money to Derry for a library, and Mrs. Harriet Greely suggested that he rebuild a portion of this road, which he did.  A stone in this wall marks the place and donor.  He died in 1923."

Apparently there was still a stone wall here in 1972.  It has since been removed or disappeared like so many other of New Hampshire's historical walls.  But that's another story....

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Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday- More Allens from Martha's Vineyard

From the West Tisbury Burial Ground,
An assortment of women's graves- all surnamed Allen
In
Memory of
Miss MARY ALLEN
who died March 18, 1833.
Aged 62
Lord I commit my sould to thee,
Accept the sacred trust
Receive this nober part of me
And watch my sleeping dust

Mrs. CATHERINE
wife of
Joseph Allen
died
April 8, 1848
AE 77
You stand around the silent grave
You see...death
...... [the rest was buried]


HERE LYES BURIED
THE BODY OF
Mrs. ELIZABETH ALLEN
THE WIFE OF MJCHAH ALLEN
AGED 40 YEARS
DECd JULY ye 16th
1729

LUCY,
wife of
ICHABOD ALLEN,
DIED
Dec. 22, 1843
Aged 87 years
In Memory of
Miss DINAH, Daughter of
Mr. BENJAMIN & Mrs
ELEANOR ALLEN
who died Octr. 4th
1791
Aged 30 Years & 10 Months

Click here to see another post with photographs of more Allen gravestones from the West Tisbury Burial Ground on Martha's Vineyard:
http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/10/tombstone-tuesday-west-tisbury-burial.html

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Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson

Monday, November 15, 2010

Amanuensis Monday- Reverend Bill's Marriage

Reverend I. E. Bill and his wife, Isabella Lyons
For most of the ancestors in my family tree I only have dates and places for their births, marriages and deaths.  For a few more, I have occupations gleaned from censuses, or their status in society from tax records, or other minute details of their lives.  For only a handful do I have diaries, letters or memoirs.  It was fascinating to read and transcribe my 3x great grandfather's memoirs over the last month for Amanuensis Mondays.

This is the last part of Reverend Bill's memoir I will be transcribing and posting on my blog.  In the previous posts, he describes his genealogy and early family life. He also wrote about his religious conversion and baptism into the Baptist faith and his desire to become a pastor.  Here he describes his wife, Isabella Lyons, born 28 January 1806 in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, died April 1872 in Carleton, New Brunswick, daughter of Thomas Ratchford Lyons and Ann Skinner.

"...My father died when I was nine years of age but I was early sent to school and although my father was called away my mother continued to give me the best opportunity of mental training which the schools of the country afforded. When I had passed successfully through these she would gladly have sent me to King’s College Windsor the only college at that time in the Maritime Provinces, but unfortunately it was encompassed with ecclesiastical tests which barred the door against me as the son of a Baptist parentage. When I thought of entering the ministry this want of a collegiate training was a great obstacle in my way.

Under all the circumstances I resolved to continue my worldly occupation and do what I could in connection with that for the interests of Zion.

Having entered upon my 21st year I married the young lady of my choice, Isabella Lyons, and took her to the pleasant home which a kind providence through the thoughtfulness of my loved parents had provided for me. There with one heart and soul we began the duties of a married life by erecting the family altar and calling upon the goodness of the Lord for guidance in all that pertained to the present and to the future. Home was happy, prospects for the future pleasing. As time went on some thirteen months after our marriage we were blessed with our first born, a son, to which we gave the name of his grandfather, Asahel...."
 

Isabella Lyons Bill (1806-1872)
Ingraham Ebenezer Bill married Isabella Lyons on 20 April 1826.  In the last passage above, Reverend Bill mentions the birth of his first son, Asahel, 14 May 1827 in  Billtown.  This young man died on 20 July 1848 at Acadia College.  The reverend and his wife had a total of five children, four boys and one girl, including Caleb Rand Bill, my 2x great grand father.

This next part of the memoir is filled with many, many pages of Reverend Bills's education, ordination and first years in the Baptist ministry.  If anyone is interested in the early days of the Baptist Church in Nova Scotia or the Maritime provinces, it would be an interesting read. Please contact me if you are interested in a transcription of his entire memoir.   It also describes many of the early Baptist families, pastors and preachers in Nova Scotia.  In this part of his memoir he also describes how Acadia College was founded as an alternative to King's College, which would not accept students outside of the Church of England.  He was one of the first supporters of Acadia College, and was granted an honorary degree.  It is now Acadia University.
 
Part one of Reverend Bill's memoir
http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/10/amanuensis-monday-reverend-i-e-bills.html

Part two of Reverend Bill's memoir
http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/10/amanuensis-monday-more-from-rev-bills.html

Part three of Reverend Bill's memoir
http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/11/amanuensis-monday-more-from-rev-i-e.html
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Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Friday, November 12, 2010

Mark Twain in New Hampshire

Like millions of other tourists,
Mark Twain vacationing
in New Hampshire, 1905
This week Mark Twain’s long awaited autobiography will be published. Long awaited indeed! Twain ordered that the book wait to be released 100 years after his death. This is not the white washed Mark Twain the media has portrayed in recent years. He had a nasty sense of humor, and was very political. He loved to poke fun, but didn’t want to be around when the recipients of his barbs read his comments. The first volume of three will be released on November 15, 2010.

Twain used to vacation in Dublin, New Hampshire. Considering that he lived in Hartford, Connecticut, a summer trip to New Hampshire was a relatively easy trip. He spent at least two summers in a rented farmhouse here. In a 1905 interview for the New York Times he said "Last January, when we were beginning to inquire about a home for this summer, I remembered that Abbott Thayer had said, three years before, that the New Hampshire highlands was a good place. He was right - it is a good place.”

One of Twain’s best friends was Thomas Bailey Aldrich of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Aldrich was the author of The Story of a Bad Boy, which preceded Twain’s books about Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. At the time, Aldrich’s book was a best seller, and it instituted a new form of literature about mischievous childhoods. Previous children's books were always based on morality lessons, instead of pure fun. Today, Aldrich's book is virtually unknown, but Twain’s books are considered American classics.

Mark Twain came to Portsmouth once to dedicate a museum to Aldrich. He did not enjoy his trip to the New Hampshire seacoast as much as his trip to Dublin in the Monadnock Mountain region. In fact, he said many nasty things about Portsmouth, and also quite a few pejorative remarks about Mrs. Aldrich! According to the index of the new autobiography, he mentions these in his new book. I rather think that Twain is sitting in paradise just chuckling about that right now….

For more information:

Autobiography of Mark Twain: The Complete and Authoritative Edition, Volume I, by Mark Twain, University of California Press, 2010

http://www.seacoastnh.com/History/History_Matters/Mark_Twain_Loved_Aldrich_but_Hated_Portsmouth/ Portsmouth’s historian J. Dennis Robinson describes Twain’s relationship with Aldrich in great detail.

Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. It is one of seven photographs taken in Dublin, New Hampshire by Albert Bigelow Paine, Twain’s biographer.

Quote from The New York Times, November 26, 1905, Mark Twain: A Humorists Confession, by A. E. Thomas.

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Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Vietnam War Veterans from Londonderry, New Hampshire

On Monday I began a project for Veteran's Day to transcribe all the names on the war memorials located on Londonderry, New Hampshire's town common. I started with the Civil War monument, and today I have listed all the names found on the Vietnam War monument. Hopefully in the future anyone using a search engine to find their friend, relative or ancestor will find this list and these photographs on my blog. There is a sixth monument on the common, for the Revolutionary War (scroll down to the end of this post for a photo), but it has no names listed. For a list of "Londonderry 99" men who fought in the American Revolution , please see pages 336-340 of Rev. Edward L. Parker's History of Londonderry, 1851. It has been an honor to list each man and woman's name I transcribed this week.

Vietnam War


Wilfred C. Anderson
Donna B. Backman
Michael A. Backman
Mary Banigan
John A. Barmby
David J. Barram
Steven D. Bartlett
Michael W. Beaulieu
John N. Bebe,Jr.
Alfred E. Bell, Jr.
Charles R. Bell
James Benway
Peter J. Bernier
Bruce A. Bienvenue
Maurice O. Bilodeau
Arnold H. Bohm
Edith M. Boles
John G. Bolton, Jr.
Robert A. Bourassa
Robert F. Bowen
Thomas Boyden
George W. Brigham, Jr.
John E. Broadhead
Robert G. Brown
Frank A. Burbank, Jr.
Ernest H. Cail
Lawrence M. Cail
Joseph J. Capelotti
Joseph D. Casteel, Jr.
Calvin C. Chase, Jr.
James R. Chase
Russell E. Chase, Jr.
Frank J. Dimleb, Jr.
Gerald G. Clarke
James E. Cole
Richard L. Cole
Frederic G. Colman
Robert J. Copson
William J. Copson
Michael J. Cosine
Raymond L. Cote
Daniel J. Crowley
Dennis A. Cummings
Richard M. Cummings
Leigh A. Currier
Richard E. Currier
Thomas A. Currier
Robert C. Curry
William J. Caskey
Richard A. Deblois
Robert W. Deblois
Edwin R. Devereaux
Jay E. DeWolfe
Bruce G. Dodge
Herbert A. Dodge, III
William A. Dodge
Gerard A. Drolet
Leonard M. Dupere
Paul J. Dupus
Donald G. Eaton
Bruce A. Erno
Arnold F. Estey
Gregory W. Evans
Gregory K. Finnegan
Alan K. Flanders
Mark E. Flanders
Clifford J. Flood
Carl M. Floyd
Francis M. Floyd
Scott E. Follansbee
Stanley E. Follansbee, Jr.
Jon A. Fraser
Samuel J. Fry
Richard P. Eudala
Paul E. Gallien
Edward E. Gaudette
Shiela M. Gaudette
William P. Gaudette
Robert A. Genesse
John R. Gilcreast, Jr.
Carl Greeley
Verne M. Greeley *killed in action
John M. Griffin
Arthur C. Groyer, Jr.
Clifford P. Groyer
Robert F. Guertin
Roger A. Hamilton
Frederick S. Hamlett
Robert A. Helie
John H. Herrin
Daniel F. Hicks, Jr.
David A. Hicks
George P. Hicks
Robert L. Hicks
Shirley E. Hicks
Robert S. Holm
Richard A. Hurlburt
Donald R. Jones
Richard E. Jones
Donald T. Jsirandanis
Thomas F. Kimball
William R. Kimball
Edwin B. King
Joseph A. Lacourse, Jr.
Paul B. Lamontagne
Alan F. Lamson
Guy E. Landry
James O. Landry
Frederick C. Lavoie
Robin J. LeDuc
Albert Lee
Arthur R. Lemieux
Henry L. Lemieux
Roger D. Lemieux
Robert A. Lewis
William E., Lievens, II
Herman A. Macdonald
Wayne R. MacDougall
John P. Madden
Emile L. Mailhot
Reginald A. Mailhot
Richard M. Mainville
Bernard C. Manning
Stephen G. Manning
Gary A. Marcoullier
Wayne Martin
James V. McCallion
Kenneth R. MCann, Jr.
Brian P. McCarthy
Bernard A. McCarthy
Roger Messier
Raymond H. Millette
Gardner Mills
Edward F. Misiaszek
Gene H. Moody
Murray M. Moody
Warren E. Moody, Jr.
Denis J. McQuin
Denis J. McQuin, Jr.
Arthur B. Morequ
James C. Morin
Stewart D. Morrow
David R. Moulton
Robert B. Murray
Emery A. Jr. Myshrall
Eugene R. Nesmith
Carl E. Noddin
Charles W. Noddin, Jr.
Robert R. O’Donnell, Jr.
Bruce G. Ordway
Alan K. Orff
Edward S. Oriani
Daniel P. Palmer
Kenneth A. Paquette
Lawrence W. Parsons, II
William J. Pelletier
David B. Pepper
Richard W. Pepper
Robert E. Pepper
Steven C. Peterson
Brenda A. Pimley
William F. Pimley
Ronald W. Poitras
James J. Porter
Robert E. Porter
William Porter
Vernon Pousland
Luther M. Preston
Patricia L. Proctor
James S. Przybyla
Joseph J. Przybyla
Lorimer G. Puffer
Arnold S. Rano
Robert M. Ratten
Robert V. Reagan, Jr.
Stephen T. Richardson
Raymond P. Riobx
Robert H. Robie
Clyde E. Robinson
Robert R. Rosenthal
Herbert H. Rowell
Edward Roy
Linda S. Roy
Paul Roy
Allen M Ryea
John G. Scanlon
Brian A. Serles
Richard L. Senter
Edmund J., Jr. Sharp
Draper J. Sives
Oramondel A. Small, Jr.
Kendall R. Smith
Edward A. Snow
David R. Spahn
John E. Sparks
Ronald E. Stearns
Walter H. Stearns, Jr.
John S. Sullivan
Albert E. Swain
Stephen A. Swain
Robert P. Tinkham,
Frank R. Tinkham, III
Nancy A. Tinkham
Phillip A. Tinkham
David R. Trow
Walter R. Trow
Stephen W. Tunberg
Tex W. Vayens
Ray G. Vercoe
Gregory S. Wakefield
Daniel G. Webber
Donald H. Whitten
Kenneth D. Whitten
Theodore E. Whitney
John L. Wilby
Leonard J. Willett
Maurice F. Willett
Danny B. Wilson
Donald P. Wilson
Thomas L. Wilson
James L. Wolfe
Roger M. Woodward
Leo A. Wrobel, Jr.
Mason J. Young Jr.
Mason J. Young III
Kenneth Swain
Robert Christian
Arthur W. DuPere

The Revolutionary War Monument
to the "Londonderry 99"

Click here to see the Civil War Veterans
http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/11/amanuensis-monday-weeklong-project.html

Click here to see the World War I Veterans
http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/11/world-war-i-veterans-from-londonderry.html

Click here to see the World War II Veterans
http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/11/world-war-ii-veterans-from-londonderry.html

Click here to see the Korean War Veterans
http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/11/korean-war-veterans-from-londonderry.html
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Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Korean War Veterans from Londonderry, New Hampshire


On Monday I began a project for Veteran's Day to transcribe all the names on the war memorials located on Londonderry, New Hampshire's town common. I started with the Civil War monument, and today I have listed all the names found on the Korean War monument. As I type these words, I'm watching the President speak from Seoul, Korea, preparing to make a speech to honor our American Veterans. Serendipity! I'll continute with this project tomorrow, with a transcription of the Vietnam War memorial.

Korean War

Herman M. Adams
William A. Beale
Herbert W. Bean, Jr.
Robert A. Bouhassa
Robert F. Bowen
Homer Brewer
Paul C. Bubelynk
Clayton G. Buck
Donald A. Butterfield, Jr.
Pauline M. Carter
Donald J. Coons
Richard W. Coons
Ernest Cote, Jr.
Theodore R. Cote
Victor G. Cote
Kenneth B. Cross
Martin A. Daskey
William J. Daskey, Jr.
Ralph D. Doe
Armand P. Dupere, Sr.
Joseph H. Dupere
Lionel T. Dupere
Clarence Q. Ellis
William E. Fletcher
Elbridge L. Garvin
Pertrice C. Gaskill
Arthur E. Goodwin
Harold G. Greeley
Frederick J. Griffin
Donald E. Hall
Ervine B. Ham
Richard Hartop
John E. Hayward
Daniel F. Hicks, Jr.
Robert I. Hicks
Kenneth H. Hill
Donald E. Hills
John J. Joyce
Alfred O. King
Joseph A. Lacopolis
Richard G. MacDonald
William O. Merrill
Francis O. Milne
Gene R. Moody
Raymond H. Moore
George H. Nugent
William E. Phillips, Jr.
Eugene H. Pillsbury
Carroll W. Pinkham
Vernon R. Place
Edward I. Plimpton
George K. Plummer, Jr.
Robert F. Porter
Forrest H. Pratt
Luther M. Preston
Nathan M. Reed, jr.
Charles H. Reynolds
Lester E. Richardson, Jr.
Robert A. Richardson, Jr.
Gilman E. Severance
Leonard W. Severance
Calvin K. Shepard
Kermit I. Shepard
Leonard J. Shorey
Richard O. Shorey
Kendall P. Smith
Warren C. Smith
William H. Soucy
Paul A. Sullivan
Donald E. Taintor
Douglas W. Thompson
Alfred H. Trombley
Harold M. Wallace
Hazel A. Watts
Donald L. White
Janice Wigero
Donald H. Wickens
Pauline Wickens
Clyde B. Wilson
David S. Wilson
Mason J. Young, Jr.
William R. Young
Burton Boone
Glenn H. Backman

Click here to see the Civil War Veterans
http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/11/amanuensis-monday-weeklong-project.html

Click here to see the World War I Veterans
http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/11/world-war-i-veterans-from-londonderry.html

Click here to see the World War II Veterans
http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/11/world-war-ii-veterans-from-londonderry.html

Click here to see the Vietnam War Veterans
http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/11/vietnam-war-veterans-from-londonderry.html

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Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

World War II Veterans from Londonderry, New Hampshire

On Monday I began a project for Veteran's Day to transcribe all the names on the war memorials located on Londonderry, New Hampshire's town common. I started with the Civil War monument, and today I have listed all the names found on the World War II monument. This monument also notes those soldiers who died during the war, and it is the first chronologically to list women in service. I'll do these transcriptions through Friday of this week, up to the Vietnam War memorial.

World War II

Lloyd R. Anderson
Wilfred Anderson
Charles E Anderson, Jr.
Adolph Antanatis
William A. Beale
Donald Bernier
Ernest A. Bernier, Jr.
William J. Bibeault
Albert J. Bocash
Alcide P. Bocash
Armand T. Bocash
Lucien E. Bocash
Edward J. Boyle
Roger Boyle
Thomas R. Boyle
Joseph J. Bruce
William Bruce
Virginia R. Buckley
Frank A. Burbank, Jr.
Roger M. Carrier
Albion T. Carter
Donat Cartier
Vincent H. Cassidy, Jr.
Alvin Chase
Joseph Coco
Ralph E. Corliss
Albert C. Cote
Rene F. Cote
George W. Currier
Joseph H. Currier
Anthony A. Danielson
Raymond H. Danielson
Jules Dedelan
Marcel E. Demers
Wilfred E. Devarney
John J. Donovan, Jr.
Charles L. Dooley
Horace F. Dooley, Jr.
Armand P. Dupere, Sr.
Ludger E. Dupere
Raymond G. Dupere
Edgcomb R. Estey
Elliott F. Estey
John Filite
Lewis R. Fitts
Elmer Floyd
Alfred W. Foisy
Andrew Fyfe, Jr.
James A. Gagnon
John B. Gagnon
Kenneth C. Gaines
Donald E. Gates
Edward Denalski, Jr.
John R. Gilcreast
Walter A. Gilcreast
Robert V. Gillette
William A. Gillette
Harold D. Gourley
Woodrow F. Grant
James F. Greenwood
Edward L. Gurney
Thomas F. Gurney
John P. Hall
Raymond C. Hall, Jr.
Herman H. Ham
Richard A. Hathaway
George P. Hicks
Paul F. Hicks
John W. Jacobs
John N. Janosz
Samuel P. Janosz
Edward Johnson
Oscar H. Johnson
John H. Keddy * killed in action
Arnold E. Keith
Calvin H. Keith
Mark E. Keith
Marshall M. Kimball
George King
Lester J. King
Robert R. King
Alfred Kroschinsky
Edmund A. Laporte
Leo Laporte
Reginald Laporte
Myron G. Lovering
Clifford M. MacDougall
Russell E. MacDougall
Andrew H. Mack
John A. Mack
Robert B. Mace
Rita MKean
Chester E. Menter
George W. Menter
Merle W. Menter
Robert A. Miller
Warren E. Moody
Albert J. Moore
Frederick G. Moore, Jr.
Richard S. Moore
William Moore
Harry A. McQuin
Earl Morrill
Leonard Morrill
Clinton B. Morse, Jr.
Elbridge E. Morse
Warren C. Morse
Roman Novasao
Truman Nugent
Alfred Oak
J. M. Ouellette
Draper W. Parmenter, Jr. *killed in action
Rae Parmenter
Allen H. Pelletier
John M. Phillips
Ann W. Pillsbury
Everett Pillsbury
Watts H. Pillsbury
Nathan B. Plummer
Ulysses E. Poitras
Rensford A. Pratt
Edward W. Przybyla
Stanley Przybyla
Sumner F. Purdy
Herbert W. Ralston, Jr.
Arthur P. Richards
Harry Richardson
Lester E. Richardson, Jr.
William E. Richardson
Albert H. Rock
Leroy E. Ross, Jr.
Donat Rouleau
Arthur G. Scott
Arthur G Scott, jr.
John W. Sevigny
Calvin K. Shepard
Robert I. Shepard
John W. Siros
John W. Sives
Roy B. Slack
Ernest W. Smith
Kendall P. Smith
Russell O. Smith
Z. Bushrod Smith
Raymond E. Stark
Henry E. Stone
August A. Strimo
Donald E. Taintor
Herbert W. Taylor
Richard W. Taylor
Wendell C. Taylor
Winfield W. Thayer
Cecile Therriault
Romeo A. Therriault
William Therriault
Barbara A. Torrey
Prescott R. Torrey, Jr.
Joseph W. Wasson
Richard O. Wasson
Carl Watts
Earl W. Watts
Hazel Watts
Ida Watts
Melvin Watts
Ralph N. Watts
Victor E. Watts
Winfield M. Watts
Earle E. White
Everett L. White
William S. Whittemore
Kenneth W. Wilson
Warren L. Wilson
Glen E. Wright
Mason J. Young
Mason J. Young, Jr.
Priscilla D. Young
Sylvester Zukakas


Click here to see the Civil War Veterans
http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/11/amanuensis-monday-weeklong-project.html

Click here to see the World War I Veterans
http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/11/world-war-i-veterans-from-londonderry.html

Click here to see the Korean War Veterans
http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/11/korean-war-veterans-from-londonderry.html

Click here to see the Vietnam War Veterans
http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/11/vietnam-war-veterans-from-londonderry.html

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Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

2011 New Hampshire Mayflower Society Memorial Scholarships

Deadline for applications February 15, 2011



The 2011 New Hampshire Mayflower Society Memorial Scholarships are available to any college student (undergraduate or graduate) or high school senior. You don’t need to be a member of the Mayflower Society, but members and relatives of members will receive preference (defined as members, junior members, siblings, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren). Applicants with no affiliation to the NH Mayflower Society are also invited to apply. This is one of the few Mayflower scholarships in the USA awarded to non-members. Applicants MUST be able to attend the award ceremony, in person, in New Hampshire. It is expected that at least two to four scholarships of $500 to $1000 will be awarded in May 2011.

Applications and Instructions are available at the website http://www.nhmayflower.org/ , and applications and all required paperwork is due strictly before February 15, 2011. Or you may email Heather Rojo at scholarship@nhmayflower.org for more information and further instructions. The New Hampshire Mayflower Society can also be found on Facebook.

The requirement to attend the spring meeting may be waived at the discretion of the NH Mayflower Governor due to such issues as travel distance, illness, or death in the family. Should the recipient receive a waiver from the Governor due to a hardship, a letter from the recipient to the Society must be submitted to be read at the meeting, as well as a photograph of the recipient for display. In such cases, parents or relatives may attend the award ceremony to accept the award on the recipient’s behalf.

(Photograph of my daughter, from Plimoth Plantation, 2008. She was also a 2007 scholarship recipient!)

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Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

World War I Veterans from Londonderry, New Hampshire


Yesterday I began a project for Veteran's Day week to transcribe all the names on the war memorials located on Londonderry, New Hampshire's town common. I started with the Civil War monument, and today I have listed all the names found on the World War I monument. There were no special notes on the Civil War monument for fallen soldier, and this one notes two who died in World War I. I'll do these transcriptions through Friday of this week, up to the Vietnam War memorial.


World War I

Annis, Roy R.
Besse, Cecil E.
Boyden, Lawrence E
Burlingame, Vere H.
Chase, Cecil T.
Chase, Curtis C.
Christianson, Peter E.
Coons, George D.
Cross, Clarence A.
Cunningham, Neil
Davison, Harold E.
Davison, Wilfred
Davison, Wylie L.
Doherty, Clinton A.
Ellis, Myron P.
Estey, Arthur H.
Fitts, Ernest
Hall, Orrin W.
Hall, Ralph E.
Harrington, Frank A. **Killed in Action
Hardy, Aaron P.
Hartop, William L
Hicks, Daniel F.
Kennedy, Allen H.
Kennedy, Isaac B.
Mack, Andrew R.
Mayotte, Henry
McDonald, Clayton A.
Moore, Eugene W.
Muzzey, Frank E.
Nevins, William S.
Noyes, Harold R. *Died in Service
Paquette, Louis A.
Parmenter, Draper W.
Pillsbury, H. Watts
Pillsbury, William S.
Platt, Earl P.
Plummer, Robert N.
Pratt, John E.
Ralston, Herbert W.
Robie, Edison F.
Sargent, Horace F.
Smith, George W.
Stimpson, Richard B.
St. Sanveur, Albert P.
St. Sanveur, Homer E.
Tessier, Everett R.
Theiss, Walter E.
Torrey, Prescott H.
Watts, Ainslee E.
Webster, Bernard N.
Whittemore, Hollie L.
Wicks, Gust
Young, Arthur B.
Young, Mason J.
Young, Milton J.

Click here to see the veterans of the American Revolutionary War
http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2011/05/londonderry-99-memorial-day.html

Click here to see the Civil War Veterans
http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/11/amanuensis-monday-weeklong-project.html

Click here to see the World War II Veterans
http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/11/world-war-ii-veterans-from-londonderry.html

Click here to see the Korean War Veterans
http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/11/korean-war-veterans-from-londonderry.html

Click here to see the Vietname War Veterans
http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/11/vietnam-war-veterans-from-londonderry.html

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Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Monday, November 8, 2010

Amanuensis Monday- A weeklong project - The Civil War Veterans of Londonderry

On the Londonderry Common there are five major war memorials. Instead of just posting a photograph, I decided it was worthwhile to list each name on the war memorials in the text of this post so that the veterans families could access their loved ones names through webcrawlers and search engines. It is too much to transcribe all the names on all the memorials for today's post, so I decided I would post one memorial each day this week in honor of Veteran's Day. I started with the Civil War memorial.

These are the names inscribed on that monument. There were several names that appeared illegible high up on the top of the obelisk, but I plan to go back and look again at the monument with a pair of binoculars, and I will update this post ASAP.



Londonderry, New Hampshire's Civil War Veterans

Daniel C. Aiken
John E. Bancroft
Benjamin L. Center
Elijah C. Chase
William Clark
John H. Campbell
John C. Cogswell
James H. Center

George V. Anderson
Albert Alexander
George W. Annis
William S. Barker
William M. Boyce
Charles H. Bricket
Willam C. Bancroft
Martin K. Bowles
John G. Boyce
John M. Bancroft
Andrew J. Benson

John L. Blood
George N. Black
George P. Boyce
Haskall P. Coffin
David W. Coffin
Samuel Clark
Albert R. Colby
Moses F. Colby
Charles E. Conant
Elbridge Curtice
Eugene E. Curtice
George W. Clark

Benjamin Martin
James A. Nichols
Maxim Orall
David G. Wheeler
James S. Wheeler
Archibald M. Wilkins
Samuel Whittier
William Young

Nicholas B. Perno
Lucien Pickering
Warren G. Pike
Benjamin F. Pettingill
Samuel N. Payne
William S. Pillsbury
Leonard H. Pillsbury
George H. Robinson
Walter S. Robbins
John C. Scollay
Lyman J. Slate

David C. Stevens
Bartholomew Sullivan
Alfonze Sargent
John C. Towns
George W. Vickery
William H. Vickery
Alonzo R. Wells
Samuel Woodbury, II
Hiram Webster
William P. Wallace
George W. Wilson
Horace E. Woods
A section of names engraved on
the Londonderry Civil War Memorial

William J. Pond
Alfred H. Randall
Andrew J. McKenney
William McKenney
Aaron W. Simonds
Bowman Simonds
Timothy A. Smith
Benjamin Shipley
George M. Whidden
Lorenzo Wight
Joseph A. Wyckoff
Samuel L. Woodbury
Charles E. Follansbee
Harlan G. Caldwell
Joseph Perkins
Davis Plummer
Joshua Conant

Isaac W. Hall
Augustus Hamblett
John Haynes
William F. Holmes
George Lawson
William Lawson
Henry Moulton
Charles McKenney
Amos H. McGregor
John D. K. Marshall
John Merrill

Dearborn W. McGregor
Charles McGregor
Martin L. Moore
Alexander J. McGregor
William P. Nevins
Carlos W. Noyes
Alonzo H. Nichols
Stephen A. Nichols
John H. Nutter
John Orall
Washington Perkins
Granville F. Plummer

James G. Morrison
Charles H. Morrison
Wesley B. Knight
Irving T. Dickey
John H. Sanborn
Arley P. Tenney
Charles Vickery
Armanda S. Vickery
Albert Atwood
Joseph C. Abbott
Charles D. Annis
Arley P. Alexander
George W. Benson
John W. Barker
Hugh B. Spinney
David McClary

Edwards O. Dodge
Daniel Flanders
Charles Goodwin
Walter S. Holbrook
John A. Johnson
Francis Lorean
William P. Long
William H. Martin

William Flanders
Charles R. Frost
Edwin Follansbee
James C. Furbush
George F. Greeley
Horace D. Gregg
Daniel Griffin
O. Burt. Goodwin
Lorenzo P. Gardner
George S. Garvin
Moses Holmes
Thomas M. Holmes

George W. Blood
Isaac K. Colby
Henry Clark
Grandison M. Clark
Edward P. Clark
Thomas Dissmore
John H. Estey
Charles E. Estey
Horace P. Estey
Daniel Goodwin
Frank O. Greeley
Henry A. Hovey
Dustin Hamblett
Albert N. March
Morris March
Moses Myrick
Edward P. Moor
Henry Colby

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Charles Clark
Worthington Coburn
Branson M. Clark
James Dodge
John E. Davis
Silas F. Bean
Thomas Dodge
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Click here to see World War I Veterans
http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/11/world-war-i-veterans-from-londonderry.html

Click here to see World War II Veterans
http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/11/world-war-ii-veterans-from-londonderry.html

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Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Friday, November 5, 2010

An upcoming Thanksgiving gift – with time to order them, too!

My family 2008, not 1620, at Plimoth Plantation
(The real Pilgrims were just as naughty)
In 2008 I was a New Hampshire delegate to the Triennial Congress held by the Mayflower Society. This is an event in Plymouth, Massachusetts and a chance for all the delegates from all over the US and Canada to get together to discuss changes in policy and to elect a new board for the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. I can blog about this meeting another time, and I had a great time with my Mayflower cousins, sightseeing and observing the meetings. I also had a chance to meet several authors, including Nathaniel Philbrick, but also another lesser known author named Glenn Alan Cheney.

At this weekend in Plymouth I bought about five or six copies of Glenn’s book, simply titled Thanksgiving: The Pilgrims’ First Year in America, and he graciously autographed them for me. I gave them out at Christmas, but they would have been equally appropriate for Thanksgiving gifts. His book is small, slim (only 291 pages), yet elegantly bound in hardcover with a ribbon bookmarker. It is entertaining for all ages, yet gives many true facts and accounts of the first year of the Plymouth Colony. I enjoyed Nathaniel Philbrick’s Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community and War, yet it weighs several pounds, totals 480 pages and contains daunting footnotes for the average reader. I loved it, but it was not for the average person interested in finding out a few facts on the Pilgrims. Even less “user friendly” is Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs’s Strangers and Pilgrims. I have looked forward to Jeremy’s book for years, and read it cover to cover when it was finally published. I even had a great discussion with him on the subject many years ago. But Jeremy’s book comes in at a whopping 928 pages and is a very scholarly read.

For an entertaining look at the naughtier side of life in Plymouth in 1620, you can try The Times of their Lives: Life, Love and Death in the Plymouth Colony, by James Deetz (former Harvard Archealogist and consultant for Plimoth Plantation Museum), or The Mayflower Bastard: A Stranger Among the Pilgrims, by David Lindsay (about the More children who were four indentured servants under the age of eight) . Both of these books are less than ten years old, and represent a new view of looking at the lives of our formerly sacred founding families.

There are reviews of Glenn’s book on the website below, and in the GSMD newsletters. You can look up reviews at websites like Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com. However, as someone who has read all three of the books mentioned above, the latest ones written on the Pilgrims, I would recommend Glenn Cheney’s book for your gift giving list. If you are a true student of history, with a couple of weeks to kill reading a scholarly tome, you can try the Philbrick or Bangs books for yourself. Or tell Santa they are on your wish list.

For the purists, you can still find copies of Mourt’s Relation: A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, 1622 or George F. Willison’s 1945 Saints and Strangers. My perennial favorite will always be William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation, the version edited by Samuel Eliot Morison, 1952. There is nothing to equal reading a firsthand account! For genealogists, the book The Pilgrim Migration by Robert Charles Anderson is my recommendation.

http://www.nllibrarium.com/thanksgiving.php to order a copy of Cheney's Thanksgiving or to take the quiz on your knowledge of the Plymouth Colony’s first year. Post the results of your Thanksgiving quiz here in the comments!

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Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Diabetes and Genealogy

Diabetes was first diagnosed in the 17th century when Dr. Thomas Willis of London sampled the urine of patients and found it sweet. This fascinating, yet also disgusting, moment was the historical beginning of diabetes research. It had been recognized as a wasting disease for 2,000 years. Blood sugar levels were not discovered until the 20th century.


And so, tracing a family history of diabetes seems to be difficult. Early records don’t always list a cause of death. Are you recording the “cause of death” when you find death records for your genealogy? Even so, causes were often just guesses like “kidney disease”, “Bright’s disease” or “malnutrition” because the patients died emaciated. There are two types of diabetics, and the records don’t show if they had type 1 (insulin dependent) or type 2.

The first person in the family tree I learned of dying from diabetes was my grandfather’s little brother, Franklin Sherman Allen. He was born on 6 April 1907 and died on 2 December 1914 at age 7. On this same side of the family, my uncle, a diabetic, died in 2003, my aunt (his sister) died of complications of diabetes in 2004. My mother was just diagnosed (their sister) and another brother has it for years. That is four out of seven siblings.

Their mother, my grandmother, also was diabetic, a double whammy for the children. Her great aunt, Melvina T. Hitchings died in 1905 at the Danvers Asylum of nephritis (kidneys) and delirium, which sounds suspiciously like diabetes to me. In 1905 there were no good blood tests to confirm diabetes, like there were just decades later.

On my father’s side of the family, my 3x great grandfather Luther Simonds Munroe died of diabetes at age 46 in 1851. His nephew, Jonas Symonds Munroe, died of it in 1903. These are early diagnoses, but I’ve noticed many men on this side of the family dying before middle age, some in their 20s and 30s. The records are silent on the causes. I don’t know any recent deaths on this side due to diabetes, but I’m sure that those genes are being carried along. One uncle and one cousin on this side have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. How the doctors came up with a cause of death as diabetes in 1851 or 1903 is still a mystery to me.

And so, along with all my medical history, my husband was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. We immediately asked his mother and father about the family history. His father’s side doesn’t seem to carry this, but on his mother’s side her double first cousin (two brothers married two sisters) has Type 2. This is not good news for my daughter! However, type 2 diabetes is very correctable with diet, exercise and weight loss. It is a lifetime diagnosis, however today it can be carefully followed with blood glucose monitors, and controlled with medication. It is no longer considered a death sentence.

Are you monitoring your family’s health history in your genealogical records?

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Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Not So Wordless Wednesday- Party at the Wilkinson's 1952

In 1952 my father was in high school. He lived on Dearborn Avenue in Beverly, Massachusetts with his parents and two brothers. Four generations of my family lived there. My great grandfather had bought the house when he emmigrated from England sometime before 1920, my grandparents raised their family there, and in the 1960s I lived there, too, until I was in grade school. Here is a photograph of a teen party in the same house sometime in November 1952. It looks as if they are all enjoying a board game. I love how the teenaged men are all wearing ties!


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The back of the photograph reads:
"Party at Wilkinson's
Nov. 1952
Left to right- Connie Turlow, Beverly Benson, Francis Flashner, Diane Jenson, Dick Woodbury, Pete Bonaparte, Jordan Baker, Dick Wilkinson". Frannie ended up marrying Jordie later.

For a photo and story about this house click here
http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2010/02/wordless-wednesday.html

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Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo