Saturday, July 26, 2014

Surname Saturday ~ WELLS of Ipswich, Massachusetts


There were two Thomas Wells living in Ipswich, Massachusetts at about the same time.  No kinship has been proven to the other Thomas Wells who married Naomi Marshall.  No kinship has been proven to the Dr. Richard Wells, living at the same time nearby in Salem, Massachusetts (although an early NEHGS Register article Volume 4, pages 11 and 12 name Thomas Wells of Ipswich as a “physician” because he left a “physicke” book to his son in his will. This error was repeated in Joseph B. Felt’s book History of Ipswich, Essex and Hamilton, 1834).   There was also a woman named Ann Wells, age 20, who arrived with Thomas Wells on the same ship but according to genealogist Robert Charles Anderson, there is no kinship connection.

Thomas Wells arrived in the New World aboard the Susan & Ellen in 1635, aged 30.  He was made a freeman in Ipswich, Massachusetts on 17 May 1637.  He appears in many town records, as juror and constable, and as a land owner.  He was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in 1644.  His lengthy will named his wife and all his children. He owned many books and maps, and he signed his own name.  His wife, Abigail, also left a will dated 22 July 1671, which included many goods, but no real estate.

"Know all Men By These PrSents, that I, Thomas Wells, of Ipswich, in the county of Essex, being weake of body, yet of pfect memory... make this my last will and testament in maner follwing...

Itm. I give and bequeath unto Abigaill my wife eight pounds yearly, to be payd unto her out of my Lands... and this is to be payd yearly in wheat, malt, porke and Indian corne... Also I give unto her to have one of the best roomes in the house, viz: either the hall or the parlour (at her choice)... and to have free liberty to bake, brew and wash etc. in the kitchen, and free liberty to lay her corne, meale, and mault etc in the hall chamber, and free use of garden ground where she liketh best and to have it well fenced in and to have land duly tilled to sow flax seed on... and freedom in both cellars as shee needeth and shall have suficiency of firewood pvided and seasonably layd in... and free liberty to keepe three or four hens and a pigg or hogg in ye ground and yards; and shall have the sixt part of the fruite that shall yearly grow in the orchyard...

Item I give unto my said wife the old bay mare (she uses to ride on) and the bridle, pillion seate, and pannell, and two cowes (att her choice) and to have the keepeing of a horse or mare and two cowes for her use both sumer and winter and good houseroome for them in winter... allsoe I give unto her the bible she uses and the booke called the Soule's prparation for Christ and that of Perkings upon the Creed and the bedsted we lye on, and the beding, curtaines and valens thereunto belonging (exsepting the blue rugg) and to have the best green rugg in leiw thereof; and I give unto her the best chest and the inlayd box with TW upon the lidd and to have one halfe of the lynen and lynen cloth and the third of the woolen cloth yt is in the house or in yarne or cloth at the weavers... and one halfe of the pewter that was her own fathers and the pewter pint pott and a brase or iron pott at her choice; and I give unto her the iron skillet and some of the best spoones and a good poringer and a coopell of saucers at hir choice and the best low chaire and hir little chaire and a good cushen and one of the great wheeles and a little spinning wheele and the warming pan...

Ite My will is that my said wife shall have the free use of my kettle... or milke vessells &c. shee needeth and of any other small things in the house... and to have freedome at the well for water and liberty for hir clothes or anything elce to be spred &c. where she pleaseth...

Ite Whereas John Wells (my second sonn) hath received of me a deed of gifts of all the lands I had at the town of Wells in the province of Maine being the quantity of thre hundred and fiftye acres (more or less) arrable meddow and pasture together with two cowes and ten pounds fifteene shillings yt I have payd (at his request) unto Stephen Kent of Haverill, in cattle upon a bill due from Francis Littlefield (his father-in-law) with several other things all wch he hath received of me in liew of his portion...

Ite I give unto my sonn John Wells ten pounds to be payd unto him or his assigns within three years next after my decease five pounds thereof in cattle, neate and in good condition and the other five pounds in wheat, malt and Indian corne in equall p'portion... and I give unto him my cloke, and one of the great pewter candlesticks wth the top thereof and two great saucers and two little saucers more and I give unto Sarah his wife (my daughter-in-law) one five shilling piece of gould...

Ite. Whereas my two eldest daughters viz: Sarah Massie of Salem and Abigaill Tredwell of this towne hath eache of them had thirtye pounds in leiw of there portions my will is that Sarah Massie or her assignes shall have a good cow or to the value of four pounds ten shillngs in other cattle... and alsoe to have the benefitt of the grase of a little peace of salt marsh ground adjoyneing to the northwest end of Mr. Wades neare unto Hogg Iland and my daughter Sarah to enjoy the use of this until the decease of my brother Massie her father-in-law and then to returne unto my executor. Allsoe I give unto Abigail Tredwell my daughter my six acre lott of salt marsh &c that lyes in Plumb Iland... or a good cow...

Ite. I give and bequeath unto Thomas Wells my youngest sonn two hundred and fiftie pounds sterl. in leiw of hir portion to be payd unto him... out of my housen and lands where I now I dwell within seven years, foure month and nyne or ten days next after the sayd Thomas Wells my sonn doe come to the full age of one and twenty yeares Viz: one hundred pounds to be payd at or before the twentieth or one and twentieth day of the third month comonly called May next com twelvemonth after the sayd Thomas Wells my sonn doe come to the age of one and twenty years (whose birth day was upon the eleaventh day of the eleaventh mo. Anno Dom: one thousand six hundred forty-six); forty pounds thereof to be paid in cattle... and in horse-kynd viz: in geldings and the horse- kynd not exced the sum of eight pounds... and thirty-six pounds thereof to be payd in wheate and barley malt... and twenty-foure pounds thereof to be payd in Indian corne, pease, porke and sheepe... and the other hundred pounds to be... payde... wth in three yeares next after of payment of the former hundred pounds... and the remaining fiftye pounds to be... payd... within the prementioned seaven years, foure months and nyne or ten dayes...

Ite. My will is that if my executor... doe not duly and faithfully pay and discharge this two hundred and fiftye pounds... the sayd Thomas Wells... shall... take possession of the housen and lands where I now dwell... until the whole be discharged...

Ite. My will is that if the said Thomas... shall dye and decease this life before he come to... full age... yn ye executor of this my last will shall pay unto the rest of my children the full sum of one hundred and forty pounds viz: unto John Wells or his survivers the full sum of forty pounds and the other hundred pounds to be equally porportionned and divided among my other five daughters... Viz: to Sarah Massie of Salem, to Abigail Tredwell of this towne, to Elizabeth Wells, Hannah Wells and Lidia Wells my daughters... the forty pounds to my son John Wells and the twenty pounds apeece to Sarah Massie and to Abigaill Tredwell and Elizabeth Wells (my three eldest daughters) to be payd unto them accordingly as is engaged unto their Bro: Thomas Wells, both for kind and quality... and the other twenty pounds apeece to Hannah Wells and Lidia Wells my own daughters shall be payd unto each of them... in wheat, barly, malt, porke, pease and Indian corne...

Item. My will is that Thomas Wells my youngest son, shall quietly posses and enjoy for his use the parlour chamber of this house where now I dwell and have free liberty for fire wood until he marry and yt he shall have his diate and washing while he keeps here at the cost of my executor untill he come to the age of 22 years, 4 months and ten days.

It. I give unto my son Thomas Wells all the bookes I bought for his use and my three phisicke bookes and the booke called the Orthodox Evangelist, the greate sermon booke, and Hyeling's Geogripha, and the little chest and table (he made) that stand in the hall chamber and my white box, and the chist plankes to make him a chist on, and the little iron canlestick, my white rule, my red pensheare, and my penknife and my sword and scabbitt and my firelock muskett wth a square barrell, and the mould, worme and scourer &c. Alsoe I give unto him the little bedstead in the hall chamber, and the little fetherbed therto belonging, and a paire of good sheets, and the red blankett and the blue rugg, and a good pillow and pillow beere. Allsoe I give unto my son Thomas my silver bowle, and one two-and-twenty shilling peece of gould, and I give unto him all my right and interest of the bond that is due unto me from goodman John Andrews of this towne, carpenter save only six pound ten shillings therof to my son Nath. Wells and wch makes the rest that he hath already had yr of twentye pounds, and this I give unto my son Thomas, towards his charges of his goeing to the colledge and for bookes and apparrell &c. or to put him to Mr. Allcocke or the like, and I give the new picktures viz: of the King and Queene and of the Five Sences... Allsoe my stufe clothes and a paire of my best stockings.

Ite. I give unto Elizabeth Wells, Hanah Wells and Lidia Wells my three youngest daughters each and every of them thirty-five pounds a peece to be payd... within one year next after they marry or when they come to the age of one and twenty years; twenty pounds thereof to be payd in cattle... and in sheepe... and the remaineing fifteene pounds in each and every portion to be payd in wheate, barly, malt, porke and Indian corne, in equall p'portion... allsoe my will is that every of these my daughters shall have each of them a bible and every of them a good chest...

Ite. I give and bequeath unto Sarah Massie of Salem and to Abigaill Tredwell of this towne and to Elizabeth Wells and Lidia Wells my owne daughters, each and every of them two halfe crowne peeces of English money... and I give unto Hannah Wells my daughter one ten shilling peece of gould... all wch money... I have already given them into the hands and custody of Thomas Wells my youngest son whom I trust and confide in, to give the same as I have bequeathed unto his three younger sisters...

Ite. I give unto Abigaill my wife the third part of the English money wch shall remaine and be left and not payd unto the legatees yt is deceased in England and kindred of our Uncle Lumpkins; and my will is that my sayd wife shall have the tuission of my daughter Elizabeth Wells and my daughter Lidia Wells untill they marry or come to the age of one and twenty years...

Item. My will is that Mrs Mary Rogers of Rowley shall have th tuission and education of my daughter Hannah Wells untill she marry or come to the age of one and twenty years, the sayd Mrs Rogers will please to doe me that favour

Ite. I give unto my cousin Mary Baker (alias Lowe) of Colchester, soe much New England money as equivalent to fiftye shillings Old England money and my will is that my executor doe faithfully endeavor to convey the same unto her it being in reference to an agreement between both my brother Warners and myselfe in answer to a request of our Aunt Lumkin (alias Stone) late deceased, and to take the advice of my Bro: Daniell Warner about the conveighing of the same...

Ite. I give and bequeath all the rest of my whole estate both moveable and unmoveable, p'sonal and reall, houses and lands, unto Nath: Wells my eldest son pvided he doth fully acept heerin to be my executor... Allwayes p'vided that if the sd Nath: Wells dye and cease this life wth out any issue of male... my will is that then... the sd housen and lands heire in Ipswich bounds shall returne unto the sd Thomas Wells my youngest son... and the sd Thomas my son then to pay unto Lidia, Nath: wife (my daughter in law) the sum of forty pound wth in one yeare and halfe next after the decease of Nath: her husband... And the sd Thomas... shall pay unto the sd Nathaniells children the sum of one hundred and forty pounds the one halfe in cattle... and in horse kind... and the other half... to be payd in wheate, malte, porke, pease and Indian corne... Alsoe my will is... that my son Nathaniells children shall have the sum of eight pounds yearly payd by my son Thomas Wells... towards there bringing up whilest they come to the age of fifteene years...

Ite. My will is that if the sd Nath... dy and cease this life without isue of male... then the sayd Thomas Wells... shall pay unto my son John Wells his Bro:... the sum of 40£...

Fynally I desire my liveing and faithfull friends Thomas Bishop, Senr and Mr. Thomas Andrews to be the overseers of this my last will and testament and to be the gardians of my sonn Thomas Wells dureing the time of his mynority and nonage to whom I give as a token of my respect and love ten shillings apeece.

In wittness wherof and to wch I the above named Thomas Wells Senr have heer unto set my hand and seal dated the 31 of the fifth mo: comonly called July in the eighteenth yeare of the raigne of or Soveraigne Lord, Charles the Second by the grace of God King of England, Scotland, France and Ireland in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred sixty-six.

Prme Thomas Wells Senr"(3)

For more information:

Thomas Wells is not mentioned in Martin Hollick’s book New Englanders in the 1600s

There is a lengthy sketch of Thomas Wells of Ipswich in the book The Great Migration, Volume VII, pages 294 – 300. 

My WELLS genealogy:

Generation 1: Thomas Wells, about 1605 in England and died 26 October 1666 in Ipswich, Massachusetts; married by 1636 to Abigail Warner, daughter of William Warner.  She died 22 July 1671 in Ipswich.  Seven children, and I descend from two daughters.

Line A:

Generation 2: Elizabeth Wells, born 31 July 1646 in Ipswich, Massachusetts, died 9 June 1731; married on 6 June 1668 to John Burnham, son of Thomas Burnham and Mary Lawrence. He was born in 1648 and died 12 January 1704 in the Chebacco Parish of Ipswich, Massachusetts. Nine children, and I descend from three sons.

Line A1:
Generation 3: John Burnham m. Sarah Choate
Generation 4: John Burnham m. Rachel Smith
Generation 5: Dorothy Burnham m. Abner Poland
Generation 6: Abner Poland m. Sarah Burnham
Generation 7: Sally Poland m. Henry Burnham
Generation 8: Sarah Ann Burnham m. Samuel Mears
Generation 9: Sarah Burnham Mears m. Joseph Gilman Allen
Generation 10: Joseph Elmer Allen m. Carrie Maud Batchelder
Generation 11: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)

Line A2:
Generation 3: Thomas Burnham m. Susannah Boardman
Generation 4: Stephen Burnham m. Mary Andrews
Generation 5: Joshua Burnham m. Jemima Wyman
Generation 6: Jemima Burnham m. Romanus Emerson
Generation 7: George Emerson m. Mary Esther Younger
Generation 8: Mary Katharine Emerson m. George E. Batchelder
Generation 9: Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen (see above)

Line A3:
Generation 3:  David Burnham m. Elizabeth Perkins

Line A3a:
Generation 4: David Burnham m. Elizabeth Marshall
Generation 5: Amos Burnham m. Sarah Giddings
Generation 6: Judith Burnham m. Joseph Allen
Generation 7: Joseph Allen m. Orpha Andrews
Generation 8: Joseph Gilman Allen m. Sarah Burnham Mears (see above)

Line A3b:
Generation 4: Westley Burnham m. Deborah Story

Line A3b1:
Generation 5: Westley Burnham m. Molly Woodbury

Line A3b1A:
Generation 6: Asa Burnham m. Polly Bray
Generation 7: Lydia W. Burnham m. Samuel Mears
Generation 8: Samuel Mears m. Sarah Ann Burnham (see above)

Line A3b1B:
Generation 6:  Henry Burnham m.  Sally Poland
Generation 7: Sarah Ann Burnham m. Samuel Mears (see above)

Line A3b2:
Generation 5: Sarah Burnham m. Abner Poland
Generation 6: Sally Poland m. Henry Burnham (see above)

Line B:
Generation 2:  Abigail Wells, born about 1642, died 16 June 1677; married on 19 June 1661 in Ipswich to Nathaniel Treadwell, son of Thomas Treadwell. He was born 13 March 1637/8 in Ipswich, died 11 January 1726/7 in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Seven children.

Generation 3: Nathaniel Treadwell m. Hannah Unknown
Generation 4: Jabez Treadwell m. Lucy Haskell
Generation 5: Nathaniel Treadwell m. Mary Hovey
Generation 6: Jabez Treadwell m. Betsey Jillings Hovey
Generation 7: Eliza Ann Treadwell m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 8: Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 9: Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 10: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (see above)

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Friday, July 25, 2014

The Patton Homestead and Archives, home of two General George S. Pattons, in Hamilton, Massachusetts

I took a trip through time with my Mom this week.  No, we didn't have access to a DeLorean time machine, but while riding in my little Hyundai together on our way to Hamilton, Mom shared some great stories with me.  We were on our way to Hamilton, Massachusetts to tour the archives at four star General George S. Patton’s estate (the World War II general).  Mom grew up down the street from this estate, and had lots of memories of playing in and around the main house, barns and 500 acres of fields and woods.  She had never been inside the main house, and now was her chance.  It had been the residence of the Patton family from 1928 until 2012. 

Several years ago, Joanne Patton, the widow of Major General George S. Patton (the Vietnam era general) donated the main house and 27 acres of land to the town of Hamilton.  It houses the Patton Family Collection, which is managed by Gordon College’s Institute for Public History. 

Carol Mori, archivist
giving a tour of the Patton Homestead

The current archivist of the Patton Homestead archives, Carol Mori, gave a great tour of the many artifacts, photographs, paintings, military memorabilia, books and documents under her care.  This was a special series of tours available only for Wednesdays during the month of July 2014. This library was built as a first floor wing to the Homestead in the 1930s by General Patton and his wife Beatrice Ayer Patton for their retirement after World War II.  As you all know, history intervened and General Patton was killed in a jeep accident in 1945.  He never returned to Hamilton, Massachusetts to enjoy his new wing of the homestead.

Can you find the 5 "George Smith Pattons" on this chart?
One of the two Juniors was the famous WWII general,
but it is confusing because there were two General George Smith Pattons!

Did you know there were five George Pattons?  The first George Patton was a military officer for the Confederacy during the civil war.  The second George Patton died young, but not before he fathered the George S. Patton who would become the four star general during World War II.  The fourth George S. Patton was a major general during Vietnam.  The fifth George Patton is still alive, but he was born mentally challenged and is living with a caretaker in Colorado. 

Mom remembers playing in this meadow behind the main estate house
and seeing the barns and horses. She said it still looks exactly the same.

My mom was thrilled to be inside the main house!
Here she is examining military memorabilia.
Mom used to peek in the windows as a child.

Mom grew up playing with the children of the estate workers.  She especially remembered the six children of the caretaker, who lived above the barn.  Certain things in the yards of the estate were objects she remembered, like the cast iron jockey hitching post by the kitchen door.  She remembered the cook in the kitchen wing giving them cookies, and her brothers camping out at the bottom of the meadow by the Ipswich River.   One vivid memory she remembers was of peeking into the windows, because all the kids wanted to see General Patton’s pistol!

In 1950 one of General Patton’s tanks from World War II was donated to the Town of Hamilton.  That same year my grandfather, Stanley E. Allen, was a member of the recreation committee.  The committee accepted the tank and placed it in the center of town at what is now called Patton Park.  I remember playing at this playground as a kid, and being able to climb inside the tank to sit on the driver’s seat and peek out through the slits.  Sometime in the 1970s the hatch to the tank was welded shut, but kids still climb all over the tank. 

My daughter climbing on the Patton tank in Hamilton's Patton Park 2004.
I played on this tank, too, as a kid.
This little boy on the tour wore his "Generals" tshirt-
the mascot of the Hamilton-Wenham regional school system.
Another generation of kids learning about the Patton family. 
The Patton Homestead at 650 Asbury Street in Hamilton, Massachusetts is not currently open to the public, except for occasional special tours like the one I took with Mom.  Any inquiries should be directed to the Town Manager of the Town of Hamilton, Massachusetts.  The Patton Family archive is available for research by appointment.  Please contact:
Phone 978-468-1849
Town of Hamilton, Massachusetts webpage for Patton Homestead

The former master bedroom is now the archive
I wish I had a good reason to do some research here!
Look at the label on this file drawer:
"GSP Baby records/ School essays - '32
Diaries/ SCD Leadership letters/ rosters
GSP bibles/ war crimes file / evaluation
reports/medals/citations/ photos
GSP personal caputred weaons & permits"

This is Four Star General George S. Patton's personal office

This is Four Star General George S. Patton's personal library,
His son's office, Major General George S. Patton of the Vietnam War,
was located below, but was destroyed in a fire that almost consumed both libraries.

Green Meadows Farm, the current home of the Patton family (on land adjacent to the Patton Homestead)  at 656 Asbury Street, South Hamilton, Massachusetts.

A link to the obituary of General George S. Patton 30 June 2004 New York Times

There is also a General Patton Museum in Fort Knox, Kentucky       

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Weathervane Wednesday ~ In a New England Amusement Park

Weathervane Wednesday is an on-going series of photographs I post weekly.  I started by publishing weather vanes from the Londonderry area, but now I've been finding interesting weather vanes all across New England.  Sometimes my weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are interesting. Often, my readers tip me off to some very unique and unusual weather vanes, too! Today's weather vane is from Salem, New Hampshire.

Do you know the location of weather vane #166? Scroll down to the bottom to see the answer!

Today's weather vane, just like last week, was photographed at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, New Hampshire.  This two dimensional sperm whale was spotted in the section of the park known as "Ye Olde Boston", behind the "Yankee Whaler" ice cream shop.  No doubt, this weather vane was added, along with lots of other details (such as old Puritan stocks, a fake fishing wharf, and clapboard buildings) to make this lane seem like an old New England village.  

There are many whale shaped weather vanes around New England, and I have featured several of them here at the Weathervane Wednesday series.  The best place to view this weather vane is in the splash zone of the "Boston Tea Party" ride.  But watch out!  Don't get wet! 

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

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Revolutionary War Patriot Elkanah Crosby, Brewster, Massachusetts

This tombstone was photographed at the Ancient Burial Ground in Brewster, Massachusetts

In memory of
who died April 30, 1806
AEt 46
An Infant died July 21, 1790
Sophia died May 19, 1805
AEt 2 years and 4 mos
Daughters of
Capt. E. & Mrs. M. Crosby

memory of
wido' of
Capt. Elkanah Crosby
who died
March 4, 1833
AEt. 71

Elkanah Crosby, son of James Crosby and Sarah Hopkins, was born 10 May 1761 in Harwich, Massachusetts on Cape Cod, and died 30 April 1806.  He married on 26 March 1784 to Mercy Cobb, daughter of Eleazer Cobb and Keziah Crosby.  She was born 28 September 1762 and died 4 March 1833 as his widow. 

On his mother's side of the family Elkanah was a descendant of Stephen Hopkins, a Mayflower passenger and a Jamestown, Virginia survivor.  Stephen Hopkins also survived the shipwreck of the Sea Venture in Bermuda in 1609.  He is a celebrated adventurer of early colonial America. 

Captain Elkanah Crosby served as a seaman during the American Revolutionary War.  There was an SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) bronze marker on his grave, as well as an American flag. The honorific "Captain" refers to his profession as a mariner, not to his military service. 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Just in Time for Summer ~ The Lawn Sprinker song written by a Queen

Liliuokalani outside (her house) Washington Place

Ka Wiliwili Wai  (Twisting Water)

As I have written many time on this blog, Queen Liliuokalani (1838 - 1917) was a wonderful music composer, as were all four of her siblings.  One summer, as Queen Lili’uokalani was sitting on her lanai at Washington Place in Honolulu, she saw something new next door.  Her neighbor, Dr. McKibben had a newfangled lawn sprinkler!  The Queen watched the sprinkler spinning for a long time, and composed this tune.  This story was told to her lady in waiting, Mrs. Pukui.  I know I have been mesmerized by lawn sprinklers, and I can see this story in my mind's eye every time I hear this music. 

If you are a regular reader of my blog you know that the Queen married my first cousin 4 generations removed, John Owen Dominis (1832 - 1891) .  His parents built the house, Washington Place, in Honolulu, in the 1840s.  Many members of his mother's family, some of her sisters (but not her sister, Catherine, my 4th great grandmother who had died young before this time) sent the building materials from Boston for this house, which still stands. So this story is not just fun, it contains a lot of family history, too!

Music, photographs, and the history of household labor saving devices were all used to put this family history story together.  It took me a long time to find the book of Liliuokalani's music (see below).  I finally found it at the Iolani Palace gift shop in Honolulu.  Sometimes historic sites have hard to find books like this, or can order them for you. If you know one of your ancestors or family members composed music it can sometimes be difficult to find that music.  I'm still looking for any books or sheet music by my ancestor Caleb Rand Bill (1833 - 1902), the music professor from Salem, Massachusetts.

Queen Liliuokalani's music is very popular around the world. One of her compositions, Aloha 'Oe, has been recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley, to Disney, to Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.  You might not think you've heard it, but if the tune played you would immediately recognize Aloha 'Oe. After I received my copy of The Queen's Songbook, I was happy to see that she wrote music about many ordinary things, love, friendship, her garden and... lawn sprinklers. 

E ka wiliwiliwai

O lawn sprinkler
Ko`iawe i ka la`i
Circling quietly
A heaha kau hana
What are you doing
E naue mâlie nei
As you silently revolve?

Ei nei, ei nei
Say there, say there
’E poahi mai nei
You revolving object
Ahea, ahea
When, oh when
`Oe kaohi mai
Will you slow down

O kîpau o ia la
Unusually active
Ua nihinihi
Sending out sprays like rain
Ku`u iki iho ho`i
Lessen your speed
I inu aku au
That I may drink

You can hear the Galliard String Quartet play Ka Wiliwili Wai at this link (I have this CD “Songs of Liliuokalani” and it has some of the best recordings of her music):

This music was also recorded by Yo Yo Ma on his CD “Obrigado Brazil”

If you prefer to hear it played on Hawaiian slack key guitar, here is a link to the song played by Atta Isaacs, Al Ka’ailau and Norman Isaacs at Spotify:

The Queen's Songbook, by Her Majesty Queen Lili'uokalani, Honolulu: Hui Hanai, 1999

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Surname Saturday ~ WHIPPLE of Ipswich, Massachusetts

The Whipple House, Ipswich, Massachusetts circa 1677


Matthew Whipple of Bocking, Essex, England left a will in 1618 naming his children.  I descend from two sons named in this will, Matthew and John.  The will was transcribed in “Genealogical Gleanings in England” The New England Historic Genealogical Society Register (October 1890) Volume 44, page 389.

"Mathewe Whipple the elder of Bocking, Essex, clothier, 19 December 1616, proved 28 January 1618.
"My capital messuage or tenement, with the yards, gardens, orchards, members and appurtenances, situate in Bradford Street in Bocking, now in the occupation of me and said Mathewe, from and after my decease shall remain to Mathewe Whippell, mine eldest son, upon condition that he shall pay or cause to be paid to my son John Whippell fourscore pounds within three months next after my decease, and to my daughter Jane thirty pounds within six months, and to my daughter Elizabeth thirty pounds within twelve months, and to my daughter Mary thirty pounds at one and twenty or day of her marriage, and to my daughter Amie thirty pounds at one and twenty or day of marriage, upon reasonable demand made by the said Jane, Elizabeth, Mary and Amye. To my daughter Amce (?) six silver spoons of the better sort, two high latten candlesticks, my biggest brass pot and three pounds six shillings and eight pence. To my daughter Johane forty shillings. To my daughter Jane two silver spoons, two pewter platters of the greater sort, one pewter candlestick, one half headed bedstedle, my best flock bed, a flock bolster, a coverlet and a pair of blankets. To my daughter Elizabeth two silver spoons, one pewter candlestick, two pewter platters of the greater sort, a half headed bedstedle, next the best, a flock bed, a flock bolster, a coverlet, a pair of blankets and the little chest which was her mothers. To my daughter Mary two silver spoons, two pewter platters and a pewter salt, a trundle bedsteadle, a flock bed, a flock bolster, a coverlet, a pair of blankets. To my daughter Amye two silver spoons, two pewter platters, a pewter salt, a trundle bedsteadle, a flock bed, a flock bolster and a pair of blankets. To my son John a joyned table and frame standing in my old parlor (and other movables). To my sister, wife of Richard Rathbone twenty shillings, To Hercules Stephens ten shillings. To my grandchildren Hercules Arthur, Margaret Arthur, Henry Caldham and Anne Caldham six shillings eight pence apiece. To the poor of Bocking twenty shillings. All the rest to my son Matthew, sole executor."
John Whipple came to America with Israel Stoughton in 1631, probably on the ship Mary & John.  He was the man who built the “Whipple House” still standing in Ipswich, Massachusetts and is a museum house operated by the Ipswich Historical Society.  John and his brother, Matthew, were granted two hundred acres in the part of Ipswich known as “The Hamlet” (incorporated in 1793 as the town of Hamilton). 

There is an interesting descendant, also named Matthew Whipple, who freed his slave Plato in his will of 1760:

This may satisfy whom it may concern that I the Subscriber in Consideration that my Servant Plato has been a faithful Servant that after my Death and my Wife's Death he shall be free if be desires it and if he don't he shall have Liberty to live with any of my friends whom he pleases. And I give him Liberty to live in my east Kitchen & have his feather Bed and Bedding thereto belonging & a Pot & Skillet & a Pewter Platter & Bason & Spoon & Tramel two Chairs, one Ax and one Hoe, and a Cow & he shall have good Pasture for her, and Liberty to cut bay sufficient for her, & have one Acre of Land, where it may be most convenient for him, and a Barrel of Cyder, & three Bushels of Apples a Year as long as he lives yearly & every Year, & have liberty to cut Wood lie necessarily shall want, & Barn Room for his Cow & hay & all other Priviledges necessary for him. In Case he should by any Providence be disenabled to support himself, or through old Age not able to support himself comfortably, my Heirs shall do it whatever he shall stand in need of, which is my Will.

Ipswich, Dec. 3, 1760. MATTHEW WHIPPLE.

Taken from the (Ipswich) Antiquarian Papers Volume I No. 3  Ipswich, December 1879

Some WHIPPLE resources:

Fifteen Generations of Whipples: Descendants of Matthew Whipple of Ipswich, Massachusetts, About 1590 – 1647: An American Story by Blaine Whipple, (Baltimore: Gateway Press, 2007, 4 volumes)

History and Genealogy of “Elder” John Whipple of Ipswich, Massachusetts: His English Ancestors and American Descendants by Blaine Whipple, (Victoria, B.C; Whipple Development Corp, 2003)

The Antecendents and Descendants of Noah Whipple of the Rogerene Community at Quakertown,  by Clara Hammond McGuigan with additional sections by Robert W. Merrian.

Whipple Family Tree by Dwane V. Norris (Jackson, Mich., 1996), p. 6-7.

"The Ancestry of Brigham Young," by Mabel Young Sanborn, The Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine (1931), vol. 22, p. 16-17.

 "Genealogical Gleanings in England," The New-England Historic Genealogical Society Register (October 1890)  Volume 44, page 389.

One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families by John Osborne Austin (Salem, Mass., 1893; reprint ed. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1977), p. 262.

See also the Whipple Genealogy by Henry Waters at the Ipswich Historical Society library. 

My WHIPPLE genealogy:

Generation 1: Matthew Whipple, born about 1560 in Bocking, Essex, England, died 16 January 1619 in Bocking; married about 1582 in Bocking to Joan UNKNOWN.  She died 19 May 1612.

Lineage A:

Generation 2: John Whipple, baptized 29 August 1596 in Bocking, died 30 June 1669 in Ipswich, Massachusetts; married in England to Susannah Clark, who died after 13 July 1661. Eleven children.

Generation 3: Sarah Whipple, born 3 November 1641 in Ipswich, died 23 July 1681 in Ipswich; married on 13 July 1661 in Ipswich to Joseph Goodhue, son of William Goodhue and Margery Watson. He was born in 1639 and died 2 September 1697 in Ipswich. Nine children.

Generation 4: Mary Goodhue m. Bonus Norton
Generation 5: Elizabeth Norton m. Benjamin Swett
Generation 6: Elizabeth Swett m. David Batchelder
Generation 7: Elisha Batchelder m. Sarah Lane
Generation 8: Jonathan Batchelder m. Nancy Thompson
Generation 9: George E. Batchelder m. Abigail M. Locke
Generation 10: George E. Batchelder m. Mary Katharine Emerson
Generation 11: Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 12: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)

Lineage B:

Generation 2: Matthew Whipple, born 19 December 1588 in Bocking, died 28 September 1647 in Ipswich; married on 7 May 1622 at St. Mary’s church, Bocking to Anne Hawkins, daughter of John Hawkins and Mary Levitt.  She was born 23 January 1590 at Kelvedon Near, Colchester, Suffolk, England, and died about 1643 in Ipswich.  Eight children.

Generation 3: Elizabeth Whipple, born about 1629 in Bocking, died 12 February 1685 in Ipswich; married about 1648 to Jacob Perkins.  He was baptized 12 September 1624 in Hilmorton, Warwickshire, England and died 29 January 1700 in Ipswich.  Nine children.

Generation 4:  Jacob Perkins m. Elizabeth Sparks
Generation 5: Elizabeth Perkins m. David Burnham, son of John Burnham and Elizabeth Wells. David was born 20 October 1688 and died 2 February 1770. Five children and I descend from two of them.

Lineage B1:

Generation 6: David Burnham m. Elizabeth Marshall
Generation 7: Amos Burnham m. Sarah Giddings
Generation 8: Judith Burnham m. Joseph Allen
Generation 9: Joseph Allen m. Orpha Andrews
Generation 10: Joseph Gilman Allen m. Sarah Burnham Mears
Generation 11: Joseph Elmer Allen m. Carrie Maude Batchelder
Generation 12: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)

Lineage B2a:

Generation 6: Westley Burnham m. Deborah Story
Generation 7: Westley Burnham m. Molly Woodbury
Generation 8: Asa Burnham m. Polly Bray
Generation 9: Lydia W. Burnham m. Samuel Mears
Generation 10: Samuel Mears m. Sarah Ann Burnham
Generation 11: Sarah Burnham Mears m. Joseph Gilman Allen (see above)

Lineage B2b:
Generation 6: Westley Burnham m. Deborah Story
Generation 7: Westley Burnham m. Molly Woodbury
Generation 8: Henry Burnham m. Sally Poland
Generation 9: Sarah Ann Burnham m. Samuel Mears
Generation 10: Sarah Burnham Mears m. Joseph Gilman Allen (see above)

Lineage B2c:

Generation 7: Sarah Burnham m. Abner Poland
Generation 8: Sally Poland m. Henry Burnham (see above)


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