Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Dragon

Happy 3rd Anniversary to Weathervane Wednesday!

Weathervane Wednesday is an on-going series of photographs I post weekly.  Tomorrow is the third anniversary of Weathervane Wednesday and we are up to over 170 different weather vanes!  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 was spotted in Vermont.

Do you know the location of weather vane #170? Scroll down to the bottom to see the answer!




Today's weather vane was photographed on the cupola above the Farm Barn at the Shelburne Farms Center in Shelburne, Vermont.  This private foundation was built on the estate of Dr. William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Web.  It is a non profit educational foundation whose mission is to cultivate a conservation ethic for a sustainable future. The campus is a 14,000 working farm and National Historic Landmark on the shores of Lake Champlain. 

The Farm Barn is five stories tall and the inner courtyard is nearly two acres.  It was built in 1886 to house machinery, offices, storage, stables and workshops. Today it houses an elementary school, a children's farmyard, administrative offices, an organic bakery, a furniture workshop, and a center for children's field trips to Shelburne Farms.  

There is also a large coach barn, a dairy barn and a breeding barn on the property.  Each barn is picturesque and unusual. 

The Shelburne Farms website http://www.shelburnefarms.org/

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Abigail (Allen) Haley, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

This tombstone was photographed at the Chebogue Cemetery, at Town Point, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia


In memory
Of
Abigaile Heley
Wife Of
Mr. Comfort Heley
Died June 16, 1799
Aged 39 years


My daughter trying to decipher this very worn tombstone

Abigail Allen was the daughter of Jeremiah Allen (b. 1728) and Eunice Gardner (b. 1724), born 23 July 1753 in Manchester, Massachusetts, died 16 June 1799 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.  She married Comfort Haley on 21 July 1777 in Chebogue, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.  He was the son of Ebenezer Healey and Grace Bullen, born 1754 in Brimfield, Massachusetts, died 15 May 1821 in Chebogue.  Their parents were planters, resettled in Nova Scotia from New England after the expulsion of the Acadians.

Abigail Allen is my 5th great grandmother. She is a direct descendant of William Allen (1602 - 1678) an early settler at Manchester, Massachusetts and my 9th great grandfather.  My mother's maiden name is Allen, a direct descendant of this same William.  Although Abigail Allen is also in my mother's lineage, it is from a different line, through the Healey's who left Nova Scotia and came back to Massachusetts, and settled in Beverly, Massachusetts. A double Allen line. 

Abigail died at age 41 (although the gravestone says she was 39 years old), and had seven children.  After Abigail's death, her husband Comfort Haley remarried to Hannah Ellis (1765 - 1862) in December 1795 and had seven more children.  Hannah was 30 years old, the widow of Stephen Tinkham, and Comfort was 41 years old. 

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Another Unfinished Sampler, and another Mystery!




ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXY
Zabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz12345
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNO
PQRSTUVWXYZ
(two lines of stitching picked out)

Then let us think on death
Though we are yours and gay
For God who gave our life and breath
Can take them soon away

Wrought by Mary Williams.  Under
the care of L. Brigham.  Born April 13th
1803.  Aged 14 Marlborough Aug. 1st 1817






Last year I posted a story about my 2nd great grandmother, Phebe Cross Munroe’s (1830 – 1895) unfinished schoolgirl sampler.  You can read it at this link HERE.  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2013/09/phebes-sampler-1844.html    A reader, Carolyn Stone, contacted me via email and sent me photos of this unfinished schoolgirl sampler she owns.   Carolyn also has the marriage record, a will, some handwritten family records and drawings that all go along with this little unfinished sampler by Mary Williams of Marlborough, Massachusetts.

According to the Marlborough, Massachusetts published vital records, Volume 1, page 199 Mary Williams was born on April 13, 1803, the daughter of Joseph Williams, Jr. and Mary.    The marriage records of Marlborough identify her mother Mary as Mary Freeman [Volume 1, page 328], and the date of the marriage as January 6, 1803 in Marlborough.   Mary Williams had siblings- Anna, born June 30, 1804; Daniel, born March 1, 1811; and Joseph, born February 5, 1814.

According to The History of the Town of Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, by Charles Hudson, Boston, 1862, page 471, Joseph Williams was the son of Joseph Williams and Anna Stow, and grandson of Joseph William and Lydia Unknown.  This wife was Lydia Munroe, born March 7, 1717/18 in Weston, Massachusetts, the daughter of Benjamin Munroe and Lydia Stone, my first cousin 7 generations removed.  So the two little girls who stitched these samplers, Mary Williams and Phebe Cross Munroe, were distant cousins!  See the book, The Monroe Book: Being the history of the Munro Clan from its origins in Scotland to settlement in New England and migration to the West, 1652 – 1850 and beyond, by John Guilford, Genealogy Publishing Service, Franklin, NC, 1993.   The Weston vital records are available online at https://archive.org/details/cu31924028839847

If anyone has any further information on Mary Williams or her sampler, please comment here or email me at vrojomit@gmail.com and I will pass on the information to Carolyn Stone.   Thank you!

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Surname Saturday ~ MARSHALL of Salem and Ipswich, Massachusetts

Cape Ann, Massachusetts
Showing Salem, Beverly, Chebacco, Gloucester

MARSHALL

According to the book Planters of the Commonwealth, by Charles E. Banks, 1930, Edmund Marshall, his wife Millicent, and Edmund their son, were passengers on the ship Hopewell from Weymouth England to New England on 8 May 1635.

Edmund Marshall became a member of the First Church of Salem, Massachusetts on 8 January 1636/7 and his daughter, Naomi, was baptized the same year.  His wife, “Millisent” was a member of the church on 31 December 1637.  By 1651 the Marshall family was in Manchester (between Beverly and Gloucester), but probably went to church in Gloucester where Reverend Richard Blinman was minister.

Many New England settlers arrived in groups with their ministers from home.  These “non-conforming” preachers brought their flocks to New England, and you can trace their parishioners moving around with them.  The “Blynman Party” came from Wales, arrived in Plymouth, and then Gloucester, and moved to New London, Connecticut.  On 13 February 1651/2 Edmund sold his land in Salem, and was listed in New London in March.  It is unknown whether or not Edmund Marshall was from Blinman’s original home of Wales or not.

Edmund Marshall was back in Beverly soon after because he is in the records as accusing several women of witchcraft in 1652.  These charges were found to be false and he was fined.  

By 1663 he was living in Chebacco, a parish of Ipswich, Massachusetts.  Again, Edmund Marshall was in court, and this time John Marshall sued Robert Cross for trespass, and Cross countersued Thomas Varney (also my 9th great grandfather), John Marshall (the son), Edmund Marshall, and William Warrener.  (Robert Cross was married to my 8th great aunt Hannah Jordan)  In 1668 there was another lawsuit involving their son-in-law Thomas Wells.  Lots of family members deposed in these suits, including my 8th great grandfather, Benjamin (1646 – 1716) – the son of Edmund Marshall.  These lawsuits gave some great genealogical clues.

Lawsuits were also helpful telling me more about the next generation, especially Benjamin Marshall.  His depositions gave his age, and where he lived over the years.  Along with his brother, Edmund Jr., he was a shipwright.   He signed the petition supporting John and Elizabeth Proctor during their arrest for witchcraft in 1692.  Since many who supported the accused witches found themselves also accused, it was a very gallant move.  John Proctor is also my ancestor – my 9th great grandfather.

Some sources for MARSHALL research:

New England Historic Genealogical Society Register, Volume 53 (1899) pages  185 -197 and 282- 294

History of Ipswich, Essex and Hamilton by Joseph B. Felt, 1834

Some Descendants of Nathaniel Woodward by Harold Edward Woodward, Boston: NEHGS, 1984

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My MARSHALL genealogy:

Generation 1: Edmund Marshall, born about 1598 and died 1673 in Salem, Massachusetts; married to Millicent Unknown. Seven children.

Generation 2: Benjamin Marshall, born between 12 and 18 April 1646 in Salem, Massachusetts, and died 25 November 1716 in Ipswich, Massachusetts; married on 2 November 1677 in Ipswich to Prudence Woodward, the daughter of Ezekiel Woodward and Anne Beamsley.  She was born on 4 April 1660 in Boston, Massachusetts and died 9 June 1732 in Ipswich.  Nine children.

Generation 3: Benjamin Marshall, born 15 November 1684 in Ipswich, and died 2 October 1747 in the Chebacco Parish of Ipswich; married after 24 November 1711 in Ipswich to Bethiah Goodhue, daughter of William Goodhue and Hannah Dane.  She was born about 1685 and died 28 March 1752 in Ipswich.  Five children.

Generation 4: Elizabeth Marshall, born 1715 and died 15 November 1801 in Ipswich; married on 25 September 1734 to David Burnham, son of David Burnham and Elizabeth Perkins.  He was born 17 June 1714 in Ipswich and died 27 December 1802 in Ipswich.  Twelve children.

Generation 5:  Amos Burnham, born 13 July 1735 in Ipswich, and died 28 November 1788 when he drowned in Chebacco Pond; married on 27 January 1757 in Ipswich to Sarah Giddings, the daughter of Thomas Giddings and Martha Smith.  Sarah was born in 1737 and died 26 January 1782. Eleven children.

Generation 6: Judith Burnham, born 14 January 1782 in Essex (Chebacco Parish) and died 26 October 1848 in Essex; married on 5 April 1799 in Ipswich to Joseph Allen, son of Isaac Allen and Abigail Burnham.  Joseph Allen was born 22 September 1776 in the Chebacco Parish and died 24 March 1861 in Essex.  Eleven children.

Generation 7: Joseph Allen, born 31 July 1801 in Chebacco Parish and died 2 August 1894 in Beverly, Massachusetts; married on 28 October 1824 in Essex to Orpha Andrews, daughter of James Andrews and Lucy Presson.   She was born 3 February 1804 in the Chebacco Parish and died 20 April 1869 in Peabody, Massachusetts. Six children.

Generation 8: Joseph Gilman Allen, born 22 May 1830 in Essex and died 9 April 1908 in Essex; married on 23 May 1863 in Essex to Sarah Burnham Mears, daughter of Samuel Mears and Sarah Ann Burnham.  She was born 30 November 1844 in Essex and died 4 March 1913 in Essex.  Ten children.

Generation 9: Joseph Elmer Allen, born 24 September 1870 in Essex and died 12 March 1932 in the Masonic Home in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts; married on 1 November 1892 in Essex to Carrie Maude Batchelder, daughter of George E. Batchelder and Mary Katharine Emerson.  She was born 22 September in Chichester, New Hampshire, and died 21 January 1963 at the Sea View Convalescent and Nursing Home, Rowley, Massachusetts.  Five children.

Generation 10: Stanley Elmer Allen, born 14 January 1904 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and died 6 March 1982 in Beverly, Massachusetts; married on 14 February 1925 in Hamilton, Massachusetts to Gertrude Matilda Hitchings, daughter of Arthur Treadwell Hitchings and Florence Etta Hoogerzeil.  She was born 1 August 1905 in Beverly and died 3 November 2001 in Peabody. Seven children.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Weathervane Wednesday ~ An Old Familiar Sign

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 was spotted in West Boylston, Massachusetts.

Do you know the location of weather vane #169? Scroll down to the bottom to see the answer!



Today's weather vane was seen along Route 12 in West Boylston, Massachusetts.  It's a "blast from the past" for anyone who remembers the New England countryside dotted with Howard Johnson motels and restaurants.  This two dimensional scene of a child and a lamplighter was sometimes seen atop the orange roofs as a "Simple Simon met a Pie Man" scene from the nursery rhyme.

This orange roofed HoJo motel is now the Classic Suites and Inns.  They have kept the orange roofed building as a reception area, and kept the original weather vane.  It's a true piece of 20th Century Americana, dating back to the days when American first hit the road for vacations with their automobiles.  Most rest areas on the Massachusetts Turnpike and other major highways had Howard Johnson's restaurants in the mid 20th century.

An old Howard Johnson's postcard 
The first Howard Johnson restaurant was established in 1925 as a soda fountain in Quincy, Massachusetts.  During the 20th century the chain grew to over 1,000 restaurants, spurred on by the incredible post World War II boom in highways and automobile sales.  But in the 1970s a combination of events led to the chain being sold off- the gas crisis, the death of the original Howard Deering Johnson in 1972, fast food drive through chains like McDonalds, and the sale of the chain to Marriot in 1985 (who had no interest in the restaurants and closed them).  There are only two Howard Johnson's still operating in locations at  Bangor Maine and Lake Placid, New York.

There is a book about the history of this restaurant chain, with a photo of this weathervane on the cover!  A History of Howard Johnson's: How a Massachusetts Soda Fountain Became an American Icon by Anthony Mitchell Sammarco, The History Press, 2013 (also available on Kindle)

Click here to hear an interview with Anthony Sammarco about his book on Howard Johnson's from the Fieldstone Common website:
http://www.fieldstonecommon.com/history-howard-johnsons-anthony-sammarco/

Classic Suites and Inns website http://www.classicsuites-inns.com/

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday ~ WILKINSON family plot, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts

These tombstones were photographed at the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts


The Wilkinson Family Plot


Martha Wilkinson
Died
June 22, 1895
Aged 86 years



Edward Tuckman Wilkinson
In Memoriam
(note the anchor, for he died at sea and was buried at sea)





In
Memoriam
Arthur
son of
A & M. W. Wilkinson
Died May 31, 1860
Aged 18 years
"PRAEREPTUS MORTI IMMATURA
JUVENIS INGENIO ET VIRTUTE PRAESTAT
IN COELUM TRANSUT
ET IN CHRISTO VIVIT"




MARTHA
ELIZABETH
OUR ONLY
BELOVED DAUGHTER



(back of the stone)
M.E.W.
DAUGHTER OF
A & M. WILKINSON
DIED SEPT. 28, 1857
AGED 14 YEARS


The Wilkinson Family plot is next to the Turner family plot

Arthur Wilkinson was the son of Oliver Wilkinson (1766 - 1848) and Betsey Munn, born 13 November 1803 in Greenfield, Massachusetts, died 16 April 1868 in Cambridge, Massachusetts; married on 3 December 1840 in Dorchester, Massachusetts to Martha Walker Turner, widow of Edward Dunning and the daughter of Rev. John Turner and Lucy Sargent.  She was born 13 February 1809 in Biddeford, Maine, and died 28 June 1895 in Cambridge.  They had five children:

1. Henry Wilkinson, died young
2. Arthur Wilkinson, b. 27 October 1841, d. 31 May 1860
3. Martha Elizabeth Wilkinson, b. 1 May 1843, d. 25 September 1857
4. Edward Tuckerman Wilkinson, b. 14 October 1844, d. 27 December 1873 on board the Cimbria
5. George Wilkinson, b. 29 September 1848, d. 6 September 1849

Arthur Wilkinson was a woolen goods merchant, who lived in Boston and retired to Cambridge, Massachusetts. All his children died young.  The son, Edward, died at sea.  I found this obituary in the Boston Daily Advertiser, January 7, 1874.

The death of Edward Tuckerman Wilkinson of Cambridge, noticed elsewhere, removes one of the last remaining representatives of one of the most widely known and highly honored families of this vicinity, and carries a shock of surprise and sorrow to a large number of relatives and friends.  Young Wilkinson, who had not reached the age of thirty, was a Harvard graduate of the class of 1866, and will be especially remembered by those familiar with college life of his time for his interest and proficiency in athletic sports- boating in particular.  He was, we think, the member of at least one winning University crew in one or more famous contests.  Many substantial qualities of mind and heart endeared him to a wide circle of acquaintances, who will mourn for him as a man and brother; while his singularly fine presence, like that of his noble and lamented father, the late Arthur Wilkinson, esq., must remain an unfading picture in the memory of all who ever knew him.  He had gone abroad a few months since, hoping by a winter's sojourn in the south of France he might regain his health, which had been for some time feeble and failing; but the experiment no fesulting favorably he determined on return, and took the Cimbria, at Southampton, England, for New York, December 20, accompanied by his cousin, Dana Turner, of this city.  But it was not for him again to see his native land.  The voyage proved tempestuaous and exhausting, and he did not live it through, but died on the 27th, conscious to the last, and then falling as it were peacefully asleep.  His body was buried at sea the day following, and so now rests in the element which, while he was living, had so much of his affection.

The cousin, Dana Turner, mentioned in this obituary was Nathaniel Dana Turner (1851 - 1893) is buried a few feet away in the Turner family plot, right next to the Wilkinson family plot.


front (above) and back (below) of the plot card for the Wilkinson family



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Monday, August 11, 2014

Magna Carta [Great Charter] Great in history, not so great in actual dimensions

The Magna Carta
from the British Library, photo from Wikimedia Commons

When I heard the Magna Carta was coming to Boston I was thrilled.  How exciting to see the actual document sealed by King John, made famous in all the history books and as the villain in countless Robin Hood movies.  He is also my 23rd great grandfather, as corroborated by Gary Boyd Roberts and William Addams Reitwiesner’s website.  There were also more than 25 Magna Carta sureties, Barons who were on record as enforcing the document.  The document ensured that they could meet at any time and overrule the king.  If you Google a noble ancestor from this time period, you might find a link online that lists him as a “Magna Carta Surety” or as one of the Magna Carta Barons.    I descend from three of these Barons- Saire de Quincy, William Malet, and Robert FitzWalter (my 23rd, 24th, and 25th great grandfathers). 

Next year will be the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, which happened at Runnymede, on the banks of the River Thames, near London, England on 15 June 1215.   This document will be traveling across the United States in commemoration of this important event.   After Boston’s MFA exhibit it will travel to Williamstown, Massachusetts to be on display at the Clark Institute, and then to the Law Library of Congress in Washington, DC until early 2015.

I was surprised to find out that this was not the Magna Carta.  There was not just one copy of this document made at the time, but many.  There are four surviving copies of this 1215 document.  The one at the MFA in Boston is held by the British Library, and on loan for the exhibit Magna Carta: Cornerstone of Liberty.   That was OK, I didn’t mind that there were several exemplifications of the Magna Carta.  It was still exciting to see a document from that moment in history.

Paul Revere's Liberty Bowl at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass.
Look carefully to see the words "Magna Charta"
from the MFA website
http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/sons-of-liberty-bowl-39072 


At the MFA exhibit the United States Constitution was also on display, as well as the Declaration of Independence.  The 5th Amendment owes its roots to the Magna Carta.  The phrase “no person shall …. Be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law” is derived directly from “No freeman shall be taken, imprisoned, disseised, outlawed, banished, or in any way destroyed, nor will We proceed against or prosecute him, except by the lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land”. 
Paul Revere’s Liberty Bowl was also on display, in front of the Magna Carta.  One of the phrases he inscribed on this bowl was Magna Charta.  There were also portraits of important signers such as Samuel Adams by Copely, and marble busts, and other historical documents related to the founding fathers.  It was a great exhibit, and included with admission to the MFA (no special timed entrances or additional tickets needed).

When I finally gazed at the Magna Carta I realized, it was sealed under oath, not signed, by King John.  His signature did not appear anywhere on the document.  I was extremely sad about this.  It would be so terrific to see the signature of a 23rd great grandfather!  You can see the seal of the king on this 1297 version of the Magna Carta.  I’m sure you’ve seen similar on photos of papal bulls and other historic documents.  But this copy was just a piece of vellum with text.  No signatures.  Not even those of the Barons.  Darn.

1297 copy of the Magna Carta
from the NARA website
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/magna_carta/images/after-restoration-l.jpg


I was disappointed to not see a signature, but also by the size of the document.  It’s not much bigger than a regular legal sized paper, covered with miniscule handwriting.   I suppose I was imagining a large parchment, like the Declaration of Independence with John Hancock’s large, impressive signature.  After all, isn’t that how you imagined a King would sign a document?  A little research showed me that in the time period of 1215, most documents were sealed, not signed.  Kings were probably illiterate anyways, although I doubt King John was illiterate if he was the son of Eleanor of Aquitaine.   It pays to do a little research on the time period, as well as the document, before an exhibit such as this.

According to the British Library http://www.bl.uk/   each copy of the Magna Carta differs slightly in size, shape and text. There are two copies at the British Library (which is probably why they are willing to loan one for traveling on exhibit this year), and one each at the cathedral archives of Lincoln and Salisbury in England.

You don't need to have royal or noble ancestors to enjoy this exhibit.  Perhaps your ancestors were involved with the American Revolution?  Or were there lawyers in your family tree?  Were your family members involved with struggles for human rights in other countries of the world?  Just think how this historic event at Runnymede 800 years ago influenced democracy across the globe, and might have changed the lives of all our ancestors.

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For the truly curious:

Magna Carta: Cornerstone of Liberty
July 1, 2014 – September 1, 2014 at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston
See this link for more information:

Clark Institute, Williamsburg (Magna Carta will be on display September – October 2014)
“Magna Carta to go on display at Clark Art in 2014” from The Berkshire Eagle

Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor  
November 6, 2014 – January 19, 2015 at the Law Library of Congress, Washington, DC


For Royal and Noble lineages see:

“WARGS”  William Addams Reitwiesner’s website  http://wargs.com/

The Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States, by Gary Boyd Roberts, 2004  (available from NEHGS and Genealogical Publishing Company)

Notable Kin, Volumes One and Volume Two, by Gary Boyd Roberts, 1998 and 1999, (available from NEHGS)

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See this link for “Profiles of Magna Carta Sureties and Other Supporters”.  Is your ancestor on this list?

The home page of “The Baronial Order of Magna Charta”

More about the Magna Carta from the US National Archives (a 1297 copy is on display here in the Rubenstein Gallery at the National Archives)

Translation of the 1297 Magna Carta (issued in Latin)
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/magna_carta/translation.html


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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Surname Saturday ~ SPARKS of Ipswich, Massachusetts


SPARKS

The first record of John Sparks is dated 24 July 1650 when he was apprenticed to Obadiah Wood “bisquit maker” in Ipswich, Massachusetts [Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Massachusetts, 1900, Volume 1, page 200].  Obadiah Wood married Margaret, John’s sister.  In 1664 John rented half a house from Thomas Bishop of Ipswich.  On 14 February 1671 John Spark bought two acres in Ipswich for his own bakery, and an “ordinary” (tavern). 

He married Mary Roper, daughter of Walter Roper of Ipswich.  There was an early article in the 1977 issue 98, pages 1904 – 1905 of The Sparks Quarterly published by the Sparks Family Association that stated that John Sparks married Mary Sinnett of Boston.  This was reversed in issue 164, pages 4192 – 4229 when an article by Russell E. Bidlack described the will of Walter Roper that names his daughter Mary (Roper) Sparks, and her children.  See my blog post last week on the Roper family to see a transcription of that will.  Mary’s will is transcribed below from the Essex County Probate 25951, dated 9 December 1711.  She died sometime before 26 July 1712 when her son-in-law Thomas Newman was appointed executor of this will:

In the Name of God, Amen. I Mary Spark of Ipswich in the County of Essex in New England, Widow, being Weak of Body but Thro the great Goodness of God, of perfect Mind & Memory Doe make & Or Dane th8 & no other to be my Last Will & Testament. Commending my Immortall Soul into the hands of Almighty God, Hopeing in the Mercy of God thro the Meritts [of] Jesus Christ to have the full & free pardon of all my Sins & Resurrection unto Everlasting Life, & my Body I Comitt to the Earth when dead, to be bureyed according to the Direction of my Exer hereafter Named in a Christian, Decent Manner-and as for the small portion of Worldly Goods which I have in possesion or may be Due to me or my heirs after my funerall Charges are Defrayed, I give & Dispose of the same In Manner & form following:

Imp1'. I Give to my Daughter, Susannah Annable, Twenty shillings out of the Legacie left me by my [brother] John Rooper in his Will W" It shall be Due.

 Item I give also my Daughter Sarah Newman twenty shillings out of th^### Legacye W1'1 It shall be due, given by my Brother John aforesaid.

 Item In Consideration th^### I am & am like to be More Chargeable & Troublesome To my son, Thomas Newman & my Daughter Rose Newman with whom I Now Live, I Give unto Them & Their heirs for Ever all the Rest of my Estate, Either in possesion or reversion of what Kind or Nature so ever or In whose hands It is or May be found In, as a finall a reward of the Daily Love & Service, & I Ordain my said son Thomas Newman To be sole Executor of this my Last Will & Testament. In Witness Whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand & Seal the Ninth Day of December Ann Dome Seventeen hundred & Eleven.

Signed, Sealed, published & declard
In presence of us            

This transcription is from the Sparks Family Association website http://www.sparksfamilyassn.org/pages/164-A.html


My SPARKS genealogy:

Generation 1: John Sparks, born about 1630, died before March 1704 in Ipswich, Massachusetts; married Mary Roper, daughter of Walter Roper and Susan Unknown.  She was baptized on 22 August 1641 in Hampton, New Hampshire and died 1712 in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Eight children.

Generation 2: Elizabeth Sparks, born about 1666 probably in Ipswich, died 10 April 1692 in Ipswich; married on 25 December 1684 in Ipswich to Jacob Perkins, son of Jacob Perkins and Elizabeth Whipple.  He was born 3 August 1662 in Ipswich, and died 12 November 1705.

Generation 3: Elizabeth Perkins m. David Burnham

Lineage A:
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
Generation 9: Joseph Elmer Allen m. Carrie Maude Batchelder
Generation 10: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)

Lineage B:
Generation 4: Westley Burnham m. Deborah Story

Lineage B1:
Generation 5: Westley Burnham m. Molly Woodbury

Lineage B1a:
Generation 6: Asa Burnham m. Polly Bray
Generation 7: Lydia W. Burnham m. Samuel Mears
Generation 8: Samuel Mears m. Sarah Ann Burnham
Generation 9: Sarah Burnham Mears m. Joseph Gilman Allen (see above)

Lineage B1b:
Generation 6: Henry Burnham m. Sally Poland
Generation 7: Sarah Ann Burnham m. Samuel Mears
Generation 8: Sarah Burnham Mears m. Joseph Gilman Allen (see above)

Lineage B2:
Generation 5: Sarah Burnham m. Abner Poland
Generation 6: Sally Poland m. Henry Burnham (see above)

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