Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday ~ A Civil War Soldier and his Wife

These tombstones were photographed at Dodge's Row Cemetery in Beverly, Massachusetts.

                CO. K.M.V. M.
BORN APR. 30, 1828
FEB 20, 1864

AUG 2, 1830              
              JULY 29, 1915
           ON THE HILL
            SLEEPS AS STILL

for more about the Battle of Olustee, Florida:


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ A Civil War Soldier and his Wife", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 3, 2016,  (  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/05/tombstone-tuesday-civil-war-soldier-and.html: accessed [access date]).

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Surname Saturday ~ SHAW of Hampton, New Hampshire

The SHAW memorial stone, Founder's Park, Hampton, New Hampshire


There are very few early 1600 immigrants from Cheshire, England.  The non-conformists (Puritans) did not have a strong hold in that part of England.  My 10th great grandfather, Roger Shaw was from Cheshire.  His parents are unknown, but Edgar Joseph Shaw, a descendant, makes some good assumptions about Roger and Mary Shaw of Astbury and Hulme Walfield, Cheshire in a lengthy article in the New England Historical Genealogical Record.  (You can see the source for the article below) Roger Shaw’s oldest children were all baptized in Gawsworth, Cheshire, and his daughter Esther was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1638, which helps to estimate his arrival in New England.  

Roger Shaw (about 1600 – 1661) was made a freeman at Cambridge on 14 March 1638/9.  He bought a house lot and land from John Knight on 21 September 1639.  He must have been popular and literate, because he was elected to be a selectman on 8 November 1641 and also chosen to be town clerk.  The town records are in his handwriting.

Roger Shaw (my 10th great grandfather) removed to New Hampshire and bought land and buildings from John Cross in Hampton on 15 November 1647.  He was chosen to be juror in 1648 and 1649, and on a grand jury in 1651.  He was elected deputy in 1651 and 1652, and selectman on 23 March 1653/4 and constable in 1654.  

Roger Shaw remarried for a second time to Susanna, widow of William Tilton in 1653.  He signed a prenuptial agreement with her (providing for her Tilton sons).  She died on 28 January 1654/5.  Roger Shaw did not remarry, and he acknowledged his Tilton stepsons in his will by distributing 15 acres in Hampton and 5 acres of salt marsh to Samuel Tilton in 1660.  He promised 10 pounds to his wife’s youngest son, Daniel, which was given to Samuel, his guardian.  When Roger Shaw died his will gave bequests to his sons, Joseph and Benjamin Shaw, his daughters Margaret Ward, Ann Fogg, Hester Shaw and Marie Shaw, and to “my son Daniel Tilton”.

More SHAW resources:

New England Historic Genealogical Register, "English Origin of Roger and Ann Shaw",  by Edgar Joseph Shaw,  volume 158 (2004), pages  309 - 318.   This sketch acknowledges and fixes mistakes in previous works such as Savage in Gen. Dict. Of New England.

See also History of Hampton, by Joseph Dow, 1893, Volume II, pages 965 - 975 for genealogy of the early Shaw families in Hampton.

A very good blog post about Roger Shaw by genealogy blogger Jeanie Roberts

My SHAW genealogy:

Generation 1:  Roger Shaw, born about 1600 in England, died 29 May 1661 in Hampton, New Hampshire;  married first to Ann Unknown, mother of his children; married second to Susanna Unknown, widow of William Tilton.  Seven children.

Generation 2: Joseph Shaw, baptized on 12 November 1635 in Gawsworth, Cheshire, England, died 8 November 1720 in Hampton; married on 26 June 1661 in Hampton to Elizabeth Partridge, daughter of William Partridge and Ann Spicer.  She was born 14 February 1642/3 in Salisbury, Massachusetts.  Ten children.

Generation 3:  Elizabeth Shaw, born 23 August 1664 in Hampton Falls, died 17 October 1708 in Kingston, New Hampshire; married on 23 May 1682 in Hampton to Aaron Sleeper as his first wife, son of Thomas Sleeper and Joanna Unknown.  He married her sister, Sarah Shaw, as his second wife.   Ten children.

Generation 4: Moses Sleeper m. Margaret Sanborn
Generation 5:  Hepzibah Sleeper m. Samuel Lane
Generation 6:  Sarah Lane m. Eisha Batchelder
Generation 7:  Jonathan Batchelder m. Nancy Thompson
Generation 8:  George E. Batchelder m. Abigail M. Locke
Generation 9:   George E. Batchelder m. Mary Katharine Emerson
Generation 10:  Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 11:  Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (My grandparents)


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ SHAW of Hampton, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 30, 2016,  (  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/04/surname-saturday-shaw-of-hampton-new.html: accessed [access date]). 

Friday, April 29, 2016

1962, Sitting on Grampy's Lap!

Here I am!  I'm sitting on my grandfather's lap.  His name was Stanley Elmer Allen ( 1904 - 1982).  This photo was taken in the living room of my grandparents house on Roosevelt Avenue in Hamilton, Massachusetts.  I remember this house very well.  It looks like it was Christmas time because of all the cards taped to the wall behind Grampy.  I was just about fourteen months old. 

I tried to enlarge this photo to see what I was holding in my hands.  It looks like a carton of Salem brand cigarettes.  How times have changed!  Can you imagine gifting someone a carton of cigarettes today?  Or letting your baby play with them? I remember now that Grampy was a smoker.  I have his front porch rocker now, and it has cigarette burns and nicotine stains on it.  Yuck! Those are memories that I never think of until I saw the carton of cigarettes in this photo. 


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "1962, Sitting on Grampy's Lap!", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 29, 2016,  (  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/04/1962-sitting-on-grampys-lap.html:  accessed [access date]). 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Judy Russell, The Legal Genealogist, to speak in Manchester, New Hampshire 14 May 2016

Who would want to miss out on hearing Judy Russell?   No one! 

Come to the NH Society of Genealogists meeting on 14 May 2016 in Manchester!

To Register, send your check for $20 (member) or $35 (non-member) to
NHSOG, PO Box 2316, Concord, NH  03302
Registration includes luncheon
For additional information and directions, go to nhsog.org or contact president@nhsog.org
All registrations must be received no later than Monday, 2 May 2016!

May 2016 Genealogy and Local History Calendar

For up to the minute additions and new events all year round, please check out the Nutfield Genealogy Facebook page at this link:   https://www.facebook.com/nutfield.gen/?fref=ts 

April 28, 6:30pm, Boston’s Market District and Haymarket: Yesterday and Today, at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by Historic New England’s Kenneth Turino.  Book sales and signing to follow the lecture.  Free, but registration is required at this link: http://osmhapril28-16.bpt.me/

April 29, Friday, 7pm, Having a Fine Time in Manchester:  Vintage Post Cards and Local History, at the Weare Town Hall, 16 North Stark Highway, Weare, New Hampshire.  Sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities council.  Free to the public.

April 30, Saturday, The 2016 New England Family History Conference.at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 91 Jordan Road, Franklin, Massachusetts.  Keynote Speaker will be Meg. L. Winslow of Mount Auburn Cemetery “Stories of Life in Records of the Dead: Discovering Mount Auburn Cemetery’s Historical Collections”.   For details on the schedule and the educational sessions see the website http://nefamilyhistory.com/

May 1, Sunday, 9am – 6pm, Opening Day for the 2016 Season at Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  www.strawberybanke.org

May 1, Sunday, 12 noon – 6pm, Polish Fest Boston, at the Polish American Citizens Club, 82 Boston Street, Dorchester, Massachusetts.  FREE.  Parade at 12:30pm from Our Lady of Czestochowa (655 Dorchester Ave).  Polish cuisine, crafts, speeches, historical exhibits, music and performances.  For more information see http://polishfestboston.com/

May 2, Monday, 12:45pm, Abraham and Mary Lincoln: The Long and the Short of It, at the Moultonborough Lions Club, Old Route 109, Moultonborough, New Hampshire.  Presented by living historians Steve and Sharon Wood.  Sponsored by the Moultonborough Women’s Club and the NH Humanities Council.  Free to the public.

May 2 and 3, Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm, Outlanders and Highlanders, at the opening weekend at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire. Step back in time to the 18th century as Highlanders and Outlanders encamp at the fort. Please visit in your favorite family friendly “Outlander” or highlander costume and we will offer you 20% discount on your admission fee! Activities, crafts and craft demonstrations, workshops and more.  See the link for more information and schedule:  http://www.fortat4.org/outlanders_highlanders/outlanders_highlanders.html

May 3, Tuesday,  7pm, Moved and Seconded:  Town Meeting in New Hampshire, at the Exeter Town Hall, 9 Front Street, Exeter, New Hampshire.  Presented by Rebecca Rule, the stories, rituals, traditions and history of the town meeting.  Free to the public, hosted by the Exeter Historical Society and sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

May 4, Wednesday, 10am, New Visitor Tour of the NEHGS Library, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by Dr. Dorothy E. King.  Free to the public. 
May 4, Wednesday, 6:30pm, The Hanging and Redemption of John Gordon: The True Story of Rhode Island’s Last Execution, at the Saylesville Meeting House, 374 Great Road, Lincoln, Rhode Island.  Free to Historic New England members, $5 non-members.  Registration recommended 401-728-9696.

May 4, Wednesday, 6:30 pm, A Necessary Haze:  Drinking in Colonial America, at the Old North Church, 193 Salem Street, Boston, Massachusetts, presented by Corin Hirscch, a food and drink writer, and sponsored by the Old North Foundation.  Free with reservation  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/old-north-speaker-series-drinking-in-colonial-america-corin-hirsch-tickets-20710021231?ref=ebtn

May 5, Thursday, 1-3pm, Genealogy 202 with Muriel Normand, at the American Canadian Genealogical Society Library, 4 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire.  You’ve been researching a while, now take it to the next level.  Offered through OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the Granite State College) and to ACGS members.  Register by email acgs@acgs.org with OLLI in the subject line and include your member ID number, or register with OLLI http://olli.granite.edu/uploads/OLLI_Spring2016_Web.pdf

May 6, Friday, noon, I Found My Village! Now What?:  Next Steps in Tracing Polish Ancestors.  At the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Free to the public.  A presentation by Julie Roberts Szcrepankiewicz.  Register at this link:  http://shop.americanancestors.org/products/i-found-my-village-now-what-next-steps-in-tracing-polish-ancestors

May 7, Saturday, 10:30am, Genealogy Workshop, at the Manchester Historical Museum, Manchester, Massachusetts, presented by Heather Wilkinson Rojo, sponsored by the Historical Museum.  $10 for members, $15 nonmembers. Please contact 978- 526- 7230 for reservations and information. 

May 7, Saturday, 10am, Early Colonial New England Dwellings, at the Byron G. Merrill Public Library, 10 Burffalo Road, Rumney, New Hampshire.  Presented by Richard H. Tivey, genealogist and governor of the NH Mayflower Society,  The public is invited to attend free of charge. 

May 7, Saturday, 10am – 3pm, Heifer Parade with Food and Fiddles, at the Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury, New Hampshire.  www.shakers.org  Free admission.  The heifer parade will begin approximately 11 am when the heifers are let out to their first spring grass.  Maypole dancing, food, barn dancing, make your own flower head wreaths and May baskets.  Prizes for the best hat.  Self guided tours of the village.  Guided tours available for $10 per person at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. 
May 7 and 8, Saturday and Sunday, Garrison Weekend at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire.  Join us as the 25th Continental Regiment and the 3rd Massachusetts Regiment garrison the fort.  www.fortat4.org

May 8, Sunday, 2pm,  Digging Into Native History in New Hampshire, at the Wilmot Community Association Red Barn, 64 Village road, Wilmot, New Hampshire.  A presentation by Robert Goodby. Hosted by the Wilmot Historical Society.  Free to the public.

May 8, Sunday, 10am – noon, Women of Beacon Hill Walking Tour, at the Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  $10 Historic New England members, $15 non-members.  Registration required 617-994-5920. 

May 9, Monday, 6:30pm, Getting Into Genealogy, at the Georgetown Peabody Library, 2 Maple Street, Georgetown, Massachusetts.  Presented by Seema Kenney.  Please register by calling the library at 978-352-5728.  Free to the public.

May 9, Monday, 2pm, A Soldier’s Mother Tells Her Story, at the Amherst Public Library, 14 Main Street, Amherst, New Hampshire.  Presented by living historian Sharon Wood who will speak as Betsey Phelps, the mother of a Union soldier from Amherst, New Hampshire who died heroically at the Battle of Gettysburg.  Sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities council.  Free to the public. http://www.nhhumanities.org/events/soldiers-mother-tells-her-story

May 9, Monday,  7:15pm, Vanished Veterans – NH’s Civil War Monuments and Memorials, at the Moultonborough Public Library, 4 Holland Street, Moultonborough, New Hampshire, presented by historian George Morrison.  Sponsored by the Moultonborough Historical Society.

May 10, Tuesday, 1pm, On This Spot Once Stood:  Remembering the Architectural Heritage of New Hampshire. At the Pierce Manse, 14 Horseshoe Pond Lane, Concord, New Hampshire.  Our state has lost many of its important historic buildings to fire, neglect, intentional demolition and re-development.  In some cases a plaque provides a physical reminder, but in other cases no tangible evidence remains.  Presented by Maggie Stier, sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities council.  Free to the public.

May 10, Tuesday, 3pm, Margaret Bourke-White, America’s Eyes, at the Lawrence Barn, 28 Depot Road, Hollis, New Hampshire.  This is a living history presentation by Sally Matson.  Sponsored by the Anna Keyes Powers Chapter of the DAR.  Free to the public.

May 10, Tuesday, 6pm, Brewing in New Hampshire: An Informal History of Beer in the Granite State from Colonial Times to the Present, at the Maxfield Public Library, 8 Route 129, Loudon, New Hampshire.  A multi media presentation by Glenn Knoblock.   Free to the public.  Hosted by the Maxfield Public Library, and sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

May 10, Tuesday, 7pm, Who Won the War of 1812?  New Hampshire’s Forgotten Patriot Pirates, at the Madbury Town Hall, 13 Town Hall Road, Madbury, New Hampshire.  Presented by historian J. Dennis Robinson, hosted by the Madbury Historical Society. Free to the public.

May 11, Wenesday, 7pm,  Digging Into Native History in New Hampshire, at the Hollis Social Library, 2 Monument Square, Hollis, New Hampshire.  A presentation by Robert Goodby. Hosted by the Hollis Social Library.  Free to the public.

May 12, Thursday, 5 – 7pm, 24th Annual Historic Preservation Awards, presented by the Manchester Historic Association, at the Manchester Community College, 1066 Front Street, Manchester, NH, cocktail reception, hors’d’oeuvres, and award ceremony.  Tickets $75 MHA members, $85 general public, $600 for a table of 8.  For more information call 603-622-7531.

May 12, Thursday, 7pm, The Shaker Legacy, at the Lane Tavern, 520 Sanborn Road, Route 132, Sanbornton, New Hampshire.  Presented by Darryl Thompson.  Free to the Public.  Hosted by the Sanbornton Historical Society.

May 13, Friday, 7pm, A Visit with Abraham Lincoln, at the Harvey-Mitchell Memorial Library, 151 Main Street, Epping, New Hampshire.  A living history presentation by Steve Wood.  Free and open to the public.  

May 14, Saturday, 10am Opening Day and Canterbury Shaker Village XC5k, 8:30am registration for $25, children under 10 are free.  Music along the route to inspire you.  Great prizes and hearty food at the finish.  Tour the village on opening day www.shakers.org

May 14, Saturday, 10am – 4pm, Draft Horse Plow and Vintage Base Ball Opening Day, at the Spencer Pierce Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Massachusetts.  The annual Draft Horse Plow Day, to learn how horses are harnessed, hitched and cared for. Also watch the shearing of the resident sheep and see wool being washed, carded and spun into yarn.  Wagon rides, farm animals, black smithing demonstrations, children’s crafts and games.  Then watch the base ball game using 1860s rules – Newburyport Clamdiggers vs. Lowell Base Ball Club vs Live Oaks.  Bring blankets and chairs, no reserved seating. Free to Historic New England members, $6 non-members, $4 non-member children.

May 14, Saturday, 9am - 1pm , Explore Your Italian Roots, at the Italian Community Center, 302 Rantoul Street.  Presented by Mary Tedesco.  Objects and documents from the Beverly Historical Society relating to Italian American residents will be on view.  $20 general public /$10 BHS and ICC members. 

May 14, Saturday, 7pm,  Introduction to Family Genealogy, at the Shirley Historical Society, 182 Center Road, Shirley, Massachusetts, presented by genealogist Jake Fletcher. 

May 14, Saturday, 9am to 5 pm, Building Community Through Oral History, at the Kingston Community Library, 2 Library Lane, Kingston, New Hampshire, Free to the Public. Hosted by the Kingston Community Library.  Storyteller and scholar Jo Radner will teach and reinforce best practices for designing and conducting community oral history projects.  It is ideal for teams of three to four participants from a community, museum, historical society, school or library.  For more information, contact steve-sousa@comcast.net   Register at this link:  http://www.kingstonnh.org/home/news/building-community-through-oral-history-open-to-towns-schools-organizations-may-14-2016

May 15, Sunday, 2 – 4pm, Brick Walls: How to Get Through Genealogical Roadblocks, at the Hilton Garden Inn Room of the Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Presented by Diane Florence Gravel.  She will help solve your research problems by exploring sources often overlooked in genealogical research.  Free to the public.

May 16, Monday, 5:30 The History of the Frist Parish Burying Ground of Newbury, at the Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main Street, Amesbury, Massachusetts, presented by Donald Jarvis.  He will discuss how to collect data from burying grounds for your genealogical research.  Registration required, contact Margie Walker at mwalker@mvlc.org

May 17, Tuesday, 7pm, Putting Human Faces on the Textile Industry:  The Workers of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company, at the Dover Adult Learning Center- McConnell Center, 61 Locust Street, 2nd Floor, Room 220, Dover, New Hampshire.  Presented by Robert Perreault.  Free to the Public.

May 17, Tuesday, 7pm, A Visit with Queen Victoria, at the Gilman Library, 100 Main Street, Alton, New Hampshire.  A living history presentation by Sally Mummey.  Free to the public.  Hosted by the Gilman Library.

May 18, Wednesday, 7pm, The Wardwell Family of Andover, at the North Andover Historical Society, presented by Margo Burns (she recently told part of this story of the Wardwell family, and their involvement in the 1692 Witch Trials, to actor Scott Foley on TLC's "Who Do You Think You Are?").  This is the rest of the story! Members free, Non members, $5.  Reservations required, please email director.nahistory@gmail.com 

May 18, Wednesday, 7pm, George Washington Spied Here: Spies and Spying in the American Revolutionary War (1775 – 1783), at the Bedford Public Library, Bedford, New Hampshire, sponsored by the Bedford Historical Society and presented by Douglas Wheeler. Free to the public, light refreshments will be served.

May 18, Wednesday, 6pm, Saturday Evening Girls:  Jewish and Italian Immigrant Artists and Scholars of Early 1900s Boston, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by Dr. Dorothy E. King.  Free to the public.  Please register at this link:  http://shop.americanancestors.org/products/saturday-evening-girls-jewish-and-italian-immigrant-artists-and-scholars-of-early-1900s-boston   Dr. King is hoping to locate and interview descendants of these girls for her research.  If you have a grandmother, aunt or cousin who might have been a member of this group, please email her at dxk43@psu.edu

May 19, Thursday, 9pm, Teddy Roosevelt’s Nobel Prize:  New Hampshire and the Portsmouth Peace Treaty, at the Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, New Hampshire.  Presented by Charles Doleac, and hosted by the Manchester Historic Association.  Free to the public.  http://www.manchesterhistoric.org/

May 19, Thursday, 7pm, Brewing in New Hampshire: An Informal History of Beer in the Granite State from Colonial Times to the Present, at the Aaron Cutler Memorial Library, 269 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, New Hampshire.  A multi media presentation by Glenn Knoblock.   Free to the public.  Hosted by the Aaron Cutler Memorial Library, and sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

May 20, Friday, 6:30 – 9pm, Tales and Ales, at the Swett-Isley House, 4 High Road, Newbury, Massachusetts.  Enjoy traditional local brews while listening to true tales from Newbury’s past. Must be over 21.  $35 Historic New England members, $60 non-members.  Registration required 978-462-2634. 

May 21, Saturday, 4pm, Central Cemetery Walking Tour, at the Central Cemetery, Beverly, Massachusetts.  Meet up at the Hale Street Entrance.  Join curator Darren Brown of the Beverly Historical Society for a walk through Beverly's largest cemetery. Free to the public. 

May 21, Saturday, 1pm, Spring at the Boston Public Library – Busting out all Over!, at the Centre Congregational Church, 5 Summer Street, Lynnfield, Massachusetts, sponsored by the Essex Society of Genealogists, and presented by Linda MacIver, the Social Sciences and Government Information Reference Librarian at the Boston Public Library and Evan Thornberry, the Cartographic Reference Librarian for the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library.  There will be a brown bag luncheon prior to the lecture.

May 21, Saturday, 10am, New Visitor Tour of the NEHGS Library, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by Dr. Dorothy E. King.  Free to the public. 

May 21, Saturday, 11am – 3:30pm, Connecticut Society of Genealogists 48th Anniversary Celebration, at the Connecticut Historical Society, One Elizabeth Street, Hartford, Connecticut.  More info at http://www.csginc.org

May 21, Saturday, Southern Maine Genealogical Conference, featuring genealogists D. Joshua Taylor, at Keeley’s Banquet Center, 178 Warren Avenue, Portland, Maine,  For more information: http://gpcmgs.brakeley.net/SMEConference.html

May 23 and 24, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 4pm, Garrison Weekend, at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire.  Join us as the Vermont Brigade garrisons the fort.  Watch training, inspections, maneuvers and demonstrations.  For more information see http://www.fortat4.org/garrison_weekends/vtgarrison.html

May 24, Tuesday, 6pm, Author Talk:  A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, $10 admission, Joseph M. Bagley, city archaeologist of Boston, uncovers a fascinating hodgepodge of history – from ancient fishing grounds to Jazz Age red-light districts.  www.masshist.org/calendar

May 24, Tuesday, 6pm, Welcome to the Graveyard!  A Virtual Tour of Bridgewater’s Cemeteries, hosted by the Gravestone Girls, at the Bridgewater Public Library 15 South Street, Bridgewater, Massachusetts.  Free to the public. Sponsored by the Plymouth County Genealogists, Inc.

May 24, Tuesday,  6:30 pm, Vanished Veterans – NH’s Civil War Monuments and Memorials, at the Meredith Public Library, 91 Main Street, Meredith, New Hampshire, presented by historian George Morrison.  Sponsored by the Meredith Public Library. Free to the public.

May 24, Tuesday, 7pm, Understanding & Using the Results of Your DNA Tests, at the American Legion Hall, 22 Elm Street, Gardner, Massachusetts, presented by Jeff Carpenter and sponsored by the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society. Guests are welcome for $2, which can be applied to membership if you join the same evening.  For more information contact queenkatt64@yahoo.com  

May 25, Wednesday, 7pm, New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones, at the Kensington Public Library, 126 Amesbury Road, Kensington, New Hampshire.  Presented by Glenn Knoblock.  Free to the public.  Hosted by the Kensington Public Library, and sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

May 26, Thursday, Boston Bus Trip:  Research & Explore the City, Join the Maine Historical Society and the Greater Portland Chapter of Maine Genealogical Society.  Participants can choose to stop at one of three Boston locations.  The bus departs 7:30am from the former Weathervane Restaurant at the Maine Mall in South Portland and returns at 7pm.  Select a drop off at 1) The New England Historic Genealogical Society 2) The Boston Museum of Fine Arts or 3) Boston Common.  MHS/MGS members $45, Non-members $50.  Reserve your seat today at this link: https://www.mainehistory.org/events/event/560/signup?popup=1 

May 26, Thursday, 6pm, A Soldier’s Mother Tells Her Story, at the Upper Valley Senior Center, 10 Campbell Street, Lebanon, New Hampshire. A living history program by Sharon Wood, speaking as Betsey Phelps, the mother of a Union soldier from Amherst, New Hampshire who died heroically at the Battle of Gettysburg.  Free to the public. 

Planning Ahead: 

June 18 and 19, Saturday and Sunday,  10am – 5pm, Vermont History Expo 2016:  H2O, The Power of Water in Vermont History, Tunbridge World Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, Vermont.   Adults $10, children $5, Ages under 5 Free.  Half price for visitors in period dress!  Nearly 150 history and heritage organizations will present exhibits sharing history from all over Vermont.  Artists, musicians, authors, crafters, and genealogists.  http://vermonthistory.org/community/vermont-history-expo

September 9 – 10, Western Massachusetts Genealogical Conference, details coming soon.

September 15 – 17, New York State Family History Conference, at the Holiday Inn Syracuse, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, New York.

September 17,  Saturday, Maine Genealogical Society, 40th Anniversary Conference, Jeff’s Catering, Brewer, Maine, for more information see this link www.maineroots.org or MGS, Box 2062, Waterville, Maine, 04903

 October 15, Connecticut Society of Genealogists Seminar.  Details to come at http://www.csginc.org

October 22, Saturday, all day, The Battle of Red Horse Tavern, at the Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Massachusetts.  This is an annual one-day Revolutionary War era battle re-enactment and fair.

April 2017, NERGC 2017, at the Mass Mutual Center, 1277 Main Street, Springfield, Massachusetts 


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "May 2016 Genealogy and Local History Calendar", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 28, 2016,  (  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/04/may-2016-genealogy-and-local-history.html:  accessed [access date]).

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Weathervane Wednesday ~ On a Lighthouse added to a famous Fortress

Weathervane Wednesday is an on-going series of photographs I post weekly.  I started out by publishing only weather vanes from the Londonderry area, but now I've been finding interesting weather vanes from all over New England.  Sometimes these weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are very unique.  Often, my readers tip me off to some very special and unusual weather vanes.

Today's weather vane is not in New England, nor in the Continental United States!

Do you know the location of weather vane #258?  Scroll down to see the answer...

This weathervane was photographed above the lighthouse on the top of the fortress San Felipe del Morro at the entrance to the harbor in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  This fort was built over many centuries, beginning in 1539 by the King of Spain, Charles V.    The walls of the fort are 18 feet thick, and there are six levels of batteries from sea level to 145 feet.  The lighthouse was originally built in 1843, but it was damaged in the Spanish American War in 1898.  The US government rebuilt the lighthouse in 1908.  The castle fortress covers over 70 acres of land on a promontory above the harbor entrance.  The words "El Morro" mean "the promontory" in Spanish.

You can see that the lighthouse weathervane is Spanish because besides the cardinal point "N" and "S" and "E" there is an "O" for the word oeste, which is Spanish for "west".   There is no figure on the vane, just an arrow. 

El Morro was used during World War II when modern concrete bunkers were added facing the sea.  In 1961 the US Army abandoned the fortress and it became part of the United States National Park Service.  In 1983 the San Juan National Historic Site (including the waslls of Old San Juan, the smaller fortress Fortín San Juan de la Cruz (El Canñelo)  and the San Cristobal fortress) were declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations. 

We were visiting El Morro and San Juan this past winter to sell my husband's childhood home.  It was a bittersweet moment, because we knew that we would not be visiting Puerto Rico much after selling the home.  My husband spent a lot of time at this last tour of El Morro reminiscing about exploring the fortress as a little boy, and discovering its many nooks and crannies with his Dad.  Although I had been to the El Morro dozens of times, it was the first time I noticed that there was a weathervane there!

For the truly curious:

San Juan National Historic Site website:  http://www.nps.gov/saju/index.htm  

A short video with a history of El Morro   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkG1CZ-7CtE  


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ On a Lighthouse added to a famous Fortress", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 27, 2016, ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/04/weathervane-wednesday-on-lighthouse.html:  accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

John Stark Day, Manchester, New Hampshire

In New Hampshire Major General John Stark Day is celebrated on the fourth Monday of April.   He is a local hero, and those of you "from away" may not know who is General John Stark.  He was an officer in the French and Indian War, and also in the American Revolutionary War.  He led the troops at the Battle of Bennington, Vermont, and also is famous for the state motto "Live Free or Die".  You can read more about his life in the links below.

I attended the ceremonies at Stark Park in Manchester, New Hampshire yesterday.  Stark Park is the former Stark homestead, and the place where the family burial ground is located.  Major General John and his wife, Molly Stark are buried here.

The ceremony was celebrated by local officials and a plethora of patriotic organizations such as the DAR, SAR and CAR (Children of the American Revolution).  The New Hampshire Sons of the American Revolution (NHSAR) Colonial Color Guard and bagpiper posted the colors. 

Linda Wood, the Vice Regent of the Molly Stark Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) read the proclamation by New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan.  Ted Gatsas, the Mayor of Manchester, read a proclamation, too.  

John "Jack" Manning, the Historian General of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR), and the Secretary of the NH SAR, read some remarks on the life of Major General John Stark.   Bryce Laurendeau, past president of the John Stark Society of the Children of the American Revolution, laid a wreath at the grave of Major General John Stark.  

The NH SAR color guard gave a musket salute

Diana Duckoff, President of the Friends of Stark Park, gave an address about the three new additions to the park this year:  a new flag pole with a green Stark flag, a newly planted maple tree, and the General. John Stark memorial plaque (see below). 

American Revolutionary War Hero, Major General John Stark
was born in Derryfield, New Hampshire in 1738.  Upon his death in 1822
this gravesite, on what was the site of the Stark family farm,
became his final resting place.  The General's beloved wife Molly,
who predeceased him in 1814, and other members of the 
Stark family were later laid to rest alongside the General.
The hand-forged wrought iron fence was added to the site in 1913.

Restoration of Stark Gravesite  2013 - 2014
A joint project of the City of Manchester and 
The Friends of Stark Park with the generous support of
The Molly Stark Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution
The National and New Hampshire Societies,
Sons of the American Revolution
Foundations, Families and Friends

There was another ceremony yesterday, too, at the green in Dunbarton, New Hampshire at the statue of Major Caleb Stark.

For the truly curious:

A previous blog post at Nutfield Genealogy about John Stark Day:

From Janice Brown's Cow Hampshire blog:

The Friends of Stark Park:


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "John Stark Day, Manchester, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 26, 2016  (  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/04/john-stark-day-manchester-new-hampshire.html:  accessed [access date]).

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Juan Huisar, buried at the San Jose Mission in San Antonio, Texas

This tombstone was photographed at the National Historical Park of the San Jose Mission in San Antonio, Texas, next to the mission church.

E. D. P. 
el dia 30 Marco 1893
59 Anos.


R. I. P. [E.D.P. translates to "in peace, rest" or "en paz, descanse"]
Juan Huisar
on the day 30 March 1893
At the age of
59 years

This gravestone is in the small burial plot by the front door of the mission church of San Jose and San Miguel inside the Mission San Jose in San Antonio, Texas.  This small plot is all that is left when the mission was restored by Works Progress Administration workers during the Great Depression.  The dead buried here long ago were removed to another location during the restoration, but two grave markers remain to mark the burial ground.  One is unmarked except for an iron cross, and the other is this stone for Juan Huisar.

The famous Rose Window inside the mission church was created by Native American Pedro Huizar.  The gravestone of Juan Huizar is believed to be the grandson of the stained glass window artist.  According to a tree found at Ancestry.com, Juan Huizar was born 8 March 1833 in Texas, son of Serefino Huizar (b. 1807) and Olalia Flores.  He was the grandson of Jose Antonio Pedro Huzar (1740 – 1798) and Maria Francisca Teodora Guerrero.   “Pedro, according to the Bexar archives, 1789, was Spanish Alcalde of the Concepcion Mission in 1795.  His survey for irrigation from the San Antonio River is mentioned in the Nacogdoches Archives, March 26, 1791.  The Census reports for 1792 and 1793, Bexar Archives, mention Pedro Huizar, the carpenter, who was born in 1740, at Aguascalientes…” [from With the Makers of San Antonio, Genealogies of the early Latin, Anglo-American, and German Families,  1937, page 137, available to read online at Ancestry.com]  

Juan Huisar married Justa Gomez Aguilar in Bexar County, Texas on 12 February 1854.  They had three daughters:  Trinidad, Melchora and Catarina.  Records of the Confederate Civil War Soldiers in Texas show a Juan Huisa mustered in as a private in Ragsdale’s Battalion of the Texas Cavalry.  This might be the same man.

“San Antonio Missions preserve Native American history in Texas’s first World Heritage Site”, by Tracy L. Barnett, March 10, 2016, Washington Post  accessed April 1, 2016  https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/san-antonio-missions-preserve-native-american-history-at-the-nations-newest-world-heritage-site/2016/03/10/69356002-deed-11e5-8d98-4b3d9215ade1_story.html


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Juan Huisar, buried at the San Jose Mission in San Antonio, Texas", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 26, 2016, (  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/04/tombstone-tuesday-juan-huisar-buried-at.html: accessed [access date]).