Saturday, December 20, 2014

Surname Saturday ~ RINDGE, RING from Ipswich, Massachusetts


Daniel Rindge arrived as an immigrant first to Roxbury, Massachusetts, and in 1639 he removed to Ipswich.  He bought the Emerson house in 1648 as his homestead.  He was a fisherman and also ran a tavern for several  years.  He was licensed to keep an “ordinary” but “not to draw beer above a penny a quart, and to provide meate [food] for men & cattell”.   In 1649 Daniel Ringe was ordered to “attend on the green (South Green) and the cow herd was obliged to keep the herd on one Sunday in four.”  [This ordinance referred to dividing up the duty of watching the cows]. 

Daniel Rindge’s will was dated 5 February and proved 25 March 1661.

The last will and testament of Daniel Rindge of Ipswich, this 5th day of february, 1661. In the name of God, amen, I Daniel Rindge, being of pfect memory and understanding do dispose of what outward estate that God hath given me, and in the manner as followeth:
In the first place I commit my soul to almighty God and my body to decent buryall:

I give unto Mary, my beloved wife, one third part of my ffarme now in the hands of Daniel Davison, during the terme of her natural life; and after her decease to be divided amongst my three sonnes,--the eldest to have a double share thereoff.

I give and bequeathe unto my three sonnes, Daniel, roger and Isaack, my ffarme above Sd, to bee divided amongst them: the eldest to have a double part; then the two youngest to be equal, and they to take possession thereof at the age of one-and-twenty: my wives third part being reserved for her, during her life; and then her third part of be divided according to ye proportion above sayd.

I give and bequeathe unto my three daughters, Mary, Susanna, and Sarah, thirty pounds to each of them, and they to have possession thereof, at the age of sixteen, or at the time of their marriage.

I leave my house and lands now in ye possession of Thomas Wayt, unto my wife, * * and I will when my youngest two daughters shall bee of age, that if they desire it, they may have the same for their portions: allowing the overplus of their portions to my other Daughter, as part of her portion; or if they so desire it not, to be left to ye executors to dispose of for ye discharge of my daughters portions.

My mind and will is that if my eldest son shall dye without children, that his portion shall be left to the two younger Brothers, the elder of them two to have a double share thereof, provided that he allow to each of his sisters five pounds: and if both the eldest dye childless, the youngest to inherit their portions, allowing to each of my Daughters ten pounds, or if the youngest leave no children, the two eldest inherit his portion, the eldest having a double share: and if the two youngest leave no children the eldest to inherit their portions, paying to each of my Daughters Ten pounds.

If my wife marryeth, my mind is, her husband shall give sufficient security for what estate he is possessed of by my wife, for the discharge of my children's portions.

The remainder of my estate I leave to my wife to dispose of at her decease equally amongst all my children.

My mind is that if my wife marryeth, my children shall have liberty if they desire it, to be disposed of to good services, if they shall think meet to whom they are * * which so confirmed, I have here unto set my hand, this third day of February, 1661.

Daniell Ringe

I constitute and appoint my loving friends, Deacon William Goodhue, and Daniel Hovey, sen'r, of Ipswich, and my wife, executors and executrix of this my Last will and Testament and Rich'd Hubbard and John Dane, sen'r, overseers. In ye presence of Robert Kinsman, jun'r, and Richard Jacob.

Proved in Court, held at Ipswich, the 25th March, 1662, by the oath of Robert Kinsman and John Dane to be the will and testament of Daniel Ringe to the best of your knowledge,--by me

Robert Lord, Clerk

My RINDGE / RING genealogy:

Generation 1:   Daniel Rindge, died 6 February 1662 in Ipswich, Massachusetts, married Mary Kinsman, daughter of Robert Kinsman.  She was born about 1631 in Ipswich. Six children.

Lineage A:

Generation 2:   Mary Rindge, born about 1648, died 16 October 1732 in Ipswich; married on 20 October 1672 in Ipswich to James Fuller, son of John Fuller and Elizabeth Emerson.  He was born about 1647 and died 21 June 1725 in Ipswich.  Nine children.

Generation 3:  Dorothy Fuller, born 18 December 1684 and died 1756 in Beverly, Massachusetts; married about 21 October 1715 in Ipswich to Josiah Stone, son of Nathaniel Stone and Mary Balch.  Six children.

Generation 4: Josiah Stone m. Martha Ashby
Generation 5: Josiah Stone m.  Susanna Hix
Generation 6: Eunice Stone m. Peter Hoogerzeil
Generation 7:  Peter Hoogerzeil m. Mary Etta Healey
Generation 8: Florence Etta Hoogerzeil m. Arthur Treadwell Hitchings
Generation 9: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)

Lineage B:

Generation 2:  Sarah Ring, born 17 August 1659 in Ipswich, died after 1714; married 16 February 1680/1 in the Chebacco Parish of Ipswich to Joseph Andrews, son of John Andrews and Jane Jordan.  He was born about 1618 in England and died 20 April 1708 in the Chebacco Parish. Five children.

Generation 3: John Andrews m. Elizabeth Wallis
Generation 4: John Andrews m. Martha Cogswell
Generation 5: James Andrews m. Lucy Presson
Generation 6: Orpha Andrews m. Joseph Allen
Generation 7: Joseph Gilman Allen m. Sarah Burnham Mears
Generation 8:  Joseph Elmer Allen m. Carrie Maude Batchelder
Generation 9: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Getting Ready for the Holidays? Photo Friday

Can you guess who this little girl is? Or does the name on the stocking give it away?

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Weathervane Wednesday - On a Faraway Island!

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 an island two hours by air from Boston.

Do you know the location of weather vane #187? Scroll down to see the answer!

Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, Bermuda

The view from the lighthouse

The view from the road

This unusual weathervane is mounted on a concrete column at the base of the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse in Bermuda.  Gibbs Hill is located 245 feet above the beach, and the cast iron lighthouse is another 117 feet.  There are 185 steps to the beacon at the top of the lighthouse.

The weathervane is a giant arrow, with no cardinal points. It was originally installed on top of the lighthouse in 1846, but in 1988 it was removed to place a radar scanner up there.  The radar is used to guide ships thorough the reefs surrounding Bermuda.  This weathervane was damaged in a wind storm in February 2014, but has since been restored.

Gibbs Hill Lighthouse, Bermuda website

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Agnes Fisher, died 1747, Londonderry, New Hampshire

This tombstone was photographed at the Forest Hill Cemetery in East Derry, New Hampshire.  It had been cleaned by the Friends of Forest Hill in 2009.  If you would like to see a before and after photograph, please click on this link to the entry at the Find A Grave website.

1747 IN THE 21st

Agnes Taylor was born 6 March 1725 in Londonderry, New Hampshire, the daughter of Janet Wilson and Matthew Taylor.   She married Deacon Samuel Fisher, who was born in Ireland on 29 July 1722 and died 10 April 1806 in Londonderry.  Samuel was married three times, and Agnes was his first wife.  He also married Agnes Wilson  and Sarah Barber (both buried at the Old Hill Cemetery in Londonderry with Samuel).  He had a total of 12 children, 76 grandchildren and 53 great grandchildren according to an obituary posted at his memorial at Find a Grave.  Click here to read his memorial and obituary. 

Agnes died 17 April 1747 in Londonderry.  She was only 21 years old, and she died in childbirth.  Her daughter Nancy Fisher was born the same day as her mother's death, and she grew up to married David Ela.  Nancy lived to be 90 years old, and died on 19 February 1837 and is buried at the Forest Hill Cemetery, too, not far from her mother's grave.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Weird Search Terms for My Blog 2014

Google                                                           My Comment

Skelton family massitustice                                     Apparently spelling doesn’t count on Google?
Ferdinand & Isabella weathervane                           Now THAT would be cool!
Secret documents Alan Bartlett Shepard                     THAT would be even cooler
Mirskidok                                                                ???
Norton Howland Bearse Adams Benson Clark          Narrow your search
Lundundairy                                                             Ha!
New Hamster                                                          How about West Vir-gerbil?
kuai maryot weather station                                      I don’t know how google found me with this, but
                                                                               I did have a photo of the Kauai Marriott weather station
                                                                               Believe it or not!

Images searched online that actually landed on my blog website ….
Photos of Salem witch hangings                               Yeah, right
Photo Winthrop Fleet                                               Sure, with my iPhone…
Photo Mayflower Compact signing                           OK, I’ll use my iPhone, and get a selfie this time

Questions on Google?
Are there any photos of my father online?                [this is sad]
Whose the astronot from NH?                                 5 points off for spelling

Just Plain Odd…
Cemetery property for sale flyers
Victorian steel hats
Boston Alaska Chinese vase
Salem witch shoes                                   

Close, but no cigar… these are names of kin
                                     (no one else would know these names),
                                     if you are the cousin who googled these please identify yourself!

Jonathan Glover Lee NH 1800s put in insane asylum
Peter Hoogerzeil Beverly Mass
Abijah Franklin Hitching book author
Reverend Ingraham Ebenezer Bill

For the truly curious:

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Surname Saturday ~ WALLIS of Gloucester (Rockport), Massachusetts


Most people think that John Wallis of Gloucester, Massachusetts is the brother of Nathaniel Wallis of Beverly, Massachusetts.  Both men lost family members during hostilities with the Native American Indians up in Maine. Both men moved to Massachusetts, and five of John’s nine children lived in Beverly with the children of Uncle Nathaniel Wallis.  Nathaniel’s death was recorded in Beverly as being born in Cornwall.  There is no proof one way or another if the two men were brothers. 

John Wallis (about 1627 – 1690) was my 8th great grandfather. He lived in Falmouth, Maine until he became a refugee in Massachusetts during the Indian war of 1675,  and he lived in the Fifth Parish of Gloucester, also known as Sandy Bay, which is now Rockport, Massachusetts.  John Wallis was a fisherman in both Maine and Massachusetts. 

John Wallis married Mary Phippen, who had been born in Hingham, Massachusetts.  An interesting article in the NEHGS Register found that she remarried after John Wallis’s death to John Black of Beverly, Massachusetts.  In a 1771 document found in the Joshua Woodbury papers at the Maine Historical Society  was this tidbit:

“…the deposition of Jonathan Woodbury of Beverly who is now in the eighty ninth year of his age testifieth and saith that he well remembers that Josiah Wallis and James Wallis of Gloucester and Joseph Wallis and Benjamin Wallis of Beverly and Elizabeth the wife of Joseph Morgan were all the reputed children of John Wallis and that after the death of the said John his widow was married to my next neighbor John Black and their lived until her death and further says not”

Just a few years later another husband was uncovered in another NEHGS Register article (see below for the volumes and page numbers).  She married Samuel Morgan in 1692 and he died in 1698.  She married Black later.  Mary’s daughter, Elizabeth, married Joseph Morgan in 1700 in Beverly (step siblings) and Mary’s son, Joseph Wallis married Elizabeth Black on 13 January 1701/2 (step siblings again!)

Samuel Morgan (about 1650 – 1698) was previously married to Elizabeth Dixey (1641 – 1690), my 8th great aunt in another lineage.  His mother, Margaret Norman (1615 – 1693) is my 9th great grand aunt, sister to my 9th great grandmother Alice Norman, and also sister to my 9th great grandfather John Norman.  Mary’s third husband, John Black (born about 1642) is my 8th great grand uncle in another lineage, too, brother of Persis (Black) Follett, my 8th great grandmother.

Confused yet?

The Purpoodock settlement was located near what is now Cape Elizabeth, near Portland, Maine.  It was attacked in 1675 during King Phillip’s War.   His daughter, Elizabeth (Wallis) Morgan; daughter in law, Mary (Standford) Wallis, and her three children, were all killed in Purpoodock, Maine by Indians in 1703.  Purpooduck was abandoned after this attack and resettled again in 1719.   In 1724, during another attack in Fox Harbor, Maine, John Wallis lost 3 grandsons and the husband of a granddaughter.  

James Wallis (about 1668 – 1744) was born in Maine and married Martha Stanford of Maine about 1685.  He bought land in Gloucester around the time of the 1703 attack in Maine.  Later he lost three sons to the Fox Harbor attack in 1724, and his son Benjamin was captured.  In his 1731 will, James Wallis stated that if his son Benjamin returned he was to have a share equal to his brother Jonathan.  There are no further records of Benjamin.

For more information on the WALLIS family:

The John Wallis Family of Cape Ann, Massachusetts” , The New England Historic Genealogical Register, Volume 152, pages 286-310, 391- 414,  Volume 153, pages 29 – 51, 183 – 206, 293 – 318, 489 – 98.

“Mary (Phippen) (Wallis) Black”, The New England Historic Genealogical Register, Volume 153, pages 291 – 293.

“Another Husband for Mary (Phippen) (Wallis) (Morgan) Black:  Samuel 2 Morgan (Robert1)  of Beverly, Mass.”, The New England Historic Genealogical Register, Volume 160, pages 99 – 100. 

My WALLIS genealogy:

Generation 1:  John Wallis, born about 1627, possibly in Cornwall, England, died on 13 September 1690  at the Fifth Parish in Gloucester (now Rockport), Massachusetts; married about 1660 to Mary Phippen, daughter of Joseph Phippen and Dorcas Wood.  She was baptized on 5 March 1643/44 in Hingham, Massachusetts and died after 29 April 1691.  Nine children.

Generation 2: James Wallis, born about 1668 in Maine, and died before 31 March 1744 in Gloucester, Massachusetts;  married about 1685 to Martha Stanford, daughter of Robert Stanford and Mary Howland.  She was born about 1672 in Maine and died after 17 August 1731 in Gloucester.  Seven children.

Generation 3: Elizabeth Wallis, baptized on 25 February 1694 in Beverly, Massachusetts and died before 7 November 1757 in Ipswich, Massachusetts; married on 6 December 1716 in Gloucester to John Andrews, son of Joseph Andrews and Sarah Ring.  He was born on 1 June 1691 in the Chebacco Parish of Ipswich, and died in October 1762 in the Chebacco Parish.   Eight children.

Generation 4:  John Andrews m. Martha Cogswell
Generation 5:  James Andrews m. Lucy Presson
Generation 6:  Orpha Andrews m. Joseph Allen
Generation 7: Joseph Gilman Allen m. Sarah Burnham Mears
Generation 8: Joseph Elmer Allen m. Carrie Maude Batchelder
Generation 9:  Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

2015 New Hampshire Mayflower Society Memorial Scholarships

The deadline for applications will be February 15, 2015.

The scholarships are open to anyone who can make a personal appearance at the May 2015 scholarship luncheon to accept the award.  Please be aware that members and their family will have a preference for winning the award.

The 2014 New Hampshire Mayflower Society Memorial Scholarships are available to any college student (undergraduate or graduate student) or high school senior.  You don't need to be a member of the Mayflower Society, or a descendant of a Mayflower passenger to apply, but members and close relatives of members will receive preference (defined as members, junior members, siblings, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren).  Applicants with no affiliation to the New Hampshire Mayflower Society are invited to apply.  This is one of the few Mayflower scholarships in the USA awarded to non-members.  Applicants MUST be able to attend the award ceremony, in person, in New Hampshire.  It is expected that at least two to four scholarships of $500 to $1000 will be awarded in May 2014.

Applications and instructions are available at the website  and applications and all required paperwork is due strictly by February 15, 2014.  Or you may email Heather Rojo at for more information and further instructions.  The New Hampshire Mayflower Society can also be found on Facebook.

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

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants also gives an annual $5,000 scholarship to a junior member.  Please send your inquiries to

The New Hampshire Mayflower Society website 

Click here for the webpage with application and instructions

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Moo! A Popular Ice Cream Spot in Massachusetts

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 a town in Essex County, Massachusetts.

Do you know the location of weather vane #186? Scroll down to see the answer!

Today's weathervane was spotted at Richardson's Ice Cream in Middleton, Massachusetts.  This dairy farm is operated by the 8th and 9th generations of the Richardson family.  Not only are these Richardsons wonderful ice cream makers, but they are also distant cousins! We both descend from Thomas Richardson of Westmill, Hertfordshire, England.  His three sons, Samuel, Ezekiel and Thomas settled in Charlestown and Woburn, Massachusetts, and his daughter Elizabeth married Francis Wyman in 1617 and they became early Woburn settlers, too.  I descend from both Elizabeth (Richardson) Wyman (1593-1630) and Samuel Richardson (about 1602 - 1658).

In 1952 Ben and Hazen Richardson made their first ice cream and sold it in a stand on the side of Route 114.  By 1962 they had expanded to over 50 flavors. In 1978 they expanded to wholesale ice cream, and supplied ice cream stands all over New England, including Mack's Apples ice cream in Londonderry, New Hampshire.  I grew up enjoying the original ice cream stand, and later I found their ice cream in Londonderry when I married and moved to New Hampshire.  You can find Richardson's ice cream sold at Mack's Apples in the summer.  Yum!

Richardson's Ice Cream, Middleton, Massachusetts 

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