Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Mr. Charles Bulkley, Wethersfield, CT

This tombstone was photographed at the Village Cemetery in Wethersfield, Connecticut, behind the First Church of Christ on Main Street.

Here lies Interr'd
the Body of Mr.
who Departed this
Life Febry 21st 1758
In the 55th year
of his Age

Charles Bulkley is my 2nd cousin, 8 generations removed.  His grandfather, my 9th great grand uncle, Rev. Gerhom Bulkeley, removed from Cambridge, where he graduated from Harvard College in 1655, to be the minister at New London, Connecticut.  Charles was born in Wethersfield, the son of Edward Bulkeley and Dorothy Prescott, on 25 March 1702, and he died there on 21 March 1758.  He married Mary Sage on 28 May 1724 and they had eleven children.  

Charles Bulkely was the great grandson of Rev. Peter Bulkely (1583 - 1659), a founder of Concord, Massachusetts, and also my 10th great grandfather.  He is also the great grandson of John Prescott (1604 - 1681) and Mary Gawkroger, my 9th great grandparents.  Charles's is also a great grandson of Charles Chauncey (1592 - 1672), the second President of Harvard College from 1654 - 1671. 


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Mr. Charles Bulkley, Wethersfield, CT", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 24, 2016,  (  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/05/tombstone-tuesday-mr-charles-bulkley.html: accessed [access date])/

Saturday, May 21, 2016

May 2016 New England Genealogy Blogger Bash

Five years ago we hosted the first New England Genealogy Blogger Bash at our home in Londonderry in August 2011 on the eve or Hurricane Irene. On that occasion, many bloggers drove home into the storm. Since then that first meeting we have had much nicer weather, also met on Cape Cod (twice!), Manchester-by-the-Sea, and Farley, Massachusetts.  We have also met up in person at the NERGC conferences every other year.

We forgot to take a group photo this time around, so multiple photos will have to do.  I'll post all the participants and their blog links below.

We had a good meeting about expanding the blogger presence at the NERGC 2017 in Springfield, Massachusetts, and explored blog books and other book publishing services.  But best of all was just the socializing, and eating! We had bloggers from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut join us.  Christine McCloud wins bragging rights for the longest drive.

It's always nice meeting up in person, instead of meeting "virtually" online.

Participating bloggers (no particular order):

Barbara Matthews  http://blog.demandinggenealogist.com/
Polly Fitzgerald Kimmett   http://pk-pollyblog.blogspot.com/
Christine McCloud   https://beautifulwatergenealogy.wordpress.com/
Tim Firkowski    http://www.thegenealogyassistant.com/
Barbara Proko   http://wilnoworcester.blogspot.com/
Elizabeth Pyle Handler  http://frommainetokentucky.blogspot.com/
June Stearns Butka  https://damegussie.wordpress.com/
Jake Fletcher   https://travelyourgenealogy.com/
Dan Young  https://discoveringyourpast.wordpress.com/
Sara Campbell   http://rememberingancestors.blogspot.com/ 
Erica Voolich   http://genea-adventures.blogspot.com/
Heather Wilkinson Rojo   http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/

Surname Saturday ~ LOCKE of Rye, New Hampshire

The Locke Burial Ground at Locke's Neck, on Locke Road in Rye, New Hampshire


John Locke is a famous figure on the seacoast of New Hampshire.  His land and the family burial ground are marked with historical plaques from both the state of New Hampshire and the Locke Family Association.  His sword and scythe are on display at the New Hampshire Historical Society museum.  The history of Rye, New Hampshire has pages of information on his life, his infamous death, and his progeny. There are so many descendants that a compiled genealogy takes up two volumes, and additions and supplemental information are discussed at length every year at the annual Locke Family Reunion. This year will be the 126th annual Locke Family Reunion, “traditionally held on the third Saturday of August to commemorate the death of our progenitor, Captain John Locke” (LFA website, http://www.lockefamilyassociation.org/reunions.html )

Outside of New Hampshire, and outside of the family, John Locke is an unknown figure in American History.  So I will tell his story here in an abridged version…

John Locke is probably the son of Thomas Locke and Christina French, baptized in London at Whitechapel in 1627.  He immigrated to New Hampshire about 1644 and went to Dover, New Castle, Sagamore Creek and then in 1665 he went to Hampton (now the part that is the town of Rye).  It is thought that he framed the first meetinghouse in Portsmouth about 1645. 

The Hampton records state “John Locke Senior was killed by the Heathen in his lott at work upon 26 August 1696.  An 1801 sermon by Rev. Porter of Rye said “In 1694 John Locke being at Locke’s Neck was ambushed and killed by the Indians as he was reaping grain in his field”.  Rev. John Pike’s journal has “Lieutenant Locke was slain by the Indians at Sandy Beach, 25 August 1696”. 

In the book History and Genealogy of Captain John Locke (1627 – 1696), 1916, there is a long description of how Locke was despised by the native people for foiling several attempts to attack Hampton.  In 1696 eight native men came upon him reaping salt hay with his scythe. They mortally wounded him, but not before he cut off the nose of one of the attackers.  One of the sons witnessed the murder, and spent years searching for the Indian without a nose.  Several grandsons are credited with avenging the death of Captain Locke by murdering an Indian (with or without a nose)

I descend from the oldest son, John Locke, Jr. (1654 – 1733), my 8th great grandfather, who inherited his father’s land at Locke’s Neck.  He sold all his land to his son, John, my 7th great grandfather.  Locke’s Neck is now a very expensive neighborhood in Rye, with beautiful waterfront properties, and it’s entrance is graced by the two memorial plaques to Captain John Locke.  This last John Locke had a wife, Sarah, and seven children.  Sarah and four of the children all died in 1736 in the throat distemper epidemic (diphtheria).  The maiden names of the Elizabeth (my 8th great grandmother) and Sarah (my 7th great grandmother) are both unknown. 

More LOCKE resources:

The Locke Family Association:  http://www.lockefamilyassociation.org/  

A previous blog post "He Cut Off an Indian's Nose with his Scythe!"  posted on July 6, 2012 -   http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2012/07/john-locke-he-cut-off-indians-nose-with.html   

History and Genealogy of Captain John Locke (1627 – 1696) of Portsmouth and Rye, New Hampshire and His Descendants, by Arthur H. Locke, 1916, Heritage Books reprint 2003, 2 Volumes.

The History of Hampton, N.H., by Joseph Dow, 2 Volumes

A previous blog post about the Locke Burial Ground, Rye, New Hampshire

My LOCKE lineage:

Generation 1:  John Locke, born about 1627 in England, died 26 August 1696 in Rye, New Hampshire; married about 1652 to Elizabeth Berry, daughter of William Berry and Jane Unknown.  She was born about 1636 and died after 1708.  Eleven children.

Generation 2:  John Locke, born 1654 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, died after 1733; married about 1677 to Elizabeth Unknown.  She died 12 November 1734 in Rye, New Hampshire.  Seven children.

Generation 3:  John Locke, born 1683, died about 1774; married Sarah Unknown.  She died 1736.  Seven children (four died with their mother in 1736- of diptheria).

Generation 4: Richard Locke, born 28 July 1720 in Rye, died 15 May 1804; married about 1745 to Elizabeth Garland, the daughter of John Garland and Elizabeth Dearborn.  She was born 13 March 1724 in Rye, and died 1818.  Eleven children.

Generation 5: Simon Locke, born September 1770 in Rye, died 31 July 1863 in Rye; married first on 14 February 1792 in Greenland, New Hampshire to Abigail Mace, daughter of Ithamar Mace and Rachel Berry.  She was born 1 February 1767 in Rye, and died 18 February 1803.  Seven children.  He married second on 10 November 1803 in Rye to Elizabeth Locke Allen, the daughter of Jude Allen and Dorcas Marden. Eight more children!

Generation 6: Captain Richard Locke, born 1794 in Rye, died 23 March 1864 in Chichester, New Hampshire; married first on 21 October 1823 in Chichester to Margaret Welch.  She was born about 1796 in Kittery, Maine, and died 1 March 1860 in Chichester.  Four children. 

Generation 7: Abigail M. Locke, born 10 September 1825 in South Boston, Massachusetts, died 15 January 1888 in Chichester; married on 7 September 1845 in South Boston to George E. Batchelder, son of Jonathan Batchelder and Nancy Thompson.  He was born 13 August 1822 in Chichester, and died 3 April 1848 in Chichester.  Two children.

Generation 8: George E. Batchelder m. Mary Katharine Emerson
Generation 9: Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 10: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ LOCKE of Rye, New Hampshire",  Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 21, 2016,  (  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/05/surname-saturday-locke-of-rye-new.html: accessed [access date]). 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Triple trouble during our research trip to Hartford, Connecticut

We recently made a genealogy research trip to Connecticut.  It was a "genea-jaunt" according to blogger Jill Ball.*  We visited Wethersfield and Windsor and saved Saturday for exploring the nearby state capitol of Hartford.  For two New Hampshire Yankees, Hartford was a big city.  It has a population of over 125,000 and a much bigger downtown area than I expected - with skyscrapers and a business district that was very deserted on the weekend.  It was not at all like New Hampshire, nor like Manchester, where I live, which has a thriving and busy downtown seven days a week.

Because of the urban downtown of Hartford, we encountered three problems that interfered with our genealogy tourism.  See if you can pinpoint our rookie mistakes in the big city.

Venue #1

We wanted to see the Rev. Thomas Hooker Statue and the plaque to the first meetinghouse, which are both located on the grounds of the Old State House.  I checked online, and the museum inside the Old State House was closed on Saturdays in April.  That was OK with us, because we wanted to see the memorials and plaques outside the Old State House.  So we found the location of the building and...

There was a locked gate and fence all the way around the Old State House grounds!

Well, we never would have guessed that this would happen.  And the website said nothing about this.  We were quite shocked to find that we could not stroll the park inside the gate. For two country bumpkins from New Hampshire, we were unhappy and surprised.  I guess there must be a reason for the lockdown.  It didn't look like a crime area, but the neighborhood was very deserted for a Saturday morning. 

Even though we couldn't get inside, we were able to get a few photos (but not the first meetinghouse plaque):

Reverend Thomas Hooker, Founder of Hartford

Colonial Puritan Era Amusements

We decided to walk one block over to our next destination.

Venue #2

The Ancient Burial Ground is located behind the First Congregational Church.  This cemetery has several of my ancestor's tombstones, plus various memorial obelisks to the founders of Hartford, first settlers and other interesting things.

This is what we found when we arrived...

Another locked gate.

OK, I should have known better. The only other time I ever encountered a locked cemetery was in South Boston.  I now know that in big cities there is a chance that the cemetery is locked up behind a fence and wall.  You can blame this one on me.  However, we were able to still photograph a few interesting things here.  (See the big white obelisk through the fence?  That's the Founder's Memorial and it wasn't close enough to photograph)

Rev. Samuel Stone (1602 - 1663) 



Sacred to the Memory of
the Three Hundred or more
Free People, Slaves and
five Black Governors
Who rest in Unmarked
Graves in Hartford's
Ancient Burying Ground
1640 - 1810

Hartford was named in 1637 after the English
town of Hertford.  The Indian name was Suckiaug.
The first colonial settlement, called
House of Good Hope, was made by the Dutch
in 1633.  The Reverend Thomas Hooker arrived
overland from Newtown (Cambridge)
Massachusetts with his congregation in 1636.
At first the settlement was called Newtown.
In 1639 the Fundamental Orders were adopted,
often considered the first written
constitution creating a government.  Hartford
served as a capital of Connecticut Colony
until 1701, when after absorption of New Haven
Colony there were two capitals, Hartford
and New Haven.  In 1875 Hartford became
the sole capital.

Erected by the City of Hartford                                                         
the Connecticut Historical Commission and the                                         
Society of the Descendants of the Founders of Hartford                                   

Venue #3

I wanted to see the Traveler's Square Monument, which is a statue of a Puritan family arriving in Hartford.  According to our map it was across the street from the church, so we turned around and this is what we saw...

Traveler's Square was under construction, closed to the public

OK, this was a problem that no museum or church website could solve. But it was not a total loss.  Vincent was able to take a nice photo of the statue - sideways.  You can't see the little boy figure in this photo, but it's not too bad.  The name of the statue is "The Safe Arrival:  He who brought us here sustains us still".   The plaque on the wall behind the statue describes the arrival of Rev. Thomas Hooker's congregation in June 1635, and was dedicated by the Traveler's Insurance Company in 1964. 

Yes, our rookie mistake in exploring this urban landscape was NOT CALLING AHEAD.  If we had called the museum at the Old State House or if we had called the First Church we could have learned about the locked gates.  Maybe someone could have unlocked the cemetery - like a church sexton or someone with the key.  I don't think anyone could have helped us with the construction at Traveler's Square, but it all turned out OK.  

We are planning a return trip some other year.  We can laugh about our triple trouble now, but as you can guess there was no laughing that Saturday morning! 

Founders of Hartford webpage for these downtown monuments:

*  Check out Jill Ball's "Geneadictionary" for obscure words used by genealogists:  https://geneadictionary.wordpress.com/   


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo,  "Triple trouble during our research trip to Hartford, Connecticut", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 19, 2016,  (  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/05/triple-trouble-during-our-research-trip.html:  accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above a Texas Mission

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 from somewhere in Texas.

Do you know the location of weather vane #261?  Scroll down to see the answer...

Today's weathervane was photographed above the mission church at the Mission San Jose in San Antonio, Texas.   This walled community was built over 250 years ago and restored in the 1930s by the Works Projects Administration during the Great Depression.  It is now a National Historical Park, showing how the community would have looked during it's origins during colonial Spanish rule.

This National Historic Park's visitor center is located at 6701 San Jose Drive in San Antonio, Texas.  The mission church, San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo,  was built starting in 1720.  The current building was started in 1768.  It was known as "Queen of the Missions" and was the largest in Texas.

This is a very fancy wrought iron filigreed cross weathervane.  The weathervane is very difficult to see because it seems so tiny compared to the size of the enormous church building. You will need a zoom lens or binoculars to really get a good look.

For the Truly Curious:

San Antonio Missions, National Historical Park   https://www.nps.gov/saan/planyourvisit/sanjose.htm

Wikipedia   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission_San_Jos%C3%A9_(Texas)

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


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above a Texas Mission", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 18, 2016, (  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/05/weathervane-wednesday-above-texas.html: accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Stephen Dodge and Sally Grant, Beverly, Massachusetts

This tombstone was photographed at the Dodge's Row Cemetery in North Beverly, Massachusetts

1792 - 1878
1795 - 1836
1821 - 1836
1831 - 1825
1835 - 1836

Stephen Dodge, son of Amos Dodge and Lydia Batchelder, born in Wenham, Massachusetts on 2 August 1792;  filed the intention to marry Sally Grant on 26 October 1816 in Wenham, daughter of Joseph Grant and Betsey Balch.  She was born on 27 April 1795 in Beverly, Massachusetts.  They had nine children, listed below.  Sally died on 29 February 1836 in Wenham, Massachusetts (the border of Wenham and Beverly is very near the Dodge's Row Cemetery).  

Nine children, named Dodge, all born in Wenham:
1. Emeline  b. 1817
2. Francis Stephen, b. 1819
3. Charles Smith b. 1821 (see above, died at age 14)
4. Joseph Grant, b. 1823
5. Sally Elizabeth, b. 1825
6. John Henry, b. 1828
7. Lydia A., b. 1831
8. George Frederik, b. 1833
9. Lydia A., b. 1835

Sally and three of her children all died in 1835 and 1836.  That was the year of a typhoid pneumonia epidemic in Massachusetts.  The vital records of Wenham don't list a cause of death, but perhaps they were all victims of this terrible disease.


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Stephen Dodge and Sally Grant, Beverly, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 17, 2016, (  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/05/tombstone-tuesday-stephen-dodge-and.html: accessed [access date].

Monday, May 16, 2016

Cemetery News for the town of Londonderry, New Hampshire

Towne Cemetery in Londonderry, New Hampshire

Recently a burial inventory was published for the town of Londonderry, New Hampshire.  This document lists all the documented burials in the municipal cemeteries.  It doesn’t include the one Roman Catholic cemetery in town, Holy Cross Cemetery on Gilcreast Road.  Contact the diocese of Manchester for more information on Holy Cross Cemetery, and there is information at this link:  http://mntccm.com/?q=node/14

The Londonderry Burial Inventory can be found at this link:  http://www.londonderrynh.org/Pages/LondonderryNH_BComm/Cemeteries/Inventory/1-16

The burials are listed by plot number, not alphabetical, so it is a little bit difficult to find a surname, use the search function on your browser.  Before this list was published, the best place to look up cemetery information in Londonderry was the cemetery notebooks in the Leach Library, which were compiled by Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for Eagle Scout and Gold Awards.  Those notebooks are still at the library and are valuable because they contain detailed maps plotting out every known burial, and some have epitaphs recorded.

For more information on the online burial inventory, contact Steve Cotton at the Londonderry Town Hall at srcotton@londonderrynh.org or 603-432-1100 x119 

There are 7 municipal cemeteries in Londonderry:

1.  Glenwood Cemetery – on Mammoth Road between Mack’s Apples and the town common, the earliest burial 1790

2.  Pillsbury  Cemetery on Hovey Road – earliest burial 2004 , 
(there is a plot map of this on the town website http://www.londonderrynh.org/Pages/LondonderryNH_BComm/Cemeteries/Maps/PB )

3.  Pinkerton Cemetery (AKA Old Hill Graveyard) on Hovey Road, next to Pillsbury Cemetery – the earliest burial is 1733,  considered to be the oldest cemetery in Londonderry.*
A nice website with photographs and transcriptions  http://www.familypage.org/oldhill/oldhill.htm 

3.  Pleasant View Cemetery  on Mammoth Road near Litchfield Road – earliest burial 1822
 (plot map of the North Section from the town website http://www.londonderrynh.org/Pages/LondonderryNH_BComm/Cemeteries/Maps/PV%20BN )
(plot map of the South Section from the town website http://www.londonderrynh.org/Pages/LondonderryNH_BComm/Cemeteries/Maps/PV%20BS  )

4.  Kendall Cemetery on Kendall Pond Road – earliest burial 1853 -  9 burials listed

5. Sunnyside Cemetery on Litchfield Road – earliest burial is 1833

6. Towne Cemetery on John St near Boyd Road – earliest burial is 1817 – 15 burials listed

7. Valley Cemetery- on Pillsbury Road – earliest burial is 1793
A website with photos and transcriptions http://www.familypage.org/valley/valley.htm


Forest Hill Cemetery in East Derry, New Hampshire

*For the oldest “Nutfield” cemetery, see Forest Hill Cemetery in East Derry, New Hampshire.  Derry and Londonderry were one town until the early 1800s.  Many of the original Nutfield Scots Irish settlers are buried at Forest Hill.  It is the only cemetery in Derry.  Contact the cemetery department in Derry at http://www.derry.nh.us/cemetery or the Friends of Forest Hill Cemetery at this link http://forest-hill-1721.webs.com/

There is a map to the sections of Forest Hill Cemetery http://www.derry.nh.us/sites/derrynh/files/uploads/2016_cemetery_map_1-47.pdf


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Cemetery News for the town of Londonderry, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 16, 2016, (  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/05/cemetery-news-for-town-of-londonderry.html: accessed [access date]). 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Judy Russell at the New Hampshire Society of Genealogists

 On Saturday, May 14th, the New Hampshire Society of Genealogists met in Manchester, New Hampshire for a business meeting, luncheon, door prizes and two workshops led by "The Legal Genealogist", Judy G. Russell.  We are a small organization from a small state, but we think big when it comes to inviting guest speakers!

Some famous faces in New Hampshire
left to right:  Judy Russell, Diane Gravel, Laura Prescott and Melinde Lutz Byrnes

Judy Russell preparing her multimedia presentation while attendees arrive. She presented an hour long talk on The ABCs of DNA, and a two hour workshop on court records. 

Would you like to join the New Hampshire Society of Genealogists?
Please see the website www.nhsog.org or contact president@nhsog.org  

New Hampshire Society of Genealogists
PO Box 2316
Concord, NH  03302-2316

The NHSOG was founded in 1978.  There are two general membership meetings each year.  The newsletter is published twice a year and the New Hampshire Genealogical Record is published quarterly.  Members have access to the online New Hampshire family register database. There are two volunteer projects, one is the NH family register database and the second is the volunteer program at the NH Vital Records research room, which enables the room to remain open to the public because we provide the research aides to staff the room.