Showing posts with label Hubbard. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hubbard. Show all posts

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Surname Saturday ~ HUBBARD of New London, Connecticut

HUBBARD

There is not much known about Hugh Hubbard.  He does not have a sketch in the Great Migration series because he did not arrive in New England until much later.  There is no recent article or book about Hugh Hubbard listed in the compilation New Englanders in the 1600s. Several books state he was from Derbyshire, but there is no proof.

Hugh was born about 1640 in England and died in Connecticut in 1685.  He married Jane Latham in New London, Connecticut on 18 March 1673, and they had six children.  Only daughters survived childhood, so the Hubbard name daughtered out very early.  Jane was the daughter of Cary Latham and Elizabeth Masters.  After Hugh Hubbard’s death, she remarried to John William.  Jane died on 3 May 1739 at the great age of 91.  

"I was at home & Diging stones & old Ms. Williams the wife of John William of Groton was buried.  She Died Yesterday with Little Sickness worn out with Age being about 90.  She was one of the Daughters of Cary Latham the first of N. London who was Conteporary with my Grand father Robt Hempsted.  her first Husband was Hugh Hubbard who kept N. London ferry about Sixty years ago."  From The Diary of Joshua Hemptead of New London, Connecticut, Covering a Period of Forty-Seven Years from September 1711 to November 1758 by Joshua Hempstead, published by the New London County Historical Society, New London, Connecticut, 1901, pages 349- 350.  (Available to read at Google Books)

You can read very short sketches of Hugh Hubbard in the following books:

One Thousand Years of Hubbard History, 866 to 1895 compiled by Edward Warren, published by by Harlan Page Hubbard, 1895, page 46 (available at archive.org)

Genealogical Dictionary of New England Settlers, page 487

History of New London, Connecticut, by Francis Manwaring Caulkins, originally published 1895, reprinted by Applewood Books, Carlisle, Mass., page 313

My lineage from Hugh Hubbard:

Generation 1.  Hugh Hubbard, born about 1640 in England, died 1685 in Connecticut; married on 18 March 1673 in New London, Connecticut to Jane Latham, daughter of Cary Latham and Elizabeth Masters.  She was born about 1648 in New London, and died 3 May 1739 in Groton, Connecticut.  Six children born in New London:
1.      Mary Hubbard, born 13 November 1674
2.      Lydia Hubbard, born 7 Feb 1675 (see below)
3.      Joseph Hubbard, born November 1678, died November 1678
4.      Margaret Hubbard, born 14 April 1680
5.      Jane Hubbard
6.      Ann Hubbard married Gershom Brown in 1714

Generation 2:  Lydia Hubbard, born 7 February 1675 in New London, died before 18 June 1752; married on 14 October 1700 in New London to John Burrows, son of John Burrows and Hannah Colver.  He was born 2 September 1671 in New London and died 26 May 1752 in Groton.  Nine children.

Generation 3:  Desire Burris m. Moses Gore
Generation 4: Desire Gore m. Thomas Ratchford
Generation 5: Elizabeth Ratchford m. David Lyons
Generation 6: Thomas Ratchford Lyons m. Ann Skinner
Generation 7: Isabella Lyons m. Rev. Ingraham Ebenezer Bill
Generation 8: Caleb Rand Bill m. Ann Margaret Bollman
Generation 9: Isabella Lyons Bill m. Albert Munroe Wilkinson
Generation 10: Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts (my grandparents)

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Copyright © 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Surname Saturday ~ COLVER of Connecticut


COLVER

Edward Colver was a signer of “The Covenant” that formed Dedham, Massachusetts in 1636.  He was a wheelwright and was granted two acres in 1637.  He took part in the Pequot War that same year. Edward was a talented Indian scout, and it is thought that King Uncas named his own son after Colver’s son, Joshua.  For this military service Edward Colver received two more grants of land, two hundred acres in 1652/3 and four hundred acres in 1654 near the head of the Mystic River in Connecticut.

Edward Colver removed to Connecticut where he helped the Winthrops build a fort at Saybrook.  He bought a lot from Robert Burrows in Pequot around 1653, and that same year was granted land as “Goodman Colver”.   In Mystic he built a grist mill.  The Winthrop family also ran a grist mill nearby, and twice sued for Colver’s land. 

By 1675 the settlers were again fighting the native Indians in King Phillip’s War.  Edward Colver was elderly but he went out to fight in the Great Swamp Fight near Tiverton, Rhode Island with his sons.  He was the only man with experience from the previous war.  Frederic Lathrop Colver stated it was Edward, the settler who fought, but Donald Lines Jacobus stated it was more likely to have been Edward, Jr.

Edward Colver died in 1685 in Mystic, having deed his lands to his sons.  He and his wife, Ann, are buried with a small headstone with the rough initials E. C on one side and A. C on the other.   His house was known as “Chepados”  (a native Indian word for an intersection in trails) and it is still standing at 279 Ledyard Highway, Mystic, Connecticut.

Click here to see a photograph of Chepados  http://173.254.28.14/~collvero/family/doc/chepados_04.html

For more information on Edward Colver:

Colver-Culver Family Genealogy as Descended from Edward Colver of Groton, Connecticut to the Thirteenth Generations in America, by Valerie Dyer Giorgi, Santa Monica, California: privately published, 1984.

The Town of Dedham, by Don Gleason Hill, Dedham, Massachusetts Historical Society, 1886, Volume 3. (available to read online at www.archive.org )

Public Records of Connecticut, 1665 – 1677, Volume 2, pages 408 and 417.  (Internet Archive has these to read online, see this link: http://www.colonialct.uconn.edu/ )

Genealogy:

Generation 1: Edward Colver, born about 1610 in England, died 1685 in Mystic, Connecticut; married on 19 September 1638 in Dedham, Massachusetts to Ann Ellis, daughter of John Ellis. Nine children.

Generation 2: Mary Colver, born 4 November 1652 in Roxbury, Massachusetts, died 1731; married on 14 December 1670 in New London, Connecticut to John Burrows, son of Robert Burrows and Mary Unknown. Nine children.

Generation 3:  John Burrows m. Lydia Hubbard,
Generation 4:  Desire Burris m. Moses Gore
Generation 5:  Desire Gore m. Thomas Ratchford.
Generation 6: Elizabeth Ratchford m. David Lyons
Generation 7: Thomas Ratchford Lyons m. Ann Skinner
Generation 8: Isabella Lyons m. Rev. Ingraham Ebenezer Bill
Generation 9: Caleb Rand Bill m. Ann Margaret Bollman
Generation 10: Isabella Lyons Bill m. Albert Munroe Wilkinson
Generation 11: Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts


Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Surname Saturday ~ Burrows of Connecticut


Robert Burrows was an unmarried man who arrived in the New World aboard the Arabella, the flagship of the Winthrop Fleet in 1630.  I had several ancestors also on this voyage:  including Edward Convers and Thomas Mayhew.  Burrows traveled with his good friend Robert Parke, and they both settled in Wethersfield, Connecticut by 1639.  Later he removed to Mystic, and he was appointed the ferryman across the Mystic River by the General Court of Connecticut in 1660.  Governor Winthrop of Connecticut often visited him at Mystic.

Robert Burrows died in 1682.  His homestead at Mystic was occupied by his son John, and held by the Burrows family for 215 years, until 1904.  It was the home of Reverend Roswell Burrows in the seventh generation.  John Burrows died in 1716 without a will and was buried at the Wightman Burying Grounds under a large flat granite stone inscribed “J. B. 14 died 1716”.  All his children were born in Groton and baptized by the Reverend James Noyes of the First Congregational Church of Stonington.

John Burrows, Jr. lived in the part of New London that became Groton in 1705. They belonged to the Congregational Church in Stonington, and he is on record for being “re-admitted July 20, 1701, having been suspended for offense to Mr. Saltonstall”.  This was an episode of dissention in the church over the establishment of a new church east of the Thames River.  He was later dismissed to the church at Poquonnock in Groton.

For more about Robert Burrows:

Robert Burrows and his Descendants 1630 – 1974, by R. E. Burrows, Ann Arbor Michigan, 1975, Volumes I and II (this book is available to read, and searchable,  at Ancestry.com)

Families of Ancient Wethersfield, Connecticut, by Henry Reed Stiles, Part 1, page 168  (available to read, and searchable, at Google Book Search)

History of New London, Connecticut, by Francis Caulkins, Carlisle, Massachusetts: Applewood books, (originally published 1895), pages 301-302.

Genealogy:

Generation 1:  Robert  Burrows married about 1641 in Wethersfield, Connecticut to Mary, the widow of Samuel Ireland.  She died on 3 October 1672 in Mystic, Connecticut.  Two children.

Generation 2:  John Burrows, born about 1642 in Wethersfield, died 12 February 1716 in Groton, Connecticut; married on 14 December 1670 in New London, Connecticut to Mary Colver, daughter of Edward Colver and Ann Ellis.  She was born about 4 November 1652 in Roxbury, Massachusetts and died in 1731. Nine children.

Generation 3:  John Burrows, born 2 September 1671 in New London, died 26 May 1752 in Groton; married on 14 October 1700 to Lydia Hubbard, daughter of Hugh Hubbard and Jane Latham.  She was born 7 February 1675. Nine children.

Generation 4:  Desire Burris, born about 1718 in Groton, died in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, Canada; married on 27 May 1740 in Preston, Connecticut to Moses Gore, son of Samuel Gore and Hannah Draper.  He was born on 23 September 1709 in Roxbury, Massachusetts and died in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia.  Eight children

Generation 5:  Desire Gore m. Thomas Ratchford.
Generation 6: Elizabeth Ratchford m. David Lyons
Generation 7: Thomas Ratchford Lyons m. Ann Skinner
Generation 8: Isabella Lyons m. Rev. Ingraham Ebenezer Bill
Generation 9: Caleb Rand Bill m. Ann Margaret Bollman
Generation 10: Isabella Lyons Bill m. Albert Munroe Wilkinson
Generation 11: Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts

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Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Colonel Joseph Blanchard, Nashua, New Hampshire

These tombstones were photographed at the Old South Cemetery in Nashua, New Hampshire, which is also known as the Old Dunstable Cemetery, from the days when this area was once part of the town of Dunstable, Massachusetts.

Colonel Joseph Blanchard and "Madam Rebecca Blanchard"


Here lies ye
Body of Madam
Rebecca Blanch
ard Relict of
Joseph Blanchard
Esqr.  AET 65 who
Died April the
17th 1774


details from Madam Rebecca Blanchard's gravestone



Here lyes Buried
the Body of the Honble
JOSEPH BLANCHARD Esqr.
Who Departed this Life
April the 7th 1758
Aged 53 Years

Genealogical information on the families interred at the Old Dunstable Cemetery can be found in the book Early Generations of the Founders of Old Dunstable: Thirty Families, by Ezra S. Stearns, Boston: George Littlefield Publishers, 1911
 
Also see the book History of the Old Township of Dunstable: Including Nashua, Nashville, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield and Merrimac, NH,  by Charles James Fox, 1846.  On page 79 are the funeral expenses of James Blanchard who died in 1704.
 
“Paid for a winding sheet                0 pounds   18 shillings     0 pence
 Paid for a coffin                            0 pounds    10 shillings    0 pence
Paid for digging grave                    0 pounds      7 shillings     6 pence
Paid for gloves                               1 pound       1 shilling      0 pence
(to distribute at the funeral)
Paid for the wine, segars, and spice  1 pound    5 shillings      9 pence
(at the funeral)
Paid to the Doctor                           0 pounds     14 shillings   9 pence
Paid for the attendance, expenses     1 pound      17 shillings  5 pence
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                                                         6 pound    19 shillings   5 pence"

Also on page 238
“BLANCHARD, COL. JOSEPH – son of the preceding [Capt. Joseph Blanchard]; born 11th. Feb., 1704: married Rebecca Hubbard; died 7th. April, 1758:  she died 17th. April, 1774.  His children were 1. Sarah born 1706: died 30th. Nov. 1726; 2. Joseph, born 28th. April, 1729; 3 and 4. Eleazer and Susanna, born 15th. Nov. 1730: Eleazer died 19th March 1753, aged 22; 5. Rebecca, born 20th. July, 1732; 6, Sarah, born 7th. Oct. 1734: died in infancy; 7. Catherine, born 11th Nov. 1736; 8 Jonathan, born 18th Sept. 1738; 9. Sarah, born 2d. Aug., 1740; 10. James, born 20th. Sept. 1742: in army; 11. Augustus, born 29th. July, 1746; died at Milford, 1809; 12. Caleb, born 15th. Aug., 1749; 13. Hannah, born 21st. Oct., 1751: married Dr. Ebenezer Starr, of D., 21st. April, 1776: died 22d. March, 1794, aged 42.”

Click here to read a biography of Colonel Joseph Blanchard (1704 – 1758) at Wikipedia:

Click here to see a map drawn up by Colonel Joseph Blanchard and Samuel Langdon

I stopped to take a photo of this tombstone because I had never seen a New England epitaph that read "Madam" ever before this.  When I was home I realized that Madam Rebecca Blanchard's maiden name was Hubbard.  She is a 3rd cousin to me, many generations removed, but not through the Hubbards - our common ancestor is the Reverend Edward Bulkely (1614 - 1696)  and his wife Lucyann Coy of Concord, Massachusetts.  Her husband, Colonel Joseph Blanchard, is also a 3rd cousin, many generations removed, to me through our common ancestor Peter Bracket (about 1580 - 1616) of Sudbury, England.  His wife Rachel came to America on the Planter  in 1635 with her second husband Martin Sanders and all her children. Rachel (Unknown) (Brackett) Sanders died in Braintree, Massachusetts on 15 September 1651. 

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Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo


Saturday, May 11, 2013

Surname Saturday ~ Barstow

BARSTOW/BAIRSTOW/BEARSTOW/BEERESTO

The North River
photo by Bill West, used with permission

William "Beeresto", age 23, came to Massachusetts in September 1635 on the ship Truelove, with his brother George, following his brother Michael who had arrived earlier.  On the passenger list he is listed as "Beeresto".   He first settled in Dedham, Massachusetts, and later went to the part of the town of Scituate that became the town of Hanover in 1727. He took the oath of Freeman in 1649.

William Barstow built the first bridge over the North River at Stony Beach.  He was a tavern keeper and also a selectman and surveyor of highways.   His house was located “about 40 rods back of the site of the Second Congregational Church on Oakland Avenue.  Its cellar hole can still be seen [note: 1937].  William Barstow was the pioneer shipbuilder in Hanover, near Barstow’s Bridge, the first bridge over the North River, built by him in 1656.  He received from the colony £12 for its erection.”  (From History and Genealogy of the Briggs Family, 1254 – 1937, by L. Vernon Briggs, Three volumes, 1937)

For more information on William Barstow you may consult The Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607 – 1776, by Peter Wilson Coldham, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987 (also on CD) and there is a sketch of William Barstow in The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634 -1635, by Robert Charles Anderson, NEHGS, 2001, Volume 1, pages 174 to 180, as well as sketches of his brothers, George and Michael Barstow.

My lineage from William Barstow:

Generation 1: Matthew Barstow, baptized 29 June 1565 in Shelf, North Halifax, Yorkshire, England; married to Isabell Hill.  Five children, including Michael, George and William who came to America.

Generation 2:  William Barstow, born about 1612 in England, died 1 January 1668/9 in Dedham, Massachusetts; married on 8 May 1638 in Dedham to Anna Hubbard, daughter of James Hubbard and Naomi Cocke.  She was born about 1616 in Hendlesham, England, and died after 23 June 1674 in Hull, Massachusetts.  Six children.

Generation 3: Mary Barstow, born 28 December 1641 in Dedham, died 16 November 1708 in Stonington, Connecticut; married on 14 May 1656 in Boston, Massachusetts to William Ingraham, son of Richard Ingraham.  He was born about 1629 in England and died 4 May 1721 in Groton, Connecticut. Six children.

Generation 4: William Ingram m. Elizabeth Chesebrough
Generation 5: Patience Ingraham m. Ebenezer Bill
Generation 6:  Asahel Bill m. Mary Rand
Generation 7: Reverend Ingraham Ebenezer Bill m. Isabella Lyons
Generation 8: Professor Caleb Rand Bill m. Ann Margaret Bollman
Generation 9: Isabella Lyons Bill m. Albert Munroe Wilkinson
Generation 10: Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts (my grandparents)

Please click this link to read Bill West's blog post (he is also a Barstow descendant) with photos of the North River area where William Barstow had his land:
 
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Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A 1779 Slave Petition finally passes in the New Hampshire Legislature, 233 years late



Prince Whipple, an enslaved officer in the Continental Army, and 19 other enslaved men from New Hampshire drew up a petition in 1779.  They wanted to be emancipated.  The New Hampshire legislature tabled the petition, saying that it wasn't a good time to vote (it was the middle of the Revolutionary War).  They effectively ignored the black men’s document.   Five of the men and Prince Whipple were eventually freed, and the other 14 died as slaves.

Thirty years ago historian Valerie Cunningham found the petition on the front page of the New Hampshire Gazette and wrote about it in her book Black Portsmouth.   To raise awareness for the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail and the fundraising effort to erect a memorial on the site of the African Burying Ground, the committee asked Senator Martha Fuller Clark to revive the petition.  She introduced it to the Senate in January 2013. 

Now 233 years later, New Hampshire is changing history.  In March 2013 the New Hampshire Senate unanimously passed the bill.  Today, on 24 April 2013 the New Hampshire House voted on the bill to free the 14 slaves.  The vote passed (344 yeas and 2 nays, then after a revote it was unanimous).

Although only about 1% of New Hampshire’s population is of African American descent, this action rights a wrong that has been long overdue.  The small number of blacks in New Hampshire makes them less likely to be heard in political matters.  This vote freed those 14 enslaved men posthumously. Their fate had languished in limbo for 233 years.

To go along with the celebration, just yesterday, the National Endowment for the Arts gave a $20,000 grant to the African Burying Ground Memorial Park.  This brings the total raised to $720,000.  The African Burying Ground Committee is looking to raise $1.2 million.  This recognition from the NEA helps to bring the project into the national spotlight.

Judy G. Russell, the “Legal Genealogist” asked me to photograph this petition at the New Hampshire State Archives, for one of her lectures at the National Genealogy Society conference.  If you are attending the conference in Las Vegas, Nevada 8 – 11 May 2013, you can hear all the details from Judy, an expert lawyer and genealogist (a terrific combination).  My photographs were donated to the State Archives, and are on file at the State Archives office for anyone who would like to see a copy of the petition.  Here is page one above.

These are the names of the enslaved men who signed the petition. Do you recognize any of these surnames from your New Hampshire family tree?

Nero Brewster
Will Clarkson
Garrett Colton
Peter Frost
Zebulon Gardner
Cesar Gerrish
Seneca Hall
Cipio Hubbard
Winsor Moffat
Cato Newmarch
Jack Odiorne
Romeo Rindge
Pharaoh Rogers
Quam Sherburne
Pharaoh Shores
Kittindge Tuckerman
Cato Warner
Peter Warner
Samuel Wentworth
Prince Whipple (owned by William Whipple, signer of the Declaration of Independence)

For the truly curious:

Click this link to see the 1779 Freedom Petition as published in the New Hampshire Gazette, 15 July 1780:  http://www.trinityhistory.org/AmH/SlavesNH1779.pdf

Black Portsmouth by Mark J. Sammons and Valerie Cunningham, University of New Hampshire Prss, Published by University Press of New England, Lebanon, NH, 2004

Seacoastonline announces the vote today at this link:
http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20130424-NEWS-130429868

The Portsmouth African Burying Ground http://www.africanburyinggroundnh.org/

The Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail http://pbhtrail.org/web/

The New Hampshire State Archives  http://sos.nh.gov/arch_rec_mgmt.aspx

A lesson plan from the New Hampshire Historical Society about the 1779 Slave Petition:

The NGS 2013 Family History Conference http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/cs/conference_info

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Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo


Monday, April 9, 2012

Wedding Serendipity


Our family tree is growing a new branch!  Last month our daughter was engaged to be married, and she jumped right into wedding planning.  She has always dreamed of being married in a historical house with some family connection.  Fortunately for her, there are many houses in our area that were lived in by ancestors and their close kin.  She was on line researching houses, and on the phone with many of them that made her “short list”.

My daughter’s first choice was the Fairbanks house, which was built by her 11x great grandfather, Jonathan Fairbanks (abt 1594 – 1668), in Dedham, Massachusetts.  It was built between 1637 and 1641.  She loved the fairytale look of the crooked roof line, and the history.  However, the house and grounds were too small for a big wedding.  It has hosted small weddings in the past.  There were no kitchen facilities for a caterer.  Disappointed, she moved on down the list.
The Mayflower House, Plymouth, MA

Next was the Mayflower House in Plymouth, which is used by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants as their headquarters.  If you have used the library, you have been there.  It has a lovely rose garden in the back, where I have attended garden parties for the Mayflower Society’s Trienniel Congresses every three years.  This garden was too small for a reception tent, but would be perfect for a wedding ceremony.  My daughter decided to move on down the list…


The 2000 Felton Family Reunion, Peabody, MA
The Felton Houses in Peabody, Massachusetts were built by her 10x great grandfather, Nathaniel Felton (abt 1615 – 1705).  The Nathaniel Felton, Sr. house was built about 1650, and later divided in half to build the Nathaniel, Jr. house next door.  Both houses have large additions and gardens.  There is a barn across the street used for functions, and our family is familiar with this from the Felton Family Association reunions held every summer in the barn.  There is room for a tent near some beautiful orchards.  My daughter was not in love with the site (perhaps it was too familiar to her from the family reunions?) so we moved on down the list.

The Francis Wyman House, Burlington, MA
The Wyman house, built in Burlington, Massachusetts in 1666 by her 10x great grandfather, Francis Wyman (1617 – 1699), is lovely, but has no bathrooms, kitchen or proper place for a party.  There are plans to erect a barn on the grounds in the near future, especially for functions and rentals.  Too bad, because my daughter lives right in Burlington and that would have been handy! 

The next house was the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, Massachusetts, which is inside a lovely carriage house that looks like a Loire castle.   The manor house that used to be behind it was destroyed years ago to form a town park.  Many weddings are held on the great lawn, with the “castle” in the background.  It was a bit too formal, too expensive, and not really owned by an ancestor, just a close cousin since Larz Anderson married Isabel Weld Perkins, and we have both Perkins and Weld ancestors.  Next…


The Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts sounded perfect.  I've passed by this old house many times and have seen weddings and functions going on in the yard.  It was built by Reverend William Emerson in 1770, who was Ralph Waldo Emerson's grandfather, and is my 1st cousin 7 generations removed.  Our Emerson ancestors lived for a long time in Concord.   The Old Manse is a very romantic house because Nathaniel Hawthorne lived here for a short time and etched love poems to his wife on the window panes.  It is also located right next door to the Concord Minuteman statue and the Old North Bridge for some delightful wedding photos, but would make her wedding right in the middle of lots of tourists and gawking.  The Old Manse didn't quite fit my daughter's plans either. 

I could tell that my daughter was becoming a bit frustrated in her search, since there were so many choices, and none were perfect.  She confessed that she always like the Pierce House in Lincoln, Massachusetts.  She used to pass it every day when she worked nearby at the DeCordova Museum.  It was beautiful, historical, and who cared if it didn’t belong to a member of the family tree.  We all went to visit it and she loved it so much that we put down a deposit for a day next spring.  My husband took a photo of the portrait of John H. Pierce that was in the hallway.  I asked the caretaker if he was descended of the Pierce’s of Watertown, Massachusetts (a wild guess!).  He told me that he didn’t know the family genealogy, but he knew that his real name was Hoar, and he changed it to Pierce.
Here we are at the Pierce  House
Undaunted, when I got home I took a look at my Pierce family tree on the computer.  I found an article about John Howard Pierce online, and how his father, Abijah Pierce Hoar, had changed the surname.  Abijah’s mother was Susanna Pierce.  I found her already listed in my database as a 5th cousin, 6 generations removed.  This was a rather distant kinship, but fun to tell my daughter about the connection.  However, before I called her I looked at John Howard Pierce’s wife’s name, Mary Elizabeth Wheeler.   She had six common ancestors with us (Coolidge, Hubbard, Heyward, two Munroe lines, and Stone).  Now, that was interesting! 

We’ll have to put a family tree under that portrait of John. H. Pierce on the wedding day!

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For more information, check this list.  One of these historic Massachusetts houses could be perfect for your next function or wedding!:

The Fairbanks House, Dedham, MA http://www.fairbankshouse.org/index.html
The Mayflower House, Plymouth, MA http://www.themayflowersociety.com/museum
The Nathaniel Felton, Sr. and Jr. Houses, Peabody, MA http://www.peabodyhistorical.org/properties.asp
The Francis Wyman House, Burlington, MA http://www.wyman.org/francis-wyman-house
The Pierce House, Lincoln, MA http://www.piercehouse.com/

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Copyright 2012, Heather Wilkinson Rojo