Thursday, October 20, 2016

Beverly, Massachusetts ~ Revolutionary War Honor Roll

These three plaques with the names of Revolutionary War Soldiers is located on the second floor of the Beverly Historical Society.   There is another plaque with the names of soldiers who answered the Lexington Alarm on 19 April 1775 (the “Minute Men” – I’ll post that plaque next week).  These names cover the rest of the war.

If you have colonial Beverly ancestry, you might find a few ancestors here.  Or at least a few cousins, because you will notice that the same surnames are repeated over and over.  For example, there are eight DODGEs and eight LOVETTs listed here, as well as nine TRASKs and twelve WOODBERRY/WOODBURYs!

[Note:  the fifers and drummers are listed with the officers]

These photos and transcriptions are for The Honor Roll Project website:



William Adams
Davis Allen
John Austin
Simeon Baker
John Bartlett
Scipio Batlett
Abel Batchelder
Asa Batchelder
John Beckford
George Bell
Joshua Bisson
Robert Blair
John Bowles
Jonathan Bowles
John Boyle
James Brazill
James Buckman
Timothy Buggy
Daniel Bunker
James Burley
Benjamin Butman
William Butman
Robert Cambel
John Carr
Alexander Carrico
John Carrico
Thomas Garry
John Carter
Peter Clark
William Clark
Matthias Claxton
John Cleaves
Joshua Cleaves
Nathan Cleaves
Benjamin Cole
Gideon Cole
Samuel Cole, Jr.
Solomon Cole, Jr.
Thomas Herrick Cole
William Collins
John Conant
Jonathan Conant
Lot Conant
Joshua Corning
Ozman Cox
William Cox
Richard Craft
John Creesy
Nathan Creesy
William Cutler
Thomas Darby
Cornelius Dodge
Edward Dodge
James Dodge
Nathaniel Dodge
Nehemiah Dodge
Rice Dodge
Samuel Dodge
Zachariah Dodge
John Droll
Ebenezer Eaton
John Eavelith
Robert Edwards
Andrew Eliott, 2nd
John Ellingwood
Samuel Ellinwood
William Elliott
Oliver Emmerton
John Evelah
John Fall
John Fielder
Amos Foster
Edward Foster
James Foster
Josiah Foster
John Freeman
John Freeman, Jr.
Scipio Freeman
Matthew French
George Gallop
Benjamin Gates
Henry Giles, 2nd
Samuel Giles
William Goodbridge
Primus Green
Robert Green
George Grose
Ichabod Groves
John Groves
Philip Grush
William Hales
James Harley
John Harmon
Timothy Harrington
Andrew Herrick
John Herrick
Scipio Herrick
Thomas Herrick
Thomas Hills
Thomas Hogans
Phineas Hovey
John Huges
John Kennedy
Jonathan Kent
Joseph Kent
Asa Kimball
Ammi Knowlton
Edward Knowlton
Jonathan Knowlton
Daniel Lampson
Asa Larcom
Jonathan Larcom
Joseph Laskey
Asa Leach
Jonathan Leach
Richard Lee



Henry Herrick, Colonel
Peletiah Warren, Surgeon
Benjamin Jones Porter, Surgeon’s Mate
Enos Hitchcock, Chaplain
John Baker, Captain
John Francis, Captain
Joseph Rea, Captain
Caleb Balch, Lieutenant
Samuel Cole, Lieutenant
Aaron Francis, Lieutenant
Samuel Goodridge, Lieutenant
William Groves, Lieutenant
Nicholas Newbury, Lieutenant
Curtis Woodberry, Lieutenant
Archelaus Batchelder, Ensign
Archelaus Deale, Ensign
Luke Roundy, Ensign
William Dodge, Sergeant-Major
Thomas Lakeman, Sergeant-Major
Richard Butman, Sergeant
Abner Dodge, Sergeant
Samuel Dodge, Sergeant
Simon Lovett, Sergeant
Jonathan Patch, Sergeant
Joseph Pickett, Sergeant

Ezra Leach
Ezra Lovett
Isaac Lovett
Jeremiah Lovett
Jonathan Lovett
Joseph Lovett
Pyam Lovett
William Lovett


Joseph Poland, Sergeant
Richard Standley, Sergeant
Isaac Thorndike, Sergeant
Jeremiah Thorndike, Sergeant
Benjamin Woodbury, Sergeant
Jeremiah Woodbury, Sergeant
Samuel Arbuckle, Corporal
John Cole, Corporal
Jeremiah Foster, Corporal
Nathaniel Flynt, Corporal
Joseph Freethy, Corporal
Benjamin Ober, Corporal
Benjamin Raymond, Corporal
Jonathan Standly, Corporal
Robert Twist, Corporal
Andrew Wood, Corporal
Edward Shaw, Fife-Major
Hale Hilton, Fifer
John Leech, Fifer
William Lewis, Fifer
Nicholas Presson, Fifer
William T. Manning, Drummer
Thomas Warden, Drummer
Benjamin Blashfield Wood, Drummer

Joseph Marble
Stephen Masury
John May
John McCarly
Peletiah McDorneld
Perley McIntire
Peter McGee
William Messer



Asahel Moore
John Morgan
William Morgan, Jr.
William Morgan, 2d
Zachariah Morgan
Mark Morse
Samuel Nurse
Simon Obear
Andrew Ober
Daniel Ober
Thomas Ober
William Pace
James Parice
William Parice
John Paris
Richard Patch
Robert Patch
William Patch
William Pearce
Henry Peirce
Israel Perkins
Joseph Pickett, Jr.
Robert Pickett
Aaron Porter
Benjamin Porter
John Porter, Jr.
Joseph Potter
Nathaniel Presson
Peter Pride
Blackenbury Prince
David Pritchard
Aaron Putnam
Amos Putnam
Abner Raymond
Benjamin Raymond, 2d
Caesar Raymon
Ebenezer Raymond
John Raymond, Jr.
Nathan Raymond
Nathaniel Raymond
William Raymond
Ebenezer Rea
Gideon Rea
Isaac Rea
Jacob Reed
Samuel Robertson
James Scott
Joseph Searle
John Seirle
Jonathn Setchell
Ambrus Sharley
Thomas Simons
Abner Smith
Edward Smith
Ephraim Smith
Isaac Smith
Robert Smith
Samuel Smith
John Spering
Benjamin Sprigs
Joseph Standley
Robert Standley
George Standy
Samuel Stone
Zachariah Stone
John Swain
William Syms
John Taylor
Jeffrey Thissell
Jeffrey Thissell, Jr.
Thorndike Thissell
James Thistle
Jethro Thistle
Francis Thompson
James Thomson
Matthew Tobin
Barnabas Trask
Freeborn Trask
Israel Trask
John Trask
Moses Trask
Osman Trask
Retire Trask
William Trask
William Trask, 2d
William Tuck
Benjamin Verry
Benjamin Wadden
Thomas Wadden
Bartholomew Wallis
Caleb Wallis, Jr.
Ebenezer Wallis
Joshua Wallis
Jesse Watts
Joseph Webster
James Whidden
Joseph White
Zac Whithee
Oliver Whitrige
Thomas Williams
William Woddell
Benjamin Woodberry, Jr.
Benjamin Woodberry, 4th
Nathaniel Woodberry
Nicholas Woodberry
Obed Woodberry
Robert Woodberry
Benjamin Woodbridge
Azarah Woodbury
Daniel Woodbury
Ebenezer Woodbury
Israel Woodbury
Jonathan Woodbury
Prince Woodbury
Benjamin Woodman
Ebenezer Waldron
George York
Edward Clark Young
Jonathan Young


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Beverly, Massachusetts ~  Revolutionary War Honor Roll", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 20, 2016,  ( accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Weathervane Wednesday ~ A restored weathervane on a renovated historic building

Weathervane Wednesday is an on-going series of photographs I post every week.  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 Massachusetts.

Do you know the location of weather vane #281?  Scroll down to see the answer...

These images were sent to me by a reader, Bill Olsen of Plymouth, Massachusetts, known locally as "America's Hometown".  They are of the restored weather vane from on top of the 1820 Old Court House in Plymouth, Massachusetts, that is being renovated into the new Plymouth Town Hall.  He told me that they belonged to Janice Drew, a local photographer.  After writing to Janice for her permission, she sent me the JPG files of these images to use for Weathervane Wednesday.  This is the first time I have borrowed photos from a professional photographer for the blog, but since this is a local New England story, and a historical building, I made an exception in this case.

This American Eagle weathervane was made in 1820, the year the courthouse opened. It was recently restored and re-gilded with  23.75 karat gold leaf by the artist Penelope Austin on Nantucket island.  The weathervane has survived a fire, the Blizzard of 1978 and Hurricane Gloria when it was stolen after being blown down from the roof.  It was put up on top of the cupola again at a ceremony on September 10th.  The courthouse is being renovated and the project is expected to be completed by 2020, the 400th anniversary of the town of Plymouth.

Photography by Janice Drew 

A story about the weathervane restoration project:  

A detailed history of the Plymouth 1820 Court House (six pages):  


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ A restored weathervane on a renovated historic building", Nutfield Genealogy, posted  October 19, 2016,
( accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Joseph Cochran, died 1758, Bedford, NH, killed by a falling tree

This tombstone was photographed at the Old Burial Ground in Bedford, New Hampshire

1758 AGED 31

According to The History of Bedford, New Hampshire, by Peter Woodbury, 1851, page 189 "Joseph Cochran lived where Joseph and Calvin Butterfield now live.  Cochran was killed by the fall of a tree, directly opposite John Mullet's house.  Cochran had two daughters; Samuel Moor married one, and Mr. Dunlap, of Goffstown, married the other."

The primitive face and unsophisticated lettering on this little tombstone are charming.  This simple little tombstone is typical of the early Scots Irish in this area of New England.


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Joseph Cochran, died 1758, Bedford, NH, killed by a falling tree", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 18, 2016, ( accessed [access date]). 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ's

A map of early Londonderry from Willey's Book of Nutfield

Frequently Asked Questions
(see the answers below)

1.  Can you look up X for me?
2.  Who were the first Nutfield Grantees?
3.  Can the Londonderry Historical Society help me?
4.  Can the Derry Historical Society help me?
5.  When did Nutfield become Londonderry, Derry or Windham? 
6.  Was Derryfield part of Nutfield?
7.  My Scots Irish ancestors lived briefly in Londonderry, and then moved on.  Where did they go?

1.  Can you look up X for me?
The following books are all available at the Leach Library in Londonderry, the McGregor Library in Derry, and in other public and genealogical libraries.   Some are also available online, so you can look up your own ancestors yourself in most cases. If you still cannot find your ancestors, be aware that the early records are skimpy and incomplete.  I can try to suggest other resources if you have exhausted all these.

History of Londonderry, by Rev. Edward Lutwyche Parker, 1851 (includes genealogies in the back) and is available online at the Internet Archive, Google Book Search, and the Hathi Trust for free.  Also at Ancestry with a subscription.

Vital Records of Londonderry, by Daniel Annis Gage, 1914 (covers 1719 – 1910) available at the Internet Archive and the Hathi Trust websites for free.  Also available at the Ancestry website with a subscription. There is also a PDF at the Pelham Library website

History of Windham, NH: 1719 – 1883, by Leonard Allison Morrison, 1883 available at Internet Archive and at Ancestry (subscription only)

Willey’s Book of Nutfield, by George Franklyn Willey, 1895  available at Internet Archive and the Hathi Trust websites.

Family Search also has the vital records of the state of New Hampshire available online. These are the scanned images of the same cards you see at the Vital Records office in Concord, New Hampshire.  The link to these collections is:  

2.  Who were the first Nutfield Grantees?
From The history of Londonderry : comprising the towns of Derry and Londonderry, NH, by Rev. Edward L. Parker, 1851, ( page 423) "Those who first composed the settlement [of Londonderry NH], were the following sixteen men and their families namely--James McKeen, John Barnett, Archibald Clendenin, John Mitchell, James Sterrett, James Anderson, Randal Alexander, James Gregg, James Clark, James Nesmith, Allen Anderson, Robert Weir, John Morrison, Samuel Allison, Thomas Steele and John Stuart.”

3.  Can the Londonderry Historical Society help me?
If you contact the Londonderry Historical Society you will get me!  I do the genealogy look ups for LHS.  Here is the “canned letter” you will receive with your request:
“Genealogy Requests from the Londonderry Historical Society:  We will do a lookup in two published volumes for the names you submit:
1.)    The Londonderry Vital Records, 1722 – 1910
2.)    The History of Londonderry by Rev. E. L. Parker, 1851

If you need more information you can come to the Londonderry Leach Library’s historical room and search through our town records, cemetery files, and other books. Here are additional places where you can find more genealogy information on your ancestors
1)      The New Hampshire Vital Records, 71 South Fruit Street, Concord, NH
2)      The New Hampshire State Library, 20 Park Street, Concord, NH
3)      The New Hampshire Historical Society Library, 30 Park Street, Concord, NH has their catalog online at
4) has NH vital records (free online) births to 1900, deaths to 1959, marriages to 1959, and other records
5)      The Rockingham County deeds are online

If you need to hire a researcher to look up records for you, please consult the website for the Association of Professional Genealogists APG and search by location for New Hampshire”

4.  Can the Derry Historical Society help me?
There is no Historical Society in Derry at this time.  However, the volunteers at the Derry History Museum and the Derry Town Historian  can answer your queries. 

5.  When did Nutfield become Londonderry, Derry or Windham? 
Nutfield was the name of the original grant of land given to the Scots Irish settlers with Rev. James MacGregor in 1719.  They received a charter to this grant in 1722 and called the town Londonderry.  In 1721 the settlers in what is now Windham (south of Londonderry) petitioned for their own town, which was granted in 1742.  The eastern part of town was set off as the town of Derry in 1827.  Small portions of Manchester, Salem and Hudson (Nottingham West) were once part of Londonderry, too.   If your ancestor was born in Londonderry, NH in 1740, you should search the records of Londonderry, Derry, Windham and Manchester. 

6.  Was Derryfield part of Nutfield?
Derryfield was chartered at a meeting house on the Derry Road (now Mammoth Road) in 1751. It included the land originally settled in 1722 by John Goffe III and called Harry’s Town.  The first settlers here were John Goffe, Edward Lingfield and Benjamin Kidder. This area was later called Tyngstown and was west of Derryfield. The entire area was renamed Manchester in 1810, the same year the Amoskeag mill was built on the Merrimack River.   Part of Derryfield was originally within the Nutfield grant, and part of it was expanded with the 1751 incorporation.   The land north of Harrytown and Amoskeag Village was ungranted, and was not annexed to Derryfield until 1792 (the year the corporation for the proprietors of the Amoskeag Bridge was formed). 

7.  My Scots Irish ancestors lived briefly in Londonderry, and then moved on.  Where did they go?
The Scots Irish who came to Londonderry did not leave good records.  The vital records are skimpy, and the church records (Presbyterian) are incomplete.  The Scots Irish tended to settle with other Scots Irish – they kept to themselves and intermarried.  Some of the settlers spread out to Derryfield, Litchfield, Bedford, Antrim, Dublin, and Dunbarton in New Hampshire (note the Irish names?).  Some left to form Londonderry, Nova Scotia and Londonderry, Vermont.  Others traveled all along the Appalachian mountain chain or Atlantic seaboard and can be found in Pennsylvania (which had the largest number of Scots Irish) and other places where other Scots Irish settled.


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ's", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 17, 2016, ( accessed [access date]). 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Surname Saturday ~ JORDAN of Ipswich and Newbury, Massachusetts


Stephen Jordan (abt 1590 – 1669/70), my 9th great grandfather, arrived in New England aboard the Mary & John with Rev. Thomas Parker of Wiltshire, England.  They sailed from Southampton in March 1634 and arrive in Boston on 24 May 1634.  He is on a list of men who took an oath of allegiance at Southampton.  He settled first in Ipswich and then in Newbury.  He was literate and signed his own deeds, and his inventory included “one great bible”. 

Stephen Jordan’s first grant of land in Ipswich was in 1639/40.  In 1650 he was one of four men who were too old to train with the militia.  He wrote his will on 5 April 1667 and it was proved on 29 March 1670.  His only two children were girls, so this surname daughtered out very early.  I descend from his daughter Jane, who married Lt. John Andrews.   I descend from three of Jane’s five children, from the three sons, William (two lineages under William), Thomas and Joseph seen below.

Some JORDAN sources:

The Great Migration:  Immigrants 1634 and 1635, Volume IV, pages 114 – 116.

The Ancestry of Dr. J. P. Guilford, by Joan S. Guilford, Volume I, pages 460 – 462.

My JORDAN genealogy:

Generation 1:  Stephen Jordan, born about 1590 in England, died 8 February 1669/70 in Newbury, Massachusetts; married about 1615 in England to Unknown (two daughters);  married about 1660 to Susanna, widow of Nathaniel Merrill.  She died 25 January 1673 in Newbury (no known children).

Generation 2:  Jane Jordan, born 1622 in England, died after 1705 in the Chebacco Parish of Ipswich, Massachusetts; married 1645 in Ipswich to John Andrews, son of John Andrews and Sarah Conant.  He was born about 1620 in England and died 20 April 1708 in the Chebacco Parish.  Five children.

Lineage A:

Generation 3: William Andrews, born 1649 in Ipswich, died 7 February 1716/7 in the Chebacco Parish; married on 20 October 1672 in the Chebacco Parish to Margaret Woodward, daughter of Ezekiel Woodward and Anne Beamsley.  Twelve children

Lineage A1:

Generation 4: John Andrews born 2 February 1676 in Ipswich, died 25 March 1753 in the Chebacco Parish; married on 11 January 1706 in Ipswich to Elizabeth Story, daughter of Seth Story and Elizabeth Cross.  She was born 4 October 1687.  Three children.

Generation 5:  Abigail Andrews m. Jeremiah Burnham
Generation 6:  Abigail Burnham m. Isaac Allen
Generation 7: Joseph Allen m. Judith Burnham
Generation 8: Joseph Allen m. Orpha Andrews
Generation 9:  Joseph Gilman Allen m. Sarah Burnham Mears
Generation 10: Joseph Elmer Allen m. Carrie Maude Batchelder
Generation 11:  Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)

Lineage A2:

Generation 4: Rachel Andrews, born 1695, died 6 August 1777 in Windsor, Vermont;  married on 14 July 1714 in Ipswich to Zachariah Story, son of Seth Story and Elizabeth Cross (see above).  He was born 14 March 1684 in Ipswich and died 16 February 1774 in Windsor, Vermont.  Ten children.

Generation 5:  Deborah Story m. Westley Burnham
Generation 6:  Westley Burnham m. Molly Woodbury
Generation 7: Henry Burnham m. Sally Poland
Generation 8:  Sarah Ann Burnham m. Samuel Mears
Generation 9:  Sarah Burnham Mears m. Joseph Gilman Allen (see above)

Linage B:

Generation 3:  Thomas Andrews, born 1654 in Ipswich, died 22 March 1718/19 in the Chebacco Parish; married on 9 February 1681 to Mary Belcher, daughter of Jeremy Belcher and Mary Lockwood.  She was born 21 Jul 1660 and died 31 March 1731 in Ipswich.  Two children.

Generation 4:  Thomas Andrews m. Mary Smith
Generation 5:  Mary Andrews m. Stephan Burnham
Generation 6:  Joshua Burnham m. Jemima Wyman
Generation 7:  Jemima Burnham m. Romanus Emerson
Generation 8:  George Emerson m. Mary Esther Younger
Generation 9:  Mary Katharine Emerson m. George E. Batchelder
Generation 10: Carrie Maud Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen (see above)

Lineage C:

Generation 3: Joseph Andrews, born 1657 in the Chebacco Parish, died between 13 February and 5 March 1724/5 in the Chebacco Parish; married on 1657 in the Chebaaco Parish; married on 16 February 1680/81 in the Chebacco Parish to Sarah Ring, daughter of Daniel Rindge and Mary Kinsman.  She was born 17 August 1659 in Ipswich and died after 1714.  Nine children.

Generation 4:  John Andrews m. Elizabeth Wallis
Generation 5:  John Andrews m. Martha Cogswell
Generation 6:  James Andrews m. Lucy Presson
Generation 7:  Orpha Andrews m. Joseph Allen ( see above)


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ JORDAN of Ipswich and Newbury, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 15, 2016, accessed [access date]).

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Consider Yourself Invited! Honor Roll Project for Veteran's Day 2016

War Memorial in New Boston, New Hampshire

Would you like to contribute to the Honor Roll Project for Veteran's Day 2016?

Please join me in the Honor Roll Project.  Volunteers are taking photos of war memorials and honor rolls, posting them on their blogs and websites, and transcribing the names of all the people listed.  These transcriptions make the names available for search engines, and the names will be available for people searching for family, ancestors and friends. 

I started this project in 2010 with the photos of the Londonderry Civil War monument, and then followed with the other war monuments on the town common, Derry’s MacGregor Park and other local honor rolls.  Other bloggers and photographers were invited to participate.  The email and comments I have read are truly inspiring, and it makes it well worth the effort to transcribe names when you read how family members found their fathers and grandfathers online, or how families searching their family trees find ancestors who served in the Civil War or World War I. 

"I never knew my ancestor was in the Civil War until I Googled his name and found it on your blog! Thanks so much for your project - Charles Chase" 13 Dec 2011

" Thank you! Aina Bernier- daughter of Ernest Albert Bernier, Jr." 27 Jan 2011

If you would like to participate this year, I will be posting a compilation post of all the participating bloggers on November 11th, Veterans Day, and I will also make those posts permanently available at the new website for the Honor Roll Project.   Every May I publicize the project for Memorial Day, and again every November for Veteran’s / Armistice Day.   

To participate, leave me a comment below or an email at   All you need to do is photograph a local honor roll or war monument, and transcribe the names.  If you have a blog, post the story, photos and transcriptions and send me the permanent link for the Honor Roll Project.  If you don’t have a blog, I can post the photo and names for you and add it to the Honor Roll Project, giving you full credit for the photography and transcription.

This is a simple way of saying “Thank You” to all the veterans in our communities. 

The Honor Roll Project:   

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above a Library

Weathervane Wednesday is an on-going series of photographs I post every week.  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 Massachusetts.

Do you know the location of weather vane #280?  Scroll down to see the answer...

This charming weathervane was photographed above the cupola on the Salisbury Public Library in Salisbury, Massachusetts.  This is a brand new library building, opened in September 2015.  There has been a public library in Salisbury since 1885.  It's a beautiful new building in the center of town on the green.

The weathervane above the library is just as beautiful.  There is a link to the video of the weathervane installation below.  It was made by New England Weathervanes in Seabrook, New Hampshire.  The librarians in the video explain their rationale behind the design of two young adults reading under a shining star.

Salisbury Public Library-  

Salisbury Library Weathervane Installation

The New England Weathervane Shop, Seabrook, New Hampshire  

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


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above a Library", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 12, 2016,  (  accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Major John Goffe, died 1813 in Bedford, New Hampshire

This tombstone was photographed at the Old Burial Ground in Bedford, New Hampshire.

Memory of
Maj. John Goffe,
who died, Feb. 3
1818.  AE. 85
Also of
Mrs. Jemima.
his wife who died
Sept. 11, 1818,
AE. 90

The bottom of this tombstone is inscribed by the carver
"J. M'Conihe, Jr."

There is a long string of John Goffe’s in the GOFFE family of Bedford, New Hampshire:

Immigrant ancestor John Goffe (about 1648 – 1716) m. Hannah Sumner

Generation 2: Squire John Goffe (1677 – 1748) m Hannah Parish (my 1st cousin 10 generations removed)

Generation 3: Colonel John Goffe (1701 – 1786) m. Hannah Griggs

Generation 4: Major John Goffe (1727 – 1818) m. Jemima Holden.  This John Goffe, was born 16 Feburary 1727 in Londonderry, New Hampshire and died 11 September 1818 in Bedford, New Hampshire; married on 17 September 1749 to Jemima Holden.  They had eleven children!

Colonel John Goffe set up the original sawmill and grainmill on Crosby’s Brook, near the Merrimack River in what is now Bedford, NewHampshire.  The colonel set up his son in the business.  Major John Goffe served in the Revolutionary War, and so did several of his sons.  Two of his sons died in service during the Revolution.  Goffstown and “Goffe’s Falls” are named for Colonel John Goffe.

Three generations of John Goffes and their wives

Squire John Goffe, Colonel John Goffe and Major John Goffe are all buried side by side in the Old Burial Ground in Bedford, with their wives.  

Click here to see the tombstone of Colonel John Goffe

Click here to read more about Goffe's Mill in Bedford, New Hampshire:


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Major John Goffe, died 1813 in Bedford, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 11, 2016,  ( accessed [access date]).