Saturday, January 20, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ NEWELL of Charlestown, Massachusetts


My 9th great grandfather, John Newell, was probably born in Bristol, England, the son of Andrew Newell and Mary Pitt.  Mary’s father was William Pitt, the sheriff of the city of Bristol.    John Newell removed to Charlestown, Massachusetts where he was a cooper, and was twice town clerk.  I can see his writing in the records of Charlestown, and his signature.  He owned land in Charlestown, which is recorded in some deeds, as well as in his non cupative will where he left some land at “Dirty Marsh” to his wife, Hannah Larkin. 

Middlesex County, MA  Probate File Papers 1648 - 1871 via americanancestors.org   Page 15825: 2

"We whose names are hereunto subscribed being all of us desired
to sit up and watch with Mr. John Newell, Senr. of Charlestowne
in the sd County of Middlesex on Saterday night the fourteenth of
October anno 1704; in sd night sd Mr. John Newell desired
us to draw near to him to hear what he had to say then he declared
unto us that he had not made any will or settlement of his estate
and then did declare unto us and desired us to take notice what
he said and remember that his will was that he did give
to his beloved wife the house he now dwelled in and all his lott
at dirty marsh dureing her natural Life and after his said
wifes decease to his son Joseph and Daughter mary Jointly
and I give unto my wife the money and moveables to her
and her heires forever.  And I give my son John the house
he now posseseth; Why I do not make you the elder son (he said)
John Newwell being there preseent, its because you are a present
possesser but they must stay till it pleas the Lord to take my
wife away which is a great advantage to you Speaking then
to his son John, besides sd he to his son John you owe me
money & promise to pay me which you have not done.  That
garden above I give to my wife if she needs it not after her deceas
I give two thirds to my son John and the other third to my son
Joseph and my daughter Mirrick.  This he said John Newell did
declare several times over distinctly and we according to our
best understanding do declare that he was then of sound and
perfect memory and good understanding.  this our testimoney
we give under our hands concerning the premises aforesaid this
nineteenth day of October in the third year of her Majsties
Reign anno Dominis 1704 - and further he did charge his son
John not to molest his mother but be kind to her and his said
son did then promise by the grace of god that he would do nothing
unbecoming to his mother nor brother nor sister -
                   Witnes our hands
                 William Melody   his mark
                 Hannah Perkins
                        her mark
                 Katherine Ingersoll
Cambridge, Decembr  18. 1704
The above named William Melody, Hannah Perkins
and Katharine Ingerson personally appearing made
oath, that they being present in ?? him of the last
sickness of Mr. John Newell Decr. and being desired by
him to take notice of what he these should say did
hear him the sd John Newell publish and declare
the above written Testimony Words, and they
caused the same to be put into writing and subscrib
ed the same as witnesses

                        Jon Cod     J. Leverett   J. Rob

Newell the Eldest son presented
above written noncuparative Will
was present together with the wife of Joseph Newell
Mary Mirrick ye Daughter of ye dec'ed ye witnessess was sworn
att. Leverett"

I descend from John’s daughter, Mary Mirick, mentioned in the will above.  Mary Newell, my 8th great grandmother, married Isaac Mirick of Newbury in 1694.  His father was also from Bristol, and Isaac was a sea captain who became a ship builder upon his retirement. 

Some NEWELL resources:

The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown in the County of Middlesex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts 1629 – 1818, by Thomas Bellows Wyman, 2016 (originally published 1879), Volume 2, page 698.

Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate File Papers 1648 – 1871 accessed at www.americanancestors.org

Charlestown, Massachusetts Vital Records

My NEWELL genealogy:

Generation 1:  John Newell, son of Andrew Newell and Mary Pitt, born about August 1634 probably in Bristol, England, died 14 October 1704 in Charlestown, Massachusetts; married on 15 February 1664/5 in Charlestown to Hannah Larkin, daughter of Edward Larkin and Joanna Unknown.  Five children.

Generation 2:  Mary Newell, born about 1669, died 11 March 1710 in Newbury, Massachusetts; married on 22 August 1694 to Isaac Mirick, son of James Mirick and Margery Unknown.  He was born 6 January 1665 and died 1731 in Newbury.  Seven children born in Charlestown.

Generation 3:  Hannah Mirick m. Thomas Jillings
Generation 4:  Hannah Jillings m. Daniel Glover
Generation 5:  Tabitha Glover m. Thomas Homan
Generation 6:  Betsey Jillings Homan m. Jabez Treadwell
Generation 7:  Eliza Ann Treadwell m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 8:  Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 9:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ NEWELL of Charlestown, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 20, 2018, (https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/01/surname-saturday-newell-of-charlestown.html: accessed [access date]). 

Friday, January 19, 2018

A Genealogy Surprise from Spain!

On January 3, 2018 four generations of ROJO cousins and friends gathered in
front of the St. Nicolas de Bari church in Sinovas, Burgos, Spain

Vincent's family is from Spain.  His father was born in the village of Sinovas, in the province of Burgos.  The Rojo family has lived there at least since the 1700s, because I have found all the baptisms going back to a Manuel Rojo born in the mid 1700s.  Records before this time are missing because of the Napoleonic wars. The local church, St. Nicolas de Bari, was built in the 800s.  It is my guess that the Rojo family has lived in this tiny village, of less than 200 souls, much longer than the 1700s, and maybe even back to the origins to the church.

I don't know much about the Rojo family.  Vincent's grandfather was killed by a firing squad during the Spanish Civil War in 1936.  This side of the family is a bit of a mystery, but we are learning new clues all the time.  This week, I learned another clue!

A distant cousin in Spain, whom I have never met except through Facebook, sent me three documents he found online at the Spanish Archives http://pares.mcu.es/   




These documents show that in 1877 Juan Rojo Peñacoba, 28 years old, from the village of Sinovas was at the University of Madrid to study chemistry.  How unusual is it that someone from this little village of farmers 167 miles north of Madrid (about 104 miles) would send one of their young men to study chemistry in 1877? 

Here is some family background.  Manuel Rojo was born in Sinovas, the son of Tomas Rojo and Narcisa Palomo, on 27 May 1818.  He married Andrea Peñacoba, the daughter of Eusebio Peñacoba and Candida Alameda, on 7 October 1844.  I know nothing about Manuel Rojo, and I assume he was a farmer.  They had six children born in Sinovas:

1.  Maria de la Nieves, no birth record or baptism, died on 17 Sep 1859 in Sinovas as a child
2.  Agapito, born 18 August 1845, married Maria Pilar Martin
3.  Juan, baptized on 7 May 1848
4. Vicente, baptized on 25 Jan 1857
5. Higinio, baptized on 19 August 1860 (this is Vincent's great grandfather)
6. Zacarias, baptized on 7 November 1863, died 26 March 1868 in Sinovas as a child. 

I know nothing about any of the children except Higinio, Vincent's great grandfather.  Higinio married Brigida Torres on 27 November 1884 in Sinovas and had four children of his own.  I assume that Higinio was a farmer, too, but I could always be wrong. 

The interesting thing is that Juan Rojo Peñacoba studied chemistry.  Vincent went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  This little fact about his 2nd great uncle is fascinating to him!  We can't wait to learn more!  Did Juan go on to become a chemist? Did he marry? Does he have any descendants?  (Scroll down to see an exciting UPDATE!)

Generations of ROJO babies have been baptized in this font
at the St. Nicolas de Bari church in Sinovas, Burgos, Spain -
including Juan Rojo Penacoba, described above.

UPDATE:  9:30am 19 January 2018 - Within a few hours of posting this story online, I had a good clue sent to me by Spanish genealogist Matthew Hovious, who had read this blog post. It appears that Juan Rojo Peñacoba went on to become a pharmacist in the city of Alcubilla in the contiguous province of Soria, Spain.  Matthew sent me this document from a newspaper in Alcubilla, dated 3 January 1883.  Thanks, Matthew!  You can read more about him at his website http://www.spanish-genealogy.com/





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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "A Genealogy Surprise from Spain!", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 19, 2018, (  https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/01/a-genealogy-surprise-from-spain.html: accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above the Community Church

I post another in a series of weather vane photographs every Wednesday.  This started with images of weathervanes from the Londonderry, New Hampshire area, but now I've found interesting weather vanes all across New England and across the globe.  Sometimes my weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are interesting.  Often my readers tip me off to some very unique or unusual weathervanes, too!  If you know a great weather vane near you, let me know if you'd like to have it featured on this blog.

Today's weather vane was photographed in New Hampshire

Do you know the location of weathervane post #346?  Scroll down to find the answer.



This scrollwork arrow weathervane is on the bell tower above the Community Church in New Boston, New Hampshire.  This church was built to replace the Presbyterian Church on the Hill which was built in the 1820s but hit by lightning and burned to the ground in 1900.

This weathervane is mentioned on the New Boston Historical Society's website, on their weathervane page!
http://www.newbostonhistoricalsociety.com/weathervane.html

The Community Church of New Boston:
http://communitychurchnewboston.org/index.html  

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

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above the Community Church", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 17, 2018, (https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/01/weathervane-wednesday-above-community.html: accessed [access date]). 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tombstone Tuesday ~ The churchyard at St. Peter and St. Paul, Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire, England

These photographs were taken at St. Peter and St. Paul's churchyard in Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire, England during our Historic Sites Tour with the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.  We were visiting this historic church because the parents of Mayflower passenger John Howland were buried here (no marker exists today).  It is also the burial place of Lancelot "Capability" Brown, a famous landscape architect (the Frederick Law Olmstead of England).

For more about our tour in Fenstanton, and the Howland family, see this link:
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/11/along-pilgrim-trail-john-howland-of.html 









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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ The churchyard at St. Peter and St. Paul, Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire, England", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 16, 2018, (  https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/01/tombstone-tuesday-churchyard-at-st.html: accessed [access date]).

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ LARKIN of Charlestown, Massachusetts


LARKIN / LARKEN

My 10th great grandfather, Edward Larkin (about 1615 – 1652) was admitted as an inhabitant of Charlestown, Massachusetts on 30 July 1638.  He was a wheelwright.  He joined the church on 23 September 1639, and joined the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in 1644.  In 1647/8 he received a grant of two acres of land at Sandy Bank. 

Edward Larkin’s will published in 1652:
  
"I Edward Larkin being weake in body yitt having perfitt memory and understanding doe make this my last will and Testament in manner and forme following. Imprimis I comitt my soule to God who made it and gave it And I only rely and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, I comitt my body to be decently buried - I also give and bequeath untoo my beloved wife Jone Larkin A full third part of my estate; it being rightly valued, to be first deducted, and more I also give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Jone Larkin the full sume of five pounds likewise to be first deducted out of my estate: And those twoo parts to remaine with my whole estate in her hands untill the tyme of the division of my estate and payment of my childrens portions as hereunder is specified. I also give and bequeath unto my eldest son John Larkin a dubbell portion of my estate after my wife has hers out of the whole and my will is that my Son John shall let his portion remaine in my wifes hands untill he bee twenty and one year old, and then my wife with the other executor to pay his portion to him upon demand: but he or any of my children else doe dye before they have received their portions then it to be equally divided to my wife and the other children who remaine then alive: provided alsoe that if the Lord shall please to take away my wife by death before the childrens portions bee payed then my will is and I desire the Deacons of our Church to joyne with the other executor to so order and dispose of that portions wh. I bequeath to my children as may bee most advantagious to their benefitt untill they have them payed unto themm, Alsoe if my wife shall marry before the legacies be payed then my will is that he whom she marries and she shall retaine the legacies in their hands till the due tyme afore mentioned provided they put in sufficient security that the childrens portions may bee preserved for them. As for my son Thomas and my daughters Elizabeth, Sarah, Johanna and the child with which my wife now goes and is bigg with: I doe hereby will and bequeath unto each of them a equall portion of my estate which remains after my wife and son John have theirs to be payed them by my executors if they live or by the Deacons (of said Church then being) at their Ages of twenty years: but as before if any of them Decease in the mean tyme then the survivors or survivor to have it divided equally amongst them or given to him or her if only surviving."
Witnesses John Greene Edward Larkin.
John Penticost.
This will was presented to ye Court ye 6th of ye (2) 1652 and by them accepted uppon record. p. me Tho. Danforth,
Recorder.
A true copy. Attest. W. E. Rogers. Asst. Register.
Codicil. "As for my daughter Hanna whom my beloved brother and sister Penticost have taken into their hands to keep and provide for I doe give and bequeath unto her ten shillings to be layed out in good books for her at her age of eighteen years to bee delivered unto her. And I Edward Larkin doe entreat my beloved brother Robert Hale to joine with my beloved wife
Jone Larkin and to bee my full and sole executors of this my last will and Testament the day and date before written."

After his death, his widow Joanna married the John Penticost mentioned in the will.  They had at least one son, John Penticost, Jr. born in 1659. I descend from the daughter, Hannah Larkin (1643 – 1704), my 9th great grandmother, mentioned as a foster child to Penticost.  Hannah married John Newell of Charlestown on 15 February 1664/5. 

Some LARKIN resources:

Larkin Family of Rhode Island, by William H. Larkin, 1935, with updates by his grandson, Richard F. Larkin, 1995. 

The American Genealogist, Volume 62, pages 118 – 120.

Ancestry of Colonel John Harrington Stevens and his wife Frances Helen Miller, by Mary Lovering Holman and Winifred Lovering Holman, 1948, Volume 1, pages 144 – 148.

The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown in the county of Middlesex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1629 – 1818, by Thomas Bellows Wyman and Henry Herbert, 1879.

My LARKIN genealogy:

Generation 1: Edward Larkin, born about 1615 in England, died between 15 February and 6 April 1652 in Charlestown, Massachusetts; married about 1635 to Joanna Unknown. She died 26 January 1685/6 in Charlestown.  Nine children.

Generation 2:  Hannah Larkin born 16 January 1643 in Charlestown, died 10 December 1704 in Charlestown; married 15 February 1664/5 in Charlestown to John Newell, son of Andrew Newell and Mary Pitt.  He was born about 1634 probably in Bristol, England, and died 14 October 1704 in Charlestown.  Three children.

Generation 3:  Mary Newell m. Isaac Mirick
Generation 4:  Hannah Mirick m. Thomas Jillings
Generation 5:  Hannah Jillings m. Daniel Glover
Generation 6:  Tabitha Glover m. Thomas Homan
Generation 7:  Betsey Jillings Homan m. Jabez Treadwell
Generation 8:  Eliza Ann Treadwell m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 9:  Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 10: Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 11: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ LARKIN of Charlestown, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted December 13, 2017, (   https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/01/surname-saturday-larkin-of-charlestown.html: accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above the Town Hall

I post another in a series of weather vane photographs every Wednesday.  This started with images of weathervanes from the Londonderry, New Hampshire area, but now I've found interesting weather vanes all across New England and across the globe.  Sometimes my weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are interesting.  Often my readers tip me off to some very unique or unusual weathervanes, too!  If you know a great weather vane near you, let me know if you'd like to have it featured on this blog.

Today's weather vane was photographed in New Hampshire.

Do you know the location of weathervane post #345?  Scroll down to find the answer.




This weathervane is located above the clock tower of the New Boston, New Hampshire Town Hall.  This scrollwork weathervane was placed here in 1983, it originally was installed on the bell tower of the New Boston High school in 1908.  The old school used to stand across the street (where the fire station is now located), but it was destroyed in the great fire of 1887.   You can read more about this weathervane and this story of its relocation at the link below from the New Boston Historical Society.



This weathervane is located next door to the Old Engine House which also has a historic weathervane.  You can read about both of these weathervanes, and more in New Boston, at this link:
http://www.newbostonhistoricalsociety.com/weathervane.html

I featured the Old Engine House weathervane last week at this link:
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/01/weathervane-wednesday-old-engine-house.html 

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

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above the Town Hall", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 10, 2018, (https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/01/weathervane-wednesday-above-town-hall.html

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Tombstone Tuesday ~ St. Helena's Churchyard in Austerfield, Yorkshire, England

These are photographs of the historic churchyard at St. Helena's church in Austerfield, Yorkshire.  This is the church where William Bradford, Mayflower passenger, was baptized on 19 March 1589/90.  We were visiting here with the General Society of Mayflower Descendants' Historic Sites Tour in September 2017.

If you would like to read more about William Bradford and St. Helena's church, please visit this link:
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/11/along-pilgrim-trail-william-bradford.html









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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ St. Helena's Churchyard in Austerfield, Yorkshire, England", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 9, 2018, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/01/tombstone-tuesday-st-helenas-churchyard.html: accessed [access date]).

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ KING of Lynn, Massachusetts


KING / KINGE

My 10th great grandfather, Daniel King (1599 – 1672),  was born in Watford, Hertfordshire in England.  His son, Daniel King, Jr., stated in 1653 that he owned land in Beaconfield, Buckinghamshire, near where he married Elizabeth Guy in 1624 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.  He was in Uxbridge, Middlesex, England in 1639.  Soon after this date, he probably left for New England with his wife and children.

Daniel King’s first record in New England was a court appearance on 30 June 1641 in Salem, Massachusetts.  He was a woolen draper and a merchant, and described as “gentleman” or “Mr.” in the records.  His land in Lynn is located in what is now the town of Swampscott.  He appears in the records for many land transactions, as well as several suits such as when his bull gored his neighbor’s mare who was “great with foal” in 1646 (Essex Quarterly Court Records 1:258).  That same year he was fined for “supposed neglect of training” when he told the court he was lame and would provide a man to train for the militia in his place. 

In 1670 Daniel King conveyed the western part of his farm to his son Ralph, with provisions to three sons-in-law that they could cut wood (Essex Deeds, 3:99, 5:54).    His will is dated 7 February 1671, and was proved on 26 June 1672. He left his estate to his son Daniel, and it mentions his daughters Hannah Blaney, Elizabeth Redding, and Sarah Needham.

I descend from Daniel’s son, Daniel, Jr., (1625 – 1690), my 9th great grandfather.  He was a merchant involved with the triangle trade between New England, the West Indies and England.  He lived for a time on the island of St Christopher/ St. Kitts, and then came to Salem to be an innkeeper.  He married Tabitha Walker in 1647.  He probably died in Salem before 2 April 1690, when on an indenture he was described as “Daniel King Sr. late of Salem, yeoman deceased”  (Essex County Deeds 8:154 – 155). 

Next, I descend from Daniel King, Jr.’s daughter Hannah King (b. 1681), my 8th great grandmother, who married John Bacon in 1701.  They had six children, and passed on the name Tabitha to my 7th great grandmother, Tabitha Bacon.  She had a granddaughter named Tabitha Glover (1765 – 1837) my 5th great grandmother.  My 4th great grandmother, Betsey Jillings Homan, had a sister named Tabby Homan, which was probably really yet another Tabitha!

Some KING resources:

“The King Family in England” by George Austin Morrison, Jr., The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Volume 31 (1900), pages 136 – 139

The Essex Genealogist, Volume 9, pages 82 -92

The New England Historic Genealogical Society Register, Volume 65, page 84

The History of Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts: Including Lynnfield, Saugus, Swampscott, and Nahant, by Alonzo Lewis and James R. Newhall, 1865.

My KING genealogy:

Generation 1:  Daniel King, son of Ralph King and Audrey Unknown,  baptized on 1 January 1599 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, died before 26 May 1627 in Lynn, Massachusetts; married on 4 October 1624 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England to Elizabeth Guy, daughter of John Guy and Agnes Martin.  She was born about 1606 and died 26 February 1677 in Lynn.  Five children.

Generation 2:  Daniel King, born about 1625 in England, died before 2 April 1690 in Salem, Massachusetts; married on 11 March 1662 in Lynn to Tabitha Walker, daughter of Richard Walker and Jane Talmadge.  She was born 9 November 1647 in Reading, Massachusetts.  Eleven children.

Generation 3: Hannah King, born about 1681; married on 24 January 1701 in Salem to John Bacon, son of Daniel Bacon and Susannah Spencer.  He was born 24 January 1680/1 in Salem, and died before 29 February 1715/16 in Salem.  Six children.

Generation 4: Tabitha Bacon m. Jonathan Glover
Generation 5:  Daniel Glover m. Hannah Jillings
Generation 6:  Tabitha Glover m. Thomas Homan
Generation 7:  Betsey Jilling Homan m. Jabez Treadwell
Generation 8:  Eliza Ann Treadwell m.  Abijah Hitchings
Generation 9:  Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 10:  Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 11:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ KING of Lynn, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 6, 2017, (  https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/12/surname-saturday-king-of-lynn.html: accessed [access date]).