Monday, January 16, 2017

My Grandmother’s Diary ~ Part 6

An advertisement for Hoogerzeil Express in the 1920 Beverly, Mass. City Directory, page 49

This is another installment of a transcription of my grandmother's 1920 diary.  Gertrude Hitchings (1905 - 2001) was only fifteen years old when she wrote this tiny 3" diary in Beverly, Massachusetts.  You can read the first installment HERE.  I'll be posting sections of this diary every week for Amanuensis Monday posts.

March 10 - 15, 1920

WED. MAR 10, 1920
Got up at 6.30 walked to
school and back awful warm with
bad walking.  home all afternoon
Mrs. Butler over. Went sliding after
supper but didn’t’ stay.  Bobby Brick [?}
and ^Marion & Adolf up tonight.  Ma & Pa
over Mrs. Butler’s bed at 10.15


Got up 6/45 walked to
school and back, rained a little this
noon.  bad walking.  Home
all afternoon.  Went down
Marion’s after supper.
Pa went over to see Russell.
I came home at 9.30 bed at 10.15


Go up at 7 went to school
at 7.15 had an assembly
home at 1.30.  Home all afternoon
Mrs. Butler over, raining this p.m.
Went to the pictures with Marion
and her father home 10.30 bed 10.45

[Notes:  Marion could be Marion Hoogerzeil (1904 - 1953), Gertrude’s first cousin.  The Hoogerzeils lived at #5 Union Street.   Marion’s father would have been Gertrude’s Uncle Alonzo Hoogerzeil (1875 – 1946).  Ma's maiden name was Florence Etta Hoogerzeil. They were the children of Peter Hoogerzeil, Jr. (1841 - 1908) who started the Hoogerzeil Express company in Beverly (see the advertisement above)  By 1920 it was being run by John E. Healey, Etta's brother.  

Gertrude mentions going to “the pictures” with Marion and her father.  This would be the moving pictures or movies.  My grandmother always called movies “the pictures”, even if she watched “a picture on TV last night”. ]

SAT. MAR. 13, 1920
Got up at 8.00 had breakfast
worked around the house all
the morning.  Raining hard.
Went over Mrs. Butler’s after
dinner and helped her she cut
her hand. Came home got supper
and went to bed at 9.20 P.M.


Up at 9.00 took a bath had break-
fast.  Helen, Ellsworth, Russell,
Ethel and Mr. Lowell came
over to dinner.  Went down
Marion’s after dinner.  Helen
and Ellsworth stayed here all
night went to bed at 9.15


Got up at 6.15 went to school
Helen & Ellsworth went home at 11
Got a ride home with Mr. Put-
num.  Went down the store
with Marion.  Ma not well. Home
all evening.  Marion up. Cars running again
                                        bed at 9.00

[Notes:  Gertrude's two eldest siblings were married and living away.  Her sister Helen and her husband Herbert Ellsworth Robson were living in Weymouth, and her brother Russell and his wife, Ethel, were living in Lynn.  They were all together for Sunday dinner on the 14th. 

Ma, my great grandmother Florence Etta (Hoogerzeil) Hitchings (1871 - 1941) had TB and was not well.  She was often in Danvers State Hospital during Gertrude’s childhood.]

March 16 - 21, 1920

Got up at 6.45 rode to school
today in the car.  Got home 1.15
Went over Magilsons with Marion
She worked over there today  stayed
until 6.  Ma is better today
Home all evening  Ma and Pa
are over Butlers went to bed 10.


St. Patrick’s day
Up at 7.00 went to school, got
home at 1.15  Mabel came
up stayed all afternoon.  I went to
class meeting at 3.00 got home 4.15
went down Marion’s.  Marion
up all the evening until
8.30 went to bed at 9.30


Got up at 7.00 went to
school home at 1.15.  Went
up to Marion’s cousins with
her.  Went to club after
supper.  Mrs. Butler & Mrs Small
over.  Went to bed at 10.15

[NOTES:  Gertrude was happy to take a car to take a car (trolley) to school today.  Did they stop running in the winter? Were they on strike?

The Magilson family lived at 154 Bridge Street in Beverly.  They were from Holland, just like the Hoogerzeil family. I don’t think they were relatives.  Notice that on the 16th Marion helped out the Magilson family, and on the 13th Gertrude helped out Mrs. Butler, who had cut her hand. ]

FRI. MAR 19, 1920
Got up at 7.00 went to
school. Home at 1.15  Ma
& Pa gone to Russell’s.  Went
riding on Eunice’s bike.  Home alone
all the evening.  Eunice
and Hollis gone to pictures
went to bed at 9.15


Got up at 7.00 snowing
hard this morning.   Worked
around the house all
morning.  Home all
afternoon and evening
tatting.  Went to bed
at 9.30


Got up at 8.45 had
breakfast went to church
home at 12.30 had dinner
Went to walk with Marion
after dinner.  Home all evening
went to bed at 10. O’clock.

[NOTES:  Ma and Pa, my great grandparents, went to visit Russell, their oldest son, who was recently married and living in Lynn.  Gertrude again mentions going to “the pictures” AKA the movies.  

Gertrude loved tatting and knitting.  I remember my grandmother always doing handwork, and every Christmas she would knit something, sometimes just socks or mittens, for everyone in the family.  This was quite a feat because she had seven children, their spouses, and 29 grandchildren to knit for every Christmas!  It was your lucky year if you received a Christmas sweater from Nana! 

This is one of the few entries where Gertrude mentions going to church.  I don't know which church the family attended in Beverly.]

Part One of my grandmother's diary can be found at this link:


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "My Grandmother’s Diary ~ Part 6", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 16, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ JONES of Wales and Boston, Massachusetts

Vincent and I at Washington Place, Honolulu, Hawaii
the home built by my 4th great aunt
Mary Lambert (Jones) Dominis, born in Boston, 1803.
This was Queen Lili'uokalani's last residence,
and the current governor's residence.

My 6th great grandfather, Owen Jones, born about 1735, was a Royal Customs agent at Aberystwyth, Wales and also a customs agent at Boston, Massachusetts (probably before the Revolutionary War).  His son, Owen Jones, my 5th great grandfather, was born about 1768 in Wales and he married Elizabeth Lambert in Boston.  Apparently the rest of the family returned to Wales, and Owen, Jr. stayed in Boston.  Owen’s sister, Ann, is buried at Aberystwyth with the following epitaph:

“Here lies the body of Ann, the daughter of Owen Jones, Collector of the Customs at Aberystwyth, by Ann, his wife, who was born at Boston, New England on the 17th of February 1769, and departed this life the 18th of February 1791, aged 22 years. Also to the above named Owen Jones, who departed this life the 28th of February 1798, aged 62”

Owen Jones, Jr. was a mariner, and he lived at Ship Street in Boston’s North End in the 1810, 1820 and 1820 censuses and city directories.  In the 1842 Boston directory he was living at 199 Hanover Street, also in the North End.  His death notice in the New England Historic Genealogical Society Register, Vol. 4, page 293 (July 1850) reads: “Jones, Mr. Owen, Dorchester, 22 April, ae 82, formerly of Boston”.    His obituary in the Boston Evening Transcript, 22 April 1850, page 2 reads “At Dorchester, this morning, at the residence of Wm. Hart, Mr. Owen Jones, 82, formerly of this city.  Funeral services at the house of Enoch H. Snelling, No. 108 Salem Street, on Tuesday, at 3 ½ o’clock PM. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.”   William Hart was his son-in-law (married to his daughter Agnes Jones), and Enoch Snelling was another son-in-law (married to his eldest daughter Sarah Dargue Jones).

Owen Jones married Elizabeth Lambert and had eight children.  Six daughters, and two sons (one died young, the other died at sea unmarried).   One of these daughters was my 4th great grandmother, Catherine Plummer Jones (about 1799 – 1828).  Another daughter was Mary Lambert Jones (1803 – 1889), who married Capt. John Dominis and removed to the Kingdom of Hawaii where she became the mother-in-law to Queen Liliuokalani.  Two other daughters are named above, and the other two were Laura Williams Jones, who married John Lee, and Anne Marie Stanwood Jones, who was the first wife of Robert William Holt who also removed to the Kingdom of Hawaii.

Catherine Plummer (Jones) Younger died at age 29 and left her husband a widower with young children.  Their daughter, my 3rd great grandmother Mary Esther Younger, was adopted by her aunt Mary (Younger) Harris and raised in Boston.  It was a letter written by her nephew, William Lee, to his aunt Mary Dominis in Hawaii that told me the connection to Queen Liliuokalani.  This letter in the Hawaii State Archives, dated May 9, 1887, was written when Princess Liliuokalani, her husband Governor John Owen Dominis, and Queen Kapiolani were visiting relatives in Boston enroute to Queen Victoria’s Jubilee celebration in London.  “…I tell you Aunt Dominis, the Jones & Lambert race will never die out!... [mentions Esther Emerson]… you can easily see the coming of the Queen and her party has been a marked event with our people.”  [M-93 Lili’uokalani Collection, Box 9, Folder 94 (years 1185 – 1888, #1164, s.n. 1305, Hawai’i State Archives]. 

Another letter dated May 11, 1887 from Governor John Owen Dominis to his mother says “Yesterday forenoon we had a reception for all my Cousins and aunts and nearly all were here…. The Queen and Lydia [Liliuokalani’s Christian name] had quite a jolly time with our cousins – Lydia has the names of all who were here.”  [ibid]

Esther Emerson, who met the Royal party in Boston, lived at #57 Nixon Street in Boston.  Her 1913 death record in the Massachusetts vital records gives her maiden name as Younger and her adopted name of Harris, as well as her parents and husband’s names.  She is buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Boston.   My great grandmother, Carrie Maude (Batchelder) Allen, died during my lifetime, and she was alive during the Queen’s visits to Boston both in 1887 and later after the overthrow of the monarchy.  She remembers visiting with “Auntie Lydia” and was one of the cousins mentioned in the letters above.   It was Great Grandmother Carrie’s insistence that we had a princess in our family tree that led me to start tracing this line back in the 1970s – my first foray into genealogy!

My JONES genealogy:

Generation 1:  Owen Jones, born about 1735, died 28 February 1798 in Aberystwth, Wales; married to Anne Unknown.  Two known children (probably more)

Generation 2:  Owen Jones, born about 1768 in Wales, died 22 April 1850 in Dorchester, Massachusetts; married on 11 May 1793 at the 2nd Baptist Church, Boston, Massachusetts to Elizabeth Lambert.  She was born about 1775 and died 6 February 1834 in Boston.  Eight children

Generation 3:  Catherine Plummer Jones, born about 1799, died 2 May 1828 probably in Boston; married on 23 October 1816 in Gloucester, Massachusetts to Levi Younger, son of Levi Younger and Mary Wotton.  He was born 1 May 1786 in Gloucester, and died 8 December 1858 in Boston.  Five children.

Generation 4:  Mary Esther Younger, born 17 February 1826, died 7 January 1913 in Boston; married on 11 August 1845 in Boston to George Emerson, son of Romanus Emerson and Jemima Burnham.  He was born 11 July 1817 in South Boston, and died 11 January 1890 in Dorchester.  Eight children.

Generation 5: Mary Katharine Emerson m. George E. Batchelder
Generation 6:  Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 7: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, " Surname Saturday ~ JONES of Wales and Boston, Massachusetts ", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 14, 2017,  ( accessed [access date]). 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Weird Search Terms

It’s been about two years since I’ve published a list of weird search terms.  For a while, I wasn’t recording some of very odd ones, and so unfortunately they all have been lost.  But here are some doozies I do remember, and some strange ones I remembered to write down.

Remember, these are the actual words someone "Googled" to land at my blog. 

For some of the past funny search term blog posts, see the links below.

Google                                                My comments

Throat Distemper                              Yes, it’s a real disease, called Diptheria today
Glosster Massitchuchest                   Really?  And you landed at my blog?
Photo of French and Indian War      Let me call Dr. Who…
Photo of Johnny Appleseed              Darn!  His camera needs recharging!
Who was burned in Salem?              No one, they were hanged
Cast iron coffins                                  Again, why my blog?
Photo of Gov. Roger Conant            See above
Queen Victoria’s Legs                        OK, this one made me curious.  I had to Google, too
Sam Adams isn’t here?                      Nope. Nor is Budweiser
Is your ancestor a Pilgrim?               Yes, but is YOUR ancestor one, too?
Maine’s grandmother                       ????

Just Plain Odd…

Dirty genealogy
How to hang a witch
Is it wrong to marry ancestors
Tombstone towels

For the truly curious:
Weird Search Terms July 2011

Weird Search Terms May 2012

Weird Search Terms February 2013

Weird Search Terms October 2013

Weird Search Terms March 2014

Weird Search Terms December 2014


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weird Search Terms", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 13, 2016,  ( accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Weathervane Wednesday ~ On the road to a famous Maine lighthouse

It's Weathervane Wednesday!

I post 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 vanes were photographed in Maine.

Do you know the location of weathervane post #293?  Scroll down to find the answer.

And right next door another great weathervane!

These two nautically themed weather vanes were photographed on Nubble Road in York Beach, Maine.  Both houses were side by side, not too far from the very famous Nubble Lighthouse.  The first is a very beautiful three dimensional three masted sailing ship.  Even the rigging is included on this weathervane.   The second weather vane is a two dimensional sperm whale.  These two houses are waterfront property facing the Atlantic Ocean, the Isles of Shoals and Long Sands at York Beach.  They are very beautiful properties, especially considering that they are both a short walk to Nubble Light, the most photographed lighthouse in Maine. 

Nubble Light as seen from Sohier Park

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


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ On the road to a famous Maine lighthouse", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 11, 2017,  ( accessed [access date]). 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ten New Genealogy Blogs about New England

Every month of the 10th day I publish a blog post with a top ten list…

It’s been a long time since I listed some great New England genealogy bloggers. In that time, many new bloggers have started posting.  Here are some new ones about New England genealogy  (or new-to-me blogs) you should try out!
In no particular order:

1.  Marblehead Musings by Marge Armstrong

2.  Fletcher Family Tree by Jake Fletcher

3.  Beautiful Water  by Christine McCloud

4.  Pine Trees and Pedigrees  by Kathleen McCracken

5. Genealogy Adventures by Brian Sheffey

6.  Genealogy in West Brookfield by Leah Smith

7.  Between the Leaves by Deborah Lee Stewart

8.   From Shepards and Shoemakers  by Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz

9.  Discovering Your Past by Dan Young 
ALSO - Enjoy Dan's genealogy videos on YouTube, produced for Nashua, New Hampshire's public access TV channel  

10. Kate’s Kin-nections by Kate Lowrie

For a full listing of all the New England Genealogy bloggers, try this link:

Do you know of any other new New England genealogy blogs?  Let me know about them in the comments or send an email to


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Ten New Genealogy Blogs about New England",  Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 10, 2017,  ( :  accessed [access date]).

Monday, January 9, 2017

Top Blog Posts for 2016 and other statistics

The new year caused me to explore my 2016 blog statistics.  I decided to post the top ten stories just for fun.  My blog is not monetized, so I check my stats just out of pure curiosity. 

Here are the top ten blog posts for Nutfield Genealogy – in reverse order.  I’ve provided the links, just in case you missed these stories the first time they posted.

1.  "Ten Things to Know About Researching A Witch in Your Family Tree"
The 1692 Salem Witch trials are always a popular event in American history, and it seems that many people want to know if there is “witch” in their family tree.  Personally, this episode makes me very sad, and finding a witch in my tree was not a happy occasion for me.

2.  "My Mayflower Passengers"
I’ve published this list a few times over the years, and it is always popular, especially near Thanksgiving time.  I’ve also made a lot of cousin connections this way!

3.  "Ten Things to Know About Researching a Pilgrim in Your Family Tree"
This story posted in 2015, but it made the top ten list for 2016.  See #2 on this list.

4.  "Fruitlands Exhibit of “New England Portraits”
This story posted in 2013, and it was not very popular at all.  Then it was picked up by social media knitting groups and it went viral for a few years.  It still made the top ten list this year.  Apparently one of the nineteenth century portraits of a woman knitting is of particular interest to knitters. Check it out for yourself to see what all the hoopla is about!

5.  "Surname Saturday ~ FOWLE of Charlestown and Woburn, Massachusetts"
I have no idea why this story is so popular.  FOWLE is not a very well-known surname in New England, and it is not attached any famous figures in history.  I have written over 250 Surname Saturday stories, and this one consistently makes the top ten list every year since it was written in 2012.  Is there a FOWLE in your family tree, too?

6.  "Ten Ways to be a Good Ancestor"
This story was my attempt at a bit of humor, and I guess I pulled it off!

7.   "10 Unexpected Places to Find Family History Online"
This was one of my first “Top Ten” stories, written nearly two years ago, and it is the most popular of all. 

8.  "University of Durham Team is Reaching Out to the Descendants of 17th Century Scottish Prisoners"
This story went viral for a few days when this event was happening in Saugus, Massachusetts just a few months ago.  I usually don’t blog much about current events, but since two of my ancestors were Scots Prisoners of War I was very interested in this story and attending the lecture.  I guess a lot of other people were interested, too.

9.  "Flora Stewart – Black History Month in Londonderry"
Over 10,000 people have read this story over the past five years.  I have no idea why this story is so compelling to readers, although the photograph of Flora Stewart is interesting and her story is quaint.  But I’m glad that a story about a minority figure from New Hampshire has captured the imaginations of so many readers, because New Hampshire has a dearth of minority and African American stories.

10.  "A Favorite Christmas Gift!  You might want one, too!"
This post is my top most popular of all time.  The story was posted in 2012 and immediately went viral on Pinterest and Buzz Feed.  I was a bit resentful at first because I would have preferred that a history or genealogy story was my most popular.  However, according to my blog statistics, there have been over 210,000 hits to this story.  I’m hoping that all the crafty people who read it also clicked on a few genealogy posts, and maybe a few of those readers became hooked on genealogy, too. 

Top Ten Traffic Sources for 2016
1. Facebook
2.  Google
3.  BuzzFeed
4. Pinterest
5. Mobile Facebook
6. All Created
7.  Yahoo
8.   Bing
9.  “Family Tree Maker User” a blog  by Russ Worthington
10.  “Nutfield Genealogy”

Other odd facts
First blog post -  27 July 2009
Total blog posts - 2362
Published comments (minus spam)- 4781
Page views all time history (as of January 4, 2017)-  1,930,145

Top Five Search Keywords (phrases)
1.  “White Horse”
2.   “Maria Del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa…”
3.   “Flora Stewart”
4.   “Kilcher Family Tree”
5.   “Thanksgiving Proclamation”

Total Blog Posts by Year
2009  - 75 posts
2010  - 337 posts
2011  - 341 posts
2012  - 346 posts
2013  - 349 posts
2014  - 309 posts
2015  -  291 posts 
2016 –  286 posts


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Top Ten Blog Posts for 2016", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 9, 2017,  (  accessed [access date]). 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

New England Genealogy Clubs and Societies

(scroll to the bottom for state and regional societies)

Clubs (that meet on a regular basis - If you know one that I missed, please leave a comment or email me at and I'll add it to this list.)

Acton, MA - Genealogical Round Table meets at the Acton Library on the fourth Monday of most months at 1PM.    

Amesbury, MA – A new genealogy club has started, every last Monday of the month.  No registration, come to as many meetings as you would like.  For info contact Margie Walker, Local History Librarian, Amesbury Public Library, Amesbury, MA  978-388-8148 or

Andover, MA –  “Discover Your Past Genealogy Club”, Memorial Hall Library, every second Thursday of the month from 10am to 11am.  Everyone is welcome.  See the webpage

Augusta, ME - Maine State Library genealogy club, fourth Thursday of the month, 10am to noon.  Contact Emily Shroeder at the state library for more information.

Barrington, NH Genealogy Club, meets the first Wednesday of the month at 6pm at the Barrington Public Library, 105 Ramsdell Lane, Barrington, NH  or email Wendy at

Bedford, MA - Genealogy club meets up at the Bedford Library on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 10am.  

Boston, MA  Monthly Irish Study Genealogy Group, usually every 4th Saturday of the month at NEHGS, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts between 9:30 and noon in the Education Center (2nd floor).  Contact Mary Ellen Grogan for more information and to confirm the meeting time and date.

Boston, MA Wednesday Night Jewish Genealogy, Every 3rd Wednesday at NEHGS, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Mass.

Canton, MA  Irish Cultural Centre, meets at 200 New Boston Drive, Canton, Massachusetts.  The Irish Cultural Centre ( and the Friends of Irish Research ( bring genealogy to the ICC library every third Friday of the month from 7 – 9pm.  Free Wifi in the building.

Chelmsford Genealogy Club, at the Chelmsford, MA Public Library, first Tuesday night of the month at 7PM in the McCarthy Meeting Room, contact Judy Sylvia 978-256-5521

Derry, NH  Genealogy Roundtable, at the Derry Public Library, 64 East Broadway, Derry, NH  every first Tuesday of the Month, at 7pm to 8:15pm in the downstairs meeting room.  Contact: Alan Howard at 603-432-6140 for more information.

East Haven, Connecticut Genealogy Club, at the Hagaman Memorial Library, 227 Main Street, East Haven, Connecticut

Franklin, Massachusetts Genealogy Club, at the Franklin Library, 25 Kenwood Circle, Franklin, Massachusetts.  Held on the last Thursday of the month at 6:30pm.  No meeting in November, December, July or August. 

Gray, Maine, The Maine Genealogical DIG, a DNA interest group, is a new group to assist people using and understanding Genetic Genealogy, DNA testing. They will help you decide who to test, when to test, why to test, and how to work most efficiently with the results. DNA results are to be used as a tool along with traditional genealogy research. Meetings are free and open to all on the second Saturday of the month starting Saturday, Jan. 9th, from 10am to noon at the Gray Public Library, 5 Hancock Street in Gray, Maine. For more information contact Nancy Milliken Mason at or 207-239-1970

Haverhill, Massachusetts at the Northern Essex Community College, a free genealogy discussion group on the 1st Tuesday of every month, 10am, in the Library building upstairs in the Pailes room.

Hudson, NH  Genealogy Club, at the Rogers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Road, Hudson, NH  every 2nd Friday of the Month, at 1:30 PM contact 603-886-6030 for more information.  (on summer hiatus until September)

Kennebunk, ME  Genealogy Group, at the Kennebunk Public Library, 112 Main Street Kennebunk, Maine, meets monthly.  No charge for the program.  Call Janet at 207-985-2173 or email

Littleton, MA Genealogy Club, at the Couper Room in the Littleton, Massachusetts Reuben Hoar Public Library, second Monday of the month at 10am. For more information see the website at

Lowell, MA  Greater Lowell Genealogy Club,  meets at the Pollard Memorial Library, Lowell, MA 10AM to 1PM once a month. 

Meredith NH, Genealogy Club

Middletown, CT  Genealogy Club at the Godfrey Library in Middletown, Connecticut

Nashua, NH   RISE Genealogy Group at the Nashua Public Library, Hunt Room, on the first Friday of the month at 1pm  (Rivier College Institute for Senior Education, see )

Newton, MA  The Newton Genealogy Club, meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm in room A of the Newton Free Library. Contact Ginny Audet

Newton, NH Genealogy Club- Gale Library, Newton, NH, 603-382-4691, 3PM on the third Wednesday of the month. 

North Hampton, NH Genealogy Club, at the North Hampton Public Library, 237A Atlantic Avenue, North Hampton NH 603-964-6326

Portsmouth, NH- Genealogy workshop at the Portsmouth Public library on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 2pm to 4pm.

Rowley, Massachusetts Genealogy Club, meets the 2nd Monday of each month at the Rowley library, 6 -8pm in the Local History Room.  141 Main Street, Rowley, Massachusetts 978-948-2850

Rye, NH Genealogy Club, at the Rye Public Library, first Tuesday of the month at 2PM.

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts Genealogy Club, meets third Monday of the month at the Shrewsbury Public Library, contact George C. Brown at 508-841-8531 or

Southborough, MA Genealogy Club, at the Southborough Library, 25 Main Street, Southborough, MA  508-485-5031 or   Third Thursday of the Month.  See the website for a schedule

Tewksbury, MA Genealogy Support Group, 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2pm, at the Tewksbury, Massachusetts Public Library.  All are welcome. 

Townsend, MA Genealogy Group, Townsend, Massachusetts every 2nd Thursday of the month at the Townsend Public Library in meeting hall B.  Use the library subscriptions to Ancestry, Heritage Quest and Historic Maps, borrow a laptop or bring your own.  

Turner’s Falls, MA  Genealogy Gathering, Every First Thursday 6 – 8pm, at the Carnegie Public Library in Turners Falls, Massachusetts.  Informal genealogy sharing after hours at the library with use of the computers and the local history room. Contact the library for more information.

Wayland, MA  Genealogy Club, second Wednesday of every month at 7pm, at the Wayland Public Library, 5 Concord Road, Wayland, Massachusetts.


The American Canadian Genealogical Society, has a physical building with a library at 4 Elm Street,  Manchester, New Hampshire open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, staffed by volunteers.  603-622-1554

American French Genealogical Society, has a physical library at 78 Earle Street in Woonsocket, Rhode Island   open Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturday (closed Saturdays in July).  401-765-6141 

Cape Cod Genealogy Society

Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society, meets at the American Legion, 22 Elm Street Gardner, Massachusetts every 4th Tuesday of the month at 7pm.

Connecticut Society of Genealogists  A newsletter, quarterly journal, office and physical library, and many events, bus trips, annual meeting, and more.

Essex Society of Genealogists, third Saturday of each month at 12 noon for a social hour followed by a 1pm business meeting, except for January, June, July and August.  Meets in Lynnfield, Massachusetts at the Centre Congregational Church, 5 Summer Street, Lynnfield Center, Massachusetts.

Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society meets at 1pm on the first Saturday of every month (except July) at the First Congregational Church of Christ, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland.  New members are always welcome.  Refreshments at 12:30pm.  There is a one hour educational program at 1pm, with a business meeting to follow.  $3 suggested donation for speaker and room rental. 

Maine Genealogical Society -   Nine chapters around the state, quarterly journal, yearly conference.

Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc.  Four chapters: Bristol, Merrimack Valley, Middlesex and Worcester.  Go to    

New England Historic Genealogical Society, website and a five story library located at 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. 

New Hampshire Society of Genealogists  Yearly meeting and a quarterly journal.

Plymouth County Genealogists, Inc, meets the 1st Saturday of each month from noon to 3pm in the Community Room of the East Bridgewater Public Library. 

Rhode Island Genealogical Society   Member meetings, bus trips, and a quarterly journal. 

South Shore Genealogical Society, at the John Curtis Free Library, Rt. 139, Hanover, Mass at 1:30pm ever second Saturday of the month from September to June.

Genealogical Society of Vermont Spring meeting and a quarterly journal.

The Wawenoc Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society meets at Belfast, Maine in the Belfast Free Library every third Wednesday of the month, at 2pm. 

Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society, first Monday of every month at the Agawam Senior Center, 954 Main Street, Agawam, Massachusetts. 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ WOTTON of Gloucester, Massachusetts


There was an early settler named John WOTTON in the Piscataqua region in the 1600s.  According to Savage’s Genealogical Dictionary of New England, Volume IV, page 624 the General Court ordered him home to England in 1654 “to go home to his w. [wife]”.   There is no reason to believe this man was kin to my 7th great grandfather, John WOTTON of Gloucester, Massachusetts.  There was also a John WOODIN of Ipswich, who appears to be a different man, too.  There was also a Revolutionary War pensioner, John Wotton, of Northfield, Massachusetts who appears to be no relation.

John Wotton, born about 1700 is of unknown origins.  I don’t have a birth or death record for him, just his marriage recorded in the Gloucester vital records and his son’s birth naming him as the father.  He also appears on a list of early settlers in Babson’s History of Gloucester, on page 261 under “a list of settlers from 1701 to 1750 inclusive, which contains all new-comers who are known to have been heads of families during that period.”

John Wotton, Jr. was born in 1720.  He is another mystery since I don't know much about him either.  I know that he had nine children in the Gloucester birth records, including Mary, born on 15 August 1755, my 5th great grandmother.  She married to mariner Levi Younger, a Revolutionary War veteran, and had five children.  He died sometime before 1801 when she remarried to John Carter.  There is a guardianship docket 4776 in the Essex County probate records naming her as guardian for John and Mary Carter, dated 19 August 1828.

Some WOTTON resources:

I have only found WOTTON records in the Gloucester vital records, and in Essex County probate records.  There are no WOTTONs (nor any of the spelling variations) listed in FindAGrave, nor any other mentions in compiled genealogies, journals or local histories. 

My WOTTON lineage:

Generation 1:  John Wotton, born about 1700; married on 12 July 1720 in Gloucester, Massachusetts to Mary Allen.  . 

Generation 2:  John Wotton, jr., born 13 September 1720 in Gloucester; married on 6 October 1739 in Gloucester to Mary Hall.  She was born about 1720.  Nine children.

Generation 3:  Mary Wotten, born 15 August 1755 in Gloucester; married on 17 July 1784 in Gloucester to Levi Younger, son of William Younger and Lucy Foster.  He was born 7 February 1756 in Gloucester and died before 4 February 1806 in Gloucester.  Five children.

Generation 4:  Levi Younger m. Catherine Plummer Jones
Generation 5:  Mary Esther Younger m. George Emerson
Generation 6:  Mary Katharine Emerson m. George Batchelder
Generation 7:  Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 8:  Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ WOTTON of Gloucester, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 7, 2017 ( accessed [access date]).