Thursday, May 25, 2017

Beverly, Massachusetts Honor Roll of Men who Served in the Colonial Wars

This honor roll is located on the second floor of the Beverly Historical Society on Cabot Street in Beverly, Massachusetts.  It includes the names of men who served in the Colonial Wars, not including the list of men who served in 1690 at Fort St. Mary, Port Royal and Cape Breton (they are on a separate plaque).



INSCRIBED IN MEMORY OF
THE MEN OF
BEVERLY
WHO
FIRST SERVED THE COLONY
IN WAR

THE
FLOWER
OF
ESSEX

ERECTED
APRIL 19, 1913

PEQUOD EXPEDITION 1638
THOMAS LOTHROP

PORT ROYAL 1654
THOMAS LOTHROP CAPTAIN
THOMAS WHITTREDGE, LIEUTENANT
THOMAS TUSK
HUMPHREY WOODBERY, PILOT
WILLIAM WOODBERY, PILOT
PETER WODDIN, PILOT

KING PHILIP'S WAR 1675 - 77
BLOODY BROOK
THOMAS LOTHROP, CAPTAIN, KILLED
JOSEPH BALCH, KILLED
JOSIAH DODGE, KILLED
RICHARD LAMBERT, KILLED
EDWARD TRASK, KILLED
PETER WOODBERY, KILLED

NARRAGANSETT SWAMP
WILLIAM ALLEN
WILLIAM BATH
HENRY BAILEY
JONATHAN BILES
THOMAS BLASHFIELD
CHRISTOPHER BROWN
JOHN CLARK
LOT CONANT
WILLIAM DODGE
JOSEPH EATON
JOHN ELLINWOOD
WILLIAM FERRYMAN
SAMUEL HIBBERT
RICHARD HUSBAND
NATHANIEL MARSTERS
MOSES MORGAN
JOHN RAYMENT
CHRISTOPHER READ
JOSEPH READ
JOHN TRASK

HADLEY, HATFIELD
AND THE EASTWARD
WILLIAM CHUBB
EDWARD COBURN, KILLED
JOHN CONANT
JOHN DODGE
JOHN ELLINWOOD, WOUNDED
RALPH ELLINWOOD
SAMUEL HARRIS
MARK HASCALL
ZACHARIAH HERRICK
WILLIAM HOAR
JOHN HULL
PHILIP HUTTON, KILLED
FRANCIS LAWRENCE, KILLED
JAMES MANLEY, KILLED
BENJAMIN MORGAN, KILLED
JOSEPH MORGAN, KILLED
MOSES MORGAN, KILLED
JONATHAN MOSS
ELIAS PICKET
THOMAS RAYMENT
WILLIAM RAYMENT
CHRISTOPHER READ, WOUNDED
PAUL THORNDIKE
SAMUEL WOODBERY
THOMAS WOODBERY
WILLIAM WOODBERY

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I have previously posted two other honor rolls from the Beverly Historical Society:

Beverly Historical Society – Revolutionary War 
Beverly Historical Society – Men who Answered the Lexington Alarm 19 April 1775

I have transcribed and photographed many honor rolls from town across New England.  Volunteers have been transcribing honor rolls across the United States and in other countries for the Honor Roll Project.  By posting these photographs and transcriptions online, we are making these names of men and women who have served in the military accessible to search engines for friends, comrades, family members and descendants.

The Honor Roll Project   http://honorrollproject.weebly.com/ 


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Beverly, Massachusetts Honor Roll of Men who Served in the Colonial Wars", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 25, 2017, ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/05/beverly-massachusetts-honor-roll-of-men.html: accessed [access date]).

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above Two Banks

Weathervane Wednesday is an on-going series of photographs I post weekly.  I started out by publishing only weather vanes from the Londonderry area, but now I've been finding interesting weather vanes from all over New England.  Sometimes these weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are very unique.  Often, my readers tip me off to some very special and unusual weather vanes.

Today's weather vanes are from somewhere in New Hampshire.

Do you know the location of weather vane #312?  Scroll down to see the answer...

Weathervane A:



Weathervane B:



These two weathervanes were photographed while driving the little red convertible through downtown Hampton, New Hampshire.  Both are located on cupolas above banks.  Weathervane A is above the Provident Bank, 31 Lafayette Road (Route 1).  This is just a simple banner weather vane, typically seen on churches or historic, colonial buildings. Weathervane B is a three dimensional eagle, above the TD Bank at 40 High Street.   Eagles are common on civil buildings and banks.  This eagle has a nice patina, and it looks like it is just landing (or just taking off!).

Hampton has a lot of weathervanes.  In one drive through the downtown area I counted about eight weather vanes.  Many of them were featured on Weathervane Wednesday these last four weeks.  

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


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~  Above Two Banks", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 24, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/05/weathervane-wednesday-above-two-banks.html: accessed [access date]).  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday ~ William Woodbury and his wife Martha Woodbury, Beverly, Massachusetts

This tombstone was photographed at the Abbott Hale Cemetery in Beverly, Massachusetts




In Memory of
Mr. WILLIAM WOODBURY 2d.
Who departed this Life
Novr. 16th 1788
In the 93d Year
Of his Age.


ERECTED
In Memory of Mrs
MARTHA WOODBURY
Wife of Mr.
WILLIAM WOODBURY
Who died April 27th
1773, Aged 75


William Woodbury, son of William Woodbury and Joanna Wheeler, was born 11 July 1697 in Beverly, and died 16 November 1788 in Beverly.  On 2 September 1720 in Beverly he married, as his second wife, Martha Woodbury, daughter of Ebenezer Woodbury and Hannah Dodge.  They were third cousins. William was a miller. They had eleven children:

William, born 26 March 1721
Joanna, baptized 1 March 1723/24
Israel, born 4 January 1725/26
Ruth, born 4 January 1725/26
Zachariah, born 29 June 1730
Judith, baptized 6 May 1733
Lois, born 23 June 1735
Ebenezer, baptized 9 October 1737
Joseph, born 3 July 1739
Hannah, baptized 16 May 1742
Elisha, baptized 12 August 1744


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ William Woodbury and his wife Martha Woodbury, Beverly, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 23, 2017, ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/05/tombstone-tuesday-william-woodbury-and.html: accessed [access date]). 

Monday, May 22, 2017

My Grandmother’s Diary ~ Part 24, October 18 – 29, 1920

Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
(1871 - 1941)
Gertrude's mother

This is the 24rd blog post with transcriptions of my grandmother's 1920 diary from Beverly, Massachusetts.  Her name was Gertrude Hitchings (1905 - 2001) and she lived on Elliott Street.  Her diary is a tiny 3" book with minuscule handwriting.  It has taken me a long time to transcribe, and the book is very fragile.  It has missing and torn pages, and the end of the book is gone, so I am very near to the end of this project with these September and October pages. Every Monday I post another section of the diary.  You can read the first installment HERE


MON. OCT. 18, 1920
Up at 6.45 went to school
all morning home at 1.15
went back for Dom. Sci.
came home at 5.  Stayed
home all the evening
studying.  Went to Bed
at 9.00

TUESDAY 19
Up at 6.45 school all morning
came home at 1.15 got report
sent home for French stayed home
all afternoon studying.
Home all evening.  George &
Henry came down stayed until
9.45.  Went to bed at 10.30

WEDNESDAY 20
Up at 6.45 school all the
morning, home at 1.15
Helen, Ethel, Elenor was home all
afternoon.  Rus & Ellsworth up to
supper.  Went to bed at 9

NOTE:  Gertrude’s school day was a bit confusing.  She goes back to school in the afternoon for bookkeeping, domestic science and French lessons. Perhaps these elective classes were held after the regular school day?   Her report card only mentioned French, so perhaps she took private French lessons?  She stayed home studying all night after receiving her report card, so perhaps it wasn't good news!

Gertrude mentions George and Henry visiting again, as well as relatives like her sister Helen, sister-in-law Ethel, brother Russell and brother-in-law Ellsworth.  I think Eleanor was a friend?

THURS. OCT. 21, 1920
Up at 6.45 went to school
all morning home at 1.15
after dinner went up to
Ethel’s all afternoon, home at
6.  After supper Henry and
George came down stayed
around the house  Bed at 10.45

FRIDAY 22
Up at 6.45 went to school
had an assembly home at
1.15.  Worked all afternoon went
down the store at four.
Stayed around home
All the evening and
Went to bed at 7.45

SATURDAY 23
Up at 7.30 worked around
the house all morning
After dinner took a bath
Went downtown to do an errand. After
Supper Eunice, Henry, Geo & I went
Downtown. Bed at 10

NOTE:  Another Saturday night bath! She went downtown on Saturday night with her sister Eunice and the two friends Henry and George.


SUN. OCT. 24, 1920
Up at 9.00 stayed around
the house all of morning
and afternoon.  Mr. Lowell over
Nana came up.  Mr. & Mrs.
Butler came over. After lunch
George & Henry came down.
Went to bed at 10.

MONDAY 25
Up at 6.45 went to school
all morning came home at 1.15
went downtown about
half past four.  After supper
went to ride with Ethel up to
Danvers.  Brick up all evening
Went to bed at 10.15

TUESDAY 26
Up at 6.45 went to school
All morning home at 1.15
After dinner Eunice and I
Went up to Ethel’s all afternoon
Stayed home all evening studying
Bed at 8.30.

NOTE:  She mentions Mr. Lowell, the boarder; her Nana, who I think would be her maternal grandmother Mary Etta (Healey) Hoogerzeil (1862 - 1932) since my mother called her grandmother Nana, too (I don't think it would be her paternal grandmother Hannah Eliza (Lewis) Hitchings since she died in Danvers State Hospital in February of 1921 after a long stay; Ethel and Eunice again, and her friends Brick, George and Henry.

WED. OCT. 27, 1920
Up at 6.45 school all the
morning home to dinner
at 1.15 went back on the
2.15 car for bookkeeping
walked home. After supper
went to walk with Ethel & Eunice
Bed at 9.30.

THURSDAY 28
Up at 6.45 went to school
all morning home at 1.15
stayed home all afternoon
raining.  After supper
Geo. and Henry came down
Went to bed at 10.30

FRIDAY 29
Up at 6.45 school all the
morning home at 1.15 stayed
home all afternoon working
home all the evening and
read. Went to bed 8.

NOTE:  More mentions of George and Henry visiting.  She went downtown with them with her sister Eunice the previous week. Were these some new beaus?


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “My Grandmother’s Diary ~ Part 24, October 18 – 29, 1920”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 22, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/05/my-grandmothers-diary-part-24-october.html: accessed [access date]). 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Salem, Massachusetts Symposium Commemorates the 325th Anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials

On June 10th, 1692 my 9th great grandmother, Bridget Bishop, was the first person hanged during the infamous Salem Witch Trials.  Over several months in 1692 hundreds were accused, 19 were hanged, one was tortured to death, (including many of my other ancestors).

I won't be able to attend this symposium, but it looks like a wonderful commemoration of the frightening events of 1692.  I know several people who will be attending this event, and I will be thinking of them, Bridget Bishop, and all the other innocent victims of the Salem Witch Hysteria on June 10th.

I hope that if you are interested in the 1692 witch trial events, women's history, colonial history, Puritan New England or Salem heritage you might take advantage of this unique opportunity.

UPDATE (from Donna Segar, Salem State University) There will be another event on July 20th at the Salem Maritime Visitor's Center about the new Proctor's Ledge memorial dedication.



Surname Saturday ~ SIBLEY of Salem, Massachusetts



I have two SIBLEY ancestors who were probably brother and sister, or at least close kin.  Some writers believe that Richard and Damaris SIBLEY  of Salem were siblings to John Sibley of Manchester, Massachusetts.  This is possible, since they are all close enough in age, and the two towns are very close, especially by water.  John Sibley arrived with the Winthrop fleet early in the 1630s as a servant to Richard Saltonstall, while Richard Sibley doesn’t appear in Salem until the late 1650s.  We don't know how these three SIBLEYs are related, or if they are related at all. 

I’ll discuss Damaris Sibley first. She is my 10th great grandmother, born about 1600 in England, married about 1629 to a Shattuck and had six Shattuck children all probably born in England.  In 1641 she was admitted to the Salem church as a widow.  She remarried a second time to Capt. Thomas Gardner.  Two of the Gardner sons married two Shattuck daughters.  Damaris died in 1674.  Just to add another knot to the puzzle, can you believe that Thomas Gardner is my 9th great grandfather with his first wife, Margaret Frier, through their daughter Sarah Gardner (1627 – 1686), who married Benjamin Balch of Beverly.

I descend from Mary Shattuck, my 9th great grandmother, born about 1624, who married Mark Hands of Charlestown, Massachusetts.  They had two children, and then he died at sea in 1664.  John Hands, born in 1654 is my 8th great grandfather. 

The second SIBLEY lineage starts with Richard Sibley, born in the late 1620s in England.  He was a traymaker and he first appears in the Salem records in 1656.  He bought land from Philip Veren, a Salem wheelwright, in 1662 and built a house.  He left this estate to his wife, and it eventually was sold by some of his children to a brother, John Sibley.  Half of this land was sold to John Becket in 1714. John Becket was my 7th great grandfather, and grandson of Richard Sibley.

Richard Sibley and his wife, Hannah UNKNOWN, had seven children.  I descend from Hannah (1661 – 1734), my 8th great grandmother, who married William Becket, a Salem shipwright.  The Beckets also lived in the same neighborhood of Salem, near the neck and the harbor.  Their oldest son, John Becket (1684 – 1763) is my 7th great grandfather (see above).  

My SIBLEY genealogies (two lineages):

DAMARIS

Generation 1:  Damaris Sibley, born about 1600 in England, died 28 November 1674 in Salem; married about 1629 to UNKNOWN Shattuck.  Six children.

Generation 2:  Mary Shattuck m. Mark Hands
Generation 3:  Katherine Hands m. Jonathan Kettell
Generation 4:  Katherine Kettell m. Caleb Rand
Generation 5:  Caleb Rand m. Mary Mayhew
Generation 6:  Mary Rand m. Asahel Bill
Generation 7:  Ingraham Ebenezer Bill m. Isabella Lyons
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)

RICHARD:

Generation 1:  Richard Sibley, born about 1628, died 30 June 1676 in Salem; married to Hannah UNKNOWN.  Seven children

Generation 2: Hannah Sibley, born 20 September 1661 in Salem, died 1734; married on 8 May 1683 in Marblehead to William Becket, son of John Becket and Margaret Unknown.  He was born 9 April 1665 in Salem, died 10 November 1723 in Salem.  Eight children.

Generation 3:  John Becket m. Susannah Mason
Generation 4:  John Becket m. Rebecca Beadle
Generation 5:  Hannah Becket m. Joseph Cloutman
Generation 6:  Mary Cloutman m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 7:  Abijah Hitchings m. Eliza Ann Treadwell
Generation 8:  Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 9: Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 10: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ SIBLEY of Salem, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 6, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/05/surname-saturday-sibley-of-salem.html: accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above a Seafood Restaurant

Weathervane Wednesday is an on-going series of photographs I post weekly.  I started out by publishing only weather vanes from the Londonderry area, but now I've been finding interesting weather vanes from all over New England.  Sometimes these weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are very unique.  Often, my readers tip me off to some very special and unusual weather vanes.

Today's weather vane is from somewhere in New Hampshire.

Do you know the location of weather vane #311?  Scroll down to see the answer...





Today's weathervane was spotted above the Galley Hatch restaurant at 325 Lafayette Road  (Route 1) in Hampton, New Hampshire.  It appears to be a large three dimensional fish, probably an Atlantic cod, which is the most popular fish in restaurants.  This weathervane is difficult to see from the road since it is located at the back of the restaurant near the parking area.  Look for the big glass windows and the cupola.

The Galley Hatch restaurant website:   http://galleyhatch.com/

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


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~  Above a Seafood Restaurant", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 17, 2017, ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/05/weathervane-wednesday-above-seafood.html: accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Captain John Thorndike, died 1760, Beverly, Massachusetts

This tombstone was photographed at the Abbot Hale Cemetery in Beverly, Massachusetts.


Here lies ye Body of
Capt. John Thorndick
who Departed this
Life March ye 24th
1760
In ye 86th Year
of his Age.


Captain John Thorndike is my 8th great uncle.  He was born 22 January 1675 in Beverly, Massachusetts and died 24 March 1760 [Beverly Vital Records say 23 March 1760].  On 30 March 1718 in Beverly he married Christian Woodbury, my 8th great aunt and sister of my 8th great grandfather, Robert Woodbury (1672 - about 1751).  They were the children of Isaac Woodbury and Mary Wilkes of Salem and Beverly.

Captain John Thorndike was married three times. His first wife was Joanna Larkin, married on 20 April 1696 and had six children.  Christian Woodbury was his second wife, and they had two children. She died on 28 April 1732.   He was married (a few weeks later!) in June 1732 to his third wife, Abigail Conant, and had two more children. 

The Capt. John Thorndike house still stands at 184 Essex Street in Beverly.  You can see a photo at this Wikipedia article:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capt._John_Thorndike_House


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Heather Wilknson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Captain John Thorndike, died 1760, Beverly, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 16, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/05/tombstone-tuesday-captain-john.html: accessed [access date]).