Saturday, March 25, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Today's weather vane is from somewhere in Massachusetts.
Do you know the location of weather vane #303? Scroll down to see the answer...
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ Seen at the Beach", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 26, 2016, ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/03/weathervane-wednesday-seen-at-beach.html: accessed [access date]).
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Tombstone Tuesday ~ Rev. Thomas Weld and wife Elizabeth, Rev. Nathaniel Prentice, early ministers at Nashua, New Hampshire
Rev. Thomas Weld is my 2nd cousin 11 generations removed. We are both descendants of Edmund Weld (1559 - 1608), a cloth merchant of Sudbury, Suffolk, England. Edmund's son Joseph Weld (1598 - 1646) was my 11th great grandfather and a settler at Roxbury, Massachusetts. Joseph's brother, Rev, Thomas Weld (1595 - 1660) was a minister in Roxbury. His grandson is the Rev. Thomas Weld who became the first minister of the first church at Dunstable. This congregation still exists as the First Church of Nashua.
Rev. Thomas Weld was born 12 June 1653 in Roxbury, and died 9 June 1702 in Dunstable. He was married twice, first to Elizabeth Wilson on 9 November 1681. She was the daughter of John Wilson and Sarah Hooker (daughter of Rev. Thomas Hooker of Hartford, Connecticut). His second wife was Mary Savage, the daughter of Habijah Savage and Hannah Tyng. You can see that the book The History of Nashua was wrong about the wife buried here in Nashua with Rev. Weld.
The inscription about the Indian massacre is certainly wrong. A diary by John Marshall of Dunstable has an entry for 1702 "Mem. on the 11th day of June last, Mr. Thomas Weld, the pastor of the Church of Dunstable was buryed he was an eminent preacher of the word of god, a man well beloued and much Lamented by them that knew him. His death is justly to be accounted a great Loss to the pouince in genrall and to the poor town of dunstable in particuler."
I previously blogged about Rev. Thomas Weld at this link:
Monday, March 20, 2017
|1929 Children sleeping on a fire escape|
How did people survive sleeping during heat waves before air conditioning? You can find out how my grandmother survived this in her school girl diary.
This is the 15th installment of my grandmother's diary from 1920. Her name was Gertrude Hitchings (1905 - 2001), and she was living on Elliott Street in Beverly, Massachusetts. Gertrude was a 14 year old school girl when she kept this little journal. The book is a tiny 3", and every Monday I publish a new section, with transcriptions of the tiny handwriting. You can read the first installment HERE. I'll post more of this diary every week for Amanuensis Monday.
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "My Grandmother’s Diary ~ Part 15, June 26 – July 7, 1920", Nutfield Genealogy, posted March 20, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/03/my-grandmothers-diary-part-15-june-26.html: accessed [access date]).
Saturday, March 18, 2017
My RANDALL? genealogy:
Generation 1: Sarah (possible surname RANDALL or KENDALL) possibly born 16 October 1729 in Boston, daughter of Stephen Randall and Sarah Cannon, died in 1781 in Salem, Massachusetts; married on 10 October 1751 at the West Church in Boston to Benjamin Gardner. He was born about 1720 in Boston and died 7 June 1797 in Salem. Three children.
Generation 2: Mary Gardner; married 24 June 1775 in Lynn, Massachusetts to Abijah Hitchings. He was born 18 January 1753 in Lynn and died 27 March 1826 in Salem. Four children.
Generation 3: Abijah Hitchings m. Mary Cloutman
Generation 4: Abijah Hitchings m. Eliza Ann Treadwell
Generation 5: Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 6: Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 7: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)
Friday, March 17, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Today's weather vane was photographed in Massachusetts.
Do you know the location of weather vane #302? Scroll down to see the answer...
Today's weathervane was photographed in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. It is on a large cupola above the public library. The library is located next door to the First Parish Church, which has a beautiful old weathercock I blogged about in 2014. From this angle you can see both weathervanes!
We have photographed many sailing ship weathervanes in New England, but this is one of the most fanciful and imaginative. The sails are decorated with stars, and the masts are decorated with fluttering banners. It is only a two-dimensional weather vane, but it is whimsical and fun. This library is located just a few steps from the harbor, and Manchester-by-the-Sea was the home of many sea captains and mariners over the years. A sailing ship is the perfect choice for this location. There are no cardinal points on this weather vane.
The stone library was designed by Charles F. McKim, a famous architect of many New England and American landmarks, including the Boston Public Library and New York's Penn Station. The stained glass windows were designed by Tiffany. You can read all about the history of this little gem of a library in the link below.
Manchester-by-the-Sea Public Library website: http://www.manchesterpl.org/
First Parish Church, Manchester-by-the-Sea weathervane blog post: https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2014/07/weathervane-wednesday-very-old.html
Click here to see the entire series of Weathervane Wednesday posts!
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Fancy Sailing Ship", Nutfield Genealogy, posted March 15, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/03/weathervane-wednesday-fancy-sailing-ship.html: accessed [access date]).