Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The Fire Department in Sandwich, Massachusetts - Weathervane Wednesday

 This weathervane was photographed in Sandwich, Massachusetts.





This two dimensional fire engine weathervane can be seen above Station 1 of the Sandwich Fire Department, at 115 Route 6A Sandwich, Massachusetts on Cape Cod.  There is a similar weathervane above Station 2 located at 466 Route 6A in East Sandwich.  This weathervane has a beautiful patina from age, and seems to be made of several metals that have changed to different colors over time. 

The Sandwich Fire Department website:   http://sandwichfire.com/   

Click here to see over 425 other Weathervane Wednesday blog posts:

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To Cite/Link to this post:  Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "The Fire Department in Sandwich, Massachusetts - Weathervane Wednesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 21, 2021, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2021/07/the-fire-department-in-sandwich.html: accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The Goddess Estia - Weathervane Wednesday

 This weathervane was photographed in Falmouth, Massachusetts.



This weathervane depicts "Estia" or "Hestia", the Greek goddess of the home and hearth.  She was the eldest daughter of the Titans Rhea and Cronus.  The Romans called her "Vesta".  

The Estia restaurant in Falmouth is well known for its Greek cuisine.  Food is cooked over open hearth coal ovens.  There is a second Estia restaurant at the Mashpee Commons nearby.  

We were in Falmouth recently and just as the sun was setting we drove down Main Street.  The setting sun glinted off this weathervane and lit up Estia's copper robes and her gilded flame.  It was beautiful! 



Click here to see over 425 other Weathervane Wednesday blog posts!

https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/search/label/Weathervane%20Wednesday   

The Estia Restaurant website:

https://www.estiacapecod.com/   

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To Cite/Link to this post:  Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "The Goddess Estia -  Weathervane Wednesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 14, 2021, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2021/07/the-goddess-estia-weathervane-wednesday.html: accessed [access date]). 

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Hannah Chipman Huckins, died 1696, Barnstable, Massachusetts - Tombstone Tuesday

 This tombstone was photographed at the Lothrop Hill Cemetery, Barnstable, Massachusetts


HERE LYETH INTERRED
Ye BODY OF
HANNAH HUCKINS
Ye WIFE OF
THOMAS HUCKINS
DEC'D NOVEMBER Ye 4
IN Ye 37 YEAR OF HER
AGE 1696




Hannah Chipman Huckins, my 8th great grandmother, is buried next to her mother, my 9th great grandmother, Hope Howland Chipman.  Hannah was born 14 January 1659 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Her grandparents were John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley, the Mayflower passengers.  Hannah married Thomas Huckins on 1 May 1680 in Barnstable, Massachusetts.  She had nine children with Thomas, and then she died young on 4 November 1696.  I descend from their daughter Hope Huckins (1689 - 1730) who married Benjamin Hamblin.  

Hannah's husband, Thomas Huckins has no known tombstone.  He remarried to Sarah Pope, the widow of Samuel Hinckley.  Thomas died before 15 October 1714. 

A previous blog post about my HUCKINS lineage:

A previous blog post with Hope Howland Chipman's tombstone:

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To Cite/Link to this post:  Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Hannah Chipman Huckins, died 1696, Barnstable, Massachusetts - Tombstone Tuesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 6, 2021, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2021/07/hannah-chipman-huckins-died-1696.html: accessed [access date]). 

Saturday, July 3, 2021

Shirley Marion (Eaton) Wilkinson 1928 - 2021

Auntie Shirley Wilkinson, surrounded by her grandchildren
On her 90th birthday in 2018

Obituary from The Cricket, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, July 1, 2021  https://www.thecricket.com/obituaries/shirley-marion-eaton-wilkinson/article_ce131574-dab3-11eb-ac54-63901d2c0641.html  

"Shirley Marion Eaton Wilkinson, age 93, died June 30.  She was born in Wakefield, MA, the daughter of Emory Nelson Eaton and Marion Wilson (Bullock) Eaton.  Shirley resided in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, most of her life.  She was predeceased by her loving husband of 56 years, Robert Munroe Wilkinson.

Surviving Shirley are her son, Stephen Wilkinson, and his wife, Emma, of The Villages, Florida; her daughter, Susan Wilkinson Parker, and her husband, Jeffrey, of Manchester-by-the-Sea; her sister Mary Louise O’Brien; and her sister-in-law Phyllis Wilkinson.  Shirley leaves cherished grandchildren Amy Lyn Wilkinson and her fiancĂ© Christopher Merlino; Robert Gonzales Wilkinson and his fiancĂ©e Anna Lisa Vust; Christopher Schulte Parker and his wife Nicole Anne; and Brian Eaton Parker and his wife Rosaly; greatgrandchildren Ava and Anthony, children of Amy; Caleb and Benjamin, children of Christopher and Nicole; and William, Alejandro and Caroline, children of Brian and Rosaly; and special nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Shirley and the family are deeply grateful to Mary Hardwick as well as the care providers at The Linden and Ledgewood Rehab.

During high school, Shirley worked at Pioneer Village in Salem and was a soda jerk at Allen’s Drugstore in Manchester.  She graduated first in her class from Story High School in 1945 and entered the Beverly Hospital School of Nursing, graduating with her nursing diploma in 1948.  Shirley was a member of the WWII U.S. Army Cadet Nurse Corps.  She worked at Beverly and other hospitals, Oakwood Nursing and Retirement Home and was also a private duty nurse.  Shirley loved her career as a registered nurse.

Reading, music, gardening, knitting, traveling, playing bridge, Scrabble, walking, crossword puzzles, and volunteering were favorite pastimes.  She also loved genealogy and was delighted to be a granddaughter of Benjamin Bullock, Manchester’s old-time baker.

Shirley was an active member of the First Parish Church Congregational where she sang in the choir for 40 years, and served in a variety of roles, including deaconess and trustee.  She enjoyed The Manchester Woman’s Club, Manchester Historical Museum, the Council on Aging, the Lions Club, Golden Agers, Seaside Knitters and Beverly Hospital Nursing Alumni Association.   

Robert and Shirley loved hosting family vacations to Cape Cod, New Hampshire, the Caribbean and other places, providing the family with eternal wonderful memories. 

Shirley treasured her many friends and her beloved hometown.  She will be remembered for her smile, positive attitude during health challenges and pleasure in helping others.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, August 14, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at First Parish Church Congregational, followed by a reception at the chapel.  To those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to the music ministry of First Parish Church Congregational, PO Box 187, Manchester, MA. 01944."

For the truly curious:

A 2015 blog post about Aunt Shirley Wilkinson's service as a Cadet Nurse in the 1940s:    https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2015/06/is-there-cadet-nurse-from-world-war-ii.html

A 2020 blog post about Aunt Shirley Wilkinson's recognition as a Cadet Nurse by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:   https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/07/cadet-nurses-of-world-war-ii-finally.html 


Friday, July 2, 2021

Two Weddings in Holden, Massachusetts

 


We were married at the First Congregational Church in Holden, Massachusetts on this day, July 2nd, many years ago.  For a long, long time I thought that we were the first family members to be married this far west in central Massachusetts.  Then I found some interesting family history!

On 27 February 1787, my 5th great grandparents, Stephen Cree and Hannah Smith, were married in Holden, too.  Hannah was born in Worcester on 22 May 1763, the daughter of Joseph Smith.  Stephen Cree was born in Topsfield, Massachusetts on 30 October 1760.  There is no evidence that they lived in Holden, and all five of their children were born in Topsfield, where Stephen and Hannah both died and were buried.  In 1797 Holden was a new town in central Massachusetts, broken off from North Worcester in 1741.

In 1968 my family moved to Holden from Beverly, Massachusetts. We joined the First Congregational Church. My parents were very active members and joined many committees at this church. My mother still volunteers in the thrift shop.  I had my confirmation and wedding here, my nephew was baptized at this church, and my father had his funeral there.

I'm still wondering what brought my 5th great grandfather 70 miles from Topsfield to Holden to find his bride in 1787.  I'm glad he did, or I wouldn't be telling you this tale!  Vincent traveled 1,600 miles from Puerto Rico to Holden to marry me.  You can see us standing in the rain, in the photo above, taken nearly 40 years go, in Holden.  

For the truly curious:

First Congregational Church, Holden, Massachusetts:  https://www.fccholden.org/  

A blog post written on our 35th anniversary, about our wedding day:

https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/07/thirty-five-years-ago-today.html    

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To Cite/Link to this post: Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Two Weddings in Holden, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 2, 2021, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2021/07/two-weddings-in-holden-massachusetts.html: accessed [access date]). 

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Hope Howland Chipman, died 1683, Barnstable, Massachusetts - Tombstone Tuesday

 This tombstone was photographed at the Lothrop Hill Cemetery, Barnstable, Massachusetts


HERE LYETH
INTERRED Ye BODY OF
MRS. HOPE CHIPMAN Ye
WIFE OF ELDER JOHN
CHIPMAN AGED 54
YEARS WHO CHANGED
THIS LIFE A BETER
Ye 8 OF JANUARY
1683


The back and sides of this tombstone were encased in lead,
which was an old fashioned way of preserving the slate stone from the weather


Hope Howland Chipman is my 9th great grandmother, born 30 August 1629 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the daughter of Mayflower passengers John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.  She married John Chipman on 13 September 1646 in Plymouth, and they removed to Barnstable on Cape Cod.  They had twelve children, and I descend from her fifth daughter, Hannah (1659 - 1696) who married Thomas Huckins.  Hannah Huckins, my 8th great grandmother, is buried next to her mother - I'll post her tombstone in a future blog post.  

You can see my HOWLAND lineage at this link: 

Last week I featured Hope's husband's tombstone.  Elder John Chipman is buried in Sandwich:

This tombstone and the Lothrop Hill Cemetery were recently featured in the Summer 2021 issue of The Mayflower Quarterly magazine by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.  





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To Cite/Link to this post:  Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Hope Howland Chipman, died 1683, Barnstable, Massachusetts - Tombstone Tuesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 29, 2021, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2021/06/hope-howland-chipman-died-1683.html: accessed [access date]). 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Elder John Chipman, died 1709 Sandwich, Massachusetts - Tombstone Tuesday

This tombstone was photographed at the Old Town Cemetery in Sandwich, Massachusetts.  



HERE LYES BURIED
Ye BODY OF ELDER
JOHN CHIPMAN
AGED 88 YEARS
DIED APRIL Ye 7th
1709




The tiny tombstone to the right is Elder John Chipman, and the larger stone to the left is his second wife,  Ruth Sargent, who died in 1711.  I descend from his first wife, Hope Howland Chipman, daughter of Mayflower passengers John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley, who died on 8 January 1684 in Barnstable, Massachusetts.  

John Chipman was born about 1620 in Bryant's Puddle, Dorset, England, and died 8 January 1709 in Sandwich, Massachusetts.  He married Hope Howland on 13 September 1646 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  He became a member of the church in Barnstable on 30 June 1653, and his wife was a member on 7 August 1650.  He removed to Sandwich after his second marriage, where he died and was buried. 

John Chipman and Hope Howland had twelve children.  I descend from their fifth child, Hannah Chipman (1659 - 1696), who married Thomas Huckins and lived in Barnstable.  

Please see my blog post on my Chipman lineage here:   https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/09/surname-saturday-chipman-of-cape-cod.html   

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To Cite/Link to this post:  Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Elder John Chipman, died 1709 Sandwich, Massachusetts - Tombstone Tuesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 22, 2021, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2021/06/elder-john-chipman-died-1709-sandwich.html: accessed [access date]). 

Sunday, June 20, 2021

The Fathers Day Tree 2021

 Back in 1988 we started our Fathers Day Tree tradition with a newly planted little oak tree in Londonderry on Vincent's first Fathers Day.  We have continued this tradition even after we moved to Manchester, with a newly planted group of birch trees.  Last year our daughter continued this tradition at their new home in Massachusetts.  Here is a sampling of some of the Fathers Day Tree photographs from over the years...

1988 Londonderry

1991 Londonderry

1993 Londonderry

1998 Londonderry

2001 Londonderry

2004 Londonderry

2006 Londonderry

2011 Londonderry

2013 Londonderry

2015 Manchester
(The Grand Father Tree was a clump of birches)

2017 Manchester

2019 Manchester

2020 Manchester


2021 Manchester

And just for fun...
We went back to Londonderry to see how big our original oak had grown in 2020


And here is the second generation Fathers Day Tree (a dogwood) on the day it was planted in 2020 Massachusetts!


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To Cite/Link to this post:  Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "The Fathers Day Tree 2021", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 20, 2021, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2021/06/the-fathers-day-tree-2021.html: accessed [access date]).