Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sneak Preview of the New Brewster Book Manuscript in Plymouth, Massachusetts

Donna D. Curtin, Executive Director of Pilgrim Hall Museum
carried the manuscript into the Mayflower House, in a locked box.

Today I was very fortunate to be at an "invitation only" reception held by the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants at the Mayflower Society House in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  At this reception Caleb Johnson revealed his new book The Brewster Book Manuscript for the first time to a captive audience.  I can't reveal all the secrets inside this book until next weekend when this book is unveiled to the public at the Pilgrim Hall Museum on Sunday, September 22nd at 1pm.  This book launch and the reception will be seated on a first come, first serve basis, no reservations.  See the link below for more information.

This little book (about 7.75" x 6") was a 17th century wastebook or notebook of blank pages used as a copybook, genealogy, and other notes by 7 different authors from the early 1600s until about 1899, including 20 pages in Latin.  During this event Caleb Johnson revealed the original author (Shhh! It's a secret until the book reveal on September 22nd - but I'll write a second blog post!), and several members of the Brewster family who probably wrote the rest of the manuscript.

The manuscript was deeded to the Massachusetts Mayflower Society in 1907, and left unstudied for 100 years.  In 1897 Mayflower genealogist George Bowman transcribed all the genealogy information in this manuscript in 4 volumes of the Mayflower Descendant journal.  Most of the rest of the book was untranscribed and ignored. It was kept in a file cabinet until about 2011 when interest in the book resurfaced.  MSMD board member Barbara Lee Kelly found the book and showed it to Jim Baker, who verified that the book was valuable and it should be studied and stored in a vault.  The book was conserved and rebound.  Later it was transcribed by British researcher Simon Neale, and edited by Caleb Johnson for the book launch this week.

More to come in a second blog post after the official book reveal next week...!

Deputy Governor, Barbara Lee Kelly, of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants
was so excited to see this little notebook preserved and presented in a newly published book! 

Barbara Lee Kelly and Yours Truly

The original Brewster Book Manuscript

Can you imagine transcribing that handwriting?  Some in Latin, too!

Left to right:  Simon Neale, GSMD Governor General George Garmany,
MSMD Deputy Governor Barbara Lee Kelly, Caleb Johnson, and
in front author Sue Allan 

MSMD Governor Bill Tinney and Deputy Governor Barbara Lee Kelly
explained the provenance of the manuscript, and their delight at having it re-discovered, 
preserved, and transcribed in the new book. 

Caleb Johnson presented his findings, and the methods used
to transcribe and edit the new book.  His conclusions as to the authorship
will remain a secret until next week's official book reveal! 

Yours Truly examining the original manuscript on display for this afternoon only
at the Mayflower Society House.  It will be on permanent loan to Pilgrim Hall Museum

For the truly curious:

The Brewster Manuscript Book Launch with authors Caleb Johnson and Simon Neal (scroll down through the calendar to the September 22nd event for more information):  

The book will be sold at the website for the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants (wait until the book launch on September 22nd to order):    

The Brewster Book Manuscript, edited by Caleb Johnson and Simon Neal,, Raleigh, North Carolina, 2019.

The Mayflower Society House, 4 Winslow Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts (the General Society of Mayflower Descendants famous library is located right behind this house!)  Open for tours May to October, Thursdays through Sundays 11am to 4pm.  


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Sneak Preview of the New Brewster Book Manuscript in Plymouth, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 15, 2019, ( accessed [access date]). 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Greece, 1975 - Vintage Family Photo Friday

Here are some more photos from Vincent's family albums rescued from their house in Puerto Rico just before Hurricane Maria.  They are in very bad condition because of the extreme heat and humidity in Puerto Rico, but at least we have them.  Many families lost everything, including their lives, as well as their family photo albums, in this storm.  

Vincent's mother worked for Iberia Airlines when he was growing up.  They were lucky enough to travel to some exotic places every summer, riding stand-by with free or greatly discounted seats on Iberia or partner airlines.  Often they would get stuck at connecting airports until stand-by seats became available - which was part of the great travel adventure (sometimes!).  You can see a list below of some other international photos from their family trips.  

In this trip the Rojo family was joined by another family from the Iberia office in San Juan for a trip to Athens and the Greek islands.  You can see how much fun they had exploring the ruins, and even sitting or standing on the artifacts, which is now forbidden.  

How many of you have similar family photos, pretending to topple trees or landmarks?

Other Rojo family excursions from around the world:

I'll be posting more photos from these albums soon!


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Greece, 1975 - Vintage Family Photo Friday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 13, 2019, ( accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Ordination Rock, Tamworth, New Hampshire

This curious memorial is located on Cleveland Hill Road in Tamworth, New Hampshire.

About a mile from the village of Tamworth, this boulder marks the spot where Rev. Samuel Hidden was ordained in 1792 as the first minister of Tamworth, New Hampshire.  The marble monument on the top of the boulder was installed in 1862.  The granite steps climb to the top of the boulder for visitors to read the inscriptions.

Samuel Hidden graduated from Dartmouth College just before his ordination.  He was a veteran of the Revolutionary War.  Rev. Hidden was also a music teacher, supervised the town schools, and started the Tamworth Social Library.  He is buried across the street from this memorial in the town cemetery.

Here are transcriptions of the inscription on the obelisk [see the NEHGS Register Volume 22, page 72]:


"Memorial of the Ordination on this ROCK, Sept. 12, 1792, of the Rev. SAMUEL HIDDEN as Pastor of the Congregational Church Instituted on that day."


"Born in Rowley, Mass., Feb. 22, 1760.
Served in the War of the Revolution by four Enlistments 1777 - 1781.
Graduated at Dart. College, 1791.
Minister in Tamworth 46 years died Feb. 13, 1837, AEt. 77."


"He came into the Wilderness and left it a Fruitful field."


"To perpetuate the memory of his virtues and Public Services
a Grandson, bearing his honored name Provided for the erection of this Cenotaph, 1862"

On the base:

"Town Chartered 1766.  Settled in 1771.  40 Families in 1792.  Census in 1860 - 1717"

Here is a link to a YouTube video of a 2016 Tamworth town ceremony at Ordination Rock: 


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Ordination Rock, Tamworth, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 11, 2019, ( accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Dr. Ebenezer Wilkinson of Tamworth, New Hampshire - Tombstone Tuesday

These tombstones are located at the Tamworth Town Cemetery (also known as Ordination Rock Cemetery) in Tamworth, New Hampshire.

Oct. 10, 1865
AE. 67

Wife of 
Nov. 15, 1884
AE. 84 Yrs

Wife of
Benja. M. Hill,
a daughter of
Dr. Wilkinson
Dec. 2, 1853,
AE. 27 ys, 9ms, & 10 ds.

daughter of
Benja. M. Hill,
Jan. 31, 1854,
AE 2ms. 10ds.

Daughter of
B. M. & E. W. Hill,
Jan. 7, 1861
AEt. 11 yrs 2 mos.

Dr. Ebenezer Wilkinson (1798 - 1865) is my 2nd cousin four generations removed.  We are both descendants of James Wilkinson (1730 - about 1805) and Hannah Mead (my 5th great grandparents, and Ebenezer's great grandparents), and Thomas Wilkinson (about 1690 - 1739) and Elizabeth Caverly of Portsmouth, New Hampshire (my 6th great grandparents, Thomas being named "of London" on his marriage record).

I have been curious about Dr. Wilkinson of Tamworth for many years.  In researching genealogy records in the state of New Hampshire, I often found marriage documents in Eaton town records recorded by "Dr. Ebenezer Wilkinson, Esq." or "Ebenezer Wilkinson, Justice of the Peace".  I even took a trip to Tamworth's famous Remick Museum to speak to the staff about Dr. Wilkinson.  The Remick Museum on Cleveland Hill Road in Tamworth is the home of the country doctors Edwin Remick (1866 - 1935) and son Edwin Remick, Jr. (1903 - 1993).  No one there had heard of Dr. Wilkinson.  This just made me even more curious about him!

It turns out that Dr. Ebenezer Wilkinson was buried right down the street at the Tamworth Town Cemetery on Cleveland Hill Road.  Since the elder Dr. Remick was born in Tamworth to parents, grandparents, and great grandparents who had all lived in Tamworth, I'm sure they must have known Dr. Wilkinson. 

This summer my sister moved to the town of Tamworth, and bought a house on Cleveland Hill Road, right down the street from both the Remick Museum and the Tamworth Town Cemetery.  Small worth, 'eh?  I told her about this coincidence, and my brother-in-law went straight to the Tamworth Historical Society to find more about Dr. Wilkinson.  It turns out that he lived on Cleveland Hill Road about two farms down, between my sister and the cemetery.

Here is what I know about Dr. Wilkinson:

Ebenezer Wilkinson, son of Ebenezer Wilkinson and Elizabeth Durgin, was born on 26 July 1798 in New Hampshire (town unknown), and died 10 October 1865 in Tamworth.  He married on 24 February 1825 in Parsonsfield, Maine to Sarah Lougee, daughter of Deacon John Lougee and Elizabeth Smith.  They had three daughters, Elizabeth born about 1826; Sarah E, born about 1846; and Abbie R., born abut 1850.

Ebenezer attended both the Fryeburg Academy and the Limerick Academy in Maine.  He studied to become a physician with Dr. Moses Sweat of Parsonsfield, Maine, and with Dr. Alexander Ramsey.  He attended some classes at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. [ He is listed under "non-graduates" of the Medical School, Medical Class of 1825] He first practiced medicine for eight years in Effingham, and then went to Tamworth.  Perhaps he met his future wife while he was apprenticing with Dr. Sweat of Parsonsfield?

His daughter Elizabeth Hill is buried beside Dr. Wilkinson and his wife, along with two of her young daughters.  Mother and one child died within a few months of each other.  Perhaps the mother died in childbirth, and the baby was sickly?  Who knows, because the records are incomplete.  Benjamin Hill, the husband removed to Barton, Vermont where census records show a wife named "Elizabeth" and children.  He was back in Tamworth by the 1870 and 1880 census with his 2nd wife Elizabeth and their four children.

The eleven year old Abbie R. Hill is another child of Benjamin Hill and his first wife, Elizabeth Wilkinson.  She appears to be named for her mother's sister. 

Elizabeth's sisters (daughters of Dr. Ebenezer Wilkinson) are Sarah E. Wilkinson who married Almon P. Cooley on 19 May 1864 in Tamworth, had six children, and lived in Lawrence, Massachusetts and in Goffstown, New Hampshire; and Abbie R. Wilkinson for whom I have no further information.  Did she marry, too?


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Dr. Ebenezer Wilkinson of Tamworth, New Hampshire - Tombstone Tuesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 10, 2019, ( accessed [access date]).

Saturday, September 7, 2019

KNIGHT of York, Maine

I have previously written blog posts about two other KNIGHT ancestors (all unrelated): 
Philip Knight of Charlestown and Topsfield, Massachusetts:

John Knight of Charlestown, Massachusetts:

Robert Knight, my 11th great grandfather, was born about 1585 in England to unknown parents.  He was in York, Maine before 1643, and took an oath of allegiance on 22 November 1652.  He has depositions in the court records on 7 December 1658 (about 71 years old) and on 6 July 1671 (about 86 years old). 

Robert Knight was a mason.  He bought Robert Blaisdell’s house and land in York in 1642, and received grants of more land in 1648 and 1658. He does not appear often in the court records except for a case in 1655 when he sued Nicholas Frost for stealing his newly mown hay, and in 1668 when Arthur Clapham sued him for the expenses of treating Rowland Young’s son who Robert Knight was raising “as his owne childe” [Provincial and Court Records of Maine, 1931, Volume 2, pages 34 and 167].  According to The History of York, page 158, his children were Richard, Joan, and Margaret.

Robert Knight gave some of his land to his grandson, John Redman, Jr. on 18 February 1666.  He gave more land to his grandson Rowland Young on 12 August 1673, which was witnessed by his sister Mary Mowlton [Moulton].  He wrote his will in Boston on 23 June 1676 and his will was proved on 24 August 1676, which left his remaining land to his son Richard Knight in Boston. It is supposed that Robert Knight died in Boston sometime between these two dates.

From History of York by Banks:...

The last Will and Testament of Robert Knight of Yorke/ Concerning the small estate left by the providence of god unto me, I doe bequeath & dispose of as followeth/ Imprs:fie Acres of Marsh bounded west and by south, on the one side, West & by North on the other side, upland butting on the on Thomas Beeson & soe back unto the swampe untill it come to a parcel of land of Mr. Samll Mauericks, with an house and barn on the syd Land, of Robert Knights, also two cows & a bull all wch as above expressed, also whatsoever else shall be found to mee belonging, on or in the sayd house land or barne, I do whooley & for ever bequeath, unto my son Richd Knight liuveing in Boston, and to his Assignes for ever/ In witness of all which as above written, I have here unto set my hand & seale this 23d day of June 1676--The marke of Robert X Knight (Locus)(Sigilli) Owned & Delivered in the Presence of: Nicholas Willmott/his marke X John Tucker William Bartholomew

In the next generation I descend from his daughter Margaret (about 1622 – 1658) who married John Redman of Hampton Falls.  They had four children.  See the Surname Saturday sketch for the REDMAN lineage at this link:  

More KNIGHT information:

Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire 1623 to 1660, by Charles Henry Pope, 1908

York Deeds, by the Maine Historical Society, 1884, Volume 1

The History of York, by Charles Edward Banks, 1931

My KNIGHT genealogy:

Generation 1: Robert Knight, born about 1585 in England, died before 24 August 1676 probably in Boston, Massachusetts; his wife’s name is unknown. They had four children:
1.       Richard Knight, born about 1620, died about 1690 in Boston
2.      Margaret Knight, born about 1622 (see below)
3.      Daniel Knight, servant to Thomas Gorges
4.      Joan Knight, born about 1625, married Rowland Young

Generation 2:  Margaret Knight, born about 1620 in England, died 30 May 1658 in Dover, New Hampshire; married before 1647 to John Redman, born about 1620 in England and died 16 February 1700 in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire.  Four children.

Generation 3:  Mary Redman m. Leonard Weeks
Generation 4:  Joshua Weeks m. Comfort Hubbard
Generation 5:  Mary Weeks m. Jonathan Chesley
Generation 6:  Comfort Chesley m. Stephen Perkins
Generation 7:  Mary Perkins m. Nathaniel Batchelder
Generation 8:  Jonathan Batchelder m. Nancy Thompson
Generation 9:  George E. Batchelder m. Abigail M. Locke
Generation 10: George E. Batchelder m. Mary Katharine Emerson
Generation 11: Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 12: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “KNIGHT of York, Maine”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 7, 2019, ( accessed [access date]). 

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

A Bundling Song

I saw an excerpt of this "Bundling Song" in the book The Not-Quite Puritans, written in 1928 by Henry W. Lawrence.  On page 30 there is an image of some of this poem with the following "Twentieth-century discretion permits the reproduction of only a small part of The Bundling Song which in the eighteenth was so instrumental in breaking up the practice." Of course, I was instantly curious and wanted to know the rest of the poem!  I found this image from the American Antiquarian Society online.  

Bundling Song:
Or a reproof to those young Country Women, who follow that reproachful practice, and to their Mothers
for upholding them therein.

Since bundling very much abounds,
In many parts in country towns,
No doubt but some will spurn my song,
And say I'd better hold my tongue;
But none I'm sure will take offense;
Or deem my song impertinence,
But only those who guilty be,
And plainly here their pictures see,
Some maidens say, if through the nation,
Bundling should quite go out of fashion,
Courtship would lose its sweets; and they
Could have no fun till wedding day.
If shant be so, they rage and storm,
And country girls in clusters swarm,
And fly and buz, like angry bees,
And vow they'll bundle when they please.
Some mothers, too, will plead their cause,
And give their daughters great applause,
And 'tell them, 'tis no sin nor shame,
For we, your mothers, did the same;
We hope the custom ne'er will alter,
But wish its enemies a halter.
Dissatisfaction great appear'd,
In several places where they've heard
Their preacher's bold, aloud disclaim
That bundling is a burning shame;
This too was cause of direful rout
And talk'd and told of, all about,
That ministers should disprove
Sparks, courting in a a bed of love,
So justified the custom more,
Than e'er was heard or known before.
The pulpit then it seems must yield,
And female valor take the field,
In places where there custom long
Increasing strength has grown so strong;
When mothers herein bear a sway,
And daughters joyfully obey.
And young men highly pleased, too,
Good Lord! What can't the devil do.
Can this vile practice ne'er be broke?
Is there no way to give a stroke,
To wound it or strike it dead.
And girls with sparks not go to bed?
Twill strike them more than preacher's tongue,
To let the world know what they've done,
And let it be in common fame,
Held up to view a noted shame.
Young miss if this your practice be,
I'll teach you now yourself to see:
You plead you're honest, modest too,
But such a plea will never do;
For how can modesty consist,
With shameful practice such as this?
I'll give your answer to the life:
"You don't undress like man and wife"
That is your plea, I'll freely own
But whose your bondsmen when alone,
That further rules you will not break,
And marriage liberties partake?
Some really do, as I suppose,
Upon design keep on some clothes,
And yet in truth I'm not afraid
For to describe a bundling maid;
She'll sometimes say when she lies down,
She can't be cumber'd with a gown,
And that the weather is so warm,
To take it off can be no harm:
The girl it seems had been at strift,
For widest bosom to her shift,
She gownless, when the bed they're in,
The spark, nought feels but naked skin,
But she is modest, also chaste,
While only bare from neck to waist,
And he of boasted freedom sings,
Of all above her apron strings,
And where such freedoms great are shar'd
And further freedoms feebly bar'd,
I leave for others to relate,
How long she'll keep her virgin state,
Another pretty lass we'll scan,
That loves to bundle with a man,
For many different ways they take,
Though modest rules they all will break,
Some clothes I'll keep on, she will say,
For that has always been my way,
For would I be quite naked found,
With spark in bed, for thousand pound,
But petticoats I've always said,
Were never made to wear in bed,
I'll take them off, keep on my gown,
And then I dare defy the town.
To charge me with immodesty
While I so ever cautious be.
The spark was pleased with his maide,
Of apprehension quick he said,
Her witty scheme was keen he swore,
Lying in gown open before.
Another maid when in the dark,
Going to bed with her dear spark,,
She'll tell him that 'this rather shocking,
To bundle in bed with shoes and stockings.
Nor scrupling but she's quite discreet,
Lying with naked legs and fee.
With petticoat so thin and short,
That she is scarce the fetter for't;
But you will say that I'm unfair,
That some who bundle take more care,
For some we may with truth suppose,
Bundle in bed with all their clothes,
But bundler's clothes are no defence,
Only horses push the fence;
A certain fact I'll now relate,
That's true indeed without dete.
A bundling couple went to bed,
With all their clothes from foot to head,
That the defence might seem complete,
Each one was wrapped in a sheet.
But O! This bundling's such a witch,
The man of her did catch the itch,
And so provoked was the wretch,
That she of him a bastard catch'd.
Ye bundling misses, don't you blush.
You hang pour heads and bid me hush,
If you wont' tell me how you feel,
I'll ask your sparks thy best can tell.
But it is custom you will say,
And ustom always bears the sway,
If I won't take my sparks to bed,
A laughing stock I shall be made;
A vulgar custom 'tis I own,
Admir'd by many a slut and clown,
But 'tis a method of proceading,
As much abhor'd by those of breeding.
You're welcome to the lines I've penn'd,
For they were written by a friend,
Who'll think himself quite well rewarded,
If this vile practice is discarded.

“A New bundling song: or A reproof to those young country women, who follow that reproachful practice, and to their mothers for upholding them therein,” Isaiah Thomas Broadside Ballads Project, accessed August 21, 2019, 


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "A Bundling Song", Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 3, 2019, ( accessed [access date]).

Saturday, August 31, 2019

September 2019 Genealogy and Local History Calendar

For last minute updates, see the “Nutfield Genealogy” Facebook page at this link:    Please send new events to me by commenting here at the end of this post, or email


August 31 – September 1, Saturday and Sunday, Let History Ring:  Casting a New Ship’s Bell for the Mayflower II, at the Bus parking lot of Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Join the bell makers from The Verdin Company as they bring their mobile foundry to Plimoth Plantation for a weekend long bell casting.  Dignitaries and honored guests will ring the bell for the first time before it is transported to Mystic, Connecticut for installation on the Mayflower II prior to her official launch on September 7th.  Free to the public.

August 31, Saturday, 1pm, 1:45, and 2:30, Rendezvous with Rachel Revere, at the Paul Revere House, 19 North Square, Boston, Massachusetts. Tickets at This is a short play about the wife of the famous Paul Revere.

September 1st, Sunday, Pilgrim Hall Museum 195th Birthday, at the museum at 75 Court Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Celebrate with birthday cake on the front portico from 11 am to 1pm. Free admission all day, 9:30am to 4:30pm.

September 1st, Sunday, 9:30am – 3:30pm, Soldiers Atop the Mount, at the Mount Independence State Historic Site, Orwell, Vermont.  Reenactors will have a woods skirmish, annual reading of the Declaration of Independence, demonstrate camp life and skills, and have activities for all ages.  Illustrated talks.  $6 per person.  Kid Friendly.

September 3rd, Tuesday, 7pm, Essex, England, Home of the Mayflower? at the Adams Library in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.  Hosted by the Chelmsford Genealogy Club, and presented by Linda MacIver, former librarian at the Boston Public Library. Free to the public. 

September 5 – 8, Thursday to Sunday, Muster in the Mountains, at the Mount Washington Auto Road, Pinkham Notch, NH Route 16, Gorham, New Hampshire plus code 7QQF+P3 Glenn House, Greens, NH (plus codes work like street addresses when an address isn’t available on Google Maps).  Hosted by the Pequawket Alliance. Judged shooting and throwing skills competitions, potluck supper with food judging.  Interested parties contact Robert Ross

September 5, Thursday, 1pm, “Being Pickety”, at the Bedford Public Library, Bedford, New Hampshire.  Author Wendy Walter will talk about the history of Pickity Place, founded by her parents, David and Judith Walter in 1976.  Copies of her book, as well as her mother’s book “Country herb Cooking: Four Seasons of Recipes from Pickity Place” will be available for purchase and signing.  Free to the public.

September 6, Friday, noon, Resources at the Godfrey Memorial Library of Middleton, CT: A library dedicated to Genealogical and Family History Research, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society Library, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by Albert E. Fiacre of the Godfrey Memorial Library.  Part of the First Friday lecture series. Free to the public. Register here:  

September 7 and 8, Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 5pm, Viking Days, at the Hampton Historical Society's Tuck Museum, 40 Park Avenue, Hampton, New Hampshire.   Join the living history group Draugar Vinlands.  Displays and demonstrations of Viking combat and weaponry, toolmaking, woodworking, clothing, food and drink.  This two day event is free and open to the public. 

September 7, Saturday, 10am - 4pm, Genealogy Open House, at the Vermont Genealogy Library, Fort Ethan Allen (Dupont Hall - entrance on Hegeman Avenue), Colchester, Vermont.  Library tours, exhibits, technology demonstrations, and genealogy books for sale.  Free to the public. Bring a friend.  For more information see 

September 7, Saturday, 10am, New Visitor Tour of the New England Historic Genealogical Society Library, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Free tour, no need to be a member, no registration necessary. Tour attendees are welcome to stay and use the library following the tour.

September 7, Saturday, 2 – 3pm, See the Mayflower II Launch! At the Mystic Seaport Museum’s Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard, 75 Gerenmanville Avenue, Mystic, Connecticut.  More details to come

September 7, Saturday, 11am – 3pm, 17th Century Saturday, at the North Andover Historical Society, 153 Academy Road, North Andover, Massachusetts.  Free to the public.

September 7, Saturday, 10am, Arts and Mysteries Revealed, at the House of Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street, Salem, Massachusetts. Historic trade demonstrations. Family Friendly. Included with museum admission.

September 7, Saturday, 1pm, Burial Hill Tour:  A Blessing Great but Dangerous: Children in Early Plymouth, hosted by the Pilgrim Hall Museum, 75 Court Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Presented by Dr. Donna Curtin.  Tour begins at the top of the Hill. Free to the public.

September 7, Saturday, 7pm, New England’s Colonial Meetinghouses and Their Impact on American Society, at the Springfield Town Meeting House, 23 Four Corners Road, Springfield, New Hampshire. Hosted by the Springfield 250th Celebration Organization Committee. Presented by Paul Wainwright. Free to the public.

September 9, Monday, 7pm, Treasure from the Isles of Shoals:  How New Archaeology is Changing Old History, at the Camp Morgan Lodge, 339 Millen Pond Road, Washington, New Hampshire. Hosted by the Washington Historical Society and presented by historian J. Dennis Robinson. Free to the public.  A potluck supper will occur at 6pm, with the program to follow at 7pm.

September 10, Tuesday, 6pm, Brewing in New Hampshire: An Informal History of Beer in the Granite State from Colonial Times to the Present, at the Goodwin Public Library, 422 Main Street, Farmington, New Hampshire.  Presented by Glenn Knoblock. Free to the public.

September 10, Tuesday, 7pm, I Found My Village!  Now What?, at the Andover Public Library – Memorial Hall, 2 North Main Street, Andover, Massachusetts. Presented by genealogist Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz who will demonstrate the use of church records, passenger manifests, naturalization records, and other documents for Polish genealogy research. Free to the public.

September 10, Tuesday, 7pm, “If I Am Not For Myself, Who Will Be For Me?” George Washington’s Runaway Slave, at Elkins Public Library, 9 Center Road, Canterbury, New Hampshire. Portrayed by Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti. Free to the public with a grant from the NH Humanities Council.

September 10, Tuesday, 7pm, Edward Moore's Phillipston Family, at the Phillipston Congregational Church, 64 the Common, Phillipston, Massachusetts. Hosted by the Erving Public Library and the Phillipston Congregational Church.  Presented by Sara Campbell. Free to the public. 

September 10, Tuesday, 7pm, Votes For Women: A History of the Suffrage Movement, at the Grantham Town Hall, 301 Route 10 South, Grantham, New Hampshire.  Hosted by the Dunbar Free Library, and presented by Liz Tentarelli.  Free to the public.

September 10, Tuesday, 7:30pm, Genealogy Program, at the Thomaston Historical Society, Watts Hall, 174 Main Street, Thomaston, Maine.  Presented by Helen Shaw. Free to the public. Open at 7pm for socializing and light refreshments. 

September 11, Wednesday, 5:30pm, The Music History of French-Canadians, Franco-Americans, Acadians, and Cajuns, at the Castle in the Clouds Carriage House, 586 Ossipee Park Road, Moultonborough, New Hampshire. Presented by Lucie Therrien. Free to the public.

September 11, Wednesday, 7pm, New England Lighthouses and the People Who Kept Them, at the Wilton Public & Gregg Free Library, 7 Forest Street, Wilton, New Hampshire. Presented by historian Jeremy D’Entremont. Free to the public.

September 12, Thursday, 2-3:30pm, Genealogy Research for Beginners with Linda MacIver at the Concord Free Public Library, 129 Main Street, Concord, Massachusetts. This is a six-week course: Sept 12, 19, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24. The first two classes are mandatory and require basic computer skills. Limited to 12 participants. Register at

September 12, Thursday, 7pm, Treasure from the Isles of Shoals:  How New Archaeology is Changing Old History, at the Wiggin Memorial Library, 10 Bunker Hill Road, Stratham, New Hampshire. Presented by historian J. Dennis Robinson. Free to the public.

September 12, Thursday, 6:30pm, Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers, at the Gilford Public Library, 31 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, New Hampshire.  Presented by Steve Taylor. Free to the public.

September 13 and 14, Maine Genealogical Society Fall Annual Meeting and Conference “Unraveling Your Roots: DNA and Genealogy Weekend”, at the Fireside Inn & Suites, Portland, Maine.  Friday 1/2 workshop for intermediate DNA family researchers (limited spots available) and an opening reception, and  Saturday Conference and Annual Meeting with two national Keynote Speakers:  Karen Stanbary “DNA Ethics and Sprising Results” and Patricia Hobbs “Problem Solving with DNA Case Studies”.  See  

September 13, Friday, 1:30pm, Writing Your Autobiography (For Genealogists) at the Hudson Genealogy Club, at the Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Road, Hudson, New Hampshire. Presented by genealogist Seema Kenney.  Free to the public. 

September 13, Friday, 2pm, Abigail Adams: Independence and Ideals, Pop up Display and Talk, at the Massachusetts Historical Society (display on view until September 21), 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Free to the public. 

September 13, Friday, 7:30  Genealogy Resources at the Boston Public Library, at Brandeis University, Mandel Center for the Humanities, Waltham, Massachusetts. Hosted by TIARA (The Irish Ancestral Research Association, Inc.) and presented by former Boston Public Librarian Linda B. MacIver.  Free and open to the public. 

September 13, Friday, 7pm, Genealogy Resources at the Boston Public Library with Linda MacIver.  Hosted by TIARA (The Irish American Research Association) at Brandeis University, 415 South Street, Waltham, Massachusetts.  Come and hear about the collections for genealogists available at the library and from your home 24/7 with your BPL card.  Free to the public. 

September 14, Saturday, 9am – 5pm, New Discoveries in Mayflower Genealogical Research, at the Courtyard Marritt Boston Downtown, 275 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Hosted by NEHGS, and presented by Sue Allan, Robert Charles Anderson, Christopher Child, Caleb Johnson, and Simon Neal.  Cost $125 (five lectures plus breakfast and lunch).  See the website for more information and registration. 

September 14, Saturday, 10am, Walking Tour: The ‘Squog Cemetery, meet up at the Piscataquog Cemetery at the intersection of South Main Street and Bowman Street, behind the South Main Street Church. $5 Manchester Historic Association members, $10 General public.  This one acre cemetery was acquired by the city in 1915.

September 14, Saturday, 10:30am, Wild Ireland at the Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street, Acton, Massachusetts.  Sponsored by the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Middlesex Chapter  Free and open to the public. A collection of unusual stories and myths that Thomas Toohey has gathered on his 19 trips to Ireland. They are examples of the types of stories that would enhance anyone's family history! 

September 14, Saturday, noon – 5pm, Salem Spice Festival, at Pioneer Village: Salem 1630, Forest River Park, Salem, Massachusetts. FREE admission. Come celebrate Salem’s four hundred year history of spices, herbs, and tea.  Vendors, music and 17th century recipes. Family and kid friendly.

September 14, Saturday, 2pm, New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell, at the Crapo Building (Town Hall), 1411 Route 117, Sugar Hill, New Hampshire. Hosted by the Richardson Memorial Library, and presented by Pam Weeks.  This program will be part of Sugar Hill Quilts, which is being held at the Sugar Hill Historical Museum & Burpee House.  Participants are invited to bring one quilt for identification and/or story sharing. Free to the public.

September 15, Sunday, 10am – 6pm, American Ancestors at Open Newbury Street 2019, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society Research Center, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. A car free day on Newbury Street when vendors offer special activities, deals, and experiences. NEHGS will participate with free entry to the first floor of the library and archives, family history themed games, activities, special offers, and a raffle. Free to the public.

September 15, Sunday, 11:30am, Abby Hutchinson’s Sweet Freedom Songs: Songs and Stories of the Struggle for Abolition and Woman Suffrage.  At the Deering Community Church, 763 Deering Center Road, Deering, New Hampshire. Presented by living historian Deborah Anne Goss. Free to the public.

September 15, Sunday, 1 - 3:45pm, An Afternoon with Steve Morse, at the Temple Sinai, 41 West Hartford Road, Newington, Connecticut.  Hosted by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Connecticut Society of Genealogists. He will present two lectures:  One-Step Webpages: A Potpourrit of Genealogical Search Tools, followed by The History of the Geography of New York City.  Free to the public. 

September 15, Sunday, 2pm, Martha Codman Karolik and Maxim Karolik: An Unlikely Union and a Lasting Legacy, the first inaugural "Notable Resident" lecture at the Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem, Massachusetts.  Suggested donation $8 per person, please reserve your seat with Becky Putnam at 978-601-8725 or visit the Harmony Grove Website at  

September 15, Sunday, 3pm, Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them, at Veterans Hall, 927 NH Route 103, Newbury, New Hampshire. Hosted by the Newbury Historical Society, and presented by storyteller Jo Radner. Participants will practice finding, developing, and telling their own tales. Free to the public.

September 15, Sunday, 3 -6pm, The Brewster Book Manuscript, hosted by the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants at the Mayflower House, 4 Winslow Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Presented by eminent Mayflower researchers Caleb Johnson and Simon Neal. 

September 17, Tuesday, 5:30pm, Discovering Stone Walls, at the Historical Courthouse, 20 Courthouse Square, Ossipee, New Hampshire.  Hosted by the Ossipee Historical Society, and presented by Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss.  Free to the public.

September 17, Tuesday, 6pm, Biographer Susan Ronald with Conde Nast: The Man and His Empire, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society Research Center, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  $35 includes a guaranteed seat and a signed book. $12 general admission.  Presented by author Susan Ronald.  Register here:  

September 17, Tuesday, 6:30pm, Stark Decency: New Hampshire’s World War II German Prison War Camp, at the North Hampton Public Library, 237A Atlantic Avenue, North Hampton, New Hampshire. Presented by Allen Koop.  Free to the public.

September 17, Tuesday, 6:30pm, Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers, at the John O’Leary Adult Community Center, 4 Church Street, Merrimack, New Hampshire.  Presented by Steve Taylor. Free to the public.

September 18, Wednesday, 10am, New Visitor Tour of the New England Historic Genealogical Society Library, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Free tour, no need to be a member, no registration necessary. Tour attendees are welcome to stay and use the library following the tour.

September 18, Wednesday, 6:30pm, Tavern Talk: Understanding Community from Historical Perspective, at the Folsom Tavern, 164 Water Street, Exeter, New Hampshire. A panel discussion lead by experts fro the Exeter Public Library, Exeter Historical Society, the Gilman Garrison House, and from the American Indepence Museum.  FREE to the public.

September 18, Wednesday, 6:30pm, Discovering Stone Walls, at the Plaistow Public Library, Plaistow, New Hampshire.  Hosted by the Plaistow Historical Society, and presented by Kevin Gardner, author of The Granite Kiss.  Free to the public.

September 18, Wednesday, 6:30pm, Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers, at the Conway Public Library, 15 Main Street, Conway, New Hampshire.  Presented by Steve Taylor. Free to the public.

September 18, Wednesday, 7:30pm, Abraham and Mary Lincoln: The Long and the Short of It, at The Center at Eastman, Draper Room, 6 Club House Lane, Grantham, New Hampshire.  Presented by living historians Steve and Sharon Wood portraying President and Mrs. Lincoln.  Free to the public.

September 19, Thursday, 5pm, Book Signing and Talk: Manchester, NH’s Shoe Industry, at the Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, New Hampshire. Join authors Kelly Kilcrease and Yvette Ladzowski as they introduce their new book: Manchester’s Shoe Industry.  Free with admission to the museum.  Please RSVP to or call 603-622-7531.

September 19, Thursday, 6:30pm, Three Genealogists: Rediscovering Mayflower Women’s Roots, at the Pilgrim Hall Museum, 75 Court Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Presented by Mayflower researchers and genealogists Caleb Johnson, Simon Neal and Sue Allan.  They will present this public talk with more on what has been uncovered about the women of the Mayflower based on the latest research. Refreshments at 6:30, program at 7pm.  Tickets $15, $10 members. Reservations required.

September 19, Thursday, 6:30, Erin in the USA: Irish Research on this side of the Atlantic, part of the “Finding Your Ancestors” series at the Mayflower Society House, 4 Winslow Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Presented by genealogist Michael Brophy.  Free to the public. For more information see 

September 19, Thursday, 7pm, New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell, at the Minot-Sleeper Library, 35 Pleasant Street, Bristol, New Hampshire. Presented by Pam Weeks. Participants are invited to bring one quilt for identification and/or story sharing. Free to the public.

September 20 - 22, New Hampshire Highland Games, at Loon Mountain Resort, Lincoln, New Hampshire.  Music, dance, Scottish culture, traditional skills and athletic competitions, and more.  Genealogy workshops with Joan Barnes and Dr. Carol Gardner- see the link for more information.  Tickets available online at 

September 21 and 22, Saturday and Sunday, 10 – 3pm both days, The 15th Annual Portsmouth Fairy House Tour, hosted by the Friends of the South End, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  This is the world’s largest fairy house tour!  There are more than 250 fairy houses built by professional artists, community members, and students on the grounds of Strawbery Banke, Historic New England’s Governor John Langdon House, and in Prescott Park. Tickets available online starting August 1, 2019 

September 21, Saturday, Free Museum Day, across New England and across the United States.  Participants are allowed to download one ticket per email address.  The ticket provides free general admission for two people.  Download your tickets here (also find a list of participating museums): 

September 21, Saturday, 8:30am – 5:30pm, Founder’s Footsteps:  Mayflower and Cape Cod Tour, starts at Plimoth Plantation museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Enjoy fall on Cape Cod as you walk in the footsteps of colonial and indigenous communities with Plimoth Plantation historians.  $90 for members, $105 for non-members.  Bring lunch, or enjoy a catered box lunch for $15.  Call Hillary Goodnow at 508-746-1622 x 8287 or email

September 21, Saturday, 11am, The Tumultuous Life of Austin Wall, at the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Bristol Chapter meeting at the Somerset Public Library, 1464 Country Street (Route 138), Somerset, Massachusetts.  Business meeting at 11am, presentation at noon. Free to the public. Presented by Sara Campbell. 

September 21, Saturday, 1pm – 4pm, Genealogy Workshop: Researching Early New England Ancestry, at the Folsom Tavern 164 Water Street, Exeter, New Hampshire.  Presented by David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist at the New England Historic Genealogy Society. Tickets at

September 21, Saturday, 1pm, Songs of Emigration: Storytelling through Traditional Irish Music, at the Brown Memorial Library, 78 West Main Street, Bradford, New Hampshire.  Presented by musician Jordan Tirell-Wysocki playing his fiddle and guitar. Free to the public.

September 21, Saturday, 1 - 2:30pm, Introduction to Genealogy with Linda MacIver at the Lucius Beebe Memorial Library 345 Main Street, Wakefield, Massachusetts.  This is a six-week course: Sept 21, Oct 5, 12, 26, Nov. 9 and 23.  The first two classes are mandatory and require basic computer skills. Limited to 20 participants.  Register at

September 21, Saturday, 4pm, (Pre-talk reception at 3:30) Can They Do It? Divisions on the Road to the 19th Amendement, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by Allison K. Lange of the Wentworth Institute of Technology, Corine T. Field of the University of Virginia, Minish Sinha of the University of Connecticut, and Barbara F. Berenson. Free to the public. Registration required.   

September 22nd, Sunday, 1pm, Brewster Book Launch and Signing, at Pilgrim Hall Museum, 75 Court Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Hosted by the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants.  View the rare and unique manuscript by William Brewster, and learn more about the new book by Caleb Johnson and Simon Neal.  Free and open to the public.  First come first served seating. Refreshments and book signing by the authors and special guest, genealogist Sue Allan. 

September 22, Sunday, 2pm, New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell, at the Hancock Historical Society, 7 Main Street, Hancock, New Hampshire. Presented by Pam Weeks. Participants are invited to bring one quilt for identification and/or story sharing. Free to the public.

September 24, Tuesday, 7pm, Songs of Emigration: Storytelling through Traditional Irish Music, at the St. John’s Parish Hall, 270 Stark Highway North, Dunbarton, New Hampshire.  Presented by musician Jordan Tirell-Wysocki playing his fiddle and guitar. Hosted by the Dunbarton Historical Society. Free to the public.

September 24, Tuesday, 7pm, When There Is No Doctor: Home Remedies of 17th Century Boston, at Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Registration required for a fee at

September 25, Wednesday, 7pm, A Walk Back In Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes, at the Fitzwilliam Town Library, 11 Templeton Turnpike, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire.  Presented by Adair Mulligan.  Free to the public.

September 26, Thursday, 6pm, Biographer Brian Jay Jones with Becoming Dr. Suess, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society Research Center, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Cost $35 includes guaranteed seat and signed book, or $12 general admission.  Presented by Brian Jay Jones.  Register here: 

September 27, Friday, 1pm, The Ancestry and Descendants of Captain Myles Standish, Mayflower Passenger, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society Research Center, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by Gary Boyd Roberts and Tim Salls, in partnership with the Society of Myles Standish Descendants. .  Free to the public. Register here: 

September 28 and 29, Saturday and Sunday, Return to Fort at No. 4: Revolutionary War Weekend, Charlestown, New Hampshire. Revolutionary War reenactments on both Saturday and Sunday, sutlers, encampment, food, and activities.  

September 28, Saturday, 8am – 3pm, American Canadian Genealogy Society Fall Conference, at the Puritan Restaurant’s Pappas Room, 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, New Hampshire.  See the website for details and to register online:  Speakers will include Michael J. Leclerc, CG, and Patrick Laroix, PhD.

September 28, Saturday, 9:30am - 11:30am, Drawing from the Past:  A History Comics Workshop, at the New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord, New Hampshire. Tickets at or register by phone with a credit card at 603-856-0621.  $10 members, $12 non members.  Join cartoonist Marek Bennet for a hands-on workshop exploring history comics.  Kid friendly for children 10 and older.

September 28, Saturday, 9:30am – 3pm, Rhode Island Genealogical Society All Day Meeting, at the Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 1817 Warwick Avenue, Warwick, Rhode Island. See the website for details 

September 28, Saturday, 2pm, Primary Sources for Fashion and Costume History Research, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by Kimberly Alexander of the University of New Hampshire and by Sara Georgini, MHS.  Free to the public. Please pre register at  

September 28, Saturday, 2pm, Robert Rogers of the Rangers, at the Bath Public Library, 4 West Bath Road, Bath, New Hampshire. Hosted by the Bath Historical Society, and presented by George Morrison. Free to the public.

September 29, Sunday, 3pm, Family, Memory, Place: Writing Family Stories, at the Plainfield Town Hall, 1079 Route 12A, Plainfield, New Hampshire.  Hosted by the Plainfield Historical Society. This is an interactive workshop led by Maura MacNeil.  Free to the public.

October 2, Wednesday, 2:30pm, The Capital Crime of Witchcraft:  What the Primary Sources Tell Us, at the New Hampshire Veterans Home, 139 Winter Street, Tilton, New Hampshire. Presented by Margo Burns. Free to the public.
October 5 and 6, Saturday and Sunday, Women of the Fort, at the Fort at No. 4, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, New Hampshire.  This living history weekend is dedicated to the lives of women of the Colonial Period. Crafts, demonstrations, vendors, and more.

Future Events:

November 16, Saturday, 1 – 4pm, Genealogy Workshop: Writing Your Family History, at the Folsom Tavern, 164 Water Street, Exeter, New Hampshire.  Tickets available at Presented by Penny Stratton, retired publishing director at NEHGS. 

March 14 and 15, 2020, History Camp Boston,   

May 21, 2020, Thursday, noon – 5pm, Welcome Home, Mayflower II, at Pilgrim Memorial State Park, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Come celebrate the return of the newly restored Mayflower II to her home berth in Plymouth harbor.  The celebrations will continue all Memorial Day weekend.

April 14, 2021 – April 17, 2021, NERGC 2021 (The New England Regional Genealogical Conference), at the Mass Mutual Center, 1277 Main Street, Springfield, Massachusetts.