Saturday, September 22, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ DOTY of the Mayflower


My 8th great grandfather, Edward Doty, was a passenger on the Mayflower in 1620 to Plymouth, Massachusetts, and signed the Mayflower Compact. His origins are still unknown.  He was a servant to Stephen Hopkins during the voyage and for the first few years in Plymouth.  The first duel (with a sword and dagger) in New England was in 1621 between Edward Doty and Edward Leister, both servants to Hopkins.  Both were wounded, and both were punished by being bound with their head and feet together.  The sentence was for them to be bound for 24 hours, but within one hour “because of their great pains, and at their own and their master’s humble request, upon promise of better carriage, they are released by the governor” [A Chronological History of New England, by Thomas Prince, 1852, pages 190-191]

After this and Doty was in court many times for fighting, trespass, slander and debt.  But he married twice, prospered, had an apprentice. In his will he left land and property to his sons and wife.  In Faith’s will she left her land, willed to her from her husband, to her son John Doty.

 I descend from his daughter, Desire, my 7th great grandmother, who married Alexander Standish, the son of Mayflower passenger Myles Standish.   Alexander also married Sarah Alden, daughter of Pilgrims John Alden and Priscilla Mullins.  Desire had eleven children by three husbands and outlived them all.  Her will written in 1723 mentions a sons William Sherman, Ebenezer Sherman, Israel Holmes, John Holmes, Thomas Standish and Ichabod Standish; and daughters Hannah Ring, Experience Standish and Desire Weston (my 6th great grandmother). 

For the truly curious:

The Great Migration Begins, by Robert Charles Anderson, Volume 1, pages 573 - 577.

The Doty - Doten Family in America, by Ethan Allen Doty, 1897. 

Mayflower Families Five Generations, Doty, published by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Volume 11,  1996.

The Pilgrim Edward Doty Society:  

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants:

My DOTY genealogy:

Generation 1:  Edward Doty, born about 1599, died 23 August 1655 at Plymouth, Massachusetts; married first to unknown before 1634; married second on 6 January 1635 in Plymouth to Faith Clark, daughter of Thurston Clark and Faith Unknown.  She was born about 1619 and died before 21 December 1675 in Marshfield, Massachusetts. Faith was the mother of nine children.  She remarried to John Phillips on 14 March 1667 in Plymouth as his second wife.

Generation 2: Desire Doty, born about 1645 in Plymouth, died 22 January 1731 in Marshfield; married first to William Sherman on 25 December 1667 in Marshfield (six children); married second on 24 November 1681 in Marshfield to Israel Holmes (two children); and married third before 1689 to Alexander Standish, son of Mayflower passenger Captain Myles Standish and Barbara Unknown.  He was born about 1626 in Plymouth and died 6 July 1702 in Duxbury.  Desire and Alexander Standish had three children together. 

Generation 3:  Desire Standish, born 5 May 1689 in Marshfield, died 20 June 1766 in Plympton; married on 21 February 1716 in Plympton to Nathan Weston, son of Edmund Weston and Rebecca Soule (granddaughter of Mayflower passenger George Soule).  He was born 8 February 1689 in Plympton, and died 11 October 1754 in Plympton.  Four children.

Generation 4: Nathan Weston m. Hannah Everson
Generation 5:  Zadoc Weston m. Mary Clements
Generation 6:  Matilda Weston m. Joseph Edwin Healy
Generation 7:  Mary Etta Healey m.  Peter Hoogerzeil
Generation 8:  Florence Etta Hoogerzeil m. Arthur Treadwell Hitchings
Generation 9:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (My grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ DOTY of the Mayflower”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 22, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Thoughts on Using Compiled Genealogy Books

A shelf in my personal library, with some
compiled genealogy books

I’m writing this blog post because of all the email, comments and Facebook messages I have received in the last two weeks due to my three-part series “Batchelder Do-Over” ” (By the way, stay tuned for my upcoming “Surname Saturday” post on my "new" BATCHELDER lineage).   Then I received even more email due to my blog post last week on “My Ancestors in Genealogy Books: A Compiled Genealogy Bibliography".  There seems to be a lot of misconceptions about these genealogy books.  I want to share my pros and cons on using them.

First comment – “They are often unsourced.”  Well… actually most compiled genealogy books from the end of the twentieth century until today are sourced, Yay!  The famous genealogist Donald Lines Jacobus lead the way in teaching and demonstrating how to accurately source genealogy books.  His first books in the 1930s have little documentation ( for example The Bulkeley Genealogy, 1933), but his books in the 1970s were much better.  My favorite sourced genealogy books include the wonderful Silver Book series from the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.  Another good set of books is Robert Charles Anderson’s Great Migration Series. All of them, from his three part Great Migration Begins, to his seven volume Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634 – 1635, to his directories and other books. These are the standard most authors try to copy today. 

Second comment - Yes, “They are often unsourced”.  But wait!  How can we find a work around?  As for those unsourced books, did you know that many, many authors of these nineteenth century and early twentieth century genealogy books have donated their notes to libraries and archives?  I have often perused these manuscripts at the New England Historic Genealogical Society library in Boston.  Just look at what I found about the BATCHELDER family recently (see the links below) in manuscripts revising an old 1898 book at the New Hampshire Historical Society library and at the Lane Public Library in Hampton, New Hampshire.  Check libraries, historical societies and genealogical societies for donated materials on published (and sometimes unpublished) books. 

Third comment – “But they haven’t done my family in a book!”  How do you know?  Did you check all libraries? Did you check Munsell’s Index, also known as Index to American Genealogies for everything published before 1908?  Did you know that The Greenlaw Index of the New England Historic Genealogical Society is two volumes of all the books in their library printed 1900 – 1940?  (Or you can check their card catalog online free, even if you aren’t a member)   Did you try to see what all the other libraries have?  The Library of Congress ? Or the Genealogical Index of the Newbury Library ?  Another good index is American Genealogical Biographical Index, Volumes 1 – 186, which is online at (this is continuously updated)    Lastly, do you check in genealogy journals to see what new publications are being printed?  Do you read in genealogy magazines to see what new compiled genealogies are being planned, and who is looking for information?  Have you looked to see what is out of print?  Leave no stone unturned.

Fourth comment -  “No one has written about my JONES family”  or “That book is not my JONESes”  There was a famous author named Ken Stevens who used to write up books on families named WILSON in the New England area. He has many WILSON books on the shelves of the NEHGS library.  Of course, he didn’t have my WILSON family of Danvers, Massachusetts written up in a book.   So, I wrote to Mr. Stevens and lo and behold he had lots of notes on my WILSONs (he hadn’t gotten around to publishing that book yet).   And he shared his notes and agreed that my lineage back to the immigrant Robert Wilson (1630 – 1675) was correct.  Just as good as a book!  Ken Stevens died before publishing my WILSONs, but I’ll always cherish his opinions.  ASK! 

Fifth comment -  “I can’t find my ancestors in a book, and I’ve looked everywhere.”  Ok, then your next step is to check journal articles through scholarly indexes such as JSTOR     I also like to check the journals online at the websites of genealogical societies such as the New England Historic Genealogical Society (members only).  You can find back issues of some journals on the HathiTrust Digital Library    Since I focus on New England, I like to find the latest research in Martin Hollick’s book New Englanders in the 1600s (however, it was last updated in 2012.  Is anyone planning another update soon?)   Are there similar books for other US regions?

Sixth comment – “I don’t live in New England. The South doesn’t have many compiled genealogy books”   True, but this is changing.  And although New England seems to have more, this is due to the age of our original colonies and the high density population.  Population percentage wise, it probably only beats out other US regions by a small number. Check around to see what you can find. 

Seventh comment – “Only the old compiled genealogies are online.”  This may seem to be true because Google books  and only digitize the older books due to copyright.  But have you seen the LDS initiative to put their library of books online at  Check the Family Search catalog at or even better, search their book collection (which includes books at other libraries around the US) at this link:  

Eighth comment - “I’ll take what’s in the book as proof.  I’m not a professional, and the author is a professional”.   Hold on!  Did you read reviews on this book?  How do you know the author was a professional, and not just someone with a hobby like you? Remember Gustave Anjou and his completely mythical genealogies?  Do your own evaluation of the book and ask other trusted friends for their opinions on your own conclusions.  You might be a better genealogist than you give yourself credit for! 

Caveat – even sourced genealogy books can have errors.  Use your own judgement and check all books for clues!  Finding your family in a book is only the start of your research.

Batchelder Family Do Over, Part 1  (with links to parts 2 and 3):

My Ancestors in Genealogy Books: A Compiled Genealogy Bibliography:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Thoughts on Using Compiled Genealogy Books”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 20, 2018, ( accessed [access date]).

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Bear, seen at a famous roadside attraction for bears in New Hampshire

I post another in 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 vane was photographed in New Hampshire.

Do you know the location of weathervane post #381?  Scroll down to find the answer.

If you have ever visited the White Mountains of New Hampshire you might have driven right past the famous trained bears at Clark's Trading Post in the town of Lincoln.  These bears have been a roadside attraction on U.S. Route 3 since the 1930s.  This attraction has grown from a small trading post with a few bears to a family run amusement park.  Above one of the museums in this park is this shiny two-dimensional copper bear weathervane.  It is still shiny and copper colored, so I don't think this is a very old weathervane.

The Clark's Trading Post website: 


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Bear, seen at a famous roadside attraction for bears in New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 19, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Passaconaway Cemetery on the Kancamagus Trail

Russel-Colbath or Passaconaway Cemetery in Albany, New Hampshire

You can find this cemetery on the Kancamagus Highway, next to the Russell-Colbath homestead in Albany, New Hampshire.  In the 1800s there was a small settlement called Passaconaway here, served by the logging company’s Swift River Railroad. At one time during the height of the lumbering industry in this area there were two schools, a lumber yard, a company store, a post office (1892 – 1916), several boarding houses and small homes.  By 1916 the Conway Lumbering Company had depleted the forests and moved to other areas of New England, so the railroad track and all the workers were moved.  The Kancamagus Scenic highway opened to traffic 1959, and was paved in 1964.

The Russell- Colbath house was owned by Thomas and Ruth Colbath.  Ruth was the Postmistress of Passaconaway for many years.  One day Thomas left, and never returned home.  Ruth left a light in the window for him for years, and she finally died in 1930 and was buried in the cemetery.  In 1933 Thomas returned, visited his dead wife’s grave, and wandered away again. 

The Russel-Colbath House was built in 1832 to replace an earlier cabin.

The barn on this property is available for rent for events
The White Mountain National Forest was established in 1918.  It covers 1,225 square miles, mostly in New Hampshire, but about 5% of the Forest is in Maine.  About 100 miles of the Appalachian Trail crosses this land, and the Presidential Range of the White Mountains, including Mount Washington. Before the National Forest was established, most of the farms and communities in this area were abandoned as farmers moved west for better opportunities, and the logging companies stripped most of the forest.  The public objected to the unregulated stripping of the timber and the massive forest fires that plagued the region.   Hikers can still find cellar holes and stone walls as evidence of the families who once lived here.  Behind the house is the “Rail ‘N River Trail”, a half mile interpretive hike to the Swift River with signage near several historic sites. 

We visited on a Saturday afternoon in August, but the Russell-Colbath house was closed, and we were the only visitors on the grounds except for one other couple who came to walk through the cemetery. Call ahead to the Saco District Ranger Station for hours of operation 603-447-5448.  Visits are free to the public. The barn is available to rent for events like family reunions and weddings. The house was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987. 

This area marked with huge granite slabs appears to be a
family plot for MAYHEW and BURBANK family members.

This cemetery is known as the Passaconaway Cemetery, Albany Cemetery, or the Russell-Colbath Cemetery.  There are about 70 tombstones here, and 66 have been photographed at the Find A Grave Website.  It is maintained by the town of Albany. 

An interpretive board describes the history of the area

The story of Ruth Colbath, whose husband "disappeared"
and she left a light in the window for decades, waiting for his return

Other blog posts about this area of New Hampshire:

Zealand, New Hampshire

A story about the Russell-Colbath House from the Conway Daily Sun newspaper, 26 August 2016

A history of Albany, New Hampshire (from the History of Carroll County, New Hampshire, 1889) viewable online from

The application for the Russell-Colbath House for the National Register of Historic Places (it’s very interesting to read this application and the description of the historic aspects that make it worthy of this designation):

A podcast about the story of Thomas and Ruth Colbath, from the New England Legends website:

Other blog posts about this area of New Hampshire:

Zealand, New Hampshire

The Willey Family of Crawford, Notch  


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Passaconaway Cemetery on the Kancamagus Trail", Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 18, 2018, ( accessed [access date]).

Monday, September 17, 2018

Patriot to Passenger Project

While I was at the General Society of Mayflower Descendants’ Board of Assistants Meeting in Chicago two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of talking with the Florida Mayflower Society Historian Muriel Cushing about the Patriot to Passenger Project. This is a project that Muriel founded a few years ago, and it is a “work-in-progress”, which means that its usefulness grows as more people participate and share their Mayflower lines.

As 2020 nears, the 400th Anniversary Commemoration of the arrival of the Mayflower in Plymouth, Massachusetts, more people are trying to apply to the Mayflower Society.  As a short cut to this often tedious process, some descendants are trying to connect their Revolutionary War Patriots (from the DAR lists of patriots) to a passenger on the Mayflower. 

According to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants’ Facebook page: “The Patriot to Passenger Project is a growing list of Patriots who descend from Mayflower passengers, in an effort to build a bridge between other heritage societies such as the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution.  The Patriot to Passenger Project is a way to help others find their link to a Mayflower Pilgrim and it also benefits our Mayflower members to discover other Mayflower lines of descent so that they can submit supplemental applications to honor and recognize all of their ancestors.”

Click here for the “database” (actually a 135 page PDF with an alphabetic list of patriots): 

I looked up the names of my Revolutionary War patriots and saw that I had a 5th great grandfather named Nathaniel Treadwell (1753 – 1822) who served in the Revolutionary War.  His lineage was already included in my lineage application under Mayflower passenger Isaac Allerton.  However, his name did not appear on the Patriot to Passenger list.   Muriel Cushing’s email is on the website, so I contacted her to let her know that Nathaniel Treadwell was missing.  She responded within two hours, and told me that she updates this list every month, and my ancestor would be in the new list. 

Even though it is not a true electronic database, it’s easy to scroll through the alphabetical PDF file to look for surnames that might match your family tree.  There are names of both men and women here, and there is also information linking the wives of some patriots to Mayflower passengers (however, these are listed alphabetically by the man’s name, which could be very inconvenient).

Here is an entry for a Revolutionary War veteran who lived in New Hampshire and his wife was descended from Pilgrim William White, a Mayflower passenger:

Howe, Phineas, (A131662) b. Lancaster, MA., 17 March 1732, d. Concord, N.H. after 1789, son of Phineas Howe and Abigail Bennett; m. Experience Pollard, b., Bolton, MA, 24 April 1741, dau. of William Pollard and Experience Wheeler, desc. of Pilgrim William White (MF 13:99). 
(Experience Pollard 6, Experience Wheeler 5, Josiah Wheeler 4, Elizabeth White 3, Resolved White 2, William White 1) 
Note that the number after the patriot’s name is the ancestor number from the DAR database.  The Mayflower Passenger is referenced to a Silver book entry.  The names in parenthesis show the lineage back to a pilgrim passenger on the Mayflower.  See how easy it is to add five or six or seven generations back to the Mayflower with this list of patriots!

Here is another Patriot, with two Mayflower connections.  It would be good luck to find one of these Patriots with six or seven or more lines!

Snow, Caleb (A106635), b. Raynham, MA, Ca. 1766, d. Plymouth, VT., 2 May 1847, son of Caleb Snow and Lydia (Wilbore) Barney, desc. of Pilgrims John Alden, William Mullins (MF 16:3:211) and Peter Brown, (MF 7:186); m. Keene, N.H., 18 Nov. 1790, Lydia Partridge.
(Caleb Snow 6, Caleb Snow 5, Ebenezer Snow 4, Elizabeth Alden 3, Joseph Alden 2, John Alden 1)
(Caleb Snow 6, Caleb Snow 5, Ebenezer Snow 4, Benjamin Snow 3, Rebecca Brown 2, Peter Brown 1)

Once you have found your link to a Mayflower passenger, I hope you would consider applying for membership in the General Society of Mayflower Descendants   


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Patriot to Passenger Project", Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 17, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ SOULE of the Mayflower


George Soule (about 1593 – 1680), my 9th great grandfather, was a passenger on the ship Mayflower in 1620.  He was then a young, unmarried man, and a servant of Edward Winslow.  He signed the Mayflower Compact.

George’s wife, Mary Buckett, arrived on the ship Anne in 1623.  They were married around 1625, and by the time of the May 1627 Cattle Division he was listed with Mary and their first son, Zachariah as the eleventh, twelfth, and thirteenth people in the ninth company.  They removed to “Duxburrow” or Duxbury where he lived for the rest of his life and is buried there.  During his life he served as deputy, on the grand jury, and other civic positions appointed at town meetings.   He had nine children.

I descend from George’s son, John (about 1632 – 1707) who apparently had a family rift with his sister, Patience.  In George’s 1677 will he recorded “If my son John Soule above named or his heirs or assigns or any of them shall at any time disturb my daughter Patience or her heirs or assigns or any of them in peaceable possession or enjoyment of the lands I have given her at Nemasket alias Middleboro and recover the same from her or her heirs or assigns or any of them; that then my gift to my son John Soule shall be void: and that then my will is my daughter Patience shall have all my lands at Duxbury and she shall be my sole executrix of this my last will and testament and enter into my housing lands and meadows at Duxbury. John married Rebecca Simmons and had nine children.

John’s daughter, Rebecca (1656 – 1732) is my 6th great grandmother.  She married Edmund Weston about 1688 and had six children. 

Notable descendants:  actors Richard Gere and Dick Van Dyke

For more SOULE information:

The Great Migration Begins, by Richard Charles Anderson, 1995, Volume III, pages 1704-1708

Note:  Anderson reports “serious flaws” in the Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume Three: George Soule, 1980.  He recommends two articles which point out the problems in The Genealogist, Volume 1, pages 225 – 258, and also in The American Genealogist, Volume 57, pages 57 – 58.

The Soule Kindred (Soule family association)   

Family Tree DNA project for George Soule:

My SOULE genealogy:

Generation 1:  George Soule, born about 1593, died 22 January 1679/80 in Duxbury, Massachusetts; married about 1623 in Plymouth, Massachusetts to Mary Beckett.  She was born about 1602 and died 16 December 1676 in Duxbury.  Nine children.

Generation 2:  John Soule, born about 1632 in Plymouth, died before 14 November 1707 in Duxbury; married about 1654 in Duxbury to Rebecca Simmons, daughter of Moses Simmons and Sarah Unknown.  She died before 1678 in Duxbury.  Nine children

Generation 3:  Rebecca Soule, born about 1656 in Duxbury, died 18 November 1732 in Plympton, Massachusetts; married about 1688 to Edmund Weston, son of Edmund Weston.  He was born about 1660 and died 23 September 1727 in Plympton.  Six children.

Generation 4: Nathan Weston m. Desire Standish (granddaughter of two other Mayflower passengers - Myles Standish and Edward Doty)

Generation 5:  Nathan Weston m. Hannah Everson
Generation 6:  Zadoc Weston m. Mary Clements
Generation 7:  Matilda Weston m. Joseph Edwin Healy
Generation 8:  Mary Etta Healey m. Peter Hoogerzeil
Generation 9:  Florence Etta Hoogerzeil m. Arthur Treadwell Hitchings
Generation 10: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ SOULE of the Mayflower”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 15, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

Friday, September 14, 2018

My Ancestors in Genealogy Books: A Compiled Genealogy Bibliography

Back before I started my own blog in 2009 I was a big fan of Martin Hollick’s Slovak Yankee blog. His blog post “Compiled Genealogy Biography” posted on 20 January 2010 inspired me to write a similar post back then.  I thought it was time to update that post and write a new one. 

I often hear from people “Oh, all your New England ancestors have been written about in books!”   From this list you can see that this is not true. Some of these ancestors are complete brick walls, some I have piece together from other records, and some are in books - even Mayflower Silver books.   Most of my research was done the hard way, by searching vital records, deeds, probate records, graveyards, newspapers and other paper and online resources. Also, finding your ancestor in a book is a clue, but since most of these books are old and unsourced, you still must verify all the generations. I use compiled genealogy books for clues.

Martin’s list contained the compiled genealogy books that contain his closest ancestors. I charted out my ancestors to the 7th generation (fourth great grandparents) and listed any book written on their lineages. Its surprising which ancestors have books, and which don’t.  Perhaps someday I will end up writing an article or book about these surnames.  In the meantime, my blog will have to do…  (To make this list easier to read, I dropped ancestors off the list when they “crossed the pond” )

Great Grandparents :

Albert Munroe Wilkinson-(1860-1908) No book has ever been written on the Wilkinsons of northern New England, descendants of Thomas Wilkinson “of London” who married Elizabeth Caverly in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1715. This is my maiden name.

Isabella Lyons Bill (1863 – 1935)  her father appears in The History of the Bill Family by Ledyard Bill, 1867 (see below).

John Peter Bowden Roberts (1865 – 1925) and his wife, Emma Frances Warren ( 1865 – 1927), were immigrants from Leeds, Yorkshire, England in 1915 via Ellis Island. There is no compiled genealogy of either family. I have traced their origins in England back to the late 1700s.

Joseph Elmer Allen (1870 – 1932)  The Allen Family comes from William Allen of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, but this branch has not been documented. There are several books with the first five generations or so of the Allen family, but none that contain my branch of Allens that removed to Essex (a contiguous town) around the time of the American Revolution.

Carrie Maude Batchelder ((1872 – 1963) and her husband Joseph E. Allen are in The Batchelder, Batcheller Genealogy by Frederick Clifton Pierce, published by the author in Chicago, 1898, (with various updates), on page 329. Lists only two children, three more were born after publication.

Arthur Treadwell Hitchings (1868 – 1937) There is no book on the Hitchings/Hitchens family, which goes back to Daniel Hitchins (1632 -1731) of Lynn, Massachusetts. They are well documented in the local history books, and in journal articles.

Florence Etta Hoogerzeil (1871 – 1941) Her grandfather was Peter Hoogerzeil, immigrant to America before 1828. The family was written up by the Netherlands in genealogy journal articles (in Dutch) by Erik A. N. Kon, going back to Arijen Bruynen born about 1631 in Krimpen ann de Lek. No compiled genealogy book. Kon’s work is extensive, including all the known Hoogerzeil/Hogerzeil families and the American branch down to Florence and her Hitchings children.

2x Great Grandparents:

Robert Wilson Wilkinson (1830 – 1874)  see above

Phebe Cross Munroe (1830 – 1895)  see below

Caleb Rand Bill (1833-1902) is named in The History of the Bill Family, edited by Ledyard Bill, 1867, p. 200 along with his wife Ann Margaret Bollman. Their daughter Isabella Lyons Bill married Albert Munroe Wilkinson. They are also in the update by Harry Bill, which I have only seen in Nova Scotia libraries, not in the USA.

Ann Margaret Bollman (1835 – 1923) mentioned briefly in the The Diary of Adolphus Gaetz, edited by Charles Bruce Ferguson, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Public Archives of Nova Scotia, 1965. There is no compiled genealogy of the Bollman family, descendants of Johan Daniel Bollman, a Hessian soldier.

Joseph Gilman Allen (1830 – 1908)  see above

Sarah Burnham Mears (1844 – 1913) There is no book on the Mears family of Essex, Massachusetts. I have traced this line back to Alexander Mears, born about 1750 in London, England, yet have gone no further.  Alexander Mears was a Revolutionary War veteran on the patriots side.

George E. Batchelder (1848 – 1914)  see above and below

Mary Katharine Emerson (1847 – 1932) and her husband, George E. Batchelder are in The Ipswich Emersons, A. D. 1636-1900: A Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas Emerson of Ipswich, Mass., by Benjamin Kendall Emerson, Boston, David Clapp & Son, 1900, page 306. This page also gives an explanation of her adoption by the Harris family of Boston (her paternal aunt) which solved a great brick wall problem for me!

Abijah Franklin Hitchings  (1841 – 1910)  see above

Hannah Eliza Lewis (1844 – 1921) no book on this Lewis family has been found.  This is one of my brick wall lineages, since I have only traced back to her grandfather, Thomas Lewis and wife Amelia (unknown maiden name). I don’t know from which Massachusetts Lewis family he descends.

Peter Hoogerzeil  (1841 – 1908), see above

Mary Etta Healey (1852 – 1932) is a descendant of William Healy (1613 – 1683) of Cambridge, but only certain branches of this family are published in books.

3x Great Grandparents:

Aaron Wilkinson (1802 – 1879)  see above

Mercy F. Wilson (1803 – 1883)  The great WILSON researcher, Ken Stevens of Walpole, New Hampshire was working on a compiled genealogy of the Wilsons of Danvers, Massachusetts, but hadn’t published his notes or book before he passed away.  Previous to his death he had assured me that my lineage was correct back to the first immigrant Wilson, Robert Wilson b. 1630 in England and died 18 September 1675 at Deerfield, Massachusetts in the Bloody Brook Massacre. He sent me copies of all his notes.  I think he hit a brick wall with the rest of the Danvers Wilsons. I haven’t been able to untangle it, either, beyond my direct lineage to Robert Wilson.

Luther Simonds Munroe (1805 – 1851)  is in the History and Genealogy of the Lexington, Massachusetts, Munroes, compiled by Richard S. Munroe, published by the author, 1966, page 71. This goes back to the Scots prisoner of war, William Munroe (1625 – 1718) in Lexington.

Olive Flint (1805 – 1875)  is in the book Genealogical register of the descendants of Thomas Flint, of Salem : with a copy of the wills and inventories of the estates of the first two generations, compiled by John Flint and John H. Stone, Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1994, and both her parents were Flints (first cousins John Flint and Phebe Flint) so this was easy.

Ingraham Ebenezer Bill (1805 – 1891)- see above

Isabella Lyons (1806 – 1872) – No LYONS compiled genealogy book as far as I know.

Joseph Allen (1801 – 1894) – see above

Orpha Andrews (1804- 1869) is a descendant of immigrants John Andrews (about 1618 – 1708) and Jane Jordan of the Chebacco Parish of Ipswich, Massachusetts (now Essex).   Orpha and her husband, Joseph Allen, are on page 595 of the book The Descendants of Lieut. John Andrews of Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts by Betty Andrews Storey, 2009.

Samuel Mears (1823 – 1904) is on page 1491 of The Descendants of Lieut. John Andrews of Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, with his wife, Sarah Ann Burnham.  He was also an ANDREWS descendant (Lydia W.7 Burnham, Asa6, Westley5, Deborah4 Story, Rachel3 Andrews, William2, John1).  No MEARS book as far as I know.

Sarah Ann Burnham (1821 – 1848) see above. There is no BURNHAM complied genealogy.

George E. Batchelder (1822 – 1848) see above for the BATCHELDER book, and below,  

Abigail M. Locke (1825 – 1888) and her husband George E. Batchelder (above) are on page 322 of A History and Genealogy of Captain John Locke (1726 – 1696) of Portsmouth and Rye, New Hampshire and His Descendants, by Arthur H. Locke, Volume 1.

George Emerson (1817 – 1890) see above for the EMERSON book.

Mary Esther Younger (1826 – 1913) – No book has been written about the YOUNGER family of Gloucester, Massachusetts, which I have traced back only to William Younger who married Lucy Foster in Gloucester in 1750.

Abijah Hitchings (1809 – 1864) – see above

Eliza Ann Treadwell (1812 – 1896) This is a well documented family in the Ipswich, Vital Records, dating back to Thomas Treadwell born about 1603 in London, England, died 1671 in Ipswich.  There is a book Thomas Treadwell of Ipswich, Massachusetts and some of his Descendants, by William Alfred Robbins in the catalog at available on microfilm #1486614, but it is (strangely) not available at NEHGS or any other local library.

Thomas Russell Lewis (1825 – 1853) – see above

Hannah Phillips (1821 – 1851) – father, James Phillips, is a brickwall

Peter Hoogerzeil (1803 – 1889)- see above

Eunice Stone (1807 – 1886)- there is no STONE family complied genealogy, but the immigrant John Stone (about 1595 – about 1667) was covered in The Great Migration, Volume VI, pages 552 – 553.

Joseph Edwin Healy (1823 – 1862) and his wife, Matilda Weston, are in Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume II, Part II Edward Doty, (a “Silver Book”) compiled by Peter B. Hill, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1996, page 185

Matilda Weston (1825 – 1909), see above, and also see page 121 of Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume 14, Family of Myles Standish, 2007, for Matilda, her siblings and parents (another “Silver Book”).

4x great grandparents:

William Wilkinson (? – 1840)  see above

Mercy Nason (b. 1764 in Kittery) I haven’t used a Nason book for this line, it was well documented in vital records, town histories, articles. (But again, is there a Nason book?)

Robert Wilson (1776 – 1893), see above for the WILSON note

Mary Southwick (1777-1854) Genealogy of the descendants of Lawrence and Cassandra Southwick of Salem, Mass.: the original emigrants, and the ancestors of the families who have since borne his name, by James M. Caller and Mrs. M. A. Ober, reprint by Higginsons (originally 1881) This book is old and contains errors, but was a good guide to start.

Andrew Munroe (1764 – 1836), see above for the MUNROE book

Ruth Simonds (1763 – 1840) in the book Genealogical Sketch of William Simonds, by Edward Francis Johnson, 1889, but the family was also written up in the Woburn town histories.

John Flint (1761 – 1836) – see above for the FLINT book

Phebe Flint (1763 – 1846) – see above for the FLINT book

Asahel Bill (1748 – 1814) – see above for the BILL book

Mary Rand (1758 – 1845) in the book Genealogy of Rand: from Robert Rand of Charlestown 1634 to 1867, by Thomas Bellows Wyman, 1867 and in the Martha’s Vineyard history, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Genealogies.

Thomas Ratchford Lyons (1780 – 1859) – see above

Ann Skinner (1786 – 1815) again, in the Yarmouth Genealogies, and The Skinner Kinsmen, the descendants of John Skinner of Hartford, Connecticut, by Natalie R. Fernald.

Joseph Allen (1776 – 1861) – see above

Judith Burnham ((1782 – 1848) – see above

James Andrews (1763 – 1857) see above for the ANDREWS book.

Lucy Presson (1763 – 1852) This family name changed from Presbury, to Preston to Presson since the 1600’s. There is no book on this family under any spelling.

Samuel Mears (1798 – 1879)  - see above

Lydia W. Burnham (1802 – 1864)  - see above

Henry Burnham (1783 – 1867) – see above

Sally Poland (1780 – 1861) in the book The Polands of Essex County, Massachusetts, by Lloyd O. Poland, 1981.

Jonathan Batchelder (1800 – 1847)- see above for the BATCHELDER book. It lists him on page 172 with the incorrect parents (Elisha Batchelder and Sarah Lane).  His parents should be Nathaniel Batchelder and Mary Perkins.  Caveat emptor!

Nancy Thompson (about 1804 – after 1847)- she is a brickwall.  I have no idea who her parents may be.  She came from Gilmanton, New Hampshire. 

Richard Locke (1794 – 1864)- see above for the LOCKE book

Margaret Welch (abt. 1796 – 1860) Another brick wall! I don’t know her parents, but she may have been born in Kittery, Maine. 

Romanus Emerson (1782 – 1852)- see above for the EMERSON book 

Jemima Burnham (1783 – 1868)   - no BURNHAM book as far as I know, and look at the four Burnhams I have in this generation alone!  All these Burnhams are from Essex, Massachusetts.  All this complicated intermarriage of Burnhams may be why no one has tackled a Burnham genealogy. 

Levi Younger (1786 – 1858) – see above

Catherine Plummer Jones (1799-1828) formerly a brick wall, now solved! Absolutely no book, but I’ve blogged many times about this one!  Her father was Owen Jones, a customs official from Wales serving in Boston at the time of the American Revolution. 

Abijah Hitchings (1775 – 1868)  - see above

Mary Cloutman (1775 – 1853) No CLOUTMAN book.  The first immigrant CLOUTMAN was Thomas Cloutman who married Elizabeth Story in 1672 Salem, Massachusetts.

Jabez Treadwell  (1788 – 1840) – see above

Betsey Jillings Homan (1792 – 1874)- There is no HOMAN family compiled genealogy as far as I know.  Betsey is a descendant of the immigrant Edward Homan (1605 – 1675) of Plymouth and Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Thomas Lewis (about 1770 – 1821) – another brickwall ancestor

Amelia Unknown (about 1790 – 1860) – wife of Thomas Lewis, above, and also a brickwall

James Phillips (1792 – 1820) – another brickwall. 

Sarah Cree (1792 – 1835) – There is no CREE compiled genealogy book.  This family dates back to the immigrant Nicholas Cree (born about 1700) who settled in Topsfield, Massachusetts.

Josiah Stone (1763 – 1848) -  see above

Susanna Hix (1768 – 1859) – there is no HIX or HICKS book on this family.  Her parents and grandparents came from the Plymouth, Massachusetts area. 

Comfort Haley (1787 – 1874) – see above for the Haley/Healey lineage in the Mayflower Silver book series.

Rebecca Crosby (1789-?) Her parents are in the Yarmouth Genealogies, an earlier branch of the Cape Cod/ Cambridge Crosbys who are written up in earlier generations in Simon Crosby the emigrant : his English ancestry, and some of his American descendants, by Eleanor Davis Crosby, 1914

Zadoc Weston (1761 – 1849) – see above for the Weston lineage in the Mayflower Silver book series

Mary Clements – a brickwall.  Nothing is known of her origins or parents. She lived in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia with her husband Zadoc Weston. Her stepson, Abram Weston (b. 1815) married a Mary Hannah Clements in 1846.  Cousins? 


Martin Hollick’s original “Compiled Genealogy Bibliography” post from 20 January 2010

My original Compiled Genealogy Bibliography blog post from 8 February 2010:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "My Ancestors in Books: A Compiled Genealogy Bibliography", Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 14, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Batchelder Family Do Over Part 3

The New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord, New Hampshire
This is part 3 of a series (see below for the links to parts 1 and 2 )

We arrived at the New Hampshire Historical Society Library in Concord very early one Saturday to look at the collected papers and manuscripts of Charles Hull Batchelder (1876 – 1948).  His lifetime work on the genealogical research of the BATCHELDER family was held in eleven storage boxes.  He died before he could publish his book, which was a revision of Frederick C. Pierce’s compiled genealogy of the Batchelder family published in 1898. 

I was dismayed when I saw the large number of big boxes, and even more dismayed when I saw how much paperwork was stored in each box!  According to the Lane library website “196 handwritten notebooks in five boxes, handwritten and typed correspondence in four boxes, about 2000 handwritten family group sheets in one box, and about 10,000 individual handwritten index cards in one box”.   Fortunately, I had spent a lot of time reading Carl W. Brage’s 1985 manuscript from the Lane Library in Hampton, New Hampshire, which was a collection of four or five generations of C. H. Batchelder’s work. I was looking for Jonathan Batchelder (about 1800 – 1847), my 4th great grandfather.

From studying Brage’s work, we had figured out the numbering system for C.H. Batchelder’s notes.  I knew we were looking for Jonathan Batchelder, who was probably #32,213  (See the previous blog post HERE ).  One of the boxes held note cards on almost 10,000 individuals, so we found the card with this number.  Another box held family group sheets using this same numbering system, so it was easy to find Jonathan’s family group sheet.  Thank goodness that C. H. Batchelder was such a meticulous note keeper and genealogist.  Once you know his secret code, it is much easier to navigate the boxes of notes!

Next to each line on the group sheet and across the bottom of the family group sheet were mysterious lines more code numbers.  It took a while to figure out what these numbers could mean.  Each number looked like this “109-28&30” or “167-28 to 30”.   After looking through the boxes we could see that the first number in each code was a notebook, and the second set of numbers was the page.  C.H. Batchelder had numbered every note book (or bundle of notes) and numbered each page in that notebook.  Some of these notebooks were collections of letters, others were transcribed records from deeds, newspapers, vital records, and other official records.  These numbers were his proofs or sources for the dates and notes for each person on his family group sheets.

Finding these notebooks was a bit tricky.  Although each box was labeled with the numbers of the notebooks it held, finding the proper notebook was trickier.  These were fragile, old notebooks that were falling apart.  In most boxes the notebooks were all different sizes, from small 3” x 5” notepads to larger book.  Some of them were wrapped in butcher paper so the pages wouldn’t fall out. Others were tied with ribbon.  We had to carefully remove each notebook while looking for the one we wanted from the codes.  Then we had to carefully find the page numbers.  Then replace all the books back into the box.  It took a long time to find all the relevant notes for Jonathan.

After finding Jonathan, I knew who his parents were, and the search started all over again.  We found his parent’s group sheet (Nathaniel Batchelder (1763 – 1809) and Mary Perkins). We carefully photographed that sheet, and then searched for all the notes.  Then I moved on to Jonathan’s son, George (1822- 1848), my 3rd great grandfather.  Then George, Jr. (1848 – 1914), born posthumously, my great great grandfather. I had time to photograph Jonathan’s grandfather’s family group sheet (Nathaniel (17320 1778) and his wife Mary Longfellow), his great grandfather’s information (Stephen Batchelder (1701 – 1748/9) and Jane Lamprey), and his 2x great grandfather’s sheet (Stephen Batchelder (1675/6- 1748) and Mary Dearborn. The notes for all these generations would have to wait for another trip because it was too time consuming, even though it was very illuminating!

Family Group Sheet for Jonathan Batchelder, my 4th great grandfather

"Notebook 154" was not a book,
but a stack of lined paper,
wrapped in craft paper, tied
with a ribbon. 

Code 154-227 meant book 154, page 227
A note which was a transcription from
probate describing a debt based on a wager
"some trick with a pack of cards"

Notebook 2

A family group sheet for Nathaniel Batchelder, my 5th great grandfather,
Lots of notes here, all backed up with proofs from records in the storage boxes

What a treasure trove we found in C. H. Batchelder’s boxes of notes!  He had collected all this information by hand on thousands of individuals, combing through archives, deeds, probate records, vital and church records, and newspapers all before the invention of the computer or the internet.  He had invented his own system for organizing all this information without the use of an electronic database. I am amazed and thankful for this man’s attention to detail on this branch of my family tree.

Over time, I eventually combed through enough of the papers at the NH Historical Society to confirm my new lineage.  I'll outline that in my next post!

Stay tuned!

If you missed the previous posts....

Part 1 

Part 2


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Batchelder Family Do Over  Part 3", Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 13, 2018, ( accessed [access date]).