Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Aladdin and his Magic Lamp - Weathervane Wednesday

 Today's weathervanes were photographed at Disneyland, Paris, France.

In Disneyland Paris, next to the Sleeping beauty castle, and above the entrance to Adventureland there are many weathervanes that tell the story of "Aladdin and his Magic Lamp".  We had to walk around this version of the storybook Arabic town to capture all of them as they spun in the wind.  We found six weathervanes- Aladdin on the magic carpet, a horse, a musician standing on a sword, a Phoenix, a camel over a crescent moon, and the genie emerging from the magical lamp.  Did we miss one?

All these weathervanes were two dimensional, with no cardinal points. The were all installed over various towers and domes above the twisting streets of Agrabah and it's marketplace. There was a passageway inside one building "Le Passage Enchante d'Aladdin", with whimsical dioramas behind windows that told the story from the Disney version of this tale.    

For the truly curious:

The official Disneyland Paris website in English:   

Click this link to see over 500 weathervanes from all over the world in my "Weathervane Wednesday" posts:  


To cite/link to this blog post: Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Aladdin and his Magic Lamp - Weathervane Wednesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 31, 2023, ( accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Pirates of the Carribean - Weathervane Wednesday

 Today's weathervane was photographed at Disneyland, Paris, France.

The wind didn't cooperate for this photo, but this is a two dimensional silhouette of a pirate weathervane located above the Pirates of the Carribean ride at Disneyland Paris.  The pirate is looking through a spyglass, and wears a bandana on his head. He stands above the waves, and over a large cupola. 

This ride is much darker than the same ride in the US parks, and includes bigger, wetter water drops!  I don't remember a weathervane above the ride in Florida (did I miss one?).  There were many, many more weathervanes at the Paris park than at the US parks.  One fun extra at this ride in Paris - a waterside restaurant inside the ride!  We had dinner at this restaurant, now renamed "Captain Jack's" after the character in the film inspired by this amusement park ride.  

Our "crew" at Captain Jack's table

For the truly curious:

The official Disneyland Paris website in English:  

To see and read about over 500 other weathervanes from around the world, click here:


To cite/link to this blog post: Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Pirates of the Carribean - Weathervane Wednesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 24, 2023, ( accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Two toads at Toad Hall, Disneyland Paris - Weathervane Wednesday

 Today's weathervanes were photographed over the Toad Hall Restaurant in the Fantasyland section of Disneyland, Paris, France.

One of my favorite books as a child was Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908.  Disney created an animated film in 1949 about some of the stories in this book, and of course, there is a ride in California's Disneyland called "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" based on one of those stories.  At the Disneyland Park in Paris, France we found a restaurant called "Toad Hall" after Mr. Toad's residence in the story book.  This little restaurant serves fish and chips right in middle of Fantasyland.  Strangely, there is no "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" at all in Disneyland Paris.  

Above the restaurant are two fun weathervanes of Mr. Toad. In one he is riding his motor car, and the other has Mr. Toad riding a unicycle.  Mr. Toad was obsessed with motor cars in the book and movie, and got into lots of adventures (and lots of trouble) with his automobile. These weathervanes are simple two dimensional silhouettes, but they are very recognizable above the low rooflines of the restaurant. 

Toad Hall Restaurant, Disneyland, Paris

For the truly curious:

The official Disneyland Paris website in English:   

Click here to see over 500 more Weathervane Wednesday posts! 


To cite/link to this blog post: Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Two toads at Toad Hall, Disneyland Paris - Weathervane Wednesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 17, 2023, ( accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Tinkerbelle at the Disneyland Paris Hotel - Weathervane Wednesday

Today's weathervane was photographed above the Disneyland Hotel in Disneyland, Paris, France.


The Rojos had a three generation family vacation to Disneyland Paris recently.  We had a wonderful time in this park, which is much smaller than the DisneyWorld resort in Florida.  I loved that the entire park is walkable, including walking from your hotel to both of the park entrances.  While walking we were able to explore and appreciate many gardens, displays, artwork, new foods, people watching, and (you guessed it already!) weathervanes! 

This whimsical little Tinkerbell is atop the Disneyland Hotel, which straddles the entrance to the Magic Kingdom park.  In the rush to get through security, show passes and tickets, many people probably don't even notice this little weathervane.  She is two dimensional, gilded, and caught our eye in the morning sun as we approached from the Disney Village.  We couldn't tell what the tiny figure on the vane was until we were right next to the park entrance. I was amazed at the detail when I was able to blow up the image at home on the computer monitor. 

The Disneyland Hotel is currently under renovations until 2024.  It is a pink victorian style building with many turrets and an interesting roofline that mirrors the Sleeping Beauty Castle at the other end of Main Street.  

This Disney park had lots of weathervanes!  Stay tuned and I'll post more in the coming weeks for more Weathervane Wednesdays.

For the truly curious:

The official Disneyland Paris website in English:  

The Disneyland Hotel in Paris:   

Click here to see over 500 more weathervane posts!     


To cite/link to this blog post: Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tinkerbelle at the Disneyland Paris Hotel - Weathervane Wednesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 10, 2023, ( accessed [access date]). 

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Cinderella Amelia (Lyons) Newcomb (1820 - 1910)


Cinderella Amelia Lyons is a half sister to my 3rd great grandmother, Isabella Lyons Bill (1806 - 1872).  Her name intrigued me, so I decided to investigate her life.  Down the rabbit hole!

I had seen the name Cinderella before on a real person.  See this blog post HERE.  This is the only time I have found a Cinderella in my own family tree. The two examples of the name Cinderella I had seen were from the early 1800s.  So I checked the 1850 Federal Census to see how many women and girls had this fairy tale name!  According to there were there are over 330,000 examples of this name in the 1850 census.  Wow!  And that wouldn't even include Cinderella Lyons, who was born and married in New Brunswick, Canada. 

My 4th great grandfather, Thomas Ratchford Lyons, the son of David Lyons and Elizabeth Ratchford, was born on 3 March 1780 in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia.  He married Ann Skinner, the daughter of Charles Skinner and Sarah Osborn, on 30 September 1802 in Cornwallis.  Ann was born 9 May 1786 in Cornwallis, and died 19 October 1815 in Cornwallis.  Later, Thomas remarried to Anne Griffin, the daughter of James Chipman Griffin and Sarah Harris, on 21 May 1818 in Sackville, Nova Scotia.  

Thomas had five children with each wife, Ann and Anne, six daughters and four sons.  Of course, the name Cinderella jumped out at me as being very interesting!  I was able to trace her life under her married name.

Cinderella Amelia Lyons was born on 19 November 1820 in Sackville, and married William Freeman Newcomb on 11 December 1845.  William was born on 18 March 1813 in Cornwallis, but the marriage document listed his residence as Roxbury (now part of Boston, Massachusetts), so he must have immigrated to the United States before the wedding.  Cinderella and William also had five children, and their birth records list their birthplaces as Roxbury, Massachusetts; Cornwallis, Nova Scotia; Lewiston, New York; New York; and Massachusetts. 

William died 9 June 1857 on Rainsford Island, Boston Harbor, and was listed as being buried there, too.  This bit of information sent me down another rabbit hole, since I was not familiar with Rainsford Island.  The vital records listed him as dying of apoplexy [probably a stroke], a carpenter, born in Nova Scotia, with no parents listed.  After some research I learned that there was a small pox and quarantine hospital on Rainsford Island, which was also known as Hospital Island, Pest House Island, and Quarantine Island.  He was only 44 years old, so perhaps William had been struck down by a contagious disease? There was no further information on the death record. There are no gravestones on Rainsford Island today, nor any standing buildings.  It is a protected part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park, being off limits from April to September due to bird nesting, and no transportation to the island. According to Find A Grave, it is estimated that there are thousands of burials on this island, with only about 1, 599 names identified between 1854 to 1896.  About 350 bodies were removed in 1947 and reburied on Long Island.  

Cinderella lived a long life after her husband died.  She didn't pass away until 15 January 1910 in Boston. I found one obituary for her in far away New Mexico, in the Santa Fe New Mexican, 21 January 1910 ""Death of Mrs. C. A. Newcomb - Mrs. Cinderella Amelia Newcomb, mother of Judge William H. Newcomb, and Mrs. H. H. Betts of Silver City, died last week at Boston, Massachusetts, in her ninetieth year."  Despite being a widow with five children, and her husband being only a carpenter, her children did well in life.  Two lived in Massachusetts, one married the judge and removed to Silver City, New Mexico, and two unmarried daughters removed to Los Angeles and were buried at the prestigious Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. 

Cinderella is buried at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Boston.  I hope to find and photograph her tombstone when the weather improves. 

For the truly curious:

Tombstone Tuesday - Alice and Cinderella, 2012:  

Surname Saturday - Lyons, 2013:  


To cite/link to this blog post:  Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Cinderella Amelia (Lyons) Newcomb (1820 - 1910)", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 2, 2023, ( accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

A Guitar in Townsend, Massachusetts - Weathervane Wednesday

Today's weathervane was photographed in Townsend, Massachusetts.

 This unusual weathervane is located above a barn attached to a house in Townsend, Massachusetts.  I love the details on the guitar vane - the strings, pegs, fretboard, and the hole through the body where the background sky is visible.  But I also love that the finial above the guitar shaped vane is a clef, and that there are musical notes on a staff holding up the cardinal point letters!  

There are trees behind this barn, which makes this dark metal weathervane nearly invisible until you catch a glimpse of it silhoutetted agains a bright blue sky.  We have been driving through Townsend, Massachusetts for over 35 years since it is on our route between our house in New Hampshire and my mother's home in central Massachusetts, but this spring was the first time we have stopped to photograph this weathervane.  Only when looking through the telephoto lens or when looking at the photograph on a computer screen did we see the little, fun details on this weathervane.  

I don't know the history of this building, or if there is a story to this guitar weathervane.  Did a musician live here?  Was there a luthier in residence, with a workshop in the barn? 

Townsend, Massachusetts has several fun weathervanes besides this guitar. If you ever drive through look for the bat weathervane above the Spaulding School, or the owl weathervane over the old library building, the Hart Free Library. See the links below. 

This view of the weathervane shows the great patina on the old metal.

For the truly curious:

To see almost 500 other Weathervane Wednesday blog posts, click here:

The Spaulding School bat weathervane in Townsend, Massachusetts:

The Hart Free Library building owl weathervane in Townsend, Massachusett:


To cite/link to this blog post:  Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "A Guitar in Townsend, Massachusetts - Weathervane Wednesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 26, 2023, ( accessed [access date]). 

Monday, April 24, 2023

Weathervane Wednesday on WMUR TV

Early in April I was interviewed by WMUR TV of Manchester, New Hampshire for a story about weathervanes in New Hampshire. They asked about the centaur weathervane in Londonderry located at Mack's Apples, my "Weathervane Wednesday" blog posts, my favorite weathervanes, and also about my genealogy connection to Shem Drowne, the famous weathervane maker of the 1700s. I also gave them dozens of photos of weathervanes from my blog posts to use on air.

Last Wednesday, while we in Spain visiting family members, WMUR aired their story on NH Chronicle "A World of Weathervanes".   Due to European Union rules, I was blocked from viewing this program and blocked from clicking the WMUR webpage while I was in Spain. I received several emails and comments about the episode from friends and family, but still couldn't figure out how to view the story from Europe.  However, soon after landing at Logan Airport in Boston, and while we were still driving home to New Hampshire, I watched this episode on my phone!

Thank you to WMUR for including me in the story! And thanks for placing a link to the Nutfield Genealogy blog and the Weathervane Wednesday posts on your webpage!

For the truly curious:

WMUR TV,  "NH Chronicle: A World of Weathervanes":   

Previous blog posts about this NH Chronicle episode:

April 5, 2023   

April 6, 2023   


To cite/link to this blog post: Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday on WMUR TV", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 24, 2023, ( accessed [access date]). 

Monday, April 17, 2023

My Ancestors in Compiled Genealogy Books: A 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. (See below for more links)   I know many of you think that compiled genealogies are not good sources, but you can click on this link for my views "Thoughts on Compiled Genealogy Books" from a blog post in 2018:

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 pieced together from other records, and yes, some are in books - even the 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. 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).  This family came to Boston in the Great Migration (1630s), went to Connecticut, migrated to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and ended up back in Massachusetts in the mid 1800s. 

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 with help from records scanned and preserved at FamilySearch. 

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, vital records, 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 updated Bill genealogy book 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, who was a surgeon and later a member of parliment from Nova Scotia. 

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. Tracing this line required using vital records, military records, and probate records. 

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. This family is also well documented in local histories of Lexington, vital records, and military records. 

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. This is a lineage that goes back to a possible Patrick Lyons of Ireland, and he was a possible Loyalist who left New England for Nova Scotia.

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. I have been unable to find William Younger's ancestors.  

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. Is there a Thompson book on this family? Right now, there are too many possible Thompson families from New Hampshire to know!  

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.  There are many Welch families in Kittery who are probably all related. 

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? Were they originally from New England? 


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

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

"Thoughts on unsing Compiled Genealogy Books" from 2018:


To cite/link to this blog post: Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "My Ancestors in Books: A Compiled Genealogy Bibliography", Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 14, 2018, ( accessed [access date]).