Friday, July 15, 2011

Caroline Wilkinson, Simmons College Class of 1907

Caroline May Wilkinson
Candidate for a degree
Born at Laconia, New Hampshire, December 7, 1883
Attended Laconia High School
Address:  Laconia, New Hampshire
"As merry as the day is long"

Caroline loves all library work,
Its methods she's made her own.
She catalogs and classifies and verifies each tome;
She enters noes on neat P. slips,
Sher arranges them by sub-heads;
And then, to make them seem more real,
She gives them a title page.

What a treasure trove can be found in college and university records!  My own daughter graduated twice from Simmons College in Boston.  I knew that Caroline May Wilkinson had graduated from Simmons with a library degree.  It is still one of the top schools in the North East for Library and Information Science.  The archivist at the Simmons library found these pages from the 1907 Simmons Yearbook and mailed them to me.  Have you tried looking for school records for your ancestors?

Wilkinson Genealogy

Generation 1: Samuel Wilkinson, born about 1722 and died about 1795 in Deerfield or Epping, New Hampshire.  He was a Revolutionary War soldier under Brigadier General John Glover.  A deed with his name was found in the Rockingham County records dated 1796. He is a possible son or relative of Thomas Wilkinson (abt 1690 - before 1739) of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Generation 2: Benning Wilkinson, born about 1764 "of Epping", and died 20 October 1851 in Center Harbor, New Hampshire; married on 4 December 1786 in Northwood, New Hampshire to Deborah Langley, born 17 July 1765 in Nottingham, New Hampshire, died 20 August 1845 in Center Harbor. Benning also served in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.  Twelve Children.

Generation 3. Bradbury Wilkinson, born 19 April 1793 in Allenstown, New Hampshire, and died 22 November 1851 in Campton, New Hampshire; married on 23 January 1820 in New Hampton, New Hampshire to Hannah Huckins, daughter of James Huckins and Dorcas Bickford, born 22 January 1796 in New Hampton, and died 17 February 1882 in Plymouth, New Hampshire.  Six children.

Generation 4. George Henry Wilkinson, born 26 May 1837 in Campton, died 3 May 1899 in Laconia; married first to Mary A. Wilkinson, daughter of Jacob R. Wilkinson and Leah A. Rundlett, his first cousin, on 29 November 1862 in Gilford, New Hampshire.  No children.  Married second to Elizabeth A. Tyler, daughter of James Tyler and Clara Damon, on 28 October 1878 in Laconia.  She was born on 23 April 1846 in Canaan, New Hampshire, and died on 14 October 1912 in Laconia.  George and Elizabeth had four children.

Generation 5. Caroline May Wilkinson, born 7 December 1884 in Laconia, died 30 June 1973 in Brockton, Massachusetts; married on 31 March 1913 in Newton, Massachusetts to William I. Carleton, son of Harvey Percy Carleton and Annie Barker McIntire.  He had a filling station in East Bridgewater, and  the family resided at 44 Plymouth Street.  Two children: Harvey W. and David T.  


Notes of the Wilkinson Family, by Mrs. B. J. Wilkinson, 1940, from the Tuck Library, New Hampshire Historical Society

Simmons College Senior Book 1907, Simmons College Archives, 300 The Fenway, Boston, Massachusetts

Copyright 2011, Heather Wilkinson Rojo


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  2. I'm an M.S. from Simmons too (not class of '07), some ninety years later.