Saturday, May 31, 2014

Surname Saturday ~ CHOATE of Chebacco Parish (now Essex, Massachusetts)


My 9th great grandfather, John Choate, came to Massachusetts as an apprentice of Thomas Low at age 19 years old.  He settled at the Chebacco Parish of Ipswich about 1643.  He bought land from John Andrews on 27 September 1660 paid for “in cattle not over eight years old, in grain English and Indian, and partly in West India goods.”  After this transaction there were many land transactions in the Essex County deeds mentioning John Choate as a buyer, witness or seller.  It was all this land that caused his will to be contested by his heirs after his death. 

Estate of John Choate of Ipswich
Essex Probate Docket # 5348

Know all ye Christian people that I, Sargeant John Choat, of Ipswich in ye County of Essex in New England, being sick in body but of sound mind, do now make my last Will and Testament.
IMPRIMIS. I bequeath my soul to God by the merits of Christ and my body unto decent burial, and then dispose of my worldly estate, which God of his bounty hath given unto me in manner following, viz:
First. I give unto John Choate my eldest son. Half of my pasture where his new dwelling-house stands being about fifteen acres, viz. The said half with all the houses upon it with all stock I formerly possessed him of. Also give him the ploughing field commonly called "White's Field" containing about ten acres. Also I give him one half of my salt marsh at a place called "Thompson's Island" in Ipswich to him and his heirs forever.
Item . I give unto my son Samuel Choate, all that housing and land I bought of Mr. Bishop, where he the said Samuel Choate now lives, reserving only three acres of land within the field of said land for my son Benjamin, and the said Benjamin dying before he comes of age, the said three acres shall revert to Samuel or his heirs.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Joseph all my own living lands and ploughing grounds, and half of the salt marsh I have at "Thompson's Island" only reserving four acres of said half for my son Benjamin and said Benjamin dying before he is of age, said four acres shall revert unto Joseph to him and his heirs. And if the said Benjamin and Joseph shall die before they are of age, then said land and meadow shall be equally divided between the male heirs of my family then surviving.
Item. I have given my daughter Margaret Fitts upwards of three score pounds in current pay of merchants, which I have given her and I do now give and ratify unto her and her heirs as her portion.
Item. I do give and bequeath unto my daughter, Sarah Choate three score pounds in current pay of the merchants and I constitute my dear and beloved wife, Ann Choate, and she shall be my sole executrix and I do give and bequeath unto her all the rest of my estate of money chattels, debts and demands.

In witness whereof I have set my hand set my hand and seal this seventh day of December 1691.

John Choate, Sen.
Signed and sealed before us,
John Wise
Andrew Browne

Objection to the Will
1696-7, March 15, John Chote enters cossion to ye Honoured Judg of probate of wills that whereas I having matter of waight to offer that my fathers Will may not be approbated while I have opportunity to alleadg against it as witness my hand.

John Chote
The heirs of John Choate, Sr., in setting aside his last will, state themselves as follows:
Whereas by the Will of John Choate deceased there are several parcels of lands & estate settled upon John his eldest son & Samuel & Joseph & Benjamin, yet, Thomas notwithstanding what has been given him in a deed of gift is not mentioned, nor confirmed in said will. John accounting his part short of a double portion, the rest not being well satisfied especially Anne, the relict of John Choate. Therefore it is mutually agreed by all said parties, namely Anne the said mother of said children & John, Thomas & Samuel for themselves and said Anne in behalf of herself & Benjamin & Thomas in behalf of himself and as guardian to said Joseph with the said Anne & Joseph & Benjamin consenting for themselves, that the estate given to any of them per deed of said children shall be as follows viz:

The Agreement
Imprimis. That said Anne during her natural life shall have and enjoy all the moveables & estate given her by Will, also the half of all housing her late husband died seized and possessed of, and half the orchard & one third of all tillage land and pasture and meadow ground her said husband died seized and possessed of, and until her son Benjamin come to commence Bachelor of Arts said Anne shall receive of Joseph, after he comes of age, one half of the income or produce of the other two thirds for to help bring up said Benjamin to and at the said College to the time prefixed, but if he die before then the said widow to have only the use of her half of the house and half of the barn and half the orchard and one third part of said tillage land, pasture and meadow ground & the said widow shall have the use of the whole, that is to say, the other two thirds till Joseph comes of age, that said estate shall be paid to Benjamin's guardian, that he shall choose for bringing him up as aforesaid, and if Anne die before Benjamin comes of age, the said Joseph shall pay six pounds current money yearly, until said Benjamin commence Bachelor of Arts or might have done, if he had remained at the University as before to his guardian.
Item. It is agreed that what said Anne hath in her hands undisposed of: her son John shall have a double part and all the rest of her sons equal parts, and it is agreed if any land be sold for the bringing up of Benjamin, it shall be the ten acres, or part of it, that is the pasture land lying betwixt Capt. Goodhues land and John Choate's land said John Choate shall have it giving as much as another will give, and if the said land be sold as aforesaid then Joseph shall have Benjamin's land given him by will except the three acres reserved for Samuel as his deed mentions.
Further it is mutually agreed that the said John Choate, the eldest son of John Choate, deceased, shall have all the housing and lands and stock given by deed of gift and confirmed by will without any right of dowry.
Further, it is mutually agreed that Samuel Choate shall have all the housing and lands & stock given him by deed of gift & (note) without any right of dowry.
Further, it is mutually agreed that Thomas Choate shall have all the housing and lands given him by deed of gift and not confirmed by Will without any right of dowry.
Further is mutually agreed that Joseph during his brother's life, and his brother Benjamin's education, as before mentioned, when he comes of age and after he comes of age during his mother's life & during his brother's education, as before inserted, shall have and enjoy all the housing lands and meadows as by his father's Will and afterwards forever.
Further - it is mutually agreed that Benjamin shall receive the yearly income of his brother Joseph's land till he comes of age, and other payments as before inserted until he Commences Bachelor of Arts or might have done it, if he remained at his learning, and the land given him by his father's will may be sold for the bringing to and at the College if need be, and if Joseph or Benjamin or both decease before they come of age of twenty one years, and land that shall then remain unsold shall be divided to the brothers viz: To John a double, and to each other male heir of said Choate's children a single share and if sold to have it forever.
It is further agreed and each doth for themselves and in behalf forever a quit claim make each other, and their respective heirs and assigns of all the estate real and personal of said John Choate, deceased estate, giving and granting to each the respective share inserted to have and to hold to them as it is prefixed to them without let or hindrance, molestation or interruption, suit or demand of us ourselves, our heirs, executors, administrators or assigns.
In Testimony hereof we have affixed our hands and seals this 14th day of May Anno Domino 1697.

Anne Choate (seal)
John Choate (seal)
Samuel Choate (seal)
Thomas Choate (seal)
Anne Choate (seal)
as guardian for Joseph & Benjamin Choate

For more information:
The Choates in America: John Choate and His Descendants, 1643-1896, by E.O. Jameson, Boston, 1896.

My Choate genealogy:

Generation 1:  John Choate, born about 1624 in Groton, Boxford, Colchester, England, died 4 December 1695 in Ipswich, Massachusetts; married about 1660 to Ann Unknown.  She died 16 February 1727 in Ipswich.  Eight children.

Lineage A:

Generation 2: Thomas Choate, born about 1671, died 31 March 1745 in Ipswich; married about 1690 in Ipswich to Mary Varney, daughter of Thomas Varney and Abigail Proctor.  She was born in 1669 and died 19 November 1733 in Ipswich.  Thomas Choate married second to Mary Ayer and third to Hannah Burnham. 

Generation 3:  Anne Choate, born 22 May 1691 in Ipswich, died 15 August 1739 in Ipswich; married on 21 October 1710 in Ipswich to John Burnham, son of John Burnham and Sarah Graves.  He was born about 1685 and died 24 November 1749 in Ipswich.  He was also married to Elizabeth Porter.

Generation 4: Jeremiah Burnham m. Abigail Andrews.
Generation 5: Abigail Burnham m.  Isaac Allen
Generation 6: Joseph Allen m. Judith Burnham
Generation 7: Joseph Allen m. Orpha Andrews
Generation 8: Joseph Gilman Allen m. Sarah Burnham Mears
Generation 9: Joseph Elmer Allen m. Carrie Maude Batchelder
Generation 10: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)

Linage B:

Generation 1: Sarah Choate, born about 1672, died June 1746; married on 13 April 1693 in Ipswich to John Burnham, son of John Burnham and Elizabeth Wells.  He was born 8 April 1671 in Ipswich and died in October 1706 in Ipswich.  Eleven children.

Generation 2: John Burnham m. Rachel Smith
Generation 3: Dorothy Burnham m. Abner Poland
Generation 4: Abner Poland m. Sarah Burnham
Generation 5: Sally Poland m. Henry Burnham
Generation 6: Sarah Ann Burnham m. Samuel Mears
Generation 7: Sarah Burnham Mears m. Joseph Gilman Allen
Generation 8: Joseph Elmer Allen m. Carrie Maude Batchelder
Generation 9: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

On Hiatus (Sort of!)

This is my desktop computer.
Sad, isn't it?
It is living in the corner of my bedroom,
disassembled, tangled, abandoned
until my new office is ready.

For the next week or two there will be no posts from me except for updates live from the Southern California Genealogy Society 2014 Jamboree next weekend, and a few pre-published Tombstone Tuesday and Surname Saturday posts.  We had to take the desktop computer apart (again!  after moving it twice!) while my new office is being constructed.  Please be patient! Nutfield Genealogy will be up and running again soon, and I'll post a photo of my new office!


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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Weathervane Wednesday ~ An Elegant Horse

Weathervane Wednesday is an on-going series of photographs I post weekly, usually of weather vanes in the Nutfield, New Hampshire area, but sometimes they can be from anywhere. Occasionally they are elsewhere in New England, or very historical weather vanes from far away. Sometimes my weather vanes are whimsical, but all are interesting. Often, my readers tip me off to some very unique and unusual weathervanes, too!  Today's weathervane was photographed in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Do you know the location of weather vane #157? Scroll down to the bottom to see the answer!

Today's weather vane was photographed at the Frye's Measure Mill in Wilton, New Hampshire.  This is one of my favorite, hidden spots in the Granite State.  It is a step back in time to the days when we measured things in bushels, pecks and gills.  A "measure" was a wooden container used to dole out, or collect, or store grains, foodstuffs, or other items.  The "measure mill" was a water powered building where pulleys and gears worked mechanical saws, lathes and equipment that made the wooden measures. You can tour the working measure mill here and visit the gift shop where the wooden measures, shaker boxes and other wooden items are still sold.  

The weather vane is a two dimensional running horse.  It's a very traditional vane for a very old fashioned and historic building.  The measure mill dates from about 1858.  

A previous blog post about this measure mill....

Frye's Measure Mill website   

Click here to see the entire collection of Weathervane Wednesday posts! 

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday ~ William Frederick Munroe, 1912, Peabody, Massachusetts

This tombstone was photographed at the Monumental Cemetery, Peabody, Massachusetts

1864 - 1912
1868 - 1939

William Frederick Munroe is my first cousin three generations removed.  His father, William Calvin Munroe (1833 - 1891) is the brother of my 2nd great grandmother, Phebe Cross (Munroe) Wilkinson.  William Frederick was born 31 March 1864 in Peabody, and died 10 June 1912 in Peabody.  He married Clara Bailey Mansfield on 2 June 1892 in Salem, Massachusetts.  She was the daughter of Edward Gelen Mansfield and Rebecca Stacey Breed, born 14 September 1868 in Wakefield, Massachusetts, died 25 March 1939 in Peabody.  William and Clara had nine children.

from Municipal History of Essex County in Massachusetts by Benjamin F. Arrington, Volume III, New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1922, page 137-138:

"William Frederick Munroe, son of William Calvin Munroe and his first wife, Adeline B. (Jones) Munroe, was born in Peabody, Massachusetts, March 31, 1864, there spent his life in honorable usefulness and died June 10, 1912.  He was educated in Peabody schools, and the Bryant and Stratton Business College, then began his business career with his father, founder of the express business which was son long known as the Munroe and Arnold Express Company.  At the death of his father, William C. Munroe, he succeeded him as head of the business and conducted it for the benefit of the Arnold estate.  In 1904 the Munroe and Arnold Express Company bought the old established express business of David Merritt, and in 1905 acquired the J. H.  Moulton Express Company of Salem, and both those companies were merged with the Munroe and Arnold Express company.  On September 1, 1905, the business was incorporated under the Massachusetts laws as the Munroe-Arnold-Merritt Express Company, William F. Munroe president, a position he held until his passing seven years later.
In civic affairs Mr. Munroe was the interested patriotic citizen.  In politics a Republican, he served as member of the party town committee for ten years; in 1896 was elected a trustee of Peabody Institute; member of the School Committee and chairman of the board until his death; and in 1910 represented Peabody in the Massachusetts Legislature.  He was held in the highest esteem by his townsmen, and at the spring election preceding his death he was re-elected to the School Committee to serve threee years.  He was a director of the Warren Five Cents Savings Bank, a member of the Investment Committee, and deeply interested in these duties as he was in all the business and other organizations with which he was connected.  He was a Master Mason of Jordan Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; a companion of Washington chapter, Royal Arch Masons; a sir kight of Winslow Lewis Commandery, Knights Templar, all of Salem; past noble grand of Holten Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; a member of Abbott council, Order of United American Mechanics; Peabody Board of Trade; Danvers Gold Club; Colonial Club of Salem; and was active in the affairs of the Universalist church.
Mr. Munroe married, June 2, 1892, Clara Bailey Mansfield, born in Wakefield, Massachusetts, September 14, 1869, daughter of Edward Galen and Rebecca Stacey (Breed) Mansfield, born January 15, 1841, died June 8, 1889, was a daughter of Captain Hubbard Breed an old time deep water master of ships.  Edward Mansfield was born April 14, 1813.  Clara (Bailey) Mansfield was born September 15, 1868.  Nine children were born to William F. and Clara Bailey (Mansfield) Munroe, sevn in Peabody and two in Salem.  1. Eleanor Vinton, born March 26, 1893, died October 18, 1897.  2. Ruth, born June 15, 1894, a graduate of the Massachusetts State Normal School at Framingham, 1915; married January 15, 1916, Charles H. Wentworh, and has two daughters Clara Munroe, born January 15, 1917, and Viginia Alan, born June 23, 1920.  3.  Alice Hubbard, born November 11, 1895, a graduate of Burdett College, class of 1915; married June 26, 1920, Samuel Oliver King.  4. Marjorie, born November 27, 1898, married February 9, 1915, Ralph K. Raymond, and has two children; John Munroe, born 19 July 1916, and Eleanor Wilson, born November 11, 1918.  5. Allen Breed, born March 11, 1900; he entered the United States service in March 1918, and was honorably discharged in September 1919.  he was in training at the United States Radio Station in Cambridge, Massachusetts, prior to entering the service, being in teh navy.  He crossed the ocean three times and saw active service.  Since the war he attended Eastern Radio Institute at Boston, Massachusetts, as a student, is now a radio operator, first class, and has again crossed the ocean three times.  6. William Calvin, born May 20 , 1902, a  student at Brown University, class of 1923.  7.  Edward Mansfield, born March 9, 1904, a student at high school.  8. John Vinton, born August 6, 1905, a student at high school.   9. Frederick Galen, born July 4, 1910.  The family home was in Peabody, but a summer home was maintained in Salem many years.  Mrs. Clara Bailey (Mansfield) survives her husband, and continues her residence in Peabody, Massachusetts at No. 25 Orchard Street."


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Monday, May 26, 2014

2014 Memorial Day Honor Roll Project Contributions

World War II Honor Roll, Concord, NH

The Honor Roll project collects transcriptions of the names of the veterans on military honor rolls seen in parks, schools, public buildings, books and other places all over the USA and abroad.  You can read the complete list at this link:

Or you can see them at this Pinterest board

Twice a year, for Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day, genealogy bloggers photograph and transcribe these honor rolls, and publish them on the internet.   The act of transcribing these names makes them available to be found by search engines such as Google, Mocavo and others.  Family members searching for genealogical or military information on relatives, ancestors or friends will be able to see the honor rolls, read the names, and learn about their family’s military history.

It is a simple, easy project.  However, it brings unexpected joy to searchers who did not know their ancestors were in the military, or did not know the specific military history, or sometimes they did not even know the town where their ancestors lived.  Seeing their family member’s name on an honor roll can be the beginning of finding more genealogy data, military records and historical information.

Eventually I would like to see this list of honor roll transcriptions on a new website.  Any volunteers for this project?

Here are this year’s contributions  (in no particular order):

Rodney Cemetery Cenotaph, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada

Abington, Rockland and Whitman, Massachusetts at the Dyer Memorial Library Honor Roll, French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, Spanish American War, contributed by librarian Merlyn Liberty

Willamette National Cemetery, Oregon, Korean War, contributed by Theresa Keough

Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Vietnam, contributed by Charlie Purvis

Lowell, Massachusetts ~ Civil War Soldiers and Sailors mustered out of Lowell, a transcription project by the Lowell Genealogy Club (thanks for the heads up from Barbara Poole)

Pocahontas, Virginia, World War II, Vietnam and Korea, contributed by Paula Williams

Horry County, South Carolina, Vietnam Honor Roll, contributed by Cheri Hudson Passey 

Polk County, Nebraska, Vietnam Honor Roll, contributed by Beth Sparrow

Military Honor Roll, Mercer County, Ohio, contributed by Karen Miller Bennett

Person County, North Carolina, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam, contributed by Judith Richards Shubert (she was VERY busy transcribing all these names!)  

Kittery, Maine, Civil War, contributed by Steve Dow 

Wallingford, Connecticut, Civil War, contributed by John Tew

Memorial Park, Frederick, Maryland, World War I contributed by Denise Coughlin

Concord, New Hampshire, World War II, Korea and Vietnam, contributed by Heather Rojo

Lime Creek Cemetery Civil War Memorial, Lime Creek, Lenawee County, Michigan, contributed by Carol A. Bowen Stevens

Center Moriches, Suffolk County (Long Island), New York, World War I and World War II, contributed by Jane E. Wilcox

Shrewsbury, Massachusetts Civil War, contributed by Polly Kimmett
also see this link

Woodbridge, New Jersey, World War II, contributed by Judy Russell

Oakridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois, Korean War Memorial contributed by Julie Cahill Tarr

Bisbee, Arizona, World War II, contributed by Julie Cahill Tarr

A supreme effort of transcription!
Brockton, Massachusetts, City Hall Honor Rolls of the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Firemen, Volunteers, and more, contributed by David McRae

Another wonderful blogger! Barbara Poole has 21 different blog posts with Honor Roll transcriptions.
Here are all her blog post links:

Westford, Massachusetts- Colonial Wars, 1812, Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I  

Westford, Massachusetts, Korea and Vietnam

Westford, Massachusetts, World War II

Concord, Massachusetts, Civil War  

Concord, Massachusetts, World War I

Watertown, Massachusetts, World War I and World War II

Watertown, Massachusetts, World War II

Amherst, New Hampshire, World War I

Acton, Massachusetts, Spanish American War

Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, World War I and World War II

Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Revolutionary War

Chelmsford, Massachusetts, World War I

Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Vietnam

Rockport, Massachusetts, World War I and World War II

Bedford, Massachusetts, World War I

Simsbury, Connecticut, Revolutionary War  

Sunapee, New Hampshire, World War II  

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Concord, New Hampshire Military Honor Roll- World War II, Korea and Vietnam

This military honor roll is located on the lawn of the New Hampshire State Capitol Building in Concord, New Hampshire.  The names have been transcribed to make it easier for descendants, family and friends to find them on the internet.  Twice a year, for Memorial Day and for Veteran's Day, genealogy bloggers photograph and transcribe these honor rolls and publish them on the internet.


Everett P. Abar
Earl K. Allen
John W. Angwin
William P. Anton
Stanley W. Ash
Bradley L. Baker, Jr.
Robert R. Bean
Arthur E. Beauchaine, Jr.
Evert C. Benson
Lawrence E. Blodgett
Alvin E. Boggis
Clyde Bolton
John D. Boudreau
Edward H. Brook, Jr.
Frank R. Browning, Jr.
Lawrence S. Cailler
Albert W. Chase
Arvin B. Colby
Alston P. Couch
Leo J. Cournoyer
Alphonse P. DiCicco
Kenneth B. Drew
Marcel DuPont
Nelson J. Dyer
Stanley E. Ekstrom
Royal G. Ford
Joseph E. Forest
Guy W. Gowen
Robert B. Griffith
Gerald M. Hall
Leigh S. Hall, Jr.
Winthrop L. Hartshorn
Daniel F. Hayes
Francis X. Keane
F. Hamilton Kibbee
Daniel F. King
John W. Madden
Charles A. Manchester, Jr.

1941  WORLD WAR II  1945
1950  KOREA  1953
1958  VIETNAM  1975

NOVEMBER 11, 1953

Ronald D. Roach
Everett P. Runnells
Thomas J. Saltmarsh
Michael J. Saunders
Gerald C. Seybold
Douglas E. Stover
Allan F. Sullivan
Gary C. Towle
Arthur E. Demers, Jr.
Philip G. Desmarais
William R. Douilllette, Jr.
Edward F. Eratus
Ronald E. Olson
Kenneth W. Orton, Jr.
Ernest G. Path
Wayne T. Provencher


[World War II Continued]

John R. McCauley
Russell B. McGirr
Arhtur R. McKay
John A. Minichiello
Cylde L. Morrill
Robert M. Mullen
Arnold B. Murphy
Raymond A. Nantelle
Robert A. Ouellette
Leighton G. Paige
Raymond J. Paveglio
Leonard W. Peirce
Thomas M. Pitts
Leroy H. Pratz
Arhtur L. Racine
Robert W. Reed
Robert F. Rogers
Libero V. Rufo
Edward J. Ryan
Walter H. Sargent
Joseph F. Shepard
Raymond H. Stevens
William K. Stevens
J. Byron Stewart
James E. Taylor
Chester E. Tippett
Benjamin R. Toland
Maurice A. Venne
Carol E. Whittier
William Wong

Kenneth M. Brown
Gordon R. LeMay
Leon H. Lapointe
Earney A. Mayo, Jr.
Norman A. Riddle
Joseph W. Troy
Leigh M. Wentworth, Jr.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Surname Saturday ~ ANDREWS of Essex, Massachusetts (Ipswich’s Chebacco Parish)

Ipswich, Massachusetts town seal
(see the story below for an explanation)


Here is another ancestor from whom I descend from three sons.  It is a tangled lineage (scroll to the bottom for genealogy information.

Lieutenant John Andrews was born about 1620 in England.  His parentage is unknown.  Also, there are many Andrews families in Ipswich in the 1600s, and it is unknown if Lt. John was related to Captain Robert Andrews.   He was granted 8 acres of land for his service during the Pequot War in 1637.  He lived “in the part of Ipswich which in 1679 was organized as Chebacco Parish and in 1819 incorporated as the town of Essex, Mass.” [NEHGS Register, Volume 70 (1916) page 103]

Lt. John Andrews was a house carpenter and farmer by trade, and also served in several town offices.  He also participated in the unusual Ipswich tax rebellion of 1687.  “…the inhabitants of Ipswich in 1687 resisted the order of Sir Edmund Andros [no relation] and his council for levying a tax on the King’s subjects… John Andrews was at that time chairman of the selectmen of Ipswich, and John Appleton was town clerk.  They, with John Wise, the minister, and others, called a meeting, at which the command of the Governor to choose a commissioner to assist in assessing the tax was discussed; and at the town meeting the next day (23 Aug.) the town considered that by the laws of England it was enacted “that no Taxes should be Levied upon the Subjects without consent of an Assembly chosen by the Freeholders.”  For this act of the town Mr. Wise, John Andrews, John Appleton, William Goodhue, Robert Kinsman, and Thomas French were arrested, brought before the court at Boston, and tried.. [and found guilty]  This act of resistance has been called “the foundation of American Democracy” and was the beginning of those events which eighty-eight years later culminated in the Revolutionary War.  It is commemorated in the seal of the town of Ipswich, which bears the motto “The Birthplace of American Independence 1687” [NEGHS Register, Volume 70 (1916), page 103]

Of all the men mentioned above, I descend from Lt. John Andrews, William Goodhue and Robert Kinsman.  I also descend from John Proctor of Ipswich, who was hung as a witch in 1692.  Lt. John Andrews and his four sons, along with many Ipswich men, signed a petition in support of John Proctor and his wife during their trials in Salem.  The petition was unsuccessful, and John Proctor was hung, although his wife escaped execution because she was pregnant.

Of John Andrews’ four sons, I descend from William, Thomas and Joseph.

Generation 1:  John Andrews, born about 1620 in England, died 20 April 1708 in the Chebacco Parish; married about 1645 to Jane Jordan, daughter of Stephen Jordan and Susannah Unknown.  She was born about 1622 in England and died after 1705 in the Chebacco Parish.  Five children.

Lineage A:

Generation 2: William Andrews, born 1649 in the Chebacco Parish, died 7 February 1716/7 in the Chebacco Parish; married on 20 October 1672 in Ipswich to Margaret Woodward, daughter of Ezekiel Woodward and Anne Beamsley.  She was born 24 February 1655 in Boston and died 22 May 1716 in Scarborough, Maine.  Twelve children.

Generation 3: John Andrews, born 2 February 1676 in Ipswich, died 25 March 1753 in the Chebacco Parish; married on 11 January 1706 in Ipswich to Elizabeth Story, daughter of Seth Story and Elizabeth Cross.

Generation 4: Abigail Andrews married 2 December 1736 in Ipswich to Jeremiah Burnham, son of John Burnham and Ann Choate.

Generation 5: Abigail Burnham m. Isaac Allen
Generation 6: Joseph Allen m. Judith Burnham
Generation 7: Joseph Allen m. Orpha Andrews (see below)
Generation 8: Joseph Gilman Allen m. Sarah Burnham Mears
Generation 9: Joseph Elmer Allen m. Carrie Maud Batchelder
Generation 10: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)

Lineage B:

Generation 2: Thomas Andrews, born about 1654 in the Chebacco Parish, died 22 March 1718/9 in the Chebacco Parish; married on 9 February 1681 to Mary Belcher, daughter of Jeremiah Belcher and Mary Lockwood.  She was born 21 July 1660 and died on 31 March 1731 in Ipswich.

Generation 3: Thomas Andrews, born 1682 in Ipswich, died 13 February 1746 in Ipswich; married on 8 April 1711 in Ipswich to Mary Smith, daughter of John Smith and Elizabeth Unknown.  She was born 27 September 1685 in Ipswich, and died 31 March 1731 in Ipswich.  Thomas Andrews married second to Rebecca Cole.

Generation 4: Mary Andrews, born about 1712 in Ipswich; married on 16 August 1735 in Ipswich to Stephen Burnham, son of Thomas Burnham and Susannah Boardman.  He was born about 1715 and died 1790 in Milford, New Hampshire. Thirteen children.

Generation 5: Colonel Joshua Burnham m. Jemima Wyman
Generation 6: Jemima Burnham m. Romanus Emerson
Generation 7: George Emerson m. Mary Esther Younger
Generation 8: Mary Katharine Emerson m. George E. Batchelder
Generation 9: Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 10: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)

Lineage C:

Generation 2: Joseph Andrews, born 1657 in the Chebacco Parish, died between 13 February and 5 March 1724/5 in the Chebacco Parish; married on 16 February 1680/1 in the Chebacco Parish to Sarah Ring, daughter of Daniel Ring/Rindge and Mary Kinsman.  She was born 17 August 1659 in Ipswich and died after 1714.

Generation 3: John Andrews, born 1 June 1691 in the Chebacco Parish, died October 1762 in the Chebacco Parish; married on 6 December 1716 in Gloucester to Elizabeth Wallis, daughter of James Wallis and Martha Stanford.  She was born about 25 February 1694 in Beverly, died before 7 November 1757 in Ipswich.  John married second to Margaret Crafts on 7 November 1757.

Generation 4: John Andrews, born 1717, died 3 May 1779 in Ipswich; married on 1 March 1747/8 in Ipswich to Martha Cogswell, daughter of John Cogswell and Sarah Brown.  She was born 1 January 1719 in the Chebacco Parish, and died 23 December 1809 in Ipswich.  John had been previously married to Mary Burnham on 5 January 1741/2.

Generation 5: James Andrews, born 13 November 1763 in the Chebacco Parish, died 19 October 1857; married on 15 July 1788 in Ipswich to Lucy Presson, daughter of William Presson and Abigail Sargent.  She was born in May 1763 in Gloucester and died 5 September 1852 in Essex, Massachusetts. Ten chlldren.

Generation 6:  Orpha Andrews, born 3 February 1804 in the Chebacco Parish, died 20 April 1869 in Peabody, Massachusetts; married on 28 October 1824 in Essex to Joseph Allen, son of Joseph Allen and Judith Burnham.  He was born 31 July 1801 in the Chebacco Parish, and died 2 August 1894 in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Generation 7: Joseph Gilman Allen m. Sarah Burnham Mears (see above)

For more information on Lt. John Andrews:

The Descendants of Lieut. John Andrews of Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts by Betty Andrews Storey, 2009 on CD ROM

New England Historic Genealogical Society Register, Volume 70 (1916), page 102-103

The Will of Lieut. John Andrews
" In the name of God, Amen, in the thirteenth Day of March one Thousand Seven Hundred adn five, I John Androse, Senior of Sebacco in Ipswich of ye Countie of Essex within ye province of Massachusetts being in New england yeoman being at this time of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto god; But calling unto mind ye mortallity of my body and knowing yt it is appointe for men once to Dye. Do make and ordine This my Last will and Testament-that is to say principally and first of all. I give and Recommend My Soul is not yet in the handes of god yet give it and my body I Recommend to ye Earth, to be Buried in decent Christian Burial at ye Descression of my Executors; nothing Doubting but At ye Genneral Resserection I shall receive ye same againe by ye mighty power of god, and As touching Such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased god to bless me in this Life. I give Demise and Dispose of ye same in the following manner and forme.
Imprimis. I give and bequeath unto my Eldest Son Jn Androse ye sum of five shillings to be levied out of my Estate adn paid by my executor unto him after my Desease allso Confirming to him what I have alred given him by Deed of Gifte. -
Item. I give adn bequeath to my second son William Androuse one fourthe part of my whole esstate both land or march which I have not allred given away by Deed of gift and allso al my moveable Estate according to a true Inventory threof taken. What shall Remaine to be clear Estate after my funeral Expenses and just Debts are paid, I freely give my Son William androse one fourth part there of only I do herebyu oblige him to pay one fourth part of ye charges of maintaning my Wife So long as Shje shall live after my Decease and when it shall please god to take her Away by Death I do hereby oblige him to pay one fourth part of ye charges of a decent funerall unto her.
Item I give adn bequeathe to my Son Thomas androse one fourth part of my whole Estate both lands or marsh and al other Estate which shall be cleare according to inventory after my funerqall expenses and just Debts are paid onely I do Here by oblige him to Pay one fourth part of ye charges in maintaining my wife so long as she shall live after my Decease and to pay one fourth part of ye charges of Her funerall when God shall please to take her away by Death.
Item. I given and bequeth unto Elizabeth my Daughter wife of James Giddinge one fourth part of my whole Estate both Real and personal as landes marsh or any other Estate according to inventory as shal appear to be clear after my funerall expenses and just Debts Are paid onely I oblige her to pay one fourth part of ye charges for maintaining my funerall expenses and just Debts Are paid onely I oblige her to pay one fourth part of ye charges fo maintaining my Wife So long as she shall live after my Decese and to pay one fourth part of ye charges of her funerall when god shall please to Deprive her of her Naturall lifed allso, I do hereby order and Desire yt my Wife shall Dwell with my Daughter Elizabeth giddinge after my Decease so long as she lives; (further more I do hereby order ordaine and appoint my Trusty friend William Gidding of Sebacco Cordwinder to be my soule executor of this my Last Will and Tesstamernt. ) and I Do hereby utterly Disallow Revok and Disanull all and Everry other former testaments Willes legacyes and bequestes adn executors by me in any wayes before named Willed and bequeathed Ratifying and confirming this and no other be my last Will and testaments in Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seale by Day and year above written."
John Andrews "Signed Sealed published pronounced and declared by ye same Jn Androsuse Seniour as his Last Will and testament in ye presentes of us subscribers.
Witnesses: Nathaniel Goodhue, Job Giddings, Solomon Giddings
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Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Manchester Millyard ... the Biggest Permanent Lego Installation in the World!

The basement of 200 Bedford Street in Manchester, New Hampshire houses the Millyard Museum operated by the Manchester Historic Association.  If you are a local history buff there is another sight in the same building you don't want to miss.  The SEE Science Center is located on the fourth floor, a family space for exploring science and engineering.  Inside the SEE is the world's largest permanent Lego installation representing a huge version of Manchester's Amoskeag Millyard.  This Lego project was made out of over three million Lego bricks by a force of volunteers over several years, 2004 to 2006.  All the bricks are regular Legos that are available to anyone, none were specially made for the project.

Workers leaving the Amoskeag main gate

The Lego Millyard Project portrays the year 1900, complete with buildings, bridges and canals that no longer exist.  The mini Manchester also has over 8,000 mini figures, all in appropriate costume representing millworkers, towns people, construction crews, pedestrians and other characters. If you look carefully you will see many little stories being played out in the scene.  I found robbers breaking into a bank, a politician paying off two cops in an alleyway, a mill worker with a broom chasing a rat in the weaving room, and a barbershop quartet.  If you go to visit, tell me what other little jokes and stories you see in the Lego Millyard.

Manchester City Hall

I was told that if all the Lego bricks in this project were lined up, they would reach from Manchester to Boston and all the way back!  That is a distance of about 55 miles each way.

This historic bridge must have taken a lot of engineering to replicate in Lego bricks!
At its peak the Amoskeag Millyard in Manchester employed over 17,000 people and was the largest millyard in the world.  The millyard started in 1826 with the Bell Mill producing textiles, and was expanded with more manufacturing, boarding houses, stores and canals.  The Merrimack River supplied the power for everything, as trains brought in the raw cotton and wool and left with finished cloth and textiles.  The water power ran the looms, foundries and machine shops. On Christmas Eve 1935 the Amoskeag Manufacturing company declared bankruptcy and closed its doors, plunging the city into the darkest days of the depression.

Rows of boarding houses behind the manufacturing mills

Today the millyard is used by local businesses, universities, radio and television stations, restaurants, offices and even luxury condominiums and apartments. One of the entrepreneurs who based his business here was Dean Kamen.  The SEE museum was founded by Kamen, and his additional connections with the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) organization, the Lego company and with hundreds of volunteers led to the creation of the Lego Millyard Project.  You may know Dean Kamen as the inventor of the Segway, and the creator of many medical devices and water purification units that have changed the lives of people around the world.

These coalyards, smokestacks and train station are no longer standing in Manchester. 

Pine Island Park is no longer an amusement park on the trolley line,
but it exists today as city parkland on the banks of the Merrimack River.
Tiny Lego millworkers and their families enjoy the parks
and open air markets in this miniature version of Manchester. 

This mill has open sides so you can see the millworkers at work in the weaving and spinning rooms

If you look closely you might see a familiar scene replicated here in Lego bricks.
This famous photo shows the largest American Flag ever made
at the Amoskeag Mills in 1914

This book is available in the giftshop
of the SEE museum, and it describes the 
entire Lego Millyard Project with stories
and photographs. 

The Lego Millyard Project

A video tour of the Lego Millyard Project


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