Thursday, July 30, 2015

August 2015 Genealogy and Local Events Calendar

August 1, Saturday and August 2, Sunday, 9am – 5pm  17th Century Encampment, an outdoor interpretive weekend at Colonial Pemaquid in Maine.  Re-enactors showcase civilian and military life with equipment, crafts, cooking, games, etc.  Sponsored jointly by the Friends of Colonial Pemaquid and the State of Maine.

August 1, Saturday, 1pm, Discover Mount Auburn – A Walking Tour, at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. A 1.5 mile walking tour will focus on the history, monuments and lives of those buried here. Register online at this link:   This tour will be repeated September 5th.
August 1, Saturday, 10am  Walking Tour: Abolitionists in Lowell, a 90 minute walking tour of Lowell with Bob Forrant, Professor of History at UMass Lowell. Free to the public.  Meet at the Lowell National Historic Park Visitor Center in Lowell, Massachusetts.

August 1, Saturday, 11am – 3pm, 17th Century Saturday, at the Ipswich Museum, Ipswich, Massachusetts,  The 1677 Whipple House, reproduction Alexander Knight House, and the Heard House will be open for tours.  Spinner Leslie Wind and friends will hold a spinning demonstration on the lawn of the Whipple House.  $15 tour of three houses, $10 for a tour of one house.

August 1 and 2, Saturday and Sunday, Redcoats and Rebels, At Sturbridge Village Museum, Sturbridge, Massachusetts.  This is the largest military re-enactment in New England with nearly 1,000 soldiers playing British, Irish, Spanish, Scottish, French and Colonial troops. Events and activities including extended hours until 8pm are all listed at this link:

August 2, Sunday, 2:30 and again at 4pm, Stamp Act Reenactment - 250th Anniversary, at the Boston National Historical Park, Boston, Massachusetts, visitors can join Park Rangers and recreate a Town Meeting set in 1765.  Free to the public.  

August 3, Monday, 9:30am to 4:30pm  Tracing Your Essex Ancestors, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts, $35.  Join Neil Wiffen and Allyson Lewis from the Essex Record Office in the UK to learn how to explore your English roots.  A full day workshop that will include lectures, a deomonstration of the website Essex Ancestors, and a special display of original records.  The NEHGS library and archives will not be open for research during this event.  Please pre-register at 617-226-1226. 

August 3, Monday, A Visit with Queen Victoria, at the Meredith Public Library, 91 Main Street, Meredith, New Hampshire, contact 603-279-4617 for more information. Free to the public. Sally Mummey performs this living history in proper 19th century clothing resplendent with Royal Orders.

August 3, Monday, 7pm, Beginner Genealogy Classes - Class 2: Records and Resources, at the Londonderry Historical Society, Parmenter Barn, 140 Pillsbury Road, Londonderry, New Hampshire, taught by certified genealogist Amylynne Murphy, register at or call 603-820-6706.  $20 per class, $50 for all 4 classes (July 27, August 3, August 10, and August 17th).  Proceeds to benefit the Londonderry Historical Society.

August 4, Tuesday, 6:30pm, Historic Broadway, Beverly, Massachusetts, sponsored by the Beverly Historic Society, Beverly, Massachusetts, walk this architecturally significant street in Beverly with local historian Ed Brown.  Meet at the corner of Cabot and Broadway in Beverly.  $5 non members, free for members. 

August 4, Tuesday, 1pm,  The Records of the Essex, England, Records Office, at the National Archives Boston facility at 380 Trapelo Road, Waltham, Massachusetts.  Essex, England archivists Allyson Lewis and Neil Wiffens will demonstrate their new webpage, and how to begin research with their online collection.  FREE to the public, please register at the reference desk 1-866-406-2379 or by email to

August 6, Friday, Noon, Lunch and Learn:  The Yale Indian Papers Project, at Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Free to members, $8 non-members, bring or buy a lunch and learn about the cultural significance and potential historical impact of the Indian Papers Project.  Click here to register:   Click here for the Indian Papers Project 

August 6, Thursday, 6pm, Shipwrecks of the North Shore, sponsored by the Beverly, Massachusetts Historical Society.  Join noted shipwreck historian Ray Bates for a two hour boat tour of the coast.  Boat leaves promptly at 6pm from Glover's Wharf in Beverly, Massachusetts.  $30 non-members, $25 members. Limited capacity.  Click here for tickets:  

August 6, Thursday, 7pm, Vanished Veterans – NH’s Civil War Monuments and Memorials, at the Third Congregational Church, 14 River Street, Alstead, New Hampshire, Contact 603-835-7900 for more information. Free to the public.  Historian George Morrison presents a diverse selection of New Hampshire’s commemorations.

August 8, Saturday, 10am, Walking Tour: Honoring Manchester’s Greek Community, a tour of the Greek section of Pine Grove Cemetery, Manchester, New Hampshire.  Meet at the chapel.  $5 Manchester Historic Association members, $10 general public, please pre-register at 603-622-7531.

August 8, Saturday, 2pm, Daughters of the Samurai, at the Mabel Louise Riely Seminar Room (Meeting Room 156) of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, the tale of five young ladies sent by the Japanese government to the USA in 1871 to learn Western ways and help the next generation of Japanese men to lead Japan. Presented by Janice Nimura, author of Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back.  MFA members $10, non members $12, call 1-800-440-6975 to order tickets by phone.

August 8, Saturday, 10am – 12:30pm, Preparing Your Own Home Remedies, at the Watson Farm, 455 North Main Road, Jamestown, Rhode Island, join herbalist Kristin Minto to for a workshop to learn the historic ways to make teas, tinctures, medicinal oils, and to correctly prepare plants to use in oils. $15 Historic New England members, $20 non-members.  Register at 401-423-0005. 

August 8, Saturday, 12:30, The Value of Using Blogs for Sharing Genealogy and Family Stories, presented by the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 29 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  Craig Siulinski will demonstrate how to share your family history online via blogging.  Free to the public.

August 9, Sunday, 2:30 and again at 4pm, Stamp Act Reenactment - 250th Anniversary, at the Boston National Historical Park, Boston, Massachusetts, visitors can join Park Rangers and recreate a Town Meeting set in 1765.  Free to the public. 

August 9, Saturday, 1:30pm, A Visit with Abraham Lincoln, at the Alton Historical Society, 13 Depot Street, Alton, New Hampshire, contact 603-875-5456 for more information.  Free to the public.  A living history presentation by Steve Wood.

August 10, Monday, Beginner Genealogy Classes - Class 3: Sourcing and Organization, at the Londonderry Historical Society, Parmenter Barn, 140 Pillsbury Road, Londonderry, New Hampshire, taught by certified genealogist Amylynne Murphy, register at or call 603-820-6706.  $20 per class, $50 for all 4 classes (July 27, August 3, August 10, and August 17th).  Proceeds to benefit the Londonderry Historical Society

August 11, Tuesday, 4 – 5:30pm, Mustering Military Resources for Revolutionary War Genealogy Research,  at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, presented by David Allen Lambert.  Free to the public.

August 14, Saturday, 8pm,  Stamp Act Reenactment, Boston National Historic Park at the corner of Washington and Winter Street in Boston, Massachusetts, join historic reenactors in placing lanterns near the "orginal" Liberty Tree. 

August 15, Saturday, 1 – 5pm, Fletcher’s Scouting Company Re-enactment at Colonial Pemaquid, New Harbor, Maine. Historical re-enactors will set up camp on the grounds of the state park and demonstrate 17th century activities such as cooking, wood working, military drills, weaponry, etc.  Rain date is Sunday, August 16. Free to the public.

August 15, Saturday, 11am to 4 pm, Living History Event at Former World War II Coastal Artillery Fort, Fort Stark State Historic Site, 211 Wild Rose Lane, New Castle, New Hampshire.  Living historians will bring the World War II era to life with camp set-ups, military vehicles, field offices, home front and militaria displays.  Re-enactors will be dressed in period military and civilian attire. Free to the public. Not handicapped accessible.

August 15, Saturday, 11am, Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire’s State Dog, the Chinook, at the Lyndeborough Old Town Hall, 1131 Center Road, Lyndeborough, New Hampshire.  Contact Karen Holland at 603-654-2480 for more information.  Bob Cottrell presents the history of Arthur Waldren and his Chinnooks.  A dog may accompany the speaker, please inquire.  Free to the Public.

August 15, Saturday, 10am - 1pm, Genealogy 101 Workshop:  How to Begin, at the Maine Historical Society, Portland, Maine.  Cost $35 MHS members, $45 general admission.  Space is limited so register now  Refreshments included.  Note: intermediate researchers may want to take advantage of Genealogy 201 event on September 26.  See the website for details. 

August 15, Saturday, 10am - 4pm, The Wedding of William Bradford, at Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Included with museum admission.  The honor of your presence is requested at the wedding of Governor William Bradford to Alice Southworth.  Please join the Sachem Massasoit, his wife and leaders from surrounding Wampanoag communities and their entourage for a reenactment of the actual wedding that took place almost 400 years ago.  Learn how 16th century weddings were celebrated.  
August 15, Saturday, 4pm, Stamp Act Reenactment, Boston National Historic Park, at the corner of Washington and Winter Streets, Boston, Massachusetts, join historic reenactors in a raucous through the streets of Boston to the Old State House to protest the Stamp Act. 

August 16, Sunday, 2:30 and again at 4pm, Stamp Act Reenactment - 250th Anniversary, at the Boston National Historical Park, Boston, Massachusetts, visitors can join Park Rangers and recreate a Town Meeting set in 1765.  Free to the public. 

August 16, Sunday, 11:30 am Runaway Wives:  When Colonial Marriages Failed, at the Deering Community Church, 736 Deering Center Road, Deering, New Hampshire, contact Don Johnson at 603-529-7764 for more information.  Free to the public.

August 16, Sunday, 2pm, Liberty is Our Motto: Songs and Stories of the Hutchinson Family Singers, at the Wilmot Town Hall, 11 N. Wilmot Road, Wilmot, New Hampshire, contact Nola Aldrich for more information 603-526-2942.  Free to the Public.  Steve Blunt portrays John Hutchinson in this living history presentation.  He tells the Hutchinson’s story and shares their music with lyrics provided.  Audience members are invited to sing along “The Old Granite State”, “Get off the Track” and “Tenting on the Old Campground” and more.

August 17, Monday, Beginner Genealogy Classes - Class 4: Discussion & Sharing, at the Londonderry Historical Society, Parmenter Barn, 140 Pillsbury Road, Londonderry, New Hampshire, taught by certified genealogist Amylynne Murphy, register at or call 603-820-6706.  $20 per class, $50 for all 4 classes (July 27, August 3, August 10, and August 17th).  Proceeds to benefit the Londonderry Historical Society

August 23, Sunday, 3pm, Boston Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project, at Faneuil Hall, Boston, Massachusetts.  For more information, see this website:

August 23, Sunday, 10am, Walking Tour:  Manchester Hebrew Cemetery, meet inside the entrance to the cemetery chapel on Beech Street, Manchester, New Hampshire.  $5 Manchester Historic Association members, $10 General Public, please pre-register at 603-622-7531. 

August 25, Tuesday, 7pm, Acadian History and Genealogy including mtDNA genealogy tidbits, at the Central Massachusetts Genealogy Society, at the American Legion Post #129, Gardner, Massachusetts. Members free, guests $2 donation.

August 25, Tuesday, 1:30pm, Intro to Genealogy, at the Haverhill, Massachusetts Public Library.  Learn to use the special collections room, which has a wealth of genealogy and local history resources.  Advance registration required, call 978-373-1586. 

August 27, Thursday, 6pm, Historic Beer in a Historic Place, at the Bostonian Society in the Old State House, 206 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Come taste beers, hear talks about the pubs and drinking in the 18th century, and listen to Master Brewers speak about their craft.  $15 includes 3 beer tokens.  Order tickets online at
August 29, Saturday, 10am Walking Tour:  Lowell Monuments a 90 minute walk visiting some of the city’s most interesting monuments with Richard Howe, the Register of Deeds of the Middlesex North District and the official tour guide of Lowell Cemetery.  Free to the public. Meet at the Lowell National Historic Park Visitor Center in Lowell, Massachusetts.

August 29, Saturday, 10:30 - noon, Genealogy Workshop, at the Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, New Hampshire.  Led by Muriel Chabot Normand and Pauline Cusson of the American Canadian Genealogical Society.  Please pre-register at 603-622-7531 or email  $5 for Manchester Historic Association members and $10 general public.  

August 29, Saturday, all day, Newport Stamp Act Protest Reenactment and Party, at Washington Square, Newport, Rhode Island.  This is a large scale reenactment celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act Riots, including a colonial city illustrating daily life in the colonial era, an upper class lady's tea, an effigy demonstration, and a "rank sacking" of the Newport Historical Society museum. 

Future Events

September 17 – 19, The New York State Family History Conference, an FGS regional conference at the Syracuse/Liverpool Holiday Inn, 441 Electronics Parkway in Liverpool, New York.

September 18 – 20, 40th Annual New Hampshire Highland Games and Festival, at Loon Mountain, Lincoln, New Hampshire, See the website for a complete schedule of events and information.  Competitions, lectures, workshops, music, food, vendors, dinners, and a gala ball are highlights of the many things happening this weekend.

September 19, Saturday, The Maine Genealogical Society’s Annual Conference and Membership Meeting, in Brewer, Maine.  Keynote speaker will be Michael Strauss.  See  for more information

September 19, Saturday, 7:30 pm, Talking Baseball with Doris Kearns Goodwin and Ken Burns, sponsored by the Concord Museum,  at the Fenn School, Concord, Massachusetts. Join Doris Kearns Goodwin, curator for the Art of Baseball exhibit, and filmmaker Ken Burns for a lively conversation about their shared love of baseball moderated by Jeff Idelson, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.  Registration required.  priority seating for members opens on July 15th.

September 19 and 20, Return to No. 4: Revolutionary War Weekend at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire. One of the biggest re-enactments of the year with battles both days at 1:30pm.  Fortified village tours, sutlers row for shopping, and self tours of the camps where you can see drills, open hearth cooking and demonstrations of colonial camp life. See the website for more information and a schedule of events

September 24-25, Thursday and Friday, One Name Studies and Early New England & Atlantic Canadian Research, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society Library at 99 - 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts, cost $80.  A two day seminar to teach you to create, organize and share a one-name project- while deepening your knowledge of early New England and Atlantic Canadian research.  Lectures by David Allen Lambert (NEHGS) and Paul Howes (The Guild of One-Name Studies).  Breakfasts and lunches included.  Registration open to the public after August 5, 2010. 

September 26, Saturday, American Canadian Genealogical Society Fall Conference, Manchester, New Hampshire, speakers include Lucie LeBlanc Consentino.  

September 26, Saturday, 8am – 4pm, Fall Genealogy Conference, The Chelmsford Genealogy Club presents a conference with genealogist Michael Strauss and other well known genealogy speakers.  Register on the Chelmsford, Massachusetts Library's calendar beginning July 1st.  Registration ends September 23.

September 26, 1pm, From Amistad to Brown v. Board of Education: Mount Auburn’s Supreme Court Justices and Civil Rights Cases, at Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts.  This walking tour will visit the graves of some of the 12 US and Massachusetts Supreme Court Judges, and a few others, whose beliefs and determination shaped the lives of a generation of Americans.  $7 members, $12 non-members. Register at this link: 

September 26 and 27, Saturday and Sunday,  from 11am – 3pm both days, rain or shine, The 11th Annual Portsmouth Fairy House Tour, the world’s largest fairy house tour, held in Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s historic South End at the Governor John Langdon House, Strawbery Banke Museum, Prescott Park and Peirce Island.  More than 100 handcrafted fairy houses made by local artists, florists,  garden clubs, and businesses on display.  A great way to expose your children to historic homes and gardens.  Advanced tickets are highly recommended.  For more information and to purchase tickets click at this link: 

November 14, Saturday, 2pm, How to Discover Your Family and Community History, part of the “Exploring the World War One Home Front” series at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Massachusetts.  This workshop will support you in exploration of family stories from the World War 1 era, and help you find the documents and resources to uncover your family narrative.  Free to the public, registration required by November 5th, contact


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "August 2015 Genealogy and Local Events Calendar", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 30, 2015, ( accessed [access date]).

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Fraternal Organization

Weathervane Wednesday is an on-going series of photographs I post weekly.  The first weathervanes I published were from the Nutfield (Londonderry) area, but now I've found interesting weather vanes from all over New England.  Some weathervanes are historical, some are whimsical, but all are interesting.  Often, my readers have sent me photographs of unique and unusual weather vanes from all across the USA and around the world.  If you know a historical or interesting weather vane, please let me know!

Today's weathervane is from New Hampshire.

Do you know the location of weather vane #219?  Scroll down to see the answer!

Today's weather vane was photographed in Hampton, New Hampshire.  You can see this weathervane from the causeway leaving Hampton Beach going west on Route 101.  The Saint James Masonic Lodge is located on a parallel street, at 77 Tide Mill Road. 

This weathervane is the typical mason's square and compass you see used everywhere in Masonic symbology.  These are the tools of the stone mason.  The letter "G" inside the square and compass stands for both "God" and "Geometry".  I've seen this symbol on Masonic halls, on Masonic insignia and jewelry, and on gravestones.  I'm sure you've seen it, too, but this is the first time I've seen it on a weathervane!

Saint James Masonic Lodge 102 -  

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

Click here to read an old 2012 blog post "Was Your Ancestor a Mason"


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~  A Fraternal Organization", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 29, 2015, ( accessed [access date]). 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Robert and Sarah Peebles, double tombstone, d. 1760 and 1772, Bedford, New Hampshire

This double tombstone was photographed at the Old Bedford Cemetery,
established 1737 in Bedford, New Hampshire

Death like an over flowing flood      Doth sweep us all away
The old the young the middle age      To Death becomes a Prey.

Here lies                        Here lies
Interr'd  the                  Interr'd the
Remains of                   Remains of
Mr. Robert                    Mrs. Sarah
     Peebles,                       Peebles, wife
  who departed                  of Mr. Robert
   this Life                          Peebles who
Sept. 3d, 1772               Depated this
Aged 97 Year                  Life Novr 13, 1760

Robert Peebles was born about 1675 in Northern Ireland.  He married Sarah (Gray?) and had eight children:  Anna, Mary, Sarah, Patrick, John, Sarah, Mary and Anna.  Robert Peebles arrived in 1718 from Northern Ireland to Boston and was an early settler at Worcester, Massachusetts.  

In 1758 he sold his farm in Pelham, Massachusetts to his son Patrick and removed to Bedford, New Hampshire to live with their youngest daughter Anna Peebles Houston, the wife of Reverend John Houseton.  Sarah died two years after the move, and Robert died in Bedford, New Hampshire in 1772.  


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Robert and Sarah Peebles, double tombstone, d. 1760 and 1772, Bedford, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 28, 2015 ( : accessed [access date]).

Monday, July 27, 2015

Happy 6th Blogoversary to me!

Several years ago I started to write local history stories for the Londonderry news website. I didn’t know it was a blog.  I didn’t even know what the word blog meant.  After my first few posts, the editor gave me a password to edit my own stories in Wordpress, and that’s when I learned more about blogging.  I decided that if I could do that, why didn’t I start my own blog about my special interest in genealogy?  On 27 July 2009 I designed my blog and published my first post using Blogger.  The rest is history.

I had fun last night perusing some old blog posts.  Back in December 2011 I wrote that my most popular blog post had over 1,200 pageviews and I was feeling quite happy.  Through the power of the internet, and the incredible phenomenon of social networking online, my numbers have grown exponentially.  In December 2012 my top post had 6,000 hits.   My top post now has almost 145,000 hits, and my second most popular post lags behind at 28,325 pageviews, the third at 18,448.  Quite a jump in readers in 6 short years!

Over the past six years I have had six guest bloggers. None of them had ever written a blog post before I extended them the invitation to try a guest post.  Three of them enjoyed the experience so much that they started their own blogs, and have been very successful!  These are Bette Pye Wing at The Pye PlateJohn Tew at Filiopietism Prism, and Tom Tufts at Tufts Genealogy.   They are all still blogging away, gaining more followers every day, and making lots of cousin connections online.

My very first weathervane post was on 24 August 2011.  It was a story on the gilded centaurweathervane on top of Andy Mack’s barn in Londonderry, New Hampshire.  It was a terrible photo because I couldn’t get near enough to take a good close up.  But it was the start of something great, because now I have posted 218 “Weathervane Wednesday” stories, with weather vanes from all over Nutfield, and from all over New England, the US, and from around the world!

In the past six years I have posted:

51 Wordless Wednesdays
52 Women’s History stories
56 “Amanuensis Monday” posts (mostly transcribed letters)
57 posts that mention “Liliuokalani”
65 stories based in the town of Ipswich, Massachusetts
66 posts with the keyword “Spain”
66 stories with the surname ALLEN
72 stories with the keyword “Revolutionary War”
92 stories with the surname WILKINSON
96 posts about the city of Beverly, Massachusetts
114 posts about historic sites inside and outside of New England
130 posts with the keyword “Derry”
170 posts with the keyword “Londonderry”
176 Surname Saturday posts
228 posts with the keyword  “cemeteries”
255 Tombstone Tuesdays

Thank you to all my blog followers!  I love the blog comments, email and Facebook discussions.  Please continue to send your notes, comments and suggestions - and especially your cousin connections.  Thank you also to all the blog followers who have joined my “Nutfield Genealogy” Facebook page.   There are 441 people at that page, maybe by next year’s blogoversary I will have reached 500.  Fingers crossed!

More statistics for the truly curious:

I've written a total of 1961 posts
There have been nearly 4,000 comments (a dearth of comments this past year.  No clue why?)
A total of 1,563,669 (at the time I wrote this last night) pageviews to my blog.
My best month for readership was April 2015, with 59,394 pageviews 


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Happy 6th Blogoversary to me!", Nutfield Genealogy, posted 27 July 2015, ( accessed [access date]).

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Surname Saturday ~ Joseph METCALF of Ipswich, Massachusetts


Joseph Metcalf (1598/9- 1665), my 11th great grandfather, is another ancestor who has a lengthy sketch in The Great Migration series, and an equally lengthy sketch in the compiled genealogy The Driver Family, so it seems very silly to repeat it all here.  I’ll just give you the abridged version since my lineage daughters out in four generations in early Ipswich, Massachusetts.

Joseph Metcalf’s origins are from Strood near Rochester in Kent, England, where he was baptized in 1598/9, and where he was married in 1626.  He was made a freeman in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1634/5.  He served many offices such as Deputy to the Massachusetts Bay General Court, juror and several committees. He was granted land in January 1634/5 before he was even made freeman, and granted more land in 1639.   In 1650 he was excused from the militia “on account of his lameness in one arm and deafness on one side of his head”.  He died in 1665, and his will was signed (so he had some education). 

Apparently he had only one child, my 10th great grandfather Thomas Metcalf, born about 1629 probably in England.  I don't know his wife's maiden name.  Three of his children: Joseph, Mary and Elizabeth were mentioned in their grandfather’s1664  will.  Another child, Thomas, was born in 1667. I descend from Joseph (1660/1 – 1702), and I don't know his wife's maiden name either.  His daughter, Abigail Metcalf (1686 – 1720) my 8th great grandmother,  married James Davis in 1704. 

Two generations of great grandmother's are in this lineage, without any maiden name or identification.  If anyone has a clue as to their parentage please leave me a comment here or an email at  

Some METCALF resources:

The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634 – 1635, Robert Charles Anderson, 2007, Volume V, pages 114 – 117 for a sketch of Joseph Metcalf of Ipswich.

The Driver Family: A Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Robert and Phebe Driver, of Lynn, Massachusetts, by Harriet Ruth (Waters) Cooke, (New York, 1889), see pages 394 – 405 for the Metcalf information. This book is available to read online at Google Book Search.

The Hammatt Papers: Early Inhabitants of Ipswich, Massachusetts, 1633 - 1700,  by Abraham Hammatt, 1854,  is available to read online at and

My METCALF genealogy:

Generation 1:  Joseph Metcalf, son of Thomas Metcalf “age about sixty”, baptized on 28 January 1598/9 at Strood near Rochester, Kent, England; died 21 July 1665 in Ipswich, Massachusetts; married on 29 May 1626 at Strood near Rochester to Elizabeth Baker, mother of one child.  She married second on 8 November 1670 in Salem to Edward Beauchamp.

Generation 2: Thomas Metcalf, baptized 26? April 1629 at Strood near Rochester, died 1702 in Ipswich; married about 1658 to Abigail Unknown, mother of three children.   He remarried to the widow Lydia Davis.

Generation 3: Joseph Metcalf, born 27 January 1660 in Ipswich; married first to Rebecca Unknown, mother of one child; married second in 1670 to Ann Chickering, widow of Stephen Paine.

Generation 4:  Abigail Metcalf, born 29 March 1686; married on 5 January 1704 in Ipswich to James Davis, son of James Davis and Bethiah Leach.  He was born 7 May 1685 in Gloucester, died 5 March 1742 in Gloucester.  Two children.

Generation 5:  Abigail Davis m. John Poland
Generation 6:  Daniel Poland m. Sarah Bishop
Generation 7:  Martha Poland m. Alexander Mears
Generation 8:  Samuel Mears m. Lydia W. Burnham
Generation 9:  Samuel Mears m. Sarah Ann Burnham
Generation 10: Sarah Burnham Mears m. Joseph Gilman Allen
Generation 11:  Joseph Elmer Allen m. Carrie Maude Batchelder
Generation 12: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Allen (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~  Joseph METCALF of Ipswich, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 25, 2015 (  accessed [access date]).

Friday, July 24, 2015

Felton Family Reunion 2015, Peabody, Massachusetts

Mary Kate Felton, President of the Felton Family Association,
welcomed everyone to the 27th annual Felton Reunion in Peabody, Massachusetts

Cora Felton Anderson, from Washington state,
gave a genealogy talk to the attendees,
on new information about Ellen/ Eleanor (Thrower) Felton,
mother of early Salem settler, Nathaniel Felton, Sr.

My first cousin, Sue Wilkinson Parker,
showing the Phebe Cross Munroe sampler.
Phebe was our great- great grandmother,
and a Felton descendant
There were twenty one attendees today at the first day of the 27th annual Felton Family reunion at the Felton homesteads in Peabody, Massachusetts.  We enjoyed breakfast, lunch and dinner together, with genealogy talks and tours of the Nathaniel Felton, Sr (1615 - 1705) home and the Nathaniel Felton, Jr. (1655 - 1733) homesteads.  It was a beautiful day, and great weather for exploring the grounds.

Tomorrow will be the family association business meeting, and another luncheon.

Felton descendants visiting the Nathaniel Felton, Sr. House on Felton Road, Peabody, Massachusetts
built circa 1644

This is hanging in the Nathaniel Felton, Jr. homestead.
John Proctor is my 8th great grandfather, and Nathaniel Felton, Sen. is my 10th great grandfather

"We, whose names are under written,
having several years known John Proctor and his wife,
do testify that we never heard or understood that they
were ever suspected to be guilty of the crime now charged
upon them, and several of us being their near neighbors,
do testify that, to our apprehension, they lived Christian like
in their family, and were never ready to help such as stood 
in need of their help"

[signed] Nathaniel Felton, Sen., and Mary his wife
Smeul Marsh, and Priscilla his wife
James Moulton, and Ruth, his wife
John Felton, Nathaniel Felton, Jr.
Samuel Frayll, and Ann, his wife
Samuel Endicott, and Hannah his wife
Samuel Stone, George Locker
Samuel Gaskill, and Revidal, his wife
George Smith, Edward Gaskill"

[in the original paper, there were some, perhaps many, names cut 
off by scissors, according to C. W. Upham's History of Witchcraft)

"Court of Oyer and Terminer, Essex County, File Papers 1, 110, Petition for John and Elizabeth Proctor, 1692 (on deposit at the Essex Institute, Salem, Mass.) Courtesy of James D. Leary, Clerk of Courts for Essex County"

This family tree hanging in the Nathaniel Felton, Jr. home
shows Sarah Felton, my 5th great grandmother, daughter of
Malachi Felton, and wife of Robert Wilson

A beautiful back garden behind the Nathaniel Felton, Jr. House

The Nathaniel Felton, Jr. Homestead, built circa 1685,
located right next door to the Nathaniel Felton, Sr. Homestead
My 6th great grandmother, Sarah Felton (1750 - 1836) was the last Felton born here.

Nathaniel John Felton, a direct descendant of Nathaniel Felton
enjoyed his first visit to the Felton homesteads and the family reunion! 
The Felton Family Association website

The Peabody Historical Society (who own and operate the two Felton homesteads


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Felton Family Reunion 2015, Peabody, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted 24 July 2015, (  accessed [access date]).

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Weathervane Wednesday ~ When Pigs Fly!

Weathervane Wednesday is an on-going series of photographs I post weekly.  I started by publishing weathervanes from just the Londonderry area, but now I've found interesting weather vanes from all across New England.  Some of the weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are interesting.  Often, my readers will send me some photos of very unique and unusual weathervanes from all across the United States and the rest of the world!  If you  know an interesting or historical weathervane, please let me know.

Today's weather vane is from New Hampshire.

Do you know the location of weather vane #218?  Scroll down to see the answer!

Today's weather vane was photographed on Hackett Hill Road in Hooksett, New Hampshire.  This farmhouse is right around the corner from me, and I've passed it dozens of times.  However, the weather finally turned warm so Vincent and I went out in April with the little red convertible and got these photographs.  It's easy to take weathervane photos when the top is down!

This is a three dimensional flying pig.  The weathervane is bright and shiny copper or brass, so it must be fairly new.  I could see this weathervane every time I passed by because it catches the sunlight.  It's adorable, and I'm so glad that Vincent was finally able to get a photo of this weather vane!

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


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ When Pigs Fly!", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 22, 2015, (  accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday ~ William Moor, Elder, d. 1789, Bedford, New Hampshire

This double tombstone was photographed at the Old Bedford Cemetery,
established 1737 in Bedford, New Hampshire

My glass is run                      My glass is            
SACRED                       SACRED
To the Memory of                  To the Memory of
William Moor                      Mrs. Mary Moor
Elder,                                  wife of
who departed this life                                               
In the 72d  year                                                    
of his                                                 
   Happy the company that's gone
From cross to crown, from thrall to throne
How should they sing upon the shore,
To which they fail'd in heart before.       

This image is usually carved on the tombstones of
clergymen, deacons and elders in New England

It is interesting that Mrs. Moor's death information is not included, nor is the phrase "My glass is run" completed on her side of this double tombstone. Perhaps she remarried and is buried with husband number two?

William Moor was born about 1717 in Antrim, Northern Ireland and died 17 February 1789 in Bedford, New Hampshire. He was the son of John Moor and Jennett who came from Ulster to Londonderry, New Hampshire in 1724 with their two sons, Samuel and William.  They had two more sons, Robert and Daniel, born in Londonderry.   William and Daniel were two of the petitioners for the incorporation of the town of Bedford on 10 May 1750.   

William Moor married Mary (Molly) Jack, and he was also a Captain during the Revolutionary War.  William and Molly had seven children:  Nancy, b. 1740 in Londonderry; Jenet, b. 1744 in Londonderry; Molly b. Londonderry date unknown; John, b. 1746 in Bedford; Elizabeth, b. 1750 in Bedford; James, b. 1754 in Bedford; William, b. 1760 in Bedford. 


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ William Moor, Elder, d. 1789, Bedford, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy,  posted July 21, 2015, ( : accessed [access date]).

Monday, July 20, 2015

My Top Ten Genealogy Books

In 2011 I posted the top 8 genealogy books I use most of the time when research, writing and blogging. You can read that link here:   

It’s time for an update!  Some of those same books from 2011 are still among my most used books, and some are new or updated versions.  What books are your most favorite genealogy books?  Which books do you use the most?

Remember, my genealogy is focused on New England.  This is a list of the books I find the useful, and you might, too, if you have ancestors in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts.

The Great Migration Series

1. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620 – 1633, Three volumes, by Robert Charles Anderson, 1996.  These books list over 900 New England families with sketches on their origins, arrivals in New England, family records, and more.  I use both the online version (good for searching digitally) and the bound books on my bookshelf. I reach for these books several times a week, and for most of my "Surname Saturday" blog posts.

2.  The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-1635, Seven volumes, by Robert Charles Anderson, 2011.  A follow up to The Great Migration Begins.  (see above)

3.  Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research, by Michael J. LeClerc, 5th edition, 2012.  This book needs an update for 2015, but it is still well used.  I just keep crossing out and penciling in changes in addresses, phone numbers and URLs.   This guide book will help you locate public records, archives, libraries, genealogical societies and libraries in New England.  There are maps, state information, and more.  I’ve owned many of these editions over the years and they are invaluable for New England research. 

Index to Genealogies in
New Hampshire Town Histories

4. Index to Genealogies in New Hampshire Town Histories, by William Copley, New Hampshire Historical Society, 2000.   This book indexes New Hampshire families by surname, and gives the town histories where there are genealogical write ups for each family. I wish there was a similar book for Massachusetts and Maine! This book also needs a good update, but I still refer to it almost daily.  William Copley recently retired from the NHHS, so  are there any volunteers for an updated edition?

New Englanders in the 1600s

5. New Englanders in the 1600s: Expanded Edition, by Martin E. Hollick, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012.     Four years ago I listed the 2006 edition. I’m very glad that I updated to the new “expanded edition”, it was very good investment.  This book lists the most recent genealogical articles and books published between 1980 and 2010.  I always refer to this book to find the most recent research on any early New England ancestor.

6. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, 3rd edition, 2015 by Elizabeth Shown Mills.    Four years ago I listed Elizabeth Shown Mills book, Evidence!  Citation and Analysis for the Family Historian, 1997.  Her new book is just released this year.  This book is the ultimate guide to correctly citing genealogical sources, especially the odd ones found online or in family collections.   Check out the website   This book is also available in an electronic version.

7. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Four volumes, by James Savage, Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 1969.  This is an invaluable resource for New England genealogy. It is old, and you will need to read up on Martin Hollick’s New Englanders in the 1600s to see if your particular ancestors have had any newer research published lately.

8. Piscataqua Pioneers: Selected Biographies of Early Settlers in Northern New England,   by the Piscataqua Pioneers, 2000.   See the website for the lineage society and to purchase this book   This is THE BOOK to have if your ancestors lived in colonial Northern New England in the area of the Piscataqua River, spanning both Maine and New Hampshire's border region (Rockingham, York, Strafford Counties especially). 

My shelf of Mayflower books
including several Silver Books and MFIP pink booklets

9.  Silver Books Series and the pink “Mayflower Families in Progress (MFIP) booklets, published by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.  These books are collectively known as the “Five Generations Project” even though now they have been researched and published past the first five generations for the Mayflower passengers known to have left descendants. There are some being published now for non-passengers (allied family members), such as DELANO and CUSHMAN  .  The MFIP books are made available while information is being researched, and once complete they become Silver books. They are NOT available online (except for a few very outdated, older volumes). 

10.  A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries, 2nd edition,  by David Allen Lambert, 2009.  A town by town list of the cemeteries in Massachusetts, with a short sketch of information including contact information and other valuable tidbits.  I wish every New England state had a book like this. 


Heather Wilkinson Rojo,  "My Top Ten Genealogy Books", Nutfield Genealogy, July 20, 2015, (  accessed [access date]). 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Surname Saturday ~ DAVIS of Haverhill, Massachusetts


I am a descendant of Dolor Davis (about 1583 – about 1672) and you can read about him HERE, but I have a second DAVIS lineage from the James Davis (about 1583 – 1678/9).

James Davis was the son of John Davis of Acton Turville, Gloucestershire [ TAG 73:210].  He married Ciceley Thayer at Thornbury, Gloucestershire on 11 June 1618.  He may have been a kinsman (Brother? Cousin?) to Thomas Davis who also settled at Newbury and Haverhill, Massachusetts.  See The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634 – 1635, Volume II, pages 310 – 316 for a sketch of Thomas Davis.

The first record of James Davis is 4 March 1634/5 in Newbury when he was made a freeman.  He was given a grant of land at Hampton in 1639, which he sold on 17 August 1648.  In May 1644 he removed to Pentucket, which is now the city of Haverhill, Massachusetts.  He was one of the original 12 settlers of Pentucket, which was settled by families from Ipswich and Newbury.

In February 1658/9 James Davis, Senior and his son Ephraim Davis accused John Godfey of witchcraft in a petition filed at the court in Ipswich.  This case was dismissed, and some years later another neighbor accused John Godfrey of witchcraft again. 

James Davis wrote a will on 17 May 1675, and attached a codicil on 22 July 1678.  He died on 29 January 1678/9 in Haverhill, and his will was proved in 1680.  I descend from his son, James Davis; and his grandson, James Davis; and his great grandson, James Davis.  Four James Davis’s in a row!

Today is the 321st anniversary of James Davis II's death date on 19 July 1694.  

Some DAVIS resources:

The History of Haverhill, Massachusetts, From Its Settlement in 1640 to the Year 1860, by George Wingate Chase, 1861.

Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire,  by Sybil Noyes, 1928.

The Ancestry of Charles Stinson Pillsbury and John Sargent Pillsbury, by Mary Lovering Holman and Helen Pendleton Winston Pillsbury, 1938. (see pages 153 – 155 for James Davis).

You can read about James Davis’s wife’s English origins (Cecily Thayer) at The American Genealogist, Volume 73, pages 209 – 219. 

My DAVIS genealogy:

Generation 1:  James Davis, born in England, died 29 January 1678/9 in Haverhill, Massachusetts;  married on 11 June 1618 in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England to Cicely Thayer, daughter of John Thayer and Joan Lawrence.  She was born 1 May 1600 in Thornbury, Gloucestershire, England, and died 28 May 1673 in Haverhill, Massachusetts.  Seven children.

Generation 2: James Davis, born 28 January 1621 in England, died 18 July 1694 in Haverhill; married on 1 December 1648 in Haverhill to Elizabeth Eaton, daughter of John Eaton and Ann Unknown.  She was baptized on 31 January 1629/30 in Hatton, Warwickshire, England, and died 21 January 1683 in Haverhill.  Eleven children.

Generation 3: James Davis, born 22 January 1663 in Haverhill, died 5 March 1741 in Gloucester, Massachusetts; married to Bethiah Leach, daughter of Robert Leach and Alice Alls.  She was born about 1660 in Manchester, Massachusetts.  Two children.

Generation 4: James Davis, born 7 May 1685 in Gloucester, died 5 March 1742 in Gloucester; married on 5 January 1704 in Ipswich to Abigail Metcalfe, daughter of Joseph Metcalfe and Rebecca Unknown.  She was born 29 March 1686.  Two children.

Generation 5: Abigail Davis, died 19 April 1776; married on 11 April 1718 at the Hamlet Parish Church, Hamilton, Massachusetts to John Poland, son of James Poland and Rebecca Kimball.  He was born about 1693 in Hamilton or Wenham, and died 21 April 1777 in Hamilton. Nine children.

Generation 6: Daniel Poland married Sarah Bishop
Generation 7: Martha Poland married Alexander Mears
Generation 8: Samuel Mears married Lydia W. Burnham
Generation 9: Samuel Mears married Sarah Ann Burnham
Generation 10:  Sarah Burnham Mears married Joseph Gilman Allen
Generation 11:  Joseph Elmer Allen married Carrie Maude Batchelder
Generation 12:  Stanley Elmer Allen married Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo,  "Surname Saturday ~ DAVIS of Haverhill, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 18, 2015 (  accessed [access date]).  

Friday, July 17, 2015

Vintage Baby Shower Gift

My mother always thinks of clever gifts.  For my daughter's baby shower she asked me to print out two vintage photos.  They were of me, as a baby, in a knitted snowsuit made by my Auntie Mamie ( Mary Cecilia (Horgan) Allen- 1929 - 1997).   Mom had saved them all this time in her hope chest.

The guests all applauded when my daughter opened the gift and pulled out the original knitted baby clothes that went with the photograph!

Here are the original photos below, circa 1962

My mother and I with Auntie Mamie's knitted snowsuit


Heather Wilkinson Rojo,  "Vintage Baby Shower Gift", Nutfield Genealogy,  posted July 17, 2015, (, accessed [access date]).