Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween! Don't look Down!

Don't you love social media?  My neighbor reads my Tombstone Tuesday posts, so she sent me this photo.  It was taken by the son of one of her bridesmaids, who had posted it on Facebook.  The photographer, Christopher Sinsigalli, lives in Connecticut, but this tombstone is in New Haven, Vermont.  I have his permission to use his photo here.

This is the 1893 grave of Dr. Timothy Clark Smith in the Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven, Vermont.  He died on Halloween! 

The doctor was afraid of being buried alive, so he left instructions for this grave site.  This window opens onto a six foot shaft above his head, so his family could check on him from time to time.  The coffin had a bell, a breathing tube and an escape staircase.   The window is now clouded with condensation and mold, and visibility is limited to about six inches. 

Christopher Sinsigalli reports "Yes, I did shine a flashlight down there."

According to and Find A Grave, Dr. Timothy Clark Smith was born 14 June 1821 in Monkton, Vermont, the son of Timothy Smith and Amanda Delia Smith, grandson of Timothy Clark Smith and Thankful Rice, and grandson of Hezekiah Smith and Susannah Willoughby Niles (maternal).  He died on 31 October 1893 in Middlebury, Vermont.  Catherine Jane Prout, daughter of Dr. John Prout and Mary Augustine Liprandi.   He graduated from Middlebury College in 1842, and received his medical degree from University of the City of New York in 1855.  He was also a US Consul to Odessa Russia 1861 - 1875, and to Galatz, Romania from 1878 - 1883.   He was a descendant of immigrant ancestors Edmund Rice and Edward Frost. 

For more information:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Happy Halloween!  Don't look Down!", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 31, 2016, ( accessed [access date]).

Sunday, October 30, 2016

November 2016 Genealogy and Local History Calendar

For last minute updates, see the Nutfield Genealogy Facebook page at this link: 

Thanksgiving Events  (These sell out fast!)

Harvest Dinner with the Pilgrims at Plimoth Plantation.  Dates from October 9 – November 26.  See this link for more information and for reservations

Thanksgiving Dinner at Plimoth Plantation.  Multiple times on November 24th.  See this link for more information and reservations:

Bounty:  Thanksgiving 2016 at Old Sturbridge Village.  Experience the traditions of a New England Thanksgiving in the 1830s.  Learn about dining etiquette and hearth cooking.  Saturdays and Sundays, November 5 and 6, 12 and 13, 19 and 20, and also Thursday November 24.  Reserve your spot now!    

Traditional Thanksgiving Feast in the Bullard Tavern, Old Sturbridge Village, on Thursday, November 24 (three seatings available)  Reserve your seating now!  

Thanksgiving Buffet at the Oliver Wright Tavern, Old Sturbridge Village on Thursday, November 24 (multiple seatings available)   Reserve your dinner now! 


November 1, Tuesday, 7pm,  Stark Decency:  New Hampshire’s World War II German Prisoner of War Camp, at the Derry Public Library, 64 East Broadway, Derry, New Hampshire.  Presented by author Allen Koop, sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.  Free to the public.  Call 603-432-6140 for more information.

November 3, Thursday, 6pm, Beginning the Journey of Genealogy, presented by Jake Fletcher, at the Athol Public Library, 568 Main Street, Athol, Massachusetts.  Free to the public.

November 3, Thursday, 5:15pm,  Alvah Crocker: Spirit Behind the Hoosac Tunnel, at the Fitchburg Historical Society, 781 Main Street, PO Box 953, Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Presented by Cliff Schexnayder.  Free to the Public.

November 3, Thursday, 1 - 3pm,  Online Genealogy Search 102 - Take to the Next Level,   at the American Canadian Genealogical Society, 4 Elm Street, Rear Entrance, Manchester, New Hampshire.  Presented by Janine Penfield.  Members of the ACGS and OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College)  $15, additional fee of $20 for non-members.  Please see the online catalog  for more information and registration - page 71 for course description.
November 4, Friday, noon, Become a Family Search Power User, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.   This is part of the “First Friday” lecture series, and will be presented by Alice Kane.  Free to the public.

November 5, Saturday, 8:30am – 5pm, Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc. 2016 Annual Meeting & Program, at the Marlborough Country Club, 200 Concord Road, Marlborough, Massachusetts.  Register by October 22.  MSOG members $35 until Oct. 16, $45 October 17 to 22nd; Non members $70 until October 16, $80 October 17 to October 22nd

November 5, Saturday, 9am – 1pm, Hearth Cooking Workshop – Cook with Fire!, at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove Street, Peterborough, New Hampshire.  Call for tickets 603-924-3235.  Participants will hand churn butter, make gourd soup with fried bread; pork, sage and apple pie; and gingerbread cookies.  Participants must be 18 years old or older.  Limited to six participants. Reserve early!

November 5, Saturday, 10am, NEHGS New Visitor Welcome Tour, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 -101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.   Free orientation tour .  Attendees are welcome to use the library following the tour.

November 5, Saturday, 1 – 3pm, Lord of Misrule:  Thomas Morton’s Battle with Puritan New England, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts,  Free to the public.  A discussion led by E. J. Barnes, writer and illustrator of the comics story “Thomas Morton, Merry Mount’s Lord of Misrule”.  (Newcomers, please not, this is a discussion of readings, as well as a presentation – you’ll be happier if you do the reading!)  Register here:

November 5, Saturday,  10am – noon, Massacre on the Merrimack:  Hannah Duston’s Captivity and Revenge in Colonial America, at Granite State College, 25 Hall Street, Concord, New Hampshire.   Presented by Jay Atkinson.  Members of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College)  $15, additional fee of $20 for non-members.  Please see the online catalog  for more information and registration – pages 64 -65 for course description. 

November 5, Saturday, 6 – 7pm, Evening of Illumination, at Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, Massachusetts.  A rare chance for visitors to experience what evening life was really like for New Englanders in the early 1800s.  This special event is held once a year to see Old Sturbridge Village lit only by candles, oil lamps and firelight.  Tours are 90 minutes, limited to 15 guests each, and leave from the Visitor Center every 10 minutes.  Light refreshments, mulled cider and a cash bar await at the Bullard Tavern to make the night complete.  $35 per person, $30 OSV members.  Pre-registration is encouraged because this event typically sells out.

November 6,  Sunday, 3:30 pm, Fall 2016 Genealogy Series:  An In-Depth Look at FamilySearch, at the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex Street, Beverly, Massachusetts.  Free to adults.  No signup needed.  Questions?  Please email or call 978-921-6062 

November 6, Sunday, 2pm,  300 Years on Concord Road: A History of the Osborn Family, at the Sudbury Grange Hall, 326 Concord Road, Sudbury, Massachusetts, sponsored by the Sudbury Historical Society.  Presented by David Colombo, an 8th generation descendant of the Osborn family, who will illustrate his talk with photos, heirlooms and antiques.  Free to SHS members and a $5 donation from Nonmembers.  Refreshments.  For more information see , Facebook, or email 

November 6, Sunday, 3pm,  African American Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire During the American Revolution, at Congregation Ahavas Achim, 84 Hastings Avenue, Keene, New Hampshire.  Free to the public.  Sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, and presented by Glenn Knoblock. 

November 7, Monday, 4:30pm Podcasting the Past:  A Conversation with Liz Covart at the Alumni Room, McCarthy Center at Framingham State University, 100 State Street, Framingham, Massachusetts.  Historian Liz Covart if the creator of “Ben Franklin’s World” a weekly podcast about early American history.   

November 9,  Wednesday, 1 – 3pm, Loyalists:  The Other Side of the American Revolution, at the Granite State College, 25 Hall Street, Concord, New Hampshire.  Presented by Eleanor Strang.  Members of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College)  $15, additional fee of $20 for non-members.  Please see the online catalog for more information and registration - page 60 for course description. 

November 10,  Thursday, 6pm, The Game of Queens:  The Women Who Made 16th Century Europe, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 - 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Cosponsored by the Royal Oak Foundation.  A presentation by historian and author Sarah Gristwood.  $40 general public, $30 members of NEHGS or Royal Oak.  Register at this link: 

November 10, Thursday, Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire’s State Dog, the Chinook, at the Auburn Safety Center, 55 Eaton Hill Road, Auburn, New Hampshire, hosted by the Griffin Free Public Library, and sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.  Presented by Bob Cottrell, accompanied by his dog, Tug.  Free to the public.

November 11, Friday, Veteran’s Day 2016 at Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, Massachusetts.  See the link for more information:   All active and veteran and retired members of the military and their families (up to 6 people) are free.  The museum will present special activities celebrating military history.  See musket balls cast, see uniforms from over 300 years of American history and see demonstrations of weapons.  Children can drill with toy muskets under the command of the village militia captain!

November 12, Saturday, 10am, Crime and Punishment Tour, meet up at the Boston Common, on the corner of Park Street and Tremont Street, sponsored by the Partnership for Historic Bostons.  Find out where the stocks, whipping post, gaol and gallows were located in Boston.  Click here to register

November 12, Saturday, 10:30am and again at 1pm, Soldier’s Life – A Digging Deeper Tour, at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, 211 Main Street, Wethersfield, Connecticut.  Space limited, advance tickets recommended, $15. 

November 12, Saturday, 2pm, General Lafayette’s Farewell Tour, sponsored by NEHGS in partnership with the Massachusetts Lafayette Society, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 -101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by Alan Hoffman and Dorothea Jensen.  Free to the public.  Diaries and letters from the NEHGS special collections documenting the farewell tour will be on display.

November 13, Sunday, 2pm, Our National Thanksgiving, with Thanks to President Lincoln and Mrs. Hale, at the Hancock Historical Building, 7 Main Street, Hancock, New Hampshire.  A living history presentation by Sharon & Steve Wood.  Hosted by the Hancock Historical Society with a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council, free to the public.  Information 603-664-8877.

November 13, Sunday,  2pm,  The Music History of French Canadians, Franco Americans, Acadians and Cajuns, at the Speare Museum, 5 Abbott Street, Nashua, New Hampshire. Presented by Lucie Therrien, sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.  Free to the public. 

November 14, Monday, 7pm, A Soldier’s Mother Tells Her Story, at the Stratham Fire Station Meeting Room, 4 Winnicutt Road, Stratham, New Hampshire.  A Living History presentation by Sharon Wood,  as Betsey Phelps, the mother of a Union soldier from Amherst, New Hampshire who died at Gettysburg.  Hosted by the Stratham Historical Society with a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.  Free to the public.

November 14, Monday, 6pm, New England Bound:  Slavery and Colonization in Early America, at the Massachusetts Historical Society,  1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  $10 for non-members.  Presented by author Wendy Warren, who will discuss her new book.

November 15,  Tuesday, 1 – 3pm, Loyalists:  The Other Side of the American Revolution, at the Granite State College, 25 Hall Street, Concord, New Hampshire.  Presented by Eleanor Strang.  Members of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College)  $15, additional fee of $20 for non-members.  Please see the online catalog for more information and registration - page 60 for course description. 

November 15, Tuesday, 7pm, Marlborough – A City through Decades- 1900s, by the Marlborough Historical Society, at the Peter Rice Homestead, 277 Elm Street, Marlborough, Massachusetts.  Presented by the society’s trustee and vice president Bob Kane.  Free to the public.

November 15, Tuesday, 7 – 9pm, Descendancy Research, at the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society, The American Legion Post #129, 22 Elm Street, Gardner, Massachusetts.  Presented by Michael Brophy.  Guests are welcome with a $2 donation.  NOTE:  This month’s meeting is a week earlier than usual because of Thanksgiving.

November 16, Wednesday, 7pm, , Our National Thanksgiving, with Thanks to President Lincoln and Mrs. Hale, at the Wilton Public & Gregg Free Library, 7 Forest Road, Wilton, New Hampshire.  A living history presentation by Sharon & Steve Wood.  Hosted by the Friends of the Library with a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.  Free to the public.  Information: 603-654-9602.

November 16, Wednesday, 7pm, A Re-Awakened Boston Public Library:  Genealogical Resources and Services at the BPL and Map Center, at the Milton Public Library, 476 Canton Avenue, Milton, Massachusetts.  Presented by Linda MacIver, retired BPL genealogy specialist with Evan Thornberry, reference and geospatial librarian at the Leventhal Map Center. 

November 16, Wednesday,  12:45 pm,   Liberty is Our Motto:  Songs and Stories of the Hutchinson Family Singers, at the Litchfield Community Church, , 259 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield,  New Hampshire.  Presented by Steve Blunt as John Hutchinson.  Free to the public.  Hosted by the Litchfield Senior Center, sponsored by the NH Humanities Council.

November 16, Wednesday, 6pm, “The Lord Alone Shall be King of America”: Herbraism and the Republican Turn of 1776,  at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 -101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  in partnership with the Jewish Heritage Center.  Presented by Eric Nelson.  Free to the public. 

November 16, Wednesday ,  7pm,  New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones, at the Old Webster Courthouse, 6 Court Street, Plymouth, New Hampshire.  Presented by Glenn Knoblock.  Free to the public.  Hosted by the Plymouth Historical Society and sponsored by the NH Humanities Council.

November 17, Thursday, 6pm, Hidden Histories:  Finding Native American Stories in the Archives, at the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts, presented by Alice Nash of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  $30 for the workshop, including materials and a light dinner.  For further information and to register see

November 17, Thursday, 7pm, Timekeeping and Timekeepers in Early New England,  at the Old Colony History Museum,  66 Church Green, Tauton, Massachusetts, Presented by Bob Frishman.  Free to the public.  Refreshments served at 6:30, with the talk to follow. 

November 19, Saturday, 1 – 4pm, Researching Early New England Ancestors, at the New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord, New Hampshire offered in conjunction with the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  A workshop taught by senior genealogists emeritus David Curtis Dearborn.  $35 for members of the NHHS or NEHGS, $50 for nonmembers.  Register online or mail the registration form with payment, or call Wendy Olcott at 603-856-0621 to register by phone or credit card.

November 19, Saturday, 1pm, Tracing Your English Ancestors, at the Centre Congregational Church, 5 Summer Street, Lynnfield, Massachusetts, sponsored by the Essex Society of Genealogist monthly meeting.  Presented by Linda MacIver.

November 19, Saturday, 10am, Pretty Preservation: Creating Scrapbooks, Albums & More – Diggin’ Your Roots Genealogy Program Series, at the Rhode Island Historical Society, 121 Hope Street, Providence, Rhode Island.  Free to the public  Instructor, Michelle Chiles.  Please contact Kate Wells at with any questions.

November 20,  Sunday, 3:30 pm, Fall 2016 Genealogy Series:  New York State and NYC Research, at the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex Street, Beverly, Massachusetts.  Free to adults.  No signup needed.  Questions?  Please email or call 978-921-6062 

November 20, Sunday, 2-4pm, Research a Life Spent on the Fringes of Society, at the Hilton Garden Room of the Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Presented by Deborah M. Child, who will give an illustrated lecture on book Soldier, Engraver, Forger: Richard Brunton’s Life on the Fringe in America’s New Republic.  Free to the public.

November 25 – 27, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Winter Market 2016 at Old Sturbridge Village,  included with regular admission to the museum.  Just in time for holiday shopping, see dozens of juried craft vendors offering the finest hand made items.  Historical crafts and toys, pottery, paper goods, ornaments, glasswork, textiles, gourmet foods, jewelry and more.

December 3, Saturday, 10am, The History of United States Immigration Policies, the Merrimack Valley Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, at the Georgetown Peabody Library, 2 Maple Street, Georgetown, Massachusetts, sponsored by the Northern Essex Community College, and presented by Dr. Ligia Domenech of  NECC.  Free to the public. 

December 3, Saturday, 1 – 3pm, A Plentiful Country:  Letters from Maine’s Thomas Gorges, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  A discussion led by UMass Lowell associate professor Abby Chandler.  Free to the public, please register here:   Contact or questions? or call 917-553-4486 

December 4,  Sunday, 3:30 pm, Fall 2016 Genealogy Series:  Canada: That Big Place Up North, at the Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex Street, Beverly, Massachusetts.  Free to adults.  No signup needed.  Questions?  Please email or call 978-921-6062 

December 10, Saturday, 7:30 – 11:30pm, Denholms for the Holidays, at the historic Denholms department store building in Worcester, Massachusetts.  See the former store all decorated and lit up for the first time in over 40 years. Refreshments, Vintage Fashion Show, Valet Parking.  $65 members, general public $75.  RSVP to Preservation Worcester 508-754-8760 to reserve a ticket.

December 14, Wednesday, 10am - noon,  Mill Girls,   at the Granite State College, 25 Hall Street, Concord, New Hampshire.  Presented by Peg Fargo.  Members of OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Granite State College)  $15, additional fee of $20 for non-members.  Please see the online catalog  for more information and registration – pages 64 -65 for course description. 

Looking ahead - 

April 2017, NERGC 2017, at the Mass Mutual Center, 1277 Main Street, Springfield, Massachusetts  


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "November 2016 Genealogy and Local History Calendar", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 30, 2016,  ( accessed [access date]). 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Surname Saturday ~ PUTNAM of Salem, Massachusetts

Map of Salem Village
from A Storm of Witchcraft, page 121
note all the PUTNAM families on this map


In Salem Possessed, a book by history professors Boyer and Nissenbaum, [page 111], John Putnam was first granted 100 acres in Salem in 1641.  Little by little he bought and was granted more land until he owned almost 800 acres at the time of his death in 1662.  He was one of the most wealthy land owners in Salem.  Then two of his sons lost much of his fortune. Was this the cause of his family’s involvement with so many accusations during the 1692 witch hysteria?

His second son, Nathaniel (1619 – 1700) is my 9th great grandfather.  He was one of the wealthiest men in Salem, and he owned an interest in the ironworks at Rowley with his brother John.  About 1674 the ironworks burned to the ground, and there was a lot of paperwork and litigation in the Essex County records.  The Putnam brothers lost a lot of money, and turned back to farming their extensive lands.  Nathaniel Putnam owned the “Putnam Cupboard” made by James Symonds, a famous Salem furniture maker, now on display at the Peabody Essex Museum. This is amusing to me because two generations later one of Nathaniel Putnam’s descendants married Jerusha Pope, whose parents owned the “Pope Chest”, which was also attributed to Symonds and also on display at the PEM!

The Putnams were on both sides of the witch hysteria.  Their cousin was Ann Putnam, one of the main accusers.  They also signed a petition for the innocence of Rebecca Nurse.  There are many books and even several movies that dramatize the Putnam family during this sad period in history.  There is too much about the Putnams, especially Ann Putnam, Sr. and Jr. to include here in a short blog post, but if you are interested in learning more I will list some books below.  Ann Putnam, Jr. (1679 - 1716)

Nathaniel’s daughter, Elizabeth Putnam (1662 – 1697) married George Flint who removed to North Reading as a farmer.  Their nephew, Daniel Putnam, was the first minister of their church at the North Parish.  The Flint house was a garrison since this area, called the North Precinct, was considered the frontier.  They lived five miles from the meeting house.  There is a curious story about two little daughters who were left home while the family traveled to church on the Sabbath, and one little girl ended up shooting the other with a pistol.  Such accidents are not new, they have probably been happening since firearms were invented.

Some PUTNAM resources:

Chase- Wigglesworth Genealogy, by Alice Crane Williamson, 1990, pages 341-356

The American Genealogist 68: 77 – 83, 69: 212 – 218

A History of the Putnam Family, by Eben Putnam, 1891  (online at Hathi Trust)

History of Salem, Volume 2, by Sidney Perley, 1926 (online at Hathi Trust)

and for more about the PUTNAM family and the witch trials:

Salem Possessed, by Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, 1974

A Storm of Witchcraft, by Emerson W. Baker, 2014  (online at Google Books)

The Enemy Within, by John Demos, 2008

Currents of Malice, by Persis McMillen, 1990

for legal evidence in the Salem witch hunt see Salem Village Witchcraft: A Documentary History of Local Conflict in Colonial New England, by Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum, 1972    

and also see
Records of the Salem Witch Hunt, edited by Bernard Rosenthal, 2009  (all the legal documents in chronological order) 

My PUTNAM genealogy:

Generation 1:  John Putnam, son of Nicholas Putnam and Margaret Goodspeed, was baptized on 17 January 1579/80 in Wingrove or Aston Abbots, Buckinghamshire, England, died 30 December 1662 in Salem, Massachusetts; married about 1611 in Buckinghamshire to Priscilla Gould, daughter of Richard Gould and Elizabeth Young.  She was born about 1585.  Four children.

Generation 2:  Nathaniel Putnam, born 3 September 1619 in Wingrove, died 23 July 1700 in Salem Village (now Danvers), Massachusetts; married on 3 September 1652 in Salem to Elizabeth Hutchinson, daughter of Richard Hutchinson and Alice.  She was baptized on 30 August 1629 in Nottinghamshire, England and died 24 June 1688 in Salem.  Seven children.

Generation 3: Elizabeth Putnam, born 11 August 1662 in Salem, died 6 March 1697 in Salem, Village; married on 2 March 1679 in Salem to George Flint, son of Thomas Flint and Ann.  He was born 6 January 1652 in Salem, and died 23 June 1720 in the North Precinct (now the town of Reading).  Ten children.

Generation 4:  George Flint m. Jerusha Pope
Generation 5:  George Flint m. Hannah Phelps
Generation 6:  Phebe Flint m. John Flint
Generation 7:   Olive Flint m. Luther Simonds Munroe
Generation 8:  Phebe Cross Munroe m. Robert Wilson Wilkinson
Generation 9:  Albert Munroe Wilkinson m. Isabella Lyons Bill
Generation 10:  Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ PUTNAM of Salem, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 29, 2016,  ( accessed [access date]). 

Friday, October 28, 2016

Beverly, Massachusetts Honor Roll for the Lexington Alarm 19 April 1775

This honor roll is inscribed on a plaque on the second floor of the Beverly Historical Society, in Beverly, Massachusetts.

APRIL 19, 1775


Isaiah Thorndike, Captain
Joseph Wood, Lieut.
John Dyson, Lieut.
Theophilus Herrick, Ensign
Moses Brown, Sergeant
Henry Herrick, Jr., Sergeant
Benjamin Leach, Sergeant
John Low, Sergeant
Sewall Tuck, Corporal
Benjamin Adams
Joseph Baker
Benjamin Beckford
Benjamin Beckford, Jr.
Benjamin Bryant
Stephen Cabot
Benjamin Corning
Samuel Dane
Ezra T. Foster
Joseph Goodridge
Henry Herrick, Jr.
Joseph Larkin
Nathaniel Lamson
Timothy Leach
Benjamin Lovett, Jr.
Benjamin B. Lovett
Joseph Lovett, 2d
John Low, 2d
Solomon Lufkin
John Morgan, 2d
Josiah Ober
Richard Ober, 2d
Benjamin Parsons
John Pickett
Robert Roundy, Jr.
Andrew Smith
James Smith, Jr.
Hasadiah Smith
Kinney Standley
George Stephens
Robert Stone
William Taylor
Henry Thorndike
Nicholas Thorndike
William Trask, Jr.
Elisha Woodbury
Joseph Woodbury, Jr.
Joseph Wyer

Caleb Dodge, Captain
Jonathan Batchelder, Lieut.
Nathan Smith, Jr., Lieut.
Benjamin Shaw, Ensign
John Batchelder, Jr., Sergeant
Samuel Woodbury, Sergeant
Peter Woodbury,  Jr. Sergeant
Jonathan Perkins, Sergeant
Benjamin Jones, Jr. Sergeant
William Cammel
Joshua Cheever
Samuel Conant, Jr.
Benjamin Cressy, Jr.
John Cressy, Jr.
Nathaniel Cressy, Jr.
Charles Dodge
Jacob Dodge
Jonathan Dodge
Joshua Dodge, Jr.
Mark Dodge, Jr.
Robert Ddoge
William Dodge, Jr.
Stephen Felton
Israel Green, Jr.
Joseph Raymond Jr.
Aaron Salley
Bartholomew Trask
Ebenezer Trask, Jr.
Elisha Woodbury, 2d
William Woodbury, Jr.
Nathan Wyman

Ebenezer Francis, Lieut.
John Jones, M.D., Surgeon
John Woodbury, Ensign
Asa Brown, Sergeant
Thomas Francis, Sergeant
Francis Smith, Corporal
James Friend, Corporal
Gideon Batchelder
John Batchelder, Jr.
Nath’l Cleaves, wounded
Elisha Dodge, Jr.
John Dodge
William Dodge, 3d, wounded
Nathan Dodge, Jr.
Andrew Eluce
Asa Herrick
Reuben Kenniston, killed
Jonathan Perkins, 2d
Joseph Raymond, Sen.
Benjamin Shaw, Jr.
John Smith
Daniel Twiss
Gideon Woodbury
Samuel Woodbury, Jr. wounded
William Woodbury


APRIL 19, 1896

NOTE:  There is another set of plaques for the rest of the Revolutionar War on the wall at the Beverly Historical Society. This is the blog post with the photos and transcriptions:  


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Beverly, Massachusetts Honor Roll for the Lexington Alarm 19 April 1775", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 28, 2016,  
( accessed [access date]). 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Glastonbury, Connecticut Honor Rolls

This pretty memorial in Glastonbury, Connecticut was photographed by genealogy blogger Barbara Poole.  There are honor rolls here for World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War.

1917 – 1919

Aborn, Merritt W.
Adams, Charles W.
Ahern, Matthew A.
Antos, Charles F.
Balkus, Joseph H.
Barber, George H., M.D.
Barrett, John Francis
Bartlett, Wallace E.
Behrendt, Edwin A.
Baiancolani, Joseph
Biddy, Francis Thurnell
+Bidwell, Miss Marion E.
Bidwell, Ralph S.
Biggs, Ralph J.
Blachas, Antonio
Blazensky, Frank P.
Booth, Clarence W.
Boyce, Charles
Bradley, Clifton S.
Brainard, George R.
Brainard, Nelson H.
Brock, William H.
Bronke, Raymond L.
Brown, Edward M.
Brown, Ernest M.
Bugzek, Stanley
Burkhardt, John H.
Butler, Albert E.
Caincross, William
Carini, Louis W.
Carini, Joseph
Carl, John G.
Carrier, William H. Jr.
Carter, Donald B.
Carter, Philip S.
Cavanna, George
Cavana, John
Chapman, Dwight W.
Chapman, Raymond H.
Chapman, Roswell H.
Chiembeloro, Gaetano
Clark, Frank B. Jr.
Clemmins, Joseph E.
Clen, George F.
Clen, Harry E.
Clifford, Benjamin
Cofiell, Edward E.
Connery, Edward F.
Connery, James M.
Cooley, Frederick J.
Cotter, Maurice
Crane, Harold A.
Crane, Howard L.
Curran, John R.
Davis, Elijah
Davis, Merritt A.
Dean, Philip F.
Demar, Alfred
Deming, Henry A.
Dickenson, Elmer N.
Douglas, William Curtis
Doering, William
Elliott, William G.
Emerick, Joseph S.
Ferari, Demenick
Ferraris, Victor
Fink, Frank G.
Fisher, Clair H.
Fisher, Howard C.
Fouet, George H.
Francis, Walter L.
Friend, Clifford S.
*Frost, Harry Q.
Gates, Francis T.
Georgiades, Phokion B.
Gilbert, Louis F.
Gilmack, Elmer H.
Glazier, Franklin D. W.
Gondek, John F.
*Goodale, Charles Leon
Goodrich, Joseph E.
Grant, Raymond M.
Grimshaw, George
Hall, George Capen
Hall, Sherman
Hamilton, Howard T.
Hannis, Clifford
Hansult, Louis H.
Harrigan, David Joseph
Henry, John
Higgins, Douglas N.
*Hilton, Cyrus
*Hodge, Alfred M.
Hoffman, Eugene L.
Hollister, Henry H.
Holmes, William B.
Horton, Elwood
House, Ira T.
House, Leon
House, Samuel C.
Howard, George
Hubbard, Shelton P.
Islieb, Henry
Jackson, Bernard
Jackson, George R.
Jensch, Frank
Johnson, Chester W
Kamm, Otto R.
Karbarz, Andrew
Kaspar, Frank J.
Kaspar, John W.
Killam, James B.
Kires, Frank
Klinger, Albert
Klinger, Gustave
Klinger, Herman
Kocum, Anthony
Korngiebel, Herman
Kowalsky, William
Kozicki, Felix
+Lambert, Miss Margaret
*Lambert, Paul
Lamontagne, Philip J.
Lavalette, Alfred
Lawrence, Frank J.
Ledgard, Charles E.
Limburg, Henry L.
Linger, Irving N.
Linger, Julius S.
Little, Earl K.
Little, Howard J.
Loveland, Henry C.
Lucus, Wiley
Ludwig, William E.
Lyman, Harry G.
Manning, Louis J.
Marshall, George B.
Martinak, Frank M.
*Mason, Willard B.
Matson, Charles E.
McCue, Leon F.
McIntyre, Walter J.
McIntyre, Leon F.
McLean, James M.
Megson, Albert
Megson, Harry
Milisi, Alphonso
Miller, John
Mino, Charles I.
Misterka, Michael P.
*Moore, Thomas P.
Moscala, Francis
Moseley, Henry S.
Murray, Lawrence
Nobel, Alfred
Olezasy, John J.
Ollson, Carl A.
Outrim, Earl W.
Palasay, Rudolph S.
Parker, Walter F.
Parsons, Basil M.
Pasky, Andrew J.
*Paulina, Thomas
Pease, Eugene J.
Pfau, Frank P.
Philipp, Royal D.
Pieca, Caesare
Preissner, Karl J.
Preli, Anthony
Preli, John
Preli, Modesto
Preli, Nicholas
Preli, Tito
Prentice, Thomas
Proteau, Frank
Prybison, Michael, W.
Purtil, Henry Leo
Quagliaroli, James
Raff, Paul
Raihenberg, John C.
Randel, Waldo H.
Rankin, John
Rankin, Wm. Goodrich
Raymond, Rev. F. W.
Ripley, Jay Cyril
Ripley, Lewis W.
+Ripley, Lewis W.
Rising, Gurdon
Rosa, Bartolomeo
Rocco, Louis
Roser, Conrad H.
Roser, John H.
Roser, Martin L.
Rowe, Albert T.
Ryla, John
Schmidt, Walter A.
Schonhaar, Frederick J.
Schroeder, Otto E.
Scudder, Galen F,, MD
Scudder, William W.
Seelye, Douglas S.
Sheffield,  Stanley C.
Sherman, Allen W.
Sherman, Ralston M.
Sherman, Raymond G.
Shipman, Elliott D.
Shipman, Harry
Skorupski, Clement
Solomon, Francis B.
Spark, Peter G.
Stafford, Howard E.
Stark, Joseph
Stevenson, George E.
Stevenson, Louis W.
Story, Girard H.
Swan, Robert C.
Talcott, William D.
Tennent, Harold D.
Thomas, Bernard C.
Thompson, Elmer S.
Tiffany, Henry
Treat, Clifford W.
*Treat, Everett S.
Tryon, Charles H.
+Tryon, Miss Ethel
Tucker, Lincoln E.
Turner, Buford
Turner, Leon W.
*Ubert, Jacob
Urbanec, Charles E.
Urbanec, Frank Joseph
Urbansky, Charles H.
Valdate, Joseph A.
Varni, Andrew S.
Vujs, Joseph J.
Walker, Charles F.
Walker, George E.
Weir, Julius J.
Welles, Guy B.
White, James F.
Williams, Clyde C.
William, Henry J.
Williams, Percy H.
+Williams, Miss Ruth G.
Williams, William E.
Yetter, William F.
Zabatsky, Anthony
Zaglio, Charles
Zajicek, Edwin C.
Zelvis, Charles
Zerver, William A.
Zirkenbach, Carl H.
Zurcher, Gustave W.



1941  - 1945

Andrews, Harry E.
Bembr, Steven J.
Boeris, John N.
Carl., Goodrich F.
Charberlin, Theodore L.
Connell, William W.
Comtois, Victor H.
Froncak, Charles N.
Galli, Charles
Kiesow, John B.
Kingsland, Kenneth
Kowynia, Mathew
Lewis, Francis J.
Lysik, Frederick R.
Megson, Edward H.
Miller, Dudley W.
Miner, Norman E.
Paquette, Donald R.
Paulman, Henry S.
Peau, Herbert L.
Polinick, Edward
Ramaker, Judson S.
Rocco, Sterling L.
Smyk, John
Sussman, Mervin H.
Wachter, Frank J.
Zesut, Walter J.




Russell P. Hunter, Jr.   Lieutenant Colonel, USAF
William W. Roush    Major, USA
Peter G. Moriarty   Captain, USAF


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Glastonbury, Connecticut Honor Rolls", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 27, 2016,  ( accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

University of Durham Team Is Reaching Out to the Descendants of 17th Century Scottish Prisoners

The Scottish Prisoners of War research team from the University of Durham, UK

Last night in Saugus, Massachusetts a group of ordinary Americans met up to discuss an archaeological dig in Durham, England.  What did these folks have in common?  Not a common interest in archaeology per se,  but each one had an ancestor who had been forcibly brought to New England in chains as a Scottish prisoner of war in 1650 or 1651 during the English Civil War. 

In 1650 in Dunbar Scotland a force of Scottish soldiers faced the English army led by Cromwell and lost the battle.  Over 6,000 men and boys, mostly between the ages of 13 and 25 years old, were taken captive.  After the wounded were released about 5,000 soldiers were marched towards Durham, in Northeast England for imprisonment.  After the 120 mile march, only 3,000 of these starving men arrive and were locked inside the Durham Cathedral.  The rest had died along the way.  Within the next six weeks, another 1,600 soldiers would die.  Their final resting place would remain a mystery for the next 350 years.  Of the survivors, some were sent to Ireland, some to fight in France, and the rest were sent into forced servitude in the New World.

About 250 of these men were placed aboard the ship Unity, which brought them to labor at Hammersmith, the place now known as the Saugus Ironworks.  They arrived in Massachusetts and were divided up – some sent to the iron works, and others to lumber mills in New Hampshire and Maine.  All were sent to do hard labor in the New World.  These young men never went back to Scotland, but eventually made their way to communities scattered over New England and left large numbers of descendants.

In 2013, during an expansion project at the Durham University, a mass grave was found between the cathedral and Durham castle. The excavation site revealed human remains which have been studied by the Durham University team which examined about 17 – 28 bodies, and partial bodies.  They were all male, all between 13  to 25 years of age, all dated scientifically to the time period of incarceration in the Durham Cathedral in 1650.  It appeared to be the bodies of the Scottish soldiers, which had been tossed into a pit by the castle wall.  The findings were released to the public 2015. 

And so the team from Durham University came to Saugus, Massachusetts last night to explain the science and history behind this discovery.  They met early with the descendants of the Scottish Prisoners of War in New England to discuss the discovery, DNA projects, plans for reburial in Durham, and commemoration plans (a plaque near the discovery site and an upcoming 2018 exhibition in Durham).  This was followed by a public lecture co-sponsored by the National Park Service’s Saugus Ironworks.  It was standing room only, and extremely interesting to descendants, Saugus residents and the general public.

Descendants filled the room during a pre-lecture discussion group.
The lecture itself was standing room only!

Members of the Durham University team
answered questions from descendants
and the general public

If you think you might be descended of one of the Scottish Prisoners of War from the Battle of Dunbar, you could be part of this project.  See the links below for more information and for contacts.
The Durham team will be next visiting Berwick, Maine; Harvard University; Brown University and then Chris Gerrard, the project leader, will be back to the Old Berwick Historical Society for another public lecture (similar to the Saugus lecture) on November 2nd, at 7:30pm at the Berwick Academy’s Whipple Arts Center, in Berwick, Maine). 

Contact information:

Twitter:  @durham_uni    or  @arcDurham  #ScotsSoldiers


Video of the talk given in Saugus 25 October 2016:


For more information on the Scots Prisoners of War sent to New England:
My 2015 blog post:  “Discover of Scots Prisoners of War at Durham Cathedral in England!  How is this important to New England Genealogical Research?”

2016 blogpost:  “City Square Charlestown, Massachusetts – and so many ancestral connections!”

My SPOW ancestor, William Munroe “Surname Saturday ~ Munroe of Lexington, Massachusetts”  

Another SPOW ancestor, Alexander Thompson, “Surname Saturday ~ THOMSON/ THOMPSON of Scotland and Ipswich, Massachusetts”

Scottish Prisoners of War genealogy website:

Scottish Prisoners of War Facebook community


eather Wilkinson Rojo, "University of Durham Team Is Reaching Out to the Descendants of 17th Century Scottish Prisoners", October 25, 2016,  ( accessed [access date]).

Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Spooky Skeleton for Halloween!

Weathervane Wednesday is an on-going series of photographs I post every week.  I started out by publishing only weather vanes from the Londonderry area, but now I've been finding interesting weather vanes from all over New England.  Sometimes these weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are very unique.  Often, my readers tip me off to some very special and unusual weather vanes.

Today's weather vane is from somewhere in Massachusetts.

Do you know the location of weather vane #282?  Scroll down to see the answer...

Photo by Sara Campbell

There is an interesting story behind this weather vane!  It is located at the Edward Gorey House museum on Cape Cod.  I've been there because I'm a big fan of Edward Gorey's illustrations.  I've been a fan since I was a little girl and I saw the Gashlycrumb children's books, and later when he did the animated sequences at the beginning of each episode of Mystery! on PBS TV.   In the museum you will find this weathervane on the wall at the foot of a staircase in Gorey's home.  (Yes, that is an upside down doll on the staircase.  There are lots of odd and weird exhibits in this museum)

photo by Vincent Rojo

Why is the weathervane on the wall?  Well, it seems that Gorey had a metalsmith make the original weathervane from his illustration, and he installed it on the barn behind the home.  It was stolen. So he had the metalsmith make a new one, but it was never put back on the outside, and it was found inside the barn after Gorey died on 15 April 2000. 

In 2006 the museum had the metalsmith make a third weathervane, which was auctioned off as a fundraiser.  You can have a weathervane made for yourself if you contact the museum.  The metalsmith, Steven Swain, will make one for you, which arrives with a numbered copy of the print. (See below for contact information)

This weathervane is a black steel, two dimensional skeleton, after the sketch by artist and illustrator Edward St. John Gorey (1925 - 2000).  
This print is for sale at the Edward Gorey Museum website

There is a nice story about this weathervane at this link:

The Edward Gorey House Museum
8 Strawberry Lane
Yarmouthport, Massachusetts

Sara Campbell, genealogy blogger at Those Who Came Before Us:

Steven Swain, Steel sculptor- 

More photos from inside the Edward Gorey House:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Spooky Skeleton for Halloween!", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 26, 2016,  ( accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday ~ John Aiken, buried 1793 in Bedford, New Hampshire

This tombstone was photographed at the Old Burial Ground in Bedford, New Hampshire

In Memory of
John Aiken
who departed this life
April ye 7th, 1793
in the 65th year of
his age.

from the website

"John-3 Aiken, son of Nathaniel-2 & Margaret (Cochran) Aiken, b. 18 Nov 1728 Londonderry NH. He d. 7 Apr 1793 in Bedford NH. He married 1758 to Annis Orr. She b. 28 March 1734 in Ireland and d. Sep 1813, eldest dau of John and Margaret, and sister of Dea. John Orr of Bedford NH. He removed from Londonderry NH and settled in Bedford NH (No. 366) about 1768 and was one of a committee on ministry and an elder in the church.
Children of John & Annis (Orr) Aiken:
1. +John Aiken, b. Feb 15, 1759 Londonderry NH; d. Feb 11, 1811 Merrimack NH; m. Dec 25, 1785 to Mary McAffee. She b. May 16, 1763 and d. April 12, 1828, dau of Matthew (McDuffee) McAffee of Bedford NH. He came with his parents to Bedford about 1768; was a Revolutionary soldier at Bennington; about 1790 he removed from No. 366 to a point just beyond the southwest corner of Bedford, in Merrimack NH, where he carried in a farm and a mill, known as Aiken's Mill.
2. +Phineas Aiken, b. Dec 16, 1761 Londonderry NH and d. April 18, 1836 in Bedford NH. He m. Dec 8, 1761 in Londonderry NH to Elizabeth Patterson, dau of Lieut John Patterson of Amherst NH. She was a woman of calm, even temperatment, a continual sunbeam in his home, a member of the church; a great student of the Bible; in her last days she had marked and committed to memory more than one thousand verses thereof. He was an elder in the church, held offices of trust in the town, and represented it at the general court; was a soldier in the Revolution and resided at No. 365.
3. +Margaret Aiken, b. May 29, 1764; d. April 17, 1840; m. Jan 15, 1787 Josiah Chandler of Goffstown NH and Pomfret VT
4. +Susanna Aiken, b. Feb 2, 1766; m. 1790 Jonathan Barron of Merrimack NH, Rockingham VT and Nunda NY.
5. Annis Aiken, b. March 20, 1769 at Bedford NH; d. June 1839; m. 1813 Abner Campbell of Londonderry NH.
6. +Sarah Aiken, b. April 28, 1771 Bedford NH; d. Nov 2, 1851; m. 1791 Samuel Gilchrist and settled on "Holbrook Hill" No. 339. About 1801 they removed to Goffstown NH. She m2nd, April 22, 1822 John Smith of Goffstown NH.
7. +Mary Aiken, b. June 16, 1773 in Bedford NH and d. Jan 26, 1829. She m. April 28, 1814 to William Reed of Litchfield NH.
8. Jane Aiken, b. Feb 12, 1776 in Bedford NH and d. Jan 16, 1866. She is buried at Piscataquog. She m. Nov 17, 1807 James Aiken who d. 1809 in Goffstown NH. She married 2nd, Rev. Walter Harris, D.D. of Dunbarton NH."


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~  John Aiken, buried 1793 in Bedford, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 25, 2016, ( accessed [access date]).