Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Flock of Birds

I post another in a series of weather vane photographs every Wednesday.  This started with images of weathervanes from the Londonderry, New Hampshire area, but now I've found interesting weather vanes all across New England and across the globe.  Sometimes my weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are interesting.  Often my readers tip me off to some very unique or unusual weathervanes, too!  If you know a great weather vane near you, let me know if you'd like to have it featured on this blog.

Today's weather vanes were photographed in New Hampshire.  Two on one house!

Do you know the location of weathervane post #316?  Scroll down to find the answer.

The three geese are on the building to the left,
and the heron is on the building to the right

These two lovely bird weather vanes were seen on a farmhouse on Meetinghouse Road in Bedford, New Hampshire.  This is a large home in the "Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn" style, with an additional garage.   These weathervanes were both installed on cupolas above the roof ridges.  This home dates to 1826.

Over the garage is the elaborate weather vane with the three flying geese.  Birds of all types are popular weathervanes in New England, and usually I see one eagle or one goose, but this group of three is especially nice.   Over the larger barn building is the heron weathervane.  Both weathervanes feature the birds in flight, which ties them together nicely.

I have driven by these two weathervanes many times in the past few years, but finally in April we found a place to pull over so we could walk to the road in front of this home to take photographs.  When the trees leaf out it will be difficult to see these.

Click here to learn more about the typical New England "Big House, Little House, Backhouse, Barn" style of farmhouse:

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


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Flock of Birds", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 21, 2017, ( accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday ~ A Young Man and his Infant Daughter

These gravestones were photographed at the Riverside Cemetery, on Rt. 3A, in Hooksett, New Hampshire.

Dau. of
N.K & M.
Aug. 20, 1849
AE 1 yr 10 mo.
How gloomy all where
She sweetly smil'd

Dec. 2, 1847
AEt. 27
Here lies one we lost so dear
His loss to us it seems severe
But in the silent grave we must leave him
Till the resurrection morn
Then our Saviour will receive him
And restore his lovely form. 

Hazen Davis, born 1796, died 4 May 1858; married Sally Kennerson.  She died 19 June 1854.  They had five children including Nehemiah Kennerson Davis.  Nehemiah was born in 1820 and married Maria French in 1843.  When he was only 27 years old he was killed on the railroad in Hooksett on 2 December 1847.  According to A Genealogy of the Descendants of Abraham Colby and Elizabeth Blaisdell, by Harrison Colby, 1895, page 113 “He was a captain of the militia, in which he took much delight.”   Nehemiah had one child, Alice, born 20 October 1847, barely a month and a half before his untimely death.  She died 20 August 1849 aged 1 year and 10 months.

According to “AuntieJ” at Find A Grave, this headstone was standing upright in 2012 when she photographed it and wrote this note “Nehemiah is buried near Hazen Davis.  Grave stone is close to the fence, making an odd angle necessary in order to get a shot of the entire stone.”  Apparently, sometime in the last five years this stone fell and was placed face up.  

Nehemiah K. Davis at Find A Grave:

Alice Davis at Find A Grave:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ A Young Man and his Infant Daughter", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 20, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Joshua Burnham Proves his Military Service

The Colonel Burnham Homestead in Milford, New Hampshire

Joshua Burnham, my 5th great grandfather, served in the American Revolutionary War, and in 1818 he decided to apply for a military pension.  Lest you think that paperwork, red tape and bureaucracy are anything new, you should read this blog post.

Joshua Burnham, son of Stephen Burnham and Mary Andrews, was born In Gloucester, Massachusetts on 26 January 1754.  He served in the Revolutionary War in 1775 for eight months, and re-enlisted for 1776- 1777 for a term of one year.  In 1779 he married Jemima Wyman, the daughter of Increase Wyman, in Wilton, New Hampshire.  They lived on a large farm in Milford, in a beautiful old homestead which is still standing today as “The Colonel Joshua Burnham Tavern”.  

It appears that Joshua Burnham sold his land and homestead.  He ran into hard times and in 1818 he had to apply for a military pension.  Here are some of the documents he submitted to prove his military career.  Below you will see a sworn affidavit from Joshua, and another three depositions from three friends who served in the military with him during the Revolution.  Each affidavit also has another sworn statement by a court clerk, guaranteeing that the signatures of the friends are genuine. 

I Joshua Burham of Milford in the Coun-
ty of Hillsborough and State of New Hamp-
shire aged sixty four years, declare and
say That in the month of April in the
year one thousand seven hundred and
seventy five at said Milford, then called
Amherst, I enlisted as a private soldier
In Capt. Josiah Crosby’s Company in Col.
James Read’s Regiment in the New Hampshire line in the American
Army to serve eight months and served
the whole of said eight months in said
Crosby’s Company- at the end of which
I enlisted as a private soldier in Capt. ----
Jones’ Company in said Read’s Regiment
To serve one year and served the whole
Of said year in said Jones’ Company-
Serving all said time of service.  I served
at Bunker Hill, New York, Philadelphia, and
in Canada ?? said was in the battle at
Bunker Hill & I was discharged from the
Service with others by the ???
of the Officer, at a place called Aesapus farmer
But known by the name of Kingstown in
the State of New York.
I further declare that I am in reduced
circumstances, have no property, and
am in need of relief and support having
no way to support myself but by my labor,
and my health is very poor beside being
lame in one of my ankles & which has
been a confirmed complaint for about
four years last ??
Witnesses to signature                       Joshua Burnham
Solomon Kittridge
Nathl. Shattuck              sworn to this ????
                                         Before me G. Smith        Associate Justice of the
                                                                                   Court of Common Pleas

I Israel Burnham of Lyndeborough in the
County of Hillsborough do solemnly swear
that I am well acquainted with Joshua Burham
who has given his affidavit on the other side of this
that I know him to be the same person who
served with me in the Continental establish-
ment faithfully for the term of one year in Capt.
Jones’ Company in Col. James Reed’s Regt. In the
New Hampshire Line his service commenced in
Jan. A.D. 1776 & ended in Jan. A.D. 1777.  I was dis-
charged on account of sickness about one fort-
night before my time expired.    ?? the said
Joshua in the service I have no doubt in my
mind but he served out his time.  I was honestly
discharged as he did not return home for about
three weeks after my return.  We both lived
in the same town.
Sworn to this 6th day of July 1818                       Israel Burnam
Before me   J. H. Smith           Associate Justice of Court of C. Pleas

I Nathl. Shattuck of Amherst depose and say
That I have been acquainted with Joshua
Burnam before mentioned for about four-
teen years- I further say that I have had op-
portunity to be acquainted with his property
and know that by misfortune in the
business of a trader he has become poor
and wholly destitute of property, and stands
in need of relief- that he is old and infirm
in health and lame in one of his feet.
Sworn to this 31st day of March AD 1818                    Nathl. Shattuck
before me                J. H. Smith  Associate Justice of the Court
                                                        of Common Pleas

I Joseph Leavitt of Amherst in the County
Of Hillsborough aforesaid do solemnly swear
That I am well acquainted with Joshua Burham
And who has given his affidavit on this sheet
I know him to be the same person who served
In the Continental establishment for the term
Of one year commencing the first part of
Jan. A. D. 1776 & ending the fore part of Jan.
A.D. 1777 his service was alone in Col Reed’s
Reg. in the New Hampshire Line in Capt.
Jones’ Company at which time I served in the
Same Regt. And left the said Joshua in the
Army as he was sick & unable to travel when
I was discharged.  I ??ed to the same Town
With him, now it, Amherst
Sworn to this 6th day of                   Joseph Leavitt
July 1818 Before me                        J. H. Smith -  Associate Justice
                                                                                   The Court of C. Pleas

This certifies that Nathaniel Shattuck, Israel Burnham,
And Joseph Leavitt are all credible witnesses in
Court of Law -             J. H. Smith -            Associate Justice of the
                                                                       Court of Common Pleas


Joshua Burnham was granted his pension in July 1818.  He died in 1835 and his widow applied for a pension which she received until her death in 1843.  I’ll blog more about this next week, because poor widow Jemima Burnham had to do even more paperwork to prove her marriage and her case for her widow’s pension. 

Click on this link for a previous blog post about Col. Joshua Burnham:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Joshua Burnham Proves His Military Service”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 19, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sail Boston 2017 ~ The Tall Ships Have Arrived!

Eagle, US Coast Guard

Yesterday, Saturday June 17, the Sail Boston parade of Tall Ships was delayed about an hour because of heavy fog.  We viewed the parade from the 26th floor observation deck of the Boston Custom tower, and from the 12th floor.  The parade was led by the American coast guard tall ship Eagle, which docked at the Charlestown Navy Yard. 

The tall ships will be in port in Boston until Thursday, June 22nd.  You can view them in their berths from the Navy Yard all the way down to the seaport district at various wharves.  You can visit them in their berths, walk the seaport and view them, or take a water tour which will take you up close to the ships. We did all three!  Many seaport and waterfront restaurants have excellent views, too.

Check the website for more information. 

The Eagle

A cannon salute!

Yes, those are sailors in the rigging
Esmeralda, from Chile

El Galeon from Spain
Click this link to see a blog post about El Galeon's 2016 visit

Oliver Hazard Perry from Rhode Island

Alexander Von Humboldt II, Germany

Nantucket Lightship, not part of the parade of Tall Ships
but it is berthed in East Boston

We viewed the Parade of Sail
from the Custom Tower before our cruise

Boston, seen from the middle of the inner harbor

Navy Yard full of Tall Ships

USS Constitution, in dry dock in the
Charlestown Navy Yard, and the
Bunker Hill Monument

The Coast Guard Eagle berthed in the Charlestown Navy Yard

Custom Tower and
The Old North Church

Europa, from the Netherlands at the
Boston Harbor Hotel seen from the water

The arch at the Harbor Hotel
seen from Atlantic Avenue and
the Europa

Lots of Tall Ships can be seen along the harbor walk near the
Federal Court House in the seaport district


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Sail Boston 2017 ~ The Tall Ships Have Arrived!", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 18, 2017, ( accessed [access date]).

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, "just like fathers", and other special men in the family!

I miss my Dad every Father's Day
Here he was, Jack Wilkinson, as a very young man in 1972
camping at "Maurice's" in Eastham, Massachusetts on Cape Cod

Here's my maternal grandfather, Stanley Allen,
with me and my little sister
at his house in Hamilton, Massachusetts 1975

Vincent, a few minutes after becoming a new father!  1987


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Happy Father's Day", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 18, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ BLACKMAN of Stratford, Connecticut


Adam Blackman, my 10th great grandfather, is of unknown origins, but it is thought he might be from Staffordshire, England. He matriculated at Christ’s College at Oxford University on 28 May 1617 at age 19.  He was ordained as a priest of the Church of England, and he preached at Great Bowden, Leicestershire and in Derbyshire.  During the 1630s he began to follow the Puritan movement. 

It is not known when he came to New England with his family.  He might have traveled under an assumed name since he was a “non-conformist”.  In 1638 he lived at Scituate, Massachusetts. A plantation was ordered in Connecticut in 1639 and Rev. Adam Blakeman was installed as the first minister at Stratford.  He was granted a four acre house lot across from the meetinghouse.  He served as minister there until his death on 7 September 1665. 

His daughter, Mary, is my 9th great grandmother, and his grandson, Joshua Atwater, is my 8th great grandfather.  Rev. Blakeman’s will mentions Joshua Atwater:

“Item.  Concerning my books which I intended for my son Benjamin, seeing his thoughts are after another course of life--that his thoughts be not to attend the work of Christ in the ministry, my wish is that my son Atwater (son-in-law) make his son Joshua a scholar and fit him for that work. I give unto him all my Latin books; but if not they shall be put into my estate and disposed of as my wife any my overseers shall think fit."

Some resources for Rev. Blackman:

The Descendants of Reverend Adam Blackman (1598 - 1665) and His Wife Jane, by Ellwood Count Curtis, Galactic Press, 2006

History And Genealogy Of The Families Of Old Fairfield, by Donald Lines Jacobus,   (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1976) Pp. 81-84

History Of Stratford, Connecticut, 1639-1939 by William Howard Wilcoxson,  (The Stratford Tercentenary Commission, 1939) Pp. 69, 80-81. 

My BLACKMAN genealogy:

Generation 1:  Reverend Adam Blackman, born about 1598 in England, died 7 September 1665 in Stratford, Connecticut; married to Jane Unknown.  Six children.

Generation 2: Mary Blackman, born about 1635, died 9 March 1709 in Salem, Massachusetts; married 6 May 1651 in Stratford to Joshua Atwater, son of John Atwater and Susan Narsin.  He was baptized 2 June 1611 in Lenham, Kent, England and died 16 May 1676 in Boston, Massachusetts. Ten children.

Generation 3: Joshua Atwater m. Rebecca Unknown
Generation 4: Rebecca Atwater m. Lemon Beadle
Generation 5: Rebecca Beadle m. John Becket
Generation 6: Hannah Becket m. Joseph Cloutman
Generation 7: Mary Cloutman m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 8: Abijah Hitchings m. Eliza Ann Treadwell
Generation 9: Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 10: Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 11: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ BLACKMAN of Stratford, Connecticut”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 18, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Flag Day 2017 in the Manchester Millyard, New Hampshire

Back in 1914 Amoskeag Manufacturing mill workers gathered in front of this big flag, for an iconic image that has become part of American folklore.  This photograph by Harlan Marshall has been seen in documentaries, museums, textbooks and advertisements.  I've always loved this photo, especially all the excited mill workers hanging out of the windows!

photo from the Manchester Historic Association website 

Today, Flag Day, at 11:30 this morning, the Brady Sullivan Properties unveiled another big flag in the millyard on the west bank of the Merrimack River.  It is on the Lofts at Millyard West apartment complex.  It will remain here until Monday, June 19th, and will be illuminated at night. Anyone driving through Manchester on the Everett Turnpike (Rt. 293) will have a great view.

Seen from Arms Park across the Merrimack River

Click on this link for a previous blog post about this famous image, and the history of this photograph:

A story about "The Great Flag" and today's ceremony from the Manchester Ink Link website:

Arms Park, with the flag across the River

The famous 1914 image recreated in Lego at the SEE Museum in the Manchester Millyard


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Flag Day 2017 in the Manchester Millyard, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 14, 2017, ( accessed [access date]).

Flag Day!

This flag was photographed in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts

The steeple to the left is the First Parish Congregational Church, and the flagpole is located in the little park just in front of the town hall.   If you look close you can see two weathervanes in this photo, too!

The church weathervane was previously posted at this link:

The almost indecipherable fire engine weathervane near the flagpole is above "Seaside #1", an old fire station now part of the Manchester Historical Society, and I have a previous "Weathervane Wednesday" post about this weathervane at this link:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Flag Day!", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 14, 2017, ( accessed [access date]).

Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Giant Carrot

Weathervane Wednesday is an on-going series of photographs I post weekly.  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 was seen in Orgeon!

Do you know the location of all the weather vanes in post #315?  Scroll down to see the answer...

Today's weathervane was spotted and photographed by reader Jonelle Kenagy.  Jonelle is a friend through the Francis Wyman Association, descendants of Francis Wyman (1594 - 1658), an early settler in Woburn, Massachusetts. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and spied this giant carrot weathervane atop her local New Seasons Market on Hawthorne Street in Portland. I think this giant green and orange carrot is very appropriate for a supermarket, don't you?  The bright colors make it very visible against the grey sky. 

New Seasons Market is privately owned grocery chain local to the Pacific Northwest.  There are none in New England, so I don't know how many have fun weathervanes like this one.  

Thanks for the photo, Jonelle!  I hope to see you again at the next Wyman Family Association reunion. 

New Seasons Market website:

Click here to see all the previous Weathervane Wednesday posts!  


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Giant Carrot", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 14, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Deacon Caleb Wallis, died 1780 ringing the church bell, and his wife

This Tombstone was photographed in the "Ancient Burial Ground" or Abbott-Hale Cemetery in Beverly, Massachusetts

Memory of
who suddenly departed
this life Febry 9th, 1780
Aged 53 years
Come hither mortals cast an eye,
And go they way prepare to die;
Here read your doom for die you must
One day like me return to dust.

In Memory of
Mrs. Rebecca Wallis
wife of
Deacon Caleb Wallis
who departed this Life,
Sepr. 25th, 1786
Aged 62 years.

Deacon Caleb Wallis was born 14 May 1727 in Beverly, and died suddenly on 9 February 1780 while ring the “old South bell”.  He married Rebecca Giles on 24 November 1752 in Beverly.  She was the 2x great granddaughter of the immigrant Edward Giles (about 1610 – about 1656), who was also my 10th great grandfather.   She was the daughter of Eleazar Giles and Rebecca Chapman, born on 5 November 1734 in Beverly, and died 25 September 1796 in Beverly.  They had at least one son, Bartholomew Wallis (1753 – 1828) who married Judith Wood.


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Deacon Caleb Wallis, died 1780 ringing the church bell", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 13, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 

Monday, June 12, 2017

My Grandmother’s Diary ~ Part 27 November 23 – December 31, 1920

1975  Gertrude (in the blue dress) celebrating
her 50th wedding anniversary with her husband, Stanley Allen,
and all seven children

This is the 27th and the last blog post with transcriptions of my grandmother's 1920 diary from Beverly, Massachusetts.  For 27 Mondays in a row I posted a small section of this little diary.  My grandmother's name was Gertrude Hitchings (1905 - 2001) and she lived on Elliott Street in 1920.  Her diary is a tiny 3" book with minuscule handwriting.  It has taken me a long time to transcribe, and the book is very fragile.  It has missing and torn pages, and the end of the book is gone.  This is the end of this project with these December 1920 pages.  You can read the first installment HERE.

TUES. NOV 23, 1920
Up at 6.45 rained hard
all day didn’t go
to school.  Home all after
noon at 4 went down to Helens
took car of Clemont.  Ellsworth
brought us home in the auto
went to bed at 11.30

Up at 6.45 went to school
had short periods home
at 12.15  home all afternoon
Mr. Lowell over.  After supper
Played cards with Mr. L.
Pa & Eunice.  Bed at 10.25

Up at 8 stayed around
the house all day it
snows hard. Russell, Ethel
and Mr. Lowell over all day
same all evening bed at 10.

NOTE:  On Tuesday Gertrude watched her baby nephew, Clemont, son of her eldest sister Helen, who had just turned 1 year old.  Her brother-in-law, Ellsworth, brought her home.  Wednesday was a short day at school because Thursday was Thanksgiving.  Gertrude didn’t mention the holiday at all, but she said it snowed hard, and her brother Russell was there all day with his new wife, Ethel, and the boarder Mr. Lowell.

FRI. NOV 26, 1920
Up at 7.45 got an awful
cold stayed home all the
morning.  After dinner
took a walk up the store.
Stayed at home all the
evening and read
Went to bed at 7.45

Up at 7.45 stayed around
the house all the morn
ing and all the afternoon
Mr. Lowell over.  After supper
we went over to Mrs.
Butler’s and played cards
Went to bed at 11.

Up at 8.45 stayed home
all morning  Helen, Ellsworth
and Baby up all day. After
dinner went to walk with Ida
???[missing]  Ma went to ??
?????[missing] Bed at 9.00

NOTE:   Gertrude is home sick with a cold on Friday, but on Saturday she went to Mrs. Butler’s house, the neighbor, and played cards.  On Sunday her sister Helen, brother-in-law Ellsworth and their baby, Clemont, were up to visit.  She went for a walk with her friend Ida.

MON. NOV. 29, 1920
Up at 6.45 school all the
morning home at 1.15
After dinner Eunice and
I walked up to Ethel’s
and back stayed home
all evening studying
Went to bed at ??? [missing]

Up at 6.45 ???
??? had a ??? home
at 1.15 stayed at home
all the afternoon and
all evening ??
Went to bed at 10.30

Up at 6.45 went to school all
Morning home at 1.15
Stayed at home all after
Noon rained all day. ??
All evening and tatt [missing]

NOTE:     Most of the text in this section is missing.  Gertrude was at school, and went to visit her sister-in-law Ethel with her sister Eunice.  The last thing I can read looks like she was tatting again.  She loved to knit and tat, and mentioned it many times through out this little diary.  It’s difficult to read these last pages.   All the pages from December 2nd through December 19th are missing.  It would have been fun to read about Christmas 1920!

MON. DEC. 20, 1920
Up at 6.45 went to
school all morning home at
1.15.  After dinner went
skating up to “blackbird”
great skating.  Went skating
after supper up there
Went to bed at 10.30

Up at 6.45 went to school
had a ?? class ?? home at
1.15 went skating all afternoon
and all evening up to
blackbird  home at
10.  Went to bed at 10.15

Up at 6.45 went to school
all morning.  After dinner
Eunice & I went to Salem
shopping.  After supper
went skating home at 9.45
[went] to bed at 10.

NOTE:  I’m not sure about the reference to “skating up to “blackbird””   There was a pen business named Blackbird in the Beverly City Directory (F. H. Blackbird)    It appears it must have been a very cold December if they were ice skating already!    

WED. DEC 29, 2910
Up at 8.15 stayed home all
the morning.  After dinner
went sledding over to the links
also went skiing over the meadow
after supper went sledding
over to ??? until
9.20 Went to bed at 10.

Up at 8.30 stayed home [all]
the morning. After dinner
Sybil & Hilda come up went
sledding over the meadow but
it was not good.  Went sledding
after supper over to the golf
links.  Went to bed at 10.

[Update:  Thanks to reader Laurie Stevens from Beverly for helping with the transcriptions of this page!]

Up at 7.45 stayed home all
morning and worked.  Stayed
around the house all afternoon
Ida came over.  After supper [missing]
To the Logan’s New Year’s Party
??? [missing]

NOTE:  More skating, sledding and skiing.  It must have been an early winter in Beverly.  Gertrude mentions sledding on the golf links.  They lived on Elliott Street, near the United States Shoe Corporation golf course, which is now the Beverly municipal golf course.  There was a party for New Year’s Eve.


This is the end of Gertrude’s diary, but not the end of the story.  Three years later, in 1923, the Hitchings family moved from Beverly to nearby Hamilton, Massachusetts.  Gertrude never finished her last year of high school because of this move.  However, on Valentine's Day 1925 she had married the boy next door, my grandfather Stanley Elmer Allen (1904 – 1982).   They had five boys and two girls who all grew up in Hamilton on Roosevelt Avenue.

Stanley worked at several estates in the area, and then spent 40 years working as a glazier for the US Shoe Corporation in Beverly, the same place Gertrude's father had worked as a draftsman when she lived in Beverly.  Both of my grandfathers and two great grandfathers worked at "The Shoe".  My other grandmother, Bertha Wilkinson,  worked there as a "Rosie the Riveter" during World War II, but my Nana, Gertrude, stayed home to watch her seven children.  My father worked at "The Shoe" as a security guard to help pay for college.  Many other uncles and cousins worked at "The Shoe". 

Gertrude died on 3 November 2001, she was 96 years old and out lived her husband by nineteen years.  She had seven children, twenty nine grandchildren and thirty five great grandchildren who all called her "Nana".  Up until she was in her eighties she still knitted mittens and other items for everyone in the family each Christmas.  

You can read my "Surname Saturday" post for the HITCHINS lineage here:

You can read my "Surname Saturday" post for the ALLEN family here:  

Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “My Grandmother’s Diary ~ Part 25, Part 27 November 23 – December 31, 1920”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 29, 2017, ( accessed [access date]).