Saturday, October 21, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ FORTUNE of Marblehead

FORTUNE / FORTIN

Elias Fortune, my 9th great grandfather, first  arrived in Marblehead as a fisherman for Moses Maverick, my 10th great grandfather in another lineage.    He was granted a lot of land in Marblehead, Massachusetts in 1673 [Essex Register of Deeds, book 39, leaf 22].  Not much is known about Elias, except that he built a house on his lot and lived there.  This house was gone in 1729 when his son, Samuel Fortune, sold this land to his brother-in-law. [Essex Registry of Deeds, Book 55, leaf 96].

Elias married Mary Pittman, the daughter of another Marblehead fisherman, Thomas Pittman, and they had thirteen children.  Elias Fortune’s will left his estate to his wife, and eight surviving children. (See below).   I descend from his daughter, Mary, who married Samuel Hoyle, my 8th great grandparents.

Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638- 1881. Online database. American Ancestors.org.  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014 https://www.americanancestors.org/DB515/i/13765/9780-co1/245240739   accessed October 9, 2017.   Probate no. 9780, page 4


"The Last Will and Testament of Elias Fortune
Of Marblehead in the County of Essex

I Elias Fortune being sick in body, but sound memory, and being desirous to
settle the estate lent me by God, Doe by these patents revoke all former Wills by
me made, and declare this onely to be my last Will and Testament ??? I commit my
soul into the hands of God my Creator and Redeemer, my body to the earth dec-
ently to be buried, my temporall estate I dispose of as followes, I will that all
my just Debts be firstly satisfied by my Exectutrix hereafter named, and as to the
Remainder of my estate, I will that ye who of ye same, Reall and personal with all
the profits and benefits thereof so abide and remain in the hands and possession of
my dear wife Mary for her comfortable maintenance, so long as she continues, and
remains a Widdow, and for ye educating of my children till they shall come of Age,
and furthermore I do will, that after my wife’s decease, if not remarried, what ever
of my estate, Reall or personal shall be found left, descend to and be enjoyed by my children
equally part and part alike, and hold to by them and their Heirs for ever, being named
Elias, John, Samuel, Elizabeth, Sarah, Mary, Rebecca, Anna,  Elias namely my eldest
son to have my ??? and I do also hereby give liberty to my wife Mary, in case of
her reall need, to alienate in her life time, so much as shall be judged by her friends
necessary, of any part of the Reall estate, whither of that given her by her father
or any other any other, that she may not be brought to want; for case my wife see cause to marry
again, I doe then give her Ten pound, of such of the moveables as she shall take
the estate then left, I will it be forthwith distributed equally among my children
my eldest son Elias to have the first choice, and be executor, take the inheritance
of his Uncle Thomas Pitman in the affair, desiring there may be no strife among my chil-
dren, but that all acquainted in their determination, impairing also my children
Hereby to make any ?? of any part of their lands one to another for
conveniency sake, I appoint my dear wife Mary full and solo Executrix
of this my Will and my Brother Thomas Pitman Overseer of this my will
and to see that all my children may have their just Right according to this my Will.
In witness where of I have hereunto sett my hand and seale this nineteenth
Day of January: Anno Dom: one thousand, seven hundren and four/five.

Signed, Sealed and declared                                   Elias    EL         Fortune
In the presence of:                                                       his marke
Thomas   TD Dod   son
His marke
James Hawkings
Thomas dod Junr
Samuel Cheever"



For more about Elias Fortune:

Farmers and Fishermen: Two Centuries of Work in Essex County, Massachusetts, 1630 - 1850, by Daniel Vickers, 1994, Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press,  see page 134.

Marblehead in the Year 1700, by Sidney Perley, see page 52 (available online at the Marblehead Museum website http://marbleheadmuseum.org/Perley%20Final-1.pdf )

My FORTUNE genealogy:

Generation 1:  Elias Fortune, born about 1640, probably in England; died November 1705 in Marblehead, Massachusetts; married about 1669 to Mary Pitman, daughter of Thomas Pitman and Joan Unknown.  She was born about 1648 in Salem, Massachusetts, and died 1734 in Marblehead.  Thirteen children.

Generation 2:  Mary Fortune, born 1680 in Salem, died October 1710 in Marblehead, married on 16 November 1699 in Marblehead to Samuel Hoyle, so of John Hoyle and Anne Knight.  He was born 15 January 1677 in Marblehead, and died October 1710 in Marblehead.

Generation 3:  Mary Hoyle m. Peter Homan
Generation 4:  William Homan m. Elizabeth Unknown
Generation 5:  Thomas Homan m. Tabitha Glover
Generation 6: Betsey Jillings Homan m. Jabez Treadwell
Generation 7: Eliza Ann Treadwell m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 8:  Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 9:  Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 10:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~  FORTUNE of Marblehead”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 21, 2017, (https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/10/surname-saturday-fortune-of-marblehead.html: accessed [access date]).

Friday, October 20, 2017

Along the Pilgrim Trail ~ William Mullins of Dorking, Surrey, England

Along the Pilgrim Trail #6
  
Mullins descendants pose in front of the home of the Mullins family in Dorking, Surrey, England

Vincent and I recently took the General Society of Mayflower Descendants Historic Sites Tour of England, Wales and The Netherlands along with 41 other enthusiast participants (known as "The 43").  We traced the footsteps of the Separatists and the Mayflower passengers and crew all around these countries with some amazing tour directors, guides, historians and authors.  We were given access to places off the usual tourist trails, and behind the scenes.  We had a wonderful time, and I will be blogging about it over the next few weeks.

If you have been following this series you will see that some of the ancestral homes of the Pilgrims are quite interesting and open to the public, and some are churches which are not open all the time, and then again, some are private homes not open at all, or just ruins.  In Dorking, Surrey, England, we almost didn’t even stop.  Our tour director was planning on just driving the coach past this site, but when he spied a place to park the coach… plans changed!  All the Mullins descendants and most of the rest of the bus ran out to get photos.

Dorking is the home town of William Mullins (about 1572 – 1621), who was a Mayflower passenger and who also signed the Mayflower compact.  You may not know his story because he was one of the unfortunate passengers who died in the first cold winter in New England, along with his wife Alice and his son Joseph.  Fortunately, his daughter Priscilla survived, and later married John Alden.  The Aldens had eleven children, and  left many descendants, as you can see in the photo below!  Her father was the first to write a will, written by Governor John Carver and witnessed by Captain Christopher Jones of the Mayflower, and his ship surgeon Giles Healey. 

The Mullins family left two older children in England, Sarah (who married a Blunden) and William, possibly the children of William Mullins’ first wife.  It is unknown if these children left descendants.  The house in Dorking was quite large, because William Mullins was considered to be a prosperous man.  This building was sold in 1619 for 280 pounds, probably to liquidate his estate before his trip to the New World. According to some sources, he brought 300 pairs of shoes and boots on the Mayflower.   William Mullins’ will mentions his large inventory of shoes, and that he was from Dorking.
  

There is a "Mullins Coffee Shop" in this building now
Seen near the Mullins house!


Part 1 of this series "Babworth, Nottinghamshire":

Part 2 of this series “Scrooby Manor, Nottinghamshire, England

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Along the Pilgrim Trail ~ William Mullins of Dorking,  Surrey, England”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 20, 2017, (https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/10/along-pilgrim-trail-william-mullins-of.html: accessed [access date]).

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above a Bandstand

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 vane was photographed in New Hampshire.

Do you know the location of weathervane post #333?  Scroll down to find the answer.



This weathervane was photographed in Sunapee, New Hampshire on the Ben Mere bandstand in the small park on the corner of Lake Avenue and Burkhaven Hill Road.  This goose weathervane is very appropriate since it is located one block from Lake Sunapee Harbor.  The bandstand has a great view of the harbor and lake.

There are summer concerts every Wednesday night at this bandstand from 7 to 9pm.   This bandstand is the site of the Ben Mere Inn, which stood here from the 1890s until 1967.   A committee of residents purchased the lot and donated the land to the town as a park.  The bandstand was built in 1987.

Click here for a video of the demolition of the Ben Mere Inn:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8OHdJjVaHU  


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above a Bandstand", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 18, 2017, (https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/10/weathervane-wednesday-above-bandstand.html: accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday ~ My 5th Great Grandfather, Abner Poland (1761 - 1835), Enfield, New Hampshire

This tombstone was photographed at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Enfield, New Hampshire.


GOVE
ABNER POLAND
DIED
Jan. 14, 1835
AE. 74
SARAH,
His Wife died
Nov. 10, 1846
AE. 86




ELIJAH GOVE
DIED
May 29, 1845
AE. 58
EDNOR,
His Wife died
Sept. 26, 1865
AE. 72

Abner Poland, Jr., son of Abner Poland (1736 - 1824) and Dorothy Burnham, was born 17 May 1761 in Essex, Massachusetts, and died 14 January 1835 in Enfield, New Hampshire; married on 20 March 1783 in Essex to Sarah Burnham, daughter of Westley Burnham and Deborah Story.  Abner received bounty land in Enfield as part of his reward for Revolutionary War Service.

Abner and Sarah had eight children:  Sally, Abner, Ruth, Mary, David, Ednor, Thomas Emerson, and Beniah.  Their daughter Ednor Poland (1793 - 1865) married on 11 April 1810 in Ipswich, Massachusetts to Elijah Gove, son of Nathan Gove and Rhoda Prescott.  They lived in the nearby town of Canaan, New Hampshire.  After Abner's death, Sarah went to live with her daughter, Ednor Poland Gove in Canaan.  They are all listed on the GOVE family obelisk in the Oak Grove Cemetery.



The Oak Grove Cemetery is located on the hill behind the Community Lutheran Church on Main Street in Enfield, New Hampshire.

Click here for my POLAND genealogy:
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2015/04/surname-saturday-poland-of-essex-county.html 

Click here for Sarah Poland's will:
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2015/10/sarah-burnham-polands-1845-last-will.html

Click here for a fun blog post about finding Abner Poland's military discharge papers at NARA - signed by George Washington!
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2015/10/sarah-burnham-polands-1845-last-will.html


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ My 5th Great Grandfather, Abner Poland (1761 - 1835), Enfield, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 18, 2017, (https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/10/tombstone-tuesday.html: accessed [access date]).

Monday, October 16, 2017

Along the Pilgrim Trail ~ Stephen Hopkins of Upper Clatford, Hampshire, England

Along the Pilgrim Trail, Part 5

All Saints Church, Upper Clatford, Hampshire, England

Vincent and I recently took the General Society of Mayflower Descendants Historic Sites Tour of England, Wales and The Netherlands along with 41 other enthusiast participants (known as "The 43").  We traced the footsteps of the Separatists and the Mayflower passengers and crew all around these countries with some amazing tour directors, guides, historians and authors.  We were given access to places off the usual tourist trails, and behind the scenes.  We had a wonderful time, and I will be blogging about it over the next few weeks.

On our tour we stopped at many small churches in tiny little English villages. One of the first village churches we toured was All Saints in Upper Clatford, Hampshire, where Stephen Hopkins (1581 – 1644) of the Mayflower was baptized on 30 April 1581.  He was the son of John Hopkins and Elizabeth Williams.  He was minister’s clerk, and worked for the Virginia Company.  He left on board the Sea Venture in 1609 for Jamestown, Virginia, but was shipwrecked in Bermuda.  The castaways rebuilt two new boats and reached Jamestown in 1610.  Sometime later Hopkins returned to London, and found that his wife had died.  He remarried to Elizabeth Fisher and in 1620 boarded the Mayflower with his family for the New World a second time.

A copy of the baptism record of Stephen Hopkins
is on display inside All Saints church

The Stephen Hopkins descendants posed for a group photo
in front of the altar with Jane from All Saints church

This rural church was surrounded by grazing cows and sheep, with a tidy little churchyard full of interesting gravestones.  Even those of us who were not Hopkins descendants were enchanted! The church building was originally erected in the 12th century, and today it looks much like it did when Stephen Hopkins attended services here.

Jane, the church historian who gave us a tour, informed us that PBS had been to the church recently with the author and historian Caleb Johnson to film a documentary about the life of Stephen Hopkins.  I can’t wait!  His life story is like an action adventure movie.

Stay tuned for more coming soon!

Yes, those are cows right next to the church gate!


Views of the picturesque churchyard at Upper Clatford



The Upper Clatford welcome committee!


Part 1 of this series "Babworth, Nottinghamshire":

Part 2 of this series “Scrooby Manor, Nottinghamshire”:

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Along the Pilgrim Trail ~ Stephen Hopkins of Upper Clatford, Hampshire, England”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 16, 2017, (https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/10/along-pilgrim-trail-stephen-hopkins-of.html: accessed [access date]). 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ HOMAN of Marblehead

Edward Homan Probate 1713, naming his wife as "Richard"

Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1881.Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.)  https://www.americanancestors.org/DB515/i/13767/13732-co5/30230114


HOMAN / HOLMAN / HOLEMAN / HOLMEN / HOLDMAN / HOOMAN / HAMMON / HOEMAN

Two brothers, Gabriel and Edward Homan, settled in Marblehead, Massachusetts in the mid 1600s.  Edward Homan (about 1646 – 1713) is my 9th great grandfather.  He was one of the first fourteen householders in Marblehead before 1660.  He married about 1668 to Richard Brimblecomb, the DAUGHTER of John and Tabitha Brimblecomb of Marblehead.  Her name Richard can be seen in his last will and testament written in 1713.  They had five children born in Marblehead.  The Edward Homan house is still standing in Marblehead at 29 – 31 Circle Street, and is dated about 1670, and the right side of the house was built about 1802 or 1803.

Edward Homan, Jr. (1668 – 1714), my 8th great grandfather, died a year  after his father in Marblehead.  He married Elizabeth Gould in 1692 in Marblehead, and they had six children.  Edward, Jr. was called “a planter” and “a cooper”, and he bought land from Christopher Lattamore in 1680 [Essex Registry of Deeds, book 2, leaf 89].

Peter Homan (b. 1699) was my 7th great grandfather.  He married in 1723 to Mary Hoyle, daughter of Samuel Hoyle and Mary Fortune of Marblehead.  They had seven children.  Their eldest, William Homan (b. 1725), my 6th great grandfather, married about 1758 to Elizabeth and had a son named Thomas (about 1758 – 1832), my 5th great grandfather.  Thomas Homan’s wife, Tabitha Glover, was the niece of Brigadier General John Glover (1732 – 1797) of Revolutionary War fame.   Thomas served in the American Revolutionary War, too, under Capt. Putnam as a private in Massachusetts in 1776 for one year.  He applied for a pension in 1818.

Betsey Jillings Homan (1792 – 1874), my 4th great grandmother, was the last in this line of HOMANs.  She married Jabez Treadwell of Ipswich, and they resided in Salem, where their seven children were born. 

For more about the HOMAN family:

The Holmans in America, by David Emory Holman, 1909, Volume 1

The Edward Homan House, MACRIS (Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System)  http://mhc-macris.net/Details.aspx?MhcId=MAR.1228 accessed September 7, 2017

My HOLMAN genealogy:

Generation 1:  Edward Homan, born about 1646, died December 1713 in Marblehead; married about 1668 to Richard Brimblecomb, daughter of John Brimblecomb and Tabitha Unknown.  She was born about 1646 probably in Modbury, Devonshire, England, and died December 1719 in Marblehead, Massachusetts.  They had five children.

Generation 2:   Edward Homan born about 1668 in Marblehead, died July 1714 in Marblehead; married on 27 October 1692 in Marblehead to Elizabeth Gould, daughter of Alexander Gould and Margaret Brown.  She was born about 1667 and died after 26 December 1719.  Six children.

Generation 3:   Peter Homan was born 26 June 1699 in Marblehead; married on 12 December 1723 in Marblehead to Mary Hoyle, daughter of Samuel Hoyle and Mary Fortune.  She was baptized on 21 March 1702/3 in Marblehead.  They had seven children.

Generation 4:  William Homan, baptized 25 July 1725 in Marblehead; married to Elizabeth Unknown; at least one child.

Generation 5:  Thomas Homan, born about 1758 and died 20 January 1832 in Marblehead; married on 28 November 1782 in Marblehead to Tabitha Glover, daughter of Daniel Glover and Hannah Jillings.  She was baptized on 10 February 1765 and died 13 March 1837 in Marblehead.  They had seven children.

Generation 6:  Betsey Jilling Homan, baptized on 14 October 1792 in Marblehead, died 6 April 1874 in Salem, Massachusetts; married on 17 November 1811 in Marblehead to Jabez Treadwell, son of Nathaniel Treadwell and Mary Hovey.  He was born 17 October 1788 in Ipswich, and died 4 November 1840 in Salem.  Seven children.

Generation 7:   Eliza Ann Treadwell m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 8:  Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 9:  Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 10: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ HOMAN of Marblehead”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 14, 2017, (https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/10/surname-saturday-homan-of-marblehead.html: accessed [access date]). 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Along the Pilgrim Trail ~ Harwich, Essex, England

Along the Pilgrim Trail, Part 4



Vincent and I recently took the General Society of Mayflower Descendants Historic SitesTour of England, Wales and The Netherlands along with 41 other enthusiast participants (known as "The 43").  We traced the footsteps of the Separatists and the Mayflower passengers and crew all around these countries with some amazing tour directors, guides, historians and authors.  We were given access to places off the usual tourist trails, and behind the scenes.  We had a wonderful time, and I will be blogging about it over the next few weeks.

Harwich in Essex, England is an old coastal town on the North Sea.  It was once the home of the Royal Navy Dockyard from 1652 until 1992.  Today the international ferry runs from here to the Hook of Holland (Hoek van Holland).   In our tour, tracing the footsteps of the Pilgrims, we learned that the Captain of the Mayflower, and part owner of the ship, Christopher Jones, Jr. (about 1570 – 1622) was born here.  Harwich is currently the home of the Harwich Mayflower Project (see below).

"The appraisment and valuation of one fortopsail
and one maintopsail one forebunnett and piece of
forsail taken up at sea (by C'psr Jones of Harwich,
 Mr. of the Mayflower of the same place) near Gore end.
Praised by us, John Holborne and James Seger,
mariners, the 14th of January 1610
"
PRO, HCA 12/74
This plaque was on display at the Harwich Mayflower Project
Christopher Jones, Sr. and his wife, Sybil, lived in Harwich, and had a son named Christopher Jones, Jr. about 1570.  The Jones familes, for both generations, lived in a house on Kings Head Street only one block from the waterfront.  Across the street is a pub named “The Alma” which is where Jones’s first wife, Sara Twitt lived.  Christopher Jones and Sara Twitt married on 27 December 1593 at the St. Nicholas Church.  She died in 1603 with no surviving children.  Captain Jones married a second time later in 1603 to Josian, the widow of Richard Gray, at St. Nicholas Church in Harwich.  He had eight children with Josian, and named one of his ships Josian.


Kings Head Street

Captain Christopher Jones House






The Alma Pub across the street from the Jones House

In 1609 Christopher Jones became part owner of the Mayflower.  The Jones family removed to Rotherhithe, London in 1611, where he lived until he died in 1622, shortly after returning from New England. 

I’ll be blogging about Rotherhithe a bit later… stay tuned!

On the waterfront at Harwich is this cute, tiny, free museum
about the Mayflower and Captain Christopher Jones

After touring the waterfront, we were treated to a tour of the Harwich Mayflower Project.  The team at this venture have been endeavoring to build a replica of the Mayflower for the 400th anniversary of the voyage to New England.  They would like to have it finished by 2020 and sail it to Plymouth, Massachusetts.  They have a long way to go on fundraising several million pounds, and to starting to build the ship.


They are assembling the keel of the Mayflower replica

Every penny and pound helps
this effort in Harwich

Part 1 of this series "Babworth, Nottinghamshire":

Part 2 of this series “Scrooby Manor, Nottinghamshire, England”

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Along the Pilgrim Trail ~ Harwich, Essex, England”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 13, 2017, (https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/10/along-pilgrim-trail-harwich-essex.html: accessed [access date]). 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Please Contribute to the Honor Roll Project for Veteran's Day 2017

WWI Honor Roll at Acworth, New Hampshire
photo by Denise Picard Lindgren

Please join me in the Honor Roll Project.  Volunteers are taking photos of war memorials and honor rolls, posting them on their blogs and websites, and transcribing the names of all the people listed.  These transcriptions make the names available for search engines, and the names will be available for people searching for family, ancestors and friends.

I started this project in 2010 with the photos of the Londonderry Civil War monument, and then followed with the other war monuments on the town common, Derry’s MacGregor Park and other local honor rolls.  Other bloggers and photographers were invited to participate.  We now have contributions from nearly all the United States, and from five other countries.  The email and comments I have read are truly inspiring, and it makes it well worth the effort to transcribe names when you read how family members found their fathers and grandfathers online, or how families searching their family trees find ancestors who served in the Civil War or World War I. 

"I never knew my ancestor was in the Civil War until I Googled his name and found it on your blog! Thanks so much for your project - Charles Chase" 13 Dec 2011

" Thank you! Aina Bernier- daughter of Ernest Albert Bernier, Jr." 27 Jan 2011

If you would like to participate this year, I will be posting a compilation post of all the participating bloggers on Veteran's Day, Saturday, November 11th.  All contributions will be permanently available on the Honor Roll Project website at https://honorrollproject.weebly.com/    Every November for Veteran’s / Armistice Day I publicize this project for more volunteers and contributors, and again in May I publicize the project for Memorial Day . 

To participate, leave me a comment below or an email at vrojomit@gmail.com   All you need to do is photograph a local honor roll or war monument, and transcribe the names.  If you have a blog, post the story, photos and transcriptions and send me the permanent link for the Honor Roll Project.  If you don’t have a blog, I can post the photo and names for you and add it to the Honor Roll Project, giving you full credit for the photography and transcription.  Or contact your favorite genealogy blogger, and they would be happy to post your photo and transcription, too. 

This is a simple way of saying “Thank You” to all the veterans in our communities- past and present. 

The Honor Roll Project Page:  https://honorrollproject.weebly.com/

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Weathervane Wednesday ~ An old Stable

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 vane was photographed in Massachusetts by a reader.


Do you know the location of weathervane post #332?  Scroll down to find the answer.








This weathervane sits on a cupola above the Metropolitan Police Stable building located at 1 Land Boulevard in East Cambridge, Massachusetts.  You might recognize it as the small brick building now located next to the Museum of Science garage.  This 1910 building was originally a stable for police horses, and then used as a garage for police vehicles. The Metropolitan Police used this building until the 1990s, and it is now vacant.  According to the website below it was slated for exterior repairs in 2013. It doesn’t appear that this was completed (or they forgot to fix the weathervane!).

The Metropolitan District Commission Police were formed in 1893 for law enforcement on all MDC properties, including reservoirs, waterways and watersheds, and full jurisdiction throughout Greater Boston.  The MDC police were merged into the Massachusetts State Police in 1992, and no longer exist.


This photograph is dated Aug. 16, 1912
The Museum of Science is now located in the foreground,
where the men are playing a game of baseball.
From https://www.digitalcommonwealth.org/
The Massachusetts Archives Photography website.



Today’s weathervane photograph was sent to me by Rebecca Colbath Carlino.  She took the photo from the Museum of Science garage.

Thanks, Rebecca!

For more information: 

From the State of Massachusetts website (the old stable building):

The History of the MDC Police http://mdcpolicephotos.weebly.com/history.html


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ An old Stable", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 11, 2017, (https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/10/weathervane-wednesday-old-stable.html: accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday ~ An Infant, 1811, Windham, New Hampshire

This tombstone was photographed at the Cemetery on the Plain in Windham, New Hampshire.  This diminutive little stone with its delicate carving of a weeping willow caught my eye for a Tombstone Tuesday photo.


AN
Infant child
of Sam and Mary
Anderson; died
Nov. 11, 1811


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Transcribed from History of Windham in New Hampshire, by Leonard Allison Morrison, 1884, page 311

"40. Deacon Samuel [Anderson] 26 (John, Samuel, James) was b. March 3, 1781.  He lived upon the homestead in Windham, which is now in possession of Joseph P. Crowell.  His father deeded him 187 acres on Jan. 1, 1808; was made an elder under Rev. Calvin Cutler, in 1833; was selectman in 1821, '22, '25, '26, '35, '38; representative in 1827 and '28.  He was a genial, mild-mannered, and much respected citizen.  He m. Dec. 25, 1810, Mary Wilson, wo d. Aug. 29, 1843; ae. 58 yrs.; he m. 2nd Feb. 27, 1849 Elizabeth Armstrong, who d. Nov. 23, 1878, ae. 89 yrs. 5 mos.  He d. Jan. 5, 1864. Children, born in Windham: -

43 Infant son b. Nov. 11, 1811; d. young."


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ An Infant, 1811, Windham, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 10, 2017, (https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/10/tombstone-tuesday-infant-1811-windham.html: accessed [access date]).

Monday, October 9, 2017

Along the Pilgrim Trail ~ Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England

Along the Pilgrim Trail, Part 3

The Old Hall at Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England

Vincent and I recently took the General Society of Mayflower Descendants Historic Sites Tour of England, Wales and The Netherlands along with 41 other enthusiast participants (known as "The 43").  We traced the footsteps of the Separatists and the Mayflower passengers and crew all around these countries with some amazing tour directors, guides, historians and authors.  We were given access to places off the usual tourist trails, and behind the scenes.  We had a wonderful time, and I will be blogging about it over the next few weeks.

Gainsborough is an old medieval town in the middle of the area where the Separatists sprang to life in Lincolnshire.  There is an Old Hall built in the 1400s, which probably looks much like Scrooby Manor’s Great Hall when William Brewster grew up there. This Old Hall still looks much like it did when King Richard III and King Henry VIII both stayed there.  

The very wealthy William Hickman bought the Old Hall in 1596, and he had non-conformist religious beliefs (Puritan).   He let some of the Separatists use the Old Hall for secret worship ceremonies before leaving for The Netherland in 1609, lead by Reverends John Smyth and John Robinson.  The United Reformed Church, a block away, was named the John Robinson Memorial Church in his honor.

We had a fantastic tour of the Old Hall lead by an enthusiast guide who even dressed up like a Pilgrim for us!  She led us through the history of the Hall from medieval times to the days of the Pilgrims. We learned that the Hall was used for sleeping, eating, celebrating, and all sorts of ceremonies.  King Henry VIII would ride his horse right into the hall and dismount at the head table for feasts. Visiting the medieval kitchen was a highlight of the tour.

It was very interesting to see how the Separatists lived in a time that spanned the post medieval world, the Reformation, and the beginnings of American History. What a fascinating time period!

Inside the Old Hall where feasts and ceremonies took place
as well as ordinary sleeping and living 

The Old Hall still looks like it did when it was built 600 years ago

Some of the fixings for a nobleman's dinner

We had a tour of the medieval kitchens, fit for feasting! 

The young noblemen would learn deference to their lords
by serving them at feasts. Here they would pick up the dishes
from the kitchens and deliver them to the great Old Hall.


Rev. John Robinson Memorial Church

+ TO THE
GLORY OF GOD
THIS STONE IN MEMORY OF
JOHN ROBINSON PASTOR AND EXILE
WAS LAID ON JUNE 29TH 1896
BY THE HON. T. F. BAYARD
AMBASSADOR IN ENGLAND
OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


The Gainsborough Old Hall website:  https://www.gainsborougholdhall.com/  

My lineage from Rev. John Robinson is at this link:

Part 1 of this series "Babworth, Nottinghamshire":

Part 2 of this series "Scrooby Manor"

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Along the Pilgrim Trail ~ Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 9, 2017, (https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/10/along-pilgrim-trail-gainsborough.html: accessed [access date]). 

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ SPENCER of Lynn, Massachusetts


SPENCER / SPENSER

Four Spencer brothers all came to settle in New England at about the same time.  Michael Spencer (1611 – 1653), my 10th great grandfather, and his brothers, my 10th great grand uncles (William Spencer, Thomas Spencer and Jared Spencer) probably did not arrive together on the same ship.  Elizabeth, the wife of Timothy Tomlins, was probably their sister.

The eminent genealogist Donald Lines Jacobus wrote a series of articles in the 1951 and 1952 issues of The American Genealogist on the ancestors and descendants of these four Spencers.  I would encourage you to read these articles if you are a Spencer descendant, as well as the long sketch about Michael Spencer in the Great Migration series. 

Michael Spencer died young, leaving his widow Isabel with small children.  At least one of these children, Michael, was named in a guardianship record naming Isabel’s second husband, Thomas Robbins.  My 9th great grandmother, Susannah Spencer, probably lived with her mother and stepfather in Salem, too.  She was married there in 1664 to Daniel Bacon.

Some SPENCER resources:

"The Four Spencer Brothers: Their Ancestors and Descendants" by Donald Lines Jacobus, The American Genealogist, Volume 27, pages 79- 87, and pages 161 - 185 (continued in Volume 28). 

The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634 – 1635, Robert Charles Andeson, Volume VI, pages 436-439.

My SPENCER genealogy:

Generation 1:  Michael Spencer, son of Gerard Spencer and Alice Whitbread, baptized on 5 May 1611 in Stotfold, Bedfordshire, England, died before 29 November 1653 in Lynn, Massachusetts; married about 1640 to Isabel Unknown. Three (possibly four) children.

Generation 2:  Susannah Spencer, born about 1643 in Lynn, died 1719 in Salem, Massachusetts; married on 1 August 1664 in Salem to Daniel Bacon, son of Daniel Bacon and Mary Read.  He was born about 1641 in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and died 1720 in Salem. Seven children.  

Generation 3:  John Bacon and Hannah King
Generation 4:  Tabitha Bacon and Jonathan Glover
Generation 5:  Daniel Glover and Hannah Jillings
Generation 6:  Tabitha Glover  and Thomas Homan
Generation 7:  Betsey Jillings Homan and Jabez Treadwell
Generation 8:  Eliza Ann Treadwell and Abijah Hitchings
Generation 9:  Abijah Franklin Hitchings and Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 10:  Arthur Treadwell Hitchings and Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 11:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings and Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ SPENCER of Lynn, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 7, 2017, (https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/10/surname-saturday-spencer-of-lynn.html:  accessed [access date]). 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Along the Pilgrim Trail ~ Scrooby Manor, Nottinghamshire, England

Along the Pilgrim Trail, Part 2

Scrooby Manor

Vincent and I recently took the General Society of Mayflower Descendants Historic Sites Tour of England, Wales and The Netherlands along with 41 other enthusiast participants (known as "The 43").  We traced the footsteps of the Separatists and the Mayflower passengers and crew all around these countries with some amazing tour directors, guides, historians and authors.  We were given access to places off the usual tourist trails, and behind the scenes.  We had a wonderful time, and I will be blogging about it over the next few weeks.

After visiting All Saints Church in Babworth, our guide, the author Sue Allan, took us to Scrooby Manor, which is just a few miles away.  The Manor House belonged to the Archbishops of York, and the baliff was William Brewster, who passed the job on to his son, William Brewster.  The son William was the Separatist who attended the sermons of Rev. Richard Clyfton in Babworth. The elder Brewster died in 1590.

Sue Allan welcomed us to Scrooby Manor

When Clyfton was excommunicated in 1607 for being a non-conformist, they began to hold secret worship meetings in a room at Scrooby Manor.  The Reverend John Robinson became their spiritual leader.  After several threats of persecution and arrest, the Scrooby Congregation decided to leave together for The Netherlands, where Clyfton had fled.  This Scrooby Congregation was the first part of the group which became the Pilgrim Fathers.

During the tour Sue pointed out the upper room where the secret meetings probably took place, as well as describing the entire manor that once stood on this spot.  Most of the buildings are now gone, but we all posed for a photo in front of the one that remained.  Brewster and Bradford descendants posed, too, as well as the Jackson descendants (because of the new revelations about this lineage made at the 2017 Mayflower Congress by Caleb Johnson, using his collaborative research with Sue Allan - Susannah White Winslow was born Susannah Jackson and grew up in Scrooby Manor.  According to Jeremy Bangs' article in the 2014 Mayflower Descendant this building is where the Jackson family lived, and the Brewsters lived in the Great Hall which is no longer standing).


"On the three hundredth anniversary
of the sailing of the Mayflower
with the Pilgrim Fathers to New
England, this tablet was unveiled
by the representatives of the
Anglo-American Society, in
commemoration of the heroic virtues
of the little band of lovers
of truth and freedom which first met
in this place.
September 2,      1920"      

"This tablet is erected by the
Pilgrim Society of Plymouth,
Massachusetts, United States of
America, to mark the site of the
ancient manor house where lived
WILLIAM BREWSTER,
From 1588 to 1608, and where he
organized the Pilgrim Church, of
which he became the ruling elder, and
with which, in 1608, he removed to
Amsterdam, in 1609 to Leyden, and in
1620 to Plymouth, where he died
April 16, 1644."

"To commemorate the visit
on 14th July 1977
of 360 Congregationalists
from ten different countries
representing the International
Congregational Fellowship.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty
Wherewith Christ hath made us free"

The upper window where Sue Allan thinks the
Separatists met in secret at Scrooby Manor.

"The 43" posed in front of the last standing building of Scrooby Manor
courtesy of Susan Roser

Scrooby is a tiny village of about 300 people.  It was on the Great North Road, like Babworth, until 1766, when the road was rerouted.  Scrooby Manor is not open to the public.  It lies near the borders of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.  There is a local pub in the village named "The Pilgrim Fathers".  


For more information:
C-Span William Brewster and Scrooby Manor talk by Sue Allan
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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Along the Pilgrim Trail ~ Scrooby Manor, Nottinghamshire, England", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 6, 2017, (https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/10/along-pilgrim-trail-scrooby-manor.html: accessed [access date]).