Thursday, August 16, 2018

Bradford Genealogy for Sale

Is this your family?  Tony O'Connor, a book dealer in northern Vermont is selling this BRADFORD family genealogy. 

It was written by a woman named Dorothy Bradford Baker, undated, and has 64 pages of research notes on the family back to the Mayflower.  The pages are preserved in plastic sleeves and are "in perfect condition" according to Tony. Here are some of the surnames:


Tony is selling this genealogy for $75.  He doesn't want to put this up on eBay, so he offered me to put it up on my blog.  

If you are interested, or if you have questions, please contact Tony O'Connor at


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above a Country Church

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 #376?  Scroll down to find the answer.

 Today's weathervane is located on the steeple of the First Baptist church at 188 Deerfield Road in Candia, New Hampshire.  Candia is a small town of 3,900 people in Rockingham County.  This simple little church has a simple gilded banner weathervane.  It can be see from a long distance while driving on Route 43 (Deerfield Road).  The building is almost 180 years old, dating back to 1847.  The 77 foot steeple also contains a mechanical clock.  The original Candia burial ground is near this church.

The First Baptist Church of Candia -


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above a Country Church", Nutfield Genealogy, posted August 15, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Samuel Rogers, died 1802, Bow, New Hampshire

This Tombstone was photographed at the East Dunbarton Cemetery, in Dunbarton, New Hampshire.

one of the first
settlers of Bow, N.H.
March 17, 1802
AE. 77

Samuel Rogers was the brother of Major Robert Rogers (1731 – 1795), the famous Ranger of the French and Indian War.  He was the son of James Rogers (1706 – 1753) and Mary MacPartridge ( 1705 – 1763).  Samuel Rogers was born in 1725 in Ireland and died 17 March 1802 in Bow, New Hampshire. 

He married Anna Caldwell, daughter of Charles Caldwell and Anna Ruggles about 1750.  She was born 28 February 1729 in Goffstown, New Hampshire, and died on 25 Aril 1800.  They had two children:  William born in 1750, and Betsy, born in 1756.

For more information see the book 100 Acres or Less: The History of the Land and People of Bow, New Hampshire,  by David A. Bundy, 1975, or the book Memoir and Official Correspondence of General John Stark, by Caleb Stark. 


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Samuel Rogers, died 1802, Bow, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted August 14, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

Monday, August 13, 2018

William Ralph Emerson, Architect

Eustis Estate, Milton, Massachusetts

William Ralph Emerson (1833 – 1917) was an American architect best known for his Shingle Style homes and buildings.  He lived in Massachusetts and was a friend and colleague of many important figures of this time period, including Frederick Law Olmsted, William Morris Hunt, and Carl Fehmer. He was a cousin to Ralph Waldo Emerson, and a distant cousin to me.  I’ll outline his genealogy below.

Emerson came from along line of ministers and Harvard educated men.  He never attended college but trained himself and worked alongside other architects in Boston.  First, he partnered with Jonathan Preston, and later Carl Fehmer, before starting his own architecture firm.  Only half of the buildings he ever built are still standing, but they are considered very important examples of classic Queen Anne Victorian architecture, and the Shingle Style which he developed in the 1880s.  He also worked with Olmstead to design the first buildings for the National Zoo in Washington, DC. 

The wealthy newlyweds William Ellery Channing Eustis and Edith Hemenway, with their twin sons, inherited land in 1876 from Edith’s mother to build a family home.  They hired the young architect William Ralph Emerson to design the house and estate.  He designed the house to serve the hobbies of the Eustis family, including a laboratory and photo studio for William, and day and night nurseries for the twin boys. Several generations of the Eustis family resided here.

The day nursery fireplace featured tiles with nursery rhymes

Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie

There was a little man and he had a little gun

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet
Mistress Mary quite contrary

Hickory Dickory Dock the mouse ran up the clock

V for the victuals including the drink

In 2012 the Eustis family sold their estate in Milton, Massachusetts to Historic New England, previously known as the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities.  The house was able to be renovated back to most of its original state due to the enormous amount of William Ralph Emerson paperwork and plans found.  The building was opened to the public in 2017 and is the only Emerson house open to the public. There are over 100 acres of land adjacent to the Blue Hills Reservation (conservation land), with fields, gardens and four buildings including a lovely gatehouse on the main road.

A screen shot from the website of Emerson's floor plan of the second floor of the Eustis mansion

We visited the Eustis Estate in July and had a wonderful time.  The estate is open to both guided and self-guided tours.  In each room there are mobile devices (tablets) with links explaining what you are seeing, and background information including many of Emerson’s plans and blueprints.  You can also access these pages at home via the Historic New England website. I studied these plans and webpages many times both during the tour and later at home.  The self-guided tour was fun, and we took advantage of a lift for the disabled up to the second floor.  The furniture is not off limits, so take a seat and try out the comfortable furnishings. There were docents conveniently placed around the house to answer questions. 

Since I'm a mother, I decided to try out Mrs. Emerson's chair
she used to read stories to her twin sons.  
Above the middle chair are carved the words
"Once Upon a Time". Each of the side chairs has a son's initials.

The estate can be rented for functions and weddings, so check the calendar on the website or call ahead to make sure that it is open for tours. 

We made ourselves comfortable on the front
porch and enjoyed the view of the estate

Some of William Ralph Emerson’s most famous homes:

1876 The Eustis Estate, Milton, Massachusetts for William Ellery Channing Eustis
1881 The Boston Art Club, Boston, Massachusetts
1887 St. Jude’s Episcopal Church, Seal Harbor, Maine
1887 St. Margaret’s Roman Catholic Church, Beverly, Massachusetts
1896 Felsted, Deer Isle, Maine for Frederick Law Olmsted

St. Margaret's Church, Beverly, Massachusetts

St. Jude's Episcopal Church, Seal Harbor, Maine

The Emerson Genealogy down to William Ralph Emerson:

Generation 1:  Thomas Emerson, born 26 July 1584 in Sedgefield Parish, Durham, England, died 1 May 1666 in Ipswich, Massachusetts; married on 1 July 1611 in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, England to Elizabeth Brewster. Ten children.

Generation 2: Joseph Emerson, born about 1620 in England, died 3 January 1680 in Concord, Massachusetts; married second to Elizabeth Bulkeley, daughter of Reverend Edward Bulkeley and Lucyann Coy. Seven children.

Generation 3:  Peter Emerson, born 1673 in Mendon, Massachusetts, died 19 January 1751 in Reading, Massachusetts; married on 11 November 1696 in Reading to Mary Brown, daughter of John Brown and Anna Fiske.  Ten children.

Generation 4: Reverend Daniel Emerson, born 20 May 1716 in Reading, Massachusetts, died 30 September 1801 in Hollis, New Hampshire; married on 17 October 1744 to his third cousin Hannah Emerson, daughter of Joseph Emerson and Mary Moody.  Thirteen children.

Generation 5: Samuel Emerson, born 6 September 1764 in Hollis, New Hampshire, died 7 August 1851 in Kennebunk, Maine; married first on 6 July 1791 to Olive Barrel.  Three children.

Generation 6: William Samuel Emerson, born 12 February 1801 in Kennebunk, Maine, died 28 September 1837 in Alton, Illinois; married on 8 December 1828 to Olive Leighton Bourne.

Generation 7:  The architect William Ralph Emerson, born 11 March 1833 in Alton, Illinois, died 23 November 1917; married first on 24 December 1863 to Catharine M. Mears; married second on 15 September 1873 to Sylvia Hathaway Watson. He had one child with each wife.  He is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery in Jamaica Plain in plot 14/1497 on Brook path.  There is no memorial stone. 


William Ralph Emerson is my third cousin, five generations removed.  Our common ancestor is Peter Emerson, born in 1673 in Mendon, Massachusetts (see above in the third generation).   William descends from the Rev. Daniel Emerson (1716 – 1801), who I have blogged about HERE, and I descend from Daniel’s brother Brown Emerson (1704 – 1774).  

My lineage:

Generation 4: Brown Emerson, born 16 April 1704 in Reading, died 16 March 1774 in Reading; married on 17 June 1725 in Reading to Sarah Townsend, daughter of John Townsend and Sarah Boutwell.  She was born 25 March 1705 in Lynn, Massachusetts.  Ten children.

Generation 5: John Emerson, baptized 5 April 1739 in South Reading, Massachusetts, died 14 November 1809 in Hancock, New Hampshire; married on 20 December 1764 in Reading to Katherine Eaton, daughter of Noah Eaton and Phebe Lilley.  She was born 19 December 1744 in Reading, and died 21 January 1809 in Hancock, New Hampshire.  Eleven Children.

Generation 6: Romanus Emerson, born 1 September 1782 in Townsend, Massachusetts, died 10 October 1852 in South Boston, Massachusetts; married on 22 November 1810 to Jemima Burnham, daughter of Joshua Burnham and Jemima Wyman.  She was born 9 May 1783 in Milford, New Hampshire, and died 5 August 1868 in South Boston.  Seven children.

Generation 7: George Emerson, born 11 July 1817 in South Boston, died 11 January 1890 in Dorchester, Massachusetts; married on 11 August 1845 in Boston to Mary Esther Younger, daughter of Levi Younger and Catherine Plummer Jones.  She was born 17 February 1826 and died 7 January 1913 in Boston.  Eight children.

Generation 8: Mary Katharine Emerson, born 25 December 1847 in South Boston, died 23 April 1932 in Roxbury, Massachusetts; married on 28 October 1869 in Chichester, New Hampshire to George E. Batchelder, son of George E. Batchelder and Abigail M. Locke.  He was born 8 October 1848 in Chichester, and died 28 July 1914 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Nine children.

Generation 9:  Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen

Generation 10: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)

See these links for more information:

From the Forest Hill Cemetery website:   

The Historic New England’s website for the Eustis Estate:

A blog post by Barbara Poole on her visit to the Eustis Estate:

From the Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System:    (download the inventory sheet PDF and you can see many photos and a 24 page report on the this property, and also download the PDF of the National Register of Historic Places Registration Form for this property, which is very interesting at 67 pages!)

The Felsted House on Deer Isle, Maine and its connection to many Hollywood films:

Other resources:

The Architecture of William Ralph Emerson, catalog by Cynthia Zaitzevsky and the photography by Myron Miller, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, Mass. 1969.

Heather Ewing, 'The Architecture of the National Zoological Park,' in New Worlds, New Animals: From Menagerie to Zoological Park in the Nineteenth Century. Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996.

Watch a video by Historic New England about the Eustis Estate:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “William Ralph Emerson, Architect”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted August 12, 2018, ( accessed [access date]).

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ STANDLAKE of Scituate, Massachusetts

(all these spellings are found in the Scituate, Massachusetts vital records)

Daniel Standlake, my 10th great grandfather, and his wife Jane, was of unknown origins, and it is unknown when he arrived in New England from England.  He was make a freeman in Scituate, Massachusetts in 1636.  The History of Scituate, page 50, states that he “settled amongst the men of Kent, on Kent Street, the 3d. lot south of the ‘drift way’".   He had three children, and he died in May 1638 shortly after arriving here.  He left a wife and three children,  the youngest died the following year recorded in the vital records as “the youngest child, a daughter, of “Goody Standley” was buried 19 April 1639”. 

The oldest child, Richard Standlake, is my 9th great grandfather.  He had five children by an unknown wife.  He remarried to a woman known only as “Lydia”, the widow of Jeremiah Barstow.  His only son died young “killed by the discharge of a gun by Robert Trayes, a Negro tried and acquitted it appearing to be accidental".   Richard’s will mentions his four daughters and his wife Lydia. The History of Scituate records that Richard’s house “was on the west side of Walnut Tree Hill, near that of Cornet John Buck”.  There is an abstract of his will in the Mayflower Descendant, Volume 31 [1933], page 62 “Abstracts of Plymouth County Probate Records”.

I descend from Richard’s eldest daughter, Joanna Standlake, my 8th great grandmother, who married John Mendall, a Quaker, and had three children.  Her only daughter, Joanna Mendall, my 7th great grandmother, married William Green (my ancestor) and Daniel Butler.  

My STANDLAKE genealogy:

Generation 1:  Daniel Standlake, died May 1638 in Scituate, Massachusetts; married to Jane Unknown.  Three children.

Generation 2:   Richard Standlake, born about 1636, died 14 May 1691 in Scituate; married first to Unknown and had five children; married second  to Lydia Unknown, widow of Jeremiah Barstow.

Generation 3:  Joanna Standlake, born about 1661 in Scitutate, and died 5 June 1738 in Rochester, Massachusetts; married about 1687 in Scituate to John Mendall, so of John Mendall.  He was born 15 December 1663 in Marshfield, and died before 14 July 1743 in Rochester.  Three children.

Generation 4. Joanna Mendall m. William Green
Generation 5:  Tabitha Green m. Jabez Robinson
Generation 6:  Elizabeth Robinson m. Ebenezer Crosby
Generation 7: Rebecca Crosby m. Comfort Haley
Generation 8:  Joseph Edwin Healy m. Matilda Weston
Generation 9:  Mary Etta Healey m. Peter Hoogerzeil
Generation 10:  Florence Etta Hoogerzeil m. Arthur Treadewll Hitchings
Generation 11:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ STANDLAKE of Scituate, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted August 11, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Documentary Filming in Nutfield

Earlier today in East Derry, New Hampshire
At the peace pole behind the First Parish Meeting House

A crew from McMillan Media from the United Kingdom came over to "Nutfield" this week to film scenes for a documentary about the Scots Irish migration to America.  They sent Jan Veitch to interview some of the people in Londonderry and Derry who are helping to plan the 300th anniversary celebrations of the arrival of the first settlers to Nutfield.  I was included in the interviews and filming, along with Paul Lindemann from the First Parish Meetinghouse, Mark Mastromario and Karen Blandford Anderson of the Derry History Museum, Ann Chiampa from the Londonderry Historical Society, TJ Cullinane did a tour of the Forest Hill Cemetery, Nutfield descendant James Scammon, and the Reverend Doctor Deborah Roof from the First Parish, the current pastor of Rev. James MacGregor's 1719 church. 

The film crew was originally sent to the United States to capture scenes at the upcoming Ulster Scots Migration conference happening next week August 14 - 16 at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.  They heard about Nutfield via social media and changed their plans to take a side trip here to New Hampshire.  Included on their itinerary with the interviews were also plans to film lots of scenery, historic sites, and even do some drone photography.  They will also visit Belfast, Maine.  I hope to see Jane Veitch next week at the conference, along with other Scots Irish descendants, historians and genealogists, and other researchers of the Ulster migration in 1718. 

Karen Blandford Anderson of the Derry History Museum

James Scammon, interviewed by Jane Veitch
James is a WILSON descendant

Paul Lindemann and I watch the interviews
next to the First Parish Meetinghouse
(under renovation, the steeple was removed
for repair work, along with the bell and
the weathervane)

McMillian Media 

Ulster Scots Migration Conference August 14 - 16, 2018 

The Maine Ulster Scots Project (hosting next week's conference)

The Nutfield 300th Anniversary website

Are you a descendant of a Nutfield Scots Irish Family?
Are you interested in attending the 300th celebration?
Please register your contact information here at this link:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Documentary Filming in Nutfield", Nutfield Genealogy, posted August 10, 2018, ( accessed [access date]).

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Wise School Owl

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 #375?  Scroll down to find the answer.

Today's weathervane was photographed at the Henry W. Moore school in Candia, New Hampshire.  This is a K-8 elementary school with 329 students.  It's part of SAU- 15 (that's the New Hampshire "School Administrative Unit" that includes the towns of Candia, Auburn and Hooksett).  It's also the only school in the town of Candia.

This weathervane was recently restored by Carlton Robie and resinstalled in 2016 after the cupola was repaired.  Acording to the minutes of the Candia Heritage Commission Meeting of 12 January 2016, this weathervane is 10 feet 6 inches high.  There was a dedication ceremony for the new weathervane on 26 May 2017 during the Memorial Day service.

The weathervane is a black, two dimensional owl.  The holes for the owl's eyes give the weathervane a bit of personality. It sits above gilded letters for the cardinal points, with fancy filigreed brackets.  This weathervane is visible from quite a distance, and is a beloved local landmark.  I first thought there was a real bird sitting up there the first time I saw this weathervane!

Henry W. Moore School  -

A 2014 owl weathervane post:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Wise School Owl", Nutfield Genealogy posted August 8, 2018, ( accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Betty Thorndike, died 1765, age 13, Beverly, Massachusetts

This tombstone was photographed at the Abbott Hale Cemetery in Beverly, Massachusetts

In Memory of Miss
Daughter of Coln.
died Augt. 1765
Aged 13 years. 

Betty Thorndike was the 13 year old daughter of Colonel Larkin Thorndike and Ruth Woodbury.  Ruth is my 3rd cousin, 7 generations removed. Ruth's great grandfather, Thomas Woodbury (1639 - 1718) is the brother of two of my 9th great grandfathers - Isaac Woodbury (1643/4 - 1725) and also Humphrey Woodbury (1647 - 1724).  Ruth also had another great grandfather, John Woodbury (born 1630), who was the son of my 11th great grandfather, John Woodbury (1583 - 1642/3). 

Ruth Woodbury is also a descendant of John Proctor (hanged as a witch in 1692) and Edward Larkin (1615 - 1652), who are also my ancestors.  Her husband Larkin Woodbury is also a descendant of Edward Larkin, the immigrant. 


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Betty Thorndike, died 1765, age 13, Beverly, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted August 7, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

Monday, August 6, 2018

A Visit to The Fairbanks House

The Fairbanks house is located at 511 East Street, Dedham, Massachusetts.  It was about an hour and twenty minutes from Manchester, New Hampshire, and located just outside of Boston.  The website has driving directions, and directions for anyone arriving by public transportation (bus or the commuter train).  This building is the oldest known wooden structure in North America, and was built by my ancestor Jonathan Fairbanks sometime between 1637 and 1641.  Jonathan, his wife Grace, and six children arrived from England in 1633, and lived in this house, which was passed down through the family for eight generations!  

1630       1930
Oldest house in Dedham.
Part of it built about 1636. Home-
stead of Jonathan Fairbanks
who, with his sons, John, George,
and Jonathan, Junior.  Signed
the Dedham Covenant September
10, 1636.  Ancestral home of the
late vice-president Fairbanks
Massachusetts Bay Colony                
                       Tercentenary Commission

Although the 1930 sign and the chimney say that the house was built in 1636, dendrochronology tests show that the oldest wood in the house was from a tree felled in 1637.   Over the years many additions and rooms were added to this house.  The last changes were added in 1820, when the family fell unto hard times.  After this time period no modern conveniences were ever added to this house, so the building remains trapped in time.  There were never any plumbing, heat or electricity added to the building.  When you visit, you see the house as it was when the Fairbanks family lived here. 

The Fairbanks house remained in the Fairbanks family until it was the home of Rebecca Fairbanks (1827 - 1908), the unmarried 6th great granddaughter of Jonathan and Grace (Smith) Fairbanks.  The building became a museum in 1904, operated by the Fairbanks Family in America, a family association.  It is open for tours from May to October.   The family association still has an annual reunion, and this year it will held on Saturday August 11th.  See the website (below) for more information on the family association. 

Built 1636 by
Here lived eight generations
to preserve and perpetuate this historic spot
The Fairbanks Family Association
acquired the property in 1903

Tablet placed by
Massachusetts Society Daughters of the American Colonists

During our tour of the Fairbanks House the curator took apart this model, and rebuilt it as he showed how each generation added additions and rooms onto the original homestead.  

Jonathan Fairbanks came from Yorkshire, where he was built spinning wheels for his living. When he arrived in New England, he was the only settler for many miles who knew this skill.  As a result, he became very wealthy, since the people of the Massachusetts Bay Colony needed spinning wheels to produce their own clothing, rugs, blankets and other textiles.

The kitchen of the Fairbanks House

My Fairbanks genealogy:

Generation 1:  Jonathan Fairbanks, son of John Fairbanks and Isabella Staincliffe, born about 1594 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England, died 5 December 1668 in Dedham, Massachusetts; married on 20 May 1617 in Halifax to Grace Smith, daughter of Samuel Smith and Grace Gawkroger.  She was born 6 January 1600 in Warley, Halifax Parish, Yorkshire and died 28 November 1673 in Dedham.  Six children.

Generation 2: Jonas Fairbanks, born 6 March 1624/5 Sowerby, Halifax, and died 10 February 1676 in Lancaster, Massachusetts when he was killed during an Indian massacre; married on 28 May 1658 in Lancaster to Lydia Prescott, daughter of John Prescott and Mary Gawkroger.  She was born 15 August 1641 in Watertown, Massachusetts and died 31 December 1723 in Watertown.  She married second to Elias Barron.  Six Fairbanks children.

Generation 3:  Grace Fairbanks, born 15 September 1663 in Lancaster, died 11 August 1689 in Sherborn, Massachusetts; married about 1680 to Ephraim Bullen, son of Samuel Bullen and Mary Morse.  He was born 18 July 1653 in Sherborn and died 1690 in Sherborn.  Four children.

Generation 4:  John Bullen m. Sarah Underwood
Generation 5:  Grace Bullen m. Ebenezer Healy
Generation 6:  Comfort Haley m. Abigail Allen
Generation 7:  Comfort Haley m. Rebecca Crosby
Generation 8:  Joseph Edwin Healy m. Matilda Weston
Generation 9:  Mary Etta Healey m. Peter Hoogerzeil
Generation 10:  Florence Etta Hoogerzeil m. Arthur Treadwell Hitchings

Generation 11:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)


The genealogy of the Fairbanks family members who lived in this house:

Generation 1:  Jonathan Fairbanks (about 1595 - 1668) and Grace Smith
Generation 2:  John Fairbanks (1618 - 1684) and his wife Sarah
Generation 3:  Joseph Fairbanks (1656 - 1734) and his wife Dorcas
Generation 4:  Joseph Fairbanks (1687 - 1753) and his wife Abigail
Generation 5:  Joseph Fairbanks (1717 - 1794) and his wife Frances, and his younger brother Ebenezer Fairbanks (1732- 1812) lived here with his wife Prudence.
Generation 6:  Ebenezer Fairbanks, Jr. (1758 - 1832) and his wife Mary
Generation 7:  Prudence (1781 - 1871), Sally (1790 - 1877), and Nancy (1794 - 1879) - three unmarried daughters of Ebenezer, Jr. left the house to an unmarried neice-
Generation 8:  Rebecca Fairbanks (1827 - 1908)

This painting "Old Fairbanks House, Dedham, Massachusetts", by Childe Hassam (1859 -1935) is at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts.  It is on display in the Lorraine and Alan Bressler Gallery (Gallery 222).    The artist is related to my mother through her LEACH, CHOATE and ALLEN lineages.  The artist was born Frederick Childe Hassam, son of Frederick Fitch Hassam and Rose Delia Hathorne.  

For the truly curious:

The Fairbanks House website (including the Fairbanks Family Association): 

The Fairbanks House Facebook page 

The Genealogy of the Fairbanks Family in America, 1633 - 1897, by Lorenzo Sayles Fairbanks,  1897.

The Fairbanks House: A History of the Oldest Timber-Frame Building in New England, by Abbott Lowell Cummings, published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002.


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "A Visit to The Fairbanks House", Nutfield Genealogy, posted August 6, 2018, ( accessed [accesss date]).

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ MENDALL of Marshfield and Rochester, Massachusetts


John Mendall, my 9th great grandfather, came late to New England, perhaps in the 1650s.  He married the widow of Jeremiah Burroughs.  She came with four small children, and her name is unknown.  Together they had five children with the surname Mendall, one son and four daughters, all born in Marshfield, Massachusetts and listed in the town records.   John Mendall’s birth, origins and exact death date are all unknown.

John Mendall’s will was dated 11 May 1711 and proved 8 February 1720.  His wife was not mentioned in the will, so she must have predeceased him sometime before 1711.  The will mentions his son, John; his grandson-in-law, Francis Crooker; his daughters Mercy Tinkham, Sarah Torry, Hannah Tilden and Ruth Doty; and his son-in-law Thomas Tilden.    This family is of great interest to Mayflower researchers because two of John Mendall’s daughters married grandsons of Mayflower Passengers.  Mercy married Peter Tinkham, grandson of passenger Peter Brown; and daughter Ruth married Theophilus Doty, the grandson of passenger Edward Doty (also my 10th great grandfather). 

The will of John Mendall:

In The Name of God, Amen. The tenth day of May in the year of our Lord 1711, I John Mendall of Marshfield in the county of Plimoth in New England, being aged & weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God; therefore calling my mortality of my body to mind and knowing that it is appointed for men once to dye Doe make and ordain this my Last Will & Testament, that is to say, principally & first of all I give & recommend my soul into the hands of God that Gave it, & my body to be buried at the discretion of my Executor hereafter named & as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I Give devise & dispose of the same in the following manner & form: That is to say ; First, I will that all those debts & duties as I do owe in Right or Conscience to any manner of person or persons whatsoever, Shall be well & truly contented and paid; or ordained to be paid in Convenient time after my decease, by my Executor hereafter named.
    Item: I give & bequesth to my well beloved son John Mendall, one shilling.
    Item: I give & bequeth to my well loved grandson-in-law, Francis Crooker, all my ropemaking tools that I doe use in or about the makeing of rope, after I have done useing them myself.
    Item: I give & bequeth all the rest of my estate of what kind or nature soever to my well beloved daughters, Mercy Tinckum & Sarah Torry & Hannah Tilden & Ruth Doty. I likewise constitute make and ordain my son-in-law Thomas Tilden to be my only & sole executor of my Last Will & Testament & I do hereby utterly Disalow, Revoke, and disannul all & every other former Testaments, Wills, & Legacies, Bequests & Executors by me before this time in anyways Named, Willed & Bequesthed, Ratifieing & Confirming this & no other to be my Last Will & Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand & seal this day and year above written.
      Signed Sealed Published Pronounced & Declared by the sd John Mendall as his Last Will & Testament in the presence of us the subscribers (viz) the words (my son-in-law Thomas Tilden to be) were Enterlined before the Ensealing & Delivery of these presents between eighteenth & ninteenth lines.
    The Mark of John X Mendall
    John Jones (signed)
    John Little (signed)
    Isaac Little (signed)

I descend from John Mendall, Jr. (1663 – 1743), my 8th great grandfather, who was a Quaker who settled in nearby Rochester, Massachusetts.  He had three children, two boys and one girl, born in Rochester and recorded there.  His death date is unknown, but his will was proven on 14 July 1743.

For more MENDALL information:

Descendants of John Mendall, Sr., of Marshfield, Massachusetts. by Sidney D. Smith, Gateway Press, Baltimore, Md., 1984.  Available online at 

Records of the Colony of New Plymouth, In New England, Volume 7, page 199.

My MENDALL genealogy:

Generation 1:  John Mendall, born about 1638 probably in England, died about 1720 in Marshfield, Massachusetts; married to Unknown, widow of Jeremiah Burroughs, before 1663. Five children.

Generation 2:  John Mendall,born 15 December 1663 in Marshfield, Massachusetts; died before 14 July 1743 in Rochester, Massachusetts; married about 1687 in Scituate, Massachusetts to Joanna Standlake, daughter of Richard Standlake and Unknown. She was born about 1661 in Scituate, and died 5 June 1738 in Rochester.  Three children.

Generation 3:  Joanna Mendall, born 13 May 1690 in Rochester, died before 3 May 1773 in Falmouth, Massachusetts; married first on 17 July 1707 in Rochester to Daniel Butler (five Butler children); married second on 16 May 1726 in Falmouth to William Green, son of Isaac Green and Unknown.  He was born 20 November 1696 in Malden, Massachusetts and died about 1773 in Falmouth.  Five more Green children.

Generation 4:  Tabitha Green m. Jabez Robinson
Generation 5:  Elizabeth Robinson m. Ebenezer Crosby
Generation 6:  Rebecca Crosby m. Comfort Haley
Generation 7:  Joseph Edwin Healy m. Matilda Weston
Generation 8:  Mary Etta Healey m. Peter Hoogerzeil
Generation 9:  Florence Etta Hoogerzeil m. Arthur Treadwell Hitchings
Generation 10:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ MENDALL of Marshfield, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted August 4, 2018, ( accessed [access date]).