Monday, December 31, 2018

January 2019 Genealogy and Local History Calendar

For last minute updates, see the “Nutfield Genealogy” Facebook page at this link:    Please send new events to me by commenting here at the end of this post, or email

January 1, Tuesday, 11:30am – 1pm, First Flag Raising, at Prospect Hill, 93 Highland Avenue, City Hall Concourse, Somerville, Massachusetts. Presented by the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts.  Family Friendly.

January 5, Saturday, 10am, New Visitor Tour of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. FREE to the public, orientation and tour of the NEHGS research facility.  No need to be a member.  Attendees are welcome to stay and use the library following the tour.  No registration necessary.

January 5, Saturday, noon, Getting The Most From Your DNA Results, at the East Bridgewater Public Library, 32 Union Street, East Bridgewater, Massachusetts.  Hosted by the Plymouth County Genealogists, Inc., and presented by Richard Reid.  

January 5, Saturday, 2pm, The History of the Warren House, at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library, 30 South Street, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Presented by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society and Maddie Webster, PhD Student at Boston University.  Free to the public.

January 8, Tuesday, 6:30pm, The Crusade for Women’s Suffrage, at the Exeter Historical Society, 47 Front Street, Exeter, New Hampshire.  Curator Barbara Rimkunas will present the suffrage and anti-suffrage women’s movements of the early twentieth century.  Refreshments at 6:30. Program at 7pm.  $5 suggested donation.

January 9, Wednesday, 6pm, The Family Tree Toolkit:  A Conversation with Kenyatta D. Berry, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  FREE to the public, with book sales and book signing, with a reception to follow.  Register here: 

January 10, Thursday, 5:30pm, “I am an honest woman”: Female Revolutionary Resistance along the New England Seacoast, at the Newport Historical Society Resource Center, 82 Touro Street, Newport, Rhode Island. Presented by Dr. Emily Murphy of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site.  Free to the public. Snow date January 24.

January 11, Friday, 8pm, Twelfth Night Ball, at the Wayside Inn, Sudbury, Massachusetts.  Sponsored by the Sudbury Companies of Militia and Minute, with music by the Colonial Minstrels with Jacob Bloom calling the dances. $40 per couple, $20 per person at the door.  $32 per couple, $16 per person if you prepay before January 9th by sending a check to Sudbury Companies of Militia and Minute, PO Box 187, Sudbury, MA 01776.  Reservations for dinner at the Inn may be made by calling 978-443-1776.  

January 12, Saturday, 10am – noon, DNA Interest Group:  Genetic Genealogy Standards, at the American Canadian Genealogy Society, 4 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire. Members free, non-members $5.  WiFi available, bring your own laptop.  Please park in the ACGS’s designated spaces.  Questions? Email with DNA in the subject line.

January 12, Saturday, 1:30pm, Women’s Work:  Grandma Ran a Boarding House and Momma Brewed Beer, at the Wayland Public Library, 5 Concord Road, Wayland, Massachusetts.  Presented by genealogist Charlene Sokal, sponsored by the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Middlesex Chapter.  Free to the public.

January 12, 19 and 26, Saturdays, 2pm – 4pm, Building Your Genealogical Skills, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  $75.  Presented by Ann Lawthers.  Register here:

January 12, Saturday, 1pm – 4pm, Twelfth Night Stories, at the Lafayette- Durfee House, 94 Cherry Street, Fall River, Massachusetts. Come learn about the colonial tradition of Twelfth Night. Family Friendly. 

January 12, Saturday, 1:30pm, Women’s Work: Grandma Ran a Boarding House and Momma Brewed Beer, at the Wayland Public Library, 5 Concord Road, Wayland, Massachusetts.  Sponsored by the Middlesex Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists  Free to the public. Presented by genealogist Charlene Key Sokal. 

January 12, Saturday, 6pm, The Great Gatsby Ball, at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, 138 Saint James Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts. Tickets $75 ($125 VIP) from The ball will include dance classes with popular 1920s dances, live music, amusements and performances from the 1920s, small bites, and a cash bar.

January 15, Tuesday, noon, Connecticut Architecture: Stories of 100 Places, at the Connecticut Old State House, 800 Main Street, Hartford, Connecticut.  Presented by architectural historian Christopher Wigren.  Free to the public. 

January 15, Tuesday, 5:15pm, Camp Benson and the “GAR Camps”: Recreational Landscapes of Civil War Memory in Maine 1886 – 1910, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by C. Ian Stevenson of Boston University, with comments by Ian Delahanty of Springfield College.  Free to the public.  Registration required at of call 617-646-0579.

January 15, Tuesday, 6pm, Dark Tide:  The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919, at the Boston Public Library, Rabb Lecture Hall, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by author Stephen Puleo on the anniversary of the Great Molasses Flood on January 15, 1919.  Free to the public.

January 15, Tuesday, 7pm, Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor?  At the Merrimack Public Library, 470 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, New Hampshire.  Presented by George Morrison.  Free to the public. 

January 16, Wednesday, 10am, New Visitor Tour,  99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. FREE to the public, orientation and tour of the NEHGS research facility.  No need to be a member.  Attendees are welcome to stay and use the library following the tour.  No registration necessary.

January 16, Wednesday, 6pm, Cummings Center Walking Tour 1, at the Cummings Center, Beverly, Massachusetts.  Walk and step back in time through the history of the United Shoe Machinery Company.  There will be 15 stops on the first floor of the 100 building.  Meet at the corner of Acapulco's.  $10 non-members, free for members of Historic Beverly. 

January 18, Friday, 7pm, Plimoth After Dark:  Pens & Pints, at Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  $15 members, $18 non-members. Tickets at 

January 20, Sunday, 2pm, Genealogy: Researching the History of Your House, at the Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Presented by genealogist and house historian Marian Pierre-Louis, sponsored by the Ranger Chapter of the DAR.  Free to the public. 

January 21, Monday, 10am - 5pm, MLK Day Open House at MFA Boston, at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts. Surround yourself with history, art and culture with an array of programs, performances and activities for all ages. Family friendly. Tours in Spanish and American Sign Language will take place throughout the day. Tickets at  

January 21, Monday, 10am, MLK Day 2019: Walking the Afro-Am Heritage Trail, at the Sojourner Truth Memorial Park, Park Street, Northampton, Massachusetts.  Family Friendly. Free to the public. 

January 21, Monday, 1pm, A Day of Celebration and Service in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at Mecalf Hall, George Sherman Union, Boston University, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, The Museum of African American History, and Boston University. Free to the public. 

January 22, Tuesday, 4:30pm, Stories of the Millyard, at the Manchester Historic Association Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, New Hampshire.  Ralph Sidore will share the rise of Pandora Industries, his family's business, which settled in Manchester in 1940.  At its peak Pandora turned out 60,000 knitted sweaters a week.  Free to the public. Please register in advance at this link: 

January 22, Tuesday, 7pm, Lest We Forget – Marlborough’s Contribution to WWI, at the Peter Rice Homestead, 377 Elm Street, Marlborough, Massachusetts.  Presented by the Marlborough Historical Society and Bob Kane.  Free to the public.

January 23, Wednesday, 6pm, Privateer Trail Virtual Walking Tour, at Historic Beverly, 117 Cabot Street, Beverly, Massachusetts.  Experience a walking tour from the comfort of the museum at Memorial Hall in the Cabot House.  Journey through Beverly (virtually!) to visit the homes and businesses of some of Beverly's most famous privateers. $10 for non-members, free for members of Historic Beverly. 

January 23, Wednesday, 6:30pm, New England Lighthouses and the People Who Kept Them, at the Rye Public Library, 581 Washington Road, Rye, New Hampshire. Presented by Jeremy D’Entremont.  Free to the public.

January 26, Saturday, 9:30 – 3pm, Thirty Years of the Great Migration Study Project, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by Robert Charles Anderson, Ian Watson, and Peter Van Demark.  Cost $85.  Morning refreshments and lunch included.  The seminar will end from 3:30 – 4:30 (FREE) with a book sale and book signing of the newest book in the series Puritan Pedigrees: The Deep Roots of the Great Migration to New England.  Register here:

January 26, Saturday 10am - 1pm, Hardcore Hearth Cooking with Kathleen Wall, at Plimoth Plantion, 137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, Massachusetts. $140 members, $215 nonmembers.  Tickets at   Learn how to prepare a 17th century meal in one of the reproduction 17th century homes.  

January 26, Saturday, 1pm, New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell, at the Abbott Library 11 Soonipi Circle, Sunapee, New Hampshire.  Presented by Pam Weeks. Participants are invited to bring one quilt for identification and/or story telling.  Free to the public.

January 26, Saturday, 2pm, Harp Program Celebrating Robert Burns – Burns Day, at the Kimball Jenkins Estate, 266 North Main Street, Concord, New Hampshire. Celebrate your Scots heritage with NHSCOT.  Jane Wilcox Hively and Jonathan Hively will perform.  This is part of NHSCOT’s Scottish Heritage Lecture Series.  Free to the public. Contact with questions.

January 26, Saturday, Hardcore Hearth Cooking, at Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Presented by culinarian Kathleen Wall.  $140 for members, $215 for non-members.  Purchase tickets at  contact 

January 27, February 24, and March 24, Native Voices:  Recovering American Histories, at Historic Deerfield, 80 Old Main Street, Deerfield, Massachusetts. A winter free lecture series.  Tickets at  

January 27, Sunday, 2pm, Songs of Emigration: Storytelling Through Traditional Irish Music, at the Tucker Free Library 31 Western Avenue, Henniker, New Hampshire. Presented by musician Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki.  Free to the public. 

January 27, Sunday, 3pm, Colonel Robert Gould Shaw:  From Brook Farm to Glory, at the Theodore Parker Unitarian Universalist Church, 1859 Centre St., West Roxbury, Massachusetts. Join historian Richard Smith for an entertaining lecture on the life of Robert Gould Shaw, the commander of the 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry, hero of the 1989 movie “Glory”.  Sponsored by the New Brook Farm Association.

January 27, Sunday, 4pm, Liberty is Our Motto!:  Songs and Stories of the Hutchinson Family Singers, at the Congregational Church of Amherst, 11 Church Street, Amherst, New Hampshire. Presented by Steve Blunt as John Hutchinson.  Free to the public.

January 29, Tuesday, 6:30pm, “In Flew Enza”: The 1918 Flu Epidemic, at the Richard Salter Storrs Library, 693 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow, Massachusetts.  Presented by the Longmeadow Historical Society, with Reba Jean Shaw-Pichette, the curator of the Shelburne Historical Society Museum. Free to the public. Please register at  

January 31, Thursday, 6pm, The Great Molasses Flood Revisted:  Misremembered Molasses, at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Tickets at   Sponsored by the Massachusetts Historical Society and the Old South Meetinghouse.  Pre-talk reception at 5:30.  Free to the public, pre-registration recommended. Funded by the Lowell Institute. 

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ MASTERS of Watertown and Cambridge, Massachusetts


My 11th great grandfather, John Masters (about 1581 – 1639) was a tavern keeper.  He is of unknown origins, but he used a Lady Barrington as a reference in a letter written on 14 March 1630/1.  In his book The Great Migration Begins, Volume 2, page 1236, the author Robert Charles Anderson states that this is a clue to his origins being in Essex, England as a servant with one of the Puritan gentry families.

John Masters, his wife Joan, and children arrived in New England with the Winthrop Fleet in 1631.  He first lived in Watertown where he was a freeman on 18 July 1631.  He then removed to Newtowne (now Cambridge) in 1633.  He was licensed to keep a tavern in Cambridge on 3 September 1635.  The History of Cambridge, by Lucius R. Paige, 1877, page 609, states that his house was located on what is now Ash Street, near Brattle Street, near the current Harvard Divinity School campus.  He died on 21 December 1639, two days after making his last will and testament.  His wife died five days later. He named his three daughters in his will, and the grandsons (Abraham and Nathaniel) by a son who had predeceased him. 

John Masters must have had a rebellious streak.  Winthrop wrote of him on 5 July 1632 “The strife at Watertown congregation continued still; but at length they gave the separatists a day to come in, or else to be proceeded against.  At that day, all came in and submitted, except John Masters, who, though he were advised by diverse ministers and others, that he had offended in turning his back upon the sacrament, and departing out of the assembly, etc., because they had then admitted a member whom he judged unfit, etc.; yet he persisted.  So the congregation (being loath to proceed against him) gave him a further day, 8, at which time he continuing obstinate, they excommunicated him; but, about a fortnight later, he submitted himself, and was received in again.” [The History of New England from 1630 to 1649, by John Winthrop, Volume 1, page 97] 

I descend from John Masters’ unknown son through his grandson, Nathaniel.  I also descend from his daughter Elizabeth who married first to Edmund Lockwood, and second to Cary Latham. 
Nathaniel Masters has an interesting story.  He lived for some reason in Plymouth, Massachusetts where he probably married about 1631.   He is mentioned in a letter by Governor Bradford of Plymouth in February 1632.  Then he was mentioned in a New London, Connecticut record in 1651 for “fornication” before his marriage with Ruth Pickford (his wife).   This brings up a number of questions such as– Why was Nathaniel in Plymouth? Why did the fornication take place in New London (Pequott Harbor)?

Besides connections to Plymouth, Massachusetts and New London, Connecticut, Nathaniel received a land grant in York, Maine in 1666.  He became a freeman in Wells, Maine in 1670, and then was back in Manchester, Massachusetts in 1702.  He had seven children, and I descend from his daughter Lydia who married Josiah Littlefield.  She was killed by Indians on 10 August 1707 on her way home from Boston, along with her son Josiah, Jr.  Josiah, her husband, was killed by Indians in Wells, Maine in 1712 just a few years after spending two years in captivity in Canada. His second wife, Elizabeth Hilton, was killed by Indians in 1738. 

Some MASTERS resources:

The Great Migration Begins, by Robert Charles Anderson, Volume II, pages 1234 – 1236 for a sketch of John Masters.

Essex Institute Historical Collections, Volume 36, page 157

My MASTERS genealogy:

Generation 1:  John Masters, born about 1581 in England, died 21 December 1639 in Cambridge, Massachusetts; married to Joan Unknown about 1606. Four children.

Lineage A

Generation 2: Elizabeth Masters, born about 1612 in England, died 14 April 1712 in New London, Connecticut; married first to Edmund Lockwood; married second to Cary Latham about 1685.  Eight children.

Generation 3: Jane Latham m. Hugh Hubbard
Generation 4:  Lydia Hubbard m.  John Burrows
Generation 5:  Desire Burris m. Moses Gore
Generation 6:  Desire Gore m. Thomas Ratchford
Generation 7: Elizabeth Ratchford m. David Lyons
Generation 8:  Thomas Ratchford Lyons m. Ann Skinner
Generation 9:  Isabella Lyons m. Rev. Ingraham Ebenezer Bill
Generation 10:  Caleb Rand Bill m. Ann Margaret Bollman
Generation 11:  Isabella Lyons Bill m. Albert Munroe Wilkinson
Generation 12:  Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts (my grandparents)

Lineage B:

Generation 2:  Unknown Masters.  Two sons named in John Masters’ will (Nathaniel and Abraham)

Generation 3:  Nathaniel Masters, died 1 July 1708 in Manchester, Massachusetts; married about 1653 to Ruth Pickworth, daughter of John Pickworth and Anna Unknown. Seven children.

Generation 4:  Lydia Masters, born about 1661 in Wells, Maine; died 10 August 1707 in Wells; married before 1688 to Josiah Littlefield, son of John Littlefield and Patience Unknown.  He was born about 1662 in Wells and died 26 April 1712 in Wells.  Seven children.

Generation 5: Anna Littlefield m. Jacob Perkins
Generation 6:  Stephen Perkins m. Comfort Chesley
Generation 7:  Mary Perkins m. Nathaniel Batchelder
Generation 8:  Jonathan Batchelder m. Nancy Thompson
Generation 9:  George E. Batchelder m. Abigail M. Locke
Generation 10:  George E. Batchelder m. Mary Katharine Emerson
Generation 11:  Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 12:  Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ MASTERS of Watertown and Cambridge, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted December 29, 2018, ( accessed [access date]).

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Ship above a Bank at a famous Harbor in England

For the last several years I have posted a story about a weathervane 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 England.

Do you know the location of weathervane post #395?  Scroll down to find the answer.

This series will end with the 400th post soon.  Stay tuned!

This weathervane was photographed in the picturesque harbor town of Dartmouth, Devonshire, England.  We were on the General Society of Mayflower Descendants Historic Sites tour and saw this weathervane as we exited our tour bus.  The Mayflower tour was in Dartmouth, because this is where the Mayflower and her sister ship Speedwell returned for repairs after heading for the New World.  The ship Speedwell was leaking badly, and was repaired in Dartmouth at Bayard's Cove. The Pilgrims left Dartmouth on 20 August 1620.  The repairs did not work, and the two ships later returned to Plymouth where the Speedwell was abandoned, and some passengers were loaded onto the Mayflower and others returned to London.  The Mayflower finally left Plymouth in September 1620 for the New World. 

You can read about our day in Dartmouth at this link: 

This finely detailed, three dimensional weathervane is located on a cupola above the NatWest bank along the waterfront in Dartmouth.  Just coincidentally, it is next door to the Dartmouth Museum which has exhibits about the history of the town, including the Mayflower.  Did you know that Henry Hudson landed at Dartmouth on his voyage home from North America?  And Dartmouth's harbor was a base for the American forces during WWII and for the D-Day landings? 

Although the Mayflower was a large part of Dartmouth history, the town has such a rich maritime story that I cannot presume this weathervane depicts the Mayflower.  But it is fun to imagine!

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


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Ship above a Bank at a famous Harbor in England", Nutfield Genealogy, posted December 26, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas!

This image is from one of my grandmother's slides.  She took a picture of her Christmas tree with my uncle and cousin sitting next to it.  This slide dates from the early 1970s. My grandparents lived in Long Beach, California and I never visited their house until just a few years ago when I was in California for the Southern California Genealogy Society Jamboree.  My cousin, the brother of the little girl in the photo, lives there now.

You can always tell Grammy's photos. They are either crooked, out of focus, or chopped someone's head off.  Grammy usually had the ceiling, or maybe the sidewalk, take up half of the photo instead of the main subject taking up most of the space. You probably have photos like this in your family photo album, too!

Merry Christmas from Nutfield Genealogy!


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Merry Christmas!", Nutfield Genealogy, posted December 25, 2019, ( accessed [access date]).

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ ALLEN of Salisbury, Massachusetts

There are a lot of ALLENs in my family tree!  I have posted two other ALLEN lines from my family tree.  William Allen (1602 – 1678) of Manchester, Massachusetts (three lineages, two on my maternal side, and one on my paternal side), and also a post about Samuel Allen (1598 – 1669) of Braintree, Massachusetts.  My mother’s maiden name is ALLEN.  I recently discovered a link to William Allen (1611 – 1686) of Salisbury, the subject of this post.  I had already researched quite a bit about this particular William Allen because he is often confused with William Allen of Manchester.  They have the same names, lived during the same time periods, lived in contiguous towns, and name their children the same names.  Phew!

William Allen was granted 4 acres of land on Deer Island on 19 June 1638.  This island is in the Merrimack River near Newbury.  He then settled in that part of Salisbury, Massachusetts that is now the town of Amesbury as early as 1639.  He was a housewright.  

William Allen married first to Ann Goodale, mother of eleven children, and then married second to Alice, the widow of both John Roper and John Dickinson.  William Allen died in 1686 and left a lengthy will that showed he was a very wealthy man.  The inventory of his estate was worth more than 280 pounds.

I descend from his fourth child, and third daughter, Martha Allen (1646 – 1718) who married Richard Hubbard.  Both Richard and Martha signed the Bradbury Petition on 22 July 1692, in support of Marry Bradbury of Salisbury and professing her innocence in the midst of the Salem witch trials.  Because of this and other ongoing petitions and protests her execution was delayed until after the hysteria had passed.  Mary Bradbury was never hanged, and she died of natural causes in 1700.  They had ten children and I descend from their daughter Comfort Hubbard who married Joshua Weeks. 

Some ALLEN resources:

The History of Gloucester by John James Babson, 1860 (some of his sketch on William Allen of Salisbury is mixed up with the William Allen of Manchester, particularly the bit about the early Dorchester Company)

Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis, by Walter Goodwin Davis, 1996, Volume I, pages 6 – 12.

Essex Antiquarian, Volume II, pages 17 - 25 for the article "Descendants of William Allen of Salisbury" [note that descendant #107 Jeremiah Allen married Abigail Allen of Manchester, intermarriage between the two Cape Ann Allen families!]

Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, by David W. Hoyt, 1897, page 31

My Hubbard Surname Saturday post:   

My ALLEN genealogy:

Generation 1:   William Allen, born 1611 probably in England, died 18 June 1686 on Deer Island, Newbury, Massachusetts; married first to Ann Goodale, daughter of Richard Goodale and Dorothy Whiterent.  She was born about 1622 in England and died 31 May 1678 in Salisbury, Massachusetts (eleven children); married second to Alice Unknown, the widow of John Roper and John Dickinson.

Generation 2:  Martha Allen, born about 1646 in Salisbury, died 4 October 1718 in Salisbury, married about 1666 to Richard Hubbard, the son of Richard Hubbard and Hannah Parker.  He was born about 1645 in Salisbury, and died 26 June 1719 in Salisbury.  Ten children.

Generation 3: Comfort Hubbard m. Joshua Weeks
Generation 4: Mary Weeks m. Jonathan Chesley
Generation 5: Comfort Chesley m. Stephen Perkins
Generation 6:  Mary Perkins m. Nathaniel Batchelder
Generation 7: Jonathan Batchelder m. Nancy Thompson
Generation 8: George E. Batchelder m. Abigail M. Locke
Generation 9: George E. Batchelder m. Mary Katharine Emerson
Generation 10: Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 11: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Batchelder


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ ALLEN of Salisbury, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted December 22, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Blog Caroling 2018 “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”

This message is posted today for Footnote Maven's traditional blog caroling, held every year at Christmas time by the genealogy blogging community!  You can see her announcement here at his link (and there is still time to post YOUR favorite carol, too!)  

I usually like to choose a Christmas carol that has to do my family history or New England history.  The old carol “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” was written by the Rev. Edmund H. Sears (1810 – 1876) of Massachusetts.  He was the pastor of several churches in Massachusetts, including the Unitarian Church in Wayland. He wrote it first as a poem in 1849, after the Mexican-American War, with five stanzas, including one with a message of peace. It appeared in print for the first time in the newsletter Christian Register in Boston.  The following year he set the poem to music by a Boston composer named Richard Storrs Willis (1819 – 1900).  In the UK, Australia and Canada this carol is often sung to the tune of an English country melody Noel, composed in 1874 by Arthur Sullivan.
I have transcribed the lyrics below, with the often omitted peacetime third stanza in italics.

It came upon the 
midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth,
To touch their harps of gold:
"Peace on the earth, goodwill to men,
From heaven's all-gracious King."
The world in solemn stillness lay,
To hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come,
With peaceful wings unfurled,
And still their heavenly music floats
O'er all the weary world;
Above its sad and lowly plains,
They bend on hovering wing,
And ever o'er its babel sounds
The blessed angels sing.

Yet with the woes of sin and strife
The world has suffered long;
Beneath the angel-strain have rolled
Two thousand years of wrong;
And man, at war with man, hears not
The love-song which they bring;
O hush the noise, ye men of strife,
And hear the angels sing.

And ye, beneath life's crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow,
Look now! for glad and golden hours
come swiftly on the wing.
O rest beside the weary road,
And hear the angels sing!

For lo!, the days are hastening on,
By prophet bards foretold,
When with the ever-circling years
Comes round the age of gold
When peace shall over all the earth
Its ancient splendors fling,
And the whole world give back the song
Which now the angels sing.

Rev. Edmund H. Sears
from Wikimedia Commons

Listen to Julie Andrews sing this Christmas carol:

Blog Caroling from previous years:

2009 "Christmas in Boston"

2010  "Jingle Bells"

2011 "The Holly and the Ivy"

2012 "O Little Town of Bethlehem"

2013  "Si Me Dan Pasteles"

2014  "Over the River and Through the Woods"

2016 "O Holy Night"
2017 "I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day"   


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Blog Caroling 2018 “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” ", Nutfield Genealogy, posted December 20, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Cathedral in London

I post 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 England.

Do you know the location of weathervane post #394?  Scroll down to find the answer.

The weathervane above was photographed over the famous Southwark Cathedral in London.  This church was founded before the Norman Conquest, and is mentioned in the Domesday book of 1086.  It was rededicated by the Normans in 1106 as an Augustinian Priory and dedicated to St. Mary Overie ('over the river').  When the monasteries were dissolved in 1539 a group of merchants bought the church from King James in 1611 and it was re-named St. Saviour's.  Many actors and writers are buried here, such as Edmond Shakespeare (brother to William), John Fletcher and Philip Henslowe.  It is just a few blocks from the Globe Theater.  The church needed drastic repairs in the mid-1800s.  It became a cathedral in 1905.  The cathedral survived the Blitz during World War II, but you can still see shrapnel damage on the outside.

The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer begin at the Southwark Cathedral.

The roman numerals on this gilded weathervane read MDCCC  XVIII  or 1818.  In the book Southwark Cathedral, by George Worley, 1905, page 46 (available to read online at )  it states that the turrets "with crocketted pinnacles at the corners, surmounted by vanes. These were put up by Mr. Gwilt in 1818 in place of the old vanes, dated 1689, the pattern of which was slightly different."  George Gwilt was the Gothic architect who restored the cathedral.

The weathervane is a gilded banner, typical of many weathervanes, and very appropriate for a Gothic cathedral since many castle in the middle ages had banners and flags flying from the parapets and towers.  The Southwark Cathedral tower is 163 feet six inches tall, including the 34 foot pinnacles.

The Southwark Cathedral website: 


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Cathedral in London", Nutfield Genealogy, posted December 19, 2018, ( accessed [access date]).   

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Toddler killed by a Sleigh, Wethersfield, Connecticut, 1789

This tombstone was photographed at the Wethersfield Village Cemetery, in Wethersfield, Connecticut.

Hannah Daughter
of Mr. John & Mrs
Unice Standish
who was killed by 
a Sleigh Janry 20th
Aged 2 Years 
6 mos
& 20 Days

Oh, what a tragedy this must have been!  Did little Hannah fall from the sleigh, or was she struck by the running vehicle?  It doesn't matter, because her parents obviously grieved her loss, and erected this lovely gravestone.

I photographed this stone because I was struck by the epitaph, and I'm also a descendant of Myles Standish, the Mayflower passenger.  However, this child was not a distant cousin since this Standish family descends from Thomas Standish (1612 - 1692), an immigrant from Lancashire, England to Wethersfield.  

Hannah Standish was the daughter of John Standish (1735 - 1798) and Eunice Tryon (1763 - 1837).  


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Toddler killed by a Sleigh, Wethersfield, Connecticut, 1789", Nutfield Genealogy, posted December 18, 2018, ( accessed [access date]).

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ REDMAN of Hampton, New Hampshire

Founder's Park, Hampton, New Hampshire


My 10th great grandfather, John Redman (about 1620 – 1700), is of unknown origins and his birthdate is unknown, too.  He was a blacksmith who settled in Hampton, New Hampshire.  He first appeared in the records around 1642.  He also testified in the witchcraft trial of Eunice Cole on 4 September 1656, along with Abraham Perkins  (my 1st cousin 12 generations removed). 

John married Margaret Knight as his first wife.  She was the daughter of Robert Knight and Margaret Grimsley early settlers at York, Maine.  She died in 1658 after giving him four children, and he remarried to Sabina Page, the widow of Captain William Marston.  I descend from their only daughter, Mary, who married immigrant Leonard Weeks, and had eight children.  They lived in Greenland, New Hampshire.

The REDMOND Family DNA project  

My REDMAN genealogy:

Generation 1:  John Redman, born about 1620, died 16 February 1700 in Hampton, New Hampshire; married first about 1647 to Margaret Knight, daughter of Robert Knight and Margaret Grimsley.  She was born about 1622 and died 30 May 1658 in Dover, New Hampshire (four children); married second to Sabina Page, widow of William Marston.  She married Nathaniel Locke as her third husband. 

Generation 2: Mary Redman, born 15 December 1649 in Hampton, died about 1694, married Leonard Weeks about 1667 as his first wife.  Eight children.

Generation 3: Joshua Weeks m. Comfort Hubbard
Generation 4: Mary Weeks m. Jonathan Chesley
Generation 5: Comfort Chesley m. Stephen Perkins
Generation 6:  Mary Perkins m. Nathaniel Batchelder
Generation 7:  Jonathan Batchelder m. Nancy Thompson
Generation 8: George E. Batchelder m. Abigail M. Locke
Generation 9:  George E. Batchelder m. Mary Katharine Emerson
Generation 10:  Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 11:  Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ REDMAN of Hampton, New Hampshire”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted December 15, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

A Peek Into My Office (My Mini Christmas Tree)

This is the first year I've put a little Christmas tree in my office.  I decorated it with my collection of little miniature books.  These books are tiny Christmas ornaments my husband gave me back when we were first married. He gave me one or two a year until suddenly one year in they were no longer available.  Although we have searched, we never found these little books in the Christmas shops again.

Most of these tiny books have a Christmas theme.  Most have a tiny sewn-in ribbon book marker, and a gilt thread for hanging them on the tree.  Some have gilt edged pages and faux leather covers. Some are popular books for the time period (remember the extremely popular Gnomes books in the 1970s and 1980s?).  My tiny Gnome book has a paper cover and illustrated pages.  Only two of the books are comic books (mini graphic novels?), including a reproduction of the 1940s Mickey Mouse magazine in miniature. The books range from about 10 pages to 20 pages.  In all there are 18 little books, and they usually hang on our big tree in the living room, but I think they look fun all together on this little Christmas tree in the library!

Do you have a special collection of ornaments on your Christmas tree?  Isn't half the fun of collecting, the hunt? I'll continue to search for more of these little books, but I haven't been very successful in the last 15 years.


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "A Peek into My Office (My Mini Christmas Tree)", Nutfield Genealogy, posted December 13, 2018, ( accessed [access date]).