Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above City Hall

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 #385?  Scroll down to find the answer.

This banner style weathervane with the fancy finial over it was photographed above the city hall in Dover, New Hampshire.  This building was erected in 1935 at 288 Central Street as part of the Public Works Administration (PWA) during the Great Depression.  The federal grant towards this project was almost $80,000, and the total cost of the municipal building was $302,847.  It was recently renovated, with the first floor becoming a new "Customer Service Center", and restoration of the council chambers upstairs. 

Dover is the oldest town in New Hampshire.  This first permanent settlement by Europeans was known as Cocheco.  You can read all about the early history of Dover at this link: 


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above City Hall", Nutfield Genealogy,  posted October 17, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Whitefield Gilmore, buried Bedford, New Hampshire 1786

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

Memento Mori
In Memory of
Lieut. Whitefield Gillmor
who departed this life
May ye 12th 1786;
In he 41st year of
his age.

Whitefield Gilmore, son of James Gilmore the Scots Irish Immigrant and his wife, Thankful Tyrrell of Abington, Massachusetts, was born 12 November 1745 in Wrentham or Raynham, Massachusetts.  He removed to Bedford, New Hampshire and married Margaret Gilmore (no relation).  He died 12 May 1786 in Bedford trying to lift a boulder from his field with a lever which struck him with “such force as to cause his death” [Genealogical and Family History of the State of New Hampshire, by E.S. Stearns, 1908] .  He was a veteran of the Revolutionary War, serving in Col. Daniel Moore’s regiment and also attached to Colonel Joshua Wingate’s regiment for service in Canada after Arnold’s unsuccessful attack on Quebec. He was a selectman in the town of Bedford in 1775.

Margaret was born 6 November 1743 and had five children born in Bedford:
1.        Janet, born 26 August 1771
2.       Martha, born 1 January 1773
3.       James, born 15 January 1775, married Ann McAllister
4.       Mary, born 1776, died aged 10 months
    5.     John     


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Whitefield Gilmore, buried Bedford, New Hampshire 1786", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 16, 2018, ( accessed [access date]).

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ SIMMONS of Duxbury, Massachusetts


Moses Simmons or Moyses Simonson, my 9th great grandfather, came to the Plymouth Colony as a young teenager on November 19, 1621 from Leyden, Holland in the second boat of Pilgrims on the ship Fortune.  He received a grant of land along with Philip Delano, who also arrived with him from Leyden.  He was made a freeman in 1633.  Sometime about 1635 he married his wife Sarah.  Her maiden name is still unknown.  They had seven children.

Moses signed his name with a mark, meaning he was functionally illiterate. He was made the Duxbury town surveyor of highways in 1657 and 1662, and surveyor of highways for Scituate in 1675. He was described as a yeoman, which means he was a farmer.  He has many land transactions in the Plymouth County records, and he deeded all his lands to his children before his death.  In his will he left only money to his children.  The inventory of his estate included no land [Plymouth Probate Records Volume 1, 107]

Moses’s oldest child, Rebecca, is my 8th great grandmother. She married John Soule, son of Mayflower passenger George Soule.  Her daughter, Rebecca Soule, married Edmund Weston, and had a son, Nathan Weston who married Desire Standish, the granddaughter of two Mayflower passengers – Capt. Myles Standish and Edward Doty.

John Simmons, founder of Simmons Female College in 1899, where my daughter received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Some Simmons resources:

History of the Simmons Family from Moses Simmons, by Lorenzo Albert Simmons, 1930 (available at
The Ancestry of John Simmons Founder of Simmons College, by Henry Sherburne Rowe, 1933
Records of the Colony of New Plymouth In New England, edited by Nathaniel B. Shurtleff, 1855

My Simmons Genealogy:

Generation 1:  Moses Simmons, born about 1605 in Leyden, Holland and died 15 September 1691 in Duxbury, Massachusetts; married about 1632 to Sarah Unknown.  Seven children.

Generation 2:  Rebecca Simmons, died before 1678 in Duxbury; married about 1654 in Duxbury to John Soule, son of George Soule and Mary Beckett.  He was born about 1632 in Plymouth and died before 14 November 1707 in Duxbury. Nine children.

Generation 3:  Rebecca Soule m. Edmund Weston
Generation 4:  Nathan Weston m. Desire Standish
Generation 5:  Nathan Weston m. Hannah Everson
Generation 6:  Zadoc Weston m. Mary Clements
Generation 7:  Matilda Weston m. Joseph Edwin Healy
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 ~ SIMMONS of Duxbury, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 13, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Weather Cock on a Steeple

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 #384?  Scroll down to find the answer.

This weathercock was photographed above the First Parish Church in Dover, New Hampshire.  It is the oldest parish in New Hampshire, first gathered in 1633.  It was the original meetinghouse for the Puritan families in Dover, and the first building was erected on Dover Point in 1634.  The second building was on Dover Point Road in 1654, on a plot of land still owned by the church and marked by a plaque.

This building is the fifth structure built by the congregation.  It was erected in 1829. The current church was built by James Davis, a local joiner, based on St. John's church in Portsmouth, which was based on churches built by Charles Bullfinch.  According to Wikipedia, the steeple was based on a church located in Newburyport, Massachusetts.  This church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

The weathercock is an old symbol used on many Christian churches, starting in Europe in the middle ages.  Some of the oldest churches in New England have used the weathercock on their steeples.  It symbolizes the biblical rooster that crowed when Peter denied knowing Jesus.  The rooster was added to this steeple soon after the church was built.  It is five feet tall, gilded copper, and made by William Gerrish of Dover.

A 1960 sketch of the First Parish Church

First Parish Church, Dover, New Hampshire 

The full text of "The First Parish in Dover, New Hampshire", a history of the church written in 1883 for the 250th anniversary, is available online at this link: 


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Weather Cock on a Steeple", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 10, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Tombstone Tuesday ~ John and Margaret Moor, buried in Bedford, New Hampshire

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

   ERECTED                                           LIKEWISE
In memory of                                  In memory of
Lieut. John Moor                         Mrs. Margaret Moor
Who departed (this                           the wife of Lieut.
Life Sept. ye 25                                   John Moor
AD 1779                                                    
In the 74th Year                                                   
of his age.                                                    

John Moor, a Scots Irish immigrant, was born about 1705, and died 25 September 1779 in Bedford, New Hampshire;  he married Margaret Jack in 1732 in Boston, Massachusetts at the Presbyterian Church.  They lived in Chelsea, Massachusetts where three children were born.  The fourth child was born in Bedford, New Hampshire.  Their farm was on the part of River Road that became Manchester. They had eight children (one not listed in the History of Bedford): 

1.       John, Jr. born in Chelsea, June 1734 m. Mary McKean
2.       Jennet, born in Boston, 2 January 1736
3.       James, born in Chelsea, 29 July 1739
4.       Daniel, born in Bedford, 2 March 1742
5.       David, born in Bedford, 24 November 1745
6.       Mary, born in Bedford, 4 February 1748
7.       William, born in Bedford, 16 April 1752

Margaret probably remarried after John Moor's death, and is probably buried with her second husband.  However, I have no record of a second marriage. 

See this story about John Moor from the Cabinet, a Bedford, NH newspaper

Also see the sketch about John Moor and his descendants in The History of Bedford, New Hampshire from 1737, published by the town, 1903, pages 1005 to 1007. 


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ John and Margaret Moor, buried in Bedford, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 9, 2018, ( accessed [access date]).

Monday, October 8, 2018

Please Volunteer for the Honor Roll Project for Veterans Day 2018

Langdon, New Hampshire
photo by Andrea Cheeney of the Langdon Heritage Commission

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    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   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:  

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ CLARK of Plymouth and Duxbury, Massachusetts


In 1634 my 9th great grandfather, Thurston Clark, "aged 44" sailed to Plymouth, Massachusetts from Ipswich, England aboard the ship Francis.  Listed with the children on board was "Fayth Clearke, aged 15", my 8th great grandmother.  It is believed that his wife and other children arrived on a later ship since a daughter named Abigail was buried in England in 1637.  He removed from Plymouth to Duxbury in 1652.

Thurston Clark was a farmer.  He was probably educated (he could read) because he owned a bible and a psalmbook valued at 3 shillings 4 pence in his inventory.  He died unexpectedly returning on foot from Plymouth to Duxbury when he became lost in an early winter snowstorm.  There was a coroner's inquiry two days later "to view the dead body of Thirston Clarke, Senior, of Duxburrow".    A margin note in the Plymouth County Records Volume 4, page 12 reads "he was lost, as we conceive, in the evening, and so he did bewilder himself, the sixth of this instant December, 1661".

He died without a will and an inventory was taken of his estate, and the court decided in 1663 that his daughter Faith, my ancestress, would received one quarter, and the remainder of the estate was divided between her two brothers Henry and Thurston, Jr. who were "incompetent" (probably mentally handicapped).  In 1690 the Plymouth court ordered "Henry Clarke and Thursten Clarke, by reason of their age, indiscretion & weakness of understanding, are incapable of making necessary provision for their own support, sustenance, and livelihood, notwithstanding they have an estate in lands sufficient, as is judged, to supply their necessity during their lives."  Their nephew John Doty (son of Faith) was ordered "to provide for their needs, and report once a year to the selectmen in return for which he shall have 'full satisfaction' made him out of the lands of said impotent persons" [Plymouth Colony Records 6:236 and 6:99) and also see History of the Town of Duxbury, by Justin Winsor, 1849.

Thurston's daugher, Faith, married Mayflower passenger Edward Doty (about 1600 - 1655) and had nine children.  She married second to in 1667 to John Phillips.  In the next generation I descend from her daughter Desire Doty (about 1645 - 1731) who married Alexander Standish, grandson of Mayflower passenger Captain Myles Standish.

For the truly curious, please see the sketch for Thurston Clark in The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634 - 1635, Volume II, pages 99 to 101.

My CLARK genealogy:

Generation 1:  Thurston Clark, born about 1590 in England, died 6 December 1661 in Duxbury, Massachusetts; married to Faith Unknown.  She died 1 January 1663.  Six children.

Generation 2:  Faith Clark, born about 1619, died before 21 December 1675 in Marshfield, Massachusetts; married on 6 January 1635 in Plymouth to Edward Doty.  He was born about 1599 and died 23 August 1655 in Plymouth.  Nine children.

Generation 3:  Desire Doty m. Alexander Standish
Generation 4: Desire Standish m. Nathan Weston
Generation 5:  Nathan Weston m. Hannah Everson
Generation 6:  Zadoc Weston m. Mary Clements
Generation 7:  Matilda Weston m. Joseph Edwin Healy
Generation 8:  Mary Etta Healy 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 ~ CLARK of Plymouth and Duxbury, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 6, 2018, ( accessed [access date]).

Thursday, October 4, 2018

2020 Events for the 400th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Mayflower

More will be published about these and other events in upcoming issues of the Mayflower Quarterly magazine.  There will be lots of chances for you to participate in fun, family friendly activities. See the January 2019 Mayflower Quarterly and the GSMD website  in January 2019 for reservations and event information. These spaces will fill up quickly, so plan your 2020 calendar now! This will be an excellent chance to take a family vacation to Plymouth, Massachusetts to share these once in a lifetime events with your family, children and grandchildren. 

January 1st, 2020  Pasadena, California
                At the annual Rose Bowl Parade the California Society of Mayflower Descendants has had plans for a Mayflower float approved.   There will be a chance for descendants to ride on the “Voyage of Hope” float with the Governor General,  or march behind the float as reenactors of the 102 passengers.  Stay tuned for details for participating,  or for a reserved seat along the parade route. 

April 24,  Friday, Memorial Hall, Plymouth, Massachusetts
                Opening Ceremony of the 400th Anniversary Commemoration.  Time Capsule, music, readings, and invited guests from the federal government, UK, Netherlands, and many more.

June 27 – 28, Saturday and Sunday in Plymouth Harbor
                Maritime Salute to the 400th Anniversary – a regatta of wooden ships, yachts, boats, and pleasure craft will culminate in a New England clam bake on the Plymouth, Massachusetts waterfront. 

August 15th, Saturday, Plymouth, Massachusetts
                The Wampanoag Ancestors Walk will be led by the Wampanoag tribe members.  Participants will pay homage to Massaoit and King Philip and stop at designated sites to bless the spots where the Wampanoag ancestors lived.  It will conclude with a drum ceremony and a reception.

September 7 – 14, Monday to Saturday, Provincetown, Massachusetts
                The town of Provincetown will partner with the General Society of Mayflower Descendants for commemorative events.  The Mayflower II will be in Provincetown harbor the this entire week with daily historical re-enactments of the Signing of the Mayflower Compact in Provincetown harbor in 1620.  There will be a Gala ticketed event on the evening of September 11 at the Pilgrim Monument.  On September 13, a Memorial Service and Wreath Laying in the harbor, followed by a ticket luncheon and program at the base of the Pilgrim Monument.  The commemoration will end on, September 14th, with a sunrise toast and “Bon Voyage” as the Mayflower II sails to Plymouth.

September 14th, Monday, Boston, Massachusetts
                There will be a Pilgrim’s Progress of Mayflower descendants across the Boston Common to the steps of the statehouse.  There will be a ceremony on the steps of the state house commemorating the Pilgrim forefathers and Native people.  The GSMD and the Wampanoag families will be in attendance.  Invited participants in a grand evening gala include the Governor of the state of Massachusetts, state legislators, federal legislators, and representatives from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. 

September 15 – 18, Plymouth, Massachusetts
                Congress Week for members of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants
                Tuesday, September 15, Congress registration, insignia sales, vendors, member society tables and more events at the Hotel 1620 in Plymouth
                On Wednesday September 16th, in the morning there will be a US Citizen Naturalization Ceremony at Memorial Hall when 102 immigrants will be naturalized, and 102 costumed descendants will escort these new citizens.  The Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants will be coordinating this event.  Stay tuned for more information.  
                In the afternoon of Wednesday September 16th  the Pilgrims Progress will march from the Mayflower Society House to Cole’s Hill to the Meetinghouse for Congress opening ceremonies.  There will be a welcome reception for registered guests in the rose garden of the Mayflower house following this ceremony.
                Thursday and Friday, September 17 and 18 will be the GSMD congress meetings followed by a Friday night Black Tie gala ticketed event.  See the January 2019 Mayflower Quarterly and the GSMD website  in January 2019 for reservations and event information. These spaces will fill up quickly, so plan your 2020 calendar now!

September 19th, Saturday, Plymouth, Massachusetts
                The Embarkation Festival will be cultural and arts celebration honoring the traditions, cuisine, and music of the Pilgrim settlers, the Wampanoag native people, and of all the diverse populations of immigrants who have come to the USA.  There will be world music, culinary events, artisan crafts, and cultural exhibits.  National and international in scope, the program will include performing groups, chefs, artists, storytellers, and student projects from around the world.

October 30 – November 1, Friday to Sunday, at Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, Massachusetts
                The Indigenous History Conference and Powwow will address the legacy of colonization experienced by Wampanoag and other Native people in the New England area.  This conference will be filmed and recorded as a curriculum for classroom use at all levels.

November 5 – 8, Friday to Sunday,  New York City, New York
                The Annual Mayflower Debutante Ball will be even more special for the 400th anniversary commemoration.  All girls of Mayflower Descent from ages 18 – 22 from all states are invited by the New York Mayflower Society to participate in the Saturday evening Debutante Ball, as well as activities held all weekend for their families.

November 11, Wednesday, Provincetown, Massachusetts
                “Landing of the Pilgrims” a special evening illumination of the Pilgrim Monument and fireworks display to commemorate the day the Pilgrims landed in Provincetown on November 11, 1620.

November 20 - 26, Thanksgiving Week, 2020, special events around the town of Plymouth and Plimoth Plantation, including some of the following
                Nov. 20 Concerts
                Nov. 21 Thanksgiving Parade – the GSMD will be participating in this parade with a float. If members would like to ride in the parade on the float, or march beside the float, please see the upcoming issue of the Mayflower Quarterly for the donation levels for the 2018 – 2019 parades, as well as the donation levels required for riding/ marching in the 2020 or 2021 parades.
                Nov. 22  “One Small Candle” ceremony and the new Gov. Bradford statue
                Nov. 25, Thanksgiving Eve, “Illuminate Thanksgiving” spectacle
                Nov. 26, Thanksgiving


Extra buses and ferries will be made available for transportation between Boston, Provincetown and Plymouth for the week of September 13 to 19 for all the activities.  


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "2020 Events for the 400th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Mayflower", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 4, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Two Baptist Churches in Maine

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

Today's weather vanes were photographed in Maine.

Do you know the location of weathervane post #383?  Scroll down to find the answer.

And also...

The first church photographed above is the Free Baptist Church in South Berwick, Maine.  This church congregation was organized in 1834 as the "Free Will Baptist Church", and the building was just one story.  The cemetery behind the building began that year, too.  The meetinghouse was enlarged in 1855, and then it was raised ten feet in 1885 to accommodate Sunday school on the first floor.  The town clock, the only one in South Berwick, was added in 1889.  Perhaps the arrow weathervane was added at this time, when the steeple was renovated for the clock?

The second church, just down the street, is the First Baptist Church in South Berwick.  The first building by this congregation was a meetinghouse near Great Hill built in 1767.  This current building was erected in 1823.  The scrolled weathervane on the steeple seems to date to a time later than 1823, perhaps in the middle of the 1800s when fancy weathervanes like this were machine made or ordered through catalogs?

South Berwick Free Baptist Church 

First Baptist Church, South Berwick, Maine 

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


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ Two Baptist Churches in Maine", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 3, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Another Wilkinson Family Plot at Mount Auburn Cemetery

These tombstones were photographed at the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts

1815 - 1881
1827 - 1864
1824 -1892

[on the back]
1856 - 1863
1861 - 1861

unmarked stone, perhaps the infant Cordelia M. named on the obelisk?


[on the back]
Aug. 23, 1865
Aged 5 yrs.

Cordelia Mary
wife of A. J. Wilkinson

[on the back]
December 12th



Andrew Jackson Wilkinson, son of Simon Wilkinson and Betsy Poor, was born about 1815 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and died 27 September 1881.  He was married 30 October 1855 to Cordelia Mary Kettelle, daughter of Daniel Gookin Kettelle and Susan Tyler.  She was born 2 July 1827 in Worcester, Massachusetts and died 12 December 1864 in Newton, Massachusetts.  They had four children:
     1.  William H. Wilkinson, born 28 July 1857 in Boston, married Delia E. Mack
     2.  Andrew Kettelle Wilkinson, born 13 July 1858, died 23 August 1863
     3.  Mary A. Wilkinson, born about 1859, married James F. Clifford
     4.  Cordelia Mary Wilkinson, born and died 22 October 1861

Andrew Jackson Wilkinson was a hardware merchant in Boston. He established a hardware store in 1842.  It was located in several places, including 2 Washington Street (in the 1861 Boston City Directory) and later on 184 Washington Street (see the 1875 catalog) and Devonshire Street (see the 1908 bill).   His son William carried on the business and had a manufacturing plant in West Medway.

Click here to see another Wilkinson (AJ Wilkinson's parents) family plot at Mount Auburn:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Another Wilkinson Family Plot at Mount Auburn Cemetery", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 2, 2018,( accessed [access date]).

Monday, October 1, 2018

Aghadowey's Story of the 1718 Exodus from the Lower Bann Valley to New England

In June 2018 there was a commemoration remembering the Scots Irish migrants to the New World in Aghadowey, Northern Ireland at the local Presbyterian church .  This event was called "Sailing Off to New Beginnings: The story of the 1718 exodus from the Lower Bann Valley to New England".   This Anniversary service was attended by the local congregation and members of the Clan Montgomery who had traveled from the USA.  Over the next several nights there were three additional talks by historians about the Scots Irish migration.

In 1718 Reverend James McGreggor and members of his congregation at Aghadowey, plus other families from the Bann Valley, left Northern Ireland in five ships and landed in Boston, Massachusetts.  They spent the first winter in Maine, and then members of this group dispersed.  Some stayed in the Casco Bay region, some went to Massachusetts and became the Nutfield settlers, and others went on to Boston or Worcester.

A quote from Jennifer Cunningham of the Aghadowey Presbyterian Church:

"At the beginning of January I volunteered to help with preparing an event in June as I was aware that we were going to have American visitors and that it would be good to inform local people about the 1718 exodus and the events surrounding it and the reasons for it. I met with our then minister Dr. Kane and our clerk of Session William  I said that I would mount an exhibition in the Sunday School. We started with a special service on the Sunday with a guest preacher The Very Rev. Godfrey Brown and as well as local people and guests we were joined by a party of 18 Americans from the Clan Montgomery Society of America.  After the service everyone present went to the Sports Hall for a lunch provided by the ladies of the congregation.  Then during the week we had 3 evening talks. We held these in the church so that we had PowerPoint facilities and so that the service and talks could be recorded. We manned the exhibition during the month of June and then opened it after that on request right up to the end of August." 

Jennifer asked me if I would put these audio files of the four presentations up on my blog, and I'm honored to present them here.  Just click on the links and wait for the file to download.  When you see the audio player, just click on the arrow to play the audio file.   The Irish accented voices are just lovely and the information about the migration is priceless.

Enjoy these four audio file presentations via YouTube!

         1.) The Very Reverend Godfrey Brown's service: 

         2.)  Professor Linde Lunney:

         3.)  George Dallas: 

         4.) Allison McCaughan: 

Many thanks to Jennifer Cunningham for the photos and audio files included above.


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Aghadowey's Story of the 1718 Exodus from the Lower Bann Valley to New England", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 1, 2018,  ( accessed [access date]).

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ A New BATCHELDER lineage

My great grandmother, Carrie Batchelder (1872 - 1963)
surrounded by family members in Hamilton, Massachusetts

This is part four of my series on the BATCHELDER surname Do-Over.  You can find the links to the first three parts below.

Back in 2015 I wrote up a Surname Saturday blog post on my BATCHELDER lineage. My great grandmother, Carrie Maude Batchelder (1872 - 1963) was the last ancestor in this line to carry the name that started with my immigrant ancestor, the Reverend Stephen Batchelder (1561 - 1656), my 11th great grandfather.  About 40 years ago I consulted the book Batchelder - Bacheller written by Frederick Clifton Pierce in 1898.  Over the years I have used this basic information to expand on this lineage, but shortly after writing my 2015 post I realized that there was more information about my 4th great grandfather, Jonathan Batchelder, that changed this lineage.  This information came from notes by Charles Hull Batchelder, who was revising mistakes in Pierce's book.  C.H. Batchelder died in 1948 and never finished his book.

Five generations of his notes were compiled into a manuscript by Carl W. Brage.  You can find this manuscript online at the Lane Memorial Library (Hampton, New Hampshire) website.  However this manuscript stops a few generations short of my 4th great grandfather, Jonathan Batchelder.  Fortunately for me, C. H. Batchelder's notes on all the Batchelder descendants are held in eleven large boxes at the New Hampshire Historical Society library. Read the other three blog posts in this series to see what an adventure it was to find the proofs I needed in those boxes!

Surnames I lost from my ancestors during this Do-Over:


New Surnames added to my family tree (more will be coming as I continue this research):

Here is the revised version of my lineage:

Generation 1:  Rev. Stephen Batchelder, born 1561 in Wherwell, Hampshire, England, and died about 21 October 1656 "At Robert Barber's home" in London, England; married as his first wife (out of four marriages) about 1586 to Ann Bate.  She died before 1623 and gave him ten children.

Generation 2:  Nathaniel Batchelder, born about 1590 in England and died about 1630 in the Netherlands; married to Hester Mercer, daughter of Jan LeMercier and Jeanne LeClerc.  She was born about 1602 in Ypres, Belgium and died before 1631 in the Netherlands.  Five children.

Generation 3:  Nathaniel Batchelder, born about 1630 in England, died 17 January 1709/10 in Hampton, New Hampshire; married first (out of three marriages) to Deborah Smith, daughter of John Smith and Deborah Parkhurst.  She was born before 1645 in Edgartown, Massachusetts and died 8 March 1676 in Hampton.  Nine children and I descend from three of these children.

Lineage A:

Generation 4:  Abigail Batchelder, born 28 December 1667 in Hampton, and died 14 November 1736 in North Hampton; married on 4 November 1689 in Hampton to John Dearborn, son of Henry Dearborn and Elizabeth Marrian.  He was born 10 October 1666 in Hampton, and died 22 November 1750 in Hampton.  Eight children.

Generation 5:  Elizabeth Dearborn m. John Garland
Generation 6: Elizabeth Garland m. Richard Locke
Generation 7:  Simon Locke m. Abigail Mace
Generation 8:  Richard Locke m. Margaret Welch
Generation 9:  Abigail M. Locke m. George E. Batchelder (see below)

Lineage B:

Generation 4:  Jane Batchelder, born 8 January 1669 in Hampton, died 20 December 1711; married on 10 November 1687 in Hampton to Benjamin Lamprey, son of Henry Lamprey and Julienne Unknown.  He was born 28 September 1660 in Hampton and died 3 January 1751 in Hampton.  Twelve children.

Generation 5:  Jane Lamprey m. Stephen Batchelder  (see below)

Lineage C:

Generation 4:  Stephen Batchelder, born 8 March 1675/6 in Hampton, New Hampshire and died 19 September 1748 in Hampton; married on 25 August 1698 in Hampton to Mary Dearborn, daughter of John Dearborn and Mary Ward.  She was born 6 May 1678.  Seven children.

Generation 5:  Stephen Batchelder born 19 July 1701 in North Hampton and died 6 March 1748/49 in North Hampton; married on 1 August 1721 in Hampton to Jane Lamprey (see above), daughter of Benjamin Lamprey and Jane Batchelder.  She was born before 30 April 1699 in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire.  Nine children.

Generation 6:  Nathaniel Batchelder, born 9 June 1732 in North Hampton and died 24 March 1778 in Bennington, Vermont; married to Mary Longfellow, daughter of Jonathan Longfellow and Mercy Clarke. She was born 15 July 1735 in Hampton Falls, and died 1814.  Nine children.

Generation 7:  Nathaniel Batchelder, born 1763 in Deerfield, New Hampshire, died 20 August 1809 in Loudon, New Hampshire; married in April 1789 in Loudon to Mary Perkins as his second wife.  She was born about 1771 and died between 1845 and 1850 in Chichester, New Hampshire as the widow of Dodavah Bunker.  Seven Batchelder children.

Generation 8:  Jonathan Batchelder, born about 1800 in Deerfield, died before 4 November 1847 in Chichester, New Hampshire; married on 11 February 1822 in Belmont, New Hampshire to Nancy Thompson.  She was born about 1804 in Gilmanton, New Hampshire and died after 1847.  Two children.

Generation 9:  George E. Batchelder, born 13 August 1822 in Chichester, died 3 April 1848 in Chichester; married on 7 September 1845 in South Boston to Abigail M. Locke, the daughter of Richard Locke and Margaret Welch (see above).  She was born 10 September 1825 in South Boston, Massachusetts and died 15 January 1888 in Chichester.  Two children.

Generation 10:  George E. Batchelder, born posthumously 8 October 1848 in Chichester and died 28 July 1914 in Cambridge, Massachusetts; married on 28 October 1869 in Chichester to Mary Katharine Emerson, daughter of George Emerson and Mary Esther Younger.  She was born 25 December 1847 in South Boston and died 23 April 1932 in Roxbury, Massachusetts.  Nine children.

Generation 11:  Carrie Maude Batchelder, born 22 September 1872 in Chichester, died 21 January 1963 at the Sea View Convalescent and Nursing Home, Rowley, Massachusetts; married on 1 November 1892 in Essex, Massachusetts to Joseph Elmer Allen, son of Joseph Gilman Allen and Sarah Burnham Mears.  He was born 24 September 1870 in Essex, and died 12 March 1932 at the Masonic Home in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.  Five children.

Generation 12:  Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)

Batchelder Do-Over Part 1:

Batchelder Do-Over Part 2:

Batchelder Do-Over Part 3:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ A New BATCHELDER lineage", Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 29, 2018, ( accessed [access date]).

Thursday, September 27, 2018

October 2018 Genealogy and Local History Events Calendar

Genealogy Events 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

September 26, Wednesday, 6pm, Massachusetts in the Woman’s Suffrage Movement, at the Boston Public Library, Commonwealth Salon, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by author Barbara F. Berenson.  Free to the public.

September 26, Wednesday, 6:30pm, A Visit with Queen Victoria, at the Derry Public Library, 64 East Broadway, Derry, New Hampshire.  Presented by living historian Sally Mummey as Queen Victoria with a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. Free to the public.

September 27, Thursday, 6pm, Race Over Party, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by author Millington Bergeson-Lockwood who will discuss his new book “Race Over Party: Black Politics and Partisanship in Late Nineteenth Century Boston”.  $10 fee per person, register online at  Pre-talk reception at 5:30pm.

September 27, Thursday, 6:30 pm, New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell, at the Kimball Library, 5 Academy Avenue, Atkinson, New Hampshire.  Hosted by the Antrim Grange.  Presented by Pam Weeks.  Participants may bring in one quilt for identification and storytelling. Free to the public.

September 28 – 30, Old Planters Reunion, at Historic Beverly, 117 Cabot Street, Beverly, Massachusetts.  

September 29, Saturday, 9am – 1pm, Family Research Day – Mini Conference, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 400 Essex Street, Lynnfield, Massachusetts.  12 different presentations in four tracks:  Beginning Research, Technology, DNA and Records. More information coming soon.  Free to the public, but you must register at

September 29, Saturday, 9:30am – 3pm, Rhode Island Genealogical Society Meeting, at the Barrington Public Library, 281 County Road, Barrington, Rhode Island.  Coffee at 9:30 followed by two speakers, lunch, and two more speakers!  For more information see the website: 

September 29, Saturday, 10am, Tour of the Lowell Cemetery, meet up at the Knapp Avenue entrance to the cemetery, Lowell, Massachusetts.  Tours led by local historian and Register of Deeds, Richard Howe, Jr. Free to the public, no registration necessary. Free parking inside the cemetery.  Wear comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella. 978-454-5191.

September 29 and 30, Saturday and Sunday, Return to Number 4:  Revolutionary War Weekend, at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire. 

September 30, Sunday, 1pm, Musquash Cellar Holes:  Walk and Learn!  Meet up at the Hickory Hill Drive Trail Head for the Musquash Conservation land, off Mammoth Road in Londonderry, New Hampshire. This is a 4 mile walk through the conservation land, with some off trail hiking.  Expect it to take 3 hours for walking, discussions and exploring the cellar holes. Bring good walking shoes and a water bottle. Snacks provided. Led by Dr. David J. Ellis author of “Cellar Holes, Roads and Features in the Musquash”.  Rain date, Sunday October 7, 1pm.

September 30, Sunday, 1pm, Battle of Fall’s River Interactive Presentation, at the Lafayett- Durfee House, 94 Cherry Street, Fall River, Massachusetts. See an interactive presentation and conversation about the battle 240 years ago on May 25, 1778. 

September 30, Sunday, 1 – 4:30pm, Little Women 150th Celebration, at the Orchard House, 399 Lexington Road, Concord, Massachusetts.  Mark the actual date from 1868 when Little Women was first published. There will be 19th century crafts, cider making, a string quartet, contemporary ballet and vintage dancers, a “Progressive Little Women Read” and refreshments.  Tours on a first-come, first-served basis. The outdoor celebration will be FREE and OPEN TO ALL.  Tours from 11am – 4:30 $10 adults, $8 seniors and students, $5 youths ages 6 – 17.  Family Rate of $25.  Children under 6 and members free.  Reservations accepted for groups of 10 or more.  

October 2, Tuesday, 10am, Dive into the Archives!  A Workshop, at the Old Berwick Historical Society, 2 Liberty Street, South Berwick, Maine.  Real examples of family and property searches. We will also pull out several hidden treasures.  No registration necessary. 

October 2, Tuesday, 6:30pm, A Home of Her Own:  The Story of Zipporah Potter Atkins, Boston’s First Black Female Property Owner, at the Loring Greenough House, 12 South Street, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.  $10 general admission, $5 for members. Presented by Dr. Vivian Johnson, a Boston University professor emerita. 

October 3, Wednesday, 10am, New Visitor Tour of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Free to the public. No membership or registration required.  Tour attendees are welcome to use the library following the tour.

October 3, Wednesday, 6pm, American Honor: The Creation of the Nation’s Ideals during the Revolutionary Era, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  $10 per person.  Tickets at  Presented by Craig Bruce who will present his new book about the ideological break from Europe, shared by all ranks of society.  Pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. 

October 3, Wednesday, 6pm, How the Other Half Lives:  Researching Occupations in Early New England, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Hosted by the Partnership of Historic Bostons and presented by David Allen Lambert, chief genealogist.  This talk will be followed by refreshments from 7:30 – 8pm.  Free to the public, registration required at

October 3, Wednesday, 6:30pm, Spirits of the Granite State, at the Derry Public Library, 64 East Broadway, Derry, New Hampshire. Presented by author Roxie Zwicker, who will give a virtual tour of the legends and ghosts of New Hampshire. Free to the public.

October 3, Wednesday, 7pm, Stories from the 1918 Flu Epidemic, at the Winchester Public Library, Winchester, Massachusetts. Presented by Lori Lyn Price.  Free to the public.

October 5 and 6, Swedish American Genealogical Conference, at the Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge, Massachusetts.  See and click on “visit group”.  Download the registration and payment form for SARA 2018 from the Facebook group.  The featured speakers will be Kathy Meade of ArkivDigital and Kay Sheldon. 

October 5, Friday, noon, The African American Freedom Trail Project at Tufts University, to be held at the New England Historic Genealogical Society library, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Free to the public.  Presented by historians Kerri Grennidge and Kendra Field as part of the First Friday lecture series. Register here:   

October 5, Friday, 7pm, Open Violation of Honor:  Concord, Lexington, and the Ethics of the Revolutionary War, at the Concord Museum’s Wright Tavern, 2 Lexington Road, Concord, Massachusetts.  Free to the public. Presented by author Dr. Craig Bruce Smith who will also be doing a book signing.

October 6 and 7, Saturday and Sunday, Women of Number 4 Living History Weekend, at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire. 

October 6, Saturday, 2pm, A Visit with Queen Victoria, at the Rogers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Road, Hudson, New Hampshire. Presented by living historian Sally Mummey.  Free to the public.

October 6 and 7, Boston Occupied: An Insolent Parade, hosted by Revolution 250 in Downtown Boston, Massachusetts. This is the reenactment of the landing of British Troops in Boston 250 years ago. This event will feature hundreds of reenactors portraying British soldiers landing from a tall ship, marching into 1768 Boston to seize control of a city in crisis.  See this website for more information 

October 9, Tuesday, 4pm, Poor Houses and Town Farms, at the Old Town Hall Museum, 310 Main Street, Salem, New Hampshire. Presented by Steve Taylor, and sponsored by the Salem, Historical Society. Free to the public. Light refreshments.

October 10, Wednesday, 2pm, Law and Religion in Connecticut:  From Theocracy to Tolerance, at the UCONN Law School, 55 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, Connecticut.  Hosted by the Connecticut Historical Society.  Presented by Mark Weston Janis marking the 200th anniversary of the creation of Connecticut’s 1818 state Constitution.  Free to the public.

October 10, Wednesday, 6pm, The Puritan Legacy:  Today and in American History, at the New Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Speaker Stephen Kenney, director of the Commonwealth Museum.  Free to the public, registration required at 

October 10, Wednesday, 6pm, The Hidden History of Boston, at the Boston Public Library, Commonwealth Salon, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by historian and author Dina Vargo.  Free to the public.

October 10, Wednesday, 6pm, Devil Dogs: A Documentary Film about Americans in WW1, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Free to the public.  Register here:

October 10, Wednesday, 6:30pm, Tavern Talk:  Banjos, Bones & Ballads, at the American Independence Museum, Folsom Tavern, 1 Governor’s Lane, Exeter, New Hampshire.  Free to the public, on a 2nd floor not handicapped accessible. Presented by musician Jeff Warner.

October 10, Wednesday, 7pm, Proper Gravestone Rubbing Techniques- A Demonstration, at the Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper Street, Agawam, Massachusetts.  Presented by the Gravestone Girls.

October 11, Thursday, noon, “Essential Turning Points of the Salem Witch Trials”, a lunch and learn lecture at Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Bring your lunch and listen to Professor David Goss from Gordon College.  Register here: 

October 11, Thursday, 6pm, Evan Thomas on Writing Presidential Biographies, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  $20 per person.  Tickets at  Presented by Evan Thomas, author of nine books including biographies of Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Nixon, Clinton and Obama.  Pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. 

October 11, Thursday, 6:30 pm, New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell, at the Brookline Public Library, 16 Main Street, Brookline, New Hampshire.  Presented by Pam Weeks.  Participants may bring in one quilt for identification and storytelling. Free to the public.

October 11, Thursday, 6:30pm, Longfellow, Poe, and the “Little Longfellow War”, at the Longfellow House, 105 Brattle Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Space is limited, so please call (617) 876-4491 or email to reserve your seat. 

October 11, Thursday, 7pm, A Storm of Witchcraft:  The Salem Trials, at the Old York Historical Society, 3 Lindsay Road, York, Maine.  Presented by Salem State University professor Tad Baker.  $18 general public, $15 members.  Lecture will be followed by dessert, coffee, and tea in Jefferds Tavern.   

October 11, Thursday, 7pm, New Hampshire on High: Historic and Unusual Weathervanes of the Granite State, at the Chichester Grange/Town Hall, 54 Main Street, Chichester, New Hampshire.  Hosted by the Chichester Heritage Commission, and presented by Glenn Knoblock.  Free to the public.

October 13, Saturday, 10am, American Loyalists, at the Minute Man National Historical Park, Hartwell Tavern, 136 North Great Road, Route 2A, Lincoln, Massachusetts.  Free to the public. 

October 13, Saturday, 11am, Middlesex County Volunteers, Fifes and Drums, at the North Bridge, Minute Man National Park, 174 Monument Street, Concord, Massachusetts.

October 13, Saturday, 1:30pm, Book Publishing for Genealogists at the Goodnow Public Library, 21 Concord Road, Sudbury, Massachusetts.  Presented by Linda Roghaar, literary agent, and sponsored by the Middlesex Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists  Free to the public.  

October 15, Thursday, 6:30pm, The Capital Crime of Witchcraft:  What the Primary Sources Tell Us, at the Merrimack, New Hampshire Public Library.  Presented by witch trials expert Margo Burns.  Free to the public.

October 16, Tuesday, 6pm, The Evian Conference and the Creation of a Jewish Legacy in the Dominican Republic, at the Adams Street Shul, 168 Adams Street, Newton, Massachusetts. Sponsored by the Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS in partnership with the Adams Street Shul.  Presented by Hugh Baver. Free to the public. Register at this link:  

October 16, Tuesday, 7:30pm, Researching Your French-Canadian Ancestors, at the Nashua Historical Society, 5 Abbott Street, Nashua, New Hampshire.   Presented by Muriel Normand and Gerry Savard of the American Canadian Genealogical Society. Free to the public. 

October 17, Tuesday, 9:30 - noon, Hands On Cemetery Workshop, Sullivan County Complex,  meet at the cemetery in Unity, New Hampshire.  From Claremont to the west or the center of Unity to the east, take the 2nd NH turnpike to County Farm Road. In less than a mile the graveyard is on the right opposite the County Nursing Home. Park on the gravel road. Bring gloves. No registration necessary. Hosted by Richard Maloon of the New Hampshire Old Graveyard Association. 

October 17, Wednesday, 6pm, Impact of the 1918 Flu Epidemic: A Personal Stories Approach, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by Lori Lyn Price.  Free to the public. Please register here:

October 17, Wednesday, 6pm, The Field of Blood, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  $10 per person.  Tickets at  Presented by Joanne B. Freeman of Yale University who will discuss the long-lost story of physical violence on the floor of the U.S. Congress.  Pre-talk reception at 5:30pm. 

October 17, Wednesday, 6pm, Hamilton:  Alexander Hamilton’s American Revolution, at the Boston Public Library, Rabb Lecture Hall, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by historian Margaret Newell, vice chair of the History Department at Ohio State University.  Free to the public.

October 17, Wednesday, 7pm, 100 Years Later:  The 1918 Flu Epidemic in the Bridgewater Towns, at the Old Bridgewater Historical Society Memorial Building, 162 Howard Street, West Bridgewater, Massachusetts.  Presented by Shellie Karol-Chick.  $5 donation is encouraged.

October 18, Thursday, 7pm, The Capital Crime of Witchcraft:  What the Primary Sources Tell Us, at the Wolfeboro, New Hampshire Public Library.  Presented by witch trials expert Margo Burns.  Free to the public.

October 19, Friday, 5 - 7:30pm, Friendly Fright Walk Through the Village, at the New London Historical Society, 179 Little Sunapee Road, New London, New Hampshire.  Kid and family friendly!  Stories and games in the meetinghouse, followed by a gently spooky walk through the historic village. 

October 21 and 22, Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm, Weston Observatory Foliage Viewing and History Tours, at the Weston Observatory off Oak Hill Avenue, Manchester, New Hampshire (behind Derryfield Park).  $7 per person or $20 per family.  $5 per person for Manchester Historic Association members.  The observatory was built in 1896 and stands 66 feet tall, with an exquisite view of Manchester and the surrounding area.  Normally closed to the public, the observatory will open for two days.  Bring a lunch (there are picnic tables) and enjoy the view.  Tours will be conducted at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday.  The observatory is not accessible for people with walking disabilities or wheelchairs. Parking available in front of the observatory.

October 20, Saturday, Spring Meeting of the New Hampshire Society of Genealogists, at the Executive Court Banquet Facility, 1199 South Mammoth Road, Manchester, New Hampshire.  Speaker will be Michael L. Strauss, AG, military specialist.  9:30 – 2:30, including breakfast and lunch. 

October 20, Saturday, Annual Meeting of the Genealogical Society of Vermont, at the Our Lady of the Angels Church Parish Hall, Randolph, Vermont.

October 20, Saturday, Annual Family History Seminar:  Researching at 3am, at the Four Points Sheraton, 275 Research Parkway, Meriden, Connecticut.  See the webpage  Open to the public, please register by October 7th. 

October 20, Saturday, New Visitor Tour of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Fee to the public.  No registration is necessary.  Tour attendees are welcome to use the library following the tour.  No membership is required. 

October 21, Sunday, 9am – 4pm, Researching Scots Irish Ancestors, at the Executive Court Banquet Facility, 1199 South Mammoth Road, Manchester, New Hampshire.  Hosted by both the New England Historic Genealogical Society and the New Hampshire Historical Society. Fee $125. Register online  

October 21, Sunday, Genealogy Workshop: After Hours Lock-in with the Experts, in the Hilton Garden Inn Room at the Portsmouth Public Library, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Contact Nicole Luongo Cloutier 

October 23, Tuesday, 7pm, Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society, with Alfred Woollacott III as the Speaker, at the upper hall of the American Legion Post #129, 22 Elm Street, Gardner, Massachusetts.  Visitors welcome. 

October 23, Tuesday, 7pm, Spirits of Massachusetts: Ghost Stories from the Bay State, at the Billerica Public Library, 15 Concord Road, Billerica, Massachusetts. Presented by author Roxie Zwicker.  Free to the public.

October 23, 30, November 13, 20, Tuesdays, 2pm and 5:15pm, Hands On Genealogy with Alan Doyle Horbal, at the Athenaeum (Pittsfield Public Library), 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.  All students must have an email account and be computer literate.  Space is limited.  Please attend all four classes.  FREE.  Sponsored by the Berkshire Family History Association. Call 413-499-9486 ext. 6 to register. 

October 24, Wednesday, noon, Raising the Dead:  Finding Clues to Ancestors from Headstones, Family Plots, and Burial Records, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Free to the public.  Presented by Chief Genealogist David Allen Lambert.  Register here:  

October 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 6pm, Longfellow's Haunted House - Adult Tours, at the Longfellow House in Portland, Maine.  Five nights of tours led by guide James Horrigan which evoke the various family members who died in the Wadsworth-Longfellow house over its long history.  Family tours at 5pm on October 26th and 27th.  The 60 minute tour is followed by beer, cider and snacks.  $18 MHS members, and $25 general admission. This sells out fast!  

October 24, Wednesday, 6pm, Swindler Sachem, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by author Jenny Pulsipher on her new book “Swindler Sachem:  The American Indian who Sold his Birthright, Dropped Out of Harvard, and Conned the King of England”.  $10 per person fee, register online at  Pre-talk reception at 5:30pm.

October 24, Wednesday, 6pm, Boston in the Golden Age of Spiritualism: Seances, Mediums, and Immortality, at the Boston Public Library, Commonwealth Salon, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by independent scholar and educator Dee Morris.  Free to the public.

October 24, Wednesday, 7pm, Welcome to the Graveyard: A Tour of Marshfield’s Cemeteries, at the Ventress Memorial Library, 15 Library Plaza, Marshfield, Massachusetts.   The Graveyard Girls will present a multimedia show about the interesting tombstones of Marshfield, Massachusetts.

October 25, Thursday, 6:30pm, The ABCs of DNA: First Steps in Using Your DNA Test Results, at the Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front Street, Chicopee, Massachusetts.  Hosted by the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts. Presented by Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz. 

October 25, Thursday, 7pm, Public Lecture by Mary Beth Norton "Reflections on Gender and Politics in Anglo-America: An Intellectual Journey Encompassing Four Decades and Four Books", at the American Antiquarian Society, 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.  The Fourteenth Annual Robert C. Baron Lecture. Free and open to the public. 

October 26 and 27, Friday and Saturday, 5:30 - 8pm, Ghosts on the Banke, at Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. $8 general public, members half price.  Come meet the ghosts of long-dead sea captains, shopkeepers and pirates as you safely trick or treat from historic house to historic house. Ghost stories, bonfire, fortune tellers and more!  

October 27, Saturday, 10am, Stone Walls and the Stories They Tell at Quabbin Park, (meet at the Quabbin Tower, off Route 9 take the second park entrance and follow the road to the dam and take a right going up the hill. At the rotary take the first right up the hill to the Quabbin Tower parking lot)  Hosted by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Presented by environmental educator Jim Lafley.  $10 members, $12 non-members. Register at 

October 27 and 28, Saturday and Sunday noon - 4pm, Halloween Celebration on Castle Island, at Fort Independence in South Boston, Massachusetts.  Storytellers, magicians, refreshments.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free admission. 

October 28, Sunday, 9am – 4pm,  The Lost Towns of the Quabbin:  A Natural and Historical Field Trip, (meet at the road side of the CVS plaza at the intersection of Routes 9 and 202 in Belchertown.  Bring water and a lunch) hosted by the Massachusetts Audubon Society.  Join David Gallup on a hike back to the 19th century and discover the four lost towns.  Members $45, non-members $60.  Register at this link:

October 29, Monday, 6pm, Armistice:  WW1 in Memory and Song, at Suelly Hall at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by John Brancy and Peter Dugan, and hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society.  $10 per person fee.  Register online at 

October 29, Monday, 6:30pm, Welcome to the Graveyard: A Virtual tour of Duxbury’s Cemeteries, at the Duxbury Free Library, Duxbury, Massachusetts.  Presented by the Gravestone Girls, a virtual tour takes us from the early colonial burial grounds to the 21st century cemeteries of Duxbury, exploring cemetery art, history and symbolism. 

October 30, Tuesday, 6 pm, The Capital Crime of Witchcraft:  What the Primary Sources Tell Us, at Rivier University in Nashua, New Hampshire.  Presented by witch trials expert Margo Burns.  Free to the public.

October 31, Wednesday, 6pm, Historic Portsmouth Legends and Ghosts Walk: Halloween Edition!, at New England Curiosities, 19 Sheafe Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Tickets at  90 minute walking tour, $21 adults, $16 for ages 16 and under.

Future Events:

November 3, Saturday, Half Day Member’s Meeting of the Rhode Island Genealogical Society.  Save the date!

December 16, Sunday, 6:30pm – 8:30pm, The 245th Anniversary of the Boston Tea Party Reeenactment, at the Old South Meeting House (6:30 for a town meeting to protest the tax on tea, ticketed), or join the rabble outside (free to the public), a 7:30 parade through the financial district to the waterfront (free to the public) following the original route the patriots marched, and at 8pm the public is invited to line the shores of Boston Harbor and watch the Sons of Liberty storm the Brig Beaver to destroy the chests of tea (free to the public, some reserved seats for ticket holders).

April 3-6, 2019,  New England Regional Genealogical Conference NERGC in Manchester, New Hampshire at the Radisson Hotel on Elm Street. for more information.

August 10 – 16, 2019, Founders, Fishermen and Family History Cruise, On Holland America’s ms Zaandam, departing Boston on August 10 for a 7 night trip to Canada, ports include Montreal, Quebec City, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), Sydney, Halifax, Bar Harbor, and Boston, Massachusetts. Speakers include the genealogists Gena Philibert-Ortega, Tami Osmer Mize, and David Allen Lambert. See the website for more information: