Thursday, May 31, 2018

June 2018 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  


June FREE Fun Fridays, sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation. For a full listing see

June 29th – MIT Museum in Cambridge, MA
                  Nantucket Whaling Museum in Nantucket, MA
                  Concord Museum in Concord, MA
                  Edward Gorey House in Yarmouthport, MA
                  The Mount:  Edith Wharton’s House in Lenox, MA

June 1, Friday, noon, American Passage:  The History of Ellis Island, a First Friday lecture at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by Dr. Vincent J. Cannato.  Free to the public.

June 1, Friday, 7pm, Shadows Fall North Documentary and Discussion, at the Warner Town Hall, 5 East Main Street, Warner, New Hampshire.  This documentary fcuses on the preservationists and activists Valerie Cunningham of Portsmouth and JerriAnne Boggis of Milford, New Hampshire, who tell the stories of people who have been rendered nearly invisible in the historical record.  Also will be held June 10 in Newbury, New Hampshire. Free to the public. 

June 2 and 3, Saturday and Sunday, Scottish Heritage Weekend: Culloden at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire. This event includes a battle re-enactment.  Family Friendly.  Included with admission to the fort.

June 2, Saturday, 10am, Down at the Landing: Maritime Trades in Early Colonial Times, at the Old Berwick Historical Society, 2 Liberty Street, South Berwick, Maine. Join in a tour of the Counting House Museum, see demonstrators of maritime trades (a cooper, a ropemaker, rigger, and a ship doctor).  Free admission.

June 2 and 3, Saturday and Sunday, 8am – 4pm, 3rd Annual Dublin Vintage Market, at 1716 Main Street, Dublin, New Hampshire. 150 Vendors of Antiques, vintage finds, repurposed goods, local artisans and salvaged junk.  Kid friendly exhibits, live animals, vintage camper and classic car/truck displays and live music.  $5 per person, kids under 12 are free.  Free parking.

June 2, Saturday, 10am – 3pm, Chinese American Experiences Mass. Memories Road Show, at the Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Hosted by the Chinese Historical Society of New England and the Mass. Memories Road Show.  All ages may participate, families are encouraged to come together. Attendees under 18 must have a waiver signed by a guardian. Celebrate Chinese American Experiences in Massachusetts by digitizing family photos and stories. Images will be added to the digital collection at

June 2, Saturday, 10:30am, Historic Preservation Tours with Dr. Richard M. Candee, at the Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. $25 adults, $15 members.     

June 2, Saturday, 2:30 pm, Boston Abolitionists Performance, at the Durant-Kenrick House, 286 Waverly Avenue, Newton, Massachusetts.  Actors will portray Lydia Maria Child, David Walker, William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglass, Maria W. Stewart, and Newton’s own John Kenrick.  $20 per person, $15 for Historic Newton members.
June 3, Sunday, 6pm, Haunted York Village Tour, at the York Town Hall, 186 York Street, York, Maine.  A 90 minute tour with author Roxie J. Zwicker.  Tickets at

June 3, Sunday, 7pm, Songs of Emigration:  Storytelling Through Traditional Irish Music, at the South Eaton Meetinghouse, 402 Burnham Road, Eaton, New Hampshire.  Presented by musician Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki with fiddle and guitar.  Free to the public.

June 5, Tusday 10 - 11:30am, Scanned Document Images, at the Wilmington Memorial Library, 175 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington, Massachusetts.  Learn how to remove/fix documents with free image processing software.  Free to the public. Presented by Bernie Lyons. Pre-register at 

June 5, Tuesday, 6:30pm, Paul Revere: A Man of Many Occupations, at the Old North Church & Historic Site, 193 Salem, Street, Boston, Massachusetts, and also hosted by the Paul Revere House. Speakers will be Patrick Leehey, Nan Woverton, and Rob Martello.  Donations accepted.

June 5, Tuesday, 7pm, Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them, at the Abbie Greenleaf Library, 439 Main Street, Franconia, New Hampshire.  Presented by Jo Radner.  Free to the public.

June 6, Wednesday, 10am, New Visitor Tour of the New England Historic Genealogical Society Library, at 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Free orientation and tour of the NEHGS research facility.  Attendees are invited to stay and use the facility following the tour.  No registration necessary.

June 6, Wednesday, noon, Behind-the-Scenes Library Tour, at the Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland, Maine.  A 45 minute tour of the history of the building, architectural details, the basics of doing research, and treasures from the collections. Free to the public. Limited to 10.  Save a spot by emailing Nicholas Noyes at 

June 6, Wednesday, 6pm, Celebrate Boston!  Quiz night at the Old South Meeting House, at 310 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  A local history trivia contest with a Dorchester neighborhood theme.  Bring your family and friends to form a team.  Great prizes!  Food from Dorchester restaurants, cash bar.  $15 tickets, $10 for students, $5 for OSMH members.  Get tickets here: 

June 6, Wednesday, 7pm, A House on the Bay: Life on the 17th Century New Hampshire Coastal Frontier, at the Kensington Grange Hall, 133 Amesbury Road, Kensington, New Hampshire. Presented by Neill DePaoli about the archaeological discovery of the home of Thomas Wiggin on the Great Bay.  Free to the public.

June 6, Wednesday, 7pm, New Hampshire’s One-Room Rural Schools:  The Romance and the Reality, at the Wilton Public & Gregg Free Library, 7 Forest Road, Wilton, New Hampshire. Presented by Steve Taylor. Free to the public.

June 7, Thursday, 6:30pm, New England Lighthouses and the People Who Kept Them, at the Auburn Historical Society, 102 Hooksett Road, Auburn, New Hampshire. Presented by lighthouse author and expert Jeremy D’Entremont. Free to the public.

June 7, Thursday, 6:30pm, A Polish Odyssey, at the Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front Street, Chicopee, Massachusetts.  Hosted by the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts.  Presented by genealogist Sara Campbell. 

June 7, Thursday, 7pm, Our Beloved Kin:  A New History of King Philip’s War, at the Cheshire County Court House, 33 Winter Street, Keene, New Hampshire. Present by author and Amherst College professor Dr. Lisa Brooks. Free to the public. 

June 7, Thursday, 7 - 8:30pm, Getting Started with Your Family Research:  A Four Week Course running June 7, 14, 21, and 28 at the Medford Public Library, 111 High Street, Medford, Massachusetts. Free to the public. Presented by Linda B. MacIver. Space is limited.  Attendance at first two classes is mandatory.  Pre-registration required at  

June 9, Saturday, 11am – 1:30pm, World War II Cruise of Boston Harbor, at the Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center, Boston, Massachusetts. Narrated cruise will cover the Navy Yard, The South Boston Annex, Army Base, Castle Island, Shipping Lanes, Long Island, Deer Island, the layout of underwater mines, Gallops Island, Georges Island and Peddocks Island.  Tickets at Eventbrite:

June 9, Saturday, noon, Lunch and Learn:  Pilgrims Through the Religious Geography of England, from Henry 8th to James 1st, at Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, Massachusetts. $8 non-members. Bring a lunch or buy a lunch at the cafĂ©.  Presented by Rev. Dr. Arnold Klukas. 

June 9, Saturday, 1 – 4pm, For Those Who Served:  Researching Veteran Ancestors in Colonial Conflicts, the American Revolution, and the War of 1812, at The American Independence Museum, Folsom Tavern, 164 Water Street, Exeter, New Hampshire.   Part 2 of a 4 part series sponsored by AIM, NEHGS, and a grant from the Treat Foundation. $20 members, $30 not-yet-members.  Part 3 on September 22, and part 4 on November 10. Presented by David Allen Lambert of NEHGS. 

June 9, Saturday, 1:30pm, An Introduction to Polish Genealogy, at the Wayland Public Library, 5 Concord Road, Wayland, Massachusetts. Presented by Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz, and sponsored by the Middlesex Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists.  Free to the public. 

June 9, Saturday, 7pm, Ergot: The Moldy Bread Myth and Salem, at the Witch House, 310 ½ Essex Street, Salem, Massachusetts.  Presented by Margo Burns, who will discuss how this myth has survived since the 1970s, a case study in how people come to believe and hold onto myths about historical events.

June 10, Sunday 1:30 - 3:30, What Really Happened at Ellis Island and Finding Waldo at Ellis Island, at Temple Emanuel in Newton, Massachusetts.  Sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston (JGSGB), and presented by Joel Weintraub.  Free to members, $5 to the general public. 

June 10, Sunday, 4pm, Too Long in the Shadows, at the Fells Historic Estate, 456 Route 103 A, Newbury, New Hampshire.  A talk by Lynn Clark and Rebecca Courser on their research on rural, free black settlement in post-Revolutionary New Hampshire.  Also will be held June 1 at Warner, New Hampshire. Free to the public. 

June 10, Sunday, 1 – 2:30pm, A Pride Week Walk of Mount Auburn, at the Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. A walking tour to visit the resting places of US Representative Gerry Studds, actress Charlotte Cushman, journalist Kate Field, and Asian art collector William Sturgis Bigelow, among others, in recognition of Boston Pride Week 2018.  For tickets click here: 

June 11, Monday, 7pm, The Capital Crime of Witchcraft: What the Primary Sources Tell Us, at the Camp Morgan Lodge, 339 Millen Pond Road, Washington, New Hampshire.  Presented by Margo Burns, this program focuses on the Salem witch trials of 1692 and 1693, but also examines a variety of other cases against women in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut.  A potluck will be held at 6pm. Free to the public.

June 12, Tuesday, 7pm, On the Streets Where They Lived:  Exploring the Riches Hidden in Massachusetts Town Records, at the Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, Massachusetts.  Hosted by the Worcester Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists.  Presented by Joy Hennig and Charlene Sokal. Free to the public, bring a friend. 

June 13, Wednesday, noon – 8pm, Feast of St. Anthony of Padua, at St. Leonard’s Parish, North End, Boston, Massachusetts. A low mass at noon, a high mass at 5pm, and a candlit procession at 6pm through the streets of the North End.

June 15, Friday, 6:30pm, New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell, at the Divine Mercy Church, 161 Wilton Road, Peterborough, New Hampshire.  Presented by Pam Week. Participants are invited to bring one quilt for identification or storytelling.  Sponsored by the Monadnock Quilter’s Guild.  Free to the public.

June 16 and 17, Living History Weekend: 1st Connecticut Provincial Regiment, at the Fort at No. 4, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, New Hampshire. Included with admission to the fort.

June 16 and 17, 6 am – 4pm, Colonial Re-enactment at Fort McClary, Kittery Point, Maine.  Hosted by the Pequawket Alliance. A French and Indian War military re-enactment, open to the public.

June 16, 23 and 30, 2pm – 4pm, Building Your Genealogical Skills (Three Session Course), at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by Ann Lawthers, Genealogist.  $75 for the full course, all three weeks.  Register here:

June 17, Sunday, 1 – 2:30pm, Mount Auburn’s Civil Rights Legacy, at the Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. In honor of Juneteenth, volunteer docent Stephen Pinkerton will lead a walking tour to the graves of civil rights litigants and jurists buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery.  Free to the public.

June 19 – 24, 2018 Annual Conference and Meeting for the Association of Gravestone Studies, at Danbury Connecticut.  Lectures, demonstrations, exhibits, conservation and documentation workshops, classroom sessions, slide presentations, and guided cemetery tours.  See the website for more information

June 20, Wednesday, 6:30pm, 100 Years Before Revolution: 17th Century Resistance in Massachusetts Bay, at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by historian Adrian Chastain Weimer.  Free to the public.  Registration requested at 

June 21, Thursday, 7pm, Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers, at the Grange Hall, 7 Chase Hill Road, Andover, New Hampshire. Presented by Steve Taylor.  Free to the public.

June 23 and 24, Saturday and Sunday, Stark’s Muster at the Fort at No. 4, Charlestown, New Hampshire. 

June 23, Saturday, 10am, New Visitor Tour of the New England Historic Genealogical Society Library, at 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Free orientation and tour of the NEHGS research facility.  Attendees are invited to stay and use the facility following the tour.  No registration necessary.

June 23, Saturday, 11am, Take a Tour Back in History: Visit Hartford’s Oldest Historic Site “Ancient Stones” at the Ancient Burial Ground, Gold and Main Street, Hartford, Connecticut.  Tours start at 11am. Free.  Call 860-337-1670.  Also Weekday Tours, Noon – 2pm in July and August, Free, contact or 860-690-9150. 

June 24, Sunday, 11am, Women’s History Walking Tour, at the Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Tickets at   

June 25, Monday, 2:15pm, A Visit With Queen Victoria, at the Havenwood Auditorium, 33 Christian Avenue, Concord, New Hampshire. Presented by living historian Sally Mummey, who will perform in 19th century clothing resplendent with Royal Orders.  Free to the public.

June 26, Tuesday, 6:30pm, How Pilgrim Women’s Work Saved Plymouth Colony, at the Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Presented by early Americanists David Furlow and Lisa Pennington.  Free to the public.  Doors open at 6pm.

June 28, Thursday, noon, Lunch and Learn:  The Patriotic Shoe, at the American Independence Museum, Folsom Tavern, 1 Governor’s Lane, Exeter, New Hampshire.  Bring a lunch. Free to the public. Presented by Kimberly S. Alexander, from the Department of History at the University of New Hampshire.

Coming soon:

July 7, Saturday, History Camp Boston, at Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Massachusetts.  and History Camp Weekend 

 July 14, Saturday, 10am – 4pm, 28th Annual American Independence Festival, hosted by the American Independence Museum, 1 Governor’s Lane, Exeter, New Hampshire. Battle re-enactments, colonial artisans, children’s activities, cannon firings, crafts, music, food and more.  Check out the website for more information:

August 19 and 19, Saturday and Sunday, Living History Event, at Historic Hillsborough, New Hampshire. This action packed weekend is held at four locations in the town of Hillsborough, New Hampshire.  2018 is the 10th anniversary! “George Washington” will be in attendance, along with battle re-enactors, musicians, sutlers, crafts, food, children’s activities and more. Tour the Franklin Pierce homestead, wagon rides, trolley tours, etc. Tickets available online through August 18th, and on location on the day of the event for cash only. Proceeds to benefit the Hillsborough Historical Society.

13 September, Thursday – Saturday, The 2018 New York State Family History Conference, at Tarrytown, New York.  More information coming soon.

 September 22, Saturday, 8am – 4pm – The Fall Conference of the American Canadian Genealogical Society, to be held at the ACGS, 4 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire.  Annual meeting, raffles, three speakers – David Vermette, Pierre Gendreau Hetu, and Robert Perrault. 

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.

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: 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Big Fish

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 #365?  Scroll down to find the answer

This three dimensional fish weathervane is located on a small cupola above a small garage on private property, just before the entrance to Rye Harbor State Park in Rye, New Hampshire.  This weathervane is just a few dozen yards from the waterline, so the fish vane is very appropriate. 

Rye Harbor State Park is a very small piece of land by the entrance to Rye Harbor.  You can see water on three sides of the park, including a wonderful view of the Isles of Shoals.  There is a monument to the English explorer, John Smith, by the edge of the water.  It was erected recently in 2014, on the 400th anniversary of his "discovery" of New Hampshire.

Rye Harbor State Park-

My blog post on the John Smith Monument erected in 2014: 

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


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ A Big Fish", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 30, 2018, (  accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Father and Son, buried at Epsom, New Hampshire

This tombstone was photographed at the McClary – Epsom Center Cemetery on Center Hill Road in Epsom, New Hampshire.

An officer of the
American Revolution
died Jan. 10, 1822
AE. 72
Son of James &
Susanna Gray
died at sea
Sept. 20, 1796
AE. 15

According to the Epsom Historical Society website, James Gray, born 8 October 1749 in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and died 10 January 1822 in Epsom; married first to Jane Wallace on 20 July 1769 in Epsom;  married second to Susanna Parsons on 20 March 1777 in Newbury, Massachusetts.  Susanna was born on 28 April 1753 in Newbury and died 8 March 1826 in Epsom.  She was the daughter of Rev. Moses Parson and Susanna Davis, and a sister to Judge Theophilus Parsons. 

James Gray was appointed as Sergeant Major of Colonel John Stark’s Regiment at Cambridge, and served in Medford at the Battle of Bunker Hill, and later at Ticonderoga.  He was made the coroner for Rockingham County in 1784. 

Children with Jane Wallace:
1.     John Gray, d. young 1784 (see below)
2.     James Gray died about the same time as his mother

Children with Susanna Parsons:
3.     Moses Parsons Gray, was a sailor, and then taught school in Epsom
     4.     Theodore Parsons Gray, d. at sea 20 April 1796 “fell from a loft to the main deck”
     5.     Catherine L. Gray m. Dr. John Proctor 1826 in Deerfield
     6.     Lucretia Billings Gray m. William Brown 1821 in Epsom
     7.     James Higgins Gray, also lost at sea on 5 April 1812
     8.     Judith Parsons Gray m. John Rand 1818
     9.     Maria T. Gray, d. young 1811
     10.     Susan P. Gray, d. young 1815

This news clipping was also at the Epsom Historical Society website:

New Hampshire Gazette,  17 December 1784

“Portsmouth, December 17. On Monday last, the son of Major James Gray, of Epsom, about 16 years old, in attempting to lead a very unruly horse of his father’s to water, made the end of the halter fast about his wrist, the horse in prancing hove him down and ran away with him, dragged him over a four broad fence and through the field, until the halter broke. The family supposed the young man had gone to spend the evening with his relations, were unconcerned about him until the next morning, when to their great surprise, they found blood on the fence where the horse had dragged the young man over, then, following the blood, after sometime found him at a considerable distance alive, but perfectly helpless and senseless; his life is despaired of, as it is supposed that most of his bones were broken.”
Epsom Historical Society website:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Father and Son, buried at Epsom, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 29, 2018, ( accessed [access date]).

Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day 2018 Honor Roll Project Volunteers

World War I Honor Roll
New Milford, Connecticut by Patti Crispo

The Honor Roll Project collects transcriptions and photographs of military monuments with the names of military veterans from parks, schools, civic buildings, books and other places all over the USA and abroad.  You can see the complete list of Honor Roll contributions to this project at this link: The Honor Roll Project

Twice a year, for Memorial Day and for Veterans Day, genealogy bloggers photograph and transcribe these honor rolls, and publish them on the internet.  The act of transcribing these names makes them available to be found by search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo and others.  Family members searching online for genealogical or military information on relatives, ancestors or friends will be able to see the honor rolls, read the names, and learn about their family's military history.

From the thousands of names transcribed by Janice Webster Brown for her second year of blogging about World War I veterans in New Hampshire, and the thousands of names transcribed by Schalene Dagutis over many months this winter, to the tiny little memorial in Bristol, Rhode Island by Michael Davies, all are important honor rolls for their communities.  And all are important finds for anyone searching for ancestors online.

It is a simple project, and it brings unexpected joy to searchers who did not know their ancestors were in the military, or did not know the specific military history, or sometimes they did not even know the town where their ancestors lived.  Seeing their family member's name on an honor roll can be the beginning of finding more genealogy data, military records and historical information.

Here are this year's volunteer contributions.   Please thank them for their hard work by leaving comments on their individual blog posts.


Woodbury,  WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, by Marian Burke Wood

Abington, MA  WW1, WWII, Vietnam, Afghanistan, by Bill West (updated since 2013 with one new name added)

Rutland, Old Burial Ground, French & Indian War, by Vera Marie Badertscher

Sudbury, King Philip’s War,  by Vera Marie Badertscher

Cambridge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology World War II, by Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Wendall, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam,  by Sara Campbell     

New Hampshire

Alton WWI by Janice Webster Brown

Atkinson WWI by Janice Webster Brown

Chester, WWI by Janice Webster Brown

Colebrook: WWI by Janice Webster Brown

Deerfield: Revolutionary War,  1812, Civil War, Spanish War, WWI, WWII, Vietnam, by Heather Rojo

Dover WWI by Janice Webster Brown
Franklin WWI by Janice Webster Brown
Hopkinton and Contoocook WWI by Janice Webster Brown
Keene WWI by Janice Webster Brown

Lancaster WWI by Janice Webster Brown

Lebanon WWI by Janice Webster Brown

Mont Vernon WWI by Janice Webster Brown

Portsmouth WWI by Janice Webster Brown

Temple: WWI, WWII, Korea, Cold War, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Peacekeeping, by June Butka  

New York

Albany, Lexington Park, Vietnam, by Schalene Dagutis 

Ballston Spa, Revolutionary War, Civil War, Mexican War, 1812, by Schalene Dagutis

Ballston Spa, Spanish American War, WWI, WWII, Submariners, by Schalene Dagutis

Bolton, French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, 1812, Civil War, Spanish American, Mexican, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf, Military Actions 1958 - 2000, by Schalene Dagutis 

Cohoes, Spanish American War, WWII, Vietnam, by Schalene Dagutis

Coxsackie, WWII, by Schalene Dagutis

Hudson, Columbia County, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, by Schalene Dagutis

Rhinebeck, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, by Schalene Dagutis

Saratoga Springs, WWI, by Schalene Dagutis

Schenectady, Veterans Park, WWI, And WWII at the courthouse by Schalene Dagutis
Sharon Springs Central School, WWI, WWII, and Korea, by Schalene Dagutis

Stockport, WWI, by Schalene Dagutis

Troy’s Riverfront Park, 1959 – 1975,  by Schalene Dagutis

Troy’s Washington Park, WWI,  by Schalene Dagutis

Waterford, Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Schalene Dagutis  

North Carolina

Wayneville, Korea,  by Amada Pape   

Rhode Island

Bristol,  Iraq War,  by Michael Davies    


Amherst County, Vietnam, by Schalene Dagutis   

Please consider volunteering to help The Honor Roll Project.  Just photograph an honor roll, transcribe the names, and post these on your blog.  Send me a comment below, or an email at   I will add your contribution to The Honor Roll Project website at any time of the year.  


The Honor Roll Project   

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ Morse of Dedham and Medfield, Massachusetts


My 10th great grandfather, Samuel Morse (1576 – 1654) arrived on board the ship Increase in 1635 with his wife, Elizabeth, a son Joseph, and “Elizabeth Daniel”, age 2, a granddaughter.  His living children followed him to Massachusetts but were not listed on the Increase. The English origins of Samuel and Elizabeth have been written up in journals.  Samuel Morse is the son of Rev. Thomas Morse of Foxearth Essex, and his wife Elizabeth Jasper is the daughter of Lancelot Jasper and Rose Shephard of Suffolk.   See below for the journals with their English origins.

Upon arriving in New England, Samuel and Elizabeth Morse first lived in Watertown, and in 1636 Samuel and his sons Joseph and Daniel were each granted twelve acres in Dedham. In 1640 he was admitted to the church in Dedham, and a few months later he became a freeman.  He was one of the original nineteen settlers of Dedham.

The inventory of his estate calls him “Samuell Morse of Medfield, lately deceased”.  His will mentions his wife Elizabeth, John Morse, Daniell Morse, Mary Bullin & Ann Morse “the wife of my dearly beloved son Joseph deceased, who with my said children shall have an equal portion”.  The will was witnessed by two neighbors and Samuel Bullin, my 9th great grandfather, husband of Mary, the youngest Morse child.

For more MORSE information:

The English origins of Samuel Morse were written up by G. Andrews Moriarty in The American Genealogist, Volume 24 (1949), pages 147 – 156.

A sketch of Samuel Morse by Robert Charles Anderson in The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634 – 1635, Volume V, pages 170 – 177.

The Ancestry of Colonel John Harrington Stevens and his wife Frances Hellen Miller, by Mary Lovering Holman, 1951, (non paginated, sketches 15 – 18)  

Caveat - some errors – The Morse Genealogy: being a revision of the Memorial of the Morses published by Rev. Abner Morse in 1850, by Howard Morse and Emily Levitt, 1903


The English origins of Elizabeth (Jasper) Morse were written up by Myrtle Stevens Hyde in The American Genealogist, Volume 62 (1987), pages 235- 40.

My MORSE genealogy:

Generation 1:  Samuel Morse, son of Rev. Thomas Morse, baptized 12 June 1576 in Boxted, Essex, England, died in Medfield, Massachusetts 5 December 1654; married on 29 June 1602 in Redgrave, Suffolk, to Elizabeth Jasper, daughter of Lancelot Jasper and Rose Shepard.  She was baptized on 30 January 1579/80 in Redgrave, and died on 20 June 1655 in Medfield.  Seven children.

Generation 2: Mary Morse, baptized on 13 August 1620 in Burgate, Suffolk, died on 14 February 1688 in Sherborn, Massachusetts; married on 10 August 1641 in Dedham to Samuel Bullen.  Ten children

Generation 3:  Ephraim Bullen m. Grace Fairbanks
Generation 4: John Bullen m. Sarah Underwood
Generation 5: Grace Bullen m. Ebenezer Healy
Generation 6: Comfort Haley m. Abigail Allen
Generation 7: Comfort Haley m. Rebecca Crosby
Generation 8: Joseph Edwin Healy m. Matilda Weston
Generation 9: Mary Etta Healey m. Peter Hoogerzeil
Generation 10: Florence Etta Hoogerzeil m. Arthur Treadwell Hitchings
Generation 11: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ Morse of Dedham and Medfield, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 26, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Boothbay Harbor, Maine World War I Honor Roll

Thank you to Katherine Wilder for photographing and transcribing this Honor Roll of World War I names from the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.  She told me that she stood on a desk to get this photograph.  That was very brave of you, Kay! Thank you!

This photo and transcription was submitted to the Nutfield Genealogy blog for inclusion in The Honor Roll Project.  Now the names are available online for search engines to find these soldiers, and for research by family members and descendants. 

Boothbay Harbor, Maine       World War Honor Roll
Located inside the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library
* Indicates killed in action
Submitted by Katharine Haselton Wilder, Boothbay Harbor

Stephen Allen                            Percy Farmer                    Richard McKown
Asa A. Alley                              K. Weston Farnham         Paul McClellan
Arthur H. Auld                          Ernest R. Forbes              Joseph Miller
Harris C. Barrows                     John R. Forbes                 Thomas W. Miller
Lawrence W. Bennett                Jesse Foster                      Frank E. Mitchell
Warren H. Bennett                    Henry M. Garey                Parker T. Nickerson
Percy G. Bishop                        Francis B. Greene Jr.        Everett Orne
Wilder B. Blake                        Walter H. Godfrey            Percy F. Orne
Raymond J. Boston                   Edward E. Hahn Jr.        *Sidney B. Orne
Robert A. Boyd                        Harold W. Haggett            Carl M. Pennell
Waldo S. Boyd                         Elmer Harding                  Hardy W. Pierce
Arnold Brewer                          Leston G. Hemore           James A. Pitcher
Willis E. Brewer                       John M. Higgins              Clarence Poor
George Brown                          Dexter W. Hodgdon         Joseph H. Pond
Norman A. Brown                     Lewis S. Holton              Allen C. Reed
Charles A. Burke                       George E. Johnson          Ernest P. Reed
Clifton Campbell                       Archie Kellar                  Howard S. Reed
Frank A. Carlisle                       Milton F. Kelly                Manley E. Reed
Louis A. Carlisle                       Maxwell C. Kimball        Maynard A. Robinson
John H. Carr                              Isaiah P. Lewis                 Frank W. Sawyer
Victor N. Chambers                   Ralph A. Lewis Jr.           William A. Seavey
Ernest Clifford                           Russell Marr                 * Charles E. Sherman Jr.
Ralph Colby                              Walter Marshall                Jesse Sherman
Raymond H. Coolen                  Frank L. Marson              Kilburn O. Sherman
* Forrest L. Cromwell               Lucas M. Marson             Melville W. Stevens
Richard E. Curtis                       Stephen R. Marson          Frank Stevens
Willard H. Curtis                       Austin H. MacCormick    Walter M. Stevens
Joseph A. David                       Arthur L. McCobb            William M. Stevens
Maurice David                          Herbert K. McIntyre         Richard Thompson
Theodore E. Dighton                Adna W. McKown            Herbert H. Thurston
Harold A. Dodge                       Harold T. McKown          Everett L. Trask
McKay Durfae                          Joseph McKown               Albert C. McKown
                                                                                            Robert Watts
                                                                                            Maurice Woodward
                                                                                            George Dudley


Katherine Wilder and Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Boothbay Harbor, Maine World War I Honor Roll", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 24, 2018, ( accessed [access date]).