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:  

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Nutfield 300th Anniversary Events

This is an early schedule of events for the 300th anniversary of Nutfield, New Hampshire, founded in 1719 by sixteen Scots Irish families led by the Rev. James MacGregor from Aghadowey, Northern Ireland.  Please stay tuned here, and at the website for changes to dates, more information, and additional events.

Founder’s Weekend, April 12 – 14, 2019, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the First Parish Meetinghouse in East Derry, New Hampshire.  History talks, displays, activities, cemetery and village tours, and family friendly activities.  There will be a Friday night Welcome Dedication and dinner and a Saturday Heritage Day.  On Founder’s Sunday there will be a special church service honoring Rev. James MacGregor and the bell in the meetinghouse will be rung for the first time since the renovations.   A Scots Irish family renunion is planned.

Nutfield Gala, April 13, 2019,  Saturday, at the Derry Opera House, Broadway, Derry, New Hampshire. Sponsored by the Greater Derry Arts Council.  An Evening semi-formal event with food, music, and presentations.

Windham Strawberry Festival, June 2019, Windham, New Hampshire. 

Civil War Encampment, June 15, 2019, Saturday, at the lawn of the First Parish Meetinghouse and Forest Hill Cemetery in East Derry, New Hampshire.  Sponsored by the Derry Heritage Commission.   Re-enactors will recreate a Civil War era encampment with demonstrations and military ceremonies.

Derry Fourth of July, on July 6, 2019, Saturday, at the Adams Memorial Building and downtown Derry, New Hampshire.  Parade, speeches, time capsule, themed fireworks.

Londonderry Old Home Day, August 2019, Londonderry Town Common and the Historical Society Museum Complex on Pillsbury Road.  All the traditional Old Home Day activities plus commemorative events for the 300th anniversary.

DerryFest, September 14, 2019, Saturday, at MacGregor Park in Derry, New Hampshire, sponsored by the Greater Derry Arts Council and the Derry Heritage Commission.  There will be a 300th anniversary booth, special performances, and the usual DerryFest activities.

Nutfield After Dark, September 14, 2019, Saturday, in downtown Derry, New Hampshire along Broadway.  Sponsored by the Cask and Vine.  Adult beverages and food festival, in the evening following DerryFest.

Derryfield 300th Anniversary-  Dates and activities to be determined for tours and presentations about Derryfield, which is now part of Manchester, New Hampshire.

Also being planned are other projects including:

Nutfield 300th Commemorative Coins
Derry Digital Online Archives sponsored by the Derry Public Library
Plot Finder Website – Forest Hill Cemetery GIS Map – a website with interactive data on grave sites.
Nutfield 300th Souvenirs – T-shirts, calendars, mugs, etc.
Nutfield 300th Commemorative Beer – sponsored by the Cask and Vine
A Nutfield 300th Poem – by Derry poet laureate Bob Crawford
An official Nutfield 300th Program – a souvenir program with glossy photos and history
Town History Books and Local History Publications
A Nutfield Children’s Book – an illustrated book project by the Derry Public Library
A 300th Anniversary microsite

Register here!
Are you a descendant?  Are you interested in Nutfield History?  Are you a history buff?
Register here and we will keep you informed via email   

Contacts for more information:

Paul Lindemann – Derry Heritage Commission, First Parish Meetinghouse Preservation Building 

Committee, First Parish Church History Committee  

Karen Blandford-Anderson  - Derry Heritage Commission  

Derry Museum of History- 

Londonderry Historical Society – 

Windham Historical Society-


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Nutfield 300th Anniversary Events", Nutfield Genealogy, posted  September 26, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above the Train Station

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 #382?  Scroll down to find the answer.

This feathered arrow weathervane can be seen above the train station at Clark's Trading Post in Lincoln, New Hampshire.  The simple arrow is "gussied up" with a fancy eagle finial, and scroll work supporting the cardinal points.  This weathervane can be seen from almost anywhere in the little amusement park, and by drivers cruising along U.S. Route 3 heading up to the White Mountains.

The train station here loads visitors onto the Climax steam locomotive for a 30 minute, 2.5 mile scenic loop along the Pemigewasset River and over a covered bridge.  This is the train that children remember as the train chugs into the territory of the infamous "Wolfman".  Generations of children have enjoyed ( or perhaps were terrorized by) this train ride.

The "Wolfman" chased our train!

Clark's Trading Post website: 


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above the Train Station", Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 26, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Tombstone Tuesday ~ The TURNER family plot, at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts

These tombstones and family plot were photographed at the Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.






[Nine year old daughter of John Newton Turner and Harriet Dana]


[Infant son of John Newton Turner and Harriet Dana]


[Infant daughter of John Newton Turner and Harriet Dana]

The Reverend John Turner, son of Colonel Seth Turner (1727 - 1806) and Rebecca Vinton (1729 - 1801) was born 4 November 1768 in Braintree, Massachusetts, and died 29 September 1830 in Dorchester, Massachusetts (now a part of the city of Boston).   He married Lucy Sargent, daughter of Paul Dudley Sargent (1745 - 1827) and Lucy Sanders (1752 - 1840), born 27 September 1773 in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and died 13 February 1853.  They had nine children:

    1.  Lucy Sargent Turner, born 29 June 1795, married David Hall
    2.  Mary Sophia Turner, born 1796, married Rev. Joseph Searle
    3.  Charlotte Saunders Turner, born 1799, died at age 14 years.
    4.  Rebecca, born 26 June 1803, died young
    5.  Martha Walker Turner, born 13 February 1809 in Biddeford, Maine, married Arthur Wilkinson*
    6.  John Newton Turner, born 1811 in Biddeford, Maine, married Harriet Dana
    7.  Samuel Hubbard Turner, born 1814, married Joanna A. Saxton
    8.  Catharine Winthrop Turner, born 22 June 1819, died at age 20 years unmarried
    9.  Rebecca Vinton Turner, born 1820

John Turner graduated from Brown University in 1788.  In the town of Biddeford, Maine, the congregational church divided into two parishes in 1797, and a new church was built within the next few years and Rev. John Turner was installed as the first minister of this second Congregational Church.   He was dismissed from Biddeford in 1817 and removed to Kingston, New Hampshire in 1818 where he was installed as the pastor of the local church.  Rev. Turner remained in Kingston until 1823 when he was removed for "intemperance".  He retired to Dorchester, Massachusetts where he was originally buried.  John and Lucy were both re-interred on 21 May 1853 at Mount Auburn Cemetery.

*The family plot of Arthur Wilkinson is next to the Turner plot, and is featured at this blog link: 


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ The TURNER family plot, at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 25, 2018, ( accessed [access date]).

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ DOTY of the Mayflower


My 8th great grandfather, Edward Doty, was a passenger on the Mayflower in 1620 to Plymouth, Massachusetts, and signed the Mayflower Compact. His origins are still unknown.  He was a servant to Stephen Hopkins during the voyage and for the first few years in Plymouth.  The first duel (with a sword and dagger) in New England was in 1621 between Edward Doty and Edward Leister, both servants to Hopkins.  Both were wounded, and both were punished by being bound with their head and feet together.  The sentence was for them to be bound for 24 hours, but within one hour “because of their great pains, and at their own and their master’s humble request, upon promise of better carriage, they are released by the governor” [A Chronological History of New England, by Thomas Prince, 1852, pages 190-191]

After this and Doty was in court many times for fighting, trespass, slander and debt.  But he married twice, prospered, had an apprentice. In his will he left land and property to his sons and wife.  In Faith’s will she left her land, willed to her from her husband, to her son John Doty.

 I descend from his daughter, Desire, my 7th great grandmother, who married Alexander Standish, the son of Mayflower passenger Myles Standish.   Alexander also married Sarah Alden, daughter of Pilgrims John Alden and Priscilla Mullins.  Desire had eleven children by three husbands and outlived them all.  Her will written in 1723 mentions a sons William Sherman, Ebenezer Sherman, Israel Holmes, John Holmes, Thomas Standish and Ichabod Standish; and daughters Hannah Ring, Experience Standish and Desire Weston (my 6th great grandmother). 

For the truly curious:

The Great Migration Begins, by Robert Charles Anderson, Volume 1, pages 573 - 577.

The Doty - Doten Family in America, by Ethan Allen Doty, 1897. 

Mayflower Families Five Generations, Doty, published by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Volume 11,  1996.

The Pilgrim Edward Doty Society:  

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants:

My DOTY genealogy:

Generation 1:  Edward Doty, born about 1599, died 23 August 1655 at Plymouth, Massachusetts; married first to unknown before 1634; married second on 6 January 1635 in Plymouth to Faith Clark, daughter of Thurston Clark and Faith Unknown.  She was born about 1619 and died before 21 December 1675 in Marshfield, Massachusetts. Faith was the mother of nine children.  She remarried to John Phillips on 14 March 1667 in Plymouth as his second wife.

Generation 2: Desire Doty, born about 1645 in Plymouth, died 22 January 1731 in Marshfield; married first to William Sherman on 25 December 1667 in Marshfield (six children); married second on 24 November 1681 in Marshfield to Israel Holmes (two children); and married third before 1689 to Alexander Standish, son of Mayflower passenger Captain Myles Standish and Barbara Unknown.  He was born about 1626 in Plymouth and died 6 July 1702 in Duxbury.  Desire and Alexander Standish had three children together. 

Generation 3:  Desire Standish, born 5 May 1689 in Marshfield, died 20 June 1766 in Plympton; married on 21 February 1716 in Plympton to Nathan Weston, son of Edmund Weston and Rebecca Soule (granddaughter of Mayflower passenger George Soule).  He was born 8 February 1689 in Plympton, and died 11 October 1754 in Plympton.  Four children.

Generation 4: Nathan Weston m. Hannah Everson
Generation 5:  Zadoc Weston m. Mary Clements
Generation 6:  Matilda Weston m. Joseph Edwin Healy
Generation 7:  Mary Etta Healey m.  Peter Hoogerzeil
Generation 8:  Florence Etta Hoogerzeil m. Arthur Treadwell Hitchings
Generation 9:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (My grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ DOTY of the Mayflower”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 22, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Thoughts on Using Compiled Genealogy Books

A shelf in my personal library, with some
compiled genealogy books

I’m writing this blog post because of all the email, comments and Facebook messages I have received in the last two weeks due to my three-part series “Batchelder Do-Over” ” (By the way, stay tuned for my upcoming “Surname Saturday” post on my "new" BATCHELDER lineage).   Then I received even more email due to my blog post last week on “My Ancestors in Genealogy Books: A Compiled Genealogy Bibliography".  There seems to be a lot of misconceptions about these genealogy books.  I want to share my pros and cons on using them.

First comment – “They are often unsourced.”  Well… actually most compiled genealogy books from the end of the twentieth century until today are sourced, Yay!  The famous genealogist Donald Lines Jacobus lead the way in teaching and demonstrating how to accurately source genealogy books.  His first books in the 1930s have little documentation ( for example The Bulkeley Genealogy, 1933), but his books in the 1970s were much better.  My favorite sourced genealogy books include the wonderful Silver Book series from the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.  Another good set of books is Robert Charles Anderson’s Great Migration Series. All of them, from his three part Great Migration Begins, to his seven volume Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634 – 1635, to his directories and other books. These are the standard most authors try to copy today. 

Second comment - Yes, “They are often unsourced”.  But wait!  How can we find a work around?  As for those unsourced books, did you know that many, many authors of these nineteenth century and early twentieth century genealogy books have donated their notes to libraries and archives?  I have often perused these manuscripts at the New England Historic Genealogical Society library in Boston.  Just look at what I found about the BATCHELDER family recently (see the links below) in manuscripts revising an old 1898 book at the New Hampshire Historical Society library and at the Lane Public Library in Hampton, New Hampshire.  Check libraries, historical societies and genealogical societies for donated materials on published (and sometimes unpublished) books. 

Third comment – “But they haven’t done my family in a book!”  How do you know?  Did you check all libraries? Did you check Munsell’s Index, also known as Index to American Genealogies for everything published before 1908?  Did you know that The Greenlaw Index of the New England Historic Genealogical Society is two volumes of all the books in their library printed 1900 – 1940?  (Or you can check their card catalog online free, even if you aren’t a member)   Did you try to see what all the other libraries have?  The Library of Congress ? Or the Genealogical Index of the Newbury Library ?  Another good index is American Genealogical Biographical Index, Volumes 1 – 186, which is online at (this is continuously updated)    Lastly, do you check in genealogy journals to see what new publications are being printed?  Do you read in genealogy magazines to see what new compiled genealogies are being planned, and who is looking for information?  Have you looked to see what is out of print?  Leave no stone unturned.

Fourth comment -  “No one has written about my JONES family”  or “That book is not my JONESes”  There was a famous author named Ken Stevens who used to write up books on families named WILSON in the New England area. He has many WILSON books on the shelves of the NEHGS library.  Of course, he didn’t have my WILSON family of Danvers, Massachusetts written up in a book.   So, I wrote to Mr. Stevens and lo and behold he had lots of notes on my WILSONs (he hadn’t gotten around to publishing that book yet).   And he shared his notes and agreed that my lineage back to the immigrant Robert Wilson (1630 – 1675) was correct.  Just as good as a book!  Ken Stevens died before publishing my WILSONs, but I’ll always cherish his opinions.  ASK! 

Fifth comment -  “I can’t find my ancestors in a book, and I’ve looked everywhere.”  Ok, then your next step is to check journal articles through scholarly indexes such as JSTOR     I also like to check the journals online at the websites of genealogical societies such as the New England Historic Genealogical Society (members only).  You can find back issues of some journals on the HathiTrust Digital Library    Since I focus on New England, I like to find the latest research in Martin Hollick’s book New Englanders in the 1600s (however, it was last updated in 2012.  Is anyone planning another update soon?)   Are there similar books for other US regions?

Sixth comment – “I don’t live in New England. The South doesn’t have many compiled genealogy books”   True, but this is changing.  And although New England seems to have more, this is due to the age of our original colonies and the high density population.  Population percentage wise, it probably only beats out other US regions by a small number. Check around to see what you can find. 

Seventh comment – “Only the old compiled genealogies are online.”  This may seem to be true because Google books  and only digitize the older books due to copyright.  But have you seen the LDS initiative to put their library of books online at  Check the Family Search catalog at or even better, search their book collection (which includes books at other libraries around the US) at this link:  

Eighth comment - “I’ll take what’s in the book as proof.  I’m not a professional, and the author is a professional”.   Hold on!  Did you read reviews on this book?  How do you know the author was a professional, and not just someone with a hobby like you? Remember Gustave Anjou and his completely mythical genealogies?  Do your own evaluation of the book and ask other trusted friends for their opinions on your own conclusions.  You might be a better genealogist than you give yourself credit for! 

Caveat – even sourced genealogy books can have errors.  Use your own judgement and check all books for clues!  Finding your family in a book is only the start of your research.

Batchelder Family Do Over, Part 1  (with links to parts 2 and 3):

My Ancestors in Genealogy Books: A Compiled Genealogy Bibliography:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Thoughts on Using Compiled Genealogy Books”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted September 20, 2018, ( accessed [access date]).