Saturday, October 20, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ COX of Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, 1835


My 8th great grandfather, Robert Cox, is a mystery.  I don’t know if he was an immigrant from England, or born in New England.  The first record that mentions him was when he became a freeman in 1666 in Boston, Massachusetts.  He was married around 1670 to a woman known only as Martha (no maiden name has been discovered).  Robert Cox was an innholder and mariner, and lived in the area that is now called Boston’s North End.  Between 1668 and 1679 he was approved to “keep a house of entertainment and sell liquors”. 

The book Old Boston Taverns and Tavern Clubs, by Samuel Adams Drake, 1917 names Robert Cox’s inn as the Mitre.   MITRE, east side of North Street, at the head of Hancock Wharf (Lewis Wharf) between Sun Court and Fleet Street.  The lot of Samuel cole in the Book of Possessions , which he conveys to George Halsey in 1645; Halsey to Nathaniel Patten in 1654, Patten to Robert Cox in 1681, Cox to John Kind, 1683-84; Jane Kind to Thomas Clarke (pewterer), 1705-6; Clarke to John Jefferies, 1730.  His nephew David Jeffries inherits in 1778, from whom it went to Joseph Eckley and wife Sarah (Jeffries).  In 1782 heirs of John Jeffries owned house “formerly the Mitre Tavern”.  In 1798 the house had been taken down.” 

There are many deeds naming property around the North End that Robert Cox leased, mortgaged, and sold.  Some of these deeds name his wife Martha, too.  She was still alive for a transaction on 23 June 1681, but probably died soon after this because by 8 February 1683 he was remarried to a Hester or “Esther”.   You can read a long list of these property transactions in the Inhabitants and Estates of the Town of Boston, 1630 – 1822 (The Thwing Collection) see Cox, Robert Reference Code 17149. 

Robert Cox “the boatman” died 11 November 1684 intestate and named his wife Esther as the adminstrix, but she refused.  William Coleman was appointed administrator of his estate by the court.  The order for distribution of the estate names his three daughters Martha, Mary and Elizabeth as “the only surviving children of the deceased”.  The son John must have died before the estate was settled on 3 October 1690, and Boston records name a John Cox who died 3 July 1690. 

For more information on the COX family see the resources listed above, and also:

The New England Cox Families, by John Hosmer Cox, pages 39 – 40.

New England Marriages to 1700, Volume 1, page 388

My Cox genealogy:

Generation 1:  Robert Cox, died on 11 November 1684 in Boston, Massachusetts; married about 1670 to Martha Unknown, mother of his four children; married before 8 February 1683 to Esther Unknown.

Generation 2:   Mary Cox, born about July 1676 in Boston or Malden, Massachusetts; died 1 April 1723 in Abington, Massachusetts; married on 26 May 1699 in Boston to Benjamin Staples, son of John Staples and Sarah Atkins.  He was born November 1677 in Braintree, Massachusetts and died between 1711 and 1712 in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.  Eight children.

Generation 3:  Silence Staples m. John Everson
Generation 4:  Hannah Everson m. Nathan Weston
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 ~ COX of Boston, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 20, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

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]).