Friday, May 24, 2019

Photo Friday - Trip to Spain


Lunch with cousins in the town of Tres Cantos, near Madrid, Spain
This week I published two blog posts about our trip to Navarra, Spain to bring my mother-in-law to the village where she was born. You can read about the trip HERE and about an interesting weathervane on the church of her baptism HERE (if you like medieval epic stories, you'll like this connection to Roland and the Battle of Roncevaux).  Here are some other interesting photos of our trip, mostly in Madrid and Pamplona.


A display of tapas in a window at Madrid's Plaza Mayor

Puerta del Sol, the center of Madrid, and the center of Spain
(all points in Spain are measured from a marker in the center of this plaza)

Me and my mother-in-law boarding the high speed train from Madrid to Pamplona.
The trip took about three hours, with two stops, to go 400 km (about 250 miles)

On board the train, watching the scenery from Madrid to Pamplona

The Cathedral in Pamplona, Navarra, Spain - Santa Maria la Real

Interior view of the cathedral in Pamplona

The effigies of the King Charles III and Queen Eleanor of Navarra inside the cathedral

This marker shows the Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrim way

Another marker for the "Camino"

The "encierro" is the route for the famous
running of the bulls in Pamplona

Our walk along the "Camino" through Pamplona

This street marker shows the intersection of the "Encierro" and "The Camino",
the two most famous routes which intersect in central Pamplona

Seen on a pharmacy along "The Camino"

This pub in Pamplona's Plaza Mayor was Hemingway's favorite watering hole,
and where he wrote "The Sun Also Rises" about Americans in Pamplona
for the San Fermin Festival to witness the running of the bulls.

Back in Madrid, at the local pub with more cousins

Vincent sorted and digitized two large boxes of family photos

These old photos from a cousin's house went back 100 years or more!

The most famous fountain in Madrid,
"Cibeles" is the mother goddess of the Earth,
also called "Gaia" or "Rhea"

This impressive building in Madrid used to be the central Post Office,
but it is now Madrid's City Hall "The Ayuntamiento"

Click here for the story of our visit to the Pyrenees:
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2019/05/a-family-history-visit-to-pyrenees.html

Click here for the story about the weathervane in Orbaiceta, Navarra:
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2019/05/weathervane-wednesday-song-of-roland.html


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Photo Friday - Trip to Spain", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 24, 2019, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2019/05/photo-friday-trip-to-spain.html: accessed [access date]). 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Weathervane Wednesday - Another Weathercock in Spain

Today's weathervane was photographed in Ochagavia, Navarra, Spain



Weathercocks, or rooster weathervanes, are among the most common weathervanes on European churches.  Even so, weathervanes are rare in Spain.  You can read more about the history of weathercocks HERE.  We stopped in this village of Ochagavia in the Pyrenee mountains on our way to see the village where Vincent's mother was born.  While we were walking to the restaurant we saw this church and the weathercock.

Ochagavia is in the Valley of Salazar near the Irati National forest in the Province of Navarra.  The church is San Juan Evangelista.  Part of the church was built in the 11th century, and the rest in the 16th and 17th centuries. Most of this village and the church was burned during the Napoleonic War in the early 1800s, but many details survived.   I have no idea when the weathercock was added to the church steeple.  Today, the weathervane is supported by the lightning rod next to it.

Earlier this year I blogged about another weathercock in Navarra, Spain in the village of Uztarroz.  You can read that post here:  https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2019/07/weathervane-wednesday-weathercock-in.html  


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday - Another Weathercock in Spain", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 17, 2019, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2019/05/weathervane-wednesday-another.html: accessed [access date]).

Pigeon Cove, Rockport, Massachusetts, Honor Roll

Pigeon Cove is part of the town of Rockport, Massachusetts, originally a section of Gloucester. The first person to settle in this area was Walter Gott about 1702, and there is still a Gott Lane near his original homestead. Pigeon Cove is on the very tip of Cape Ann.  It is about 1.5 miles north of Rockport Harbor.

You will see many names from Scandinavia on the honor roll below. These immigrants from Finland and Sweden were brought in to work the granite quarries, as well as Italians and Portuguese. Granite quarries were very busy in this part of Gloucester, as well as fishing and other maritime occupations.  Later, this was a summer resort area, with a busy port for recreational boaters. The number of residents listed under "Navy", "Marines" and "Coast Guard" is longer than the list for "Army", which is unusual and reflects the maritime occupations of Rockport.

This honor roll was dedicated on April 23, 1945.  The Rockport Rotary Club restored the honor roll  in 1998. It stands next to the Pigeon Cove library on the corner of Granite and Curtis Streets. 



PIGEON COVE HONOR ROLL
For God and Country

ARMY

Anderson, Walter H.
Balzarini, Gino
Balzarini, John C.
Balzarini, Lino
Balzarini, Louis
Caffery, Dennis E.
Caffery, George W.
Carter, William A.
Casey, Edward J.
Conley, Miriam B.
Dorman, John W.
Erickson, Arline M.
Erickson, Raymond O.
Erwin, Leo C., Jr.
Fears, Richard M.
Gray, Harry E.
Gray, Roy E.
Hautala, Arne J. *
Helsberg, Uno S.
Hillier, Pingree F.
Johnson, Carl A.
Johnson, Robert F.
Johnson, Tolvo A.
Jylkka, William
Kantala, Leon W.*
Kendall, Milton F.
Kulju, Karl O.
Kulju, Tanna E.
Lahtinen, Nestor O.
Lundberg, Nancy
Lizotte, James E.
Mackey, Eino
Makkonen, Reino
Mattson, William R.
Morse, John R.
Nelson, Charles
Newman, Grant T.
Nielsen, N. Albert
O'Connell, Harold R.
O'Hearn, Joseph R.
Oxton, A. Theodore
Peterson, Uno A.
Peterson, Waino A.
Philbrook, Mortimer
Polloni, Mario
Pommett, Paul J.
Reed, Isabel E.
Savinen, Jorma E.
Sears, Joseph S.
Stone, John E.
Swanson, Andrew
Sweet, Homer
Tuomi, Kaino I.
Wallace, Harold C.
Wallace, Lester A.
Wayrynen, Walter
Woodbury, Benton R.


NAVY

Aspesi, Charles A.
Aspesi, Louis
Aspesi, Peter F.
Aspesi, Robert P.
Baker, Wain
Balzarini, John
Bernard, Robert A.
Bernard, Paul
Bottomley, George
Carter, George R.
Carter, Herbert P.
Carter, Walter R.
Easton, Roland
Erickson, Robert T.
Erwin, Robert
Ferazzi, Charles L.
Goss, Frederick H.
Hautala, Matt A.
Head, Herbert F.
Hillier, Pearson T.
Holgerson, Albin
Huttunen, John E.
Mackey, Charles
Mattson, Robert A.
McLellan, John K.
Olson, Melvin A.
Olson, Warren E.
Pratt, Donald R.
Pratt, Harold R.
Peterson, Theodore
Ranta, Jacob H.
Ranta, William E.
Reed, Donald
Reed, John F.
Shewbridge, Henry
Silva, Robert E.
Spillman, John W.
Story, Benton C.
Svenson, Charles J.
Swanson, Carl P.
Swanson, Howard B.
Swanson, Richard
Swanson, Robert W.
Tighe, James M.
Watters, Theodore
Williamson, Valmar
Williamson, Charles
Woodbury, George

MARINES

Frisbee, Robert S.
Jaksland, Siggurd N.
Story, Carlton L.

COAST GUARD

Aspesi, Gino
Erickson, Arthur R.
Fredricksen, Harry
Hale, Colburn M.
Hale, Richard C.
Makkonen, Miilo J.
McLellan, Alice P.
Nordstrand, Axel
Olson, Arthur L.
Olson, Thor B.
Polloni, Peter
Stone, Fred P.
Tognazzi, Joseph J.
Wiberg, Tolvo F.

MARITIME SERVICE

Bailey, Edward N.
Bates, Edward W.
Conigliari, Victor V.
Cordich, John N.
Landergren, Herbert
Nelson, Henry
O'Connel, Edward C.
Parsons, Lambert W.
Wallace, Robert
A map of Pigeon Cove from the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Pigeon Cove, Rockport, Massachusetts, Honor Roll", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 23, 2019, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2019/05/pigeon-cove-gloucester-massachusetts.html: accessed [access date]).

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Weathervane Wednesday ~ The Song of Roland near Roncevalles (Roncevaux)

Another special edition of "Weathervane Wednesday"!



When I was growing up I loved stories like The Song of Roland, or Beowolf, King Arthur, or other ancient, epic sagas of medieval times.  The Song of Roland is about a battle in 778, when Roland (or Roldan in Spanish), the nephew of Charlemagne, led a battle to fight the Moors in Spain by leading the French through the mountain pass in the Pyrenees called Roncevaux (or Roncevalles in Spanish).

Later, I learned more about Roncevalles while reading about the pilgrim trail The Camino de Santiago. I have read many books about the Camino, and watched dozens of documentary films and feature movies. Over the years Vincent and I have walked tiny portions of the Camino in Burgos, and in Santo Domingo de la Calzada, and other villages in Spain.  The Camino begins in Roncevalles, and follows through the Pyrenees.  Roncevalles is considered one of the hardest parts of this trail.

Two weeks ago we were in Spain again, and we took my mother-in-law to see the village where she was born. While helping Vincent navigate the twisting roads in Navarra up into the mountains of the Pyrenees chain, I noticed how close we were to Roncevalles. You can read all about our trip HERE.  When we arrived at the village of her birth, Orbaiceta, I was surprised to see a weathervane on the church of San Pedro (they are very rare in Spain), but even more surprised to see the figure on the vane.  It was obviously Roldan (Roland)!

This two dimensional weathervane is extremely detailed, right down to the little stirrup on his foot and the bridle reins on the horse.  I'm sure it must represent Roland considering the history of the area, and the proximity to Roncevalles.  Orbaiceta is the last village in the valley before the French border.  It has only about 150 inhabitants.  My mother-in-law was born here in 1934 during the Spanish Civil War.




Views of San Pedro Church in the village of Orbaiceta, Navarra, Spain

For the truly curious:

Wikipedia The Song of Roland   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Song_of_Roland

Wikipedia Roncesvalles  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roncesvalles 

Yesterday's blog post about our trip to Navarra, Spain and the villages in the Pyrenees:
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2019/05/a-family-history-visit-to-pyrenees.html   


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ The Song of Roland near Roncevalles (Roncevaux)", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 22, 2019, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2019/05/weathervane-wednesday-song-of-roland.html: accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

A Family History Visit to the Pyrenees

Uztarroz, Navarra, Spain
My mother-in-law, Maria, was born in the tiny village of Orbaiceta in Navarra, Spain.  This village now has less than 200 people (2017 census), and it is located in the Pyrenees.  It is the last village in Spain before the French border, and she was born in the last house up on hill above the village. You would have to cross over the mountains to France to find the next house.

When she was still a baby, her family removed to the next valley, to the village of Uztarroz, which has about 146 people according to the 2017 census (Wikipedia).  Her father was a carabinero, which was a type of border police, until this force was absorbed into the Guardia Civil in Spain.  The family moved many times during her childhood, especially during the Spanish Civil War.  She lived in Uztarroz until she was about seven years old, after her first communion. My mother-in-law never returned to Navarra or to her childhood villages. At least until this month!

We have tried to bring her to Navarra to see Orbaiceta and Uztarroz, and finally this year she agreed to take the trip. Earlier in May, on Mother's Day in Spain (first Sunday in May), we visited her in Madrid, and took her by train to the city of Pamplona. Then we drove up into the valleys of Pyrenee Mountains to see these villages. Here are the photos of that trip!

The Church of Santa Engracia, where Maria had her first communion around 1940.
The church dates from the 1500s. 

Maria's First Communion, circa 1940

Just by luck, the first woman we met in the street
happened to be the mayor of the town. She
had the key to let us into the church. 

The altar inside Santa Engracia Church
Maria lived in this house, on the second floor,
until she was about seven years old

Next to her childhood house was this little bridge
over a stream. Maria is gesturing to tell us the
size of the rats that used to be found nearby! 


When we left Uztarroz we had to climb up out of one valley into the next valley to find the village of Orbaiceta
This is how the GPS looked climbing up the Pyrenees!
One switchback after another to climb the hills

Orbaiceta, Navarra, Spain (on the French border)

Vincent exploring San Pedro Church in Orbaiceta

The streets were so narrow, I couldn't get the entire church in the photo!
This is the church of San Pedro, where Maria was baptized.
1934, Maria's baptism
This typical house in the town of Orbaiceta is called an "horreo".
It was built on stone pillars, with the animals kept underneath.
The tiny streets of the village of Orbaiceta

The drive back to Pamplona was just as beautiful as
our trip up to the mountains. 




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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "A Family History Visit to the Pyrenees", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 21, 2019, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2019/05/a-family-history-visit-to-pyrenees.html: accessed [access date]).

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Nutfield, New Hampshire Genealogy Queries


The query table at the Founders Weekend celebrating
the 300th anniversary of the founding of Nutfield, New Hampshire

These queries were generated during the family reunion and history conference in East Derry, New Hampshire during Founders Weekend April 12 – 14, 2019.  Please peruse these queries to see if you can answer any or if you might know any additional information on these families.  I’ll be collecting more queries, and publishing them on my blog. I hope to find a permanent page or website for these “Nutfield Queries”.

Please post your answers in the comments, or feel free to answer directly to the contact information on each query.

Thank you!


ALEXANDER
Interested in communicating with descendants of Randall Alexander.  From Pat Treadway pgtreadway@gmail.com 

ANDERSON
Looking for info on a (Agnes) Nancy Anderson who was married to Alexander Miller 1725 – 1791. They left Londonderry NH around 1760 and helped establish Truro, Nova Scotia.  Alexander Miller was brother of James Miller who married Mary Alexander, daughter of Randall Alexander. James and Mary Miller left Londonderry and helped establish Belfast, Maine.  It appears the Nancy Anderson, daughter of James Anderson, was unmarried.  The Millers came from Maine to Londonderry.  From mikemck2002@yahoo.com 

Both Morrison’s and Parker’s books state 1st 16 settler James Anderson’s son Robert m. Agnes Craige. Morrison has them with 7 ch. Parker has then with 9 ch. The 8th is “Mary”. A land deed suggests that Robert was married to a “Mary” after “Agnes”. Looking for verification for or against this.  From Ken Bennett kbennettr@verizon.net

ARCHIBALD
Seeking sources of information about the ancestor of John T. Archibald, a Londonderry proprietor in 1722. From Paul Margolin  magslp@comcast.net 

Archibald, Taylor, Wilson.  In particular 2nd generation families who went to Nova Scotia after 1760. From Dorian Hill dorianhill@comcast.net 

ALEXANDER
Any Information from Ireland on Alexander or Randall?  From Gail Pare  gmpare@comcast.net
Interested in Randall Alexander 1667- 1770 Janet Benson 1695 -? Wife and family son Samuel Alexander (1737 Nutfield)  Interested in John Cochran 1675 – 1725, James Cochran 1710 – 1794. From MaryJeanne Cofran Pantanella m.r.pantanella@gmail.com

AYERS
Looking for info on James McCurdy, born 1706, possibly in NH and his wife Elizabeth Ayers born 1707 probably in Londonderry, Ireland.  Interested in their history.  Their daughter Mary McCurdy, born 1732, married James Gregg, born 1725, son of John Gregg.  From Rob Woods robwoods6@yahoo.com


BOYES
James BOYES 1747 will of Londonderry NH names wife Margaret.  Also “my brother William CAVEY or CAREY. Are Margaret and William siblings?  Seek origins of CAVEY/CAREY and BOYES. What became of Margaret? From Nancy Smith familygenerations@gmail.com

BROWN
Thomas Brown, Chester, NH b. Ireland.  Known children:  John Brown, Samuel Brown, sister Elizabeth (Brown) Smith.  Seek family history – possible New Boston, Goffstown and Francestown later residences.  From Nancy Smith  familygenerations@gmail.com 

CAMPBELL
David Campbell 1660-1753 x Elizabeth
Henry Campbell 1697 - 1782 x Martha Black 1696 – 1778
William Campbell 1719 – 1776 x Mary Gregg 1723 – 1805
Was the above Mary Gregg descended from the James Gregg of 1718/19? If so what is the lineage? From Timothy Butterfield WRBFARM1@aol.com

CARGILL
Jennet (Smith) wife of Capt. David Cargill reportly dau. of John and Annis Smith.  Daughters married into McKeen and McGregor families.  Need Jennet Smith Cargill’s siblings.  From N. Smith familygenerations@gmail.com 


CLOUTIER
Interested in connecting with desendants of John Howland of the Mayflower and Zacharie Cloutier of Quebec.  From David J. McRae davidjmcrae@outlook.com 

COCHRAN
Interested in Randall Alexander 1667- 1770 Janet Benson 1695 -? Wife and family son Samuel Alexander (1737 Nutfield)  Interested in John Cochran 1675 – 1725, James Cochran 1710 – 1794. From MaryJeanne Cofran Pantanella m.r.pantanella@gmail.com

GREGG
David Campbell 1660-1753 x Elizabeth
Henry Campbell 1697 - 1782 x Martha Black 1696 – 1778
William Campbell 1719 – 1776 x Mary Gregg 1723 – 1805
Was the above Mary Gregg descended from the James Gregg of 1718/19? If so what is the lineage? From Timothy Butterfield WRBFARM1@aol.com

Looking for verifiable information on the parents of Capt. James Gregg and beyond. I have a name Capt. David Gregg and Jessie Stewart as father and mother, but my daughter has her doubts. I have John MacGregor/Gregg and Ann Palmer as David’s parents.  From Robert Woods  bobwoods38@gmail.com

HOWLAND
Interested in connecting with desendants of John Howland of the Mayflower and Zacharie Cloutier of Quebec.  From David J. McRae davidjmcrae@outlook.com 

HUMPRHIES
Seeking information on the William Humphries family.  From Gail Pare gmpare@comcast.net

KARR KERR CARR
See info on KARR/KERR/CARR.  John Karr captured by Indians 1724 with Thomas Smith his brother-in-law.  Possibly sister Martha Karr/Carr Smith.  Need dates of Martha, parents.  From Nancy smith familygenerations@gmail.com

LINDSAY
Who were the 1600s Lindsay families that went to Ulster plantations?  James Lindsey b. 1680 d. 1774 buried in Nutfield together with his wife Martha b. 1682 d. ?  Son James born in Ireland. B. 1702 c. 1776. Daughter Elizabeth between 1702 – 1710 married Matthew Clark 1722 died 1730, who were their three children?  Daughter Jenat married John Wallace, who were their 6 children?  From Fred_Lindsay@verizon.net 

McCURDY
Looking for info on James McCurdy, born 1706, possibly in NH and his wife Elizabeth Ayers born 1707 probably in Londonderry, Ireland.  Interested in their history.  Their daughter Mary McCurdy, born 1732, married James Gregg, born 1725, son of John Gregg.  From Rob Woods robwoods6@yahoo.com

McGREGOR
Robert MacGregor Jr (1796 – 1881) son of Col. Robert McGregor, Esq. md. Mary Havens in Rhode Island? Ch. Born in RI  son David (1817 – 1891)  What was Robt. Doing in R.I? Other children? From cherribrew@comcast.net 

David MacGregor 1817 – 1891 b. RI,  son of Robert MacGregor and Mary Havens of RI. Siblings?  When back to NH from RI?  From cherribrew@comcast.net

McKEEN
Samuel McKeen’s 1751 wil mentions “my brother Adam Clark”. Who was Adam Clark? From Judy Mann judy.mann5@gmail.com

James McKeen 1728-1800 married “Margaret” supposedly “Alexander” surname. Was she local Alexander or from PA?  from Judy Mann  judy.mann5@gmail.com

Seeking information on all descendants of James McKeen and wife.  Need marriage record for John McKeen and Martha Cargill circa 1730 – 1732 from Jack MacKeen Mackeenresearch@verizon.net

Looking for information on Samuel McKeen 1703 – 1753 married 8/15/1723 Agnes Houston Clark (b. 1702? D.) That’s all I have.  From lisangelini@yahoo.com 

McPHERSON
McRoberts, Margaret = Johnson, James b. 1719 N. Ireland.  McPherson, Hugh b. ca 1750.  Nichols, David b. ca. 1750   In Nova Scotia – Any Nutfield connections?  From Dorian Hill dorianhill@comcast.net

McROBERTS
McRoberts, Margaret = Johnson, James b. 1719 N. Ireland.  McPherson, Hugh b. ca 1750.  Nichols, David b. ca. 1750   In Nova Scotia – Any Nutfield connections?  From Dorian Hill dorianhill@comcast.net

MOOR
Arrived 1720 Charter Samuel Moor and wife Mary
1720 Charter John Moore b. 1692 (nephew and adopted son of Samuel)
1724 Biological son of Samuel Moore b. 1683 and wife Jennet and 2 children, had 2 more in Londonderry.  Want marriage birth info. Where did they come from- Antrim, Northern Ireland Londonderry or Coleraine.  Any information or contacts working on MOOR helpful.  From Karen.johnson@sbcglobal.net 

NICHOLS
McRoberts, Margaret = Johnson, James b. 1719 N. Ireland.  McPherson, Hugh b. ca 1750.  Nichols, David b. ca. 1750   In Nova Scotia – Any Nutfield connections?  From Dorian Hill dorianhill@comcast.net

NUTT
William Nutt. He was on the brigantine “Robert” one of the five ships that arrived in Boston Harbor on August 4, 1718. He settled in Nutfield and worked as an apprentice of Captain David Cargill (Calgik).  He is not listed as one of the original families of Nutfield.  I’m looking for information on what he did between landing in Boston and settling in Nutfield and when he did settle there.  From Steven Davis  wonalancet@gmail.com

RANDALL
Any Information from Ireland on Alexander or Randall?  From Gail Pare  gmpare@comcast.net


RANKIN
Interested in any info on Hugh Rankin and his family history here and in Ireland (His grave is in Forest Hill Cemetery listed as Hugh Ranken) His daughter Agnes Rankin married John Gregg. Hugh’s wife was probably Agnes Dunlop.  But we know nothing of Rankin’s family.  From Rob Woods  robwoods6@yahoo.com 

REID
Martha REID wife of Robert Wear Sr. Need Info regarding her family (parents, sibs, etc.) Wear spelling WARE WEIR WIER.   From Margaret Clark clarkm227@gmail.com 

SHIRLEY
Our first ancestor in America, James Shirley of Chester, born according to the History of Hillsborough County, in 1649 in Scotland, went to Northern Ireland when he was 12 yrs old, came to Chester, NH in 1730, died 1754 Chester. Where, and if in Scotland? Where buried?  Son of James, John Shirley b. 1688 Ulster, died in Chester, some evidence he was the John Shirley in Aghadowey Session book.  From Lisa Hoag, daughter of Mary Shirley Hoag  lisahoag@gmail.com

SMITH
Jennet (Smith) wife of Capt. David Cargill reportly dau. of John and Annis Smith.  Daughters married into McKeen and McGregor families.  Need Jennet Smith Cargill’s siblings.  From N. Smith familygenerations@gmail.com 

I am searching for the date of immigration of James Smith and wife Jean and location from which they came.  Earliest land acquisition in Londonderry that I have found was 1722.  From Richard Smith smithrl@roadrunner.com 

I am seeking the maiden surname and dates of birth and death of Jean Smith, widow of James Smith who died in Londonderry, NH in 1753.  Jean’s will was drawn in 1766, identifying James Todd as executor.  Will was proved in 1767 but date of death, burial location and age at time of death remain unknown to me.  She may have been residing with her daughter and son-in-law (Susannah and James Todd) at the time of her death.  It is not confirmed that they lived in Londonderry.  From Richard Smith smithrl@roadrunner.com

Thomas Brown, Chester, NH b. Ireland.  Known children:  John Brown, Samuel Brown, sister Elizabeth (Brown) Smith.  Seek family history – possible New Boston, Goffstown and Francestown later residences.  From Nancy Smith  familygenerations@gmail.com 


TAYLOR
Archibald, Taylor, Wilson.  In particular 2nd generation families who went to Nova Scotia after 1760. From Dorian Hill dorianhill@comcast.net 

WEIR
Our Robert Weir 1669 – 1843) born in Virginia ended up in Indiana. Is he any relation to the Nutfield WEIR?    From Jane Greiner glenarborgirl@gmail.com 

WILSON
Need info or citation for Olive Fox (wife of Alexander Wilson 1659- 1752) b. circa 1660? From Pam Wilson cyberpam@mindspring.com

Archibald, Taylor, Wilson.  In particular 2nd generation families who went to Nova Scotia after 1760. From Dorian Hill dorianhill@comcast.net 

What was the occupation of Alexander Wilson 1659 – 1752?  Who was his wife?  From plouffowler@gmail.com

What / Where are the NW Liberties of Londonderry, Ireland?  From Pam Wilson cyberpam@mindspring.com

Which London companies were granted land in/around Ballymony Ireland during the plantation, and what products or trades were featured? Thanks, from Richard F. Wilson RFWilson@mindspring.com 


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Weathervane Wednesday - A Russian Bomber?

Today's weathervanes were spotted by a reader.  Can anyone add a back story (or any other information) to these mysterious weathervanes?  They are two of the most unique and unusual weathervanes I've seen.



These two weathervanes were spotted by Steve LeBel of New Hampshire.  He was on his way to visit Oldham Cemetery in Peru, Maine (my kind of field trip!) when he passed Greenwoods Road near Worthy Pond.  He spotted these weathervanes and took these photographs.  Both were located on the same property, and Steve guessed that "The owner has to be an aviation fan" and that "I believe it is a Russian TU-95 Bear that has been in service since 1956".

Steve also said "Having been in the Air Force during the Cold War, those planes were an icon of the Soviet Empire, our then enemy.  This plane is back in the news because it was used against ISIS in Syria... Here is an interesting link: https://twitter.com/hashtag/tu95  The plane on the cement post was set far back in the middle of the yard.  I believe the one on the building was a garage.  I was amazed by the accuracy and size of the planes. A rough guess is that they were about 6 feet long."

Does anyone out there know more about these weathervanes of the Russian bombers?

Photographs courtesy of Steve LeBel

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo and Steve LeBel, "Weathervane Wednesday - A Russian Bomber?", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 15, 2019, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2019/05/weathervane-wednesday-russian-bomber.html: accessed [access date]).