Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Three Geese ~ Weathervane Wednesday

It has been a while since I did an edition of "Weathervane Wednesday".  Here is one I came across last weekend whilst out driving in the Connecticut River Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont. 




This weathervane with three geese was spotted on the cupola above the SAU 70 building in Hanover, New Hampshire.  This school administrative unit office (superintendent's building) is attached to the Hanover High School, and is located at 41 Lebanon Street.  This school district was the first interstate school administrative unit in the United States, serving students in Hanover, New Hampshire and Norwich, Vermont.

This weathervane is three geese flying in formation. They are two-dimensional black metal.  They look like Dr. Suess illustrations to me, and Theodore Guisel ("Dr. Suess") is a graduate of Hanover's Dartmouth College.  This is a connection I will investigate!  (Thank you to Janice Webster Brown for the clue.)

The website for SAU 70-   https://www.sau70.org/

Here is another weathervane from Hanover, New Hampshire's Dartmouth Campus:
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/02/weathervane-wednesday-above-university.html 


Click on this link for over 400 other posts for "Weathervane Wednesday"!
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/search/label/Weathervane%20Wednesday

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Three Geese ~ Weathervane Wednesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted February 19, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/02/three-geese-weathervane-wednesday.html: accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Joseph Cogswell, died 1843, Derry, New Hampshire

This tombstone was photographed at the Forest Hill Cemetery in East Derry, New Hampshire



JOSEPH COGSWELL
Died
Nov. 22, 1848
AGED 86
ABIGAIL COGSWELL
HIS WIFE
Died
April 11, 1825
AGED 62
ALSO
MARY COGSWELL
THEIR DAUGHTER
Died
Feb. 26, 1844
AGED 47

Joseph Cogswell, son of Jonathan Cogswell and Mary Appleton, was born 1 December 1757 in Ipswich, Massachusetts, and died 22 November 1843 in Derry, New Hampshire.  He married Abigail Cleveland, daughter of the Rev. John Cleaveland and Mary Dodge, on 21 May 1788 in Ipswich, Massachusetts.  Both Joseph and I are descendants of the original immigrant Cogswell family, John Cogswell (1592 – 1669) and Elizabeth Thompson, from Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, England. 

Abigail Cleveland Cogswell, his wife, was born 28 December 1762 in Ipswich, Massachusetts and died 11 April 1824 in Londonderry, New Hampshire.  The town of Londonderry split into the two towns of Londonderry and Derry in the time between the two deaths.  Abigail’s mother was Mary Dodge, who was my first cousin 8 generations removed.  Mary’s mother was Mary Choate, my 8th great aunt, married to Parker Dodge and sister of Anne (Choate) Varney (1691 – 1739), my 7th great grandmother.

This tombstone also lists their daughter, Mary, who died in 1844.  Joseph and Abigail had seventeen children!  Elisabeth, Jonathan, David, Joseph II, John Cleveland, Abigail, Abigail again, Mary C., a third Abigail, Thomas, Elisabeth again, Moses, Aaron, Thomas again, Ebenezer, William, and Edward Parker. 

This was originally a standing stone, but it now lies flat on the ground in the Forest Hill Cemetery in East Derry, New Hampshire.  It is broken in at least three places.


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Joseph Cogswell, died 1843, Derry, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted February 18, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/02/joseph-cogswell-died-1843-derry-new.html: accessed [access date]).

Thursday, February 13, 2020

2020 New Hampshire Mayflower Memorial Scholarship


The deadline for applications to the 2020 New Hampshire Memorial Mayflower Scholarship is March 16, 2020.   You don’t need to be a member of the Mayflower Society, but members and close relatives of members will receive preference.  It is open to all students, from high school seniors through undergraduate and graduate students.  Applicants with an affiliation with the New Hampshire Mayflower Society will be given first consideration for awards. 

This is one of the few Mayflower scholarships in the USA awarded to non-members.  Applicants must be able to attend the award ceremony, in person, on May 16, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire.  It is expected that at least two to four scholarships of $1000 will be awarded.

Applications and instructions are available at the links below. 

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants (in Plymouth, Massachusetts) also gives an annual $5,000 scholarship to a junior member.  Please send your inquiries to scholarships@themayflowersociety.org

The website for the NH Mayflower Society:   https://www.nhmayflower.org/home/scholarship  

The application form for the 2016 Scholarship:

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Robert A. LaBelle
NH Mayflower Scholarship Committee
144 Whitney Avenue
Manchester, NH 03104

Or find us on Facebook at:


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "2020 New Hampshire Mayflower Scholarship!", Nutfield Genealogy, posted February 13, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/02/2020-new-hampshire-mayflower-memorial.html: accessed [access date]). 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

John H. Thompson, buried 1845, Derry, New Hampshire ~ Tombstone Tuesday

This tombstone was photographed at the Forest Hill Cemetery in East Derry, New Hampshire.


JOHN H. THOMPSON, ESQ.
Died
Jan. 12, 1845
aged 51 yrs.
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Dearest Husband thous has left me
Here thy loss I deeply feel,
But 'tis God that hath bereft me.
He can all my sorrows heal.

Yet again I hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled,
Then in Heaven with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tear is shed.

A beloved husband, father dear,
A sincere friend, lies buried here.

F.A. BROWN



I have no further information on John H. Thompson. I couldn't find him in the vital records or in any town history or genealogy book.  His tombstone is lying flat, encased in a concrete shell.  It appears to have broken off and fallen over, and some dear friend or descendant has lovingly repaired the engraved stone and replaced it over the grave.

UPDATE:  14 February 2020, from Janice Webster Brown, who discovered that John H. Thompson was the postmaster for Salem, New Hampshire (a contiguous town to Derry).  In "The History of Salem" she learned that the house he lived in was also the post office during the time he was postmaster. Janice also found his name in a notice in the Exeter News-Letter and Rockingham Advertiser of April 26, 1847,  "To the Hon. Judge of Probate for the County of Rockingham.  Respectfully represents BENJAMIN E. EMERY, administrator for the Esteate of John H. Thompson, late of Salem, in said County of Rockingham, deceased,, that the personal estate of said desceased is not sufficient to pay the demands against the same, that the said deceased at the time of his death was seized of certain real estate situated in said Salem and Derry, in said County, to wit: - The Hampstead Farm of said deceased in said Salem, containing about fifty acres, bounded Easterly and Northeasterly by land of John H. Dunlap; Northerly by land of Daniel Chase; Westerly by land of William Clendinin, and Southerly by the highway from Derry to Haverhill.  Also, another lot, being a part of said home far, containing about four acres, situated on the Southerly side of said highway, and opposite to the lot last described, bounded Northerly by said highway; Easterly and Southerly by land of Seth Pattee, and Westerly by land of William Clendinin.
    Also, another lot of land in said Derry called the Paul farm, containing about forty acres, and bounded Northerly by land of John Sargent;Easterly by land of Henry Taylor, Oliver Taylor, and John Bassett; Southerly by land of John Bassett, and Westerly by the road leading from Paul Taylor's to Clendinin's Mills.
    Also, one other lot of wood land, in said Derry, containing about three acres, and bounded Northwesterly, Northeasterly, and Southeasterly by land of Henry Taylor, and Southwesterly by land of John Sargent; all the above described real estate being subject to the dower of Abigail P. Nason, late widow of said John H. Thompson. Wherefore he prays that he may be licensed to sell at public auction so much of the real estate of said deceased as may be sufficient to raise the sum of three thousand dollars, being the sum necessary to pay said debts and demands.

BENJAMIN E. EMERY
Dated April 14th, A.D. 1847"

Here is a link to some other THOMPSON gravestones at Forest Hill Cemetery. I do not know if these Thompsons are related to John H. Thompson.   https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2012/10/tombstone-tuesday-thompson-derry-new.html   


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "John H. Thompson, buried 1845, Derry, New Hampshire ~ Tombstone Tuesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted February 11, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/02/john-h-thompson-buried-1845-derry-new.html: accessed [access date]). 

Friday, February 7, 2020

Manchester First In The Nation Primary Election Trolley Tour


The city of Manchester has formed a team to help the citizens celebrate being "the largest city in NH, a political hub, and the place to celebrate being First In The Nation for the National Primaries."  There was a Primary Trivia Night at the Rex Theater, and for four nights this week a Trolley Tour hosted by the Manchester Historic Association's John Clayton.  We joined the tour last night for the last tour of the season.  It was so interesting, and so much fun, I'm already looking forward to the next history tour in 2024! 

The New Hampshire Primary is famous for being the First In The Nation, as well as being a good forecast of who may be the next president.  All the presidents in the past 60 years have won the New Hampshire Primary; even George Bush and Bill Clinton, who both won the primary on their second election cycle.  Most importantly, the media coverage in New Hampshire, especially in Manchester, has helped candidates reach the national spotlight.  Visiting the media centers in the Manchester area can be fun for political junkies and the curious. In years past I've haunted the downtown hotels, and the Bedford Village Inn just to see who might show up! At Manchester's Saint Anselm College the New Hampshire Institute of Politics hosts debates, rallies, town hall meetings, and other events to introduce the candidates to the voters.  You have probably seen Saint Anselm College's venue on TV many times and not realized it. 

As you know, New Hampshire hosts the First In the Nation Presidential Primary Election every four years.  Being the biggest city in the Granite State means that most of the candidates end up here in the Queen City for rallies, speeches, media (WMUR TV is located here in Manchester), and interviews.  I remember bumping into lots of candidates (John Kerry, Elizabeth Dole, Rudy Guliani, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, and the more obscure Lamar Alexander, Lydon LaRouche, Paul Tsongas, Paul Simon or Michael Dukakis), in the Manchester area, and seeing lots of famous newscasters from the past like Barbara Walters at the Bedford Village Inn and Tom Brokaw at the Center of New Hampshire (now the Double Tree Hotel).   During the tour we saw and discussed other venues where candidates "show up" (announced or unannounced) like the Red Arrow Diner and the Puritan Backroom, as well as places long gone such as The Vault and the Merrimack restaurant on Elm Street, or Bedford's Sheraton Wayfarer hotel.  


We started our tour on Elm Street at Veteran's Park, where we examined several historic photos from the 1951 presidential primary.  Did you know that General Dwight D. Eisenhower didn't come to Manchester until after the primary?  He rode a limo down Elm Street and gave a speech in Victory Park.  It was Nacky S. Loeb of the Union Leader who convinced Eisenhower to run as a Republican for the primary election. 


Even though there had just been an icy snow storm yesterday, our trolley full of hardy New Hampshire residents continued the tour stopping at Amherst Street in front of the former Union Leader building (now the Manchester District Court). We stood on the same spot where in on February 24, 1972 Edmund Muskie gave his famous speech in a snowstorm where the Union Leader reported he broke down and cried, calling him a "gutless coward".  Other newspapers reported he was wiping wet snow off his face.  Leaders were supposed to be calm and level headed in the past, but today's politicians are famous for emotional outbursts.

The tour continued to Victory Park, where in 1960 John F. Kennedy had a huge rally.  The photos of this event show thousands of people.  On the roof of a nearby building, which used to be a catholic hospital, all the nuns cheered on JFK and he waved to them in response.  Later that day JFK gave a famous interview at WMUR about how as a catholic president he would be loyal to the United States and the constitution. Sixty years ago the press and some Americans believed that a catholic president would be loyal first to the Pope and Roman Catholic church.  


This special exhibit "Manchester and the Path to the Presidency" will run through February 29, 2020 at the Millyard Museum, and is included with museum admission.  This is a trip down memory lane, with exhibits of presidents who visited Manchester, especially those candidates who visited our city in the primary election years since 1947.  There are newspaper front pages, photographs, political buttons and ephemera, artifacts and more to peruse at your leisure.  Some of the names will sound very familiar, and others will sound strangely unfamiliar even though they made headlines decades ago.  Our tour ended here, but I will probably be back to see this exhibit again! 

In keeping with New Hampshire's tradition of politicking via hitting the sidewalks and mingling with the crowds, our trolley was full of average citizens, as well as a candidate for the primary, Republican Matthew J. Matern from California,  and Manchester's own Mayor Joyce Craig with her family.  Syracuse Public TV was also at every stop (including the Millyard Museum) to film the tour and interview participants.  I hope to see this documentary on the NH primary activities when it airs.  

P.S. There is another similar exhibit at the Manchester Airport, curated by the Manchester Historic Association.  I hope to get up there this weekend to see it, too!  It is open to the public, before security, on the first floor open concourse by the ticket counters. 




Vincent at the Millyard Museum NH Primary exhibit


For the truly curious:

Manchester First In The Nation website   https://mhtfitn.com/

The Manchester Historic Association  https://www.manchesterhistoric.org/ 

The Millyard Museum  https://www.manchesterhistoric.org/millyard-museum

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Manchester First In The Nation Primary Election Trolley Tour", Nutfield Genealogy, posted February 7, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/02/manchester-first-in-nation-primary.html: accessed [access date]).

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Ernest Allan Batchelder, Tilemaker (1875 – 1957) – A Cautionary Genealogy Tale!

My husband is hooked on the home remodeling TV shows on the HGTV, DIY, and PBS channels.  Even if he isn’t really watching TV, it is on in the background of our activities at home.  Lately he has been hooked on a show called “Restored” where the contractor Brett Waterman renovates classic 100 year old California houses back to their original architecture.  Many times I heard the words “Batchelder Tiles” on the TV show, and ran over to see what this was all about.  You see, I have ancestors named BATCHELDER, all descended from the Reverend Stephen Batchelder (1561 – 1656), an early New England settler and founder of the town of Hampton, New Hampshire. 


Every time I heard the phrase “Batchelder Tiles” I was sure that these Arts and Crafts era decorative tiles were made by a distant cousin. I know the name Batchelder is fairly uncommon, but in New Hampshire there are a huge number of Batchelder descendants from the Reverend Stephen Batchelder.  He had ten children, and dozens and dozens of grandchildren born in New England who left even more descendants. The 1898 Batchelder genealogy book written by Frederick Clifton Pierce is enormous, with over 600 pages. 

I started off by using Google, and was delighted to learn that these famous tiles were designed and manufactured by Ernest Allan Batchelder (1876 - 1957) born in Nashua, New Hampshire!  I was so happy to find a cousin! As I traced his family back to nearby Francestown, I was sure I found a descendant of Rev. Stephen Batchelder.  Or so I thought until I continued to follow his line in the Pierce book and on Ancestry, and checked the clues against vital records and other primary sources.  Can you believe that his lineage did NOT come from Rev. Stephen, but from Joseph Batcheller (1604 – 1647), an early settler at Wenham, in Essex County, Massachusetts. 

I should have not been so cocky.  I’ve owned Pierce’s book about the Batchelder genealogy, and it covers not only Rev. Stephen’s descendants, but also the brothers Joseph, Henry, Joshua and John Batchelder of Essex County, Massachusetts.  I’ve run into marriages from both lineages in my own family history research, and know many people who descend from the Massachusetts Batcheller/Batchelders. 

So this is a cautionary tale!  Never take for granted that someone is a cousin, no matter how unusual the surname, and always check the primary sources against lineages you see online.  

I also learned a lot about the Batchelder tiles while researching Ernest Allan Batchelder’s family.  These beautiful tiles are very common out west, especially in California, and are collectible treasures for restoring Arts and Crafts style homes.  Entire rooms were designed around these tiles, especially the fireplaces.  They feature neutral colors, often with animals, flowers and birds.  Some of the tiles are geometric and others have Mayan motifs. Their designs have stood the test of time, and have remained popular for generations.  (Scroll down to the bottom of this blog post for a peek at some Batchelder tiles)

Batchelder went to the Massachusetts Normal Art School, and removed to Pasadena, California to teach at the Throop Polytechnic Institute (now the California Institute of Technology).  As a hobby, Batchelder built a kiln in his Pasadena backyard in 1909 to hand craft tiles. 

Over time Ernest Batchelder wrote two books on architecture and design.  His tile making business went bankrupt during the depression when the house building market dried up.  He closed his business in 1932, but continued to dabble in pottery as a hobby until the 1950s. His house in Pasadena is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is decorated with Batchelder tiles inside and out on the chimney and the front walkway.  The house is privately owned, and not open to the public.


Although I was not related to Ernest Batchelder's paternal line, I am related through his Sleeper, Kimball and Whipple maternal ancestors.  Here are some of the resources I used to puzzle out the genealogy for Ernest Allan Batchelder’s genealogy:


MA-Vitalrecords.org   http://ma-vitalrecords.org/ 

Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org for the NH vital records and records from other states

Batchelder Bachellor Genealogy: Descendants of Rev. Stephen Bachiler, of England, a leading non-conformist, who settled the town of New Hampton, N.H., and Joseph, Henry, Joshua, and John Batcheller of Essex Co., Massachusetts, by Frederick Clifton Pierce, 1898.  Available online at the HathiTrust website and by subscription at the Ancestry.com website.

The Genealogy of the Batchelder Family of Hampton, New Hampshire by Charles Hull Batchelder, edited and prepared by Carl W. Brage in 1985, at the Lane Memorial Library of Hampton, New Hampshire website:  http://www.hampton.lib.nh.us/genealog/batchelder/index.htm  

Batchelder Tile Registry at the Pasadena Museum of History:  https://pasadenahistory.org/research-and-collections/batchelder-registry/ 

A book about Ernest Allan Batchelder Batchelder Tilemaker, was written by Robert Winter in 1999.  There is no preview on Google Books or Amazon of this book.  You can read more about this book at Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Batchelder-Tilemaker-Robert-Winter/dp/1890449032 or at AbeBooks.com https://www.abebooks.com/book-search/title/batchelder-tilemaker/author/robert-winter/ 

To see the original Batchelder Tile Catalog, look at the “Tile Nut” website: http://www.tilenut.com/Batchelder/index2.html

Genealogy:

Generation 1:  Joseph Batcheller, was born 1604 in Canterbury, Kent, England, and died March 1647 in Wenham, Massachusetts; married in 1628 in Thangington, Kent, England to Elizabeth Dickenson. 

Generation 2: John Batchelder, was born 20 January 1638 in Salem, Massachusetts; died 17 December 1698 in Wenham, Massachusetts; married first on 12 July 1661 to Mary Dennis who died in 1665; married second on 4 May 1666 in Salem to Sarah Goodale, daughter of Richard Goodale and Dorothy Whiterent, mother of fourteen children.  She was born 31 May 1640 in Salem and died 22 March 1729. John Batcheller/Batchelder was involved in the 1692 witch trials as a juror.  He signed a statement asking for forgiveness for their judgement “we have been instrumental, with others, through ignorantly and unwittingly, to bring upon ourselves and this people of the Lord the guilt of innocent blood”.

Generation 3: David Batchelder, was born April 1673 in Wenham, Massachusetts; died 29 January 1766 in Wenham; married first on 7 May 1709 in Wenham to Susannah Whipple, daughter of Colonel Joseph Whipple and Alice Smith.  She was born 3 April 1676, Ipswich, Massachusetts and died 13 June 1764 in Wenham, Massachusetts (mother of nine children including Amos Batchelder).  Married second to Thankful Perham (nine more children!)

Generation 4: Amos Batchelder,was  born 6 April 1727 in Wenham, Massachusetts, died 4 May 1809 in Wenham; married on 18 December 1752 to Lydia Lord Kimball.  She was born 3 June 1734 in Wenham, and died 26 November 1813.

Generation 5: Amos Batchelder, was born 17 December 1761 in Wenham, Massachusetts; died 20 September 1843 in Francestown, New Hampshire; married on 9 June 1786 in Wenham to Hudah Kimball.  She was born 25 January 1764 in Wenham, and died 14 February 1846 in Francestown.

Generation 7: Levi Batchelder, was born 20 December 1798 in Francestown, New Hampshire, died 14 June 1875; married on 7 March 1826 in Francestown to Parmelia Batch. 

Generation 8: Elbridge Kimball Batchelder, was born 13  May 1826 in Francestown,New Hampshire; died 2 April 1900 in New Hampshire; married on 13 December 1849 in Francestown, New Hampshire to Cornelia Ann Vose.  Three sons.

Generation 9: Charles Levi Batchelder, was born 24 June 1851 in Francestown, New Hampshire, died 30 May 1906; married first on 26 November 1873 in Boston to Mary A. Sleeper; married second on 15 December 1882 to Etta Mary (Perkins) Spurling (mother of Ernest Allan Batchelder). 

Generation 10:  Ernest Allan Batchelder, was born 22 January 1876 in Nashua, New Hampshire, died 6 August 1957 in Los Angeles County, California.  He married on 30 July 1912 in Pasadena, California to Alice Emma Coleman, born 27 July 1873 in Beatrice, Gage County Nebraska, died 17 June 1948 in Los Angeles.  They had a son, Alan Coleman Batchelder born 4 August 1914 in Pasadena. 



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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Ernest Allan Batchelder, Tilemaker (1875 – 1957) – A Cautionary Genealogy Tale!", Nutfield Genealogy, posted February 6, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/02/ernest-allan-batchelder-tilemaker-1875.html: accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Agnes Ewins, Age 27, died 1782, Londonderry, New Hampshire ~ Tombstone Tuesday

This tombstone was photographed at the Forest Hill Cemetery in Derry, New Hampshire. At the time of this burial, this cemetery was located in Londonderry, New Hampshire.


Memento mori

Erected In memory of
Mifs Agnes Ewins
Daughter of Mr. James
Ewins & Mrs. Margaret
his wife who departed this
Life Janr. 25, 1782, Aged 27
Years 4 months & 13 days.

Affliction fore long time I bore
Phyficians were in vain,
Till God did pease & death did seize
To Ease me of my pain.



To see more tombstones of the Ewins family at Forest Hill Cemetery, click this link:
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2011/11/tombstone-tuesday-ewins-family.html

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Agnes Ewins, Age 27, died 1789, Londonderry, New Hampshire ~ Tombstone Tuesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted February 4, 2020, (https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/02/agnes-ewins-age-27-died-1782.html: accessed [access date]).

Thursday, January 30, 2020

February 2020 Genealogy and Local History Calendar





For last minute updates, see the “Nutfield Genealogy” Facebook page at this link:  https://www.facebook.com/nutfield.gen/    Please send new events to me by commenting here at the end of this post, or email vrojomit@gmail.com

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February 1, 8:30 – 4pm, 4th Annual Revolution 250 Living History Symposium, at the Minute Man Visitor Center, Route 2A, on the Lincoln/Lexington, Massachusetts line. Presentations by blogger and author J.L Bell, Jonathan Lane of the Mass. Historical Society, and Professor Bob Allison of Suffolk University.  Limited capacity, please reserve a spot at this link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/696740734065887/  

February 1, Saturday, 9:30 – 3:30, 17th Century English Research with the Society of Genealogists, UK, at the American Ancestors Research Center, 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by Else Churchill, $85 includes four lectures, breakfast and lunch.  Register here:  https://my.americanancestors.org/1224/1403  

February 1, Saturday, 9:30am, Life in World War II Belgium and Mother’s Flag, at the First Unitarian Church of Worcester, 90 Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts. Hosted by the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists.  Presented by Christian W. de Marcken.  Free to the public.

February 1, Saturday, 10am, New Visitor Tour of the American Ancestors Research Center, at 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Free orientation and tour. No need to be a member, and no registration necessary. Tour attendees are welcome to stay and use the research center following the tour.

February 1, Saturday, 1pm, Sarah’s Long Walk for Equality in Education, at the Mattapan branch of the Boston Public Library, 1350 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan, Massachusetts.  Presented by a National Park Service Ranger.  A young girl of color, Sarah Roberts, forced Bostonians to acknowledge equality in education when her father sued the city of Boston in the 1800s.  Free to the public.

February 1, Saturday, 1pm, Northeast Woodlands Native American Youth Stories, at the Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  A story telling performance with Anne Jennison. A drop-in event, free to the public. Family friendly! Q & A and children will be invited to drum. 

February 4, Tuesday, 3:30pm, A History of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary, at the Bedford Public Library, 3 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford, New Hampshire.  Free to the public. Led by John Gfoerer, documentarian, who will show segments of the documentary “The Premier Primary, New Hampshire and Presidential Elections.”

February 4, Tuesday, 5:15pm, Historical Datasets as Arguments, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by Tayla Housman, Digital Historian.  Free to the public.

February 4, Tuesday, 6:30pm, Indigenous Stories: People of the Dawnland, at the Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Presented by Dr. Alexandra Martin of UNH, and Anne Jennison of Strawbery Banke museum. Free to the public.

February 4, Tuesday, 2pm to 7pm, Winter Doldrums Genealogy Mini-Camp, at the Maine State Library, State Street, Augusta, Maine. Library tours, help with research, and other fun activities. All ages welcome. Family friendly. https://www.maine.gov/msl/services/genealogy/index.shtml

February 4, Tuesday, 7pm, DNA and Genealogy: Where are we now in 2020? At the Chelmsford Public Library (McCarthy Room), Chelmsford, Massachusetts.  Presented by Dr. Sandy Murray, and hosted by the Chelmsford Genealogy Club.  Free to the public. 

February 4, Tuesday, 7pm, Sleighing in Northern New England, at the Exeter Historical Society, 47 Front Street, Exeter, New Hampshire. Presented by Ann Miles. Doors open at 6:30 for light refreshments. $5 suggested donation for non-members or $1 for students.

February 5, Wednesday, 6pm, Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped Into Slavery, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Author Richard Bell, University of Maryland, presents his new book.  Pre-talk reception at 5:30.  Please register at this link:  https://www.masshist.org/calendar/event?event=3130&fbclid=IwAR09LVa8oFp2Ah8_igm1i4-XEtnXmJaOJovvBZsObPLxPqVZeG1LJGS_S8E

February 5, Wednesday, 6pm, Western Massachusetts Genealogical Society Meeting, at the Agawam Senior Center, 954 Main Street, Agawam, Massachusetts.  https://westmassgen.com/

February 6, Thursday, noon, Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped into Slavery, at the Boston Athenaeum, 10 ½ Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Author Richard Bell, University of Maryland, presents his new book.  Free to members, and included with admission $10 for non-members.  Please register at this link:  https://bbd.bostonathenaeum.org/register?fbclid=IwAR1SNRfbE7MVsTxAM2ukGcHOxAOpelqFcQk0ZPBd6a1eNIZb17KqVJjh74o

February 6, Thursday, noon, Lunch & Learn: Kitchen Medicine, at Plimoth Plantation, 137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Learn about the medicinal plants used by the Pilgrims for health and wellness. Presented by the Living History Colonial Foodways Associate Kathleen Wall.  Tickets online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunch-learn-kitchen-medicine-tickets-86565402449?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR0l-3s5W8RKCwoT8AwxGZ__bMqYKqo10kZ2nFRmZWp_5834asrvm5WblU4 

February 6, Thursday, 5:30pm, A History of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary, at the Women’s Club of Concord, 44 Pleasant Street, Concord, New Hampshire.  Free to the public. Led by John Gfoerer, documentarian, who will show segments of the documentary “The Premier Primary, New Hampshire and Presidential Elections.”

February 7, Friday, 7pm, Film Premiere of Stephano:  The True Story of Shakespeare's Shipwreck, at the Pilgrim Hall Museum, 75 Court Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  This film will air later on PBS as part of the "Hit and Run History" series.  The film follows the life of Stephen Hopkins.  Meet film maker Andrew Buckley for Q & A and light refreshments after the screening.  $10 per person, $5 for members.  Reservations recommended at https://pilgrimhall.org  

February 8, Saturday, 10am, Behind the Scenes In the Collections Storage: Conservation Lab, at the Haverhill Regional Office of Historic New England, Haverhill, Massachusetts.  $20 for members, $30 for non-members.  Advance tickets required call 671-994-6678. 

February 8, Saturday, 10:30am, DNA Painter and Chromosome Mapping, at the Acton Memorial Library, 486 Main Street, Acton, Massachusetts.  Hosted by the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists. Free to the public. Presented by genealogist Pamela Guye Holland.

February 8, Saturday, 2pm, Lecture: Canal Fever in New Hampshire and Vermont, at the New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord, New Hampshire. An illustrated talk by transportation historian Frank J. “Jay” Barrett, Jr. Free to members, $7 for non-members.

February 9, Sunday, 1:30pm, Avraham Groll – What’s New at Jewish Gen? at the Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, Massachusetts. Hosted by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston.  Find out the new technology and features to help your research.  www.jgsgb.org 

February 9, Sunday, 2pm, Lecture: Skeletons in the Closet: Memorialization of George Jacobs, Sr. and Rebecca Nurse after the 1692 Witch Trials, at the Felton Smith Historic Site in the Smith Barn, 38 Felton Street, Peabody, Massachusetts. Hosted by the Peabody Historical Society and Museum. Presented by historian Daniel Gagnon. Members free, non-members $5. Handicapped accessible.

February 10, Monday, 6pm, Civil War Monuments and the Militarization of America, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by Thomas J. Brown, University of South Carolina.  Pre-talk reception at 5:30.  $10 per person, tickets at https://www.masshist.org/calendar/event?event=3131&fbclid=IwAR2vatZsrSB8_fkxoC30fd4vuJScoFLbrGFsOjEC7FhV7ydtTrqko3A_HVo

February 10, Monday, 6:30pm, The Story of Amjambo Africa, with Georges Budagu Makoko, at the Lithgow Public Library, 45 Winthrop Street, Augusta, Maine.  Hosted by the Camden Conference.  Learn more at the website www.camdenconference.org Snowdate will be Tuesday, February 11th.

February 10, Monday, 6:30pm, The History of the Presidency, at the Langley Adams Library, 185 Main Street, Groveland, Massachusetts.  Free to the public. Presented by historian Lee Thomas.

February 11, Tuesday, 5:30 pm, A History of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary, at the Women’s Club of Concord, 44 Pleasant Street, Concord, New Hampshire.  Presented by John Gfroerer. Free to the public.

February 11, Tuesday, 6pm, Boston by Map, at the Norman B. Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  This event offers an introduction into the history of Boston using maps. In this class you will explore how to used Atlascope, a new took for exploring atlases of Boston.  This workshop is located in the instructional computer lab on the mezzanine level of the Johnson building at the library in Copley Square. Registration required:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-by-map-tickets-88538560217?fbclid=IwAR3O-Lde_23OzCpv82Lf5efDkVF35z6XFTQQUt4XoxhG9Kv513NpC8mvmU8

February 11, Tuesday, 6pm, Marcia Chatelain with Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, part of the American Inspiration Author Series at the the American Ancestors Research Center, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Author Marcia Chatelain will present her new book.  $12/50 admission, or $34 admission and signed book. 

February 12, Wednesday, 10am,  New Visitor Tour of the American Ancestors Research Center, at 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Free orientation and tour. No need to be a member, and no registration necessary. Tour attendees are welcome to stay and use the research center following the tour.

February 12, Wednesday, 6pm, City On A Hill, at the Boston Athenaeum, 10 ½ Beacons Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  A book talk by author Alex Krieger.  $15 for visitors, $10 for BA members.  Register here:  https://www.bostonathenaeum.org/events/6903/city-hill-urban-idealism-america-puritans-present?fbclid=IwAR0qxSO9LbOdW8Ythge_R64TSv-Hp_6NPyVCPru2GmHMzEMImtG8tihenk4

February 12, Wednesday, 6:30pm, Introduction to Exeter’s Black History, at the Exeter Historical Society, 47 Front Street, Exeter, New Hampshire. A discussion on Jude Hall, a former slave and Revolutionary War veteran. Free to the public.

February 13, Thursday, 6pm, Pilgrims’ Progress Lecture-Concert, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Hosted by Seven Times Salt and NEHGS. Tickets $20 at https://my.americanancestors.org/1223/1439?fbclid=IwAR21pOa1eM1iQcoZBf0nf3-zTgMcaAIMJmvgeq2JbtFM7zK08HSbuhFqM3I 

February 14, Friday, 1:30pm, Researching Women’s Lives, at the Genealogy Club of the Rodgers Memorial Library, Hudson, New Hampshire. Presented by genealogist Sara Campbell, Free to the public.

February 15 and 16, Saturday and Sunday, Mid-Winter Weekend at the Fort at No. 4, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, New Hampshire. There will be bonfires for warms, winter drills, food demonstrations, and traders.  Low season event – members and children under 12 FREE, 13 – 18 years old $5, adults $8.  The Fort at No. 4 will be partnering with the American Precision Museum of Windsor, Vermont. 

February 15, Saturday, 10am, The Colonial Wedding Expo: A History Space Event, at the Colony House, Washington Square, Newport, Rhode Island. Free to the public, donations welcome.  Activities include, talking to a bride dressing for a colonial wedding, recipes and foods commonly served in the colonial period, see a ceremony portrayed by living historians, discuss wedding traditions for different religious groups represented in 18th century Newport, and much more!

February 15, Saturday, 1pm, Redcoats and Rebels: Gaming the American Revolution, at the New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord, New Hampshire. Reenact the American Revolution through a tabletop gaming experience.  Kids will spend the afternoon immersed in New Hampshire’s fight for independence from Britain.  This program is for kids ages 10 to 15. Space is limited and registration is required.  $5 per child.  All must be accompanied by an adult.  Register online at Eventbrite.com or call 603-856-0645

February 15, Saturday, 2pm, The History of Greenhouses in America, at the Lyman Estate Greenhouses, Waltham, Massachusetts.  $10 members, $20 non-members. Advance tickets required, call 617-994-5913. 

February 15, Saturday, 7pm, The Jane Austen Ball, at the Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem, Massachusetts.  Hosted by the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers.  All dances will be taught, no experience or partner required.  Regency era dress is admired, but not required. Live music! Tickets at this link: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egi1al3f87ee6ee4&oseq=&c=&ch=

February 16, Sunday, 2pm, I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone, by History at Play, at the Keeler Tavern Museum & History Center, 152 Main Street, Ridgefield, Connecticut.  Presented by Judith Kalaora.  Family friendly, suitable for all ages.

February 16, Sunday, 2pm, Family History on Your Smartphone, iPad or Tablet, Portsmouth Public Library, Hilton Garden Room, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Presented by genealogist Pam Guye Holland. Hosted by the library and the Ranger Chapter of the DAR. Free to the public.

February 16, Sunday, 2pm, Votes for Women: A History of the Suffrage Movement, at Rodgers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Road, Hudson, New Hampshire.  Presented by Liz Tantarelli using historic photos and documents. Free to the public.

February 17, Monday, 11am, Newport’s British Occupation Walking Tour, at the Newport Historical Society, 82 Touro Street, Newport, Rhode Island.  $15 per person, $10 members, Tour departs from the Museum of Newport History & Shop, 127 Thames Street, Newport, Rhode Island.

February 18, Tuesday, 5:15pm, "What the Women Can Do" Doctor's Wives and the American Medical Association's Crusade Against Socialized Medicine, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by Kelly O'Donnell, Thomas Jefferson University with comment by Oliva Weissner, University of Massachusetts Boston.  Free to the public, registration required: https://www.masshist.org/calendar/event?event=3105

February 18, Tuesday, 5:30pm, Sketches of Lee Volume 2: A Black New Hampshire Experience, at the Wiggin Public Library, 10 Bunker Hill Avenue, Stratham, New Hampshire. A book discussion on “The Colored Folks Ain’t Gonna Make It”.  This is the story of rural New Hampshire from the 1950s until the present time. Books will be available to purchase at the event. Snow date is Tuesday February 25 at 5:30pm.

February 19, Wednesday, noon, Using AmericanAncestors.org: A Hands-On Workshop, at the American Ancestors Research Center, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by Molly Rogers, the NEHGS Database Coordinator.  Free to the public.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop or other mobile device for guided hands-on activities and walkthroughs of the website. Register here:  https://my.americanancestors.org/1223/1445

February 19, Wednesday, 1pm, Abby Hutchinson’s Sweet Freedom Songs: Songs and Stories of the Struggle for Abolition and Woman Suffrage, at the Warner Town Hall, 5 East Main Street, Warner, New Hampshire. Hosted by the Pillsbury Free Library. Free to the public. Presented by Deborah Anne Goss who will appear as Abby Hutchinson Patton.

February 19, Wednesday, 2:15pm, History at Play Presents: Rendezvous with Rachel Revere, at the Marillac Residence, 125 Oakland Street, Wellesley, Massachusetts.  Family friendly. 50 minutes including performance and lecture.

February 19, Wednesday, 6pm, Mother is a Verb: An Unconventional History, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by Sarah Knott, Indiana University.  Pre-talk reception at 5:30. $10 per person ticket required:  https://www.masshist.org/calendar/event?event=3127

February 24, Monday, 12:45pm, A Visit with Abraham Lincoln, at the Suncook Senior Center, 8 Whitten Street, Allenstown, New Hampshire. Portrayed by living historian Steve Wood, who will end with a reading of the Gettysburg Address. Free to the public with a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. Hosted by the Suncook Senior Center.

February 25, Tuesday, 7pm, The History of the Pierce Mansion in Gardner, Massachusetts, at the February Meeting of the Central Massachusetts Genealogy Society, American Legion Post 129, 22 Elm Street, Gardner, Massachusetts.  Presented by Ken Watson, who will describe the history of the 6,661 square foot Victorian home.  Free to the public. 

February 26 – 29, RootsTech Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah

February 26, Wednesday, noon, The Atlas of Boston History, at the Boston Athenaeum, 10 ½ Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by author Nancy Seasholes.  Free with admission ($10), members free. 

February 26, Wednesday, 2pm, Kristen Richardson with The Season: A Social History of the Debutante, part of the American Inspiration Author Series at the American Ancestors Research Center, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  $12.50 admission or $32 Admission and signed book.  Register here:  https://my.americanancestors.org/1137/1428

February 27, Thursday, 10am, Behind the Scenes In the Collections Storage, at the Haverhill Regional Office of Historic New England, Haverhill, Massachusetts.  $20 for members, $30 for non-members.  Advance tickets required call 671-994-6678. 


February 27, Thursday, 7pm, A Rosenberg By Any Other Name:  A History of Jewish Name Changing in America, at the Vilna Shul, Boston’s Center for Jewish Culture, 18 Phillips Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Sponsored by NEHGS.  Cost $15, register here:  https://vilnashul.org/events/event/rosenberg

February 27, Thursday, 6pm, We the People: The 500 Year Battle Over Who Is American, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by Ben Railton of Fitchburg State University.  Pre-talk reception at 5:30.  Tickets required at $10 per person  https://www.masshist.org/calendar/event?event=3133&fbclid=IwAR3n_D-du_iKqwYJmL4fl_Ba17XL-RgLy_k-MKnGRs4vzK5FIzaBwEhbdZ8

February 29, Saturday, 2pm, Abby Hutchinson’s Sweet Freedom Songs: Songs and Stories of the Struggle for Abolition and Woman Suffrage, at the New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord, New Hampshire. Presented by living historian Deborah Anne Goss as Abby Hutchinson Patton. Free to the public.

February 29, Saturday, 2pm, New Hampshire on Skis, at the Bath Public Library, 21 Lisbon Road, Bath, New Hampshire. Presented by Professor E. John B. Allen.  Free to the public.

Future Events:

March 14, Saturday, History Camp Boston, at Suffolk University Law School.  https://historycamp.org/boston

 March 21 and 22, 9:30 am – 4:30pm, Old House and Barn Expo, at the Double Tree Hotel, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire.  Have fun and learn from the experts. New topics include resiliency and sustainability. Resources for properties from 1700 to 1970.  Explore preservation strategies, architecture, crafts, hourly historical lectures, visit exhibitors, and demonstrations. 



March 21, Saturday, 1 to 4pm, Workshop: Using Land Records in Family History Research, at the New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord, New Hampshire.  Hosted by the NH Historical Society and New England Historic Genealogical Society, presented by the chief genealogist David Allen Lambert.  Space is limited and registration is required. $35 for members and $50 for non-members.  Please sign up through eventbrite or call Christopher Moore at the NH Historical Society 603-228-6688.  Email cmoore@nhhistory.org 

March 25, April 8, April 22, May 6, May 20, June 3, Researching Your Family Tree: A Course for Beginners, at the Kimball Library, 5 Academy Avenue, Atkinson, New Hampshire. To meet every other Wednesday from 1 – 3pm.  $30 for Atkinson residents, $55 for non-residents. Call 603-362-5234 to register. Presented by genealogist and librarian Linda MacIver.

 April 4-5, The 2020 Massachusetts Genealogical Council Seminar:  Origins and Destinations, at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, Lowell, Massachusetts.  

May 1 – 4, Salem Ancestry Days, at Salem, Massachusetts. Do you have ancestors from Salem, Massachusetts? This will be a weekend of lectures, tours and research. More information will be posted soon at https://www.salem.org/ancestryweek/

 May 21, Thursday, noon – 5pm, Welcome Home, Mayflower II, at Pilgrim Memorial State Park, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Come celebrate the return of the newly restored Mayflower II to her home berth in Plymouth harbor.  The celebrations will continue all Memorial Day weekend.

June 27 and 28, Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 9pm, Official Maritime Salute to the 400th Anniversary, at the Plymouth Waterfront, Water Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts. A regatta of wooden ships, yachts, work boats and pleasure craft, with a traditional lobster dinner on the waterfront. Military fanfares, and maritime programming. Your boat can be part of the Parade of Lights! Hosted by Plymouth 400 https://www.plymouth400inc.org/

August 1, Saturday, 10am – 2pm, Wampanoag Ancestors Walk, at the Plymouth Waterfront, Water Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  This event will be led by the Wampanoag tribes of Massachusetts.  Participants will pay homage to the original 69 villages of the Wampanoag nation, Massasoit and King Phillip.  Drum ceremony and reception. Hosted by Plymouth 400 https://www.plymouth400inc.org/


September 14, Monday, 11am – 4pm, The Official State House Salute to the 400th Anniversary, at the Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts.

September 19 and 20, Saturday and Sunday, Embarkation Festival at Plymouth, Massachusetts. This is a grand cultural and arts festival honoring the traditions, cuisine, and music of the settlers and Wampanoag people, as well as the diverse population of immigrants who have become the fabric of American life.  Performing groups, chefs, artists, storytellers, and student projects from around the world celebrating the 400th anniversary of Plymouth, Massachusetts. Hosted by Plymouth 400 https://www.plymouth400inc.org/ 

October 29 – November 1, Indigenous History Conference and Powwow, at Bridgewater State University, 131 Summer Street, Bridgewater, Massachusetts. This four day conference will address the legacy of colonization experienced by the Wampanoag and other native people in New England. Hosted by Plymouth 400.  https://www.plymouth400inc.org/

April 14, 2021 – April 17, 2021, NERGC 2021 (The New England Regional Genealogical Conference), at the Mass Mutual Center, 1277 Main Street, Springfield, Massachusetts. http://nergc.org/ 



Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Christa McAuliffe - Tombstone Tuesday

This tombstone was photographed at Calvary Cemetery in Concord, New Hampshire.  Today is the 34th anniversary of the Challenger shuttle disaster on 28 January 1986.

While we were visiting this cemetery to photograph this tombstone, a bald eagle flew up from the Merrimack River and flew over the cemetery and landed in the trees behind the gravestones.  I thought it was very appropriate for the moments after we were thinking about Christa McAuliffe and the other Challenger astronauts.




S. CHRISTA McAULIFFE
SEPTEMBER 2, 1948 - JANUARY 28, 1986

WIFE  MOTHER  TEACHER
PIONEER WOMAN
CREW MEMBER, SPACE SHUTTLE CHALLENGER
AMERICA'S FIRST ORDINARY CITIZEN TO VENTURE
TOWARD SPACE

SHE HELPED PEOPLE. SHE LAUGHED.  SHE LOVED AND IS LOVED.  SHE APPRECIATED THE WORLD'S
NATURAL BEAUTY. SHE WAS CURIOUS AND SOUGHT TO LEARN WHO WE ARE AND WHAT 
THE UNIVERSE IS ABOUT.  SHE RELIED ON HER OWN JUDGEMENT AND MORAL COURAGE
 TO DO RIGHT.  SHE CARED ABOUT THE SUFFERING OF HER FELLOW MAN.  SHE TRIED
TO PROTECT OUR SPACESHIP EARTH.  SHE TAUGHT HER CHILDREN TO DO THE SAME.


Click here for a 2010 blog post about my memories of this day in 1986:

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Christa McAuliffe - Tombstone Tuesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 28, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/01/christa-mcauliffe-tombstone-tuesday.html: accessed [access date]).

Thursday, January 23, 2020

A Google Book Search for Mayflower Books

Mayflower II 1957 arriving in Plymouth harbor
There are many, many books on the Mayflower and the Plymouth Colony, and many are listed on Google Books, but few are readable online.  Some are just previews, or are searchable, but not readable.  You won't find the latest research or the newly published books on the Pilgrims here, those books are still under copyright - like Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs' book Strangers and Pilgrims, Travellers and Sojourners or Nathaniel Philbrick's Mayflower.

Many of the older books contain out of date research, but some are invaluable such as the membership directories from the Mayflower Society from 100 years ago, or the epitaphs from Plymouth's Burial Hill written in 1896 (some of those epitaphs are now illegible).  The most recent book on this list was published in 2009, but most are 100 years older than that!  If you are interested in a particular book on this list, just type the title and author into the search bar at https://books.google.com/   Also, please note that these digitized versions of the books are searchable, so you search each volume for surnames, geographic locations, or any other keyword.  Sometimes this is better than having the actual volume in front of you on the desk! 


The Arrival of the Pilgrims, by John Franklin Jameson, 1920, published by Brown University.

Bradford’s History “Of Plimoth Plantation”, 1901, published by Wright & Potter, state printers for the Massachusetts General Court. 

The Brewster Genealogy, 1566 – 1907: A Record of the Descendants of William Brewster of the Mayflower, Ruling Elder of the Pilgrim Church which founded Plymouth Colony in 1620, Volume 1,  by Emma C. Brewster Jones, 1908.

Captain Myles Standish, by Tudor Jenks, 1905, published by Century Company.

Chief of the Pilgrims: Or the Life and Time of William Brewster, Ruling Elder of the Pilgrim Company that Founded New Plymouth, the Parent Colony of New England, in 1620, by Ashbel Steele, 1857, published by J. B. Lippincott.

Chronicles of the Pilgrim Fathers of the Colony of Plymouth, by Alexander Young, 1841, published by C. C. Little and J. Brown.

The Colony of New Plymouth and Its Relations to Massachusetts: A Lecture of a Course by Members of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Delivered before the Lowell Institute, Jan. 19, 1869, by William Brigham, 1869. 

Elder William Brewster, of the Mayflower: His Books and Autographs, with Other Notes, by Justin Winsor, 1887, published by John Wilson and Son.

Epitaphs from Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts from 1657 to 1892 with Biographical and Historical Notes, by Bradford Kingman, 1892, Brookline, Mass.: New England Illustrated Historical Publishing Company.

The Enterprise of the Mayflower, by Amice MacDonell, 1889, published by Walter H. Baker & Company.

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1901, published by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.

Good Newes from New England, by Edward Winslow, 1996, published by Applewood Books.  
Governor William Bradford’s Letter Book, by William Bradford, 1906, published by the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants (reprinted from the Mayflower Descendant).

The Graves of Myles Standish and Other Pilgrims, by Eugene Joseph Vincent Huiginn, 1914.
Guide to Plymouth and Recollections of the Pilgrims, Volume 2, by William Shaw Russell, 1846.

Handbook of Old Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts: Its History, Its Famous Dead, and Its Quaint Epitaphs, by Frank Herman Perkins, 1896.

An Historical Memoir of the Colony of New Plymouth, by Francis Baylies, 1830, published by Hilliard, Gray, Little and Wilkins.

A History of the Allerton Family in the United States, 1585 to 1885, and a Genealogy of the Descendants of Isaac Allerton, Mayflower Pilgrim, Plymouth, Mass., 1620, by Walter Scott Allerton and Horace True Currier, 1900, published by S. W. Allerton.

History of Plimoth Plantation, by William Bradford, 1898, Boston: Wright and Potter Printing Co.

History of Plymouth County with Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men, Massachusetts, by Duane Hamilton Hurd, 1884, Philadelphia: J. W. Lewis & Co.

History of Plymouth Plantation, by William Bradford, edited with notes by Charles Deane, 1856, Boston: Privately Printed.

The History of the Pilgrims, Or, A Grandfather’s Story of the First Settler of New England, 1831, Boston: T. B. Marvis for the Massachusetts Sabbath School Union.

History of the Town of Plymouth, by William Thomas Davis, 1885, Philadelphia: J. W. Lewis & Co.

History of the Town of Plymouth, from Its First Settlement in 1620 to the Present Time: With a 
Concise History of the Aborigines of New England, and Their Wars with the English, etc., by James Thacher, 1835, published by Marsh, Capen & Lyon.

The Howland Homestead, 1911, published by the Society of the Descendants of Pilgrim John Howland, of the Ship Mayflower.

An Illustrated Guide to Historic Plymouth, Massachusetts, by Walter F. Wheeler, 1921, Boston: The Union News Company.

John Robinson, Pastor of the Pilgrim Fathers, A Study of his Life and Times, by Walter Herbert Burgess, 1920, published by Williams & Norgate.

The Last of the Mayflower, by James Rendel Harris, 1920, published by the University Press.

Lives of the Governors of New Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay, by Jacob Bailey Moore, 1848, New York: Gates & Stedman.

The Mayflower, edited by Robert Hamilton, 1846, originally published in Boston by Saxton & Kelt.

Mayflower Essays on the Story of the Pilgrim Fathers as Told in Governor Bradford’s History of the Plimoth Plantation:  With a Reproduction of Captain John Smith’s Map of New England, by George Cuthbert Blaxland, 1896, published by Ward & Downey.

The Mayflower: Or, Scenes and Sketches Among the Descendants of the Pilgrim Fathers, by Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1852, published by Knight and Son.

The Mayflower Pilgrims: Being a Condensation in the Original Wording and Spelling of the Story Written by Gov. William Bradford of their Privations and Trials, and the Voyage of the Mayflower and Settlement at Plymouth in the Year 1620, by William Bradford and John Tyler Wheelwright, 1921, published by McGrath-Sherrill Press.

The Mayflower Descendant: A Quarterly Magazine of Pilgrim Genealogy and History, Volume 23 (1921) and others published by the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants.

Mayflower Descendants and Their Marriages for Two Generations After Landing, 1922, published by the Bureau of Military and Civic Achievement, Washington, DC

The Mayflower Pilgrim Descendants in Cape May County, New Jersey, by Paul Sturtevant Howe, 1921, published by A. R. Hand.

Mourt’s Relation: A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, 1986, published by Applewood Books.

Mourt’s Relation Or Journal of the Plantation at Plymouth, contributors Edward Winslow, Henry Martyn Dexter, and William Bradford, 1865, published by J. K. Wiggin.


The New England’s Memorial, by Nathaniel Morton, 2009, published by Applewood Books.

The Pastor of the Pilgrims: A Biography of John Robinson, by Walter Herbert Burgess, 1920, published by Harcourt, Brace & Howe.

Pilgrim Alden: The Story of the Life of the First John Alden in America, by Augustus Ephraim Alden, 1902, Boston: James H. Earle & Company.

Pilgrims and Puritans: The Story of the Planting of Plymouth and Boston, by Nina Moore Tiffany, 1888, published by Ginn & Company.

The Pilgrims and Their Monument, by Edmund Janes Carpenter, 1911, published by D. Appleton and Company.

Records of the Colony of New Plymouth, In New England, Volume 7, by Nathaniel Shurtleff and David Pulsifer, 1861, Boston: the press of William White. 

Records of the Town of Plymouth, Massachusetts, Volume 1 1636 to 1705, 1889, Plymouth: Avery & Doten.

Richard Warren of the Mayflower and Some of His Descendants, by Emily Warren Roebling, 1901, published by David Clapp & Son.

The Romantic Story of the Mayflower Pilgrims: And Its Place in the Life of Today, by Albert Christopher Addison, 1911, published by L. C. Page.

Signers of the Mayflower Compact, by Annie Arnoux Haxtun, 1896.

The Signers of the Mayflower Compact and Their Descendants, by Henry Whittemore, 1899, published by the Mayflower Publishing Company.

Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Michigan, 1915.

Stories of the Pilgrims, by Margaret Blanche Pumphrey, 1912, published by Rand McNally.

A Tribute to the Memory of the Pilgrims, and a Vindication of the Congregational Churches of New England, by Joel Hawes, 1836, published by D. Burgess & Company.

The Voyage of the Mayflower, by Blanche McManus, 1897, published by E. R. Herrick & Company.

The Women of the Mayflower and Women of Plymouth Colony, by Ethel Jane Russell Chesebrough Noyes, 1921, published by Memorial Press. 

The Women who Came on the Mayflower, by Annie Russell Marble, 1920, published by the Pilgrim Press.


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "A Google Book Search for Mayflower Books", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 23, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/01/a-google-book-search-for-mayflower-books.html: accessed [access date]).