Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Anna Nutt, age 92, died 1773 in Windham, New Hampshire - Tombstone Tuesday

This tombstone was photographed at the Cemetery on the Plain, Windham, New Hampshire.

Relict of 
Mr. James Nutt
died Dec. 10, 1773
Etat. 92

I couldn't find any information on this Anna, wife of James Nutt.  She lived a long time for 1773, just before the American Revolutionary War!


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Anna Nutt, age 92, died 1773 in Windham, New Hampshire - Tombstone Tuesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted March 31, 2020 ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/03/anna-nutt-age-92-died-1773-in-windham.html: accessed [access date]). 

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Virtual Genealogy and History Events for April 2020

Stay connected and stay at home!   Scheduled events are listed first, and ongoing programs online are listed below (just scroll down).  Some events are free, and some online classes have fees.  Most are open to the public. 

If you know of an online event or webinar, please contact me at vrojomit@gmail.com or leave a comment at this blog post. Thanks! 

Updated information can be found at the Nutfield Genealogy Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/nutfield.gen/   


April 2, Thursday, noon, “Lunch & Learn: A New Look at the Field” by Plimoth Plantation. This online class is free to members, non-members $10.  Presented by Tom Begley, it is a virtual exploration of the works of scholarship and public history that shaped the events in Plymouth 400 years ago.  More information and registration here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunch-learn-a-new-look-at-the-field-tickets-101378718476?mc_eid=8cf6024ba3&mc_cid=000a9d115d 

April 2, Thursday, 2pm, "All About Quilts! Virtual Program" from the Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham, Massachusetts.  A program by curator Jane Bowers, with Q&A from the audience, too.  See the page https://www.facebook.com/WenhamMuseum/ for registration information.

April 3, Friday, noon, “Genealogy Resources for the Daughters of the American Revolution” by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, presented by D. Joshua Taylor.  Free to the public. Click here to register:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2860466766655531533  

April 3, Friday, 2pm, “The Revolutionary Era in Boston with Professor Robert Allison” an online program from the Massachusetts Historical Society.  Bring your questions, or just listen to the conversation.  Free to the public.  For more information and to register, see this page:  https://www.masshist.org/2012/calendar/event?event=3228  

April 3, Friday, 6:30pm, "Jennie Powers: The Woman Who Dares" hosted by the New Hampshire Humanities and the Historical Society of Cheshire County on Facebook.  Jennie Powers took a stand against social vices in New Hampshire and Vermont in the early 20th century. She was a humane society agent in Keene from 1903 - 1936, and a deputy sheriff in New Hampshire. She used her camera to document animal cruelty, family violence, and wide spread poverty.  http://www.nhhumanities.org/programs/jennie-powers-woman-who-dares?fbclid=IwAR2PWlbi7uUapO2xXZIn9IA_HwHPruthVtDEVersx1dNaf_bXVps1H4-hQY 

April 3, Friday, 7:30pm "Virtual First Friday!" hosted by the Custom House Maritime Museum of Newburyport, Massachusetts.  Alexander Cain will deliver a talk "The April 19 - 21, 1775 Evacuations of Middlesex and Essex Counties" followed by a Q&A session.  Open to members and non-members free!  Check out this Facebook page with instructions on how to log in to the Zoom meeting online:  https://www.facebook.com/events/174475446860497/  

April 4, Saturday, and April 5, Sunday, The Massachusetts Genealogical Council will hold a virtual seminar “Origins and Destinations #Origins2020MGC” Registration is $42.50 for access to all the recorded sessions (more than 25 sessions!) that had been scheduled for the conference in Lowell, Massachusetts.   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mgc-2020-virtual-seminar-origins-destinations-registration-88242326173  For more information ask here program@massgencouncil.org   

April 4, Saturday, The Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Worcester County Chapter, meeting will be available to members and the public via GoToWebinar.  The speaker will be Lori Lynn Price “Was Great-Grandma A Suffragist?” The links for members can be found in member emails.  For non-members, visit the MSOG website and look at the events tab.  www.msoginc.org  or the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/msoginc/  

April 5, Sunday, 2pm, “How to Find New York State Death Certificates” (a rebroadcast), Free to the public from the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. Presented by Susan R. Millar.  Click here to register:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/9176041765507472908 

April 7, Wednesday, 3pm, “PERSI Across the Generations” a rebroadcast from the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. Presented by Jen Baldwin.  Click here to register:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8634781877966988812 

April 9, Thursday, 9:30am, “Coffee and Conversation: In Their Own Words” by Plimoth Plantation.  $10 for members, and $12 for non-members.  Join museum staff for a conversation about the arrival of the Mayflower and the earliest encounters between English and indigenous communities guided by Nathaniel Philbrick’s book “The Mayflower”.  For more information and registration see this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/coffee-conversation-in-their-own-words-tickets-94179791291?mc_cid=000a9d115d&mc_eid=8cf6024ba3  

April 9, Thursday, 2pm, “Online Family Trees: Avoiding Pitfalls and Maximizing possibilities” from the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society. Presented by D. Joshua Taylor.  Click here to register:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8208057017180638732  

April 11, Wednesday, 2pm, “Building Your Genealogical Skills” an online class by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, presented by genealogists Ann Lawthers, Melanie McComb, and Tricia Mitchell, session recordings and materials available online starting April 8, Live Q&A with instructors Saturday, April 11 2pm.  Students will have access to all materials until the end of July 2020.  Cost $115, more information and registration here:  https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/7080705754944197377  

April 11, Wednesday, The Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Merrimack Valley Chapter, meeting will be available to members and the public via GoToWebinar.  The links for members can be found in member emails.  For non-members, visit the MSOG website and look at the events tab.  www.msoginc.org or the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/msoginc/ 

April 15, Wednesday, 2pm, "Virtual Tour:  Veterans' Monument Conservation" hosted by the Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Free event, register here at Eventbrite to receive an email with details on how to access the event online via Zoom:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-tour-for-country-not-for-glory-veterans-monument-conservation-tickets-101932191930?fbclid=IwAR0seWI-IZojYZNV__wePqeT8vgKs1vgpCrCRlmzgS48He3XCO0OGUTsObo  

April 16, Thursday, 3pm, “Get The Most from American Ancestors… from home!”, a webinar from the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  Presented by Jean Maguire, Library Director.  Free and open to the public.  Register here https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5237172200971354123?source=website  

April 16, Thursday, 7pm “Cocktails and Conversations:  Illuminating the Archaeology of Historic Plimoth and Patuxet”, by Plimoth Plantation.  Members free, non-members $10.  For more information and registration, see this link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cocktails-conversations-illuminating-the-archae-tickets-101379613152?mc_eid=8cf6024ba3&mc_cid=000a9d115d  

April 18, Saturday, 2pm, “Applying to Lineage Societies”, an online class by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, presented by Christopher C. Child, Katrina Fahy, Lindsay Fulton, and Don LeClair.  Session recordings and material available starting April 15, live Q&A with instructors April 18 at 2pm. Students will have access to all materials until the end of 2020. Cost $125, more information and registration here:  https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/4380220534615980801  

April 18, Saturday, noon, The Bristol Chapter of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists (MSOG, Inc.) will hold an online presentation by Mike Maglio "The Adopted, the Illegitimate, and DNA". The GoToWebinar (GTW) CHAT ROOM opens at 11am EDT to allow for exploration of the GTW tool for both members and non-members. EVENT IS FREE. OPEN to ALL.  Preregistration is required. https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1904124747133814028?source=Facebook  

April 29, May 6, May 13, May 20 and May 27, all live broadcasts on Wednesdays at 3pm, “18th and 19th Century English Research” an online class by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  Presented by Else Churchill, genealogist with the Society of Genealogists UK.  Access to recordings, handhouts, slides and more until the end of August 2020.  Cost $125. More information and registration here: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/6212253197387280386  

April 30, Thursday, 3pm, “Treasures of the New England Historic Genealogical Society” a webinar from the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  Presented by Curt DiCamillo, FRSA.  Free to the public.  Register here:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4892255403089395211?source=website  

May 9, Saturday, 2pm, “Mayflower Migration: Origins and Diaspora” an online class by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  Presented by the Director of the Great Migration Study Project Robert Charles Anderson, FASG and Senior Researcher Katrina Fahy.  Students will have access to all materials until the end of August 2020. Cost $85.  More information and registration here:  https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/8818691689519261953  


Ongoing programs online:

From the Ancestry blog "Free At-Home Education Resources from Ancestry and Access to Nearly 500M National Archives Records"  https://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2020/03/24/free-at-home-education-resources-from-ancestry-and-access-to-nearly-500m-national-archives-records/

Ancestry Academy, from Ancestry.com, provides dozens of FREE classes online.  See this link:  https://www.ancestry.com/academy/courses/recommended  

APGen, The Association of Professional Genealogists has several online events coming soon, see the list at this link:  https://www.apgen.org/event_list?current_page=1&sort_type=upcoming&filter%5Bperiod%5D=all&display_type=default

Brigham Young University Independent Study, a variety of courses on family history topics completely free and available online.  See this link:  https://is.byu.edu/catalog/free-courses

Family History Library Classes and Webinars, from the LDS church, are listed at this link: https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Family_History_Library_Classes_and_Webinars   and also see this page for dozens of classes online:  https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Classes_in_the_Learning_Center

FamilyTree Webinars are free to the public and sponsored by FamilyTree Legacy:  see this link: https://familytreewebinars.com/#   and a list of their top 10 most popular webinars of all time here:  https://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2020/01/top-10-genealogy-webinars-of-all-time.html 

GeneaWebinars, a blog with the latest news on what’s available to view online:  http://blog.geneawebinars.com/  and also, their schedule of FREE family history webinars PDF can be found here:  https://familytreewebinars.com/pdfs/ftwbrochure-1577464068.pdf

Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell, Massachusetts has a page of online videos and resources for students and visitors.  See this link:  https://www.nps.gov/lowe/index.htm 

Manchester Millyard Museum:  A collection of local history videos about Manchester, New Hampshire, please see this link:  https://vimeopro.com/mpts16/john-clayton-presents-manchester-moments  

Old Sturbridge Village Museum has “Virtual Village” where the staff will bring the museum into your home with fun facts, activities, recipes, and videos.  You can see it on Facebook, Instagram and at this link:  https://www.osv.org/virtual-village/

Plimoth Plantation has several online workshops and discussions good for all ages
                "People of the Dawn" – Wampanoag culture and traditions $10 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-home-people-of-the-dawn-tickets-100175628000
                "Fact or Fiction? Investigating the First Thanksgiving", $10 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-home-fact-or-fiction-investigating-the-first-thanksgiving-tickets-100177236812
                "Colonial First Families: Their New Worlds and Everyday Lives", $10   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-home-colonial-first-families-new-worlds-and-everyday-lives-tickets-100019129910
                "Dressing History" – a sneak peek into 17th century wardrobes, $10 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-home-dressing-history-tickets-101055676248 

Virtual Genealogical Association - https://virtualgenealogy.org/, has a complete list of 2020 live presentations.  Recordings are available to members for six months after the live presentation, dues are only $20 per year. 

And, as always, check Cyndi’s List for a complete list of online classes and webinars:  https://www.cyndislist.com/education/online-courses-and-webinars/

And check Linda Debe's Calendar of virtual genealogy online:

Saturday, March 28, 2020

April 2020 Genealogy and Local History Event Calendar

Due to the coronavirus I will not be publishing an April calendar.  This is not a time for large gatherings and public events. When things change I will resume posting genealogy and local history events for New England.

Stay safe everyone! I hope to resume posting classes, workshops, cultural history events, conferences, re-enactments, and other fun events soon.

Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

A Moose on the Loose - Weathervane Wednesday

This moose weathervane was spotted above a strip mall on the Daniel Webster Highway in Belmont, New Hampshire.

We spotted this two dimensional moose weathervane along the Daniel Webster Highway, on our way up to Laconia and Lake Winnipesaukee.  I'm always on the lookout for new weathervanes when I go to visit towns that are new to me.  This one was easy to spot since there were no trees or other buildings in the way!

Since this is a very modern building, with very bland architecture, I was pleasantly surprised to see a weathervane.  It was even more fun to realize that the figure on top of this weathervane was a moose!

Some other moose weathervanes featured here at "Weathervane Wednesday":

 Kennebunk, Maine:

Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, New Hampshire:

North Conway, New Hampshire:

Carson City, Nevada:

Click here to see over 400 weathervane blog posts:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "A Moose on the Loose - Weathervane Wednesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted March 25, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/03/a-moose-on-loose-weathervane-wednesday.html: accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Two Amos Merrills, buried in Windham, New Hampshire - Tombstone Tuesday

These tombstones were photographed at the Cemetery on the Plain, Windham, New Hampshire.

                 AMOS MERRILL                                                MEHITABLE
                         DIED                                                                wife of
                May 22, 1822                                                         AMOS MERRILL
                        AEt. 82                                                                  DIED
                       LYDIA                                                            Oct. 21, 1823
                      his wife                                                                   AEt. 47.
                  May 10, 1820
                        AEt. 78.

Amos Merrill, Sr., son of Peter Merrill and Mehitable Kelly, was born 6 December 1739 in Methuen, Massachusetts, and died 22 May 1822 in Windham, New Hampshire.  His wife was Lydia Giles.  They had four children:  Giles, Ruth, Lydia and Amos Enos Merrill.

Amos Enos Merrill was born 26 Jan 1778 in Windham, and died 3 March 1860 in Windham.  His wife was Mehitable Smith, daughter of Deacon Page Smith and Lydia Marsh Haseltine, married on 25 December in Hudson, New Hampshire.  They had eight children born in Windham:  Giles, Noah, Daniel, Lydia, Hannah, Rufina, Lavinia and Amos (1822).

For more information see the compiled genealogy book: A Merrill Memorial:  An Account of the Descendants of Nathaniel Merrill, An Early Settler of Newbury (page 305).


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Two Amos Merrills, buried in Windham, New Hampshire - Tombstone Tuesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted March 24, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/03/two-amos-merrills-buried-in-windham-new.html: accessed [access date]).

Friday, March 20, 2020

Eber Bunker's Hill in Australia, a Mayflower Descendant

The text on this plaque is below

Bunkers Hill

"Bunkers Hill was named after Captain Eber Bunker, father of Australian whaling, who had his house and store not far from here in the early 1800s.  This high ground, as outlined on the map below, was commonly called Bunkers Hill until the 1830s, but only received official recognition, at the request of the Sydney Cove Redevelopment Authority, in 1977.

Captain Eber Bunker was born to a Puritan whaling family in Plymouth, Massachusetts on 7th March 1761.  He moved to England after the American Revolution where he married Margrett Thompson, second cousin to Admiral Collingwood, in 1786 and took his first command, the whaler “Spencer”, in 1788.  He first arrived in Sydney in 1791 as master of the “William and Ann”, a transport in the Third Fleet, and there upon engaged in the first whaling expedition in Australian waters in the company of the “Britannia”. 

He returned to Australia in 1799 with the new ship “Albion” and spent two winters whaling of the Australian and New Zealand coasts.  At the request of Governor King, he took presents to King Pomere of Tahiti in exchange for hogs, howls and fruits for the colony. On a second voyage from England in 1803 he discovered the Bunker Islands off Queensland.  The “Albion” accompanied the “Lady Nelson” from Sydney with stores and cattle, to found the new settlement of Hobart on the River Derwent, in Tasmania.

He was well rewarded for his services being given several land grants around Liverpool and the Hunter Valley and, after his last whaling voyage in 1824-25, he retired to his properties, dying at Collingwood (now part of Liverpool) on 27th September 1836, aged 74.

You are standing on the high bluff that gave The Rocks its name and which marks the eastern edge of Bunkers Hill.  In front of you are the brickyards of Sgt. Major Row (1881), the stone buildings of the Counting House (1848), and Union Bond (1841) and below are the terraces of Atherton Place (1880 – 81).  Behind you, in Cumberland Street are under approaches to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, where Princes Street once lay, was the site of the solid mansions of worthy and well-to-do citizens of the 1850s.  Handsome homes of two or three storeys, with thick walls of squared stone and wide verandahs with graceful iron columns rose in grounds dotted with tall Norfolk Pines and Moreton Bay figs.

The Plague of 1900 led to a massive clean up of The Rocks and many of the old houses were torn down by the government of the day.  Work on the Harbour Bridge swept away much of what remained.

The walkway and lookout on which this plaque stands were put by the Sydney Cove Redevelopment Authority in 17979 – 80, transforming Gloucester Street to Gloucester Walk.

This Plaque was unveiled by the Minister for Planning & Environment the Hon. Eric Bedford BA MP on Wednesday 22nd October 1980."


These three photos were sent to me by a young genealogist friend in Australia. He is applying for membership to the Mayflower Society under the passengers John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.  The new Australian Mayflower Society just formed a few months ago, and I wish him luck!  He is also a descendant of Eber Bunker.  Here is the lineage from John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley down to Eber Bunker.

Generation 1:  John Howland, Mayflower passenger, son of Henry Howland and Margaret Aires, was born 1592 in Fenstanton, England, died 23 February 1672 at Rocky Nook, Plymouth, Massachusetts; married on 25 March 1623 in Plymouth, Massachusetts to Elizabeth Tilley, Mayflower passenger, daughter of John Tilley and Joan Hurst.  She was born 30 August 1607 in Henlow, Bedfordshire, England and died 21 December 1687 in Swansea, Massachusetts. They had ten children.

Generation 2:  Desire Howland, born 13 October 1623 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and died 13 October 1683 in Barnstable, Massachusetts; married on 6 November 1644 in Barnstable to John Gorham, son of Ralph Gorham and Margaret Stephenson.  He was born 28 January 1620 in Benefield, Northamptonshire, England and died 5 February 1675 in Swansea. They had eleven children.

Generation 3:  Shubael Gorham, born 21 October 1667 in Barnstable, died 7 August 1750; married on May 1695 on the island of Nantucket to Puella Hussey, daughter of Stephen Hussey (grandson of Rev. Stephen Batchelder) and Martha Bunker (daughter of George Bunker and Elizabeth Godfrey).  She was born 10th 10 mo. 1677 on Nantucket, and died in Barnstable before 23 September 1748. They had ten children.

Generation 4:  Desire Gorham, born 26 September 1710 in Barnstable, died 5 November 1801; married Zachariah Bunker on 2 September 1728 on Nantucket island. He was the son of Jonathan Bunker and Elizabeth Coffin.  Zachariah Bunker died on Nantucket 16 August 1757.  They had nine children all born on Nantucket island.

Generation 5: James Bunker, born 21 August 1733 on Nantucket island, was lost at sea in 1768; married Hannah Shurtleff in Plymouth, Massachusetts on 26 January 1757.  She was the daughter of James Shurtleff and Faith Jackson.  They had five children.

Generation 6: Eber Bunker, son of James Bunker and Hannah Shurtleff, was born on 7 March 1761 in Plymouth, Massachusetts and died on 27 September 1836 at Collingwood, now Liverpool, New South Wales. He married first on 16 November 1786 in England to Margrett Thompson, daughter of Henry Thompson and Isabella Collingwood, who died March 1808. They had children:  Isabella, Mary Ann, Charlotte, Charles Harris, Henry Edmund, Ernest, James Eber, and Henry Thompson.  He married second to Margaret Macfarlane.  He married third to Ann Howey, widow of William Minchin on 28 April 1823.

You might be wondering if Eber Bunker of Bunkers Hill in Australia is related to the same family of Bunker Hill in Boston (Charlestown).  The answer is “Probably!”. 

 The Bunker Hill in Massachusetts was named for George Bunker, who had a farm there in Charlestown.  The Bunker family lived on this land before the battle, and for generations afterwards.  George left the area a few years before the Revolutionary War, which was fortunate since the town of Charlestown was destroyed by the British during the battle.  The famous “Bunker Hill Monument” is on the top of Breed’s Hill in Boston, not Bunker Hill.  

George Bunker was born about 1600 at Bengeo, Hertfordshire, England and died about 1664 in Malden, Massachusetts; married Judith Major on 8 September 1624 at Odell, Bedfordshire, England.  He owned the land known as Bunker Hill in Charlestown and is buried at the Phipps Street Buring Ground in Charlestown.  His five children were baptized in Odell, Bedfordshire which is very close to Tingrith (see below for the lineage of Eber Bunker).  However George Bunker’s parents are unknown, so we cannot prove that these two Bunker branches were kin.  George Bunker’s last two children (he had seven children) were baptized at Charlestown, Massachusetts. 

Eber Bunker (1761 - 1836)

Eber Bunker’s Bunker Genealogy:

Generation 1: Tymothie Bunker and Elizabeth Hawkins, resided in Tingrith, Bedfordshire, England

Generation 2: George Bunker and Elizabeth Godfrey, 5 May 1644 in Maulden, Bedfordshire, England

Generation 3: William Bunker and Mary Macy

Generation 4: Jonathan Bunker and Elizabeth Coffin

Generation 5: Zachariah Bunker and Desire Gorham

Generation 6: James Bunker and Hannah Shurtleff

Generation 7: Eber Bunker of Australia

Isabella, daughter of Eber Bunker

For the truly curious:

Australian Dictionary of Biography website, a sketch about Eber Bunker:  http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/bunker-eber-1849

The Bunker Blog – Website of the Bunker Family Association - https://www.bunkerfamilyassn.org/

Bunker Family History by Henry L. Bunker III, 1984.  [Information on Bunker Hill in Massachusetts is on pages 69 – 70, 72, and 99 – 100].

Australian Mayflower Society became official on 26 January 2020:

Australian Society of Mayflower Descendants Facebook group:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/736882643392129/


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Eber Bunker's Hill in Australia, a Mayflower Descendant", Nutfield Genealogy, posted March 20, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/03/eber-bunkers-hill-in-australia.html: accessed [access date]). 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Three Wives of Robert Moor Campbell, Buried at Windham, New Hampshire - Tombstone Tuesday

This tombstone was photographed at the Cemetery on the Plains, Windham, New Hampshire.

Died Sept. 20, 1837:
Aged 50 yrs.
Died Jan. 20, 1843:
Aged 36 yrs.
Died Feb. 6, 1854:
Aged 46 yrs.
Wives of

Robert Moor Campbell, son of Sarah Burns and John Campbell, was born 13 December 1789 in Windham, New Hampshire and died 24 April 1864 in Windham, New Hampshire.  He was married three times.  His first wife was Anna Carr (1787 - 1837) married on 13 December 1814, his second wife was Susan Burbank (1807 - 1843), and his third wife was Elizabeth C. Osgood (1808 - 1854).  

Capt. Robert Campbell was "a stirring man... took an interest in all the public institutions of his town." [History of Windham in New Hampshire by Leonard Morrison].  He served in the War of 1812. 


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Three Wives of Robert Moor Campbell, Buried at Windham, New Hampshire - Tombstone Tuesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted March 17, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/02/three-wives-of-robert-moor-campbell.html: accessed [access date]). 

Monday, March 16, 2020

The Cruise Vacation that Wasn’t

Santiago, Chile
For months we have been planning a “bucket list” cruise vacation around South America and through the Panama Canal.  We were scheduled to leave for Santiago, Chile on March 11th.  Since January we have been closely following the political situation in Chile, as well as the coronavirus news. 

As the date approached we were glad to hear that the countries we were visiting in South America had few or no cases of the COVID-19.  We had assurances from Norwegian cruise lines that everything was still set for sailing on March 14th and the health reports were good. We decided to keep our plans and left for our trip.

As we flew out of Boston the couple next to me was checking their email. They found out before we landed in Miami that their trip to Argentina was cancelled because Argentina had closed their borders. This made me a little nervous, but we continued to Santiago.  Now, remember that last week there were few cases in Chile.  When we landed we were met with teams of people dressed in uniforms and scrubs with respirator masks who had us fill out affidavits about our health and travel history. We had to sign the health forms, which were stamped and examined by other teams of health workers. We had our temperatures taken by laser at least twice as we walked through customs. There were gallon sized jugs of hand sanitizer everywhere.  We hadn’t seen any hand sanitizer at the airports in Boston or Miami.

Life goes on in downtown Santiago

Palacio de las Monedas, seat of the Chilean government

Cable cars in the Parque Metropolitano hills

View from our hotel room. The cable cars
are in the hill right behind the pool.

We had a wonderful time in Santiago.  However, we saw disturbing reports from home about colleges cancelling classes, CDC reports, flights being cancelled.  In Santiago people were enjoying life, without panicking about toilet paper. It was quite refreshing to be away from the craziness.  It was autumn down there, with nice weather and friendly people.  We toured the city of Santiago on Thursday, and Valparaiso on Friday with a tour guide in his own car from Chile Private Tours.  Julio was a terrific guide, and very friendly.  He even offered to drive us to the airport when we found out our vacation had been cut short.  The views of the Andes mountains east of the city were breathtaking.

Valparaiso is the first port after ships round the horn from the Atlantic
to the Pacific. It is known for steep hills reached by funiculars
and the houses are decorated with street art by the local people.

This funicular was built in 1902

After Valparaiso we stopped at an organic winery.  We visited the fields, saw llamas and had a wonderful time in the outskirts of the wine growing region.

Emiliana Winery

Upon returning to the hotel in Santiago on Friday we read our email and saw a message about a flight on Delta airlines returning us to Atlanta on Saturday.  This was a surprise.  Right underneath was a message about the cruise being cancelled.  We tried to confirm our flight to Atlanta, but after two hours on the cellphone (at our expense) we learned that this flight had been changed, and to wait for another email.  Before we went to dinner we had confirmed a new flight to Toronto on Air Canada! 

Pueblo de los Dominicos is full of workshops for potters, woodworkers,
leather workers, jewelers, weavers and other artisans. It has over 200 stalls.
It was a former mission or convent.

The next morning we visited the Pueblo de los Dominicos and did some crafts shopping before flying home via Toronto. We had that one last time to say good-bye to Julio, our tour guide.  It was a sad, long flight to Canada (almost eleven hours on the plane).  In Toronto and in Boston we had absolutely no health screening, questions about travel history, no bottles of hand sanitizer available to the public. We just walked off the plane and into public life. With all the hysteria, why weren’t these two first world countries up to par with Chile on health screening? No wonder Chile has so few cases!

We are home safe.  We will voluntarily “social distance” ourselves for two weeks just in case we picked up a virus somewhere in our travels this week.  We had quite an adventure but never checked off some of our bucket list items.  Hopefully we can reschedule our vacation in the future. 


To Cite/Link to this post: Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "The Cruise Vacation that Wasn’t", Nutfield Genealogy, posted March 16, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/03/the-cruise-vacation-that-wasnt.html: accessed [access date]).

Friday, March 13, 2020

The Faces of Margraten ~ A Photo Project of World War II American Soldiers

The Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten
Are you looking for an easy yet patriotic genealogy project?

2020 will be the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.  There are many projects and events going on in commemoration of this anniversary, but “The Faces of Margraten” was brought to my attention by a young American couple living in Luxembourg.  They had visited the American Cemetery and were moved by this project to collect photographs of all the Americans buried here. 

The people of Europe are remembering their US liberators who are buried in The Netherlands American Cemetery in the town of Margraten.  Below I have the links to the websites for the project to collect the photos of the 7,500 faces of American soldiers. According to the website “Join us in our quest and help to put a face to those who sacrificed their all for our freedom.” They have found photos for over 6,000 soldiers but they are still looking for 4,000 more photographs.  The graves and Walls of the Missing will be decorated with the photos May 2 – 6, 2020. 

I looked up on the website to see what names were still missing photographs.  There is a map of the United States, and you can zoom in to see names in your area, or where your ancestors may have lived during World War II.  I found six names still needing photographs in New Hampshire, all buried at Margraten with the plots and rows given:

     1.       Henry S. Tremblay, Private, Hillsborough County, died 28 December 1944
     2.       William T. Penny, Technician Fourth Class, Rockingham County, died 19 December 1944
     3.       Raymond J. Dionne, Private, Strafford County, died 21 September 1944
     4.       Willam E. Caddick, Jr., Private First Class, Caroll County, died 16 November 1944
     5.       Raymond H. Aremburg, Staff Sargeant, Grafton County, died 29 November 1944
     6.       Joseph J. Theriault, Private, Coos County, died 31 March 1945

There were six names for Maine, five for Vermont, ten for Massachusetts, four for Rhode Island, and seven for Connecticut.  If you live outside of New England, you can easily search this map for a soldier who might have lived near you, or for a relative or ancestor from outside of your area.

The website suggests using newspapers and libraries to find relatives in obituaries or death notices.  There is also a memorial page “Fields of Honor – Database” in English at this link, that lists the 28,000 American soldiers interred at Ardennes, Epinal, Henri-Chappelle, Loraine, Luxembourg, and Margraten: https://www.fieldsofhonor-database.com/index.php/en/

The Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten is over 65 acres.  The Walls of the Missing list 1,722 Americans, and there are graves of 8,291 American soldiers.

For the Truly Curious:

The Faces of Margraten Project:

Under the Faces of Margraten Project, here is the page to submit a face:

For more information use this email  info@fieldsofhonor-database.com

American Battle Monuments Commission, Netherlands American Cemetery:  https://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries-memorials/europe/netherlands-american-cemetery

Wikipedia:  Netherlands American Cemetery:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netherlands_American_Cemetery

Thank you to Samantha Furbush Traskiewicz for bringing this project to my attention.


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "The Faces of Margraten ~ A Photo Project of World War II American Soldiers", Nutfield Genealogy, posted March 13, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/03/the-faces-of-margraten-photo-project-of.html: accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Zechariah Stone, died 1730 ~ Tombstone Tuesday

This tombstone was photographed at the Abbott Hale Cemetery in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Here Lyeth ye body
of Zechariah Stone
Jun. died Novmr ye
8, 1730 Aged
22 years

Zachariah Stone was the son of Zachariah Stone and Jane Curtis, born in Beverly, Massachusetts on 21 September 1708.  He died unmarried on 8 November 1730 in Beverly.  His marriage to Anne Elliott was published on 18 October 1730, just three weeks before his death. There was no cause of death in the records as to why he died so young.  He was one of nine siblings, and the eldest child. 

Zachariah shares many cousin connections with me through the STONE, HERRICK, DODGE, and DIXEY families of Beverly.


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Zechariah Stone, died 1730 ~ Tombstone Tuesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted March 10, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/03/zechariah-stone-died-1730-tombstone.html: accessed [access date]).