Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Stephen N. Fuller, died 1825 at age 3, Dunbarton, New Hampshire

It's Tombstone Tuesday!  This tombstone was photographed at the Center Cemetery in Dunbarton, New Hampshire.

Stephen N. son of
Jared & Thankfull
Fuller, died Dec. 17
1825, aged 3 years
11 months & 7
Rest sweet babe in gentle slumber,
'Till the resurrection morn! 
Then arise & join the number
Then its triumphs shall adorn.

On page 240 of The History of Dunbarton, by Caleb Stark, 1860, "Jared Fuller, lately deceased, was an ingenious blacksmith, as well as an esteemed townsman.  He resided on the place formerly owned by Samuel Perkins."

Jared Fuller, son of Stephen Fuller and Hannah Felch, was born 28 December 1783 and died 19 May 1854 in Dunbarton.  He married Thankful Story on 21 November 1811 in Dunbarton. She was the daughter of Daniel Story and Ruth Burnham.  Jared Fuller was NOT the descendant of the Mayflower passenger Fuller family, born 1618 in Redenhall, Norfolkshire, England, who died 28 September 1690 in Dedham, Massachusetts.

Thankful Story, baby Stephen's mother, is my distant cousin through the Story, Burnham, and Varney families of Essex County, Massachusetts.


BURNHAM (I have 8 Burnham lineages!) -



Cite/Link to this post:  Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Stephen N. Fuller, died 1825 at age 3, Dunbarton, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 30, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/06/stephen-n-fuller-died-1825-at-age-3.html: accessed [access date]).

Monday, June 29, 2020

July 2020 Genealogy and Local History Event Calendar

Genealogy Events 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

For virtual events, please see the blog post from 27 June 2020 at this link:


June 28, Sunday, 1 – 4pm, Bicentennial Lecture Series: “Maggie” The Story of an Irish Immigrant, at the Old Fort Western, in the Central Church, in Augusta, Maine. Presented by Carol Jarboe, living historian.

July 2, Thursday, 6pm, Declaring Independence – Then and Now, at the New Beginnings United Methodist Church, 265 Main Street, Townsend, Massachusetts. Hosted by the Townsend Historical Society.  Performance by costumed actors presented in partnership with Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area. Followed immediately by a band concert on the town common. Free to the public.

July 3, Friday, noon,  First Friday:  Fish Flake Hill Walking Tour, sponsored by the Historic Beverly of Beverly, Massachusetts.  $10 per person.  Please register here:  https://www.historicbeverly.net/product/july-programs/ 

July 9 – 30, History Mini-Camps at the Folsom Tavern, sponsored by the American Independent Museum of Exeter, New Hampshire. Children ages 8 – 12 will be immersed in 18th century life.  Enlist for one, two, three or all four sessions! Non-members $55 per day or $195 for all four, includes colonial inspired snacks.  Members are $45 per day or $170 for all four. See this link for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2322696691368925/?event_time_id=2322696698035591  

July 11, Saturday, History Camp Boston, at Suffolk University Law School.  https://historycamp.org/boston  (Rescheduled from March) 

July 13, Saturday, 9:30am – 12:30pm, Old Cemetery Workshop, at the Forest Glade Cemetery, Maple Street, Somersworth, New Hampshire.  Hosted by the New Hampshire Old Graveyard Association and the Trustee for the Cemeteries in Somersworth, New Hampshire.  Hands on workshop on headstone cleaning and straightening.  Contact Maggiein03878@comcast.net 

July 15 – 18, Wednesday to Saturday, Summer Institute for Advanced Researchers: Contributing to Mayflower Scholarship, at the American Ancestors Research Center, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Early member registration by April 3, $1,200 or regular member registration after April 3, $1,350. 

July 19, 8am – noon, 36th Annual Codman Estate Antique Auto and Classic Car Show, at the Codman Estate, 34 Codman Road, Lincoln, Massachusetts.  Call 617-994-5914 for more information on this event.

July 20 – 24, 9 am to 3:30pm, 18th Century Kids Camp, hosted by the Historical Society of Cheshire County, 339 Main Street, Keene, New Hampshire.  Camp is held on the grounds of the historic 1762 Wyman Tavern House Museum 339 Main Street with an outdoor cooking hearth and bake oven.  Some activities will be held in a modern classroom facilty at the Historical Society’s Bruder House (on the Wyman Tavern campus) and at downtown locations such as the Food Co-op and Firebread Dog. Grades 3 – 8, $275 for the week. Tickets by Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/18th-century-kids-camp-tickets-94643365855?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR2IMDEBsE8F3KpPsSQEJ9fMif_tDDbvFOHbEhGQvpJLC9Kw0ByOj5OzpsU  

July 21, Tuesday, 6pm, Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire, sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council and hosted by the Salisbury Historical Society.  At the Salisbury Historical Society Baptist Meeting House, 665 Old Turnpike Road, Salisbury, New Hampshire.  Free to the public.  Barbecue at 5pm, with program at 6pm. 

July 21, Tuesday, 7:30pm, The History of Agriculture as Told by Barns, at the Gilmanton Old Town Hall, 1800 NH Route 140, Gilmanton Iron Works, New Hampshire.  Sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.  Free to the public. Presented by author John C. Porter. 

July 23, Thursday, 5:30pm, Symbols and Meanings of Victorian Funerary Art, hosted by the Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street, Watertown, Massachusetts.  Tour will be led by Meg L. Winslow, curator of Historical Collections.  See this link for registration information, lived to 36 participants for social distancing. https://www.facebook.com/events/296099834702640/ 

July 28, Tuesday, 7pm, Votes for Women: A History of the Suffrage Movement, at Alumni Hall, 75 Court Street, Haverhill, New Hampshire. Sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council and hosted by the Haverhill Historical Society. Free to the public.

July 30, Thursday, 4pm, Votes for Women: A History of the Suffrage Movement, at the Pavilion at the Fells, 456 Route 103A, Newbury, New Hampshire. Sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council and hosted by the John Hay Estate at the Fells. Free to the public.

Future Events:

August 1 to 9, Salem Heritage Days, Salem, Massachusetts.  An open air festival with 40 different events celebrating Salem History for thirteen days.  http://salemmainstreets.org/tag/salem-heritage-days/ 

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/  

August 5, Wednesday, 7pm New England Lighthouses and the People Who Kept Them, at the Center at Eastman (Droper Room), 6 Clubhouse Lane, Grantham, New Hampshire.  Sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, and hosted by the Center at Eastman Community Association.  Free to the public.

September 25 - 27, Friday to Sunday, The Old Planters Reunion, hosted by Historic Beverly of Beverly, Massachusetts.  Programs include a tour of First Parish Church by historian Charles Wainwright.  The Balch and Woodbury Family Meetings will be held on Saturday. A tour of the North Beverly cemetery, where many Old Planter ancestors are buried.  Contact Historic Beverly to be added to the mailing list  info@historicbeverly.net or 978-922-1186  

September 26, Saturday and Sunday, Return to Number 4: Revolutionary War Weekend, at the Fort at No. 4, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, New Hampshire.  Free with Admission, http://www.fortat4.org/index.php  

October 25, Sunday – October 27, Tuesday, Symposium: Conserving Our Painted Past, hosted by the Doubletree by Hilton, South Portland, Maine.  For more information email info@pwpcenter.org or visit www.pwpcenter.org/symposium  

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/  

October 31, Saturday, Annual History Seminar of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists will be presented this year via Zoom.  See this link for more information:   https://ctfamilyhistory.com/event/annual-history-seminar-save-the-date/  

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/ 

June 12, Saturday, 2021, 9am – 10am, Moultonborough Open Barns  

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Virtual Genealogy and Local History Events July 2020

Stay connected and stay safe 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. 

For last minute additions, please email me at vrojomit@gmail.com and I can edit this post, and also check the Nutfield Genealogy Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nutfield.gen/  

To see the regular July Event Calendar (non-virtual events) please see this link:


June 30, Tuesday, 4pm, Special Webinar:  Jewish Life in Rural New England:  How did the Jews get to Mars Hill, Maine and other stories from the field, presented by Michael Hoberman, sponsored by the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  Free to the public.  Register here:   https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/413591601015420172?source=website 

June 30, Tuesday, 6pm, Curator’s Choice: (Anti)SUFFRAGE, hosted by the Boston Athenaeum. This is a virtual event.  Please register at this link:  https://bbd.bostonathenaeum.org/register  Presented by Theo Tyson.  Free to the public.

July 1, Wednesday, 5:30pm, The Cabinet: George Washington & the Creation of an American Institution, presented by author Kindsay M. Chervinsky. Hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society.  Register here for free:  https://www.masshist.org/calendar/event?event=3153 

July 1, Wednesday, 7pm, Paul Revere: Man and Myth Virtual Forum, hosted by the Concord (Massachusetts) Museum.  Presented by Nina Zannieri, Executive Director of the Paul Revere Memorial Association and Robert Shimp, Research and Adult Program Director for the Paul Revere Memorial Association. Tickets are a suggested donation of $10 per person    https://concordmuseum.org/events/paul-revere-man-and-myth-virtual-forum/

July 1, Wednesday, 7pm, Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Haunted Mind, hosted by the Haverhill Public Library (Massachusetts) and The American Literary Blog.  Presented by Rob Velella who will read some of Hawthorne's short works which explore the dark side of human nature.  Please visit https://www.haverhillpl.org/  and go to "Calendar of Events" to register. They will send a link to you via email.

July 2, Thursday, 4pm, Sleuthing Hawthorne, hosted by the Peabody Essex Museum of Salem, Massachusetts. Presented by Richard Kopley, professor of English Emeritus at Penn State. Free to the public. A GoToWebinar link will be sent with your confirmation email. See this page for more information and tickets:  https://www.facebook.com/events/256848912263107/  

July 2, Thursday, 6:30pm, Reading Frederick Douglass Together, hosted by the Somerville Museum and the Somerville Media Center – SMC.  Due to the positive response to this event there is an Eventbrite link for people to RSVP. Use this link to reserve a spot.  Free to the public. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reading-frederick-douglass-together-tickets-110291155816?fbclid=IwAR0WI_lLBqDdhHGEAIidpkkPOCvtCjHx_DM4nlOK_AECCFKFBx94QbKJkvM Donations are welcome at (https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/somerville-museum-covid-19-emergency-fund  

July 3, Friday, 7pm  The Scarlet Letter [Abridged] - Read by the Author, hosted by the American Literary Blog, the House of Seven Gables, and Barrow Bookstore.  Hawthorne will be portrayed by literary historian Rob Velella, who has performed as the author since 2010.  Free.  Please respond that you are "going" to this event on the Facebook page. Instructions to participate will be shared later.  https://www.facebook.com/events/262940498105579/   

Starts July 6, Monday, Research: US Colonial New England Ancestors, hosted by the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.  Fee $89 for 9 weeks.  See this link for more information and registration:   https://genealogicalstudies.com/eng/courses.asp?courseID=503

July 7, Tuesday, 4pm, Special Webinar:  Women in 19th Century American Bookbinderies, hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and presented by Todd Pattison and Dr. Elizabeth DeWolfe.  Free to the public.  Please pre-register here:   https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5767645880989726734?source=website 

July 8 to September 30, with a live Q&A on July 18,  Online Conference:  La Mia Famiglia: Researching Italian Ancestors, hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society and presented by genealogist Rhonda R. McClure.  Cost $125.  Register by July 18 at this link: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/3471486270285685249 

July 8, Wednesday, 2:30pm, The History of Lake Massabesic, Manchester's Water Source, hosted by the Manchester City Library (New Hampshire) and the City of Manchester, NH Water Works.  Presented by John O'Neil of the Manchester Water Works.  Free to the public. See this link for more information:  https://www.facebook.com/events/284161486104325/   

July 8, Wednesday, 7pm, Women Supporting the American Military, Part 1, a virtual program by Historic Beverly of Beverly, Massachusetts.  $10 per person.  Please register here:   https://www.historicbeverly.net/event/women-supporting-the-american-military-part-1/ 

July 9, Thursday, 4pm, “What’s New at AmericanAncestors.org” online webinar sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and presented by Molly Rogers, Database Coordinator. Free to the public.  Register by July 9  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5530278906417808140?source=website 

July 9, Thursday, 3pm, What’s New at AmericanAncestors.org?  Presented by Molly Rogers, Database Coordinator of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  Free to the public. Register here:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5530278906417808140?source=website 

July 9, Thursday, 6pm, Hamilton:  How the Musical Remixes American History, hosted by the Boston Athenaeum.  Virtual event. Register at https://bbd.bostonathenaeum.org/register   Presented by Dr. Richard Bell of the University of Maryland.  Free to the public.

July 9, Thursday, 6pm, Virtual Online Program:  Wit and Wisdom: Humor in 19th Century New England, sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, and hosted by the Mary E. Bartlett Memorial Library.  Free to the public. Join the Zoom meeting at this link:  https://zoom.us/j/94395594472  

July 9, Thursday, 6pm,  A Final Image:  The Thomas Sully Portrait of Thomas Jefferson, hosted by American Philosophical Society. Free to the public. Presented by Gaye S. Wilson, senior fellow at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies. https://www.amphilsoc.org/events/final-image-thomas-sully-portrait-thomas-jefferson 

July 10, Friday, Special Webinar:  The Adam Family: The Scottish Architects Who Changed the World, hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and presented by Curt DiCammilo, FRSA, curator of special collections.  Free to the public.  Please pre-register here:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/497538214993474063?source=website 

July 10, Friday, 1:30pm, Genealogy Club:  Research in Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, hosted by the Rodgers Memorial Library (Hudson, New Hampshire) Genealogy Club.  This online presentation is hosted by Kathleen Kaldis.  A link to the GoToMeeting will be emailed upon registration.  Register here:  https://events.rodgerslibrary.org/event/6842236    

July 10, Friday, 5pm, Race, Disease, and Death in 1793 and 2019: A Shocking Parallel, online via Zoom hosted by the New Hampshire Humanities Council and presented by Dr. Kabria Baumgarner.  Register here:  https://www.nhhumanities.org/events/race-disease-and-death-1793-and-2019-shocking-parallel 

July 14, Tuesday, 10am – noon, The ABCs of Family Research and Genealogy, hosted by the Springfield Museums (Massachusetts), and presented by genealogist Dave Robison.  $100 for non-members, $85 for members.  Register here:  https://springfieldmuseums.org/program/abcs-family-research-genealogy-7/  

July 14, Tuesday, 11am, People of the Dawn brings Wampanoag Culture to Life, hosted by the Alden House Historic Site of Duxbury, Massachusetts. Explore the daily life of the Wampanoag in the 17th century. This family oriented program will be led by Tim Turner, an indigenous museum educator from Plimoth Plantation.  Zoom registration link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qMu3G9o6QYy-WCIZmIhOyg?fbclid=IwAR1JWFmaTdszf9gyrqBd6dd8VhlwpcJBntYIMQdPQpqrd85oC7bkDrt1-lI   

July 14, Tuesday, noon, Community Heritage and Preservation Celebration and Promotion Ideas, sponsored by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance.  This is a virtual round table discussion.  Email jg@nhpreservation.org with “July 14” in the subject line. Participants will be sent sign-in information for video or phone access. 

July 14, Tuesday, 5:30pm, Maintaining Your Old House, via GoToMeeting sponsored by Historic New England.  Sliding scale tickets are available at this link:  https://my.historicnewengland.org/6841/10378 or call 617-994-6678 for more information.

July 15 – 17, 10am to 4pm, Research Program: Virtual Summer Institute for Advanced Researchers: Contributing to Mayflower Scholarship, hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society and presented by Lindsay Fulton, director of research services and Christopher Child, senior genealogist of the Newbury Street Press.  $375 per person.   Please register here by July 10:  https://my.americanancestors.org/1229/1556  

July 15, Wednesday, 11am, Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, sponsored by the Springfield Museums (Massachusetts) and presented by genealogist Sara Campbell.  $45 for non-members, $38 for members.  Register here: https://springfieldmuseums.org/program/tracing-irish-ancestors/ 

July 15, Wednesday, 5:30pm, These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson.  Hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society, and presented by Martha Ackmann.  Registrants will receive an email with links to join the program.  https://www.masshist.org/calendar/event?event=3283  

July 16, Thursday, 6pm, Online Genealogy Workshop: Let’s Get Started! Genealogy for Beginners, sponsored by the Portsmouth, NH Public Library and members of the Ranger Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).  Presented by Amanda Perrine. Free to the public, registration required.  Please contact Nicole Cloutier 603-766-1725 or nlcloutier@cityofportsmouth.com 

July 16, Thursday, 6pm, New Hampshire’s One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality, sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, and hosted by the Mary E. Bartlett Memorial Library of Brentwood, NH.  Free to the public.  Join the Zoom Meeting at https://zoom.us/j/95909606487

July 20, Monday, 5:30pm, Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy, presented by author and former Boston Globe reporter Larry Tye.  Register here for free:  https://www.masshist.org/calendar/event?event=3279  

July 21, Tuesday,  7pm, Online Local History: Forgotten Folklore on the Seacoast, sponsored by the Portsmouth, NH public library, and presented by Roxie Zwicker.  Free to the public via ZOOM.  Password: 3GWdHc  Contact Cthryn Czajkowski 603-766-1723 or cfczajkowski@cityofportsmouth.com 

July 23, Thursday, 3pm, Webinar:  Searching the Register on AmericanAncestors.org, hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society and presented by Don LeClair and Rachel Adams.  Free to the public.  Please register here:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6094608753584306443?source=website  

July 23, Thursday, 6pm, American Inspiration Author Event:  Larry Tye with Demagogue:  The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy.  Presented in partnership with the Boston Public Library.  Free to the public.  See here for registration information:  https://www.americanancestors.org/education/online-classes 

July 23, Thursday, 8pm, Ghosts and Legends: Campfire Stories with Jeff Belanger, hosted by the Manchester, New Hampshire City Library and Jeff Belanger.  Free to the public. Suitable for teens and adults.  Register here:  Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/99897237708?pwd=Wk85ekRuUjJhM3E4cXJqUitIRVpGUT09 
Meeting ID: 998-9723-7708
Password: 384189
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July 28, Tuesday, 7pm, July Monthly Meeting of the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society- Virtual: Thomas MacEntee.  Free to the public.  Online at this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/931458690702961/     

July 29, Wednesday, 7pm, Women Supporting the Military, Part 2, sponsored by Historic Beverly of Beverly, Massachusetts.  $10 a person.  Please register here:  https://www.historicbeverly.net/event/women-supporting-the-military-part-2/ 

July 31 – August 31, The Virtual Celtic Connections Conference, sponsored by TIARA (The Irish American Research Association).   All 25 pre-recorded presentations will be available from July 31 to August 31.  Live chats with the presenters. Safe, convenient, and less expensive.  Renowned genealogists on a variety of topics. See the website http://celtic-connections.org/ccc_program.html 

July 31 - August 1st,  2020 Alden Kindred Annual Reunion - Going Virtual. Hosted by the Alden House Historic Site, 105 Alden Street, Duxbury, Massachusetts. The Alden 2020 History Symposium at 11am on Friday July 31st is open free to the public via Zoom, presented by Alden historian Tom McCarthy, genealogists Alicia Crane Williams, Christopher Lee, and the Alden archaeology curator Stephen O'Neill.   See this link for more information and registration information:  https://www.facebook.com/events/2534909546726060/   

August 1, Saturday, from 9am to 9pm EDT, America’s Summer Roadtrip.  Visit 12 historic sites in 12 hours, featuring one livestreamed tour every hour from 9am to 9pm Eastern.  Sign up for updates, including the names of the 12 sites as they are released at https://www.americassummerroadtrip.org/   
August 6, Thursday, 7pm, Tales of the Wicked and Weird in New England, hosted by New England Curiosities and the Tewksbury Public Library. Join author and storyteller Roxie Zwicker.  Free to the public. An email link and password will be sent to all registered participants. Register at https://www.facebook.com/events/263164158126566/ 

August 14, Friday, 4pm, Special Webinar:  Speed, Style & the English Country House:  Auto, Horse, and Airplane Racing at England’s Historic Houses, hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and presented by Curt DiCamillo, FRSA, curator of special collections.  Free to the public.  Register here:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5214026383245611279?source=website 

August 20, Thursday, American Inspiration Author Event:  Susan Eisenhower with “How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decision”, hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society in partnership with the Boston Public Library.  Free to the public.  See this page for registration information:   https://www.americanancestors.org/education/online-classes 

September 8, On-line Certificate in Genealogical Research, from Boston University.  This 15 week online course is for experienced researchers.  See this link for more information:  https://genealogyonline.bu.edu/certificate  or contact an enrollment advisor at 617-502-8822. 

September 8, Genealogical Principals Class, from Boston University.  This 7 week introductory class is geared towards serious students new to the field.  Students will solve identity problems, design a research plan, evaluate a report to meet proof standards, and work with genealogical DNA tests.  See this link for more information:  https://genealogyonline.bu.edu/principles or contact an enrollment advisor at 617-502-8822. 
September 11, Friday, 4pm, Special Webinar: All Roads Lead to London:  Supreme 19th Century World City, hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and presented by Curt DiCamillo, FRSA, curator of special collections. Free to the public.  Register before September 11 here:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6504822247929113103?source=website 

September 22, Tuesday, noon, Fundraising and Communication for Preservation Projects in Challenging Times, hosted by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance.  This is a virtual round table discussion.  Email jg@nhpreservation.org with “July 14” in the subject line. Participants will be sent sign-in information for video or phone access. 

October 31, Saturday, Annual History Seminar of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists will be presented this year via Zoom.  See this link for more information:   https://ctfamilyhistory.com/event/annual-history-seminar-save-the-date/  


Ongoing programs online:

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 

Cape Ann Museum of Gloucester, Massachusetts has 71 videos on the history of Cape Ann.  Don’t miss this great collection of tours and lectures:   https://vimeo.com/capeannmuseum 

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
Wednesdays 4pm (MST) on Facebook Live at Family Search   See this link  https://www.facebook.com/familysearch/   Free online genealogy presentations.

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 

Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburg will be virtual this summer. See the website for classes offered June 21 – 26, July 6 -10, and July 19 -24. Some classes are postposed to the summer of 2021.  https://www.gripitt.org/   

The History List has compiled a list of “Learning at Home” at this link:   https://www.thehistorylist.com/resources-for-learning-history-at-home  

Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research 2020 will be held virtually this year 26 – 31 July 2020.  https://ighr.gagensociety.org/   Registration ends 11:55 EDT on Monday 6 July 2020. 

Lexington Historical Society – A page full of virtual tours   https://www.lexingtonhistory.org/virtualtours.html  

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/  

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Did Your Ancestor Serve in the Civil Defense During World War II?

Two weeks ago I posted about this wooden crate from my parents' house that was full of World War II ephemera.  The last blog post was about the ration tickets I found inside the box, and this week I've photographed the items related to civil defense. Both of my grandfathers, Donald Munroe Wilkinson ( 1895 - 1977) and Stanley Elmer Allen (1904 - 1982) were both too old to serve or be drafted into the military during World War II.  However both volunteered in the civil defense.

Many civilians served in voluntary positions during the war for air raid drills and coastline drills.  They also learned to fight fires, provide first aid, assist the coast guard, and also to lead recycling, rationing and Liberty bond drives. There were women's auxiliary units, too, for first aid, rolling bandages, and other projects.  Even children played with games that taught them to identify aircraft and other civilian saboteur surveillance. 

I found this certificate in the box, recognizing my maternal grandfather's service in the auxiliary police for the town of Hamilton, Massachusetts.  During World War II many police officers were drafted, leaving towns without their usual police force.  Citizen volunteers were trained to assist the regular police.

My paternal grandfather served as an air ward warden in Beverly, Massachusetts (a contiguous town).  The air raid wardens would patrol their neighborhoods to make sure that homes were darkened with blackout curtains.  Beverly is a coastal town, and blackouts were important along both coasts of the United States.

For the truly curious:

World War II ration tickets blog post:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Did Your Ancestor Serve in the Civil Defense During World War II?", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 25, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/06/did-your-ancestor-serve-in-civil.html: accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Lt. Timothy Ladd, Revolutionary War Veteran, died 1808, Dunbarton, New Hampshire

It's Tombstone Tuesday!  Today's tombstone was photographed at the Center Cemetery in Dunbarton, New Hampshire.

Timothy Ladd,
March 15, 1808
in the 57th year
of his age.
God has laid up in Heav'n for me
A crown which cannot fade

From The Ladd Family: A Genealogical and Biographical Memoir of the Descendants of Daniel Ladd of Haverhill, Mass; Joseph Ladd, of Portsmouth, R.I.; John Ladd of Burlington, N.J.; John Ladd of Charles City Co., VA; 1890, page 97 [from Google Books]

"Timothy Ladd, of Dunbarton, N.H., (son of Timothy 67) ma. Molly, dau. of Joseph and Mary (Ladd 71) Butler.  He died March 15, 1808.  

1481.  Polly, bo. Jan. 13, 1777; ma. Eliphalet Jones.  She d. 1836.
1482. Heman, bo. Nov. 24, 1878 [sic]; ma. Mary Messer.
1483. Rachel, bo. June 9, 1780; ma. John Allison, of Peterboro', N.H. She d. 1824.
1485. Hannah, bo. May 17, 1787; ma. Jonathan Colby, 2d. She died 1855. Children:  John L., b. May 16, 1820; Martha Mary, bo. March 28, 1822; Harriet Jane, bo. June 9, 1824; Sarah Ann, bo. Dec, 39, 1826; Lucy Peasly, bo. June 25, 1829. 
1486 James, b. March 1, 1789.
1487. William, bo. July 13, 1791; d. June 13, 1817.
1488. Timothy, bo. 1793; d. Feb. 1795.
1489. Fanny, bo. May 7, 1795; d. April 17, 1811.
1490. Sally, bo. June 7, 1797; d. Jan. 21, 1816."

An unusual note about Lt. Timothy Ladd on pages 240 and 241 of the History of Dunbarton, by Caleb Stark, 1860:  "Lieut. Timothy Ladd was a worthy man, but unfortunate in the circumstances of having several of his family deranged."  I have no idea what the rest of this story may be, but it sounds interesting!  


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Lt. Timothy Ladd, Revolutionary War Veteran, died 1808, Dunbarton, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 23, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/06/lt-timothy-ladd-revolutionary-war.html: accessed [access date]).

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Happy Father's Day! Vintage Photo of Dad, 1979

This photo was taken in the spring of 1979.  About this time I graduated from high school and had been accepted to Lesley College for the class of 1983.  I went to a tea party at Lesley in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  It was across the street from the Harvard Law School, and a few blocks away from Harvard Yard.  My Mom must have taken this photo of my sister and I with Dad in front of the famous statue of John Harvard.  You can read more about this statue HERE.  Don't worry, I didn't kiss or touch the foot of the statue! Dad looks pretty proud here, about to send his first daughter off to college.  My sister went to the University of Massachusetts a few years later. 

This image was scanned from the original slide. 


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Happy Father's Day!  Vintage Photo of Dad, 1979", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 21, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/06/happy-fathers-day-vintage-photo-of-dad.html: accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

New England ‘49ers

Over the past 12 years I have blogged many stories about my 3rd great grandfather, George Emerson (1817 – 1890) of South Boston and Dorchester, Massachusetts, who went to California during the 1849 Gold Rush.  You can read some of those stories HERE and HERE.

But, do you have a ‘49er in your family tree?  You might want to check this news story I found in an 1888 issue of the Boston Daily Globe newspaper. If you scroll down to the transcription, there is a list of all the men (and one woman!) who attended a 40th reunion of the ‘49ers at a hotel in Boston.  Each name also lists their city of residence, and the route they took to California in 1849 – by ship or by an overland route.  This is a great list, and well worth it for me to spend an hour or more transcribing it to make these names available on my blog, and available to search engines.

Boston Daily Globe,  (Boston, Massachusetts) Tuesday, September 11, 1888

Big Banquet at the Revere House
Reunion of California Pioneers
Talking Over Days of Pickaxe and Cradle
Many Reminiscent Speeches and Songs
Letter of Regret Read from General W. T. Sherman

The discovery of gold in California in 1848 marks the beginning of an important epoch in the history of our nation.  Before that time the United States had been supplied with the precious metal from England and the gold fields of Africa.  Native gold first appeared in the United States mint in 1824, and up to 1827 North Carolina had been the only State to produce the golden metal in notable quantities.  After that time “placer deposits” were discovered in various sections of the country, but the yield of gold was small, and when in 1848 the discoveries in California were announced these deposits and many of the veins in the South were abandoned.

The news of the discovery spread rapidly, and then began the unparalleled rush to the gold fields of California.  The tide of emigration poured in from the Atlantic States, Mexico, South America, and even from Europe and China, and continued through the year of 1849.

The story of the discovery of the first “find” is thus interestingly told.  One day in the latter part of February 1848 a party of Americans, two of whom were of the Mormon faith, were at Sutter’s mill, on the American fork of the Sacramento river, engaged in repairing the mill-race, which had been damaged by the spring freshets, when the little daughter of the overseer, whose name was Marshall, picked up a lump of gold, and running to her father with it asked him to look at the “pretty stone” she had found.

Those men who were attacked with “gold fever” and left behind happy homes and families to see their fortunes in the “gold diggings” of the Pacific coast have passed into American history as “Forty niners.”

Yesterday afternoon 200 of these old gold hunters gathered at the Revere house to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the discovery of gold in California and hold the first reunion of the Society of California Pioneers of New England.

This society is the outgrowth of an organization that held its annual dinner last February in Salem and then agreed to disband and form anew with headquarters in Boston.  Last July the new society was formed with the following board of officers: President, William H. Thomes of Boston; first vice president, Charles A. Dole of Somerville; second vice president, Richard Harrington of Salem; treasurer, Josiah Hayward of Boston; secretary, George G. Spurr of Boston; directors William J. Towne, Newtonville; Charles T. Stumcke, Boston; Nicholas Bovey, Salem; Charles H.  Fifield, Salem; Benjamin F. Whittemore, Boston; Hon. John Conness, Mattapan.

Only the men or the children of the men who went to California prior to 1800 [sic]may become members, but already nearly 200 ex-miners have paid the necessary initiation fee.  President Thomes expects a membership of 500 when the next annual dinner is partaken of.  The association is fashioned after the San Francisco Pioneer Association, and plans to celebrate annually, over well laden tables, the discovery of gold in California. 

All day yesterday there floated over the Revere House a flag especially designed for the association, and not until the gathering had scattered was it pulled down.  This was but one way to which they showed the enthusiasm which stirred within them as the memories of early hardships were renewed.
Soon after noon members of the society began to gather at the hotel, where they were received by the committee in charge of the affair and provided with a “Forty niners” badge.  Gray haired they were for the most part, but as they warmed up in recalling the adventures and the hardships of the days of ’49, all their youth seemed to return and they were again the hard New England sons who shouldered pick and shovel 40 years ago and started out to make their fortunes in the gold mines of the Pacific coast.

Below are the names of the members of the society with the name of either the vessl or route they took to reach the land of gold.  But a very few of the number were missing when the company marched into the banquet hall at 5 o’clock.

Captain Peter Peterson, Boston, ship California
W. H. Thomes, Boston, ship Admittance
Mrs. Mary Sinclair Davis, Roxbury, Overland
Edward Y. Graves, South Boston, ship Montreal
Josiah C. Spaulding, Nashua, NH, ship New Perseverance
William Chatfield, Newton, Mass.  Brig Sabine
J. F. B. Marshall, Kendall Green, ship Don Quixote
Gorham D. Gilman, Boston, Kemehameha III
Aut. L. Dole, Malden, Mass., Isthmus Panama
Grenville H. Child, Bsoton, bark Carib
Warren Fletcher, Boston, bark Elvira
Benjamin T. Martin, Chelsea, Mass., bark Elvira
Isaiah Graves, Lynn, Mass., brig Sterling
Moses L. Capen, South Boston, ship Leonore
Albert W. Gale, Concord, NH, ship Leonore
George Emerson, Dorchester, ship Leonore
Daniel W. Nason, Epping, NH, Isthmus Panama
John Conness, Mattapan, Mass., Isthmus Panama
Benjamin S. Grush, Salem, Mass., Isthmus Panama
George G. Spurr, Boston, ship Orpheus
Andrew J. Morton, Boston, brig John W. Coffin
George W. Forrestall, Boston, ship Almena
Robert C. Hall, Charlestown, Mass., ship Obid Mitchell
Benjamin F. Whittemore, Boston, ship Capitol
Alonzo H. Richardson, Hyde Park, ship Capitol
William J. Towne, Newtonville, Mass., ship Capitol
Andrew J. Chase, Lynn, Mass., ship Capitol
James Jackson, Lynnfield, ship Capitol
Noah P. Burgess, Portland, Me., ship Pharsalia
Albert Hamlet, Boston, ship Pharsalia
James D. MacAvoy, Readville, Mass., ship Edward Everett
M. D.Spaulding, Boston, ship Edward Everett
Hiram Weston, East Boston, ship Edward Everett
Joseph P. Blake, Haverhill, Mass., through Mexico
Jonathan Cobb, Dedham, Mass., through Mexico
George H. Stickney, Salem, Mass., ship Elizabeth
William V. Monroe, Boston, ship Duxbury
Amasa Taylor, Provincetown, Mass., overland
Samuel W. Gage, Salem, Mass., overland
Lewis C. Peck, Lewiston, Me., overland
Joseph Holmes, Milton, Mass., ship Sweden
Edwin Litchfield, Boston, ship Sweden
Thomas E. Hatch, Washington DC, ship Sweden
James M. Drew, East Boston, ship Sweden
Jefferson Young, Chelsea, Mass., ship Brooklyn
Richard Chenery, Belfast, Me., Isthmus Panama
Charles F. Ketteredge, Rockland, Me., bark Oxford
Cornel S. Cooledge, Washington, NH, bark Oxford
James H. Bennett, Boston, bark Oxford
Isaac R. Hadwen, Somerville, Mass., bark Winthrop
William J. Dunham, Island Creek, Mass., bark Yeoman
Alonzo Kinsley, Canton, Mass., bark Orb
William C. Hill, Howland, Me., bark Emma Issadora
Joseph E. Huse, Lynn, Mass, bark Mayflower
Samuel Carr, Cambridgeport, Mass., Isthmus Panama
William McMurphy, Lynn, Mass., Isthmus Panama
George C. Clark, Salem, Mass., Isthmus Panama
Henry G. Hubon, Salem, Mass., Isthmus Panama
Benjamin F. Griggs, Boston, brig Tarranto
Henry B. Hildreth, Lynn, Mass., ship York
Frederick K. Ballou, Boston, bark LaGrange
Charles A. Dole, Somerville, Mass., bark LaGrange
Richard Harrington, Salem, Mass., bark LaGrange
Nicholas Bovey, Salem, Mass., bark LaGrange
Augustus Harrington, Peabody, Mass., bark LaGrange
Joseph Hastings, Roxbury, Isthmus Panama
John Johnston, Amesbury, Mass., ship Regulas
Ephraim Brown, Amesbury, Mass., ship Regulas
Charles C. Greenough, Boston, Isthmus Panama
Edwin P Worster, Weymouth, Mass., bark Lanark
Henry L. Lawrence, Arlington, Mass., bark Lanark
Solomon S. Rowe, Boston, bark Lanark
Charles B. Hazeltine, Belfast, Me., Isthmus Panama
Charles J. Randall, Wrentham, Mass., bark Velasco
Shirley A. Elsbree, Providence, R.I., bark Velasco
Henry M. Arnold, Pawtucket, R.I., bark Velasco
Isaac B. Kirby, Providence, R.I., bark Velasco
Alvin R. Richardson, Lynn, Mass., ship New Jersey
David Mowery, Slaterville, R. I., ship New Jersey
Charles T. Stumcke, Boston, ship New Jersey
Horace Wheeler, Watertown, Mass., ship New Jersey
W. W. Reed, Peabody, Mass., ship New Jersey
Olney Dodge, Plainfield, Conn., ship New Jersey
John H. Thompson, New Bedford, Mass., Isthmus Panama
James S. Green, Chelsea, Mass., Isthmus Panama
Charles F. Gifford, Boston, Isthmus Panama
Newton Talbot, Boston, Isthmus Panama
Edward Pease, Lynn, Mass., ship Areates
Henry W. Bowen, Boston, ship Areates
William H. Rand, Chicago, Ill., ship Areates
Ephraim S. Colby, Manchester, N.H., ship Areates
Reuben E. Carpenter, Ashland, Mass., brig Sea Eagle
Amos Fillebrown, East Cambridge, Mass., brig Sea Eagle
John Adams, Charlestown, Mass., ship Constantine
Captain John Weston, Boston, ship Constantine
Henry B. Mellon, Durham, N.H., ship Pacific
Samuel Snow, Cambridge, Mass., ship Niantic
Samuel Parr, Roxbury, Mass., Isthmus Panama
Henry J. Wells, Cambridge, Mass., Isthmus Panama
Charles Pickett, Beverly, Mass., bark San Francisco
William A. Perkins, Salem, Mass., bark San Francisco
Stephen Osgood, Georgetown, Mass., schooner B. L. Allen
Davis S. Whitney, Dorchester, Mass., schooner Mary M. Wood
Allen C. Lawrence, Lowell, Mass., Isthmus Panama
William Hale, West Newbury, Mass., Isthmus Panama
John H. Eveleth, Greenville, Me., Isthmus Panama
David S. Boynton, Lynn, Mass., brig Ann Tarris
James Burdick, Provincetown, R.I., ship South America
Burnham Boyce, Boston, ship Mattakeseet
Captain David G. Patterson, East Boston, schooner Mary and Emma (25 tons)
Franklin Upton, Danvers, Mass., ship Harriet Rockwell
F. B. Mower, Lynn, Mass., ship Henry Ware
William Norton, Lynn, Mass., ship Argonaut
William H. Pierse, Lynne, Mass., ship Argonaut
Abner J. Moody, Boston, ship Argonaut
John Norton, Stoneham, Mass., ship Argonaut
Josiah Fitz, 3d, Lynn, Mass., Isthmus Panama
Peter Wearty, Salem, Mass., ship Reindeer
Rodolphus F. Hahn, East Boston, Mass., schooner Civilian
William G. Prescott, Quincy, Mass., schooner Civilian
Josiah Hayward, Boston, schooner Civilian
Ephram L. Noyes, Abington, Mass., schooner Civilian
Henry Souther, Gloucester, Mass., ship Richmond
Edwin D. Wadsworth, Milton, Mass., ship Richmond
John M. Humphrey, Norwood, Mass., ship Richmond
Isaac R. Wilkinson, Pawtucket, R.I., Isthmus Panama
Jonathan Davis, Salem, Mass., ship Crescent
Elias J. Hale, Foxcroft, Me., ship Alexander Coffin
W. W. West, East Boston, bark William O. Alden
Richard Dowst, Salem Mass., ship Cordova
Thomas C. Mellen, Weymouth, ship Cordova
Charles B. Goodrich, Boston, bark Mary Broughton
Theodore Brown, Salem, Mass., schooner Sea Serpent
Henry B. Shute, Gloucester, schooner Sea Serpent
Charles Saville, Gloucester, schooner Sea Serpent
Edward B. Southern, Quincy, Mass., Isthmus Panama
Leander W. Cogswell, Henniker, N.H., ship Hannibal
Josiah H. Learned, South Framingham, ship Hannibal
General Samuel A. Chapin, Norton, Mass., Isthmus Panama
Royal P. Hodges, Norton, Mass., Isthmus Panama
George Barron, Topham, Me., Isthmus Panama
Cyrus C. Atwell, Charlestown, Isthmus Panama
George H. Buxton, Salem, Mass., schooner Nassau
John Jackson, Salem, Mass., brig Ark
George L. Bradley, San Francisco, Cal., brig Ark
Nathaniel Fuller, Boston, ship Nester
William Russell, Salem, Mass., ship Nester
John Boyd, Salem, Mass., ship Nester
William F. Perry, Salem, brig Metropolis
Samuel H. Robinson, Boston, bark Orion
James A. Grant, Warnerville, Mass., bark Orion
Elihu W. Colcord, Lawrence, Mass., brig General Worth
George R. Williams, Boston, bark Pico
Henry N. Kingsbury, Newton, Mass., ship Marcia Cleaves
Salathuel N. Ryder, Cambridgeport, bark Morgan Dix
Robert B. Henderson, Boston, bark Cherokee
Albion Chipman, Cambridgeport, Mass., Isthmus Panama
John W. Gilcrhist, Norwich, Conn., Isthmus Panama
Cyrus Greely, Lewiston, Me., Isthmus Panama
Joseph Hilliard, Northbury, Mass., Isthmus Panama
George D. Rice, Melrose, Mass., Isthmus Panama
Lorign W. Gleason, Everett, Mass., Isthmus Panama
Moses G. Steele, Somerville, Mass., Isthmus Panama
George H. Cushman, Salem, Mas., Isthmus Panama
Charles H. Fifeild, Salem, Mass., ship Samuel Appleton
Albert H. Breed, Lynn, Mass., Isthmus Panama
Charles A. Jordan, Boston, Isthmus Panama
Moses L. Colby, Amesbury, Mass., ship Victory
Oliver S. Cressy, Providence, R. I., ship Ellen Foster
Joseph Delory, Peabody, Mass., ship Benjamin Howard
Henry T. Bowman, New Bedford, Central America
Henry M. Forrestall, Boston, schooner Flying Fish
Isaac S. Pear, Cambridgeport, Mass., ship Golden Eagle
John C. Philbrook, Ipswich, Mass., Isthmus Panama
Samuel C. Weston, Salem, Mass., Isthmus Panama
John Quinn, Boston, Isthmus Panama
Charles Spencer, Boston, bark Emily
Isaiah Aubens, Boston, Isthmus Panama
Charles E. Stumcke, Boston, Mass., born in San Francisco
John Glancy, Boston, Nicaragua
Alfred C. Hill, Saugus, Mass., Isthmus Panama
Edwin Gage, Haverhill, Mass., Isthmus Panama
Darius N. Stevens, Stoneham, Mass., Isthmus Panama
Joseph Morrill Hoyt, Lynn, Mass., Isthmus Panama
Frances M. Ball, Stoughton, Mass., Isthmus Panama
John N. Wood, Norridgwock, Me., Isthmus Panama
Daniel D. Taylor, Norridgewock, Me., Isthmus Panama
George Willard, Boston, Isthmus Panama
Isaac Gardner, Hingham, Mass., Isthmus Panama
Seth D. Wakefield, Lewiston, Me., Isthmus Panama
Daniel C. Perkins, Rockland, Mae., Isthmus Panama
Charles M. Abbott, Portland, Me., Isthmus Panama
George W. Crampton, Cambridge, Isthmus Panama
Eben N. Walton, Salem, Mass., honorary member
Seth Rich, bark Oxford
George H. Mann, Harriet Rockwell
William L. Henderson, bark Chester
Julius L. Clarke, brig Cirassian
Samuel P. Barker, ship Edward Everett
Edward Payson Adams, schooner Fides
William F. Cowdrey, ship Argonaut
Alonzo D. Buxton, ship Argonaut
Albert Ferry, bark San Francisco
Joseph G. Nelson, Overland
Henry D. Shute, schooner Sea Serpent
Samuel T. Manson, ship Constantine
William C. Barker, South America
Nathan Ketch, bark Phenix
H. B. Ellis, steamer Star of the West
Frederick Pease, bark Chester
George Lugardner, ship Capital
R. B. Henderson, bark Cherokee
P. D. Leonard, bark Chester
Lemuel Gillson, ship New Jersey
S.J. Upton, ship Overland
William K. Lambert, ship Charlotte

The banquet hall was handsomely decorated and flowers in profusion adorned the tables.  An appropriate floral design in front of the president’s chair was a representation in crysan hemums of the society’s seal – a pick, pan, and shovel ingeniously grouped together with the figure ’49 in its center.  Upon the wall hung the “bear flag” which General Fremont unfurled from the Custom House of Monterey in 1846, just as the English frigate sailed into the harbor to take possession of the country in the name of Great Britain.  It was loaned the society by the New York pioneers.  The gold dinner service was brought out for the occasion together with all the silver table ware the house affords.

One of the very interesting persons present last night was Captain Peter Peterson who wen to California for the fist time in 1834 as second mate on the ship “California”, and again in 1836 as chief mate on the same vessel, and in 1842 as captain of the “Admittance.”  He is now over 80 years old and is well-known by many early travellers to California and at the earnest solicitations of W. H. Thomes, the president of the association, who went to California in 1843 with him on the “Admittance” attended the banquet.

It was noticeable that there was but one woman present.  This was Mrs. Mary Sinclair Davis of Roxbury, who went to California overland in 1843, starting from Massachusetts in 1842, crossing the plains in an ox cart and settling on a ranch 20 miles from where Sacramento city is now located, where she remained until about 10 years ago.  It is told of General Sherman that when he was at Sutter’s Fort in 1846, being then but a lieutenant, a ball was to come off in a few days and he and a few comrades did not know with whom they were to enjoy the pleasures of the mazy, as there was but one woman at the fort.  The gallant young lieutenant, in order not to be disappointed, made is way to the house of Mrs. Davis and succeeded in getting her and her husband to attend the ball.

The guests of the society were Hon. A. W. Beard, representing the Commonwealth; F. B. Clark, Hon. Demas Strong, and James A. Spring of the New York Pioneer Association, and Dr. Hatch, representing the Pioneer Society of Washington.

The speeches were of a reminiscent character. President Thomes welcomed the company in a happy manner, and pleasantly alluded to the youthful appearance of the company.  When he looked back to the time these adventurous, enterprising men started for California to seek their fortunes, he could hardly realize that 40 years had passed and they were forty-niners. 

Treasurer Beard spoke for the State of Massachusetts in the absence of Governor Ames, and other addresses were made by General Samuel H. Capen of Norton, Hon. Demas Strong of Norton, and Secretary Spurr.

Letters were read from Governor Ames, Mayor O’Brien, Major H. G. Gibson of Washinton, Hon. John Conness of California, and General Sherman.  The latter’s letter is given below:

Fifth Avenue Hotel
New York, August 29, 1888
William H. Thomes, president California Pioneers, Boston
My Dear Sir – I thank you very much for your kind letter of the 27th inst. And regret that I will be unable to be with you at the grand reunion of Sept. 10, because I am already pledged to be at Columbus, O., on that very day, on a centennial celebration.
There is a charm about the memories of those early California days which seems to brighten with years like the golden sands. To me, who am almost the sole survivor the expedition sent around Cape Horn, to hold possession of what the navy had gained in 1846, the events of those early days seem more like the visions of Aladdin than actual facts, and subsequent events have swallowed up those memories; and I am daily appealed to assist in celebrating battles and sieges fast receding into the past, so that time is not allowed me to care for a family of six living children and eight grandchildren.  But you may assure any old pioneer of California of the days before the discovery of gold turned the whole world “upside down”, that my feelings are with them, whether they now reside in California, Oregon, Missouri, New York or Boston.
Our thoughts and feelings in speed exceed the magic telegraph, but our bodies are sluggish – “of the earth earthy” – and I cannot be at Columbus O., and Boston at the same time; therefore, report me absent on patriotic duty.  Sincerely your friend,
W.T. Sherman"

For the truly curious:

Blog post 28 August 2009 “George Emerson, Forty Niner”:

Blog post 20 December 2012 “A Fancy Wedding, and a Family Myth Perpetuated”:

My EMERSON Surname Saturday blog post 10 January 2015:

And another interesting member of my family tree who told his family he was going to to be a missionary (he was the son of a Baptist preacher) but he was really headed to the gold rush!:

Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “New England ‘49ers”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 17, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/06/new-england-49ers.html: accessed [access date]).