Thursday, July 30, 2020

August 2020 Virtual and "In Person" Genealogy Event Calendar

This month I have combined the virtual and "in-person" events. 

Scheduled virtual events are listed first in chronological order, followed by a short list of "in-person" events, and ongoing programs online are listed at the bottom (just scroll down).  Some events are free, and some online classes have fees.  Most are open to the public. At the time of publication online, this was the latest information I had on whether or not some of these events are happening "in person", please check ahead and don't forget your masks and social distancing! 

For last minute additions, please email me at and I can edit this post, and also check the Nutfield Genealogy Facebook page at  



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 

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  
      Some New England sites include:
      Minute Man National Historical Park
      Boston National Historical Park
      Rebecca Nurse Homestead, Danvers, MA
August 1, Saturday, 10am - 1pm, Maine Historical Society's Forum 2020:  The Great Upheaval of 1675 - 1725: How Wars, Rebellions, and Refugee Crises Shaped Early America.  This is a virtual Zoom broadcast. Free to the public. Registration available at  

August 3, Monday, 7pm,  Virtual Tour of Marblehead, Massachusetts.  Hosted by New England Curiosities, tickets are $15.  Conducted on Zoom - an email link and password will be sent to all registered participants. 

August 4, Tuesday, 7pm,  A Pictoral History of Lynch Park, hosted by Historic Beverly.  Learn the 250 year history of the park that dates back to the time of Woodbury's Point and the Revolutionary War.  This virtual event is $10 or free to members.  Register by emailing
August 6, - 8, Thursday – Saturday, 9:30am – 5pm, Summer Research Stay-At-Home, live broadcasts presented by the experts at American Ancestors (New England Historic Genealogical Society.  Register by July 23. Program includes six lectures and access to recordings, lecture handouts and materials, two consultations, activity and demo sessions, and access to the experts via online chat.  Cost $375. See this link: 

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  

August 6, Thursday, 8pm,  History Camp Online with Author Robert Forrant: Discussion Topic The 1912 Bread and Roses Labor Strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts, hosted by History Camp.

August 7, Friday, 5pm, Odd Things I’ve Seen in New Hampshire, hosted by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.  This online presentation by award winning travel author J. W. Ocker is free and can be joined by phone or your computer using free Zoom software.  Attendance is limited, so please sign up in advance using this link:  

August 11, Tuesday, 6pm, American Inspiration Author Event:  Gretchen Sorin with “Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights”, sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  Free to the public.  Register at this link:  

August 11, Tuesday, 7pm, Online Local History Talk:  Urban Legends, Local Lore, and Real History, hosted by the Exeter Historical Society and the Portsmouth Public Library (New Hampshire).  Presented by Barbara Rimkunas. No registration is required. Free to the public. Visit the library's calendar for the link and password to connect via Zoom.

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: 

Saturday, August 15, 2020 1pm - 2:30pm  Researching Your Howland Roots!  A virtual event hosted by the Descendants of John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley.  Join Peter Arenstam (Executive Director of PJHS), Jean Albert (PJHS Registrar), Eldon Gay (PJHS Historian) as well as David J. McRae (Administrator of “Descendants of John Howland & Elizabeth Tilley (Mayflower Passengers)”) as they come together to talk about the Pilgrim John Howland Society and the history behind the society; how you can become a part of it as well as the benefits of joining the society. They will also discuss the history of the Jabez Howland House as well as other Howland-related landmarks in Plymouth that individuals can visit!  To register for this event, simply click on this link and fill out the registration page. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

August 16, Sunday, 2pm, The Rebel and the Tory, a virtual lecture hosted by the Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington, Vermont.  The Ejectment Trials of 1770 are an important moment in American history, but no historian had read the transcripts until recently.  One of the authors of the book, Gary Shattuck, shares what the transcripts revealed. Hosted virtually on Facebook, YouTube and the Ethan Allen Homestead website.  

August 18, Tuesday, 6:30pm, Votes for Women: A History of the Suffrage Movement, this online program is hosted by the Goffstown, New Hampshire Public Library with a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.  Free to the public.  Pre-registration is required, please see this link:  

August 20, Thursday, 6pm, Online Genealogy Workshop:  17th Century Handwriting: Reading Bradford’s Journal and Transcribing Old Town Records, hosted by the Portsmouth, New Hampshire Public Library.  Presented by Robert Cameron Weir.  Please register in advance at this link:  

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: 

August 25, Tuesday, 4pm, Jews in the Catskills During and After the Holocaust, sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and presented by Phil Brown.  Free to the public.  Register here:  

August 29, Saturday, 2pm, Facebook Live:  "The Story of the Revolution" in Beverly, Massachusetts: The Artists, hosted by Historic Beverly, Massachusetts.  Presented by exhibit curator Abby Battis. Free to the public at the Facebook page for Historic Beverly. 

August 30, Sunday, 7am - 10pm, Scottish Indexes Conference, hosted by the Scottish Indexes  To register for this free conference, join the Facebook group to watch the livestream  

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:  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: 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: 

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 with “July 14” in the subject line. Participants will be sent sign-in information for video or phone access. 

October 8, Thursday, 7pm, Brown Lecture Series: Kenyatta Berry, a virtual event sponsored by the Enoch Pratt Free Library.  Kenyatta Berry will present her work and contributions to the 1619 project. See this link for virtual log-in information:  

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:  

November 7, Saturday, 8:30 – 4pm, Annual Meeting 2020 of the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc. 45th Anniversary Year.  Free for Society members. Presentatios from Richard Bell, the author of “Stolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped Into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home” and Paula Stuart-Warren, certified genealogist, FMGS, FUGA.  Paula will present “DNA Done? Now Find Those 20th and 21st Century Relative Connections”. Registration information will be o the members page at  



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.  

August 1, Saturday, 2pm, New Hampshire Cemeteries and Graveyards, hosted by the Cook Memorial Library, in Tamworth, New Hampshire.  Meet up outdoors at the Riverside Cemetery, Whittier Road, in Tamworth for a presentation by Glenn Knoblock.  Please wear a mask, maintain social distancing and follow the instructions of the program hosts. Made possible by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. Free to the public. In recognition of Tamworth History Center’s “Women of Tamworth” exhibits, Glenn will highlight some of the notable women buried at Riverside.

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  

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.

August 8, Saturday and Sunday, A Historical Timeline, at Fort McClary, Route 103, Kittery Point, Maine.  Park admission is $4 or $3 for Maine residents.  Children 5 to 11 are $1 and under age 5 or over 65 are free.  This is a new living history event. Talk to reenactors, watch demonstrations of hearth cooking, spinning, musket demos and battle scenarios. 

August 10, Monday, 7pm, Jennie Powers:  The Woman Who Dares, sponsored by the Washington Historical Society, with a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council, presented at the Camp Morgan Lodge, 229 Millen Pond Road, Washington, New Hampshire by Jenna Carroll.  Free to the public. This one hour illustrated presentation introduces you to Jennie’s life story and the politics of the Progressive Era (1890s – 1920s) from a New Hampshire perspective. 

August 12, Wednesday, 7pm, Votes for Women: A History of Women’s Suffrage, at the Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main Street, Keene, New Hampshire.  Free to the public. Tickets by Eventbrite: 

August 13, Thursday, 5:30pm, A Mid-Summer Night's Tour at Valley Cemetery, to be held at the Valley Cemetery, Manchester, New Hampshire.  Meet up at the stone chapel at the Pine Street entrance.  Guests will be divided into small groups.  Social distancing will be practiced, and masks required.  $10 for Manchester Historic Association members, $15 for the general public.  Pre-registration required at this link:   Join us for an interactive evening tour with live actors from the Majestic Theatre portraying some of Manchester's most prominent citizens.  Space is limited due to social distancing!

August 14 – 16, Friday to Sunday, The Battle of Walloomsac 2020, at the Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site, Rt. 67, Wallomsac, New York.  Hosted by the Battle of Walloomsac and the Bennington Battlefield State Historic Site.

August 15 and 16, Saturday and Sunday, History Alive!, Historic Hillsborough, in the town of Hillsborough, New Hampshire.

August 16, Sunday, 11:30am, The History of Agriculture as Told by Barns, at the Withington Barn, 690 Center Road, Hillsboro, New Hampshire.  Presented by John C. Porter, the author of “Preserving Old Barns: Preventing the Loss of a Valuable Resource”.  Free to the public as part of the two day History Alive Event in the town of Hillsboro.  Hosted by the Hillsboro Historical Society with a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. 

August 21, Friday, 7pm, Jennie Powers:  The Woman Who Dares, sponsored by the Stoddard Historical Society, with a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council, presented at the Lakefalls Lodge, 750 Aten Road, Stoddard, New Hampshire by Jenna Carroll.  Free to the public. This one hour illustrated presentation introduces you to Jennie’s life story and the politics of the Progressive Era (1890s – 1920s) from a New Hampshire perspective. 

August 22 and 23, 9am – 3pm, Red Apple Farm Civil War Event, hosted by the Central Massachusetts Civil War Event, and located at the Red Apple Farm, 455 Highland Avenue, Phillipston, Massachusetts.  View daily life of soldiers and citizens, with a battle re-enacted each day.

August 22, Saturday, 1pm, The Road to Suffrage: Dreams and Disappointments, hosted by the Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street, Watertown, Massachusetts.  Tour will be led by volunteer docent Rosemarie Smurzynski.  Please register at this link: 

August 26, Wednesday, 7pm, New Hampshire on High: Historic and Unusual Weathervanes of the Granite State, hosted by the Tuftonboro Historical Society Museum, 499 Governor Wentworth Highway, Melvin Village, New Hampshire. Presented by Glenn Knoblock.  Free to the public with a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. 

August 29 and 30, 10am -4pm, Living History Weekend with Warner's Regiment, at the Fort at Number 4, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, New Hampshire.  Visitors are asked to bring masks and to practice social distancing.

Ongoing VIRTUAL programs online:

Ancestry Academy, from, provides dozens of FREE classes online.  See this link:  

APGen, The Association of Professional Genealogists has several online events coming soon, see the list at this link:

Brigham Young University Independent Study, a variety of courses on family history topics completely free and available online.  See this link:  

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: 

Family History Library Classes and Webinars, from the LDS church, are listed at this link:   and also see this page for dozens of classes online:
Wednesdays 4pm (MST) on Facebook Live at Family Search   See this link   Free online genealogy presentations.  

FamilyTree Webinars are free to the public and sponsored by FamilyTree Legacy:  see this link:   and a list of their top 10 most popular webinars of all time here: 

GeneaWebinars, a blog with the latest news on what’s available to view online:  and also, their schedule of FREE family history webinars PDF can be found here: 

The History List has compiled a list of “Learning at Home” at this link:  
Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research 2020 will be held virtually this year 26 – 31 July 2020.   Registration ends 11:55 EDT on Monday 6 July 2020. 

Lexington Historical Society – A page full of virtual tours  

Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell, Massachusetts has a page of online videos and resources for students and visitors.  See this link: 

Manchester Millyard Museum:  A collection of local history videos about Manchester, New Hampshire, please see this link:  

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:

Plimoth Plantation has several online workshops and discussions good for all ages
            People of the Dawn – Wampanoag culture and traditions $10
            Fact or Fiction? Investigating the First Thanksgiving, $10
            Colonial First Families: Their New Worlds and Everyday Lives, $10
            Dressing History – a sneak peek into 17th century wardrobes, $10 

Virtual Genealogical Association -, 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:

Monday, July 27, 2020

Happy 11th Blogoversary!

Happy Blogoversary to Nutfield Genealogy!

Eleven years ago I was brave and pushed the button that posted the first story to this blog.  I had been working on the story for a few days, and didn't know when to go live on line.  We had cousins from Spain coming to visit for a few weeks, and I knew I was going to be busy, but I clicked on that link and...

I didn't know I'd still be doing this eleven years later!

The first people who read my blog were family members.  Then a few days (or weeks, I can't remember) later complete strangers were reading and commenting on the blog posts.  That was a weird, but fun experience.  Then a great bunch of folks known as the "GeneaBloggers" started following my blog.  We all became Facebook friends, and tweeted and Google+ed (remember G+?) each other's posts. Then local people in New Hampshire and New England began to read Nutfield Genealogy.  Soon I began to meet up with some of my virtual friends in person, and at genealogy clubs and conferences.   And well... the rest is history.  Pun intended.

I'm approaching my 4 millionth page view on my Blog according to the statistics.  Which is great since my readership has declined as I have slowed down on posting over the past year.  I've posted almost 10,000 comments, and deleted a large number of spammy comments, too.

My five most popular blog posts (according to the Blogger statistics):

#1   "A Favorite Christmas Gift!  You might Want One, Too!" published 30 December, 2012:    This one isn't particularly genealogical (unfortunately), but more of a craft idea.  It went viral on Pinterest and social media and now has nearly a quarter million hits.  Check it out!

#2   "Flora Stewart - Black History Month in Londonderry" published 17 February 2011:  This is a story about a controversial photograph published about a former slave who lived to be over 100 years old in Londonderry over 100 years ago.  The vital records are conflicting on her real age.

#3  "2020 Events for the 400th Anniversary of the Arrival of the Mayflower", dated October 4, 2018.  I won't publish the link here for this blog post since most of the information on this is now incorrect due to the pandemic cancellations.  A more accurate version was published here:  and here 

#4  "10 Unexpected Places to Find Family History Online", was published 2 February 2015 at this link:  It is still popular, and receives smaller amounts of readers as the years go by.

#5  "Patriot to Passenger Project" published 17 September 2018 at this link:  is a story about the project that connects a DAR patriot with possible Mayflower passenger connections. Many people have contributed their patriots and Mayflower ancestors to this project, and many more use this project to seek connections for application to both lineage societies.

The next five most popular stories on my blog all have to do with Mayflower passengers, and the upcoming 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower at Cape Cod.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic most of the 400th anniversary events have been moved to 2021 and will be commemorated as the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving, which took place in the fall of 1621.  Although the cancellation and postponement of these events has been disappointing, it is encouraging to know that the general public is still following the Mayflower news and is interested in learning more about the Separatist Pilgrims and in attending the events next year.

I have the links to five permanent pages (look up under the image at the top of this blog page to see the links) on my home page.  The most popular page is the first one "Surnames from my Family Tree"  There are hundreds of surnames listed in two groups (my Paternal lineage and my Maternal lineage) with links to the "Surname Saturday" post for that surname.  This page has received over 30,000 hits and lots of email as folks make cousin connections.  Take a peek and see if we have a common ancestor!

Thank you for reading and following Nutfield Genealogy!


Cite/Link to this post:  Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Happy 11th Blogoversary!", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 27, 2020, ( accessed [access date]).

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Vintage Summer Camping Photographs!

Here are a bunch of vintage photographs we recently found and scanned. They all have to do with camping in and around New England when I was growing up.  Was this an annual tradition in your family, too?  When I was growing up it was an affordable way to take a vacation.  We even camped our way to Disney World and stayed at the Fort Wilderness campground there in 1975.

Greenfield State Park, New Hampshire 1975

1974, on our way to camping - loading up the station wagon!

Somewhere near Rochester, New York, 1972

Maurice's Campground, Wellfleet, Cape Cod, 1970
I recently saw that this campground still exists near the National Seashore


Cite/Link to this post: Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Vintage Summer Camping Photographs!", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 25, 2020, ( accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Andrew Jackson Stone, died in the Civil War 1864, buried Dunbarton, New Hampshire

This tombstone was photographed at the Center Cemetery in Dunbarton, New Hampshire

Son of James &
Mary E. Stone
Capt. Co. F. Reg't. N.H.V.
Born July 7, 1828.
Was wounded in battle of
wilderness, May 18, Died in 
Hospital at Fredericksburg, Va.
May 19, 1864.
AE. 35 yrs. 10 mos. & 12 ds.

Andrew Jackson Stone, son of James Stone and Mary East Beard, was born 7 July 1828 in Dunbarton, and died 19 May 1864 in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  James Stone (1785 - 1874) was born in Henniker, New Hampshire, and his father James Stone (1747 - 1790) was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts and served in the Revolutionary War and participated in the Battle of Bennington, Vermont.  

According to the book Sketch of Dunbarton, New Hampshire by Miss Ella Mills, 1902: "Dunbarton sent more than fifty men to the Civil War, several sent substitutes.  To three men were given captain's commissions, namely, William E. Bunten, Henry M. Caldwell, who died of fever in Falmouth, Va., in 1862, and Andrew J. Stone, who was killed at the Battle of the Wilderness in 1864."  And according to the book New Hampshire in the Civil War, by Bruce D. Heald, 2001:  "Capt. Andrew J. Stone, 9th New Hampshire Volunteer Regiment.  Capt. Andrew J. Stone, part of the IX Corps, was a native of Dunbarton.  One August 5, 1862, at the age of 33, he was mustered in as captain.  He was mortally wounded in a skirmish in Fredericksburg, Virginia, on May 20, 1864.  His regiment lost 184 men at Spottsylvania, most of them in the fight on May 12, 1864." 

Apparently Andrew Stone was a rock collector (no pun intended).  A Google search of his name led to a photo of his rock collection at the New Hampshire Historical Society.   

The Google search also led to an auction website with several Civil War items that belonged to Capt. Stone, along with his photograph.  The letter references the regimental history of the 9th New Hampshire written by William Marvel in 1988, which has a biography of Stone written by Herman Clement who wrote "that Capt. Stone's wound was turning black and when they arrived at the Fredricksburg hospital on May 20th, he died at 8:00 that evening. Clement dug Capt. Stone's grave alone in Fredricksburg, and laid him to rest in a blanket, and makes clear in his his writing 'This was not the dignified burial that Stone deserved.'"  You can see these items that belonged to Andrew Stone (sword, musket ball, letter, sash, photograph, etc.) at this link:  

This is a detail of the carving on the tombstone of Andrew Jackson Stone's memorial. 
It looks like a bomb exploding. Has anyone seen this type of carving before?


Cite/Link to this post:  Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Andrew Jackson Stone, died in the Civil War 1864, buried Dunbarton, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 21, 2020, ( accessed [access date]). 

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

David A. Jameson, Union Soldier, buried 1864, Dunbarton, New Hampshire

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

In memory of
Son of Hugh & Harriet
In the Hospital at Baltimore, Md.
June 26, 1864 from wounds
REc'd in defence of his Country, June 6, 1864
A. 26 Yrs. 6 mos.
A soldier of 2d. Reg. sharp shooters, N.H.V.
Die for one's country
'Tis noble thus to die
God smiles on valiant soldier
Their record is on high

From the book The Jamesons in America 1647 – 1900: Genealogical Records and Memoranda, by Ephraim Orcutt Jameson, 1900, pages 254 - 355.

“No. 1687
Hugh Jameson, son of Daniel [1662] and Hannah (Burnham) Jameson, was born Aug. 4, 1811 in Dunbarton, N.H.  He married Sept. 1, 1835, Harriet Alexander, daughter of Dea. David and Martha (Cunningham) Alexander.  She was born Nov. 22, 1812 in Dunbarton, N.H. where they resided.  Mr. Jameson died May 5, 1866.

Their children were:
Abram [1792] b. Dec. 15, 1836. He died in childhood, May 30, 1839.
David Alexander [1793], b. Dec. 29, 1837. He died in the army June 26, 1864.
Oren Morse [1794]. B. Nov. 21, 1840. He died early in life, Nov. 27, 1863.
Harriet Maria [1795], b. Nov. 28, 1845, m. Eben B. Wells
Mary Elizabeth [1796], b. Feb. 1, 1853, m. Oct. 16, 1873, Luther F. Evans

Mr. Jameson was a successful farmer, and a very much respected Christian man.  He was constable and collector of taxes for the town in 1860.  The early deaths of two sons, one at home and the other in the army, were a great shock, and he died after a protracted illness, in the vigor of his manhood.

David A. Jameson was a Union soldier. He died June 6, 1864, in Patterson Park hospital, Baltimore, Md., from wounds received in battle.  Mrs. Jameson resides, 1900, in Dunbarton, N.H.  Her father, Dea. David Alexander, was a son of Robert Alexander.”

David Alexander Jameson enlisted on 22 October 1861, and mustered in on 26 November 1861 as a Private.  He was wounded on 6 June 1864 at Cold Harbor, Viriginia, and died of his wounds on 26 June 1864 at Baltimore, Maryland.   He served in the 2nd New Hampshire Volunteer Sharpshooters, Company F.


Cite/Link to this post:  Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "David A. Jameson, Union Soldier, buried 1864, Dunbarton, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 14, 2020, ( accessed [access date]). 

Monday, July 13, 2020

Cadet Nurses of World War II Finally Being Recognized

Shirley Wilkinson receives award from Sen. Tarr for her service as a US Cadet Nurse during World War II

Several years ago, I posted a story about the Cadet Nurse Corps of World War II, and included my Aunt Shirley Wilkinson in the story.  She was a cadet nurse I found on the lists in and I contacted her to hear more about this interesting program that recruited young women to be nurses on the homefront while other nurses were serving overseas. 180,000 women were recruited for the program. The program ran from 1943 until 1948.

Nine months ago my Aunt Shirley was honored by a ceremony at the Manchester Historical Museum [Massachusetts] with a proclamation from the state of Massachusetts honoring her service.  At the time of the ceremony she was 91 years old.  Senator Bruce Tarr of Gloucester, Massachusetts presented her certificates.  Last week Senator Tarr and Massachusetts Charlie Baker proclaimed July 1st to be US Cadet Nurse Corps Day, and every July 1st in the future because of this bill.  

This week the state of Massachusetts was not the only place honoring these forgotten women. US Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), Susan Collins (R-Maine, Angus King (I-Maine), and Steve Daines (R-Montana) have renewed efforts in Washington, DC to honor the nurses and their service to the country with honorable discharges, ribbon and medal privileges, and military burial privileges (although not in Arlington National Cemetery). These nurses were uniformed members of the military during and after World War II, yet remained unrecognized and invisible.  The legislation up in front of the House and Senate in Washington DC. would not provide living cadet nurses with Veterans Affairs pensions, or healthcare benefits. This bill will provide American flags and plaques for the graves of these Cadet Nurses in honor of their service during World War II.

Most of these living women would now be in their late 80s or 90s today.  It is estimated that only 2 percent of the 16 million men and women who served during World War II are alive today.

Write to your US representatives and senators to support this legislation. The name and number of the bill is S997 The U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Service Recognition Act. It will pass if a few more good senators sign on as cosponsors.  According to Barb Poremba of the Friends of the USCNC "If Senators know that they have Cadet Nurses in their state, they are more like to co-sponsor S997."

And don’t forget to check to see if there was a Cadet Nurse in your family tree!

For the truly curious:

Friends of the US Cadet Nurse Corps WWII 1943 - 1948 (this is the group working to get the bill passed in Washington DC) :

U.S. Cadet Nurse website   

The U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Project  

“ Bill Honoring WWII-Era Cadet Nurse Corps Members Signed into Law”, The Cricket, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, July 10, 2020  

“U.S. Reps Introduce Legislation to Honor Cadet Nurses”, ONS Voice, 20 May 2019, 

“Is There a Cadet Nurse from World War II in Your Family Tree?” Nutfield Genealogy, posted 22 June 2015  

“Nurses Save Lives: A Call to Revive the Cadet Nurse Corps”, Wicked Local Beverly,  

“WWII Cadet Nurses Could Become Honorary Veterans”,, 22 July 2019  

Click here to access the WWII Cadet Nursing Corps Card Files:  

Or at click here:  


Cite/Link to this post:  Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Cadet Nurses of World War II Finally Being Recognized", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 13, 2020, ( accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

United Church of Lyndeborough, New Hampshire - Weathervane Wednesday!

It's Weathervane Wednesday!

Today's weathervane was photographed on the steeple above the United Church of Lyndeborough, New Hampshire.

This mural is painted on the left side of the altar in the sanctuary of the United Church.

The United Church is located at 1139 Center Road in Lyndeborough, New Hampshire.  This congregation was founded in 1967 when two churches (Baptist and Congregational) joined to form the United Church.  The church is located in the historic district, which has three structures: The Town Pound, the Town Hall, and the church.  The Lyndeborough Center Historic District is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

The church was built in 1837 when the congregation moved out of the town hall into its own building. The original steeple was hit by lightning in the 1800s, and the new steeple is shorter than the original.  The building is not heated, so it is only used in the summer.  In the early 1900s the interior was stenciled with bible verses (see the photo above). 

The weathervane probably dates from about the mid 1850s when the steeple was rebuilt and the church bell was added. It is a banner style weathervane, with cut work and a lightning rod.  According to the book Images of America: Wilton, Temple, and Lyndeborough, by Michael G. Dell'Orto, Priscilla A. Weston, and Jessie Salisbury, 2003, "The Lyndeborough Baptist Church was formed in 1829. A lot was donated by Ephraim Putnam, and this plain, stark building, without steeple, was erected and dedicated in 1836. It was located where the village common is today.  In 1863, businessman Joel Tarbell offered the church a lot on the opposite side of the street. The church was moved, turned around, and placed on a better, higher foundation.  Over the years, lumber for a belfry was donated by Luther Cram, a weathervane was donated, the interior was renovated, the building was raised, a vestry and kitchen were added, and a spire was built."   

For the truly curious:

The records of the United Church of Lyndeborough, 1782 - 1937 are in the Andover-Harvard Theological library of the Harvard Divinity School.  The collection identifier is bMS 450.

The History of the Town of Lyndeborough, New Hampshire, 1735 - 1905, by D. Donovan and Jacob Woodward, 1906.  See this link:

To see over 400 Weathervane Wednesday posts, click on this link:   


Cite/Link to this post:  Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "United Church of Lyndeborough, New Hampshire - Weathervane Wednesday!", Nutfield Genealogy, posted 8 July 2020, ( accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Hannah (Choate) Burnham, died 1805, Dunbarton, New Hampshire

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

Mrs. Hannah Burnham
died March 1805
AEtat. 81
Relict of Lieut. Nathan Burnham
of Ipswich (Massachusetts)
who fell at the defeat of the British Army
at Ticonderoga, A.D. 1758

The name BURNHAM caught my eye as I wandered through this cemetery recently, and then I saw that this family was from Ipswich.  I have eight BURNHAM lineages from the original Burnham brothers who settled in Ipswich during the great migration!  I knew that this was a cousin connection!

From The History of Dunbarton, by Caleb Stark, page 234 to page 237, "From an examination of several papers now in the possession of John Burnham, Esq., of this town, we infer that his great-grandfather, Nathan Burnham, was an independent husbandman, a man of intelligence and capacity, who possessed the confidence of his fellow-citizens, as also that of the provincial government.  By the former he was intrusted with the management of important transactions, and by the latter appointed to a military office, upon equal rank with officers of the same grade in the line of the English army.  His wife was Hannah Choate of Ipswich.
     On the thirteenth day of March 1758 he was commissioned by Governor Pownell first lieutenant of a company of foot, commanded by Captain Stephen Whipple, in the regiment of Col. Stephen Bagley, which constituted a portion of the force furnished by Massachusetts for the expedition against Canada.  Lieutenants Burnham and Low, of the same company, fell in the fatal attack upon Ticonderoga, July 8, 1758, where an army of sixteen thousand British and Provincial troops were shamefully repulsed by one fourth of their number of French and Indians, through the incapacity of their general. Sixteen hundred and eight regulars and three hundred and thirty four provincials, killed and wounded, was a cruel penalty for General Abercrombie's rash attempt to carry by assault a strong position, without bringing up his artillery, of which he had a good supply. 
      Among the papers in Mr. John Burnham's possession are Governor Pownell's proclamation calling for volunteers from the provincial regiments, Lieut. Burnham's commission, beating orders, forms of enlistment, orders to muster, words of command for the musket drill, order for the march, power-of-attorney to Lieut. B.'s wife to manage affairs during his absence on duty, a kind letter to her while on the march, and lastly, the letter of a friendly comrade from the battle-field, narrating the melancholy fate of her dearest friend - a fate which it has been the sad fortune of widows to hear since the time when man became the murderer of his brother man."


Hadley, June 7, 1758
To My Dearly Beloved Wife:
I hope through Divine goodness, you are in health, as I am at this time, and I pray God be with you, and preserve you and our dear children from all evil.  My duty to mother Choate.  My love to all my friends. We came into town last Sabbath day, about two o'clock, and billeted the company at private houses, and we are very kindly entertained at the widow Porter's.  Her husband was a member of the General Court about thirty years.  Yesterday the Captain, I, and Lieut. Low, went over Connecticut river to Northampton, to see about the affair, and returned at night. We expect to go over to Northampton to-morrow, to make seven days' provisions, to march near to Albany.
I remain your loving husband,
Nathan Burnham
PS - I should be glad to hear from you.  I have had blisters on one foot, but they are better. Col. Bagley came to town yesterday. Col. Dooty's regiment is coming in, and it supposed both regiments are to march together.  We have twelve of our own guns, and had twenty-two at Worcester, and other companies are much so.  It is supposed there is no great danger. The arms are at Albany.

.... Mrs. Burnham:  I send you these lines to let you know the heavy news that you have to hear from the camp, and I pray God give you grace and strength to hold up under such heavy tidings.  The truth is, your husband, our lieutenant, Nathan Burnham, Being in the fight at the narrows of Ticonderoga, July the 8th, 1758, received a ball in the bowels, which proved mortal. He came to me and told me that he was wounded, and that he should soon be in eternity.  I desired him to retreat down the hill.  I followed him,and found some help to carry him off the ground, namely, James Andrews, John Foster, and Jeremiah Burnham.  We carried him that night four miles to our boats.  The doctor did what he could, but vain was the help of man.  Next Day, being the ninth day upon our passage upon the lake, about eleven o'clock, after many heavenly expressions and prayers, he departed this life, and I believe, made a good exchange.  Please tell Mrs. Low the same heavy news.  Stephen Low, being in the same fight, was, without doubt, shot dead on the spot.  We had not the opportunity to bring off our dead.
Nehemiah Burnham" 


Genealogy information:

Lieutenant Nathan Burnham, who died at Fort Ticonderoga, is my 7th great uncle.  I descend from his brother Stephen Burnham, born about 1715 in Ipswich and died 1790 in Milford, New Hampshire.      Nathan Burnham, Jr. was with his father's unit as a waterboy, and was about 11 years old.  He was with his father when he was killed. According to the published Burnham Genealogy book by Roderick H. Burnham, 1879 "Tradition has it that before leaving for the war he took his sword on his hand to try the metal and it broke.  Turning to his wife he said "I shall never come back".  He went on but returned to pray with is family before taking final leave.

Hannah was the daughter of Samuel Choate and Mary Brown.  She was born in Ipswich about 1727 and died 1 March 1805 in Dunbarton, where she is buried. Hannah Choate is my first cousin 10 generations removed.  Her great grandfather, John Choate (born about 1624 and died 4 December 1695 in Ipswich) is my 9th great grandfather.  

For the truly curious:

A blog post about Fort Ticonderoga:

My Surname Saturday blog post about the Burnham family:

My Surname Saturday blog post about the Choate family:


Cite/Link to this post:  Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Hannah (Choate) Burnham, died 1805, Dunbarton, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 7, 2020, ( accessed [access date]).