Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Tristram Coffin, died 1704, Newbury, Massachusetts - Tombstone Tuesday

 This tombstone was photographed at the First Parish Burial Ground in Newbury, Massachusetts

Tristram Coffin is my 11th great-uncle, and the brother of my 10th great grandmother, Elizabeth Coffin (1635 - 1678) who married Stephen Greenleaf.  Tristram Coffin was born 1 February 1632 in Brixton, Devonshire, England and died 4 February 1704 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.  He married Judith Greenleaf on 2 March 1652 (yes, two brothers married two sisters!) The most interesting thing about these two couples is that Judith Greenleaf is also my 10th great grandmother through her first marriage to Henry Somerby in 1644. I descend from their daughter, Elizabeth Somerby who married Nathaniel Clark in Newbury in 1663. 

Tristram lived in Newbury, and all the Coffins of that town are descended from him. His house was standing in 1869, two hundred years old. He was a very active and influential citizen. He was made Lieutenant of the first military company of Newbury,16 May 1683; was a Representative to General Court in 1695, 1700, 1701, and 1702; was a Deacon in the church for twenty years. He was a merchant tailor.   His house still stands on High Road, Newbury, Massachusetts and is operated as a house museum by Historic New England. 

His epithet reads:  "To the memory of Tristram Coffin Esq., who having served the church of Christ in the office of deacon 20 years died Feb. 4th 1703-4 aged 72 years.  On earth he purchased a good degree, Great boldness in the faith and liberty And now possesses immortality."


To cite/link to this blog post: Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tristram Coffin, died 1704, Newbury, Massachusetts - Tombstone Tuesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 28, 2022, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2022/06/tristram-coffin-died-1704-newbury.html: accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Little Wooden Airplane - Weathervane Wednesday

 This weathervane was photographed in Berlin, Vermont.

We spotted this unusual little wooden weathervane above a cupola at the Applebee's Restaurant in Berlin, Vermont.  It is located just off Route 89 next to a tourist information center and Vermont state liquor store.  

This wooden airplane weathervane is three dimensional.  It has some cute details such as a whirling propeller, red trim, and little tires.  This appears to be a one seat plane with an open cockpit.  It is unusual to have a weathervane above an Applebee's restaurant, so I'm thinking that this location must have been another business before becoming part of the chain.  This is probably a "one of a kind" or handmade weathervane.  

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To cite/link to this blog post: Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Little Wooden Airplane - Weathervane Wednesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 22, 2022, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2022/06/little-wooden-airplane-weathervane.html: accessed [access date]).  

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Happy Father's Day! My Patrilineal Lineage

 Happy Father's Day!  

My father
John "Jack" Warren Wilkinson
(3 January 1934 Beverly, Massachusetts -
7 August 2002 Worcester, Massachusetts)

My grandfather
Donald Munroe Wilkinson
(23 October 1895 Salem, Massachusetts - 
24 July 1977 Long Beach, California)

My great grandfather
Albert Munroe Wilkinson
( 7 November 1860 Danvers, Massachusetts - 
12 May1908 Brookline, Massachusetts) 

 My 2x great grandfather
Robert Wilson Wilkinson
(26 May 1830, Salem, Massachusetts - 
23 March 1874 Peabody, Massachusetts)

My 3x great grandfather
Aaron Wilkinson 
( 22 February1802 South Berwick, Maine - 
25 November 1879 Peabody, Massachusetts)

My 4x great grandfather
William Wilkinson
(about 1760, probably South Berwick, Maine - 
after 1840)

My 5x great grandfather
James Wilkinson
(about 1730 in Berwick, Maine or Portsmouth, New Hampshire - 
between 1796 and 1805 in Berwick, Maine)

My 6x great grandfather
Thomas Wilkinson
The immigrant WILKINSON ancestor
Born about 1690 "from London, England" and died before 1739 Portsmouth, New Hampshire

For the truly curious: 

For more information on the WILKINSON lineage see this link: 

My project on all the known descendants of Thomas Wilkinson (about 1690 - before 1739):
and also this chart:


To cite/link to this blog post:  Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Happy Father's Day!  My Patrilineal Lineage", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 15, 2022, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2022/06/happy-fathers-day-my-patrilineal-lineage.html: accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Vermont Teddy Bears - Weathervane Wednesday

 This weathervane was photographed at the Vermont Teddy Bear Company headquarters in Shelburne, Vermont. 

This adorable weathervane is located above the factory for Vermont Teddy Bear Company in Shelburne, Vermont. It is a simple two dimensional gilded silhouette of a teddy bear waving a welcome to the visitors to the factory tours and gift shop.  This factory tour has been a favorite for our family for three generations. I remember visiting, and we took our daughter there for a bear (she still has it!), and soon we hope to take our granddaughter. 

The Vermont Teddy Bear Company toys can be found online, in shops, and at Amazon.  There are actually two factories, one in Shelburne and the other in Newport.  There is another store in Stowe, Vermont, not far from the Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream headquarters.  

For the truly curious:

The Vermont Teddy Bear Company website:   https://www.vermontteddybear.com/  

Vermont Teddy Bear Facebook page:   https://www.facebook.com/VTTeddyBear/  

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To cite/link to this blog post:  Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Vermont Teddy Bears - Weathervane Wednesday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 8, 2022, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2022/06/vermont-teddy-bears-weathervane.html: accessed [access date]).