Saturday, August 17, 2019

Surname Saturday – Updated DEARBORN of Exeter and Hampton, New Hampshire

I previously blogged about my DEARBORN ancestors here:  

This lineage has changed due to new findings. I didn’t lose my DEARBORN connections when I found the correct parents of Jonathan Batchelder (about 1800 – 1847), since my new research has found a new lineage back to Godfrey Dearborn.  (See my blog post “A New BATCHELDER lineage” at this link: 

Godfrey Dearborn, a weaver from Hannah, Lincolnshire, signed Reverend Wheelwright’s Combination at Exeter, New Hampshire in 1639.  Around 1648 he removed from Exeter to Hampton and settled in the West End. His house was built on 73 Exeter Road in North Hampton.   His wife, “Goody Dearbarn”, was a member of the Hampton meetinghouse in 1650 and given a pew.  He had six children, mentioning “three daughters” in his will, and his sons Thomas, Henry and John by name.

The will of Godfrey Dearborn of Hampton, 1680

I Godfreey Dearbarne of Hampton in the provenc of New Hampshier in New England Being aged and Inferme of Body * * *
I give and Bequeath Unto Dorothy Dearbarn my loveing wife for the term of her life my Dwellinng House & Barne & orchyard and the Use and Improvementt of all my land both Areable land pastuer & marsh land for her Comfortable subsistenc Duering the terme of Her life, and the use and Improvementt of all my moveables within Dores and withoutt Duering the terme of her life
Itt I doe Give and bequeath Unto my Grand Child Ann Shatredg that now liveth with mee one two year old Heffer which she is to Receive att the End of Her time yt she is to live with mee
Itt I Doe Give Unto my sone Thomas Deararne my Dark Browne horse which I Use to Rid on
Itt I Doe Give Unto my son Thomas and Henry Dearbarn all the Rest of my Cattle thatt shall Remaine att the Decease of the longest liver of mee or my wife Excepting Sheep and swine which are other wayes Disposed of
Itt my will and pleasure is thatt all the Sheepe and swine that shall Remaine att my wives Decease shall be Equally Divided betwixt all my Grand Children yt shall be then living: and the Division to be made by my Executors & over seers
Itt I Doe Give and Bequeath Unto my Son John Dearbarn my House barne and house lott and all my land both Areable land pastuers medows & marshes and all Towne Rights and priveledges thereunto belonging and all my tooles and Carts & other Implements of Husbandry: and I Doe appointt my son John Dearbarne to bee my Exectuer to this my will and the Estate the which he is to Enter Upon and possesse att my wives Decease and to bee and Remaine to him and his Heires for Ever
Itt I Doe ordaine and Appointt my two Eldest sons Thomas Dearbarne and henry Dearbarne to bee my over seers to this my last will and testamentt whom I appointt to see to the managmentt of my Estate thatt my wife may have a Comfortable living outt of itt Duering the terme of her life
And for whatt Houshold stuff I shall leave thatt my wife shall have the use and Improvement thereof Duering the terme of her life, and then to bee Equally Devided Between my three Daughters only leaving itt to my wives liberty to Dispose of whatt was her owne before I maried Her viz one fether Bed & boulster & Rug & Coverlett and her Greatt Bible & her Red flannell petticoate to ye wife of John morse
And this my last will and testamentt I Conferme with my Hand & Seale Affixed therto this fourteenth Day of December in the year of our lord one thousand Six hundred & Eighty
Godfrey Dearbarn X [seale]
Mark & Seale
Signed Sealed & Declared
to bee ye last will of Godfrey
Dearbarn in pr of
Samuell Dalton senr Mehetable Dalton
This was sworn to ye 26 of agust: 86 by mehetable Dalton alice [alias] Simins befor mee
Henry green Justis Peace

Godfrey Dearborn had several famous descendants including General Henry Dearborn (1751 – 1829) of the Revolutionary War who also served as Secretary of War under President Thomas Jefferson.    The city of Dearborn, Michigan was named for General Dearborn, as well as Fort Dearborn (1803) in Chicago. During World War II another Fort Dearborn was established in what is now Odiorne Point State Park in New Hampshire.   

General Dearborn had a son, Henry Alexander Scammell Dearborn (1783 – 1851) who was an Adjutant General of Massachusetts and a Massachusetts statesman.  He wrote many books on botany and was the first president of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

Some DEARBORN genealogy resources:

Provincial Papers, Documents and Records Relating to the Province of New Hampshire from 1686 to 1722, edited by Nathaniel Boulton,  Volume 1, page 133

The New England Historic Genealogical Register, “Lincolnshire Origin of Exeter Settlers”, Volume 68, pages 68 – 72

History of the Town of Hampton, New Hamphire: From Its Settlement in 1638, to the Autumn of 1892, by Joseph Dow, 1893, pages 659 – 672

The Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, by Sybil Noyes, Charles Thornton Libby and Walter Goodwin Davis, reprint 1972, pages 189 – 190.

An old book with some mistakes:
The Dearborns of Hampton, New Hampshire: Descendants of Godffrey Dearborn of Exeter and Hampton, by Joseph Dow, 1893  [available to view online at,  and the Hathi Trust website]

There is also a manuscript at the NEHGS library for a Dearborn family genealogy by Edmund Batchelder Dearborn on microfilm and in the manuscript department.  See CS71 .D285 for the microfilm and Mss C 2993 for the manuscript.  

NEHGS also has a compiled genealogy of the Dearborn family by Henry Alexander Scammell Deaborn (see above) Mss C 4653  as well as his personal papers and letters Mss 859


My DEARBORN Genealogy:

Generation 1:  Godfrey Dearborn,  son of William Dearborn of Willoughby, Lincolnshire and his wife, Agnes Hay, was baptized  on 24 September 1603 in Willoughby and died 4 February 1686 in Hampton, New Hampshire; married first before 1632 to Unknown;  married second 25 November 1662 in Hampton to Dorothy Unknown, widow of Philemon Dalton.  Six children, and I descend from two.

Lineage A:

Generation 2:  Henry Dearborn, baptized on 22 March 1634, died 18 January 1725 in Hampton;  married on 10 January 1666 in Hampton to Elizabeth Marrian, daughter of John Marrian and Sarah Unknown.  She died 6 July 1716 in Hampton.  Seven children, and I descend from two.

Generation 3: John Dearborn, born 10 October 1666 in Hampton, died 22 November 1750 in Hampton;  married on 4 November 1689 in Hampton to Abigail Batchelder, daughter of Nathaniel Batchelder and Deborah Smith.  She was born 28 December 1667 in Hampton and died 14 November 1736 in North Hampton.  Eight children.

Generation 4:  Elizabeth Dearborn, born 31 August 1692 in Hampton, died 10 March 1770 in Rye, New Hampshire; married on 12 January 1716 in Hampton to  John Garland, son of Peter Garland and Sarah Taylor.  He was born 13 April 1692 in Hampton and died about 1741.  Two children.

Generation 5: Elizabeth Garland m. Richard Locke
Generation 6:  Simon Locke m. Abigail Mace
Generation 7: Richard Locke m. Margaret Welch
Generation 8: Abigail M. Locke m. George E. Batchelder 
Generation 9: George E. Batchelder m. Mary Katharine Emerson
Generation 10: Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen 
Generation 11: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)

Lineage B:

Generation 2: John Dearborn, born about 1641 in Hampton, and died 14 November 1731 in Hampton; married Mary Ward, daughter of Thomas Ward and Margaret Shaw. They had three children. 

Generation 3: Mary Dearborn, born 6 May 1678 in Hampton, married Stephen Batchelder on 25 August 1698 in Hampton. He was the son of Nathaniel Batchelder and Deborah Smith, born 8 March 1675/6 in Hampton and died 19 September 1748 in Hampton. They had seven children.

Generation 4:  Stephen Batchelder m. Jane Lamprey
Generation 5:  Nathaniel Batchelder m. Mary Longfellow
Generation 6:  Nathaniel Batchelder m. Mary Perkins
Generation 7: Jonathan Batchelder m. Nancy Thomson
Generation 8: George E. Batchelder m. Abigail M. Locke (see above) 


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday – Updated DEARBORN of Exeter and Hampton, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted August 17, 2019, (

Friday, August 16, 2019

Vincent on a Tricycle! Photo Friday

This image was digitized from a photograph found in a cousin's collection of family photos in Spain.  Vincent and his parents were living in New York City, and this must have been one of the photos they sent back to relatives in Spain.

The back of the photo reads "Para Tios Joaquin y Luisa y tambien para primito Joaquin. Besos, Vicentin" dated 17-11-62.   English translation "To Uncle Joaquin and Aunt Luisa and also for my little cousin Joaquin.  Kisses, Vicentin [a nickname for Vincent in Spanish]"  Dated 17-11-62 or 17 November 1962, very near Vincent's second birthday.  Which explains the shiny new tricycle!

Vincent's mother was very, very good about labeling photos.  Even those she sent to relatives.  This is a lesson for all of us!


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Vincent on a Tricycle!  Photo Friday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted August 16, 2019, ( accessed [access date]).

Thursday, August 15, 2019

History Alive New Hampshire August 17 and 18 in Hillsborough, New Hampshire

This weekend, August 17 and 18, 2019 in Hillsborough, New Hampshire the event that was formerly known as "Living History" will be held under the new name "History Alive".

Enjoy interactive living history from the early colonial times, the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, and Civil War time periods.   There will be artisans, sutlers selling their wares, battle re-enactments, cannons roaring, food, music, demonstrations of military and domestic skills, and more.  This year there will be over a dozen activities for children and families at the two locations in Hillsborough Center and on Jones Road. You can tour the Hillsborough Heritage Museum and the Franklin Pierce Homestead Historic Park.

You can see the full schedule for Saturday, Sunday and on-going activities at this link: 

At 11am on both Saturday and Sunday there will be living history presentations by "Oney Judge Staines", the slave of George and Martha Washington who escaped to freedom in New Hampshire. The highlight of the weekend will be a period dance at 5pm Saturday at the Stonewall Farm Bed and Breakfast at 235 Windsor Road featuring contra dancing.  Sunday will feature a historic church service with an 1800s style sermon at the Methodist Church.

Don't miss the 250th anniversary quilt on display at Hillsborough Center. Each quilt square features historic and unique places around Hillsborough. The quilt will be raffled off to benefit necessary repairs to the oldest church in Hillsborough.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for children for a two day wrist band good for all events.

For the truly curious:

History Alive, New Hampshire 

Stonewall Farm Bed and Breakfast 

General Lee meets General Washington
at Hillsborough, New Hampshire

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Weathervane Wednesday - A Tall Ship at a New Hampshire Academy

A special edition of "Weathervane Wednesday"...

This impressive gilded tall ship weathervane can be seen over the Philips Exeter Academy building in Exeter, New Hampshire.  The weathervane was donated by an anonymous donor in 1914 when the building was first opened.  The ship is named "Sidney S." for the president of the board of Trustees in 1914, Sidney Smith.  In the 1957 book The Story of Philips Exeter by Myron Williams he stated that this image of a ship is from the State of New Hampshire seal.  During the American Revolution Exeter was the state capital, and also a center for ship building.  In those times, the Exeter River was navigable all the way to the Atlantic Ocean.

This gilded three dimensional weathervane appears to be a model of a real ship from the rigging down to the rudder.  It is very lifelike and realistic.  An image at the website for the school archives shows the principal Stephen G. Kurtz with the weathervane, and it appears to be about four feet long 

Philips Exeter Academy is a prep school for grades 9 to 12 established in 1781.  The academy went co-educational in 1970.  The Academy building, where the weathervane sits, is the fourth building of the same name, built when a fire destroyed the third building. It holds the chapel and a small museum. The bell in the tower still rings to mark the end of classes.  80% of the students live in the dormitories, and 20% commute from home.

The Philips Exeter Academy website: 

Click here to see over 400 other Weathervane Wednesday posts: 


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday - A Tall Ship at a New Hampshire Academy", Nutfield Genealogy, posted August 14, 2019 ( accessed [access date]).

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Londonderry’s 120th Annual Old Home Days, August 14 – 18, 2019

Londonderry, New Hampshire has observed Old Home Day for many years.  It is one of the few New Hampshire towns that have continued to observe Old Home Day on the traditional third weekend in August, as established in 1899 by former New Hampshire Governor Frank Rollins.  See this past blog post for more on the history of Old Home Day in New Hampshire:  

This year will be the 300th anniversary of Londonderry, which was originally established as “Nutfield” in 1719 by Rev. James MacGregor and his flock of Ulster Presbyterians who left Northern Ireland.  Special events have been added to the Old Home Day celebrations for this special anniversary, including many historical Scots Irish cultural events such as weaving, linen production, bagpipers, and more at the Morrison House sponsored by the Londonderry Historical Society (see this link for a list of all these activities: )   I will be there at the Morrison House (a short walk from the common) between noon and 2pm for genealogical questions and consultation. 

This year, the five-day celebration begins on Wednesday, August 14th, and ends on Sunday, August 18th.  There is all the traditional, old-fashioned fun you have seen in past years, such as band concerts, kids movie night, fireworks, a parade, a 5K race, the baby contest, and the booths and events on the town common.  And this year will also include some new events for the 300th anniversary.  Be sure to visit booths #44 and #43 for Nutfield History and the Friends of the First Parish Meetinghouse to pick up historical information and your commemorative Nutfield coins, too.  

The theme for this year’s 120th Old Home Day celebration is “300 Years of Family and Friends”.  The winning entry theme for this year came from Mrs. Murphy’s 4th Grade Class at South School. If you are a descendant and would like to ride on a trolley in this year's parade, please contact for more information about participation. 

The Londonderry Old Home Day website:   

The schedule and event brochure (PDF and printable!):

For all the fun historical events planned for Saturday, August 17th at the Londonderry Historical Society’s Morrison House Museum, please see this blog post:   

Saturday, August 10, 2019

LAMPREY of Hampton, New Hampshire

The Lamprey River Forest in Epping, New Hampshire


There are many family stories about my 9th great grandfather, Henry Lamprey (about 1616 – 1700), and some of these have been disproved by Alicia Crane Williams in her Early New England Families Study Project for NEHGS.  These stories claim that Henry Lamprey and his wife came from London in 1653. They claim that Henry, a lower class cooper, married an heiress.

According to Joseph Dow’s History of the Town of Hampton, New Hampshire, there was “a pretty story (of the truth of which there is little doubt) has been handed down from generation to generation that this little wife received for her marriage dowry a scale, containing her weight (one hundred twelve pounds) in gold. The chest which held the treasure is still preserved, being now [1893] owned by the children of the late Morris Lamprey, Esq. of St. Paull, Minn.”  No proof has been found for this pretty story.

The truth is that we barely know Lamprey’s wife, whose name appears as Julianne or Gillian in various records. We know that Lamprey lived in a house in Boston because of a deposition from 1697 where he stated he lived in a house during Bezaliel Payton’s lifetime (Payton died before 21 November 1651 when an inventory was taken on his estate). Lamprey was a co-signer on a mortgage in Boston on 20 December 1651.

Henry Lamprey was poor and in debt from the time he lived in Boston until his death in New Hampshire. There were court records for debts in Boston in 1652, and 1654, and 1660. There were court records for more debt in Hampton in 1662, 1668 and 1677.  In 1659 “Mr. Lampree & wife warned out of town” [Portsmouth]. By 1660 he removed to Hampton, New Hampshire, and he received a grant of 60 acres of land there in 1670.  He took the oath of allegiance at Hampton with Danll Lamprey and Benjamin Lamprey. 

Henry and Gillian Lamprey had eight children The first four born in England, the next two in Boston, and the rest in Hampton, New Hampshire:

     1.      Henry, born about 1641, died 1721 in Stratham, NH m. Elizabeth Mitchell
     2.      Unknown, born about 1644, died after 1668
     3.      Elizabeth, born about 1646, m. Daniel Dow
     4.      Daniel, born about 1649, died 1732 in Hampton
     5.      Mary, born 8 March 1653/4 in Boston, died before March 1657
     6.      Mary, born 19 March 1657/8 in Boston, died 7 June 1663 in Hampton
     7.      Benjamin, born 29 November, died about 1660
     8.      Benjamin, (see below)

I descend from the youngest child, Benjamin (1661 – 1751/2) who married first Jane Batchelder, mother of his twelve children. He married a second woman, Mary Unknown. He lived all his life in Hampton.
Children all born in Hampton: 

     1.       Benjamin, born 9 October 1688 in Hampton, m. Sarah Dow
     2.      Deborah, born 1690 in Hampton, m. Samuel Palmer
     3.      Daniel, born 23 February 1691/2, died 2 April 1718, unmarried
     4.      Sarah, born July 1695, m. Robert Moulton
     5.      Nathaniel, born before 26 June 1698, m. Ruth Palmer
     6.      Jane Lamprey (see below)
     7.      Henry Lamprey, born 25 February 1700/1, m. Esther Palmer
     8.      Elizabeth, born 18 February 1703, m. Jonathan Moulton
     9.      Abigail, born 3 May 1705, m. Josiah Batchelder  
    10.  John, born 17 August 1707, m. Mary Johnson
    11.  Hannah, born 13 November 1709, m. John Moulton
    12.  Morris, born 20 December 1711, m. Elizabeth Batchelder

I descend next from Jane Lamprey, baptized on 30 April 1699 and who married her first cousin Stephen Batchelder (1701 – 1748/9), son of Stephen Batchelder and Mary Dearborn.  They lived in North Hampton at North Hill. They had nine Batchelder children born in Hampton.

I have lived in New Hampshire for 37 years and have driven past the Lamprey River many times. I always thought it was named for the fish that inhabit these waters near the Great Bay.  However, I recently discovered it was named for a John Lamprey that lived nearby.  The Lamprey River runs through Epping, Lee, and Durham.  I'm not sure which John Lamprey this river was named after, but I'm sure he was a distant cousin! 

For more information on the LAMPREY family:

Early New England Families Study Project, 1641 - 1700 (Original Online Database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2013. (By Alicia Crane Williams, Lead Genealogist.) 

Sybil Noyes, Charles T. Libby, and Walter Goodwin Davis, Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire (Portland, Me: 1928 - 29, 1972) , page 409

George Freeman Sanborn, Jr. and Melinde Lutz Sanborn, Vital Records of Hampton, New Hampshire to the End of the Year 1900, 2 Vols. (Boston: NEHGS, 1992)

Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, Volume 2, edited by William Richard Cutter, page 663

References to Henry Lamprey and Edmund Johnson and their descendants, prepared by Henry Cadle (Bethany, Missouri, 1893?)

Lamprey River Advisory Committee   

My LAMPREY genealogy:

Generation 1:  Henry Lamprey, born about 1616 in England, died 7 August 1700 in Hampton, New Hampshire; married about 1641 in England to Julianne (sp?) Unknown.  She died May 1670 in Hampton. Eight children.

Generation 2: Benjamin Lamprey, born 28 September 1661 in Hampton, died 23 January 1751/2 in Hampton; married on first 10 November 1687 in Hampton to Jane Batchelder, daughter of Nathaniel Batchelder and Deborah Smith. She was born 8 January 1669 in Hampton, and died 17 September 1735 in Hampton, and was the mother of twelve children. He married second to Mary Unknown.

Generation 3:  Jane Lamprey, baptized on 30 April 1699 in Hampton; married on 1 August 1721 in Hampton to Stephen Batchelder, her first cousin, son of Stephen Batchelder and Mary Dearborn. He was born 19 July 1701 in North Hampton, and died 6 March 1748/9 in North Hampton. Nine children.

Generation 4: Nathaniel Batchelder m. Mary Longfellow
Generation 5: Nathaniel Batchelder m. Mary Perkins
Generation 6: Jonathan Batchelder m. Nancy Thompson
Generation 7: George E. Batchelder m. Abigail M. Locke
Generation 8: George E. Batchelder m. Mary Katharine Emerson
Generation 9:  Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 10:  Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)

Heather Wilkinson Rojo,” LAMPREY of Hampton, New Hampshire”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted August 10, 2019, ( accessed [access date]). 

Friday, August 9, 2019

Are you a Nutfield Descendant? Would you like to ride in the Londonderry Old Home Day parade?

Old Home Day, 2013, Londonderry, New Hampshire

This year the 120th Londonderry, New Hampshire Old Home Day will feature a lot of special events for the 300th Anniversary of the founding of Nutfield.  There will be many things going on Saturday, August 17th of historic interest, but if you are a descendant of one of the founding families of Nutfield (Londonderry, Windham, Derry or Derryfield, New Hampshire) you will find some of these of interest - especially the opportunity to ride on a trolley in the famous Old Home Day parade!

If you are a descendant of one of the original Scots Irish families of Nutfield, please email your contact information to  and we'll reserve a seat for you on the trolley in the parade!  The parade runs down Mammoth Road in Londonderry from 10:15 to 11:45, and we will send you all the participation details.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to show off your roots to thousands of spectators!

Check this list for the names of the first 16 families in Nutfield, plus Rev. James MacGregor:    There were dozens and dozens more Scots Irish families who followed these first settlers to Londonderry, New Hampshire, plus settlers from Massachusetts and other parts of New Hampshire and Maine.

Londonderry Old Home Day Parade 2009

Weaving demonstrations 2013

Old Home Day, Londonderry Common 2014

Londonderry Common Booths, Old Home Day, 2013

Old Home Day, Cannon fire demonstrations at the Morrison House

Other events pertaining to the 300th Anniversary on Saturday, August 17th:

The Old Home Day Parade-  Mammoth Road from the middle school to Mack's Apples Farm Stand from 10:15 - 11:45

The Morrison House Museum - 10am - 4pm - just a short walk from the Londonderry Town Common, located at 140 Pillsbury Road, will feature reeanactors, craftspeople, music, food, historical displays, a Revolutionary War era military encampment, and tours of the Morrison House, the R. P. Clark & Son Blacksmith Shop, and the 1859 Parmenter Barn. Included are many events pertaining to the Scots Irish culture such as bagpipers, linen production, and weaving.   For more details, please see this blog post: 

Several booths on the Londonderry Town Common 11am - 4pm will feature historic information:
      Booth #44  "Nutfield 300th" -  learn more about the 300th anniversary and purchase souvenirs including the commemorative 300th anniversary coin
      Booth #43  "Friends of the Meetinghouse" - learn about the preservation effort underway to preserve the 1769 meetinghouse built by the original congregation founded by Rev. James MacGregor in 1719.

At 2pm on the Bandstand on the Common there will be a historic Opening of the 250th Nutfield Time Capsule.  Don't miss this!

Sebastián García (1878 - 1962) Photo Friday

Here is another digitized image from Vincent's cousin's collection.  This is Sebastián García, Vincent's 2nd great grandfather.  He was the son of Celestino García and Joaquina Muñoz, born 6 May 1878 in Fraga, Huesca, Spain, and died 22 June 1962 in Puerto Seguro, Salamanca Spain.  He married Maria Ribero on 9 April 1902 and they had three children:

1. Joaquín García, born 1904, married Luisa Antonia Martín in 1930
2. José García, born 1908, married María Consuelo Martín (yes, two brothers married two sisters!)
3. María Ascención García, born 1913, never married (this is Vincent's "Tia Chon")

Vincent's grandfather was Sebastián's second son, José.

Sebastián was a "carabinero" in Salamanca.  The carabineros were established in 1829 as a rural frontier guard and border patrol.   The village of Puerto Seguro was right on the Portuguese border.  Both of Sebastián's two eldest sons became carabineros during the Spanish Civil War.  In 1940 the carabineros merged with the Guardia Civil under the Franco regime. José García, Vincent's grandfather, was a Captain in the Guardia Civil until his retirement.

In the photo above the uniform would be greyish green. Some countries in South America still have a police force called carabineros, such as Chile's national police.

For more information about Sebastián García, see this blog post:  


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Sebastián García (1878 - 1962) Photo Friday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted August 9, 2019, ( accessed [access date]).