Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Monday, April 24, 2017
|Gertrude's brother, Arthur Russell Hitchings ( 1897 - 1967),|
married Ethel Elizabeth Coleman in 1920. He served
in Germany during World War 1, just a few
years before these diary entries were written.
This is the 20th installment of my grandmother's diary from 1920. Her name was Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (1905 - 2001) and she lived on Elliott Street in Beverly, Massachusetts. I'm transcribing small sections of this tiny 3" diary, with its minuscule handwriting, and posting it at my blog every Monday. You can read the first installment of the diary HERE.
NOTE: Gertrude went riding (bikes? trolleys?) with her friend Rozella. She visited her married sister Helen. On Saturday she went shopping with her sister Eunice and friend Ida. Who is Frank (and she underlined this name)? A new boyfriend?
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "My Grandmother's Diary ~ Part 20, August 31 - September 11, 1920", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 24, 2017, ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/04/my-grandmothers-diary-august-31.html: accessed [access date]).
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Generation 9: Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 10: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)
Friday, April 21, 2017
Josefa Rivero was born 23 October 1884 in the little village of Villar de Ciervo in Salamanca, Spain. This village is directly on the border of Portugal - there is only a tiny stream of water dividing the two countries in this village. She was the daughter of Manuel Rivero and Orofilia Gonzalez. Her father was a "molinero" or miller. They had four children: Nicolas (b. 1877), Jerman (b. 1879), Juan Mamon (b. 1880) and Josefa was the youngest.
She married Manuel Martin on 23 January 1904 in Villar de Ciervo. He was the son of Mateo Martin and Manuela Ventura, born about 1880 in Barcelona, Spain. He was a cattle and sheep trader, and bred "toros bravos" or sporting bulls for bullfighting. He had a farm in Villar de Ciervo and grew grapes for wine. They had four children Maria Joaquina (b. 1904), Nicolas Martin, Luisa Antonia (b. 1906), and Maria Consuelo (b. 1908) who was the youngest and Vincent's grandmother.
Josefa died on 17 November 1937 in Villar de Ciervo. Manuel survived his wife by many years and died on 10 September 1971 in Villar de Ciervo.
This is the only photo I have seen of Josefa. Below is a painting we own of the Martin house in the village of Villar de Ciervo. It was painted from the rear of the house, not the street view. About 20 years ago we visited this home, and bought the painting from the village pharmacist. It hangs in my office, right behind my desk as I type up this blog post on my computer.
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Josefa Rivero 1884 - 1937 Villar de Ciervo, Salamanca, Spain", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 21, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/04/josefa-rivero-1884-1937-villar-de.html: accessed [access date]).
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Today's weather vane was photographed in New Hampshire by a reader.
Do you know the location of weathervane post #307? Scroll down to find the answer.
Yes, Tamworth is celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2016. It was granted in 1766 by Royal Governor Benning Wentworth in honor of the Viscount Tamworth of England. This is the town where the Chinook sled dog breed was created, and they are now the New Hampshire state dogs. These dogs were used by Admiral Byrd on his Antarctic explorations. Tamworth is also the home of the summer theater Barnstormers, and the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm.
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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above a New England Town Hall", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 19, 2017, ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/04/weathervane-wednesday-above-new-england.html: accessed [access date]).
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Who departed for heaven
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Rev. Simon Williams, died 1793 Windham, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 18, 2017, ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/04/tombstone-tuesday-rev-simon-williams.html: accessed [access date]).
Monday, April 17, 2017
|My grandmother, Gertrude (left) and her friend Bea (right) at Mrs. Wilkins.|
Was this photo taken in Haverhill, Massachusetts?
On the 15th Mrs and Mr. Wilkins came down (along with Gertrude's brother, Russell, and his wife, Ethel). In the next few diary entries it appears that the Wilkins lived in Haverhill, at least they lived there in the summer.
In researching this bit about Bea moving to Haverhill, I was delighted to find her birth record (born 1 September 1906 in Hamilton, Massachusetts), but saddened to learn that she died in 1925 in Boston, Massachusetts. She died very young, just a few years after this diary was written, and she wasn't even 20 years old.
Gertrude also mentions playing tennis at "the castle". This refers to Winnekenni Castle in Haverhill. It was built in 1875 as a summer estate, and donated to the city of Haverhill as a park in 1895. It is still a park, and the castle is used for weddings, theater, craft fairs and other community events. You can read more about Winnekenni castle at this link: http://www.winnekenni.com/
Saturday, April 15, 2017
|The John Becket House, 1655, at the House of Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts|
is labeled the "Retire Becket House" by the front door.
|There is a reconstruction of the main cabin of Cleopatra's Barge|
inside the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts
William Becket, my 8th great grandfather, was also a shipwright, as well as his son, John Becket (1684 – 1763). This lineage lived in Salem from John Becket the immigrant in the 1650s until my grandmother’s time. If you look down below to generation 8 you will see my great great grandfather, Abijah F. Hitchings, who was the deputy customs collector at the Salem Custom House, also on the waterfront. He lived in a house that stood on the land that is now the parking lot for visitors to the House of Seven Gables. This family has always lived in this neighborhood of Salem.
Friday, April 14, 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
|Oooh, la la! |
Does Minnie look a little more sexy in Paris than the US Disney parks?
or is it just me?
We were all extremely jealous of this trip to Euro Disney, but a few years later we were all able to visit as a family. We have many fond memories of that trip. Some years later this park was renamed Disneyland Paris.
As genealogists and family historians, we usually concentrate on the historic moments our ancestors lived. Are you saving memories from the historic moments in YOUR life for your descendants?
|The ticket to Euro Disney|
|A commemorative ticket given to first day guests|
|Guest guides to Euro Disney|
|The Euro Disney Sleeping Beauty Castle. There is a dragon in the dungeon under the castle!|
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "An Historic Moment - Euro Disney Opens on April 12, 1992", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 12, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/04/an-historic-moment-euro-disney-opens-on.html: accessed [access date]).
Weathervane Wednesday is an on-going series of photographs I post weekly. I started out by publishing only weather vanes from the Londonderry area, but now I've been finding interesting weather vanes from all over New England. Sometimes these weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are very unique. Often, my readers tip me off to some very special and unusual weather vanes.
Today's weather vanes were seen in New Hampshire.
Do you know the location of all the weather vanes in post #306? Scroll down to see the answer...
Last fall we took a lovely cruise up the Piscataqua River from Portsmouth to Dover, New Hampshire. It was supposed to be a foliage cruise, but the narration was excellent for the history of the area. We passed many historical sights because the river was used for settlement, industry, shipping, transportation and recreation. The autumn foliage was wonderful, but Vincent also took lots of great photos of buildings, factories, cities, towns, boats, birds (including a bald eagle!), wildlife and several weathervanes.
The first weathervane A is in the city of Portsmouth, were we started our cruise. This is the weathervane above the steeple of St. John's Episcopal Church at 100 Chapel Street. It is an old banner style weather vane. This church was founded in 1732 as an Anglican church called "Queen's Chapel" on the same site as the present church. After the revolution it was renamed "St. John's", and the present building was erected in 1807.
Weathervanes B and C were spotted above private residences along the river. There were many homes seen along the waterway, from spacious mansions to small summer cottages. We traveled up the Piscataqua and then turned up the Cocheco River towards the city of Dover.
Weather vane D is on the steeple above "St. John's Apartments" on Chapel Street in Dover. This is a former church renovated into four floors of elderly housing. This is a beautiful, intricate ship, symbolic of the shipping industry that was common here along the Cocheco River before the river was dammed for the textile mills. After the dam was built the Cocheco became too shallow and silty for shipping.
St. John's Episcopal Church Portsmouth, New Hampshire website - http://www.stjohnsnh.org/
St. John's Apartments - http://www.doverhousingauthority.org/st.-john-s.html
Portsmouth Harbor Cruise foliage tour-
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Tombstone Tuesday~ Asa Gordon, d. 1838 and his two sons named Abel, buried in Hooksett, New Hampshire
Asa Gordon was born 18 March 1785 in Hooksett, New Hampshire, the son of Robert Franklin Gordon and Anna Bunting of Londonderry, New Hampshire; and grandson of William Gordon (1720 - 1753) an immigrant to Londonderry from Scotland. He married Susan Bown on 10 November 1827 in Rumford, Maine. Listed in the Maine Vital records - is a son named Robert F. Gordon, born in Hooksett (about 1829) and died in Livermore, Maine on 14 July 1907 at age 78 years, 11 months and 16 days. Another son, John H. Gordon, died in Livermore on March 19, 1915, born about 1838 in Hooksett.
There was a petition dated 7 February 1821 and signed by the men of Hooksett, including Asa Gordon's name, to separate the town from Chester. The petition was successful and the town was incorporated in 1822.
Asa Gordon is listed in the 1830 Federal Census as living in Hooksett with 1 male under age 5, 1 male between ages of 30 to 40, and 1 female ages 20 - 30.
There is a SAR flag on this grave designating it as a veteran of the Revolutionary War, but Asa Gordon would have been just a baby by the end of this war. Perhaps he served in another war, maybe the War of 1812?
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday~ Asa Gordon, d. 1838 and his two sons named Abel, buried in Hooksett, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 11, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/04/tombstone-tuesday-asa-gordon-d-1838-and.html: accessed [access date]).
Monday, April 10, 2017