Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Captain John Carter, buried 1692 in Woburn, Massachusetts

This tombstone was photographed at the Old Burial Ground (First Burial Ground) in Woburn, Massachusetts

MEMENTO                               FUGIT
MORI                                         HORA


Captain John Carter, my 8th great grandfather, was the son of Thomas Carter (1585 – 1652) and his wife, Mary (died 1665), of Charlestown, Massachusetts.   John Carter was born about 1617 in England and died 14 September 1692 in Woburn, Massachusetts.  He married first to Elizabeth Kendall, my 8th great grandmother, in 1642 in Woburn.  She had five children, and died on 6 May 1691 in Woburn.  John Carter married a second time, to Elizabeth Groce, in 1692.

My CARTER lineage:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Tombstone Tuesday ~ Captain John Carter, buried 1692 in Woburn, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 25, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/07/tombstone-tuesday-captain-john-carter.html: accessed [access date]). 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Our Family ChartMasters Heirloom Family Tree

Our Family Tree, by Family Chartmasters
Quite a few years ago, in 2011, I met Janet Hvorka of the Family Chartmasters at the Southern California Genealogy Society Jamboree in Burbank, California.  She had a lovely booth all set up with lots of family trees, and we admired them and dreamed about ordering one someday.  We looked at their pretty fan charts, and ancestor charts with photos, and just couldn't decide. Time went by…

In 2013 I met Janet Hvorka at her lovely booth again at the RootsTech genealogy conference in Salt Lake City.  This time we ooohed and ahhhhed over more new family tree charts and dreamed a bit more about having a nice tree to display on the wall.  There were big charts with lots of generations, all sizes and shapes, and even some that looked like real trees.  Our daughter was getting married so we decided to wait so we could put the happy couple on a future family tree.  Time went by…

In 2015 Janet Hvorka was at the New England Regional Genealogy Conference (NERGC)  in Providence Rhode Island, with her lovely booth and even more charts and trees.  She showed us all the new layouts and designs for family trees and multigeneration charts.  We were very excited because the happy couple, my daughter and son-in-law, were expecting our first grandchild.  We discussed a possible tree with Janet, and she explained how we could show all the ancestors, and our descendants on a family tree.  Wow!  We decided to wait until the baby was born so we could include the new name on the chart.  Time went by…

NERGC is a biennial conference, so this year at Springfield, Massachusetts we toured the vendor hall and – you guessed it – we bumped into Janet Hvorka and her lovely Family Chartmaster booth again.  Years had passed since we first thought of this possible family tree,  and even though the vendor hall had several other vendors selling custom charts, and even though our grandbaby is now almost two years old WE DID IT!  We gave Janet a down payment on a large wall chart with our family tree!  It was a new kind of tree (drawn like a real tree), just like the 19th century tree charts I have admired in the past (click here to see a HASKELL family tree I photographed at the NEHGS library in Boston:  https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2014/02/haskell-family-tree.html )

Well, you know me by now.  NERGC was in April, and it is now July.  Time went by…  as we considered all our options and finally submitted our GEDCOM file to Janet.  Then FamilyChartmasters got to work finagling all the generations and names into a free form tree with my ancestors on the right side branches, and Vincent’s ancestors on the left, and our descendants down in the roots.  We worked via email with a very patient and skillful employee named Christine.
Over the next few weeks Christine took our email suggestions and tweaked branches, added generations, and squeezed in hundreds of names.  The final result was wonderful!

Between email, this little booklet and the website
we were able to work with FamilyChartmasters to design
our family tree

We had the chart professionally framed and it hangs in our family room.  At a family birthday party last weekend everyone had fun finding their branch on the tree, or even finding their own name!  I don’t know if you can see in the photo because of the glare on the glass, but each leaf is not only labeled with a name, but the name of the country or state is on the leaf, too.  There are nine generations in the branches, and our grandchild is down below!

Thanks Janet, Christine and everyone at Family Chartmasters!  I would recommend their family trees to anyone who would like to hang a chart in their home. The process was easy, and well worth the time, affordable, and provided us with a real family heirloom.  We all love the final result!

The Family Chartmasters website:  https://familychartmasters.com/ 

Family Chartmasters at Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/FamilyChartMasters/


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Our Family ChartMasters Heirloom Family Tree", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 24, 2017, (https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/07/our-familychartmasters-heirloom-family.html: accessed [access date]). 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ MAVERICK of Dorchester, Massachusetts

A Map of Boston Harbor
Please note the locations of Noddle's Island,
Thompson's Island and Dorchester 


John Maverick, my 11th great grandfather, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Exeter College at Oxford University on 8 July 1599, and with a Master’s degree on 7 July 1603.  At the time of his second degree he was already an ordained minister at the town of Exeter. He was also called to be the rector at Beaworthy, in Devon, until he resigned just before coming to New England with the Winthrop fleet.  He arrived on the ship Mary and John on 30 May 1630.  John Maverick became a freeman in Dorchester on 18 May 1631, and he was the minister there until he died in 1636.

John Maverick married Mary Gye at Islington in 1600.  She had a long royal ancestry stretching back to the Plantagenets sketched out in the New England Historic Genealogical Register Volume 115, pages 248 – 253.  They had a son, Samuel, who married the widow Amias (Cole) Thompson, who was the wife of David Thompson (1592 – 1628), my 9th great grandfather, who lived on Thompson’s Island in Boston Harbor.  Another son, Moses, was my 10th great grandfather.

Moses Maverick’s first wife was my 10th great grandmother.  Her name was Remember Allerton, and she was a five year old passenger on the Mayflower, along with her parents and siblings. Moses owned land in Dorchester, which he sold and removed to Salem in 1634.  He lived in Marblehead, contiguous to Salem, in 1635.  He rented Noddle’s Island in Boston Harbor, now known as East Boston near the airport. There is still a Maverick subway station in East Boston, and a Maverick Square. It’s interesting that two of my ancestors owned islands in Boston Harbor.

Samuel and Moses Maverick were notorious slave owners, both Indians and Africans.  The first colonial slave ship was built in Marblehead in 1636, and Moses Maverick was probably an investor.  Moses was part of the effort to split the peninsula of Marblehead off from Salem, and he was one of the first Marblehead selectmen.   There are many stories and books about Samuel and Moses Maverick so I won’t repeat them here.  They are some of my most notorious “black sheep” ancestors. You can read more about Samuel and Moses Maverick and their slaves at Bill West’s blog post here:  http://westinnewengland.blogspot.com/2012/01/thomas-slave.html

Moses and Remember had seven children. Their daughter, Abigail Maverick (1645 – 1686) is my 9th great grandmother.  She was the first wife of Samuel Ward of Salem, and they had seven children.  Major Samuel Ward died on the Expedition to Quebec, Canada led by Sir William Phips.  This was a fleet of 30 ships from Boston, and about two thousand men, which suffered a great loss.  Four ships sank and many men died.  Some of the surviving men brought back smallpox, which spread throughout Boston and Dorchester, killing another 57 people.

Some MAVERICK resources:

The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620 - 1633, by Robert Charles Anderson, 1995, Volume II, pages 1241 – 1243 for a sketch of John Maverick and his children.

Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume Seventeen: Isaac Allerton [one of the Silver books series], 1998, pages 4 – 6 for Moses Maverick and Remember Allerton, and pages 9 – 10 for Abigail Maverick and Samuel Ward.  Martha Ward and John Tuttle are outlined on pages 26 – 27, and Martha Tuttle and Mark Haskell are on pages 65 – 66. 

Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies of the United States, by Gary Boyd Roberts, 2008, page 377.

Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, by Douglas Richardson and Kimball G. Everingham, 1990, page 370.

There is an entire blog about Samuel Maverick at this link [unknown author]:  http://samuelmaverick.blogspot.com/

My MAVERICK genealogy:

Generation 1:  John Maverick, son of Peter Maverick and Dorothy Tucke, baptized 28 October 1578 in Awliscombe, Devonshire, England, died 3 February 1636 at Dorchester, Massachusetts;  married on 28 October 1600 to Mary Gye, daughter of Robert Gye and Drace Dowrish.  She died after 9 October 1666 in Massachusetts. Nine children.

Generation 2:  Moses Maverick, baptized 3 November 1611 in Huish, Devonshire, England and died 28 January 1686 in Marblehead, Massachusetts; married before 6 May 1635 in Marblehead to Remember Allerton, daughter of Isaac Allerton and Mary Norris (Mayflower passengers).  She was born about 1614 in Leyden, Holland and died before 22 October 1656.  Six children.

Generation 3: Abigail Maverick, baptized 12 January 1645 in Salem, Massachusetts, died before January 1686; married about 1662 in Ipswich to Samuel Ward, son of Samuel Ward and Mary Hilliard.  He was baptized 18 November 1638 in Hingham, Massachusetts and died between 30 July 1689 and 12 March 1691 during the Expedition to Quebec, Canada.

Generation 4:  Martha Ward m. John Tuthill
Generation 5:  Martha Tuthill m. Mark Haskell
Generation 6: Lucy Haskell m. Jabez Treadwell
Generation 7: Nathaniel Treadwell m. Mary Hovey
Generation 8: Jabez Treadwell m. Betsey Jillings Homan
Generation 9: Eliza Ann Treadwell m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 10: Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 11: Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 12:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “ Surname Saturday ~ MAVERICK of Dorchester, Massachusetts“, Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 22, 2017, (https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/07/surname-saturday-maverick-of-dorchester.html: accessed [access date]). 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Our House in Holden ~ Photo Friday

These images are from my grandmother's slide collection.  They were given to be my a first cousin,  and were digitized by another cousin's son for me.  Thanks, Lani and Rob!

My grandfather must have taken these images when my grandparents came to visit us at our new house in Holden, Massachusetts.  We lived at 4 Scenic Drive, and moved there in January 1968.  It looks like this was that following fall, because the leaves of the trees are starting to turn colors.

In the top photo it looks like my sister was waiting on the front steps for me to come home from school.  I was in second grade, and she was about four years old. If you look closely you can see my grandmother, Bertha, peeking through the screen door!

The second photo shows our house from the side.  It was a very small ranch house.  You can barely see me sitting on the front steps.


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Our House in Holden ~ Photo Friday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 21, 2017, (https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/07/our-house-in-holden-photo-friday.html: accessed [access date]).

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Weathervane Wednesday ~ The first time I've seen THIS animal on a weathervane!

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 vane is from somewhere in New Hampshire.

Do you know the location of weather vane #320?  Scroll down to see the answer...

This unique alpaca weathervane can be seen atop the Someday Farm's barn in Canterbury, New Hampshire. We were here during the May 2017 New Hampshire Open Doors tour, when businesses and artisans all over the Granite State hold open houses for touring and shopping.  There are NH Open Doors tours every fall and spring. 

It was fun to tour this alpaca farm, to see the newborn alpacas and to feel the super soft yarns and knitted items made from this yarn.  The owner of the farm said she remembered the day her custom weathervane and cupola were raised by crane over her new barn.  I told her I had never seen an alpaca weathervane.  Have you?   

Some Day Alpaca Farm website http://www.somedayfarm.com/

New Hampshire Open Doors https://nhopendoors.com/


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ The first time I've seen THIS animal on a weathervane!", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 19, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/07/weathervane-wednesday-first-time-ive.html: accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Anna (Long) Converse, buried 1691 in Woburn, Massachusetts

This tombstone was photographed at the Old Burial Ground (First Burial Ground) in Woburn, Massachusetts.

10 1691

Anna (Long) Converse was my 8th great grandmother. She was born 1 June 1623 in St. Albans, England, and died 10 August 1691 in Woburn, Massachusetts. She was the first wife of Lt. James Converse, son of Deacon Edward Converse and Sarah Parker. Anna and James were married on 24 October 1643 in Woburn. 

Anna was the daughter of Robert Long and Sarah Taylor of Charlestown, Massachusetts.  They came to New England aboard the ship Defence on 7 July 1635.  Robert Long operated an inn in Bedfordshire, and owned the famous “Three Cranes” in Charlestown.  This inn stayed in the Long family for 100 years, and burned on 17 June 1777 when Charlestown was set on fire by the British when they evacuated Boston.

You can read more about “The Three Cranes” inn of Charlestown, Massachusetts, where Anna grew up, in this blog post:

My LONG lineage:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Tombstone Tuesday ~ Anna (Long) Converse, buried 1691 in Woburn, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 18, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/07/tombstone-tuesday-anna-long-converse.html: accessed [access date]). 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ WARD of Hingham and Charlestown, Massachusetts


Samuel Ward, my 10th great grandfather, was an early settler at Hingham, Massachusetts.  He might have been the brother of the Henry Ward who was buried there on 15 May 1642.  His first wife was Mary Hilliard, who died at Hingham 28 November 1638 ten days after giving birth to my 9th great grandfather, Samuel, Jr.  Mary had given four children to Samuel, Sr.  His second wife was Frances Pitcher, the widow of a Mr. Reycroft.  Frances died in 1690 and is buried at Copp’s Hill Burial Ground in Boston.

Samuel first owned land in Hingham that is now part of the town of Hull, Massachusetts. He removed to Charlestown where he owned a lot of land and was known as “Mr.”  He died on 31 August 1682 in Charlestown, and his will mentions his wife, Frances, his son Samuel (and Samuel’s children), son-in-law Isaac Lobdell, and also his daughter Mary and her husband Ambrose Gale (brother of my 8th great grandfather Edmund Gale (1640- 1716) of Beverly, Massachusetts).  He left an island between Hingham and Hull to Harvard College  [Middlesex County Probate, File #23742].  Samuel was buried at the Phipps Street Burial Ground in Charlestown.

His son, Samuel Ward, Jr., my 9th great grandfather, died in the battle against Quebec in 1690 serving under Sir William Phips.  He married very well, first to my 9th great grandmother, Abigail Maverick, the daughter of Moses Maverick and Mayflower passenger Remember Allerton.  His second wife was Sarah Bradstreet, widow of Richard Hubbard, and daughter of Governor Simon Bradstreet and the poet Anne Dudley (she was the daughter of Governor Thomas Dudley).   Their daughter, Martha Ward, my 8th great grandmother, married John Tuthill of Ipswich in 1689. 

Some WARD resources:

Ethel Farrington Smith, “Seventeenth Century Hull, Massachusetts, and her People”, New England Historic Genealogical Society Register, Volume 143, October 1989, pages 346 – 349.

Early Families of Hull, Massachusetts, by Ethel Farrington Smith, 2007, pages 197 – 199.

The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown, Massachusetts, by Thomas Bellows Wyman, Volume 2, pages 993 – 994.

My WARD genealogy:

Generation 1: Samuel Ward, born about 1605 in England, died 31 August 1682 in Charlestown, Massachusetts; married first to Mary Hilliard. She died on 28 November 1638 in Hingham, Massachusetts.  He married second to Frances Pitcher, widow of Mr. Reycroft.

Generation 2: Samuel Ward, son of Samuel Ward and Mary Hilliard, baptized 18 November 1638 in Hingham, died between 30 July 1689 and 12 March 1691 during the Expedition to Quebec, Canada under Sir William Phips;  he married first to Abigail Maverick, daughter of Moses Maverick and Remember Allerton (they had seven children).  She was baptized 12 January 1645 in Salem and died before January 1686.  He married second to Sarah Bradstreet, widow of Richard Hubbard, and daughter of Simon Bradstreet and Anne Dudley.

Generation 3:  Martha Ward, born 16 September 1672 in Salem, died 17 August 1723 in Ipswich; married first on 3 December 1689 in Ipswich to John Tuthill, son of Simon Tuthill and Sarah Cogswell.  He was born 22 April 1666 in Ipswich, and died 27 February 1715 in Ipswich.  They had eleven children.  She married second to George Hart on 10 November 1722 in Ipswich.

Generation 4:  Martha Tuthill m. Mark Haskell
Generation 5:  Lucy Haskell m. Jabez Treadwell
Generation 6:  Nathaniel Treadwell m. Mary Hovey
Generation 7:  Jabez Treadwell m. Betsey  Jillings Homan
Generation 8:  Eliza Ann Treadwell m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 9:  Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 10:  Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 11: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ WARD of Hingham and Charlestown, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 15, 2017, (https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/07/surname-saturday-ward-of-hingham-and.html: accessed [access date]). 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Hula Hoop ~ Photo Friday

These images are from my grandmother's slide collection.  They were given to be my a first cousin,  and were digitized by my another cousin's son for me.  Thanks, Lani and Rob!

These photos must date from about 1968, based on my sister being about four years old in these photos.  It looks like we are in a relative's back yard, but after questioning a few family members we can't identify the property. My sister and Dad must have been trying out a hula hoop for the first time. I wonder if I tried it, too?

I love the blurred "action shot" of these images. The car in the background sets the time period in the 1960s. And the clothes line!  And my sister's little mini skirt, too.

My grandfather must have taken these photos.  I had never seen them before I received these digitized images.


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Hula Hoop ~ Photo Friday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 14, 2017, (https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/07/hula-hoop-photo-friday.html: accessed [access date]).

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Another Ancestral Church

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 vane is from somewhere in New Hampshire.

Do you know the location of weather vane #319?  Scroll down to see the answer...

This is the First Congregational Church of Hampton, New Hampshire.  It was founded by the Reverend Stephen Bachiler in 1638.  He was my 11th great grandfather, who not only founded the town, but he was also the father of ten children so he left a lot of descendants in New Hampshire!  There have been six different meeting house buildings here over the years, and today's pastor, the Rev. Deborah Knowlton,  is the 40th minister of this congregation.  She invited me and other descendants of the Batchelder and other founding families to the 375th anniversary a few years ago. You can read about that church service HERE.

The scrollwork arrow weathervane is typical of many seen atop New England churches.  Next to the banner style of weathervane, it is the most commonly seen.  This kind of weathervane became popular in the early and mid 1800s when they were mass produced by machines in factories in Waltham, Massachusetts.  The factory made arrows and banners were exceptionally fancy compared to the more simple ones made by hand.

A blog post about the Hampton Congregational Church:

A blog post about my BATCHELDER genealogy:

The First Congregational Church, Hampton, website:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ Another Ancestral Church", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 12, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/07/weathervane-wednesday-another-ancestral.html: accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Patience Converse, buried 1707 in Woburn, Massachusetts

This tombstone was photographed at the Old Burial Ground in Woburn, Massachusetts

  MEMENTO                      FUGIT
  MORI                                HORA

1707  IN Ye 21

Patience Converse, my 6th great aunt,  was born on 6 November 1686 in Woburn, and died unmarried 23 July 1707.  She was the daughter of Major James Converse (1645 – 1706) and Hannah Carter (1651 – 1691).  She came from a family of nine siblings, and I descend from her brother, Robert Converse (1677 – 1736) who married Mary Sawyer.  

My CONVERSE lineage:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Patience Converse, buried 1707 in Woburn, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 11, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/06/tombstone-tuesday-patience-converse.html: accessed [access date]). 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ TYBOTT of Gloucester, Massachusetts


Walter Tybott (1584 – 1651), my 10th great grandfather, was from Wales. He was a member of Rev. Richard Blynman’s congregation.  This group of Puritans followed Rev. Blynman to New England about 1640 when he was forced from his church in Chepstow, Monmouthshire for his Puritan preaching.  It is thought that “The Blynman Party” (also known as “The Welsh Party”) was recruited by Gov. John Winslow.  They arrived in Plymouth, settled in Marshfield, and then Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1641.  Some went on to New London, Connecticut ten years later.  Apparently Walter Tybott and his family remained in Gloucester.

The Plymouth Colony records indicate that on 2 March 1640/41 Walter Tibbott, and others were nominated to become Freemen.  He was made Freeman on 19 May 1642. Sometime soon after becoming Freeman Walter Tybott went to Gloucester with others from The Blynman Party.  He was elected Selectman 1642 – 1645.

His will was proved at Salem Court 5 June 165 and it names his children and grandchildren "item i giue to my dafter mari harskol the wif of william hasskole fifteene pound in good pay. I gieu to josef hasskol son of william my farm at chebake. I guie to william hasskolls other sonnes twenti shelenes a pece to put to som good implement.” He also named his grandchild "Richard Dicke," granddaughter Elizabeth Dike, "son clark" [his daughter Agnes’s second husband] and "Sabelone" [Zebulon] Hill, soon-to-be-husband of granddaughter Elizabeth Dike.

Apparently he had only two daughters, Mary and Agnes.  I descend from Mary Tybott (1628 – 1693) who married William Haskell in Salem, Massachusetts in 1643.  They had nine children all born in Gloucester. Mary died on 16 August 1693 in Gloucester, and William died four days later.

Some TYBOTT resources:

"Henry Tibbetts & some of his Descendants", NEHGS Register, Vol 98, page. 58.  
“The Blynman Party," NEHGS Register, Vol 53, page. 234 - 241.
Ira J. Haskell, Chronicles of the Haskell Family, Ira J. Haskell, 1943.
Plymouth Records, Vol. 2, page 8.

My TYBOTT lineage:

Generation 1: Walter Tybott, born about 1584 in Wales, died 14 August 1651; married Mary UNKNOWN.  She remarried to John Harding on 22 April 1652 in Plymouth.  Mary died 21 February 1681 in Gloucester. Two daughters with Walter Tybott.

Generation 2: Mary Tybott, born 6 November 1628 in Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales, died 24 August 1693 in Gloucester; married 6 November 1643 in Salem to William Haskell, son of William Haskell and Elinor Foule.  He was baptized 8 November 1618 in Charlton, Musgrove, Somersetshire, England, and died 20 August 1693 in Gloucester. Nine children.

Generation 3: Mark Haskell m. Elizabeth Giddings
Generation 4:  Mark Haskell m. Martha Tuthill
Generation 5:  Lucy Haskell m. Jabez Treadwell
Generation 6:  Nathaniel Treadwell m. Mary Hovey
Generation 7:  Jabez Treadwell m. Betsey Jillings Homan
Generation 8: Eliza Ann Treadwell m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 9:  Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 10:  Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 11: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ TYBOTT of Gloucester, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 8, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/07/surname-saturday-tybott-of-gloucester.html: accessed [access date]). 

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Historic Valley Cemetery, Manchester, New Hampshire

Valley Cemetery, photo from the Manchester Historic Association Archives

Can you believe that there is a local cemetery I have NOT yet explored in Manchester, New Hampshire?  Well, I was avoiding the Valley Cemetery for years, but just last week I jumped at the chance to go on an informal tour. Why was I avoiding it?  What changed my mind?

Valley Cemetery covers 20 acres and 10 city blocks in downtown Manchester. It is located only one block east of Elm Street, and near the SNHU arena. This large piece of land was donated in 1841 to the city by the Amoskeag Manufacturing Corporation.  It was considered a “garden cemetery” and a public park for pedestrians and picnicking.   The first person buried here was Mary J. Baldwin in 1841.  Members of the Stark family (brother, sister-in-law and niece of Revolutionary War hero General John Stark) had their old fashioned headstones removed to Valley cemetery when the Christian’s Brook Cemetery was bought for redevelopment in the 1850s.

Valley Cemetery’s most interesting feature is a long valley running diagonally through the area.  This valley used to have a water feature, but the creek is now diverted under Elm Street through a culvert. This water feature had a carriage road, with two foot bridges for visitors. There were once benches and two gazebos located along the creek.  Impressive mausoleums and artistic monuments of all sizes could be seen from the bottom of the valley.  Stone staircases led from the lawns above down to the valley.

Valley Cemetery contains the grave sites of mill workers and also the mausoleums of the families who owned the mills and industries that made Manchester a great city in the 1800s.  Among the wealthy gravesites are also the mass graves from two cholera epidemics in the 1800s.  People from all races and ethnicities are buried here including Samanta Plantin (d. 1899) an African American washerwoman who left a large bequest to Tuskegee Institute.

Valley Cemetery Chapel - now boarded up
The cemetery chapel was built in 1932 by Manchester architect and MIT graduate, Chase R. Whitcher for $12,000. There is a receiving tomb built in 1888 for $4,000, and it can hold 75 coffins during the winter. There are 13 mausoleums, the most impressive is the Blood mausoleum near the Pine Street gate, which was built in 1897 for $40,000.  The Frederick Smyth Mausoleum was built in 1885 of white marble and can be seen on the edge of the valley above a steep precipice.

There is one known Revolutionary War veteran buried here – Archibald Gamble who died in 1844.  There are 65 Civil War veterans including 12 officers including Medal of Honor recipient Lt. Henry F. W. Little, Brevet Brigadier General Joseph Carter Abbott, and Captain John M. Caswell.   I saw several graves of veterans from other wars on my tour, but I have no idea how many are buried here.

[UPDATE July 6, 2017 11:30am - Manchester Historian Pat Van Den Berghe says there are 120 Civil War veterans buried here.]

Martha Bouton Cilley Clarke was buried here in 1926.  She was the founder of the Molly Stark DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) chapter here in Manchester.  In 1932 the DAR placed a bronze plaque in her honor near her gravesite.   Another famous Manchester resident, Samuel Blodgett, died in 1807 and was buried at Christian Brook Cemetery, and reinterred at Valley.  He was the original engineer of the Amoskeag Falls canal, and Derryfield was renamed Manchester, New Hampshire in his honor in 1810.

Valley Cemetery survived the devastating Hurricane of 1938 which uprooted many trees.  By 1953 the cemetery brook was diverted to a culvert and the gazebos were removed.  Since that time the cemetery has been overgrown and forgotten, a place of vandalism and a residence for the homeless.  In 2001 a group called “Friends of Valley Cemetery” was formed to restore the cemetery, but this effort seems to have been abandoned.  The “Friends” was instrumental in getting the Valley Cemetery listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the cast iron fence around the perimeter was restored, but not much else was renovated or cleaned up.

Valley Cemetery volunteers Mike Drelick and Michelle Caron

Recently, via social media, a new group of volunteers has formed to clean up the Valley Cemetery.  Headed by Manchester resident Mike Drelick and Michelle Caron, this group meets up at Valley several times a week to cut brush, pull weeds, and pick up trash.  They have done an amazing job this summer of uncovering long lost family plots, and clearing paths long forgotten.  They also meet up to just walk the cemetery, hoping that their presence will drive out the unwanted elements of vandals and drug dealers. 

Griffin Family Plot, nearly completely obscured by brush

According to Mike Drelick, he hopes that these volunteer efforts will spur the city into taking more care of this property so that people will return to Valley Cemetery for walking, bird watching and visiting.  The cemetery has a resident flock of turkeys, wildlife, and lots of birds to watch from songbirds to birds of prey.  Art lovers can enjoy the layout of the artistic paths, mausoleums and historic monuments and tombstones. Nature lovers can enjoy the specimen trees (all labeled) and plantings.  Please join Mike one day for a tour, or check out the amazing photos on his Facebook page “Save Valley Cemetery”.

More graves covered by brush and rendered inaccessible
right next to the stone steps going down to the valley

I think Mike’s plan is already showing progress.  Since he has started organizing the cleanup days, the city has come by daily to pick up the dozens of trash bags and brush collected by the volunteers.  A wood chipper was seen yesterday in the cemetery, with two city workers chopping branches and brush.  Carol Robidoux from Manchester Ink Link website has written up a feature article on Mike’s volunteer effort, and this has caused more people to volunteer.

Compare the condition of these stone steps in 2017 to the
antique photo of the valley at the top of this blog post

Mike grew up nearby the cemetery. He’s seen it through its worst phase and has confidence that Valley Cemetery can again become an asset to Manchester, instead of an eyesore.  He described to me how he could envision people visiting the site again for cookouts and concerts, walking tours and picnics. He wants to work together with the parks department to remove brush.  He describes the cemetery as “beautiful” and wonders why the DAR doesn’t place flags on the graves of veterans, and why no one comes to place flowers on the graves here.

I’m hoping that some genealogists, descendants and family members will see the overgrown family plots and be moved to complain to the city, or turn out for volunteer cleanups.  The graves decorated with Masonic symbols and veteran’s gravestones should be adopted by their fraternity and military brothers as community service.  The DAR should turn out to restore the home of their founder’s grave, like they did with Stark Park several years ago.  I also believe that the Manchester mounted police should patrol the paths and old carriage roads here.  The only police presence I saw during my tour was a cruiser who entered at the Pine Street gate, parked by the chapel for 2 minutes, and left.  People walking would feel safer knowing the mounted police were including the cemetery as part of their beat, and it would drive out the troublemakers.

Obvious and deliberate vandalism,
there are many toppled stones here, and graffiti 
I hope these are not your ancestors

If you are at all curious about saving this historic garden cemetery, look at the facts and links below:

Nine Manchester mayors are buried here:
Jacob F. James
Warren L. Lane
Frederick Smyth
Alonzo Smith
David A. Bunton
Darwin J. Daniels
Joseph B. Clark
David B. Varney
William C. Clarke

Two US Senators:
James Underwood Parker
Daniel Clark

Three New Hampshire Governors:
Frederick Smyth
Moody Currier
Ezekiel Straw

There are 13 private mausoleums:
Aretas Blood
E. W. Harrington
Frederick Smyth
Amos and Mary (Ayer) Gale
Nathan Parker
R. H. Ayer
J. W. Fellows and J. A. Moore
Josiah Crosby
Charles A. Gillis
F. Tenny & J. A. Chamberlain
R. J. Parker
George W. Bailey
W. D. Buck

The Artemas Blood mausoleum, now behind
a chain link fence barrier
The Smyth mausoleum 2017 (volunteers cut back the brush)
The Smyth mausoleum (white marble above the valley)
can be seen in this vintage photo courtesy of the
Manchester Historic Association

Photos of Phase I of the Valley Cemetery Restoration Project sign, which has the names of several men who are still aldermen or mayor of Manchester.  What happened to this project? Was there a Phase II in the planning?

Save Valley Cemetery Facebook page:

Carol Robidoux, “Saving Valley Cemetery”, Manchester Ink Link, June 23, 2017

City of Manchester, New Hampshire Valley Cemetery Page:

United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service
National Register of Historic Places Registration Form for Valley Cemetery dated 2004:

Another volunteer effort “Taking Back Valley Cemetery”  headed up by Tanya Frazier, with website and online volunteer registration page at this link:

Other sources of information on Valley Cemetery:

The History of Manchester, by C. E. Potter, 1856

Manchester on the Merrimack, by Grace Holbrook Blood, Manchester Historic Association, 1975

“A Walking Tour of Valley Cemetery”, by the Manchester Historic Association, 2016:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9h0p6oTORE&feature=youtu.be 

“Autumn Foliage Manchester New Hampshire Cemetery Park”, by 67kneil, 2013:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1i3SD3xhaQ 

“Historic Places Manchester NH USA Valley St Cemetery”, by 67kneil, 2010:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8halNa9gqTw 

Are your ancestors buried here?  The FindAGrave website has photographed about 65% of the graves at Valley Cemetery.  There are still several outstanding photo requests.  With the volunteers uncovering plots under brush hopefully more will be uploaded to FindAGrave soon.  Here is the link for a list of Valley Cemetery graves listed at FindAGrave:  https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=103162&CScn=valley&CScntry=4&CSst=32&CScnty=1902&


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Historic Valley Cemetery, Manchester, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted Jul 6, 2017, (https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/07/historic-valley-cemetery-manchester-new.html: accessed [access date])/

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Fancy Filigree

I post another in a series of weather vane photographs every Wednesday.  This started with images of weathervanes from the Londonderry, New Hampshire area, but now I've found interesting weather vanes all across New England and across the globe.  Sometimes my weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are interesting.  Often my readers tip me off to some very unique or unusual weathervanes, too!  If you know a great weather vane near you, let me know if you'd like to have it featured on this blog.

Today's weather vane was photographed in New Hampshire.

Do you know the location of weathervane post #318?  Scroll down to find the answer.

Today's weathervane was photographed above a Starbuck's Coffee in the Shoppes at Bedford Mall at 93 South River Road in Bedford, New Hampshire.  This strip mall has tried to keep a bit of New England character with cupolas above the shops, but this is the only cupola in the entire mall ( perhaps 20 stores?) that has a weather vane.

The weathervane appears to be copper and gilding, giving the fancy, filigree directional arrow multicolors.  There is another simple arrow weathervane  next door at the Provident Bank in the Goffe Mill Plaza.  This one is much flashier, both in color and design.  Both have arrows and a finial on top instead of a figure.  

There are several weathervanes in this area.  Besides the Provident Bank and the Starbucks, there are two more just on the other side of the overpass to Rt. 293 in Bethany Commons (a four masted clipper ship with full sails and an eagle).  All within a few blocks of each other, although walking is difficult on South River Road due to the highway entrances.  If you are traveling up Rt. 3 or the Everett Turnpike, a short detour here will lead you to these four great weathervanes. This weather vane is located near the famous Goffe's Mill, a short walk on a restored pathway behind the Whole Foods Market. 

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ Fancy Filigree", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 5, 2017, ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/07/weathervane-wednesday-fancy-filigree.html: accessed [access date]). 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Lt. Joseph Goodrich, buried in Wethersfield, Connecticut 1768

This tombstone was photographed in Wethersfield, Connecticut Village Cemetery

In Memory of
Leiut. Joseph
Goodrich who
died January ye
31st 1768 in ye
77th Year of
his Age.

Lt. Joseph Goodrich was the son of Lt. William Goodrich (1661 – 1737) and Grace Riley (1662 – 1712) born on 28 February 1691/2 in Wethersfield, Connecticut. He was the grandson of the immigrant Ensign William Goodrich (1621 – 1676) from Bury St. James, Suffolk England.  Joseph married Mehitable Goodwin on 23 December 1714 at the First Church in Hartford, Connecticut and had at least four children:  Mehitable b. 1716; Nathaniel, b. 1717;  Samuel, 1719; Dnaiel b. 1723; and Thomas b. 1726.   Joseph Goodrich died 31 January 1768 in Wethersfield.

Source: "The Goodrich Family in America", Lafayette Wallace Case, M.D., (Chicago: Fergus Printing Company 1889).

UPDATE:  Within a few hours of publishing this post online, Brian Zoldack of Connecticut informed me that the carver of this tombstone was Gershom Bartlett (1723 - 1798).  He wrote up a nice biography of Bartlett at this link on Find A Grave:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Lt. Joseph Goodrich, buried in Wethersfield, Connecticut 1768", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 4, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/07/tombstone-tuesday-lt-joseph-goodrich.html:  accessed {access date).

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ ALCOCK of York, Maine


John Alcock, my 10th great grandfather, supposedly arrived on the Assurance in 1635, and became a planter at York, Maine before the 1640s.  There is a surviving records of his servant, John Smith, who ran away and was returned to John Alcock by court order on 9 September 1640.  He bought fifty acres of land from William Hooke on 16 June 1643 in York, which was the first record land purchase of many he would make in the York area. 

John Alcock served as a rent collector for Sir Ferdinando Gorges in York. He was considered one of the wealthiest men in York County and had a large property on “Alcock’s Neck”.  His name was usually written as “Mr.” or “Esq.”  On 16 July 1650 he bought more land at Cape Neddick.  His estate was settled between 1671 and July 1675, but his actual death date is unknown.  “…he was suddenly surprised with death and had no opportunity to make his will or settle his estate” [MA Archives – Volume 3, page 149]

According to Bank’s History of York Maine, Volume 1, page 114 – 115 the Alcock children were Samuel, Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth, Job, Hannah, Sarah & Lydia. His widow, Elizabeth, died in the Candlemas Massacre (also known as The Raid on York) of 1692, where she was living in her son-in-law, Rev. Shubael Dummer’s, house which burned and he was killed on his doorstep. Lydia (Alcock) Dummer, his wife, and their little boy were carried to Canada.  I descend from her sister, Sarah Alcock, my 9th great grandmother, who married John Giddings of Ipswich, Massachusetts.

Some ALCOCK resources:

“The Alcocks of Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire: John Alcock and His Wife Elizabeth Wrightman, Anne Alcock and her Husband Nicholas Needham, and Katherine Alcock and her husband Gregory Belcher”, New Hampshire Genealogical Record, Volume 26, Numbers 2 -3.

Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, by Noyes, Libby and Davis, pages 59 – 60.

History of York, Maine, by Charles Edward Banks, 1967, Volume 1, pages 114 – 119, 129; and Volume II, page 68.

York Deeds, Volume 1, page 98

Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire, by Charles Henry Pope, pages 2 -3.

Old Kittery and Her Families, by Everett S. Stackpole, 1903, page 275.

Banks, Charles, "The Alcock Family of Maine," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 36, 1882, page 400.

Banks, Charles, "The Bank(e)s Family of Maine," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 44, 1890, page 258.

My ALCOCK genealogy:

Generation 1:  John Alcock of Mancetter, Warwickshire, England

Generation 2: John Alcock, born about 1600 in Mancetter, died 21 June 1673 in York, Maine; married on 1 May 1627 in Mancetter to Elizabeth Wrightman. They had nine children.

Generation 3: Sarah Alcock, born about 1642 in York County, Maine; died 29 December 1711 in Gloucester, Massachusetts; married about 1660 to John Giddings, son of George Giddings and Jane Lawrence.  He was born about 1639 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, and died 3 March 1691 in the Chebacco Parish of Ipswich.  Ten children.

Generation 4: Elizabeth Giddings m. Mark Haskell
Generation 5: Mark Haskell m. Martha Tuthill
Generation 6: Lucy Haskell m. Jabez Treadwell
Generation 7: Nathaniel Treadwell m. Mary Hovey
Generation 8: Jabez Treadwell m. Betsey Jillings Homan
Generation 9: Eliza Ann Treadwell m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 10: Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 11: Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 12: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ ALCOCK of York, Maine”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 1, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/06/surname-saturday-alcock-of-york-maine.html: accessed [access date]). 

Friday, June 30, 2017

July 2017 Calendar of Genealogy and Local History Events

For last minute updates, see the Nutfield Genealogy Facebook page at this link:  https://www.facebook.com/nutfield.gen/ 

Also check out all the historic museums (including NEHGS) with FREE Fun Fridays this summer!  http://highlandstreet.org/programs/free-fun-fridays  

July 1, Saturday, 1pm,  Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress: The Loyalist Dilemma, (the tour begins at the top of Burial Hill in Plymouth, Massachusetts.)  A guided walking tour by Donna Curtin, the Executive Director of Pilgrim Hall Museum.  For more information email pasm@verizon.net or call 508-746-0012

July 1 and 2, Saturday and Sunday, 11 am – 4pm,  Mountain Men at the Poore Farm, 23rd Annual Celebration, at the Poore Family Homestead Historic Farm Museum, 629 Hollow Road, Stewartstown Hollow, New Hampshire.  Meet the director, volunteers and tour the museum.  Music, demonstrations of old time crafts like weaving, spinning, tanning hides, and soap making.  Free birthday cake and lemonade.  The Mountain Men will have an encampment at the farm for two days.  www.mtmen.com   Suggested donation $10, children under 12 free.  If you can’t make it, but wish to donate www.poorefarm.org

July 1 – 4, Saturday to Tuesday, Independence Weekend Celebration, at Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, Massachusetts.  A citizen’s parade, 19th century base ball, militia drills, barbecue food and picnic, games for children and firing of a cannon. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services will present scores of candidates for the Oath of Allegiance on the village common.  https://www.osv.org/event/independence-day-celebration

July 1 and 2, Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 5pm, Free Weekend at the Historic Newton Museums, 286 Waverly Avenue, Newton, Massachusetts. For the whole family. www.historicnewton.org 

July 1 and 2, Saturday and Sunday, noon – 4pm, Colonialfest: A Boston Harborfest Celebration at the Old North Church, 193 Salem Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Free to the public. Colonial activities like chocolate making, sewing, tricorne hat making, musket lessons, fife playing, quill writing, and more! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colonialfest-a-boston-harborfest-celebration-at-old-north-tickets-31647070239

July 2, Sunday, 8:30 – 11:30am, The Pilgrim Breakfast, at the Harlow Old Fort House,  119 Sandwich Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Costumed servers will dish out piping hot fishcakes, baked beans, cornbread and other traditional fare while strolling singers share songs, riddles and 17th century cheer.  $12.50 per person, $10 members of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society, $45 family discount (2 adults and up to 3 children) proceeds to benefit the preservation of the 1677 Harlow House.  To reserve tickets see this webpage:  http://www.plymouthantiquariansociety.org/   

July 2, Sunday, 1-4pm, American Canadian Genealogical Society Brickwall Meeting,  at the ACGS Library, 4 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire.  Please email your brickwall challenge a few days prior to the meeting.  If there is inclement weather call to confirm 603-622-1554.  For more information see www.acgs.org

July 3, Monday, 7pm, Peleg Nye, the Jonah of Cape Cod, at the Olde Colonial Courthouse, Route 6A and Rendezvous Lane, Barnstable Village, Massachusetts.  Presented by The Tales of Cape Cod, author Nils V. Brockmann will discuss his book Captured by a Whale: Peleg Nye of Sandwich, the Jonah of Cape Cod.  Admission $5 members, $10 non-members.  Refreshments will be served.

July 3, Monday, An American Celebration Swing Dance, at the Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  A 1940s swing dance with a live orchestra.  Lessons beforehand and fireworks afterward.  603-433-1100. 

July 4, Tuesday, 10am – noon, Celebrate the 4th!, at Colony House and Washington Square, 82 Touro Street, Newport, Rhode Island. A morning of patriotic activities including a reading of the Declaration of Independence.  A dozen houses of worship will be open for tours.  www.4faiths.org 

July 5, Wednesday, 2pm, A Revolution of Her Own!  Deborah Sampson, at the Overlook, 88 Masonic Home Road, Charlton, Massachusetts.   A living history performance by Judith Kalaora as Deborah Sampson, the first woman to enlist, fight, and be honorably discharged from the American Military during the Revolutionary War.

July 6, Thursday, 2pm, Spotlight Tour:  Declaration of Independence, at the Beverly Historic Society, Cabot House, 117 Cabot Street, Beverly, Massachusetts.  For more information 978-922-1186

July 6, Thursday, 6pm, Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World’s Greatest Art Heist, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by Stephen Kurkjian, Pulitizer Prize winning reporter for the Boston Globe.  Pre-talk reception at 5:30pm.  Please pre-register at this link: https://www.masshist.org/calendar Free to the public.

July 6, Thursday, noon, Lunch and Learn:  The Development of Welfare Policy in Colonial America.  At Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Presented by Professor Jennifer Turner of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Bring a bag lunch!  Free to members, $8 not yet members. Click here for tickets https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunch-learn-the-development-of-welfare-policy-in-colonial-america-speaker-jennifer-turner-tickets-30588050683

July 7, Friday, 9 - 5pm, FREE Friday at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 - 101 Newbury Street in Boston.  Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.  Fun for the whole family at NEHGS with special youth activities, introductory lectures, free access to resources and databases, and free consultations with expert genealogists.  No registration necessary. 

July 7, Friday, FREE Friday at the Pilgrim Hall Museum, 75 Court Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts. The oldest public museum in the USA, and the museum with the Pilgrim's possesions, 17th century artifacts, and the story of early Plymouth.  Fun for the whole family, sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation. www.pilgrimhall.org  

July 8, Saturday, 4pm, Historic Shirley Pub Crawl, meet up at the Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road, Shirley, Massachusetts. Tickets cost $20 and must be paid for in advance as space on the bus is limited. Checks can be mailed to Shirley Historical Society, PO Box 217, Shirley, MA 01464. Telephone 978-425-9328 or email mail@shirleyarts.org for more information or stop by the Museum any Monday or Saturday between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm to purchase your tickets.

July 8 – 9, Battle of Hubardton Revolutionary War Weekend, at the Hubbarton State Historic Site, Hubbardton, Vermont.  802-273-2282. 
July 8, Saturday, 10am, Historic Beverly Walking Tours:  Broadway, meet up at the park next to city hall at the corner of Thorndike and Cabot Streets.  Sponsored by the Beverly Historical Society.  $5 for nonmembers.  For more information contact 978-922-1186.

July 8, Saturday, 10am, New Visitor Welcome Tour at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 - 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  No registration necessary.  This orientation and tour introduces you to the resources available at the NEHGS research facility.  Open to the public, and attendees are welcome to stay and use the library following the tour. 

July 8, Saturday, 9:30am, Irish Study Group at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 - 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Free to the public.  Attendees are welcome to stay and use the library after the meeting.  Contact Mary Ellen Grogan at megrogan@ix.netcom.com for more information. 

July 8, Saturday 9am – 2 pm, Maine State Genealogy Fair, at the Maine State Cultural Building, 230 State Street, Augusta, Maine.  FREE.  Sponsored by the Maine Genealogical Society https://maineroots.org/event/maine-state-genealogy-fair/

July 9, Sunday, 3pm,  Yours in the Cause:  The Faces of American Abolition, at the Rokeby Museum, 4334 Route 7, Ferrisburgh, Vermont.  A gallery talk with curator Jane Williamson at the exhibit opening of this important exhbit. Included with admission to the museum.

July 9, Sunday, 2pm,  A Walk Back in Time:  The Secrets of Cellar Holes, at Murray Hall, Route 123, Marlow, New Hampshire.  Adair Mulligan presents the story of stone walls, old foundations and how one town created an inventory of its cellar holes. Potluck from 12:30 – 1:30 pm. 603-446-2292. Hosted by the Marlow Historical Society.  Free to the public.

July 9, Sunday, 10am – 3pm, Roman Legion Encampment and Display, at the Fort at #4, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, New Hampshire.   Legion III Cyrenaica will have a display and encampment in the 1750s Fort.  Try on Roman armor and helmets, formal presentations and demonstrations including combat and formation drill, etc. What did 18th century people and military think of the ancient Romans?  Find out at this encampment! Included with admission to the fort.

July 10, Monday, 6:30pm, Tea Time, at the Langley Adams Library, 185 Main Street, Groveland, Massachusetts.  Celebrate Jane Austin month at the library with a program about tea time with Marianne Russo as she shares her knowledge.  A formal tea table will be on display during the presentation, and refreshments will be served at the end of the program. Please register so the library can plan the refreshments accordingly. 978-372-1732

July 10, Monday, 7 – 8:30pm, Genealogy: Open Research at the Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street, Newton, Massachusetts. Come prepared with questions about specific ancestors and what you hope to discover about them.  Ginny Audet, the resident genealogist, will be available for questions. Please pre-reegister, limited to 10 spaces http://newtonfreelibrary.net/events/

July 12, Wednesday, 11am – 4:30pm, Massachusetts Militia Comes Alive!, at the Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, 244 Central Street, Saugus, Massachusetts.  The Salem Trayned Band will recreate the dress and drill of the period 1629 – 1637, and the Lexington Minute Men will recreate the company who served 1775 – 1781.  Free to the public. Rain date Wednesday, July 19th.  781-233-0050. 

July 12, Wednesday, 6pm, The USS Constitution & the Massachusetts Historical Society, at the Mass. Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by Margherita Desy, Historian of the USS Constitution.  $10 please pre-register at this link https://www.masshist.org/calendar   

July 12, Wednesday, 7pm, Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England, at the Plymouth Old Webster Courthouse, 6 Court Street, Plymouth, New Hampshire.  Thomas Hubka presents his research for his award winning book.  Hosted by the Plymouth Historical Society.  603-536-1376. Free to the public.

July 13, Thursday, 6:30pm, Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn: The Connected Farm Buildings of New England, at the Meredith Public Library, 91 Main Street, Meredith, New Hampshire, (see above), 603-279-4303.  Free to the public.

July 15 - 16, Camden Harbor Arts and Book Fair, Camden, Maine, with a library book sale, art fair with over 80 artists and more.  207- 236-3440.

July 15, Saturday 10:30 am - noon, Connecticut Ancestry Society Genealogy Program: The US Census Your #1 Building Block for Genealogical Research, at the Danbury Public Library, 170 Main Street, Danbury, Connecticut.  A program on census records presented by Nora Galvin, CG.  https://www.connecticutancestry.org/

July 15, 10am – 3pm, Military History Day at the Patton Homestead,  hosted by the Wenham Museum at the Patton Homestead, 650 Asbury Street,  Hamilton, Massachusetts. See a running 1943 M4A Sherman Tank.  Military re-enactors, equipment displays, demonstrations, military vehicles and the Patton family members.  FREE to the public.  Rain or shine.  978-468-2377 ext. 113. 

July 15, 10am – noon, Walking Tour: Pre-Civil War Manchester, New Hampshire, meet up at 88 Lowell Street, Manchester (brick building – NH Institute of Art Lowell Hall).  $10 per person, $5 for Manchester Historic Association members.  Historians John Jordan and Richard Duckoff will focus on the neighborhood of Lowell, Walnut, Bridge, Union and Beech Streets. Some familiar names: Carpenter, Varney and Varick all lived here during their careers.  Pre-register at 603-622-7531.

July 15, Saturday, 1pm, Tying the Knot:  Wedding Fare & Fashions, at the Hedge House Museum, 126 Water Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Join the summer garden party for an exhibit of wedding related items from the Plymouth Antiquarian Society’s collections.  Taste wedding cakes made from historic recipes.  Fee $15 per person, $10 members. Reservations required http://www.plymouthantiquariansociety.org/

July 15, Saturday, 10am – 4pm, 27th Annual American Independence Festival, at the Ladd-Gilman House and Folsom Tavern, 1 Governor’s Lane, Exeter, New Hampshire.  $10 admission,  Food, Music, Artisan’s Village, Historic Encampments, museum tours, children’s activities,  603-772-2622 for more information https://independencemuseum.org/american-independence-festival/

July 16 -21, (non residential week) or July 23 – 28 (residential week), Living and Writing Deliberately: The Concord Landscapes and Legacy of Henry Thoreau, a National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for Teachers, at the Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road, Concord, Massachusetts. http://www.concordmuseum.org/neh-landmarks-2017.php

July 19, Wednesday, 6pm, Boston Historical Reception, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  The metro area has a wealth of local history.  The MHS is sponsoring a reception for history buffs and representatives of local organizations to mingle, share ideas, and talk about the great projects on which they are working.  To reserve, please call 617-646-0578. 

July 19, Wednesday, 2:30pm, Vanished Veterans:  New Hampshire’s Civil War Monuments and Memorials, at the Villages, The Terrace at Golden View, 19 NH Route 104, Meredith, New Hampshire.  George Morrison has located, inventoried and photographed the Civil War memorials of New Hampshire, and presents these discoveries from the 1860w to the 1920s.  603-677-4194.  Free to the public.

July 19, Wednesday, 6:30pm, A Visit with Abraham Lincoln, at the Lane Memorial Library, 2 Academy Avenue, Hampton, New Hampshire. Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Steve Wood, begins this program by recounting his early life and ends with a reading of “The Gettysburg Address”.  Free to the public.  603-926-3368.  Sponsored by the NH Humanities Council.

July 19, Wednesday, Proctor’s Ledge Memorial Project Dedication Ceremony, Salem, Massachusetts. http://www.salem.com/proctors-ledge-memorial-project

July 20, Thursday, 7pm,  Proctor’s Ledge Symposium with the Gallows Hill Project Team, at the Salem Visitor’s Center, 2 New Liberty Street, Salem, Massachusetts.  Doors open at 6:30, FREE with limited seating.  In recognition of the 325th anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials, a symposium with the members of the team who recently confirmed the location where 19 people were hanged for witchcraft in 1692.  

July 19, Wednesday, 2:30pm, Vanished Veterans:  New Hampshire’s Remarkable Civil War Monuments, at the Golden View Health Care Center, 19 NH Route 104, Meredith, New Hampshire.  Free to the public, sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council. 

July 20, Thursday, 6pm, Genealogy Workshop:  National Archives and Records, at the Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Presented by Daniel Fleming.  Free to the public.

July 21, Friday, 7pm, A Taste of the Old Country in the New:  Franco Americans of Manchester, New Hampshire,  at the Park Hill Meeting House, Route 63 Park Hill Common, Westmoreland, New Hampshire. Robert Perreault shares stories about life in one of America’s major Franco-American centers.  Sponsored by the Westmoreland Historical Society. Free to the public.  603-209-8553.

July 22 and 23, Saturday and Sunday, Living History Weekend with the United Train of Artillery at The Fort at No. 4, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, New Hampshire. www.fortat4.org 

July 25, Tuesday, 7pm, Remembering the Salem Witch Trials: The Limits and Possibilities of Public History, at the American Legion, Post #129, 22 Elm Street, Gardner, Massachusetts. Sponsored by the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society, and presented by speaker Benjamin Railton. 

July 28, Friday, FREE Friday at the JFK Presidential Library and Museum, at Columbia Point, Boston, Massachusetts. Learn the history of our nation's 35th president and the times he lived in.  Activities for the entire family. Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation. https://www.jfklibrary.org/

July 30, Sunday, 4pm, New Hampshire on High:  Historic and Unusual Weathervanes of the Granite State, at the Center Meeting House, 927 Route 103 (Intersection of Routes 103 and 103A) Newbury, New Hampshire.  Presented by Glenn Knoblock.  Free to the public.  603-938-6054.

July 31, Monday, 6:30 pm, History Tour of Beverly with Fred Hammond, meet up at the newly restored Hale Farm in Beverly, Massachusetts, and then walk the Beverly Common and portions of Central Cemetery. $5 donation to Historic Beverly (the Historical Society), free for children.  Learn about community preservation grant work at Hale Farm, that was once home to Beverly's first minister, the Reverend John Hale, and other history. 

August 2, Wednesday, 7pm, Digging into Native History in New Hampshire, at the Moultonborough Public Library, 4 Holland Street, Moultonborough, New Hampshire.  Presented by Robert Goodby.  Free to the public, sponsored by the NH Humanities Council.  603-476-8895.

August 3, Thursday, noon, Lunch and Learn: Ecological Pilgrims:  How New England’s Ecology has been Shaped by Colonists.  At Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Present by Caitlin Fisher-Reid.  Bring a bag lunch!  Free to members, $8 for not yet members. Click here for tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunch-learn-ecological-pilgrims-how-new-englands-ecology-has-been-shaped-by-colonists-speaker-tickets-32687511226

August 4, Friday, 9am - 6pm, FREE Friday at the Old State House, 206 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Discover why the Revolution began here.  Activities for the whole family.  Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation. http://www.bostonhistory.org/events/2017/8/4/free-fun-friday 

Upcoming Events:

August 5-6, Redcoats and Rebels, at The Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts.  New England’s largest military re-enactment with nearly 1,000 soldiers portraying British, Irish, Spanish, Scottish, French and Colonial troops.  Mock battles, skirmishes, tour the camps, listen to martial music, and much more.  Included with museum admission.  www.osv.org 

September 16, Saturday, 2017 Annual Maine State Genealogical Society Fall Conference, at the Point Lookout Resort, 67 Atlantic Highway, Northport, Maine. www.maineroots.org

September 30, Saturday, American Canadian Genealogy Society Fall Conference, Manchester, New Hampshire.  Annual meeting, three speakers, buffet luncheon.

September 30 and October 1, Saturday and Sunday, Return to Number 4: Revolutionary War Weekend at The Fort at No. 4, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, New Hampshire. www.fortat4.org  

October 14, Saturday, 1 – 3pm,  French Canadian Genealogy Society Fall General Membership Meeting.  Coffee, a brief business meeting, followed by guest speaker Lucie LeBlanc Consentino.  Open to non-members.


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "July 2017 Calendar of Genealogy and Local History Events", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 30, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/06/july-2017-calendar-of-genealogy-and.html: accessed [access date]).