Edward Thomas Stevenson
Mildred "Gladys" Moreshead
met on Labor Day, Sept 4 1922 in Revere, MA.
Locals in the suburbs of Boston, they had both gone to
kaloop around the local hot spot at the time
known as Revere Beach.
My grandmother would often say
"We met on the Merry-Go-Round
& we've been going around together ever since!"
via - http://reverebeach.com/history/
"Carousels provided thousands of children and adults with endless hours of music along the boulevard. Hurley’s Hurdlers, the Rough Riders, The Teddy Bear Merry Go Round and of course, The Hippodrome Carousel, were all magical places to visit.
The Hippodrome originally built in 1903, had a platform that displayed three Carousel horses abreast; it was later extended to showcase five abreast making it one of a kind. The organ music of the two Gavioli organs can still be heard with the memory of this majestic carousel which operated until May 1973. Wonderland Park, Revere Beach’s Mystic City by the Sea, was America’s foremost self-contained amusement park. Conceived in 1905, it opened in 1906. Some people believe it to be the inspiration behind the Disney theme parks of today. The similarities are striking."
Years ago in my earliest genealogical research, probably about 2000, I began getting "hints" from beyond. The first time I was wandering a pretty big cemetery in the center of the rural town of Chester, NH, camera in hand & ready to find the grave stone of my GGG grandfather Simon Hazelton. I'm walking back & forth the length, row by row, as we do when towns don't keep records of plots. I'm reading all the names to myself and getting increasingly anxious at the lack of my Simon anywhere...so, I jokingly entertain myself by saying 'Siii-mmmon, where are you?' I chuckle at myself and start reading names again when overlapping my own thoughts I hear , for a better lack of a word, from the left "I'm not here." I stop dead in my tracks, & look to my left, nothing. I squeeze my eyes shut & shake my head like a bug flew in my ear or something.
'Ookaay then...I'm officially losing my mind...! It was bound to happen eventually....' A few minutes later, I regain myself and decide I'll bite .... 'Where are you then?' I silently ask.
This time its "Go ask at the store...".
'What? Go ask at the store?? What the hell....?!'
Perplexed, I talk myself into the fact that I am bored over here and it certainly wouldn't hurt to ask rather than walk through the remaining 2/3 of the cemetery & not find him. I begin walking to the store remembering my grandmother who always thought she was a sensitive, but no one really believed her. Incidentally, she was the great granddaughter of Simon.
Anyway, I go into the old country store. I'm sure I literally looked like I just saw a spirit while at the same time I was I wondering if I really just heard one. I couldn't believe I was going to do this, and the woman at the register says "Hi, Can I help you with anything?"
In lieu of spewing 'Well, my ggg grandfather is telling me to ask you where he's buried' and getting myself dragged away in a straight jacket -instead - I say -
"I was wondering...I'm looking for a grave. I know about this cemetery and the one up the road, but are there any others in Chester?"
She says, "There's one in North Chester up off Smith Rd. What name are you looking for?"
I reply "Haseltine"
And she says "Oh yes! There are Haseltines there. Do you need directions?" I was in shock and speechless at this point. I nod my head. She gave me directions and I thanked her. It was a long way across town. Every mile feels like an eternity when you are constantly running over the events of the last 10 minutes in utter disbelief. Finally, I see the road on the left just as she said.
No sooner do I pull up in front of the tiny North Chester Cemetery and look to my right do I see this stone....Coincidence? Maybe, but definitely wicked weird!
Weekly Rehearsal, Boston, July 15 1734, pg 2 via GenealogyBank.com [Although, it cannot be found for some reason under the name of Abigail Dent, instead use search terms Portsmouth, murder, 1734.]
Portsmouth (in New Hampshire) July 12. On Saturday Evening last, a young Woman about 17 Years old, belonging to this Place, was found in a Swamp about a Mile out of Town, most barbarously murdered. She went from Home on the Wednesday Evening before, about Ten of the Clock, and 'tis thought that this inhuman Murder was committed by two Sailors, to conseal another Act as Vile and Base as this was Barbarous. All Means are used by Magistrates of the Town to ind out the cruel Authors, and two Men who were taken upon suspicion, namely Thomas Pachal and Thomas Daniels, are still under Confinement and Examination, and tho' by most 'tis believed that these Wretches (or one of them) were the savage Authors of so unheard of a Tradedy, yet nothing as yet appears sufficient to bind them over to the Assizes, Every Night produces a new Circumstance against them, and who knows what a day may bring forth?
The young woman's name was Abigail Dent, and the Jury of Inquest brought in their Verdict Murder.
Weekly Rehearsal, Boston, Aug 19 1734, pg1, via GenealogyBank.com [Although, it cannot be found for some reason under the name of Abigail Dent, instead use search terms Portsmouth, murder, 1734.]
Portsmouth, in New Hampshire, Aug. 16 Last Week at our assizes came on the Trial of Thomas Pachall and Thomas Daniels, who were indicted by the Grand Jury for the Murder of Abigail Dent, and no Evidence appearing against them, they were acquitted.
Also found was this in the Annals of Portsmouth: compromising a period of two hundred years.....by Nathaniel Adams, pg 163 free via Google Books
July 7th. The body of Abigail Dent, was found in an alder swamp, in a pasture belonging to George Jaffrey, Esq. situated on Middle road, about a mile from the court-house, with evident marks of violence upon it. The Coroner's inquest states. "that she was murdered by being strangled by the menes of some ill disposed person or persons, by laying violent hands on her throat." The body was secreted among the bushes, and was accidentally discovered after she had been missing a few days. Two sailors were suspected, as perpetrators to the deed, who were arrested and examined, but there was not sufficient evidence to convict them.
A book titled American Homicide By Randolph Roth, pg 132 under "Romance Homicide" he states -
Abigail Dent, a seventeen-year-old boardinghouse servant from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was probably killed by a former lover. The chief suspect was a sailor names Thomas Paschal. She was last seen in his company, and they were arguing about Dent's relationship with another sailor. Her body was found later that week in a swamp about a mile from town. Paschal was the only suspect, but his messmate swore that he had been in their room asleep at the time of the murder, so no charges were ever filed.
His end note refers to New Hampshire Provincial Court file 20613, New Hampshire State Archives, Concord - [which I have not personally seen....]
The State of New Hampshire, Provincial and State Papers 1725-1800, Vol XVIII, pg 208 states:
"at another Term four persons were indicted for the Murder of one Abigail Dent and Two of them tryed for their lives"
I have no known relation to the people mentioned here. I just found it curious.
Live & cherish the moment while exploring the past!
Hidden in the woods on both sides of Brown's Ridge Rd on the town line of Ossipee & Wolfeboro, NH lay two Smith Family Cemeteries. The listings below are from a book titled Ossipee Cemeteries which is located at the Ossipee Public Library, NH. I've photographed the Smith Hill Cemetery graves and have posted all the pics for that cemetery on findagrave.com. The link & directions are below.
The elusive William Smith Cemetery is yet again on my list of things to find this summer! Naturally, the cemetery I really want to find is the one I can't find out there in the woods. It is somewhere on the right side of Brown's Ridge Rd if you are coming from Wakefield. The Ossipee Tax Maps & coordinates I have found online show it miles away from the other cemetery, but I couldn't find it & neither could someone else who lives up there & looked for me. It has to be much closer to the other cemetery as the family lot originally owned by Samuel Smith was Lot 8 according to Survey Maps of Ossipee from 1772-1799 & 1800. Later maps show several Smith homes just past the railroad tracks on the right. Samuel Smith & Abigail Burleigh's marriage is recorded in Newmarket, NH and they moved to Ossipee about 1800. They likely a had a daughter or two, and 4 sons - Benjamin, William, Ebenezer & Ezra, the latter two are buried elsewhere. I descend from Ebenezer Smith who married Lydia Roberts of Ossipee. If you know where this cemetery is, or are related in any way, please write to me for further sourcing & information.
Smith Hill Cemetery, Wolfboro, NH: Pictures of the stones are posted on Findagrave.com.
Smith Hill Cemetery – South side of the road (pg 129)
Monument – Smith
William A. Smith, Aug 2, 1818 – April 8, 1893
Sophia S., his wife, Mar 31, 1823 – April 28, 1887
Albert Smith, Oct 25, 1857 – Feb. 14 1936
Sarah E. Smith, July 5 1854 – Feb 18, 1933
Monument – Smith
Benjamin Smith, July 5 1792 – Oct 16 1859[son of Samuel & Abigail]
Betsy, his wife, Nov 21, 1796 – Oct 30, 1859
Benjamin B. smith, Oct 1, 1821 – Sept 2, 1859
Benjamin B., son of William A. & Sophia S. Smith, died Aug 9, 1866 ae 9 yrs 4 mos 2 ds
Betsy Ella, daughter of William A. & Sophia S. Smith, died June 23, 1866, ae 4yrs, 4mos, 11ds
In vain the father’s eye will seek
For Ella in her vacant chair
In vain too are the sighs that break
The mother’s heart, she is not there.
Betsy E., daughter of Benjamin B. & Elizabeth M. Smith, Sept 8 1851 – Sept 19, 1859
Ella B., daughetr of W.A. & S.S. Smith, Feb 12, 1862 – June 23, 1866
[Smith Hill Cemetery continued pg 130]
Benjamin B., son of W.A. & S.S. smith, Mar 7, 1859 – Aug 9, 1866
George Y., son of W.A. & S. S. Smith, May 28, 1851 – Mar 3, 1873
Wm. B. Young, died Jan 25, 1862 Ae. 25yrs.
Zachariah Young, died Jan 31, 1851 Ae. 85yrs 11mos 22 ds
Nancy, daughter of Zachariah & Nancy Young, died May 23, 1842 Ae. 38yrs
Unmarked grave – Nancy, wife of Zachariah?
This cemetery is on private property, so I have opted not to give the location.
William Smith Cemetery, Ossipee, NH-North side of road going over Smith Hill (pg 146)
Samuel Smith, died Nov 17, 1844 Ae. 83yrs.
Abigail Smith, wife of Samuel Smith, died June 13, 1831 Ae. 69yrs.
William B. Smith, died Feb 5, 1864 Ae. 69yrs. 4mos. 19ds [son of Samuel & Abigail]
Polly, wife of William Smith, died Mar. (stone broken here) 1881 Ae. 81yrs. 6mos. 10ds.
[continued on next page 147]
Albert, son of William B. & Polly Smith, died June 24, 1831, Ae. 5yrs, 9mos
Lydia K., wife of Daniel A. Hyde, died July 13, 1865 (Stone broken)
Bradley W.., son of William B. & Polly Smith, died Jan 10, 1883 Ae. 42yrs. 3mos, 27ds.
Mary A. daughter of W.B. & Polly Smith, Sept 8 1832 – May 31, 1896
It's sad to come across one of our veterans laid in an unmarked grave, but there is something you can do about it. Whether you are a blood relative or simply someone who cares, a marker can be gained through the US Veterans. The process is just slightly different in each circumstance, but applying is easy. Just be patient as it takes quite a while for the government to process it. They have their hands full with the markers of recent veterans.
First, you should have any birth & death information possible, gain proof of burial location from the cemetery & military service from the government, then download this form.
If you are a blood relative, you may apply yourself. You do not need to be a "descendant".
If you are not a blood relative you may need to do a bit more research and find a Veterans Association in the town or local community where that person lived. Most local VA's will be more than happy to apply for you, especially if they were ever a member. Bring them the proofs & the form noted above. Beg if you have to. It's the least we can do for these men who fought for our freedom & in some cases gave their lives.
This photo is my Great Uncle Earl's grave and I applied for the stone. I do not know for sure if he had any children. I have been unable to find any. It took me a decade to find him here. I couldn't let it say unmarked. It was the least I could do and I really wish I had known him. Just in case there is a child out there, I would like to mention his wife's name was Mabel Hill of VA & he was half African American. Both are deceased. He grew up in Plaistow & they lived in Haverhill, MA for many years after their marriage around 1947. I would absolutely LOVE to find any cousins. Write to me or call, please.
Back in 1884, long before there were posts by people under anonymous names on Twitter & Tumblr, The Boston Globe introduced a "Housekeepers' Column" that would eventually take on the iconic name of Confidential Chat in 1922. The chat was a place for women & men to ask all kinds of questions & answer other readers whether it was recipes, children, housekeeping, fashion, love, marriage or zillions of other topics. They embraced all the topics of the time, controversial or not, women's voting, bob haircuts, The Depression, World War II, The June Cleaver lifestyle, and even all those hippies.
Pouring over the newspaper pages laden with the stench of old having been saved by my mother and grandmother, I couldn't help but think that it's a shame these are just sitting in my genealogy office rather than being shared. They are so rich in displaying the times, dispelling the myths, and showing the thoughts and advice of our forewomen and men! And so... The Sunday Confidential on Let's Talk New England has its birth today.
Where to begin was the biggest struggle, so I pulled out a complete copy of "A special section of The Boston Globe, May 11, 1984 - Confidential Chat, 1884-1984, A Century of Sharing" and in it are examples of some of the letters from 1891-1984 and much more. The blog picture posted here is from that special edition on page 4. Any thoughts on it? I'd love to hear them! Is it me or does it surprise anyone else girls (or at least this one) were just plain mean even back that far?
Before I go today, I definitely want to tell you how you can access The Boston Globe Archives from home, assuming you don't have issues sealed in plastic bags around your home ;)
Today begins the first of many
Serendipity Saturday Blog Posts
& YOU can contribute!
Do you know how your parents, or better yet,
your ancestors met?
Share their story here!*
Ask while you still can!
These are my parents. What better place to start?
Arthur Leon Baker Jr. & Marion Iris Stevenson were married August 21, 1953 in Malden, MA.
They met at a Valentine's Day Dance at the Bradford Hotel in Boston on Saturday, February 14, 1953. Although they went to the same high school and had heard of each other, they didn't actually know each other. My Dad drove her home from the dance and said, "I'm going to marry you!"
My mom was thinking he was a little nuts, but was amused.
She walked into the house and my grandmother said to her with a wink and a smile...
"So..did you meet anyone you like more than yourself?"
"I think maybe I did. His grandmother lives right there." as she
pointed out the back window of their home in Maplewood.
The very next day he came to take her out & meet her family.
Her niece about 10 at the time was visiting & told him..
"I don't think I'm going to be calling you just plain Arthur for very long..."
That day their official first date included going to Sailor Tom's
in Reading, Ma and then he took her
to meet his parents. They were married 6 months later, four children and nearly 53 years together!
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Today begins the first of many
Freaky Friday Blog Posts
& YOU can contribute!
My great grandfather Albert Larkin Baker
b. Jun 3 1868 in Somerville, MA
d. Oct 10, 1941 in Malden, MA.
The thing is...he looks IDENTICAL - minus the time period-
to my brother who was born within hours of
EXACTLY 90 years later.... wicked weird!
I'd post a picture of my bro, but I'm not sure he'd really appreciate that :) And who needs one? He looks like this guy!
Do you have a wicked weird, unexplained or paranormal story
about your ancestors or researching genealogy?
Send me your story
& I just might feature your story!*
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Today, my Mom now 82 yrs young, attends the Annual Luncheon for Linwood Seniors! It's a reunion for people who lived in Malden, Ma, and particularly the neighborhoods & schools of Linden & Maplewood. The schools include Browne Jr. High. Linden, Maplewood, Salemwood or St. Joseph's Schools.
Later in the day ...Whoops my bad! Although the Linwood Seniors was today and my mother usually goes....it was actually her 65th Malden High School Reunion, Class of 1948! What do I know...I just drive & take her where she wants :) It was a great time! LOVE hearing stories from our older generations - seriously, so funny my face hurts!
Years ago, I began extensively sorting out the Rands & Other Families of North Chester, NH in search of my own ancestors. Someday I’ll get the book done....but not today. :) However, I thought I’d share a little something I found about a talented distant cousin.
Cora Chase was the daughter of Lucius Wilder and Mary (Rand) Chase. She was the youngest of five, and the fourth daughter, born in May 1892 in Haverhill, MA. According to a wide variety of sources, about 1909 at the age of 17, she traveled to Italy to study voice, and perform there as well as other places across Europe for 10 years. Her well publicized return to America in 1920, and her anticipated portrayal of Gilda in “Rigoletto” with The Metropolitan Opera House, seems to show many in the musical community were anxiously awaiting her performance.
Feb 5, 1921, The New York Times reports she was “unknown to her own countrymen when she stepped on stage” - personally I think that’s an understatement given the amount of articles the previous year across the nation that mention her. There is no argument though that in her opening performance she stepped on stage in the second act, and 10 minutes later was in the midst of an ovation that could not wait catapulting her into the society pages everywhere. “Charming Cora Chase of Haverhill, Mass., tall, strong, slender, a New Englander every inch of her, had somehow touched the heart-strings of the most aloof and difficult musical audience in the world.”
Cora Chase married her childhood sweetheart Samuel Thurston Williamson on May 5th 1923 in Haverhill, Ma. He was, at the time, part of the Washington staff for The New York Times. President Harding apparently sent flowers and a telegram which stated “Mrs Harding joins in most hearty congratulations and most cordial wishes to yourself and bride. We shall be glad to have you share with Mrs Williamson the high regard we hold for you. ~Warren G. Harding”
Cora is memorialized by The Haverhill Mural Project in the City of Haverhill, MA (see link below). She d. Feb 1984, a91, in Rockport, Ma. Samuel had died at age 70, June 18, 1962 in Gloucester, Ma. He was by then the former editor of Newsweek (having been the first) and Sunday assistant editor of The New York Times. They had no surviving children at the time of his death.
Check out more on the couple in the articles listed under sources and numerous others over the mentioned time periods.
Until next time...Live & cherish the moment while exploring the past!
Photo via: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ggb2006007347/
The New York Times, May 6, 1923, “Cora Chase Weds S.T. Williamson”
The New York Times, Feb 5, 1921, “Cora Chase Gets Ovation at Debut”
The New York Times, Feb 10 1929 “Cora Chase, Soprano, in Recital Over WOR”
Boston Herald, June 19, 1962, “Samuel T. Williamson, 70, First Editor of Newsweek”
Massachusetts Vital RecordsSocial Security Death Index, for Cora Williamson
The Haverhill Mural Project - http://teamhaverhill.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/HaverhillMuralMap-July2010.pdf
I have lived in Massachusetts & New Hampshire 99.9% of my life and until last week never heard of the mysterious Sea Serpent of Cape Ann (Gloucester) which created a local media frenzy from 1817-1827 & beyond. Was it real? Were there more than one? Was it really just a whale? Who knows...but the tales of many who are said to have exceptional reputations, and the sightings by hundreds of people according to period newspapers certainly makes you ponder...hmmm...maybe...? Here's just one of hundreds, if not thousands of articles during 1817-1827, which mention sightings of the enormous creatures all along the New England coast.
“WE have in our possession an extract of a letter from John Low, Esq to his son in this town dated Gloucester, Thursday afternoon Aug 14, 1817.
There was seen on Monday and on Tuesday morning playing about our harbour between Eastern Point and Ten pound Island – a SNAKE with his head and body about eight feet out of water –his head is in perfect shape as large as the head of a horse. –his body is judged to be about FORTY-FIVE or FIFTY FEET IN LENGTH—it is thought he will girt about 3 feet round the body, and his sting is about 4 feet in length.
While writing the above a person has called in, who says that there are two to be seen, playing from the Stage-hed into the harbour inside of Ten pound Island.
The spectors are Mr Charles Smith and Mr John Proctor and several others. A number of our sharp-shooters are in pursuit of him but cannot make a ball penetrate his head. Another party is just gaining in pursuit with guns, harpoons, & c. –Our small craft are fearful of venturing out a fishing.
The above can be attested to by twenty different people of undoubted veracity – Salem Gaz Office
In addition to this account the Salem Register states, that the Serpent is extremely rapid in its motions which are in all directions—that it shews a length of 50 feet; that a man who discharged his musket within 30 feet of the fish. says its head was partly white and that he hit it – that a large sum had been offered for it; that ‘it appears in joints like wooden buoys and a net rope almost as large as a barrel” –that musket balls appear to have no effect on it –that it appears like a string of gallon kegs 100 feet long.
The ediftor of the Register quotes an account of a Sea Serpent seen on the coast in 1746, something like it. It had a head like that of a horse—and as he moved he looked like a row of large casks following in a right line.”
Photo via: http://myweb.northshore.edu/users/ccarlsen/poetry/nahant/image_pages/sea_serpent_cape_ann.html who apparently got it from Nahant Historical Society - http://www.nahanthistory.org
Boston Intelligencer, Boston, MA, Uncommon Serpent , 08-16-1817, Vol 4, Iss 1, Pg 2 via GenealogyBank
It's Sentimental Sunday on Geneabloggers and Father's Day so how could I blog about something other than my Dad?
It's been 9 years since I was was able to say Happy Father's Day in person & honestly they just don't seem to get any easier. I thought about writing a post about how great a Dad he was, what a fabulous Master Gardener he was, and how he was my biggest fan when it came to my paintings. Without his emotional support I never would have had the courage to exhibit anything. But instead, I thought I'd share a story of how my paranormal addiction really started.
I was always interested in things off the beaten path so to speak, and have had many unusual experiences over my entire life, but the one that really convinced me I wasn't just nuts involves my Dad.
The story begins back in the spring 2005. My father was not in a good place, fighting a losing battle with stomach cancer. Naturally I'd visit him often, sitting by his bedside and chatting about everything & anything. I can't remember exactly how the conversation came up but I asked in a jovial way...
"So Dad, when you get to the other side...you're going to send me a message or a sign right?"
He chuckled and said "Who do I think I am your mother?"
We both laughed and he said "You know I'm not into that sort of thing."
Smiling I answered "I know.... but it will make me feel better."
He rolled his eyes and that was the end of that conversation. I didn't think anything about it after that. I think I just accepted it wasn't something he would do.
He passed away at the end of May, and sometime around June we were all getting ready to have a yard sale. One of my jobs was to go through the antique bookcase of old books, most of which were old literature that had been passed down from his parents. The majority I had never looked at before, even though I am the family historian and like old literature. Anyway, I'm standing in my parents dining room & gently looking through them as they are really old & fragile deciding to "keep" or "sell".
I pick up Tennyson, The Complete Works of Alfred Tennyson, and suddenly it is pushed through my hands and on to the floor. I was a little stunned & thinking 'What the hell? How did that just happen?' I bend over to pick up the book & all I see is the title across the page & then again at the beginning of the poem. It says "The Gardener's Daughter". My breath is stolen away, chills set deep in my core, and a wave of emotion floods me instantly tearing me up. I pick up the book and stare at the page...I can't even begin to read it, I see "painting" & "Go and see the Gardener's daughter". I shut the book, tears streaming down my cheeks, and whisper.... "Thank you Dad, I love you."
Much to my surprise, it was my great great great uncle, Albert Sprague Baker back in 1875, which might explain why each of my daughters have a fascination with them...apparently it's genetic....
I am so grateful we do not have this spreading around our children anymore...
Beginning with the first known case in Medfield, Massachusetts during the spring of 1806 cases of spotted fever began to appear throughout New England through at least 1815 killing countless people. According to An Inquiry into the Nature and Treatment of the Prevailing Epidemic called Spotted Fever by Job Wilson, M.B. published in 1815, it came on very suddenly with extreme pain in the head & stomach, followed by cold chills, and puking. Breathing was short & struggled, the root of the tongue whitish, eyes wild & vacant, skin hot, but not dry, and an intense fear of falling was also present. The total time of sickness up to this point 6-9 hours, followed by coma & the appearance of purple spots pretty much everywhere for about 3-5 hours, then death.
As researchers we want to find stories about our ancestors, but the sadness of their reality just breaks my heart. I can’t even imagine the horror of realizing your child had this disease, further still, losing 6 of your children to it in less than a week. And yet this was the case of my 4th great grandparents Hezekiah Young & Sarah Harris of Manchester, NH. It must have been beyond any comprehension.
The children, all buried in Center Cemetery in Manchester, NH, were all sick less than 14 hours each :
Caleb Young d. Mar 11, 1815 age 17
Elisa Young d. Mar 11 1815 age 2/3
Mary Young d. Mar 11/13, 1815 4mo
George "Washington" Young d. Mar 13, 1815
John Young Mar 14, 1815 age 19
Hezekiah Young d. Mar 17, 1815 age 10
If you are interested in this family, or are a descendant, please contact me at info@NHGenealogist.com. I do have quite a bit more information on this couple & their additional children. I would love to collaborate.
Survey of Center Cemetery, Manchester, NH completed by Bernard H. Cowette III in 1993, available online as of June 12, 2013 at: http://files.usgwarchives.net/nh/hillsborough/cemeteries/cencem.txt
Boston Daily Advertiser (Boston, MA), Tuesday, April 11, 1815 Paper: Vol IX, Iss 7, Pg: 2, available via GenealogyBank.com
An Inquiry into the Nature and Treatment of the Prevailing Epidemic called Spotted Fever , Job Wilson, M.B. , Boston, MA, 1815 available via Archives.org
Boston July 2 
“We are informed by a person lately come from Black Point, in the Eastern Parts of this Province, that about a fortnight ago, a very strange Creature was found on the Shore there, which the Tide had left, about twice as large as an Ox, its Head and fore Parts resembling a Lion, with prodigious large flat Feet, and Teeth Eighteen Inches long, white as Ivory, and as thick as a Man’s Wrist. He was very slow and helpless, and had no other way to attempt an Escape from his Enemies, but by flicking his Teeth in the Ground, and dragging his hinder Parts after him. The People assaulted him with Axes and other Instruments, which made no Impression on him, till by Chance they found a Place susceptible of their weapons, wherewith he was at last destroy’d. Tis further added, that upon cutting off a piece of his Flesh, it was found so exceeding tough, that it could not be torn [as nder?] by three Yoke of Oxen.”
Weekly Rehearsal (Boston, MA), Thursday, July 2, 1733, Issue: 92, Page: 2, available via GenealogyBank.com
Not according to New Hampshire Provincial Papers of Portsmouth & Dover during the mid 1600’s:
“Richd Tree fined 10s for swearing & drinking to be payd within 3 moneths”
“mr Thomas Wanerton for striking his wife wth a stoole admonished not to doe soe any more”
“George Webb prsented for living Idle like a swine”
“Elizabeth Joyles wife of Mathew Gyles to be whipped or redeemed wth a fine of 20s for revyling words against some of the Church of Christ in Dover”
“John Baker presented for beating Richard Nason that he was black & blew & for throwing a fire shovell at his wife”
“Mathew Williams censured to be whiped for offering wrong to young mayden childern”
“John Mayse [Moses] & Alice his wiefe plantifes againste Nicholas Roe & Elizabeth his wiefe in an action of the case of slannder, for that the said Elizabeth Roe saide that the saide Alice was George.... whore”
“Elizabeth Roe saide that the saide Jane [Walforde] was a witche”
[Elizabeth Roe was openly whipped according to the order]
“It is ordered by the Courte that Judith Ellyns shalbe severelie whipped for her bastarde Childe”
[It was afterwards remitted because she was ill]
[Elizabeth Roe is at it again – and said...] – “the Courte should kiss her arse, and further sayde at an other time she shoulde doe God as good service to ill the .....as felton did to kill the Duke – The wiefe of Roe was openlie whipped for the same & some other speeches.”
“The grand Jury psented John Crowther for sayeinge that his wife was a whore”
“We present Jane Canny of Dover for stricking hir husband”
“we present John Webstar for misusing his wife as she complained to the constabl”
“we present mr batchelder for being 2 or 3 days and within John webstars house and webstar said he could not get him out”
“we present John webstar for retaining of mr batchelder contrai to law”
“we present John webstar for being drunke”
“we present Thomas gwin for being drunke one the lors day in the metin hous in the time of exercise”
“we present thomas Sharrpam for being Drinck and swaring”
“we present Richard basom for cursing and saing the Divell tack all new Ingland men”
Thomas Trickey & Elizabeth his wiefe plantifies againste michaell Brande in an action of slander & defaminge of her good name, for sayenge that the saide Elizabeth was a base whore” [he sat in the stocks two hours]
“whereas at the Courte holden at Salisbury the 13 of the 2 month (52) Josepth Davis of haverhill beinge presented for puttinge on womemans apparell and goeinge aboute from house to house in the nighte and mary peaslye accompaninge him”
“The grand Jurry Do present walter Abbit or ofringe to put his hands under mary Row hir Clothes and takinge hir in his armes and shee Crying out he let hir goe and shee Rane into the mud”
[Abbott is further accused of what sounds like raping, beating and kicking another woman so severly she] “voyded much blood at hir mouth and was very sick in so much shee thought she would have Died”
“James Kid beinge presented for a fame for an acte of uncleannes wth Sarah conett [Connell] the Irish woman is finedten pounds or twentie strips. Sarah conett presented for havinge a child by the scte of uncleanes is whipped wth twentie strips”
“George Vezie being convicted of being more than halfe an houre in ye taverne is fined 2s 6d”
“we Presnet william Kibbe of Dover & his wife for being unchast befor their mariage: the profe doe apper in the time of her delivery: gon out of the towne”
“we present the Indian woman marie George Waltons servant for her unchastity beinge delivered of a child & haveing no Husband”
“Leonard Weekes for swearing by God & calling Jno Hall of Greenland ould dogg & old slave & that he would Knock him in ye head”
“Mr George Walderne of Cochecho for liveing from his wife”
“ Geo: Walton [and wife Alice] being presented to ye Countie Court [& referred to this court for] not coming to meeting severall mounths this day appeared & convicted as Quakers.
Source: New Hampshire State Paper Series, Vol 40, New Hampshire Court Records 1640-1692 & Court Papers 1652-1668. Edited by Hammond, Otis G. , State of New Hampshire, 1943
1. “You just go online, click on one of those leafy things and voilà your tree pops up.”
Seriously?! Please tell me you are joking.... public online trees are often created by people who have absolutely no idea what they are doing... and they likely copied it from someone else who had no idea what they were doing, & so on & so on. Don't get me wrong - Sites are FABULOUS - but it's records you need.
2. “All you need is one record to confirm a parent child relationship.”
OMG, no, no, no! Multiple documents of support must be found to confirm relationships & theories. Otherwise, you are probably just going around adopting random ancestors...
3. “It’s not necessary to cite sources.”
Are you kidding me? Some random person’s word is junk in the land of genealogy, and that is exactly what your tree becomes without citing sources. You must source so that others can trace that record and look at it for themselves. There are many resources available for how to source genealogical information.
4. “My grandparents said that their parents said....”
Ok, one phrase, ‘The Tin Can Game’. Whatever it is, if they didn’t live it & document it at the time, it’s hogwash (aka “Tradition”) unless proven with further documentation. Remember the common phrase "Genealogy without proof is mythology."
5. “It’s ok to ignore conflicting documentation, and pretend it was never seen”
As much as we wish we could “un-see” things – we can’t. Find your integrity, before finding your ancestors.
6. “Everything written in a newspaper, town history or family genealogical book is true.”
No...and worse, many of the older books aren’t sourced.
7. “Ok, well then, everything written on a vital record is true”
Ah...no. Death records are often wrong. After all, the person who most likely knows the answer to that question is dead. Marriage records can be wrong because they may be underage & outright lying, or perhaps one of the individuals is answering for the other & is just wrong. Birth records, although usually are correct can also be wrong. I personally know of two situations in my tree where the mother’s first name is wrong & another where the father is clearly listed incorrectly....considering the child is African American & both parents listed plus all their ancestors are white.
8. “If someone names his ‘son in law’ in his will that means that person was married to his daughter, and if it says ‘brother’ then that confirms a sibling relationship.”
Maybe, but it could depend on the time period. Earlier records show relationships that today we call ‘step sons’ were then called ‘son in law’ or ‘son by law’. Also, ‘brother’ was a term of endearment not necessarily a sibling. This is also the case with ‘cousins’ just because someone said they were a cousin doesn’t necessarily mean they were by todays standards.
9. “If a record says a person’s name in records was ‘Jr’, ‘II’, ‘III’, then we know their father & grandfather had the same name and that confirms relationships.”
No. Many times in earlier records in an attempt to keep people with the same name in a small location straight they often used these titles according to age. You can usually guess one is older or younger than the other but that’s about it. The person may or may not be related to the other individual at all, never mind father & son.
10. “People in previous generations were different than today. They were all law abiding & religious, never had sex out of wedlock, never cheated on spouses & did not get drunk.”
See tomorrow’s blog for some examples of the Earliest New Hampshire Court Records dating back to the 1600’s....
Last week in my blog Top Ten Tips to Breakingdown Brick Walls I mentioned several things you should do before attempting a name study. This blog picks up where that left off and gives you hints on exploring several families with the same surname in a particular area. Obviously, you are likely only going to take this route if you have exhausted all other options and still haven't found what you need for a confirmation.
1. Eliminate as many possibilities as you can within a broader area. For example, once when I did this I had a GGG grandmother Mary ________ who was born a1816, & according to her death record her parents were Samuel & Mary _________. Therefore, I researched every Samuel & Mary ________ in the state & adjoining state during that time period. Then I looked into the possibility of Samuel or Mary dying when she was young & remarrying. Sometimes I thought I was on the right track when I found a couple Samuel & Mary's who had a daughter Mary, but I wasn't, because through further research it was discovered either their Mary was born in a year that didn't make sense, she died while mine was living, or she married someone else. If you have no luck there, remember at this point to be open to the possibility the names on the death record could be wrong.
2. Focus on as small an area as possible, such as a particular town or county where you believe your ancestor lived. Presumably, you've already searched for records on your ancestor and found limited to nothing or you wouldn't be doing this.
3. Focus on the most relevant time period. For example when your ancestor would have been born to when you know they lived somewhere else, if they did ever live somewhere else.
4. Generally, I find it is easiest to start with censuses. Go to the Census Records in that particular location - and pull up all the families with that surname. Now, if it is after 1850 this may not be that difficult a task, but every time I've had to do this it was before then. Given my ancestor was born c1816, I began with the 1820 & 1830 censuses, and started looking for heads of the households with the same surname and who had a daughter that fit into the appropriate age brackets. I also tried to be sure he appeared old enough to be her father. Clearly, a man born in about 1805 could not be her father, nor is it likely a a man born about 1761 was her father, although that could be revisited if nothing comes up. Eliminating men for reasons such as these will help narrow the possibilities down significantly.
5. Look further into who these families were. Look for births, marriages, deaths, administrations, deeds, etc. on everyone in these families. Continue eliminating as you go. For instance, a couple who married a couple years after her birth isn't really likely, unless it was a second marriage.
6. Revisit your notes. Look at your notes again. Is anything that seems more familiar or is ringing a bell now? Perhaps one of the families you are researching is headed by a Joseph for example, and your ancestor named one of their oldest children Joseph. Perhaps the mother's name, or sibling names appear in your ancestors family. While this is not proof, they certainly are hints and may later help build your case of indirect evidence.
7. Follow the lives of the children of the couples you are left with. Build a list of potential siblings of your ancestor if they were a member of this family. Can you find any connections between possible siblings & your ancestor? Who did they marry? Where did they live or move away to? When did they die? What are their children's names?
For me this part was the gold mine. My ancestor had four sisters, one of whom died fairly young, & three who married. Plus, they also had two brothers. Through tracing the siblings, especially the sisters and who they married. I found the 3 married sisters through US censuses and city directories living in an adjoining state and right next door to where I knew my ancestor was along. Plus, while one of the brothers died as a young married man, the other brother turned up living at the same address of my ancestor while she went to live with her grown daughter for a while. They were right there in front of me the whole time, off and on for over twenty years. And then, I remembered I forgot a step and looked up the state censuses, much to my surprise, at one point, one of the sisters lived in the same household with my ancestor...wish I had found that before....it would have given me a huge hint and maybe saved me all that work, but then I wouldn't have learned so much! Turns out...through a compilation of all the indirect evidence that I was able to find from the name study, I could write a pretty persuasive proof summary that my ancestor was the daughter of Joseph & Nancy, not Samuel & Mary at all....damn those death records :)
Live & cherish the moment while exploring the past!
Seldom is anything more frustrating in genealogy
than when you smash into a wall you can see over,
under or around, but here are a few tips to begin peering through them
& pull apart each brick to get to the other side.
1. Take a break - Work on something else for a while, when you return to it
think objectively, as if it wasn't your work.
2. Put your old notes, opinions & your memory aside - I know - it sounds nuts, but what you need to do is take a second look at each record, the original records/sources, one by one, and create new notes. You will find hints & pieces you missed before.
Create another set of notes, or color code opinions, possibilities, and "heresay".
3. Create a Timeline - include everything you have by date with place locations for children, siblings, parents, aunts, uncles, etc.
4. Be more open to the possibility of records being wrong - yup that's right, wrong - especially records recorded, well, after the person was dead and wasn't answering for themselves - say death records.
My paternal grandmother's death record is wrong & states her brother's name instead-
which reminds me, I still need to amend that.
5. Be more open minded about surname spelling - Previous to the 20th century spelling was more a matter of sound & accent than consistency.
6. First names, nicknames, etc.
Nicknames are possible , middle names were used as first names & name changes did take place. Also remember some names "go together" such as Mary/Polly; Sarah/Sally. I have an uncle who as early as 1870 started using a different first & middle name as his musical stage name, but never changed it legally.
7. Keep looking diligently & scour hidden local resources -land records, newspapers, town historical societies, libraries, etc. If you can't get there,
hire an experienced professional genealogist who specializes in that area.
8. Historical & Geographical Context- know the history & geography of the location for the time period. Town, county & state lines sometimes changed, and sometimes large groups of people from one area moved to another area together. Also know the time period you are researching. Applying early 20th century concept to an early 19th century dilemma is not going to help you.
9. Collaborate with Other Researchers or Ask a Professional -A new set of eyes may offer an angle that was missed. It's also possible there may not even be enough proof to have led you to where you think you are in the first place. If your sources are various unsourced online trees - you are in a heap of a mess!
That is not how authentic, accurate genealogical research is done.
It just isn't - damn those commercials! The reality is I'd bet 9.5 out 10 unsourced trees online are wrong,
and many old history or genealogical books contain information that is also wrong.
10. Do a name study in the location & time period where you are stuck, start eliminating possibilities by working forwards - This is an enormous amount of work - no doubt about it, but it may very well be worth it. I have a ggg grandmother who came from a town with 50 million people with the same last name..ok well that might be a slight exaggeration but ...there were lots & the name wasn't even Smith!
Sorting out the surname in the entire town became my last option...and it worked!
See next week's blog on How to do a Name Study
Live & cherish the moment while exploring the past!
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy