Sitting in the middle with the big bouquet is Emma Singleton. Her new husband Arthur Stead is to the left. Directly behind is her sister Elizabeth Hannah called "Fannie" Singleton, then Arthur Kaye (Fannie's future husband). Her other sister Minnetta "Minnie" Singleton is on the other side of Arthur Kaye. To the far left sitting down are John & Anne (Stevenson) Singleton, and brother Harold Singleton is sitting with thei mother. I'm not sure who the guy standing behind John & Anne is, and I am unsure who anyone on the right of Emma & Minnie are. I'd love to know if anyone recognizes this family. Anne (Stevenson) Singleton was my GG Grandfather Thomas Stevenson's niece. I have more pictures of this family if interested.
Cambridge, MA has excellent historical & genealogical resources! Here are just a few of the treasures!
Check the database of old Cambridge newspapers including Cambridge Chronicle, Cambridge Sentinel, Cambridge Tribune & Cambridge Press - FREE for everyone!
Check the Cambridge Room for research here:
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Also if you are interested in historical buildings & addresses in Cambridge - check this out:
Cambridge Historical Society
One of my brickwalls involves my GGGG grandfather, Walter Swain of Tewksbury, MA. While I can piece together his family, his parents & origin are a mystery. Some seem to think he was the son of Nathan Swain & Phebe Wilson born in Arlington, MA in 1776- further still, some think he divorced Abigail & married someone else...I have seen zero evidence for any of this. I do not feel like a birth for a Walter in the time period suffices as evidence, especially when there are no other connections to Arlington, MA at all. It seems to me that bad information & assumptions have just spread through unsourced online trees. Although, I will say I did not look for a divorce record yet, so I can't say if one does or does not exist. If there is evidence to any of that, please enlighten us all.
Walter Swain was born about 1771, but it could have been earlier, in New Hampshire or Massachusetts. He may have died while he lived in Tewksbury, MA, although no record seems to exist in the state. He married Abigail Kittredge b. Jan 17 1774, dau of John Kittredge & Abigail Dutton on Jun 13, 1796 in Tewksbury, MA. She died Feb 17 1844 in Tewksbury, MA. The death record available from americanancestors.org states her parents name, and in tiny letters next to that it says "son, Levi Swain". Some have made the assumption she was married & this is her husband, but it does not say she was married & it does say "son". They are on the 1800 Census in Tewksbury, Ma, but not after that. Walter dies/disappears somewhere after Jan 1802 when his youngest son, Benjamin, would have been conceived.
Their children were as follows:
1. Levi Swain He married Phebe Gowing (1796-1879) on Apr 12 1818 in Wilmington, MA and continued to live in Wilmington during their life together. They can be found on the 1820, 1850, 1860 & 1880 censuses, and likely others with some effort. Levi, or someone else notes on the 1880 census that his father was born in NH. Levi was born Feb 1, 1797 in Tewksbury, MA and died on Jan 2 1881 in Wilmington, Ma and on his death record it states his father Walter was born in Gilmanton, NH.
Levi & Phebe had: Abigail, Charles, Sarah, James, Edward, Levi Jr. & possibly others.
2. Sally Swain was my GGG Grandmother. She was born Dec 9 1798 in Tewksbury, MA and married Chadbourne Warren III on Feb 12 1817 in Berwick, ME. South Berwick town clerk & Historical Society both say: Intention to marry on Oct 31, 1816; it was certified Nov 23 & they married on Feb 12, 1817 in Berwick, Me. by Rev Thompson & she lived in Wilmington, MA. Chadbourne Warren was [edited as "possibly"] the son of Chadbourne Warren & Hannah Hodsdon born about 1785 and died May 4, 1839 in Maine as noted in Capt Elisha Goodwin’s Record Book.
Sally is a widow in 1850 and is with her daughter, Abigail Swain (Warren) Sanderson & her husband George A. Sanderson in Dover, NH. They are my GG grandparents. By the 1860 census they have all moved to Haverhill, MA & can also be found there in 1870 together. Sally passes away Oct 6, 1870 in Haverhill, MA. Her death record in Haverhill states: widow; 76yrs; consumption; her father's name is not given, but his birth says Wilmington, MA. Her mother is listed as: Sally Warren, also born Wilmington, MA but it would seem Abigail, or someone else, was likely confused by the question. No other information is given on the original record. Sally was buried in Pine Hill Cemetery, Dover, NH. The burial record says "Swain", the grave says "Warren".
Sally & Chad had: William S. Warren (1820-1872); Moses Pray Warren (1822-1896); Samuel Warren (1823-1878); Chadbourne H. Warren (1824-1909); Abigail Swain Warren (1828-1905) & Benjamin Warren (1835-1907), possibly others but unconfirmed are: Charles Warren who married Mary Perkins & George
3. William Swain b. Sept 2 1800 in Tewksbury, MA d. unknown
4. Benjamin Swain Benjamin was born Sept 10, 1802 in Tewksbury, Ma. Mar 20 1823 he lived in Reading, MA and married Asenath Trull in Andover, MA. He died Jan 10 1867 in Wilmington, MA. His death records states both his parents were born in Tewksbury, MA.
Benjamin & Asenath had Benjamin Swain Jr. (1827-1892)
Please sign this petition and share it. There are so many who have served our country & do not even have a gravemarker, and now the govt has made it so only descendants can request one instead of historians, & Veteran Associations. If many of us can donate 100's, if not 1000's of hours finding these soilders who we are not even related too, the least the govt can do is give them a stone. It's just freakin not right! Men & women offer their lives, and as a country we are treating them with such complete disregard. It really pisses me off.
Want to wander around & research in Portsmouth's Historic District, but also have plenty of fun for the rest of the family?
Well, there's plenty!
I can't possibly list all the family friendly events in Portsmouth without missing any, so here are just a few for everyone.
Ogunquit Playhouse - Young Frankenstein
July 23, 24, 25, 26, 27
IT’S ALIVE! The hilarious musical comedy is a wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on Mel Brooks’ film masterpiece. It's monstrously good time!
Shakespeare in the Park - Romeo & Juliet- Prescott Park
Remaining show dates this summer are:
Tuesday, July 30 - 7PM
Tuesday, August 6 - 7PM
Sunday, August 11 - 2PM
Sunday, August 18 - 2PM
Saturday, August 31 - 7PM
Free Outdoor Theater in Prescott Park!
Running each Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from June 28 through August 25.
NH ART ASSOCIATION GALLERY
Prescott Park's historic Sheafe Warehouse
Wednesdays 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursdays & Sundays 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Fridays & Saturdays 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER & MARC COHN
July 24, 2013
15th ANNUAL FOLK FESTIVAL
Friday, July 26 5:00 - 11:00 PM
TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE
July 26, 2013
GREAT BAY ACADEMY OF DANCE
Friday, August 2 - 5:30 PM
9th ANNUAL WOKQ COUNTRY FESTIVAL
Saturday, August 3, 2013
1:00pm - 5:00pm
JUDY COLLINS w/ Ari Hest
August 7, 2013
SOLE CITY DANCE
Friday, August 9 - 5:30 PM
ROOTS & RHYTHM FESTIVAL
Saturday, August 10 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
August 14, 2013
SEACOAST CIVIC DANCE COMPANY
Saturday, July 27 and Saturday, August 17 - 5:30 PM
EXTREME AIR JUMP ROPE
August 23 - 5:30 PM
SPIRIT FAMILY REUNION
August 28, 2013
STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES (& DUCHESSES)
August 30, 2013
September 1, 2013
Fish & Lobster Fest
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 11:30AM
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Fairy House Tour
Saturday, September 21, 2013
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday, September 22, 2013
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
For more New Hampshire Seacoast information see:
Being from New England, when I see a notation for the Indian War, I automatically think 17th & 18th Centuries. So when I came across this grave marker and it said "Indian War" but a death date of 1937, I was a little perplexed. Apparently, outside of New England, say in Fort Keogh, Custer, Montana, this is a no brainer. Sometimes, you just have to laugh at yourself.
Alvah C. Frink was born in March 1856 according to the 1900 census in Haverhill, MA where he lived as a single man with his Uncle Andrew & Aunt Elizabeth Frink. Also with them at the time is Alvah's brother Charles A. Frink, a widower, b. Jun 1853. A birth for Alva b. March 1856 cannot be found, however, an Eva C. Frink was b. Mar 20 1855 in Haverhill, Ma to Samuel & Sarah Frink.
On the 1855 Massachusetts Census in Haverhill, MA, Alvah C. is listed as "A.C. Frink" age 4 months, with his parents, Samuel & Sarah Frink, as well as additional siblings . By the 1865 Massachusetts Census, he and a couple of his siblings, John H. & Charles Frink are with Elizabeth A. Frink. Elizabeth A. Frink, the apparent guardian should not to be confused with his Aunt Elizabeth A. Frink who was married to his uncle Andrew noted above.
A further look into the records of Haverhill, MA show the following records for his siblings:
John H. Frink b. Apr 14 1850 Haverhill, Ma, son of Samuel & Sarah
Charles A. Frink b. June 24 1852 Haverhill, Ma son of Samuel & Sarah
Clarisa Elizabeth Frink b. Aug 9 1845 to Samuel & Sarah; "Clara" E. (Frink) Sawyer d. Feb 15, 1874
Harriet Porter Frink b. Dec 29 1847 to Samuel & Sarah; d. Aug 21 1852
The parents, Samuel Frink & Sarah Saunders marriage intention was recorded Sep 22 1844 Haverhill, MA, and on Jan 2 1861 Sarah Frink died of paralysis at the age of 45y 5m. Her father is not listed, but her mother is named as Lydia Alexander. Samuel Frink, a widower, died June 10, 1865 of Dyspeptic Phthesis 48y 6m son of Robert Frink & Judith.
As late 1930 Alvah is still in Haverhill, Ma and still single. Clearly though, Mrs E.F. Wyman cared enough to apply for a marker, so who was she? Having cousins named Wyman, this naturally made me even more curious. Turns out she was Elizabeth F. Wyman, a widow, who can be found on Water St Haverhill, MA in 1930. She is listed in the Haverhill Directories as early as 1902, but earlier goes by Lizzie. Turns out the same Elizabeth Frink that was the guardian in 1865, later lives with Lizzie F. Wyman, a widow, who calls her "grand aunt" in 1900. This Grand Aunt Elizabeth is listed as b. Dec 1828 on the 1900 census, but there doesn't seem to be much doubt she is the sister of Alvah's father, Samuel Frink, and was born Dec 1824 to Robert Frink & Judith Foster in Haverhill, MA.
Still though..how does Lizzie connect to Alvah? Further research shows Lizzie's maiden name was Sawyer and she was married to Frank C. Wyman. They were married Sept 1, 1888 in Haverhill, Ma and her father is listed as Gayton P. Sawyer. No mother is listed but if you notice the earlier death record of Alvah's sister, Clarisa/Clara, and the birth for Lizzie Aug 25, 1870 in Haverhill, you'll see she was her mother, making Alvah, Lizzie's Uncle. She apparently loved her uncle so much she not only got him a military marker, but named her son Willis Alvah Wyman born May 31, 1891 in Haverhill, Ma.
This really makes me chuckle. The styles may have changed but the sediments are still the same 114 yrs later.
via "A special section of The Boston Globe, May 11, 1984 - Confidential Chat, 1884-1984, A Century of Sharing"
So, lately I've been working on a huge cemetery project which is taking up a lot of my extra time. It's so much work I have to force myself to put it aside & set limits on myself....that's not the freaky part..that's just normal when you're a genealogist. The freaky part is I was working alone minding my own business in the middle of the day, not a single person within sight, walking along taking photos of graves & recording notes for the stones I knew I wouldn't be able to read from later. I come to a grave that I need to spell because there is a big overgrown tree in front of it. I spell the name. I continue about my work, blah, blah. I go home & listen to my notes...and right after I spell the name, as if a woman with an accent is standing next to me you hear "Why you spell the name?". And that's not all - there are many more voices that day & on other days. I must say it's taken me a bit to recover, but I will not give up getting this job done! Today, I'm off to work on it some more....who knows what it will bring.
Ethel May [Johnson?]
You'd be surprised how many Ethel May's lived in Haverhill...
She is buried closest to William & Sarah Johnson, but couldn't find a vital record for her and the stone does not have a last name. Sound familiar to anyone?
William Johnson b. Apr 19, 1832 d. Dec 23 1906
Sarah M. Johnson b. Apr 3 1836 d. July 26, 1876
Could be this family listed on the 1865 Census in Haverhill, Massachusetts:
William Johnson 33y b. New Hampshire
Sarah Johnson 29y b. New Hampshire
Charles H Johnson 9y b.New Hampshire
Frank L Johnson 6y b. New Hampshire
William H Johnson 4y b. Massachusetts
Elmer Johnson 2y b. Massachusetts
Take digital camera photos of old documents without the flash - it doesn't cause damage to the document like photocopying or scanning does.
1722 map of Boston 1722 by Capt John Bonner - Map reproduced from an engraving by The Revere Gallery, commissioned by the Boston 200 Corporation in commemoration of the Boston Bicentennial Celebration.
"1780 - Women lose the right to vote in Massachusetts"
Yup, that's right. We had it and then it was gone. Many do not realize that; it's one of those many things left out of US History class. What amazes me most is how long it actually took to get the vote back!
For more see http://dpsinfo.com/women/history/timeline.html
via "A special section of The Boston Globe, May 11, 1984 - Confidential Chat, 1884-1984,
A Century of Sharing"
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