Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday ~ John Aiken, buried 1793 in Bedford, New Hampshire

This tombstone was photographed at the Old Burial Ground in Bedford, New Hampshire

In Memory of
John Aiken
who departed this life
April ye 7th, 1793
in the 65th year of
his age.

from the website  http://www.nh.searchroots.com/HillsboroughCo/Merrimack/documents/aiken-genealogy.txt

"John-3 Aiken, son of Nathaniel-2 & Margaret (Cochran) Aiken, b. 18 Nov 1728 Londonderry NH. He d. 7 Apr 1793 in Bedford NH. He married 1758 to Annis Orr. She b. 28 March 1734 in Ireland and d. Sep 1813, eldest dau of John and Margaret, and sister of Dea. John Orr of Bedford NH. He removed from Londonderry NH and settled in Bedford NH (No. 366) about 1768 and was one of a committee on ministry and an elder in the church.
Children of John & Annis (Orr) Aiken:
1. +John Aiken, b. Feb 15, 1759 Londonderry NH; d. Feb 11, 1811 Merrimack NH; m. Dec 25, 1785 to Mary McAffee. She b. May 16, 1763 and d. April 12, 1828, dau of Matthew (McDuffee) McAffee of Bedford NH. He came with his parents to Bedford about 1768; was a Revolutionary soldier at Bennington; about 1790 he removed from No. 366 to a point just beyond the southwest corner of Bedford, in Merrimack NH, where he carried in a farm and a mill, known as Aiken's Mill.
2. +Phineas Aiken, b. Dec 16, 1761 Londonderry NH and d. April 18, 1836 in Bedford NH. He m. Dec 8, 1761 in Londonderry NH to Elizabeth Patterson, dau of Lieut John Patterson of Amherst NH. She was a woman of calm, even temperatment, a continual sunbeam in his home, a member of the church; a great student of the Bible; in her last days she had marked and committed to memory more than one thousand verses thereof. He was an elder in the church, held offices of trust in the town, and represented it at the general court; was a soldier in the Revolution and resided at No. 365.
3. +Margaret Aiken, b. May 29, 1764; d. April 17, 1840; m. Jan 15, 1787 Josiah Chandler of Goffstown NH and Pomfret VT
4. +Susanna Aiken, b. Feb 2, 1766; m. 1790 Jonathan Barron of Merrimack NH, Rockingham VT and Nunda NY.
5. Annis Aiken, b. March 20, 1769 at Bedford NH; d. June 1839; m. 1813 Abner Campbell of Londonderry NH.
6. +Sarah Aiken, b. April 28, 1771 Bedford NH; d. Nov 2, 1851; m. 1791 Samuel Gilchrist and settled on "Holbrook Hill" No. 339. About 1801 they removed to Goffstown NH. She m2nd, April 22, 1822 John Smith of Goffstown NH.
7. +Mary Aiken, b. June 16, 1773 in Bedford NH and d. Jan 26, 1829. She m. April 28, 1814 to William Reed of Litchfield NH.
8. Jane Aiken, b. Feb 12, 1776 in Bedford NH and d. Jan 16, 1866. She is buried at Piscataquog. She m. Nov 17, 1807 James Aiken who d. 1809 in Goffstown NH. She married 2nd, Rev. Walter Harris, D.D. of Dunbarton NH."


Published under a Creative Commons License
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~  John Aiken, buried 1793 in Bedford, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 25, 2016, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/10/tombstone-tuesday-john-aiken-buried.html: accessed [access date]).

Monday, October 24, 2016

Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy Birthday to me! This photo was taken a few months before my first birthday, but it will have to do!  


Published under a Creative Commons License

Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Happy Birthday to Me!", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 24, 2016,  ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/10/happy-birthday-to-me.html: accessed [access date]).

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Happy Birthday, Grampy! Donald Munroe Wilkinson (1895 - 1977)

Donald Munroe Wilkinson - unknown year or location
He was born 23 October 1895 in Salem, Massachusetts

Donald and Bertha Wilkinson - 1924
at 7 Dearborn Avenue, Beverly, Massachusetts

My grandfather and I almost share the same birthday.  We were born 66 years and only a few hours apart.  Donald Munroe Wilkinson was born on 23 October 1895 in Salem, Massachusetts, the son of Albert Munroe Wilkinson and Isabella Lyons Bill.  He had one sister who was three years younger.  Their father died young in 1908, when Don was only 12 and Janet was only 9 years old.  Their widowed mother ran a boarding house at 4 Loring Avenue in Salem, and among her boarders were her own mother, Annie M. (Bollman) Bill, her sister Jennie Bollman Bill, and her neice and nephew (Inez and Fitz Perkins).

As a young man Donald worked at banks, such as the Salem Safe Deposit and Trust Company, and the Salem Savings Bank.  By the time he registered for the World War I draft he was working at the United Shoe Machinery Company in Beverly, Massachusetts - where he worked until the 1960s.  He was a machinist and held other positions, and later in life he was a shipping inspector for the USMC.

He met my grandmother at church in Salem.  They married on Thanksgiving Day in 1926  at home 7 Dearborn Avenue, which was the home of his wife, Bertha Louise Roberts.  Her parents had bought the home soon after they immigrated from England in 1915.  Don's father-in-law also worked at USMC, and 7 Dearborn Avenue is just a few blocks away.   This was the home where they lived and raised three sons (Robert, Richard and my Dad, John) and where I lived, too, until 1969.  Great Aunt Jennie Bill (who never married and always lived with relatives) lived there until her death in 1946.

My grandfather retired from the USMC and my grandparents removed to Long Beach, California, where their son, my Uncle Richard Wilkinson was living.  They had a nice condo near the beach there, and enjoyed their retirement.  Later in life they joined the LDS church, just like my uncle.  Donald M. Wilkinson died on 24 July 1977 in Long Beach and is buried at the Westminster Memorial Park.  My grandparents from Long Beach are the only ancestors I have who ever lived or were buried west of New England.

Bertha and Donald's 50th Wedding Anniversary
26 November 1976.
Donald Munroe Wilkinson died 24 July 1977
in Long Beach California.


Published under a Creative Commons License

Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Happy Birthday, Grampy!  Donald Munroe Wilkinson (1895 - 1977)", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 23, 2016,  (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/10/happy-birthday-grampy-donald-munroe.html: accessed [access date]).

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Surname Saturday ~ UNKNOWN (Another Brickwall Ancestress)

Catherine Unknown, my 6th great grandmother, was the wife of Increase WYMAN of Burlington (now Billerica), Massachusetts.  She has no known parents, no known marriage record, and no known death record.  Increase’s ten children are listed in the Billerica vital records by baptism date – and his seven youngest children were all baptized together on 5 December 1773.  What a lack of records on this family group! The rest of the WYMAN family was very well documented in records, before and after Increase!

Increase Wyman served in the Revolutionary War, once for 9 months in Col. Spaulding’s regiment at Fishkill in 1778, and again for 6 months in 1780 under Brigadier General John Glover (my 7th great grand uncle in another lineage) when he was 47 years old.  His Revolutionary War service is better documented than the rest of his life.  His death date is unknown.   To complicate things, his father was called Increase Wyman.  And Increase, Jr. had a son named Increase born between 1765 and 1770.  

According to Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of the State of Massachusetts, Volume 1, by William Richard Cutter and William Frederick Adams, 1910, page 475 Ebenezer Richardson took as his fourth wife “December 12, 1776, Catherine, died 19 January 1783, widow of Increase Wyman.”  This appears to be an error because Increase Wyman’s military records match his birthdays- both in 1778 and 1780. 

Ebenezer Richardson was the son of Hezekiah Richardson and Elizabeth, born in Townsend, Massachusetts on 25 November 1751.  He married first Catharine (Tufts) Wyman on 12 December 1776.  She died before 1789.  He married second in 1789 to Jerusha Dodge, daughter of Zachariah Dodge.  According to the website www.wyman.org (by the WYMAN Family Association), Catharine Tufts was the daughter of William Tufts and Katharine Wyman.  She married first to Nathaniel Wyman on 2 July 1772 and he died on 2 April 1776.  Then she married Ebenezer  Richardson at the end of 1776.  This Katharine/Catherine cannot be my 6th great grandmother . 

Catherine’s daughter, Jemima Wyman (1757 – 1843) is my 5th great grandmother.  Jemima married a Revolutionary War Colonel named Joshua Burnham and lived in South Boston.  Her life is very well documented in vital records.

Does anyone have any clues about Catherine UNKNOWN Wyman?

My genealogy:

Generation 1:  Catherine UNKOWN; married to Increase Wyman, son of Increase Wyman and Deborah Pierce.  He was born 4 June 1732 in Woburn.  Ten children.

Generation 2: Jemima Wyman, born 10 February 1757 in Billerica, died 6 September 1843 in South Boston; married on 21 January 1779 to Colonel Joshua Burnham, son of Stephen Burnham and Mary Andrews.  He was born on 26 January 1754 in Gloucester, Massachusetts and died 7 June 1835 in Milford, New Hampshire.  Eleven children.

Generation 3: Jemima Burnham, born 9 May 1783 in Milford, died 5 August 1868 at 88 Emerson Street, South Boston;  married on 22 November 1810 to Romanus Emerson, son of John Emerson and Katherine Eaton.  He was born 1 September 1782 in Townsend, Massachusetts and died 10 October 1852 in South Boston.  Seven children.

Generation 4: George Emerson, born 11 July 1817 in South Boston, died 11 January 1890 in Dorchester, Massachusetts; married on 11 August 1845 in Boston to Mary Esther Younger, daughter of Levi Younger and Catherine Plummer Jones.  She was born 17 Feb 1826 and died 7 January 1913 in Boston.  Eight children.

Generation 5: Mary Katharine Emerson, born 25 December 1847 in South Boston, died 23 April 1932 in Roxbury, Massachusetts; marrie don 28 October 1869 in Chichester, New Hampshire to George E. Batchelder, son of George E. Batchelder and Abigail M. Locke.  Nine children.

Generation 6: Carrie Maude Batchelder, born 22 September 1872 in Chichester, died 21 January 1963 at the Sea View Convalescent and Nursing Home, Rowley, Massachusetts; married on 1 November 1892 in Essex, Massachusetts to Joseph Elmer Allen, son of Joseph Gilman Allen and Sarah Burnham Mears.  Five children.

Generation 7: Stanley Elmer Allen, born 14 January 1804 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, died 6 March 1982 in Beverly, Massachusetts; married on 14 February 1925 in Hamilton, Massachusetts to Gertrude Matilda Hitchings, daughter of Arthur Treadwell Hitchings and Florence Etta Hoogerzeil.  She was born 1 August 1905 in Beverly and died 3 November 2001 at the Pilgrim Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, Peabody, Massachusetts.  Seven children. (My grandparents)


Published under a Creative Commons License

Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~  UNKNOWN (Another Brickwall Ancestress)", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 22, 2016, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/10/surname-saturday-unknown-another.html: accessed [access date]). 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Beverly, Massachusetts ~ Revolutionary War Honor Roll

These three plaques with the names of Revolutionary War Soldiers is located on the second floor of the Beverly Historical Society.   There is another plaque with the names of soldiers who answered the Lexington Alarm on 19 April 1775 (the “Minute Men” – I’ll post that plaque next week).  These names cover the rest of the war.

If you have colonial Beverly ancestry, you might find a few ancestors here.  Or at least a few cousins, because you will notice that the same surnames are repeated over and over.  For example, there are eight DODGEs and eight LOVETTs listed here, as well as nine TRASKs and twelve WOODBERRY/WOODBURYs!

[Note:  the fifers and drummers are listed with the officers]

These photos and transcriptions are for The Honor Roll Project website:



William Adams
Davis Allen
John Austin
Simeon Baker
John Bartlett
Scipio Batlett
Abel Batchelder
Asa Batchelder
John Beckford
George Bell
Joshua Bisson
Robert Blair
John Bowles
Jonathan Bowles
John Boyle
James Brazill
James Buckman
Timothy Buggy
Daniel Bunker
James Burley
Benjamin Butman
William Butman
Robert Cambel
John Carr
Alexander Carrico
John Carrico
Thomas Garry
John Carter
Peter Clark
William Clark
Matthias Claxton
John Cleaves
Joshua Cleaves
Nathan Cleaves
Benjamin Cole
Gideon Cole
Samuel Cole, Jr.
Solomon Cole, Jr.
Thomas Herrick Cole
William Collins
John Conant
Jonathan Conant
Lot Conant
Joshua Corning
Ozman Cox
William Cox
Richard Craft
John Creesy
Nathan Creesy
William Cutler
Thomas Darby
Cornelius Dodge
Edward Dodge
James Dodge
Nathaniel Dodge
Nehemiah Dodge
Rice Dodge
Samuel Dodge
Zachariah Dodge
John Droll
Ebenezer Eaton
John Eavelith
Robert Edwards
Andrew Eliott, 2nd
John Ellingwood
Samuel Ellinwood
William Elliott
Oliver Emmerton
John Evelah
John Fall
John Fielder
Amos Foster
Edward Foster
James Foster
Josiah Foster
John Freeman
John Freeman, Jr.
Scipio Freeman
Matthew French
George Gallop
Benjamin Gates
Henry Giles, 2nd
Samuel Giles
William Goodbridge
Primus Green
Robert Green
George Grose
Ichabod Groves
John Groves
Philip Grush
William Hales
James Harley
John Harmon
Timothy Harrington
Andrew Herrick
John Herrick
Scipio Herrick
Thomas Herrick
Thomas Hills
Thomas Hogans
Phineas Hovey
John Huges
John Kennedy
Jonathan Kent
Joseph Kent
Asa Kimball
Ammi Knowlton
Edward Knowlton
Jonathan Knowlton
Daniel Lampson
Asa Larcom
Jonathan Larcom
Joseph Laskey
Asa Leach
Jonathan Leach
Richard Lee



Henry Herrick, Colonel
Peletiah Warren, Surgeon
Benjamin Jones Porter, Surgeon’s Mate
Enos Hitchcock, Chaplain
John Baker, Captain
John Francis, Captain
Joseph Rea, Captain
Caleb Balch, Lieutenant
Samuel Cole, Lieutenant
Aaron Francis, Lieutenant
Samuel Goodridge, Lieutenant
William Groves, Lieutenant
Nicholas Newbury, Lieutenant
Curtis Woodberry, Lieutenant
Archelaus Batchelder, Ensign
Archelaus Deale, Ensign
Luke Roundy, Ensign
William Dodge, Sergeant-Major
Thomas Lakeman, Sergeant-Major
Richard Butman, Sergeant
Abner Dodge, Sergeant
Samuel Dodge, Sergeant
Simon Lovett, Sergeant
Jonathan Patch, Sergeant
Joseph Pickett, Sergeant

Ezra Leach
Ezra Lovett
Isaac Lovett
Jeremiah Lovett
Jonathan Lovett
Joseph Lovett
Pyam Lovett
William Lovett


Joseph Poland, Sergeant
Richard Standley, Sergeant
Isaac Thorndike, Sergeant
Jeremiah Thorndike, Sergeant
Benjamin Woodbury, Sergeant
Jeremiah Woodbury, Sergeant
Samuel Arbuckle, Corporal
John Cole, Corporal
Jeremiah Foster, Corporal
Nathaniel Flynt, Corporal
Joseph Freethy, Corporal
Benjamin Ober, Corporal
Benjamin Raymond, Corporal
Jonathan Standly, Corporal
Robert Twist, Corporal
Andrew Wood, Corporal
Edward Shaw, Fife-Major
Hale Hilton, Fifer
John Leech, Fifer
William Lewis, Fifer
Nicholas Presson, Fifer
William T. Manning, Drummer
Thomas Warden, Drummer
Benjamin Blashfield Wood, Drummer

Joseph Marble
Stephen Masury
John May
John McCarly
Peletiah McDorneld
Perley McIntire
Peter McGee
William Messer



Asahel Moore
John Morgan
William Morgan, Jr.
William Morgan, 2d
Zachariah Morgan
Mark Morse
Samuel Nurse
Simon Obear
Andrew Ober
Daniel Ober
Thomas Ober
William Pace
James Parice
William Parice
John Paris
Richard Patch
Robert Patch
William Patch
William Pearce
Henry Peirce
Israel Perkins
Joseph Pickett, Jr.
Robert Pickett
Aaron Porter
Benjamin Porter
John Porter, Jr.
Joseph Potter
Nathaniel Presson
Peter Pride
Blackenbury Prince
David Pritchard
Aaron Putnam
Amos Putnam
Abner Raymond
Benjamin Raymond, 2d
Caesar Raymon
Ebenezer Raymond
John Raymond, Jr.
Nathan Raymond
Nathaniel Raymond
William Raymond
Ebenezer Rea
Gideon Rea
Isaac Rea
Jacob Reed
Samuel Robertson
James Scott
Joseph Searle
John Seirle
Jonathn Setchell
Ambrus Sharley
Thomas Simons
Abner Smith
Edward Smith
Ephraim Smith
Isaac Smith
Robert Smith
Samuel Smith
John Spering
Benjamin Sprigs
Joseph Standley
Robert Standley
George Standy
Samuel Stone
Zachariah Stone
John Swain
William Syms
John Taylor
Jeffrey Thissell
Jeffrey Thissell, Jr.
Thorndike Thissell
James Thistle
Jethro Thistle
Francis Thompson
James Thomson
Matthew Tobin
Barnabas Trask
Freeborn Trask
Israel Trask
John Trask
Moses Trask
Osman Trask
Retire Trask
William Trask
William Trask, 2d
William Tuck
Benjamin Verry
Benjamin Wadden
Thomas Wadden
Bartholomew Wallis
Caleb Wallis, Jr.
Ebenezer Wallis
Joshua Wallis
Jesse Watts
Joseph Webster
James Whidden
Joseph White
Zac Whithee
Oliver Whitrige
Thomas Williams
William Woddell
Benjamin Woodberry, Jr.
Benjamin Woodberry, 4th
Nathaniel Woodberry
Nicholas Woodberry
Obed Woodberry
Robert Woodberry
Benjamin Woodbridge
Azarah Woodbury
Daniel Woodbury
Ebenezer Woodbury
Israel Woodbury
Jonathan Woodbury
Prince Woodbury
Benjamin Woodman
Ebenezer Waldron
George York
Edward Clark Young
Jonathan Young


Published under a Creative Commons License

Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Beverly, Massachusetts ~  Revolutionary War Honor Roll", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 20, 2016,  (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/10/beverly-massachusetts-revolutionary-war.html: accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Weathervane Wednesday ~ A restored weathervane on a renovated historic building

Weathervane Wednesday is an on-going series of photographs I post every week.  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 Massachusetts.

Do you know the location of weather vane #281?  Scroll down to see the answer...

These images were sent to me by a reader, Bill Olsen of Plymouth, Massachusetts, known locally as "America's Hometown".  They are of the restored weather vane from on top of the 1820 Old Court House in Plymouth, Massachusetts, that is being renovated into the new Plymouth Town Hall.  He told me that they belonged to Janice Drew, a local photographer.  After writing to Janice for her permission, she sent me the JPG files of these images to use for Weathervane Wednesday.  This is the first time I have borrowed photos from a professional photographer for the blog, but since this is a local New England story, and a historical building, I made an exception in this case.

This American Eagle weathervane was made in 1820, the year the courthouse opened. It was recently restored and re-gilded with  23.75 karat gold leaf by the artist Penelope Austin on Nantucket island.  The weathervane has survived a fire, the Blizzard of 1978 and Hurricane Gloria when it was stolen after being blown down from the roof.  It was put up on top of the cupola again at a ceremony on September 10th.  The courthouse is being renovated and the project is expected to be completed by 2020, the 400th anniversary of the town of Plymouth.

Photography by Janice Drew    http://janice-drew.pixels.com/ 

A story about the weathervane restoration project:

A detailed history of the Plymouth 1820 Court House (six pages):


Published under a Creative Commons License

Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ A restored weathervane on a renovated historic building", Nutfield Genealogy, posted  October 19, 2016,
(http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/10/weathervane-wednesday-restored.html: accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Joseph Cochran, died 1758, Bedford, NH, killed by a falling tree

This tombstone was photographed at the Old Burial Ground in Bedford, New Hampshire

1758 AGED 31

According to The History of Bedford, New Hampshire, by Peter Woodbury, 1851, page 189 "Joseph Cochran lived where Joseph and Calvin Butterfield now live.  Cochran was killed by the fall of a tree, directly opposite John Mullet's house.  Cochran had two daughters; Samuel Moor married one, and Mr. Dunlap, of Goffstown, married the other."

The primitive face and unsophisticated lettering on this little tombstone are charming.  This simple little tombstone is typical of the early Scots Irish in this area of New England.


Published under a Creative Commons License

Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Joseph Cochran, died 1758, Bedford, NH, killed by a falling tree", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 18, 2016, (  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/10/tombstone-tuesday-joseph-cochran-died.html: accessed [access date]). 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ's

A map of early Londonderry from Willey's Book of Nutfield

Frequently Asked Questions
(see the answers below)

1.  Can you look up X for me?
2.  Who were the first Nutfield Grantees?
3.  Can the Londonderry Historical Society help me?
4.  Can the Derry Historical Society help me?
5.  When did Nutfield become Londonderry, Derry or Windham? 
6.  Was Derryfield part of Nutfield?
7.  My Scots Irish ancestors lived briefly in Londonderry, and then moved on.  Where did they go?

1.  Can you look up X for me?
The following books are all available at the Leach Library in Londonderry, the McGregor Library in Derry, and in other public and genealogical libraries.   Some are also available online, so you can look up your own ancestors yourself in most cases. If you still cannot find your ancestors, be aware that the early records are skimpy and incomplete.  I can try to suggest other resources if you have exhausted all these.

History of Londonderry, by Rev. Edward Lutwyche Parker, 1851 (includes genealogies in the back) and is available online at the Internet Archive, Google Book Search, and the Hathi Trust for free.  Also at Ancestry with a subscription.

Vital Records of Londonderry, by Daniel Annis Gage, 1914 (covers 1719 – 1910) available at the Internet Archive and the Hathi Trust websites for free.  Also available at the Ancestry website with a subscription. There is also a PDF at the Pelham Library website http://www.pelhamnhhistory.org/library/pdffiles/neighbors/vitalrecords/LondonderryVitalRecords.pdf

History of Windham, NH: 1719 – 1883, by Leonard Allison Morrison, 1883 available at Internet Archive and at Ancestry (subscription only)

Willey’s Book of Nutfield, by George Franklyn Willey, 1895  available at Internet Archive and the Hathi Trust websites.

Family Search also has the vital records of the state of New Hampshire available online. These are the scanned images of the same cards you see at the Vital Records office in Concord, New Hampshire.  The link to these collections is:  https://familysearch.org/search/collection/location/41?region=United+States+of+America&englishRegion=United+States+of+America  

2.  Who were the first Nutfield Grantees?
From The history of Londonderry : comprising the towns of Derry and Londonderry, NH, by Rev. Edward L. Parker, 1851, ( page 423) "Those who first composed the settlement [of Londonderry NH], were the following sixteen men and their families namely--James McKeen, John Barnett, Archibald Clendenin, John Mitchell, James Sterrett, James Anderson, Randal Alexander, James Gregg, James Clark, James Nesmith, Allen Anderson, Robert Weir, John Morrison, Samuel Allison, Thomas Steele and John Stuart.”

3.  Can the Londonderry Historical Society help me?
If you contact the Londonderry Historical Society you will get me!  http://www.londonderryhistory.org/  I do the genealogy look ups for LHS.  Here is the “canned letter” you will receive with your request:
“Genealogy Requests from the Londonderry Historical Society:  We will do a lookup in two published volumes for the names you submit:
1.)    The Londonderry Vital Records, 1722 – 1910
2.)    The History of Londonderry by Rev. E. L. Parker, 1851

If you need more information you can come to the Londonderry Leach Library’s historical room and search through our town records, cemetery files, and other books. Here are additional places where you can find more genealogy information on your ancestors
1)      The New Hampshire Vital Records, 71 South Fruit Street, Concord, NH
2)      The New Hampshire State Library, 20 Park Street, Concord, NH
3)      The New Hampshire Historical Society Library, 30 Park Street, Concord, NH has their catalog online at http://nhhistory.library.net/
4)      Familysearch.org has NH vital records (free online) births to 1900, deaths to 1959, marriages to 1959, and other records https://familysearch.org/search/collection/list?page=1&countryId=41
5)      The Rockingham County deeds are online http://www.nhdeeds.com/rockingham/RoHome.html

If you need to hire a researcher to look up records for you, please consult the website for the Association of Professional Genealogists APG https://www.apgen.org/ and search by location for New Hampshire”

4.  Can the Derry Historical Society help me?
There is no Historical Society in Derry at this time.  However, the volunteers at the Derry History Museum http://www.derryhistorymuseum.org/ and the Derry Town Historian http://www.derrynh.org/discover-derry/pages/history-derry  can answer your queries. 

5.  When did Nutfield become Londonderry, Derry or Windham? 
Nutfield was the name of the original grant of land given to the Scots Irish settlers with Rev. James MacGregor in 1719.  They received a charter to this grant in 1722 and called the town Londonderry.  In 1721 the settlers in what is now Windham (south of Londonderry) petitioned for their own town, which was granted in 1742.  The eastern part of town was set off as the town of Derry in 1827.  Small portions of Manchester, Salem and Hudson (Nottingham West) were once part of Londonderry, too.   If your ancestor was born in Londonderry, NH in 1740, you should search the records of Londonderry, Derry, Windham and Manchester. 

6.  Was Derryfield part of Nutfield?
Derryfield was chartered at a meeting house on the Derry Road (now Mammoth Road) in 1751. It included the land originally settled in 1722 by John Goffe III and called Harry’s Town.  The first settlers here were John Goffe, Edward Lingfield and Benjamin Kidder. This area was later called Tyngstown and was west of Derryfield. The entire area was renamed Manchester in 1810, the same year the Amoskeag mill was built on the Merrimack River.   Part of Derryfield was originally within the Nutfield grant, and part of it was expanded with the 1751 incorporation.   The land north of Harrytown and Amoskeag Village was ungranted, and was not annexed to Derryfield until 1792 (the year the corporation for the proprietors of the Amoskeag Bridge was formed). 

7.  My Scots Irish ancestors lived briefly in Londonderry, and then moved on.  Where did they go?
The Scots Irish who came to Londonderry did not leave good records.  The vital records are skimpy, and the church records (Presbyterian) are incomplete.  The Scots Irish tended to settle with other Scots Irish – they kept to themselves and intermarried.  Some of the settlers spread out to Derryfield, Litchfield, Bedford, Antrim, Dublin, and Dunbarton in New Hampshire (note the Irish names?).  Some left to form Londonderry, Nova Scotia and Londonderry, Vermont.  Others traveled all along the Appalachian mountain chain or Atlantic seaboard and can be found in Pennsylvania (which had the largest number of Scots Irish) and other places where other Scots Irish settled.


Published under a Creative Commons License

Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ's", Nutfield Genealogy, posted October 17, 2016, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/10/frequently-asked-questions-faqs.html: accessed [access date]).