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

HERE LYES Ye BODY OF
CAP. JOHN CARTER
AGED ABOUT 76
YEARS, DECEASED Ye
14 OF SEPTEMBER 1692

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:

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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/


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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 

MAVERICK / MADERICKE / MATHERICKE / MAUERRICKE

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)

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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.

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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/


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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.



HERE LYES Ye BODY OF
ANN CONVERS WIFE
TO JAMES CONVERS
AGED 69 YEARS
DIED AUGUST THE
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:

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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


WARD

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)

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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.

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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]).