Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above the Community Church

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

Today's weather vane was photographed in New Hampshire

Do you know the location of weathervane post #346?  Scroll down to find the answer.



This scrollwork arrow weathervane is on the bell tower above the Community Church in New Boston, New Hampshire.  This church was built to replace the Presbyterian Church on the Hill which was built in the 1820s but hit by lightning and burned to the ground in 1900.

This weathervane is mentioned on the New Boston Historical Society's website, on their weathervane page!
http://www.newbostonhistoricalsociety.com/weathervane.html

The Community Church of New Boston:
http://communitychurchnewboston.org/index.html  

Click here to see the entire collection of Weathervane Wednesday posts!

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above the Community Church", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 17, 2018, (https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/01/weathervane-wednesday-above-community.html: accessed [access date]). 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tombstone Tuesday ~ The churchyard at St. Peter and St. Paul, Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire, England

These photographs were taken at St. Peter and St. Paul's churchyard in Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire, England during our Historic Sites Tour with the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.  We were visiting this historic church because the parents of Mayflower passenger John Howland were buried here (no marker exists today).  It is also the burial place of Lancelot "Capability" Brown, a famous landscape architect (the Frederick Law Olmstead of England).

For more about our tour in Fenstanton, and the Howland family, see this link:
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/11/along-pilgrim-trail-john-howland-of.html 









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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ The churchyard at St. Peter and St. Paul, Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire, England", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 16, 2018, (  https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/01/tombstone-tuesday-churchyard-at-st.html: accessed [access date]).

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ LARKIN of Charlestown, Massachusetts


LARKIN / LARKEN

My 10th great grandfather, Edward Larkin (about 1615 – 1652) was admitted as an inhabitant of Charlestown, Massachusetts on 30 July 1638.  He was a wheelwright.  He joined the church on 23 September 1639, and joined the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company in 1644.  In 1647/8 he received a grant of two acres of land at Sandy Bank. 

Edward Larkin’s will published in 1652:
  
"I Edward Larkin being weake in body yitt having perfitt memory and understanding doe make this my last will and Testament in manner and forme following. Imprimis I comitt my soule to God who made it and gave it And I only rely and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, I comitt my body to be decently buried - I also give and bequeath untoo my beloved wife Jone Larkin A full third part of my estate; it being rightly valued, to be first deducted, and more I also give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Jone Larkin the full sume of five pounds likewise to be first deducted out of my estate: And those twoo parts to remaine with my whole estate in her hands untill the tyme of the division of my estate and payment of my childrens portions as hereunder is specified. I also give and bequeath unto my eldest son John Larkin a dubbell portion of my estate after my wife has hers out of the whole and my will is that my Son John shall let his portion remaine in my wifes hands untill he bee twenty and one year old, and then my wife with the other executor to pay his portion to him upon demand: but he or any of my children else doe dye before they have received their portions then it to be equally divided to my wife and the other children who remaine then alive: provided alsoe that if the Lord shall please to take away my wife by death before the childrens portions bee payed then my will is and I desire the Deacons of our Church to joyne with the other executor to so order and dispose of that portions wh. I bequeath to my children as may bee most advantagious to their benefitt untill they have them payed unto themm, Alsoe if my wife shall marry before the legacies be payed then my will is that he whom she marries and she shall retaine the legacies in their hands till the due tyme afore mentioned provided they put in sufficient security that the childrens portions may bee preserved for them. As for my son Thomas and my daughters Elizabeth, Sarah, Johanna and the child with which my wife now goes and is bigg with: I doe hereby will and bequeath unto each of them a equall portion of my estate which remains after my wife and son John have theirs to be payed them by my executors if they live or by the Deacons (of said Church then being) at their Ages of twenty years: but as before if any of them Decease in the mean tyme then the survivors or survivor to have it divided equally amongst them or given to him or her if only surviving."
Witnesses John Greene Edward Larkin.
John Penticost.
This will was presented to ye Court ye 6th of ye (2) 1652 and by them accepted uppon record. p. me Tho. Danforth,
Recorder.
A true copy. Attest. W. E. Rogers. Asst. Register.
Codicil. "As for my daughter Hanna whom my beloved brother and sister Penticost have taken into their hands to keep and provide for I doe give and bequeath unto her ten shillings to be layed out in good books for her at her age of eighteen years to bee delivered unto her. And I Edward Larkin doe entreat my beloved brother Robert Hale to joine with my beloved wife
Jone Larkin and to bee my full and sole executors of this my last will and Testament the day and date before written."

After his death, his widow Joanna married the John Penticost mentioned in the will.  They had at least one son, John Penticost, Jr. born in 1659. I descend from the daughter, Hannah Larkin (1643 – 1704), my 9th great grandmother, mentioned as a foster child to Penticost.  Hannah married John Newell of Charlestown on 15 February 1664/5. 

Some LARKIN resources:

Larkin Family of Rhode Island, by William H. Larkin, 1935, with updates by his grandson, Richard F. Larkin, 1995. 

The American Genealogist, Volume 62, pages 118 – 120.

Ancestry of Colonel John Harrington Stevens and his wife Frances Helen Miller, by Mary Lovering Holman and Winifred Lovering Holman, 1948, Volume 1, pages 144 – 148.

The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown in the county of Middlesex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1629 – 1818, by Thomas Bellows Wyman and Henry Herbert, 1879.

My LARKIN genealogy:

Generation 1: Edward Larkin, born about 1615 in England, died between 15 February and 6 April 1652 in Charlestown, Massachusetts; married about 1635 to Joanna Unknown. She died 26 January 1685/6 in Charlestown.  Nine children.

Generation 2:  Hannah Larkin born 16 January 1643 in Charlestown, died 10 December 1704 in Charlestown; married 15 February 1664/5 in Charlestown to John Newell, son of Andrew Newell and Mary Pitt.  He was born about 1634 probably in Bristol, England, and died 14 October 1704 in Charlestown.  Three children.

Generation 3:  Mary Newell m. Isaac Mirick
Generation 4:  Hannah Mirick m. Thomas Jillings
Generation 5:  Hannah Jillings m. Daniel Glover
Generation 6:  Tabitha Glover m. Thomas Homan
Generation 7:  Betsey Jillings Homan m. Jabez Treadwell
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 ~ LARKIN of Charlestown, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted December 13, 2017, (   https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/01/surname-saturday-larkin-of-charlestown.html: accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above the Town Hall

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

Today's weather vane was photographed in New Hampshire.

Do you know the location of weathervane post #345?  Scroll down to find the answer.




This weathervane is located above the clock tower of the New Boston, New Hampshire Town Hall.  This scrollwork weathervane was placed here in 1983, it originally was installed on the bell tower of the New Boston High school in 1908.  The old school used to stand across the street (where the fire station is now located), but it was destroyed in the great fire of 1887.   You can read more about this weathervane and this story of its relocation at the link below from the New Boston Historical Society.



This weathervane is located next door to the Old Engine House which also has a historic weathervane.  You can read about both of these weathervanes, and more in New Boston, at this link:
http://www.newbostonhistoricalsociety.com/weathervane.html

I featured the Old Engine House weathervane last week at this link:
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/01/weathervane-wednesday-old-engine-house.html 

Click here to see the entire collection of Weathervane Wednesday posts!

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above the Town Hall", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 10, 2018, (https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/01/weathervane-wednesday-above-town-hall.html

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Tombstone Tuesday ~ St. Helena's Churchyard in Austerfield, Yorkshire, England

These are photographs of the historic churchyard at St. Helena's church in Austerfield, Yorkshire.  This is the church where William Bradford, Mayflower passenger, was baptized on 19 March 1589/90.  We were visiting here with the General Society of Mayflower Descendants' Historic Sites Tour in September 2017.

If you would like to read more about William Bradford and St. Helena's church, please visit this link:
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/11/along-pilgrim-trail-william-bradford.html









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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ St. Helena's Churchyard in Austerfield, Yorkshire, England", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 9, 2018, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/01/tombstone-tuesday-st-helenas-churchyard.html: accessed [access date]).

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ KING of Lynn, Massachusetts


KING / KINGE

My 10th great grandfather, Daniel King (1599 – 1672),  was born in Watford, Hertfordshire in England.  His son, Daniel King, Jr., stated in 1653 that he owned land in Beaconfield, Buckinghamshire, near where he married Elizabeth Guy in 1624 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.  He was in Uxbridge, Middlesex, England in 1639.  Soon after this date, he probably left for New England with his wife and children.

Daniel King’s first record in New England was a court appearance on 30 June 1641 in Salem, Massachusetts.  He was a woolen draper and a merchant, and described as “gentleman” or “Mr.” in the records.  His land in Lynn is located in what is now the town of Swampscott.  He appears in the records for many land transactions, as well as several suits such as when his bull gored his neighbor’s mare who was “great with foal” in 1646 (Essex Quarterly Court Records 1:258).  That same year he was fined for “supposed neglect of training” when he told the court he was lame and would provide a man to train for the militia in his place. 

In 1670 Daniel King conveyed the western part of his farm to his son Ralph, with provisions to three sons-in-law that they could cut wood (Essex Deeds, 3:99, 5:54).    His will is dated 7 February 1671, and was proved on 26 June 1672. He left his estate to his son Daniel, and it mentions his daughters Hannah Blaney, Elizabeth Redding, and Sarah Needham.

I descend from Daniel’s son, Daniel, Jr., (1625 – 1690), my 9th great grandfather.  He was a merchant involved with the triangle trade between New England, the West Indies and England.  He lived for a time on the island of St Christopher/ St. Kitts, and then came to Salem to be an innkeeper.  He married Tabitha Walker in 1647.  He probably died in Salem before 2 April 1690, when on an indenture he was described as “Daniel King Sr. late of Salem, yeoman deceased”  (Essex County Deeds 8:154 – 155). 

Next, I descend from Daniel King, Jr.’s daughter Hannah King (b. 1681), my 8th great grandmother, who married John Bacon in 1701.  They had six children, and passed on the name Tabitha to my 7th great grandmother, Tabitha Bacon.  She had a granddaughter named Tabitha Glover (1765 – 1837) my 5th great grandmother.  My 4th great grandmother, Betsey Jillings Homan, had a sister named Tabby Homan, which was probably really yet another Tabitha!

Some KING resources:

“The King Family in England” by George Austin Morrison, Jr., The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Volume 31 (1900), pages 136 – 139

The Essex Genealogist, Volume 9, pages 82 -92

The New England Historic Genealogical Society Register, Volume 65, page 84

The History of Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts: Including Lynnfield, Saugus, Swampscott, and Nahant, by Alonzo Lewis and James R. Newhall, 1865.

My KING genealogy:

Generation 1:  Daniel King, son of Ralph King and Audrey Unknown,  baptized on 1 January 1599 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, died before 26 May 1627 in Lynn, Massachusetts; married on 4 October 1624 in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England to Elizabeth Guy, daughter of John Guy and Agnes Martin.  She was born about 1606 and died 26 February 1677 in Lynn.  Five children.

Generation 2:  Daniel King, born about 1625 in England, died before 2 April 1690 in Salem, Massachusetts; married on 11 March 1662 in Lynn to Tabitha Walker, daughter of Richard Walker and Jane Talmadge.  She was born 9 November 1647 in Reading, Massachusetts.  Eleven children.

Generation 3: Hannah King, born about 1681; married on 24 January 1701 in Salem to John Bacon, son of Daniel Bacon and Susannah Spencer.  He was born 24 January 1680/1 in Salem, and died before 29 February 1715/16 in Salem.  Six children.

Generation 4: Tabitha Bacon m. Jonathan Glover
Generation 5:  Daniel Glover m. Hannah Jillings
Generation 6:  Tabitha Glover m. Thomas Homan
Generation 7:  Betsey Jilling Homan m. Jabez Treadwell
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

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ KING of Lynn, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 6, 2017, (  https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/12/surname-saturday-king-of-lynn.html: accessed [access date]). 


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Weathervane Wednesday ~ An Old Engine House

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

Today's weather vane was photographed in New Hampshire.

Do you know the location of weathervane post #344?  Scroll down to find the answer.




This gilded scrollwork weathervane is on the cupola above the Old Engine House in New Boston, New Hampshire.  The historic, yellow building now serves as the town recreation department office.  This is a great location to see three weathervanes at one time!  Right next door is a weathervane above the town hall, and there is also a weathervane above the church across the street.  Stay tuned, because I'll be featuring those weathervanes for the next few Wednesdays.

This weathervane is not original to the building.  It was replaced in 2014.

I was tipped off to these weathervanes by a reader who sent me an email and a link to the New Boston Historical Society's website, which has a page about weathervanes in their town.  This is a great website, and I encourage you to take a peek at the history behind these historic weathervanes. 

The New Boston Historical Society's weathervane page:
http://www.newbostonhistoricalsociety.com/weathervane.html  


Click here to see the entire collection of Weathervane Wednesday posts!

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ An Old Engine House", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 3, 2018, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/01/weathervane-wednesday-old-engine-house.html: accessed [access date]). 

Tombstone Tuesday ~ All Saint's churchyard in Upper Clatford, Hampshire, England

These photos were taken in the churchyard of All Saint's church in Upper Clatford, Hampshire, England.  We were at the church with the General Society of Mayflower Descendant's Historic Sites Tour, because Mayflower passenger Stephen Hopkins was baptized in this church.  Instead of focusing on one particular tombstone, I am posting scenes of this very historic and picturesque little churchyard. If you look closely you will see the cows and sheep grazing right next door!











You can read more about our visit to All Saint's church in Upper Clatford, and about Stephen Hopkins, the Mayflower passenger, at this link:
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/10/along-pilgrim-trail-stephen-hopkins-of.html 

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~  All Saint's churchyard in Upper Clatford, Hampshire, England", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 2, 2018, (  https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2018/01/tombstone-tuesday-all-saints-churchyard.html: accessed [access date]).