My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Lowell Remembers Memorial Day

IN MEMORY
OF ALL
BRAVE MEN
AND WOMEN
FROM LOWELL
WHO SERVED
AND ALL THOSE
WHO GAVE
THEIR LIVES
IN VIETNAM

ARMY

DONALD L. ARCAND
WILLIAM T. CALLERY
JOHN J. CARAVILLE
PETER TSIROVASILES
PAUL L. STEWART
BRUCE R. BAXTER
ROBERT L. HARRISON
RONALD E. FORGET
RICHARD C. ST. ARMAND
WALTER J. LEMIEUX
PETER J. BOUCHARD
WILLIAM J. HODGE
JOHN SCOTT KEENAN
ROBERT J. LAFLAMME

MARINES

RUDOLPH H. LEFEBVRE
JOSEPH L. VALLEE
PETER N. SAMARAS
ROBERT F. BIGELOW
RICHARD J. KELLEY
RONALD A. SKELTON
ROBERT W. McCLUSKEY
HENRY M. SARMENTO










All memorials are in front of the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Trees obstruct full view of the building, so I'll take another photo in late fall. Below are some of the events to be held, including William Shatner on June 11th.

Friday, May 22, 2015

37,000 Flags for Memorial Day in Boston

Last year I heard about the flag display, and knew I had to make a trip to the Boston Common to see all 37,000 flags. A moving sight, and I hope you get an idea from the pictures below. 

Memorial Day isn't just another holiday.

This garden of 37,000 flags was planted in memory of every fallen Massachusetts service member from the Revolutionary War to the present. These flags will be on display through Memorial Day weekend for your observance and reflection. Please remember and honor the ultimate sacrifices of our local heroes.

For more information about the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, please visit www.massmilitaryheroes.org

Each flag represents a fallen service member; please respect the display.









Wednesday, May 20, 2015

There Is A Lot to Like About Lowell -- Series #23


"There is A Lot to Like About Lowell" is the city slogan.


FRANCO AMERICAN SCHOOL

Lowell had their annual Open Doors Lowell this past weekend. Approximately 33 various old and new buildings were open to the public, and the Franco American School was on the top of my list of those to see. The above house was built in 1876 as a residence, and in 1908 it was sold to the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate to be used as an orphanage for children of Franco-American heritage. In 1963 it became a school for boarding and day students, and in 1978 it became a school for day students only. The house is less than 4 miles from where I live, and this was the first time I had ever gone inside. There were quite a few visitors with us, and I'm sure everybody was glad to finally see the inside of this beautiful house.
Front door above, and one of the two panels of stained glass shown below.












Frederick Fanning Ayer House

"Frederick Ayer joined his brother, the patent medicine manufacturer J. C. Ayer, in Lowell. In time he managed to gain control of several companies and in the 1870s built this magnificent Second Empire style house to reflect his new position and wealth. Beatrice Ayer, the wife of General Patton, was born here."
From Wikipedia, "During a family summer trip to Catalina Island in 1902, Patton met Beatrice Banning Ayer, the daughter of Boston industrialist Frederick Ayer. The two wed on May 26, 1910 in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts." Beatrice was born in Lowell, as shown on the Lowell birth register, although other sources say Haverhill and Boston. Her death information on FindAGrave.com may be seen HERE.



CENTER FOR LOWELL HISTORY – UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL LIBRARIES has a  link to their to the below information. Please see their link at: http://library.uml.edu/clh/Exhibit/Orph01.htm

"In 2006, the University of Massachusetts of Lowell, Center for Lowell History in partnership with the Lowell National Historical Park and the Franco American School developed the Franco American Orphanage Project. The goal of this project was to preserve and make available to the public Franco American Orphanage and School Records from 1908-1972."

During my research about the house and occupants, I discovered from Wikipedia, there is another Ayer house, this one is in Boston. "His home in Lowell is now the Franco American School, a Catholic school, and the Frederick Ayer Mansion on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts is a National Historic Landmark." NOTE: I just discovered that public tours are given inside the Mansion, and I'm booking one in June. See their link HERE.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hamilton Cemetery and Manasseh Cutler, the most accomplished of all my ancestors


Above stone is for my ancestor, Manasseh Cutler
Born:  May 13, 1742, Killingly, Windham Co., Connecticut
Died:  July 28, 1823, Hamilton, Essex Co., Massachusetts

I wrote about him in January 2010, my post was titled, "Manasseh Cutler is probably the most accomplished of all my ancestors." My last paragraph stated, "He died in his eight-second year having been a botanist, lawyer, parson, doctor, school teacher, merchant, chaplain in the Army and a legislator!"

Hamilton Cemetery in Hamilton, Massachusetts
Database to search for names is maintained by the town.
Additional photos from previous blog post.
FindAGrave site is also available.
There are two crosses of war veterans. Another one is opposite the above one, across the road. I requested the names of the soldiers, and if I get them, I will post here.
Mr. Cutler was the pastor of Hamilton Congregational Church for 52 years.
The beautiful yellow house is next to the church and is where he lived.
OLIVER WHIPPLE
Aug. 19, 1824   ---   Nov. 8, 1875
His Wife
HANNAH M. WHIPPLE
Apr. 9, 1829   ---   Oct. 28, 1913

Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Dudley Garden Memorial at Harvard College, Massachusetts

If I had stumbled a upon a charming garden, located within the walls of Harvard College, I would have been thrilled. But because the garden memorial is named in honor of my 9th great-grandfather, Thomas Dudley, it is extra special. He is one of the few ancestors of mine who has a garden or park named after him. I found out about the garden last fall, and have patiently waited for a Boston area spring, so I could visit. The trip had to be before the ivy and shrubs took over the area, as it was, I couldn't read part of the inscription because of the ivt, but fortunately I found an older readable photo online.

This garden is hidden, and the student who helped me locate it had no idea it was within the walls, right next to the well-visited Lamont Library. I found a long path through a woodsy area, large open area for sitting on two huge circular cement benches, a sun dial, flowers and a grassy area. (Photos below.) I hope some of the Thomas Dudley descendants (quite a few of whom I know) will enjoy this piece. What an honor to have Thomas Dudley as an ancestor!



Inscription is below.
Thomas Dudley Governor of the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay
Baptized October 12 1576 at Yardley Hastings England
Married at Hardingstone England Dorothy Yorke Apr 25 1603 and at Roxbury Massachusetts Catherine Hagburne Widow April 14 1644 – Died at Roxbury July 31, 1653
In 1597 He received a Captains Commission from Queen Elizabeth and was at the Siege of Amiens under Henry IV of France
One of the Twelve signers of the Cambridge Agreement Aug 26 1629
Sailed from Southampton England in the Arbella March 22 1630
Chosen Deputy Governor of the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay at a Court of Assistants on Board the “Arbella” March 23 1630
Arrived at Salem Massachusetts June 12 1630
A Founder and the First Householder of Cambridge 1631


Deputy Governor of the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay 1630-34  1637-40   1646-50   1651-53
Governor of the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay 1634-35   1645-46   1650-51
Assistant of the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay
Chosen one of the Standing Counsell for the Tearme of his Life May 25 1636
Appointed in 1637 by the General Court Held at Newtown
One of twelve men to take order for a College at “Newetowne”
Commissioner of the United Colonies 1647-48   1649-50
Appointed Sergeant Major General  The Military Forces of the Colony May 29 1644
Signed the Charter May 31 1650 of Harvard College
Buried in the Old Cemetery at the corner of Eustuis and Washington Streets.