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.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Poem for Bill West's Sixth Great Genealogy Poetry Challenge




My entry for Bill West's Sixth Great Genealogy Poetry Challenge was found by accident while researching John Taylor, my 9th great-grandfather.

I was using one of my favorite sources, which I simply call Dawes-Gates. This is a series of two huge volumes, one for the Dawes line, the other for the Gates. Within my first weeks of researching my many New England lines, somebody at the DAR pointed me to the books. They are completely sourced and are available several places online. (See below for specific information.*)

In Vol. 2 : 786, I read the following about John Taylor of Windsor, Connecticut:

"This will was not probated until September 6, 1694, when it was presented by John who was made administrator.Nothing is found of record about John subsequent to the signing of his will subsequent to the signing of his will. The statement is made that he was lost at sea and the amazing delay in the probate of his will suggests that uncertainty existed in the minds of his family as to whether he was really dead or only cast away or imprisoned. The belief exists, and it is often stated as a fact, that he was one of about seventy who embarked in the vessel made famous by Longfellow's poem, 'The Phantom Ship,' which sailed from New Haven, Connecticut, the middle of January, 1645-6, a few weeks after the date of the above will. This tradition seems more likely to be true than most such tales, though no complete list of the passengers is known."

Because Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote a poem about the Phantom Ship, I decided to make it my entry for the 2014 Genealogy Challenge. The poem was located on the Maine Historical Society Website.

"In Mather's Magnalia Christi,
  Of the old colonial time,
May be found in prose the legend
  That is here set down in rhyme.

A ship sailed from New Haven,
  And the keen and frosty airs,
That filled her sails at parting,
  Were heavy with good men's prayers.

"O Lord! if it be thy pleasure"--
  Thus prayed the old divine--
"To bury our friends in the ocean,
  Take them, for they are thine!"

But Master Lamberton muttered,
  And under his breath said he,
"This ship is so crank and walty
  I fear our grave she will be!"

And the ships that came from England,
  When the winter months were gone,
Brought no tidings of this vessel
  Nor of Master Lamberton.

This put the people to praying
  That the Lord would let them hear
What in his greater wisdom
He had done with friends so dear.

And at last their prayers were answered:--
  It was in the month of June,
An hour before the sunset
  Of a windy afternoon,

When, steadily steering landward,
  A ship was seen below,
And they knew it was Lamberton, Master,
  Who sailed so long ago.

On she came, with a cloud of canvas,
  Right against the wind that blew,
Until the eye could distinguish
  The faces of the crew.

Then fell her straining topmasts,
  Hanging tangled in the shrouds,
And her sails were loosened and lifted,
  And blown away like clouds.

And the masts, with all their rigging,
  Fell slowly, one by one,
And the hulk dilated and vanished,
  As a sea-mist in the sun!

And the people who saw this marvel
  Each said unto his friend,
That this was the mould of their vessel,
  And thus her tragic end.

And the pastor of the village
  Gave thanks to God in prayer,
That, to quiet their troubled spirits,
  He had sent this Ship of Air."

*  Dawes-Gates ancestral lines. A memorial volume ... compiled by Mary Walton Ferris.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

North Andover Historical Society, North Andover, Massachusetts

The North Andover Historical Society contacted me to see if I would be willing to do a post about their Society. Since I have a few ancestors from the town, and was in their facility in 2000, I accepted. But, I wanted them to do the write-up and to include a list of the earliest settlers. Their information is below, another list of 146 names are all the families up to the present day, the last list consists of street names.
The North Andover Historical Society is a private​ly supported​, not-for-profit​educational ​organization founded in 1913 and dedicated to preserving local heritage and bringing it to life through children​'s​​ and adult  programs,  workshops, exhibits, craft demonstrations, architectural walking tours and publications.


The Society is headquartered at 153 Academy Road and maintains other historical properties in North Andover. The S. Forbes Rockwell Library and Archive is​ also​ located at 153 Academy Road. The facility is open​ to the public​ for research and the collection includes original and copied documents, compiled genealogies, photographs, books and maps. It focuses on all aspects of the history of the town, including its citizens, businesses and churches.​Fees may apply.

Appointments are required to use the Library which is open Tuesday through Fridays 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm. Email inquiries are always welcome at archives.nahistory@gmail.com.

There are three lists, one an alphabetical index to the family surnames and town street names in our Library. For each of these names we have some information. The least we may have is a solitary newspaper clipping, the most may be a bound family history. In some cases we also have primary documents relating to the family in the Archive. The street names often have individual house files, especially for older properties, with title chains and histories. Often we have accompanying photographs of people and places.
There are several rooms where the material is held. I can assure you, if you have an ancestor from North Andover, this society has something for you. Below are various photos to peak your interest even more.





The first European settlers in this area are these names (the Town Records chronicle this is the order in which they came to town):

Bradstreet
Osgood
Parker
Barker
Stevens
Holt
Woodbridge
Frye
Faulkner
Barnard
Poor
Jacques
Aslett
Blake
Ballard
Lovejoy
Abbott
Russ
Allen
Foster
Chandler

These 146 names are all the families up to the present day. We are just as interested in people who settled here in the 1640s as those who came in the 1940s.
Abbott
Adams
Aslebee
Appleton
Armitage
Atkins
Austin
Bailey
Bamford
Barker
Barnard
Bencker
Berrian
Berry
Bixby
Blood
Blunt
Bolton
Bradstreet
Bridges
Brierley
Brodie
Brooks
Buckley
Butterworth
Callahan(Gardner)
Carlton (Wheeler)
Cazneau
Chadwick
Chandler
Carrier
Chubb
Clarke
Clifford
Crosby
Cunio
Dale
Dane (Deane)
Danforth
Daniels
Davis
Dawe
Donovan
Dow
Dwane
Eaton
Ellis
Farnum/Farnham
Farr
Faulkner
Fish
Flagg (Rice) 
Foss
Foster
Freeman
Frye/Frie
Fuller (Page)
Gee (Symmes)
Gilbert
Gile
Glennie
Greenwood
Grozelier
Heider
Hodges
Hogan
Holt
Hoskins
Howe
Hurd
Ingalls
Jacobs
Jewett
Johnson
Jones
King
Keating (McCarthy)
Kneeland
Lacy
Ladd (Chesley)
Lawrence
Lee
Leland
LeValley
Lew
Little (Bisson)
Livesay
Longbottom(Farrell)
Lord
Loring
McAloon
Marble
Mason
Mattheson
Meserve
Noyes
Osgood
Page
Park/e/s
Parker
Parsons
Perley
Pervere
Peters
Phillips
Phelps (Weed)
Poor(e)
Putnam
Ramsdell
Rea/Ray
Redman
Robinson
Rockwell
Rogers
Russ(e)
Ryan (Houghton)
Salisbury
Saltontall
Sanderson
Sessions
Sewall
Smith
Spofford
Stevens
Stillings
Stone
Sutton
Swan
Symmes
Town(e)
Thomson
Tucker
Tyler/Tiler
Wallwork
Wardwell
Welch
West
White
Whitehill
Wilson
Wood
Woodbridge
Wright

Street Names

Academy Road
Andover Street
Appledore Lane
Appleton Street
Ashland Street
Belmont Street
Berry Street
Beverly Street
Bixby Avenue
Bonny Lane
Boston Street
Boston Hill Road
Boxford Street
Bradford Street
Central Street
Chestnut Street
Chickering Road (Route 125)
Church Street
Clarendon Street
Clark Street
Coachman’s Lane
Commonwealth Avenue
Cobblestone Circle
Cochichewick Drive
Colgate Drive
Court Street
Dale Street
Davis Street
Dudley Street
Ellis Court
Elm Street
Elmcrest Road
Essex Street
Farnum Street
First Street
Forest Street
Foster Street
Furber Avenue
Gray Street
Great Pond Road
Greene Street
Harkaway Road
High Street
Highland Terrace
Johnson Street
Lacy Street
Main Street
Maple Avenue
Marblehead Street
Marbleridge Road
Massachusetts Avenue
May Street
Merrimack Street
Middlesex Street
Milk Street
Mill Road
Milton Street
Moody Street
Osgood Street
Park Street
Parker Street
Peters Street
Phillips Court
Pilgrim Street
Pleasant Street
Prescott Street
Putnam Street
Rea Street
Richardson Avenue
Riverview Street
Salem Street
Sandra Lane
Sargent Street
Saunders Street
School Street
Second Street
Sharpner Pond Road
Sherwood Drive
South Bradford Street
Stacy Drive
Stevens Street
Stonington Street
Summer Street
Sutton Street
Sutton Hill Road
Tavern Acres
Third Street
Thorndike Road
Turnpike Street (Route 114)
Water Street
Waverly Road
Wiley Court
Winter Street
Wood Lane
Woodbridge Cooperative

There Is A Lot to Like About Lowell -- Series #12

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


The City Through Reflections (Lowell, Massachusetts)













 


 
Same restaurant, different months.





Wednesday, November 12, 2014

There Is A Lot to Like About Lowell -- Series #11

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


Shedd Park and Rogers Fort Hill


Shedd Park and Fort Hill Park are separate parks, but adjoin each other. Shedd Park has fifty acres to provide a wonderful place for families to go for their outdoor activities. Hiking, tennis, huge playground, sledding in the winter, picnic fun and other activities are available. There is a complete history report in the Forgotten New England blog, seen HERE.
Corner of Boylston and Roger Streets.




Shedd
Playground
----
A Gift To the
City of Lowell
By
Freeman Ballard Shedd
A. D. 1910
"Rogers Fort Hill Park has 11 acres of grass, a fountain, paths and gardens, and 23 acres of woods.  Today, the park is being restored to its former glory. The vision is to bring back the features of the original design. Part of the lower park is already restored, and, in time, a restored Spring House at the base of the hill, and benches and walkways will grace the park land. There will also be a west side pergola.
The park will have a commemorative garden, to recognize the original settlers of the area, who were Native Americans. It will also commemorate the life of Senator Paul Tsongas, who is dedicated to the park. The park will be linked to a Greenway and a Blueway trail system, with a stairway down to the river. There will also be a play fort for kids and a restored Spring House." "In the 1900s, the park had activities including a zoo and winter carnivals. The park slipped into a decline in 1960, however, because of budget cuts, but this trend is being reversed with the help of the City of Lowell and many volunteers. The Park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999." (This was new to me, so I'm glad I found this site, seen HERE.) Because this is a genealogy blog, I must mention that the Lowell Cemetery is next to both parks.
 
 Rogers Street to the left of the park, center of the park is below.

Top of Fort Hill.

Me, ca late 1960s at the top of Fort Hill.