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, Wyoming, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Those Places Thursday -- Where an Ancestor Lived

Whenever I travel to a distant town, state or an island, I always check my genealogy records to see if an ancestor had ties to that location. So I was delighted when I discovered that my ancestor Thomas Mayhew (large wikipedia article*) was an early settler of Martha's Vineyard (island) in Massachusetts.


Many of the photos will be shown on my Flowers From My Area blog, but a few new ones are below. Naturally, the houses were not there in 1647, when Thomas moved from Watertown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts to Martha's Vineyard. But, I believe he probably saw the bluffs.


*"In 1641, Thomas secured Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, the Elizabeth Islands, and other islands as a proprietorship from Sir Ferdinando Gorges and Lord Sterling. This enabled him to transfer his business operations there. With the help of son Thomas, a settlement was established. Farming and whaling enterprises began."







9 comments:

Susan Clark (Nolichucky Roots) said...

He surely saw the bluffs and sailed those waters. Such a gorgeous spot.

Carol said...

As always your photos are totally awesome! ALL OF THEM!

Heather Rojo said...

How timely now that the Obama family is vacationing there this week? When did you go? My sister was married in Mayhew's church in West Tisbury, and she still lives on the island.

Lisa Wallen Logsdon said...

Love those wonderful photos! I can almost smell that ocean breeze!

Barbara Poole said...

Thank you all. Heather, I went last Saturday, and there was plenty of buzz about him. Interesting about the church, I plan on going back in the spring.

Michelle Goodrum said...

Now that is a really cool connection to have. The pictures are beautiful especially the one with the bluff and the water.

Debbie Blanton McCoy said...

Beautiful pictures! I've never been to New England - hope to visit there some day.

Susan Petersen said...

Beautiful photos, Barb!

Barbara Poole said...

Thank you Michelle, Debbie and Susan, I'm glad you enjoyed my photos.