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.

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Friday, December 9, 2011

James David Whidden -- Obituary

I do not know James, but I felt I should share a little about him. Lovers of genealogy, history and old houses will feel this loss.

James David Whidden age 49 passed away on November 29, 2011 of natural causes. He was born in Medford, Massachusetts and died in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. He is survived by his wife, a doctor, and two children.

Jim was the "owner of James Whidden, Woodright, LLC, he was a master joiner for over 20 years." "Jim and his team proudly restored some of the oldest homes in New England. Jim's work won many awards over the years, recognizing both the results and historical approach to all of his projects. Amont the homes Jim and his team historically restored are the A. Kimball House C. 1690, Ipswich, MA, the Captain Sutton House, C. 1687, Ipswich, MA, the Essex Barn, and the Lummus House C. 1715, Ipswich, MA. One of his ongoing passions was the recreation of the Alexander Knight House, a first period timber-framed building in Ipswich, MA."

It is because of the weekly obituary list I post to the blog each Sunday, that I came across his obituary, read it, and decided to share a very small portion of it.

Link to his business website, shows photos of the houses.


Cynthia Shenette said...

What a nice tribute for someone you don't even know. It's always sad to lose a person, but especially sad when that person is so young. Thank you for posting this. The image with this post is lovely as well.

Joy Burkhart said...

Hi Barbara,
This was so interesting - thanks for posting it. He got to see a lot of history under his hammer in his short life!

Barbara Poole said...

Cynthia and Joy, thanks for your comments. Cindy, the photo was taken at Tower Hill (two weeks ago) and Joy, I loved your "history under his hammer" very creative. I added his business link to my original post, there are photos of the houses.