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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.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Scary Tombstones for Friday the 13th

My collection of rather unusual and scary tombstones are below. They are located in the Granary Burial Ground in Boston, established 1660. To see other photos, see my post from yesterday about this graveyard HERE. So enjoy, and happy Friday the 13th.






Thursday, June 12, 2014

Paul Revere and Other Notables in the Granary Burial Ground, Boston, 1660

It's no secret that I love cemeteries. Because of this blog, I decided to visit the Granary Burial Ground in Boston to share photos of what I saw in this 1660 cemetery.
Paul Revere
Born in Boston.
January 1734
Died
May 1818
The above is the monument erected many years after his tombstone marker was. Below is a closeup photo of Paul Revere's tomb.


Tour guide talking to students and tourists at the Paul Revere markers.
Here Lies Buried
SAMUEL ADAMS
Signer of the Declaration of Independence
Governor of this Commonwealth
A Leader of Men and an Ardent Patriot
Born 1722    Died 1803

Here Lyes the Body of
Mary Goose Wife to
Isaac Goose Aged 42
Years Decd October
Ye 19th 1690
This memorial is for John Hancock.

Old tombstones are along the edge of the cemetery, right up against various buildings, the one above is a restaurant!



Sunday, June 8, 2014

Salem, Massachusetts Visit on a Sunny Sunday Morning

Ever hear of Salem, Massachusetts and wonder what it's all about? Below is my photo journal showing some reasons I love this city, plus I have over 800 individuals in my tree with roots in Salem, so I have a real connection. The book, Cotton Mather and Salem Witchcraft was written by my ancestor, William Frederick Poole, who was born in Salem.
Narbonne House, 1675 (above)

The House of the Seven Gables
"Built in 1668, this is the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansion in New England."

America's Oldest Candy Company (since 1806)
Ye Olde Pepper Company

The Derby House, built in 1762 by Richard Derby for his son Elias Hasket Derby, my 2nd cousin 6x removed.
The old homes around Salem Common are just beautiful. I like to think that some of my ancestors from this city strolled by them, or even lived in them! You can see the houses again in the photo taken of the Common.

Facing Derby Wharf and the Friendship of Salem (a replica of a 1797 East Indiaman, built in 2000).

Near the lighthouse on Derby Wharf, looking towards Salem. Distance one-way is 1/2 mile, walking was difficult because of all the pebbles.
I was standing at the lighthouse looking at Salem Harbor.

Last year, I did a post on the Historic Stephen Daniels House, now a B and B, in Salem. Stephen was an ancestor of mine.


June 13, 2014 Update: I've decided to post links I use for genealogy research in Salem at this site. Feel free to use them as well.



Thursday, June 5, 2014

Phillips Academy at Andover, Massachusetts on Grandparent's Day

It might seem strange to see a post about the famous Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts here, but there is a reason. Close to 5 months ago, fellow blogger, John Tew of Filiopietism Prism blog and I decided to do a post about this school. He had mentioned that one of his ancestors had gone there, many years ago, and I mentioned that it was rather close to me, and I had visited often, but never the campus. I offered to take current photos and he is posting ca 1912-1913 photos taken by his great-grandfather. I have seen one of them, and tried to locate that building, but never found it. The photos below were taken last month, and it was Grandparent's Day at the school. You will see three generations walking together, so my husband and I fit right in!
Unfortunately, I didn't write down names of buildings, so I don't know what they were. However, on the right of the church, really hidden, is the famous Addison Gallery of American Art. We go there often, because the collections are outstanding. In February (photos at the end of post) we saw the An American in London: Whistler and the Thames exhibit, especially meaningful since the artist was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, where I currently live. If you are in the area, this is worth visiting, it's free, but parking is limited.

Seen may be Samuel Phillips Hall, Bulfinch Hall, Oliver Wendell Holmes Library, Morse Hall, Graham Hall, Graves Hall, and Pearson Hall. If somebody can identify any, please let me know, thanks.
I just discovered a great map of the campus, which I didn't have during my visit. So perhaps another trip is in the works. I loved seeing most of the campus, got plenty of exercise, but I see from the map, there is a whole area we missed!
 

Cochran Chapel

The small cemetery has two entrances, something I just discovered on our walk. I had blogged about seeing the cemetery stone for Harriet Beecher Stowe, seen HERE.

Memorial Bell Tower
Also on the grounds is a wonderful Nature Sanctuary, see previous post HERE.


Addison Gallery on the left, Memorial Bell Tower straight ahead.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

DAR Calendar and Covers -- Wordless Wednesday

The NSDAR (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution) used to print a yearly calendar to sell. Because of my interest of photography, I soon became an unofficial photographer for the Society. The above was a page for the month of May 1995 (I believe), and I took all the photos. Number 5 was used for a DAR Magazine cover, one of 8 that I had during my years of working there.