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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.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

President Lincoln Died in Pvt. Clark's Room...See Clark's Unusual Shaped Tombstone

President Abraham Lincoln died in a room that belonged to a Lowell, MA resident, Pvt. William Tilton Clark. When I discovered several years ago that Pvt. Clark was buried in Lowell, Massachusetts, I knew I had to locate his stone in the city I now live. Please read what was written on FindAGrave (below) for an interesting account, to see his photo and learn what Pvt. Clark took that belonged to President Lincoln. A link to a 2010 Boston.com newspaper article, "Lincoln’s boots made journey to Lynn," gives the history about all the artifacts that Clark took and what happened to them in Lynn, MA. Very interesting article.

I have taken several hundred cemetery photos for this blog, and there still can be surprises when I go searching for stone, but this one was among the most difficult to find.

What steps did I take to locate it?

1. Checked FindAGrave. Yes, nice write up and photo of stone. However, it was taken in 2005, and the photo was rather clear, so I thought it would be a piece of cake to find.

2. Went to the Cemetery, and met with a cemetery employee who told me where the burial site was. This is a huge cemetery, you always should try to get directions first. Map and photos of the Lowell Cemetery.

3. Couldn't locate it, went another day with husband, who usually has good luck, and better eyes. But had to go back to the office for the exact location drawn on a map (the plot number was of no use to me without the map).

4. Found it! So what was the problem? The shape of the stone determined what it looked like from two side views. The picture below shows the full design, and the following two photos show a shot from each angle. Figure 2 is the angle taken in 2005 by the FindAGrave photographer.

Figure 1
See distance from the Chapel.

Figure 2.
Stone covered in shadows


William T. Clark
Died Apr. 4, 1888
Boston
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
(My image shows death date as April 1, so I looked up his death record, just to be sure it was the 4th.)

Figure 3
Another view, with family members listed.

Other views, still with shadows.

Below is the Peterson House at 453 Tenth Street, Washington, DC
My photo taken in 1975. Wish I had taken more of the photograph.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Philadelphia's Great City Hall - One of the 10 most beautiful city halls in the U.S.


Imagine a city hall with 700 rooms. This place is huge. Interesting history may be seen at

An article found on facebook caught my eye today, titled, "The 10 most beautiful city halls in the U.S." Memories of my trip to the top in 2012 were shared on one of my older blogs. Since it made the top 10 in the article, I'm posting, just in case you want to visit or see if your city hall is on the list.

We saw the mayor, Michael Nutter, 98th mayor, run down all these stairs.

Lovely tiled hallway, almost ghost-like, without a person around.


Clock tower, where few tourists go. I was very fortunate that I was  able to see all 4 clocks. If I remember correctly, only 4 visitors at a time. We were there during a week in February. The entire building is closed on weekends and holidays.




37-foot bronze statue of William Penn.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Royall House and Slave Quarters, At One Time this was the Most Expensive House In Medford, Massachusetts


The Royall House (above)  and Slave Quarters (below) is located at 15 George Street  in Medford, Massachusetts. Facing the Royall House, I took the above photo from Royall Park (city owned). Both the owner of this house and my ancestor lived in Medford at the same time, and I often wondered if they knew each other.


My first post in over seven months was prompted because I mentioned on facebook that I had visited the Royall House and some readers showed an interest in it. Since I took so many photos, I thought I'd share here. Another reason for this post is the fact that I had quite a number of ancestors who lived in Medford, about eight were buried nearby, and the fact that one of my Poole ancestors also owned slaves in Medford.

The Slave Quarters building is to the left of the house, easy to see if you walk around the property. Parking is on the residential street (plenty of it).
To enter the reception room, use the walkway shown above. Hours and days for one hour tours are listed on their pamphlet shown at the end of the post.


THE ISAAC ROYALL HOUSE

The original portion of the Royall House appears to have been a Farmhouse constructed in 1637 by Governor Winthrop as part of his 'Ten Hills Farm.' New Hampshire Lt. Governor John Usher enlarged the house and lived in t from 1692 until 1726. Colonel Isaac Royall, Sr., a wealthy merchant, purchased the property in 1732 and commissioned the rebuilding the residence. He lived here from 1737 until his death in 1739.

From 1739 until 1775, Isaac Royall, Jr. resided here in a lavish manner. Despite his apparent sympathy toward the patriot's cause, Royall fled to England after the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. He never returned. 

General John Stark headquartered here before the British evacuation in 1776. Generals Washington, Lee and Sullivan visited the mansion. Washington's aide, Colonel Cary, resided in the mansion from 1782 to 1784.

In 1806 the estate was returned to the heirs of Isaac Royall who subsequently sold it. A portion of the money was used in the founding of Harvard Law School. The ownership changed several times until finally , in 1908, the Sarah Bradley Fulton Chapter of the D. A. R. assisted in raising funds for its purchase by the Royall House Association, which continues to maintain the property.

THE SLAVE QUARTERS

The small building was constructed in 1732 by Colonel Isaac Royall, Sr. as housing for the twenty-seven black men and women he brought from Antigua. Several of the former Royall Slaves became prominent members of the Medford community.  This building is the only surviving slave quarter in the Northern United States.

The Royall House is a registered National Historic Landmark.
Medford Historical Society 1991"

I was particularly interested in visiting this house because I have 18 direct descendants who lived Medford, and 150 people who are related to me by marriage. My directs were:
Hannah Atkinson, George Blanchard, Abigail Boylston, Mercy Bradstreet, Caleb Brooks (2), Ebenezer Brooks, Rebecca Brooks, Ruth Brooks, Elizabeth Hills, Lydia Newhall, William Poole, Zachariah Poole, Samuel Pratt, Joseph Seccombe, Nathaniel Wade, Rebecca Wade and Samuel Wade.

After you register in the outer room, this is where the orientation for the tour begins. Restrooms are here as well.

The day we went was a perfect June 4th Sunday. Since there is no air-conditioning, you might want to go on a cool day. We were shown several rooms, on the first and second floors. (Since I don't know if it's handicap accessible, you might want to call first.)

Miscellaneous photos below. I loved the Delft tile work, unfortunately, I didn't take photos. Be sure to look at their link, as they have a lot of old and recent photos posted. http://www.royallhouse.org/


 










My local library has a copy of the History of the town of Medford, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, from which all the below pages were copied from it. Pages 554-556 is a genealogy of the Royall family.



The paragraph above describes his house, and below is a list of his slaves. My Zachariah Poole had one slave listed (he had at lease 2) and 12 named slaves of Mr. Royall were listed. I also saw many of the names in the vital records for Massachusetts.

Medford Historical Register, Vol. 1: 44. Published by The Medford Historical Society, Medford, Mass. 1898.

Medford in the War of the Revolution. [Jan. 1899] "At the time of the Revolution several gentlemen in Medford owned slaves. They were uniformly well treated. Mr. Zachariah Pool owned a slave named Scipio. In his will Mr. Pool left money to Benjamin Hall' and others, in trust, for Scipio's support. He was boarded with a family of free negroes, and when he died his guardians followed him to the grave. This story was told me by one of Mr. Pool's descend- ants, and is in contradiction of Mrs. Lydia Maria Child's version, in one of her books, which says that Scipio was sold at the settlement of the estate. The negro's name appears on the tax list in 1778."

From Medford Vital Records: Scipio, "late Servt of Pool decd," palsy, [buried] Dec. 15, 1789, a. 56. CR1"