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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 26, 2018

Delayed Comments to my Blog, Are You on the List?

Choose a seat, they are at the the Luna Theater in Lowell, Massachusetts

The seats have a purpose, especially if you enjoy reading comments, 53 51 in comfort. (No, you can't sit there to read, but I wanted the picture shown.) The comments below were left on my blog site, and I never saw them until a few months ago. I realized nobody was leaving comments, but I knew blog readership was down, I had things to do, and it didn't concern me. That was, until I posted 1630 Phipps Cemetery is One of the Oldest in Massachusetts, which had over 1,000 hits within a week, and not one comment, which I thought was unusual. So, I looked into it.

I don't know the ins and outs of Google's Blogger feature regarding comments, but I know I never changed a thing in the Comment Option section. Once I investigated, I saw I had over 1,000 spam, but it's more than that, because I've been deleting them, and the figure stays the same at 1,000. There are also 1,000 published, this shows old comments and my responses. The third category is Awaiting Moderation, which means, I get to read it first, then respond to the writer...what ever that person wrote and what I wrote is available for all to see. I had a total of 167 most were legitimate comments, many signed as unknown or Anonymous, and some were from my blogger or facebook friends.

Recently, I've been going through the 167 comments, deleted a lot, but decided to save 53 to share with you. Quite a few of the writers are facebook friends of mine or known readers, so I wish to thank them for taking the time to respond to my blog, and now they know the reason I didn't thank them back for their comment.

There were many more other comments in the spam folder, that I've never seen, and know weren't posted because Linda Stufflebean mentioned she had visited the Georgia O'Keeffee museum in New Mexico, and I just found that out this week, when she posted her comment in January. Unfortunately, when I selected hers and 15 other comments to paste to Word they became jumbled among themselves. Then I couldn't read a thing.

If you are still a reader, and wish a response, would you please write me at my email address on the blog. All underlined blue links are active. Thank you all for trying to understand what I'm saying.

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I just came to find out last night that Thomas Scott (1597-1643)is y 11th great grandfather. I would love to know any information you might have on him and his family if possible please... on One Will Equal Two and The Great Migration -- Follow Friday
Sarah Lamb
on 1/12/18
Barbara, I've researched in this library and found the librarians very helpful. Also, they have old ledger books listing vital records and for a small fee, copies can be made (vs official records costing much more). Hope you found some nuggets for your family research! on Berkshire Athenaeum and Library, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
on 1/4/18
Even with the gray skies, it looks like a lot of fun. I'm a big fan of Norman Rockwell's classic Americana scenes. on Christmas on Main St. with Norman Rockwell in Stockbridge, MA
on 12/8/17
Lovely pics! You’ve captured the excitement of the day wonderfully. I would love to be there at Christmas time. The food at the Red Lion Inn is soooo good... makes my mouth water just thinking about it, lol! on Christmas on Main St. with Norman Rockwell in Stockbridge, MA
on 12/8/17
I think it's amazing and exciting that your ancestor Manassah Cutler is included in David McCullough's new book. And then to find this wonderful poem -- perfect! And I enjoyed the author's preface, too. on "On Learning To See," and I have David McCullough to Thank for the Poetry Challenge Idea
on 12/1/17
You have a very distinguished ancestor in Manasseh Cutler and the poem itself is an interesting take on the perspective of learning. I enjoyed reading it. on "On Learning To See," and I have David McCullough to Thank for the Poetry Challenge Idea
on 11/24/17
Beautiful photos, Barbara. The castle sounds really interesting. I may have to put it on my list of things to see when next I'm in New England. Thanks for sharing! on What Did He do With all of his Money? He Built a Castle!
on 11/17/17
Beautiful place and great photos! on What Did He do With all of his Money? He Built a Castle!
on 11/17/17
This is such a beautiful home, and the barn is such an unusual shape, especially with its very low roof (or maybe it's a flat roof, I couldn't tell for sure). I'm always surprised to see the differences between old homes built in New England and those built in the midwest. And what is it that draws me to those New England beauties, I wonder. Thanks for a beautiful and interesting post, Barbara. on Visit to the 1715 Parson Barnard House, North Andover, Massachusetts
on 11/15/17
Thanks for the post - I am descendent from Abel Huse and am looking forward to visiting the monument. on First Settlers of Newbury, Massachusetts
Anonymous
on 11/13/17
A very nice post . . . and the way you found out about it was a story in itself. ;-) on "On Learning To See," and I have David McCullough to Thank for the Poetry Challenge Idea
on 11/11/17
Wow Barbara. What a nice post about your personal relationship to Veterans Day and some famous veterans! John on The Well Known Veterans I met through Work
on 11/11/17
VaporFi is the #1 electronic cigarettes supplier. on Poole Manuscript -- Pages 226-256
on 11/11/17 NOPE, THIS SHOULD HAVE GONE IN THE SPAM FOLDER
Thank You Barbara, I graduated LHS in 1956. John graduated in 1951. My parents graduated together in 1929. I would love to have it stay downtown. I walked with my friends Connie, Rosie, Judy and so many more. Thank You again. For bringing back wonderful memories .. Say Hi to Bill Hugs to you both Jane Bengtson Pappas. on There Is A Lot to Like About Lowell -- Lowell High School, A Unique School With Lots of History
Jane Pappas
on 11/6/17
Thank you for posting this. A number of my Cutler and Stone ancestors are buried in that cemetery. I visited it a number of years ago, but it is very nice to see a map with names and locations. on If Only All Cemeteries Would Do This
on 11/6/17
Beautiful pictures. But having worked in the area and been inside LHS these past few years I have to say I have never seen it look so clean. on There Is A Lot to Like About Lowell -- Lowell High School, A Unique School With Lots of History
Anonymous
on 11/5/17
Barbara: Please accept my very belated HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY wishes. I have been pretty busy lately and have not been paying attention to genealogy blogs as I should be. 8 years is an awesome accomplishment and I agree that your numbers are impressive. Blog ON! ;-) John on Celebrating 8 years of Blogging, The Past and the Future
on 11/4/17
on 10/26/17
Looking forward to many more posts! on Celebrating 8 years of Blogging, The Past and the Future
on 10/25/17
Happy anniversary! Gosh, it feels like it's been longer, doesn't it? In a good way. :) on Celebrating 8 years of Blogging, The Past and the Future
on 10/25/17
Congratulations on your 8-year blogiversary, Barbara! It's always a pleasure to follow along on your genea-adventures, whenever you post. Looking forward to reading more about your visits to historical places and cemetery...and especially more about your DNA contacts. on Celebrating 8 years of Blogging, The Past and the Future
on 10/25/17
Congratulations, Barbara, on eight years of blogging. I enjoy your posts, so I hope you are motivated to keep going for (at least) another 8 years! on Celebrating 8 years of Blogging, The Past and the Future
on 10/25/17
Barbara, thanks for posting this. Oliver would have been my 6th great-grandfather. My line looks like this. Sarah Westover b.1796 d.1827, m. Ezra Hart b.1790 d.1851 Lydia Hart b.1822 d.1905, m. Ephriam Brubaker b.1812 d.1889 Margaret Brubaker b.1846 d.1904, m. Patrick Risbon b.1836 d.1916 Sarah Risbon b.1875 d.1949, m. John Meredith b.1862 d.1924 Mary Meredith b.1891 d.1976 m. William McCartney b.1880 d.1971 James McCartney b.1915 d. 1994, m. Mary Sager - living The last being my grandparents on my mothers side. So my question is if you have ever found any factual information on Elisabeth Webster Westover's parents. I have seen many people who claim her to be the daughter of Ebenezer Webster of NH. I have found no factual info to corroborate this. I have also seen her father as John Webster. Nothing factual found for this either. I don't believe in just adding names to my tree for the sake of adding additional on Westover of Pennsylvania -- Surname Saturday
on 10/10/17
Ever wanted to get free Instagram Likes? Did you know you can get these ON AUTOPILOT AND ABSOLUTELY FREE by registering on Like 4 Like? on An Athenaeum -- A great combination of Art, Books, and a Poole's Corner!   NOPE, SHOULD HAVE BEEN CAUGHT BY SPAM.
on 10/5/17
My goodness, how beautiful! Thank you for posting about this beautiful place, and including all of the photos you took. on An Athenaeum -- A great combination of Art, Books, and a Poole's Corner!
on 9/14/17
Thank you for this wonderful trip down memory lane. I have spent many an afternoon sneaking around that library, searching for books I might fancy. It is a splendid place, and one of a kind. on An Athenaeum -- A great combination of Art, Books, and a Poole's Corner!
on 9/12/17
I spent many hours in the St.Johnsbury, VT Athenaeum. I loved the artwork but the staircases were my favorite. I'm not sure that you are still able to go up them but I did it often because the views from there were the best. That is a fascinating ancestor you had in Mr. Poole. St.Johnsbury of years gone by must have been a home to a group of intellectuals as well as the wealthy and philanthropic Fairbanks family. Thanks for this article full of photos of a favorite building from my youth. on An Athenaeum -- A great combination of Art, Books, and a Poole's Corner!
on 9/11/17
I love the Athenaeum, having lived in St Johnsbury since 1989, it is one of my favorite places to read the paper and take in everything - and it seems like every time I go, I see something new (even if it's always been there). I hope you also got a chance to visit the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium just up Main Street from the Athenaeum, plus some of the many beautiful churches in town. on An Athenaeum -- A great combination of Art, Books, and a Poole's Corner!
on 9/11/17
What a gorgeous building! So glad you got to visit and share your photos with all of us. on An Athenaeum -- A great combination of Art, Books, and a Poole's Corner!
on 9/7/17
I haven't seen this yet! Thanks for sharing. Very interesting. on Great Animation Showing Two Centuries of U.S. Immigration
on 9/5/17
Yes! I am a descendant of John Webster, William Kelsey and Joseph Mygatt. I had the opportunity to visit the cemetery last week while visiting from California. on Founders of Hartford, Connecticut
on 7/24/17
Yes! I am a descendant of John Webster, William Kelsey and Joseph Mygatt. I had the opportunity to visit the cemetery last week while visiting from California. on Founders of Hartford, Connecticut
on 7/24/17
Wheeler, Noyes, Poore, Swett are in my tree. Thanks for the blog post. I'm a member of the NSCDA through Deacon John Pearson of Rowley Mass, but also have ancestors in Newbury. on First Settlers of Newbury, Massachusetts
on 7/14/17
The Chateau was quite the place to stay (then and now). Plus Expo 67! What a Canadian vacation you had. The matchbook cover is a keeper too! on Wordless Wednesday -- Canadian Vacation From the Past
on 7/12/17
on 6/18/17
This monument to the Medford Minutemen was an inspiration to me for forming the Medford Company of Minutemen, re enactment group in 1974 when I was living in Medford. I felt that the city should have representation in the history of the action that took place on April 19, 1775. I was its first president from 1974-1977 and then captain in 1976 during the Bicentennial. The group had a ceremony at the Salem St cemetery to honor Gov. John Brooks along with the Reading Minutemen to honor his being their captain when he lived in Reading. Brooks was born and died in Medford after a long military and political career. when I moved to Conn. due to a job transfer, the Medford group only lasted until 1983 and donated its equipment and remaining funds [1,100] to the Medford Historical Society. on Medford Revolutionary War Memorial -- Medford, Massachusetts
on 6/13/17
Hope you are still out there]. I enjoyed your photos and comments about Plum Island. Since you are a genealogist I wonder, do you know anything about "Denison's allowance". My 9th great grandfather settled in Ipswich about 1640. One of my sources, " Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record..." states: "He was a subscriber to Denison's allowance in 1640 and had a share and a half in Plum Island." What is "Denison's allowance"? Hope you can help. on Plum Island, Massachusetts
Lynn Bennett
on 6/9/17
Hello I am from the Ray line based out of Georgia. My fathers name is William Samuel Ray. We are of Scottish/Native American ancestry. Do you know how the Ray family branched off this line, went to Georgia and mixed with the cherokee Indians? on Ray of Salem, Massachusetts -- Surname Saturday
on 6/7/17
A photo that grows more precious every year. One can almost hear her words, feel her love. More precious every year. on Grandmother and Me
on 5/11/17
I come down from both Daniel Lay, 1738 and James Lay, 1745. I appreciate all the work you have done. I have some more information up and down from some of these lines if you are interested, Barbara. on Surname Saturday -- LAY (From Connecticut to Vermont to Michigan)
Josephine
on 5/8/17
Hi everyone. I am William G. Ten Eyck, my father is John William Ten Eyck, and his father was Ernest Ten Eyck. Collectively, we are from Maryland/VA/DC/PA areas, although my father did go out to California for awhile. I also recently had a friend send me a sign she took a pic of in Six Rivers National Park (Willow Creek, CA), of a road called "Ten Eyck Mine Rd." Please feel free to email me at tejrs222@gmail.com. on Surname Saturday -- TEN EYCK or TENEYCK (New York, New Jersey and Canada)
on 5/8/17
Do you know if the original library had a spiral staircase? on Newburyport Public Library, Newburyport, Massachusetts -- History and Genealogy Room
on 4/16/17
Hi, My grandmother's last name was TenEyck and her family was from NY. She was born in New Haven CT. I sent you an email with details. Thanks, Bethany Fox on Surname Saturday -- TEN EYCK or TENEYCK (New York, New Jersey and Canada)
Bethany Bogart Fox
on 4/14/17
This is great! I'm descended from Robert Adams, Giles Badger & Edmund Greenleaf :) on First Settlers of Newbury, Massachusetts
on 4/5/17
Wow I just figured out I am related to #13 Lovina Lay daughter of Daniel Lay. Is there any info in your book on her? I can tell you her line of descendants to me if you are interested Carol P. Christ Family Tree on Ancestry. Mary Stephenson on Ancestry has also done a lot of research on the Lays back to the Mayflower. on Surname Saturday -- LAY (From Connecticut to Vermont to Michigan)
Anonymous
on 3/16/17
Thanks for posting this. The names of some of my ancestors are on this monument. We tried to find it when we were in Boston. We found Watertown and the Watertown marker, but we never found the Founders Monument. We're from California, so I don't know if we'll ever get back. on Founder's Monument -- Watertown, Massachusetts
on 2/18/17
Hi Barbara! This is so amazing. This is my direct lineage as well and my family has never gotten this far back. We all owe you Christmas cards! Question: what does the "Mary ____ w/o James Bishop" mean? I sent you an email as well. Thank you for all the work you've done. on Bishop from Connecticut -- Surname Saturday
on 2/10/17
Hi, I happened upon your photograph of the plaque at the Franklin Pierce house that mentions Frederick and Virginia Hutchinson Kendall...I've been researching Frederick and Virginia's time in the frontier army and have been trying to search down information about them...wondering if you know if they are connected to the Pierce family or if the family simply owned the property later. on Franklin Pierce Homestead, Hillsborough, New Hampshire
on 1/26/17
What beautiful cards!! on
on 12/22/16
I recently purchased a beautiful dish towel with a variegated purple crochet flower basket on it, and trim around the bottom at a flea market sale, and it had the Boott Mills tag on it. So I looked it up and found your blog. Very interesting! Thank you for sharing this information. on The Boott Cotton Mills of Lowell, Massachusetts -- Before and After
Anonymous
on 12/19/16



Do you have a way to reach Sharon and Vernell? I'm also a descendant of Margaret and Eliakim and would like to get in touch with them to collaborate on the research. on The Roberts Family -- Surname Saturday
on 5/30/18