Pages

Monday, March 27, 2017

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2017 WEEK 7: THOMAS ROWLANDSON SR. OF IPSWICH, SALISBURY AND LANCASTER, MA.

My 7x great grandmother Martha (Rowlandson) Ellingwood was the granddaughter of immigrant
ancestor Thomas Rowlandson Sr..
 
I found the following entry for him in  David Webster Hoyt's book The old families of Salisbury 
and Amesbury, Massachusetts ; with some related families of Newbury, Haverhill, Ipswich and Hampton Vol 1:

1 Thomas^ Rowlandson [Rolenson, or Rawlinson], of Ipswich and Lancaster, m. Bridget___ . He was in Ip. in 1637 ; free. 1688 ; rem. to L. in 1655 ; d. there, Nov. 17, 1657. Wid. Bridget m. May 31, 1659, William Kerley, Sen. ; she d. June 14, 1662. Children : 

2 i Thomas,2 b. ; m. May 17, 1653, Dorothy Portland. +
3 ii Elizabeth.^ b. ; m. 1st, Dea. Richard Wells of S.; 2d, Oct. 24, or 27, 1677, John Harris of Rw. +
4 iii Martha,2 b. ; m. (2) John Eaton. +
5 iv Joseph,^ b. ab. 1631 ; m. 1656, Mary White. + 


-pp306-307

The old families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts ; with some related families of Newbury, Haverhill, Ipswich and Hampton Vol 1 Providence, RI. 1897



Hoyt uses the abbreviations S. for Salisbury, Ip. for Ipswich and L. for Lancaster, all in Massachusetts.

Thomas Sr. died intestate. I found the probate file with the estate inventory over on the AmericanAncestors.org website but it will take a bit to decipher it.

There's a link here with my dad's maternal Barker line through the marriage of youngest son
Joseph Rowlandson'smarriage to Mary White

Friday, March 24, 2017

FINDMYPAST FRIDAY RECORDS COLLECTION RELEASES FOR 24MARCH 2017

Over 700 thousand new record additions this Findmypast Friday from Canada, Australia,
and the United States:

 
BRAND NEW RECORDS:

Manitoba probate records 1871-1930 browse
289 VOLUMES  

Uncover details of your ancestor's will and explore more than 802,000 images of original 
estate files, application books and indexes covering the Canadian province of Manitoba.
SEARCH THESE RECORDS »

Victoria Register Of Prisoners Under Sentence Of Hard Labour 1847-1853
576 RECORDS
Find out if your convict ancestor was sentenced to hard labour and uncover detailed personal information including a personal history and description.
SEARCH THESE RECORDS »


Victoria Cemeteries
146,000 ENTRIES
Explore records from five cemeteries in Victoria spanning the years 1856 to 2005, to uncover 

vital details about your ancestor’s death, and next of kin.
SEARCH THESE RECORDS »


ADDITIONAL RECORDS FOR EXISTING SETS

United States Marriages
New records: 616,000
Total records: Over 168 million records
Covering: Virginia & Rhode Island
Discover: Birth year, marriage year, location, parents’ names, spouse's details
SEARCH THESE RECORDS

Victoria Burials & Memorials
New records: 378
Total records: 182,974
Covering: Over 170 cemeteries between 1828 and 1997
Discover: When your ancestor died and where they were laid to rest
SEARCH THESE RECORDS »

THE ELLINGWOOD WIVES

Before I start posting about the Ellingwood wives,a brief overview.

Most of my Dad's colonial  ancestors on his mom's side are from the counties north and west of Boston. But on his father's there are four branches from the south in Plymouth County, and two
are from Ellingwood marriages.

The first is through my 3x great grandmother Rachel Barrows who married John Ellingwood Jr.

The other is 2x great grandmother Florilla Dunham, wife of Asa Ellingwood. Florilla was an Ellingwood descendant herself, and when I try to print out a descendant chart between Asa Ellingwood and my Dad, it gives it through Florilla because she is descended from Ralph's oldest child, Mary Ellingwood,

From the other Ellingwood wives I have more connections to the north and in some cases to 
families on the Barker side of the family,.

I'll be discussing the family of my 7x great  grandmother Martha Rowlandson first.


Friday, March 17, 2017

FRANK MCFARLAND'S LIVING BURIAL

((In honor of St Patrick's Day and my Mom's Irish family, I'm reprinting this transcription of
the  newspaper account of the death of Frank McFarland, who I believe to be my great
granduncle. Like many Irish immigrants to Boston in the 1800's, he worked at construction jobs ))



Here is my transcription of the story in the Boston Daily Globe on Saturday, August 14th,1886
with the details of the terrible accident that took my great granduncle Frank McFarland's life
on the day before which, I just now realized, was Friday the 13th!  One of his two brothers mentioned
in the report was probably my great grandfather John McFarland . For some reason, the reporter
spells the family name as McFarlane:   





"Dead Under Tons of Land
Frank McFarlane's Living Burial
The Caving Ditch at Brighton And The Struggle for Life
The Successful Search For The Body
Cunningham's Escape"


The body of Frank McFarlane, who yesterday morning at 10.30 was buried by
the accidental caving in of the sides of a ditch in which he was working, was
discovered last evening at 5.26. He was sent about nine days ago to brace the
sewer ditch on Waverley street, Brighton. On account of the treacherous
character of the soil, which is of a sandy, gravelly nature, a skilful man was
required. Yesterday morning Mr. Grace, who is superintending the construction
of the sewer, spoke to McFarlane about polling braces at the bottom of the
ditch, which was about fifteen feet deep. At first McFarlane thought such
precaution  unnecessary, but finally decided to act upon the suggestion,
and, taking Thomas Cunningham, had begun strengthening the bottom of
the ditch when one of the men above cried:

"Come out, both of you, as quick as you can; the ditch is caving!"

Cunningham immediately ran towards the nearest exit, which was at the
westerly end, and McFarlane, after a moment, started for the opening in the
opposite direction. Cunningham succeeded in making his escape while, as
the result showed, McFarlane was overtaken about half way between the
point from which he started and the exit, and was buried alive beneath
tons of sand and gravel.

All the afternoon a gang of about sixty men, many of them without dinner,
labored hard and earnestly with the faint hope that the braces might have fallen
from both sides and prevented him from being crushed. As the afternoon
wore on and the loose soil continued caving and preventing rapid headway
this hope began to vanish, and at about 5.26, when John Coughlin cried,
"Here he is!" scarcely one of the immense crowd that had gathered expected
to see anything but a lifeless corpse.

At the moment the body was found two men rushed in from the crowd which
had been roped off by the officers, and, in spite of the detaining cries of those
in charge, made straight for the edge of the ditch, crying: "Is his name Mcfarlane?
Is he dead?" They were the two brothers of the victim, and had spent the
afternoon in a wild search among the hospitals and police stations of the city
for their brother, whom they had heard was killed.The grief of these two
strong men, both of whom sat around on the ground and wept like children,
was heartrending.
 

It was almost an hour after the body was discovered that it could be extricated
from the earth and timbers. When this was at length accomplished, and the
body of the unfortunate man was borne in the rough and brawny arms of his
comrades carefully and gently to the ambulance which was in waiting, sobs
and exclamations of pity arose from all sides. The hands were found to be
open with the fingers close together, like those of a man swimming, while
upon the face was a calm look, as if the victim, after a brief struggle with his
hands, had desisted and become resigned to his fate.

The body was conveyed to Station 14, whence it will be removed to 13 Coventry
street, where the unfortunate man lived, Although McFarlane was unmarried
and had no family of his own, he leaves an aged father and mother, to whose
support he was the principal contributor. "



My great grandfather John McFarland  had already lost two infant children and now with
the death of his brother must have decided to purchase a family plot at St. Benedict's Cemetery.
The burial didn't take place until a week later after the children were exhumed and all three were
buried on the same day,

Of the twelve McFarland family members on the list, only the last four are on the headstone:
my great grandparents John and Ann, my grandaunt Winifred, and my grandmother Agnes.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

THE ST. JOHN'S CROSS OF COHASSET, MA.

((In honor of St Patrick's Day, I'm reposting this from March, 2012))


I've written before about the way some work of chance leads me to
encounters with places related to my family's history. Last month
I took some pictures in a local cemetery that I thought might make a
good St Patrick's Day post, a reminder of the perils our Irish ancestors
braved to come to America. But when I researched the story behind
a stone monument, I didn't realize that while I was not related to the
dead it commemorated, I was connected to it in another way.







A tall Celtic cross sits atop a small hill in the midst of the Central Cemetery in
Cohasset, Ma, overlooking a tidal pond. On the landward side is the
following inscription:

This Cross Was Erected And Dedicated
May 30th 1914 By The A.O.H. And The L.A.A.O.H.
Of Massachusetts To Mark The Final
Resting Place Of About Forty Five
Irish Emigrants From A Total Company
Of Ninety Nine Who Lost Their Lives
On Grampus Ledge Off  Cohasset
October 7, 1849 In The Wreck Of The
Brig St.John From Galway Ireland
R.I.P.







Edwin Victor Bigelow gives the details of the wreck of the St.John in
his A Narrative History of the Town of Cohasset, Massachusetts, published
by the Cohasset Town Historical Commission in 1898:

On Sunday morning at seven o'clock, October 7, 1849, under a heavy northeast
storm, the British brig St. John, loaded with immigrants brought from Galway,
Ireland, was driven upon Grampus Ledge near Minot, and ninetynine lives
were lost. Another brig, the Kathleen, had managed to creep into the mouth
of our harbor and to anchor; but the St. John was farther out where the gale
struck furiously and made her drag anchors.

The masts were cut away, but still she dragged on. After the first heavy thump
on the Grampus Rock the old hulk rapidly tumbled to bits. Previous to the
breaking up, the jolly-boat was hanging by the tackles alongside when the
stern ringbolt broke and she fell into the waves. Captain Oliver, the second
mate, and two boys jumped into her to clear her, when about twenty-five
passengers poured into her and swamped her so that all perished but the
captain. The first mate hauled in the captain, who caught the end of a rope.

Then the longboat was loosed and the captain with the first mate and eight
of the crew and two passengers scrambled into her, reaching shore at the
Glades. Many more passengers were drowned in their desperate endeavors
to get into the longboat which saved the captain and crew. Ten others, upon
a piece of the deck which was wrenched off by the waves, were floated
safely to shore, seven men and three women.

The St. John was only an hour in tumbling to pieces under the incessant banging
of the waves upon her. Ninety-nine lives were lost and twenty-two were saved.
One of the survivors was a young woman who afterwards settled in Cohasset,
marrying a man whose name was by strange coincidence St. John. (pp463-464)



You can also read about the aftermath of the wreck by no less an author than
Henry David Thoreau who happened upon the scene the day after the storm
as bodies were being recovered and buried by the townspeople of
Cohasset. His account of the incident can be found in his book On Cape Cod.

Now we come to the coincidence:

The wreck of the St John took place while construction was being completed
of a lighthouse at nearby Minot Rock. On page 463 of Bigelow's book, just
before his recounting of the tragedy, there is this on the lighthouse:

"It was finished in the fall of 1849, and Isaac A. Dunham took charge of it,
lighting the lamp for the first time on December 13, 1849."


Isaac Dunham was the first Keeper of Minot Light. Even though it was not
in service at the time of the storm that sank the St John, he was present in
Cohasset and part of the group dealing with the aftermath. He stayed 
at Minot Light only ten months, resigning in 1850 because he felt the
structure was unsafe. A year later the first Minot Lighthouse was destroyed
by a terrible storm, taking the lives of two men stationed there.

My great great grandmother was Florilla Dunham, and while I haven't figured
out how we're related just yet, in all probability Isaac Dunham is my distant
cousin.     

And I wouldn't have known about him except for taking these pictures in
the cemetery in Cohasset, and then using two of them for a St Patrick's
Day post!

Monday, March 13, 2017

FINDMYPAST FRIDAY RECORDS COLLECTION RELEASES FOR 10MARCH 2017

The Findmypast Friday record releases for 10 March contain nearly 4 million new records,
mostly for Australia:



BRAND NEW RECORDS:


Victoria Wills & Probate
OVER 1,364,000 RECORDS  This index includes the names of deceased persons whose estates passed probate through the Supreme Court of Victoria between 1841 and 1989. Discover your ancestor’s death date, occupation, residence and details surrounding their will.
SEARCH THESE RECORDS »



Victoria Divorce Cause Books 1861-1938
OVER 39,000 RECORDS Did your Australian ancestor get divorced? Find out when they submitted a petition for divorce at the Prothonotary’s Office of the Supreme Court and the name of their spouse.
SEARCH THESE RECORDS »

Derbyshire, Chesterfield union workhouse death index 1838-1904
OVER 3,000 RECORDS Search this death index to see if your ancestor died in the workhouse and when. Discover their birth year, death date and home parish. Workhouse records are often useful in breaking down brick walls and locating missing ancestors.
SEARCH THESE RECORDS »


Australian Capital Territory Marriages
OVER 1,454 RECORDS Find out whether your ancestors were married in South East Australia, who they married and uncover the information you need to obtain a copy of their marriage certificate.
SEARCH THESE RECORDS »

New South Wales, Tea Gardens cemetery inscriptions 1898-2008
OVER 500 RECORDS Was your ancestor buried in the Tea Gardens cemetery in New South Wales between the years 1898 to 2014? Find out when they died, the location of their burial plot and read their memorial inscription.
SEARCH THESE RECORDS »


New South Wales, Stroud Baptismal Register 1892-1925
OVER 200 RECORDS Explore extracts from the Stroud baptismal register and uncover details of baptisms performed in Karuah, Sawyers Point, Limeburner’s Creek, Carrington, Tahlee, and Swan Bay/Mulwee, including the names, occupations and residence of the parents.
SEARCH THESE RECORDS »


British Army, Plovdiv Military Cemetery Burials
OVER 55 RECORDS View images of the memorial stones of British servicemen buried in Bulgaria’s Plovdiv Military Cemetery. Discover their date of death, service number, rank, regiment and grave plot.
SEARCH THESE RECORDS »



ADDITIONAL RECORDS FOR EXISTING SETS:

British Newspapers
New articles: 2,579,524
Total titles: 13
Covering: South East England, Montgomeryshire, North Lanarkshire
Discover: News articles, obituaries, family notices, advertisements and more
SEARCH THESE RECORDS »

Australian Capital Territory Marriages (update)
New records: 408
Total records: 1,454
Covering: The self-governing territory in southeast Australia, enclaved by New South Wales
Discover: Marriage date, spouse’s name, registration number
SEARCH THESE RECORDS »

FREE IRISH RECORDS FOR 5 DAYS AT FINDMYPAST

  

 

 I received the following press release in my email earlier today:

 

 

                                    FINDMYPAST GRANT FIVE DAYS OF
                                             FREE ACCESS TO ALL IRISH
                                        RECORDS IN CELEBRATION OF ST
                                                        PATRICK’S DAY 2017


·                              Findmypast makes entire collection of more than 116 million Irish
                                                               records free for five days
·                                  All 116 records free from the 13th  to the 17th March 2017


Leading family history website, Findmypast, has just announced that they will be making their entire collection of Irish records free for five days to help budding genealogists uncover their Irish heritage ahead of St Patrick’s Day 2017.

From today, Monday 13th March, until 11.59pm (GMT) Friday 17th March, all 116 million records within Findmypast’s Irish collection will be completely free to search and explore, providing family historians from around the globe with the opportunity to learn more about the lives of their Irish ancestors.

This includes free access to;

·         Over 10 million Irish Catholic Parish Registers

·         Over 15 million Census, Land & Substitute records including the 1901 and 1911 censuses

·         Over 30 million detailed Court & Prison Records

·         Over 33 million Irish newspaper articles spanning the years 1708 to 1956

·         Over 7.3 million Dog Licences

·         Over 24 million Irish Passenger Lists

·         Over 2.4 million workhouse & poor law records

·         Over1.4 million Irish Quaker records

·         Over 350,000 records from World War 1, the Easter Rising & more

·         Landed Estates Court records featuring details of over 500,000 tenants residing on estates all over Ireland

·         The complete Griffith's Valuation

·         Over 2.3 million Social History & Directory Records, including the most comprehensive online collection of national directories, dating back to 1814

·         Indexes to Irish wills dating from 1270 – 1858

                                                                         Free Live Webinar

On Thursday March 16th at 4pm GMT, Findmypast will be hosting a free St Patrick’s Day Webinar presented by Fiona Fitzsimons, the founder and research director of Eneclann, a Trinity College Campus Company. Fiona manages teams of expert researchers to provide Irish and British family history as well as running a successful probate genealogy service. Her talk, entitled, “Secrets to Successful Irish Family Research”, will cover strategies for online research, Irish customs & traditions and collateral records to help “bridge the gaps”.

New Records Available To Search

Thousands of additional records will be added to Findmypast’s extensive Irish collection on Friday 17th March. This will include substantial updates to their collection of Irish Society of Friends (Quaker) records, new directories, administrations, family histories, memorial inscriptions and more. Visit the dedicated Findmypast Friday page to keep up to date with the latest additions.

Learn more at: http://www.findmypast.com/      

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2017 WEEK 6: ASA ELLINGWOOD OF MAINE & NEW HAMPSHIRE

I've been stuck in a rut lately as far as trying to blog, especially with the 52 Ancestors Challenge.
The problem is that Asa Ellingwood is my next in line for the Ellingwoods and I've already written more posts about Asa (23) than any of  my other Ellingwood ancestors. So I finally decided to just post this photograph:




It's the Certificate of Intent for Asa's marriage to Florilla Dunham  from the Town Clerk in Paris,
Me. It's dated 22August 1850. Interestingly, the marriage record  transcript at  "Maine Marriages, 1771-1907," on  FamilySearch gives the date of the marriage in Woodstock, Me. as 10Aug 1850.

 I'll discuss the families of the Ellingwood wives next.

Asa & Florilla (Dunham) Ellingwood

Sunday, March 05, 2017

FINDMYPAST FRIDAY RECORDS COLLECTION RELEASES FOR 3MARCH 2017

The Findmpast Friday releases for March 3rd 2017 include over 833,000 records from Canada and Great Britain:
 
BRAND NEW RECORDS:

Scotland Post Office Directories
OVER 382,000 RECORDS  Did your ancestor own a pub in Shetland, or perhaps they were the local magistrate in Aberdeen? Explore thousands of pages of directories to discover your Scottish ancestor’s occupation and residence
SEARCH THESE RECORDS »

Scotland Post Office Directories Image Browse
BROWSE 598 VOLUMES
An excellent source for both local and family history. Check out over five hundred different directories to uncover brief descriptions of areas, and lists of notable people and local business owners.
SEARCH THESE RECORDS »

Lower Canada Census 1842
OVER 46,000 RECORDS
Explore the 1832 census of Lower Canada to discover your ancestor’s address, language, and occupation, or to gain an understanding of the area they lived in.
SEARCH THESE RECORDS »

Britain, Russian Orthodox Church in London
OVER 13,000 RECORDS
Explore volumes of birth, marriage, and death records from the Russian Orthodox Church in London. The records also include correspondences, congregational records, and church documents.
SEARCH THESE RECORDS »

ADDITIONAL RECORDS FOR EXISTING SETS:

Yorkshire Memorial Inscriptions
New records: 7,258
Total records: 103,662
Covering: 174 burial sites across the county
Discover: Age, birth year, death year, location, description and inscription
SEARCH THESE RECORDS »

Britain, Knights of the Realm & Commonwealth index
New records: 351
Total records: 36,084
Covering: Knighthoods from the 11th century up to the present day
Discover: Birth year, death year, award type, year of award, remarks & biography (often includes rank or position/occupation)
SEARCH THESE RECORDS »

Anglo-Boer War Records 1899-1902
New records: 295,204
Total records: 298,369
Covering: All ranks of British Army servicemen
Discover: Service number, rank, unit, regiment, honors & awards, casualties, memorials
SEARCH THESE RECORDS »