Saturday, December 31, 2016


Time for a look back at my some of my genealogy activity  in 2016 with a comparison with 2015.

My research numbers as shown by RootsMagic7:
2015-30,823 people, 110,992 citations, 577 sources.
2016-31142 people,  111434  citations. 577 sources

The number of people in my database went up by 313 because of new discoveries
on the Barker side of the family.

Find a Grave
My total contributions went up modestly:
2015- 615 memorials,  962 Photos, 162 volunteer photos taken
2016- 616 memorials, 1002 photos 185 volunteer photos taken.

My total memorials only increased by one because I transferred a number to relatives
of the deceased.

This is post 237 for this blog this year. It's the fourth straight year the blogpost total has gone up,
and the third highest total all time:

2016 (237)

2015 (220)

2014 (199)

2013 (179)

2012 (170)

2011 (248)

2010 (196)

2009 (254)

2008 (214)

2007 (208)

My posts on the Old Colony Graveyard Rabbit went down to 5 from 6. I really have to
post more there.

Not a bad year, but I'll do better in 2017, I hope!

Friday, December 30, 2016


((originally posted in December 2013))

When I was a kid the day after Christmas was a wonderful day: I knew I had a
week or so off from school and I had some new toys or games to play. If I
grew bored with them I'd just go to the library and take out some more books
to keep me occupied. If it had snowed, I'd go sledding over on Selden Street
with Barry Solomon and the other kids. 

The torn wrapping paper was stuffed into empty department store bags (
plastic trash bags didn't become popular until the 1960's) and the boxes that
toys and appliances came in were hauled out by the curb for the city
trash trucks. This was how we knew what  the other kids got for Christmas
or Hanukkah. Inside, gifts had to be removed from under the tree to our
rooms a day or so after Christmas so the pine needles under the Christmas
tree could be vacuumed up.  
If Christmas fell on a Friday or Monday that year there'd be a round of visits
to our McFarland and McCue relatives or they'd visit us. So Christmas decorations
stayed up for several weeks, sometimes to the end of January. When we were
living on Capen St. my Mom used Glass Wax stencils to decorate our apartment
windows but she stopped after one year when cleaning the windows off was
harder than usual. Besides, nobody could see them anyway since the apartment
was on the third floor! We also only used "angel hair" to decorate the tree

But eventually we'd take off the decorations, lights, and garlands from the tree
and pack them away, and the tree would be hauled out to the curbside. If it
snowed before trash pickup it might be out there an extra week or two. In time,
as we grew older, the artificial tree would be disassembled and taken down to
the cellar.

Christmas was  over.

2014 Update
Since I'm a single "senior citizen" the after Christmas cleanup is minimal. After New
Years I'll put away the six inch tabletop Christmas tree and it's decorations away. Easy


2015 Update
After Christmas cleanup was even more minimal than usual, since I didn't put out
the mini-Christmas tree this year.


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Thursday, December 29, 2016


 Before I make my "geneaplans" for 2017, let's see what they were for 2016 and how
well I did fulfilling them. My comments on how I did on each are in red type: 

1. Work more on my family tree: I still have plenty of collateral relatives to add to my database but I also need to continue to work on merging the duplicates I put in the database back when I first started researching online and was in my "name gathering" newbie phase. I also need to add citations and sources where I don't have any entered.

Result: I added more families to the Barker side of the tree. I added some collateral lines but not as many as I'd hoped. The same is true of citations and sources.

2. Visit more of the towns where my ancestors  lived, see their graves and homes, and take photos: I need to make more of an effort at this as soon as the snow season is over, especially getting up to Essex and Middlesex counties, and west to Worcester county.

Result: Again, not as good as I hoped. I did visit Dedham and Lancaster, but by the time I got to both places it was too late to do more than a quick drive around.

3. Blog more: I met my 2015 goal for this blog of going over 200 posts by reaching 220. So for 2016I need to top that, even if it's only by just one more post. And I will institute that 52 Gravestones in 52 Weeks series for my Old Colony Genealogy Rabbit blog.

Result:  This is post #234 so definitely a success this year for this blog.But I failed miserably in my
Graveyard Rabbit blog.

4. Keep on with Find A Grave activities: I still have a whole lot of cemetery photos to use to creatememorials, and I want to get out and fill some more photo requests.

Result: A moderate success. I found 23 requested headstones and 40 photos so far. There's still a few days left in the year so that may go up a little more.

5.Transcribe: There's a bunch of Probate Files I haven't worked on yet. I started using the program Transcript last Fall and it's simple to use, so I'll see if it makes it easier to keep this resolution.

Result: I'll call this another moderate success since I did transcribe some probate files but there are still plenty more to do.

6. Stay organized: I need to keep at putting things I download onto my hard drive into whatever folder they belong in immediately, rather than letting them sit in the Downloads file until I get around to it.

Result: Success. Having to transfer everything to a new computer helped me organize many files.

7. Scan more: I still have family photos to scan.

Result: Failure.

8. Index more:  I hope to do some indexing for Familysearch without waiting for another crowd sourcing "event" to motivate me

Result: Failure.

9. Join a local society: I say this every year. Hope springs eternal.

Result: Failure, Hope is still springing but I still haven't done this.

10. Break down that John Cutter West brick wall: Maybe this will be the year!

Result: Failure. That brick wall still stands.

And again, as in every year, to keep having fun with genealogy!

Result: Still having fun!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016


I don’t get a lot of Christmas cards, mostly because I don’t send
out a lot myself. I get some from the family and a few from friends
but since I’m not much of a social animal there’s no more than perhaps
a half dozen each year sitting atop my tv.

In years past the amount of cardage fluctuated. When I
was a kid there were a lot of cards, usually taped to the
door frames or sitting atop the end tables in the living room.

When we moved to Abington they were displayed across the
mantel piece or taped around the edges of the mirror above it.
The years when my folks were actively involved in the VFW
brought the highest number of season’s greetings. Mom would
spend a few hours herself signing and addressing cards to be
sent out. But as she and her generation of family and friends
grew older the flood of Christmas cards dwindled. Several years
Mom even had some unused cards left over when she finished.

I tend not to like sending “mushy” cards so I usually try to find
something funny. Although this year I may be giving people a
look at a certain dancing elf via e-mail!

2010 Update: I'm going to see what sort of selection we have at
the store tomorrow and hopefully find something funny, although
last year I sent out cards that were more "New England-y"

2011 Update Since Borders has closed I'm going to have to take
a long walk over to Target soon to get some boxed cards!

2012 Update I'm waiting for my box card order from B&N
to arrive.

2013 Update I haven't bought any Christmas cards yet. I'm also
trying to figure out what to do with the leftover cards from the
last few years.

2014 Update:
I'll probably buy my cards this weekend. I don't really start thinking
about Christmas cards until right about now, although I've already
received one this holiday season. 

The past few years I've taken to displaying the incoming cards on my
bookcase, as in this photo from a  few years ago:

2015 Update
I still have several boxes of leftover Christmas cards from previous years, so this year
I'm going to send those instead of buying a new box.

2016 Update: 
I was a bad boy again this year and never sent out any cards.And I feel a bit guilty as
I received a bit more than usual:

((Originally posted in 2007)) 


New England was at odds with the Mother Country long before the American Revolution. Besides the conflict between the Puritans and the Church of England, there was also the Crown's desire to make Massachusetts a royal province which would change the form of government. Instead of a governor chosen  by election, he would be appointed by the king. Fear that this would happen worsened when Charles II became king after the restoration of the monarchy.

In 1664 the residents of Cambridge, Ma. voiced their concerns in a document, the Cambridge Memorial. It was brought to the General Court by four men, one of whom was my 9x great grandfather Deacon Gregory Stone.

From Joseph Gardner Bartlett's Gregory Stone Genealogy: Ancestry and Descendants of Dea. Gregory Stone of Cambridge, Mass., 1320-1917:

But the most noteworthy committee on which Dea. Gregory1 Stone served was in 1664, when he and three other Cambridge men presented to the General Court a memorial signed by them and about one hundred and forty other residents of Cambridge, protesting against the then proposed government of New England by a Royal Commission, as an arbitrary government of a Council or Parliament in which they were not represented, and contrary to the intent of the original patent of the Colony. This was the first muttering of the spirit which over a century later was heard in full tones in the Declaration of Independence of 1776. The Colony Records thus describe this occurrence:

"19 Oct. 1664. The Court being'mett together & informed that severall persons, inhabitants of Cambridge, were at the doore, & desiring liberty to make knowne theire errand, were callled in, & Mr. Edward Jackson, Mr. Richard Jackson, Mr. Edw: Oakes, & Deacon Stone, coming before the Court, presented a peticon from the inhabitants of Cambridge, which was subscribed by very many hands," etc., viz:

"To the honoured Generall Court of Massachusetts Colonie. The humble representation of the inhabitants of the towne of Cambridg.

For as much as we have heard that theire have beene representations made unto his Majesty conserning divisions among us and dissatisfactions about the present government of this colonie; we whose names are under written, the inhabitants and householders of the towne above mentioned, doe hearby testify our unanimous satisfaction in and adhearing to the present government so long and orderly estableshed, and our earnest desire of the continuance theirof and of all the liberties and privileges pertaining theirunto which are contained in the charter granted by King James and King Charles the First of famous memory, under the encouredgment and security of which charter we or our fathers ventered over the ocean into this wildernesse through great hazards, charges, and difficulties; and we humbly desire our honored General Court would addresse themselves by humble petition to his Maiesty for his royall favour in the continuance of the present estableshment and of all the previleges theirof, and that we may not be subjected to the arbitrary power of any who are not chosen by this people according to their patent. Cambridg the 17th of the 8:1664.
Charles Chauncy
Edward Oakes
Samll Andrewe
Jonathan Mitchell
Elijah Corlett
Richard Champny
Edmund Frost
Gregory Stone"
[The names of one
hundred and thirty
more signers follow.]

(Massachusetts Colony Records, vol. 4, part 1, p. 136; and "History of Cambridge," pp. 74-75.)

Gregory Stone Genealogy: Ancestry and Descendants of Dea. Gregory Stone of Cambridge, Mass., 1320-1917  Stone family association, Boston, Ma  1918

And the governor of Massachusetts in 1664?

My 10x great grandfather John Endicott!

Monday, December 26, 2016


And so  I've come to my last ancestor for this year's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, 9x great grandfather Deacon Gregory Stone of Cambridge, Ma.  Here's the entry in William Richard Cutter's Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Volume 4:

Gregory Stone, immigrant ancestor, came to America with his family, in the "Defence," which sailed from London early in July, 1635, and arrived, presumably at Boston, in October of the same year. He had as fellow passengers Rev. Thomas Shepard and his associate, who were fleeing religious intolerance at home. On the voyage they were exposed to greater danger than that found by most of the colonists, for their ship had  "a bottom too decayed and feeble indeed for such a voyage so that a perilous leak endangered her safety on the way hither." In the same year his brother Simon came with his family on the ship "Increase," also from London.

(II)Deacon Gregory Stone, born in England, about 1590, baptized at Great Bromley, Essex county, England, April 19, 1592, died at Cambridge, Massachusetts, November 30, 1672. He settled first at Watertown as early as 1636, but soon removed to Cambridge, of which he was a proprietor in 1637. He was admitted a freeman May 25, 1636, with his brother Simon, both of Watertown. His farm at Cambridge was noted for high state of cultivation and excellent orchards. It is the site of the present Botanic Gardens of Harvard College. He was deacon of the Cambridge Church thirty-four years, deputy to the general court, and local magistrate. He deposed September 18, 1658, that he was aged about sixty-seven years. He died November 30, 1672, aged eighty-two. His will was proved December 14, 1672. The widow died June 24, 1674. He married in Nayland, England, July 20, 1617, Margaret Garrad, baptized at Nayland, December 5, 1597, and buried there August 4, 1628. Stone married second, in England, Lydia Cooper, widow, born in England and died in Cambridge, June 24, 1674. His second wife had by her first marriage a son John Cooper, who married Anne Sparhawk, and a daughter Lydia, who married David Fisk. Children: i. John, baptized July 31, 1618, in England; settled in Framingham; ancestor of the main families of Worcester county of this name. 2. Dr. Daniel, baptized August 15, 1620; resided in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 3. David, baptized September 22, 1622; resided in Cambridge. 4. Elizabeth, baptized October 3, 1624, buried at Nayland, England. 5. Elizabeth, baptized March 6, 1628: married Anthony Potter, of Ipswich. 6. Samuel, mentioned below. 7. Sarah, baptized February 8, 1632: married July 12, 1653, Joseph Merriam, of Concord; she died April 8, 1704.

Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Volume 4  Lewis historical publishing Company, N Y. N.Y. 1908

But this wasn't the only place I found online with details of Gregory's life, and I found something very interesting about Gregory on another website.

To be continued.

Sunday, December 25, 2016


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Friday, December 23, 2016


...these are the rules I'd make.

Christmas sales and advertising would be banned until the day
before Thanksgiving.

Black Friday would start at 9am local time sharp. No midnight
madness. No lines at store doors at dawn. People would instead
spend more time at home with their families and store personnel
would not have to leave Thanksgiving gatherings early because
they need to go prep the store for opening.

Shoppers would behave in a mature, civilized and orderly fashion.
If the store has run out of some item the shoppers would not
treat the salespeople as if they have suddenly become the spawn
of Satan but instead would move on to the next items on their
shopping list.

No national chain stores open on Christmas Day. Christmas is
Christmas, period. Forget about sales for one day and let your
employees enjoy the day with their families. Mom & Pop stores
can open but half the day only so that folks who run out of milk or
butter can get some quickly and easily.

People would hold doors open for other shoppers and give up
their bus seats to senior citizens. Young children would not throw
temper tantrums and older children would not curse at their

Everyone would have someplace to go to and someone to be with
on Christmas Day. No one would be alone and no one would be
cold or hungry.

Drunk drivers would be unable to start their cars and so have to
take cabs or other means of transportation.

All our Armed Forces would be home to safely celebrate the
holidays with their loved ones.

There’s much more that could be added, I’m sure. But I’d be
happy with these for starters.

((First published in 2008))

2012 Update: I've added a new one:
There'd be no commercials using Santa to sell cars.

And no commercials with Christmas carols sung badly and loudly
off key for supposed "comic effect". (Are you listening, Target?)

2013 Update: A few more new ones:
NO THANKSGIVING DAY openings. The sales can wait until
after midnight.

No more Michael Bolton car commercials. I'm doing this for you,
Michael. Things can't be so bad you need to do these. Have some
self respect!

And while we're at it, no more Ron Burgundy car commercials.
They were funny at first, but now they're tiresome.

And another thing about commercials: I'd limit how many times
each commercial could be played an hour. Playing the same
commercial three times in ten minutes would be penalized
by being sent to the "penalty box" for twelve hours.

That's it for now. I'm sure I'll have more by next year!

2014 Update:

Things have improved greatly!  No Michael Bolton car
commercials! We are not being bombarded by the same
commercials being shown three times in a row.

However....the Joe Boxer pajama bottoms commercial
involving men pounding their beer bellies like kettledrums
has to to!

2015 Update: 
There has been very little to complain about this holiday season.
But there is one minor annoyance: the car commercials with
the salespersons basically hostages to the couples taking test
drives. Wouldn't the car dealerships call the police when an
employee and car have been missing for hours? Why aren't
the salespeople using their cellphones to call for help?

Well, at least Michael Bolton isn't along for the rides!

2016 Update:

This one is for all our sanity:
No mention of presidential politics between Christmas Eve and Jan 2.
Everyone step back, take deep breaths and be kind to each other.
And for God's sake, someone freeze a certain person's Twitter account
until after New Year's Day!


Continuing with my Merriam branch of my grandmother Cora Barker's side of the family:

My 8x great grandfather Joseph Merriam Jr. appears to have been, like his father Joseph Sr., a wealthy man . This is the entry for him in Charles Henry Pope's Merriam Genealogy in England and America:

Joseph3(Joseph, William'), born in England about 1629; grew up in Concord, Mass., but removed when adult to the neighboring town of Cambridge, the part called “The Farms,” which afterward became the parish and town of Lexington. He was admitted to the church, and was made a freeman (or citizen), May 22, 1650. He married at Concord, July 12, 1653, Sarah, daughter of Dea. Gregory Stone, who made a bequest to her in his will, dated Nov. 22, 1672. He accumulated something of a property for the times, as appears from the inventory of his estate and from the subsequent division. He died 20 April, 1677, “aged 47,” says the record on his gravestone, the oldest now extant in the ancient “Hill Burying Ground” in Concord. The widow died April 5, 1704.

The property remained undivided many years after his death, and was then distributed in a kindly and equitable manner. We quote a portion of the instrument in which all was definitely arranged, giving in full the opening part which relates to the mother.

Whereas Joseph Miriam belonging to the Towne of Cambridge in the County of Middx in New England Twenty two years Since died Intestt. Who left Sarah his Relict Widow Together with many Small Children, Eight of which are yet Surviveing. And there haveing never yet been a Legall Division of this Estate. Therefore Sarah Miriam his R widow, as also his Children Namely Joseph Miriam Jno Miriam Robert Miriam & Thomas Miriam Together with his Daughters (& with ye Consent of theire husbands) vizt Sarah flecher, Elizabeth Wood, Mary Stearns, & Ruth Stow Do all mutually agree & Determine to make a Division of the Said Estate both Reall and prsonall in Manner & form as followth:

Imprms: They Do all agree that Sarah Miriam the Relict Widow Shall have the free use of the houseing and lands hereafter Expressed, all during the term of her naturall life vizt: The new End of the Dwelling house from top to bottom also the lower room of the oldhouse next to ye new aforesaid, and the use of ye halfe of the Cellar the one halfe of the Barn and halfe of the cowyard and free liberty to cutt halfe her fire wood on ye land of her sonn Jno Miriam and the other halfe to gett it off from the land of her son Robert Miriam That is to say—the West land. And further she is to have about an Acre and an halfe of the Land by the Dore also in ye pound three acres and an halfe. Also in the Comon feild Two acres & an halfe of plow Land. also mowing Land in the Comon feild all that wch She hath had ye actuall Improvement of of late Together with Two acres and three quarters of Land in the Orchard, as also the free use of wt moveable Estate she hath in her possession, to be at her own Disposall and what of that she shall not [have] disposed of at her Death, that to be equally divided amongst all the Children.

And as an Addition to what the sd Eight children have had settled upon them in time past It is as followeth:

Then follow detailed descriptions of the several shares, hardly needful to be copied.
Signed November 29, 1700, by the eight children and Isaac Stearns, Nathaniel Stow, Samuel Fletcher and Isaac Wood.
[Mdx. Probate Records, 10, 507.]

 i. Sarah; b. 2 Aug. 1654; m. 14 June, 1688, Eleazer Ball, who d. 15 Nov. 1698; she m. (2) 7 June, 1699, Samuel Fletcher; she d. 29 April, 1703. 

ii. Lydia, b. Aug. 3, 1656; d. 29 Dec. 1690. 

12. iii. Joseph, b. May 25, 1658. 

iv. Elizabeth, b. May 20, 1660; m. Isaac Wood. 

13. v. John, b. Aug. 30, 1662. 

vi. Mary, b. June 14, 1664; m. Isaac Stearns.

14. vii. Robert, b. Feb. 17, 1667.

viii. Ruth, b. 1670; m. Dec. 3, 1690, Nathaniel Stow; she d. July 14, 1718. 

115. ix. Thomas, b. 1672.

Merriam Genealogy in England and America, Charles H. Pope, Boston, Ma. 1906

Tuesday, December 20, 2016


It's become a Geneablogger tradition to join our friend footnoteMaven in the annual Blog Caroling Event, when geneabloggers post their favorite Christmas carols. 

I chose a carol this year that appeals to my love of medieval history. The Coventry Carol was first
performed in a nativity pageant in 1534 and was written by Robert Croo (Crow). I like the version 
recorded by Annie Lennox.

 Lully, lullay, thou little tiny child,
 Bye bye, lully, lullay.
 Lully, lullay, thou little tiny child,
 Bye bye, lully, lullay.

 O sisters too, how may we do
 For to preserve this day
This poor youngling for whom we sing,
"Bye bye, lully, lullay"?

Herod the king, in his raging,
Charg├Ęd he hath this day
His men of might in his own sight
All young children to slay.

That woe is me, poor child, for thee
And ever mourn and may
For thy parting neither say nor sing,
Bye bye, lully, lullay."


I had thought I'd finished up the year on the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge for the Barker side of Dad's family but discovered I'd missed two branches on the family tree, the Merriam and the Stone families. They are connected  to me through the Stowes:

So my subject for today is my immigrant ancestor Joseph Merriam St, my 10x great grandfather.He came from a well- to- do merchant family back in Kent England and was wealthy enough to charter a ship, the Castle, along with some of his brothers and colleagues) to come to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Here are some excerpts from Merriam Genealogy in England and America by Charles Henry Pope, Charles Pierce Merriam, C. E. Gildersome- Dickinson, James Sheldon Merriam:
Joseph (William'), eldest of the sons mentioned in the father's will, and the only one through whom the family name has descended, was probably born in the county of Kent, about the year 1600. He married Sara, daughter of John and (probably) Frances (Jefferie) Goldstone, whose brother was a resident of the town of Tonbridge, near by the home of Joseph and that of his father at the period of the emigration...
Merriam Genealogy in England and America, Charles H. Pope, Boston, Ma. 1906

We know that Joseph had learned and entered on the business which his father had followed, for Robert Goldstone's will gives him the title “clothier,” which is evidence of an unquestionable sort. This business had put him in possession of good means for the venture on a voyage to New England, and gave him a good start here. But it would necessarily give him a great deal of work in the line of collections, settlements, sales, and shipments. With so much property and such excellent business experience, it is not strange that he joined with others in chartering a vessel and taking freight and passengers to help pay the expenses of the voyage. The particulars of his venture are many of them brought out in connection with lawsuits between the partners...
-p32 ibid

Joseph made his home in Concord, having a comfortable homestead for a “planter.” He was soon received to the church, and, in accordance with the method of the time, was admitted to the freemanship or citizenship of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay on the 14th of the first month, March, 1638–9, nine months after his arrival.

His life in the colony was brief. He died on the first day of January (1(11), 1640-1, leaving a will which shows his business-like habits and his kindly thought for the welfare of others.

His oldest son William was not yet of age. The expected child had provision made for his support. Two of the foremost citizens of the little town and his brother Robert were charged with the duty of overseeing the carrying out of his plans for his loved ones....

pp34-35 ibid

The widow Sara married second, Lieut. Joseph Wheeler, of Concord. The three sons, William, Joseph, and John, joined in a quitclaim deed of any rights they might be supposed to have in the estate of Joseph Wheeler, “their fatherin-law'” (or stepfather as we now say), April 17, 1667. Sarah, “wife of Lift. Joseph Wheeler,” died March 12, 1670–1.

5. i. William; b. in England about 1624.
 ii. Sarah, b. in England about 1626.
6. iii. Joseph, b. in England about 1628.
 iv. Thomas, b. in England; living in 1637.
v. Elizabeth, b. in England; m. Thomas Henchman (Hinkesman); living in 1681 and a legatee of her uncle Robert Merriam, of Concord.
 vi. Hanna, b. in England; living in 1637.
7. vii. John, b. after the death of his father, at Concord, July 9, 1641.

p35 ibid

Monday, December 19, 2016


Every Christmas Mom would break out the Andy Williams
Christmas Album to play on the stereo. There was also a Nat
King Cole album and a Mitch Miller “Sing Along With Mitch”
Christmas edition. But for me, even rock and roll dinosaur
that I am, it’s the Andy Williams album that “feels” like
Christmas to me. I need to hear that "It's the Most
Wonderful Time of the Year."

As I’ve gotten older and my musical tastes expanded, I find
myself listening to New Age and Celtic Christmas music. And
Josh Groban just put out a holiday album that we’ve played at
the bookstore since Thanksgiving and it’s easy on the ears.

As for caroling, well, there are some things that one should
never do in public and in my case, singing is one of them!

2010 Update: I splurged this year for the "Now That;s What
I Call Christmas Essentials Collection." It has the Andy Williams
song and Nat King Cole's version of "Christmas Song" on it,
and I plan to play it Thursday afternoon on my day off!

2011 Update Now that Borders has gone out of business and
I avoid the radio stations doing the "All Christmas, All the Time"
since mid-November, I haven't burned out on Christmas music
as early as previous years. But unfortunately, I am now tired of
"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year". Staples use of it
in the back to school ads was funny. But this year, the song has
been overused by retail stores and car dealerships so much
that it's like beating a dead reindeer! Bah, humbug!

2012 Update: My favorite piece of Christmas music this year
is this performance by Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, and Mariah
Carey. It makes me smile.

2013 Update: One of the things I've noticed since I no longer
work at Borders is I don't find Christmas music as grating as
I did for all those years when I heard it all day long at work. I
have some Celtic Christmas music collections Cds I will start
playing soon here at home, I think. There's also a local PBS
radio show "Celtic Sojourn" that puts on an annual live stage
and this year there is a tv special of it I want to see

2014 Update:
WGBH is showing a taping of "A Christmas Celtic Sojourn"
from a few years ago this year on tv. If you can find it, I think
you'll enjoy it:

2015 Update

 I've been listening to Christmas music on Pandora this year while working on my genealogy research. I haven't any new favorite this year so far, but if I find one I'll blog about it here.

2016 Update

This year my favorite piece of Christmas music is Loreena McKennit's
 ((originally posted in 2007))

Saturday, December 17, 2016


I've been meaning to put together a timeline of my colonial New England ancestors during
the Indian wars that began with the Pequot War and ended with the French and Indian War.
That's over a century of conflict and as might be expected it took a quite a toll in lives and injuries
on both sides. The timeline was a "someday" project but learning  about the Nathaniel Wilder incident finally was the push to get me started on doing it.

I've  gone through my database and blog posts the past few days and it became apparent
this will take awhile to finish. So working on this is one of my resolutions for next year. I've
already started though. All my colonial ancestors are on my Dad's family through his father
Floyd E. West Sr. and his mother Cora Berthella Barker. Below is a list of  direct ancestors who were killed during the war divided into the West and Barker side of the family. At this point I've found eleven. They are listed chronologically in each group:

West Line

John Nutting                                  13 Mar 1676         Groton, Middlesex, Ma.               10x ggf
Thomas Kimball                             13 May 1676         Bradford, Essex, Ma                    9x ggf
John York                                       17 May 1690         Casco Bay, Cumberland, Me.       8x ggf
Gershom Flagg                               6  Jul 1690             Lee, Strafford, N.H.                     9x ggf
Peter Weare                                   25 Jan 1691            York, York, Maine                        11x ggf
James Blood                                   13 Sep 1692          Groton, Middlesex, Ma                 9x ggf
John Ames Sr.                                 9 Jul 1724             Groton, Middlesex, Ma                 8xggf

Barker Line
Jonas Fairbanks                             10 Feb 1676         Lancaster, Worcester, Ma              8x ggf
John Hoyt Jr                                   28 Feb 1687         Amesbury, Middlesex, Ma.          9x ggf
William Frost                                  ? May 1690         Wells, York,Me.                            8x ggf
Nathaniel Wilder                           31 Jul 1704           Lancaster, Worcester, Ma              8x ggf

Three died in King Philip's War
Five died in King William's War
One died in Queen Anne's War
One died in Dummer's War
One, John Hoyt Jr., died in a random attack.

There may be more names added to this list. There is also a large number of siblings and other relatives who died. I have direct ancestors and others who were taken captive as well and later

As I said, this will take awhile. 

Friday, December 16, 2016


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Tuesday, December 13, 2016


I've been thinking the last few days about the discovery that my ancestor Nathaniel Wilder was sentenced to death by hanging for the murder of six Indians three women and three children. Tthere is always the possibilty that  the two men who were hung were the actual murderers while Nathaniel Wilder and Daniel Hoare merely looked on and so gained clemency.

I have a degree in history and was taught in college that we should not impose our present day beliefs and ethics when examining the events of the past. It's hard not to sometimes do that, though, when it's your own family history. Some of the Wilder genealogies published in the 19th century show that later generations changed the facts a little, saying it was only one Indian killed, a brave that had surrendered. One male Indian was easier to swallow than six women and children.

I took a course in philosophy at college and one day the professor asked us if world peace was possible.(This was back in the 1960's.) I said no, because we were all humans and had emotions like hate, greed and jealousy. The professor said I was a cynic and moved on to the next student.

Nathaniel Wilder's family and neighbors in Lancaster, Ma. had been attacked and besieged by Indians. Some had been wounded, some killed. So it's probable his involvement in the deaths were prompted by hatred. It was a human reaction, It doesn't excuse it, but it helps in understsanding what happened. He was only human.

And it's only human for me to wish he had been able to control his emotions.



Monday, December 12, 2016


I don’t recall many holiday parties from my earlier childhood. In
our family folks were too busy working or shopping at Christmas
time. And when we lived in Dorchester the apartments weren’t
really big enough to hold large parties in, although there might
have been one or two. If so, they would have followed the rules of
other adult parties my folks had: after saying hello to the adults,
my sister and I would be sent off to our beds to eventually fall
asleep while listening to the adults in the other room laughing
at Rusty Warren records. We wondered what "roll me over
in the clover" meant.

As an adult, most of my Christmas party experience has been at
work, including one at a now defunct toy chain warehouse(more
on that job later) when I was in my early twenties. It snowed
when I left for home. My car at the time was an Olds 98 and
being in a hurry to get home, I didn’t completely clean the rear
windshield. I backed up, turning the car around….

…and smashed my rear windshield by backing the car up under
a tractor trailer box front end as if it were a big rig hooking up.

The good news was, my Dad worked in the auto glass repair

The bad news was I had to call him and tell him what I’d done.

It was an …umm…interesting conversation.

((First published in December, 2007))

2013 Update: I think this is my favorite out of all the things 
I've posted every year about past Christmases. I remember the
windshield incident with a smile now but at the time I was 
a nervous wreck waiting for Dad's reaction, especially since I'd
had a few highballs at the Christmas party which probably had
a lot to do with my backing into the trailer. I also had to drive
the car home with no rear windshield in a snowstorm and I was
worried I'd get pulled over by the police. When I got home we
covered the broken window with something, probably a cut
open garbage bag and masking tape, and a few days later Dad
found a replacement at Goldy's, a local junkyard. 

Most of all, I remember Dad getting out of his car when he drove up 
to the  Child World warehouse, taking a puff on his cigarette, and 
giving me The Look before asking me "How the hell did you manage 
to do that?"

((First published in December, 2007))

Sunday, December 11, 2016


Dear Genea-Santa,

Hi, it's me again! First, I'd like to thank you for those Worcester County Probate files over on the site.  And thanks for the hint from Elizabeth Pyle Handler that helped me fill in a whole lot of blanks on my Moore family ancestors.

I'm going to try to keep my wish-list short and sweet this year. Here I go:

-Please help get more Suffolk and Plymouth, Ma. County probate files online,

- I'd really appreciate it if you could do the same for the court records for Middlesex, Plymouth, Suffolk, and Worcester County court files, I just know there's probably some juicy family stories in them like the ones I found in the Essex County court files,

-Could you  get me a bit more ambition to get out next year and drive to the towns my ancestors lived in? 

-As usual, I need help in breaking down a few more brick walls, especially the one for the Elusive John Cutter West,

-Finally, I want an app that will help me find the gravestones I'm looking for when I visit one of the cemeteries where an ancestor is buried. Something that makes it easy, like maybe a hologram of a flashing neon arrow pointing down at the headstone as a trumper blares. Maybe you can get the  Ronco Company to manufacture a Ronco Easy Headstone Spotter?

That's it for this year Genea-Santa! Thanks again! 

And Merry Genea-Christmas!

((Inspired by a Saturday Night Genealogy Fun prompt from Randy Seaver over at Genea-Musings.))

Saturday, December 10, 2016


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In August 1676 my 8x great grandfather Nathaniel Wilder and three other men were sentenced to death for the murders of six Indians: three women and three children.

On 26Sep 1676  two of his co-defendants,  Samuel and Daniel Goble were hung in Boston. Neither Nathaniel or the fourth man, Daniel Hoare, were executed at that time. In fact they never were. I have my own theory on why the death sentence wasn't carried out. My ancestor and Daniel Hoare were sons of two prominent residents of their towns. Hoare and the Gobles were from Concord where the murders took place but the Gobles were not from an influential family. Appeals for mercy were probably made and two weeks after the date on which they would have been executed the following ruling was made by the Court:

 Oct 1676. Upon the humble petition of Daniel Hoare & Nathaniell Wilder, presented to this Court, acknouledging the justice of this Court. & begging pardon for their lines, the Court haue granted their petition, and accordingly doe remitt the sentence of death passed against them, and order, that they pay prison ohardges and ten pounds apeece money, halfe towards the charge of witnesses. to be payd to the Tresurer of the country. and the other halfe to Andrew Pittime, & Swagon, ye Indians prosecuting against them: on payment whereof they are dischardged.
[Massachusetts Records.]

The Early Records of Lancaster, Massachusetts. 1643-1725  W. J. Coulter,Pub.Lancaster,Ma. 1884

So for the sum of ten pounds my ancestor escaped the hangman's noose.

But I wonder. Two Indians had brought the accusation of murder against the four colonists. Five pounds in recompense for the loss of three women and three children probably did nothing to soother their grief and anger. So, when the town of Lancaster was attacked again by Indians in 1704 it may not have ben just coincidence that Nathaniel Wilder was killed, nor the death of his son Jonathan three years later in 1707. Another son, Ephraim, was severely wounded in that 1707 attack as well.

Perhaps the Indians exacted their own justice .

Friday, December 09, 2016


I found details of my ancestor Nathaniel Wilder's murder trial in  Henry Stedman Nourse's book The Early Records of Lancaster, Massachusetts. 1643-1725:

Daniel Goble, thus executed with the murderers of the women and children of Lancaster, was a soldier, the ringleader in an atrocious murder of Indian women and children, during the popular excitement succeeding the Indian massacres. The sad story touched Lancaster, in the person of one of its most promising young men, and must not be passed over here.

" Wee the Grand Jury for our Soueraigne Lord the King doe Present & lndict Nathaniell Wilder of Concord [Lancaster] in the County of Midlesex in New England for that he not hauing the feare of God before his eyes & being Instigated by the Divil wth other his Accomplises at or on the 7th of August last, at or neere to Hurtlebury hill, in the woods in the precincts of Concord or neere therevnto did murder & kill three lndian weomen & three Indian Children contrary to the peace of our Soueraigne Lord the King his Crowne & dignitye the law of God & of this Jurisdiction. ‘ The Jurors fiinds this beill and leue hime to fl'urther triall.

RICHARD CALICOTT fi'oreman in the name off the rest off the Jurey.

[Endorsed] They finde a speciall vierdict. lf being present & seing the fact done & concenting, it be murder then we find him gilty according to lnditement, if not not gilty.

To the keeper of the prison in Boston.
You are hereby in his majtyc name, required to take into yo'safe custody the persons of Daniel Goble, Stephen Goble, Nathaniel Wilder & Daniel Hoare & them safely keepe, in order to their tryall for killing of seuerall Indians weomen & children wch they owned, and see that they be forth coming at the next court of Assistants, or whenever the authoritys shall giue further order, dated in Boston the 11‘h day of August 1676. By order of the Councill EDw" RAWSON Szcrery [Massachusetts Archives, XXX, 209, an, 221.]

The four soldiers were convicted and sentenced to death.

pp 117-118
The Early Records of Lancaster, Massachusetts. 1643-1725  W. J. Coulter,Pub.Lancaster,Ma. 1884

Now since I'm writing about the incident, Nathaniel Wilder wasn't executed.  His daughter Eunice,my 7x great grandmother was born after all this. I won't lie and say I wish Nathaniel had hung. But I am disappointed in Nathaniel, and I am pretty sure I know why he was spared.

I'll discuss that next.

To be continued,

Tuesday, December 06, 2016


As you can see, I had a very formal relationship with Santa
No laps for me. A simple solemn pose would do, thank you,
for the photo-op.

Formal attire was also worn when visiting Santa’s Village up in
New Hampshire. A sports jacket was de rigeur for the feeding of
reindeer but one was allowed to be more casual when posing with
the sled and full team. The girls are my cousin Terry and my
sister Cheryl.

Actually, I think we might have been there on a Sunday. We’d
have attended Mass in Berlin, NH and probably continued on home
 to Boston with a stop to visit the Village along the way.

But by the time those pictures were taken, I’d fallen from grace.

I no longer believed in Santa Claus.

I’m not sure how I figured it out but I do know I must have been around
six or seven years old because we were still living in Malden in the two
family house that my folks and my aunt and uncle co-owned. I know this
because when I found out there was no Santa Claus, I shared my
knowledge and I heard about it for years afterward.

Yes, I told my cousins who lived downstairs. I think that was the
year I got a lump of coal in my stocking (but there were still
presents under the tree).

I must have told my sister the awful truth later or if she
found out some other way. I do know I didn’t tell my kid brother.
After all, I was an adult of 17 by then and I had a greater appreciation
for what Santa meant to little kids!

But there it is.

I squealed on Santa.

Originally published in Dec. 2007.


This is the entry for my 7x great grandfather Nathaniel Wilder in Ellery Bicknell Crane's Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusetts:

(VI) Nathaniel Wilder, son of Thomas Wilder (5) , was born in Charlestown, November 3, 1650, died July, 1704. He married Mary Sawyer, of Lancaster, daughter of Thomas Sawyer and his wife Mary and was born July 4, 1652. (See sketch of Sawyer Family.) He settled in Lancaster, was lieutenant in the company, and was killed by the Indians. The children of Nathaniel and Mary (Sawyer) Wilder were: Nathaniel, born 1675, settled in Petersham; Ephraim, born August 16, 1678, of Lancaster, representative in general court; Mary, born May 13, 1679; Elizabeth, born April 20, 1685, died 1707; Jonathan, born 1686, married, and was killed by the Indians 1707; Dorothy, born 1686, married Samuel Carter; Oliver, see forward.
Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusetts: With a History of Worcester Society of Antiquity, Volume 1 Lewis Publishing Company, 1907 - Worcester County (Mass.)

Of course, seeing that "... was killed by the Indians...", I had to see if there was more to that.

What I found instead were the details of an incident twenty eight years earlier for which my ancestor was
charged with murder. It took place in the summer of 1675/1676, the year the town of Lancaster had
suffered two Indian attacks. Seven colonists had been killed , some others taken captive, and the town
had been deserted. On 11August four men, brothers Daniel and Stephen Goble, Daniel Hoar, and Nathaniel
Wilder were charged with the killings of six Indians, three women and three children.

To be continued.

Monday, December 05, 2016


My family was fortunate in that we never lived in the sort of place
where Christmas outdoor decorations becomes a blood sport.
Yes, people strung lights in their shrubbery or along their house
gutters but there was never anyone determined to turn their
front yard into the North Pole’s Southern Branch Office.

Now for light shows back then you went to someplace religious,
like Our Lady of La Sallette Shrine in North Attleboro or the local
cemetery with it’s entrance lit up, or even just cruised a stretch
of highway to look at the neighborhood lights that might be seen
from a distance as you drove by.

We didn’t really have outside lights ourselves until we left Boston
for Abington. Up until then the only lights other than on our
Christmas tree were the electric candles we put on windowsills.
But at the house Dad did the obligatory shrubbery and gutter
displays as well as one other spot: the apple tree in the front yard.

Dad had experience both with wiring and tree climbing so putting
a string of lights up in a small apple tree was a piece of cake. It
was the taking down part that didn’t seem to work at least for
the tree. One year, long after the other outside lights were down
and packed away, the lights still were hanging in the apple tree.
I’m not sure exactly when he took them down but I do know it
was well after Spring had sprung. I think they were even plugged
in one or two nights. I don’t know the reasons why they were
still there: my Dad’s sense of humor, perhaps? Or maybe an
instance where Dad’s Maine stubbornness and the Irish
stubbornness of my Mom brought about some impasse on the issue?

On my way home the other night from work I noticed at least
three of those large hot air snow globe scenes on front lawns.

Those families must have big electricity bills!

2010 Update: As I discovered in 2008, the apple tree  in
the front yard of the house is long gone. But a news report
the other night made me think of Dad. The holiday
lighting ceremony at Braintree has been postponed a week
because squirrels had eaten through the wires.

The lights had been left up all year since last Christmas!

2011 Update: The big snowstorms last winter had one
interesting effect. Some of the homes with heavily
decorated outside yards remained that way until
the snow melted. One home in particular had an inflatable
Santa and other decorations buried under snow drifts
and you could  just see the tops of them as you drove by
the house. I think they were there until mid-March!

2013 Update: It's a bit early yet apparently for the lights
to go up for Christmas around here. I don't work anymore
and haven't driven around much after dark so I haven't
seen any houses lit up yet. I did, however, spot two of
those big inflatable figures on someone's front lawn yesterday

2014 Update
 I'm not sure there be many houses lit up this year, or that they
will be many elaborate displays. The electric companies in the
New England area have raised their rates over 30% and that
may be too much for many people to afford to put up Christmas

2015 Update
There's only a few homes along the main streets in the area that have put up
their outside lights so far this year. But there are some in specific neighborhoods
and I've noticed word gets out via Facebook on where the best displays are to take
your kids to see them.

2016 Update:
Since my retirement I don't drive much after dark any more, so I haven't seen
any houses decorated so far. But there's a contest for best decorations going on,
and a Christmas Tree lighting going on at Island Grove as well,

(originally published in Dec. 2007)


Eunice(Wilder)White was the daughter of Thomas Wilder Jr., my immigrant ancestor. His father,
Thomas Wilder Senior never made ot to the New World, but his mother Martha (MNU) did.  Ellery Bicknell Crane has entries for both father and son in his book Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusetts:

(IV) Thomas Wilder, son of John Wilder (3), was born in Sulham, England. He settled in ShIplake, Oxford county, but was proprietor of the Sulham estate. He was born and died in Shiplake, however. He married Martha___ . He died in 1634 and she went to New England where two of her sons, Edward and Thomas, settled. She came on the ship "Confidence" in 1638 with her daughter Mary. She settled near her son Edward in Hingham, where she was a proprietor in 1638. She died April 20, 1652. Some authorities spell the name Shiplake, Shiplock. The children of Thomas and Martha Wilder were: John, heir to his father's estates, died in 1688; Thomas, see forward; Elizabeth, born 1621, married Thomas Ensign; Edward, married Elizabeth Ames, settled in Hingham, Massachusetts, died October 28, 1690; Mary, came to Hingham also. .

(V) Thomas Wilder, son of Thomas Wilder (4) , was born in Shiplock, England, in 1618. He settled in Charlestown, New England, where he was a proprietor as early as 1638. He was admitted a freeman June 2, 1641. He bought land in Charlestown, October 27, 1643. He was selectman in 1660 and 1667 and held other offices. He removed to Lancaster in 1659. He married Ann in 1641.She died June 10, 1692. She was admitted to the church May 7, 1650. He died October 23, 1667. He may have been born later than the date given as he deposed June 17, 1654, that he was thirtythree years of age. His will was dated January 22, 1667-8 and proved March 4, 1667-8. He bequeathed to his wife and six children named below. The children of Thomas and Ann Wilder were: Mary, born June 30, 1642, in Charlestown; Thomas, born September 14, 1644; John, born 1646; Elizabeth, born 1648; Nathaniel, see forward; Ebenezer.

Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusetts: With a History of Worcester Society of Antiquity, Volume 1  Lewis Publishing Company, 1907 - Worcester County (Mass.)

The thought struck me reading this that Martha Wilder's story is more interesting than her husband's or
son's.She could have stayed in England with her oldest son John and lived well, but instead came to
Massachusetts with her youngest daughter and owned her own land in Hingham, Ma. Quite a woman! 

I've found Thomas Wilder Jr.'s probate file over on and will post a transcription
here sometime in the future

Sunday, December 04, 2016


Alma Larkin White included one more field report from John White to  Lt.Governor William
Dummer, which is dated July 10, 1725. Two months later my 7x great grandfather was dead
at the age of forty-one.

"Dunstable July the 10 : 1725.
May it Please your Hon r :
Old Christian Being this morning Being Taken with a violent Bleed-
ing Caused our Companyes to stop and within a few hours he died &
the other mohaucks are not willing to Leave him before he is Buried
& our desine is to march ouer Merimack River and There to Take a
True List of our mens Names, & shall march as Quick as Possible.
Who Remain Still your Honours at Comand

John White
Seth Wyman"
(Massachusetts Archives, LII, 222.)
(From The Early Records of Lancaster, Mass., by Hon. Henry S.
Nourse.) "

Genealogy of the descendants of John White of Wenham and Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1638-[1909]
Chase Brothers Publishers, Haverhill, Ma 1900

His widow (my 7x great grandmother) apparently had a pretty strong opinion about what had
caused the death of her husband and two years later she sent a petition to the colonial government:
"To the Hon ble . William Dummer Esq r . Lieut. Governour and Com-
ander in Chief the hon ble . the councill and Representatives for the
Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England in General
Court Assembled at Boston the 23 d day of December Anno Dom

The Petition of Eunice White Relict widow of Capt. John White
late of Lancaster deced. Humbly Sheweth. That Whereas your Pet rs .
sd husband in his life time in the years 1724 & 1725 as well as at
other times performed sundry marches ag'. the Indian Enemy and did
other services for the good of his Country & was active and vigorous
in the Defence thereof against those barbarous Salvages, not only
hazarding his life but Expending good part of his substance therein,
as is well known to many. Some few Instances whereof your Pet r .
would humbly ripresent to this Hon ble Court. Yor . Pet rs . sd. hus-
band altho he had divers times had the honour to bear command yet
voluntarily Enlisted himself under the late Capt. Lovewell, and choose
rather to go as an Under Officer at that time because he would do
what in him lay to Encourage others to Enlist and marched with him
at the time when they killed the Ten Indians, in which march they
were out near Forty days. Then he performed a march to a place
called Cohosse on Connecticut River thinking to meet with the Enemy
there and came in at Fort Dummer, being out thirty four days, tho
they missed of their desired Success ; Then in about Eight days time
he had a Company raised and went to Pigwacket to bury Capt. Love-
well which he performed in a very difficult season of the year. Then
he went to Connecticut at his own cost and charge to get a Company
of Mohege Indians in order to go down to St. Francois to take an
Indian fort there, but failing of his aim, he returned home and then
enlisted a Company of Voluntiers and marched designing for a Fort
beyond Pigwacket, but was taken sick before he got there, returned
home and dyed leaving your Petr. his bereaved widow with seven
Children the Eldest about Fifteen years old and Four of them very
young, & one she then went with who is now living ; In all which Ser-
vices your Petitrs . said husband cheerfully underwent many hardships
and difficulties for the good of his country, and was at considerable
Cost and Charge, by Supplying those that Enlisted under him with
necessaries which could not be readily obtained elsewhere, purely to
make dispatch.

Now Forasmuch as the Sickness of which your Pet rs . husband dyed
was in all probability Occasioned by means of ye difficulties he under-
went in the Publick Service, & that he never in his life time had an
Opportunity of asking your Honrs . Favour for his past Services but
was taken away in the Strength and vigour of his life, without receiv-
ing anything from the Publick more than 2 s 6 d p day for the three
marches he performed as aforesd and in regard your Petr. is left a dis-
consolate widow with several Fatherless Children to bring up who
stand in daily need of relief and Support, your Petr. finding it very
difficult to provide for them, she therefore most humbly Implores
your Hon rs . pity and Compassion to herself & Children, and that as
you have been pleased in like cases to reward those that have served
the Province, and the Representatives of those that have lost their
lives in the Publick Service. So that she may Experience of the
Bounty & Goodness of this Honoble Court to her in her difficult Cir-
cumstances, and that you will be pleased to Grant her Two hundred
and Fifty acres of the unappropriated Lands of the Province that she
may dispose of the same for the Education and bringing up her afore-
sd . Children or that your Honrs, would otherwise relieve her as in
your Great Goodness & Compassion you shall see meet. And as in
duty bound your Petitr . shall ever pray &c.
Eunice White."

In the House of Representatives December 28 th . 1727. Read and
in answer to this Petition, Resolved That the sum of One Hundred
pounds be allowed and paid out of the publick Treasury to the peti-
tioner the widow Eunice White in Consideration of the good Services
done this province by her late husband Capt. John White, and great
expences for which he has had no Consideration, as particularly set
forth in the petition and the better to enable the petitioner to support
her Family and bring up her Children. Sent up for Concurrence

Wm Dudley Spr

In Council Dec. 28, 1727. Read & Concur d . J. Willard Secry
Consented to W m . Dummer.

(Massachusetts Archives, LXXII, 325, et. seq.)

( From the Early Records of Lancaster, Mass., by Hon. Henry S. Nourse.)

- ibid, pp41-43

It feels like Eunice had been fuming over this for the two yearsafter John's death. She knew the exact
number of days her husband had been away from home and the money he had been paid down to
the last cent.

I don't know if 100 pounds was the dollar equivalent of 250 acres, but I'm sure if it wasn't, Eunice
(Wilder) White probably let someone in the colonial government know about it!

Saturday, December 03, 2016


Nearly 9 million new records from Ireland, Scotland, and Australia are in this week's Findmypast
Friday releases:


Scotland Non-Old Parish Registers Vital Records 1647-1875
OVER 12,000 RECORDS  Explore registers of births, marriages, and deaths created by churches outside of the established church. This collection of National Records of Scotland transcripts is a useful alternative source to the Church of Scotland’s old parish records.

New South Wales Passenger Lists
Uncover details of your family’s arrival in Australia with this new collection of assisted and unassisted passenger lists. Find out where they sailed from, where they disembarked, their country of birth, age, and the dates of their departure and arrival.

Ireland, Royal Irish Constabulary Service Records 1816-1922
Learn about your ancestor’s career in the Royal Irish Constabulary with various records from the National Archives at Kew, England, including general registers, disbandment registers, nominal returns, and more.


Ireland, Royal Irish Constabulary History & Directories
New Records: 43,621
Total records: 45,291
Covering: Promotions, deployments, commendations, training manuals, finances, rules & regulations and more
Discover: The rich history of the Royal Irish Constabulary