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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

THE NINTH ANNUAL GREAT GENEALOGY POETRY CHALLENGE REMINDER

Just a friendly reminder that there are still two months  left to send your submissions in for the Great Genealogy Poetry Challenge  The deadline is a week before Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 16th. If you find one long before that deadline you can post it on your blog now, but don't forget to send me the link to it before November 16th!
   
These are the Challenge rules:

1. Find a poem by a  poet, famous or obscure, about the region
one of your ancestors lived in. It can be about an historical event, a
legend, a person, or even about some place (like a river)or a local
animal. It can even be a poem you or one of your ancestors have written.
0r, if you prefer, post the lyrics of a song or a link to a video of someone
performing the song.

2. Post the poem or song to your blog (remembering to cite the source
where you found it.). If you wish to enter an older post, you may as long
as it has not appeared here in an earlier Poetry Challenge.

 3.Tell us how the subject of the poem or song relates to your ancestor's
home or life, or the area of the country where they lived.

4.Submit your post's link here to me by midnight Thursday, November 16th
and I'll publish all links to the entries on Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd!

If  you submit a humorous poem or song that will be entered under the
"Willy Puckerbrush" division. Willy was the late geneablogger Terry
Thornton's alias for some humorous posts and comments.


Monday, September 25, 2017

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52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2017 WEEK 35: CHRISTOPHER OSGOOD OF IPSWICH MA. PT 2

I found the images of a transcription of Christopher Osgood's will over at AmericanAncestors.org. It places some conditions on the money he left his daughters as regards to their marriages, And  a week after it was filed his widow Margery petitioned the court to be given a larger part of the estate than Christopher had left her, which lessened the amounts given the daughters.:



Essex County, MA: Early Probate Records, 1635-1681.Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015.
https://www.americanancestors.org/DB1652/i/33911/121/891370314

Essex County, MA: Early Probate Records, 1635-1681.Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015.
https://www.americanancestors.org/DB1652/i/33911/122/56272178


I  Christopher Osgood of Ipswich being weake in body but of perfect understandinge & memory
doe Comitt my soule into the hands of my redeemer, & Concerning that little Estate the Lord
hath lent mee this is my last will & testament, first I give unto my eldest daughter Mary Osgood
to be paid her or her asignes on the day of her marriage, and to my other three Daughters Abigal
Elisabeth & Deborah, five pounds to each of them to be paid to them and every them at or upon
their respective dayes of marriage. And to my Sonne Christopher Osgood I doe give my house and
lands to have & enjoy the same at the age of two & twentie yeares, And my will is that my beloved
wife Margery Osgood shalbe the sole executrix of this my will & to enjoy the pffit & benefitt of my
estate duringe the minority of my Children as abovesaid. And lastlyI doe request & desire Mr
John Norton & my father Phillip fflower to be overseers that this my will be performed according
to the true intent thereof. in witness heereof I have subscribed my hand the nineteenth day of Aprill 1650.

I doe also desire our respected Major to a Joyne with Mr Norton & my ffather.
Christopher Osgood
Witness Nathaneel Mather,  Joseph Rowlandson, Daniell Rolfe.

memorandum which was forgooten m will is that my eldest Daughter marry not without the advice of my wife & the Consent of my overseers,  & that my younger Daughters marry not without the Consent of their mother & the advice of the overseers if it may be had, and that their severall portions be paid unto them when they shall attaine the age of twenty yeares if they be not marryed before that age.
Christopher Osgood
Proved 10:8:1650, by Daniell Rolfe. Copy of will, Ipswich Deeds, vol.1, leaf 76.

Petitition of Margery Osgood, widow, of Ipswich for a greater portion of the estate of her husband,  than by will is given  her. Oct. 16, 1650, ordered that the business concerning the estate be referred to Mr.Samuel Symonds, Maj Denison and Mr. John Norton, and to put an issure there-
unto, keeping as near to the willas may be. Mass. Bay Colony Records, vol 3, page 217.

Samuel Symonds, John Norton, and Daniel Denison having considered the case, make the following alterations in the will: the eldest daughter instead of 10l. mentioned in the will, to have 8li.;the second daughter instead of 5li., to have 4li.; the eldest son to have the house and  land and pay the two younger when they shall be eighteen years, 4li. each. Ipswich Deeds vol.1, leaf 104.



Sunday, September 17, 2017

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2017 WEEK 35: CHRISTOPHER OSGOOD OF IPSWICH MA. PT 1

Well, this is embarrassing!

While researching for this blogpost I discovered that my ancestor Mary (Osgood) Lovejoy's mother was not Margery Fowler but Mary Everett. The details are in this short biography for my 10x great grandfather Christopher Osgood by William Richard Cutter:

Christopher Osgood, immigrant ancestor, born in England about 1600, came to America in the ship "Mary and John", sailing March 24 1633-4. He settled at Ipswich, Massachusetts. It is thought that his parents were Christopher and Elizabeth (Brockwell) Osgood, married October 30, 1599, at St. Thomas parish, Wiltshire. The widow Elizabeth died June 18, 1612, and it is likely that Christopher was raised by some relatives. There is probably some relationship between Christopher and the two other Osgood pioneers, John Osgood of Newbury, and William Osgood of Salisbury, Massachusetts. Christopher was a brick maker by trade. He was a proprietor of Ipswich in 1634, and was admitted a freeman May 6, 1635. He died in 1650. His will, dated April 19, 1650, proved October 10, 1650, bequeathed to wife Margery, son Christopher, daughters Mary, Abigail, Elizabeth and Deborah; father-in-law Philip Fowler, an overseer; wife executrix. Christopher 'Osgood married (first) at St. Mary's parish, Marl borough, England, April 21, 1623, Mary Everett, who was buried there April 3, 1633. He married (second) at St. Mary's, July 28, 1633, Margery, daughter of Philip and Mary (Winslow) Fowler. She was baptized May 25, 1615, at Marlborough, Wiltshire, England. She married (second) Thomas Rowell, one of the original proprietors of Salisbury in 1639. She married (third) Thomas Coleman, before 1670; he died at Nantucket, Massachusetts, and she married (fourth) Thomas Osborn, of Nantucket. While residing at Nantucket she deeded May 27, 1673, to her son Thomas Osgood, of Newbury, Massachusetts, the house and land where she dwelt in the time of her former husband, Thomas Rowell, now in possession of Christopher Osgood; he to pay certain sums to her son Jacob Rowell and her daughters, Abigail Wilson and Deborah Ross or Russ. She made anotner deed, tantamount to a will. June 8, 1765. to Thomas Osgood. Margery came over with her parents, Philip and Mary Fowler, in the same ship with her husband. Child of Christopher and Mary Osgood, born in England: i. Mary, born 1633; married, June i, 1651, John Lovejoy. Children of Christopher and Margery: 2. Abigail, born 1636; married April 9, 1657, Sherburne (Shoreborn) Wilson. 3. Elizabeth, born about 1638. 4. Deborah, born about 1640; married, August 28. 1663, John Ross. 5. Christopher, mentioned below. 6. Thomas, born 1651.
-pp1854-1855

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

So I need to correct my database and my family trees. I will leavr my  earlier blogposts on Philip Fowler up in hopes they will help other researchers.

To be continued...

Saturday, September 16, 2017

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2017 WEEK 34 PHILIP FOWLER OF IPSWICH MA. PT 3

The other document included in Matthew Adams Stickney's book The Fowler Family is this agreement in which my ancestor Philip FowlerSr. makes his grandson Philip Fowler Jr his heir. Philip Jr.'s parents were Joseph Fowler and Martha Kimball(daughter of my 10x great grandfather Richard Kimball: .

In 1668 after having given trades to his children, and living to see them all settled in life, he selected from among his grandchildren to take care of him in his old age, Philip his namesake, as appears by the following deed of gift, the original of which is on file in the Clerk of Courts, Bk. 36: 18.

"This present writing wittnesseth, that I, Philip Ffowler of Ipswich, in the county of Essex, clothworker, for and in considderation of that naturall affection I doe beare unto my Grandchild Phillip ffowler, as also in considderation of his being with me, and doeing my busines for me, as formerly, I doe by these presents freely give and grant, and by these fully confirme, unto him the sayd Phillip, my Grandchild, all that my now dwelling house and lands I stand now possesst off, after my decease (exsepting what by agreement with my wife upon mariage, wch is put in writing and recorded), for him, the sayd Phillip, my Grandchild, Imediatly after my decease. To have Sc to hould, and quietly and peaceably to enioy, unto him & his heires & assignes forever, all that my sayd houses and lands, with all and every, the apptenances & prevaledges, thereunto belonging, exsept as aforesayd, what is granted to my wife, dureing her naturall life, and after her decease, the whole to be and remaine unto him the sayd Phillip, my Grandchild, his heires and assignes, for ever, provided still, that if by the providence of God, I shall be forct for nesasary subsitance to sell any pt. thereof, wch in such case I reserve liberty to doe, provided, if he the sayd Phillip, dye without isue, then to returne unto his Brother Joseph, & if Joseph dye without isue, then to be & remaine his brother John, provided alwayes, that if my Grandchild Phillip, leaves a wife behind him when he dye, then she shall enioy it dureing her naturall life, & then to be & returne, as above exprest. In wittnes whereof, I the sayd Phillip Ffowler, have sett to my hand and seale, dated the 23 of December, Anno Dom. 1668. Signed Sealed & dl in the presence of us,


the marke of
Richard Kimball
John Severance
Robfrt Lord

Philip (his mark) FFowler
(the marks of with a green seal)

Acknowledged before me Apr. 29, 1670. Daniel Denison. Recorded May the 6th, 1670." Essex Deeds, Bk. 3: 152.

-pp7-8

The Fowler Family: a Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Philip and Mary Fowler, of Ipswich, Mass: Ten Generations: 1590-1882 Salem Press, Salem, Ma. 1883


I found the inventory of the estateon Googlebooks in The Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts: 1675-1681 (Google eBook) VOL III:

 Estate Of Philip Fowler, Sr., Of Ipswich.

Administration upon the estate of Philip Fowler, intestate, was granted Sept. 30, 1679, unto his grandchild, Philip Fowler.

Ipswich Quarterly Court Records, vol. 5, page 347.

Inventory of the estate of Phillip Fowler, Sr., taken July 21, 1679, by Phillip Fowler, Jr., Simon Stace and Nicolas Wallis: 4 ould Cotts & an ould cloke, H1. 15s.; A parsell of ould clothes, Hi.; some ould stockens, 2 Caps, payer of gartars, 5s.; A payer of ould gloves and an ould hate, 2s.; two payer of drawers, two old shirts, 15s.; two caps, two bands & three ould hankercher and also two ould neckclothes, 4s.; total, 31i . Is. Debt due to the estate, 17s. 6d.

Attested in Ipswich court Sept. 30,1679, by Phillip Fowler, administrator of the estate of Phillip Fowler, Sr.

pp328-329  

The Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts: 1675-1681 (Google eBook) VOL III
Essex Institute Salem, Ma 1920


Monday, September 11, 2017

SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2001

((The majority of this post was first published on 11Sep 2008. I've
changed the ending to reflect that bin Laden was found.))


Sept 11th 2001
I was on my way to work at the Borders bookstore which opened
at 9:00. As usual I was listening to WBZ AM, the Boston news radio
station, and I was somewhere on Rte 37 in Braintree when the news
bulletin came about the first plane hitting the South Tower of the
World Trade Center in New York. At first I thought it was some
terrible accident as I listened to the report. I remember at one traffic
stop the light turned green and the first car in line didn't move right
away. Nobody honked their horn at the driver. They were all listening
to the news.

I was running a few minutes late already and so I was just pulling into
a parking space when news came at 9:02 of the second crash. Now I
and the rest of America knew the first crash had not been a mistake.
We were under attack. I went into the store and punched in, then
knocked on the Cash Office door. Linda, the office manager
at the time, was listening to the radio. Given that there had been a
previous attack on the Twin Towers by terrorists we realized this must
be another by the same group or another like it. We talked about it for
a few minutes but the store was about to open and I needed to be out
on the sales floor.

It was a surreal day. Linda would relay the news to the staff about the
collapse of the Towers and the other two planes crashing into the
Pentagon and the field in Pennsylvania. We heard that the planes had
come from our own Logan Airport and had many New Englanders
aboard them, which made it even harder to hear. One of the passengers
lived in my town of Abington. Work went on as it did for so many
other Americans that day even though our minds and hearts weren't
into doing our jobs.

That night when I got home the networks kept showing the same
images over and over of the planes crashing, the Towers falling and
of the people running ahead of the looming cloud. I was angry at
whoever had done this to so many innocent people, and I wanted
them caught and punished for it.

Today, it's a different world. September 11th changed it forever.

We no longer wait now for Osama bin Laden to be caught and punished.
Justice has been done.

But we still mourn, and we will never forget.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2017 WEEK 34 PHILIP FOWLER OF IPSWICH MA. PT 2

As I said in an earlier post my 11 th great grandfather Phillip Fowler died intestate, but there are several other documents which contain information about his estate.  Matthew Adams Stickney's book The Fowler Family has transcripts of them. The first involves a marriage contract.

When first wife Mary died, he eventually remarried. His  next wife was a widow, Mary Norton. However before  they married a marriage contract was drawn up which laid out what the second Mary Fowler was to inherit in the event of Phillip's death; 

"Know all men by these presents, that I, Phillip Fowler of Ipswich, in the county of Essex, clothworker, for & in consideration of a contract of marriage with Mary Norton, widdow, doe grant unto her as followeth, viz: that if it please the Lord the mariage intended be compleated, and she the sayd Mary my intended wife do survive, I doe covenant & grant unto her, that she shall injoye all my house and lands, with the appurtenances & privilidges thereunto belonging, untill my sonn Phillip (provided I make him my heir), shall come of age, and when he comes of age, I do grant unto her, that she shall possess and enjoy the chamber over the hall, with the table forme & cabbin beds, as alsoe the garretts & halfe the orchyard, and halfe the grasse of the close, & my six acres of land upon the hill, and the inward cellar to her owne proper use & behoofe, and alsoe liberty to make use of the lower roome for her necessary ocasions, with free liberty to make use of the well in the cellar to fetch watter, & all these to enjoye during the tyme of her naturall life, and then to return unto my children, or who of them, I shall dispose them unto, and further doe grant her liberty of barne roome to lay in her corne, and two load of hay, with roome in the cowe house for to sett two cowes, & grasse for to make two loads of hay a yeare, for the tyme of her life, as aforesayd. In wittness whereof, I have hereunto sett my hand & seale, the 27th of February, 1659.
Signed, sealed and delivered, in the presence of us,


William Norton

Daniell Davison (with a marke).
Robert Lord.
Phillip  Fowler(with a marke & seale).
 

Phillip Fowler acknowledged this wrighting, tobe his act & deed, before me. Daniell Denison. February 27th; 1659.

-p5

The Fowler Family: a Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Philip and Mary Fowler, of Ipswich, Mass: Ten Generations: 1590-1882 Salem Press, Salem, Ma. 1883

This is the first marriage contract I've found for any of my ancestors.

To be continued...

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Monday, September 04, 2017

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2017 WEEK 34 PHILIP FOWLER OF IPSWICH MA. PT1

Looking at the women who married my male  Lovejoy ancestors begins with the parents of my 9x great grandmother Mary (Osgood) Lovejoy. She was the daughter of  Christopher Osgood and Margaret Fowler, and the grandaughter of immigrant ancestor Philip Fowler, who I'll discuss first.

Lucky for me I found  Matthew Adams Stickney's book The Fowler Family.. There's 11 pages on Philip but I'll only post a bit ofit here, starting with page 1:

1 Philip Fowler, one of the founders of New England, was probably born in Marlborough, Wiltshire, England, about 1590. He embarked with his family, in the " Mary and John," of London, Robert Sayres, master, and while lying in the river Thames, they " were made stay of untill further order" from the Council, 28 Feb., 1633-4, owing to misrepresentation of the colonies, by its enemies, which had then reached England, and the master was required, among other things, to give a bond of £100, that the service of the Church of England should be said daily on board, and attended by the passengers, also that they should take the "Oathes of Allegiance and Supremacie," which were taken by the passengers, the 24th of March, 1633-4, when they were allowed to proceed oi their voyage, and arrived in New England, in May, 1634.

He received a grant of land in Ipswich, Essex ( ounty, Mass., the same year, on which he settled, and where he resided until his death. It is still occupied by one of his descendants, bearing the family name.


In 1634 (3 Sept.) he took the Freeman's Oath.


In 1634-5 (5 Jan.) it was, by the town of Ipswich, "Given and granted unto John Webster, and unto Mathias Currin (Curwen), and unto Philip Fowler, and unto William Moody, and unto Thomas Dorman, and unto Christopher Osgood, and unto Joseph Medcalf, to each of them, four acres of meadow and marsh ground as it will arise in 20 poles or rods, by the land side, unto them, their heirs or assigns, lying northward of the Town, the marsh is not limited unto them."

p1

The Fowler Family: a Genealogical Memoir of the Descendants of Philip and Mary Fowler, of Ipswich, Mass: Ten Generations: 1590-1882 Salem Press, Salem, Ma. 1883


Stickney goes on to list all of Philip Fowler's dealings in Ipswich and the surrounding towns. I'll discuss two documents in my next post. But for now, here is the list of the children of Philip and his first wife Mary:

The children of Philip and Mary (winsley?) Fowler, were:—

2. Margaret, bapt. 25 May, 1615; m. Christopher Osgood and others.

3. Mary, b. ;m. William Chandler.

i. Samuel, b. In deposition 1618; m. ;2d. Wid. Margaret Morgan.

5. Hester, b. ;m. Jathnell Bird; Robert Collins.

6. Joseph, b. probably about 1629; m. Martha Kimball.

7. Thomas, b. in deposition 1636; m. Hannah Jordan.

p11


Philip didn't leave a will but there are several documents about his estate and those will be discussed in the next post.

To be continued

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2017 WEEK 33 HENRY LOVEJOY OF ANDOVER, MA.

My 7x great grandparents Henry Lovejoy and Sarah Farnum were 2nd cousins because they
were both descendants of my immigrant ancestor Ralph Farnum Sr. Apparently Henry led
an uneventful life since his entry in the family genealogy is mostly about his wife's family:


Henry Lovejoy 3 (son of William, 2 John 1 ). 1683-1776. 

3. Henry Lovejoy was born in Andover, Mass., November 27, 1683, and died in the year 1776, in his 94th year. He was buried February 2, 1776. He married Sarah Farnum, granddaughter of Elizabeth Holt and Ralph Farnum,  February 14, 1712. Sarah was born May 5, 1686, and was the daughter of Ralph Farnum 3 , born January 1, 1662, and his wife, Sarah Sterling; married October 9, 1685. Ralph 3 was the son of Ralph Farnum 2 , of Andover, and his wife, Elizabeth Holt, who was born March 30, 1636, in Newbury, and married October 26, 1658. Elizabeth was the daughter of Nicholas Holt, who came to Boston in the ' ' James, ' ' from Romsey, Hants County, England, June 3, 1635. He pro-ceeded to Newbury, where he was one of the first settlers and received his share of the allotments of land given to each settler. At Newbury he kept the first ferry near Holt 's Rocks. 


The children of Henry Lovejoy and Sarah Farnum were :
I. Sarah, b. November, 1712.
II. Henry, b. August 14, 1714.
III. David, b. October 10, 1715.
IV. Caleb, b. December 28, 1716.
V. Mary, b. December 17, 1718.
VI. Joshua, b. December 2, 1719.
VII. Martha, b. November 2, 1720.
VIII. William, b. January 1, 1721-2.
IX. William, b. April 16, 1723.
X. Stephen, b. June 7, 1724.
XL Jerusha, b. July 5, 1725.
XII. Abiel, b. February 24, 1731. 

 pp12-13
Genealogical record of John Lovejoy (1622-1917) of Andover, and his wife Mary Osgood of Ipswich, Massachusetts : also of their descendants  Anne Gide Johnson Denver Co. 1917

DAD AND HURRICANE CAROL

 ((Originally posted 31Aug 2016))

Today is the 63rd anniversary of Hurricane Carol, a Category 3 hurricane that hit New England
on 31 Aug 1954. Of the three hurricanes that I remember from being a kid, it's this one I remember the best.

When  Hurricane Carol hit New England  we were living at 37 Beach St in Malden and the nearby Linden Creek overflowed and flooded the street. My Dad was working in Boston and made it home by driving through the water in his tsn Pontiac right behind someone driving a motorboat. I can remember Vincent Corielli, our next door neighbors' oldest son yelling “Here comes Mr West in his submarine!” That was the same storm where the cellar flooded and mice were floating around on top of cardboard down there. That startled my Aunt Emily until Dad went down and stood on the cellar stairs and calmly sank the mice as they floated by him. (I heard about that from my Mom.)

The other two hurricanes I remember from back then were Flossy and Hazel. Hazel came a few
months after Carol, in October 1954 but wasn't as bad (in Malden at least) and Flossy was two years later in 1956. I think we were living in Dorchester by then. The main reason I remember Hurricanes Hazel and Flossy is because those were the names of two of my Dad's sisters, although we spelled it Flossie.

 I’m not going to claim that we had bigger, badder storms when I was growing up in the 1950's but we did have more hurricanes hit New England back then!

POMPEY LOVEJOY A "NEGRO SERVANT" AND OTHERS OF ANDOVER, MA.

There's a place in Andover, Ma. called "Pomp's Pond". It was named after was Pompey Lovejoy, but he is not one of my ancestors. Pompey Lovejoy was a "Negroe servant" to my 7x great granduncle Captain William Lovejoy.

Pomp was born in Boston around 1724 and was still a child when he moved to Andover with his master.  He married Rose Foster, a servant of another Andover resident, and in 1762 William Lovejoy granted him his freedom. Lovejoy even remembered him in his will,  stipulating that some of his land be given to Pompey where he could have a comfortable old age. The land chosen was near the pond which would eventually be named "Pomp's Pond" . Pomp Lovejoy died in 1826  at age 102. Rose was 99 years old when she died two years later.

Learning about Pomp Lovejoy prompted me to see if there were other African American "servants" owned by other of my Andover ancestors. So I went to the Andover page on Early Vital Records of Massachusetts From 1600 to 1850 website and looked at the Negroes listed in the Births, Marriages and Deaths columns:

BIRTHS:
Esther, d. Peter and Lydia, servants of Joshua Lovejoy, Nov. 19, 1788.
George, "a Molatto Boy, Servant to the Widow Farnum," bp. ––– ––, 1747.
Lydia, d. Peter and Lydia, Late Servants of Joshua Lovejoy, Aug. 20, 1787.
Nancy, "maid servant (a minor) to James Parker," bp. Feb. 8, 1756.


MARRIAGES:
SMITH, Alce, and Fortune, servants of Mr. Nathaniel Lovejoy, int. May 31, 1757.
Kate [servant of Mr. Moody Bridges. int.], and Pompey [late servant of Mr. Henry Phelps. int.], free negroes, Jan. 15, 1772.
Nan, servant to Capt. Joseph Osgood, and Primas, servant to Maj. John Osgood, Oct. 23, 1755.*
Pompey, and Rose, servants to Capt. [William. int.] Lovejoy, and John Foster, Dec. 26, 1751


DEATHS:
ABBOT, Phillip, a molatto, killed in Battle at Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775.
Primus, servant of Mr. Benjamin Stevens, jr., July 25, 1792, a. 72 y. 5 m. 16 d.
Dick, "servant of Daniel Osgood," Oct. 1, 1738.
LOVEJOY, Rose, wid. Pomp, Nov. 8, 1826, a. 99 y.
Tom, "that Lived With Ensin Ebenezer Osgood," Dec. 9, 1734.
COBURN, Titus, May 5, 1821, a. 81 y.



Titus Coburn, along with Phillip Abbot, were among  several African Americans who fought at Bunker Hill.

As you can see, there's about fifteen entries, mostly for "Negroes" owned by members of the
Lovejoy and Osgood families,  and some by other relatives, none of whom are my direct ancestors.

I always find writing about my ancestors who owned " Negroe servants" uncomfortable. But it's
part of my family history, part of New England's history, and part of American history.

It needs to be disclosed and discussed, no matter how uncomfortable it makes us feel.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

THE NINTH ANNUAL GREAT GENEALOGY POETRY CHALLENGE

It's time to start thinking about the Ninth Annual Great Genealogy Poetry
Challenge!

As in the past, I'll be posting the links to the submissions on Thanksgiving Day,
which this year falls on Thursday, November 23rd. Deadline for submissions will be a week before, on Thursday, November 16th. That gives everyone nearly three months to find (or write) and share their poem or song. If you find one long before that deadline you can post it on your blog now, but don't forget to send me the link to it before November 16th!
   
These are the Challenge rules:

1. Find a poem by a  poet, famous or obscure, about the region
one of your ancestors lived in. It can be about an historical event, a
legend, a person, or even about some place (like a river)or a local
animal. It can even be a poem you or one of your ancestors have written.
0r, if you prefer, post the lyrics of a song or a link to a video of someone
performing the song.

2. Post the poem or song to your blog (remembering to cite the source
where you found it.).  If you wish to enter an older post, you may as long
as it has not appeared here in an earlier Poetry Challenge.

 3.Tell us how the subject of the poem or song relates to your ancestor's
home or life, or the area of the country where they lived.

4.Submit your post's link here to me by midnight Thursday, November 17th
and I'll publish all links to the entries on Thanksgiving Day, November 24th!

If  you submit a humorous poem or song that will be entered under the
"Willy Puckerbrush" division. Willy was the late geneablogger Terry
Thornton's alias for some humorous posts and comments.


There you have it. You have nearly three months to find your poem and post it to your
blogs. I will be waiting to see what you all find and share!

'THE GOVERNOR'S TREE"

I've written here before that a pear tree planted nearly 400 years ago by my 10x great grandfather Governor John Endicott  is still alive and bearing fruit in Danvers, Ma. Recently a news story
about it was the topic of some posts on Facebook and that prompted me to search the internet
to see what else I could find out about the tree.

What I found was a poem written 227 years ago, It's a long one, so I won't post it all here. You can read it in its entirety at Historical Collections of the Danvers Historical Society; Volumes 6-9.

There was a time in this country where Arbor Day was celebrated with ceremonies that included
speeches and sometimes poetry. Such an occasion was held in Danvers in 1890, which
Governor John Quincy Adams Brackett would attend  and then help plant an oak tree at Danver's
town hall.

Poetess Lucy Larcom wrote and may have recited a poem to commemorate the event, drawing
her inspiration from the story of Endicott's pear tree, which was nearly 250 years old in 1890:


                                                 THE GOVERNOR'S TREE
                                                                     ___
                                            Original Poem By Lucy Larcom
                                                                     ___
                               Written for the Danvers Improvement Society's Observation
                                                              of Arbor Day, 1890
                                                                      ____


                                                    Let us take a trip, in rhyme,
                                                     To the old Colonial time.

In his shallop, from the Bay,
Came the Governor one day,
Up the slow tide of the dreek,
On its inland shores to seek-
May be-just an hour of rest
From the homesick groups that pressed
Round him everywhere he went
In the new-born settlement.

Governors. we are aware,
Though they shirk no public care,
Thought they hold the people dear,
Do not always want them near;
Sometimes they may draw apart
From the crowd, to read itsheart.

Landing on a green slope's side,
Gazing round the region wide,
Over wind-swept forests free,
Down the inlet to the sea,
Quoth the Governor, "What harm,
If I here lay out my farm,
Plant my orchards, sow my maize,
and in peace live out my days?
In my little sloop sail down,
When I must, to Salem town,
Ruling the good folk as well
As I should with them dwell."

Grave old Governor Endicott
Always did the thing he thought-
Finished what he had begun-
Did it, if it could be done.

So this deed he pleased was wrought;
Birchwood for his farm he bought,
Where the yeoman felled his wood
Site whereon his mansion stood-
Shaded springwhereof he drank,
On the pleasant willow-bank;
By these tokens you may trace
Endicott's abiding-place.

Up and down his grape-vine walk,
Pacing silent, or in talk
With retainer, friend. or guest,
Or, perchance, with boyish zest,
Tasting some new-flavored fruit
That within his grounds had root-
Fancy paints the Governor
Who is best remembered for
Something all men do, who please ;
His delight was-planting trees.

Ms. Larcom then devotes several stanzas imagining Endicott and Governor Winthrop walking
about the grounds of Endicott's farm, perhaps eating pears:

Probably; we may suppose
That they did, since no one knows

After more stanzas which compare the growth of the nation to the growth of a tree, she returns
again to the subject of the poem:

Who would not be proud to say
Of the deed he does to-day,
If it be a worthy shoot
From an honorable root,
That, when centuries had passed,
Bloom and fruitage still wood last,-
Still a growing, breathing thing-
Autumn, with the heart of spring.

Such a wonder you may see;
For the patriarchal tree
Blossoms still,- the living thought
Of good Governor Endicott.
Fruit again this year to bear;
Honor to that brave old pear!

What our fathers did, we know;
Set out trees, and made them grow;
And their best bequests we find,
In the growths they left behind-
Trees of honor, faith and truth,
Vigorous with undying youth,
Blooming on and breathing, still
Freshness that no frost can kill.

The poem concludes with the hope that the oak tree Gov. Brackett would plant on Arbor Day
would have as long a life as Endicott's pear tree. (It didn't).

It still amazes me that there is a tree still living and thriving that my ancestor planted four
centuries ago!

Source: Historical Collections of the Danvers Historical Society; Volumes 6-9.   ,
Danvers Historical Society, Danvers, Ma, 1918. Pages 46-49

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2017 WEEK 32 WILLIAM LOVEJOY OF ANDOVER, MA.

My 8x great grandfather William Lovejoy was a  prominent man in the Andover town government and was also active in the religiouds community, as this entry from Anne Given Jackson's history of her branch of the Lovejoy fsmily shows:

William Lovejoy 2 (son of John 1 ). 1657-1748.
2. William Lovejoy was born in Andover, Mass., April 25, 1657. He married Mary Farnum, November 29, 1680. She was the granddaughter of Ralph Farnum, who came to Boston in 1638. Mary Farnum 's father, Thomas Farnum, and Elizabeth Gibbons were married in Andover, July 8, 1660. Elizabeth died August 26, 1683, and Thomas died January 1, 1685. 


The children of  William and Mary Farnum Lovejoy:
I. William, b. November 22, 1681 ; m. Sarah Frye, 1704-5. He d. 1762.
II. Henry, b. November 27, 1683 ; m., February 14, Sarah Farnum.
III. Mary, b. November 15, 1685. Ma,
IV. Alice, b. August 23, 1687.
V. Caleb, b. March 29, 1691 ; d. April 26, 1691.
VI. Samuel, b. April 10, 1693
VII. Lydia, b. April 29, 1699.
Deacon William Love joy signed the articles for settling the first church in South Andover in 1711. 


He was also surveyor and constable in 1694-5-6 and selectman in 1715.
 

Deacon William Lovejoy 2 died in Andover, Mass., July 9, 1748, in his 92d year.
pp11-12
Genealogical record of John Lovejoy (1622-1917) of Andover, and his wife Mary Osgood of Ipswich, Massachusetts : also of their descendants  Anne Gide Johnson Denver Co. 1917

He didn't leave a will although he did  use land deeds to convey land to his children. I'll have to se what I can find of those.

I'm descended from.William's son Henry..

Saturday, August 26, 2017

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2017 WEEK 31 JOHN LOVEJOY OF ANDOVER, MA. PT2

In my last post I showed an image of my ancestor John Lovejoy's will and commented it would take some time to transcribe it because of the deteriorated nature of the pages.



Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1881.Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.) 17068:1

 But afterwards I found  an abstract by Charlotte Helen Abbott  in her research on the Lovejoy family. You can read it (and many more of her research papers) in the Abbott Genealogies at the Andover Memorial Hall Library website.

The abstract is somewhat disjointed which is to be expected considering the condition of the document:

John Lovejoy, (1) Sr., to Hannah, (2nd wife), what goods we have used-having lived comfortably together 13 yes., my desire she shall be made comfortable while she continues in this world, East end of house and cellar; corn, pork, cider,malt, apples, annually-(12 bushels of corn including six of
Indian; 3 of wheat, 3 of rye ) 1 cow; deliveries 1st day of May each year to milk- horse,and man to wait on her, etc., if she had rather go b the writing we made when she married me, do so instead.

William (2) has what I gave him already.  Christopher, 30 acres west side of grandson John etc he to pay a bequest to sister Sara or her children.


Nathe, the upland I bought of his brother, Ben, a bequest also to Abigail or his children.
 

Joseph has 80 acres in great division, etc.,-to pay to daughter Anne or children.

Ebenezer has the dwelling house, barn, orchard and land left side the highway; meadow on Boston  Hill, etc., land near Chris joining John, Jr's widow.


All the boys have a part of the Pond Meadow and pay mother the corn, annuity, etc.- Ebenezer has personals also;  20 acres of Common, worth 20 lbs, go to the 3 boys, Chris, Nathe, and Joseph, who are charged with the sisters' bequests, Sara Johnson and Annie Blanchard.


Deborah and Abigail Lovejoy, both then  unmarried get 5 lbs. each. Thomas Osgood and w. Susanna-witnesses


He adds afterwards tha his goods be divided between Ebenezer and Deborah, Ebenezer to pay Abigail  and Deborah 3 lbs each, 1 year after their marriage.


Grandaughter Frances , now under my care, is charged to stay with her Uncle Ebenezer until she is 18 (then 17) and he will give her all the clothes she needs.


Brother Thomas Osgod and sons Wm. and Joseph Lovejoy, to overseer young Ebenezer till of age and to execute particular care over Frances. The sons are asked to "carry themselves dutifully" to their mother (step-mother) "grieve her not in her old age as you expect the blessing of God upon you and yours."


Young Ebenezer was to make no bargain against the minds of the overseers "during time of his non-age."


Ebenezer and his mother to carry out these bequests with the advice of the overseers.


"I take my leave of this world and all things in this vale of tears"
. pp67-68
Early Records And Notes Of The Lovejoy Family

Thursday, August 24, 2017

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2017 WEEK 31 JOHN LOVEJOY OF ANDOVER, MA.

I now turn to the ancestral line of my 6x great grandmother Martha (Lovejoy) Abbott, wife of Jonathan Abbott Jr. Martha and Jonathan were  2nd cousins through their descent from Ralph Farnham Sr. and 2nd cousins 1x removed through Nicholas Holt.

Martha's immigrant ancestor was her grandfather John Osgood, of whom William Richard Cutter has this  to say:

John Lovejoy first appears in  our colonial history as one of the first settlers and original proprietors of Andover, Massachusetts. It is said that he was born in England, about 1630, and probably came from Andover, Hants, from whence came nearly all of the first settlers of the New England town of the same name. Andover, Massachusetts, was incorporated in 1646. and in one of the ancient record books is set down the names of settlers in the order of their arrival there. The name of John Love joy is seventeenth on the list. In 1658 he was one of the petitioners to the general court for relief from the encroachments of other towns on the territorv of Andover, and in 1674 he was one of a committee chosen to settle "a great controversie in ye towne about giving out of lands." with direction "to consider ye same to se if it be convenient to give away any more land or how and to whome." In 1687, when travellers began to complain because there was no house of public entertainment "upon the Rode at Andover that leadeth from Ipswich and the Townes that way to Billerica," the name of John Lovejoy appears first on the petition to the general court praying "that William Chandler Senior whose house stands convenient may be allowed for that worke." On January 1, 1651, John Lovejoy married Mary Osgood, of Ipswich, who died before 1678. daughter of Christopher Osgood. He married second. March 23, 1678. Hannah , daughter of John Hoyt, of Salisbury. John Lovejoy died in November, 1690. His children, all born in Andover: 1. Mary, April 11, 1652. 2. Sarah, April 10. 1654. 3. John, February 9. 1656. 4. William, April 25. 1657, one of the first deacons of the South Church, 1711. 5. Ann, 1659. 6. Joseph, February 8, 1662. 7. Christopher, March 1, 1663. 8. Benjamin, December 4. 1664. 9. Nathaniel, May 29, 1667. 10. Abigail, 1669. 11. Deborah. 1670. 12. Ebenezer, June 22, 1673.-p1349

Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, Volume 3  Lewis historical Publishing Company, N.Y., N.Y. 1908

John Lovejoy's  second wife Hannah Holt was my 8x great grandaunt.

I found John's probate file and will at AmericanAncestors.org but it's in pretty bad shape and will take some time to transcribe:

Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1881.Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives.) 17068:1

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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2017 WEEK 30 HENRY HOLT OF ANDOVER, MA.



I haven't found very much about 8x great grandfather Henry Holt as of yet. Here's what the 19th century genealogist Ellery Bicknell Crane has to say about him:

Henry Holt, fifth child of Nicholas Holt(1) , was born in Newbury, Massachusetts, 1644. He married, February 24, 1669, Sarah Ballard, daughter of William Ballard. She died at Andover, November 25, 1733. He died January 17, 1719, aged seventy-five years. They joined the church June 3, 1716. He was prominent in town affairs. In 1686 he owned a mill on Ladle brook. Children were: Elizabeth, born in Andover, Massachusetts, December 29, 1670; Oliver, January 14, 1671; Henry, January 24, 1673; James, see forward; George, March 17, 1677; Sarah, August 17, 1678; Josiah, December 13, 1679; Dinah, May 23, 1681; Paul, February 7, 1684; William, February '3, 1687; Zerviah, March 24, 1689; Keturah, December 15, 1690; Humphrey, September 22, 1693; Benjamin, July 8, 1696.
-p92
Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusetts: With a History of Worcester Society of Antiquity, Volume 1 The Lewis Publishing CO  New York, N.Y.  1907

Henry died without a will  but had distributed shares of his estate to his sons by land deeds before his death. His youngest son William Holt received his inheritance in a deed with the provision that hecare for his parents until they died, I'll have to look for those land records!

Monday, August 07, 2017

PUTTING A FACE TO MOSES COBURN (1765-1848)

I'm a big believer in genealogy blogging as a way to share information about my ancestors online.
I know there are those who prefer to keep their research private but by doing so I feel they miss out on being contacted by distant relatives through a Google search. I've had many such contacts since I started this blog, sometimes through something I posted years ago.

The latest example of this occurred last week when my new found cousin H.F. contacted me because of my posts about our shared ancestor Moses Coburn. We exchanged information in emails, and in of them H.F. mentioned he had a portrait of Moses. Would I like a photo?

Would I? Wow, I sure did!

Shortly after it arrived via email. I asked H.F. for permission to share the photo, which he gave. And here it is:


4xggf Moses Coburn (1765-1848) courtesy of H.F.

Moses Coburn is an Interesting fellow, a member of a prominent family in Dracut and Tyngsborough, Ma. He was paid to enlist by some  citizens of Dunstable Ma in 1781 when he was 16 years old,
and  served over two years. He married Esther Spaulding in 1794 and applied for his pension in 1818 while living in Tyngsborough, Ma. He moved to  Newry, Maine sometime after that where he died in 1848.

And now I have a face to put with his story.

I've shared the probate files for Moses and his grandfather (another Moses Coburn) with H.F.and together the two of us are trying to solve the mystery of the identity of his mother who ws married to Caleb Coburn.

Thanks, H.F., for sharing that portrait with me!



Friday, August 04, 2017

FINDMYPAST FRIDAY RECORDS COLLECTION RELEASES FOR 4AUGUST 2017

Over 4 million new records from the U.S. and  the U.K. are in this week's Findmypast Friday releases:

BRAND NEW RECORDS:

United States Marriages

OVER 4.3 MILLION RECORDS  These new and exclusive additions to our collection of US marriages cover Nevada and California. Use them to discover when, where and to whom your ancestor was married. This is the first time these records have been published online.
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Scotland, Linlithgowshire (West Lothian), Poorhouse Records 1859-1912

OVER 15,000 RECORDS Did your Scottish ancestor spend time in the poorhouse? Explore admissions, deaths, discharges and sick rolls to discover your ancestor’s admission date, behaviour during their stay, previous residence, and more.
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Scotland, Linlithgowshire (West Lothian), Burials 1860-1975

OVER 87,000 RECORDS Discover where your West Lothian ancestors were laid to rest with 115 years of transcripts that will reveal the date of their burial, the location of their grave, their occupation, residence, death date and the names of additional family members.
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New Jersey Baptisms 1746-1795

OVER 600 RECORDS  Find out if your ancestor was baptised in the Township of Hannover, discover when the ceremony took place and uncover the names of both their parents.
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New Jersey Church Records 1747-1794 

OVER 200 RECORDS Explore records covering the Township of Hannover in Morris County to discover when and where your ancestors received Holy Communion.
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ADDITIONAL RECORDS FOR EXISTING SETS

Britain, Knights of the Realm & Commonwealth Index

New records: 410
Total records: 36,494
Covering: Orders of chivalry dating back to pre-1500 and continuing on to present day
Discover: Birth year, death year, type of award, date of award, your ancestor’s biography and any additional remarks
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PERSI Quarterly Index Update

New articles: 14,865
New titles: 7
Covering: California, Maine, North Carolina and Ireland
Discover: Articles, photos and other resources you won’t find anywhere else
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