Wednesday, November 29, 2017


The subject for Week 42 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is John Stevens of Andover, Ma.,
my 9x great grandfather. From Charlotte Helen Abbott's Early Records of the Stevens
Family of Andover,

JOHN (1) STEVENS, born 1605, came to Newbury in 1638, on the ship CONFIDENCE,
from Southampton. He is recorded as a husbandman from Cavesham, Oxford Co.,
England. With him were his wife Elizabeth, born 1613, his mother, Alice and his
brother , William, then 21 years of age. John came to Andover in 1645...

...John (1) Stevens and wife, Elizabeth, had:-
John (2) b. June 20, 1639, in Newbury; was a Lieut .; m. Hannah Barnard
June 13, 1662; she was dau. of Robert Barnard and w. Joan Harvey; she d.
March 13, 1675; he m. 2nd., Esther Barker, August 10 1676; she was daughter
of Richard and Joan Barker; she died "suddenly" June 25, 1713; John was a
Selectman and Surveyor; died March 4 (or 5) 1689 at Casco Bay on service in
the Indian War.

Timothy (2), b.  Sept. 23, 1641 in Newbury; settled in Roxbury; m. Sarah Davis
of Roxbury, March 12, 1665; she was dau. of Tobias Davis, b.1647; she d.April
6, 1695; Timothy was a Deacon; also Ensign. He helped capture Castle and Fort
Hill when Andros was driven away, in 1689; he d. Jan.31, 1708.

Nathan (2), b. 1643; some claim that he was born in Andover and was  the first
white child born on the plantation; he was a Cornet; also  Surveyor; also Tythingman;
 he never married; died Feb. 19, 1718 at 75; said to be buried near his father, under
a freestone slab  or table,-a sort of monument. (This is incorrect; he has a stone standing

Elizabeth (2), b. about 1645; m. Joshua Woodman 1665; he was a carpenter; he was
buried in Byfield; has a monument.

Ephraim(2) b. about 1648; he was a Scout; was in the Narragansett War; in 1679
received a grant of land to repay his loss in the Indian Raid; was Sgt.; Selectman;
Assessor; Clerk of Market 169(?) to 1696; Surveyor 1693; m. Oct 11, 1680; Sarah(2)
Abbott, dau. of George Abbott and w. Hannah Chandler; Sarah was b. Nov.14, 1659;
d. June 28, 1711; he d. June 26,1718; no sons lived.

Mary(2), b. about 1649; m. Capt. John Barker, July 6, 1670; John was son of Richard
and Joan Barker, b. 1643; Mary d. 1703; two of the sons were named in Stevens' wills.

Joseph(2),  b. May 15, 1654;  m. May 28, 1679 Mary Ingalls, daughter of Henry Ingalls and
wife, Mary Osgood, b. Jan.28, 1659; she d. Sept.21, 1699;he m. 2nd, Elizabeth Brown of
Salem, 1700; she was probably a widow; she d. 1745; Joesph was a Surveyor 1694-6;
ws on the Grand Jury at Ipswich, 1696; was a Deacon; d. Feb (?) 1743.

Benjamin(2), b.June 24, 1656; was Justice of the Peace, 1686; Field Driver 1694; Capt.;
Representative, 1712-3; 1721; 28;30; was in Indian War, 1725;while away with his company,
the Indians looted his home; he m. Oct.18, 1715, Susanne, widow of John Chickering of Charlestown; she was the daughter of Zachary Symmes of Bradford and was 38 at marriage
to Benj.; died July 20 1753; Benj. died Jan.8, 1730; buried in old cemetery in No. Andover.    

I visited the Old North Burial Ground in North Andover, Ma in May of 2014. This is a photo

of what probably is a replacement for the original headstone of John Stevens:

Sunday, November 26, 2017


Nearly 2.8 million new records from England and Texas are in the Findmypast Fridays release
for 24Nov 2017.


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Texas, Comanche County Records 1858-1955 Image Browse

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Texas, Naturalization Records 1906-1989 Image Browse

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OVER 52,000 RECORDS Browse through school census records from Matagorda County in Texas. Each record will provide the student’s name, birth date, sex, parents’ names and residence.


Texas, Nolan County Civil Court Minutes and Case Files 1881-1938 Image Browse

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Texas, Bexar County, San Antonio Cemetery Records, 1893-2007

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England Roman Catholic Parish Baptisms

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Discover: Birth year, baptism date, baptism location and the names of both parents


England Roman Catholic Parish Marriages

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England Roman Catholic Parish Burials

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Discover: Birth year, death date, burial date, location and archive reference


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Covering: The Archdiocese of Westminster
Discover: Anniversary books, confirmation lists, congregational lists, lists of benefactors and converts, parish diaries, and more


England Roman Catholic Parish Register Browse

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British Newspapers

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New titles: 10
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Discover: Family notices, local & national news, advertisements, photographs and more

Saturday, November 25, 2017


 I received the following announcement from Findmypast this past Wednesday:

                         Findmypast Announces Plans to Publish Cincinnati &
                            Chicago Sacramental Registers Online For the First 

·                      Findmypast’s exclusive Catholic Heritage Archive continues to grow

·         New partnership with the Archdioceses of Cincinnati will over 3 million original 

       Sacramental Registers digitized, fully indexed and published online for the very first 

·         A further 1.9 million records covering the Archdiocese of Chicago will also be 

                          released in partnership with FamilySearch international. 

Leading family history website, Findmypast, has today announced plans to publish over 4.9 Sacramental Registers in partnership with the Archdioceses of Cincinnati and FamilySearch International.

Digitization will soon be underway and over 800,000 fully indexed images of original Cincinnati Catholic baptism, marriage and burial registers containing over 3 million names and spanning the years 1800 to 1953 will be made available online for the first time, only at Findmypast, in 2018.

An additional 1.9 million Chicago Sacramental Registers will also be added to the site later in the year. Published in association with FamilySearch International, these records will cover 125 years of city’s history (1864 to 1989) and will add yet another important region to Findmypast’s growing collection of United States Catholic records.

Today’s announcement marks the latest in a series of updates to Findmypast’s exclusive Catholic Heritage Archive; a ground-breaking initiative that aims to digitize the historic records of the Catholic Church in the United States, Britain and Ireland for the very first time. The digitization of collections such as these is a monumental undertaking and, when complete, this exclusive collection will contain over 100 million records spanning 300 years of Catholic history

The Catholic Church holds some of the oldest and best preserved genealogical records in existence. However, as many of these documents memorialise important religious sacraments, their privacy has long been protected and access to original copies has, until recently, been hard to come by.

In collaboration with various Archdioceses, Findmypast is helping to digitize these important records and make them widely accessible for the first time in one unified online collection. Beautifully scanned color Images of original documents will be available to view and fully searchable transcripts will also be included, providing family historians with easy access to these once closely guarded records.

The Roman Catholic Church is the largest Christian denomination in the world and it has always been a significant component (up to 25%) of the American population. These records will allow researchers from around the globe to uncover the history of millions of Irish, Italian, German, Polish and many other nationalities as they made a new home in the USA.

Additional Cincinnati and Chicago records as well as additional updates from variety of British, Irish, US and Canadian Dioceses will be added to the Catholic Heritage Archive throughout 2018.

Thursday, November 23, 2017


Happy Thanksgiving and welcome to the 9th Annual Great Genealogy Poetry Challenge post
roundup! This year's edition has all sorts of genealogy related poetry: lyrics from hymns and songs,
poetry written by ancestors, poetry about ancestors, and poetry written by descendants about
their ancestors. Please read these fifteen contributions, and remember to leave comments to let the bloggers know how much you enjoyed their posts.

A year ago Michael Davies blogged about a Welsh inscription on the bottom of his great grandparents' headstone. The English translation was "Ever to the Sound of the Golden Harp." and
it is part of a hymn. Michael shares the hymn in both Welsh and English in his post The Reference to "Y Delyn Aur" by Price and Annie Davies   at his Tall Tales of a Family blog.

Michael also has contributed a second post, November 11th - The Lost Of The War, which is a poem 
he wrote when he was 14 or 15 years old, It was inspired by a school trip to visit
World War One battlefields in Belgium and France

June Butka of Dame Gussie's Genealogy Rants found a poem entitled "Picture in Verse" about her 8x
great grandfather and writes that "I believe the sentiment expressed in this poem could be applied to immigrants to our nation today. Life is uncertain, filled with the unknown. It’s how we deal with Life that determines who we are." You can read it in Immigrants remembered.

After the Revolution Linda Stufflebean's Loyalist ancestor moved to New Brunswick near the Miramichi River. Her post The Ninth Annual Great Genealogy Challenge included maps and photos of the area plus a great poem by childrens' author Robert Munsch, Check it out at Linda's  Empty
Branches on the Family Tree.

There are several levels to Nancy Messier's "Matilda Toots" for the 2017 Great Genealogy Poetry Challenge at My Ancestors and Me. On one level it's a memory of a family tradition and the place 
a 19th century song has in it. It also is a history of the song that includes a link to a performance plus the actual lyrics. Finally, the lyrics themselves are a glimpse into how are 19th century ancestors 
spent a day ice-skating.  

Elizabeth O'Neal's submission at My Descendant's Ancestors reflects her Tennessee heritage. It's 
the official state poem "Oh Tennessee, My Tennessee", written by William Lawrence while he was
a POW during the Viet Nam war.  Elizabeth thinks it has great imagery and I agree with her.

The naming of towns or changing those names was often a contentious issue for our ancestors. Dorene Paul's  "Sandusky" by Judge Elisha W. Howland has a poem about one such controversy and the history behind it at her Graveyard Rabbits of Sandusky Bay blog.

Like Van Landry I have some Entanglements in my family tree although a bit further back than his.
He explains all about it and includes a great poem he wrote about it {"Me, Myself and I") at his blog
Family History.. Van wins the "Willy Puckerbrush" which I give out in memory of Terry Thornton for "Most Humorous Post

Randy Seaver joins the challenge this year with "The Wreck of the Hesperus" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  I'm a big Longfellow fan so I enjoyed learning about Randy's family connections to the setting of the poem. It's all on his Genea-Musings blog.

Over at his TransylvanianDutch blog, John Newmark has posted a poem that was written ninety years ago about immigrants to America that he feels has just as much relevance todsy as it had when it was written.Poem: A Cry of the Foreign Born - by St. Louis poet, Leah Rachel Yoffie (1883-1956)

Reader Duane Hermann doesn't have a blog but he wanted to take part in the Challenge. So he sent me two poems in a comment. They are poems he wrote after visiting his ancestral homeland of Bavaria and they've been published in his poetry collection Prairies of Possibilities. I've posted them
here on West in New England in Two Poems From Duane Hermann

John Tews's great grandmother wrote many poems during her short life and he is fortunate enough to
have some of the original handwritten works. He shares her story and photos of one such poem at his
post at Filiopietism PrismA Poem by Florence Leonette [Flagg] Cooke for the Ninth Annual Great Genealogy Poetry Challenge of Bill West (October 4, 2017)

Barbara Poole recently found a poem about her ancestor Dr. Mannaseh Cutler, David McCullough 
helped a wee bit in why she found it, and  you can read all about that at Barbara's blog Life from The Roots in her post "On Learning To See," and I have David McCullough to Thank for the Poetry Challenge Idea.

One of the little known facts about William Bradford, the Pilgrim governor of  Plymouth Plantation,
is that he wrote poetry. Heather Wilkinson Rojo  of Nutfield Genealogy (who recently toured many Mayflower related places in England) shares one of Bradford's poems  in her post A Poem by a Pilgrim.

Finally, a few months ago my connection to a pear tree that was planted by an ancestor four hundred years ago, that had a poem written about it in the 19th century, and that is still living today. You can
read the whole story here in my post The Governor's Tree

That concludes this year's Challenge. Thank you  to all the participants for such great posts!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017


((I first posted these Thanksgiving memories in 2011))

Thanksgiving is approaching and it brings back memories of Thanksgivings
when we were kids.

If we were hosting the family that year, Dad would be up early in the
morning cooking the bird. I don't know how many companies do it
today but back then many employers gave their workers a frozen
turkey for Thanksgiving so when that happened my parents would
decide if it was big enough for the whole family and guests. If not,
it would stay in the freezer and they'd buy a bigger turkey. The smaller
one would be used for a Sunday dinner for the family a few weeks later.

When the rest of us got up my sister and I would watch the Thanksgving
Day parades on TV while Mom and Dad started on the rest of the food.
The most critical part of the preparations was the stuffing which had to
turn out moist at the meal. I don't know exactly how this was done
nearly every year except that for most of my childhood my folks used
Bell Stuffing in the bird. (When we were older, there was often "backup"
Stove Top Stuffing for when the "made in the bird" stuffing ran out).
But no matter whether we were hosting Thanksgiving or if  it was at our
Uncle Ed and Aunt Mimi's house, there were certain traditions. One was
the kids' table, usually in the kitchen or at the doorway between the dining
room and the living room. In the early years, four of us were seated there:
myself, my sister Cheryl, and our cousins Winnie and Richie.For us, the
most important part of the meal was who was going to get the drumsticks.
After all, there were only two drumsticks and there were four of us! Our
parents at first solved the problem by using a rotating system that was based
on age: Winnie and I were the older and would get the drumsticks at that
Thanksgiving, and Cheryl and Richie would get them at Christmas, since
the families served turkey for the holiday dinner then, This worked for a few
years until my Aunt and Uncle had two more boys, Little Eddie and Vincent,
 and then my brother Phil came along but by that time somebody had figured
out they could buy extra drumsticks at the supermarket and chaos was averted.

Eventually, one by one, we all outgrew the kids' table and the need to be
the one who ate the drumstick. I found out that I liked the slices of dark
meat better and that cranberry sauce was my favorite part of the main
meal. I also learned that if we were eating at my Aunt and Uncle's house
I should leave room for the second course of all the Italian food, especially
the lasagna. If the meal were at our house, there was a later leftover
sandwich with turkey and stuffing and maybe a little more cranberry sauce
on it.

One not so pleasant Thanksgiving memory was the turkey I forgot. I was
working somewhere at the time, (I forget now if it was at Child World or
Big L Drug Discount Stores) and I got a frozen holiday turkey from the
company which I loaded into the back floor of my car before I drove home.

I forgot it was in the car...

For two days....

Luckily, it wasn't a very warm November.

But it did look sort of green when I finally remembered it was there and
took it inside.

Sunday, November 19, 2017


I received a comment to my last call for the Great Genealogy Poetry Challenge last week from poet Duane Hermann. He sent me "Two poems about my ancestral village in Bavaria, published in 2005 in Prairies of Possibilities, a collection of poems of mine".

I enjoyed reading them very much.


My grandfather
never missed
the hills of Franken,
He never walked the streets
of Reckendorf,
his family “hometown,”
He would have been amazed
to see the things
his father took for granted.
He did not learn,
“Gross Gott,”
as the proper greeting,
Nor did he plow
the family fields
of Bayern.
He lived
a continent away
and never knew his family.
A grandson went,
a century after,
to find the home and people;
His heart leapt
and wept for joy
in reunion.
Deutscher und Amerikaner:
alles ein Famalia –
It’s been so long…


The little shrine by the way
with a history no one knows –
“It’s been there forever,”
like the mountains.
The land is dotted
with these little shrines,
Markers of devotion
and symbols of their faith.
They add a richness to the land,
a reminder to us now:
This land you see
is more than dirt and trees,
It embraces the souls
past more than we will know;
people lived and died and prayed
as some day you will too:
Continue on your day –
beyond this mortal life.


There are over 400 thousand new records, mostly from the British military, in the Findmypast
Friday releases for 17November:


British Army, First World War Soldiers' Medical Records

OVER 212,000 RECORDS  Search for your military ancestor in The National Archives’ collection of medical records from the First World War. Discover when and where your ancestor was wounded and the nature of their injuries as well as how long they were held at the medical facility for treatment.

British Armed Forces, First World War Soldiers' Medical Records Browse

OVER 8,000 RECORDS Browse the National Archives’ series MH106, War Office: First World War Representative Medical Records of Servicemen.

British Armed Forces, First World War Widows' Pension Forms

OVER 8,000 RECORDS Search through The National Archives’ collection of pension forms from the First World War to learn more about those they left behind. Discover the cause and date of their death, the names of their spouse and children, and uncover details of their service history.

British Army, Royal Welch Fusiliers 1807-1948

OVER 2,000 RECORDS Did your ancestor serve with the Royal Welch Fusiliers? Explore this collection of enlistment, transfer, and discharge registers as well as casualty reports from 1830 to 1946 to uncover a detailed history of their military service.

Hampshire, Portsmouth Military Tribunals 1916-1919

OVER  14,000 RECORDS Did your Portsmouth ancestor seek exemption from military service by applying to a tribunal and claiming illness, potential business damage, conscientious objection, or family hardship? Uncover details such as addresses, occupations and employers’ details, and decisions or recommendations of the tribunals.

Military Historical Society Bulletins

OVER  6,000 RECORDS Search through the pages of The Bulletin of The Military Historical Society for the history of the armed forces, weapons, uniforms, and more. These bulletins are an excellent resource for military historians. Issues from 1950 through to 2017 are available.

Middlesex, Harrow School Photographs of Pupils & Masters 1869-1925

OVER 3,000 RECORDS Did your ancestor attend Harrow School between 1869 and 1925? Discover beautifully captured school portraits of Old Harrovians. Each result will provide a portrait or group photograph along with a transcript of details related to the student.

British Army, First World War Casualty Lists

OVER 2,000 RECORDS Was your ancestor taken prisoner, killed or wounded in the Great War? Search the War Office Weekly Casualty List to discover where and when they became a casualty as well as their rank, regiment and service number.

British Army, First World War Casualty Lists Image Browse

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British Army Service Records

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Discover: All sorts of Army forms including attestation papers, medical forms, discharge documents, pension claims, and proceedings of regimental boards

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Discover: Where they were captured, when they were captured and details of their internment

Prisoners of War 1715-1945 Browse

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Covering: These records from The National Archives include papers from the Foreign Office, War Office, State papers, Colonial Office, Admiralty and Air Force
Discover: Where your ancestors were captured, when they were captured and details of their internment

Saturday, November 18, 2017


(( I first posted two articles about my Mayflower family descents back in
 November 2011 and decided to repost them every year as a Thanksgiving 

Back when I first started researching the family genealogy online I was
thrilled to discover we were descended from several Mayflower passengers.
At one point I even carried around a small folded up piece of paper
in my wallet with the lines of descent to show when discussing genealogy
with some customer at the bookstore. But I lost that some time ago, so I
thought I'd post them here for other family members.

The first three lines come down through my Ellingwood ancestry from
Stephen Hopkins, Thomas Rogers, and James Chilton.

Hopkins Line
Stephen Hopkins and Mary____
Constance Hopkins & Nicholas Snow
Elizabeth Snow & Thomas Rogers
Eleazer Rogers & Ruhamah Willis
Experience Rogers & Stephen Totman
Deborah Totman & Moses Barrows Jr.
Asa Barrows & Content Benson
Rachel Barrows & John Ellingwood Jr
Asa F. Ellingwood & Florilla Dunham
Clara Ellingwood & Philip West
Floyd West Sr & Clara Barker
Floyd West Jr & Anne M White

Rogers Line
Thomas Rogers & Alice Cosford
Joseph Rogers & Hannah___
Thomas Rogers & Elizabeth Snow
Eleazer Rogers & Ruhamah Willis
Experience Rogers & Stephen Totman
Deborah Totman & Moses Barrows Jr.
Asa Barrows & Content Benson
Rachel Barrows & John Ellingwood Jr
Asa F. Ellingwood & Florilla Dunham
Clara Ellingwood & Philip West
Floyd West Sr & Clara Barker
Floyd West Jr & Anne M White

Chilton Line
James Chilton & ?
Isabella Chilton & Roger Chandler
Sarah Chandler & Moses Simmons
Moses Simmons Jr & Patience Barstow
Patience Simmons & George Barrows
Moses Barrows & Mary Carver
Deborah Totman & Moses Barrows Jr.
Asa Barrows & Content Benson
Rachel Barrows & John Ellingwood Jr
Asa F. Ellingwood & Florilla Dunham
Clara Ellingwood & Philip West
Floyd West Sr & Clara Barker
Floyd West Jr & Anne M White

Friday, November 17, 2017


Whenever I am talking or writing about my Mayflower descent, for some
ironic reason I always forget about Remember Allerton. The reason for the
irony is that both my Dad's parents were Allerton descendants: Pop from
Remember Allerton and Grandma Bertha from Mary Allerton.:

Allerton #1 through Ellingwood Line

Isaac Allerton & Mary Norris
Remember Allerton & Moses Maverick
Abigail Maverick & Samuel Ward
Martha Ward & John Tuthill(Tuttle)
Martha Tuthill(Tuttle) & Mark Haskell
Martha Haskell & John Safford
Ruth Safford & Samuel Haskell
Martha Haskell & Moses Houghton
Sally Houghton & James Thomas Dunham
Florilla Dunham & Asa Freeman Ellingwood
Clara Ellingwood & Phillip Jonathan West
Floyd Earl West Sr  & Cora B Barker
Floyd Earl West Jr &  Anne Marie White

Allerton #2 through Barker Line

Isaac Allerton & Mary Norris
Mary Allerton & Thomas Cushman
Sarah Cushman & Adam Hawkes
John Hawkes & Mary(Margery)Whitford
Eva Hawkes & John Bancroft         Eunice Hawkes & Jacob Walton
John Bancroft & Mary Walton
Sally(Sarah)Bancroft & Francis Upton
Hannah Upton & Cyrus Moore
Betsey Jane Moore & Amos Hastings Barker
Charlotte Lovenia Barker & Frank W Barker
Cora B, Barker & Floyd Earl Wesrt Sr
Floyd Earl West Jr and Anne Marie White.

My Warren ancestry comes through my Ames line

Warren #1 Through Ames Line

Richard Warren  &  Elizabeth (?)
Mary Warren & Robert Bartlett
Mary Bartlett & Jonathan Mowrey(Morey)
Hannah Mowrey(Morey) & John Bumpas
Mary Bumpas & Seth Ellis
Mary Ellis & Ephraim Griffith
John Griffith & Mary Boyden
Polly Griffith & Jonathan Phelps Ames
Arvilla S. Ames & John Cutter West
John Cutter West & Louisa Richardson
Phillip Jonathan West & Clara Ellingwood
Floyd Earl West Sr & Cora B Barker
Floyd Earl West Jr and Anne Marie White.

Warren #2 Through Dunham Line:

Richard Warren & Elizabeth (LNU)
Ann Warren & Thomas Little
Hannah Little & Stephen Tilden
Mary Tilden & James Thomas
John Thomas & Abigail Dunham
Mary Thomas & John Dunham
James Dunham  & Cynthia Packard
James Thomas Dunham & Sally Houghton
Florilla Dunham & Asa Ellingwood
Clara Ellingwood & Philip J West
Floyd E West Sr & Cora Bertha Barker

Thursday, November 16, 2017


 I received the following press release from Findmypast in my email this morning:

                 Findmypast Announces Plans to Publish Trinity Mirror Archive

●       Over 12 million pages from the archives of Trinity Mirror to be digitised and published
 online for the first time.

●       Two-year programme of intensive digitisation will nearly double the newspaper holdings of Findmypast and the British Newspaper Archive 

London, 16th November 2017

Leading British family history company Findmypast has announced a ground-breaking two-year programme of intensive digitisation from the archives of Trinity Mirror, the largest private newspaper collection in the UK.

The project will result in the online publication of over 12 million pages, made available online for the very first time at Findmypast, as well as on Findmypast’s sister site, the British Newspaper Archive. This will give family and local historians around the world the opportunity to search and explore a wide variety of historical UK publications that were previously inaccessible to the public.

The project will add significantly to Findmypast’s 20th century holdings and extend its geographic reach with over 150 local titles from across the UK. When complete, the Trinity Mirror titles will nearly double the total newspaper holdings of Findmypast and the British Newspaper Archive, providing even more opportunities for researchers to explore history as it happened.

Digitisation is now underway at the British Newspaper Archive’s studio in Boston Spa, with up to 100,000 pages being scanned each week. New material from Trinity titles is now available to search, including a variety of local publications covering Birmingham and the Midlands as well as additional issues of The Daily Herald.

The programme builds on an existing partnership that has already resulted in the digitization and online publication of upwards of 160 Trinity Mirror titles, including significant coverage of both World Wars. Published online for the very first time, these war-time publications also included the Archive’s first national titles, The Daily Mirror and The Daily Herald.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Only one day left to send your submissions in for the Great Genealogy Poetry Challenge
The deadline is midnight tomorrow night, Thursday, November 16th. Don't forget to send
me the link to your post!

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.

Saturday, November 11, 2017


 There are over 2 million British military records in this week's Findmypast Fridays releases.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt Of Honour

OVER 1.7 MILLION RECORDS  Discover where your military ancestors were laid to rest with an index of Commonwealth War Graves Commission records covering both world wars. Transcripts will reveal when your ancestor died, their rank, regiment service number and age at death

British Armed Forces, Roman Catholic Registers

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Friday, November 10, 2017


On Veterans Day I like to pay tribute to the members of
our family who have served our country from its birth. I don't
have all the details of the service records, and I'm sure I will
discover more relatives to add later, but this is what I have so far.

American Revolution: 
Jonathan Barker Jr. My 4x great grandfather
Was a Minuteman from Methuen Ma with rank of Sergeant.
He responded to Lexington and Concord with his sons
Served in Captain Samuel Johnson's Company in
Colonel Titcomb's Regiment for 2 months in 1777 in Rhode
Island and then with Nathaniel Gage's Company in Colonel
Jacob Gerrish's guards from Dec 1777 tol April 1778 guarding
the captured troops of General Burgoyne.

Jonathan Barker 3rd  My 5x great grandfather

Enlisted on 19 Apr 1775 in Continental Army, Capt. John
Davis' Company, Col. James Frye's Regiment, in the
Massachusetts line for 8 months in Cambridge, Ma. At the
conclusion of the term, he reenlisted for another 3 months in
Capt John Allen's Company, Colonel John Waldron's Regiment,
General Sullivan's Brigade in the New Hampshire Brigade at
Charlestown, Ma. He then enlisted a third time in June 1778
at Methuen, Ma., joining Captain Samuel Carr's Company, Col.
James Weston's Regiment, in General Lerned's Brigade at
White Plains, N.Y. and serving for another 9 months.

John Ames       My 5x great grandfather

Was a Minuteman under Capt. Asa Parker on April 18th,
1775. He then enlisted in the Continental Army under Captain
Oliver Parker, Col. William Prescott's Regiment and
in the Brigade that was commanded in turn by Generals
Putnam, Lee, and Washington and served for 8 1/2 months.
For a more detailed account of his service see my posts
about his Revolutionary War Pension File starting here.

Asa Barrows    My 4x great grandfather

A member of the militia from Middleborough , Ma. (south of
Boston) in the Company of Captain Joshua Benson, in Colonel
Cotton's Regiment, and General William Heath's Brigade for
8 months during the siege of Boston. In December 1776 he
joined a militia Company commanded by Captain Joshua
Perkins and marched to Barrington, R.I. and was stationed
there for 6 weeks. In July 1780 he again enlisted, this time
in a militia company commanded by Captain Perez Churchill
that marched to Tiverton, R.I. I posted about his
Revolutionary War Pension File starting here.

Moses Coburn  My 4x great grandfather

Moses Coburn got into the War late and by reason of being
"hired by a certain class of men in the then town of Dunstable
to go into the Continental Army in the summer of 1781."
When he reached Phillipsburgh in New York he was placed in
Captain Benjamin Pike's Company, in the Regiment of the
Massachusetts line commanded by Lt. Colonel Calvin Smith in
which he served for nearly two years until it was broken up.
He then transferred to the Company of Judah Alden in the
Regiment commanded by Colonel Sprouts until his discharge
in 1783.

Samuel Haskell   My 5x great grandfather

Samuel served in Captain Joseph Elliott's Company in Colonel
William Turner's Regiment and then under Captain Hezekiah
Whitney in Colonel Josiah Whitney's Regiment.

Amos Hastings   My 5x great grandfather

Amos was responded to the Lexington Alarm as part of
Captain Richard Ayer's Company and Colonel William
Johnson's Regiment. He later served in Captain Timothy
Eaton's Company in Colonel Edward Wigglesworth's Regiment
and was at the taking of the British General Burgoyne at

Elisha Houghton   5x great grandfather

Enlisted at Harvard Ma as a Private in May of 1777 in the
Massachusetts militia and was at the Battles of Bunker Hill
and Stillwater. He then enlisted for three years in the infantry
company commanded by Captain Joshua Brown in Colonel
Timothy Bigelow's 15th Regiment of the Massachusetts line.
and took part in the Battles of Monmouth and Newport and
was at Valley Forge. He twice was promoted to Sergeant and
twice was busted back down to the ranks.

Amos Upton    My 5x great grandfather

Responded to the Lexington Alarm and marched there from
his home in Reading. He later joined the militia company
commanded by Captain Asa Prince as an orderly sergeant
and then enlisted for eight months in the Continental Army
under Colonel Mansfield for 8 months. He was at the Battle
of Bunker Hill. He was discharged in October of 1775.

John Griffith  My 5x great grandfather

Enlisted in 1781 as a Matross (he swabbed out the barrel of
the cannons after they fired, or so I've been told) in Captain
William Treadwell's Company in Colonel John Crane's
Artillery Regiment.

Reuben Packard   My 5x great grandfather

A Sergeant in Captain Josiah Hayden's Company in Colonel
Bailey's militia. They marched to Lexington at news of the
Alarm. He also responded several more times as a Minuteman
for a total of nearly 8 months duty.

Jonathan Abbot    My 5x great grandfather

Served as a Sergeant in the Militia under Captain Henry
Abbott and responded to the Lexington Alarm

Samuel Stowe  My 5x great grandfather

Minuteman from Sherborn, Ma. Served in Capt. Benjamin Bullard's
Company in Col. Asa Whitcomb's 5th Massachusetts Bay
Provincial Regiment

Besides those direct ancestors, these other relatives fought
in the Revolution:

Moses Barrows, brother to Asa Barrows.

Samuel, Jesse, and Benjamin Barker, sons of Jonathan
Barker, Jr. and brothers to Jonathan Barker 3rd.

James Swan, brother in law to Jonathan Barker.

War of 1812
John Griffith My 5x great grandfather

served in Capt Elias Morse's Company, Col. Holland's Regiment
as part of a artillery company defending Portland, Maine.

Amos Hastings My 5x great grandfather
helped organize the militia in Bethel, Maine and rose
to the rank of Brigadier General  of the 2nd Brigade, 13th Division of
the Massachusetts State Militia.

Nathaniel Barker  My 3x great grandfather
was a private in  the company commanded by Captain William Wheeler
in the Regiment  of Militia commanded by Col. Ryerson, which was
stationed at Portland, Maine.

Civil War
Asa Freeman Ellingwood  My 2x great grandfather

enlisted in Company I, 5th Maine Infantry, on June 24, 1861.
He was at the First Battle of Bull Run after which he received
a medical discharge in Dec 1861. He reenlisted inCo "A" 9th
Veteran R Corps in September 1864 and served until the end
of the war when he was honorably discharged.

Asa & Florilla Ellingwood

Other relatives who served in the Civil War:

2x great granduncles:

 Leonidas West
Enlisted in Company G 12 Maine Infantry Regiment on March 1,
1865. Mustered out on  18Apr 1866

Asa Atwood West
Enlisted in Company F of the Maine Coast Guard.

Oscar Phipps Ellingwood
Enlisted in Company E, New Hampshire 14th Infantry Regiment
23Sept 1862, mustered out 9Sep 1863. Transferred to Company
E,  U.S,.Veterans Reserve Corps 21st Infantry Regiment 9Sep 1863,
mustered out 11Jul 1865.


Charles O. Ellingwood
Enlisted 21 Dec 1863 in Company E, 9th New Hampshire Infantry.
Died 13Mar 1864 at Camp Burnside,Kentucky. (18 yrs old)

Henry O. Ellingwood Enlisted 25Oct 1862  Company K,  New
Hampshire 16th Infantry Regiment, died  1Mar 1863 in Carollton, La.

Franklin Dunham
Died in the War. Haven't found any details as yet.

Spanish-American War
Hollis J Ellingwood My cousin
Enlisted 2May 1898 in Company A 1st Regiment Maine Infantry
Discharged 28Oct 1898

World War 1

 Floyd E West Sr. My grandfather

Floyd E West Sr.

Enlisted 29Apr 1918. Served in Company K,303rd Infantry. He was a
corpsman at Camp Devens, Ma during the Spanish Influenza outbreak
and was honorably discharged 12 Mar 1919

World War II

Floyd E West Jr  My Dad

Enlisted 19 Mar 1943 at 18 years old. After washing out of the Air Corps
Bomber School, he served in the US Army Infantry in the Pacific Theater  and
was honorably discharged on 11 Mar 1946 at age 22

Edward F White, Jr. My Uncle

Enlisted in the U.S.Navy on 27Oct 1942 at 17years old. He was honorably
discharged 18Apr 1946, a week before his 21st birthday.

Charles Barger My Uncle
I don't know the specifics of his service yet.
Operation Iraqi Freedom
 Paul Skarinka My Nephew

Paul And Jen


((I'm reposting this today in hopes that perhaps the relatives of the men
in the photograph might one day find this picture of their veterans. First posted
June, 2008))

I've posted this photo before. It's from when my Dad was
training for the Air Corps during World War II before he
washed out due to inner ear problems.

On the back is a partial list of names of his fellow trainees,
and I'm posting that image now and my attempt at
transcribing it here in the hopes that the children and
grandchildren of these men might find it someday and see
how they looked in their uniforms before they went off to

Because of the way the men are grouped it's hard for me to
assign names to specific faces. The only two I can are Michael
D. Piper Jr. and Lonnie (or Lennie?) L. Parker (?) standing to
either side of my father Floyd E. West Jr. at the far right end
of the back row. I think the first name is actually Lee Mill
Sanders and that he just signed the list "last name first."

I also noticed that Daniel M. Jeffrey's name appears twice.
The first entry is crossed over so I've assumed that either
someone else had posted the name in the wrong place or he
had done so himself and then corrected his mistake. I've
changed the first entry to "unknown".

So here they are. I wonder how many of them made it
home after the war, and I thank them for their service
to our country.

Sanders Lee Mill Artesia N.M.

Palmer E. Severson Wanooka (?) Minn,

Jerald L. Swan, Beatrice, Nebraska

Helmut Paul Zimmerman, Buffalo, N.Y.

Robert L. Rugg Pueblo, Colorado


Charles H. Parman, Skidmore, Mo.



Bill C. Hays, San Angelo, Texas


Ward L. Warnock, Camden, Ark.

Michael C. Sanborn (?) Port Arthur, Tex.

Bob Moffet, St. Joseph, Mo.


Ross Powill, Ellisville Miss

Daniel M. Jeffrey, Jeanette, La.

Allen D. Bailey, Mpls Minnesota





Jack Sessions Colton, California

Jack Wendt, Pecos, Texas


Burton L. Steele, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bob E Wick,  Denver, Colorado

James H. Trask, Kansas City, Kansas

William E. Green,  Eden, Texas



Michael D. Piper Jr., Queen City, Mo.

Floyd E. West

Lonnie (or Lennie?) L. Parker (?), Roswell, New Mex.

Thursday, November 09, 2017


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Monday, November 06, 2017


My 6x great grandfather Ephraim Abbott lived an uneventful life as a miller in Andover, Ma. Here's a description of his family in an article "The Abbot Genealogy" from the Essex Antiquarian Magazine:.

EPHRAIM ABBOT4, born in Andover in 1710.. He was a miller, and resided in Andover. He married Hannah Phelps Feb. 14, 1734; and died April 24, 1745. His wife survived him. 

Children, born in Andover:—
 278—i. HANNAH5. b. Dec. 26, 1734; d., unmarried, Nov. 17, 1798.
279--ii    MEHITABLE5, b. Aug. 11, 1736; m. Jonathan Abbot (384).
280--iii   SARAH5, b. Nov. 18, 1737; lived with Hon. Samuel Phillips, carrying on his farm; and died, unmarried, March 20, 1831, aged ninety-three, having been blind for several years before her death.
281--iv   EPHRAIM5, b. June 22, 1739; d. Nov. I9, 1739.
282--v    RHODA5, b. June 22, 1741; m. Jacob Holt March 22, 1764; and d. Jan. —, 1820.
283--vi   EPHRAIM5, b. May 8, 1742; was a miller, and lived on his father's homestead; m., first, Lydia Poor Oct. 27, 1774. She d. July 3, 1788, aged thirty-six; and he m., second, widow Sarah Safford of Salem Oct. 4, 1789. He d. April 23, 1809; and his wife, Sarah, survived him, and d. Oct. 29, 1812.
284--    ABIEL5, b. April 12, 1745; m. Benjamin Walker Aug. 4, 1763, and d. May -, 1795.

-p61 "The Abbott Genealogy"
The Essex Antiquarian: An Illustrated ... Magazine Devoted to the Biography, Genealogy, History and Antiquities of Essex County, Massachusetts, Volume 1, The Essex Antiquarian,  Salem Ma.1897

My great grandparents  Philip John West and Clara Ellingwood were both descendants of Henry Phelps and 6x cousins.

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