Thursday, May 28, 2020


Once again I need to apologize to my readers. I recently realized I hadn't seen any comments on the few blogposts I've made since my recent illness.

Then it dawned on  me I hadn't checked the Comments waiting to be authorized here on the Blogger dashboard. When I did, I saw there were comments going back o January. I immediately posted them to the posts they belonged with.

So my apologies to those readers. I hope to do better as I  (hopefully) get back into the swing of things.

Thursday, May 14, 2020


i haven't found much online about Thomas Safford the son of John Safford. He was named after his grandfather the immigrant Thomas Safford.

Here's all that William Richard Cutter has to say about him:

Thomas, son of John Safford , was born October 16, 1672. He married (first) Elanor Shatswell or Satchwell, widow of Richard Shatswell, or Satchwell, qnd daughter of Daniel Cheney. He married (secnd) at Rowley, Massachusetts, June 29, 1725, Sarah Scott.-p1524

Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, Volume 3 (Google eBook) Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1908 - Boston (Mass.)

Thomas and Eleanor had ten children.  I am descended from their son John Safford. 

Saturday, May 09, 2020


In honor of Mother's Day, here are pictures of our Dad's female ancestors.

First, on his mother's side:

Amos H Barker & Betsey J (Moore) Barker

Our 2x great grandmother Betsey Jane Moore was born on 16 Aug 1842 at Waterford,
Oxford, Me. She married Amos Hastings Barker in 1856 and they raised a family of
12 children, 11 of whom survived to adulthood. Betsey died 12Mar 1924 at age 82.

My great grandmother Charlotte Lovenia Barker is the lady on the right.

 Our great grandmother Charlotte Lovenia Barker was youngest of  Amos & Betsey's
12 children. She was born on 3 Aug 1879 in Albany, Oxford, Maine and was known as
":Lottie". She married her first cousin Frank W. Barker on 16Oct 1898 and they had
4 children before Frank died in 1905 from pneumonia caused by "La Grippe" (the flu).
She was married three more times before her death on 3Jan 1944 at Bangor, Maine.   

Cora Berthella (Barker) West & her great granddaughter Mindy Sue West

Our grandmother Cora Berthella (Barker) West was born 27Oct 1899 and was the eldest
child of Frank and Charlotte. She preferred the name Bertha, although it was given as
Cora on her marriage certificate. Bertha married Floyd E.West Sr on 24Mar 1919 and
had 5 children, one of whom was our Dad.

 On his Dad's side of the family:

Arvilla (Ames)West

Our 3x great grandmother Arvilla Ames was born in Livermore, Androscoggin, Maine
on 25Jan 1810, one of 10 children. She married John Cutter West on 23Sep 1827
at Sumner, Maine, and five years later they moved to Letter B Plantation (later renamed
Upton), Oxford, Maine. She had 10 children, 3 of whom died in a diphtheria outbreak
in 1862. She died at age 97 at Hermon, Maine.

Louisa A.(Richardson) West
Louisa Richardson, our 2x great grandmother was born in Wilton, Maine on
23Jun 1837 at Wilton, Maine.  She was the second wife of Jonathan Phelps West,
whose first wife had died in the 1862 diphtheria outbreak. Louisa and Jonathan
married on 31Jan 1865 and had 4 sons. She died 4Oct 1925 at age 88.

Florilla (Dunham) Ellingwood & Asa F Ellingwood

Our other paternal 2x great grandmother was Florilla Dunham who was born 29Aug
1832 at North Paris, Oxford, Maine. She married Asa F. Ellingwood on 10Aug 1850
at Woodstock, Oxford, Maine and 11 children.(She was one of 11 children herself.)
She died in Paris, Oxford, Maine on 21Feb 1917.

Clara (Ellingwood) West

Finally, our great grandmother  Clara Ellingwood was the 8th child and youngest
daughter of Florilla and Asa Ellingwood. She was born 6Mar 1865 in Dummer, Coos,
NH. Her first marriage with Charles Tidswell ended in divorce and she married our
great grandfather Philip J West on 25May 1894 at Shelburne, Coos, NH. She had
three children by her first marriage and two by her second, including our grandfather
Floyd E West, Sr. Sadly, Clara died young after an illness in Augusta, Maine on 10Apr
1901. She was only 36 years old.

And those are the pictures we have of the mothers in our family.

Happy Mothers Day! 

Friday, May 08, 2020


Once again for Mothers Day I'm posting photos of our family's mothers, starting with the maternal line of my family..

For our Mom's side we don't have very many since her grandparents immigrated
here from Ireland and Germany in the 19th century.

John McFarland & Annie (Kelley) McFarland
First there's Anna Kelley, born 1Oct 1858 in Kiltrustan, Roscommon, Ireland. She married
my great grandfather in Edinburgh Scotland on 16May1879 and shortly after they came
to America and settled in Boston. She had 17 children, 10 of whom survived to adulthood.
Anna died 15Feb 1945 at Boston, Ma. at age 86.

Pauline (Offinger) White
Our other maternal great grandmother was Pauline Offinger, born 17Dec 1873
in Cambridge, Massachusetts to German immigrant parents. She married Edward J.
White on 27Nov 1895 in Boston, Ma. and had 9 children.          

Agnes (McFarland) White
Our grandmother Agnes (McFarland) White was born 7Oct 1898 in Boston, Ma, the
14th of John & Annie's 17 children. She was known as "Aggie" in the family.
She married Edward F.White, Sr. and had two children, our Uncle Ed and our Mom
Anne Marie. She died 12Feb 1957 in Malden Ma.

Anne M. (White) West

Finally, our Mom, Anne M. (White) West. She was born 7Jul 1927 at Boston, Ma and
married our Dad on 29Jun 1947, also at Boston. To her McFarland cousins she was
known as "Red White". She died on 28Jul 1999 at Weymouth, Ma and she is missed by
my brother, my sister, myself and the rest of the family.

Tuesday, May 05, 2020


John Safford is my 8x great grandfather. Here is what Ellery Bicknell Crane wrote about him.

"John Safford, son of Thomas Safford,, was born about 1633, probably in England. He settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts. He had a share of Plum Island. He gave land to his son Thomas for the maintenance of his wife  and daughter by deed dated September 5, 1698. The children of John and Sarah Safford were: John Jr., of whom later; Sarah, born July 14, 1664, died July 21, 1712; Margaret, February 26, 1665-6;  Rebecca, August, August 30, 1667; Mercy or Mary, born February 26,  1669-70; Elizabeth, February 27, 1670-1; Thomas, October  7 1672, married Eleanor Shatswell or Setchwell, widow of Richard Setchwell and daughter of Daniel Cheney; married (second) at Rowley June 29, 1725, Sara Scott"
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 1907

I have hia wife as Sarah Low. Their son Thomas is my 7x great grandfather.