Saturday, October 10, 2020


 ((Oddly enough, both my parents occasionally would quote a line or two from Riley's
two most famous poems. This is the one Dad would quote; I'll post the other later this month
I first posted this on 13Oct 2012)) 

We had the first frost of the fall season in parts of New England and it put me in mind 
how Dad would  sometimes recite "When the frost is on the pumpkin...". That's the only part of
the poem he'd say. I think he must have had to recite it in school when he was a kid and that's all
he remembered.

Reading it just now I had to grin at the line about the turkey since I've now had experiences with
a loud, "struttin" turkey here in my own backyard!

 "When the Frost is on the Punkin"
                          James Whitcomb Riley

When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock,   
And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin' turkey-cock,   
And the clackin' of the guineys, and the cluckin' of the hens,   
And the rooster's hallylooyer as he tiptoes on the fence;   
O, it's then the time a feller is a-feelin' at his best,         
With the risin' sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest,   
As he leaves the house, bareheaded, and goes out to feed the stock,   
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock.   
They's something kindo' harty-like about the atmusfere   
When the heat of summer's over and the coolin' fall is here—   
Of course we miss the flowers, and the blossoms on the trees,   
And the mumble of the hummin'-birds and buzzin' of the bees;   
But the air's so appetizin'; and the landscape through the haze   
Of a crisp and sunny morning of the airly autumn days   
Is a pictur' that no painter has the colorin' to mock—   
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock.   
The husky, rusty russel of the tossels of the corn,   
And the raspin' of the tangled leaves as golden as the morn;   
The stubble in the furries—kindo' lonesome-like, but still   
A-preachin' sermuns to us of the barns they growed to fill;   
The strawstack in the medder, and the reaper in the shed;   
The hosses in theyr stalls below—the clover overhead!—   
O, it sets my hart a-clickin' like the tickin' of a clock,   
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock.   
Then your apples all is gethered, and the ones a feller keeps   
Is poured around the cellar-floor in red and yaller heaps;   
And your cider-makin's over, and your wimmern-folks is through   
With theyr mince and apple-butter, and theyr souse and sausage too!...   
I don't know how to tell it—but ef such a thing could be   
As the angels wantin' boardin', and they'd call around on me—   
I'd want to 'commodate 'em—all the whole-indurin' flock—   
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder's in the shock.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020


My 9x great grandfather John Giddings was born in England abd became a leading citizen of both Ipswich and the colony. William Richard Cutter give the following information:  

John Giddings, who was born in 1639, had a commonage granted him in 1667; was a commoner in 1678; a lieutenant of militia; and was also a deputy to the General Court in 1683, 1684 and 1685. On Feb. 20, 1690, his estate was inventoried at £269 15s. I0d.; his death took place March 3, 1691, and the estate was partitioned March 29, 1692. After his death his widow, Sarah, married Henry Herrick, of Beverly, and she died in Gloucester. To the marriage of John and Sarah Giddings were born ten children: George, born in 1664, (first) married Mary Skamp and (second) Mrs. Elizabeth Perkins; Elizabeth was first married, Dec. 16, 1685, to Mark Haskell, and later to John Dennison, of Ipswich; Jane married Nov. 26, 1691, Joseph Haradine (she had no children); Sarah, born in 1672, married John Haraden, who died Nov. 11, 1724, the father of several children: John was born in 1665; Job, born in 1677, married Sarah Andrews, became the father of three children, and died Feb. 27, 1708; Solomon, born in 1679, married Margery Goodhue: Joshua, born in 1681, married Abigail, was the father of five children (three of whom died young), and was probably lost at sea in 1716; Thomas, born in 1683, married Sarah Butler; Mary, born in 1686, was married to Benjamin York. -p257

Commemorative Biographical Record of Hartford County, Connecticut: Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, and of Many of the Early Settled Families, Volume 1 J.H. Beers & Co 1901

I'm descended from John's daughter Elizabeth who married Marke Haskell.

Sunday, August 09, 2020


While I wasn't able to find George Giddinga' will, I was able to find some of the details of his estate in the following transcription on Google Books:

Estate Of George Giddings Of Ipswich.

Administration upon the estate of George Gettings (also, Geddings) was granted 27:4:1676, to Jane, the re1ict, who was ordered to bring in an inventory to the next Salem court.
Salem Quarterly Court Records, vol. 5, leaf 94.

Inventory of the estate of George Giddings, late of Ipswich, taken June 19, 1676 by John Whipple, sr., Henry Benet and Nathaniell Wells: his waring Clothes, wollin & Linon, 7li.; money & platte, 4li. 10s.; housing with Comonidg, 60li.; in the parlor, a beed sted with a fether beed & what belongs to it, 1Hi.; cubbord with drawers, 2li. 10s.; table, two chayers 4 cushins, Hi. 18s.; boxe, one baskit, truncke, 12s.; 6 yds. of Cloth, Hi. 10s.; more of the same, 7s. 6d.; pewter, 4li.; a table cloth & 6 napkins, Hi.; two payer of pillowbeers, two towels, tablecloth, Hi. 6s.; one payer of sheetes, Hi.; fower payer of sheets, small table cloth, Hi. 10s.; 3 payer of pillow beers with other linen, Hi. 10s. 6d.; beedsted with a fetherbeed & three blankits, 7li. 10s.; an old table, one old chest, 5s.; trundle beed with what belongs to it, 21i . 15s.; sheeps wooll, 1401b., 71i.; flax, yerne & flaxe with som tooe, Hi.; old tubes, 2s. 6d.; 10 bush, of Indian Corne, 2 bush of malt, 2li. 3s.; 3 sackes, one bush, of wheat, 12s. 6d.; one sadle and bridle & pilion, Hi. 4s.; tubes & Keelers, Hi.; pailes, trayes, other wood dishis, Hi. 1s.; old Cubbard, 10s.; smalle table & 4 Chayers, 10s.; a Copper, one cetle, 2li. 5s.; two Iron potes, Hi. 7s.; two tramels, two payer of pott hooks, 1Is.; an Iron barr, payer of Andjrons, 16s.; slice, paire of tonges, 4s.; morter & two scillits, 10s.; tin ware, 10s.; one worming pann, one payer of belis, 7s. 6d.; one smothing Iron, with heaters, 3s.; Chespres, 8s.; gridiron, 11s.; two spining wheels with cardes, 11s.; Ches moats & sives & spits, 13s. 6d.; powdering tub, two barrels, 7s. 6d.; a Cherne, a runlit, 7s.; bookes, 2li.; seed plow, 9s.; two Chaines, two yoacks with Irone, 19s.; Cart & wheeles with spanshakle, 2li.; beetle with ringes, 5 wedgis, one axe, 14s.; 9 Cows & 3 hayfers, 36li.; thre two yer old hayfers, 4 oxen, 27li.; one yearling, 6 Calves, 3li. 10s.; 60 sheep, 40 Lames, 27li.; one hors, 3 maares, one year old coult & two foales, 8li.; 6 swine, 4li.; poark, backen & cheese, butter, 3li. 10s.; 152 accers of Land, 760li.; 6 accers of march at Plom iland, 12li.; total, 102Hi. 12s. 6d. Debts owing from the estate, 241i .
Attested 27:4:1676 by Jane, relict and administratrix. Essex County Quarterly Court Files, vol. 25, leaf 49.

For the settlement of the estate of George Gittins, deceased, by agreement of the widow, administratrix and the five sons, it was ordered Sept. 26, 1676, that all the estate be delivered into the hands of the five sons, Thomas, John, James, Samuell and Joseph Gittins, to be divided, Thomas to have a double portion. They were to give security to pay the widow during her 1ife 251i. per annum and her living in the house, with the use of the household stuff, and to pay to their three sisters, Rebecka, Abigaill and Mary, 50li. each, deducting so much as any of them have formerly had as their portion from their father.
Ipswich Quarterly Court Records, vol. 5, page 283.

Agreement of Thomas, John, James and Samuel Giddinge sons of George Giddinge, deceased, that Thomas the eldest son shall have a double portion of the estate of his father together with the land that was formerly given him by his father where he now lives; and they also agree not to sell any of their land from one another and to bear proportionably their part in fencings.
Allowed by the Ipswich court Sept. 26, 1676.


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

Sunday, August 02, 2020


Turning now to the families of the Haskell wives, I'll begin with Elizabeth (Giddings) Haskell. She was the grandaughter of my 10x great grandfather George Giddings.

George,his wife and their children were part of the Great Migration colonist. passenger on the ship The Planter. William Richard Cutter wrote this about George:

George Giddings, aged twenty, came from England in 1635, and settled in the town of Ipswich, about twenty-five miles from lioston, Massachusetts, with their three servants. They are said to have had as companion on their voyage Sir Henry Vane, fourth governor of Massachusetts. who in 1662 suffered martyrdom for his zeal in the cause of liberty and religion. George Giddings brought with him a letter of recommendation from the rector, or minister, of St. Albans, Hertfordshire. George Giddings was born in 1608, died June I, 1676. He was one of Major Denison’s subscribers in 1640, a commoner in 1641, one of the twenty sworn freeholders who paid the highest rates out of two hundred and thirty in 1664. deputy to the general court in I64I-54—55—59—6I—6364-68-72-75, selectman from 1661 to I675, and for a long time a ruling elder of the first church. The inventory of his estate, June 19, I676, exhibited a total value of 231.021, 12s., of which one hundred and fifty-two acres of land with six acres of marsh, at Plumb Island, was appraised at £772. His widow died March, 1680. Children of George and Jane Giddings: Thomas, born 1638. married (first) Mary Goodhue, (second) Elizabeth ; ]ohn, see forward; James, born 1641, married Elizabeth Andrews; Samuel, born 1645, married (first) Hannah Martin, (second) Elizabeth : Joseph Collins, married Susannah Rindge ; Sarah; married Samuel Pearce; George.

Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 2  Lewis historical Publishing Company, 1911

I've found a record of his estate which I'll discuss in the following post.

Saturday, August 01, 2020


Okay, so these are the Great Migration ships my ancestors came over in that I know about so far. The Great Migration books were the source and I used Ancestry CustomTags to organize the list. I'll probably be adding more as I find the information.

Passenger on The Abigail
John Endecott
Edmund Freeman

Passenger on The Anne
Robert Bartlett
John Faunce
George Morton
Nicholas Snow
Edward Bangs

Passenger on The Defence
Edward Colborne
Robert Long

Passenger on The Elizabeth
Richard Kimball
Thomas Kimball

Passenger on The Fortune
Edward Bumpas
Robert Cushman
Thomas Cushman
Moses Simmons
John Tuttle

Passenger on The Francis
Thomas Boyden
Richard Holden
Abraham Newell

Passenger on The George Bonaventure
Samuel Skelton

Passenger on The Hercules
Thomas Hayward
Henry Phelps
Nathaniel Tilden

Passenger on The Increase
Joseph Morse

Passenger on the James
John Emery
Ralph Farnham
Richard Knight
Nicholas Holt

Passenger on The Lyon
Isaac Morill
John Perkins

Passenger on The Mary and John
Phillip Fowler
John Maverick
Christopher Osgood
Henry Short

Passenger on The MaryGould
Andrew Hallett

Passenger on The Planter
George Giddings
James Pitney

Passenger on The Returne
John Hardy

Passenger on The Truelove
William Barstow
Ralph Ellingwood

Wednesday, July 22, 2020


Genealogy has its ups and downs. Sometimes you find information that makes you do a mental Happy Dance. Other times, you end up with scarcely enough to fill in a picture of an ancestor's life. The latter is the case with my 7x great grandfather Mark Haskell, Jr.

This was all the information Ulysses G. Haskell's article ".A SHORT ACCOUNT OF THE DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM HASKELL OF GLOUCESTER, MASS"  has:

50 Mark Haskell was born September 16, 1687, in Gloucester, Mass., and in 1710 married Martha Tuthill of Ipswich, Mass., where he resided in 1729, and where he probably died in 1775 or 6.

His children were born as follows:
146 i Elizabeth, b. Dec. 23, 1710. 147
ii Martha, b. Feb. 18, 1712.
148 iii Mark, b. Aug. 19, 1713.
149 iv. Lucy, b. May 21, 1715.
150 v Priscilla, b. Oct. 8, 1718.
151 vi Jane, b. Jan. 22, 1722; d. July 2, 1722.
152 vii Jane, b. May 31, 1723; d. June 9, 1723.
153 viii. Jemima, b. Sept. 27, 1724; d. Oct. 15, 1724.
154 ix George, b. Aug. 3, 1726; d. Aug. 15, 1726.


Essex Institute Historical Collections, Volumes 32-33 ".A SHORT ACCOUNT OF THE DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM HASKELL OF GLOUCESTER, MASS"  Essex Institute Press, 1896 - Essex County (Mass.

I've found a probate file from 1775 for Mark Haskell but it is a complaint filed against the estate and I'm not sure it's the right person, so I'll have to do some more digging.

I'm descended from Mark Haskell Jr's daughter Martha who married my 6x great grandfather John Safford.

Wednesday, July 01, 2020


Mark Haskell Sr is my 8x great grandfather and another ancestor for whom I have found very little information so far.


Mark Haskell was born April 8, 1658, resided in Gloucester, Mass., where he died September 8, 1691, and thirty-three years.

He married December 16, 1685, Elizabeth Giddings, supposed to have been the daughter of Lieutenant John Giddings of Ipswich, Ma.

...His children were as follows:
48 i George, b. Oct.18,1686; d.Nov. 10, 1686
50. ii Mark, b.Sept. 16, 1687
31 iii William, b.Jan.1, 1689-1690


Essex Institute Historical Collections, Volumes 32-33 ".A SHORT ACCOUNT OF THE DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM HASKELL OF GLOUCESTER, MASS"  Essex Institute Press, 1896 - Essex County (Mass.

I found Mark Haskell Sr. 's probate file which had no will and the estate inventory is written on two scraps of paper.

I'm descended from his son Mark Jr.