Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Rev. and Hon. Gershom Bulkely (1626 - 1713) Wethersfield, Connecticut

This tombstone was photographed at the Village Cemetery in Wethersfield, Connecticut, behind the First Church of Christ on Main Street.



Rev. and
Hon. GERSHOM BULKELY
Died Dec. 2nd 1713 aged 77.
He was honorable in his descent.
Of rare abilities, excellent in learning,
Master of many languages,
Exquisite in his skill in
Divinity, physic and law
And a most exemplary
And
Christian life.
In certam spem beatae resurrectionis repositus.
GERSHOM BULKLEY [upside down]

This tombstone is odd to me for several reasons.  First of all, I had never seen red, sandstone tombstones until we visited Wethersfield.  It is a very soft, crumbly stone, and many of the grave markers in this cemetery were in poor condition.  Gershom’s grave marker is a ledger style table, which was very worn and difficult to read.  Also, it is very odd that the family crest is so poorly carved, almost cartoonish.  And his name is upside down on the bottom?



Gershom Bulkeley, son of Rev. Peter Bulkeley (my 10th great grandfather) and Grace Chetwood, was born 6 December 1636 in Concord, Massachusetts, and died 2 December 1713 in Glastonbury, Connecticut.  He married Sarah Chauncy, daughter of Charles Chauncy (2nd president of Harvard College) and Catherine Eyre, on 26 October 1659 in Concord.  They had six children, and son John also became a minister (third generation). 

Gershom graduated Harvard College in 1655.  He served as a minister in New London and Wethersfield.  He was also a trained doctor and served as a surgeon during King Philip’s War where he was wounded near Mount Wachusett.  He was a deputy to the Connecticut General Court, and a Justice of the Peace.

Peter and Grace Bulkeley took their voyage to the New World in the 1630s.  During the voyage it appeared that Grace “apparently died and her husband, supposing land to be near and unwilling to consign the beloved form to a watery grave, urgently entreated the Captain that the body might be kept one day and yet another day.” [Families of Ancient Wethersfield, Connecticut, by Henry R. Stiles, 2009] On the third day she stirred, and recovered. She gave birth some months later in Concord, Massachusetts and named the child “Gershom”, a biblical name which means “exile”.  It is supposed that part of this story is myth since the Bulkeley family came from England in separate ships to throw off the authorities that Rev. Peter Bulkeley was leaving England as a “non-conformist”. 


Gershom Bulkley's tombstone is next to
his son's, Charles Bulkley.  You can read a post
about Charles' tombstone HERE.  


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Rev. and Hon. Gershom Bulkely (1626 - 1713) Wethersfield, Connecticut", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 31, 2016,  (  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/05/tombstone-tuesday-rev-and-hon-gershom.html: accessed [access date]).

Monday, May 30, 2016

El Galeón in Newburyport, Massachusetts


In the 16th century Spain was sending expeditions, colonists and military to the New World to populate the Americas.  It was also sending home treasures such as gold and silver back to Europe.  The original ships being used were not built for trans-Atlantic trade, and so the galleon was invented and designed to transport precious cargoes of goods and people.

El Galeón Andalucia is an exact replica of a 16th century Spanish galleon.  She is on tour of the US east coast this summer.  This weekend she was in Newburyport, Massachusetts where we were able to tour her.  She is 170 feet long, 495 tons.

Ships like El Galeón were sailing back and forth from Spain to the New World 100 years before the Mayflower landed in Massachusetts.  Although Newburyport was a center for ship building and maritime activity, galleons never sailed here.

El Galeón Andalucia's home port is Sevilla, Spain.  We had fun talking to the crew and finding out their home towns.  Most of the crew were from Andalucia, but some were from other parts of Spain like Barcelona and Valencia.  Vincent had a blast speaking with the Spaniards, and he ended up buying several souvenirs to help support the ship - a magnet, a baseball hat, a flag and a Spanish tile with an image of El Galeón Andalucia.










This device measured the speed of the ship in "knots"
El Galeón official website  http://www.elgaleon.org/


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "El Galeón in Newburyport, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 30, 2016, (  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/05/el-galeon-in-newburyport-massachusetts.html:  accessed [access date]).

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Bedford, New Hampshire World War I and Spanish American War Honor Roll




This Honor Roll is located in the Historic District of Bedford, New Hampshire
on the corner of Bedford Center Road and Meetinghouse Road.






TO HONOR AND PERPETUATE THE MEMORY             
OF THE MEN OF BEDFORD WHO SERVED IN            
THE WARS OF THEIR COUNTRY            
1917  WORLD WAR  1918                      
JOHN R. BAILEY                   ADELARD DANAULT        CHARLES E. PORTER
PARKER BAILEY                  GEORGE F. FRENCH           WILLIAM QUIMBY
CLOEPHAS BELLEMARE   EVERETT P. GAGE               CHARLES E RAMIG
EDOUARD BELLEMARE     ROMEO A. GAMACHE       RAYMOND A. ROBERTS
CHARLES O. BURSIEL         JOHN GEDDES                    EDWARD T. SARGENT
ERNEST L. BUSWELL          HAROLD B. GRANT           FRANK J. SILVA
*FRANK A. BUSWELL         OTTO H. GRANZ                 *WILLIS A. STEVENS
EDWARD C. CHAPUT          DONALD W. HAMEL          FRANK A. STORY
GEORGE O. CHASBRO        FRANK HILCHEY                CRAIG VINCENT
HENRY I. COLBURN            RAY E. HILCHEY                 HARRISON S. VINCENT
EDWARD A. COREY            ARTHUR A. LAFORGE        RAY M. WALLACE
HENRY P. CROWELL           ROGER F. LANGEVIN          LEWIS A. WELCH
MILTON F. CROWELL         ISRAEL C. LATULLIPPE       KYLE C. WESTOVER
JOHN E. CUNNINGHAM     JOSEPH A. MAYNARD        GEORGE T. WIGGIN
ROBERT M. CURRIE           ANDREW MAYO                  PETER WOODBURY

1898  SPANISH AMERICAN WAR  1902                       

                                             CHARLES A. CAMPBELL


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Bedford, New Hampshire World War I and Spanish American War Honor Roll", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 30, 2016, (  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/05/bedford-new-hampshire-world-war-i-and.html:  accessed [access date]).  

Honor Roll Project - Memorial Day 2016 Contributors

Bedford, New Hampshire

The Honor Roll Project collects transcriptions and photographs of military monuments with the names of veterans.  These monuments can be found in parks, civic buildings, schools, and other places across the United States and in other countries.  You can see the complete list of Honor Roll contributions at this link:  http://honorrollproject.weebly.com/

The following volunteers have taken photos and transcribed thousands of names from monuments. It is a simple project, and these transcribed names online help to make the names of veterans available to search engines.  Family members searching online for genealogical or military information on relatives, ancestors or friends will be able to find these names and photos.

Here is this year's contributions for Memorial Day 2016.  Please thank them for their hard work and dedication by leaving comments on their individual blog posts.


Cathy Meder Dempsey, Mettendorf, Germany, WWI and WWII

Jeanne Bryan Isalaco,  West Haven High School, Connecticut, WWII

Barbara Poole,  Glastonbury, Connecticut, WWII

Andover, Massachusetts, Revolutionary War

Litchfield, New Hampshire, WWI and WWII

Rob Weir, Dover, NH Spanish American War Memorial

Anna Matthews, WWII Memorial, Rockville Centre, ,

Rockville Centre, NY. NY, WWI, Vietnam, Korea

Judy Granger, Springfield, NH – WWI

Wayne Blanchard,  Rockingham, Vermont, WW1

Bill West, Abington, Massachusetts,  WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Afganistan (updated list since 2013)

Leah Smith, West Brookfield, MA, WWI

John Tew,  Arlington County, Virginia, WWI, Korea, Vietnam, Afganistan and Iraq


Nicole Dyer,  Tucson, Arizona War Memorials and WWII Honor Roll

Jeanne Bryan Insalaco,  Shelton, CT – Plumb Memorial Library

Shelton, CT – Riverview Cemetery, WWI, Korea

Shelton, CT – Riverfront War Memorial, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam,

Sara Campbell, Millers Falls Paper Company, Montague, Massachusetts, WWII

Christine McCloud, Norwalk, CT, Civil War
https://beautifulwatergenealogy.wordpress.com/2016/05/29/honor-roll-project-norwalk-ct-civil-war/

Deborah Lee Stewart - Leominster, MA - Vietnam
https://deborahleestewart.wordpress.com/2016/05/28/honor-roll-project-vietnam/

Dawn Williams-Kogutkiewicz,  Clark County, NV,  The Silent Heroes of the Cold War Monument
http://dawninggenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-silent-heroes-of-cold-war-national.html?spref=fb  

Carol Bowen Stevens, Tecumseh, Michigan, Spanish American War, Korea
http://reflectionsfromthefence.blogspot.com/2016/05/remembering-tecumseh-spanish-american.html

Schalene Dagutis, Loudoun County, Virginia, Vietnam and War on Terrorism

Arlington County, Virginia, honor roll memorial for World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the War on Terrorism

Prince William County, Virginia,, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, War on Terrorism

Mecklenburg County, Virginia, War Memorial in Clarksville, VA
Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, War on Terrorism

Pamlico County, North Carolina Honor Roll in Bayboro, NC
World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Merchant Marine

Craven County, North Carolina, honor roll on the grounds of the courthouse in New Bern honors the men and women from the county who died in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the War on Terrorism.

Wayne County Revolutionary War Plaque, Wayne County, West Virginia

Sharpsburg World War I Honor Roll, Sharpsburg, Washington, Maryland

Pittsfield, Massachusetts Civil War Monument

Berkshire County Vietnam War Memorial, Pittsfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts, Vietnam

Town of Lee Massachusetts James Burt Veterans Memorial Park honor rolls, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf

Town of Berne World War II Honor Roll, Berne, Albany, New York, World War II

Hyde Park, Dutchess, New York - World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf, including the names of some Roosevelt family members.

Shalene also found an online website for the Alabama Hall of Honor Temple, with the transcribed names of over 11,000 Alabamians who lost their lives in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, Iraq, Afganistan and the War on Terrorism.  http://www.alabamaveterans.org/#!hall-of-honor/c5wc   

Heather Wilkinson Rojo, Bedford, New Hampshire, Spanish American War and WWI,


For a full list of five years of contributions, please visit The Honor Roll Project:
http://honorrollproject.weebly.com/


Saturday, May 28, 2016

Surname Saturday ~ WELCH of Kittery, Maine


WELCH

This is another “brickwall” ancestress mystery.  Margaret Welch was born about 1796.  I don’t know if she was born there or not, but Kittery was listed as her birthplace on her death record.  (Interestingly, her son William F. Locke is listed as the town clerk on the death record in Chichester, New Hampshire)  There are WELCH families listed in the vital records of Kittery and York County, Maine, but I could not find a match to Margaret, who is my 4th great grandmother.   Phillip Welch (about 1638 – 1700) of Ipswich, Massachusetts was a colonial settler who left many descendants in York, Maine through his son Moses.

In 1823 in Chichester, New Hampshire Margaret Welch married Captain Richard Locke, who was a sea captain.   He was listed in the 1850 and 1860 Federal censuses as living in Chichester, New Hampshire as a farmer.  In the 1860 census Richard Locke was living with a widowed daughter Abigail (Locke) Batchelder and her 11 year old grandson, George, my 2rd great grandfather.  He was also living with her other widowed daughter, Mehitable (Locke) Brown, and her little granddaughter, Etta, age 3.  Poor Margaret had died about a month before this 1860 census record!

Sometimes, just knowing an ancestress’s maiden name can help break a brick wall, but in this case I still don’t know Margaret’s parents or even her true place of birth. 

My WELCH lineage:

Generation 1:  Margaret WELCH, born about 1796, maybe in Kittery, Maine, and died 1 March 1860 in Chichester, New Hampshire; married on 21 October 1823 in Chichester.  Three children.

Generation 2:  Abigail M. Locke m. George E. Batchelder
Generation 3:  George E. Batchelder, Jr., m. Mary Katharine Emerson
Generation 4:  Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 5:  Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ WELCH of Kittery, Maine", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 28, 2016,  (  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/05/surname-saturday-welch-of-kittery-maine.html: accessed [access date]).  

Friday, May 27, 2016

Arco de Cuchilleros, Madrid, Spain ~ Photos over the years

This is the Arco de Cuchilleros in Madrid, Spain.  The stairs lead up to the south west corner of the Plaza Mayor.  Cuchilleros is a Spanish word for knife sharpener or someone who sells knifes and cutlery.  In the medieval times these nearby businesses were probably all cuchilleros and butcher shops, but now they are all restaurants and tapas bars.  It is a famous place for tourists to take photos.

Christmas 1983
That's me at the bottom of the stairs


My husband and daughter, about 1997

My daughter, Yours Truly, mother and father-in-law, Christmas 2006


My son-in-law and daughter, 2013
They just celebrated their anniversary a few days ago!


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Arco de Cuchilleros, Madrid, Spain ~ Photos over the years", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 27, 2016,  (  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/05/arco-de-cuchilleros-madrid-spain.html:  accessed [access date]).

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Bellows Falls, Vermont and North Walpole, New Hampshire WWI Honor Roll Poster

Not all Honor Rolls are permanent granite or bronze monuments in public places like parks and civic buildings.  Take a look at this poster produced in Bellows Falls, Vermont after World War I.


St. Charles, Bellows Falls, Vermont       Rev. J. D. Shannon

Died Lieut. Edward C., Barry  6A School St., Bellows Falls, Vt,   Lieutenant Quartermaster, U.S. Army
Lieut. John C. O’Donnell,  5 Williams St., Bellows Falls, Vt,  U. S. Cavalry Officers Reserve Corps
Sergt. Philias A. Grignon, 16 Laurel Ave, Bellows Falls, Vt.,   Sergeant Quartermaster, U.S. Army
Sergt. Melvin T. Fontain, 16 Laurel Ave, Bellows Falls, Vt.,  103 Machine Gun Battalion, U.S. Army
Segt. Arthur L. Young (Dion),  69 Hyde St., Bellows Falls, Vt.,  103 Machine Gun Battalion, U.S. Army
Segt. Charles E. McDonald,  46 Green St., Bellows Falls, Vt., 103 Machine Gun Battalion, U.S. Army
Sergt. Michael J. Kelly,  50 Bridge St., Bellows Falls, Vt., 103 Machine Gun Battalion, U.S. Army
Sergt. Edward J. Cray,  78 Pine St., Bellows Falls, Vt.,  103 Machine Gun Battalion, U.S. Army
Sergt.  George A. Stack,  31 Laurel Ave., Bellows Falls, Vt., Depot Brigade, U.S. Army
Sergt. Thomas O’Donnell, 5 Williams St., Bellows Falls, Vt., 101 Machine Gun Battalion, U.S. Army
Corp. Henry J. Boucher,  63 Hyde St., Bellows Falls, Vt., 103 Machine Gun Battalion, U.S. Army
Corp. Michael J. Manning, 52 Hyde St., Bellows Falls, Vt.,
Corp. Gordon G. Fontaine, 118 Atkinson St., Bellows Falls, Vt.,
Corp. William J. Keefe, 93 Atkinson St., Bellows Falls, Vt.,
Priv. A. A. Fontaine, 16 Laurel Ave., Bellows Falls, Vt.,
Priv. James H. Doucette,  16 Saxtons River St., Bellows Falls, Vt.,
Priv.  John W. McAuliffe, 19 Williams St., Bellows Falls, Vt.,
Priv. Eugene Jos. Cray, 12 Green St., Bellows Falls, Vt.,
Priv. Francis James Griffin,  7 Brown St., Bellows Falls, Vt.,
Priv. James F. Slattery,  8 Hadley St., Bellows Falls, Vt.,
Priv. James H. McDonald,  46 Green St., Bellows Falls, Vt.,
Priv. Maurice M. Costin,  9 Taylor St., Bellows Falls, Vt.,
Priv. Hector J. Frenette,  55 School St., Bellows Falls, Vt.,
Priv. Edward J. Lawlor, 8 Underhill Ave., Bellows Falls, Vt.,
Priv. Lindsey E. Belknap, 85 Atkinson St., Bellows Falls, Vt.,
Priv. Raymond J. White, 3 Williams St., Bellows Falls, Vt.,
Priv. William C. Carney, 10 Church Place, Bellows Falls, Vt.,
Priv. William G. Pierce, 23 Oak St., Bellows Falls, Vt.,
Priv. Joseph K. Doyle, 16 School St., Bellows Falls, Vt.,
Priv. James Fallon,  25 Rockingham St., Bellows Falls, Vt.,
Died Priv. Alfred Aumond, 102A  Atkinson St., Bellows Falls, Vt.,  103 Machine Gun Battalion, U.S. Army
Priv. J. B. Aumond,, 18 Laurel St., Bellows Falls, Vt., 103 Machine Gun Battalion, U.S. Army
Priv. Harry W. Lynch, 10 Underhill Avenue, Bellows Falls, Vt., 103 Machine Gun Battalion, U.S. Army
Priv. J. E. Leen, 16 Taylor St., Bellows Falls, Vt., 10th Regiment, U.S. Army
Priv. Gerald J. Cray, 12 Green St., Bellows Falls, Vt., 103 Machine Gun Battalion, U.S. Army
Priv. William Cyrs,  16 School St., Bellows Falls, Vt., 103 Machine Gun Battalion, U.S. Army
Priv. Francis Aumond, 61 Hyde St., Bellows Falls, Vt., 103 Machine Gun Battalion, U.S. Army
Priv. William E. Hayes, 2 Gove St., Bellows Falls, Vt., Base Hospital Unit, U.S. Army
Priv. Robert C. Hayes, 2 Gove St., Bellows Falls, Vt.,  Commissary Department, U.S. Army
Priv. Philippe Duquette, 81A Atkinson St., Bellows Falls, Vt., Ammunition Train, U. S. Army
Priv. Zotique Aumond, 18 Laurel Ave., Bellows Falls, Vt., Depot Brigade, U. S. Army
Priv. Edward F. Shea, 53 Green St., Bellows Falls, Vt., 23rd Regiment, U.S. Army
Priv. Maurice O’Donnell, 5 Williams St., Bellows Falls, Vt., Signal Corps, U.S. Army
Priv. Albert Pecor, 32 Hyde St., Bellows Falls, Vt., 103 Machine Gun Battalion, U.S. Army
Priv. Philippe Labonte, 31 School St., Bellows Falls, Vt., Canadian Army
Priv. Daniel O’Connor,  25 Rockingham St., Bellows Falls, Vt., 103 Machine Gun Battalion, U.S. Army
Trooper Wilfred J. Bean, 13 Center St., Bellows Falls, Vt., 33rd U.S. Cavalry
Trooper Ernest E. J. Cote, 11 Laurel Ave, Bellows Falls, Vt., U.S. Cavalry
Trooper Raymond T. Murray, 3 Laurel Ave., Bellows Falls, Vt.,  U. S. Cavalry
Mate Daniel P. Thompson, Bellows Falls, Vt.,  U. S. Navy
Gunner Henry S. Fleming, Bellows Falls, Vt.,  S. S. New Hampshire, U.S. Navy
Q. M. Joseph J. Fenton, 14 Hapgood St., Bellows Falls, Vt., Quartermaster 3rd Class, U. S. Coast Guard Patrol, Naval Reserve
Seaman William S. Lynch, Grafton, Vt., Electrician S. S. Nebraska, U. S. Navy
Seaman Walter LaRose, Gageville, Vt.,  U.S. Naval Reserve
Seaman Augustine L. Aumond,  102A Atkinson St., Bellows Falls, Vt., U. S. Navy
Seaman Bryan J. O’Connor, 7 Bryan Court, Bellows Falls, Vt., U. S. Navy
Seaman Frank Fitzgerald, Bellows Falls, Vt.,  S. S. Rhode Island, U. S. Navy
Clerk Feliz L. Morris, 6 Chase Park, Bellows Falls, Vt., Executive Office, U.S. Navy
Drummer Alfred E. Kiniry, 86 Canal St., Bellows Falls, Vt.,  New Hampshire, N. G. Band, U.S. Army


From St. Peter’s, North Walpole, N.H.

Lieut. T. J. Brickley,  66 Main St., North Walpole, N.H., 101 Ammunition Train, U.S. Army
Sergt. John C. Lindstrom, 10 Spruce St., North Walpole, N.H., 103 Machine Gun Battalion, U.S. Army
Corp. W. F. Donegan, River St., North Walpole, 103 Machine Gun Battalion, U.S. Army
Corp. Patrick J. Sheehan, Alstead, N.H., Ambulance Corps, U.S. Army
Clerk George Gomeau, 11 Main St., North Walpole, N.H., Executive Office, U.S. Army
Priv. John P. Flavin, 31 River St., North Walpole, 102 Infantry, U.S. Army
Priv. Michael Moynihan, 145 Main St., North Walpole, N.H., 103 Machine Gun Battalion, U.S. Army
Priv. William F. O’Brien, 3 East St., North Walpole, N.H., 103 Machine Gun Battalion, U.S. Army
Priv. James Keane, 59 Church St., North Walpole, N.H., 103 Machine Gun Battalion, U.S. Army
Priv. Patrick Griffin, 8 Center St., North Walpole, N.H., 103 Machine Gun Battalion, U.S. Army
Priv. Harold Coffey, 28 Church St., North Walpole, N.H., 103 Machine Gun Battalion, U.S. Army
Priv. Michael W. Stack, 11 Pine St., North Walpole, N.H., 103 Machine Gun Battalion, U.S. Army


The photo of this World War I honor roll was sent to me by Wayne Blanchard of Bellows Falls, Vermont.  It appears to be a poster of all the men who were members of the Catholic churches in Bellows Falls (St. Charles) and North Walpole (St. Peter's) during World War I.    Wayne hosts a genealogy research group at the Rockingham Free Public Library, and was given a copy of this poster by the Bellows Falls Historical Society because of the genealogy information on the poster. Not only does it list the names, but it gives the rank, unit, home address and church membership.

By transcribing this information and making it available on the internet, anyone searching for one of these men will be able to find them via search engines.  This post is being included in the Honor Roll Project website at this link:
http://honorrollproject.weebly.com/

St. Charles is still an active parish in Bellows Falls, Vermont
http://stcharlesrectory.comcastbiz.net/

St. Peter's church is in North Walpole, New Hampshire (just across the Merrimack River from Bellows Falls, Vermont)   It is part of the All Saint's parish along with the church of St. Catherine of Siena in Charlestown, New Hampshire.

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo and Wayne Blanchard, "Bellows Falls, Vermont and North Walpole, New Hampshire WWI Honor Roll Poster", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 26, 2016,  (  http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2016/05/bellows-falls-vermont-and-north-walpole.html: accessed [access date]).

June 2016 Genealogy and Local History Event Calendar


For up to the minute updates, see the Nutfield Genealogy Facebook page at this link:  https://www.facebook.com/nutfield.gen/

May 26, Thursday, 6pm, A Soldier’s Mother Tells Her Story, at the Upper Valley Senior Center, 10 Campbell Street, Lebanon, New Hampshire. A living history program by Sharon Wood, speaking as Betsey Phelps, the mother of a Union soldier from Amherst, New Hampshire who died heroically at the Battle of Gettysburg.  Free to the public. 

June 1, Wednesday,  1pm. Intro to the Maine Historical Society: Library Tour, at 489 Congress Street, Portland, Maine, a 45 minute tour of the Brown Research Library by Nicholas Noyes, the library director.  Free to the public.

June 2, Thursday, 6pm,   The Road to Concord:  How Four Stolen Canon Ignited the Revolutionary War, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  A book talk by history blogger and author J. L. Bell.  www.masshist.org/calendar

June 3, Friday,7pm,  New England Utopia:  Transcendental Communities, at the Walpole Town Hall, 34 Elm Street, Walpole, New Hampshire. Free to the public. Presented by Pontine Theatre, and sponsored by the Walpole Historical Society.

June 4, Saturday, 10am, New Visitor Welcome Tour, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  FREE, no registration required. Attendees are welcome to use the library after the tour.

June 4, Saturday, 10am, Climbing Your Family Tree: For Beginners, at the American Canadian Genealogical Society, 4 Elm Street, Manchester, NH.  Presented by Gerry Savard, past president of the ACGS.  Free for members, $5 for non-members.

June 4, Saturday, 10am – 5pm, Old Orchard Beach Scottish Festival, at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Old Orchard Beach, including a talk on the Scots Irish by John. T. Mann, a clan village, pipers, dancing, traditional foods, artisans and heavy athletics. Free to the public  http://www.oob365.com/Scottish-Festival.html and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Scottish-Festival-in-Old-Orchard-Beach-705622936237789/

June 4, Saturday, 2pm, Black Heritage Tour: Let Freedom Ring: Resistance, Abolition and Civil Rights,  meet your tour guide Nur Shoop at the Liberty Flag Pole in Prescott Park, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  $20, please reserve a spot at 603-380-1231.  Tours June 4, July 2, August 6. 

June 4, Saturday, 1 – 3pm, Ice Cream Social, at the Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Massachusetts.  Enjoy Treadwell’s ice cream, listed to the Ukulele Union music, tour the carriage house, and play lawn games in a historic setting.  $2 Historic New England members, $5 non-members.  Registration recommended 978-744-0440. 

June 6, Monday, 6pm, The Lively Place: Mount Auburn , America’s First Garden Cemetery and Its Revolutionary and Literary Residents.  By author Stephen Kendrick, registration required https://www.masshist.org/calendar  Pre-talk reception at 5:30pm.  $20 nonmembers.

June 6, Monday, 5:30pm, Writing Women: Telling the Histories of Women in Boston, at the Nichols House Museum, Boston,  Massachusetts.  A panel of local female authors will talk about their work writing about known and unknown women in Boston History.  FREE to the public, please register at 617-227-6993 or info@nicholshousemuseum.org 

June 7, Tuesday 6 -8pm, Crafty Bastards: Brewing in New England from the Mayflower to Modern Day, at the Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Join former brewer and drinks journalist Lauren Clark as she presents an illustrated lecture on the history of beer brewing in New England.  Following the lecture there will be beer samples from Ipswich Ale Brewery on the front terrace.  Must be 21 years old.  $10 Historic New England members, $15 non-members. Call 617-994-5920 to register.

June 8, 15, 22 and 29, Wednesday, 1pm, Introduction to Genealogy, at the Amesbury Public Library, Amesbury, Massachusetts, presented by Richard Doyle.  A four week program.  Please pre-register to save your seat by calling Margie Walker 978-388-8148. Free to the public.

June 9, Thursday, 7pm, The Making of Strawberry Bank Museum, at the Rochester Historical Society Museum, 58 Hanson Street, Rochester, New Hampshire. Presented by historian J. Dennis Robinson, sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.  Free to the public.

June 9, Thursday, 6:30pm, The History of  Scollay Square, at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge Street, Boston, Massachusetts, presented by David Kruh.  Free to the public.

June 9, Thursday, 7pm, Valiant Ambition by Nathaniel Philbrick, at the American Antiquarian Society,  185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts. Author Nathaniel Philbrick will discuss his book Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold,  and the Fate of the American Revolutionwww.americanantiquarian.org/publicpro.htm

June 11, Saturday, 10am, Genealogy 202: Take it to the Next Level, at the American Canadian Genealogical Society, 4 Elm Street, Manchester, NH.  Presented by Muriel Chabot Normand.  Free for members, $5 for non-members.

June 11, Saturday, 9am to noon, Family History Workshop, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 110 Concord Street, Nashua, New Hampshire.  This workshop will cover the basics of starting a family tree on FamilySearch.com. Please bring a laptop.  Space is limited.  There will be another workshop in September if you can’t get a ticket. Register at this link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nashua-stake-mission-family-history-workshop-tickets-25587844933?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=esfb&utm-source=fb&utm-term=listing#tickets

June 11, Saturday, 9:30am to 12 noon, Workshop: Digitizing Documents and Photographs with the Northeast Document Conservation Center, at the New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord, New Hampshire. $50 members, $65 nonmembers.  To register call 603-856-0621.  Space is limited.

June 11, Saturday, 10:30am  and again at 1:00pm, Rocks Village: A Haverhill Neighborhood Walking Tour, meet at the Hand Tub House at Rocks Village, Haverhill, Massachusetts.  Park at 366 Amesbury Line Road and follow the signs to Hand Tub House. The tour will explore Rocks Village, the Hand Tub House (fire station) and a former historic village on the banks of the Merrimack River.  The annual RVMA yard sale takes place from 8:30am to 2pm.  $10 fee.

June 11, Saturday, 2 – 4:30 pm, Ancestry of American Presidents: Past, Present and Future? Presented by Gary Boyd Roberts and Christopher C. Childs at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  An afternoon of lectures and discussion of the American presidents and current presidential candidates.  FREE, please register at this link:  http://shop.americanancestors.org/products/ancestry-of-american-presidents-past-present-and-future?pass-through=true

June 12, Sunday, 2pm,  Cannon Shenanigans and New Hampshire’s Muster Day Tradition, at the Hancock Meeting House, Hancock, New Hampshire.  Presented by Jack Noon, sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.  Free to the public.
June 13, Monday, Putting History on the Map Together:  2016 Massachusetts History Conference, at the Hogan Campus Center of the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts.  Entrance fee, see http://masshumanities.org/programs/mass-history/history-conference-2016/

June 15, Wednesday, 6pm Essential Historic Sites with David McCullough and Brent D. Glass, at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts, presented by the Boston National Parks, the Museum of African American History, the Old South Meeting House and co-sponsored by the Omni Parker House.  Prize winning author David McCullough, and public historian Brent D. Glass will discuss historic sites and their compelling stories. Free to the public.  Register at http://osmhjune15-16.bpt.me/

June 15, Wednesday, 7pm,  Author Derek Beck to Speak at Minute Man National Historic Park, at the visitor center, 250 North Great Road, Lincoln, Massachusetts. Author book talk and book signing.  Free to the public.

June 16, Thursday, 11am to noon, Children’s Scavenger Hunt at the Governor Langdon House, 143 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Explore this 232 year old house and search for treasures!  For children ages 4 – 8 with their caregivers.  $5 Historic New England members and child, $8 non-member and child.  Each additional child $3.  Registration required, space is limited. 603-436-3205.

June 16, Thursday, 6pm,  Speaker Series:  The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition, at Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, Massachusetts, $10 members, $12 Non-members,  an illustrated lecture by professor Manisha Sinha of her book.  Reception at 6pm, lecture and discussion at 7pm.

June 16, Thursday, 6:30pm, The History of Haymarket in Boston, , at the West End Branch Library, 151 Cambridge Street, Boston, Massachusetts, presented by local author Kenneth Turino.  Free to the public.

June 17, Friday, 7:15pm, Civil War Roundtable:  CSS Shenandoah & the End of the Civil War, at the Epping Town Hall, 157 Main Street, Epping, New Hampshire. Free to the public.  

June 18 and 19, Saturday and Sunday,  10am – 5pm, Vermont History Expo 2016:  H2O, The Power of Water in Vermont History, Tunbridge World Fairgrounds, Tunbridge, Vermont.   Adults $10, children $5, Ages under 5 Free.  Half price for visitors in period dress!  Nearly 150 history and heritage organizations will present exhibits sharing history from all over Vermont.  Artists, musicians, authors, crafters, and genealogists.  http://vermonthistory.org/community/vermont-history-expo
June 19, Sunday, 10am – 6pm, New Hampshire’s Birthday Celebration! At Strawbery Banke living history museum, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Free to NH residents with ID.  (June 21 is the actual birthday)

June 19th, Saturday 11am - 5pm, Juneteenth in Portsmouth,  New Hampshire,  11am Remembrance Gathering at the Langdon Slaves Cemetery, 1035 Lafayette Road, 12 noon Pot luck lunch at the South Church, 12:30 pm documentary film at South Church, 1pm- Dialogue with descendants of Colonial Portsmouth families, South Church, 3pm- music jamboree and Remembrance Celebration at the African Burying Ground Memorial Park.  All events free and open to the public. http://www.portsmouthnh.com/event/portsmouth-black-history-juneteenth-celebration/ 

June 20, Monday, 6:30pm,  The Defender:  how the Legendary Black Newspaper Changed America, at the Massachusetts Historical Society,  1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts, $10 fee for non-members.  An author book talk by Ethan Michaeli. 

June 22, Wednesday, 9am, Teacher Workshop:  The Civil War in New Hampshire, at the Historical Society of Cheshire County, Keene, New Hampshire. Participants will receive 20 professional development credits for attending.   Contact Jennifer Carroll at dired@hsccnh.org or 603-352-1895.  Funded in part by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. 

June 22,  Wednesday , 10am, New Visitor Welcome Tour, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  FREE, no registration required. Attendees are welcome to use the library after the tour.

June 24 - 26, New England at Sea: Maritime Memory and Material Culture, a three day conference sponsored by Historic Deerfield, at the Deerfield Community Center, 16 Memorial Street, Deerfield, Massachusetts.  Nineteen lectures on the maritime history of New England and the adjacent areas of New York and Canada from the mid-eighteenth century to the early twentieth century.  Keynote address historian W. Jeffrey Bolster.  See this link for more information:  http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1101098178317&ca=2e412b0a-efd2-49b4-9f2c-2c6793f0b846

June 25, Saturday, 1pm to 4pm,  French Canadians in the Granite State, at the New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord, New Hampshire.  This is a workshop on advanced genealogy for those with specific interest in New Hampshire’s largest ethnic group, the French Canadians.  It will be led by the experts at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. For more information and pricing for members and non-members, visit nhhistory.org or call Wendy Olcott at 603-856-0621 to register by phone using a credit card.

June 28, Tuesday, 7pm, Music and the Heart: Songs of Human and Historical Connections, at the American Legion, 22 Elm Street, Gardner, Massachusetts.  Sponsored by the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society. Presented by Luanne Crosby who combines pieces of her music of the Civil War in her presentation.  Guests are welcome for a $2 donation, which can be applied to membership if you join that same evening.  For more info contact Janet Fortunato queenkatt64@yahoo.com 

June 28, Tuesday, 6:30,  Henry Beston’s Cape Cod: How the Outermost House Inspired a National Seashore, at the Truro Library,  7 Standish Way, Truro, Massachusetts.  A multi media presentation by writer and film maker Don Wilding.  Free to the public.

June 30, Thursday, 6pm, Marlborough Genealogy Workshop,  at the Peter Rice Homestead of the Marlborough Historical Society,  use the archives, discuss your research and share ideas.  Free Wifi for your laptop. 


Planning ahead:

July 1, Friday, FREE Fun Fridays sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation at these Massachusetts museums:  Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich, Cape Cod Maritime Museum in Hyannis, and the Wenham Museum

July 1 – 4, Friday to Monday, Boston Harborfest, historical re-enactments, walking tours, Tall Ships, live entertainment (including fireworks and concerts) and much more!  Some events have fees, most are free  http://www.bostonharborfest.com/

July 1 – 4, Lexington 4th of July Carnival, patriotic music, food, games and fireworks in Lexington, Massachusetts.  http://www.lexingtonlions.org/4thofJulyCarnival.cfm

July 3 and 4, Boston’s Fourth of July Esplanade Concert and Fireworks, http://www.july4th.org/   No fireworks at the Sunday July 3rd concert.

July 4, Monday, 10am – 5pm, An American Celebration! At Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. An old fashioned 4th of July, with children’s bike and wagon parade, field day for families, games and crafts.  Children under 17 free thanks to a donation from BAE Systems.  Veterans Free all day, too.  Active military and their families are free at all times through the Blue Star Museum program. www.strawberybanke.org 

July 4, Monday, An 1830 Independence Day Celebration at Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts.  Celebrate the old fashioned way with a reading of the Declaration of Independence (including a giant reproduction for you to sign), make a tricorner hat, drill with the militia, learn dances and visit the village.  www.OSV.org   

July 4, America’s Oldest Independence Day Parade, Bristol, Rhode Island  http://july4thbristolri.com/

September 9 – 10, Western Massachusetts Genealogical Conference, details coming soon.

September 15 – 17, New York State Family History Conference, at the Holiday Inn Syracuse, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, New York.


September 17,  Saturday, Maine Genealogical Society, 40th Anniversary Conference, Jeff’s Catering, Brewer, Maine, for more information see this link www.maineroots.org or MGS, Box 2062, Waterville, Maine, 04903 

October 15, Connecticut Society of Genealogists Seminar.  Details to come at http://www.csginc.org

October 22, Saturday, all day, The Battle of Red Horse Tavern, at the Wayside Inn in Sudbury, Massachusetts.  This is an annual one-day Revolutionary War era battle re-enactment and fair.


April 2017, NERGC 2017, at the Mass Mutual Center, 1277 Main Street, Springfield, Massachusetts