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  • 2003 Archive

  • Vol. 5, No. 18
    Whole #111
    April 25, 2003
    Edited by Lynn Betlock and Rod D. Moody

    Greetings from the New England Historic Genealogical Society! This free newsletter has been sent to NEHGS members and friends who have subscribed to it, or submitted their email addresses on various membership and sales department forms and website notices. NEHGS recognizes the importance of its members' privacy, and will not give away, sell or lease personal information. If you would like to unsubscribe, please click on the link at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions provided.

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    • New Databases on
    • New Research Article on
    • NEHGS 2003 Technology Excellence Award
    • NEHGS Spring Warehouse Sale, May 1-2 — Phone, Fax, and Internet Orders Only!
    • NEHGS Sponsors Visiting Scholars
    • Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures at the NEHGS Library
    • Last Chance to Register for the NEHGS Research Tour to Nova Scotia
    • Take the Mumford Center Genealogy Challenge!
    • Association for Gravestone Studies Conference in Vermont
    • Favorite — and Black Sheep — Ancestor Feedback
    • NEHGS Contact Information

    New Databases on

    Massachusetts and Maine 1798 Direct Tax

    This week we have added Middlesex County, Massachusetts (Division 5, Vols. IX-XI [4]) to our ongoing database, the Massachusetts and Maine 1798 Direct Tax. This important resource can be used as a companion to the 1800 U.S. Federal Census, and to track the movement of individuals between the 1790 and 1800 censuses. Towns included in this update are Charlestown, Medford, Malden, Stoneham, Reading, Wilmington, Woburn, Lexington, Bedford, Cambridge, Watertown, Newton, Weston, Waltham, Hopkinton, Holliston, Sherburn, Natick, Sudbury, East Sudbury, Framingham, Concord, Lincoln, Acton, Billerica, Chelmsford, Westford, Marlborough, Boxborough, Littleton, Stow, Dracut, Tewksbury, Tyngsborough, Groton, Shirley, Dunstable, Pepperell, Townsend, and Ashby.

    Search the Massachusetts and Maine 1798 Direct Tax at

    Family Genealogy
    The Descendants of Thomas Lamkin of the Northern Neck of Virginia
    by Harold E. Wilkins, M.D.
    Edited by Barbara J. Mathews, CG

    Research into seventeenth-century court records of Virginia's Northern Neck led to the discovery of three individuals all named Thomas Lamkin (seemingly father, son, and grandson) residing near the head of the very short Yeocomico River, which empties into the Potomac River a short distance from the Chesapeake Bay. This unpublished finding led to the writing of The Descendants of Thomas Lamkin of the Northern Neck of Virginia , first published by the Newbury Street Press in 2001, which is devoted to the first six generations of this family.  This database treat generations seven through twelve. The author believes that perhaps ninety-five percent of people in the United States with this surname, regardless of spelling, could be traceable to Thomas Lamkin (c. 1620–1665) of Northumberland County, Virginia.

    Search The Descendants of Thomas Lamkin of the Northern Neck of Virginia at

    Cemetery Transcriptions From the NEHGS Manuscript Collections

    This week we have added transcriptions from cemeteries in North Winfield and Springfield, New York.

    Search Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections at

    Master Search

    Master search all databases at

    New Research Article on

    Rhode Island
    They Went in All Directions: Rhode Islanders on the Move
    By Maureen A. Taylor

    NEHGS 2003 Technology Excellence Award

    The New England Historic Genealogical Society, in an effort to encourage and foster the development of rigorous genealogical research techniques in computerized or electronic formats, is now accepting nominations for the fourth annual NEHGS Technology Excellence Award. This award is granted annually during the GENTECH Conference for Genealogy and Technology.

    Due to the cancellation of the GENTECH 2003 conference, NEHGS will present this year's award during the NEHGS-sponsored luncheon at the Federation of Genealogy Societies conference in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, September 4. In 2004 the award will once again be presented during the eleventh GENTECH conference, which will take place in St. Louis, Missouri, January 22-24.

    The award may be granted to an individual or organization and will carry with it:

    • A one-year membership to NEHGS
    • Notice on the NEHGS website,
    • Travel expenses for the recipient (or recipient's representative) to the award ceremony
    • Recipient's choice of products from the NEHGS online store ($500 value)

    The award will be determined by a committee appointed by NEHGS. Nominations are welcome and may be submitted, but the committee will also consider initiatives that fit its criteria but have received no nomination. To be eligible for consideration, a project must demonstrate or enable the highest standards of genealogical research in electronic form, and do so in an innovative and replicable manner. The award is intended to recognize appropriate use of technology to achieve genealogical results; eligible projects must therefore present a worthwhile genealogical result obtained through technological tools. Displays of technological "wizardry" devoid of genealogical merit will not be considered, nor will pure genealogical content outweigh technological shortcomings.

    Examples of projects which might fit these criteria are:

    • Electronic representation of original source documents
    • Electronic publication of genealogical research, including full source documentation
    • Cataloging of repository materials for electronic access
    • Collaborative efforts among societies, family history associations, or commercial ventures to increase the electronic accessibility of genealogical resources

    Employees of NEHGS and their immediate families are not eligible for consideration for this award. Nominations may be sent to The deadline for submissions for the 2003 award is July 15, 2003.

    Previous winners include:

    Programme de recherche en démographie historique (PRDH)

    Illinois State Genealogical Society

    Alberta Family Histories Society, Canadian Genealogical Projects Registry

    NEHGS Spring Warehouse Sale, May 1-2 — Phone, Fax, and Internet Orders Only!

    Mark your day planner! NEHGS is having a spring warehouse sale by phone, fax, and Internet only on Thursday and Friday, May 1-2. This sale will feature deep discounts on clearance items and special promotions on other popular items. The sale is extended through the weekend for customers ordering via our website. You may place an order with us by calling toll-free at 1-888-296-3447, faxing your order to 508-788-9500, or through A list of sale items will be available on request by email early next week. Send your request to Items in the sale will also be visible in a special category in the "Browse" feature of the online store at (please note that the store will reflect the regular selling price until Thursday, May 1, at 12:01 a.m.) These special sale prices will not be available in our book store at Boston or at our warehouse facility in Framingham.

    NEHGS Sponsors Visiting Scholars

    The New England Historic Genealogical Society is a member of The New England Regional Fellowship Consortium (NERFC). This organization, a collaboration of sixteen major cultural agencies in New England, offers fellowship grants for scholars exploring certain aspects of New England historical research. Each award in the amount of $5,000 is designed to subsidize eight weeks of research at three or more participating institutions and optimally to encourage projects drawing on the resources of several. Fellows must work at each of these organizations for at least two weeks.

    NEHGS has been a participant in NERFC since its inception three years ago. During that period we have welcomed three scholars who have explored the Society's varied and extensive holdings in early New England Americana, generally with great success. Following the first grant year, we received Dr. Joan N. Radner, a professor in the department of literature at American University in Washington D.C. Dr. Radner, who obtained her doctorate in literature from Harvard in 1971, was writing a book on "Performing the Paper: Rural Intellectual Life in Postbellum Northern New England." She arrived in June 2001, and found the NEHGS newspaper holdings to be of particular significance to her research. Dr. Radner reported that her experience at NEHGS was excellent.

    Our second visiting scholar, a member of the 2001-2002 NERFC grant class, was Dr. Ruth Wallis Herndon, assistant professor of Colonial and Revolutionary America at the University of Toledo. Dr. Herndon's project was entitled "Orphan Apprenticeship in Early New England." This involved the phenomenon of "binding out" orphaned children so that they would receive a respectable education while performing tasks for their surrogate households. Dr. Herndon came to NEHGS at the suggestion of Gloria Main, assistant professor of Colonial history at the University of Colorado, and author of the noted work Peoples of a Spacious Land (available from our book store at

    Dr. Herndon found much in both manuscript and printed sources at NEHGS, and was very satisfied with her experience. She later wrote: "It was a great pleasure to do research at NEHGS. I've been telling all my colleagues about your resources and your excellent staff; you really stand out as an archive and research library. I only wish I taught at a school in or near Boston, so I could send students to you!" Dr. Herndon contributed an article entitled "Children and Masters: Tracking Eighteenth-Century New Englanders Through Indentures," published in the winter 2003 issue of New England Ancestors (an online version of the article is available to NEHGS members at At the conclusion of her research period here, she gave a luncheon lecture to the staff on her numerous findings at NEHGS.

    Our most recent scholar, for the 2002-2003 grant year, was Joshua M. Smith, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maine. His project was "Rogues of 'Quoddy: Smuggling in the Maine-New Brunswick Borderlands, 1783–1820." Mr. Smith had done a very thorough scan of the manuscript collections at NEHGS prior to his visit in March 2003, and in his proposal cited the papers of Thomas G. Thornton, John Wingate Thornton, and Thomas Fayerweather as integral to his work. He also discussed the importance of family connections in the illicit contraband trade that occurred on the Maine-New Brunswick border, which the Society's extensive New England and Canadian sources could assist greatly with.

    During the course of his research, Mr. Smith remarked more than once that the Society's holdings in important manuscript Americana and Canadiana were stronger than those of some of Boston's other local institutions — high praise indeed. Mr. Smith also expressed a strong interest in contributing to New England Ancestors, and we anticipate that he will draft an article on his research discoveries before too long.

    In the summer of this year we look forward to receiving Dr. David J. Silverman, a professor of history at Wayne State University in Detroit. His book-length project, entitled "Brothertown: Indian Racial Consciousness in the Early American Northeast" concerns the Indian communities (collectively called "Brothertown") in and about Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and how the various tribes attempted to secure and defend their own identities in a landscape increasingly dominated by white European-Americans. Central to his research is the Society's "Brothertown" collection, Kansas claims, and New England Company records, all of which he cited in his application for the NERFC fellowship.

    Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures at the NEHGS Library

    The 2003 "Genealogy in a Nutshell" series continues with:

    • "Irish Presbyterians in Eighteenth-Century New England" by Jerome E. Anderson on Saturday, April 26.

    • "Using New England Vital Records at NEHGS" by David Allen Lambert on Wednesday, April 30, and Saturday, May 3.

    • "Boston Scandals in the 17th and 18th Centuries" by D. Brenton Simons on Wednesday, May 7, and Saturday, May 10

    All lectures take place at 10 a.m. Advance registration is not necessary.

    For more details about NEHGS education events, please visit If you have questions, please call Member Services at 1-888-296-3447 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern time), Monday through Friday.

    Last Chance to Register for the NEHGS Research Tour to Nova Scotia
    June 17–27, 2003

    Time is running out to register for the NEHGS Research Tour to Nova Scotia! This tour will give you maximum research time at the Nova Scotia Archives (formerly PANS) and other excellent Nova Scotia repositories, with individual help and attention from our expert staff and local specialists. Experience ten days of intensive research, lectures by leading genealogists and experts in the field, and hands-on assistance from tour leaders and NEHGS staff librarians George F. Sanborn Jr., FASG, FSA (Scot.), and David Allen Lambert. In addition to Halifax, we will visit Shelburne, Truro, Pictou, Sherbrooke, and Cape Breton. This tour will appeal to those tracing urban or rural Planter, Loyalist, Acadian, Foreign Protestant, Irish, or Highland Scots ancestry, among others. Outstanding cultural and educational opportunities, breathtaking scenery, comfortable accommodations, and Atlantic Canada's fine food are sure to make this an unforgettable experience.

    Proposed Itinerary

    Tuesday, June 17
    Arrive independently in Halifax and check in to Dalhousie University dormitories.
    Introduction and Welcome Dinner.

    Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, June 18–20:
    Research at the Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management.
    Lunch will be provided at NSARM in the audio-visual room each day.

    Lectures offered on these days include:

    "Names and Oral Tradition in Highland Scots Research" by George F. Sanborn Jr., FASG, FSA (Scot.)

    "New England Soldiers in Nova Scotia: Records from Back Home" by David Allen Lambert.

    Dinners on these days are on your own.

    Saturday, June 21
    Depart for Cape Breton Island by motorcoach via Sherbrooke Village.
    Check into the Ceilidh Lodge at the Inverary Resort. Dinner provided at our hotel (with evening entertainment in the Thistledown Pub).

    Sunday, June 22
    Guided tour of the Fortress Louisbourg. A special traditional dinner banquet (with period food and costumed staff) and evening entertainment will be provided.

    Monday, June 23
    We will split the participants into two groups. Group A will research at Fortress Louisbourg Archives, and Group B will be at the Beaton Institute. Orientations to both repositories will be offered at each location. Tour participants may then switch locations at lunchtime. Dinner will be provided back at the Inverary Resort.

    Tuesday, June 24
    The group will tour the Cabot Trail by motorcoach, making frequent stops for photo opportunities. On the way, we will stop at Morrison's Restaurant for lunch (out-of-pocket) and visit the North Highlands Museum before heading back to the Inverary Resort. Dinner will be on your own. Evening entertainment will be provided.

    Wednesday, June 25
    Depart for Halifax by motorcoach via Truro and Pictou. The group will have the opportunity to research at the Pictou County Genealogical Society in the morning. Lunch will be provided at the Braeside Inn. In the afternoon, we will make a stop at the Colchester Historical Museum. Upon returning to Halifax, we will check into the Holiday Inn Harbourview in Dartmouth. Dinner will be on your own.

    Thursday, June 26
    Group will depart for Shelburne, a Loyalist town founded in 1783. There, tour participants may tour the Ross-Thomson House, the Dory Shop, the Shelburne County Genealogical Society, the county courthouse, and the Shelburne County Museum. Lunch is on your own. A special farewell reception and dinner banquet will take place back at the Holiday Inn Harbourview. Entertainment in the evening will include a performance by The Elastic Millennium Choir.

    Friday, June 27
    Check out of Holiday Inn Harbourview; have a safe trip home!


    The deadline for registration to this conference is Friday, May 2. To register, call 1-888-286-3447 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern time), Monday through Friday, or email

    Take the Mumford Center Genealogy Challenge!

    The Lewis Mumford Center at SUNY Albany, New York, is sponsoring a genealogy contest to increase search results for their project, "Twenty Years in New Yorkers' Lives: 1900 to 1920." The project is described on their website at as a study of "minority and immigrant incorporation in the New York and Chicago metropolitan regions at the turn of the last century." Their goal is to trace a select number of individuals of various ethnic backgrounds back from 1920 to 1900 to determine whether patterns of residential and occupational mobility varied across racial and ethnic lines. Their website further clarifies the research with the following passage:

    "In 1900, Italians and Russians were living in neighborhoods that had strong ethnic concentrations. By 1920, were they likely to move out of the ethnic neighborhood and into a more integrated one? Were Russians more likely to do this than Italians? How quickly were German and Irish immigrants able to move up the occupational ladder? How does the experience of European immigrants compare to that of black migrants from the South? These are the kind of questions we want to answer."

    The researchers began the project by examining a group of five thousand individuals that lived in New York City in 1920. These individuals resided somewhere in the United States in 1900. Information from the 1920 census was then used to find these same individuals in the 1900 census. So far the reseachers have found over one thousand of the individuals in the 1900 census, but they are putting the call out to genealogists all over for help with the more difficult cases, such as finding women that were not married as of 1900.

    To enter, you must first register on their website. Once registered, you will be able to browse the center's list of cases and make a selection. Once the selection is made, the center will send a confirmation, and you will be given seven days from receipt of confirmation to complete the research and submit your results.

    Winners of the challenge will receive a Mumford Challenge coffee mug, not to mention much gratitude from the center's researchers!

    Visit to take the Mumford Center Genealogy Challenge.

    Association for Gravestone Studies Conference in Vermont

    The Association for Gravestone Studies will be hosting its twenty-sixth National Conference and Meeting on June 19-22, 2003 at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont. Highlights of the conference will include:

    All Day Motor Coach Guided Cemetery Tours
    A choice of one of three cemetery tours are available with registration to the conference. Tours include the Marble Museum and Quarry tour in Proctor, Vermont (also includes the Sheldon Slate Company and the Slate Museum in Granville, New York); the Vermont Colonial tour (three to four cemeteries in Dorset, Manchester, Wallingford, and, if time permits, Middletown Springs); and the Vermont Colonial and Victorian Tour (cemeteries in Salem, NY, Cambridge, NY, and Arlington, VT).

    Pre-Conference Tour to Barre, Vermont
    The first stop is the world's largest granite quarry, Rock of Ages. Here participants will be given a guided tour and see hand-carving of statuary, and polishing and cutting. The tour will proceed to the Hope Cemetery where guides will tell the stories of some of the stones and their carvers

    Pre-Conference Workshops
    Topics include conservation, photography, and gravestone rubbing.

    Keynote Lecture
    Historian and genealogist Valerie H. Berberich will present her research on New England's master gravestone carver Zerubbabel Collins, his marble quarry and stone shop in Shaftsbury, Vermont, and his numerous marble gravestones found throughout New England.

    Other highlights include a lecture series, an award banquet, a silent auction, and informal discussion sessions.

    Registration forms for the conference are available on the AGS website at The deadline for registration is May 19, 2003. For more information, visit the website or call John E. Sterling at 847-669-6975.

    Favorite — and Black Sheep — Ancestor Feedback

    Here are the latest reader submissions to the questions "Who is your favorite ancestor? Who is your favorite black sheep ancestor? Why?" If you would like to contribute information on your favorite and/or black sheep ancestor, please send your story in 300 words or less to Lynn Betlock at at Thank you to all past and future contributors!

    Two Black Sheep
    by Louise (Robinson) Toops of Dayton, Ohio

    My grandmother, Kate Williams, was born in 1870 in Nevada County, California. She was the second oldest child of Richard R. Williams and his first wife, Susan Ellis. Kate married Frank Bigelow at the age of sixteen in 1887, and had one son, Walter. Finding herself pregnant with her second child, she went to court to prove it was her husband's child and lost. She gave birth to her daughter Susie in Nevada, illegitimately, in November 1893, and married the child's father, William John Robinson, in June 1894.

    In researching the family, I discovered that Kate's mother, Susan, died January 7, 1880, of pneumonia, after giving birth to her seventh child, who was just a few days old. In the 1880 census, Jane or Jennie Harland is listed as the "housekeeper" in the residence. Jane gave birth to John on May 3, 1880, who died Sept. 11, 1880. Richard R. Williams, the father of John, finally married Jane on June 12, 1880, and they went on to have nine more children! My grandmother Kate could never go to school because she had to stay home and help care for the younger babies! Yet Richard's obituary said he was a "whole souled Christian Man. He followed the Biblical injunction of loving his neighbor as himself, and he was always ready to help those who needed the assistance he could give." I guess having two women pregnant at the same time was included in this. And they said my grandmother was the black sheep of the family!

    Our Favorite Ancestor
    by Bruce P. Bogert of Rockport, Massachusetts

    I say "our" since both my wife Marcia and I are eleventh-generation descendants of our favorite ancestor, Herodias Long, born in England about 1623/4. She married John Hicks at St. Faith's, the underchapel at St. Paul's, London, on March 14, 1636/7, and the couple emigrated to Weymouth, Massachusetts, before removing to Newport, Rhode Island. where he became a Freeman on September 14, 1640. He then removed to Flushing, Long Island, New York, around 1645 with his two children, and became a patentee of Flushing on October 19, 1645. Hicks' great granddaughter, Mary (1700-1784), married Samuel Lawrence (1689-1760), and their granddaughter married Peter Bogert (1757-1838), my great-great-great grandfather.

    Herodias remained in Newport, where she got a divorce from John on December 2, 1643. John got a divorce from Herodias on June 1, 1655, in the court at New Amsterdam, by Governor Peter Stuyvesant. After Hicks went to Flushing, or perhaps before, Herodias went to live with George Gardiner of Newport as his common-law wife. Their first child of six (or possibly seven), Benoni, born about 1645, is the ancestor of Marcia's maternal grandmother, Olive Augusta Gardner (1852-1930). The relationship between George and Herodias was not smooth, and around 1664 Herodias asked the General Assembly for a separation from George, which was granted on May 3, 1665.

    On that very same date, Margaret, the elderly wife of a man named John Porter, petitioned the General Assembly that her husband be forced to support her. It seems that Herodias had become John's housekeeper, but after John had provided support for Margaret, the Porters divorced and Herodias married John.

    All of this information was extracted from the paper "Herodias (Long) Hicks-Gardiner-Porter, A Tale of Old Newport," by G. Andrews Moriarty, (Rhode Island History, XI, July 1952, pp 84-92), in which there is more — much more! Sounds like the twentieth century, doesn't it?

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