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  • 2003 Archive

  • Vol. 5, No. 19
    Whole #112
    May 2, 2003
    Edited by Lynn Betlock and Rod D. Moody

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    • New Research Article on
    • NEHGS Spring Warehouse Sale, May 2–4 — Phone, Fax, and Internet Orders Only!
    Nexus and New England Ancestors Magazine Issues Now Online
    • 2003 NEHGS Annual Meeting
    • Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures at the NEHGS Library
    • The NEHGS 2003 Summer Conference
    • Researching Canadian Ancestors Online
    • Summer Camp for Family Historians
    • Favorite — and Black Sheep — Ancestor Feedback
    • NEHGS Contact Information

    New Databases on

    Record of Deaths and Marriages from The Albany Argus, 1826–1828

    The Albany Argus newspaper was founded by Jesse Buel in 1813. He remained editor of the semi-weekly until 1820, when he sold the paper to Moses I. Cantine and I.Q. Leake. The next year it became the state paper. Cantine's death and Leake's poor health forced Leake to relinquish his duties as editor-in-chief, and he turned the paper over to gifted political writer Edwin Croswell. Croswell, with his cousin Sherman, changed the paper to a daily in 1825. Edwin Croswell proceeded to make the Argus a leading voice of the Democratic Party in New York state. These records were compiled by Ralph David Phillips of Nassau, New York.

    Search Record of Deaths and Marriages from The Albany Argus, 1826–1828 at /research/database/albany/.

    Massachusetts and Maine 1798 Direct Tax

    The Maine counties of Cumberland and York (Division 2, Vols. II–IV[3]) have been added to the database this week. Towns included in this update are:

    Cumberland — Harpswell, Brunswick, Durham, Freeport, North Yarmouth, Windham, New Gloucester, Gray, Poland, Buckfield, Turner, Sumner, Hartford, Livermore, Jay, Pennicook, Norway, Paris, Hebron, Otisfield, Standish, Raymond, Bridgton, Flintston (Sebago), Falmouth, Gorham, Portland, Scarborough, Cape Elizabeth.

    York — Buxton, Pepperellborough, Biddeford, Arundell (Kennebunkport), Wells, Alfred, Cookshall, Phillipsburgh (Hollis), Waterborough, Parsonsfield, Limerick, Limington, Newfield, Cornish, East Andover, Fryeburg, Bethel, Waterford, Brownfield, New Suncook, Oxford, Porterfield, Sanford, Lebanon, Shapleigh, Berwick, York, Kittery.

    The Massachusetts and Maine 1798 Direct Tax may 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.

    We will be adding further geographical areas in the coming weeks until the entire tax list is complete.

    Search the Massachusetts and Maine 1798 Direct Tax at /research/database/mmt/Default.asp.

    Family Genealogy:
    The John Elliot Family of Boscawen, New Hampshire, by Henry Ames Kimball (1918)

    The settlement of Boscawen, New Hampshire (Merrimack County), began in 1734. John Elliot was not among the list of the twenty-seven original settlers, but the author of this genealogy was positive that if he was not one of the pioneers of 1734, he arrived there soon after. Author Henry Ames Kimball was secretary of the New Hampshire Historical Society from 1905 to 1913.

    Search the genealogy at /research/database/genealogies/elliot.

    Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections

    This week we have added transcriptions from cemeteries in Cheshire, Massachusetts (Baptist Cemetery), and East Hampton, Connecticut ("all stones standing in town" in 1931, as noted by transcriber Lucius B. Barbour).

    Search Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections at /research/database/cemeteries.

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    NEHGS Spring Warehouse Sale, May 2–4 — Phone, Fax, and Internet Orders Only!

    A spring warehouse sale by phone, fax, and Internet only is currently in progress at NEHGS. This sale features deep discounts on clearance items and special promotions on other popular titles. Customers may order by telephone at 1-888-296-3447 until 5 p.m. (Eastern time) on Friday, May 1. The sale is extended through the weekend for customers ordering via our website,, or fax number, 508-788-9500. Items in the sale are listed in special categories in the "Browse" feature of the online store at Prices will remain active until midnight on Sunday, when they will automatically revert to their standard list prices. These special sale prices will not be available in our book store at Boston or at our warehouse facility in Framingham.

    Nexus and New England Ancestors Magazine Issues Now Online

    Volume III of NEHGS NEXUS Available Now on

    From 1983 to 1999, the NEHGS NEXUS newsletter presented a variety of research articles from genealogists and staff librarians, as well as Society events, genealogy news, queries, and reviews. We are pleased to announce the addition of selected articles from past issues to our website. This week we have added articles from the six issues that comprise Volume 3, published in 1986. We will continue to add volumes in chronological order on a regular basis.

    Read the NEXUS at

    Spring 2003 Issue of New England Ancestors Magazine Now Online

    The spring 2003 issue of New England Ancestors magazine has just been added to Don't miss featured articles on the Massachusetts and Maine 1798 Direct Tax, New England's Great Migration, researching in Nova Scotia, and genealogical acronyms, plus reviews on the Reunion software for Macs, researching in Boston, the Social Security Death Index, and much more.

    NEHGS members may read this issue of New England Ancestors at

    2003 NEHGS Annual Meeting

    On April 28, the Society's 2003 Annual Meeting was held in Boston. Business included the election of new officers, trustees, and councilors, and approval of revisions to the by-laws. The results of the election, based on votes cast by proxy and votes cast at the meeting, were announced.

    The following officers were elected: President: David W. Kruger, Exeter, New Hampshire; Vice-President: Anita A. Lustenberger, Irvington-on-Hudson, New York; Secretary: Meriwether C. Schmid, Riverside, Connecticut; and Treasurer: James T. Larkin, Greenwich, Connecticut.

    The following trustees were elected to three-year terms expiring in 2006: Robert O. F. Bixby, Arlington, Virginia; William R. Marsh, Grand Island, Nebraska; M. Jean McKee, Cheshire, Connecticut; Joyce S. Pendery, Falmouth, Massachusetts; Jane C. Scott, Hallandale, Florida; and Emily N. Wharton, Stonington, Connecticut.

    The following trustees were elected to one-year terms expiring in 2004: John C. MacKeen, Maynard, Massachusetts; M. David Sherrill, New York, New York; and Alvy Ray Smith, Seattle, Washington.

    The meeting marked the end of service on the board for two trustees: Marsha Hoffman Rising, FASG, of Springfield, Missouri, and Richard W. Kurtz of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, both of whom President Kruger recognized for their outstanding service to the Society.

    Members also voted by a wide margin to amend the Society's by-laws to create a Council of the Corporation that will be responsible for the election of all future officers and trustees and future amendments to the by-laws. The following were elected to be members of the Council: Kathleen Ackerman, MD, Brookline Massachusetts; Judith Avery, San Francisco, California; Richard H. Benson, Naples, Florida; Ruth C. Bishop, Portland, Oregon; Robert O. F. Bixby, Arlington, Virginia; James R. Boulden, London, England; David H. Burnham, Cohasset, Massachusetts; Tony Burroughs, Chicago, Illinois; John G.L. Cabot, Manchester, Massachusetts; David J. Cade, Merion Station, Pennsylvania; Ann Theopold Chaplin, CG, Strafford, New Hampshire; William M. Crozier, Jr., Wellesley, Massachusetts; Joan Ferris Curran, CG, Kansas City, Missouri; Richard W. Eastman, Northborough, Massachusetts; Allis Ferguson Edelman, Sarasota, Florida; Judith Waite Freeman, New Orleans, Louisiana; Judith H. Halseth, EdD, Paw Paw, Michigan; Beverly Haughton, Los Gatos, California; Robert F. Hendrickson, Princeton, New Jersey; Marian S. Henry, PhD, Rochester, New York; Sandra M. Hewlett, CGRS, Wayne, Pennsylvania; Annette Hulse, Los Altos, California; Julia Huston, Natick, Massachusetts; Peter H. Judd, New York, New York; Edwin M. Knights, MD, Grantham, New Hampshire; David W. Kruger, Exeter, New Hampshire; Richard W. Kurtz, Cape Elizabeth, Maine; James T. Larkin, Greenwich, Connecticut; Jane Knowles Lindsay, Lafayette, California; Anita A. Lustenberger, Irvington-on-Hudson, New York; M. Jean McKee, Cheshire, Connecticut; John C. MacKeen, Maynard, Massachusetts; William R. Marsh, MD, Grand Island, Nebraska; Robert L. Massard, Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts; John A. Moore, Oakland, California; Margaret P. Nastro, New York, New York; James D. Nyfeler, Plano, Texas; Joyce S. Pendery, Falmouth, Massachusetts; Rennie Roberts, Erwinna, Pennsylvania; Carol Rymes, Antrim, New Hampshire; Meriwether C. Schmid, Riverside, Connecticut; Eric B. Schultz, Boxford, Massachusetts; Jane C. Scott, Hallandale, Florida; M. David Sherrill, New York, New York; Susan P. Sloan, Boston, Massachusetts; Alvy Ray Smith, PhD, Seattle, Washington; Davida Symonds, Agoura Hills, California; W. Brinson Weeks; Lyme, New Hampshire; and Emily Nichols Wharton, Stonington, Connecticut.

    Following the business portion of the meeting, Michael J. Leclerc, director of electronic publications, spoke on "Mega-Genealogy: High-Quality Research in the Information Age" and provided an overview of the process of selecting and launching databases on Executive director Ralph J. Crandall recognized three employees for outstanding service to members and to genealogy: Bonnie Mitten, reference librarian, Carolyn Oakley, director of design and editor of New England Ancestors, and Steven Shilcusky, systems administrator; he concluded the meeting with a review of the Society's accomplishments in the last year.

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

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

    •"Using New England Vital Records at NEHGS" by David Allen Lambert on Saturday, May 3

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

    • "Family Diaries and Letters as a Genealogical Resource" by Laura G. Prescott on Wednesday, May 14, and Saturday, May 17

    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.

    The NEHGS 2003 Summer Conference
    July 11–12, 2003; Boston, Massachusetts

    Have you registered for the NEHGS summer conference yet? "New England Research in the Early 21st Century" will take place at the John Hancock Conference Center in Boston's Back Bay on Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12, 2003. There will be a potpourri of guest and staff speakers presenting topics ranging from basic research in each New England state (plus New York), to writing family histories, digitizing and using manuscripts in your research, and more! Come hear an array of speakers, including Ralph Crandall, David Dearborn, Dick Eastman, Henry Hoff, and Maureen Taylor, discuss their specialties.

    The complete schedule, information on how to register, and additional conference details are available at If you have any questions, please email

    Researching Canadian Ancestors Online

    If you are researching Canadian ancestors, consider investigating the following websites recommended by NEHGS librarians:

    Reference librarian George F. Sanborn Jr. recommends: is the premier website for any Prince Edward Island research. Highly recommended! Dave Hunter set up this site just four years or so ago and already it is impossible to do significant PEI research without using and contributing to it. Wonderfully comprehensive. AND, known as "Granny's Genealogy Garden, No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3," are three extremely useful and important sites for anyone doing research in southwestern Ontario, Fay Bertrand Lucas, the creator, is a very bright and energetic genealogist who has made a huge number of local records available to the genealogical public. is the website for the Beaton Institute, Cape Breton's de facto archives. It is getting better all the time, and has exciting links to other Cape Breton sites. Anyone doing Cape Breton research should check it often and consider sharing his or her own research as well! is an excellent resource for Nova Scotia genealogists that lists all known Nova Scotia-specific genealogical websites. If you want to know whether there is a site for something you are interested in concerning Nova Scotia, check here!

    Reference Librarian David C. Dearborn recommends:

    National Library of Canada and National Archives of Canada:

    Canadian GenWeb:

    World War I military records index:

    People Finder:

    British Columbia: Birth index 1872–1902; marriage index 1872–1927; death index 1872–1982:

    New Brunswick: Index to late registration of births 1810–1906, index to county birth registers 1801–99, index to marriages 1887–1926, index to deaths 1920–51, index to soldiers' deaths 1941–47, and more:; click on "Government Records" under "Online Research" in the upper left-hand corner.

    Summer Camp for Family Historians
    June 23–27, 2003; Philadelphia, PA

    The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania will present their "summer camp" program in Philadelphia from June 23 to 27. The program offers special introductory lectures, individual conferences with group leaders, and assisted research in the GSP Research Room. Attendees will visit the Free Library of Philadelphia, Logan Square; The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania; The Historical Society of Pennsylvania; the National Archives, Mid-Atlantic Region; Philadelphia City Hall; and Philadelphia City Archives. Participants will also share several meals and enjoy plenty of opportunities to get to know fellow genealogists.

    The number of spaces available in this program is limited. For more information about Summer Camp for Family Historians, please visit, email, or call 1-215-545-0391.

    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 Thank you to all past and future contributors!

    My Most Interesting Black Sheep
    by Deborah Southworth Sweet of New City, New York

    My most interesting black sheep family member is my third great-grandmother, Eleanor Odile (Biatt aka Buat) Larkin. The daughter of French immigrants to Kaskaskia, Randolph Co., Illinois, Odile was born in 1839 in Illinois. Her branch of the family migrated to Missouri, and there, in 1855, she became the second wife of George Larkin. George had nine children by his first wife, Elizabeth Jane Stovall (d.1853), and was from Kentucky. He was over twenty years older than Odile, but had a total of nine children with her, too, while they lived on their farm in Dent Co., Missouri.

    On the neighboring farm lived the Wardens, another Kentucky family with whom the Larkins were close, and who had migrated to Missouri at the same time. Old friendships aside, Odile and one of the Warden sons, Tom, whom George had known since birth, proceeded to carry on an affair. It is quite possible that at least one of Odile's youngest children was actually Tom's, but we may never know. In 1870, George discovered this infidelity and confronted Tom. There was a knife involved, and George was killed. Tom was tried, convicted, and sentenced to ten years in prison, but later pardoned. Odile was last found on the 1880 census, living in Salem, Dent Co., Missouri with her youngest children, in a boarding house next door to an elderly minister! All of George's children scattered to the four winds. I am still trying to find where she died and is buried, if she remarried, etc.

    While not exactly a "favorite black sheep," the story of Odile fascinates, in part because of the tragedy of George's death, and partly because of the fracturing of family relationships which followed the event, and which has made finding the descendants of George's children challenging.

    "I might not have been born"
    by Mary Tripp of Reston, Virginia

    The name of my great-great-grandfather, James Frye, is the only handwritten notation in an old book of prayers that has come down in the family. "James" is written in a careful nineteenth-century hand in the margin above the words "The sinner's confession under a strong sense of his guilt, and his earnest prayer for pardon." Again, in a bottom margin well into the same prayer "James Frye" is written in the same hand. Clearly someone felt James sorely needed forgiveness.

    The author of a nineteenth-century Frye family history manuscript scornfully notes that "Comment on [James's] conduct is unnecessary." My mother once muttered that they should have put him in jail — or worse.

    In 1805, nine months after his father died, James first married at age forty-four, in Andover, Massachusetts. His wife, Mary Lovejoy, died fourteen months later. After a year and a half he married his cousin, Dolly Frye, who already had a five-year-old son, John, born out of wedlock. Within four years they had a son, James Jr., and a daughter, Hannah. But there were difficulties. The same manuscript states that James Jr. was "of rather feeble mind" and always marked by friendlessness and neglect. The situation must have been more than James Sr. could bear. After some ten years of marriage he deserted Dolly and the children and set off alone for Maine.

    At sixty-five, after James was settled on his own farm in Albany, Maine, and Dolly had died back in Andover, he married Cynthia Cummings with whom he had a daughter, Sarah, and a son, Peter. He was seventy-one years old in 1832 when my great-grandfather, Peter Frye, was born. Had he not deserted his first family, I might not have been born — a sobering thought.

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