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  • 2003 Archive

  • Vol. 5, No. 31
    Whole #124
    July 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
    • Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures at the NEHGS Library
    • A Preview of the July Register
    • NEHGS Summer Conference — A Great Success!
    • Join NEHGS in Salt Lake City
    • Summer Bargains at the NEHGS Library Book Sale, August 8-9
    • NEHGS Library Catalog Search Tips
    • New Arrivals at the Library Listed on
    • Newbury Street Press Featured Product: Spooner Saga: Judah Paddock Spooner and his wife Deborah Douglas of Connecticut
    • From the Volunteer Coordinator
    • Replica of Irish Famine Ship Jeanie Johnston Sails into Boston Harbor
    • Early Cities of the Americas
    • Favorite — and Black Sheep — Ancestor Feedback
    • NEHGS Contact Information

    New Databases on

    Death Records of Waterville, Maine, to 1892

    These records were compiled by Sara Drummond Lang in 1949. They include records from nineteen family Bibles, one cemetery, a doctor's obituary book, a pastor's book of marriages, a town history, an account book, and two family genealogies. The town of Waterville, in Kennebec County, was established in 1802.

    Search Death Records of Waterville, Maine, to 1892 at

    Family Genealogy: A Genealogical Record of Daniel Pond, and his Descendants (1873)

    This genealogy was written by Edward Doubleday Harris in 1873. It traces the descendants of Daniel Pond, who appeared in the town of Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, about the year 1652. The introduction states, in part:

    "The object of the following pages is to present to the reader a concisely arranged and reliable account of a family, which, if not among the very earliest of those coming to New England, can hardly be rivalled in the number of its male descendants, or in the tenacity with which its members, until within fifty years, have clung to the locality selected by their ancestor as his habitation more than two hundred years ago. "

    Search the Pond Genealogy at

    Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections

    This week we have added transcriptions from the following cemeteries:

    Bedford, Massachusetts
    Ye Olde Burying Ground

    Windsor, Massachusetts
    Windsor Hill Cemetery
    Windsor Bush Cemetery
    The Shaw Cemetery
    East Windsor Cemetery
    Two private cemeteries

    Search Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections at

    Master Search

    Master search all databases at

    New Research Article on

    New York
    Early Palatine Families of New York

    By Marian S. Henry

    After the death of Charles II of Spain in 1700, Philip V, grandson of King Louis XIV of France, was named to succeed him. Louis refused to keep his grandson from the line of succession to the French throne, which prompted fears of expansion. These actions led to the War of the Spanish Succession, which moved into America in 1702, where it was known as Queen Anne's War. The conflict, which lasted from 1702 to 1713, pitted France and Spain against England, Austria, the Netherlands, and Portugal. The armies of Louis XIV invaded the Palatinate region of Germany, forcing residents to flee first to Holland, then by boat from Rotterdam to London. Being victims of Britain's enemy, these German-speaking Protestants were at first welcomed in London, and in 1709 the government issued sixteen hundred tents for Palatine encampments in Blackheath and elsewhere. The flood of immigrants that followed, estimated to be ten to thirty thousand (or two to five percent of the city's population in 1710), became unsupportable.

    Read the full article at

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

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

    • "Researching Québec Ancestors" by Michael Leclerc on Saturday, July 26.

    • "18th and 19th-Century Migrations Out of New England" by David Dearborn on Wednesday, September 3 and Saturday, September 6

    • "Loyalist & Pre-Loyalist Migrations to Atlantic Canada" by George F. Sanborn Jr., on Wednesday, September 10 and Saturday, September 13

    All lectures take place at 10 a.m. Advance registration is not necessary. Please note that there are no Nutshell lectures scheduled for the month of August.

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

    A Preview of the July Register


    The lead article in this issue unravels a typical colonial New England problem: a woman with multiple marriages and multiple residences has not been previously identified correctly. The author’s careful research has brought to life Elizabeth (Waldo) (Brackett) (Parris?) Walker, who left descendants in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Barbados.

    John and Elizabeth (James) Hyland of Scituate, Massachusetts, and Some of Their Descendants, is the first in a series of articles on the children of William1 and Mehitabel (_____) James of Newport, Rhode Island. Fortunately, the Hylands left ample records, and the author has produced a full picture of their lives, particularly John Hyland’s obsession with pursuing what he thought were his legal rights.

    Two girls named Ruggles were married on the same day in 1757 in a small town in Massachusetts. One was known to have been the daughter of the local minister — but what about the other? By tracking her life to the very end in upstate New York, the authors found she was indeed Martha (Ruggles) Curtis, daughter of Benjamin and Dorcas (Whiting) Ruggles of New Braintree, Massachusetts.

    Part 3 concludes the Ross families of Ipswich with an account of Fennel Ross and his children and grandchildren. Although the births of most of his children were recorded, the authors have had to reconstruct their identities as adults link by link.

    The “Lost” Alumni of Yale College: the Non-Graduates of 1771–1805 continue with the letters F–P. Most students were from Connecticut and Massachusetts, but there were also students from the Carolinas, Georgia, Bermuda, and the West Indies.

    New England Articles in Genealogical Journals in 2001 indexes articles in seventeen journals by surname, place, and some subjects. This annual feature began last year with a similar article for 2000.

    Henry1 Wolcott’s baptism in December 1578 and the marriage of his parents ten months earlier in February 1578 have long been accepted. However, the original parish register show that both these events actually took place in 1579, according to A Wolcott Correction.

    The Society’s 2002 Annual Report appears at the end of this issue. For many years prior to 1997 the annual report was published in the July issue, and we now return to that tradition. The lengthy donor lists show how loyally Society members support the Society and its various activities.

    – Henry B. Hoff, editor of the Register

    NEHGS Summer Conference — A Great Success!

    The 2003 Boston Summer Conference, “New England Research in the Early 21st Century,” is now behind us and we are pleased to say it went very smoothly for all. Feedback from attendees has been extremely positive, with over ninety percent of attendees surveyed rating the conference as an excellent or good value. We would like to thank everyone who attended for making the event successful.

    If you were unable to attend the conference, or are interested in some of the conference materials, please check out the offerings of our Circulating Library. The syllabus materials are available in book form through the Circulating Library and audio tapes of many of the lectures are also available for members to borrow. To borrow these items, visit the NEHGS online library catalog at and type in "Boston Summer Conference" in the search field.

    Additionally, the producer of these tapes, Repeat Performance, will soon be adding individual lecture tapes from the conference for purchase on their website, Click on the “Genealogy” category and there should soon be a link to the NEHGS conference wherein you can browse for the talks of your choice.

    Join NEHGS in Salt Lake City!

    NEHGS invites you to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of our popular research tour to Salt Lake City with us. The Family History Library houses the world’s largest collection of genealogical data and is operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Participants will have six full days to research, receive consultations from NEHGS staff genealogists, attend lectures on genealogical topics, and take guided tours of the library. Research assistance will be available from NEHGS librarians, who are well-acquainted with the Family History Library’s resources. Receptions and group meals will also be included in the week-long program.

    The tour leader will be Jane Knowles Lindsey, an NEHGS council member and former trustee. A California resident, Ms. Lindsey has had extensive experience researching at the Family History Library and has previously escorted groups from NEHGS and the California Genealogical Society.

    NEHGS staff genealogists (David C. Dearborn, FASG, David Allen Lambert, Gary Boyd Roberts, and Ruth Quigley Wellner), as well as guest consultant Maryan Egan-Baker, will be stationed on each floor of the library for scheduled personal research consultations with participants.Throughout the week you will have ample opportunity to confer with them regarding your research.You will receive a listing of each consultant’s area of expertise to aid you in scheduling conferences. All consultations are offered at no additional charge. Our staff will also present lectures for program participants Tuesday through Friday mornings on various genealogical topics to benefit your research. A special orientation will be provided for first-time users of the library at the beginning of the week.

    For additional information and a complete itinerary, please visit

    Summer Bargains at the NEHGS Library Book Sale, August 8-9

    Mark your calendars for the NEHGS Library Book Sale, being held Friday, August 8th and Saturday, August 9th, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the NEHGS Research Library in Boston. New, used, and "scratch & dent" clearance items will be on sale at great bargain prices!

    Can't make it into Boston for the sale? The "virtual" sale will take place the same weekend at the NEHGS online store at The website sale lasts an extra day (it ends Sunday, August 10) and many of the same bargains will be available.

    Look for additional details in future issues of eNews.

    NEHGS Library Catalog Search Tips
    By Alexander Woodle, Circulating Library Director


    The online library catalog is a very useful tool to use when searching for specific categories of books. For example, the Circulating Library has many genealogical handbooks or manuals about specific research topics, both geographical and technical. As an example, let's do a search for all genealogical manuals and handbooks for the United States.

    Go to the online library catalog at and click on "subject search" from the menu on the left side. Next, enter the following keywords in the search box: "genealogy manuals handbooks United States." Then change the default setting from "All Libraries" to "Circulating Library" and click on the search button. I received forty-seven hits. Modify your search by changing the locality from United States to New York and you will receive four hits. Similarly, if you specify England, you will have seven results. Leaving out any geographical reference in the search terms will display all available genealogical handbooks and manuals — 193 titles in all!

    Using this same concept you can experiment with targeted searches for books in your areas of interest. One word of caution — make sure you place spaces between the keywords and use the plural on such words as "handbook" and "manual." Happy hunting!

    As always, if you have any questions about using the circulating library, please call, toll-free, 1-888-296-3447, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern time) or email To learn more about the Circulating Library and borrowing books online, please visit

    New Arrivals at the Library Listed on

    Some of our members may recall that for many years (first in Nexus, then in the eNews) NEHGS published a list of titles recently added to its library collections.  This popular feature was designed to keep our members up to date in their research by informing them of the many new items that are added to our libraries every day.  We are pleased to announce that you can now find this list on at  (It is also accessible from the main library page at 

    We will post a new list on the site monthly and announce it here in NEHGS eNews.  In addition to the latest month’s list, those from past months will continue to be available.  For each title, we have provided the author, publisher, year, and call number.  To take a look at this month’s list, go to  Here is a sampling of the titles you will find this month:

    Descendants of Charles Bailey and Lydia Benton: from Connecticut to Wisconsin and westward.
    Matau family history & related lineages: with a brief history of Romania.
    Ancestry and descendants of Captain Timothy Prout of Boston.
    Tracing your West Indian ancestors.
    The county families of the Zetland Islands: being genealogies of local families.
    Vital records of Bangor, Maine.
    Truro [Mass.] cemeteries.


    Newbury Street Press Featured Product: Spooner Saga: Judah Paddock Spooner and his wife Deborah Douglas of Connecticut

    For the next few weeks we will be spotlighting selected books published by the Newbury Street Press. Featured NSP books will be available at discounted prices for a limited time. This week we are featuring Spooner Saga: Judah Paddock Spooner and his wife Deborah Douglas of Connecticut and Vermont and their descendants, by Esther Littleford Woodworth-Barnes. This title is on sale now at the NEHGS Online Store for $16 (regular price $45), plus shipping and handling.

    Author Esther Littleford Woodworth-Barnes, a past recipient of the Donald Lines Jacobus Award of the American Society of Genealogists, here presents an exceptional multi-family book treating the ancestors and descendants of colonial printer Judah Paddock Spooner (1748–1807) and his wife, Deborah Douglas (1753–1823).

    David L. Greene, editor of The American Genealogist, called Spooner Saga "a major work that belongs in all libraries specializing in New England." He goes on to say that "The ancestry of Judah and his wife is traced in full detail through nearly sixty families, with considerable research into primary sources and critical discussions; hence this work is also a major multi-family genealogy."

    For more information, please visit

    Order Spooner Saga from the NEHGS Online Store at

    From the Volunteer Coordinator

    Many thanks to the members living in the Groton area who have offered to help NEHGS collections maintenance assistant Deborah Rossi with her project. I have found our members to be very generous when I've asked for help, and they proved to be again. I really am grateful.

    Susan Rosefsky, NEHGS volunteer coordinator

    Replica of Irish Famine Ship Jeanie Johnston Sails into Boston Harbor

    After nearly a decade of misfortune involving everything from bankruptcy to buoyancy, a reproduction of the nineteenth-century Irish emigrant ship Jeanie Johnston sailed into Boston Harbor on Thursday, July 24. The ship will be open to the public at Rowes Wharf from Friday, July 25, to Tuesday, July 29, before moving to the Fan Pier, where it will stay until August 3.

    For more information about the ship and the event visit

    Early Cities of the Americas

    Common-place, an online journal of early American life sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, has published a special issue on the early cities of the Americas. Guest-edited by renowned historian Gary B. Nash, the July 2003 issue brings together some of the world's most eminent scholars of urban life to trace the early development of eighteen key North and South American cities, touching down in each at a point in time near the end of its second generation.

    The result is an urban kaleidoscope that features:

    • Laurel Thatcher Ulrich's Boston
    • Denys Delâge and Mathieu D'Avignon's Québec
    • Joyce Goodfriend's New Amsterdam

    The essays range widely in time and space, prompting questions about what makes a city. Is it population size? Density? Diversity? The ways people make and buy things? And what, in the end, was the role of cities in the early history of what became the United States, a predominantly agricultural nation well into the twentieth century? Use the map provided to navigate an emerging urban America from South to North, West to East, from the fifteenth-century to the late nineteenth and back, making stops in Baltimore, Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Havana, Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New Amsterdam (New York), New Orleans, Paramaribo, Philadelphia, Québec, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, Santa Fe, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

    Visit Common-place online at

    Favorite — and Black Sheep — Ancestor Feedback

    Each week we ask 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 Black Sheep Ancestor
    by Mike Nyquist of Scottsdale, Arizona

    Jean Haudecoeur, born 1655, was the son of Jean Haudecoeur and Marie Boursier of St. Germain, Paris, France. He married Madeleine Matou, born 1665, second of ten children of Philippe and Marguerite Doucinet, on October 5, 1682 in Montréal. They settled in Boucherville, Québec, where Jean acquired the property of fifty arpents [an arpent is a unit of land equal to about 0.85 acre] of Pierre Goislard dit Dupuy. He also acquired a place in the village paid in part in beaver pelts. At this time Boucherville was an advance post for Montréal, located on the south side of the river. Jean and Madeline had four children:

    1. Marie, b. July 3, 1685, at Boucherville, Québec; m. Jean Quenneville July 5, 1704, at Lachine, Québec; bur. December 31, 1753
    2. Pierre-Louis, b. September 16, 1686, at Boucherville; m. Catherine Thunay at Lachine 1716; bur. April 13, 1754, at Lachine
    3. Noël, b. May 27, 1688, at Boucherville; found at Lachine in 1719; voyager
    4. Marie-Jeanne, b. August 25, 1689, at Boucherville, m. Raymond Quesnel 1718

    Jean was accused of murdering fifty-four-year-old Montréal merchant François Poignet in 1690. The motive is unknown. Jean was condemned to death, and was to be broken at the wheel. His punishment was to have “his right fist cut off before the door of the victim, and after six beatings to the legs, put on a wheel facing the sky waiting his death.”

    In this type of death sentence, the condemned was typically placed naked on the wheel and his body repeatedly beaten with iron bars in a manner designed to prolong suffering and postpone death. Jean was tried three times. On May 27, 1690, the Sovereign Council modified his sentence to allow him to be strangled prior to receiving the blows. The sentence was carried out at Québec sometime prior to April 9, 1691, and his corpse was exposed on the wheel for twenty-four hours before being secretly inhumed somewhere between Montréal and Québec.

    The property of Jean and all his worldly goods were confiscated, and his land was purchased by Pierre Sauchet dit Larigueur. The family was left with nothing. On October 29, 1692, widow Madeleine remarried René Deniau, at Boucherville. He was born ca. 1665, the eldest child of Jean and Hélène Daudin, who were massacred at their farm at Boucherville on August 12, 1695, by the Iroquois. René had already been engaged on an expedition to the west in 1688. Of an adventurous spirit, he did not hesitate to marry the widow of a murderer and mother of four children. René and Madeleine had:

    Nicolas, b. September 15, 1693, at Boucherville; bur. May 23, 1694, at Boucherville
    Ursule, b. December 25, 1694, at Boucherville; d. September 12, 1729, at l’Hôtel-Dieu de Montréal
    Jean-Baptiste, b. June 24, 1697, at Montréal; m (1) Marie Primeau November 27, 1724, m(2) Catherine Rufiange dite Laviolette, widow of Simon Couillard, at Châteauguay, Québec, April 30, 1736
    Anonyme, sex unknown, b. and d. July 15,1699, Lachine, Québec

    The four children of Jean Haudecoeur all assumed the name of Deniau. Madeleine died while giving birth to her ninth child, who also died at birth on July 15, 1699 at Lachine [some sources list the father as unknown]. She was buried on July 15, 1699, at Lachine. René married a native of Illinois, Anastasie, ca. 1705. It is presumed that after Madeleine’s death he returned to his wandering life. Anastasie died May 19, 1715, at Ste. Anne de Détroit. René was buried on July 13, 1730, at Détroit, Québec, at the age of sixty-five.

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