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  • 2003 Archive

  • Vol. 5, No. 33
    Whole #126
    August 8, 2003

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    • New Databases on
    • New Research Article on
    • "Ask a Librarian" Answers Your Research Questions
    • Ten New Sketches Added to The Great Migration Newsletter Online
    • Take the Survey — New Questions Added
    • Save at the NEHGS Library Book Sale, August 8th and 9th
    • An Introduction to Using at NEHGS in Boston
    • Newbury Street Press Featured Product: The Descendants of Joseph Patrell
    • Genealogy in a Nutshell Takes a Vacation
    • One Week Left to Register for NEHGS Salt Lake Research Tour
    • Seventeenth-Century Chest Returned to Historic Fairbanks House
    • The Other Side of Ellis Island
    • Favorite — and Black Sheep — Ancestor Feedback
    • NEHGS Contact Information

    New Databases on

    Vital Records of Lincoln, Maine, 1829–1892

    These records were compiled and arranged by Francis H. Fuller in 1912. The town of Lincoln, in Penobscot County, was incorporated in 1829. The introduction to the transcription reads, in part,

    "The records of Lincoln have been well kept, and all of the Town Clerk's books are now in existence, but the original papers, such as the returns of marriages and lists of voters were burnt in the fire of June 20, 1887. The first book contains records of all Town Meetings from the first one to and including the twelfth day of April 1847... The same book also contains the vital statistics from April 6, 1829 to Feb. 1847. The second book containing vital statistics contains the entries from 27 Mar. 1847 to 19 May 1888. The third book contains the entries from 1 July 1888 to 18 Nov. 1891 Since 1 Jan. 1892 the law required town clerks to return to the State Board of Hearth comiss. of the vital records. As my only object in compiling the following has been the preservation of records which could not be replaced, if destroyed, it did not require the inclusion of records since Jan. 1, 1892."

    Also included in the original transcription (and in this database) are the "Notes of Lincoln, Maine" by Jeremy Nelson, taken from an 1873 issue of Bangor Historical Magazine. This includes Nelson's recollections of the earliest settlers of the area, as well as additional vital records of town residents. A third part of the original transcription, containing the Manual of Lincoln Congregational Church, will be posted on this site at a later date.

    Search Vital Records of Lincoln, Maine, at

    Church Records of Killingly, Connecticut

    These records are from the original "Book of Church Records: The gift of J. F. (Rev. John Fisk) to the Church of Killingly; March the 5th, 1715-16." Records from the book were published in the Putnam Patriot newspaper in 1894, and the newspaper copies were abstracted by E. D. Larned. The abstracts were later published in a book titled Church Records of Killingly, Connecticut (Hunterdon House, Lambertville, N.J., 1984). The Putnam-Killingly Parish Second Church was built in 1715.

    Search Church Records of Killingly, Connecticut, at

    Family Genealogy: Descendants of Richard Everett, Dedham, Mass. (1902)

    This genealogy was compiled by Edward Franklin Everett, A.M. and privately printed in 1902. It traces the descendants of Richard Everett, surveyor, constable, and landowner. Everett came to New England as early as 1636, and eventually settled in Dedham, Massachusetts. He spent a considerable amount of time in the town of Springfield, where he was one of the white witnesses to the Indian deed that transferred the land of the future town to William Pynchon, Henry Smith and Jehu Burr. Everett was very active in town affairs in both Dedham and Springfield, acquiring much land from dividends awarded to him as a proprietor. Richard Everett died July 3, 1682, survived by five children (out of eleven) and his second wife Mary (Winch).

    Search the Everett Genealogy at

    Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections

    This week we have added transcriptions for the Village Cemetery and the churchyard of the Church of the Messiah, both in Woods Hole, Barnstable County, Massachusetts.

    Search Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections at

    New Research Article on

    Member Submission
    Peter Bulkeley: Deacon and Co-Founder of Concord, Massachusetts
    by Paul D. Kilburn

    One of the more important deacons to migrate to New England during the Great Migration of 1629–1640 was Peter Bulkeley. Peter (b. 1583) graduated from Cambridge University in 1608 with an MA from St. John’s College. Peter’s line can be traced back to Saher de Quincy, one of the barons who signed the Magna Charta in 1215, and also King Henry II. He succeeded his father as deacon at the Odell Church in Cheshire (Bedfordshire), England, where he served until being forced out in 1634 during the purge of many of the “tainted’” Puritan deacons at that time of religious upheaval. Peter and his family somehow managed to slip out of England, and, with the exception of eldest son Edward, who made the journey the year before, they sailed to America on the ship Susan & Ellen, arriving in Boston during the summer of 1635. Peter was one of the founders of Concord, Massachusetts, and he would become one of the major ministers in New England. Part of his fame rests on the fact that many of his sermons and writings have been published.

    Read the full article at


    "Ask a Librarian" Answers Your Research Questions!

    A new selection of "Ask a Librarian" questions and answers is now available to NEHGS members at "Ask a Librarian" is a monthly feature that enables NEHGS members to ask staff librarians questions about research methodology, localities, sources, NEHGS holdings, and much more! Answers to questions in the "Ask a Librarian" feature are available to NEHGS members only.

    Email your research question to

    Please note that we do not accept questions about specific families and individuals in this forum, nor do we perform "look-ups" — please visit our Research Services department page at for assistance with these types of queries.

    Due to the high volume of questions submitted, please allow two to three months for questions to be answered. Because of their busy schedules, NEHGS librarians are only able to answer a certain percentage of questions. You will be notified if your question has been chosen for inclusion.

    Here are the questions for this month:

    Barbara Deneen asks:

    I am wondering if you have ship's manifests from the seventeenth century? I am interested in finding more information about the Francis, the Hopewell, and the Mary and John, all of which landed in Massachusetts in the 1630s.

    Robert Logue asks:

    I have two questions about the Planters Plea document (London: 1630). First, what is the consensus about the authorship of this document commonly attributed to Rev. John White of Dorchester, Dorset, England? Second, how accurate a picture is given in this document of the work of the Dorchester Company in establishing the settlement at Cape Ann, Massachusetts, about 1624?

    Bryan Williams asks:

    A friend and I are looking for service opportunities for our church members and Boy Scouts etc. For example, I'm going to check to see what records exist in my town since I have access to many of them, but I don't want to duplicate someone's efforts. If the records are in good shape, maybe we can index them, or perhaps a town nearby needs to have its records gathered. Another idea we thought of was to do a survey of the towns for cemetery records to see what shape they are in and what the towns have. Again, we don't want to duplicate efforts. Any answers or pointers would be greatly appreciated. I have some questions about record gathering in New Hampshire that I am hoping you could help with:

    1) What town and county records have been captured on microfilm?
    2) What town and county records have NOT been captured on microfilm?
    3) What tools do you need to capture records on microfilm? Are these tools available to purchase, rent, borrow, etc?
    4) Of the records that have been captured, what has been computer indexed?

    Janis Hill asks:

    I would like to know if you have vital records of Berkley, Massachusetts or vital records of Hartland, Windsor Co.,Vermont? Who do I write to find out about these? Do either of these places have a historical society that could answer my questions?

    John L. Brooke asks:

    Several years ago one of your staff told me about a volume in your collection that lists the free African American heads of household enumerated in the 1820 Census. Can you possibly provide me with an author and title? I need to get it through interlibrary loan. I am particularly interested in Columbia County, New York.

    Frederica Neal asks:

    My immediate project is to document the parentage of a female ancestor born in Cayuga County, New York, in 1820. Do you have books, transcripts of public records, or old newspapers that might provide a published birth announcement or marriage announcement for her (her father was a prominent physician in the area), or probate or obituary records for her father, who died 1876, probably in Cortland County, New York. Or any other suggestions? Could a visit to the library be productive in this search?

    Mary Kolodziej asks:

    Information I found on a family member indicates he was "Bound Out" and cruelly treated until he ran away. What does the term "Bound Out" mean?

    Ben Moseley asks:

    I was looking at the 1798 Massachusetts Direct Tax Records for an ancestor and I'd appreciate help with a definition. The word is: "Perches." It's used as a measurement of land, but it is not an acre nor is it a surface measurement like square feet. The record indicates my ancestor had no acres but 40 Perches. I cannot find an appropriate meaning for "Perches" in either of my dictionaries. Can you help?

    Find the answers at!

    E-mail your research question to


    Ten New Sketches Added to The Great Migration Newsletter Online

    The following ten new Great Migration biographical sketches have been added to The Great Migration Newsletter Online page on this week:

    Henry Hayward
    Thomas Hayward
    Thomas Hazard
    Valentine Hill
    Hezekiah Hoar
    Justinian Holden
    Richard Holden
    William Holdred
    William Holmes
    Nicholas Holt

    Subscribers to Volume 12 of the newsletter may view these sketches, plus many more, at

    To subscribe to the Great Migration Newsletter Online, visit

    For information on the printed version of the Great Migration Newsletter visit

    Take the Survey — New Questions Added!

    We encourage you to share your thoughts with us by taking the survey. The more feedback we receive from you, the better we can understand how we to improve your research experience. We have recently added the following new set of questions pertaining to our research and circulating library services:

    •Have you ever used the NEHGS Research Library at 101 Newbury Street?
    •When was the last time you visited the NEHGS Research Library at 101 Newbury Street?
    •How often do you use the Research Library?
    •Have you ever used the NEHGS Circulating Library?
    •How frequently do you use the Circulating Library?
    •When was the last time you borrowed a book from the Circulating Library?
    •How long have you been a member?
    •Where do you live? [state/city]
    •Please let us know what you think about the Research Library or the Circulating Library. What do you like? What do you not like? Do you have any suggestions or general comments?

    Take the survey now at

    Save at the NEHGS Library Book Sale — August 8th and 9th

    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.

    An Introduction to Using at NEHGS in Boston

    August 13, 6 p.m.

    Learn how to use the NEHGS website to advance your research! In this free class, website administrator Darrin McGlinn will offer a step-by-step live demonstration of the Society's website, This class gives participants the opportunity to explore the site in depth, ask questions, and become more comfortable using a constantly growing number of online databases and research tools.

    This program will be held on August 13 at 6 p.m. in the education center at 101 Newbury Street, Boston. Advance registration is not required.

    For more information, please call 617-226-1209 or email

    Newbury Street Press Featured Product: The Descendants of Joseph Patrell (ca. 1730-1790) of Ware River Parish, Mass.

    We continue to spotlight 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 The Descendants of Joseph Patrell (ca. 1730-1790) of Ware River Parish, Mass., by Roberta Stokes Smith, and edited by Melinde Lutz Sanborn. This title is on sale until August 31 at the NEHGS online store for $22.50 (regular price $45), plus shipping and handling.

    This is the story of Joseph Patrell (LaPatourel) who emigrated from the Isle of Guernsey in the Channel Islands off the coast of France and settled in Ware, Massachusetts in the 1750s. Joseph survived the French and Indian attack on Fort #4 in 1747 and served as a sentinel in King George’s War, the Seven Years War, and other campaigns. Following the Revolution, his children expanded into eastern Vermont, and subsequent generations may be found throughout the United States.

    Roberta Stokes Smith, the emigrant's third great-granddaughter, pieced together this very challenging story of a largely neglected family through decades of research, drawing on living memories as well as a wide array of historical documents.

    For more information, please visit

    Order The Descendants of Joseph Patrell from the NEHGS online store at

    Genealogy in a Nutshell Takes a Vacation

    There are no Genealogy in a Nutshell lectures scheduled for the month of August. The series resumes on September 3 with David C. Dearborn's "18th and 19th Century Migrations Out of New England."

    One Week Left to Register for NEHGS Salt Lake Research Tour!

    August 15 is the deadline to register for the NEHGS Research Tour to Salt Lake, taking place October 12–19. Register now to take advantage of personalized research assistance, guided tours, and lectures from our expert staff genealogists. Of course, there will be plenty of research time and opportunities to explore the vast resources contained in this magnificent library, whether on your own or with assistance. One-on-one research consultations will be also be available every day of the tour.

    Register now at

    Seventeenth-Century Chest Returned to Historic Fairbanks House

    On June 18, 2003, an auction was held at Christie's in New York City that featured an item very dear to the hearts of members of the Fairbanks Family Association. Up for bid on that day was a carved chest that was once part of the original furnishings of the Old Fairbanks House, New England's oldest surviving timber-frame building, located in Dedham, Massachusetts. The chest, made by John Houghton in the mid-1600s, was believed to be sold by the last family resident of the house around the turn of the twentieth century.

    The chest was pictured as part of the Fairbanks House in an 1898 drawing featured in a publication entitled "The Georgian Period" being Measured Drawings of Colonial Work. This publication was recognized as the first to record measured drawings of early historic homes in America.

    The Association, after noting the purchase price estimate of between six and eight thousand dollars, proceeded to seek donors who would be willing assist in their efforts to raise money for the purchase. Their efforts produced donations in excess of the higher amount of the estimate, and they had secured additional "emergency" pledges in the event of a runaway auction. Thanks to the persistence of two anonymous phone bidders, the price of the chest skyrocketed until the Association came up with the winning bid — of $71,700! The Association's newsletter reported that following the auction an individual observed, "that such a return of a seventeenth-century object back to its original site could only happen in New England."

    The Fairbanks Family Association is sponsoring the 101st Annual Fairbanks Family Reunion on August 15 and 16, at the Old Fairbanks House in Dedham. Among the events scheduled is a presentation of the chest by Jonathan Leo Fairbanks, Curator Emeritus of the Museum of
    Fine Arts in Boston. To register or for additional information, visit the Fairbanks House website at

    Additionally, The Fairbanks House: A History of the Oldest Timber-Frame Building in New England, by Abbott Lowell Cummings,
    provides an exhaustive study of the house, revealing extraordinary detail of its history, architecture, and construction. Also included are over fifty photographs and illustrations, spanning over one hundred years. The second printing of this book will be available through the NEHGS online store in October; pre-orders are now being accepted at

     The Other Side of Ellis Island 

    The Ellis Island Immigration Museum, the fourth largest museum in New York City, accommodates nearly two million visitors each year. The museum is the result of a six-year, $156 million renovation of what was once called the Main Building. Completed in 1990, it was the most extensive renovation of any single building in the United States.

    Some people may not know that the General Services Administration attempted to sell Ellis Island in the 1950s. The package offered included thirty-five buildings, two water tanks, the Ellis Island ferryboat, and more. Although interest was high, bids were not high enough, and for ten years Ellis Island stood vacant. It was vandalized, looted, and scarred by natural elements, until this historical landmark gradually deteriorated into dilapidated ruin. In 1965 restoration plans were finally made and money was appropriated to save the island. First, the seawall was restored and ten years later the main building, although still a wreck, was opened to the public. The Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Foundation, whose primary purpose was to restore both landmarks, was created in the early 80s, and the massive renovation commenced. The museum opened on September 10, 1990.

    Yet there is a side of Ellis Island that tourists never see — the New Jersey side. Here, thirty unrestored buildings still remain, including the morgue, hospitals, infectious disease and psychopathic wards, and administration buildings. Now, after over fifty years of decrepitude, plans are being discussed to restore this part of the island. The National Park Service and the Save Ellis Island Foundation have joined forces in an endeavor to raise $300 million in funds to complete Ellis Island's restoration. They estimate that it could take up to ten years to raise the money.

    Three development options are currently being considered. The first would allow for nothing more than the reinforcement of the existing buildings, while the second would include full restoration of the buildings and educational programming. The third option would include preservation of the buildings and the creation of an Ellis Island Institute and conference center, in which the study of public health and other fields could be conducted.

    To learn more about the Save Ellis Island project, visit


     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!

     "The biggest gift of all ... our true family name"
    by Tom Hyde of Ballymagovern, County Cavan, Ireland

    As a child growing up in Midleton, East County Cork, I absorbed the names of the three generations before my parents. They had all lived within a one-mile radius on dad's side, and my mother's within four miles. Not until recently did I actually begin to appreciate more than the names!

    For instance, dad was "the youngest of sixteen children," but his father, Cornelius, was also the youngest in his family. The vital data about Cornelius's siblings revealed that dad's grandfather, John, was born in 1803/4. In my lineage no records exist for anything prior to the Baptism of John's second child. But I was able to identify the birth years of three of his older siblings. This gave a rough life span for Philip, my grandfather's grandfather, who was remembered in a heroic poem written in Irish in the 1830s. He had been a local leader in the Tithe Wars, when the native Irish refused to pay tithes to the church of the ruling class.

    A manuscript in Irish written by John had been preserved by the Royal Irish Academy. It also had one by an "unknown" Philip Hyde "from the same area," which was signed by the scribe in 1778! He had lived next door to a blacksmith, who had recently been flogged to death by the authorities. Still, at over 70, he threw stones to repel the armed tithe collectors! What a man!

    However, the biggest gift of all, which both Philip and his son John left us, was our true family name. They were the last two generations of native Irish speakers in my lineage. Cornelius was raised bilingual, but allowed his family name in Irish to become "de hÍde," like that of a prominent
    leader in the Gaelic Revival movement in Ireland at the time. In fact both Philip and John signed names in their Irish language manuscripts in English and in Irish. Both signed "Hyde" as well as "O'Seitheachain."

    I now live in the wonderfully ancient townland of Ballymagovern, Co. Cavan, which does not appear in the official townland index of Ireland. When townland names were being anglicised this one managed to officially retain its Irish form. However, by then everyone had already begun to use its English version! So, legal documents all refer to Ballymagauran, but everyone locally refers to Ballymagovern — including the post office for mail delivery, which, incidentally, comes via "Ballymagovern, Co. Leitrim." And no, we don't appear out of the mist one day a century, like "Brigadoon"!

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