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  • 2003 Archive

  • Vol. 5, No. 41
    Whole #134
    October 3, 2003
    Edited by Lynn Betlock and Rod D. Moody

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    • New Databases on
    • New Research Article on
    • Subscribe Now to Volume 13 (2004) of the Great Migration Newsletter!
    • Special Irish Lecture at NEHGS
    • Fall 2003 Issue of New England Ancestors Available Now
    • New From Newbury St. Press — Dr. John Durand of Derby, Connecticut, and His Family
    • Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures at the NEHGS Library
    • An Introduction to Using at NEHGS in Boston
    • Recent Additions to the R. Stanton Avery Collections at NEHGS
    • Recent Acquisitions to the Circulating Library
    • Favorite — and Black Sheep — Ancestor Feedback
    • NEHGS Contact Information


    New Databases on

    Added Friday, October 3

    Smallpox Inoculation Census of 1824 — Boston Western District, Ward Seven

    In 1824 the city physician of Boston offered residents vaccinations for smallpox. The unique document produced from this effort is the 1824 inoculation census, part of which was found, according to writing on the original document, among the papers of "Boston artist [and] minature painter" Henry Williams. The census shows the names of heads of family, number of persons in household, number not vaccinated, residence, physician, and remarks (which includes a notation if person had moved, refusal to be inoculated. This document was transcribed by Sandra M. Hewlett.

    Search the Smallpox Inoculation Census of 1824 at

    Added Thursday, October 2

    The Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Volume 2
    Family Sketches — Atherton to Bailey

    We continue our ongoing series of family sketches featured in Frank J. Doherty's The Settlers of the Beekman Patent. The following families from Volume 2 were added to the database this week: Atherton, Attwell/Atwell, Austin, Avery, Aylesworth, Babbitt, Babcock/Badcock, Backus, Bailey

    The Settlers of the Beekman Patent series contains data on over thirteen hundred families who settled in the Beekman Patent, an original land grant given to Col. Henry Beekman in 1697 by the English Crown and the second largest patent in present-day Dutchess County, New York. Many emigrants from New England lived in and passed through the Beekman Patent on their way west. Others, such as the Palatines and Quakers (almost all from New England), were early settlers and remained for several generations or more. There are currently six published volumes in this series, and these will be added to over time.

    Search The Settlers of the Beekman Patent at

    Browse Family Sketches from Volume 2 of The Settlers of the Beekman Patent at

    Added Wednesday, October 1

    Membership and Vital Records of the Second Congregational Church of Attleboro, Massachusetts

    These church records were transcribed in 1923 by Marion Williams (Pierce) Carter.

    The town of Attleboro (originally Attleborough) was organized in 1694 from the "North Purchase" of Rehoboth. In 1830 part of the town was annexed to Wrentham. In 1887 the town was divided and the northern part thereof was established as the town of North Attleborough. In 1914 Attleborough was incorporated as a city, at which time the name was changed to its present form, Attleboro. The town is in Bristol County.

    The Second Congregational Church was set off from the First Church on April 7, 1743.

    Search Membership and Vital Records of the Second Congregational Church of Attleboro, Massachusetts

    Added Tuesday, September 30

    Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections

    Cemeteries of Hopkinton, West Hopkinton, Contoocook, and Tyler, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.

    Hopkinton: Putney Hill Cemetery, Old Cemetery, New Cemetery, Stumpfield Cemetery
    West Hopkinton: Huse Cemetery
    Contoocook (Boscawen): Clement's Hill Cemetery, Contoocook Cemetery, Putnam Cemetery, Hardy Cemetery
    Tyler: Blackwater Cemetery

    Search Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections at

    Added Monday, September 29

    Records of the Congregational Church of Lyme, New Hampshire

    The Congregational Church of Lyme, Grafton County, New Hampshire, was organized in 1771. The records include marriages (1773–1789, 1811–13, 1821–29, 1832–67 [the latter from town records]), baptisms (1774–1810, 1821–31), and deaths (1810–17, 1821–30, 1831–67).

    These records were copied by Florence M. Brockway of Dorchester, Massachusetts, in 1954.

    Search Records of the Congregational Church of Lyme, New Hampshire, at




    New Research Article on

    The Computer Genealogist
    RootsMagic — A New Program Enters the Arena
    By Rhonda R. McClure

    Genealogists have come to expect certain functions from their software programs. In the relatively few years computers have been used as an aid to genealogical research, consumers have quickly developed likes and dislikes, and seem to know just what they want. In a word, they want everything. Above all they want a genealogy software program to be easy to use. This wish is understandable given how uncomfortable some researchers are using computers. The good news is that RootsMagic offers many of the features demanded by consumers in an easy-to-use interface.

    Read the full article at


    Subscribe Now to Volume 13 (2004) of the Great Migration Newsletter!

    We are now taking subscription and renewal orders for the online and print versions of Volume 13 of the Great Migration Newsletter. Subscribers to the online version of the Newsletter will receive exclusive access to the area of where the Newsletter is posted on a quarterly basis. Subscribers to Volume 13 may also access an online archive of past issues from volumes 11 and 12, as well as a collection of biographical sketches not yet available in print. New sketches are added regularly. The first issue of Volume 13 will be available in January 2004.

    Online subscriptions are $10 per year, and available only to NEHGS members. Subscriptions received after October 1 will be entitled to access volumes 11, 12, and 13.

    Subscribers to Volume 12 should note that their subscriptions will expire on December 31, 2003. Renew your subscription now and continue to receive the wealth of information on early New England settlers included in each issue of the Great Migration Newsletter!

    If you opt to subscribe to the print version of the Newsletter, four printed issues of Volume 13, plus a bonus issue from Volume 12, will be delivered directly to your home each quarter. Subscriptions to the print version are $20 per year. You do not have to be a member of NEHGS to subscribe to the print version.

    The Great Migration Newsletter, written and edited by Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, offers feature articles on a variety of topics, including the settlement of early New England towns, migration patterns, seventeenth-century passenger lists, church records, land records, and much more. The Newsletter complements the individual Great Migration sketches, and addresses the broad issues that are key to understanding the lives and times of New England’s first immigrants.

    To subscribe to Volume 13 or renew your subscription to the Great Migration Newsletter, please visit

    Special Irish Lecture at NEHGS
    Wednesday, October 15

    "Recovering the memory of the hidden people: an introduction to estate paper records as sources for local history" is the title of a lecture to be given at NEHGS by Dr. Susan Hood of the Church of Ireland Representative Body Library, in Dublin, Ireland. The lecture will be held on October 15, 2003, in the education center of the NEHGS Research Library in Boston. Beginning at 5 p.m., Dr. Hood will introduce her book and sign copies for attendees at a reception preceding her lecture, which starts at 6.

    This lecture will introduce a range of local history records of the Strokestown estate, County Roscommon. Strokestown, in northwest Roscommon, and its environs experienced one of the heaviest emigration ratios in Ireland after the famine — up to eighty percent in some parts, and many of the families leaving ended up in North America. The estate paper collection that survives for Strokestown is unusually rich in detail about people not usually documented in any archival sources. Dr. Hood used the collection extensively for her doctoral research, and she will reveal some of the important sources it contains. She will also talk about estate papers in general and their value for recreating the conditions under which people lived, and why they might have chosen to leave.

    Dr. Hood is the author of The Royal Roots — Republican Inheritance: the survival of the Office of Arms — Ireland's heraldic and genealogical authority. The main aim of her tour is to tell the story of Irish heraldry and ancestry in the United States.

    Fall 2003 Issue of New England Ancestors Available Now

    In this issue...

    Michael J. Leclerc details the many resources available in the Walter E. Corbin Papers (the Corbin Collection) to researchers of western Massachusetts.

    Joyce S. Pendery discusses the education of females in the nineteenth century, and the important information researchers can gain by examining records of academies and seminaries.

    John E. Sterling introduces a new NEHGS online database – the Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Transcription Project.

    Elizabeth Ives Hunter tells the story of “the oldest timber-frame building in New England,” the subject of the recent NEHGS publication, The Fairbanks House.

    Anthony Adolph provides tips and resources for researchers in An Overview of the Current State of British Genealogical Research in 2003.

    Lynn Betlock provides a stirring account of westward migration out of New England in Westward Ho! New Englanders to Ohio.

    Pamela P. Swain reveals the results and implications of the NEHGS 2003 Member Survey.

    Also in this issue . . .

    • Around New England: Cemetery Resources Around New England
    • The Computer Genealogist: RootsMagic — A New Program Enters the Arena
    • Computer Genealogist Spotlight: StonePics — Cemeteries of Newfoundland
    • Genetics & Genealogy: Anthony and Giles Slocum Have the Same Y-DNA Pattern
    • Booknotes: Killed Strangely: the Death of Rebecca Cornell
    • Manuscripts at NEHGS: Family Records in the NEHGS Collections
    • Bible Records at NEHGS: The Lechmere-Cook Bible
    • Pilgrim Life: Mayflower Compact, A Dissenting View, Part Two

    And, as always, news of NEHGS and the world of genealogy, upcoming NEHGS programs and tours, new publications, and notices of family association events, genealogies and other books recently published or in progress, and member queries.

    Subscription to New England Ancestors is a benefit of NEHGS membership. If you are not a member, you may join online at, or call toll-free 888-296-3447, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, Eastern time.

    Read the fall 2003 issue on at

    New From Newbury St. Press — Dr. John Durand of Derby, Connecticut, and His Family

    Dr. John Durand of Derby, Connecticut, and His Family, written by Dr. Alvy Ray Smith, treats the descendants of Dr. John Durand, a Huguenot born in France in 1664. Dr. Derby was forced to flee to America due to King Louis XIV's revocation of religious freedom for Protestants, and eventually settled with his wife in Derby, Connecticut. They had ten children.

    This work, based largely on unpublished research, is the result of Dr. Smith's comprehensive study of his Durand family through four generations, with an elaborately portrayed collection of Durand family heirlooms. The branch of Dr. John Durand’s youngest son, Ebenezer Durand, is taken through ten generations to the year 2003. Meticulously researched, this book contains 1,900 footnotes. Beautifully illustrated with over 100 images, this work is a significant contribution not only to the realm of scholarly genealogy, but to American history, American art history, and material culture study as well.

    Dr. John Durand of Derby, Connecticut, and His Family is available from the NEHGS book store at This title is on sale for a limited time to NEHGS members for $45 plus shipping (non-member price is $50).


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

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

    • "Highlights of Unusual Boston Records" by Ann Lainhart on Saturday, October 4.

    • "Caring for Your Treasured Books" by Deborah Rossi on Wednesday, October 8 and Saturday, October 11.

    • "Genealogical Research in Connecticut" by Joyce Pendery on Wednesday, October 15 and Saturday, October 18.

    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.



    An Introduction to Using at NEHGS in Boston

    October 8, 6 p.m.

    Learn how to use the NEHGS website to advance your research! In this free class, NEHGS content delivery specialist 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 Wednesday, October 8 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

    Recent Additions to the R. Stanton Avery Collections at NEHGS

    The R. Stanton Avery Collections at NEHGS contain over two million items that have been acquired since the Society's founding in 1845. Beginning with this issue of eNews, we will list new additions to the manuscript collections on a regular basis. The following list shows new items and collections acquired from January to August 2003. Patrons should note that collections that have not yet been processed are indicated by the word "closed." These collections cannot be accessed (no exceptions) until they are processed, at which time the access restriction is lifted and the collection gains "open" access status. Those interested in donating genealogical materials to NEHGS may contact archivist Timothy Salls at or 617–226–1232. For more information about the R. Stanton Avery Collections, please visit


    John C. Palmer Papers — Source material for A genealogical record of the descendants of William Palmer of Hampton, New Hampshire, 1638 (1998) [closed]
    William Whitridge of Ipswich, Carpenter 1598–1668. [Mss A 3156]
    Bible record for the Sylvester Goodrich family, 1793–1840 [Mss A 2065]
    Bible record for the John Clarke family, 1722–1883 [Mss A 2185]
    Joseph L. Druse Collection — Lost Lineages: a card file index of family name lineages derived from immigrant ancestors which are concealed (and therefore “lost” behind book titles such as My Ancestors) [closed]
    Bible record for the David Shepard family, 1762–1850 [Mss A 2066]
    Bible record for the David Shepard Jr. family, 1796–1885 [Mss A 2067]
    Bible record for the Ray Alton Waldo family, 1884–1928 [Mss A 2070]
    Phyllis Fullerton Papers [closed]
    Grace Church Cemetery Project [Mss A 2265]


    Bible record for the John Moyer family, 1796–1875 [Mss A 2163]
    Bible record for the family of Bethia Brown Bain, 1741–1886 [Mss A 2159]
    Bible record for the Arthur Louis Brown family, 1886–1904 [Mss A 2950]
    Bible record for the families of Harriet E. (Benedict) Brown, 1833–1949 [Mss A 2948]
    Larry McCagg Papers, 1591–1880 — includes genealogical charts, notes, broadside family registers for Charles Burrall families (1720–1803 & 1787–1855), handwritten “Record of births & deaths” for Holbrook and Hartwell families (1755–1872), vital statistic data on the William and Alice (Tripp) Hall family (1670–1875) and “Ye booke of ye forefathers" by Laura C. Barnum [Mss 699]
    Bible record for the George Wallace family, 1815–1945 [Mss A 2502]
    Bible record for the William White family, 1781–1977 [Mss C 5195]
    Record of marriages kept by Rev. Benjamin H. Davis, 1839–1889 [Mss A 2182]


    The James & Mary (Walling) Mat(t)hews/Mathis family [Mss A 2468]
    Research on the ancestors of Pieter Wouterse Vander Meulen [closed]
    Bible record for the Benjamin Chandler Howard family, 1847–1912 [Mss A 2501]
    Bible record for the William Cox family, 1759–1877 [Mss A 2667]
    Bible record for the Abraham Hopping family, 1835–1950 [Mss A 2505]


    Bible record for the Josiah Ward family [Mss A 2500]
    Bible record for the Gorham H. Nye family, 1803–1844 [Mss 697]
    Account book of Reuben Rich, plus deeds, receipts, inventories from 1760–1816, the bulk of which relates to Capt David Baker [closed]
    Harriet Hodges Stone Papers [Mss 696]
    Bible record for the Curtis Drake family, 1825–1900 [closed]
    Matteson Historical Congress of America Collection [closed]
    Fogg Family Association Papers [closed]
    Bible record for the Ernest Symonds family, 1866–1992 [Mss A 2518]
    Bible record for the Richard Spear and Stephen Morgan families, 1828–1942 [Mss A 2520]


    Letter, April 27, 1917, from “father” to “Nana” [Mss A 2631]
    Research on the Gamage family – ancestor charts, spread charts, reference number sheets, documents, lists and allied families [closed]
    Bible record for the William Fellowes family [Mss A 3157]
    Alexander M. Robertson Papers – includes journals, correspondence, documents, and scrapbooks with genealogies on the Robertson, Wright, Merrill and Tillinghast families [closed]
    Bible record for the Edward Blackstone family, 1770–1972 [Mss A 2664]
    Richard Brenneman Papers [closed]
    Photograph of the Tower family reunion in Hingham, Mass. 1909 [closed]
    Bible record for the Joseph Southworth family, 1781–1978 [Mss A 2662]
    Bible record for the Andrew Garrison family, 1820–1945 [Mss A 2663]
    Bible record for the Peter Burns family, 1862–1895 [Mss A 3125]
    Descendants of James McDonald … [Mss A 2653]
    Sampson genealogy copied from Capt. Thomas Sampson’s old family Bible [Mss A 2947]
    Bible record for the William Davis Lufkin family, 1786–1961 [Mss A 2938]

    Source material for Peter Judd’s The Hatch and Brood of Time [closed]
    Newhall and Hayward family deeds, 1687–1839 [closed]
    A line from Benjamin1 Albee of Massachusetts [Mss A 3158]
    Bible record for the Aaron Gurney Kierstead family, 1857–1980 [Mss A 2949]
    Bible record for the Beriah Bradley family, 1794–1887 [Mss A 2669]
    Bible record for the Joseph Pierpont family, 1685–1886 [Mss A 2670]
    Marjorie M. Stewart Papers [closed]
    Genealogy of the Bingham family [Mss C 5199]
    Account book of Aaron Burt, 1761–1766 [Mss 688]


    The diary of Jeremiah Bancroft, April 1755 to February 1756 [Mss A 2886]
    Thomas Gorton Papers – source material for book Samuel Gorton of Rhode Island and his Descendants (1982) [closed]
    Photograph album of Elmina Remington Avery [closed]
    Bible record for the William Goulding family, 1767–1905 [Mss A 2887]
    Genealogical and biographical sketch of the family of Caleb Hendee … [Mss A 2937]
    Bible record of the Michael Chapman family, 1796–1918 [Mss A 2974]
    Bible record of the Francis Sargent family, 1836–1892 [Mss A 2888]
    Diary of Charles Somers Miller, 1876–1943 [closed]
    John Maynard of Sudbury, Massachusetts … [Mss A 3159]
    Wells Families of Rhode Island … [Mss A 3160]
    Brintnall Genealogy: Thomas Brintnall … [Mss A 3161]
    Brand Genealogy: Thomas Brand of Westerly, Rhode Island [Mss A 3162]


    A record of the Powerses in New England … by Grant Powers – Photocopy of original handwritten genealogy [Mss C 5184]
    Bible record for the Dearborn P. Glines, 1761–1907 [Mss A 2940]
    The bridal souvenir [wedding book] of Rebecca (Clements) Hazlett, 1902 [Mss A 3163]
    Nicholas Lechmere Bible [closed]
    Stearns and Annis family records –– Photocopy of an original record concerning the families of Ezekiel and Elizabeth Stearns; William and Drusette (Stearns) Annis. [Mss C 5185]
    Arthur Wilmot Ackerman Papers [closed]


    Recent Acquisitions to the Circulating Library
    By Alexander Woodle, Circulating Library Director

    Captain Joseph Buck, Pioneer of Buck Hollow, Vermont (Fairfax Township) and Dunham (Farnham Center) Eastern Townships, Mississquoi County, Quebec, Canada, Descendant of Emanuel (or Enoch) Buck of Wethersfield, Connecticut by Donald T. Buck. CS71/B92/2002.

    This is the first genealogical publication of the Joseph Buck family. It traces his emigration to Canada as a Loyalist. The author is able to trace this family from its American roots in the eighteenth century to their emigration to Canada.

    William Swyfte of Bocking, Essex, England and some of his Descendants 1634–1993 compiled by Edward Coverly Swift. CS71/S98/2002.

    This slim volume traces ten generations of the Swift family who emigrated from England to Massachusetts during the Great Migration in the seventeenth century. There is a brief bibliography and an appendix with tombstone images.

    A History of the Town of Orwell, Vermont: Past & Present by The Orwell Historical Society. F59/077/H57/2001.

    This is a third revised edition of a book originally published in 1988. This project was assembled by the local historical society with chapters covering every conceivable subject including the founding of the town and profiles of its patriots, early settlers, and notable citizens. It is profusely illustrated with photographs. Anyone with connections to this town will appreciate its depth of coverage.

    Reflections on a Life Well Lived: Cora de Graff Heineman (1874–1959) by Alan Fisher, Ellen deGraff Teller, and Pat Kuesser. CS71/D32/2003.

    This is the kind of book all genealogists wish they had for their own family. It is a story of one woman who wrote down her memories for her children and grandchildren. This personal account of Cora de Graff Heineman's life, complete with anecdotes and photographs, was compiled by her grandchildren. It is a book for researchers to take inspiration from as a very good example of a family history.

    A History of Colrain, Massachusetts with genealogies of early families by Lois McClellan Patrie. F74/C7/P371974.

    This is a comprehensive history of the town going back to its original founding. The author has visited many archives researching town meeting minutes to compile Colrain's story. Her chapters are arranged chronologically. Later chapters deal with politics, government, social life, prominent men and women of the nineteenth century, church history, cemeteries, and more. The book also includes some genealogies of families who came to Colrain prior to 1800.

    As always, if you have any questions about using the Circulating Library, please call, toll-free, 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 borrow books online, please 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!

    "My Favorite Ancestor Story"
    by Patricia A. Johnson of Fort Collins, Colorado

    In July 1998 I received a copy of "The Diary of John Frizzell 1756–1760." John Frizzell is my seventh great grandfather, and I knew little more than his name until I received the copy of this diary. Now, I know a great deal about his adventures and about the man. John Frizzell was twenty-six when this adventure began in August 1756. The diary covers his experiences and travels and finally ends when he takes a ship, homeward bound, on April 15, 1759.

    The story actually begins on May 17,1756, when the British government declared war on France. The struggle between the two countries was about control of the northern part of the North American continent — and the riches and trade that went with it.

    The battle of the Oswego forts in August 1756 was important because these forts commanded access to Lake Ontario in western New York. I know that he was among 1,780 prisoners of war by the time the white flag went up over Fort Oswego on August 14, 1756.

    The span of time of this narrative is three years — from August 1756 to August 1759. During this time John Frizzell survived ordeals that I can only imagine. He had lived a lifetime in those three short years. I am sure his father (Samuel Frizzell) and his mother (Prudence Flagg) had no hope of ever seeing him again. What a joyous day it must have been to see their son come home.

    John Frizzell settled down and married Martha Bartlett. They had seven children and their oldest son, Earl Frizzell, is my sixth great grandfather. He was born on September 30, 1730, in Shrewsbury, Worcester County, Massachusetts, and died between 1790 and 1800, probably in Northfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts.


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