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  • 2003 Archive

  • Vol. 5, No. 48
    Whole #141
    November 21, 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
    • Announcing A Thanksgiving Sale
    • Happy Birthday,!
    • New Research Article on
    The Researcher's Guide to Boston & Vital Records of Springfield, Massachusetts to 1850 Now Available
    • Highlight Your Family Association in the NEHGS eNews
    • A Preview of the October Register
    • Special Hours in the NEHGS Research Library
    Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures at the NEHGS Library
    Thanksgiving-related Websites: the Mayflower, Pilgrims, & More
    • Favorite — and Black Sheep — Ancestor Feedback
    • NEHGS Contact Information

    New Databases on

    Vital Records of Shelburne, Vermont, 1743–1896

    The town of Shelburne, in Chittenden County, was established in 1763. There is no additional information available about these records, except that they were donated to NEHGS in 1930.

    Search Vital Records of Shelburne, Vermont, 1743–1896, at

    The Diaries of the Rev. Thomas Cary of Newburyport, Massachusetts

    The Rev. Thomas Cary (1745–1808) was one of the many ministers along the Merrimack River who encouraged the patriotism of their parishioners during the Revolutionary War. He started his diary in Weston, Massachusetts, in 1762 and continued writing entries until 1806, two years before his death. This installment covers the year 1779.

    Search the Diaries of Thomas Cary at

    Family Genealogy:
    The Jordan Memorial: Family Records of Rev. Robert Jordan, and His Descendants in America (1882)

    This genealogy was written by Tristram Frost Jordan in 1882.

    The Rev. Robert Jordan, a priest of the Church of England, came to Richmond's Island in Maine about the year 1640. Jordan probably divided Sunday ministrations between the Spurwink and Casco settlements, and Saco.

    Excerpts from the genealogy are below.

    "By his marriage with Sarah Winter, Mr. Jordan became one of the great land-proprietors and wealthy men of that region; 'a source of influence,' says a writer, 'which he failed not to exert in favor of his church and politics.'

    "The writer of an article in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register, vol. xiii. p. 221, says of Mr. Robert Jordan: 'This gentleman and Rev. Richard Gibson were the pioneers of Episcopacy in Maine. Mr. Gibson left the country about the year 1642, but Jordan remained at the post of duty, and never relinquished his stand as a churchman or his professional character.'

    "Owing to his religious affinities and associations, Mr. Jordan was an object of suspicion and hostility to the Puritan government of Massachusetts, who forbade him to marry or baptize. He paid no attention to this order, and, continuing to discharge the duties of his office, the General Court of Massachusetts ordered his arrest and imprisonment in Boston jail. This occurred twice, namely, in 1654 and in 1663.

    "After his house in Spurwink was destroyed by Indians in King Philip's War, Jordan removed to Great Island (now Newcastle). He died in 1679 at Portsmouth, New Hampshire."

    Search the Jordan genealogy at

    Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections

    This week we have added transcriptions of the following small cemeteries in and around Ledyard, Connecticut.

    Old Plain Cemetery
    Allyn's Point
    Burial Yard
    James Allyn Burial Ground
    Allen Burial Yard
    Chapman Family Burial Place
    Stoddard Family Cemetery
    Stoddard Family Cemetery at Stoddard's Wharf Station
    Palmer Cemetery
    Nathaniel Palmer Burial Plot
    Latham & Hallet Cemetery at Shewville
    Spicer Family Yard
    First Episcopal Church Cemetery
    Ancient Cemetery at Gales Ferry

    North Stonington
    Wightman Cemetery
    Hewitt Family Burial Ground

    The Niles Family Cemetery
    Fish Burial Ground
    Wood Burial Ground
    Lamb Cemetery
    Lamb Family Yard
    Crary Cemetery

    A Family Yard
    Smith Yard

    Gore Family Burial Ground
    Brewsters Neck Cemetery
    Avery Cemetery

    Search Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections at

    Records of the First Church of Norwich [Bozrah], Connecticut, 1739–1834

    This church was organized in 1738–9 and Rev. Benjamin Throop was ordained as the first pastor. The parish of New Concord was incorporated as the town of Bozrah in 1786. These records include baptisms, marriages, deaths, and admissions.

    Search Records of the First Church of Norwich [Bozrah], Connecticut, at

    Announcing a Thanksgiving Sale

    Looking for something to do while the turkey is roasting? NEHGS will host an online book sale starting Wednesday, November 26, and continuing through the weekend. See our website on Wednesday or read the next eNews issue for more details. This will be a website-only sale. Due to the holiday, we will have a very limited staff in our member services department to answer questions by telephone on Friday, November 28.

    Happy Birthday,!

    Wednesday marked the second anniversary of the current version of which was launched on November 19, 2001. Here are some statistics for the site since that day two years ago:

    The site has had 1.5 million visits.
    Over 18 million pages have been viewed.
    Over 5,400 members have joined online.
    There are 345 research articles.
    There are over 1,661 searchable databases.
    There are 79 million name references in those databases.

    New Research Article on

    Rhode Island
    Eighteenth Century Divorce in Rhode Island
    by Maureen A. Taylor

    "Rhode Island had one of the highest frequencies of divorce in the American colonies throughout the eighteenth century. Prior to 1747, adultery was the only reason officially recognized by the General Assembly or Court of Trials for seeking a separation or divorce. After 1747, divorce petitions were examined at the quarterly sessions of the Superior Court of Judicature. While marital separation existed in Rhode Island since the mid-seventeenth century, grounds for divorce remained limited until 1798. In that year the law code for divorce was expanded to include 'impotency, extreme cruelty, and gross misbehavior and wickedness in either of the parties repugnant to and in violation of the marriage covenant.'"

    View the full article at

    The Researcher's Guide to Boston & Vital Records of Springfield, Massachusetts, to 1850 Now Available

    The Researcher's Guide to Boston

    NEHGS is pleased to introduce a complete guide for finding and using genealogical records located in different repositories in and around Boston. Author Ann S. Lainhart shows readers where these sources are, what can be found in them, and how they may have changed over time. Little-known sources including institutional data, seamen's papers, records of the poor, and nineteenth and twentieth century voters' lists are discussed in this compact, user-friendly guide.

    Published by NEHGS, the Boston guide is $14.95, plus shipping and handling. To order, visit or call 1-888-296-3447 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern time), Monday through Friday.

    Vital Records of Springfield, Massachusetts, to 1850

    The limited print run of the recently-released Vital Records of Springfield, Massachusetts, to 1850 sold out very quickly. We're pleased to announce the addition of this four volume set to the Heritage Preservation Photoduplication Program. This 1,350 page set is now available for purchase as a special order hardcover set, bound to high library quality standards. Each set is bound to order. Please allow six weeks for delivery. For more details, see our online bookstore listing at

    Highlight Your Family Association in the NEHGS eNews

    Many genealogists are members of family associations and believe them to be an integral part of their research efforts. Finding cousins, learning the history of a particular family, sharing genealogical information with others, and social interaction are some of the many reasons why genealogists create and join family associations.

    As part of an enhanced and ongoing effort to collaborate with genealogical and historical organizations, NEHGS would like to periodically highlight family associations in the eNews. We will publish a description of a particular association, cite the association's homepage, and include resources available at NEHGS for that particular family.

    In return, we ask that your association include an article provided by us about NEHGS in your newsletter. This text would include some basic information about the Society as well as the resources available for your association's surname. Since newsletter editors are often looking for content to fill the pages, it could make your newsletter editor very happy. It seems like a win/win situation to us! If you would like to be part of the NEHGS family association partnership, please email Laura Prescott at for specific information.

    We have also added a new section for family associations within the "Links" pages of the website: with the official association name and the URL. If you wish, you may also include a very brief description of the association (fifty words or less). As before, we hope you'll reciprocate and include a link to This is a good time to re-check your existing link to NEHGS if you've had it on your website for awhile. Please be sure you are no longer linked to our old address at

    Suggestions for descriptive text accompanying the link include:

    1) is the website of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Based in Boston, NEHGS was founded in 1845 and is the country's oldest and largest genealogical society. For any user, the website offers discussion forums, helpful "how-to" articles, an online store, research service information, and resources for planning a visit to the NEHGS library in Boston. NEHGS members receive increased benefits, including access to databases with nearly 80 million names, and much more. If you are interested in tracing your New England family history, then your first stop should be


    2) — The website of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the nation's oldest and largest genealogical society. One of the country's best resources for family history.

    A Preview of the October Register

    We start this issue with the Royal Ancestry of Percival Lowell, who settled in Newbury, Massachusetts, in 1639. Although his father’s gentry origins had been known for over a century, no one had worked on his mother’s ancestry. The authors have shown that she was Christian Percival and that her maternal grandmother was Eleanor Luttrell who had two lines of descent from King Edward I.

    The Identity of Zeba (6) White of Braintree and Randolph, Massachusetts, was not evident from genealogical sources for those towns. Mark Choquet discovered enough circumstantial evidence to establish Zeba’s parentage — and evidence of why one angry local historian omitted the White family altogether from his work.

    The Journal of Jonathan Willis: Extracts from the Diary of a Boston Housewright, 1744–1747, contains the every-day observances and concerns of a Boston resident, including visits, illnesses, deaths, and funerals. This diary is not listed in the two standard references for New England diaries and thus has been little used for historical and genealogical research.

    By careful research in Connecticut primary sources, author James Raywalt was able to compile an account of The Reverend Seth Shove, First Minister of Danbury, Connecticut, and His Family. Key to the research were two eighteenth-century newspaper obituaries: one for the Rev. Mr. Shove in 1735, another for his daughter Hannah in 1791, listing all four of her husbands. The author identifies the wife of Seth Shove, Jr., as Judah Morgan and treats her family, too.

    Not every marriage intention led to a marriage, as Sally Hill reminds us in The Jilting of Samuel Walker, Mariner, of Boston. Court records show that when Samuel Walker returned from a voyage in 1729 to find his fiancée married to another man, he sued and eventually won.

    The only compiled account of the descendants of Ralph (1) Freeman appears to be in a manuscript at NEHGS. One branch is now treated in Dan and Jemima (Alexander) Freeman of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and Some of Their Descendants. The author has included Freeman daughters and their children, so many other surnames are involved.

    Descendants of Benoni Hoskins (1746–1830) had two hurdles to overcome. The printed town records spelled the surname as “Hopkins,” and some descendants used the spelling “Haskins.” Fortunately, this is all cleared up by A Hoskins/Haskins Family Record, Correcting Alford, Massachusetts, Vital Records.

    We conclude the “Lost” Alumni of Yale College: The Non-Graduates of 1771–1805, with the letters P–Z. For many of these non-graduates, their year(s) at Yale is already noted in whatever biographical accounts exist for them. But for others, this article may the first mention of their Yale education.

    John and Elizabeth (James) Hyland of Scituate, Massachusetts, and Some of Their Descendants, continues with sons James (3) and John (3) Hyland, some of whose children moved from Scituate to other towns in Plymouth County, to Boston, and to Maine. The family of John (3) Hyland was particularly difficult, and only because the author had treated the entire family was she able to place them.

    There are many Additions and Corrections in this issue, mostly to 2002 or 2003 articles, including more than two pages of corrections to “The Ross Families of Ipswich, Massachusetts,” which drew a large response from readers. Among the corrections to earlier articles is the first one dealing with the identity of the mother of Cary (1) Latham of New London.

    – Henry B. Hoff, editor of the Register

    Special Hours in the NEHGS Research Library

    To mark the Thanksgiving holiday, the NEHGS Research Library in Boston will close at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will be closed on Thursday, November 27.

    Winter hours at the library will begin on December 1. During this time the library will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday; and, with the exception of the month of December, 12 noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The library will be closed on Sundays in December. Winter hours will stay in effect until April 1, 2004.

    For a complete list of library hours and holiday schedules, visit

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

    • "Overview of Massachusetts State and County Court Records" by Elizabeth Bouvier on Saturday, November 22.

    • "Tracing Present Day Relatives" by David Dearborn on Wednesday, November 26 and Saturday, November 29.

    • "The Mowbray Connection: Genealogical Patterns in the Western World" by Gary Boyd Roberts on Wednesday, December 3 and Saturday, December 6.

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

    For more details about NEHGS education events, please visit You can read four Thanksgiving-related articles (on the history of the holiday, Native traditions of giving thanks, foodways in Plymouth Colony, and colonial fast and thanksgiving days) at You can also read an article on "The Question of Popcorn at the 'First Thanksgiving'" at In addition, the website contains information about the Plantation's exhibit, Thanksgiving: Memory, Myth & Meaning ( (If you are planning a visit to the Plantation this year, be aware that the last day of the 2003 season is Sunday, November 30. For more on planning a visit, go to

    • You may also wish to visit the Plimoth Plantation/NEHGS collaborative website at

    • The General Society of Mayflower Descendants website ( provides information about becoming a member of the Society, which requires that you document descent from one or more of the Mayflower Pilgrims. The site also contains historical information, and a link to a useful site created by Duane Cline, Mayflower Society Education Committee Chair:

    • The Plymouth Colony Archive Project at the University of Virginia ( contains a tremendous amount of information. Users can click on a variety of headings to learn more about specific topics. Of particular interest are the biographical sketches, an article entitled "Passengers on the Mayflower: Ages and Occupations, Origins and Connections" (, and an excerpt from The Times of Their Lives: Life, Love, and Death in Plymouth Colony, by James Deetz and Patricia Scott Deetz (

    • Caleb Johnson's website,, is one of the most comprehensive sources for Mayflower and Plymouth history on the Internet. It features in-depth biographical information, history, genealogy, and full-text primary sources.

    • The Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, Massachusetts (, offers information on the Pilgrim story, images of the museum's unique collections, and an extensive history of Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving section ( includes two online exhibits: "The New England Child's Thanksgiving," and "The Evolution of the Modern Thanksgiving" as well as information on the 'First Thanksgiving' and the Pilgrims.

    Happy Thanksgiving from NEHGS!

    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
    by Ann Noyes of Duxbury, Massachusetts

    Sarah Jane Durand Maling — as she signed her name before she married Ira J. White — is my favorite ancestor. A letter by Sarah Jane's granddaughter relates how, on June 17,1825, Sarah Jane and a classmate led a group of schoolchildren to the site of the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown, Massachusetts. During the ceremonies, in which the Marquis de Lafayette laid the cornerstone for the monument, she presented Lafayette with a bouquet. Lafayette picked her up and kissed her.

    Was it then in her pre-adolescent awe that she decided her middle name was the more French-sounding Durand and not Urann like the rest of her family? Her grandfather was one of the several Thomas Uranns in the area. Which one is still a mystery. Was Sarah descended from one of the Boston Tea Party participants? Who knows?

    I am fortunate enough to remember her son, my great grandfather. He was a special person to a little girl, not because of his possible heritage, but because he had a white beard like Santa Claus.

    "No Traces Were Found of Him"
    by Joseph Michael Carey of Indian Lake Estates, Florida

    My grandfather, Joseph William Carey, was born about 1865 and married Johanna Malvey in Fall River, Massachusetts, about 1886. They had three children: Annie Frances (b. abt. 1887– d. April 19, 1896); Joseph William, my father (b. March 27, 1888 – d. May 27, 1974), and Bertha May (b. August 22, 1896 – d. December 4, 1900).

    Sometime after 1900 my grandfather "disappeared" and no traces were found of him. In 1932, my grandfather resurfaced and paid a month-long visit to his son's home in Newport, Rhode Island. About one month later, my grandfather departed for Old Orchard Beach, Maine, and never was heard from again. My fifteen years of research have yielded naught. Johanna Malvey Carey was born in Wales on April 27, 1866, and died on August 14, 1903. The three females of the Carey family are buried in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Fall River, Massachusetts.


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