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  • 2003 Archive

  • Vol. 5, No. 8
    Whole #101
    February 14, 2003
    Edited by Lynn Betlock and Rod Moody
    enews@nehgs.org

    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.

    © Copyright 2003, New England Historic Genealogical Society

    Contents:

    • New Databases on NewEnglandAncestors.org
    • New Research Articles on NewEnglandAncestors.org
    • NEHGS Research Library Closed for President's Day Holiday
    • NEHGS Winter Sale — Phone, Fax, or Online Only!
    • Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures at the NEHGS Library
    • An NEHGS Gathering in Marblehead, Massachusetts
    • English and Scottish Family History for Americans
    • From the Volunteer Coordinator
    • A Review of David Lindsay's Mayflower Bastard: A Stranger Among the Pilgrims
    • Presidential Connections
    • Favorite Ancestor Feedback
    • NEHGS Contact Information

     

    New Databases on NewEnglandAncestors.org

    Vital Records of the Town of Enfield, Grafton County, New Hampshire, 1761–1940

    Compiled by George McKenzie Roberts in 1957, this collection is especially valuable because many of the town records prior to 1851 were destroyed by a number of fires. This transcription was compiled from surviving records and supplemented with information from probate and land records, tax lists, censuses, newspaper items, correspondence, genealogies, and other resources. Roberts' original transcription also includes cemetery records, which were added to our cemetery transcriptions database. In total, only four copies of this typewritten, unpublished manuscript were produced — in addition to the copy at NEHGS, one is kept in the Enfield Public Library and two were given to the New Hampshire State Library.

    Search the Records of the Town of Enfield, New Hampshire at /research/database/enfieldnh/Default.asp.

    Commissioners Records of Lincoln County, Maine, 1759–1777

    These records were abstracted by Georgiana Hewins Lilly, of Hallowell, Maine, from the originals kept in the Lincoln County Courthouse in Wiscasset, Maine. Prior to 1760, all of Maine was made up of two counties (York and Cumberland). On June 21, 1760, Lincoln County was established, originally covering three-fifths of what would become the state of Maine. This coverage remained until 1790, when Hancock and Washington counties were established, and these were followed by many additional divisions over the years.

    Search the Commissioners Records of Lincoln County, Maine at /research/database/lincolnco/Default.asp.

    Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections

    This week we have added transcriptions from cemeteries in Enfield and Madison, New Hampshire; Manlius, New York; and Exeter, Rhode Island.

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

    New Great Migration Newsletter Sketches on NewEnglandAncestors.org

    We have added the following ten new Great Migration biographical sketches to the Great Migration Newsletter Online page on NewEnglandAncestors.org this week.

    Edward Hitchcock
    Matthew Hitchcock
    Richard Hitchcock
    Nicholas Hodsdon
    Arthur Holbidge
    Thomas Holbrook
    John Holland
    Angel Hollard
    Richard Hollingsworth
    John Holloway

    Subscribers to Volume 12 of the newsletter may view these sketches plus many more at www.newenglandancestors.org/articles/gm_newsletter.

    To subscribe to the Great Migration Newsletter Online, visit https://www.newenglandancestors.org/articles/gm_newsletter/subscribe/Default.asp.

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    New Research Articles on NewEnglandAncestors.org

    Vermont
    Vermont Research Facilities 2: State of Vermont General Services and Records Center
    by Scott Andrew Bartley
    /articles/research/?page_id=659&attrib1=1&seq_num=106

    Family Health and Genealogy
    Methods and Sources For Genealogists Compiling Family Health Histories—Part I
    by Norma Storrs Keating
    /articles/research/?page_id=659&attrib1=1&seq_num=212

    Member Submission — Book Review
    Mayflower Bastard by David Lindsay
    Reviewed by R.G. Kainer
    /articles/research/?page_id=659&attrib1=1&seq_num=5


    NEHGS Research Library Closed for President's Day Holiday

    The NEHGS Research Library will be closed this Saturday, February 15, in observance of the President's Day holiday. (The library is always closed on Sundays and Mondays.)

    Library hours and holiday closings may be found at www.newenglandancestors.org/libraries/reference.


    NEHGS Winter Sale — Phone, Fax, or Online Only!

    On Thursday, February 20, and Friday, February 21, NEHGS will have a winter warehouse sale by phone, fax, and online at www.NewEnglandAncestors.org. Clearance items will be deeply discounted. Also, a selection of other titles will have special sale prices. This sale WILL NOT be held in the shop at Boston or at our Framingham location.

    Online customers will have two additional days — Saturday and Sunday — to place orders online. The online sale commences at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time on February 20 and sale prices will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 23.

    The NEHGS Member Services team will take phone orders on Thursday and Friday only between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Eastern time) on our toll-free ordering line at 1-888-296-3447. If you are unable to reach us due to high call volume, please leave a message. Additionally, we will accept fax orders at 1-508-788-9500.

    To view a list of items that will be on sale, go to

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

    • "From Washington to Bush: Ancestors of American Presidents" by Gary Boyd Roberts on Wednesday, February 19 and Saturday, February 22.

    • "Preparing For Your Research Trip to Ireland" by Marie Daly on Wednesday, March 5 and Saturday, March 8.

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

    For more details about NEHGS education events, please visit  CMcElearney@nehgs.org or 617-226-1217.


    English and Scottish Family History for Americans
    Boston, Massachusetts
    April 9–12, 2003

    Join English surnames and place-names expert Dr. George Redmonds, Great Migration Study Project director Robert Charles Anderson, English and Scottish specialist Jerome Anderson, and NEHGS library staff at NEHGS for an engaging and informative exploration of English origins. The program features two lectures each day, extended library hours, and consultations with nationally recognized experts in the field.

    Fans of the Great Migration series will be particularly interested to note that Robert Charles Anderson will present the banquet lecture. Entitled "Puritan Personalities: Finding the Individual in the Collective," the lecture will feature lively examples from the latest Great Migration volume. Mr. Anderson will also be available for consultations and to sign copies of his books.

    Program fees: The full four day program is $495 for NEHGS members and $520 for non-members. NEHGS members may register for a single day option which includes two lectures and a consultation for $150.

    For more information, please visit www.newenglandancestors.org/education/events/Default.asp?id=207, contact the Education Department at 1-888-286-3447, or email tours@nehgs.org.


    From the Volunteer Coordinator

    January was an interesting month for our volunteers. At our Framingham site, we enjoyed a brown bag lunch on January 23. We also had a brown bag lunch at 101 Newbury Street, and volunteer and associate editor of the Register Helen Ullmann presented an interesting talk on the process of articles being accepted and processed for publication in the Register. January in the Boston area proved quite a challenge for people trying to get either to the library at 101 Newbury Street in Boston or to Framingham. For those of you in warmer climes, we have so far been subject to a real "New England winter," and volunteers have been their usual committed selves.

    Members are responding to our request for volunteers in New England Ancestors magazine, and we thank all of you. Those of you working at home transcribing and proofreading different parts of the Corbin collection for our electronic publications department — we are getting there! This project could not be done without our volunteers, and many of you are involved with this particular work. Grateful thanks from our electronic publications staff! It is just one of the projects we have, and many more are in progress.

    Thank you,

    Susan Rosefsky, NEHGS Volunteer Coordinator
    volunteers@nehgs.org


    A Review of David Lindsay's Mayflower Bastard: A Stranger Among the Pilgrims
    by R.G. Kainer, author of the article "Hostages of Fortune: The More Children of the Mayflower," featured in the


    Although Lindsay launched Richard in rough waters, he was steadier in relating Richard's passage into adulthood and old age. He grants Richard the man the dignity he deserves, even with his documented misdeeds of business and weaknesses of flesh. Lindsay takes pains to show that Richard often did the best he could with what life handed to him. We learn that he was not without decency and kindness, and he displayed a sense of responsibility to his family and friends. Richard More was an individualist but not a Separatist, and despite a young childhood spent in Elder William Brewster's household, he was not one of the Saints. Richard's survival-driven business practices in a hardscrabble life were often dubious, and evidence also suggests that he committed bigamy as a young man and adultery as an aging one. Lindsay here reminds us how serious and scary sexual misconduct was in those times. It certainly went on, but the punishing hand of the law could be very severe. In an odd turn, it seems easier for Lindsay to think of Richard as a bastard then it was for him to believe him actually guilty of adultery, which is more than likely. The court's charges (which Lindsay conjectures may have been fabricated) were also made by his church, which excommunicated him (they reinstated him two years later). However, if biography "aims not merely at informing but also at moving the reader through the spectacle of another soul's journey through existence," [4] then David Lindsay has done well by Richard.

    He also does very well in his reading of the feisty Lady Katherine and the self-serving Lord Samuel More. He captures the character of each and his psychological takes seem right on the mark. With all due respect to Lord Samuel's descendants, Lindsay's sober account of the harm done by the power-abusing Lord Samuel to his first wife and the children (and in his later role as a deserter of his soldiers) makes it understandable why Lindsay came to prefer to think of himself as descended from a pleasure-seeking, working-class man like Jacob Blakeway.

    The biography describes Richard being witness to the Witch Trials of his hometown of Salem, where he kept an "ordinary" after his sea days were over. Lindsay relates many historical events that occurred in the places that Richard lived, as well as the areas he traveled to as a mariner. Sometimes the data seem like oddments, but they often bring a fuller understanding of the background that affected Richard's life.

    It would be tempting for a lover of great literature to fault Lindsay on his narrative style or his ability to evoke an always perfectly true picture of Richard in his sketches. Ironically, only figures that come out of a writer's deep and pure imagination can evoke an indelible truth for the reader. We all know who the lovesick Juliet is. We hardly know who the probably heartsick Dorothy (May) Bradford was. In this book of Lindsay's seafaring ancestor, the author is not Melville but Captain More is also not Captain Ahab. Ahab, as pure fiction, could be single-mindedly portrayed as driven by the evil of revenge. Richard More's portrait is complicated by the necessity of uncovering facts and analyzing them with judicious restraint. Despite the imperfections of style, and possibly of interpretation, Lindsay did create something of value. I'm glad that Lindsay thought there was a hot story to be told because, like Columbus, he may not have been exactly where he thought he was, but he discovered America anyway! Without Lindsay's identification with his subject an important journey might not have been made, and a good tale might not have been told.

     

    R.G. Kainer is an analytic psychologist working on On the Shores of the Wilderness: The Minds of the Mayflower Voyagers. She welcomes comments and inquiries, and may be reached at  rgkainer@juno.com.

     

    Notes

    1. "Hostages of Fortune/The More Children of the Mayflower". R.G. Kainer, New England Ancestors. Winter, 2003.

    2. The Patent Files/Dispatches From the Frontiers of Invention. David Lindsay, New York: Lyons Press, 1999.

    3. Madness in the Making: The Triumphant Rise and Untimely Fall of America's Show Inventors. David Lindsay. New York: Kodansha, 1997.

    4. "Biography and Pseudobiography". Kenneth Silverman, Common-Place, vol. 3. No. 2, January 2003. [www.common-place.org]

    Mayflower Bastard: A Stranger Among the Pilgrims is available for purchase from the NEHGS Sales Department for $23.95 plus shipping and handling. For more information or to order, please visit www.newenglandancestors.org/marketplace/store/browse/product.asp?sku=355500764 or call 1-888-296-3447 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern time), Monday through Friday.


    Presidential Connections

    In honor of President's Day, we have compiled some lists of presidential kin taken from Gary Boyd Roberts' Ancestors of American Presidents. (While Ancestors of American Presidents is out of print and not available for purchase, NEHGS members may borrow it from the Circulating Library. For more information visit bookloan@nehgs.org or call 1-888-296-3447 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern time), Monday through Friday.)

    Presidential Mayflower Descents

    John Adams • John Quincy Adams • Zachary Taylor • Ulysses S. Grant • James A. Garfield •
    Franklin D. Roosevelt • Richard Nixon • Gerald Ford • George H.W. Bush • George W. Bush •

    Presidential Kinships to the British Royal Family

    George Washington • John Adams • John Quincy Adams • Millard Fillmore • Rutherford B. Hayes • Grover Cleveland • Calvin Coolidge • William H. Taft • Franklin D. Roosevelt • Richard Nixon • George H.W. Bush • George W. Bush

    Presidents with early New England Ancestry
    (Gary Boyd Roberts estimates that "anyone with between twenty and fifty 1620–1650 New England ancestors will have five to ten presidents among his distant kinsmen, and very likely anyone with fifty to two hundred such forebears will have over ten presidents among his American presidents.")

    John Adams • John Quincy Adams • Zachary Taylor • Millard Fillmore • Franklin Pierce • Abraham Lincoln • Ulysses S. Grant • Rutherford B. Hayes • James A. Garfield • Chester A. Arthur • Grover Cleveland • Benjamin Harrison • William Howard Taft • Warren Harding • Calvin Coolidge • Herbert Hoover • Franklin D. Roosevelt • Richard Nixon • Gerald Ford • Jimmy Carter • George H.W. Bush • George W. Bush


    Favorite Ancestor Feedback

    We continue with reader submissions to the questions "Who is your favorite ancestor? Why?" If you would like to contribute information on your favorite ancestor, please send your story in 300 words or less to Lynn Betlock at enews@nehgs.org. Thank you to all past and future contributors!

    My Favorite Ancestor
    by Bette Bunker Richards of Tucson, Arizona

    My father's aunt and her brother, my grandfather, told many stories about their grandfather, Hollis Martin Bunker. Some just seemed too good to be true. For years I tracked down the stories and everything I have found substantiates them. My father's aunt is still alive at age 108 and I still call her every so often to check out more of Hollis's stories. Hollis Bunker was born in Lower Québec, Canada on July 13,1841. His father married twice. Each wife had eleven children and each had a set of twins. The family migrated to Stephenson County, Illinois, in the 1850s.

    Hollis, his nearest-in-age brother, Hiram, and their friend, Charles Kaiser, enlisted in the 92nd Illinois Mounted Infantry in 1862 but not before Charles married his sweetheart, Hannah Crosby. Charles died during the war and begged Hollis to take care of Hannah because her family had moved out west (to Iowa). After the war Hollis honored his friend's wish and married Hannah on Christmas Eve, 1865. Hollis raised and raced trotting horses. It is probably from his genes that our family got their "NASCAR nuts" personalities.

    He went to Canada every year to visit the brother that remained there but Hannah refused to go with him. Hollis dearly loved his brother's second wife. After the brother and Hannah died, he married his dear love. They were together only a few years before he died. Finding the records to substantiate the relationship between the brother and that wife took thirty years of research but we finally got it.

    His life added an unusual mix to my family tree
    by Paul Keroack of Stratford, Connecticut

    My favorite ancestor is Louis Demuth, partly because I am fortunate in finding out so much about him and partly because his life added an unusual mix to my paternal family tree. He was born Ludwig Demuth in Rinteln, Hesse-Cassel, Germany, about 1756. Following his father into military life, he was one of the thousands of troops sent by his prince to join the British forces in North America during the American Revolution. A rifleman in the Regiment von Lossberg, it is unclear whether his unit saw combat, though they were stationed in both New York and Québec until the early 1780s. When the unit returned to Germany he chose, as did many others, to settle in Québec.

    A Protestant, he married on June 2, 1794, in the Anglican Holy Trinity Church, a French Catholic girl, Marie Louise Blanchet. She remained Catholic — their marriage by a Protestant minister was acceptable to the Catholic Church in that era — mirroring the British policy of tolerance towards Roman Catholics in their new province of Québec.

    Louis-Adolphe was a small merchant, described in one census as an innkeeper. His neighbors included a butcher and a hawker. Widowed sometime after 1810, he married Pelagie Dauphin, this time in St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. The 1818 census lists him as the only Protestant in his household. Louis's funeral was held on February 4, 1820 in Holy Trinity Church. He was about sixty-five years of age. Several of his children also married ethnic German Canadians, though the marriages were Catholic.

    Although the Demuths, after several generations in Québec, seem to culturally resemble all of my other paternal ancestors descended solely from French roots, their German origins seem to have not been forgotten with the frequent use of forenames such as Adolphe, William, Walter and Frederick.


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