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  • 2004 Archive

  • Vol. 6, No. 12
    Whole #158
    March 19, 2004
    Edited by Rod D. Moody and Valerie Beaudrault

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    *New Databases on
    *Research Articles from the Archive
    * Recent Additions to the R. Stanton Avery Collections at NEHGS
    * NEHGS in the News (and on the Radio!)
    * New Microfiche at NEHGS Library
    * Circulating Library Favorites
    * NEHGS and Family Associations
    * Genealogy Events Around New England
    * NEHGS Event: Writing and Editing Your Family History
    * Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures at the NEHGS Library
    * Careers at NEHGS
    * Favorite - and Black Sheep - Ancestor Feedback
    * NEHGS Contact Information

    New Databases on

    Records of the First Church of Pepperrellborough [now Saco], Maine

    In 1653 the town of Saco was incorporated by Massachusetts. The town was reorganized under the name of Biddeford in 1718. In 1752 the majority of members of the parish in Biddeford voted to build a new meeting house on the west side of the Saco River. The residents of the east side dissented and split off as a separate parish. They began searching for property upon which to build their new church. Sir William Pepperrell Jr. owned a vast amount of land in Saco (about 5500 acres), including a large estate on the east side of the river. He agreed to sell a two-acre lot to the parishioners, and gave them an additional four acres when he wrote the deed, and a new meeting house was built between 1752 and 1757. In 1762 the town of Biddeford voted that the east side of town should be a separate district, and it was named Pepperrellborough. In 1805 the town's name was changed to Saco.

    This transcription of the original church records was compiled by Edgar Yates in 1914.

    Search Records of the First Church of Pepperrellborough [now Saco], Maine at

    The original text is available to NEHGS members at the R. Stanton Avery Collections room at the NEHGS Library, call number MSS ME SAC 8.

    Vital Records of Goffstown, New Hampshire

    These town records were transcribed by Robert Craig in 1930. Goffstown, located in Hillsborough County, was established in 1733/4 and named in 1748. Births and marriages are included in the records.

    Records of the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers are included with the town records. The Quaker records are identified by the unique formatting of dates. Ellen Thomas Berry and David Allen Berry describe the Quaker system of dating in Our Quaker Ancestors (GPC, 1987):

    "Another pitfall for the purist can be the unique way the Quakers dated events. They did not use names for days of the week or months of the year since most of these names were derived from the names of pagan gods. A date such as August 19, 1748 will never be found. Rather it would be written '19th da. 6th mo. 1748.' Sometimes this will be written as 6mo 19da 1748. Why 6th month since August is the 8th month? The Quakers, along with everyone else in the American Colonies and England did not begin using the Gregorian calendar until 1752. Under the Julian calendar the year began on March 25th; March was the first month and February the twelfth month. This is something of a problem when an event occurred in the months of January, February, or up to March 25th, for then the date is given as 1748/1749... If exact days, months, and years are wanted, the old Quaker records must be used with great caution. Remember that until 1752 '1st mo' is March."

    The original manuscript is part of the R. Stanton Avery Collections. It can be viewed by NEHGS members at the our research library in Boston. The call number is MSS NH GOF 30.

    Search Vital Records of Goffstown, New Hampshire at

    Deaths and Burials in Brimfield, Massachusetts, 1808-1850

    In 1930, Walter E. and Lottie S. Corbin transcribed a record book in the possession of the Chairman of the Cemetery Commissioners. In the introduction to the transcription they note that many items in the original record book were apparently copied from previously kept records that were no longer in existence. They also note that "practically every entry in the [original] records gives the locations of that particular grave in the cemetery ... the location of the grave is given here only when it contains data of genealogical value."

    Therefore, this database is more useful to those wishing to determine a date of death than to those who wish to locate the cemetery in which an individual is buried (the cemetery is often not identified). It should also be noted that the information contained in the record books may not exactly match that of the gravestone inscription.

    The original text is available to NEHGS members at the R. Stanton Avery Collections room at the NEHGS Library, call number MSS A 3286.



    Search Deaths and Burials in Brimfield, Massachusetts, 1808-1850 at


    Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections

    This week we have added transcriptions of several cemeteries in the towns of Carthage, Farmington, Freeman, Industry, Phillips, Strong, and Wilton, in Franklin County, Maine. The cemeteries are as follows:

    Carthage - Berry's Mills, Carthage, Tainter Corner

    Farmington- North Chesterville, West Farmington-Butterfield


    Freeman - Dyar-West Freeman, Freeman Town, North Freeman, Tory Hill, True

    Industry - Allen's Mills Cemetery, Hatch, Luce-Norton, Weeks Mills, Wescott, Johnson's Corner, Shaw, Tibbetts, Boardman-West Mills, West Mills

    Phillips- Unnamed on the Valley Road Avon Township, Unnamed on route 4 Avon, Byron, Dunham-East Madrid, Pickard-Madrid, Madrid Town, Unnamed Terraced Madrid, Reed's Mills-Madrid, Mile Square-Phillips, Mt. Abram-Salem, Sampson-Salem

    Strong - Allen Pinnacle, Bray, Charles Conant, Conant, Cunningham, Huff, Hunter # 1, Hunter # 2, Kilkaney, Starbird, Stevens, Streeter, Tuttle, Unnamed on Rt 4 in Strong

    The original transcription is part of the R. Stanton Avery Collections. NEHGS members may view it at our research library in Boston. The call number is MSS ME 84 15.

    Search Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections at

    Index to the Marriage Licence Bonds of the Diocese of Cloyne, Ireland

    This index, which lists marriage license bonds between 1630 and 1800 in the Diocese of Cloyne (county of Cork), was compiled by T. George H. Green and published in 1899. An explanation of the importance of marriage license bonds is included in the preface:

    "In the absence of Parish Registers and of Marriage Licence Grants, the next best evidence ... is a Marriage Licence Bond. Such a bond had to be entered into before a Bishop would grant his licence for a proposed marriage, because the Bishop was open to an action for damages if he issued a licence for the solemnisation of a marriage against which there existed some 'canonical let or impediment,' or some other legal objection, such as a pre-contract of one of the parties to marry some other person; and so, to protect himself, the Bishop required two solvent persons, of whom the intending bridegroom was generally one, to enter into a bond for the sum stated therein ... that there existed no such impediment or objection.

    "These bonds contain the names of the respective persons proposing to be married, and of the surety who joins ... in the bond, and residences or parishes of these persons, with occasionally other particulars relative to them."


    This original text is kept in the R. Stanton Avery Special Collections of NEHGS, call number IRE CLO 50.

    Search the Index to the Marriage Licence Bonds of the Diocese of Cloyne, Ireland at






    Research Articles from the Archive


    Identifying the Origins of Your Irish Immigrant Ancestor
    By Marie Daly
    Catholic Records and their Use in Irish Research
    By Dwight Radford

    NEHGS members and non-members alike can now access these two Irish research articles from the archive!

    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. We will list new additions to the manuscript collections on a regular basis in NEHGS eNews. The following list shows new items and collections acquired in September and October 2003. New additions acquired in November and December 2003 will be published in next week's issue. 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

    Ellen Hoffrichter Papers -- Research on the Thornton, Glynn, Hagadorn, and Wright families [closed]
    Bible records for the families of Francis Hayes and John Peavey [Mss A 3310]
    Bible record for the Moses Newkirk family, 1807-1925 [Mss A 3105]
    Bible record for the Silas Crane family, 1808-1925 [Mss A 3211]
    Bible record for the William Burlingham family, 1812-1900 [Mss A 3129]
    Diary of Julia Cecilia Moses (1859) and correspondence to John B. Arnold, 1877-1878 [Mss 693]
    Bible record for the Robert Morris Copeland family, 1830-1895 [closed]
    Bible record for the Benjamin Franklin Copeland family, 1651-1952 [closed]
    Rudolph family papers [closed]
    Bible record for the Levi Thompson Greenlee family, 1841-1911 [Mss A 3130]
    Indenture, 1741 April 27, between Sir William Clayton, Matthew Kenrick? [closed]
    Indenture, 1675 January 17, between Hon. James Herbert the elder... [closed]
    Bible record for the Bogle and Fletcher families, 1761-1985 [Mss A 3212]
    Bible record for the Walker, Bogle, and Fletcher families, 1790-1985 [Mss A 3213]
    Bible record for the John Fletcher family, 1816-1985 [Mss A 3214]
    Diary of Ichabod Foster, 1785-1808 [Mss 716]
    Clifford N. Abbott Papers -- Research on Polish families of Newington, New Hampshire [closed]
    Bible record for the John Coleman family, 1826-1889 [Mss A 3209]
    Descendants of Hugh March [Mss A 3210]
    Bible record for the William M. Cunningham family, 1829-1885 [Mss A 3567]
    Bible record for the Amos Langworthy family, 1803-2003 [Mss A 3215]
    George Dorrance (1814-1882) : a genealogical and biographical sketch [Mss A 3217]
    The Descendants of Thomas Brewster of Hopewell Township [Mss A 3216]
    Bible record for the Torrey Hancock family, 1754-1871 [Mss A 3309]

    NEHGS in the News (and on the Radio!)

    Gary Boyd Roberts in the Boston Globe

    NEHGS senior research scholar Gary Boyd Roberts was profiled in the Globe on Sunday, March 15, in an article titled "Genealogical Gem." The article succeeds in capturing the unique personality of Roberts, who is undoubtedly the most distinctive - and opinionated - member of the NEHGS staff. Reporter Sam Allis writes that "Gary Boyd Roberts stands in the front ranks of Boston's most colorful characters you've never heard of. He is preternaturally judgmental and his opinions carry the kick of sinus-clearing wasabi mustard. ... The number of unexpressed thoughts he has held in his life, one assumes, can be counted on one hand." Allis goes on to say, "the man's expertise is breathtaking, particularly regarding prominent American families and their European forebears," and proceeds to describe Roberts' efforts in tracking the relationships between the current presidential candidates (they are "anywhere from tenth cousins once removed to twelfth cousins twice removed among five lines").

    View the article at
    Marie Daly in the Boston Herald

    Director of library user services Marie Daly made the Boston Herald on St. Patrick's Day, in an article written about The Irish Ancestral Research Association (TIARA), which she co-founded twenty-one years ago. In the article, Daly tells of how she became interested in her Irish roots after a vacation to Ireland in 1976, and goes on to tell some interesting stories about her own Irish research and relations. She also provides a list of tips to avoid pitfalls when doing Irish research.

    View the article at

    View the research tips at

    Leslie Corn to appear on DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour

    Our newest research columnist, Leslie Corn, will appear on DearMYRTLE's Family History Hour Internet radio show on Tuesday, March 23, to discuss genealogical research in New York City and her series of columns for The show will run from 9 to 10 p.m. Eastern time. Listeners may tune in by going to, then clicking on the "Listen" graphic, then the "Tues only" button.

    NEHGS Begins Radio Spots on Boston Classical Stations

    If you are in the Boston/Cape Cod metro area and you love classical music, tune into WCRB 102.5 FM or WFCC 107.5 FM to hear our new NEHGS radio spots! They start this weekend in Boston and have already started airing in Cape Cod. The spots will continue to run into early April.

    New Microfiche at the NEHGS Library

    Boston, Massachusetts, Deaths, 1849-1890, is the newest addition to the NEHGS microtext collection. Available on microfiche at the fourth-floor microtext room of the NEHGS Library in Boston, this collection includes dates of deaths and places of burial of individuals who died in Boston from 1849 to 1890. The records are indexed and arranged chronologically. There are also seperate microfiche for Deaths Out of the City, 1850-1901 and Stillborns, 1854-1896. This collection is on 369 microfiche, The call number is F 73.25/B372/1987.

    Circulating Library Favorites

    By Alexander Woodle, Circulating Library Director

    The most popular family genealogy circulated by the library is A Genealogical History of Henry Adams, of Braintree, Mass., and His Descendants; also John Adams, of Cambridge, Mass., 1632-1897. How do you find all the books on the Adams family available in the Circulating Library? It can be accomplished with our online library catalog in a very simple manner. Set the default at the catalog to search only the Circulating Library. Choose "call number" from the menu on the left side of your screen and type in CS71/A2*. The asterisk acts as a wildcard and will search for all books with the call number you have typed in. This yields thirty-five titles available for loan on the Adams family.

    You can use this method for any surname by first performing a title search in the Circulating Library on the surname you are looking for. In the results list look for an title that appears to be a genealogy, then copy the call number (family genealogies always begin with CS71). Each surname has a unique Library of Congress number, the Adams family is A2, the Smith family S643, etc. Using the CS71 (for family genealogy) and the surname code together with the asterisk, anyone can then search for all the family genealogies with that call number.

    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


    NEHGS and Family Associations

    The Doane Family Association of America, Inc.

    The Doane Family Association of America was "organized to create interest in the history and welfare of the descendants of Deacon John Doane" who came to Plymouth in 1629. This national organization, with nine chapters in the United States and Canada, was established nearly a century ago in 1907. Membership is open to anyone with the surname Doane, Doan, Done, or variations, their spouses or descendants, and other interested persons.

    According to DFA membership materials, the first Doane family reunion was held in 1868, and reunions have been held on a biennial basis since 1907. On the Doane Family Association website at, you will find information on the history of the Doane Family, an upcoming reunion (August 2-7, 2004, at Denison University in Granville, Ohio), reports of earlier reunions, and information on purchasing books, including volumes I and II of The Doane Family.

    There are more than three thousand hits on the surname "Doane" in the NEHGS online databases including nearly one thousand in the Register, over six hundred in Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850, and over two hundred in our cemetery databases. And, there are three Circulating Library books available for loan and eleven titles relating to Doane in the Research Library stacks at 101 Newbury Street. Holdings include the Report of proceedings [Doane Family Association of America. National Reunion. 1936-1982], the Report of proceedings, International Reunion . . . [Doane Family Association of America, 1984], Volumes I and II of The Doane Family, and The New Doane Book.

    The NEHGS manuscript collections contain seven items with Doane as a subject including the Alfred Alder Doane Papers, 1086-1927 (SG DOA 51 [277]). The six linear feet of research materials include the genealogical correspondence and notes on which Mr. Doane based his book, Volume I of The Doane Family. This collection also contains ninety-four photographs of Mr. Doane and related family members, Doane houses, and gravestones. Alfred Arthur Doane was a member of NEHGS from 1905 until his death in 1918.

    Gilbert Harry Doane (1897-1908) is another Doane family member who was an active member of NEHGS. A member for more than fifty years, he was a librarian, clergyman, historian, and the author of Searching For Your Ancestors. He was a member of the NEHGS Committee on Heraldry from 1960 until his death. Mr. Doane also served as editor of the Register from 1960 to 1971 and was "recognized for his extraordinary editorial service to the Society by the Society's Council when it appointed in 1971 to editor emeritus of the Register." (Register 134, 1980, p. 179)

    Doane descendants also include the Doan Outlaws of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The Doan Outlaws, five brothers and a cousin, were notorious troublemakers who ultimately became British spies during the American Revolution. The New Doane Book, published by the Bucks County Historical Society, details the story of the Doan Outlaws. This book is available in both the research and circulating libraries. (E280 D6 R6 1952)

    Visit the Doane Family Association at

    Genealogy Events Around New England

    Sterling Historical Society (SHS) Hosts a Genealogy Workshop
    Saturday, March 27, 2004

    The Sterling Historical Society will conduct a one-day workshop focusing on genealogy on Saturday, March 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at SHS Headquarters, 7 Pine St., Sterling, Massachusetts. Joy Peach, a genealogist for the Hartwell Family Association, will lead the workshop. Ms. Peach is a member of several regional and national genealogical societies, and has been published in prestigious historical journals. She is currently involved in several projects including assisting with the work of the Lancaster Historical Commission.

    The workshop will cover many of the research methodologies and procedures that lead to research success and look at a few pitfalls to avoid. Discussion topics will also include specific research resources, such as census records, tax documents, probate records and deeds, and the role of the Internet in research.

    The workshop is limited to twenty participants. The cost is $4 for SHS members and $8 for non-members. The registration fee includes morning coffee as well as a light lunch. To reserve a space, call 978-422-6139 or 978-422-6518.

    Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor
    Saturday, March 27, 2004

    Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor will hold their spring meeting on Saturday, March 27, at the Wapping Community Church, South Windsor, Connecticut.

    The featured speaker is Dr. Robert M. Thorson, author of Stone by Stone: Stone Walls as Historic Heritage, Cultural Icons, and Woodland Ecosystems, who will discuss his book. In the afternoon, Ruth Shapleigh-Brown of the Connecticut Gravestone Network will present an overview of the Wapping Burying Ground and some of Windsor's early gravestone carvers. She will lead participants on a tour of the burying ground behind the church, weather permitting.

    The program runs from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The registration fee is $17 per person for members and non-members. Lunch is included with registration for the full program. You may also register for morning or afternoon lecture program for $5. The registration deadline is Friday, March 19, 2004. Registrations should be mailed to Lois Warner, 172 Hayden Station Rd., Windsor, Connecticut 06095-1411.

    Sponsoring a genealogical event in New England? Email us at so we can let our readers know!

    NEHGS Event: Writing and Editing Your Family History
    April 3, 2004, at the NEHGS Library

    Conducted by leading experts in the field, this special one-day program at our Boston headquarters will offer you constructive advice and guidance on how to prepare your own family history. Lectures include:

    Methods for Telling Your Family Story: Heritage Scrapbooks to DVDs
    by Maureen A. Taylor

    Longtime NEHGS contributor Maureen Taylor presents creative alternatives to publishing your family history, from heritage scrapbooks to DVDs. Make your family history an exciting project by using visuals, social history, and artistic tools.

    From Research Notes to Your Own Written Family Story
    Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG

    With assistance from Register associate editor Helen Ullmann, the group will compose a family story, step by step, taking items from a file of research materials, and then illustrate it with a few photos and drawings. The discussion will include a tutorial on using "styles" in Word.

    Polishing Your Family Story: Finer Points of Style and Format
    Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG

    Helen Ullmann will discuss some of the more detailed aspects of Register format as well as the use of footnotes (or endnotes), bibliographies, and indexing. Rewriting a few examples of typical problems with sentence structure will illustrate ways to simplify and enliven one's writing style.

    The program will conclude with a panel discussion featuring Taylor, Ullmann, NEHGS assistant executive director D. Brenton Simons, director of book acquisition Christopher Hartman, and Newbury Street Press consulting editor Barbara Mathews.

    For more information on this seminar, please visit, email, or phone toll-free 888-286-3447.

    New!You can now download a pdf of the NEHGS Events Calendar for your printing pleasure by clicking this link -


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

    The 2004 "Genealogy in a Nutshell" series continues with:

    * "Genealogical Armchair Travel to Ireland" by Marie Daly on Saturday, March 20

    * "Researching Rhode Island Roots by Maureen A. Taylor on Wednesday, March 24

    * "Genealogical Resources at the Boston Public Library" by Henry Scannell on Wednesday, March 31

    All lectures take place at 10 a.m at the NEHGS Library in Boston. Advance registration is not necessary.

    New! You can now download a pdf of the NEHGS Events Calendar for your printing pleasure by clicking this link -

    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.

    Careers at NEHGS

    NEHGS is currently seeking to fill the position of Member Services Assistant in our Framingham office. For more information about this opportunity please visit our careers page 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 Rod Moody at Thank you to all past and future contributors!

    My Favorite Black Sheep Ancestor

    by William Ives of Marblehead, Massachusetts

    I was having difficulty tracing my mother's line beyond my great-great grandfather, Winston Fleming (1822-1896), a North Carolina farmer. I was not able to find his parents anywhere until a distant cousin told me that Winston was the son of Margaret Fleming (1803-1889) and his father is unknown. Family tradition claims his father was a soldier who passed through nine months before his birth. Winston retained his mother's name and was raised by his great uncle, Jimmy Adams, and his wife Rachel, who were childless. Margaret Fleming married Thomas Wooten and had ten more children.

    Winston rose above his black sheep beginnings and was well respected in the community. He married, raised twelve children, and was a captain in the North Carolina Home Guards during the Civil War. He farmed near Booneville, North Carolina and is also listed as a brick mason in the 1860 US Census. His grandson (my grandfather), James Fleming, worked his way through school and graduated Valedictorian of the Vanderbilt Medical School Class of 1900. James went on to serve farmers in the Oklahoma Territory.

    Because of this breakthrough I was able to trace my Fleming ancestors back to John Fleming who came from England around 1750. I also discovered a series of interesting Quaker families who married into the Fleming line. I have also learned that if you encounter family history roadblocks there may be family secrets at play. This clue has led to finding a number of others who were black sheep as adults, and not simply at birth.


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