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  • 2004 Archive

  • Vol. 6, No. 22
    Whole #168
    May 29, 2004
     Edited by Rod D. Moody and Valerie Beaudrault
    enews@nehgs.org

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    Copyright 2004, New England Historic Genealogical Society
    101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

    Contents:

    * New Databases on NewEnglandAncestors.org
    *Research Article on NewEnglandAncestors.org
    * NEHGS Library Closed May 29-31 and July 27
    * Just In! New Hampshire Military Records 1623-1866 on CD-ROM
    * NEHGS Board Member Alvy Ray Smith Wins NGS Book Award
    * NEHGS Event: Research Tour to Ireland
    * NEHGS and Family Associations
    * Recent Acquisitions to the Circulating Library
    * Download the June NEHGS Events Calendar!
    * 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 NewEnglandAncestors.org

     

    Records of the First Church of Rochester, Massachusetts, 1737-1797

    The First Church of Rochester, Massachusetts, was organized in 1703 by Rev. Samuel Arnold. These records were copied from the First Book of Records, apparently by Isabel H. Kirkpatrick of Adrian, Michigan. The database includes baptisms, marriages, deaths, and admissions.

    The town of Rochester, in Plymouth County, was established in 1686.

    This original text is part of the NEHGS Rare Books Collection, call number F 104 C2 B8.

     

     

     

     

    Search Marriages Performed in the First Church of Rochester, Massachusetts, 1737-1797 at www.newenglandancestors.org/research/database/RochesterMA/default.asp.

    Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati Profiles
    Twenty-Five New Sketches!

    The Society of the Cincinnati was established in 1783 by and for the officers in Continental Service. It was organized in fourteen constituent societies, one of which is the Massachusetts Society. Membership in the Society of the Cincinnati was extended to the officers of the Continental Army - as well as Continental Navy and Marine officers - who had served until the end of the war, plus those who had been declared no longer needed by acts of Congress and those who had served honorably for three years during the war. Also eligible were the oldest male lineal descendants of officers who died in service. The officers of the French Navy and Army who served with the American Army were also entitled to join. This database contains information on those Massachusetts officers eligible for membership. Absence from this list does not conclusively exclude eligibility.

    New sketches are now available for the following individuals: Joshua Danforth, Ebenezer Davis, John Davis, Walter Dean, Henry Dearborn, Levi Dodge, Samuel Harris Gatchell, Amasa Jackson, Daniel Lee, Jonathan Maynard, John Peirce, John Popkin, Benjamin Jones Porter, William “Billy” Porter, Joel Pratt, John Pray, Joseph Prescott, William Price, Asa Rawson, Timothy Remich, Nathan Rice, Oliver Rice, William Rickard, John Henry Riedel, and Joseph Savage

     

    Search the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati Profiles at http://www.newenglandancestors.org/research/Database/msc/default.asp.

     

    Diary of Rev. Daniel Wadsworth

    The Reverend Daniel Wadsworth was the seventh Pastor of the First Church of Christ in Hartford, Connecticut. His kept his diary from May 5, 1737 to February 16, 1747. The diary was discovered in 1892 while the collections of the Connecticut Historical Society were being rearranged. While the introduction describes the diary as being a "dry, prosaic, and commonplace one," it nevertheless provides a glimpse into the life of an unassuming, devout Christian minister of the time. As is the case with many diaries of this time period, vital events are occasionally recorded.

    Reverend Wadsworth was born in Farmington, Connecticut, November 14, 1704. He was educated at Yale College, and was ordained to the pastorate of the First Church in 1732. Reverend Wadsworh married Abigail Talcott on February 28, 1734, and they had six children. He died November 12, 1747 at the age of forty-two. He is described in the introduction as being "kind of heart," "laborious," and "industrious," as well as "nervous," "bashful," and a "dyspeptic" and "semi-hypochondriac."

    This publication includes footnotes written by the (unidentified) fourteenth Pastor of the church.

    This original text is part of the NEHGS Rare Books Collection, call number F 104 H3 W12.

    Search the Diary of Rev. Daniel Wadsworth at www.newenglandancestors.org/research/database/Wadsworth_Diary/.

     

     

     

    Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections

    New this week: Transcriptions of the cemeteries/burial grounds located in Dracut, Middlesex County, Massachusetts:

    Old Ground, Varnum Ave.; Woodbine Cemetery; Pawtucket Graveyard; Garrison House Burial Ground; New Boston Burying Ground; East Dracut Burying Ground; New East Dracut Graveyard; Hildreth Ground; Butler - Hildreth Section Hildreth Ground; Varnum Burying Ground E. Dracut; and Oakland Cemetery.

    Source: "Dracut, Mass. Epitaphs," by Pearl Hildreth Parker, call number MS 70 DRA 1 (1906).

    Search Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections at http://www.newenglandancestors.org/research/Database/cemeteries/default.asp.

    Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850
    New Addition - Williamstown (Berkshire County)

    At the turn of the twentieth century NEHGS was instrumental in the effort to purchase books of vital statistics to the year 1850 for the 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. By 1945 the vital records for over 200 of these municipalities had been published. Many of these volumes were added to NewEnglandAncestors.org in weekly installments during 2002. This marked the first time these records were made available online in their original context, including the original source citations.

    We are pleased to be able to now continue adding to this database. The latest addition is Williamstown, in Berkshire County.

    The Vital Records to 1850 series is available at the Research Library, and most volumes are available to NEHGS members through the Circulating Library. The call number for the Williamstown volume is R.Rm. REF F74/W82/W7/1907.

     

    Search Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 at www.newenglandancestors.org/research/database/vital_records/.

     

     

     

     

     

     


     

    Research Article on NewEnglandAncestors.org

    We are currently in the process of selecting new authors for our research articles. For the next few weeks, we will be spotlighting articles previously published on NewEnglandAncestors.org and in NEHGS NEXUS. These articles will be featured in their entirety here in eNews.

    This week we present "Finding Your Civil War Ancestor at the NEHGS Research Library" by David Allen Lambert.

    If you suspect an ancestor served in the Civil War, you can find a wealth of material at the NEHGS Research Library that may tell you more about him. For the scope of this article we will concentrate on Civil War soldiers from New England regiments. When examining the pedigree charts of NEHGS patrons I often inquire if their relative served in the Civil War. Generally a Civil War soldier's year of birth would be between 1820 and 1847. Of course there are examples of veterans with earlier or later years of birth, but this seems to be the average range. While you may already know the residence of your ancestor, don't be too surprised if he did not enlist in his hometown. Recruits would often seek out bounty being paid by communities looking to fill their state regimental quota. For instance, you might have a farm boy from Barnstead, New Hampshire, coming down to serve in a regiment being raised in Amesbury, Massachusetts.

    To begin your search for your Civil War ancestor at NEHGS, follow the steps outlined below. If you already know the regiment in which your ancestor served, then you can skip to step 2.

    Step 1:

    Begin by looking for your ancestor's name in a series of books found on the sixth floor of our library titled The Roster of Union Soldiers 1861-1865 (Wilmington, N.C., Broadfoot Publications, 1997) [REF/E494/H49/1997]. The New England states are contained in the following volumes: Connecticut (vol. 4); Maine (vol. 1); Massachusetts (vols. 2-3); New Hampshire (vol. 1); Rhode Island (vol. 4); and Vermont (vol. 2). We also have the complete series for all other states of both the Union and Confederate armies. These volumes are arranged by state, and list the soldiers alphabetically. This is a quick way to determine if your ancestor served from a particular state. It will identify the soldier as: "Lambert, David A., 12th [Mass.] Inf., Co. A." You will then need to determine if this soldier is in fact your ancestor.

    Step 2:

    Look for a detailed listing of the soldiers in your ancestor's regiment. For some states there are compiled lists of soldiers containing details such as age, residence, race, service dates, and occupation. This information should help you narrow down if you in fact have the correct veteran from the first step. The following is a listing of statewide compiled volumes of veterans.

    Connecticut:

    Connecticut Adjutant General's Office, Catalogue of Connecticut Volunteer organizations (Infantry, Cavalry, and Artillery) in the Service of the United States 1861-1865. (Hartford, CT: Brown & Gross, 1869) [E499.3/C66/1869/also Loan].

    Maine

    Janet Hewett, The roster of Union soldiers, 1861-1865. Maine, New Hampshire. (Wilmington, N.C., Broadfoot Publishing Co., 1999) [REF E494/H49/1997/v. 1/also Loan].

     

    Massachusetts:

    Massachusetts Adjutant General's Office, Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines in the Civil War. (Norwood, MA., Norwood Press, 1931-35), 8 vols. and index [REF/E513/M32/1931/also Loan].

    New Hampshire:

    New Hampshire Adjutant General's Office, Revised Register of Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire in the War of the Rebellion (Concord, N.H., State Printer, 1985) [REF/E520.3/N55/1895/also Loan].

    Rhode Island:

    Names of Offices, Soldiers and Seamen in Rhode Island Regiments, of Belonging to the State of Rhode Island. (Providence, R.I., Providence Press, 1869) [RI/60/50].

    Vermont:

    Revised roster of Vermont Volunteers and lists of Vermonters who served in the Army and Navy of the United States during the War of the Rebellion (Montpeiler, Vt, Press of the Watchman Publishing Co., 1892) [VT/50/2].

    You can also use published Regimental Histories to find information. NEHGS maintains a collection of all New England Civil War Regimental Histories on microfiche in the microtext library on the fourth floor [M.T./E49/C58/1991]. These often include post-Civil War information on the veteran and occasionally photographs. There are also some Civil War-era Adjutant General reports for the state of Maine with limited details.

    Step 3:

    If your ancestor died during the Civil War it should be indicated in either a compiled state list and/or a regimental history. Another source to determine this is the Roll of Honor, which could also reveal his last resting place. The printed version of this multi-volume set can be found at the sixth floor reference library [REF/E494/U558/1994], or you can view the CD-ROM [REF/E494/R64/1996] on the fourth floor. With this resource you can easily determine if your Union Civil War ancestor is interred in a National Cemetery throughout the United States. A grave number is often associated with each listing, which will allow you to find the location of the grave when you visit the cemetery. Sometimes the remains of the veteran were returned back to their hometown for burial in a family or military plot. Perhaps you will want to examine the extensive collection of gravestone transcriptions kept in the NEHGS Manuscript Department. [Ed. Note: Many of these transcriptions are now available to members via the NEHGS website at http://www.newenglandancestors.org/research/Database/cemeteries/default.asp.]

    Step 4:

    If your ancestor survived the Civil War, and/or left a widow or dependent, you might want to check to see if he had a pension file. The NEHGS Library provides Internet access to some of the databases at the Ancestry.com website. The Civil War Pension Index database will allow you to view an online image of the actual card from the NARA T-288 series for pensions (1861-1934). To order the original pension files you will need to request the NATF-85 form from the National Archives. You may contact them via email or by regular mail:

    The National Archives and Records Administration
    8th and Pennsylvania Ave. NW
    Washington, D.C. 20408

    The pension file of your ancestor will unlock a virtual time capsule of information on his life after the Civil War. It details medical problems, employment history, residences since the war, and more. You will usually find original handwritten letters sent by your veteran ancestor, his widow, or individuals representing them. Sometimes letters are from immediate family, neighbors, co-workers, clergy, or employers. These letters usually deal with the verification of a medical problem of the pensioner or marital details of the widow.

    You will also want to investigate the pensions of fellow veterans in your ancestor's unit. You will often find that veterans wrote to the pension office after being queried about the service of a fellow soldier in their unit. This process can be rather costly if performed via the mail. So you might wish to visit the National Archives in Washington, D.C. to examine the documents firsthand.

    Step 5:

    NEHGS also has a wealth of vital records extending into the twentieth century for all New England states. Our collection of deeds and probate for most of the New England counties will also assist your search. Federal and state censuses for New England states are also valuable research tools. Especially valuable are the indexed 1890 Special Census of U.S. Veterans (which also lists veterans' widows); the 1865 Rhode Island State Census; and the 1910 U.S. Federal Census. The 1910 U.S. Census indicated if a person was a Civil War veteran [Union/Confederate]. You should also check sources outside of NEHGS such as: newspaper obituaries and records of the G.A.R. (Grand Army of the Republic). Also check the local historical societies of the town in which your ancestor lived after the war for group photos of local veterans' gatherings.

    NEHGS keeps a large collection of Civil War letters and diaries, some of which may relate to your ancestor's regiment. If you have original Civil War letters or diaries, consider donating them to the NEHGS Manuscript Department for safekeeping. If you prefer to keep the original, we would be glad to keep a copy of the item. However, the careful preservation methods employed by our archival staff guarantee that your original treasures will be safely preserved for future generations.

     

    See more military research articles at http://www.newenglandancestors.org/education/articles/research/special_topics/military/military_research_659_206.asp.


    NEHGS Library Closed May 29-31 and July 27

    The NEHGS Library and offices will be closed Saturday, May 29 and Sunday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. The Library is always closed on Mondays. Regular operating hours will resume at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 1.

    Please also note that NEHGS has recently made the decision to close the Library on Tuesday, July 27, due to the traffic disruptions anticipated in Massachusetts during the Democratic National Convention.

     



    Just In! New Hampshire Military Records 1623-1866 on CD-ROM

    Service in the militia or regular military generated a large number of records valuable to genealogical research. Many of these records have not been widely available until recently. NEHGS is pleased to announce the publication of a new CD-ROM that will prove crucial for research in New Hampshire. New Hampshire Military Records 1623-1866 brings together several previously published but difficult-to-find books: The Military History of The State of New Hampshire, From Its Settlement in 1623, to the Rebellion, in 1861 by C.E. Potter; Rolls and Documents Relating to the Revolutionary War, Volumes 1-4, by Isaac W. Hammond (volumes 14-17 of the New Hampshire State Papers series); and Revised Register of the Soldiers and Sailors of New Hampshire in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1866 by Augustus D. Ayling, adjutant general of New Hampshire. These nineteenth-century works contain detailed data on the militia and military service of soldiers and sailors from the colonial wars through the Civil War. This CD-ROM is both Macintosh and Windows compatible.

    To order securely with a credit card, visit our online web store at www.newenglandancestors.org/marketplace/store/browse/product.asp?sku=721621215 or call NEHGS member services toll-free at 888-296-3447, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time.



    NEHGS Board Member Alvy Ray Smith Wins NGS Book Award

    At last week’s National Genealogical Society (NGS) conference, NEHGS board member Dr. Alvy Ray Smith received the NGS Award for Excellence in Genealogy and Family History for his book, Dr. John Durand of Derby, Connecticut and His Family. Dr. Smith received the award at a luncheon on May 21, 2004, during the NGS annual conference in Sacramento, California. 

    NGS vice president Marsha Hoffman Rising said, “[Dr. Smith’s] book not only excelled in all criteria examined, but was innovative as well. While using the standard format of organization, he also created a device in his numbering system to allow the reader to quickly find sketches of the immediate ancestors of the individual addressed. The book is a superb model for anyone interested in producing a family history.”

    Published last fall by Newbury Street Press, Dr. John Durand (1664-1727) of Derby, Connecticut: His Family Through Four Generations Featuring the Branch of His Youngest Son, Ebenezer Durand, Through Ten Generations to 2003, is a 583-page family genealogy based largely on previously unpublished research. Smith’s extensive study of the Durand family includes over 1,900 footnotes and 100 illustrations.

    In describing the work, NEHGS executive director Ralph J. Crandall says, “Dr. Smith has left no stone unturned in his study of this early New England Huguenot family. This is a classic, a superb analytical genealogy.”

    Dr. Smith’s book has also been recognized by the Connecticut Society of Genealogists (CSG). At the CSG annual meeting on May 15, Dr. Smith’s book was awarded a literary prize for its superior scholarship and contribution to the field.

    Dr. Alvy Ray Smith is the co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, a two-time Academy Award® winner, and computer graphics innovator.  He holds a PhD in computer science from Stanford University. To find out more about the book and its author, visit www.alvyray.com.

    If you would like to purchase a copy of this book, visit our online store at www.newenglandancestors.org/marketplace/store/browse/product.asp?sku=502698067. Dr. Smith relived his process of writing the Durand book for the Holiday 2003 issue of New England Ancestors magazine in the article “How I Was Inspired to Publish a Family History.”


    NEHGS Event: Research Tour to Ireland

    August 15-22, 2004

    Research opportunities abound during this one-week research tour to Dublin! The tour features guided research at various repositories in central Dublin, including the National Library of Ireland, the National Archives of Ireland, the General Register Office, the Registry of Deeds, the Valuation Office, and more. In addition you will benefit from genealogical lectures and informal consultations throughout the week with NEHGS director of library services Marie E. Daly; Dublin-based independent researcher Eileen M. O'Duill, MA, CGRS, CGL; and Massachusetts State Archives reference librarian Janis P. Duffy. Special activities include a guided tour of the James Joyce exhibit at the National Library, a "behind the scenes" orientation to the National Archives, and a reception with the Lord Mayor of Dublin.

    Lodging will be at Trinity College, in the heart of Dublin's cultural, retail, and entertainment center and within walking distance of many of the repositories and other institutions.

    For more information on this seminar or to download a registration form, please visit www.newenglandancestors.org/education/events/Default.asp?id=314, email mailto:tours@nehgs.org or phone toll-free 888-286-3447.

     

     

     

     



    NEHGS and Family Associations

    The Ware Family Association

    The Ware Family Association was organized in 2000 by a group of descendants of Robert Ware who came to America from England prior to 1642, and settled in Dedham, Massachusetts. Members of the Ware Family Association are descended from Captain Benjamin Ware of Gilsum, New Hampshire and Obadiah Ware, one of the first settlers in Illinois. The Association's purposes include collecting genealogical and historical information about the descendants of Robert Ware; preserving family records, photographs and heirlooms; providing historical and genealogical information and educational materials to family members and to the general public; and preserving family related historical sites in Illinois and New England.

    There are more than nine thousand hits on the surname "Ware" in the NEHGS online databases including nearly seven hundred in the Register; nearly four thousand in Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850; and nearly twelve hundred in our databases of census, tax and voters lists. It should be noted that the "Ware" surname was indexed under the spelling "Weare" in the first fifty volumes of the Register (1847–1896). Therefore, anyone interested locating "Ware" ancestors in these volumes should also search under "Weare." There are over seven hundred additional hits relating to Robert Ware and his descendants in the Register under "Weare."

    There are four Circulating Library books available for loan and ten titles relating to “Ware” in the Research Library stacks at 101 Newbury Street. These include The descendants of Robert Ware of Dedham, Massachusetts (D. Clapp and Son: Boston. 1887) and Ware genealogy: Robert Ware of Dedham, Mass., 1642-1699, and his lineal descendants, both by Emma Forbes Ware. The NEHGS manuscript collections contain four items with “Ware” as a subject including "A journal of a march from Cambridge [Mass.], on an expedition against Quebeck, in Colo. Benedict Arnold['s] detatchment, 1775 September 13-1776 June 6" by Joseph Ware (1753-1805). (Mss C 2034—Restricted: Material fragile)

    Two articles of interest to anyone researching the Robert Ware family may be found in the Register. "The Genealogy of Robert Ware of Dedham Massachusetts" by Emma Forbes Ware, an early Ware family genealogist, was published in January 1887. (Volume 41[1887]: 21-50 and Corrections: 394-402) And, the journal mentioned above was transcribed and published as "Expedition Against Quebec" in 1852. Appended to the transcription was a short genealogy of the Ware family compiled by W. B. Trask. (Volume 6[1852]: 129-150)

    As noted on the website, the Ware Family Association has connected with another branch of Ware descendants, the Independence Day Association in Kansas, and they hope to hear from other branches as well in order to gather and make information available to all Ware descendants. To find out more about the Ware Family Association and read the latest issue of Ware Roots and Branches, visit http://www.warefamilyassociation.com/.



    Recent Acquistions to the Circulating Library

    By Alexander Woodle, Circulating Library Director

    The Circulating Library is constantly adding new books to its collection, and from time to time we like to give you a preview of them in these pages. Here are a few recent additions to the library.

    The Settlers of the Beekman Patent, Volume VII, Hunter to Leavens by Frank J. Doherty.  F127/D8/D63/1990.

    We have just received Volume VII of Frank Doherty’s Settlers of the Beekman Patent series, a study of 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. This volume covers the families from Hunter to Leavens. There are fifty-six families outlined in over a thousand pages. This volume also contains thirty-two pages of additions and corrections to the first six volumes of this series.

    Shay’s Rebellion: The American Revolution’s Final Battle by Leonard L. Richards.  F69/R63/2002.

    The author has spent a good deal of labor deciphering microfilmed copies of original handwritten materials and shattering the myths about the socio-economic composition of Shay’s rebels.

    Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume Twenty-two, William Bradford compiled by Ann Smith Lainhart & Robert S. Wakefield.  F63/M39/v.22.

    The latest in a long series of books documenting the first five generations of the families who landed in Plymouth in 1620. An extensive appendix details the descendants of Robert Bradford who are sometimes confused with those of William Bradford. This is followed by a complete bibliography and index of names.

    Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Illinois, Transcription of the Death Rolls, 1879-1947 by Dennis Northcott and Thomas Brooks.  E462.1/I48/N67/2003.

    The Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) was the largest national organization of Civil War Union veterans. Each state had its own department. Eligibility for membership included military service between 1861 and 1865. The Illinois chapter was the first to publish a death roll for its members on an annual basis. The rolls contain the name, rank, company and regiment (or ship), date of death, and the number of the post the deceased belonged to. The names are arranged alphabetically and an appendix lists all veteran posts and their locations.

    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 bookloan@nehgs.org. To learn more about the Circulating Library and borrow books online, please visit www.newenglandancestors.org/libraries/circulation/.



    Download the June NEHGS Events Calendar

    You can now download and print the June NEHGS Events Calendar from NewEnglandAncestors.org. You no longer have to "mark the date" of Genealogy in Nutshell lectures, NEHGS seminars and events, Introduction to NewEnglandAncestors.org lectures, and library closings - we have done the work for you!

    The calendar is in pdf format and you must have Adobe Reader on your computer to access it. You may download Adobe Reader for free at http://www.adobe.com/. Once it is installed, you may download the calendar by clicking the following link: www.newenglandancestors.org/download/JuneCal.pdf.

    A new calendar will be available to download every month on the main Education page of the website at .


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

     

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

    * "Sequestered Nooks: Genealogical Research in Rare Books" by Christopher Hartman on June 2 and 5

    * "Applying to Lineage Societies" by Christopher Child on June 9 and 12

    * "Probing Probate Records" by Ruth Quigley Wellner on June 23

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

    Download a pdf of the June NEHGS Events Calendar by clicking this link - www.newenglandancestors.org/download/JuneCal.pdf.

    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 looking for a gregarious individual to serve as our front desk receptionist/marketing assistant, either part or full time. The receptionist is a pivotal front line position, greeting members and patrons, assisting with sales in the Society's small lobby bookshop, processing book and membership sales, and answering telephone and personal inquiries about library and staff services for genealogists.

    For more information about this opportunity, please visit our Careers page at http://www.newenglandancestors.org/about/main/careers_at_nehgs_640_7.asp.



    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 enews@nehgs.org. Thank you to all past and future contributors!

    My Favorite Ancestor

    by MaryLynn Strickland of Renton, Washington

    One of my favorite ancestors is my great grandfather, Solomon Asaph Stowe. He was born in Morristown, Vermont, in 1835, a descendant of the Stow family who emigrated from England in 1634. Being farmers, Solomon's family migrated to Wisconsin in the 1850s as the older children reached marrying age. In 1859 Solomon married Mary Dyer, a descendent of Mary Barrett Dyer, the Quaker Martyr. Solomon and Mary moved to Mapleton, Minnesota, with her parents where they homesteaded until 1888. The homestead produced the food for the family and grain for the animals and also had over 750 apple trees in 1882 when the land patent was granted. While there, Solomon was ordained as a Free Will Baptist minister. Not only did he build the congregation, he also built the church building.

    When Solomon's own sons were in their late teens and early twenties, the family moved to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Territory, where they took out homesteads. Fruit trees were again the main crop. Solomon's favorite breakfast was warm apple pie and Mary's pantry usually had one or two on hand. Solomon continued preaching, sometimes walking three miles on Sunday morning to preach at the chapel at Fort Sherman. When asked why he walked when he had horses and a wagon, he replied, "My animals work all week. They deserve a day of rest as well." When he walked to church, he carried his Bible very reverently at chest height, the book resting on his left hand, his right hand on top of it. Solomon died in July 1909, after moving a wagon under a cherry tree so he could reach the fruit.

    We have always had this image of our ancestor as being a hardworking, conservative Baptist minister. Imagine our surprise when we found in his will that he owned several thousand shares of mining stock, a risky business in early 1900s Idaho. Further investigation showed that he had not just invested but was one of the principals of incorporation in the mining company. At age seventy, great grandfather had gold fever!

     



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