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  • 2004 Archive

  • Vol. 6, No. 29
    Whole #175
    July 16, 2004
    Edited by Rod D. Moody and Valerie Beaudrault

    Greetings from the New England Historic Genealogical Society! This 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 or change your email address, please click on the link at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions provided.

    Copyright 2004, New England Historic Genealogical Society
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    * New Databases on
    * Research Article from the Archives
    * NEHGS Library Closed July 27 During Democratic National Convention
    * NEHGS Auction Now in Progress on eBay
    * A Preview of the July Register
    * Nominations Now Being Accepted for the 2004 NEHGS Technology Excellence Award
    * Summer 2004 Issue of New England Ancestors Magazine Now Online
    * Let NEHGS Spotlight Your Family Association in eNews!
    * Come to Salt Lake With NEHGS!
    * New York State Resources in the Circulating Library
    * Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures at the NEHGS Library
    * Favorite - and Black Sheep - Ancestor Feedback
    * NEHGS Contact Information

    New Databases on

    Marriage Intentions of Woburn, Massachusetts, 1699-1890

    In 1886, while attempting to compile the full genealogy of a Woburn family, Edward F. Johnson found that no index existed for Woburn town records prior to 1843. He subsequently spent many long hours examining all town books of births, deaths, and marriages. It must have made a strong impression on him, as he spent nearly twenty years compiling the ten volumes in his Woburn Records series. The first three volumes, published in 1890 and 1891, were previously published on this website. These latest records are from the tenth volume of the series, published in 1919.

    In 1889 Edward F. Johnson became the first mayor of Woburn, and later was appointed Justice of the Fourth District Court of Eastern Middlesex County.

    The entire series, titled Woburn Records of Births, Deaths, and Marriages From 1640 to 1873, may be found in the NEHGS Research Library, call number F74/W89/W81. They are also available to NEHGS members via the Circulating Library.

    Search Marriage Intentions of Woburn, Massachusetts, 1699-1890, at

    The Diaries of the Rev. Thomas Cary of Newburyport, Massachusetts - 1784

    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 1784.

    The original diaries are part of the R. Stanton Avery Collections. The call number is MSS 640.

    Search the Thomas Cary Diaries at

    Genealogy of the Waldo Family: A Record of the Descendants of Cornelius Waldo of Ipswich, Mass. from 1647 to 1900
    By Waldo Lincoln A. B.

    This genealogy was compiled by Waldo Lincoln in 1902. It traces the descendants of the founder of the American branch of the Waldo family, Cornelius Waldo. The immigrant was born about 1624, probably in England. It is not known what year Cornelius Waldo came to New England, but the first recorded reference to him is found in the Essex County Court records in 1647. Cornelius settled at Ipswich, Massachusetts, shortly after he arrived, if he did not go there immediately.

    Cornelius Waldo married Hannah Cogswell of Ipswich, but the marriage date is unknown. The Waldos had twelve children, and they moved to Chelmsford, Massachusetts, in 1665. Mr. Waldo died January 3, 1700/1, at Chelmsford, and was buried in the old burying-ground there.

    This original text is available at the NEHGS Research Library and to members via the Circulating Library. The call number is CS71/W165/1902.

    Search the Waldo genealogy at

    Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections

    New this week: Transcriptions of various private burial grounds in Eliot, York County, Maine

    Private Burial Grounds (includes lots for the following families: Fernald, Libby/Libbey, Goodrich, Remick, Knight, Hammond, Frost, Goodwin, Leighton, Knowlton, Nutter, Hanscom, Raitt, Lord, Neal, Bartlett, Briggs, Parker, Simpson, Payne, Plaisted, Shapleigh, Junkins/Jenkins, Paul, Clark, Cousens, Fry/Frye, Ferguson, Stacy, Emery, Furbish/Ferbush, Gould, Worster, Hodgdon, Johnson, Tucker, Nason, Rowe, Allen, Hill, Remick, Scammon, Carter, Morrill, Fogg, Farmer, Spinney, Dixon, Nutter, Staples, Huntress, Lundy, Cole, and Tetherly).

    Mount Pleasant and Greenwood cemeteries (adjoining cemeteries grouped together in original manuscript)

    Source: "Inscriptions from Gravestones at Eliot, Maine" Compiled by John Eldridge Frost, 1960(?). Call number F29 E4F61.

    Search Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections at

    Alphabetical Index of the Births, Marriages and Deaths Recorded in Providence, Rhode Island
    New Addition: Volume 9: Births from 1871 to 1880

    Published by the city in twenty-five volumes from 1879 to 1945, this series provides names, dates, and the volume and page numbers of the statistic in the city records. We will continue to add volumes from this series to over time.

    Search Alphabetical Index of the Births, Marriages and Deaths Recorded in Providence, Rhode Island, at

    Master Search

    Master search all databases at

    Research Article from the Archives

    A Research Trip to the Family History Library: Twenty Reasons You Should Go
    by Paula Stuart Warren, CGRSSM

    Members of the NEHGS have a wealth of family history information available to them at the Society's research library in Boston and at many other libraries, archives, and courthouses around the world. So why make the trek to the Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City? Here are twenty reasons that should convince you to begin preparing for your trip to the FHL.

    Access to this article is available to all readers at

    Registrations are now being taken for the annual NEHGS Research Trip to Salt Lake, taking place October 10-17, 2004. For more information on this trip, please read the article below titled "Come to Salt Lake With NEHGS!"

    NEHGS Library Closed July 27 During Democratic National Convention

    The Democratic National Convention will roll into Boston's Fleet Center July 26 and continue until the 29th. Getting into and around the greater Boston area will be extremely difficult due to security precautions, planned rallies, and many detours and road closures. Because of the disruptions in commuter service during this week, the NEHGS Research Library will be closed on Tuesday, July 27. The library will reopen on Wednesday under normal operating hours.

    NEHGS Auction Now in Progress on eBay

    There is still time to bid on a great selection of genealogies, local histories, and vital records! The NEHGS auction on eBay will close on Tuesday, July 20. Check out our listings by searching for the seller NewEnglandAncestors and bid.

    A Preview of the July Register

    From One Boston to Another: Notes on the Ancestry of Mary (Jackson) Woodward is the lead article in this issue. Author John Brayton shows that Mary Jackson, baptized in Boston, Lincolnshire, in 1618, daughter of Edmund and Bridget (Story) Jackson, was the wife of Nathaniel2 Woodward of Boston, Massachusetts. Although the will identifying Mary has been in print for over a century, this is the first article on her ancestry. Fortunately, most of the Story family left wills, so Bridget’s extended family is well identified.

    In Mary Richardson, Wife of Abraham Cummings of Woburn and Attleborough, Massachusetts, author Sherry Milham shows that the 1718 and 1720 probates of Stephen and Abigail (Wyman) Richardson prove their daughter Mary married Abraham Cummings. Family histories had claimed Abraham’s wife was Mary Richardson without giving a reason or a citation.

    Even recently, Zaccheus Tobey (1757–1839) of Dartmouth and Conway, Massachusetts, and Otsego County, New York, was described in print as the son of Rev. Zaccheus Tobey of Dartmouth and Otsego County. Since the latter’s will does not mention a son Zaccheus, the relationship looked unlikely. Author Sandra Ball proves that the two men were uncle and nephew, and based on family records, she identifies the children of the nephew Zaccheus in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania, and the Midwest.

    For thirty years Sidney Price was In Search of the Mother of Wheelock Bingham. Thanks to abstracted Windham County, Connecticut, court records, she found he was one of nine Children of Hannah (Davis) Dingley of Lebanon and Windham, Connecticut. The first four children (including Wheelock) were born to Hannah as an unmarried woman.

    A change in spelling, evidently based on pronunciation [My-hill], led some descendants of John2 Mighill of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Connecticut, to change their surname from Mighill to Miles. This change, plus multiple descendants of the same name, have caused considerable confusion. Author Gale Harris has traced John’s descendants, some of whom lived in Suffield and Enfield, Connecticut, both of which were part of Hampshire County, Massachusetts, until 1749.

    NEHGS reference librarian, David Lambert, has transcribed the Burial Records from the Account Book of Thomas Clap of Dorchester, Massachusetts, 1762–1797. These burial records supplement the gravestones and death records for Dorchester already in print.

    New England Articles in Genealogical Journals in 2002 indexes articles in seventeen journals by surname, place, and some subjects. This annual feature began two years ago.

    Because some articles turned out to be longer than anticipated, there are no reviews of books and CDs in this issue. They will resume in the October 2004 issue.

    – Henry B. Hoff

    Nominations Now Being Accepted for the 2004 NEHGS Technology Excellence Award

    The New England Historic Genealogical Society, in an effort to encourage and foster the development of rigorous genealogical research techniques in computerized or electronic formats, is now accepting nominations for the fifth annual NEHGS Technology Excellence Award. This award is granted annually during the Federation of Genealogical Societies Annual Conference. The award will be presented at the 2004 FGS conference, which will take place in Austin, Texas, September 8-11. The deadline for submissions is July 30.


    The New England Historic Genealogical Society created the NEHGS Technology Excellence Award in 2000. The award is presented to projects that demonstrate or enable the highest standards of genealogical research in electronic form, and do so in an innovative and replicable manner. The award is intended to recognize appropriate use of technology to achieve genealogical results; eligible projects must therefore present a worthwhile genealogical result obtained through technological tools.


    To be eligible for consideration, a project must demonstrate or enable the highest standards of genealogical research in electronic form, and do so in an innovative and replicable manner. The award is intended to recognize appropriate use of technology to achieve genealogical results; eligible projects must therefore present a worthwhile genealogical result obtained through technological tools. Displays of technological "wizardry" devoid of genealogical merit will not be considered, nor will pure genealogical content outweigh technological shortcomings.

    Examples of projects that might fit these criteria are:

    * Electronic representation of original source documents
    * Electronic publication of genealogical research, including full source documentation
    * Cataloging of repository materials for electronic access
    * Collaborative efforts among societies, family history associations, or commercial ventures to increase the electronic accessibility of genealogical resources

    The deadline for submissions is July 30. Nominations may be sent to

    Employees of NEHGS and their immediate families are not eligible for consideration for this award.

    For more information see

    Summer 2004 Issue of New England Ancestors Magazine Now Online

    The latest issue of New England Ancestors magazine is now available on NewEngland Highlights of this issue include a pair of articles on the field of genetics - "Molecular Genealogy: The Birth of a New Discipline" and "An Insider's Look at the Genealogy DNA Field" - and another pair on cemeteries: "Cemetery Resources at NEHGS" and "Discovering Maine's Coastal Cemeteries." Also, Gary Boyd Roberts introduces his new Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants, Michael Leclerc describes our latest CD-ROM release, The Corbin Collection, Volume 2; and Alvy Ray Smith reveals an innovative new way for genealogists to use Microsoft Word to their advantage.

    Read the latest New England Ancestors at

    Let NEHGS Spotlight Your Family Association in eNews!

    This spring we highlighted a number of family associations in eNews. We would like to continue featuring one or two associations each month over the next several months. We need your input to assist us in continuing this process in a truly collaborative manner.

    As with the family association profiles published in eNews this spring, we will include a description of the particular association, cite the association's home page, and include resources available at NEHGS for that particular family.

    In return, we ask each association include a brief article provided by us about NEHGS in your newsletter. Our text includes some basic information about the Society as well as the resources available for your association's surname. If you would like to be part of the NEHGS family association partnership, please email Valerie Beaudrault at for specific information.

    The number of links to family associations within the "Links" pages of the website has grown significantly during the past few months. If you would like a link to your family association website listed on the page, please email with the official association name and the URL. You may also include a brief description of the association (fifty words or less) to be included with the link. We hope you'll reciprocate by including a link to and information about the Society on your website.

    Suggestions for descriptive text accompanying the link to NEHGS 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 and library catalog, 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 over eighty-six million names, hundreds of research articles on many localities and topics, 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.

    Come to Salt Lake City With NEHGS!

    October 10-17, 2004

    NEHGS invites you to join its twenty-sixth annual research tour to Salt Lake City, taking place October 10-17, 2004! Let our experienced staff genealogists and other recognized experts in the field assist you with your research in the largest genealogical repository in the world - the Family History Library! Lectures on genealogical topics, personal one-on-one consultations with staff, computer tutorials on the Family History Library and online genealogical research, guided research in the library, and group meals are included in the weeklong program.

    NEHGS staff genealogists and guest consultants will be stationed on each floor of the Family History Library for scheduled personal research consultations. There will be plenty of time in the course of the week to confer with them about research questions and concerns.

    In addition to general genealogical expertise, our staff and visiting consultants have the following areas of specialization:

    Jerome E. Anderson: Colonial U.S. (including New England, the South, and Mid-Atlantic) and Canada, origins in the British Isles
    Christopher Child: Southern New England research, nineteenth- and twentieth-century research, genetics and genealogy
    David Dearborn, FASG: English and Scottish records, Maine and New Hampshire, Northeastern Massachusetts, urban and twentieth-century research, and general New England research
    Maryan Egan-Baker: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, the South
    Jane Knowles Lindsey: French Canadian, Nova Scotia, San Francisco, New England, Pennsylvania
    Ruth Quigley Wellner: New England research with an emphasis on Massachusetts, probate and deed research, census research, cemetery research, matrilineal line research

    Lectures during the week include:

    "Library Orientation and Guided Tour of Joseph Smith Memorial Building" by Jane Knowles Lindsey
    "Urban Research" by David Dearborn, FASG
    "Dissecting A Probate Packet" by Ruth Quigley Wellner
    "Your Roots in the British Isles: Finding, Tending, Mending" by Jerome E. Anderson
    "Genetics and Genealogy" by Christopher Child

    Computer classes (Monday and Tuesday) include:
    "FHL Computer Orientation: Accessing the Card Catalog, the IGI, and the Pedigree Resource File" by Jane Knowles Lindsey and Ruth Quigley Wellner
    "Researching on the Web: Using and Other Online Resources" by Ruth Quigley Wellner and Jane Knowles Lindsey

    The Family History Library is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Monday, 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and is closed on Sunday.

    For more information or to download a registration form, please visit

    New York State Resources in the Circulating Library

    The New England Historic Genealogical Society, long known for its vast holdings for the New England states, also offers several hundred titles on New York in its circulating library. New York has always played an important role in the history of the United States and became a popular destination for many New England settlers who migrated westward following the Revolutionary War.

    The circulating library’s New York holdings can be viewed by visiting the NEHGS online catalog. From this page you simply select the circulating library button and perform a subject search on New York. If you wish to narrow your search to, for instance, Washington County, New York, perform a subject search with the terms New York and Washington County. I received thirty-four hits on this search. Similarly, if you wish to look at all books on New York in the Revolutionary period, type in New York and Revolution in a subject search. You should receive twelve hits. Reading the Help section before doing these searches will familiarize you with the genealogical subject terms that we employ in our search tool. This specific type of searching will quickly narrow down your area of interest and save you loads of time trying to browse through all of the hits you will receive with a search for New York sources alone.

    The county resources are especially plentiful for Albany, Chautauqua, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Long Island, Onondaga, Otsego, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Suffolk, Ulster, Washington and Westchester counties. In addition, there are numerous books on various subjects from individual towns within these counties. The townships can be searched in the same way we learned how to search for New York counties above.

    As always, if you have any questions about using the circulating library, please call, toll-free, 1-888-296-3447, 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

    Remember you can now borrow up to three books, CDs, or cassettes by returnable pouch for the low cost of $9 per item. Order forms are available for downloading at our website

    Upcoming Genealogy in a Nutshell Lectures at the NEHGS Library

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

    * "Death by Lightning - the Shocking Facts!" by Julie Helen Otto on July 17

    Since ancient days, lightning has been a powerful and misunderstood force of nature that has killed millions of people. Many genealogists have ancestors in their family trees that have met untimely deaths by lightning. Come hear NEHGS expert, Julie Otto, as she delves into the electrifying history of this phenomenon from colonial New England.

    * "Comparing Internet Genealogical Databases" by Dick Eastman on July 21 and 24

    NewEnglandAncestors, Ancestry, HeritageQuestOnline, Otherdays ... so many databases, so many ancestors and so little time. Choosing the best site to find your forebears can be confusing and time-consuming. In this fascinating lecture, NEHGS assistant executive director for technology, Dick Eastman, will help you evaluate and select the best genealogical databases for climbing your family tree. He will also discuss the pros and cons of each site, what the databases contain, and what they are missing.

    * "Ancestries of the 2004 Presidential Candidates" by Gary Boyd Roberts on July 28 and 31

    Not everyone is leaving Boston during the week of the Democratic National Convention. In fact, NEHGS is welcoming our out-of-town visitors by featuring a free lecture by our nationally renowned presidential expert, Gary Boyd Roberts. Whether you travel by donkey cart or elephant caravan, this entertaining lecture will cast a new light on the various presidential candidates of the 2004 election.

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

    For more details about NEHGS education events, please visit If you have questions, please call Member Services at 1-888-296-3447 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern time), Monday through Friday.

    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!

    Please note that NEHGS does not verify responses.

    We are almost out of stories! Submit yours today!

    My Favorite Black Sheep Ancestor
    By Mary Beth Norton of Ithaca, New York

    My favorite black sheep ancestor is my eighth great grandmother, Ann Hill. In 1649 she married Peter Tallman in Barbados, and they migrated to New England, eventually settling in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. He was an entrepreneur who traveled around a good deal, investing in lands in several colonies and serving as a translator in New Amsterdam.

    By the mid-1660s the couple had five daughters and two sons, but then something—perhaps his long and frequent absences?—soured their relationship. In May 1665 he successfully sued Ann for divorce on grounds of adultery with Thomas Durfee, his one-time associate (and possibly his former indentured servant). In court, Ann dramatically admitted that “the child was none of his [Peter’s] begetting.”

    Sentenced to be whipped for her crime, Ann begged the court to remit her punishment but told the judges firmly that “she would rather cast herselfe on the mercy of God if he take away her life, rather than to returne [to her husband].” She initially fled, but two years later came back to Rhode Island to endure fifteen lashes. By then, Peter Tallman had remarried. She thereafter lived with Durfee in Portsmouth, bearing him five sons and a daughter. They probably never married legally because under the law those found guilty of adultery were denied that right, but only once—in 1668—were they charged with, and convicted of, fornication.

    I am descended from Ann’s final Tallman daughter, whose first name is not recorded. Ann’s bold admission of adulterous behavior and her adamant refusal to return to her husband, even under threat of corporal punishment, mark her as a most unusual woman. I wish I knew what motivated her conduct, so contrary to the seventeenth-century norm.

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