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  • 2005 Archive

  • Vol. 7, No. 32
    Whole #231
    August 10, 2005
    Edited by Michael J. Leclerc and Valerie Beaudrault

    Greetings from the New England Historic Genealogical Society! This newsletter has been sent to people who asked to receive it. If you would like to unsubscribe or change your email address please click on the link at the bottom of the email and follow the instructions provided.

    * New Additions to Early American Newspapers Database
    * New Database: Marriages and Marriage Intentions of Standish, Maine, 1786-1900
    * Volunteer to help NEHGS in Salt Lake City
    * New from NEHGS: Hartford County, Connecticut, County Court Minutes Volumes 3 and 4, 1663-1687, 1697
    * Name That Catalog
    * Upcoming Education Programs
    * Spotlight: Ohio Historical Society
    * Genealogies on Sale
    * Upcoming “Genealogy in a Nutshell” Lectures
    * Preview the July Register
    * Favorite – and Black Sheep – Ancestors
    * NEHGS Contact Information


    New Additions to Early American Newspapers Database

    Almost 100,000 additional pages in 22,000 issues of 79 new newspapers were recently added to the Early American Newspapers databases. These additions bring the total available information to almost 900,000 pages in over 200,000 issues.

    The new titles added are: Advertiser, Agricultural, American Apollo, American Eagle, American Farmer, American Herald (Boston, MA), American Herald (Worcester, MA), American Recorder, Argus, Baltimore Evening Post, Baltimore Price-Current, Baltimore Recorder, Barre Gazette, Barre Patriot, Berkshire County Whig, Berkshire Gazette, Berkshire Reporter, Boston Chronicle, Boston Daily Advertiser, Boston Intelligencer, Boston Mirror, Boston Price-Current, Boston Spectator, Bunker-Hill Sentinel, Centinel of Freedom, City of Washington Gazette, Columbian Detector, Constitutional Telegraph, Courier (Boston, MA), Courier (Washington, DC), Cumberland Gazette, Cumberland Impartialist, Daily Advertiser, Democrat, Eagle, Eagle of Maine, Federal Gazette, Franklin Monitor, Fredonian, Freeman's Friend, Gazette, Gazetteer, Hancock Gazette, Hartford Gazette, Herald of Gospel Liberty (Philadelphia, PA), Herald of Gospel Liberty (Portland, ME), Herald of Gospel Liberty (Portsmouth, N.H.), Independent American, Independent Chronicle, Independent Ledger, Independent Republican, Journal of the Times, Ladies' Port Folio, Maine Gazette, Maine Intelligencer, Maryland Herald, Metropolitan, Moral and Political Telegraphe, Native American, New-England Palladium, New-Hampshire Spy, New-Haven Chronicle, New-London Summary, Norfolk Repository, Patriot, Political Visitant, Register, Repertory, Republican Star, Senator, Village Register, Visitor, Wachusett Star, Waldo Patriot, Washington Expositor, Weekly Messenger, Western Monitor, and Witness.

    NEHGS members can search the Early American Newspapers database at

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    New Database: Marriages and Marriage Intentions of Standish, Maine, 1786-1900

    The town of Standish, in Cumberland County, was established in 1785. This handwritten transcription of original records contains births, intentions of marriages, marriages, and deaths. This database contains only intentions of marriages and marriages.

    The original volume is part of the R. Stanton Avery Collections, call number MSS 511.

    Search the database at

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    Volunteer to help NEHGS in Salt Lake City

    NEHGS will be exhibiting at the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) conference in Salt Lake City, September 7 – 10. We invite members who are planning to attend the conference to help us in the Society’s booth as we meet and greet genealogists from around the country.

    At the NEHGS exhibit booth you’ll find Dick Eastman, director of the New England Town and Family Records Project; Laura Prescott, director of marketing; David Lambert, the NEHGS Online Genealogist; and Gary Boyd Roberts, senior research scholar. David will sign copies of his Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries. Gary will be signing copies of two of his books: Royal Descents of 600 Immigrants to the American Colonies or the United States and The Best Genealogical Sources in Print: Essays by Gary Boyd Roberts. We will have a selection of books and CDs from our bookstore on sale at the booth, as well as membership information and hands-on demonstrations of the Society’s website.

    If you are planning to attend the conference and are interested in volunteering a couple hours at the exhibit booth, please contact Laura Prescott at Even if you do not plan to register for the conference, you are welcome to visit the exhibit hall. It is open to the public, free of charge, Thursday through Saturday, September 8-10. We hope you’ll stop by and say hello.

    The FGS 2005 conference, “Reminders of the Past … Visions for the Future,” takes place at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, September 7-10. More information is available at

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    New from NEHGS: Hartford County, Connecticut, County Court Minutes
    Volumes 3 and 4, 1663-1687, 1697

    Transcribed and Indexed by
    Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG

    Thoroughly indexed for subjects as well as every name, these Hartford County, Connecticut, county court records cover a fascinating range of topics. Cases deal with debt, conflicts over land, and probate matters, as well as impounded hogs, stolen horses, drunkenness, use of “abusive expressions,” and several accusations of murder and witchcraft.

    For those doing genealogical research today, these county court records sometimes reveal people’s relationships. A father may have agreed to pay the fine for a son found guilty of “nightwalking” or for a daughter when she had “committed folly.”

    This volume continues from where the Records of the Particular Court of Connecticut, published in 1928, left off in April 1663. At first the court is sometimes a “Particular Court,” sometimes an Assistants Court, but mostly these are the records of the country court.

    Hartford County, Connecticut, County Court Minutes, Volumes 3 and 4, 1663-1687, 1697 will be a valuable resource for those investigating the people of this place and time period.

    New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2005, 519pp.
    S50102000 Hardcover $30;
    S50103000 Softcover $19.

    For more information or to purchase this title, visit call NEHGS toll-free at 1-888-296-3447.

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    Name That Catalog

    Now that a new NEHGS online library catalog is on the way, what do you think it should be called? We invite you, our members, to send us your ideas. Rather than use the product name, we would like to come up with one that is more meaningful to NEHGS – one with a connection to the Society’s history or mission. Here are some examples of what other libraries have used:

    Boston Athenaeum: “Athena”
    Frick Art Reference Library: “FRESCO” (Frick Research Catalog Online)
    Harvard University: “HOLLIS” (Harvard On Line Library Information System)
    Massachusetts Historical Society: “ABIGAIL” (Automated Bibliographic Information Gateway And Internet Link – and Abigail Adams)
    Monroe County (NY) Library System: “LIBRAWeb” (Library Information Bridge for the Rochester Area Web)
    National Baseball Hall of Fame: “ABNER” (American Baseball Network for Electronic Research – and Abner Doubleday)
    Portland State University: “VIKAT” (Viking Catalog – Vikings is the name of their sports teams)
    UC San Diego: “Roger” (after a man who helped found the university)
    University of Cincinnati: “UCLID” (University of Cincinnati Libraries Information Database)

    The name does not have to be an acronym. Also, if you think that rather than name the catalog in this way we should call it simply "Online Library Catalog" or something similar, feel free to tell us that as well. A modest prize (and a place in NEHGS history) will be awarded to the person whose name we select.

    Please email your ideas to librarycatalog@nehgs.organd have fun!

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    Upcoming Education Programs

    New England Heritage Series
    Plimoth Plantation – Saturday, October 8, 2005
    Historic Deerfield – Saturday, November 12, 2005

    NEHGS is offering two new one-day fall programs with a focus on daily life in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century New England. In October, Robert Charles Anderson, F.A.S.G., leads the first program at Plimoth Plantation, where we can experience the world our Pilgrim ancestors knew at the recreated 1627 Plymouth village and the nearby Wampanoag Indian settlement.

    A month later, we will visit Historic Deerfield in western Massachusetts, where the mile-long Old Main Street is the setting for more than a dozen eighteenth- and nineteenth-century houses and the Flynt Center for Early American Life.

    Fall Research Weekend Getaway, October 20-22, 2005

    Treat yourself to Boston in October, and join fellow genealogists for a Research Weekend Getaway. This popular program gives researchers one-on-one consultations with the expert NEHGS staff, informative lectures, and special access to the society’s extensive collections. Past participants have made significant progress on their ancestral puzzles, and enjoyed the opportunity to share discoveries and exchange stories with researchers from across the country.

    Call early to inquire about availability at the Charlesmark Hotel (617-247-1212). Hotel room availability and prices are at a premium during October, the busiest tourist and convention month of the year. The Charlesmark cannot guarantee availability and is not holding a block of rooms for this event.

    For more information on any of these exciting programs, please email tours coordinator Amanda Batey at

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    Spotlight: The Ohio Historical Society

    The Ohio Historical Society's Archives/Library division has been designated as the State Archives for Ohio. The Society "collects, preserves, and makes available to the public written and graphic information concerning Ohio's history." The online resources described below can be accessed from links on the Society's Archives/Library main page.

    Death Certificate Index
    This searchable database contains information on deaths occurring in Ohio between 1913 and 1937. The advanced search feature provides the researcher with a certificate number, volume number and the exact date of death.

    Civil War Collections
    The Archives/Library division has a vast collection of materials related to the Civil War. The materials include regimental histories; publications regarding individual battles and campaigns; newspapers; periodicals; manuscript letters; battle reports, as well as materials from the State of Ohio Adjutant General and the Ohio Secretary of State for the period. The online Civil War resources include an Index to [Ohio] Prisoners at Andersonville, Georgia, and Salisbury, North Carolina Prisons, 1864 - 1865; Correspondence to the Governor and Adjutant General, 1861 - 1866; and the Civil War Guide Project Guide to Primary Resource Collections at OHS. The Correspondence to the Governor and Adjutant General collection includes abstracts of approximately 12,800 letters.

    Significant Government Documents in Ohio's History
    A number of Ohio's important documents have been transcribed and uploaded to the website. The documents include the Constitution of the State of Ohio - 1802, the Constitution of the State of Ohio - 1851, and the Ordinance of the Northwest Territory, 1787. Other resources include biographical sketches of all of the governors of Ohio from 1803 - 1971 and the Executive Journal of the Northwest Territory, 1788 - 1803, in which all official acts and communiqués of the governor and secretary were recorded. Four volumes of documents related to the War of 1812 have also been transcribed. Volume I: William Henry Harrison and the War of 1812 in the Northwest, contains Harrison's official correspondence with the War Office over a two-year period. Volume IV: Anecdotes of the Lake Erie Area War of 1812, presents various accounts of the Battle of Lake Erie and include one of a naval surgeon and another of a gunner aboard the Lawrence.

    The African-American Experience in Ohio 1850 - 1920
    This digital collection provides researchers with an overview of the experiences of African-Americans in Ohio. It includes items from the manuscript collections, newspaper articles, serials, photographs and pamphlets. You can search the collection or browse through it by type. The following will give you an idea of the variety of materials and images available. In the Manuscripts you will find personal correspondence, an account book, a set of manumission papers, minute books of an anti slavery society, and WPA, ex-slave narratives. Twenty-seven of the WPA's Ohio interviews were never passed on to the larger Library of Congress collection and are only available through OHS. Under the Newspaper link you will find titles and descriptions of African American newspapers in the state, as well as selected articles online. Pamphlets include an African Methodist Episcopal Church Handbook, 1909 and The Black Brigade of Cincinnati: Being a Report of its Labors and a Muster - roll of its Members; Together with Various Orders, Speeches, etc. Relating to It, as well as speeches and reports from various entities. The Collection of Photographs and Prints is extensive and includes a Civil War Stereoviews Collection, photographs of African American members of the Columbus, Ohio Police Departments from a history of the department published in 1908, and much more.

    The Ohio Historical Society has microfilmed many of the state's newspapers. Their collection contains more than 16,000 reels. There is an online finding aid, searchable by title, city, or county. The newspaper microfilm can be used in the Society's library or borrowed through interlibrary loan via your local public library. OHS also offers the newspaper microfilm for sale to the public.

    To explore these resources visit the web site of the Ohio Historical Society's Archives/Library division at

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    Genealogies on Sale

    Check out the new sale prices on some of the genealogies offered by NEHGS as we make room for new stock.

    ANGELL: The Ancestry of Emily Jane Angell, 1844-1910.
    Item S41001010. Was $40.00, Now $15.00!

    BREWER: Desc. of Thomas Brewer, Connecticut to Maine
    Item S30021000. Was $40.00, Now $15.00!

    CABOT: The George Cabots: Vermont Desc. of George Cabot of Salem & Boston
    Item S30035000. Was $30.00, Now $12.50!

    EPLING/EPLIN: Volume I: John Paul Epling of Giles County VA
    Item B33102000. Was $75.00, Now $29.95!

    KEMPTON: The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton:
    Part I: Warren Francis Kempton, 1817-1879
    Item S41802000, Was $40.00, Now $15.00!

    Part III: Henry Clay Bartlett
    Item S41803000. Was $35.00, Now $20.00!

    Part IV: Linda Anna Powers, 1839-1879
    Item S42005000. Was $45.00 Now $17.50!

    SPALDING: The Spalding Memorial
    Item B35201010. Was $100.00, Now $50.00!

    WATSON: Jonathan Watson of Dover, NH
    Item S47000000. Was $79.95, Now $19.95!

    Volume J: Desc. of John Wilson of Woburn, MA
    Item B36075300. Was $60.00, Now $30.00!

    Volume K: Scotch WIlsons from Central MA
    Item B36075310, Was $34.00 Now $17.00!

    Volume L: Scotch Wilsons from Western MA
    Item B36075410. Was $34.00, Now $17.00!

    Volume P: Henry Wilson of Dedham, MA
    Item B36075400. Was $35.00, Now $17.50!

    Volume R: Five Families from Hartford County, CT
    Item B36075200. Was $20.00, Now $12.50!

    Volume V: Desc. of Jacob Wilson of Braintree, MA
    Item B36075100. Was $20.00, Now $12.50!


    Prices good through August 31st, 2005 or while supplies last. To find further descriptions of these items or to make an order, please go to Orders can also be made by calling toll free at 1-888-296-3447.

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    Upcoming "Genealogy in a Nutshell" Lectures

    Our "Nutshell" lectures explore a wide range of research skills and sources and are free and open to the public. They are offered in the Richardson-Sloane Education Center at 101 Newbury Street on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 10:15 A.M. unless otherwise stated. Advance registration is not necessary.

    As a reminder, there will be no Nutshell lectures during the month of August, but please join us for the following regular programs:

    September 7- Getting Started on Your Family History
    Noon and 6:00 p.m.
    Getting Started on Your Family History is a quick course designed to introduce the beginning genealogist to the main principles of genealogical research. This informative program also includes a tour of the NEHGS library. Classes take place at noon and 6 p.m. If you're in the Boston area, we invite you to just stop by.

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    Preview the July Register

    When you see a continued article as the lead article, you know it is something special. And indeed, part 2 of Marriages Noted by the Rev. Cotton Mather and His Son, the Rev. Samuel Mather, Boston, Massachusetts 1655-1737, is special. Out of seventeen marriages in part 2, seven are "new marriages," i.e., the wife's maiden (or prior) name had not been previously identified and three marriages involved substantial research on the families involved (Chard-Gill; Fulwood-Downs; Guorden-Atkins).

    Among the thousands of New England families for whom nothing has been compiled (until now) is the family of John1 Booth of Marshfield and Scituate, Massachusetts: Servant and Planter. Author Malcolm Young shows that John Booth had been a servant in the household of Gov. Edward Winslow or his son until the age of 21 and was then granted land in Marshfield. The next year he married a young woman who soon inherited property - and John Booth later became a planter in Scituate.

    Some Additions to Torrey's Marriages provides maiden names for Rebecca, wife of Nicholas Trerise and then of Thomas Lynde, and for Hannah, wife of Nehemiah Bourne. Both discoveries were made by former Register editor Jane Fletcher Fiske.

    The descendants of Henry2 and Elizabeth (Thurston) Clark of Rockport, Massachusetts, failed to be recorded in vital records in many instances. Author John Bradley Arthaud has reconstructed this family from a variety of sources, including an early nineteenth-century mansucript history of Rockport that gives inconsistent information on the family.

    Two cousins approximately the same age are a likely target for confusion, even when the younger one usually calls himself "2nd" or "Jr.," marries women with different first names from the wives of his older cousin, and moves to a different state. Such is the situation with The Two Abel Shoreys of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, by Kathleen Shorey Shultz.

    If you have an ancestor who just appeared in New England in the late seventeenth century, make sure to read Arthur1 Harris of Duxbury, Bridgewater, and Boston, Massachusetts: With an Account of His Apparent Grandson, Thomas Harris of Plainfield, Connecticut. Author Gale Ion Harris has carefully put together an argument identifying this Thomas Harris as the illegitmate son of Isaac2 Harris (Arthur1) by analyzing all the family wills.

    The second (and final) part of New Information on William2 James of Newport, Rhode Island, Mariner, discusses Samuel3 Gibbs James and his son George, later of Dutchess County, New York. Extensive research in original records by author Marya Myers provides interesting detail (Samuel's wife was swindled by a gypsy woman in 1771) and useful detail (a shoemaker's account book suggests Samuel had more than one son).

    New England Articles in Genealogical Journals in 2003 indexes articles in seventeen journals by surname, place, and some subject.

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    Favorite – and Black Sheep – Ancestors

    This feature is very popular with our readers, and NEHGS eNews is always looking for stories of interesting ancestors. If you would like to contribute a short story on an interesting ancestor, please draft a piece that is 300 words or less, and send it to If your story is selected, it may be revised for length and clarity. Thank you to all past and future contributors!


    Stubborn and Bullheaded Streak in the Family, by Clyde Rice

    When I was growing up on the farm in northeast Nebraska my dad, Ray Rice, always called the little Jersey bull calves Ephraim when they got stubborn. Try to get them through a barn door and they would just "set" their legs and refuse. I asked dad a number of times just why he called them "Ephraim," but he would never give me a straight answer.

    For 40 years we have had a "brick wall" at my great-great-great-grandfather, Ira James Rice, born 1808 in Greene County, New York, with one known sibling, Joel H. Nothing is before that, no matter how we searched.

    A little over a year ago, I took the male Y-DNA test, but while it was progressing, someone told me that Ira James' dad was likely Ephraim Rice of New York. I started searching that possibility, and identified Ephraim Rice of Catskill, as the son of Ephraim Royce of Wallingford, Connecticut, son of another Ephraim Royce, son of Nehemiah Royce, son of another Nehemiah, son of Robert Royce, the first Royce immigrant to these shores. So about a week before the DNA results came back, I had figured it out. Sure enough, the results confirmed Royce family line.

    Since then, I have accumulated vast "circumstantial" evidence confirming the above. I do not know if dad even knew that his great-great-great-great-grandfather was Ephraim Rice/Royce, but suspect he at least heard, as a kid, terms like "as stubborn and bullheaded as old Ephraim"!

    This third Ephraim was the apparent change in surname and consequently lost to the Royce historians. It appears that he had a pretty tough childhood: he lost his mom at 7 years old and dad remarried when he was 9 to a lady with three more kids (he already had 3 siblings). They proceeded to have three more.

    His dad died before Ephraim number three turned 20 (and he moved to Catskill before that). His grandfather and great-grandfather lived only into their early 40s. Ephraim must have never looked back. I can now trace him into the 1830s, moving west every few years and his kids continued the journey.

    I have yet to discover where the old boy died, but he must have been one stubborn old bugger!


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