My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.
For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wyoming, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.
Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.
His foot-stone is the nicest I've seen for any ancestor of mine. Most times, I see just the initials, and never the scroll work.
Peter Jenison is my 7th great-grandfather.
Four Jenisons are buried above. Because of the sun, I couldn't take very good photos. Another trip might be in the works. This cemetery isn't far from where I live, and I recently discovered why I couldn't locate his burial site. It's because I had his named spelled Jennison and not Jenison. The right spelling made all the difference. His wife is buried in another town, and I'll post that next week. I called the Wayland Cemetery Department for help on where he might be buried. The photo below, from their webpage gave me an idea where he might not be buried, so I needed help. They didn't know exactly, but gave me two ideas. Once there, we tried the small "Old Section" first, and my husband found him immediately. Peter Jenison is listed in FindAGrave, with a cemetery stone photo, however, no lot number or exact indication of where he was buried.
It seems more often than not, I come up with my blog post title first, then write the article and post the photos. With the title, it give me some direction in putting the piece together. Once the below photos were in place and the rough draft was written, I went about trying to see if there was anything new on google about the "Stephen Daniels House" and the "John Pickering House," there was and I almost fell off my chair. First things first, regarding the Two Disappoints With my Ancestor's Homes.
The Stephen Daniels House (now a Bed and Breakfast) was written about in my May 2013 post. I mentioned how I wanted to check into staying at this Bed and Breakfast. A few months ago, while in Salem, I decided to knock on the door and see if I could see a bit of the parlor and meet the owner and innkeeper. I arrived armed with a few family group sheets as my evidence of interest. A cleaning lady clearly didn't want to deal with me, nor ask me inside. She also said the owner was sleeping (at 2 in the afternoon). I never expected a "no" even with my saying I follow the house on facebook and I have written about the house on my blog. Yes, perhaps I should have called first, but it is a Bed and Breakfast, and I suspect people do drop in on occasion. I was very, very disappointed, plus they lost a potential paying overnight guest. I liked that it was an overcast day because the outside and inside lights were on, and flags were draped for maybe July 4th.
A few weeks later, I was back in the city to check out the library, and locate the house below since I had just discovered that John Pickering was a distant ancestor, my 8th great-grandfather.
Approaching the John Pickering House, built in 1651, I could see it's unique design and size. I had heard it was the oldest house in Salem MA. The house wasn't open the Saturday we went, but there should be another opportunity to visit it in the future.
The sign should be replaced so that visitors can read what it says. Fortunately, I took a close-up for us to read.
Built by John Pickering 1660
Here Was Born in 1745
Col. Timothy Pickering
In the Revolution He was
Quartermaster General and
President of the Board of War
In Washington's Cabinet He Was
Secretary of State, Secretary of War
and Postmaster General
Senator from Massachusetts
Closer view shows the house needs of a paint job, repair work and landscaping. I had hoped to show better photos of the house, but this is what I saw. Disappointment again.
However, in my google research, the Library of Congress website of Prints and Photographs Online Catalog popped up, and I found my way to The John Pickering Place then the The Stephen Daniels House. I absolutely loved seeing inside Stephen's house, both sites provided more than photos and gave estimated dates they were built. No disappointments any more, I was very pleased and maybe you will be also, if you try the website.
My 6th great-grandparents were buried in The Burying Point Cemetery, also known as the Charter Street Cemetery in historic Salem, MA.
The First Place set apart in
For the Burial of the Dead,
and since 1637, known as
The Burying Point,
contains the graves of
Chief Justice Lynde, and
others whose virtues,
honors, courage, sagacity
have nobly illustrated
The History of Salem.
If you have ancestors buried in this cemetery, I'd like to recommend an excellent reference book, complete with all the names and a good amount of genealogical information about the individual. The quotes of my Miles and Sarah were taken from this book. In addition there is a map of the layout, including the Witchcraft Memorial. I've used the source below many times, because I have three other ancestors buried there (Stephen Daniels, Simon Bradstreet and John Proctor). Charles Street Cemetery Burial Records Salem, Massachusetts Compiled by William C. Carlson 2012 (Copy at NEHGS in Boston)
The photo above and below were taken behind the house where James McNeil Whistler was born.
(The marker is in the middle, with red car to the left.)
To read more about this family and the business, see Wikipedia HERE or google Demoulas or Market Basket. It is currently on our Massachusetts news non-stop, and on national news as well. I'm posting this because there might be some people who would like to see photos from two of their 71 stores.
There is a feud between two cousins and apparently, there has been bad blood for many years. Both cousins have the first name, one is Arthur S. and the other Arthur T.
As a result of the favored cousin's firing, the employees are extremely upset, as are the customers. People are not shopping in the stores, instead dragging themselves to the more expensive stores such as Hannaford, Stop and Shop and Shaws as a way to force the other cousin to change his ways. Employees and customers are picketing side by side and many customers are bringing food for the employees. This began at least 12 days ago, and nobody knows when it will end or what the outcome will be.
Customers are taping their receipts from competitive stores on the doors. Market Basket is losing at least 10 million a day because of this.
Unsold bread and other perishables are donated to food banks. There hasn't been produce in the stores for about 14 days, so many of the local farms are doing a brisk business, now selling fresh blueberries, corn and other crops.
August 5, 2014, long article in the New York Times. See HERE.
August 6, 2014, The Today Show had a long segment about Market Basket. See HERE.
August 6, 2014, The People Magazine had an article, "Market Basket Grocery Chain Workers Want their Beloved Fired Boss Back." See HERE.
I absolutely loved the Bolton Public Library! My husband and I go past this at least 3-4 times a year, either on our way to the Tower Hill Botanic Garden or to check out cemeteries in the Lancaster, MA area. Wait until you see the inside.
Original library erected 1903, expanded in 2009.
Entering the Whitcomb History Room, old safe on the left.
Lovely reading room below.
A list of all the libraries, with genealogy departments, I've visited in New England and New York is below. All are linked to my posts.