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, Wisconsin, 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.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

North Andover Historical Society, North Andover, Massachusetts

The North Andover Historical Society contacted me to see if I would be willing to do a post about their Society. Since I have a few ancestors from the town, and was in their facility in 2000, I accepted. But, I wanted them to do the write-up and to include a list of the earliest settlers. Their information is below, another list of 146 names are all the families up to the present day, the last list consists of street names.
The North Andover Historical Society is a private​ly supported​, not-for-profit​educational ​organization founded in 1913 and dedicated to preserving local heritage and bringing it to life through children​'s​​ and adult  programs,  workshops, exhibits, craft demonstrations, architectural walking tours and publications.


The Society is headquartered at 153 Academy Road and maintains other historical properties in North Andover. The S. Forbes Rockwell Library and Archive is​ also​ located at 153 Academy Road. The facility is open​ to the public​ for research and the collection includes original and copied documents, compiled genealogies, photographs, books and maps. It focuses on all aspects of the history of the town, including its citizens, businesses and churches.​Fees may apply.

Appointments are required to use the Library which is open Tuesday through Fridays 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm. Email inquiries are always welcome at archives.nahistory@gmail.com.

There are three lists, one an alphabetical index to the family surnames and town street names in our Library. For each of these names we have some information. The least we may have is a solitary newspaper clipping, the most may be a bound family history. In some cases we also have primary documents relating to the family in the Archive. The street names often have individual house files, especially for older properties, with title chains and histories. Often we have accompanying photographs of people and places.
There are several rooms where the material is held. I can assure you, if you have an ancestor from North Andover, this society has something for you. Below are various photos to peak your interest even more.





The first European settlers in this area are these names (the Town Records chronicle this is the order in which they came to town):

Bradstreet
Osgood
Parker
Barker
Stevens
Holt
Woodbridge
Frye
Faulkner
Barnard
Poor
Jacques
Aslett
Blake
Ballard
Lovejoy
Abbott
Russ
Allen
Foster
Chandler

These 146 names are all the families up to the present day. We are just as interested in people who settled here in the 1640s as those who came in the 1940s.
Abbott
Adams
Aslebee
Appleton
Armitage
Atkins
Austin
Bailey
Bamford
Barker
Barnard
Bencker
Berrian
Berry
Bixby
Blood
Blunt
Bolton
Bradstreet
Bridges
Brierley
Brodie
Brooks
Buckley
Butterworth
Callahan(Gardner)
Carlton (Wheeler)
Cazneau
Chadwick
Chandler
Carrier
Chubb
Clarke
Clifford
Crosby
Cunio
Dale
Dane (Deane)
Danforth
Daniels
Davis
Dawe
Donovan
Dow
Dwane
Eaton
Ellis
Farnum/Farnham
Farr
Faulkner
Fish
Flagg (Rice) 
Foss
Foster
Freeman
Frye/Frie
Fuller (Page)
Gee (Symmes)
Gilbert
Gile
Glennie
Greenwood
Grozelier
Heider
Hodges
Hogan
Holt
Hoskins
Howe
Hurd
Ingalls
Jacobs
Jewett
Johnson
Jones
King
Keating (McCarthy)
Kneeland
Lacy
Ladd (Chesley)
Lawrence
Lee
Leland
LeValley
Lew
Little (Bisson)
Livesay
Longbottom(Farrell)
Lord
Loring
McAloon
Marble
Mason
Mattheson
Meserve
Noyes
Osgood
Page
Park/e/s
Parker
Parsons
Perley
Pervere
Peters
Phillips
Phelps (Weed)
Poor(e)
Putnam
Ramsdell
Rea/Ray
Redman
Robinson
Rockwell
Rogers
Russ(e)
Ryan (Houghton)
Salisbury
Saltontall
Sanderson
Sessions
Sewall
Smith
Spofford
Stevens
Stillings
Stone
Sutton
Swan
Symmes
Town(e)
Thomson
Tucker
Tyler/Tiler
Wallwork
Wardwell
Welch
West
White
Whitehill
Wilson
Wood
Woodbridge
Wright

Street Names

Academy Road
Andover Street
Appledore Lane
Appleton Street
Ashland Street
Belmont Street
Berry Street
Beverly Street
Bixby Avenue
Bonny Lane
Boston Street
Boston Hill Road
Boxford Street
Bradford Street
Central Street
Chestnut Street
Chickering Road (Route 125)
Church Street
Clarendon Street
Clark Street
Coachman’s Lane
Commonwealth Avenue
Cobblestone Circle
Cochichewick Drive
Colgate Drive
Court Street
Dale Street
Davis Street
Dudley Street
Ellis Court
Elm Street
Elmcrest Road
Essex Street
Farnum Street
First Street
Forest Street
Foster Street
Furber Avenue
Gray Street
Great Pond Road
Greene Street
Harkaway Road
High Street
Highland Terrace
Johnson Street
Lacy Street
Main Street
Maple Avenue
Marblehead Street
Marbleridge Road
Massachusetts Avenue
May Street
Merrimack Street
Middlesex Street
Milk Street
Mill Road
Milton Street
Moody Street
Osgood Street
Park Street
Parker Street
Peters Street
Phillips Court
Pilgrim Street
Pleasant Street
Prescott Street
Putnam Street
Rea Street
Richardson Avenue
Riverview Street
Salem Street
Sandra Lane
Sargent Street
Saunders Street
School Street
Second Street
Sharpner Pond Road
Sherwood Drive
South Bradford Street
Stacy Drive
Stevens Street
Stonington Street
Summer Street
Sutton Street
Sutton Hill Road
Tavern Acres
Third Street
Thorndike Road
Turnpike Street (Route 114)
Water Street
Waverly Road
Wiley Court
Winter Street
Wood Lane
Woodbridge Cooperative

There Is A Lot to Like About Lowell -- Series #12

"There Is A Lot to Like About Lowell" is the city slogan.


The City Through Reflections (Lowell, Massachusetts)













 


 
Same restaurant, different months.





Wednesday, November 12, 2014

There Is A Lot to Like About Lowell -- Series #11

"There Is A Lot to Like About Lowell" is the city slogan.


Shedd Park and Rogers Fort Hill


Shedd Park and Fort Hill Park are separate parks, but adjoin each other. Shedd Park has fifty acres to provide a wonderful place for families to go for their outdoor activities. Hiking, tennis, huge playground, sledding in the winter, picnic fun and other activities are available. There is a complete history report in the Forgotten New England blog, seen HERE.
Corner of Boylston and Roger Streets.




Shedd
Playground
----
A Gift To the
City of Lowell
By
Freeman Ballard Shedd
A. D. 1910
"Rogers Fort Hill Park has 11 acres of grass, a fountain, paths and gardens, and 23 acres of woods.  Today, the park is being restored to its former glory. The vision is to bring back the features of the original design. Part of the lower park is already restored, and, in time, a restored Spring House at the base of the hill, and benches and walkways will grace the park land. There will also be a west side pergola.
The park will have a commemorative garden, to recognize the original settlers of the area, who were Native Americans. It will also commemorate the life of Senator Paul Tsongas, who is dedicated to the park. The park will be linked to a Greenway and a Blueway trail system, with a stairway down to the river. There will also be a play fort for kids and a restored Spring House." "In the 1900s, the park had activities including a zoo and winter carnivals. The park slipped into a decline in 1960, however, because of budget cuts, but this trend is being reversed with the help of the City of Lowell and many volunteers. The Park was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999." (This was new to me, so I'm glad I found this site, seen HERE.) Because this is a genealogy blog, I must mention that the Lowell Cemetery is next to both parks.
 
 Rogers Street to the left of the park, center of the park is below.

Top of Fort Hill.

Me, ca late 1960s at the top of Fort Hill.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Rogers Toy, Pool and Patio Company

Four days ago, I decided to go into Rogers Toys on Middle Street, Lowell, MA because several members of a facebook group I'm in (about Lowell) often mentioned this store, and wondered if it was still in business. I went to the store and told the owner and assistant who I was and asked if I could take photos for my blog. Without hesitation, he said, "yes." When I got home, I posted them, with a short paragraph about how neat the store was, all the merchandise...but it was missing shoppers.

Within hours, many in the group of over 4,000 responded with 108 wonderful comments, 367 Likes and 107 shared it, which meant more people saw it. To me, this was a viral post going around the United States. Everybody was interested in the store, and they all want to keep it in business, more years than the current 70 years. Almost all the stores from the late 60s, when I first lived here, has either closed or left.
Gary Rogers, holding the 13 page printout of comments. He had a shopper come in and mention the facebook page, so he assumed it was due to my posting the photos to the Lowell group. I want to thank all of you who shared and commented. This is about keeping something old in Lowell that we all remember, our parents also, and not just the buildings.
Above photo taken on my first visit. When I asked Roger if he had any old photos of the store, he pulled out a binder with quite a few. I chose two to take photos of. Once thing about former Lowell residents, they love to see the old. All the buildings in downtown Lowell are pretty much the same as in 1909. I have no idea how old this building is, but it is listed in the 1918 Lowell City Directory, that I happen to have. (My genealogy friends will love hearing that.) Their phone number was simply 4000.
 J. B. Cover and Company, Flour and Grain
Permission to post given by Gary Rogers.

 Store photos taken today, November 10, 2014.



A video was done of the store, by an unknown person.
See HERE for short clip.