Saturday, February 13, 2016

Surname Saturday ~ ANDREWS of Boxford, Massachusetts


Note:  I have previously blogged about another ANDREWS family from Essex, County, Massachusetts at this post “ANDREWS of Essex, Massachusetts(Ipswich’s Chebacco Parish” – the descendants of John Andrews and Jane Jordan,my 8th great grandparents.    This sketch of Robert Andrews (about 1612 – 1668) of Topsfield and Boxford, my 10th great grandfather,  is not to be confused with Robert Andrews (1593 – 1634/5) of Ipswich.

Robert Andrews was in Boxford, Massachusetts in 1656, and he owned land in both Rowley and Topsfield.  He died in Topsfield on 29 May 1668.  His will names his wife, sons and daughters.

Estate of Robert Andrews of Boxford (Rowley Village)
Essex Probate Docket # 709

In the name of God amen Know all Christian people this may or shall concearne yt I Robart Andrews of Rowley village in the County of Esex being verey sick & weack of body but blesed be god in prfect cence & memorey doe mack this my last will & testiment revoking all other former will wtsoever.
Impr. I bequeath my soule to Allmighty God that gave it me in whome I trust through the merits of Jesus Christ to be receaived into Eternall happiness forever and my body to the earth from whence it came to be deciently burried in ye burring place of Topsfield according as my wife and Children shall see meet.

It I give & bequeath unto my eldest sonn Thomas Andrews the house yt I now Live in and nine(s)core Ackers of Land being upland & Medow & yt Land yt I bought of Zacheus Gould only my well beloved wife is to have duering her life time, the kiching and hall & Kiching Chamber & halfe the seller & the new feeld & the eight Ackers peeice & halfe the orchard & if ther be not Land enufe for her to manuer then my sd sonn with ye help of my son Robart is to breack her up three Ackers more or let her have three Ackers yt is allready broacken up and the same to injoy duering her life without the Lett hinderanc or molestation of my sd sonn or aney other prson under him and my sonn Thomas is to shingle the house and at my wives deceas the said land orchard and rooms is to returne to my son Thomas & his haires forever my said sonn Paying unto my three youngest daughters Rebeckah, Sarah & Ruth twenty pound pr each when she shall be twenty yeares of Age and if eaither of them shall die before yt time then yt prt shall be equally devided between the other two and allso his is to pay unto my Daughter Mary the wife of Isack Comins five pound three years after my deceas & for the new whip saw and all other Carpenters tools shall be for the use of my wife sonn Thomas & Robert.

It. I give and be bequeath unto my sonn Robart Andrews eight(s)core Ackers of Land from Piebroock to ye clay pits and ye fatti medow and the fishing broock medow & becaus my sonn Thomas & Robart should not wrong one another in wood I desier ther Land may be ped by them selves & two other honest men and Robart is to pay unto my Daughter Elizabeth the wife of Samuell Symons five pounds three years after my deceas and to my daughter Hanah Pebody five pounds fouer years after my deceas.

It. I give unto my sonn John the Lot comonly called the seller Lott and the Medow belonging unto it but the medow shall be for the use of my wife & Thomas untell my sonn John shall be one and twenty years of Age and then to returne to him without aney further truble he paying to my seaven Grandchildren twenty shillings pr each when they shall come to the age of fourteen years.
It. I give unto my sonn Joseph ye Land in the Topsfeeld yt I bought of John Wilds, Senr. with all the previledgs therunto belonging.

It. I give unto my well beloved wife all my Cattell & other moveable goods and the Doung that is now in ye yard & half the barne & Lintos and my sonn Thomas the other halfe and he and his brother Robart is to set up the other Lintoos & Lay in for the use of ther mother eavery year duering her Life twelve Loads of hay and if eaither of my sonns should die before they are married then yt Land yt is given to them to be equally devided amongst the Survivers Leaving my said wife sole Executrix and in Testimony hereof I have Set my hand and Seale this Sixteenth day of May in the yeare of our Lord one thousand Six hundred Sixty & eight.

Robart (his / mark) Andrews, Senr (seal)
Robert (his G mark) Smith
James Hanscombe
Proved in Salem court 2: 5m: 1668 by the witnesses. Essex County Probate Files, Docket 709
Inventory of the estate was taken by Frances Pabody, Isack Comings, and Edman Towne. Attested 1:5m: 1668 by Grace Andrewes wife of the deceased

[Source: Essex County Quarterly Court Files, vol 13 leaf 67]

My ANDREWS genealogy:

Generation 1:  Robert Andrews, born about 1612 in England, died 29 May 1668 in Topsfield, Massachusetts; married about 1637 to Grace Unknown.  She died on 25 December 1700 in Topsfield, Massachusetts.  Eleven children.

Generation 2: Thomas Andrews, born abut 1645 and died 1 April 1725.  He married first to Martha Baker, daughter of John Baker and Elizabeth Unknown.  She died about 1670.  He married second to Mary Belcher, and married third to Rebecca Unknown.  One child with Martha Baker.

Generation 3: Sarah Andrews, daughter of Thomas Andrews and Martha Baker.  She was born about 1670 in Boxford, Massachusetts, and died about 1763; married on 20 November 1701 in Hampton to Joseph Swett, son of Benjamin Swett and Hester Weare.  He died before January 1721 and Sarah remarried second to Charles Treadwell, my half 7th great granduncle in a different lineage.

Generation 4:  Benjamin Swett m. Elizabeth Norton
Generation 5:   Elizabeth Swett m. David Batchelder
Generation 6:  Elisha Batchelder m. Sarah Lane
Generation 7:  Jonathan Batchelder m. Nancy Thompson
Generation 8: George E. Batchelder m. Abigail M. Locke
Generation 9:  George E. Batchelder m. Mary Katharine Emerson
Generation 10: Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 11: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ ANDREWS of Boxford, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted February 13, 2016,  ( accessed [access date]). 

Friday, February 12, 2016

From the Top of Mount Wachusett ~ Photo Friday

Easter Morning 1973

Autumn 1975

At the summit with some ALLEN cousins 1978

In 1969 we removed from Beverly to Holden, Massachusetts.  I was in the first grade.  My earliest memory of our new house was that it was winter, and my Dad held me up on the back porch and showed me Mount Wachusett through the trees.  In the summer we couldn't see it, but in the winter, with no leaves on the trees, we could see the mountain.  Later someone built a new house behind us and obstructed the view.

The Mountain wasn't very far from our house. In fact, I went to Wachusett Regional High School, which included five towns - and one of those towns was Princeton where the mountain was located. We would go to the top of the mountain to see the view on Easter morning, or when relatives visited, or with our Girl Scout troops.  It was a great spot to go blueberrying, or skiing in the winter back before it was a real ski resort. 


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "From the Top of Mount Wachusett ~ Photo Friday", Nutfield Genealogy, posted February 12, 2016, ( accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Weathervane Wednesday ~ A very special delivery!

Weathervane Wednesday is an on-going series of photographs I post weekly.  I started out by publishing only weather vanes from the Londonderry area, but now I've been finding interesting weather vanes from all over New England.  Sometimes my weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are very interesting.  Often, my readers tip me off to some very unique and unusual weather vanes.

Today's weather vane is from somewhere in New Hampshire.

Do you know the location of weather vane #247?  Scroll down to see the answer...

This very special weather vane was photographed on Carter Hill Road in Concord, New Hampshire.  The sign on the front of the farm house reads "Bartlett Farm - 1855".  The weathervane above the cupola on the barn is a a two dimensional stork with a baby in his beak. The whimsical stork even has a special delivery cap on his head!  The weather vane has developed a nice patina, so it is not brand new, but by the design it doesn't look very old, either.  

I'm wondering if an obstetrician or midwife, once lived here?  Or just someone with a good sense of humor?

This is NOT the Bartlett Dairy Farm on Josiah Bartlett Road in Concord. 


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ A very special delivery!", Nutfield Genealogy, posted February 10, 2016, ( : accessed [access date]).

Top Ten Most Romantic Stories from my Family Tree

detail from the tombstone of Ann Kelso,
Forest Hill Cemetery, Derry, New Hampshire

It’s February 10th and time for another Top Ten blog post.  Since it is so close to Valentine’s Day I thought that I’d search for the top ten romantic things I’ve discovered about my family during my genealogy research.  Some of these little stories I remembered off the top of my head because they became classic family stories I’ve repeated at reunions and get-togethers, and other stories I searched and found in my data base.  A few of these I have blogged about previously, so I included the link so you could read the long versions.

In reverse order (ranked by how romantic I thought each story should be, down to #1 my very favorite story):

#10:   There were not too many Valentine’s Day birthdays in my family tree.  The earliest I found was Ebenezer Wilkinson, born 14 February 1762 in Dedham, Massachusetts.  The latest was a cousin, Onno Pieter Hogerzeil, born on Valentine’s Day in Marseille, France in 1951.  Fortunately, I didn’t find any Valentine’s Day death dates.

#9:  I found lots of Valentine’s Day marriages in my family tree, starting with Elizabeth Andrews and Samuel Symonds in 1662 in Salem, my 9th great grand aunt and uncle, and all the way down to my grandparents who were married in Hamilton, Massachusetts in 1925 on Valentine’s Day.  You can see a big list of these Valentine’s Day anniversaries at this blog post:

#8:  I found over a dozen people named Valentine in my family tree.  For example Valentine Schupp, born 10 February 1788, a first cousin five generations removed.  His grandparents were immigrants to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia from Litrelinden, Wielbourg, Germany (my 5th great grandparents).  Perhaps Valentine is a more common name in Germany than here?   My 13th great grandfather, Valentine Lawrence, born about 1544 lived in Gloucestershire, England.   There were various Valentine distant cousins in the family tree in the 1600s (odd for Puritan families?), and even a VALENTINE family in Watertown, Massachusetts that intermarried with some of my cousins.   My HOLT cousins in Hawaii have a custom of naming generations of descendants the same name over and over, and would you guess that “Valentine” was one of those names?  Valentine Stillman Holt, born 1887; James Valentine Holt, born 1896; and Valentine Grover Holt, born 1919.  (Valentine Grover Holt was also married on Valentine’s Day in 1951!) 

#7:   Is having a big family with lots of children and grandchildren romantic?  There must have been a bit of romancing going on to start all those descendants!  My 10th great grandparents Deacon Samuel Chapin (1598 – 1675) and his wife Cicely Penney had eight children and 72 grandchildren!  Mayflower passengers John Howland (1591 – 1672/3) and Elizabeth Tilley, my 9th great grandparents, had ten children and 88 grandchildren (No wonder their GSMD Silver Books of descendants are still unfinished! Imagine how many descendants would be represented in the first five or six generations, and how many volumes will be needed?).  My 7th great grandfather , William Munroe (1625 – 1718), had three wives, 14 children and over 70 grandchildren even though he was about 40 years old at his first marriage!  

#6:  Thomas Drew (1665 – 1744) and his wife, Mary Bunker are both distant cousins to me nine generations back in time. They lived at Oyster River, New Hampshire which was attacked by Indians many  times during their lifetime.  As newlyweds in 1693 they were both captured by Indians and marched towards Canada.  Their story has been romanticized, but here is the version by Fritz Wetherbee from his book I’ll Tell You the Story, 2006. Thomas was released by the French, but four years later he went to search for his wife…  “Thomas Drew was there, too, looking for Mary.  He asked all the Native Americans he met if they heard of her. No one did. Then he began to sing.  We don’t know what song it was, but it was a song that Mary had loved.  Thomas sang it and waited.  And then from a young Indian maid he heard the melody sung softly… yes, it was Mary.  Neither spoke, and Thomas left.  With a few days a ransom was negotiated and Mary and her son were returned to her home on the Oyster River… Thomas and Mary survived to have fourteen children.  The couple died within two days of each other.  Thomas was 93 and Mary, 89. They were buried next to one another in the same grave.”  This story is romantic and repeated in several other books, but I haven’t found the documents that prove this ever really happened.

#5: My 9th great grandmother, Sarah Whipple Goodhue (1641 – 1681), wrote a letter during her pregnancy to her children.  She must have known she was not going to survive childbirth.  This letter is full of motherly instructions to her children, who were to be fostered out among the relatives.  But her letter is also a love letter to them and to her husband.  I dare you to read her letter without a hankie or tissue.  It is one of just a few surviving letters from women in 1600s Colonial America, but it is famously romantic and full of love for her husband, as well as the children.  Here are a few lines to her children…  ”You that are grown up cannot but see how careful your father is when he cometh home from his work to take the young ones up into his wearied arms; by his loving carriage and care towards those, you may behold as in a glass, his tender care and love to you every one as you grow up. I can safely say, that his love was so to you all, that I cannot say which is the child that he doth love the best.”  And a few lines to her husband “Further, if thou couldst ask me why I did not discover some of these particulars of my mind to thee before, my answer is, because I knew that thou wert tender hearted towards me, and therefore I would not create thee needless trouble. Oh, dear husband, dearest of all my bosom friends, if by sudden death I must part from thee, let not thy trouble and cares that are on thee make thee to turn aside from the right way: O dear heart, if I must leave thee and thine here behind, Of my natural affection here is my heart and hand. Be courageous, and on the living God bear up thy heart in so great a breach as this.”  If you can stand to read more of this emotional letter, click here for the full blog post:

#4:  My first cousin five generations removed, John Owen Dominis (1832 – 1891) was the son of a proper Bostonian – my auntie Mary Lambert Jones (1803 – 1889).  He was raised in Hawaii from a young age, since his sea captain father took the young family there in the early 1840s.  Their family home was next door to the Royal children’s boarding school, and little John would peek at the young princes and princesses over the wall. Romance bloomed.   He grew up to marry one of those little princesses, who in turn grew up to become the last queen of the Kingdom of Hawaii- Queen Lili’uokalani.  Their marriage faced much prejudice, even from his mother, in an age when mixed race marriages were frowned upon or illegal.  The newspapers in America were cruel, even in Boston.  When my cousin brought his Hawaiian wife home to Boston for a visit, some of the family welcomed her openly, and the rest were only cordially courteous to the Princess.  There must have been romance, and also a lot of heartbreak in this marriage.  They were childless, and John had an illegitimate child with one of his wife’s lady’s in waiting.  This child was welcomed by the Queen and became her legal heir and ward.  [I have blogged many, many times about the Dominis cousins in Hawaii.  You can see these posts by clicking on the keyword DOMINIS or this link: ]

#3:  In the early 1600s, in the Chebacco Parish of Ipswich, Massachusetts, a little boy named William Cogswell saw some men trying to help a cow who was choking on a potato.  Apparently several other children were there to watch the proceedings.  The men asked a small girl to help out by reaching in and pull out the potato with her little hand.  William was so impressed with little Martha Emerson’s bravery, that he vowed “That young miss, by and by, shall be my wife”.   They were married in 1685.  You can read my previous blog post on this tale here:

#2:  Peter Folger (1617 – 1690) and Mary Morrill were my 8th great grandparents- and also the grandparents of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin!  Mary was the indentured servant to Reverend Hugh Peters.  Peter Folger fell in love with her, and saved his money for 7 years to buy her for 20 pounds.  He declared “it was the best appropriation of money he ever made!”  Now you know how Ben Franklin inherited his sense of humor.  The Folgers were married nearly 46 years and had twelve children.  In Franklin’s autobiography he wrote about his grandparents with much admiration and love.  I’m lucky that they had a famous author as a grandson, or some of the fun and romantic tales about my Folger ancestors would be lost forever.

#1:     In 1662 Salem, my 9th great grandmother, Deborah Buffum Wilson (1639 – about 1668) protested the Puritan Sunday meeting by appearing naked.  This was a protest several New England Quakers tried in this time period, and all were severely punished by the Puritan authorities.  Poor Deborah, who was under suspicion of being “mad” (probably post partum depression), was sentenced to be whipped.  Her husband, my 9th great grandfather Robert Wilson, bravely put himself and his large felt hat between her body and the lash. This story is about a love greater than public humiliation and the law.  You can read the details at this blog post:


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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Mr. Isaac Spofford, died 1786 Beverly, Massachusetts

This tombstone was photographed at the Abbott Hale Cemetery in Beverly, Massachusetts

Practitioner of Physic and
Obiit AEtatis  35  June 14th
A.D. 1786

Dr. Isaac Spofford, son of Captain Abner Spofford and Sarah Coleman, was born 10 April 1752 in Rowley, Massachusetts and died 14 June 1786 in Beverly, Massachusetts.  He was married first to Mary Ayer, and second to Ruth Thorndike.  He was a doctor who studied under Dr. Brickett of Haverhill,  and served as a surgeon in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.  He was a member of the Amity Masonic Lodge in Beverly, and served as treasurer. 

His daughter Sally died at five months in 1781, and son Chandler died at age 3 in 1783.  Both siblings are buried at the Abbott Hale Cemetery, too.    His daughter Sophia married James Ela.  

According to the website "Hawthorne in Salem", ,  this slate tombstone was carved by Thomas Park of Groton, Massachusetts.  

You can see some wonderful photographs of the masonic details on this tombstone at the Farber Collection website by the American Antiquarian Society at this link:,%20Isaac/what/Masonic%20Emblems/    


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Monday, February 8, 2016

The American Anti-Slavery Society

1893 Reunion of the
Danvers Anti Slavery Society
Danvers, Massachusetts

The majority of my ancestors lived in or near Salem, Massachusetts at the time of the Underground Railroad. There were three major secret routes through Salem, heading north to New Hampshire. The first went through Danvers, to Andover and South Lawrence; the next from Danvers to Georgetown to Haverhill; and the last through Beverly, Ipswich to Newburyport (and water routes to Nova Scotia). This was a secret route, so many places are still unknown, but 33 stops have been identified in Essex County.

On April 26, 1893 there was a reunion of the abolitionists of Danvers, Massachusetts. It was a celebration of the men of the town, Isaac Winslow, Joseph Southwick* and others, who had helped to form the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1833 in Philadelphia. By 1837 the women of Danvers had formed “The Female Anti-Slavery Society", made up of sixty members from just the town of Danvers, some of whom had survived until the reunion in 1893. Famous abolitionists, as well as regular townspeople united for the celebration at the old town hall. At the meeting Dr. Andrew Nichols remembered how as a young man he was stoned in the streets for subscribing members to the anti-slavery newspapers. I was surprised to find the name of Isaac Munroe on the list of original subscribers to the “Liberator” newspaper- he was the brother to my ancestor Luther Simonds Munroe. A letter was read to the guests from Frederick Douglass, who was still alive, but elderly, retired and living near Washington DC.  

A large number of the Danvers members of the Anti-Slavery Society were part of the Underground Railroad. Their homes in Essex County were “stations” on the path north to New Hampshire and Canada. As I perused the photographs of some of the homes on the National Park Website, I recognized most of them that are still standing today. One, on 7 Central Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, is located right across the street from my Aunt Shirley’s house! Another home was the subject of a term paper on the Underground Railroad that my father wrote as an undergraduate at Boston University in the 1950s.

Sons of these Massachusetts Abolitionists were recruited as officers for the Massachusetts 54th Regiment in the Civil War. This is the regiment made famous by the Hollywood movie “Glory.” I am a distant cousin to Colonel Robert Gould Shaw through the Perkins family, but more interesting to me was my family relationship to his fellow officer, Captain Lieutenant Luis Fenollosa Emilio, son of Spanish immigrants. My own great grandfather was Professor Caleb Rand Bill, a Salem Music professor, and Luis F. Emilio’s father was Manuel Emilo, a Salem music teacher from Spain. This story charmed my husband, who is also the son of Spaniards. Luis F. Emilio gave his age as 18, when he was really only 16, to enlist in the 23rd Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. He was promoted to be one of the original officers of the famous 54th all black regiment (except for the officers!). He died in New York in 1918, but he is buried in Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem, his place of birth. I am a distant cousin to Captain Emilio through the Kinsman family. Luis F. Emilio wrote the book A Brave Black Regiment: The History of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment in 1894.


By contrast, as I write this story from Manchester, New Hampshire, I was surprised to learn that although the runaways from slavery were passing through New Hampshire, they were not very welcome in this state. Of course, rural New Hampshire was much more conservative than liberal Massachusetts, even though we are only about 45 miles from Danvers. The Anti-Slavery Societies were not well supported in New Hampshire before the Civil War.

The Reverend Parker Pillsbury in his Anti Slavery Apostles wrote about a visit made to West Chester, New Hampshire (now Auburn, bordering Manchester) by the Anti-Slavery orators Mr. Stephen S. Foster and the famous Lucy Stone. Lucy Stone is well known for making bloomers popular, and for keeping her maiden name after marriage (women known by their maiden names in the 19th century were known as “Lucy Stoners”). Mr. Foster said of West Chester that “No town ever more sternly or successfully resisted the anti-slavery, or other unpopular reforms.” They were locked out of the meeting house, and a mob covered their carriage with cow dung. They fled to Derry, where they were again locked out of a meeting house and another mob threatened them to leave on foot, through the snow. Lucy Stone said to Mr. Foster that her “bloomer dress and calf skin boots, like mine, would carry her safely…”

For a previous blog post about how the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society sent Frederick Douglass to the small town of Pittsfield, New Hampshire in 1842, where he was at first very unwelcome, please click this link:

For a previous blog post on Captain Luis Emilio, please click here:

Click here to read about the paper my father wrote for Boston University about the underground railroad house in Andover, Massachusetts (this story is in 4 parts/posts, and the link will bring you to part one):  

*This link is a blog post about the abolitionist Joseph Southwick (a distant cousin):


For More Information:

Anti-Slavery Apostles,  by Rev. Parker Pillsbury, Concord, NH, 1883

A Brave Black Regiment: The History of the 54th Massachusetts,  by Captain Luis Fenollosa Emilio, Boston, 1891.

Old Anti-Slavery Days, by The Danvers Historical Society and Alfred Porter Putnam, pages vii- xi.


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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Surname Saturday ~ WEARE of Newbury and Hampton, New Hampshire


The two brothers, Nathaniel and Peter Weare, first settled in Newbury, Massachusetts.  Nathaniel wear was one of the 91 proprietors of Newbury (first grantees of land) in December 1642.  Nathaniel later removed to Nantucket, where he died in 1681, and Peter removed to York, Maine where he died about 1690. Nathaniel Weare (1605 – 1681) was my 10th great grandfather.

Nathaniel’s daughter, Hester, married Capt. Benjamin Swett in 1647 and removed to Hampton, New Hampshire with her brother, Nathaniel Weare, Jr. and his family.  They settled in what is now Hampton Falls.  Both Captain Swett and Nathaniel, Jr. had been leasing land in Newbury from John Woodbridge.   Hester’s husband, Capt. Swett, died fighting the Indians in 1677, during King Philip's War, and she remarried to Ensign Stephen Greenleaf of Newbury.   He was from the same family as the famous poet Stephen Greenleaf Whittier.  It is a coincidence that the poet Whittier died years later at the same farm in Hampton Falls that was the Swett homestead. 

Nathaniel Weare’s deposition 26 October 1695 “…that about the year of our Lord God 1655 my brother in-law Capt. Benjamin Swett and my self had a lease of the honorable Mr. John Woodbridge of Newberry his farme for seven years, the Northerly or northwesterly side of the sd. Farme was bounded in part with ye land of old Mr. Pike, at the South or the southeasterly corner of the s’ Pik’s land was a springe that was called the watering place nere to which those that had to doe or sd they had to do with ye sd Mr. Pik’s land, did I remember clame a litell pece of land, the quantity or bounds thereof I know not, but the slipe of land, so claymed and the watering place was within the fence of the sd woodbridge’s farme and improved by us that dwelt on the sd farm and by no other as I know of while wee lived on the farm which was to ye yeare 1661 or 1662, and to the best of my remembrance the fence that is betwene the farm of ye sd wood bridge and the sd Pik’s land stands in the same pace as it did for about forty years agoe”.   The signature of Nathaniel Weare, Jr.  [above] is from this deposition at that date.

Some WEARE resources:

“The Swett Family”, New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 6 [1852], pages 49 -  61.

“The Nathaniel Weares”, by F. B. Sanborn of Concord, Mass.  Reprinted from The Granite Monthly, 1909, pp.157-166, online at the website for the Hampton Public Library   

Descendants of Thomas Farr of Harpswell, Maine and Ninety Allied Families, by Edith Bartlett Sumner, 1959, pages 311 – 313. 

Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, by Noyes, Libby and Davis, page 726.

My WEARE genealogy:

Generation 1:  Nathaniel Weare, born about 1605 in England, died 1 March 1681 on Nantucket Island; married about 1629 in England to Sarah Unknown.  Five children.

Generation 2: Hester Weare, born about 1630 in England, died 16 January 1718 at Hampton Falls, New Hampshire;  married on 1 November 1647 in Hampton to Benjamin Swett, son of John Swett and Phebe Unknown.  He was baptized on 12 May 1624 in Wymondham, Norfolk, England and died 29 June 1677 during an Indian raid at Black Point, Scarborough, Maine. Eleven children.

Generation 3: Joseph Swett m. Sarah Andrews
Generation 4: Benjamin Swett m. Elizabeth Norton
Generation 5: Elizabeth Swett m. David Batchelder
Generation 6: Elisha Batchelder m. Sarah Lane
Generation 7: Jonathan Batchelder m. Nancy Thompson
Generation 8: George E. Batchelder m. Abigail M. Locke
Generation 9: George E. Batchelder m. Mary Katharine Emerson
Generation 10: Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 11: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)


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Friday, February 5, 2016

The Francis Wyman House turns 350 years old this year!

The Francis Wyman House, 2015

There is a lot of news coming from the Francis Wyman Association.  Francis Wyman is my 10th great grandfather.  He was born in Westmill, Hertfordshire, England in 1617 and settled in Woburn, Massachusetts (his homestead is now located in the town of Burlington).  He had two wives and twelve children, and a lot of descendants.  The Francis Wyman Association has owned the Francis Wyman house since 1900, and was founded for the preservation of the historic homestead.  It is not owned by the town or a historic society.

The Francis Wyman House was built in 1666 and still stands on 56 Francis Wyman Road.  Read below about how you can attend a public open house.   On the grounds of the Wyman home, next to the driveway, is a stone wall and a mysterious stone chamber.  No one has been able to explain the purpose of the stone chamber, which is topped by a two ton flat piece of granite. It is presumed that the chamber was built before European contact.

The Stone Chamber at the Wyman Homestead, Burlington, Massachusetts
The "roof" of the stone chamber, seen from the side of the stone wall

The FWA has set up a new Facebook page.  If you are interested in historic homes, or if you are a WYMAN descendant, or just a fan, please go to this link and click “Like” to receive all the newest information about the house, history and events going on in 2016.

Here is an excerpt from an email from Jon Wyman, the president of the Francis Wyman Association:

“The big news this month is that the Boston ABC station, WCVB will air a show about new England stone and stone walls (possibly including our stone chamber) on their nightly show called Chronicle this Thursday evening, February 4th at 7:30PM [this aired last night].  That's 7:30 on Ch 5 in Boston for those of you in our viewing area.  For the rest of you, they stream the show live on their website  

Fair warning: streaming can be a bit sketchy at times, but they also post the individual segments on their site the following day, under the heading "Chronicle HD Videos"    Those links are up only a few days, but if you bookmark them you will have access forever and can share with far-flung friends, family. “

Here are some upcoming events at the Francis Wyman House, located at 56 Francis Wyman Road, Burlington, Massachusetts.   The house Is open to the public on the second Saturday of the month from May to September.

May 14th -  Preservation Month celebration

June 11 -   Open house day in Burlington for historic sites

June 9 -   To be announced

August 13 -  “Celebrate Burlington Day”, open house and colonial games and crafts on the town common

September 10th -  To be announced

October 8th -  Francis Wyman Association annual meeting and family reunion.  Our 350th birthday!

Francis Wyman Association website

“Thursday, February 4: Romancing the Stone on the Main Streets and Back Roads of New England”, HD video of WCVB Channel 5 Boston’s Chronicle TV show featuring the stone chamber at the Francis Wyman House in Burlington, Massachusetts.


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "The Francis Wyman House turns 350 years old this year!", Nutfield Genealogy, posted February 5, 2016, ( accessed [access date]).