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Friday, May 26, 2017

THE MILITARY HONOR ROLL PROJECT 2017: ABINGTON, MA.

((I first posted this back in 2013. Sadly another name has been added to the wall since then, 
Abington's first native son killed in Afghanistan))

Heather Wilkinson Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy is once again asking
bloggers to transcribe their local veteran monuments and list the names
on their blog. It's called the Military Honor Roll Project and I wanted to
take part this year.  I headed over to the memorial here in Abington
which is located right next to the building shared by the American Legion
and VFW Posts. It's a beautiful spot and there's quite a few names on it for
such a small town. They start with World War 1 and run up to the present
day.
 
It was a bright sunny day and I thought perfect for taking the pictures I needed
to work with for the transcription, but it turned out to be it was less than ideal.
The nearby trees were casting shadows over most of the monument and the wind
moving the leaves would cause the shadows to shift around.

 





                     DEDICATED
          IN LASTING MEMORY OF
ABINGTON'S MEN AND WOMEN WHO
       SERVED AND SACRIFICED IN
         THEIR COUNTRY'S WARS

             KILLED IN ACTION




World War I
Edgar D. Bascomb
Chester W. Belcher
Walter W. Coleman
Charles Cook
Lloyd Crossman
Lewis V. Dorsey
Robert B. English
George H. Gillespie
Henry C. Hurst
John J. Mahoney
Joseph D. Martin
Charles E. Murphy
Charles S. Myers
Myron Stewart
Harold L. Taylor
Shirley S. Thayer
George L.  Whore




World War II
Charles H. Bellows Jr.
Wendell E Chamberlin
Lloyd R. Clapp
John Colburn
George W. Coleman
Edmund G. Crossley
Elton E. Eckstrom
George S. Forsyth
Roy E. Hjelm
Wellington Jamieson
John R. Keeley
Clifford Kimber
Richard L. McCue
Harold R. McGeoch
John F. Monahan
John Rice
Frank D. Warner Jr.


Korea

Viet-Nam
Dennis K. Holly
Peter D. Christianson DFC
Richard F. Gliniewicz
Glenn R. Gordon
Ralph G. Hamlin
Ernest H Laidler
Richard A. Fitts


Afghanistan
Daniel Vasellian




I encourage my fellow genealogy bloggers to take part in Heather's
Military Honor Roll Project. You can read more about it here.

Friday, May 19, 2017

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

"GOODY WEST FELL DOWN DEAD..."

This is one of the most confusing court records I've ever found involving an sncestor . It's a slander case brought by William Cresy against Mordecai and Elizabeth Larcum. Apparently the Larcums claimed Cresy said he'd have liked to sleep with Elizabeth. But instead of testimony about the charges, witnesses talk about events involving  Elizabeth Larcum and the family of my 9x great grandfather John West :

25June 1661 Salem
William Cresy v. Mordecaie Larcum and Elizabeth, his wife. Slander. In saying that he would have come to bed to said Elizabeth. Verdict for plaintiff.t


Writ, dated, June 11, 1661, signed by Robert Lord,+ for the court, and served by Thomas Write, deputy marshal.


Mordeca (his mark) Larcum's bond. Wit: John Thorndike.; 


Henry Baly, aged about fifty years, deposed that being at the house of John West last summer, he heard said West and Goody Lorcome in discourse about a boy of said Lorcom's, whom the latter had let out to Goodman West for that summer. West asked her why she had taken away the boy and she said because he was sick. He answered that if he were sick, he could have kept him as well as she. She refused to let him take the boy again, because he would have learned what would have brought him to hanging. Goodman West told deponent to witness what she said, and upon demanding what it was, she said she would not tell it till she came before authority. This she spoke in the presence of the whole family and they were much troubled, and upon being urged further, she said “aske Thomas Write what my boy told him he saw Joseph West do upon a Lord's day,” etc., and  when she went away. Goodwife West fell down dead and the whole family was “set on trembling as though they were out of their wits.” Sworn in court.


Deliverance Frensh, of Glocester, deposed, that, June 27, 1661, being at Goodman Larcum’s house, Thomas West, son of John West, and Elizabeth Jackson, maid servant to Goodman West, came in and asked to see Goodman Cresse's boy. Goodwife Larcum answered that she would have them know that it was none of his. They told deponent that they had kept reckoning for her, etc. This discourse was about six weeks since, upon the Sabbath day, at night. Sworn in court. 


Thomas Bishop; deposed that Goody Larckum lived near his house several years and he never knew any light or immodest carriage by her toward any nor with any. Thomas Burnam deposed the same, she having lived sometime near him.


Aves Chub deposed that she was at Goody Larcum's house and the latter asked her to call in at Goody West’s, “ so I Cald in there to see how she did, & I told her y‘ goody Larcum remembred her loue to her, she told me she was a loueing neighbourly woman as shee Could line by, & if it had not beene for her she Could not tell what shee should haue done.” Sworn in court.


Mordecay Larcum deposed that William Creasy came upon at Lord’s day following to his house and said he was sorry for what abuse he had offered to his wife and prayed deponent that he would not prosecute against him.-
pp299-300

Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Massachusetts, Volume 2
Essex Institute, 1912 - Essex County (Mass.)

Just that last section actually deals with the slander charge.

So what do we have here?

It looks like John West had taken on one of the Larcum sons as either a laborer or servant for
a few months, but Elizabeth Larcum had unexpectedly taken her son back home.  When she was
asked by the Wests why she had done this, she implied that her son had seen Joseph West, one of John West's sons, doing something on the Lord's Day. She refused to leave her son with the Wests
so he wouldn't learn something that could have him hanged. 

Although the file says John's wife "fell down dead" I believe that meant a "dead faint", because Elizabeth Larcom sent a friend to check on Goody West who spoke with her.

So William Cresy won his slander case. There must have been more testimony that wasn't recorded.

But now I'm left wondering just what the Larcum boy saw my 8x great granduncle Joseph West was doing on that Sabbath day over 350 years ago.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

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MOTHER'S DAY PT2

In honor of Mother's Day, here are pictures of our Dad's female ancestors.

First, on his mother's side:

Amos H Barker & Betsey J (Moore) Barker


Our 2x great grandmother Betsey Jane Moore was born on 16 Aug 1842 at Waterford,
Oxford, Me. She married Amos Hastings Barker in 1856 and they raised a family of
12 children, 11 of whom survived to adulthood. Betsey died 12Mar 1924 at age 82.

My great grandmother Charlotte Lovenia Barker is the lady on the right.

 Our great grandmother Charlotte Lovenia Barker was youngest of  Amos & Betsey's
12 children. She was born on 3 Aug 1879 in Albany, Oxford, Maine and was known as
":Lottie". She married her first cousin Frank W. Barker on 16Oct 1898 and they had
4 children before Frank died in 1905 from pneumonia caused by "La Grippe" (the flu).
She was married three more times before her death on 3Jan 1944 at Bangor, Maine.   

Cora Berthella (Barker) West & her great granddaughter Mindy Sue West

Our grandmother Cora Berthella (Barker) West was born 27Oct 1899 and was the eldest
child of Frank and Charlotte. She preferred the name Bertha, although it was given as
Cora on her marriage certificate. Bertha married Floyd E.West Sr on 24Mar 1919 and
had 5 children, one of whom was our Dad.

 On his Dad's side of the family:

Arvilla (Ames)West

Our 3x great grandmother Arvilla Ames was born in Livermore, Androscoggin, Maine
on 25Jan 1810, one of 10 children. She married John Cutter West on 23Sep 1827
at Sumner, Maine, and five years later they moved to Letter B Plantation (later renamed
Upton), Oxford, Maine. She had 10 children, 3 of whom died in a diphtheria outbreak
in 1862. She died at age 97 at Hermon, Maine.

Louisa A.(Richardson) West
Louisa Richardson, our 2x great grandmother was born in Wilton, Maine on
23Jun 1837 at Wilton, Maine.  She was the second wife of Jonathan Phelps West,
whose first wife had died in the 1862 diphtheria outbreak. Louisa and Jonathan
married on 31Jan 1865 and had 4 sons. She died 4Oct 1925 at age 88.

Florilla (Dunham) Ellingwood & Asa F Ellingwood


Our other paternal 2x great grandmother was Florilla Dunham who was born 29Aug
1832 at North Paris, Oxford, Maine. She married Asa F. Ellingwood on 10Aug 1850
at Woodstock, Oxford, Maine and 11 children.(She was one of 11 children herself.)
She died in Paris, Oxford, Maine on 21Feb 1917.

Clara (Ellingwood) West
                                                                                                  

Finally, our great grandmother  Clara Ellingwood was the 8th child and youngest
daughter of Florilla and Asa. She was born 6Mar 1865 in Dummer, Coos, NH.
Her first marriage with Charles Tidswell ended in divorce and she married  our
great grandfather Philip J West on 25May 1894 at Shelburne, Coos, NH. She had
three children by her first marriage and two by her second, including our grandfather
Floyd E West, Sr. Sadly, Clara died young after an illness in Augusta, Maine on 10Apr
1901. She was only 36 years old.

And those are the pictures we have of the mothers in our family.

Happy Mother's Day! 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

MOTHERS DAY PT 1

Once again for Mothers Day I'm posting photos of our family's mothers.

For our Mom's side we don't have very many since her grandparents immigrated
here from Ireland and Germany in the 19th century.

 
John McFarland & Annie (Kelley) McFarland
First there's Anna Kelley, born 1Oct 1858 in Kiltrustan, Roscommon, Ireland. She married
my great grandfather in Edinburgh Scotland on 16May1879 and shortly after they came
to America and settled in Boston. She had 17 children, 10 of whom survived to adulthood.
Anna died 15Feb 1945 at Boston, Ma. at age 86.



Pauline (Offinger) White
Our other maternal great grandmother was Pauline Offinger, born 17Dec 1873
in Cambridge, Massachusetts to German immigrant parents. She married Edward J.
White on 27Nov 1895 in Boston, Ma. and had 9 children.          



Agnes (McFarland) White
Our grandmother Agnes (McFarland) White was born 7Oct 1898 in Boston, Ma, the
14th of John & Annie's 17 children. She was known as "Aggie" in the family.
She married Edward F.White, Sr. and had two children, our Uncle Ed and our Mom
Anne Marie. She died 12Feb 1957 in Malden Ma.


Anne M. (White) West


Finally, our Mom, Anne M. (White) West. She was born 7Jul 1927 at Boston, Ma and
married our Dad on 29Jun 1947, also at Boston. To her McFarland cousins she was
known as "Red White". She died on 28Jul 1999 at Weymouth, Ma and she is missed by
my brother, my sister, myself and the rest of the family.

Friday, May 12, 2017

ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER YET AGAIN.

The other night I was going through more of my Ellingwood related ancestors, seeing if I could fill
in some blanks, when I came to my 8x great grandparents Thomas West and Elizabeth Jackson of
17th century Beverly, Ma. (They are no relation to my Plymouth County Wests.)  I'd previously
found the record of their marriage in Ancestry.com's Massachusetts Marriages, 1633-1850 file
and their death records but hadn't found out any more about them or their parents.. So I Googled them as "Thomas West"+"Elizabeth Jackson". Then, I added the words "Essex County court files."

-That led me to a June 1661 court case involving a John West, and among the witnesses were his son Thomas West and his  maid servant Elizabeth Jackson. John's wifes is only referred to as "Goody
West" . But at least I had learned that Thomas West was the son of John West.     

-I found a probate file for a John West at Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1881 on
AmericanAncestors.org but all it contained was a slip of paper with "No Papers Found" written
on it. ((I HATE THAT!!!))

-I decided to see what I could find out about Elizabeth Jackson. On the Early Vital Records of Massachusetts From 1600 to 1850 website I found this in the Beverly, Ma.death records for the
West surname:

Elizebeth, w. Capt. Thomas, d. John and Kathrin Jackson, Oct. 12, 1708, a. 66 y. 9 m. 

- I went back to AmericanAncestors.org and found John Jackson in Essex County, MA: Early Probate Records, 1635-1681. There was no will but his widow Katherine filed the estate inventory at the Essex Quarterly Court session held at Ipswich, Ma., on 27Sep 1648.


I'm hoping to find out more about the wives of John West and John Jackson. But I know more now
about these ancestors than I did before.

Another case of "one thing leads to another."

Saturday, May 06, 2017

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52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2017 WEEK 11:HENRY HERRICK JR. OFSALEM AND BEVERLY

Moving on now to the family of  Joseph Ellingwood's wife Sarah (Herrick) Ellingwood.

Sarah's immigrant ancestor was Henry Herrick Sr, who is my 8x great grandfather in both the West
and Barker side of my family. On the Barker side it's through his son Joseph and on the West side
through son Henry Jt. I've already blogged about Henry Herrick Sr. so this post will discuss Henry Jr.

Henry Herrick Jr was baptized in Salem, Ma. on 16Jan 1639/40. and  in 1663  married  a woman that  researchers of both the Herrick and Woodbury families.believe to have been Lydia Woodbury. Here's what Richard William Cutter wrote about Henry:

"(VI) Henry (2), fourth son of Henry (1) and Editha (Larkin) Herrick, was baptized January 16, 1640, died in June, 1702. He inherited the Homesteading, at lower Beverly, a pleasant and valuable farm, a part of which remained in the ownership and possession of the family until about 1850. He served as a juror at the witchcraft trials in Salem in 1692. His first wife's maiden name is thought to have been Lydia Woodbury. By her he had five children: Lydia, Joseph, Elizabeth, Samuel, Jonathan. He married (second) 1690, Sarah, widow of John Giddings, of Gloucester, who died in 1711.-p901
 -New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 2

Two interesting  things in that entry:
-In the witch trial records, Henry is called "Henry Herrick, Sr." but he had no son named Henry. He did, however, have a nephew with the same name who was called "Henry Herrick Jr." to avoid confusion between the two.

- Henry's second wife Sarah, is my 9x great grandmother Sarah (Alcock)Giddings. I'm descended through her daughter Elizabeth,