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Sunday, July 21, 2013

1882 :: Death of Cap'n Enoch Snow



On this date in our extended family history . . . the 21st day of July . . . in the year 1882 . . . Captain Enoch Snow dies somewhere in Massachusetts . . . the name of Cap'n Enoch Snow has been immortalized in a Twentieth Century-Fox movie entitled "Carousel." . . . was filmed in the locale of the present F.H. Snow Canning Company in Maine,and tells of the life and loves around a Maine fishing village. . . . This fall (1956) the lovable Cap'n Snow will become familiar to all through Snow's Chowder promotion of this seafaring character as their trademark. . . . we spent time with his 2nd great-granddaughter when we visited in Maine in the autumn of 2011 . . . she is a fount of information about our shared family history . . . and she was gracious enough to take us to a small family burial ground we would not have found without her assistance . . . her beloved father, Harold Forest Snow, is a 2nd cousin twice removed to the Keeper of this family history blog . . .

Saturday, July 20, 2013

1869 :: Mollie prepares to leave Mississippi for Texas



On this date in our family history . . . the 20th day of July . . . in the year 1869 . . . Wm. N. Valentine sits down in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi to pen a few words to his Dear and well beloved Children now in Texas . . . in said letter he makes note of the fact that . . . Now the matter is not Exactly fixt up by us yet as I really have not as yet solde out but that will only operate in this way if anything should happen that I do not sell John will Remane one year longer and make a crop and during the year prepare and winde up my affairs that we may leave un dun and next winter he and his wife for this will take place if we under stand by him go on stay but if the Land is solde or not land Meary your mother Jo Thomas and Molly West will cum as soon as my Bisnez is wound up Wm and John and Jo Thomas will starte as Early as they can git of theri crop I will stay and close out all of the unsetled Bisnez and then well will go by steam . . . this Molly West, aka Mary Annie Nettles nee West, is a great-grandma of the Keeper of this family history blog . . .

1530 :: Death of George Pyne



On this date in our family history . . . the 20th day of July . . . in the year 1530 . . it is written that George Pyne / Pine of Devonshire dies . . . this George is currently believed to be a 15th great-grandpa to the Keeper of this family history blog . . .

Chart from The Visitations of the County of Devon (Google eBooks) . . .


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

1687 :: Birth of Joanna Barker



On or about this date in our family history . . . the 17th (or the 7th) day of July . . . in the year 1687 . . . a baby girl is born to Mary Stevens and John Barker . . . they give her the name of Joanna . . . and the birth is recorded as the 7th in the Vital Records of Andover, Massachusetts . . . but . . . the Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine (1909) . . . as well as the Barker Genealogy (1927) by Elizabeth Frye Barker . . . both give Joanna's date of birth as the 17th day of July . . . this Joanna Barker grows up to marry John Farnum . . . and they are 7th great-grandparents of the Keeper of this family history blog . . .


Friday, July 12, 2013

1717 :: Will of Daniel Merrill



On this date in our family history . . . the 12th day of July in the year 1717 . . . the will of the late Daniel Merrill is probated in Essex County, Massachusetts . . . this Daniel is a 9th great-grandpa to the Keeper of this family history blog . . . the will itself is transcribed in full in A Merrill Memorial which was published in a very limited edition in 1928 by Samuel Merrill (1855-1932) . . . this Samuel is a fifth cousin five times removed to the Keeper of this blog . . . a different publication has the following to say regarding said Daniel . . .

Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine, Volume 3 (Google eBook)
Henry Sweetser Burrage, Albert Roscoe Stubbs
Lewis historical publishing Company, 1909 - Maine

  • Sergeant Daniel, fourth son of Nathaniel and Susanna (Jordan) Merrill, was born in Newbury, August 20, 1642,
  • and was admitted freeman, May 7, 1684.
  • March 22, 1677, Moses Pilsbury and Daniel Merrill were chosen fence viewers "at the farter end" of the town of Newbury.
  • In 1665, Daniel Merrill was one of those who were called upon and did take the oath of allegiance to the King, in a modified form.
  • His name again appears among those who took the oath "as it is by law established within the Kingdom of England," in 1678.
  • In the "Invoyes" of August, 1688, Daniel Merrill's list enumerates two heads (persons); two houses: twelve acres plow lands; two horses; two oxen; five cows; eight younger cattle; thirty sheep and six hogs; showing him to have been in very comfortable circumstances.
  • In 1689 he was chosen "Way Warden."
  • He was admitted to Newbury church in 1681, and to the Salisbury church later.
  • He died June 27, 1717, in Salisbury.
  • His will, made May 10, was probated July 12, 1717. In it his wife Sarah is mentioned, and "cousin" Thomas Merrill, to whom he gave land in Haverhill.
  • Daniel Merrill married (first) May 14, 1667, in Newbury, Sarah Clough, who was born June 28, 1646, and died March 18, 1706, at Salisbury, Massachusetts.
  • He married (second) May 29, 1708, Sarah, who was born October 14, 1650, in Salisbury, daughter of Abraham and Sarah (Clement) Morrill, and widow of Philip Rowell and of one Siphorus Page. They had Daniel, John, Sarah, Ruth, Moses, Martha and Stephen.

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

1889 :: Wm. P. Henry to S.A.&A.P.


On this date in our family history . . . the 9th day of July . . . in the year 1889 . . . Wm. P. Henry of Milam County, Texas sold and conveyed the rights to about four acres of his land . . . located about four miles north of Rockdale . . . to the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railway Company . . . this William Paschal Henry is a 2nd great-grandpa to the Keeper of this family history blog . . .

Know all men by these presents, that I, W.P. Henry of the County of Milam and State aforesaid for and in consideration of the sum of One Dollar to me in hand paid by the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railway Company the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, have granted sold and conveyed and by these presents do grant sell convey and deliver unto the said San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railway Company of the County of Bexar and State of Texas that certain tract piece or parcel of land lying and being in the State of Texas and County of Milam and described as follows to wit. A Strip of land ? feet in width and about 1200 feet in length over and across my land on the T. J. Chambers Survey said strip of land to embrace ? feet on each side of the center of track of the S.A.&A.P....on the plans on file in the Office of the Engineer of said Company containing about 4 acres more or less. To have and to hold the above described premises together with all and singular the rights and appurtenances thereto belonging unto the said San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railway Company, its successors and assigns forever. And I do hereby bind my heirs executors and administrators to warrant and forever defend all and singular the said premises unto the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railway Company its successors and assigns against every person whomsoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof.

Witness my hand at this 9th day of July A.D. 1889.
Signed "Wm. P. Henry"


Original 1891 documents from Volume 27, pages 149 and 150 of the Milam County Records as found in the Milam County Courthouse in Cameron, Milam County, Texas . . . 1891 map from Portal to Texas History . . .

Saturday, July 06, 2013

1706 :: Baptism of Edward Milliken


On this date in our family history . . . Edward Milliken, eighth son of John [Milliken] and Elizabeth Alger, was baptized at the Brattle Street church, Boston, Mass., July 6, 1706, and settled in Scarborough (District of Maine), on the Dunstan lands, in 1729. . . . this Edward is a 7th great-grandpa of the Keeper of this family history blog . . .


History of the families Millingas and Millanges of Saxony and Normandy, comprising genealogies and biographies of their posterity surnamed Milliken, Millikin, Millikan, Millican, Milligan, Mulliken and Mullikin, A.D. 800 - A.D. 1907. Containing names of thirty thousand persons, with copious notes on intermarried and collateral families, and abstracts of early land grants, wills, and other documents. Embellished with portraits, coats-of-arms, and views of family seats. Compiled by Rev. Gideon Tibbetts Ridson, Sr. Kezar Falls, Maine. Author of "Early Settlers of Harrison, Me.," "Burbank Genealogy," "Hamblens of Beech Hill," "The Ancient Ryedales," and "Saco Valley Settlement and Families." Knowledge of an Honorable Ancestry should be an Incentive to Noble Conduct. Journal Press, Lewison, Me. Published by the Author (1907)


Thursday, July 04, 2013

1650 :: Death of Bertha and Anna


On this date in our family history . . . the 4th day of July . . . in the year 1650 . . . Bertha Frost nee Cadwalla and her teenage daughter, Anna, meet their deaths near the mouth of Sturgeon Creek in York County, Maine . . . this Bertha is a 10th great-grandma to the Keeper of this family history blog . . .


Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey (Google eBook)
Francis Bazley Lee
Lewis historical Publishing Company, 1910


The story of their deaths is told in Newdick's Season of Frost: an interrupted biography of Robert Frost . . .

The founder of Robert Frost's line in America was the Puritan, Nicholas Frost, who may have been on the lower coast of Maine as early as 1632, but who certainly landed with his Devonshire wife, Bertha Cadwalla Frost (b. 1610) and his two sons, John and Charles [ancestor of Robert Frost] -- from "ye Shipp Wulfrana. Alwin Wellborn, Master from Plimouth, Devon" -- in June, 1634, at Little Harbor, now Rye, New Hampshire. After his daughter, Anna, was born there in April, 1636, Nicholas pushed up to the head of Sturgeon Creek, acquired a goodly acreage of land, and settled for life in what is now Eliot, Maine. Despite the fact that he was illiterate -- he signed a petition to Oliver Cromwell with his mark, a combination of N and F -- he served as one of old Kittery's first selectmen.

On July 4, 1650, his wife and daughter were captured by Indians according to Norman S. Frost, whose Frost Genealogy in Five Families, together with Everett A. Stackpole's Old Kittery and Her Families, is the authoritative work on the genealogy of the Frosts on this side of the Atlantic -- "and taken to a camp at the mouth of Sturgeon Creek. Nicholas and his son, Charles, were at York at the time, and on their return, attempted to rescue them, but were unsuccessful. Charles, however, killed a chief and a brave. The next day Charles, his father, and some of the neighbors went back to the camp but were too late. The camp was deserted, only the bodies of Bertha and Anna were found there."


Wednesday, July 03, 2013

1913 :: Gettysburg Reunion



One hundred years ago . . . in July of 1913 . . . aging veterans of the war between the states were gathered on a hallowed battlefield in Adams County, Pennsylvania . . . amongst those survivors were representatives of the 5th Maine . . . and one of those regal gentlemen was Peter Brackett, the youngest of thirteen children said to have been born to William Brackett, a veteran of the Revolutionary War . . . the originals of the photos in this collage are from Peter's photos . . . and they were last known to be in the possession of some of his kinfolk in Lynn, Massachusetts . . .


In 1913, the State of Maine offered to pay the expenses and arrange transportation to Gettysburg and back for any Maine resident who had participated in the battle in 1863 and who wanted to attend the 50-year reunion . . . it is known that he attended, so mayhaps this veteran of the 5th Maine, Peter Brackett, accepted Maine's assistance in making that sentimental journey . . .

In this photo, Peter Brackett (1838-1927) is standing in the yard of the home he shared with the family of Eva Mae Smith nee Brackett (1874-1936) . . . this Eva was known as Grammie Smith to the Mother of the Keeper of this family history blog . . . and she was raised as the daughter of Peter and Lizzie (Merrill) Brackett . . . click on Eva's name in this paragraph to read the rest of the story about her connection to this Peter Brackett, who, as it turns out, is also a 3rd great-grandson of the same Anthony Brackett who is the 10th great-grandpa of the Keeper of this family history blog . . .


Tuesday, July 02, 2013

1863 :: J H Nettles wounded at Gettysburg


Unfinished Confederate grave near the center of battlefield of Gettysburg, July 1863. M. Brady
150 years ago today . . . on the 2nd day of July in the year 1863 . . . as a member of the 4th Regiment of the "Texas Brigade" . . . Pvt. J.H. Nettles is wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg . . . this Joseph Helidorah Nettles is a 2nd great-grandpa of the Keeper to this family history blog . . .

The "Texas Brigade" had been organized in 1861 in Richmond, Virginia, and was composed of the First, Fourth and Fifth Texas Infantry regiments, the only Texas troops to fight in the Eastern Theater . . . Col. John Bell Hood had been commander of the Fourth . . . on July 2, 1863, this brigade led the assault at Devils Den and Little Round Top, the crucial action of the second day of the battle . . . a soldier of the First Texas called the assault on Devil's Den "one of the wildest, fiercest struggles of the war." . . .


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