Monday, May 29, 2017

My Grandmother’s Diary ~ Part 25, October 30 – November 10, 1920

1920 patterns for Halloween costumes

This is the 25th blog post with transcriptions of my grandmother's 1920 diary from Beverly, Massachusetts.  Her name was Gertrude Hitchings (1905 - 2001) and she lived on Elliott Street.  Her diary is a tiny 3" book with minuscule handwriting.  It has taken me a long time to transcribe, and the book is very fragile.  It has missing and torn pages, and the end of the book is gone, so I am very near to the end of this project with these November pages. Every Monday I post another section of the diary.  You can read the first installment HERE.

SAT. OCT. 30, 1920
Up at 7.45 worked around
the house all the morn-
ing.  Stayed home all
afternoon took my bath.
Mr. Lowell over.  After supper went
to the store then stayed out a
while.  Went to bed at 11.30

Up at 8.15 home all morning
Ma, Pa & Hollis gone to Topsfield
after apples. After dinner went
to walk with Mildred.  Went
down to Marion’s house a
while.  Went to bed at 9.

Up at 6.45 went to school
all morning stayed home
all afternoon.  ???
around the house all the
evening and went to
Bed at 8.45

NOTE:  I was disappointed that Gertrude didn’t mention more about Halloween.  Perhaps it wasn’t celebrated? No special traditions? She mentions her parents and brother Hollis going to pick apples in Topsfield, the boarder Mr. Lowell, her sister Mildred, and first cousin Marion.

TUESDAY. NOV. 2, 1920
Up at 6.45 went to
school all morning stayed
home all afternoon. After
supper went to a party up
to Lappaville? With Elizabeth
and Herbert had a swell time
home at 11.30.  Bed at 11.45

Up at 6.45 went to school all
morning went back for French
walked both ways home
at 5. Stayed home all the
evening and studied
Went to bed at 8.45

Up t 6.45 went to school
all morning went down Helen’s
to dinner took Clement out
all afternoon.  Rus & Ethel down. After
supper Geo. & Henry came down
went over Ethel’s.  Bed at 10.15

NOTE: Gertrude attended a party on Tuesday with her friend’s Elizabeth and Herbert at “Lappaville?”.  I couldn’t find a similar spelling via Google.  Was this a dance hall? An amusement park? She mentions her sister Helen, and Helen’s baby Clement.  She also mentions her brother Russell and his wife Ethel.  The two friends George and Henry came to visit again – it seems they always come together.

FRI. NOV. 5, 1920
Up at 7.30 stayed home and
worked all the morning
and afternoon. Went
down to the A&P before
supper.  Home all evening played
cards. Bed at 9.

Up at 7.45 stayed home all
morning.  Home all after
noon.  Bill & Mr. Lowell over
After supper went over the skat-
ing rinks with Hollis had a
swell time.  Bed at 11.15

Up at 10 home all morning
after dinner Ellsworth & Helen
up.  Went to walk with Eunice
Ty & Geo.  Home all evening
Played old Victrola.  Bed at 9.45

NOTE:  She mentions the grocery store “A&P”, someone named “Bill” and the boarder Mr. Lowell.  It must have been cold because she went skating with her brother Hollis.   Her sister Helen and brother-in-law Ellsworth came to visit, and this time she went out with her sister Eunice with Ty & George (what happened to Henry, who used to always come visit with George)? And who is Ty?

MON.  NOV. 8, 1920
Up at 6.45 went to school
All morning. After dinner
About 4.30 went down Helen’s
Stayed home all evening
Played the old Victrola  Mrs.
Butler and Mr. Small over.  Bed at 9.30

Up at 6.45 school all morn-
ing home at 1.15 stayed
home all the afternoon
Rus, Ethel, Ma & Pa over Butlers. Geo
Ty Eunice and I went down Julien’s
Home at 9.30. Bed at 10.

Up at 6.45 went to school
all morning brought my
dinner stayed for book [keeping].
Stayed home all evening
Bed at 9.30

NOTE: Gertrude mentions friends Mr and Mrs. Butler, and Mrs. Small.  She also mentions family members brother Russell, sister-in-law Ethel, parents.  Gertrude and her sister Eunice went out again with Ty and George to “Julien’s” (another friend? A place in Beverly?)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “My Grandmother’s Diary ~ Part 25, October 30 – November 10, 1920”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 29, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Memorial Day 2017 Honor Roll Contributions

Honor Roll of Beverly, Massachusetts citizens who answered the Lexington and Concord Alarm
on 19 April 1775, located in the Beverly Historical Society Museum

The following links will be added to the Honor Roll Project website   These blog posts were contributed by individuals who volunteered to photograph and transcribe the names on military honor rolls, in order to make the names available to the internet.  By participating in this project they have made the names of these military men and women available to search engines, and thus friends, family members, genealogists, historians, students and comrades in arms will be able to find these names online.  

This Memorial day we had participation from 7 states and nearly three dozen honor rolls transcribed!  Thank you to everyone who participated. 

San Luis Obispo, California Polytechnic College WWII honor roll, Contributed by Nancy Loe


Bloomfield, Connecticut
WWWI, Vietnam on the Town Green.  Contributed by Schalene Dagutis

East Granby, Connecticut
WWI and WWII Memorials at South Main Street and Memorial Drive. Contributed by Schalene Dagutis

Guilford, Connecticut
WWI, WWII and Vietnam on Guilford Green.  Contributed by Schalene Dagutis

Manchester, Connecticut
WWII and Vietnam, at Munro Park.  Contributed by Schalene Dagutis

Norwalk, Connecticut
WWI on the village green, Contributed by Christine K. McCloud

Southington, Connecticut
WWII at Veteran’s Memorial Park.  Contributed by Schalene Dagutis

Macon, Georgia
WWI plaque at Coleman Hill Park. Contributed by Schalene Jennings Dagutis

Washington, Wilkes County, Georgia
WWWI, WWWII, Korea, Vietnam.  Contributed by Jeanne Bryan Insalaco

Becket, Massachusetts
Town of Becket, Massachusetts, in Berkshire County. These memorials are located in Ballou Park and include names from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Contributed by Schalene Dagutis

Great Barrington, Massachusetts
World War I, Contributed by Shalene Dagutis
Monterey, Massachusetts
Town of Monterey World War I Honor Roll. Contributed by Schalene Dagutis

Stockbridge, Massachusetts
WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Contributed by Schalene Dagutis

New Hampshire
Berlin, New Hampshire
WWI  Soldier’s and Sailors Monument. Contributed by Janice Webster Brown

Canaan, New Hampshire
WWI, Town Common, Contributed by Janice Webster Brown

Candia, New Hampshire
WWI plaque (one side of the Soldier’s Monument in Village Square on High Street), Contributed by Janice Webster Brown

Concord, New Hampshire
WWI memorials (four different lists: Memorial Field, Fletcher Murphy Park, American Legion Post #31, and Rolf Park) Contributed by Janice Webster Brown.

Concord, New Hampshire
WWI Statehouse  contributed by Janice Webster Brown

Conway, New Hampshire
WWI Memorial at the Conway Public Library.  Contributed by Janice Webster Brown

Exeter, New Hampshire
WWI Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Contributed by Janice Webster Brown

Groveton, New Hampshire
WWI monument on Main Street, Contributed by Janice Webster Brown

Hancock, New Hampshire
WWI (painted sign no longer exists) Contributed by Janice Webster Brown

Hooksett, New Hampshire
WWI Honor Roll Contributed by Janice Webster Brown

Keene, New Hampshire
WWI (no monument) Contributed by Janice Webster Brown

Merrimack, New Hampshire
WWI, contributed by Janice Webster Brown

Nashua, New Hampshire
No existing WWI memorials, a list compiled by Janice Webster Brown

Tilton, New Hampshire
WWI memorial on Main Street.  Contributed by Janice Webster Brown

Corpus Christi, Texas
Pearl Harbor Memorial at Sherrill Park. Contributed by Amanda Pape

WWII Memorial at Sherrill Park. Contributed by Amanda Pape


Alexandria, Virginia
WW II, Washington Middle School, Contributed by Schalene Dagutis

Falls Church, Virginia
Civil War (New York Memorial Stone) Episcopal Church, Contributed by Schalene Dagutis

Gate City, Scott County, Virginia
WWI and WWII, Contributed by Schalene Dagutis

Manassas, Prince William County, Virginia
WWI memorial, Contributed by Schalene Dagutis   

Please consider volunteering to help The Honor Roll Project.  Just photograph an honor roll, transcribe the names, and post these on your blog.  Send me a comment below, or an email at   I will add your contribution to The Honor Roll Project website at any time of the year.  


The Honor Roll Project   

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ BEADLE of Salem, Massachusetts

Colonial Tavern


Samuel Beadle, my 9th great grandfather, is of unknown birth.  It is unknown when he came to New England from England.  He was living in Charlestown, Massachusetts as early as 1656 when he bought a house. "Sameul Beadle, Planter, inhabitant in Charltowne, New England....[purchased a dwelling] on sconse pyont... [including] ... a cow common on the stinted pasture without the Neck.. a hay Lott of an Aker of Meadow, by estimation, more or less, lying at Wilson's poynt on mistik syde". 

Samuel Beadle removed to Salem, about twenty miles away, in 1661 when there was an inquest for their child who drowned in well at the Salem Quarterly Court.  The inquest met 7 September 1661.  "They found the remains laid out on a chest or table; and upon inquiry as to how it came to its death, the parents answered that it was drowned in the well, and no contrary evidence appeared."  [History of Salem, Volume II, page 301]   He lived in a house owned by Philip Cromwell on the corner of Bridge Street and Howard Street (roughly where the Howard Street Cemetery is located today). 

The will of Samuel Beadle was proved in the Salem quarterly court 30:4:1664. 

I Samell Beadle being by Gods pvidents sick & weak of body:yett through the Lords mercy of pfect memorye, doe make this my last will & testament: as followeth:

Impr I giue vnto my son nathanyell Beadle ten shillings: it being as much as I conciud convenyent vpon the divers good considerations alsoe with respect to what I haue already don for him

It I giue to my daughter Dorithy forty shillings ffor the rest of my estate, moueables and vnmoueables, what euer God haue giuen me in this world, (when all my Just debts are paid) I giue to my three smallest children now at home with me, namly Samuell, Thomas, and Elizabeth, equally to be devided betweene them & to be paid at the age, of 21 years my sons & my daughters at ye age of 18 years or maryed & of ye three viz: Samuell Thomas & Elizabeth ye survivers at the time of payment to haue ye deceased pt devided And lastly I doe apoynt my Loveing freind m walter price to be my executor of this my will & mr John Croad & Hillyard veren overseers witnes my hand this 12th of march 1663/64

Hillyard veren
Thomas Watson
Samuell Bedle

Samuel Beadle, Jr. (1643 – 1706), my 8th great grandfather, was a wood turner, and he served in King Philip’s War.  His health failed and in 1681 he became a vintner (wine merchant).    In 1683 he received a license to keep an inn in recognition of his health failing as a result of his service against the Indians in the Narragansett Country. His statement reads:  "Whereas by the providence of God and my hard service in the Narraganset country my health has been much impaired and my body incapable of following my calling (by reason of grievous aches and pains that constantly attend me) the consideration whereof has moved the selectmen of Salem to consider of some fit way for me whereby I might get a livelihood for myself and family and for that end have granted me their approbation for one of the innholders to keep an inn in the town of Salem."[History of Salem, Volume III, page 84]  

During the 1692 Salem witch hysteria John Parker frequented Samuel Beadle's tavern.  One night his wife Alice went to fetch him from the inn and she berated him in front of the other men.  One man, John Westgate, scolded her.  Some weeks later, on his way home from Beadle's tavern, Westgate met up with a black pig that chased him. He swore out a complaint against Alice Parker for witchcraft.  He deposed that she sent the black hog after him.  Alice Parker was hanged on 22 September 1692. 

Samuel, Jr.'s house on St. Peter Street (then known as Prison Lane) was the Beadle's inn described in the witch craft documents from 1692.  He died intestate in 1706, and the property inventory listed a "Jersey boy servant" and an "Indian woman slave". His wife, Hannah, survived him and died with a will dated 29 March 1729 and proved 25 July 1736.

Lemon Beadle (1680 – 1717), my 7th great grandfather, received his unusual name from his mother, Hannah Lemon (1650 – 1736).   He was also a woodcarver (like his father) and an innkeeper (like his father).  He carved signs and figure heads for the bows of ships built in Salem.  He was licensed to keep his own tavern in his own dwelling in 1716.  When Salem built a new Watch House in 1712 he carved “a handsome wooden soldier” for the roof.   I descend from his daughter, Rebecca Beadle (1714 – 1758), my 6th great grandmother, who married John Becket (28 Feb 1715) of the famous Becket shipbuilding family of Salem.

More BEADLE resources:

Samuel Beadle Family: History and Genealogy of Descendants of Samuel Beader, Planter Who lived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1656 and died in Salem, Massachusetts in 1664 by Walter J. Beadle, privately printed 1970 (available at Family Search online, at the Ancestry card catalog,  and at the NEHGS manuscript department)

The Essex Antiquarian, Volume 7, pages 172 - 175 "Beadle Genealogy"

The History of Salem, Massachusetts, by Sidney Perley, Volume II, pages 386 – 387 for the BEADLE genealogy.  Various members of the BEADLE family are mentioned in all three volumes of these books, check the index.

Generation 1: Samuel Beadle, born about 1622 in England, died 10 March 1664 in Salem, Massachusetts; married about 1645, probably in Salem, to Susanna Grey.  She was born about 1626 and died 13 February 1661 in Salem.  Seven children.

Generation 2:  Samuel Beadle, Jr., born 1643 in Salem, died before 27 November 1706 in Salem; married on 10 June 1668 in Salem to Hannah Lemon, daughter of Robert Lemon and Mary Unknown.  She was born 7 July 1650 in Salem and died 1736.  Twelve children.

Generation 3: Lemon Beadle, born 30 July 1680 in Salem, died 17 November 1717; married on 4 January 1710 to Rebecca Atwater, daughter of Joshua Atwater and Rebecca Unknown.  She was born 25 February 1687 and died 1727 in Salem.  Two children.  (Rebecca married second to Samuel Phippen on 20 March 1718.  He was the widower of Lemon’s sister, Mary Beadle (1678 – 1715))

Generation 4:  Rebecca Beadle, born 13 January 1714 in Salem, died 13 January 1758; married 3 May 1738 in Salem to John Becket, son of John Becket and Susannah Mason.  He was born 28 February 1715 in Salem, and died 29 August 1781 in Salem.  Thirteen children.

Generation 5:  Hannah Becket m. Joseph Cloutman
Generation 6:  Mary Cloutman m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 7: Abijah Hitchings m. Eliza Ann Treadwell
Generation 8: Abijah Franklin Hitchings m. Hannah Eliza Lewis
Generation 9: Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 10:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ BEADLE of Salem, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 27, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 

Friday, May 26, 2017

June 2017 Genealogy and Local History Events Calendar

For last minute updates, see the Nutfield Genealogy Facebook page at this link: 

 May 30, Tuesday, noon, Lunch and Learn:  What’s Up with Reenacting?, at the American Independence Museum,  Folsom Tavern, 164 Water Street, Exeter, New Hampshire . Free to the public. Presented by Mike Welch. Bring your lunch to enjoy during the lecture.

June 1, Thursday, noon, Lunch and Learn: Putting Down Roots:  A Discussion of Successful Genealogical Research Spanning Four Centuries Starting with the Mayflower, at Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Presented by author Katherine Dimancescu.  Bring a bag lunch! Free to members, $8 for not yet members.  Click here to register

June 1, 7 – 9pm, Thursday, Understanding Family Search: origins and operations of the genealogical repository in the world, at Memorial Hall, Andover Public Library, 2 N. Main Street, Andover, Massachusetts.  Presented by Leslie Carabello, the library director at the Family Search Library in Lynnfield, Massachusetts.  Register online, 

June 2, Friday, 2pm, A Description of the New York Central Park, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.
June 3 and 4, Saturday and Sunday, French and Indian War Encampment at The Fort at No. 4. 267, Springfield Road, Charlestown, New Hampshire. 

June 3, Saturday, 10:30 am  - noon, Genealogy Workshop - Internet Resources, at the Manhcester Historical Museum, Trask House, 10 Union Street, Manchester, Massachusetts.   $10 members, $15 nonmembers.  Presented by Heather Wilkinson Rojo.  Registration required, space is limited to the first 24 people to sign up.  To RSVP call 978-526-7230 or email  

June 3, Saturday, 11am – 3pm, What’s Your Story? Free Family Fun at the Beverly Historical Society.  The Cabot House, 117 Cabot Street, Beverly, Massachusetts.   It’s opening day for the Balch House and Hale Farm with FREE admission to all three properties. Story booth, food trucks, games, exhibits, and a scavenger hunt. 

June 3, Saturday, 1pm,  Greater Portland Genealogy Society, at the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland, Maine.  Free to the public.

June 3, Saturday, 7:30 pm, A Grande Fete by the River, at the Old Slater Mill, 67 Roosevelt Avenue, Pawtucket, Rhode Island.  To support Slater Mill’s student admissions fund. Food, silent auction, live jazz.

June 6, Tuesday, 6pm,  Cooking Boston: Ice Kings, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Pre-talk reception at 5:30pm.  Presented by Gus Rancatore, Jeri Quinzio, and Judy Herrell.  $20 registration required

June 7, 10am, Wednesday, Researching Military Records, at the Punchard Senior Center, 30 Whittier Court,  Andover, Massachusetts.  Presented by Clare Curran and Stephanie Aude, reference librarians from the Andover Public Library.  Free to the public. 

June 7, Wednesday, 7pm, Massacre on the Merrimack: Hannah Duston’s Captivity and Revenge in Colonial America, at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, National Park Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty Street, Salem, Massachusetts.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  Free to the public.  Call for more information 978-740-1650.  Presented by author Jay Atkinson.

June 7, Wednesday, 6:30pm, Charles Sumner and Boston’s Revolutionary Tradition, at the Old North Church, 193 Salem Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Speaker John Stauffer.  Donations accepted.  Tickets here at this website

June 8, Thursday, 6pm, Apostle of Union: A Political Biography of Edward Everett, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  $10 registration fee.

June 8, Thursday,  6:30pm, Robert Rogeers of the Rangers: Tragic Hero, at the Seabrook Library, 25 Liberty Lane, Seabrook, New Hampshire.  FREE to the public. Presented by George Morrison, sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, and hosted by the Seabrook Library.

June 8, Thursday, 7pm, Abraham and Mary Lincoln: The Long and the Short of It, at the Rochester Historical Society Museum, 58 Hanson Street, Rochester, New Hampshire.  FREE to the public.  Presented by Steve and Sharon Wood who portray President and Mrs. Lincoln. 

June 10, Saturday, 8:30 – 4:30 Salem’s Trials:  Lessons and Legacy of 1692, at Marsh Hall, Salem State University, $25 registration fee.  Register at  A symposium in recognition of the 325th anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials.

June 10, Saturday, 9:30, Irish Study Group, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  FREE to the public, no registration necessary.  Contact Mary Ellen Grogan at  

June 10, Saturday, 10am, DNA Special Interest Group, Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, Inc. Merrmiack Valley Chapter,  at the Georgetown Public Library, 2 Maple Street,  Georgetown, Massachusetts.  MV chapter member Peg Plummer will be forming a special interest group for genetic genealogy. Come & Hear Peg's plans! 

June 10, 17 and 24, Building Your Genealogical Skills, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  A three session course presented by Ann Lawthers, genealogist.  Register at this link:

June 12, Monday, 8:30 – 5:15, The 2017 Mass History Conference, at the Hogan Campus Center, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts.  Discover opportunities for networking and collaborating with other small historical organizations. Keynote address by Liz Sevcenko, director of the Humanities Action Lab. 14 sessions and 4 workshops on a range of topice.  Hosted by the Mass History Alliance. Register online here:

June 15, Thursday, 6pm,  Genealogy Workshop:  Family History Center, at the Portsmouth Public Library, 175 Parrott Avenue, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Free to the public.  Presented by Patty Shorland.

June 15, Thursday, 7pm, A House on the Bay: Life on the 17th Century New Hampshire’s Coastal Frontier,  at the Hampton Tuck Museum, 40 Park Avenue, Hampton, New Hampshire.  FREE to the public.  Presented by Neill DePaoli.  Recent discoveries at the archaeological dig at the Thomas Wiggin homestead.

June 16 – 18, 2017 Ontario Genealogical Society Conference.  Three days of inspiring lectures, workshops, displays and other exciting events.  Register for the conference at this link:

June 17 – June 22,  Sail Boston 2017, hosted by the US Coast Guard Northeast, Boston, Massachusetts.  This will be the largest fleet of tall ships in Boston since the year 2000.   

June 18, Sunday, 3pm, Mount Auburn Cemetery:  Underground Railroad, at 580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts.  A walking tour in honor of Juneteenth, focusing on the graves of key operators, black and white, at the Boston terminus of the Underground Railroad.  Free to the public.

June 20, Tuesday,  7pm, Songs of Emigration: Storytelling Through Traditional Irish Music, at the Fuller Public Library, 29 School Street, Hillsboro, New Hampshire.  Presented by Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki.  FREE to the public.

June 22, Thursday, noon, Lunch and Learn:  Founding Fathers: What Were They Thinking? , at the American Independence Museum,  Folsom Tavern, 164 Water Street, Exeter, New Hampshire . Free to the public. Presented by Richard Hesse, made possible with a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.  Bring a lunch to enjoy during the lecture.

June 22-24, Wednesday, 26th Annual World History Association Conference, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, Massachusetts.

June 24 and 25, Saturday and Sunday, Living History Weekend with Warner’s Regiment at The Fort at No. 4, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, New Hampshire. 

June 27, Tuesday, 7pm, Isaiah Thomas (1749 - 1831) The Patriotic Printer, at the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society, meeting at the American Legion Post #129, 22 Elm Street, Gardner, Massachusetts. A dynamic theatrical presentation played by Neil Gustafson.  Open to the public. Donations accepted from non-members. 

June 28, Wednesday, 6pm, The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by Ann Little of Colorado State University.  Pre-talk reception at 5:30pm.  Register please

July 6, Thursday, 6pm, Master Thieves: The Boston Gangsters Who Pulled Off the World’s Greatest Art Heist, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by Stephen Kurkjian, Pulitizer Prize winning reporter for the Boston Globe.  Pre-talk reception at 5:30pm.  Please pre-register at this link: Free to the public.

July 6, Thursday, noon, Lunch and Learn:  The Development of Welfare Policy in Colonial America.  At Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Presented by Professor Jennifer Turner of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Bring a bag lunch!  Free to members, $8 not yet members. Click here for tickets

July 8, Saturday 9am – 2 pm, Maine State Genealogy Fair, at the Maine State Cultural Building, 230 State Street, Augusta, Maine.  FREE.  Sponsored by the Maine Genealogical Society 


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "June 2017 Genealogy and Local History Events Calendar", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 26, 2017, ( accessed [access date]).

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Beverly, Massachusetts Honor Roll of Men who Served in the Colonial Wars

This honor roll is located on the second floor of the Beverly Historical Society on Cabot Street in Beverly, Massachusetts.  It includes the names of men who served in the Colonial Wars, not including the list of men who served in 1690 at Fort St. Mary, Port Royal and Cape Breton (they are on a separate plaque).



APRIL 19, 1913







I have previously posted two other honor rolls from the Beverly Historical Society:

Beverly Historical Society – Revolutionary War 
Beverly Historical Society – Men who Answered the Lexington Alarm 19 April 1775

I have transcribed and photographed many honor rolls from town across New England.  Volunteers have been transcribing honor rolls across the United States and in other countries for the Honor Roll Project.  By posting these photographs and transcriptions online, we are making these names of men and women who have served in the military accessible to search engines for friends, comrades, family members and descendants.

The Honor Roll Project 


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Beverly, Massachusetts Honor Roll of Men who Served in the Colonial Wars", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 25, 2017, ( accessed [access date]).

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above Two Banks

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 these weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are very unique.  Often, my readers tip me off to some very special and unusual weather vanes.

Today's weather vanes are from somewhere in New Hampshire.

Do you know the location of weather vane #312?  Scroll down to see the answer...

Weathervane A:

Weathervane B:

These two weathervanes were photographed while driving the little red convertible through downtown Hampton, New Hampshire.  Both are located on cupolas above banks.  Weathervane A is above the Provident Bank, 31 Lafayette Road (Route 1).  This is just a simple banner weather vane, typically seen on churches or historic, colonial buildings. Weathervane B is a three dimensional eagle, above the TD Bank at 40 High Street.   Eagles are common on civil buildings and banks.  This eagle has a nice patina, and it looks like it is just landing (or just taking off!).

Hampton has a lot of weathervanes.  In one drive through the downtown area I counted about eight weather vanes.  Many of them were featured on Weathervane Wednesday these last four weeks.  

Click here to see the entire Weathervane Wednesday series of posts!  


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~  Above Two Banks", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 24, 2017, ( accessed [access date]).  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday ~ William Woodbury and his wife Martha Woodbury, Beverly, Massachusetts

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

In Memory of
Who departed this Life
Novr. 16th 1788
In the 93d Year
Of his Age.

In Memory of Mrs
Wife of Mr.
Who died April 27th
1773, Aged 75

William Woodbury, son of William Woodbury and Joanna Wheeler, was born 11 July 1697 in Beverly, and died 16 November 1788 in Beverly.  On 2 September 1720 in Beverly he married, as his second wife, Martha Woodbury, daughter of Ebenezer Woodbury and Hannah Dodge.  They were third cousins. William was a miller. They had eleven children:

William, born 26 March 1721
Joanna, baptized 1 March 1723/24
Israel, born 4 January 1725/26
Ruth, born 4 January 1725/26
Zachariah, born 29 June 1730
Judith, baptized 6 May 1733
Lois, born 23 June 1735
Ebenezer, baptized 9 October 1737
Joseph, born 3 July 1739
Hannah, baptized 16 May 1742
Elisha, baptized 12 August 1744


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ William Woodbury and his wife Martha Woodbury, Beverly, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 23, 2017, ( accessed [access date]). 

Monday, May 22, 2017

My Grandmother’s Diary ~ Part 24, October 18 – 29, 1920

Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
(1871 - 1941)
Gertrude's mother

This is the 24rd blog post with transcriptions of my grandmother's 1920 diary from Beverly, Massachusetts.  Her name was Gertrude Hitchings (1905 - 2001) and she lived on Elliott Street.  Her diary is a tiny 3" book with minuscule handwriting.  It has taken me a long time to transcribe, and the book is very fragile.  It has missing and torn pages, and the end of the book is gone, so I am very near to the end of this project with these September and October pages. Every Monday I post another section of the diary.  You can read the first installment HERE

MON. OCT. 18, 1920
Up at 6.45 went to school
all morning home at 1.15
went back for Dom. Sci.
came home at 5.  Stayed
home all the evening
studying.  Went to Bed
at 9.00

Up at 6.45 school all morning
came home at 1.15 got report
sent home for French stayed home
all afternoon studying.
Home all evening.  George &
Henry came down stayed until
9.45.  Went to bed at 10.30

Up at 6.45 school all the
morning, home at 1.15
Helen, Ethel, Elenor was home all
afternoon.  Rus & Ellsworth up to
supper.  Went to bed at 9

NOTE:  Gertrude’s school day was a bit confusing.  She goes back to school in the afternoon for bookkeeping, domestic science and French lessons. Perhaps these elective classes were held after the regular school day?   Her report card only mentioned French, so perhaps she took private French lessons?  She stayed home studying all night after receiving her report card, so perhaps it wasn't good news!

Gertrude mentions George and Henry visiting again, as well as relatives like her sister Helen, sister-in-law Ethel, brother Russell and brother-in-law Ellsworth.  I think Eleanor was a friend?

THURS. OCT. 21, 1920
Up at 6.45 went to school
all morning home at 1.15
after dinner went up to
Ethel’s all afternoon, home at
6.  After supper Henry and
George came down stayed
around the house  Bed at 10.45

Up at 6.45 went to school
had an assembly home at
1.15.  Worked all afternoon went
down the store at four.
Stayed around home
All the evening and
Went to bed at 7.45

Up at 7.30 worked around
the house all morning
After dinner took a bath
Went downtown to do an errand. After
Supper Eunice, Henry, Geo & I went
Downtown. Bed at 10

NOTE:  Another Saturday night bath! She went downtown on Saturday night with her sister Eunice and the two friends Henry and George.

SUN. OCT. 24, 1920
Up at 9.00 stayed around
the house all of morning
and afternoon.  Mr. Lowell over
Nana came up.  Mr. & Mrs.
Butler came over. After lunch
George & Henry came down.
Went to bed at 10.

Up at 6.45 went to school
all morning came home at 1.15
went downtown about
half past four.  After supper
went to ride with Ethel up to
Danvers.  Brick up all evening
Went to bed at 10.15

Up at 6.45 went to school
All morning home at 1.15
After dinner Eunice and I
Went up to Ethel’s all afternoon
Stayed home all evening studying
Bed at 8.30.

NOTE:  She mentions Mr. Lowell, the boarder; her Nana, who I think would be her maternal grandmother Mary Etta (Healey) Hoogerzeil (1862 - 1932) since my mother called her grandmother Nana, too (I don't think it would be her paternal grandmother Hannah Eliza (Lewis) Hitchings since she died in Danvers State Hospital in February of 1921 after a long stay; Ethel and Eunice again, and her friends Brick, George and Henry.

WED. OCT. 27, 1920
Up at 6.45 school all the
morning home to dinner
at 1.15 went back on the
2.15 car for bookkeeping
walked home. After supper
went to walk with Ethel & Eunice
Bed at 9.30.

Up at 6.45 went to school
all morning home at 1.15
stayed home all afternoon
raining.  After supper
Geo. and Henry came down
Went to bed at 10.30

Up at 6.45 school all the
morning home at 1.15 stayed
home all afternoon working
home all the evening and
read. Went to bed 8.

NOTE:  More mentions of George and Henry visiting.  She went downtown with them with her sister Eunice the previous week. Were these some new beaus?


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “My Grandmother’s Diary ~ Part 24, October 18 – 29, 1920”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 22, 2017, ( accessed [access date]).