Author Archives: Brenda J. Elliott

Philip Babb, another theory

One only has to do an internet search for “Philip Babb” + “Isles of Shoals” to discover a number of myths and stories about Philip Babb “the fishing master”, Philip Babb “the constable”, Philip Babb “the butcher”, Philip Babb “the … Continue reading

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William Ham of Cornwall

Consensus on from where William Ham and his wife Honor Stephens originated (that is, where and when they were born), where and when William Ham emigrated to in New England, and where and when William settled his family appears to … Continue reading

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TUSLE: Lydston

It’s time for TUSLE #2 (a.k.a. tying up some loose ends). The lineage for Weymouth Lydston, a fisherman in Kittery, Maine, is muddied by the report in the Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire that there was a “John … Continue reading

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Just a brief word

No, I have not tired out from all the heavy blogging here. I’ve only just begun. That said, a little family tree housekeeping is in order. The shift to full-time family history research and file updating has led to the … Continue reading

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Hinckley D. Harris: Civil War Veteran and a most courageous soldier

Hinckley Dyer Troupe Harris died March 7, 1886, at the fairly young age of 59. He led an interesting, action-filled life, as related in the obviously family-published booklet, A Sketch of the Ancestry and Genealogy of Hinkley D. Harris and … Continue reading

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Harris: A distinguished medical career and a near career ender

Leonard W. and Jane Harris, according to one family historian, had eleven children. Until recently the seven known children appeared to make that a case of wishful thinking. The discovery of a “new” sibling suggested that there might be more. … Continue reading

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Gowen: Scotland to Nova Scotia

When teen-aged William Gowen left Scotland aboard the Unity as one of about 150 prisoners of war following defeat by Cromwell’s forces in the Battle of Dunbar, we can barely imagine what he was thinking about the New World across … Continue reading

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