Category Archives: Massachusetts

#52Ancestors: Where There’s a Will There are Valuable Clues

The ninth of Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks prompts is Where There’s a Will. A will, like any other public record, can be flawed and filled with misinformation or unfortunate misdirects. However, a will can be the … Continue reading

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The Morrill of this story is?

Isaac Morrill Sr. and his son, Isaac Morrill Jr., were both living in 1690 and both resided in Salisbury, Massachusetts. These are indisputable facts. The question is this: were either of them the Isaac Morrill — or related to the … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors: The Long-Living Rev. Stephen Bachiler

The third of Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks prompts is Longevity. The Rev. Stephen Bachilder is my 11th great grandfather. Although some sources make the claim that he died in his 100th year, it is a claim … 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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Colonial Shipbuilding and the Coasting Trade

“I suppose you go great voyages,” said the Water Rat with growing interest. “Months and months out of sight of land, and provisions running short, and allowanced as to water, and your mind communing with the mighty ocean, and all … Continue reading

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“Adopted Daughter” Emma

The 1880 federal census for Boston, Massachusetts, shows Emma J. Nichols, age 4, born in Massachusetts, as the “adopted daughter” of Mary E. Nichols, 49, born in New Hampshire. Several years passed from the first discovery of Mary and Emma … Continue reading

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