James Boutelle (1666-1713) and Cousins Marrying

The surname Boutelle is found spelled multiple ways among the records related to James Boutelle 3rd, his father James Jr., and his grandfather James Sr., who immigrated from England in 1638. We find: Boutwell, Boutall, Bowtell and so on. The authority I defer to in such cases in the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, … Continue reading James Boutelle (1666-1713) and Cousins Marrying

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Tombstone Tuesday: John Eddy, 1637-1715

Pursuant to my goal of identifying as many immigrant ancestors as I am able, I've spent the last 3 days (at least 8 hours each day!) researching family lines. I've documented about a dozen more immigrant ancestors, all of them arriving in Massachusetts during the Great Migration. Among them are Samuel Eddy and his wife, … Continue reading Tombstone Tuesday: John Eddy, 1637-1715

Today’s Discovery: 10th Great-Grandmother, Anne Marbury Hutchinson (1591-1643)

Yes, THAT Anne Hutchinson. The other day I wrote a blog post about how I’m doing with my genealogy goals. That post was really just for my own interest, but I’m glad I looked at my research progress because it caused me to now become obsessive about getting all those “loose ends” nailed down, as … Continue reading Today’s Discovery: 10th Great-Grandmother, Anne Marbury Hutchinson (1591-1643)

Genealogical research goals: Checking in 6 1/2 years later

One of the ideas I came across early into my genealogical research is that it helps to have goals, as goals help keep the research process focused. With not much thought, because these just seemed obvious to me, I decided to narrow my research to two these two goals: Trace each family line back to … Continue reading Genealogical research goals: Checking in 6 1/2 years later

Lieut. Thomas Hodgkins (1756-1835) of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont

Among the things that I have learned in genealogical research is that it's a mistake to believe that our colonial ancestors tended to live their entire lives in one place. Thomas Hodgkins was a man who not only lived in three different states during his lifetime, but also traveled widely as a soldier of the Revolutionary … Continue reading Lieut. Thomas Hodgkins (1756-1835) of Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont

James Willy (1743-1804) – Narrowly escaped death at the Lexington Alarm

In the book, The Beginnings of the American Revolution: Based on Contemporary Letters, Diaries, and Other Documents, Volume 3 (p. 79), the story is related of James Willy's narrow escape from death when he joined Capt. Samuel Sprague's Company of 60 men from the town of Stoneham, Middlesex County, MA, that marched on the alarm … Continue reading James Willy (1743-1804) – Narrowly escaped death at the Lexington Alarm

The Memory of the Just is Blessed : Major Joseph Bryant of Stoneham (1729-1810)

Today, April 14, I am thinking of my 7th great-grandfather, Joseph Bryant. It was 208 years ago on this same date (and also a Saturday) that he passed away. Finding an obituary for someone who died in 1810 is a genealogical treasure, so I was thrilled to have found this item published in the Boston … Continue reading The Memory of the Just is Blessed : Major Joseph Bryant of Stoneham (1729-1810)

Mary W. “Polly” Histed Harris (1804-1860)

Mary W. Histed was the eldest of 10 children born to John Histed and his wife Hannah Fuller. John Histed was born in Saratoga County, NY, the son of a Revolutionary War veteran, Edward Histed. As a young man, John Histed moved westward to Cayuga County, where Mary was born in  October 1804. Her family called her … Continue reading Mary W. “Polly” Histed Harris (1804-1860)