Category Archive: Remembering Ancestors

Ancestors of Linda Woodward Geiger

Dec 21

Wordless Wednesday: Talking to Santa

Marcus Lorusso, 1972

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Dec 12

Is This My Jesse Woodward?

Could it be???? After years of searching for some mention of my Jesse Woodward after I last found him paying a poll tax in Springfield, NH, in 1806, I may have found him this morning while searching on GenealogyBank.com. Jesse was born 24 June 1774 in Plaistow, New Hampshire, son of Stephen Woodward and Hannah Clement[1] and married Bashabe Stevens in Springfield (Grafton, now Sullivan County), New Hampshire.

Bashaba Woodward of Salisbury, New Hampshire, purchased 1 acre of land from Kimball Woodward in Boscawen, NH, on 31 July 1837.[2] On the 30th of November 1866 she transferred by deed of gift to Ezekiel S. Davis  “in consideration of the kind attention and sample support of me by the said Ezekiel S. Davis since his intermarriage with my daughter, Diana A. Woodward.”[3] The indenture was between Bashaba Woodward of Lowell, Massachusetts, and Ezekiel Davis, also, of Lowell. Jesse’s name did not appear on any of these transactions, which made me think that he was either deceased or the marriage of the couple had gone sour and she’d left him.

Now that this 1832 death notice has been located, it would appear that Bashaba had become a widow at his passing in Springfield, New Hampshire.[4]

There were several Jesse Woodwards in New Hampshire that were recorded in a variety of federal censuses in New Hampshire prior to 1850. It is time I made a through study of those families.

Some family members thought that he had moved from Springfield, New Hampshire into Maine (perhaps Oldfield) where he probably died. In fact a couple of census records indicate, indirectly, that Jesse’s son, Daniel, was born in Maine.

New hypothesis will need to be developed and research in Springfield (Grafton County, now Sullivan County) will need to be investigated.

So much to do, so little time

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[1] Town Records of Plaistow, New Hampshire, 1736–1843, page. 401. Family History Library microfilm #15,281.

[2] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 53: 26. Register of Deeds, Concord, New Hampshire.

[3] Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Deed Book 83: 190; Family History Library microfilm #16,152.

[4] “Deaths,” New-Hampshire Patriot, Concord, New Hampshire, 26 November 1832. Viewed at GenealogyBank.com, 12 December 2011.

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Dec 11

Sunday Scrapbooking: Christmas Past


Like you, I’ve lots of wonderful Christmas memories. Alas, many of them were never captured with a photograph. This image was shot on the 30th of December 1988.

This scrapbook page was designed using Papers and elements Copyright 2010 by Sweet Shoppe Designs and Julie Billingsley.

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Dec 04

Sunday Scrapbooking

Fairly recently, I stumbled upon a blog written by the Scrappy Genealogist, Jennifer Shoer, in which she shared her work as she completed the “Family History Album Class offered at JessicaSprague.com. I really enjoy digital scrapbooking and after reflecting on the template of week two of Sprague’s class I signed up for the course — The basic templates for the family tree and pedigree were worth the premium I needed to pay. I rarely use quick pages or templates provided by others, but these were worth it. Sure, I could have produced something similar, but it would have taken me several hours, at best.

 

Now, before you rush out to get purchase this class, let me make a comment or two. This is not something something for the first time scrap booker  If you don’t have a nice graphic software, say Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, this isn’t for you. If you don’t have a good basic knowledge of using your graphic software including layers, masks, etc., this isn’t for you. Although I applaud the work of Sprague and the combined concept of genealogy and digital scrapbooking, the genealogy side of the course is very basic. Don’t purchase the product hoping to learn new genealogy skills.

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Nov 27

Scrapbooking Sunday: Brown Family Heirloom

The note found in one of the drawers within this desk reads:

The living know that they must die,
But all the dust forgotten lie;
Their memory and their sense is gone,
Alike unknowing and unknown.
Then what my thought Design to do,
My hands with all your might pursue
Like no Device nor work is found,
_or faille nor hope beneath the ground

For Value received I promise
Alfred H. Brown my Desk at
My decease
Elizabeth Goddard

Alfred H. Brown, born, 14 July 1838, in New Ipswich, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, son of  Hermon Brown and Sophronia Prescott.[1] Sophronia Prescott was born 11 December 1802 in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, daughter of Samuel Potter Prescott and Elisabeth Brown.[2]

 

Elisabeth Brown, maternal grandmother of Alfred H. Brown, was born 28 February 1779, in Concord, daughter of Elizabeth Brown and Lieut. Samuel Brown.[3] She married, 1st, Samuel Potter Prescott on 7 June 1798 in Concord;[4] and 2nd. Asa Raymond, and 3rd, Rev. David Goddard, 30 Jun 1846 in New Ipswich.[5]

Alfred H. Brown was my great grandfather.


[1] Death certificate of Alfred H. Brown, Bureau of Vital Statistics, State of New Hampshire, Hazen Road, Concord, New Hampshire; and Charles Henry Chandler, The History of New Ipswich, New Hampshire 1735–1914, with Genealogical Records of the Principal Families (Fitchburg, Massachusetts: Sentinel Printing Company, 1914), 276 (hereinafter cited as History of New Ipswich).

[2] Vital Records of Concord, Massachusetts, Birth, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635–1850 (photocopy of 1891 edition, Boston (hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Concord): New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1986), 94; and William Prescott, The Prescott Memorial: Or a Genealogical Memoir of the Prescott Families of America (Boston: Henry W. Dutton & Son, 1870), 120 (hereinafter cited as The Prescott Memorial).

[3] Vital Records of Concord, 247; and Charles Edward Potter, Genealogies of Some Old Families of Concord, Mass., and Their Descendants in Part to the Present Generation (Boston: Alfred Mudge & Son, Printers, 1887), 64 (hereinafter cited as Some Old Families of Concord).

[4] Vital Records of Concord, 362; and Some Old Families of Concord, 64.Asa

[5] Town Clerk, Vital Records of New Ipswich, New Hampshire (New Ipswich, New Hampshire: typescript), n.d.), Family History Library microfilm #15,568.

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Nov 21

Matrilineal Monday

One of the down sides of accepting client commissions as a professional genealogist (I’m proud to have been an associate of the Board of Certification of Genealogists for over fifteen years) is that we sometimes spend so much time conducting research on families of others, we rarely accomplish much research on our own families.

When I recently decided to write a blog on my matrilineal line, I was somewhat surprised to see that I’ve conducted very little original research on these lines. The brief ahnentafel of my matrilineal line will illustrate just that.

3. Josephine Emma Perkins. Born on 30 Dec 1917 in Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[1] Josephine Emma died in York Harbor, York County, Maine, on 2 Jan 1993, at the age of 75.[2] Memorial services were held on 5 January 1993 in Concord, New Hampshire. Josephine was buried in the family plot (Plot FF 2 Grave), Blossom Hill Cemetery, Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.

On 21 Sep 1940 she married Oscar Herman Woodward  Jr. in Chichester, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[3]

7. Alice Margaret Brown. Born on 20 Feb 1886 in Canterbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[4] Alice Margaret died in Westmoreland, Cheshire County, New Hampshire, on 4 Jun 1983; she was 97.[5] Buried on 9 Jul 1983 in Blossom Hill Cemetery, Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.

On 8 Apr 1908 she married Homer Lathe Perkins in Chester, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.

15. Margaret Elizabeth Gale. Born on 16 May 1851 in Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[6] Margaret Elizabeth died in Cerebral Embolism, Canterbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, on 15 Jan 1919; she was 67.[7] Buried on 18 Jan 1919 in Blossom Hill Cemetery, Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.

On 20 Jan 1872 Margaret Elizabeth Gale married Alfred Hermon Brown in Canterbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[8]

31. Mary Jane Merrill. Born on 2 May 1823 in Methuen, Essex County, Massachusetts.[9] Mary Jane died in Canterbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, on 28 Jun 1906; she was 83.[10] Buried in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Methuen, Essex County, Massachusetts.

On 26 Jun 1850 Mary Jane Merrill married Eliphalet Gale, perhaps in, Concord, Merrimack County, New Hampshire.[11]

63. Margaret Clark. Born on 28 Apr 1798 in Londonderry, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.[12] Margaret died in Canterbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, on 7 Nov 1875 at the age of 77[13] and was buried in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Methuen, Essex County, Massachusetts.

On 2 Jul 1822 Margaret Clark married Jonathan Merrill in Londonderry, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.

127. Mary Quimby.[14] Born about 1778. Her death date is unknown at this time.

Mary Quimby married James Clark about 1798.[15]


[1] Birth Certificate of Josephine Emma Perkins.
[2] State of Maine certificate of death, Josephine Woodward, 4 January 1993, York, Maine; and Obituary of Josephine Woodward, Concord Monitor, Concord, New Hampshire, 4 January 1993, p. B2. Although I was not present at the time of her death, I was present at her memorial service arranged by the Bennett Funeral Home, 209 N. Main St., Concord, New Hampshire.
[3] New Hampshire Marriage Records.” Marriage certificate of Oscar Herman Woodward Jr. and Josephine Emma Perkins.
[4] James Otis Lyford, History of the Town of Canterbury, New Hampshire, 1727-1912, 2 volumes (Concord, New Hampshire: The Rumford Press, 1912), II: 47. Hereinafter cited as History of the Town of Canterbury.
[5] Death Certificate of Alice M. Perkins, file #8303448, 10 June 1983, New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Statistics, Hazen Road, Concord, New Hampshire
[6] History of the Town of Canterbury, II: 156; and  “Death Record of Margaret Elizabeth Brown, recorded 20 January 1919, Box 500, New Hampshire Vital Statistics, Hazen Road, Concord, New Hampshire.
[7] Death Record of Margaret Elizabeth Brown, recorded 20 January 1919, Box 500, New Hampshire Vital Statistics, Hazen Road, Concord, New Hampshire.
[8] History of the Town of Canterbury, II: 46; Charles Henry Chandler, The History of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, 1735-1914 with Genealogical Records of the Principal Families (Fitchburg, Massachusetts: Sentinel Printing Company, 1914), 276; “New Hampshire Bride Index, Record Info: Family History Library microfilm: #0,975,694; Canterbury, New Hampshire, Records of Marriages, Births, and Deaths, 1719-1931, Canterbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Family History Library microfilm #2,259,048, item 3, 106-107.
[9] Vital Records of Methuen, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849, Topsfield, Massachusetts: Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, 1909, 84; and History of the Town of Canterbury, II: 242.
[10] History of the Town of Canterbury, II: 156; and “New Hampshire Death Records, 1901-1948,” FamilySearch database, FamilySearch.org, viewed 4 February, 2011.
[11] History of the Town of Canterbury, II: 156.
[12] History of the Town of Canterbury, II: 242.
[13]  Commonwealth of Massachusetts copy of record of death, Margaret C. Merrill, No. 93765, February 1983, Boston, Massachusetts; and History of the Town of Canterbury, 242.
[14] History of the Town of Canterbury.
[15] History of the Town of Canterbury.

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Nov 20

Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgivings during my childhood were generally spent with relatives on my Mom’s side of the family. “Over the River and through the Woods” was commonly sung as we made our way from Walpole to Chichester.  We generally dined at the large farm house of Ben and Eleanor Shaw on Bear Hill in Chichester. Ellen (Rowell) Shaw was  the niece of Nana Perkins (Alice M Brown Perkins). I always thought that there was such a crowd of people around the large dinning room table: Ben & Eleanor and their two children Carl and Pat (much older than Peter and I), Aunt Bell (Eleanor’s mother and sister-in-law of Nana Perkins), Nana Perkins, Mom & Dad, Peter, Richard, and I and later our younger sister, Gale). On rare occasion, Aunt Helen (Mom’s sister) and her son Jerome would join us.

The fare was nearly always the same: a huge turkey, giblet dressing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, gravy, squash, and boiled onions. Once or twice lobster was added to the table, particularly for Nana Perkins. Dessert was always the traditional apple, pumpkin, and pecan pies. Eleanor made the best pies!

As young adults the tradition of place and people changed (not fare). There were not new family members consisting of the spouses the four Woodward siblings. We seemed to alternate years with the families of our spouses and it was more difficult, particularly after we started having children. It was not uncommon in those days for as many as twenty four family members around my table (tables that is). It was always a special time.

But then my second husband and I moved to Georgia and it was not easy getting back to New England for Thanksgiving with my family. So many Thanksgivings here in Georgia were spent with some of Charles friends and co-workers until his health began to decline. Even when we did dine with others, I just had to cook a Thanksgiving meal at home.

Recently I was invited to join other “orphans,” as we called ourselves – some of the staff of the National Archives  who had no family or none near enough to be able to share the day. I’m looking forward to another delightful Thanksgiving dinner with wonderful friends!  This year my brother Richard will be with us.

I’m thankful everyday for my many blessings, but always feel extra gratitude this time of year for my family and friends. I love Thanksgiving Day!

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Nov 04

Parents of Homer Lathe Perkins

Although we have no contemporary record to provide evidence that Emma A. Jenkins was the mother of Homer Lathe Perkins nor a marriage record for John Butters Perkins and Emma A. Jenkins, we have the following evidence of their marriage.

  • Tombstone of John Butters Perkins and Emma A., his wife[1]
  • 1880 U.S. Census indicates that Emily A. is the wife of John B Perkins.[2]
  • 1900 U.S. Census: indicates that Emma A. is the wife of John B. Perkins, that Emma had given birth to four children, three of whom were still living[3] [Louisa B. died 31 July 1885.[4] John B. and Emma A. Perkins had both been married for 32 years. There were three children in the household: Etta Belle, daughter, born November 1869; Charles B., son, born June 1872; and Homer L., son, born Jun 1876.
  • Marriage of Etta B. Perkins and George W. Rowell states that Etta Belle’s parents were John B. Perkins and Emma Jenkins.[5]
  • Birth of Charles B. Perkins, born 13 June 1872, filed 28 February 1928,[6] show parents as John B. Perkins and Emma A. Jenkins.
  • Birth of Louisa B. Perkins, born 6 July 1875, filed 28 February 1925,[7] show parents as John B. Perkins and Emma A. Jenkins

Although much of the evidence is not “close” to the time of the event, I do believe that we have a strong argument indicating that the parents of Homer Lathe Perkins, were John B. Perkins and Emma Jenkins.



[1] Triple headstone for John B. Perkins; Emma A., his wife; and Louise B. Perkins, Mount Hope Cemetery, Loudon, Merrimack County, New Hampshire (behind the 1st Congregational Church in Loudon Village) photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger, September 1991.

[2] 1880 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Loudon, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Enumeration District 184, sheet 4D, dwelling 40, family 42, line 34; National Archives micropublication T9, reel 766; viewed on Ancestry.com 3 November 2011.

[3] 1890 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Loudon, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, page 150, Enumeration District 169, sheet 7A, dwelling 163, family 163, line 18; National Archives micropublication T623, reel 949; viewed at the National Archives-Southeast Region, East Point, Georgia.

[4] Triple headstone for John B. Perkins; Emma A., his wife; and Louise B. Perkins, Mount Hope Cemetery, Loudon, Merrimack County, New Hampshire (behind the 1st Congregational Church in Loudon Village) photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger, September 1991.

[5] State of New Hampshire marriage record of Etta Belle Perkins & George Rowell; FamilySearch database “New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947, image 505; viewed 3 November 2011 [in FamilySearch.org, the indexed refers to George U. Powell and Ella P. Perkins].

[6] State of New Hampshire birth record of Charles B. Perkins; FamilySearch database “New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900, image 2602; viewed 4 November 2011. It should be noted that this is a derivate document filed some fifty-two years after his birth.

[7] State of New Hampshire birth record of Louisa B. Perkins; FamilySearch database “New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900, image 2602; viewed 4 November 2011.  It should be noted that this is a derivate document filed some fifty years after her birth.

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Nov 02

Wordless Wednesday: Daughter & Father, about 1930

Josephine and her Dad, Homer Lathe Perkins

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Oct 26

Wordless Wednesday: Hampton Beach 1922

Joesphine Emma Perkins, 1922

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