Category Archive: Massachusetts

Aug 20

52 Ancestors, Week #33: John Prescott of Yorkshire, England, Barbados, Watertown, & Lancaster

John Prescott, one of my eightth great grandfathers, immigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony about 1640 from Halifax, Yorkshire, England, by way of Barbados.[1] John resided a short time in Watertown before becoming one of the earliest settlers of what became known as Lancaster.

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John Prescott. Probably born in Lancashire, England. He married, 11 April 1629, in Halifax Parish of Yorkshire, England, Mary Platts of Yorkshire.[2] John died in Lancaster in 1681 (nuncupative will proved 20 December 1681).[3] Weis states that John Prescott “was name in his father’s [Ralph Prescott] will, 1608; made his own will 1673, proved 4 April 1682; died at Lancaster, Massachusetts, December 1681, and was buried in the Old Settlers’ Burial Field there.”[4]

John Prescott and Mary Platts had eight known children.[5]

i.      Mary Prescott. Baptized 24 February 1630 at Sowerby in the parish of Halifax in Yorkshire, England; married 1648, Thomas Sawyer of Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

ii.      Martha Prescott. Baptized 11 March 1632 at Sowerby; married, 1654,  John Rugg;[6] and died 24 January 1656 in Lancaster. John married, second, Martha’s sister, Hannah Prescott.

iii.      John Prescott. Baptized 1 April 1635 at Sowerby; and married, in Lancaster, 11 November 1668, a woman named Sarah [probably Sarah Heyward];

iv.      Sarah Prescott. Baptized 1637 at Sowerby; and married, first, 2nd day of the 6th month, 1658 Richard Wheeler of Lancaster; [7] and married, second Mr. Rice.

v.      Hannah Prescott. Baptized 1639; married, first, 2 August 1658, Richard Wheeler; married 2nd, 4 May 1660, John Rugg widower of her sister, Martha Prescott; and Hannah died during the massacre of 11 September 1697. [8]

vi.      Lydia Prescott. Born 15 August 1641 at Watertown, Massachusetts Bay Colony; married, first, 28 May 1658, Jonas Fairbanks of Lancaster; and married, second, Elias Barron following the death of Jonas (killed by Indians during the massacre in February 1676).

vii.      Jonathan Prescott. Born about 1643, perhaps in Barbados; married four times; died 5 December 1721. See blog 52 Ancestors, Week 32: Jonathan Prescott.

viii.      Jonas Prescott; Born in June 1648 at Lancaster; and married 14 December 1672, Mary Loker. Jonas settled and raised his family in Groton. Jonas and Mary had twelve known children: Mary, Elizabeth, Jonas, Nathaniel, Dorothy, James, Sarah, Abigail, Martha, Susannah, Deborah, and Benjamin.

Future Research

Study the deeds of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, to study land ownership of the Prescott families. It should be noted that the town of Lancaster, Massachusetts, was “Settled 1643. In 1653 the General Court ordered that Nashaway be called Prescott, that it be called West Towne, and finally that it be called Lancaster.”[9] Lancaster is currently in Worcester County, but was originally part of Middlesex County. Lancaster has several daughter towns: Berlin, Bolton, Clinton, Harvard, Lancaster, Leominster, Shrewsbury, and Sterling.[10]

Since Weis states, “John Prescott “was named in his father’s [Ralph Prescott] will, 1608; made his own will 1673, proved 4 April 1682; died at Lancaster, Massachusetts, December 1681, and was buried in the Old Settlers’ Burial Field there,”[11] it would be prudent to search for copies of those particular documents.

Study Middlesex County Probate Records to locate additional family evidence.

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Notes

[1] William Prescott, The Prescott Memorial: Or a Genealogical Memoir of the Prescott Families in America (Boston: Henry W. Dutton & Son, 1870), 41–44 (hereinafter cited as The Prescott Memorial).

[2] Frederick Lewis Weis, Eight Lines of Descent of John Prescott, Founder of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1645, From Alfred the Great, King of England, 871901 (Dublin, New Hampshire: n.p., 1957), 28 (hereinafter cited as Eight Lines of Descent of John Prescott).

[3] Henry S. Nourse, Birth, Marriage and Death Register, Church Records and Epitaphs of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643-1850 (Lancaster, Massachusetts: n.p., 1890), 20.

[4] Eight Lines of Descent of John Prescott, 28.

[5] The Prescott Memorial, 46. John and Mary may have had a son called Joseph about 1846/6, but according to William Prescott, Joseph has not be convincingly documented.

[6] Henry S. Nourse, editor, The Early Records of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643–1725 (1884 Reprint, Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc., 1993), 320 (hereinafter cited as Early Records of Lancaster).

[7] Early Records of Lancaster, 320.

[8] Early Records of Lancaster, 326.

[9] New England Historic Genealogical Society, Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research, 5th edition edited by Michael J. Leclerc (Boston: The Society, 2012), 211 (hereinafter cited as Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research).

[10] Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research, 211.

[11] Eight Lines of Descent of John Prescott, 28.

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Aug 20

52 Ancestors, Week #32: Jonathan Prescott of Lancaster & Concord, Massachusetts

Jonathan Prescott was one of my seventh great grandfathers was the son of my immigrant ancestor John Prescott and Mary Platts. Capt. Jonathan Prescott was a resident of Lancaster, Massachusetts, and later a resident of Concord, Middlesex County. He was a militia captain

Jonathan Prescott. Birth date and place unknown, but he may have been born in Watertown about 1643;[1] married first, 3 June 1670, a woman called Dorothy on the 3rd day of the 6th month, 1670 (she died in 1674[2]);[3] married, second Elizabeth Hoar of Concord, 23 December 1675;[4] married, third, Mrs. Rebecca (Wheeler) Bulkley, widow of Peter Bulkley, Jr., 18 December 1689;[5] married, fourth, Ruth Brown on 18 August 1718;[6] and died, 5 December 1721.[7]

Jonathan Prescott and Dorothy had three known children.[8]

i.        A child. Born 2 May 1671; [9] and died the same day (2nd day of the 3rd month 1671).[10]

ii.        Jonathan Prescott. Born 10th day of the 2nd month, 1672; [11] died 4th day of the 3rd Month, 1671.[12]

iii.        Samuel Prescott. Born 1674; married Esther Wheeler, 5 May 1698; and died 25 July 1758.

Jonathan Prescott and Elizabeth Hoar, his second wife, and six known children.[13]

iv.        Jonathan Prescott (Dr.). Born 5 April 1677; married Rebecca Bulkley, 9 July 1701; died 28 October 1729 in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. For additional information about this family, please see 52 Ancestors, Week #31: Dr. Jonathan Prescott

v.        Elizabeth Prescott. Born 27 September 1678; married in Concord, 1 July 1696, John Fowle of Woburn. The couple was married by Justice Minott.[14]

vi.        Dorothy Prescott.  Born 31 March 1681;[15] married 14 July 1702, Edward Bulkeley. The couple resided in Weathersfield, Connecticut in 1748.

vii.        John Prescott. Born 13 May 1683; [16] died 28 January 1706.

viii.        Mary Prescott. Born 14 August 1685;[17] married, 16 April 1702, John Miles.

ix.        Benjamin Prescott (Rev.). Born 16 September 1687;[18] graduated at Harvard College in 1709; ordained at Salem Village (Danvers), 23 September 1713; died 28 May 1777.[19] He married three times. He married first, 20 October 1715; Elizabeth, daughter of John Higginson of Salem; married, second, 15 July 1732, Mercy, daughter of Rev. Henry Gibbs of Watertown; and, third, 6 October 1748, widow Mary (Pepperell) Frost Coleman (sister of Sir William Pepperell).

Future Research

Study the deeds of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, to study land ownership of the Prescott families.

Study Middlesex County Probate Records to locate additional family evidence.

 

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Notes

[1] William Prescott, The Prescott Memorial: Or a Genealogical Memoir of the Prescott Families in America (Boston: Henry W. Dutton & Son, 1870), 42 (hereinafter cited as The Prescott Memorial).

[2] Henry S. Nourse, editor, The Early Records of Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1643–1725 (1884 Reprint, Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc., 1993), 233 (hereinafter cited as Early Records of Lancaster).

[3] Early Records of Lancaster, 231.

[4] The Prescott Memorial, 42.

[5] The Prescott Memorial, 42; and Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 52.

[6] The Prescott Memorial, 42.

[7] The Prescott Memorial, 42, and Early Records of Lancaster, 279.

[8] The Prescott Memorial, 46.

[9] The Prescott Memorial, 46.

[10] Early Records of Lancaster, 323.

[11] Early Records of Lancaster, 317.

[12] Early Records of Lancaster, 323.

[13] The Prescott Memorial, 46–47.

[14] Concord, Massachusetts, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 16351850, 1891 Reprint (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Society, 1986), 42 (hereinafter cited as Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths);

[15] Born the 31st day of the 3rd month, 1681, Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 25.

[16] Born the 13th  day of the 5th month, 1683, Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 26.

[17] Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 28.

[18] Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 48.

[19] Shattuck, Lemuel, History of the Town of Concord; Middlesex County, Massachusetts, from Its Earliest Settlement to 1832; and of the Adjoining Towns, Bedford, Acton, Lincoln, and Carlisle (Boston: Russell, Odiorne, and Company, 1835), 245 (hereinafter cited as History of the Town of Concord).

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Aug 20

52 Ancestors, Week #31: Dr. Jonathan Prescott

Doctor Jonathan Prescott, one of my sixth great grandfathers, resided in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, where he was a physician.

South_91C36A_edJonathan Prescott. Born 5 April 1677, son of Jonathan Prescott and his second wife, Elizabeth Hoar;[1] married 9 July 1701 Rebecca Bulkley, daughter of Peter Bulkley; and he died, 28 October 1729 in Concord.[2] He was buried in the “South Burying Place” of Concord. [3]

Jonathan Prescott and Rebecca had eleven known children.[4]

i.      Jonathan Prescott. Born 3 June 1702; and married a woman named Mary.

ii.      Rebecca Prescott. Born 14 August 1704.

iii.      John Prescott (Dr.). Born 8 May 1707; graduated from Harvard College in 1727; and married Ann Lynde. John Prescott was a physician in Concord and died there in February, 1775.[5] He had five known children.

iv.      Peter Prescott. Born 17 April 1709; graduated from Harvard College in 1730 where he studied law; married a woman named Elizabeth in 1746/7; and died in 1784 at the age of 75.

v.      Charles Prescott (Col.). Born 15 august 1711; married, about 1736; Elizabeth Barrett; died 2 February 1779.

vi.      Elizabeth Prescott. Born 2 December 1713; and married, 24 June 1731; Rev. David Hall.

vii.        Dorothy Prescott. Born 13 May 1716; and died 5 July 1784.

viii.        Abel Prescott (Dr.). Born 7 April 1718; married, first, Abigail Brigham; married, second, 12 June 1775, Mrs. Mary Beaton; and died 26 October 1805, of mortification of the foot. For more about this family please see my blog 52 Ancestors, Week #30.

ix.        Mary Prescott. Born 3 July 1720.

x.        Lucia Prescott. Born 25 August 1723; and died 20 April 1725.

xi.        Benjamin Prescott. Born about 1724/5/ and was killed during the French and Indian War in May, 1745 while on an expedition.

Future Research

A list of deaths in French Prison Camps, 1757–1758 indicates that a Jonathan Prescott died while in France.[6] I need to determine whether this is the eldest son of Jonathan and Rebecca Prescott.

Study the deeds of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, to study land ownership of the Prescott families.

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Notes

[1] William Prescott, The Prescott Memorial: Or a Genealogical Memoir of the Prescott Families in America (Boston: Henry W. Dutton & Son, 1870), 46 (hereinafter cited as The Prescott Memorial).

[2] The Prescott Memorial, 46.

[3] Tomb of Major Jonathan Prescott, South Burial Ground, Concord, Massachusetts, viewed and photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger, September 1991.

[4] The Prescott Memorial, 50–51.

[5] Lemuel Shattuck, History of the Town of Concord; Middlesex County, Massachusetts, from Its Earliest Settlement to 1832; and of the Adjoining Towns, Bedford, Acton, Lincoln, and Carlisle (Boston: Russell, Odiorne, and Company, 1835), 245.

[6] Frederick W. Wead, Esq., “Deaths in French Prison Camps, 1757–58,” The American Genealogist 25 :157.

 

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Aug 17

52 Ancestors, Week #30: Dr. Abel Prescott of Concord, Massachusetts

Dr. Abel Prescott was one of my fifth great grandfathers. The family resided in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, and greatly affected by the American Revolutionary War. At least two of Abel Prescott’s sons were directly involved in military actives of the Revolutionary War—Abel Prescott and Dr. Samuel Prescott.

At least two of Abel’s sons followed in his footsteps and became physicians—Dr. Samuel Prescott, and Dr. Benjamin Prescott.

Abel Prescott. Born 7 April 1718, son of Dr. Jonathan Prescott and Rebecca Bulkley; married, first, Abigail Brigham; married, second Mrs. Mary Beaton on 12 June 1775; and died 22 October 1805 of mortification of the foot.[1]

Abel Prescott and Abigail Brigham had eight known children.[2]

i.      John Prescott. See 52 Ancestors, Week #29, John Prescott

ii.      Benjamin (Dr.) Prescott. Born 4 April 1745;married Dorothy Wheeler in November 1768; [3] and died of paralysis 23 August 1830.[4] Wife, Dorothy who died 1 November 1829, preceded Dr. Prescott in death.[5] The couple had two known children: Benjamin and William.[6] He was a surgeon in Concord.

iii.      Abigail Prescott. Born 12 June 1747; married 25 September 1764, Ephraim Minot;[7] and died from lung fever, 27 February 1825.[8] The Minot’s had five known children: Abel, Abigail, George, Mary, and Laura.[9]

iv.      Abel Prescott. Born 12 April 1749; and died of dysentery, 3 September 1775. [10] Abel was wounded in the side by British fire on 19 April 1775. [11]

v.      Samuel (Dr.) Prescott. Born 19 August 1751. [12]

William Prescott relates the following story:[13]

“On his return from Lexington, in the night previous to the 19th of April, 1775, where he had spent the evening in paying his addresses to the daughter of a Mr. Mulliken, he soon overtook Paul Revere and Wm. Dawes on their way to Concord to alarm the people and apprise them of the intended expedition of the British soldiers upon Concord. When the three had arrived near Hartwell’s tavern in the lower bounds of Lincoln, they were attacked by four British officers of a scouting party sent out the preceding evening. Revere and Dawes were taken prisoners, Prescott was also attacked and had the reins of his horse’s bridle cut, but he succeeded in making his escape by jumping his horse over the wall; and, taking a circuitous route through Lincoln, he pushed on with the utmost speed to Concord, and gave the alarm of the approach of the British. He was subsequently taken prisoner on board of a privateer, and carried into Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he died in prison.”

     vi.      Dorothy Prescott. Born 27 July 1753;[14] and died 28 March 1754.[15]

vii.      Jonathan Prescott. Born 11 June 1755 and died, unmarried, 22 August 1810.[16]

viii.      Lucy Prescott. Born 24 April 1757;[17] married Jonathan Fay 6 December 1776; and died 10 October 1792 at the age of 34.[18] The Fays settled in Concord where they raised six children: Samuel, Lucy, Joanna, Sophia, Maria, and Abigail.[19]

Federal Census Records

The family of Dr. Abel Prescott was enumerated in Concord in 1790 with one male of sixteen years and upwards, one female, and one slave.[20]

In 1800, Abel was enumerated in Concord with a household of five—one male age ten through fifteen one male age sixteen through twenty-five; one male over forty-five [Abel]; one female age sixteen through twenty-five, and one female over forty-five [Abigail].[21]

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Notes

[1] Concord, Massachusetts, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 16351850, 1891 Reprint (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Society, 1986), 327 (hereinafter cited as Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths); and Alfred Sereno Hudson, The History of Concord, Massachusetts, Volume I: Colonial Concord (Concord, Massachusetts: The Erudite Press, 1904), 179.

[2] William Prescott, The Prescott Memorial: Or a Genealogical Memoir of the Prescott Families in America (Boston: Henry W. Dutton & Son, 1870), 66–67 (hereinafter cited as The Prescott Memorial).

[3] The Prescott Memorial, 66.

[4] Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 346.

[5] The Prescott Memorial, 66; and Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 346.

[6] The Prescott Memorial, 88.

[7] Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 215.

[8] Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 342; and The Prescott Memorial, 66.

[9] The Prescott Memorial:, 88.

[10] The Prescott Memorial, 66.

[11] The Prescott Memorial, 66.

[12] The Prescott Memorial, 66.

[13] The Prescott Memorial, 66.

[14]  Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, xx; and The Prescott Memorial, 66

[15] Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 436.

[16] The Prescott Memorial, 66.

[17] The Prescott Memorial, 66.

[18] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 421.

[19] The Prescott Memorial, 66, and 88–89.

[20] 1790 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, page 158; National Archives microfilm M637, reel 4; viewed on Ancestry.com, 5 August 2005. This record is in rough alphabetical order according to the surname of the head of house, and should be considered a derivative record and not an original.

[21] 1800 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, page 1283 [stamped #4]; National Archives M32, reel 17; viewed at Ancestry.com, 5 August 2005.

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Aug 17

52 Ancestors, Week #29: John Prescott of Concord, Massachusetts.

John Prescott was one of my fourth great grandfathers. He was of age to have served in the Revolutionary War with his brothers, Samuel and Abel. However, there were several John Prescotts that were involved during that conflict and more work needs to be done to sort them into their respective Prescott families.

John Prescott. Born on 23 Apr 1743; married Grace Potter, 22 January 1765, in Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts;[1] died in Concord, 12 March 1821;[2] and was buried in South Burying Place, Concord.

Grace Potter, daughter of Samuel Potter and Elizabeth [–?–], was born, 10 August 1746 in Concord; and she died in Concord, 10 March 1827.[3]

John Prescott and Grace Potter had six known children all of whom were born in Concord, Massachusetts.[4]

i.      Jonathan Prescott. Born, 4 April 1767;[5] married Rebecca Meriam, 13 August 1789, in Concord; died on 13 April 1800; and was buried in South Burying Place in Concord.

ii.      Samuel Potter Prescott. Born, 19 March 1769.[6] – see blog 52 Ancestors, Week #28

iii.      John Prescott. Born, 27 September 1770;[7] and died from a small pox inoculation, October 1792.[8]

iv.      Abigail Prescott. Born, 30 September 1771.[9]

v.      Abel Prescott. Born, 23 February 1773;[10] married Mary Perry, in Westford, Middlesex County, 7 August 1796;[11] and died in Concord, 19 December 1821.

vi.      Grace Prescott. Born, 24 Jul 1774.[12]

Federal Census Records

The family of John Prescott was enumerated in Concord in 1790 with four males of sixteen years and upwards (his eldest son, Jonathan was married and residing away from his father’s home), and three females.[13]

In 1800, the John and his wife were residing in Concord with one female between the ages of twenty-six and forty-four.[14]

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Notes

[1] Concord, Massachusetts, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635–1850, 1891 Reprint (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Society, 1986), 221 (hereinafter cited as Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths).

[2] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 339.

[3] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 344.

[4] William Prescott, The Prescott Memorial: Or a Genealogical Memoir of the Prescott Families in America (Boston: Henry W. Dutton & Son, 1870), 88.

[5] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 244.

[6] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 244.

[7] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 244.

[8] Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 421.

[9] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 244.

[10] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 244.

[11] Concord Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 386.

[12] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 244.

[13] 1790 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, page 158; National Archives microfilm M637, reel 4; viewed on Ancestry.com, 5 August 2005. This record is in rough alphabetical order according to the surname of the head of house, and should be considered a derivative record and not an original.

[14] 1800 U.S. Census, Free Population Schedule, Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, page 1281 [stamped #8]; National Archives M32, reel 17; viewed at Ancestry.com, 5 August 2005.

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Aug 17

52 Ancestors, Week #28: Samuel Potter Prescott

Samuel Potter Prescott was one of my third great grandfathers and I know little about his life style. He would have been a young boy when shots were fired in Lexington and Concord at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. Samuel’s uncle and perhaps namesake, Dr. Samuel Prescott rode with Paul Revere and William Dawes on their way to Concord to warn the colonists that the British were coming.

Samuel Potter Prescott. Born 19 March 1769, Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, son of John Prescott and Grace Potter;[1] married Elizabeth Brown, 7 June 1798;[2]  died in Concord, on 2 September 1820;[3] buried in Concord at the South Burying Ground.[4]

Elizabeth was born in Concord, 28 February 1779, daughter of Lieutenant Samuel and Elizabeth (Brown) Brown;[5] died on 6 April 1863 in Ipswich, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire;[6] and was buried there in Central Cemetery.[7]

Following Samuel’s death Elizabeth married, second, Asa Raymond. She married, third, Rev. David Goddard on 30 June 1846 in New Ipswich.[8] Rev. Goddard died 4 July 1854.[9]

They had the following seven children, all born in Concord:[10]

i.      Nathan Prescott. Born on 29 November 1798;[11] and married, 15 February 1825, Catherine Kendall.

Catherine, daughter of Asa Kendall, was born in April 1801.

ii.      Lucy Brown Prescott. Born on 31 March 1801;[12]  married Joseph C. Green, 14 March 1820; died in Turner, Androscoggin County, Maine, 29 September 1877; and was buried in North Turner Cemetery.[13]

Mr. Green was born 28 February 1799, and died 9 January 1844 in Turner, Maine.

iii.      Sophronia Prescott. Born on 11 December 1802; [14] married, 13 April 1826, Hermon Brown; died in Boxborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, on 21 April 1894;[15] and was buried in Central Cemetery in New Ipswich.[16]  Hermon and Sophronia had nine children.

For additional information on Hermon Brown please see 52 Ancestors, week 10 at http://www.musingsbylinda.com/MyFamily/?p=690).

iv.      Almira Prescott. Born on 26 September 1805;[17] married, 3 June 1830, Stephen Farrer.12 Steven was born 24 May 1802.13

v.      Elizabeth Prescott. Born on 15 January 1808;[18] and married, 5 May 1831  Edmund Brown.

Edmund, son of Josiah Brown & Milicent Wright,[19]  was born 18 July 1805 in Whitingham, Windham County, Vermont and died in Bennington, Bennington County, Vermont, on 11 October 1866.[20]

vi.      Sarah Prescott. Born on 25 February 1810; [21] married, 13 March 1834, Abner Marion; [22]   and died 18 July 1863.

Abner was born on 18 December 1809 and died 2 January 1858.[23]

vii.      Humphrey Prescott. Born on 26 February 1814;[24] married, first, Martha Marion, daughter of John Cutler Marion on 29 November 1838;[25] died in 10 August 1892, in Carlisle, Middlesex County, Massachusetts;[26] and was buried in the Green Cemetery in Carlisle.[27]

Martha died on 11 Jul 1849.[28] In 1850 Humphrey married, second, Mary Taylor, daughter of Abel and Sarrah Taylor.[29]

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Notes

[1] Concord, Massachusetts, Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1635–1850, 1891 Reprint (Boston: New England Historic and Genealogical Society, 1986), 244 (hereinafter cited as Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths.) He is called Potter Prescott in the birth register; and William Prescott, The Prescott Memorial: Or a Genealogical Memoir of the Prescott Families in America (Boston: Henry W. Dutton & Son, 1870), 88 (hereinafter cited as Prescott, The Prescott Memorial).

[2] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 362; The Prescott Memorial, 88.

[3] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 338; and The Prescott Memorial, 88.

[4] Tombstone of Mr. Samuel P. Prescott, South Burial Ground, Concord, Massachusetts, viewed August 1979 by Linda Lorusso (now Linda Geiger).

[5] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 247.

[6] Potter, Charles Edward, editor, 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 Potter, Some Old Families of Concord); and New Ipswich Cemetery Records, page 109; Family History Center microfilm # 0015568 item 4.

[7] New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord, New Hampshire, Cemetery Inscriptions, Ipswich, New Hampshire, Family History Library microfilm 15,568, item 4, 109.

[8] “New Ipswich, New Hampshire, Vital Records,” New Ipswich, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, n.p.: Typescript, n.d., Family History Library microfilm 0,015,568, 94.

[9] New Ipswich Cemetery Records, page 109; Family History Center microfilm # 0015568 item 4.

[10] William Prescott, The Prescott Memorial: Or a Genealogical Memoir of the Prescott Families in America (Boston: Henry W. Dutton & Son, 1870), 120. Hereinafter cited as Prescott, The Prescott Memorial.

[11] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 271.

[12] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 275.

[13] Memorial for Lucy Brown Prescott Green, created by “slambowes” 23 June 2013, FindAGrave.com, viewed 14 July 2014.

[14] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 277.

[15] Certificate of Death of Sophronia Brown, # 93766, filed 31 December 1894, Boxborough, Massachusetts.

[16] Tombstone of Hermon Brown and his wife Sophronia, viewed at Central Cemetery in New Ipswich, New Hampshire, August 1979 by Linda Lorusso (now Linda Geiger).

[17] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 281.

[18] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 284.

[19] 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), 271. Hereinafter cited as Chandler, History of New Ipswich.

[20] The Prescott Memorial, 120.

[21] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 286.

[22] The Prescott Memorial, 120.

[23] The Prescott Memorial, 120.

[24] Concord Births, Marriages and Deaths, 290.

[25] The Prescott Memorial, 120.

[26] Massachusetts Vital Records 1841–1910, Volume 428:171; viewed on AmericanAncestor.org, July 14, 2014; and The Prescott Memorial, 120.

[27] Tombstone of Humphrey Prescott as created by Crystal, 7 October 2012, FindAGrave.com, viewed July 14, 2014.

[28] The Prescott Memorial, 120.

[29] Massachusetts Vital Records 1841–1910, Volume 46: 46; viewed on AmericanAncestor.org, July 14, 2014; and The Prescott Memorial, 120.

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Jul 11

52 Ancestors, Week #27: Richard Adams of Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts

Richard Admas and Sarah Noyes were the parents of Revolutionary War Veteran Enoch Adams, subject of 52 Ancestors, Week #26

RICHARD ADAMS, son of RICHARD ADAMS and SUSANNA PIKE, was born on 2 November 1726 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts,[1] and died in there on 6 November 1788.[2]

Richard married SARAH NOYES, daughter of MOSES NOYES and HANNAH SMITH, on 21 January1755 in Newbury.[3] Sarah was born in January1731 in Newbury,[4] and died there, Sarah on 31 January1821, at the age of eighty-nine.[5]

Richard was a farmer and a resident of Newburyport, Essex County.[6]

Richard Adams and Sarah Noyes had the following children:

i.            ENOCH ADAMS, born on 29 November 1755 in Newbury.[7]  Enoch died in Salisbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, on 27 February 1842.[8]
On 11 May 1781 Enoch married ELIZABETH RUSSELL in Newbury.[9] Elizabeth, born on 27 June 1759,died in August 1802.[10]

ii.            PAUL ADAMS, born on 12 Apr 1758 in Newbury.[11] Paul died in Newbury, on 9 September1833. [12]
On 30 Apr 1785 when Paul was 27, he first married HANNAH ILSLEY, daughter of THOMAS ILSLEY & HANNAH JEWETT, in Newbury.[13] Hannah was born on 27 July 1765 in Newbury.[14]
On 28 February 1803 Paul married, second, HANNAH G. KENISTON, daughter of MOSES KENISTON & DOLLY [–?–], in Newbury.[15] Hannah died in Newbury, on 25 August 1844.[16]

According to Andrew Adams, Paul was a farmer, blacksmith, miller and Quaker.[17]

        iii.            DANIEL ADAMS, born on 15 November 1760 in Newbury.[18] Daniel died in Newbury, on 2 August 1846.[19]
On 26 November 1788 Daniel married, first, EDNA NOYES, daughter of MOSES NOYES & HANNAH SMITH, in Newbury.[20]  Edna was born on 17 November 1736 in Newbury. [21]
On 18 January1800 Daniel married, second, SARAH PIERCE in Newbury. [22] Sarah was born about 1761 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts and died in Newbury, on 1 January1849.[23]
Daniel, a resident of Newbury, was a “farmer and cordwainer, and became a miller about 1789.” [24]

                    iv.            SARAH ADAMS, born on 2 May 1763 in Newbury.[25]
On 26 December 1799 Sarah married SAMUEL BLAKE in Newbury.[26]

v.            SIMEON ADAMS, born on 27 August 1765 in Newbury. [27]
On 13 Apr 1790 Simeon married SALLY LITTLE in Newbury. [28] Sally, daughter of Dr. Stephen Little of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, died 20 February 1837. [29]
Daniel was a soldier at the time of the Shay rebellion. He moved to Limerick, Maine, where he farmed, was a friend of Temperance,  and a lover and performer of music. [30]

vi.            HANNAH ADAMS, born on 28 March 1768 in Newbury.[31]

On 17 February 1795 Hannah married, first, PAUL THORLA in Newbury. [32] Hannah married, second, GEORGE ADAMS, son of JOHN ADAMS and ELIZABETH THURLOW, 18 December 1838. [33]

vii.            ELIZABETH ADAMS, born on 17 Apr 1770 in Newbury. [34]  Elizabeth died in Newbury, on 29 March 1838. [35]
On 27 October 1792 Elizabeth married GEORGE ADAMS, son of JOHN ADAMS & ELIZABETH THURLA, in Newbury. [36] George was born on 23 September1768 in Newbury. [37] George married, second, his widowed sister-in-law Hannah Adams. [38]

viii.            ASA ADAMS, born on 14 October 1772 in Newbury. [39]  Asa died in Newbury, on 16 May 1801.[40]
On 1 July 1795 Asa married DOROTHY MORSE in Newbury.[41] Dorothy, daughter of ELIPAHLET MORSE and ANN ROLFE of Bedford, New Hampshire, was born 25 February 1776.[42] Dorothy, often called “Dolly,” died in Newbury, on 26 October 1846. [43]

ix.            EBENEZER ADAMS, born on 19 July 1776 in Newbury. [44] Ebenezer died in Newbury, on 13 December 1848. [45]
On 18 September1798 Ebenezer married EDNA ADAMS in Newbury. [46]  Edna was the daughter of MOSES ADAMS and RUTH PALMER. [47]

Future Research

It is evident that beyond vital statistics, I know little of this family. At the very minimum, I need to conduct the searches in the following records.

  • Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts
  • Deed Records of Essex County
  • Court Records of Essex County

 

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[1] Vital Records of Newbury, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849, 2 volumes (Salem, Massachusetts: The Essex Institute, 1911), I: 18; hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Newbury.

[2] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 536.

[3] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 13.

[4] Vital Records of Newbury,, I: 368.

[5] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 537.

[6] Andrew N. Adams, A Genealogical History of Robert Adams of Newbury, Massachusetts and His Descendants (Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle Company, 1900), 15; hereinafter cited as Adams, Genealogical History of Robert Adams.

[7] Vital Records of Newbury, I: 13.

[8] Affidavit of James Clark, 22 March 1842, Enoch Adams Final Pension  Payment, number 100793, Records of the Accounting Office of the Department of Treasury, Record Group 217, National Archives, Washington, D.C.; and Adams, Genealogical History of Robert Adams, 39.

[9] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 9.

[10] John J. Dearborn, The History of Salisbury, New Hampshire, from Date of Settlement to the Present Time (Manchester, New Hampshire: William E. Moore, 1890), 447,

[11] Vital Records of Newbury, I: 17.

[12] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 536.

[13] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 13.

[14] Vital Records of Newbury, I: 236.

[15] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 13.

[16] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 535.

[17] Adams, Genealogical History of Robert Adams. 39.

[18] Vital Records of Newbury, I: 11.

[19] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 534.

[20] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 8.

[21] Vital Records of Newbury, I: 359.

[22] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 8.

[23] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 537.

[24] Adams, Genealogical History of Robert Adams. 39.

[25] Vital Records of Newbury, I: 19.

[26] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 14.

[27] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 14.

[28] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 14.

[29] Adams, Genealogical History of Robert Adams. 39.

[30] Adams, Genealogical History of Robert Adams. 39.

[31] Vital Records of Newbury, I: 13.

[32] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 10.

[33] Adams, Genealogical History of Robert Adams. 39.

[34] Vital Records of Newbury, I: 12.

[35] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 534.

[36] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 9.

[37] Vital Records of Newbury, I: 13.

[38] Adams, Genealogical History of Robert Adams. 39.

[39] Vital Records of Newbury, I: 10.

[40] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 533.

[41] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 8.

[42] Adams, Genealogical History of Robert Adams. 39.

[43] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 534.

[44] Vital Records of Newbury, I: 12.

[45] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 534.

[46] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 9.

[47] Adams, Genealogical History of Robert Adams. 39.

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Jul 09

52 Ancestors, #26: Enoch Adams, Rev War Veteran

My 4th great grandfather, Enoch Adams, was a Revolutionary War Veteran.

Enoch Adam, a resident of Newbury, Massachusetts, first enlisted for service in the Revolution War in April 1775 for eight months. He re-enlisted five times with the last enlistment in June 1778 for nine months.[1]

ENOCH ADAMS, Born on 29 November 1755 in Newbury.[2] Enoch died in Salisbury, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, on 27 February 1842.[3]

Enoch was married on 11 May 1781 to ELIZABETH RUSSELL in Newbury.[4] Elizabeth was born on 27 June 1759 and died (perhaps in Salisbury) in Aug 1802.[5]

Enoch and Elizabeth had nine children:

i.            RUSSELL ADAMS, baptized on 20 January 1782 at the First Congregational Church in Newbury. [6] Russell died 21 October 1788 in Newbury,[7] and was buried on 22 October 1788 in Newbury.[8]

ii.            RICHARD ADAMS, baptized on 31 August 1783 at the First Congregation Church in Newbury;[9] died in November 1788.[10]

iii.            ELI ADAMS, born on 29 September 1784 in Newbury;[11] baptized on 17 October 1784 at the Frist Congregation Church in Newbury;[12] died on 17 July 1832;[13] and was buried 29 July 1817 in Newbury.[14] Eli married ABIGAIL TRUE in 1824.[15]

iv.            JUDITH ADAMS, born on 2 January 1787 in Newbury;[16] baptized 11 February 1787 at the First Congregational Church in Newbury.[17] Judith died 9 September 1874.[18]

On 21 November 1808 Judith married ENOCH EASTMAN of Boscawen, New Hampshire, in Newbury.[19] Enoch Eastman & Judith resided in Webster, New Hampshire. He died 29 September 1865 at the age of 96 years, 6 months.[20]

v.            RUSSELL ADAMS, born on 12 May 1788.[21] Russell died in Hill, Merrimack County, on 19 November 1859.[22]

Russell married SUSAN FIFIELD, daughter of Obediah P. Fifield, on 11 March 1813  in Salisbury.[23] Susan died on 27 April 1856 in Hill.[24]

vi.            RICHARD ADAMS, born on 29 July 1790 probably in New Hampshire.[25]

On 28 December 1813 Richard married SARAH DUNBAR. [26]

vii.            ELIZABETH ADAMS, born on 3 May 1792 probably in, New Hampshire.[27]

viii.            PHEBE ADAMS, born on 2 July 1795 probably in, New Hampshire. [28]

ix.           DORCAS ADAMS, born on 19 July 1797 in Salisbury, and died in Hill on 10 March 1877.[29] Dorcas was buried in Franklin Cemetery, Franklin, Merrimack County.[30]

On 8 July 1828 Dorcas married DANIEL SAUNDERS WOODWARD, son of Jesse Woodward & Bashabee Stevens, in Salisbury.[31]  Daniel was born 11 June 1804 in Springfield, Sullivan County, New Hampshire.[32] Daniel Saunders died in Hill on 18 January 1892.[33]

 

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Notes:

[1] Revolutionary  War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant application files of Enoch Adams, file S16,593; National Archives microfilm publication M804; viewed and downloaded from Fold3.com, 9 July 2014

[2] Vital Records of Newbury, Massachusetts, to the End of the Year 1849, 2 volumes (Salem, Massachusetts: The Essex Institute, 1911), I: 13; hereinafter cited as Vital Records of Newbury.

[3] Enoch Adams Final Pension Payment, number 100793,” Original, Affidavit of James Clark.

[4] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 9.

[5] John J. Dearborn, The History of Salisbury, New Hampshire, from Date of Settlement to the Present Time (Manchester, New Hampshire: William E. Moore, 1890), 447; Hereinafter cited as Dearborn, History of Salisbury.

[6] Vital Records of Newbury, I: 18.

[7] Dearborn, History of Salisbury. 447; and Andrew N. Adams, A Genealogical History of Robert Adams of Newbury, Massachusetts and His Descendants (Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle Company, 1900), 80. Hereinafter cited as Adams, Genealogical History of Robert Adams.

[8] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 536 (data from private Record, “Short’s sexton’s book, now in possession of Miss Ruth Short.[1911]).

[9] Vital Records of Newbury, I: 18.

[10] Dearborn, History of Salisbury, 447.

[11] Dearborn, History of Salisbury, 447.

[12] Vital Records of Newbury, I: 12.

[13] Dearborn, History of Salisbury, 447.

[14] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 534 (data from private Record, “Short’s sexton’s book, now in possession of Miss Ruth Short.[1911]); and Adams, Genealogical History of Robert Adams, 80.

[15] Adams, Genealogical History of Robert Adams, 80.

[16] Dearborn, History of Salisbury, 447.

[17] Vital Records of Newbury, I: 15

[18] Adams, Genealogical History of Robert Adams, 80.

[19] Vital Records of Newbury, II: 12.

[20] Adams, Genealogical History of Robert Adams, 80.

[21] Dearborn, History of Salisbury, 447.

[22] Dearborn, History of Salisbury, 447.

[23] Town Records, Marriages, Births, and Deaths, 1797-1846, page 6, Salisbury, New Hampshire, Family History Library, microfilm 2,224,660.

[24] Dearborn, History of Salisbury, 447.

[25] Dearborn, History of Salisbury, 447.

[26] Dearborn, History of Salisbury, 447.

[27] Dearborn, History of Salisbury, 447.

[28] Dearborn, History of Salisbury, 447.

[29] Dearborn, History of Salisbury, 447.

[30] Tombstone of Daniel S. Woodward; Dorcas A, his wife; Lucy L, his wife; Perlena, daughter of D.S. & D.A.[ Elizabeth A, wife of John Pollard; and Bashabee, wife of Jesse Woodward,” Franklin Cemetery, near intersection of Route 127 and Ward Hill Road, Franklin, New Hampshire, Viewed and photographed by Linda Woodward Geiger, 29 September 1991.

[31] Town Records of Salisbury, New Hampshire, 1799-1845, page 64, Family History Library microfilm, #0,016,503.

[32] One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Settlement of Boscawen and Webster, Merrimack Co., N.H., August 16, 1883; and Springfield Town Records from 1733 to 1850 (Concord, New Hampshire: The Republican Press Association, 1884), 184.

[33] Probate file of Daniel S. Woodward, file no. 14598, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, Volume: 65-68, Family History Library microfilm #1,571,928; and Certificate of Death of Daniel S Woodward, 18 January 1892, Hill, New Hampshire, New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Hazen , Concord, New  Hampshire, FamilySearch database viewed 7 August 2013.

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Apr 04

Lorusso Family in Worcester, Massachusetts

In 1940, the Lorusso family (grandparents and great grandparents of my son) were residing in Ward 4 of the city of Worcester at 767 Franklin Street. Nicholas and Antoinette Lorusso had resided in Ward 4 at 615 Franklin Street in 1930. Because the house numbers were different, I was not able to use the simple enumeration conversion from 1930 to 1940 provided by SteveMorse.org. After studying and searching several enumeration districts, I finally found the families for whom I was looking. The were enumerated on 2 April 1940 by Arthur F. White, enumeration in ED 23-86.[1] In 1935 all of these families were residing in Worcester.

 Household of Antonio Conuglio

Lines 3–10; 769 Franklin Street, household no 17, home worth $4,500 owned by Antonio Conuglio. Informant: Antonio Conuglio

  • Line 3: Antonio Conuglio, head, age 42, single, born in Italy. Alien, pressman in metal shop
  • Line 4. Rosario Campaneli [daughter of Nicholas & Antoinette Lorusso],  lodger, age 45, widow, born in Italy, housekeeper
  • Line 5. Albert Campaneli, son of lodger, age 19, born in Massachusetts, blocker in shoe shop
  • Line 6. Anthony Campaneli, son of lodger, age 13, born in Massachusetts
  • Line 7. Albert Lorusso [son of Nicholas & Antoinette Lorusso], lodger, age 43, born in Italy, naturalized citizen, ice cream maker
  • Line 8. Antoinette Lorusso, daughter of lodger, age 13, born in Massachusetts
  • Line 9. Albert Lorusso, son of lodger, age 10, born in Massachusetts
  • Line 10. Francis Lorusso, daughter of lodger, age 9, born in Massachusetts

Family of Anthony Lorusso
Lines 11–16, 767 Franklin Street, household no. 18, home rented for $17 per month . Informants: Anthony and Loretta Lorusso

  • Line 11. Anthony Lorusso [son of Nicholas & Antoinette Lorusso], head, age 32, born in Italy, [naturalization column faint, it may read, AL (alien), tanner in leather shop
  • Line 12. Loretta Lorusso, wife, age 31, born in Massachusetts
  • Line 13. Nicholas Lorusso, son, age 10, born in Massachusetts
  • Line 14. Shirley Lorusso, daughter, age 9, born in Massachusetts
  • [The middle child, Anthony Lorusso, born in 1935 is missing from the family]
  • Line 15. Peter Lorusso, son, age 4, born in Massachusetts
  • Line 16. Barbara Lorusso, daughter, age 2, born in Massachusetts

Family of Nicholas Lorusso
Lines 17–18, 767 Franklin Street, household no. 19, home rented for $10 per month. Informant: Antoinette Lorusso

  • Line 17. Nicholas Larusso [sic], head, age 73 born in Italy, first naturalization papers filed, janitor,
  • Line 18. Antoinette Lorusso, wife, age 63, born in Italy, first naturalization papers filed

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[1] 1940 U.S. Census, Population Schedule, Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Enumeration District 23-86, Sheet 2-A; downloaded from Archives.gov 4 April 2012.

 

 

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Mar 26

Lorusso: Early 20th Century Immigrant Family

This post is a copy of an article originally published in the Digital Genealogist (July/August 2007).

Online Databases: A Before and After Case Study of an Early Twentieth-Century Immigrant Family

This article contains the trials and tribulations of finding families in a variety of sources before the arrival of a multitude of online databases, as well as some of the continued trials and tribulations with the current online sources. The study uses the family of Nicola Lorusso—an early twentieth-century immigrant.

It was about 1972 when I became ardent about searching the history of my family, as well as that of my son, Marcus Lorusso. At that time Marc’s grandfather, Antonio “Papa” Lorusso, a native of Italy, told us that he didn’t really know when his actual birth took place, but he celebrated his natal day on 5 September and suspected that he was born in 1907. Papa Lorusso also told us that he was about four years old when his father sent for his wife and children to join him in New York. A little arithmetic indicates that Papa, his mother, and siblings arrived in New York in 1911, perhaps 1912. We were anxious to learn more, but Papa and his brothers (he thought that the eldest was about ten or eleven when they arrived) could remember little about their trip across the sea. He was sure that they sailed directly to New York from Italy and joined his father in a place called Cold Spring.

Nicola (frequently called Nicholas) Lorusso moved his family from a community in New York to Worcester, Massachusetts, before 1920. His surviving children indicated that the family always resided on Franklin Street. Nicola struggled to make a living in the new country and, like so many of his country men, he was a laborer.

The death records of Nicholas and Antoinette were easily located at the vital records registry of the Commonwealth in Boston. Information about the “old country” was scarce on the death record of Nicholas. His wife reported that he was eighty-five years old and that his parents were Pasquale Lorusso and Rosaria Prichillo.1 The informant for Antoinette’s death was Mrs. Rosaria Coniglio, her daughter, who reported that Antoinette (Pellegrino) Lorusso was 79 years old at the time of her death, her parents were Michele Pellegrino and Marie Centidocati, and Antoinette’s birth place was recorded as Palazzodi, San Gervesio, in the Province of Potenza, Italy.2 Each had been buried in Worcester’s Notre Dame Cemetery.

Now it was time to visit the 1910 federal census records—after all Nicholas Lorusso should have been in New York by 1910.

Before online databases

Heretofore all of my research had involved rural New England families who had made their way from England to the Massachusetts Bay Colony before 1650. It was wonderful fun searching the census line by line of the towns where my ancestors resided. Neighbors were readily identified and I recognized many of the families in each of the towns. Why would anyone want to use a Soundex? It soon became obvious that a Soundex would be very useful. The only concrete information that I had was the names of some of the immediate household and the possibility that they resided in Cold Spring, New York. I had no street address and I did not know any names of relatives or neighbors. I decided to skip the 1910 census and continue my search after the 1920 federal census became available in 1992—after all I heard that there was a complete Soundex for 1920. In addition, I strongly expected that the family moved to Worcester, Massachusetts, before 1920. Although Worcester is a fairly large city, it certainly is a lot smaller than New York City.

I was really excited at the possibility of learning what years Nicholas entered the United States—one of the columns on the 1920 census is “year of immigration to the United States.” Finding our Lorusso family in Worcester should be a walk in the park. After all, there was a Soundex. My spirits were dampened somewhat when the household of Nicola (Nicholas, Nick, Nickolas) did not surface in the Soundex code L620. There was an alternative, however—search the census of the city of Worchester page by page. Fortunately, I was fairly sure that the family had resided continuously in a triple-decker on Franklin Street. The National Archives-Southeast Region had maps showing wards, etc., of large cities. We were able to whittle down the number of pages to search considerably—most of Franklin Street was located in Ward 4 of Worchester, so I was able to start my line-by-line search with the entries on Franklin Street in Ward 4. I was rewarded for my efforts. The family of Nicholas Lorusso was residing at 606 Franklin Street.3 Briefly, the family consisted of:

Name

Relationship

Age

Year of Immigration

Birth Place

Lorusso, Nicholas

Head

53

1905

Italy

———, Antoinette

Wife

43

1908

Italy

———, Patrick

Son

19

1908

Italy

———, Michal

Son

18

1908

Italy

———, Antonio

Son

12

1908

Italy

———, John D

Son

4 ½

Massachusetts

———, Frank

Son

7 ½

New York

The 1920 census had given me the years of immigration for the family. It was very likely that the family was in New York by 1910 and should be on the census, but I still did not have an address and didn’t know where to begin the search. However, I had clues regarding the dates of immigration for Antoinette and her children.

In 1986 (long before many New York passenger lists were available online) I learned that most of the passenger lists for New York arrivals had been microfilmed and that there was a Soundex index to passenger lists of vessels arriving in New York from 1902 to 1943. I diligently searched every line of the Soundex code L620 hoping to find our Lorusso family.4 More heart ache—I did not identify Antoinette and her family and there seemed to be hundreds of men with the name Nicola Lorusso who had entered. There was no way to cull the list found in the Soundex.

I still had another alternative. Passenger lists for New York had been microfilmed for 1908. How long would it take me to read each passenger list for ships entering New York from Italy? After reading one full reel,5 I set in on my heels and baulked like a mule. Frequently three or four ships arrived daily from Italy.

After online databases

1Aarriving in New York in 1911 that had departed from Italy (1911 was the emigration date that Papa Lorusso had given me.) Fortunately, the passenger lists for that time frame had been microfilmed. Countless hours spent reading the name of every passenger on ships entering New York from Italy (the Soundex was of no help—I was sure the family had just been skipped) left me frustrated. The family was not to be found.

Ancestry.com was one of the pioneer companies that provided genealogists with online databases. Several years later, my heart stopped a beat or two from my excitement when I learned that passenger lists for Ellis Island would be available. At long last we would be able to learn about the arrival of Antoniette and her children. After considerable fumbling about they were located. They arrived in New York City on 23 May 1910 on the S.S. San Giovanni sailing from Palermo and Naples, Italy.6 [When I conducted the microfilm searches, you’ll recall, I had been relying on the 1908 date reported in the 1920 U.S. Census and 1911 family tradition.] The ship manifest indicates her last permanent residence was Palarro S. Gervain (her death record had indicated that she was born in Palazzodi, San Gervesio),7 and that her husband and father of the children, Nicola Lorusso, had paid their passage. His address was Box 586, Cold Spring, New York. The name and address of the nearest relative was Augusta DiPaola, her sister-in-law from Palarro S. Gervain who was also residing in Cold Spring.

Traveling with Antoniette were her children: Rosaria, age 15; Pasquale, age 12; Michele, age 9; and Antonio, age 4. The next passenger on the manifest was Antonio Pellegrino who was going to join his brother-in-law at Box 224, Cold Spring, New York. Eureka!

Today my preferred access to the Ellis Island database is via the wonderful Web pages of Stephen P. Morse. If you’ve not already taken advantage of this Web site, you will want to do so. As you all know, many Web sites are not user friendly and the task of obtaining information is sometimes daunting. Morse has developed search tools that make it much easier to access records. One such tool is “Searching the Ellis Island Database in One Step.” Some of the other search choices we have, courtesy of Morse are [2007]:

  • Castle Garden and earlier Ship Arrivals
  • NY Passengers (1920–1957)
  • NY Manifests (1820–1957)
  • Other Ports of Immigration
  • Canadian and British Census
  • New York Census (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island by street name)
  • Illinois Death Records (pre-1916 and/or 1916–1950)

Nicola Lorusso and Augusta DiPaola (including spelling variations) continue to elude identification on the 1910 U.S. Census for New York. But that doesn’t surprise me. The indexing parties for Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest Online created a massive number of errors. Curiosity led me to search online for our Lorusso family in 1920—I’d found them in Worchester, Massachusetts. It took a while, but I finally found the family indexed as “Nicholas Larusso” on HeritageQuest Online and “Nicholas Sorusso” on Ancestry.com.

The 1930 Census would be another challenge, but at least online databases might come to my rescue. Without waiting for the promised “every-name” index on Ancestry, I went straight to the microfilm at the National Archives-Southeast Region, found the conversion for the 1920 enumeration district, and searched that enumeration district page by page until I found our Lorusso family. The family of Nickolas Lorusso was still residing on Franklin Street in Worcester when they were enumerated on 8 April 1930. Nickolas continued to own his home which was valued at $8000.8

 

Name

Relationship

Age

Year of Immigration

Birth Plac

Lorusso, Nickolas

Head

62

1907

Italy

———, Antoinette

Wife

52

1910

Italy

———, Frank

Son

18

Mass.

———, Daniel

Son

15

Mass.

Since Ancestry.com didn’t have the family indexed correctly in 1920, I decided to see what imaginative approach would be found in the 1930 index. The entry for Nickolas Lorusso was correct (the enumerator had used Nickolas). However, his son Antonio (frequently called Anthony or Tony) has not yet been located. He married Loretta Curran in Worcester on 26 April 19309 about eighteen days after the census enumerator visited his father’s household. The 1930 HeritageQuest Online indexes only include the indexes for Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Texas, and Virginia at this point in time.

Using the multiple database search for anyone with the surname “Lorusso” at NewEnglandAncestors.org has been negative to date. In all fairness, remember that the databases on the New England Historic Genealogical Society Web site focus on pre-1900 records.

City directories for Worcester, Massachusetts, are numerous on Ancestry.com; however, some of volumes have only been partially scanned. The city directories have told us that Nicholas and his family were residing at 7 Caprera Road in 1918.10 The 1921 directory shows Nicola at 606 Franklin Street.11

In conclusion

Online databases often lead us to many records we need for our research very quickly, and with greater ease and comfort at any time, day or night.

We also need to remember that just because we don’t find individuals for whom we are searching doesn’t mean that they are not in the records. It may mean that an indexer overlooked the entry, an indexer misread the spelling, or that whoever created the record recorded the name incorrectly.

There are so many opportunities for finding online databases today that researchers need to be educated—it would be foolish to pay for a database on one Web site when it is free on another. Do “pay” services overlap, and if so, is the image quality better on one of those sites? If the option is available, would it be best to subscribe for a month rather than an entire year? Is the Web site user friendly? In order to make informed decisions (it is unlikely that it would be prudent for most of us to subscribe to every available service), talk to other genealogists, being sure to ask why the individual is excited about a particular service.

Probably one of the most important things for all of us to remember is that we should use Online database indexes to guide us to the original record or as close to the original as we can expect to see. Just because a fact is online, doesn’t necessary mean that the fact is correct.

It is also important to site your sources correctly. If a digital image of a document is viewed online, we need to indicate that we viewed that image on a particular Web site (listing the URL) on a particular date.

Notes

1. Certificate of death for Nicholas Lorusso, registered number 1343, recorded 31 August 1950; Commonwealth of Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, Boston.

2. Certificate of death for Antoinette (Pellegrino) Lorusso, registered number 1076, recorded 11 May 1956; Commonwealth of Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, Boston.

3. Nicholas Lorusso household, 1920 U.S. Census, population schedule, Worcester City, Worcester County, Massachusetts, enumeration district 246, sheet 6A, dwelling 64, family 101 (National Archives micropublication T625, roll 752).

4. Index (Soundex) to Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, NY, July 1, 1902–December 31, 1943; National Archives micropublication M621, reel 390.

5. Registers of Vessels Arriving in the Port of New York from Foreign Ports, 1789–1919; National Archives micropublication M1066, reel 71.

6. “Passenger Record,” Ellis Island  databases, accessed 2 August 2001, for Antonietta Lorusso, 32, arrived 23 May 1910 aboard San Giovanni .

7. Certificate of death for Antoinette (Pellegrino) Lorusso.

8. Nickolas Lorusso household, 1930 U.S. Census, population schedule, City of Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, enumeration district 58, sheet 8B, dwelling 108, family 145 (National Archives micropublication T626, roll 969).

9. Marriage record of Anthony Lorusso and Loretta Curran, no. 416, recorded 12 May 1930, Marriage Book 72: 416; Commonwealth of Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, Boston.

10. Greater Worchester Directory  (Salem, Massachusetts: The Salem Press Company, December 1918), 576; viewed on Ancestry.com  12 December 2006.

11. Worcester Directory, 1922, Containing a General Directory of the Citizens, a Business Directory and the City and County Registers, with Map  (Worcester, Mass.: Sampson & Murdock Co., Publishers, 1922), 422; viewed on Ancestry.com  12 December 2006.

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