Massachusetts Meanderings Videos at YouTube!

Well, it has taken awhile to get caught up on things since completing all my trips this past year.  I finally have been able to prepare and upload the videos of some of the cemeteries I visited when I was in Massachusetts.

Here are the videos I took on eight (8) of those cemeteries.  I was able to get them up and going on YouTube.  They are really overviews and if you want detail go to the photographs and the posts where I wrote about these cemeteries I visited on this blog: 

1. Palisado Cemetery, Windsor CT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPjRBUP9lXg
  
2.  Evergreen in Winchester, New Hampshire
3. Burnham Cemetery, Montague, Franklin Co., MA
4. Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts
5. Middle Cemetery, Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA
6. Old Settlers Cemetery, Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA
7. Old Common Burial Field, Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA
8. Old Indian Cemetery, West Brookfield, Worcester Co., MA
Eventually I will put the video’s in a post in the Solomon Goss of Fearing Township in Ohio blog when I write about that part of the Goss history.  It will be awesome!
Enjoy!

More photographs of the cemeteries are available on Picasa Web Albums by me.  If you use one of the cemetery names above and my first name you should be able to find them.  I will eventually add them to the Solomon Goss blog as I write posts that reference that cemetery. 

This post was updated 7/10/2012. 

June 4, 2011: The National Archives – Rotunda and Exhibits

While planning our trip to D.C., I struggled with whether to do research at the National Archives or not.  I  decided that I was content.  However, I had not toured the Rotunda in a long time and that was very cool.  The Nation’s Charters of Freedom documents are on display there. 

Here is a Wikipedia short blip about them:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charters_of_Freedom 

Since I could not take pictures inside Wikipedia has a nice one showing what the Rotunda looks like, however, the Rotunda is now darkened so it is not quite as bright as their photo implies. 

The Charters of Freedom are:  The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  Three of our Nation’s most important documents. 

There is so much to do at the National Archives I was surprised.  I don’t remember all this from 1999?  I think things have changed a lot and restoration has been done for there was evidence that the Rotunda area was quite different than memory serves.

You stand in the line to the left and enter into the National Archives in what might be the lower floor.  Once through security you can pretty much wander around to different areas and exhibits on your own following the signs. 

The National Archives building on the outside is very ornate as you see from the photos.

To do research you go into the Archives on the North side of the building.  I just remember the security checkpoint but there might be more to see there according to a reliable source?  There are actually two buildings one in D.C. and the other in College Park.  You will have to determine which works for you.  When I went years ago I was so green I didn’t know how to use a microfilm reader.  I was so intimidated by it all. I suggest that you prepare by visiting the website and studying the rules and regulations.  Also do a search of the NARA catalog and pin down as much as possible what you want to research like Civil War pensions or Revolutionary war pensions and more.  I know that they have changed things greatly since then and have hours for pulling the documents, so you do need to study up and plan. 

The other option is to hire someone to help you via the APG (Association of Professional Genealogist).  There is a chapter in D.C. called the National Capital Area Chapter of APG.  The cost of a Civil War Pension file has gone up greatly and this is an alternative.  A professional will be working for you and knows what they are doing and will make sure copies of the whole pension or service file are made for you.  Yes, they will charge you but they can get the documents for less, I believe.  My friend and colleague Lisa Petersen knows the D.C. area archives very well.  She is a member of this chapter check out their membership listing by clicking the link. 

My great grandfather George A. Barclay’s Civil War pension file was not at NARA!  I waited so patiently for it but they said they didn’t have it. AUGGH!!!  It was at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs! They, the VA, copied the whole thing and didn’t charge me anything.  It was at least 2 inches thick.  Yes, I was very fortunate.  I obtained other documents as well before they raised the rates.

My first stop was the Archives Shop.  Now I did see the movie “National Treasure.”  The gift store that is in the Archives did not look a bit like the one in the movie…giggle!  I studied the gift shop carefully and pondered how I wish I could do more reading.  I am amazed at all the books that are written about many topics of history. So little time!

Now they have restrooms near the Archives shop and a Cafe?  I don’t remember all that from before? I did not go to the Cafe for I was not hungry.  I headed to the Rotunda and was immediately stopped with the crowd of people waiting to get in. 

The line wandered around with cording to guide you and there were these reading boards and a video being displayed but I had to keep moving so I didn’t get to read all of that part.  As you enter you first find a display about the Magna Carta.  They had one of seven copies of this document.  It is being prepared for a new exhibit so it was a temporary one.  There is actually a hereditary organization you can join: 
http://www.magnacharta.org/  It would take a lot of work to prepare for membership.  I counted 10 generations for a client to just get to crossing the Atlantic Ocean and that didn’t include England and those generations. 

As I waited to get into the Rotunda area, I observed the murals on the wall showing our founding fathers looking very much like a Renaissance painting which was a little odd to me????  I tried to count the eagles but could only find six and not the nine they said were in the area. It was very dark and cool in there. 

At a certain point they let in a group of people, lining you up shoulder to shoulder four lines deep by the gates and steps.  I think they wait ten minutes and let you into the Rotunda area as a big group.  I headed for the left which was backed up with a line but you can move about if you want.

They have display boards with glass and they have prepared materials to lead you to the viewing of the main document.  First was the Declaration of Independence and I was amazed that they have copies with corrections on them. 

The sad part was the Declaration of Independence is so faded.  They say it was in light for many years at another location and the ink and parchment do not do well in those conditions.  This time the containment area they had it in did not keep dimming and coming back.  So it seems they have learned to preserve documents of this type in a different manner.  It did make me nervous when the people would lean on the glass but apparently it is okay to do that.  There are guards standing there watching. 

It was difficult to read all that they had prepared and keep the line moving but I noticed that the crowd had diminished.  It was about 5:20 pm and they are open till 7 pm for summer.  Hmmm…maybe it is in the timing?

The next document was the Constitution and the displays led up to how it was created after the Articles of Confederation did not work.  They had George Washington’s copy with his corrections.  The last was the Bill of Rights and more explanation about its origins. 

I wish my dad was here to see these documents.  He was the true Patriot in my family!

June 4, 2011: Spracklins – Meeting a Half-Cousin

The Spracklin family married into the Goss family. Spracklins are from Somerset in England.  John Andrews Spracklin immigrated in 1817 with the Wine and Anne Rood family (his aunt) and settled in Washington Co., Ohio.  There John A. Spracklin met and married Lydia Goss, daughter of Solomon and Olive Scott Goss. John and Lydia had a son named Daniel D. Spracklin and he married Elizabeth Keller in Morrow Co., Ohio.  They had four children: Henry, Oliver, Mary and Amarilla.  Only Amarilla and Henry survived to adulthood.

Elizabeth Keller Spracklin, my great great grandmother, died in 1859 several months after the birth of Amarilla Spracklin (later Barclay) my great grandmother.  Daniel remarried to Sarah Blacketer Allgood in 1863 in Iowa where he had migrated to from Knox County, Ohio.  He and Sarah had 7 more children:  Lydia, Virda, Reed, Daniel, Peter George, Charles Edward, Alfred Marion.  Alfred died young.

On Saturday June 4, 2011 while still in the D.C. area I met with a descendant of Peter George Spracklin.  She is a perfect Half 3rd cousin.  Peter George is a 1/2 brother to my Amarilla.  I now know three cousins from this side of the family. 

So about 10 am on Saturday, I got into a taxi at the Gaylord National Hotel south of D.C. and headed into D.C.  We were scheduled to meet at 11 am. 

Well…everything went really well and I was looking forward to being dropped at the American History Museum on Constitution Avenue but….Guess what?  The National Mall was overwhelmed in PINK!!!

It was the RUN FOR THE CURE and streets were blocked off.  My taxi driver let me out at L’Enfant Metro and I had to walk.  Fortunately, it was not too hot or muggy…yet!

It was fun to walk along and observe ladies and men in different combinations of T-shirts in white with pink, pink with white and more.  Some had numbers on them.  Here I was in total black!!!  Hmmm…??? It was truly showing the power of women.  I was humbled.  My mother died of colon cancer that had decided to take over her liver back in 1984. She was 74 years old and had a good life but still! I now how terrible this disease can be. 

There were huge billboards with the map showing the route and water stations.  This photograph shows the participants heading for the finish line.

I walked quickly heading for the American History Museum entering into the cool foyer a pleasant place to wait for my cousin to arrive.  Would I recognize her?  Well, she beat me to it and saw me at once!

We sat on the soft bench and immediately started chatting about the family.  I showed her the family history reports that I had brought for her to study.  She is interested in genealogy but has not taken the plunge. It was too confusing for her and I understand that.  Having a database is vital because each generation explodes the family tree to even more great grandparents to try to learn about.  I use Legacy’s deluxe version. It is free for the standard version:  http://www.legacyfamilytree.com/

I gave her a descendants chart of our common ancestor Daniel D. Spracklin and a family group report of her great great grandfather Peter George.  We happily chatted away about genealogy. 

She had decided that it would be fun to go to Chinatown and I was willing.  So we figured out how to get a taxi on 7th and headed to the Ming Restaurant. It was very nice restaurant and we took a table by the window. 

I told her about my life and family first.  A lot of girl talk!  She told me about her family and of course I wrote it down.  Lunch was fun!  I am always blow away by the stories of another’s life and the similarities of experience but yet the different choices.  My cousin was being born when I was a silly teenager having Hawaiian luau parties in the 1960’s. 

After lunch we wandered past the Chinatown arch and found a Starbucks on the corner.  Just like home! We decided to get some coffees and I staked out some stools.  We spent the time lingering and talking some more about life and experiences.  We did some people watching as well for it was a busy street corner and a busy Starbucks. 

Now you are probably wondering if I had a list of questions to ask her and had prepared oral interview.  I had some ideas but I decided I wanted to just let the conversation flow. I think I made the correct decision.  Now I am not a big talker so these kinds of conversations are a bit challenging for me and take concentration.  Apparently my cousin was trying to absorb as well so it was good that the conversation just flowed for our first time together. 

It was about 4 pm and I had an idea that I could visit, at the very least, the Rotunda of the National Archives and view the Charters of Freedom before heading back to Gaylord National Hotel south of D.C. So we walked along 7th Avenue noticing the shops and architecture.  We parted at the line waiting to get into the National Archives with several hugs.

I told my cousin about a curious thing that happens when you get involved with the genealogy of your family.  It is the fact that you build new friendships when you reach out to your cousins. You rekindle relationships that are lost. I had not seen a McDonald cousin in 25 years but reconnecting with her has been priceless.  I had the good fortune to visit my 87 year old cousin and get to know her before she past.  You grieve with them when the loose someone dear to them.  You rejoice when you surprise a cousin who doesn’t know you yet by acknowledging their contribution and they didn’t even know they had touched your life. HA!

It was a lovely day.  I have the best cousins!!!

The Dar Library: The Seimes Technology Center

My next stop was the Seimes Technology Center down the hallway from the DAR Library.  The first goal was to look at the Windsor, Vermont history seeking information for Stephen Delano.  I had obtained the one DAR application that was listed for him as a patriot the last time I visited.  I wanted to follow up on the more sources. 

Entrance to the Seimes Technology Center at the DAR

The assistant at the desk helped me out and even put the film in the microfilm reader.  I found the pages I needed and made my copies after some technical difficulties. 

The assistant then showed me how to search for a GRC source on the computer at the Seimes Center.    They have the digital pages from these GRC sources on the computer.  WOW!  I had found the GRC sources a bit hard at times in the library on my last visit so this was pretty easy and nice to be able to find them on the computer.  Seems to me all I was able to get from the website was an index listing of the GRC.  I didn’t have much luck on the Evergreen Cemetery in Winchester, NH.  I was hoping someone had done a cemetery publication. 

So I was happily playing with the computer clicking on this and that and decided to revisit the Ancestor tab, Member tab and several other tabs and make sure I have all the DAR applications that I want.  I had done quite well the last time I was there.  So I put in some names and found some more original applications and in addition supplemental applications. The DAR has been busy adding more information. One of the supplementals was for Flora Montanye Osborn.  Now last time I obtained her original application in which she entered through Caleb Rice.  This time there was a supplement application for “Philip Goss.”  YES!!!! Happy DANCE! I knew she had not done all the work on Philip Goss and corresponded with Paul H. Goss for nothing!

So I spent some time revisiting the applications to make sure I had all that I wanted.  I revisited Delano and Goss.  Now these applications cost $15.00 from home and $10.00 at the center. 

After this grand finale I had come to the end of my visit to the DAR Library. 

A fond look at the DAR Library stacks…

I have mentioned the Delano surname several times.  Well they also have an association which is called the Delano Kindred.  I am a member and have been for several years. They are not as strict as some organizations and you can join easily.  After you join you can submit your genealogy which is something that is on my ToDo list.  The website is at:  http://www.delanokindred.org/  They had the Delano Genealogies online for members at one time but they did have had some technical difficulties and I have not been back in awhile.  They are having their reunion in Stillwater, MN this coming year, I believe.  I was tempted.  They like to have the reunion around the country in order to open it to Delano surnames.  They also have a newsletter.  I just received my mailing but didn’t have time to look at it before we left for DC.  Does the name Muriel Cushing mean anything to any of you?  Think she is running for President this year for the Kindred.  They have a bookstore and that gives some titles you will want to check out, but if you become a member you may be able to access some things so check them out first. 

I walked back to the hotel via Pennsylvania Avenue after I stopped for a little lunch and a cool drink.  It was really muggy.  My body from the Puget Sound area does not to heat well.  So I trudged along slowly and stopped at this amazing foundatin of water.  It is sliding down the wall….!!!

A cool water fountain on Pennsylvania Ave on the way back to the hotel

I had to run my hands through it.  It was a bit cool but not as much as you would expect. 

Dinner this evening would be at RIS which was one block from our hotel.  My hubby has been to DC many times and knows it pretty well so he has a lot of fun finding interesting restaurants to show me.  Apparently this RIS is a woman who has made a name for herself in DC.

Research at the DAR Library: Cooley Association

I am not an expert but I do try my best to learn about an archive with care.  I study the website thoroughly and then prepare what I want to do so that when I get there I can make progress. 

The one thing about the DAR Library is that you can access a lot of the books in the stacks yourself.  You start on the main floor.  This time I noticed that a lot more of the library catalogue items had been digitized so that meant I would be in the Seimes Technology Center as well as the main library. 

My first goal was to find the Cooley Association Bulletin again.  I had worked on it the last time and then when I returned home I found I had missed some pages and didn’t write my sources down correctly so I didn’t know what the pages were.  No matter how hard you try when you are traveling these types of things happen.  So I knew I had to fix it or it would drive me crazy.  The problem was I forgot where the bulletin was in the library.  All I remembered was it was up and not on the main floor.

The DAR library is divided into the Main room with tables, copiers, the reference desk and all the stacks with general books and then they start with the states.  However, a lot of books are up on the balcony areas and that means you have to go out the two back doors and walk up the stairs and into the upper area.  The DAR is very clever they have those rolling stacks so there is a lot more upstairs than you think.  Climbing around up there is like a maze but kinda fun!  They use to be the balcony area of the assembly room. 

Well it turned out that the Cooley Association Bulletin was upstairs on the balcony to the right of the reference desk in the OV – over sized area.  Of course it was on the top shelf about 1/4 down from the left.  I had to climb up and carefully remove it.  It was a big legal sized red book with about a decade of these bulletins bound inside. 

It was all coming back to me how the library was set up.  I returned to my seat and began going through the pages which had been typed.  The range was 1939 to 1951 for the bulletin.  Paul H. Goss had written about the Goss family in this bulletin and it spanned several issues so I had to revisit the whole sequence to check myself.  There were also a few extras to get the volume, date, issue number and page as well. 

Cooley Bulletin 2nd floor to the right on top!

You can see my stuff on the left in this photo and others busy with their research.  I was told I could photograph the library but not the books and resources, those had to be copied.

The next chore was to seek out sources listed on a DAR application that I had purchased the last time.  The patriot was Stephen Delano and the only application on his line came up through his daughter Elizabeth.  They had listed two histories one of Windsor County and Woodstock, Vermont.  I had obtained the Woodstock part that last time but I revisited it anyway just to be sure.  The Windsor County was on microfilm so that meant a visit to the computer lab. 

This means I have two potential patriots to choose from for my initial application and then follow up with a supplemental. 

I tried finding a GRC but that too was in digital format.  The DAR has been very busy putting more of their records on the computer.  They had done a lot the last time but I was seeing evidence of even more progress.

If you have a Cooley ancestor in your background you need to know about the Cooley Association and go to their website at http://www.cooleyfamilyassociation.com/  I have not joined yet but plan to.  It requires that you be a descendant of a Cooley ancestor and provide the usual documentation.  They have reunions and it looks like it is every 2 years. 

There is also a book written by Dean Mortimer E. Cooley titled the Cooley Genealogy that you should also check for information.  The bulletin above that I mention may have more information about other lines in the Cooley genealogy.   As for additional copies well you might find them in other libraries, societies and archives.

Washington DC: The DAR Library, A Third Visit!

On Thursday, May 26th, I visited the DAR Library again!  I had been to the Daughters of the American Revolution Library in 2000 and then in 2008.  I was returning and I was looking forward to it!  I was not going to be as intense as I had in 2008.  I had been to the library about 5 days in a row to look for Goss sources and accomplished more than I realized.  Apparently I had done well for I as not finding anything of too much significance to search for this time.  That means I am getting to the bottom of it all.  I found a lot of the old sources Paul and Flora used and solved a lot of puzzles.  There are some that I cannot figure out but that is probably okay back in the 1930’s and 1940’s they used a shorthand that can be quite confusing.  Since then a lot have been republished and that has caused some interesting challenges.

This time it was going to be a little less frantic.  I did have several things in mind.  I walked from my hotel down Pennsylvania Avenue for a good 6+ blocks in the warm muggy weather. 

Statue of George Washington at One Washington Circle

People on the move on Pennsylvania Avenue

Turning down 17th the Washington Monument in the distance!

I then turned down 17th and was at the DAR library in about 4-5? blocks.  All was the same on the outside. 

A glimpse of the DAR as you approach

Their sign announcing the DAR

Banners along the north side….

The entrance is on the north in the middle of the block.  I stopped at the security desk and received a visitor pass.  I headed for the library and found that they had opened the double doors for entry and you didn’t get to walk through the small narrow door.  Instead of $5.00 it was now $6.00 for non-members at the library desk.  Back in 2008 by the time I was done I knew the library pretty good but I had forgotten. 

Announcing the Entrance to the left…

1776 Entrance…

The Main Foyer…

The double door entrance

It as time to settle in at my favorite spot at the tables which is the last row on the left.  I took my time setting up and studied my first problem to solve. 

Entering the Library at the DAR

Now it is time to dig into the research and just enjoy being in a place that make me happy!

The DAR Library in Washington DC – Revisiting the First Visit!

Like I said, if you have any ancestor that could have been involved in the American Revolution you need to go and look at the DAR holdings either online at their website or go and visit.  I suggest both if you can!

www.dar.org

I have DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) and Mayflower in my line but I have yet to apply.  I plan to do this in the next six months.  I am finally ready.  We all have to get to a certain place when we feel it is time.  Well the time has come, but first I want to travel to Ohio again and see if I cannot find out more on the Goss family.

My first experience with the DAR was back in 2000 when I was very green in genealogy.  I just sat there in awe the first time…all those books!  I dangled my feet off the chair and knew that I was on a path of learning all I could about my ancestors.  When I say I was green, well, I didn’t even know what the Patriot Index was? 

I was looking at the research of my Aunt Miriam and she suggested the following names:  Keller and Delano.  She did not include “Goss.”  I was too knew in the research to know anything about these other surnames names so I decided to look at the “Goss” name.  Well that was an historical day for me. 

The librarian explained to me about the DAR Patriot Index and of course I studied the names and decided on the Philip Goss file.  Well this librarian brought me the Philip Goss file and the Goss file. He handed it to me, this tall man, and said “You probably want to see this too.”  When my order came he had me move upfront to a table to look at the information. They now have a lot of information online at their website and in the Seimes Computer Lab at the DAR Library.

So I sat at the table and looked through the files and found all kinds of interesting documents and of course I copied just about everything.  I found documents from a Flora Montanye Osborn, someone named Wingert and a Paul H. Goss??? 

When I returned home I started to study these documents in detail and low and behold the connection to Mayflower was revealed to me in a manuscript written by Paul H. Goss. 

The connection was:  Judith Hayward Goss (wife of Philip Goss II) was the daughter of Anna Hayward who married John Hayward and was the daughter of Resolved White and Judith Vassall.  Resolved was the son of William White and Susanna of the Mayflower.  Remember I visited Philip Goss and Judith Goss’s graves in the Old Indian Cemetery in West Brookfield, MA in previous posts on this blog.

My Aunt Miriam and my father said there was Mayflower in the family line.  Since then I have been on this quest for more Goss family history using and collecting Paul’s manuscripts, Flora’s leads and other research leads. 

Philip Goss IV and his son Solomon Goss are in the DAR Patriot Index and I was able to pull some applications the last time I visited to see what  sources these individuals used.  I discovered that Flora came into DAR through her other family line and put her daughter through on the Goss line.

Now that I know more I can also study the Delano line which starts with Mary Delano Keller whose daughter Elizabeth married Daniel D. Spracklin.  Mary’s father was Stephen Delano and her mother was Lovina Smith.  Stephen’s father was Stephen Delano and he married Mary Shaw.  The last time I was at the DAR I was able to pull the only DAR application for Stephen Delano who married Mary Shaw.  This line goes back to Philippe Delano (de lay Noye) of the Fortune. 

The DAR Constitution Hall

Our Nations Capitol – Several years ago

The Keller line is still a mystery.  No one yet knows who the parents of John Keller, Mary Delano Kellers husband are.  Maybe when I visit Ohio in August, I can find a small tidbit that will open that door? 

On the Move Again! Washington DC

If you ever have a chance to travel to our nation’s capital…GO!  It is an amazing place with many many adventures.  There are monuments like Abraham Lincoln’s pavilion or Jefferson’s Memorial.  Both have small displays in the basement and of course a gift shop!  You can even go up into the Washington Monument – the Obelisk and look out on the city.  Memorials to visit to pay your respects! There are museums to examine and dally in. Just hop on the trolley, pay your fee and take the tour or the loop to all the sites.  You can hop on and hop off and get various passes for a day or several.  Walking can be a bit daunting…!

The Smithsonian is a group of museums and you could be exploring for days….

http://www.si.edu/Museums

There is the nation’s Capitol to visit or the U.S. Supreme Court. The White House has a tour which you make your plans with your local Senator office months in advance and give a little information about yourself for security reasons.  I am planning to go this time. 

Here is an example of what your local Senator might have on their website and other links to other tours.
http://murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=VisitingWashingtonDC

Then there are the other amazing places to go like the DAR Library, the Library of Congress and the main National Archives.  As genealogists we can’t go to DC without at least doing some research in one of these locations.  Don’t forget that Washington DC has their own vital records and town hall.  Washington DC is bigger than just the District of Columbia in terms of genealogy.  So if you do research specific to D.C. you will need to consider the counties that touch it!



Me at the DAR a couple of years ago!

If you have anyone in your ancestry who could have been involved in the American Revolution than you have to go and visit the DAR library.  I have been their 2 times and it is wonderful.  They have placed a lot of their holdings online and are going digital now. 

Then there are plays to attend like at the Warner Theatre or art to see like the Philip’s Collection.  The Kennedy Center has something going on all the time.  http://www.kennedy-center.org/index.cfm

http://www.warnertheatre.com/ We saw Terri Hatcher there in Cabaret before Desperate Housewives.  She is tall, thin and she did a good job stepping into the Liza Minnelli role. 

http://www.phillipscollection.org/homepage.aspx  I wonder if they still have the Boating Party by Renoir? It is wonderful and much larger than you think!  I will let you know.

This will be my fifth visit to Washington D.C.  My hubby has a SIIM conference to attend.  So I am tagging along.  Washington D.C. hotels are expensive so you do have to do some serious strategizing to get a good deal.  You also want to book a hotel in the area you would like to be closest too and watch the Metro lines so you can use it.  http://reservations.washington.org/3903_hotel-list_m812_r825161.html

SIIM http://www.siimweb.org/index.cfm?id=6934  This is pretty technical stuff to understand.  I preferred the original name of SCAR. 

We will be there soon at Gaylord National http://www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylord-national/  This could be interesting.  The reviews are either they love it or hate it!

Wethersfield: The Historical Society and Cemetery!

Before I left Wethersfield and headed to Hartford and Simsbury, I waited for the Wethersfield Historical Society to open at 10 am.  This was Friday, April 22nd.  If you have never been to Wethersfield, CT then you are in for a treat.  Everything is in a one block radius.  There are shops, restaurants, museums in the form of houses that you can visit like Silas Deane’s home.  There is the Wethersfield Historical Society and the Wethersfield Cemetery! The Chester Bulkley B&B is right next door to the historical society.  Of course you need to check the hours.

It was like a little oasis below Hartford.  You do have to drive through South Hartford to get to the Hartford downtown area if you want to do some research at the Connecticut State Library, the Connecticut Historical Society or go to the museums, public library and city hall.  It only took about 15 minutes to drive up to Hartford.  Of course you do have the issue of parking.  I did not see any hotels in downtown Hartford close enough to not have to walk a distance or get on a bus or drive to any of these Hartford sites.

Now I chose to drive through the Wethersfield Village Cemetery and what an amazing cemetery it is.  You cannot drive through the older section which is on the left up on a knoll or small hill.  You can drive through the newer part.  The cemetery is in good shape.  They were mowing and they get so close to the tombstones!! They were edging too.  People were visiting graves.  One man brought some flowers and walked determinedly towards a specific area. 

Find A Grave has 3170 internments in the Wethersfield Village Cemetery listed. That is pretty good but it is a big cemetery. As you can see from the pillars there are two named cemeteries. They may be lumping these two sites into one list.  I cannot find an ancient burying ground for Wethersfield as a separate listing.

The Wethersfield Historical Society Museum is in an old building with a fountain out front.

You can tour it for about $5.00.  The research center is down the street in another building so that means you need to make an appointment or contact them to make arrangements.  I was interested in the early years of Wethersfield and wandered around that section of the exhibits.  Silas Deane’s name was rattling around in my brain and here is a little biography of his life:  http://www.silasdeaneonline.org/class_bio.htm

Rev. John Marsh kept good vital records!!!

Apparently he did an incredible about of baptisms and more!

An interesting map of Connecticut

So, I missed these two visits in my post dated April 22, 2011:  Treasures in Hartford and on to Simsbury.  In their gift shop they had this book:  A Visitor’s Guide to Colonial and Revolutionary New England, by Patricia and Robert Foulke which sounded like an interesting book to review.  I did not buy it just took a photo of it to remember to check it out.  I assume that the historical society has information about the burials in the cemetery if you want to make sure and double check.  Wethersfield is definitely an area for more exploring. 

Aftermath of a Genealogical Research Trip!

About a week and half has passed since I returned home from my trip to Connecticut and Massachusetts and it took about a week to finally feel like I was really home.  Everything seemed the same but I think my brain was still back in New England.  My two cats looked at me funny but they seem to be okay now!

Just a little while ago I went to my Dashboard at Massachusetts Meanderings and more and almost fell off my chair.  I have two followers, WOW!  Happy Dance!! Thank you to my two followers!!

Monday, my shipment of books and brochures came from Simsbury and that means that I am all complete.  No major losses of research or anything.  On the trip I did misplace my jacket but the B&B sent it to me and my prescription glasses which I retrieved.  Whew!

I promised myself I would not indulge too much in books but I did buy a few.  I have mentioned some of them in the various posts but here is the list again if you are curious.  As for brochures, well I over did those but I am not going to publish them here it would take forever.  I suggest you to my links on the right some are taken from the brochures on archives and travel sites that I thought would be very interesting. I might add more as I review my research. 

Books purchased or were obtained on my trip to New England 2011
The Original Proprietors, Society of the Descendants of the Founders of Hartford, Inc.
By Their Markers Ye Shall Know Them, A Chronicle of the History and Restorations of Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground, William Hosley and Shepherd M. Holcombe, Sr., 1994.

Olde Houses of the Quaboag Plantation, no date. Obtained at the Quaboag Historical Society.  Also contains a map to the locations of the houses.

Quaboag Plantation alias Brookefeild, and History of East Brookfield, Massachusetts, 1686-1970, by Louise E. Roy, M.D., 1965.  These you can probably get online at Google Books or Internet Archive or something like that. 

Program and Souvenir 300th Anniversary Celebration of the Settlement of Quaboag Plantation, 1660 to 1960″ pamphlet.  Contains pictures, articles etc.

350th Parade & Weekend Celebrations – Sept. 18 & 19, 2010 – Quaboag Plantation 1660-2010 newspaper program guide.

“Map of the Brookfields, with historic markers and a key, West Brookfield Historic Commission.  A smaller version is on their website along with the key. 

Quabbin a History and Explorers’ Guide by Michael Tougias.  I wonder how many graves were missed when they flooded the area years back.

A New England Village, by Joseph S. Wood
An Historic Tour of Becket, Massachusetts, Edited and Compiled by Beverly K. Lambert for the Becket Historical Commission, no date for publication. I obtained this copy at the Becket Athenaeum in North Becket.
Bicentennial History of Becket, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, 1765-1965, Cathaline Alford Archer and Mitchell J. Mulholland 3rd printing 2006.  Paul H. Goss knew Mrs. Archer and that she was working on a history of Becket.  I have seen this book before but while at the Becket Athenaeum I decided to buy it.  $15.00 for this and $3 for the tour booklet.
Now you will probably think I am nuts because I have done this blog on my trip and that is pretty good in documenting it?  Well, I also journaled it but that usually has more personal stuff in it and I won’t publish that. So I will be working on that and it might lead to some more posts.  I have my photographs to get all organized and then I plan to publish them. I took some videos of several cemeteries and I have never uploaded to the web so that could be a very interesting experience but that is going to be awhile. 
I didn’t get as many pictures of the Connecticut River that I had intended to.  I was finding it difficult to find vantage points that would reveal this river.  Sometimes she was brown in color, or lazy looking.  I could barely get a glimpse as you can see in this picture from St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Enfield.  Fortunately the leaves had not filled out the trees and bushes so that helped.  Still not as good as I would have liked. 

Near Hatfield, MA