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Sugar House, Salt Lake, Utah
Sundgau, Alsace
Sunset, Davis, Utah
Swansea, Rhode Island
Swansea, England
Taghkanic, New York
Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France
Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Oliver III and Hannah Ashby of Salem
3GGM Harriet Page Wheeler, born 7 Sep 1803
Clarissa Caroline was born about 1810 in Salem
Chris and Mary Beth married in Salem, 22 September 1996
Salem: wedding
Devoted my 61st birthday (15 February 2002) to wandering around the ancient city of Salem
Robert and Mary Seely emigrated 1630 to Salem
Hannah’s Ashbys went back a lomg way in Salem
1805-1815 Oliver and Hannah lived in Salem
Oliver and Hannah had three or four kids in Salem
Massachusetts Bay Colony founded at Salem September 1628
(4G) Aunt Clarissa Caroline Wheeler Sawyer of Salem…
Harriet was reared in Salem
Massachusetts Bay Colony, founded at Salem
3GGM Harriet Page Wheeler, born 7 Sep 1803 in Salem
OliverAndHannah Ashby Wheeler, lived ten years in Salem
Birthplace of Hannah Ashby
Oliver married Hannah Ashby of the Salem, Massachusetts, Ashbys
Harriet accompanied her young parents to Salem, Hannah’s home town
spent my 61st birthday (15 February 2002) poking around Salem
already his line of work in Hillsborough
Birthplace of Benjamin Franklin Wheeler, 1808?
Birthplace of Charles Oliver Wheeler, 1805?
Birthplace of Henry Hammond Wheeler, 1806?
Born (perhaps)in Salem
Children Charles, Henry, Clarissa
Daughter of Oliver III and Hannah
Grandpa Oliver and his brother-in-law George Ashby set up their construction and joint occupancy of the house in the Northlands
Also a second deed, only months later, by which they dissolved that partnership
Defaulted on mortgage
Historian, friend of Deckers
Oliver III a housewright in Salem
Moved to Salem
building their new home in the Northlands.
Perused a lot of gravestones in the neighboring North Cemetery
George and his new wife Nancy owned a houselot in Salem
Shared house with Ashbys
Shared house with Wheelers
Son of Oliver III and Hannah, born (perhaps) in Salem
Son of Oliver III and Hannah, born (perhaps)in Salem
Wheelers in the Northlands
Wheelers insolvent by 1815
Wheelers moved in with Ashbys, 1808
Wife of George Ashby
the Wheelers didn’t prosper in Salem
Orson Whitney published several versions of Harriet’s life story
mortgaged the place to Edmund Johnson of Salem
Only months later, George sold out to Oliver
Was born about 1810 in Salem
Clarissa Caroline Wheeler, born about 1810 in Salem
Chris and Mary Beth married in the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem
2002: Birthday in Salem
new understanding about the Wheelers’ unsuccessful episode in Salem
claims to have learned her domestic skills as a mill-girl in Salem
George and Nancy sold out and removed to Merrimack County, New Hampshire
Salem was expanding
the Wheelers had left Salem in 1816
Harriet was very young when her family moved to Salem
she went to work in one of the Salem factories
Harriet was 12 in 1815, when the Wheelers left Salem
The IGI says that Charles Oliver died aged 3 months.
From England, not from Wales
the Salem, Massachusetts, Ashbys, a founding family
Benjamin Franklin Wheeler, born to OliverAndHannah in Salem in 1808
Salt Lake City Persis Goodall died Sept. 16, 1894 in Salt Lake City, age 83
The company struggled into the Great Salt Lake Valley from July 21-24 1847
Harriet is widely quoted as being very dissatisfied with the location
Feramorz Little was mayor of Salt Lake City 1878-1882
Harriet died in Salt Lake City September 22 1871
Grandma Alfaretta Neff and Grandpa Arta McLean Seely married May 3, 1899, in the Salt Lake Temple
a dilapidated pier in the Great Salt Lake.
the Salt Lake Temple in the background
In 1936, they married in the Salt Lake Temple
Duane and Leola were both staff photographers for the Salt Lake Tribune
orientation and training in Salt Lake City
The accident was big news in Salt Lake
“The Tribune” on the left would be the Salt Lake Tribune
they decided to leave Nauvoo for the Salt Lake Valley
Harriet Ida Russell, born 29 October 1851, Mill Creek, Great Salt Lake County
Frances and her little daughter stayed in Salt Lake
Home of Franklin and Frances Neff, East Mill Creek, Salt Lake, Utah
Frances Mariah Stillman Russell Neff was buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery
joined the family in the Salt Lake Valley
Harriet and her son Charles arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in the fall of 1848
The family settled at the mouth of Mill Creek Canyon in Salt Lake County
both working as photographers and writers for the Salt Lake Tribune
and all four rest in the Salt Lake City Cemetery
The family later moved to East Mill Creek, Salt Lake County
when they reached Great Salt Lake became part of the busy household of Brigham Young and Lucy Ann
When Isaac returned to Salt Lake
John and Mary Barr Neff came to live in East Mill Creek in the Salt Lake Valley
in Brigham Young’s office in Great Salt Lake City
Uncle Feramorz became the second mayor of Great Salt Lake City
Park Valley lies north of the Great Salt Lake
Our Kin in the Salt Lake City Cemetery
The location of the cemetery in Salt Lake City
More detail, closer up
Block and plot numbers in the whole cemetery
The area which particularly interests us
Ten Stops
First Stop: Harriet Page Wheeler Decker Young
Joseph Fisher and Evaline McLean
John and Mary Barr Neff
Orrin Porter Rockwell
Harriet Elizabeth Seymour Stillman Russell
Isaac Joseph and Elizabeth Jane Fisher Seely
Clara Decker Young
Feramorz and Fannie Maria Decker Little
Franklin and Frances Maria Stillman Neff
Isaac Decker
We commemorated, around July 24, our Uncle Brigham Young’s “This Is The Place” entry into the Salt Lake Valley
The temple choices then were London or Salt Lake City
to Salt Lake, for the convenience of their families.
missionary training while living in the annex to Brigham Young’s Lion House in Salt Lake
In Salt Lake City, we attended a week-long intensive training program
the visitors decided to propose the purchase to Salt Lake
Lynn Bennion, my old comrade from Cambridge, Salt Lake, and Rennes
exposing the General Boards in Salt Lake
The four of us reunited in Salt Lake City
The Church News of Salt Lake City gave me a nice press notice
Mr. Seely was born March 7, 1900, in East Millcreek, Salt Lake County
married to Pansy Uarda Barker on Oct. 19, 1921, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple
Then Elder Spencer Kimball came to Pappy’s hospital bedside in Salt Lake
I followed Pappy and Ruth to Salt Lake
some experimental approaches from Salt Lake
Ned Winder was Executive Secretary of the Missionary Committee in Salt Lake.
President Packer returned to Salt Lake
we stopped by their apartment in Salt Lake City
a letter came from the presiding brethren in Salt Lake
stakes report directly to Salt Lake
most chose Salt Lake, in deference to family obligations
some in Salt Lake referred to the Boston Stake in these days as the “Ford Stake,” ‘cause we always had a better idea.
funding came entirely from central Church headquarters in Salt Lake City
a fat package from Murdock Travel in Salt Lake City
Born in East Mill Creek, Salt Lake, Utah
The Neffs took their grinding wheels with them to East Mill Creek in Salt Lake County
Nobody in Salt Lake has any idea where Halifax is.
Rick and the lovely Laura Wolz wed in the Salt Lake Temple
Salt Lake decreed that chapels were no longer to offer sound-containing cry-rooms
Our Cyndi became Mrs Ronald Philip Ralston on December 19th, in the Salt Lake Temple
He married Verna May Seely on March 23, 1927 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple
She graduated from Keisters Tailoring College in Salt Lake City
She married Kenneth Goodliffe Carter on March 23, 1927, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple
The classes met on the north side of 33rd South in Salt Lake
The Salt Lake City Cemetery was sacred to our family We were going to be visiting the Salt Lake area
East Mill Creek doesn’t qualify as a city: it’s a neighborhood of Salt Lake City.
Our Decker family came into the Salt Lake Valley
That makes Salt Lake City one of our “Treasure Cities.”
For the few months we’d spend in Salt Lake
Salt Lake’s Kirton & McConkie, Attorneys at Law
Wheeler Historic Farm, south of Salt Lake City.
I rode Hepzibah to the Salt Lake City Cemetery
the historically-minded folks of Salt Lake
Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake
Sugar House in southeastern Salt Lake City
Kaysville is the only city just half-way from Salt Lake to Ogden…
Family History Library in Salt Lake
At the Family History Library in Salt Lake, I found microfilm records
family graves in Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City Cemetery
when Isaac got into Salt Lake, he didn’t have very much
We don’t have any record of him at all in Salt Lake County
When the letter came from Salt Lake
Bishop Bert read the letter and said, “ Dick, this looks pretty much like what you’re doing already…”
to the Salt Lake University Institute of Religion for use of these facilities.
Anna Barr Musser Bitner Starr, in the trek to Salt Lake
the office at the Salt Lake City Cemetery
Alfa Jean married Bryan Kent Carter on Oct. 3, 1949, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple
Family History Center is a branch of the Salt Lake Family History Library
Salt Lake decreed that meetinghouses no longer have soundproofed cry-rooms
Dallin H Oaks’ mother was pregnant
Ned and Gwen Winder from Salt Lake.
Bitte Jens on his way to the Salt Lake Valley from Denmark
In Salt Lake, we found Arlington friend Margaret Dredge
LDS Business College in Salt Lake City
Gwen taught dancing at the “Thursday-night Dances” around the Salt Lake valley
Ken and Gwen were married on December 18, 1959, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple
Tucker’s going to the Salt Lake Temple to receive his endowment.
Rick and Laura are graciously giving me a ride to Salt Lake.
taking Zannah to the Salt Lake International Airport
received the next day in Salt Lake a long-distance phone call
Brent and I met at Larkin Mortuary in Salt Lake
Born to Maggie and Tom in Salt Lake
closing of the Salt Lake Temple
with both Salt Lake and Ogden Temples down
bringing the Olympics to Salt Lake
Married in Salt Lake, 12 June 1990
In Salt Lake, with Loophie, 1977
ANDERSON, JENS P arrived in Salt Lake City, October 5, 1854
Mary Jacobsen died in Salt Lake City, February 9, 1855
Dandling Scott, in Salt Lake
With Loophie and Scott in Salt Lake
At Salt Lake Airport
Attended J Reuben Clark’s funeral in Salt Lake in 1961
The Dunaways’ Salt Lake Home
Seventh East, just across the street from Liberty Park in Salt Lake City
James Scott Dunaway, born in Salt Lake in 1954.
Training in Salt Lake, October 1961
Fifty years since their Salt Lake Temple marriage on 5 June 1912
Treasure Cities: Salt Lake City
The next time you’re in Salt Lake City…
Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City
somebody in Salt Lake would like to forget our Grandpa
She died Sept. 16, 1894 in Salt Lake City, age 83
he married Martha Ann Dilworth in the Old Fort
contracted to build the first railroad track through Echo Canyon
Uncle Benjamin was only 13 when they entered the Salt Lake Valley
carry the mail from Salt Lake to Fort Laramie
erected a monument at Grandpa Isaac’s grave in the Salt Lake City Cemetery
In 1848, in Salt Lake, she made an uncle of the famous Ephraim Knowlton Hanks
Ephraim Knowlton Hanks became our uncle in 1848, in Salt Lake
after the Mormon Battalion, he came to Great Salt Lake Valley in 1847
became the first pound keeper in Salt Lake City,…
escorted Col. Thomas L. Kane to Fort Bridger, returning with him safely to Salt Lake City
at the breaking out of the Black Hawk war in 1865, he removed to Salt Lake City
He rode quickly from Draper to Salt Lake City
contract for carrying the mail from Missouri river points to Salt Lake City
the mail between Fort Laramie and Salt Lake City
heroic efforts of the people in Salt Lake valley to save these unfortunate companies
he was living in Salt Lake City
Served three consecutive terms, beginning in 1876, as Mayor of Salt Lake City.
Built the first dam on the Jordan River in the Salt Lake Valley
John accompanied them to Nauvoo, to Winter Quarters, and (in 1847) to the Salt Lake Valley
The first man known to have taught a school in Utah
He arrived in Salt Lake Valley on the 2nd of October
Our Uncle Isaac Perry Decker, in bronze on the “This Is The Place” monument in Salt Lake City
He then rode horseback with the child 25 miles to Salt Lake City to his own home
Port married our Aunt Mary Ann Neff, Uncle Brigham Young officiating, in Salt Lake
In Utah, Porter ran a tavern at the south end of the Salt Lake Valley
Uncle Orrin Porter Rockwell is buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery
Charles Truman Stillman helped haul the first stone used to build the Salt Lake Temple
San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California Mount Pleasant Seelys among the original settlers of San Bernardino.
and then to San Bernardino
We moved from Sunset to San Bernardino, in 1946
San Bernardino, California
Howard W Hunter Preached our mother’s funeral sermon in San Bernardino in 1968
two head-shots in San Bernardino
The Seelys came to see us in San Bernardino
Richard and Valerie stayed in San Bernardino
bookcase in San Bernardino
beyond our home base in San Bernardino
It doesn’t snow in San Bernardino
The Babbs, long-time friends from San Bernardino.
the Utah contingent came to San Bernardino
Another turkey, another year. This time in San Bernardino.
Dave, who lived with the folks in San Bernardino, for a while, as a teenager
Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino mountains
Richard imported Kathy from La Habra to San Bernardino
In San Bernardino, we came to be particularly close with the Ords, the Babbs, the Boghs, and the Wellses, with whom Duane served in the First Ward Bishopric.
in San Bernardino, we mingled friends and kin
The Tans took an English class from her at San Bernardino Valley College
Seminary class for 1955-56 in the San Bernardino Third Ward
from the Toronto Star for May 31, 1947, the year after we moved from Utah to San Bernardino
Leola and Duane returned to San Bernardino
they rented out the San Bernardino homestead
The accident was big news in Salt Lake and San Bernardino.
her official obituary in the San Bernardino Sun-Telegram
James B and Renée Allen lived at the homestead
Ann Richards Cox lived with us during her senior year
Chapter Two: San Bernardino, 1946-1958
San Bernardino
The “city” of San Bernardino
In 1946, Pappy met Dr. John L Lounsbury, president of San Bernardino Valley Union Junior College
San Bernardino, 1946-1958
some San Bernardino topics
We moved from Sunset to San Bernardino in 1946
our neighborhood grocery store
Snow in San Bernardino
Joe Baker came to San Bernardino to baptize Del.
Pappy produced annual photographic Christmas greetings
I delivered morning newpapers for the San Bernardino Sun-Telegram.
a modest cameo rôle for our Bébé
We may have made the 1946 move to San Bernardino in the Studebaker
KittenSloth in San Bernardino
Arrowview Junior High
San Bernardino High School
The San Bernardino chapter of Kiwanis International
San Bernardino Third Ward Seminary, 1956
semifinalists gathered at San Bernardino Valley College
the San Bernardino Sun-Telegram covered it
I’m guessing this was the Reverend Gilford E Olmsted, Pastor of the First Christian Church of San Bernardino
pink cheeks and all, clearly in the smoggy light
This very flattering item, for example, hit the San Bernardino press
Pacific High School went three-for-three
about four times our national fair share
Church in San Bernardino
We arrived in San Bernardino just three years too late
San Bernardino First Ward
Pioneer Day was a big deal
annual San Bernardino Stake picnic
San Bernardino Third Ward
San Bernardino Stake President
Wayne Reeves presided briefly over the San Bernardino Stake; Shirley Bogh succeeded him.
San Bernardino Stake Patriarch Ashley Bartlett pronounced a Patriarchal Blessing upon me
San Bernardino bishops.
Charles Eastwood served as Patriarch, a successor to our Pappy
The Eastwoods had spent their first few nights in San Bernardino as our family’s guests
San Bernardino Third Ward Seminary, 1956
San Bernardino Third Ward Seminary, 1957
President David O McKay gives the hand of fellowship
Mammy was central to the effort to create the LDS Institute of Religion
Valerie was the first Institute Secretary
Charles Eastwood taught me in ninth grade.
Here’s Joe Cook’s class from Rialto
Valerie smiles, front and just left of center
Rita Skousen Miller pioneered Seminary in Colton
These are San Bernardino kids
We left something important in San Bernardino.
Pappy ordained me an Elder on New Year’s Day, 1960
They made a fuss over my mission departure
former San Bernardino Stake President Levern M (“Uncle Vern”) Hansen and Woodrow Miller took part
We spent our wedding night and that weekend in the San Bernardino mountains
Valerie’s sisters Crystal and Karen and my brother Brent at the Santa Fe station to see us off
summer teaching job in Rialto, just west of San Bernardino
Broke Rick’s leg
Rick met his Great-Grandpa Thomas McKey Elder
we brought Mammy and Pappy back to San Bernardino
Grandma and I visited the folks in San Bernardino
With cousins Kelly and Wade, in the San Bernardino mountains
I think the venue for this reunion was a food court in a big mall in Rancho Cucamonga, not far from San Bernardino
Floyd wanted to be buried back in San Bernardino County.
the night before I left San Bernardino for my first mission
Shared bedroom in San Bernardino
Three generations, in San Bernardino
we came visiting from San Bernardino.
San Bernardino Stake President
San Bernardino Stake President
Don Ellsworth, my closest friend, through all the time we lived in San Bernardino
Kathleen Nebeker, an early San Bernardino friend
San Diego, San Diego, California Gathered on Osage Drive.
Showed off Rick, 1966.
Sandisfield, Berkshire, Massachusetts Treasure Cities, Volume 4
Sandisfield, Massachusetts
New York-Massachusetts land dispute
Housatonic Township No. 3
The Proprietors offered inducements to settle in disputed lands
Norton Fletcher and Willard Platt assisted my research
Well off the beaten track; you’re not likely to find yourself there by accident.
Appleton and Robert Stillman were major property holders
I haven’t discovered Grandma Amanda’s resting place.
Thanks to Bob Grigg, we’re now fairly confident that she did not remarry but lived as the Widow Amanda Stillman
Rebecca’s and Daniel’s stones
Our Hurds seem to have maintained a very low profile
Sandisfield contributed to the Revolutionary War effort
Lieutenant Benjamin Smith lies in the Sandisfield Center Cemetery with a star and flag
now it appears that it was not he but his son Benjamin and other family members who took part
Grandpa Appleton’s veteran status is amply documented
Our Smiths and Stillmans of Sandisfield were notably active citizens
Grandpa Daniel Hurd of Sandisfield, Massachusetts, appears to have died both intestate and insolvent
Step-Grandma doesn’t look like a gold-digger
Grandpa Appleton’s will named his brother Robert guardian of his minor children
John and Rachel Robbins Stillman were prominent among the founders of the Sandisfield/ Colebrook community
John’s stone in Beech Hill Cemetery denotes his status as a Revolutionary soldier.
original records that Grandpa John was indeed a Selectman when the Town was formed
The Stillmans joined our Mayflower line with the marriage of Grandma Amanda Hurd to Appleton Stillman
John and Rachel had five sons and four daughters, of whom at least eight lived to marry
great-grandchildren of Nicholas and Constance Hopkins Snow set up housekeeping two hundred miles west from their birthplace in Eastham
three of our lines met and conjoined in Sandisfield and in neighboring Colebrook, Connecticut
The Proprietors’ Book records that our Benjamin and his brother Solomon were offered forty shillings a head to settle in the new Township
Inasmuch as all the Smiths of that generation are buried in the Berkshires, we gather that they accepted the inducement.
their son (our Uncle) Lot Smith (b. 1756) was the first birth of a male child in the new settlement suggest that they had then arrived fairly recently
In the Sandisfield Center Cemetery, Lieutenant Benjamin Smith’s headstone stands with the flag and star insignia which identify him as a soldier of the American Revolution.
Apart from little Elkins and Grandma Rebecca, I haven’t yet found the graves of any of this generation
It isn’t as if the family’s migration from Sandisfield to Colebrook was a big deal, in a geographical sense.
This map may help us understand why it took a cash inducement to bring our Smiths from their Cape Cod home to the wilderness of the Berkshires.
Grandpa and Grandma Hurd lie in the Beech Plain Cemetery
Near the Smiths, back down in Sandisfield Center, is this intriguing stone.
Willard’s a former Selectman of the Town of Sandisfield. Norton is President Emeritus of the Sandisfield Historical Society. Each time I have come to visit (2005, 2007, and 2009), they have been most generous with their time and knowledge.
John and his sons, particularly Grandpa Appleton and Uncle Robert, invested heavily
Sandisfield’s only lodging-house, the New Boston Inn
I was aware that Sandisfield/Colebrook was an important family history site for us
The Sandisfield/Colebrook neighborhood is well off the proverbial beaten track
all of John’s and Rachel’s children were born in Connecticut, except for Robert
Before Sandisfield was, the Proprietors of Housatonic Township #3 functioned as an embryonic Board of Selectmen
Meanwhile, our Smiths have settled in and remained an important part of the Sandisfield scene, long after the founding Stillmans had moved on to the newer settlement in Colebrook.
I’ve been guided too much, under too many diverse circumstances, to retain any confidence in coincidence
But an accident firmed up our plans in a way we hadn’t anticipated.
Before returning to Utah, we had documented the “Seven Little Stillmans” from their Colebrook gravestone, the only surviving record of their brief lives. And we made a stop, on their behalf, at the Nauvoo Temple. Norton Fletcher of Sandisfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, was the past president of the Sandisfield Historical Society
Norton Fletcher and Willard Platt, by the gravestone of Lieutenant Benjamin Smith, my sixth great-grandfather, in the Sandisfield Center Cemetery
Then they showed me some documents from the pre-Revolutionary town’s records, and we went to the headquarters of the Sandisfield Historical Society, where we perused and I photographed more old records, and where Norton made me official with a Sandisfield Historical Society baseball cap.
I knew already that many of my Stillmans were very nearby, in the Beech Hill Cemetery, across the Connecticut line to the south.
found the Beech Hill Cemetery. Photographed the gravestones of many Stillmans and took the results back to Somerville for analysis.
All this was a powerful emotional experience for me, especially later, when I was able to figure out the inscriptions on the grave that seven infant first-cousin Stillmans share on Beech Hill
Only days later, Norton wrote that he’d located my elusive Grandpa Daniel Hurd’s grave
Norton and Willard were my guests for lunch in the Gentlemen’s Parlor
As in Sandisfield the day before, I spent my Colebrook day chasing around with the excellent Bob Grigg and snapping photos of various records.
Scotland Native land of 5GM Elizabeth Rule MacLean.
“Scotland” in Lexington, Middlesex, Massachusetts Home of William “The Immigrant” Munroe, 1660
“Resembled a rope-walk”
How it looks in 2002
8GGF William Munroe named his homestead in Cambridge Farms after his homeland
He became in 1660 the proprietor of a land grant up against the Woburn line.
The Russell property across the Woburn Road
William Munroe’s “Scotland,” (S) next door to the Russell place, sits right up against the Woburn town limit.
From just over the line in Woburn, we look back toward the southeast corner of “Scotland”
The Brown family lives here now. Their home is attractive, but hardly as picturesque as its predecessor. When I asked, they were unaware that anybody had ever called their neighborhood “Scotland”
Our half third cousin, six generations removed, Mary Munroe Sanderson recalled that the farmhouse at “Scotland,” came to resemble a rope-walk, as he would add a wing to the house each time a son reached his majority.
Philip Russell grew up across the Woburn Road from William and Martha Munroe’s “Scotland” farm in Lexington
The day before Patriots’ Day, I drove up to the Lexington-Woburn boundary
William Munroe ’s “ Scotland”
The cherished Munroe plaid tie? Rick’s gift on his return from a trip to Scotland, back in the same general time-frame.
the stone marker at the southeast corner of “Scotland”, the land grant that eighth-great-grandpa William “The Immigrant” Munroe obtained in 1660, at the end of his term as a “redemptioner”
Here ends the court record of the famous Case of the Slippery Swine.
One presumes (and prays) that by this time Mary Ball, now an adult and châtelaine of “Scotland,” had transcended her infatuation with her former master.
The three-mile circle around Munroe’s
Just three miles separate the site of “Scotland” from Woburn’s village center.
“Scotland,” William’s farm on the Woburn line, came to resemble a rope-walk
One doubts that Michael Bacon came to “ Scotland” that snowy late-November evening with perfect equanimity of mind.
Into this vacuum, apparently, stepped Cambridge neighbors William and Martha Munroe, whose “Scotland” farm lay three miles west of the Bacon spread, right up against the Woburn line
And the next day (Wednesday), Grandpa William Munroe recruited the Russell brothers from the Cambridge farm adjoining “Scotland” to help him look for the one sow that was still missing
Mary is now châtelaine of “Scotland”
Shute, Devon, England 16GGM Elizabeth Bonville, born c.1425 in Shute, Devon, England
BONVILLE TAILBOYS, Elizabeth (16GGM, c 1425-1491) In our Plantagenet line as a daughter of 17GGF Lord William Bonville and 17GGM Margaret Grey. Born about 1425 in Shute, Devon, England. Married Sir William Tailboys by November 1446. Mother of Robert Tailboys.
Birthplace c.1425 of 16GGM Elizabeth Bonville
Somerville, Middlesex, Massachusetts bringing Alberta from her home on Kidder Avenue in Somerville to Church meetings in Cambridge
Boqi and Huiqi found an apartment in the Union Square neighborhood of Somerville
little-known stories: two impressive examples in Somerville (Charlestown, in Revolutionary days)
staying on Winter Hill in with Chris and Mary Beth, enjoying their delightful company and cuisine, and learning to play spades
Chris and Mary Beth rented apartment on Winter Hill in Somerville where we stayed in June, 2004
Somerville (Charlestown, in Revolutionary days)
took the results back to Somerville for analysis.
Kelly’s succursale in Somerville actually boasts a drive-thru facility!
settled in by the kindness of Chris and Mary Beth in their Somerville apartment
rented a car, and drove up to Somerville to stay with Chris and Mary Beth.
we flew for the Cambridge festivities by way of Providence, then rented a car and drove to Somerville to stay with Chris and Mary Beth on Ten Hills Road.
From there we proceeded to Ten Hills in Somerville to the bosom of our beloved Toad and Mary Beth, and we interspersed among episodes of family schmoozing visits to our ancient haunts in Middlesex County
By this time Chris and Mary Beth had given up their apartment in the Ten Hills neighborhood of Somerville
Chris and Mary Beth rented Winter Hill apartment where we stayed in June, 2004
Sparks, Washoe, Nevada Hepzibah and I pedaled from Sparks to the park
2001—May: Rick and Laura in Sparks
We seized the opportunity to continue on to Sparks in the current Ralstonmobile.
Sparks’ marvelous water pressure, thanks to Lake Tahoe
April 2003: Off to Sparks
Cute Kids in Sparks
Laura used to say that there was no truth to the rumor that Reno is hell. But you can see Sparks from there…
We drove across the desert to spend Valerie’s birthday in early April with our Sparks gang.
Picnic supper in one of Sparks’ many well-appointed parks.
Come Thanksgiving, our Western contingent gathered at Sparks
Back in Sparks, for the Family Talent Show.
Springfield, Illinois Arriving in Springfield
on June 1 1844, Lorenzo, his son William, and Isaac Decker took off for a mission to Ohio. Arriving in Springfield, Illinois, they learned of the assassination in Carthage
He marched towards Springfield during Shay’s Rebellion and was a Colonel in the militia
Mr. Lincoln’s tomb in Springfield, Illinois
Springfield, Kirtland, Palmyra
Springfield, New Jersey visiting our Ralstons in Springfield
We drove back in July to visit our precious Ralstons in Springfield, New Jersey
Staffordshire, England 19GGM Beatrice de Stafford, born circa 1341 in Staffordshire, England, fourth child and second daughter of 20GGP Ralph, Lord Stafford, and Margaret de Audley; married firstly, in 1350, Maurice FitzGerald, 2nd Earl of Desmond (d. June 1358); married secondly, 19GGF Thomas de Ros, 4th Baron de Ros, of Helmsley; married thirdly Sir Richard Burley, Knt.; she died 13 April 1415
By the summer of 1332, 20GGP Ralph, Lord Stafford was a commissioner of the peace in Staffordshire
In our Plantagenet line by his marriage to 21GGM Margaret de Clare: 1st Earl of Gloucester, 1st Baron Audley (c. 1291 – 10 November 1347) of Stratton Audley in Oxfordshire, and of Gratton in Staffordshire, served as Sheriff of Rutland and was the English Ambassador to France in 1341. He was buried in Tonbridge Priory.
Margaret de Audley and Stafford married before 6 July 1336. They subsequently had two sons and four daughters, including 19GGM Beatrice de Stafford, born circa 1341 in Staffordshire, England, died 1415, married firstly, in 1350, Maurice FitzGerald, 2nd Earl of Desmond (d. June 1358); married secondly,19GGF Thomas de Ros, 4th Baron de Ros, of Helmsley; married thirdly Sir Richard Burley, Knt.
Ralph de Stafford, 1st Earl of Stafford, 2nd Baron Stafford, (24 September 1301 – 31 August 1372), KG, of Stafford Castle and Madeley Castle in Staffordshire, was an English nobleman and notable soldier during the Hundred Years War against France
Stafford was made a Knight banneret in 1327 and was fighting the Scots shortly afterwards. He supported the plot to free Edward III of England from the control of Roger Mortimer, which earned the king's gratitude. By the summer of 1332, he was a commissioner of the peace in Staffordshire and had served abroad on royal business, accompanying 21GGF Hugh de Audley, 1st Earl of Gloucester. He was also still fighting the Scots, commanding archers at the Battle of Dupplin Moor on 11 Aug 1332 and on three further Scottish campaigns.
Around 1326, Stafford married his first wife, Katherine de Hastang. Katherine was the daughter of Sir John de Hastang, Knight, of Chebsey, Staffordshire. Ralph and Katherine had two daughters
Domain of our 20GGM Margaret de Audley, suo jure 2nd Baroness Audley and Countess of Stafford, and of her husband 20GGF Ralph, Lord Stafford, 1st Earl of Stafford; birthplace c.1341 of their daughter 19GGM Beatrice de Stafford
Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut Settlers
Vital records
Stoddard, New Hampshire Azubah Henry Munroe Gordon
Strasburg, Lancaster, Pennsylvania Strasburg
Neff Home in Strasburg
Neff Home in Strasburg
John Neff portrait
Mill pond water work
1983—On Our Way: Strasburg
The Strasburg home of “John Neff, the Mormon”
1983—On our way we stopped in Strasburg, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, a principal “treasure city” for our family
A covered bridge in Strasburg
At Neff homestead in Strasburg
Neff History
Franklin & Elizabeth married
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England Leola and Duane stopped there in 1963.
Leola, a flower among the flowers, and a wordsmith in the land of the Bard.
Sugar House, Salt Lake, Utah Ralstons’ abode by spring, 2001.
Ralston photos.
Bethany ballet lessons.
Matthew’s birthplace.
Olsens visiting in Sugar House.
Emily’s fifth birthday at the Ralstons’ in Sugar House.
First Encampment Park not far from Ralstons’ place in Sugar House.
Packards rented us their cottage in Sugar House.
Pappy lived on Redondo Avenue, back in the 1930s.
Valentine’s in Sugar House.
Sundgau, Alsace 31GGM Hildegarde of Sundgau, second consort of 31GGF Foulques III Nerra, Ancestor of our Plantagenets; Foulques was Count of Anjou for 53 years, son of 32GGF Geoffrey I, Count of Anjou, and 32GGM Adelaide de Vermandois, Father of 30GGM Ermengarde d’Anjou
Sunset, Davis, Utah Reading to us in Sunset
We think that couch belonged to Ruth and Jim Dunaway, in Sunset, Utah. Apart from that, we can’t offer any further context
three households, gathered at the Dunaways’ in Sunset, circa 1957
a turkey-devouring occasion in Sunset
Late in 1945, or maybe it was early in 1946, we left Ogden for the neighboring “city” of Sunset (Davis County)
Sunken Heights: the house at 1809 North 200 West.
My last birthday in Utah, until 2003. Before 1946 was over, we would move twice: first from Ogden to Sunset and then to San Bernardino
Not too long after Brent was born in Ogden on November 17, 1945, we moved to Sunset. That’s me
Another backyard scene
Valerie and me with Ruth and Jim on October 10, 2003
Back in those days, the neighborhood was known as “Sunset Heights.”
I visited with John and Nada Nicholas
In 1946, Pappy returned to Sunset with a teaching job
My last surviving grandparent, Grandma Anderson had been living in Sunset with Ruth and Jim Dunaway
May: Dunaways in Sunset and Orem
In Sunset, with Mammy, me, and Janet
In the back yard in Sunset, Scott’s birthday trike
Dunaways’ Sunset period. Princess was my cousin-cat
Neighbor threatened to call cops, 1946
Not thrilled with snow in Sunset
We moved from Ogden to Sunset in late 1945 or early 1946
“Sunken Heights”
Swansea, Rhode Island returned to his home in Swansea, west of Plymouth
Elizabeth Tilley Howland went to live in Swansea with daughter Lydia Howland Browne
Swansea was the town that grew up around Thomas Willett’s extensive estates in Rhode Island
Mary died April 10, 1662, at Swansea, Massachusetts
most of his time developing his plantation and town at Swansea
In 1660, Thomas Willett founded the town of Swansea, Rhode Island
His son Hezekiah lived at Swansea, probably with his father.
convince Wamsutta to sell the area around Swansea to Thomas
the township shall be henceforth known by the name of Swansea
Thomas Willet’s wife, Mary Brown was buried at Swansea
Thomas Willett died at Swansea
Thomas Willett returned to his home in Swansea
Hezekiah Willett, killed by Indians at the Willett plantation in Swansea
Hezekiah Willett, the tenth child of Thomas Willett, was a public favorite. His murder by the Indians aroused the wrath of the whole colony. He had married in January, 1676, and in July of that year, which was the year of King Philip’s War, he had walked but a short distance from his own door in Swansea when some prowling Indians killed him with three bullets and carried away his head. This act exasperated the colony, the more especially from the uniform kindness of the Willett family to the Indians. In all offers of pardon and amnesty these assassins were excepted, and when Crossman, their leader, was taken, he was hanged. Even the hostile Wampanoags lamented young Willett’s death, and when the head was found it was noticed that they had tenderly combed the hair and decorated it with beads
Swansea, England The John Brown family of Swansea, England, and Leyden
It is unlikely that he knew the Brown family when they lived in Swansea, England, near Cambridge
Taghkanic, New York Isaac Decker of Taghkanic, Columbia county, New York, was arguably a significant hero of the “Mormon” Pioneer era
Birthplace of Isaac Decker him coming into the world on 29 November 1799 at Taghkanic (also spelled Taconic)
Her father, Isaac Decker had been successful by the time he married the village school teacher in Phelps, Ontario, N.Y. about 150 miles northwest of his birthplace, Taghkanic, Columbia N.Y. which is about 50 miles south of the present Albany
Back in Isaac’s home town of Taghkanic, Columbia, New York, nineteen Decker families include another Peter Decker household
“Timbaloo” The Andersons, well, until the end of 2002, we lived just down the Battle Road from Lexington Green, at “The Rocks.”
Tours, Indre-et-Loire, France Missionaries from Tours entertained at a district conference
On dolmen at Tours
At Tours, a conference of all the missionaries in Bretagne.
Claude is now president of the MIA in Tours.
Then the general conference sessions, at which our youth choir sang
Robins will move to Tours as senior companion to one of the newcomers
We’ve scheduled a trip to Tours, Angers, and Le Mans
We left for Tours: President Desquines, Brother Gille, Sister Kayser, and I
14 Oct 62 Took over as Tours branch clerk
At Tours, the situation was as discouraging as in Le Mans.
President Desquines and I are off to visit the branches again
Schnockeloch was on the rue Grégoire de Tours
The missionary sisters at Tours referred Sister Panazol to us.
As of the 6th of January, my address will be in Tours.
Arrived in Tours late Tuesday evening; rather weary all day Wednesday.
Supervising Elder of missionaries in Tours
Two jobs to do: prepare Elder Parker and baptize a counselor
Assigned me to prepare Parker, strengthen Tours priesthood
Castre (Tours family) kids boarding near Rennes
The whole district at Chenonceaux
We’re clearly not expected to bear up under primitive conditions here.
Everybody seems to have assumed somebody else had already covered the center of town.
Tours apartment and landlord better than the ones we had at Rennes
Visited the Mayor of Tours
We’re trying to get in touch with M Jean Royer, Député-Maire de la Ville de Tours
Went to President Roux’s house, and this visit was a true inspiration.
Went with a real estate agent this morning to see possible chapel sites.
Elder Berthelson’s replacement, Elder Fee, got here just in time
Two trips to Chinon, during my brief stay in Tours.
Julius Caesar asked, a couple of thousand years ago, who erected it.
Under dolmen at Tours
Working hard just now to encourage the Evariste family
My darling fiancée sent three letters on my last day in Tours.
Valerie sent many letters, as my days in Tours came to an end
The District du Mans, with old friend Jules Roux of Tours as its President.
Close to my old field of labor in Tours, the handsome 12th-century fortress château of Luynes
Plessis-les-Tours, a small, homely château, just west of Tours.
A mission leadership visitation to the Tours Branch, 1967 or 1968
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