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Royal Hike To Tigers Nest Monastery In Bhutan April 15, 2016

Filed under: Bhutan,Pilgrimage — Janet @ 5:51 pm

GTY_royals_in_bhutan_01_as_160415_4x3_992  admiring the view

I have my own photograph taken from this point in 1986 – a monk was sitting in the foreground.  It was a very tough hike.  I couldn’t do it now!


Seth Sweetser, Part 2


Seth Stowell Sweetser
Birth: May 18, 1606
Tring, England
Death: May 21, 1662
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA

Son of James Sweetser and Joane Stowell. He married Bethia Cooke at the church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Tring, Hertfordshire, England. Seth and Bethia came to America and settled in Massachusetts. Their children included Anna, Benjamin Cooke, Mary, Hannah, and Elizabeth. Seth Stowell Sweetser is my 9th great-grandfather.
In September 2011 I visited my son, John Blackwell Gardner, and his wife Tasha, and sons Jacob Harp, and William Thomas Gardner in London, England. We drove 35 miles north to Tring and stood at the altar where Seth and Bethia were married. It was a wonderful moment.
November 2, 2012, I received a FindAGrave message from Louisa Wilkerson stating “According to ancestry he is my 9th great grandfather also thru the Upham family.”

Thanks to Michael Skrysak for the following:

“Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts” William Richard Cutter Published in 1908 (Pages 1592+)

SWEETSER – The surname “Sweetser” is identical to “Sweetzer” and “Switzer”, both of which are still in use by various branches of the family. A native of Switzerland, was called a “Switzer”, but the term was used especially for one of the hired guards and in general came to be used for a mercenary soldier. It has been a common name in England for many centuries.

Seth Sweetser, the immigrant ancestor of the American Family, was born in England in 1606 and came from Tring, Hertfordshire, England, a place thirty miles from London. He died May 27, 1662, aged fifty-six years.

He came to New England in 1637 and in that year was admitted as an inhabitant of Charlestown. He was admitted to the church there January 8, 1638, and a freeman March 14, 1638-39. He was a shoemaker by trade, and a Baptist in religion.

A letter from his cousin, Daniel Field, dated at Tring, May 10, 1642, has been preserved. It mentions his cousin Crane, father Lake, Aunt Hoten, his brothers and sister Elis. It notified him that he was to receive a butt of leather for which he was to pay ten pounds to Thomas Welch or Goodman Fowler. It conveyed a message of love to William Phillips and his wife. He made a deed of gift to his son Benjamin in 1660. He died May 27, 1662, aged fifty-six years. His will was signed May 24, 1662, and proved June 17, following.

He bequeathed to his wife, Elizabeth, daughter Sarah, son Samuel Blanchard and his wife Mary, daughter Hannah Fitch and to his wife’s three children by an earlier marriage. His son Benjamin and Edward Drinker were executors; Mr Richard Russell and “my brother Thomas Gold” overseers.

His first wife, Bethia, was admitted to the church September 9, 1639.

He married second, April 1661, Elizabeth Oaks, widow of Thomas Oakes, of Cambridge.
Elizabath (his widow) married third, Samuel Hayward

1 – Benjamin, born about 1632 in Tring England
2 – Sarah
3 – Mary; Married January 3, 1654-55, Samuel Blanchard
4 – Hannah, baptized January 12, 1638-39; Married Joseph Fitch
5 – Elizabeth, born January 27, 1642-43

Family links:
Bethia Cooke Sweetser (____ – 1660)*

*Calculated relationship

Phipps Street Burying Ground
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Section 4, Row M, Grave 34
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He is my 10th great-grandfather through his daughter Mary.
– Sunset
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Also my 9th great grandfather. Thank you for sharing the photos and your story.
– Jim Tierney
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Sample Find A Grave Record

Abigail Wigglesworth Sweetser my 8X Great Grandmother

Abigail Wigglesworth Sweetser
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Birth: 1632
Death: Jul. 22, 1718
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA

“Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts” William Richard Cutter Published in 1908 (Pages 1592+)Benjamin Sweetser, son of Seth Sweetser (1st wife, Bethia and 2nd wife Mrs Elizabeth Oakes) and Mrs Elizabeth Oakes, was born in Tring. England, about 1632, died July 22, 1718.

He came to Charlestown with his parents when an infant. He inherited the homestead. He followed his trade of last-maker in Charlestown. He was a prominent Baptist at the time that denomination was being oppressed by the Puritans, and he was fined fifty pounds and imprisoned for being a Baptist. His will is dated May 5, 1716, and proved August 12, 1718.

He bequeathed to his wife, to sons Benjamin, Samuel, Joseph and Wigglesworth.

He married Abigail Wigglesworth, born 1632, died July 22, 1718, aged eighty-six years, according to her gravestone.

Children born at Charlestown:
1 – Abigail, Married Andrew Simpson
2 – Bethia, Married October 30, 1663, Edward Paine; second, Isaac Wheeler
3 – Benjamin, born April 24, 1666, died at Maiden, september 23, 1720
4 – Seth, born July 7, 1668
5 – Joseph, born January 14, 1670
6 – Samuel, born August 1, 1673
7 – Wigglesworth, born May 28, 1677
Found on Ancestry.com, the following records:

US New England Marriages Prior to 1700
Benjamin Sweetser (1632-1718) & Abigail Wigglesworth (1640- ) Married 1660 in Charlestown
(Abigail Married 2nd Rev Ellis Callender 1719)
Massachusetts Town & Vital Records 1620-1988
Ellis Callender and Mary or Eliza Sweetser
Married in Boston on Nov 17, 1719

(Ellis Callender born 1641, died 18 May 1728, Boston)

Family links:
Benjamin Cooke Sweetser (1633 – 1718)

Benjamin Sweetser (1666 – 1720)*
Seth Sweetser (1668 – 1731)*

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Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
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Horse Power

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 1:31 pm

A Bushsnob in Africa

That there are horses in South America should not be a surprise to anyone. These beasts were introduced by the Spaniards in the 1600’s and they have been adjusting to their new environment and multiplying ever since while becoming invaluable in many agriculture-related tasks.

P1120986 copy.jpg The bushsnob pointing towards Carmelo at the origin of the River Plate in Punta Gorda.

Carmelo is located in the South-West of Uruguay, just downriver from the joining of the rivers Paraná and Uruguay, the start of the river Plate, “discovered” in the 1500’s. This is the place I was born and I am a proud member of this small town, full of character and characters. Carmelo is the only city in Uruguay founded by our national hero: José Artigas, a man far too advanced for his time.

It is here that a well-known barber, after having won the small local lottery, closed the shop and…

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Knitting Group

Filed under: Knitters,Knitting — Janet @ 1:27 pm

Do you want to join?  Photo from Slipped Stitch Studios

knitting group


Derek Bell (The Chieftains) and Samuel Beckett – As good as it gets!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 12:40 pm

The Immortal Jukebox

Posts for Paddy’s Day 2

My dad, God rest him, was sparing with praise. Only those truly outstanding in their fields got the nod. Sportsmen such as jockey Lester Piggott and Hurler Jimmy Doyle were credited as being, ‘As Good as it got’.

The other accolade, very rarely bestowed, on someone considered unique in character and achievement was, ‘Now, he’s a one to himself’ which I remember him saying only about the actor Robert Mitchum and Muhammad Ali.

Taking up these terms I now use them myself though characteristically with more profligacy than he ever did! Even so it’s rare for me lavish both terms on an individual no matter how high my esteem for them.

But, the exception proves the rule. So, today’s post concerns an extraordinary Irish artist, Derek Bell; harpist, harpsichordist, pianist, oboist, arranger, composer and conductor and bona fide eccentric. If ever any man deserved to…

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