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Building My Family Tree May 31, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 6:31 pm

Almost 1000 additions have been made since early March.

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Working on my genealogy – I now have 1730 ancestors on the family tree.  And varying amounts of information for each person.  This is becoming a magnum opus.

The count is climbing – now 1740, as of March 10

Increase – now 1764, as of March 16

March 19 – 1786

March 20 – 1807

March 21 – 1826

March 23 – 1847

March 24 – 1877

March 28 – 1900

April 3 – 1953

April 11 – 2039

April 28 – 2225

May 3 – 2283

May 13 – 2415

May 14 – 2434

May 19 – 2458

May 24 – 2547

May 26 – 2569

May 31 – 2637

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England To America

I have added many individuals and families to this list since I started it in March.

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Alexander Alford, 1627-1687, England to Northampton arriving in 1659, my 8X Great Grandfather

Mary Vore, 1617-1687, England to Northampton with her parents, arriving in 1630, my 8X Great Grandmother

Eulalia March, 1609-1690, England to Springfield, year of arrival unknown,    my 9X Great Grandmother

Sir David Burt, 1629-1690, England to Northampton, arrived in 1664,   my 8X Great Grandfather

Mary Winche, 1619-1691, England to Roxbury Massachusetts, arrived 1634 age 15,    my 9X Great Grandmother

Deacon William Holton, 1610-1691, England to America, Northampton,  arrived 1634 age23,     my 9X Great Grandfather

Henry Burt Jr, 1595-1662, England to Springfield Massachusetts, arrived      my 9X Great Grandfather

James Miller 1610-1685, Scotland to Boston, arrived 1635      my

James Miller’s son, 16           , Scotland to Boston, arrived 1635     my

Sen Miller,                   , Scotland to…

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Vanessa Bell May 30, 2016

NPG 5541; Vanessa Bell (nÈe Stephen) by Duncan Grant

by Duncan Grant, oil on canvas, circa 1916-1917

Portrait of Vanessa Bell, in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London


Top Ten Costumed Characters Seen at a Renaissance Faire May 29, 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 2:18 pm


The Floral Headdress and the Proverbial Turkey Leg The Floral Headdress and the Proverbial Turkey Leg

Since it is the opening weekend of the New Jersey Renaissance Faire, I thought I’d repost something that I wrote a few years ago.  Please enjoy.

When I first decided to write a guest blog for The Top Ten of Anything and Everything, I didn’t know how difficult it would be to narrow it down to just ten photographs.  Having recently experienced how enthusiastic the people involved with Renaissance Faires are (my daughter was a supporting cast member for the New Jersey Renaissance Faire), I should have known that there would be a wide variety of photographs from all over the country at my disposal.  A Digital Renaissance Feast.  Somehow I managed to select ten.  If you enjoy these, I recommend visiting the websites and facebook pages of these photographs as well as any other Renaissance Faire in the country. …

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Book Towns: Part I

Filed under: Uncategorized — Janet @ 2:15 pm

Hay on Wye is my favorite although I have never been there. Alas.

Cafe Book Bean

A Book Town is a trend that began in the 1960’s and refers to a town or village with a large number of used book or antiquarian book stores.
Along with their unique and plentiful bookstores they also host wonderful literary festivals

These book festivals attract book lovers and bibliophiles from all over the world. A number of towns are also members of the International Organisation of Book Towns.

Check out these first 6 awesome, yet quaint little book towns:

240-Montolieu-village-du-livre-Aude_focus_eventsMontolieu, France
Sometimes referred to as the “Village of Books.” Montolieu was the town that first introduced me to the concept of “Book Towns.” With a population of roughly only 747 people Montolieu contains fifteen bookshops, mostly specializing in second-hand and
16540322265_089531e1a8_zantiquarian books.
Every year the town offers many workshops such as: Used and antiquarian bookshops, Working craftspeople of books and art, The Arts and Crafts of the Book Museum, Bibliophilia…

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Trico – A Facebook Cat May 28, 2016

Filed under: Cats,Katerina,Trico cat — Janet @ 6:50 pm

tricot catI just love the rich colors (and the cat named Trico) in this photo which I found on Facebook.  Trico looks very similar to my cat Katerina.

IMG_9911 Katerina high above the kitchen floor



Am I Related?

Filed under: Ancestors,Grave Markers,James Monroe Willis — Janet @ 5:01 pm

Is this sea captain in my ancestry?  Willis is my middle name.

Capt  James Monroe Willis, 1825-1909, New Bedford Massachusetts

Gravestone Capt James Munroe Willis


Genealogical Records

This is a sample of the types of records I’m finding as I explore my genealogy.  Some of my ancestors first settled in Dorchester (virtually part of Boston) Massachusetts.  And they subsequently moved to Windsor near Hartford Connecticut.  Putting names and dates to the figures involved in this historic movement of individuals and families is exciting.  I am descended from these people.

History of Dorchester


Forefathers Burial Ground

Filed under: Ancestors,Burial Grounds,Genealogy,Grave Markers — Janet @ 12:29 am


Gravestones Lt Jonathan Minot & wife

Gravestones of my 6X Great Grandparents – Lt Jonathan Minot and his wife Elizabeth Stratton in the Forefathers Burial Ground, Chelmsford Massachusetts


Empty Nest May 27, 2016

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Sigh.  It was bound to happen sooner or later. I’m just now getting around to actually writing about it. As you know, Day 2 of my Nature Challenge [here], I posted pictures of a little bird who was nesting in an alcove on our back porch. I must admit, it was such fun watching the parents care for the babies (I assume as much since I can’t tell one from the other) and watching the babies grow.

Shortly after the babies hatched, we had an onslaught of carpenter bees. These are all new experiences for us. We knew (had been told) that the carpenter bees would drill/bore holes into the home and lay eggs. Well, we couldn’t allow that to happen in our new home so the exterminators were called. We told the guy that he would just have to work around the nest. He explained to us that there…

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