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Nice Sketch July 29, 2017

Filed under: Artists,Colonial History,Marblehead,Revolutionary War — Janet @ 2:34 pm
This was Sir Charles Henry Frankland, His Majesty’s Collector of the Port of Boston and, next to his friend, Governor Shirley, he was the most prominent personage in the Mass Bay Colony. This refined and well-bred aristocrat had come to Marblehead to oversee the establishment of coastal defenses at nearby Fort Sewall, and to look into the smuggling that had been carried on boldly. He would See More
 Sir Charles Henry Frankland

1619 Marriage In Cambridge England March 5, 2017

all-saints-church-cambridge  This is All Saints Church in England where my 9X Great Grandparents were married in 1619.  They emigrated  to North America in 1623 on the ship “Anne & Little James”.  They were early settlers in Plymouth Colony.


Messages For Current Times February 4, 2017

img_2310  Reading this book made me think of parallels in the McCarthy era in the 1950’s and now sadly the new administration headed by Donald Trump.  Highly recommended reading.

(One of my ancestors, Rebecca Nurse, was falsely accused and hanged in Salem in 1692)

On the news today I heard that a former Head of State in Norway was formally held and questioned yesterday when he tried to enter the U.S.  He was traveling on his diplomatic passport and the immigration officials felt he was a threat because he had visited Iran at some point in the past.


Genealogy Route From John Hollister, Builder of the Oldest House in Glastonbury Connecticut, My 9th Great Grandfather December 16, 2016

The oldest house in Glastonbury Connecticut, built by Lt. John Hollister


My 9th Great Grandfather Lt. John Hollister 1612-1665

My 8th Great Grandmother  Mary Hollister 1650-1713

My 7th Great Grandfather  Capt. John Welles 1676-1735

My 6th Great Grandmother  Phebe Welles  1707-1770

My 5th Great Grandmother  Sarah Ufford 1728-1804

My 4th Great Grandfather Stiles Curtiss 1761-1827

My 3rd Great Grandmother Betsey Curtiss Wooton 1791-1877

My 2nd Great Grandfather Henry W. Warner 1815-1859

My Great Grandmother Lucy Anna Warner 1843-1878

My Grandmother Mary Elizabeth Murdoch 1863-1954

My father Joseph Buckingham Miller 1891-1949

Me Janet Willis Miller 1936-


From Glastonbury September 30, 2016

IMG_0463   This is a photo from 3 months ago, late June, when Ian and I and the other grandparents visited our son David and family in Glastonbury  Connecticut.  The picture was actually taken in Mystic Connecticut after a festive lunch.  Coincidentally we are about to gather again, minus one – Ian will have to participate via Skype or some such device.

I am here visiting before attending my 62nd high school reunion up in the Boston area and the other grandparents are winging their way to Hartford on the Aer Lingus inaugural direct flight from Dublin.

So here I am enjoying a quick few days doing my usual round of our favorite places and some new ones as well.  The weather has been on the cool side and the famous Fall foliage is just beginning.  We had a nice trip down to Mystic and this time we had lunch in a new (to me) restaurant called Red 39 – the number is that of a navigation buoy.  Nice setting right on the river and delicious fish of course.

After a quick stop in the yarn store, lunch, a purchase in Mystic Knotworks, we went to Old Mystic Seaport which was the real objective of the trip that day.  Fascinating.  I just love it. We just ambled around absorbing the atmosphere of that recreated village of yesteryear.  My favorites I think were the big scaled model of the former village and the timeline in the whaling museum building.  (Pictures to show when I get back to Seattle and can sync my camera with my computer – current technology! – the equivalent I suppose of waiting to get a film developed.)

The Museum Store has a large bookshop section – was I in Heaven?  One of my purchases was of course a history cum genealogy book very pertinent to my ongoing reading and research.

…….to be continued


St Botolph’s Church, Boston England September 3, 2016

Filed under: Churches,Colonial History,England,Old Churches — Janet @ 5:45 pm

St.-Botolphs-Church-and-river-Boston-England-circa-1890-1900 Print circa 1890