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Beauty In Weathered Gravestones July 29, 2017

Zachariah Walker  Gravestone for Zechariah Walker, South Cemetery, Woodbury, Lichfield County, Connecticut

Zechariah Walker was my 8th Great Grandfather.  He was born in Boston in 1637, died in 1699, in Woodbury Connecticut at age 63.

His parents were born in England and married in Boston in 1635.  His mother came to America in 1630.  She lived first in Salem.  I haven’t been able to determine when his father immigrated to America.

I like the way this gravestone has weathered – beautiful.


Portrait of William Howard July 6, 2017

William Howard  William Howard, First Baron of Effingham, 1510-1575     my 12th Great Grandfather

text - william howard             church william howard  St Mary Magdalene Churchyard, Surrey, England


Distant Relations April 16, 2017

Filed under: Ancestors,Find A Grave,Genealogy — Janet @ 6:39 pm

65708540_1438129682Grave marker for Lucy Jewett Miller, my grandfather’s first wife.  She was only 27 when she died in 1869.  She left 2 young children – Lucy Jewett Miller age 3 and Charles Dion Miller age 2


I have tried to trace what happened to these infants after their mother died so early in their lives.  From U.S. Census records it would appear that they and their father (my grandfather) were living in the household of Lucy’s parents – at least at the time of the 1870 Census.  This was in Newark.  Lucy’s father’s occupation was given as revenue collector, presumably with sufficient income to support a large household.  There were  many siblings and also Lucy’s father’s parents.

The next Census in 1880 shows Charles Dana and the 2 children in a separate household from the Jewett family.  According to the Census Charles”s sister, 2 years younger, was living with them, listed as a housekeeper.  This was the usual designation for a wife – her occupation was “keeping house”.   They were a household of 4 , Charles Dana, 2 children then 14 and 13 and their Aunt Elizabeth.  Aunt Elizabeth was unmarried or a widow.  Quite possibly a Civil War widow.

The only problem with the above is that upon looking further, Charles Dana did not have a sister named Elizabeth and 2 years younger.  Research continues.


Churchyard In Brockley Suffolk England March 19, 2017

St Andrew Churchyard Suffolk  St Andrew Churchyard, Brockley     Burial location of my 10th Great Grandfather


Imposing Figure January 11, 2017

sir-edmund-anderson Sir Edmund Anderson, 1530-1605. my 13th Great Grandfather   Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, Baron Anderson of Boughton


Gravestone Information August 16, 2016

elizabeth seaver  grave marker for my 7th Great Grandmother Elizabeth Seaver in Eliot Burying Ground Roxbury Massachusetts

eliz seaver  I wish some dedicated soul would restore this marker so that we could read the original inscription

Elizabeth Seaver died in December 1731.  She was 88 years old.


The Culpepper Line July 29, 2016

Culpepper farmland west sussex  Culpepper country Sussex England

Two Culpepper brothers married two sisters, Margaret and Elizabeth, granddaughters of Sir Richard Wakehurst, who thus brought the Wakehurst estate into the Culpepper family.

Medieval ancestors.

Culpepper Brass Monument  Culpepper effigy

Sir Walter Culpepper – known as “The Squire of Agincourt”