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Interested In Maine History? July 4, 2017

IMG_3646  Here’s the book for all history enthusiasts.  In a book store in Mystic Connecticut, I found this book about the history of Maine – titled The Lobster Coast, Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier, by Colin Woodard.  As one would expect, there’s quite a bit of detail about fish and the fishing industry, particularly  lobsters.  But there is also a lot to make one think about the rights of Native Americans and the rights and relationships between the original settlers and the subsequent waves of  “newcomers”, right up to the present day transformations of land use and the questions of distribution of wealth.

In my genealogy research I have been able to trace most of my ancestors back many generations.  At present I am trying to concentrate/focus on the immigration experiences of these branches in my family tree.  These would be the 6th-9th great grandparents.  About 90% of these forebears came to New England.  I have one case of an abrupt end of the trail with my 3rd great grandparents Joseph Reed and Sarah Maddox.  They were each born in Maine in the late 1700’s.  Joseph died in Maine in 1850.  Their daughter Abigail was my great great grandmother.  She was born in Gloucester in 1804.  But I do not have any information re Joseph and Sarah’s forebears, my 4th great grandparents etc.  Did they come to Maine as immigrants?  What happened to them in this remote and harsh part of the American frontier.  Did they perish in an encounter with one of the many tribes of Native Americans who raided the settlers villages and isolated dwellings.   I wonder.


Not Neglecting The Knitting July 9, 2015

Cat on Lofoten    Before I write about knitting, I can’t resist the latest photo from the Lofoten Islands in Norway.  My daughter-in-law Susan is nearing the end of her trip to Norway.  In the Lofoten Islands she found this cat enjoying some fish cake scraps.

Below are 2 photos of my latest scarf.

latest scarf 001         latest scarf 003

I’m trying to concentrate on my genealogy project but just to show you other things are going on also.

Here is my part of my attempt to keep the generations straight.  The yellow tags are my grandparents, reading from the left: Charles Dana Miller, Mary Elizabeth Murdock, Alfred William Friend, May Belle Willis

latest scarf 002     latest scarf 006


Anyone For Fishing? June 28, 2010

Filed under: Books,Fish — Janet @ 5:01 pm

I have just finished reading a most interesting book.  I don’t know if any of you readers of my blog are fans of Mark Kurlansky who has written books about Cod and Salt.  Now I have read The Last Fish Tale, The Fate of the Atlantic and Survival in Gloucester, America’s Oldest Fishing Port and Most Original Town.  Does he set a record for the longest book title?  Anyhow, the book itself is particularly interesting to me in that some of my forebears came from this part of New England.  As part of the history of Gloucester, Kurlansky discusses at length the role that artists have played.  Famous American artists, including Edward Hopper and Winslow Homer, have worked there.  And there are links also with the art colony that developed just a little further up the coast in Ogunquit Maine.

  The Last Fish Tale, by Mark Kurlansky