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A Work In Progress June 20, 2017

Immigrant ship 33   Immigrant Ship


From the piles of papers I’ve accumulated in my genealogy research I am now compiling a list of my immigrant ancestors who came to America – who, when, what year, etc.

Following is my draft so far:   Sorry, I’m having trouble copying the Word document



Reading Too Good To Miss March 25, 2017



9x Great Uncle Reverend Francis Dane March 7, 2017

Reverend Francis Dane  Reverend Francis Dane who opposed the Salem Witch Trials.  He was my 9X Great Uncle.


Laces of Ipswich January 4, 2017

A great find – this book, The Laces of Ipswich, The Art and Economics of an Early American Industry by Marta Cotterell Raffel is perfect for combining my interests in history, genealogy, and economics.  I am only marginally interested in lace making in that it relates to weaving…..but this is a thoroughly researched picture of an industry in early New England and just maybe some of my ancestors!

img_2172    The Laces of Ipswich


whipple-house  Whipple House, Ipswich Massachusetts – some of the work highlighted in this book are displayed in Whipple House.



Old Burying Ground July 26, 2016

CEM1626 Old Burying Ground Ipswich

Old Burying Ground Ipswich Massachusetts

How many of my ancestors are buried here?  Research continues.  Major John Whipple for one.


My “Great Migration Study” May 14, 2016

As regular readers of this blog  know,  I am trying to identify my ancestors who migrated to North America in the 1600’s.  Some of these ancestors who came to live in New England maintained their ties to England to the extent that they are buried in there.  One such ancestor is Richard Kimball.  He was born in Suffolk England and is buried there.  But he spent more than half his life in Ipswich Massachusetts.

Rattlesden Church    Rattlesden Church, Suffolk, England    Richard Kimball Plaque



The Arabella Ship April 7, 2016

arabellaSome of my ancestors came to America on the Arabella in 1630.  Picture credit: Stories from Ipswich blog.