Thursday, May 13, 2021

Arnold's expedition

In our last post, we mentioned two descendants of Henry and Ann Lunt. One was Calvin Coolidge; the other was Thomas W. Markle who is the father Meghan. The few posts in this blog ought not be taken as lack of activity which will pick up this year, for several reasons. 

As an aside, the 400th of Plymouth was muted last year due to COVID's entry on the scene. The planning for the other anniversaries continues quietly. We would like to suggest a little change. If one looks at Massachusetts, starting in the 1620s, towns came into existence continually. This post on the 400ths lists over 70 towns. Notice the image. See Wikipedia for the page on the settlements

As an aside, rather than just look at the 400 roll-over, we are taking a broader view: 400th, 300th, 250th, 200th, and 100th. That is, we are talking four centuries of families. Notice that this blog has a link to the Lunt book (which needs some serious updating). We have found lots of other Lunt work being done and will get to pulling the information together. 

The 250th? That's what SAR/DAR are calling the upcoming event which has been organized from the perspective of the U.S. (link to the 250th project - Lots has been written about the American Revolution. There are plenty websites targeted to the subject. Note that both SAR (newly minted) and DAR have extensive databases about Patriots and their families.  

We are also looking at Loyalists, especially from the perspective that New France and New Spain subsumed much more land than did New England. The 200th? At that time, the border twixt Canada and the U.S. was still fluid. People were moving out west about this time, as well. So, lots to look at. 

But, stepping back. Benedict Arnold led a group from New England up to Quebec in 1775 to stage a surprise attack. Some of the volunteers were from Newbury and Newburyport. We start by looking at one who did a diary - Caleb Haskell. What is interesting is that Caleb was at the  Siege of Boston in the organization of Ezra Lunt (Lunt book, #302). Ezra did not go north with Benedict's group. 

But, the tale is interesting. Too, the Lunt book makes some mention of Ezra's life. There is more on his service in the Mass Sailors & Soldiers book. However, we can fill in the pieces, too. For example, in our other blog, we are looking at The Massachusetts Magazine which published from 1908 to 1918. Each issue included a look at a Regiment that had been at the Siege of Boston. Ezra is mentioned on TMM, Vol IX, 1916, page 33; his brother, Paul, is listed a little later. 

In brief, Arnold's trek had lots of problems. It was winter. He was wounded. So, later events might be seen, somewhat, in a new light. 


We have been posting information since 2010 and are ready to formalize the scope and look. Any recommendations and comments would be welcome. 

Remarks: Modified: 05/13/2021

05/13/2021 --

Monday, March 15, 2021

Further on descendants

We have done a lot of research related to the periods of American History that ought to be more attention especially from the perspective of families. That is, we are 250 years from the start of the turmoil of the American Revolution. We are 400 years from the start of New England in the north. Virginia dates from 1607. We are 200 years from the western expansion that happened after things got settled after the Louisiana Purchase, the trek of Clark & Lewis, and the War of 1812. Then, coming forward, we are 100 years from the new responsibilities of the global stage. 

There are lots of families to look at. We have found dozens through working with friends on their pedigree in the context of organizations in the Hereditary Society Community. These families represent the gamut: New England entry moving early to Virginia (and the Carolinas) then west; Virginia (and Carolinas) entry moving post the Revolution to the west (following Boone, sometimes) - these went north west leaving tracks across the plains to the coast or went south to Texas and points west (of these, some went further - with Oregon a popular destination); New England out west by water (two modes) establishing themselves on the coast; those from New France out west via the northern waters; and many more. Must mention later entry along the mid-coast that were a first wave since one had to go inland to find land. Also, for a period, there was an influx from Europe post the Civil War (early entrants in this group were here in time to support the Revolution. Lots of groups and times. 

George Shultz, who served in the Marines and was a member of the Cabinet for several Presidents, died recently at the age of 100. He was born in 1920. Looking at his life's work, several things popped up. But, taking a further look at one topic led to this short list which will be extended. George has a mixture of new and old families. However, one of his activities was being a Fellow at the Hoover Institute. This is hosted at Stanford University. Herbert Hoover, 31st President, was a descendant of New England, too. As usual, as we look at pedigrees, we look to find a 'cousin' relationship, whether by genes or by in-law-ness. In many cases, this allows us some additional material for research. 

But, what was interesting with respect to Hoover was who he followed; so, the 30th President is our first name. The second name is contemporary and placed as a marker for future research. 

  • Calvin Coolidge - his administration started during the time of the 300th anniversary of the Cape Ann venture about which we have an interest. He is descendant of many New England families (see WikiTree). The one we want to mention is Henry Lunt through his daughter Mary Goodwin. 
  • Thomas Wayne Markle - this mention comes from a blog post by the NEHGS: The Royal Ancestry ... There is a chart with details. Going to WikiTree, we can see information on Rev. William Skipper. There are two things that we want to mention. We have been using WikiTree since they have projects related to Gateways as well as make an effort to source their material. Rev Skipper's profile is handled by the Great Migration Project that is based upon the work at NEHGS by a team lead by R.C. Anderson. 
In both of these trees, we find the profile of Henry Lunt. Work will continue with respect to the information provided and its provenance.  

Remarks: Modified: 03/15/2021

03/15/2021 --

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Henry, again

We have seen lots of references to Henry and his time. We will pay more attention to these. 

So, with the proverbial punt down the road, we'll let the year end. 

Remarks: Modified: 12/29/2020

12/29/2020 --

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Status, again

This theme on one family complements the TGS work; we'll get getting back to this. 

For now, here are pointers to current work is being done:

  • Quora - started here in July of 2015. The decline in posting at blogs is associated with this move which has been very interesting in its effects. Quora covers the bases. There have been several answers on Quora that we did with regard to New England and its continuing influences. 
  • Thomas Gardner Society, Inc. - what is gets more attention is our blog which has been in action during a decade of work in which we are always learning. This focus is on the 400 years of American history including the century plus that preceded the Revolution. 
  • GitHub - where the technical mind can get refreshed. Might have a code focus but is used, too, for managing complex data systems.  
  • Others - 

 Remarks: Modified: 10/27/2020

10/27/2020 --

Friday, January 3, 2020

Summary, 2019

This year, we got involved with getting Find A Grave records updated.

List of 2019 posts.

Remarks: Modified: 01/03/2020

01/03/2020 --

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Memorial Day

In the spirit of the Holiday that dates to the Civil War, recent work suggests future activity. While looking for details about property owned by a Henry Lunt in Salem, MA (Sidney Perley's map), we got back to a collateral family. There is records on findagrave for this family. One record had been changed, so that caused more research (Problem with Find A Grave). Per usual, there was a lot more information on this family than a few years ago (Resources and work).

Given our experience with WikiTree last year (Margaret, anew), we started a profile for John Blake (Pittsfield, NH) as the central figure. Too, we were interested in Elizabeth A. (Blake) Lunt but went looking for siblings and other members. Sure enough. There was enough found to now write this up further. Still, there's lots to do.

Turns out that Elizabeth has an older sister, Caroline, who was the first child. So, we found her birth notice and followed the family through Census and other records. We saw that Caroline had married Walter A. Ingalls. We saw that she was in Boston before marrying with her brother, Alpheus P. Blake. That unusual name helped us identify other siblings.

But, the gist of this post is Caroline's husband. There is a grave in the Riverside Cemetery of Saugus that says: Walter A. Ingalls, Co. A, 24th Reg. Mass. Vols. Earlier, we had seen notice that Caroline had received a pension. The record of her husband said that he had served in Co. A. Reg 24. So, is this he? Well, on further search, he is unique name helps resolve the issue.

Caroline was noted as a widow in 1890. So, Walter died before that. We will be working more on the details. Their son was noted in the Congressional Record (1921) as being eligible for a pension after his mother died.

Along with other family records, we made a records for Caroline as she had several children. So, more work to do. Also, we know that Walter was born in Scotland. He was about 10 years older than Caroline. They lived in several places in Massachusetts. So, we now have a pointer on findagrave on the Walter record that points to a record that we manage and can keep up to date as we research. The Caroline record on findagrave points to her WikiTree Profile.

This was our first time associating a grave record with the family that was left behind. That this involves a person who was a Civil War veteran makes it more significant given that this weekend is the scheduled holiday weekend in the U.S. As we looked at the Blakes, we noted Patriots from the Revolutionary War time, plus 1812 conflict references. Hence, we will make an effort to identify those associations as we find them and make sure that grave records get updated as necessary.

In findagrave, one asks the manager to make a change that may or may not get done. Right now, John's and Ruth's records point to the four daughters. We have the other updates suggested and pending.

Remarks: Modified: 06/02/2019

06/02/2019 -- We are working this in conjunction with the Thomas Gardner Society, Inc. This case has lots of opportunity to show necessary work and to discuss methods, even technology.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Resources and work

Yesterday, we wrote of an example from findagrave (Elizabeth A. (Blake) Lunt) where the parents were changed but it wasn't clear why. We had done earlier research and wondered what had been missed, if anything. There are lots of conflicting information mismatches on the web. It is not uncommon for different positions to be about equal in support. What to do?

Well, research further. This lady had a brother with an unusual first name, Alpheus. The  1850 U.S. Census had her and him in the household of their parents. But, that year did not have relationships detailed, so we get the cabbage patch child syndrome (see Flyover country for some bit of mischief that will be further detailed in the future - like a kid just appeared?). Anyway, there also was a Jeremiah, uncommon but not so much. We have already seen his bio written since he was an early developer out in Sonoma County, California (post Gold Rush time).

So, Alpheus stood out as the key item. Solve him, and things would fall into place. Or not (at which point, we would have further work). Well, turns out that Alpheus did the trick. He has a findagrave record with the same erroneous father and no mother. So, Elizabeth is seen as sibling, however, the other names are wrong.

But, in 2011, people in the town of South Daytona FL which had renamed themselves from Blake FL, were wondering, whence the name? We have seen this before as we have chased down the same thing for places noted as Gardner/Gardiner (need to summarize this work). In one case, the work is ongoing with a slew of information awaiting analysis so as to help foot-draggers make a decision. In this case, there are differing eye-witness accounts (for more information, see The Gardiner that was), however the records seem to support one view more than the others. So, that is a continuing bit of excitement.

In a sense, this last exercise was good; we always want to have more information that supports a position. Or, we want to find things that might suggest that we're off beam.

In any case, the next step is to get findagrave updated. As we did with Margaret using WikiTree, we are using  WikiTree to collect the material for public consumption. There is one fact. As time goes along, digital records increase. As they come to fore, we can see how new stuff applies to what has been done so far. You know, DNA has caused a few wrinkles here and there.

In this case, a decade ago, there was not as much information for this family. Now, there is a whole lot more. The following list points to WikiTree where images were put up to use to write up the biographies. Given new insights by obituaries and such, we can extend the look for information on members of collateral families.

Oh yes, one bit of future work would be watching on-line postings of information. Too, there would be reviews of references to on-line postings. Meaning, anything that a group owns will not just sit there; it'll need active management; too, that'll suggest costs.
  • WikiTree for Alpheus P. Blake. Each of those references have pointers to related material that we need to look at. Oh yes, the obit mentions his sister and remaining brothers. 
  • WikiTree for Elizabeth A. (Blake) Lunt. Her son, a lawyer, was quite explicit about what he knew of his ancestors. One of the images is the bio of Jeremiah Ladd Blake. He notes his ancestors as well as provided details about his life with his parents. Noted in Alpheus' obituary. 
  • WikiTree for John Blake. Right now, the images show the Census record as well as the marriage of John's marriage to Ruth S(anborn) Ladd. There is one wrinkle. John had an older brother of the same name who died at the age of 8/9. 
Alpheus has railroad connections that bear further study. Too, he was a founder of Hyde Park, a suburb of Boston. Per usual, the progeny of this family are scattered all over the place. We'll look into that, too.

Remarks: Modified: 05/23/2019

05/18/2019 -- There are several references to Alpheus at this site related to Winthrop, MA. This blurb mentions lots of activities that we need to look at further.

(Google: Street ViewMapTriton Ave. was given its Greek mythological name (messenger of the sea) by Alpheus P. Blake as part of development of land he purchased on Point Shirley in 1884. Alpheus Blake was born in Orange, New Hampshire in 1832. He later moved to Pittsfield, NH, then Boston, and eventually Winthrop. He his known as the founder of Hyde Park (Wikipedia). Described as a shrewd land speculator and railroad developer, his accomplishments included founding the Boston Land Company, chartering two railroads, "The Boston, Revere Beach and Lynn Railroad" and the "Eastern Junction, Broad Sound Pier & Point Shirley Railroad", and was also at one time president of New England Brick Company. Point Shirley's was orginally part of what was called the Deane Winthrop Farm. In 1753 it was purchased from Thomas Pratt (see Pratt St.) for a fishing station, and them named Point Shirley. In 1808 it was purchased by Russel Sturgis to become a salt works. In 1844 it became the home of the Revere Copper Works. In 1884 the land was purchased for development by Alpheus Blake, with financial backing from former New Hampshire governor, Samuel W. Hale, and former Maine governor Joseph R. Bodwell. Blake was also involved in filling and development of Orient Heights and Beachmont. Mr. Blake had a winter home in Florida where he was connected with the company that built the Jacksonville St Augustine & Indian River Railroad. The town of Blake (now South Daytona) was named in his honor.

05/19/2019 -- Some reading material: Memorial Sketch of Hyde Park, Mass., for the First Twenty Years ..., Founding of Hyde Park, Hyde Park, ...

05/23/2019 -- Having spent about four days looking at the Blakes, it's time to write a post. Go to WikiTree (John Blake and find profiles of some of his children and a biography in progress). Alpheus had a sister Caroline whose husband became a veteran of the Civil War. We have linked his grave record to the record of his wife (which points to WikiTree as the focus for continuing work).