March 29, 2008: A large number of the lineages of political figures are said to be accessible under www.wargs.com. Also check out www.notablekin.org... FYI!
April 1, 2008: Anna Coit is coming up on her 100TH birthday. A phenomenal historian and genealogist she is STILL active. If you have ever contacted for information on Walter Palmer early settler of Stonington, Connecticut, you may have been in contact with her. She was a Founder of The Walter Palmer Society (http://www.walterpalmer.com) and is an active member of The North Stonington Historical Society and gives a folksy and neighborly touch to the North Stonington Historical Society Newsletter. Her birthday will be noted at the Westerly, RI, Public Library on Wednesday, April 9. She was born on April 8, 1908. She is a descendant of numerous early settlers in our local two state region. She is still volunteering at the library one day a week. She will give a talk, share her memories, you can bring a sandwich and/or share her birthday cake. Beverages and simple snacks will be provided in the Hoxie Gallery. You can send her a note or card at 65 Denison Hill Road, North Stonington, CT 06359.
April 2, 2008: The Westerly, RI veterans memorial has some names left off. If you or a family member are a veteran who lived in Westerly, or enlisted or discharged from that town, you would be eligible. By the end of the month Melinda Boeglin, the Tax Collector of Westerly is hoping to get new names to be recognized. My own father, Robert S. Hirst, entered the National Guard in Westerly and in 1941 the National Guard was nationalized where he served in the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of The Bulge. To determine eligibility contact Melinda Boeglin at email@example.com. The mail address is 45 Broad Street, Westerly, RI 02891. BTW, The Town of Westerly web site BTW www.townofwesterly.com.
April 8, 2008: If you are promoting reunions in Connecticut you can send to the Hartford Courant firstname.lastname@example.org. That is one source that should be considered for publicity. The Hartford Courant has a good size circulation.
April 9, 2008: I am eight times a descendant of Capt. George Denison, early settler of Mystic, twice through his first wife Bridget Thompson and six times through his wife Ann Borodell. A little trivia first... Bridget Thompson and Capt. George were direct ancestors of would be President Thomas E. Dewey, Republican nominee for President in 1944 and 1948. Ann Borodell sister Margaret is a direct ancestor of President (Stephen) Grover Cleveland. I am also a direct descendant of Margaret as well as Dorothy Thompson Bridget's sister. Dorothy, along with her husband Thomas Park(e), are ancestors of Princess Diana. I received a mailing from The Denison Society today. It appears to be directed to those who visited the Denison Homestead but have not yet joined the society. I, however, been a life member for years. The Denison reunion this year will be the first Saturday in August. Also, on June 1, re-enactors will be in costume at the homestead. I recommend you consider joining The Denison Society -- http://www.denisonsociety.org -- you can e-mail Anne Collier, the Membership Secretary (email@example.com), and by mail at 120 Pequotsepos Road, Mystic, CT 06355. The Denison House can be visited through the Spring to Fall period.
April 15, 2008: The celebration of Anna Coit's 100TH Birthday continues. On Sunday, April 27, an event is planned on the North Stonington Fairgrounds. She has gotten some newspaper publicity, even in The New York Times, The New London (CT) Day and The Westerly (RI) Sun. I went to her birthplace celebration at The Westerly Public Library and spoke.
April 16, 2008: Last night I learned about a tax issue involving cemeteries and delinquent taxes in my own town, Hopkinton, RI, and THE local Ashaway Fire District. I would like to hear what the Connecticut perspective/procedures is on this. Is cemetery property taxable at any time? How is it assessed? How is the distinction made from cemetery part of the property and THE non-cemetery part? I realize cemeteries have various owners, including religious, governmental, family, and some are actually are businesses. I fully realize that most cemetery property is not taxed, by the way.
April 18, 2008: Just got today the newsletter of the Ledyard Historical Society. Here is information from it. The annual meeting is pot luck, May 2, starting at 6:30 PM, at the Ledyard Congregational Church, 722 Colonel Ledyard Highway. This is near the Bill Library. The program will involve painted tinware. For membership information on this society please contact Kit Foster (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Shirley Greene (email@example.com). FYI, the Ledyard Up-Down Sawmill is now operating from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM during April and May. It is located on Iron Street about 1-1/2 mile east of Ledyard Center.
April 25, 2008: Although a Rhode Islander, I have belonged to North Stonington Grange over half my life. I am a third generation Granger on my mother's side (Bill). I served as Master of that Grange from 1992 to 1993, and am currently Master of New London County Pomona Grange No. 6. Every town in New London County had a least one Grange in its history, except New London and Voluntown. Ekonk Grange in Sterling is just over the Voluntown (New London County) line. Tonight my Grange is having its second most important program of its 100TH Anniversary. Today Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell has declared it North Stonington Grange Day in Connecticut. Any of you needing assistance to determine whether a family member was a Granger can contact me and I will try to do what I can to find that out. The Grange did not start until 1867 and not until later did it form in Connecticut. I have been working on a postal cancellation with the local Postmaster in North Stonington and will be available for a month starting today. If you would like some, I suggest enclosing smaller envelopes in a larger one with affixed postage on the envelopes to be cancelled so it can be cancelled with the Grange Anniversary cancellation imprint. You need not address the enclosed envelopes. Just enclose another SASE with sufficient postage to return the envelopes you want postmarked with the cancellation. I believe postal cards are also acceptable. I would send to Postmaster, ATTN: Grange Cancellation, North Stonington, CT. 06359,. I would enclose a note asking to please postmark with Grange cancellation. While postal rates are going up next month, that may not necessarily impact current rates. However if interested in this as a souvenir of our anniversary, I would move on it! I hope this is not too confusing!
May 2, 2008: The Pawcatuck River Navy, a self-published book by historian Dwight C. Brown, Jr., who lives in my hometown of Hopkinton, RI, has just become available. The Pawcatuck River is important to the local two-state area, Rhode Island and Connecticut, and is used as a boundary line between them, to some degree. But it has had a history of shipbuilding and water-going features. I have not yet seen a copy, other than as a news item that is in two free weeklies, The Westerly-Pawcatuck Press and The Wood River Press by The Westerly Sun (http://www.thewesterlysun.com). Mr. Brown can be contacted about his new book at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 8,2008: Anna Coit, an extraordinary person in many ways, will be the speaker for the Hopkinton (RI) Historical Association on Sunday, May 18TH, 2:00 PM at the association meetinghouse, the former Second Seventh Day Baptist Church, 2 Town House Road in Hopkinton, across from the Hopkinton Town Hall. You can best access off Route #95,by Exit #1 north bound,. The meetinghouse is at the intersection of Main Street (Route #3) and Town House Road in Hopkinton. No charge for program and we always serve refreshments. Anna will be talking on the relationship of Hopkinton and North Stonington, CT, as well as the history of North Stonington. She recently turned 100, still drives, and maintains an active life.
May 16, 2008: It has come to my attention there will be a First Hopkinton Cemetery Tour in Ashaway, RI, starting at 3 PM, tomorrow, Saturday. I will likely not make it. Attendees meet at first entrance on Chase Hill Road, that is near Route #3 (Main Street) in Ashaway. This tour is an activity of the 300TH Anniversary of the First Seventh Day Baptist Church. There is no charge for tour.
May 19, 2008: Wood River Anthology, a play by Yvette Nachimas-Baeu, based on an Oral History of Hope Valley is part of an activity of the Depot Square Project and the Langworthy Library in Hope Valley, RI. It will be performed by Chariho High School students on Tuesday, June 3, 7:00 PM, at the Chariho Middle School Auditorium, Switch Road, in Wood River Jct., RI. The middle school is in back of the high school. Public is invited, tickets are free, and available at the door. The Oral History project is based on oral histories of 12 people who lived in Hope Valley during the of the early 1900's through the late 1940's. Students will be portraying the adults most of whom are still alive. Narragansett Indians are among the adults being represented and Hope Andrews, past president of the Hopkinton Historian Association, and former State Rep. Lucy Rawlings Tootell, past president of the Richmond Historical Society.
May 22, 2008: Below, with some editing, is what I submitted to media contacts today. Don't forget the Avery reunion on Saturday, July 19, at the Native American Museum at Foxwoods in Ledyard. I am a board member of the Crandall Family Association (http://www.cfa.net) and the Crandall reunion is the same day in Ashaway, RI. I may join the Avery events that don't conflict with the "main" Crandall reunion. The Avery Memorial Association is located at http://www.averymemorialassociation.com:
"The site of the Avery Hive in Groton, CT, will be the site of another archaeological dig over the Memorial Day Weekend. The Avery Hive was the original family home site of the Avery family destroyed by fire in the 1890's. The site has a monument and archaeological digs have taken place on the site in the past and this upcoming weekend. Planned times at the site are Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM; Sunday, 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM,. Activities at the site are expected to be finished by Noon Monday. Dr. Theodore S. J. "Ted" Davi email@example.com of Greensburg, PA has been coordinating the archaeological digs at the site. Stephanie Lantiere is Avery Memorial Association President is Stephanie Lantiere of Oakville, CT and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for general information on the association. Two candidates for Eagle Scout in Boy Scouting are expected to participate in the dig as a qualification for Eagle Scout status subject to Boy Scout approval. The Avery family is one of New London County's earliest English settlers of the 1600's. James Avery, early Groton settler was an ancestor of Vice Presidents Schuyler Colfax and Nelson Rockefeller as well as 1868 Democratic nominee for President Horatio Seymour. Seymour and Rockefeller were both New York Governors. At Avery activities they attend often the Congregational Church at Groton Heights which an Avery stained glass window was donated by the Rockefeller family. Some attendees for the dig this Sunday will attend services at the Church."
May 31, 2008: I hope to include multiple reunions within the next few months including Avery, Crandall, Goodenow, and Stanton in July, Denison and Palmer in August, and Worden in September. I miss the Avery "main event" on July 19th as the Crandall reunion is that day but will try to attend one or two Avery events that weekend before or after the reunion. I have to put the Fairbanks one out completely on July 19th, as I want to focus on the Crandall one that day. Then you add the multi-day Goodenow reunion, I won't be able to attend all of it. I have never been to a Goodenow or Worden reunion. Check out Reunion magazine posting at http://www.reunionmag.com/futurereunions/upcoming_family.htm.
June 4, 2008: As you may know I am a board member of the Crandall Family Association, www.cfa.net. Please note the Crandall Family Association reunion on Saturday, July 19th in Ashaway, Rhode Island. Registration begins at 9:00AM at the First Hopkinton Seventh Day Baptist Church Parish House, on Church Street, in Ashaway which is easily accessible off Route #3 in Ashaway, RI, south bound from Exit #1 off Interstate-95. It is three miles(?) from that Exit. This reunion has been held now for every two years.
Among the days activities will be those who wish to attend can go to the SDB Church Service at 11:00AM, attended a catered luncheon at 12:30PM, and in the afternoon will be a membership meeting, a program concerning the Crandall connections in the history of the First Seventh Day Baptist Church which is 300 years old this year and to the Town of Hopkinton which was 250 years old last year. A silent auction will be held, awards and recognitions made, and a visit to the cemetery in Westerly where the Elder John Crandall homestead is located. A group photo will be taken during the day also.
There are no charges except for the luncheon which tickets will be available at registration. No charge for children under 6.
The evening before attendees will gather at the Old Wilcox Tavern in Charlestown. To facilitate reservations for the Old Wilcox Tavern please contact Cassandra Crandall at email@example.com.Regular reunion information contact our CFA President Donna Potter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other reunions during this time are The Goodenow Family Association, www.goodenowfamily.org, in Sudbury, MA. Contact Hal Cutler at email@example.com. The Avery Memorial Association, www.averymemorialassociation.com, will be at the Native American Museum at Foxwoods and has events the day before and after July 19th. Contact Stephanie Lantiere, AMA President at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Goodenow, Avery, and Crandall could be attended if you divide up your time. A number of Crandalls would be related to both families. The Goodenow Family goes into the Pendleton Family. Unfortunately I will miss the Fairbanks Family In America Reunion, www.fairbankshouse.org, in Dedham, MA on July 19th.
Lastly Fred Burdick is in charge of the Thomas Stanton Society Reunion in Stonington, CT, July 25th to July 27th. Contact Louise Hawley for information and forms at email@example.com. Fred Burdick is arranging the reunion with his wife Evelyn, firstname.lastname@example.org. Fred can be reached at email@example.com.
BTW another Crandall group in Massachusetts is having a reunion at the same time as us and have arranged for a whale watch in Plymouth, MA on Friday, July 18th. Diane Crandall can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 6, 2008: Just sent this out to media contacts. Joseph Lantiere of Oakville, CT, who portrays "Joseph Potter, Colonial American Magician" at the Ebenezer Avery House at the Fort Griswold site at Groton Heights will be appearing the following dates Saturday, June 14; Friday, July 4; Sunday, July 6; Sunday, July 20; Saturday, August 16, and Monday, September 1. Lantiere will be performing casual 18th Century parlor magic at the house from 11:00AM, to 5:00PM. The Ebenezer Avery House is now open on Fridays from 11:00AM to 5:00PM, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00AM to 5:00PM. Those interested in volunteering at the house or interested in donating an item to the Avery Memorial Association for the house as a gift or in memory of someone can contact Alice Sheriff at the house at 860-446-9257. The Avery Memorial Association is an organization of both active and friends categories. Stephanie Lantiere. Joseph's wife is President. and she can be reached at email@example.com for further details on the organization.
June 7, 2008: Sharing with you and the Roots Web Discussion Groups for Geer, Main, and Wheeler families. A number of these will have an Avery tie-in. I deleted prices so as not to offend Roots Webs policy. I have noted to the media a few moments ago which is basically below except prices. I quoted exactly in some/many instances from our Avery newsletter.:
The Avery Memorial Association, www.averymemorialassociation.com, will hold its annual meeting/reunion Saturday, July 19th at Mashantucket Pequot Museum, 110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket. Registration starts at 10:00 A.M., with the meeting program between 10:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. At 12:30 P.M. will be a buffet lunch and from 2:00- 4:00 P.M., the Pequot Museum Director will be giving the attendees a thirty minute Power Point presentation and talk and Q&A about the relationship with the Avery's and Pequot Tribe. Admission is separate from the reunion but attendees can get a reduced group rate of admission.
Activities are also planned for the Avery's the day before and after the reunion in the local area. The cost itself for Saturday, July 19th for the buffet with registration deadline for meals is June 15th and late fees after that date for adults are between June 16 and June 30; late fee on or after July 1.
The Avery Memorial Association is a Groton, CT based organization that operates multiple historic sites. Membership consists of Active Members descendants of descendants of Christopher Avery and a Friends category. Stephanie Lantiere is president and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org with general questions about the organization. Reunion reservations and membership queries should be made to Betty Brustolon, membership secretary, at 860-536-7236. Among notable Christopher Avery descendants are United States Vice Presidents Schuyler Colfax and Nelson Rockefeller.
June 18, 2008: The First Seventh Day Baptist Church of Hopkinton is noting its 300th Anniversary this year. A Homecoming celebration will be noted on Saturday, June 28, at the SDB Church, 8 Church Street, Ashaway, RI. Sabbath School at 9:45 A.M., followed by worship at 11:00 P.M., a Lunch at the Parish House will follow the worship. The afternoon will have historical moments, memories and music. Come in period dress and imagine. Questions can be referred to Rev. C. Justin Camenga at email@example.com.
My ancestor Rev. Joseph Crandall, wife Deborah Burdick, was a clergy of this denomination. Delmar Crandall who will be 100 in December has long been an attendee of this Church. A former Hopkinton, RI, Town Councilmen, he is the only Hopkinton Town Council member I know that will have reached his 100TH birthday although there may be others.
June 26, 2008: I am a descendant of the "original" Tobias Saunders, a mutual ancestor of my third cousin the later Earl Crandall who grew up in Charlestown who did a book on him and some of his descendants. Another Tobias Saunders grave site was disturbed in Charlestown, Rhode Island as reported in today's "South County" edition of The Providence, R.I., Journal (http;//www.projo.com). Lorraine Arruda and Gayle Waite have just come up with a book on Charlestown cemeteries. Contact Gayle at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on that. Perhaps the "most interesting" Saunders grave site is that of Mary (Clarke) Saunders a wife of Peleg Saunders in the First Hopkinton Cemetery in Ashaway, R.I., the price of $33 is engraved on the back of her gravestone!
June 27, 2008: Gayle Waite email@example.com, one of the co-authors of the Hopkinton Cemetery book along with Lorraine Arruda, has produced a new Charlestown cemetery book. She has informed me the grave of Tobias Saunders that was disturbed by cemetery vandalism and covered in The Providence Journal yesterday, was born in 1732 and died in 1809. Doing a search on the Internet it clearly appears that this Tobias Saunders was the grandson of the original Tobias Saunders whose wife was a Peckham, a number of us in this region are descended from that couple. I am not a direct descendant of the Tobias whose grave was disturbed. However because of the Peckham ancestry of the younger Tobias he is a remote kinsman of FDR. The younger Tobias clearly is the son of Stephen Saunders and Rachel Bliven. BTW, my third cousin, the late Earl P. Crandall, who grew up in Charlestown did a Saunders genealogy book, I will need to review this younger Tobias Saunders.
The New York Times
April 13, 2008
Historian, Poet, Activist, Hitting Her Stride at 100
By Gerri Hirshey
You don’t try to surprise a woman like Anna North Coit with a 100th birthday party — and not because she can’t handle the jolt, no siree. She sensed something was up before her car crested the vineyard hill of Jonathan Edwards Winery on April 6. Once the party was in full swing, Nicholas H. Mullane II, North Stonington’s first selectman, said it best, gesturing toward the guest of honor: “You just can’t get anything past her.”
This is a woman who can summon her e-mail address as well as vivid memories of watching F.D.R. campaign in New Jersey. Mrs. Coit does her own taxes and drives without need of glasses. At night. Each spring, after a longstanding lunch with a friend in Manhattan, she boards the Amtrak sleeper to Florida alone to visit her baby brother, Charlie, and go on birding expeditions on Sanibel Island; she catches the fall migrations on Block Island. She volunteers weekly at the Westerly library, runs her half-century-old Christmas tree farm and tosses impromptu dinner parties.
“I am so awfully hungry,” Mrs. Coit confessed at her birthday party, snaring a canapé from a passing waitress. “So much talk about me when there’s so much to do in the world.”
Her friends describe her as a woman of keen appetites and community passions. In his congratulatory speech, Frank Eppinger, a local lawyer and current president of the town historical society, explained: “Anna is a master of gentle persuasion. And she specializes in hard cases.” True to her Quaker affiliation, he added, “she takes pleasure in people as she finds them.”
But while she is tolerant, she is also a formidable activist. Mrs. Coit’s latest mission here in this vale shadowed by mega-casinos was in support of a local “right to farm” ordinance. “The smell of manure is real country air,” she campaigned. And woe betide the ambitious developer seeking to plunk condos or retail sprawl over the west end of this pretty town with a venerable millwheel at its center. Brother, the lady’s tongue is as sharp as her intellect. So if this founding member of the local historical society advocates protected open space for that westerly tract, don’t bother unloading that ’dozer.
Anna North was the eldest of five children. She was born in Manhattan on April 8, 1908, to a physician, Charles Edward North, and his wife, Amelia Potter Palmer, and raised in Montclair, N.J. She is bound to the Stonington area by girlhood summers spent in nearby Westerly, R.I., and by her 1945 marriage to a decorated Navy pilot, Harlan J. Coit, whose ancestors date back to Colonial days here. Five years into their marriage, the couple purchased an 18th-century farmhouse on 29 acres in North Stonington. Mrs. Coit has lived there all this time, alone since her husband died in 1978. There were no children, but, given the family’s deep ties here, Mrs. Coit claims a passel of what she calls “collateral children,” like the pretty blond toddler who sidled up to tickle her cheek with a fuzzy stuffed seal.
When I finally claimed my own audience, and mindful of Mrs. Coit’s many hats — historian, poet, artist, schoolteacher, librarian, gardener, tree farmer — I selfishly chose to focus on her remarkable years as a pioneer female journalist. “Pepper away,” she invited.
Having read a wry, vivid memoir she wrote in 2006 for the Stonington Historical Society bulletin, I fired a hardball. “What made you think you could write?” Mrs. Coit laughed. “It is rather a conceit, isn’t it? But we were all raised by a mother who insisted we write for the joy of writing,” Mrs. Coit said. “That meant every day, if possible.” She attended Vassar, class of ’30, and after she graduated, “I spent time writing a novel that was really rotten.”
In 1938, intercession by a family friend at Fortune magazine landed her a job as a researcher at its sister publication, Time. Since “women did not write at Time then, and certainly not with bylines,” she was assigned to help a writer. “He was a talented man, but he had no control over his involvement with alcohol. Since he was often indisposed, I sometimes wrote his stories. Secretly.” Once her talents were revealed, “I was asked, Did I want to have a trial as a writer? I said yes, I wanted to find out what women were doing in industry. I went to many factories.”
In plants like Henry Ford’s mammoth River Rouge complex, she documented the inequities of women workers in wartime. But first, in 1941, she produced a groundbreaking cover story on Dr. Alexander Fleming’s 1928 discovery of a “marvelous mold” — penicillin — that would soon save millions of lives during the war. Despite her triumph — praised by Time’s founder, Henry Luce, himself — Mrs. Coit said the magazine was still very much a men’s club: “I shared an office with a photographer named Walker Evans. He wasn’t convinced I knew how famous he was, so one day he went up to the Metropolitan Museum, bought one of his books and dropped it on my desk.”
In her current capacity writing and editing the historical society newsletter, Mrs. Coit’s prose is crisp and tangy as a fall apple. Mr. Eppinger recalled one of her entries on the rigors of the rural diet in winter, quoting one forefather fed up with turnips: “He said, ‘I hope I may choke to death on the next mouthful’ — and proceeded to do so.”
Mrs. Coit told me she has embarked on a longish, private memoir, and just wishes she could find more time for it. “Sometimes I feel I dropped the ball with that career, that I just let things go,” she said. Publishing is still a passion, although at the moment she is a tad annoyed with editors at The New Yorker.
“Recently, I sent them a bit of my doggerel.” Yep, over the transom, another hopeful freelancer. “They returned it to me folded into a tiny little square. I have the suspicion that some editors might have taken it out to lunch with them, had a bit of sport reading it aloud, and sent it back.”
Mrs. Coit is eager to get back to writing, which she often does longhand, standing at her kitchen sink. But she doubted she would get to it until after the week’s continued festivities, which included more parties and a family dinner. “And on Thursday, I’ll be at the dentist having a couple of teeth pulled.” She leaned forward conspiratorially. “I expect it will be the most relaxing day of the week.”
HeritageQuest is an on-line genealogy resource owned by ProQuest and subscribed to by libraries. It contains a large collection of digitized books, along with numerous other valuable research resources.
The digitized copy of Nellie Johnson's book was only recently uploaded. You can search by name and print pages from the book. You'll need to contact your local library to see if they subscribe to the service. If they do, you can follow the steps listed below to acccess the HeritageQuest on-line version of the Burdick book:
1) From the opening page of HeritageQuest select "Search Books."
2) From the "Search Books" page select "People."
3) From the "People" page type "Burdick" in the "Persons Name" box.
4) The first result will likely be "Johnson, Nellie Willard, The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island Syracuse, N.Y., Printed by the Syracuse Typesetting Co.,, 1937, 1410 pgs."
5) From here you can select "View Image" and go directly to the first page of the scanned document (book), or select "View Hits," (word "Burdick" is highlighted in red) and you have access to the table of contents and index.
You can search for a full name by entering that name into the "Persons Name" box in step (3) above and you will see all titles/books with that name. If you use this search method remember that the Burdick Book may not always appear first in the list of results.
When you select the Burdick Book, and select "View Hits," the table of contents and other information is displayed. To the left the number of hits for each chapter/section (for this book it will be "Generations") are listed.
For example, if you enter "Kenneth Burdick" four books are returned, the Burdick Book is third in the list, and Kenneth Burdick has one hit in the ninth generation in the Burdick Book.
A minor problem is that in the "Index for Other Generations," (there is also an "Index for the First Six Generations") there are 15 Kenneths listed with page numbers, and not all of them are in the ninth generation, the first is in the seventh generation and the last is in the tenth generation. The Kenneth I wanted, my father, is on page 1250 of the ninth generation. My suggestion is to use the indexes for searching by name for later generations. This is an example of the shortcomings of the clunky search platform currently in use for HeritageQuest. An improved search platform was promised for this year.
For printing I suggest using the "Print" button on the desired page, not the print command from the browser window; a new window opens and then click on the printer icon at the upper right of the command bar at the top of the page.
HeritageQuest is a popular library database, but probably not as popular as Ancestry Library Edition. I do not know how many libraries have subscriptions to the product but believe that many of the libraries with a HeritageQuest subscription usually offer remote access from home with validation by library card number.
I'm glad many of you are out there keeping me honest! In the last Newsletter I mentioned that I did not know if next year's large multi-family reunion to commemorate the 360th anniversary of the founding of Stonington, CT in 1649 was still being planned. Well, about 10 of you informed me that it is. The Ultimate Family Reunion (http://www.ultimatefamilyreunion.com) is scheduled for Friday, July 3 to Monday, July 6, 2009 in Stonington. Visit the web site or contact Donna Schumacher (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details.
Since summer is the traditional time for reunions, Fred Burdick (email@example.com) informs us that The Thomas Stanton Society (Thomas was a founder of Stonington, CT in 1651) is holding their tri-annual reunion this July 25-27 at the Stanton-Davis Homestead, in Stonington, CT. Contact Fred for details.
Connye LaCombe (firstname.lastname@example.org) is trying to find out about her ancestor, Jason Lester Burdick, and his son Stephen McIntyre. A local historian in Plattsburgh, NY told her about a ferry service that ran on Lake Champlain from Plattsburg to South Hero Island, VT that at one time was run by a Burdick and a Wait. Connye is wondering if this Burdick could be related to her ancestor. Does anyone know more?
Congratulations to Derrick Burdick! You may remember the story of this brave U.S. Army Sergeant who was wounded in Afghanistan and received the Purple Heart and Bronse Star. Derrick is now Second Lieutenant Burdick, having received his commissioned on March 27 and is continuing his officer training. I know I speak for every family member in thanking him for his service and sacrifice to our country.
Cathie Burdick (email@example.com) wanted to pass along a story of people finding people. Some time ago, Ray Buck, originally of Rhode Island, discovered his mother had a Burdick in her family tree. Through this Newsletter he asked if anyone knew of Stan Burdick, an old friend from YMCA camp days, whom he had last seen at his wedding in 1953 when Stan was his best man. Over the years, Stan and Ray occasionally kept in contact via the mail but that ended and the two lost touch. Someone (possibly Stan's sister or her husband) contacted Ray and this year, on a Florida visit to Sanibel Island, the two were reunited for a day of reminiscing, touring, good food and fun. So for all of you who seek connections, stay positive -- good things can happen!
Barbara (Burdick) DeLong (firstname.lastname@example.org) has traced her father's Burdick line back quite a way but cannot make a connection to "the" Robert Burdick. Her line is: Harold Leo Burdick (b.1907 NY), son of Frank Burdick (b.1865 NY) married to Effie (b.1870 NY), son of William H. Burdick (b.1841 NY) married to Harit (b.1844 NY), son of Jeramiah Burdick (b.1812 RI) married to Caroline (b.1817 NY), son of Jeramiah Burdick (b.1787 RI) married to Susan B. If anyone know this line, please contact her.
Jeremiah Palmer (email@example.com) thought everyone might enjoy a very nice article about Matthew Burdick, a very accomplished man in North Carolina. Click on this link: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/tarheel/story/736666.html. Jeremiah would not be surprised to find a Burdick in his family, as there are a lot of them back in Delaware county, NY. He is also working on a article for his local historical website about a company called Scintilla which, during World War II, produced a magneto and employed John and Betty Burdick, close friends of his parents, as well as his father as a machinist.
Gary Portsche (firstname.lastname@example.org) passes along this obituary. Robert A. Burdick 88, Lincoln, died Saturday (5/3/08) in Lincoln. He was born on October 16, 1919 in Gilman, IL to Rodrick and Bessie (Taylor) Burdick. He was a graduate of Gilman High School and served in the U.S. Air Force 1940-1945. Bob was a M/Sgt. acting as Crew Chief on B-17s in Africa, Italy and the Pacific Theatre. He received several commendations. He married Wilma Brauer in Crete, Neb., owned Coryell Station, a Liquor Store and they farmed many years. He was active in V.F.W. and the Masonic Lodge. Survived by his daughter and son-in-law Jan & Don Hamilton, Lincoln; grandchildren, Kent & Kim Hamilton, Lincoln; close friend, Grace Ryon, and her family; his nephew and family. Preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; one sister; and wife, Wilma, in 2000. Private family service Lincoln Memorial Park Mausoleum. On line condolences www.lincolnfh.com
Beverly Babcock Miller (email@example.com) spotted the following obituary in the Buffalo News, specifically noting this family member's age... Howard S. Burdick, age 102, of Buffalo, NY (Riverside), passed away on April 24, 2008. He was the beloved husband of the late Mildred; father of Eunice (late Daniel) Schuler and the late Jayne (Francis "Red") Roussie and Jean Burdick; survived by 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
Surprizingly, the very next day another family member died in Buffalo... Reverend Beverly "Rev. Bev" Burdick-Carey Of Lily Dale, age 78, passed away on April 25, 2008. She was wife of the late James Visnack; mother of Terrie (Steve) Shamada, Thomas Stratton, Ann Fuller and Greg (Kelley) Carey; grandmother of nine; great-grandmother of three.
Jane Kellogg (firstname.lastname@example.org) came across an interesting website called Ray's Place (http://www.rays-place.com) with lots of interesting stuff to read. In particular, Jane saw this: "In the fall of 1822 Jabez Burdick of Berlin, N.Y., came to Genesee. He had passed the spring and summer in Friendship, working a farm on shares. He located on Genesee Creek above the village, and made a little clearing and built a log shanty on it that fall, and the following January brought his family, a wife, one son and two daughters." She also came across another Burdick or two as well as Crandalls and Maxsons on Ray's Place. By the way, Jane had been looking frantically for her grandmother's two uncles who enlisted in the Civil War but there was no trace of them. Guess what? Jane was looking down the wrong family path! It turns out that they were not from grandma's mother's side, they were her father's brothers. Lesson learned: keep digging!
Homer Burdick (email@example.com) is looking for another Homer. He knows there is another Homer Burdick in the southern tier of NY as their medical records are sometimes confused. Homer is also looking for his own Burdick roots. His father was Robert W. Burdick Jr., b 1890, with siblings Homer, Maurice, Jesse, Dorothy, and Grace. Homer's grandfather was Robert W. Burdick, b 1854, and g-grandfather was Nathan Burdick, b 1828, in Frewsburg, NY, and later moved to Venango County, PA. Nathan married Margaret Patterson, raised 13 children - 10 of theirs and 3 of a relative: Robert (Homer's grandfather), Martha, Anna, William, Celia, Flora, Allen, Lily, George, Susan, Martie (Mertie?), and Charles. Nathan fought in the Civil War, and it was noted that his parents came from Rhode Island, or Vermont and there the trail ends. In an 1850 census, Nathan is mentioned, along with a Joshua Burdick, possibly Nathan's brother. There is a concentration of Burdicks, descendants of this family in the Tidioute, Hickory, and Warren, PA area. Do you have any information on this line?
There is a new book about a Burdick who made an impact on history. Becky McLaughlin's (firstname.lastname@example.org) aunt, Betty Burdick Wood, has just co-authored a book. "Night Riders Of Reelfoot Lake" recounts the story of J. C. Burdick, Betty's grandfather, as he ran a commercial fish and game business on the lake and the ensuing problems it created with land developers. The book is available from Lanzer Printing (http://www.lanzers.com). Ordering details are on the "Store" page of the Burdick Family Association web site (http://www.burdickfamily.org).
Bob Burdick (email@example.com) is seeking his family roots. His father was Raymond Aaron Burdick who was born in Caro, Michigan in 1897. Bob's grandmother was Edith. Bob's Burdick grandfather died when Raymond was young and Edith remarried George Horn of Saginaw, MI. Bob's father's side of the family are all deceased and he has no more information about them. Raymond was born November 17, 1897, entered the Navy on October 8, 1919, and died October, 1977. He was a barber for years and had a pool hall in the back of the barber shop. Bob thinks the shop was in the West Jefferson area of Detroit, MI. Raymond also owned a night club called the Studio Cafe, located at Scotten and West Jefferson in Detroit, in the 40’s and 50’s. Raymond was married twice, his second wife was Bob's mother Grace. They married in 1945 and Ray was born the following year. Can you help?
Rachel Swartz (firstname.lastname@example.org) wants to inform everyone that her grandmother, Ellen D. Burdick, 81, died August 10, 2007, at her daughter's home in Wichita, KS. She was born October 10, 1925, in Hutchinson, the daughter of Orval and Nellie Wilson Todd. She graduated from Hutchinson High School in 1943 and lived here all her life as a homemaker. She was a member of the South Hutchinson United Methodist Church, TOPS, Tuesday Card Club, Democrat Precinct committee woman, and KP&L retiree. On Oct. 15, 1942, she married Ralph E. Burdick. He died December 1985. Survivors include: a son, Jerry and wife, Sue, Hutchinson; two daughters, Connie and husband, Fred Crow, Bellevue, NE, and Sharon and husband, Bob Burns, Wichita; a brother, Earl and wife, Barbara Todd, Tennessee; five grandchildren, Kristina Zeiner, Rachel Swartz, Jeremy Burdick, Kimberly Diehm and Bobby Burns; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Alice Magee (email@example.com) was able to acquire a signed edition of Frank Mueller's book from Amazon.com and says there was another copy available. So if you know someone who is looking for a copy of this collector's item, here's their opportunity!
Our ocean-sailing friends, Howard and Jane Burdick (Seaburds@aol.com), may now be residing primarily on land but they are not settling down. In July and August they will be on safari in Kenya and Tanzania, followed by a short visit to Dubai.
Ann Mesle (Ann.Mesle@courts.mo.gov) is a member of the Lewis family. She does not know if her family is connected to the Burdick family, but since both were involved with the incorporation of Westerly, RI and the Seventh Day Baptist Church there may be a connection. She is trying to locate books or other sources about Colonial Westerly and the SDB Church in Westerly. Her grandmother, Mary Lewis Mesle, was a direct ancestor of John Lewis, who signed the Articles of Incorporation of Westerly on March 22, 1661 and who was buried "near the road to Watch Hill" in 1691. John Lewis' son, Samuel, married Joanna Crandall about 1695 and their son, John/Jonathan, married Anna Clarke about 1721, all in Westerly. From there, Anne's branch of the Lewis family moved to West Greenwich, RI and then to Norwich, NY after the American Revolution. If you know this line, Anne would love to hear from you.
Elizabeth Townsend (firstname.lastname@example.org) is trying to find out the parents of her ggg-grandmother, Mary Caroline Burdick, who married Asa Sheldon Briggs. She is also interested making contact with people currently living in Westerly (she spent a great deal of time there as a young child and her grandparents still lived there on Langworthy Road). Elizabeth has some antiques from the area and in trying to figure out from where they came.
April Dedam (email@example.com) is looking for her aunt, Georgina/Georgene (Jean) Burdick. Her parents are George and Eleanor (Jenkins) Burdick who are also April's mother's parents. April's mother is Susan Edith Burdick, born April 5, 1955 in Worcester, MA and has been missing for 15-20 years. April's aunt left a message in the Burdick Whitepages in 1998 and she is hoping someone might have an email address or other information about her.
Joanne Weber (Pecafan@aol.com) is thinking about writing a non-fiction book about the murder of Edwin Burdick in Buffalo, NY in 1903. You may remember that the November, 2003 Burdick Newsletter contained a 1935 article about the murder. Joanne is a Western New York native, and has been doing a lot of research on the story. She would also like to find descendants of Edwin and how she may be related to him, through her own ancestor, George Edwin Burdick, who was born in Rhode Island around 1830. If you have information about these lines, please contact Joanne.
Jane Maxson (firstname.lastname@example.org) lets us know there’s a new book out entitled "Charlestown Rhode Island Historical Cemeteries" by Gayle Waite and Lorraine Tarket-Arruda. It’s a most unusual cemetery book -- the pictures are in color, there are anecdotes about the two women’s experiences and extensive research on every person entered along with a list of every war veteran buried in the town. They checked the town records and went one step further by looking people up on the town records, including burial records! To order the book send $45.00, which includes shipping, to Gayle E. Waite, P.O. Box 13, Hopkinton, RI 02833. The same authors also compiled the "Hopkinton Cemetery Book" which is comprehensive, but not as complete as the Charlestown one. Contact Gayle for purchase details.
Mary Burdick (Mem1214@aol.com) is beginning the process of finding her "roots". Her grandfather was Abraham Lincoln Burdick, born about 1885 and is buried in a cemetery in Enid, Oklahoma. Mary's father, Homer Burdick, was his youngest child. Homer has been deceased since Mary was l0 years old. He grew up in the Enid, OK area and was one of 5 children. All his siblings are now deceased. Can you help Mary?
Larry Crandall Wood -- are you out there? If so, Meredith Watt (WALLNUT4U@aol.com) would like to get in touch with you. She is researching the Wood family and your email address in the Burdick Family Association web site is no longer valid. Please contact her, she needs your clarity and guidance. Thanks.
I knew there was a branch of the family that had dropped the "K" from their name, and one of them has checked in. Bill Burdic (email@example.com) is looking for the parents of Thomas J. Burdick, born 1801, possibly in Steuben County, New York. His mother is listed as MARY in the 1850 census but no other information. Thomas J. married Rhoda Gibbs and had the following children: John, George, Pegleg, all these were born in New York. Thomas J. Burdick moved to Sharon Center, Potter, PA, where his wife Rhoda died and he married her sister Ursula Gibbs and had the following children: Hellen, Jesse, Melvin, Roxa and possibly James and Amelia. This family has a rich history in Sharon, PA where most of them are buried. Melvin Burdick is Bill's g-grandfather who moved to Texas, changed his name to Malvern Burdic, and dropping the "K" off the name. Melvin, George, Pegleg and Jesse were all Civil War Veterans. If you have any information about this family, please contact Bill.
Francee's (PAXJC@aol.com) maternal grandmother was Hazel Grover, born in November 1900 in Danbury (Great Plains) CT. Hazel's mother was a Burdick. Francee's grandmother told her that her that her Burdick family settled in Great Plains/Danbury after coming from Plymouth, MA and that they were related to the early settlers from the Mayflower. Can you help Francee make her Pilgrim connection?
Jon Person (firstname.lastname@example.org) is looking for some friends in another city. The wife's maiden name is Burdick. her father's name was Sam or Samuel. Jon would like to get further information on this Burdick family. Not much to go on, but perhaps you can help.
Sara McGuire's (Alliance4Animals@aol.com) great-grandfather was George Allen Burdick, her grandfather was John Samuel Burdick (NY & MI) and her dad was George Owen Burdick (NY, MI, OH). John S. Burdick, her grandfather, worked for Alcoa and designed the first aluminum car prototype which is now in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI. He was also a competitive fly caster/fisherman. Sara would love to hear from anyone who knew her family or has any information about them.
Don Wilson (email@example.com), whose gg-grandfather was Amos Freeman Burdick of Erie Co, PA and Anna Range Burdick his g-grandmother, saw the following posting in the PAERIE Rootsweb site and thought it may be of interest to someone. A lady found an old photo of Jesse Burdick dated in the 1880s. The date on the posting was June 14, 2008. Here's some of the info she posted: "I've "rescued" an old photograph which I believe is a photograph of Jessie BURDICK taken at the Crandall Bros. Studio in Milton Junction, Wisconsin. The photograph appears to have been taken in the 1880's with Jessie appearing to be in her 20's or 30's at the time it was taken. In addition to her name, someone has written the name of "Orie GREEN" and noted that "town no longer exists" on the back of the photograph."