Sunday, December 6, 2009


Well, it wasn't Timothy!

Howard, W. A. Biographical Sketches of the Nebraska Legislature; and National and State Officers of Nebraska. Lincoln, Neb: Press of Jacob North and Co, 1895.

Oops! This man's real name is Theron Emmons Sedgwick! Not Timothy!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Paulisper Fui

There are eight books on the table. Please give them a moment to load. Each will open to an appropriate page. You may have to scroll up or down a bit to find the beginning of the relevant material. Each one adds a bit more understanding to the story behind the poem.

Hurd, D. Hamilton. History of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, With Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men. Philadelphia: J. W. Lewis & co, 1890.

Sewall, Samuel, Charles Chauncy Sewall, and Samuel Thompson. The History of Woburn, Middlesex County, Mass. from the Grant of Its Territory to Charlestown, in 1640, to the Year 1860. Boston: Wiggin and Lunt, 1868.

Colonial Society of Massachusetts. Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts. Boston: The Society, 1895.

Johnson, Edward, and J. Franklin Jameson. Johnson's Wonder-Working Providence, 1628-1651. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1910.

Johnson, Edward, and William Frederick Poole. Wonder-Working Providence of Sions Saviour in New England. Andover [Mass.]: W.F. Draper, 1867.

Converse, Charles Allen. Some of the Ancestors and Descendants of Samuel Converse, Jr., Of Thompson Parish, Killingly, Conn.; Major James Convers, of Woburn, Mass.; Hon. Heman Allen, M. C., of Milton and Burlington, Vermont; Captain Jonathan Bixby, Sr. of Killingly, Conn. Boston, Mass: E. Putnam, 1905.

Newhall, Charles Lyman. The Record of My Ancestry. Southbridge: Herald power print, 1899.

Round, Phillip H. By Nature and by Custom Cursed: Transatlantic Civil Discourse and New England Cultural Production, 1620-1660. Civil society (Hanover, N.H.). Hanover, N.H.: Tufts University published by University Press of New England, 1999.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ancestors and Descendants of Richard Higgins

Before reading this article, scroll up one page to see a drawing of Richard Higgins:

New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. XLVI. New York: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1915.

The article below is a continuation of the one above.

New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Vol. XLVII. New York: New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, 1916.

Mrs. Katherine Chapin Higgins disagrees with Monnette about the English origin of Richard Higgins of Plymouth and Eastham. You can read what she has to say in Surname: Higgins at Before My Time.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Ancient Pear Tree in Eastham

My ninth great-grandfather, Richard Higgins, is mentioned in a poem by Heman Doane. The poem caught the attention of Henry David Thoreau. In Cape Cod, he quoted from the poem and made some comments about it. That subject begins at the bottom of p. 49 if you're in a hurry, but I've opened on the title page because, hey, it's Thoreau. You might want to read your way there.

Thoreau, Henry David. Cape Cod. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Co, 1893.

Enoch Pratt included the whole poem in his book, which I've opened to p. 15. Don't take that to mean the rest of the book is not worth reading. It is. Don't miss the last chapter (p. 177) about customs and daily life of our ancestors. Also, searching for "higgins," "cook," and "hopkins" will turn up over fifty references to explore, but be advised: there are two Hopkins branches in my family tree, and both of them have a Stephen, neither of which was Governor Stephen Hopkins of Rhode Island. (I mention it here in passing; it's a subject for another day.)

Pratt, Enoch. A Comprehensive History, Ecclesiastical and Civil, of Eastham, Wellfleet and Orleans, County of Barnstable, Mass., from 1644 to 1844. Yarmouth [Mass.]: Published by W.S. Fisher and Co, 1844.

That old pear tree had quite a reputation!

Barber, John Warner. Historical Collections Being a General Collection of Interesting Facts, Traditions, Biographical Sketches, Anecdotes, &C., Relating to the History and Antiquities of Every Town in Massachusetts : with Geographical Descriptions. Worcester: Warren Lazell, 1844.

All three of these books are worth browsing through.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Anti-Masonic Scandal of 1826

At Project Gutenberg, you can read online or download a plain-text or html version of The Mysteries of Free Masonry, or download a 516 kb PDF version of Morgan's Expose of Free Masonry here. It was over this exposé that William Morgan was said to have been kidnapped and murdered by the Masons. To be honest, I've barely skimmed through it at this point. It seems rather dry. Better to start with a short account of the "excitement" it caused. Scroll down to the third or sixth book below to dip your toe in the waters of one of the hottest cold cases ever. After that, I'm bettin' you'll want more.

Elijah Sedgwick, Jr., a son of my fourth great-grandfather, is named in the Victor Committee on p. 371 of this book, but don't miss the Introduction, which will give you an idea of how highly charged this topic was:

Bernard, David. Light on Masonry: A Collection of All the Most Important Documents on the Subject of Speculative Free Masonry: Embracing the Reports of the Western Committees in Relation to the Abduction of William Morgan...with All the Degrees of the Order Conferred in a Master's Lodge, As Written by Captain William Morgan...By Elder David Bernard. Utica: William Williams, printers, 1829.

Elijah Sedgwick, Jr. (misspelled Sedgewick in this next volume) is named in the dedication on p. iii and again on p. 115 as a member of the Victor Committee:

Southwick, Solomon. A Solemn Warning against Free-Masonry: Addressed to the Young Men of the United States : with an Appendix Containing the Correspondence between Eliphalet Murdock, of Le Roy, Genesee County, N.Y. and the Author, Relating to the Supposed Murder of Mr. Murdock's Father, Through Masonic Vengeance, at Rensselaerville, in the County of Albany, in October, 1803--and Several Other Interesting Matters. Albany: Printed by Geo. Galpin, Office of the National Observer, 1827.

(Incidentally, I notice that another member of the Victor Committee is Samuel Rawson. Elijah Jr. named one of his sons Erastus Rawson Sedgwick (b. 1832). I'm curious to find out what kind of relationship might exist here. Perhaps Rawson was related to Elijah's wife, Esther Bement.)

See p. 109-120 in this volume for an interesting and detailed account of the Morgan story and its political repercussions:

McMaster, John Bach. A History of the People of the United States from the Revolution to the Civil War. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1908. (Volume V: 1821-1830)

Almost 50 years after the fact, this book was written about the subject:

Bentley, A. P. History of the Abduction of William Morgan, And the Anti-Masonic Excitement of 1826-30, with Many Details and Incidents Never Before Published. Mt. Pleasent, Ia: Van Cise & Throop, 1874.

An anti-Masonic convention was held in 1830:

United States Anti-masonic Convention, Philadelphia, and Myron Holley. The Proceedings of the United States Anti-Masonic Convention, Held at Philadelphia, September 11, 1830. Philadelphia: I.P. Trimble, 1830.

Begin at the bottom of p. 266-270 for another account of the story:

Howe, Daniel Walker. What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.

The author of this account is a Freemason:

Morris, Stephen Brent. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry. New York: Alpha Books, 2006.

This account is also by a Freemason:

Morris, Robert. William Morgan. New York: Robert Macoy, Masonic Publisher, 1883.

Although written in 1899, this article seems as highly charged as any:

Historical Society of Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. [Philadelphia]: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1899.

A search for "William Morgan" at Google Books will produce many more volumes on this subject.

Monday, November 2, 2009

U of M Catalog of Officers and Students 1837-1911

Samuel Hopkins Sedgwick and Theron Emmons Sedgwick, p. 865

University of Michigan. General Catalogue of Officers and Students, 1837-1911. Ann Arbor, Mich: The University, 1912.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Pequot War Narratives

References to Rev. Samuel Stone: p. 22 (in Mason's narrative), 68 (in Underhill's narrative), 135 (in Gardener's narrative)

Mason, John. Brief History of the Pequot War. Applewood Books, 2009.

A Brief History of the Pequot War was originally published in 1736.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Witch, the Devil, and the Reverend Mr. Stone

With a nod to the calendar, I bring you two tales from the daily life of Rev. Samuel Stone, my 9th great-grandfather. The first is said to have taken place in 1648:

Burr, George Lincoln. Narratives of the New England Witchcraft Cases. Mineola, N.Y.: Dover Publications, 2002. (p. 135-136)

The second is said to have happened in 1662:

Mather, Increase, and George Offor. Remarkable Providences Illustrative of the Earlier Days of American Colonisation. London: Reeves and Turner, 1890. (p. 96-99)

Note: Samuel Stone of Cambridge (see p. 222) is not a descendant of Rev. Samuel Stone. He's the son of Gregory Stone and grandson of David Stone. It's possible, but unproven, that Rev. Samuel Stone's father, John Stone, was a brother or half-brother of Gregory. See Stone-Rogers for more on this.

Newell, William. Discourses and Poems of William Newell, Minister of the First Parish in Cambridge: A Memorial Volume. Boston: Geo. H. Ellis, 1882.

Search this book for "stone." There are other useful pages.


The book below tells the same story as the first book in this post. I've put it here because this one is out of copyright, whereas the other is not. (However, the first one has has good footnotes!)

Mather, Cotton and Thomas Robbins. Magnalia Christi Americana: Or, The Ecclesiastical History of New-England, from Its First Planting, in the Year 1620, Unto the Year of Our Lord 1698. Hartford: Silas Andrus & Son, 1853. (Vol. II, p. 456)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Duties and Services of Rev. Samuel Stone

Felch, William Farrand; George C. Atwell; H. Phelps Arms; Francis Trevelyan Miller. The Connecticut Magazine, Volume 9. 1905. (p. 154-158)

See also p. 557, The Building of a Model Municipality, which tells the history of Hartford. Includes a photo of the Ancient Burying Ground.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

400 New England Ancestors

At least some of the information for Joseph Loomis in this book is attributed to the Loomis genealogy, which lists an eighth child in Joseph's family group, i.e. Samuel Loomis, who was born in England. The Loomis genealogy also states that it was Samuel, not Nathaniel as shown here, who married Elizabeth Judd, daughter of Thomas Judd. Consequently, I won't be too quick to believe everything I read herein.

Having said that, I will still check for my New England surnames as time permits. I post it here for what it's worth. It may have information I haven't run across elsewhere, such as the interesting notes here about the Loomis Institute.

Cross, Roselle Theodore. My Children's Ancestors; Data Concerning About Four Hundred New England Ancestors of the Children of Roselle Theodore Cross and His Wife Emma Asenath (Bridgman) Cross; Also Names of Many Ancestors in England, and Descendants of Mr. and Mrs. Cross's Grandparents, Theodore and Susannah (Jackson) Cross, Samuel and Lois (Temple) Murdock, Noah and Asenath (Judd) Bridgman, Jacob and Lydia (Slack) Daggett. Twinsburg, O. Columbus, O.: Champlin Press], 1913.

The three Loomis genealogies listed below are posted here.
Loomis, Elias. The Descendants of Joseph Loomis: Who Came from Braintree, England, in the Year 1638, and Settled in Windsor, Connecticut, in 1639. New Haven: Tuttle, Morehouse and Taylor, 1870.

Loomis, Elias. The Descendants of Joseph Loomis: Who Came from Braintree, England, in the Year 1638, and Settled in Windsor, Connecticut, in 1639. New Haven: Tuttle, Morehouse and Taylor, 1875.
Descendants of Joseph Loomis in America, and His Antecedents in the Old World.
The original published by Elias Loomis, LL.D.; revised by Elisua Scott Loomis, Ph.D., 1908 [1909]. 839 pp., illustrated. [See review below.]

This scholarly production, bound in morocco and finely illustrated, suggests a family bible in size. It would be a convenience to patrons of genealogical libraries if the index, which occupies two hundred odd pages, referred to pages and not to numbers designating persons, which run from 1 to 12,670 through eleven generations. Sections in the index give soldiers of the Civil War, college graduates, and celebrated people bearing the name. Sixty-two pages are devoted to the history of the family in England. Joseph Loomis (Braintree and London, Eng.) came to Dorchester, Mass., in 1638, and the next year went to Windsor, Conn. It is remarkable that the title to his homestead has never passed out of the Loomis name. The estate is now occupied by a school which was founded primarily for the benefit of the descendants of Joseph Loomis.

(This review appeared in the Jan. 1911 issue of New England Historical and Genealogical Register.)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Descendants of Elder John Strong

This is a two-volume book. In the first, my interest includes the introduction, the sketch of Northampton history, the history of John Strong, and the family group information--in other words, from the beginning of the book through page 19.

The second volume opens with Jedediah Strong, the son of John from whom my line descends. From the beginning of this volume through p. 771 is of particular interest to me. (Don't panic! This volume begins with p. 769!) Jedediah's daughter Thankful married Thomas Root. Their family group information begins at the bottom of p. 952. Although their daughter Experience is listed, there's no mention of her husband, Samuel Parker--therefore no additional pages noted here.

Dwight, Benjamin W. The History of the Descendants of Elder John Strong, of Northampton, Mass. Albany, N.Y.: J. Munsell, 1871.

Genealogists will find this review of the Strong genealogy interesting:

Whitmore, William Henry. American Genealogist; Being a Catalogue of Family Histories and Publications Containing Genealogical Information, Issued in the United States, Arranged Chronologically. Albany: Munsell, 1875.

And the review itself sparked some commentary about the Stone genealogy and others in an 1872 address to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society:

Don't be confused by the wonky appearance of the pages in this book. The print size alternates from page to page for no reason that I can discern, but the text seems to flow correctly.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Cotton on Stone, and Stone on Philosophy

In Praise of Master Stone, a poem by John Cotton, followed by Why Socrates is Not Plato, Nor Plato Socrates, from A Congregational Church is a Catholic Visible Church, by Rev. Samuel Stone, both written in 1652.

See also p. 322, An Answer to Prayer by Captain Edward Johnson, in which he refers to the Reverend as "the Rhetorical Mr. Stone."

See also p. 180, The Taking of the Fort at Mystic, from A Brief History of the Pequot War. Rev. Stone accompanied Capt. Mason and his army of 90 men as their Chaplain. The events described here took place in May 1637.

Stedman, Edmund Clarence, Ellen Mackay Hutchinson Cortissoz, and Arthur Stedman. A Library of American Literature From the Earliest Settlement to the Present Time. New York: C.L. Webster, 1888.

Click for a Chronology of the Pequot War.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Threnodia on the Death of Rev. Samuel Stone

A Threnodia upon our churches second dark eclipse, happening July 20,1663, by death's interposition between us and that great light and divine plant, Mr. Samuel Stone, late of Hartford, in New England. Intro begins at the bottom of p. 196. The poem is attributed to Edward Bulkley.

Also see p. 115-118 for events of 1633, the year Rev. Stone and Thomas Hooker arrived in the U.S.

This book is also worth browsing for interesting material pertaining to the times.

Be advised: "Captain Stone" is not Rev. Samuel Stone, and the Stephen Hopkins mentioned in this book is not the one in my family tree.

Morton, Nathaniel, William Bradford, Thomas Prince, and Edward Winslow. New-England's Memorial. Boston: Congregational Board of Publication, 1855.

Threnodia also appears in the book below, with an interesting footnote. Scroll to the bottom of p. 16:

Boynton, Percy Holmes, Howard Mumford Jones, George Sherburn, and Frank Martindale Webster. American Poetry. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1918.