30 November 2012

Jewett Street Georgetown, MA

This name Jewett as different and strange as the sound of it is a family name.  I've yet to uncover it's mysterious origins.

My ancestors that lived and prospered in Rowley, Massachusetts left a legacy in a few ways.  One way is a street named Jewett as mentioned in the header.   

Here are some more

Jewett, Rowley, family lore
Berwick ME, Novelist, Family Lore, history
The Jewett name can be found all over the country.  Where have you seen it?

Relation any Where in the World ?

So we may believe that we can account for all of our living relatives.  Can we really???

De Spegiel, Spegiel, Bay City Michigan, Bay City, Family History, Family Lore

Remember that Great xxx Grandfather who left the old country by himself.  Well now he as not an island.  Nope he had parents, maybe brothers & sisters.  Uncles Aunts cousins. You get my direction now?

Have you made an attempt at finding them yet? 

Let me know who you discover!!!

Berwyck/Berwick Castle Northumberland England

Berwyck Castle located in Northumberland  England

If I can straighten out my Eure families pedigree then I can know for certain if I indeed have a connection to this Castle.

Berwyvk Castle Northumberland, Berwyck Castle, Castles, Castle, Ancestors Homes
Berwyvk Castle Northumberland, Berwyck Castle, Castles, Castle, Ancestors Homes
Berwick Castle

Berwyvk Castle Northumberland, Berwyck Castle, Castles, Castle, Ancestors Homes

Berwyvk Castle Northumberland, Berwyck Castle, Castles, Castle, Ancestors Homes

Berwyvk Castle Northumberland, Berwyck Castle, Castles, Castle, Ancestors Homeland
Aquaducts, Berwyvk Castle Northumberland, Berwyck Castle, Castles, Castle, Ancestors Homeland

29 November 2012

"Story Of England"


Michael Wood "Story of England" , Kibworth, Central England, history
I really hope your able to enjoy and learn from watching Michael Wood’s “Story Of England on PBS video.

It so awesome how they have done this project. 

It centers on the Village of Kibworth in Central England.
Kibworth, Central England, history, England

Michael Wood "Story of England" , Kibworth, Central England, historyDigging small archeological dig pits
 looking carefully for what was
 left behind from the past.

Using ancient documents to support what knowledge has been passed down.

It is so incredible what they piece together.  I am really enjoying all the effort put into this exploration of England.

I am fascinated of how the Ancient England periods of time always came back as if it was some brand new idea.

England & hole of Europe has been a land of incredible pressure.     Revolution, Famine, Black Plaque etc..

Hadrian's Wall England

I happened across this amazing web site with a picture tour of 
Hadrian's Wall

Ancestors, History, Hadrian's Wall

Check it out here: http://www.hadrianswallcamera.co.uk

Ancestors, History, Hadrian's Wall

Ancestors, History, Hadrian's Wall

Check them out.  I am sure you will enjoy the photo tour on the web site.  Then think about your ancestors.  
Did they help build it?  Did they have to go past it during their daily life and fear for their lives?

In the King Arthur movie ith Clive Owen & Keira Knightley.  The wall is a part of the story.

Learn more ever day.

Mitford Castle

Mitford Castle home of my ancestor, 
Agnes Bertram b.1237 
wife of  Sir Hugh de Eure, 
 she could be your ancestor too!

Agnes Bertram, Hugh de Eure, Mitford Castle
Mitford Catle
all images are from:      

Agnes Bertram, Hugh de Eure, Mitford Castle

Agnes Bertram, Hugh de Eure, Mitford Castle
As Agnes Bertram was born here. It is to wonder was it a wonderful place  in it's finer Ancient Days?

Agnes Bertram, Hugh de Eure, Mitford Castle

Agnes Bertram, Hugh de Eure, Mitford Castle

Agnes Bertram, Hugh de Eure, Mitford Castle

Quebec Ranger Family Line

French Canadien Lines

First Ranger Family member came to New France/Canada in 1683

Navy French Solider, New france, Ranger
He arrived as a solider,  he made the ocean voyage aboard the "Temptest",a frigate, with fellow Navy members. 

A few years later he is married to Anne Girardin.  They had several children.  Are you a descendant of one of them.  Please let me know your connection.  Cousins are great.

I am descended from Pierre.

27 November 2012

Great Lakes

Great Lakes Region

great lakes, Michigan, family history

great lakes, Michigan, family history

Lake Superior, GGLR, Michigan, fun, great lakes, Michigan, family history

Lake Michigan, Great Lakes, Fun

Lake Michigan, Sleeping bear dunes, Family fun
640 × 435 - southwestern shore -- Lake Michigan

Lake Erie, David Putman, Family Lore

Lake Erie, Family Lore, Genealogy
Deer swimming in Lake Erie
Lake Ontario, Family History, Adventures

Lake Ontario Shore Line in Ontario

25 November 2012

Massachusetts Places of Interest

Massachusetts  did you know about these places?
Images found at Google Images when I serched for Massachusetts Images.

Massachusetts, Mount Tom, Mount Greylock, Dana, Old Towns in Mssachusetts, Family HistoryAt Mount Greylock, MA
Mount Tom, Mount Greylock, Dana,
Beautiful Mount Greylock

Massachusetts, Mount Greylock, Old Towns in Mssachusetts,
Photos from: http://raven.theraider.net/showthread.php?t=17484  please visit them let them know 
Goats Peak, Mount Tom, Mass

 Dana, Old Towns in Mssachusetts, Family History,
Photo from : http://raven.theraider.net/showthread.php?t=17484
Old Town Dana, In East Quabbin, Mass
[find out more about Dana:  http://www.skinut.net/dana.htm  ]

 Did any of your Ancestors live in any of these forgotten places in Massachusetts?

New Brick Wall: Wauker

William Wauker known facts about him:   

Born in Bristol Somerset England

He married Alice Payne on  20 Jan 1576 in Bristol Gloustershire England

His death is listed as in *1582 Bristol Somerset England

It very interesting that on Ancestry.com how quickly I found the marriage record for William & Alice.  Is it because it was on the other side known as Gloustershire instead of Somerset?  But why would Somerset hold back their records.    
Time will tell and get us to the correct birth & death records. 
As well hopefully as to the names of his parents.

Bristol,  Payne, Wauker,
An 1873 engraving showing sights around Bristol
Image from wikipedia

New Brick Wall: Payne

In my search for Alice's parents I have not found them.  How can she be born without them?   We all know that the only way into our world is by live birth.  So she has to have a mother & father.  Where to find them?

Known facts:

Payne, Wauker,Gloustreshire England, New England 
Robert Ricart's map of Bristol, drawn when he
became the common clerk of the town in 1478.
His drawing was the first such plan of an English town.
  Alice was born in Bristol Somerset England in 1559

  She married William Wauker 
on 20 Jan 1576

  Alice Died 1582 in Bristol England
 [note the county is split between Somersey & Gloustershire]

Can you help with any leads?

Image from wikipedia 

24 November 2012

Silas Babbitt

Silas Babbitt, Bobbett, Rachel Corey, Corey, Babbitt Assc., New York, Lanseboro MA, Zenas
Photo found at Ancestry.com records tru Google Images.

Where I clicked on this photo it brought me to a part of Ancestry.com  It did not however show the photo there.

Is this really Silas Babbitt husband of Rachel Corey???

A Castle In Flint? Its actually in Flintshire, Wales

Flintshire Northeast Wales has a little secret in it.  Some would say it is not little since it as big as a Castle!  Are you familiar with Flint, Michigan or Flintshire, Wales? 

Please note all photos of  are by Irma Hale are copywritten.
I am using them with her permission
Photographs copyright © 2002 by Irma Hale

Flint, Flintshire, Wales, castle, Castles, Heritage, Family History

In Northeast Wales is Flintshire

Flint, Flintshire, Wales, castle, Castles, Heritage, Family History

Where there is a Castle to discover.

Flint, Flintshire, Wales, castle, Castles, Heritage, Family History

Maybe your Family came from Flintshire.

Flint, Flintshire, Wales, castle, Castles, Heritage, Family History

They may of even taken on the name of Flint as their family name. Which could be alot of diffrent families. 
 So you might not be blood related to all the other folks with the name of Flint

Flint, Flintshire, Wales, castle, Castles, Heritage, Family History

Learn and see more at:

I grew up in the beautiful state of Michigan. I enjoy highlighting it.  I do not have know Ancestors that are from Flintshire, Wales.
However Flint, MI was the major City close by.
 I thought it will be great fun to highlight Flint Castle on my blog. I hope you enjoyed!

23 November 2012

Seneca Red Jacket

Red Jacket, Seneca, New York, Native People, Orator, Great Man, True believer

Red Jacket great Chief of the Seneca People

I find Red Jackets story most intriguing.  A man that found his voice amongst the "White" man.  

He spoke in front of the U.S. senate in 1805.  The speech was titled “Religion for the White Man and the Red”

Red Jacket, Seneca, New York, Native People, Orator, Great Man, True believer

Who are the Seneca People and where are they from?

They made their home in old times in the now present day area called Genesse River region & the Lake Canadaigua. 

Please see wikipedia for much more on Red Jacket & the Seneca People: 



21 November 2012

The Religion of the Pilgrims

Church of England, Pilgrim religion, Plimouth, Plymouth, Puritans, Purtans Plymouth, reformers
During the reign of Queen Elizabeth, Puritan-leaning religious opinions were generally tolerated, but when King James came to power in 1604 the Church of England again began to root out, prosecute, and jail those who openly believed the Church needed to be purified of its false ceremonies, non-Scriptual teachings, ans superstitious rituals.  Across England, small groups began to separate themselves from their persecuting Churches, to form their own secret congregations.  One such group was centered not to far from Sherwood Forest.  A small village in Nottinghamshire named Scrooby.  
Church of England, Pilgrim religion, Plimouth, Plymouth, Puritans, Purtans Plymouth, reformers
  The congregation was led by Richard Clyfton,  John Robinson, & Willian Brewster.

William Brewster, Church of England, Pilgrim religion, Plimouth, Plymouth, Puritans, Purtans Plymouth, reformers
By 1606 the group was secretly holding meetings in Scrooby Manor, where Brewster was employed as the Postmaster.   
  It was not long, however, before the authorities were onto them.  The group made the decision to flee England to Holland. 
Holland, Church of England, Pilgrim religion, Plimouth, Plymouth, Puritans, Purtans Plymouth, reformers

Where they had heard they could practice their religion without the threat of jail, punishment, and fines.  After several failed attempts in 1607, they all managed to make it to Amesterdam in 1608, and later migrated en mass to Leiden, Holland in early 1609.

What religious beliefs did the Pilgrims have, that made them so intolerable to the English authorities?  The follow is a list of some of the religious issues of the day, and the Pilgrims beliefs regarding them.

The Pilgrims believed that before the foundation of the world, God predestined to make the world, man, and all things.  He also predestined, at that time, who would be saved, and who would be dammed,  Only those God elected would receive God’s grace, and would have faith.  There was nothing an individual could do during their life that would cause them to be saved [or damned], since God had already decided who was going to be saved before the creation of the world.  However, God would not have chosen blatant sinners to be his elect; & therefore those who were godly were likely to be the ones God had elected to be saved.

Sacrament & Popery
To the Pilgrims, there were only two sacraments: baptism and the Lord’s Supper.  The other sacraments [Confession, Penance, Confirmation, Ordination, Marriage, Confession, Last Rites]      of the church of England and roman Catholic church were inventions of man, had no scriptural basis, and were therefore superstitions, to the point of being heretical The Pilgrims opposed mass, and considered marriage a civil affair to be handle by the state [not a religious sacrament]. 
The legitimacy of the Pope, the Saints, and the church hierarchy were rejected, as was the veneration of relics.  Icons and relious symbols such as crosses, statues, stain glass windows, fancy architecture, and other worldy manifestations of religion were rejescted as a form of idolatry.  It was rejected of the authority of the church hierarchy, and of the sacraments, that was the primary cause of conflict between the pilgrims and the church of England.
Church Organization
The church of the Pilgrims was organized around five officers: pastor, teacher, elder, deacon, and deaconess [sometimes called the “church widow”].  However, none of the five offices was considered essential to the church.  The Pastor was an ordained minister whose responsibilities was to see to the religious life of the congregation.  John Robinson was the pastor of the pilgrims, but was never able to get to America before his death in 1625. The Teacher was also an ordained minister who was responsible for the instruction of the congregation.  The Pilgrims apparently never had anyone to fill that position.  The Elder was a lay-person responsible for church government, and he was also the church’s eyes and ears, assisting the Pastor and Teacher in admonishing the congregation.  William Brewster was the Elder of the Plymouth church.  The Deacon collected offerings, and attended to the needs of the poor and elderely.  John Carver & Samuel Fuller both were deacons during their life.  The Deaconess attended the sick and poor, and often played the role of midwife for the congregation.   The Deaconess of the early Plimouth church is not names, but may have been Bridget Fuller.   The church building itself had no significance to the Pilgrims, and it was usually called simply the “meeting place” or “meetinghouse” .    The meetinghouse was kept drab, and had no religious depictions or icons to avoid the sin of idolatry.

Infant Baptism
The Pilgrims believed baptism was the sacrament which wiped away Original Sin, and was a covenant with Christ and his chosen people (as circumcision had been to God and the Israelite s , and therefore children should be baptized as infants.  This was in opposition to the Anabaptists, who believed that baptism was essentially an initiation ceremony into the churchhood of believers, and therefore could only be administered to believing adults who understood the meaning of the ceremony.  The Pilgrims, on the other hand, believed that "baptism now, as circumcision of old, is the seal of the covenant of God," and they felt that groups like the Anabaptists who did not baptize their infants were depriving Christ's flock of all its young lambs.  They further believed that at least one parent must be of the faith for the child to be baptized into the church.

Holy Days and Religious Holidays

Pilgrims, Church of England, reformist, Purify the church, Puritans, familyhistory, genealogy

The Pilgrims faithfully observed the Sabbath, and did not work on Sunday.  Even when the Pilgrims were exploring Cape Cod, to the Mayflower crew's dismay, they stopped everything and stayed in camp on Sunday to keep the Sabbaths.  The Pilgrims did not celebrate Christmas and Easter.  These holidays were invented by man to memorialize Jesus, and are not prescribed by the Bible or celebrated by the early Christian churches, and therefore cannot be considered Holy days.  "It seems too much for any mortal man to appoint, or make an anniversary memorial" for Christ, taught the Pilgrims' pastor John Robinson


The Pilgrims considered marriage a civil affair, not to be handled by the church ministers, but instead by civil magistrates.  Marriage was a contract, mutually agreed upon by a man and a woman.  Marriage was created by God for the benefit of man's natural and spiritual life.  Marriages were considered important for two main reasons: procreation of children to increase Christ's flock; and to avoid the sin of adultery.  Pastor John Robinson taught that the important characteristics to find in a spouse are (1) godliness, and (2) similarity--in age, beliefs, estate, disposition, inclinations, and affections.  In the marriage, "the wife is specially required a reverend subjection in all lawful things to her husband," and the husband is "to give honor to the wife," as the Lord requires "the love of the husband to his wife must be like Christ's to his church."

The Bible and Books.
Bible books, Church of England, Pilgrim religion, Plimouth, Plymouth, Puritans, Purtans Plymouth, reformers
The Pilgrims primarily used the Geneva edition of the Bible, which contained a number of Puritan-tending footnotes and interpretation.  In response, King James had his own edition of the Bible translated and published in 1611 for use by the Church of England.  The Pilgrims used the psalm-book written by Henry Ainsworth, which was a more true and literal translation of the Psalms, whereas the Church of England tended to use the Sternhold and Hopkins Salter which was more poetic but less true to Scripture.  The Church of England used the "Book of Common Prayer," whereas the Pilgrims strongly opposed scripted reciting of other men's prayers.  The most commonly-owned book in early Plymouth Colony (outside of the Bible and psalm book) was John Dod's Exposition on the Ten Commandments, followed by pastor John Robinson's Observations Divine and Moral.

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