Valentine Remembered Part 2

Valentine Ancestors Part 2

Valentine Colby Ancestors

I’m a participant of Amy Johnson Crow’s  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks series. February Prompt week Feb 12-18: Valentine. This is my third Valentine prompt posting.

Meet Valentine Rowell’s great-grandson, Valentine Colby. Valentine Colby is one of my American Revolutionary War ancestors. He marched from Amesbury on the Lexington Alarm in Captain John Currier’s company of militia, Colonel Isaac Merrill’s regiment. 2,3

Valentine/Vallingtine was born 29 May 1728 to to Jacob Colby and Elizabeth Eliot/Elliot, in Amesbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony, New England.

“Valentine Colby, fourth son and child of Jacob and Elizabeth (Elliot) Colby, was born in Amesbury, May 29 1728, baptized June 13, 1736, in Amesbury, died about 1812. His will was dated November 2, 1805, and probated January 4, 1813. He married first August 20, 1747, Hannah Kimball; second, February 1, 1788, Elizabeth Lowell 4, of Amesbury, who survived him. His fourteen children, probably all by the first wife, were: Valentine, died young; Judith, Rhoda, Valentine, died young; Hezekiah 4, Rhoda, Thomas 4, David 4, Hannah 4, Elizabeth 4, Valentine 4, Jonathan 4, Levi 4 and Molly 4. [ I found records for all but Johnathan 4 and Molley 4 other than in Valentine’s last Will in Testament date 2 November 1805. I did find a Joseph born to Valentine and Hannah 1783, in Amesbury Vital Records.]” 1

In the 1790 United States Census, Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, I found a Vollint Colby listing 1 male 16 yrs. and upwards  and 3 females 16 yrs. and upwards; [the next two entries after Vollint were: David Colby listing 1 male 16 yrs. and upwards and 1 female 16 yrs. and upwards; Tho.s  listing 1 male 16 yrs. and upwards, 1 male 16  and 1 female 16 yrs. and upwards. In the next column a Hannah Colby listing 2 males 16 yrs. and upwards and 2 females 16 yrs. and upwards.] I feel that Vollint Colby is Valentine Colby born 1728.

{Notation that a head of household, Elizabeth Lowell, listing 1 male 16 yrs. and upwards and 1 female 16 yrs. and upwards. Possible this is the Elizabeth Lowell who married Valentine in 1788.}

In the 1800 United States Census Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, I found a Vallentine Colley Listing 1 male 45 and over, 1 female under 10, 1 female 16-25, 1 female 45 and over. [next listing is for Valentine Colley junior, most likely his son.] I believe this Vallentine Colley [Colbey upon viewing], is Valentine Colby born 1728.

In the 1810 United States Census Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, I found a Valentine Colby listing 1 male 16-25, 1 male 26-44, 1 male 45 and over, 1 female 26-44, 2 females 45 and over, 5 household members over 25, total in household 6.

Valentine Colby died 12 December 1812 4 in Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, New England.

Probate Record  File number 5951, 4 January 1813, will dated 2 November 1805. Valentine is listed as a yeoman. [Yeoman in his era, usually meant small landowner or a military rank.] His will lists his wife [2nd] Elizabeth; son, Jonathan; son Levi; son Thomas; son, Hezekiah; son Valentine (to be executor of will); son David; daughter, Hannah, new wife of John Colby; he bequests to a Molley L___, who he does not list as a daughter [possible it is his second and current wife listed, Elizabeth’s daughter, by her first marriage to Mr. Lowell;] granddaughter, Hannah Colby, daughter of Elizabeth Colby, deceased. Witness by Joshua Plummer, Joshua Colby and _____ Plummer.

Spelling Variations found:
Valentine (Vallingtine, Volentine, Vollint, Volintine)
COLBY (Colbey, Colbuy, Coleby, Collbey, Collby, Colley)

All children born in Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts.

  1. Valingtine Colby, born 11 December 1747, died 1754 in Amesbury.
  2. Judith Colby born 26 May 1749,Not mentioned in father’s will date 2 November 1805 [some records have a death date of 18 April 1843 in West Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.]
  3. Rhoda Colby, born 13 April 1751, died about 1759 in Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts..
  4. Jonathan Colby born 1753, died 20 July 1808 in Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts.
  5. Valentine Colby, born 26 March 1755, died 1769 in Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts.
  6. Hezekiah Colby born 23 January 1757,married Judith Sargent (1766-1806);  he died in about 1817 in Warner, Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA.
  7. Rhoda Colby, born 26 August 1759. Not mentioned in father’s will dated 2 November 1805.
  8. Thomas Colby born 11 September 1761, died about before 21 September 1833, probate notation in regards to Daniel Weed unable to fulfill his duties as executor for Thomas Colby, yeoman, of Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts.
  9. David Colby born 25 December 1763. Alive at time of father’s will 2 November 1805.
  10. Hannah Colby was born on 27 May 1766. She died in about 1850.
  11. Elisabeth Colby born 17 August 1768, died before 2 November 1805-date of father’s will. Her daughter, Hannah, is listed as granddaughter to Valentine, by his deceased daughter Elizabeth Colby.
  12. Valentine Colby was born on 23 November 1770. Alive in 1814 to probate father’s will.
  13. Levi Colby born about 1774, mentioned in father’s will 2 November 1805.died about 1850 Warner, Merrimack, New Hampshire.
  14. Joseph Colby born about 1783, not mention in Valentine’s will dated 2 November 1805.

I have not researched my non-direct family members for Valentine. If I found a record mentioning a relationship to Valentine, they were added to my tree for further research.

Valentine Colby 1728- 1812 and Hannah Kimball 1728-1788, my 6th great-grandfather;

Hezekiah Colby 1757-1817 and Judith Sargent 1766-1825, my 5th great-grandfather;

Chellis Colby 1790-1862 and Olive Cheney 1793-1886, my 4th great-grandfather;

James Madison Colby 1823-1912 and Nancy A Collins 1827-1864, my 3rd great-grandfather;

Kate E. Colby 1850-1890 and Alonzo Chase 1835-1905, my 2nd great- grandmother;

Clara Jane Chase 1875-1955 and William Frank Nelson, my great-grandmother;

Lillian May Nelson 1895-1934 and Nathan Augustus Stearns 1887-1951, my grandmother; and

Nelson William Stearns 1930-1988 and Shirley Beatrice Pease, my parents.

Just a Fun Wiki Tree Screen Capture 18 degrees to Queen Elizabeth II Windsor


  1. Genealogical and Families of the State of New Hampshire, A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of a Commonwealth and the Founding of a Nation, Volume Erza S. Stearns, William Fredrick Whitcher, Edward Everett Parker, Lewis Publishing Company, Vol 4 page 1569, column 2, 4th paragraph.
  2. National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Book, Volume LXXX, Mary M. De Bolt, Washington 1925, for Mrs. Frances E. Fox Baker, number 79913 pg 333-334.
  3. National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage Book, Volume XL, Mary Cooley Bassett, Sarah Hall Johnson, Washington, D.C. 1915, Harrisburg, PA.Telegraph Printing Company 1915, for Mrs. Blanche Colby Fox, number 39125 pg 46.
  4. Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001,” database with images, FamilySearch( : 4 November 2017), Valentine Colby, 1812; citing Death, Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 893,105.
  5. 1790 United States Federal Census, Year: 1790; Census Place: Almsbury, Essex, Massachusetts; Series: M637; Roll: 4; Page: 21; Image: 36; Family History Library Film: 0568144, Operations, Inc., 2010,  Provo, UT, USA,, accessed 17 February 2018 for Vollint Colby
  6. 1800 United States Federal Census, Year: 1800; Census Place: Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts; Series: M32; Roll: 14; Page: 70; Image: 46; Family History Library Film: 205613, Operations Inc, 2010, Provo, UT, USA,, accessed 17 February 2018 for Vallentine Colley.
  7. 1810 United States Federal Census, Year: 1810; Census Place: Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts; Roll: 18; Page: 124; Image: 0205626; Family History Library Film: 00130, Operations, Inc., 2010, Provo, UT, USA,, accessed 17 February 2018
  8. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913,  for Vallingtine Colby, s. Jacob and Elizabeth May 29, 1728., pg 66; for Valentine Colby, s. Valentine and Hannah Nov. 23, 1770.; Vallingtine Colby, s. Valentine and Hannah Dec. 11, 1747.; Volentine, s. Valentine and Hannah Mar. 26, 1755.; Thomas, s.’ Valentine and ‘Hannah, Sept. 11, 1761.
  9. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913,  for Colby, Rhoda, d. Valentine and Hannah, Aug. 26, 1759. pg 65
  10. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, for Rhoda, d. Valentine and Hannah, Apr. 13, 1751. pg 64
  11. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, for Judith, d. Valentine and Hannah, May 26, 1749, pg. 62
  12. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, for Hezekiah, s. Valentine and Hannah, June 23, 1757 pg. 61
  13. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, for Hannah, d. Valentine and Hannah, May 27, 1766, pg 61
  14. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, for Elisebeth, d. Valentine and Hannah, Aug. 17, 1768. Pg 59
  15. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, for David, s. Valentine and Hannah, Dec. 25, 1763, pg 58
  16. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, marriage for Collby Valentine, and Hannah Kimbal, Aug. 20, 1747, pg. 318; Kimbal Hannah, and Valentine Colby, Aug. 20, 1747, pg 403
  17. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, marriage for Volentine, and Elisebeth Lowell, Feb. 1, 1788 * pg 317 Intentions also record
  18. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, death for Vollantine, Colby, 1812, pg 535
  19. Vital Records of Amesbury Massachusetts to the end of the year 1849, Town of Amesbury, The Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts, 1913, death for Elisebeth, w. Vollentine, Feb. 24, 1818, a. 83 y, pg. 534  
  20. Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001; pal:/MM9.3/TH-1961-40056-8964-83, Valentine Colby 1728 search,, accessed 19 February 2018, [ Records Film/Digital Note from, Births, marriages, and deaths of Amesbury and Salisbury, Massachusetts, collected from various sources, including town records of Amesbury and Salisbury, abt. 1598-1900 Births and miscellaneous marriages and deaths about 1706-1836 Births from Salisbury, Mass., about, 1637-1812 Births from Amesbury, 1671-1772 Marriages from Salisbury, Mass., about, 1636- 1812 Married in Amesbury, 1656-1800 Deaths from Salisbury, Mass., about, 1641-1838.]
  21. Colby, James W. “History of the Colby Family with Genealogical Tables”. Waltham, MA: Colby Music House, 1895, . Located at Accessed 21 February 2018, American Colby Pedigree page 101-113.
  22. Massachusetts Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991,, Operations, Inc., 2015, Provo, UT, USA, Massachusetts, Essex County, Probate Records; Author: Massachusetts. Supreme Judicial Court (Essex County); Probate Place: Essex, Massachusetts. Search for Volintine Colby, results case number 5951 Probate Records Colebye, P-Cole, J, 1828-1991, Probate Essex, Massachusetts, Probate date 4 January 1815, death inferred 1812, images 355-365 and Valentine Colby 16 October 1827 image 366-381 included.



Valentine Ancestors Part 1

Meet Our Family Valentines Part 1

I’m a participant of Amy Johnson Crow’s  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks series. February Prompt week Feb 12-18: Valentine. This is my second Valentine prompt posting.

Meet our immigrant Valentine-Valentine Rowell (Thomas, Valentine). Valentine Rowell is one of the first settlers of what became Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts. [Amesbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony settled 1654.] He is listed on the Memorial erected in memory of the first settlers.

We first find Valentine in marriage records on 14 November 1643 in Salisbury, New England, Massachusetts Bay Colony to Joanna Pinder. She was the daughter of  Henry Pinder and Mary Rogers of Cambridge, Massachusetts.  He is listed on the Memorial erected in memory of the first settlers.To date I have found nine children born to Valentine and Joanna; Thomas (1644-1684), John (1645/6-1649), Philip (1647/8-1690), Mary (1649/50-?), Sarah (1651-after 1716), Hannah (1653-1707), John (1655-1656/7), Elizabeth (1657-?) and Margarite (1659-?). A female [Elizabeth or Margarite] died before Sept 1662. Valentine was baptized 24 Jun 1622 Mancetter, Warwickshire, England, the son of Thomas Rowell and Margaret, the grandson of Valentine Rowell and Elizabeth Hampton. [I viewed the marriage record it is possible Elizabeth’s maiden name was Campton, not Hampton.] Valentine’s grandfather, did not come to the colonies. He died 13 September 1613 in Atherstone, England, where he was buried. His wife, Elizabeth followed him 14 February 1647/8 and is buried the same place.

Valentine Rowell purchases six acres of meadow, formerly belonging to Mr. John Hodges, from Thomas Bradbury on the 23rd October 1647 located in Salisbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony.

1646 – Valentine Rowell, along with his father, Thomas, took the oath of fidelity in Salisbury.

12 April 1654 – Valentine Rowell of Salisbury, purchased four acres of planting land with commonage belonging to at Salisbury Old Town from Daniel Ladd of Haverhill.

April 1661 – Valentine Rowell, of Salisbury, planter, battered for pine boards from William Osgood of Salisbury, millwright, the commage in Salisbury, Valentine purchased from Daniel Ladd.

5 April 1661, Valentine, planter of Salisbury, received from Richard Currier of Salisbury, planter, 2 acres of upland in Salisbury on the west side of Pawwaus River, bounded by John Weed, John Bayly (deceased) and highway.

5 April 1661, Valentine Rowell, planter of Salisbury was deeded by John Bayly, husbandman of Nuberie (Newbury), 3 acres of meadow in Salisbury, bounded by Richard Currier, town creek and a little creek running up by Vinson’s rocks.

4 April 1662, Valentine Rowell of Salisbury, carpenter, conveyed to Henry Blesdale (Blaisdell) of Salisbury, tailor, one half of ye upper end of my lot of upland on west side of Pawwaus River in Salisbury, bounded by Edward Goe, Phillip Challis, etc…Witnesses: Tho: Bradbury, Samuel Hall, Acknowledge, wife Joanna released dower, in court at Salisbury 8 April 1662.

5 April 1661 – Valentine Rowell of Salisbury, planter, for the above deed, conveyed to John Bayly of Nuberie, husbandman, 6 acres of meadow in Salisbury, bounded by Tho: Dumer (now of said Bayly) and Anthony Colby towards ye ferry.

12 April 1661 – Thomas Barnard of ye new town of Salisbury, for L 5, l 5 s  conveyed to William Barnes, Richard Currier and Valentine Rowell, inhabitants of the same town, in behalf of ye new town, 10 acres of upland in said new town in the possession of Isaac Buswell, near the mill. Witnesses: Wymond Bradbury, Samuel Hall. The above grantees conveyed the said land to Joseph Peasley same day.

5 March 1616/2 – Valentine Rowell of Salisbury, planter, conveyed to John Clough of Salisbury, house carpenter, 4 acres of planting land in Salisbury, bounded by Willi Allin, highway to mill, grantee, etc. Witnesses: Tho: Bradbury, Jane Bradbury acknowledged in court by grantor and his wife Joanna.

9 April 1662 – Valentine Rowell of Salisbury, exchanged my lot of sweepage, bounded by Mr. Winsley and goodman Dickerson, at ye beach, with Jarret Haddon for William Huntington’s lot of Higgledee pigledee meadow at fox island, bounded by Valentine Rowell and Phillip Chaillis. Witnesses: Anthony Somerby, John Bayly. Acknowledged by grantor , his wife releasing dower, in court at Salisbury 8 April 1662.

Valentine Rowell died at Salisbury, 17 May 1662,  just 18 days after making this last deed by which he exchanged a Sweepage lot with Jarret Haddon. [One recorded date as 17d: 3m : 1662, this would be May in the old style calendar.] On 14 October 1662, administration of his estate was granted to his widow, Joane. Lieutenant Challis and Richard Currier were ordered to make distribution of his estate to the widow and children, she to have half of it.

Joan remarried on 18 September 1670 to William Sargent, and thirdly, on 26 October 1676 at Amesbury, to Richard Currier.

Margery [3rd wife of Thomas Rowell], the widowed stepmother of Valentine Rowell, did not obey the court order regarding her step-son Valentine’s heirs. His widow Joanna, having remarried to William Sargent, they sued for the inheritance. The suit was against Christopher Osgood, son of Margery by her first husband. William Chandler testified that margery Coleman (she had remarried for a third time to Thomas Coleman) was at his home in Newbury when, the widow of Valentine Rowell hearing of it, came and demanded of her mother-in-law the L 7 due. Margaery answered that she had disposed of all her estate to her son Christopher, and  he was to pay her debts, and that Chandler had the proof. Thomas Rowell, Valentine’s eldest son, also had tried to collect the legacy from Christopher Osgood, but without success. The Sargents won the case and the children finally received their father’s share of his estate.

In 1725, the estate of Valentine Rowell was still unsettled. Valentine Rowell, a grandson of the same name, in spite of the wishes of his cousins, renounced his right and Phillip Rowell was appointed administrator of the estate of his grandfather, Valentine Rowell, late of Amesbury, he giving bonds with John Challis and Joseph Currier on the twelfth of February 1725. This long delay in the settlement of his estate was due to the deaths of him and his children at early age.

1803 Map of Salisbury, Massachusetts

Note some of the same surnames in 1803

The image below list a Rowell in 1639 as one of those who received lots and proportions granted pr the Towne of Colchester [bordered by the Merrimack River and the Atlantic Ocean, originally named Colchester, was incorporated as Salisbury in 1640.] in the first division.. This is most likely Valentine’s father, Thomas Rowell.

1639 Colchester aka Salisbury, Massachusetts

My lineage:

Valentine Rowell and Joanna Pinder 9th great grandparents

Hannah Rowell and Thomas Colby 8th great grandparents

Jacob Colby and Elizabeth Eliot 7th great grandparents

Valentine Colby and Hannah Kimball  6th great grandparents [hint of the next Valentine post]

Hezekiah Colby 5th great grandfather

Chellis F. Colby and Olive P. Cheney 4th great grandparents

James Madison Colby and Nancy Collins 3rd great grandparents

Kate E Colby and Alonzo Chase 2nd great grandparents

Clara Jane Chase and  William Frank Nelson great grandparents

Lillian May Nelson and Nathan Augustus Stearns grandparents

Nelson William Stearns and Shirley Beatrice Pease parents

and finally, me, June Stearns  and Michael D. Butka


Source links:

Land purchases by Valentine Rowell links The Great Migration Thomas Bradbury History and

The Great Migration Daniel Ladd History

Therelfall, John Brooks, Fifty Great Migration Colonists to New England & Their Origins, J.B Threlfall Publishing, Madison, wisconsin 1990,.Book is at Stevens Memorial  Library 345 Main St. North Andover, Massachusetts, 01845 (978) 668-9505 The Rowell Ancestry contributed by William Haslet Jones pg. 331 to 342.

PDF images on my laptop C:/Users/damegussie/OneDrive/Documents/Frame and Rowell families on certain pages for Frame and Rowell; pages 150-155 Frame Family; 331-342 Rowell Family. [Offers family history for Thomas and Lawrence Frame; Valentine, Thomas and Valentine Rowell, will/probate and land purchases.]

History of Amesbury: Including the first Seventeen Years of Salisbury, to Seperation in 1654; and Merrimac, from its Incorporation in 1876 page 15 definition of sweepage lots. [They had divided an abundance of land, even crossing the Powow and giving out lots there this present year. The marsh was disposed of, and the whole range of beach from Black Rocks to Hampton river cut up into lots, numbered and given out to the inhabitants. These lots were called “sweep- agelots, ]

Macetter, England Searchable files: Valentine and Thomas Frame England documents.,_Warwickshire_Genealogy

The Pillsbury Ancestry, by Holman; Old Families of Salisbury and Amesbury, by Hoyt; Essex County Probate 1:401; Essex County Quarterly Court Files 5:20.

Valentine Remembered

Valentine Remembered

I’m a participant of Amy Johnson Crow’s  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks series. February Prompt week Feb 12-18: Valentine

When I think of Valentine, I think of everyday as Valentine’s Day. My husband and I always made sure we had a date night. We rarely went to bed without saying “I Love You.”

I’m allergic to most flowers, especially, roses. My husband didn’t need to bring flowers home for me. Candies sometimes, but most of the time the candy would sit around and get old. Okay, I will admit if it was dark chocolate, it didn’t have a chance to get old. We would go out to dinner, but chose to go on a non busy day. We didn’t need to go on the actual day. Spending time with each and our children was the only thing we cared about.

When the children were young, we did the usual handmade candies, Homemade paper lace doilies Valentine cards for the family. The cute little store cards with a box of candy hearts for the classroom.

One year, Michael, brought me a heart shaped ring. Neither of us can remember which year. Mostly likely around our fifth year of marriage. The ring was yellow gold with a heart shaped Ruby, my husbands birthstone. [I’m a white gold, silver, platinum type of jewelry person.] We do remember the children helped him pick it out.

Valentine’s Day is this week. We have no special plans. We spent the weekend together traveling to new and familiar restaurants. We love our Sunday drives, a tradition my father started when I was a child. [Read my poem about our Sunday Drives here.] My husband and I still get in the car on Sunday and just drive. I rarely know where the destination is. We listen to the radio, talk, take in the scenery and enjoy being with each. Is there any better way to celebrate Love and Family, the True Meaning of Valentine’s Day? I think not.

My Heart Ring

My Heart Ring still fits. I wear it for special occasions and when I need a little extra love and comfort. Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone, no matter how you choose to celebrate. It is about Love and Family. Spending time with family, making memories and showing you love them on a daily basis is what it is all about. 



June Stearns Butka photographer, 1970-2010 digital image Feb 2018, privately held by June Stearns Butka], [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Merrimack, New Hampshire, 12 February 2018.

Amy Johnson Crow, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, 2017, : accessed 21 January 2018.

Love and Family Make Me Tick

I’m a participant of Julie Goucher’s of Anglers Rest Blog, “Book of Me” Prompts.

What makes me tick was an easy one to answer. Love and Family.

My love and passion for life, family and friends keeps me going on a daily basis. We all have those days that we just want to crawl back under the covers and stay there. It is those times that I look around my bedroom at the walls and book shelves. I see the smiling faces of my family and friends shining down at me. The thimble collection of my mother, cookbook collection of my Aunts Carrie and Eleanor, the Family Tree of my Ancestors above my desk and the artwork created especially for me by a friend. Even the scattered family research papers waiting for me to pick up where I left off are a reminder that life is worth living.

I know that I will rise to the challenge of the day. It may be a slower start of the day. I need to work through the pain, the sadness and sometimes anger of having to deal with the pain. I will not dell on the health issues that cause my pain only that I will NOT let it stop me. A Positive Mental Attitude is my mantra. Stay the coarse is the other.

Just a few photographs of what I see that helps my Stay the Coarse.

Blake’s Deck of Cards
Index Card Family Tree
Honor to All!
The Stearns Family
Center of hand made “Breast Cancer Walk” Quilt by Shirley Pease Stearns

#Book of Me 2018

Thank you Family and Friends for all your love and support.




What Did I Do – A Pictorial Response

Book of Me Written By You, February Prompt, What Did I do?

I decided I would make this post a Pictorial Response.

A Society Member 1970
Family Historian 1970-Present 2018
A Nursing Student-Left for a Family Emergency 1975
   A Nursing Student-again 1977


A Wife 1978
A Mother-photograph 1984
A Girl Scout 1986-1999 and Camp Nurse 1993
Avon Breast Cancer 3 Day 60 Miles Walker
An Advocate 1999
American Red Cross Instructor 1986-2006 & Photography Ribbons 2006-2007


An Author 2007
Cog Railway
2010 U-Local Photography Winner- Currier Museum
An 11 year Breast Cancer Survivor; Radiation March 2007


Mastering Genealogy Proof Standard Study Group Participant – Dear Myrtle 2014


Today I’m a total of all of what I did. Sharing those memories for future generations.


Julie Goucher of Anglers Rest.

Julie Goucher, Book of Me Written By You, web edition, WordPress, Anglers Rest, n (accessed February 2, 2018), Book of Me February Prompts, 2018


All Photographs

June Stearns Butka photographer, 1970-2010 digital image Feb 2018, privately held by June Stearns Butka], [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE], Merrimack, New Hampshire, 2 February 2018

Favorite Name: Florentina

Favorite Name: Florentina

Week 6 (February 5-11): Favorite Name

#52Ancestors 2018 Ancestor 5, Florentina Maines Bates (1817-1884)

Florentina Means Bates 1817-1884

Florentina, aka, Tyna,  is my favorite name. You met, Tyna Marie Hutchins, my great grandmother, in my previous blog posts, 2014 Tyna Hutchins and more recently 2018 Census-R-Us. My daughter Tyna is named after her. A Family name that continues to this day.

Tyna Butka 1994

Tyna Marie Hutchins was named after her grandmother, Florentina Maines Bates, who married Claudius Buchanan Abbee. Their daughter, Sarah Augusta Abbee, married Benjamin Franklin Hutchins. The parents of Tina Marie Hutchins.

I never met my daughter’s namesake. I do remember the stories my mother, Shirley Pease, told me about the strength, love and faith of her grandmother, Tyna. My mother’s wish for her children was that we carried those same qualities in our own life.

Florentina needed to be a woman of strength, and strong faith to carry on after the death of her husband during the Civil War. She lived in rural Maine with the responsibility of caring for five children, ages 7 years to 21 years.

Florentina is a strong Biblical name, Saint Florentina, a 7th century Iberian virgin. According to Behind the Name, there are many version of the name. She Knows says that Florentina means Blooming or Flowering. They are creative people, willing to express themselves, while keeping harmony, beauty and a positive attitude in their environment.

Nicknames include: Flora, Fleur, Flo, Florrie, Lora, Tina, Lorie, Lettie, Rina, Reni, and Florry. These are all hints for your record searches.

FRENCH: Florentine
LATE ROMAN: Florentina
SPANISH: Florentina
FRENCH: Florentin
LATE ROMAN: Florentinus
SPANISH: Florentino
DUTCH: Floor, Floris
ENGLISH: Flo, Floella, Florence, Florrie, Flossie
FRENCH: Florence, Florent
ITALIAN: Fiorenza, Fiorenzo
LATE ROMAN: Florentia, Florentius
SPANISH: Florencia, Florencio

I’m proud to name my daughter after such beautiful, strong, loving, and expressive women found in my family tree.

This is part of the #52Ancestors series from Amy Johnson Crow 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.

Amy Johnson Crow, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, 2017, : accessed 21 January 2018,


Meet my great Grandmother, Tyna Marie Hutchins

52 Ancestors 2018 week 4 Census

Ancestor 3 Tyna Marie Hutchins

Tyna Marie Hutchins 1944

My Great-Grandmother Tyna Marie Hutchins was found on the following Census records.

1880 United States Census, Maine, Somerset, Brighton

1900 United States Census, Maine, Penobscot, Garland

1910 United States Census, Maine, York, Kittery

1920 United States Census, Maine, York, Eliot

1930 United States Census, Maine, York, Eliot

1940 United States Census, New Hampshire, Merrimack, Sutton


The United States Census provides much more information than people think.

Most people just look in the census of their ancestor for the family. Save the information and move on.

If you haven’t taken time to stop;

Think of the year,

The location,

The neighbors,

The previous page,

The next page,

The very first page of the census

And the very last page of the census,

You have missed a lot of information on your family and the community they lived in. That is just on viewing the document at an overview.

Did you search out what those codes mean under each heading?

Did you find the location on a map?

Did you see the Enumeration District location on a map?

How about the Census instructions to the Enumerator?

I’m sure I’m missing something. Everytime I review the census I learn something new about it and my family.

I will focus on the 1940 Census for my maternal great grandmother, Tyna Marie Hutchins. Tyna (Tina) was married four times: George Spooner, Sidney Towle, Arthur Place and William Doyle. In the 1940 United States Census for Sutton, Merrimack, New Hampshire, she is known as Tina M. Doyle.

The reason I choose the 1940 Census is: If I can find my Grandparents or Great Grandparents on the latest available census, I can usually find my parents family. [START WITH WHAT YOU KNOW,] and their ancestors. Once I find the correct Census for my family, I record the basic information listed. NOW, the fun begins. I dig deeper into the census. Using the top section of the census I look for the Supervisor or enumeration district numbers for the next search.


I Google “supervisor district codes 1940 census” or “enumeration district” to begin my search. You find many helpful hints of where to DIG DEEPER!


Instruction for 1940 Census PDF

Enumeration District Maps -Family Search

Enumeration District 7-67 Map

Unified Census Enumeration District  finder -Steve Morse

1940 United States Census tutorial

Citing Sources for the 1940 Census Evidence Explained

Blank Census Form with codes

1940 census top

“United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch( : accessed 1 February 2018), Tina M Doyle in household of William E Doyle, Sutton Town, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 7-67, sheet 8A, line 38, family 170, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 – 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 2294.

View the original document. The original may contain more information than was indexed.

1940 Census bottom left

I look in the margins for dates, notes or streets.

1940 census bottom left check box

I don’t accept an unchecked box means the family isn’t carried to the next page. I make it a habit to check the pages before and after my family. You never know what or who you might find. [My family did not go to the next page in the census.]

1940 census bottom codes

Zoom in on the codes at the bottom of your census. It gives you a clearer understanding of the family. Education, Work type, if Worked, Military, Race, Infant birth month. For each census year. It can change for each census by years.

Map links help you find your ancestor, especially in rural areas. This map I highlighted the major road (in red) going through the town of Sutton, Merrimack, New Hampshire, the lakes and waterways in blue and the population area in yellow. You can see that the major population areas are around the water supplies.

1940 Census ED 7-67 map Sutton, New Hampshire


Reading the instructions, viewing the maps, learning the codes fills in many blanks. I needed to travel to the town offices to find the map with the house location for my ancestor. No road was mentioned or shown in the census.


I supplied other links to Dig even deeper. The point of this blog is to point out the importance of exhaustive research, even in a single document.


Enumeration District Description tells you that Sutton, New Hampshire is an unincorporated place. That the population is 675 people. There were 512 people and 56 Farms in 1930. That is an increase of 163 people from the 1930 Census. This includes my mother, Shirley- age 4. I know from other research that my mother’s half brother, Freddie-age 14 [Frederick F. Allen, lived Sagadahoc, Maine 1930] my great-grandmother, Tyna, her husband, William, were living in Eliot, Maine on the 1930. The 1940 Census shows that Tyna, William, and grandson, Freddie Allen, lived in Sutton in 1935 Census. I now know that sometime between 1930 and 1935 Tyna, William and Frederick moved to Sutton.

I also noticed that there is a Private Sanitarium in Webster, New Hampshire. This gives a clue for me to see if my grandmother, Irene Elizabeth Place [Allen-Pease] is on that census. She was hospitalized after the birth of my mother. She is not listed in Tyna’s household. Irene was actually found in Bosacwen, Merrimack, New Hampshire at the County Farm as an inmate.


1940 Census Enumeration District Descriptions – New Hampshire  

NARA 1940 Census Search

Unified Census Finder

United States Census Finder Steve Morse

United States Summary

This is part of the #52Ancestors series from Amy Johnson Crow 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.

Amy Johnson Crow, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, 2017, : accessed 21 January 2018,


Happy Census Digging.