Inspirations Reviewed Means Love and Support

I’m hoping people will join me in Julie Goucher’s “The Book of Me” prompts. Julie Goucher of the Anglers Rest blog will be posting monthly prompts, during 2018, encouraging our creative thought process. Join some or all her prompts, privately or on social media. Your choice. #BookofMe2018

Family Reunion Trip 2012

Who or what inspires me?

My off the head response was, the love and support of my family. That is true, but not the whole story.

I think who or what inspires you is more about what you are doing at the time.

In childhood, during the 1960’s, I wanted to be like Olympic Ice skaters Carol Heiss and Peggy Fleming. That was until a severe injury caused during practice on the frozen marshes of Saugus, Massachusetts ended that dream. I turned my attentions baseball and Rico Petrocelli. It didn’t matter to me that I was a girl. I never saw myself as a gender, but a person. I paid for many broken windows in my Saugus neighborhood, chasing that dream.  By the time I entered high school in Pembroke, New Hampshire, I came up against my first true sense that being a girl mattered (at least in the schools mind.) I was told no girls allowed in baseball or golf. Softball was for girls, but not for me, I was too small and fragile. I may have looked fragile at 4 feet 9 inches and if I was lucky 90 pounds, trust me I wasn’t. I spent my summers working on my uncle and aunt’s farm and junk yard. My interested were being pulled in two directions, to be like Florence Nightingale or teach English like my favorite English teacher, Frank Jewett. Mr. Jewett knew how to capture your attention by using music to teach Iambic Pentameter. Music to William Shakespeare, who knew.

Throughout this whole time my love of family stories and history never left me. I loved the time with my Great Aunt Carrie [Lulu Carrie Stearns Perkins,] listening to her stories about her rural life in Sutton; about who we were related to, like Queen Victoria. [I haven’t found that lineage, yet.] I was able to trace the Stearns lineage to the Winthrop Fleet 1630 arrival.

Aunt Carrie would say, “We have deep roots in this county, girl. You are from founding families of this town. Be proud of where you came from. We are the salt of the earth. Farmers from way back. That may not mean much to some, that doesn’t matter, girl. We lived, had a family and made do with what we have. If you do nothing else but love and have a family, you have achieved something. You keep the family going.” I was able to trace the Nelson lineage to the early years of Perrystown, now known as Sutton, New Hampshire, and even back to my ancestor, Thomas Nelson’s, arrival in the colonies about 1640 to Rowley, Massachusetts.

That love of family and family history continues to this day. Aunt Carrie, my parents, Nelson Stearns and Shirley Pease Stearns, and my Aunt Eleanor Stearns Duncan, are no longer living to assist me through our history. Their stories, love and support still support me with their strong sense of FAMILY that that gave me.

My family history deep roots of family inspiration, is guided by others now-a-days, like DearMyrtle, Cousin Russ, weekly Legacy Family Tree Webinars, television shows like Finding Your Roots, Who Do You Think you Are, DNA gurus, like Blaine Bettinger, and many other people in my genealogy circle of friends and family.

All keep me inspired to continue the journey of my family story.

Now, back to my original thought. My true inspirations is the love and support of my family. I would not still be here today without my husband, Michael D. Butka; daughter, Tyna M. Butka; son Michael J. Butka and the my siblings; Vickie M. Stearns Levesque Junkins, Marjorie R. Stearns Stevenson, Eleanor A. Stearns, Susan R. Stearns Aeschliman, Nelson N. Stearns and their families. their love, support, strength and constant reminder that I AM LOVED. It is that love and inspiration that carries me through each day of  life’s challenges.

Sources for this are my personal thoughts. Links to genealogy and DNA links are connected to those named.


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Augustus Stearns, eldest child of Nathan Jr & Polly (Martin) Stearns, b. 26 July 1832 in Goffstown, New Hampshire; d. 4 Feb 1882 in West Derry, New Hampshire buried in Goffstown, New Hampshire

m. 4 Aug 1852 Sarah H. Emerson of Weare, New Hampshire, b. 12 Sep 1832, d. 1907; daughter of Obadiah & Eunice (Marshall) Emerson; Her ancestor, Stephen Emerson, was an early settler of Weare, New Hampshire.

Alternate surname spellings: Sturns 1850 Census Goffstown, New Hampshire index,

Rowell: Wilmont Rowell household 27 Dwelling 30, 1880 US Census Derry, New Hampshire list Augustus as, Augustin Rowell and his wife Sarah H., daughter Carrie E. and son Frank L. as Rowell in index, visual of page list Stearns,

Stevens: New Hampshire, Marriage and Divorce Records, 1659-1947;

 Children of Augustus & Sarah H. (Emerson) Stearns:

1. Ellen Stearns, b.1851 in Goffstown, New Hampshire

2. Mason William Stearns, b. 11 March 1856; m. Rachel Emma Fletcher of New London, daughter of William and Susannah J. (Hastings) Fletcher

3. Lyman Marshall Stearns, b. 4 March 1858; d. 28 Dec 1918 in Manchester, New Hampshire, m. 5 June 1878 Alnora Maria Chase of Londonderry NH, b. 11 May 1854, daughtet of Trueworthy and Nancy (Pettingill) Chase. They settled in Derry, New Hampshire. He was editor and publisher of checker books, and a professional player, having the rare gift of being able to play checkers blindfolded.  Published author and Checker Champion. No children

4. Carrie Elilsworth Stearns, b. 24 March 1863 in Lynn, Massachusetts m 10 Nov 1863 Herman Foster Nutt of West Derry, New Hampshire. Known Children Herman Elwyn and Bernice Irene.

 5. Frank Leslie Stearns, b. 7 Dec 1866 in Salem, Massachusetts, m. Abbie L Farr of Methuen, Massachusetts. Children: Harry (Henry) L, John H, Blanche E, Ralph M, and Frances May.

Augustus was most likely the male 5-under 10 in the Nathan Stearns Household residing in Goffstown, New Hampshire in 1840. Also living in the household was a male under age 5 [Lucien E. born 19 May 1840,] male 30-40 [Nathan Stearns,]  2 females under 5 [Elvira 26 Jan 1836 and Mary Ann 27 Apr 1838,] and 1 female 30-40 [Polly Martin 27 Aug 1810.]

 He was a shoemaker. He and his family resided in Goffstown, New Hampshire 1850;  Middleton, Massachusetts in 1855, returning to the old homestead in Goffstown, New Hampshire sometime between the 1855-1860 US Census. moved to Lynn, Massachusetts sometime before 1863 when daughter, Carrie E. was born; returning to Goffstown, New Hampshire before the 1870 US Census for. He worked in Manchester, New Hampshire in 1869, where he followed the trade of a finished custom shoe maker until 1878. One of his eyes was injured by chestnut burr, and from this injury gradually became totally blind. He moved to West Derry about two years before his death. Middleton, Massachusetts, Lynn, Massachusetts, Derry New Hampshire and Manchester, New Hampshire all were known for shoe manufacturing. Augustus was following the work of his trade.

Military enlistment 13 June 1863 5th District Lynn, Massachusetts: U.S. Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865 for Augustus Stearns on Ancestry.  1 July 1863 was 31 years old, residing in the 5th district of Lynn, Massachusetts, trade a shoemaker, married, born New Hampshire, no list of regiment or date of former service noted in this enlistment record.


A Tidbit about Shoe Making

 Inventors had managed to create machines to cut out the different parts of the shoe and to sew together the leather that made up the top, but the last and hardest part still had to be done by hand. Skilled shoemakers would shape the leather upper part of the shoe over a foot-shaped wooden mold called a last and then sew it onto the sole, or bottom, of the shoe. An expert shoe laster could make about fifty pairs of shoes a day.


For more information on shoemaking read:

“The Shoemakers of Lynn, Massachusetts, 1850-1880: The Family during the Transition from Hand to Machine Labor”, by Milligan Jr., William H

The “History of the town of Dunbarton”, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, from the Grant by Mason’s Assign in 1751 to the year 1860, by Caleb Stark, published Concord, NH, 1860 had information on Elijah Stearns (pg 27), and Dr Isaac Stearns (pge 150 & 154,) but none for Nathan Jr.

History of the town ofGoffstown1733-1920 Narrative by George Plummer Hadley in two volumes: Link to read online

Genealogical and Family History of the State ofNew Hampshirecompiled by Erza Stearns 1901 Volume 1 pg 385-394

History of Goffstown, New Hampshire1733 -1920, A Narrative by George Plummer Hardly

1840 Census Goffstown, New Hampshire for Nathan Stearns:  Year: 1840; Census Place: Goffstown, Hillsborough, New Hampshire; Roll: 238; Page: 135; Family  History Library Film: 0014932; accessed 5 Jan 2017, image 25 of 31; 1840 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Sixth Census of the United States, 1840. (NARA microfilm publication M704, 580 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ancestral File (R), Copyright (c) 1987,  June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998.

1855 Census Middleton, Essex, Massachusetts: Augustus 23 y, wife of A Stearns 23 y, Ellen L 4y

1860 Census Goffstown, Hillisborough, New Hampshire: Augustus 27, Sarah H 27,Ellen L 9, Mason W 4, Lyman M 2

1870 Census Goffstown, Hillsborough, New Hampshire: Augustus 38, Sarah H 38, Mason W 14, Lyman N 12, Carrie E 7, Frank L 4 (Carrie & Frank born Massachusetts) U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.
Original data: Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registrations, 1863-1865. NM-65, entry 172, 620 volumes. NAI: 4213514. Records of the Provost Marshal General’s Bureau (Civil War), Record Group 110. National Archives at Washington D.C. image 176 of 244 vol 2 of 4

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Decades of Entertainment


I’m hoping people will join me in Julie Goucher’s “The Book of Me” prompts. Julie Goucher of the Anglers Rest blog will be posting monthly prompts, during 2018, encouraging our creative thought process. Join some or all her prompts, privately or on social media. Your choice.


What do I enjoy? Immediately family, friends, Genealogy, reading and Bingo came to mind. That is fine, but very generic. I decided to write about what I enjoyed in the decades of my life. Our interest change. Writing about what interest me today does not give you a glimpse of how I became me. Our interests develop who we are, as much as family, friends, co-workers, our environment, our world does.


When we are children our interest evolve around our family, friends, school and play. We really don’t concern ourselves with world events, unless it directly affects us. My Dad served in the Korean Conflict. He was stationed in Osan, South Korea. My parents were married before he joined the Army. I was born in the mid 1950’s. I remember none of this.

I remember playing with cousins, by the lake at my Uncle Art’s house. Visiting cousins in the White Mountains of New Hampshire at my Uncle Fred’s. Visiting my Aunt’s Carrie and Aunt Eleanor. Going fishing with my Dad, boating, swimming, picnicking and feeling the love of my family.

Uncle Fred, Christine, June


WOW, the 1960’s! This is the decade that really started me becoming who I am today. The family trips to aunts, cousins, weekend picnicking, boating, fishing, were definitely a part of my 1960’s. That family love and time spent together felt like a cocoon of safety. Nothing can hurt us. We moved around many times through the years, for my father’s job. He was a mechanic by trade. He was a barter of his services at times. Money was tight, but we never felt deprived.

My interest at this time was, fishing, boating, and working alongside my father planting potatoes at my Aunt Carrie’s in Sutton, New Hampshire. I would work in the junk yard during the summer, helping my father get parts for his service station. During the school year I would work at his service station, pumping gas, changing tires, oil and learning how cars worked. Many summers I camped at my Aunts house, helping out, and playing cards, Canasta or Whisk, into the night. I would play checkers with my Uncles Mark and Wilson or with my cousins Ernest and Clint. Uncle Mark’s second cousin was the world known checker player and writer, Lyman Marshal Stearns. So checkers was a game we were taught very young. It was while we were playing cards and checkers that my PASSION, for family stories and family history began. I loved listening to the stories. I enjoyed learning about my family and where we came from. I’m not sure I believed all those stories. That may be why in later years, I made it my job to disprove them, hoping to prove them.

Many moves, many changing of friends, many new interest were developed. I was a tomboy. You probably already figured that out with my working alongside my father. I loved baseball, fishing, cars (I even helped build a dune buggy and raced it at the track,) and I learned how to use and care for guns. I’m not a fan of guns. I’m glad I know how if I ever needed to use it to live by, but I much rather capture the animals with a camera.

Cross Country skiing, ice skating and sledding were my winter time entertainment. Skating on the marshes of Saugus, Massachusetts at my Aunt Eleanor’s. Going to the local skating rink in Wakefield, Massachusetts; cross country skiing in Sutton, New Hampshire; sledding off the new construction of Route 1, Lynn Massachusetts, are memories I remember with thoughts like…

What was I thinking, sledding into midair that high up, skiing alone in the woods when they are searching for dead bodies in the junk yard, or did I really just skate on the marsh backwards and fall? (Stitches were needed for that last one in a place you don’t want to know about.) I mention these tidbits because they changed my interest to other areas. 4-H became my new interest. I participated in the local agriculture fairs. I entered baked goods, canning, jams and jellies, quilting and photography. My first Blue Ribbon was for Blueberry Muffins at the Topsfield State Fair in Topsfield Massachusetts. During the summers I traveled with my father to the state fairs, serving soft served ice cream. Dad had one of those trucks you would wait to hear that jingle in your neighborhood. [This was when we moved in with my Aunt Eleanor, my cousins Lilly and Jean, became influences of my new interest. (Our home in Maine burned. We lost everything.)]

Music was a large part of my 1960’s. At my Aunt Carrie’s the harmonica, spoons and washboard were the instruments of choice. At my Uncle Fred’s and our home the guitar was the musical instrument. You can tell that country music was a strong influence in our family. I loved going to the local ranches to listen to my mother and her friend, Florence Martin, sing and Yodel. Circle 9 Ranch in Epson, New Hampshire was visited frequently.

When we met Gene Maltais, in 1969, our music became a little more Rock-A-Billy. More about that in the next decade.

Television turn from black and white to color. I watched Lawrence Welk, Art Linkletter, Uncle Bob, Captain Kangaroo, Romper Room, Superman, The Green Hornet and Batman. Sundays included church, Davie and Goliath.

I end the decade with thoughts of getting my driver’s license, working for someone other than my father, caring for my family, entering- yet another school and changes happened in the world. The word “fear” truly entered my conscious. I lost loved ones, the world lost JFK, blackouts, and modern times are fast approaching. I’m starting to be more involved in the world and its happenings. The end of playing is becoming a time of working.

Let’s Jam 1972



The decade of adult changes. Graduation from high school, college, marriage and the birth of my first child. This short sentence gives you a glimpse of how my entertainment change in the 1970’s decade. I go from a school girl to a mother.
The seventies start with independent driving. My friends and I would take drives in the surrounding area. I usually had one or more of my siblings with me. I’m a caregiver for them when my mother worked alongside my father at the service station in Pembroke New Hampshire. The seventies is the first time we lived in the same place for longer than 2 years. The luxury of having friends to do things with was a treat. In the past my family were my traveling companions and “playmates.”

They still are. My family will always be my core of entertainment, love and support. The family members changed through the years; death and births caused those changes. The sense of family never left my soul.

4-H is replaced with Rainbow Girls, Library Club and Dramatic Arts. Hiking, is added to swimming, boating and fishing. Family Sunday Drives “to find a dirt road,” (aka, visiting the aunts,) continues. I love those drives with my family, watching the clouds for animal, faces, and shapes. Playing the Alphabet license plate games with my younger siblings, playing canasta with my aunts, stopping for ice cream in New London (for us kids) and for fired clams in Boscowen, New Hampshire (for Mom) were a must do.
Music changing more to Ricky Nelson, Everly Brothers, the Beatles (Lilly’s influence,) and of course the old staples with Mom, Flo and Gene. Johnny Cash, yodeling, Gene Maltais and Jerry Lee Lewis. Once I met and married my husband my music was broaden to include, Rock and Roll, a little disco and heavy metal. I’m still not a fan of the heavy metal. Give me the late fifties, the sixties and early seventies classic and I’m happy.

I didn’t watch much television in the seventies. When I did it was usually history, movie, and some sitcoms like Doggie Howser, M.D., Ben Casey, ER, or Marcus Welby. Do you notice a theme here? I was never one to race home for a certain time to watch television. My time in school, work, church and societies I joined kept me very busy. I was learning the joy of working and earning money. Later seventies my time was spent being a wife and mother. I will admit that when Luke & Laura were on General Hospital, I did watch. General Hospital was a show I watched with my mother.

The Luke and Laura fad happened around the same time as I was put on bedrest with my first child. I had miscarried once already, I wasn’t taking a chance and not follow the doctor’s orders. My husband even had his hair done in an afro.

Mike’s Afro hair style.

Movies became a bigger part of life after I met my husband. He worked at a movie theater. My younger years of movie going was with the family to the drive in movies. My mother loved Elvis Presley. His movie was shown second because of his hip movements were too suggestive. I always slept through the first movie (kid’s movie) and woke up just in time for the second. Who know I was such a rebel?

I leave the 1970’s as a graduate from nursing school, married, starting life in a new home, yes moving again, my husband, Michael; my daughter, Tyna and second child on the way, (my son, Michael.)

Pease Air Force Base Movie Schedule


My entertainment in the eighties was family gatherings, movies, music, some television, reading, board games and children’s activities. During this time I played the wife and mother role; doing more things that my family loved to do. I loved being part of that interaction. We moved again in the mid-eighties. We moved back to my home state of New Hampshire. I was home.  Yes, home is where the family is, yet New Hampshire is always that place that when I enter its borders a calm, comfort envelops me. I can be me. My entertainment now became Girls Scouts, Boy Scouts, teaching CPR, safety and making new friends. This may not sound like entertainment. It is what I loved to do. To teach, participate, learn new things with the ones I love. What greater joy can there be, than just enjoying life.

We continued the tradition of Sunday drives my father started in my childhood. We would tell the stories of our youth, to our children. Show them where we lived, worked, and played.

In the later part of the 1980’s hiking and camping became a large part of our family activities.. My friend Linda introduce me to Bingo. I would go weekly with her. She was the lucky one. I just loved the company.

My love of family stories, history and where we came from needed to be recorded. Scrapbooking the family photos, taken over the years, began. Writing the stories down into my diaries and interviewing my mother of our family history became more important after my father and father-in-law died in 1987 &1988. I grew up with those stories, but never taken the time to record them.

So I leave the eighties passionate about family lore once again. I will record the stories past and present for the future.

Michael, Tyna and Nicole 1986


A time of transitioning for my children. They will leave our home by the end of the decade. Our entertainment didn’t change that much from the eighties. Trivia Games, hiking, camping, Sunday drives, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Little league, movies, scrapbooking and bingo were our entertainment.

We added Canoe Team Mom in there. I was the chase car for the Girl Scout Canoe Team. Memorial Day weekend was the General Clinton Canoe Regatta in Bainbridge, New York. A weekend of canoeing, County Fair and camping. It was a fifteen miles canoe rally race. Every five miles the paddlers were switched. I was the driver that drove along the race cheering the paddlers on and swapping them out for the next leg. Lots of mud, smiles, laughter, fair games, and camping excitement.

General Clinton Canoe Regatta 1992

Cross Country meets, track meets and many baseball games kept us entertained. Family game night, usually trivia games at this point, was a night where the teenagers challenged the parents. I held my own back then.

Derryfield Cross Country Meet

I proceed to the next decade as a couple, Michael and June. Our children both graduated high school. Our daughter, Tyna entered college, our son Michael, entered the Air Force.


This decade brings many changes in how I entertain myself.

Entertainment as a couple is more about the quiet times together. Listening to music, going to the movies, reading, date night continues (even through there are no children in the house,) scrapbooking has turned digital, bingo has exploded. There many more places to attend. Bingo in a church hall has grown to Bingo Halls with nightly games and even twice on the weekends. My passion for bingo is about the giving to charities. If you go there planning on winning every time, you will be disappointed. Go there for the socialization with friends and giving to the charity makes for a happy night out. Of course, when you win, the night of entertainment is even sweeter.

A decade of health challenges, making those evenings out more of a treat. The time with your husband and family are precious and priceless. This is the decade my mother died, my husband’s brother died. I was dealing with cancer and mini strokes.  There were days that listening to music, especially the songs from my youth, brought comfort. The strength to watch television, go to a movie or even read was a challenge.

My passion for photography grow during this time. I was the one that usually wasn’t in family photographs. I was taking them. I graduated from film photography to digital. I entered photography contest, traveled with my husband to photograph my home state of New Hampshire, and New England. If it captured my eye, I needed to photograph it.

I end this decade, alive, passionate about photography, family history, and learning more about social media, you-tube and webinars.

2010 Photography Scavenger Hunt


Wow! Who knew that social media and webinars could take over your life? My son introduced me to Facebook. This would be my way of communicating with him while he was stationed overseas I started a personal page and a page that I called, Where in the State is Mom. The second page was about my travels, trivia and a way for my son to feel part of my life and not feel so homesick. My passion for family, photography, traveling and trivia all rolled into one package.

My entertainment became more sedentary in nature, due to my physical limitations. I’m thankful for my passion of reading and family history. It allows me to entertain myself, while still feeling productive.

Genealogy Webinars are now all the rage. DearMyrtle and Legacy Family Tree Webinars have kept me well entertained. I’m learning how to best research, find sources, cite those sources, for my family tree. Learning about how DNA can support your paper trail findings and break through that brick wall, is a Happy Dance all on its own.

I still listen to music, watch television, date night with my husband, travel to visit family, and go out with my friends to play bingo. Most of my time is watching the webinars and learning, researching my family and cuddling up next to Ninja Buddy, my dog.

Over the years my entertainment changed, as did my life. My core entertainment did not change. Doing things with family, friends and being passionate about what you’re doing is what is important. Just enjoy who you do those things with throughout your life. Friends and family will change over the years; stay true to yourself, enjoy life.

Cape Neddick, Maine



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Billy Buskin-Faithful Companion

Another of my Who in the State of Mom Blogspot post
Originally Posted Friday, April 20, 2012

Faithful Companion

Today’s research finds me at the Church Cemetery, Wilmot, Merrimack, New Hampshire. Gravestones offer interesting bits of life from those that are Heaven Found. Frances Chase knew the importance of a faithful companion in the time of battle during the Civil War. So here is his dedication to that faithful companion “Billy Buckskin was a horse that belonged to Francis Chase and was a veteran of the civil war. His grave is marked each year with a flag, on Memorial Day.”
6 January 2017 update:
Francis E. Chase was born 29 Jan 1829 in Fitchburg, Worcester, Massachusetts to Joseph Chase and Harriet Phelps.
The Find A Grave bio provides an overview of Mr. Chases life and military service.

Pine Hill Cemetery Google Street View

Birth:     Jan. 29, 1829

Fitchburg, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA

Death: Feb. 21, 1908

Wilmot Flat, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA


From “A Glimpse of the Past-A History of Wilmot, NH” by Langley:

“Ripley’s famous “Believe it or Not” column in the May 30, 1965 issue of The Boston Advertiser immortalized Wilmot’s remarkable Civil War Horse.”The Grave of a Horse….Francis E. Chase owned a horse named Billy Buskin. The horse was Mr. Francis Chase’s saddle horse he rode all through the Civil War. Mr. Chase was a wagon master of an ammunition train. The horse was given to Mr. Chase by the government when he received his discharge. The horse lived to be over 30 years old. Mr. Chase had a dog named Captain and he lived to be a very old dog and was a constant companion to Billy Buskin and Mr. Chase.” (Letter received from Mr. Fred W. Chase, grandson of Mr. Francis E. Chase, June 3, 1964.) The horse and the dog are buried side by side on the former Chase farm in Wilmot Flat. The G.A.R. of Wilmot started the custom of putting a flag on the horse’s grave each Memorial Day, and the custom has been followed each year. In 1973, Myrtle T. Newcomb, who lived on the former Chase farm gave the town a parcel of land enclosing the Civil War graves of horse Billy Buskin and dog Captain. The Bicentennial Committee placed a plaque at the site near Chase Pond. The marker reads “This plaque marks the grave of Billy Buskin, a horse ridden through the Civil War by Captain Francis E. Chase who lived across the road.” The horse’s bridal was given to the Wilmot Historical Society by Mr. Chase’s great-great Grandson, Edward F. Chase of Plymouth, NH, and is in their room at the old schoolhouse in Wilmot Flat.”

Family links:


Joseph Chase (1804 – 1873)

Harriet Phelps Chase (1809 – 1880)



Harriet Emily Bussell Chase (1831 – 1902)

Lucy Jane Fowler Langley (1842 – 1915)



Charles Edwin Chase (1850 – 1925)*

George Byron Chase (1852 – 1893)*

Austin E Chase (1857 – 1859)*



Francis E Chase (1829 – 1908)

Lydia Alvira Chase Dame (1830 – 1891)*

Lurany K. Chase Flanders (1846 – 1911)*


*Calculated relationship



Pine Hill Cemetery

Wilmot Flat, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA


Created by: Brande Watson

Record added: Jul 17, 2005

Find A Grave Memorial# 11370757

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1-2-3-4 Cake

I will be bringing my older posts from my “Where in the State is Mom” Blogspot to WordPress.
Original Blog post Monday, April 16, 2012 

Today’s posting will be a recipe I found while researching the family. My Aunt had her own version of this called 1-2-3 Cake, that will stay in the family, but I think you will enjoy the Canadian version. Here is the history of the cake I found on the Internet. I left all wording intact. Enjoy

1234 Cake
Culinary evidence confirms the practice of naming cakes for their measurements dates (at least) to the 18th century. In the days when many people couldn’t read, this simple convention made it simple to remember recipes. Pound cake and cupcakes are foods of this genre. In fact? They were composed of the same basic ingredients of your 1234 cake.
There are several variations on the recipe for 1234 cake but “yr basic list” goes like this:
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour
4 eggs
This combination, it its purest form, produces a chewy dense cookie-type treat reminiscent of medieval jumbals, or sugar cookies. The Internet confirms many cooks “fudge” (pardon the pun) this classic 1234 recipe by adding other ingredients in various proportions. Most common? Baking powder, milk, fruit juice, spices and nuts. These additions affect the taste and texture of the finished product.
Canadian recipe, circa 1877
Augusta Simmers.
One cup of butter, two of sugar, three cups of flour, four eggs; add a little more flour, roll out very thin on sugar, cut any shape, and bake quickly.”
—The Canadian Home Cook Book, Compiled by the Ladies of Toronto and Chief Cities and Towns in Canada [Hunter, Rose and Company:Toronto] 1877 (p. 307)

1-2-3-4 Cake

6 Dec 2018 update link for you to view:

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DYI Photography set up

I scan or take photographs of older, non-digital pictures to catalog into my digital files. I also take photographs when I visit family. Carrying around a photograph box set, tri-pod and camera are not always convenient.

Here is a simple set up that most of us have supplies to make on the spot.

Cell phone

File folder

Paper Clips

photograph or memorabilia of the moment.

DYI Photo Set up

Bend the paper clip as shown; bend the single part of the clip toward the back and the double part of the clip in the front.

Unfold the file folder. Lean it against something, like books for support.

Place the phone in the clips. I found using two clip holders were more stable than a single clip to hold the phone. Remember not to place the phones buttons on the clip. You’ll end up with unexpected photos.

Place your photo or object centered in the view finder. Adjust phone zoom as needed and AE/AF Lock (hold finger on object until AE/AF lock appears.) This allows for multiple photographs with resetting.

Take your photo.

Harding Ave House-Zoom

Harding Ave House

Pig Pull Toy


I hope my simple suggestion is useful to you.


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What Do I Look Like?

June Stearns Butka and Tyna Butka

I’m participating in the “Book of Me-2018 Series.”  Five prompts are given monthly by Julie Goucher of Anglers Rest. You can see her monthly prompts and earlier posts HERE.

This is my second prompt for January 2018. You can see my previous “The Book of Me” series posts HERE .

What do I look like?

You would think this would be an easy prompt. Just give a description of yourself. Five feet three and half inches tall; more of an apple shaped body than pear; dark blonde hair with graying highlights; fair complexion; blue eyes; pleasant smile and smooth skin with freckles, age spots and skin tags.  My weight ranges between 200 and 211 pounds. I just can’t break that 200 mark. I will keep trying.

That is the physical description of me as I am today. That’s fine, yet it does not tell me how others see me as or what I looked liked over the years.

June-Who Am I? What Do You See?

Here is a photo collage of me from 1954-2018.

June Stearns Butka

I’ve had many looks over the years from no hair (after chemo,) wigs for those times, short hair, curly hair, buttercup blonde to sandy blonde/brown, straight hair, curly hair, even a brunette and a redhead with my wigs. I embraced each “me” that I was.

I posted a request on Facebook asking how my friends and family see me. I will update this post if I get any response as to how others see me.

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