Fun Friday: What does your desk look like?

My desk
My desk
My companion
My companion

I decided for Fun Friday, that I would show my desk along with my constant companion, Yoda, while I work. It doesn’t show the files within reach to my right or the book shelves surrounding me filled with reference material. That reference material has a tendency to spread out onto the bed, the floor or any other free space when I’m in the middle of a search.

It always seems when it is spread out that is when someone chooses to come for an unexpected visit. My family and friends have come to expect “the mess”  if they arrive unannounced. Yes, I do stop my research to  chat, maybe swim, play a game or two when I’m surprised by them.  After all, isn’t family the reason for the search? I will make memories for their future.

Happy Friday Everyone,

Dame Gussie

Live to Write – Write to Live also posted about their desks


Landmark Thursday: Where Flour and Granite Mix

John Sargent Pillsbury
John Sargent Pillsbury


John Sargent Pillsbury


Born in a house boarding this

common, he migrated to Minneapolis in

1855. There, he, his brother George, and

nephew Charles, established the

famous Pillsbury flour milling business.

Three times elected Governor of

Minnesota and noted benefactor of

its state University, his career in

industry and public service reflects

great credit on his native state.

I am keeping with the Sutton, New Hampshire theme during this week of remembering those who have served our nation in military and public service.  John Sargent Pillsbury was born in Sutton 29 July 1827 to John Pillsbury and Susanna Wadleigh.

This land marker is located on the common in the historic district of Sutton, Merrimack, New Hampshire Route 114. The house he was born in is nearby.  So this is were flour and granite mix. The puritan work ethic and determination of the Granite State travels to the mid-west establishing a milling company that is still providing flour to our nation’s family.

The family telling is he is related to us. Although I have found the Sargent name in our lineage, I have not found the link to the Pillsbury name.  An Elizabeth Sargent, aka Betsey, aka Eliza, is listed as wife of Jacob Chase and mother of Alonzo Chase my ancestor. I recently found a letter in the file from the Warner Historical Society stating that Alonzo was adopted.  I have found no family connections for Elizabeth prior to the notation of marriage to Jacob. This is my brick wall that I intent to use the Evidentia program to work to prove or disprove this claim. Stay turned for future post on my progress of solving this mystery.

Tombstone Tuesday: Mrs. Hannah Nelson

Mrs. Hannah Neslon
Mrs. Hannah Nelson

In Memory of Mrs

Hannah wife of Mr.

Jonathan Nelson

who died July 14

1802 aged 75 years.

Hannah is the daughter of Thomas and Hannah Stevens Cheney. She was born 20 March 1726/1727 Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts. Hannah marries Jonathan Nelson 24 December 1752 according to Haverhill, Essex County , Massachusetts records.

Sutton New Hampshire history mentions the birth of  four Children:

1. Betsey Nelson born 11 Feb 1753 died young

2. Philip Nelson born 2 June 1756 Rowley Massachusetts married Hannah Quimby

3. Asa Nelson born 1754 Rowley Massachusetts married Abigail Harriman

4. Betsy Nelson 11 Mar 1759  I have not found records to prove or disprove the relationship to Hannah and Jonathan Nelson other than the Sutton history.

Next week I will post Jonathan’s grave marker with more Nelson history and my possible connection.

Honor Roll World War I Amherst , New Hampshire

Honor Roll World War I
Honor Roll World War I



Honor Roll World War AmherstNew Hampshire

Honor Roll

1917 – 1918

Town of Amherst

A tribute of respect

To those who serve in the

World War

*Paul G. Blandin           *Percy N. Davis


Guy E. Bills

Elgin J. Bartlett

Horace R. Boutelle

Leon E. Boutelle

Harold R. Brutt

Everett E. Byrd

Samuel A. Caldwell

Carroll C. Carkin

Malcolm D. Clark

Peter H. Clarkin

Royal E. Chase

Ralph w. Chase

Albert W. Converse

James P. Doyle

Daniel J. Doyle

Wendell W. Greenlee

Henry E. Hall

Rodney J. Hodgman

Elmer E. Hodgman

William H. Hodgman

Fredrick V. Howard

Guy E. Kidder

Leland C. Kidder

Ralph G. Manning

Everett W. Merrill

Willard H. Parker

Frank G. Pettengill

Tracy I. Raymond

Earle Roberts

Fred Sanville

William Sanville

Fred E. Sprague

Henry L. Stockwell

Carl H. Vogel

Byron R. Walker

Robert T. Weston

Walter K. Weston

Kenneth B. Wetherbee

William R. White

William E. Whitehouse

Walter R. Whitehouse

Fred Whittemore



Fun Friday: What’s in a Name?

Taylor Mill Historic Site
Taylor Mill Historic Site

What’s in a name came front and forward yesterday while I was making Life Insurance and Will document arrangements.  A discussion about the correct spelling of my name and what do I use as a middle  initial.  I automatically gave my middle name Lee.  I quickly found out that not everyone who is married uses their Christian middle name once they are married.  Many women take their maiden name instead.  This gave me pause as a researcher of family records.  It finally made sense to me why some of my ancestor’s records had a different middle initial.  Maybe it wasn’t a typo but a clue to that persons maiden name.

Like in the photograph above, even a place is called by different names.  Taylor Mill Historic Site had many names over the years include:  Taylor Up and Down Sawmill, Taylor Mill,  Ballard Pond,  Ballard Pond State Park, The Mill on Island Pond Road, The Mill at Derry and I’m sure that there were other names the locals called it.

It is important in our family research as a simple reminder to think about what nicknames we are called by.  We know about towns, counties and states having different names over the ages yet we forget about what we call our family and friends.

In honor of Fun Friday I thought I would provide the nicknames I have been known by. I will leave it up to you to wonder why some of them were given . Many will provide smiles and a few a puzzled look. Enjoy the list.

June Lee Stearns










Miss June

June Bug

Juniper Rose



June Stearns Butka

June Butka



Suzy Homemaker

Aunt June


Auntie J


Dame Gussie



I will proceed with my family research and consider what names  those loved ones were called during their lifetime. That autograph book you find in the yard sale, the yearbook of your mother or father, the carefully written love letter or hastily jotted note just might contain a clue to you ancestor. When I see the middle initial on a document I will now think was this their christian middle name or that persons maiden name. Nothing is ruled out until I see the confirmation of other documents.

Happy researching,

Dame Gussie

Historical Landmark Thursday: Live Free or Die

American Revolution Bicentennial 1776-1976
American Revolution Bicentennial 1776-1976

Live Free or Die

American Revolution Bicentennial 1776-1976

In honor of the first New Hampshire

regiment whose men fought so gallantly

under the able leadership of Gen. John Stark

and especially those who gave their lives

during the American Revolution… So that

we may live in freedom.

We pledge to preserve these basic freedoms.


This historical landmark has a dedicated plaque on the back side reading:

Dedicated this thirteenth day of June 1976

by the Rotary Club of Nashua

in cooperation with the

American Revolution

Bicentennial  Committee

of Greater Nashua

This monument is located at the Bicentennial Park along the River Walk Main Street Nashua, New Hampshire.

New Hampshire became the 9th state  on 12 June 1788. I post this in honor of Memorial Day 2013. Thank you to all who have served, are serving and will serve our country protecting our basic right to freedom.

May we remember all who gave the ultimate sacrifice for that freedom.

Be safe this Memorial Day weekend.

Tombstone Tuesday: Deacon Asa Nelson 1837 in Sutton, New Hampshire

Deacon Asa NelsonThis gravestone was photographed at the old Burial Ground on a dirt road off Route 114 Historic District of Sutton, New Hampshire

Dea Asa Nelson


May 31, 1837

AE 83 years 1 mo & 28 da

Deacon Asa Nelson was born   3 April 1754 Rowley, Massachusetts and died 31 May 1837.  He was son of Jonathan Nelson and Hannah Cheney.  Asa married Hannah Herriman  3 April 1754.  I have not confirmed her parentage.  She is listed on the birth certificates of Asa’s children. Two weeks ago on Tombstone Tuesday I posted her gravestone photo. Asa was a Captain in 1816 for the Sutton New Hampshire Regiment.

I find it interesting that his gravestone is very much unadorned compared to his wife Abigail’s stone that I published two weeks ago.  She died in 1814.  Asa is the brother to my 5th great grandfather Philip Nelson.