2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

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Thank you for your support in 2013.

I have BIG plans for  2014, including new blogs about the importance of citations of resources; the resolution of one of the “roadblocks” I encountered in 2013 and announcing the new members of the family line.  I will continue to post photographs, family recipes and little Vignettes of Life.


May you all have a Happy Healthy New Year. Keep warm and safe.


Traceable Thursday: Andrew Jackson visits New Hampshire

Andrew Jackson Visits New Hampshire
Andrew Jackson Visits New Hampshire

Andrew Jackson’s Visit

Just north of this point, on the

boundary between Bow and Concord

a large cavalcade of enthusiastic

citizens met President Jackson and

escorted him to New Hampshire’s

Capital. His official reception by

the State Government on the

following day, June 29, 1833, marked

the conclusion of a triumphal

 New England tour.

I was surprised that when I “Google” Andrew Jackson’s visit to New Hampshire, I received mainly links to the historical marker about his visit. There was a link to a well written article about his visit to Lowell, Massachusetts. I finally found a small tidbit on the visit in a book from the Federal Writer’s Project called “New Hampshire: A guide to the Granite State,” on page 463 regarding the chapter titled Tour 15 from Concord to Fitzburgh.  It seems that Hillsbourgh Historical Band was invited to play for President Jackson in Concord, New Hampshire. They enthusiastically traveled by wagons to Concord.

The book reads: “They traveled by wagons to Concord, gay in their uniforms of gray coats with bell buttons, black leather caps with plumes, and white pants. Reaching Concord at night, they struck up a lively tune and awoke General Pierce, who stormed and raved because they had disturbed his guest. President Jackson then laughed and invited them to a feast.”

I post this in honor of the 180th anniversary of President Andrew Jackson’s visit to New Hampshire on this coming Saturday 29 June 2013.

Traceable Thursday: White-Water Men”

Log Drives on the Connecticut River
Log Drives on the Connecticut River

This Historical Log Drives on the Connecticut River Marker is located on Route 3  in Stratford, New Hampshire about two miles south of North Stratford.

For more information on Log Drives read the article from The Atlantic online: LOG DRIVE ON THE CONNECTICUT by Robert E. Pike.

Traceable Thursday Landmarks: Early Settlers Dixville Notch

Dixville Notch Early Settlers
Dixville Notch, New Hampshire Early Settlers

Here lies buried the first and only settlers of Dixville until 1865.  John

Whittemore and his wife Betsey.  Dixville had been granted to Colonel Timothy Dix

in 1805 on the condition that thirty settlers be established here within five years.

Colonel Dix died in the War of 1812. the town was taken over by Daniel Webster,

a sponsor of Colonel Dix.

After the Whittemore’s arrived in 1812 they endured extreme privations for

three years. A road through the notch was opened, but not during the winter,

causing them to be isolated. In December 1815 Betsey died.  Her husband was

obliged to keep her body frozen all winter before he could bury it.  Following

her death John moved to Colebrook where he lived until his death in 1846.

He was laid to rest here by his wife’s side.

New Hampshire State Parks

Landmarks can be found anywhere, including the middle of a hiking trail in the Great North Woods of New Hampshire. When I look at this photo now, I think of what it can offer me from a genealogical point of view. When taken I just thought how interesting that someone actually lived in this remote area.  They survived the winter’s blistering winds, blinding snowstorms,  bone freezing ice and nature’s creatures that prowl those woods day and night.  They enjoyed the summer time refreshing breeze, breathtaking panoramic views and the comforting birdsong filled days.

Please take a moment to read the local landmark you walk or drive by daily.  It will offer you an insight into the life of your community in year past; maybe even a glimpse into your family ancestors.  If nothing else it will provide you with a tidbit of history.



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.