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Down For the Count Day: Photos from the past

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Today is a day of total rest. I hope you enjoy these photos from 2010 “I Love It Here” photo challenge from VisitNH  from Portsmouth and Manchester New Hampshire. Michael D Butka and June L Stearns Butka travels to find that special photo that captures a little tidbit of why we love new Hampshire.

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Nelson William Stearns (1930-1988) Pictorial

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When Nelson William Stearns was born on April 8, 1930, in New London, Merrimack, New Hampshire, his father, Nathan Augustus Stearns, was 42 and his mother, Lillian may Stearns, was 34. He married Shirley Beatrice Pease on July 3, 1953, in Concord, Merrimack, New Hampshire. They had a baker’s dozen of children in 16 years. Six children remain living; June Lee, Vickie Mae, Marjorie Rae, Eleanor Ann, Susan Ruth and Nelson Neal. He died on August 12, 1988, in Bridgton, Maine, at the age of 58, and was buried in Millwoods Cemetery South Sutton, Merrimack,  New Hampshire along side his son, William Nelson Stearns 1962-1962. His other children were still born. He had one sister, Eleanor May Stearns Duncan.

Here are a few photographs from his lifetime:

Nelson age 3, 1933 Sutton, New Hampshire

Nelson age 3, 1933 Sutton, New Hampshire

 

Nelson 1944

Nelson 1944

 

Nelson loved to fish circa 1970

Nelson loved to fish circa 1970

 

Nelson at the Garage circa 1972

Nelson at the Garage circa 1972

I believe this is the Pembroke Garage in Pembroke, Merrimack, New Hampshire. It is possible that it is the shop on Route # in Hooksett, Merrimack, New Hampshire.

Nelson and Destiny 1972 Pembroke, New Hampshire

Nelson and Destiny 1972 Pembroke, New Hampshire

He loved to barter. He bartered stud fees for meat with the farmer, Mr. French, across the street. I remember working beside my parents cutting, grinding and package our meat for the freezer.

Nelson William and Shirley Beatrice Pease Stearns 35th wedding anniversary party June 1988

Nelson William and Shirley Beatrice Pease Stearns 35th wedding anniversary party June 1988

This is one of the last photographs of my father before he died 12 Aug 1988 of colon cancer. The happiness and loved they shared just exudes from this photo.

I love and miss you both. You are in my heart and thoughts daily.

 

 

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Mother’s Binder: Finally Getting Organized

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Mother’s Binder: Finally Getting Organized 1 Feb -7 Feb 2016

Daily work on getting organized is a challenge and a pleasant adventure. One of DearMyrtle’s challenges this week is to work on the first four generation binders, starting with your mother’s maiden name binder. I have folders not binders for my ancestors. I created “coffee table” books with photographs and stories for some of my more recent family members, as Christmas gifts. I will continue doing so.

DearMyrtle’s idea of 3-ring binders with archival safe materials is a more cost effective way of providing a “coffee table” book for little fingers to explore. It also forces me to go through those file folders. While reviewing the folders I can discard duplicates, saving originals, scan to my digital surname/maiden folders on my computer and enjoy the memories that come flooding back. I will also verify that my FTM2014 Family tree program is current with the same information. [I’m happy that Ancestry.com announced that a company has purchased the software and will continue with updates and syncing with Ancestry after the end of 2016. FTM2014 is my program of choice, although RootsMagic is coming in a close second with Legacy. I can’t wait for RootsMagic to be able to sync with Ancestry.com at the end of the year. End of my digression.]

Here is a brief overview of what’s in my Mother’s Binder:

  1. Narratives of traditions, life story and family memories,
  2. Family Group Sheet
  3. Four generation pedigree chart
  4. Original documents,
  5. Copies of on-line documents that I think the family will enjoy,
  6. Photographs of interest [I have photograph albums and scrapbooks also,]
  7. Some trinkets or photographs of my mother’s memorabilia.

Here are a few photographs and a quick story that is in my mother’s binder.

My mother has two 1940 US Census records listing here residence. I know this is the year Shirley’s mother, Irene Elizabeth Place Pease, became ill [listed on New Hampshire Hospital 1940 US Census.]

Shirley’s father, Charles [Lawrence] Pease [informant,] is listed on the 22 Apr 1940 US Census in Monmouth, Kennebec, Maine, living with his mother, Mary [Downs] Pease; son and Shirley’s brother, Arthur Pease; Shirley [Beatrice] Pease and a housekeeper Ethel Hoyt [cousin.]

1940 US Census Monmouth, Maine

1940 US Census Monmouth, Maine

Shirley [Beatrice] Pease  is listed on the 26 Apr 1940 US Census Sutton, Merrimack, New Hampshire in the household of William E Doyle [informant and step grandfather to Shirley,] Tina May [Hutchins-Spooner-Towle] Doyle [Shirley’s maternal grandmother,] her half brother, Fredrick [Francis] Allen.

Here is a photograph of Shirley from 1940.

Shirley playing the Ukulele

Shirley playing the Ukulele

Shirley over the years:

Shirley circa 1948 Sutton, New Hampshire

Shirley circa 1948 Sutton, New Hampshire

Shirley 1978 Pembroke , New Hampshire

Shirley 1978 Pembroke , New Hampshire

Shirley 1984 baptism, Kezar Falls, Maine

Shirley 1984 baptism, Kezar Falls, Maine

Shirley drawing the P.E.T Project Raffle winner 2000

Shirley drawing the P.E.T Project Raffle winner 2000

Shirley was known for making and donating her handmade quilts to various charity fundraisers throughout her lifetime. This was one of the last quilts she donated to the Pets and Elders Together Project (P.E.T. Project) for Rockingham County Visiting Nurses Association & Hospice [Exeter, Rockingham, New Hampshire] in 2000. The following year the P,E.T. Project quilt raffle was dedicated in her memory.

I have added a copy of this post to her binder and digital Surname/Maiden name folder.

Thank you DearMyrtle for the challenge and memories you have given me. Each day of organizing forces me to review work from years ago. I almost always find something I forgot was in the file folder. The memories are precious and are meant to be remembered and shared.

Source Citation:

Finally Getting Organized 1 Feb -7 Feb 2016

Richley-Erickson, Pat “Finally Get Organized,” Dear Myrtle, DearMyrtle’s Genealogy Your Friend In Genealogy since 1995 Blog, 31 Jan 2016. http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/p/finally-get-organized.html: Access 2 Feb 2016, checklists.

 

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Tess and Yoda Cuddling

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A day of rest. I blogged earlier this week about my pets. Here is a photo of Tess and Yoda cuddling on Mike’s lap.

 

Tess and Yoda

Tess and Yoda

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Remembering Our Pets-Duchess

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Remembering Our Pets-Duchess

Yoda, Duchess and Tess

The Trio

Duchess is the last of the trio. Technically she is not a rescue. I found her at a yard sale while returning from a birthday lunch date with my cousin, Lilly. The family were moving and couldn’t bring all six pets with them. Any pets that did not find a home would be taken to the animal shelter.

Okay, I’m a sucker for a sad story. Duchess, a beautiful, calico, 6 year old feline, came home with me that day. She was one of the most affectionate felines I have ever met. Our Veterinarian informed us that Duchess had a heart murmur. She lived another ten years under our love and care. Sadly she 6 weeks after our move from Derry, New Hampshire to Merrimack, New Hampshire. The doctor said the stress of the move was more than her little heart could take. She lived to be sixteen years old. A good age for a cat.

Duchess, Yoda and Tess loved to curl up together on my son’s bed before we moved from Derry. I wish I could find the photograph I have of the three of them all snuggled so contentedly together. When we moved to Merrimack, each found a place to hide during the day, coming into bed with me at nighttime. The stress of the move was a challenge for all of us to overcome. It was time to downsize from a large house to a 2 bedroom condo. It was the correct move for us, even with the loss of our beloved pets, Duchess in six weeks (2008), Tess in 2 years (2010) and Yoda in five years (2013.)

Please meet Ninja Buddy. He joined our family the first Saturday in December of 2013. Who could turn that sad face of a 2 1/2 year old dog who spent his life in shelters? He was found on the streets of Methuen, Massachusetts at 6 months old.

Ninja Buddy 2013

Ninja Buddy 2013

Ninja Buddy needed a lot of care and patience for him to build trust. He has settled in nicely to our home. I know the Trio would want somebody looking out for us.

 

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Family and Humor

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35 Wedding Anniversary Card

35th Wedding Anniversary Card

I’m taking some down time away from blogging larger posts. I’ve blogged about the importance of taking a day of rest, spending family time or maybe just taking time off for yourself. The next few post will be short and sweet. A photo from my life and a quick snip-it about it. Maybe even a wordless photo that tells the story.

Today it is a photo we received on our 35th Wedding Anniversary from someone who understands the importance of laughter in a marriage. We received several humor related cards from our loved ones. This is an example for you to appreciate and joy.

35th Wedding Anniversary Card- inside

35th Wedding Anniversary Card- inside

 

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2015 New England Geneablogger Bash

Manchester By The Sea

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This beautiful cove greeted my niece Abby Junkins and myself as we near or day’s destination. The 2015 Geneablogger Bash hosted by Elizabeth Pyle Handler and Steven Handier.

Heather Rojo Wilkinson’ Blog Nutfield Genealogy 12 Sept 2015, provides a group photo of those in attendance:

Russ Worthington- Family Tree Maker User, Erica Voolich- Erica’s Adventure in Genealogy, Barbara Matthews- The Demanding Genealogist, Elizabeth Pyle Handler- From Kentucky to Maine, Pam Carter- My Maine Ancestry, Diane MacLean Boumenot- One Rhode Island Family, Pam Seavey Schaffner- Digging Down East, June Stearns Butka- New England Roots

Also in attendance was Elizabeth’s husband, Steven Handler and my niece Abby Junkin’s (my ride and photographer of the day.) We missed those who were unable to attend.

We participated in a pot luck meal of New Jersey Cooler Corn,Rhode Island Pastries, , Maine Red Snapper Hot Dogs, Homemade Boston Baked Beans, just to mention a few dishes of the day.

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Boston Baked Beans

 

Conversations about blogging, books, possible cousin connections and plans for future endeavors were happily creating memories for future blogs, while watching the active harbor of kayaks, sail boats, motor boats and listening for the train that stops a short distance away in West Manchester.

Thank you all for the great past and present memories shared.

A stately greeting

A stately greeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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