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.

Guess Who Should Come to Dinner

Guess who should come to Dinner

52 Ancestors 2018 Week 4: Invite to Dinner


I would like to gather my 2nd great grandparents; maternal side, George A. Pease and Marietta Downs and parental side, William Frank Nelson and Clara Jane Chase to dinner.

Just maybe they would provide the information on their grandparents and great grandparents.

Marietta Downs I need to know who you parents truly are. I have no idea you father’s name. Your mother is traced to Melvina Downs, daughter of Jeremiah downs and Mary Elizabeth Austin.

George A Pease, I need to know for certain your father is Isiah Pease and grandfather is, Elijah Pease. I so hope the paper trail I have to the Mayflower line is correct.

William Frank Nelson I need to know your grandmother, Joanna Macksfield’s family are.

Clara Jane Chase I need to know that your grandparents are Jacob Chase and Sarah Story. I feel confident about your Colby line.

I need photographs of all your families, please. Pesky house fires have taken those we did have.

Please bring your favorite dish, family stories and meet your great-great granddaughter, June Stearns Butka and your other descendants.

Stearns Family 1972 Pembroke, New Hampshire

Stearns-Butka Collection, image by June Stearns Butka 1972, Privately held by June Stearns Butka {ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE}; Drive G: Surname, Stearns, Stearns Family 1972 Pembroke.,

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,

Longevity of Us

Longevity: Isaac Stearns to Nelson Stearns and beyond…

52 Ancestors 2018 Week 3 – Longevity

Arbella pen and ink

[I wish I could remember what book I found this pen and ink drawing of the Flagship of the Winthrop Fleet, “The Arbella.” I did make attempts to get permission to use this image when I first found it. My apologies to the originator for not properly citing you.]

Longevity can mean many things to us:

What is the oldest age of our ancestors? 105 years.

Did females live longer than males? On my paternal lineage.

Did males out live the females? In colonial era, yes.

How many of our ancestors family members died as children? Sadly more than I wanted count.


I decided I would write about the longevity of my direct line Surname,-“Stearns.”

I’ve written about my immigrant ancestor, Isaac Stearns, in other blog post. Click here to read about the Stearns Ancestry. [You will see my poor citation of sources. I strive daily to improve my citations. Please bear with me.]

Generation 1: Isaac Stearns 1595-1671

Generation 2: Isaac Stearns 1632-1676

Generation 3 John Stearns 1675-1734

Generation 4 Zachariah Stearns 1702-1795 (2 separate blog post links)

Generation 5 John Stearns 1728-1810

Generation 6 Nathan Stearns 1761-1813

Generation 7 Nathan Stearns 1801-1877

Generation 8 Augustus Stearns 1832-1882

Generation 9 Mason William Stearns 1854-1935

Generation 10 Nathan Augustus Stearns 1887-1951

Generation 11 Nelson William Stearns 1930-1988 (2 separate blog post links)

Generation 12 Nelson N. Stearns-living

Generation 13 Justin N. Stearns-living

Justin N. Stearns May 2016


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, 52 Ancestors Prompts.

June Stearns Butka, Genealogy Rants 2012, accessed 29 January 2018, Generations 1 to Generation 11,

Favorite Photo Stearns Family

Favorite Photo Stearns Family

52 Ancestors 2018 Week 2

Choosing a favorite photos for week 2 was a challenge for me. Do I choose one of my immediate family;, an Ancestor; or one that I’ve was recently given of something I don’t remember, but brought tears to me eyes and love in my heart?

You guessed it the love in my heart and tears to my eyes. There were several to choose from.

Photographs of my paternal grandmother, my maternal great parents, great grandmother’s family or one of my with my parents shortly after I was born. The reason my heart strings were tugged with these photographs was because many of our family photographs from early years of my parents as a couple and of their youth were lost in house fires.

At a recent visit to my Aunt Bea [Beatrice Chandler Allen] and Cousin Chris [Christine Allen Burns, I was allowed to scan some family photographs. It was a very emotional day.

The Stearns Family

Nelson William Stearns, Shirley Pease Stearns and daughter June Lee Stearns September 1954 Glen, New Hampshire


The photograph tells the story. The family continues to the next generation. Life is renewed. We look forward to the future and all it offers.


Stearns Family, Stearns-Butka Collection, image by Beatrice Chandler Pease September 1954, Privately held by June Stearns Butka {ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE}; Drive G: Surname, Stearns, Stearns June 1954 with Nelson and Shirley Pease Stearns

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,