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Heather Wilkinson Rojo's Blog – October 2009 Archive (8)

Pinkerton Tavern Ghosts, Derry, New Hampshire

Pinkerton Tavern Ghosts

A Post for Halloween!

In October, thoughts of ghosts and witches come to mind. There were plenty of accused witches, even one who was found guilty in the 1600’s, and New Hampshire has its share of ghosts. When we first moved to Londonderry over 25 years ago, the first ghost we heard about was the one haunting the Pinkerton Tavern, in Derry. At the time, this building was an unfinished furniture store, and… Continue

Added by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on October 28, 2009 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

The Taylor Up and Down Sawmill

Photo from "The pride and joy of Ernest Ballard, 84, is this rare, water-powered up and down sawmill he erected at his home in Derry, New Hampshire." (There'll Always be Water Wheels; by Neil M. Clark, December 3, 1955.)

The Taylor Sawmill at Ballard State Forest, Derry, NH

The Ballard State Forest in Derry is 71 Acres surrounding a pond, with picnic tables and walking trails, but the main attraction is the… Continue

Added by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on October 25, 2009 at 5:55pm — No Comments

Princess Ka'iulani of the Kingdom of Hawaii

Princess Ka’iulani of Hawaii

The Barbarian Princess Controversy?

On the anniversary of her birthday, 16 October 2009 will be the world premiere of a new movie about Princess Ka’iulani of Hawaii. She was born Victoria Ka’iulani Kalaninuiahilapalapa Kawekiu i Lunalilo Cleghorn on 16 October 1875, and was Queen Liliuokalani’s heir to the throne. Her father was Scots, and her mother was sister to the Hawaiian King. At this point in… Continue

Added by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on October 16, 2009 at 9:27am — No Comments

Sir William Pepperell of Kittery, Maine

Pepperell Family of Kittery, Maine

Photo by Rich Beauchesne

The William Pepperell Family

The original settlers of the Maine and New Hampshire coast were known as the “Piscataqua Pioneers.” Early settlements in Strawbery Bank, Portsmouth, Kittery and the Berwicks blended together before boundaries were settled between the colonies. York County, Maine was actually York County, Massachusetts, and the… Continue

Added by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on October 13, 2009 at 6:06pm — No Comments

Jabez Treadwell's Will

In Memory


Mr Jabez Treadwell

who departed this Life

22d Day of Decr


In the 67th year of his age.

"Bleƒƒed are the dead which die in

the Lord that they may reƒt

from their Labours; and their

works do follow them."

When I first applied for membership in the Mayflower Society, I had eleven different… Continue

Added by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on October 11, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Ocean Born Mary, A Londonderry Character

Ocean Born Mary

The Myth:

A Ship of Ulster protestant passengers was on its way to Boston, Massachusetts when, on 28 July 1720, Elizabeth Wilson gave birth to a daughter. About this time a pirate ship attacked, and the captain intended to rob and murder the passengers. Just in the nick of time, the captain heard the newborn child’s cries. He said he would spare all the passengers if the child was named Mary in honor of his mother, and… Continue

Added by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on October 8, 2009 at 8:41am — No Comments

I've been Nominated!

Dear Blog Readers, Many of the blog posts are duplicated here at GenealogyWise on my blog.

Last month Family Tree Magazine ran an article and solicited suggestions for the Top 40 Genealogy Blogs. Someone nominated my blog, Nutfield Genealogy. The contest is still on and the nominations were released today. Over 130 blogs are on the list in ten different categories.

You can vote for your favorites (Hint, Hint Nutfield Genealogy… Continue

Added by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on October 6, 2009 at 9:41am — 4 Comments

The Spanish Flu of 1918 and Family History

Spanish ‘Flu of 1918

Years ago I heard the story of a family member who died during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. It was interesting to me at the time, but even more interesting now and worth revisiting and re-investigating the story.

Between 1918 and 1919, an estimated 21/5 million people died of the “Spanish Flu” worldwide. However, the exact numbers are unknown. It is thought that about 675,000 Americans died, more than the… Continue

Added by Heather Wilkinson Rojo on October 6, 2009 at 8:07am — 1 Comment




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