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February 22, 2014

George BAKER and family in Barnard, Vermont

I found photos of my 3rd great-grandparents George Albert BAKER and his wife Hannah Melissa SPECHT on Ancestry.com, submitted by a 2nd great-grandson of theirs, who would be my third cousin once removed.

This man, Peter, had submitted the photo of Hannah a couple of years ago, and just a few days ago shared her husband George's. He had also shared a photo of their daughter Margaret, who was the sister of my great-great grandmother Jessie and Peter's great-grandmother.

It wasn't until I was looking at these photos side by side that I realized that they appeared to be taken at the same house. Upon reviewing the 1910 U.S. Federal Census record for George and Hannah Baker, I also realized that they were "next door" neighbors to their daughter Margaret and her husband at that time.

George Albert Baker with his grandson Everett, c. 1912
Hannah Melissa Specht Baker
Margaret Baker Dutton

In the photo of George, he has his grandson Everett (Margaret's son and Peter's grandfather) on his shoulders. Margaret and her husband had two children in the 1910 U.S. Federal Census: a 5-year-old daughter named Frances, and 10-month-old Everett.

Everett looks to be about two years old in the photo, so the photo can be dated to about 1912. George passed away in Gloucester, Massachusetts on 9 July 1914.

Dating the photos of Hannah and Margaret can't be so precise, but I would say that they were also most likely taken between 1910 and 1914.

Thanks to my distant relative for sharing these images.


Ancestry line:

George Albert BAKER (1842-1914) m. Hannah Melissa SPECHT
Jessie May BAKER (1873-1927) m. Thomas Parker SIMMONDS
Estelle May SIMMONDS (1893-1930) m. Horace William HOWES
Henry Richard HOWES (1913-1987) m. Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER
S. Howes (1937-1999) m. my father
Me 

February 15, 2014

Oh my goodness-- Shirley Temple was a cousin!



Last week we lost the most famous child star of the 20th century, and probably the last actor of the 1930's. This affected me more than I would have thought... as one comment I came across on the internet sadly observed, the Greatest Generation had Shirley Temple while we have Honey Boo-Boo. Temple was one of the very few child stars to grow into adulthood unscathed; she was scandal-free and an all-around class act.

That said, I'm proud to say that she and I have a couple of cousin connections: We descend from John LOTHROP, a nonconformist minister who settled in Plymouth, and Henry SEWALL, father of Salem Witch Trial judge Samuel SEWALL and his brother Stephen, who served as clerk of court during said trials.


Shirley's SEWALL line:

Henry SEWALL (1614-1700) m. Jane DUMMER
Stephen SEWALL (1657-1725) m. Margaret MITCHELL
Susannah SEWALL (1691-1747) m. Aaron PORTER
Joanna PORTER (1718-1749) m. Josiah CLEVELAND
Mehitable CLEVELAND (1748-1825) m. Zachariah LOTHROP
Elizabeth LOTHROP (1772-1818) m. Hezekiah ALLEN
Eliza ALLEN (1799-1889) m. Robert TEMPLE
Reuben Smith TEMPLE (1821-1893) m. Jane W. DUNHAM
Francis Marion TEMPLE (1850-1896) m. Cynthia Fell YEAGER
George Francis TEMPLE (1888-1980) m. Gertrude Amelia KRIEGER
Shirley Jane TEMPLE (1928-2014)


Shirley's LOTHROP line:

John LOTHROP (1578-1653) m. Hannah HOWSE
Samuel LOTHROP (1620-1699) m. Elizabeth SCUDDER
Israel LOTHROP (1659-1733) m. Rebecca BLISS
William LOTHROP (1696-1778) m. Sarah HUNTINGTON
Zachariah LOTHROP (17224-1817) m. Mehitable ALLEN

(the rest same as above)


I descend from Stephen Sewall's sister Jane, making us 9th cousins on this line; and I descend from Samuel LOTHROP's half-sister Abigail (John's daughter by his second wife Anne HAMMOND), making us 11th cousins here.

Rest in peace, Shirley. It's an honor to be related to you, however distantly.
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February 4, 2014

HASKELL of Gloucester

Fellow geneablogger Heather Wilkinson Rojo and I have yet another cousin connection-- we're both descended from William HASKELL II, of Charlton Musgrove, Somerset, England, who came over with his mother and stepfather circa 1635. He settled first in Salem and then in Gloucester. In New England Historic Genealogical Society's library, there is actually a framed print of a family tree for William and his descendants, which was really neat and can be seen in Heather's post, linked above.

I'm descended from both William II and his sister Elizabeth, whose parents were William HASKELL I, churchwarden at St. Stephen's Church in Charlton Musgrove, and Eleanor FOULE. And I descend from two of William II's children, Mark and Mary, so there are three known lines total.


Ancestry line #I:

William HASKELL I (1577-1630) m. Eleanor FOULE
William HASKELL II (1618-1693) m. Mary TYBOTT
Mark HASKELL I (1658-1691) m. Elizabeth GIDDINGS
Mark HASKELL II (1687-1775) m. Martha TUTTLE
Elizabeth HASKELL (1710-1781) m. Jeremiah FITTS I
Jeremiah FITTS II (b. 1749) m. Ruth SOUTHER
William FITTS (1797-1843) m. Priscilla DAVIS
Sophia Haskell FITTS (1823-1880) m. Isaiah F. PURINTON
Mary Olivia PURINTON (1851-1898) m. George Bailey PALMER
Frank Bailey PALMER (1888-1958) m. Bessie Maud WINSLOW
Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER (1918-1984) m. Henry Richard HOWES
S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father (b. 1933)
Me 


Ancestry line #2:

William HASKELL I (1577-1630) m. Eleanor FOULE
William HASKELL II (1618-1693) m. Mary TYBOTT
Mary HASKELL (1668-1721) m. Jacob DAVIS
Mary DAVIS (b. 1697) m. Jacob LUFKIN
Jacob LUFKIN (b. 1728) m. Hannah DAY
Hannah LUFKIN (1752-1790) m. Amos HILTON
Jacob Lufkin HILTON (1775-1855) m. Hannah TRASK
Mehitable HILTON (1796-1865) m. John BAKER
George Albert BAKER (1842-1914) m. Hannah Melissa SPECHT
Jessie May BAKER (1873-1927) m. Thomas Parker SIMMONDS
Estelle May SIMMONDS (1891-1930) m. Horace William HOWES
Henry Richard HOWES (1913-1987) m. Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER
S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father (b.1933)
Me 


Ancestry line #3:

William HASKELL I (1577-1630) m. Eleanor FOULE
Elizabeth HASKELL (1605-1688) m. William DODGE
Hannah DODGE (1642-1689) m. Thomas WOODBURY
Susannah WOODBURY (1673-1745) m. Samuel TRASK
Elizabeth TRASK (b. 1711) m. Jonathan BAKER
Jonathan BAKER (b. 1730) m. Priscilla CROSBY
Jonathan BAKER (b. 1769) m. Hannah CLEMENTS
John BAKER (1792-1861) m. Mehitable HILTON
George Albert BAKER (1842-1914) m. Hannah Melissa SPECHT
Jessie May BAKER (1873-1927) m. Thomas Parker SIMMONDS 
Estelle May SIMMONDS (1891-1930) m. Horace William HOWES
Henry Richard HOWES (1913-1987) m. Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER
S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father (b.1933)
Me 

Yes, my maternal grandparents were very distant cousins. No extra eyes or dueling banjos, though, so I suppose it's all good.
St. Stephen's Church, Charlton Musgrave, Somerset, England, courtesy of Wikipedia
The William Haskell House, Gloucester, MA, an historical landmark, courtesy of Wikipedia
Inside the William Haskell House, courtesy of Oldhousedreams.com