Home of John and Priscilla Alden

I am the 14th Generation of grandchildren of John and Priscilla Alden. I am enormously proud of my heritage regarding Thanksgiving. Every year. I cook a turkey remembering that I…

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The Jacob Allen House

Today, researchers have not only the internet to help us find details, facts and information but we have the internet to find support, friends and groups of like minded comrades…

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The Whipple House

I finally got to visit the Whipple House.The Whipples are the line that takes me through Lexington by way of the Lanes and Pages. They are my Revolutionary War ancestors. This…

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Research Work

Museum pieces

I was googling ancestors looking for more entries into the DAR. I know I have a fairly large group of military ancestors. It is my wish to compile them into a proper list for future descendants. While googling my ancestral grandfather, Capt. Richard Bracket regarding his military service,I eyed over some text written about him and…

John Alden’s Rifle

It’s exciting to discover the next generation of ancestors. It’s even more exciting to discover where they lived and find that their home still stands. Also fun is discovering that something that they owned still exists today. I found out that John Alden’s rifle exists.  It is the only know firearm to have crossed the…

Celebrating The Allen Gazette, 100 years old!

I was researching this weekend and when I came upon my original copy of The Allen Gazette, I noted the date, 1917. It is 100 years old! This was written by my Great, Great, Great Grandparents and for my Grandchildren, it’s 5 Greats. I have one original copy that my Grandmother saved for me. I…

Moms in Statues

I find family history more embracable when there are physical connections that we can see and touch. It shows us in our present time that these ancestors really did live and walk these places. With Mother’s Day creeping up on us, I thought I would share what Statues I have found online of our maternal…

The Royals

Researching can take painstakingly tiny steps. Every link can take hour to years to document or prove. it can feel like you crawl inch by inch. Then once in awhile you encounter a published family account and this can speed you up incredibly. This is what happens when you hit Royalty. Royalty has always documented…

Ancestral Homes that still Stand Today

The Lincoln Family

My Grandfather, who poo-pooed genealogy, has some pretty interesting lines.  My Grandmother wanted me to trace Grampy’s line whether he wanted it or not.(hehe) So whenever I find something interesting, I know Grammy is cheering me on. My Grampy, Alfred Balentine, descends from the Famous Lincoln family of Hingham, Mass.  We actually come from three…

The Whipple House

I finally got my visit to The Whipple Home in Ipswich, Massachusetts. This is the home of my Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great, Great Grandparents Elder John and Susannah Whipple.It is a historic colonial house at 53 South Main Street in Ipswich, Massachusetts. Built in the seventeenth century, the house…

Notable Ancestors

The Royals

Researching can take painstakingly tiny steps. Every link can take hour to years to document or prove. it can feel like you crawl inch by inch. Then once in awhile you encounter a published family account and this can speed you up incredibly. This is what happens when you hit Royalty. Royalty has always documented…

The Lincoln Family

My Grandfather, who poo-pooed genealogy, has some pretty interesting lines.  My Grandmother wanted me to trace Grampy’s line whether he wanted it or not.(hehe) So whenever I find something interesting, I know Grammy is cheering me on. My Grampy, Alfred Balentine, descends from the Famous Lincoln family of Hingham, Mass.  We actually come from three…

Nicholas Byram

[add_pedigree id = “404”] [spouses id = “404”] Nicholas Byram was born in Ireland in 1610 after his parents moved from England. When Nicholas was 16, his father sent him back to England to stay with friends. Legand #1- Those friends stole his money and sold him off to indenturehood to the West Indies.After Nicholas…

Individual Ancestor Chart

Henry Kingman

[add_pedigree id = “573”] [spouses id = “573”] Born in Somerset,England and died in Weymouth,Massachusetts. James Savage Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England

Henry Brooks

[add_pedigree id = “551”] [spouses id = “551”] Vital Data collected from The Brooks Family of Woburn,Mass on openlibrary.org   I could not find exact birth and death dates for Henry. Nor could I find the name of his first wife of whom I descend. There is a good read on him in the stated…

The Graves of Laura and Mary

Laura May Whitman Balentine had lain unmarked since 1927. Dying of TB she passed leaving 6 children motherless. There was no money for a headstone. She lay unidentified and I worried when I passed, there would be no one left to know where she was. I wanted her identified. To mark her grave, I had…

Museum pieces

I was googling ancestors looking for more entries into the DAR. I know I have a fairly large group of military ancestors. It is my wish to compile them into a proper list for future descendants. While googling my ancestral grandfather, Capt. Richard Bracket regarding his military service,I eyed over some text written about him and…

John Alden’s Rifle

It’s exciting to discover the next generation of ancestors. It’s even more exciting to discover where they lived and find that their home still stands. Also fun is discovering that something that they owned still exists today. I found out that John Alden’s rifle exists.  It is the only know firearm to have crossed the…