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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 to take a long investigative…

Writing the book

Finally I am formatting the book I hope to write. Although I will provide documentation, I will abandon the well known version of formatted genealogy with lineages and dates. I intend on taking my gathered facts and research and instead write them out narratively. Instead of sharing my enthusiasm, I have watched non-researchers stare blankly at gathered lineages. I have…

On Blogging….

I read wonderful blogs where the author has researched and then written story after story, reporting all sorts of interesting information for the reader. I long to be that author. But reality sets me apart. I work more than full time, live alone and my research is my passion that is saved for those lone moments of quiet, typically in…

Aunt Eunice

Yesterday my Aunt Eunice passed away at age 90. There is heartbreak and relief. Relief because the last thing she would want for her proud, intellectual self would be to live in a nursing home with dementia. Heartbreak because I did have a bond with her that was important. She had expectations for me. She and my Grandmother had announced…

Overview of Information

When you are following many lines at once, they can show you pictures of the information. You have an impression of who lived where and when from each line. You find ancestral neighbors, you find families that married into and out of each others lines. Mostly in my fathers family, people showed up from far away and made a home…

Cohasset

I have always loved Cohasset. I once belonged to an Artists Co-op there. This presented me with opportunities for driving through the town, seeing the sites and enjoying its people when I worked the counter. Now I find that my Grandfathers family comes from not only Bridgewater, but Cohasset as well. They were some of the founding families. Any time…

Whitman

Planning trips to find Ancestral places, I looked over my Grandfathers line. My Grandfather’s Mom was Laura Whitman, her father was Alfred Whitman from Charles Whitman.All from Abington but from there we have a line of Nicholas and Elijahs all from Bridgewater, Mass. All of whom married women from the same town. Exploring Bridgewater history, I read that the Whitman…

Germans

My paternal side is rich with Scotch and German. But my maternal side has its share of each as well. My Great Great Grandmother was alive until I was 12. Her husband had long passed so I never knew him. I had no connection emotionally to him as I did her. Now as I fill in my chart, he interests…

Nathaniel Page

Nathaniel Page, an ancestal grandfather is most well known for carrying the American Flag in the first battle for our freedom. His home is on the National Register and is currently occupied. it was recently renovated by This Old House, of which I will find the link to that clip for your viewing pleasure. The Home of Nathanial Page 89…

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