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The First Family History Book I found with my family mentioned.

The first family history book I found (at the New England Historical and Genealogical Society Library) was the Jenks Family of America by William B, Browne. The book was commissioned by Harlan Walker Jenks and published in 1952, ten years … Continue reading

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9 Times Great Grandfather, William Sprague, Last Will and Testament (1675)

William Sprague’s Will In the name of God, Amen. The nineteenth day of October in the year of our Lord God, one thousand, six hundred, seventy & five.  I, William Sprague, senior, of Hingham, in New England, being sick in … Continue reading

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Genealogy (in part) of the Sprague Families in America.

As descended from Edward Sprague of England from 1614. This book starts out the with the wills of Edward Sprague and that of his son William, who settled in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1636. Edward Sprague (1576 – 1614) was my … Continue reading

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Aunt Essie’s “sugar bowl”

As we were clearing out my parents’ home after my father’s passing, I found this among the items my mother had accumulated from her parents’ home. The bowl has no marking as to it’s provenance, but the real treasure is … Continue reading

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Happy 122nd Birthday, Cousin Pearl!

My first cousin, twice removed, Pearl Geneva Churches, was born on 21 February 1899, to George W. and Ora Lee Churches. Pearl was my grandfather’s first cousin. At the age of 22, on 4 August 1921, Pearl married Ortheldo Miller, … Continue reading

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Happy 232nd Birthday, Cousin George Washington Comstock!

232 years ago, 5 February 1789, in Smithfield, Rhode Island, my first cousin, 6 times removed, George Washington Comstock, was born to Ichabod and Sarah Jenks Comstock. His parents were part of the new country that apparently revered George Washington. … Continue reading

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Happy 279th Birthday, Grandfather Clark!

279 years ago, 29 January 1742, in Medfield, Massachusetts, my 5th Great-Grandfather, Stephen Clark was born. His father was Solomon Clark. In 1763, in Wrentham, Massachusetts, he married Miriam Thayer, the daughter of Josiah Thayer. The couple made their home … Continue reading

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Who’s off their rocker and whose rocker are they off?

This rocking chair has a history and a sentimental meaning for me times four. My first memory of this chair was it being in my paternal grandparents’ house. It lived in their basement rec-room. It was always there, at least … Continue reading

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Happy 289th Birthday, Patriot Grandfather Jesse Jenks!

289 years ago, on 22 January 1735, in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, my 5th great grandfather, Jesse Jenks, was born to John and Prudence Lawrence Jenks. Grandfather married Mary Rhonda Smith , the daughter of Jacob and Dinah Harris Smith, on 11 … Continue reading

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Happy 329th birthday, Grandmother Isham!

329 years ago, 20 January 1692, in the colony of Massachusetts, my 7th great grandmother, Abigail Lumbert, was born to Joshua and Hopewell Bullock Lumbert. On 3 May 1716, in Barnstable, Massachusetts, grandmother married Isaac Isham, son of John and … Continue reading

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