Thursday, November 14, 2019

Eileen Gillespie Slocum: The Story of the Last Grand Dame

Eileen Slocum and the Meaning of Newport Society. From the Gilded Age to her death in 2008. Behind the Hedgerow
Eileen Gillespie was born on Dec. 21, 1915, in Manhattan. Her father, Lawrence Lewis Gillespie, was a banker. Her mother, Irene Muriel Sherman, was the granddaughter of John Carter Brown, the philanthropist and bibliophile whose book collection formed the basis of the John Carter Brown Library for research in history and humanities at Brown University. His father, Nicholas Brown Jr., was the benefactor for whom the university named itself, changing it from College of Rhode Island in 1804. Other Brown family members included slave traders and abolitionists. From Bruce Weber, New York Times Eileen G. Slocum, 92, Dies; Society Doyenne and Republican Stalwart

A Scandal is part of this story, but the video is loaded with history on Rhode Island from early settlement.
In 1933. the society pages were flooded with photographs of Mrs Slocum, then known as Ms. Eileen Gillespie, and the announcement of her engagement to John Jacob Astor. In this interview she shares her reasons for breaking off her engagement to Astor. She married John Jermain Slocu.....the rest is in the video!

Artist Charles Henry Francis Turner of Newburyport Massachusetts

Charles Henry Francis Turner (1848-1908) son of Henry Turner and Sarah Goss. He married Elise Clementina Augusta Hagedorn (1842-1928) daughter of John Friedrich Hagedorn (1842-1920) and Augusta W Boehning/Bunning (1839-1921) of Germany. Above is a photo of Charles and his wife Elise.

 C H Turner Winslow Lewis Lodge Member Card 

Marriage Record of Charles H Turner, age 25 to Elise Hagedorn daughter of John H F in Boston, Massachusetts on June 3 1873.

C H Turner and wife Elise Turner Passport Application July 1882

C H Turner, age 51 Portrait Painter living in Jackson, Carroll, New Hampshire in 1900 Census 

Death Certificate of C H Turner filed November 27 1908 Boston, Massachusetts listing residence 68 Mount Vernon Street. Listed at this address in Appalachian Mountain Club Register Books, Art Directory, and Who's Who in America.

 From Art Gallery WordPress: Commonwealth Ave & Change Alley in Boston and Sardines For Dinner

William Turner and Theodate Goss Private Collection Taken from American Art Gallery 

Portrait of a Girl with a Red Head Covering Signed and dated "C.H. Turner/Feb 6" Skinner Auction House Auction: 2876T Lot: 1137 Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2876T: Boston  January 19, 2016 

American Gallery
Find A Grave 
Smithsonian Charles Henry Turner Papers  

Friday, November 8, 2019

The Women of Dover John Greenleaf Whittier

Photo From "History of Salisbury" Complied by Carolyn Sargent the 1976 re-enactment

Robert Pike (1616-1706)
The following is a copy of the warrant issued by Major Waldron of Dover in 1662 The Quakers as was their wont prophesied against him and saw as they supposed the fulfillment of their prophesy when many years after he was killed by the Indians To the constables of Denier Hampton Salisbury Newbury Rowley Ipswich Wenham Lynn Roxbury Dedham and until these vagabond Quakers are carried out of this jurisdiction

You and every one of you are required in the King's Majesty's name to take these vagabond Quakers Anne Colman Mary Tomkins and Alice Ambrose and make them fast to the cart's tail and driving the cart through your several towns to whip them upon their naked backs not exceeding ten stripes apiece on each of them in each town and so to convey them from constable to constable till they are out of this jurisdiction as you will answer it at your peril and this shall be your warrant Richard Waldron          Dated at Dover December 22d 1662.

This warrant was executed only in Dover and Hampton At Salisbury the constable refused to obey it He was sustained by the town's people who were under the influence of Major Robert Pike (picture above) the leading man in the lower valley of the Merrimac who stood far in advance of his time as an advocate of religious freedom and an opponent of ecclesiastical authority He had the moral courage to address an able and manly letter to the court at Salem remonstrating against the witchcraft trial.
See  Genealogy Magazine Lydia Perkins Wardwell 

Poem by John Greenleaf Whittier 

The tossing spray of Cocheco's fall
Hardened to ice on its rocky wall,
As through Dover town in the chill, gray dawn,
Three women passed, at the cart-tail drawn!
Bared to the waist, for the north wind's grip
And keener sting of the constable's whip,
The blood that followed each hissing blow
Froze as it sprinkled the winter snow.
Priest and ruler, boy and maid
Followed the dismal cavalcade;
And from door and window, open thrown,
Looked and wondered gaffer and crone.
"God is our witness," the victims cried,
"We suffer for Him who for all men died;
The wrong ye do has been done before,
We bear the stripes that the Master bore !
"And thou, O Richard Waldron, for whom
We hear the feet of a coming doom,
On thy cruel heart and thy hand of wrong
Vengeance is sure, though it tarry long.
"In the light of the Lord, a flame we see
Climb and kindle a proud roof-tree;
And beneath it an old man lying dead,
With stains of blood on his hoary head."
"Smite, Goodman Hate - Evil!-harder still!"
The magistrate cried, "lay on with a will !
Drive out of their bodies the Father of Lies,
Who through them preaches and prophesies!"
So into the forest they held their way,
By winding river and frost-rimmed bay,
Over wind-swept hills that felt the beat
Of the winter sea at their icy feet.
The Indian hunter, searching his traps,
Peered stealthily through the forest gaps;
And the outlying settler shook his head,
"They're witches going to jail," he said.
At last a meeting-house came in view;
A blast on his horn the constable blew;
And the boys of Hampton cried up and down
"The Quakers have come !" to the wondering town.
From barn and woodpile the goodman came;
The goodwife quitted her quilting frame,
With her child at her breast ; and, hobbling slow,
The grandam followed to see the show.
Once more the torturing whip was swung,
Once more keen lashes the bare flesh stung.
"Oh, spare ! they are bleeding !" a little maid cried,
And covered her face the sight to hide.
A murmur ran round the crowd : "Good folks,"
Quoth the constable, busy counting the strokes,
"No pity to wretches like these is due,
They have beaten the gospel black and blue!"
Then a pallid woman, in wild-eyed fear,
With her wooden noggin of milk drew near.
"Drink, poor hearts !" a rude hand smote
Her draught away from a parching throat.
"Take heed," one whispered, "they'll take your cow
For fines, as they took your horse and plough,
And the bed from under you." "Even so,"
She said ;"they are cruel as death, I know."
Then on they passed, in the waning day,
Through Seabrook woods, a weariful way;
By great salt meadows and sand-hills bare,
And glimpses of blue sea here and there.
By the meeting-house in Salisbury town,
The sufferers stood, in the red sundown
Bare for the lash ! O pitying Night,
Drop swift thy curtain and hide the sight !
With shame in his eye and wrath on his lip
The Salisbury constable dropped his whip.
"This warrant means murder foul and red;
Cursed is he who serves it," he said.
"Show me the order, and meanwhile strike
A blow to your peril !" said Justice Pike.
Of all the rulers the land possessed,
Wisest and boldest was he and best.
He scoffed at witchcraft ; the priest he met
As man meets man ; his feet he set
Beyond his dark age, standing upright,
Soul-free, with his face to the morning light.
He read the warrant : "These convey
From our precincts ; at every town on the way
Give each ten lashes." "God judge the brute!
I tread his order under my foot!
"Cut loose these poor ones and let them go;
Come what will of it, all men shall know
No warrant is good, though backed by the Crown,
For whipping women in Salisbury town!"
The hearts of the villagers, half released
From creed of terror and rule of priest,
By a primal instinct owned the right
Of human pity in law's despite.
For ruth and chivalry only slept,
His Saxon manhood the yeoman kept;
Quicker or slower, the same blood ran
In the Cavalier and the Puritan.
The Quakers sank on their knees in praise
And thanks. A last, low sunset blaze
Flashed out from under a cloud, and shed
A golden glory on each bowed head.
The tale is one of an evil time,
When souls were fettered and thought was crime,
And heresy's whisper above its breath
Meant shameful scouring and bonds and death!
What marvel, that hunted and sorely tried,
Even woman rebuked and prophesied,
And soft words rarely answered back
The grim persuasion of whip and rack!
If her cry from the whipping-post and jail
Pierced sharp as the Kenite's driven nail,
O woman, at ease in these happier days,
Forbear to judge of thy sister's ways!
How much thy beautiful life may owe
To her faith and courage thou canst not know,
Nor how from the paths of thy calm retreat
She smoothed the thorns with her bleeding feet.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Family of Bennett Franklin Davenport and Annie Emaline Coolridge

Bennett Franklin Davenport was born Birth 28 May 1845 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was the son of Charles Davenport and Joan Fullerton Hager. His grandfather was Joseph Davenport, of Newton, Massachusetts, a descendant of the Thomas Davenport, who settled at Dorchester in 1640.He was prepared for College at the Cambridge High School, and graduated from Harvard in 1867. Going abroad after graduation he attended for two semesters the University of Tiibingen, Germany, and upon his return became a medical student at Harvard, receiving the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Medicine from that University in 1871, and also the Doctor's degree in Medicine from Columbia the same year for work done at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Upon the completion of his professional studies he settled in Boston in the practice of medicine, with the specialty of a sanitarian and toxicologist and of an analytical and consulting chemist, examining chemically and microscopically foods, drinks, drugs, poisons, and other substances relating to health or to domestic uses. He is also an expert in court causes and the detection of forgeries and other falsifications and has figured in such cause: cé/ébres as the Molineux Trial, involving questioned handwritings, documents, and inks. Dr. Davenport was Coroner for Suffolk county prior to the establishment of the oflice of Medical Examiner. From 1879 to 1886 he occupied the Chair of Chemistry at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, was Chemist to the Massachusetts State Board of Health from 1882 to 1892, to the State Dairy Bureau from 1892 to 1900, and Dairy Inspector for the City of Boston from 1882 to 1885. He is Chairman of the Board of Health at Watertown, where he has resided since 1890, and also of its Park and Water Boards.
Besides the Massachusetts Medical Society, which he represented as delegate for the decennial revision of the United States Pharmacopoeia in 1880, 1890 and 1900, he holds membership in the leading city and state medical bodies, the American Public Health Association and the Massachusetts Association of Boards of Health, the American, London, Paris and Berlin Chemical Societies, the British Society of Public Analysis and the Society of Chemical Industry, the American and British Pharmaceutical Associations, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Dr. Davenport is a charter-member and Corresponding Secretary of the Historical Society of Watertown, Chairman of its chapter of Sons of the American Revolution, a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Boston Society of Natural History, and the Phi Beta Kappa of Harvard. His reports in relation to sanitary affairs have been published in the annual reports of the Massachusetts State Board of Health and the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal. Besides being a prominent genealogist and historian, he was also professor of chemistry at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy (1879 - 86); served as Analyst for the Massachusetts State Board of Health, Lunacy, & Charity (1882 - 92) and as Coroner for Suffolk County (1875 -77), and was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1893; published in The American Druggist, Harvard Register ("Recent Progress in Pharmaceutical Preparations"), and The Analyst (Royal Society of Chemistry, Great Britain), among many others; and was a noted authority on butter. In Forty Centuries of Ink (David N Carvalho, 2007), he is credited as having modified a formula for ink in 1900 that was subsequently used as the official ink of record in the state of Massachusetts, and, in 1901 (with the addition of "unnamed blue coloring material"), adopted by the US Treasury Department.
He married on July 23, 1873 Annie Emaline Coolidge daughter of John M Coolidge, JR. and Martha Jane Sturtevant. She was a cousin to President Calvin Coolridge. John Coolridge Sr married Martha Stone Bond. Bennett and Annie children: Grace Coolidge, John Coolidge, Anna Coolidge and Benita Coolidge Davenport.

Charles Davenport was son of Joseph Davenport and Susannah Beard Davenport. Below Photo Charles Davenport photo from Davenport & Bridges


From Scientific American, 28 August 1845
“Some of the most elegant cars ... run with a steadiness hardly equaled by a steamboat in still water, are manufactured by Davenport & Bridges, at their establishment in Cambridgeport, Mass. The manufacturers have recently introduced a variety of excellent improvements in the construction of trucks, springs, and connections, which are calculated to avoid atmospheric resistance, secure safety and convenience, and contribute ease and comfort to passengers, while flying at the rate of 30 or 40 miles per hour.”

Spruce Ave, Lot 1359 Burial: Mount Auburn Cemetery Cambridge Massachusetts, USA Below Photo Martha Jane Sturtevant, Annie and Herbert


  John M. Coolidge, Sr. (Deacon) and Wife Mary

View from side of first Coolidge home. Simon Coolidge Homestead, Grove Street. From this house, Joseph Coolidge went to his death on April 19, 1775. Herbert Coolidge was the last Coolidge born here. Birthplace of Annie E, Davenport (nee Coolidge), Grove Street. Annie Davenport was the wife of local Dr. Bennet Davenport (married 1873). They were charter members of the Historical Society of Watertown. She taught at the Coolidge School prior to her marriage. Annie was an original member of the Watertown Woman's Club and was their fifth president, 1905-1908. She was a founding member of the Watertown Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution and the third regent, 1900-1903. John Coolidge, Sr. by door with hat in hand. Mary Coolidge (nee Bond), his wife seated. Albert Davenport by fence. Hired hand and child at back door.

Home of John Coolidge, Sr., Grove Street. Built around 1845. Bought by Mount Auburn Cemetery and demolished. Reading left to right: Charles Davenport, seated; Emma J. Davenport (Mrs. Albert M.), standing; Annie E. Davenport (Mrs. Bennett F.); Grace Coolidge (Davenport), a child; John Coolidge Jr., seated; Pat White, the hired man at the gate; Mrs. John Coolidge Sr. (Mary Stone Bond), seated; Charles Davenport, standing behind Alice and Mary Davenport (two little girls seated on the lawn); Mattie Coolidge on horseback; Mary Ellen Coolidge (daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Coolidge Sr.) Grace Coolidge Davenport From DAR  

Lineage Book - National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Volume 48
Wife of Henry J Winslow, Descendant of Joseph Coolidge, Joseph Sturtevant, Benjamin Davenport and William Hager  Daughter of Bennett Davenport and Annie Emeline Coolidge his wife Granddaughter of Charles Davenport and Joan Fullerton Hager his wife John Coolidge Jr and Martha Jane Sturtevant his wife Gr granddaughter of Joseph Davenport and Susanna Beard his wife John Coolidge and Mary Stone Bond his wife Reward Sturtevant and Ann Lovina Hesketh his wife Joseph Fuller ton Hager and Sylvia Bingham his wife Gr gr granddaughter of Benjamin Davenport and Sarah Wilson his wife Joshua Coolidge and Jemima Norcross his wife Lot Sturtevant and Elizabeth Bessel his wife William Hager and Abigail Fullerton his wife Gr gr gr granddaughter of Joseph Coolidge and Eunice Stratton his wife Joseph Sturtevant and Mary Gibbs his wife Joseph Coolidge 1720 75 was a minute man from Water town at the battle of Lexington where he was killed Joseph Sturtevant 1734 1808 served as a minute man at various alarms 1777 8 He was born and died in Ware ham Lot Sturtevant 1759 1848 enlisted 1777 for three years under Capt Joshua Eddy and Col Gamaliel Bradford He was placed on the pension roll 1818 for three years actual service as private He was born in Wareham Mass died in Waterville Maine Also Nos 18431 21579 Benjamin Davenport 1743 1833 was a private in Colonel Gerrish's Massachusetts regiment 1778 He was born in Newton died in Needham Mass William Hager 1749 1830 served as a wagoner at the fortification of Dorchester Heights 1776 He was born in Waltham, Mass died in Boston. 

Massachusetts State Representative Henry Joshua Winslow son of Henry Hedden Winslow and Margaret Ella Givens

Information from Uncommon Ancestors and Genealogy and memoirs of Isaac Stearns and his descendants (1901), Genealogy of Edward Winslow of the Mayflower, and his descendants, from 1620 to 1865
On Feb. 4, 1874 Henry Hedden Winslow married Margaret Ella Fuller in New Bedford, Massachusetts. In 1876 they moved to Cambridge where their three children were born:
  1. Mary H. Winslow born Feb. 11, 1876
  2. Edith Baker Winslow (Stearns) born Aug. 10, 1878
  3. Henry Joshua Winslow  born June 27, 1880
Henry born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, May 5, 1847.  He was the son of Joshua Baker Winslow, a sea captain and Mary Dehart (Bruen), who made their home in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where their son was educated.
Margaret Ella Givens born in Nobleboro, Maine about Dec. 23, 1844 to Benjamin Hall Givens, a seaman, and his wife Mary Ann (Hussey).

Margaret Ella Givens
Henry H. Winslow

Mary H. Winslow
daughter of Margaret and Henry Winslow

Edith Baker Winslow Stearns &
Margaret "Peggy" Winslow Stearns

Obit of son Henry Davenport Winslow March 11 1999
Henry D. Winslow, 88, of Lexington, MA, formerly of Cambridge, MA, after a long illness died Monday (March 8, 1999). Beloved Husband of Katharine (Nichols) Winslow. Born in Cambridge, MA, he was the son of the late Henry J. and Grace D. Winslow. Besides his wife of 64 years, he is survived by his son, Henry N. Winslow and daughter-in-law, B.J. Winslow of Newtonville, MA; his daughter, Katharine W. Herzog and son-in-law, Dr. Alfred Herzog of Glastonbury; and two granddaughters, Katharine H. Dube of South Harpswell, ME; and Anne W. Herzog of Arlington, MA. He was the father of the late Philip N. Winslow of New York City. Memorial Services at the First Parish Church Cambridge Unitarian Universalist on April 10 at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist, 3 Church St., Cambridge, MA 02138 or to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements by the Douglass Funeral Home Lexington, MA.

Information from Universities and Their Sons: History, Influence and Characteristics of American Universities, with Biographical Sketches and Portraits of Alumni and Recipients of Honorary Degrees, Volume 4, The College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, and Its Founders, Officers, Instructors, Benefactors and Alumni: A History, Volume 2, and Secretary's report, Issue 11 By Harvard College.
See THE DAVENPORT FAMILY Communicated by Bennett F Davenport MD of Boston New England Historical and Genealogical Society. Daughters of the American Revolution.