Saturday, June 13, 2020

1910 Memorial Day Gathering Winthrop Massachusetts Photo

1910 Memorial Day Observance near Town Hall and Civil War Monument Winthrop, Massachusetts William H. Clark, History of Winthrop Public Library Archives 

Monday, June 8, 2020

The Mayflower Billington Brothers Dubbed First Juvenile Delinquents in America

Pint Sized Pilgrims Also Caused Trouble

You can read my full story on GenealogyBank blog Billington Boys 
Billington prank recorded in full detail in "Mourt's Relation" a journal written by William and Edward Winslow to attract New England settlers to the colony. 

From Plymouth Museum Record of Billington

The Old Fort and First Meeting House, 1621, Plymouth, Mass. From New York Public Library

A Famous Kin to Billington-- President James Garfield (1831-1881) 20th president of the United States Photo from Britannia Encyclopedia. 
American Ancestors 2020 John Billington
Mayflower Group Facebook 
Pilgrim Hall Museum John Billington  
The Great Billington Sea Vita Brevis American Ancestors

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Sewall Short Inventions and Patents

Sewall Short (1796-1857) born in Newburyport, Massachusetts to William Short and Elizabeth "Betsy" Pike ( 1775-1839) Sewall's gr. grandfather was cabinet maker Joseph Short. In December 1821 he married Eunice Jenkins. I found some inventions and patents Sewall was credited for. This is beginning research and more on this, but sharing what I have found so far.

In 1830, Sewall Short and Noah Bradford submitted a patent application for the submarine explorer. In their application, they claimed that they had created a water-tight suit, different from any diving apparatus known before.
Drawing of Submarine Explorer National Archives

Nantucket Inquirer Saturday, Feb 03, 1838 Nantucket, MA Page: 3
Nantucket Inquirer

Sewall Short patent Furnaces through which the charge is moved mechanically, e.g. of tunnel type; Similar furnaces in which the charge moves by gravity heated without contact between combustion gases and charge; electrically heated heated by hot air or gas

1837-09-06 Application granted
1837-09-06 Publication of US421A
1854-09-06 Anticipated expiration

New York Daily Whig; Mr. S. Short; Invented; Operation: Nantucket Inquirer Wednesday, Sep 12, 1838  Nantucket, MA Vol: XVIII Issue: 72 Page: 2

Nantucket Inquirer Saturday, Aug 10, 1833 Nantucket, MA Vol: XIII Issue: 63 Page: Copy of 3

Nantucket Inquirer Tuesday, Nov 11, 1823 Nantucket, MA Vol: III Issue: 46 Page: 4

Newburyport Herald Friday, Dec 18, 1829 Newburyport, MA Page:
Improvement In Stringed Instruments Boston Recorder Thursday, Feb 02, 1854 Boston, MA Vol: XXXIX Issue: 5 Page: 20
Nantucket Inquirer Saturday, Dec 01, 1832 Nantucket, MA Vol: XII Issue: 48 Page:

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Indian War Vet Patrick Burke of Amesbury

Patrick Burke (1850-1928) born in County Corke, Ireland November 14 and arrived in the United States . He was son of Patrick Burke (d 1902) and Bridgett ? He married Mary Herrian on 5 Jul 1877.
He and Mary are listed in 1880 census living on Friend Street in Amesbury, Massachusetts and he is working in the carriage industry.

Amesbury Daily News Amesbury, Massachusetts on Saturday, August 18th, 1928

In 1899

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Inez Bowers Quaker Girl Preacher

Inez Bowers (1893-1982) daughter of William Irwin Bowers and Mary Jacobah Epler Bowers. She married Bertram B Bronson. 

Friday, May 15, 2020

Ben Perley Poore in Georgia

Photo: Benjamin Perley Poore, between 1865 and 1880. Credit: Brady-Handy Photograph Collection; Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
The prominent Washington correspondent and historian Major Ben: Perley Poore (the colon after “Ben” is the family custom), from Indian Hill Farm, West Newbury, Massachusetts, led a charmed life.

Poore (1820-1887) dined with Lafayette and Sir Walter Scott. His collection of Americana was the finest in the country. His home had a Masonic Hall and a bedstead slept in by Washington. His drawing room charm earned himself a seat at the best parties.

However, before Poore rose to success, a brief stint in the sunny south landed him in hot water.

Read the whole story at Ben: Perley Poore’s Georgia Scandal

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Anecdote Of Sybil Jones The Quaker Preacher

Sybil Jones (1808-1873) was the wife of the Quaker missionary Eli Jones. Photographed by Mr S. Prout Newcombe at The London School of Photography.

Eli, son of Abel Jones and Susannah Jepson. 

She and her husband went to Liberia in 1851, later traveling to various countries in Europe, including England, Ireland, France, Norway and Germany.
Sybil Jones worked in hospitals in the area of Washington during the Civil War, ministering to the wounded. She was in the capital when Lincoln was assassinated and paid visits to Lincoln's widow and to Secretary Stanton at the White House in the days immediately following the assassination. In 1867 she and her husband traveled to the Middle East, where they worked in Palestine and Syria. They founded a girls’ school at Ramallah, originally called The Girls’ Training Home of Ramallah, renamed The Friends Girls’ School in 1919 and still in existence today.

Eli Jones 
Maj James Parnel Jones (1835-1864) son of  Eli Jones and Sybil Jones.
He married on Rebecca M. Runnels.