2021: the year in review concluded

[Author’s note: Part 1 can be found here.]

In July 2021, Christopher C. Child reviewed a shocking function in his ancestry: that he has 1 (one) ancestor who resided in northern New England in the course of the seventeenth century:

“…My connections to Vermont are even briefer. An incredible-great-great-great-grandmother, Julia (Vaughan) Perry (ca. 1814-1899), was born in Allegany County, New York. Her mother and father William and Elizabeth (Foster) Vaughan had been born in Massachusetts, Vermont, or Rhode Island (sources range). William’s possible mother and father had been born in Rhode Island and had moved to Wallingford, Vermont by 1800. I have no idea who Elizabeth’s mother and father are. These are my solely recognized ancestors in Vermont!

“Other than my Russell ancestors…, who had been in Mason, New Hampshire, I’ve a couple of different ancestors who traveled by the Granite State on their strategy to New York, in addition to another Ulster Scot households which paused in Londonderry, New Hampshire within the early eighteenth century, all later touring west. Once more, for these ancestors within the three northern New England states, none had been residing there within the seventeenth century. Do I’ve any ancestors in Northern New England within the 1600s? Up to now, I’ve discovered … one!”

Jan Doerr spoke for many when she characterised “Remembering Days,” “Researching Days,” and “Underwear Days, when Remembering and Researching get twisted up in a pile on the ground, similar to these mornings when you may’t get your toes out of your underwear, lose your steadiness, and fall over… Underwear Days.”

“Apples have develop into such a component not solely of our diet but in addition of our lexicon, music, and idioms that we seldom discover them. However final spring, as soon as the winter’s psychological fog lifted, I seen that there are a lot of very previous apple timber on my household property, greater than I had been conscious of. Their white blossoms stood out in opposition to the naked limbs of different timber or the newly-green spring leaves. Till the early Nineteen Fifties there was an previous apple tree on Our Old House’s entrance garden, and till we put in a brand new septic system there was a extremely previous one outdoors my kitchen window, totally rotted however a favourite of each squirrels and birds. My ancestors’ property subsequent door had an orchard (it nonetheless stands for all its superior age) from which we loved enormous Wolf River apples, Galas, Astrachans, Winter Ganos, and others eaten in hand, in pies, or pressed into cider. Among the previous timber in my ‘again 40’ definitely look 2 hundred years previous, however none invite ‘sitting.’

“I quickly realized the significance apple orchards or particular person apple timber held for my household as they grew to become famous within the deed exclusions or in said rights of method. Maybe it was George Learn Cony (1825-94) who had a favourite tree when he reserved the suitable of passage to that previous orchard subsequent door…”

Rhonda McClure put a modern gloss on journey challenges in her September publish on protecting the Tokyo Olympics:

“After a 14-hour aircraft flight, an individual met the aircraft and took the media people first (another person took athletes after); we now went on a hike. If Ellis Island had the 6-second examination, watching the immigrants carry baggage, observe instructions, and stroll upstairs, Tokyo had the 20-minute stroll to isolate us from anybody else within the airport. Whereas I didn’t have steamer trunks, I did have a small bag and a moderately massive purse (with my laptop and iPad in it). Thank goodness the small bag had wheels, or I by no means would have made it.

“As a result of my well being app wasn’t working, I used to be delayed, sitting in some seats and watching volunteers in isolation garb assist individuals transfer on to the following level. It was right here that I started to actually fear that I won’t get into the nation. My well being app wasn’t working. My exercise plan hadn’t been authorised but. All I had going for me had been two damaging COVID assessments…”

In October, Amy Whorf McGuiggan discovered an unexpected family connection within the Hingham (Mass.) Cemetery:

“I’ve returned to this cemetery time and time once more and have written about it on a number of events for Vita Brevis. What number of occasions should I’ve strolled previous the grave of Francis Augustus Osborn not realizing his connection to my grandfather’s household? And as we discover cemeteries, attending to know their residents a little bit extra intimately, heretofore unnoticed themes start to emerge, a social community of historical past that appears to attach in any other case disparate people. I think about weaving an extended string between graves in a spider web-like style, a cemetery model of six levels of separation, if you’ll. Certainly, whereas exploring my Francis A. Osborn connections there emerged, in that cemetery stuffed with colonial historical past and the ghosts of the city’s first settlers, a considerably ignored Civil Warfare historical past.

“Central to the online of connections is the Civil Warfare Memorial, formally generally known as the Troopers’ and Sailors’ Monument, a formidable 30-foot obelisk manufactured from Quincy granite. Located on a distinguished knoll – ‘a quiet retreat, away from the noise of the road, with the bay so finely in view’ – and honoring the seventy-four Hingham males misplaced within the conflict, the monument was devoted on 17 June 1870. It stands close to to the household plot of Governor John Albion Andrew (1818-1867), a Maine-born lawyer and statesman who was drawn to Hingham by his spouse, Eliza Jones Hersey…”

Pamela Athearn Filbert distributed with a favorite family story in a assessment of the “false buddies” in accounts of the World Warfare II flying ace Marion E. Carl.

“One other clipping from the Oregonian, dated 16 November 2008, introduced the dying of Marion’s youthful brother Manton Arthur Carl. I feel it should have been awfully complicated having each a Marion and Manton residing in the identical home rising up! Manton’s obituary famous that he’d been born in a tent as his mother and father labored to clear their new farm, and he died simply 100 toes away in the home he’d shared along with his spouse on the identical farm in Hubbard, Oregon. (One other of Grampy’s aunts, Eunice Ann Christy, had married the oldest son of William C. Hubbard, for whom that city was named.) Manton’s survivors included 5 kids, together with a daughter named Christy.

“‘Carl’ – test. ‘Hubbard’ – test. ‘Christy’ – test. These had been absolutely my individuals. What nice people to have within the household tree!”

In December, Michael Dwyer thought of an surprising kinship between his maternal grandparents.

“My mom’s mother and father, Emory Morse and Lois Rhodes, by no means would have dreamed they’d ancestors in frequent. Three of Lois’s grandparents had been born outdoors the USA: paternal grandfather William Rhodes in Devon, England; paternal grandmother Mary Counihan in County Kerry, Eire; and maternal grandfather Mariano Sylvia in St. Michael, Azores.

“That left a risk that the lineage of Lois’s maternal grandmother, Mary Bethiah (Paine) Sylvia, born on Block Island in 1848, may result in a ‘duplicate ancestor.’ It took me years to hint Mary’s ancestry again into eighteenth-century Massachusetts.

“A sequence of discoveries, first inside conventional revealed genealogical research and later from genetic proof, confirmed one set of Mary Sylvia’s great-grandparents as Seth Phinney and Sarah Cotton, who married in Harpswell, Maine, in 1788” – and thence again to Thomas Rogers of the Mayflower.