Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Families at HSBG

HSBG is Howard Street Burial Ground. Last time, we mentioned several facts about the cemetery. It needs attention, for one thing. But, one set of great-grands for Dr. Frank are buried there. And, on a review of  names in FindAGrave (FAGR), one sees lots of New England represented (go here - HSBG and click on the '1,060 Added' button - it'll give you a list of names to scroll).

Dodge came to mind.  They have a nice little area (see photo). There are 17 burials with this name. Anna Herrick Dodge, Elizabeth Crowinshield Dodge, and Joshua Dodge.  I picked these due to their early births (prior to the revolution). For Elizabeth, one finds lots of information: Papers of Thomas Jefferson, ...

So, backing up a minute. I have had lots of interchange with FAG (Gardner) and its FAGR contributors. Some respond quickly to change requests. I was happy to hear that DAR supports the effort as it motivates. One cannot trust lots of the material; however, for photos of gravestones, we can tell a lot. These are not just arbitrarily put into place. Last year, I complained due to a family being ignored: Problems with Find A Grave. I persisted; now, the family records have been gathered together (Elizabeth A. Blake Lunt's FAGR has all of her siblings identified). But, find a grave is not sufficient; we need more information. In the FAGR that I do, I link to WikiTree when possible. Example: Caroline A. Blake Ingalls' FAGR points to her WikiTree Profile where there is information about her husband and her children. But, blog posts can work, too. We will get that started, perhaps the 'Tombstone Tuesday' would be a theme.


After looking at the totality of the FAGR collection for HSBG, we can see that members of one family are in different cemeteries. As well, while building our WikiTree presence, we ought to track down burial places. Example: Elizabeth Gardner Gardner, wife of Capt Jonathan Gardner. We did not put a FAGR link (Charter Street, Old Burying Point) in the WikiTree Profile. Their son, Jonathan, is in the same location on Charter Street. However, they had several children. Daughter Sarah Gardner Bowditch is buried there, too. Their daughter, Martha Gardner Barton, is buried at the Broad Street Cemetery. That is mentioning only three of their children. Their granddaughter, via son John, was buried in Harmony Grove with her husband, Jacob Crowninshield. That is a minor survey showing several cemeteries in Salem. Then, we would have Essex County.

One constant is that these FAGRs do not have links to parents and children. We can address that once we get these things written up. So, before going on, let's look at the cemeteries that might be of interest. These are somewhat in order by time. The number is of records added which means the amount of work by those taking photos and building the records. There is a percent given which reports those with gravestones. What we don't know is the percentage of graves reported, however that number ought to be above 95%.
  • Gardner's Hill  - honorary nod - we have told the story, in part. 
  • Burying Point - Charter Street - 806, 76% photographed
  • Lawes Hill - Broad Street - 674, 81% photographed
  • St. Peter's - Howard Street - 1,060, 80% photographed
  • Harmony Grove - Grove Street - 7, 129, 73% photographed 
  • Greenlawn - Orne Street - 5, 661, 52% photographed 
  • St Mary's - North Street - 31,101, 84% photographed
Remarks: Modified: 02/26/2020

02/26/2020 --

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Howard Street Burial Ground

Now that we see that two of Dr. Frank's great-grandparents are buried in this cemetery, we will have to feature the place. After all, this is where Giles Corey was pressed to death. John Gardner (son of Thomas) was there.

Named for a seaman: Howard Street had a varied history. It opened, officially, in 1801, but there had been burials there before. One of these, unmarked, was that of Corey who we mentioned a couple of years ago in the context of writing about 1692. After all, Salem was Thomas' territory.

We were there but didn't pay adequate attention; we'll be back. One blogger mentioned the lack of respect. We'll have to address that. Another mentioned that it contains lots of veterans of the Revolutionary War. Elsewhere, we saw reference to many seaman being buried there. Stephen Wilson, son of Jonathan and Prudence, died at sea and is buried there.

Speaking of seamen, Captain Lawrence and his mate Ludlow were interned in this cemetery for a while in the Crowninshield tomb. Benjamin Ropes was there for awhile. He was moved to Harmony Grove Cemetery.

We all know about the Gardner Burial Plot. So, Howard Street looks like an interesting case. At least, we can visit the place.

The list of families is quite interesting: Hawthorne, Manning (Nathaniel Hawthorne's mother, Elizabeth Clarke Manning), Crowninshield, and a whole lot of other old New England (Essex County, MA) names. We will look at those. There are many Peabodys buried there.

Remarks: Modified: 02/26/2020

02/26/2020 -- On looking further at Howard Street Burial Ground graves (Families at HSBG), we ran into this planning report: 2015 City of Salem Historic Preservation Plan Update.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Jonathan Wilson

He is the great-grandfather of Dr. Frank via Lucy Foster Wilson. She was the focus of the "Trials of the Wilson family" that published in The Essex Genealogist (Vol 34, No 3, pg 155, Ahnentafel - later published/printed in The Gardner Annals). As is mentioned in the Findagrave record (FAGR), she inherited links to the 1692 madness (view from a Brit) from both her father, Jonathan, and her mother, Prudence Goldthwait.

On 5 Apr 2016, we created a FAGR for both: #160594239 and #160594156. Then, I linked them in with their parents and siblings. We use a 'Thomas Gardner Society' userid to do this work. And, we have collected several 'thank yous' over the years. Whenever we see an issue, we ask for an update. See "Memorial Day" as one example.

We had this added to the page of Jonathan's father, Joshua Wilson. These two were 'hung by the neck' together with some others.
    Descendant of Samuel Wardwell through his father, John Wilson, John's mother, Mercy Wright, Mercy's mother, Mercy Wardwell

    Descendant of Mary Ayer Parker through his mother, Hannah Frye, Hannah's mother, Elizabeth Farnum, Elizabeth's mother, Elizabeth Parker
Yesterday, we got emboldened by getting into the guidelines of D.A.R. They mentioned their cemetery work. Well, we got the impression from the 'Plymouth' folk (this has been mentioned several times) that they don't care. Yes, our focus is western movement which brings in a few subtleties, which are not new. However, we have seen enough issues to want to raise this to awareness. We were looking at Prudence's internment record. She died in Salem. There are some indications of where she was buried. Need to have that interpreted.

Jonathan Wilson, FAGR image before
record was updated on 02/15/2020
In the meantime, on looking around at the Salem cemeteries, we found a lonely FAGR for a Jonathan Wilson. It was at Howard Street Burial Ground and showed the right date. So, we immediately asked for an update which has been started: Jonathan Wilson #36014749. This was put into place on 18 Apr 2009. When everything is updated, we'll get rid of the FAGR that we created. In the meantime, we'll search for Prudence's resting place.

BTW, in terms of the crowd that scoffs, there is a lonely grave out west of a descendant. We'll not ignore this and continue to document matters. A synopsis is due this year (2020), say when the arrival is going to be celebrated. Genealogists. You do not give life. Nor do you create the truth. Gosh, is not anyone interested in the philosophical aspects being suppressed with the mad rush toward technology? Say, foundational aspects of genealogy? Notice, has nothing to do with fundamentals.

Anyway, on another note, we used a grave site of old that is a little removed from that non-left coast. A report of the times mentioned a town and some distance in reference to where some old guy was buried. Later his younger bride was buried there, too. On a search, sure enough, there were the old stones, sufficiently marked.

A question might be about why we missed Jonathan's FAGR before. The eye sees what it wants. That 'want' is conditioned by a whole lot of things. As mentioned before, that conditioning is wide open for study and further understanding. The rise of AI might be a motivating factor that has been missing. Let's hope so for the grandkids' sake.

Kudos to the FAGRers for their good work.

Remarks: Modified: 02/19/2020

02/18/2020 -- Jonathan married Prudence Goldthwaite in Salem. Jonathan had been born in Andover, Essex Co. in 1774. Prudence had been born in Sutton, Worcester Co. in 1779. Both of their fathers are registered in the DAR database for Patriots. Jonathan and Prudence lived in Salem. He died at the age of 39 in 1814 and was buried, as we see above, in Howard Street Burial Ground. Prudence lived until 1860 which means that she was a widow for 46 years. She is in the 1850 U.S. Census and the 1855 Massachusetts Census. But, until yesterday, we didn't know where she was buried. Turns out that the internment records for Salem have been digitized. We find that Prudence was buried in the same area as was Jonathan. There doesn't seem to be a stone. Here is a clipping from the record.

It identifies here parents and her deceased husband. Also, it says 'No. 3, grave' which needed a little research. 'No. 3' is Howard Street Burial Ground.

02/19/2020 -- We need to make the Howard Street Burial Ground to be a focus.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Frances Rose-Troup

Cape Ann, 1623, has always been a theme in this blog. We have many posts about those early times and about Thomas Gardner and Margaret Fryer. However, Dr. Frank, and Ann, are descendants of several families who were at Cape Ann during that time. We would want to look at those further, including Roger Conant. As well, we want to see a fuller picture.

Guess who tried one, over 90 years ago? Frances Rose-Troup in her book, The Massachusetts Bay Company and Its Predecessors.

We referenced her several times here. Also, the web site related to the Dorchester Company referred to, and quoted, her work.

Notice, this book was published here, in New York. She did her work in England. Notice, too, that it is on-line by the way of Hathi  Trust (thank them). This gives us a chance to use Frances as a starting point for work that will continue as long as there are unanswered questions.

With this post, we'll just point back to some earlier work to start to set the stage. We will have several of these which will be in a Category of 'Cape Ann.' Looking forward to this bit of study.

Now, Frances wrote of Rev. John White. He was thought to be an uncle, at one time. That is not the case; however, the web is full of these references. Well, we intend to use Gardner's Gate, framed upon our portal (to Truth) as the clearing house for 'All things Gardner' and for Thomas (of Salem) information, in particular. Part of that will be collecting information about known sites, like this one on The Dorchester Company.

As an aside, we already have taken the FAQ approach. It might need some updating, but nothing there is really out of date (perhaps, incomplete, in some cases). And, we need to have this cover a whole lot more material.

We have taken several looks at Cape Ann: Cape Ann, 1623 and Cape Ann, Retrospective. Too, there are several Gardner themes to study further. Example: Two Thomas Gardner in Salem.

Finally, research is a team affair. So, anyone who has an interest? Pipe up (using the old saying).

Remarks: Modified: 03/01/2020

03/01/2020 -- Added link to Google Docs version. Working on collecting information about the families at Cape Ann.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Gardner IL

The U.S. is a huge place with lots of little areas beyond the huge regions of populace (metropolis). A recent show has been visiting small towns all over (Small Town Big Deal). We have not seen many episodes but have enjoyed those that we saw. It is interesting to see the local people and learn about their lives.

Earlier, we started to collect names of places in the U.S. that are Gardner (any spelling). The latest was Gardner River near Gardiner MT. We do not have a list places but ought to start one; there have been several posts on the subject. Recently, the STBD folks started out on Route 66 and headed through Illinois. It wasn't clear where they were headed, but this road looms large in reality and in American folklore.

All scenes along Route 66
Chicago, IL to Santa Monica, CA
Well, not far out of Chicago, they came to Gardner, IL. How did we miss that? Partly, it's being more familiar with the western parts of the road. But, too, growing the Gardner list is an on-going affair. And, this is a worthy cause. Gannett's 'The origin of certain place names in the United States' does not have some of the areas that we have covered: Gardiner OR, Gardner, CO,

So, per usual, we look to see what further information about Gardner, IL. We find lots of stuff, but this one will be looked at more closely: History of Gardner IL (also, History of Illinois and Grundy Co.). It started with the railroad. All of this goes right with our work related to the western movement and with the development of the interior of the U.S. From our experience, there are lots of issues researchers run into that need more study and a little bit of understanding. It's enough, now, to just list related posts: Flyover country (Genealogy and Bayes), Westward-hoAnother trail, Blogging and such, and more.

Remarks: Modified: 02/25/2020

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