Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Longest Day of the Year

Let's see, we could celebrate.

If only
there were world peace

If only the politicians weren't so crazy!

If only differences of opinion could be expressed without hurting each other.

If only our earth were cared for as she deserves.

If only generic MAN would stop behaving so badly!

If only everyone was just like me (nah, I just slipped that one in to see if you were awake.) It would be pretty boring if everyone was like me.  What a relief for diversity of form, opinion, beliefs, race, values, ages, sexes, geography, and anything else that isn't that important after all.

So for "however many hours you have today" (northern hemisphere only) I do wish you well.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Portsmouth's Strawbery Banke museum

Located on the site of the town’s original seaport, known as Puddle Dock, Strawbery Banke (the original 1600s name for the settlement, it’s not a typo for “Strawberry Bank”) is an indoor-outdoor living history museum depicting local life from the late 1600s until the 1950s.

Strawbery Banke museum

Strawbery Banke Museum map of Portsmouth, NH

Strawbery Bank museum.  That's the earliest home built and still standing (center, dark) by Henry's son John Sherburne in 1695. Portsmouth, NH.

 The Shapley Drisco house was brought to the site, and refurbished in its more modern style of apartments of the 1950s on one side, but back to the 1790's on the other side!

 Sherburne House exterior

Sherburne House interior
Sherburne House (c.1695-1703), is dedicated to teaching. It's the sole existing building from that time period remaining at the Puddle Dock site. Built at a time when the influence of late 16th century English architectural style was being blended with new American innovations, it sticks out with its Salem-esque tiny windows.
Inside, you’ll find information, diagrams, and actual examples of the architectural bones required to build houses like these. Source: New England TOday

There is also an old cemetery somewhere in the original area of Prescot Park in Portsmouth, called Point of Graves where at least one cousin ancestor is buried (who I'll be talking about in a few days.)

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day

These are the "fathers" in my life.

Hope y'all have a happy day.

Editorial note:
In order to spend more time doing other things, I'm limiting my publications on blogs to every other day.  So the ancestry blog will be on odd days of the calendar, and the pottery/Black Mountain sites will be on even days.

I know I've tried this kind of thing before...with little success.  Oh well.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

An ancestor who was a descendant of Charlemagne

Henry Sherburne was born in Odium, Hampshire, England in 1611. He arrived in New England in 1631-2.  He married Rebecca Gibbons in Portsmouth New Hampshire in 1637.

High Street, Odium, England.The 18th century frontage of The George Hotel hides an older building originally licensed in 1547. It forms part of the elegant village centre. Source: Wikipedia

 His listing under "Find a Grave" says his grave is unknown. But there is this biography:
Baptized: Odiham, Hampshire, 28 March 1611, son of Joseph Sherburne (deposed 25 June 1662 aged about forty-eight years; deposed 9 October 1665 "aged about fifty-three years." A tavernkeeper and ferryman who came from Odiham, Hampshire to Massachusetts Bay in 1632 on the "James," & settled in Piscataqua NH.
Died by 7 December 1680 (when he failed to appear in court to prosecute his case against Edward Bickford's children). (His daughter Mary said "[m]y father Henry Sherborne died about the year '80 or '83. His death we was not sensible of."
MARRIAGE: (1) 13 November 1637 Rebecca Gibbons, daughter of AMBROSE GIBBONS; she died 3 June 1667 ("My mother, Rebekah Sherborne, died the 3d June 1667 about noon, and was buried by four of her children."
(2) By 30 June 1668 Sarah (_____) Abbott, widow of Walter Abbott (when "Mr. Hen: Sherburne & Sarah his wife executrix to the estate of Walter Abbet" appeared in court

And while looking through other various details of his life, I discovered he was one of the original settlers from England to the New England shores.  And there he is in a book about descendants of Charlemagne.

It is also interesting that he was given the duty of being a ferryman between Portsmouth NH and other nearby sites, including Maine.  And he also was delegated the job of providing a shelter for travelers, and food, becoming a "tavernkeeper". 
Warf at Strawberry Banke, Portsmouth, NH (Piscataqua River, 21st Century) with Maine on opposite shore.
I am thrilled that many records exist of various legal encounters with him...and can only copy a few of them here.

It looks like he had 11 children, with his first wife, Rebecca and then married Sarah Abbott a year after Rebecca died.. His youngest daughter would have been 8 years old at the time.  His daughter Rebecca (1654-1696) was reported to be needing care, being "deaf and dumb."  He designated his oldest son and his wife, Samuel and Love Sherburne, to care for Rebecca's needs by deeding land to them, and "their taking into custody & Christian keeping of...Rebecca Sherburne (who is both dumb & wanting of understanding.)" 3 Sept. 1674 (NHPLR 3:97a-b)

Overview of Strawberry Banke gardens, Portsmouth, NH (21st century)

He is mentioned in many court cases, including being a fighter...towards his wife, and others, and receiving blows from his wife as well.

I'm not sure of the original source, but it's posted on Ancestry as New England and the Great Migration, Vol. 3.  This would have been his second wife, Sarah (widow )Abbot, who he was living "disorderly with and fighting."

I'll share more photos from the Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth tomorrow! I'd love to go spend a week there!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

One of those shipping captains, John Samuel Sherburne

More about the Sherburnes, since I just got those big portrait paintings added to my family tree over on Ancestry (see earlier post HERE.)  Of course they are really pretty far removed cousins, or aunts and uncles. But their portraits are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY, and I quite honestly don't think anyone else on my tree is! (And a quick editorial note, my computer or blogger wants to spell Sherburne as Sherborne, and so if you see it spelled that way, it is unintentional.  Of course there are also Sherbournes who spelled it That way!)

But I do like finding out about some of our leading citizens,so let's look at Captain John Sherburne of Portsmouth, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, (before it became a state.)

John Samuel Sherburne, Capt.


Actually historians know a lot about him, and his home is still standing, as a museum in Portsmouth.  

The John Sherburne house at Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, NH, built around 1695, which is why a British flag is flying in front of it, because this was a British colony at the time.

John's wife was Mary Cowell Sherburne (1657-1736.)  Her parents (Edward and Agnes Cowell) are my 8th great 
grandparents.  I was surprised, because I had thought her great granddaughter Mary Sherborne Bowers (1735-1799) who married Jerathmel Bowers would be the connection to the Swasey line.  Nope.  Jerathmel's sister married a Swasey, but that made him just an uncle, a few times great.

The Cowells are more direct, and Mary Cowell Sherburne's little sister Amy (Annie) (1657-1736) married into the Ayers family.  (I blogged about her and her husbands here, and some of the history of the Ayers and Cowell families HERE.)  Nathaniel and Amy Cowell Ayers' daughter Amy Ayers Swasey, (1687-1783) married Samuel Swasey, and they became my great times 6 grandparents on my grandmother Ada Swasey Rogers branch of our tree.

Here is more information about the Sherburne home and museum in Portsmouth NH.

I'm glad someone over on Ancestry visited the Sherburne home, and took photos...though not all were in focus.  We'll skip those.

One of the reasons that the Sherburnes did so well started with John Samuel's father, Henry.  I'll give more details about him soon.

 Law enforcement in Colonial America...

Some American colonials who weren't very happy about their taxation.

I'm sharing this with Sepia Saturday, where we look at our history through photographs.  This week are some interesting looking men in uniforms over there.  


"When constabulary duty's to be done (to be done) / A policeman's lot is not a happy one (happy one)"

Mary and Jerathmel Bowers' other children

Today I'm looking at the 2 youngest daughters of the Bowers of Swansea MA...Elizabeth (1774-1850) and Mary Ann (1777-1847). Yes they are first cousins, 6 times removed.

Elizabeth Sherburne Bowers (1774-1850) married Dr. Thomas Danforth.  She had been born in Swansea, Bristol County, MA around 1774.  Her parents both died in 1799 apparently.  She married in Taunton MA (a nearby town) in 1800.

The Danforths apparently moved to Boston, where most of their 5 children were born.  One son was born in 1806 in Vermont.   Their youngest son only lived 11 months.  And her husband died in 1817.

In 1831, Elizabeth lists herself as widow of Thomas Danforth and her address in Boston MA.  She lived until 3 Sept 1850, dying of cancer according to the death record of Boston.  Whoever wrote the record got the wrong name for her father however, listing Jerathmel as Jonathan Bowers, who actually was Jerathmel's brother. But her mother's name was correct.

The Somerset Town Clerk in 1794 and Justice of the Peace in 1795 was Jonathan Bowers, who apparently joined his niece, Mary Ann and her husband, Thomas Hood in marriage on March 12, 1795.
"John Hood and Mary Ann Bowers both of Somerset were Joined in the Covenent of Marriage Marcy 12th, 1795 by John Bowers Justice of Peace," Massachusetts Town and Vital Records, Somerset. 

Her listing on Ancestry gives her name as Mary Ann Forester Bowers (1777-1847)  I had thought the Forester name was transposed when I saw it, that she'd married someone by that name, but no, it was part of her birth name apparently, though left off of the marriage record.  I wonder who or what it referred to!  The meaning continued into the next generation, for her youngest daughter was also named Mary Ann Forester Hood

Her husband is listed as Captain Thomas Hood (1774-1859). His father had been named Nobel Hood, and they named their first son after him.  I don't think he was a sea captain, but probably got his rank from being in the military, possibly in the War of 1812, but I haven't got any records to say so.

We do find on a hand written death record from Swansea that he died of old age (at 85) and had been a cabinet maker for his occupation.

Though Mary Ann's birth date is not listed anywhere (that I can find) there is on her death record of March 28, 1847, a compilation her age...

"Death at age 69, 10 mos, 20 days" we could maybe count back and get a birthday for her.  That record also states she died of  "heart complaint."  Since I won't try to get the exact date (who knows when the calendar shifted from Julian to Gregorian after all?) I do come up with her birth around 1777, which is what Ancestry has as well.

OK, don't forget like I just did, the Gregorian calendar was adopted by Catholic countries in the 16th century, but...
Many Protestant countries initially objected to adopting a Catholic innovation; some Protestants feared the new calendar was part of a plot to return them to the Catholic fold. For example, the British could not bring themselves to adopt the Catholic system explicitly: the Annexe to their Calendar (New Style) Act 1750 established a computation for the date of Easter that achieved the same result as Gregory's rules, without actually referring to him.[24]
Britain and the British Empire (including the eastern part of what is now the United States) adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752.
 Good, that means that leap years were already in force when these people lived.  But that's not important in the grand scheme of things.

Palmer Street Cemetery, Somerset, Bristol, MA, where various Bowers and Swaseys were buried.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Jerathmel and Mary Sherburne Bowers children

Since yesterday one of the biographies of Joseph Sherburne, Esq. mentioned his grandson, John Bowers, I thought I'd check out what the 5 children of Mary Sherborne Bowers did, as much as I could from Ancestry's perspective.

The oldest daughter, Hannah Bowers (1758-1825) married Frances Lindall Bowland (Borland) who has Dr. as his title on one family tree.  Hannah Borland and husband Borland moved from either Swansea or Boston  MA to Savannah GA before their only son was born, Frances Vassall Borland. (Vassall had been his father's mother's maiden name.) However, in the way of all good things recorded, their marriage was listed in Dighton, MA in 1784, while their son had been born in Savanah GA in 1779. 
 Part of the historic district of Dighton MA.

Since I think it very unlikely that Hannah would have gone to Savannah before her marriage in 1784 (taking place in MA near Swansea) I tend to think that records of their son's birthdate were changed instead.  Perhaps because he was younger than his wife? Or some other reason that is unknown.

 View of Savannah GA harbor in 19th century

Detail of above engraving.
Hannah died in Savannah, Chatham County, GA in 1825

The next of the Bowers children wasn't born for another 6 years, Mary Sherburne Bowers, (1764-1816) I know, a confusion because that's her mother's married name as well.   I can't find any other information about her at this time.  That doesn't mean that another member of the Ancestry crew won't give something about her in the future!

How about that, in the time it took to look for further information, 4 'hints' came up, including her marriage! So Mary Sherburne married Joseph Jencks on 15 Mar 1788 in her hometown of Swansea, MA.  They had 8 children, all born in Providence, RI, some of whom died in childhood.  Her husband and one of her children died in Terra Haute IN which surprised me.  Her husband died in 1818, and Mary had died in 1816, in a nearby town of North Kingston, Washington County, RI.

The next to be born was John Bowers, Esq., born in 1765, in Swansea MA, and married Mary Robinson in Newport RI in 1791. I don't know of any children from their marriage. When looking at the brief bio of his grandfather (yesterday's post) Joseph Sherburne, it mentions:
Mary [Sherburne], his sole surviving child and heir, married, July 7, 1763, Jerathmiel Bowers, the rich Quaker of Somerset, Bristol Co., Mass., whose son John laid out Somerset Street, on Beacon Hill, Boston, partly from the estate of Joseph Sherburne. (See Boston Rec. Com. Report, No. 5, p. 74.)
John Bowers not only did some surveying, and having that "Esq." attached to his name usually means he practiced law, but he also was involved in shipping across the Atlantic.  I am pretty sure many of his family members were also engaged in that trade.  But John lost his life "off the coast of Africa" on March 21, 1820. 
He embarked from Providence (RI) last autumn, supercargo of the brig Richard, on a trading voyage.
Published death notice from The New Bedford Mercury, June 23, 1820.  Another notice was published in the New York Evening Post on June 16, 1820, just saying he died on the Coast of Africa.

Unfortunately someone else named John Bowers died in 1820 in England, and was buried in January of that year, and Ancestry was trying to link it to this John Bowers.  I have to check those dates carefully.  He couldn't have been buried in Jan. before dying in March!

His wife, Mary Robinson Bowers died in 1826 in Cincinnati, OH. I wonder how she moved there from Rhode Island.

I'll be back tomorrow with the other children of Jerathmel and Mary Sherburne Bowers.