My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wyoming, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Boston Remembers The Nurses

Above photo taken Memorial Day, 2014 in the Boston Common.
 IN MEMORY
OF THE NURSES OF
THE ARMED SERVICES
MASSACHUSETTS
ALL NURSES
POST #298
AMERICAN LEGION
11 NOV. 1959

Photo taken in the Massachusetts State House.
TO THE ARMY NURSES
FROM 1861 TO 1865
ANGLES OF MERCY AND LIFE
AMID SCENES OF CONFLICT AND DEATH
A TRIBUTE OF HONOR AND GRATITUDE
FROM THE MASSACHUSETTS DEPARTMENT
DAUGHTERS OF VETERANS
1914

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

There Is A Lot to Like About Lowell -- #3 Post

"There Is A Lot to Like About Lowell" is the city slogan.


The Beauty of the Lowell Cemetery

The Lowell Cemetery is one of my most favorite places to visit. Although I often take photos of tombstones there, this post is for showing the beauty of the cemetery. During the spring and fall, I am here several times a week. Please enjoy the three seasons with me.
One of two old entrances, this one built 1862.

LOWELL CEMETERY
Established 1841
Listed in the
National Register
of Historic Places
1998










Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The difference of 13 years is astonishing, Mr. Ball -- Tombstone Tuesday

Amazing things can happen when you go through your genealogy "stuff." If you are like me, you have lots. For instance, you might mysteriously come across a photo you took in 1999, with some papers printed with the 2004 date, why? I asked myself. It was a great photo of a 1698 gravestone. But this newly found picture wasn't the photo I used for my May 2012 blog post, seen HERE nor the one I posted to the FindAGrave site.

If only I had been more organized, I wouldn't have had to make a repeat trip in 2012 to the cemetery, even though it is only 35 minutes away.

Please see the difference between the older photo (1999) and the 2012 one. Does this make you want to try and get all your photos now, before you can't read them. The difference of 13 years is astonishing.
The above and below photos are one and the same, taken in 1999. I personally like black and whites for cemetery stones, especially if the colored ones are too dark, and look artificial when lightened.
HERE LYES ye BODY OF
ELEAZER BALL
AGED 48 YEARS
DIED NOUEMBER 14
1698
Eleazer Ball is my 8th great-grandfather.

Above is my 2012 photo shown on FAG.
Old Hill Burying Ground
Concord, Massachusetts

Monday, September 15, 2014

Phillips Brooks Memorial, North Andover, Massachusetts


Phillips Brooks
Memorial in North Andover, Massachusetts

Phillips Brooks
1835 -- 1893
Great Preacher
Citizen Patriot

To Commemorate the Nobility of the Man
The Richness of his Intellectual Gifts
And the Complete Consecration of His Life
To the Cause of Jesus Christ
This Monument is Erected by Men and Women
of Many Creeds

The North Parish of North Andover Church
(and below)

From the Andover Memorial Hall Library site on Historic Homes, I share this information on Rev. Samuel Phillips. "Rev. Samuel Phillips came to Andover in 1710 as the pastor of South Church, an office he held for 62 years. His son, the Honorable Samuel Phillips, went into trade and built the Phillips Brooks House near North Andover Center in 1752. It stands across the street from the Parson Barnard House, built in 1715, and the Old Burying Ground, one of the few intact 18th century cemeteries in New England. Part of the Anne and Simon Bradstreet home that burned in 1666 was built into the back of the Phillips Manse. The Rev. Phillips Brooks, who wrote the lyrics to "O Little Town of Bethlehem."


Mr. Brooks was buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts. See HERE. I will visit the grave located on Mimosa Path, Lot 1288 on my next visit to the cemetery to take a photo. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Westford, Massachusetts 9/11 Memorial

In February, I received the following message: "I wanted to let you know there is a new 9-11 monument in Westford you should see if you ever swing through the town. It is located in the area in between the Town Hall and the Fire Station in the Common area of town. I was able to go and see it dedicated and it is beautiful.  It has green sea glass that glows from underneath at night too. Check out the facebook page and pictures on it."  Naturally, I had to go and see it. My first visit was on April 19th, but I realized it should be seen at night, as you will see below. This is indeed a treasure of a Monument, and as many times I look at these photos, I get quite emotional. I believe you will too.

I went just before dark recently, and had the pleasure of chatting with a fireman who knew a lot about this memorial. He shared a few things with me, first telling me that Westford firefighter David Christiana, a sculptor, created the 9-11 memorial. The granite and green glass came from Pennsylvania and represents the field where Flight 93 crashed on the field, the middle base is in the shape of the octagon represents the Pentagon and the bronze work is beautifully engraved with an image of the Twin Towers and names of all 92 Massachusetts heroes who died that day. The caldron holds some metal from one of the collapsed Twin Towers.

92 names engraved on the ribbon, surrounding the Towers.



Town of Westford, Massachusetts
Westford Remembers 9-11 Monument

Dedicated on September 11, 2013, this monument is a permanent Memorial to all 92 Massachusetts heroes, including two of our own, taken from us in the terrorist attacks on our nation that fateful day. May it serve as a symbol of Hope, Freedom and Liberty.
Photo taken in the middle of the day, in early spring.
Westford Remembers 9 11 
Susan A. MacKay 
James F. Hayden
Donated by the Residents of Westford  Sept. 11, 2011

Brian K. Kinney Memorial, Lowell, MA Resident, is Remembered on 9-11-14

KINNEY SQUARE

IN LOVING MEMORY OF
OUR BELOVED SON, HUSBAND AND BROTHER
BRIAN K. KINNEY

VICTIM ON HIJACKED UNITED FLIGHT #175
DEDICATED NOVEMBER 4, 2001
This memorial was inaccessible for quite a few years, while construction for new additions to the University of Massachusetts Lowell occurred. Behind the memorial used to be a gas station, but is now a parking lot for college buses. It is my understanding that Brian worked part-time at the gas station. He lived a block away from me, but I didn't know it until after 9-11. A memorial flowering tree was planted in the front yard, and there is a small marker there.

As a genealogist, I just got a little too curious, and googled his name. Found the following information, there are two write-ups about this remarkable person:

BRIAN KINNEY
Brian Kinney
United Flight 175 

ENGAGING AND INDUSTRIOUS

As a kid, Brian Kinney pumped gas at his family's Texaco station in Lowell, Mass., but even after college, when he put on a suit and started to work at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston, he spent Saturdays in his greasy old clothes, working alongside his dad. Mr. Kinney was grateful to his father for putting him through school, and he also loved catching up with customers' news. That was Mr. Kinney: equally comfortable in a white collar or blue one; tireless in his capacity for work; a friendly, enthusiastic fellow who asked "How are you?" before "Fill it up?" because he really wanted to know.

Decades earlier, Alison Hardy's father had worked at Kinney's. When she was 14, her father said she could cash her paychecks there. Brian wasn't yet allowed to handle money, but his father made an exception for Alison, so Brian had an excuse to talk with her when she came by. They married in 1998, settled in Lowell, visited their families weekly, planned to start their own.

At 28, the engaging, industrious Mr. Kinney had risen from intern to manager at Pricewaterhouse. He could have taken care of that California client by phone. But on Sept. 11, Mr. Kinney boarded United Airlines Flight 175 because he wanted to shake the client's hand and see how he really was doing. 
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on April 28, 2002.

In New York City, September 11, 2001, Brian K. Kinney, 28, of Lowell. Manager of Global Risk Management Solutions at PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP, Boston. Beloved husband of Alison M. (Hardy) Kinney of Lowell. Beloved son of Norman P. and Darlene T. (Cormier) Kinney of Dracut. Brother of Timothy Kinney of Lowell. Grandson of Anna T. (Thibeault) Kinney of Chelmsford, Theresa and Rudy Paquett of Lowell and Robert P. Dalton of Lowell. Son-in-law of Paul A. and Susan (Mulligan) Hardy, Sr. of Lowell. Brother-in-law of Ann E. Draper, Paul A. Hardy, Jr., Jessica D. Hardy, Neil R. Hardy, Philip J. Hardy, Timothy Sousa and Tiffany L. Sousa. Friends will be received at Ste. Jeanne d'Arc Church, White St., Lowell on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. A Memorial Mass celebrating Brian's life will be said Sunday evening at 7:00. Those wishing kindly make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Societty, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701 or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 101 First Ave., Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02154. Arrangements by the O'Donnell Funeral Home, LOWELL.
Paid Notice published in THE BOSTON GLOBE on 9/13/2001.


I have never heard of the National September 11 Memorial Find-A-Grave site. 
Brian is buried there.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

There Is A Lot to Like About Lowell -- #2 Post

"There Is A Lot to Like About Lowell" is the city slogan.

Memorials around the City Hall
City Hall to the right. See below for inscription.
CITY OF LOWELL, MASSACHUSETTS
NORTHERN CANAL RENEWAL AREA
ARCAND DRIVE
Dedicated on November 11 to the Memory of
PFC. Donald Leonard Arcand
Born in Lowell, February 13, 1946
Killed in Action, Vietnam, September 1, 1965
City Manager  Charles A. Callagher
Mayer  Robert C. Maquire
Commissioner of Public Works  George P. Legrand, JR.
Councillors:
John E. Cox
Thomas L. Crowley
Edward J. Early
Raymond J. Gilbridge
Richard P. Howe
Armand W. Lemay
Samuel S. Pollard
Ellen A. Sampson
Dedicated to the Early
Greek Immigrants by Their
Grateful Progeny
1983
AI_NIA   AYT_N   H  MNHMH
(Memory Eternal)
DEDICATED
IN HONOR OF
THE POLISH
AMERICANS OF
LOWELL
MAY 3, 1977
CZESC POLONII
DEDICATED TO THE
IRISH-AMERICANS
OF LOWELL
1822  --  1977
IN MEMORY OF
1915  --  1923
THE VICTIMS OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
A MOTHER'S HANDS

Knot by knot, her hands weave the history of her people.
The delicacy of the crochet integrated into this cross stone
is symbolic of the beauty and strength of the Armenian heritage.
This ancient culture lives forever, just as the imprint of
the first genocide of the 20th century
lives in the collective memory of the Armenians.
The blooming cross stone is the permanent reminder that
the massacre of more than 1.5 million Armenians
within the Ottoman Empire will never be forgotten
that in spite of the pain and horror of the genocide,
knot by knot, the Armenian People everywhere
weave their hopes and dreams, as they bloom and prosper.

IN HONOR OF THE
HERITAGE AND
CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE
PORTUGUESE COMMUNITY TO
THE CITY OF LOWELL
JUNE 10, 2009

IN HONOR OF THE FRANCO - AMERICANS
OF LOWELL, MASS
JUNE 24, 1974
IN HONOR OF THE FRANCO - AMERICANS
OF LOWELL, MASS
JUNE 24, 1974

I am so proud that Lowell recognizes the various ethnic groups in this city. The ones represented above came to the city many years ago, but there are others who have come more recently, came for a better life. They left war and poverty of their home land, and are very peaceful.

A quick look at the Wikipedia report on Lowell, provided the following statistics about the nationalities of the citizens here. "According to the 2010 Census, there were 106,519 people residing in the city. The population density was 7,842.1 people per square mile (2,948.8/km²). There were 41,431 housing units at an average density of 2,865.5 per square mile (1,106.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 60.3% White, 20.2% Asian American (12.5% Cambodian, 2.0% Indian, 1.7% Vietnamese, 1.4% Laotian, 0.6% Chinese, 0.2% Filipino, 0.1% Korean, 0.1% Thai, 0.1% Burmese), 6.8%African American, 0.3% Native American, 8.8% from other races, 3.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.3% of the population (11.3% of the population is Puerto Rican, 1.9% Dominican, 1.5% Colombian, 0.5% Mexican, 0.2% Salvadoran, 0.2% Guatemalan). Non-Hispanic Whiteswere 52.8% of the population in 2010, compared to 92.5% in 1980.[29]
In 2010, Lowell had the highest proportion of residents of Cambodian origin of any place in the United States, at 12.5% of the population. Estimates of the total number of Cambodians living in the city of Lowell range from 11,000 to 25,000-35,000. The Government of Cambodia had opened up its third U.S.Consular Office in Lowell, on April 27, 2009, with Sovann Ou as current advisor to the Cambodian Embassy. The other two are in Long Beach and Seattle,Washington, which also have a large community."
This is a city of many restaurants, each nationality seems to have several. Just today, we ate at a Greek restaurant, established 63 years ago, and it was packed. Olympia, a good solid Greek name.
Do we get along, I think so, do we all understand each other, I doubt it. My hairdresser of 10 years came from Vietnam 20 years ago, not speaking a word of English. We have some funny conversations, but I wouldn't change her for the world.


Massachusetts Remembers 9/ll With Memorial and Names









When I came across the Massachusetts memorial to the 206 Massachusetts victims of September 11, 2001, in the Boston Public Gardens, I knew I had to share my photos. And, more importantly, the names of all those from Massachusetts who died on that horrible day. We will never forget.

This photo taken on Sept. 11, 2012.
The list of names came from 9/11 Victims With Massachusetts Ties (CBS Boston, September 11, 2011). Click on names to read their profiles.  The Massachusetts 9/11 Fund (see below) has a few activities for tomorrow, September 11, 2014. 

THIRTEENTH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION – SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

The Board of Directors and the Family Advisory Committee of the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund invite you to participate, as noted below, in our Twelfth Anniversary Commemoration activities.

7:30 am – Wreath Laying Ceremony

                      Boston Public Garden, 9/11 Contemplative Garden

8:30 am – Flag Lowering, Moment of Silence, and Reading of Names

                      Massachusetts State House Lawn

9:30 am – Commemoration Observation & Sweeney Award for Civilian Bravery Presentation

                      House Chambers, Massachusetts State House

11:00 am – Family Reception (by private invitation only)

                      The Taj Hotel, Boston Common