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, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Monday, April 18, 2011

The Soldiers, the Runners and the Tourists




April is a busy month in Lexington and Boston. Instead of writing about the reasons, I'll show you in photos.
The famous swan boats begin operating in Boston.
State capitol gets visited more.
Boston Marathon Finish Line. Lots of runners, lots of tourists.
I was there last year and  saw a relative finish the race.
About 27,000 runners signed up to run the race on April 18, 2011.

Lexington photos taken two weeks ago, during a rehearsal for the "Battle of Lexington."
Lots of tourists show up for this too.



Growing up in Lexington, Massachusestts

When I began my 4th fourth grade at the Adams School in   Lexington, Massachusetts, I knew nothing of my new town's history.  My parents moved there from two previous towns in Connecticut, and from my first fourth grade in California.  I consider Lexington to be my favorite town of all the places I've lived.

Many of us have ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War, as well as ancestors who were born in Lexington. I've several who fought in the War and were born there, and even my "brick wall" person, John Adams was in Lexington at the time of the war.

During several of my school years, our local history played an important part in our learning. My early classes took field trips down the street to see and learn about what happened. My Girl Scout troop planted flowering bulbs in the fall at some of the historic homes, and the church we attended was the tall one at the Lexington green.

Every April 19th, my Girl Scout troop marched in the Lexington Patriot's Day parade, there were two parades, I marched in the one at 7 AM! Of course, being much younger, I didn't mind, but sometimes it was cold. My mother was ecstatic about one 2 PM parade, when Sen. John F. Kennedy marched. I remember her pointing him out, but I thought, "who is he." Both the 7 AM and 2 PM parades marched just two blocks from my house, and it was a very big deal. Many years after we moved, my mother always went back on that date to see it and visit with old friends. She even did that on the day she died, on her return trip home from Lexington. And whenever I returned for visits from Virginia, I always visited Lexington. Even now, it is about a 30 minute trip, so we go there frequently.

For eight years, I was in the Lexington school system, until my 11th grade, then we moved again. During my 8th grade, our class got to rename our junior high school, as there was another junior high being built. It had to have a patriotic name. I can't remember what I wrote about and why I chose the name, but the two winners were Diamond and Muzzy, so there were new names for each of the schools.  Many years later, Muzzy Jr. High became condos. Always changing, but then, nothing looks changed. It is a beautiful town, see photos below.

The town, April 11, 2010

Lexington Green

Cary Memorial Library

Afternoon parade

Years after we moved, I had to show a boyfriend where I lived!

The house, photo taken three years ago.

Post was originally posted April 18, 2010.

Newell of Connecticut




Generation No. 1



1.THOMAS NEWELL was born 1620 in Hertfordshire, England, and died 13 SEP 1689 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. He married REBECKAH OLMSTEAD 1642 in Hartford / Farmington, Connecticut, daughter of RICHARD OLMSTEAD and FRANCES SLANY. She was born ABT 1620 in England, and died 24 FEB 1698 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
Children of THOMAS NEWELL and REBECKAH OLMSTEAD were:
+2  i.Rebecca NEWELL was born JAN 1643 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
3  ii.Mary NEWELL was born MAR 1645 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. She married Thomas BASCOM 20 MAR 1667 in Northampton, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts, son of Thomas BASCOM and Avis BASCOM.
4  iii.John NEWELL was born JAN 1647 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 1696.
5  iv.Thomas NEWELL was born MAR 1650 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 23 OCT 1723 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
6  v.Esther \ Hester NEWELL was born JUL 1652 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 1740. She married John STANLEY 18 NOV 1669 in Farmington / Waterbury, Connecticut, son of JOHN STANLEY and SARAH SCOTT. He was born 4 NOV 1647 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 1729.
+7  vi.Sarah NEWELL was born ABT 18 FEB 1654.
8  vii.Martha NEWELL was born ABT 14 APR 1658.
+9  viii.Hannah NEWELL was born ABT 14 APR 1658, and died 4 NOV 1757 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
+10  ix.SAMUEL NEWELL was born 1660 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 15 FEB 1753 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
11  x.Joseph NEWELL was born 20 APR 1664, and died 1 NOV 1689 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.




Generation No. 2



2.Rebecca NEWELL (THOMAS NEWELL1) was born JAN 1643 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. She married Joseph WOODFORD ABT 1668 in Farmington / Northfield, son of THOMAS WOODFORD and MARY BLOTT. He was born NOV 1634 in Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died DEC 1701 in Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
Child of Rebecca NEWELL and Joseph WOODFORD was:
+12  i.Esther WOODFORD was born 28 FEB 1669 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 5 APR 1742 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.


7.Sarah NEWELL (THOMAS NEWELL1) was born ABT 18 FEB 1654. She married Arthur SMITH BEF 1684 in Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut, son of Arthur SMITH and Margaret w\o Arthur SMITH. He was born ABT 20 APR 1651, and died 1712.
Children of Sarah NEWELL and Arthur SMITH were:
13  i.Sarah SMITH was born 14 APR 1684.
14  ii.Samuel SMITH was born ABT 28 MAR 1686.
15  iii.Hannah SMITH was born 4 OCT 1688.
16  iv.Elizabeth SMITH was born ABT 5 APR 1690. She married John BROWN.


9.Hannah NEWELL (THOMAS NEWELL1) was born ABT 14 APR 1658, and died 4 NOV 1757 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. She married Thomas NORTH ABT 1676 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, son of John NORTH and Hannah BIRD.
Child of Hannah NEWELL and Thomas NORTH was:
+17  i.Mary NORTH was born ABT 1691 in Avon or Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.


10.SAMUEL NEWELL (THOMAS NEWELL1) was born 1660 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 15 FEB 1753 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. He married MARY HART 20 DEC 1683 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, daughter of THOMAS HART and RUTH HAWKINS. She was born ABT 1666 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 28 APR 1752 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. She was buried in Old Cemetery, Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
Children of SAMUEL NEWELL and MARY HART were:
+18  i.SAMUEL NEWELL was born 19 FEB 1686 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 11 FEB 1751 in Southington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
19  ii.Thomas NEWELL was born 1 MAR 1690 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. He married Mary LEE 9 JUL 1713 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
20  iii.John NEWELL was born 17 JAN 1692 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 21 FEB 1777. He married Elizabeth HAWLEY 24 SEP 1719 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. She died 4 AUG 1779.
21  iv.Mary NEWELL was born 23 DEC 1697 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died MAR 1778. She married John STEEL 27 DEC 1716 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
22  v.Daniel NEWELL was born 18 APR 1700 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 14 SEP 1731. He married Ruth Porter 31 OCT 1721 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
+23  vi.Nathaniel NEWELL was born 20 FEB 1703 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 31 AUG 1753 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
24  vii.Sarah NEWELL was born 17 JUN 1707 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 1796. She married Hezehiah GRIDLEY 5 MAY 1731 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.




Generation No. 3



12.Esther WOODFORD (Rebecca NEWELL2, THOMAS NEWELL1) was born 28 FEB 1669 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 5 APR 1742 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. She married Samuel BIRD.
Child of Esther WOODFORD and Samuel BIRD was:
+25  i.Esther BIRD was born 28 FEB 1697 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died JUN 1765.


17.Mary NORTH (Hannah NEWELL2, THOMAS NEWELL1) was born ABT 1691 in Avon or Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. She married William ENO 1709, son of James ENO and Abigail Holcomb BISSELL. He was born 15 DEC 1684 in Windsor, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 1763 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
Children of Mary NORTH and William ENO were:
+26  i.Abigail ENO.
+27  ii.Mary ENO was born ABT 1710 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 23 NOV 1760.
+28  iii.Deborah ENO was born ABT 1715 in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 1790 in Sheffield, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts.


18.SAMUEL NEWELL (SAMUEL NEWELL2, THOMAS NEWELL1) was born 19 FEB 1686 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 11 FEB 1751 in Southington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. He was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Southington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. He married SARAH NORTON 8 AUG 1710 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, daughter of JOHN NORTON and RUTH MOORE. She was born 1 APR 1689 in Southington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 5 DEC 1775 in Southington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. She was buried in South End Cemetery, Southington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
Children of SAMUEL NEWELL and SARAH NORTON were:
+29  i.Isaac NEWELL was born 11 AUG 1711 in Southington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 3 JAN 1793 in Southington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
+30  ii.Samuel NEWELL was born 1 MAR 1714 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 10 FEB 1789.
31  iii.David NEWELL was born 28 NOV 1716 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 31 MAR 1734 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
32  iv.Sarah NEWELL was born 6 JUL 1719 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. She married Ebenezer FISK 5 JAN 1747. He died 30 MAY 1790.
+33  v.Josiah NEWELL was born 17 AUG 1722 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 17 OCT 1797 in Southington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
+34  vi.ASAHEL NEWELL was born 5 MAY 1725 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 5 APR 1769 in Southington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
35  vii.Solomon NEWELL was born 30 NOV 1728 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 3 MAR 1751 in Southington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
36  viii.Mary NEWELL was born 2 JUL 1731 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 17 NOV 1816 in Bristol, Hartford Co., Connecticut. She married Asa UPSON 17 JAN 1750 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. He was born 30 NOV 1728 in Southington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 5 FEB 1807 in Bristol, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
+37  ix.David NEWELL was born 1 MAY 1736 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 19 APR 1816.


23.Nathaniel NEWELL (SAMUEL NEWELL2, THOMAS NEWELL1) was born 20 FEB 1703 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, and died 31 AUG 1753 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. He was buried in Old Cemetery, Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. He married Esther HART 29 JUN 1727 in Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut. She was born 1707, and died 3 OCT 1762. She was buried in Old Cemetery, Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut.
Child of Nathaniel NEWELL and Esther HART was:
38  i.Nathaniel NEWELL was born 1728, and died 8 FEB 1755.