Nov 042011
 

Job Lane (1689-1762)

   On a sunny August Sunday afternoon in 2008, Ruth and I visited a home first built by Ruth’s 7thgreat-grandfather, Job Lane (1689-1762).   Located on the Old North Road, just north of

Job Lane House
Bedford, MA

Bedford,  Massachusetts, the home was built by Job Lane for his bride, Martha Ruggles at the time of their wedding in 1713.  Maintained by the Bedford Historical Society, the home is open for tours one Sunday each month.  The original home was from the front door to the right.  The left portion of the home was built more than one hundred years later.

The property for the home was part of a larger 1,500 acre parcel which Job Lane’s grandfather, Job Lane (1620 – 1697) was given as payment for building a home for the grandson of Governor Winthrop in New London, CT in 1664.

The house is maintained by Friends of the Job Lane House.  More information and hours for tours can be found here.   The Bedford Historical Society also maintains an extensive list of historical papers from the Lane family that can be viewed at http://www.bedfordmahistory.org/Lane%20Family%20Papers/index.html.
Job Lane’s son – Job Lane Jr. (1718-1796) was a private in the Bedford Company that marched to Concord on April 19, 1775 to defend against the attack by the British troops.  Hit in the leg by a musket ball, Job Lane served only one day, but was a part of that historical step in our nation’s history.  His wound left him crippled; some reports say that his leg was amputated.   Fortunately he survived for another twenty-one years to see the fruits of the struggles – the birth of our new nation.

Job Lane. Jr’s great granddaughter, Abigail Kittredge Richardson, was the grandmother of George Rogers Wales. The line: George Wales; Susan Howard Rogers; Abigail Kittredge Richardson; Hannah Bacon; Hannah Lane; Job Lane, Jr; Job Lane.  Many of these families are found back to the earliest of English days in towns such as Woburn and Billerica, MA.

Oct 022011
 

Emma Jenkins died in Guilford, Maine on August 24, 1932 at the age of 76.  What I find sad about this obituary is what it doesn’t say:  anything about her first husband, John Frank Templeton and their two sons, Hermon Orman (b. 1874)  and Fred Frank (b. 1876).

Her first husband died in 1879, leaving her with two sons 5 and 3.   From the Templeton side of this family we do not know much about what happened to Emma in the next 53 years.  By 1880 Fred went to live with his aunt and uncle; Hermon with their aunt’s parents.

For more about the search for the rest of this story of Emma Sears Jenkins click here.

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Sep 282011
 

While I grew up thirty miles away in Lima,  my family search takes me to Hardin County, Ohio where both sets of my grandparents were married.

 

Frank Kimble and Clara Goddard
18 May 1892

Frank Kimble and Clara Goddard were married on 18 May 1892 in Ada, Ohio.   Like so many Americans of that era, Frank was a farmer, plowing his rich 40 acres with a mule.   It would be more than 35 years before electricity came to their farm.

Frank and Clara had six children: Ethel, Roy, Avery, Marcellus (Ted), Cora and Anna, my mother.

Frank kept a diary, which I have had the privilege of reading.   Neighbors helped neighbors harvest, build barns and split wood.  Along with their neighbors Frank and Clara did their part in supporting the one room school house and the Sugar Grove Methodist Church.

Frank and Clara Kimble 50th Anniversary

This picture is from their 50th wedding anniversary, celebrated surrounded by family and freinds.   Frank Kimble died on 16 Jan 1948.  Clara died on 28 Feb 1954.  They are buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Ada, Ohio.

As I research my family stories in Hardin County, I appreciate the hard working volunteers at the Hardin County Genealogy Society, who have rescued many records from the dumpsters and have expanded their office to house their growing collection.

Sep 162011
 

Tomorrow we leave Moosehead Lake (Greenville, ME) to begin our journey home.   On Tuesday we traveled with Ruth’s mother to Kineo, where she told us about her experiences as a child living on the island each summer while her father worked as a guide (see Memories from Kineo).   On Wednesday we visited the Moosehead Historical Society in Greenville.  It has to be one of the best small town museums in America.  It was also great to find some newpaper clippings about the Templeton family.

On Thursday I went to Augusta to visit the Maine State Archives and State Library, making some progress, along with developing some new questions about what happened to Emily Sears Templeton after her husband, John Frank Templeton, died.   I will update this information when I get back home.

Today I visited cemeteries in Willimantic and Milo, both here in Piscataquis County.   Found the grave markers I was looking for. It was a great, memorable week with lots of pictures to process and information to organize and ponder.  It will be good, too, to get back to a warmer place.

Sep 132011
 

David Brooks wrote an interesting column in today’s New York Times about the rise of moral individualism, where the family, religion and culture are being replaced by the “free-floating individual as the essential moral unit.”   I read this the same day as my wife and I spent a very special time with her mother, going back to her summer island home in Maine. (See Memories from Kineo).

I believe that genealogy is a great tool to help us place our lives in focus.  It steers us away from thinking it’s all about us.  I always feel profound respect for the courageous sacrifices that our ancestors made that set the table so bountifully for our journeys today.  No, they were not perfect.  But then, neither are we.   Now that I am a grandparent,  I also think about the choices I make and those we collectively embrace that will impact generations to follow.

Here’s to Genealogy  – helping us to keep our focus and our balance!

Sep 102011
 

I’ve only been on this blogging journey for a week.  During this past week I have tried to incorporate my basic family information (my wife’s and my grandparents).  I’ve also been looking at so many great family history blogs to get ideas for both content and the technology behind them.   At the same time I am looking forward to a visit to a state archives in the next few days to pursue one of my brick walls.   Hopefully I’ll have some great news to share.

Within the next two weeks I plan to decide how I will incorporate my family history files into this site.  To go this direction will include selecting a hosting site as well as an interface.  I’m leaning more and more towards TNG.  One (of many) examples is Tonia’s Roots,  a site that incorporates TNG into a WordPress site.

Sep 042011
 

I started on this journey that has brought me to this new website a few days ago as I thought about an upcoming trip with my wife’s mother back to the place where she grew up, Greenville, Maine on beautiful Moosehead Lake.    As I looked at my Ancestry.com family trees, I did not see any ways to create a website with dynamic links.   However, while looking at the publishing (book) options with MyCanvas, I was quite intrigued by the results.   If only I could create web pages that looked like this with dynamic links between family members.  Here is a sample of one page that I created rather easily using MyCanvas with Ancestry.  Unfortunately, this is for publishing books, not web pages.

I also watched Thomas MacEntee’s “Explorinar” on using a site called Weebly to create a genealogy website.  Very interesting and informative.  I have used Weebly and like it alot.   But I didn’t want to build a site from scratch.  So I kept looking.

When I found a couple of sites using WordPress with imbeded genealogy reports, I decided to give it a try.   We’ll see how it goes.  There’s a lot to do, many decisions to be made before I reach that goal.

Sep 042011
 

After 8 years of researching the stories of our families, I have decided to launch this website as a way to share with and learn from others.   While I have several family trees on Ancestry.Com, I am looking for ways to make some of the stories as well as stories of the search come more alive and to be more accessible.   I plan to blog about the families, but also the search for the right applications and other tools that will make this site possible.