Church of our Saviour – Brookline Massachusetts

 
Church of Our Saviour Brookline, MA

Church of Our Saviour
Brookline, MA

In the late 1870’s the John Wales (1832-1900) family moved from Boston to the rapidly developing suburb of Brookline,  John Wales built a home at the corner of Monmouth and Carlton streets, across the street from the new Church of Our Saviour.   The Wales family were active members of the church where John served for 16 years on the Vestry and 7 years as treasurer.

John Wales Window Our Saviour Church, Brookline, MA (Click to englarge)

John Wales Window
Our Saviour Church, Brookline, MA

In 1899, just a year before his death, John gave a beautiful stained glass window designed by the Louis Comfort Tiffany Company to the church.

 

Description of John Wales window

Plaque in Sanctuary in memory of John Wales

John Wales Vestry Tribute – 18 Nov 1900

(Click on pictures for a larger view)

 

 

Sanctuary of Church of Our Saviour, Brookline, MA John Wales widow is in the right side

Sanctuary of Church of Our Saviour, Brookline, MA
John Wales widow is in the right side

John Wales home

John Wales home was across the street from the church, marked on this map as Geo P Fields. George R Wales home is next to church in lower right.

Read our letter to the Church of Our Saviour following our visit in 2013.

Return to “Susan’s Childhood in Brookline

 

 

Historic Homes of the Ancestors of Susan Hervey Wales

 

Susan Hervey Wales’ roots run deep through the history of New England.   In researching her story we have identified four historic homes that are still standing in which her ancestors lived.   We have had the opportunity to visit three.

Job Lane House – Bedford, Massachusetts

Job Lane House Bedford, MA

Job Lane House
Bedford, MA

The Job Lane house in Bedford, MA was built in 1713 by Job Lane, Susan Hervey Wales’ 5th grate grandfather) on the occasion of his wedding to Maratha Ruggles in 1713.   It was expanded by the family in the 1800’s.  Job Lane’s son, Job Lane Jr, was one of the Minutemen who responded to the call on April 19, 1775 to assist their neighbors in Lexington and Concord in their fight with the British troups.  John Lane was wounded by a musket ball in the right hip, but lived another 20 years.

Read my blog post on our visit to the Job Lane House

 

 

 

Oldest House on Nantucket

Jethro Coffin House (1686) Nantucket, MA

Jethro Coffin House (1686)
Nantucket, MA

The oldest house on Nantucket was built as a wedding gift in 1686 for Jethro Coffin and Mary Gardner.  Nathaniel and Ann Paddack were the second owners of the home beginning in 1708.  Son Daniel was 1 year old.  Daniel became a Sea Captain who was lost at sea in 1743 while on a whaling voyage, leaving his wife with 7 children.   Deborah Paddack, Susan Hervey Wales’ 3rd great grandmother, was only 4 years old.

Read about this house from the Nantucket Historical Association

 

 

 

Wilbor House, Little Compton, Rhode Island

WIlbor House, Little Compton, RI

WIlbor House, Little Compton, RI

The first section of the Wilbor House in Little Compton, Rhode Island was built in 1690 by Samuel Wilbore, Susan Hervey Wales’ 5th great grandfather.   Today it is the home of the Little Compton Historical Society which offers tours.

View pictures of the Wilbor House from our visit in 2013.

 

 

 

 

Edward Capen House

Edward Capen Home

Edward Capen Home Stoughton, MA

Built in 1757 by Edward Capen, this home is located at 760 Pleasant Street in Stoughton, Massachusetts.   Edward Capen was Susan Hervey Wales’ 3rd great grandfather.  Daughter, Susanna Capen (1760-1828) was the 2nd wife of John Wales (1762-1823).  You can find more about this home at Stoughtonhistory.com.

I do not believe that it is open to visitors at the present time.

 

 

Susan Hervey Wales Rollason (1889-1989)

 
Susan Hervey Wales Rollason

Susan Hervey Wales Rollason

 

 

Susan Hervey Wales was born on 2 Nov 1889 in Brookline, Norfolk, MA to George Rogers Wales and Mable Louise Hervey.  On 16 May 1916 she married Herbert Duncan Rollason in Beverly, Essex, MA.

Susan died at the age of 99 in St. Petersburg, Pinellas, FL on 26 June 1989.

(Click on one of the images below to learn more about Susan’s life and ancestors.)

Some of these pages are still in development

Childhood in Brookline

John, Helen and Susan Wales abt 1898

John, Helen and Susan Wales abt 1898

Pictures of their home, notes written by their mother, their church and more

Mayflower Ancestors

Replica of the Mayflower

Replica of the Mayflower

Three of Susan’s ancestors were passengers on the Mayflower.  All were ancestors of Susan’s birth grandfather, John Easton Gifford.

 Historic Homes

Jethro Coffin House (1686) Nantucket, MA

Jethro Coffin House (1686)
Nantucket, MA

We have identified four historic homes of Susan’s ancestors.  Three are open to visitors.

 

Revolutionary War Ancestors

 Herbert D Rollason

Herbert D Rollason - 1913

Herbert D Rollason – 1913

Susan married Herbert D Rollason on May 16, 1916 in Beverly, Massachusetts

And More

 

Nantucket – Our Whaling Connections

 
Whaleboat conducts attach, while whaling vessel in background is "trying out" (rendering) blubber into oil. (Photo: Library of Congress)

Whaleboat conducts attack, while whaling vessel in background is “trying out” (rendering) blubber into oil. (Photo: Library of Congress)

 

Several family members of Mary Elizabeth Easton (1779-1838) were actively involved in Nantucket’s historic whaling activity.

Her great grandfather, Captain Daniel Paddack (1707-1743), was lost at sea with his crew while whaling in 1743.

Her grandfather, George Hussey (1738-1804) had ownership in at least two whaling vessels:  the Harlequin and the Mary Ann.   When we visited Nantucket in 2009, I found a copy of a bill of sale for a 1/16th interest in the Mary Ann -from George Hussey to his son-in law, Peleg Easton, Mary’s father in 1789, the same year that our US Constitution was ratified.  The handwritten document is interesting to read.   The ship was provisioned and ready for a “Whaling cruize to the Coast of the Cape of Good Hope” (southern horn of Africa).

More Information:

Whaling Museum in Nantucket

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Background on Whaling

Nantucket, Massachusetts

 
Nantucket 2009 (3 of 9)

Harbor view – Nantucket

Our interest in Nantucket from a genealogical perspective is related to Ruth’s grandmother’s family.  Susan Hervey Wales‘ great grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Easton (1779-1838), the last person in this family line born on Nantucket.  She married John Gifford in Nantucket on 19 March 1817.

Mary Easton’s ancstors include three of the original purchasers (Tristram Coffin, Christopher Hussey and Thomas Macy) along with other early settlers, Nathaniel Starbuck and John Gardner.     One of her ancestral lines goes back to John Howland, one of the Mayflower passengers.   The Hussey family included whalers.   Many of  these ancestors were a part of the thriving Quaker community on Nantucket, including the dynamic leader, “lady of the island”,  Mary Coffin Starbuck (1645-1717).

More information on Mary Easton and her Nantucket story

Our family’s connections to Nantucket Whaling

Sep 082012
 
Nana's Notes

Mabel Louise Hervey

We recently had the opportunity to look through a drawer of  ”memories” during a recent visit with Ruth’s uncle.   One of the treasures was a spiral notebook written by Ruth’s great grandmother, Mabel Louise Hervey (1863-1960), wife of George Rogers Wales and mother of Susan Hervey Wales Rollason.

The 30 plus pages of the spiral ring notebook start at her birth as Adelaide Francis Gifford, her adoptive family, Abraham and Elizabeth Boynton Hervey, her courtship and marriage to George and the birth of her children.    She remembers being stranded  in a snow storm on the train ride home from the Centennial celebration in Philadelphia in 1876, and much more.   Follow this link to read the Biographical Notes of Nana.

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“The Biographical Notes of Nana”

 

We recently had the opportunity to look through a drawer of  “memories” during a recent visit with Ruth’s uncle.   One of the treasures was a spiral notebook written by Ruth’s great grandmother, Mabel Louise Hervey (1863-1960), wife of George Rogers Wales and mother of Susan Hervey Wales Rollason.

Mabel was born to  Rev. John Easton Gifford and Catherine Augusta Jenner on 1 December 1863 in what is now Bournedale, Barnstable, MA.   Her birth name was Adelaide Frances Gifford.  We know that her birth mother was ill and hospitalized for many years.   “Biographical Notes of Nana” gives us a few insights about this time, as well as her adoptive family, Abraham Hervey and Elizabeth Boynton along with her adult years and family.

After reading the journal I wonder if this is something she wrote following the death of her husband, George Rogers Wales, in 1922.   After 1922 there are only four entries, all of which display a somewhat different style from the earlier ones.

Click on the image below to go to the Journal or click on the link to the index.  Scroll down to the bottom as you read each page.   At the bottom of the page are arrows to take you forward or back to the next (or previous) page.   Some editorial notes were made by her son, John Wales (1892-1988).

Journal of Mable Louise Hervey

Journal of Mable Louise Hervey

 

 

 

 

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Index to Pages (years) in Nana”s Journal

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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.