Nov 222011
 

300 years ago this week (November 25, 1711) John Kilborn, one of the founders of Glastonbury, CT died. According to a family history [1], John was instrumental in providing the land and building the parsonage for the first pastor, a requisite for establishing a new town.   His father and grandfather arrived in Connecticut in 1635 [...]

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 Bedford,  Massachusetts, the home was built by Job Lane for his bride, Martha Ruggles at the time of their wedding [...]

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 [...]

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Sep 232011
 

During our recent trip to Moosehead Lake, Maine, we visited the Moosehead Historical Society in Greenville Junction.    This was just a short walk from where Ruth’s mother grew up.   Following an excellent guided tour we stopped in the office to see what they might have about the Templeton family.   Several files!   [...]

Sep 222011
 

We just returned from a wonderful trip to Maine.  Last Thursday I went to the Maine State Archives and State Library looking for information about the Templeton Family, especially Fred and Hermon Templeton’s mother, Emily Sears.   The Templeton family lost contact with Emily after the death of her husband, John Frank Templeton in 1879. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]