Hilton Point, New Hampshire and Brad’s Ancestor William Hilton

Heather Wilkinson Rojo’s blog post today is about Hilton Point in New Hampshire which Brad’s 10th Great-Grandfather, William Hilton, helped to settle:

In the year 1623, William Hilton settled on Hilton Point…

Photo by Vincent Rojo, April 2015

Photo by Vincent Rojo, April 2015

Take a look and read the complete article with photos today at Nutfield Genealogy.

For more about Brad’s Hilton line see: William and Edward Hilton Founded Hilton’s Point and Ancestry of Elizabeth Ann Hilton. Both of these pages are still a work in progress!

Elizabeth Ann (Hilton) White

Elizabeth Ann (Hilton) White

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20 Free Credits at Scotland’s People Today!

It’s a GRAND Day!

I just purchased my 20 FREE credits at Scotland’s People!

There is a special promotion at ScotlandsPeople…Sign in, click on ‘Buy Credits’ enter promotional code: “scotlandnow” and receive 20 credits free!

Let me know if you find any interesting records.

Teresa 🙂

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You Can Go Home Again, A Guest Post by Dan Hamilton

Love this post by my distant cousin Dan Hamilton!

John Hamilton of Charlestown, Massachusetts (c1636-c1681)

Elm Hill FarmElm Hill Farm, East Main Street, Brookfield, Massachusetts

Hi, I’m Dan Hamilton.

I grew up feeling rather a mutt.

I never knew my mother, and family history was not a subject of interest to my father. I knew only the normal three generations of my father’s family and none of my mother’s.

That has all changed now, after genealogy became a passion, when I took early retirement in 2001. I have been able to fill in the blanks for hundreds of years on both sides, meet both new immediate family and distant cousins in the process, and most recently, move to the land of my paternal forefathers by buying an old farmhouse in West Brookfield, Massachusetts.

Oakholm Farm Oakholm Farm, Brookfield, Massachusetts

I had previously lived in New York City, and then upon retirement, moved to Dutchess County, about two hours north. As I learned about my Hamilton ancestors, I began…

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You Can Go Home Again, A Guest Post by Dan Hamilton

You Can Go Home Again, A Guest Post by Dan Hamilton.

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My Dad, Wes Pepper, as a Custom Wheat Cutter

I’ve recently been in touch with a man in Kansas who is helping me to identify the men, my dad was working with in the late 1940s and early 1950s, in this photo. I met him through Yesterday’s Tractor Company online. He is going to put me in touch with someone who lives in Lincoln and may remember my dad during that time. 🙂 I am wanting to write a biography of my dad during those years and have lots of gaps which need filling!

Left to right Harry Parson, Dale Rathbun, Delmont Jones, Wayne Wilson, and your dad Wesley Pepper.

Left to right Harry Parson, Dale Rathbun, Delmont Jones, Wayne Wilson, and your dad Wesley Pepper.

Delmont Jones was a “custom wheat cutter” and ran an operation during the harvest season from Texas or Oklahoma to Montana or North Dakota.

For More Information:
ML Harvesting (A Tribute to Max Louder [with references to Delmont Jones]) “Our family harvest operation was also published in National Geographic (August 1972 article “North With The Wheat Cutters”), which became the basis for the 1979-1980 television movie “Amber Waves” (starring, Dennis Weaver and Kurt Russell). Dennis Weaver’s character (Mid-Western Custom Harvester) was loosely based on my dad [Max Louder].”

U.S. Custom Harvesters, Inc. – Max Louder

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Our Shoemaking Ancestors in Massachusetts


One of the titles of a chapter in my Biographical Sketch of John Prouty Pepper is “Shoemaker.” Shoe-making became a huge activity in parts of Massachusetts beginning in the 18th century. In the 1850 US Census my 3rd Great-Grandfather Porter Hamilton/Pepper and several of his children were working as shoemakers.

In colonial America, shoe making was a side business for farmers who plied their craft during the slow times in the agricultural cycle.” This quote is from a simple looking site which is LOADED with facts and information about Massachusetts history. Please see: Mass Moments sponsored by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities.

Shoe-making became a large industry in certain parts of Massachusetts, especially in Essex County, and Central and Eastern Massachusetts.

One of the old books I have is, The Organization of the Boot and Shoe Industry in Massachusetts Before 1875 by Blanche Evans Hazard, Professor of Home Economics in Cornell University. It, unfortunately, is not fully indexed, but I will be willing to do a few look-ups for you if you think you had a Massachusetts shoemaker in your family before 1875.

Mass Moments – “The Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities (Mass Humanities) launched the Mass Moments project—an electronic almanac of Massachusetts history—on January 1, 2005.” Specifically the Sunday, February 22, 2015 post “Lynn Shoeworkers’ Strike, February 22, 1860

Hazard, Blanche Evans, The Organization of the Boot and Shoe Industry in Massachusetts Before 1875 (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1921). (Teresa’s personal copy) Available at the Internet Archive Online.

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Isn’t Amy a Modern Name?…NOT

Which of you, after doing family history research for years, has come across a name that seems odd or somehow doesn’t seem to fit in with the family or time period?

I have a few of those. I have a Great-Grandfather Porter Pepper. His first name (Christian name) is not a family name or even a popular one at the time (he was b. in Mass. in 1811) but obviously there is a reason he has that name. I hope to find its origin someday.

I have also come across what I thought was a modern name such as Amy in the 16th century and thought, what the heck? I mean, I never heard of a Queen Amy so can this be right? Maybe it is a typo or transcription error? Or is it French, maybe?

Well, as it turns out Amy or Amee is a very old English name and some proof of that can be found on the internet today in a great article at: BBC News Cambridgeshire, a group called the Norfolk and Suffolk Medieval Graffiti Survey is responsible for finding the names of Cateryn, Jane and Amee Maddyngley etched in the ancient church wall of All Saints and St. Andrew in Kingston, Cambridgeshire, England.

Ooooo, there is another name familiar to New England genealogists, Kingston. You know, Kingston, Plymouth, Massachusetts. It is one of the earliest communities in New England and was settled by our Puritan ancestors. According to David Hackett Fisher, author of Albion’s Seed, over 60% of the early Puritan fathers came from Essex, England or what is also known as East Anglia. BTW, his book comes with a HIGH recommendation from me!

Is it possible that some of you who have deep roots in New England may be related to the Maddyngley family in 1570 Kingston, Cambridgeshire, England? The name would probably be rendered today as Madingly, rare, but still in use in the USA.

So, let’s bring back the old English name of Amee or Amy. It would make a great middle name for girls, don’t you think?


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