Friday, October 3, 2014

52 Ancestors: # 39 Eugene Brackley (1912-2003)



Eugene Clayton Brackley, my third cousin 2x removed, was born on this date in 1912 in Milton, Massachusetts, the third of three children born to Ralph Almon Brackley and Ella Lewis, and their second son.

He grew up in Stoneham, Massachusetts, where he printed and distributed a neighborhood newspaper, "The Elm Street News." According to the 1930 U.S. Census, he and his family lived at 104 Elm St. in Stoneham.

104 Elm St., Stoneham, Massachusetts - Today
(Google Maps Street View)

Along with running cross-country for Stoneham High, Gene was the editor of the school magazine. He continued, following graduation in 1930,  to write for local newspapers and sold some poetry to a Maine magazine.

Gene married Winifred Louise Mitchell of Somerville in her hometown in 1934. He married a second time Dorothy Eaton Smith in 1940 in Malden. Gene had three daughters.

As a young adult, Gene took night courses at Boston University, Boston College, and Northeastern University. In 1943, he began working three nights a week at The Boston Globe sports desk. Three years later, he was hired full-time.


A "slot man" positioned in the slot of a horseshoe-shaped copy desk


As a "slot man," he was responsible for managing the copy desk and for assigning a local story to an editor for correcting and for writing the headline. Quoting from his obituary:

"A modest, soft -spoken man with a laser eye for flaws in a story, grammatical and otherwise, Mr. Brackley won the respect of reporters for the gentle manner with which he corrected their work. Colleagues admired his capacity for remaining calm under the most stressful deadlines..."

"...Although Mr. Brackley had no college degree, his curiosity and insatiable appetite for reading - his personal library numbered 3,000 volumes - made him unusually well-educated."

He worked at The Globe for 28 years, until his 1974 retirement. In retirement, he and his wife lived in Costa Rica for three years. They also had homes in Pemaquid Point and Phillips, Maine, before moving to St. Augustine, Florida in 1997.

Gene lost his wife of 62 years, Dorothy, while living in Florida in 2002, and so moved back to the home of his daughter in Williamsburg, Massachusetts. It was in Williamsburg that Eugene died in 2003.


Photo credit:

Old copy desk

Sources:

1920 US Census; Census Place: Lowell Ward 8, Middlesex, Massachusetts; Roll: T625_712; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 242; Image: 598.

1930 US Census; Census Place: Stoneham, Middlesex, Massachusetts; Roll: 929; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 0466; Image: 668.0; FHL microfilm: 2340664.

1940 US Census; Census Place: Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts; Roll: T627_1608; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 9-227.

Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Birth Records, 1840-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.

Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Marriage Index, 1901-1955 and 1966-1970 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.

Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2011.

Jack Thomas, Globe Staff. "EUGENE BRACKLEY, 90, GLOBE ART CRITIC, EDITOR." The Boston Globe (Boston, MA). The New York Times Company. 2003. HighBeam Research. 3 Oct. 2014 <http://www.highbeam.com>.

"What's a slot man?" (http://www.theslot.com/slotman.html)

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

52 Ancestors: # 38 Content Nye (1693-1775)



Content Nye, my seventh great grandmother, was born on this date in 1693, in Sandwich, Massachusetts (the oldest town on Cape Cod), the fourth of ten children born to Nathan Nye and Mary Mercy, and their fourth daughter.


This is my direct line to Content:



Her grandfather, and my ninth great grandfather, Benjamin Nye, was one of the first settlers of Sandwich, and there is a memorial to Benjamin and his wife, Katherine Tupper, in Sandwich today.


Content married John Landers on June 4, 1719, in Sandwich. Beyond that, I know very little about Content's life.  However, I have found some very good resources which I plan to delve into in the near future. Of particular note is the website of The Nye Family of America Association, Inc.

My research will begin with a trip to Cape Cod next month, with a brief off-season stop in Sandwich.

Photo credits:

Map of Barnstable County, Massachusetts
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/52/Deyo-map.jpg)

Memorial to Benjamin Nye and Katherine Tupper
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandwich,_Massachusetts)

Sources:

Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Dodd, Jordan, Liahona Research, comp. Massachusetts, Marriages, 1633-1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.

Genealogies of Mayflower families, Vol. III, p. 41.

Nye, George Hyatt, et al. A genealogy of the Nye family (Cleveland: The Nye family of America Association, 1907).

Vital records of the towns of Barnstable and Sandwich: Sandwich, Vol. XXX (1932), p.151.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

52 Ancestors: #37 Jonathan Turner (1646-1724)



Jonathan Turner, my eighth great grandfather, was born on this date in 1646, in the Scituate Settlement of Plymouth Colony, the oldest of thirteen children born to John Turner and Mary Brewster, and their first son.

Jonathan's grandfather, Humphrey Turner, had been a tanner, and was one of the early Scituate settlers, one of only 17 organizers of the church at Scituate in 1634/5. This occupation carried through three generations to Jonathan.




Jonathan's mother, Mary Brewster was the granddaughter of William Brewster of Mayflower fame.

"Mayflower at Plymouth Harbor"


Jonathan married first Martha Bisbee of Scituate in 1677. The couple had five children:

Deborah, b. 1678
Jemima, b. 1680
Isaac, b. 1682
Keziah, b. 1685
and
Jonathan, b. 1687

He married a second time to Mercy Hatch, also of Scituate, around 1690. Together, they had six children:

Mercy, b. 1690
Ruth, b. 1693/4
Ignatius, b. 1697/8
Martha, b. 1700 (my 7th great grandmother)
Jesse, b. 1704
and
Mary, b. 1706

His third marriage was to Lydia Hayden of Braintree, a widow who was raising four daughters on her own. They had no children together.

Jonathan died on April 18, 1724, in Cohasset, Massachusetts.

Photo credit:

"Shoemaker," Colonial Williamsburg Journal, Summer 2007, Goods, by J. Hunter Barbour. (http://www.history.org/Foundation/journal/Summer07/trades.cfm)

"Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor," By William Halsall (http://www.artcom.com/Museums/vs/mr/02360-38.htm) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Sources:


Ancestry.com. Genealogical Dictionary of New England Settlers [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1997.

Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

Ancestry.com. Mayflower Births and Deaths, Vol. 1 and 2 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.

Ancestry.com. U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2012, pp. 458-459.

Ancestry.com. Vital records of Scituate, Massachusetts to the year 1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.

Deane, Samuel. History of Scituate, Massachusetts, from its first settlement to 1831 (Boston: J. Loring), 1831, pp. 360-363.

Dodd, Jordan, Liahona Research, comp. Massachusetts, Marriages, 1633-1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.



Find A Grave, database and images (http://findagrave.com : accessed 20 Sep 2014), memorial page for Humphrey Turner (1593-1672), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21760860, citing Men of Kent Cemetery, Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.

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Monday, September 8, 2014

52 Ancestors: #36 Bartholomew Clayton (1801-1882)



Bartholomew Clayton, my fourth great grand uncle, was born on this date in 1801, in Farmington, Maine, the seventh of ten children born to John Clayton and Sarah Austin, and their third son.

Bartholomew appears as early as the 1830 Freeman, Maine, census, having married Mary P. Tarr in Salem, Maine, on March 25, 1829. She hailed from nearby Strong, the daughter of John Tarr and Mary Pettingill.

The couple farmed and raised a family in Freeman for over thirty years, and it is in his offspring that Bartholomew left a lasting legacy.

First-born Charles married Vermonter Ellen Towne, and lived to be 75.

Matilda Abigail married Granville Whitney, and died in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Second son Edmund B. was a wounded, and then captured, Union cavalry soldier, dying of scurvy at Andersonville Prison, at age 31.

Third son, William Zoran, also fought for the Union, under the Minnesota Light Artillery flag, achieving the rank of Major, and is notable for having had his personal Bible stolen from him at Shiloh, yet returned to him years later, through an inscription in its pages.

Second daughter, Harriet A., married Russell Topliffe Chamberlin, who served with the U.S. Signal Corps during the Civil War.

Next came Rufus Marcellus, who served in the 1st Maine Cavalry during the Civil War. He traveled West after the War, and died in Minnesota.

Third daughter, Marrietta, married Alonzo Davis, and settled in southern California. She is buried in Forest Lawn.

Son number five, Collamore Purrington, also served with the 1st Maine Cavalry, and joined his older brother Rufus in Minnesota.

Archibald Talbot, A.T., came next. He died in Boston in 1866, at the age of 21. Cause of death was "Marasmus," a form of malnutrition.

The youngest, a daughter named Ariana, lived only to the age of six, and is buried in Starbird Corner Cemetery, in Freeman.

Ten children, four of whom fought for the Union, three in the 1st Maine Cavalry.

Bartholomew passed away exactly one month after his wife, Mary, on February 4, 1882, and they are buried together in Lakeview Cemetery, in Hampden, Maine.


Photo credit : Carolyn Clark Corey
in response to my photo request on
Find A Grave


Sources:

1830 US Census; Census Place: Freeman, Somerset, Maine; Series: M19; Roll: 51; Page: 172; Family History Library Film: 0497947, Bartholomew Clayton.

1840 US Census; Census Place: Freeman, Franklin, Maine; Roll: 140; Page: 64; Image: 133; Family History Library Film: 0009703, Barth Clayton.

1850 US Census; Census Place: Freeman, Franklin, Maine; Roll: M432_253; Page: 229A; Image: 443, Bartholomew Clayton.

1860 US Census; Census Place: Freeman, Franklin, Maine; Roll: M653_435; Page: 852; Image: 267; Family History Library Film: 803435, Bartholomew Clayton.

1870 US Census; Census Place: Hampden, Penobscot, Maine; Roll: M593_554; Page: 60B; Image: 125; Family History Library Film: 552053, Bartholomew Clayton.

1880 US Census; Census Place: Hampden, Penobscot, Maine; Roll: 486; Family History Film: 1254486; Page: 323C; Enumeration District: 035; Image: 0247, Bartholomew Clayton.

Ancestry.com. Andersonville Prisoners of War [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.

Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.

Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Marriage Records, 1840-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.

Find A Grave, database and images (http://findagrave.com : accessed 7 Sep 2014), memorial page for
Ariana Clayton (unknown-1855), Find A Grave Memorial no.107453155, citing Starbird Corner Cemetery, Franklin County, Maine.

Find A Grave, database and images (http://findagrave.com : accessed 7 Sep 2014), memorial page for Barthol Clayton (1875-1945), Find A Grave Memorial  no.24360526, citing Lakeview Cemetery, Hampden, Maine.

A History of Farmington, Franklin County, Maine : from the earliest explorations to the present time, 1776-1885. (Ancestry.com).

"Maine, Marriages, 1771-1907," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F4FT-855 : accessed 07 Sep 2014), Bartholomew Clayton and Mary Tarr, 25 Mar 1829; citing Salem,Franklin,Maine, reference ; FHL microfilm 253240.


U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009.

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