Thursday, September 30, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Grandpa's Mandolin

My grandfather, Merrill Haskell, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1915. I found a note in my grandmother's address book that said he was in the Mandolin Club when he was at college. Here is a photo of his mandolin, which we found in the attic of his house when he passed away. The bowl-back mandolin was made by C. F. Martin & Co. Looking inside the bowl, I found the serial number (3112), which after a little Internet research, I was able to determine that the instrument was built in 1911. This makes sense, as my grandfather would have started college in 1911. It seems that mandolin's were all the rage around the turn of the century. This article at the Mandolin Cafe gives a brief history of the instrument.

Research action items - Make a research trip to the Dartmouth College Library in Hanover, NH and see if I can find any photos of the Mandolin Club between 1911 and 1915.

© 2010, copyright William C. Haskell

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Francis Goodhue, Esq.

Cemetery: Prospect Hill Cemetery, Brattleboro, Windham County, Vermont
Photo Date: 4 Aug 2006
Subject: Francis Goodhue, Esq.

Transcription: FRANCIS GOODHUE, Esq./died/March 18, 1839./aged 71.

© 2010, copyright William C. Haskell

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Emerline Mason Sampler

Here is another one of my favorite family artifacts that was passed down by my grandmother, Grace Ware (Holbrook) Haskell. This cross stitch sampler was created by Emerline Mason, b. 7 Sept 1807 to John and Elizabeth "Betsy" (Ware) Mason. Emerline m. Joel Nourse, Jr. on 22 June 1822. She d. 16 Aug 1842, Worcester, MA at age 35. Joel and Emerline had two children, Henry b. 21 Sept 1831, Shrewsbury, MA and Anna Elizabeth b. 10 Feb 1836, Worcester, MA (my line). Emerline is my third great-grandmother. There is no date for when this sampler was made.

© 2010, copyright William C. Haskell

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday -Clara J. Haskell

Cemetery: Riverside Cemetery, Yarmouth, Cumberland County, Maine
Photo Date: 1 Sep 2007
Subject Name: Clara J. Haskell

Not sure of the relationship to my family, but I liked the stone.

Transcription: CLARA J. HASKELL/WIFE OF/C.W. PACKER/1883 - 1917

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Surname Saturday - Owen Family - Post 4

Transcription of page 4 of the Owen Family letter

 In a stone at Copp's Hill is this inscription:
 Here lies the Body of
Mrs. Mary Owen wife of
Mr. William Owen
 Who departed this life December ye 14th
Aged 66 years.

From Rev. Rolls, Mass. Archives:
Ebenezer Owen - Private, Capt. Peter Warren's Company, Col. Jonathan Mitchell's Regiment; enlisted July 1, 1779; served in Bagaduce Expedition; also in Capt. Joseph Pride's Company, Col. Joseph Prince's Regiment, April 27 - Dec 6, 1780; also in Lieut. Joseph McLellan's Company of same regiment Dec 6 - 1780 - Feb 23, 1781; service at Eastward

Town records show Ebenezer Owen was appointed Hogg Reeve 1766. He is buried in the Eastern Cemetery on Munjoy Hill, Portland.

William Owen and Mary Brown Owen had: 
Mary b. 1727 m - Emerton
Hannah & William, b. 1733, unmarried
Rebekah b. 1734 m - Hersey
John b. 1737 a cooper
Ebenezer b. 1738 a tailor (see above)
Joseph b. 1740 a joiner
and five who died in infancy

© 2010, copyright William C. Haskell

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Sarah Jane (Haskell) Woodman

Cemetery: Lower Cemetery, New Gloucester, Cumberland County, Maine
Photo Date: 31 May 2004
Subject Name: Sarah Jane (Haskell) Woodman

 Sarah Jane (Haskell) Woodman is the daughter of Amos and Sarah (Johnson) Haskell, b. 12 Nov 1821 in New Gloucester, Cumberland County, Maine. She married Alfred Woodman 13 Dec 1846.

Transcription: SARAH JANE/wife of/ALFRED WOODMAN/DIED/Nov 1, 1848,/AE. 27.

© 2010, copyright William C. Haskell

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Book of Dates(1931) - Post 7

[Grace Ware (Holbrook) Haskell Book of Dates, continued]
Jan 24                Helen Davis 
Jan 26               Boston
Feb 1                Mrs. Frederic Cushing's funeral
Feb 2                To Doten's for supper
Feb 25              Davis & Richards here to tea
Apr 1                 Cohasset at Ware's
Apr 5                Easter Childrens service
Apr 17              New York
[Apr] 18          Princeton
[Apr] 19          Hurlbutts
May 2               Aunt Lina sails for France & mud baths
May 15             Fishing at the Forks [Somerset County, Maine, Kennebec and Dead Rivers]
May 29             Frank O Haskell passed away
                         Lombards here
June                 Charles A Haskell died
July to Aug 28 At Upper Dutton Farm with children, Louise & Anna Marstaller & Mrs Johnson
                        Cousin N Torrey at Upper Dutton ?
Sept 1st-10th   Isabelle at Yarmouth
[Sept] 3           Near East Lake at Miss Emery's
[Sept] 4           Gulick Camps - 
[Sept] 8           Louise Haskell tea at Mrs Eastman - Turkey Hill
[Sept] 10        Douglas Hill     To Boston with LBH
[Sept] 11        Wellesley to see Waites

September 26  Mrs Curtis here
[Sept] 27        Merrill to Forks
Oct 6               Village Improvement Soc. supper at Universalist Chuch
Nov 2              To Boston & Hanover with ____
[Nov] 4-6       Brattleboro -  
Dec 28-Jan 1  Brattleboro

First Parish Circle - 2:30 on 1st Mondays
Childrens Hospital craft work on Wednesdays with Miss Winifred Smith, occupational therapy
Concerts - Hurbi Jan 2nd, London String Quartet
Dinners - to Day's for dinner Jan 16, Verrills here for lunch Feb 27
Russian Club
Garden Club - Plant Sales, Longfellow Garden Clubs

© 2010, copyright William C. Haskell

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Surname Saturday - Owen Family Letter - Post 3

Transcription of page 3 of the Owen Family letter

All of the name of Owen are said to descend from Owen, Prince of North Wales - 
The Owen Coat of Arms - granted to a nobleman of Welsh descent:
Crest - a lion rampart
Shield - divided by a chevron - containing a mailed hand and three lions rampart
Motto: "Honestas Optima Politia" (I've always loathed this motto!)
[hand drawn image of crest]
According to a booklet printed by the American Historical - Genealogical Society, 1415 Montgomery Ave. Philadelphia in 1929 the earliest Owen ancestor was Elizeg, Prince of Powys, Wales. His descendant, 8 generations removed, was Owen ap Howel Dha, King of South Wales and Powys, AD 987 - 
(This booklet by the way is not helpful at all, for our purposes anyway - Ebenezer's name appears as a Rev. soldier of Mass. but nothing else about him.)

© 2010, copyright William C. Haskell

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Levina Cabot

Cemetery: Center of Town Cemetery, Hartland, Windsor County, Vermont
Photo Date: 23 Sep 2006
Subject Name: Levina Cabot wife of Marston Cabot, Esq.

Marston Cabot, son of Rev. Marston and Mary (Dwight) Cabot married 25 Nov 1788 widow Levina (Sabin) Smith of Pomfret, Connecticut. Levina was b. 29 Apr 1754. Marston owned a farm of 4,000 acres in Hartland, Vermont. He died there 12 Apr 1814. His wife Levina d. 31 Mar 1818.

Transcription: IN/memory of/Widow/LEVINA CABOT/Relict of the late/MARSTON CABOT, Esq./who died/March 31, 1818./AE. 63.

© 2010, copyright William C. Haskell

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Surname Saturday - Owen Family Letter - Post 2

This handwritten family tree was attached to the Owen Family Letter found in my grandmothers Haskell Family Genealogy Binder.

© 2010, copyright William C. Haskell

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Grace Ware Holbrook Journal Entry - Post 9

June 4th [1918]
     The Maydells left at seven o'clock for New York, and all but Miss Lubovistky arose to breakfast with them and to see them off at the station.
     Later in the morning Miss Kehl, Michael and I went to the village in the Franklin to do errands and call on Aunt Molly. Michael drove the car for the first time on the way home, and poor Miss Kehl did not enjoy the strain of watching the process.
     Michael & I went to walk, by Robbins Farm to the Black Mountain Road and back through Dummerston. We talked of many things - of Russia, America, traveling, families and friends. At the end we were more congenial - having more in common than before.
     In the afternoon and evening it rained a little, and grew very cool at night.

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