Thursday, January 21, 2016

Images of a book of Biographical Sketches of the Members of Alanson Hamilton Post GAR now online

Book cover image used with permission and clipped from
 http://www.brookfieldsresearch.com/BookReader/WB%20GAR/#page/-1/mode/1up



  I have just become aware of a resource recently placed online at
http://www.brookfieldsresearch.com/   You may view the images of a wonderful book of sketches of Civil War Veterans who were members of the Alanson Hamilton Post of the GAR in West Brookfield.  These sketches include biographical, genealogical and war service information. The information was kept up to date into the 1930's and includes the names of many descendants of GAR members. Burial places are included, some with Section and Plot numbers. The original belongs to the Quaboag Historical Society.
  Be sure to check this out!
  You may also be interested to know that there is a similar book about Brookfield Civil War soldiers which may be found at the Merrick Public Library in Brookfield.
Thank you to Dan Hamilton for letting me know about this book.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Washington Tufts of Brookfield, Massachusetts: A Will Transcibed




Recently I came across Washington Tufts will in Ancestry's collection of
"Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991" I had seen the signature of Washington Tufts on some naturalization documents he had signed as a witness, but I knew nothing else about him. I have since found some information in his obituary, and in Massachusetts Vital Records.  US Census records helped to fill in some details. 


Washington Tufts was born in New Braintree, Massachusetts, in 1814 and relocated in Brookfield in about 1840.  He was employed as a clerk in a local business, and then for a time was in the meat business in West Brookfield.  He became the first agent for the Western Railroad Corporation in about 1858, and held that position for 34 years.


Washington married Harriet Sanford in 1846.  She died in 1858. They had no children as far as I can tell, and Washington never remarried.

Mr. Tufts served for fifteen years as the town clerk in Brookfield.  He was the first town clerk after Brookfield and West Brookfield became separate towns. He at one time or another held almost every town office, and was a state senator in 1875. He was a charter member of the Hayden Lodge of Masons, and a Knight Templar.


Washington Tufts died in Brookfield 1 July 1893 leaving a large estate. His funeral was held at the Unitarian Church there, and he was buried in the town cemetery after a masonic service. Find A Grave has a photo of the monument on his grave which is impressive in appearance. See http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=64817897&PIpi=46155524



Worcester County Probate Files
Case 15455                                                                                                              Washington Tufts

Be it remembered, that I, Washington Tufts, of Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts, being of sound mind and memory, but knowing the uncertainty of this life, do make this my last will and testament.

After the payment of my debts, funeral charges and the expenses of administering my estate, I give, devise and bequeath as follows, viz:

First, I give the sum of one hundred dollars to be deposited by my Executor in Some Savings Bank, to be held in trust by said bank, under the provisions of the Public Statutes of Massachusetts, Chapter 116, Section 35, for the following uses, trusts and purposes, viz: Said principal sum shall be forever held in trust and the dividends or income derived therefrom shall be to the person who, when the same is paid shall be acting as Treasurer of the town of Brookfield, said dividend or income to be expended by said town on the care, preservation and embellishment of my lot and its appurtenances and surroundings, situated in the Cemetery in said Brookfield, in which I shall be buried, and the receipt of the Treasurer of said town as aforesaid to said Bank, shall be a full discharge for said Bank, for all payments of dividends as aforesaid.

Second, I give the some of one hundred dollars to be deposited by my executor in some Savings Bank, to be held in trust by said Bank,  under the provisions of the Public Statutes of Massachusetts, Chapter 116, Section 35, for the following uses, trusts and purposes, viz: Said principal sum shall be forever held in trust and the dividends or income derived therefrom shall be to the person who, when the same is paid shall be acting as Treasurer of the town of New Braintree in said County of Worcester, to be expended by said town on the care, preservation and embellishment of my lot and its appurtenances and surroundings, situated in said New Braintree, in which my father and mother are buried, and the receipt of the Treasurer of said town as aforesaid, to said Bank, shall be full discharge for said Bank, for all payments of dividends as aforesaid.

Third, I give my watch and chain to my cousin Charles Keyes, son of Franklin Keyes of Warren, Mass.

Fourth, I give all my silver and plated ware, to Charles B. Sanford, who was brother to my deceased wife.

Fifth, I give to Henry W. Crosby, Frank Prouty, and Hiram P. Gerald, all of said Brookfield, and their successors and assigns, all of my Bonds of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Co., the face value of which amounts to Twelve thousand dollars, in trust nevertheless, and for the following uses, trusts and purposes viz:  This legacy shall be forever held in trust as a fund, to be known as the Washington Tufts Fund, the net income derived therefrom, after paying expenses and for their own service, to be paid over by said trusties as soon as can conveniently be done after the receipt thereof, to the person who when the same is paid, shall be acting as the Treasurer of the first Congregational Unitarian Society of Brookfield, a religious society located in said Brookfield, being the one where I usually attend church, to be expended by said Society for their general uses and purposes, and the receipt of said Treasurer, shall be a full discharge for said Trustees for the payment of said dividends and income.  I hereby authorize my said Trustees, and their successors and assigns to sell or exchange any part or all of said bonds at any time, should they be unanimously agreed that it was for the best interest of said Society so to do, and the net proceeds derived from such sale or exchange, shall thereafter held as, and shall constitute the fund as aforesaid for all and the same uses and purposes as hertofore provided.

It is my will also, that there shall at all times be three Trusties in charge if said fund and in case of the death, resignation, or removal of any of my said Trusties herein mentioned, or their successors to said trust, then it is my will that said Society shall as soon as can conveniently thereafter be done, elect a successor or successors to fill all vacancies, and said Trusties and there successors may be required by said Society to execute to them a satisfactory bond either with or without sureties for the faithful discharge of their duties as such Trusties.

Sixth. I give to the Congregational Society in New Braintree, in said County of Worcester, a religious society where my father and mother usually attended church, the sum of Five hundred dollars, and it is my will that said Society should invest the same, and forever after hold the same as a fund, to be known as the Washington Tufts Fund, and the net income derived therefrom to be expended and applied by said society toward the payment for the services of a minister of the gospel for preaching for said society, and the receipt of the person, who shall be acting as treasurer of said society shall be a full discharge for my executor,

Seventh. I give to my Executor, herinafter named the sum of Four thousand dollars, in trust nevertheless, and for the following uses trusts and purposes, viz: To invest the same as a fund, and keep the same invested thereafter, and to reinvest the same or any part thereof as may be necessary or expedient, and to allow said fund to accumulate by the addition of the interest and thereto, and in case that my sister Sally C. Tufts should survive me and should have expended all of her own property and estate, or if at any time after my decease she should have expended all of her property and estate, then my said executor shall pay over to her, or expend for her, any part or all of said trust fund, either of both principal and interest, for her comfortable support and maintainance during her life, or so long as any part of said fund shall remain unexpended as aforesaid, it being my will that she should have a good and comfortable support and maintainance out of said fund during her life after she shall have expended all of her own property and estate.  At the decease of my said sister, then all of said fund that shall remain unexpended as aforesaid, I give to my nephew, George K. Tufts, to him and his heirs forever, In case my sister should decease before my decease, then this legacy shall lapse.

Eighth, All of the residue and remainder of my estate, that I may die seized and possessed of, or in any way entitled to at the time of my decease, I give to my nephew, the aforesaid George K. Tufts, to him and his heirs forever, and it is my intention to make no bequests to any relative not herein mentioned.

I herby nominate the said George K. Tufts, to be the Executor of the will, and it is my will that he, exempt from giving sureties on his official bond as such Executor.

In case of the death, resignation or removal of the said George K. Tufts, as Executor, as aforesaid , then I give to whoever shall act to execute this will, all the same forever and authority to act in every respect, that I have herein given to my said Executor, and it is my will, that they shall be exempt from sureties on their official bond.

In testimony whereof, I hereunto set my hand, and in the presence of three witnesses, declare this to be my last will this ninth day of May A. D. 1893.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Washington Tufts [signature]

On this 9th day of May A. D. 1893. Washington Tufts, of Brookfield, Massachusetts, signed the foregoing instrument in or presence, declaring it to be his last will, and as witnesses thereof, we three do now at his request, in his presence and the presence of each other hereto subscribe our names.                                                           

                                                                     George A. Craig [signature]

                                                                    William Mulcahy [signature]      
                                                                     Lizzie Mulcahy  [signature]




 A true record;
                   Attest: George H. Harlow






Sources:
Ancestry.com, "Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988," (http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?db=MATownVital&h=4599374&indiv=try :accessed 15 December 2015,) marriage record for Washington Tufts and Harriet Adaline Sanford.


Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Mason Membership Cards, 1733-1990 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. Washington Tufts, Birth Date - 16 Oct 1816, Birth Place - New Braintree, Death Date - 1 Jul 1893, Last Residence Place - Brookfield, Lodge - Quaboag, (Chartler member Hayden Lodge - Brookfield), Occupation - Station Agent, B and A RR


Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
Original data: Massachusetts County, District and Probate Courts.


"Death of Washington Tufts: Brookfield's Well-Known Citizen Laid to Rest After a Well-Spent Life," Brookfield Times, Friday 7 July 1893, Front page; online image (http:www.broookfieldsresearch.com/newspapers: accessed 15 December 2014.)





                                                                                                      

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Laudislaus Mazur Baptismal Record - Index Entry From Polish Church Records

Leah Smith
11 November 2015
Dear Myrtle's Tracing Immigrant Ancestors Study Group
Homework - Document from county of origin

Baptismal Information for Laudislaus Mazur from a Polish Church Record Index
   The names in these records are Latin.  I needed to know that Walter in English was Wladyslaw in Polish and Laudislaus in Latin.  I could also do a search using just the last name, Mazur, and the names of his parents Stanislaus, and Katarzyna Novak. ( Entering "Stan*" and "Novak" in the search boxes produced the result I was looking for.) Familysearch.org, which holds the records I accessed, describes the records as being written in Polish, but the names in the index are Latin.



 This is a transcription of the index from the Poland, Tarnow Roman Catholic Diocese Church Books, 1612 -1900 found at familysearch.org, enrtry for Laudislaus Mazur
  Laudislaus Mazur, baptism July 4, 1884 in Slupiec, Slupiec, Krakow, Poland, House Number 44,  Father Stanislaus Mazur, Mother Catharina Nowak. Volume Beginning Year 1840, Volume Ending Year 1884. Gender  female



The microfilm containing these church records, can be ordered from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, for viewing at a Family History Center near my home.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Paul Crosby Chamberlain Emigrated from the United States

Leah Smith
11 November 2015
Dear Myrtle's Tracing Immigrant Origins Study Group


Show an example of an emigration document.


I spent a great deal of time looking at examples of documents and trying to find one that related to my family or hometown research (although that was not a requirement.)  I never did find just the right thing, but I did learn a great deal about what types of documents were in this category, and where I might find them if available.


I decided to show this US Passport Application of Paul Crosby Chamberlain, born 18 December 1883, New York, NY, USA, son of a former South Carolina Governor Daniel Henry Chamberlain, and Alice Cornelia Ingersoll.  Paul was a journalist who appeared to have been staying in London.  A US citizen, he needed permission to travel to Servia, Bulgaria, Roumania, and Turkey, probably in connection with this work, as this was just prior to the Balkan War of 1912 -1913. To my knowledge, Paul never returned to the United States to live.  He served with the British Royal Field Artillery during World War I, and became a British Citizen after that service.  He and his wife were killed in December 1940 during a bombing raid in London.



Passport Application of Paul C. Chamberlain on Ancestry.com





U. S, Passport Applications, 1795 - 1925
Ancestry.com. U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2007: Accessed 11 November 2015; Application for Paul C. Chamberlain, American Embassy at London, 15 September 1911.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Will of Hannah Mulvey

Transcribed from the digital image of a typewritten copy found on Ancestry.com's "Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991"  This is not an exact transcription as the lines do not all begin and end the same.  I could not seem to accomplish that with Blogger.
Link  Hannah Mulvey Will






Case 26138.                                Hannah Mulvey.    Will.                                              
 In the name of God, Amen, I Hannah Mulvey, widow of the Town of West Brookfield in the county of Worcester and the State of Massachusetts, being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of life, do now publish make and declare this my last will and testament. After the payment of my just debts and funeral expenses I give and bequeath as follows: -


To my son, Thomas E. Mulvey my Bible ( family) and $100, now on deposit in the North Brookfield Savings Bank.

To my grandson Willie H. Mulvey a feather bed.

To James H. Mulvey my son the house now occupied by my son John J. Mulvey.

To my neice Teressa Mulvey a feather bed.

To my son John J. Mulvey the homestead consisting of the house where I have lived and the barns adjoining and all my household furnishings.

To my son Kervin Mulvey $100 should he ever return the said $100 to be paid by John J. Mulvey from his share of the estate.

I hereby constitute and appoint my son James H. Mulvey  executor of this my last will and testament.

I hereby revoke all former wills made by me.

    In witness whereof I the before named testator in the presence of three witnesses do hereunto set my hand and seal this 4th day of April in the year of our Lord 1900 .
                                                               her
                                                   Hannah X Mulvey

                                                               mark

On this 4th day of April Mrs Hannah Mulvey of West Brookfield, Mass. Signed the foregoing instrument in our presence, declaring it to be her last will and testament and in witness hereof we do now in her presence and in the presence of each other, and at her request subscribe our names.
                                                              Witnesses               James Malloy         
                                                                                             John G. Shackley
                                                                                              Catherine McCarthy







Probate Records (Worcester County, Massachusetts); Index 1731-1881; Author: Massachusetts. Probate Court (Worcester County); Probate Place: Worcester, Massachusetts
Notes : Probate Records, Vol 553-556, 1899-1900
Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Wills and Probate Records, 1635-1991 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
Original data: Massachusetts County, District and Probate Courts.
Note: Son Kervin was known as Kieran and was said to have lived in Iowa at the time of his mother's death, just ten days after she signed this will.  To my knowledge he never returned to Massachusetts.  The only Teressa Mulvey I know of, was a granddaughter and not her niece.

Monday, August 31, 2015

An 1839 Antislavery Petition Signed by the Legal Voters of West Brookfield

Harvard University has a collection of Massachusetts Anti-Slavery and Anti Segregation Petitions available online.  One such petition was Senate Unpassed Legislation 1839, Docket 10525, SC1/series 231, Petition of Seth Field .  This was a petition against the admission of Florida or any other slave state to the union.  It was signed by the legal voters of West Brookfield. The eighty-five signatures included such names as Alanson Hamilton, (for whom the GAR chapter was named,) Ebenezer Merriam, Eli Chamberlain, (father of Daniel Henry Chamberlain, who commanded colored troops in the Civil War and served as governor or South Carolina during Reconstruction). Other signers were Alfred White, Seth Field, and Francis Stone (the father of Lucy Stone who was an abolitionist and suffragette.) 


Those researching West Brookfield families or town history should find this interesting. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - Notice the Shamrocks on this headstone.


 Shamrock from Wikipedia
   A transcribed entry from the Balinakill Roman Catholic Church Registry shows that James Welch was baptized in May of 1832.  The youngest of seven known children of William and Elizabeth "Bessie" (Cahill) Welch, James came to the United States in 1852, according to information recorded when he was enumerated in the 1900 U. S. Census in West Brookfield, Worcester County, Massachusetts.  Possibly James traveled from Queens County (now Laois County), Ireland with his older brother William who also arrived in 1852.  Brothers Thomas and Michael had arrived in previous years, and had settled in Worcester County, Massachusetts.  Eventually James' parents and all of his known siblings came to Massachusetts.
   James married Catherine Moran probably in 1859, although I have been unable to locate their marriage record.  Catherine, also born in Ireland, was the daughter of John Moran and Katherine Carey.  A daughter, Mary Ann followed in 1861, although, again, I have found no birth record.   Mary Ann married John Ducey on 1 July 1882 in North Brookfield, Massachusetts. 
  James Welch died in Worcester State Hospital on 7 August 1909.  Catherine died 13 February 1926 in West Brookfield.  They are buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery in West Brookfield.