Saturday, May 9, 2020

Will of Hiram Eaton of North Brookfield, Massachusetts

Hiram Eaton was born in Meltonville, Vermont in 1819.  His parents were Sylvanus Eaton and Olive Taylor.  Hiram was enumerated in the 1850 census in West Brookfield, Massachusetts along with his wife, Sarah Kendrick and their three daughters, Maria Ann, Lucy L., and Abbie Jane. Maria Ann married Samuel Gardner Irish on 6 August 1867.  Lucy married Samuel's brother Isaac Franklin Irish on that same day. Abbie had married Dwight Bowen in February of that same year.

Hiram's wife Sarah Kendrick died in 1873, and in 1881 he married Mrs. Clarissa (Stebbins) Chamberlain.  Clarissa survived Hiram, who died February 1, 1903,  Daughters Lucy and Abbie survived him, as well.  Maria predeceased her father in 1895.

Hiram Eaton's Last Will and Testament is transcribed below.

Photocopy received from Worcester County Probate Court
Worcester County Massachusetts
Case No. 31365, Series B 1903



Hiram Eaton Case No. 31365 Series B
Know all man by these presents
that I Hiram Eaton of North Brookfield in the County of Worcester and Commonwealth of Massachusetts being of sound disposing mind and memory do make this my Last Will and Testament - to wit;
First I Give devise and bequeath to my daughter Lucy L. Irish the wife of Frank Irish now residing in the city of Brockton Massachusetts, my entire Farm situated in the south
easterly part of said North Brookfield, continuing now about 50 acres of land with Buildings thereon:
Also to said Lucy L. Irish all the Farming Tools, carriages, and other implements about or upon the premises Also all the Live stock and household Furniture which I shall
own at the time of my decease
Second To my daughter Abbie now the widow of Dwight W Bowen deceased the sum of twenty five dollars ($25.)
Third I hereby constitute and appoint my said daughter Lucy L. Irish executrix of this my Last Will
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and Testament, and I request that she shall not be required to furnish sureties upon her official bond as such Executrix
In Witness whereof I have signed, Sealed and published and declared this my Last Will and Testament at North Brookfield aforesaid this eighth day of April in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety nine (Apr 8 1899)
Hiram Eaton
The said Hiram Eaton at said North Brookfield on said 8th day of April AD 1899 signed and sealed this instrument and published and declared the same as and for his Last Will and Testament.
And we at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto written our names as subscribing witnesses
George A Haradon
Sarah A Knight
Hiram Knight


[The full name of the husband of Lucy L. Irish was Isaac Franklin Irish. George Haradon, a witness to the will was a brother-in law of Isaac Franklin Irish. Hiram's widow, Clarissa Stebbins Eaton is not mentioned in the will but listed in a list of heirs on another document in the file. Clarissa was a resident of Worcester Insane Hospital at the time of the 1900 US Census.]





Cornelius McKinney from Longfield, County Tyrone, Ireland - Petition for Naturalization - Transcription




   A Digital Image of Cornelius McKinney's Naturalization document was found at Family Search.
     "United States, New England, Petitions for Naturalization, 1787-1906," images, FamilySearch      (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1961-33857-82-31?cc=2064580 : 22 May 2014), Massachusetts > Worcester County > Court of Common Pleas at Worcester > Petitions for naturalization, 1849-1856, vol 2 > image 278 of 454; citing NARA NAID 4752894, National Archives at Boston, Waltham, Massachusetts.

 The document contains the Irish county and parish of his birth; as well as the approximate time of his birth, and the time and place of his arrival in the United States.

Here I have transcribed the words in the document using italics where the information was handwritten on the printed form.  I have changed the formatting for readability and appearances sake.
COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS

Worcester, ss.

To the Honorable Justices of the Court of Common Pleas begun and holden at Worcester, within and for the County of Worcester on the first Monday of December being the fourth day of said month, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty four.
Cornelius McKinney of West Brookfield in the County of Worcester, an alien and free white person, represents, That he was born at in the Parish of Longfield in the County of Tyrone Ireland ion about the Month of January, in the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven, and is now about twenty eight years of age; that he arrived at Boston in the State of Massachusetts, in the United States of America, in or about the month day of October, in the year one thousand eight hundred and forty seven ; that it his bona fide intention to become a Citizen of the United States of
America, and to renounce forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign Prince, Potentate, State and Sovereignty, whatever, and particularly to Victoria, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, whose subject he has heretofore been:
All which together with his declaration thereof on oath, before this court for this county appears in the Records of said Court, to wit: at the December Term thereof, A. D. 1852.
And said petitioner further represents, that he has ever since continued to reside within the jurisdiction of said United States, to wit: at West Brookfield aforesaid that he has never bourne any hereditary title, or been of any of the orders of Nobility; that he is ready to renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign Prince, Potentate, State, or Sovereignty, whatsoever, and particularly to the said Victoria, Queen
as aforesaid, whose subject he has heretofore been; that he is attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States, and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the same:
Wherefore said Petitioner prays, that he may be admitted to become a citizen of the United States of America, according to the forms of the statutes in such case made and provided.
       his
                                               Cornelius X McKinney
                                                              mark

____________________________________________
Samuel D. Stoddard of West Brookfield and Jeremiah Foley of Worcester in the County of Worcester and both citizens of the United States, severally depose and say, that we have known Cornelius McKinney the foregoing petitioner for five years last past, during which time he has resided in
West Brookfield aforesaid
, has conducted himself and behaved as a man of good moral character, attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States, and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the same.

WORCESTER, ss. January 29 1855
Sworn to in Court                   Samuel D. Stoddard
Attest: Jos Mason Clerk         Jeremiah Foley

__________________________________________________
I Cornelius McKinney do solemnly swear that I do absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to every foreign Prince,
Potentate, State, or Sovereignty whatever, particularly to Victoria Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, whose subject I have heretofore been; and that I will support the Constitution of the United States of America. So help me God.

WORCESTER, ss. January 29th A.D. 1855 Cornelius his mark McKinney
Sworn to in Court
Attest: Jo .s Mason Clerk
_______________________________________________________


Commonwealth of Massachusetts
WORCESTER, ss. At a Court of Common Pleas, begun and holden at Worcester, within and for the County of Worcester, on the first Monday of December A.D. 1855, to wit, on the twenty ninth day of January during said term,                                      Cornelius McKinney
made accordingly. Attest,
Jo.s Mason Clerk.

Massachusetts Vital Records 1921-1924 on FamilySearch.org


9 May 2020

I recently became aware that the vital records from 1921 - 1924 are becoming available to browse at FamilySearch.org . The records cannot be downloaded, due to contractual obligations, but they are visible. Not all years for all towns are available, but progress has been made.

You must have a Family Search account to view the records.  The account is free of charge and it takes just a minute to set up.


 Massachusetts Birth records 1921-1924 are here.  Just scroll  down the page to find the page to find the correct Volume.  They are organized by towns in alphabetical order and the description also includes a volume number.

You will notice that births which occurred at home in West Brookfield are on white paper and say "Certificate of Birth."  A pink "Copy of Certificate of Birth" was received by the Registrar in West Brookfield in cases where children born to West Brookfield residents occurred in a hospital or location in another town.


The links below are to the West Brookfield Records

1921 Births - Births small short volumes state, Vol 132 Wenham-West Stockbridge, 1 Jan–31 Dec 1921  You should notice they begin with image no. 124 and continue to image 144.

1922 Births - Not available yet or not found. [9 May 2020.]

1923 Births - Births small short volumes state, Vol 133 West Bridgewater-Westborough, 2 Jan–26 Jun 1923

1924 Births - Births small short volumes state, Vol 139 Wellesley to West Springfield Jan 1-June 16, 1924  


Massachusetts Marriage Records 1921-1924 are here.

1921 Marriages - Marriages small short volumes state, Vol 062 West Bridgewater-Weston, 1921

1922 Marriages - Marriages small short volumes state, Vol 060 Wellfleet-Westford, 1922

1923 Marriages - Marriages small short volumes state, Vol 065 Wellfleet-Westford, 1923

1924 Marriages - Not yet available [9 May 2020.]

Massachusetts Death Records 1921 -1924 are here. 

1921 Deaths - Deaths small short volumes state, Vol 078 Webster-West Springfield, 1921

1922 Deaths - Deaths small short volumes state, Vol 085 Wayland-West Newbury, 1922

1923 Deaths - Deaths Certificates, Vol 089 Wellesley-West Springfield, 1923

1924 Deaths - Not yet available [9 May 2020.]