Category Archives: genealogy

the foot philosophy

  I made a lifelong friend when I first moved to New York in my twenties. He was a self employed printer then, living on modest means. He lived simply and was unassuming in appearance and manner. He never cared … Continue reading

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a trip to Massachusetts (and its disappointing aftermath)

    During the month just ended, I took a trip to Massachusetts to attend the American Literature Association’s annual conference in Boston, and also to take photos of personal interest from the point of view of my personal history … Continue reading

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genealogical notes: Hart family of Southeastern Massachusetts

    Posted here in the form of downloadable Word file (below) are extensive notes I compiled over the course of several years on my New England Hart family ancestors. It was a very interesting family to research. My maternal … Continue reading

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Jane (Gilchrist) Smith (1834-1907)

    Jane (Gilchrist) Smith, wife of Thomas Smith (1837-1902), was my great-great grandmother. She was born in December 1834 in Paisley, a town in Renfrew County, Scotland which is close to Glasgow, a distance of about seven miles. Her … Continue reading

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Thomas Smith (1837-1902)

    My great-great grandfather, Thomas Smith, was born on May 25 1837, almost certainly in the village of Milton in the County of Dumbarton in Scotland. (One source confuses things by indicating that he was born in Glasgow; this … Continue reading

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George C. Smith, Sr., obituary

  George C. Smith, Sr. (1892-1948) was my grandfather T. Gordon Smith’s brother and my father, Alan W. Smith’s, uncle. He was the son of Thomas Smith, Jr. and Jennie (Wright) Smith. His full name was George Caldwell (or Colwell) … Continue reading

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the Pocasset murder (1879)

    ‘The Pocasset murder’     See attached, downloadable Word document (above). Plus, see text below (which includes a summary/abstract). See also https://rogersgleanings.com/2016/08/28/newspaper-accounts-of-the-pocasset-murder-edith-burgess-ellis-d-1879/     *********************************************************       Abstract:   Five year old Edith Burgess Freeman (b. July … Continue reading

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