Category Archives: my recent ancestors (granparents, great-grandparents, etc.)

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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my Revolutionary War ancestor

      The following is the text of an email of mine to a friend today.   — Roger W. Smith, April 18, 2017     ************************************************************     Scott —   My mother’s ancestral link to the Revolutionary … Continue reading

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A Walt Whitman Letter; and, What Can Be Inferred from It about Letter Writing in General

    Camden [NJ] Friday noon, 26th Sept.     Dear son Pete,   Your letter of yesterday came this forenoon—that was a rather serious runaway of cars in the tunnel a week ago—& mighty lucky to get off as … Continue reading

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My Grandfather, the 1912 World Series, and Harry Hooper’s Catch; Plus, a Couple of My Own Favorites

    In the 1912 World Series, the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Giants four games to three, with one tie. The eighth and final game was played on Wednesday, October 16, 1912, at Fenway Park in Boston. … Continue reading

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William Handy (1762-1852)

  My ancestor William Handy was born on August 15, 1762 in Sandwich, Massachusetts, a town on Cape Cod, and died in Sandwich on February 8, 1852 at the age of 89. Mr. Handy served in the Continental Army under … Continue reading

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James Bunker Congdon

  Posted here is a photograph of a portrait of James Bunker Congdon (1802-1880), a leading nineteenth century citizen of New Bedford, Massachusetts in its heyday. Also posted here is a photograph of Mr. Congdon from the archives of the … Continue reading

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Ralph Ellis Handy, college yearbook

University of Massachusetts, class of 1914 Ralph Ellis Handy was my maternal grandfather                    

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