Thursday, December 20, 2012

Recent Research

Hello all!  I've been busy filling in some blanks in my family tree that is growing ever larger!

I have tons of new links as I do more research from home, and not at the LDS Family Research Center (where I have been called to work).  I will add more as I get them.  I will also have to redue the family trees I have posted to this blog as I have made corrections and added new information.  I would like to see how far I can go!

Dover, New Hampshire- I have many ancestors from Dover.
I found this painting interesting because very rarely have I scene the Pilgrims hit Plymouth Rock in the winter.  Imagine  being so hungry, cold and tired from a long hard journey and landing in wintertime in northern New England.  There is another painting I came across where the Pilgrims are climbing up on shore from the rock, looking haggard, sick and beaten... one man carrying who I would presume to be his wife in his arms.  The photo above, though very cold looking, looks almost like they just got back from a vacation cruise or something.

I have traced my family (my mother's side) all the way up the coastline of northeastern United States from Massachusetts to Maine.  The early settlers of many towns along the coast were quite often my ancestors!  My mother has a great bloodline with strong northern New England roots that go deep into this granite ridden soil.  I only wish she could have as much pride in this as I do.  

I have often found myself lost in my mind while reading about my ancestors about a world of ship's captains, primitive cabins, horses and buggies, "Indians", and old dirt roads closed in by trees on either side.  I wonder what roads here today that were developed back then as dirt paths and trails.  I wonder what it looked like before they took dynamite and blew the rock up out of the way of a road improvement. I wonder if the old road went up over the rock or around.  I wonder which roads were added later when highways began to cut through towns.  I think of one area where the road twirls around a pond and up a hill that had a name.  I can easily imagine that road as a narrow(er) dirt road.  It can be a treacherous road (legend says it's haunted) and I am sure that flattening that hill improved the safety of travel there.  

Old Wooden Highway, Nequasset, Maine.  Photo url said it was Woolwich, ME.
Anyway, I have found names repeat themselves on either side of my mother's family, and in different areas of the Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine states (that used to be just Massachusetts) as they built towns all up the coastline. In my mind I see captains of large ships, schooners with tall masts blowing their way along the coastline, and I see hard working fishermen pulling up their bounty from a boat in stormy cold, chill waters at sea.  I also see women who seem to pop out the children like a sort of popcorn popper, having many babies, but often losing many as well to illnesses that we now are a lot safer from.  Influenza and Small Pox killed whole families and even villages!  We have come a long way.  

Lake George, Liberty, Maine Waldo County-
Trees now block this view, but this is a view of the area some of my ancestors walked.

One woman gave birth as the Mayflower began to make port, but it was a stillborn.  No doubt a stillborn due to the long journey from England and the poor diet upon the ship, and illneses that ran rampant in the confines of the old ship.  There are stories of  Indians and battles against Indians, but also Indians and battles with Indians.  In Camden, Maine the early settlers managed to chase the British back to sea more than once.  Also in Camden, Maine one of my ancestors married a Tarratine Indian woman (I use the term Indian because that is the term they used back then, with full knowledge that the politically correct term is "Native American").  I was thrilled this week when I finally discovered more about this woman and her parents.  The mother's name was left as its Indian name, and the girl was given the name Sarah, still listed as Little Fawn (as it was the English meaning to her Indian name) and her "maiden" name was listed as Tarratine... the name of the tribe she was from (along the Maine- New Hampshire border).  When listing last names for her parents, I listed them also as "Tarratine".  My ancestor, Dodipher and Little Fawn had many children, who went on to have many children.  It was this man, Dodipher, and his wife, Little Fawn that would create the link between my great- grandmother's family (on my mother's father's side, Richards) and my great- grandfather's family (also my mother's father's side- Berry).
This is actually in New York (Yup, I've got family from here), but it is a basic picture of what life was like for my early ancestors of Northern New England.  (Another reason for high child mortality rates... take a look at the size of that fireplace!)

Get excited about family research!  Look for the stories and the history lessons you missed out on in school!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

My Family in Thanksgiving

I know I have relatives that go way back to the earliest days of  what is now the United States.  They traveled far and had very little.  For those who survived the earliest days (and the trip overseas) they would come to be fruitful and multiply, which is how I got here.  Native Americans, knowing the land and how to live from it would share with the settlers how to grow crops, and it was a thanksgiving indeed.  This taught the early settlers how to feed themselves.  Not all who came here fought against the Native Americans.  Some married and "multiplied".  Some fought with (on the side of) the Native Americans when the British came to New England, seeking to claim British ownership. But they would not have this land, and the settlers were not cooperating with the King.  They had their own new government forming.  This land did not belong to the King of England.

Anyway, here we all are, one big happy spread out family!  May you all have a place to spend Thanksgiving with someone.  May we remember who we are and where we came from!

Mayflower Replica
Winter arrival at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Me and my husband, Christian P. Gerquest with
my border collie, Rowena
Here I am with my sisters, Kristen on the left, and Erin on the right
My mother, Vicki Ann Berry and my father, Eric R. Lindquist
at their wedding circa 1966.  They are now divorced (1973)
My mother, Vicki with her present day husband,
David L. Henderson (married in 1975)
I am just starting to compile things for this site.  The nice neat little pedigree on the home page has been updated, but I am looking for the program to type it up and post it.  In the meantime, I have some handwritten ones that will be posted to the appropriate page.  The Berry Waltz Page has been updated with some photos and pedigrees.  I've done lots of researching and have lots of new information and am excited to finally share it here.  Hopefully I can help others in their hunt for family ancestors!  My biggest resource besides word of mouth is The Church of Latter Day Saints Family Research Center.  I don't have the money for membership to these different sites, but at the church I have access to many resources from birth records, marriage certs, death certs, Census results and more.  Some places I have linked with some other people's family work and gotten back to the 1500's, with some surprises along the way!  Please stick with me as I add more information to my blog site.  The photographs on this page show the present living generations of my family, minus some of my nieces.  My husband and I plan on going to some cemeteries after Thanksgiving.  This means we will travel on Thanksgiving to Harrington, Maine from Bangor, and then on Friday we will travel down to the Waldoboro area.  We will probably make a stop at a cemetery in Camden and in Rockport on our way.  In the meantime, I will continue to fill in the blanks and look for errors on the info I have thus far.