Wednesday, March 31, 2010

THE DELOREY LINEAGE: From Thomas on . . .

The chronology of travels for our third generation was an illustration of the fact that even in the military, families were families, and moved together . . . but it did omit a few points . . . . .
Thomas & Marguerite (Segouin) Jacquet dit Delorier
3rd Generation, cont.

Thomas Jacquet was born b 17 Nov 1725 Rouens, Normandy, France. Once in New France he did adopt the dit name of Delorier which continued to be used in succeeding generations with a variety of spellings.

His marriage took place in Laveltrie, Bertier, Quebec on 19 Jun 1752 to Marguerite Segouin. She was born 2 Dec 1727 at St Sulpice J’Assomption, Quebec, the daughter of Jean-Germain & Marie-Louise (Quay) Sigouin
Their children:
Nicolas: born 16 Apr 1753, married Madeleine LeBlanc
Charles-George: born 9 Mar 1755; married Francoise Sauvage
Marie-Marguerite: born 24 Dec 1756
Alexandre: born 17 May 1759
*Jean-Baptiste: born 18 Aug 1763; married Anne- Agnes Coste
Alexis: born 18 Jan 1765; married Agnes Pitre
Benjamin-Thomas: born 19 Jun 1771; married Felicite Gautrot

4th Generation

Jean-Baptiste was a farmer. Born at Ile-Dupas, Berthier, Quebec on 19 August 1763, he married twice. His first wife was Ann Coste, the daughter of Claude & Marguerite (Vigneau) Coste. Married about 1783 their children were Jean-Baptiste, Marie, Anne, Joseph, Susanne, Felicien. Following the death of Ann, Jean-Baptiste took a second wife.

That second wife was Madeleine Landry the daughter of Jean-Baptiste & Anne-Josephe (Pitre) Landry who was born in Pisquid, Acadia, Nova Scotia. Jean-Baptiste & Madeleine had more children:
Hilarion: born about 1802; married Marguerite D’Orly
Anne: born 25 Jun 1811; married Pierre Perrault
Marguerite: born 12 Oct 1813;m1. Jean D’Orly;m2. Pierre Bonnevie; m.3. Victor Gautrot
*William (Benoni): born 6 Jun 1816 ; m. Anne Parou
Marie-Sophie: born 12 Nov 1818; m. Policarpe Girouard
Honore: born 10 Oct 1820; m. Marie Riley

Jean-Baptiste departed this life in Tracadie, Nova Scotia about 1840. Madeleine had preceeded him about 1831.

to be continued . . . . . . . . .

Thursday, March 25, 2010


As in many families, you will notice the spelling of the name changes over years and even within generations. The dit names in French Canadian lineage are for the use of identifying those of similar names. Sometimes the families continued the dit name, others reverted to the original.
1st Generation
Martial (born abt 1664) & Marie (Rouchault) Jacquet: they were married at St-Marie-la-Petite, Rouens, Normandie, France
2nd Generation
Jean (1864 Rouens)& Marie-Catherine (Gaufre) Jacquet dit Desloriers: they were married on 29 April 1721, in St-Marie-la-Petite, Rouens, Normandie, France. Their children were: Ann Francoise, Marie- Jeanne, Jean- Francois, * Thomas,Joseph Louis Melon

3rd Generation

A Chronology of His Life & Travels (against a background of events) : Thomas Jacquet who enlisted in the French Troop, went to Canada and took a dit name.

18 Nov 1725: Baptized at St-Marie-la-Petite, Rouen, Normandy, France
1748: Beginning of the French & Indian War
19 Jun 1752: Married at Lavaltre, Berthier, Quebec
16 Apr 1753: First child (Jacques-Thomas) born at Trois-Riviers, St-Maurice
15 May 1753: Bought a house from J-B-Henri Berange officer in the Marine
25 May 1753: Sold a house to Simon Clapier Serg. Co. Dumas
12 Jan 1754: Bought a house from mother in law
May 1754: Washington fired on the French; Jul 1754: Washington surrenders Fort Necessity
30 Aug 1754: Rented house to Joseph Godfrey
9 Mar 1755: Second child (Charles-Georges)born at Trois-Rivieres, St-Maurice, Quebec
7 Jul 1755: Rented house to Michel Leclair (Louis Pillard)
Jun 1755: Ft. Beausejour surrenders to the British; Jul 1755: French defeat Gen Braddock; Dec 1755: Battle of Lake George; May 1756: England declares war on France
Aug 1756: Ft. Oswego surrenders to the French

24 Dec 1756: Third child (Marie-Marguerite) born at Lanorie, Berthier, Canada
Mar 1757: French attack F. William Henry; Aug 1757: British abandon Louisburg; Aug 1757:French capture F. William Henry.
6 Oct 1757: Sold land in St-Jean-Baptiste, while at Chambly, Quebec
Jul 1758: French repel attack on F. Ticonderoga; Jul 1758: F. Louisburg surrenders to the British; Aug 1758: British capture F. Frontenac; Nov 1758: French abandon F. Duquesne
17 May 1759: Fourth child (Jacques-Antoine) born at F. Chambly, Quebec
Jul 1759: British capture F. Niagara; Jul 1959: British capture F. Ticonderoga; Sep 1759: Battle on the Plains of Abraham, Quebec; Sep 1759: Quebec City surrenders to the British; April 1760; French victory at Ste-Foy; Sep 1760: French surrender Canada.
12 Jul 1761: Fifth child (Alexandre) born Ile-Dupas, Berthier, Quebec
Aug 1762: Havana surrenders to the British; Feb 1763: Treaty of Paris ends the War.
18 Aug 1763: Sixth child (Jean-Baptiste) born Ile-Dupas, Berthhier, Quebec
18 Jan 1765: Seventh child (Alexis) born at Berthier-en-Haut, (Berthierville), Berthier, Quebec
19 Jan 1771: Eighth and last child (Thomas) born at Arichat., Richmond, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

After the fall of Quebec in 1760 in order to stay in the country, he retired from the army. After a stay of a few years in Arichat, Nova Scotia, the Jacquets, now called DesLauriers, settled at Fortune Bay on the Isle Saint-Jean (today P.E.I.)
Tradition says they built a schooner, then in 1787 some members of the family obtained a land grant, in the amount of 700 acres, in the port of Tracadie, Nova Scotia, which from then on became the main location for the family. The five sons married, produced 25 sons.

The last reference we have to Thomas Jacquet dit Delorier was - that around the time of the French Revolution it is said that Thomas Jaquet returned to France to claim an inheritance and was never heard from again.

Military assignments/duties
Acadian land grant information, deeds: dates
Personal, anecdotal information.

Succeeding generations to follow . . . . . (as they usually do ) . . . . .

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Robert Archibald and Gladys Vivian (Blanchard) VanAmburg

Ninth Generation - continued . . .

Robert Archibald VanAmburg and Gladys Vivian Blanchard were married in Malden, Massachusetts on the 26th day of June 1928 by Rev David W. Witte.
The children:
Barbara Mae: 5 May 1929, Melrose, Massachusetts
Robert Walter: 12 Dec 1931, Medford
James Arthur: 23 Aug

Not just a house - a home: with the first purchase in Medford, Massachusetts on Whitney Road , May 1930 at a cost of $8,400.

Their next was built in Lynnfield Center.

Retiring in the 70’s Bob and Gladys moved back to Cape Sable Island to the house he inherited from his mother, Mae (Nickerson) VanAmburg:James L. Nickerson built this, the postoffice was on the ground floor, right front,
a small grocery store on the left. When J. L. turned the running of his Sea View Hotel in Clarks Harbor over to his son (Mae’s brother) Robert; he and Ruth moved across the street to the second floor living quarters, as did Mae and Jim later, and then Bob and Gladys.

As Bob’s health diminished they bought house and land in Acadia, near Yarmouth Airport, in order to be nearer to medical facilities, Dad had his workroom in the over-sized garage, and with the help of a dear friend nearby, they farmed several large plots of vegetables and berries - food for the table!

Robert Archibald and Gladys Vivian (Blanchard) VanAmburg

Ninth Generation - continued . . . . .

Gladys Vivian (Blanchard) VanAmburg was born in Franklin, New Hampshire - 23 Jan 1906; she left this life shortly after her 97th birthday, 30 Jan 2003, in Brockton,
Massachusetts. She aged gracefully, the above photograph was taken following her 94th (or 95th birthday).

Yes, she was a happy lady, one who made her own happiness, one who never swore or said an unkind word about anyone. Though she never was able to complete her high school education, she wrote like the intelligent and perceptive woman that she was, and had items and continuing articles published . In recounting her childhood, she had to leave school when her father left the family and she was needed to help in their support.

I recall the mandolin she had and had played as a younger woman, her talents have shown in many ways over the years. She spoke of dancing “Apache” with a young man, Wally Brown, who later achieved a certain renown as a vaudevillian, comedian, and a movie star in Hollywood. This was in Malden, Massachusetts prior to 1926.

What she referred to in her very old age as her “life line” was the fun she had in designing greeting cards, water color , an off-shoot of paintings in oils and acrylics that she had done earlier.

As a small child, it was a delight for me to come home from grade school and find a new dress she had made for me, handsewn, she never had a sewing machine. I especially remember one with small blue flowers on a white ground with blue looped fagotting at the neckline. And then the afternoon when following naptime on Mom’s big bed, I thought she would be quite proud and amazed to see how beautiful I would look, dressed in one of her nice dresses, and wearing her makeup. (oops! She was NOT). Many stories and events, including my getting stuck to the floor (a mini-tanrum?), going on a trip to Boston without bothering to put on my panties, were all a part of those childhood years, and her amazing patience with a pesky daughter.
Mom was as good a shot with rifle and pistol as my Dad was, and she looked very dashing in competition matches dressed in jodphurs & shooting jacket, that was in the 1930s,40s. I have some of Dad’s medals, but Mom eventually discarded hers. As she often said - memories were more important to her than things.

to be continued . . . Marriage . . . and some miscellanea

Monday, March 22, 2010

Robert Archibald and Gladys Vivian (Blanchard) VanAmburg

Ninth Generation

ROBERT ARCHIBALD VANAMBURG was the only child of Mae and James F. VanAmburg. He was born in Clarks Harbor 6 Nov 1904 and died 22 July 1991 at Yarmouth Regional Hospital, Nova Scotia

He graduated from Everett (Massachusetts) High School in 1924; studied Radio Apparatus-Theory & Design at MIT. Also courses in Photo-Engraving at Wentworth Institute, and Business Management at Boston University. He worked at Lever Brothers Company 1925-1950, first in the laboratory developing standard tests for textiles (where he patented a device for testing tensile strength of rayon fabrics while emersed); he went on as an Industrial Engineer, installation of mechanical & electronic devices in production and quality control. He was also official photographer for Lever publications, and for newspaper & magazine advertising. He left when the company moved their operations out of state and worked as office manager for the Boston Filter Company, 1950-1970. When he retired, they sold the Lynnfield, Massachusetts home and took up residence in the Cape Sable Island family home.

An avid hunter, target and competition shooter, both rifle and pistol, he was a life member of the National Rifle Association. Followed a family tradition of boat building, and began a new family tradition of photography. In 1923 he photographed the landscape view of Clarks Harbor when he visited his grandmother & grandfather (James L. & Ruth). In 1985 he duplicated the view from a vantage point on the government wharf. This shows 32 years of both change and preservation. The two photographs appeared in the 1986 publication “Our Island Reminisces” and are in the collection of the Archelaus Smith Historical Society Museum on Cape Sable Island

Going to the gun club and shooting the Savage .22 rifle (in prone position, I was a very small pre-schooler). When older, I helped to score Jr. NRA targets on the dining room table. I don’t recall his title in those early days, but he was a district officer for NRA. Going duck hunting, when I was old enough to shoot offhand, cold, wet but exciting.
I’ve already told you about the darkroom photo developing, and the other job I assisted Dad on was reloading ammunition.
I made several trips to Clarks Harbor for vists, and when Mom and Dad moved to Acadia (near Yarmouth Airport) it was often to help Mom, as age and illness took its toll on Dad. The last trip before his death was poignant and yet a wonderful memory. Mom and I went to the hospital, late Sunday afternoon, sitting in his chair, Dad looked up at us and smiled, pointed to the far corner. “Look at Tiger over there, I’ve been watching him - - that cat is getting so lazy, and he still tries to chase things around. He’s such a little mischief.” He chuckled and smiled contentedly. They called us at 7 the next morning to tell us that Dad had passed away in the night.

to be continued - Gladys Vivian (Blanchard) VanAmburg, my Mom.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

James Forman and Mae Estelle (Nickerson) VanAmburg

Eighth Generation You already have met Jim and Mae (my Nana & Pampa) in 3 blogs that are archived and can be reached from this page. They include their wedding, the sea captain’s exploits and since there are more stories to tell, I will take the liberty of doing just that!

First a post script to the story of “Cable or Catch” from a transcribed audio tape made by Jim’s son Robert:
“Owners responsible made the captain deduct the expenses of ship’s lost gear, food, etc. One time off the coast, Georges Bank a little further south, trawling, they pulled the Atlantic cable, nets were snarled, James as Captain ordered crew to take an axe and cut the cable, men refused one by one, James took the axe and cut the cable, saving the equipment to the tune of several thousands of dollars. Saved the trip. He couldn’t say it was mutiny.”
Also: “ he told me, regretfully of being in a hayfield, cutting, saw a fox cross the meadow to the shore, ran down with a pitchfork, killed the fox and always regretted it (no reason why he should have, but he did.)
And the first time he ever heard his father swear: Lenley had a cow, very young and temperamental, Sunday morning James was in the barn to milk the cow, got half a pail of milk when she put her foot in the pail, kicked James and sent him flying into a pile of manure, he swore like nothing ever heard before, said she can’t get away with that, went back in and milked the cow.

Mae Estelle (Nickerson) VanAmburg, my Nana Van, was a very unusual woman. She was erect in posture, even in her old age. Calm of nature I never ever heard a cross word from her - rather a mild reproof - (to her son) “now . . . Robert.” or a nod of her head, and that was all that was ever required. We used to play duets on the piano and sing our hearts out - “Oh where have you been, Billy Boy, Billy Boy - - oh where have you been Charming Billy? I have been to seek a wife, she’s the darling of my life - she’s a young thing but cannot leave her mother”
The Nova Scotia and Massachusetts families often visited back and forth and Nana and Pampa made their home with us in Medford, Massachusetts on two occasions. Their Cape Sable Island property was home to three generations (J.L. & Ruth Nickerson, Mae & Jim VanAmburg, and upon his retirement, my father & mother, Robert & Gladys VanAmburg, whose story will follow.
But back to Mae: An adventure when a younger woman, as told in a letter from her father (J.L. Nickerson to his wife Ruth when she was away assisting in the birth of a new grandchild):
“I arived home on Tuesday in time to put up the Mail and May was glad to see me as the office work took all her time she got along all right with but very few mistakes one thing she did do she not only put the money order money in the Bank but all I had with it She thought that all that was in the safe belonged to the money order business but as it happened she had payed some Money orders so I was able to balance the account.”
“ Jim (Mae’s husband) came home Friday evening an all the Crew left to spend Christmas no doubt he will lose 2 or 3 days fishing on account of it. . . . . dont worry about the work home if May wants the help I will get it “
Interesting because it is a very small vignette of family life and I have recently received more family letters with mini-looks at life as it was in the first quarter of the 20th century on Cape Sable Island in Nova Scotia.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

James Lenley and Eliza (Kenney) VanAmburg

Seventh Generation
James Lenley VanAmburg was born (a twin) 8 Sep 1856 in Pubnico, Shelburne County, Nova Scotia. He married Eliza Kenney on 8 Feb 1876. She was born 14 Dec 1858, the daughter of Levi Kenney.
Their children:
* James Forman: b 1876
Clifford: b 1879; d 1955; m. Alice Stanlake (ch Eugene, Alice, Earl, Pauline)
Ardella: b 12 Sep 1880; m. William Seeley
Rupert Lee: b 1883 Clarks Harbor; d 1962; m. Nellie Spinney
Hildred: b 1893; d 1932
Edwin Rivers: b 4 Apri 1889; d 9 Jan 1928
Eva: b 22 Aug 1886; d 2 Jan 1968; m. Dolph Spinney

Short and of a stocky build, James Lenley “Len” VanAmburg was a sea captain. Shipwrecked in the Caribbean, he was given up for lost for almost a year before he returned.

They moved from Cape Sable Island in 1891 and lived in a house on what was to become Ardnamurchin Club property. It has been called the “old homestead” and then they moved to the house in the photograph above. The “old homestead” property was sold by Len to a family group from New York and Philadelphia. (The Ardnamurchin Club facilities are expanded and still in operation.) Len was handy with tools and built several small boats, dory type row boats.

Eliza (Kenney) VanAmburg left this life 28 March 1906, at age 46.
James Lenley VanAmburg, died in his home, 25 Feb 1909, 55 years. Both are buried in Mt. PLeasant Cemetery, Argyle, Nova Scotia.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Ebenezer and Abigail (Goodwin) VanAmburg

Sixth Generation

Ebenezer VanAmburg was born about 1836. His marriage was to Abigail Goodwin. She was the daughter of John and Anna (Nickerson) Goodwin.

Their children wereborn in Pubnico, Nova Scotia:
* James Lenley: b 8 Sep 1855
Orlando: b 8 Sep 1855; d 17 Aug 1929; m. Lucetta
Ebenezer & Abigail both died in 1862

From Orlando’s daughter, Helen (VanAmburg) Morton -
“Í have heard my Dad say that his father & mother died when he was 7 years old, and he lived with an uncle until 10 years old, he had learned to dress fish on a boat by that uncle. When 10 he borrowed 5 dollars to pay his passage to Boston or Gloucester, I forget which. He was hired by a gruff old sea captain. What about the rest of the family? I don’t know. And about the uncle’s family & did he have other uncles or aunts. Relatives but can’t remember the connection. In Dad’s family there was Uncle Len [Orlando’s twin brother James Lenley, my great-grandfather], I think another brother, Johnny? and aunt Belle Goodwin who had 2 children, Elva and Erland who at one time lived where Uncle Len died, across from Seeley house.
[Arg yle, Nova Scotia]

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Abraham & Susanna (Goodwin) VanAmburg

Fifth Generation
Abraham VanAmburg, with a brother & sister were baptised on the same day, 5 Oct 1804. As to the dates of birth, we have not yet been able to find any information. This is a case of research in genealogy that is ongoing.

His marriage was to Sarah Goodwin who was born 1 August 1800. She was the daughter of Thomas and Susanna (Cray) Goodwin.
Their children:
* Ebenezer:
Lydia: d 24 Oct 1876; m. 22 Dec 1859 Thomas H. Goodwin

As in the case of many families originally from the Netherlands there has been repetition of given names, obviously continued through the preceding generations listed in this blog. Determining the fourth generation link among the brothers was not with firm enough documentation as will satisfy all, however we have concluded that, given present information, John and his wife Lidia is correct. . . . and there is always more to be learned.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

John and Lidia (___) VanEmburgh

Fourth Generation

Born 8 October and baptised 4 Nov 1751, Johannes was to be better known as John. Little is known about Lidia.
Their children were baptised in Christ Church, Shelburne, Nova Scotia by Rev. Thomas B. Howland.
Nelly: bap 15 June 1796;m. David White
James: bap 16 Sep 1798
*Abraham: bap 5 Oct 1804
Joshua: bap 5 Oct 1804
Lydia: bap 5 Oct 1804

When the brothers left NewJersey aboard ship to Nova Scotia (as loyalists) John was single. There is more to be learned about these men.
Some have surmised that John VanEmburgh married late in life and that he may have died shortly before 1804.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Guisbert & Annetie (VanWinkle) VanEmburgh

Third Generation

Guisbert VanEmburgh , born in New York about 1710 removed to New Barbadoes, in Bergen Co, New Jersey. His first marriage was to Maria Hellakers.

His second marriage took place in Belleville, New Jersey on 25 April 1732 - to Annetie VanWinkle, the daughter of Gideon & Jannetie (Koeymans) VanWinkle.
Their children :
“Births from Register of children who have been baptised at Second River by me Henricus Coens preacher at Aliquignonk, Second River and the north which commences in the month of June of the year 1727”
Gideon: b 24 Nov; bap 14 Dec 1735
Abraham: b 1736/7 New Barbados, NJ ; m. Annetie Roosencrans
Guisbert: b 28 May; bap 17 Jun 1739
Simeon: b 9 Mar; bap 5 Apr 1740; stayed in NJ
Elizabeth: b 15 Jul; bap 16 Aug 1741
: b 8 Oct; bap 4 Nov 1751

From the will of Gysbert VanEmburgh of New Barbadoes, dated 3 May 1760:
wife Ann to remain in the house in which I live at New Barbadoes Neck, and to have the use of lands for 7 years, to maintain my children. Son, Abraham, ½ my land where I live, that is next to Col. John Schuyler. My 3 sons, Gysbert, Simeon & Jacob, the other ½. Executors - my said sons. Witesses, John Schuyler, Abraham Pire, Samuel Brown: Codicil: All my land which I have at Hackensack to be sold, and the money applied for the use of my three children Elizabeth, John & Adoniah.
Proved 26 Jul 1762. Inventory made by Abraham Van Ripe and Garrabrant Garrabrants.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Johannes & Catherine (Sandford) VanImbroch

Second Generation

Johannes VanImbroch was born in 1661 in Beverwyck (Albany) New York; he died in Hackensack, New Jersey, where he is said to have erected the first dwelling house. He was a “Doctor of Physick”, Bergen County.
He married first, 28 Sep 1687, Margrietie VanSchaik.

His second marriage was to Catherine Sandford, in 1689.
She was the daughter of Captain William & Sarah (Whartman) Sandford, who came from Barbadoes about 1688 having obtained a grant of land between the Passaic & Hackensack in East New Jersey.

Their nine children
*Gysbert: b about 1710;m . Maria Hellakers;m.2. Annetie VanWinkle
John:m. Ariaentje Coeymans
Peregine; m. Cornelia Provoost
William Sandford
Sarah: m. Spier (Pyr)
Rachel: m. John King (Koening)
Mary: m. John Sandford
Catherine: m. Richard Gibbs
Elizabeth: m. Jacobus Bertholf

Catherine (Sandford) VanImbroch died about 1745 at New Barbadoes, New Jersey.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The VanAmburg Family -

(you will note the changes in the spelling of the name over years and even within generations)

Gysbert & Rachel (de la Montagne) VanImbroch
First Generation

Dr. Gysbert VanImbroch was born in the Netherlands in 1634. He arrived in Manhattan about 1652 where he was proprietor of a combination book, apothecary and general store. He was a doctor of medicine, a magistrate and a member of the Dutch Reformed Church.

Gysbert was married in 1656 at Fort Orange (Albany) New York to Rachel De La Montagne. Rachel, born in Leyden, Holland in 1634, was the daughter of Dr. Jean and Rachel (DeForest) De La Montagne. Their children were:
Jan: b 15 Mar 1654 New Amsterdam, now New York City
Lysbeth (Elizabeth): b 1659 Beverwyck ( Albany) d bef 1708;m. Johannes Peeck
*Johannes: b 1661 Beverwyck;m.1. Margrietie VanSchaik; m.2.Catherine Sandford
Gysbert: b 24 Aug 1664 Wiltwyck, now Kingston; m. 1688 Jannetje Messier

On 7 Jun 1663 the family was in Wiltwyck (Kingston) New York, when an attack on Wiltwyck & New Village (Hurley) was made by parties of Esopus Indians. New Village was completely destroyed but not Wiltwyck where 12 houses were burned. Captives were taken - 66 inhabitants missing: 21 dead (Mainly men) and 45 captive (mainly women and children), including Rachael VanImbroch.

It took 2 months to mount a force for the rescue of captives led by Martin Cregier of New Amsterdam. In the meantime Dr Jean de la Montagne (Rachel’s father) sent a band of five Mohawks from Fort Orange to rescue Rachel, which they did successfully by buying her from her captors. By the time the military party arrived Rachel was back in Wiltwyck ready to conduct the soldiers to the Indian Fort 30 miles to the southwest where the prisoners were kept.

They set forth on 26 Jul 1663 and reached the fort within a day to find it deserted. All had retreated into the Sawangunk mountains. Another month passed and the Indians were taken by surprise, many of them captured and 23 of the caprives recovered and brought back to Wiltwyck... Gysbert and Rachaell both died within two years of the Indian attack. Rachael died on 4 Oct 1664 and Dr VanImbroch on 29 Aug 1665.

Wiltwyck Court records state:
“Mr. VanImbroch on the same day of his death requested verbally and in writing that his estate should be inventoried and sealed up until the same time when friends from Manhattan should arrive for the purpose of then being done by them for the best interest of their minor children. . . . Therefore for this purpose were expressly sent off and have arrived here Jacob Kip and Willem Monjour DelaMontagne, both brothers-in-law of the deceased.”
The three guardians for the children appointed by the court were Jacob Kip, Willem de la Montagne and Willem Beeckman, scout at Wiltwyck. The inventory was detailed and showed considerable wealth. Since the “children’s house” was not sold until 1673 by Willem de la Montagne, the guardians may have arranged someone to look after the children in their own house. Willem de la Montagne moved to Wiltwyck to administer the estate and collect debts owed to Dr Van Imbroch, but he was given the use of the “village house” in his capacity as schoolmaster and voorleser and did not live with the children.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

William Henry and Elizabeth (Johnson) Green

Seventh Generation

William Henry Green was born in New Hampshire in Nov 1857. His marriage to Elizabeth Johnson took place 27 Nov 1875, Joseph Gilman JP was the officiant.

Lizzie (as she was called) was the daughter of Cyrus and Betsy (Tuttle) Johnson. She was born 25 Jul 1853 and departed this life 13 Jun 1883 at the age of 29 having given birth to three children:
* Mabel Elizabeth: b 27 Jul 1876 Tamworth, NH
Edith M: b July 1878; d 12 Jan 1880
William: d 1883 w/mother in birth

William first appears in the records of 1779 owning one animal valued at $48, he paid taxes of $3.38. In 1880 (Tamworth) owning 1 ½ acres of land valued at $36; one scholar (his daughter Mabel). This was the last year he appears in these records.

William married again on 10 May 1884, Cora Etta Sweetser, of Stoneham, Massachusetts, both were 27 years old, There was no issue from their marriage, and there are still unanswered questions about both William and Lizzie and the preceding years.

In Sep 1883 Harriet Green conveyed a piece of land in Tamworth to her brother William, who sold this land 3 Nov 1892 to Lizzie’s brother Cyrus for $350. Cora Green, in the deed, released all interest to dower and homestead. Witnessed by Mabel Green (age abt 16) and Silas Deane, J.P.
The death of William Henry Green was the result of an accident while operating a box planer at Edward Perkins Lumber Mill, Newburyport, Massachusetts.

The Greens resided at 84 Purchase St, Newburyport. At his death, his assets consisted of “no real estate, $131.02 in a savings account and a US Liberty Loan Par Value $50. or a total of $181.02. When Cora died 9 years later she had an estate of $3,239.09 including marble clocks, black walnut table and over $2800 in the bank, plus the house and land in Newburyport valued at $3000. In 1928 Mabel (then Mabel Green Blanchard) received $1454.23 from the estate of her uncle Cyrus Johnson and no one in her family knew about it.

In Recall:
Mabel’s daughter Gladys remembers her Grandma and Grandpa Green(William & Cora)
I really know very little except that I had a nice visit each year for about three years with them. My mother would take me to the Malden Depot, put me on the train and the conductor was told I was to get off in Newburyport. My Grandfather always met me at the station and we went to his home on Purchase by street car. They did not have a car. Not too many people did at that time. That was about 1918. After Grandpa died, I believe Grandma Green still ran the little store. All I remember next was she became so ill and came to Malden and stayed at our house on Main Street ‘til she died. Both were very dear people and treated me so nice. I never knew Grandpa Green had any brothers or sisters. They never spoke of their relatives.

Mabel’s daughter Elva remembers Grammy Green (Cora)
She sent us packages all the time from her store. Boxes of candy and material for all my dresses. She was a wonderful mother toMom and a beautiful Grandmother. No mean stepmother. Gladys visited Newburyport during the time Grandpa lived and me, too, but I can’t remember how I got down there. I remember Grammy Green taking me to Plum Island for the day.

Thus seven generations with the Green name, then Blanchard, VanAmburg, Delorey.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Ansel Blossom & Harriet (Forest) Green

Sixth Generation

Ansel Blossom Green was born in Byron, Maine, 26 Oct 1818. When in his early 20s he went to Sanford, Maine, where he filed intentions in 1842 to marry Harriet Forrest of Eaton, New Hampshire. Born in 1820, Harriet was the daughter of Adams & Phebe (Banfield) Forrest of Madison, New Hampshire.(Her photograph taken in her old age.)
Their children:
Malinda F.: b 1846; d 10 Oct 1857 of scarlet fever aged 11 yrs 7 mos
Roscoe: b 1849
Harriet : b 1855; d 1928; m. Charles Clough
* William Henry: b Nov 1857

During the Civil War, Ansel enlisted in Co A 13th Rgt. Infantry, NH Volunteers. He was 44 years old, 5’9”, dark; a farmer; and a Madison resident (in the Old Parsonage-Ripley/Gilman place , 1850-60). “
The regiment consisted of 10 companies mustered 20 Sep 1862 at Camp Colby near Concord, NH. Moved to Camp Chase near Arlington Heights, Virginia, arriving 8 Oct 1862; became part of the 1st Brigade, Gen Silas Casey’s Provincial Div. known as the Defenses of Washington. Marched to Liverpool Point on the Potomic mid December then to Fredericksburg for the battle of Mary’s Heights. On 25 Dec, 400 of 1080 were fit for duty. Next sent to Newport News & Suffolk as part of Gen Getty’s Div. Battle and bayonet charge against Gen. Longstreet on May 1863 among others”.

He received a medical discharge 30 May 1863. September 1862 - he had suffered mental derangement, paralysis for 14 weeks.

They lived the rest of their lives in Carroll Co.New Hampshire. Ansel died in Tamworth, in 1870. Harriet departed this life 10 Jan 1891 in Madison, of pneumonia and both are buried in Chocorua Cemetery.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Jonas & Eunice (Bacon) Green

Fifth Generation
Jonas Green was born in Groton, Massachusetts 15 Oct 1767 - he was one of triplets. Two survived, (Jonas & Josiah.) Reuben died just two days after their birth.

It is uncertain just when and why Jonas decided to move to Maine, but it is recorded that his brother Josiah, was an early settler of Wilton, Maine, as was their father, Jonas. Wilton was settled by proprietors from Dunstable and Chelmsford, Massachusetts in the 1790s, and that would most likely be the time that the three men arrived in the area.

Records show little activity in town affairs by the Greens, however Jonas’ marriage intention was filed in January 1813 and his first child Lucinda was born in October of that year.

Jonas was 45 years old and his bride - Eunice Bacon of Vassalboro, (Kennebec, Maine) was 26 years of age.
Their children:
Lucinda: b 10 Oct 1813; m. Ivory Webber
Jonas: b 31 Mar 1816
Polly Burns: b 30 Jan 1817; m. James Leavy
* Ansel Blossom: b 26 Oct 1818
William King: b 12 Oct 1820; m . Maria Hunt
Oliver Perry: b 16 Aug 1822
Sarah Ann: b 29 Mar 1824; m. Luther Merrill, Jr.
Amanda: b 7 May 1826
Hiram Augustine: b 13 May 1828
Abiel Bacon: b 4 Mar 1830
Roscoe G: b 3 May 1830; m. Nancy J. ___
Flavilla: b 5 Nov 1834; m. Edwin Robbins
Chestina: b 15 Nov 1837; d 13 May 1839

1840 census records indicate that one of the children was deaf and dumb.

The family settled in Township 8, later called Byron, Oxford county, Maine, 30 miles north west of Wilton, for within a year Jonas had purchased 100 acres of land there from Benjamin Savin.

Though not much of events in Byron have been recorded, the fact that Jonas engaged in a considerable number of land transactions is attested to at the Paris, Maine registry of deeds, which show him actively buying and selling land right through the year of his death in 1854. Probate records indicate him as administrator of the will of his father-in-law, James Bacon, in 1833.

There was a Jonas Green’s Store in Byron, but it is not known whether his or his son’s.

In September 1845, in ill health, Jonas Green had written his last will and testament. He gave his wife, who survived him by only three years, the sole use of his farm during her lifetime. Upon her death the farm with all buildings, stock and tools was to go to his sons Hiram and Abiel. To his other children he left various sums of money ($10 to $15 each) to be paid upon the death of his wife.

Jonas Green died 6 Nov 1845 at age 78 and is buried in the village cemetery at Byron with his wife and six of their children. Eunice (Bacon) Green died in Byron on 28 Feb 1849 at age 54.
Possessions at Jonas’ death included a pair of oxen, six cows, five yearlings, six calves, one mare with a colt by her side, 28 sheep, 4 swine and a wagon & harness among other possessions. His will is signed in a very shaky hand.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Jonas & Jemima (Holden) Green

Fourth Generation

A military career of note began at age 24 when Jonas Green enlisted in Capt Humphrey Hobbs Company for Annapolis Royal, 28 May 1755 (removal of the French from Nova Scotia). This was prior to his first marriage.

His residence was listed as Pepperell in 1777, when he served as a private in Capt Brown’s Co., Col Michael Jackson’ Regt (The Bloody 8th Massachusetts) of the Continental Army from 4 Feb 1777 to 4 Feb 1780. He was 46 years of age - the Co. took part in action at Paoli, Germantown, Brandywine. On the muster rolls at Valley Forge 1777-1778, he was discharged 24 Oct 1779 with a disability -a musketball had passed through his body at Ticonderoga in 1777. He was awarded a monthly allowance of $1.66.

Born 15 Mar 1731, in Groton, Massachusetts, Jonas Green married twice - his first wife, Jemima Holden, was born 1 Jul 1732. They married 29 June 1758. She departed this life on 2 Mar 1772 (about 5 o’clock in the afternoon) aged 39 years, 7 months, 19 days, having given birth to 10 children in eleven years, including twins and triplets. Their children:
Betsy: b 23 Sep 1760
Nathaniel: b 31 Mar 1762 (twin)
Jonas: b 31 Mar 1762; d 2 Apr 1762 (twin)
Jemima: b 4 Mar 1764
Lydia: b 19 Oct 1765
* Jonas: b 15 Oct 1767 (triplet)
Josiah: b 15 Oct 1767 (triplet)
Reuben: b 15 Oct 1767; d 17 Oct 1767 (triplet)
Abigail:b 5 Sep 1769
Rachel: b 12 Jul 1771

The children’s parents were members of the Church of Christ in Groton. Church membership records dated 5 July 1761 listed Jonas and Jemima among “those that own the covenant”. The birth of their triplets was an unusual enough occurrence to merit a note to that effect in the early church records. The meeting house where the family went to worship was situated on land once owned by the first Green settler in Groton, Jonas’ great-grandfather, William.

Jonas’ second wife, Abigail Nevers, was born 7 Apr 1756, she was twenty-five years younger than her new husband. She, too, gave birth to 10 children over the next nineteen years:
Joshua: b 23 Aug 1776
Guy: b 23 Aug 1778 Tyngsborough, MA
Hannah: b 1 May 1780
Asa: b 31 Jan 1782
Jonathan: b 7 May 1784
Hannah: b 19 Feb 1786
Polly: b 2 Oct 1788
David: b 6 May 1791
Rebecca:b 19 Apr 1793
Nathaniel: b 10 Jul 1795

We presume the family removed to Maine between the years 1793 & 1795 as the record of Rebecca’s birth is in Groton & Nathaniel was born in Farmington in 1795. The Green family settled in Wilton, Maine.

Jonas Green died in 1814 in Wilton, Maine; he is buried in Red Schoolhouse Cemetery, West Farmington, Maine. (Many of the old graves were moved there from an old cemetery in Wilton near the Green Farm). Abigail Green died 1 Feb 1819.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

William and Hannah (Holden) Green

Third Generation
William Green was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1669.
His marriage took place on 9 Mar 1727. to Hannah Holden.

Hannah was born in 1707, the daughter of Stephen and Hannah (Lawrence) Holden. Her father and two oldest brothers were held captive by Indians for almost two years.

The children of William and Hannah Greene:
William: b 25 Dec 1727,d 39 Nov 1809;m1 Ruth Colburn;2. Hannah Woods
Simeon: b 15 Sep 1729,16 Sep 1813;m.Marey Shattuck
* Jonas: b 15 Mar 1731;
Hannah: b 4 Dec 1732;m. Jeremiah Hobart
Abigail : b 18 May 1736;d 5 Mar 1766;m. John Sheple
Benjamin: 20 Aug 1739;d.23 Jan 1776 of sickness in the army; m. Ruth Keep
Nathaniel: b16 May 1742;13 Oct 1760 in army
Elizabeth: b 17 Jun 1745; d 31 Aug 1745

William Green died 7 May 1778. His will lists him as yeoman, and mentions bequests to his children:
William, 6 shillings 8 pence lawful money; to heirs of Benjamin, deceased, 6 shillings 8 pence like money; to Hannah Hobart 6 shillings 8 pense; to heirs of Abigail Sheple, deceased 6 shillings 8 pense - all to be paid in six months after his decease.

Item. I hereby order my old mare to be & remain on the Farm for the use of my wife and the family living in the house if my said Executrix after named shall think proper.
All the rest . . to my beloved wife, Hannah Green whom I hereby appoint sole executrix . . . . 1 June 1776 [signed X William Green his mark - the will probated 9 June 1778.]

Hannah died 3 Sep 1797, and she too left a will, dated 25 Dec 1793:
that once all debts be paid a bequest to her grandchildren, Jabez Green, Benjamin Green, Ruth Bradish, Edee Lakin, 6 shillings to be divided equally and paid within one year. To her childreen: Hannah Hobart - one half of my wearing apparell, and the other half tothe daughters of Abigail Sheple, deceased. The rest of her goods and estate to be divided and shared by sons William Green & Jonas Green, by daughter Hannah Hobart and heirs of daughter Abigail Sheple, deceased.
“Allowing my Grand Son Leonard Green, to have as Good a Share with the said William, Jonas, Hannah and the heirs of Abigail Sheple Deceased; as he would have had by Law if this will had never been made. Providing the Said Leonard Shall live to arrive to the age of Twenty one years. Excepting the ware-ing apparell. But if the said Leonard Should be taken away by Death before he arrives to the age of Twenty one years, then his part is to be equally divided between the afore mentioned heirs.”
[Her sons William & Jonas, Executors. She signed her name Hannah Green]

Both William & Hannah (Holden) Green are buried in Sec III North, of the Old Burying Ground in Groton.

Questions raised by Hannah’s will and the mention of one particular “grandson” - Leonard. There is no documentation of a grandson by that name, however we note that at the time the will was written (1793), Leonard who had not reached age 21 would have to have been born after 1772. Jabez Green is listed as a grandson in the will but not on the updated list of grandchildren, also Ruth Bradish - so since Hannah’s son Benjamin Green (whose wife was Ruth) had two children mentioned by Hannah ( Benjamin & Ede) and they had three more children, names unknown - perhaps ? Ruth Bradish, Jabez Green and Leonard Green were theirs?????

Monday, March 8, 2010

Eleazor & Elizabeth (Prescott) Green

Meet the second generation of Greens

Eleazor Green was born 20 May 1672 Lancaster, Massachusetts. d 10 Sep 1731 Groton, Massachusetts.

In 1695 he married Elizabeth Prescott, the daughter of Jonas and Mary (Loker) Prescott. Her father was a blacksmith who often appeared in a coat of mail armor.

Their children were:
Eleazor: b 26 Jan 1696; d 18 Mar 1744 Groton;m. 8 Mar 1722 Anna Tarbell
daughter: b 29 Jan 1698; d 13 Feb 1698
* William: b 1699; d 7 May 1778; m. 9 Mar 1724 Hannah Holden
Jonathan: b 1702 Groton; m. 25 Feb 1725 Mary Lakin
Elizabeth:b 10 Jun 1704; chr 16 Feb 1706; m. ____ Ames
James: b 20 Jan 1708-9; m. Sarah Shattuck
Jacob: chr. 30 Jan 1709 Groton
Rebecca: b 1712; d 15 Feb 1854; m. 27 Jun 1732 Joel Parish
Isaac: b 10 Mar 1716; m. Martha Boyden

Eleazor died 10 Sep 1737; Elizabeth died 18 Mar 1744, both in Groton, Massachusetts.

Sunday, March 7, 2010


This time we will take a slightly different tack as we follow the Green family beginning with an early generation in the 17th century. A special thank you to Cuz Marilyn (Donahue) Christie, whose study of this family has added much to their story.

What we know of the family has its beginnings in Groton, Massachusetts, and as most early Massachusetts towns at one time encompassed what was later to become others, early Groton included Pepperell, Shirley, portions of Littleton, Dunstable, Harvard, Westwood and Nashua, NH.

William and Mary (Crispe) Green
Among the original proprietors was WILLIAM GREEN (1640- 1713) with a 14 acre right. His house lot of 17 acres was on both sides of the great country road. Their home was on the present site of Lawrence Academy and extended as far north as the road across Broad Meadows.

It is said in Groton history that
“In King William’s War, 1691-2, William Greene captained 11 men and their families in Garrison No. 1, south and east of West Parish Church.”
He was a constable in 1675 and surveyor in 1680.

He married Mary Crispe who bore eight children. She was born 20 May 1638 in Watertown, Massachusettts; and died after Jul 1713. I would include a bit about Mary's parents:
CRISPE, BENJAMIN: b abt 1615 Frisby, Lincolnshire, England d 5 Nov 1683 Groton, Massachusetts
m.1. bef 1637 Watertown, MA
____, BRIDGET: b abt 1614 killed by Indians 13 Mar 1676. They had six children
* Mary b 20 May 1638
m.2. after 1680
GOFF, JOANNA: widow of William Longley & sister of Thomas Goff
He was a mason. Deposed in 1656, age abt 45 years, that he was “a servant to Maj Gibbons 25 years agone”. He was in service to the major as early as 1629. In 1666 he sold to Thomas Boyden of Groton a dwelling with 7 acres & several other parcels of land amounting to 92 acres. He probably moved to Groton about that time and sold about 8 acres to William Green. Benjamin was a Groton resident from 1666 to 1680.. In 1682 he again sold land to W. Green and moved to Watertown where he remarried.

The children of William and Mary (Crispe) Green were:
Mary b 21 May 1661; d 11 Apr 1736; m. 6 Jul 1683 Daniel Cady
William b 13 Jul 1665
Anna b 12 May 1667
John b Mar 1669; m. Hannah ____
* Eleazer b 20 May 1672
Hannah b abt 1676; d 28 Jan 1682
Elizabeth b 11 Mar 1680 Groton, MA; m. John Cady
Hannah b 10 Feb 1683; m. Hezekiah Whitcombe
[the * before a child’s name indicates the next in lineal descent to our family]

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


Judah Nickerson is another one of John and Dorothy (James) Nickerson's 13 children.
Born at Woods Harbor 23 Jun 1801, he married Elizabeth Smith when she was 15 years old and he was 23 (May 6, 1824). He died 17 Feb 1895 at the age of 94. When he was 93his daughter found him down in the well, where he had descended to bring up the water bucket. Judah died 17 Feb 1895; Elizabeth d.10 Apr 1887

The house he built at Clarks Harbor, Nova Scotia, (the year he married Elizabeth) is noted for an unusual huge lion placed in the front yard in 1906 by his grandson, John Nickerson, a noted sculptor and the son of Thomas Newell Nickerson.
There were 13 children born to Judah and Elizabeth:
Zilpha: 6 Feb 1825 - 3 Feb 1898; m. Thomas Newell
Irene: 13 Aug 1827 - 3 Feb 1900; m. William B. Smith
Freeman: 25 Oct 1829 - 13 Aug 1892; m. Lucinda Smith
Ephraim: 26 Jun 1832 - 14 Sep 1915; m. Matilda Smith
Susan Jane:28 Nov 1834 - 27 Jan 1928; m. Lovitt Swim
Joshua: 19 Feb 1837 - 9 Dec 1902; m. Rebecca Brannen
Hannah: 1 May 1839 - 26 Mar 1862; m. Jeremiah Brannen
Edward G: 25 Apr 1841 - 13 May 1841
William Edward:16 Aug 1842 - Sep 1913; m. Sarah Penny
John P.G.: 11 Nov 1845 - 19 Mar 1931; m. Josephine Dobin
James Lendall:16 May 1847 - 5 Sep 1940; m. Ruth Smith
Matilda: 29 Jan 1850 - 2 Jul 1942; m. Robert Colquhoun
Thomas Newell:27 Jun 1853 - 16 Sep 1944 m. Judith Ann Nickerson


As a small child I was awestruck by this huge stone lion but was more comfortable with the smaller sculptured dogs flanking the steps to my great grandfather's hotel. You can see one of them in this 1905 photograph of my father, Robert A. VanAmburg, with his mother, my beloverd Nana Van, Mae (Nickerson) VanAmburg.