Thursday, May 5, 2016

Salisbury Massachusetts Fire Department

Love to id these men, but only labeled with one name John F Swett, son of Timothy Swett and Polly Osgood. born on December 1 1849, in Salisbury Point, Massachusetts. He was the husband of Fannie Ora Stearns, daughter of Charles Oliver Stearns and Adeline Eastman

Saturday, April 30, 2016

A letter written to W. H. B. Currier, of Amesbury, Mass.

From The Works of John Greenleaf Whittier: Old Portraits and Modern Sketches


Danvers, Mass., 9th Mo., 24, 1881

I regret that it is not in my power to join the citizens of Amesbury and Salisbury in the memorial services on the occasion of the death of our lamented President. But in heart and sympathy I am with you. I share the great sorrow which overshadows the land; I fully appreciate the irretrievable loss. But it seems to me that the occasion is one for thankfulness as well as grief.

Through all the stages of the solemn tragedy which has just closed with the death of our noblest and best, I have felt that the Divine Providence was overruling the mighty affliction,—that the patient sufferer at Washington was drawing with cords of sympathy all sections and parties nearer to each other. And now, when South and North, Democrat and Republican, Radical and Conservative, lift their voices in one unbroken accord of lamentation; when I see how, in spite of the greed of gain, the lust of office, the strifes and narrowness of party politics, the great heart of the nation proves sound and loyal, I feel a new hope for the republic, I have a firmer faith in its stability. It is said that no man liveth and no man dieth to himself; and the pure and noble life of Garfield, and his slow, long martyrdom, so bravely borne in view of all, are, I believe, bearing for us as a people "the peaceable fruits of righteousness." We are stronger, wiser, better, for them.

With him it is well. His mission fulfilled, he goes to his grave by the Lakeside honored and lamented as man never was before. The whole world mourns him. There is no speech nor language where the voice of his praise is not heard. About his grave gather, with heads uncovered, the vast brotherhood of man.

And with us it is well, also. We are nearer a united people than ever before. We are at peace with all; our future is full of promise; our industrial and financial condition is hopeful. God grant that, while our material interests prosper, the moral and spiritual influence of the occasion may be permanently felt; that the solemn sacrament of Sorrow, whereof we have been made partakers, may be blest to the promotion of the righteousness which exalteth a nation.

Captain John M Pettingell

John Mason Pettingell was son of Andrew Haskell Pettingell and Mary Nash
Grandson of Moses Pettingell and Mary Haskell.
Gr Grandson of Eleazer Pettingell and Sally Folsom Beckett
Gr Gr Grandson of  Moses Pettingell and Elizabeth Atkinson
Gr Gr Gr Grandson of  Nathaniel Pettingell and Margaret Richardson
Gr Gr Gr Gr Grandson of  Matthew Pettingill and Sarah Noyes
From A Pettingell Genealogy: Notes Concerning Those of the Name

J. M. Pettingell was married in June, as the following from The Bottom Traveller, relates:

"Miss Myrtle Van Wye, daughter of Mrs. Flora H. Van Wye, of Bradlee Court, Craigie Circuit, and John Mason Pettingell of 1 Ellsworth Park were married last evening at the home of the bride's mother. The Rev. Raymond Calkins, pastor of the First Congregational Church, performed the ceremony. The bride was attended by a group of young girls, members of her Sunday school class, and was given in marriage by her mother. The best man was Andrew F. Pettingell, a brother of the bridegroom. The bridegroom is a graduate of Technology in the Class of 1912 and the son of Mrs. Caroline F. and the late Capt. John M. Pettingell, of Newburyport. During the war he was an aviator, serving with the rank of second lieutenant in this country and France. He is a member of the firm of Carlson & Pettingell, combustion engineers. The bride is a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College, Class of 1914, with M. A. degree from Radcliffe in 1916. After a short wedding trip Mr. and Mrs. Pettingell will reside at 1200 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Mass."

Tuesday, June 25, 1901 Boston Herald (Boston, Massachusetts) 

  • Technology Review, Volume 23
  • A Pettingell Genealogy: Notes Concerning Those of the Name
  • Richard Fowler, Sr. (1802-1881) of Newburyport, Massachusetts and his wife, Susanna Mary Currier (1803-1875); their ancestry and their descendants Laura K. Pettingell, John M. Pettingell
  • Boot and Shoe Recorder, Volume 30  
  • Boots and Shoes. Gossip Gathered among Local Dealers. and Manufacturers Saturday, March 14, 1891  
  • The Boston Almanac and Business Directory, Volume 57
  • Business Troubles. Closed by the Sheriff Saturday, May 9, 1896 Boston Journal
  • National Telephone Directory 1895
  • Annual Statics of Manufactures 1891
  • The Boot and Shoe Trade. How some Drummers Work up Trade-Items of Interest to Shoe Men Friday, June 13, 1890 Boston Journal

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

18C American Women: Paintings of 18th-Century American Families

 1729 John Smibert (American colonial era artist, 1688-1751). The Bermuda Group Family portraits are rare in early 18th read more click link 18C American Women: Paintings of 18th-Century American Families:

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Please Visit My New Site!!

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Dandy Waitor at Wolfe Tavern and Ebenezer Moseley and his Boots and a 1934 Debutante Ball

Found a clip from newspaper referencing Moseley and his boots. A little Moseley and Strong information with sources for more genealogy and history. If you have a story or photo to add please email me or post Thanks

 Ebenezer Moseley Newburyport Photo from PDF History of Newburyport John J. Currier

 Wolfe Tavern from 1908 article published in the The San Juan Islander

"Chailey," Charles William Moseley house, Newburyport, Massachusetts. Flower garden Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952, photographer1920 From Library of Congress

Caleb Strong portrait by Gilbert Stuart, courtesy of Frederick Strong Moseley III '51 From Harvard Magazine Caleb Strong Brief life of an exemplary politician: 1745-1819

The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 54A Portrait of Martha Strong Moseley Bulletin, Volumes 44-47 Connecticut Historical Society Edward Strong Moseley: In Memoriam, 1813-1900 
The History of the Descendants of Elder John Strong, of Northampton, Mass, Volume 2 Benjamin Woodbridge Dwight
History of Newburyport, Mass: 1764-1905, Volume 1 John James Currier 
Photos from The Life Work of Edward A. Moseley in the Service of Humanity James Morgan
Gardens of Colony and State: Introduction. Massachusetts. Connecticut. Maine. New Hampshire. Vermont. Rhode Island. New York. New Jersey. Pennsylvania. Michigan. Ohio. Illinois. Fences and enclosures  Alice Gardner Burnell Lockwood
A Genealogical Sketch of One Branch of the Moseley Family Edward Strong Moseley