Monday, February 8, 2016

The Rise and Fall of Boston’s Tide Mills

The small West End Museum in Boston just opened a small exhibit about “Tide Power in Colonial Boston.” On Tuesday, 21 July, at 6:00 P.M. the museum will host a reception for that show. Both exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.To Read More Click Link The Rise and Fall of Boston’s Tide Mills

Tide Mill Lecture February 21 2016 in Newburyport Curzon Mill, Salisbury Mills Coffins Creek Rings Island, & More see Details
Tide Mills Lecture Sunday February 21 @ 2PM

Monday, February 1, 2016

DADA Ladies of Chicago Daughters of the Revoltion, Mayflower Descendants of Elder Brewster and Roger Williams & Abolitionists

From Chicago Tribune March 1900

Mrs. Amelia Weed Hopkins Dada. DAR #14781 Lineage Book, Volume 15
Daughters of the American Revolution

Born in Pennsylvania. Wife of George Salmon Dada.
Descendant of Benjamin Weed and of Samuel Weed, of Connecticut; John Vredenburgh, Judge William John Vredenburgh, William John Vredenburgh, of New
York, William Riddle, of Pennsylvania.
Daughter of Harvey Howard Hamilton and Eva Josephine Hopkins, his wife.
Granddaughter of John Richards Hopkins and Amelia M. Weed, his wife; James Wallace Hamilton and Elizabeth Bard Kurtz, his wife.
Gr.-granddaughter of Walter Weed and Cornelia Vredenburgh, his wife; Rev. Daniel Campbell Hopkins and Martha Prentiss Richards, his wife; James Wallace Hamilton and Elenor Riddle, his wife.
Gr.-gr.-granddaughter of Judge William John Vredenburgh and Elizabeth Townsend, his wife; Smith Weed and Mary Skelding, his wife; John Richards and Martha Prentiss, his wife; Samuel Hopkins and Elizabeth Houston (1754-1847), his wife (m. 1778); William Riddle and Martha McCorkle, his wife.
Gr.-gr.-gr.-granddaughter of John Vredenburgh and Maryetje Van Wagenen, his wife; Benjamin Weed and Hannah Waterbury, his wife; Capt. John Prentiss and Sarah Christopher, his wife; William Houston and Nancy Hinman, his wife; Piatt Townsend and Maria Hubbard, his wife (m. 1760).
Smith Weed, (1755-1839), volunteered in Tryon's invasion and was at the battle of Danbury, where he was wounded. He served in the Commissary during the Revolution. He was born at Stamford, Conn., and died at Albany, N. Y. His father was a member of the Committee of Safety and at the age of eighty was taken prisoner at Danbury.
William John Vredenburgh, (1760-1813), enlisted at seventeen in Capt. Peter Van Rensalaer's company, Col. James Livingston's regiment. He was born at New York City, and died at Skaneateles.
John Vredenburgh, (1730-94), served in the company of Grenadiers, 1775-6.
Platt Townsend, (1733-1816), was examining surgeon for the army and navy. He was born and died on Long Island.
Samuel Hopkins served in Capt. Hutchins company, 1777. He was taken prisoner and made his escape. He died in Salem, Washington county, N. Y.
William Riddle served as a soldier, 1776-8, in Capt. James Gibson's company, Cumberland county militia. He received a grant of land at Port Royal, Pa., where he died.

MRS. OLIVIA PAMELIA WELLS DADA DAR #33695 Lineage Book - National Society of the Daughters of the American Volume 34 Daughters of the American Revolution

Born in Prattsburg, New York. Wife of Samuel N. Dada.
Descendant of Capt. Joseph Wells, Henry Wells, Elijah Taylor and Lieut. James Hulbert. Daughter of Ira Wells and Pamelia Taylor, his wife.
Granddaughter of Henry Wells and Rebecca Collins, his wife; Elijah Taylor and Rachel Hulbert, his wife.
Gr.-granddaughter of Joseph Wells and Thankful, his wife; James Hulbert and Eleanor Pomeroy, his wife.
Joseph Wells, (1726-1817), commanded a company in the Cambridge regiment of New York militia. He was born in Hebron, Conn.; died in Cambridge, N. Y. '
Henry Wells, (1763-1829), served as a private in the Albany county militia. He was born in Cambridge, N. Y.; died in Wayne county.
Elijah Taylor, (1763-1841), enlisted in Capt. Job Alvord's company, 1780 in a regiment raised in Hampshire county. He was born in South Hadley, Mass.; died in Wayne Co., N. Y. James Hulbert, (1735-1824), served as lieutenant 1777 in Col. Elisha Porter's regiment which marched to Saratoga. He was born in Northampton, Mass., where he died.

Howard Harvey Hamilton of Chicago Ill., b. in McAllesterville Pa. May 7, 1850, learned the trade of typesetting and telegraphing, employed with P. r. r. co. as telegrapher many years, went to the Pa. and N. Y. r. r., was dept. supt. of telegraph in Sayre Pa., removed to Chicago 1885 (m. Oct. 1, 1874 Eva J. Hopkins, dau. of John Richard Hopkins, a pioneer abolitionist and underground r. r. to freedom man, son of Rev. Daniel*, Samuel*, David1 and James1, chief of pilgrims 1620, desc. of Elder William Brewster, she had 2 daus. viz.: Evelina Weed Hamilton and Amelia Weed Hopkins Hamilton, m. G. S. Dade); son of James Wallace Hamilton of Mifflintown Pa., b. in Juniata co. Pa. Dec. 15, 1822, held lieut. commission in civil war signed by Gov. Curtain Penn, was sheriff of Juniata co. (m. 1849 Elizabeth Bard Kurtz, b. Jan. 5, 1823, dau. of David Kurtz, b. Jan. 30, 1798, d. 1873, farmer, was one of 14 sons, had 5 sisters, m. Margaret Bard of Reading Pa., dau. of George Bard of Lancaster Pa., b. there Oct. 11, 1773, d. May 27, 1856, took oath of allegiance May 22, 1777, m. Elizabeth Swope, dau. of John Swope, b. 1747, son John, son of Yost Swope, coat of arms, son of George Philip and Margaret [Kitzmiller] Bard); son of James W. Hamilton of Port Royal Pa., b. in Edinburgh Scotland, soldier in rev. war, was sheriff, received a grant of land for services, served as highlander in war of 1812 (m. Eleanor Riddle, dau. of Capt. William Riddle 177678 of Port Royal and Martha McCardle, dau. of James McCardle of Germantown 1809, they had son stolen by the Indians and made a chief. From American Ancestry: Embracing lineages from the whole of the United States. 1888[-1898. Ed. by Frank Munsell

Ida Whiteside Women Astronomer & Family

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Ida Whiteside was the daughter of Albert Whiteside (1846-1916) and Nellie McClellan Pease (1862-1935) born in Cambridge, New York
Records on parents marriage: 1861 Marriage Notices People’s Journal Greenwich, NY
At the country residence of the bride’s parents, at Buskirk’s Bridge, N.Y., Sept. 26th, by Rev. James L. Southard, Albert Whiteside, and Miss M. Ida Pease, daughter of A.S. Pease, Esq., of Saratoga Springs.
Ida had two brothers  Henry Whiteside (1888-1945) and John Charles Whiteside (1893-1956)
South Cambridge New York Student Vassar 1904/05 AM 06 Harvard 1907-1909 teacher missionary Luxor Egypt
In 1908 The Wellesley College Magazine, Volume 17: A circular of Harvard University reports the discovery of a new variable star by Miss Ida Whiteside, of the Department of Astronomy at Wellesley.
Whiteside won a prize for a 1907 paper on the orbit of comet co-authored with Elizabeth Buchanan Cowley (1874–1945) an American mathematician.

General Catalogue of the Officers and Graduates of Vassar College, Volume 5 Vassar College
A history of Phineas Whiteside and his family

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Anecdotes paint picture of a spirited history in New England Part 1

Captain J H Berry of Newbury, Massachusetts pressed charges of assault against Mary Bridges. (1822) Madame Bridges ran a “house of ill fame” in Marblehead and Berry was told on good authority he would receive a satisfactory, warm welcome. Berry did not get that lucky. Bridges stabbed him and he almost to bled to death in a snow bank.
The police rescued Berry from his frosty condition and arrested Bridges. Bridges demanded a trial and told Judge French that Berry was “noisy and riotous” and got a little too demanding with her ladies. He could not take “NO” for an answer. She threatened harsh measures with him and asserted to take him out with her sword.
Bridges testified that she booted him out the door with help from her sister and insisted that Berry must have received the wound trying to get back in through the window. She claimed she had placed a sword in the window for safety precautions. The judge was not buying Madam Bridges story and slapped her with a hefty fine and ordered her to pay Berry for his medical cost.

In 1862 The Newburyport Herald pleaded with Amesbury to “ferret out the dastardly and mean rascal” who robbed the celestial garden of poet John Greenleaf Whittier. The county was suffering a record fruit famine. The goblin thief plucked the poets blessed supply. Whittier’s luscious Bartlett pear tree was left barren. The Port editor was waging holy war on the “little imp, without wings.”
          Salem MA resident George Peckham was not aware that Polygamy was a serious offense. The “seven year itch” festering in his marriage to Mary Elizah Mundee needed some scratching. Peckham remedied it by taking another wife. It was not long before Mary got wind of this and turned him in to the authorities.
          Essex County’s Judge Russell was not humored by Peckham’s nonchalant response when he told the court it was a “spur of the moment” thing to marry Ms. Browne. Peckham landed two years in the state prison (1860) for his polygamist ways. 

           Lucy Lambert Hale, daughter of U. S. Senator John Parker Hale and Lucy Hill Lambert caused great scandal for her New England blue blood lines. The Newbury Hales and Rowley Lamberts were buzzing away when Ms. Lucy’s photo was found in the pocket of John Wilkes Booth when he captured and killed on April 26, 1865.
          Lucy's photo was just one of four other women. Booth was quite the piranha when it came to hooking in the ladies. His performance as Romeo had “caused ecstatic flutters from Chicago to Washington.” He was the George Clooney of the day. 

          A strange proclamation of love in a Valentines note came to Lucy from Booth in 1862. Booth’s allure worked on Lucy and soon she was admitted into the Booth Babes Club.    
          Lucy was a looker herself and had captured the hearts of many. Famous poets Oliver Wendall Holmes and William Chandler sang her praises. Robert Todd Lincoln, eldest son of President Lincoln and John Hay, Lincoln's assistant private secretary fancied her as well.
          However, when most were grieving Lincoln’s death, Lucy was mourning for her Booth. A New York Herald reporter wrote that Booth's fiancĂ©e, was "plunged in profound grief." John Hale must have used his influence to keep Lucy’s name out of the limelight. The Boston Herald noted, “she is slow to believe him guilty of this appalling crime," and sinks in deep sadness.

          Daniel J Hussey, a 21 year old Port local was left hung out to dry by a “strange lady friend” after a night of heavy petting and drinking. Hussey was found hanging from the window of an unoccupied house nearly frozen to death. He could not recall the events that led him into the position to which he was found. 

           A “maddened” bull escaped the slaughterhouse in Lynnfield. The great bull hunt was made up of police and over 50 local men armed with guns, pistols, and revolvers (1906)
          Although the bull terrorized hundreds until he was caught in Melrose Heights his main target was on selectmen George W Aboott. The Abbott family was big into butchery and the bull apparently had some scores to settle.  

 Charles Toothaker, a carriage maker for Sargent & Harlow Co. in Amesbury helped himself to some hot cloth from the factory and sold it in the city. He bought himself a one way ticket down South. (1855)
    Toothacker fell in love with Virginia and a rich plantation heiress. They were married within weeks. All seemed sweet until Constables Heath and Jones showed up. They tracked him down like blood hounds.
    The constables had Toothaker on the train to transport him north, but hundreds assembled at the depot and threatened to rescue him saying they were really Northern Abolitionist.
    The only way the Yanks could get Toothacker out was through the court. When Judge Riley was given the facts about the theft he ordered Toothacker to be sent back. This would be the last time he would pull the wool over any eyes

          John Baker Keyes, a Wolfe Tavern guest made some juicy headlines. (1918) The 63 year old millionaire tycoon loved the ladies, especially the young ones. But his other love for liquor often left him dry of dames and drunk with remorse.
          Keyes left the Wolfe to meet up with buddies for happy hour at the Harvard Club in Boston. Florence Girardin, a 19 year old Harvard Club elevator operator caught Keyes attention. According to the papers Keyes’ pals said it was love at first sight. Keyes was glowing and over martinis that afternoon he exclaimed: “She is the one for me!”
          After a few weeks of courting it was made public Keyes was taking his new elevator girl to the next level. Keyes proposed to Girardin and showered her with expensive gifts. Keyes’ sister Miriam Hollister, wife of U. S. District Judge Howard Hollister saw the smutty headline in the Society pages a few days later.
          Hollister was not keen on the idea of toasting her brother’s latest romance. She appointed guardian Edgar Stark, officer of the Union Savings Bank to oversee her brother’s affairs.
          Keyes went on a three week bender and by the end he started to become intolerant of the Port’s temperate ways. He arrived at Wolfe intoxicated and demanded a drink. The clerk reminded him it was a “dry” town, but Keyes grew more aggressive. He jumped over the counter and began swinging at the clerk who called in the fuzz. Keyes was taken in custody.  
          Port’s Charles W. Wells, Captain of the Watch told reporters Keyes was acting like a sailor away in some foreign port. Wells said a stint at the Parker House clearly showed Keyes’ erratic behavior.  In a drunken rage over a love affair gone bad he overflowed his bath tub and threw furniture out the window. He made good on the room damage, but left a trail of bad press.
          When the news of Keyes arrest was announced reporters surrounded Girardin like sharks. The feeding frenzy turned to the subject of the families attempt to sabotage the marriage plans. She said, her “family always bore a respectable name,” and “that Stark can not drag her through the mud.” Then, she screamed out: “How do I get to Newburyport! I must go to him!”
          Girardin hopped a cab with brother Earl to rescue her Romeo. However she was too late. While Keyes was passed out Stark checked him out of the Wolfe and escorted him back home to Cincinnati. For weeks she insisted he would return and marry her, but Keyes left his heartbroken elevator love at ground zero. 

 When “Bossy” Gillis had his gasoline station license suspended he was not spooked. He trotted past city hall officials and opened up shop with an announcement in the Newburyport Herald: “Ghost Town Horse Taxi—Bossy Gillis, Market Square. No OPA Regulations. Local call 25 cents. Inebriates Free.” (1944)  Middle Photo from Mary Baker Blog
          The Port’s “one armed bandit” case was nothing short of a free handout for Judge Vincent Kelleher. (1955) Charles W. G. Lamphrey thought he was pulling a fast one by hiding a slot machine in his gasoline shop. However, John Valli and George Perkins decided to steal the cash cow. They carted the machine down the street and were nabbed by some nosey neighbors.
          When the two convicts had their day in court they explained how they planned to break open the slot machine to get the coin. The judge let them out on bail, but hit Lamphrey with a huge fine. Sometimes justice comes through any means.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

James McCrea of Pennsylvania and Family

President of the Pennsylvania Railroad from 1907 to 1913.

James McCrea (1845-1913) married Ada Jane Montgomery (1845-1926) in 1873, and the couple had three children.
One daughter, Ada Montgomery McCrea m.Richard Hayes Hawkins. Two sons---
Archibald Montgomery McCrea m. Mary Corling Johnston, widow of David Dunlop
The oldest son, James Alexander McCrea, followed his father in a career with the Pennsylvania Railroad. See Fathers of the Five Towns: James Alexander McCrea

James McCrea died March 28, 1913 at Ballyweather, his home at Haverford, Pennsylvania; Ada died October 20, 1926. Both are interred at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. James was son of Dr James McCrea and Anna B Foster, daughter of William Foster and Hetty Harker
Ada was d. of  William Montgomery and Eliza Moorhead

The Death Of James McCrea
Date: Monday, March 31, 1913
Paper: Patriot (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania)

       Opening of the Pennsylvania Railroad Station 1910 McCrea is 8th in front row

Dr. James A. McCrea, of this city, committed suicide on June 22, at his residence, No. 2004 Delancey Place, by severing the jugular vein and carotid artery with a razor, while taking a bath.
Dr. McCrea was born in this city in 1812. He was the son of John McCrea, for many years an East India merchant, who died leaving his son an ample fortune. At the age of 21 the Doctor was graduated at the Pennsylvania University, but he never practiced his profession, though lie was connected, when a young man, with the Friends' Insane ARylum, Frankford, and the Blockley Almshouse. In 1851) he was appointed a member of the Board of Health, by the Court, and he has been reappointed every three years since that time. His term would not have expired until 1882. He acted as President of the Board for some years. He was also one of the Commissioners appointed to superintend the erection of the municipal hospital, which was dedicated in 1865. In all his public life he was independent to a degree that made him a terror to his associates, though his integrity, which was of the strictest kind, was never questioned. The disease which it is believed caused the aberration of mind that led to his death was of some years' standing. He lately became very much depressed, and for some time had not attended to his official duties. Only a few days ago he complained to Clerk Troth, at the Board of Health office, that he felt himself gradually breaking down. This seemed to prey upon his mind and caused the deepest despondency. The act which ended his life is not thought to have been premeditated.From Medical and Surgical Reporter, Volume 43 

John McCrea alone owned ten square rigged vessels which were engaged in the China trade, and there were at least twenty more vessels owned by Philadelphia merchants, engaged in the same trade, so that the business of supplying these vessels with equipment and provisions was a very extensive one, and James Carstairs had the bulk of it. He was an upright business man of wide acquaintance and good repute, and a consistent Christian and useful citizen. He gave much of his time and means to benevolent objects, and was for many years president of the Southwark Benevolent Society. He served during the greater part of his adult life as a member of the board of directors of the public schools, and filled many other positions of public trust. He was one of the early members of St. Andrew’s Society, joining in 1813. He died in February, 1875, in his eighty-sixth year. From Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania: Genealogical and Personal Memoirs, Volume 2

John McCrea, 1816.—Was a merchant at 40 Dock street in 1816. The will of John McCrea, Jr., admitted to probate January 29, 1842, mentions his brothers, James A. McCrea and Thomas P. McCrea, and his three sisters, Anne, Mary and Hannah.
James McCrea, 1790.—Was a merchant . His will, dated August 13, 1814, and proved October 6, 1814, mentions his seven children, Elizabeth Jackson, and Jane, Mary, Hannah, Margaret, John and James McCrea. William Davidson (1802), broker, Thomas Hale and John McCrea were appointed trustees. From History of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and of the Hibernian Society for the Relief of Emigrants from Ireland: March 17, 1771-March 17, 1892


Obit June 22, 1887

Thursday, January 21, 2016

A Picturesque Federal Gilt Tabernacle Mirror, with Newburyport Reverse Painting, Salem, MA c.1800, labeled Stillman Lothrop

This mid-sized mirror retains it’s original mirrored glass, backboard, and label of the maker, Stillman Lothrop. Mirror labels are quite rare and this is preserved in its entirety (see images). The Newburyport painting appears to have its original gilt border, however the painting itself is highly restored. This beautiful mirror was done very well and retains its original eglomise glass and mirror glass. Item SW01930 From Stanley Weiss Auctions See Also Christie's Auction

Stillman Lothrop lived at Otis House now owned by Historic New England and used as Headquarters Photo from 1910

Stillmam worked for John Doggett a cabinetmaker, carver, and gilder in Roxbury and Boston, Massachusetts. He worked as a gilder in Salem before establishing a looking-glass manufactory in Boston. Listed in Boston Directory on Court street

He also lived at Otis House. See Winterthur Library Papers
He was the son of Barnabas Lothrop (1758-1838) and Sarah Bozworth/Bosworth (1761-1813). He was born in Bridgewater, MA.
Barnabas Lothrop was born on 25 February 1757, the son of Edward Lothrop and Abigail (Howard) Lothrop, of West Bridgewater, MA. He M. 2nd Clara Holbrook
Sarah was d. of Jonathan Bozworth [or Bosworth] and Abiel/Abial Lathrop

Stillmam's Siblings:
Clarissa Lothrop
Barnabos Lothrop
Sarah Lothrop
Barnabas Lothrop
Edward Lothrop
Elizabeth Lothrop
Tisdale Lothrop
Mary Lothrop


History of Bulfinch Hall published by Phillips Andover Academy 

 Antiques, Volume 93 1968
Writings on American history KTO Press, 1959
Paul Hogarth's Walking Tours of Old Boston: Through North End, Downtown, Beacon Hill, Charleston, Cambridge, and Back Bay 1978 
The New-England Galaxy, Volumes 1-2 Old Sturbridge Incorporated, 1959
Peabody Essex Museum Collections, Volume 137 Peabody Essex Museum, 2001
Antiques, Volumes 75-76  Straight Enterprises, 1959