Monday, June 29, 2015

George Washington was here in Newburyport

I posted this on Facebook in the Newburyport History Buffs and got some responses but not the exact home. I wonder if this is real?? From 1952 news. Please post your replies or e-mail me Thanks

Col Nathaniel A Richardson and Family of Winchester MA

Col Richardson descends from the early settlers.

From "History of Woburn"  In February of 1640 a group set forth from Charlestown to find a suitable location for their projected town. After much deliberation, present day Woburn Center was chosen as the site for the new Village.

On November 5, 1640 a committee of seven was appointed by Charlestown to determine the boundary lines of the new settlement. The seven men who received this grant to undertake the settlement of Charlestown Village, as it was to be called, were Captain Edward Johnson, Thomas Richardson, Samuel Richardson, Ezekiel Richardson, Thomas Graves, Edward Converse and John Mousall. These men were required to build houses for habitation within two years. They also were entrusted with the power to grant lands to other persons willing to build and live within the newly formed Village. The grant further stated that it was the duty of these men to select newcomers who would work as a unit to improve the land, lay out the streets and maintain a civil and religious society.

Richardson Advocates for Blacks

Winchester’s Nathaniel A. Richardson, who had the opportunity to witness conditions in the south following the end of the Civil War, wrote down his observations of both former slaves and masters, frankly admiring the blacks and advocating for more to be done for them. He is shown here in a portrait drawn by Winchester’s Edward A. Brackett.

One hundred and fifty years ago, Winchester native Col. Nathaniel A. Richardson (1820-1908) was in the south, serving as Commissary of Subsistence for the U. S. Army. This put him in a position to travel and to observe post-war conditions that inspired very frank, no-holds-barred articles on the state of whites and blacks during the year following the cessation of the war. To read more of Ellen Knights article click link to Richardson advocated for freed slaves following Civil War

Eben B Clark of Gloucester MA April 1915

Comte de Grasse Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution

Judith S. Loukides, DAR member shared photos of the Comte de Grasse Home, NSDAR Chapter building.  C 1720 and I found some articles from the archives

 1938  Richmond Times Dispatch (Richmond, VA)

The Woman Who Saved Yorktown. If not for Emma Leake Chenoweth and the ladies of the Comte de Grasse chapter of the DAR, we might be seeing golfers tee off at Surrender Field.

The Custom House, built about 1720 by Custom Agent Richard Ambler, is one of only twelve Historic Custom Houses in the United States. Maintained solely by the Chapter, the Custom House also hosts a museum and has been open to the public on Sundays from June to October since 1930 at no charge. Acknowledgements: The Comte de Grasse Chapter, NSDAR owns, operates, and maintains their chapter house.
Nancy Reese Jones, 85, Comte de Grasse chapter of the DAR, Yorktown, former officer 
When Emma Leake Chenoweth and the Comte de Grasse chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution began their drive to save historic Yorktown in 1922, they started with bake sales and tea parties aimed at raising money for the purchase of the Custom House. But so successful was the DAR in promoting the town and battlefield's preservation that Chenoweth went on to help plan the 150th anniversary celebration of the victory at Yorktown staged in 1931, during which the federal government dedicated its new Colonial National Monument protecting both the battlefield and Jamestown. -- Mark St. John Erickson

From 1951 Article a section but if you would like full article please send request will forward PDF 
Article Restoring the Custom House--Restored in 1929 and '30, the Custom House was dedicated on Nov. 15, 1930, shortly before much of Yorktown and the battlefield fell under the protection of the federal government as part of a newly created Colonial National Monument. Chenoweth is shown here in 1937 after the DAR erected a plaque at the Custom House in honor of her prominent role in preserving the historic town. Courtesy of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Comte de Grasse chapter
Virginia (Ginny) Brintlinger Willey volunteer at Colonial Williamsburg and as the secretary for the Woman’s Club of Williamsburg. She also joined the Comte de Grasse Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at Yorktown.

Francois-Joseph-Paul de Grasse-Rouville, Comte de Grasse (1722-1799)
The woman who saved Yorktown
Daughters of the American Revolution Honor first Patriot Award Recipients
Admiral De Grasse and American Independence By Charles Lewis

Thursday, June 25, 2015

New Hampshire History Excavated Fort Constitution New Castle

In 1969 a group of Archeology students led by Henry A Sargent did an excavation at Fort Constitution. See article below

Reproduced from an original postcard published by the Hugh C. Leighton Company, Portland, Maine

Distant View of Fort Constitution Photo from N H Historical Society
The Fort William and Mary Blockhouse. Detail from a 1705 plan from the Trustees of the British Museum, from a copy at the New Hampshire Historical Society.

1705 site plan from the Trustees of the British Museum, from a copy at the New Hampshire Historical Society.

Repairs were made in 1722 under Lieutenant Governor John Wentworth I, and additional repairs and more guns were added in 1757 under Royal Governor Benning Wentworth. However, the basic structure of the fort remained the same. Throughout the colonial era, the average complement of men was only four to eight, with 20 to 40 additional soldiers added in the summer or in times of crisis.
In 1771-1772 a major improvement to the fort was made when a barbette battery was built protected by a stone wall about seven feet high, with several gun embrasures. The first harbor light was installed here in 1771, which was at first only a lantern hung up a flagpole. A shingled wooden lighthouse with a copper-roofed lantern was soon built thereafter. It was tended by soldiers at the fort.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Honoring Sargeant Leonard "Lenny" Budd JR.

Leonard R Budd, Jr. U.S. Marine Corps 1965-1973 Cold War 1965-1973 Vietnam War 1967-1973 (POW) born October 15, 1946

In 1967 Sergeant Leonard “Lenny” Budd was deployed to South Vietnam, where he served with Company C, 9th Motor Transport Battalion of the 3rd Marine Division. During an engagement he was captured by Viet Cong forces. It was 17 months before the Communist announced he was alive. He spent over 5 years in captivity in camps in North Vietnam. On December 21 1968 Lenny’s mom got to listen to a recorded message with her son's voice. Sgt Budd would not be released until March 1973.
    Lenny headed his welcome home parade riding in a white Cadillac in Rowley 1973. Gov.Saltonstall thanked him for his service and female attendees smothered him with gratitude kisses. A bank book containing $2,000 was gifted to him and the Jaycees presented him with a plaque honoring him as the outstanding man of the year. Lenny was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for his courage to resist the harsh treatment of his captors and upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”
In a phone interview with Lenny (now residing in North Carolina) noted he was exhausted and overwhelmed that day. He even fell asleep at one point, but he will never forget how his hometown made him feel special. Lenny met his wife Gail at that parade and the couple had four children. Lenny lived in the Port and worked as a postman with his good friend Andy Parks. 

April 8, 1973 Paper: Boston Herald (Boston, MA)At Rowley MA

Bud with sisters Beth, 17 and Elaine 23 at Rowley Parade

December 21, 1968 Paper: Boston Herald (Boston, MA)

September 11, 1970 Paper: Boston Herald (Boston, MA) 

March 4, 1973 Paper: Boston Herald (Boston, MA) 

April 7, 1974  Paper: Boston Herald (Boston, MA) 

Boston Herald American February 21 1975 1975

Leonard R Budd Bronze Star: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" to Sergeant Leonard R. Budd, Jr. (MCSN: 0-2132168), United States Marine Corps, for meritorious service while interned as a Prisoner of War (POW) in Southeast Asia from August 1967 to March 1973. Sergeant Budd's ceaseless efforts by a continuous showing of resistance to the enemy, who ignored all international agreements concerning treatment of POW's, demonstrated professional competence, unwavering devotion and loyalty to the United States. Resisting the harsh treatment of his captors, Sergeant Budd was instrumental in maintaining the system of communications established by the prisoners. By so doing, he fostered the morale of his fellow POW's and solidified their efforts to resist the attempts of the enemy to attain dominance over them. Sergeant Budd's adherence to the Code of Conduct and overall exemplary performance reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. (Sergeant Budd is authorized to wear the Combat "V".)
Sergeant Leonard R. Budd, Jr. (MCSN: 0-2132168), United States Marine Corps, was held as a Prisoner of War in Southeast Asia from August 21, 1967 until his release on March 5, 1973.

Links and Sources
Ripley's Raiders Vietnam Chronicles By Russell J Jewett