Monthly Archives: December 2014

long family tree

My eighth great grandparents Daniel Belden (1648-1731) and Elizabeth Foote (1654-1696), mentioned in an earlier post about the Deerfield Raid, had a son, William (1671-1759), and a daughter, Mary (1677-1737).   William’s direct descendant was Aaron Treadwell (1828-1896), a cattle farmer in … Continue reading

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Burning of the steamer Granite State

  Ida Belle Mead, the great-granddaughter of  the Reverend Solomon Mead, was born in South Salem, NY, on Oct. 9, 1862.  On May 16, 1883, she married a railroad conductor, Clifford L. Main, in Orange, CT. They traveled to New York City … Continue reading

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Belgian immigrants

In Battery Park in Lower Manhattan stands a ten-foot granite monument that honors the Walloon Settlers, a group of 32 Belgian families who traveled with Dutch immigrants on the ship Nieu Nederland to colonize New Amsterdam in 1624. The Belgian … Continue reading

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Birch Farm

  In 1888, my great-grandfather Elnathan Black (1858-1929) bought 40 acres, with a brick house, barn, silo, and other buildings, along with hills, rocky fields and a stream he later dammed into a pond, on Northfield Road in Watertown, Connecticut … Continue reading

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One-room School House

My grandmother Mabel (Black) Gould (1893-1994) and her siblings attended the Nova Scotia School House in Watertown, CT.  It was a one-room schoolhouse. Mabel rode a horse to school, and remembered the few books kept on a high shelf that … Continue reading

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Abolitionist and Teacher

Abolitionist Merlin Edward Mead (1794-1874), my fourth great grandfather, was a grandson of  Reverend Solomon Mead. He was born in South Salem, now Lewisboro, in Westchester County, New York. At age 17, he began teaching at the local school, while working on … Continue reading

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