Family History · Uncategorized

Recent Articles on Thomas and Hannah (Emerson) Duston

A few months ago I decided to join The Essex Society of Genealogists. This society was formed in 1981 and is located in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. This morning I am reading a couple of their issues from last year that are available online for members. I enjoy reading genealogical periodicals even when I find no information about my family because I like to see the research methodology and learning history is always fun.

Anyway, I need to order a physical copy of Volume 36, Issue 3 published in August 2016. Emerson W. Baker presented a lecture on the Salem witch trials which is quite interesting. He presented some interesting ideas that are not always included in other books on the subject. He also has created the Salem Witch Trials app. However, as interesting as the lecture was it is not the main reason I NEED this issue. Chris Bailey (former genealogist for the Duston/Dustin Family Association) submitted two articles. The first is “The Documented Story of Hannah Duston”. In it, he focuses on contemporary sources of Hannah (Emerson) Duston’s experiences and not the accounts that were written several generations later. It was quite informative. I loved reading the transcriptions of old documents and letters. There was information regarding the family I had not seen before. (I have to say I am guilty of not researching the New England lines of my family like I should. I do have dates and names that I acquired through family records from close to 100 years ago. I definitely need to learn more about the history behind the names. As Hannah is a bit of a celebrity I do know a bit of her history, as well as her sister Elizabeth Emerson, but not so much other people in my tree.) The second article is “The Homes of Thomas and Hannah Duston and the True Duston Garrison House”. I learned a few new things from this article also. I did not know (or remember?)  that Thomas Duston was a brickmaker. The major point in this article (for me) is that the Duston Garrison House in Haverhill did not actually belong to Thomas Duston but was built by Henry Kimball, Jr. It was purchased later in 1698 by Stephen Emerson who married Thomas and Hannah’s daughter Elizabeth. Hannah did live there a year or so at the end of her life under the care of her daughter and stepson. She may have actually died there. But, no, it is not the Duston Garrison House as we once thought.

Family History · Uncategorized

Royal Deserter

My 6th great grandfather is Jacob Royal of North Yarmouth, Maine. He married Hannah Brown. One of their children, Peter Royall, was baptized 13 April 1777 in North Yarmouth. While searching for someone else in my tree at Find My Past, I saw the name Peter Royal pop up in the search results. I had to look of course.

Here is my transcription of a portion of the article:

Found in Newport Mercury, May 12, 1795 (Tuesday)

Twenty Dollars Reward
DESERTED from the Detachment of
the Corps of Artiller(??) and Engineers, at Goat
Island, on Saturday Evening, (9 May 1795)

PETER ROYAL, Private Soldier,
Eighteen Years of Age, 5 Feet, 4 Inches, black Eyes,
short black curling Hair, — born in the Town of North-
Yarmouth, Province of Maine — A.(??)

According to the article, there is a reward of $10 for Peter and the other $10 for his fellow deserter Henry Starks of Lyons, New Hampshire
Peter was baptized in North Yarmouth in Apr 1777 so he would be 18 at this time.

Next step is to research any other Peter Royals of North Yarmouth of that time.


Nursery Lesson 3

Right now we only have three children in Nursery. One has not been here in a couple of weeks because her mom recently had a baby. I don’t know when she’ll come in. It’s been pretty quiet. Nursery is not my favorite place as it is but junior nursery is a bit boring. Theres not much you can do with 18 month old toddlers. I usually want to lay down and take a nap. The next child will be coming in the beginning of February and then it will be April until the next one. We’ll have eight by the end of the year.

I brought in two sensory bins which they played with for quite a while. Of course there were actual toys there for them to play with. I’m not that mean. I only bring out a few toys at a time though. When they get bored we put them away and pick out a new toy. We’re in a very tiny room so it helps keep things managable.

For the printable, instead of doing it as a flip book I made a mini book. I printed it out on colored cards took and cut out the bottom portion. 

I then folded it accordion style.

Then I glued the two valleys together 

To finish off the edges I used some colorful washi tape to “bind” the booklet.

I’m trying to get the printable to be something they can carry around and possibly use for reverence activities during Sacrament meeting. Not sure why I bother as I’m pretty sure they’re trashed once they get home. I need something to entertain myself with though.

I way overplanned the lesson. I didn’t do quite a few things I planned. Having them sit for five or ten minutes was a challenge enough. With only two it wasn’t too bad. Hopefully they will be trained by the time the next child comes in. 

Next week is a review week so I need to decide what to do. We might just watch videos, color and sing songs.


Wall Quilt Progress 1

Today I finished the pieced sashing and sewed on the Yellow sashing. It took me a while to get the pieced sashing sewn and attached properly. I got one border piece attached and one pinned on. I’m pretty sure I was supposed to miter the corners, but I’m not doing that. I’ll finish sewing the border on Monday. I don’t know when I’m putting the backing on as I’m considering adding some appliques. I was also thinking of some embellishments but can’t remember if they go on before or after the quilting. I am hand quilting so I think they can go on before. I guess it just depends on the placement. Or I will leave it as is. 


Jack-o-lantern Wall Quilt

While working on my block of the month, I saw the zip baggie with the materials for this quilt in a search for my applique bag. I didnt realize how much i had done on it over 10 years ago. I thought I  had cutting to do so I was pleasantly surprised. I figured since I had my sewing machine out I might as well get it done. Okay, that didn’t happen tonight but I made a lot of progress.

 I only had the bottom row left to piece. I had difficulty with this row with the mouth. I managed and got the strips together. Here they are ready for pressing.

The ironing took a long time. I almost decided to reserve quilting projects for winter as I was getting a bit toasty. 
The next step was to trim them and square them off. I was both elated and terrified at the same time. I wanted to trim off the uneven ends, but I have the cutting skills of a kindergartener. Filled with dread at the thought of getting my edges straight with the rotary cutter I went downstairs to get my cutting mat. What do I see in the corner of my eye but my guillotine. Yes, I went there. I may have committed quilting sacrilege but I now have somewhat square pumpkin blocks.

I started on the sashing strips but decided to save them for tomorrow as they need extra attention so all the bits will match up. I already need to frog one. (Am I allowed to use that term in regards to sewing?)

This is my progress for tonight:

Two pumpkin rows and one sashing strips that needs redoing. 


Craftiness for the Day

I signed up for a block of the month clubs at Shabby Fabrics. It’s a cute little calendar. I figured I could manage a block a month. We’ll see about that. 

I received February’s kit last week. I signed up for the laser cut kit and also bought separately the backing fabric.

The laser cut kit has all the pieces cutout with the fusible backing already applied.

Today I did the difficult part of cutting and sewing the background. I don’t think there is anyone who has more difficulties with a rotary cutter than I. It’s not perfectly square but hopefully it’s not too noticeable. This is the dreaded step that will cause me to procrastinate each month.

I peeled off the backing and attempted to arrange the pieces according to the photograph. They didn’t quite match up. I have to remind myself that handmade items are supposed to be special and unique.

All the pieces are now ironed on and I can do my favorite part…the hand applique. 

This should only take an evening but I plan on doing most of it sitting in the car waiting for my son to get out of school. It might take a while to finish the applique that way, but I will post updates. 


Work in Progress Wednesday 

I haven’t really been doing anything crafty for WIPW posts. This past year has been rearranging the house since my three oldest children moved out Fall 2015. The project has been put on hold here and there for other projects and events. March through September I focused on fixing the yard up. There’s still a lot to do but it can wait until spring. I still have a lot to do on the house but my office/craft room is basically done. The floor is clear of boxes . ..finally. I only have two large storage boxes to empty. I’m also going to get some floating shelves to put up near the ceiling for display items.

While sorting and filing my scrapbook paper I came across a page kit I won as a door prize at the Scrapbook Expo in June. I wanted to just get it done so I put it on my desk. I finally got my sun light set up on my desk and plan on using it every morning while I do scripture study and planning, but this kit was taking up desk space so I put it together instead.

 I still need to print out pictures for it. I’m going to nab some off my daughter’s page of her having fun with her college roommates. All papers and elements are by Heidi Swapp. 
A side benefit of doing this is I realized I need to reconsider the placement of the wastebasket and I should probably get a small wastebasket for recyclables.

Until I finish the house this will probably be the last Work in Progress post for awhile. I’m not doing any kind of sewing until I finish. I wanted to be done by the end of the year. I don’t know if I’m going to make it though. I hope so because school starts in January and I also signed up for two block of the month clubs.