Sunday, April 19, 2015

A Sailing Voyage to the Azores - 1882

Please visit my new blog - "A Sailing Voyage to the Azores - 1882"  for an exciting family history journey to the Azores Islands in the mid-Atlantic, aboard the Barque "Sarah". I will be posting the journal entries from my great grand aunt, Mary Rogers Cabot, describing her 53 day journey from Boston to the Azores and back, starting in April 1882.

© 2015, copyright William C. Haskell

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Anna Elizabeth Nourse - Journal 1862

1861 - Missing

1862 Journal page - mostly about her child losing his teeth and several Civil War battles.


Jan. 17.Fred's [likely her son Fred Holbrook] 1st tooth.
[Jan]22[Fred's] 2nd [tooth]
Feb. 5Will F Wesselhoeft born
April 3.Fred's 3rd tooth
[April] 12[Fred] in short dresses
May 5[Fred's] 4th tooth
[May] 6[Fred's] 5[th] [tooth]
June 20.Grandpa Goodhue died
[June] 29.[blank]
July 14Will's birthday
[July] 25Fred's 7th tooth
Aug. 6Battle Baton Rouge
[Aug]2nd battle Bull Run.
Oct. 29Fred's 9th tooth
Dec. 25My sister & I baptized, & with mother
joined the Dear old Chapel.

© 2014, copyright William C. Haskell

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Anna Elizabeth Nourse - Journal 1860

1857 - Missing
1858 - Missing
1859 - Missing

Here is Anna's journal page from 1860

May 17th.Frank Irvine married at 11 A.M. by Rev. Dr. Kerry A. Niles at 92 Boylston St. Boston, Mass.
I left at 3 P.M. for Springfield. Stopped at Massasoit House
[May?] 18thLeft at noon for Albany.
[May?] 19thLeft for New York by Steamer "Daniel D[?]"
down the Hudson. To Brooklyn at eve[?] to board on the heights No 1 Middagh St.
© 2014, copyright William C. Haskell

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Pedigree of Old Arm Chair

I got a kick out of this old note that I found in my Holbrook/Goodhue records from Brattleboro, Vermont. Lucy Brooks Holbrook (# 7 on the list) was the sister of my grandmother, Grace Ware (Holbrook) Haskell. Now if I could only find this old chair...

© 2014, copyright William C. Haskell

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Studies of Thomasso Juglaris - Emerline Mason Holbrook 1886

Here is an interesting family photo of my great grand aunt, Emerline Mason Holbrook. She was an artist and studied under Thommaso Juglaris in Boston back in the 1880's. This is a photo (actually a tin type) of her class in 1886. She is the 5th from the left in the first row. I have seen several pieces of Emerline's work and they are quite good.

Here is the back of the 1886 photo:

Here is another photo from 1887. In this photo, Emerline is third from the left in the second row.

The back of the 1887 photo includes signatures of her classmates:

© 2014, copyright William C. Haskell

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Anna Elizabeth Nourse - Journal 1856



Jan. 8.To Weymouth
[Jan] 12William & Emily drove me home in sleigh
[Jan] 29Emily came
Feb. 9" [Emily] left.
My brother & sister had measles
Mar.Emily & all her sisters had meas[?]
May 13.Emily & William married. Dined with us.
June 5Evelyn C. Pratt married
July 13moved to Lynn.

© 2014, copyright William C. Haskell

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Anna Elizabeth Nourse - Journal 1855

I have uncovered another exciting family history artifact - my second great grandmother's journal/book of dates. I discovered this in an old banker's box along with other documents in a family home in Vermont. The journal is written on miscellaneous slips of paper rather than in a bound book. Initially, I was not able to determine who wrote the journal, but after reading several of the entries and references to various family members, it appears that Anna Elizabeth Nourse is the author. Anna was b. 10 Feb. 1836, Worcester, Massachusetts, d. 12 Feb. 1927, New York, New York. She m. 6 Dec. 1916, Franklin Fessenden Holbrook in Brattleboro, Vermont. The first entries are for 1855 - see below:



May 24.Moved to Lynn for summer.
Sarah Gove's Frank born.
Sept. 4To Hopkinton.
13" To [sic] Brattleboro
22" Deerfield
24" Worcester
Oct. 9.Sarah Allen sailed for Sandwich Islands.