Brothers and Sisters

It only took one documents to expand Louisa (Glines) Stevens family from no known siblings to four brothers and four sisters.

The Grafton County New Hampshire probate record of 23-Jul-1855 for the will of Jonathan Glines states:

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“…Secondly I give and bequeath to my three Brothers John Glines Smith Glines & George L. Glines the sum of one dollar each. Third I give and bequeath to my five Sisters viz. Hannah Putney, Lydia Webster, Louisa Stevens, Betsy Da[me] & Lucinda Jewett the sum of one dollar each.”

After the settlement of his debts, the bulk of the estate was bequeathed to his widow Eliza.


Jonathan Glines will, Probate Records Vol 32-35, 1854-1898, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA. (Retrieved from, New Hampshire, Wills and Probate Records, 1643-1982 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015, image 220.)

Elizabeth and William Ratcliffe

Elizabeth A. Ratcliffe

December 21, 1885 – October 9, 1888

Elizabeth was the first child of my great-grandparents John Thomas Ratcliffe and Mary Hannah (Buckley) Ratcliffe. In 1888 there were 100 deaths due to typhoid fever in all for Bristol County. Elizabeth was one of them. She died in Fall River, Massachusetts at the age of 2 years 8 months and 19 days of typhoid fever.

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fall river typhoid fever 1880s

William Ratcliffe

November 6, 1891 – December 24, 1892

William Ratcliffe was John and Mary’s second son. He died of burns on Christmas Eve, 1892 at the age of 1 year and 17 days.

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Elizabeth and William are buried together in Oak Grove Cemetery, Fall River, in the same plot as their grandparents Zedekiah Buckley and Nancy (Reece) Buckley. 

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Sources: Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013, image 136 of 1504, Elizabeth A. Ratcliffe. Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013, image 191 of 1946, William Ratcliffe.

Massachusetts. Office of the Secretary of State. Annual Report on the Vital Statistics of Massachusetts: Births, Marriages, Divorces and Deaths…, Volume 49, 1891.

Father and Son

William Green

Birth 25 December 1727 in Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Death 29 November 1809 in Brookline, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, United States

William Green

Birth 17 Jan 1755 in Pepperell, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Death 1 May 1843 in Ashby, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States

“And I further testify and say that I well know Capt. William Green now of Ashby, but who then lived at Pepperell and that he belonged to the same Company with myself, and served in the same Campaign in Col. Prescotts Regt. of which his father William Green who was wounded at Bunker hill was Adjutant. – Robinson Lakin”

Affidavit of William Green
NARA M804, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, William Green, pension #W19542, accessed 17-Jun-2015 at

William Green 1727-1809 gravestone

Carol Thomas

World War 2 Heavy Bomber Cold Weather Flight Suits

Raymond Everett Bence Jr. in flight suit


 WW2 Heavy Bomber Flight Suit  Raymond Everett Bence Jr. in flight suit
Heavy bomber cold weather flight suit on display at the Museum of World War 2 in Natick, MA. Raymond Everett Bence Jr., 445th Bomb Group, wearing his cold weather flight suit in 1944.

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