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.)

A Colonial Dinner

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Saturday I took part in a Colonial Dinner at the Parsonage in Old Sturbridge Village. It was an amazing evening. Four interpreters and 14 of us prepared and ate a meal over the course of 4 hours.

Cooking was entirely at the hearth and using the brick oven. Everything was by candlelight using period utensils, cooking vessels, and recipes. No measuring cups or flashlights. The chicken was hand turned in a tin oven facing the fire, soup was cooked in a kettle over the fire. Other dishes were cooked in covered kettles on trivets over burning coals on the hearth. Everything was prepared with knives and wooden spoons made in the village. The tinware and redware were also made in the village. The pies and biscuits were baked in the oven heated by a wood fire that was then shoveled out with the coals added to the fireplace. We even washed and rinsed the cookware in tin basins. Everything was made from scratch..

The menu was:

potted cheese
mulled cider
squash soup with toasted bread garnish
parsnips in milk
roast chickens on a spit
stuffing with onion
carrots cooked under the chickens
beef collops with apple and onion
red cabbage with port
cranberry sauce
apple pie with cheddar cheese
floating island
hot chocolate

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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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