Three Generations – 1926


While reviewing a new set of scans of old family photos and I found this 3-generation portrait. This is a 1926 photo of my dad, Raymond Everett Bence Jr., my grandmother Bertha Alice (Ratcliffe) Bence, and her mother Mary H. (Buckley) Ratcliffe.

Amos Shepardson – 1735-1820

Well, it can’t all be heroic. While doing database diving on my 6th great-grandfather and Revolutionary War veteran Amos Shepardson, I came across this snippet. In June of 1752 when he was about 17 years old –

“Rebecca Galloway Appearing…fornication…fine of fourty shillings…Declared Amos Sheperdson Junior is the Father of her said Child.”

Source: Bristol County, MA: Extracts from Court of General Sessions of the Peace, 1697-1801 Court, Land and Probate Records, p.70. Retrieved from on 02-jun-2015.

Union Congregational Church, East Braintree – Young Adult Choir, early 1940s

 union congrgational choir 1940s

I wonder if the stars on the banner hanging from the podium represent church members serving in the military. One of them is a lighter color, possibly indicating someone who has died in action.

The back of the photo had the following notations courtesy of my mom, Peg (Shepardson) Bence.

First Row – Left to Right
1. Barbara Borden – S
2. – S
3. Doris Davis – S
4. Janice Young – A
5. Jean Collier – A
6. Ruth Haines – SSecond Row – Left to Right
Director Alice Seamans
1. Ruth Bailey – A
2. Margaret Collier – A
3. Peggy Shepardson – AS
4. Laura Gifford – S
5. Clara Nott – S
6. Doris Stovald – SS
7. Beverly Simpson – S
8. Pauline Perrualt – A
9. Dolly Knug – S
Rev. Mr. Justice

Third Row – Left to Right
1. Shirley Marsh – S
2. Madelaine South – S
3. Gordon Cummings – B
4. Kenny Mc – B
5. John Arthur Simpson – B
6. Gordon Stovald – B
7. Warren Loud – BS
8. Ralph Pratt – B

Avia Ellstrom – A
Mr Alfred Blythe – BS
Myron Pratt – TS
Norman Allison – T
Bill Pratt – B (In the Navy)

S – Soprano
SS – Soprano Soloist
A – Alto
AS – Alto Soloist
B – Bass
T – Tenor
BS – Bass Soloist
T – Tenor Soloist

1863 Civil War Draft Registration for William and Thomas Bence

bence william civil war draft reg

Civil War Draft Registration for William and Thomas Bence

June 1863 Civil War Draft Registration record for William Bence, age 37,  and his brother Thomas, age 42. Both are listed as residents of Fall River, MA with their place of birth as England. In the “Remarks” column next to each of their entries is the note “Says he is an alien”.

Source Citation

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registration Records (Provost Marshal General’s Bureau; Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865); Record Group: 110, Records of the Provost Marshal General’s Bureau (Civil War); Collection Name: Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865 (Civil War Union Draft Records); ARC Identifier: 4213514; Archive Volume Number: 3 of 4

Norman McKenzie – 1861 Census, Prince Edward island, Canada

This the earliest record I’ve found for my great-grandfather in Canada. He was born in Scotland in the early 1830s and was still living there for the 1841 Scotland Census.

Norman McKenzie – 1861 Census, Prince Edward island, Canada
Occupation teacher, 2 married people in household plus 2 females under the age of 6 and one 7-16, religion “Kirk of Scotland”.

mckenzie norman 1861 canada census crop

Library and Archives Canada; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Census Returns For 1861; Roll: M-898