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:
“…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 Ancestry.com, New Hampshire, Wills and Probate Records, 1643-1982 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015, image 220.)
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:
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
apple pie with cheddar cheese
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.
“The Museum of World War II is a research and educational institution
devoted to preserving and exhibiting the reality of World War II.
It is the most comprehensive collection of documents and artifacts
on display anywhere in the world, with over 7,000 artifacts on display;
more than 500,000 documents and photographs are in the research archives.”
Saturday’s word of the day was serendipity. I’d put off a research trip to Wentworth, New Hampshire for a week due to inertia. I’m looking into the background of the family of a Civil War soldier who was born there.
My first stop was the Webster Public Library in Wentworth, open from 9-12 on Saturdays.
1. I found several books published by a local historian Francis Muzzey that mentioned property owned by the soldier’s family in the early 1800s.
2. I noticed a stack of pamphlets in a dusty case that turned out to be a stack of of original town reports from 1863 through the 1890s with occasional references to his family. I only recognized them because I’d see a couple at the New Hampshire Historical Society the previous week (NHHS only had 3 years worth). I was able to photograph them all.
3. In another case I noticed a thick book with the title “The History of Wentworth, Vol 1 – Manuscript). Turns out it was Hoyt’s original hand-written 1857 history of the town. I own a transcript and was awed to be able to page through the original and photograph the pages relating to the soldier.
4. The library kicked me out when they closed at noon. I headed over to the Wentworth Historical Society, a small building about 1/2 mile away. As I arrived a gentleman was heading out the door on his way to lunch. He asked what I needed. I told him a bit about my research and he said he’d be back in about 10 minutes. At that point I asked if he might be Mr. Muzzey. He was surprised that I knew his name. When he returned we talked for 1 1/2 hours about the family. (The conversation did take a slight detour when he discovered I was related to Lizzie Borden). He’s going to do some research for me on where the various members of the family lived in town before and after the War. He also asked if I would give a presentation to their historical society when I finish my research!
Did I mention that Mr. Muzzey did the 1976 transcription of the Hoyt manuscript? The transcript that I have on my shelf at home.
5. Near the end our talk he pulled out a book he’d compiled of everyone buried in the town cemeteries, sorted by name. We found the soldier, his parents, and an infant brother listed in a cemetery up the street.
He then escorted me down to the cemetery and helped me locate the graves.
The serendipity? If I’d gone to Wentworth last week instead of NHHS:
I wouldn’t have recognized the stack on reports in the display case. The reports were not in the library’s local history section or the their catalog and the librarian at the desk did not know what they were. I only knew what they were because I’d gone to the NHHS and seen one there.
I wouldn’t have met Mr. Muzzey. He says he doesn’t usually go to the historical society on Saturdays because nobody ever drops by. He was only there that one day this summer because they were short handed.
My thanks to the Webster Library for allowing me to examine and photograph the town reports and portions of the manuscript.