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Genealogical Time

This article is part of a series journaling my progress with what I call The Presidential Project. The first article was posted on 25 May, 2017 and can be found here: Back to the Blog and you can read forward from there to today.
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wow, I really hit the wall there. Writing every day is hard! When I started out with this series, I had plenty of material to cover and it was easy to plan out a week’s worth of articles. But once I cleared the backlog, coming up with new material was quite the challenge. Especially since writing was supplanting research. Then life intervened, hence the gap in material. So maybe I alter my editorial policy and cut back to three times a week. I tip my hat to those of you who are able to daily post content. It definitely isn’t as easy as it looks.

But as I sit here, typing my excuse for missing a few days of posting, a topic idea came to mind, that of time. Maybe that is the secret to writing daily – just start typing! You can always go back and rewrite the first few paragraphs after a topic suggests itself to you. So on to today’s subject: Genealogical Time.

How many of you who have been at this for a while have performed an Internet name search and came across a query posted on one of the many message boards. You have that little “ah ha” moment when you say, “hey, that’s my ancestor!” You open the link only to find that it was a query posted by yourself several years back. A little disappointing at first but you might actually find that someone has posted an answer! Or the query itself reminds you of a research thread that you started but set aside while you were chasing a Genealogical Rabbit or two. And maybe in the interim, you have answered your own question through your research. Don’t forget to post that information as an answer to your own question.

And why do I suggest answering your own question? Because, as you have discovered, the Internet is forever. That query you found could have been posted a decade ago. But there it is, right there in your search results. And that is how I define Genealogical Time. Chances are pretty good that you will not get a response to a message board query in a day or two. Enough time may pass that you have forgotten you asked the question in the first place. But there are new entrants to this avocation every day and that next person to do a search might just have an answer for you. That gap in time between question and answer could be years – that’s Genealogical Time.

So how did you miss the answer in the first place? Maybe you stopped checking that message board as you moved on to other things. Perhaps the email account you used for notification of activity is a dormant one. And that brings me to my methodology tip. Use a separate, persistent email account dedicated to your genealogy. Don’t use one linked to your Internet Service Provider (ISP). You may change providers because of a relocation or even cost. You don’t want to have that email address to turn into a dead letter office.

By persistent, I mean an email not tied to your ISP. There are several free email opportunities, with Google’s Gmail being the leader of the pack. Then there’s Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, and several others. I choose to use Google as I like their spam filters, it can be integrated to my smart phone, and I don’t expect it to go away any time soon.

So keep on posting those queries and updating them as time goes on. You never know when the next distant cousin you never even knew you had will find your question and post an answer. Genealogical Time is a turtle, not a rabbit.

Next Installment: Happy Independence Day, 2017

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Fathers Day, 2017

This article is part of a series journaling my progress with what I call The Presidential Project. The first article was posted on 25 May, 2017 and can be found here: Back to the Blog and you can read forward to today.
Sunday, June 18, 2017

12 Generations of Paternal Fathers

Generation 1, self
Wright, Philip George
Generation 2, father
Wright, Allen Lewis
Generation 3, grandfather
Wright, Forrest Ladd
Generation 4, great-grandfather
Wright, William Burns
Lewis, William Eugene
Generation 5, 2nd great-grandfather
Wright, Henry Chandler
Rich, James D.
Lewis, Allen
McKown, Joseph Reed
Generation 6, 3rd great-grandfather
Wright, David Jr.
Morse, Amos
Rich, Jared M
McNeil, Alexander
Lewis, Nathan
Fossett, William Henry
McKown, William Jr.
Grover, Freeman
Generation 7, 4th great-grandfather
Wright, David
Ladd, John I
Morse, William
Morse, Gideon
Rich, Justus
Russell, Thomas
Macomber, Ebenezer
Fossett, Henry
Colman, Joseph
McKown, William
Reed, Joseph
Grover, Ebenezer
Maddocks, Palgrave G Jr.
Generation 8, 5th great-grandfather
Wright, John Jr.
Tenney, John
Ladd, Daniel I
Eastman, William
Morse, Henry
Young, John
Johnson, Timothy
Rich, Thomas
Russell, Thomas
Baldwin, Ebenezer
Lewis, Joseph
Tibbetts, Nathaniel
Macomber, Job
Robinson, John
Fossett, Henry
Fossett, William
Colman, John
Cross, William
McKown, Patrick
Thompson, Samuel
Grover, Thomas
Maddocks, Palsgrave
Pierce, Samuel
Generation 9, 6th great-grandfather
Wright, John
Stowell, David
Tenney, Joseph
Armstrong, John Jr.
Ladd, Daniel Corliss
Roberts, Ephraim Jr.
Eastman, Jonathan
Jewett, Aaron
Morse, William Jr.
Cottle, Thomas
Young, Benajah
Johnson, Daniel
Greeley, Benjamin
Rich, Thomas
Cheney, John
Russell, Joseph
Baldwin, Daniel
Swift, John
Lewis, Isaac
Hasey, John
Tibbetts, Ichabod
Giles, Mark
Macomber, Nathaniel
Pitts, Ebenezer
Robinson, Bryant
Brown, Samuel
Nichols, James
Fossett, Alexander
Colman, Benjamin
Danforth, Samuel
Cross, Noah
McKown, Robert
Fullerton, William Jr.
Thompson, Joseph
Reed, David
Grover, Ebenezer
Dinslow, Benjamin
Maddocks, Henry
Huff, Thomas Jr.
Pierce, Samuel Jr.
Generation 10, 7th great-grandfather
Wright, John
Wyman, Timothy
Stowell, David
Foster, Abram
Tenney, Samuel
Wood, John
Armstrong, John
Durkee, John Jr.
Ladd, Samuel
Hartshorne, John Sr.
Roberts, Ephraim
Smith, Samuel
Eastman, Thomas
Green, Peter
Jewett, Jeremiah
Perley, Samuel
Morse, William Sr.
Hale, Henry
Cottle, Ezra
Lowell, Gideon Sr
Johnson, Thomas
Bixby, Jonathan
Greeley, Joseph
Whittier, Joseph
Rich, Thomas
Cheney, Thomas
Baldwin, Benjamin
Partridge, Samuel
Swift, Thomas
Clarke, Aaron
Lewis, Isaac
Hallett, Joseph
Hasey, William
Dexter, Richard
Tibbetts, Samuel
Tibbetts, Thomas
Giles, Mark
Tibbetts, Joseph
Macomber, John
Southworth, Ichabod
Pitts, Samuel
Hannover, Grenfell
Savage, James
Thompson, Robert
Young, [male]
Colman, Thomas
Brown, Thomas Jr.
Danforth, John
Brown, Joseph III
Cross, Robert
Cromwell, Joseph
Fullerton, William
Andrews, Soloman
Reed, Andrew
Wylie, Robert
Grover, Matthew
Grant, William
Densloe, Benjamin
Moulten, Job
Maddocks, John
Wells, John
Huff, Thomas Sr.
Banfield, George
Peirce, Samuel
Pulsifer, David
Generation 11, 8th great-grandfather
Wright, Joseph
Kendall, John
Wyman, Francis
Wiswall, Enoch
Stowell, Samuel
Stedman, Nathaniel
Foster, Jacob
Parsons, Jeffrey
Tenney, John
Boynton, Joseph
Wood, Thomas
Hazen, Edward
Armstrong, Benjamin
Worth, James
Durkee, John
Lee, Samuel Esq.
Ladd, Daniel Sr.
Corliss, George
Hartshorne, Thomas
Swan, Robert
Roberts, Robert
Hendrick, Daniel
Smith, Nathanial
Emerson, Michael
Eastman, Roger
Green, John
Dustin, Thomas Jr.
Jewett, Jeremiah
Kimball, Caleb
Morse, Benjamin Sr.
Merrill, Daniel
Hale, John
Kelly, John
Cottle, William
Woodbridge, Thomas
Lowell, Percival
Swett, John
Johnson, John Jr.
Ordway, Edward
Bixby, Joseph
Smith, William
Greeley, Andrew
Wilford, Gilbert
Whittier, Thomas
Peasley, Joseph
Petty, John
Cheney, Thomas
Woodis, Henry
Baldwin, Henry
Knowlton, Thomas
Partridge, John
Rose, Thomas
Swift, Thomas
Stockbridge, Charles Jr.
Clark, Daniel
Wade, Robert Jr.
Lewis, John
Davis, Samuel
Gorham, John
Hasey, William
Tuttle, John
Cross, Stephen
Tibbetts, Jeremiah
Tuttle, John
Dam, John
Giles, Mark
Macomber, John Jr.
Williams, Nathaniel
Southworth, Nathaniel
Hodges, Henry Sr.
Pitts, Peter
Bobbitt, Edward
French, Nathaniel
Hunter, John
Whittemore, John Sr.
Coleman, Tobias
Chute, James
Danforth, William
White, Nathaniel
Thurston, Hannah
Graves, Samuel
Andrews, William
Murray, John
McIntyre, William
Grover, Thomas
Freethy, James
Grant, William
Kennard, Edward
Maddocks, Henry
Church, Caleb
Wells, John
Huff, Ferdinando
Banfield, John
Shortridge, Richard
Peirce, Abraham
Pulsifer, Benedict
Generation 12, 9th great-grandfather
Wright, John
Hassell, Richard
Kendall, Francis
Bartlett, Thomas
Wymant, Francis
Reade, William
Wiswall, Thomas
Oliver, John
Stowell, Samuel
Farrow, John
Stedman, Isaac
Willis, Michael
Foster, Reginald
Lord, Robert
Parsons, James
Vinson, William
Tenney, Thomas
Parratt, Francis
Boynton, John
Swan, Richard
Grant, Thomas
Armstrong, Jonathan
Worth, Lionel
Durgy, William
Lee, Henry
Masters, Nathaniel
Ladd, Nathaniel
Corliss, Thomas
Davis, Thomas
Hartshorne, [male]
Acy, William
Smith, Robert
Emerson, Thomas
Webster, John Sr.
Eastman, Nicholas
Wheeler, John
Jewett, Joseph
Dickenson, Thomas
Kimball, Richard
Haseltine, Robert
Morse, Anthony
Sawyer, William
Merrill, Nathaniel
Clough, John Sr.
Hale, Thomas
Somerby, Henry
Kelly, John
Knight, Richard
Woodbridge, John Esq.
Jones, Thomas
Lowell, Richard
Chandler, William
Swett, Stephen
Plummer, Samuel
Johnson, John
Mousall, Thomas
Ordway, James
Wood, Isaiah
Bixby, George
Keyes, Robert
Moyse, Joseph
Dow, Thomas
Peasley, Joseph
Barnard, Thomas
Cheney, William
Richardson, Ezekiel
Knowlton, William
Partridge, George
Seabury, Samuel
Rose, Thomas
Allyn, Robert
Swift, Thomas
Tomson, John
Stockbridge, Charles
Tilden, Stephen
Clark, Daniel
Pratt, Daniel
Wade, Robert
Royce, Jonathan
Hasey, William
Lewis, Edward
Browne, Abraham
Howland, John
Jacobs, Richard
Cheney, John
Tibbetts, Henry
Canney, Thomas
Tuttle, John
Pomphret, William
Giles, Matthew
Macomber, John Sr.
Evans, William
Williams, Richard
Rogers, John
Southworth, Constant
Gray, Edward
Andrews, Henry
French, John
Tisdale, John Sr.
Whittemore, Daniel
Bassett, Joseph
Coleman, Thomas
Jackson, Nicholas
Thurloe, Francis
White, unknown
Pearson, John
Thurston, Daniel
Andrews, John
Grover, Thomas
Chadwick, John
Freethy, William
Milberry, Henry
Grant, Peter
Wellington, Roger
Church, Richard
Sprague, William
Wells, Thomas
Littlefield, Francis Sr.
Hough, Atherton
Moses, John
Pickering, John Sr.
Peirce, Abraham
Waters, Richard

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This article is part of a series journaling my progress with what I call The Presidential Project. The first article was posted on 25 May, 2017 and can be found here: Back to the Blog and you can read forward day by day.
Friday, June 16, 2017

I suppose every family has a favorite dish or two that could be thought of as the “family food.” But can they claim a genealogical tie to a special holiday dish and a lunch box staple? I can! I’ll start with the genealogy story and you should soon be able to see where this is going …

One of my immigrant ancestors is William Durgy (c. 1632-1704). His origin is believed to be County Meath, Ireland. William was captured by Cromwell’s forces and sent to the Barbadoes, likely as a slave. Earning his freedom, he signed on as an indentured servant to Thomas Bishop of Ipswich.1 Bishop was a ship captain and was very prosperous,2 Also employed in the Bishop household was Martha Cross (1643-1727). Her father sued Durgy for “abusing” his daughter and Durgy counter-sued for Robert withdrawing his consent to marriage. Durgy won the case and their first child, John (1665-1739), was born two weeks later.. Practical justice, I presume.

William and Martha had as many as 10 children and their surname became the Americanized “Durkee,” My line is descended from their first son, John. You can learn more about the Durkee clan via The Society of Genealogy of Durkee website, here. They have published a book documenting the first six generations and back issues of their newsletter are also helpful in learning more about the Durkee family.

My line of descent is William Durgy, John Durkee, John Durkee Jr., Mary (Durkee) Armstrong, Olive (Armstrong) Tenney, Lydia (Tenney) Wright. Lydia married my patriot ancestor, David Wright. William Durgy is my 9th great-grandfather. So where’s the beef, you might ask?

According to The Society of Genealogy of Durkee, William and Martha are the progenitors of almost all the Durkees in America. One of their descendants was Eugene R. Durkee, who founded Durkee Foods in 1851 in Buffalo, New York. There is an interesting history for the Durkee Bottlers published by the Society for historical Archaeology, Inc. here. Eugene is descended from William and Martha’s son Thomas and is my 5th cousin, 5 times removed.

So there is the food connection but there are two items in particular to discuss. First we have the special holiday dish. In 1955, Dorcas Reilly, working in the home economics department of the Campbell Soup Company, came up with the recipe for Green Bean Casserole. The idea was to make use of two staples people had on hand: green beans and Campbell’s Mushroom Soup3 But what would a green bean casserole be without a topping of Durkee’s French Fried Onions??? Alas, in 1995 French’s Famous Foods, Inc. rebranded Durkee’s French Fried Onions with the French’s name.4

Meanwhile, from Swampscott, Massachusetts, another Durkee descendant, H. Allen Durkee, partnered with fellow WWI veteran Fred L. Mower to form Durkee-Mower, Inc., headquartered in Lynn, Massachusetts. They purchased the recipe for a sweet marshmallow cream and eventually branded it Marshmallow Fluff. A 1960 marketing campaign coined the name Fluffebutter for that lunch box favorite, a sandwich of peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff.5 2017 marks the 100 year anniversary of marshmallow cream now universally known as Marshmallow Fluff. There is an interesting article in the March 7, 2017 Boston Globe about Fluff and other New England confections Why Marshmallow Fluff couldn’t have been created anywhere other than Massachusetts by Mimi Graney, author and the founder of Somerville’s annual What the Fluff? Festival.6
H Alan Durkee is William Durgy’s 7th great-grandson and my 7th cousin, 2 times removed.


2New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 4, William Richard Cutter p, 1772

4“French’s History” http://www.frenchs.com/our-story/

6Graney, M. (2017, March 7). Why Marshmallow Fluff couldn’t have been created anywhere other than Massachusetts. The Boston Globe. Lifestyle section.


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