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Follow Friday – Cape Cod Gravestones

If you’re ancestors were first families in and around Plymouth Colony, chances are that you will find their names on 17th, 18th & 19th Century Cape Cod Gravestones. There is an index to all of the cemeteries in Cape Cod, and if you are lucky, there may be a photo of the markers. I found quite a few photos of ancestors graves, here are some examples:


Ebenezer Nickerson 1768

Joshua Doane
1716

From the website:

Mission Statement


A major goal is to photograph and display the most interesting old gravestones in Barnstable County before they are lost to the ravages of time. A related goal is to provide reasonably complete gravestone records from the earliest in 1683 up to 1880 or later for all Barnstable County cemeteries. Information about the gravestone carvers and gravestone styles is included. Reference sources for cemetery surveys done over the last one hundred years are provided for further research.

Search Suggestion


If you want to search for a specific name on this large web site, go to the Google search engine at http://www.google.com. In the search box enter capecodgravestones+name. There should be no space before or after the + sign. For example, if you are searching for Marcy Freeman, enter in the search box capecodgravestones+Marcy+Freeman. The search result will be a listing of links to Marcy Freeman. To search for all the Mulfords, enter capecodgravestones+Mulford in the Google search box. Click on the link “Repeat the search with the omitted results included” to display all the links. Most links go directly to sections of this web site but some links go to other web sites which link back to this web site. In limited tests this search procedure works well with Google! The procedure does not work with some other search engines.

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Treasure Thursday – Doane Collection


I found this book at a yard sale, “Searching For Your Ancestors” written by Gilbert H. Doane. There is a lot of great information in it for amateur genealogists about how to research your family, where to look, what to look for, etc. It is the third edition printed in 1960. The first edition was printed in 1937. If anyone knows of a first edition available, I’m interested in getting a copy.
As for the Doan’s Pills tin, I bought it from eBay a few years ago for a couple of dollars. James Doan invented the pills while working as a druggist in Kingsville, Ontario.

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Surname Saturday – Small, Smalle, Smalley

I have recently found another family that I am descended from, the Smalley family from Harwich, Massechusetts. I am just starting to research this family but I’ve heard the name when reading about Plymouth Colony. I haven’t gone that far back in my research as of yet, I’ve gone back to Edward Smalle and Mary Woodward, grandparents of Hannah Smalley who married Benjamin Doane on Jan. 29, 1795 in Harwich, MA.

What I have found about the Smalley family:

EDWARD SMALLE married MARY WOODMAN and had the following children:
i. JOHNATHON SMALLEY, born in 1690, married Damaris Winslow July 30, 1713. 

Damaris & Jonathan were the parents of five children: i. HANNAH SMALL, born 20 August 1715 in Harwich (Barnstable) Massachusetts. She married Israel Nickerson. Hannah & Israel were the parents of five children: (a) an unnamed daughter; (b) an unnamed son; (c) Israel Nickerson; (d) James Nickerson; and (e) Patience Nickerson. ii. PHEBE SMALLEY (985) iii. JONATHAN SMALLEY, born 26 May 1721. He married 2 March 1741/42, Hannah Weekes, who was born 21 September 1721 and died about 1803, daughter of George and Deborah (Wing) Weekes. Jonathan & Hannah were the parents of seven children: (a) Elijah Smalley; (b) David Smalley; (c) Jonathan Smalley, married Bethia Godfrey; (d) Phebe Smalley; (e) Enoch Smalley; (f) Elisha Smalley; and (g) Hannah Smalley. iv. LYDIA SMALL, born 6 August 1725 in Harwich. She married Ebenezer Broadbrooks. v. DAVID SMALL, born 1729.

 

ii. LT. ZACHARIAH SMALLEY, born 1698, died 24 April 1778 in Harwich (Barnstable) Massachusetts. He married (as his first wife) 31 March 1720 in Oyster River (Durham) New Hampshire, Jane Davis. Zachariah & Jane were the parents of three daughters: (a) Mary Smalley, married Oker/Oaker Phillips, five children, Lydia, Nathan, Stephen, Susannah and Smalley; (b) Bathsheba/Bashua Smalley, married first Ansel Nickerson, married second, Gowel Chase, married third, Joseph Sears; and (c) Abigail Small, married Lot Gage. Zachariah married (as his second wife and as her second husband) after 22 May 1742 in Harwich, Hannah (Hopkins) Paine, who was born 25 March 1700 in Eastham (Barnstable) Massachusetts, and died 24 October 1793 in Harwich, daughter of Joshua and Mary (Cole) Hopkins, and widow of Capt. Ebenezer Paine. Zachariah & Hannah were the parents of a daughter: (d) Jane Small, married John Long, six children, Zachariah/Zachery, Abigail/Abijah, Ebenezer, John, Sarah and Jane.

iii. BENJAMIN sMALLEY married 29 June 1726, Patience Baker, who was born 27 February 1708/09.Patience was a midwife. She died of a broken neck when she fell off her horse while on her way to assist in the delivery of a baby.

Benjamin & Patience were the parents of seven children: i. BENJAMIN SMALL. He married Bridget Eldridge. Benjamin & Bridget were the parents of ten children: (a) Dorcas Small, married Samuel Eldridge, two children, Samuel and Priscilla; (b) Sarah Smalley, married Ebenezer Eldridge, two sons, Ebenezer and Jacob; (c) Patience Small, married Uriah Nickerson, nine children, Joshua, Tabatha, Patience, Rosanna, Uriah, Malachi, Lurana, Israel and Ruth; (d) William Small, married Sally Doggat; (e) Benjamin Small, married Susanna Lovell, eight children, Denna/Denny, Thomas, Lovell, Benjamin, Lukey, Polly, Abner and Zebina; (f) James Small, married Anna Eldridge/Nickerson, thirteen children, Nathan, Polly, Anna, Bridget, Cynthia, James, Dorcas, Rua/Rebecca, Naomi, Samuel, Samuel, Diadama and Damaris; (g) Eli Small, married Elizabeth Rodgers, nine children, Betsey, Eldridge, Sarah, Eli, Moses, Aaron, Elizabeth, Eli and Polina; (h) Thomas Small, married Lydia Robbins, nine children, Mehetabel, Obed, Reliance, Lydia, Thomas, Nathaniel, Patience, Benjamin and Hannah; (i) Briget Small, married Jeremiah Ellis; and (j) Zebidu Small, married Mercy Eldridge. ii. EDWARD SMALL. He married 24 September 1761, Hannah Cole. Edward & Hannah were the parents of ten children: (a) Daniel Small, married Priscilla Clark, seven children, Paddock, Daniel, Prissilla, Josiah, Sophia, Nathan and Hannah; (b) Edward Small, married Lydia Phillips, eleven children, Nabby, Sally, Freeman, Arena, Anthony, Lydia, Orin, Melinda, Huldah, Patience and Edward; (c) Thankful Smalley, married Isaac Paine; (d) Abigail Small; (e) Isaiah Smalley, married Deborah Weekes; (f) Isaac Small; (g) Reuben Small, married first, Betsey Phillips, married second, Thankful Cahoon; (h) Hannah Small, married Benjamin Doane; (i) Patience Small, married (—) Seabat; and (j) Ezra Small, married Barbara Young. iii. JOHN SMALL. He married his second cousin, twice removed, Abigail Gage, daughter of [990] James and Mercy (Baker) Gage. iv. JOSEPH SMALL. He married 28 December 1765, Mercy Godfry. v. MARY SMALL. She married William Eldredge. Mary & William were the parents of a son: (a) Daniel Eldredge, married Edith Bassett. vi. PATIENCE SMALL. She married John Cahoon. vii. MERCY SMALL

According to DNA test results, Edward Smalle was not related to John Smalley of Plymouth Colony and Nauset, Massechusetts.

 SOURCES:
John D. Austin, FASG, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume 6, Second Edition, Family Stephen Hopkins, (Plymouth, Massachusetts: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1995), 32, 45, 126

“Freeman Compilation,” MS, c. 1875; Harwich, Massachusetts, 281

 

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Follow Friday – Tribal Pages


I have had my family tree on Tribal Pages for a couple of years and I would like to recommend this site as a great way to get your family tree online and make new connections. There hasn’t been much information about this site lately with all of the new genealogy sites popping up, it seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle, so I decided that it needs promoting.

Tribal Pages

Build your Free Family Tree website online. Invite friends and family to view or update your site. Each private and secure website is loaded with Photos, Charts, Reports, Maps, Relationships, Events and Stories. Just add names of your relatives or import a GEDCOM file and instantly create your website. Your site can create custom newsletters for each member with birthday and anniversary reminders, recent site activity and send them out every two weeks.

My Tree on Tribal Pages

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Hidden Treasures At Internet Archive


Internet Archive has been around for a while, but have you taken advantage of this resource for your research? There is the “Wayback Machine” which the site is well-known for but have you looked around to see what’s actually there. There are over 10,000 items in their Genealogy Collection, just select “Texts” and “Additional Collections” and you will find a page of several collections.

“The Archive’s ever-expanding collection of genealogy resources includes items from the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana; Robarts Library at the University of Toronto; the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Library; and the Boston Public Library.

“Resources include books on surname origins, vital statistics, parish records, and other historical and biographical document”.

Internet Archive have several projects that individuals and organizations can get involved in as well. One of them is the Scanning Service with open and free online access, permanent storage, unlimited downloads and lifetime file management.

Besides media, did you ever have a program on your computer that you liked, but it isn’t available anymore? Check out the Software page, you might find it there.

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And The Winner Is….Win 7

The waiting is over, today is the day that Windows 7 hits store shelves, and I can’t wait to install my copy. I have been using the RC version for a few months now, I have it installed on my notebook and have been running Vista and Win 7, comparing the different features of each operating system and Win 7 wins, hands down.

My system runs a lot cooler and smoother on Win 7 compared to Vista. I have a problem with overheating with Vista, if I run the virus scan, download and install updates or have more than one program running, it will overheat and shut down. This happened several times a day and I was afraid that it would fry my hard drive. I installed Windows 7 Release Candidate and I have only had a problem with overheating a few times in months.

I like the Snipping Tool which I use all of the time, I have it in the Taskbar, handy when I need it. When you take a snip, it gets saved to your “Pictures” folder in your “Library”, which is the “folder” icon on the Taskbar for easy access.


The Sticky Notes are handy for jotting down info or copying and pasting any text into.


The taskbar itself is designed differently, instead of having lots of windows open, the programs in use are highlighted and when you hover over the taskbar icon you get a view of the open program. It is a lot cleaner looking and easier to navigate.

Windows 7 has an “Action Center” where you can resolve compatability issues, download and install needed updates updates and backup your files. You can see if there are any issues with your system, updates, backup reminders etc. by just clicking on the “flag” icon in the taskbar.

These are the features that I use most often, but there are a lot more, like the “Windows Search” and the TV>PC in the media center. I am anxious to see if there were any last-minute changes to the Windows 7 that weren’t in the RC version.

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I Dunno About Those Doanes

Thanks to my cousin, whom I met this summer at our family reunion, I have a few more generations to add to my family tree and a lot more researching to keep me busy, but the more I search, the more the same surname keeps popping up, Doane. I am researching my 2nd great-grandmother’s family, the ancestors of Mary Elizabeth Robbins, who married Allen Cark Doan in Welland, Ontario in 1876.
Her father, Caleb Robbins was born in Gainsborough, Pelham Twp., Ontario in 1837 and married Catherine Pattison, daughter of John Wright Pattison and Catherine Rinker, in Welland in 1858. Caleb was the son of Nathaniel Robbins and Hannah Doane Nickerson. Hannah Doane Nickerson’s parents were Elkanna Nickerson and Hannah Doane. Hannah Doane was the daughter of Benjamin Doane and Hannah Smalley.
My cousin’s father told her that the males of the Doane family had a custom of marrying the females of the next generation. I don’t know if this is true, but here are more than the average number of Doane intermarriages just in my direct line:
My parents are one example, they were first cousins once removed.
My 2nd great-grandparents, Allen C. Doan and Mary E. Robbins.
My 2nd and 3rd great-grandparents, Linus C. Doan and Hannah Maude Doan (my parents’ common ancestor).
My 3rd and 4th great-grandparents, Isaac Doan and Polly Charlotte Doan.

No wonder I can’t walk and chew gum at the same time! 😉

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Closer Than I Thought!

I have always known that the members of the Doan Gang were related to me, I assumed that they were related through Titus Doan, Jr., my fourth great-grandfather, who was a first cousin of the Doan Gang. His son, Isaac Doan, was born in 1802 in Humberstone Twp. and married Polly Charlotte Doan.
I have recently found out that Polly was the daughter of Aaron Doan, one of the members of the Doan Gang!

“Aaron Doan was born in Plumstead, Bucks Co., Pa. and died in Humberstone,
Welland Co., Ontario, Canada. He married, in Humberstone,
Rhoda Cook.
According to the confession of the Vickers boys, he was concerned
in the robbery of the Bucks County treasury at Newtown,* in the raid
upon collectors Barton of Buckingham, Keith of Makefield and
others. In consequence of participation in those robberies, he came
under the Proclamation of Sept. 13, 1783, and was arrested in Baltimore
Co., Md. about the middle of Aug., 1784, and conveyed by his
captors, Joseph McClennan and Amos Ogden, to the jail in Philadelphia.
Being identified by Capt. Robert Gibson he was held for
trial on the charge of outlawry, tried, convicted and condemned to be
hanged in Sept., 1784″

from the Doane Family Book by A.A.Doane, 1902

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Facebook and the NetworkedBlogs App.

Why do geneabloggers create their blogs, you ask? To share information, innovation and ideas with the public. And what reaches more people worldwide than Facebook?

I have recently discovered another way to get traffic to your blog, it’s a Facebook application called NetworkedBlogs that adds a blog roll to your Facebook profile.

You can just put a widget in your blog to connect it to the Facebook app. You can add more blogs to your list also.

Choose the News Board tab and you can see all of your favourite blogs’ most recent posts.

There is a Discussion Board for any comments you would like to add too.

There is a page for Businesses too.

It is a great way for all of your Facebook friends who are also bloggers to stay up-to-date with their favourite blogs without leaving the site. It will increase your readership and maybe some of your friends will be encouraged to start their own blog!

Here’s how to get started:


I am still playing around with the application, exploring all of it’s features. I think this is one of the best applications Facebook has come up with yet!

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