This Project

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By way of introduction, let me tell you how I got started and where I plan to go from here.

One of the catalysts that launched my interest in the research of our family tree is the aquirement of a Currier – Dickie genealogy, which shows the decent of Samuel Currier. This genealogy shows some fascinating connections, and an interweaving of our family heritage beginning about 1634.

Our ancestors first appeared in the New World during “The Great Migration” era (1620-1642) bringing forth a merging of Scottish and English blood. The earliest settlers from England include the Noyes, Estey, Fiske, and Coffin families who settled in Essex County, Massachusetts and the Frost family who settled in what is now Kittery, Maine. The Curriers came from Scotland about the same time and also settled in Essex County. Many of these people were prominent citizens in their former home lands and in the new colonies they helped to settle.

Of these lines we begin to see the blending of families through marriage. The family tree that I have shows a clear history of these through the 18th century. The interweaving takes on an interesting pattern where several of these colonists marry into the Currier family on one side and to the Dickie family on the other. While the Dickies were also from Scotland, Jennie W. Dickie’s maternal ancestors line can be traced back to the Esteys and Fiskes. Over two and a half centuries later these families are again brought together with the marriage of Jennie W. Dickie and George E. Currier, Jr. in 1899, tying together a shared heritage of many of our early New England ancestors.

Although this is the core of my research at present, I have also looked into the more recent family histories of the Waltons and Mitchells. I will also be sharing that information in detail when this phase is under control. Eventually I plan to work on mine and my husbands and children’s Scandanavian decent, but this should keep me quite busy for the time being.

I will be sharing things with you as I discover them – histories, biographies, interesting facts, etc. I am in the process of buiding a genealogy database, but in the mean time will try to provide links from other genealogy websites. I also will post on occasion “Silhouettes” of some of the more famous, infamous, notorious, etc. in the branches of this family tree.

If you have anything you would like to contribute, please contact me and I will be happy to include it. I am looking for scans of old photographs, bibliographies, and little known facts about the folks we came from.

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“The truth is that wherever men live, work, and make their homes – whether by fishing along the coast, farming in the country, mining, building; whatever their occupations by circumstance and choice to be – they write themselves into the nature of things. The trees and hedges, the fields and lanes, the skies over the landscape they have helped to shape, take on something of their humanity. When we have buried the dead , we remember the ways they worked, their jokes, their peculiarities, their characters, the ways in which they lived and enjoyed and endured their fortunes and tragedies. We use their tools, their ingenuities and ideas, after them. In thought and feeling. as in physical fact, we walk the many ways they made. The dead have made the very fabric of our lives. They have entered into us. Their nature is in our flesh and blood and bones, and, in a thousand ways, their sentiments form part of our spirit. To seek to know ourselves is, therefore, to some extent to seek to know the communities of the past which have made us what we are..”

In a Country Churchyard
by Ronald Fletcher