Cherished Memories

A few years ago for Christmas I made my Step-dad at special memories scrapbook about his family history. I included old photographs, family research, and articles that I found about his home town, and a lot more. He was thrilled and I’m so glad that I did that for him. It was one of those gifts that actually meant something to a man who already had so much. I gave him the gift of memories.

This is the first Christmas that “Dad” isn’t here with us, and it’s only been a few months since he left this world so he is sorely missed.  I posted a tribute about him HERE, but now I’ll simply share a poem and a little Christmas slide show including scenes of time spent during our last Christmas with him. I hope that if you are missing a loved one this year that you will find a special way to keep them close to your heart and in your memories.

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Cool Gaget

Now here is a product that I would get much use from. I can imagine using it to scan old photo albums without having to remove the pictures. It would be great to have on hand for scanning articles and other research documents. I think every genealogist could definitely find a use for it!

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Nottingham West – Hudson, New Hampshire

John Mitchell, pioneer from Ulster Scotland, was an original settler of Nottingham West, now Hudson, New Hampshire. At that time, Hudson originally was part of Dunstable, Mass. In 1741, it became Nottingham, Mass.; in 1746, Nottingham West, N.H.; and finally, in 1830, Hudson. Many land boundaries were moved in the early years including not only town lines, but state lines.

For more information on the early settlement of “Nottingham West” and what life in those years was like for John Mitchell, please visit the links below.

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Ancestors of John Mitchel (to Nelson Mitchell)

Our first generation of Mitchells in America from Nelson B. Mitchell’s line settled in Nottingham West (now Hudson), New Hampshire.  John Mitchel (as it was then spelled) was one of the 16 Ulster-Scot families who came from Ireland (Scottish decent).  Click on this link for more information about him and the early settlers of Hudson, NH.

John Mitchell, a sheep herdsman and husbandman, was assessed from 1738 to 1748. He lived on a farm on the north side of Bush Hill.  He voted “yea” on March 10, 1745/46 regarding the boundary claims for the township of Nottingham West.  He died about 1748 or 9, but no record of his death is found. At a meeting of the town July 7, 1749 officials released “the Widow Mitchell” from paying the Town and Minister’s rate the year, 1748. Jannet joined the Presbyterian church July on 7, 1749. After his decease his estate was assessed to his widow, Jane Mitchel, until 1752.

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A Christmas in the Northland (Sweden)

From the tome, Sweden and the Swedes By William Widgery Thomas
1891 (pages 197-210)





LL Sweden gives itself up to the enjoyment of Yule, tide. First comes Christmas eve, next Christmas itself, then second-day Christmas, then third-day ^^ Christmas, and on all four days are the Christmas festivities celebrated. The merry-making then slackens a little, but it does not cease. It bursts forth again in family parties and dinners on the last day of the old year and the first day of the new; and still again on the 6th of January, a legal holiday, called by the Swedes “tretton-dag Jul”— thirteenth-day Yule. This day and the evening before are celebrated with nearly the same brilliancy as Christmas eve and Christmas day themselves, and not till January 13th, or “twentieth-day Yule,” do good old-fashioned families in Sweden consider the celebration of Christmas as fairly over.

Ever since early November everybody has been at work baying and preparing presents and planning and deliberating; all carried on with the greatest secrecy and in a profoundly mysterious manner, for no one must know, or even guess, what is in store for him at Christmas.
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Dymoke – The name of Champions

The King's Champion

Dymoke is the name of an English family holding the office of king’s champion. The functions of the champion were to ride into Westminster Hall at the coronation banquet, and challenge all comers to impugn the King’s title (see Champion). The earliest record of the ceremony at the coronation of an English king dates from the accession of Richard II. On this occasion the champion was Sir John Dymoke (died 1381), who held the manor of Scrivelsby, Lincolnshire, in right of his wife Margaret, granddaughter of Joan Ludlow, who was the daughter and co-heiress of Philip Marmion, last Baron Marmion. The Marmions claimed descent from the lords of Fontenay, hereditary champions of the dukes of Normandy, and held the castle of Tamworth, Leicestershire, and the manor of Scrivelsby. The right to the championship was disputed with the Dymoke family by Sir Baldwin de Freville, lord of Tamworth, who was descended from an elder daughter of Philip Marmion. The court of claims eventually decided in favor of the owners of Scrivelsby on the ground that Scrivelsby was held in grand serjeanty, that is, that its tenure was dependent on, rendering a special service, in this case the championship.

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Silhouette: Tristram Coffin (1632-1704 )

TRISTRAM COFFIN, LIEUTENANT, ESQ. (Tristram1) was born in Brixton, England, in 1632 and became a merchant tailor at Newbury, Mass., serving his apprenticeship under Henry Somerby whose widow he married there March 2, 1653, Judith Greenleaf. Mr. Coffin was very active in church and civil affairs, “of known piety and judgment”. In 1660, he was deputy marshal of Newbury and the following year was constable. Sworn a freeman in 1668, he served on the trial jury in 1673, 1678 and 1682; and on the grand
jury in 1670, 1671 and 1680. For 20 years he was a deacon of First Church of Newbury and in 1681 and 1682 was commissioner of small causes. He was made a lieutenant in 1683 and was a deputy to the General Court from 1695 to 1702. Tristram left considerable real estate when he died February 4, 1704, at 72.

His gravestone is inscribed:

“On earth he pur-chas-ed a good degree,
Great boldness in the faith and liberty,
And now possesses immortality.”

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