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@HeatherRojo

Website

Nutfield Genealogy

Location

Manchester, New Hampshire, USA

Tell us a bit about your genealogy/family history journey

I’ve been doing genealogy since the Bicentennial in the 1970s. Took my first college course in genealogy in 1975 after reading Roots, I was 15 years old!

Favorite food or beverage

Fried clams

Surnames of interest

Wilkinson, Allen, Roberts, Hitchings, Munroe, Bill, Warren, Batchelder, Hoogerzeil, Wilson, Flint, Lyons, Bollman, Lennox, Nason, Southwick, Simonds, Andrews, Mears, Burnham, Locke, Emerson, Younger, Jones, Treadwell, Lewis, Phillips, Stone, Healy, Weston, Allerton, Howland, Soule, Doty, Standish, Cloutman, Homan, Cree, Hix/Hicks, Crosby, Clements, Thompson/Thomson, Welch, Presson/Preston, Poland, Everson, Staples, Gardner, Hamblin, Robinson, Green

If you could meet one person from your family tree that died before you were born, who would it be and why?

Romanus Emerson (1782 – 1852), my 4th great grandfather. He was a cousin to Ralph Waldo Emerson, and he lived in South Boston. He was one of the first to build a home in his part of Boston, and Emerson Street is named after his homestead. His four brothers were Congregational ministers, but he rejected religion and became an avowed “infidel” (atheist). He also was an abolitionist, a member of the Humane Society (for saving people, not animals), several other progressive movements of the 19th century. His best friend was Horace Seaver, who was the editor of the controversial atheist newspaper in Boston. 

Genealogy pet peeve

Not enough time

Favorite place where you’ve traveled

Spain, where my husband’s family lives

From a genealogy/family history research perspective, what would you have done differently?

Started earlier? (If that were possible!)

What are you currently working on and what’s next?

I’m writing up the story of Tamsen Meserve Ham Tibbetts (b. about 1690) of Dover, New Hampshire. She lost her husband who was killed in a 1723 raid by the native people on her settlement, and two teen age daughters were kidnapped and marched to Canada. She petitioned the governor of New Hampshire for their redemption, which did not happen. So she remarried, and she and her 2nd husband went to Canada on their own, with money raised from family, friends, and loans from her neighbors, to redeem the two girls. The trip there and back, plus the ransom, bankrupted the family, but they were reunited in 1728. Documents sent to the government for repayment (which was not granted) gives an accounting of all the money spent during their travel on foot across New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Canada, back to New York city and passage by ship back to Boston and New Hampshire. 

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