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DAR – At last! Joseph Harris Jr of Salem, NH
Finally, after years of trying to find enough proof to join the Daughters of the Revolution through several different Revolutionary Soldiers, I've finally got it! It hasn’t been that I have a shortage of men who served in some capacity that I connect to, it’s the matter of indisputable proof.

Luckily, it just so happens, I have proof of the Revolutionary War ancestor I am most proud of! You may have seen a blog that I wrote long ago about his exceptionally strong wife Martha.

Gilbert, in “The History of Salem, NH”, pg 347, states when “the news came that the British had fired on American troops at Lexington, Joseph got down his musket and powder horn and prepared to leave for the scene of action as soon as a call should come for assistance.” Gilbert states he didn’t know anything more of him after he went into the army but here, we’ll piece together Joseph & his service. Sources for his service can be found here.

Records show Joseph Harris Jr. enlisted Apr 23 with Stark’s Regiment just after Lexington & Concord serving from 15 May 1775 to 1 Aug 1775, 2 mo 22 days under Capt Elisha Woodbury in Col John Stark's First Regiment. Stark’s headquarters from the onset of the war was located at the Isaac Royal House, 15 George St, Medford MA. So, it’s safe to assume Joseph spent some time there. Stark, was an unsung National hero of the American Revolution, but is only well known in New Hampshire. He coined the state’s motto “Live Free or Die”.

Joseph Harris & others in Stark’s Regiment fought at the Battle of Noddle’s Island & Chelsea Creek May 27, 1775 - May 28, 1775 and Bunker Hill June 17, 1775. The Battle of Noddle’s Island & Chelsea Creek is seldom talked about or taught, but it was the second military battle of the Revolution & the first that involved Naval forces. The landscape of the area was quite different than it is today, but it is clear it encompassed the area of Boston Harbor which included parts of what we now know as Chelsea & Winthrop. The topic is quite controversial as to what names &/or towns should be given to this battle & I wish to stay out of all that, lol. Some online sources for the Battle of Noddle’s Island & Chelsea Creek can be found online. That said, the story goes something like this….

As I mentioned before, the Battle of Lexington & Concord had already happened, and British troops had attempted to take over Boston, but they were surrounded by “Rebels” who wished to contain them there. The Rebels, as we were called at the time, aka “Patriots” today, knew there was one area where the British could gain supplies and that was through their ships being brought into the harbor & the farmers that lived on the isles off the shore known as Noddle’s & Hogs Islands. See, the British banked on being able to convince the farmers not only to provide them with fresh livestock and produce, but store supplies they had stolen from elsewhere in the area. The farmers were stuck literally in the middle.

May 14 1775, Joseph Warren, who led the Massachusetts Committee of Safety for the Patriots issued an order that basically stated all the livestock needed to “be taken from Noddle's Island, Hog Island, Snake Island, and from that part of Chelsea near the sea coast, and be driven back” [inland]. Further, he decided that the regiment at Medford should do it. The Regiment at Medford was the NH men gathered by and under the Command of Col. John Stark, of which Joseph Harris Jr. was one.

A few short days before they were to complete this mission Warren and Gen. Artemas Ward scoped out the situation on Noddle’s Island & in fact did find plenty of livestock there. The plan was to move ahead. Keep in mind as I tell this story, the facts are that Stark has never received the respect he deserved, and so depending on who is telling his story matters greatly in the perspective it is slanted. That said, I will try to give a neutral version… 

It is said Stark & his trooped crossed the bridge over the Mystic River just after midnight on May 27. They went through Malden, Everett and Revere. The plan was to reach the shore at what is currently known as Belle Isle Marsh Reservation during low tide & make it to Hogs Island from there. About 10am they went across & the plan worked avoiding detection of British forces. Most of Stark’s men stayed there to clear that island while he & about 30 others continued across to Noddle’s Island.

Once on Noddle’s Island, Stark’s men began to kill the animals they could find & set fire haystacks and barns. Now, I don’t know what you are thinking, but even me as a big admirer of Stark, is thinking …Seriously? Dumb idea. Obviously, the British noticed the smoke. For now, I’m going to choose to believe Joseph was back on Hogs Island and not part of that fiasco. After all, I don’t know for sure, nor do I really want to look into it at this moment.

Anyway, so…the British noticed the smoke & fire around mid-afternoon and went to Noodle’s Island & engaged with Stark’s men there. At the same time, the British ship schooner “Diana” was sent to cut off the Patriots escape. 400 British troops encompassed the area & began driving the Patriots back, but alas they “stuck to their guns” so to speak & hunkered down in the marsh of a creek relentlessly firing up the British until they retreated. Stark’s men then rejoined the remaining Patriots at Hogs Island driving hundreds of livestock to the mainland. Meanwhile the Diana was rapidly becoming stuck in the retreating waters of the creek. The Patriots tried to get them to surrender but they weren’t ready & for hours later the battle continued. Eventually though the ship turned to its side & the British were forced to board their other ship the Britannia which was nearby.

A couple weeks later on June 17 1775 the Battle of Bunker Hill was fought and Stark’s men, including Joseph Harris, participated.   Stark determined upon his arrival that the British would likely attack the patriots approaching on the shore of the Mystic River. Stark directed his men to the valley between Mystic Beach and Beech’s Hill.
Jack Kenny describes it best in his post on TheNewAmerican.com & I highly recommend checking out the full context:

Stark ordered them to “fortify” a two-rail fence by stuffing straw and grass between the rails. Stark also noticed an additional gap in the defense line and ordered Lieutenant Nathaniel Hutchins, from his brother William Stark’s company, and others to follow him down a nine-foot-high bank to the edge of the Mystic River. They piled rocks across the 12-foot-wide beach to form a crude defense line. After this fortification was hastily constructed, Stark deployed his men three-deep behind the wall. A large contingent of British, with the Royal Welch Fusiliers in the lead, advanced toward the fortifications. The Minutemen crouched and waited until the advancing British were almost on top of them, and then stood up and fired as one. They unleashed a fierce and unexpected volley directly into the faces of the fusiliers, killing 90 immediately and breaking the advance. The fusiliers retreated in panic. A charge of British infantry was next, climbing over their dead comrades to test Stark’s line. This charge too was decimated by a withering fusillade. A third charge was repulsed in a similar fashion, again with heavy losses to the British. The British officers wisely withdrew their men from that landing point and decided to land elsewhere, with the support of artillery.[i]

The details of Joseph’s service in 1776 was a little harder to track. It is said in his wife’s pension file he served un Capt. John Allen near Boston in 1776, and it would make sense that he was closer to home as my 4x great grandmother Sarah would have been conceived about Mar-April 1776. But what about after that? Well, an undated record seems to indicate at some point he served in the 7th Regiment under Robertson in Richard Dow & Col. Wingate. It is my guess after combining the above record with an additional statement in his wife’s pension that he was in (or near) Ticonderoga, NY prior to June 1777 & a couple other sources stating that Dow & Wingate’s Regiment was raised for service to Canada &/or northern NY, that he was in fact with them up there in the summer of 1776.

I then suspect he returned home for a little while. It is certain he rejoined for another 3 years on Apr 23 1777, this time in NH’s 2nd Regiment under Caleb Robinson’s & Col Nathan Hale. That regiment also embarked upon the journey to Ticonderoga, NY shortly thereafter. Joseph was killed there 17 Jun 1777 during either an ambush by Native Americans or the raid of the British Army the same day. Some records seem to indicate he died the 18-19 of June, so it is unclear exactly.

Most people will probably now wonder…Native Americans…? Yes, while the battle has not been made historically well-known, it was in fact a major battle. More about it can be found on AllThingsLiberty.com in a blog written by Michael Barbieri. I can’t possibly describe the circumstances in Ticonderoga, NY which took my 5x great grandfather from this Earth better he. I highly encourage you to read his work for more specific details about the day. I will however quote from him the following two pieces which hold significant weight in piecing together the death of Joseph Harris:

On that day, with pleasant weather and little expectation of trouble from the British in Canada, the American camp at Ticonderoga had a relaxed attitude.[9] Around noon, the calm atmosphere changed dramatically when the long roll of the drums signaled a call to arms. The alarm had been occasioned by “two Men taken and two killed by a Party of Indians who had concealed themselves in the Bushes near our out Guards, and rushed suddenly upon some unarmed Men who had strolled out a fishing.”[10] These men, from Hale’s New Hampshire regiment, had gone out along the road between the French lines and the mills on the La Chute River.[11] When they had walked only about one hundred rods (about a quarter of a mile) from the lines where a thousand men sat encamped, the Indians fell upon them.[12] Within moments, the Indians had completed their bloody work, dragged their prisoners into the woods, and begun their trek back to Canada.
Records indicate three men of Caleb Robinson’s Company in Hale’s Regiment—Joseph Harris, Moses Copps, and Samuel Smith—all died that day. Whether they suffered their fate near the French Lines at Ticonderoga or in the ambush has not been determined. Four other men—Israel Woodbury and Thomas Creighton of Hale’s regiment, Edward Wells of Poor’s regiment, and William Presson of Scammell’s regiment—are all listed as missing at that time. Like those killed, it has not been determined if they became prisoners during the raid or the ambush

After that fateful day, Martha remained his widow in Salem, NH for the rest of her life. More details on her rather fascinating life after Joseph’s death can be found here
Okay – so now I guess it’s time to explain how I trace back to him & a little more about his details & descendants.

My 2x great grandfather was John Haseltine of Salem, NH – his blog is here, and documentation filed with my application can be found here

My 3x great grandparents were Simon Haseltine & Clarissa Young of Chester, NH – their blog is here, and documentation filed with my application can be found here

My 4x great grandparents were Hezekiah Young & Sarah Harris of Manchester, NH – their blog & the Young line will follow in the next couple weeks, but some documentation filed with my application can be found here

5x great grandparents Joseph Harris Jr & Martha Hadlock!
Joseph Harris Jr. was born in Salem, NH on 16 Aug 1751, son of Joseph Harris Sr. & Joanna (Webber).[ii] Joseph Sr & Joanna married in Ipswich, MA 2 Dec 1743, [iii] and had Joseph Jr & 4 daughters. Their daughters were: Elizabeth born 28 Sep 1749[iv]; Sarah born 29 Sep 1753[v]; Patience born 16 Apr 1756[vi]; Mary born 21 Oct 1758.[vii]

Joseph Jr’s mother, Joanna died prior to 1787 when Joseph Sr married second Lydia Asten/Austin on 9 Aug 1787 in Salem, NH. [viii] I highly suspect Joseph Sr & Lydia had a daughter of their own named Hulda W. Harris, born about 1783-1787, however evidence is severely lacking. Hulda does seem extremely close to the family given the names of her children. Hulda married William Jones in 1803 & had: Caleb Y.;Ralph H.; Sarah.; Alexander T.; Dudley W.; Hezekiah Y.; Henry P.; John R.; Margaret E.; Martha Allen; Nathan B.; & William (see familysearch.org)  She is referred to as Granny Jones in the History of Salem NH by Gilbert, however she is not on the census with her husband in 1850.[ix] If Hulda was Martha’s child as some indicate, I suspect I would have found something to her detriment for having a child out of wedlock – and there was not even the slightest hint she was anything other than highly respected in the community.) Joseph Sr lived a long life & was clearly part of his grandchildren’s life as Sarah mentions him in her letter found in her mother’s pension file.[x] He died between 1810-1820. No record or will was found in Rockingham County, but there is a notation of an inventory for a Joseph Harris [Sr] c1815 but it does not have a docket#. Deeds have not proved helpful thus far. I will have to do another blog on further details for him & his daughters when I get a chance.
Joseph Jr married Martha Hadlock born 2 Dec 1748 in Gloucester MA, [xi] dau of Samuel Hadlock & Hannah Toppan, [xii] on 15 Sep 1771 in Haverhill MA by Rev Badger. [xiii] They first lived in Ipswich and then removed back to Joseph’s home town of Salem, NH.[xiv] His probate file can be found in Rockingham County Docket# 4400. See this folder for copies of documentation on Martha & Joseph.
                                                              Joseph & Martha’s children were:
1. Martha Harris born c1772 in Ipswich MA.[xv] In Orford, NH on 24 Jan 1793 she married Michael Taintor [xvi] who d. 22 Jul 1802 Orford NH (NHVR). [xvii] She died 21 Nov 1824 a52y near Haverhill, MA & was buried in Salem Center Burial ground, Salem NH. [xviii] During 1800 they both were in likely in Orford, ME. 1810 shows she was in Orford, but she was not found in 1820 so it is unclear to me where she was in that last years of her life. [xix]
     i. Joana Taintor 17 Sep 1793 Orford NH (NHVR)[xx]
     ii. Josiah Taintor 1 Feb 1795 Orford, NH(NHVR)[xxi]
     iii. Alexander Troup Taintor 3 May 1797 Orford, NH(NHVR) [xxii] m: Deerfield MA? [xxiii] He died in Somerville Ma Oct 14 1873 (MVR)[xxiv]
     iv. Joseph Obadiah Harris Taintor 17 Dec 1799 Orford, NH (NHVR) [xxv] d. 7 Jun 1863 Deerfield MA (MVR)[xxvi]
     v. Mary Midwell Taintor 25 Mar 1802 Orford, NH(NHVR)[xxvii]
2. Joanna Harris born 6 Jul 1774 in Salem NH. [xxviii] Resided in the area of Belfast ME prior to 1837.[xxix] Some say she married Jonathan Jack of Chester NH, but I found nothing to confirm this. It is suspected my myself & a fellow researcher/potentially distant cousin, Christine Howard, that she may have actually married John Howard. Christine found that Martha provided an affidavit for the Revolutionary pension of Lydia (Corliss) Howard's application. Martha states in her affidavit that her daughter married Lydia and John Howard's son John, who was born in Salem, N.H. on 10 December 1776, but did not provide a first name of her daughter. Due to the process of elimination is seems clear this was Joanna, however naturally there is a snag. Salem, NH Town Records show a marriage for Nancy Harris & John Howard on 13 January 1799. Christine & I agree this is a stretch for a nickname for Joanna, however her grandmother was Joanna, so perhaps it was to avoid confusion. Or perhaps it was just an error as a son, Joseph Harris Howard was born to John & Joanna Howard in Salem NH on 28 March 1799. I can’t explain the quick birth after the marriage but my suggestion would be to check the details in the Salem Town Meeting Records available through LDS. There could be a hint in there I previously missed. There are definitely occasions in there when they discuss children that may have been conceived in unusual circumstances.
Further Christine found a listing for John Howard c1837 which coincides with the affidavit Sarah wrote on their mother’s behalf. As well, she found a listing for a service record for a Joseph H. Howard, born circa 1798-99 in Salem, NH & enlisted in Portland, ME. She would be the one with more expertise on the Howard line, and should be consulted in matters of interest to it.
3. Sarah “Sally” Harris b. 15 Nov 1776 (See future & past Young blogs, which are here and here

Additional Sourcing:
[i] http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/history/ite
[ii] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLPR-SM9 : accessed 9 May 2016), Joseph Harris, 16 Aug 1751; citing Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord; FHL microfilm 1,001,004.
[iii] "Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FCCS-PM2 : accessed 9 May 2016), Joseph Harris and Joanna Webber, 02 Dec 1743; citing reference ; FHL microfilm 0547505 IT 1.
[iv] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLPR-MYG : accessed 9 May 2016), Elizabeth Harris, 28 Sep 1749; citing Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord; FHL microfilm 1,001,004.
[v] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLPR-3WL : accessed 9 May 2016), Sarah Harris, 29 Sep 1753; citing Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord; FHL microfilm 1,001,004.
[vi] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLPR-SRD : accessed 9 May 2016), Patience Harris, 16 Apr 1756; citing Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord; FHL microfilm 1,001,004.
[vii] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLPR-SF8 : accessed 9 May 2016), Mary Harris, 21 Oct 1758; citing Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord; FHL microfilm 1,001,004.
[viii] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL69-J2B : accessed 9 May 2016), Joseph Harris and Lydia Asten, 09 Aug 1787; citing Salem, , New Hampshire, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord; FHL microfilm 1,001,267.
[ix] "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWZL-32H : accessed 9 May 2016), Wm Jones, Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States; citing family 173, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
[x] Fold3 Martha Harris’s pension file
[xi] Fold3 Martha Harris’s pension file
[xii] Martha Hadlock Birth Record, Martha Young's pension file- #14847; Joseph Harris Rockingham County Probate File #4400, Joseph Death Record- does not exist - instead see Revolutionary Service Records; Martha Death Record-does not exist - instead see 1840 Census where she is in the home of Dudley W. Jones.
[xiii] Fold3 Martha Harris’s pension file
[xiv] Fold3 Martha Harris’s pension file
[xv] Fold3 Martha Harris’s pension file
[xvi] See FamilySearch.org
[xvii] See FamilySearch.org or NHVR
[xviii] Haverhill, MA Death Records & Salem Center Burial ground, Salem NH.
[xix] 1800 Census he was in Orford, ME; 1810 Census she was in Orford; She was not found on the 1820 Census there
[xx] See FamilySearch.org or NHVR
[xxi] See FamilySearch.org or NHVR
[xxii] See FamilySearch.org or NHVR
[xxiii] See FamilySearch.org or MVR
[xxiv] See FamilySearch.org or MVR
[xxv] See FamilySearch.org or NHVR
[xxvi] See FamilySearch.org or MVR
[xxvii] See FamilySearch.org or NHVR
[xxviii] See FamilySearch.org or NHVR
[xxix] Fold3 Martha Harris’s pension file

<![CDATA[William Smith Cemetery, Ossipee, NH Found At Last!]]>Wed, 30 Dec 2015 14:03:59 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog-archives/william-smith-cemetery-ossipee-nh-found-at-lastPicture
Tucked in the woods of Ossipee, NH the mystery alludes me no more thanks to a wonderful couple named Bill & April who braved the the ticks & frustration of 3 trips in to no avail. Clearly, for them, giving up was not an option. A cold winter's day in late December, hours before the first snow fall of the season, and for the 4th time they ventured in once more!

I was completely unaware of their determination to solve this mystery, so you can imagine my complete surprise when out of no where after nearly 3 years & 3 trips of my own up there with no luck, I got a text from an unknown number saying....
"Amylynne, My wife and I volunteer as photographers for findagrave, and have followed your search for the Wm Smith Cemetery in Ossipee. Well, Merry Christmas!"

I can tell you. I was so excited. I cried. I cannot possibly express my gratitude enough to this wonderful couple. Thanks to them I now have pictures, exact gps coordinates, directions in, the name of the owner of the property & a wealth of other information. It turns out that the NH State Archives has stone wall maps of many areas in the state done by the WPA. That was the piece of information that helped them finally find it. I had no idea these maps existed and I'm sure many others in the state did not either, until now.

I'm already in the process of discussing bi-yearly access with the owners of the property to clean-up & preserve this historical cemetery. It seems promising that I will be allowed to do this as a direct descendant. I have found a lot of graves & have volunteered myself with FindaGrave for many years, but nothing has been so rewarding as getting that text from Bill & April. Thank you again, guys! You are the best!

For more on my blogs about this family visit here & also here.

Photos & all the credit goes to Bill & April Day

<![CDATA[Seeking Info & Locations of Any Photographic Work by Fred C. Low of Cambridge, MA ]]>Fri, 18 Dec 2015 22:43:34 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog-archives/seeking-info-locations-of-any-photographic-work-by-fred-c-low-of-cambridge-maSometimes marked as Frederick C. Low. (1837-1909) Also looking for information on any letters written by him or Elijah Low.

Please email:
Amylynne Murphy
<![CDATA[Offering History or Library Science Undergraduate Internship in New England]]>Sun, 01 Nov 2015 14:24:27 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog-archives/offering-history-or-library-science-undergraduate-internship-in-new-englandI need at least one undergrad intern who is studying Library Science or History, preferably in New Hampshire but other New England states could be helpful. About 10-15 hours a week, 75% working from their home and about 25% hands on at different libraries & archives in New England. Could end up being 50-50 if in Boston, Maine or Keene, NH/VT. Digital camera, internet access, & professor reference a must. If you know anyone, have them contact me at Info@NewEnglandGenealogist.com]]><![CDATA[Maine Historical Society Presents: Early Maine Photography 1840-1870]]>Mon, 26 Oct 2015 23:02:46 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog-archives/maine-historical-society-presents-early-maine-photography-1840-1870
Early Maine Photography, 1840-1870 Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm Now through January 16, 2016 

                                                          MHS Brown Library

Within the short span of a quarter century, photography became an integral part of life in Maine. Between 1840 and 1870, photography in its various forms recorded the appearance of individual Mainers as well as Maine itself. A host of pioneer photographers left us a precious visual legacy of Maine people and places which so enriches our understanding of the state's past. To celebrate the technological and artistic achievement of photography, and to better understand its impact on Maine, Maine Historical Society (MHS) is opening the Early Maine Photography, 1840-1870 exhibition on September 25.

All images featured in Early Maine Photography are of Maine subjects or were made by Maine photographers between 1840 and 1870. The exhibition will explore the meaning of the images, and delve into the notion of how early photographs provide the background and context for the culture we live in today.

Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., Maine's State Historian and an authority on Maine photography, is curator of this exhibition, which is part of the Maine Photo Project – a statewide collaboration among museums, historical societies, photographers, and collectors that is bringing Maine's photographic heritage to national attention. Throughout 2015, more than 30 organizations will offer exhibitions and public programs exploring the best of Maine photography – from early documentary images to contemporary art forms. MHS holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of the earliest images of Maine, and its exhibition will provide a historic framework for the overall Maine Photo Project activities.

The Exhibition is open to the public through January 16, 2016 during regular library hours, and is included in regular museum admission.

<![CDATA[Mystery Monday - Mourning Cards for Amos Heston d. June 31 1890 & Jehiel Annis d. May 7 1896, both of St. Joseph County, Indiana]]>Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:11:15 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog-archives/mystery-monday-mourning-cards-for-amos-heston-d-june-31-1890-jehiel-annis-d-may-7-1896-both-of-st-joseph-county-indiana
Recently my husband inherited these 1890's Mourning or Memorial Cards. So far, I haven't figured out why we have them. I thought I'd share them and maybe they'll help someone who has them in their tree.

They are black cardboard with gold lettering, on the back of Amos Heston's card it is written very faintly "Amos Heston died July 31 1890". I have no idea why that differs from the front, but I have a few guesses. Perhaps, the cards were printed incorrectly, the notation on the back is incorrect or maybe they jumped the gun printing them & he lived an extra month. Both men appear to be from St Joseph County, Indiana.

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<![CDATA[New on Ancestry.com! U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007]]>Sat, 25 Jul 2015 22:48:30 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog-archives/new-on-ancestrycom-us-social-security-applications-and-claims-index-1936-2007Picture
OMG, can you guess what I'll be doing for the next week?!?

This index of applications list applicant's names, parents (sometimes), SSN, birthdate, birth place, death date, and more. They do not list residence in the index, so be sure to use the details above to aid in your search instead. Remember not everyone will be listed. This what Ancestry.com says about not being able to find some people & some other information.
                                                                                                                Check out the database here!

Why can't I find the person I'm looking for?
It could be that the person you're looking for does not meet the criteria for inclusion in the database. For example, you will not find living people. It is not an index to all deceased individuals who have held Social Security Numbers. It is not a database of all deceased individuals who have received Social Security Benefits, or whose families have received survivor benefits. Also, deaths reported by the states rather than other institutions may be not be included. This database contains basic information about people with Social Security numbers whose deaths have been reported to the Social Security Administration or who would be more than 110 years of age if still living.

Why can’t I see certain parents' names in the records?
Ancestry follows publishing guidelines similar to the approach used by the Social Security Administration when individuals request related records. Unless the deceased would be at least 75 years old today, we do not publish the parents' names in these records.

Why can’t I see the Social Security Number?
If the Social Security Number is not visible on the record index it is because Ancestry.com does not provide this number for any person who has passed away within the past 10 years.

How can I get a copy of the original records?
The Social Security Administration makes copies of the original Social Security application form (the SS-5) available to third parties who request information on a deceased individual. The SS-5 form contains some additional information not found in the computer extracts in our database (such as the individual’s employer when he or she first applied for a Social Security number). It may also contain the individual’s actual signature.

The Social Security Administration charges $27.00 for each SS-5 form requested.

To request this information, use the Social Security Administration’s online request form. Be sure to include the Social Security number if known. Without the Social Security number, the fee is $29.

<![CDATA[Michele Santoro & Rosina Calogero, Italy & Waterbury, CT]]>Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:38:23 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog-archives/michele-santoro-rosina-calogero-italy-waterbury-ct
Michele Santoro of Italy & Waterbury, CT
The other night we were given a photo/painting of Michele Santoro of Italy & Waterbury, CT & a note handwritten by his son, Dr Joseph Louis Santoro of Waterbury, CT:

"My Grandfather Donato Santoro born in town of Avigliano, Providence of Potenza, Italy - by trade a blacksmith and did a great deal of artistic iron work. He decided to move to Genzano, Italy and opened a blacksmith shop there. After sometime he decided to get married (wife's name unknown). From this marriage he had 1 son called Joseph. Joseph had 3 sons- Domenioli, Donato, Michele and one daughter Carmella - {circled in the side margin is Del Buono

Year later wife died and remarried to Grazia Maria Muscillo - They had one son, Michele & 4 daughters. 1) daughter went to France 2) daughter married a man by name of [Boucello?] T. Braggio of Potenza Italy 3) daughter married Falanga whose son was a druggist named Donato came to Brooklyn NY 4) daughter married Angelo Pallotti- issue Don Cano - Palotti - a lawyer in Italy 5) Caterina married had a daughter died

Grandfather died in 1914 - Genzano, Italy"

Another note says:
My mother Rosina Callogero daughter of Donna & Luigi Calogero only daughter - Rosina Cologero -Year later - her father died and grandmother remarried - She married a man named Gentile - from this marriage had one daughter - and one boy Gaetano Gentile was a shoemaker) - daughter Maria Rose Gentile - who married Salvatore Mastandrea - in Waterbury"

In another note he says Rosina was his grandmother but then goes on to talk about Donna & Luigi Calogero, so it seems it may just be a mistake.

Dr Joseph Louis Santoro's father was Michele (son of Donato). J.L. Santoro's siblings were Dr. Grace M. Santoro; Philomino Phyllis Marie Santoro m: Augustine Gustavo M. Parisi; Margaret m: John Arthur Cunningham; Donato Mario Santoro m: Orphia "Helen" removed to Los Angeles, CA; Daniel Santoro; William Anthony Santoro m: Ethel E. removed to Dayton, Ohio

Dr Joseph Louis Santoro married Lucille Marguerite Johnson - 

<![CDATA[Susan Helen (Santoro) DeRoche, Port Charlotte, FL]]>Sat, 20 Jun 2015 12:02:56 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog-archives/susan-helen-santoro-deroche-port-charlotte-fl
Susan Helen (Santoro) DeRoche, 71, of Port Charlotte, FL passed away Tuesday June 16 2015 at the Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte after a long illness. Susan was born November 29 1943 in Waterbury CT, a daughter of the late Joseph Louis Santoro & Lucille Margaurite Johnson. Susan grew up in Waterbury CT & was later a longtime resident of Windham NH & Greenville SC.

Susan had a feisty and funny spirit full of life, and love for family.  She was a longtime employee of the Digital Corporation in Salem, NH. She was a former member of the Friends of the Library in Windham, NH, and was a Speech teacher at Golden Brook School. She loved games of chance, and the lights of the best casinos with her mother by her side for many years.

She is survived by her husband of 23 years, John DeRoche of Port Charlotte FL, her daughter & son-in-law, Polly Louise & David VanTassell of Londonderry, NH, her son & daughter-in-law Romeyn Todd & Amylynne Murphy of Hampstead, NH, children by marriage - Michelle Mencer, of Mystic, CT, Gina Despres, of Windham, NH, Nicholas DeRoche, of Plaistow, NH, John DeRoche, Jr,  of Plaistow, NH, Stephen DeRoche of Braintree, Ma; Grandchildren - Brandy C. Mulhare of Gales Ferry CT, Alexander D. Murphy of Norwich CT, Mandy & Hannah Foster of Florida, & one great grand-son, Brayden Allen McCoy of Florida. As well as, her brother Louis Santoro of Waterbury CT, & her sister Mary Ellen (Walsh) Small of California.  A memorial service and gathering of friends & family will be held at the home of Romeyn & Amylynne Murphy, 20 Starwood Dr., Hampstead, NH on Sunday July 12 2015 at 11am.

The family requests that donations be made in lieu of flowers to the COPD Foundation, 3300 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Miami, FL 33134.

<![CDATA[Surname Saturday - John Ramsden & Hannah Peel]]>Sat, 06 Jun 2015 22:49:46 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog-archives/surname-saturday-john-ramsden-hannah-peelI don't have much...but this is what I have....

John Ramsden
born in Golcar, England & Hannah Peel born “OTP” [of this parish], England married Feb 24, 1805 in St Peter, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England[i].
                                             John & Hannah had:

1. Jenny Ramsden christened Aug 7, 1809 St James, Slaithwaite, Yorkshire, England [ii]
There may be more siblings, but no mother listed & Jenny is the only one that states

2. William Ramsden christened Nov 11, 1810 St James, Slaithwaite, Yorkshire, England [iii]
- see previous

[i] John Ramsden (Golcar) & Hannah Peel (Of This Parish) Feb 24, 1805 via volunteer Claire Brer; “West Yorkshire, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1512-1812” [image online]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011 via West Yorkshire Archive Service; Wakefield, Yorkshire, England; Yorkshire Parish Records; Old Reference Number: D32/24; New Reference Number: WDP32/24

[ii] Jenny - Aug 7 1809 – her mother listed as Hannah via St James’s Slaithwatite Register via volunteer Claire Brer; There may be more but no mother is listed & this is the only one that states “hilltop”; “West Yorkshire, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1512-1812” [image on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

[iii] William Ramsden baptized Nov 11, 1810 Father John adobe Hilltop, Slaithwaite via volunteer Claire Brer; "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N1KC-5BC : accessed 16 April 2015), William Ramsden, 11 Nov 1810; citing SLAITHWAITE, reference ; FHL microfilm 560,624; “England & Wales Christening Records, 1530-1906” [index only]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. Place: Huddersfield, Yorkshire, England; Collection: St Peter; -; Date Range: 1801 - 1819; Film Number:560624