Jefferson letter discovered in
Have you thoroughly checked out all the
old papers you have in the attic? Perhaps you should. A Belmont,
Massachusetts attic was recently inventoried as part of an estate
settlement, revealing a two-page letter, dated August 14, 1811, from
Thomas Jefferson to Henry Dearborn, former cabinet secretary.
"Apparently it was just one of those classic moments where someone
went poking into papers that had not been disturbed for fifty years
in an attic and discovered Thomas Jefferson," said Kenneth Gloss,
who bought the letter recently from members of an estate in Belmont
who wished to remain anonymous. Gloss, owner of Boston's Brattle
Street Book Shop, said he expects to sell the letter for upwards of
$45,000. He said he will sell the letter privately.
The Belmont house once belonged to
a lawyer distantly related to Dearborn, a former Jefferson
secretary, and at the time of the correspondence was a customs agent
for the Port of Boston. In the letter, Jefferson, then two years out
of the White House, criticizes Bostonians' lack of appetite for the
upcoming War of 1812.
"The powers and preeminences
conferred on them are daggers put into the hands of assassins, to be
plunged into our own bosoms in the moment the thrust can go home to
the heart," Jefferson wrote.
Also among the papers were letters from John Quincy Adams. Those
were donated to the Massachusetts Historical Society. "A sensational
little find," said William Fowler, the society's director.
Our thanks to WAGS Newsletter, Whittier Area Genealogical Society
Newsletter, PO Box 4367, Whittier, CA 90607-4367.
We have the meaning of German names for you!
From The MONTHLY Newsletter of the Tazewell County Genealogical and
Historical Society of Pekin, Illinois, we have received lots of
German names with their American meanings. Here's a for-instance:
Koch = Cook, Maurer = Mason, Schwartz = Black, Zimmerman =
Carpenter. Apparently the original clipping came from the Pekin
Daily Times, but the MONTHLY's editor noted they were indebted to
William Komnick of Emden for answering their request that somebody
tell them what the German names in Pekin meant.
The Family Tree will have copies
in their Promise File if you are interested. And since this is a
two-part article, we will attempt to get the first part of the
article for you also. Just drop a line to The Family Tree and ask
for the "German Names Meanings" and we will send you a copy. And by
the way, please include a SASE. Thanks.
Desire pedigree charts
regarding HILL BROOKE and WILLIAM BOOTHBY 1657 London. JOHN PEG
c1704 ELISABETH WILSON Derby, England. Contact Richard Morrissey,
26209 Chambers, Sun City, CA 92586.
Help with charts to 1066! ANSGARD ELLIS, Somersetshire,
England c1570 and JOHN CROSS. ELEANOR MILLER and HENRY CHURCHILL
wed. Derbyshire, c1570. Contact Richard Morrissey, 26209 Chambers,
Sun City, CA 92586.
Joann Mackinnon is on the mend...
Ozzie Osborne wrote to let us know that his wife Joann Obsorne
Mackinnon, Chieftain of the Clan Mackinnon Society, is recovering
from a cancerous brain lymphoma. Ozzie said it is a remarkable
recovery, she is now on the mend, and has been able to come home. We
know that Joann would love to hear from you. If you would like to
send her "get well cheer and love," her address is 4012 Tyndale
Drive, Jacksonville, Florida 32210.
Thursday 11th December saw the
launch of the 107th edition of Burke's Peerage, Baronetage &
Knightage. At a champagne reception in central London, over
seventy people congregated to celebrate the book's arrival and view
the very first copies, hot off the press.
Last published in 1999, editors
and technical staff worked for almost two years to complete this
updated and expanded edition.
Welcoming the assembled guests,
Publishing Advisor, Gordon Prestoungrange, Baron of Prestoungrange
thanked everyone involved in the project and out lined company aims
for 2004 and beyond. With a series of printed regional volumes, a
new book on chivalric orders and substantial additions to Burke's
Peerage & Gentry online database, the Burke's team can look forward
to a busy though productive time.
Editor-in-Chief, Charles Mosley's
keynote speech, likened production of the three-volume reference
work to giving birth to triplets: "It was not an easy task to get it
(the 107th) ready. The gestation period alone, and the prolonged
labour of us, the obstetricians, particularly my old friend and
accomplished forceps-wielder Hugh Peskett, shows that."
Charles went on to describe the
new arrivals as: "red complexioned, like so many babies, but with an
inbuilt fund of information and already house-trained."
Among the guests were Sir Bob
Balchin, Registrar of the Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor; June
Perrin, Acting Director of the Society of Genealogists; Mike
O'Keefe, Custodian of the Official Royal Image Library; John
Whittingdale, MP; Phil Reed, Director of the Cabinet War Rooms and
Keith Madeley, Chairman of the Yorkshire Society. Given the size and
production cost of the publication, the 107th edition will be the
last ever in print with future updates continuing at Burke's online
www.burkes-peerage.net. Amazing attention to detail by
Charles Mosley and his team ensures that the 107th edition will
stand the test of time and be appreciated by all who love British
tradition and family history.
Did you know? The 107th edition of
Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage cost around œ1,000,000 to
produce and took two years to compile.
The publication runs to almost
5,000 pages Each set weighs 10.5 kilos 120,000 living people are
featured in the book
The publication contains around
2,500 articles on titled families, 3,200 Knight's articles, 140 on
Scottish Chiefs (some 60 of which are either hitherto unpublished or
substantially augmented), scores of Scottish feudal barons. And 14
articles covering Irish Chiefs.
Entrants include people linked to
historic families, the military, politics, the arts, industry,
education and much more.
The oldest family in the book is
unquestionably O'Neill (pages 3003 + 3009) dating back to the fifth
century AD, the oldest family in western Europe.
Chapman Family holds reunion in
The Chapman Family Association will hold its Fourth Annual
Convention and Reunion May 14-16, 2004 at the Kansas City Missouri
Airport Hilton. The convention will consist of a family business
meeting, a variety of workshops and research sessions and local
Individuals need not be a member
to attend the sessions but registration is required and advance
registration is highly recommended.
Further information is available
by contacting one of the following: Chapman Family Association Data
Central, P.O. Box 1586, Florissant, Missouri 63031; or Gil Alford,
CFA Corresponding Secretary at 314-831-8648; or the website
Ashley County Genealogical Society presents a beginners' workshop
A beginners' workshop for family research will be presented by the
Ashley County Genealogical Society on Saturday, February 28, 2004,
at the Crossett Public Library Community Room in Crossett, Arkansas.
Registration is from 8:00 a.m. to
9:00 a.m. Sessions will be held 9:00 a.m. to noon and from 1:00 p.m.
to 3:00 p.m. Bring a sack lunch. Drinks and snacks will be served.
Topics will include: Why Do I Do
This and How Do I Begin?, Genealogical Websites and Their Use,
Genealogy by Mail, Finding Military Records, Soundex Search Methods,
How to Take Notes and Saving Them for Future Use, and Ways to
Present Your Genealogical Information to Others.
The cost will be $20 before
January 15th and $25 thereafter. Cost will cover printing of handout
To pre-register send your name, address, city, state and zip, along
with your check to ACGS, P.O. Drawer R, Crossett, Arkansas 71635.
For additional information contact
William C. Finch, 407 East Third Avenue, Crossett, Arkansas
International Hunter and Muirhead Clan Gathering will be held at
News regarding the Hunter and Muirhead Clan Gathering at Hunterston
Castle has been received from Madam Pauline Hunter, Chief of Clan
Hunter. The Gathering will be held August 6-8, 2004 and booking is
needed in advance. Charges will be per person for the weekend, for
children ten and under. Registration will be Friday, August 6th,
with the Opening Ceremony to be held that evening. Christine
Scouller is the Gathering coordinator and may be contacted by post:
Hunterston Castle, West Kilbride, Ayrshire, KA23 9QG; Scotland,
United Kingdom. Call 011 44 01294-82.
Festival plans are announced by Slighe nan Gaidheal
Feis Shiatail 2004 (FAYSH he- AT-ul), an internationally recognized
celebration of Scottish Gaelic and the arts of Scotland, will be
held June 15-20 at Fort Worden Conference Center, Port Townsend,
Hosted by Slighe nan Gaidheal (SHLEE-ul
num GAY-ul), the Seattle's Gaelic language and cultural society,
Feis brings participants together with leading tradition bearers in
language and arts. Drawing enthusiasts from throughout North America
and the United Kingdom, the gathering allows everyone from beginner
to native expert to "focus deeply Scottish Gaelic language, music,
culture and community," said Kathryn Cole, Feis co-chair.
In addition to language classes at
all levels, attendees will be able to participate in seminars
covering piping, singing, weaving, harping, fiddling, and step
dancing, as well as history and folklore.
"As a Feis participant myself, I
treasure the time to spend with my Scottish Gaelic family, welcome
newcomers and share their discovery of their heritage," Cole said.
Presenters at the biennial event
are a veritable "Who's Who" of the Scottish Gaelic world. They
include: Catriona Niclomhair Parsons, associate professor of Celtic
studies, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia;
Catriona Chaimbeul, editor, Speaking Our Language, a member of the
Gaelic Broadcasting committee and former head of Grampian
Television's Gaelic news service; Muriel Fisher, founder, Tucson
Gaelic Institute and University of Arizona instructor; Catherina Ann
MacPhee, award-winning Gaelic singer and recording artist; Rona
MacDonald Lightfoot, internationally recognized bagpiper whose
family archives include one of the most extensive collections of
Gaelic song; Wendy MacIsaac, Cape Breton fiddler and step dancer;
Dr. Michael Newton, director, Gaelic studies program, University of
Richmond, Virginia; and, Norman Kennedy, weaver and singer, former
master weaver at Colonial Williamsburg.
Feis Shiatail is sponsored in part
by the Dunvegan Foundation, an organization dedicated to
educational, cultural and informational activities in both the
United States and Scotland. The Dunvegan Foundation supports such
activities as workshops in History, Gaelic and Tartan, provides for
musical scholarships in harp, fiddle and bagpipe, and strives to
enrich the knowledge of Americans in things Scottish and
For further information and
registration, visit Slighe nan Gaidheal's website at
www.slighe.com or phone