While antique shopping on my genealogy road trip, I came across this burlap sack in the Burning Bridge Antique Mall in Columbia, PA. Not sure exactly which Wells’ these were. I goolged Wells Wheat Flakes but nothing came up. Anyone out there ever heard of them??
26 Sept 2014: My Family Tree in a Book Cover September 26, 2014
Today my fourth novel went up for sale on Amazon.com. YEAH!! You may know that I have written in a considerable amount of Wells family and Rogers family history into my book series. I took my real life ancestors and wrote their stories into the fictional story of my characters. I even have Randall Wells and his wife Lois Maxson, my fourth great grandparents as main characters.
If nothing else, I thought I’d share my book cover with you. Not only a writer, I’m a bit of an artist as well and on this book, I took the time to illustrate my own cover art work. If you look click on the cover and look closely at the big tree to the right, you’ll notice the names of my family in it. At the top is Randall and Lois. Below that is Russell and his wife Lydia. Then Jonathan and Martha Ann, followed by Williams and Pauline, Elliott and Florence. At the bottom is Myra and Raymond, my parents. My complete Wells family line. Mom back to Randall.
The smaller sapling of a tree has the names of my character in the leaves.
12 Sep 2014 … A little family name humor September 12, 2014
I found this in the Sunday paper a few weeks back and had to laugh. Haven’t you come across an odd family name once or twice and wondered where on earth did they come up with that one ?!?!?
10 Sep 2014 …. It’s genealogy road trip time again!! September 10, 2014
Yep, it’s time to hit the road again for more genealogy fun. Every other year I drive up north from Sunny, hot and uber humid Orlando to enjoy the cooler fall weather of Connecticut and Rhode Island.
So what’s on the agenda this year? Well, I thought I’d through out a few sites I’m planning on visiting and see if anyone has any suggestions of Wells, Rogers, Crandall, Stillman, etc, family sites to see.
In Rhode Island:
Visit Oak Grove Cemetery in Ashaway. Time to do my check on the Wells family plot. I’m pretty sure my grandparents stones are in need of a cleaning.
Visit the Thompson Wells Lot in Hopkinton. Believe it or not, there are no photos on findagrave.com of this small cemetery, so I’ll stop by and snap a few pics of all the stones. It’s small so shouldn’t take long.
Head through the woods to the Wells Lot where Randall Wells and Lois Maxson are buried. It’s a fun hike through some treacherous underbrush, but I have a strong connection to those two grandparents seeing as they’re characters in my novels. Besides, I heard the land the cem is on has changed hands. Need to make sure the bulldozers aren’t on stand by …
I’m also planning on doing some hiking in Hopkinton on the Nature Conservancy trails up to Long Pond. Absolutely beautiful trails to the most scenic spot in Hopkinton. I’m thinking about going to Newport and wandering around as well. I’ve driven through but have never really walked the town.
Visit the New London County Historical Society Library to see what goodies I can find. Found tons of great stuff on the Rogers family last time.
Visit Cedar Grove Cemetery. I got a message through findagrave.com that my entry for Moses Rogers was in error and he isn’t buried there. thought I might go take me a looksy and see what Rogers are there.
Visit the Brown-Randall Cemetery in North Stonington. Again, no photos on findagrave.com. Lots of really old Randall stones.
Revisit the Burdick-Culver Cemetery in the Barn Island sanctuary over in Stonington. Was a fun and easy hike to a lovely cemetery. If I have time, I’ll squeeze it in.
There’s a Rogers Burying Ground in Salem I’d like to see. No photos or map on Findagrave.com All it says is it’s off of 82 about 1500 feet. Gee, what a help… Anyone know where it is?
I may also stop by the Rogers Cemetery at Mamacock Farm down on the grounds of Connecticut College.
I’ll also be doing a lot of wandering around Mystic and of course Stonington. Since my third novel, the one about the Rogers family, mostly takes place in Stonington, I’m excited to revisit the town that inspired my writing journey.
So far, that’s all I’ve got.
So, got any suggestions.