[Insert obligatory line here about not updating my blog regularly enough.]
[Insert obligatory New Year’s Resolution line here.]
[Smother both stock lines with a pillow.]
… Aaaaand we’re back!
Yes, I do still need to update my bibliographic info for posts from last year, but here’s a quick few things:
- V. and I were right!! She emailed me to tell me her AncestryDNA matched her to descendants of the family of Maria Fenno, Cornelius v.1732’s wife — ergo, Cornelius v.1787 IS real! And the language about “my only child” in the will was that pointed because it *was* disinheriting someone! I owe V. a follow-up email I’m going to write next.
- I need to wrap up some thoughts on Judith Waldo Durant, as I’ve been reading Laurel Thacher Ullrich’s Good Wives.
- On that note, Essex County — particularly Ipswich — was *the* place to be in the mid-1600s, it seems!
- I discovered the other day that Sarah Frances Jones, who married into the Kenrick family (one of the three families, along with the Durants, showcased at the historic house museum where I work), was also descended from the Tufts family (like the university), the Mather family (Cotton, Increase, etc.), and the Bradstreet family (Anne Dudley Bradstreet, early American poet).
- My museum’s going to start putting up rotating mini-exhibits this year, so I’ll have some awesome small research projects there.
- On a personal note, we’ll get into the story of Stephen Joseph McNally for a bit.
So hopefully I’ll be more on top of things this year, posting… fascinating stuff in the pipeline! 🙂
Happy New Year, all!