Week 25 (June 18-24) – The Old Homestead: Have you visited an ancestral home? Do you have photos of an old family house? Do you have homesteading ancestors?
I have several photos of my ancestor’s homes – some I’ve visited, one I’ve lived in and all I find fascinating.
The upper settlement house – turns out this was built on land that was owned by my 4th great-grandfather, Samuel Melville Hawkins. My great-grandmother grew up here – and when I was a child, her brother, my Uncle Ken and his wife, Mary (Roberts) owned the house. Located in Wesley, Washington County, Maine.
This is the townhouse (as it looks today) where my 3rd great-grandfather, George Gerhard Graff and his wife, Catherine, lived in the late 1800’s in Baltimore, Maryland.
When Catherine died, her daughter Catherine “Kate” and husband Henry Dietz and children lived there.
This is my Uncle Marc, outside the house on Cook Hill Rd, Danielson, Connecticut, that my grandfather, Edward Graff, built. My mom and her siblings grew up here and I spent many holidays and visits here.
This is the house my 2nd great-grandfather, Louis Fremont Lougee, lived in from around 1910 to his death in 1924. It is in New London, Connecticut
This is the farmhouse my Reynolds ancestors lived in after they left Maine for Connecticut. My family lived here for a while when I was a small child – I have fond memories of playing on that porch on rainy summer days.
So, those are the most recent ones – but there are others. Like this one:
The Eldredge farm house, cir 1890, in Willington, Connecticut. This is where my 3rd great-grandfather, Elijah Eldredge raised his family.
I’ve been told this is the farmhouse that William Hunt Eldredge, his wife Adelaide Francis Holt Eldredge and their children lived in. This is where Willard Holt Eldredge (my gr-grandfather) was raised.
This is the Harlow House on Sandwich St, in Plymouth, Massachusetts, built and settled in by my 10th great-grandfather, William Harlow. It is where he raised his family, including my 9th great-grandmother, Rebeckah Harlow Cushman. This house also has the distinction of having some of the wood and beams from the old pilgrim fort used in its construction.
The house below is called the “Zoeth Howland House” located on Silverbrook Farm, Chase Road, in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. Zoeth Howland was my 8th great-grandfather and he raised my 7th great-grandmother, Mary Howland Freeman here. The house, as it looks now, was built around parts of the original house by Zoeth’s son, Henry, in 1718.
This is the Tyler home on Witch Hollow Farm in Boxford, Massachusetts. It was built in 1690 by my 11th great-grandfather, Job Tyler and where he raised his family, including my 10th great-grandfather, Samuel Tyler.
And last, but not least, the Edward Wilder House in Hingham, Massachusetts. Built in 1650 by my 8th & 9th great-grandfather, Edward Wilder. I am tied to Edward three times – he’s my 8th great-grandfather twice and 9th great-grandfather once. Look up the post on Edward Wilder (52 Ancestors #28 2014) to get the details.