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Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Foods My Puritan Ancestors Ate ... We Enjoy Today

I am working on my Day line in a family history book to pass on to family members. Besides the names and dates I am looking to add some history plus what life was like for them.

Robert and Mary Day emigrated from Ipswich, England to Boston in April 1634 aboard the ship Elizabeth. Sadly Mary died shortly after arriving. Shortly after Robert left Boston and went to Hartford Conn. It is believed that the reason Robert DAY moved to Hartford was that he was following a pastor Thomas HOOKER (1586-1647), who had recently emigrated from England in 1633. From 1626 to 1629. HOOKER , an English Puritan pastor and preacher aroused church officials at this church of St. Mary at Chelmsford, Essex, England, with his popular sermons of Puritan ideas.
Robert married Editha STEBBINS. Robert and Editha are one of my 8th great grandparents and had four children. I am a descendant of their second son John .

So today's question was "what was the food like in Colonial Times?"
The plain Puritan people with a plain Puritan ethic brought with them a plain Puritan aesthetic to the shores of New England. English cooking was the model -- boiled meats, casseroles, and puddings -- heavy, filling foods that combat the cold and did not offend God by being too fussy and decadent. The Native Americans also had an influence on colonial cuisine, both in the ingredients they introduced, such as corn, beans, and maple sugars, and the methods they used.
Their frequent use of maple syrup to flavor foods, nearly as often as we now use salt, may be why American food so tends towards the sweet: yams, honey-roasted ham, sweet relishes with roasted meats. Despite its meager, rocky soil, New England proffered a bounty of raw ingredients, fish of all kinds -- especially cod, which was salted for the winter -- and shellfish. One colonial diarist moans that he is forced to eat lobster for every meal: lobster lobster lobster! ( Today if we want lobster it is a pricy treat). Game, too, filled the air and the fields: venison, goose, turkey, and pheasant. All sorts of berries (cranberries, blueberries, strawberries) and nuts covered the hills. Pigs thrive in most every condition, and the harsh New England winters made no exception. Salt pork seems the one ingredient that no recipe lacks. For many years, New England was the launching site for migrations into uncharted country, and her tastes traveled as far as the Pacific Northwest, where you can still get a blueberry cobbler made from an old Maine recipe. Famous still are one-pot stews that can be made year-round. Succotash combines Lima beans, hominy (called "samp" when made from white corn and "hulled corn" when made from yellow corn) and a goodly amount of salt pork. Stewed in a hundred and one variations, Succotash became a beloved staple of the diet. Baked beans, too, combine beans and salt pork, and there are great debates over the proportions between the two. The mix of beans and pork is traditionally put into a cast iron pot, and buried, Native American-style, in a deep, coal-filled fire pit. Or, the beans are cooked in a brick oven.

Boiled puddings combined English dessert with Native American ingredients; corn flour and molasses were staple favorites, and the Indian puddings and steamed brown bread still survive, ever popular. In these foods, you can taste the British and colonial fondness for Indian spices: mace, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger.
This information was found at http://www.cuisinenet.com/glossary/newengl.html.
I will be in search for more data on Puritan life to add ... to be continued.. Grace

Friday, October 29, 2010

Best Bytes For The Week

One of my favorite nights to be reading blogs is on Friday's. I love to read suggestions from some of my favorite blogs. From them I meet bloggers I have not discovered before. Here a a few I found tonight while reading http://www.littlebytesoflife.com/2010/10/best-bytes-for-week-of-october-29-2010.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LittleBytesOfLife+%28Little+Bytes+of+Life%29
She told me about these two and so many more to explore.



Hope that you find some that interest you... Grace

Thinking Of You Today Baby Brother Arthur

Today is a day that is a little sad every year for me. October 29 1957 my mother had her first son. He was born 3 months early and lived only 3 days passing away on Halloween. My sister and I were children and looking forward to Halloween. My parents did not let us know that he had died right away. They wanted us to enjoy our childish holiday. I was 8 and my sister 6.

Halloween has never been the same to me and as I get older it is a day I think of this little baby I never met or held. He is now buried between my parents and that is comforting to me.

Happy birthday little brother. I love you.
Thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Finding Genealogy Clues in Historical Books

This is a recent article I received in my emails and found so true and useful. I have been working on putting together one line of our family as a gift to family and wanting to put history with it so there is more than names and dates. Our family lived what we call history. Wars, the Great Depression, epidemics etc.

My great great grandparents Dwight and Betsy Anderson lost three children in one year while living in Minnesota. This was the time of the Scarlet fever epidemic and that is probably the cause of their death.

My ancestors fought in the Revolutionary war, the Civil war. They lived in America during the puritan times and the Salem witch hunt trials. One source has that my Robert Lockwood's wife Susannah and daughter testified at the witch trials. I will need to do some reading to see if I find her name.

They crossed America looking for a new place and life. So much history to add to our family research.
Here is the email I received the other morning....
Finding Genealogy Clues in Historical Books Posted by Diane
Why are historical books important to your research? Because your family didn’t live in a vacuum, says Family Tree Magazine contributing editor Nancy Hendrickson.
I got a sneak peek today at her Historical Books on the Web webinar (taking place tomorrow, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. Eastern time). She says that clues you’ll find in books about the history of the places your ancestors lived include the big events that impacted their lives, what their everyday lives were like and, when you lose their trail, why or where they might've moved. Some examples of local events you might learn about in historical books:
1848 to 1849 cholera epidemic, which killed 4,000 in New York City
1888 Children’s Blizzard in the Great Plains (so-called because many children were caught unaware in schoolhouses on what had been a relatively warm day)
1869 Indian Raids in Kansas
Order No. 11 (a Union Army decree that forced the evacuation of rural areas in four western Missouri counties in 1863)
Great Fire of 1846 in Nantucket
You can get started looking for historical books about your ancestral locales by Googling history of [insert the town name], visiting county pages at USGenWeb, searching library catalogs (WorldCat is a good site for doing this) and searching for period books at sites such as Internet Archive and Making of America.
Nancy will get into detail about what you can find in historical books, and where and how to find them, in tomorrow’s webinar, Historical Books on the Web: Millions of Tomes at Your Fingertips. You can register to attend at ShopFamilyTree.com (you'll receive our new Discover Your Roots guide with your registration)—and use the code HISTORY10 for 15 percent off with our Family History Month storewide sale. ShopFamilyTree.com Sales Social History Webinars
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 3:47:34 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)
Sorry I missed this email on when I first received it. There is still some great links for us anyway.

Time to sit down with some history books as I work on my genealogy. Putting some depth to my family information will make it all the more interesting.

Thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wednesday Wandering My Family Tree Meet My Distant Cousins Rose and Kate Mickschl

Today's posting is of distant cousins of mine. They are first cousins 2 times removed. What a great vintage photograph.

This is Rose Mickschl Check and Kate Mickschl Outkelt. ( that is what my uncle Don wrote on the picture) They appear to be wearing almost matching outfits and holding a barrel. Wonder what is in the barrel? Apples probably. They have big smiles and appear to be enjoying the day.
I am dating this picture to the late 1920's or early 1930's. They would be in their 20's to 30's

They are the children of Bridget and Jacob Mickschls. Bridget was the sister of my great grandmother Catherine Gallaher/Gallagher Esler.

Kate was born 28 October 1896 and died 11 July 1951 she married George Outcelt and lived and died in Lacrosse Wisconsin.. I would guess she was named after my great grandmother Katherine.

Rose was born 23 August 1898 and died 7 August 1982 she married Frank Tomsecek and also lived and died in Lacrosse Wisconsin

I adore this picture. Sadly our family's never met so I did not know them or their children. Maybe some day I will find their families. Through http://www.ancestry.com/ I did have contact with someone from their lines.

Thanks for stopping by.. hope that you will take a moment and read some of my other family postings... Grace

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday Forest Hill Cemetery Duluth Minnesota

Saturday was such a beautiful day that after garage sales we stopped at Forest Hill Cemetery in Duluth Minnesota to take pictures of my family graves plus other graves to post on my Wandering Graveyard Rabbit Blog and at http://wanderinggraveyardrabbit.blogspot.com/ find a grave http://www.findagrave.com/.

Today's Tombstone Tuesday is featuring my parents and between them is buried a baby brother.

My baby brother died at 3 days old and was buried in the infant cemetery for many years. A few years ago my sister asked what it would cost to move his stone and him between my parents and the cemetery did it for free. Now Arthur Jr rests with family.
It is so beautiful and peaceful there.

Thanks for stopping by.. Grace

Monday, October 25, 2010

Amanuensis Monday Post 02 Robert Day of Ipswich England

Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the TransylvanianDutch blog) started his own Monday blog theme many months ago called Amanuensis Monday.What does "amanuensis" mean?John offers this definition:"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."
The subject today is Robert Day born about 1604 In Ipswich, Co, Suffolk, England and died 04 September 1648 at Hartford, Connecticut. Robert first married Mary last name not known in England. Robert and Mary emigrated from Ipswich, England to Boston in April 1634 aboard the ship Elizabeth. Mary died in 1634 in Cambidge Massachusetts at the age of 29. Robert remarried Editha Stibbins in 1635. They had four children Thomas, Sarah, Mary and John. I am a descendant of John. Robert Day is my 8th Great Grandfather.

Robert’s Will was dated May 20, 1648. Robert’s " inventory" was deemed to 142 pounds, 13 shillings, 6 pence. The following is a copy of the Will and Inventory of ROBERT DAY. ( It is verbatim including the spelling mistakes)
May 20th, 1648
The will of Robert Day hee being sick and weake, yet in perfect memory: doth order and dispose of his estate to his wife and children, in the manner following;
I give unto my beloved wife Edatha Day my now dwelling howse and howsing thereto adioyning, howse Lott, Allso all my Land whereof I stand possessed, or that right doth belong unto mee, lying in Hartford, during the tearme of her natural life: And at the end of her life, my will is that the said howse and land shall bee deuided in an equall proportion: my will allso is that all my howsehold stuff, and Cattle and other moueable goods shall bee my wiues to bring up my children: And in case my wife should bee married to another man, then my surviers of my will shall have power if they thinke good to take security for the bringing up of the children, and for so much estate as shall bee thought meete by them, and to this my last Will and Testament I make my wife my Executrix, and I doe desire my Deare Brethren Mr. Tailecoate, Willterton, and Stebbing, to take care of and Assist my wife in the ordering her selfe and my children, and I give them power to doe what in their judgements may bee for the best, to bring up my Children and dispose of them, and that I leave, for theire good And to this my last will I sett to my hand the day above written.
Edward Stebbing Robert Day
Wallter Gaylerd
14 October, 1648
An Inventory of the Goods of Robert Day deceased.
In the chamber: Impr. One bedstead; one feather bed, and feather Boulster and flock boulster: 2 pillows, & bed case and curtains. 2 blankitts, one red & yellow Couerlitt: 1 chest: 1 Box: 1 desck box: 1 table: 1 Cubberd and Chaiers: 3 paires of sheets: 6 napkins: 1 table cloth: 6 pillow beers: the wearing Clothes with 3 skinns: Linnen yearne and Cotton wool yearne: 2 Cushins: 1 paire of Bellows: 1 little Baskitt: 1 warming pann. In the hall : 1 Brass Kettle: 1 little kettle: 1 brass possnet; 1 brass pott: 1 Iron Pott: 1 brass Chaffin dish: 1 skimer: 7 pewter dishes and some broken pewter: 1 saser: 2 pewter potts: 1 Candlestick: 1 salte: 1 small bottle: 6 ockumy spoons, 2 porringers and old 4 old spoones: 1 Lattin dripping pann: 1 spitt, 1 pistol: 1 smoothing Iron: earthenware and wooden ware: 1 muskitt Bandleers and sword: 1 table and 2 chaires. In the sellar: Tubbs and Tables and formes. In ye little chamber: one flockbed, 2 blankitts: 1 couerlitt, 1 feather boulster, 2 feather pillowes, 2 bedsteads. 3 hogsheads, 2 Linnen wheeles, 1 woolen wheele, one Barrill, 1 table, 1 wheele, 1 hatchett: working tooles" 1 leather bottle: 1 paire of tongs: fier pann, grid Iron: frying pann, one trammell: Bookes and Sackes, and Ladders. One cow: 1 3 year ould heifer: one 2 yeare old heifer, with some hay to winter them: 2 hoggs, seuerall sortes of Corne with some hemp and flax. The dewelling howse and out howsing , howse lott and Garden. About 6 Akers of meadow, in severall parcells with upland.
John Tailecoate Summa Totalis 142: 13:06
Gregory Willterton
Edward Stebbing

Editha did remarry twice after Robert's death.
Thanks for stopping by... take a moment and look at some of my other posting... Grace