Home of the free, because of the brave…

It’s often said if you fall… just get back up again. You could say that again and again about the extraordinary life of my 7th great-grandfather Enos Bishop. It was a life of Indian ambushes, captivity, ransom, resilience, loss and War. His story needs to be told… Enos Bishop was born in Ipswich, MA on […]

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All aboard the Mayflower…

What would you do if someone told you that you had a chance to be part of a group of people that would travel to Mars and be the first to colonize the planet? Would you go? Would you risk your life for the possibility that you might survive and prosper? Would you leave everything […]

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What’s in a name …

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose,By any other name would smell as sweet. Romeo and Juliet -William Shakespeare I want to take you back to a time when your name meant that you are family. A time when a chosen name for a child was inherited from someone close within the […]

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My Grandfather, the biggest Patriot…

…and by biggest, I mean large in size! My 7th great-grandfather, John Ruddock was a true Patriot. Apparently, not only was he largely important in the times leading up to the start of the American revolution, he was just as large in his physical size. In a letter of John Andrews, Esq. printed in the […]

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Grammy… the High School years

This is my maternal grandmother Virginia Rose Carpenter. She was born in a small town in Massachusetts called Ipswich on the 24th of January 1928. Family and close friends called her “Ginny” but I called her Grammy. As a child my family was extremely close and Grammy was the center of it all. I’ll talk […]

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And so it begins …

Ok, so here it goes… I’m talking about genealogy. Why? Because I freakin love it. Mostly it’s the thrill of the hunt. Finding out where I came from, connecting the dots, following the paper trail or breaking through that brick wall. No, it’s not my daytime job, but it’s my all the time hobby. And […]

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