Genealogy Paraphernalia

Family Stories

Envelopes that contained the genealogical documents of my great-great-grandfather Thomas Winter, Mayor of Grantham

Thomas Gerald Winter's Genealogical Papers

My father left behind an old enveloped stuffed with genealogical papers that his grandfather, Thomas Gerald Winter, transported with him in the late 1800s from England. One is dated 1693. The old Bible records and other ancient documents prove Thomas Gerald Winter's line of descent from Professor William Douglas (c.1600-1666) of Aberdeen, Scotland. I wanted my relatives to have a hi-resolution copy before the next fire hits Northern California. This file is rather large, be patient while it downloads. The document is meant to be printed double-sided and bound, hence a few blank 'facing' pages. The line traces from Thomas Gerald Winter to Mayor Thomas Winter to Peggy Anne Moore to Sarah Nowell to Anne Dunlop to Alexander Dunlop to Elizabeth Douglas to William Douglas. [Nov 25, 2019 - I am in the process of correcting this ms. I will repost within a few days.]
photo of snake ames near the pick-up in which he died in 1965

Snake Ames, aka Grand Pop, aka KLA Jr, aka the Mystery Man

I never met my paternal grandfather, Knowlton Lyman Ames Jr, but I researched him when I wrote my book about my father, The Man in the Purple Cow House. In February 2018, the Sir Georges Roberts Memorial Library on Harbour Island in the Bahamas found that book online. They wrote to me and asked for images of Snake for a “retrospective of residents who were colorful characters.” Snake lived on the island with his fourth wife, Dorothy, from 1950 to 1965. They owned a capucian monkey, 2 simion monkeys, a brace of turkeys and 1700 chickens. The two-block ranch is remembered on the island as the "chick farm." The house still stands. I gathered what paraphernalia I had about my grandfather into this booklet. The photo to the left shows him just a few months before he accidently drove his pick-up off the end of the pier and drowned. (The low-rez pdf is 18 pages, 6.5MB)
photo of charles gordon ames c1855-56

Charles Gordon Ames’ Search for his Parents

My 2-x-great-grandfather, whom my father referred to as 'CGA,' spent much of his young adult life trying to figure out who his parents were. His mother, Lucy Anna Thatcher, had concieved him in 1827 out of wedlock. Lucy's high society family (her grandfather was Major General Henry Knox) forced Lucy to give her newborn up to foster care. CGA would eventually discover this. Letters he and Lucy's family wrote documenting CGA's search are preserved in the Ames Family History Collection housed in the Schlesinger Library at Radcliff in Cambridge, Mass. With the help of my third cousin Mary Ames Wolff and her daughter Linda Jackson Cowan, I was able to photograph the letters, transcribe them, and put them in a timeline to tell this story. (The low-resolution downloadable pdf is 109 pages, 5MB) If you would like a high-resolution version, please contact me.
photo of Fanny Baker Ames

Fanny Baker Ames: Teacher, Suffragette, Social Reformer, Mother

My 2-x-great-grandmother, who was the second wife of the above Charles Gordon Ames, made amazing strides for the advancement of women's rights and establishing organizations to help the poor. (The downloadable pdf is 19 pages, 3MB)
photo of Alice Vivian Ames in 1878 after graduating with a Masters in Classics from Wellesley College. Painting by Ben Irwin.

The Genealogical Papers of Alice Vivian Ames Winter

My great-grandmother Alice Vivian Ames Winter and her mother, the above mentioned Fanny Baker Ames, collected these papers when, in 1921, Alice applied for membership in the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR or DAR). They prove her descent from patriot Jonathan Moseley. They also prove her descent from Mayflower passengers Frances Cooke and Richard Warren. Alice didn't apply for membership in the Mayflower Society, but I did using these documents. (The high resolution pdf is 64 color pages, 99MB)

Henry's Big Kaboom Trailer Video

Maj. Gen. Henry Knox’s Train of Artillery

During the winter of 1775-1776, my 5-x-great-grandfather Henry Knox organized an expedition to transport 58 tons of heavy weaponry from Fort Ticonderoga to Cambridge, where George Washington was dealing with the seige of Boston. “One of the most stupendous logistical feats of the American Revolution,” wrote one historian. I love to write lyrics, so I wrote this story for my three pre-school grandsons as a sing-along ballad with a repeatable chorus. Check out the website, or click the link to the left to view the YouTube trailer for the book.
Did this chest that has been in our family for 400 years belong to our ancestor Stephen Hopkins?

Stephen Hopkins’ Chest?

I wonder if a 400-year-old English chest that my mother inherited from her grandfather, Charles Harris Hopkins, was brought to America on the Mayflower by Charles' 5-x-great-grandfather Stephen Hopkins. Check out my web page about my research.

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