Context: Apples!

Photo by Anna Kaminova on Unsplash Simon had a small apple orchard in Shrewsbury, VT and the town where he was most likely born, Meredith, NH, was known for its apple orchards, so I'm going down the apple rabbit hole in hopes of contextualizing his life around the apple. In the apple-growing North, rural Americans used most of … Continue reading Context: Apples!


Interdisciplinarity and Perspectives

Stone wall bounding an old overgrown apple orchard at the Gilman Farm in Shrewsbury, VT One thing that I learned in grad school (thank you Goddard College!) is that interdisciplinarity underlies all successful research. Any topic can be looked at under the light of any discipline. Maybe that's too broad of a brush, but why … Continue reading Interdisciplinarity and Perspectives

Simon Eaton Gilman of Merideth

On 19 Jan 1803 Simon Eaton Gilman purchased "A Certain forty Acre Lott of land laying in Gilmanton," NH from Abel Dudley for the "Sum of Forty Dollars." The said lot's location was "number three in the Sixth Range Second Division."[1] Lot 3 is the block below the word "Wares" that includes the four houses. … Continue reading Simon Eaton Gilman of Merideth

Examining an ThruLines DNA Connection

As much as I consume true crime documentaries and podcasts, I know that DNA is proof beyond doubt that once upon a time a certain individual was in a certain place to commit a crime. In genealogy a DNA match means that once upon a time two individuals were in the same place to create … Continue reading Examining an ThruLines DNA Connection

1st Cousins 1x Removed

Blaisdells are all over the place! And there are way too many John Blaisdells in particular. The first one I found was my 5th great grandfather, Abigail's father, who was a private in the Revolutionary War. In a recent post I had confused a couple different John Blaisdells which made it look like polygamy was … Continue reading 1st Cousins 1x Removed

Obituary of Harriet Balch née Gilman

I was digging around in the archives over at to see if I could find a trace of either Cornelia (Gilman) Goodrich or her husband Barnard Milton Goodrich between 1840 and 1850 because I have been unable to locate them on the 1850 census. I was starting to think they may have gone West … Continue reading Obituary of Harriet Balch née Gilman