The Great Escape with Christopher Pagliuco

ShowPhoto-Pagliuco-2LIVE: THURSDAY, 6 June 2013 at 1:00pm EDT

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Christopher Pagliuco, author of The Great Escape of Edward Whalley and William Goffe: Smuggled Through Connecticut.

When Puritans Edward Whalley and William Goffe joined the parliamentary army against King Charles I in the English civil wars, they seized an opportunity to overthrow a tyrant. Under their battlefield leadership, the army trounced the Royalist forces and then cut off the king’s head. Yet when his son, Charles II, regained the throne, Whalley and Goffe were force to flee to the New England colonies aboard the ship Prudent Mary–never to see their families or England again. Even with the help of New England’s Puritan elite, including Reverend John Davenport, they struggled to stay a step ahead of searches for their arrest in Boston, New Haven (where they hid out in The Great Escape of Edward Whalley & William Goffe with Chris Pagliuco on Fieldstone CommonJudges Cave) and the outpost of Hadley, Massachusetts. Forced to live as fugitives, these former major generals survived frontier adventures in seventeenth-century New England. Author Christopher Pagliuco reveals the all-but-forgotten stories of these Connecticut heroes.

Chris Pagliuco is a freelance writer who specializes in seventeenth-century colonial history. His interest in the regicides originated in his graduate studies in history at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He teaches high school history in Madison, Connecticut and serves as town historian in Essex, Connecticut and on the editorial team of Connecticut Explored, a quarterly history publication. He lives with his wife, two daughters, and two dogs in Ivoryton, Connecticut.

 

Show Notes – For Adam’s Sake with Allegra di Bonaventura

For Adam's Sake with Allegra di Bonaventura on Fieldstone CommonFollowing are some items that were mentioned during the 9 May 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Allegra di Bonaventura about her book For Adam’s Sake: A Family Saga in Colonial New England.

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For Adam’s Sake: A Family Saga in Colonial New England, published by Liveright Publishing, a division of WW Norton & Company is available for purchase from Amazon.com and other booksellers.

The story of For Adam’s Sake revolves around five New London, Connecticut families across several generations in the 1600s and early 1700s.  The families include:

The John Jackson family. This includes his wife, Joan Jackson and their children (among them Adam) and Joan’s mother. They are a combination of enslaved and free African Americans.

The Joshua Hempstead family. It’s Joshua’s diary that forms the basis of the story. The diary has been published and is available for sale from the New London County Historical Society.

The Rogers family. The well to do family is headed by James Rogers but it is son John who is the focus of this story. John become the head of the Rogerenes sect of Adventists.

The Livingston family. Though a New York Anglo/Dutch, son John Livingston moves to New London, Connecticut and marries Fitz Winthrop’s daughter, Mary.

The Winthrop family. The story focuses on the families of Fitz and Waitstill Winthrop who are brothers and grandsons of John Winthrop, founder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Liveright Publishing, the publisher of For Adam’s Sake: A Family Saga in Colonial New England, donated two copies of the book which were provided as giveaways during the live show to listeners in Vermont and Missouri. A big thank you to the Liveright Publishing for their generosity!

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For Adam’s Sake with Allegra di Bonaventura

For Adam's Sake with Allegra di Bonaventura on Fieldstone Common For Adam's Sake with Allegra di Bonaventura photo by Andrew HoganLIVE: THURSDAY, 9 May 2013 at 1:00pm EDT

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Allega di Bonaventura, author of For Adam’s Sake: A Family Saga in Colonial New England.

In the tradition of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s classic, A Midwife’s Tale, comes this groundbreaking narrative by one of America’s most promising colonial historians. Joshua Hempstead was a well-respected farmer and tradesman in New London, Connecticut. As his remarkable diary—kept from 1711 until 1758—reveals, he was also a slave owner who owned Adam Jackson for over thirty years. In this engrossing narrative of family life and the slave experience in the colonial North, Allegra di Bonaventura describes the complexity of this master/slave relationship and traces the intertwining stories of two families until the eve of the Revolution. Slavery is often left out of our collective memory of New England’s history, but it was hugely impactful on the central unit of colonial life: the family. In every corner, the lines between slavery and freedom were blurred as families across the social spectrum fought to survive. In this enlightening study, a new portrait of an era emerges.

Allegra di Bonaventura is an assistant dean at the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in New Haven, Connecticut. Her dissertation was awarded the George Washington Egleston Prize.

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Show Notes – Lost Babes with Melinde Lutz Byrne

Melinde Lutz ByrneFollowing are some items that were mentioned during the 2 May 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Melinde Lutz Byrne about her book Lost Babes: Fornication Abstracts from Court Records, Essex County, Massachusetts, 1692-1745.

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Lost Babes: Fornication Abstracts from Court Records, Essex County, Massachusetts, 1692-1745, published by the author (1992), is out of print. You can find it for sale from used booksellers but perhaps the best place to find it is at a local or regional library. Here is a link to the book on the Worldcat website. If you enter your zip code it will show you the library closest to you.

The first part of the show discussed the ins and outs of fornication cases and how the courts handled them from a legal point of view. We discussed what happened to the mothers, the fathers and the role of the midwife during labor.

In the second half of the show we discussed the Jane Doe forensic case involving an unidentified woman who was murdered in New Hampshire many years ago. Melinde described her involved in the case and the course she took on facial reconstruction.

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Lost Babes: Fornication Abstracts with Melinde Lutz Byrne

LIVE: THURSDAY, 2 May 2013 at 1:00pm EDTLost Babes: Fornication Abstracts from Court Records with Melinde Lutz Byrne on Fieldstone Common

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Melinde Lutz Byrne, CG, FASG, author of Lost Babes: Fornication Abstracts from Court Records, Essex County, Massachusetts, 1692-1745.

We will talk to Melinde about 17th and 18th century court records which are a rich source of information for historical and genealogical research.

Melinde Lutz Byrne, CG, FASG, is co-editor of the NGS Quarterly and Director of the Genealogical Research Certificate Program at Boston University. She is a cultural anthropologist and archivist by training and worked for Harvard’s Tozzer Anthropological Library. Melinde has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals. In 1993 a book she edited won several awards, including the Donald Lines Jacobus Award of Excellence. She has been an officer in state, regional, and national genealogical societies and has been Vice President of MGC. She currently serves as President of the American Society of Genealogists.

 

Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, Mass

LIVE: THURSDAY, 25 April 2013 at 1:00pm EDTThe Descendants of Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, Mass by Scott C. Steward and Christopher C. Child on Fieldstone Common

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Christopher C. Child and Scott C. Steward who wrote The Descendants of Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, Massachusetts.

This book won three major awards:

  • The 2012 Donald Lines Jacobus Award from the American Society of Genealogists
  • The 2012 National Genealogical Society Award for Excellence: Genealogy and Family History Book.
  • The grand prize in the 2012 Connecticut Society of Genealogists Literary Award Contest.

This book demonstrates provides a perfect example of excellent and thorough published research. We will take the opportunity to learn from the author about the research skills and effort that goes into a work like this.

The first full treatment of the Lowell family since Delmar R. Lowell’s 1899 genealogy, The Descendants of Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, Massachusetts traces John6 Lowell’s descendants to the present day, or for as many as another nine generations. Among the famous descendants (and their spouses) covered in the book are Francis Cabot7 Lowell, for whom the city of Lowell is named; John8 Lowell, Jr., founder of the Lowell Institute; James Russell8 Lowell, the poet and diplomat; Isabella Stewart Gardner, art patron and museum founder; Civil War general Charles Russell9 Lowell, Jr., and his wife, Josephine Shaw Lowell; the astronomer Percival10 Lowell; Harvard president Abbott Lawrence10 Lowell; the poets Amy10 Lowell and Robert Traill Spence11 Lowell; Guy10 Lowell, the architect; and the statesmen brothers William Putnam12 and McGeorge12 Bundy.

Scott C. Steward has been Director of Publications at the New England Historic Genealogical Society since 2005. He is the author or editor of several books, including The Sarsaparilla Kings: A Biography of Dr. James Cook Ayer and Frederick Ayer, with a record The Descendants of Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, Mass by Scott C. Steward and Christopher C. Child on Fieldstone Commonof their family; The Le Roy Family in America 1753-2003; and most recently The Descendants of Dr. Nathaniel Saltonstall of Haverhill, Massachusetts—the first full account of the Saltonstall family in more than a century.

Christopher C. Child is the author of numerous scholarly articles, he is the co-editor of The Ancestry of Catherine Middleton. Originally from Putnam, Connecticut, Chris Child has worked for various departments at NEHGS since 1997, became a full-time employee in July 2003, and has been a member of NEHGS since the age of eleven. Currently Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press, he is the co-editor of The Ancestry of Catherine Middleton and author of several articles in American Ancestors, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, and The Mayflower Descendant.

Show Notes – New England Captives Carried to Canada

New England Captives Carried to Canada with Donald R. Friary on Fieldstone CommonFollowing are some items that were mentioned during the 11 April 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Donald R. Friary about the book New England Captives Carried to Canada.

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New England Captives Carried to Canada, published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, is available for purchase from the New England Historic Genealogical Society online bookstore.

Donald R. Friary wrote the foreward to New England Captives Carried to Canada. This is a re-release of the 1925 book by Emma Lewis Coleman. Donald Friary was the Executive Director of Historic Deerfield for 27 years. Deerfield is well known for being the site of a massive French and Indian raid in 1704 where 112 captives were forced to march to Quebec.

Historic Deerfield is now a collection of historic house museums located in one of the most picturesque neighborhoods in New England. It is located about a half hour north of Springfield, Massachusetts. On the same street is the historic Deerfield Inn in case you decide to make a visit.

The New England Historic Genealogical Society, the publisher of New England Captives Carried to Canada, donated two copies of the book which were given as “door prizes” during the live show to listeners in Arizona and England. A big thank you to the New England Historic Genealogical Society for their generosity!

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Show Notes – The Notorious Elizabeth Tuttle with Ava Chamberlain

The Notorious Elizabeth Tuttle with Ava Chamberlain on Fieldstone CommonFollowing are some items that were mentioned during the 28 March 2013 Fieldstone Common interview with Ava Chamberlain, author of The Notorious Elizabeth Tuttle: Marriage Murder, and Madness in the Family of Jonathan Edwards.”

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The Notorious Elizabeth Tuttle, published by the New York University Press, is available for purchase from major books sellers online and off such as Amazon.com.

The Notorious Elizabeth Tuttle reconstructs the life of Elizabeth Tuttle (1645 – after 1691), the paternal grandmother of renowned American preacher, Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758). Despite having son and grandson who were ministers, Elizabeth and the Tuttle family were marred by divorce and murder in the family. In this book, Ava Chamberlain gives voice to Elizabeth Tuttle, much of whose history to date has been presented by the point of view of her husband, Richard Edwards.

The New York University Press, the publisher of The Notorious Elizabeth Tuttle, donated a copy of the book which was given as “door prize” during the live show to listener in Iowa. A big thank you to the New York University Press for their generosity!

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The Notorious Elizabeth Tuttle is now Archived as a Podcast

PodcasticonbyDerickkwaThe most recent episode of Fieldstone Common featuring Ava Chamberlain author of the book The Notorious Elizabeth Tuttle: Marriage, Murder, and Madness in the Family of Jonathan Edwards is now available as a podcast.

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The Notorious Elizabeth Tuttle with Ava Chamberlain

The Notorious Elizabeth Tuttle with Ava Chamberlain on Fieldstone CommonLIVE: THURSDAY, 28 March 2013 at 1:00pm EDT

This week on Fieldstone Common, Marian Pierre-Louis interviews Prof. Ava Chamberlain, author of The Notorious Elizabeth Tuttle: Marriage, Murder, and Madness in the Family of Jonathan Edwards.

Who was Elizabeth Tuttle?

In most histories, she is a footnote, a blip. At best, she is a minor villain in the story of Jonathan Edwards, perhaps the greatest American theologian of the colonial era. Many historians consider Jonathan Edwards a theological genius, wildly ahead of his time, a Puritan hero. Elizabeth Tuttle was Edwards’s “crazy grandmother,” the one whose madness and adultery drove his despairing grandfather to divorce.

In this compelling and meticulously researched work of micro-history, Ava Chamberlain unearths a fuller history of Elizabeth Tuttle. It is a violent and tragic story in which anxious patriarchs struggle to govern their households, unruly women disobey their husbands, mental illness tears families apart, and loved ones die sudden deaths. Through the lens of Elizabeth Tuttle, Chamberlain re-examines the common narrative of Jonathan Edwards’s ancestry, giving his long-ignored paternal grandmother a voice.

The Notorious Elizabeth Tuttle not only brings to light the tragic story of an ordinary The Notorious Elizabeth Tuttle with Ava Chamberlain on Fieldstone Commonwoman living in early New England, it also explores the deeper tension between the ideal of Puritan family life and its messy reality, complicating the way America has thought about its Puritan past.

Ava Chamberlain is Associate Professor of Religion at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. She is the editor of The “Miscellanies,” Nos. 501-832, vol. 18 of The Works of Jonathan Edwards.