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.