Mayflower Heritage: Jack Howland Loved His!

Take pride in your Mayflowerheritage—just like Jack Howland did.

painting: “Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor” by William Halsall, 1882

Painting: “Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor” by William Halsall, 1882. Source: Pilgrim Hall Museum; Wikimedia Commons.

According to Howland’s obituary:

His Mayflower heritage was something that he was immensely proud of. He served as historian and archivist for the Pilgrim John Howland Society for many years. This role allowed him to communicate with fellow descendants from across the country and around the world. Jack was also captain of the Maine Mayflower Society. Annual trips to Plymouth were something that he always enjoyed.

His Mayflower heritage was such a part of him that after high school, when he joined the Navy, he served on the USS Plymouth Rock (LSD-29).

photo of the USS Plymouth Rock underway, 8 April 1963

Photo: USS Plymouth Rock underway, 8 April 1963. Source: Wikipedia.

His obituary went on to say that:

He took particular pleasure in recreating the journey of his ancestor, John Howland, back to Plymouth in 2003 aboard the shallop Elizabeth Tilley. In 2010 he was awarded the Lura Sellew Medal, the highest honor that the Pilgrim John Howland Society bestows for service to the organization and the memory of the pilgrim John Howland.

The Pilgrim John Howland Society is an organization of descendants of John and Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland who were passengers on the Mayflower.

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Remarkably, the home that John and Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland lived in during their old age is still standing. It was the home of their son, Jabez Howland.

photo of the Jabez Howland House in Plymouth, Massachusetts

Photo: Jabez Howland House in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Source: Swampyank;Wikimedia Commons.

According to Wikipedia they both lived in this home:

…after their own house burned. John Howland died in 1674 and Elizabeth lived there until the house was sold in 1680 and Jabez Howland moved to Rhode Island. Elizabeth moved to the home of her daughter, Lydia (Howland) Browne, in Swansea, where she died in 1687.

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You can read Jack’s obituary in the Eagle Tribune (Lawrence, Massachusetts) 2 November 2011.

obituary for Jack Howland, Eagle Tribune newspaper article 2 November 2011

Eagle Tribune (Lawrence, Massachusetts), 2 November 2011

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Photo: Cape Cod sunset, Massachusetts. Credit: PapaDunes; Wikimedia Commons.

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City Title Date Range Collection
Acton Beacon 10/13/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Amesbury Amesbury News 11/11/2005 – 4/11/2013 Recent Obituaries
Andover Andover Townsman 4/4/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Arlington Arlington Advocate 8/25/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ashburnham Community Journal 5/11/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ashland Ashland TAB 12/17/2008 – 5/24/2013 Recent Obituaries
Attleboro Sun Chronicle 11/14/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Auburn Auburn Daily Voice 4/28/2010 – 2/7/2013 Recent Obituaries
Ayer Public Spirit 9/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Barnstable Barnstable Patriot 10/7/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Barre Barre Gazette 6/5/1835 – 8/29/1862 Newspaper Archives
Barre Barre Patriot 7/26/1844 – 11/30/1855 Newspaper Archives
Barre Farmers Gazette 6/13/1834 – 5/15/1835 Newspaper Archives
Barre Wachusett Star 11/23/1847 – 6/20/1848 Newspaper Archives
Bedford Bedford Minuteman 9/29/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bellingham Country Gazette 9/22/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Belmont Belmont Citizen-Herald 8/18/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Beverly Saturday Morning Citizen 10/13/1858 – 2/24/1893 Newspaper Archives
Beverly Beverly Citizen 4/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Beverly Salem News 5/31/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Billerica Billerica Minuteman 9/22/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bolton Bolton Common 12/23/2005 – 4/11/2013 Recent Obituaries
Boston Boston Herald 5/1/1848 – 4/30/1992 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Record American 12/2/1951 – 12/31/1972 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Traveler 7/5/1825 – 7/8/1967 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Daily Record 12/1/1951 – 9/30/1961 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston American 12/1/1951 – 9/30/1961 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Journal 1/1/1866 – 10/6/1917 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Daily Advertiser 3/3/1813 – 12/31/1900 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Evening Transcript 1/1/1842 – 12/31/1866 Newspaper Archives
Boston Columbian Centinel 6/16/1790 – 12/31/1825 Newspaper Archives
Boston Repertory 1/25/1804 – 7/29/1826 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Commercial Gazette 10/9/1800 – 1/23/1840 Newspaper Archives
Boston New-England Palladium 3/11/1803 – 12/29/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Independent Chronicle 9/19/1776 – 5/29/1817 Newspaper Archives
Boston Daily Atlas 11/8/1832 – 4/11/1857 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Patriot and Daily Chronicle 6/2/1817 – 12/30/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Recorder 1/3/1816 – 5/3/1872 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Gazette 12/21/1719 – 9/17/1798 Newspaper Archives
Boston Independent Chronicle and Boston Patriot 6/4/1817 – 12/31/1825 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Courier 6/13/1805 – 10/27/1864 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston News-Letter 4/24/1704 – 2/29/1776 Newspaper Archives
Boston Massachusetts Mercury 1/1/1793 – 3/8/1803 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Patriot 3/3/1809 – 5/31/1817 Newspaper Archives
Boston American Traveller 11/14/1846 – 8/19/1876 Newspaper Archives
Boston Liberator 1/1/1831 – 4/16/1898 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Evening-Post 8/18/1735 – 4/24/1775 Newspaper Archives
Boston Weekly Messenger 10/25/1811 – 5/26/1831 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Post-Boy 4/21/1735 – 4/10/1775 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Post 1/10/1840 – 10/16/1876 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Intelligencer 8/17/1816 – 12/30/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Democrat 1/4/1804 – 6/2/1809 Newspaper Archives
Boston Emancipator and Republican 2/17/1842 – 12/26/1850 Newspaper Archives
Boston Yankee 1/3/1812 – 1/20/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Massachusetts Centinel 3/24/1784 – 6/12/1790 Newspaper Archives
Boston Russell’s Gazette 6/7/1798 – 10/6/1800 Newspaper Archives
Boston Saturday Morning Transcript 11/19/1831 – 12/28/1839 Newspaper Archives
Boston Continental Journal 5/30/1776 – 6/21/1787 Newspaper Archives
Boston Saturday Evening Gazette 9/20/1856 – 12/30/1865 Newspaper Archives
Boston Constitutional Telegraph 10/2/1799 – 5/22/1802 Newspaper Archives
Boston New-England Weekly Journal 3/20/1727 – 10/13/1741 Newspaper Archives
Boston Federal Orrery 10/20/1794 – 10/31/1796 Newspaper Archives
Boston Trumpet and Universalist Magazine 7/5/1828 – 6/28/1834 Newspaper Archives
Boston Independent Ledger 6/15/1778 – 10/16/1786 Newspaper Archives
Boston Massachusetts Spy 7/17/1770 – 4/6/1775 Newspaper Archives
Boston Herald of Freedom 9/15/1788 – 7/19/1791 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Price-Current 9/7/1795 – 5/31/1798 Newspaper Archives
Boston American Herald 1/19/1784 – 6/30/1788 Newspaper Archives
Boston Polar-Star 10/6/1796 – 2/2/1797 Newspaper Archives
Boston Massachusetts Gazette 11/28/1785 – 11/11/1788 Newspaper Archives
Boston New-England Galaxy 10/10/1817 – 12/29/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Argus 7/22/1791 – 6/28/1793 Newspaper Archives
Boston American Apollo 10/5/1792 – 12/25/1794 Newspaper Archives
Boston Republican Gazetteer 5/26/1802 – 3/30/1803 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Chronicle 10/22/1767 – 6/21/1770 Newspaper Archives
Boston Gazetteer 4/2/1803 – 12/31/1803 Newspaper Archives
Boston Weekly Report 5/1/1819 – 12/30/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Weekly Rehearsal 9/27/1731 – 8/11/1735 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Evening Post 10/20/1781 – 1/10/1784 Newspaper Archives
Boston Christian Watchman 5/29/1819 – 12/30/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Mirror 10/22/1808 – 7/21/1810 Newspaper Archives
Boston Federal Gazette 1/1/1798 – 3/26/1798 Newspaper Archives
Boston New-England Courant 8/7/1721 – 6/25/1726 Newspaper Archives
Boston Courier 7/1/1795 – 12/30/1795 Newspaper Archives
Boston Pilot 9/25/1812 – 1/15/1813 Newspaper Archives
Boston Daily Advertiser 6/5/1809 – 7/31/1809 Newspaper Archives
Boston Columbian Detector 11/7/1808 – 5/19/1809 Newspaper Archives
Boston Universalist Magazine 7/3/1819 – 1/12/1828 Newspaper Archives
Boston Times 7/28/1794 – 10/15/1808 Newspaper Archives
Boston Idiot 12/20/1817 – 1/2/1819 Newspaper Archives
Boston Kaleidoscope 12/5/1818 – 11/13/1819 Newspaper Archives
Boston New-England Chronicle 4/25/1776 – 9/12/1776 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Spectator 1/1/1814 – 2/25/1815 Newspaper Archives
Boston Agricultural 1/14/1820 – 7/7/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Ladies’ Port Folio 1/1/1820 – 7/8/1820 Newspaper Archives
Boston Fredonian 2/20/1810 – 5/15/1810 Newspaper Archives
Boston Scourge 8/10/1811 – 12/28/1811 Newspaper Archives
Boston Courier de Boston 4/23/1789 – 10/15/1789 Newspaper Archives
Boston Satirist 1/16/1812 – 5/9/1812 Newspaper Archives
Boston Saturday Evening Herald 7/24/1790 – 12/13/1790 Newspaper Archives
Boston Censor 11/23/1771 – 5/2/1772 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Courant 1/6/1900 – 1/6/1900 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Advance 2/17/1900 – 2/17/1900 Newspaper Archives
Boston Boston Cultivator 4/7/1866 – 4/7/1866 Newspaper Archives
Boston Publick Occurrences 9/25/1690 – 9/25/1690 Newspaper Archives
Boston Huntington News 9/24/2002 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston Metro – Boston 12/7/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston Bay Windows 12/10/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston Boston Herald: Blogs 10/28/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston South End News 6/7/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Boston Boston Herald 1/1/1997 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bourne Bourne Courier 3/30/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bourne Upper Cape Codder 1/5/2006 – 6/14/2007 Recent Obituaries
Braintree Braintree Forum 8/11/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Bridgewater Bridgewater Independent 6/6/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Brockton Enterprise 7/14/2000 – Current Recent Obituaries
Brookfield Political Repository 8/14/1798 – 5/4/1802 Newspaper Archives
Brookfield Moral and Political Telegraphe 5/6/1795 – 8/17/1796 Newspaper Archives
Brookfield Worcester Intelligencer 10/7/1794 – 4/28/1795 Newspaper Archives
Brookline Brookline TAB 9/8/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Burlington Burlington Union 10/6/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cambridge New England Chronicle, or Essex Gazette 5/2/1775 – 3/28/1776 Newspaper Archives
Canton Canton Journal 9/9/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Cape Ann Cape Ann Beacon 9/28/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Carver Carver Reporter 11/14/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Charlestown Franklin Monitor 1/2/1819 – 6/3/1820 Newspaper Archives
Charlestown American Recorder 12/9/1785 – 5/25/1787 Newspaper Archives
Charlestown Bunker-Hill Sentinel 6/24/1820 – 7/29/1820 Newspaper Archives
Chatham Cape Cod Chronicle 1/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Chelmsford Chelmsford Independent 8/18/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Chicopee Herald 3/13/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Clinton Times & Courier 9/1/2005 – 3/27/2013 Recent Obituaries
Cohasset Cohasset Mariner 1/6/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Concord Concord Journal 1/5/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Concord, Hanscom AFB Hansconian 2/17/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Danvers Danvers Herald 11/17/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dedham Norfolk Democrat 2/9/1839 – 9/15/1854 Newspaper Archives
Dedham Village Register 6/9/1820 – 10/29/1829 Newspaper Archives
Dedham Norfolk Advertiser 7/13/1832 – 2/2/1839 Newspaper Archives
Dedham Dedham Gazette 8/20/1813 – 6/25/1819 Newspaper Archives
Dedham Columbian Minerva 1/3/1799 – 9/4/1804 Newspaper Archives
Dedham Norfolk Repository 5/14/1805 – 12/28/1809 Newspaper Archives
Dedham Minerva 10/11/1796 – 12/27/1798 Newspaper Archives
Dedham Dedham Transcript 8/29/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dorchester Dorchester Reporter 1/9/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dover Dover-Sherborn Press 4/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Dracut Valley Dispatch 10/22/2004 – Current Recent Obituaries
Duxbury Duxbury Reporter 11/17/2008 – 12/20/2013 Recent Obituaries
Duxbury Duxbury Clipper 1/19/2011 – Current Recent Obituaries
East Bridgewater East Bridgewater Star 9/5/2007 – 4/28/2009 Recent Obituaries
East Bridgewater Wicked Local: East Bridgewater 8/29/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
East Longmeadow Reminder 3/13/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
East Longmeadow Metro West Reminder 3/13/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Easton Easton Journal 1/6/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fall River Herald News 10/2/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fall River O Jornal 2/2/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Falmouth Falmouth Bulletin 5/3/2010 – 11/11/2011 Recent Obituaries
Falmouth Cape Cod Times 12/8/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise 9/14/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Framingham MetroWest Daily News 9/6/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Framingham Westwood Press 8/25/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Framingham Framingham TAB 6/16/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Georgetown Georgetown Record 5/11/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Gloucester Gloucester Telegraph 1/1/1827 – 12/31/1851 Newspaper Archives
Gloucester Cape Ann Light and Gloucester Telegraph 1/7/1843 – 8/2/1873 Newspaper Archives
Gloucester Cape Ann Advertiser 12/5/1857 – 12/28/1877 Newspaper Archives
Gloucester Gloucester Democrat 8/19/1834 – 2/16/1838 Newspaper Archives
Gloucester Gloucester Daily Times 8/13/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Grafton Grafton Daily Voice 6/25/2009 – 3/4/2013 Recent Obituaries
Greenfield Greenfield Gazette 8/2/1792 – 2/5/1811 Newspaper Archives
Greenfield Franklin Herald 1/7/1812 – 12/30/1817 Newspaper Archives
Greenfield Traveller 2/12/1811 – 12/31/1811 Newspaper Archives
Groton Groton Landmark 9/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Halifax Halifax-Plympton Reporter 12/10/2008 – 12/20/2013 Recent Obituaries
Hamilton Hamilton Wenham Chronicle 10/20/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hanover Hanover Mariner 1/4/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hanson Hanson Town Crier 10/4/2006 – 4/28/2009 Recent Obituaries
Hanson Whitman-Hanson Express 10/1/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hanson Wicked Local: Hanson 8/26/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Harvard Harvard Hillside 9/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Harvard Harvard Post 1/5/2006 – 2/15/2013 Recent Obituaries
Harwich Harwich Oracle 1/4/2006 – 12/18/2013 Recent Obituaries
Haverhill Haverhill Gazette 2/1/1823 – 12/25/1841 Newspaper Archives
Haverhill Haverhill Bulletin 7/11/1871 – 11/14/1894 Newspaper Archives
Haverhill Merrimack Intelligencer 7/2/1808 – 2/8/1817 Newspaper Archives
Haverhill Essex Patriot 5/10/1817 – 1/25/1823 Newspaper Archives
Haverhill Haverhill Museum 12/11/1804 – 11/22/1806 Newspaper Archives
Haverhill Haverhill Observer 12/5/1800 – 11/27/1804 Newspaper Archives
Haverhill Haverhill Gazette 4/12/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hingham Hingham Journal 3/9/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Holbrook Holbrook Sun 1/6/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Holden Landmark 4/26/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Holden Holden Daily Voice 4/28/2010 – 1/8/2013 Recent Obituaries
Holliston Holliston TAB 10/6/2005 – 2/15/2013 Recent Obituaries
Hopkinton Hopkinton Crier 7/29/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hopkinton Hopkinton Independent 5/16/2013 – Current Recent Obituaries
Hudson Hudson Sun 7/6/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Ipswich Ipswich Chronicle 9/1/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jamaica Plain Jamaica Plain Gazette 10/6/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Jamaica Plain Mission Hill Gazette 1/16/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Kingston Kingston Reporter 5/5/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lakeville Lakeville Call 11/19/2008 – 1/12/2011 Recent Obituaries
Lawrence Eagle-Tribune 5/27/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Leicester Leicester Daily Voice 4/28/2010 – 1/18/2013 Recent Obituaries
Lenox Berkshire Journal 9/3/1829 – 8/25/1831 Newspaper Archives
Lenox Berkshire Star and County Republican 1/10/1828 – 12/25/1828 Newspaper Archives
Leominster Telescope 1/2/1800 – 10/14/1802 Newspaper Archives
Leominster Rural Repository 10/22/1795 – 4/13/1797 Newspaper Archives
Leominster Weekly Messenger 2/6/1806 – 12/18/1806 Newspaper Archives
Leominster Leominster Champion 2/17/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lexington Lexington Minuteman 9/8/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lexington Winchester Star 8/11/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lincoln Lincoln Journal 6/1/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Littleton Littleton Independent 10/13/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lowell Lowell Daily Citizen and News 4/28/1856 – 12/23/1896 Newspaper Archives
Lowell Lowell Mercury 11/14/1829 – 12/27/1833 Newspaper Archives
Lowell Lowell Patriot 1/2/1835 – 6/29/1837 Newspaper Archives
Lowell Sun 10/2/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lynn Daily Item 9/23/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Lynnfield North Shore Sunday 1/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Malden Malden Observer 6/9/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Mansfield Mansfield News 1/6/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marblehead Marblehead Reporter 8/4/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marion Sentinel 7/26/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marlborough Marlborough Enterprise 12/8/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marshfield Abington Mariner-Rockland Standard 9/2/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Marshfield Marshfield Mariner 8/31/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Maynard Beacon Villager 10/13/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Medfield Medfield Press 11/10/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Medford Medford Transcript 8/10/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Melrose Melrose Free Press 8/18/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Milford Milford Daily News 9/18/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Millbury Millbury Daily Voice 12/15/2009 – 3/4/2013 Recent Obituaries
Millbury Millbury-Sutton Chronicle 5/3/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Nantucket Nantucket Inquirer 9/20/1821 – 12/31/1849 Newspaper Archives
Nantucket Nantucket Gazette 5/6/1816 – 3/8/1817 Newspaper Archives
Nantucket Nantucket Independent 3/30/2005 – 7/21/2010 Recent Obituaries
Natick Natick Bulletin & TAB 6/2/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Needham Wellesley Townsman 4/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Needham Watertown TAB & Press 9/16/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Needham West Roxbury Transcript 7/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Needham Needham Times 1/5/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Needham Allston-Brighton TAB 11/11/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
New Bedford New-Bedford Mercury 8/7/1807 – 3/16/1877 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford Whaleman’s Shipping List and Merchants’ Transcript 3/17/1843 – 9/13/1864 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford New Bedford Register 1/22/1840 – 1/6/1846 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford Columbian Courier 12/8/1798 – 3/1/1805 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford Medley 11/27/1792 – 10/18/1799 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford New Bedford Gazette 9/5/1831 – 1/25/1838 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford New-Bedford Courier 6/12/1827 – 5/28/1833 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford Old Colony Gazette 10/21/1808 – 10/11/1811 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford New-Bedford Gazette 10/18/1811 – 7/17/1812 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford Morning Mercury 12/4/1895 – 1/2/1919 Newspaper Archives
New Bedford Christian Philanthropist 5/14/1822 – 5/13/1823 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Newburyport Herald 10/31/1797 – 3/19/1847 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Impartial Herald 5/18/1793 – 10/27/1797 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Essex Journal 12/4/1773 – 4/2/1794 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Political Gazette 4/30/1795 – 10/27/1797 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport New-England Repertory 7/6/1803 – 1/21/1804 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Political Calendar 3/26/1804 – 6/17/1805 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Statesman 8/15/1808 – 3/9/1809 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Merrimack Gazette 3/21/1803 – 2/18/1804 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Newburyport Gazette 4/7/1807 – 9/18/1807 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Morning Star 4/8/1794 – 12/3/1794 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Merrimack Magazine 8/17/1805 – 8/9/1806 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Independent Whig 4/5/1810 – 5/2/1811 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport American Intelligencer 6/4/1801 – 7/30/1801 Newspaper Archives
Newburyport Daily News of Newburyport 5/24/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Newburyport Newburyport Current 1/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Newton Newton TAB 9/28/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
North Adams Advocate 6/9/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
North Adams North Adams Transcript 8/8/2000 – 1/18/2014 Recent Obituaries
North Andover North Andover Citizen 4/14/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
North Andover Valley Patriot 4/1/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
North Attleborough North Attleborough Free Press 1/16/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Northampton Hampshire Gazette 9/20/1786 – 12/26/1843 Newspaper Archives
Northampton Republican Spy 6/14/1803 – 11/16/1808 Newspaper Archives
Northampton Hive 8/23/1803 – 1/22/1805 Newspaper Archives
Northampton Anti-Monarchist 12/14/1808 – 11/28/1810 Newspaper Archives
Northborough Northborough Daily Voice 10/28/2010 – 1/7/2013 Recent Obituaries
Northborough, Southborough Villager 12/2/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Northbridge Northbridge Daily Voice 8/11/2009 – 3/2/2013 Recent Obituaries
Norton Norton Mirror 8/11/2006 – 12/20/2013 Recent Obituaries
Norwell Norwell Mariner 4/13/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Norwood Norwood Transcript & Bulletin 5/3/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Orleans Cape Codder 9/2/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pembroke Pembroke Express 3/28/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pembroke Pembroke Mariner and Express 1/4/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pepperell Pepperell Free Press 9/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
Pittsfield Sun 9/16/1800 – 12/31/1873 Newspaper Archives
Pittsfield Berkshire County Whig 3/11/1841 – 2/22/1849 Newspaper Archives
Pittsfield Berkshire Reporter 1/3/1807 – 11/16/1815 Newspaper Archives
Pittsfield Berkshire Chronicle 5/8/1788 – 9/30/1790 Newspaper Archives
Pittsfield Berkshire Gazette 1/18/1798 – 2/11/1800 Newspaper Archives
Pittsfield Berkshire Eagle 1/10/1998 – Current Recent Obituaries
Plymouth Plymouth Journal 3/19/1785 – 6/13/1786 Newspaper Archives
Plymouth Old Colony Sentinel 12/8/1866 – 12/8/1866 Newspaper Archives
Plymouth Old Colony Memorial 11/11/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Plymouth Wareham Courier 11/4/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Plymouth Plymouth Bulletin 12/7/2005 – 4/28/2009 Recent Obituaries
Plymouth Wicked Local: Plymouth 5/12/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Provincetown Provincetown Banner 6/15/2010 – Current Recent Obituaries
Quincy Patriot Ledger 1/1/1916 – 12/29/1922 Newspaper Archives
Quincy Patriot Ledger 1/7/2008 – Current Recent Obituaries
Randolph Randolph Herald 5/9/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Raynham Raynham Call 4/18/2007 – Current Recent Obituaries
Reading Reading Advocate 12/22/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Roslindale Roslindale Transcript 8/17/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Salem Salem Gazette 10/18/1781 – 12/29/1849 Newspaper Archives
Salem Salem Register 1/4/1802 – 1/22/1891 Newspaper Archives
Salem Essex Register 7/23/1807 – 12/31/1827 Newspaper Archives
Salem Salem Observer 12/20/1823 – 1/10/1874 Newspaper Archives
Salem Essex Gazette 8/2/1768 – 5/2/1775 Newspaper Archives
Salem Impartial Register 5/12/1800 – 12/31/1801 Newspaper Archives
Salem Salem Mercury 10/14/1786 – 12/29/1789 Newspaper Archives
Salem Friend 1/3/1807 – 7/18/1807 Newspaper Archives
Salem Salem Chronicle 3/30/1786 – 8/3/1786 Newspaper Archives
Salem American Gazette 6/18/1776 – 7/30/1776 Newspaper Archives
Salem Salem Gazette 9/23/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sandwich Sandwich Broadsider 10/13/2009 – Current Recent Obituaries
Saugus Saugus Advertiser 9/22/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Scituate Scituate Mariner 1/5/2006 – Current Recent Obituaries
Sharon Sharon Advocate 10/7/2005 – Current Recent Obituaries
Shirley Shirley Oracle 9/18/2001 – Current Recent Obituaries
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History of the Plymouth Rock Landmark

Plymouth Rock, a large boulder on the edge of Plymouth Harbor, Massachusetts, is traditionally identified as the place where the Pilgrims first stepped ashore from the Mayflower in 1620 to found Plymouth Colony.

photo of Plymouth Rock

Credit: Wikipedia

Plymouth Rock has been visited, celebrated, and written about for centuries.

In 1835 Alexis de Tocqueville, a French author traveling throughout the United States, wrote:

“This Rock has become an object of veneration in the United States. I have seen bits of it carefully preserved in several towns in the Union. Does this sufficiently show that all human power and greatness is in the soul of man? Here is a stone which the feet of a few outcasts pressed for an instant; and the stone becomes famous; it is treasured by a great nation; its very dust is shared as a relic.”

Articles about Plymouth Rock have appeared in America’s newspapers since the early days of the nation.

Here is a verse from an early poem about Plymouth Rock written by Thomas Paine (1737-1809), published in 1799.

poem about Plymouth Rock by Thomas Paine, Federal Observer newspaper article 4 January 1799

Federal Observer (Portsmouth, New Hampshire), 4 January 1799, page 4

GenealogyBank has many newspaper articles reporting on Plymouth Rock celebrations over the years, including the 1820 celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ landing.

Celebration of the Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers at Plymouth, New England Palladium newspaper article 25 December 1800

New England Palladium (Boston, Massachusetts), 25 December 1800, page 4

Researching Your Pilgrim Ancestry from Mayflower Ship Passengers

Introduction: Mary Harrell-Sesniak is a genealogist, author and editor with a strong technology background. In this guest blog post—just in time for Thanksgiving—Mary searches old newspapers to trace ancestry all the way back to the Pilgrims, who crossed the Atlantic Ocean on board the Mayflower in 1620 for a fresh start in the New World.

Although endlessly rewarding, it is true that tracing ancestry is a time-consuming process requiring much patience—especially if one wishes to connect to the Mayflower passengers, those 102 Pilgrims who sailed from Leiden, Holland, in September 1620 bound for the New World—anchoring off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in November 1620.

Painting: Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor, William Halsall, 1882

Painting: Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor, William Halsall, 1882. Credit: Pilgrim Hall Museum & Wikipedia.

Tragically, only half the Plymouth Rock settlers survived their first winter in the New World—and if any are your progenitors, you could conceivably be required to compile from 12-18 generations of documentary evidence to trace your Pilgrim ancestry and prove you are a descendant. Fortunately, there are many ways to research the Mayflower voyage and the Pilgrims, even if you can’t visit Leiden or Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts (although please put these stops on your genealogical travel shortlist).

I traveled to Leiden, Holland, several years ago to conduct first-hand research on my Mayflower Pilgrim ancestry, and found this Dutch marriage record for future Mayflower ship passengers Isaac Allerton and Mary Norris from 1611.

marriage certificate for future Mayflower passengers Isaac Allerton and Mary Norris, 1611

Marriage certificate for future Mayflower passengers Isaac Allerton and Mary Norris, 1611, from the collection of Mary Harrell-Sesniak

However, as I say, you don’t need to travel to research your Mayflower Pilgrim ancestry—you can do it from the comfort of your own home, relying on your computer and the Internet, using several helpful websites and having access to online historical newspapers.

Common genealogical advice suggests that you start your family history research with yourself and work backwards to prove ancestry. However, with Mayflower genealogy research, you might want to work “down the research ladder,” instead of up, as it could very well save you a few steps.

Approved List of Mayflower Ship Passengers

Start at the top of your family tree by looking for surnames matching Mayflower passengers, shown on the accepted list of eligible ancestors compiled by Pilgrim lineage societies, most notably the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (www.themayflowersociety.com/).

John Alden Bartholomew Allerton Isaac Allerton
Mary (Norris) Allerton Mary Allerton Remember Allerton
Elinor Billington Francis Billington John Billington
William Bradford Love Brewster Mary Brewster
William Brewster Peter Browne James Chilton
Mrs. James Chilton Mary Chilton Francis Cooke
John Cooke Edward Doty Francis Eaton
Samuel Eaton Sarah Eaton Moses Fletcher
Edward Fuller Mrs. Edward Fuller Samuel Fuller
Samuel Fuller (son of Edward) Constance Hopkins Elizabeth (Fisher) Hopkins
Giles Hopkins Stephen Hopkins John Howland
Richard More Priscilla Mullins William Mullins
Degory Priest Joseph Rogers Thomas Rogers
Henry Samson George Soule Myles Standish
Elizabeth Tilley John Tilley Joan (Hurst) Tilley
Richard Warren Peregrine White Resolved White
Susanna White William White Edward Winslow

Publications by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants

And if that surname research strategy fails, research Mayflower descendants to the fifth generation to try and find a match to your family. Many publications exist, including the famous pink or gray Pilgrim lineage books published by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants—many of which are available at libraries. As accepted references, these Society publications allow you to bypass submitting proofs for any Mayflower descendant they’ve already established.

photo of publications from the General Society of Mayflower Descendants

Credit: from the library of Mary Harrell-Sesniak

The silver books trace the first five generations of Mayflower descendants.

The smaller pink books are Mayflower Families in Progress (MFIP), and are produced as new information becomes available.

Newspaper Evidence for Peregrine (or Peregrin) White and His Descendants

An extraordinary amount of newspaper articles and obituaries mentioning Mayflower ancestry exist in GenealogyBank’s historical newspaper archives.

Although not my Mayflower ancestor, I’m fascinated by Peregrine White. He was the son of William and Susanna White, who crossed the ocean on the Mayflower with his older brother Resolved. Susanna was pregnant with Peregrine during the Atlantic crossing, and he became the first Plymouth Colony baby of English ancestry when he was born on 20 November 1620 on board the Mayflower in Provincetown Harbor. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peregrine_White.)

After William White died—as so many did, during the Colony’s first winter—Susanna married widower Edward Winslow, of whom much is written. After reaching manhood, Peregrine married Sarah Bassett, and if you are one of their descendants, you have a multitude of cousins.

One of your relatives is their grandson George Young (1689-1771), son of their daughter Sarah White (1663-1755) and Thomas Young (1663-1732).

George Young’s lineage was noted in this 1771 obituary.

death notice for George Young, Boston Post-Boy newspaper article 13 May 1771

Boston Post-Boy (Boston, Massachusetts), 13 May 1771, page 3

Being such a small colony of settlers, the Mayflower Pilgrim’s children intermarried. As reported in this 1821 newspaper article, John Alden was a descendant of his grandfather by the same name—and also of Peregrine White, via his grandmother. He is thought to have married twice, first to Lydia Lazell and later to Rebecca Weston, although neither of his wives are mentioned in this obituary. Note how many of John Alden’s descendants were living when he died at the ripe old age of 103.

obituary for John Alden, Daily National Intelligencer newspaper article 12 April 1821

Daily National Intelligencer (Washington, D.C.), 12 April 1821, page 3

Elder James White, who founded the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan, was another direct descendant of the Mayflower Pilgrims. His religious affiliation and his Mayflower ancestry were reported in this 1881 newspaper obituary.

obituary for Elder James White, Kalamazoo Gazette newspaper article 9 August 1881

Kalamazoo Gazette (Kalamazoo, Michigan), 9 August 1881, page 1

Reporting Trend in Pilgrim Descendants’ Obituaries

Do you notice a trend in these obituaries? The importance of being a descendant of a Mayflower passenger tends to overshadow all other aspects of an individual’s life!

For example, Ellen Gould Harmon was the spouse of Elder James White—and her obituary from 1915 makes more notice of his roots than her own.

obituary for Ellen White, Jackson Citizen Patriot newspaper article 17 July 1915

Jackson Citizen Patriot (Jackson, Michigan), 17 July 1915, page 1

Are You My Mayflower Cousin?

Although I have not located Peregrine White ancestry in my own family tree, if you trace to any of the following Mayflower passengers, then you and I are cousins:

  • William Brewster and Mary (maiden name unknown)
  • Giles Hopkins and Catherine Whelden
  • Stephen Hopkins and Mary (maiden name unknown)
  • John Howland and Elizabeth Tilley
photo of the gravesite of Giles Hopkins

Photo: Grave of Giles Hopkins, Cove Burying Ground (Eastham, Massachusetts). Credit: Mary Harrell-Sesniak.

We are in good company. By 1909, one writer’s conservative estimate calculated that by the 10th generation, any of the Mayflower ship passengers could have had at least 3,500,000 descendants! Since most Mayflower descendants are now of the 13th, 14th, 15th or 16th generation, that number has skyrocketed.

The rising number of Mayflower Pilgrim descendants is reported in this 1909 newspaper article.

article about descendants of the Mayflower Pilgrims, Duluth News-Tribune newspaper article 18 December 1909

Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, Minnesota), 18 December 1909, page 8

If you think you are a Mayflower ship passenger descendant, this article from the New England Historic Genealogical Society may be of interest:

“The Society of Mayflower Descendants: Who they are, where to find them, how to apply”

http://www.americanancestors.org/the-society-of-mayflower-descendants-pt1/

For tips on how to research your Mayflower genealogy using GenealogyBank visit: http://blog.genealogybank.com/tag/mayflower

Have you traced your ancestry back to one of the Mayflower ship passengers? If so, please tell us about it in the comments section. We’d love to know who your Mayflower ancestors are.

You Want to Be Prepared as Thanksgiving Approaches

Now that it is November, the holidays will be here before you know it.

You want to prepare now.

That’s what Rose Briggs did. Her hard work set the tone for how Thanksgiving has been celebrated since 1921.

Rose’s Thanksgiving preparation is just one of the many great stories in GenealogyBank’s online newspaper archives.

collage of a newspaper photograph of Rose Briggs and an article about a 1776 Thanksgiving proclamation

Collage of a newspaper photograph of Rose Briggs and an article about a 1776 Thanksgiving proclamation

Rose Thornton Briggs (1893-1981) was always prepared for every Thanksgiving. She made the costumes and saw to the details of the annual “Pilgrim March” which was held on “every Friday in August” starting in 1921. In 1941 she added the tradition of also marching on Thanksgiving Day. Up through 1971 she participated in every one of those marches.

The Pilgrim March consists of 52 marchers, all in costume—each one representing a different Mayflower passenger that survived that first winter. All of the costumes were designed by Miss Briggs. She researched and prepared the costumes, working to make them as historically accurate as possible.

GenealogyBank’s newspaper archives let you read about the accomplishments of this energetic woman, who made a lasting contribution and changed the way Thanksgiving is celebrated annually in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The following newspaper article was published in the Boston Herald a decade before Rose Briggs passed away.

Rose Briggs, 78, Keeps Settlers' Heritage Alive, Boston Herald newspaper article 25 November 1971

Boston Herald (Boston, Massachusetts), 25 November 1971, page 60

This Thanksgiving, let’s remember to also give thanks for Rose Thornton Briggs’ vision, creativity and hard work.

You can find other great Thanksgiving stories in GenealogyBank’s online newspapers.

For example, a “Thanksgiving proclamation” was published in the New-England Chronicle just months after the Declaration of Independence was issued and while the country was at war with England.

Proclamation for a Day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer, New-England Chronicle newspaper article 28 November 1776

New-England Chronicle (Boston, Massachusetts), 28 November 1776, page 2

The proclamation ended with the stirring words:

God Save the United States of America! New-England Chronicle newspaper article 28 November 1776

New-England Chronicle (Boston, Massachusetts), 28 November 1776, page 2

Researching Genealogy with Military Records and Lists in Newspapers

Researching Genealogy with Military Records and Lists in Newspapers
From the Revolutionary War to Pearl Harbor to Iraq, newspapers are a valuable resource for researching your military ancestry and learning about the history of war in the United States. Newspapers have been a dependable source of information that Americans have relied upon throughout this nation’s history.

U.S. War History in Newspapers
This was vividly demonstrated after Dec. 7, 1941, when Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor launched the U.S. into World War II. The next day Congress declared war on Japan—and Americans were riveted by the bold headlines and news stories splashed across the front pages of the nation’s newspapers.

Omaha World Journal (Omaha, Nebraska), 8 December 1941, page 1.
Newspapers tell us what happened every day of our ancestors’ lives.
From the Revolutionary War to the wars in the Middle East, newspapers let us read about our ancestors’ participation in the nation’s conflicts—and what the country as a whole went through. We volunteered, we were enlisted in the U.S. military through the draft—and when we didn’t register for the draft, the government issued “slacker lists” to encourage full participation in the war.

U.S. Military Draft Lists
Military draft lists were published in newspapers, like this one printed in the 26 July 1917 issue of the Perry Republican (Perry, Oklahoma), page 1. It is a census of the men living in Noble County, Oklahoma, in 1917—a valuable genealogical resource to help with your family history research.
Similar lists were the “slacker lists” or “draft dodger lists”: listings of those persons that tried to evade the draft. After World War I the United States War Department issued lists of those men that did not register with the military draft. These lists were widely published in newspapers across the country, like this example from the Trenton Evening Times (Trenton, New Jersey), 25 May 1921, page 1.
From the declaration of war through obituaries published decades after the conflict ended, newspapers have been a dependable source of information about our ancestors and their participation in the United States Armed Forces. Newspapers reported on the battles and covered the stories of the war every step along the way. Family historians can gather facts for their family trees and put them in the context of the war as it happened.
U.S. Military Casualty Lists
Another valuable resource for family historians are the war casualty lists many newspapers published. In this example, published in the Macon Telegraph (Macon, Georgia), 6 August 1918, page 1, the newspaper published the full casualty list and spiked out the Georgia men that died in a prominent boxed note that appeared on page one.
Most U.S. citizens do not remain in the military as a lifelong career. However, their military service was almost always mentioned in their obituary notice—as in this example, published in the Barre Gazette (Barre, Massachusetts), 31 July 1840, page 2, of the late Isaac Van Wart (1751-1840) of Tarrytown (Westchester County) and Pittstown (Rensselaer County), New York. Obituaries, birth announcements and marriage notices are some of the excellent resources newspapers provide family historians. During times of war, draft, slacker, and casualty lists are another helpful genealogical resource. In addition to information about your individual ancestors, newspapers provide the stories about what the entire United States was going through, to help you put your ancestors’ experiences in context and thereby come to understand them a little more. Digital newspaper archives online have become the core tool for modern genealogy, helping genealogists and family history researchers discover more about their family’s military past than ever before possible. Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, Maryland), 7 April 1917, page 1.

Tracing Famous ‘Mayflower’ Passenger Peregrine White’s Family Tree

Newspapers tell the story of the everyday lives of our ancestors. GenealogyBank is the best genealogy resource for online newspapers available anywhere, with a massive collection of content spanning nearly 400 years of American history.

The historical newspaper article in the upper right is an obituary of Peregrine White, “the First Englishman born in New England”—he was born on board the Mayflower in Cape Cod Harbor in November 1620! Peregrine White’s obituary appeared in the Boston News-Letter (Boston, Massachusetts), 24 July-31 July 1704, page 2. The newspaper article below it is about a family reunion including four generations of Peregrine White’s descendants who gathered in McMinnville, Oregon. This family reunion newspaper article was published in the Oregonian (Portland, Oregon), 30 May 1915, Section 3, page 9.
Peregrine White’s descendants were understandably proud to have such a famous ancestor, a Mayflower ship passenger, in their family tree. This past summer, when Mary Alice (Haskell) Morey (1928-2011) died, her obituary prominently mentioned that she was a direct descendant of Peregrine White.Her obituary was printed by the Natick Bulletin & TAB (Natick, Massachusetts), 22 July 2011, page 18. Read her complete obituary in GenealogyBank.

With over 250,000 newspaper articles at GenealogyBank related to the Mayflower you can learn so much more about Peregrine White and his descendants, as well as discover who the other Pilgrims were that arrived in America as passengers on the famous ship. Research Mayflower ship passenger lists and explore our Pilgrim ancestors’ lives with newspaper articles about Plymouth Colony. Maybe you have ancestors who arrived on the Mayflower too?

Happy Thanksgiving Day to all genealogists around the world!

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Montrose Daily Press, The (Montrose, CO)
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Passenger Lists

GenealogyBank is growing – it now has nearly 300 million items.
This morning I found this passenger list – published as a souvenir handbill that was likely given to the passengers on the steamship Silesia when it left on Tuesday November 30, 1869 bound for Plymouth, Cherbourg, London and Hamburg.

In addition to the 3,800 newspapers – GenealogyBank has over 255,000 digital books, documents and early printed items – like this one page passenger list from 1869. It’s amazing what you’ll find in GenealogyBank.

On close inspection of the newspapers I also found these articles giving more details of the passengers, the progress of the ship to the various ports of Europe and even this interesting article about the value of the gold bars that the ship was carrying.

Brief article in a Cincinnati newspaper about local residents who were passengers on the Silesia.
(Cincinnati Commerican Tribune – 5 Dec 1869)
Notice of the gold bars carried as cargo on that voyage.
(Philadelphia Inquirer – 6 Dec 1869).

Silesia arrives at the port of Le Havre, France. (Cincinnati Commercial Tribune – 11 Dec 1869).

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Genealogist Obituaries – genealogists in 11 states pass away

Genealogists in 11 states pass away.
CT, MA, MI, MN, NH, OK, PA, TN, UT, WA, WV

Bell, Frederick R. (1945-2009)
Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA) – May 6, 2009

Brown, Robert Arthur. (1927-2009)
Knoxville News Sentinel (TN) – May 6, 2009

Carrington, Hiram D., Jr. (1930-2009)
Republican-American (Waterbury, CT) – May 5, 2009

Church, James. (1925-2009)
Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN) – May 5, 2009

Moher, Mariette I. (Corriveau). (1921-2009)
Telegraph, The (Nashua, NH) – May 5, 2009

Payne, Marlene Alcorn. (1935-2009)
Spectrum, The (St. George, UT) – May 5, 2009

Quesenberry, Bobby J., Jr. (1959-2009)
Charleston Gazette (WV) – May 5, 2009

Shoemaker, Clyde P. (1927-2009)
Intelligencer Journal (Lancaster, PA) – May 6, 2009

Stevens, Grace Louise. (1932-2009)
Kalamazoo Gazette (MI) – May 5, 2009

Ward, Dana Shaw. (1915-2009)
Plymouth Bulletin (MA) – May 5, 2009

Wilson, Joyce Fern. (1940-2009)
Muskogee Daily Phoenix and Times-Democrat (OK) – May 5, 2009

GenealogyBank with over 130 million obituaries is the largest source of obituaries and death records online.