On this Patriots’ Day Weekend, we remember these family members that marched on the Alarm of 19 Apr 1775, the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
Acton, Massachusetts Luther Blanchard ** Ezekiel Davis II Isaac Davis * Abner Hosmer *
Ashburnham, Massachusetts Ephraim Wetherbee Phineas Wetherbee II
Bolton, Massachusetts John Whitcomb
Concord, Massachusetts Amos Hosmer
Fitchburg, Massachusetts Paul Wetherbee II
Harvard, Massachusetts Jonathan Crouch II Timothy Crouch Oliver Mead I Joseph Wetherbee I Oliver Wetherbee Abel Whitcomb I
Lancaster, Massachusetts Asa Whitcomb
Leominster, Massachusetts Nathaniel Chapman
Littleton, Massachusetts Joseph Lawrence Samuel Lawrence II Thomas Lawrence Daniel Whitcomb Isaac Whitcomb Jonathan Whitcomb V Silas Whitcomb
Lunenburg, Massachusetts Thomas Wetherbee I
Rutland, Massachusetts Samuel Ames
Stow, Massachusetts Nehemiah Batcheldor Ephraim Taylor Oliver Taylor I Phineas Taylor II Solomon Taylor Joseph Wetherbee Judah Wetherbee Silas Wetherbee Thomas Wetherbee II Reuben Wetherby William Whitcomb
Westford, Massachusetts Calvin Blanchard
* shot and killed in action at Battle of Concord. ** wounded in action at Battle of Concord; died of wounds later.
The service records for each, most found in , are summarized in this report.
All are in the Wetherbee branch, except Samuel Ames in the Watne Branch.
Reference:  Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War, 1902. This 17 volume set is available on archive.org and openlibrary.org.
Source: Arthur Fuller Davis Gallery, Acton Memorial Library (painting).
For there is no heroic poem in the world but is at bottom a biography, the life of a man: also, it may be said, there is no life of a man, faithfully recorded, but is a heroic poem of its sort, rhymed or unrhymed.
Meet Elizabeth Hannah, wife of Francis Walker III, and newly discovered (for us) daughter of Richard and Catherine (Walker) Hannah.
Until a few weeks ago, our family tree included six children of Richard and Catherine Hannah—Edward, John, Francis, Andrew, Isabella, and Richard. They all arrived in Manvers Township, Durham County, Canada West (now Ontario) from Ireland about 1848, and are “easily” followed through the Census of Canada for many decades after.
Una May Davey Porter provided us this tantalizing breadcrumb regarding the children of Richard and Catherine Hannah …
New information — Francis, Edward, John, and Richard had twin sisters Elizabeth Hannah and Mary Ann Hannah, besides another sister Sara.
The 5-second rule has SO expired on this 32-year-old breadcrumb.
During our research of the Hannah family, we identified several associated families of Walkers, Loves, Kerrs, and Virtues that removed with the Hannahs from Manvers Township westward to Holland Township, Grey County, Ontario; to Arran Township, Bruce County, Ontario; to Manitoulin Island, Ontario; westward through Canada or to Hannah, North Dakota. We even found a Francis Walker, married to an Elizabeth Hannah, but had been unable to determine their relationship to our Hannahs.
We have also found many DNA matches of our family members with these Walker, Love, Kerr, and Virtue families, but had been unable to identify a most recent common ancestor (MRCA) shared with them that explains the shared DNA.
On 6 Jan of this year, we stumbled across a family tree belonging to kfwalker11 on ancestry.com containing an Elizabeth Hanna, wife of Francis Walker. What actually caught our eye is this tree contains actual sources for baptisms and marriages of their Walkers in Ireland, which is not often seen during our research of our Irish lines. The sources though refer to private research that was paid for by this Walker family with a genealogy research company in Ireland, so we were not immediately able to see the actual records.
We contacted kfwalker11, aka F. Walker, and have been blown away with what we received. F. Walker mailed us 69 pages of research into the Walker family including the research of L. Walker and K. Moore. This research connects their Elizabeth Hanna as the daughter of our Richard Hannah and Catherine Walker, and connects their Francis Walker to our Catherine Walker. Elizabeth’s husband Francis is Catherine’s 1st cousin.
Our Hannah family has long known its ancestors emigrated from Donegal, Ireland, to Canada. We now know from precisely where—is 1.16 square miles in Ireland precise enough!
And we now know precisely where to keep digging—which led us to learn that Mary Jane Gallagher’s (Andrew Porter’s wife’s) family is from this same 1.16 square miles in Ireland. So her mother Mary Walker is probably from this same Walker family—which is also supported by numerous DNA tests.
Thank you F. Walker, L. Walker, and K. Moore for generously sharing your Walker research with us!
Elizabeth Hannah (1807-1888) is daughter of Richard Hannah and Catherine Walker, and 5th great-aunt of MKS in the Watne branch.
Francis Walker III (1803-1871) is husband of Elizabeth Hannah, and 1st cousin of Catherine Walker.
Richard Hannah (1780-1874) and Catherine Walker (1784-1825) are 5th great-grandparents of MKS in the Watne branch.
Source: Ancestry.com user kfwalker (research) and jazzysdad (photograph).
With a polar vortex bearing down on the U.S. midwest, these photos from Lucille Watne’s photo album seem appropriate.
This Jull type snow plow, Soo Line #X-17 (see the railroad reporting mark on the side of the railcar in the second photo), was operated by the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway Company (M.St.P.&S.S.M.), also known as the Soo Line for the phonetic spelling of Sault. 
The Soo Line was a grain and timber products carrier operating in Minnesota, the Dakotas, and Montana, and providing U.S. connections for the Canadian Pacific Railway. 
Most rotary snow plows are of the Leslie type, featuring a large circular plow blade rotating on a shaft parallel to the tracks. The Jull type however has a large spiral screw rotating diagonally across the front of the plow. Both types were invented by and designed by Orange Jull, a Canadian inventor. Between 1890-1892, 11 of the Jull type were built, but all were eventually scrapped. 
That website refers to many postcards of #X-17 in circulation taken near Dooley, Montana, during the Feb 1916 blizzard. Lucille’s photos however appear to be original, not postcards. Her photos are not labeled with place or date. Perhaps the grain elevator in the first photo can be identified. Is this in Hannah, North Dakota?
In our 26 Oct 2018 post, we met John Whitney, one of the founders of Watertown, Massachusetts. There is another family member among the founders—William Shattuck. 
Watertown was first settled in 1630, 10 years after the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, Massachusetts.
William was born in England in 1621 or 1622. He likely arrived in America when he was a minor; when it is not known, but certainly no later than 1642 when he is listed as a proprietor in Watertown. [2, 3]
In 1642, he married Susanna, whose last name, birth date and place, and parents are not known. They are believed to have had 10 children. William was a weaver and farmer. [2, 3]
He purchased several parcels of land in the area including a one acre homestead; three acres of upland; a home, garden, and 30 acres situated on Common Hill; 25 acres upland; three acres of swamp; and 4 acres of meadowland. He also bought a farm at Stony Brook, near the present bounds of Weston, Massachusetts; four acres of meadow in Pond Meadow; and a house and farm. [2, 3]
William Shattuck’s son John and John Whitney’s granddaughter Ruth married on 20 Jun 1664, presumably in Watertown.
William’s will was written on 3 Aug 1672. He died 11 days later on 14 Aug in Watertown, at the age of 50. His will was proved on 29 Aug in Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
William Shattuck is interred in the Old Burying Place Cemetery in Watertown. John Whitney is also interred there. 
William Shattuck I (1661-1672) is 11th great-grandfather of MKS in the Watne branch.
John Whitney I (1588-1673) is 10th great-grandfather of MKS in the Wetherbee branch.
John Whitney I (1588-1673) is also 12th great-grandfather of MKS in the Watne branch.