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In the course of our genealogy research, we have discovered many interesting books and resources about our family, and the places and times in which they lived. Enjoy!

Spratlin branch

A detailed history focusing on its use as the Headquarters of the Armies of the United States during the American Civil War. Also includes a history of the Eppes family, and the chain of title for City Point lands and Appomattox Manor through to its donation to the National Park Service in 1978. Has an excellent bibliography.

A day-by-day, detailed history of Abraham Lincoln’s visit to City Point, where he spent two of the last three weeks of his life.

A chapter entitled Sending Men to Hell: The 80th Company, June 8 tells the story of Grover Cleveland O’Kelley at the Battle of Balleau (Bois-de-Balleau) in France during World War I.

Knight branch

A short genealogy reference on the children of Robert White.

Chapter XXI, Elisabeth, Grace, and Rachel Martin, tells the daring exploit of “sisters-in-law Grace and Rachel Martin disguised in their husbands’ clothing successfully intercepting at gunpoint a dispatch intended for British troops near their South Carolina home.”

[Ambrose] not only captures the romance of the Lewis and Clark Expedition in Undaunted Courage … he also superbly delineates the cultural and political context out of which it arose … Ambrose brilliantly reconstructs the expedition from Lewis’s point of view.

San Francisco Chronicle

Wetherbee branch

The name alone informs us that we probably learned the abridged version in high school history class. Provides “a more extensive view of the operations of that day.” Also provides muster rolls of the participating companies of American militia and minutemen.

Boxborough was incorporated in 1783 from parts of Stow, Harvard, and Littleton, in order to provide a more convenient house of worship for the local residents. The Wetherbees and Whitcombs feature prominently among those who funded the purchase of the building that would serve as the house of worship and meeting house, and Silas Wetherbee contributed the land upon which it was erected. Many of the minutemen and militia who marched from the area that became Boxborough on the alarm of 19 Apr 1775 are family by blood or marriage.

The concept of the farmer and shopkeeper pulling rifles off pegs on the wall to fight the British has been the typical image of the American minuteman. The fact that he may have had military training and drilled―and that April 19, 1775 was not his first battle―usually goes unmentioned. Winner of the American Revolution Round Table Award, The Minute Men will be of keen interest to those curious about the true history of some of America’s first soldiers.

The Civil War diary of Charles Adam Wetherbee, Union infantryman with the Thirty-Fourth Illinois Volunteer Regiment, he survived the battles of Shiloh, Stones River, Liberty Gap, Atlanta, and others.

A newsletter focused on the descendants of several immigrants to America: John Wetherbee of Marlboro, Massachusetts; Thomas Wetherbee who also settled in Massachusetts; Bartholomew Wetherbee who settled in the early 1600’s in Virginia; Edmund and Whitehead Weatherby of Southern New Jersey. No relationship between these four immigrants has been established. Unfortunately this newsletter is not available on-line. The link lists 23 libraries where it can be found.

Watne branch

A short genealogy reference on the children of Robert White.

An extensive genealogy reference—11 generations—on the children of Robert Adams.

A novel based on the true story of Rebecca Blake Eames (Ames).