My work in the area of local history and genealogy began over 51 years ago when I was thirteen years old. After a 42 year career in education, I retired in December and am know beginning to work of reviewing and compiling my years f research for publication. One project that I worked on in the early 1980's was a magazine entitled THE MATTANAWCOOK OBSERVER. That magazine, published in three volume sets, contained local history and genealogical information on the towns of Lincoln, Burlington, Lowell, Enfield, West Enfield, Howland, Passadumkeag, Lee, Chester, Winn, Springfield, Carroll Plantation, and Mattawamkeag. With many files of unpublished material still available, I am considering a second series of THE MATTANAWCOOK OBSERVER. Use of the computer will be a major convenience compared to the typing of the 1980s.

 

My major work at this point it to take the years of genealogical research and compile it into ahnentafel format, tracing direct lineage with biographical information, pictures, documents, back over the years. There are about 350 biographies done and hundreds to go but it is great fun and can publish separate sections without waiting for the whole work to be done. My first lines to #63, each connected with tier wives, are

0001 ALAN HAWKINS
0002 HERSCHEL HAWKINS
0004 HAYWARD LUDLOW. HAWKINS
0006  RALPH EMERSON GIPSON
0008  JAMES LUDLOW HAWKINS
0010 LLEWELLYN GODING
0012 WELLINGTON JIPSON
0014 GRANVILLE W. GERRY
0016  JAMES HAWKINS
0018 THOMAS GRANT
0020  AMASA GODING
0022 GEORGE W. HOUSE
0024 JAMES JIPSON
0026 BENJAMIN WARREN DAVIS
0028 ELI GERRY
0030  JOHN EMERSON LUDDEN
0032 JOHN MICHAEL HAWKINS
0034 JOSEPH BURT
0040  JONAS GODING
0042  Col. THOMAS GOSS
0046  BENJAMIN SPEED
0048  WILLIAM JIPSON
0050 JOHNSON NEAL
0052 WILLIAM DAVIS
0054 WILLIAM COSTIGAN
0058 DAVID KEEZER
0060  JOHN BROWN LUDDEN
0062 DAVID AVERILL

 

This is a challenging but enjoyable format. Getting all the reference notes put together is the major work of these first lines. Will begin putting out materials this winter.

 

Am also finished many, many years of work on the descendants of Michael Hawkins, Loyalist, who migrated to New Brunswick from New York, after the Revolutionary War. Again, 587 page book waiting for indexing.

 

Enjoying this work. more ideas are also starting to grow.

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