Someone encouraged me, some years ago, that before I retired, I should find something I would enjoy doing--with a passion! I thought I had just the thing, my joy in decorative painting. But a few years later, I found that my real delight came in researching and writing local history and immersing myself in family genealogy. And that has been my commitment since. I now write the quarterly newsletter, which an old friend encouraged me to call The Falmouth Historian, since no one else in town had been attempting to write town history on today's Falmouth, so, rather hesitatingly, I followed his advice. Now in its fourth year, I can honestly say that not a day goes by that at least a part of it is not spent in research, reading, or the writing of narrative. I'm really, really into the writing of Falmouth's history, and began my research with 1632 and have found it enormously satisfying. My second homes are The Cumberland County Courthouse in Portland, and the Yarmouth Historical Society, and several libraries, where I search old deeds on the early families of Old Falmouth and the resettlement period that began to bring many new families to the "today's" Falmouth area, where, around 1730, the common and undivided lands were available, and where old deeded tracts of land were being sold, often by heirs of those who had owned it previously. I really feel that I'm just where I'm supposed to be and doing what I'm supposed to be doing.

It's a labor of love since I have so many ancestors from that period who lived in Falmouth, or removed here during the days of early settlement and resettlement. Having been born a Merrill, connects me with the Adams, Blackstone, Brackett, Carll, Chase, Halls, Knight, Pettingill, and Wheeler families. So I'm right in my element, making discoveries that make my day--every day! It's one of the compensations of growing old, I guess. You can steal time, most anytime!

I love doing my newsletter, but readily admit that it's very, very time consuming, since so much must be searched from not only genealogies, quite easily available in my case, but the searching and analyzing of York and Cumberland County Deeds. That is what requires endless hours. However, the connections and information found, make it all worth while, and very satisfying. If you're related to any of the above, or have an interest in "Old Falmouth," be in touch. Maybe we have something to share.

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Comment by Cindy Johnson Lethem on October 3, 2011 at 1:38pm

Dear Marge,

I came across your blog and noticed that it mention's "The Falmouth Historian" newsletter. I was excited to read it as I recently also came across a copy of your newsletter. I would love to subscribe if it is possible.  Would you tell me how I can do that?

I would love, also, to read your prior newsletters.


Thank you.

Cindy Johnson

Hillsboro, TX 76645


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