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Announcing: DearMYRTLE’s new blog "Myrt’s Musings"

DearREADERS,

Yup! I’ve taken the plunge and designed a new blog called Myrt’s Musings. It will include all the news, hangouts announcements and opinionated moderating my DearREADERS have come to expect.

So head on over to


Frankly, I’ve had a ball experimenting with Wordpress. After consulting with 3 experts, we realize its impossible to import my old DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Blog posts over without a ton of broken links. It had something to do with a custom domain redirect. Yikes!


Yes, I love Blogger, but I’m loving Wordpress, too. 

That sounds like a line from a country western song.


P.S. Genea-friend and fellow GeneaBloggerTRIBE member Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings said it’s ok if Ol’ Myrt here uses the word “musings.” I’m guessing he doesn’t have a copyright on the use of that word.

P. P. S. – I’ve got a whole new color scheme. Wonder if that means I’ll need to make a new quilt backdrop for our upcoming hangouts? Hmmmm.

Happy family tree climbing!

Hangouts: Pay what you want. So it’s simple. If you value the work Ol’ Myrt, +Cousin Russ and our beloved panelists do week in and week out on your behalf, please:

Check the DearMYRTLE Hangouts Calendar for upcoming study groups and hangouts. There you’ll find links to the GeneaConference (in-person) and the GeneaWebinars Calendar with over over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars, live streams and
tweetchats from other hosts and presenters over the next 12 months.

The Legends of Sarah Bradlee Fulton

Helping her husband and brothers prepare for the Boston Tea Party wasn’t the only patriotic activity that descendants credited Sarah Bradlee Fulton with doing.

In addition, her grandson John A. Fulton, her brother’s great-grandson Samuel Bradlee Doggett, and local hsitorians told these stories about her:

  • She “heard the alarm of Paul Revere” from her house in Medford “on the east side of Main street about one hundred and fifty feet south of the bridge, on the south side of what is now [1897] Tufts place.”
  • The Fultons’ house then “became the headquarters of General [John] Stark’s New Hampshire regiment.”
  • After the Battle of Bunker Hill, “At sunset the wounded were brought into town, and the large open space by Wade’s Tavern between the bridge and South street was turned into a field hospital. Surgeons were few, but the women did their best as nurses. Among them, the steady nerves of Sarah Fulton made her a leader. One poor fellow had a bullet in his cheek, and she removed it; she almost forgot the circumstance until, years after, he came to thank her for her service.”
  • “During the siege of Boston detachments of British soldiers often came across the river under protection of their ships, searching for fuel in Medford.” These redcoats seized a wagon load of wood from her husband John Fulton, and Sarah “flung on a shawl and went in pursuit. Overtaking the party, she took the oxen by the horns and turned them round. The men threatened to shoot her, but she shouted defiantly as she started her team, ‘Shoot away!’ Astonishment, admiration, and amusement were too much for the regulars, and they unconditionally surrendered.”
  • Gen. George Washington gave Maj. John Brooks, later a Massachusetts governor, dispatches to deliver “inside the enemy’s lines.” Because John Fulton was too sick to do that, Sarah walked alone “to the water-side in Charlestown” and “rowed across the river,” returning home at dawn.
  • Washington visited the Fultons in thanks for this mission, and they served him punch from a “new punch-bowl” with a “little silver-mounted ladle.” Descendants saved the bowl, ladle, and chair Washington sat in.
  • The Marquis de Lafayette visited the Fultons decades later.

As with the lore about the Tea Party, no one has offered contemporaneous or documentary evidence to support any of these stories.

To be sure, we wouldn’t expect formal documentation on some of these events, but the historical record offers reasons for doubt. For example, what records survive put Col. Stark at the Admiral Vernon tavern and the Isaac Royall House in Medford. The idea that squads of British soldiers were landing in that town, full of Continental troops, to seize wagonloads of wood is outlandish even before we get to Fulton cowing an armed squad into giving up.

Nonetheless, the legend of Sarah Bradlee Fulton had a lot of appeal in the late nineteenth century. This was the period of Colonial Revival, when dramatic and sentimental stories of the Revolution were popular. It was also a time of growing activism by women, whether or not tied to suffrage. A story about a woman taking an active role in the resistance to the Crown, while remaining within the feminine sphere, served a cultural need.

The Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890. A few years later, women in Medford formed a chapter they named after Sarah Bradlee Fulton. All the quotations above come from the speech of Helen Tilden Wild at that chapter’s formal inauguration in January 1897, as published in the D.A.R.’s American Monthly Magazine.

That ensured that Fulton had a constituency to keep her legend alive. In 1900 the Medford D.A.R. chapter graced the town cemetery with the stone marker shown above, calling Fulton “A Heroine of the Revolution.” She was also dubbed “Mother of the Boston Tea Party.” In 1919 the Bloomington, Indiana, D.A.R. chapter produced a three-act play about Sarah Bradlee Fulton to benefit wounded soldiers and sailors.

Monuments to Sarah Bradlee Fulton remain today. In addition to that stone marker, Fulton Street in Medford is named for her. Since 2006, the punchbowl she supposedly used when Washington visited has been in the collection at Mount Vernon. Fulton has her own Wikipedia page, and many other webpages hold her up as an exemplary female Patriot.

And it’s all based on family lore published a century or more after the events.

TOMORROW: Assessing the Bradlees.

Announcing: DearMYRTLE’s new blog "Myrt’s Musings"

DearREADERS,

Yup! I’ve taken the plunge and designed a new blog called Myrt’s Musings. It will include all the news, hangouts announcements and opinionated moderating my DearREADERS have come to expect.

So head on over to


Frankly, I’ve had a ball experimenting with Wordpress. After consulting with 3 experts, we realize its impossible to import my old DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Blog posts over without a ton of broken links. It had something to do with a custom domain redirect. Yikes!


Yes, I love Blogger, but I’m loving Wordpress, too. 

That sounds like a line from a country western song.


P.S. Genea-friend and fellow GeneaBloggerTRIBE member Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings said it’s ok if Ol’ Myrt here uses the word “musings.” I’m guessing he doesn’t have a copyright on the use of that word.

P. P. S. – I’ve got a whole new color scheme. Wonder if that means I’ll need to make a new quilt backdrop for our upcoming hangouts? Hmmmm.

Happy family tree climbing!

Hangouts: Pay what you want. So it’s simple. If you value the work Ol’ Myrt, +Cousin Russ and our beloved panelists do week in and week out on your behalf, please:

Check the DearMYRTLE Hangouts Calendar for upcoming study groups and hangouts. There you’ll find links to the GeneaConference (in-person) and the GeneaWebinars Calendar with over over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars, live streams and
tweetchats from other hosts and presenters over the next 12 months.

Announcing: DearMYRTLE’s new blog "Myrt’s Musings"

DearREADERS,

Yup! I’ve taken the plunge and designed a new blog called Myrt’s Musings. It will include all the news, hangouts announcements and opinionated moderating my DearREADERS have come to expect.

So head on over to


Frankly, I’ve had a ball experimenting with Wordpress. After consulting with 3 experts, we realize its impossible to import my old DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Blog posts over without a ton of broken links. It had something to do with a custom domain redirect. Yikes!


Yes, I love Blogger, but I’m loving Wordpress, too. 

That sounds like a line from a country western song.


P.S. Genea-friend and fellow GeneaBloggerTRIBE member Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings said it’s ok if Ol’ Myrt here uses the word “musings.” I’m guessing he doesn’t have a copyright on the use of that word.

P. P. S. – I’ve got a whole new color scheme. Wonder if that means I’ll need to make a new quilt backdrop for our upcoming hangouts? Hmmmm.

Happy family tree climbing!

Hangouts: Pay what you want. So it’s simple. If you value the work Ol’ Myrt, +Cousin Russ and our beloved panelists do week in and week out on your behalf, please:

Check the DearMYRTLE Hangouts Calendar for upcoming study groups and hangouts. There you’ll find links to the GeneaConference (in-person) and the GeneaWebinars Calendar with over over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars, live streams and
tweetchats from other hosts and presenters over the next 12 months.

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun — Your Number One Songs

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It’s Saturday Night again – 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!


Here is your assignment, should you decide to accept it (you ARE reading this, so I assume that you really want to play along – cue the Mission Impossible music!):

Tonight, we’re going to go down memory lane a bit.

1)  What was the #1 song on the day you were born?  Or on your birthday when you were 15?  When you were 18?  Or when you married?  Or some other important date in your life.

2)  Go to http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/birthdayno1 and enter the date and select from UK, US or Australia record lists.  Note:  the first date available is 1 January 1946. 

Alternatively, go to Wikipedia.org and search for “number one songs in yyyy” (insert your year) and enter the month and date and see a list of number one songs for each year since 1940. 

3)  Tell us what your results are (If you are sensitive about your age, don’t list the date or year… ) on a blog post of your own, a comment to this post, or in a Facebook status line or note. 


Here’s mine:


*  Birth date 23 October 1943:

From the Wikipedia site, #1 on that date was “Sunday, Monday or Always” by Bing Crosby (lyrics only, couldn’t find a video or recording online)

*  Age 15 on 23 October 1958:

From the This Day in Music site, #1 was “It’s All in the Game” by Tommy Edwards (YouTube video)

*  Age 15 on 23 October 1961:

From the This Day in Music site, #1 was “Runaround Sue” by Dion. (YouTube video)

*  Married on 21 March 1970:

From the This Day in Music site, #1 was “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel (YouTube video)

*  During the time that I was really “into” popular music (1956-1970), the #1 hits on my birthday were:

**  1956. Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog — Elvis Presley
**  1957.  Jailhouse Rock/Treat Me Nice — Elvis Presley
**  1958.  It’s All in the Game — Tommy Edwards
**  1959.  Mack the Knife — Bobby Darin
**  1960.  I Want to be Wanted — Brenda Lee

**  1961.  Runaround Sue — Dion
**  1962.  Monster Mash — Bobby Boris Pickett & the Crypt Kickers
**  1963.  Sugar Shack — Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs
**  1964.  Do Wah Diddy — Manfred Mann
**  1965.  Yesterday — The Beatles

**  1966.  96 Tears — ?? & the Mysterians
**  1967.  To Sir, with Love — Lulu
**  1968.  Hey Jude — The Beatles
**  1969.  Sugar, Sugar — The Archies
**  1970.  I’ll Be There — The Jackson Five

*  I had never heard of the Bing Crosby song – here are the lyrics:

Sunday, Monday or Tuesday
Wednesday, Thursday or Friday
I want you near
Every day in the year

Oh, won’t you tell me when
We will meet again
Sunday, Monday or always

If you’re satisfied
I’ll be at your side
Sunday, Monday or always

No need to tell me now
What makes the world go ’round
When at the sight of you
My heart begins to pound and pound

And what am I to do
Can’t I be with you
Sunday, Monday or always

Always and forever I must be with you
Beginning Sunday and Monday and then forever

Oh, won’t you tell me when
We will meet again
Sunday, Monday or always

If you’re satisfied
I’ll be at your side
Sunday, Monday or always

No need to tell me now
What makes the world go ’round
When at the sight of you
My heart begins to pound, pound, pound

What am I to do
Can’t I be with you
Sunday, Monday or always?


I wonder if my parents sang this around the time I was born?


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David Bradlee: “Windows broke when I got there”

We’ve come to the last of the men George Gailer sued for tarring and feathering him in October 1769, the man his legal filing identified as a “Taylor” named “David Bradley.”

As it happens, David Bradlee was one of the first individuals in Boston I dug into, about twenty years ago. I wrote a short article about him for the Bostonian Society newsletter then.

Bradlee hasn’t made a lot of appearances on Boston 1775, but I may have been saving him for the Sestercentennial of when his political activity started to appear in the historical record.

David Bradlee was born in Dorchester on 24 Nov 1742, according to Samuel Bradlee Doggett’s History of the Bradlee Family (1878). David was the sixth child and third son in the family, and two more boys followed. Most moved into Boston.

Bradlee became a tailor. On 22 Mar 1764 he married Sarah Watts of Chelsea. Doggett said her father was a judge, but Mellen Chamberlin’s Documentary History of Chelsea shows she was a daughter of Richard Watts, Harvard 1739, innkeeper and militia captain. His father was the judge—Samuel Watts, justice of the peace, member of the Massachusetts General Court and the Council. In other words, David Bradlee married up in society.

David and Sarah Bradlee’s first son arrived on 20 October, or seven months after their marriage. That baby received the name David Watts Bradlee. The couple then had Sarah (1766), Samuel and Mary (twins in 1768, but Mary died at nine months), and eventually another Mary (1770).

As I’ve written, it’s not clear why George Gailer named David Bradlee as one of the people who attacked him on 28 Oct 1769. I’m assuming Bradlee really was involved in assaulting the sailor in some way. But Bradlee had the connections to secure John Adams as his attorney. He and his fellow defendants eventually won their case on default, and he paid Adams 19s.4d.

Well before that lawsuit was resolved, however, Bradlee was present at another riot and involved into another court case about it. He was on the scene on 22 Feb 1770 when Customs officer Ebenezer Richardson shot into a crowd of boys and young men mobbing his house, killing little Christopher Seider.

Robert Treat Paine’s notes on the Richardson trial summarize Bradlee’s eyewitness testimony this way:

Windows broke when I got there. I saw 3 or 4 Stones come out of the Window. I saw one or two Men in the Room with Guns in their hands. R put a Gun on edge of Window. I heard the Gun, and run to the back of the house. R clapt the Gun at me.

In this case, the word “clapt” seems to mean that Richardson had fired a load of powder but no shot at Bradlee—in other words, he fired a blank to scare the man off. Even though Bradlee’s testimony was all about the stones and gunshots coming from inside the house, one has to wonder what he was doing so close to that house to provoke Richardson’s action.

TOMORROW: Two weeks later.

Seavers in the News — Mrs. Joel Seaver Dies in New York in 1907

It’s time for another edition of “Seavers in the News” – a weekly feature from the historical newspapers about persons with the surname Seaver that are interesting, useful, mysterious, fun, macabre, or add information to my family tree database.

This week’s entry is from the Burlington [Vt.] Free Press newspaper dated 25 December 1907:

The transcription of the article is:

“DEATH OF MRS. JOEL SEAVER.
(special to the Free Press)

“Malone, N.Y., Dec. 24 — Mrs. Joel J. Seaver, wife of the late Colonel Seaver, died at her home of her son this afternoon after a brief illness, aged 62 years.  Mrs. Seaver has one son, Herbert H., assistant cashier of the People’s National bank of Malone; and two stepsons, Frederick J. Seaver, private secretary to State Bank Superintendent Clark Williams at Albany, and Albert Seaver, who is in the employ of the Japanese government.  Her husband was for many years a close personal friend of the late Vice-President William A. Wheeler, and one of the original founders and owners of the Malone Palladium.”

The source citation is:

“Death of Mrs. Joel Seaver,” The Burlington [Vt.] Free Press newspaper, obituary, Wednesday, 25 December 1907, page 2, column 1, Mrs. Joel Seaver obituaryNewspapers.com   (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 14 November 2019).

This is another obituary where the subject’s first name and maiden name are not mentioned.  The death date is 24 December 1907 in Malone, New York, and she is 62 years old, so she was probably born in 1845.  The obituary does provide her son’s name and occupation, and her two step-sons names and occupations.
Her husband’s name is prominently given, and he is called “Colonel” so was probably an officer in the Civil War.  He was also a friend of a former Vice-President of the United States.  
Joel Joshua Seaver (1822-1899) was born in Salisbury, Vermont, the son of Joshua and Betsey (Bigelow) Seaver.  He married (1) Ann Eliza Brown (1824-1869) in Malone in 1849, and they had two sons, Frederick and Albert.  Joel Seaver married (2) Mary Elizabeth Hadley (1845-1907), and they had one son, Herbert. 
The subject of this obituary is the second wife, Mary Elizabeth (Hadley) Seaver. 
Joel Joshua Seaver is my 2nd cousin 5 times removed, and his three sons are my 3rd cousins 4 times removed.  I wonder if there is an obituary for him, since he seems to have led an eventful life.  YES!! There is one in the New York Times in 1899.
There are over 8,000 Seaver “stories” in my family tree – this was one of them.   Life happens, accidentally and intentionally, and sometimes the life of a person is memorialized in an obituary without her given forename or maiden surname.  I am glad I can honor Mary Elizabeth (Hadley) Seaver today.

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Disclosure:  I have a paid subscription to Newspapers.com and have used it extensively to find articles about my ancestral and one-name families.


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Monday Genea-Pourri – Week Ending 10 November 2019

Here are the highlights of my family history and genealogy related activities over the past week:

1)  Attended the Chula Vista Genealogical Society board meeting on Wednesday, and reported on the Newsletter, Research Group, and DNA Interest Group.  Wrote, edited and published via email the CVGS Newsletter for November 2019.  I will print and mail the postal copies on Tuesday. 
2)  Participated in Mondays With Myrt today.  The panel discussed Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, 1940s occupation of Norway, Pat’s map issue, Dave’s computer problems, backup and cloud storage, photos of ancestors who served, and the Sayre talk on Soldiers homes.  I contributed only to the photos with my post Veterans Day 2017 – Honoring My Heroes.


4)  Wrote and posted a biographical sketch of 7th great-grandfather #514 Samuel Rayment (1679-1724) for my 52 Ancestors biographical sketch on Friday.  


6) There were several sessions working in the RootsMagic software program to match with and update FamilySearch Family Tree profiles for Seaver families and my ancestral families, with occasional additions to the RootsMagic profiles. I have matched 33,469 of my RootsMagic persons with FSFT.

7)  Used Web Hints and Record Matches from Ancestry, MyHeritage, Findmypast and FamilySearch to add content and sources to my RootsMagic profiles.  I now have 55,335 persons in my RootsMagic file, and 111,669 source citations.   I TreeShared once this week updating 155 profiles, and I resolved 241 Ancestry Hints.  I’ve fallen behind on the Ancestry Record Hints with 121,955 to be resolved, but I work on them weekly.  

8)  Added the ThruLines for three AncestryDNA matches with “Common Ancestors.”  Researched the ancestry of one of the Brigham cousins to see if there were any common ancestors other than the Brighams.  There weren’t, but some lines are not complete.

9) Wrote 20 Genea-Musings blog posts last week, of which two were press releases.  The most popular post last week was Don Created a Wonderful Genealogy Website on TNG  with over 317 views.


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AncestryDNA Whips Past 4 Million Samples

AncestryDNA Reaches 4 Million Customers in DNA Database.Four million. It’s staggering, really. AncestryDNA has exceeded four million samples in its DNA database!

It took AncestryDNA three years to get the first million samples. (See “AncestryDNA Exceeds Million Mark” on my blog on 22 July 2015.)

It took them 11 months to reach two million. (See “AncestryDNA Database Reaches Two Million” on 28 June 2016.)

It took just seven months to get to the three million mark. (See “AncestryDNA Zips Past 3 Million Samples” on 19 January 2017.)

Less than 4 months later, AncestryDNA has reached four million persons in the DNA database. (See “AncestryDNA Reaches 4 Million Customers in DNA Database” on the Ancestry blog, 27 April 2017.) AncestryDNA must be selling over 8,000 kits a day to grow that fast. Ancestry says as many people took their DNA test during that period as got married in the United States. They said “that’s about as fast as babies are born in the United States.”

That’s astonishing.

Genealogy News Bytes – Tuesday, 5 November 2019


Some of the genealogy news and education items across my monitor the last four days include:






2)  New or Updated Record Collections:





3)  Genealogy Education – Webinars (times are US Pacific):

 GeneaWebinars Calendar



*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar – Tuesday, 5 November, 5 p.m.:  Trove: An Australian and Beyond Genealogical Treasure, by Helen V. Smith

*  Upcoming Family Tree Webinar – Wednesday, 6 November, 11 a.m.: Understanding Ethnicity Estimates, by Mary Eberle

4)  Genealogy Education – Podcasts:



*  Fisher’s Top Tips: #125r – Repeating Names

5)  Genealogy Videos (YouTube):

*  BYU Family history Library:  Family Search Genealogies by Ann Tanner








6)  Genealogy Bargains:


7)  Did you miss the last Genealogy News Bytes – 1 November 2019?

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