Drewry’s Bluff, 16 May 1864

Image above: Battery Dantzler, Drewry's Bluff 1864 - Confederate gun commanding the river. The 117th New York Infantry recruited in the Oneida county in the summer of 1862, rendezvoused at Rome, and was mustered into the U.S. service from August 8 to 16, for three years and left the state on August 22. On 12... Continue Reading →

Wholesale garden robbery

Cabbage and broccoli? It wasn't kids then. In the Western Gazette of 29 Nov 1867 we read the following: Some time during the night of Tuesday, the 19th inst., a large quantity of cabbage, broccoli, and other vegetables, growing in a garden at Staplehay, in this parish (Pitminster), and belonging to Charles Clarke Mattock, coachman... Continue Reading →

Portsmouth Town, Colewart Barracks

In the narrow streets that form the old town of Portsmouth, are the Colewort Barracks. At the back of the barracks, in 1839, the church of St. Mary was built. Colewort Barracks is where my great-grandmother, Maud Mary Mattock was born on 5 Feb 1870 according to her birth certificate. From birth certificate Her father,... Continue Reading →

Welcome to our family

Back in the 1980's, I started working with my father on our family history. My father has since passed on, but I have continued that work. This blog will share information that I have discovered about our family over the years. I hope you enjoy reading it and welcome any further contributions. Today, the family... Continue Reading →

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