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Patriots Day and Ancestor William Grout

My dad worked as an Engineer, at Honeywell, in Lexington, Massachusetts, and enamored with the area and its history, cherished Patriots Day.  In the 1970’s, whilst much of Boston had plans to attend the Red Sox game or cheer for Boston Marathon runners, we rose Monday morning at 4AM and trekked to Lexington to view the early morning reenactment of the battle on Lexington Green. The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first military engagements of the Revolutionary War, fought within the towns of  Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Menotomy [Arlington] and Cambridge.  Although dark, typically cold and sometimes rainy, it was always exciting!

The Colonists wished to run their own affairs and sought their independence from England. In an effort to stop this, the Regulars headed for Concord, on the morning of 19 April 1775, with orders to destroy muskets, powder, cannons and provisions stockpiled at Colonel Barrett’s farm. The Red Coats arrived in Lexington at dawn to find the militia gathered on the Green. The British ordered them to lay down their arms and disperse. Then a shot rang out, “the shot heard around the world”, signifying the start of the American Revolution. When the smoke cleared, two were dead and several wounded.  Women and children ran to their fallen loved ones as the march continued to Concord [a YouTube video of the reenactment, filmed in 2010 can be found here].

Later, we attended the parade, toured historical homes and snacked.

Turns out, my 5th g-grandfather, William Grout, was engaged in the Lexington Alarm! [click on any image for a larger view]



Grout pension

William Grout was born 25 June 1754 in East Sudbury [now Wayland], Massachusetts to William Grout and Eunice Moore (widow of Samuel Cutting). William was their only known child, as the elder William, age 29, was likely killed in action, during the French & Indian War while part of Captain Dakin’s company in Lake George.  

On 20 July 1758, the Indians attacked a group of ten who were scouting. Others from the fort went out to assist; the Indians shot and killed fourteen, including William. The dead were scalped by the Indians and later buried in a mass grave.


Dr. Ebenezer Roby, jr. who was part of the Alarm List (persons between the age of 16 and 60 ordinarily exempt from military duty) that were called to join the First Foot company in Sudbury on 25 April 1757 during the 4th French and Indian war, kept a journal of his service which documents the elder William Grout’s death:

Thursday, 27  [July, 1758]

 A warm morning.  A smart thunder shower about 11 o’cock, very warm before.  I see William Rice who told me that Captain Dakin, Jones and Lawrence, Lieutenant Curtis, William Grout, Jonathan Paterson was killed.  A shower in the afternoon. Lodged on straw bed.

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William Grout death

The elder William was the grandson of John Grout, the Puritan, born 1616 who immigrated to America in the early 1600’s, and who from 1675 to 1676  saved Sudbury from certain annihilation in King Phillip’s war. Read of him here – “The Original Captain America Save Sudbury”  After his heroics in the King Phillip War, Grout was promoted to captain, equal to knighthood in England.  Grout was not in the employ of the government and was entitled to pay, but he volunteered his service and received no bounty. he died in 1697 age of 81.

According to g-grandsons Walter Franklin & Wilbur Henry Lansil’s SAR applications, the younger William carried forward his family’s patriotic tradition as part of the Minute Company under the command of Captain Nathaniel Cudworth, in Colonel Abijah Pierce’s regiment, at the Lexington Alarm; he was a private in Captain Thadeus Russell’s company in Colonel Jonathon Brewer’s regiment 1775; in Captain Ashiel Wheeler’s company, Colonel Reed’s regiment 1776 at Ticonderoga; in Captain M. Sawyer’s Company, Colonel Dyke’s regiment 1777-1778; in Captain Seth Newton’s Company, at the Battle of Bunker Hill, Colonel Abijah Stern’s regiment and in Captain William Howe’s Company, Colonel John Rand’s Regiment, 1776, thus serving sixteen months in Revolutionary War times.

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Captain Nathaniel Cudworth’s participation in April 1775 is documented in written accounts:

The news spread quickly that men had been killed on the Lexington Green.  In Revolutionary Times, this was known as “the Day of the Lexington Alarm”.  The alert went out to every Middlesex village and farm, and developed a life of its own, reaching Worcester and Hampshire counties, New Hampshire and Maine.  The roads began to fill with minutemen and militiamen, advancing on Concord from many directions.

Sudbury sent several units, one being Captain Nathaniel Cudworth’s, with 40 men, likely one of whom was our William Grout.  There is a strong town tradition that Captain Cudworth’s Sudbury Company was heavily engaged on Brook’s Hill [Hudson, Sudbury, 380] and it is also possible that the other six units from Sudbury joined the ambush at Hardy’s [Brook’s] Hill, about a mile from Meriam’s corner, on Wednesday, March 22, 1775 – the fourth day of the Battle.

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Red dawn at Lexington

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In 1833, when William applied for a pension he wrote:

“I William Grout of Frankfort in Said County of Waldo [Maine], do hereby on oath further certify that from old age and bodily infirmity I cannot recollect the precise times which I enlisted in the War of the Revolution, but as near as I can recollect my first enlistment was on or about the 19th day of April 1775 with Captain Thadeus Russell and that I served eight months, the term for which I enlisted….”


Grout’s signed pension file tells us:

1. He was born in East Sudbury, Massachusetts in 1754.

2. That he believes his age is recorded at East Sudbury.

3. That he was living at East Sudbury when he enlisted and since the Revolutionary War he lived seven years in Hillsborough [New Hampshire], from thence two years in east Sudbury and from thence he removed to Frankfort [Maine] where he now lives.

4. That he volunteered his services.

5. That he recollects Col. Josiah Fuller, that General Putnam commanded on Cambridge Side, Prospect Hill, so called; that Col Patterson commanded a regiment and have up a ____ on Bunker Hill; that he recollects Col Carlton of Ticonderoga, but does not now recollect any other material fact but what is contained in his declaration.

6. That he never received any discharge for they were not generally asked for or given at that time.

7. The he is well known by the Rev Joshua Hall, Archibald Jones, Benjamin Shaw, Nehemiah Rich, esq., W. William Andrews and Tisdale Dean of said Frankfort, all or any of whom will testify to his character for veracity and their belief that he was a soldier of the Revolution.


On 1 April 1779, William Grout married Hannah Jennison, daughter of Robert Jennison/Jenison and Sibbella/Sybil Brintall at Sudbury and worked as a carpenter.

Although my research is “work in progress”, they are said to have had at least seven children: Joel, Amos, William, Mary “Polly”, Nancy, Hannah and Eunice.  Census data indicates there may have also been a fifth daughter.

None of these births are recorded in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, however William does appear on the tax records there from 1781 to 1785, after which he apparently relocated to Maine, where many records did not survive.   Since William was the only “Grout” to reside in Hancock County, Maine in that period, and as he had no siblings, it is likely that all Grouts recorded there are descendants.  His children William and Nancy are documented as residing with he and Hannah in 1822.  Nancy later married Nathanial Grant and his pension file further confirms her parentage.

According to the Lansil’s unsupported SAR applications and family lore, my family descends from William’s son Amos of Frankfort, who married Rachael Couillard of Bucksport.  At that time, SAR did not require documentation.  Walter and Wilbur’s mother, Betsey Turner Grout, likely told her sons that her grandfather had fought in the Revolution.  She had first hand knowledge, unlike today’s requirements, further proof was not a requirement.

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A land deed, dated 8 October 1810, filed in Hancock County transferring land from Amos Grout of Frankfort, Gentleman to William Richmond Marc and Tisdale Dean offers further evidence of the marriage. Rachael Grout signs by mark and Joshua Couillard and Arch. Jones witness to signing of Rachael Couillard. This probable error further implies that Rachael Grout was formerly Rachael Couillard.Rachael signature

William Grout was sued in 1800 in the Court of Common Pleas by Benjamin Thompson and Jesse Wyman who asked that Grout, a carpenter, be imprisoned in gaol (jail) at Castine, for debt of fifty dollars and fifty one cents plus thirteen dollars and thirty eight cents for the cost of the suit.

They filed a second suit for forty four dollars and twenty six cents plus twenty five cents more for this writ plus your fees.

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100 acres of William’s real estate was set off as debt repayment of one hundred and twenty dollars (he still owed seven dollars and seventy six cents).  The land is described in the case file:

land description Grout

In 1802, probable sons Amos and Joel repurchase the same land, William is a witness – Grout deed 17 Aug 1802`


Another land deed dated 1809 seems to further link father William with sons Amos and Joel (note that Amos’ wife Rachael gives up her rights of dower, thus confirming this is likely “our Amos”).

Click here to read – Grout deed 25 Feb 1809

Amos and Rachael’s daughter, my third g-grandmother, was named Betsey Turner Grout [her story here], perhaps after an aunt –  a Hannah Grout, who according to cemetery records, was born in 1791 on Orphan Island, Maine (home of William Grout the 1790 census year), married a Samuel Turner and named a child William Grout Turner.  Amos and this elder Hannah are likely siblings and he choose to give his child the Turner name, perhaps after a child of his sister’s who was deceased.


A granddaughter of Joel Grout, through his son Robert Clark Grout, Elizabeth Sarah “Lizzie” (Grout) Smith (b. 26 Jul 1849 d. abt 1935) left a short family history.  She recalls her grandfather having three siblings.  Aunt Turner, who resided on Isle Au Haut, Maine; Aunt Drake and a brother who had a son Amos.  She further recalls that Aunt Turner’s daughter married Captain Lampher of Searsport.  Copy here: story-grout

A Mary (Turner) Lampher’s death is reported in Everett, Massachusetts in 1910.  She was reported to have been born in Isle Au Haute to  Samuel Turner and Hannah Grout. Hannah’s birth location is said to be Orphan’s Island, Maine (which is where William Grout was enumerated in 1790).

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“Aunt Drake” was likely William’s daughter Mary “Polly” Grout who supposedly married Lemuel Drake (unsourced online trees).  The death certificate of Phoebe (Drake) Perkins, recorded in Winterport in 1905 reports parents as Polly Grout or Grant and Samuel Drake. Samuel and Mary are found in the 1850 census in Newburgh, Maine; an ancestry user reports that Samuel was actually Lemuel.  The 1840 census does include a Lemuel Drake in Newburgh.  In 1820 & 1830 a man of that name was residing in Dixmont, Maine.

In 1850 a Friend Drake was enumerated with this family.  His death, recorded in Winterport, Maine in 1899 names parents as Lemuel and Mary Grout or Grant.  It further reports his mother’s birthplace as Massachusetts. This is possible, given that William Grout’s pension file reports: “he lived seven years in Hillsborough [New Hampshire], from thence two years in east Sudbury and from thence he removed to Frankfort [Maine] where he now lives.”

The “brother” of Joel, who Lizzie names in her history  “had one son named Amos”. My guess it that this brother was Amos, my direct ancestor, son of William Grout, husband of Rachael Couillard, who did have a son Amos.

Lizzie writes: “In the fall of 1859, father sold his Jackson property and we all moved to the old home in Monroe.  Grandfather was dead and uncle Amos (Joel’s son) was living on the place. Sure enough, we find that in Joel’s will, written Nov 1856, he leaves Lizzie’s father, Robert Clark Grout, land in Monroe. Joel’s son Amos is appointed as executor. A copy can be found on here.

William Grout in Later Years

1790 – Orphan Island, Maine [which was part of Massachusetts until 15 March 1820]

The William Grout household in 1790 included seven members:

Home in 1790 (City, County, State): Orphan Island, Hancock, Maine
Free White Persons – Males – Under 16: 2
Free White Persons – Males – 16 and over: 2
Free White Persons – Females: 3
Number of Household Members: 7


Description of Orphan Island, once a shipbuilding village:

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1800 Buckstown [later Bucksport], Maine [which was part of Massachusetts until 15 March 1820]

The 1800 census, having a column “from whence immigrated” further verifies William as the William Grout born in Sudbury. The household included 10 members; the children include three boys and five girls:


Home in 1800 (City, County, State): Buckstown, Hancock, Maine
Free White Persons – Males – Under 10: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 16 thru 25: 2
Free White Persons – Males – 45 and over: 1
Free White Persons – Females – Under 10: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 15: 2
Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25: 2
Free White Persons – Females – 45 and over: 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 4
Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
Number of Household Members: 10

Description of Buckstown [later Bucksport in 1827]

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1810-1830 (and likely until death) Frankfort, Maine [which was part of Massachusetts until 15 March 1820]

In 1810 and 1820, the household included five members:

Home in 1810 (City, County, State): Frankfort, Hancock, Maine
Free White Persons – Males – 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 45 and over: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 15: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 45 and over : 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 1
Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
Number of Household Members: 5
Home in 1820 (City, County, State): Frankfort, Hancock, Maine
Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820
Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 15: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 45 and over: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 45 and over : 1
Number of Persons – Engaged in Agriculture: 2
Free White Persons – Under 16: 1
Free White Persons – Over 25: 3
Total Free White Persons: 5

And in 1830, just two are listed in the household, likely William and his son William (Hannah likely died between 1824 and 1830 as she does not appear in the 1830 census but is listed on William’s 1822/4 pension application – see below).

Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Frankfort, Oxford, Maine
Free White Persons – Males – 30 thru 39: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 70 thru 79: 1
Free White Persons – 20 thru 49: 1
Total Free White Persons: 2

History of Frankfort can be read here

On March 18, 1818, Congress enacted legislation which provided lifetime pensions to poverty stricken Continental Line and US Navy veterans who had served at least 9 months or until the end of the war.  The benefits provided for $20 per month for qualifying officers and $8 per month for non officers.  So many applications were filed under this Act that the legislation was amended on May 1, 1820 to require applicants to submit certified schedules of income and assets with their applications and empowering the Secretary of War, in his sole discretion, to remove from the pension rolls such beneficiaries as he may determine were not in need of financial assistance. On March 1, 1823, Congress passed legislation which resulted in the restoration of some of the pensions disallowed by the Secretary.

Mr. Arthur Livermore, State Representative for New Hampshire, requested a pension on William’s behalf on 19 January 1820 at the 16th Congress, session 1 (recorded on Journal Page 147).  He was referred to the Committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims.


On 24 January 1820, his claim was referred to the Secretary of War (recorded on Journal Page 165).

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On 29 March 1820 the report of the Secretary of War, in regards to his pension. was laid before the house (recorded on Journal Page 350).

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Library of Congress, American Memory, A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774 – 1875, , Journal of the House of Representatives of the United States

William’s application for a pension under this act [although the database is labeled land grants?] is found in Hancock County, Maine for his Revolutionary Service. Original documents stored at the Maine State Archives here:Revolutionary war application

He was a carpenter, age 68, who is unable to work due to sickness and great debility. He did not own real estate. His possessions included: 1 hog $4.00, tea kettle & other iron ware $3.00, crockery ware $1.00, chairs, tubs and wooden ware $2.00, sundry small articles $6.00 – total $16.00. He resided with his wife Hannah (66) in Frankfort and two children, Nancy (24) and William (27).

Frankfort vitals

On June 7, 1832, Congress enacted pension legislation extending benefits more universally than under any previous legislation.  This act provided for full pay for life for all officers and enlisted men who served at least 2 years in the Continental Line, the state troops or militia, the navy or marines. Men who served less than 2 years but at least 6 months were granted pensions of less than full pay. Benefits were payable effective March 4, 1831, without regard to financial need or disability and widows or children of were entitled to collect any unpaid benefits due from the last payment to a veteran until his death. William finally was approved to collect under this act.

Payments under this act, which were made available in March and September, began in March 1832 but were retroactive to 4 June 1831. The numbers in the ledger below indicate whether the payment was collected by William (or his representative) in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th quarter.  It also tells us that he likely did not move from Maine in this time frame (usually a notation would indicate a transfer to an alternate pension office).

grout pension final U.S. Pensioners, 1818-1872 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: Ledgers of Payments, 1818-1872, to U.S. Pensioners Under Acts of 1818 Through 1858 From Records of the Office of the Third Auditor of the Treasury, 1818-1872; (National Archives Microfilm Publication T718, 23 rolls); Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury, Record Group 217; National Archives, Washington, D.C..

William is listed in the 1835 lists of Pensioners.

pensionroll1835i-002067 U.S., The Pension Roll of 1835 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.Original data:United States Senate.The Pension Roll of 1835.4 vols. 1968 Reprint, with index. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1992.

Final payment

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Based on the date of last pension payment, in the 4th quarter (Oct/Nov/Dec) of 1836, Grout, in his early 80’s likely died late 1836/early 1837.

52 Ancestors, Week #18, Eva (Myers) Stone – Another Mystery!

No Story Too Small has issued a New Year’s Challenge: “Have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor.”

I have been crafting a post to document my g-g-grandmother, Kittie (Perry) Hughes Clough Shipman’s life.  I had some holes, and found I needed to research a bit more, as I progressed through her life.  I have started on her third husband, Franklin Morven Shipman, b.13 Jun 1862/3, in Brockville, Leeds, Ontario, Canada, son of Silas H. Shipman and Mary A. Nolan.  Franklin died five years after Kittie, on 27 Jan 1927, and left an interesting last will and testament with a handwritten codicil.

family tree Shipman

This week, I am writing of Eva Myers, the young girl who was mentioned in Franklin’s will.  She’s not related, but I am curious about her relationship with Mr. Shipman.  I am writing with hopes that one of her many descendants is reading.

Excerpt of the will written 24 February 1923:

First. I bequeath and devise to Augustine B. Tolman of said Lynn the sum of one thousand (1,000) dollars in trust nevertheless for the following purpose: to hold said money and invest and reinvest the same and use or expend the income or principle thereof or such amount of both the income and principle as he deems necessary thereof for the education or assisting in the education of Eva Myers, daughter of Fred Myers of said Lynn and the first payment not to be made until said Eva shall have arrived at the age of eighteen years of age.  Any money not used for said purpose said money and any or annual ations [?] thereof shall be paid to her when she reaches the age of twenty-five years. In the event of the death of said beneficiary before said money is actually paid to or expended for her benefit said bequest and any remaining portion thereof shall become part of the residue of my estate… 

In the codicil, dated 28 July 1926, he writes:

I bequeath and devise to Augustine B. Tolman the sum of eighteen hundred (1,800) dollars in lieu of one thousand (1,000) dollars given in the first paragraph of this will for the uses and purposes set forth in said paragraph for Eva Myers and especially for her musical education. I revoke so much of said paragraph as provides that the first payment shall not be made until said Eva Myers shall have arrived at the age of eighteen years and authorized said payments to be made and said money used commencing anytime after my deceased. [Note: $1,800 is equivalent to about $25,000 in 2014 buying power]

Eva Myers was born on 10 November 1915 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts to Frederic A. Myers (b. Vermont) and Lucy Agnes Windsor (b. New York or England). She was therefore about eight years old when the will was written and eleven when the codicil was crafted.

She had four siblings, none listed in Shipman’s will:

(1) Leona “Mona” Myers b. 19 Nov. 1913, d. 29 July 1986 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts; married Peter Demetropoulos, known children Alexander, George and Paulette.

(2) Cecilia “Sally” Myers b. 01 Jul 1917, d. 3 April 2004 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts; married Robert Gentile, no known children. 

(3) Forrest Myers b.  7 Jul 1919, d. 18 Mar 2008 in Silver Spring, Montgomery, Maryland; married Betty Boyer, at least one child named Daniel. He married second Verna Allen.

(4) Thelma Myers b. 31 Dec 1921 , d. 9 Feb 2007 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts; married (1) Kenneth Melanson, (2) Anthony Gentile; known children children, Lucille and Virginia,  father unknown. 

In 1920, 58 year old Franklin Shipman, my 60 year old g-g-grandmother Kittie and 4 year old Eva Myers were essentially neighbors in Lynn.

1920 census

1920 map

Kittie passed in 1922, Franklin in 1927.

In 1930, 14 year old Eva appeared to reside with her parents and siblings.  They had relocated to Spruce Street, Lynn about 1.6 miles away from the 1920 residence on Burns Street:

1930 census

One year later, on 4 May 1931, the court received the following letter from the General Secretary of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children regarding Eva Myers’ share of Franklin’s estate:

….Meanwhile, the sixteen year old girl, under the jurisdiction of the Lynn District Court as a neglected child, and by the order of the court is in custody of the Bethesda Society, is without any present benefit from this trust, and upon arriving at twenty five years of age, will come into full control of the principal and accumulated income with the possibility of not being able to handle it properly, that is, if the Bethesda Society should decide that it could not continue this burden without some help, say at the rate of $25 a month….With the possibility that the Bethesda Society may have to give up this girl, with the result that the child may have to be committed to the State Department of Public Welfare and be placed out in a good home as they can find, I feel that I ought to take some action…. 



In 1935, Eva graduated from Sudbury High School, in Sudbury, Massachusetts.


In 1937, Eva married Walter Clarence Stone, Jr., b. 11 November 1914, in Sudbury to Walter Clarence Stone and Harriet Louise Sawin.

Walter Stone

In 1940 the couple was living in a rented home at 733 Hyde Park Avenue, Boston with their infant son Norman.  Eva spoke with the census enumerator and claimed that she lived in Belmont, Massachusetts in 1935, while her husband resided in Sudbury, Massachusetts that year. Rent was $35 a month. Walter was a manager at a milk company.  Both had completed 4 years of high school.

1940 census

On 2 November 1935, Eva’s mother died.

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By 1940 Eva’s siblings Leona and Forrest had also married and were still living in Lynn.  Thelma was living with Leona’s family (she married shortly after the census was taken). The three reported a Lynn residence in 1935. Cecilia wasn’t found in the 1940 census, but her obituary reports that she also resided in Lynn during that time period.

On 19 December 1940, soon after Eva’s 25th birthday, the estate was settled.  It appears that Eva used $500 for education, Tolman took $150 for “services” [hate to speculate, but seems sleazy!], the state of Massachusetts took $152.25 in taxes and Eva got another $77.48.

Eva Myers



So where is the remaining $920 of the $1,800 bequest to Eva? Was it given to her or did Tolman invest poorly and lose the remainder (1929-1939 was the period of the Great Depression)? Why did she have to pay and additional inheritance tax?, wasn’t it already taken out of the estate in schedule B below? Schedule B shows that Tolman received $1,800 on Eva’s behalf as per the codicil (note that Tolman took another $650 aside from the $1,800 for “services”?) – I thought I photographed every page, but perhaps I missed something:


[Side note: In the original will, my grandfather Charles G. Hall was named as one of three residuary legatee’s with the share going to his mother, Georgianna, should he pass before Shipman. The share would have been about $2,000, however the codicil, “revoked the bequest” to both. Another mystery…]

Eva passed away on 9 December 2005.  Her obituary reads:

Eva Stone, 90 Domestic coordinator, restaurant co-owner [interesting – Shipman also owned/ran a restaurant at the same address as his residence – coincidence or was Eva influenced by her childhood experience living next door?]

SOUTH DENNIS, MASSACHUSETTS – Eva (Myers) Stone, 90, died yesterday. She was the wife of Walter C. Stone Jr.  They were married in 1937. Mrs. Stone was born in Lynn, raised in Sudbury graduated from Sudbury High School and Northfield Seminary. She was a domestic coordinator for families in Malden before marrying. She and her husband owned and operated Stone’s Restaurant in Cambridge. They lived in Arlington before retiring to South Dennis in 1973. She was an accomplished quilter and enjoyed knitting. She loved spending time with her family was a caretaker for her grandchildren. Besides her husband, survivors include three sons, Norman L. Stone of Chester, Walter C. Stone III of Hull and David W. Stone of Winchester a daughter, Debra S. (Stone) Nodelman of West Yarmouth a brother, Forrest A. Myers of Maryland a sister, Thelma Gentile of Lynn 15 grandchildren 19 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.Visitation is 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. tomorrow at Hallett Funeral Home, 273 Station Ave., South Yarmouth. A funeral will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Burial is private.Memorial donations may be made to Salvation Army, P.O. Box 369, Hyannis, MA 02601.

So many questions!

It seems that Eva was the only child removed from her household… Or were they all removed and the others placed in Lynn homes?  What was the reason? Who abused her/them?

What happened to Eva’s father “Frederic A. Myers”? [spelling as listed in the city directories].  He was listed in the 1935 Lynn city directory but not in 1937?  He was not found in Massachusetts death indexes or in the 1940 census in Massachusetts or elsewhere. Eva’s mother’s 1935 death was reported in the 1938 city directory – why the delay?

Why was only Eva a beneficiary to Franklin’s will and not her siblings or parents?  Was Shipman perhaps Eva’s godfather?  Or were they purely neighbors? Shipman was born in Canada, Eva’s parents were born in Vermont/New York. Eva’s father was a painter and later employed by GE; Shipman owned/operated a restaurant – I found no evidence that they were related or had a business relationship.

The obituary mentions Eva was “born in Lynn, raised in Sudbury graduated from Sudbury High School and Northfield Seminary”….She was a domestic coordinator for families in Malden before marrying [in 1937].

The census places her in Lynn in 1920 & 1930, she self reported to the census enumerator that she was living in Belmont in 1935, yet she is at the 50th reunion of the Sudbury High School, class of 1935 , she is in Malden [at least for work] in 1936 and Boston in 1940….

and the 1931 letter places her with the Bethesda Society (which in 1930 seems to be some type of children’s charity affiliated with the Orchard Home School in Belmont – ).


Likely the inheritance funded her education at Northfield Seminary. What was Eva’s musical talent mentioned in the codicil? Did she pursue her musical interests at  Northfield? The 1932 school bulletin indicates that the boarding school caters to those qualified girls who can not afford the “ordinary boarding school”.  The educational expense of $500 mentioned in the court documents would have covered Eva’s expenses for about two years. 





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The full bulletin can be seen HERE. It is worth a look! Great photos and other historical information – The school, founded by Dwight L. Moody, seemed to be quite progressive in an era when woman were expected to be housewives. In 1932 enrollment was close to 600 students.  Another interesting article discussing Moody’s reasoning behind his school can be found HERE “…As someone with only a rudimentary education, Moody quickly learned the value of practical learning. He was not interested in educational theory or systems. He was interested in equipping people who did not ordinarily have access to education—women, the poor, ethnic minorities. And with his passion for evangelism, he saw that with a little education, they could reach others with the gospel that the seminary-trained preachers never could…”

In 1936 the following was published in the Boston Globe:


If you are reading and related to Eva, or can piece together more of the story, I would love to hear from you, she sounds like an amazing woman!


Eva’s family found my blog!  Turns out that Eva suspected that Shipman was perhaps her biological father.  Her mother, Lucy, was an alcoholic who worked for Shipman cleaning his shop/restaurant.  Her father, Fred,  was an abusive, absentee father who had another family across town.  Shipman never admitted to fathering Eva, he only said that “she had a special place in his heart”.

Hopefully we can track down some of Shipman’s brothers’ descendants and DNA test against Eva’s descendants to prove/disprove the theory!

Hi Linda – I am Eva’s eldest child . I’ve read all the info you present and it is quite accurate. Let me add some things !! Frederick Myers Eva’s father (?) used two names–Mears and Myers. He had two families at the same time. One in Vermont, one in Lynn. I’ve been told that we have several Mears cousins. My mother played the violin during her youth. In the 1970’s I had her violin case at my house, but no violin was ever found.  She was very quiet about that for some unknown reason. The picture posted about my father’s baseball team in Sudbury is incorrect. My father is front row far right. I was always the one that took my mother to her mother’s grave in Lynn cemetery. My mother always claimed that her mother’s mother came to this country (USA) as an indentured servant. She came here from England.

On Walter’s 101st birthday, his granddaughter writes:

Not only is this amazing man a veteran but he is also celebrating his 101st birthday today!! On 11/11- a very peaceful time where many of us take a moment to “make a wish”, he was born. It is very fitting as his nature is calm & healing and positive. I think he passed that on to me. As a child we first visited my grandparents in Boston where they ran a restaurant called Stone’s restaurant. I loved going there because I could always order anything I wanted- it was always a cheeseburger or two! I would go downstairs and hang out with Gus the dish washer- a very nice man. They worked so hard that they retired early and moved to the Cape. So many great memories…. grandma’s cookies, chocolate cake and homemade pizza. I did tell her I did not like her lumpy potatoes so I do feel bad about that. Trips/days to the beach where grandpa could float on his back forever! They had/have a cute house- he made a beautiful garden and had bird feeders everywhere and the yard was beautiful. Another thing I think he passed on to me. Imagine for a moment all the things/changes/good & bad you could see in 101 years! He is history. To sit and listen to his stories is a gift…. I will be doing that on Sunday. I remember on his 99th Birthday I asked him the secret to a long life…. he said “be happy”. I am so lucky to be his granddaughter and to be part of the Stone family. We are as gentle as a summer breeze but when need be as tough as a stone!


Cecilia “Sally”‘s obituary: 

Sally (Myers)  Gentile, age 86, of Lynn, died Saturday in her home after a brief illness. She was the Wife of the late Robert  Gentile, and the daughter of the late Fred A. & Lucy A. (Windsor) Myers. Born and raised in Lynn, she lived for thirty years in New Haven, CT, before moving back to Lynn in 1989. Educated in Lynn schools, she was a homemaker, and enjoyed cooking.

She is survived by a brother, Forrest Myers of Hialeah, FL, two sisters, Eva Stone of Cape Cod and Thelma  Gentile of Lynn. She also leaves several nieces & nephews. She was the sister of the late Leona Demitropoulos.

Her funeral will be held in the Solimine, Landergan & Richardson Funeral Home 426 Broadway (Rt129) Lynn on Tuesday at 10AM. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Monday from 4-7PM. Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army PO Box 847 Lynn, MA 01903 or the American Cancer Society 30 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701.

Thelma’s obituary:

Thelma L. (Myers) Gentile, 85 years, of Lynn died Friday in Union Hospital after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Anthony Gentile.

She was born in Lynn, the daughter of the late Fred A. and Lucy Agnes (Windsor) Myers. She was raised in Lynn and attended Lynn schools. She lived in Lynn most of her life and lived in New Haven, CT for 15 years, returning to Lynn in 1984. She enjoyed knitting, sewing and crocheting.

She is survived by two daughters, Lucille McCarthy of Lynn and Virginia Martin of Whippany, NJ; one brother, Forrest Myers of Silver Springs, MD. She also leaves 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She is the sister of the late Eva Stone, Sally Gentile, and Leona Demitropoulos.

Service information: Her funeral will be on Monday, February 12, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. in the SOLIMINE, LANDERGAN and RICHARDSON Funeral Home, 426 Broadway (Rte 129) Lynn. Burial in Pine Grove Cemetery, Lynn, Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. Visiting Hours on Sunday 4 to 7 p.m. Donations may be made to All Care VNA, 16 City Hall Square, Lynn, MA 01901. Directions and guestbook at

Shipman’s nieces obituaries: 

WESTBOROUGH Barbara A. (Shipman) Rebakas, 78, of Brentwood, NH passed away Saturday, April 9, in the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington after a short illness.

Her husband, George A Rebakas died in 2001. She leaves a son, George A. Rebakas Jr. of FL, two daughters, Paula A. Rhodes and her husband, George H. of Brentwood, NH and Constance A. Fisher and her husband, Thomas M. of Leicester, A sister, Patricia Recio of TX, four grandchildren, George Paul Rhodes and his wife Julie , Ashley M. Rhodes, all of NH, and Kasey S. Marks and Holly L. Marks of MA, one great-granddaughter, Kathleen Barbara Rhodes of NH, nieces and nephews. A life long friend Beverly F. Sciarro of Westborough. She was born in Lynn, MA, daughter of the late Roy S. and Lillian R. (Cresswell) Shipman and lived in Westborough and Grafton for 50 years before moving to NH in 1990.

Mrs. Rebakas was a medical records administrator at Westborough State Hospital and U/Mass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester both for many years, a volunteer at Epping Elementary School in NH for many years, she enjoyed sewing and crafts and loved animals. A former member of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Grafton. Her funeral will be held at 10 A.M. on Thursday, April 14, in the Britton-Summers Funeral Home, 4 Church Street, WESTBOROUGH. Burial will be private in Pine Grove Cemetery. Calling hours will be at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4-7 P.M.

Patricia Frances Recio

Patricia Frances Shipman Recio, 84, of Brownsville passed away Friday, November 20, 2009 at Solara Hospital with family by her side.  Patricia was born in Lynn, Massachussetts on March 16, 1925.

She served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a Seaman First Class stationed at Cape Canaveral, Florida.  She lived for many years in San Diego, California and retired after 21 years from the U.S. Postal System.  She moved to Brownsville in 1994 to be near and enjoy her many children and grandchildren.

Patricia is preceded in death by her mother, Lillian (Cresswell) Shipman, and father Roy S. Shipman, her sister Barbara (Shipman) Rebakas, daughter Hildreth Ann Whitt, and son Martin G. Recio, II.

She was exceedingly fond of small animals, and seemed to be a magnet for strays of every type from cats and kittens, to dogs, and even wild bunnies.  She was a gifted crocheter and her beautiful afghans are a warm reminder of her wonderful hands working swiftly and lovingly for all of her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughters; Faith B. Recio, Ana C. Recio, and Olivia C. Recio, her son Stephen J. Recio, and her grandchildren; Christopher R. Whitt, Martin G. Recio III, Valerie A. Recio, Alexandra C. Recio, Estevan J. Recio, Patricia M. Recio, and David M. Recio-Mata, along with several great grandchildren.

Memorial services were held at Trevino Funeral Home, in Brownsville on Nov. 24, 2009 at 4 p.m.  The family will have a private ceremony for her.

Walter Stone


Sadly Eva’s husband Walter passed away 14 July 2016 at 101.8 years old:

WEST YARMOUTH – Walter C. Stone Jr., 101, of West Yarmouth, formerly of South Dennis, passed away Thursday, July 14, 2016.

He was the husband of the late Eva (Myers) Stone.

Born in Sudbury on Veteran’s Day 1914, Walter was the fifth of Harriet (Sawin) and Walter Stone Sr.’s seven children. He married his high school sweetheart, Eva, in 1937 and together they raised three sons and a daughter, enjoying 68 years of marriage.

Walter was manager of H.P. Hood Co. for over 20 years, interrupted only when he served in the Naval Air Corps during World War II. When he returned from the Philippines, he became lead manager overseeing five “Colstone” restaurants in the Boston area, and in 1957 he purchased the Cambridge location, renaming it “Stone’s Restaurant.”

He and Eva retired to South Dennis in 1973, where they enjoyed the next 32 years traveling, gardening and enjoying family until his Eva passed in 2005. Walter brought love to all he met and at 101.8 years old, he leaves us with a lifetime of stories and wonderful memories.

Walter is survived by sons Norman, Walter III and David, and daughter Debra. His entire family, including 15 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, along with many nieces and nephews, are sure to smile as they recall the stories of his life.

A Celebration of Life will be held Tuesday, July 19, at the Northside United Methodist Church, 701 Airline Road, Brewster, with a visitation at 11:30 a.m. immediately followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m. Interment will be held in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Route 134, South Dennis.

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