Monday, October 17, 2011

William Henry Chellis - updated with new son


HENRY WILLIAM CHELLIS was born on 15 Mar 1838 in Goshen, Sullivan, New Hampshire. He was the son of William and Nancy (Bartlett) Chellis. By 1860
he was living in Windham, New Hampshire and working as a shoemaker.

He married HELEN E FREEMAN, daughter of Daniel H Freeman and Pamelia on 14 Dec 1863 in Lawrence, Middlesex, Massachusetts. He married (1) FRANCES ABIGAIL GUBTAL, daughter of Amos Currier Gubtal and Harriet N Davis on 29 Mar 1871 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States of America. She was born about 1853 in Massachusetts. She died on 18 Nov 1942 in Wakefield, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States of America. He married HELEN E FREEMAN, daughter of Daniel H Freeman and Pamelia on 14 Dec 1863 in Lawrence, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States of America.

He fought in the Civil War and enlisted in Company I, New Hampshire 13th Infantry Regiment on 20 Sep 1862. He was promoted to Full Corporal on 24 May 1864. He mustered out on 21 Jun 1865 at Richmond, VA.

On his return he and his wife Helen had a son, Arthur F, born about 1866 who died on 5 Mar 1867 of lung congestion, age 9 months. Helen was next pregnant with twin boys who were born 7 Sept 1867 and died on 10th and 13th respectively. Helen died on 12 Sep 1867 in Lawrence, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States of America.


By 1870 he was living in Haverhill, Massachusetts and boarding at the home of Harriet Gubtal. Fannie's daughter apparently caught his eye and they married on 29 Mar 1871 in Haverhill. Their daughter Maude Gubtal Chellis was born on 26 Oct 1873 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts. Her sister Bertha Davis Chellis was born 28 Jul 1875 in Haverhill. The youngest sister, Edith Ann, was born on 6 Jun 1884 in Groton, Grafton, New Hampshire where the family had moved.

By 1900 the Chellis family was living in the Greenwood section of Wakefield, Middlesex, Massachusetts where the girls grew up and lived for the rest of their lives.

Henry was respected in town and served as a past commander of the Carleton Post of GAR of Farmington, N.H. He was an attendant at the Congregational Church.

He died on 26 Oct 1925 in 6 Francis Ave, Greenwood, Wakefield, Middlesex, Massachusetts, aged 88 years. He was buried in Linwood Cemetery, Haverhill, Massachusetts.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Thomas Betts of Norwalk, Connecticut


Thomas Betts, the son of John and Mary (Bigge) Betts, was born in 1618 at  West Peckham, Kent, England.  He emigrated in 1639 and came to New England.  He married Mary, possibly Mary Raymond, daughter of George Raymond and Jane Aylett.  He was one of the founders of Guilford, Connecticut and given a home lot of an acre and a half in the first division of land, one of the most desirable lots in the town, being situated next to that of the minister. He had also seven other tracts of land containing about fifty acres in 1640 at Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut. He took the freeman's oath on 14 Aug 1645. He sold his "out lands" to Henry Kingsnorth, and three days later he sold his home lot to George Highland on 17 Nov 1657.
  
He lived at Milford, New Haven, Connecticut until 1660. Thomas Betts bought "house and home lot of Ralph Keeler" and Nathaniel Eli on the east side of
the Norwalk river, later selling half of it. He is called a planter circa
1660 at Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut.  He was admitted a freeman and received 
a grant of land on 13 Oct 1664 at Norwalk, Fairfield, Connecticut.  He was one
of the petitioners for the town pf Wilton, but may have never lived there in 1672.  
He appears in the census as having the largest family in the town in Feb 1672 at Norwalk,
Fairfield, Connecticut. He occupied the "Round seat" in the meeting house. 
  
His name is prominent in certain church controversies. Appealing to the general 
court to decide for them on the location of the new meeting house, they being unable to
settle the matter, the court recommended that they "solemnly commit the
decision of this controversy to the wise dispose of the Most High, by a
lott" in 1678. 
  
He left a will on 4 May 1688; "To all Christian people To
whom these prsents shall come Greetings. I Thomas Betts of ye Towne of
Norwalke: aged seventy years or thereabout beinge by ye hands of God at
prsent infirme and weake of body, yet thro the mercy of ye most High: of
prfect understandinge & memory Doe make appoint manifest & declare this to
bee my last will & Testament. Imprimis I doe Comit my soule into ye hands
of God my Creator that hath made it And my Deare Redeemer Jesus Christ that
hath brought it; And my body I bequeath unto ye Dust from whence it was to
be Decently Interred & buried In hopes of a happy & glorious Resurrection
At ye Last Day, And as for ye Temporall Estate which God hath pleased to
bless mee withall I will & dispose as followeth, vizt. I doe will &
bequeath unto Mary Betts my Dearly beloved wife my now dwelling house (viz)
ye south end thereof, halfe my home lott both plowinge Land & pasture Land
And halfe my orchard with all the Immunities as fences & ye like, And also
half my household goods & at her decease to dispose of all her estate unto
her owne Children & her grandchilde Hannah Camp, also I doe give unto her
one Cow & five pound pr Annum, Dureinge ye terme of her Life, which I doe
appoint my Sons to pay equally, unto her Annually, Also I doe give &
bequeath unto my Son Thomas Betts Besides what I have heretofore given him,
my meadow which lies at Charles Creeke, Also all yt my meadow which I have
Lyinge at Sacatock River, also a third pte of my Land at [primpawalke?], As
also pte of my Lot at Calfe pasture from ye Lott of John Beldin, on ye west
side of ye Cart path, to ye narrow of ye Lands betweene ye path & ye
Creeke. Also I doe give & bequeath unto my Son John Betts my second
homelott which lyeth upon Dryhill, Allso my pine hill Lott, which Lyeth
betweene two Lotts of John Bouton Senr. Also my Cove Lott Lyinge betweene
Richard Holmes & Christopher Comstock And my meadow at Rocky Springe. Allso
I doe give and bequeath unto my son Daniell Betts ye rest of my Calfe
pasture Lot not Given to Thomas Betts, also one third pte of my Land at
primpawalke, also my second division of meadow on ye other side of norwalke
river. Allso I doe give and bequeath unto my Sonn Samuel Betts one halfe
halfe of my Gratuety Lott, also my second Division of Six Acres to ye
hundred: also my pasture Lott, also my meadow which Lyeth betweene ye home
lott of Samuel Reeber & ye Cove also a third pte of my Land at primpawalke.
Allso I give & bequeath unto my Son James Betts ye other halfe of my now
dwellinge house & halfe my homelott arrable & pasture Land, also halfe my
orchard not given to my wife also my first Division of meadow on ye other
side of Norwalke river, also all my Land neare Strong Brooke, also halfe my
gratuity Lott, also my Lotts at Sacetock Brooke Lyinge on both ends of
mathias Sention Senr Lott, also one acre & halfe of my Land Lying neare ye
boggy meadow brooke. Also I doe appoint my five sons Thomas John Daniell
Samuel & James to pay to my dearly beloved wife twenty shillings a peice pr
Annum dureinge her widdowhood And also I doe appoint my sons all of them to
provide for & winter my wives Cow & any young Cattle yt shee may have. Also
I doe give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary ye wife of John Raymond ten
pounds besides what I have given her: which I doe give to her children,
Shee to have ye improvement of it dureinge her life, & at her decease to
returne to her Children. Also I doe will & bequeath unto my daughter Sarah
Betts yt other halfe of my household goods, & ten pounds to bee paid her in
Currant Country pay. Also I doe will & bequeath unto my five sons all my
twenty acres to ye hundred & estate of commonadge equally to bee divided.
Allso I doe make & appoint my dearly beloved wife my whole & sole Executrix
& [administratrix?] of this my last will & Testament and I doe Request my
friends James olmsted & John olmstead to be ye overseers of this my will to
assist & advise in ye distributing. In Confirmation of ye prmises I have
set to my hand & seale this tenth day of may in ye yeare of our Lord one
thousand six hundred eighty & eight And in ye fourth yeare of our Soverain
Lord ye King James ye Second."
  
He died in 1688; aged seventy years.  His estate was inventoried on
4 Dec 1688; The inventory of the estate, dated 4 December 1688, included: 
"Impprimus one pre of oxen, one Cow & 2 heifers, 2
Calfs one horse, two swine 5 pigs, four Beds with ye Coveringe, 3 Boulsters
pillows & pillow Cases, five pre of sheets & other Linen, wearinge Clothes,
one great brass kettle & 2 kettles & one skillet, two iron potts & one Iron
[Betle?], one warminge pan 2 frying pans, pewter & Spoons, woollen yarne &
flax, Cart Irons Hows [?] [Luispins?] [?] & pin, plow irons & chaines,
wedges & [Betle?] rings & one Ax 3 Augres hand saw, one Tramell Tongs
[fireshise?] bellows, Six bags 3 Candlesticks, one Table one Chest 3 boxes
& Books, 30 bushell of wheate 60 bush of Indian, 12 bushell of pease 8
bushells of oates, Hows Lumber Barrellls & Casks." The total was £45.05.06.
  
Thomas Betts is my 8th great grandfather on my grandmother Martha Fairchild's 
side throught his son James who married Hannah Bouton.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

John Blunt, Revolutionary War soldier


Battle of Bunker Hill

John Blunt was born on 31 Jan 1756 at Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, the son of Isaac Blunt and his wife, Mary Abbott.  He was at the battle of Bunker Hill on 17 Jun 1775.  He enlisted in military service on 30 Sep 1777 in Capt John Abbott's company that went to Ticonderoga. He was at the surrender of Burgoyne.  He ended military service on 6 Nov 1777.  He married Sarah Eames, daughter of Caleb Eames and Mary Harvey, on 26 Oct 1780 at Wilmington, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
 He and Sarah Eames moved circa 1789 to Amherst, Hillsborough, New Hampshire. He died on 27 Nov 1836 at Amherst, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, at age 80.  From a letter for Sarah's pension application, signed by citizens of Amherst, "we have never heard their characters impeached but know that they were honest, respectable persons esteemed by all their neighbors and acquaintances, and that entire truth may be placed in their truth and veracity" on 6 Apr 1854.
Their son Ainsworth Emery Blunt was a Congregational missionary who moved to Dalton, Georgia to preach to the Cherokee. He went with them on the Trail of Tears. My mother-in-law,
Connie, is descended from John Blunt through his oldest daughter, Sally, who married Daniel Howe.
letter from pension file
Pension Application

Friday, August 19, 2011

Rhoda Glover Fairchild

Rhoda Glover was born on 25 Feb 1769 at Newtown, Fairfield,

Connecticut, the daughter of Henry Glover and Ann Sanford. The family home was

across from what is now old Town Hall on Main Street.

She married Joseph Fairchild Jr,

son of Joseph Fairchild and Mary Botsford, on 8 Sep 1793 at

Huntington Congregational Church, Huntington, Fairfield, Connecticut.

She and Joseph Fairchild Jr appeared on the census of 1800

at Huntington, Fairfield, Connecticut. They appeared on the census of 1810 at Sherman,

Fairfield, Connecticut.

They received a receipt of heirs for Rhoda and Joseph Fairchild from her father's

bequest on 8 Mar 1815. They are identified in the codicil to Henry Glover's will.

They appeared on the census of 1820 at Roxbury, Litchfield, Connecticut. Joseph died

30 Sep 1829 at Roxbury.

They had four children together: Sally baptized 8 Sep 1793, Glover (our ancestor) baptized 31 Jul 1796

in Huntington, Anna baptized 26 Jul 1801 in Huntington, and Mary Ann.

Rhoda moved west with her daughter Anna who had married Samuel Weller. The last we know of her

is that she appeared on the census of 1850 in the household of Samuel

Sherman Weller at Orange, Cuyahoga, Ohio.


Her son Glover is my 4th great grandfather. He settled in Roxbury and Sherman and married Anna Beardsley.


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Richest 20 people of all time

Henry, Duke of Lancaster; John of Gaunt; Richard FitzAlan; William de Warenne; and William the Conqueror are all our ancestors. Shouldn't some of their wealth have trickled down?

Sunday, June 26, 2011






























(Pictures are Carrie's home on Woodcreek Rd, Carrie and her third husband, Alonzo, and Carrie and her mother, Clarinda Wildman Durga).

Carrie Jane Durgy was born on 5 Apr 1865 at New Fairfield, Fairfield,
Connecticut, the daughter of John J Durgy (or Durga) and Clarinda L Wildman.
She married Elmer E Pearce, son of Alvah and Anna B Pearce, before 1883. They had
a daughter, Anna Clarinda Pearce. He died 20 Jul 1898 when he drowned in Ball's Pond, New Fairfield.

She married Ezra Norris Ballard, son of Ezra N Ballard and Mary Corbin, before 1900. She and Ezra appeared on the census of 1900 at New Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut. They had a son, Norris Ezra Ballard. Ezra died before 1905.

She married Alonzo Merritt Fairchild, son of George
Joseph Fairchild and Mary Ann Stevens, on 29 Jul 1905 at
Patterson, Putnam, New York. They had a son, John Alpheus Fairchild (my grandfather).
She and Alonzo appeared on the census of 1910 at New Fairfield,
Fairfield, Connecticut. He died 13 April 1916.

She purchased around 9 Oct 1918 the farmhouse at Woodcreek Road, New Fairfield.
She and her son, John, Henry Wildman, accompanied by Walter Knapp and family of
Danbury recently returned from a long motor trip on 11 Sep 1925.
In March 1926 Mrs Carrie Fairchild who had the misfortune
to fracture her wrist recently when she slipped on the ice is still unable
to do her work. Miss Mamie Rowley is assisting her.

She witnessed the marriage of John Alpheus Fairchild and Martha Post on 9 Oct
1927 at New Fairfield. Soon after Mr. and Mrs. John Fairchild, who were but recently
married were given a surprise variety shower at the home of Mrs. Carrie
Fairchild, Wednesday evening by over 20 relatives and friends. The evening
was spent in playing cards after which delicious refreshments were served.
The bride received many beautiful and useful gifts. The guests included Mr.
and Mrs. Walter Knapp, Miss Frances Knapp, Mr and Mrs. Rudolph Baker and
Aiken Lee of Danbury, Mr and Mrs Harry Gardner and family, Mrs Hannah
Rowley, Miss Mamie Rowley, Mss Ada Benedict, Mr and Mrs Norris Ballard,
Miss Jennie Post and Eugene Post.

She appeared on the census of 1930 at New Fairfield. She died on
12 Feb 1934 at New Fairfield at age 68. She was buried at Mountain View Cemetery, New
Fairfield with her third husband, Alonzo Fairchild.

Luther and Elizabeth Hazelton Fitz



Luther Fitz was born on 13 Jan 1819 at Chester, Rockingham, New Hampshire, the son of Captain Benjamin Fitts (or Fitz) and Susannah Dearborn. He taught school for a
time in Chester. He married Elizabeth French Hazelton, daughter of Josiah Hazelton
and Sarah Emerson, on 22 May 1845 at Chester, Rockingham, New
Hampshire.
He and his wife, Elizabeth, appeared on the census of 1850 at Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, where he was teaching school, as well as his daughters Elizabeth and Helen (who died young).
He and Elizabeth appeared on the census of 1860 at Chester, Rockingham, New Hampshire,
with his daughters, Elizabeth, Ella, Mary and Josephine (another daughter, Henrietta, also died young).
He was a successful farmer. He was taxed for a carriage in 1866 at Chester. He and Elizabeth
appeared on the census of 1870 at Chester, with their daughters Ella, Mary, Josie, and the youngest, Isabelle.
Luther's barn was hit by lightning on 18 Aug 1875 at Chester. He
died on 13 Mar 1877 at Chester at age 58. His wife, Elizabeth, died in Faribault, Minnesota, where she was visiting
her daughter, Ella.
They are both buried at Chester Village Cemetery, Chester,
Rockingham, New Hampshire.
They are my mother-in-law Connie's great grandparents.

Sunday, May 29, 2011



On Memorial Day I'd like to remember my great uncle, George Fairchild. He was the first soldier

from Danbury to die in World War I.

George Alonzo Fairchild was born circa 1895, the son of Alonzo Merritt Fairchild and Elizabeth R Meeker.

He appeared on the census of 1910 in the household of Alonzo

Merritt Fairchild and Carrie Jane Durgy, Alonzo's second wife at New Fairfield,

Fairfield, Connecticut, United States of America. George Fairchild, son

of Alonzo Fairchild, has entered the United States navy and later enlisted in the United States Army.

His military record follows:

Fairchild, George A.

Ind NA Danbury, Conn. Sept 7/17. Br Bridgeport, Conn. 23 2/12 yrs. Co M 304

Inf to Sept 19/17; Co E 102 Inf to death. Pvt Sept 7/17; Pvt lcl Feb 1/18.

Chanegnow; Seicheprey. AEF Sept 22/17 to death. KIA Ar 20/18. Notified Mrs.

Alpheus B. Durgy, Aunt, RFD 6, Danbury, Conn on 20 Apr 1918. He was buried

at Cypress Hills National Cemetery, 625 Jamaica Avenue, Brooklyn, Kings,

New York, United States of America.

From the Danbury NewsTimes

Geo. Fairchild First to Die

New Fairfield Man loses life in Battle on French Front

May 2, 1918 - George C. Fairchild of New Fairfield, one of the first

selective service men from this district to enter the army, was killed in

action on the western front of France, on April 20, 1918. A telegram from

the war department at Washington, received by his relatives in this city

last evening, brought first news of the young soldier's death.

Mr. Fairchild, who was a private in the 102d infantry, was the first man

from this exemption district to lose his life in battle. While not actually

a Danburian, a portion of his boyhood was spent in this city, and he had

many friends and acquaintances here.

George C. Fairchild was twenty four years old and was born in Bridgeport.

He came to Danbury with his parents when about ten years old and attended

New Street School. After the death of his mother his father re-married and

the family moved to New Fairfield. When he was seventeen years old he

joined the navy, serving an enlistment of four years, and receiving

honorable discharge. He is highly spoken of by his friends and

acquaintances.

The message from the war department was addressed to Mrs. Alpheus Durgy a

sister of the young man's step-mother whom he had looked up as his guilding

hand. It was signed by M. C. Cain adjutant general and read as follows:

"Deeply regret to inform you that Private George Fairchild, infantry, is

officially reported as killed in action, April 20."

While there is no present means of obtaining further information in regard

to the death of Private George Fairchild, it is assumed that he was killed

in the vicinity of Seichepry, where the 102d is understood to have taken

part in a furious battle that Captain Locke of Hartford, commander of

Company M. of the same regiment whose death was reported on Wednesday, was

killed.

The 102d infantry is the former First Connecticut infantry, in which there

are several Danbury men and scores who have relatives or acquaintances

here.

Private Fairchild went from this city to Camp Devens, at Ayer Mass. After

he was selected for service and with Cornelius J. Culhane and Arthur Crest

of this city, was transferred to New Haven with a detachment of men to

become members of the 102d. They started for Europe last fall but a mishap

to the boat on which they sailed made it necessary for them to return to

the port at which they embarked. They were sent to Fort Totten where they

remained two weeks, sailed for France at the expiration of that time.

During the time of his stay at Fort Totten Private Fairchild was given a

nine day leave of absence, which he spent at the home of his sister, Mrs.

R.F.Baker, of 37 Stevens St. of the city.

A brother of Private Fairchild, Eli K. Fairchild, has served eight years in

the navy and is now an instructor in the nautical school in Brooklyn. Mr.

Fairchild is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Baker of this city and Mrs.

Benjamin Segur of Kent and a half brother, John Fairchild of New Fairfield.

Mrs. Joseph Hamilton of George St. and Mrs. John Sherman of 74 Balmforth

Ave. are the aunts of the young man. John Fairchild of Branchville and

William Fairchild of New Fairfield are uncles.

An interesting letter written by Private Fairchild to his sister, Mrs.

Baker, under the date of April 18 was received by the News yesterday before

news of the young man's death arrived and was prepared for publication

today. This letter which now has unusual interest was written only two days

before Private Fairchild's death.

Dated "Somewhere in France," the letter reads as follows:

"I am writing to let you know that I feel o.k. as well as the rest of the

boys who left Camp Ayers with me. That is, the Danbury boys, Connie Culhane

and Artur Cresci. We have been here almost six months and during that time

have seen some lively times.

"I have heard that in an article in the Danbury News they stated that the

Danbury boys were in a very heated argument with Fritz, mentioning the

names of Connie Culhane and others, but not Cresci and myself. Now I want

to say that we three have been together since leaving Ayer. Cresci and I

are in the same company, "Galloping" Company E. and Culhane is in Company

F. You can just bet that this war is not all gravy for the allies. But

before it is over, Heinie will have to turn over the whole of Germany to

the allies in payment for the damages he has done.

"But he still insists upon keeping us just so uneasy. We are in back of the

firing line, on reserve, after having done our third bit in the front

lines. Only last night just as we had nicely settled, Heinie had to start

in shelling us to disturb our slumber and believe me he came very near

doing so. But the old reliable American artillery just opened upon on him

and he shut up like a clam.

"I have not seen a Danbury newspaper since I have been here, so I do not

know very much about what is going on in the old Hat Town. When a fellow is

in the front line trench and he is expecting something to happen every

minute, no, every second, for it takes the short end of a second for the

fireworks to commence, he doesn't fee any too good.

"I am writing this in the Y.M.C.A. which is our only place of amusement. A

great deal of praise is due them for their good work but tobacco is our

greatest need at this stage of the game. Well, anyhow, I expect to see all

the folks once more very soon, perhaps a year and a half.

"Culhane, Cresci and myself would be tickled to death to receive the

Danbury News, even if you can only send the weekly. It can be sent to any

one of us and we can pass it around. You know on the 15th of March it will

be six months that we are in the world's war and we want to know something

about our home town.

"Will close now with love to all and my regards to good old Danbury. Also,

tell the Danbury people that her boys over here are among the best and I

will tell the kaiser that he had better watch out as there are more Danbury

boys coming.

"P.S. Watech the papers for news about the New England troops and you can

tell when we are in the fight" on 2 May 1918 at Danbury, Fairfield,

Connecticut, United States of America.

The family received the following letter:

In Memory Of

Private 1st Class George A. Fairchild Co E 102nd Infantry who was killed in

battle April 20th 1918. He bravely laid down his life for the cause of his

country. His name wll ever remain fresh in the hearts of his friends and

comrades. The record of his honorable service will be preserved in the

archives of the American Expeditionary Forces.

John J Pershing

Commander-in-chief on 20 Apr 1918.

Sunday, May 22, 2011


For years I've been stuck on Allan's great-great grandfather, Charles Moors, who married Jerusha Neal and lived in Washington county, Maine and I couldn't go further back. Thanks to Allan's 3rd or 4th cousin, Monica Pollard, who is descended from Benjamin Franklin Moors, the brother of Allan Forrest Moors (Allan's gr-grandfather), I can now go back 3 more generations. The Moors were apparently Scottish Covenanters who removed to Ulster, Ireland to escape persecution. Hugh Moor is the first of the line now identified who came to Boston in America with others of the Scotch-Irish about 1718. They then established the town of Londonderry, New Hampshire. Hugh married Jannett Morrison and they had 10 children. Hugh died about 1758 and Jannett, along with six or more of her children and their families, decided to move to Truro, Nova Scotia, where the British were offering land, following the expulsion of the Arcadians (see Evangeline).

Hugh and Jannett's son, William, married Susannah Long in Truro. He was a wheelwright by trade and was known as "Clean Billey" (use your imagination, I guess). He removed to Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia where he spent the remainder of his life and died.

Their son, another William, married Rebecca Nelson and moved to New Brunswick. It's possible that William married Katherine Card, who might have been the mother of Charles Moors, but I'm still researching his mother.

Charles Moors married Jerusha Neal and were the parents of Allan Forrest Moors. He married Grace Goodwin and they were the parents of Millard Moors, Allan's grandfather. The map shows property that belongs to Moors and Moors Inn in Shubenacadie.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sir Walter Blount and Sancha de Ayala


Having just returned from Spain, I can only remember one ancestor of Spanish descent. Both my husband and I derive almost exclusively from the British Isles; there’s just a little Dutch from New Amsterdam, a couple of Palantine Germans, and a few sprinklings of Italian blood , until you get to the Norman French and the Vikings who married into the native British. But Allan’s mother, Connie, is descended, thru her father’s Howe line, from Sir Walter Blount. He was called "the Heroic" and was celebrated for his martial prowess in the war-like times of Edward III, Richard II, and Henry IV and he was immortalized by Shakespeare for his devotion even unto death to King Henry IV. Sir Walter Blount fell at the battle of Shrewsbury on the 22nd day of June, 1403, wherein being standard bearer, he was arrayed in the same armour as his royal master, and was slain, according to the poet, by the Earl of Douglass, who had supposed he was contending with the King himself.
except from Shakespeare:
Blunt: What is the name, that in the battle thus thou crossest me? What
honour does thy seek upon my head?
Douglass: Know then my name is Douglass; and I do haunt thee in battle
thus, because some tell me thou art king.
Blunt: They tell thee true.
Douglass: The Lord Stafford, dear today hath bought thy likeness; for
instead of thee, King Harry. The sword hath ended him; so shall it thee,
unless thou yieldest thee as my prisoner.
(They fight and Blunt is slain) Enter Lord Percy, called Hotspur.
Hotspur: O Douglass, hadst thou fought at Holderness thus I never had
triumphed on Scot.
Douglass: All's don. All's won. Here breathless lies the King.
Hotspur: Where?
Douglass: Here.
Hotspur: This Douglass? No, I know full well: A gallant knight was he, his
name was Blunt. Semblably furnished like the King himself.

Hotspur was also killed at Shrewsbury. John of Gaunt, at his decease, appointed Sir Walter Blount one of his executors and bequeathed him a legacy of 100 marks (abt 66-6s-8d). He was buried at St Mary Magdalene Church, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England. He was born circa 1350. Sir Walter Blount accompanied the Black Prince and John of Gaunt upon the expedition into Spain to aid Pedro the Cruel, King of Castile in 1367. He He assisted in the battle of Najara, which restored Pedro the Cruel to his throne on 3 Apr 1367. He married Sancha de Ayala, daughter of Diego Gomez Toledo and Inez Alfon Ayala, in 1372. Sir Walter's half brother, Sir John Blount of Sodington, conveyed to him numerous manors which he had inherited from his mother, Isolde, heiress of the Mountjoy family, in counties Derby, Stafford, Leicester and Hertford in 1374. He obtained a charter for a fair and free warren in his demesne lands at Barton, and other manors in Derbyshire in 1385. John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, granted one hundred markes a year to Sir Walter for the good services which had been rendered to him by the knight and his wife, the Lady Sancia in 1398. He was ranger of Needwood forest, and knight of the shire for the county of Derby in 1399. He left a will in 1401.
In the year 1371 Doña Constanza, daughter of the deceased (and dethroned) King of Castile, Don Pedro I (The Cruel) went to England to become the bride of King Edward III's son, John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. Among the young Castilian ladies of aristocratic birth who accompanied her was Doña Sancha de Ayala, daughter of Don Diego (or Día-) Gómez de Guzmán (or de Toledo) and his wife, Doña Inés de Ayala. She met and married Sir Walter Blount during this period. Records reveal payments to Sancha at various times; once (2 January 1380) her name was associated with that of "Phelippe Chaucy", i.e., Philippa Chaucer, wife of the author of the Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer. On this occasion she was described by the Duke of Lancaster as "our very dear attendant" (nostre treschere compaigne) "dame Senche Blount".
Three years after her husband's death, Dame Sancha founded a chantry in the Hospital of St. Leonard, Alkmonton, county Derbyshire. Her son-in-law, John Sutton, (husband of Constance Bount) died on August 29, 1406. On November 23 following, Dame Sancha was granted commission of the keeping of all the lands late of John Sutton, tenant in chief, during the minority of his six- year-old son and heir, John Sutton; her duties included "finding a competent maintenace for the heir, maintaining the houses and buildings and supporting the charges." In the same month the escheator in Worcestershire was ordered "to take of Constance who was the wife of John Sutton an oath etc. and in the presence of Sancha who was the wife of Walter Blount knight, to whom the king has committed the ward thereof, or of her attorneys, to assign the said Constance dower of the said John's lands."
Dame Sancha Blount made her will (still in existence) in 1415, and died in 1418. Sancha de Ayala, Lady Bount, the ancestress of several English settlers in America, was descended from some of the most illustrious Castilian families. Through her father she belonged to the House of Guzmán (also called Toledo) which produced many noble families in Spain and a series of wives and mistresses for Spanish and Portuguese kings. Her mother, Inés de Ayala (by whose surname Sancha was known), was sprung from the great House of Ayala of Toledo, which traced its pedigree in the male line to the House of Haro, Lords of Biscay. The proof of Sancha's parentage is contained in a family genealogy begun about 1385 by her materal uncle, Pedro López de Ayala, Grand Chancellor of Castile. He stated that Doña Sancha "married a Knight of England, who was called Sir Walter Blount." She was buried beside her husband at St Mary Magdalene Church, Newark-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, England.

Saturday, April 23, 2011


Henry William Chellis was born on 15 Mar 1838 at Goshen, Sullivan, New
Hampshire, United States of America. He appeared on the census of 1860 at
Windham, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States of America. He began
military service between 18 Aug 1862 and 21 Jun 1865. Henry W Chellis,
served Union, residence Windham, New Hampshire
He enlisted as a private on 18 August 1862 at the age of 25,
in Company I, 13th Infantry Regiment New Hampshire on 20 September
1862. He was promoted to Full Corporal on 24 May 1864. He mustered
out on 21 June 1865 in Richmond, VA. He married Helen E Freeman,
daughter of Daniel H Freeman and Pamelia, on 14
Dec 1863 at Lawrence, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States of America. Helen, along with
twin sons, died 12 Sept 1867 in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
He appeared on the census of 1870 in the household of Harriet N Gubtal at Ward 3,
Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States of America. He married
Frances Abigail Gubtal, daughter of Amos Currier Gubtal (211) and
Harriet N Davis (his landlady), on 29 Mar 1871 at Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts,
United States of America. He and Frances Abigail Chellis appeared on
the census of 1880 at Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States of
America. He died on 26 Oct 1925 at 6 Francis Ave, Greenwood, Wakefield,
Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States of America, at age 87. His obituary states:
H.W.Chellis of Greenwood Passes Away
Was Past Commander of G.A.R. Post in N.H. - Funeral Tomorrow
Henry W. Chellis, for the past 25 years a resident of Greenwood, passed
away early last evening at his home, 6 Francis avenue.
Mr. Chellis was in his 88th year and had been in failing health for a
number of years. He was born in Goshen, N.H., the son of William and Nancy
(Bartlett) Chellis. He served all through the Civil War and was a member of
G.A.R. He was a past commander of the Carleton Post of Farmington, N.H. He
was an attendant at the Congregational Church.
His is survived by his widow, Mrs. Frances G. Chellis, and three
daughters, Miss Maude and Miss Bertha, who made their home with their
parents, and Mrs. Edith Howe, wife of Luther M. Howe of Wakefield. There is
also one grandchild, Madeline Howe.
Funeral services will be held at the home, Wednesday afternoon at 2
o'clock on 27 Oct 1925 at Wakefield, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United
States of America. He was buried on 28 Oct 1925 at Linwood Cemetery,
Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts, United States of America.
He is the great grandfather of my husband, Allan. Henry's daughter Edith, married Luther Maxwell Howe, and were the parents of my mother-in-law, Connie.