Press Release from Antrim House
21 Goodrich Rd.
Simsbury, CT 06070
New Poetry Collection Focuses on Salem Witch Hunt
THE DEACONS OF CORNERHALL - Revised
BY BARBARA HOLT
article by Karen Johnsen
Descendents of Joseph Towne and Phebe Perkins will be glad to hear about a book written by Barbara Holt on The Deacons of Cornerhall. Our interest will be mainly in the preface to the book and the first chapter about Thomas Deacon c. 1565-1642. Barbara has just updated her book so be sure to check for new information.
On our trip to England in June 5, 2017, we will visit the town and see the home where Thomas Deacon lived. Not many of the homes of our ancestors are still standing. This will be a real treat to actually walk on the street where this family once lived and see the home.
Phebe Perkins, wife of Joseph Towne is the daughter of Thomas Perkins and Phebe Gould. Phebe is the daughter of Zaccheus Gould and Phebe Deacon. Phebe Deacon is the daughter of Thomas Deacon and Martha Field.
Thank you to Barbara Holt for sharing her 95 page book with the Towne Family Association via our web-site. Barbara lives in New Zealand. She has updated this latest version after learning more about the Deacon and Field families through our TFA newsletters and consulting with Charles Farrow.
Click to begin reading! Just a note - since this is an unedited scanned copy, you will see occasional blank pages, especially at the beginning, so just keep scrolling down. You will be impressed by this wonderful presentation.
The Deacons of Cornerhall by Barbara Holt
Ginny Lowe Connors' Toward the Hanging Tree is a devastating and inspiring collection of poems depicting the depths to which the human
spirit can descend but also exalting the courage and humanity of that spirit in the reactions of many to the Salem witch hunt of 1692. As Clare Rossini notes, the poems
seem to live inside the voices of these characters, the urgency of their fears and desires, their deep failings and triumphs. Vivian Shipley writes,
This powerful collection transcends both time and geography, arriving at the universal truth that what does prevail through even the most brutal experiences is the force that cannot be silenced - the human heart. And this from Dick Allen:
I've never felt the terror and pathos of the Salem witchcraft story as deeply as I have after reading Ginny Connors' masterful, carefully hewn poems centered on Sin (something coiled up and
tight)... Empathy and major poetry skill combine to make Toward the Hanging Tree a gripping, illuminating recasting of our early American nightmare. Richard Trask, himself an expert on the events described in the book, says,
This is a never-before attempted, delightful collection of poems relating to the entire story of the Massachusetts witchcraft outbreak of 1692. Through Ginny Lowe Connors' poetic artistry merged with solid research of historic facts, we glimpse the human heart's response to terrifying events.
Ginny Lowe Connors is the author of two previous poetry collections: The Unparalleled Beauty of a Crooked Line and Barbarians in the Kitchen , as well as a chapbook, Under the Porch, winner of the Sunken Garden Poetry Prize. In addition, she has edited several anthologies. Connors, who earned an MFA in poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts, has served as the poet laureate of her town, West Hartford, Connecticut, where she worked as an English teacher for many years. She also runs a small poetry press, Grayson Books.
You can find out more about her poetry by visiting her website: www.ginnyloweconnors.com.
Thurs., Oct. 27, 7 p.m. Noah Webster Library, 20 S. Main St. W. Hartford, CT: Ginny Lowe Connors and Sherri Bedingfield will present a talk and poetry reading on communities upended by witchcraft.
Mon. Dec. 5, 7 p.m. Word Forge Reading Series, The Studio@BillingsForge, 563 Broad St. Hartford, CT. Ginny Lowe Connors and Sherri Bedingfield will read from their new books: Toward the Hanging Tree: Poems of Salem Village and The Clattering: Voices from Old Forfarshire, Scotland
96 pages, 6" x 9" paperback
$18.00 ISBN 978-1-943826-10-0
Cover painting: Thomas S. Noble, The Salem Martyr, NY Historical Society Author photo by Brian Ambrose
Order through amazon.com or directly from the publisher at www.antrimhousebooks.com/Connors3.html/
To order by mail, send $18 per book + 6.35% tax (CT only) + postage of
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Back By Popular Demand!
Lois P. Hoover's prize winning book Towne Family, William Towne and Joanna Blessing- Salem, Massachusetts- 1635-Five Generations of Descendants, has been reprinted. The last of the second printing was auctioned off at the reunion in Topsfield in 2014. From that time to present, an overwhelming number of people expressed an interest in purchasing a copy of the book.
Lois had generously granted rights to the book to Towne Family Association. The TFA executive board approved a 3rd printing - the first under the authority of the Towne Family Association. To date, over 180 of these books have been sold. The new edition is the same quality as those Ms. Hoover had printed and by the same publisher. We are able to offer it at a reduced price since we commissioned a larger order.
If you would like to order a copy, please fill out the order form and send it, with your check made out to Towne Family Association,Inc.
Third Printing of Hoover Book Is Now Available! They would be wonderful holiday gifts!
A number of the books sold have been purchased as donations for organizations and libraries around the country. If you would like to read an article in the Salem Gazette about our book donation to the Salem, MA library written by John Goff, click the following link:
New Towne Book in Salem Library
In addition to the Salem MA Library, books are also available at the following libraries:
TOWNE BOOKS DONATED
In 2011, when the book was published, Lois P. Hoover received awards from The National Genealogical Society and The Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc. You can
read more about these awards in the September 2011 issue of About Towne.
- Allen County Public Library, Ft. Wayne, IN
- California State Library, Sutro Branch, now at SF State University, San Francisco, CA
- Clayton Library, Houston, TX
- Connecticut Society of Genealogists Library, Glastonbury, CT
- Connecticut State Library, Hartford, CT
- Contra Costa County Library, Heritage Collection, Pleasant Hill, CA
- Cuyahoga County, Ohio Public Libraries, Fairview Park Branch, Fairview Park, OH
- Dallas Public Library, Dallas, TX
- Daughters of the American Revolution Library, Washington, DC
- Daughters of the American Revolution Library, Washington State, Yakima, WA
- Daughters of the American Colonists Library, Washington DC
- Family History Library LDS, Salt Lake City, UT
- Family History Library LDS, Kirtland, OH
- Framingham Public Library, Framingham, MA
- Genealogical Forum of Oregon, Portland, OR
- Hampton Falls Library, Hampton Falls, NH
- Library of Congress, Local History & Genealogy Collection, Washington, DC
- Library of Congress, Copyright Office
- Lynnfield Library, Essex Society of Genealogists, Lynnfield, MA
- Mid-Continent Public Library, Midwest Genealogy Center, Independence, MO
- Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City, MO
- National Genealogical Society Library Book Loan Collection, St. Louis County Library, MO
- Newbury Library, Chicago, IL
- New England Historic Genealogical Society Library, Boston, MA
- Norfolk Records Office, Norwich, England
- Ohio Genealogical Society Library, Bellville, OH
- Oxford Free Public Library, Oxford, MA
- Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, Danvers, MA
- Penn Center, Laura M. Towne Archives & Library, St. Helena Island, SC
- Pennsylvania Historical Society, Philadelphia, PA
- Placer County, California Public Libraries, Auburn Branch, Auburn, CA
- Regional History Genealogy Center Library - Germantown, TN
- Salem Public Library, Salem, MA
- San Diego Genealogical Society Library, San Diego, CA
- Santa Clara County, CA Public Libraries, Central Park Library, Santa Clara, CA
- Seattle Public Library, Seattle, WA
- Sons of the American Revolution Library, Louisville, KY
- State Library of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
- Topsfield Library, Topsfield, MA
- Towne Family Association Archives, Danvers, MA
- University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
- Vermont Historical Society Library, Barre, VT
- West Valley Genealogical Society, Youngstown, AZ
- Western Reserve Historical Society Library, Cleveland, OH
Lois' work was also recognized in the Oct/Dec 2011 issue of the National Genealogical Society Magazine (Vol. 37, No. 4, p. 9),in a segment titled Books by Members. After her name, the title and publication information, the following was printed:
"Hoover's well-documented and indexed family history is a must for descendants of William Towne and Joanna Blessing."
Some well-deserved recognition!
REMEMBERING JAMES J. H. GREGORY:
THE SEED KING, PHILANTHROPIST, MAN
James John Howard Gregory (1827-1910) was born in Marblehead, Massachusetts, the son of James and Hannah (Hooper) Gregory. He always had a love of botany. At the age of four he had his first garden. Later on, answering an ad in the New England Farmer for a nice winter squash, JJH sent the author of the article some seeds from a squash that he had found to his liking. His father called it Marm Hubbard's Squash because a lady named Hubbard had given him the seeds. The gentleman liked the squash so much that he wrote an article about their desirability. Almost immediately JJH started receiving orders from all over the world for the seeds. Thus began the accidental start of the James J. H. Gregory Seed Company.
TFA Member, Shari Kelley Worrell, has written this book about her great, great grandfather's remarkable life.
Click to read more information
If you are interested in a copy of Shari's book, please contact her at: email@example.com
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Rebecca Nurse Homestead in Danvers, MA: TFA Reunion 2007
Photography courtesy of
Some LINKS you may find helpful!
Rebecca Nurse Homestead
Efforts are being made to save the Sarah Clayes House in Framingham, Massachusetts. You can follow the progress here:
Sarah Clayes House
Sarah in her own words as portrayed by Janice Thompson
August 2014 Historic Development Report on the Clayes House
Isaac Cummings Family Association
Cummings is the 3rd most common surname in our database!
Kimball Family Association
Topsfield Historical Society
Topsfield Main Street Foundation
Preserving the legacy of one of its founders, Laura Matilda Towne
Lois Payne Hoover: TFA Reunion 2010
Photography courtesy of Sue Carson
James J.H. Gregory
Photograph courtesy of Shari Worrell