Tuesday, August 2, 2011


[Ancestral Link: Lura Minnie Parker (Stagge), daughter of Minnie May Elmer (Parker), daughter of Mark Alfred Elmer, son of Hannah Polina Child (Elmer), daughter of Alfred Bosworth Child, son of Mark Anthony Child, son of Increase Child, son of Ephraim Child, son of Priscilla Harris (Child).]

Priscilla Child Headstone, East Woodstock Cemetery

East Woodstock (Muddi Brook) residence
Ephriam was the eldest of the seven brothers who migrated from Roxbury, Massachusetts, to "New Roxbury," later called Woodstock. He removed shortly before or immediately after his marriage, in 1710, and settled in that part of the town now called East Woodstock (anciently known as MuddiRoook), erecting himself a house, which, with some additions, has been retained in the line of his male descendants till the present time, covering a period of quite 170 years. Its enlargement, at a somewhat early period, made it as it now stands, a commodious and attractive home. Its site is in a beautiful vale, about half a mile east of East Woodstock village. It was probably at this house where occurred the amusing incident on a Thanksgiving occasion, which is found recorded in the early part of this chapter. Many pleasant memories cluster around this ancient home, It has been the birthplace of sons and daughters, whose history, with that of a long line of descendants, it is pleasant to trace. In this house hospitalities for many generations have been liberally dispensed to kindred and aliens, particularly on the Sabbath, when, in the interval between the morning and afternoon religious service, numbers of worshippers living remote from the place of worship, accepted as an accorded right, a hearty meal of boiled meats and vegetables, or a soporific lunch of hasty pudding and milk; this latter being the favorite repast, partionlarly of one, who could not resist the luxury of a quiet nap under the afternoon sermon.
Before this ancient dwelling stands a magnificent elm, whose trunk and outspreading branches are emblematic of a noble ancestor and his sturdy descendants. In 1876 this stately elm was christened the "Centennial Tree" More than one hundred years had passed since man and beast had rested beneath its grateful shade.
found on ancestry.com

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