Emery Family Bible

file-sep-24-11-40-45-amIn 2015, I stumbled upon an Emery Family bible for sale on eBay. The bible was being sold by “Milkman” at Ridgecrest Farms in Wilton, Maine. When I received the bible, I was delighted to note the family records detailed the descendants of William and Ruth (Brown) Emery. William was born at the Old Emery Farm in 1779 either in this house or in the cabin that preceded it.  I have contacted the seller to see if he has any additional information about the history of the bible.

This Holy Bible was published in 1821 by Holbrook & Fessenden in Brattleborough, Vermont. It measures 12 inches tall, 11-1/2 inches wide, and 4-1/2 inches thick. There were quite a few papers tucked into the middle and the family records pages had been filled out with births from 1779 to 1925 and deaths from 1848 to 1908. There are also marriages listed from 1802-1925. (See family records transcription here). See family tree at Ancestry.com here.




Going to the registry of deeds is like going to a foreign country. The first thing you have to do is learn the language. Even if your just visiting online, here are the two main terms that you need to know:

Grantor – is the seller of the property
Grantee – is the buyer of the property

I recommend that you start with yourself as the current owner of the property and work backwards. Here is a worksheet that you can fill in to track your progress using Adobe PDF Deed Research Worksheet or Excel Deed Research Worksheet. So you will hopscotch back in time by recording your deed on the first line and then searching the Registry of Deeds looking in the Grantee Index for the person who sold you the property.

To find Andover deeds on or after August 1, 1823 go to the Merrimack County Registry of Deeds website. The home page tells you what records have been indexed for the Grantors and Grantees. This continually changes, so if you can’t find what you’re looking for, check back later or plan a trip to Concord.

Searching the index is free. But if you want to actually view and print the documents, you will need to set up an account and pay for them. The details of the charges are on the web site (on 4/18/16 it was $4 per document  or $25 per month to subscribe and $2 per document).  Or you can go into the registry in Concord and pull many of the records yourself. The last time I was there, there was a small charge for copying the records. Or you can take a scan of the document with a smartphone or camera.

When you are ready to search, click on “Search Registry Records”.I like to start my search with broad parameters and then narrow them down if I get too many responses. At the Merrimack County site,

  • Click on the woman in a green sweater to do a name search
  • For the Party Type, select “Grantee” from the drop down list
  • Enter the last name of the person you bought the property from
  • Leave the document type and dates at their defaults at first
  • Select “DEEDS” from the Document Category drop down list
  • For the Town, select “Andover” from the drop down list
  • Click “Submit”

Based on your search results, you may need to narrow the filters down by changing some of your choices. You might want to narrow down the dates or add a first name if you are getting too many results. To change your search parameters, just scroll back up to the top of the page, make your changes and click “Submit” again. You can find more search instructions back on the home page if you are not getting the results you expected.

Scroll through your results list  until you find the person who sold the property to you in the Grantee column. Keep an eye on the Legal column to see if there is a description of your property there. If you’re lucky, you will find enough information in the index to identify your property and get the name of the new grantor. Fill this information into the second line of the Deed Research Worksheet and repeat the search using this new grantor as the grantee.

If the previous owners of your property had a lot of real estate transactions in town, you may need to actually go to Concord or set up an online account to view the documents to be certain it is your property.

I would recommend initially focusing on deeds and ignore the mortgages, liens, releases and other document types. But later, you might want to go back to see what other documents are available.

Once you are back to 1823 in your deed search, you will go to the Rockingham County Registry of Deeds.  Fortunately, most of these old deeds are available online.

….More to follow…



Let's Polka Dot!

Let’s Polka Dot!

I’ve made a wall hanging quilt and a quilt for each of the girls but wanted to learn more about Quilting. So I signed up for a free Block of the Month class at Craftsy.com. It was September 2013 and I was late getting started so I ordered the fabric from Craftsy so that I could catch up with the class. I changed the layout of the quilt and am very pleased with the way that my design turned out. So I with a little more confidence, I joined the BOM club at my local quilt shop.



IMG_2609.JPGMy local quilt shop is doing this Block of Month quilt. These are just a few of the 64 blocks for “Amish with a Twist, II” designed by Nancy Rink using Centennial Solids by Marcus Fabrics.  The finished quilt is designed to be 105″ x 105″ and is supposed to look like this:



Amish Twist II


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My Lap Quilt Design

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My Wall Hanging Design

But I am considering making a wall hanging and a lap quilt that look something like this:








Pane by Pane

This is adapted from a pattern called “Pane By Pane” by Tony Jacobson. I fell in love with the fabric since it reminds me of my apple trees in winter. I hung it on the cold north wall over the tub in my bathroom.

And I just finished a Starting with the Basics class at the Constant Quilter where we made this table topper. My instructor, Linda Barnes, designed this cute little quilt and helped me pick out the fabrics.




Weeping Siberian Peashrub

Spring CHR 081Latin name: Caragana arborescens

Variety: Walker (10-15 ft tall) or Pendula (4-6 ft tall)

Location: Front garden

Origin: From Siberia and Manchuria


  • small ornamental tree
  • cascades of pea-shaped flowers appear early to mid-July
  • fine textured deciduous foliage
  • nitrogen fixing
  • grafted?
  • edible pealike vegetable is bitter; useful food for poultry crops or wildlife

Maintenance: trim branches that reach the ground. Removed crossing, dead or diseased stems at their point of origin. Thin the top branches to 2″ apart to allow air circulation.

Zone: USDA 2-8




Tartarian Honeysuckle Bush

Blooming at the end of May 2014

Blooming at the end of May 2014

Latin name: Lonicera tatarica

Variety: Rosea has rose colored flowers with pink on the inside

Location: Front garden

History: From Russia and Central Asia


  • a multistemmed deciduous shrub
  • branching is upright and then overarching toward the tips
  • dense and twiggy
  • 10′ to 12′ tall with an equal width
  • shape is rounded

Prohibited Noxious Species in NH


Blooming Spirea

Blooming Spirea

Latin name: Spirea

Variety: Unknown, White blossoms in late May

Location: Front garden



  • large showy flowering bush
  • slender panicles
  • Does not like alkaline soils

Maintenance: Prune back as much as 1/3 in early spring before growth; Add layer of compost out to dripline each spring; Add 2 inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeks. Deadhead spent flowers to induce second bloom in 3 weeks.

Zone: 3-8




Orange Azalea

Blooming Orange Azalea

Blooming Orange Azalea May 2013

Latin name: Rhododendron x

Variety: poss. Tangerine Delight

Location: Front garden

History: hybrid of native species


  • deciduous with brilliant blooms
  • adaptable to environmental stresses
  • fast growing shrub
  • hardy in zones 5-9
  • part shade, blooms mid-spring