Been gone too long

Sorry it’s been so long since the last entry. I really haven’t been devoting enough time and effort to my genealogy. I still haven’t read the stack of Washburn/Harrison information Chris sent me. I haven’t done much in the way of research either. I guess that will be a New Year’s Resolution, to work on my genealogy more.

I saw in a recent email from the New England Historic Genealogical Society that records for New Salem, Franklin, Massachusetts had been added to their Massachusetts Vital Records database. All vital records for New Salem had been destroyed in a fire in 1850 so these records were drawn from church records and other sources.

Since Oliver R. Warren (5ggf) had lived there around the time of the Revolution, I took a look and found a few records. From the looks of the marriage record in the database, it would appear that he and Lucy Winslow probably married in Petersham, Worcester, Massachusetts because it indicated the record of their intent to marry had come from another town. The Petersham marriage record did not have that annotation.

There was also a record of a Franklin County deed in 1801 with Oliver as the grantor.

There were two records showing he had enlisted (1777 and 1781). I had seen three records for Oliver Warren in the Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutiion for 1775, 1777, and 1781 but I had wondered about the second and third. The first shows he had been in Capt. Meacham’s company at the time of Bunker Hill. I had wondered about the second date because it was shortly after his marriage to Lucy. As for the 1781 enlistment, I just hadn’t been sure If all three records are the same Oliver Warren, then it looks as though he may have also participated in the Battle of Saratoga.. What are the possibilities that more than one Oliver Warren lived in New Salem during the Revolution?

From Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, 17 Vols. (

Volume 16
page 628
Warren, Oliver, New Salem. Capt. John King’s (9th) co., Col. Benjamin Ruggles Woodbridge’s (25th) regt.; receipt for advance pay, signed by said Warren and others, dated Cambridge, June 29, 1775; also, Private, same co. and regt.; muster roll dated Aug. 1, 1775; enlisted May 11, 1775; service, 2 mos. 25 days; company commanded by Capt. William Meacham prior to June 17, 1775; also, company return dated Cambridge Camp, Sept. 29, 1775; also, order for bounty coat dated Camp Prospect Hill, Oct. 23, 1775.

Volume 16
page 629
Warren, Oliver. Private, Capt. Moses Harvey’s co., Col. Woodbridge’s regt.; enlisted Aug. 22, 1777; discharged Nov. 29, 1777; service, 3 mos. 17 days, at Saratoga, including 9 days (180 miles) travel home; regiment raised to reinforce Northern army until last of Nov., 1777.

Volume 16
page 629
Warren, Oliver. Receipt dated New Salem, March 26, 1781, for bounty paid said Warren by Joseph Childs and others, on behalf of the town of New Salem, to serve in the Continental Army for the term of 3 years.

Here are a couple of unrelated links that may be useful:
Ashtabula County District Library – History & Archives. This page won’t actually bring up any records or documents. What it will do is bring up a form with the information for someone at the library to look it up. You print the “coupon” and mail it to the library.

Missouri – State Archives Research Room Birth & Death records prior to 1910, Death certificates 1910-1955.


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