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Cemetery Inscriptions of The Town of Barnstable, Massachusetts, And Its Villages, 1600-1900

This revised collection of 28 cemeteries (a total of 33 cemeteries and record sources) located in all nine villages in the town of Barnstable on Cape Cod, Massachusetts is an alphabetical arrangement of inscriptions found on tombstones and in records. These cemeteries are found in the villages of Barnstable, West Barnstable, Cotuit, Marstons Mills, Centerville, Hyannis, Hyannisport, Cummaquid and Osterville. The inscriptions include the names of the deceased and, when available, the year of death and/or birth and the names of spouses and children or parents. It also includes memorial stones of men lost at sea, who the deceased is buried next to or the family plot in which he or she is buried; the condition of the tombstone as a result of weather, time or vandalism; and stones that were difficult to read. Supplementary information provided by the compiler includes: the military involvement of the deceased, epitaphs, status (widow, infant, doctor, religious affiliation, and age at death, etc. A key is provided to help identify each person with the cemetery in which he or she was buried. Several photographs of some unique stones are included. The revised edition provides more locations and record sources that were inadvertently omitted in the original publication. Pub. 1995 by Heritage Books Inc., Bowie, Md. 434 pages. $36 (US) plus $4 S/H plus $1.50 for each addition item. ISBN #0-7884-0178-9. We accept PayPal.

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Life of A Haunted House

(The Barnstable House of Barnstable (Cape Cod), Massachusetts)

This is a true haunting story of one of the most historical homes on Cape Cod. Built in 1713 at Scituate, Massachusetts, just a few miles south of Boston by the famous Paine family, it was barged to Barnstable across the Cape Cod Bay to its final resting place on the historic and scenic Kings Highway (Route 6A). Sounds pretty simple ah! Well, think again! This tale begins with the cutting down of a large tree in the Scituate forest to build this house. It is sometimes narrated by this tree (fictional). After many years of research, this author has put together a genealogy of sorts of the owners, history and its ghosts. First hand accounts and eye witnesses have been quoted including a first encounter of the ghost kind by this author with the help of the Psychic who helped me during my research and discovery of Benjamin Bonnell’s ghost in my first book, "Thunder Over New England." Some events in this book are sad with the tragedy of poor "Little Lucy" in the "Well" in the cellar, the hanging of Edmund Howes, the tragic life of Doctor Samuel Savage. It is said that Herman Millville, author of Moby Dick wrote several chapters of this most famous classic upstairs around the time of his marriage to Elizabeth Shaw, daughter of the Owner/occupant of the house. Many other spirits who haunt the hallways fill this book with mystery and wonder. The 1985 night before Halloween party that revealed "Little Lucy," and her sweet mysterious greeting years later will make you stand back and gasp. Published by Willow Bend Books/Heritage Books, Inc., 124 pages. Price $22.50 (US) plus $4 S/H and $1.50 for each additional item. ISBN #1-58549-859-9. We accept PayPal.

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The House of Robinson

The Robinsons of Rhode Island, Their Genealogy & Letters & The History of The Robinson & Son Oil Company of Baltimore, Maryland.

This project started out with some old letters found in the possession of William Champlin Robinson III dated as far back as 1745. Correspondence in these letters covered business and family matters throughout the American Revolutionary War era and continued on to 1838. Most of these letters dealt with events taking place in or around Newport, Rhode Island. In 1832, twenty-seven years before the first oil well was drilled by Colonel Edwin Drake, the William Champlin Robinson Oil Company was founded in Baltimore, Maryland, making it the oldest oil company (incorporated) in the United States. Initially, their resources came from animal fats, vegetable oils, fish oils and sperm whale lards until later when oil from the ground became reliable and plentiful. At the turn of the century, the Robinson family was able to get in on the ground floor of the emerging automobile industry. They became so influential that during World War I, President Woodrow Wilson asked William C. Robinson to head the Oil Conservation Department in Washington DC as "Fuel Administrator." With his influence and energy he helped convince the manufacturers and the general public to conserve oil and gas for the war effort. Following this appointment, the family influence in the oil business slowly began to wane and eventually the business was sold. The front of the book contains the Robinson genealogy from the mid-1600’s in England up to present day. Lots of interesting information for the Oil history buff, Robinson genealogist, family members and historians. Pub. 1995 by Heritage Books Inc., Bowie, Md. 226 pages. $23.75 (US) plus $4 S/H plus $1.50 for each additional item. We accept PayPal.

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