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Today's find on Ancestry:

Colonel John Chester, 1st cousin 9x removed, who was a judge. "He died suddenly in the hayfield on September 11, 1777, at the age of 68." His wife, Sarah Noyes died in 1797 at the age of 75. A lovely bed curtain she embroidered is actually in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Lucy in the Painting with Blue Dress

Today's find on Ancestry: 2nd cousin 7x removed, Comfort Starr Mygatt and his daughter, Lucy.
From the Yale University Art Gallery:

Artist: John Brewster, Jr., American, 1766–1854
Comfort Starr Mygatt and Lucy Mygatt (1763–1823; 1794–1885)1799

Oil on canvas54 x 39 1/2 in. (137.16 x 100.33 cm) framed: 60 x 46 1/4 in. (152.4 x 117.475 cm)Gift of Jane and Gerald Katcher, LL.B. 19502007.200.1The portraits by the itinerant deaf artist John Brewster open a window into the lives of New England’s merchant class. Here, the prosperous Danbury, Connecticut, shopkeeper, silversmith, and watchmaker Comfort Starr Mygatt poses with his five-year-old daughter, Lucy. The heart of the painting lies in their barely touching fingers. Stripping the scene of inessential detail, Brewster focuses attention on the unspoken bond between the relaxed father and the solemn little girl raising her hand to touch him. The emotion inherent in the gesture transcends the specifics of time and place.Geography:
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Revolutionary War Soldier

Today's find on Ancestry: Abel Estabrook, 1748–1824, my 4th cousin 7x removed. He was among the men who attacked the HMS Gaspee, one of the events that led to the Revolution. He fought with Reed's Regiment (NH) during the Revolutionary War. After the war he and his wife Ruth moved to VT and he is buried in the South Hill Cemetery in Ludlow, VT. I actually hiked this cemetery many times on vacation two summers ago, not knowing Abel was somewhere nearby.

The Cassels Boys All Had Cool Hair

Today's find on Ancestry: 2nd cousin 3x removed James J. Cassels (1859-1923) and his wife Vinnie Elmira Palmer (1875-1949) and their son Lloyd Maxwell (1894-1977). He was a farmer, railroad operator, and merchant, according to various census reports. I shared photos of his son Lloyd as an adult in an earlier post and apparently cool hair runs in the family.

Hairstyles of the Rich and Famous

Today's find on Ancestry: 3rd cousin twice removed Lloyd Maxwell Cassells and his bride Martha Hart, married in 1918. He served in WW1, listed occupations on federal censuses - farmer and railway clerk. They were born and lived most of their lives in Nebraska, but in the mid-1950's moved to San Jose, CA. I love the delicate embroidery on her dress and the pin at the top of her neckline. And Lloyd's hair ... wow!

The Eyes Have It

Today's find on Ancestry: 2nd cousin 5x removed Eunice Maria Averill (1820-1890) and her husband, Dr. Robert Crane (1820-1909). He graduated from Yale, practiced in Middlebury, CT, where he was also the postmaster and Justice of the Peace for the town. They had three children - a girl, who died in infancy, and two sons, who like their father, also attended Yale. She predeceased her husband, but this photo looks like mourning garb, maybe for her daughter Mary Ann. Robert definitely had piercing eyes.

Cousins in the Snow

Today's find on Ancestry: Niagara Falls, c. 1863. My 5th cousin 5x removed, Sarah Mercer Hazard (seated, on the snow, second from left, with her daughter)