July 4, 2018

Celebrating Independence Day!

A Lovely 4th of July on the Lawn at Corgyncombe!
Bridget, Emma, and Eliza celebrate Independence Day out on the lawn at Corgyncombe!
Emma is a Cousin of Bridget and Eliza. Emma is holding, as the girls call her, the "Little Dear One".



They have their own small size vasculum and have collected a rose and some lavender that always bloom at Corgyncombe about the time of the 4th of July!


Bridget reads from their book "Child's Life of Washington".


The old fashioned likeness of the girls is surrounded by a fancy tintype frame.


Eliza holds a small bouquet of lavender and roses.
What a lovely fragrance!


You can see how small their vasculum is!
Moss is placed inside and the flowers can stay fresh for several days within the vasculum.


A special treat for Independence Tea, Corgyncombe Dairy Goat Carmella Lucille's Vanilla Ice Cream, made using the receipt for "Old-Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream" in "The Tasha Tudor Cookbook". It was made in my old White Mountain Ice Cream Freezer. Tasha Tudor describes her ice cream as delectable and she is so right! The receipt for "Washington Pie" is also in "The Tasha Tudor Cookbook". The design on the "Washington Pie", made by dusting confectioner's sugar over a doily and then taking the doily off, reminds one of spectacular fireworks! The "Washington Pie", made at the Corgyncombe Bakery, has raspberry jam filling and is delicious with Carmella Lucille's Vanilla Ice Cream! The old fashioned roses on the table are from my garden. A scene showing George Washington gathered with his family is on the teapot.


Cranking the old White Mountain Ice Cream Freezer.




The above scene took place in the winter of 2007. We traversed around on snowbanks gathering icicles for ice for the churning of the ice cream.  This photograph is especially refreshing on this 4th of July week, when the temperatures have been in the mid-90s.


Bridget shows Emma and the "Dear Little One" the picture of George Washington in the book.

I told the Izannah girls how my 4th great grandfather Elias Taylor served under Gen'l George Washington and how my 6th great grandfather Nehemiah Lyon represented the Woodstock, Connecticut area in the protest of the Stamp Act.

My 5th great grandmother Martha (Lyon) May, daughter of Nehemiah Lyon, was reported in 1766 by The Hartford Courant (The Connecticut Courant), to have "spun 194 knots of good linen yarn in one day." It was considered patriotic during this time to boycott British products and to spin their own threads and yarns. Spinning and knitting bees were very popular.

William Scott (my 4th great grandfather) was born during the Revolutionary War at Fort Ticonderoga as it says in his obituary: "in Ticonderoga Fort, in the dark days of the revolutionary struggle. The men were called into the army and the women and children had to flee to the Fort for safety. They remained there till the surrender of Burgoyne, when they returned to Bennington, Vermont." William Scott's father William Scott was a Revolutionary War soldier.

My 6th great grandfather, Revolutionary War soldier John Hale was 2nd Cousin to the great American patriot Nathan Hale.

My 4th great grandfather Stephen Harrington was at the battle when Cornwallis surrendered.

My 6th great grandfather was Corporal Ephraim Harrindeen of Rhode Island.
Eliphel McGee stated about Ephraim Harrindeen:
"Ephraim Harrindeen came to warn my Brother in a General Alarm, I recollect that he appeared to be very resolute, and went away upon a run to perform his duty in warning the men belonging to his company."


The girls are sitting on a lovely old quilt of red, white, and blue!


The white areas of the quilt are made of different fabrics with small festive prints predominantly of blue and red against the white. The quilt has been tied off with blue and white threads. The small prints and the ties give a splendid fireworks appearance! We thought of Independence Day the moment we saw it!



We at the Corgyncombe Courant love how Tasha Tudor illustrates Independence Day in "Around The Year" and "A Time to Keep". Tasha shows picnics, flying and displaying the American flag, firecrackers, and fireworks. In "Around the Year" the page with the eagle, stars, and flags catches the eye of the Corgyncombe Courant.


Some of the Corgyncombe Courant reporters' Revolutionary War soldier direct ancestors were:

Levi Adams Sr.
Serg. Levi Adams Jr.
Asahel Booth
John Clothier
Benjamin Eggleston
Benjamite Greene
John Hale
Ephraim Harrindeen
Stephen Harrington
Henry Head
Elias Jones
Cyprian Keyes
Nehemiah Lyon
Eliakim May
Joseph Peters
Jared Robinson
Ziba Robinson
William Scott
Capt. David Shepard
Stephen Smith
Nathan Standish
Nathaniel Swift
Elias Taylor
Nicholas Teachout
Amos Towne
Thomas Weaver
Daniel Wood


There are several other Revolutionary War soldiers that The Corgyncombe Courant Genealogy Department are researching, also.


Lucy with a flag celebrating Independence Day!
She is carrying the Grand Union flag, an early American flag, whilst walking about the gardens at Corgyncombe.
A progression of self sown flowers blooms here under the little old apple tree from spring until autumn.



The Grand Union flag flying o'er my 7th great grandparents' (David and Hepzibah Howe) house, the Howe Tavern in Massachusetts.

The Howe Tavern is also known as the Wayside Inn, made famous in Longfellow's poem.

David and Hepzibah Howe's daughter Hepzibah was my 6th great grandmother.

In "Tales of a Wayside Inn" by Longfellow, he speaks of Hepzibah's brother Lieut. Col. Ezekiel Howe and the sword he used "In the rebellious days of yore, Down there at Concord in the fight."

"Paul Revere's Ride" is included in "The Landlord's Tale" in "Tales of a Wayside Inn" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The Corgyncombe Courant reports on an article found in an 1901 issue of "The Otsego Farmer":
The Otsego Farmer, January 11, 1901
Gilbertsville
"The firemen have much improved their hall by repainting and papering it and covering the floor with matting. Last Saturday evening, at the regular monthly meeting, there was an unusually large attendance. After the business meeting the veteran fireman, O. E. Taylor, by invitation, recited Paul Revere's ride, rendering that grand old poem with a zeal and fervor which elicited much applause."

Oh, how The Corgyncombe Courant reporters wish we had been there to hear the poem recited with "zeal and fervor" by a grandson of Revolutionary War soldier Elias Taylor and great grandson of Revolutionary War Soldiers Joseph Peters and Nathaniel Swift. O. E. Taylor was a great great uncle of mine and Elias Taylor was my 4th great grandfather. Elias Taylor served under Gen'l George Washington. Joseph Peters and Nathaniel Swift were both 5th great grandfathers of mine.
 
The Corgyncombe Courant is sure that many others in attendance at the firemen's hall were also descendants of Revolutionary War soldiers and one can imagine the roar of applause in response to such "zeal and fervor".


Carolina holds an early apple that has fallen from the Astrachan apple tree.

Bridget, Eliza, Emma, Lucy, and Carolina and their wonderful clothing were made by Margaret Flavin.


 A Guide to the Wild Flowers", written by Alice Lounsberry and illustrated by Mrs. Ellis Rowan.
The well worn book was originally owned by Mrs. T. B. Shepherd.

There are many handwritten notes by previous owners on the pages of the book noting the date and location that they found the particular wild flower. Although the book was written at a later date, the earliest date in the handwritten notations is an 1848 sighting.

Oswego-Tea, also called Bee Balm: in the book is written, "Found in Grandmother's garden, near her bee house when a child - West Martinsburg"

In Revolutionary times some folks would use Oswego Tea as an alternative to the imported tea taxed by the British.


We hope our Dear Readers have a lovely Independence Day!


Some of the photographs and some of the writings on this post are from previous Corgyncombe Courant posts that can be found here on the Corgyncombe Courant and from our web site and our previous postings elsewhere on the internet.

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May 26, 2018

Pinkster Festival!

A Special African Celebration!
Estelle has gathered the ingredients for making gingerbread cookies, which include Corgyncombe Dairy Goat Carmella Lucille's fine milk and butter, Phidelia Finch's egg, and spices.


The Pinkster bush is fragrant and beautiful!

Pinkster Day was the day the Dutch observed Pentecost.

Those of African heritage along the Hudson River Valley in York State would gather together to celebrate Pinkster with week long festivities of joyous celebration with their traditional music and dancing. There were booths decorated with Pinkster blossoms, selling things such as gingerbread.

Click Here for Traditional Historic Celebration of Pinkster at Philipsburg Manor


Phidelia Finch at Corgyncombe








Estelle cuts out various animal shapes, such as rabbits, hens, fish, and squirrels.






Estelle sells her gingerbread cookies at a festive booth decorated with Pinkster blooms.

Estelle and her friends enjoy the sight and beautiful fragrance of the Pinkster!



Estelle's daughter Cordelia.

Sweet little Jennie.


Jennie's Mama

Jennie's Aunt Nellie










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May 13, 2018

Wilma Higgs and Her Children!

Portraits Displayed in Honor of Mother's Day!



Wilma Higgs and her husband William have two children, a little son, Willie Jr., and a baby daughter, Charlotte Mary Elspeth.


Everyone adores the little baby sister!
Little Charlotte was named after her doting Aunties Charlotte, Mary, and Elspeth Higgs.


Little Willie holds his baby sister.




Wilma is a loving Mum!


Gently rocking the cradle.


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March 30, 2018

Blustery, Cold, Snowy Nor'easters!!!

Baking Comforting Treats!
This winter season Corgyncombe has seen several Nor'easters in a row, resulting in deep snow, blustery winds, and below zero windchills!

Hannah has been doing a lot of baking in her cozy, warm kitchen.
She has decided to make an old fashioned gingerbread cake.


Hannah has gathered the ingredients which include Corgyncombe Dairy Goat Carmella Lucille's fine milk and butter (goat's butter is white), and Phidelia Finch's egg. The jug holds treacle.

Phidelia Finch at Corgyncombe


Hannah creams the butter, sugar and spices well together.
 

The apple tree near the garden where the little wren lives in the nesting season.
When the snow disappears, early scented violets will grow nearby, amongst the first flowers of spring.




Early in the morn, 'tis so sweet to find dear little bird feet lead right up to my door. They are awaiting my coming forth with a bucket of bird seed, nourishment against the wind and cold.


A dear little sparrow atop some cornstalks in the snow of a Nor'easter.
The tassels on the cornstalks look much like the markings on the sparrow.




Hannah does her baking and cooking on a "Little Fanny" wood cookstove.




The scent of the spices in Hannah's gingerbread make her kitchen smell delightful!


After she washes dishes and tidies up, Hannah has a cup of tea.
She remembers the apple tree where the wren will return to and the fragrant violets that are now under all that snow and will bloom again in spring.







The snow is up to the spout on the pump.
'Tis snowing, blustery and cold!


Edward comes in from the barn and Hannah serves him a slice of her old fashioned gingerbread.


Gingerbread and warm goat's milk, a comforting treat on a cold winter's eve.

There is still snow aplenty on the fields, woods, gardens and lawns at Corgyncombe!

We hope our Dear Readers have a lovely Resurrection Sunday!


Some of the photographs and some of the writings on this post are from previous Corgyncombe Courant posts that can be found here on the Corgyncombe Courant and from our web site and our previous postings elsewhere on the internet.

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