People are men, women, and children including generations of local families, summer people, visitors, and those who worked or played here. Though the Digital Archive is not a genealogy database, it does display a person’s spouses, siblings, children, and parents, as well as great and great-great grandchildren and grandparents.
Good to Know
- Many Reference Items for people also include biographies researched and written by archivists.
- Family members are connected to each other and to other items with relationships.
- People are listed by last name followed by their full name and birth and death dates if known. For example: Clark – Seth Higgins Clark (1816-1896).
- Women are listed by maiden name first followed by their given names, maiden name in parentheses, married names, and birth and death dates if known. For example: Clark – Ella Marie (Clark) Kittredge (1845-1896).
- Birth and death dates are included and important because they help to distinguish between generations of people with the same name. Dates are not shown for people who are living.
- Alternate spellings and nicknames are included in the Description for Reference Items about people.
From the Curator
Almost all of the people in the Archive are listed with their birth and death dates, unless they are still living. We are fortunate in knowing who most of the hundreds of people listed are and provide their biographies as time allows. You will find Clarks and Carrolls and Coughs (whose family came from China), Billings and Bulgers, Mayos and Moores, Stanleys, Gilleys, Lurveys, Lawlers and Lawlors, people named Smith and Brown, and Antoine Laumet dit La Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac, along with people who lost their family names upon immigrating or were part of Greek mythology (and probably appear because a vessel was named for them). One could spend years just reading their biographies and discovering their history