So I'm looking through my New England ancestors to find some of the oldest houses they built, to just look a glimpse into their lives through their windows.
John Sherburne house at Strawberry Banke Museum, Portsmouth, NH
I enjoy finding grandmothers who somehow had 12 children, and Grisell Brindley Sylvester was one of them, (More about her Here.) Her husband Capt. Nathaniel Gascoigne Sylvester became quite rich off of the sugar/slave trade in the early 17th century, and bought and settled Shelter Island, NY, which is at the end of Long Island, NY. (More about him HERE.) I haven't been able to discern who his parents were, however. But he did have brothers, and they married and also had many children. So there's a whole bunch of cousins out there! This is in the lineage of my father's mother, Ada Swasey Rogers.
|Photo of the Sylvester Manor as it is today. It was inhabited by family members for 12 generations, from 1652.|
|Sylvester Manor as rebuilt in 1737, as it looks today (2016?) These windows have the ability to go up from the bottom or down from the top.|
|These are incredible windows!|
|Obviously the window with the air conditioner is newer, but I notice the one with diamond panes below it swings out to the side, of the older part of the home.|
There's even a quilt of old Somerset houses, and this one is included!
|Jonathan Bowers home is 3rd from top in second to right hand column.|
The Bowers daughter, Mary married Joseph Swasey, who built the house below in 1749 also in Somerset MA.
And Joseph Swasey's father Samuel had built the house on the left in Newburyport, MA in 1735, while his father Joseph built the one on the right in 1710-11. At least this is the way they are listed in Ancestry.
This week's Sepia Saturday prompt is...
So I think my ancestors were looking out through these various windows when they were children!