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Three generations of Samuel Adams descendants

Erin P. Hayde, DSDI New Hampshire Governor, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in a ceremony at the National Archives in November 2017.  Pictured are three generations of Samuel Adams descendants in front of the Declaration of Independence. … Continue reading

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DSDI member composes song about his ancestor

By David Lewis What do you get when you combine inspirational ideas from four different centuries? Well, when I tried that recently I ended up composing a song honoring my ancestor, Josiah Bartlett, as well as the other signers of … Continue reading

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Samuel Adams

Of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, few exercised a more powerful influence than Samuel Adams.  Samuel Adams was born at Quincy, Massachusetts, September 22, 1722. He descends from pilgrim ancestors John and Margaret Thurston who arrived in … Continue reading

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Robert Treat Paine

Robert Treat Paine was born March 11, 1731 on School Street, Boston, near the site of Old City Hall, and was baptized at the Old South Church by Reverend Thomas Prince. He was the fourth of five children of Reverend … Continue reading

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John Hancock

Copley Portrait of John Hancock The most famous signature in America   (John Hancock’sDeclaration signature—do not include this title)   John Hancock wrote perhaps the most famous signature in American history.  Here is how it happened. On July 5, 1776 … Continue reading

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Elbridge Gerry

Elbridge Gerry was born on July 17, 1744 at Marblehead, Massachusetts, the third son of Thomas Gerry and Elizabeth Greenleaf. Elbridge’s father, Captain Thomas Gerry, was born in 1702 and came to America in 1730 from Newton Abbott, Devonshire, England. … Continue reading

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John Adams

John Adams was born in Braintree, Massachusetts October 30, 1735. His Puritan great-great-grandfather, Henry Adams, sailed from Devonshire, England seeking religious freedom as did his Mayflower pilgrim ancestors John Alden and Pricilla Mullins who landed at Plymouth Rock. His father, … Continue reading

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