The posts take a singular moment in my family’s history and attempts to find the significant corners that may have a broader appeal. Please inform me of any errors that come to your notice.  I’m a graduate student studying literature in Illinois.

Thank you,

James O’Donoghue


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  1. Thank you very much for your research paper (it’s far beyond a “post”) on the Battle of Bunker Hill, especially as concerns Capt. Abel Wilder of Ephraim Doolittle’s Regiment (my 6th great-grandfather). His letters to his wife describing the battle and those thereafter are cherished reading in my family. The one written on June Ye 18th I’ve posted on Abel’s Find-A-Grave entry. I’ve searched for years on and off for the original letters quoted in the history of Winchendon book by Abijah Perkins Marvin but have had no success (there are supposedly many more which went unpublished). Any ideas as to where they might reside? The story of Abel’s death (1792) is as interesting as his life: he died of self-inoculated smallpox in the Jaffrey, New Hampshire pest-house and was buried in a farmers field with five others who suffered the same fate. Thanks again for this wonderfully written paper.

    • Thank you very much for your comment. Abel’s death is, as you say, fascinating. He led quite the remarkable life. There is a well-written history about the influence of the small pox during this time called Pox Americana.

      No ideas as to where to look for his letters. I see in your FindAGrave entry that the letters were privately held by a relative at the time of Marvin’s writing. Letters of that age would seem to need special care (I’m not an expert in this) so if they are still around they would be in a special collections of an archive, library, or university. Thanks again. I wish you the best in your search and will let you know if I come across anything.

  2. Your post on “The Slaves of My Lady’s Manor: Their Families and Masters” is quite interesting. I have quite a bit of overlapping research on the Sparks family and their enslaved workers. Could you email me?

  3. I stumbled upon your post “The Slaves of My Lady’s Manor”. I was wondering if you would be able to give me some information about tenant families (or where I could find that information) who lived on and worked the land of The Manor around 1830 to 1870. I am researching a family legend that involves a woman my aunt refers to as “The Lady of the Manor”, who may have been merely a runaway daughter or slave of one of the tenant farmers.

    • Thanks for contacting me. It sounds like a fascinating story. Ben Fischler is researching the Freed community of Troyer Road, near the Sparks farm. He suggested to me the following historian’s work:
      Louis S. Diggs (2005) North County: The History of African American Settlements in Northern Baltimore County’s Scenic Horse Country.

      Mr. Diggs has a website and you can contact him from that. He’s researched extensively in Upper Baltimore, and may be able to help you with more information. I’d love to hear what you find out. If it is an African-American tenant family than maybe the Freedmen Bureau’s documents.
      All the Best

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