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Volume 8, Issue 1

February 1, 2005


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Thomas Hinckley

Medical Family Tree - Past & Present

Disease Translations

Vacation Research

Family Favorites - Corned Beef-and-Cabbage Soup

Photos of the Past

Thomas Hinckley

1618 - 1706

Thomas Hinckley was born in 1618 in Hawkhurst, County Kent, England, the first of 16 children born to Samuel Hinckley and Sarah Soule. He came to America with his parents in 1635, and settled first at Scituate, and removed to Barnstable four years later.

On December 4, 1641, Thomas married Mary Richards, the daughter of Thomas Richards and Welthean Loring. Thomas and Mary had nine children, Mary, Sarah, Meletiah, Hannah, Samuel, Thomas Jr., Bathsheba, Mehetable, and Susan. Mary Richards died in 1659.

Thomasí second marriage was to Mary Smith in 1659. She was the daughter of John Smith and Mary Ryder. Thomas and his second wife Mary also had 9 children, Admire, Ebenezer, Mary, Experience, John, Abigail, Thankful, Ebenezer (after the death of their previous child), and Reliance.

Thomas was active in the affairs of Plymouth Colony, being elected deputy in 1645, a representative in 1647, and as assistant in 1658, holding this office for twenty-two years. Upon the death of Gov. Josias Winslow, in 1680, he succeeded to the office of governor, and administrated the affairs of the colony continuously, except during the four years of Androís rule (1687-91), until its union with Massachusetts Bay Colony under the charter of William and Mary in 1691. From 1673 to 1692 he was also a member of the central board of the two colonies, at the close of his term of office became a counselor of the united governments.

Mary died in 1703 with Thomas following in 1706.

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Medical Family Tree -

 Past & Present

 Does cancer run in your family? Diabetes? Heart problems or Allergies? High blood pressure or Thyroid problems?

Most of us donít think of our relativesí medical history as being important. Researching the family tree from a medical point of view can answer these questions. Unfortunately many people donít record the cause of death of their relatives. Even fewer people will list the health problems that did not cause the death of their relative, but may have caused problems during their life. This information can be important also.

In a family tree we often we donít understand what the cause of death is, or what the illness is that a relative had. Was green sickness (anemia) or screws ( rheumatism) a problem your relative had to cope with? Names of diseases have changed over the years but looking up the current name for an old disease will help you see if a disease runs in the family.

 Often families hid medical information. Did a relative have cancer, but nobody in the family knew.

Having this information will help you and your doctor know if you should have special tests done or be on the lookout for problems. You may need to have your heart monitored earlier or more often, even though you have no symptoms. Maybe you need to be tested for cancer more often than the average person. Is being tired from being overworked or a thyroid problem?

Health problems of the living are just as important and sharing this information with other family members can be very helpful to all.

Chuck was hospitalized in December and January for lung cancer. As is standard procedure after surgery, Chuck was on morphine as a pain killer and had a severe reaction to the morphine.

 Over the next couple of weeks, after telling his relatives about this reaction, we found out that his immediate family, aunts and uncles and cousins are also sensitive to morphine. If Chuck would have known about the morphine sensitivity that ran in his family, he could have told the doctors about this family history and possibly prevented this incident by using a different pain killer or being prepared to counteract the reaction.

Donít discount things that you think might be unimportant. Are you sensitive to the iodine they use for CAT scans or do you a have reactions to aspirin? It could be your health and comfort in the future.

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Disease Translations

Old Name

New Name

Consumption Tuberculosis
Dropsy Edema
Dyspepsia Acid Indigestion
Galloping Consumption Pulmonary Tuberculosis
Green Sickness Anemia
Gripe Influenza
Lung Fever Pneumonia
Lung Sickness Tuberculosis
Mania Insanity
Morsal Gangrene
Mortis Death
Pleurisy Inflammation of the Lung
Pox Syphilis
Putrid Fever Diptheria
Screws Rheumatism
Ships Fever Typhus
St. Vitus Dance Nervous Twitches
Venesection Bleeding
Whitlow Boil
Winter Fever Pneumonia
Yellow Jacket Yellow Fever
Vacation Research
Planning a vacation to a location you can do some research on your family tree? Being prepared before you go will make your search more productive.

Make a notebook or folder of information that will be significant to your research. Donít forget to add some information you already know to help you along the way. Are you looking for information on John Smith? Make sure you know approximately when he may have been born, information about his parents and siblings, and any information about his life. If he was probably born in the 1920ís or 30ís, then you are wasting your time looking at information in the 80ís. Maybe you found more than one John Smith. Having information with you about his family will help you decide which John Smith is yours. And donít forget to try different spellings. Maybe his name was Jon, Jonathan, or Johan

Try to be specific about the information you wish to locate. You donít want to waste a lot of time looking up a birth date if you already have a good source for that. Maybe what you really wanted to find was a marriage or death date.

Donít forget to look in city directories or plat books for

information. They can have some interesting facts. A city directory may tell you where they worked (along with other members of the family). You can also get an idea of how they moved around. A plat book might not only show where they owned property, but they are also full of information about the town and the people that lived there.

Did the company that John Smith worked for have a company newsletter? What about the union or organizations he may have belonged to? Many libraries have copies of these newsletters. Browse through them and you may find valuable information. Maybe even a picture of John Smith.

Check out the local cemeteries where he may have been buried. Be sure to take a camera with you to take pictures of the headstone. Black and white film is best for cemetery stones because it shows more detail in the hard-to-read areas. Make sure to also write down any information you find on the stone (in case you canít see the picture well enough). Donít forget to check out the cemetery stones that are in the same vicinity as the one you are interested in. Families are often buried in family plots or nearby each other. You may find family members you didnít know about.


Ever notice that you have more family photos without names then with names? Make copies of the photos without names. While on vacation, ask around. Show everybody your unknown pictures You may be able to add names to some of those pictures.

Make sure you have extra copies and leave them with relatives. They may show them to others. Sara may recognize that one unknown picture as being her grandfather, but she may have never seen that particular picture before.

Donít forget to take your family phonebook. Give relatives in the area you are visiting a call. Bring along some picture of their part of the family. Both families might enjoy meeting a relative they didnít know (or havenít seen in a long time) and looking at pictures of common relatives (maybe some of the pictures they havenít seen before).

Most of all, try to organize your questions so you donít have to make multiple trips to the same location. And donít forget to take along spare paper, pens and lots of change for the copy machines.

Be a good visitor and always offer to share copies of your pictures and family tree information.

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Family Favorites

Corned Beef-and-Cabbage Soup



2 Tbs. Oil, preferably canola

1/2 lb. Deli-sliced corned beef, cut into strips

8 oz. Green cabbage, cored and diced, about 3 cups

3 carrots, about 6 oz. halved lengthwise, sliced, about 1 cup

1 onion, about 8 oz., chopped, about 1-1/4 cups

1/4 tsp. Coarse-grind pepper

1 tsp. Caraway seeds

1 large baking potato, about 12 oz., peeled, cut into 1/2" pieces

1 can (48 oz.) chicken broth

2 cups Apple juice

In pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add corned beef; cook, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes. Add cabbage, carrots, onion and caraway seeds; cook, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes. Add potato, broth, apple juice and pepper; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.

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Photos of the Past



Ebenezer L. Wanzer 1795-1874 and Eliza Boughton 1811-1883. Eliza was Ebenezer's third wife. His first wife was Sarah Irish 1799-1823 and his second wife was Esther Irish 1797-1838.
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