February Birthdays

John Bliss – February 2, 1561 (My Paternal 11th Great Grandfather)

Peddy Bliss – February 13, 1825 (My Paternal 3rd Great Grand Aunt)

John (Goff) Gough – February 5, 1857 (My Paternal 2nd Great Grand Uncle)

Margaret Jane (Goff) Gough – February 14, 1877 (My Paternal Great Grand Aunt)

Patrick (Goff) Gough – February 14, 1864 (My Paternal Great Grand Uncle)

ruth gough murphyRuth Frances (Goff) Gough Murphy – February 3, 1888 (My Paternal Great Grandmother




Ruth Kendrick Willmarth – February 16, 1649 (My Paternal 9th Great Grandmother)

Poly Lincloln – February 5, 1786 (My Paternal 4th Great Grand Aunt)

Samuel Lincoln – February 16, 1638 (My Paternal 8th Great Grandfather)

Woodward B Lincoln – February 24, 1827 (My Paternal 3rd Great Grand Uncle)

Daniel McAloonDaniel Joseph McAloon – February 24, 1869 (My Paternal 2nd Great Grandfather )




Abel Medbury –  February 3, 1761 (My Paternal 5th Great Grandfather)

Charles Oscar Murphy – February 18, 1870 (My Paternal 2nd Great Grand Uncle)

Susanna Orcutt Edson – February 20, 1618 (My Paternal 10th Great Grandmother)

Bridget Ryan – February 4, 1859 (My Maternal 2nd Great Grand Aunt)

Thomas F. Ryan – February 8, 1861 (My Maternal 2nd Great Grand Uncle)

Miles Shorey – February 23, 1710 (My Paternal 7th Great Grandfather)

John Whittle – February 11, 1780 (My Maternal 4th Great Grand Uncle)

Walter Whittle – February 22, 1897 (My Maternal Great Grand Uncle)




William Whittle – February 2, 1864 (My Maternal 2nd Great Grand Uncle)




Premature Birth

I have to admit I struggled somewhat on whether or not to make this post, but in the end I decided this is a family blog and this is part of my family story.  Every year since 2011 I have done the March of Dimes: March for Babies walk, my reason for doing so.  My son.

JD BirthHe was born at 29 weeks 6 days and was 2 pounds 13 oz.  He was 14 inches long.  We spent the longest 62 days of my life in the NICU. Cause of his premature birth was a bacterial infection.  At times he struggled to breath.  He had a small hole in his heart, he came close to a blood transfusion for anemia but fought back.  We were among the more lucky premature births.  He had no surgeries and only had to come home on a heart monitor that he wore for a month. Today he is a happy healthy almost 3 year old boy. It was an experience I don’t wish on any family but one we pulled threw just fine. March of Dimes is diligently trying to find a way to stop the birth of premature babies.So I gladly support there cause.

A little about March of Dimes.

March of Dimes, founded in 1938 by President Franklin D Roosevelt, celebrated its 75th year anniversary in 2013. March of Dimes was originally created to help find a cure for polio, and after funding the research that developed a vaccine to combat it, the organization changed its focus to prematurity. In 1970 the March for Babies Event was established.

The March of Dimes spends 76¢ of every dollar raised in March for Babies to support research and programs that help babies begin healthy lives.


If you would like to donated to this worthy cause and to my walk for babies please go to and thank you:






January Birthdays

Daniel Bliss – January 21, 1702 (My Paternal 7th Great Grandfather)

Susannah Carpenter Bliss – January 19, 1823 (My Paternal 3rd Great Grandmother)

Lucianno Dias – January 24, 1875 (My Maternal 2nd Great Grandfather)

Ellen Flannery – January 1, 1839 (My Maternal 3rd Great Grand Aunt)

Jeannette Hall Whittle

Jeannette Hall Whittle

Jeanette T. Hall Whittle – January 12, 1903 (My Maternal Great Grandmother

Alice Ann Hearth Whittle – January 8, 1855 (Wife of my Maternal 2nd Great Grand Uncle Richard Whittle)

Mary Ide Medbury – January 1, 1730 (My Paternal 6th Great Grandmother)

Ezekiel Lincoln Jr. – January 20, 1779 (My Paternal 4th Great Grand Uncle)

Jeanette McIntosh Tisdall – January 9, 1869 (My Maternal 2nd Great Grand Aunt)

James Montgomery Murphy – January 15, 1862 (My Paternal 2nd Great Grand Uncle)

Joseph Briggs Murphy – January 6, 1860 (My Paternal 2nd Great Grandfather)

Mary A Murphy McAloon – January 1847 (My Paternal 3rd Great Grandmother)

Eugenia Progulsky Whittle – January 15, 1898 (wife of my Maternal 1st cousin 3x removed Edward Whittle)

William Edward Seekell – January 8, 1903 (My Paternal Great Grand Uncle)

Frederick Thomas Whittle

Frederick Thomas Whittle

Frederick Thomas Whittle – January 12, 1893 (My Maternal Great Grandfather






Jeannette Whittle Hoeg

Jeannette Whittle Hoeg

Jeannette Whittle Hoeg – January 4, 1931 (My Maternal Grand Aunt)






Lillian Whittle and Walter Whittle

Lillian Whittle and Walter Whittle

Lillian Cecilia Whittle Healy – January 2, 1899 (My Maternal Great Grand Aunt)






James Williams – January 1, 1703(My Paternal 7th Great Grandfather

Mary Winslow Briggs – January 1, 1785 (My Paternal 5th Great Grandmother)

December Birthdays

Laura Ann Peck Bliss – December 17, 1835 (My Paternal 3rd Great Grand Aunt)

Michael J Conners – December 19, 1902 (Husband of My Paternal Great Grand Aunt Anastasia McAloon)

Honora Flannery Ryan – 24 December 1829 (My Maternal 3rd Great Grandmother)

Steven Flannery – December 1832 (My Maternal 3rd Great Grand Uncle)

Mary A Grimes Holden – 28 December 1884 (My Maternal 1st cousin 3x removed)

William Grimes – 4 December 1886 (My Maternal 1st cousin 3x removed)

Mary Ide Fuller – 10 December 1649 (My Paternal 9th Great Grandfather)

Mercy Lincoln – 2 December 1783 (My Paternal 4th Great Grand Aunt)

Elizabeth McAloon – 15 December 1870 (My Paternal 2nd Great Grand Aunt)

Olive Medbury Bliss – 12 December 1792 (My Paternal 4th Great Grandmother)

Francis Charles Murphy – 23 December 1864 (My Paternal 2nd Great Grand Uncle)

Hannah Ryan Smith – 14 December 1856 (My Maternal 2nd Great Grand Aunt)

MaryLouiseRyan (2)Mary Louise Ryan Whittle – 1 December 1862 (My Maternal 2nd Great Grandmother)




benjamin seekellBenjamin Alfred Seekell – 7 December 1897 (My Paternal Great Grand Uncle)




Annie Smith – 12 December 1890 (My Maternal 1st cousin 3x removed)

Alice Yates Whittle – 31 December 1825 (My Maternal 3rd Great Grandmother)



Honoring My Family Veterans

Dr. Joseph Leroy Murphy





Charles A SeekellCharles Albert Seekell





frederocl whittleFrederick Thomas Whittle





Robert F MurphyRobert Francis Murphy





Uncle JosephDr. Joseph Gough Murphy





Richard Murphy USNRichard Murphy





uncle jack japan 1947John Atkins Murphy





Grandpa WW2Gilbert Francis Cunha





Uncle BillWilliam Whittle





Uncle Robbie USNRobert Murphy





John Cunha Jr.John Cunha, Jr.

November Birthdays

Dorothy Abell Walker – November 18, 1677  (My Paternal 8th Great Grandmother)

Noah Bliss II – November 13, 1759 (My Paternal 5th Great Grandfather)

Daniel Carpenter – November 8, 1695 (My Paternal 7th Great Grandfather)

William Carpenter – November 22, 1631 (My Paternal 9th Great Grandfather)

george doucetGeorge Doucette – November 10, 1853 (My Paternal 3rd Great Grandfather)




Samuel Fuller – November 23, 1676 (My Paternal 8th Great Grandfather)

Mary E. McGee Kelly – November 18, 1856; wife of Peter Kelly (My Paternal 2nd Great Grand Aunt)

Joseph Gough MurphyJoseph Gough Murphy – November 16, 1921 (My Paternal Grand Uncle)




Benjamin Tripp Seekell – November 15, 1834 (My Pateranl 3rd Great Grandfather)

charles lovell seekellCharles Lovell Seekell – November 30, 1873 (My Paternal 2nd Great Grandfather)




Ebenezer Walker – November 15, 1676 (My Paternal 8th Great Grandfather)

Horatio Nelson Williams – November 20, 1798 (My Paternal 4th Great Grand uncle)