December 29, 2013
Good morning. It's early, just 5:25 a.m. I've been up for a couple of hours, and will soon be hopping back into bed for a few more winks. It's the end of the year, and there really isn't a whole lot of new stuff happening. So, I'm going to have some fun and post a little of our family's history.
As I've said before, we are descendants of the Mayflower, coming down through William Brewster; then his son Jonathan Brewster; then his daughter Mary Brewster; then her daughter Mary Turner; and her daughter Honor Prince who married Francis Loud Jr. (Honor is often spelled Onner)
Francis and Onner Loud's first child, Jacob Loud, was born May 24, 1723 and reared at Weymouth, Massachusetts. Here, he learned the trade of Housewright, most likely from his father. On July 3, 1746, Jacob married Mary Smith (also born at Weymouth).
Jacob was a Revolutionary War hero, as he and his five sons are the only family on record as having a father and five sons who fought in that war. This record is found in Massachusetts, as well as Washington, D.C. Jacob lived all of his life at Weymouth, and died November 15, 1779.
The five sons are: Jacob Jr (March 6, 1747 - June 22, 1820) , Esau (September 17, 1750 - March 21, 1798), Peleg (November 29, 1752 - August 18, 1776), Eliphalet (December 30, 1755 - October 4, 1832) and Reuben (October 1, 1761 - October 8, 1795).
His son Reuben Loud took an oil painting of his mother (Mary Smith Loud), and one of the first meeting houses in South Weymouth to Liverpool, England in 1790. There he had his mother painted on one side of a water pitcher, and his ship on the opposite side. The meeting house was painted on a bowl. This water pitcher and bowl are in the possession of the Weymouth Historical Society at Weymouth, Massachusetts.
These are photos taken from the two sides of the water pitcher. First there is Mary (Smith) Loud, 1726 - 17997.
And on the opposite side of the water pitcher, this picture of Reuben Loud's ship. I do not have a copy of the picture painted on the bowl.
I get all of this wonderful information from my family book that was researched and authored by a cousin. This book is packed full of so many wonderful stories and information about my family since they first settled in this country. I will have more of these stories to share with you in days to come.
Now I'm off to make a cup of coffee and to see what's in the fridge that looks interesting enough for breakfast. Till tomorrow, Y'all be safe and have a wonderful day.
Hugs, Edna B.