Old Man Scanlon's

Old Man Scanlon's Ancestors: Their Places

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Photographs, maps, and links about some of the places where my ancestors lived.

Surnames Appearing in the Documents



More coming, real soon now!

History of this Document

01 May 2006, revision 1.
Initial publication.
04 May 2006, revision 2.
Huntington links, Milford info.
25 February 2007, revision 3.
Routine maintenance.

Stockport, Cheshire, England

Stockport, Cheshire was where the Scanlons and Legges mixed, and was also the jumping-off point for their 1880s emigration to Rhode Island. These maps show the Stockport and Liverpool/Manchester areas in this decade. Stockport, on the Lancashire/Cheshire border, roughly 6 or 8 miles southeast of Manchester, then clearly was distinct from Manchester. This is not obvious on modern maps, which show that Manchester has sprawled and pretty much swallows it up.

Points of interest are:

Bosden - 1881 residence of Herbert Legge
now in Hazel Grove, 2 or 3 miles southeast of Stockport
Bradford - 1888 marriage of James Scanlon and Louisa Legge
area of eastern Manchester
Chadderton - 1872 birth of Elizabeth Scanlon
roughly 6 miles north-northeast of Manchester
Cheadle Bulkeley - 1878 death of William Scanlon
combined with Cheadle Moseley in 1879 to form Cheadle, about 3 miles west-southwest of Stockport

Maps showing the above places:

Stockport, detail of 1886 map

Malcolm Farmer has a collection of 19th century English county maps, one of which is an 1886 map of Staffordshire, Shropshire & Cheshire from the Encyclopedia Britannica; a portion of it, showing Stockport and vicinity, is reproduced here.

Genmaps has an 1882 map of the environs of Manchester, showing both Stockport (bottom of map) and Chadderton (top of map, just right of center). The location of Bradford, although unlabeled, is just north of Beswick (immediately above the label "MANCHESTER").

For other period maps see Rootsweb Genmaps; for current maps of England, see the Ordnance Survey Get-a-map service.

Other links:

Examples of Lancashire speech - the closest I could get to Stockport speech - including audio clips.


Dorset, England

LouAnn's "Dorset GARLAND Ancestors" has photographs of the countryside and buildings of Affpuddle, Waddock, and environs.


Hampden and Hampshire Counties, Massachusetts

Huntington, and some of the surrounding towns, is the place my maternal lines converged. The Town of Huntington and the Huntington Police Department both have web sites. The Huntington Community Development Plan, 2003 is online. The Huntington Village Historic District (#99001080) was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.

St. Thomas Roman Catholic Church in Huntington has published a modern view of its building (warning - it's a page with sound); "Hidden Hills of Western Massachusetts" has another one. More information about St. Thomas Parish is at Parishesonline.com.

Shirley Bruso's "Old Postcards Of Jacob's Ladder Trail, Route 20, Berkshire, Hampden, and Hampshire Counties in Massachusetts" has turn-of-the-century views of, and contemporary reminiscences concerning, several towns frequented by Aldriches, Discos, Dohertys, and Laramees, specifically:

Russell Swinging Bridge (1)
Swinging Bridge (2)
Hotel and Railroad Station
Railroad Station
Main Street
Birds-eye View Looking North
Huntington Main Street, Looking North (1)
Main Street, Looking North (2)
Catholic Church
B. & A. R. R. Station (1)
B. & A. R. R. Station (2)
Bird's Eye View
The Park
Williams Dam
Westfield Corner of Elm and Main Streets
View Along Main Street
Park Square
Elm Street (1)
Elm Street (2)
Railroad Station
High School
Bismarck Hotel
New England Whip Co.
Pavilion and Hampton Ponds
Woronoco View
Strathmore Inn
Power House and Three Bridges
Woronoco Valley
Westfield River
Looking North Along the Western Mass. Street Railway
Woronoco Bridge and Westfield River
Westfield River and Highway

The Gorge, Little River, Russell

1947 topo, The Gorge, Little River, Russell, Mass.

This is a fragment of the northwest corner of the USGS 1947 Southwick quadrangle, a topographical map from the University of New Hampshire's collection of "Historic USGS Maps of New England & NY".

Even living at the base of Watery Hill, elevation 390 feet, the highest point in Bristol County, did not prepare me for how awesome The Gorge is. My grandfather took my brother and me for a drive there one summer evening, and it felt like we were underground, the hills were so tall and steep. I need to see it again, almost fifty years later, to find out if I've misremembered it, and to see if I can duplicate the experience of first hearing a whippoorwill.

Doherty and Aldrich residences, Huntington

Recent photographs of Burnis Aldrich's house, 47 Russell Rd., Huntington, and Patrick Doherty's house, 9 Basket St., Huntington.

Old Aldrich farmhouse

[Mapquest map]

Aldrich Ave. street sign

[Mapquest map]

Old Doherty house

[Mapquest map]


Milford, Worcester, Massachusetts

This is a section of a Sanborn fire insurance map of March, 1885 (from "Digital Sanborn Maps 1867-1970" at NEHGS) showing Seth P. Carpenter's Lyceum Hall building on Main St., and some of the surrounding area. The block is bounded on the west (the left side) by Jefferson St. and on the east by Spring St.

Lyceum Hall block

Mapquest map.