A Talk by Judy Granger

Hosted by Hancock County Genealogical Society

Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 10:00 AM ET

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This genealogical and historical research grew out of Judy Granger’s discovery of an amazing document: the first American Anti-Slavery Almanac. Sharing this news prompted a friend’s family story about Pomp Russell, a Black infant enslaved at birth, who later became a NH Revolutionary war soldier. It links families across seven generations, from the settling of early Andover, MA, to Wilton, New Hampshire, and eventually two Maine towns, Weld and Farmington. Local histories and genealogies allowed Judy to puzzle through why these communities would have two of the earliest anti-slavery societies in Maine. To understand all the connections, it goes back to Pomp Russell, born in MA about 1761, and his connections to Abbott, Russell, Bass, Titcomb, Lovejoy, and other families in early Andover, Massachusetts,  to their churches and schools, and forward to them settling and influencing this area of Maine. 

About Judy Granger

Judy Granger is self-described New Englander thru and thru, both from birth in NH and living in Maine, as well as having literally all of her ancestors arrive in the mid 1600s to settle Topsfield and Newbury, MA, and the Kittery-Portsmouth-Dover-Oyster River areas of ME and NH.

Judy pursued her PhD work at Kent State in education and educational leadership, with a particular interest in qualitative research. Telling the story of Pomp Russell and his wife Margaret, in the context of their surroundings, is right up her alley.

Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89555471878?pwd=YytjRDFvbGlqLzdPdjY0TnBqdjBnUT09

Meeting ID: 895 5547 1878
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