Monday, March 13, 2017

New Newfoundland T-shirt Design

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Scott Connection to Famous Christmas Song

This story is about Lawrence Scott, the son of Eliza Buttery of Grand Bay and William Scott of Fortune Bay.

This story will probably be lost on the younger generations, but the ol' timers will find it interesting. Thomas Scott's (Fortune Bay's) grandson Lawrence Scott (my grandfather) was somewhat of a "singing preacher." He loved to sing, and my Mom often accompanied him on the piano.

Today Mom showed me a box of old sheet music, along with a folder containing correspondence between Lawrence Scott and Hugh Martin, the man who wrote Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. Hugh thought the world of my grandfather, and they were very close.

Hugh Martin was a composer who worked with Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Gene Kelly, Lena Horne, Debbie Reynolds, Michael Feinstein, Jerome Robbins, and many others! The last song Bing Crosby ever sang in public was written by Hugh.

Here is some of the correspondence my Mom kept.

Here is sheet music that reads "for Elder Scott from Hugh Martin."

"For my beloved Elder Scott who is Number One on my personal Hit Parade!"...

Excerpt from a postcard

Letter Excerpt

Letter Excerpt

"...because you are such a very special person to me."

Sunday, March 1, 2015

New NS Buttery Branch Discovered

It usually takes someone dying to find entire branches of people, and such is the case with a branch descending from Walter Frederick Buttery, 1888-1916.

Walter died tragically at the age of 27 from TB. He had 3 daughters who mostly lived in North Sydney, NS. His second daughter Rebecca M. Buttery (1912-1970) married Philip G. Francis (1907-1991) and until yesterday, I found no evidence they had children. WRONG! They had 7 children!

Rebecca's children are:
  1. Margaret Jane Francis Ongo
  2. Regis Cordella Rose
  3. Walter Frederick “Buck” Francis
  4. Clarence Francis
  5. Arthur Francis
  6. Dorothy Cross
  7. Oswald “ozzy” Francis
They are not in order of age--don't know all of the birthdates yet. 

Arthur Francis died in 2011 and worked as a purser aboard Marine Atlantic vessels for most of his life, retiring from the Atlantic Freighter in 1992. He was a former member of the Canadian Navy, and a veteran of Iraqi war, "Desert Storm" serving with the Merchant Marines. He was a member of Branch #19 Royal Canadian Legion, the Cape Breton Naval Veterans and St. John the Baptist Anglican Church, North Sydney.

Monday, February 16, 2015


Happy 2015, everyone! Hope you are well. I haven't posted in awhile because I've pretty much learned all I can learn--or at least have found everything to be found online. The other day I saw this clip on a British sketch comedy show. SO funny! This is dedicated to all of my newfound cousins! Cheers!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Irish Buttery Family Branch

I try to keep up with my documentation and record my research on this blog so the info doesn't get lost down the road and others can benefit from it. This may sound morbid, but during my research, I have greatly benefited from online documentation by other relatives. After attempting to contact two individuals regarding their research, I found that they had passed. If it weren't for their research before they died, I wouldn't know nearly as much as I do now and I'm so grateful, but disappointed I can't thank them. case I it all is! :-) RIP Jerry Lomond.

Eliza Buttery Adams

Eliza Adams McKnight
To recap, my line of Butteries--the focus of this blog--descend from Dr. Benjamin Buttery and Jane Griffiths of Monmouth, Wales. Benjamin begat William and William begat the branches I study. William's son Albert Edward ended up in Newfoundland (my branch.) His daughter Eliza ended up in Ireland. She is the first of at least 3 Eliza Butteries--one being my great grandmother.

Eliza Buttery was born about 1847. She married a Samuel Adams Dec 31, 1878 in Channel Islands, and they lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Eliza and Samuel begat another Samuel (1881-1916). Samuel married Margaret Eccles (first wife) and was killed in WW1 on Oct 8. Jerry Lomond said this about him: “Samuel Adams ran away to Canada and signed up on November 19, 1914 to serve in the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force during World War 1. His name is on the Vimy Memorial, France. While in Canada, Samuel married Theodosia Johns and had a daughter.”

Samuel and Margaret begat Eliza Adams (1900-1974). She married Joseph McKnight and they lived in Northern Ireland. She died roughly a year before my g-grandmother Eliza Buttery Scott. Jerry Lomond has recorded Eliza and Joseph as having a son named Joseph McKnight (1926-1964.) I do not know anything past this.

Thank you, Joan H. of Ontario for sending me this photo.

Family Line

Benjamin Buttery
William Buttery
Eliza Buttery Adams
Samuel Adams
Eliza Adams McKnight

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Gotta love this, Newfies! It's been the Year of the Iceberg in Newfoundland. This Newfie descendant can't see them in person, but enjoyed miniaturizing them for a whimsical accessory. The adjustable silver plated circle bezel ring holds handcrafted clay icebergs, whale and water. The glaze covering gives the surface a kind of gel-like feel. The icebergs have more of a rubbery feel than hard or rough. The ring is approx. 1 inch across (25 mm). Purchase here!

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