On Thursday, we breezed through Woburn and Lexington, home place of my maternal grandfather’s mother’s family – the Blodgetts. According to family researchers, all of the Blodgetts living today are descended from the same man – Thomas Blodgett, born on November 18, 1604, in the parish of Stowmarket in Suffolk, England. Thomas was the first generation in America, and none of his relatives in England survived the plague. He arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in late July 1635, with his wife Susannah and sons Daniel and Samuel, on board the ship Increase. They settled in the Boston suburb of Cambridge, where Thomas received land and began pursuing his occupation as a “glover.” He died on August 7, 1642.
Other Blodgett family genealogy researchers have provided me with excerpts from a seven-volume history of Thomas’s descendants, through which I have been able to trace my lineage. I am descended from Thomas’s son Samuel (July 12, 1633 – May 21, 1720), who moved to Woburn after his father’s death, and became a landowner and a prominent official there; and Samuel’s son Thomas (February 26, 1660 or 1661 – September 29, 1740), one of the most active and prominent citizens in the Lexington, who contributed money toward the purchase of the first town Meetinghouse, and toward the purchase of the Lexington Common in 1711.
Jumping ahead… their descendant Leburton Kimball Blodgett (September 6, 1863 – September 18, 1922) was a musician, following in the footsteps of his father James Leburton Blodgett (June 12, 1833 – November 8, 1919), who played violin with the Boston Symphony. Leburton was also the father of my great grandmother, Mildred Blodgett (May 6, 1897 - September 19, 1963), who married Earl Wainwright Kingsbury Jr.
In Westview cemetery in Lexington, Leburton is buried alongside his wife Marion E. Richardson (1873 – July 1968) and four of their children: Mary Richardson (March 2, 1903 – December 29, 1980), Grace Emery (May 3, 1907 – February 3, 1988), Frank Richardson (October 9, 1908 – December 21, 1987) and Marion (November 6, 1910 – May 21, 2002). Mary’s tombstone cites Revelations 21:3-4. “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”
The Minute Man - Lexington, Massachusetts
Leburton Kimball Blodgett (1863 - 1922) at the time of his high school graduation.
Children of Leburton Kimball Blodgett and Marion E. Richardson: Mildred (center), James Herbert (born on June 19, 1899), Ida Lovejoy (born on May 2, 1901), Mary Richardson (March 2, 1903 - December 29, 1980), John Little (May 12, 1904 - October 1979), and Grace Emery (May 3, 1907 - February 3, 1988). This photo was probably taken in early 1908.