French In Name Only

A Genealogical Blog about the French and Grace Families

Month: January 2016

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Home Sweet Home

In 1935, the Federal Writers’ Project was created  as part of the United States Work Progress Administration (WPA) to provide employment.  One of these projects in Connecticut was the Architectural Survey, Census of Old Buildings.  According to a description provided by the Connecticut State Library, nearly 5,000 buildings were documented and often illustrated with photographs.  Included in this collection is the home (built by/for) my 5th great-grandparents Samuel Eggleston (1747-1837) and Dorcas (Loomis) Eggleston (1752-1834). How cool is it to see the house, which still stands, that several generations of the Spencer and Eggleston families lived in!

  • Samuel was a farmer and “possessed a character of an old Puritan stamp” (love that description); was a soldier of the Revolution and lived in Bloomfield Connecticut.  Served in Capt. Skinner’s company of light horse in the Revolutionary War. (The History of Ancient Windsor, Connecticut, Vol. 2.)
  • I previously posted a story about Samuel and his petition to obtain a Revolutionary War pension.  You Fought in the American Revolution – Prove It!

S.Eggleston

Architectural Survey Information

Title: Bloomfield historic building 023

Date [built] (Source): 1780 (marker)

Original Owner: Samuel Eggleston

Present Owner [1935-37]: F. L. Putnam; Julia and Frank Spencer

Julia and Frank Spencer were the son and daughter of John W. and Anna Spencer (my 2nd great grandparents), their other daughter, Alma Spencer, was married to Frank L. Putnam. (Who is sitting in the shadows on the porch?)

Location: Faces south on Park Avenue, corner of School Street.

Description [Material]: Wood

Roof: Peak (rather flat)

Chimney Type/No.of: Brick / end / 3, 1 in ell

Height: Two stories and half (small)

Ell:  2 1/2 story rear ell with brick central chimney.

Fenestration: 9 window front; paired; 6/1 sash.

Overhang: None

Foundation:  Brick

Condition – Physical: Good

Authenticity: Remodeled

Exterior: Side porch. Rear additions. Clapboarded walls.

Interior: One fireplace. Original front stairs.

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The Eggleston House in 2015

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Happy 2016 – Pura Vida!

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Pura Vida – Spanish for “Pure Life” and a description of the Tico lifestyle.

A year-end vacation to Costa Rica provided a wonderful way for our family to close out 2015.  Our travels took us into the cloud/rain forests of the northern region near the Arenal volcano and to the Guanacaste region on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast.  We enjoyed amazing hikes, wonderful food, swimming and snorkeling in the warm, salty water of the Pacific and time together. Costa Rica, as a result of its unique geography, has a rich diversity of flora and fauna, including toucans, three-toed sloths, iguanas and lots of hummingbirds.  Pura Vida!

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