Gateway to the Blackstone Valley
The Millbury Historical Society
Incorporated 1972
Millbury, Massachusetts

Preserving Millbury's Past for its Future
Our Mission

"As a bridge from the past to the future, the Millbury
Historical Society is committed to preserve, protect,
present and promote the history of Millbury."
P.O. Box 367
Millbury, MA
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Millbury Historical Society is
Rated an Historical Success!

In January of 2013, The Millbury Historical Society
received a generous donation of military artifacts from
Mr. Harold Granish of Dunwoody, GA.

These obviously very old items belonged to his
deceased wife's family whose ancestors hailed from

A military expert proclaimed the artifacts (a shako, a
saber, an epaulette, a belt and its buckle/shield) to be
one collection from the Millbury Light Infantry and said
they were in remarkably good shape for items almost
two-hundred years old.

The Millbury Historical Society heartily thanked Mr.
Granish, eighty-nine, for his donation and invited him to
stop in to Millbury if he should ever be up this way.

Well, recently, Mr. Granish, now ninety, did just that! He
drove up
alone in his brand new Buick Lacrosse to
Syracuse, NY for his sister’s funeral and thought that
“while he was in the area,” he would make a side trip to

He visited the
Museum of the Millbury Historical Society
and was delighted to see the display of his military
artifacts! You can do the same by stopping into the

P.S. Mr. Granish also owns a 2008 red Mazda Miata
convertible, but that stayed in Georgia!
Harold Granish Admires His Military Display
Special Thanks to:

Tour Guides Tracy Charbonneau, Karen Levitre,  and Jen

Photographer Edd Cote

Program Designer Walter Nelson

Maintenance Crew Adam and Asa Army, Gary Levitre, Rick
Lavallee, Brian Iandoli, and Patrick Mosley

The Weeping Mary Chaplin, Lauren Francis

Goretti's Super Market

18th Century Gentlemen Relaxing in Asa Waters II's
(L to R) Colonel Jonathan Holman (Joe Barbato), Monitor
Ken Dumas, and Asa Waters I (Tom Fox)
Waters' Housekeeper Sharon Anderson
accompanies her boss Susan Holman Waters (Jeri
Squire Amos Singletary (Roger
Desrosiers) welcomes the public
into his domain.
Reverend Ebenezer Chaplin (Alex Belisle) of the
Lord's Barn, North Parish, Sutton holds forth on
the injustices against him.
Maids and housekeeper of the Mansion: L to R is Maureen
Army, Debbie Pousland, Karen Levitre, Mary Lou Mulhane,  Jen
Kenary , Tracy Charbonneau, and Sharon Anderson
Mr.. Granish Comes to Millbury!
Driving Alone! At the Age of

Planning for June? Be Sure to
Include Our Annual Meeting!

Free to all, members and public alike!
Refreshments provided, too!

Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Asa Waters' Mansion
Program: A Revolution of Her Own
performed by Judith Kalaora

Deborah Samson Gannett, (1762-1827), the first
woman to enlist, to fight in, and to be honorably
discharged from the American Military captivates
audiences in an hour-long program chronicling
her life. An indentured servant by the age of five,
Mrs. Samson Gannett, who hails from Plympton,
Massachusetts, grew up in a man's world, where
women were naught but second-class citizens.

After ten years working as a farm hand, Mrs.
Samson Gannett had grown strong and
possessed the physical capabilities of her male
counterparts. And then, on May 20, 1782,
wearing an old soldier's uniform, Mrs. Samson
Gannett bound her chest, tied back her hair, and
walked from Middleborough to Bellingham, MA,
where she enlisted in the 4th Massachusetts
Regiment of the Continental Army, under the
alias "Robert Shurtlieff."

Experience Mrs. Deborah Samson Gannett's
arduous upbringing, eighteen months of active
combat service, and success as the first female
professional soldier, through interactive stories
and authentic colonial attire. Mrs. Deborah
Samson Gannett's passion will take you back in

Millbury Redware is created by Bullard House Pottery
in Sutton by local artist Rachel A. Tufts.

All pieces are unique because they are hand-made
and are inscribed with the date of Millbury’s
inception: 1813.

The following distinctive samples are offered for
purchase exclusively through the Millbury Historical

Mugs $20.
Plates $25.
Crocks $30.
Jugs $35.

Please feel free to contact Janet Kenary Dumas at
508-865-3478 if you are interested in purchasing
Millbury Redware.
Ninety- Year Old Beverly McLean
Sees Half-Brother for the First Time!

  Bob Rochon, owner of Creative SignWorks here in
Millbury, recently found a polished nickel cigarette
case in a barn in Sutton.
  Inside the case there was a photo of a cute little boy
and his dog.
  On the back of the picture there was the inscription:

                   “My Dear Little Boy-
                  William H. McLean.
                  Gone but not forgotten
                  James McLean
                  Millbury, MA.”

  Bob Rochon presented it to the
Millbury Historical
with hopes that they could solve the mystery
of the deceased little boy.
Millbury Historical Society board
member and old-fashioned sleuth Jerilyn Stead
associated the name McLean with her friend Beverly
McLean Cambridge!
  Beverly McLean Cambridge was the author of a
book called,
The Bramanville Girls.
  In 2011, The Millbury Historical Society had invited
Beverly to present a book signing at the Asa Waters'
Mansion. (Click
here for more on Beverly’s book.)
   Jeri Stead contacted Beverly to see if the
inscription on the photo meant anything to her.
  She said, “Jeri, I’m going to cry! That is my half-
brother whom I have never seen!”
  Beverly’s dad, James McLean, had two families. He
and his first wife Elizabeth had Baden (born 1900) and
William, the mystery boy, (born 1912).        
    Sadly, William succumbed to meningitis when he
was seven (4-21-19). William is buried in Central
Cemetery with the same inscription on his grave as is
on the photo!
  Tragically, Elizabeth Brown McLean died a mere
eighteen months after her son (11-13-20) of heart
disease. She was only forty-two.
  James’ second wife Edith then bore him Raymond
(1922) and Beverly (1924). Thus it was that Beverly
had never seen her half-brother nor the photo in the
cigarette case. However, she remembered going to
Central Cemetery as a child on Memorial Day and
watching her dad cry at the boy’s gravesite.
  Jerilyn had the photo enlarged and recently
presented it to Beverly at her lovely assisted living
facility in Beverly, MA. She will be ninety-one years old
in March.         
  From now on, Beverly will treasure the opportunity
to view her little brother daily.
  See how it paid for Bob Rochon to put his faith in
The Millbury Historical Society!
Seven-year old William McLean's Gravesite in
Millbury's Central Cemetery
Ninety-year old Beverly
McLean Cambridge,
half-sister of the stricken
lad, William.
Bob Rochon, owner of Creative Signworks here in Millbury. Bob's
discovery made this "reunion" possible!
Many, many thanks to the following for making our
major fundraise
r, the meat/seafood raffle of March
7th, a roaring success:

Mr. Mark Goretti of
Goretti's Supermarket

The Millbury Lions Club

The Hotel St. Charles
Mother's Day Sale and Museum
At "The Mansion"
Saturday, May 2 from 9-12

The Millbury Historical Society will be offering our
delightfully decorative and historically useful wares for
your Mother's Day shopping! In addition, our Museum
will be open for a look at all of Millbury's artifacts and

In addition to T-shirts, cheese cutting boards, and
books, we offer Millbury Redware as shown below!
Sutton Historical Society Offers Program  on the "Old Connecticut Path"

Tuesday, May 5 at 7:00 PM at the Simonian Early Learning Center 409 Boston Road, Sutton, MA 01590

ason Newton,descendant of Reverend Thomas Hooker, founder of Hartford, CT will speak on his ancestor's
journey through what is now the towns of  Millbury and Sutton

The project to rediscover the Old Connecticut Path began as a family history project to find the route of the Old
Connecticut Path from Cambridge to Hartford followed by my ancestors, Reverend Thomas Hooker and his family
along with Reverend Roger Newton who married Mary Hooker to begin the Newton family in America.

Reverend Thomas Hooker and his congregation set out on a journey from Cambridge, MA to Hartford, CT in May
1636 along what came to be known as the Old Connecticut Path. This group was among those who followed the trail
west through the unsettled wilderness to build a new life in Connecticut. Later generations descended from them
continued their forefathers' tradition of migration west across the country. The Old Connecticut Path served as one of
the the first trails followed in the nation's westward expansion.

While the Old Connecticut Path served as the gateway west for almost a century, it has now largely vanished from
view. In places, the Path is hidden in plain sight. In others, only dim traces remain. Over the course of 375 years,
the journey of two weeks is now two hours. Our “need for speed” has contributed to the dimming almost to darkness
of the Old Connecticut Path. That which is slower and obsolete, we discard and soon forget. Over the span of almost
four centuries, new routes were found to make travel more “efficient”. Finding the Old Connecticut Path is an
opportunity to slow down, reconnect and see genius anew.

Rediscovering the almost forgotten route of the Old Connecticut Path has required many hours over the past three
years exploring the woods and forgotten byways along the way to find traces of the Path and to confirm markers
described in histories.

You are invited to come along on the search to rediscover the Old Connecticut Path.