Ms. Dimancescu standing in the doorway of the Nathaniel Hempsted House (built 1759), New London, CT
Ms. Dimancescu pictured near the historic main hearth in the Joshua Hempsted House (built 1678), New London, CT
where generations of her ancestors lived, worked, and raised their families
Historic objects on display in the Nathaniel Hempsted House
View of one of the many fireplaces in the Nathaniel Hempsted House which kept its occupants warm throughout the centuries it was a private home
Ms. Dimancescu pictured in a doorway in the oldest part of the Joshua Hempsted House.
Paperback and Hardcover, 208 pages
Black and white interior pages
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The Forgotten Chapters: My Journey into the Past
Katherine Dimancescu’s debut narrative offers readers a window into the lives of some of her well-known and also little known maternal ancestors who helped shape the New England communities they called home. Her narrative shares unexpected discoveries that arose when researching her colonial American roots. These discoveries included slave-owning ancestors in New England, 17th and 18th century diary keepers whose original diaries are intact in archives, persecuted Quakers including Mary Dyer (wife and mother of six children) who was hanged on Boston Common in 1660, an ancestor accused of manslaughter, and another forced to wear a scarlet “D”. She hopes to inspire her readers to rediscover and appreciate often overlooked chapters of New England’s rich colonial history and to enjoy researching their own family roots.
I was delighted to read this book.
It brought the history of New England to life for me. Having been born in Rhode Island, growing up in Connecticut and having lived in New York and Boston, I felt as if it were my family story. —BARBARA CONNOLLY, AMAZON
BOOK COVER IMAGE: Map image courtesy of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library
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