Here’s Your Sign #1 ~ Stockbridge Grist Mill

For many years I have been collecting photos of and information about the various signs that have been placed in honor of some of my ancestors. These signs are a glimpse into some event and/or place where they lived. Some of the signs are small like a placard with a few poignant words, some are large and they go into great detail, and then there are those that are somewhere in between. Each one gives added life to those ancestors.

Stockbridge Grist Mill sign



John Stockbridge Jr my 9x Great Grandfather, was born in 1608 in Rayleigh, Essexshire, England.  He, his wife Anne and son Charles immigrated to New England in July 1635 aboard the ship “Blessing”. In 1636 he purchased part of a Grist Mill in Scituate Massachusetts and it was the first water-driven Mill in the area. The Stockbridge family along with the co-owners the Clapp family, owned and operated the mill up until 1922. The Mill was made famous in 1817 by a poem written by Samuel Woodworth called “The Old Oaken Bucket”. John died on August 13, 1657, in Boston, Massachusetts.


I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.



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