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Nutfield News • April 15, 2010

Matthew Taylor Descendants Plan Derry Reunion

PENNY WILLIAMS

NUTFIELD NEWS

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Two women from Canada

recently visited Derry, and left impressed with the town where their forebears had made an indelible mark. And they agree their decision to hold a family reunion in Derry is the right one. Two descendants of

Matthew Taylor, who came to the Nutfield area that is now Derry in the 1700s, were in town recently to view the clock tower at First Parish Congregational Church. That tower exists thanks to a bequest from Harriet Taylor, and the Taylor Library next

door exists because of a bequest from her sister, Emma Taylor. Betty Aube of Ottawa and

Heather Facey of Nova Scotia were on a mission to find the most appropriate venue for a Taylor Family Reunion, the second in recent times. By the time they head- ed home, they had the possi- bility of three options for their family gathering. They checked out First

Parish, but the scheduling for summer is often tight, and they were told the church was not renting space for non- church related events. How- ever, they were encouraged by church members to dis-

cuss the possibility further with Pastor Alice Ling, as it would be a “sort-of church- related” event. Then the women crossed the street and got a personal, guided tour of the Upper Village Hall from Ginny True. They were intrigued with the historical signifi- cance of the building, which the East Derry Village Improvement Society is in the process of renovating with a view to having a rentable venue for just such events as the Taylor Family Reunion. Upper Village Hall re-

cently received its occupancy permit, and True said the

main hall, kitchen and bath- rooms might well be com- plete by the time the reunion is scheduled to happen. The ladies are thinking August 2011 would be the date. The family also owns a small parcel off Island Pond Road that might be feasible to clear for the reunion, although it wouldn’t be as convenient to the sites family members would want to visit. The visit and the Derry contacts were arranged for the cousins by Dorothy Goldman, who is doing restoration work in the Forest Hill Cemetery behind First Parish, where some Taylor ancestors are buried. Gold- man was able to show the cousins the headstones.

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Betty Aube and Heather Facey stand on the porch of the Upper Village Hall, with the First Parish Church clock tower and the Taylor Library at their backs. The clock tower and library both exist because the women’s Taylor ancestors left specific bequeaths for their con- struction.

Photo by Penny Williams

INTERN IN TRAINING Pinkerton Academy student Robert O’Hanlon gets some pointers from Nutfield News publisher Deb Paul on how to con-

duct himself at a job interview during last week’s Academy of Finance career pro- gram mock interviews. Career and Technical Education program teacher Lila Mazzola is at left center.

Photo by Chris Paul

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