Memorial Day

Every year at the end of May, cemeteries get mowed and American flags get set on the graves of those who have served in our country’s military. Some towns have parades, many have ceremonies to commemorate soldiers with prayers and gun salutes, and families gather for cookouts. While all these activities are important ways to mark this day on the calendar, it’s also important to consider the individuals and the impact of service on their lives. Today I share three generations of men in the Kincaid family who proudly served our country.

John’s headstone

John Kincaid (1762/4-1840) was my 5th-great-grandfather. John enlisted in the Revolutionary War in 1779, serving as a private in Col. McCobb’s Regiment under Captains Hinkley and Lemont. A few years later, John married Susan Dracutt and started his family (9 children born between 1791 and 1815). John and his family lived in Pownalborough in 1790, Norridgewock in 1800, and Malta which is now known as Windsor in 1820 and 1830. In 1813, John enlisted in the U.S. Infantry, leaving his wife to run the home and care for the children. While on duty as a guard to a baggage wagon near Chatauqua Woods in New York, John sustained a serious injury to his left leg, a wound that never quite healed properly. John was discharged, received a pension, and is buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Augusta.

Guy Kincaid (1799-1860), the 5th child of John and Susan (Dracutt) Kincaid, was my 4th-great-grandfather. Guy enlisted in the Army Infantry in 1818, a few years before he married Sarah Creasey. Guy and Sarah had ten children between 1822 and 1845. They lived in Whitefield in 1830, Vassalboro in 1840, Augusta in 1850, and Wayne in 1860. Though Guy did not serve in conflict, nor do we know where he and his wife are buried, his service does not go unnoticed.

Hiram’s service medallion

Hiram Kincaid (1824-1877), the 2nd child of Guy and Sarah (Creasey) Kincaid, was my 3rd-great-grandfather. Hiram married Lovicia Cook in 1845 and supported his family (ten children born between 1848 and 1868) by working in local mills including a saw mill. The family lived in Mount Vernon in 1850, Wayne in 1860, and Livermore in 1870. In 1861, Hiram mustered for Civil War service in Company K, 3rd Infantry, 2nd Calvary. He was discharged from service in 1862 with a disability for which he received a pension. He was an invalid by 1865. Hiram is buried in the Richardson Cemetery in Livermore Falls with his wife Lovicia.

These three individuals were husbands, sons, and fathers – generations of service to others. While it’s important to remember the battles and to see fields of flags waving in the breeze, it also helps honor our soldiers to remember the stories about sacrifices made for their families and our country.

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Stories Ahead

A new feature of MaineLife highlights some genealogy stories. Today seems as good as any to share the first family story.

On this day in history, John Coggeshall (_____-1647) was on a committee to lay out land in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Who was this guy, you may ask? John was MaineLife’s 10th-great-grandfather who came from England to Massachusetts in 1632 on the “Lyon” with his wife Mary and three children. Can you even imagine crossing the ocean with a young family in those days? Definitely not a Carnival Cruise!

This picture came from Robert Darrell on ancestry.com. Though not very clear, the portrait and frame suggest that John was a man of some importance, not surprising given his positions in local government wherever he lived.

John was a textile merchant, and the family first settled in Roxbury before moving into Boston where John served as a selectman, an auditor, an assessor, court deputy, and on a surveying committee – a pretty active member of the community. Oh, John also supported public education.

In 1637 or 1638, the Boston General Court banished John and others for their support of Anne Hutchinson who believed in preaching good deeds rather than being saved by grace alone. Hutchinson and her supporters established the settlement of Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

In 1638, John moved his family to Portsmouth, Rhode Island where he continued his civic involvement and good deeds. It was on May 20, 1638.that he is known to have served on the land surveying committee. John also served as treasurer, auditor, moderator, a church elder, and the governor’s assistant.

Descendants of John and his wife read like this: their daughter Anne Coggeshall > Waite Easton > Patience Carr > Edward Estes > Silas Estes > Prudence Estes > Jackson Davis > Ernest Davis > Lillian Davis. Lillian was MaineLife’s great-grandmother.

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Zimmerman Lake Snowshoe

It was great to get up for a snowshoe to Zimmerman Lake! This is an easy, year-round trail of the Poudre Canyon Highway (Colorado 14). With all the recent snow, the trail was only packed up to the lake. I had fun blazing trail for about 1/2 a mile! Since it was a weekday and the roads were still a bit slick, there weren’t too many others up there. I really enjoyed the quiet of the mountains, and the clear, blue skies.

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Walnut pig cutting board project

I had a little 5/4 walnut left over from another project and was looking for a project for the family white elephant gift exchange. Growing up, we always had a maple pig cutting board (I think my mom still has it!). I searched the Internet for some template inspirations then drew this guy out.

Lately I’ve been trying to improve something in my shop every time I work on a project. Having recently installed a dust collection system, I decided it was high time I added a port to my older Enco 18″ band saw (pic to come). What a difference it made! No more fine dust in the air. I’m becoming a dust snob now that I know how well a proper dust collector can work ;).

The finished product came out exactly how I had hoped! I put a couple coats of Howard’s Butcher Block Conditioner on it, wrapped it up, and headed to the party.

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Buddipole mini 9-section shockcord whip

Today I spent some time playing around with my new mini 9-section shockcord whip.  I started out on 10m and used the standard mini-buddipole parts.  Versatee –> 2×11″ arms each side –> coil –> standard whip.  I set this up as a horizontal dipole, with the coils tapped in 1.5 turns on each side.  Whips fully extended.  I fed the Versatee with the TRSB at 1:1, with 25′ of RG-8X coax.  The antenna performed really well with low SWR, and I was easily able to work a Brazil station.

Next up was 12 meters with the shockcord as a vertical.  I put the 9-section whip on the versatee, with the stinger retracted and no accessory arms, no co

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Adding racks to my Century truck topper

Yesterday I did some craigslist shopping to get the pieces and parts needed to add racks to my truck topper. I was going to weld up custom racks but liked the flexibilty of these commercial track systems. The towers and crossbars I found are Thule, but the tracks I found are Yakima. Everything I found online suggested the tracks are identical, but that is not true!  The plates used in the Thule system are too thick to nest correctly in the Yakima tracks. Using them like that could lead to serious failure. So, I machined the plates down a little to fit correctly. 

    

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2016 NCARC Hamfest

This was my first year as a vendor at the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Hamfest.  I did pretty well with 1 table and a bunch of junk!  I managed to sell almost everything I brought, and made enough money to fund a kegging system for my homebrew beer endeavors.

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Hello!

So far behind on this blog, but it is still active and I hope to update it more in the near future.  I have many projects that I would like to document here.

 

Bryan N0BCB

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portable amateur UHF repeater

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