Chief Sodney: Tawas Herald – Sept. 13, 1978


Donated by: Cathy Metevier

My 50th BIRTHDAY wish…..


​For my 50th BIRTHDAY – Sept 18th:

My birthday wish is that YOU, EACH & every one of you, do 5 good deed’s for me~ 

YEP this is what I want!!!

Rules: Do it with love – no return…. like helping our elderly… mow, rake… visit! 

Do it just because YOU can~ 

Anything for the better good of OUR EARTH~

Mother Nature is teaching us how HUMANKIND, REGARDLESS OF RACE/BELIEFS CAN come together AS ONE, STAND AS ONE & work together AS ONE for PRESERVATION of our race~ As we see the devastation here on USA soil – destruction  is happening across the world….. instead of hate, discord…war, we need to remember these hard times and the good we can do working together~ 

My heart is heavy as I watch tv today… As a history buff I have researched many storms, sicknesses & wars thru the years… and my conclusion is we keep repeating our mistake… over & over again! Time to start focusing on our one true solid proof of our life = what created us…. for dust we came & dust we will become… Mother Nature needs all our help…. we are the ones destroying this planet! 

If a planet could be pissed…. I’d say our’s is!!!!

What one THING could you do, change, help with or fix to make a better world????

As I am turning 50…. 

I am reflecting on my years…

Did I do enough? 

I know I will… 

FROM here…. on out~


Those that steal, kill or hurt in anyway… remember…. it is your soul that lives with the burden…. you will pay in one form or another for your action… it will haunt your mind forever… love is the one true choice…. find peace, try being the better person… we alone chose our action, we alone have to live with those choices~ 

TRUST me when I say….. you never forget~ 

Barkhamsted Lighthouse Reunion Event Schedule! Time is near! Hope to see ya all there!


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To download PDF Version: Barkhamsted Lighthouse Event Schedule hosted by Coni Dubois

July 4th Coni Dubois will be ‘Honorary Parade Marshall’ for the Barkhamsted CT Parade – Hosted by Lions Club


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May 3, 1779 – Abraham Kellogg to James Chogam – 70 acres known as Ragged Mountain/Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village


Please forward this to any family members that you think would like to go!

Click here to go to: Facebook EVENT for Barkhamsted Lighthouse Reunion 2015

We are but a few months away and time to lock down your campsites (very few are left) or get your hotel accommodations – it will be the 4th of July weekend and many are filling up~

For all the locals that will be joining us we are in need of grills (A LOT) I will be providing hotdog’s and hamburgers (we are doing the whole deal – chilli, cheese, and all the fixings for hamburgers & hotdogs) I will be providing all plates, napkins, silverware – but everyone will be responsible for their own drinks (NO ALCOHOL is allowed) so many allergies and unsure what to have to please everyone’s preference – bring a cooler with drinks for your group~

I also am asking for a dish of anything to share – it will make for a variety of food and if all brings 1 dish we should have enough to feed the crowd expected~ (believe we are gonna have a HUGE crowd so I am needing help with volunteers in many areas)

I am gonna need cooks, clean up crews and security for the crowd and to make sure that it runs smoothly – I will be getting with the local police also~

Parking is going to be a issue for our Saturday event – Parade route will make parking difficult – I will have to figure out where we are gonna put everyone and how we are gonna get everyone to the area – (It is a State Park – they charge for parking – and narrow roads around the area) we have some parking at the Historical Society – we will need to get this all arranged – please GROUP UP for the eventbring as few vehicles as you can~

I will be in the area on Monday so will be there the whole week prior to the event – I will need contact numbers and such for locals and those volunteering~

So excited!!! Can’t wait! Looking forward to meeting all of you! REMEMBER ALL are welcome to join us for our reunion – it is open to anyone wanting to join in on bringing the the Barkhamsted Lighthouse/Chagum family together since the 1820’s (when Mary/Molly Chagum died)

ALMOST 200 years later (195 years ago)

It was on May 03, 1779 that James Chagum PURCHASED 70 acres from Abraham Kellogg

Which is known now as the Ragged Mountain Land & home of our Barkhamsted Lighthouse Village

1779 March 3  Abraham Kellogg to James Chughom purchase of Ragged Mountian

May 3, 1779Abraham Kellogg to James Chogam
70 Acres Volume: 1  Pages: 205 & 206
To all peoples to whom these Presents Shall Come – Greeting
Know ye that I Abraham Kellog of New Hartford in the County of Litchfield and State of Connecticut for the Consideration of twenty one Pounds Lawful money Recieved to my full Satisfaction of James Chogam of New Hartford in the County and State afore said Do Give Grant Bargain Sell and Confirm unto the Said James Chogan and his heirs forever a Certain Piece of Land Lying in the town of Berkhamsted in said County Butted and Bounded as ___ (viz) East and west on Highways North on Nathll Gillet ___ South on James Mc______ Land Lyeth at the place Called Ragged Mountain and Contains Seventy acres to have and the above Granted and Bargained Premisses with ___ appurtenance there of unto him the Said James and his heirs and assigns for his and their own proper use and Behoof and also I the said ___Do for my self and my heirs Excutors and administrators ___ with the said James and his heirs Executors and administrators ___ with the said James and his heirs and assigns that it and until Ensealing of this Presence I was well seized of the premisses and Indefeasible Estate in fee- Simple and have good rights to have and sell the same in manner and form as is above written that the same is free of all Incumebrances whatsoever & further I the said Abraham Do by these Presents Bind my self and my heirs forever to warrant and Defend the above Granded and Bargained Premises to him the said James and his heirs assigns ___ Claims and Demands whatsoever in Witness where of I have hereunto my hand and seal the 3 day of March in the year of our Lord 1779
Signed, Sealed and Delivered in Presence of
Zebulon Merrill                                               Abram Kellogg (Seal)
Hannah Merrill
Litchfield County of New Hartford March 3, 1779
Personally appeared Abram Kellog Signer and Sealer of the foregoing Instrument and acknowledged the Same to be his free act and Deed Before me,
Zebulon Merrill Just. Peace
The foregoing Deed was Given in for Record June 22, 1785 and Recorded by me John Crane Town Register

Barkhamsted Lighthouse Reunion – July 2-6th 2015


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Click Here to View Facebook Event and to let me know if you are planning on attending!

The Legend of the Barkhamsted Lighthouse (update)


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Some time ago I posted The Legend of the Barkhamsted Lighthouse. It was about a young Molly Barber who married against her fathers wishes a Narragansette Native Indian named James Chaugham. That story is still on my blog.

Briefly James Chaugham was born c l7l0 in Block Island, R I, and died in c l790  in Riverton, CT. He married Molly Barber l740. They had eight children. Sally, Samuel, Soloman, Meribah ( Mary ), Hannah Sands, Mercy  Mary (Polly) and Elizabeth

It was some time later that I received a message from Coni Dubois explaining that she is a direct descendant of the Chaugham family line. Coni has spent many years of research after her father had requested her to trace the family tree.This has become her life’s mission to find her Native American Roots which up until now has taken more than 20 years.

Coni began by putting all the main pieces of…

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1700’s -2015 – Barkhamsted Lighthouse Newspaper Articles – All in one place!


I have finally added all the Barkhamsted Lighthouse Newspaper Articles to one area (Donated by several different people) it can be found on my Pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/conidubois/barkhamsted-lighthouse-village-newspaper-articles/

My Uncle Russ Allen’s DNA results are coming in~


View all Coni’s family DNA test’s: Click Here

Note from Coni: I am also waiting on test from https://ancestrybydna.com/  (for me)

4. Russ Allen’s DNA Results (My Father’s Brother)
Note: Waiting on several results
DNA test done by: Family Tree DNA
Kit #: 366700
Haplogroup:  (yDNA): Click Here – awaiting results
Explanation of  Russ Allen’s DNA Result: Click Here – awaiting results
More info can be found at: Click Here – awaiting results

Results as of 11/7/14Y-DNA – Standard Y-STR Values
PANEL 1 (1-12) – Awaiting Lab Results
PANEL 2 (13-25) – Awaiting Lab Results
PANEL 3 (26-37) – Awaiting Lab Results
PANEL 4 (38-47)
Marker:  DYS531 DYS578  DYF395S1 DYS590 DYS537 DYS641 DYS472
Value:        11             9            15-16                8            10              10            8         
                 DYF406S1  DYS511 
                      10              10
PANEL 4 (48-60) – Awaiting Lab Results
PANEL 4 (61-67)
Marker:  DYS617    DYS568    DYS487    DYS572    DYS640    DYS492    DYS565
Value:              13             11                 13                  11             11               12              12
PANEL 5 (68-75) – Awaiting Lab Results
PANEL 5 (76-85) – Awaiting Lab Results
PANEL 5 (86-93) – Awaiting Lab Results
PANEL 5 (94-102) – Awaiting Lab Results
PANEL 5 (103-111) – Awaiting Lab Results

DNA Projects Russ Allen is in:
1. TDNA ALLEN (R) Patrilineage Project  – Administrator: John Robb

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