I am not currently working on a Hanscom genealogy.It is a project that I plan on starting, but not in the near future.Right now, between family and career, there's not enough time to even consider it.
However, there is another book project that's underway.Whitley Hanscom, a descendant of Elisha Hanscom (1721-1776), has engaged Richard /"Dick" Winslow of Rye, NH, to research and then author a book on that focuses primarily on the Hanscom Shipyard of Greenacre, Eliot, Maine.Dick has already begun his work on this project, and he anticipates that the book will be completed within a three-year time frame.Much of the book will be centered around Commodore Isaiah Hanscom (1815-1880), his brother William Leighton Hanscom (1812-1881), and their uncle, Capt. Samuel Hanscom (1804-1853).These three men were instrumental in significantly raising the profile -- and reputation -- of the Hanscom Shipyard during the 1830s through the early 1850s.Ultimately, the Hanscom Shipyard produced one of the most famous clipper ships ever built -- the legendary "Nightingale".
The book will also highlight a handful of other Hanscoms:
(1) Rear Admiral John Forsythe Hanscom (1842-1912);
(2) Newspaper publisher Simon Parker Hanscom (1821-1876);
(3) Captain John G. Hanscom, murdered in Calcutta, India in 1863;
(4) Reuben Hanscom (1754-1831) who was with John Paul Jones when the crew of the "Ranger" raided the Selkirk estate (England) during the Revolutionary War and seized the famous "silver plate";
(5) Lawrence G. Hanscom (1906-1941), after whom Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Mass. is named.
I am working with Dick Winslow and Whit Hanscom to make available whatever family background, charts, and photographs I've amassed over the years.Dick is particularly interested in making contact with any direct descendants of Commodore Isaiah Hanscom and /or his uncle, Capt. Samuel Hanscom, to see if any photographs or shipyard artifacts have been preserved by various family branches.To help him, I will soon be sending out letters to descendants with whom I've corresponded in the past.
As far as the newsletter goes, I am planning on reviving it for at least one more paper issue.Once that's done, I would like to collect e-mail addresses of people who would like to receive a shortened newsletter as an e-mail attachment.
And, even though a Hanscom reunion never materialized this summer, we are contemplating one in the Kittery-Eliot area for the summer of 2003.