|Lorraine Alyce Files|
91 Juniper Ln.
We had our first Files Family Reunion in June, 1997 at the Beacon Hotel in Lincoln, N.H. It was wonderful and we had hopedto have another reunion in two years. However we need someone (or a group of people) to organize the next reunion. We were all descendants of William Files who was born about 1726 in England. He stowed away on a sailing ship at the age of nine and arrived on Cape Cod. He later married Joanna More and they raised a family in Gorham, Maine. Our reunion consisted of descendants of William's second great-grandson John Alfred Files but we would love to connect with other branches of our family tree and share family history. I have met some new cousins during my research and would love to be able to meet them all someday!
I am also researching my mother's family. Her name was Alice May Rutan, daughter of Alfred Martin Rutan (Roughtean) of Watertown, MA. and Helen May Keefe of Weymouth, MA. Alfred was the son of John H. Roughtean of North Carolina and Nellie Cullen of South Boston. Helen was the daughter of William Phillip Keefe of Walpole, MA. and Hannah M. Kiley of Braintree, MA. William's parents were Dennis Keefe of Ireland and Maria Brady of Ireland. Hannah's parents were Dennis Kiley of Boston or Randolph, MA and Julia F. Spillane of Ireland.
My husband, great-grandson of Wilson Sears of Sackville, NB and Jane Kelley of NB is also researching his roots. His father was Francis Wilson Sears of Whitman, MA and his mother was Charlotte Elizabeth Baird of Holyoke, MA.
We now have a combined family tree of over 2500 names and are continuing to research and update our files. Please feel free to contact us.