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The Cock n’ Kettle

Published on February 20, 2012 by in genealogy

Some cousins started some family story telling on Facebook, so we gathered all the stories into a Facebook group, and it has been working very well at drawing out family stories from the herd!  One of those cousins shared this one, which got me poking around to learn more:

My Dad told us Ma Walsh [Bridget Power b1872] worked as a housemaid at 16 years old. The house is still there in Uxbridge, MA–the old Cock N’ Kettle restaurant–owned then by a rich Protestant mill owner (no name). She walked from home and back every day except Sunday in rain, snow, sleet, night and day. Huge house and Dad loved the memories when we dined there.

This story was then corroborated by other relatives who had heard the same thing, so I figured I’d like to learn more about the property.

250px-HistoricPlacesNationalRegisterPlaque Some quick googling, and I discovered that the “old Cock N’ Kettle” was in a home that was listed in the National Historical Register as it was built and owned originally by the Honorable Bezaleel Taft, Sr. (November 3, 1750 – June 21, 1839), an American Revolutionary War soldier, Captain and American legislator from Uxbridge, Massachusetts.  Apparently, it was converted in 1968 to the restaurant, which closed in 2008.  I was able to trace the home down a few generations from Bezaleel, but not as far as 1890 which is when my great grandmother would have worked there.

The story gets even more interesting, because I have an aunt, Melina Haven b1865, of the same generation who married into the Taft family.  I am very interested in learning if the home was still owned by the Taft family and how the owner was related to Henry Lawton Taft b1822 that married into my family.  Yes, you read that correctly, Melina was 28 when she married the 72 year old farmer!

The walking to/from work comment should help me, hopefully, find where “Ma” was living at the time.

 
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