Unexpected Discovery at MGC
September 10, 2013
I decided to take a break from the never ending searching of records to learn more about specific geographic areas where my ancestors had lived. One town in particular, Stoughton, Massachusetts, had a lot of connections to my father’s side of my tree. I had heard through family stories about my ancestors who lived there, but I didn’t know much about the town. I decided to see what MGC might have on that town or surrounding area. I searched the catalog for Stoughton and received a result for a book titled Images of America: Stoughton. This particular book contains of images of Stoughton with captions that detail the town’s history.
As I was flipping through the pages and enjoying the images, I caught the name James J. Pye. There was my great-great grandfather! He had been a fire chief of Stoughton and was in a photograph taken inside Stoughton Town Hall circa 1900-1905. I was amazed. I knew his son Frederick, my great grandfather, had been a fire chief in Stoughton but not his father, as well. As I continued through the book, I found a number of photographs and references to James J. Pye. I even found a photograph of my great grandfather, Frederick Pye, before he was fire chief. He was the fire truck driver, and the photograph showed him behind the wheel. I was excited by my finds and immediately shared them with my family. Remember, if you’ve hit a brick wall with research, look for other avenues to explore. You never know what you’re going to find!
Tags: genealogy, family history, book