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Our Scotch-Irish Roots

The Nutfield towns of Derry, Windham, and Londonderry were settled in 1719 by a pioneer band of sixteen families from the Ulster Plantation of Northern Ireland. They came here in pursuit of the religious, political and cultural freedom that was denied them in the Old World. The famous siege of Derry in 1689 did much to forge this love of liberty and fierce resistance to any perceived threat to their Scottish way of life.

By way of background, the modern city of Derry, Northern Ireland, was founded in 546 A.D. by Saint Columba. His monastery was on a small, oak-covered, hilly island by the river Foyle. The original name of the village Doire, the Gaelic word for oak trees. In 1613 investors from London, England, built a mile-long wall around central hill in Derry and renamed the town Londonderry. During the seventeenth century, many thousands of Scottish Presbyterians left Scotland for Northern Ireland. Much of the land they settled upon was formally the property of the native-born Irish.

During the twentieth century, sectarian struggles between Catholics and Protestants rocked the city. For decades the British army occupied much of the town and protest marches and gun fire were a daily occurrence. It has only been in the last couple of decades that a state of relative calm has enveloped the city. Today the Catholic majority prefers that the city be called by its original name- Derry. In contrast, the Protestant minority always refers to the city as Londonderry. Sometimes the town called “Slash City” because of the politically correct designation of Derry/Londonderry.

In 1685, James II, a Catholic, ascended to the throne of England. He soon replaced all the Protestant officers in the army with loyal Catholics. Many England feared the Catholicism would be made the state religion and that he Protestants would become disenfranchised. In 1688 a coup forced James to flee to France. Protestant monarchs King William and Queen Mary replaced him on the throne.

In March 1689, James landed in Ireland with a French army and a call front he Irish to rise up in rebellion. Soon an estimated fifty thousand peasants heeded his call. This army, called the Jacobites, seized the cities of Ireland in the name of King James II. In time, the only Irish city still controlled by the British was Derry. Within its walls were thousands of Scottish refugees who had fled their villages and farms to escape massacre by the French-Irish army. Derry’s military commander sided with the Jacobites and ordered the city gates open to admit the French. The surrender was rejected by a group of thirteen apprentice boys from Derry. These freedom-loving teenagers rushed to the Derry city wall and slammed the gate shut to keep out the enemy. Their message was “no surrender”

On April 18, 1689, King James II arrived outside the wall of Derry and Demanded that the city surrender to its rightful King. The city refused his command and the siege of Derry began. The Jacobite strategy was to blockade the city and allow no food or supplies into the town. In time, starvation and the effects of daily artillery bombardments would surely force and the seven thousand inhabitants to surrender.

A few miles downstream from Derry, the Jacobites constructed a floating log boom across the river Foyle. This barrier was constructed to prevent any resupplying to the city by the British navy. The French also set up artillery batteries on the nearby shores to protect the boom.

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Ursula M. Sasso, 76, of Derry, NH

Ursula M. Sasso, 76, of Derry, NH passed away peacefully on Sunday July 13, 2014 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born on January 5, 1938 in Essen, Germany, a daughter of the late Johann and Helena (Machuey) Ebbers. Ursula was an avid crafter and very talented artist. She loved local sports and was an avid Tennis fan and enjoyed following Wimbledon this year. She had a heart of gold and touched the hearts of everyone who met her. She loved her family very much, was overjoyed with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and will be remembered for her compassion for people, what she lovingly referred to as German ingenuity, her feisty German spit fire personality and her no nonsense attitude.

She is survived by three of her children, Mike Trafton, Steve Trafton and Bernadette Trafton, 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, three siblings, Ute Sheppard, Peter Ebbers, and Monica Ebbers, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two of her sons, Marcus Trafton and Robert Trafton.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 3 – 6pm in the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 15 Birch Street, Derry. Funeral services will follow at 6:00pm in the funeral home. Burial in the Long Hill Cemetery, Salisbury, MA, will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Mary Margaret Llewellyn, 96, of Derry

Mary Margaret Llewellyn, 96, of Derry, formerly of Hobe Sound, FL. Died Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Pleasant Valley Nursing Care of Derry, NH. Mrs. Llewellyn was born April 5, 1918 in Mars Hill, ME and was a daughter of the late Fred and Bessie (Reynolds) Pierce. She was raised and educated in the Mars Hill area and was a 1934 graduate of Presque Isle High School. She had been a resident of Florida for 30 years, prior to relocating to Derry in 2005.

Mary had been a waitress for many years prior to her retirement to Florida. She was a longtime member of the 1st United Methodist Church in Hobe Sound, FL. and volunteered through the church as a cook for the Young at Heart Community Association, routinely cooking for over 150 guests. Mary was currently a member of the Londonderry Methodist Church.

Members of the family include her brother Fred Pierce of Iowa, as well as many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and their families. Mary was predeceased by her beloved husband Frank S. Llewellyn and by seven siblings, Mable, Myrtle, Gretchen, Esther, Helen, Charles and Francis.

There are no calling hours, after cremation, her cremated remains will be interred at the 1st United Methodist Church Memorial Garden of Hobe Sound, FL. Memorial donations may be made in her name to the !st United Methodist Church, 10100 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound, FL. 33455.

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Emily G. (Thomopoulos) Roux, 88

Emily G. (Thomopoulos) Roux, 88, passed away peacefully July 7, 2014, at the Elliot Hospital, following a brief illness. Emily was born in Manchester, NH on June 13, 1926, the daughter of the late Andrew and Hariclias (Blagmenon) Thomopoulos. She was a lifelong resident of Londonderry. Emily enjoyed square dancing and round dancing with her husband Henry. Emily also enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family. Emily enjoyed listening to country music. She was a devoted wife and mother to her three sons.

She is survived by her two sons, Steve Roux of Londonderry and Henry Roux Sr. and his wife Elizabeth of Londonderry and their children, Andy Roux and Rachel Burns and her husband Rich of Derry and Josh Flibotte of Kingston, grandson William Roux of Derry. Also several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Emily was predeceased by her husband Henry P. Roux (1992) and her son William Roux (2004) and her 3 siblings, George, Alexandra and Mary.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, July 11, 2014 at 11:00 am at Pine Grove Cemetery in Manchester. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311.

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James G. Werner, 59, of Ormond Beach, FL.

James G. Werner, 59, of Ormond Beach, FL., died Sunday, June 29, 2014 at Halifax Health- Hospice of Port Orange, FL after a brief illness. Mr. Werner was born August 13, 1954 in Meriden, CT and was a son of Robert Werner and the late Karla (Berg) Werner. He was raised and educated in Chester and was a graduate of Pinkerton Academy. He had been a resident of Ormond Beach for the past 35 years. Mr. Werner was a Master Craftsman by trade, specializing in custom woodworking. He was an avid marksman, loved muscle cars and selling items on eBay.

Members of the family include his father Robert Werner, of Chester, two brothers, Dave and Bob Werner, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

There are no calling hours. Graveside services will be held Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm in Great Hill Cemetery, Route 121A in Chester.

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Christine P. (Proctor) Rodrigues, 53 of Derry, NH

Christine P. (Proctor) Rodrigues, 53 of Derry, NH, passed away peacefully at Pleasant Valley Nursing Center, with Compassionate Care Hospice and her family by her side, after a yearlong battle with cancer.

Christine was born, raised and educated in Lawrence, MA. She also graduated from the Voc-Tech in Andover for clothing design. She worked at William Barry’s clothing for a few years and Raytheon for 15 years and 8 years for Dunkin Donuts of Londonderry. NH until her illness. She moved to NH in 1987.

Chris especially loved being with her family and grandchildren. She loved crocheting, the outdoors and wildlife.

She was the daughter of the late Donald and Doris Proctor.

Christine is survived by her three children, Sara, Christopher and Kenneth and his fiancé Crystal, three grandchildren, Jason Kenyon, Katana and Kaden Rodrigues, all of Derry. Four sisters and their husbands, Donna and Gaetano J. Bruno of Derry, Doreen and David Spirdione of Derry, Beverly and Michael Belanger of Newton, NH and Janine and Gerald Bunny, of Lowell, MA, one brother and his wife, Donald and Mary Ann Proctor of Lawrence, MA and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings, John and David Proctor.

After cremation, a visitation will be held Tuesday, July 1, 2014 from 6 pm to 8 pm, with a Catholic prayer service at 7:45 pm. at the Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium, 290 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, NH. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Center, 40 Buttrick Rd. Londonderry, NH 03053.

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