Laura Thibodeau Jones grew up among lobstermen and fishermen in North Weymouth, Massachusetts. One of the first in her family to make a living outside the trade, she appreciates the beauty of the area and the sacrifices that made her life there possible, and has pieced together a family history dating back to 1891.
The book is packed with historical photos and reprinted documents, including gorgeous picture postcards of the area’s lighthouses. There are also many current pictures of Jones’ family, sometimes in a setting in which we’ve spied her ancestors earlier. It’s surprising to see both how much has changed and how much remains unspoiled in this area.
The writing here is casual, more what you’d find in a journal than a formal history. For example: “My aunt has many childhood memories of Great Brewster, oldest of the two girls; she can remember life on the Island, full of lazy summer days spent swimming, exploring the island from top to bottom.” This breezy style seems directed toward members of the family, as do the more current photos, and anyone descended from the people remembered here will appreciate this look at their lives and work.
There’s some value for anyone with an interest in the history of the lobster and fishing industries, too. Copies of old licenses and photos of the docks and boats give a sense of what life was like, though more detail would have been welcome.
Generations doesn’t have a lot to say to a general interest reader, but the families involved have a keepsake to treasure and historians may find useful material in the reproductions.
BlueInk Heads-Up: This should be of interest to those from, or researching, the islands off Boston Harbor.