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In my last post I talked about our move to Maine, and our “small house near the ocean in Rockland”.
In the fall of 2020, my wife and I moved to a small house near the ocean in Rockland, ME.
People have asked me many times through the years, “how are they related to me?” This chart below is the


  1. This is very cool! I’ve never done that thorough of research into a house, but you and your wife picked up on one thing that led to another. If both men were using similar plans, I wonder if any others in the family, or perhaps back a generation, also used the same plan. It looks very New England-y. I used to live both in Portland, Maine, and Boston, so it’s a familiar style 🙂 Congrats on the research!

    1. Anne, Thanks for the message. It was fun to research. I absolutely wondered as we did this if they used similar plans… or if they knew each other, or had met each other. I’ve heard the style described as ‘New Englander’… and as you say they’re pretty familiar up here. Thanks for taking a look at the post. 🙂

  2. Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text
    in your post seem to be running off the screen in Ie.
    I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or
    something to do with browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know.
    The style and design look great though! Hope you get the problem fixed soon. Many thanks

    1. Hi Connie, I’ve tested here, and had a friend do the same on a PC. It seems to only be the long website names in the sources that are doing this, but the web links still work. The text in the body of the post looks OK. Thanks for the message, and your comment about the style/design.

  3. Interesting post. The builders of the two homes might have used a house design from the same “Builder’s Manual”. In the 1800s, builder’s manuals and pattern guides written by prominent Architects were popular. It would be interesting if you could find the design used for the two homes in one of these manuals. In New England, one of the most prolific authors of these manuals during the early to mid-1800s was Asher Benjamin. His designs (Federal Style, Greek Revival) were used through the 1850s to the Civil War and also influenced other Architects who followed him. You can find copies of some of his and others’ manuals (American Builder’s Companion, etc.) on the website. In the past, the Art Institute of Chicago had an exhibit about these books and the Architects who authored them.

    I hope this info helps you. BTW, I also had some interesting unusual “coincidences” occur myself in the past. 🙂

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