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Family History Books by Matthew Wise

The late Matthew Montgomery Wise, Ph.D., a noted Eastern Shore family historian, was the great-grandson of Thomas G. Ward of Manokin in Somerset County. Wise was a retired professor of English and department chair at Roanoke College. His education included a B.A. from George Washington University (1944), M.A. George Washington University (1946), and Ph.D. from Columbia University (1955). Wise conducted comprehensive and meticulous research for his publications. He and his wife Nancy interviewed and corresponded with many descendants of the early settlers of the Eastern Shore, making many friends along the way.

His book, "The Boston Family of Maryland" (Second Edition Revised with Supplement) was published in 1986 and is no longer available in print. It has been reproduced in its entirety on Nabb Research Center’s website with the permission of Nancy Wise, widow of the author. The book contains a wealth of information about the Boston family and its affiliates.

Title pages and Table of Contents (PDF: 1.3 MB)

Introduction, Main Content, Supplements, & Indexes (PDF: 121.2 MB)

Dr. Wise also wrote "The Littleton Heritage: Some American Descendants of Col. Nathaniel Littleton (1605-1654) of Northampton Co., Virginia, and His Royal Forebears." This latter book, published in 1997, details information about many branches of the Littleton family. Whittington, Long, Roach, Bell, Wilson, Savage, Waters, Eyre, Tazewell, Robins, Denwood, Gilliss, Winder, Fassitt, Tingle and Purnell are but a few of the families mentioned. We are happy to reproduce the "The Littleton Heritage" (PDF: 42.2 MB) (Table of Contents and Preface) on our website to benefit researchers of the myriad of family names included in the book.

At the time of his passing in June of 2000, Dr. Wise was at work on his next publication concerning the Long family, on which he had researched some 30 years. Mrs. Wise presented his research materials to the Nabb Center and one of our dedicated volunteers, Polly Batchelder, has spent several years writing, reviewing and editing the material. She has completed her work and we are in the process having the data entered for publication. We hope this will be accomplished in the near future and will also be available online on Nabb’s website.  In the meantime, here is the Draft copy: DraftLongFamilyBook.pdf (PDF: 60.6 MB).

Regarding the "Boston Book" available here on our site, in order to keep the index page references correct, the book has been divided into two parts. The first section includes the title page, prefaces, table of contents, list of maps and illustrations, and notes explaining abbreviations and sources. The second section includes the introduction, the book itself, supplements and indexes. Names can be researched using the indexes. Note that there are differences in numbers referenced in different indexes.  Numbers in the Index refer to entries, not to pages.  Entry numbers are at the top of each page in the body of the text. The Index to Appendix III refers to page numbers. Be sure to read the notation at the beginning of each index in order to find the proper entry within the text.  When page numbers are indicated in the index, they will correspond to the pdf document page numbers (except for two small exceptions due to the layout of the original). Bookmarks are also included to separate the chapters.

These projects would not have been possible without the approval of Mrs. Nancy Wise, the support of the Fair Play Foundation, and the encouragement of Thomas Fooks V, Board member emeritus of the Nabb Research Center.

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