Tuesday, November 18, 2014

52 ANCESTORS in 52 WEEKS, No. 47: Richard TREAT, 1584-1668/9

Following the challenge from Amy Johnson Crow to write a post weekly, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, here is my 47th installment, Richard TREAT, 1584-1668/9, my 8th great-grandfather on my mother's side.

My direct line from Richard Treat(1): Robert (Gov.) Robert Treat (2), Joseph (Capt) Treat (3), Samuel Treat (4), Samuel Peet Treat (5), Anna Treat (6), Charles Giles Graves (7), Clara Augusta Graves (8), Marguerite Josephine Terwilliger (9), Mary Marguerite Kuhn (10), Celia Gillespie (me).

Richard TREAT is another of the early New England settlers in my mother's ancestral line, having arrived approximately 1635.  Note that in England, this TREAT ancestral name is directly related to the TROTT surname, this group of ancestors having changed spelling in America shortly after settling in the New England Colonies. Another group of TROTT immigrants in New England did not change the spelling and are likely relatives - not as yet proven with DNA and genealogy research.

Richard TREAT's parents were Robert & Honora TROTT; he was one of 5 children attributed to this couple who lived in Pitminster, Somerset, England. Richard was baptised 28 Aug 1584 in Pitminster, and his wife, Alice GAYLORD (Gaylaud, var.) was baptised there 10 May 1595.  They married 27 Apr 1615 in Pitminster, and they emigrated from Somerset after the death of both Richard's parents: Robert in 1598/99, and Honora on 17 Sep 1627, and very shortly after the birth of their youngest child, Katharine. 

Richard & Alice TREAT had 11 children baptized in Pitminster, but 2 died before the family emigrated. The Treat family settled first in Dorchester, Massachusetts before moving to Wethersfield, Connecticut, where they remained:
        A first son, Robert, apparently died as an infant
   1.  Honor, bap 19 Mar 1615/16; m. John Deming in CT, 10 children
   2.  Joanna, bap 24 May 1618, d. Oct 1694; m. Lieut. John Hollster; 8 children
   3.  Sarah, bap 3 Dec 1620, d. after Jun 1673; m. Matthew Canfield, 9 children
   4.  Richard, bap 9 Sep 1623, d. 1693 Newark NJ; m. Sarah Coleman, 4 children; apparently an alternate date of 9 Jan 1621/22.
   5.  Robert [ancestor], bap 23 Feb 1623/4 or 1624/25, d. 12 Jul 1710; m. 25 Dec 1646 to Jane TAPP, 8 children [Governor of Connecticut]
   6.  Elizabeth, bap 25 Jul 1627; m. George Wolcott, 4 children
   7.  Susanna, bap 8 Oct 1629, d. bef 7 Nov 1705; m. 1652 to Lieut. Robert Webster, 5 children
   8.  Alice, bap 16 Feb  1630/31, d. 2 Aug 1633 Pitminster Eng.
   9.  James (Lieut), bap 20 Jul 1634, d. 12 Feb 1708/09; m. 26 Jan 1664/65 to Rebecca Lattimer, 9 known children
 10.  Catharine, bap 29 Jun 1637;  m. 19 Nov 1655 to Rev. William Thompson

Richard was one of the Patentees of the Charter of Connecticut  to King Charles II. Written in May 1661, it was taken to England by their current Governor, John Winthrop, and finally approved 1 May 1662.  Richard was Deputy to the Connecticut General Court 1644-1658, Magistrate or Assistant Magistrate between 1657-1665; he was on Governor Winthrop's Council in 1663-1664. He left a sizeable estate when he died, detailed in his will.

Richard wrote his will 13 Feb 1668/9 in Milford, New Haven, CT, and is said to have died a year later, on 3 Mar 1669/70 in Wethersfield.  His wife, Alice died shortly afterwards. Although he is 'known' to have been buried in the Wethersfield Village Cemetery, there is no headstone left standing. 

If you have information or corrections, please do not hesitate to contact me through calewis at telus dot net, or in the Comments below.  Thanks for stopping by to read this very brief history. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

52 ANCESTORS in 52 WEEKS: No. 46, WWI Roll Call

Following the challenge from Amy Johnson Crow to write a post weekly, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, here is my 46th installment, "WWI Roll Call", with basic details of the three relatives who died in "The Great War" 1914-1916.  Two relatives (great-uncles) are on my GILLESPIE-BUNN side, the other on the LEWIS-RICE line.  The photo on the right is #1 below, George Armstrong Gillespie, aged 29 or 30.

1.  George Armstrong GILLESPIE, b. 1886, Barrow in Furness, Lancashire, England, d. 8 Aug 1916, France.  
The 4th and last child of George GILLESPIE & Catherine ARMSTRONG, a bachelor, he was living with his unmarried older sister, Mary, and his parents, at 44 Earle Street, Barrow, at the time he entered military service in 1914. His older two brothers, including my grandfather, were living in Canada at this time.  
George A. Gillespie died August 8, 1916, aged 32; his identifying number is R/3245, attached to the 11th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps. He is buried in Hebuterne Communal Cemetery, France.  His headstone carving, as requested by his parents, is the following:

2.  Thomas BUNN,  b. 12 Dec 1886, Barrow in Furness, Lancashire, England, d. 8 Oct 1917, Belgium.  
Thomas was the 4th child (of 9) of George BUNN & Sarah Elizabeth WHITEHOUSE, the brother of my grandfather Gillespie's wife. Thomas lived for a short time in Canada, following his older brother George who had immigrated in 1910.  He is a bit of a mystery and there is a story that he married or lived common-law with a woman while living in the Maritimes in Canada.  However, when war was declared, he returned to Barrow and enlisted there.  He joined the Royal Army Medical Corp, 23rd Field Ambulance, (the 7th Division). He was killed in action on 8 Oct 1917, in Belgium, and is buried in Tyne Cot Memorial, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. His name may be seen on Panel 160. (The link shows the cemetery ringed by Panels filled with approximately 35,000 names of casualties...)  

3.  Arthur Aiken LEWIS, b. 16 Apr 1887, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, d. 8 May 1917, Vimy Ridge, France.
Arthur was the eldest of 8 children of Isaac Charles LEWIS & Alma Jane AIKEN. Arthur worked as a Surveyor, on Vancouver Island,as seen on 1911 Census. His CEF - Canadian Expeditionary Force - papers show he enlisted 26 Oct 1915, service number #61710, 22nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry.  There is some confusion re his death date, as the Vimy Memorial certificate provides date of death as 15/09/1916 (Sept. 15, 1916); but the official notification of his death is May 8, 1917, "in the trenches south of Acheville" which is by Vimy Ridge. The confusion has not been reconciled at this point.  The Canadian Vimy Memorial is a remarkable construction, sitting on the Ridge itself. You can read of its design, construction, and more by clicking on this link.  

So many young men were killed in World War I.  The poppies seen in London signify one poppy for each soldier. Here is one link, but searching will find you many more. 

Lest We Forget...   

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

52 ANCESTORS in 52 WEEKS, No. 45: (Capt) George CURWEN, 1610-1684, Immigrant

Following the challenge from Amy Johnson Crow to write a post weekly, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, here is my 45th installment, Captain George CURWEN.  George CURWEN's title of Captain refers to his military service as Captain of a troop of militia during King Philip's War.  

Thank heavens for relationship calculators on family tree software: he's the husband of my ex-husband's half-7th great-grand aunt, (8th, to our children) through the RICE family line, up through to Susanna WHITE Winslow's daughter, Elizabeth!  I decided to write a little bit about him after reading through a book I stumbled on in our B.C. Genealogical Society's library while volunteering there.  

The book I found is: Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonists Who Came to America before 1700, by Frederick Lewis Weis, 7th Edition by Walter Lee Sheppard, Jr., published by Genealogical Publishing Co. Inc., 1992.  This book is a compilation of ascendancy of early colonists back to Saxon and English Monarchs, French, Charlemagne, Early Kings of Scotland and Ireland, and much more. As I have quite a few early colonists, I checked the names with my database, and found George CURWEN. (I also found Thomas TROWBRIDGE, but that's another story!)  Many specific sources are listed, one of them refers to a chart made "by Rev. George Curwen 1698, made during his father's lifetime". This book is not a primary source, as it is a compilation from various other sources, none of which I have seen or examined. Still, it is an interesting start.

George was born 3 Nov 1610 in Sibbertoft, Northampton, England. We know his father's name was John CURWEN; his mother's name is stated to be Marjorie, but I have not seen proof. The other children were: Thomas, Matthew, Elizabeth, Sarah, and John.  His older brother, Matthias Curwen, b. abt 1602, immigrated with his three children abt 1634, settling first in Ipswich, MA.

George's first wife was Elizabeth Herbert, daughter of the Hon. John Herbert, Mayor of Northampton, England. They married in England about 1635, having at least one or two children in England. She died on 15 Sep 1668, and he married on 22 September 1669 to Elizabeth WINSLOW Brook, the only daughter of (Governor) Edward WINSLOW and Susanna White (widow), Mayflower immigrants. Elizabeth (2nd) was a widow of Robert Brook who had died earlier; she had one son, also named Robert Brook.

George & Elizabeth (1st) had seven known children:
   1.  Abigail, b. 1 Aug, 1637, died by 1 yr of age
   2.  John, b. 25 July 1638; d. 12 Jul 1683; m., 5 children
   3.  Jonathan, b. 14 Nov 1640; d. 25 Jul 1718; m., 10 children
   4.  Hannah, b. 1642, died by 1 yr of age
   5.  Abigail, b.? bap. 30 Nov 1643
   6.  Hannah, b. 1 Jan 1645/6;  d.21 Nov 1692
   7.  Elizabeth, b.? bap. 2 Jul 1648;  d. bef 1685

After Elizabeth died on 16 September 1668, in Salem, George married for a second time in 1669 to Elizabeth WINSLOW Brook (widow).  Corwin Genealogy in the United States, [by E.T. Corwin, pub. 1872 by S.W. Green, New York], lists the following children on page 78: 

George & Elizabeth (2nd) had 3 children, all of whom married, with children:
   9.  Penelope,
 10.  Susannah
 11.  George

George was a wealthy and influential man in Salem, living in the city, owning four houses, warehouses, and 2 wharves in Salem, plus another warehouse and wharf in Boston.  He also owned about 15,000 acres of various land parcels around the area. His family lived in one side of his very large home, and the other side had several businesses/trade establishments leased. He was made a Freeman in 1665, and was involved as a Selectman for most of the years from 1666-1676.

When he died 5 Jan 1684, his will showed an inventory valued at  £5,964. 10s. 7d., which was a large fortune at the time. Some details of his inventory (e.g., silver-topped cane) are still kept by descendants.  His portrait was commissioned and is in the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA; a copy is hanging in the "Witch House", house, again owned by a Corwin descendant, in Salem. He is described as having a "fine, round forehead, large nostrils, high cheek bones, and grey eyes," in the Corwin Genealogy in the US  book mentioned previously. 

Much has been written in various articles, letters, journals and books of history and genealogy, concerning George CORWIN/CURWEN, and searching on several genealogy websites will turn up a number of books and histories which may be directly searched.  Interestingly, the original surname in the 1200s, was spelled CULWEN and the spelling shifted in about 1433 - see next paragraph.  

That book that started me on this post lists the direct lineage (with more details as known in the book) as follows on pages starting at 40-41, 37, 1-4, following generation numbers:
Captain George CURWEN - John CURWEN - Henry CURWEN - Thomas CURWEN - Thomas CURWEN - Margaret CURWEN (m. cousin Wm CURWEN) - Sir Christopher CURWEN - Sir Thomas CURWEN - Sir Christopher CURWEN - William CURWEN - Gilbert CULWEN - Sir Gilbert CULWEN, Knt. - Gilbert CURWEN (m. cousin Edith HARINGTON) - Gilbert CULWEN - Patric DE CULWEN - Thomas OF WORKINGTON, son of Gospatric, Lord of Workington in Cumberland. 

The last named ancestor, Thomas of Workington, is known to have died soon after 13 Nov 1200.  Both the Harington and Culwen/Curwen lines can be traced back to Aethelred II (King, 979-1016). Aethelred II traces back to CERDIC, King of the West Saxons in the early 500s.  Yes, once one finds a landed gentry ancestor, there are interesting lineages to find, piecing them from various writings of battles, of famous people's visits, and from various collections of documents. Interesting puzzles.

Of course, all of us trace back to a fairly small group of people. I find it fascinating to see how "mixed up" we all are: Vikings and other Scandinavians, Germans, French, English, Dutch, and others.  One day I'll be able to pay for genetic testing and find out even more about my deep ancestry details.

If you have questions or comments, do contact me via calewis at telus dot net,or add them to the Comments section below.  Thank you for stopping by and reading. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

52 ANCESTORS in 52 WEEKS, No. 44: Francis BOWMAN, 1630-1687, Immigrant

Following the challenge from Amy Johnson Crow to write a post weekly, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, here is my 44th installment, Francis BOWMAN, my ex-husband's 7th great-grandfather, our children's 8th great-grandfather.

Francis is the eldest child of Nathaniel Bowman and Anne/Hannah (unknown surname).  He was baptised October 24, 1630, at St Dunstan and All Saints, Stepney, London, England.  We might assume his parents were living nearby, and therefore that he was born in the region of the Stepney church. 

Of course I can't mention the church at Stepney without reminding you all of the Oranges and Lemons bell-ringing song.  Click link for more details.

Shortly after Francis was born, the family emigrated to the early Massachusetts colony, settling in Watertown, MA.  All six of his siblings were born in Watertown, as have been described and detailed in the book by Henry Bond, Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts. They were:  Mary, b. abt 1633 (died young); Joanna, b. abt 1635 (died young);  Dorcas, b. 1639, died 1639;  Nathaniel b. 1641-1707 (did not marry);  Joanna b. 1642, married, children;  Dorcas, after 1643, married twice, children. 

What I looked at in horror was the fact that by the time Francis was about 10 years old, he'd seen three sisters die as babies or toddlers. Wow.  What must have that felt like-? I haven't done research to find out if there was an epidemic or an unusual event to have caused three deaths over several years. The next three siblings survived into adulthood.

On the 26th day of the 7th month 1661, in Watertown, at the age of 31 years, Frances married Martha SHERMAN; Martha  was the daughter of John SHERMAN and Martha PALMER. Note that her name is spelled Marthy on the register.

Francis and Martha had the following children (not all details are researched as yet):
  1.  John, b.19 Feb 1664/65
  2.  Francis (Jr), b.14 Sep 1666; d.23 Dec 1744, Lexington MA; see inscription on his headstone; buried at same cemetery as his father (see below)
  3.  Martha, b.2 Mar 1666/67; d.Dec 1667 Watertown
  4.  Nathaniel (Captain), b.9 Feb 1668/69; d.13 Jun 1748, Waltham MA
  5.  Mary [ancestor], b. Feb 1670/71, d. 2 Dec 1747 Stow MA; on 2 Dec 1692, m. Rev. John EVELETH; 6 children
  6.  Joseph, b.18 May 1674, d. 8 Apr 1762, Lexington MA
  7.  Anna?, b. 19 Sep 1676
  8.  Samuel, b. 14 Aug 1679
  9.  Jonathan, b. abt 1682, d. 1682
10.  Martha, b. 4 Apr 1685

I have not yet found Martha Sherman's death date, nor whether or not she is buried with her husband.  Several family trees have her death as 1700, but I have not found sources for verification, to date. (put on to-do list!)

Francis died 16 Dec 1687, aged 57 years.  He is buried in "The Old Burying Place", Watertown, Massachusetts, in "Plot 2".  The inscription states:
              HERE LYES THE BODY
             OF  FRANCIS  BOWMAN
                 AGED  57  YEARS
             16...  ......................1687

The headstone and details may be found here on the link to FindAGrave.  Note that the write up states he was born in Watertown (error).  He came as a very young child with his parents, so this error is not surprising.  

From Savage's Genealogical Dictionary, we find a potted history, showing he remained in Watertown until late in life, when he was known to live in what is now Lexington, about 6 or 7 miles north of Watertown. The following is copied, as printed: 
     "BOWMAN, FRANCIS, Watertown, eldest s. of Nathaniel, sw. fidel. 1652, m. 26 Sept. 1661, Martha, d. of capt. John Sherman, had  Francis, b. 14 Sept. 1662;  John, 19 Feb. 1665;  Martha, 2 Mar. 1667, d. at 9 mos.;  Nathaniel, 9 Feb. 1669;  Joseph, 18 May 1674;  Ann, 19 Sept. 1676;  Samuel, 14 Aug. 1679;  Jonathan, d. 1682; and Martha, again, 4 Apr. 1685; and he d. 16 Dec. 1687.  He rem. to Cambridge Farms, now Lexington." 

If you have information, corrections, or questions about any of the information about Francis BOWMAN & his family, please do not hesitate to contact me through the Comments below, or via calewis at telus dot net.  Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

52 ANCESTORS in 52 WEEKS, No. 43: Samuel Peet TREAT, 1754-1837

Following the challenge from Amy Johnson Crow to write a post weekly, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, here is my 43rd installment, my 4th great-grandfather, Samuel Peet TREAT.  This TREAT family line goes back from my 2nd great-grandmother in a direct line to Governor Robert TREAT (CT). (Deputy Governor of CT 1678-1683, 1698-1708, Governor 1683-1698).  

One of the reasons I wanted to write about this particular Samuel TREAT (there are many in collaterals and direct lines), is that the children attributed to him and his wife have unusual birthdate gaps. Perhaps a reader may be able to help me understand them or, find further information.

The TREAT surname is from the TROTT family lines in England. Shortly after one specific Trott family emigrated from Taunton area of Somerset to settle near Wethersfield CT, their line changed the surname from Trott to Treat, for reasons unknown to us now.  More details of the TREAT ancestry needs to go through research in TROTT families in England.

Samuel Peet TREAT, b. 29 Sep 1754 in Milford, New Haven, CT, was the 5th child of parents, Samuel TREAT (1714-1798) & Beulah JENNINGS (1722-?). Samuel had 4 sisters and one brother (one other brother died as infant). 

"Samuel P. Treat" is listed as a Private, volunteer in the War of 1812, according to the "Record of Service of Connecticut Men".  There were, however, more than five Samuel Treat men of the right age to be in the military. This is likely to be Samuel Peet Treat, but is not proven.

On 29 Sep 1780, in Milford, New Haven, CT, Samuel P. TREAT married Sarah THOMPSON, b.22 Aug 1763 in New Haven.  Sarah's parents were apparently James or Zachariah THOMPSON & Sarah PUNDERSON - there is some confusion as to which Thompson was her father, at this time.  Note that Samuel was 26 years old, Sarah 17 years old, at the time of marriage.

Samuel & Sarah had 5 children who are attributed to them, as follows, all born in Connecticut:
  1.  Mehetable, b.1 Oct 1781, Milford; m. 11 Aug 1799 to Samuel Jones.
  2.  Anna [ancestor], b. 15 Mar 1783, Washington; d. 12 Oct 1866 Jordan NY; m. 1803 to Cornelius GRAVES; 8 children - our line follows youngest child, Charles Giles GRAVES
*there is an unusual gap of 12 years between births at this point; mother is ~32 
  3.  Hepzibah, b. 19 Mar 1795, Bristol;  d. 23 May 1881, Elbridge NY; Simon Converse, at least 3 children
*here is another unusual gap of 7 years between births; mother is ~39
  4.  Sarah Elizabeth "Sally Betsy", b. 10 Jun 1802, Bristol; m. Amherst Coon est 1822; at least 3 sons
*here is another unusual gap of 7 years between births; mother is ~46
  5.  Nancy Jennet/Janet, b. 9 Nov 1809, Watertown; d. 21 Nov 1904, Conneaut, PA; m. 8 Oct 1834 to Edward W. Sanderson (he died in OH); at least 4 children.

I have not been able to find records of other children born during those years, and have not been able to make good genealogical sense of the large gaps between the children.  

Sarah THOMPSON, Samuel's wife, died 13 Jun 1830 in Watertown, CT.  Samuel died  7 years later, in 5 Jul 1837, in Russia, Herkimer, New York.  He and his wife are buried in Century Cemetery, Russia, New York.   His headstone lists both Samuel and Sarah's death dates. 

If you have further information on Samuel Peet TREAT and his family, including the children, please do not hesitate to contact me via calewis at telus dot net, or in the Comments below.  I appreciate any corrections, additions, etc. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

52 ANCESTORS in 52 WEEKS, No. 42: Theresa FRICKER, PA

Following the challenge from Amy Johnson Crow to write a post weekly, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, here is my 42nd installment, Theresa FRICKER, my 3rd great-grandmother on my mother's father's KUHN line.

Theresa was spelled many different ways, e.g, Taresy, and a daughter was named Farracy, which seems to be another variation.  I have information on Theresa in terms of her marriage and death/burial details, the names of her 11 or 12 children - but I have no information on her parents and relatives.  

She is found on the large detailed KUHN obelisk in the cemetery of the Conewago Chapel Basilica with her birth and death dates inscribed, a major source of information.  Other details may be found in the Goshenhoppen and Conewago Registers, and the William Kirkpatrick book, detailing the Eckroth-Eckenroth-Eckenrode Family, Vol.1 & 2, 1987, pub. by Chris Pelikan. 

Theresa or Tarasy FRICKER, was apparently born 1 May 1760 in Reading, Berks, PA, of unknown parents.  I have found a record of an Anthony Fricker's child being baptised, with Theresa Fricker as witness, which appears to indicate he may be a brother of hers, but this is currently only speculation.  

She married John Ignatius KUHN, b. about 1753 in Greenwich, Berks, PA about 30 miles north of Reading. They were married 25 Apr 1775 in Bally, Berks, PA.  Note that the Borough of Bally was originally named "Goshenhoppen", which means "meeting place" in the local Indian language. Since they married in Bally, it is likely she was born in Bally, but this is not yet proven.  Her husband, John Ignatius KUHN, was the 4th of 5 children of John George KUHN and Catherine RIFFEL, who were born in Germany; they had married 27 Nov 1744 in Macungie, Lehigh, Pennsylvania. 

Theresa and John had either 11 or 12 children:
  1.  Catherine, b. 24 May 1776, d. Baltimore MD; m. Jacob Grett
  2.  Mary Magdalena, b. 22 May 1778, d. aprox 1801;  m. John Arthur
  3.  Farracy Theresa, b. 12 Oct 1780, d. 12 Jan 1847; m. Aloysius Owings her 1/2 1st cousin, 2 sons known
  4.   Anna Maria, b. 18 May 1783, died 'very young'
  5.  Judith, b. 28 Sep 1785, d. 8 Feb 1848 Abbottstown PA; m. Benjamin Fink 26 Apr 1807 Conewago Chapel; 2 living sons known
  6.  Anna Appolonia, b. 17 May 1791, d. 11 Dec 1879 Gettysburg PA; m. George Richter; 2 sons known
  7.  Margareta, b. 6 Mar 1794, d. 24 Jan 1874 Fort Seneca OH; m. Phillip Staub 2 Feb 1817 Conewago Chapel; 10 children known
  8.  Elizabeth, b. abt 1796, d. 11 May 1852; m. Eusebius Owings (possibly relative of Aloysius Owings seen above m. to #3 Farracy)
 9.  John, b. 14 Oct 1797, d. 30 Mar 1887 Conewago PA; m. 28 Jan 1823 Susan Mathias Conewago Chapel; 7 children known
10. Magdalena, b. 1799, d. abt 1809
11. Anna, b. 30 Jan 1801, d. 13 Feb 1807.  Note: #10 and #11 may be the same child, i.e. "Anna Magdalena (abt 1800-1807)"
12. Joseph Jacobus KUHN [ancestor], b. Oct 1803, d. 18 Sep 1878 McSherrystown PA; m. 5 Nov 1826 Jane Rebecca McCABE, Conewago Chapel; 9 children (ancestor line follows 2nd child, Dr. Louis DeBarth KUHN).

Theresa died 20 Apr 1821 in McSherrystown, PA, and is buried in the Conewago Chapel Basilica Cemetery, along with many other KUHN relatives. She died 5 years before her husband, John I. Kuhn, who died 1 Mar 1826.  

If you have further information on Theresa FRICKER or her family, including their children, please do not hesitate to contact me via calewis at telus dot net, or in the Comments below.  I appreciate any corrections, additions, etc. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, October 6, 2014

52 ANCESTORS in 52 WEEKS, No. 41: Abigaile GREENE, early NE settler

Following the challenge from Amy Johnson Crow to write a post weekly, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, here is my 41st installment, Abigail GREENE, who d. after 1687.  I know little about her, which is why I chose her for today's post. Abigail is my 7th Great-grandmother on my maternal line. 

Abigaile was born 22 February 1659/60, in Salem, Essex, MA.  Histories state her parents were John GREENE & Mary WARREN, from England.  Various records online seem to indicate she was the eldest of 5 children (4 girls, 1 boy), named Abigail, Mary, Sara, Elizabeth, and John.  

Abigaile is the grandmother of my favouritely-named ancestor, Zerubbabel JEROME, whom I wrote about on January 7, 2014 - #2 in this blog challenge for the year.

Abigail GREENE married Nicholas RICH (Jr.), the son of Nicholas & Sarah RICH, both from England as well.  I have estimated her marriage date to Nicholas Jr. as approximately 1680-1685 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.  

I have been able to find 6 children listed as their children, however there is a significant gap after #2, Abigaile, which makes me wonder whether she may have died, and the remaining four children might be from a 2nd wife:
  1.  Samuel, b. 1685; m.?; d. 1729
  2.  Abigaile [ancestor], b. 2 Oct 1687, Wenham [Salem] MA; m. in 1709 to Timothy JEROME; 7 children
  3.  David, b. 1695
  4.  Sara, b. 1697
  5.  Mary, b. 1699
  6. John or Jonathan, b. 1702

I do not have a death date for Abigaile GREENE Rich.  Her husband, Nicholas RICH (jr), apparently died 21 Oct 1726 in Preston, Connecticut, although I have confirmed neither this date nor place.

Note that Abigaile was spelled in a variety of ways: Abigail, Abigall, Abigale, Abigaile.  Early records in Massachusetts are wonderful, but challenging to wade through, online.  One day I would love to spend several weeks at the New England Historic Genealogical Society Library in Boston.  I'm certain I'd find relevant and interesting records on this family!  

If you have further information or details, or corrections, please do not hesitate to contact me via calewis at telus dot net or, in the Comments below.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, No. 40, Sylvester EVELETH/Eveleigh, 1604-1689

Following the challenge from Amy Johnson Crow to write a post weekly, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, here is my 40th installment, Sylvester Eveleigh / EVELETH. The surname has many variations such as Evelie, Evely, Evilly, Evylith,  but the next generation or two seem to have slid to Eveleth spelling.  [Having grown up in the early rock'n roll days, my brain skips directly to "The Everly Brothers", but I'm fairly certain there's no relationship.]   Sylvester's name is also spelled in various ways, often as Silvester.  Sylvester EVELETH is the 9th great-grandfather for my children, on their father's side.

Much of what I have found on Sylvester comes from the following sources:  "A History of the HEVERLY family: including the spellings: Hever, Heverle, Heverley, Everle, Everley, Everleigh, Eveleigh, Evelegh, Eveley, Everly, and Eveleth"; comp. Neal F. Mears A.M.; 1945, The Bates Publishing Co., Chicago IL;  also, "The Eveleth Family of Colonial New England", Jonathan B. Butcher; and others.

Sylvester EVELETH was known to be baptized in the Parish of Exeter, St. Thomas, 16 Feb 1603/4 as "Evelie, Silvester".  More research is needed for additional details of his parents.

In Exeter, St. David, on 21 Sept 1630, he married Susan NUBERY, who seems to have been born in about 1607 (from later depositions).  I have no further information on her family.

Sylvester and his first wife immigrated to Boston, Massachusetts, in approximately 1641, and he was apparently a baker in 1642.  However less than 2 years later, they had moved to the town of Gloucester.  

He was chosen as a "Selectman" in Gloucester, in 1647-1649, and was made a freeman in 1652. In addition he was chosen as Constable 29 June 1652, again serving in 1656 and in 1669.  He seems to have been well thought of, and was a Representative in the General Court 1673 and onwards.  In addition, he held a licence for a Public House in 1666-1670, and possibly later years.  
The book "A History of the Heverly Family" states that he resided in Boston from 1673-1685; and that he joined the Old South Church in 1674.  He moved from Boston back to Gloucester around 1687 or so, and died with a year or so, aged 85.  

Sylvester and Susan (1st wife) had the following six children (I have not researched the children of my ancestor's siblings: 
  1.  Margaret, b. abt 1631, Exeter; d. 11 Aug 1698, Boston; m. 11 Jun 1652 in Boston, Nathaniel Gallup
  2.  Mary, b.30 Jun 1633, Exeter; d. 7 Jan 1687/8, Gloucester MA;  m. 21 May 1655 in Gloucester, Thomas Millett
  3.  Susanna, b. est 1636, Exeter; d. abt 1689;  m. 31 Dec 1656, Gloucester MA, James Stevens
  4.  Joseph, b. June 1641 [ancestor] Boston MA; d. 1 Dec 1745, Ipswich MA; m. 1 Jan 1667/8, Gloucester MA, Mary BRAGG; 11 children
  5.  Hannah, b. 8 Oct 1643, Boston MA; d. 19 Nov 1670 Charlestown, MA; m. 13 Jun 1669 Charlestown MA, Nathaniel Kettell
  6.  Isaac, b. abt 1645/6, Gloucester MA; d. Nov 1685 Gloucester MA;  m. 13 Nov 1677, Gloucester MA, Abigail Coit.

Sylvester's first wife, Susan died 14 Sep 1659 in Gloucester.  He married for a second time to a widow, Bridget Parkman, on 6 Sep 1662 in Gloucester.  She had 7 children at the time, although I am not certain of their ages; Sylvester's 3 older daughters were all married at the time.  It is believed that Bridget died soon after 1683, the last time her name is mentioned on property lists. Sylvester married a third time to a widow Pilgrim (Eddy)(Baker) Steadman, likely about 1685, who died about 1797. 

Sylvester died, aged 85, in Gloucester 5 Jan 1688/9, intestate.  This required detailed inventory and appraisal of the estate, and administration of his estate was granted to his eldest son, Joseph in the Suffolk County Probate Court on 7 Mar 1688/9.   The real estate passed intact to Joseph, as the younger son, Isaac had died before his father.  Note that Hannah had also predeceased her father. 

Massachusetts has incredibly detailed easy-to-use genealogy pages for records held in a variety of repositories, and I have yet to look at more than a few as yet. Click here Suffolk County MA for an overview of those records which would include Sylvester Eveleth's details. 

If you have more information or details, or corrections to offer, please contact me via calewis at telus dot net or, in the Comments section below.  Thank you for stopping by. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

52 ANCESTORS in 52 WEEKS, No. 39: Joshua HOTCHKISS, early CT

Following the challenge from Amy Johnson Crow to write a post weekly, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, here is my 39th installment, Joshua HOTCHKISS, 1651-1722, Connecticut.  Joshua is my 8th great-grandfather on my maternal lines. 

Joshua is another ancestor who was a very early settler in Connecticut with his parents. He was one of 6 boys and 1 girl of Samuel HOTCHKISS and Elizabeth CLEAVERLY, who married on 7 September 1642 in New Haven, CT. The family appeared to be comfortably middle-class in England, and educated. Samuel, Joshua's father. is believed to have arrived in Connecticut on the ship "Hector" in 1637; however other sources state he arrived in 1642.  That  latter date may be simply due to Samuel's residence in 1642 when he married.  Much of my information on the Hotchkiss family group comes from the following: Directory of the Ancestral Heads of New England Families;  The Hotchkiss Family, First Six Generations: Descendants of Samuel Hotchkiss (ca. 1622-1663) of New Haven, Connecticut;  Genealogies of Connecticut Families Vol.2 by Gary Boyd Roberts; New Haven Vital Records, among other records [online].  

Joshua was born 16 Sep 1651, East Haven, Connecticut.  His first marriage is noted to be in 1677, when he married Mary PARDEE.  Mary, born 18 Feb 1657/58 in East Haven, was the daughter of George PARDEE & Martha MILES. Much has been written about the PARDEE family who left Pitminster England and settled in New Haven around 1644.  

At several points, Joshua was a Sheriff in New Haven.  In addition, he fought in King William's War (and was apparently a pensioner of it.)

Joshua and Mary had three children that we know of, born in New Haven, CT:  
1.  Mary, b. 14 Dec 1679, who apparently died as an infant.
2.  Stephen (Deacon), 25 Aug 1681; m. Elizabeth Sperry on 12 Dec 1704; children
3.  Martha [ancestor], b.14 Dec 1683; m. Thomas BROOKS 25 Mar 1702 in Wallingford, CT; Martha d. after 1755 in Cheshire CT; Thomas d. of smallpox, 20 Jul 1732.

Unfortunately Mary PARDEE Hotchkiss died before 1685.  Joshua then married Hannah Tuttle in perhaps 1688. I need to clarify the six additional children of Hannah and Joshua - there are issues with the birthdates and places for several of the children. Apparently Hannah died in 1718, and Joshua married once more, in 1719, to Mary [surname either Sanford or Ashbun].  

Joshua died 22 Dec 1722 in New Haven, CT, and there is a headstone in the cemetery attached to Center Church on the Green, New Haven, CT.  Details may be found by clicking through on FindAGrave.  

As is only too obvious as I complete this year-long challenge, I have much research still to do on these ancestors! 

If you have information or corrections, please do not hesitate to contact me via calewis at telus dot net or in the Comments below.  Thank you so much for stopping by.  


Family, friends, and others - I hope you enjoy these pages about our ancestors and their lives. Genealogy has become somewhat of an obsession, more than a hobby, and definitely a wonderful mystery to dig into and discover. Enjoy my writing, and contact me at celia.winky at gmail dot com if you have anything to add to the stories. ... Celia Lewis