This site also includes previously unpublished information about families and descendants of the Flisberget Farm, Elverum Parish, Hedmark County, Norway. Descendants who immigrated to the USA went by the surname Mattison/Mattson after arrival in August of 1867. Two brothers and their families departed Christiana (now Oslo) Norway on June 6, 1867 on the Bark Erna and arrived at Quebec on July 25: Mattis Mattison (1836-1884) and Gunder Mattisen (1840-1870/1873), both sons of Mattis Olsen (Olsson) (1795-1867). Mattis died in 1884 at Hixton, Jackson County, Wisconsin and Gunder apparently died 1870/1874 at Trempealeau County, Wisconsin. Descendants went to LaMoure and Dickey Counties in North Dakota, some then to Washington State.
These pages are a work in progress and far from complete. For now, it is more in the nature of an open workbook. Consequently, the presentation may be unpolished and cryptic, and they are continually being added to, updated, revised and reorganized. Also, like any any other discipline, genealogy uses its share of unique terminology, TLA's (that's Three-Letter-Acronyms) and shorthand phrases that will be unfamiliar and potentially confusing to beginners. I am abundantly guilty of making ample use of them on this website. I have prepared a short list of the most common ones that I use frequently and are generally widely used in the family history community. Also, some that I use for frequently-cited sources. See Genealogy Definitions and Acronyms
The following distinction of my ancestral surnames as "south" and "north" coincides with the maternal/paternal side of the family as well as my approach towards research. Generally, the "northern" lines are first found in New England in the 1700's or earlier, have been the subject of research for many years, have extensive published genealogies that are widely available and have been traced back many generations. Most originally settled in Massachusetts and were in New England in the early years of our country's history. Most of the work I have done in these families has been in locating research already done by others and in determining links. Databases from some of these lines are now available on the web (links provided where known) or are in the process of being prepared. In some areas, I have performed original work to tie and prove an individual into a documented family line or determine ancestral lines. This is still still in progress, so I have not completed final narratives with documentation. These lines include Shaw of Palmer, Massachusetts; Farr of Boylston/Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and Chesterfield, New Hampshire; and Mattison/Mattson of Flisberget Farm, Elverum Parish, Hedmark County, Norway. There are still a number of New England ancestors about whom I have been unable to find any further information.
Many of the "southern" lines (which actually includes border states) have only relatively recently been the subject of much research and documentation. Consequently, much of the information has been very thinly published, not published or was not known by living descendants. Generally, these early ancestors were first found in Virginia in the early 1700's, migrated to Kentucky after the end of the Revolutionary War ca 1780 and their descendants moved onto Indiana and Missouri 1810-1830.
Surnames are listed in approximate order of distance of relationship to me with a brief description of my connection and the earliest known ancestor. Those in blue highlight have more information available. For others, I have included or plan to include major sources of information on the family. I do not have a database of the Northern lines online, but plan to do so.
Note: I have begun to obfuscate individual email addresses that appear in this website. I have replaced the "at" sign @ with the character string ' [at] '. This is the result of the insidious situation with SPAM that has become a major problem in the internet today. Spammers use automated robots, similar to those used by reputable search engines, to scan websites and harvest email addresses. If you wish to contact an individual with an altered address, simply replace the ' [at] ' character string with the usual @ symbol with no spaces.
[Genealogy] is history in microcosm. Each of us has our own way of describing what genealogy means to us. Mine would be this:
Genealogy is about understanding ourselves and the influences that have made us who we are. It's about understanding the men and women whose genes we carry and whose customs we cherish or purposefully reject. It's about understanding the world we live in, and how the actions of past men and women shaped the issues we deal with today. It's about understanding how the problems of those past societies shaped our forebears and how the individual choices they made affected their families and ultimately us.
- Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG; 25 June 2010
In order to make as much information available as quickly as possible, I have listed information and all references I could find for these families, both hardcopy and on the internet, and have incorporated that information in online databases, both current and future. The information in the surname sections will vary greatly in detail: from brief summaries to extensive description and details of research from myself and others. In the best case, the work of others is extensive and well-cited, and all that is required is a a brief summary and bibliography. Unfortunately in many cases, the discussion will center around problems with the state of the research and determining lineage.
The information comes from a variety of sources, including family history books of varying eras, extent, content and depth; the LDS FamilySearch website including Ancestral File (AF), International Genealogical Index (IGI) and Pedigree Resource File (PRF); Ancestry.com including Ancestry World Trees (AWT); Rootsweb; assorted stuff from the internet; various genealogical-related publications; original, primary records; and miscellaneous incomplete, uncited scraps and bits of information. Most of the information, particularly for the "northern" lines, has not been further researched or verified by me. (Certain information about the descendants of Andrew Shuck of Kentucky and Mattison/Mattson are exceptions.) However, on its surface, the information I post does appear to be accurate, seems to make sense and fits. Where there was doubt, I chose to err on the side of inclusion, expecing that the additive process may clarify uncertainties. In the future, I will attempt to clarify those areas where I have done original research or verification as well as to highlight areas where these sources differ, are known to be wrong or are uncertain. One should not assume absolute accuracy of information from any of these sources. This applies both for those from the internet, where I have found significantly conflicting information and very obvious errors, as well as to printed sources, including some "classic" family history books. But collecting all the information in one place does aid in analysis and evaluation. Where obvious errors or conflicts were present, I have attempted to correct them or otherwise noted the discrepancies. Some of the internet sources, such as those that merely copy family data from other sources, propogate incorrect information, while a few (unfortunately very few) provide current, comprehensive and insightful analysis of known research surrounding claims of lineage. Generally, those sites sponsored by organized family associations provide the highest level of reliability, where their information is subject to rigorous peer scrutiny. Consequently, I am certain there are errors in these pages, some of which have been undoubtedly introduced by this author. I sincerely appreciate having them pointed out.
In genealogical writing, some specific words are used to indicate levels of confidence: certainly, apparently/apparent, presumed, likely, probably/probable, possibly/possible, etc. I have not seen a numerical score attached to those, although that might exist somewhere. I frequently use the word "reported" or "reportedly" to indicate some claim of fact that is unsupported hearsay. It may or may not be correct, but at least it appears reasonable on the surface and is worth considering as at least a viable clue pending further research.
Findagrave.com is a website that began as a hobby of an individual who was interested in recording and visiting graves of famous people. It has since developed into a site where individual volunteers enter grave information for their relatives or for cemeteries that they have surveyed. As of April 2014, there are about 115 milion graves recorded. I have registered on that site and have entered about 300 graves for family. In 2013, the website was purchased from its founder by Ancestry.com. Given their past business practices, I do not see this as a positive development. Even before that event, I had doubts about the motivations of its founder, since it always was his personal for-profit venture, not based on a not-for-profit model with independent oversight. There were also management issues, including being unresponsive to emails such as mine. Websites also document various criticisms and complaints against them such as: "Find a grave Complaints and Reviews"
At this point, I do not anticipate doing much more on this site. Another similar site, billiongraves.com, is also privately owned and I see similar caveats even though there seems to be some loose connection with the LDS Church genealogy department.
To get an idea of how common my primary surnames are, I obtained population counts for some of them from the 1930 census as indexed at Ancestry.com This represents all persons (not just heads of households) and shows counts for exact spelling only. There are likely other persons with slight variations in spelling or transcription errors.
Many surnames and most counties also have RootsWeb discussion lists which now have searchable archives. Many surnames are also represented by researcher listings on the Roots Surname List (RSL). See Best Overall Internet Genealogy Sites section for more information and links.
surname-Lemail@example.com for the default "List" version
where " surname" is the surname the list applies to. For example,
SHOOK-Dfirstname.lastname@example.org for the "Digest" version of the Shook/Shuck list.
I am currently subscribed to SHUCK, SHOOK, INGRAM, FARRELL and FARR. These surname lists occasionally include typical minor variations. (Farrell and Farr are not connected.)
There are also lists for just about every genealogical purpose one could imagine, including counties. I am also subscribed to Lincoln Co. MO, ("MOLINCOL"), Pike Co. MO ("MOPIKE"), Henry Co. KY ("KYHENRY") and Shelby Co. KY ("KYSHELBY"). Use the list name (MOLINCOL) the same as the surname above to subscribe.
For more and up-to-date information including a display of currently active lists see: Rootsweb Surname Discussion Mailing List Info.
The Rootweb mailing lists are archived and may be searched. See: Rootsweb Mailing List SearchesEnter the name of the list and just follow the directions.
Number of ancestors at each generation: 2**(n-1)
Cumulative number of ancestors at each generation: (2**n)-2
|Number of Ancestors|
|Number of generations||At Each Gen.||Cumulative|
|5 gen - abt 150 years||16||30|
|10 gen - abt 300 years||512||1,022|
|15 gen - abt 450 years||16,384||32,766|
|19 gen - abt 575 years||262,144||524,286|
|20 gen - abt 600 years||524,288||1,048,574|
Average generation is about 30 years. Note that the Number of Ancestors / At Each Gen also represents the number of unique surnames and ancestral lines to research (not considering intermarriages among or between families which were not uncommon in early times). As a practical matter, records prior to 1500 are slim at best, so the 15-generation level is probably the best, with a few exceptions, that most researchers will reach, partially. Further, research may uncover the name of a male ancestor and his wife's given name, but her surname and parents may not be discoverable, thereby substantially reducing the total numbers of ancestors.
Also, most links to other websites will launch a new instance of the browser. If you click on an offsite link for the second, third, etc. time, that site will display on the browser launched from your first offsite click.
|Kilham||King||King (desc. Rice)||King Alias Rice||Linton||Little||Marr||Mattison/Mattson|
Descendants of William Parke (1762-1820) and Synah Perry (1765-1815). Descendants used Park and Parks interchangeably; very early records may have used Parke. Details at above link.
Descendants of Andrew Shuck (est1733-1803) of Kentucky. All lines: Shuck/Shook/Shough/Schuck/Schook/etc. Searchable data base.
Descendants of Samuel Ingram; born prob. 1730/1740 poss. Cecil Co., Maryland died 1799/1801 Montgomery Co., Virginia; and Ann Stewart. (Pulaski Co. Virginia now includes part of the original Montgomery County.) Ten children, only some of whose descendants are known by me. Descendants (Ingram) in Virginia and to Logan County, Kentucky and Pike/Lincoln Counties in Missouri. Poss. Wayne Co., Kentucky. Note that Pulaski Co. Virginia now includes part of the original Montgomery County and some records for these Ingram's are shown in Pulaski Co. No evidence of parents of Samuel Ingram has been found and certain claims of parents are contradicted.
There were a LOT of contemporaneous Ingram's in Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, etc. who are not known to be related. These Ingram's have been very illusive to track down and many researchers have been and are looking into them.
There was another Ingram line in Pike County, Missouri with no known relationship to Samuel Ingram. These were descendants of Stephen Ingram who was born 15 Jan 1786 in Yanceyville, Caswell County, North Carolina; died 1853 in Cuivre Township, Pike County, Missouri. See the Ingram page for some more information.
Ancestor connection: Barbara Ingram b. 1812 Logan Co. KY, d. 6 Sep 1881 Lincoln or Pike Co. MO, marr. 11 Oct 1836 at Lincoln Co. MO to Josiah Wilson Park b. abt 1814 KY, d. cal abt 1858. Lincoln or Pike Co. MO. She daughter of Jarrott Ingram (1787KY-1851MO) who marr. 30 Jun 1807 Logan Co., Kentucky to Nancy Hudson (1790-1871MO) dau. of Isaac Hudson (1763NC-1848MO). Jarrott was son of Jonathan Ingram (est1756-) and Barbara Mennefee (est1756-) "of Virginia".
Descendants of George Smith born est 1748, lived late 1700's at Mercer County, Kentucky, died 1810 at St. Louis County, Missouri. He had two wives, Jerusha and Mary, and a reported relationship with a Leah (Leannah) Ruth that apparently produced two children. Research in progress.
Ancestor connection: Ellen Agnes Smith (1842-1885), married 17 APR 1866 at St. Louis County to Cornelius Shuck (1840-1928). They lived near Damron, Lincoln County, Missouri.
Ellen's parents were Levi Smith (1797-1851) and Mariah Patton. More in the above linked Smith page. Levi Smith was buried at the Fee Fee Cemetery ) , St. Louis County, Missouri sharing a large gravestone with an apparent daughter. Their graves are about 50 feet south of the old Fee Fee Baptist meeting house, inside the bend of an asphalt access road. Their stone is standing and readable as of September, 2006 but had been broken in two and repaired; the meeting house is well-preserved and used as the cemetery caretaker's residence; have pictures. We do not know when Mariah Patton Smith died or where she is buried. However, the records of the Fee Fee cemetery burned in the 1950's and the caretaker (2006) estimates thousands of graves are unmarked and unknown.
Earliest ancestor: James Wilson (1738-?) of Craigs Creek, Botetourt County, Virginia.
Son Josiah Wilson b. 1765 at Botetourt County, Virginia; died 1830 at Sevier County, Arkansas; married 9 November 1790 at Pulaski County, Kentucky to Margaret "Peggy" Crow (abt1770-1817). (More TBA)
Nancy Wilson (1793-1858) married ------- Perry Parke (1815-1866).
Descendants of Henry Hudson born estimated 1541 England. The line is: William (est1575-)/Alice Turner (England) > Richard Sr. (1605/1608-1659) (Accomack Co. VA) > Richard Jr. (1632/1634-1669) (Henrico Co. VA) > Robert Sr. (est1662-est 1757) (Henrico Co. VA) > Henry Sr. (est1700-est 1760) (Chesterfield Co. VA) > John (est 1739abt 1814) (Amelia Co. VA to Bute (now Warren) Co. NC) > Isaac (1763-1848) (Bute Co. (now Warren) NC to Lincoln Co. MO).
Ancestor connection: Nancy Hudson (1790-1871MO) who marr. 30 Jun 1807 Logan Co., Kentucky to Jarrott Ingram (1787KY-1851MO). She dau. of Isaac Hudson (1763NC-1848MO) and Mary "Polly" Shipper or Shepard (est1764GA-1836MO).
Hudson Family Association (HFA)
Organized in 1973. As of April 2006, mailing address 1421 Ainslee, Midland, TX 79701. Looks like there are two websites for the same HFA: an original, older, apparently not maintained version hosted by Rootsweb, and a newer, up-to-date version with its own URL.
Descendants of William Kitson (est1743-aft1800) of Fauquier Co., Virginia 1760-1790 and Joan. Descendants to Henry Co., Kentucky 1800-1830; Lincoln Co., Missouri and Calhoun Co., Illinois.
Ancestor connection: Eliza Kitson born 15 Oct 1819; died 28 Jan 1878 at Lincoln Co., Misouri married 20 Mar 1838 Henry Co., Kentucky to Levi Shuck (1817-1894). She daughter of James Kitson (est1791-?) and Elizabeth "Eliza" Shuck (1793-1873).
The Patton family and various lines is a major unfinished research area for me as the following embedded description indicates. It can be viewed full-frame by clicking on Patton families.
Synah Perry (1765-1815) married 15 February 1787 at Granville County, North Carolina to William Parke (abt1762-1820). I have not even a clue as to her parents or another family. See Park/Parks/Parke
Earliest known ancestor: William Crow (est1726-1795); married April 1761 at Augusta County, Virginia to Widow Margaret Lynn Lewis Long (1726-abt1797); died 4 or 11 April 1795 in (possibly) Virginia. Some Rootsweb WorldConnect files show him as son of a James Crow (1710-1790) and Eleanor Russell (1710-?) - but these WC files are not to be trusted without supporting evidence which is usually not present. The Lewisgenealogy.com website said: "It appears the Crows moved to Kentucky before her [Margaret Lynn Lewis's] death." Various websites and files variously report events in Augusta County or Botetourt County, Virginia. Botetourt County was formed in 1770 from Augusta County and the Crow family supposedly lived in the part of Augusta that became Botetourt. Need evidence with dates.
Ancestor connection: Margaret "Peggy" Crow b. abt 1770 at Botetourt Co., Virginia; died 1817 at Greene County, Kentucky; married 9 November 1790 at Pulaski County, Kentucky to Josiah Wilson (1765-1830).
Margie Ellis Howell:
William Crow, who was no doubt our immigrant ancestor, was born about 1725, supposedly in Scotland.Text corresponds to Kinfolks of William Parke and Synah Perry & Josiah Wilson and Margaret Crow Howell, Margie Ellis; 1967; self-published; pages 26-1 to 26-3.
According to tradition, there were at least three Crow brothers, William, Thomas, and John,and perhaps a fourth, James. They left Scotland because of religious persecution and settled in Northern Ireland. At least one, William (our ancestor), and probably John, and maybe the others, later came to America, settling in what is now Botetourt County but was then Augusta County, Virgina.
This is the same county were John Lewis #478 had lived. William Crow was to marry Margaret Lewis #473, the daughter of John Lewis #478.
There are many books which give a more complete story of William Crow than weare able to give here. Among them is "Decendants of William Crow of Virginia, 1755-1961" written in 1961 by Mrs. Jewel Crow of Dallas, Texas. ...
The first written record of William Crow in Augusta County was in 1755. He was one of the first Crow's in Virginia of whom there is official record. He became a man of considerable means. In the Archives there are records that William Crow was a Captain in the Virginia Militia under Colonel Preston - in the Revolution - 1783. He was noted in the Augusta County Court records Order Book #VIII, page 212, 21 Feb 1763: William Crow Qualified Captain of Militia. He also furnished beef to the forces.
William Crow was married to Margaret Lewis Long #473 in April, 1761, as her second husband. She was a widow, her first husband having been William Long. She was a daughter of John Lewis #478 and Margaret Lynn #479.
After Margaret Lewis #473 married William Crow #472, she signed over to him the dower rights she had recieved as William Long's widow. Her son William Long was raised with her children by William Crow #472. On 21 Nov.1770, William Long Jr., then aged 15, appeared in the Augusta County Court and chose Thomas Lewis and Charles Lewis, his uncles, as his guardians.
William Crow's occupations in Augusta County were many. He owned a ferry called then Crow's ferry, later Looney's ferry, on the James River. He liked fine horses and frequently raced his horses, sometimes riding them himself. Like many of the gentlemen of his day, he was fond of gambling and enjoyed spending his evening in the town of Fincastle with his friends. He dealt in indentured servants, was a slaveowner, owned and operated a store and an ordinary or tavern. Above all, he owned many acres of land.
William Crow was sometimes called the first cowboy of the New World. He raised great herds of cattle and drove them to markets. Frequently he became involved in lawsuits inwhich he was accused of picking up a few stray cattle along the way. In one such suit, according to old Augusta County records, he is said to have stated to the lady suing him,"Madam, you are like to make me out a thief". She answered, "No, Mr. Crow, I didn't say you were a thief, I just said you took my cow and I want you to pay me for her."
We should note here that in all the law suits I've read, in which our William was involved, he never lost one. His cowboys would testify that he always told them to never pick up strays, that he told them to cut out any cattle that did not appear to belong to him. No doubt William's problem was a difficult one since it was open range and there were no brands. It has been related that the herds, "increased damnably." Even though he was on more than one occasion accused of taking cattle which were not his, he was never found guilty.
Among the vast tracts of land which William Crow acquired was one on Craig's Creek, in Botetourt County, where lived the family of our Josiah Wilson #224. Josiah Wilson #224 was to marry William Crow's daughter, Margaret Crow #463.
One of the Crow cousins, as related in Jewel Crow's book, stated that he had heard William Crow described as a large handsome man, as brave as Ceasar and true as steel to his friends. It was said by one of the elderly Crow cousins who lived in Danville, Kentucky, in 1916, that there was a great difference in the Crow descendants in their complexions. One set took after the Lewises and one set after the Crows. One had dark swarthy complexions, dark skin, dark eyes. The other had dark hair, brown whiskers, blue eyes.
He further stated: "We are proud of our kin. There is not a blot or stain upon any of them we ever knew. The men are of the highest and best citizenry of Kentucky, noted for their loyalty to friends and country, with true courage, honesty, and integrity. The women are noted for their modesty, purity and virtue."
It is not known where William Crow and his wife Margaret Lewis lived during the last years of their life, nor where they died or are buried. They last appear in the records of Virginia in 1795. It is probable that they went to Kentucky with some of their children.
I believe they might have come to the area that is now Adair County, Kentucky with their son Thomas Crow and his family, and their daughter Margaret Crow, and her husband, Josiah Wilson. From the early Adair and Green County, Kentucky records, we know that Thomas Crow and Josiah Wilson owned land joining. It is logical to think that William Crow and his wife would have come to Kentucky with their oldest son and daughter. If so, they must have lived on their farm in Adair County.
I have tried to locate graves on the places where Thomas Crow and his family lived or where Josiah Wilson and wife Margaret Crow lived. I have found none that I can prove are theirs. It is known that Margaret Crow died in Kentucky before Josiah Wilson went onto Missouri, in 1817. She is likely buried on the land. If her parents are buried there, they are all probably buried near one another.
Anyone who is traveling in Virginia would enjoy visiting the town of Fincastle, and then driving west to Craig's Creek, then north to the location of William Crow's ferry on the James. It is easy to visualize William Crow riding about the streets of Fincastle, on his favorite horse whose name was Pigeon.
The full, bibliographic reference title of the book mentioned in the passage is: History of William Crow of Virginia and his descendants in America, and related families: their settlements, migrations, marriages, military achievements. ; Crow, Jewell Lofland, 1893-; [Dallas?]; 1961; 233, 39 p. illus., ports., col. coat of arms. 29 cm.; English; LCCN: 61-39245; LoC #: CS71.C955. The title on the outer binder cover says: "Descendants of William Crow of Virginia, 1755-1961" which is alternately referenced as its title. The inner banner page shows the full, bibliographic reference title and gives additional information: "Compiled from Published, Bible and Documentary Records by Jewel Loftland Crow / 3110 Newcastle Drive / Dallas 20, Texas / Copyright 1961". As of July 2010 according to WorldCat , it is available in 18 libraries.
Descendants of John Menefee and Mildred Johnston. He reportedly b. abt 1738, d. 2 June 1811 or 1822 probably Culpeper Co., Virginia; s/o John Menefee and Mary James. A "Jno. Menefee Sen." and a "Jno. Menefee Jr." in the 1810 census in Culpeper Co.
So far, I have not found an authoritative, well-documented genealogy of this family or ancestors online. Uncited bits and pieces are floating around the internet, still trying to fit it together. Cdr. Michael Brown prepared a lengthy write-up on the Menefee's and I need to find and re-read my copy. One narrowly-distributed publication is Genealogy of the John Menefee and Mary James family in America, or: The descendents of John Menefee, who died in September or October 1765 in Culpeper Co., Va. ("desdendents" spelled as shown in WorldCat entry); Menefee, Ferdinand Northrup; 1971; 116 p. (F.N. Menefee published other books about civil engineering.) It is only available at seven libraries says WorldCat :
It is also available at the FHL in Salt Lake, but not on microfilm.
For this family, it is necessary to be especially careful about place citations which can be confused because county borders in Virginia changed during the periods of interest, including the spin-off of Kentucky as its own state. Confusion is caused by inconsistent identification of places. I use the name of the place as it existed at the time of the event with appropriate explanation in the notes.
Ancestor connection: Barbara Menefee b. est. 1760/1762; d. 1820 at Logan or Simpson Co., Kentucky; m. est 1784 at Culpeper Co., Virginia to Jonathan Ingram (est1760-1830/1840), d/o John Menefee (1739-1822) and Mildred Johnston. Jonathan Ingram probably died at Pike Co., Missouri.
Quick research note for this group: VA counties were sliced and diced. Records show shift in counties where these Menefee's lived making it look like they moved around. Don't know (yet) if they actually moved or stayed in same area subject to shifting county boundaries.
Looks like "my" Menefee's were in Culpeper Co. during its existence which began in 1748 then, based on census trails, looks like they were in that part of Culpeper that became Rappahannock Co. in 1833. Possibly may be found in Orange (1734-1748) and Spotsylvania (bef1734) before Culpeper. Brumfield Parish, which was in Culpeper Co., may be a clue; do not know if it shifted to Rapphannock.
A Rebecca Farrell b. est 1780, d. est 1830 Henry Co. KY. was reportedly the wife of Cornelius Shuck (abt1772-1830/1840). However, I have not been able to find any evidence a Rebecca Farrell existed. I have not been able to find their marriage record. I have found no significant evidence of Farrell's in KY ca 1800 although the marriage may have occurred in (then) Virginia. I have found no evidence that Cornelius' wife was named Rebecca. Cornelius Shuck did marry, have children and he and wife lived at Shelby/Henry Co KY.
Based on birth years of the apparent children, it is looking like Cornelius had two wives, the illusive Rebecca being the first. The second wife may have been a Sally McGuire,
Alexander McInteer born est. 1731, will dated 3 May 1802, will probated 14 September 1807 at Stafford County, Virginia. Parents or origin not known, but likely of Scottish heritage. He married first to Mariam Belcher (Belsher or Pilcher?), eight children. He married second est. 1783/1785 to Sarah Sinclair or St. Clair, seven children.
Four known daughters born 1786-1799 at Stafford County of Alexander McInteer marriage to Sarah (Lydia, Agatha (Agness), Barsheba "Sheba" and Sarah) married Patton's, sons of George Gordon Patton (1757-1813) and Sarah Stringfellow (1766-1848).
Ancestor connection: Agnes (Agatha) McInteer b 17 Jul 1789 at Stafford Co., Virginia; d 28 Jul 1847 at Fee Fee, St. Louis Co., Missouri; married James (A.) Patton (1787-1851).
Elizabeth Helper (est1740-) married to James Wilson (1738-) of Craigs Creek, Botetourt Co., Virginia. NFI. Seven children.
Ancestor connection: Margaret Lynn Lewis (1726-abt1797); born 1726 in County Donegal, Ulster Province, Ireland; daughter of John Lewis (1678-1762) and Margaret Lynn (1693-1774); married 1) est 1754 at ???? to William Long (est1724-1760), 2) April 1761 at Augusta County, Virginia to William Crow (est1726-1795). William Crow died April 1795 at Botetourt County, Virginia. Margaret Lynn Lewis Long Crow had one son with William Long (Major William Long, Jr. (1755-bef1797)) and five children with William Crow, all of whom survived into adulthood and married. She reportedly moved with some or all of her children to Kentucky after William Crow's death in 1795. Based on reported marriages of two children in 1799 and 1801, she may have gone to Mercer County, Kentucky - which was a common destination (sometimes preliminary) for migrants to Kentucky. (Mercer County was a safe haven from Indian attacks.)
John Lewis (1678-1762) was born 1678 County Donegal, Ulster Province, Ireland; died 1 Feb 1762 Augusta Co., Virginia; married 1715 County Donegal to Margaret Lynn, she born 1693; died 1773. Seven children. Fled Ireland in 1729 after killing his landlord - my kind of guy. Founded the town of Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia. As a significant historic figure, the life and history of John Lewis (1678-1762) has been the subject of considerable research, reduced to a sufficient body of writings and need not be repeated here. The book: The Family of John Lewis, Pioneer ; Frazier, Irvin, Cowell, Mark W. Jr. and Fisher, Lewis F.; Fisher Publications, Inc.; San Antonio, Texas; 398 pages; June 15, 1985; ISBN-10: 1893271005; ISBN-13: 978-1893271005. contains much information specifically targeted to this Lewis family. Those writings are MUST reading. Beware that they do include titles that name other families, but have extensive discussion about John Lewis, so do not dismiss them. See following bibliography.
See Lewisgenealogy.com : Lewis Family Histories and Ancestries for website dedicated to this Lewis family. Includes family tree database.
The book: Jess M. Thompson History of Pike County Illinois ; also has substantial narratives about this family and claims that John Lewis (1678-1762) had a sixth son, John, who was the father of Samuel Hardin Lewis, a pioneer settler of Pike County, Illinois. See starting page 423, 424, ... . His rationale seems reasonable, but requires more research. DNA testing would be especially interesting. More TBA.
John was son of Andrew Lewis (1648-?) born 1648 Donegal Co., Ulster, Ireland marr 1676 Donegal County, Ulster, Ireland to Mary Calhoun (1652-1700), she born 1652 Corkagh, Donegal Co., Ulster, Ireland; died 1700 Donegal Co. This is apparently reliable, though John's siblings and further Lewis ancestors are apparently not all that certain. However, the ancestry of Mary Calhoun is extensive, well-documented and supported by a large family organization, Clan Colquhoun. See Lewisgenealogy.com : Lewis Genealogy, "John Lewis: Patriarch" for online description of the family.
It appears that the earlier reported ancestors of John Lewis are not as cerain as his parents, and also his siblings are not certain. It becomes really confusing when the related families of Lynn and Patton are added in, but those families are part of the combined history. The various writings are inconsistent and confusing in places. So the following should be considered speculative.
John was reported grandson of William Lewis who was born 1632 Wales; died 1658 Ireland; married (date/place unkn) Mary McClelland born abt 1625/1638 England or Ireland. This information comes from the LDS Ancestral File which takes the family line back one more generation to Sir Edward Lewis of Wales. Once again, no actual primary sources found and I am skeptical of claims of parentage after Andrew Lewis (1648-?) and Mary Calhoun (1652-1700) (See LDS Genealogical Resources ) I have not (yet) attempted to verify to primary sources. HOWEVER, there is substantial apparent conflict and discrepancy among the various secondary sources concerning the combined Lynn(Linn)/Lewis/Patton families and lines. Disagreement about EVERYTHING: Names, places, children, dates, spouses, etc. So far, I have not seen a shred of primary evidence that would even begin to clarify the confusion. It is so bad that it looks like people are just guessing; it is a mess. I have not had a chance to look at them closely.
Has a well-written and properly cited discussion of the family and background, including discussion of the "legends" that purport to be fact. It is thankfully able to describe many of the murky origins of those "legends." A lot about the children of John Lewis. Unfortunately, only the first 76 pages are narrative discussion about the family; most of the remaining 300 pages contain only long, detail lists of descendants. I also suspect a lot of this came from Genealogy of the Lewis Family in America; from the Middle of the Seventeenth Century Down to the Present Time ; Lewis, William Terrell; Louisville, KY; 1893; 454 pages.
Samuel Hardin Lewis, born 27 February 27 1768 at Pittsylvania County, Virginia; died 13 December 1832 at (presumed) Pike County, Illinois; buried Galloway Cemetery (near Pleasant Hill), Pike County, Illinois. Starting in Chapter 147, page 423 and continuing through page 462 is a long, detailed discussion of this family and how Samuel Hardin Lewis descends. Extensive, detailed information. Must see.
Have not seen, no further information.
New reprints available from Higginson for $45.
Ancestors and descandants of John Lewis (1678-1762). This book seems to be the origin of many of the names, dates, lineages, family groups, etc. for the Lewises. However, in reading the first two pages, I already find major errors: it misstates the 1728/9 year John Lewis slew the Lord, it says both Margaret (D5) and Anne (D6) Lewis died unmarried. Be very wary of the accuracy of this; rely on later research if available. Its contention of the Welsh origin may or may not be correct.
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James Patton and the Appalachian Colonists ; Johnson, Patricia Givens; McClure Press; 1973; 246 pages; LCCN: 73-87601. Also 2006; 3rd revised edition ... (TBA).
The subject is James Patton (1692-....), son of Henry Patton (abt1660-abt1743) and Sarah Lynn (1670-?) in a lengthy, well-written, and well-cited history. A very good American History read, more of an historical biography rather than a genealogy book although family relationships are described. Combined information about the Lewis, Lynn and Patton families, John Lewis mentioned in throughout the book (pgs. 6-7, 1973 ed.) and elsewhere.
Coming to America: A Chronicle of the American Lineage of the Pattons
Patton, C. L.; Springfield, Illinois; 1954.
Very rare, WorldCat shows only about five libraries worldwide, none of them circulating. I have not seen, could be helpful.
Letter, Mrs. William L. Lewis to Hon. Robert W. Hughes, June 13, 1879,
The Richmond Standard,
September 18, 1880 and;
An Account of Colonel James Patton (1692-1755) of
"Springhill Plantation," South River, Augusta County in the Colony of
VIrginia, and His Antecedents
(unpublished manuscript, FC)
I have not seen, would be interesting.
Ancestor connection: Margaret Lynn born 1693; died 1773 most likely Belefont Farm, Augusta County, Virginia; buried 1773 most likely Belefont Farm, Augusta County, Virginia next to her husband; married 1715 County Donegal (or poss. Augusta Co., Virginia) to John Lewis born 1678 Donegal Co., Ulster, Ireland; died 1 Feb 1762 Augusta Co., Virginia.
Parents of Margaret Lynn (1693-1773) are technically unproven though it is generally thought that she was daughter of William Lynn (abt1672-aft1727) and Margaret Patton (1676-aft1727) who had seven or eight children. Their death dates are BOTH variously reported as 1727, although I suspect that should be "After 1727" but have absolutely no source. Frazier (page 18) reports Margaret died 1727, William died 1729 but does not state where those dates came from. I also do not know where these parents died, if it was Ireland or America, but might guess - based in the "After 1727" benchmark that it might have been in America and they immigrated sometime around, and in some connection with, the fleeing of John Lewis (1678-1762) from Ireland in 1729. Margaret (Lynn) Lewis (1693-1773) reportedly joined her husband a couple years later.
Descendants of Richard Allyn b. 1470 Thaxted, Essex, England; d. 23 June 1527 at Saint Kathryn's Alter, Thaxted, Essex, England; m. Agnes ________. NFI.
Joan Allen, b. 1602 at Weymouth and Melcome Regis, Dorsetshire, England; d. 1638/1639 at Weymouth, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts; m. 1 March 1631 at Dorchester, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts to Clement Briggs (1587-1648); d/o George Allen (1586-1648) and Katherine Watts or Turner (1588-1649). TBA
John Brown (est1740-?) and Anna of Fauquier County, Virginia. NFI. Ancestor connection: Daughter Mary Brown married 5 Dec 1787 at Fauquier County, Virginia to James Birch Kitson (1767-1835).
The earliest reported ancestor showing some documentation is William Stringfellow variously reported as born 1687 or about 1700 in Scotland; Surry County, Virginia or Lancaster County, Virginia; died 2 May 1746 intestate at King George Co., Virginia; marr. 15 May 1726 at King George Co., Virginia (no cite.) to Sarah Dorothy Elkins (1706-1761). Seven children. Reported first marriage to a Mary Ann Blackgrove, NFI. I have not seen any evidence that actually connects William Stringfellow with Scotland in any way and, given the sound of the surname, the family probably originated at some point in England. Any residence in Scotland, whether long or short in duration, is yet to be deomnstrated.
Alternate report of birth of William Stringfellow at Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland and death 13 October 1761 at King George County. Another report guesses that William migrated from Scotland in the early 1700's, which may be the origin of an erroneous birth year claim. The IGI shows a christening record of Marie Stringfellow on 23 May 1658 at South Leigh, Midlothian, Scotland with named parents James Stringfellow and Margaret Campbell. (Batch Number C195032, Dates 1643-1666, Source Cal No.: 1067770 which indicates this is an extraction of an original primary source record.) This is the only one, which is odd. Note also that the Patton's have been reported as residing in Midlothian County (North Leith), Scotland around 1722. The Stringfellow's and Patton's were probably close; the will of James Madison Stringfellow (1734-1805) dated 16 October 1804 named witnesses George Patton, Robert Stringfellow and Joseph Norwood.
Sarah has been reported as d/o Richard Elkins and Elizabeth Bryant, but that appears very doubtful as she is apparently not mentioned in the will of Richard Elkins or various listings of his children. In the 1746 administration of the estate of William Stringfellow, Sarah is named administratrix along with one Richard Elkins - which is likely the origin of the claim that Sarah was d/o Richard Elkins and Elizabeth Bryant assuming this Richard, who was son of Richard Elkins and Elizabeth Bryant, was Sarah's brother. Sarah married second aft 1746 to a David Seal(e) who died 1755. This would appear to be the origin of those WC files that show James' mother as a Sarah Seal.
Reported ancestors of Willliam are James then Robert but no further information. I have collected some data but have not analyzed it or prepared a write-up. The "Descendants of William Stringfellow (FTM)" below provides a good recap with some sources cited.
Their son James Madison Stringfellow born 24 Nov 1734 at King George County, Virginia; died 5 Dec 1805 at Culpeper County, Virginia; married est 1754 to Susannah Smith (1724-1777); Reportedly 12 children of James and Susannah and lists give exact birth dates most or all in Culpeper County, Virginia. Reported source is family Bible. (Note that "my" Menefee's, above, were also in Culpeper County, Virginia at that time.)
Ancestor connection: Sarah Stringfellow b. 1 Nov 1766 at Culpeper Co., Virginia; died 11 July 1848 at Martinsville, Fayette County, Ohio; d/o James Madison Stringfellow (1734-1805); married 24 Dec 1784 at Overwharton Parish, Stafford County, Virginia to George Gordon Patton (1757-1813)
Note that one of Sarah Stringfellow Patton's brothers was George Patton Stringfellow (1772-1840). Apparently some additional connection with the Patton family.
One website with good notes, some source documentation and commentary: Descendants of William Stringfellow (FTM)
Sarah Sinclair (est1758/1768-?) (poss. St. Clair) married est 1783/1785 at presumed Virginia, possibly Stafford County, to Alexander McInteer (est1758/1768-1807). No further information about either. (So far, I know of four daughters who all married Patton's.)
Gavin Blair (1578-?) born Blair, Ayrshire, Scotland; m. Isabel Crawford. One reported child, Ann Blair born 1610 at Blair, Ayrshire, Scotland; married to Andrew Lynn (1605-1643).
One Rootsweb WorldConnect database takes the line back to John Blair b. circa 1440 who married Beatrice Mortoun. No sources, discussion or hard data, so must be considered speculative. Probably guesswork.
Eleanor Gordon: b Bef 21 Dec 1725 married 1 Oct 1746 at Inverness to James Patton (1722-1768). She reportedly born at Inverness, Inverness-shire, Scotland d/o James Gordon and Helen "Effie" Matheson - BUT this is unproven and probably just speculation.
James Patton was born North Leith, Midlothian, Scotland and died at Falmouth, Stafford County, Virginia.
I have reported names of four sons of James Patton (1722-1768) and Eleanor Gordon but have not seen any proof; further there may have been other children, including some daughters.
Ancestor connection: Mary Calhoun born 1652 at Corkagh, County Donegal, Ulster Province, Ireland; died 1700 at County Donegal, Ireland; married 1676 at County Donegal, Ireland to Andrew Lewis Esq. (1648-?).
Mary Calhoun (1652-1700) was daughter of Robert Colquhoun (1622-aft1666) and Katherine McAuselan (abt 1622-). [Ancestry of Katherine McAuselan (abt1622-?) apparently not certain.] The Colquhoun line goes back to about 1300 in Scotland and is found in various peerage books and the like. The family lands in the area of Luss, Dunbartonshire, which is on the shores of Loch Lomond, date from 1368 when they wer acquired by Sir Robert Colquhoun through marriage. The line was found on the LDS Ancestral file and other sources may take it back even further. I have not checked the line in any depth, but a quick inquiry to the Clan Coloquhoun Society of North America confirmed its general accuracy. (Doesn't look like the website has been updated since 2003.) There is a huge amount of information about them; just Google on "Colquhoun" and "Dunbartonshire."
Descendants of Joseph Underwood (born abt 1614 England, died 16 FEB 1676/1677 Massachusetts) who came to America in 1637, first settled at Hingham and subsequently founded the Watertown, Massachusetts branch, are given in The Underwood Families in America ("TUFA") by Lucien Marcus Underwood; 1913; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; 809p. Reprints of this book are available through Higginson Books for $107.50 (April 1998). In January of 2011 I found this book had been scanned and posted for free at archive.org. It can be read online or downloaded in various formats. The source is stated as a "bound photocopy" from ACPL, so quality may not be as good as desired and in the future a scan might be done from an original copy or good quality reprint which have been done over the years. See: The Underwood Families of America at archive.org - main page
I have not spent much time on this, my own, surname because the 1913 book is very detailed and complete and I have not seen much in the way of additions or corrections. Much of the family data has been put on AWT/Rootsweb WorldConnect files. My work for my surname has been to document descendants where TUFA left off (pages 39-40): Bennett M. Underwood (1807-1878), s/o Thaddeus Underwood (1760-1840) and Mary Farr (1766-1842). The above linked family section consists of random bits of supplemental information I have found. My Line: Joseph-1 (1614-1676/7), Joseph-2, Joseph-3, Jonathan-4, Thaddeus-5, Bennett M.-6, John Kinney-7, Henry Arthur-8, Roger Douglas-9, Neal (me)-10.
Descendants of Flisberget Farm, Elverum Parish, Hedmark, Norway. Note that early ancestors were named according to the patronymic naming conventions of the time: children were christened with a given name and the "surname" was the father's name combined with "son" or "sen" for boys and "datter" for girls. After immigration to the USA ca. 1867, my American relatives adopted Mattison/Mattson as a permanent surname. Ancestral line: Mathias Olsen (1727-aft1801)/Marthe Pedersdatter (1732-aft1801) > Ole Mathiasen (1770-aft1801)/Marthe Mortensdatter (1774-aft1801) > Mathis (Mattis) Olsen (1795-aft1865)/Else Mathisdatter (est1800-bef1865) > Mattis Mattison (1836-1884)/Andrea Andersdatter (1832-?) to America 1867.
See later on this page for links to some essential online resources for Norwegian research.
Database of family and descendants of Jonathan Tuttle Stiles (1784NJ-1859NY) and Anna Card (1794NY-1886NY). Includes family and descendants of son David Stiles (1812PA-1895SD) and Clarinda Cummings Shaw (1817MA-1878MN).
This line is descended from the Connecticut Stiles branch as given in The Stiles Family in America. Genealogies of the Connecticut Family, "Descendants of John Stiles, of Windsor, Conn., and of Mr. Francis Stiles, of Windsor and Stratford, Conn., 1635-1894; Also, The Connecticut- New Jersey Families 1720-1894 and the Southern (Or Bermuda Georgia) Family, 1635-1894. With Contributions to the Genealogies of Some New York and Pennsylvania Families. And An Appendix, containing Information Concerning the English Families of the Name."; by Henry Reed Stiles; Jersey City; 1895; 794p. This book is available free online at The Stiles Family in America at archive.org - main page and at The Stiles Family in America at Google Books - pdf (better, darker print.) Hardcopy reprints of this book are available through Higginson Books for $119.00 (April 1998).
Descendants of Robert Goodell (1601EN-1682/3MA) of Salem, Mass. He was son of Robert Goodell of England and Joan Artys. He married 1628/9 Catherine Kilham and 1647 Margaret Lazenby. The source at gendex shows parents of Robert as John Goodale (abt1540-1625) and Elizabeth (abt 1540-1601/2).
Ancestor connection: Resta Ann Goodell b. 4 Mar 1808 Brattleboro, Windham Co., Vermont; d. Aug. 1849 Pickett, Winnebago Co., Wisconsin; bu. Aug. 1849 Liberty Prairie Cemetery (Pickett), WInnebago Co., Wisconsin; m. est. 1832 Bennett M. Underwood, he b. 17 Apr 1807 Marlborough, Windham Co., Vermont; d. 18 Mar 1878 Ashley, Stearns Co., Minnesota; bu. Mar 1878 Ashley Cemetery, Stearns Co., Minnesota.
Descendants of Seth Shaw b. 1707 Queenstown, Ireland; d. 28 Mar 1798 Palmer, Hampden Co., Massachusetts. These Shaw's were among the first inhabitants of Palmer and Brimfield. Some went to Monson.
Ancestor connection: Clarinda Cummings Shaw b. 3 AUG 1817 Ware, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts d. 7 Mar 1878 St. Cloud, Stearns Co., Minnesota m. Est 1836 David Stiles (abt 1812-1895). She daughter of Levi Shaw b. 17 Nov 1783 Monson, Hampden Co., Massachusetts; d. 1839 Bath, Steuben Co., New York; m. Phila Merritt b. 22 Apr 1793; d. 1859. Levi was son of David Shaw, grandson of Seth Shaw.
Surprisingly, I have been unable to find any consolidated family history for these Shaw's, which appear to constitute substantial numbers and influence in Palmer and Monson. The History of Palmer Massachusetts by J. H. Temple supplies some information about about Seth and family. Information about descendants and currently known family links are based upon various vital records from the towns of Hampden County, Massachusetts and censuses.
History of Palmer online in text (OCR) and TIFF images. However, as of June 2000, not all pages have been scanned.
Descendants of Stephen Farr (1649MA-) and Mary Taylor (1649-1699MA). This branch was documented in "The Farr Genealogy" by Rev. Charles N. Sinnett of Carthage, South Dakota, 1927. Available in microfilm through the LDS FHL and branches. (See LDS Genealogical Resources ) Re-typed version also available for purchase.
Mary Farr b. 23 Aug 1766 Shrewsbury, Worcester Co., Massachusetts; d. 30 Aug 1842 Westminster, Windham Co., Vermont; m. 1787/1789 Thaddeus Underwood, he b. 17 Sep 1760 Suffield,,Connecticut d. 8 Sep 1840 Marlborough,,Vermont.
Descendants of Deacon Edmund Rice born circa 1594 in Sudbury, Suffolk, England; baptized 11 August 1600 in Buckinghamshire, England(?); arrived in America in 1638 (settled Sudbury, Massachusets); died 3 May 1663 Marlboro, Middlesex Co., MA. He married (1) 15 Oct 1618 at St. Mary's-Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England to Thomasine Frost and (2) 1 Mar 1654/1655 at Sudbury, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts to Mercey Brigham (widow). My line underwent a name change from Rice to "King alias Rice" to King as a result of the adoption of Samuel Rice (1667-1713) by Peter and Sarah King, who changed Samuel's surname to King alias Rice. Subsequent descendants eventually dropped the "alias Rice".
Neither the marriage of Ezra nor the births of any of his children are entered in the Sudbury vital records. Several of the births are found in the Worcester vital records, however. For more information on the line of Ezra King and Silence Bond, see New England Historic and Genealogical Register (NEHGR) ; October, 1976; Volume 130, pp. 302-4.
According to the Edmund Rice (1638) Association (ERA) (Web site, August, 2005, see below) "... the association must state emphatically that Edmund Rice's parents and ancestry are not known and that Edmund Rice's descendants can not claim royal ancestry." For more details see ERA: Who were Edmund Rice's ancestors.
Various Internet sources (below) report supposed parents and some further claim to take the line back about 20 generations to Uryan, Prince of Reged in Wales. However, these claims are considered speculative at best. The different internet sites disagree as to Edmund's parents, dates, his children, ancestors' spouses, etc. Furthermore, it should be noted that the UK royal genealogy site: The University of Hull Royal Genealogical Data --(Alternate Mirror site: Directory of Royal Genealogical Data (Edinburgh Mirror) ) does not support a key connection in England. Specifically, it does not include William Rice/Rhys (abt 1522-1588) as son of Rhys ap Gruffydd FitzUryan (aka Rhys ap Griffith FitzUryan) and Katherine Howard.
Note especially that:
It appears that Silence Rice married 2nd 1747/1751 to a John Bond. This was first asserted by Ward and seems to be sufficiently demonstrated by Newton in New England Historic and Genealogical Register (NEHGR) ; October, 1976; Volume 130, pp. 302-4. As of April 2005, the ERA website had the following passage in the database record for Silence Rice, but as of March 2006 was removed. I am presuming the first sentence has been determined to be incorrect and it has been determined that the "Silence King who married a John Bond at Worcester" was Silence (1730-1812) d/o Ezra and Silence, and John Bond was John Bond, Jr. (1724/5-1808), s/o John Bond Sr. (1695-1734/1760) and Ruth Whitney (-1748).
Ward asserts that she [Silence Rice] later married John Bond, but that is wrong. There was indeed a Silence King who married a John Bond at Worcester in 1751, but that was a much younger Silence who continued bearing children for many years afterward and eventually died at Conway in 1812 aged 83. Her married name was King. Her married name was Bond. Neither the marriage of Ezra nor the births of any of his children are entered in the Sudbury vital records. Several of the births are found in the Worcester vital records, however. For more information on the line of Ezra King and Silence Bond, see the NEHGR Vol 130, pp 302-304.
I am including this superceded passage because it has propogated on the internet and requires correction.
In January of 2011 I found this book had been scanned and posted for free at archive.org. It can be read online or downloaded in various formats. See: A Genealogical History of the Rice Family at archive.org - main page
PDF version is hosted by Google Books, direct link too long to post here.
Descendants of Richard Card d. bef 1 Jul 1674 at Newport, Newport Co., RI; m. (1) Rebecca ______. from Descendants of Richard Card by Mary Card Yarnell, 1980 and William Card 1710-1785 with Ancestors and Descendants by Grayce (Harper) Alsterda (1928-1999); 1978; Rev. 1986; iv, 45 leaves; LCCN: 86-174208. (I have not seen; the only copy known to me is at LOC (not even FHL). "Alsterda" is correct spelling; had been misreported.)
Richard Card had been reportedly born 18 Sep 1598 at Churston Ferrers, Devonshire, England but it appears there is no proof of his birth or parents, and various prior theories have been disproven.
Ancestor connection: Anna Card b. 1794 West Burlington, Otsego Co., New York; d. 20 Mar 1886 Steuben Co., New York; m. est 1808 Jonathan Tuttle Stiles, he b. 24 Dec 1784 Morristown, Morris Co., New Jersey; d. 18 Sep 1859 Steuben Co., New York.
Descendants of Henry Merritt born England, died Nov 1653 prob. Scituate, Massachusetts. He is supposed to have come from Tenterden, Kent, England. Probably one of the first settlers of Scituate, Mass.
Ancestor connection: Phila Merritt, born 22 April 1793 at Palmer, Hampden County, Massachusetts, daughter of William Merritt (1765-1845) and Ruth (Needham) Merritt (1768-1824); died 1859 presumed at Troupsburg, Steuben County, New York; m. 1 Oct 1816 at Palmer, Hampden Co. MA to Levi Shaw (1783-1839).
The lines of the following Richardson ancestors are shown in The Richardson Memorial by John Adams Vinton; 1876. The primary focus of the Vinton work is the "three brothers" - Ezekiel, Samuel, Thomas - who were among the founders of Woburn Massachusetts in 1641.
Subsequent research apparently takes the line of the three brothers back to Thomas Richardson b. 1523 Westmill, Hertfordshire, England and Mary. However, I have not seen sources cited on this, so will be skeptical.
Other Richardson lines are also included in the Vinton work:
Pages 713-800 pertaining to John Richardson, of Medfield (MA), 1679 have been transcribed and can be viewed here.
Hannah Richardson b. abt 1718 Medway, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts d. 26 Mar 1813 Marlboro, Windham Co., Vermont m. 15 Jun 1739 Jonathan Underwood, he b. 22 Jan 1716 Westford, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts d. 1 Oct 1794 Marlboro, Windham Co., Vermont. She dau. of Daniel Richardson (1685-1748) and Hannah Underwood (1690-1778), gd/o John Richardson (1650-1697) (born Wells, York Co.,ME) and Rebeca Clark (1658-), ggd/o John Richardson (est1620-) (b. England) and Hannah Truair (b. England).
Ruth Richardson b. 14 Apr 1647 Woburn, Middlesex Co.,MA d. bef 19 Jul 1699 m. 1669 prob. Woburn, Middlesex Co.,MA Thomas Fuller b. 30 Apr 1644 Woburn, Middlesex Co.,MA d. Mar 1721 She daughter of Thomas Richardson (-1651).
Mary Richardson? b. 3 May 1696 Woburn, Middlesex Co.,MA d. unkn. m. abt 1716 Abraham Cummings II b. 7 Oct 1690 Woburn, Middlesex Co.,MA d. abt Mar 1755 Attleboro, Bristol Co.,MA Poss. dau. Stephen, gd/o of Samuel (one of the "three brothers") but very uncertain with some evidence to the contrary. Not mentioned in Stephen's will dated 1713. Marriage record not found. However, other circumstantial evidence exists. Another source claims she was daughter of John Richardson (1668-1749) and Deborah Brooks (1669-1703). Both John and Deborah born and died at Woburn, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.
This book is available through major geneaological libraries; reprints probably available through Higginson or others. A fully indexed and cross-referenced CD-ROM version has been prepared and is available for sale by D. Charles Richardson & Co.
April 2008: This website gone, cannot find any relocation; Recovered selected parts from the Wayback Machine, including the "Three Brothers" page - TBA; "Volume _ Archive" of the newsletters not in Wayback Machine
Mary Bennett m. Daniel Farr Sr., he b. abt 1727 Stow, Middlesex Co., Mass. d. 1774 Boylston, Middlesex Co.,Mass.
She presumed, but not proven or certain, daughter b. 7 SEP 1740 Stow, Middlesex Co., Mass. of Samuel Bennett, b. 1690 Lancaster Mass., d. 5 December 1762 and Tabatha Wheeler (1696-?). His death place variously reported as Shrewsbury/Boylston or Stow, Massachusetts. Samuel Bennett (1690-1762) is reported as son of Samuel Bennett (1665-1742) whose wife is variously reported as Mary ________ or Mary Spofford. (Mary Spofford, d/o Thomas Spofford (1650-1706) and Abigail Hagget (abt1650-1729) of Rowley and possibly Concord. They m. poss. 22 Sep 1668 at Bradford, Mass. He poss. m. 2d 23 May 1684 to Mary Leighton. The Rootsweb WC trees only show one child: Mary. ) I have seen no citations or evidence of the source of the claims of Samuel's parents or his wife. Possibly a will or probate. Presumably Lancaster town vital records of the period exist for the childrens' births and give name of wife as Mary. (Key note: Various citations in family trees, etc. give Worcester Co. as the event place. Worcester Co. was not formed until 1731 from Middlesex (formed 1643) and Suffolk Counties. Lancaster was incorporated in 1653 and was presumably originally in Middlesex County, but now (2011) in Worcester Co. Note also that various public records postings may give the town location in the subsequent county, rather than the county where the event occurred at the time, an example being Lancaster. Shrewsbury was settled 1722 and incorporated in 1727, 2011 in Worcester Co. Boylston was settled 1705 and incorporated in 1786, 2011 in Worcester Co. Stow was settled 1681 and incorporated in 1683, 2011 in Middlesex Co. )
Samuel Bennett (1665-1742) reported son of George Bennett (-1675) and Lydia Kibby (abt1637-aft1679). George died 22 August 1675 of Lancaster, killed by Monoco Indians in the Monoco Indian Raid at the outbreak of King Phillip's War. Claims about the origin of George Bennett (-1675) are conflicting. One claim is he was born 24 January 1617/1618 at Ideford, Devonshire, England with no parents named. The other claims he was born about 1635 at Lancaster, son of Samuel Bennett and Rachel Linton who may have been married 1629 at Watertown. Rachel Linton is reported born 1612 in Somerset, England; d. 28 May 1657 at Dorchester, Mass.; d/o Richard and Elizabeth Linton. Given the births of George's reported children from 1659-1671 (presumably based on Lancaster town vital records of the period, which I have not seen) either birth year and scenario is plausible but, again, no evidence, source citation or discussion are shown. To be continued ...
Selected Massachusetts town records
BENETT (see Bennet, Bennit), Tabitha [int. Bennett] of Holder [int. Houlden], and Nathan Whitney, Jan. 22, 1752, in Holden. ... BENNET (See Benett, Bennit), Azubah and Jeremiah Whitney, int. Feb. 8, 1755. Charles and Mary B. Foster, int. June 9, 1827, [m. July 19, C.R.] Charles, widr. [int. omits widr.], 42, labourer, b. Lancaster, s. Elisha, and Hannah Davis, wid. [int. omits wid.], 45, of Framingham, b. Framingham, d. Ephraim Pratt, Sept 1, 1844. BENNIT (see Benett, Bennet), Mary and Daniel Farr, int. Nov. 16, 1760.
WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS: PUBLISHED BY FRANKLIN P. RICE, Trustee of the Fund. 1904 [page 15] BENNETT (see Bennit, Bennitt), Bezaleel, s. Bezaleel and Rachel, Sept. 11, 1776. Briggs, s. Bezaleel and Rachel, July 29, 1782. At Jeffrey. David, s. Bezaleel and Rachel, Aug. 1, 1780. At Jeffrey. Ephraim, s. David and Persis, Nov. 7, 1776. Jonas, s. Josiah and Hannah, March 11, 1740-1. Lydia, d. Josiah and Hanah, Oct. 9, 1747. Persis, d. Jonathan and Martha, May 21, 1744. Persis, d. David and Persis, July 4, 1774. Rachel, d. Bezaleel and Rachel, Feb. 26, 1775. BENNIT (see Bennett, Bennitt), Jonathan, s. Jonathan and Martha, Dec. 10, 1746. Patience, d. Josiah and Hannah, March 26, 1739. [Lucy], s. Jonathan and [Martha], Oct. — . BENNITT (see Bennett, Bennit), Asa, s. Josiah and Hannah, April 26, 1735. David, s. Jonathan and Martha, Oct. 21, 1749. Dinah, d. Jonathan and Martha, July 15, 1737. Dorcas, d. Josiah and Abigail, April 22, 1758. [page 16] Bennitt, Hannah, d. Josiah and Hanah, Feb. 5, 1736-7. Hannah, d. Bezaleel and Rachel, July 6, 1778. John, s. Josiah and Abial, June 23, 1755. Jonas, s. Josiah and Hannah, Feb. 11, 1748-9. Josiah, s. Josiah and Hannah, Dec. 18, 1730. Judah Alden, d. John and Lureatia, Nov. 9, 1778. Lucy Curtis, d. John and Lucretia, Dec. 13, 1781. Miriam, d. Josiah and Hannah, Dec. 23, 1732. Nancy, d. John and Lucretia, Jan. 7, 1780. Releef, d. Jonathan and Martha, March 26, 1738-9.
BIRTH, MARRIAGE AND DEATH REGISTER, CHURCH RECORDS AND EPITAPHS of LANCASTER, MASSACHUSETTS 1643 - 1850 Transcriptions of the "Tan Book" Published by The Town of Lancaster Lancaster, MA 1890 Edited by Henry S. Nourse, A.M. BENIT Samuel, s. George and Lidia, July 22, 1665. Page 10 Samuel, s. Samuel and Tabatha, Jan. 13, 1715-6. Page 54 Ephriam, s. Samuel and Tabatha, Oct. 14, 1717. Page 54 Phenihas, s. Samuel and Tabatha, Nov. 12, 1719. Page 54 BENITT John, s. John and Bathsheba, Jan. 23, 1718-19. Page 53 Bathsheba, d. John and Bathsheba, Dec. 18, 1720. Page 53 Nathan, s. John and Bathsheba, Oct. 28, 1722. Page 53 Jotham s. John and Bathshebe, May 8, 1726. Page 53 Elisha, s. John and Bathsheba, July 7, 1728. Page 53 Jacob, s. John and Bathsheba, Sept. 16, 1734. Page 53 Thomas, s. John and Bathsheba, Aug. 3, 1736. Page 53 BENNETT Wm., s. Georg and Lidea, 5: 1m: 1671-2. MCR Page 14 BENNIT Silas, s. Samuel and Tabatha, Apr. 12, 1721. Page 54 Tabatha, d. Samuel and Tabatha, Oct. 27, 1724. Page 54 Azubah, d. Samuel and Tabatha, May 5, 1727. Page 54 BENNITT John, s. George and Lidea, 31: 5m: 1659. MCR Page 11 Mary, d. Goerge and Lidea, 19: 6m: 1661. MCR Page 11 George, s. George and Lidea, Mar. 26, 1668. MCR Page 12 Elisabeth, d. Joseph and Elisabeth, May 12, 1732. Page 61 Mary, d. Joseph and Elisabeth, Mar. 13, 1733-4. Page 61 Sarah, d. Joseph and Elisabeth, May 24, 1736. Page 63
Anne Hopkins b. abt 1737 Boston; d. 20 FEB 1825 Warwick, Franklin Co., MA; m. 2 OCT 1754 Holden, Worcester Co., MA to Joseph Goodale (1735-1829). He of Roxbury Canada Plantation which became Warwick,, Mass. Searching for her ancestors.
Ancestors and descendants of Matthew Cushing chr. 2 May 1589 at Hardingham, Norfolk, England; died 30 Sep 1660 at Hingham, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts; buried Old Ship Cemetery, Hingham, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts; married 5 Aug 1613 at Hingham, Norfolk, England to Nazareth Pitcher (1586-1682). Primary source for this family is The Genealogy of the Cushing Family, an account of the ancestors and descendants of Matthew Cushing, who came to america in 1638; Cushing, James S.; Montreal; 1905.
Matthew was son of Peter Cushing (abt 1562-1615) and Susan Hawes (abt1563-1641). Various publications take the line back to William Cushing b. circa 1378 and his son Thomas Cushing b. 1399 Hardingham, Norfolk,, England. Yet other publications take the Cushing line from William to his father or grandfather Galdrius Cusyn to Hrolf, Jarl of Throndjem and Maeras Nefja (Norway), born ca. 826. I have not seen any source citations.
Ancestor connection: Elizabeth Cushing b. 18 JUL 1733; d. 1817; m. William King Sr. b. 24 Oct 1724 Worcester,,MA; d. 8 Nov 1793 Brattleboro,,VT. She dau. of Ebenezer Cushing (1710-1792) and Elizabeth Daniels.
Descendants of Stephen Crane b. 1630 England; d. 1710 Cranford,, New Jersey.
Ancestor connection: Demaris Crane b. 1750 Elizabeth, Union Co., New Jersey; d. aft 1794; m. 6 Jan 1779 Morristown, Morris Co., New Jersey Timothy Stiles, he b. Morristown, Morris Co., New Jersey d. aft 1810. She daughter of Jonathan Crane b. 1719 Elizabethtown, Morris Co., NJ; d. 14 Apr 1780 Morristown,Morris Co.,NJ.
The only source for this book that I know about is the copy microfilmed by the LDS Family History Library and available on loan at the local Family History Centers (FHC). (See LDS Genealogical Resources ) There were four filmings:
Other sites with Crane surname, not Jonathan Crane (1719-1780)
Descendants of Isaac Cummings (1601-1677) of Ipswich/Topsfield MA in 1638. Also, some further information about John Comins of Woburn, Mass., known as "Woburn John". Follow the above link to the web page of the Isaac Cummings Family Association which has everything you could possibly want to know his origins and descendants.
Ancestor connection: Hannah Cummings (1764-1857) married 3 Jan 1782 Pownal, Bennington Co., Vermont to Benjamin Card (1754-1837). She probable daughter of Stephen Cummings, Sr. (1736-est1815) of Attleboro, Mass. who migrated to Coventry, Rhode Island; Pownal, Bennington Co., Vermont and New Lisbon/Pittsfield, Otsego Co., New York (1790-est1815). Stephen was descendant of Abraham Jr. (4) Abraham Sr. (3) John (2) Isaac (1) of Ipswich/Topsfield, Mass by 1630.
Dorcas Quinton married 31 May 1764 at Palmer, Hampshire (now Hampden) Co., Massachusetts to David Shaw (1738-?). She was the daughter of Duncan Quinton (1694-1776) and Eunice (Unice) Little. Parents of Duncan Quinton, born 1694, died 7 Mar 1776 at Palmer, are unknown.
I have not found any family histories, family trees or other published information for the Quinton's - online or printed. My information is based upon Palmer Vital Records (Hampden Co., Mass.) as reported in the IGI. Children of Dunkin Quinton and Unice/Unis (all born Palmer) are:
1. Elizabeth (F) 8 Nov 1735 2. Ann (F) 20 Jul 1738 3. Dorcas (F) 18 May 1741 4. John (M) 26 Dec 1743 5. Thomas (M) 17 Feb 1746 6. Jean (F) 16 Jun 1748 7. Mary (F) 10 Apr 1751 8. Unis (F) 12 Nov 1753 9. Sarah (F) 23 Jul 1758
Descendants of Anthony Needham born 1628 England m. Ann Potter b. Antrim,,,Ireland. Births of children recorded Salem Mass. Vital Records.
Ancestor connection: Ruth Needham, b. 29 Sep 1768 South Brimfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts; d. 15 Dec 1824 Palmer, Hampden Co., Massachusetts m. 1 Oct 1789 to William Merritt.
Descendants of John Parker b. 1575 England and Jane Bates. Some sources take line back to Thomas Parker b. 1384 Nottingham,,,England, son of Adam Parker who witnessed a deed in 1382.
Ancestor connection: Susannah Parker b. 29 DEC 1687 Reading,,MA; d. 18 Feb 1769 Groton,,MA; m. 27 May 1707 Reading,,MA; Joseph Underwood, he b. 28 May 1681 Watertown,,MA d. 29 Jan 1761 Westford,,MA
Descendants and ancestors of: John-1 Whitney d. 1 Jun 1673 Watertown,Middlesex Co.,Mass.; m. Elinor _______. It had been accepted, but is now subject to some doubt and ongoing extensive research, whether the immigrant was the John Whitney who was chr. 20 Jul 1592 at St. Margaret's Westminster, London,, England; son of Thomas Whitney "of Westminster"; Thomas b. 14 JUL 1560at Lambeth Marsh, Surrey,, England; d. 14 Apr 1637 at St. Margaret's Westminster, London,, England; m. Mary Bray. Furthermore, it has now apparently been accepted among Whitney researchers that this Thomas (1560-1637) could NOT be the son of Robert Whitney who married Elizabeth ap Morgan Guillims, he the third son of Sir Robert Whitney and Sybil Baskerville. As of 30NOV1998. See the excellent web site of the "Whitney Research Group" with narratives by R. L. Ward (below) for detail discussion.
Ancestor connection: Hannah Whitney (Est 1690-); d/o Richard Whitney (1660/1-1723) and Elizabeth Sawtell (1669/9-1723); m. Samuel Farr; he b. abt 1684 Stow,Middlesex Co.,Mass.; d. 7 Jun 1754.
On April 1, 2008 the original "Whitney Research Group" website, which was a Whitney surname website, was "currently unavailable due to server problems." It redirects to "New Wiki-based Whitney Research Group Website" which is Wiki-based and appears to be more or less of a mirror of the "old" site, just in Wiki form. See, specifically, "John Whitney Family of Watertown, MA, 1635" and John1 Whitney's English Ancestry (Wiki page) by Robert L. Ward.
Original sections pertaining to John Whitney may or may not work. I saved copies 1 April 2008 from the Wayback Machine which I may post later, but content seems to have been transferred to above Wiki.
"John Whitney was born circa 1589 at England. He was the son of Thomas Whitney and Mary Bray. John Whitney was christened on 20 July 1592 at St. Margaret's Church, Westminster, London, England. He received an education at the Westminster School, now St. Peter's College. On 22 February 1597, John was appointed by his father, to William Pring of the Old Bailey, London, a member of the Merchaint Tailor's Company. He became a full member on 13 March 1604 of the Merchant Tailor's Company. He moved circa 1604 to Isleworth-on-the-Thames, Middlesex, England. Circa 1618 at England, John married Elinor. John Whitney moved circa 1625 to Bow Lane, near Bow Church, London, England. In September 1631, he placed his eldest son, John, in the Merchant Tailor's School. He and Elinor emigrated in April 1635 from London, England, on board the Elizabeth and Ann, Roger Cooper, master and arrived in New England in June. John Whitney became a freeman on 3 March 1635/36 at Watertown, Massachusetts. He served between 1638 and 1655 at Watertown, Massachusetts, as a Selectman. He was appointed on 1 June 1641 at Watertown, Massachusetts, a Constable. He was elected in 1655 at Watertown, Massachusetts, as the Town Clerk. On 29 September 1659 at Watertown, Massachusetts, John married Ju dith Clement. John Whitney left a will on 3 April 1673 at Watertown, Massachusetts. He died on Thursday, 1 June 1673 at Watertown, Massachusetts. John's estate was inventoried on 4 June 1673 at Watertown, Massachusetts." http://www.theroyfamily.com/gen/roy/p16.htm#i782
Descendants of William Wheeler b. 30 Jan 1630 Cranfield, Bedford, England; d. 31 Dec 1683 Concord, Middlesex Co., MA; marr. (1) Mary Studd; marr (2) 30 Oct 1659 Concord, Middlesex Co., MA to Hannah Buss; she b. 18 Feb 1641 of Concord, Middlesex Co. Ma; d aft 1694 Concord, Middlesex Co. MA Sources take the line back to George Wheeler b. abt 1500 Marston, Bedford(?), England; marr. Elizabeth.
Ancestor connection: Tabitha Wheeler b. 16 Jan 1696 Concord, Middlesex Co., MA marr. 15 Apr 1715 Concord, Middlesex Co., MA to Samuel Bennett; be b. 1690 Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA; d. 5 Dec 1762 Stow, Middlesex Co., MA.
Descendants of William Tuttle (1609-1673) and Elizabeth Mathews, he son of Henry Tuthill (1580-1618) and Alice Gooch, grandson of John Tuthill.
Ancestor connection: Joanna Tuttle b. 1728 Hanover,Morris Co.,New Jersey d. 17 Sep 1781 Morristown,Morris Co.,New Jersey m. Jonathan Stiles Esq., he b. 1721 Stratford,,Connecticut d. 6 Oct 1806 Morristown,Morris Co.,New Jersey.
Descendants of George Ross: b. 1630 Scotland; d. January 1704/5 at Elizabethtown,,New Jersey; m. 7 Dec 1658 at New Haven, CT by Gov. Jonathan Winthrop Jr. to Constance Little, she b. 1638; d. probably Elizabethtown,,New Jersey. They were among the founding families of Elizabethtown, New Jersey and were the ancestors of many Ross descendants in that area.
An excellent website gives biography of George Ross (1630-1704/5): Ross Family
Ancestor connection: Sarah Ross b. 1724 Morris Co., New Jersey; d. 3 Feb 1787; m. Jonathan Crane, he b. 1719 Elizabethtown,,New Jersey; d. 14 Apr 1780 Morris Co., New Jersey. She dau. of John Ross (abt1698-1754), an Alderman and Mayor of Elizabeth, New Jersey and Sarah Wheeler (est1700-1759).
Descendants of Clement Briggs born in England, died 1650 at Weymouth, Massachusetts and Joan Allen. Reportedly born 14 June 1587 at Southwark, England, son of John Briggs. Reportedly living in Southwark, Surrey, England in 1616. Arrived on the "Fortune" in November 1621. Will probated in Boston, 24 AUG 1650.
Ancestor connection: Mercy Briggs born est 1714; m. William Card, he b. 1710/11 North Kingston,Washington Co.,Rhode Island, d. abt 1784/5 Pownal,Bennington Co.,Vermont.
Connection with Shaw family circa 1790 at Palmer, Hampden Co., Massachusetts. Still researching.
Eunice (Unice/Unis) Little married est 1733/34 to Duncan Quinton. Based on birth of her first child, Elizabeth, Eunice was probably born 1714/1717.
The History of Palmer states that Unice was the daughter of Thomas Little (est 1675/1685-aft 1747) and unknown, of Palmer, Hampshire (now Hampden) Co., Massachusetts. It indicates there was a marriage record, but this has been neither indexed in the IGI nor located by me.
Origins and ancestors of this Thomas Little are not known. The History of Palmer contains numerous, scattered references to the Little's and states that he had three sons: Ephraim, Thomas Jr. and William. About 1747 after some trouble with the Rev. Mr. Harvey, the Little family (excepting Eunice) apparently left Palmer for somewhere in New York state, their exact destination being unknown.
Descendants of James Marr b. est 1700 of Western (now Warren), Worcester Co., Massachusetts.
Martha or Elizabeth Marr
b. Western (now Warren),,Massachusetts
m. Apr 1758 Isaac Merritt, he
She dau. of James Marr b. est 1700 of Western (now Warren), Worcester Co., Massachusetts.
Searching for further ancestors.
As of May 2005, I have found absolutely nothing further on the internet or Family Search website, including a surname search in library catalog. Likely of Scottish or English origin; there were/are Earls of Mar in Scotland.
Descendants of Thomas Fuller b. abt 1618 (Wales?) d. 3 Jun 1698 Salem, Essex Co., MA and Elizabeth Tidd , at least some of whose children were born at Salem, Massachusetts. One source takes the line back to John Fuller b. circa 1450 presumably of Redenhall, Norfolk,,England. This line may be connected with William Fuller b. 1423/30 of Redenhall, Norfolk, England. However, the various internet sources contradict and mix up the children and lines during the period from the 1400's to the early 1600's. Also, various contradictions about the date details (day, month, year). The only thing these source are consistent about is that all the cast is from Redenhall.
Ancestor connection: Deborah Fuller b. ca. 1738 Middleton, Essex Co., Massachusetts; d. 14 Dec 1821 m. Nov 1758 to Jasper Needham b. 31 Jul 1738 Brimfield, Hampden Co., Massachusetts d. 14 Dec 1821 Wales, Hampden Co., Massachusetts
Connection doubtful. Any Wyman connection depends on determining the parents of Mary, the wife of Abraham Cummings (1690-1755), he born Middlesex Co., Massachusetts. Some have claimed that Mary was the daughter of Stephen Richardson and Abigail Wyman. Although they had a daughter Mary born at 1696 Woburn, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts, she is not mentioned in Stephen's will, so others have concluded that this Mary died before 1713. There is another possibility for Mary's parents, but there's not much evidence, even circumstantial. A marriage record has not been found for Abraham and Mary but the marriage probably took place about 1716 in Middlesex or Bristol County, Massachusetts where their children were born. Abigail Wyman was born ca. 1659 at Woburn, Middlesex Co., Mass. and was daughter of Francis Wyman and Abigail Reed.
Elizabeth Daniels m. 19 Oct 1732 Ebenezer Cushing, he b. 1710 Boston,,Massachusetts d. 1792 Boston, Massachusetts. Looking for ancestors.
Descendants of Matthew Hawke born in 1610 in England; died 11 DEC 1684 at Hingham, MA. Married Margaret Nelson who died 18 Mar 1684 at Hingham, MA
"Matthew, from Cambridge, Eng., embarked at London with his w. Margaret and servant John Fearing in the ship Diligent of Ipswich, for New Eng., and arrived on the 10th of Aug. 1638. Mrs. Margaret Hawke d. in Hing. 18 March, 1683-84. Matthew d. 11 Dec. 1684, aet., as his gravestone says, 74yrs. Will made Sept. 24 1684. Freeman May 18, 1642; was the third town clerk of Hingl; selectman 1663; also school-master 1679-1683. Resided on Main Street, Hingham Centre."
Ancestor connection: Sarah Hawke (abt1641-1679) who married 20 Jan 1658 Hingham to John Cushing (1627-1708)
Descendants of Robert Meryham b. 1405 England.
Ancestor connection: Mary Merriam b. abt 1630 Hadboro,Kent,England d. 10 DEC 1699 Concord,Middlsex Co.,MA m. William Taylor b. abt 1618 d. 6 DEC 1696 Concord,Middlesex Co.,MA.
Descendants of Robert Moulton born 1590 at St. Olaf, Southwark, Middlesex, England; died 26 June 1655 at Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts; and Deborah (Moulton), born 1598/1605, died 1656 at Charleston, Essex County, Massachusetts.
Ancestor connection: Mary (Molly) Moulton b. 30 Sep 1702 at Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts; d. 1790 at South Brimfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts; m. 10 June 1722 at Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts to Anthony Needham; he b. 23 Nov 1696 Salem,Essex Co.,Massachusetts; d. unkn. Mary (Molly) Moulton was daughter of Robert Moulton (1675-1756) and Hannah Groves (est1670-).
Descendants of John Paybody/Pabodie b. abt 1590 England d. 1666/1667 Boston,, Massachusetts and Isabel Harper. Came to Plymouth Colony, New England as early as 1636.
Ancestor connection: Hannah Peabody b. 12 Oct 1707; d. unkn; m. 2 Mar 1731/2 to Jonathan Fuller; he c. 10 Oct 1708 Salem,, Massachusetts; d. unkn. Hannah was daughter of Ensign David Peabody (1678-1726) and Sarah Pope (1683-1756).
At one time, there had been a very nice Peabody Family Home Page at http://www.pbdy.com Unfortunately, that website no longer exists (May 2005), the URL was "for sale" and (February 2009) has been picked up by somebody selling crud. As near as I can figure, it was gone by about January of 2002. Fortunately, most of it was archived at Berkeley's Wayback Machine Sometimes the Wayback Machine can be cranky, so if it doesn't work, try later. A few pages were apparently missed in the backup, but most are there. Go to: Peabody Family Home Page via Wayback Archive
Descendants of William Clapp b. 1500 Devonshire, England and Allse _______. He reportedly born 1500, died 26 July 1555 at Hartford, Devonshire, England; she reportedly born 1502, died 25 May 1555 at Hartford, Devonshire, England; I have not seen the evidence, his alternately said 20 May 1555 from date of a will. Another will date said 29 May 1555 at Sydbury, Devonshire. His father reported Roger Clapp.
Ancestor connection: Abigail Clapp b. 5 March 1675 daughter of Ezra Clapp (1640-1717/8) and Abigail Pond (1646-1682), d. 6 July 1713 at Sudbury, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts; m. 30 Oct 1693 Milton,,Massachusetts to Samuel King alias Rice; he b. 14 Oct 1667 Marlboro,Middlesex Co.,Massachusetts, d. 4 Mar 1713 Sudbury,Middlesex Co.,Massachusetts.
Descendants of John Hayden (-1682), arrived America 1630, made freeman in 1634, died 26 Jul 1682 at Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts. (Disputed: Descendant of Thomas de Hayden b. abt 1185 Heydon, South Erpingham, Norfolk, England d. 1250.)
Ancestor connection: Jerusha Hayden b. 6 Feb 1703 m. 1724 Isaac Merritt. She dau. of Samuel Hayden (1677-) of Braintree, Mass. and Mary Hayden (1682-1717).
Apparently, others have done research and have proof that Gideon Hayden (1586-1663) who married Mary Davy (1583-) is not in "our" line; i.e. that John Hayden (-1682) who immigrated to the USA in 1640 (became freeman in 1634) was NOT the son of Gideon (1586-1663). The John who was the son of Gideon was apparently a sea captain who supposedly died at sea in 1630. It is further observed that a sea captain would not have been indentured in America. This would break the linkage to the line that goes back to Thomas de Hayden (abt1185-1250).
I currently have not researched this issue and do not have further information. There is some discussion on the 'Hayden' mailing list archives on Rootsweb.
Ancestors and Descendants of Deacon Gregory Stone (1592-1672) of Cambridge, Mass. Dea. Gregory Stone was brother of Dea. Simon Stone (1585-1665). Both were (apparently) sons of David Stone (1568-1625) and Ursula. David (apparently) was born and died at Great Bromley, Essex Co., England
I have just started looking at this line, and the sources conflict concerning wives, children and ancestors of the various families in the line. I have so far found neither authoritative discussion of the issues nor significant citations of evidence. The sources seem to be consistent in taking the line back to Philip Stone (AFN: 92DT-9N) born est 1265 (possibly) at Bromley (great), Tendring, Essex, England. There is disgreement about intermediary ancestors. Consequently, this all must be regarded as unproven and speculative. More TBA.
See web site for St. George's Cathedral which is the parish church for the Stone family at Great Bromley, Essex, England.
Ancestor connection: Mary Stone b. 10 Aug 1677 at Sudbury, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts; d. 5 Nov 1764; d/o Dea. Daniel Stone (1644-1718/9) and Mary Ward or Moore (1641-1702); m. 1701/2 to Jonas Rice (1672/3-1753).
Dea. Daniel Stone (1644-1718/9) was son of Dea. John Stone and Anna Howe Treadway; gs/o Dea. Gregory Stone. The wife of Dea. Gregory Stone seems to be in dispute.
Descendants of Job Swinerton b. est 1631 and Ruth Symonds.
Ancestor connection: Mary Swinerton b. 17 May 1670 Salem,,Massachusetts m. Anthony Needham b. 11 Apr 1663 d. 1757/1758 Daughter of Job Swinerton b. est 1631 and Ruth Symonds.
Descendants of Capt. William Trask(e) b. est 1600 in England; imm. 1624 on the ship Zouch Phenix; d. 15 May 1666 at Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts; and Mrs. Sarah Trask.
Ancestor connection: Susanna Trask b. 3 Nov 1676 at Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts; m. 3 Jan 1694 to Jonathan Fuller; he b. 19 Sep 1673 at Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts.
"The Trask family of North America is descended from the Traske who came to the Massachusetts Bay Plantation during the seventeenth century. Captain William Traske was the first to immigrate to the Bay plantation, having come on the ship Zouch Phenix in 1624. Capt. William Traske was followed by Osmund Traske, John Traske and Henry Traske. These men were all brothers and cousins from the village of East Coker, Somersetshire, England. East Coker is located southwest of Yeovil and near the Dorsetshire border." - Juel M. Trask
Information in the FamilySearch Ancestral file shows two wives of Capt. William Trask (est1612-1666) with each shown as mother of the children: Mary Southwick and Sarah (unknown). It also claims he was baptized 14 Dec 1585 at East Coker, Somersetshire, England and the son of Nicholas Trask (abt 1561-?). I do not have further information about the evidence and/or arguments behind this particular claim, but it does not appear to be accepted by knowledgeable researchers as satisfactorily proven. See "The Origin of the Trask(e) Family" by Juel M. Trask (below).
James Buck came from Hingham, England, to Hingham, Norfolk Co., MA, in 1638, and the same year had a house lot granted to him. On 4 Jun 1639 James married [Buck], in Dorchester, MA. Although the date of James' marriage appears in the Hingham records, his wife's name does not.
Ancestor connection: Deborah Buck (dau. of Isaac (abt1601ENG-1695MA)) b. 17 Jul 1665 Scituate, Plymouth, MA m. 1686 Henry Merritt , he b. Jan 1663 Scituate, Plymouth, MA d. 1732.
Primary family references:
Descendants of William Ponde (abt 1575-1637) and Judith Gordon (abt1575-1620) both of Groton, Suffolk Co., England. He son of a William Pond b. est 1553 in England.
Ancestor connection: Abigail Pond, daughter of Robert Pond (1626-1652/1661) and Mary Ball (1630-1719). b. est 1642 d. 1682 m. est 1665 in Massachusetts to Ezra Clapp, he b. 22 May 1640 d. 23 Jan 1717/8.
All information taken from various minor sources including postings on the web. No major family history works or analyses on the Pond's including primary source data are known to me. I am not completely confident of the accuracy of any of this.
Ancestor connection: Mary Wilder b. est 1620 prob. at Shiplake, Oxfordshire,, England; imm. 1638 aboard the Confidence with her mother Mrs. Martha Wilder; d. 13 DEC 1658 prob. Watertown, Middlesex Co., Mass.; m. est 1644 prob. Massachusetts to Joseph Underwood, he b. abt 1614 England; imm. 1637 to Watertown, Mass.; d. 16 Feb 1676/7 prob. Watertown.
Ancestral lines disputed. Click on link for extended discussion.
Ancestor connection: Lydia Kibby b. abt 1637 at Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA; d. aft 1679 at Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA; d/o Edward Kibby (abt1611-?) and Mary Linton (abt1615-?). No further information about Edward Kibby.
Descendants of Thomas King, Sr. b. abt 1580 Dorset, England d. 1652 England m. (date/place unkn.) Sarah or Susan
Nazareth Pitcher chr. 30 October 1586 at Hardingham, England; died 6 January 1682 at Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts; buried old Ship Cemetery, Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts; married 5 Aug 1613 at Hingham, Norfolk, England to Matthew Cushing. He chr. 2 May 1589 at Hardingham, Norfolk, England; died 30 Sep 1660 at Hingham, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts; buried Old Ship Cemetery, Hingham, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts.
She was daughter of Henry Pitcher (1549-1662) and Elizabeth Bond. Henry was born (christened?) 4 March 1549 at North Elmham, Norfolk, England; died August 1622 at Hingham, Norfolk, England. Henry was reportedly of "the famous family of Admiral Pitcher of England", but nobody seems to have any source citations or further information. Henry may have had a sister, Ursula, born 1559 who married Edmund Deveroys, born 1556.
One internet database reports that Henry was son of Rycharde Pycher and Cecely Flood (or Floude) who married 2 Jun 1548 at North Elmham, Norfolk, England. Likewise, no source citations.
Thomasine Frost bp. 11 Aug 1600 at Stanstead, Suffolk, England; d. 13 Jun 1654 at Sudbury, Middlesex Co., MA; married 15 Oct 1618 at St. Mary's-Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, England to Deacon Edmund Rice, he born circa 1594 in Sudbury, Suffolk, England; baptized 11 August 1600 in Buckinghamshire, England; died 3 May 1663 Marlboro, Middlesex Co., MA. Came from Hingham, England, to Hingham, Norfolk Co., MA, in 1638.
Postings seem to be consistent in showing Thomasine's Frost line ancestors as: John William-1/Phillippa (or Ellen Phillippa), John ("the yonge")-2/Anna Scott, Edward or Edmund/Edmond-3/Thomasine Belgrave. This is the line shown on The Deacon Edmund Rice (1638) Association website which is reliably researched. None of the online postings provide any citations except for the ERA website (see later).
There is an apparent problem with ancestors of Anna Scott who marr. John ("the yonge" or Younge) Frost. See below: Scott
Primary family references:
Thomasine Belgrave was born between 1561 and 1562 at England. She was baptized on 1 February 1561 or 1562 at Leverington, England.4,5,6,7 She was the daughter of John Belgrave and Joanna Strutt. Thomasine Belgrave married Edward Frost, son of John Frost and Ann Scott, on 26 July 1585 at Glemsford, England.8,7 Thomasine Belgrave died after 26 July 1616 at Stanstead, England; s as she was mentioned in her husband's will.8,7 Her married name was Frost.
Children of Thomasine Belgrave and Edward Frost: Thomasine Frost+ (11 Aug 1600 - 13 Jun 1654)
1.[S3] Rice Gen'l Register, p. 1.
2.[S38] Harold F Porter, "The Strutt-Biggs Relationships", Harold F. Porter, author.
3.[S258] Harold F Porter, "The Strutt Ancestry of Thomasine Frost", pp. 164-166.
4.[S35] Harold F Potter, "The Paternal Ancestry of Thomasine Frost", p. 134.
5.[S53] Mary Lovering Holman, "TAG, Vol. X, Notes on Edmund Rice", p. 135.
6.[S258] Harold F Porter, "The Strutt Ancestry of Thomasine Frost", pp. 164-165.
7.[S258] Harold F Porter, "The Strutt Ancestry of Thomasine Frost", p. 165.
8.[S35] Harold F Potter, "The Paternal Ancestry of Thomasine Frost", pp. 134, 164-165.
[S1] Ward, Andrew Henshaw. Genealogical History of THE RICE FAMILY: Descendants of DEACON EDMUND RICE. Boston, MA: C. Benjamin Richardson, Boston, 1858.
[S3] Edmund Rice (1638) Association. A Genealogical Register of Edmund Rice Descendants. Rutland, Vermont: The Charles E. Tuttle Company: Publishers, 1970.
[S35] Potter, Harold F. "The Paternal Ancestry of Thomasine Frost, Wife of Deacon Edmund Rice of Sudbury, Mass.", The American Genealogist 63, No. 3 (July 1988).
[S38] Porter, Harold F. "The Strutt-Biggs Relationships", The American Genealogist 65, No. 4 (October 1990).
[S53] Holman, Mary Lovering. "English Notes on Edmund Rice", The American Genealogist 10 (1933-34).
[S258] Porter, Harold F. "The Strutt Ancestry of Thomasine Frost Wife of Edmund Rice of Sudbury, Mass.", The American Genealogist 61, No. 3 (January/April 1986).
[S269] Sudbury MA. Vital Records of Sudbury, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts, to the year 1850. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903.
[S1171] Dr Robert V Rice, Dr Joanna Martin, During her examination of
the Stanstead parish records pertaining to the Edmund Rice family,
Dr Martin found that several of the dates did not agree with dates
previously recorded in Edmund Rice (1638) Association records.
Several were from The American Genealogist 1933-4, information that had
been transcribed by other that the TAG author. Dr Martin had the dates
from the TAG article and was able to confirm that her dates were the
correct ones. Dr Martin observed that the dates were in Roman numerals
and speculated that the original transcriber may have been unfamiliar
[S1171] Rice, Dr Robert V, Application of Martin, Dr Joanna.
Descendants of Richard Allyn d. 1470 in Thaxted, Essex, England; died 23 Jun 1527 at Saint Kateryn's Alter, Thaxted, Essex, England; m. abt 1499 to Agnes _______.
Ancestor connection: Joan Allen b. 1602, d. Weymouth, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts; m. 1631 at Dorchester, Massachusetts to Clement Briggs (14Jun1587-23Dec1648). She apparent dau. of George Allen, Sr. (1586-1648) and Katherine Watts (abt 1588-1649).
I initially had her as dau. of George Allen (abt1582-1648) and Katharine Davis. Various AWT databases also report her as daughter of Ralph Allen and Katherine Davis, George Allen and Katherine Watts, George Allen and Katherine Starkes Appears she was daughter of George Allen and Katherine Watts.
Descendants of Thomas Potter, b. Coventry, Warwickshire,,England.
Ancestor connection: Ann Potter b. Antrim,,,Ireland; m. 10 Jan 1655 to Anthony Needham born 1628 England.
Descendants of Thomas Wyborn. Born ca 1580. Baptized in Kent, England on 5 June 1580; died 2 Aug 1656 at Boston. One online posting gives his ancestors as: Thomas (abt1580-1656) < Richard of Wrotham < Richard of Wrotham < Richard of Shorham < Thomas of Shoreham.
Thomas, of Plymouth, and later of Boston.3
"Thomas Weyborn, sen, died in Boston 1656. His will gives 'To sons Thomas and James, &c. to wife Elizabeth one half the windmaill in Boston, and 40s. per annum. To son John 40£ at 21, to daughter Elizabeth Merritt 5£, to daughter Mary 20£ at 16, and to board at expence of Thomas and James Executors.'"21
Thomas married Elizabeth [Wyborn].
They had the following children: 880 i. James (1640-1659) 881 ii. John (ca1642-) 882iii. Elizabeth (->1677) 883 iv. Mary 884 v. Jonathan (1653-1653) 885 vi. Nathaniel (1655-1656)
Ancestor connection: Elizabeth Wyborne (est1631/7-?) married 2 Mar 1655 to John Merritt (-1676) who died 6 November 1676 at Scituate, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts.
"THOMAS WYBORN, of Wrotham, Kent, England, was the seventh and youngest child of RICHARD of Wrotham. RICHARD was son of RICHARD of Wrotham, who was son of RICHARD of Shoreham, who in turn was son of THOMAS of Shoreham. THOMAS was baptised June 5, 1580. He married first Emma Millow, Nov. 27, 1605.
He married ELIZABETH in Tenterden, Kent, England, where he seems to have settled. He was a "saddler" there before leaving for America. In 1638, he came to this country, and remained in Plymouth, Plymouth, MA. But, in 1643 he is on the list of those "able to bear arms" at Scituate, Plymouth, MA, where he was still living four years later.
In 1648, THOMAS WYBORN bought a house on High Street in Boston. In the city he appears to have been rather prominent. He was Commissioner of the Highways and Constable, meanwhile pursuing his trade of saddler. He had money to loan, invested in some real p roperty, and at his death in 1656, left an estate valued at nearly four hundred pounds.
ELIZABETH married second, Henry Felch, she being his second wife."
On the above, no sources cited or analysis, so this is regarded as unproven, maybe even speculative.
Catherine Kilham b. abt 1606 Dennington, Suffolk, England; d. 1645 Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts; m. 1628/9 England to Robert Goodell b. 1601 Dennington, Suffolk, England; d. 12 Oct 1682/1683 Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts. One source takes back to William Kilham and _______ Clemens, presumably of Dennington, Suffolk, England.
Descendants of Richard Linton, born abt 1587 prob. England, d. 30 MAR 1665 Lancaster, Worcester Co.,MA m. 16 SEP 1634 place unkn. to Elizabeth
Ancestor connection: Mary Linton b. abt 1615 of Watertown, Middlesex Co.,MA; m. (date/place unkn) Edward Kibby; he b. abt 1611.
Family and ancestors of John Bray (1534-1615) of London and Margaret Haslonde (1536-1588).
Ancestors of John Bray (1534-1615) are contradicted and no postings show source citations or discussion. Some give father as Edmund Bray (1504-1558) last of Surrey, England with a line of ancestors going back to 1032. Others give father as Richard Bray. These come from various AWT user files.
Ancestor connection: Mary Bray b. 12 May 1564 at London; bp. 24 Dec 1564 at St. Margaret's Westminster (now London); d/o John Bray (1534-1615) and Margaret Haslonde (1536-1588); bu. 25 Sept. 1629 at St. Margaret's Westminster (now London); m. 12 May 1583 at St. Margaret's Westminster (now London) to Thomas Whitney; he b. abt 1560; d. Apr 1637 at St. Margaret's Westminster (now London).
Regarding their children, it had been accepted, but is now subject to some doubt and ongoing research, whether immigrant John Whitney who d. 1673 at Watertown was the same John Whitney who was chr. 20 Jul 1592 at St. Margaret's Westminster, London,, England; son of Thomas Whitney (1560-1637) and Mary Bray (1564-1629). Discussion had been located at the "old" Whitney Research Group (WRG) website but as of October 2009, the pages "old" pages failed to load, probably due to conversion of the Whitney website as described in the Whitney surname section. I have not had a chance to fully search that revised website for that information. I did find the apparent first page: John1 Whitney's English Ancestry (Wiki page) by Robert L. Ward. The other "old" page was: Whitney Genealogy - John Whitney - Doubts .
Descendants of Richard Belgrave (1509-abt1584) of Glemsford, Suffolk,England.
Ancestor connection: Thomasine Belgrave b. 11 Aug 1560 of Stanstead, Suffolk,England; d/o John Belgrave (1530-1591) and Joanna Strutt (ca.1540-1577); d. aft 26 July 1616 at Stanstead, Suffolk,England; m. 26 Jul 1585 at Glemsford, Suffolk,England to Edward Frost; he b. abt Mar 1561 at Glemsford, Suffolk,England; d. Aug 1616 at Glemsford, Suffolk,England.
Does not show parents of John Belgrave.
"John Belgrave married Joanna Strutt, daughter of John Strutt and Catherine (?), on 22 September 1560 at Glemsford, England; correspondence of 30 Dec 1948 from J R Cunningham; -Suffolk 12 Vol, Boyd's Marriage Record; Philmore Residence in Glemsford. N ote: John Belgrave was of Leverington, Cambridge, England. Information regarding John's second marriage is from TAG.2,3 John Belgrave was buried on 12 February 1590/91 at Leverington, England.1 He left a will on 3 February 1590/91 at Leverington, England,, which was proved 11 March 1590/91. The will mentions: wife Elizabeth; sons Abraham, George, Jacob, and Thomas; and daughters Tomyzin, Elizabeth, and Catheren; grandchildren Elizabeth and Wylliam Froste, children of my son (in law) Edward. Son in law Edward Froste was supervisor of the estate administration.4 (an unknown value).1"
[S258] Harold F Porter, "The Strutt Ancestry of Thomasine Frost", p. 164.
[S258] Porter, Harold F. "The Strutt Ancestry of Thomasine Frost Wife of Edmund Rice of Sudbury, Mass.", The American Genealogist 61, No. 3 (January/April 1986).
[S36] David Pratt, Communications from David Pratt, notes taken from.
[S36] Pratt, David. Communications from David Pratt. Richland, WA: n.pub., to Dennis Rice.
Descendants of John Tidd, b. 1589 Yarmouth, Isle of Wright, Hamp., England d. 24 APR 1656/7 Woburn, Middlesex Co., MA m. to Margaret Greenleaf.
Ancestor connection: Elizabeth Tidd b. 19 Sep 1626 (location disputed) d. date (disputed) Woburn, Middlesex Co., MA m. 13 Jun 1643 to Thomas Fuller; he b. Apr 1618; d. 3 Jun 1698 Salem, Essex Co., MA.
Descendants of Richard Scott (est1520-1564/5) of Glemsford, Suffolk, England. Possibly: descendants of William Scott (abt1450-1487) of Glemsford, Suffolk, England.
Ancestor connection: Ann or Anna Scott b. abt 1538 at Glemsford, Suffolk Co., England; d. 30 July 1588 at Hartest, Suffolk Co., England; m. 29 Jan 1559 at Glemsford, Suffolk Co., England; to John "the yonge" Frost; he b. 1532 at Glemsford, Suffolk Co., England; d. Feb 1609/1610 at Hartest, Suffolk Co., England.
There is an apparent problem with ancestors of Anna Scott who marr. John ("the yonge" or Younge) Frost. At least one source claims she is dau. of Reinhold Richard Scott and Emeline Kempe with lineage back to John Scott/Cumbe. At least two other sources ("Carole's Kinfolks", below, which provides more details) says Anna Scott's line is William-1 (abt1450-1498), Richard-2 (abt1476-1560), Richard-3(abt1500-Feb1565)/Joanna, events occurring at or near Glemsford, Suffolk, England. The Deacon Edmund Rice (1638) Association website shows her as daughter of Richard Scott (1500-) and Joanna but does not name parents of Richard. The information from the former may be confusing "our" Richard Scott with the Sir Reginald Scott b. ca. 1500 at Scotts Hall, Kent, England who married (an) Emeline Kempe. (See "Allison to Zwecker" Fred Woodson Hendrick site for alternative view of the Scott line.)
Only shows Ann Scott as daughter of Richard Scott (1500-) and Joanna:
"Richard Scott was born in 1500 at Glemsford, England.2 Richard Scott married 1st Joanna (?). Joanna was the first wife of Richard Scott (Skote) the clothier. There was another Richard Scottt of Finstead End, a yeoman who was having children baptized at Glemsford during most of the time that Richard Scott, clothier was also having children baptized at Glemsford. However, wills were left by both men. To further confuse matters, Richard the clothier had a second wife who is mentioned in the will named Johan. That person is not Ann Scott's mother. Presumably, Joanna, wife of Richard Scott, buried at Glemsford on 23 Aug 1556 was Ann's mother.1 Richard Scott was buried on 5 February 1565 at Glemsford, England.3 He left a will on 7 February 1564? At Glemsford, England,, which was proved at the Archdeaconry of Sudbury 27 May 1565. The will mentions wife Johan; oldest son John; sons Edwarde and Richard (younger than age 21); sons in law Thomas Warren, John Frost, Wylliam Lellye; youngest daughters Margaret and Elizabeth; wife's son Andrewe Jeames.4"
[S35] Harold F Potter, "The Paternal Ancestry of Thomasine Frost", p. 134.
[S35] Potter, Harold F. "The Paternal Ancestry of Thomasine Frost, Wife of Deacon Edmund Rice of Sudbury, Mass.", The American Genealogist 63, No. 3 (July 1988).
Descendants of John Strutt (ca.1454-1516/1517) of Glemsford, England.
Ancestor connection: Joanna Strutt b. ca 1540 at Stanstead, Suffolk Co., England; d/o John Strutt and Catherine; d. Aug 1577 Leverington, Cambridge, England; bu. 14 Aug 1577 Leverington, Cambridge, England; m. 22 Sep 1560 at Glemsford, Suffolk Co., England; to John Belgrave; he b. 1530 at Leverington, Cambridge, England; d. Feb 1591 at Leverington, Cambridge, England; bu. 12 Feb 1591 at Leverington, Cambridge, England;
1.[S258] Harold F Porter, "The Strutt Ancestry of Thomasine Frost", p. 164.
2.[S258] Harold F Porter, "The Strutt Ancestry of Thomasine Frost", p. 164.
3.[S36] David Pratt, Communications from David Pratt, notes taken from.
4.[S140] Stephen Anthony Barnhoorn, unknown subject in "Stephen Anthony Barnhoorn," listserve message unknown original date.
[S36] Pratt, David. Communications from David Pratt. Richland, WA: n.pub., to Dennis Rice.
[S140] Barnhoorn, Stephen Anthony. Unknown subject, "Stephen Anthony Barnhoorn." Listserve message to to Dennis Rice.
[S258] Porter, Harold F. "The Strutt Ancestry of Thomasine Frost Wife of Edmund Rice of Sudbury, Mass.", The American Genealogist 61, No. 3 (January/April 1986).
1.[S58] Court of Sudbury Archdeaconry, Strutt Wills, Strutt Wills from Archdeaconry, Court of Sudbury.
2.[S140] Stephen Anthony Barnhoorn, unknown subject in "Stephen Anthony Barnhoorn," listserve message unknown original date.
3.[S258] Harold F Porter, "The Strutt Ancestry of Thomasine Frost", The Strutt Ancestry of Thomasine, Wife of Edmund Rice of Sudbury, MA; p. 161-166.
4.[S36] David Pratt, Communications from David Pratt.
5.[S258] Harold F Porter, "The Strutt Ancestry of Thomasine Frost", pp.162-163.
6.[S258] Harold F Porter, "The Strutt Ancestry of Thomasine Frost", p. 162.
7.[S258] Harold F Porter, "The Strutt Ancestry of Thomasine Frost", pp. 162-163.
8.[S258] Harold F Porter, "The Strutt Ancestry of Thomasine Frost", p. 162 (cites PCC 19 Populwell).
9.[S258] Harold F Porter, "The Strutt Ancestry of Thomasine Frost", p. 162 (cites Suffolk Green Books, X:34, 406).
[S36] Pratt, David. Communications from David Pratt. Richland, WA: n.pub., to Dennis Rice.
[S58] Archdeaconry, Court of Sudbury. Strutt Wills. 645 North 900 East, Logan, Utah: Theresa Snow Hill
[S140] Barnhoorn, Stephen Anthony. Unknown subject, "Stephen Anthony Barnhoorn." Listserve message to to Dennis Rice.
[S258] Porter, Harold F. "The Strutt Ancestry of Thomasine Frost Wife of Edmund Rice of Sudbury, Mass.", The American Genealogist 61, No. 3 (January/April 1986).
Children of John Strutt and Isabelle (?): Thomas Strutt+ (1490 - b 10 Dec 1548)
1.[S258] Harold F Porter, "The Strutt Ancestry of Thomasine Frost", p. 161.
2.[S258] Harold F Porter, "The Strutt Ancestry of Thomasine Frost", pp.161-162.
3.[S258] Harold F Porter, "The Strutt Ancestry of Thomasine Frost", p. 161 (cites PC 26 Holder).
4.[S258] Harold F Porter, "The Strutt Ancestry of Thomasine Frost", pp. 162-163.
[S258] Porter, Harold F. "The Strutt Ancestry of Thomasine Frost Wife of Edmund Rice of Sudbury, Mass.", The American Genealogist 61, No. 3 (January/April 1986).
A cousin has come into possession of an old photo album from Kentucky. The only photo with a name identifies the picture as "Grandmother Tharp", a woman probably aged about 70, possibly taken ca. 1890's. There are various other pictures, some taken by Smith & Wybrant of Louisville Kentucky, but no other identifying information. My guess is that they may have been taken anywhere from the 1880's to 1910. For more information and scans of the pictures see: "Grandmother Tharp" photo album
The Tharp's are an allied line of the Shuck's.
Of Lincoln County, Missouri, area around Argentville, Brussels/Snow Hill. Came from Bullitt Co., Kentucky; previously Frederick and/or Prince William Co., Virginia; Stafford Co., Virginia; Westmoreland Co., Virginia; Nathaniel Overall, b. 1610/1620 in England.
Two Lovell lines in the database, no known connection between the earliest known ancestors. However, both lines married into the same Ingram line, just at different times and places. Have not seen supporting evidence so much of this is hearsay but the coincidence is interesting. Ancestors of these two lines not known to me.
Is the Lincoln/Pike (adjoining) County just a coincidence between these two lines or are they related and connected earlier, possibly back in Maryland? Connection between Logan and Muhlenburg Counties in Kentucky?
Of Lincoln and Pike Counties, in Missouri. Children of Isaac Uptegrove (abt1762-aft6Oct1817). Came from Surry County, North Carolina. Documented elsewhere on web, from Albrmarle Co., Virginia; Germantown, Philadelphia Co., PA; Kent Co., Deleware; and Krefeld,Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany (Op Den Graff).
Descendants of Nicholas Cady m. 6 DEC 1613 Lethringham, Suffolk, England to Grace Birede. Orrill Stiles (1843-1908) m. 23 Dec 1861 in Wisconsin to Charles Francis Cady (1836-1903), both born Steuben Co. NY. His Cady line: Hollis-7, Jonathan-6, Elijah-5, William-4, Joseph-3, Nicholas-2, Nicholas-1. Includes surnames Davis, Waters, Linton and Knapp.
A history of Johnson County, Indiana was written by D.D. Banta and delivered at the Shiloh Reunion on May 26, 1887. Some of the early settlers came from the Low Dutch Colony of Henry County, Kentucky. The text can be viewed at: Making a Neighborhood
An original publication is now also available online in various electronic formats. The PDF file shows 68 pages of which PDF 10 through PDF 47 correspond to pages 1 to 38 of the narrative and PDF 48 through PDF 58 are tables of additional names not included in the above text. (The rest of the PDF pages are banner and blank.) See: Making a Neighborhood @ Archive.org
The following is a list of just a few, select internet sites that I have found especially good and valuable for the families and geographic areas that I have researched. This list is far from comprehensive. Generally, these sites make available significant and substantial genealogical information online. Some have indexes of records that are key to genealogical research such as death records. For example, in mid-2006, the State of Missouri took a quantum leap forward by posting a 50-year index of death certificates online and initiating a year-long project to put images of those certificates online. As of about 2007 or 2008, the initial project was complete and has now gone into annual update, where those certificates now 50 years old will be added. I have also included a few hardcopy sources which I found especially helpful.
There are a number of places on the internet that provide information and tutorials for beginners to learn the basics of genealogical research. I strongly recommend that really green beginners review some of these materials before attempting to navigate the internet or signing up for subscription services. There are, of course, multitudes of beginner "How To" books that have been written and your local public library will have many such titles. They're all probably about the same, so I have no particular recommendations.
Simple, straightforward website showing links to key genealogical resources on the internet, including beginner tutorials. Much easier to navigate and use than the more in-depth, complex sites such as Cyndi's list. Also a section of links for Genealogy Guides for Beginners This list will more likely be current than my list following.
One area where beginners often create later problems for themselves is not understanding generally accepted standards for recording the data they find. Various books and postings on the internet exist to guide beginners - and even experienced researchers. Generally the standards are straightforward and are generally accepted. One comprehensive, well-regarded book (which I have not seen) is: Slawson, Mary H., 2002, Getting It Right: The Definitive Guide to Recording Family History Accurately , Deseret Book Company, Salt Lake City. I also recall that the Silicon Valley PAF User's Group guide has recommended standards. Some sticky issues are:
Places should be entered exactly as they were named at the time the event occurred, not latter or current names. This is a common rookie mistake - or failure to thoroughly research.
In database programs, places should always be entered as a four-position comma-separated field as: town,county,state,country. Example: Chicago,Cook,Illinois,USA. Some countries may not follow this exact pattern, but the most important consideration is consistency. Some variation from this convention will not automatically result in a visit from the Genealogy Police. I like to insert the type of jurisdiction using common abbreviations after its name, I do not enter "USA" and I use postal code abbreviations for states. I know I should spell them out, but it saves a lot of keystrokes and most genealogy software programs have an auto-renaming capability which I intend to use some day - but VERY carefully. Thereford, my version of the above example would read: Chicago,Cook Co.,IL. Some may prefer to spell out county, my preference is to save keystrokes and space in displays and printouts, since common jurisdictional abbreviations are easily understood; Example: Chicago,Cook County,Ilinois.
Also - VERY IMPORTANT - if you do not know the name of a piece of the full place name sequence, maintain the relative place name positions in the comma series. Examples: Chicago,,Illinois ,Cook Co.,Illinois Addison Twp.,,Illinois
There are a few cities in the USA that are independent and not part of a county, legally, jurisdictionally or for record-keeping purposes. Offhand, I am not sure if there is a generally-accepted way to present them in narrative writing or database. I would show them like: St. Louis,St. Louis (Independent City),Missouri.
This is controversial and the subject of never-ending debate. For narrative writing, sequences of non-alpha characters are typically used: ________ or [--?--]. This works because the married surname is usually only a line or two away, immediately visible. However, for entry into a database this simply does not work; it provides no informational value and will associate dozens, hundreds or even more otherwise unconnected females with the same "surname" which will show up in directory listings. The database software programs allow a default of blank which is vastly preferred to those odd characters. However, certain applications like FindAGrave do not allow blanks; in addition the primary, preferred surname for a female is her burial name, not maiden name for which an additional data field is provided.
Some people use LNU, unknown, not known but those are considered the worst of all. They also use FNU. 22 March 2014: Findagrave.com shows 38 individuals in the Lnu family. 21,075 individuals have "unknown" as their surname.
Some researchers recommend using the wife's married name in parentheses. A few are reported to use quotation marks. My own preference for database recording is using the wife's married name in square brackets  and inserting "Mrs." into the title field. I initially started using parentheses, but realized that those are often used within narrative writing to enclose a maiden name. So I migrated to something different and arbitrarily selected square brackets. Some software programs may complain about or outright reject odd characters in a name field, but this works for me.
Here are a few informative links:
There are now a plethora of general search engines available. These roam the web, collect web pages, index them and provide a routine called a "search engine" which identifies web pages containing a specified content string. These general search engines are very helpful to locate personal web pages of individuals who have put their genealogy data online, but the engines vary in their results, so it pays to try a few.
Search engine popularity comes and goes. The granddaddy of them all was AltaVista but it has now been passed by. As of 2006, the search engine of choice is Google That has now replaced my previous favorite, the advertised "World's Biggest Internet Search Engine" "All the Web" apparently now owned by Yahoo. See also Other Search Engines for some of the rest.
Websites come and go. Unfortunately, many of the ones that go are the sites created by individuals and can contain a priceless trove of genealogy data. Sometimes the creator loses interest, sometimes he or she passes away and sometimes other factors arise. I am aware of two places where websites have been archived and are the only places those now-discontinued sites exist. I have used both and sometimes find the site material.
A Personal Ancestral File Version 5 is also available. However, where Version 4 can use PAF Version 3 databases, Version 5 uses a different database format and is NOT downward compatible with prior versions.
I have obtained a lot of family tree from the Ancestral File. Many of these lines have been researched by many people over the years and that information has been submitted to the AF. However, while it can be a valuable source of data and downloading data can save a lot of data entry time, the AF data is known to contain numerous errors, some of them substantial. Unfortunately, source citations are not included. Any information cannot be presumed to be correct and MUST be verified.
Description of the project and recruiting for volunteers at: FamilySearch Indexing Click on "Projects" tab, then "Current Projects," "Upcoming Projects" or "Completed Projects" as desired.
The books will be published as part of the Family History Archives (FHA) collection on the website of Brigham Young University's (BYU) Harold B. Lee Library (HBLL). The FHA project seeks to digitize local and family history books worldwide. Started at BYU over two years ago, the project is now headquartered in FamilySearch offices in the Orem, Utah Canyon Park Technology Center. The FHA project utilizes volunteers and is digitizing books with expired copyrights available at the HBLL, the FHL, and now, the ACPL.
- 17 Aug 2007 ancestryinsider.blogspot.com
Go to the web site of the Harold B. Lee Library at BYU: www.lib.byu.edu From the list of collections that are displayed, choose:
www.lib.byu.edu/fhc/index.html - Direct Link to Online "Family History Archives" which is a bibliographic search of just family history materials. See also contentdm.lib.buy.edu - Direct Link to full-text search of online materials. I am not clear about their organization of scope of content of the above searches. TBR.
I have found just at random the following family history books "of interest"
See also LDS Genealogical Resources for information about Family History Library (FHL) and Family History Centers (FHC).
Also see related sites:
Ancestry has been gouging the market with its subscription rates. As of January, 2008, there are only two options: U.S. records at $159 per year and "World" records which adds some for just the British Isles for $300 per year. Beware: once you give them your credit card, they automatically renew you without authorization! Many public libraries subscribe to the service which can only be accessed within the library.
In 2001 was acquired by Ancestry.com and has become their marketing puppet, intertwined with their own advertising and links and polluted with banner and excessive pop-up advertising. Since its acquisition by Ancestry, Rootsweb has stagnated and lost what momentum it once had. There is little new content, particularly no new significant databases which Ancestry reserves for itself. Its primary use to the community is as a host of mailing lists and user gedcoms. New free user-posted content is going to USGenWeb sites. During the first quarter 2008, Ancestry announced their advertising banners would be forced on all USGenWeb pages; those websites exited in droves to independent servers.
BEWARE that any family frees ("gedcoms") submitted to Rootsweb WorldConnect will be copied by Ancestry and absorbed into their proprietary database "OneWorldTree" which can only be viewed by paid subscribers. They are getting free content which they turn around and charge people to use (even their own family data). Nice racket.
A couple of the major segments are:
World Vital Records was founded by individuals who originally founded Ancestry.com but became dissatisfied with its direction and left. So far, no censuses, family trees, discussion lists or bulletin boards but does have some 5300 interesting databases with 870 MM names (January, 2008) and is definitely worth a look. It requires a paid subscription, but annual rates are half those of Ancestry and a special $5.95 monthly rate is available.
Heritage Quest (HQ) offers a variety of genealogy data, but they are most widely known for their online service of searchable indices of the US Censuses with linkage to underlying images. Other databases: 25,500 searchable family and local history books, Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files and PERSI (the PERiodical Source Index). HQ indexes and images are completely different from Ancestry.com; in some cases they are better, other cases worse. Scope of coverage is different, but both are working to complete indices. HQ search engine is more limited than Ancestry.com. You can only search on exact spelling of given name or surname: no Soundex or wildcards, age search on 10-year range, etc.
HQ no longer sells subscriptions to individuals but only to institutions like public libraries. Your public library most likely subscribes and, depending on arrangement, may allow registered library patrons to access the service from home, unlike Ancestry. At one time Godfrey Memorial Library (Middletown CT) sold reasonably priced subscriptions to the general public that included access to HQ. As of 2004, this fee was $35 per year which includes access to all their resources, but as of March, 2006 that has apparently been discontinued. See Eastman's "Encyclopedia of Genealogy" - HeritageQuestOnline for alternative sources. HQ also sells various other products to the public; check their website.
Agency of the US Federal Government responsible for custody of historical documents including the US Censuses.
NARA has begun putting data online. See:
For example, to access World War II Army enlistment records:
- Once the page loads, go to the "SUBJECT" list and scroll to the last item "World War 1939-1945", and then click submit.
- You will see (4) different Records available, select the 2nd one: World War II Army Enlistment Records, 6/1/2002 - 9/30/2002.
- At the next screen click the red select button again (this is also the screen where you can read the full description, so you might want to do that before clicking select).
- At the next screen click the red select button beside the first option for "Enlistment Records" - you are at the query form. You can enter as much or as little information as you have. The codes for state and county are available by clicking the "select code list" to the right of the data entry box.
Fully non-profit (501c3) and free web hosting site for genealolgy. Limited in content, but given problems with Rootsweb, may be a rising alternative.
Free SSDI with extended search engine: Surname prefix, birth/death range and age at death.
Free. Searchable databases of ship's passenger lists and several other genealogy topics including Palatines. This is a very large site, not apparent at first. It takes some time to understand how and where to search, but is worth the effort.
Guides to searching Ellis Island and East Coast Ship arrivals and passenger lists. A lot of other helpful links.
National Center for Health Statistics
Where to obtain vital records information for each U.S. state and territory.
The Social Security Death Index ("SSDI") is a listing of persons who have died while collecting a Social Security Benefit. It generally does not include (I think) persons who died before 1962 or died without receiving any benefit (i.e. those who died at a younger age). The benefits may have included retirement, disability or burial benefits. A couple of the mega-sites now have this online and free. These include Rootsweb and Ancestry.com. For now, Rootsweb seems adequate and it is kept current.
Most comprehensive and detailed directory of known online death indexes by state. As of March 2010, this site was being maintained and it the most current, up-to-date source of online searchable death indexes. At this time, many states were in the process of creating and posting these indexes online, as well as posting actual images of the death certificates. So the landscape is changing and this list should be frequently consulted for the current status. It will also be more up-to-date than my listings that follow.
List of major death indexes by state.
Find the county where a town is located. Easier, faster and quicker than GNIS, but less detailed info. More to the point for just town-county searches.
Database to search place-names. In particular, can be used to find the county where a town is located. Can search by type of place, such as cemetery. Much more extensive information including coordinates of latitude/longitude.
GNIS is evolving over time and its data may not be correct or complete. They welcome additions and corrections with proper support and documentation. See "Manager" contact on the website.
In many instances, GNIS does not separately list cemeteries that are associated with a church; there will be only one listing with the name of the church with a feature type of church. At least that is my result from review of the churches and cemeteries in Lincoln County, Missouri. According to a response to my inquiry in June of 2007, the intent is to list all cemeteries individually, regardless of their location or affiliation. However, due to the origin of their data, they did not have sufficient basis to add entries for these cemeteries.
This is a new site (December 2004) that gives information about current and historical communities, including former names. It is still developing and is NOT complete, but looks promising. It does not show some historical communities I tested.
Other geographic sites:
Hosted by UsGenNet.org
Websites have been developed that show high-definition aerial photos (satellite views) and topographic maps of places in the USA. The topographic maps display place-names and roads. "Hybrid" maps combine elements of both. Especially helpful for finding old cemeteries. Different websites may be searchable by place-names and/or coordinates of latitude/longitude. It appears that origin of the underlying data is the US government, including GNIS data and the photos. Click on above link for further discussion and details. Includes Google Maps, Acme Mapper, TerraServerUSA, Topozone and SatelliteViews.
Interactive. Potentially very helpful but appears to be a work in progress.
Colorful, easy to read display of counties within states.
The following are major libraries that are widely-known for their extensive genealogy collections and have made their catalogs available online for searching to the general public.
Worthy of special mention here is WorldCat:
At one time WorldCat was not available to the general public through the Internet. It was only available through a local public or university library: either at the library facility or remotely as a registered, pre-authorized patron of that library. However, as of September, 2007 it looks like it MAY be open to the general public. I tried a search and it worked. See: WorldCat
Some of the libraries listed below are included in WorldCat ; some are NOT; most I am not sure about so will not attempt to classify them for now. It will be best to check all catalogs.
The Allen County (Indiana) Public Library (ACPL) at Fort Wayne has a very large collection of genealogical materials including family/surname books. Their catalog is now online.
In about October of 2010, the library launched a new genealogy web site: Genealogy Center that is already quite informative for beginners and experienced researchers. I presume it will grow substantially over time and should be visited periodically for additions.
The St. Louis (Missouri) County Library has extensive genealogical materials for Missouri and other areas. As of about November, 2001 the library will be receiving the 17,000 volume collection of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) from Arlington, Virginia (Washington D.C. area). Books from this collection will be available through Inter-Library Loan (ILL) beginning February, 2002.
Note that the County Library is different and separate from the St. Louis City Library. There is also the State Historical Library at Columbia.
The "ODIN" Library Catalog includes the University of North Dakota Library which has holdings for Norwegian genealogical research and will lend through inter-library loan.
Combined catalogs of libraries in the State of California university system.
Volunteer effort to transcribe US censuses. A few online and growing.
Volunteer effort to transcribe tombstones. A few online and growing.
Online searchable index of veterans buried at national, state and private cemeteries. This is a very large database.
Online searchable listing of all Revolutionary War Patriots recorded and recognized by the DAR. This shows the summary of their record which includes vital dates, spouse(s), service information and list of applicantions that used that patriot. Apparently replaces? the printed DAR Patriot Index. Beware that Patriots listed do NOT include all that served in the Revolution, ONLY those who were documented and used in an application for membership. The DAR will not add Patriots unless they are specifically used and validated for membership. Other sources exist to search for Patriots including the SAR (Sons of the American Revolution), various military rolls and Pension application files.
Has 20,000 books online, including 130+ Massachusetts Town Vital Records volumes. The digital copies are reportedly every word searchable and pages, chapters and books can be saved locally. $35 annual subscription.
Savage's Genealogical Dictionary (of New England Settlers) online
37,000 marriages from various sources, comprising 99% of all known marriages in New England. To physical publications involved here:
The original 12-volume Torrey's manuscript were [sic] retired from the Society's library in 1972 and replaced by xerographic copy reproduced from the negative microfilm made in 1953.Another entry includes the comment:
Contents:Reel 1. Abbey-Cutting -- reel 2. Dadey-Eyre -- reel 3. Fabes-Hyland -- reel 4. Ibrook-Lyon -- reel 5. Maber-Rymes -- reel 6. Sabeere-Symes -- reel 7. Tabor-Zalleth.which designate surname ranges to correspond to the respective seven reels.
"In the late 19th and early 20th centuries several towns and agencies compiled the vital records of over 200 Massachusetts towns and cities. Using the town records, church records, private records, gravestone inscriptions and newspaper articles, one of the finest collections of published vital records was produced. These came to be known collectively as the "Tan Book" series. These records generally comprise all of the known records from the earliest times to about 1850.
The Massachusetts Vital Records Project, in an ongoing effort, presents here the transcriptions of over 1,500,000 records from over 150 of those towns. Indexed by town and by surname, the transcriptions provide genealogists with an easy to use interface to search for their roots in Massachusetts. For proper documentation the project also provides the images of the books from which the transcriptions are done."Note: The early Massachusetts town records are key to researching those ancestors. Above site searchable by location and statewide by surname and links to page of original town book.
"...historical resources page for the Upper New River Valley of North Carolina and Virginia. (Ashe, Alleghany, Watagua and Wilkes County, North Carolina and Grayson County, and Southwest Virginia)." A LOT of online data, early such as tax lists. Also site search engine.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Eastern States, General Land Office (GLO) site with searchable index of federal land patents issued between 1820 and 1908. Covers 12 states in the midwest and central-south: AL, AR, FL, IL, IN, LA, MI, MN, MS, MO, OH, WI. States are apparently being added, so this list may be out of date. Does NOT include states of the original thirteen colonies. Search by state; search criteria varied but can be as little as the person's name. As of February 2005, provides image selection in four formats: small GIF, large GIF, PDF and TIFF. Can be VERY effective in locating ancestors who farmed.
Online library catalog access via Web ("InfoKat") or TN3270 ("Notis"). Collection of historical materials Kentucky and migration from Virginia. Including microfilms. A lot on the Shaker's; have records on microfilm, possibly the originals.
Online library catalog access via Web ("Topcat 2000"). A lot on the Kentucky Shakers.
The Midwest Historical and Genealogical Society (MHGS), Wichita, KS. Strong in Missouri. See their Library Holdings page for lists of items in their collection.
Very large collection of genealogical materials, emphasis on midwest. Online catalog: Mid-Continent Public Library(MCPL) Catalog
aka State Historical Society of Wisconsin. Located: 816 State Street, Madison, WI 53706. Very large collection of genealogical materials, emphasis on midwest. See Wisconsin Historical Society Catalog
Pre-1930 marriages for Idaho counties, claimed "99% complete". However, may not be complete for any particular time period or location. Also contains some pre-1930 marriages from surrounding states. "Virtually al of the pre-1900 marriages are included in the index for Arizona, Idaho and Nevada. Indexed by Rexburg, Idaho FHC. On website of BYU-Idaho (Formerly Ricks College)
Birth certificates before January 1, 1916 are only available through the county clerk.
Marriage certificates before January 1, 1962 are only available through the county clerk.
The Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900 (Main page) is a statewide index of marriages performed in Illinois prior to 1901 and has been an ongoing project of the Illinois State Genealogical Society for a number of years. The index includes marriages from 98 of Illinois' 102 counties of which 80 counties have been completed. (October 2003). A list of counties and date spans are shown on the Counties and date spans included in the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index page.
Originally available in hardcopy only (microfiche), it is now searchable online at Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900 (Search page)
Note: You can enter a prefix string of characters and it will return all names starting with those characters. The site does not say this, but it works.
Index created by the Illinois Department of Public Health and searchable online.
Prior to about November, 2002, certificates from 1916 to 1947 could be ordered at no charge from the Illinois State Archives, limit two at a time. However, this was discontinued due to the Illinois State budget crisis. For background information about the index and obtaining Illinois death certificates, see "Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950"
Ongoing project of the Illinois State Archives. New ca. October 2003; a few counties, limited date spans.
Online indexes of Births (75 years or older), Marriage Licenses (50 years or older) and Death Certificates (20 years or older). This definition of genealogical vital records is specified by Illinois law (Vital Records Act, 410 ILCS 535/1, et seq.). The index is free, charge to download the certificate. Need to register with an email address.
Announced October 2003; follow "alpha test" link at bottom of page. Over 32,000 links, thorough and well-organized.
Includes Death Notices searchable by name, date, text from 1860 to 1984, search and access to text are free. The Chicago Tribune maintains archives from January, 1985 to present at its main website at Chicago Tribune Search is free, but payment required to access the text.
Full surname and everyname index to Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts, ...; Henry Bond, M.D.; N.E. Historic Genealogical Society; 1860, reprint 1978. A MUST SEE for research into early Watertown.
Listing of the contents of the 30-volume set Missouri Pioneers, the 17-volume set Missouri Miscellany and others by Woodruff and Hodges. These series contain transcriptions of genealogically relevant records from various Missouri counties.
Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry (1923-) has published numerous transcriptions of genealogically-related records, most of which pertain to Missouri by county, but also include Kentucky and other miscellaneous subjects. This website as of August, 2007 lists publications which are available for sale directly from her at Chillicothe, Missouri. It does not appear to be a complete bibliography, presumably excluding publications for which copies have been sold out. The Family History Library Catalog lists 317 publications authored by Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry If a publication is listed in the FHL catalog but not the website, it wouldn't hurt to write and ask about purchasing a photocopy.
Note key public libraries with major genealogical collections, primarily concentrating on Missouri and the Midwest.
The St. Louis County Library has extensive genealogical materials for Missouri and other areas at its main location at 1640 S. Lindbergh, jsut south of Hwy. 40. As of about November, 2001 the library will be receiving the 17,000 volume collection of the National Genealogical Society (NGS) from Arlington, Virginia (Washington D.C. area). Books from this collection will be available for circulation through Inter-Library Loan (ILL) beginning February, 2002.
Also, local public libraries in Missouri typically will have significant collections of local history and genealogy, often surprisingly detailed information about local families.
Links to State Departments. Copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death Certificates through the Department of Health.
Manages state archives. Missouri Secretary of State - State Archives - "Resources for Family & Community History" The SOS is NOT involved with vital records; see Department of Health.
1020 Lowry Street; Columbia MO 65201-7298; 573/882-70__ on University of Missouri-Columbia campus. E-Mail to SHSofMO Has online guidelines for Missouri genealogical research.
Of special interest is the Society's holdings of newspapers. See: State Historical Society of Missouri - Newspaper Holdings
St. Louis County Probate records online, includes index.
Online searchable index of death certificates 1910-1959 and images online for those years. The initial project was completed and is going into am annual update mode where names and images will be added annually for those deaths 50 years prior. So 1959 was added at the beginning of 2010, 1960 will be added 2011, etc. Be aware that there are errors in the indexing, some the result of bad handwriting, so be creative in selecting parameters if the first search does not result in a hit.
Database of deaths reported in various newspapers for Lincoln, Pike, Montgomery and Audrain Counties in Missouri. This index is very comprehensive and contains a lot of names. Access requires a paid $ubscription to Ance$try.com
Online digital copies of various historical materials, continually being added to.
"This is a collection of 114 Missouri County plat books published by W.W. Hixson & Co. Although the exact year of publication is unclear, it is estimated to be late 20's to early 30's. The plat books in this collection are held in the Special Collections Departments at Ellis Library at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the St. Louis P ublic Library. ..."
As of February 2011 the collection is now complete for all 114 Missouri counties. St. Louis City is not included. This is a collection provided by University of Missouri Library System Digital Library
The Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Company, established in 1867, compiled and published maps of U.S. cities and towns for the fire insurance industry to assess the risk of insuring a particular property. The maps are large scale plans of a city or town drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch, offering detailed information on the use made of commercial and industrial buildings, their size, shape and construction material. Some residential areas are also mapped. The maps show location of water mains, fire alarms and fire hydrants. They are color-coded to identify the structure (adobe, frame, brick, stone, iron) of each building.
Use the "Search this collection" link and enter the name of a town.
Marriages for 36 Missouri counties: Adair, Boone, Callaway, Cedar, Clark, Daviess, De Kalb, Franklin, Gasconade, Grundy, Holt, Howard, Jefferson, Knox, Lafayette, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Madison, Marion, Miller, Monroe, Oregon, Osage, Perry, Pike, Platte, Polk, Randolph, Ripley, Schuyler, Scottland, Scott, St. Charles, Sullivan and Washington. Hardcopy only.
These censuses were recounted for the City of St. Louis. More info. TBA.
At one time the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) sold excellent county road maps for 50 cents. Apparently, the supply was exhausted and, despite claims they would be reissued, none seem forthcoming.
They do have some maps online including a useful Traveler Information Map which displays road conditions and can be zoomed. A general highway map can be requested by mail or downloaded as a PDF file from the "Request More Information" page. There is also an archive of prior maps.
Also, look in the upper right-hand portion of the website for "Get Local MoDOT Info" for county information, within region.
Online searchable database of Kentucky death certificates 1911-1986 and 1987-1992; marriages 1973-1993; divorces 1973-1993. Required registration of births and deaths in Kentucky did not begin until 1911, although sporadic records for some counties may exist for prior years. For order information: Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics
There now are different sites offering searches.
No limit on results, better layout, extends scope from 1986 to year 2000.
In-progress work with (as of July, 1999) 44 Regiments online, with a total of 35,497 men listed, searchable by surname or regiment.
History and roster of the 6th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry Regiment U.S. It was a consolidation of three organizations, the largest of which had its recruitment and training camp located at Eminence in Henry County. Consequently, most volunteers came from Henry, Oldham and Shelby Counties. Also represented were German-born volunteers from Louisville.
List of Shelby County KY records and where copies are located.
Kentucky Kentucky History Center @ Frankfort: Museum and library of the Kentucky Historical Society. As of June 2003, open Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm.
Extensive and unique collection of materials pertaining to Kentucky's history. At Louisville, 1310 South Third Street. Formerly called the "Filson Club."
Statewide index of death certificates issued in Kentucky from 1911-1986 also available in hardcopy (microfiche) form.
Launched March 2009. Initial project is digitization of one million death records from 1897 to 1920. Various other project planned. Collorabation between Michigan Archives and the Library of Michigan.
As of about 2009 has digitized images of Michigan Births (1867-1892), Michigan Marriages (1868-1925) and Michigan Deaths (1867-1897).
As of 1999, about 150,000 entries 1867-1882.
Maine Marriages 1892 to 1996, searchable by query.
WHS Pre-1907 Vital Records Index Searchable index of pre-1907 birth, marriage and death records. Marriage records added 02 May 2006. 500k marriages, 400k deaths, 1MM births.
WHS Wisconsin Name Index Index of names in biographical sketches in Wisconsin county history books.
Wisconsin Public Land Survey Survey Notes 1832-1866. Work in progress 2004.
California Births 1905-1995 online via Vitalsearch
As of November, 2005 still active, but a REAL HASSLE to use for non-paying users.
Washington Death Index, 1940-1996 - via Ance$try.com, requires paid $ubscription.
Washington Secretary of State - State Archives
Includes descriptions of geneaological-oriented records and services. A microfilm birth index 1907-1929 exists.
"The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is the state agency for historic preservation" and while it is specific to Texas it should serve as a model for other states to preserve their antiquities. In particular, has information about cemetery recording and preservation.
Texas Death Records [Index, 1964-1998] via Rootsweb.com (free)
Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 - via Ance$try.com requires paid $ubscription.
Texas Vital Records Online
Birth: 1926-1995; Marriage 1966-1997; Divorce: 1968-1997; Death: 1964-1998.
Index from 1 January 1892 to 31 December 1996 searchable by bride or groom name.
Maryland State Archives Death index 1898-1944
with plans for later years scheduled for 2004. Maryland State Archives Death Records (general information)
Virginia Gazette from 1736-1789
The Virginia Gazette was the official newspaper of Virginia. Digitized and searchable. However, couldn't find anything about Shuck/Shoc or Kitson.
West Virginia Vital Research Records Project
West Virginia online indices and images of birth, death and marriage records. "Most: statewide death records from 1917-1954, birth and marriage records from six counties (April 2006).
The "Vermont Gateway" has a wealth of information about Vermont, its counties and towns, including online, searchable transcriptions of town histories. It is a work in progress and new information is being added. The main menu is deceptively simple; drilling down will reveal its wealth of information. Site search engine. "Vermont Counties" will lead to town histories which contain names and genealogies of early settlers.
In the search box, enter a search term and then click on GO. In the list, click on the item. If the list is too long, click on "Free only" under the "Price" heading (middle left of page). Click on "Read on your device." On the next screen, click on the desired reading platform such as "Download PDF."
For rare publications not otherwise found, another option is the online stores for used books. See following.
Substantial collection of reprints of major family history books. Online list of their surname books for sale.
Various out of print, hard-to-find books, including county (Shelby County, Kentucky)
Substantial collection of reprints of rare, usually old, State and Local History books, focusing on midwest. Online list of their books for sale; hardcopy and CD versions. However, VERY expensive; even CD versions most of which sell for $80. Look for better deal first.
This is a listing mostly of sites showing consolidated entries for many individual booksellers who may have their own websites. Be sure to compare. I have found prices at Amazon are generally better than Abebooks, but not always. Also Bookfinder and Adall may have more stores and more likely to find rare or unusual items. For in-print books, Amazon new may be cheaper than used, especially if they qualify for free shipping.
Consolidated listing of out-of-print books stocked by various vendors. Seems to be the best source. As of May 7, 2001 taken over by Amazon.com but as of October 2008 still shows its own search page. See also: Amazon.com rare books
Books sold and wanted, concentrating on family and state/local histories. Stacey's - alternate link
Concentrates on Scottish, Celtic and Viking
Large and long-established. May be significantly more expensive.
Reprints of major family history books.
Online list of their surname books for sale.
Appear to be mostly photocopies in soft cover binders.
As of September 2007, redirected link not responding
Online store of Genealogical Publishing Company (GPC).
Despite the name, they have a very interesting collection of reprints of local and family history genealogical materials (700 titles) available on microfiche and reasonably priced (about $4.00 per fiche). Particularly strong in early Massachusetts town histories and vital records. As of September, 2007 website looks more like a cross-reference list. For example, its "Directory to family history and genealogy records" which is organized according to various classifications, only points to databases at Ancestry.com. Further, advertises Ancestry products like FTM 2008.
Various publications concentrating on Kentucky, but with some other midwestern states.
Shows where to write to get vital records (births, marriages, deaths, divorce, probate) for each state.
Complete, actively maintained list of significant death indexes and databases arranged by state.
Computer Genealogy Links and Notes. Personal Ancestral File (PAF) and web genealogy programs, tools and techniques.
Misc. Genealogy Notes: Printable copies of census forms, preserving your documents, cemetery laws, interviewing family members, etc.
Computer image files: Embedded user data.
How to view, input and edit the descriptive information that is "hidden" in digital photo and scanner image files. Users can enter custom information the describes the content of these images and this narrative describes how.
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