Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Mayflower Ancestors

At Thanksgiving, we always talk about our Mayflower ancestors. Our son is only 6-years-old and does not yet grasp the concept that some of his 14th, 15th, or 16th-great-grandparents were participants in the very first Thanksgiving. 

Our son has a total of 65 Mayflower lines thus far, between myself and my husband. This is the result of second cousins, and then more distant ones, marrying time and again.  Besides Mayflower ancestors, my husband and I share many other New England ancestors.

My husband has 4 Mayflower ancestors (3 of whom I have as well), for a total of 7 lines. 

I have 15 Mayflower ancestors for a total of 58 lines. This does not take into account the fact that they are now accepting lineages from the women who traveled on the Mayflower, effectively doubling some lines.

Hubby's Mayflower Ancestors (7 lines total)

1.  John Alden (2 lines)

2.  Francis Cooke (2 lines; the only one of my hubby's Mayflower ancestors from whom I do not share descent)

3.  William Mullins (2 lines; as John Alden's father-in-law, clearly this doubles the lines of any person who descends from John Alden)

4.  Richard Warren (1 line)

My Mayflower Ancestors (58 lines total):

1.  John Alden (5 lines, paternal and 7 lines, maternal, for 12 lines total)

2.  Isaac Allerton (1 line, paternal)

3.  John Billington (1 line, paternal)

4.  William Brewster (1 line, paternal and 1 line, maternal, for a total of 2 lines)

5.  Peter Brown (1 line, maternal)

6.  Stephen Hopkins (2 lines, paternal)

7.  John Howland (2 lines, paternal)

8.  Joan (Hurst) (Rogers) Tilley (2 lines, paternal - mother-in-law to John Howland, thus doubling those lines)

9.  William Mullins (5 lines, paternal and 7 lines, maternal; father-in-law to John Alden, thus doubling those lines, for 12 lines total)

10.  Mary (Norris) Allerton (1 line, paternal - wife of Isaac Allerton, thus doubling that line)

11.  Henry Samson (1 line, paternal)

12.  George Soule (3 lines, paternal)

13.  Myle Standish (2 lines, paternal)

14.  John Tilley (2 lines, paternal - father-in-law to John Howland, thus doubling those lines)

15.  Richard Warren (4 lines, paternal and 10 lines maternal, one of which was used for my application to The Bartlett Society and General Society of Mayflower Descendants - 14 lines, total)

One of the things I want to work on in the future is filing my supplementals with GSMD. However, it would be a costly, albeit very enjoyable, endeavor.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans in the Family

My husband, David Hawksley, a veteran of the Gulf War

My husband's stepfather, Bill Ruby, a veteran of the Vietnam War

Grandpa Haley - still living, a veteran of WWII

Grandpa Wood - passed away January 13, 1995, a veteran of WWII

My husband's Grandpa Hawksley - still living, a veteran of WWII

My husband's Grandpa Terrien - passed away February 2, 1996, a veteran of WWII, who saw action at the Battle of the Bulge and the Rhineland, including the battle to take the Remagen Bridge in Germany.

He received three Bronze Stars.

All of our great-great grandfathers enlisted or registered for the draft during WWI.

My great-great-great grandfather, Jeremiah Darling Blake (1820-1900) fought during the Civil War in Company D, 40th Infantry Regiment, Massachusetts.

Countless cousins and distant great-uncles who fought through the years.

Long-ago grandfathers who fought during the Revolution.

Happy Veterans Day and thank you to those who have served, and continue to serve!