Thursday, November 18, 2010

Some excitement...

I received a contract for my book this evening. In reading it over, I'm fairly sure I'm going to sign. However, I want to sleep on it and read it with a fresh mind in the morning.

This has been my dream since I was 8-years-old: to be an author.

Of course, I will still submit my work to the Pagan magazines in which I have been published over the past several years. But finally breaking into fiction?

It feels amazing and wonderful.



Copyright (c) 2010 Wendy L. Hawksley

Monday, November 8, 2010

Back in the USA

Well, I'm back in the U.S.A. for a few months.  Currently, I am staying with my sister in Missouri.  This will be a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Once I've adjusted to the time zone, I will certainly get back to posting.


Copyright (c) 2010 Wendy L. Hawksley

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Our Ancestors, Part 11: Shaw

The Shaw family was widespread throughout Plymouth and Carver, Massachusetts, as well as surrounding towns.  Nobody knows the family's exact origins, but there appear to have been a few immigrants by the name of Shaw in the 1600's.  I have several Shaw lines, all but one of which come from my paternal grandmother (whose maiden name was Shaw).

I will begin with my great-great grandfather Erastus Bartlett Shaw.  He married Emma Anna Murphy of Nova Scotia, who has presented such a challenge for me in my research.  With his first wife, Lucy Cora Maria Phillips, he had Bessie Bartlett Shaw (who married Sylvanus Franklin Vaughan) and Susie Maria Shaw (who died at the age of 1).

Erastus and Emma had only one child, my great-grandfather Harrison Clifford Shaw, 1899-1970.  He married Nina Gertrude Blake, whose ancestors I will focus on in my next posting.

Generation 1:

1.  Erastus Bartlett Shaw (1854-1933)


Generation 2:

2.  Harrison Shaw (1814-1861)

3.  Adaline Crocker Bent (1814-1864)


Generation 3:

4.  Capt. Joseph Shaw, Jr. (1782-1855)

5.  Sarah Murdock (1786-1817)

6.  John Bent (1763-1853)

7.  Mary Snow (1786-1818)


Generation 4:

8.  Lt. Joseph Shaw (1749-1804)

9.  Lydia Shaw (1755-1813)

10.  Bartlett Murdock (1751-1796)

11.  Deborah Perkins (1755-1834)

12.  John Bent (1732-1806)

13.  Bethiah Morse (1732-?)

14.  Samuel Snow (1742-1797)

15.  Hannah Shaw (1753-1795)


Generation 5:

16.  Capt. Nathaniel Shaw (1717-1800)

17.  Hannah Perkins (1723-1802)

18.  Elkanah Shaw (1724-1805)

19.  Elizabeth Atwood (1726-1786)

20.  Bartlett Murdock (abt. 1729-1795)

21.  Sarah Lucas (abt. 1735-bef. 1793)

22.  Joshua Perkins (1729-1797)

23.  Hannah Sampson (1730-1797)

24.  Joseph Bent (abt. 1704-1782)

25.  Jemima Billington (1710-aft. 1758)

26.  William Morse (1702-aft. 1786)

27.  Hananh Waterman (1706-aft. 1786)

28.  Nathaniel Snow (1697-aft. 1773)

29.  Elizabeth Eldridge (abt. 1702-1772)

30.  Benjamin Shaw (abt. 1714-1792)

31.  Mary Atwood (1723-1808)


Generation 6:

32.  Jonathan Shaw, Jr. (1689-?)

33.  Elizabeth Atwood (1687-?)

34.  Luke Perkins (1695-aft. 1739)

35.  Ruth Cushman (1700-aft. 1747)

36.  George Shaw (1695-aft. 1771)

37.  Mercy Rich (1704-1778)

38.  Barnabas Atwood (1698-1785)

39.  Lydia Shurtleff (1701-1784)

40.  John Murdock (1691-1756)

41.  Ruth Bartlett (abt. 1690-aft. 1756)

42.  Elisha Lucas (1699-1756)

43.  Margaret Shaw (1701-?)

44.  Josiah Perkins (bef. 1701-1789)

45.  Deborah Bennett (1705-1751)

46.  George Sampson (1691-1774)

47.  Hannah Soule (1697-1776)

48.  Experience Bent (1669-abt. 1755)

49.  Abigail Sampson (1681-1726)

50.  Francis Billington (abt. 1676-aft. 1719)

51.  Abigail Churchill (abt. 1680-aft. 1726)

52.  Jonathan Morse (1681-?)

53.  Anna Barden (1677-?)

54.  Samuel Waterman (1666-1718)

55.  Bethiah Bryant (1670-1727)

56.  Nicholas Snow (1663-aft. 1751)

57.  Lydia Shaw (abt. 1670-aft. 1714)

58.  Elisha Eldridge (abt. 1653-1739)

59.  Unknown

60.  Benoni Shaw (abt. 1672-1751)

61.  Lydia Waterman (1676-1757)

62.  Lt. Nathaniel Atwood (1693-1767)

63.  Mary Adams (1704-1744)


I think, at this point, I have gone far enough back.  These old New England families have many descendants, and it would not surprise me to find many distant counts out there from these lines alone. 


Copyright (c) 2010 Wendy L. Hawksley

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Our Ancestors, Part 10: Wood of Manchester, England

I was fortunate to spend quite a bit of time with my great-grandmother, Ruth Evelyn Wood, who was the wife of my great-grandfather, Lewis Preston Wood.

Ruth's father came from Manchester, England, so it is with great excitement that I embark on my European adventure in 2011 - living in England for 3 years!

Her mother came from Mansfield, Connecticut, and her maternal ancestors are generally found in the Tolland County area.

Generation 1:

1.  Ruth Evelyn Wood (1898-1997)


Generation 2:

2.  John William Wood (1874-1928)

3.  Lulu Gertrude Lyman (1874-1963)


Generation 3:

4.  Thomas Wood (abt. 1845-aft. 1920)

5.  Sarah Ann Gray (abt. 1848-aft. 1920)

6.  William C. Lyman (1840-1920)

7.  Martha M. Barrows (1838-1925)


Generation 4:

8.  John Wood ?

9.  Ann ?

10.  William Gray (abt. 1815-aft. 1891)

11.  Ann Jane Mason (abt. 1816-aft. 1901)

12.  Jacob Lyman (1805-1884)

13.  Dorcas Chapman (abt. 1815-1882)

14.  Marcus Barrows (1806-1895)

15.  Maria Gurley (1807-1887)


Generation 5:

16.  Unknown Wood

17.  Unknown

18.  Unknown

19.  Unknown

20.  Unknown Gray

21.  Unknown

22.  John Mason (abt. 1786-bef. 1861)

23.  Sarah (abt. 1792-aft. 1871)

24.  Jacob Lyman (1773-1858)

25.  Joanna Bolles (abt. 1788-1859)

26.  Benjamin Chapman (1778-1865)

27.  Eleanor Whiting (1783-1864)

28.  Ethan Barrows (1761-1809)

29.  Dinah Hovey (1767-1841)

30.  Ephraim Gurley (1765-1845)

31.  Bethiah Brooks (1767-1844)

At this point, I won't go back further, because there is a huge gap on my great-grandmother's paternal side.  The maternal side is very easy to follow, and does not need elaboration. 

Hopefully a few years in England will help me fill in the missing pieces of this ancestral puzzle!


Copyright (c) 2010 Wendy L. Hawksley

Monday, October 25, 2010

Our Ancestors, Part 9: Wood of Blue Hill

I must specify the origins of the Wood families in the next two posts, as my great-grandfather and great-grandmother both have the same surname.

This posting will concentrate on the ahnentafel of my great-grandfather, Lewis Preston Wood.  The next will be for his wife, my great-great grandmother, Ruth Evelyn Wood.

Lewis Wood's father's ancestors were the settlers of Blue Hill, Maine, and came from Beverly, Massachusetts and surrounding areas between the 1600's and 1700's.  His mother's ancestors are mostly found in Plymouth County, Massachusetts, Little Compton, Rhode Island, and Tyrrell and Perquimmans Counties in North Carolina.

I was fortunate to know my great-grandpa Wood when I was a child.  He was probably one of the nicest guys one could ever meet.  During a 2004 excursion to Hillcrest Cemetery in Plympton, Massachusetts (where he built his home and reared his children), I ran into some of the town's older citizens - two men who were mowing the cemetery grounds - and one remembered my great-grandfather.  It is always nice to talk to somebody who remembers a loved one.  :)

Generation 1:

1.  Lewis Preston Wood (1892-1981)


Generation 2:

2.  Lemuel Augustus Wood (1845-1925)

3.  Georgianna Winsor (1851-1926)


Generation 3:

4.  Benjamin Stone Wood (1826-1881)

5.  Susanna Whitmore (1828-1861)

6.  William W. Winsor (1811-aft. 1866)

7.  Elizabeth Ann Church Simmons (1821-1883)


Generation 4:

8.  Andrew Wood (1786-1850)

9.  Hannah Ober (1787-1830)

10.  Samuel Whitmore (1794-1864)

11.  Abigail Martha Joyce (1795-1869)

12.  John Winsor (1775-1843)

13.  Martha Howett (1781-1864)

14.  Pardon Simmons (1768-1841)

15.  Betsey Church (1784-1821)


Generation 5:

16.  Joseph Wood (1750-1811)

17.  Eleanor Carter (1757-1806)

18.  William J. Ober (1762-1791)

19.  Rebecca Stone (1762-aft. 1820)

20.  Joseph Whitmore (bef. 1755-1842)

21.  Abigail Babbidge (abt. 1764-1849)

22.  James Joyce (1757-1833)

23.  Mary Staples (abt. 1760-1836)

24.  Samuel Winsor (1751-1835)

25.  Asenath Hunt (abt. 1753-1835)

26.  Richard Howett (?-aft. 1805)

27.  Lydia Sanderson (abt. 1760-aft. 1806)

28.  John Simmons (1741-1821)

29.  Hannah Brightman (1746-1821)

30.  Constant Church (1748-aft. 1795)

31.  Kezia Briggs (1715-1818) (Died at the age of 103, unless I have mis-assigned the source for her birth, and there was another Kezia Briggs)


Generation 6:

32.  Joseph Wood (1719-1813)

33.  Ruth Haskell (1721-1814)

34.  John Carter (abt. 1722-aft. 1810)

35.  Joanna Allen (abt. 1727-abt. 1810)

36.  William Ober (1735-1813)

37.  Hannah Munroe (1740-bef. 1800)

38.  Samuel Stone (1724-?)

39.  Mary Chapman (1727-?)

40.  John Whitmore (1692-1759)

41.  Mary Burnell (1719-1767)

42.  William Babbidge (1734-1793)

43.  Rebecca Bibber (abt. 1744-?)

44.  Ebenezer Joyce (1729-bef. 1777)

45.  Alithea Fullerton (bef. 1735-aft. 1791)

46.  Samuel Staples (1707-abt. 1762)

47.  Mercy Cane (1719-?)

48.  Samuel Winsor (1725-1770)

49.  Rhoda Delano (1728-1799)

50.  Thomas Hunt (abt. 1725-1806)

51.  Jane Weston (1726-1799)

52.  Richard Howett (abt. 1715-aft. 1766)

53.  Ann Hassell (abt. 1715-bef. 1766)

54.  Richard Sanderson (?-bef. 1772)

55.  Eliza Barclift (?-aft. 1776)

56.  John Simmons (1704-1774)

57.  Comfort Shaw (1709-1785)

58.  Henry Brightman (1709-?)

59.  Hannah Potter (1707-?)

60.  Thomas Church (1727-1797)

61.  Ruth Bailey (1727-1771)

62.  Jeremiah Briggs (1721-1764)

63.  Anna Taylor (1728-1777)


Generation 7:

64.  Israel Wood (1677-1743)

65.  Edith Dodge (1679-1743)

66.  Robert Haskell (1692-1776)

67.  Mary Leach (1689-aft. 1721)

68.  John Carter (abt. 1696-?)

69.  Hannah Bickford (1706-?)

70.  Thomas Allen

71.  Mary Couch

72.  Samuel Ober (1705-1764)

73.  Elizabeth Butman (1707-bef. 1788)

74.  Joseph Munroe (1713-1783)

75.  Hannah unknown (abt. 1715-1771)

76.  Samuel Stone (1687-?)

77.  Lucy Woodbury

78.  James Chapman

79.  Mary Gale (1686-?)

80.  Samuel Whitmore (1658-1724)

81.  Rebecca Gardner (1666-1709)

82.  John Burnell (1696-?)

83.  Mehitable Edmonds (1696-?)

84.  James Babbidge (abt. 1697-1764)

85.  Margaret Forseyth

86.  James Bibber (1706-1773)

87.  Abigail Drew (1714-1783)

88.  John Joyce (1702-1762)

89.  Abigail Ford (1701-aft. 1762)

90.  John Fullerton (1696-1780)

91.  Ruth Samson (abt. 1702-aft. 1742)

92.  John Staples (1676-1745)

93.  Mary Dixon (1679-aft. 1744)

94.  Nicholas Cane (abt. 1676-aft. 1739)

95.  Mary Parsons (1681-bef. 1752)

96.  William Winsor (1677-?)

97.  Unknown

98.  Joshua Delano (1700-1749)

99.  Hopestill Peterson (1702-1775)

100.  Thomas Hunt (1689-1775)

101.  Honor Stetson (1683-1739)

102.  Joseph Weston (1691-1778)

103.  Mercy Peterson (abt. 1699-1768)

104.  William Howett (?-1799)

105.  Unknown

106.  Abraham Hassell (1706-1770)

107.  Priscilla Alexander (abt 1715-1777)

108.  Richard Sanderson (?-abt. 1733)

109.  Hannah (unknown)

110.  John Barclift (1703-1759)

111.  Elizabeth (unknown)

112.  William Simmons (1671-1762 to 1765)

113.  Abigail Church (abt. 1681-1720)

114.  Israel Shaw (1660-1705)

115.  Mercy Tallman (abt. 1674-aft. 1711)

116.  Thomas Brightman (abt. 1686-aft. 1739)

117.  Penelope (unknown)

118.  Stokes Potter (1665-1718)

119.  Elizabeth Sherman (1670-?)

120.  Thomas Church (abt. 1674-1745)

121.  Sarah Horsewell (1694-1768)

122.  William Bailey (?-1729)

123.  Dorothy Graves (abt. 1684-1771)

124.  Job Briggs (1696-1738)

125.  Mary Tallman (1695-1769)

126.  Peter Taylor (1697-1764)

127.  Elizabeth Irish (1699-1733)

Most of these lineages are easily found online, as well as on my personal Rootsweb (see sidebar) with my sources.  I don't think I need to go back further to the Mayflower ancestors (Samson, Alden or Soule), or on the Haskell side in Essex County, Massachusetts. 

Of particular interest to me are my fellow Woods from Blue Hill, Maine.  I have followed my great-great grandfather's Lemuel's siblings' families and hope to connect with my closer cousins someday. 

My great-grandfather, Lewis was an only child, but he kept in touch with some of his first cousins in Maine, especially his Long cousins (children of his aunt Ella Cora Wood and uncle Miles Howard Long). 

Copyright (c) 2010 Wendy L. Hawksley

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Our Ancestors, Part 8: Charbonneau

This is my ex-husband's direct maternal lineage, which is also French Canadian. 

mtDNA testing showed that he is part of Haplogroup A.  It was a very exciting time when I learned this.  We had no idea he had any Native American blood whatsoever, so it was a summer of many discoveries for these particular ancestors!

These ancestors came to Putnam, Connecticut from Quebec.

Generation 1:

1.  Dora Helen Agatha Charbonneau (1892-1963)


Generation 2:

2.  Joseph Charbonneau (1859-1926)

3.  Melvina Lussier (abt. 1864-1897)


Generation 3:

4.  Maxime Charbonneau (abt. 1818-1905)

5.  Julie Beaudreault (1821-1898)

6.  Michel Lucier (1823-aft. 1880)

7.  Malvina Boucher (1833-1895)


Generation 4:

5.  Toussaint Charbonneau (abt. 1782-?)

6.  Marie Victoire Thibault-Leveill

7.  Antoine Beaudreault (abt. 1794-?)

8.  Marie Anne Michel (abt. 1794-?)

9.  Joseph Lucier (abt. 1766-?)

10.  Rosalie Brodeur

11.  Francois Boucher (1798-1843)

12.  Marie Reine Bousquet (1797-1871)


Generation 5:

13.  Joseph Charbonneau (1758-?)

14.  Marie Angelique Taillon (1760-1813)

15.  Unknown

16.  Unknown

17.  Joseph Beaudreault (1764-?)

18.  Marie Boudreau (1758-?)

19.  Pierre Michel (abt. 1774-?)

20.  Marie Bouchart (abt. 1774-?)

21.  Etienne Lucier (1726-?)

22.  Ursule Favreau (1727-?)

23.  Louis Brodeur

24.  Marie-Rose Benoit

25.  Francois Boucher

26.  Marie Angelique Marcourelles

27.  Amable Bousquet (1776-1836)

28.  Marie-Reine Pepin

As you can see, this line also requires additional attention with regard to dates.  I will end here, although there are many more ancestors I could include.  The French Canadian lineages tend to confuse me with the similarities in names, and I add a little bit at a time as I work.  Finding and confirming dates and places are of the utmost importance with regard to these particular ancestors of my former husband's.

I will continue to work on these ancestors.  After all, they are also my son's ancestors!  :)


Copyright (c) 2010 Wendy L. Hawksley

Our Ancestors, Part 7: Evans

All of the French-Canadian lineages are on my ex-husband's maternal side.  His maternal grandfather was 100% French.  His maternal grandmother was half French.  His maternal grandmother's surname was Evans, offering just the teeniest little break in this extensive French Canadian ancestry.

So we will be looking at the Evans ancestry in this post, and then returning to a French Canadian lineage in my former husband's last ahnentafel.  :)  By starting with our great-grandparents for each ahnentafel, I will have posted 16 in all (8 for my former husband and 8 for myself). 

The Evans side brings us mostly through Washington County, Rhode Island and Windham County, Connecticut.  Enjoy!

Generation 1:

1.  Earle Gardner Evans (1890-1933)


Generation 2:

2.  Raymond Robinson Evans (1827-1912)

3.  Mary Elizabeth Wilcox (1856-1950)


Generation 3:

4.  Eli Evans (abt. 1799-1878)

5.  Phebe Ann Thomas (1804-1856)

6.  James Lester Wilcox (1822-1913)

7.  Ruby Wilbur (abt. 1823-aft. 1880)


Generation 4:

5.  Thomas Evans (abt. 1760-bef. 1810)

6.  Dorcas Doubleday (1765-1811)

7.  Daniel Thomas (1771-aft. 1840)

8.  Unknown Davis (?-aft. 1840)

9.  William B. Wilcox (1787-1848)

10.  Irena Larkin (abt. 1805-aft. 1870)

11.  Amos Wilbur (1781-1869)

12.  Phebe Williams (abt 1794-bef. 1880)


Generation 5:

13.  Evan Evans

14.  Unknown

15.  Benjamin Doubleday (abt. 1735-1784)

16.  Mary Ladd (1744-1832)

17.  George Thomas

18.  Phebe Lockwood

19.  Benjamin Davis (abt. 1730-1792)

20.  Phebe Cooper (1737-?)

21.  Abraham Wilcox (abt 1745-?)

22.  Mary Card (1742-?)

23.  Kenyon Larkin (1783-1865)

24.  Sarah or Susan Austis Button (abt. 1785-1870)

25.  Lemuel Wilbur (1739-1820)

26.  Sarah Fisher (abt. 1743-1820)

While there is more that I can add, this lineage also has many holes in it.  The Davis side goes back to Katherine Marbury, daughter of Rev. Francis Marbury and Bridget Dryden, and thus descends from several royal ancestors. 

But many Rhode Island lines prove troublesome due to holes in the record-keeping.  This is another of my ex-husband's lines to which I plan to devote additional time and attention, once I am settled in my new home.


Copyright (c) 2010 Wendy L. Hawksley

Our Ancestors, Part 6: Forand

This is the last ahnentafel for my ex-husband in which the ancestors are completely French Canadian.  More French Canadian lilneage exists on his grandmother's side, but that will be another posting.  :)

As with the previous posts, I begin with my ex-husband's great-grandparents, and work backwards from them.  Marie Rose Blanche Forand was the wife of Arthur Romuald Terrien (Our Ancestors, Part 5: Therrien).

As you can see from the lack of dates and information, this line has received the least attention from me.  I think that is because it is the last of the full-French Canadian lines my ex-husband has, and by the time I work my way to it, I'm a little befuddled by all of the names and places.  LOL

Therefore, this will be a very short posting; I will stop at number 25 due to lack of information, although I can go much further back on the Forand, Brodeur, and Monast ancestors.

Generation 1:

1. Marie Rose Blanche Forand (1899-1993)


Generation 2:

2. Cesaire Forand (1866-1944)

3. Marie Louise Monast (1862-1940)


Generation 3:

4. Joseph Forand (1832-1887)

5. Philomene Brodeur (1840-1932)

6. Francois Monast (1830-1897)

7. Henriette LeDuc (1831-1886)


Generation 4:

8.  Pierre Forand (1799-bef. 1884)

9.  Marie Marguerite Hamel (1800-bef. 1894)

10.  Paul Brodeur dit Lavigne

11.  Dorothee Ayette dit Malo

12.  Francois Monast

13.  Justine LeTourneau

14.  Oliver leDuc dit Jolicaeur

15.  Adelaide Maille


Generation 5:

16.  Charles Forand

17.  Marie Gauthier

18.  Francois Hamel (1773-1861)

19.  Marguerite DuBois (1781-?)

20.  Christophe Brodeur

21.  Marie Senet

22.  Michel Ayette dit Malo

23.  Marie Fugere dit Champagne

24.  Joseph Monast

25.  Judith Rebilleau




Copyright (c) 2010 Wendy L. Hawksley

Ancestry Postings

This week, I will get back to posting the ahnentafels I started in February (was it that long ago?).  So look for an "Our Ancestors, Part 6" to come soon!

During these quiet 2 weeks, I hope to share quite a bit, then I will be back in the U.S. and life will be rather hectic until I settle down in England for the next 3 years (I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to live there)!


Copyright (c) 2010 Wendy L. Hawksley

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Focusing on Brick Walls & Sources

My research has been going on for almost two decades, with the most dedicated attention given in the last eight years since my son was born.  As far as simply "filling in the blanks" on names and dates, there is very little of that left to be done.

Now is the time to focus on brick walls and obtaining vital records to verify parentage in some cases, verifying dates.  Most of my brick walls are in Canada.  My own personal ones are in Nova Scotia, Italy and England.  My (soon-to-be-ex) husband's are in Quebec and New Brunswick.

There is plenty to research!  The challenge is getting to those places, as I believe on-site research is now essential at this point.  Research in England and Italy are my goals over the next few years.  At the moment, I am preparing for my move back to the U.S., my husband's move to Germany, and then I will have a chance to begin creating a to-do list for European research!


Copyright (c) 2010 Wendy L. Hawksley

Friday, September 3, 2010

Unscheduled typhoon & scheduled mini-break

Typhoon Kompasu took out our power yesterday. We've been without it for 36 hours and counting (wooo hooo!).


On top of that, I have plans for a mini-break with friends this weekend up in Seoul. I'll catch up when I get home (and hopefully there will be electricity, permitting me to do just that!).



Copyright (c) 2010 Wendy L. Hawksley

Monday, August 30, 2010

Coming in for a landing...

I realize I have not posted in a few months, but I will resume very shortly.  At the moment, I am in the midst of planning for the upcoming homeschool year.  Over the summer, more time has been spent outdoors, and less time has been spent on research.

But now is the time to prepare for fall (as well as my move), so things should begin to change direction shortly!


Copyright (c) 2010 Wendy L. Hawksley

Friday, May 28, 2010

A Little Break Called Life

Things have been a combination of lazy and crazy here. 

Fortunately, the situation here in Korea has not affected us, other than the usual tension that comes of waking up every day, remembering that the neighboring country is not friendly...

Warm spring days have meant more time spent outdoors, reading books under trees. 

My husband was in New England for 2 weeks to attend a wedding and spend time with his family.  Those long, lazy days of summer are beckoning.  Once I get my ducks in a row, I hope to return to regular (at least weekly) blogging.

Hoping all of you are well!


Copyright (c) 2010 Wendy L. Hawksley

Thursday, May 13, 2010

MyHeritage Web Award

With my husband's visit back home to New England for his sister's wedding, I did not have time to blog, let alone work on genealogy (other than compiling the bare-bones information regarding his Native American ancestor), so I apologize for that.  He is home and this weekend should help me get back to normal.

Meanwhile, I was very pleased and honored to be selected for the MyHeritage Web Award, along with 99 other wonderful bloggers.

Congratulations to all of you.  I plan to do some catching up this weekend, and visit each and everyone of you (as well as the blogs I normally follow - in many instances, they are one and the same!) in person to congratulate you.


Copyright (c) 2010 Wendy L. Hawksley

Friday, April 30, 2010

When Genealogy is Mind-Blowing

What a wonderful week for genealogical research on my husband's family!

Part 1 - Civil War pension file excitement


Exciting, but not necessarily "mind-blowing", was the receipt of the full Civil War pension file of Samuel Hawksley . 

While it did not give me the information I had hoped for (the parents of John Goodwin Hawksley), it did verify the marriage date of John Goodwin Hawksley and Lucy Thomas Lilley, the birth dates of their children (in a few instances, we only had approximations), the death of Lucy T. Hawksley, and the marriage of their first daughter.

Nobody seemed to know who Isabel Hawksley, the eldest daughter and child of John and Lucy, had married.  The file told me that her husband's name was Charles Staples Boothby of Saco, Maine.  They went to Newton, Massachusetts, which was good news for me, as I found the records of births and marriage on their children, as well as Isabel (Hawksley) Boothby's death, via NEHGS.

Meanwhile, I learned much more about John Goodwin Hawksley himself. 

He is my husband's 3rd great-grandfather.  In September of 1861, a tree fell on his leg, breaking the leg below the knee and making him lame (he had to use a cane for the rest of his life), and unable to work the family lands. They were too poor to get a doctor to set the leg, so it healed, but not well.

He relied on his unmarried teenaged son, Samuel, to do the work. Then Samuel enlisted with the Army in 1864, hoping to be able to send money to his family. But he was lost (missing in action) during battle at Hatcher's Run, Virginia.

When the family had not heard from him for 12 years, they filed for the pension in 1877 as dependent parents. Lucy died in 1880, so John then requested the pension be transferred to him.

My husbands great-great grandpa, William Roger Hawksley, was "legally bound" to support his father from 1880 to March 1881, and the affidavits say that John and Lucy Hawksley survived thanks to their childrens' generosity, and Samuel's work on their home and lands, before he went to war at the age of 17.

So it was interesting stuff.  While it did not give me anything further on Hawksley ancestors, it told more of the story of John Goodwin Hawksley's and his family's lives.


Part 2 - Y-DNA Results


My husband's DNA results began rolling in this week.  This was certainly exciting, but would be far more thrilling if we had other Hawksley men with whom to compare the results.

Hopefully others will join the surname project!  But it is the first step in the process.

Part 3 - mtDNA Results = SHOCK


I thought for certain my husband's mtDNA results would place him in a European Haplogroup, probably H like me (I am H1).

The most distant matrilineal ancestor for whom we have information is his 4th great-grandmother, Marie Reine Bousquet, born about 1799.  She married Francois Boucher on 16 November 1819 at La Presentation, St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada.

I figured that since my husband's maternal ancestors are almost as French as they come, one of the European haplogroup was the most likely.

First, let me preface this discovery by saying that my husband is currently in Connecticut for his sister's wedding.  There is a Native American ceremony component to the wedding, because my sister-in-law's fiance is Sioux. 

My father-in-law is a fundamentalist Christian and feels that he cannot participate in that portion of the ceremony, so since my husband is married to me (a Neo-Pagan), my father-in-law asked him to participate.

My husband called me today (Friday afternoon for me, very early Friday morning for folks on the East Coast), and as we were chatting, I was checking my email.  He put my brother-in-law on the phone, and as I listened to his plans for the summer, I saw the message from Family Tree DNA regarding the mtDNA results.

I looked. 

I freaked out.

My brother-in-law asked if I was alright; I told him that I had amazing genealogy news for my husband.

He put my husband back on the telephone, so I could share this news.

So, shock of shocks, the mind-blowing genealogy news of the week - perhaps of a lifetime for my husband!!! - is that he is:

Haplogroup A

Our reaction was almost on par with our April 8, 2002 reaction to the news that I was pregnant ("Oh my gosh!  We're going to have a baby before Christmas!").

Except this time it was, "OMG!  You're Native American!!!"

Of course, we followed this up with the inevitable jokes - my husband said, "See?  I'm as American as they get" to which I responded:

"Yeah, on your mother's side, you helped create America.  On your father's side, you wanted to make America an extension of Britain, so you got kicked out of the U.S. for being Loyalists.  No wonder you hate yourself!"

"I've always been conflicted," he laughed.

Seriously.

We are truly shocked.

Now we just have to figure out which tribe!  In a way, this is the genealogical jackpot.  With my mtDNA, I know very well that my ancestors are European, because my great-great grandmother emigrated from Italy to the U.S. with her husband and their firstborn.  I can only extend my family tree by visiting Italy.

But with my husband, I actually would have a time frame to connect Marie Reine Bousquet to whichever grandmother was Native American.  That doesn't necessarily mean it will be easy - it just means that I'm not looking back more than about 200 years...

Postscript


I did some more research and found the Native ancestor!  It is Mathilde Pidicwammiskwe, daughter of Chief Madokawando of the Abenaki tribe, which is a part of the Algonquin nation.

I'm getting an education about Native Americans this weekend, and I'm sure what I learn is just the tip of the iceberg.  :)


Copyright (c) 2010 Wendy L. Hawksley

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Asa Witham & Rebecca Lane

I appreciate Jan's comment on a previous post in which she shared with me that Asa Witham died 3 February 1779 in Mill Prison, Plymouth, Devon, England.

His capture is verified in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, volume 32, pages 184, 306 and 307.

His death is found in Charles Hebert's book, A Relic of the Revolution, Boston, 1847 (full view available via Google Books).

But what of Asa's widow, Rebecca Lane?

Other folks had her second husband listed as John or Joshua Pilsbury of Newburyport, Massachusetts.  However this is quite impossible, since that particular Rebecca died in 1819 at the age of 77, making her 10 years older than Rebecca Lane, who was baptized in 1751.  Of course, Rebecca Lane may have been 9 or 10 years old at the time of her baptism, however Joshua and Rebecca Pilsbury had a son by 1765.  This means that Joshua could not be the second husband of Rebecca Lane, who married Asa Witham in Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts on 24 December 1771.

While searching in Google Books, however, I found a Petition for June 23, 1785 in the "Acts and Resolves of Massachusetts, 1784-85" aka "Acts and Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts", Boston, printed by Adams and Nourse, Chapter 49, May 1785 session, on pages 650-651. 

The petition says:

Resolve on the Petition of Thomas Ayer and Others, Guardians to Children of Asa Witham, Empowering Them to Enter an Appeal at the Supreme Court of Probate.


On the petition of Thomas Ayer, Joseph Peirce, and Jeremiah Witham, guardians of the orphan children of Asa Witham, late of New Gloucester, deceased:

Resolved, That the prayer of the petition be granted, and that Thomas Ayer, Joseph Peirce and Jeremiah Witham, guardians of the orphan children of Asa Witham, of New Gloucester aforesaid, deceased, be, and they are, hereby authorized and empowered to enter their appeal, in their said capacities, from a decree of William Gorham, Esq., Judge of Probate for the county of Cumberland, upon an account called the second account of Rebecca Bump, late Rebecca Witham, administratrix on the estate of the aforesaid Asa Witham, deceased, at the sitting of the Supreme Court of Probate, on the next Tuesday after the fourth Tuesday of June, 1786, to be holden at Falmouth, in the county of Cumberland, - and to file their reasons as the law directs; - the said guardians giving notice to the adverse party, twenty days before the sitting of the Court aforesaid, by serving her with an attested copy of this resolve; and the Supreme Court of Probate is hereby authorized and required, to receive the said appeal, and determine thereon, in the same manner as if it had been brought before them in the common course of law. June 23, 1785.

So it seems Rebecca's second husband was a Mr. Bump or Bumpus. 

Further research shows that, in all probability, it was Shubael Bumpus, born 18 August 1758 in Wareham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.  He was the son of Zephaniah Bumpus and Thankful Gibbs, and therefore a descendant of Richard Warren through his daughter, Mary Warren, who married Robert Bartlett.

Shubael and Rebecca (Lane) Witham had at least 4 children:

Asa W. Bumpus in 1782
Eunice Bumpus in 1784
Benjamin Bumpus in 1791
Hannah Bumpus in 1803

By 1815 he was remarried to a woman named Sarah Cotton, so Rebecca Lane died sometime between 1803 and 1815.

I have not finished researching this second marriage yet, but will continue to do so in hopes of finding a firm date of death for Rebecca (Lane) (Witham) Bumpus.



Copyright (c) 2010 Wendy L. Hawksley

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Samuel Hawksley Civil War Pension File - "Awaiting Shipment"

What a thrill to check with the National Archives site on the status of Samuel Hawksley's Civil War Pension file just before I went to bed last night, and find that the status had changed from "Servicing" to "Awaiting Shipment"!

Samuel was born about 1847 in Richmond, Carleton County, New Brunswick.  He died 6 February 1865 at Hatcher's Run in Virginia.

His parents, John Goodwin Hawksley and Lucy Lilley, filed for a pension for his Civil War service on 27 March 1877.

Because Samuel was unmarried and without children, any documentation in the file should center around him (perhaps I will find his date of birth) and his parents.

At least, that is what I surmise.  John and Lucy would have to submit documentation proving they were his parents.  Perhaps it will give us more clues regarding John's background.  Perhaps not. 

What I do know is that you can leave no stone unturned when dealing with a brick wall.  Because Samuel's parents would have been the ones submitting information and documentation to obtain his pension, these are firsthand documents created by or for them. 

When the file arrives, I will certainly share what I find within it. 

This is an unusual, but not rare, case.  Most of the time, the pension was obtained by the veteran or widow.  However children of the veteran or the veteran's parents could also file and obtain a pension for the veteran's service. 

The first file I ever ordered was that of William B. Haley.  He is my cousin's ancestor (I descend from his youngest brother, who was too young to serve in the Civil War).  His file cleared up family mysteries for us.  His widow's statements and depositions told us more about the family than we had ever known.

It will be interesting to see what documentation and personal statements, if any, Samuel's parents submitted in the process of obtaining a pension for his Civil War service.


Copyright (c) 2010 Wendy L. Hawksley

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Have Brick Wall Will Travel

When Lisa mentioned creating a "Research Notebook" in her Follow Friday post, I was very curious to learn more about it.  Hopefully she will share her experiences creating and using it!

I am not sure if you would call this a "Research Notebook", but what I have done with my most challenging brick wall, Emma Anna Murphy, is create a folder dedicated to her.

It includes:

  • Notes and my family tree on CD
  • Customer copies of Family History Library microfilm order forms, so I can keep track of what I've researched
  • A chart to help me organize the inconsistent information on the place(s) of birth of Emma and her parents
  • A "Character Sketch"
  • The location of Emma and Erastus Shaw's home in Middleborough, Massachusetts
  • A family group sheet
  • A research checklist
  • Each census in which I have found Emma Anna (Annie) (Murphy) (Reagan) Shaw (1900-1930)
  • Directory entries for Shaw, E. B., Mrs., both as a resident and business proprietor:


Most of the time, I bring my laptop with me when I am working on my research, but it is nice to be able to just grab this file and go!


Copyright (c) 2010 Wendy L. Hawksley

Thursday, April 8, 2010

How a Week-Long Layover is Good for Genealogy

My husband is flying to the states for his sister's wedding this month.  He is traveling Space A, which is quite an adventure.  Because he needs to wait for specific flights, he will be stuck in Seattle for a week.

It turns out something I want to see (or have somebody look at for me) is in Seattle. 

The Alexander Sampson papers (letters, diaries, etc.) are at the University of Washington.  You may recall that Captain Sampson is one of the Duxbury, MA men who joined Rufus Holmes and my 3rd great-grandfather, William W. Winsor, in the settling of Port Angeles, Washington.

The James G. Swan diaries (available online) mentioned William up until 1864, when he was in Victoria, British Columbia.

There is an 1867 court case in Jefferson County, Washington in which a W. W. Winsor in mentioned.  Unfortunately, every time I try to access the Washington State Archives Digital Archives, where the case is supposed to be mentioned, I get an error page.  (Perhaps because I have an international IP.)

I hope that Alexander Sampson's correspondence and diaries might say more about William, including where he went, and possibly when and where William died.

My husband says he will have nothing better to do for a week in Seattle, and he is more than willing to go to U-Dub's library for me, rather than stay in his room at McChord.

He is not "into" genealogy, but he is always willing to lend me a hand!

As my Friday gets underway, I would like to thank Betty of Betty's Boneyward Genealogy Blog, who included me when she passed on the Ancestor Approved Award.  Thank you very much.  :)


Copyright (c) 2010 Wendy L. Hawksley

Friday, April 2, 2010

Genealogy Discussion Group at Osan, 3 p.m.

The second Genealogy Discussion Group meeting is today at 3:00 p.m. (1500 hours).

While the first one was not as successful as I had hoped with regard to turn-out, the one person who attended was one of the people with the power to spread the word about the group.

For the past month, I have also watched as today's meeting has been advertised in lights on the announcement board across from the Community Center.  So I have my fingers crossed that I will meet a variety of people today.  It would be especially wonderful to meet somebody else (whether they are experienced genealogists or not) who is as passionate about genealogy as I am!


Copyright (c) 2010 Wendy L. Hawksley

Sunday, March 28, 2010

William W. Winsor Revisited

As I always tell budding genealogists, never underestimate the power of a Google search.

Back in December, I mentioned finding a William Winsor who was the right age to be my great-great-great grandfather in the 1860 census of Tatooch (Tatoosh) Island, Clallam County, Washington.  Since my William disappears after 1860 and I cannot find a death record in Massachusetts, I felt certain this was the same person.

The history that the Clallam County Historical Society and others have on William state that he, as well as Rufus Holmes, the first settler of Port Angeles (a name my fellow Twi-Hards will recognize) was a bachelor.  The very kind and helpful research librarians could not find any information on William's death, or anything beyond the histories I had located online already.

Rufus Holmes, William Winsor and Alexander Sampson, all of Duxbury, Massachusetts, were married with children.  So was this simply a mistake on the part of the people writing a history for Clallam County, or a coincidence of names and birth dates?

It turns out that it is an error in the written history.

Today I returned to William W. Winsor. I Googled "William W. Winsor" and "Duxbury", and came up with this result for the Duxbury Clipper.

If you go to the second page, the first 3 columns of the article talk about how Rufus Holmes left Duxbury to go to Port Angeles, purchased a schooner to begin shipping fresh halibut to San Francisco, and brought in his childhood friend, William W. Winsor - first cousin to Rufus's wife, Clara.

The article goes on to say that the other Duxbury native they invited into their business venture was Captain Alexander Sampson.  Captain Sampson kept a diary of his time in Port Angeles.

While the article does not say what became of William, it confirms for me that my great-great-great grandfather, the William Winsor who is credited with being one of the early settlers of Port Angeles, and the William Winsor found at Tatooch Island in the 1860 census as the lightkeeper are the same man.

Next step?


I have contacted both the Duxbury Free Library and the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society to see if either one has a copy of Captain Sampson's diary.

It would feel great, not just to know my great-great-great grandfather was one of the founders of the city made famous by the "Twilight" series, which I must admit to loving, but also to know where he went from there.  I have no death date on him and I do not know if he remained at Tatoosh Island or Port Angeles.

I only know that he would have died sometime after 1860, and that it could have happened in Washington or Massachusetts... Or anywhere in between! 

That is quite a large "in between". 

Let's hope that Captain Sampson's diary was preserved and may at least shed a little more light on my great-great-great grandfather's life in the Port Angeles area.


Copyright (c) 2010 Wendy L. Hawksley

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Focus on Vital Records

Although I was a bit burned out on research the past week, I did not want to let things sit idle while I focused on other tasks.  I sent out a handful of requests for vital records, so that something genealogical was accomplished while I directed my energies elsewhere.

I am adamant about the collecting of primary sources.  That which cannot be found online must be obtained from the appropriate authority.  In my case, most of the time, I am writing to the Town Clerk of the town in which the event occurred.

Requesting Vital Records


I send a letter to the Town Clerk, which states that I am requesting the record for genealogical purposes.  I give the date, or at least a date range, and as much identifying information as possible.  If there is something I am specifically seeking (perhaps a decedent's mother's maiden name), I state that in the letter, just to ensure that all the information is included in the abstract.

Most records in New England range from $5 to $10 per town.  If I am requesting multiple records from one town, I enclose multiple checks.  That way, if they do not have every record, they can return my check, but keep the others.

A self-addressed, stamped envelope is enclosed.  I usually write a little note under the return address, so I know what is in the envelope when it comes back to me, such as "B. Haley death".

I always sign off my letter with an expression of appreciation for the Town Clerk's time and assistance.  They have many other things to do with their day, and searching for my ancestor's birth, marriage or death record is not at the top of their to-do list.  So I sincerely thank them for their time.


Address Book


Information is always changing.  The page you find online giving you information about a town one day may be gone the next. 

When I am requesting information from a town to which I have never written, I call them to verify their address and the fee for a vital record.

This information goes into a separate address book I keep for genealogical purposes.  It is full of addresses, phone numbers, and fee information for towns throughout New England.  You never know when you may find that your research brings you back to a town from which you have previously requested a vital record; it is useful to have the information on hand in case it is needed again!

Organizing Vital Records


I organize my collection of vital records in two ways.

I keep an Excel spreadsheet, which is arranged alphabetically by surname.  Women are always listed by their maiden name (if known).  I record marriages twice, but the actual physical record goes under the husband's name.

As far as the physical records, I organize them the same way.  I have two binders (for now), and the records are kept in archival page protectors, alphabetically.  I have a printed index inserted in the front and, if necessary, back of each binder so I know which records are contained within.


Going Digital


One of these days in the very near future, I plan to scan all of these (as well as other) documents to CD.  This is mostly for safety's sake.  In the event of an emergency, I wouldn't have time to grab or space to store the binders.  However, to have vital records, family writings, and photographs stored to CDs will give me a sense of security.  The physical items could possibly be lost - whether in an emergency or in a move (especially as we move around overseas!) - so I would like the ability to reproduce them, if necessary.

On a pleasanter note, it would be great to be able to email documents and photographs to family members if they are interested in seeing them.  So scanning and saving everything to CD would help with sharing with family.


Copyright (c) 2010 Wendy L. Hawksley

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tsk, Tsk, "Easy Genealogy"

I decide to take a little blogging break, and then hear from the very sweet Evelyn that Easy Genealogy splogged some of my content?  How disappointing.

I am fighting back, of course, and so should you if they do this to you.  Thomas MacEntee tells you what to do if this happens to you.  Yes, that includes sending a letter to Google.  It is definitely worth the stamp.

This makes me very thankful for the community of geneabloggers, looking out for each other!  It is too bad that we are doing something to try to connect with others, and that unscrupulous "people" want to steal our hard work.  Pfffft to you.

***Update***

I am mailing out DMCA Copyright Infringement Notices/complaints to both Google and Easy Genealogy's host. 

When I got home this afternoon (4:30 p.m. Seoul time; 3:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time), there was an email from Easy Genealogy in response to my complaint directly to them (sent via the "About" page).  They said they removed the content.

Regardless, I am sending the DMCA Complaints.  Unfortunately, the content will be gone and maybe nothing can be done specifically about my complaints as a result.

However, perhaps if Google and Easy Genealogy's host get enough complaints, they will shut the site down entirely. 

Go, fight, win!

Copyright (c) by Wendy L. Hawksley

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Revision to Emma's Timeline

Have you ever looked back at something, only to realize you missed crucial information?

Of course you have.  We all have.  That is why, maybe 5 or more years later, when we spot it, we give ourselves a forehead smack and wonder how we could have missed it.

Last night I was reviewing my file on Grandma Emma.  Yes, she is so special in her suspended status as a "brick wall", that I have created a folder based on her.  In it is the timeline I created on her, every single bit of information ever spoken by a relative, photocopies of censuses and vital records, a research log, etc.

As I was reading the tiny, perfect writing in the 1930 census, I had to do a quadruple take.

"This column says...  'Age at First Marriage'...  Ok, ok, it says...  16."

I paused and did some calculations, looked through the papers...

"She married grandpa Erastus in 1888 and gave her age as 25, even though it would have been more like 27 if the age on her death certificate is correct.  Here, Erastus gives his age as first marriage as 25, which is how old he was when he married his first wife, Cora, in 1879.  Right."

I was still processing the information.

"Hm, ok.  Emma was 16 when she married Mr. Regan.  No, this can't be right.  Let me see.  Ack, these lines are too tiny!  I need paper...  Paper."

I held a piece of paper below Emma's line to block out the other entries.

"Oh.  OH MY GOSH YES!  So if she was 16 when she married, then she married in 1877.  At least in range between 1874 and 1879, I'd say."

Then I realized I had never considered her marrying so young.  I always thought that if she was born in the 1860's, her first marriage would have come in the 1880's.  In trying to find her marriage to Mr. Regan, I had limited myself to searching between 1880 and 1888 (when she married for the second time).

The first thing I did was check Nova Scotia Historical Vital Statistics.  I did not find anything.

Then I went to the New England Historic Genealogical Society site to check Massachusetts Vital Records.  Once more, I found nothing.

I also emailed the RAOGK volunteer for Portland, Maine and asked him to look in the date range of 1876 to 1878 for the marriage (why Portland, Maine?  Because Emma's death certificate and obituary indicate that she was born there; she was not, however, I think it is quite possible that she married there or at least lived there before coming to Massachusetts).

Finally, I returned to the 1880 U.S. and 1881 Canadian censuses to look for an Emma (or Anna or Annie, as she was often known) Regan (or Reagan).  Once more, I did not find any entries likely to be "my Emma", and I am still befuddled by her lack of appearance in these censuses.  Either that, or I am overlooking something.

At least with this new bit of information, I can keep plugging away, and know that from roughly 1877 to 1888, she was the wife or widow of Mr. Regan!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

52 Weeks to Better Genealogy: Week 10 Challenge

I am currently reading Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier. 

What has drawn me into the book is how I can relate to Elizabeth Philpot's compulsion to find fossils.  In one particularly eloquent paragraph, she states the difference between collectors and hunters:

Collectors have a list of items to be obtained, a cabinet of curiosities to be filled by others' work...  They have little understanding of what they collect or even that much interest.  They know it is fashionable, and that is enough for them.

Hunters spend hour after hour, day after day, out in all weather, our faces sunburnt, our hair tangled by the wind, our eyes in a permanent squint, our nails ragged and our fingertips torn, our hands chapped.  Our boots are trimmed with mud and stained with seawater.  Our clothes are filthy by the end of the day.  Often we find nothing, but we are patient and hardworking and not put off by coming back empty-handed.

This particular description has stuck with me, because are not genealogists like that?  Dirtying our hands and knees to clean off a gravestone, or spending many hours going from one place to another in search of information, perhaps traipsing through a heavily wooded area to find an old homestead or cemetery, or cutting our hands on books or card files as we seek out information...

How does this book - this paragraph in particular - relate to this week's 52 Weeks to Better Genealogy Challenge?

I have been utilizing the new Family Search Pilot since its inception. 

At the moment, I am focused on the 1871 Canadian Census.

The problem is that if you search a particular name and age range, you only get those results.  The names are not linked to the whole family or head of household. 

The name I am searching is Murphy in Nova Scotia.

Go on.  Select the 1871 Canadian Census, then type "Murphy" into the search form.  You will get 1,123 results.

Naturally I am searching for Emma Anna Murphy, my elusive great-great grandmother, and using all the variations (and then some!) that she used in the 1900-1930 U.S. Censuses.

However, while I can make a list of which ones are possibly "my" Emma, I have no way of knowing for certain without seeing the parents or family of each result.

This is where what separates the "collectors" from the "hunters" comes into play.

I have put in the time and energy to compile an Excel database of every single Murphy entry in Nova Scotia from the 1871 Canadian Census. 

Yes, I am rebuilding it so that I can now see family groups and ultimately (hopefully!) answer the question as to whether or not "my" Emma is there.

The new Family Search Pilot is a great database, and I highly recommend you check it out.  The volunteers have put in a huge amount of work, and continue to do so!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

From International Mail to E-mail

Sending letters to other countries always makes me nervous.  I wonder if they will arrive.  For example, I wrote to my Hawksley correspondent in England when I arrived in South Korea, but have not heard back from her. I need to write to her again.

Meanwhile, last week I sent a letter to our cousins in Italy.

Imagine my great joy and excitement to wake up this morning to an email from my 4th cousin AND a friend request from him on Facebook! 

I responded the minute I rubbed the sleep out of my eyes (we are 8 hours ahead of Italy, 14 hours ahead of the U.S. east coast), thanked him for writing, and accepted his friend request. 

Of course I informed him that we will be moving to Germany in November, and that I would be making plans to visit Busca (the town in Italy where some of my cousins live). 

I am not sure if any of them are particularly interested in genealogy or know much about the family, even though they live right there.  The fact that I will even have the opportunity to meet our cousins face to face is exciting enough for me.

If I have to tackle visits to the Catholic church and town officials on my own, I don't mind.  I'll probably spend more time brushing up on my Italian, than studying German.  ;)

Sunday, March 7, 2010

My Own Grandma

My tagline, "I'm So New England, I'm Related to Myself" is no idle boast.

For years, I have calculated in my head that my parents are cousins, all 4 of my grandparents are related, and I figured at least 5 of my 8 great-grandparents were related.

For the fun of it, I took a little time with my Legacy software to find out how true this statement (which I have made to others) is.

It turns out, I was wrong about one thing.  Seven (7) of my 8 great-grandparents are related.  Here are the results of the relationship calculations:

1.  Myself and my husband - 209 common ancestors.  Closest relationship - 8th cousin, once removed

2.  My parents - 195 common ancestors.  Closest relationship - 8th cousins, once removed

3.  My paternal grandparents - 42 common ancestors.  Closest relationship - 7th cousins, once removed.

4.  My paternal and maternal grandfathers - 42 common ancestors.  Closest relationship - 7th cousins, once removed.

5.  My paternal grandfather and maternal grandmother - 47 common ancestors.  Closest relationship - 8th cousins, once removed.

6.  My paternal grandmother and maternal grandfather - 59 common ancestors.  Closest relationship - 8th cousins, once removed.

7.  My paternal and maternal grandmothers - 50 common ancestors.  Closest relationship - 8th cousins, once removed.

8.  My maternal grandparents - 166 common ancestors.  Closest relationship - 5th cousins, once removed.

At this point, thank goodness I can say that ONE of my great-grandparents shook up the gene pool.  My maternal great-grandmother, Lia Galfre, is the daughter of Italian immigrants.  Therefore, while both sets of paternal great-grandparents are related, only one set of maternal great-grandparents shares common ancestors.

9.  Lewis Wood and Ruth Wood (paternal great-grandparents) - 1 common ancestor; 7th cousins, 2 times removed.  "Wood" is my great-grandmother's maiden name, yes.  However, her father was an immigrant from Manchester, England.  No relationship there...  That we know of yet!

10.  Lewis Wood and Harrison Shaw - 25 common ancestors; 6th cousins, once removed.

11.  Lewis Wood and Nina Blake - 16 common ancestors; 9th cousins, once removed.

12.  Lewis Wood and Herbert Haley - 22 common ancestors; 6th cousins, once removed.

13.  Lewis Wood and Mildred Burrell - 37 common ancestors; 7th cousins, once removed.

14.  Lewis Wood and Basil Bartlett - 45 common ancestors; 7th cousins, once removed.

15.  Ruth Wood and Harrison Shaw - 1 common ancestor; 8th cousins.

16.  Ruth Wood and Nina Blake - 1 common ancestor; 7th cousins.

17.  Ruth Wood and Herbert Haley - 3 common ancestors; 7th cousins, once removed.

18.  Ruth Wood and Mildred Burrell - 1 common ancestor; 8th cousins, once removed.

19.  Ruth Wood and Basil Bartlett - 1 common ancestor; 8th cousins, twice removed.

20.  Harrison Shaw and Nina Blake (paternal great-grandparents) - 4 common ancestors; 7th cousins, once removed.

21.  Harrison Shaw and Herbert Haley - 27 common ancestors; 7th cousins, once removed.

22.  Harrison Shaw and Mildred Burrell - 10 common ancestors; 7th cousins, once removed.

23.  Harrison Shaw and Basil Bartlett - 33 common ancestors; 7th cousins, once removed.

24.  Nina Blake and Herbert Haley - 31 common ancestors; 9th cousins, once removed.

25.  Nina Blake and Mildred Burrell - 15 common ancestors; 8th cousins.

26.  Nina Blake and Basil Bartlett - 16 common ancestors; 7th cousins, once removed.

27.  Herbert Haley and Mildred Burrell (maternal great-grandparents) - 12 common ancestors; 7th cousins, twice removed.

28.  Herbert Haley and Basil Bartlett - 40 common ancestors; 7th cousins.

29.  Mildred Burrell and Basil Bartlett - 127 common ancestors; 4th cousins, once removed.

I was rather surprised to find that my Haley great-grandfather was related to each of my other great-grandparents (with the exception of Lia, of course).  His immigrant ancestor arrived only a few generations prior.

Considering genealogy is an ongoing process, these numbers are only likely to increase.  With my 58 Mayflower lines (done the old way; from the male passengers), I'm already obviously descended from many siblings.  Not that they married each other, of course (!), but through many marriages between second cousins.

Now my husband is playing "My Own Grandpa" for me.  Thanks, husband.  I don't enjoy country music as it is, and now you choose to mock me?

Hmm...  I should probably be put in a test tube and studied.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Our Ancestors, Part 5: Therrien

You got a small taste of my husband's French Canadian ancestry on his paternal side with Coutant and Giraud.  LaPearl is also a possibility, but still a mystery.

Now we turn to my husband's maternal ancestors.  His mother's ancestry is predominantly French Canadian.  You will find few variations in this Ahnentafel.  Those few are:

Numbers 36 and 37 - Acadia, not Quebec; also, Richardson is clearly not a French name

Numbers 72 and 73 - Acadia

Numbers 144-147 - Acadia

Numbers 290-293 - Acadia

Numbers 580-587 - Acadia

As with the previous posts, I begin with my husband's great-grandparents, and work backwards from them.  Thus we begin with his mother's paternal grandfather.  You will see that the "H" in Therrien was dropped for the first 3 generations.  These are the Terriens who came to Connecticut and Massachusetts from Quebec.

Please excuse the lack of dates.  These lineages clearly are in need of more time and attention from me.  Personally, I love the French names, but sometimes get a bit tripped up in their similarities.  However, I am finding my way through resources. 

Generation 1:

1.  Arthur Romuald Terrien (1898-1963)

Generation 2:

2.  Joseph Napoleon Terrien (1861-1942)
3.  Marie Anne Auger (1863-1956)

Generation 3:

4.  Flavian Fabian Terrien (1843-1934)
5.  Leocadie Guilbeault (1860-?)

6.  Alfred Auger (1846-1910)
7.  Philomene LeFevre (1840-1910)

Generation 4:

8.  Flavian Fabian Therrien (1818-?)
9.  Marie Gaudet Bourgois (?-bef.1865)

10.  Francois Guilbeault
11.  Marie Josephine Esther Dagenais

12.  Jean Thomas Auger (c.1807-aft.1881)
13.  Marie Seraphime Hameline (c.1809-aft.1881)

14.  Raphael LeFevre
15.  Angel Hamelin

Generation 5:

16.  Jean Baptiste Louis Therrien (1784-?)
17.  Marie Angelique Soucy (1787-?)

18.  Joseph Ignace Bourgeois
19.  Marie Louise Girouard

20.  Pierre Guilbeault
21.  Marie Francois (Pominville or Brault?)

22.  Francois Dagenais
23.  Josephte Lorrain

24.  Jean Auger
25.  Genevieve Plante

26.  Abraham Hamelin
27.  Francoise Gagnon

28.  Charles LeFebvre
29.  Marie Joseph Paquette

30.  Louis Hamelin
31.  Suzanne Lecuyer

Generation 6:

32.  Jean Baptiste Therrien (1753-?)
33.  Angelique Payette

34.  Jean Baptiste Sansoucy
35.  Marie Angeliques Vennes

36.  Michael Bourgeois
37.  Margaret Richardson

40.  Pierre Guilbeault
41.  Marie Ursula Porier

44.  Laurent Dagenais
45.  Marie Josephte LeFevre

46.  Pierre Lorrain
47.  Marie Anne LaBelle

48.  Joseph Auger
49.  Genevieve Mercier

50.  Jean Baptiste Pleau
51.  Marie Charlotte Chatenay

52.  Jean Baptiste Hamelin (1740-?)
53.  Marie Madeline Trotier (1744-?)

54.  Etienne Gagnon
55.  Francoise

56.  Francois LeFebvre
57.  Marie Louise Hamelin

58.  Jacques Paquette
59.  Marie Barbeau

62.  Joseph Lecuyer
63.  Elizabeth Hamelin

Generation 7:

64.  Jacques Therrien (1725-?)
65.  Marie Madeleine Beauchamp (1735-?)

66.  Charles Payette
67.  Marie Angelique Lareau

72.  Charles Bourgeois (c.1695-?)
73.  Madeline Cormier (c.1700-?)

80.  Louis Joseph Guilbeault (1739-?)
81.  Marguerite Andgrave

88.  Laurent Dagenais (1712-?)
89.  Marie Elisabeth Brignon

104.  Alexis Hamelin (1710-1787)
105.  Marie Joseph Belisle dit Germaine (1708-?)

106.  Rene Trotier (1704-?)
107.  Marie Joseph Richer (1718-?)

126.  Joseph Hamelin
127.  Elizabeth Trotier

Generation 8:

128.  Jacques Therrien (1696-1730)
129.  Marie Bareau (1700-1796)

130.  Joseph Beauchamp
131.  Marguerite Vaillancour

132.  Francois Payet
133.  Anne Florence Baudoin

134.  Joseph Lareau
135.  Marie Anne Normand

144.  Charles Bourgeois (1672-?)
145.  Marie Blanchard

146.  Alexis Cormier
147.  Marie LeBlanc

160.  Charles Francois Guilbeault (1702-?)
161.  Marie Croquelois

162.  Pierre Andgrave
163.  Marie Louise Boucher

176.  Pierre Dagenais (1672-1749)
177.  Marie Drouet (?-1735)

208.  Francois Hamelin (?-1725)
209.  Marie Madeline Aubert (?-1742)

210.  Henri Belisle dit Germaine
211.  Genevieve Marcot

212.  Jean Trotier (1677-1717)
213.  Madeleine Rivard (1676-1744)

214.  Jean Baptiste Richer
215.  Marie Jeanne Francoise Pilote

254.  Louis Trotier
255.  Marie Louise Hamelin

Generation 9:

256.  Pierre Terrienne (1640-1706)
257.  Gabrielle Mignot (c.1657-1707)

258.  Francois Bareau
259.  Jean Francoise Jollet

260.  Pierre Beauchamp (1679-1741)
261.  Angelique Francoise LeClerc (1682-1747)

262.  Joseph Vaillancour (1684-1755)
263.  Marie Muloin (1689-1739)

264.  Pierre Payet
265.  Louise Tessier

266.  Guillaume Baudoin
267.  Marie Anne Baudreau

268.  Noel Lareau
269.  Marie Agnes Pilote

270.  Joseph Jean Normand
271.  Marie Choret

290.  Guillaume Blanchard (1650-?)
291.  Huguette Poirier (1657-?)

292.  Thomas Cormier (1631-?)
293.  Magdeleine Girouard (1654-?)

320.  Joseph Olivier Guilbault (1671-1738)
321.  Marie Anne Pageot (1678-?)

322.  Jaques Croquelois
323.  Marie Francoise Dumouchel

324.  Pierre Andgrave
325.  Marie Charlotte Boulard

326.  Francois Boucher
327.  Therese Marie

352.  Pierre Dagenais (1631-?)
353.  Anne Brandon (1641-?)

354.  Mathurin Drouet
355.  Unknown

416.  Nicholas Hamelin
417.  Jeanne Morin

418.  Jacques Aubert (1639-1710)
419.  Antoinette Meunier (1636-?)

424.  Jean Trotier (1646-1703)
425.  Genevieve LaFond (1652-)

426.  Robert Rivard
427.  Unknown

430.  Jean Pilote
431.  Marie Francois Gaudry

510.  Louis Hamelin (1650-1718)
511.  Antoinette Aubert (1665-1720)

Generation 10:

512.  Andre Therrien (1611-1661)
513.  Marie Anne Foucalt (c.1610-aft.1670)

514.  Jean Minaud (1632-1706)
515.  Jeanne Caille (1632-1710)

518.  Jean Jollet
519.  Marguerite Martin (1674-1751)

520.  Jean Beauchamp (1638-?)
521.  Jeanne Loisel

522.  Guillaume LeClerc
523.  Marie Therese Hunault

524.  Robert Vaillancour (1640-1699)
525.  Marie Gobeil

526.  Jean Muloin
527.  Unknown 

530.  Urbain Tessier
531.  Marie Archambault

532.  Jean Badoin
533.  Charlotte Chauvin

536.  Francois Lareau
537.  Anne DeQuain

538.  Jean Pilote (same as 430)
539.  Marie Francoise Gaudry (same as 431)

540.  Jean Normand
541.  Anne Chalifour

580.  Jean Blanchard
581.  Radegonde Lambert

584.  Robert Cormier
585.  Marie Peraude

586.  Francois Girouard (1621-?)
587.  Jeanne Aucoin

640.  Pierre Guilbault (1644-?)
641.  Louise Senecal (1641-?)

642.  Thomas Pageot
643.  Marie Roy

644.  Jacques Croquelois
645.  Madeline Haye

646.  Bernard Dumouchel
647.  Jeanne Juin

648.  Pierre Andgrave
649.  Marie Guertin

650.  Francois Boulard
651.  Francoise Lauzon

652.  Pierre Boucher
653.  Helene Gaudry

704.  Arnaud Dagenais
705.  Andree Poulet

706.  Daniel Brandon
707.  Jeanne Prols

836.  George Aubert
837.  Margaret Ossame

838.  Antoine Meunier
839.  Anne Lamy

848. Jules Trotier (1590-1655)
849.  Catherine Loyseau (?-bef.1663)

850.  Etienne LaFond
851.  Unknown

860.  Leonard Pilote
861.  Denise Gauthier

862.  Nicholas Gaudry
863.  Agnes Morin

1020. Nicholas Hamelin (same as 416)
1021.  Jeanne Morin (same as 417)

1022. Jacques Aubert (same as 418)
1023. Antoinette Meunier (same as 419)

I will stop here due to the length of the post.  There are plenty of names for generation 11 and beyond, but I think most people will get the general idea.  Many of the 10th generation folks are the immigrant ancestors from France.

Friday, March 5, 2010

DNA = More High Hopes for Hawksley

I had my mtDNA tested a few years ago and enjoyed learning that my maternal lineage puts me in Haplogroup H1.

Because I am a woman, this test goes along the following line:

1.  Wendy Lee (Wood) Hawksley

2.  My mother (a journalist currently living in New Hampshire)

3.  My maternal grandmother (currently living in Massachusetts)

4.  Lia Galfre (my great-grandmother)

5.  Ernesta Bergamasco (great-great grandmother, born in Moneglia, Italy)

6.  Giabatta (surname unknown, 3x great-grandmother)

I do not include their married names, because that isn't what matters.  What matters is who these women were at birth.  The men they married do not figure into my mtDNA.  I love that about mtDNA - that heritage that can only be passed from mother to child.

Of course, women get the short end of the stick with regard to DNA testing.  We do not receive the Y-DNA from our fathers. Yet men get both the Y and mtDNA.

I call foul, Mother Nature!  ;)

All tongue-in-cheek joking aside (yet appropriate, considering how DNA is obtained!), tonight my husband joined the Hawksley DNA Project at Family Tree DNA.

Yours truly is the Group Administrator, and it was very exciting to order his DNA test for both his Y and mtDNA.  He is the first member of the project, which seeks to compare the Y-DNA of Hawksley men, and to determine if they are related.

Because Hawksley is not a common name, I earnestly hope that other men with this surname will join the project and be tested. 

For me and my husband, it will help us focus our research if we can say, "Ah-ha!  So you do match up to the Hawksleys of _________."

For other Hawksleys, it will connect them to the cousins they have here in America, from the brother and sisters who were born in New Brunswick, then migrated to Aroostook County, Maine.

My husband's Y-DNA lineage is:

1.  David Alan Hawksley

2.  Father

3.  Paternal grandfather

4.  Guy Sylvester Hawksley (great-grandfather, b. 1893 in Bancroft, ME, d. 1976 in Webster, MA)

5.  William Roger Hawksley (great-great grandfather, b. 1852 in Richmond, NB, d. 1925 in Mars Hill, ME)

6.  John Goodwin Hawksley (3x great-grandfather, b. 1810 in Fredericton, NB, d. 1893, Mars Hill, Maine)

7.  Hawksley ("an Englishman" who married Mary Goodwin)

Meanwhile, since my husband does not believe in doing anything halfway, he decided to order the combination Y-DNA and mtDNA test to cover both lineages. 

In all honesty, I probably have not pushed as far back on his maternal lineage as I might be able to...  So it will be my focus this weekend.  This is his maternal lineage:

1.  David Alan Hawksley

2.  Mother (a teacher in Massachusetts)

3.  Maternal grandmother (passed away in 1997)

4.  Dora Helen Agatha Charbonneau (great-grandmother, b. 1892 in Putnam, CT, d. 1963 in Putnam, CT)

5.  Melvina Lussier (great-great grandmother, b. abt. 1864 in Canada, d. 1897 in Putnam, CT)

6.  Malvina Boucher (3x great-grandmother, b. 1833 in Canada, d. 1895 in Putnam, CT)

7.  Reine Bousquet (4x great-grandmother, b. abt 1799 in Canada)

It seems to me this would be a good weekend to spend more time getting to know Malvina Boucher and Reine Bousquet.  Will they lead me to Quebec or Acadia?  Or perhaps both?

Meanwhile, I am pleased to share that I may actually have live people to "talk genealogy" with as of tomorrow!  I am facilitating a genealogy discussion group at the community center on base.  The intention is to have the discussion group once a month. 

I am working on an outline of possible topics, and will also ask for feedback from the people who show up tomorow.  Some of my ideas include a research session, where we all bring our laptops and spend time working together, as well as a group trip to the Family History Library in Pyongtaek.  I want to know what other people are interested in doing and what sorts of activities they might want to lead for the group.

Of course I'm nervous that I will be sitting in a big room talking to myself...

But I believe at least one person here is into genealogy; I bring my read Mayflower Quarterly, Family Tree Magazines, and New England Ancestors magazines and leave them on the book swap shelves at the library, and somebody has been taking them.  Perhaps a few somebodies.

It would be great if there are people with similar interests and areas of research who attend the group; perhaps they will come away with research buddies!

So, yet another thing for which I have high hopes.

All these high hopes...  But, I promise you, realistic expectations.

I'm a very logical person; I put head above heart.  Just as Anne says in the movie verson of "Anne of Green Gables":


I know. I can't help flying up on the wings of anticipation. It's as glorious as soaring through a sunset... almost pays for the thud.

My response is more along the lines of Marilla Cuthbert's:

Well, maybe it does. But I'd rather walk calmly along and do without flying AND thud.
However, if things go well, I don't mind getting carried away with excitment after the fact.  :)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Civil War Pension File = High Hopes

One of my husband's family mysteries is right there on his paternal side - who are the ancestors of John Goodwin Hawksley?

Thanks to my visit to NEHGS a few years ago, and not enough hours spent looking through the Isaac Adams manuscript file (there are never enough hours - it is like being a kid in a candy store!), I found this wonderful document:





This is a document written by John Goodwin Hawksley's niece, Mary Elizabeth (Adams) Foster.  She was the daughter of John's sister, Margaret Elizabeth Hawksley, who married Isaac Adams (son of Isaac Adams and Rhoda Babcock).

The Adams family ended up in New Brunswick due to their Loyalist convictions, as did the Goodwin family - the ancestors on John's maternal side.

John's mother was Mary Goodwin.  Her father was a Loyalist from New Jersey.  We don't know her parents' first names; only that her father was, of course, a Goodwin and her mother was a Workman.  We also know the names of Mary's siblings, thanks to this letter.

The letter mostly gives clues, but not much concrete information.  I began piecing the Goodwin family together in hopes that working sideways would yield more information.  Fortunately, I "met" a Goodwin descendant online, and she and I have worked together to create a fuller family tree.

However, the Hawksley question remains.

This letter says simply that Mary Goodwin married "an Englishman".

I have guesses and ideas based on the area (Frederiction and St. John, New Brunswick) of why this Hawksley man might have been there (for example, was he a British soldier?), but no definite information.

I also know that Mary Goodwin, after having her 4 children, married again on 14 October 1824, placing Mr. Hawksley's date of death between 1816 (when the youngest child, Margaret was born) and 1824.

Thus far, death records have not given us the name of Mr. Hawksley (or the mother either - finding her was a lucky break based on my research at NEHGS and then connecting that to the 1860 census, in which Mary Madigan lives with her daughter, Margaret (Hawksley) Adams).

What is next?

Certainly, there are plenty of possibilities open, and most of them point to actually visiting Fredericton, where the 4 Hawksley children were born.

But there is at least one U.S. possibility.

John Goodwin Hawksley and his wife, Lucy Lilley, had 2 sons who fought in the Civil War.  The eldest, John Allen Hawksley, made it home to marry and have children.

The second son, Samuel, went missing in action at Hatcher's Run in Virginia, on 6 February 1865.

He had no wife or children, but his parents filed for a pension for his service in 1877.

If this is the case, wouldn't John and Lucy have had to submit proof that they were Samuel's parents?  Samuel was born about 1847 in Richmond, Carleton County, New Brunswick.  Would this proof be in the form of a birth record?  Probably not. 

It might be a baptismal certificate, and such a document might help me work my way back along a paper trail of baptisms, perhaps to John and Lucy's wedding, and perhaps even to John's parents.

Maybe, and maybe not.

This pension file could be the one thing created by John Goodwin Hawksley that might answer our questions, or at least give us some direction to find those answers.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Our Ancestors, Part 4: Gage

This post would simply be far too long as an Ahnentafel.  A "book report" on the ancestors of my husband's great grandmother, Mabel Emma Gage, created in Legacy was 238 pages long (including sources and an index). 

So, for Mabel, I am going to simply post a list of the ancestors at the end of the pedigree charts I have on her.  This may not necessarily be the oldest ancestor, but will go into the 1600's in most cases.

Mabel Emma Gage (wife of Arthur William LaPearl) was born 16 July 1896 in Southbridge, Worcester County, Massachusetts.  She died 4 March 1990 in Webster, so my husband had the good fortune of knowing his great-grandmother for the first 25 years of his life.

Mabel goes back to the following ancestors:

Philip Gage, b. 11 Aug 1723 in Watertown, MA, who married Anna Priest, b. abt 1721 in Waltham, MA (her parents are unknown and she is one of the my husband's brick walls).

Philip's parents are Robert Gage, who married Mary Bacon on 8 Oct 1719 in Watertown, MA.  Robert's origins and parents are unknown.  Mary comes from that long Bacon line (parents were John and Abigail; grandparents were Daniel and Mary) that goes back to Conquest.

Uriah Leonard who married Elizabeth Caswell in Taunton, Massachusetts on 1 Jun 1685.

John Barney who married Mary Throope in Rehoboth, Massachusetts on 4 Nov 1686.

John Wild, who died in Braintree, Massachusetts, and married Sarah Hayden.

Samuel Bass who married Mary Adams in Braintree, Massachusetts.  Yes, this Bass line goes back to John Alden.

Henry Wheeler and Abigail Allen in Salisbury, Massachusetts.

Philip Squire and Rachel Ruggles in Boston, Massachusetts.

Joseph Jenks and Esther Ballard in Providence, Rhode Island.

John Butterworth and Hannah Wheaton in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

Thomas Porter and Sarah Vining, married 1670 in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

John Holbrook and Abigail Pierce in Scituate, Massachusetts.

George Allen and Catherine Starkes who died in Sandwich, Massachusetts.

Yelverton Crowell and Elizabeth Hammond.

John Hutchinson and Hannah Root.

Thomas Washburn and Deliverance Packard - this line goes back through Thomas to Francis Cook.

Richard Cutting and Sarah in Watertown, Massachusetts.

William Hagar and Mary Bemis in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Isaac Mixer and Mary Coolidge, who were married 19 Sep 1655 in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Nathan Richardson and Ruth Bosworth, who were married 29 December 1768 in Stafford, Connecticut.

Samuel Edson and Susannah Orcutt in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

George Turner and Mary Robbins.

William Orcutt (brother of Susannah, above) and Mary Lane in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

John Washburn and Elizabeth Mitchell (parents of Thomas Washburn who married Deliverance Packard), married 6 December 1645 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Another line back to Francis Cook (this through their daughter, Jane Washburn).

Samuel Blodgett who married Ruth Eggleston on 13 December 1655 in Woburn, Massachusetts.

William Simonds who married Judith Phippen on 18 January 1643/44 in Woburn, Massachusetts.

Dennis Darling who married Hannah Francis on 3 January 1662/63 in Braintree, Massachusetts.

Thomas White who married Mehitable Thornton in December 1687 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Ebenezer Billings who married Anne Comstock 28 Feb or 1 March 1681 in Stonington, Connecticut.

Joseph Bowen who married Elizabeth Round and lived in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

Malatiah Martin who married Rebecca Brooks on 6 November 1696 in Swansea, Massachusetts.

Thomas Wood who married Rebecca and died in Swansea, Massachusetts.

Nathaniel Daggett who married Rebecca Miller on 24 June 1686 in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

A rather sparse Herendeen/Harrington line that goes back to Joseph Harrington who married Sarah Tillinghast before 1674 in Providence, Rhode Island.

Robert Taft who married Sarah Simpson, and died in Mendon, Massachusetts on 8 Feb 1724/25.

Henry Sweeting and Martha Cole, who married about 1687 in Bristol County, Massachusetts.

Nathaniel Brown who married Sarah Jenks (daughter of Joseph Jenks and Esther Ballard mentioned previously).

John Cruff who married Eleanor Browne on 26 November 1689 in Marblehead, Massachusetts.

David Flint who married Ruth Flint on 4 January 1698/99 in Salem, Massachusetts.

Anthony Sprague who married Elizabeth Bartlett on 26 December 1661 in Plymouth, Massachusetts (a line back to Richard Warren).

Ephraim Kempton who married Mary Reeves on 7 November 1673 in Scituate, Massachusetts.

John Chantrell and Mary Mellows.

Benjamin Deland who married Katherine Hodges on 7 December 1681 in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Richard Peters and Bethiah Allen.

John Richards who married Mary Brewer on 18 November 1674 in Lynn, Massachusetts.

Joseph Collins and Sarah Hires.

Michael Bowden who married Sarah Nurse on 15 December 1669 in Topsfield, Massachusetts (and goes back to Rebecca (Towne) Nurse, who was executed for witchcraft).

John Davis who married Sarah Kirkland on 5 October 1664 in Lynn, Massachusetts.

Joseph Bixby who married Sarah Wyatt in 1646 in Boxford, Massachusetts.

John Gould who married Sarah Baker on 14 October 1660 in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

Isaac Cummings who married Mary Andrews and died in Topsfield, Massachusetts.

Thomas Howlett who married Lydia Peabody about 1662 in Massachusetts.

Nathaniel Beckley who married Comfort Deming on 18 May 1693 in Wethersfield, Connecticut.

Benjamin Judd who married Susannah North on 18 January 1693/94 in Farmington, Connecticut.

Timothy Bragg who married Lydia Gott on 24 February 1684/85 in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

Jonathan Brigham who married Mary Fay on 26 March 1696 in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

Thomas Barnes who married Mary Howe on 14 April 1685 in Marlborough, Massachusetts.

George Abbott who married Esther Ballard on 13 September 1689 in Andover, Massachusetts.

James Corbin who married Hannah Eastman on 7 April 1697 in Woodstock, Connecticut.

Joseph Winship who had a son with Hannah Corbin (a descendant of the above couple) in 1790 in Thompson, Connecticut; Joseph is a brick wall ancestor.

Jeremiah Barstow and Sarah Howe.

Jonathan Cooledge who married Mercy about 1701 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Much more work needs to go into filling in the blanks on these families on my end, but there are definitely a couple of brick walls floating around here!