52 Ancestors 2015 #47: Sporting

Week 47 (November 19-25) – Sporting. Do you have a relative who was involved in sports?

Do I have a relative who was involved in sports? Well, my maternal grandfather, Edward Dewey Graff, rode motorcycles and dirt bikes – and I was told he rode the dirt bike circuit in Ledyard, CT – but that was before it was an ‘official’ sport.  Other than that, no. So, I guess this post gets a ‘pass’ from me.

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52 Ancestors 2015 #46: Changes

Week 46 (November 12-18) – Changes. Highlight an ancestor that went through many changes or that you had to change your research strategies to find.

Sarah Allerton, my 11th great-grandmother, was born in 1588 in North Andrew Parish, London, England to Sir Edward Robert Allerton and Lady Rose Davys. One of their six children, two girls and four boys, Sarah was raised in the nobility of London.

She left England with her husband John Vincent, whom she married in London, joining the Puritans. He died in Holland. At the age of twenty-three on November 4, 1611 she married Degory Priest in Leyden, Holland.

A daughter, Mary Priest, was born in 1613, followed by Sarah in 1615 in Leyden. In 1620, Degory arrived in Plymouth Colony on the Mayflower. Degory died in January 1621, leaving Sarah a widow yet again with two young daughters. While still back in Leyden, Sarah married Godbert Godbertson in 1622.

Sarah and Godbert arrived in Plymouth in 1623 on the Ann, but they both died in 1633 and were buried in Plymouth. Her daughter Sarah (My 10th great-grandmother) married John Coombs in 1631 and her daughter Mary married Phineas Pratt around 1630.

Imagine the change that Sarah went through – from nobility in a metropolitan city like London to Holland, then to the rough wilderness of the Plymouth colony. Married three times and widowed twice, she suffered heartache and loss in her attempts to make a new life for herself.

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52 Ancestors 2015 #45: Political Ties

Week 45 (November 5-11) – Free. (Pick your own theme!) Political ties – relatives, albeit some rather distant, in politics. So far – there may be more, but this is what I have currently.

Let’s start with the one of the first men to have a position of rulership in the Colonies in America – Governor William Bradford. He was the 2nd, 5th, 7th, 9th, & 12th governor of the colony, a signatory of the Mayflower Compact – and is my 8th great grandfather.

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William Bradford, Major & Governor (1624 – 1703) 8th great-grandfather
Hannah Bradford (1662 – 1738) daughter of William Bradford
Alice Ripley (1683 – 1768) daughter of Hannah Bradford
Mary Edgerton (1713 – 1784) daughter of Alice Ripley
Mary “Molly” Fuller (1747 – 1830) daughter of Mary Edgerton
Sarah Hunt (1788 – 1881) daughter of Mary “Molly” Fuller
William Hunt Eldredge (1826 – 1889) son of Sarah Hunt
Willard Holt Eldredge (1882 – 1957) son of William Hunt Eldredge
Lester Fremont Eldredge (1909 – 1991) son of Willard Holt Eldredge
Charles Sherwood Eldridge (1938 – 2013) son of Lester Fremont Eldredge

Edward Winslow, third Royal Governor (1595 – 1655) 11th great-uncle – on Mom’s side. Josiah Winslow, the 13th Governor of Plymouth Colony was my 10th great grandfather – and brother to Edward.

Edward_Winslow  Josiah Winslow

Josiah Winslow (1606 – 1674) 10th great-grandfather
Margaret Winslow (1640 – 1721) daughter of Josiah Winslow
John Miller III (1670 – 1727) son of Margaret Winslow
David Miller Reverend (1708 – 1783) son of John Miller III
Francis Miller Captain, Sr. (1733 – 1800) son of David Miller Reverend
Hannah Miller (1766 – 1830) daughter of Francis Miller Captain, Sr.
Fannie Foss (1805 – ) daughter of Hannah Miller
Hiram Hills Roberts (1827 – 1863) son of Fannie Foss
John Milton Roberts (1858 – 1939) son of Hiram Hills Roberts
Hazel Pearl Roberts (1900 – 1990) daughter of John Milton Roberts
Helen Adelaide Reynolds (1920 – 2003) daughter of Hazel Pearl Roberts

Thomas Prence, the 4th, 8th and 12th Governor (1599 – 1673)  was also my 9th great-grandfather on my Dad’s side.

Thomas Prence

Thomas Prence, the 4th, 8th and 12th Governor (1599 – 1673)
Mercy Prence (1631 – 1711) daughter of Thomas Prence Governor
Nathaniel Freeman (1669 – 1760) son of Mercy Prence
Abigail Freeman (1693 – 1737) daughter of Nathaniel Freeman
Abigail Freeman Smith (1718 – 1793) daughter of Abigail Freeman
Jesse Eldredge (1742 – 1788) son of Abigail Freeman Smith
Elijah Eldredge (1778 – 1856) son of Jesse Eldredge
William Hunt Eldredge (1826 – 1889) son of Elijah Eldredge, etc.

Senior Elder William Brewster, my 10th great grandfather served as the first Governor’s right hand and was a signatory of the Mayflower Compact.

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William Brewster (1560 – 1644) 10th great-grandfather
Patience Brewster (1600 – 1634) daughter of William Brewster
Mercy Prence (1631 – 1711) daughter of Patience Brewster
Nathaniel Freeman (1669 – 1760) son of Mercy Prence
Abigail Freeman (1693 – 1737) daughter of Nathaniel Freeman
Abigail Freeman Smith (1718 – 1793) daughter of Abigail Freeman
Jesse Eldredge (1742 – 1788) son of Abigail Freeman Smith
Elijah Eldredge (1778 – 1856) son of Jesse Eldredge
William Hunt Eldredge (1826 – 1889) son of Elijah Eldredge
Willard Holt Eldredge (1882 – 1957) son of William Hunt Eldredge
Lester Fremont Eldredge (1909 – 1991) son of Willard Holt Eldredge
Charles Sherwood Eldridge (1938 – 2013) son of Lester Fremont Eldredge

And then we have the very first President of the United States of America – George Washington.  He is the husband of my fourth cousin, 8x removed, Martha Dandridge.

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George Washington , Colonel, First President of the United States (1732 – 1799)
husband of 4th cousin 8x removed
Martha Dandridge (1731 – 1802) wife of George Washington , Colonel, First President of the United States
John Dandridge , Colonel (1700 – 1756) father of Martha Dandridge
John Dandridge (1655 – 1731) father of John Dandridge , Colonel
William Dandridge (1613 – 1693) father of John Dandridge
Agnes Wilder (1537 – 1580)mother of William Dandridge
John Wilder (1500 – 1583) father of Agnes Wilder
John Wilder (1544 – 1588) son of John Wilder
Thomas Wilder (1584 – 1634) son of John Wilder
Edward Wilder (1623 – 1690) son of Thomas Wilder
John Wilder (1653 – 1724) son of Edward Wilder
Isaac Wilder (1700 – 1780) son of John Wilder
Bethsheba Wilder (1756 – 1840) daughter of Isaac Wilder
Theophilus Wilder (1787 – 1865) son of Bethsheba Wilder
Mary Ann Wilder (1828 – 1905) daughter of Theophilus Wilder
John Milton Roberts (1858 – 1939) son of Mary Ann Wilder
Hazel Pearl Roberts (1900 – 1990) daughter of John Milton Roberts
Helen Adelaide Reynolds (1920 – 2003) daughter of Hazel Pearl Roberts (My maternal grandmother)

John Adams, the second President of the United States, 2nd great-nephew of husband of 9th great-aunt, on my Dad’s side. Also, his son, John Quincy Adams, the sixth President.

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John Adams President (1735 – 1826) 2nd great-nephew of husband of 9th great-aunt
John Adams (1690 – 1761) father of John Adams President
Joseph Adams (1654 – 1737) father of John Adams
Joseph G. Adams (1626 – 1694)father of Joseph Adams
Edith Squire (1587 – 1672) mother of Joseph G. Adams
Edward Adams (1629 – 1716) son of Edith Squire
Lydia Penniman ( – 1676) wife of Edward Adams
Lydia Elliot (1610 – 1676) mother of Lydia Penniman
Samuel Penniman (1645 – 1705) son of Lydia Elliot
Elizabeth Penniman (1679 – 1703) daughter of Samuel Penniman
Zipporah Morse (1702 – 1780) daughter of Elizabeth Penniman
Ebenezer Smith (1741 – 1852) son of Zipporah Morse
Nathaniel Green Smith (1781 – 1860)son of Ebenezer Smith
Ebenezer Trumbull Smith (1816 – 1875) son of Nathaniel Green Smith
Elvira May Smith (1857 – 1927) daughter of Ebenezer Trumbull Smith
Olive May Lougee (1883 – 1956) daughter of Elvira May Smith
Lester Fremont Eldredge (1909 – 1991) son of Olive May Lougee
Charles Sherwood Eldridge (1938 – 2013) son of Lester Fremont Eldredge

Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy is the husband of my sixth cousin, 5x removed, Sarah Knox Taylor. Again, on my Dad’s side.

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Jefferson Davis General/Confederate President  husband of 6th cousin 5x removed
Sarah Knox “Knoxie” Taylor (1814 – 1835) wife of Jefferson Davis General/Confederate President
Zachary Taylor President of the United States (1784 – 1850) father of Sarah Knox “Knoxie” Taylor
Richard Taylor (1744 – 1829) father of Zachary Taylor President of the United States
Elizabeth Lee mother of Richard Taylor
Sarah Allerton (1660 – 1731) mother of Elizabeth Lee
Isaac Allerton II, Colonel (1628 – 1702) father of Sarah Allerton
Fear Of God Brewster (1600 – 1634) mother of Isaac Allerton II, Colonel
William Brewster (1560 – 1644) father of Fear Of God Brewster
Patience Brewster (1600 – 1634) daughter of William Brewster
Mercy Prence (1631 – 1711) daughter of Patience Brewster
Nathaniel Freeman (1669 – 1760) son of Mercy Prence
Abigail Freeman (1693 – 1737) daughter of Nathaniel Freeman
Abigail Freeman Smith (1718 – 1793) daughter of Abigail Freeman
Jesse Eldredge (1742 – 1788) son of Abigail Freeman Smith
Elijah Eldredge (1778 – 1856) son of Jesse Eldredge
William Hunt Eldredge (1826 – 1889) son of Elijah Eldredge
Willard Holt Eldredge (1882 – 1957) son of William Hunt Eldredge
Lester Fremont Eldredge (1909 – 1991) son of Willard Holt Eldredge
Charles Sherwood Eldridge (1938 – 2013) son of Lester Fremont Eldredge

The twelfth President of the United States, Zachary Taylor, is also a relative – fifth cousin, 6x removed – yes, on my Dad’s side.

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1860 — by George Peter Alexander Healy — Image by © The Corcoran Gallery of Art/CORBIS

Zachary Taylor President of the United States (1784 – 1850) 5th cousin 6x removed
Richard Taylor (1744 – 1829) father of Zachary Taylor President of the United States
Elizabeth Lee mother of Richard Taylor
Sarah Allerton (1660 – 1731) mother of Elizabeth Lee
Isaac Allerton II, Colonel (1628 – 1702) father of Sarah Allerton
Fear Of God Brewster (1600 – 1634) mother of Isaac Allerton II, Colonel
William Brewster (1560 – 1644) father of Fear Of God Brewster
Patience Brewster (1600 – 1634) daughter of William Brewster
Mercy Prence (1631 – 1711) daughter of Patience Brewster
Nathaniel Freeman (1669 – 1760) son of Mercy Prence
Abigail Freeman (1693 – 1737) daughter of Nathaniel Freeman
Abigail Freeman Smith (1718 – 1793) daughter of Abigail Freeman
Jesse Eldredge (1742 – 1788) son of Abigail Freeman Smith
Elijah Eldredge (1778 – 1856) son of Jesse Eldredge
William Hunt Eldredge (1826 – 1889) son of Elijah Eldredge
Willard Holt Eldredge (1882 – 1957) son of William Hunt Eldredge
Lester Fremont Eldredge (1909 – 1991) son of Willard Holt Eldredge
Charles Sherwood Eldridge (1938 – 2013) son of Lester Fremont Eldredge

Then we have the 38th President of the United States, Gerald Ford. He is my ninth cousin, again, yes,  on my dad’s side.

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Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr., President of the U.S. (1913 – 2006) 9th cousin
Dorothy Ayer Gardner (1892 – 1967) mother of Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr
Adele Augusta Ayer (1867 – 1938) mother of Dorothy Ayer Gardner
George Manney Ayer (1840 – 1914) father of Adele Augusta Ayer
Elida Vanderburgh Manney (1802 – 1877) mother of George Manney Ayer
Elizabeth Collins (1774 – 1851) mother of Elida Vanderburgh Manney
Rhoda Ricketson (1748 – 1829) mother of Elizabeth Collins
Jonathan Ricketson (1725 – 1772) father of Rhoda Ricketson
Abigail Howland (1686 – 1769) mother of Jonathan Ricketson
Benjamin Howland (1659 – 1727) father of Abigail Howland
Zoeth Howland (1635 – 1676) father of Benjamin Howland
Mary Howland (1665 – 1743) daughter of Zoeth Howland
Abigail Freeman (1693 – 1737) daughter of Mary Howland
Abigail Freeman Smith (1718 – 1793) daughter of Abigail Freeman
Jesse Eldredge (1742 – 1788) son of Abigail Freeman Smith
Elijah Eldredge (1778 – 1856) son of Jesse Eldredge
William Hunt Eldredge (1826 – 1889)son of Elijah Eldredge
Willard Holt Eldredge (1882 – 1957) son of William Hunt Eldredge
Lester Fremont Eldredge (1909 – 1991) son of Willard Holt Eldredge
Charles Sherwood Eldridge (1938 – 2013) son of Lester Fremont Eldredge

A Vice-President is also a relative – Levi Parsons Morton – my third cousin, 6x removed – this time, on my mother’s side.

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Levi Parsons Morton , Vice President of the United States (1824 – 1920) 
Daniel Olivier Morton (1788 – 1852) father of Levi Parsons Morton
Levi Morton (1760 – ) father of Daniel Olivier Morton
Ebenezer Morton Jr. (1726 – 1775) father of Levi Morton
Ebenezer Morton Captain (1696 – 1750) father of Ebenezer Morton Jr.
Mary Morton (1711 – 1780) daughter of Ebenezer Morton Captain
Urania Wadsworth (1748 – 1841) daughter of Mary Morton
Sylvia Ewell (1790 – 1884) daughter of Urania Wadsworth
Mary Pendleton (1813 – 1892) daughter of Sylvia Ewell
Andrew John Hooper (1835 – 1900) son of Mary Pendleton
Laura Emma Hooper (1858 – 1935) daughter of Andrew John Hooper
Harry Nelson Reynolds (1896 – 1963) son of Laura Emma Hooper
Helen Adelaide Reynolds (1920 – 2003) daughter of Harry Nelson Reynolds

A more distant relation, we have the Bush Presidents.  George Herbert Walker Bush, the 42nd President, is the husband of 7th great-niece of husband of 8th great-aunt – which means his son, George Walker Bush, the 43rd President is the 8th great-nephew of husband of 8th great-aunt. On Mom’s side.

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030114-O-0000D-001 President George W. Bush.  Photo by Eric Draper, White House.

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President George W. Bush. Photo by Eric Draper, White House.

George Herbert Walker Bush husband of 7th great-niece of husband of 8th great-aunt
Barbara Pierce wife of George Herbert Walker Bush
Marvin Pierce (1893 – 1969) father of Barbara Pierce
Scott Pierce (1866 – ) father of Marvin Pierce
Jonas James Pierce (1839 – 1913) father of Scott Pierce
James Pierce (1810 – 1874) father of Jonas James Pierce
James Pierce (1768 – 1849) father of James Pierce
Esther Richardson (1727 – 1819) mother of James Pierce
Nathan Richardson (1702 – 1775) father of Esther Richardson
Deborah Brooks ( – 1703) mother of Nathan Richardson
Eunice Mousall (1626 – 1684) mother of Deborah Brooks
Ebenezer Brooks (1666 – 1703) son of Eunice Mousall
Martha Wilder (1670 – 1716) wife of Ebenezer Brooks
Edward Wilder (1623 – 1690) father of Martha Wilder
John Wilder (1653 – 1724) son of Edward Wilder
Isaac Wilder (1700 – 1780) son of John Wilder
Bethsheba Wilder (1756 – 1840) daughter of Isaac Wilder
Theophilus Wilder (1787 – 1865) son of Bethsheba Wilder
Mary Ann Wilder (1828 – 1905) daughter of Theophilus Wilder
John Milton Roberts (1858 – 1939) son of Mary Ann Wilder
Hazel Pearl Roberts (1900 – 1990) daughter of John Milton Roberts
Helen Adelaide Reynolds (1920 – 2003) daughter of Hazel Pearl Roberts

If you REALLY want to stretch the whole ‘related’ connection, we could also add Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill – step 6th great-grandson of sister-in-law of 8th great-grandmother. Yep, you guessed it, Dad’s side.

Sir Winston Churchill

Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill Sir, Prime Minister of UK (1874 – 1965)
Jennie Jerome (1854 – 1921) mother of Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill Sir
Clarissa ‘Kitty’ Hall (1825 – 1895) mother of Jennie Jerome
Clarissa Wilcox (1796 – 1870) mother of Clarissa ‘Kitty’ Hall
David Wilcox (1763 – 1828) father of Clarissa Wilcox
Sarah Smith (1741 – ) mother of David Wilcox
Eliezer Smith (1713 – 1742) father of Sarah Smith
Gershom Smith (1644 – 1718) father of Eliezer Smith
John Smith (1618 – 1692) father of Gershom Smith
Ruhama Kirby (1640 – 1707) wife of John Smith
Richard Kirby (1603 – 1686) father of Ruhama Kirby
Richard Kirby II (1638 – 1720) son of Richard Kirby
Abigail October (1635 – 1707) wife of Richard Kirby II
Mary Howland (1665 – 1743) daughter of Abigail October
Abigail Freeman (1693 – 1737) daughter of Mary Howland
Abigail Freeman Smith (1718 – 1793) daughter of Abigail Freeman
Jesse Eldredge (1742 – 1788) son of Abigail Freeman Smith
Elijah Eldredge (1778 – 1856) son of Jesse Eldredge
William Hunt Eldredge (1826 – 1889) son of Elijah Eldredge
Willard Holt Eldredge (1882 – 1957) son of William Hunt Eldredge
Lester Fremont Eldredge (1909 – 1991) son of Willard Holt Eldredge
Charles Sherwood Eldridge (1938 – 2013) son of Lester Fremont Eldredge

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Thanksgiving 2015

This year, I have much to be thankful for. A kitchen full of food,a roof over my head and warm clothes to keep me comfortable. A car that still works, a friend to share the meal with, and family to call and with whom I can share my love.

I am also very thankful for the many people that came together over the centuries, in love or out of duty, that eventually ended up in my being here. Their stories and histories are what make genealogy the fascinating and frustrating path I continue to follow.

Share your stories with your family. Share your love and your life with all of those with whom you come into contact, and share the blessings that we can see around us in every single day. From my house to yours, I wish everyone a warm and happy holiday season.

-TKE

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52 Ancestors 2015 #43: OOPS!

Week 43 (October 22-28) – Oops. An ancestor who made an “oops,” or one that you made while researching one of them. (We’ve all done it, believe me!)

There was a family story about how an ancestor had robbed a Civil War pay train and escaped to Canada. I still don’t know for sure if he did steal money – but he did go AWOL before his second deployment in the Civil War and went home because his father had just died. To avoid capture and imprisonment, he went back and forth over the US/Canada border between Calais, Maine and New Brunswick, Canada. He later received a Congressional pardon. This was Ephraim Weston Reynolds , my third great-grandfather.

When it comes to research ‘oops’ – the one that comes to mind is when I was trying to find the parents of Abigail Branch – Abigail Tucker and Moses Branch are not her parents. MY Abigail Branch was born in Canada, not Connecticut. She is often confused with the Abigail Branch born in CT who died in CT.

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52 Ancestors 2015 #44: Frightening

Week 44 (October 29 – November 4) – Frightening: Do you have an ancestor who did something frightening or lived through a scary event? Do you have your own ghost story in the family? Now is the perfect time to share!

There are several frightening events that my ancestors lived through. The Salem Witch Trials involved several members of my 9th Great Grandfather’s family, Edward Bishop ; my 10th Great grandfather, William Vinson ; my 11th Great grandfather, Job Tyler and his family; Hannah Bradford Ripley , my 7th Great grandmother; and my 10th Great grandfather, Henry Kinne.

Joel Day & Catherine Richardson lost most of their children in the diptheria epidemic of 1864. There is nothing more terrifying than losing a child, and they lost seven in thirty-four days.

My great-great-grandmother, Carrie Hawkins Roberts was raised by her grandparents – and lost her mother, stepfather and baby brother in a house fire in 1883.

My grandparents, Helen Reynolds and Edward Graff, lost their first two children in a house fire while Helen was pregnant with my mother.

Zoeth Howland, my 8th great-grandfather, was a rebellious Quaker who was killed by Pocasset indians in Rhode Island by a river on his way home from a meeting.

So yes, quite a few frightening or scary things happened in my family.

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52 Ancestors 2015 #42: Proud

Week 42 (October 15-21) – Proud: Which ancestor did something that made you proud? Which ancestor are you proud of finding?

One of the most heart-filling, exciting moments was when I visited my grand-aunt Ditta and saw the portrait of my great-great-grandmother, Ellanora Boelling Graff.  I also got to see the family bible and other photos that Aunt Ditta was kind enough to let me take back to Mom’s and scan. A treasure beyond price.

Ellanora Boelling Graff 1885 "Wedding Portrait"

Ellanora Boelling Graff
1885 “Wedding Portrait”

Ella had a pretty tragic life – she married Henry Graff  in Ohio within months after he left his first wife and infant daughter in Maryland  – likely unaware he was still married. She bore him twin daughters 9 months later and they died before they were five. After giving him several more children, she was beaten by one of her sons while pregnant – and died with the baby.

Finding her portrait and the information about her was a huge break in my brick wall. Finding her father was another break – but I still have not found her mother.

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52 Ancestors 2015 #41: Colorful ancestors

Week 41 (October 8-14) – Colorful. Everyone has at least one “colorful” ancestor. Share the story of one of yours🙂

Yeah…like I could pick just one? the more I dig into my ancestry, the more variety of ‘colorful’ ancestor stories I find. The one trait that is most pervasive throughout all of my family lines is being outspoken about what they believe is right and not putting up with crap from anyone. From Job Tyler who even turned on members of his own family for becoming social sheep to Zoeth Howland , a Quaker rebel who was drowned in a river on the way home from meeting by hostile Pocasset Indians.

The doctor, Dr. William Dyer, a respected physician and influential, even had a record of being stubborn.

The old doctor had a knack of keeping in hot water with his neighbors, and like Tristam Shandy’s father, had a spice in his temper known by the name of perseverance in a good cause, and obstinacy in a bad one. I should do great injustice to a long line of descendants, justly proud of their ancestors,to deny them a like precious inheritance. His family all married and settled around him, soon became among the largest and most influential in town ; a position maintained to this day.”

I’ve been told that I am…stubborn. (queue grin and wry chuckle) I guess I’ve managed to carry on the inheritance of both my maternal and paternal lines.

Rather proud of that…

 

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52 Ancestors 2015 #40: October anniversaries and birthdays

Week 40 (October 1-7) – October: What ancestor has a birthday or anniversary in October?

My parents celebrated their wedding anniversary on October 21 – 53 years together before Dad died. They were married October 21, 1961.

Mom and Dad got married on my great-grandfather’s 65th birthday – Harry Nelson Reynolds – who was born October 21, 1896 in Machias, Washington County, Maine.

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Harry & Hazel Reynolds 1960

Harry & Hazel Reynolds 1960

Charles & Elizabeth Eldridge October 21, 1961

Charles & Elizabeth Eldridge October 21, 1961

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52 Ancestors 2015: #39 John Lougee’s ‘unusual’ life story

Week 39 (September 24-30) – Unusual: What is the most unusual record you’ve ever found? Or, who is the most unusual of your ancestors? (You can take that any way you want to!)

I don’t know if John Lougee is my most unusual ancestor – if you knew my family, you’d know that there were a lot of characters over the years – but John had a most unusual life story.

John is the son of  Louis Fremont Lougee, born about 1650 in Jersey, Channel Islands, Great Britain.

John Lougee (1682-1771) was born on the Isle of Jersey and died in Exeter, Rockingham County, New Hampshire. He was my 6th great-grandfather. He married Mary Anne Gilman (1695-1771) in 1718 in Exeter, NH and had 5 sons and 4 daughters, John (1719-1794), Joseph (1723-1794), Anne (1725-?), Moses (1727-1785), Gilman (1729-1811), Edmund (1731-1807), Shuah (1734-?), Joanne (1735-1810), Elizabeth (1737-?)

In “History of Parsonsfield” (meaning Parsonsfield, Maine), it states “John Lougee, from the Isle of Jersey; born about 1700; settled at Exeter, N.H. His grandsons, Gilman, Samuel and John, settled in Parsonsfield early as 1779.”

In “Genealogy and History of representative citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts”: “Oscar Clough Lougee, a resident of Cambridge, was born February 27, 1850, son of Parker Morgan and Mercy Elizabeth (Clough) Lougee. He is a descendant in the sixth generation of John Lougee, a native of the Isle of Jersey, by trade a knitter, who came to New England during Queen Anne’s War, he being then eighteen years old. He settled at Exeter, NH. In 1710, he was captured by Indians and taken to Canada and thence, as stated in the History of Exeter, to England. Five or six years later he returned to Exeter. “At a town meeting held April 12, 1725, it was voted that John Lougee be granted 30 acres of land, but to wait 10 years.” He d. in Exeter at the age of seventy-seven years. He m. about 1720, Mary, daughter of Colonel Moses Gilman, of New Market, NH. Their children were John, Joseph, Moses, Edmund, Gilman, Shuah, Anna and Joanna.”

Family stories claim that John (and Louis Fremont) were Huguenots – the mention of Queen Anne’s War further supports that.

From “History of the town of Exeter, New Hampshire” – The Death of Colonel Hilton “Scarcely two weeks after the return of this scout, the enemy, who had long been on the watch for an opportunity to take their daring and dreaded enemy, Colonel Winthrop Hilton, at a disadvantage, succeeded in their purpose. He went out on the twenty-second of July with a party of seventeen men, to peel some large hemlock logs which he had cut for masts the previous season, and which were liable to be injured by worms unless stripped of their bark. They were lying at the distance of about fourteen miles to the westward of his house. The day had been stormy. While the party were employed in doing the work, a body of Indians fired upon them from an ambush and killed three, Colonel Hilton and two others. The remainder of the whites, intimidated by their loss, and finding their guns unserviceable by the wet, fled except two who were taken captive. These were Dudley Hilton, a brother of the colonel, and John Lougee, both of Exeter. The next day one hundred men marched in pursuit of the Indians, but discovered only the bodies of the fallen. The enemy in their triumph had struck their hatchets into the brain of Colonel Hilton, and left a lance sticking in his heart. His body was brought to his home, and buried with every mark of respect and honor.

Dudley Hilton was never more heard from, and probably perished in captivity. Lougee was taken to Canada and thens to England. He returned to Exeter as early as 1716, and was married and left descendants there.”

New information I’ve found says the following:

LOWGIE, or LOUGEE: — John, came at the age of
16, in the Confidence of London, from Southampton,
1638, with Grace, perhaps his sister, as servant of John
Stephens, of Caversham, Oxfordshire. This name is
still found in New Hampshire, but the tradition of the
family derives it from John, who came from the Isle of
Jersey, about 1700.

References : — Lancaster’s Gilmarton, 275 ; Runnel’s
Sanbornton, N. H., II, 466-70.

I have not yet found any information on Grace, but that will be another trail to follow.

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