Interracial Marriage in the late 1700’s – Eunice Foss & London Atus

Eunice Foss was my 5th great Aunt. Her sister, Fannie, is my 5th gr.grandmother.

These two stories were written by another (B.Dodge) and shared on Ancestry for Eunice Foss & London Atus.
In 1705 Massachusetts (for which the present day Maine was a part of) passed a law banning interracial sex and marriage. In 1789 Eunice (a white women) and London (a black male) had their first child. The town of Machias did not impose the law against this. After living together for two years the townsfolk was putting pressure on London and Eunice to “marry”. One reason that it took so long for them to marry is that some suggest he had to earn enough money to pay James Lyon (his old Master). (It is claimed that ex slaves wishing to marry were sometimes forced to pay all the past expenses their masters had paid out for the care while in their charge even though at the time of the marriage proposal they were free.) They did so in 1791. There was no negative reaction from the townsfolk. However, on March 17, 1791 Eunice was brought up on charges of “fornication” (birth of her second child) and charged 6 shillings for her crime. There is no known record that she had been charge for this same crime with the birth of her first child. It should be noted that when Maine achieved statehood they enacted a law making it illegal for a white person to marry a Indian, Negro or Mulatto-but this law was not widely enforced.


Atusville was started as a sub community within Machias, Maine (then Massachusetts) during the Revolutionary War. The community was started by London Atus. He was born a slave and moved to Machias as a body servant to the church parson’s James Lyon. During the Revolutionary war he participated both as a blunder and then as a soldier. His blunder was that he was a church service (being held in a barn on Center Street) with his “master” when he looked out the window and saw men about to attack. No one had warned him that the town folk were about to capture the British soldiers taking part in the church service. London sounded the alarm and the British soldiers safely made it back to their ship. Later London participated in taking the ship. London later was freed.
He with his new wife Eunice Foss (a white women from a prominent family in the town) began Atusville that grew into a semi large bi-racial community with it’s own school.

 

 

Eunice Foss (1766 – 1854)
5th great-aunt
Benjamin Foss Jr (1741 – 1830)
father of Eunice Foss
Fannie Foss (1805 – )
daughter of Benjamin Foss Jr
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
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Zenas Wilder: Revolutionary War Veteran – 5th Great Grandfather

Zenas Wilder, my 5th great-grandfather, was born to Theophilus Wilder and Mary Hersey in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Zenas served as a private in Captain Enoch Whiton’s company, Col. Benjamin Lincoln’s regiment, which assembled April 19, 1775; service three days. Also served in Captain Pyam Cushing’s company, Col. Solomon Lovell’s regiment; company assembled at Dorchester, March 4, 1776.

Various notes have him serving in companies commanded by Lieutenant Jabez Wilder, Col. Lothrop’s company in Hull, marched to Horse Neck under command of Col. McIntosh – all from “Mass. Soldiers and Sailors of the Rev. War.”
Info also available in “Book of the Wilders” by Rev. Moses H. Wilder, 1878.

On May 19, 1780, he married Bethsheba Wilder in Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts – his cousin. They shared common great-grandparents in Edward and Elizabeth (Eames) Wilder.
Zenas descended from Edward’s son Jabez, to Jabez’s son Theophilus who married Mary Hersey, while Bethsheba descended from Edward’s son John to John’s son Isaac who married Bethsheba Damon.

Together, they had nine children: Zenas (1781-1867), Bathsheba (1783-1867), Tamar (1784-1825), Theophilus (my 4th gr.grandfather) (1787-1865), Pyam (1789-?), Lydia (1791-?), Mary (1794-1841), Eunice (1796-1823), Ephraim (1798-1834).

In 1800, the Federal Census lists them in Township 2, Washington County, Maine. The 1810 Federal Census lists them in Plantation 2, Washington County, Maine. Plantation 2 eventually became Dennysville, Washington County, Maine.

He died August 24, 1833 in Dennysville, Washington, Maine.

His house apparently still stands.
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Wilder House, Zenas
Keywords: Architecture

Description: One of the first frame houses in Dennysville. Zenas Wilder, a Revolutionary veteran, built his house on the hill overlooking the mill pond. The house has been continuously occupied for over 200 years by his descendants. Although it has been enlarged and remodeled, the original section is intact.
Location: The only house off the left side of Cemetery Rd. Dennysville
Open to the Public?: No


I couldn’t find a photo of the house yet – but here is one of the mill and mill pond in Dennysville.

Mill and mill pond in Dennysville Maine

Mill and mill pond in Dennysville Maine


Zenas Wilder (1749 – 1833) 5th great-grandfather
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
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52 Ancestors 2015 #50: George Vaughan, a founder of Middleborough, Massachusetts

George Vaughan, my 10th great-grandfather, was born in England in 1621. The location and date are both from his statements recorded and “New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial”.

He is first recorded in Scituate, Massachusetts in 1653, and then moved to Middleborough in 1663. He also lived in Marshfield for a period of time.

According to NEFGM, “He appears to have had a liking for litigation as his name appears frequently in the court records both as plaintiff and defendant.”

He wasn’t all bad. On June 1 1669 he was appointed to a committee with William Crowell, John Thomson and William Nelson, to determine a boundary line between Nantasket, Marshfield, Duxbury and Bridgewater.

He kept the first licensed ordinary in the town of Middleborough “for the entertainment of strangers” by the General Court in 1669.

A colonial public ordinary

A colonial public ordinary

In 1671 he was on a town committee to view damage done by horses and hogs of the English to property owned by the Native Americans. In 1675, he was named Constable of Middleborough – and he was one of the town garrison in King Philip’s war.

From “History of the Town of Middleborough, Massachusetts, Volume 1” : “At the General court of Plymouth, on the 5th of June, 1658, a suit was brought against him by John Sutton for detaining his property, wherein the jury found for the plaintiff and costs, which amounted to one pound, ten shillings, and six pence. He was then living in Marshfield, and, on the 1st of June, he seems to have been fined ten shillings for not attending public worship on the Lord’s Day.

He was a resident of Middleboro in 1663, and, for some cause which does not appear, was fined by the court ten shillings. On the first of March, 1663, he brought a suit against Shurtliff for molesting and taking away an animal for the debt of one CHarles Hopkins of Boston. The jury found for the plaintiff, with the charges of the court to be paid by the defendant.”

In 1652 in Marshfield, he married Elizabeth Hinksman, daughter of Edward Hinksman of Marshfield. She was born 1633 in Marshfield and died 24 June 1693 in Middleborough. They had seven children – Elizabeth, born 8 April 1653 in Marshfield, who later married Lieutenant Isaac Howland, son of John and Elizabeth (Tilley) Howland; Joseph Vaughan, born 20 August 1654 in Marshfield (my 9th great grandfather), a Captain in King Philip’s War; John Vaughan, born 1658 in Scituate who died in 1676 of drowning in Scituate Harbor; Mary Vaughan born around 1660, Mercy Vaughan born 1664 and George Vaughan born around 1670, all in Middleborough.
Elizabeth died 24 June 1693 in Middleborough, seventeen months before her husband.

He died October 20, 1694 at age seventy-three. His will was dated June 30, 1694, proved November 10, 1694.

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Wapanucket Cemetery

He and most of his descendants for several generations, resided in that part of the town of Middleborough known as Wapanucket. Today, Wapanucket Cemetery is located on Vaughan St in Middleborough, Massachusetts.

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Vaughan Street, Middleborough, Massachusetts “Wapanucket Area”

George Vaughan (1621 – 1694) 10th great-grandfather
Mary Vaughan (1694 – 1737) daughter of Joseph Vaughan ,Captain
Mary Mariner (1727 – 1761) daughter of Mary Vaughan
Joanna Dyer (1746 – 1814) daughter of Mary Mariner
John Allen Roberts (1802 – ) son of John Allen Robbarts
Hiram Hills Roberts (1827 – 1863) son of John Allen Roberts
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
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52 Ancestors 2015: #48 Thankful – Samuel Eells

Week 48 (November 26-December 2) – Thankful. November 26 is Thanksgiving in the U.S. Interpret the “thankful” theme however you’d like.

American 19th Century, Samuel Eells, , c. 1800, oil on canvas, Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch

American 19th Century, Samuel Eells, , c. 1800, oil on canvas, Gift of Edgar William and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch

I am thankful I kept digging! I found more information on my 8th great grandfather, Samuel Eells (also spelled Eelles and Iles).

Samuel was the son of Mary and John Iles of England. He was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts on May 1, 1640 and baptized in the Church of Dorchester on July 3, 1640.

According to records, he returned to England with his father “at the time of the Cromwell War” or the English Civil War. The war, fought in three parts, went first (1642-46), second (1648-49), and third (1649-51) ending with a Parlimentarian victory at the Battle of Worcester on September 3, 1651.

Samuel returned to New England when he was twenty-one – around 1661. Again, according to records, this coincided with the escape of the regicides, Whalley & Goff, who took refuge in West Haven and Milford, Connecticut. Whalley was the brother-in-law of Reverend William Hooker, who was Cromwell’s cousin and eventually pastor in New Haven. “It is assumed that Samuel went there (instead of Dorchester or Windsor) because he came as a bodyguard to these two judges, now exiles, with a price on their heads. He built the Eells-Stow house, still in Milford CT, to hide these men.

For more information on Whalley & Goff, two of the fifty-one members of The Regicides, go here (http://colonialwarsct.org/1660.htm). “At the Restoration (1660), Whalley, with his son-in-law, William Goffe, fled to New England. He lived successively in Boston, New Haven, Milford (Conn.), and Hadley (Mass.), hunted by English agents but never betrayed.”

On August 5, 1663, in Milford, CT, he married Anna Lenthall (1649-1686) of Newport, Rhode Island, daughter of Reverend Robert Lenthal, Jr and Cicely Gey. Anna gave him twelve children, four of whom died young.
Samuel (1664-1665), John (1665-1665), Samuel (1666-1765), John (1668-1698), Mary (1670-?), Daniel (1670-1698), Robert (1672-1673), Robert (1675-1675), Thomas (1676-1724), Nathaniel (1677-1750), Elizabeth (1678-1713) and Patience (1680-?).

“In 1677 he was one of a committee to transcribe the “old books.” He held many local offices, was frequently a member of the General Court, and prominent in military affairs. He appears to have been a weaver. The “History of King Philip’s War” by Benjamin Church, second edition, Newport RI 1772 shows that the Indians captured by him in Dartmouth were “carried away to Plymouth, there sold and transported out of the country, being about eight-score persons.” He was admitted to the Milford, Conn., church, May 15, 1670, and his wife on July 10th of that year.” – The Eells Family

Anna died in February of 1687 in Milford, CT.

On August 22, 1689, Samuel married Sarah North in Hingham, Massachusetts – daughter of John and Hannah Bateman and widow of Edward North. He then relocated to Hingham where Anna (1699-1778) was born.

Sarah Bateman had been married twice before, first to Joseph Peck and second to Edward North.The Peck family were well known in Boston and Edward North was uncle of Lord North, Prime Minister of England. The marriage to Sarah Bateman Peck North was performed by Captain John Smith assistant ye 22nd August 1689 and is recorded on page 82 of the first volume of Births, Marriages, and Deaths in Hingham, Massachusetts.
http://www.genealogy.com/forum/surnames/topics/whaley/2095/

According to “The Eells Family” book, “In 1700, he was “major.” In 1705 he was deputy to the General Court. The town records say: “Maj. Samuell Eells one of Her majesties Justices of the peace for the county of Suffolk: dyed the 21st day of April: 1709:” His will is dated Aug 1, 1705. The widow removed to Scituate to reside with her son, Rev. Nathaniel, where she died Feb 9, 1717.”

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In reality, Nathaniel was her step-son, although she raised him from the time he was eleven years old. In “The Eells Family” book, it also mentions that Mr. Nathaniel Eells of Scituate was married to Mrs Hannah North of Hingham on the 12th day of October 1704 by Major Samuel Eels Justis of the peace.” – So, Nathaniel and Hannah were married by his father, Samuel a year before Samuel died.

Samuel was not only a bodyguard for Whalley & Goff and a means of hiding them from the King’s men who searched for them, but he was also a militia officer in King Philip’s War, Town Clerk of Milford, Connecticut, a deputy to General Court Assembly for twelve sessions, a weaver, shopkeeper and scribe.

(Enc. Brit. 28 p. 574: Noble, “Lives of the Regicides” “Members of the Protectoral House of Cromwell: Peck “Deserta Curiosa 1779”: Ezra Stiles “History of the Three Judges”: Firth in “Dictionary of National Biography”: Mass. Hist. Soc. Papers: The Hutchinson Papers: Atlantic Monthly VI 89-93: Pennsylvannia Magazine I, pp. 55-56, 230, 359: The New Haven Collection of Historical Society Papers, Dexter’s Memoir concerning Whalley and Goff.The History of New England, Palfrey: Notes and Queries 5th Series VIII p. 359 American Bibliography.)
http://www.genealogy.com/forum/surnames/topics/whaley/2095/
Re: the Eells-Stow House

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“The Eells-Stow House is believed to be the oldest house in Milford, Connecticut and takes part of its name from the Eells family, who arrived in Milford in the later 17th century from the Boston area.
Samuel Eells, born c. 1640, came to Milford with his bride in 1668. After his wife’s death, he moved to Hingham, Mass. Upon his death, the Wharf Lane property was inherited by his son, Col. Samuel Eells. Col. Samuel Eells was very prominent in the affairs of both Milford and New Haven Colony. He married Martha Whiting Bryan (his second wife) who bore him a son, Nathaniel. Nathaniel married Martha Stow who unfortunately only lived for seven months after the wedding.”

http://www.milfordhistoricalsociety.org/historic-houses.html

Samuel Eells ,Captain & Major (1640 – 1709) 8th great-grandfather
 Anna Eells (1699 – 1778) daughter of Samuel Eells ,Captain & Major
 Isaac Wilder (1737 – 1810) son of Anna Eells
 Submit Wilder (1766 – 1850) daughter of Isaac Wilder
 Rachel Gardner (1796 – 1875) daughter of Submit Wilder
 Mary Ann Wilder (1828 – 1905) daughter of Rachel Gardner
 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

 

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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.

 

Sarah Allerton (1588 – 1633) 11th great-grandmother
Sarah Priest (1615 – 1658) daughter of Sarah Allerton
Francis Coombs (1635 – 1682)   son of Sarah Priest
Lydia Coombs (1679 – 1735)   daughter of Francis Coombs
Hannah Miller (1766 – 1830)daughter of Francis Miller Captain, Sr.
Fannie Foss (1805 – )daughter of Hannah Miller
John Milton Roberts (1858 – 1939)son of Hiram Hills Roberts
Hazel Pearl Roberts (1900 – 1990)daughter of John Milton Roberts
Helen Adalaide Reynolds (1920 – 2003)daughter of Hazel Pearl Roberts
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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.

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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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