Monthly Archives: September 2014

52 Ancestors #40: Major Bryan Pendleton – Founder and Wanderer

Bryan Pendleton, Captain and Major, is my eleventh and twelfth great grandfather. Born around 1599 in England – likely Warwick but where specifically is in question, the son of Edward and Margerie (Thomas) Pendleton. He married Eleanor Price while in … Continue reading

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52 Ancestors #39: Samuel Melville Hawkins, Farmer & family man

Samuel Melville Hawkins is my fourth great grandfather. He was born February 28, 1824 in Machias, Washington County, Maine – but his parents remain a mystery. We assume his father’s name was Hawkins – and on his death certificate, his … Continue reading

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One Year – September 20, 2013 to September 20, 2014

One year ago, my father, Charles Sherwood Eldridge, left this world after fighting cancer for nearly five years. It is a wise father, that knows his own child – William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice, Act 2, Scene 2. Dad … Continue reading

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52 Ancestors #38: Bartholomew Bryant – Revolutionary War Sergeant

Bartholomew Bryant, my seventh great grandfather, was born July 11, 1737 in Scarborough, Cumberland County, Maine to John Bryant and Elizabeth Davis. His parents had married in New Hampshire and then removed to Maine. Bartholomew was the second born and … Continue reading

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52 Ancestors: #37 William Dyer, M.D.

William Dyer, M.D. was my ninth great grandfather. Born March 7, 1663 in Massachusetts to Anne Hutchinson and Samuel Dyer. He married Mary Taylor, the daughter of Henry Taylor and Lydia Hatch in December 1686 in Barnstable, Massachusetts. She gave … Continue reading

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52 Ancestors: #36 Ann Fitzpatrick Roach

Ann Fitzpatrick was my third great grandmother. She was born 1830 in Glin, County Cavan, Ireland to Patrick Fitzpatrick and Ann McGovern, the second born of five girls and two boys. Bridget, Ann, Peter, Alice, Ellen, Thomas and Margaret. Irish … Continue reading

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52 Ancestors #35 Fannie Foss Roberts – Revolutionary War Hero’s daughter, Civil War Gold Star Mother

Fannie Foss , my fourth great-grandmother, was born March 29, 1805 in Machias, Washington County, Maine – the daughter of Benjamin Foss and Hannah Miller. On October 27, 1822, she married John Allen Roberts in Machias, Maine. Between 1825 and … Continue reading

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52 Ancestors #34 Benjamin Foss – Revolutionary War Naval Hero

Benjamin Foss is my fifth great-grandfather. Born January 31, 1741 in Scarborough, Cumberland County, Maine to Benjamin Foss and Silence Winch, the third son in a family of ten children. On November 7, 1762, he married Sarah Mitchell in Scarborough, … Continue reading

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52 Ancestors #33 Ellanora Boelling

Ellanora Boelling was my great-great-grandmother. She was born on February 24, 1864 in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Franz “Frank” Heinrich Wilhelm Boelling and his wife – whom I do not know the name of. In 1880, at the age of sixteen, … Continue reading

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52 Ancestors #32 Abigail Freeman Smith

Abigail Freeman Smith was born in Eastham on December 17, 1718 to Samuel Smith and Abigail Freeman. She was a descendant of Elder William Brewster, Stephen Hopkins, Gov. Thomas Prence, Edmund Freeman, Rev. John Lothrop, Ralph Smyth, Henry Howland and … Continue reading

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