Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Family Migration XVII

The Benedict, Lockwood, Norton, Olmstead, Scofield and Webb families headline today's post.

Benedict: Thomas Benedict of Suffolk and Norfolk, England arrived in Beverly, Massachusetts Bay about 1639. Later he removed to the New Haven Colony [Connecticut], then to Long Island, New York [still property of New Haven]. The Benedicts finally settled in Norwalk, Connecticut. Daughter Mary married John Olmstead. England, Massachusetts, New Haven/Connecticut, NewYork/Connecticut, Connecticut

Lockwood: Brothers Edmund and Robert Lockwood arrived with the Winthrop Fleet in 1630. They were natives of Suffolk, England. Edmund settled first at Watertown, then moved to New Towne [Cambridge] where he died in 1634. Namesake son, Edmund, lived with his Uncle Robert and moved to Stamford, Connecticut in 1646 and died there in 1692. Joseph Lockwood moved to Poundridge in Westchester Co., New York in 1746, where he passed four years later. Son James later settled at Courtlandt Manor also in Westchester County. Anna, James' daughter, married John St. John. They moved around New York before migrating to Warren Co., Ohio. England, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Ohio

Norton: Little is know of Hugh Norton. He was probably English and resided in Stamford, Connecticut. His daughter, Mary, wed James Lockwood and went to New York. England?, Connecticut, New York

Olmstead: Richard, the immigrant, was from Essex, England. He settled at Mt. Wollaston [Quincy], then New Towne [Cambridge] in Massachusetts before moving on to Hartford and Norwalk, Connecticut. Son John remained in Norwalk, but daughter Rebecca [Samuel] St. John moved on to New York. England, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York 

Scofield: Richard Scofield, of Lancashire, arrived in New England in 1635. He lived at Watertown, Boston and Ipswich, Massachusetts before settling in Stamford. Daughter Hannah married Joseph Webb. England, Massachusetts, Connecticut

Webb: Englishman Richard Webb settled in the New Haven Colony [by 1643] then Stamford [1651] The Webbs remained in Stamford. The next two generations [Joseph and Margery] married there. England, New Haven/Connecticut

One more post to go on this topic, the St. John and Tinker families!!


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Family Migrations XVI

A post with an early Thanksgiving twist looks at the family migrations of the Hazen, Grant, Keeney, Douglas, Turner and Brewster clans.

Hazen: Edward Hazen of Lincolnshire, England had settled at Rowley, Massachusetts by 1647. Son Thomas removed to Boxford about 1684 and to Norwich, Connecticut in 1711/2. John, the third generation of Hazens in America, lived in Lyme, but may have moved to New Jersey about 1740, only to return to Connecticut prior to his death in 1772. John's daughter, Mary married Seth Huron and spent her last years in Ulster County, New York. England, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, (Connecticut,) New York

Grant: Thomas Grant left Yorkshire for New England about 1638. He resided in Rowley, Massachusetts. Daughter Hannah married Edward Hazen, She died in Haverhill, Massachusetts. England, Massachusetts

Keeney: William Keeney arrived in Massachusetts from England in 1640. He may have been part of Rev. Blinman's "Welsh Party." Keeney lived at Cape Ann [Gloucester], Massachusetts and later Pequot [New London], Connecticut. Son John and granddaughter Susanna continued to lived in New London. Susanna married Ezekiel Turner. England, Massachusetts, Connecticut

Douglas: William Douglas was supposedly born in Scotland, but was married in England. Douglas left for America during the early 1640s. His Massachusetts residences were numerous: Cape Ann [Gloucester], Boston, Ipswich, and again to Boston. He then moved to New London, Connecticut, where he died in 1682. Daughter Sarah married John Keeney. Scotland, England, Massachusetts, Connecticut

Turner: Humphrey Turner grew up in England and later settled in Plymouth and Scituate. John Turner "the Elder" stayed in Scituate, but son Ezekiel removed to New London, Connecticut. Daughter Elizabeth married John Hazen. It is not yet proven if she died in Connecticut or New Jersey. England, Plymouth Colony/Massachusetts, Connecticut, (New Jersey)

Brewster: Elder William Brewster of Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England, was one of the leaders of the Pilgrims who sailed on the Mayflower from Leiden, The Netherlands in 1620. He established first at Plymouth, then Duxbury. Son Jonathan arrived  a year later. He later settled in New London, Connecticut, passing there in 1659. Jonathan's daughter Mary married John "the Elder" Turner and lived in Scituate. England, The Netherlands, Plymouth Colony, Connecticut

An early "HAPPY THANKSGIVING" from a Mayflower descendant!!!!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Family Migrations XV

As I continue on with the family migration, it's time to look at the French, Howlett and Peabody families.

French: Born in County Essex, Thomas French married in Suffolk [1608] and sailed for America in 1638. Most of his children had already settled in Massachusetts Bay at Ipswich. Thomas Jr. sailed with the Winthrop Fleet in 1630 and daughters Alice, Susan and Dorcas arrived by 1633. Alice married Thomas Howlett. England, Massachusetts

Howlett:  Thomas Howlett sailed from England with the Winthrop Fleet. He settled at Ipswich in the Massachusetts Bay colony. Thomas Jr. resided at Ipswich and Boxford, where he married Lydia Peabody and daughter Mary wed Thomas Hazen. The Hazens moved to Connecticut. England, Massachusetts, Connecticut

Peabody:  Two direct line generations of Peabody males called Plymouth or the Bay colony home. John left England for Plymouth in 1636. Son Francis preceded his father by a year and settled in Ipswich, then Norfolk Co., which became Rockingham Co., New Hampshire. From there Francis settled at Topsfield, Massachusetts. Daughter Lydia married Thomas Howlett Jr. and died at Boxford, Massachusetts. England, Massachusetts, Mass,/New Hampshire, Massachusetts

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Family Migrations XIV

This post continues with New England connections: Mahurin, Joyce, Low and Stoddard

Mahurin/Hurin/Huron: The "family legend" is that a teacher or professor suggested that Mahurin didn't sound "American-enough," so part of the family dropped the 'Ma,' while at least one family member didn't want the name of an Indian tribe and left the name as was. The story is unverified. The Mahurin family was from Scotland or Northern Ireland. Hugh Mahurin may have been indentured to one the iron works near Taunton, Massachusetts about 1691. Ebenezer, Hugh's son, moved to Marshfield and Raynham before relocating in 1731 to the part of Hunterdon Co., New Jersey that became Morris Co. in 1738/9. It was son Seth who was credited with changing Mahurin to Hurin. In 1787, the Hurins moved to New Marlborough, Ulster Co., New York. Seth moved the family from Jersey to present-day Warren Co., Ohio in 1795. Othniel Hurin joined his father on the move to Ohio. Rebecca, Othniel's daughter, married Joseph Faucett. The Faucetts, Hurins and other families moved to Indiana during the 1820s. Scotland/Ulster, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Indiana

Joyce: Walter Joyce hailed from County Galway, Ireland. He settled in Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts. His daughter, Bathsheba, married Ebenezer Mahurin and moved to Morris Co., New Jersey. Ireland, Massachusetts, New Jersey

Low: John Low settled at Hingham, Plymouth, Massachusetts after leaving his native England. Daughter Elizabeth married Walter Joyce and removed to Marshfield. England, Massachusetts

Stoddard: The Stoddard may have been of Norman or Scots-Irish origin. John Stoddard was an English Puritan and settled in the Plymouth Colony about 1638. He resided at Hingham. Elizabeth Stoddard married John Low. England, Massachusetts

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Family Migrations XIII

Up next the families Barlow, Land, Sumter and Trisler.

Barlow: Thomas Barlow left London for Virginia by 1719. He resided in Hanover, Albemarle and Caroline Counties. Thomas' son Henry opted to leave Virginia for the Kentucky country about 1789, where he settled first in Fayette County, then Woodford and finally Scott. His daughter Elizabeth married John Land. England, Virginia, Kentucky

Land: Although one source has the Lands as natives of Moravia, England is probably the family's native country. Thomas Land was born in Virginia and resided in what became Louisa and later Albemarle County. Thomas and part of the family moved to Wilkes Co., North Carolina in 1778. Son John remained in Virginia and opted for Kentucky after the Revolutionary War. John ended up in that part of Fayette County that became Jessamine in 1799. Betsy, John's daughter, married Willis Gulley and died in Indiana. England (Moravia?), Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana

Sumter: William Sumter, an Englishman, settled in Hanover [later Louisa and Albemarle] County, Virginia. Daughter Anna married Thomas Land and probably died in Kentucky, or perhaps North Carolina. Anna's brother, Thomas, became a partisan leader and general in South Carolina during the Revolutionary War. England, Virginia, Kentucky/North Carolina

Trisler: Dr. Peter Trisler came to Maryland by way of his native Wittenberg, Germany in 1780 and established residence at Hagerstown. Dr. Trisler moved to what became Jessamine Co., Kentucky in 1791. Susan Trisler, the doctor's daughter, married Martin Cawby Sr. and died in Johnson Co., Indiana. Germany, Maryland, Kentucky, Indiana

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Family Migrations XII

It's time to turn to my paternal grandmother's line! Faucett, Clark, Cawby and Gulley.

Faucett: England, Scotland, Ireland, Ulster, Huguenot territory of France? All are possible origins for the ancestors of John Faucett. He was born in the Greenbrier Valley of (West) Virginia in 1751. John Faucett's family carved out their home in the western frontier of Virginia and it the heart of the country targeted by Shawnee raids during the French and Indian [Seven Years] War. Stories later related by two of Faucett's grand children's biographies tell of his family falling victim to Indian raids. John's mother and siblings lost their lives and John, about nine years of age, was adopted into the tribe, possibly growing up in the very territory he would later call home, SW Ohio. After several years, John was traded back to the whites. Whether he was reunited with his birth father or taken in by a farmer is not known. In the years prior to the Revolutionary War, young Faucett resided near old Redstone Fort in Western Pennsylvania. He served "ranger and spy" duty on the western Pennsylvania, northern Virginia and eastern Ohio frontier. During one tour of duty, John was attached to a Virginia Line unit which entitled him to a military pension. After the war, Faucett lived in Washington Co., Pennsylvania. By 1797, he had decided to move to southwestern Ohio Territory. John, pregnant wife Eve [Fry] and possibly a son Thomas took a flatboat down the Ohio River to Cincinnati and acquired land in what was to become Warren Co. [Joseph was born on the journey.] The urge to move west came again in 1824. John, now in his seventies, moved the family to Indiana. Adjoining tracts were purchased in what became Marion and Hendricks Counties. John died in Marion Co. in 1838. Son Joseph was a life-long resident of Hendricks Co. His son, Benjamin Franklin Faucett, moved the family to Indianapolis during the early 1880s. Benjamin's granddaughter, Mayme was my grandmother. As far as the country of origin goes, I tend to favor Scots-Irish roots for John. His frontier heritage and wanderlust fit the profile. (West) Virginia, Ohio?, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana

Clark: Yet another family of uncertain national origins. Samuel Clark was a native Pennsylvanian who migrated to Maryland and Kentucky, where his son Isaac was born in 1792. The Clarks settled in Butler Co., Ohio in 1807 and moved to Hendricks Co., Indiana in 1849. Daughter Nancy married Benjamin F. Faucett. Country of origin? Scotland and England are likely candidates. Pennsylvania, Maryland, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana

Cawby: The family of a hundred or so surname spelling variations! Johannes Cabi or Cabe was of German extraction. He first settled in Philadelphia, then Maryland. By 1789, John Cawby had moved his family to the Catawba River country in North Carolina. John and sons Martin Sr, and David relocated to Jessamine Co., Kentucky in 1808 or 1809. Martin Jr. moved to Johnson Co., Indiana and later Decatur Co., Indiana. The family resided in Hendricks Co. for awhile and finally set down roots in Indianapolis. Elizabeth, daughter of Martin Cawby Jr. and Lucinda Gulley, married Charles E. Faucett. Germany, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana

Gulley: Englishman Thomas Gulley settled in Orange and Culpepper Counties of colonial Virginia. Thomas' son, Enoch had the wanderlust. Enoch left Virginia for Georgia, Tennessee and Madison Co., Kentucky, where he resided from at least 1820-1828. Enoch's next moved was to Shelby  Co., Indiana where he died in 1828 or 1829. Willis Gulley preceded his father to Kentucky. He served a brief stint in the army during the War of 1812. Willis moved to Shelby Co., Indiana with his father and would reside there and in Decatur and Hendricks Counties at various times before putting down roots in Decatur Co. in 1876. Daughter Lucinda married Martin Cawby Jr. and resided in Indianapolis, where she died in 1920.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Family Migrations XI

The  families covered on today's post are all Staten Island or Hudson Valley settlers: Blom, Christopher, Swart, Titsoort, van der Linde, Wakeman and Whittaker.

Blom: Barent Jansen Blom was of Swedish extraction and settled in New Amsterdam by 1638. He later moved his family to Brooklyn on Long Island. Daughter Tryntje married Hans Christopher and settled on Staten Island. She may have been the second wife of Arent Jansen Prall. Sweden, New Netherland/New York

Christopher/Christoffels: Immigrant Hans Christoffels came from the Netherlands to settle on Long Island during the 1660s, possibly earlier. The Christoffels later moved to Staten Island [late 1670s]. Maria, daughter of Hans, married Pieter Prall. The Netherlands, New Netherland/New York

Swart: Dutchman Teunis Cornelis Swart settled at Fort Orange [Albany], New Netherland during the late 1640s. The Swarts later settled 15 miles north of Schenectady and eventually moved to Schenectady about 1664. Daughter Neeltje married William Tisoort and later resided in Kingston and Poughkeepsie. The Netherlands, New Netherland/New York

Titsoort: William Tisoort was of Dutch parentage and was born in New Amsterdam. He moved to Schenectady about 1670. Indian raids forced the Titsoorts to leave Schenectady and settle near Port Jervis. They later moved to Kingston, Minisink and Poughkeepsie. Daughter Lysbet married James Whittaker in Schenectady and relocated to Kingston. The Netherlands, New Netherland/New York

van der Linde/deLindt: Mayken Daames Vissenburg, widow of Esias van der Linde, and her second husband Jan Verbeek, left  Amsterdam for New Amsterdam in 1641. The Verbeeks wintered at Manhattan before moving to Rennselearwyck in 1642. Mayken's daughter Lijsbetjen/Elizabeth married Teunis Swart. The Netherlands, New Netherland/New York

Wakeman: Samuel Wakeman sailed for America aboard the Lyon in 1631. The family first resided at Roxbury, Massachusetts Bay Colony. They moved to Cambridge before Samuel became one of the proprietors of Hartford, Connecticut in 1636. Wakeman died in the Bahamas on a relief mission to aide English settlers under Spanish control. Daughter Hannah was an adventure unto herself. Hannah was imprisoned following her trial for murder, blasphemy and adultery. Upon her release, she went to New York City where she was banished for not having a "resident's license." Hannah removed to Hussey's Hill and went to work for Edward Whittaker, whom she later married. Theirs was a life or turmoil. England, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York

Whittaker: 1664 marked the arrival of Edward Whittaker, a soldier in the Duke of York's Brigade, in New Amsterdam/New York City. He was assigned to Wildwyck/Kingston. In 1667 he moved to Hussey's Hill, but was back in Kingston by 1669. He later established himself at Marbletown. Edward and wife, Hannah [Wakeman Hackleton] were frequently in court over marital and other difficulties. Son James lived in Kingston until after the death of his wife and brother, Edward. He moved to Hunterdon Co., New Jersey, where daughter Mary [Whittaker] Prall resided. England, New York, New Jersey

Friday, November 15, 2013

Family Migrations X & GSMC Conference

Todays blog takes a look at the movements of the Ballinger, Wright, Harding and Bowater families.

Ballinger: Henry Ballinger was a Quaker who hailed from Nailsworth, Gloucester, England. Some early sources claim he was of French Huguenot descent. He left for America during the early 1680s and settled in Burlington, New Jersey. Henry's sons Henry Jr. and Josiah Sr. left Burlington for the Monocacy Valley of present-day Frederick Co., Maryland about 1725. They joined the New Garden MM, Chester Co., Pennsylvania the following year. Josiah later moved on to Apple Pie Ridge and helped establish the Hopewell MM in Frederick Co., Virginia near Winchester. Daughter Sarah married Evan Rogers. England, New Jersey, Maryland/Pennsylvania, Virginia

Wright: James Wright came from England to Chester Co., Pennsylvania to Maryland. He became a Quaker minister. The Wright lived for a while in the Ross-Bryan Settlement in Orange Co., Virginia. [Morgan Bryan was Rebecca Bryan Boone's grandfather.] The final stop was the Hopewell MM, Frederick Co., Virginia. England, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia

Harding: Thomas Harding was an English Quaker who settled in West Jersey in 1677. His daughter Mary wed Henry Ballinger at the Burlington MM in 1684. England, New Jersey

Bowater: John Bowater was a native of Worcestershire, England. Although he never permanently settled in America, Bowater visited Friends' Meetings in New England, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia during 1677-78. His daughter Mary came to America after the deaths of her parents and married James Wright in 1707 in Chester Co., Pennsylvania. England, New England, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, England, Pennsylvania

The GSMC Conference is tomorrow! Walk-ins welcome! Details at www.genealogyindy.org

Thursday, November 14, 2013

GSMC Conference / Family Migrations IX

Another reminder here about the GSMC Conference this Saturday. Details: www.genealogyindy.org

Today, I'm going to look at the Quaker branches of the family. Well, mostly Quaker.  A couple of Swiss families enter the mix as well. Rogers, Rinker, Schultz, Pugh and Evans

Rogers: The Quaker family came from Merionethshire, Wales during the late 1690s to settle in the Merion Welsh Tract near Philadelphia. The immigrant was Roger ap Robert. His children chose to go with the patronymic surname Rogers and pass it on to their children. John Rogers resided at North Wales in Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania and attended the Gwynned Monthly Meeting. John uprooted his family and relocated to the Back Creek Valley in Frederick Co., Virginia [near Gainsboro]. Evan [John, Roger] and John [Evan, John, Roger] also lived in the Back Creek region. It would be John's daughter Elizabeth Rogers Wolary who would take the road north and west to Auglaize Co., Ohio. Wales, Pennsylvania, Virginia (Ohio)

Rinker (Ringger): Hans Casper Rinker's family removed from Neurensdorf, Zurich, Switzerland in 1743 for Philadelphia and settled at Germantown, Pennsylvania. Casper moved to Frederick Co., Virginia in 1757. Casper died in 1804. Although Swiss Lutheran, he was buried in the Quaker Burying Ground. Daughter Maria married John Rogers. Switzerland, Pennsylvania, Virginia

Schultz: Jacob Schultz was a native of Germany or Switzerland [most likely the latter] and settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania, where daughter Maria married Casper Rinker. The Rinkers moved to Frederick Co., Virginia. Switzerland, Pennsylvania, Virginia

Evans: Sarah Evans came to America with her brothers in 1698. They were natives of Merionethshire, Wales and settled at Gwynned, Pennsylvania. Her father was Evan Lloyd ab Evan ap Robert ap Lewis ap Griffith ap Howel. Sarah married Robert Pugh [ap Hugh]. Their daughter Ellen married John Rogers. Wales, Pennsylvania (Virginia)

Pugh: The Pugh family was also from Merioneth. Robert and Sarah Evans were married in Wales and came to America in 1698. They were also cousins. Robert's father was Hugh ap Griffith ab Evan ap Robert ap Lewis. Wales, Pennsylvania (Virginia)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Family Migration VIII

The three families I'm working on today tied together by faith and narrow-mindedness: Howland, Prence and Collier.

Collier: William Clark was one of the "Merchant Adventurers" who financed the Pilgrims venture to America. He was a resident of Surrey, England when he decided to sail for America. Collier was admitted as a freeman in Plymouth in 1633/4 and settled in Duxbury. His daughter, Mary, was the 2nd wife of Thomas Prence. England, Plymouth (Mass.)

Prence: Thomas Prence, of Gloucester, England, arrived in Plymouth in 1621. Prence was a three-time governor of Plymouth Colony. He was a resident of Duxbury. He was staunchly anti-Quaker. His daughter, Elizabeth married Arthur Howland, Jr. England, Plymouth (Mass.)

Howland: Arthur Howland, Sr. was the brother of the Mayflower passenger John Howland. Unlike John, Arthur and their other brother, Henry, were Quakers. Arthur left Huntingdon, England for Plymouth during the early 1630s. He settled in Duxbury and Marshfield. Arthur Jr. remained in Marshfield and married Elizabeth Prence. [The couple frequently ran afoul of her father, the colonial governor.] Their daughter, Mary, married Henry Goddard in Rhode Island. Mary died in Massachusetts. England, Plymouth, Rhode Island, Massachusetts

Friday, November 8, 2013

Family Migrations VII

If you haven't signed up for the GSMC Annual Conference on Photographic Preservation on Nov. 16, there's still time! Visit www.genealogyindy.org

Today's post will take a look at the migration of five families: Billiou, DuBois, Wall and Goddard.

Billiou: Technically, the family could be credited with two slightly different migration patterns. Pierre Billiou arrived on Staten Island in 1661 from Leiden, South Holland, The Netherlands. He had fled his home in Lille, France [French Flanders]. As a Walloon [French Protestant], Pierre moved to Leiden, where the Protestants were welcomed. Pierre was one of the original patentees of Staten Island. He died there in 1701. His daughter, Marie, had arrived in New Netherland a short time before the rest of her family with her Uncle Louis DuBois. She lived with the DuBois family until her marriage to Arent Jansen Prall in 1670 and joined her parents on Staten Island about 1675. Flanders, New Netherland/New York

DuBois: Louis DuBois was a native of Wicres, then a part of the Spanish Netherlands [Fr. Flanders], he married in Frankenthal, near Mannheim, Paltz, Germany. The family apparently stopped in Leiden to visit his sister Francoise Billiou and invited her daughter, Marie to join them on the trip to America. The family settled at Wildwyck on Esopus Creek [now Kingston]. Louis founded the trading post of Nieu Dorp [Hurley] and was a founder of New Paltz. He died in Kingston. Flanders, New Netherland/New York

Wall: William Wall was a native of Ireland and settled in Newport, Rhode Island. The family later relocated to Warwick. Granddaughter Susanna married Holden Rhodes. Ireland, Rhode Island

Goddard: Henry Goddard was from Gloucestershire, England. He first located in York, Massachusetts [now Maine], then in Rhode Island at Jamestown. Daughter Susanna married William Wall. England, Mass./Maine/ Rhode Island

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Family Migrations VI

As I am wandering through the various family movements, if anyone thinks there might be a tie-in to their roots, drop me a line! We can compare notes.

This round will take a look at the following families: Rittenhouse, Garrison, Baker and Howell

Rittenhouse: Wilhelm Rittenhouse was born in Mulheim, Westphalia, Germany in 1644 and learned the paper making trade in The Netherlands. He followed the Mennonite faith. Wilhelm settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania [near Philadelphia], where he opened the first paper mill in the British colonies. His son, Gerhard/Garrett farmed and operated a gristmill in nearby Cresheim. Grandson William settled near Rosemont, Hunterdon Co., New Jersey in 1734. William's son, Isaac stayed in the area and operated the Cross Keys Tavern. His daughter, Elizabeth married Cornelius Prall, Jr. After stays in neighboring counties, the family moved to Harford Co., Maryland, where Elizabeth died. Westphalia (Germany), The Netherlands, Pennsylvania, New Jersey (Maryland)

Garrison: The family had its roots in Oldenburg in NW Germany with Gerrit Jansen, who settled on Manhattan Island around 1632 and later on Long Island. The next three generations [Jan, Johannes, John Garrison] established the family on Staten Island. John moved to Hunterdon Co., New Jersey, but eventually returned to Staten Island. His daughter, Rebecca married Cornelius Prall, Sr. and remained in New Jersey. NW Germany, New Netherland/New York, New Jersey, New York

Baker: Susannah Baker's grandfather, Timothy was a native of Suffolk, England and settled in Hunterdon Co., New Jersey. Susannah married Isaac Rittenhouse in 1757. England, New Jersey

Howell: Thomas Howell of the shires of Stafford and Warwick in England, arrived with the Penn fleet in 1682. Although arriving with the Quakers, Howell was probably a member of the Church of England. Howell settled in West Jersey in Gloucester Co. Son Daniel resided in Philadelphia and later Bucks Co., Pennsylvania. Daniel's daughter, Catherine married William Rittenhouse and lived in Hunterdon Co., New Jersey. England, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New Jersey

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Family Migrations V: Rhode Island Connections

I've been amazed that so many of my families ended up in Rhode Island. Then again, that small group of settlers intermarried a lot. Although there were a few other one or two generational families, I'm focusing on a dozen of the most prominent. Rhodes, Remington, Gorton, Greene, Waterman, Williams, Holden, Dungan, Latham, Allen, Almy and Arnold

Rhodes: Immigrant Zachariah Rhodes came from Lancashire, England, landed at Plymouth and settled in Rehoboth. His opposition to strict Puritanism, led Rhodes to flee to Providence Plantation in 1646. He would call Newport and Pawtuxet home. Son John established the family in Warwick. The next three generations remained in Warwick. Zachariah Rhodes [b. 1784] followed the family's seafaring tradition, but in Baltimore, Maryland. He died at sea in 1815. Daughter Ann Bathia Rhodes married Isaac R. Prall and resided in Harford Co., Maryland and York Co., Pennsylvania. England, Plymouth Colony (MA), Providence Plantation-Rhode Island, Maryland [Pennsylvania]

Remington: The Remingtons came from Yorkshire, England and resided in Newbury, Rowley, Andover and Haverhill, Massachusetts before moving to Jamestown, Rhode Island in 1664. The Remingtons ended up in Warwick. John, Thomas and Daniel established their families there. Daniel's daughter Mary was Zachariah Rhodes' grandmother. England, Massachusetts, Rhode Island

Gorton: Samuel Gorton was born in Lancashire, married in London and settled in Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony. Religious conflicts forced him to relocate to Plymouth and finally to Rhode Island, where son John established the family at Warwick. John's granddaughter, Anna married Daniel Remington. England, Massachusetts [Mass. Bay and Plymouth], Rhode Island

Greene: Dr. John Greene left Dorset, England for Boston and Salem. He followed Roger Williams to Providence. The Greenes would also settle in Warwick. John granddaughter, Catherine, married Charles Holden. (Dr. Greene was also the ancestor of Brig. Gen. Nathanael Greene) England, Massachusetts Bay, Providence-Rhode Island

Allen: William Allen, a Yorkshire, England native, seems to have bypassed Massachusetts and settled in Rhode Island. Daughter Mary married Thomas Remington. England, Rhode Island

Arnold: Immigrant William Arnold was born in Somerset, England. He settled in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1635 and in 1640 relocated to Providence Plantation. Daughter Joanna married Zachariah Rhodes. (William's son Benedict was the first in a long line of Arnolds with that given name, including Gen. Arnold of West Point fame.) England, Massachusetts Bay, Providence-Rhode Island

Almy: William Almy followed a similar path to most of the others. He was born in Leicester, England, settled first in Massachusetts, then Rhode Island. Daughter Annis married Dr. John Greene. England, Massachusetts, Rhode Island

Dungan/Latham: William Dungan, probably born in Ireland, died before the family left for the colonies. His wife, Frances Latham of Bedfordshire, England, made the trip with her 2nd husband. They settled at Newport, Rhode Island in 1637. Daughter Frances Dungan married Randall Holden. England, Rhode Island

Waterman: Richard Waterman, of Suffolk, England, was another to settle in Salem after arriving in Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was among those banished from the colony and joined Roger Williams in Providence. Resolved Waterman [son] married Roger Williams' daughter, Mercy. England, Massachusetts Bay, Providence-Rhode Island

Williams: London-born Roger Williams resided in Essex, England before sailing for America. He lived in both the Bay Colony and Plymouth Colony before being banished in 1636. He founded Providence Plantation as a haven for religious freedom. England, Massachusetts [Mass. Bay and Plymouth], Rhode Island

Monday, November 4, 2013

Family Migrations 1V & GSMC Conference

Well, it's time to turn to my Dad's side of the family with the Prall, Wolary & Hubbard families. [I'll deal with my paternal grandmother's line later on.]

Prall: The best current theory is that the Pralls arrived on Staten Island from The Netherlands about 1650 as one of the families settling Cornelis Melyn's new "colony." The family survived the Staten Island massacre during the Peach War in 1655 and moved to Manhattan and then Wildwyck [Kingston]. Arent Jansen Prall [the first to take the surname] married there. The family moved back to Staten Island about 1675. The 3rd generation [Aaron] moved to property in Hunterdon Co., New Jersey. The family would relocate to a handful of neighboring counties before a lengthy stop in Harford Co., Maryland, then York Co., Pennsylvania. After his wife's death, Isaac R. Prall joined several of his children in a moved to Ohio. Hugh McDonald Prall lived in Highland and Auglaize Counties before landing in Grant Co., Indiana. My grandfather, William Marshall Prall was a candy maker in Marion, Indiana, Cincinnati, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. The family stayed in Indy, until my folks retired to Bonita Springs, Florida. In the meantime, I moved to Arcadia, Florida in 1973 to start my teaching career and returned to Indiana in 2008 [Avon.] New Netherland/New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Ohio, Indiana, Florida, Indiana

Wolary: Henry Ullery was the first of the family to appear in the records. His family probably came from one of the German states. Henry may have been born in Hampshire Co., (W) Virginia in 1788. Henry lived in Back Creek Valley, Frederick Co., Virginia and married Elizabeth Rogers there in 1813. The Wolarys moved to Auglaize Co., Ohio about 1820. Henry went back to Virginia in 1849 to visit family and died there. William Wolary was one to move about quite a bit. Stops were made in Fayette and Clinton Co., Ohio, Grant Co., Indiana, before moving back to Ohio [Clinton, Highland, Auglaize, Logan and Shelby.] William's daughter married Hugh M. Prall in Auglaize Co., Ohio and lived in Grant Co., Indiana thereafter. Germany, Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Ohio, Indiana

Hubbard: The country of origin is unknown at this time, possibly England. Levin Hubbard was born in Maryland in 1769. He migrated to Delaware, then to Ohio, residing in Clinton and Ross Counties. Daughters Sarah, from his 2nd marriage and Sina, from his 3rd marriage, were the two wives of William Wolary. England?, Maryland, Delaware, Ohio

A reminder that the GSMC Annual Conference will be at the Indiana History Center on November 16. www.genealogyindy.org

Saturday, November 2, 2013

GSMC Annual Conference & Family Migrations III

Reminder for those of you in the area: The Genealogical Society of Marion County's Annual Conference will be held on Saturday, November 16 at the Indiana History Center, in partnership with the Indiana Historical Society. This year's program: Photographic History, Preservation and Archiving" with Joan Hostetler. For details visit http://genealogyindy.org/

The bulk of the remaining families allied to the Simmons-Jennison branch of Mom's family came from various shires in England and settled in Massachusetts. Down the line their descendants married into the previously mentioned families. A few still remain a mystery as to their country of origin. Two, although based in Massachusetts, deserve mention:

Nourse/Nurse - Towne: The Townes hailed from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. The Nurse family was from Yarmouth, Bristol, England. Rebecca Towne and Francis Nurse married in Salem, Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1644. They had the misfortune of residing in Salem Village in 1692 and being on the wrong side of local church politics. Rebecca was wrongly accused of witchcraft, but faced the gallows anyway. Her descendants found their way west.

MacCallum/Callum: Micam (Malcolm) MacCallam was a patriotic young Scot captured by Cromwell's Army at the Battle of Dunbar in December of 1650. Cromwell shipped a sizable number of his prisoners to the Saugus Iron Works near Lynn, Massachusetts in early 1651. The Scots became indentured servants there. Micam had earned his freedom by 1655. He added a few drops of Scots blood to the family's westward movement.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Family Migrations II

Round two of my maternal family migrations includes the Simmons, Jennison, Crousore, Smith and O'Neill families.

Simmons: The Simmons clan is another one that didn't totally follow the standard western migration pattern. John Simmons, Sr. came from Hampshire, England during the early 1750s and opened a tavern at the corner of Wall and Nassau Streets in New York City. John and his tavern achieved quite a bit of notoriety. John was called the "most corpulent man" in the colonies and the tavern became a hotbed for patriotic activity. The British occupation of NY City during the Revolutionary War forced the Simmons family to flee. The family resided in Orange Co., NY [where John Jr. enlisted], possibly Burlington Co., NJ, Philadelphia, and Dutchess Co., NY before returning home to reopen the tavern after the war. John acquired land in what is now Chenango Co., NY. John Jr. became his land agent and relocated there. He later operated a "public house" near Cannonsburgh, Pennsylvania. John spent some time in Dearborn Co., Indiana before moving to Monroe Co., Ohio and Wheeling, (West) Virginia, where he died in 1843. Son John W. found land in Switzerland Co., Indiana, Butler Co., Ohio, Henry Co., Ohio and Campbell Co., Kentucky [d. 1857] James Morris Simmons resided in southwestern Ohio, Howard and Carroll Co., Indiana. John T. was a bit more grounded than his ancestors, spending most of his life in Howard and Tipton Co., Indiana. His daughter, Mima, married into the Crail  family in 1882. England, New York, (NJ?), Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky. Indiana

Jennison: Robert Jennison was born in Colchester, England and settled in Watertown,  Massachusetts between 1630-1637. The family remained in Massachusetts for several generations, until Peter Jennison moved to Chenango Co., New York prior to 1812. His daughter, Dolly joined husband John W. Simmons' migration. England, Massachusetts, New York.

Crousore: Nicholas Kraushaar was born in "Germany," settled in eastern Pennsylvania and later in Fayette Co. in western Pennsylvania. John Crousore and most of his brood settled in Clinton Co., Ohio, before cutting a swath through Rush, Delaware, Madison and Howard Co., Indiana. Son Jacob would eventually end up in McPherson Co., Kansas, where he and wife Amy [Smith] died during the late 1870s. Germany, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Kansas

Smith: The family's country of origin is unknown, but the British Isles is a fair bet. The Smiths settled in western Virginia and Pennsylvania, William [son of Henry] settled in Clinton Co., Ohio, where two of his children, John and Ama Jemima "Amy" married into the Crousores. The Smiths joined the migration into Indiana. Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana

O'Neill: Catherine O'Neill was born in County Cork, Ireland about 1833/34. She arrived in New York about 1852 and settled in Indianapolis, where she married Aaron Crail in 1857. The next 77 years were spent moving around Indiana and to Chicago, or residing with family in Indianapolis. Ireland, Indiana, Illinois, Indiana