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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

McPhersons of Nova Scotia

Although I have touched on this family name before, I’d like to revisit it. Over the course of time, more names and more information has come to light and it may help someone looking into the Nova Scotia McPhersons. It might also generate some feed back which will enhance my research, as well.

The earliest Mcpherson I can find in my family tree is Donald. I have found that many of the early records have been lost due to the ravages of time and the elements, so it has been a struggle. From the death certificate of my gt. gt. grandmother, Sarah McPherson Chambers, I was able to learn that her father was named Donald. As luck would have it, the one reporting her death did not know her Sarah’s mother’s name. So with the help of my sister and some of the neat answers she got to her letters of inquiry, I found that Sarah’s mother was Susan Hingley. It appears that Sarah might have been one of the first two or three children born to Susan Hingley and Donald McPherson. They lived in a rather remote area of Colchester Co., Nova Scotia at the mouth of the French and Waugh Rivers, in Tatamagouche, a Mi’kmaq term.

From the information that has been gathered, Donald was a farmer who was born in Nova Scotia around 1801. He married Susan Hingley sometime before or around 1830. As far as can be determined they had a family of at least eight.  Sarah, my gt. gt. grandmother might be the eldest. Some of my research points to her having a brother, Hugh, born a year after her.
Family Group Sheet for Donald McPherson
Husband: Donald (Daniel) McPherson
Birth: 1801 in Pictou, NS
Death: Aft. 1881 in Waugh's River, Colchester Co., NS
Father: Unknown McPherson
Wife: Susan Hingley
1F        Name: Sarah McPherson
            Birth: 22 Dec 1831 in NS
            Marriage: 1852 in Point Brule, NS
            Death: 20 Aug 1913 in Westfield, NJ
            Burial: 22 Aug 1913 in Fairview Cem., Westfield, NJ
            Spouse: James C. Chambers

2M       Name: Hugh McPherson
            Birth: Jan 1832 in Nova Scotia
            Death: 15 Mar 1917 in Sandville, NS
            Spouse: Amelia Hoeg

3M       Name: Alexander McPherson
            Birth: 01 Jan 1834
            Marriage: 14 Oct 1857
            Death: 25 Jul 1911 in Clinton, MA
            Spouse: Dorcas Seaman

4F        Name: Annie McPherson
            Birth: Abt. 1838

5F        Name: Nancy McPherson
            Birth: 10 Nov 1840
            Death: 30 Jul 1917
            Spouse: James McPherson

6F        Name: Hannah McPherson
            Birth: 19 Oct 1846 in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, Canada; Twin
            Burial: 1926 in West Sackville, NB
            Death: 24 Aug 1926 in West Sackville, NB
            Spouse: Roderick McLeod

7F        Name: Margaret McPherson
            Birth: 19 Oct 1846 in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, Canada; Twin
            Marriage: 1865
            Death: 19 Jul 1930
            Spouse: William Eagan

8 M      Name: William Roderick McPherson
            Birth: 1849 in Sand Point, NS
            Marriage: 30 Jan 1868 in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia, Canada
            Death: Aft. 1872
            Spouse: Lilly Jane Tattrie

After some serious confusion over a dozen or more people named Donald McPherson, it cleared itself up with the 1881 Canadian census, where he was listed as Daniel. The people of the Maritime Provinces seem to use their middle names instead of their given names except for legal documents where they used their given names. When a census taker comes along and a head of house isn’t home, the person who gave the info gave the commonly used middle name. A research tip to self – always research both names if they are known.

1F      As indicated, Sarah McPherson Chambers didn’t stay in NS. They went to Wallace Bridge, NS where James was a mariner/ship builder. Their first son, my gt. grandfather, was born there. They moved to Dorchester NB where there were three ship yards. James worked for Hickman’s for about 30 years. Then they moved to Bath ME where the iron ships were being built. The sailing ships were being replaced by steamships. Their youngest daughter married and went to NJ to live. They soon followed and remained there until they both died, in their 80’s about 6 weeks apart. James and Sarah Chambers are buried in the Fairview Cem., in Westfield, NJ. Supposedly she had 13 children, but so far only eight names have been discovered. “The Westfield Leader” on Aug. 27, 1913 reported Sarah's death. She had been ill for two years. It says she was 82 and a native of NS. Their children were: All Chambers surname - Alexander Scott, Emma Jane (Hicks), Nancy Lavinia (Vincent), John, William, James, George, Ella May (Tavenor). Married names in ( ).

2M     Hugh McPherson is seen in the 1871 Canadian Census in Waugh’s River, NS with his wife Amelia (Hoeg) and his son Alexander. In the 1881 census for the same place he is shown with an additional 7 children. In 1891, his son Silas is still living in the household. In 1911, Hugh is living with his son Neil and his wife Lillian (Tattrie) and their 5 children. Hugh’s wife, Amelia is also listed. Their children were: All McPherson surname -  Alexander Scott, Susan, Annie (Mattatall), Neil, Daniel, Sarah, Thomas, Emma, William, Katie, Silas. I’ve been unable to find much more information about the children in this family. The possibility is that they immigrated to the States. This family is still a work in progress.

3M     Alexander McPherson moved to Clinton, MA and appears in the USA Fed census of 1880 living there with his wife Dorcas (Seaman), 4 children and a 16 year old niece, another Sarah McPherson. This Sarah is the right age to be the daughter of Hugh, mentioned above. He is listed as a carpenter. Two of his children and his niece are recorded as being employed at a carpet mill. His eldest child, James Chambers McPherson, has moved to Asheville, NC with his wife Emma (Trafford) and son, Jamie. James C. is listed as a Plumber/gas fitter. The children of Alexander and Dorcas were: All McPherson surname – James C., Susan, Daniel, Sarah, Emma, William, Lizzie Jane aka Jennie (McCracken). Susan apparently never married and was the informant on her father’s death certificate, Sarah died at the age of 3. There is also a birth record for Emma the same year as Sarah. I can find no further records on Emma but there is a death record for Sarah. Without evidence I can’t say they are the same person. However, this may be the use of a middle name rather than the given name. The other possibility is that they are twins. Daniel married and lived in Lynn, MA. He was a blacksmith for the railroad. There are no children listed for them. William stayed in the Worcester, MA area and, with his son, owned a fire Insurance business. Lizzie Jane or Jennie married Alpha MCracken, who was a fireman and they had 5 children.

4F      Annie McPherson is an unknown and may very well belong to a different Donald McPherson, of which there were many. She is still being researched in an effort to positively include her or eliminate her.

5F      Nancy McPherson has a birth year of 1840 and a marriage date of 1864 to James McPherson, a cousin, son of Neal and Margaret Hingley McPherson. According to all the census records found, all of her children were born in Nova Scotia. They were: Alexander, Mary, John (Mary and John were twins), Millie, Sidney, Stewart (Sidney and Stewart were twins), Daniel and Matthew. The family immigrated in 1881 to Bath ME where they remained. James was a carpenter, most likely associated with the ship building industry there. Their eldest son, Alexander, died shortly after they arrived in Bath ME at the age of 15. Their eldest daughter, Mary, never married and lived with a brother in the 1920’s. John stayed in Bath and worked at a foundry. Millie was married, divorced and back living with her parents by 1900. Sidney also stayed in Bath and also worked in a foundry.  Stewart was married and divorced by 1914. Daniel became a brick wall. There seems to be no record of him after arriving in Bath, ME. He doesn’t appear on any census as Daniel or by his middle name Herbert, nor do I find any death record. The last child was Matthew, an iron worker, who married and stayed in  Bath ME. Nancy died in 1917.

6F      Hannah McPherson was born in 1846 and was an identical twin to her sister Margaret. She married Roderic McLeod before 1872 and they had 5 sons. They lived in West Sackville, NB for most of their married life. Their children were: All surnames McLeod: William, Alexander, John, Zabud and Chester.  William was a blacksmith in a forging plant in Sackville, NB, later moving to New Glasgow NS. Alexander went to Vancour, BC where he died in 1950. I could only find the birth info on John and nothing further. Zabud married, had three children and died in 1935 in Sackville, NB. Chester, whose name is really Hazen Chester, married, had three children and died in 1967 in Sackville. Hannah died in 1926 and is buried in West Sackville, NB.

7F      Margaret McPherson, Hannah’s twin, married William Eagan in 1864 in Sackville, NB. They had 4 sons and 2 daughters, all born in NB. In 1892 they were in Bath ME, when one of their daughters married. Sometime during the early 1900’s they resettled in Brockton, MA. All of the children married and settled in the Brockton area, one of them in Needham, MA. According to a news article in my gt. grandmother’s book, the twin sisters hadn’t seen each other for twenty years and a reunion took place at their sister Nancy’s in Bath ME, sometime around 1910. The article said that the two so closely resembled each other that even people who knew them had a hard time telling them apart. Margaret died in 1930 and is buried in Brockton MA.

8M     William Roderic McPherson born in 1849, the youngest child of Donald and Susan. He married Lillian Jane Tattrie in 1868. They had three sons: Roderic, George and John Robert. William died sometime before 1881 when his wife and sons are recorded living with Donald (Daniel) and Susan McPherson at Waugh’s River in NS. I didn’t find a death record for him which leads me to believe he may have been lost at sea. My gt. grandfather was lost at sea and there is no death record listed for him either. Lilly remarried in 1888 to Samuel Buckler who was the son of William and Grizella McBurnie Buckler. Roderic moved to Boston and married in 1894. George was still living in Tatamagouche in 1934 when he was the informant on his mother’s death certificate.

Everyone of Donald’s children, except William, had a son named Alexander Scott. This would seem to indicate that someone of that name held some prominence within the family. For the time being, I am going to use this name as a theory that Donald’s father, the immigrant from Scotland, was named Alexander Scott. Perhaps that will open a few doors to further research and possibly lead to the area of Scotland from whence they came. 

                                      By Jvienneau at English Wikipedia, CC BY 2.5,                                                     

The Westfield Leader, Aug. 27, 1913

Federal Census records 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940

Canadian Census Records 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901

Bath ME, Vital Statistics

Colchester Co. Nova Scotia, Vital Staistics

Automated genealogy

Naturalization Records

Draft Registrations

Friday, January 27, 2017

Great grandmother’s scrapbook/poetry/recipe book


My great grandmother, Rebecca Chambers, died when I was 4 1/2 mos. old so I never had a chance to know her.  However I have a book she must have spent some time working on. It appears to have been a book with blank pages and there is writing on some of the pages but she pasted newspaper clippings over most of them. I can distinguish isolated words but can make no sense of what the whole sentences are.

This appears to have been something she worked on between 1900 and 1915 as I have dates for some obits pasted among all the tidbits she found important.  There are many, many recipes from newspapers, cut out and carefully glued onto each page. Since she lived in Winthrop, MA and worked for a Dr. in Boston, there is no telling what newspapers she cut these from.

Interspersed with the recipes are other cut outs, some of news, poetry she must have found enjoyable, and others of homemade remedies. This last one caught my interest and I wondered just what concoctions were brewed up in the family kitchen 117 years ago.

Thought I’d share some of these. The first one I found was:

An Old Fashioned Cough Remedy
“In case of an obstinate cough or cold in the throat, so often among little children in the winter, take a 5-cent package of hops, steep one half in a cup and a half of water.  When cooked down to one half the amount strain and mix with one cup and a half of molasses and allow this mixture to just come to a boil. When cool it is ready and will keep any length of time. The hops soothe and quiet the throat and is not unpleasant to take. It saves buying cough syrups, which often take the child’s appetite away and upsets the stomach. In my own family, I have used this and found it helpful with myself as well as my little ones.
Dose – One teaspoonful after coughing spells. Mrs. Robert Treadwell, 19 Bellevue Ave. Cambridge
                                                                                                                                                  Cough Medicine
Boil four tablespoons of flaxseed in one quart of water, strain, add a cents worth of rock candy, half a cup or more of brown sugar and the juice of two lemons. Boil again, let cool and drink freely. If this remedy is given when the cough first appears it will afford immediate relief.   Zetland

Chapped Hands
If you are troubled with chapped and face this cold weather, fill a bottle with one-third glycerin, one-third water and one-third witch hazel. Use on hands and face at night. It is much better than rose water and glycerin and witch hazel is both healing and whitening to the skin. Many people can’t use rose water at all. They say it seems to burn the skin.  Eternal Progress

Treatment for Croup
Take the white of 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of white vinegar and beat well, then give to patient 1 teaspoonful every 15 minutes till all is taken. This has been known to stop a very croupy cough. Mrs. George Bourret. 22 Daniel St., Fitchburg

Remedy for Chapped Hands
Boil one pint of rain water, when cold add 1 heaping tablespoonful of rochelle salts, 1 teaspoonful of tincture of benzoin, perfume if desired. Mrs. Earnest Morse, Box 195, West Acton

To Strengthen a Child’s Legs
When a child’s legs seem weak, bathe them every night in warm water in which potatoes have been boiled.

For Sore Throat
Wring a flannel out of hot vinegar and sprinkle with pepper and bind on neck.
Emily F. Noyes, Woodsville, NH

There were many other ‘helpful hints’ about washing clothes, washing your hair, remedies for all sorts of ailments, but were repetitious to some degree. So I thought I would close this blog and get back to my other research, post haste.

I close with this:

Which month are you?

A January bride will be a prudent housekeeper and very good tempered.

A February bride will be a kind and affectionate wife and tender mother.

A March bride will be a frivolous chatterbox, somewhat given to quarreling.

An April bride will be inconsistent, not very intelligent but fairly good looking.

A May bride will be handsome, amiable and likely to be happy.

A June bride will be impetuous and generous.

A July bride will be handsome and smart, but a trifle quick tempered.

An August bride will be amiable and practical.

A September bride will be discreet, affable and much liked.

An October bride will be pretty, coquettish, loving but jealous.

A November bride will be liberal, kind, but of a wild disposition.

A December bride will be fond of novelty and entertainment.

And now for those of us in the USA – it is TAX Season, never my favorite time of year.


Sunday, December 18, 2016

William Bassett c. 1600-1667

If there is one thing I discovered about William Bassett it is that his ancestry is still very much in question. Then, to make matters even worse, information on William, the father, and William, the son, have been combined, twisted and confused.  I have found reports stating that the elder Bassett was married four times when, in fact, he was married twice and the son was also married twice. Other reports have William, the son, married to his mother. It has been a struggle trying to decipher who was who, when and where. I can say that I have not found any report or record that states exactly where the elder William Bassett was born. It is not even certain that he is the father of the William Bassett who went to Plymouth in 1621. All circumstantial evidence points to him being the father and it does seem probable, but there is no evidence. Interestingly, the DNA project of the Bassett Family Assoc. show that William, the immigrant, may not have been connected to the Kent, England, Bassetts.

In doing recent research on William Bassett, I have discovered that there are at least four different locations given for his birth. The one I’m using is Sandwich, Kent, England, as it was mentioned in records concerning him while he was in Leiden, Holland. This does not mean this is where he was born, just that he was there before he left for Holland. This William was born about 1575 and was the son of Edward Bassett and Elizabeth Lygon. He married Cecelia Light, Dec 30 1592. Cecelia died in 1606. In 1608, he became involved with the ‘Pilgrim Church’ at Scrooby, near York, England, where they hoped to return to a more pure form of worship, excluding the Pope, and embracing the thinking of the Protestant Reformation. And so, he was among the members of the church who left England to settle in Leiden, Holland. He was to marry again, in 1611, but his intended wife, Mary Butler, died before they could exchange vows. Yet marry again he did, to Margaret Oldham on Aug 13 1611. William was a master mason. He died and was buried Apr 23 1631 at St. Nicholas, Gloucestershire. I believe this shows that he returned to England. It is not generally believed that he went to Plymouth.

William Bassett (1600-1667) left Leiden on the Speedwell, but it proved to be unseaworthy and returned to England. He is believed to be the son of William (1575-1631) and Cecelia Light Bassett. But Robert Charles Anderson in The Great Migration Begins [vol. I, p.130] says that it is "possible" that the William Bassett of Leiden in 1611 was the father of the immigrant to Plymouth in 1621, but there is no evidence directly favoring this hypothesis. William Bassett, the immigrant, arrived in Plymouth, in 1621, on the Fortune.  William married Elizabeth (nee unknown – not Tilden), in 1623 (or before), who may have been a passenger on the Fortune as well. He was a blacksmith and a gunsmith. Blacksmith tools were found within the inventory of his personal goods after his death. It is believed he was a well educated man since many books, some on theology, were found in his inventory, as well. He moved to Duxbury, MA arund 1637. He married a second time to Mary Tilden Lapham in 1651. All of his six children were with his first wife. It is unclear whether she died after the last child was born (c. 1634) or later.  They had six children:

          William          (1624-1670) m. Mary Raynesford – 3 children
          Elizabeth       (1626-1661) m. Thomas Burgess
          *Nathaniel     (1628-1710) m. Dorca Joyce – 10 children
          Sarah                     (1630-1712) m. Peregrine White – 6 children
          Ruth             (1633-c 1693) m. John Sprague
          Joseph         (c 1635-1712) m. Martha Hobart – 7 children

*Nathaniel started out in Duxbury but then moved on to Marshfield (both in Plymouth Colony). Eventually he moved to Yarmouth, located on Cape Cod where he lived until his death, at age 82. He and Dorcas had 10 children:

          Samuel         (c 1672-1760) m. Elizabeth Jones
          Dorcas          (c 1675-1707)
          Nathan         (1677-1723) m. Mary Crowell
          *Hannah       (c 1679-1741) m. Joseph Covell
          Sarah           (c 1689-c 1744) m. John Nickerson
          William          (c 1698-?) m. Martha Godfrey
          Nathaniel      (?-1728) m. Joanna Borden
          Joseph         (?-1750) m. Susanna Howes
          Ruth             (? - ?)
          Mary             (? – 1741) m. Thomas Mulford

                           Red dot indicates location of Yarmouth (pronounced Yah-muth)

*Hannah Bassett m. Joseph Covell, son of Nathaniel Covell and Sarah Nickerson. Nathaniel Covell became an indentured servant of Edward Winslow, of Marshfield in New England, on Apr 18 1653 in Chelmsford, England. Nathaniel arrived in Boston Aug 26 1653 and was assigned to Peregrine White, a step-son of Edward Winslow. Peregrine White is the first English male child born on the Mayflower while it lay at anchor in Cape Cod Bay. Peregrine’s father died in Feb 1621 and his mother, Susannah, married Edward Winslow. Peregrine married Sarah Bassett, d/o William and Elizabeth (unknown) Bassett. Through these marriages the Whites, Bassetts, Winslows, Covells and Nickersons all became inter-related, as the ensuing generations intermarried with each other.

*Hannah Basset and Joseph Covell’s farm was part of William Nickerson’s land and was located on the east side of Muddy Cove. Hannah and Joseph had 8 children:

          Lydia            (1701-?) m. Thomas Nickerson, s/o Thomas and Mary                                       Bangs Nickerson 
          *Sarah          (1705-bef 1790) m. William Nickerson, s/o William and                                        Deliverance Lombard Nickerson
          Constant       (c 1706-1772) m. Ebenezer Nickerson, s/o Thomas and                                      Mary Bangs Nickerson
          James          (c 1709-?) m. Mehitable Nickerson, d/o Samuel and Hannah                                       Hall Nickerson
          Joseph         (1710-?)
          Dorcas         (1714-1803 m. James Nickerson, s/o William and                                               Deliverance Lombard Nickerson
          Hanna          (?-?)
          Nathaniel     (?-?) m. Mary Chase

*Sarah Covell and William Nickerson had 12 children, all born in Chatham, MA:
          Absalom       (1724-?)
          Stephen        (1726-1801)  went to Barrington, NS, Canada
          Deliverance   (1728-1780)
          James           (1730-bef 1781)
          Mercy            (1732-aft 1805)
          *Elizabeth      (1735-1826)  went to Barrington, NS, Canada
          William          (1736-?)
          Lumbart        (1739-?)
          Susanna       (1741-?)
          Joshua          (1743-?)
          Gideon          (1746-?)       went to Barrington, NS, Canada
          Nicholas        (?-?)

At this point, my blog converges with a former blog on the Nickersons. I will just quickly list the remaining generations.

          Sarah and Williams daughter Elizabeth:
          *Elizabeth Nickerson (1735-1826) m. Archelaus Smith (1734-1821).                                            Their son Hezekiah –
          *Hezekiah Smith (1754-1834) m. Abigail Doane (1758-1847)                                                       Their son Stephen
          *Stephen Smith (1786-1870) m. Elizabeth Spinney (1789-1874)
              Their daughter Rachel
          *Rachel Smith (1823-1881) m. Samuel Scarr (1814-?) Their daughter                                        Mary Ellen
          *Mary Ellen Scarr (1854-1913) m. Henry Gordon Carmichael (1850-1910)
              Their daughter Nora
          *Nora Carmichael (1875-1921) m. Jesse Pye (1865-1940)

Nora and Jesse are my grandparents.

Plymouth Colony: Its History and Its People

The Mayflower Descendant: Volume 9 1907

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Rumney Marsh Burial Ground

Rumney Marsh Burial Ground

This is a bit off my usual genealogy topic, but I found this so interesting I wanted to share it with everyone. In my early blogger days I had written some articles about Winthrop, MA, my hometown. So, in essence, this is a return trip to my homeland with another historical event that occurred on Aug 28 1926.

The Winthrop Sun Transcript publishes reprints of news items that happened over the last 100+ years, in a “Then and Now” column, by G. David Hubbard of the Winthrop Improvement and Historical Association. The event I’m referring to in this blog was a rededication exercise of the Rumney Marsh Burial Ground in Revere, MA. Mr. Frank W. Tucker of Winthrop read the names of the early residents of Pullen Poynte, which is the name Winthrop was known as in its earliest days when it was still part of Chelsea, MA.

Mr. Tucker read aloud the names of:

The Winthrop’s:

Deane Winthrop, d. March 16 1703, on his birthday at age 81 – the youngest son of Gov. John Winthrop. He had been a resident for more than 50 years. {His home is still standing and is the only continuously inhabited wood frame home in the USA. It is the site for many of the town’s social events.}

Capt. Jose Winthrop, d. Nov 15 1702 – the only son of Deane Winthrop to live to
maturity, but died at the age of 36.

Mercy Winthrop Haugh, d. Nov 16 1702 – the daughter of Deane Winthrop and the wife of Atherton Haugh.

Priscilla Adams, d. Nov 4 1702 at the age of 33 – a granddaughter of Deane           Winthrop.

Jotham Grover, d. Aug 5 1685 at the age of 35 – a grandson of Deane Winthrop.

Eiliah (sic.) Adams, d. May 26 1697 – at the age of 9 weeks – a great grandson of Deane Winthrop.

The Belcher’s and the Bill’s:

Jeremiah Belcher, d. Feb 4 1722 – He was a tenant of Judge Sewall on Hog Island and the first of the Belcher family to live in the area.

Joseph Belcher, d. Nov 15 1739 – He was the first Belcher to live at Pullen Poynte and was the husband of Hannah Bill. Hannah was the daughter of Jonathan Bill, who owned one-half of the Winthrop farm in 1720.


John Tewksbury, d. Apr 2 1829 at the age of 81 – His wife was Ann Bill Tewksbury and great-granddaughter of Jonathan Bill.

James Tewksbury, d. Nov 5 1800 at the age of 55 – He was the brother of John.

James Sargent Tewksbury, d. Nov 12 1837 – He was the son of James. He gave to the town the land that is the current site of the Winthrop Town Hall.


Sarah Floyd, d. June 16 1717, at the age of 75 – She was the wife of Capt. John           Floyd and the first of the Floyds to be buried at Rumney Marsh.


Find a Grave photo by Bill Boyington
Photo of Deane Winthrop House by Bill Boyington
Wikipedia – History of Revere

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

John Whipple 1617-1685

*John Whipple was first mentioned in the Colonial records in Oct 1632 when he was ordered to pay a small fee to his master, Israel Stoughton, for wasting shot and powder.  He was, at that time, about 14 years old. It is believed that he arrived in the new world with Israel Stoughton in 1631, who had sailed to the colonies on the Mary and John.  It is most often claimed that John Whipple was born in Bocking, Essex, England, since that is where Stoughton was from. But nothing has come to light to verify this.

By 1637, he had been given a grant of land in Dorchester, MA where he and his wife, Sarah, settled. His wife’s maiden name is not known. She is sometimes called Sarah Darling, but there seems to be no record of who she really was. There, eight of his eleven children were born. The youngest three were born in Providence RI. There is some confusion with John Whipple of Ipswich, MA, who some say was a cousin. This is still up in the air and may never be solved.  John Whipple of Dorchester was married c. 1638 while John of Ipswich was married in 1659. John of Dorchester and his wife are my 9th gt. grandparents.

John and his family relocated to Rhode Island around 1659. In 1666, John Whipple became the owner of a piece of land, sold to him by Benedict Arnold, for £180. The deed dated “the tenth day of September in the 18th year of the reign of our sovereign Charles II King of England, Scotland and Ireland…”  John’s son, John Jr., married Mary Olney and they lived in the house that had belonged to William Arnold, father of Benedict.

John acquired quite a bit of land in or near Providence but also land in Louquisset and other parts of RI. His Will of 1685 specifically states which sons were to receive which pieces of land. Some of these were 6 acres and one was 60 acres.

John served the community in several different capacities over the years. He was on the Town Council, served as Town Clerk at three different intervals, and was a Deputy of the RI Gen. Assembly 8 different times.

Their eleven children:
John             1641-1700              m. Mary Olney
Sarah           1642-1710              m. John Smith
Samuel         1644-1711              m. Mary Harris
Eleazer         1646-1719              m. Alice Angell
Mary             1648-1698              m. Epenetus Olney
William          bef.1652-1712        m. Mary Tower
Benjamin      1654-1704              m. Ruth Matthewson
*David          bef. 1656-1710        m. Hannah Tower
Joseph         1662-1746              m. Alice Smith
Jonathan      1664-1721              m. Margaret Angell
Abigail 1665-1725              m. Stephen Dexter

David and William married two sisters, Hannah and Mary, both daughters of John and Margaret Ibrook Tower.

David and his family lived in Providence RI, on the estate he inherited from his father, until 1692. At that time he purchased the estate of John Blaxton, son of William. John’s father was the first person to settle within the original lands of Rehoboth, which today is in Cumberland RI. Capt. Joshua Hubbard married David and Hannah, in Hingham, on Nov 11 1677. His will is date Mar 24 1709 with Hannah as executor. 

*David and his wife Hannah had 8 children:
Israel            1678-1720              m. Mary Wilmarth
*Deborah      1681-1755              m. Benjamin Tower
Jeremiah      1683-1721              m. Deborah Bucklin
William          1685-?                   m. Elizabeth Wilmarth
Sarah            1687-?                   
Hannah         1690-1708
Abigail           1692-?

Their daughter, Deborah married Benjamin Tower, who was her first cousin. Benjamin’s father, John Tower was an older brother of Deborah’s mother Hannah Tower Whipple and her aunt Mary Tower Whipple.
At this point, the Whipple line ‘daughter’s out’ and the family line continues with Tower. This family has been discussed in an earlier blog and explains how they ended up in a part of Nova Scotia, which later became New Brunswick. There is considerable reference to the Tower family and the families they intermarried with in the records of Sackville, NB.

Benjamin and Deborah married about 1699 in Rehoboth MA. They had 11 children:
Gideon         1700-1772              m. Mary Ray
Patience       1702-c 1743           m. Nathan Carpenter
Sarah           1704-1792              m. Elisha Sabin
Margaret       1706-1787             m. Jeremiah Bartlett
Zipporah       1709                      m. Joseph Jackson
John             1711                       m. Hannah Hancock
Hannah         1714                       m. William Hancock
Benjamin      1715-1792              m. Ruth Unknown
Hester           1718
*Joseph        1721-1761              m. Judith Briggs
Enoch           1724-1774
Joseph Tower was lost at sea in 1761. He had been a grantee of Sackville but did not take possession of his grant. He and his wife Judith Briggs had 7 children, the last one born posthumously. Judith and her children were in NB by 1770 when Joseph Jr. took possession of the grant, originally his father’s. This same Joseph eventually moved to Ira, VT, having married Ellen Mason. Nathaniel Tower married Lucy Tingley and, at some point, departed for Lennox PA. Another son, Joshua died as a toddler in RI. William was lost at sea and no records have been found to show he married or had children. Their daughter Lucy married Gideon Smith and remained in Sackville. The youngest child, born after her father was lost at sea was Nancy and she married Gershom Maxwell, in Sackville. The oldest child, Benjamin, married Anne Finney and they are my 5th gt. grandparents.

The descent is:
Phoebe Elizabeth Tower m. Edward Buck
George Buck m. Phebe Palmer
Catherine Buck m. Edward Cole
Rebecca Cole m. Alexander Chambers
Alvina Broderick m. Patrick John Broderick  -  my grandparents.

I apologize for the lack of photos. I searched for anything pertinent associated with the people and places in this blog but was unable to find anything appropriate.

Papers of the Rhode Island Historical Society
The NEHGS for the year 1878, vol. XXXII, p. 426
The Annals of Our Colonists, p. 48     History of                  Cumberland RI

Thursday, September 29, 2016

John Wheeler 1591-1670

It is claimed John and his wife, Ann Yeoman Wheeler, set sail for the colonies in March 1633/34 on the “Mary and John”.  They are my 8x gt. grandparents. FamilySearch says he was b. in St. Edmunds, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England, and that his father’s name was Domincke and his mother was Mercy (nee Jellye). Six of his children came with them but they left four sons in England. They settled in Aggawam, now known as Ipswich, in Massachusetts Colony. The following year they moved to the north side of the Merrimac River to an area which is now called Salisbury. By 1650 he was living in Newbury, MA where he died in 1670 at the age or 78. His wife, Ann, had died there Aug 15 1662. A transcription of John’s will appears in The Genealogical and Historical History of the Wheeler Family. 

John and Ann Wheeler had 12 known children:
Edward         b. 1612         remained in England
John             b. 1614         remained in England
Adam           b. 1616         remained in England
Elizabeth       b.1618          m. Matthias Button
William          b. 1622         remained in England
David            b. 1625         m. Sarah Wise
Mercy           b. 1627
Ann              b. c.1629      m. Aquila Chase
Thomas        b. 1629
Roger           b. 1631
*Henry          b.1634-1696 m. *Abigail Allen
George         b. 1637-?      m. Suzanne

*Henry d. 1696. His wife, *Abigail, was listed as a widow of Boston for that year, but I’ve found no death date for her. They also had 12 children:
Henry           1659-1684    m. Rachel Squires
Abigail 1661-?
William          1663-1704    m. Ann Phippen
Moses                    1665-?
*James         1667-1753 twin m. *Grizzell Squire (sis/o Rachel)
Ann              1667-1723 twin m. Thomas Riggs
Josiah           1669-1734
Ruth             1671-?
Nathaniel      1675-?          m. Mary Bridges
Jeremiah      1677-?
Benjamin      1682-?
Mary             1685-1777    m. Thomas Harris

*James Wheeler and his brother Henry married two sisters. Henry married Rachel Squires and James married her sister, Grizzell. James and Grizzell had 8 children:
*Abigail         1690-1733    m. *Ebenezer Martin
William          1691-?          m. Elizabeth Cole
Mary             1694-?          m. John Read
**James        1697-1740    m. Elizabeth West
Philip            1698-1774    m. Martha Salisbury
Rachel          1701-1755    m. Samuel Thurber
Squire           1703-?          m. Sarah Bowen
Ann              1705-?          m. Azariakim Peirce

A side bar on the Squires, to give a little background on them. Philip Squire was a brewer/distiller and a proprietor of Rehoboth, MA, although he didn’t live there. In King Philip’s War he was a Cpl. in Capt. William Turner’s Co. in Medfield. Although he continued to live in Boston, he did own lands in Rehoboth. Philip was b. 1642 in Escrick, Yorkshire, England and d. 1693 in Boston MA. He’s buried in King’s Chapel Cemetery in Boston. He married Rachel Ruggles, the d/o George and Elizabeth Ruggles. George was a weaver who migrated in 1633 from England. There are several versions of where he was born, none of which are proven. So for now, just England will have to do. By 1640, he had relocated to Braintree MA. George bought considerable acreage of land in Braintree over the course of time. He also deeded land to Rachel Squire, his daughter, adjoining land that she and Philip already owned. Later, after his death, his wife, Elizabeth, also deeded land in Boston to Philip and Rachel.
James and Grizzell relocated to Rehoboth MA where most of their children were born. They are my 6x gt. grandparents. Grizzell died sometime before 1738 and James remarried Elizabeth Brintnal from Norton MA. There was no issue from this 2nd marriage.

It is important to note that James and Grizzell Wheeler were also the 4x gt. grandparents of President James A. Garfield. Their son, James, m. Elizabeth West in 1716. This couple had a daughter, Elizabeth Wheeler, b. 1717, who m. Ebenezer Ingalls. Elizabeth and Ebenezer had a son, Henry Ingalls, who m. Sybil Carpenter. Their daughter, Mehitable Ingalls married James Ballou. Mehitable and James’ daughter, Eliza Ballou m. Abram Garfield. Eliza and Abram were the parents of James A. Garfield, President of the United States. This makes me a 5th cousin, twice removed of President Garfield.  

Back to James and Grizzell, their first born was Abigail, b. c. 1690 in Swansea.
She m.1, Ebenezer Martin in 1716, Barrington RI

{A short note on this location. Barrington was once part of Swansea but was eventually divided off when the state lines were created. Anyone doing research for this area would find it helpful to look at the history of both towns to see what might have happened before the state lines were              drawn.}                                                                         King's Chapel Burying Ground                                                                                                                    Boston MA

Abigail m.2, John West, brother of Elizabeth West. So, again, we have siblings married to siblings. Abigail m. John West and her brother, James Wheeler, m. Elizabeth West, sister of John. Whew!!!

*Abigail (Wheeler) and Ebenezer Martin had 4 children:
Jemimah       1717-?          m. Valentine Bowen
John             1718-?          m. Mary Reed
Ebenezer      1721-1769    m. Mary Bowen
Nathaniel      1722-1893    m. Susanna Kent
*Abigail         1725-c.1814  m.1 William Estabrooks; m.2 *Jonathan Cole
Ebenezer Martin d. 1727 and Abigail m. John West.

Abigail (Wheeler) and John West had 2 children:
Grizzel          1729-
Elizabeth       1733-1755    m. *Jonathan Cole

*Abigail Martin 1725-c. 1814 and William Estabrooks had:
Elizabeth       1748-?          Believed to have died young
Grizell           1751-?          m. Jeremiah Alverson - relocated to Poughkeepsie                                                                                     NY
William          1752-1838    m. Miriam Thornton - they settled in Sackville, NB                                                                                       Canada

The elder William Estabrooks died in 1753, leaving Abigail with 2, if not 3, small children. Her half sister, Elizabeth West married Jonathan Cole in 1750, had two sons James and Edward, but then she died in 1755. Jonathan then married his sister-in-law, Abigail Martin Estabrooks in 1756.  This became a version of his, hers and theirs. Since we don’t know when Abigail’s first child died, this new marriage started out with either 4 or 5 children. They then proceeded to have 5 more. Another interesting connection is that Abigail’s older sister, who married Valentine Bowen, now became a cousin to her sister through marriage. Jonathan and Valentine were 1st cousins, once removed, through Jonathan’s mother, Elizabeth Bowen Cole. Oh, what a tangled web we weave…….

Jonathan and Abigail Cole were the progenitors of the New Brunswick Coles. There are former blogs on them so I will only list the descent lines.

Jonathan and Abigail Martin Estabrooks Cole:
          Ebenezer and Margaret Wade Cole (his 2nd marriage)
                    Edward and Catherine Buck Cole
                              Rebecca Cole and Alexander Chambers
                                        Alvina Chambers and Patrick John Broderick – my                                                                                      grandparents.
The reason it’s taking me so long to get blogs out is that I’m re-researching as I go. So much of what I have was done so long ago that I have found it necessary to go back and re-check that information. Fortunately, much of what I had was verified, but I did pick up new dates, additional siblings, burial information, etc., so although it was tedious at times, I do believe it was worth it. With so many searchable places on-line, I found an abundance of new additions, new research and new connections.

I hope you are able to find something to add to your research. 

The Genealogical and Encyclopedic History of the Wheeler Family

New England Families Genealogical and Memorials vol. 3

Barrington, Bristol Co., RI, Biographies, Part 2