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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Medical Terms found in Death Records

I have encountered many unusual medical terms explaining ‘cause of death.’ Some of them I could figure out but others, I just wasn’t sure of. Obviously many of the same conditions exist today but with all of the modern scientific approaches to medicines they been granted more appropriate and understandable names. I thought it might be helpful for others who are doing their family research for me to list some of the ‘curious’ ones I have come across.  They had heart disease, still born babies. blue babies, TB, diphtheria and even suicides. What I didn’t find much of was measles, scarlet fever or cancer. When I find the death record of an ancestor, it is usually on a page with 25-30 other names. I have chosen some of the more unusual ones from death records in Boston in the 1875-1885 era.

Apoplexy – This appears to be what we today call a stroke.

Cholera Infantum – Infants seemed to be the most effected by this with uncontrollable diarrhea and then collapse. This seemed to be associated with hot weather and large cities.

Compression of Brain – This is apparently when the brain swells after an injury

Congestion of liver – Probably what we know as cirrhosis of the liver

Consumption of Bowels – tuberculosis of the intestinal tract

Inanition – the quality of being empty. I would guess starving, maybe due to not being able to keep food down.

Marasmas – generally a wasting away due to a feeble condition, not really attributed to any specific cause. Saw this recorded for quite a few babies

Mitral Regurgitation – the mitral heart value doesn’t close completely, allowing blood to flow back into the heart, causing the heart to work less efficiently

Paralysing Heart – pretty much what it sounds like – a heart that no longer has any function

Parturition Septicaemia – infection during child birth

Pericarditis – inflammation of the sac around the heat due to either a virus or bacteria, with chest pain

Phthisis Pulmanitis – A wasting away of the lungs, better known as consumption or  tuberculosis

Supperating glands – swollen glands that begin to discharge fluids or pus

Teething – the closest I can find on this is that teething caused severe diarrhea which, in turn, caused debilitation

Traumatic peritonitis – traumatic meaning injury, inflammation of the lining of the abdomen usually caused by bacteria or fungi

Tuberculosis – in general, this disease could effect any organ, where the symptoms might vary but the result would still be the same.

Tubercular Meningitis – An inflammation of the membranes of the brain, in this case      caused by tuberculosis.      

Typhoid – an infectious disease introduced with food or water causing inflammation of mucous membranes, in this case the bowels, and enlargement of the spleen and glands


Merriam Webster Dictionary

Monday, October 6, 2014

Brodericks in the 20th Century

Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick have moved from East Boston to Lynn, MA and are found there in 1892, living at 17 Sea St. The census reports have said they had 8 children but only three of them survived. Their oldest surviving son and child is Patrick John (Jack) Broderick, my grandfather. He was raised in the Catholic Church of the day and attended parochial school in Lynn. When he was old enough, he became a Baggage Master on the B. R.B. and L. railroad, better known as the Narrow Gauge.

Matthew’s younger sister, Catherine Broderick O’Brien, died in 1898 from renal failure. She was living at 17 Hudson St., which today, is in the heart of Chinatown in Boston. She was called a washerwoman.  Of her children, all is that is known is Catherine, the oldest, was living with her mother at the time of her mother’s death. She was a waitress. She married Hermann Dittrich, who was a cook, in Jan. 1899. Sadly, Catherine O’Brien Dittrich died before 1900. No death record can be found for her and nothing more is known of a brother, Martin O’Brien.

1900 – Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick are living at 17 Sea St. in Lynn, MA. The                census states that they adopted Michael O’Brien, age 12, s/o Catherine Broderick                  O’Brien, widow, deceased, Matthew’s sister.

          Patrick Joseph Broderick, s/o Lawrence (deceased) and Catherine Jordan                             Broderick, married Anna L. Murray, from Lowell, MA on Nov. 29 1900, in Hyde Park,             MA.

1901 – Patrick H. Burke s/o Patrick and Mary Broderick Burke, married Mary Agnes                           McGuire, from Steeltown PA, in Hyde Park, MA on Jun 27 1901.

          Patrick John Broderick, s/o Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick, married Alvina             May Chambers from Winthrop, MA, on Nov 1, 1901, in Winthrop, MA.

          Michael H. Burke, s/o Patrick and Mary Broderick Burke, married Catherine Finnerty             on Nov 20 1901 in Hyde Park, MA

1902 – Mary Thelma Burke, d/o Patrick and Mary Agnes McGuire Burke, b. Feb 2 1902 in                Hyde Park, MA.

          Lawrence Francis Broderick, s/o Patrick Joseph and Anna Murray Broderick,                         b. Feb 11 1902 in Hyde Park, MA.

          Marion Alberta Broderick, d/ Patrick John (Jack) and Alvina Chambers Broderick,                   b. Feb 28, 1902, in Winthrop, MA.

1903 – Mary Elizabeth Broderick, d/o Patrick Joseph and Anna Murray Broderick,                            b. Feb 25, 1903 in Hyde Park, MA

          John Edward Burke, s/o Michael and Catherine Finnerty Burke, b. Mar 9 1903 in                   Hyde Park, MA.

          Mary Ellen Broderick, d/o Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick, married Lawrence           (Larry) Keating in Lynn, MA on Oct. 29 1903.

1904 – Margaret Ethel Burke, d/o Patrick H. and Mary Agnes McGuire Burke,  b. Jan. 1904,             in Hyde Park, MA.

          Mary Agnes Keating, d/o Lawrence and Mary Ellen Broderick Keating, b. Dec. 1904,             in Lynn, MA

1905 – Mary Agnes Keating, d/o Lawrence and Mary Ellen Broderick Keating,                                   d. May 16 1905, in Lynn, MA. Death certificate says COD was tubercular                      meningitis.

          Margaret Ethel Burke, d/o Patrick H. and Mary Agnes McGuire Burke,                                     d. Aug 21 1905, in Hyde Park, MA. COD was fermental diarrhea.

          Raymond Eugene Broderick, s/o Patrick Joseph and Anna Murray Broderick,                         b. Oct 24 1905, in Hyde Park, MA.

1906 – Thomas Henry Burke, s/o Michael and Catherine Finnerty Burke, b. Jan 2, 1906 in                  Hyde, Park, MA.

          Regina Stella Burke, d/o Patrick H. and Mary Agnes McGuire Broderick, b. Apr 25                 1906 in Hyde Park, MA.

          Raymond Eugene Broderick, s/o Patrick Joseph and Anna Murray Broderick,                         d. Aug 15, 1906, in Hyde Park, MA. COD on death certificate states meningitis and               whooping cough.
          Ruth Eileen Broderick, d/o Patrick John (Jack) and Alvina Chambers Broderick,                     b. Sep 5 1906, in Winthrop, MA

          Joseph Broderick, s/o Patrick Joseph and Anna Murray Broderick, b. Oct 5 1906 in                Hyde Park, MA.

1907 –

1908 – Agnes May Burke, d/o Patrick and Agnes McGuire Burke, b. May 15 1908 in                         Hyde Park, MA.

1909 – Lawrence Broderick, s/o Lawrence and Catherine Jordan Broderick, married                         Catherine Lehane on Jan 20 1909, in Hyde Park, MA.

          Lillian Adelaide Keating, d/o Larry and Mary Ellen Broderick Keating, b. Apr 10, 1909,           in Lynn, MA

          Edward Joseph Burke, s/o Michael and Catherine Finnerty Burke, b. Jun 24 1909, in             Hyde Park, MA             

          Anna Broderick, d/o Patrick Joseph and Anna Murray Broderick, b. 1909, in Hyde                 Park, MA.

1910 – Mary Broderick, d/o Lawrence and Catherine Lehane Broderick, b. Jan 2 1910, in                Hyde Park, MA

          John Aloysius Broderick, s/o Patrick Joseph and Anna Murray Broderick, b. Jul 27                 1910, in Hyde Park, MA

At the beginning of this decade, when Patrick John (Jack) Broderick married Alvina Chambers, it set into motion circumstances that would last for nearly 100 years. To a devout Irish Catholic family, Jack Broderick did the unthinkable and unforgivable act of marrying outside the Catholic faith.  Alvina Chambers was a Baptist and – according to the church of the day – it was a sin for him to marry her. His mother Bridget Sheehan Broderick disowned him. The family church in Lynn, MA, possibly St. Joseph’s, saw fit to excommunicate him and condemn his soul to hell from the pulpit, one Sunday morning. To the best of anyone’s knowledge he neither saw nor spoke to his mother ever again. While she lived, no other member of the family was known to contact him. Bridget Sheehan Broderick died in 1912 and the family began to mend itself. However, bitterness toward the church remained a big part of my grandfather’s life. His children could have Catholic friends but they must never set foot in a Catholic church. My mother was the second of his three children. We had many long talks about the family and what she remembered. It is my belief that she never knew she had Broderick, Burke and O’Brien cousins. Perhaps they just didn’t keep in touch, since Lynn and Winthrop were a fair distance from Hyde Park. However, I also believe that my grandfather put all his Hyde Park relatives in a closet and shut the door, since it’s fairly certain he never mentioned them. His father, sister and her family all became frequent visitors to Jack’s home but it’s fairly certain that his younger brother Lawrence never reconciled with him. My mother knew very little about him, only that he lived in Lynn. I’m not sure she ever met him. It wasn’t until the 1990’s when I spent some time at the MA Archives that I discovered my grandfather was not the oldest child in his family. This self-inflicted brick wall of my gt. grandmother’s, beginning in 1901, was finally torn down.

Broderick Graves in Winthrop MA

As always, I would be delighted to hear from anyone who is connected to any of the people mentioned in the Broderick blogs.

Census records 1900 and 1910
Birth and Death Records and Certificates
Marriage Records
City Directories
Cemetery Records
American Medicine, Vol. 7, p. 738, 1904

And an apology – it was noted after the fact that my sources didn’t get attached to my previous blog on the Brodericks. They were:

Census records 1900
Birth and Death Records and Certificates
Marriage Records

Cemetery Records

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Broderick Family’s 2nd decade as immigrants

At the end of the 1870’s, major changes had happened to the family. Lawrence had lost his life in a foolish dispute fueled by alcohol and had been buried in Mount Calvary Cem., in Hyde Park, MA. His wife Catherine Jordan Broderick was left with three small children, ages 4, 2 and 6 months. This must have been a difficult time for her as I’m sure there was no insurance payment to help smooth the way.  However, the 1880 census shows that the Broderick matriarch had immigrated and was now living with her dead son’s family. Unfortunately, this census doesn’t give the year of immigration so there is no way to be sure which of the many Catherine Brodericks, who entered the country, she is. It also shows that living in this household is a Catherine Fitzgerald who was 69 and a town pauper. Perhaps she received some stipend from the town to care for this woman. Catherine Jordan Broderick was employed at a hair factory, which doesn’t sound like a pleasant place to be.

So in:

1880 – Catherine Boyle Broderick is living with her daughter-in-law, Catherine Jordan                        Broderick and her children, in Hyde Park, MA.

          Matthew and Bridget Broderick were living at 211 Everett St. in East Boston, MA. He             was a railroad worker.

          Catherine Broderick and Michael O’Brien were living at 164 Everett St., East Boston,             MA. Michael was a laborer.

          Mary Broderick and Patrick O’Brien were living in Hyde Park. He was a stone mason.

          Mary Broderick O’Brien d. Aug. 10, 1880, from dysentery. She was buried in Mount              Calvary Cem., Hyde Park, MA. She left behind her husband and 6 sons.

          At the end of the year, 1880, of the five Broderick siblings who had immigrated, only             three were still living, the oldest, Michael, and the two youngest, Matthew and                       Catherine Broderick O’Brien. Nothing much has been found about Michael.

1881 – Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick were living on Homer St., East Boston, MA

          Patrick J. O’Brien, son of Catherine Broderick and Michael O’Brien was b. in April                 1881.

          Mary Ellen Broderick, daughter of Matthew and Bridgeet Sheehan Broderick was b.               May 10, 1881, in East Boston.

          Matthew Broderick, son of Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick  d. Aug. 13 1881             from dysentery, in East Boston. He was buried in Mt. Calvary Cem., Hyde Park, MA.

          Michael Broderick purchased a cemetery plot in Mt. Calvary, Hyde Park, MA and had           his brother, Lawrence, moved to the new location. Dec. 22 1881

                                                Part of downtown Hyde Park, MA

1882 –
1883 –

1884 – Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick were living at 653 Saratoga St., East                        Boston, MA.

          Catherine Broderick, daughter of Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick was b.                 Sep 22 1884 and she d. Sep. 24, 1884 from pulmonary collapse. She was buried in               Mt. Calvary Cem., Hyde Park, MA.

1885 - Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick were living at 621 Saratoga St., East                       Boston, MA

          Catherine Boyle Broderick d. Jul 10 1885, at age 67, from pericarditis, in Hyde Park,              MA. She was buried with her son Lawrence in Mt. Calvary Cem. Hyde Park, MA.

          Katie, daughter of Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick was b. Dec. 27, 1885 and           d. Dec 28 1885 of cyanosis, in East Boston MA. She was buried with her sister and               brother in Mt. Calvary Cem., Hyde Park, MA.

1886 – Martin O’Brien was b. Dec 14 1886 in Boston, MA.

1887 – Lawrence Joseph Broderick b. Jan 3 1887 at 621 Saratoga St., East Boston, MA. He             was the son of Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick.

1888 – Michael O’Brien b. Jun 17 1888 in Charlestown, MA. He was the son of Michael and              Catherine Broderick O’Brien.

          Michael O’Brien (Sr.) d. Sep 11, 1888 of peritonitis. He was living at 1204 Tremont                 St., Boston MA at the time of his death.

                                                 East Boston, MA  Piers Park

At this point all known facts for this decade come to an end. Since there is no 1890 Federal census to refer to, the movements of the family are unknown until 1892 when we find Matthew and Bridget Sheehan Broderick living at 17 Sea St. in Lynn, MA and they remained there until 1899.  We do know that Matthew continued to work for the railroad and became an engineer in charge of laying out the tracks for the B. R. B. & L. (Boston, Revere Beach and Lynn) railroad as it made a loop through Winthrop. It is also known that my grandfather Patrick John Broderick, who used the name Jack, attended a parochial school associated with St. Joseph’s Church in Lynn, MA. Sometime after his brother Lawrence was b. in 1887, they moved from East Boston to Lynn.

                                                   Overhead view of Lynn, MA

At the end of the 1890’s comes the personal brick wall established by my gt. grandmother Bridget Sheehan Broderick. It has taken the better part of 30 years to unfold the information presented in this and the first blog, on this family.

Suffice it to say, the turn of the century brought out hard feelings that lasted for many years.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Broderick Family Timeline 1870-1880

My Irish immigrant family has long been an enigma. Not only are there brick walls created by time, distance and availability of records, but there are personal brick walls as well. Over the last 10 – 15 years, little by little, some of the personal brick walls have been chipped away. I use the word “personal” for want of a better way to describe something that was caused by an earlier member of the family for religious reasons. But I get ahead of myself. I’ll start with what is known and hope that it might generate new and different avenues of research.

In or near Loughrea, Galway, Ireland there were several families of Brodericks. There is currently no information, that I’ve been able to find, as to whether or not they were related. They all had the same given names, which only adds to the confusion. However, it is believed that a Patrick Broderick married Hanora Martin and that one of their offspring was a son, another Patrick Broderick. This Patrick married Catherine Boyle, daughter of Joseph and Catherine Boyle. Nothing has been discovered yet about this Boyle family. It is uncertain if they came from Galway.

Patrick and Catherine had 9 children, according to baptism records.  Five of those children immigrated to the USA, but apparently not all at the same time.  One of their children died young but there seems to be no information on the remaining children - John, Bridget and James. Four of them ended up in Hyde Park MA, a bastion of Irish immigrants. It seems likely that they settled there because other relatives lived there also, but no proof of this theory has been found. There were other Brodericks in Hyde Park, so anything is possible.

The eldest was Michael and he seems to have taken up residence in Boston and was living in Cambridge when he died in 1909. No marriage information has been found and his death certificate stated he was single.

Lawrence, Mary, Matthew and Catherine Broderick also immigrated, at different times, but settled in Hyde Park MAl. All four were settled there by 1870 and the following time line shows how the decade from 1870-1880 unfolded for them. Except where noted, all events take place in Hyde Park MA.

                                Broderick family
                                        1870 – 1880

As 1870 began:

1870 – Lawrence Broderick living at Hyde Park MA with his cousin Michael Jordan.                           Lawrence was a laborer in the census.

1871 – A quiet year

1872 - Lawrence Broderick married Catherine Jordan, his cousin, Apr 30 1872

           Mary Broderick married Patrick Burke, Aug 22 1872

1873 – John Edward Burke (s/o Mary Broderick and Patrick Burke), b. Jun 1, 1873

1874 – Patrick H. Burke (s/o Mary Broderick and Patrick Burke), b. Jun 13 1874

            Mathew Broderick married Bridget Sheehan, Sep 3 1874

1875 – Patrick Broderick (s/o Bridget Sheehan and Matthew Broderick), b. Jun 22 1875

           Michael Burke (s/o Mary Broderick and Patrick Burke), b. Aug 5 1875

           Patrick Broderick (s/o Bridget Sheehan and Matthew Broderick), d. Aug 7                      1875 COD Cholera

           Catherine Broderick (d/o Catherine Jordan and Lawrence Broderick), b. 1875

           Catherine Broderick married Michael O’Brien Oct 12 1875

1876 – Martin Burke (s/o Mary Broderick and Patrick Burke), b. Aug 1876

           Matthew Broderick (s/o Bridget Sheehan and Matthew Broderick), b. Sep 28 1876

1877 – Patrick Joseph Broderick (s/o Catherine Jordan and Lawrence Broderick),                             b. Mar 18 1877

          Edward Burke (s/o Mary Broderick and Patrick O’Brien), b. Sep 1877

          Catherine O’Brien (d/o Catherine Broderick and Michael O’Brien), b. 1877

1878 – Another quiet year

1879 – Patrick John Broderick (s/o Bridget Sheehan and Matthew Broderick),                                     b. Feb 23 1879, in Dorchester MA

          Lawrence Broderick (s/o Catherine Jordan and Lawrence Broderick), b. Feb 25 1879

          Thomas Burke (s/o Mary Broderick and Patrick Burke), b. Dec 9 1879

          Lawrence Broderick (Sr.) d. Aug 26 1879 COD Traumatic peritonitis

          Matthew Broderick was living on Marston Ave. in Dorchester MA at the time of his                 son’s birth and was working for the Railroad.

          Lawrence Broderick, at the time of his death, was also working for the Railroad.

Over the course of ten years, all four Broderick immigrants were married. Mary Broderick Burke gave birth to six boys. Matthew and Bridget Broderick had three boys, but the oldest son died. Catherine Broderick O’Brien had one daughter. Lawrence and Catherine Broderick had three children.

Lawrence Broderick met his untimely end, suddenly, on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 1879, in the evening, Lawrence went to a boot repair shop to check on his boots. An altercation ensued between Lawrence and Mrs. Margaret Gibbons, the owner’s wife. Witnesses stated that both parties had been drinking. Mrs. Gibbons apparently said something Mr. Broderick took offense to and he slapped her. She retaliated by grabbing a shoe knife and then lunging at him, stabbing him in the abdomen. She also lunged at his nose, slicing it and the upper lip to the bone. Lawrence staggered out and was then carried to his home at the corner of Central Park Ave. and Winter St. He was attended by a physician who stated that the wound would most likely be fatal. The Chief of Police arrested Mrs. Gibbons who didn’t deny the attack and stated she wished she had struck his heart.
Boston Journal – Wed., Aug. 20 1879

The hearing that was held brought forth several conflicting stories. Mrs. Gibbons maintained that she was struck 2 or 3 times and that the knife was not hers. She claimed she acted in self defense. Broderick claimed he never struck her. Mrs. Gibbons couldn’t post bail so was held over in the Dedham jail for Grand Jury in September. Lawrence Broderick was still alive but in poor condition.
Boston Journal – Sat., Aug. 23 1879

Lawrence Broderick died Tues., Aug 26, 1879. Mrs. Gibbons was still being held in the Dedham jail and the Medical Examiner will hold an inquest.
Worcester Daily Spy – Wed., Aug 27 1879

The autopsy of Lawrence Broderick showed that his small intestine had been punctured by a knife and the resulting infection led to the man’s death.
Boston Journal – Aug., 27 1879

Margaret Gibbons was acquitted of the charge of manslaughter in the Broderick case. In Sept 1880, Margaret Gibbons was found guilty of assault on a Mr. Kelly and was sentenced to two years in the house of corrections.
Boston Daily Advertiser – Wed., Sept. 15, 1880

Census Records
Birth, Death and Marriage Records
Boston Journal
Worcester Daily Spy

Boston Daily Advertiser
Memorials of Hyde Park

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ebenezer Martin and Abigail Wheeler

Ebenezer Martin and Abigail Wheeler

    2       Ebenezer (1685 – 1727)  m. Abigail Wheeler (1690-?) – 5 children

                     a.  Jemimah (1717-?)
                    b.  John (1718-1801) m. Mary Reed
                    c.  Ebenezer (1721-1769) m. Mary Bowen
                    d.  Nathaniel (1722-1803) m. Susannah Kent
             3      e.  Abigail (1725-1814) m1. William Esterbrooks
                                                  m2. Jonathan Cole

Abigail Wheeler was the d/o James and Grizell Squire Wheeler. She was b. in Swansea MA and, after her marriage to Ebenezer, settled on the Martin farm in Barrington RI. When Ebenezer died in 1727, Abigail was left with a young family, the oldest just 10, so in 1728, she married John West (1679-?). Not much has been learned about John West. He and Abigail Wheeler Martin West had at least two daughters, Grizell and Elizabeth.

Ebenezer and Abigail’s oldest daughter, Jemimah, seems to have some conflict in information that I haven’t been able to untangle. I have found two totally different marriages for her and can’t verify either of them. If they are a first and second marriage, then Jemimah had nearly 20 children. But dates don’t hold up under scrutiny so rather than pass on unreliable information, I will leave her for another research project.

For sons, John and Ebenezer, I have not been able to locate names of children and I found three daughters and three sons for Nathaniel.  Abigail Martin first married William Esterbrooks and had three children. When William died, she married Jonathan Cole, her brother-in-law. Jonathan had been married to Abigail’s half sister, Elizabeth West. Jonathan and Elizabeth had two sons, James and Edward. James and Edward returned to the colonies when the fight for independence began. James was captured and held prisoner on a British ship in Boston harbor. He was later awarded land for his service. He died in Niagara Co., NY, in 1828. Edward joined Eddy’s Rebels and was later reported deceased by Jonathan Eddy. James married Jerusha Alverson, a cousin to Jeremiah Alverson in the next paragraph.

It is believed that one of Abigail’s Esterbrooks children died young and the other two, William and Grizell, moved to Sackville, New Brunswick in the 1760’s.  William became well known in the area and Grizell married a man, Jeremiah Alverson, who had also moved to NB from the colonies. Grizell and Jeremiah eventually moved to Poughkeepsie NY.

So the marriage of Abigail Martin Esterbrooks to Jonathan Cole was truly a blended family, his, hers, and then theirs.  Interesting that we are seeing this same trend today and think it’s new. Divorce may be the reason today, but early death of one spouse or the other, in the 1700’s, created the same situation. History does repeat itself.

Jonathan Cole and Abigail Martin Cole are my 4x gt. grandparents. This family has been written about in an earlier blog, so will not present it again. There has been no new information concerning this descent so until something new does come to light, I will leave it as it is.

Representative Men and Old Families of Rhode Island, Beers & Co., 1908,        p. 381

* I had hoped to post a map of the Swansea/Rehoboth/Barrington area to allow some perspective on the proximity of each to the other. However, I was unsuccessful with the download. My apologies.

Monday, July 21, 2014

John Martyn 1634-1713

Swansea, MA, located in the most southwesterly corner of MA bordering Mt. Hope Bay and Rhode Island, was home to at least six of my male ancestors. I find that extraordinary, given the logistics of travel in the late 1600’s. Although they were not related to each other, originally, the families did intermarry over the years, thus creating six lines of ancestry back to this picturesque town. It is in Swansea that the first English blood was shed, in King Philip’s War,’ on Sunday, Jun 20 1675. Over half the homes were burned to the ground while everyone was at church. This is where John Martyn/Martin lived and his house was one that burned that day. He was the 15th signer admitted to the town when Swansea was incorporated in 1669 and therefore one of the original settlers.

John Martyn was the son of Edward Martin and Judith Upham, born in Ottery, St. Mary, Devonshire.  He came from England in 1663, settling in that part of Rehoboth, later called Swansea, and was one of the founders of the Baptist Church there.  He was a weaver, by trade, and a farmer. He was appointed constable, June 6, 1671, surveyor of highways, June 3, 1673, and June 2, 1685. In 1673 he bought land on New Meadow Neck, near Hundred Acre Cove, and built a house north of Central Bridge.  He died March 21,1713-14, aged eighty years and is buried in the Tyler Point Cemetery, Barrington, Bristol Co., RI.

He married, April 26, 1671, Joanna Esten, b. June 1, 1645, in Herefordshire, Eng., daughter of Thomas Esten, who came with Rev. John Myles from Eng. to Rehoboth, and settled at North Providence.

1   John and Joanna (Esten) Martin had 10 children:

          a  Jemima (1672 - ?) m. Samuel Salisbury (1666-1757)
          b  Melatiah (1673 – 1761) m. Rebecca Brooks (1679-1730) – 8 children
          c  John (1674 – 1757) m.  Mercy Hayward (1678-1610) – 8 children
          d  Ephraim (1677 – 1734) m. Thankful Bullock (1681-1762) – 10 children
          e  Ann (1678 – 1759) m. Richard Round
          f  Robert (1679 - ?)
          g  Manasseh (1681 – 1754) m. Hannah Carpenter
          h  Johanna (1683 – 1715) m. Phillip Short – 2 children
    2    i  Ebenezer (1685 – 1727)  m. Abigail Wheeler (1690-?) – 5 children
          j  Judith (1686 – 1751) m. John Luther

At Find a Grave, I discovered a great deal of interesting information. I have not verified this as much of it comes from siblings of Ebenezer Martin, who is my direct ancestor.  I am providing it here so that you may do your own research to verify these claims.

John Martin is:

2x great grandfather of Simeon Martin, Gov. of RI
4x great grandfather of Alexander Hamilton Bullock, Gov. of MA
4x great grandfather of John William Davis, Gov. of RI (once through Melatiah                         and once through John)
5x great grandfather of Cornelius Newton Bliss, US Sec. of the Interior                                    (1897-1899)
6x great grandfather of Nelson Ackerman Eddy, singer, actor
6x great grandfather of Prescott Sheldon Bush, US Senator from CT
6x great grandfather of James Grover Thurber, author, cartoonist
7x great grandfather of George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st US President
7x great grandfather of Gene Roddenberry, sci-fi screenwriter and producer                            (through his daughter Jemima)
7x great grandfather of Perkins Bass, US Congressman from NH
7x great grandfather of Spalding Rockwell Gray, actor, screenwriter, performer,                       playwright (once through son Melatiah and once through son                              Ephraim)
7x great grandfather of William Standish Knowles, Nobel Laureate for Chemistry                     (2001)
8x great grandfather of George Walker Bush, Gov. of TX and 43rd US President
8x great grandfather of John Ellis “Jeb” Bush, Gov. of FL
8x great grandfather of Bobby Darin, singer, songwriter, actor
8x great grandfather of Gene Roddenberry, sci-fi screenwriter and producer                            (once through his son Melatiah)
8x great grandfather of Charles Foster Bass, US Congressman from NH
8x great grandfather of Marshall Field V, newspaper publisher                                                 (Chicago Sun-Times)
9x great grandfather of John James “Jimmy” Duncan, Jr., US Congressman from                     TN

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Johan (Jacob) Ulrich Hubley (1719-1802)

Johan, also referred to as Jacob, who is considered the progenitor of the Hubley family in Nova Scotia, was born in April 1719 in Eppingen, a town in Baden-Wurttemberg, Rhineland, Palatinate, Prussia. This area, which is located in southern Germany, is no longer called Prussia,. War, instability, overcrowding and religious persecution were powerful motivators in Johan’s decision to change his life. When free lands were to be granted in the “New World” it was hard to resist.  He and his wife, Salome Margaretha (Birtger) and four children boarded the ship Pearl on Jul 2 1751. There were two children between the ages of 4 and 16 and two under the age of four, according to the ship’s records. It is unknown if any of these children or the mother survived this voyage as Johan was a widower by the spring of Mar 1752, when he married Maria Magdalene Dietzel (sometimes Dirzel). She had been on board the ship Pearl with her husband and one child. Johan and Maria had one child, Maria, b. Jan 1753. But Maria (the mother) died in Jun 1753, leaving Johan a widower once again.  It is unknown if the child, Maria, survived.

                                            Eppingen, Germany

Johan was one of a group of “Foreign Protestants” who settled in an area that had been named Lunenburg. But soon Johan was a widower again. He married his third wife, Anna Catherine Treffain, on Jul 10 1753 in St. John’s Anglican Church in Lunenburg. Anna had also arrived in Nova Scotia aboard the Pearl.  Johan’s fourth and final marriage took place on Jul 3 1759, to Anna Barbara Eva (Matler) Lay.  This Anna, who used the name Barbara, was born in Geneva, Switzerland. She was a widow and brought children with her from her marriage to Joseph Lay.

I have found this unsubstantiated listing of names who were children of Johan and his first wife Salome Margaretha. They are Andreas, Johan Georg, Johan Jacob, Hans Georg, Rosina, Maria Margaretha. Since only four children emigrated with the him, it is considered that at least two of them died young.
It is not known how many of the four children survived after reaching Nova Scotia. With his 2nd wife, Maria Magdalene Dietzel, Johan had one daughter named Maria. There were no children with his third wife. Johan and 4th wife Anna Barbara Eva (Matler) Lay had 5 children: Johan Urich died in 1802.

The second generation:

          a.  Ferdinand (1761-1833) m. Magdalen Salome Born
          b.  Jacob (1762-1833)
          c.  John Michael (1764-?)
          d.  George Bernard (1769- aft. 1849)
   2     e.  Johaness (1770-1802) m. (in 1797) Anna Mary Kahler (1774-1871)

                                         Lunenburg, NS
Johaness Hubley and Anna Mary Catherine Kahler were married in 1797 in the Dutch Reform Church in Lunenburg. They purchased land in 1810 in a place then known as Hubley settlement but later became known as Seabright.
Anna Mary probably descends from Johann Gottlieb Kohler who was a school master who arrived in 1752 on the Speedwell. He was 35 years of age from Hamburg. He brought with him his wife and six children.

John (as he became known) and Mary Kahler Hubley had 14 children:

          a.  Jacob (1798-1870) m1. Anne Caroline U nknown
                                        m2. Mary Susanna Elizabeth Whynought
          b.  Anna Elizabeth (1799-?) m. John Collishaw – 8 children
          c.  Johaness (1800-1868)
          d.  George Bernard (1802-1892)
          e.  Maria Catherine (1803-1838) m. Allan Ramsey MacDonald – 1 child
          f.  Ferdinand (1804-?) m. in 1828 Hannah Elizabeth Boutilier – 1 child
    3.   g.  Elizabeth Barbara (1806-1881) m. in 1826 Thomson Carmichael –                                                                              15 children
          h.  Maria Elizabeth (1807-1807)
          i.  John Philip (1808-?)
          j.  Ann Mary (1810-?)
          k.  Frederick (1812-1879)
          l.  Alexander (1814-1861) m. Jane Catherine Comingo
          m.  Benjamin (1817-1901)
          n.  William M. 1818-1901) m. in 1842 Elennor Cornelius

Barry G. Hubley in his work on the descendants of Johanness Hubley, Chapter 5, states that The Christian Messenger (Nova Scotia Baptist Newspaper) issue of 24 November 1848 reports:
Death (no date) of John Hubley, Senior 78 years – Leaves widow, 12 children, 100 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren
Burial: November 1848, United Baptist Church Cemetery, Seabright, Halifax Co., NS, CAN

If he left 100 grandchildren, then I have found only a small number of them. However, my gt. gt. grandparents, Thomson and Barbara Hubley Carmichael, made a significant contribution.

The Third Generation

Thomson was born in Banff Co. Scotland. He was the s/o Francis Carmichael and Elizabeth Keillor, both of whom were born in Banff, Scotland. According the Nova Scotia Land Grant Petitions, Francis was granted 200 acres in 1792. His older brother, James, was a Sgt. in the 82 Regiment (or the Hamilton Regiment) and is given credit for being the founder of New Glasgow, NS and one of the founders of Pictou, NS. Francis was a farmer and his son, Thomson, was the oldest of 9 children.

Thomson married Elizabeth Barbara Hubley in 1826 in Lunenburg, NS. Thomson was a teacher and a farmer.  They had 15 children, 10 boys and 5 girls. They also moved around quite a bit, wherever the teaching posts would take them. He did petition to receive land, citing that he had a large family and as a teacher, had not much money.  At least four of the children moved to MA and one went to CA.  Besides being a mother, Barbara is known to have been a trusted mid-wife and according to Barry Hubley, mentioned above, she had a very sweet singing voice.  Some of the places they lived were New Glasgow, St. Margaret’s Bay, Halifax, West River, Springhill, and Fisher’s Grant, all in Nova Scotia. Thomson and Barbara’s children were:

          a.  Henry Edward (1827-bef 1850)
          b.  Frederick Hubley (1830-1911) m. Jane Faulds – 11 children
          c.  John George, Capt. (1831-?) m. in 1869 Terrisa Shaw
          d.  James Thomson (1832-1881) m. in 1862 Susan Roberts - 6 children
          e.  William (1833-1852)
          f.  Alexander Francis (1835-1927) m. Ellen Dillon -7 children
          g.  Daniel (1837-?)
          h.  Charles (1839-1846)
          i.  Christine Isabella (1841-?) m. in 1870 Robert Gordon – 7 children
          j.  Hannah C. (1845-1937) m. in 1872 Thomas Gordon – 4 children
          k.  Mary Jane (1847-1894) m. in 1875 Thomas Hardy – 5 children
          l.  Barbara (1849-?)
   4.    m.  Henry Gordon (1850-1910) m. in 1873 Mary Ellen Scarr – 8 children
          n.  Elizabeth (1851-?)
          o.  Andrew (1852-?)

                                                        Barbara Hubley Carmichael

Frederick Hubley Carmichael and his wife Jane had 11 children. Three of them died in the Springhill Mine explosion on Feb 2 1891. A few years before this, another of their sons was struck and killed by lightning while standing in the doorway to his home talking to his mother.
James Thomson Carmichael moved to Medway MA and was a carpenter.
Alexander Francis Carmichael moved to the Mendocino area in CA and became an architect of some note. He built many of the homes in the new village of Mendocino, some of which were use to depict the Maine village in the TV program Murder She Wrote.
Christina Isabella Carmichael moved to Revere MA. Sadly her husband died in 1882 leaving her with 7 young children.
Hannah C, Carmichael lived in Somerville MA in the 1900 census.
Henry Gordon Carmichael was a ship’s chandler and a hotel keeper. He and his wife Mary Ellen Scarr lived in the Halifax area before moving to Boston in the early 1900’s. Ellen (as she was known) ran a hotel in Hull, MA even after Henry died.
The Fourth Generation

Henry Gordon and Mary Ellen Scarr Carmichael had children:

          a.  Percy (1874-1874)
    5.   b.  Nora Edith (1875-1921) m. in 1893 Jesse Pye (1865-1940) –                                                                 15 children
          c.  Edith Gertrude (1877-?) m. in 1901Edward John Ball (1870-?) –                                                                       3 children
          d.  Minnie (1881-1902)
          e.  Reginald (1884-?) m. c. 1921 Dorothy O’Donnell (1895-1967) 1 child    f.  Elizabeth Maud (1885-1959) m. in 1906 (Frank Johnson (1880-1940)                                                          – 2 children
          g.  Grayce (1889-?) m. in 1907 Frank Mooney (1886-?) – 2 children
          h.  Ruby Stuart (1894-1950) m. Philip Stokes Wood (1891-1952) –                                                              2 children

          5. Nora Edith Carmichael and Jesse Pye are my grandparents.

                                                      Sandy Poin t Light, Shelburne NS