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Friday, March 21, 2014

Mary Hart Linville Baldwin #52ancestors

Mary Hart is my 6th great grandmother. She was born to Mary and Thomas Hart, Jr. about 1653 in England. She married Richard Linville and Thomas Baldwin. She died in PA.  

Mary HART (daughter of Thomas HART and Unknown)211 was born 24 Aug 1653 in Maresfield Parish, Sussex, England, and died date unknown. She married Richard LINVILLE on 28 Mar 1673 in Maresfield, Sussex, England, son of Thomas LINVILLE and Elizabeth WICKERSHAM.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Deacon Joseph Booth #52ancestors

Deacon Joseph Booth, Jr. is my 8th great grandfather...

   →  Pop 
your father →  Mamie C. Nichols (Collins) 
his mother →  David J. COLLINS 
her father →  JOHN H. COLLINS 
his father →  Elizabeth Boothe 
his mother → Abner Boothe 
her father →  Isaac Abner Boothe, Sr. 
his father →  George Boothe, Sr. 
his father →  Stephen Boothe, I 
his father →  Dea. Joseph Booth 
his father  

Dea. Joseph Booth was a Deacon of the old Stratfield Church of Christ.  

*A History of the Old Town of Stratford and the City of Bridgeport ..., Volume 1

 By Samuel Orcutt                                                                                               
  • Birth: Circa 1689 - Stratford, CT
  • Parents: Joseph Booth, Hannah Willcoxson
  • Wife: Mehitable Beach, Rebecca Morehouse, Sarah Thompson-Sherman
  • Death: May 2 1763 - Stratford, CT
From the WorldConnect Database: "Sanford-Shulsen Family", by Evelyn Beran:
"Joseph married (1) Mehitabel Beach. He married (2) Rebecca Morehouse. In Families of Old Fairfield 1: 90-91, Jacobus says that Deacon Joseph Booth married (3) Sarah Blackman. In the Addenda, 1:707, he corrects this to say Joseph's third wife was Sarah (Thompson) Sherman.
On 6 September 1714, administration on the estate of Nathan Booth of Stratford was granted to James and Joseph Booth. "

Joseph BOOTH, b 8 Mar 1656, of Stratford CT, d 31 Aug or 1 Sep 1703 had 3 wives,
but all his children were apparently born to Hannah WILLCOXSON. Their son
Joseph, b c 1689/92, d 2 May 1763, was of Stratfield. He m 1)1711 Mehitable l
BEACH and 2) Rebecca MOREHOUSE, and 3) Sarah (THOMPSON) SHERMAN. Joseph, b
1656, is son of Richard, the immigrant, who m Elizabeth HAWLEY. The info in
this last paragraph is found in THE GENEALOGY OF THE BOOTH FAMILY, compiled
by Jacobus, and published in 1952.


A History of the Old Town of Stratford and the City of Bridgeport ..., Volume 1

 By Samuel Orcutt        

A History of the Old Town of Stratford and the City of Bridgeport ..., Volume 1 By Samuel Orcutt

Edward Morgan, the Tailor, Daniel Boone's Grandpa #52ancestors

Edward Morgan, the tailor, is my 5th great grandfather.
   →  Mom 
your mother →  Pvt. Garnett Hancock, WWII Veteran 
her father →  Ida Mae Hancock 
his mother →  Robert Lee Linville 
her father → Moses Linville 
his father →  Hannah Scarlett Linville 
his mother →  Edward Morgan, the tailor 
her father
Edward Morgan possibly married Elizabeth Jarman, probably the daughter of John Jarman. Edward and his wife arrived in PA in 1683 and lived near Radnor PA until 1695 when they moved to Towamencin Township and built a house on 500 acres of land. He joined the Society of Friends and was known as Edward Morgan the Tailor.
"The Morgan house and family figure importantly in American History. Edward MORGAN, son of Sir James MORGAN of Llantarnam, Wales, brought his wife Elizabeth to America in 1683. In Philadelphia they became members of the Society of Friends at the Haverford-Radnor-Merion Meeting, later acquired the house-site and some 800 acres, and became the first settlers in the Upper Welsh tract beyond Gwynedd. Their daughter Sarah, born in the house, grew up to marry one Squire BOONE, and made them the grandparents of Daniel BOONE, that great frontiersman who led the settlement of Kentucky and then the West.
Early Settler Of the Welsh colony of Gwynedd, Berks County (now Montgomery County), PA. While some sources say his birth place is Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that is not correct. Death: 1739 Place: Gwynedd, Pennsylvania. 
Historical Collections of Gwynedd by Howard Jenkins page 410
"The first settler in Gwynedd or its vicinity named Morgan, was Edward. He seems to have been here as early as 1704, as the road upward through Gwynedd, made in that year, was to go as far as his place. He was a tailor by trade, a Welshman by birth, no doubt, and probably advanced in years when he came. He had lived previously near Philadelphia. In February, 1708, he bought 300 acres of land in what is now Towamencin, of Griffith Jones, merchant, Philadelphia. The tract lay along William John's land, and was therefore on the township line. In 1714 he bought 500 acres more, nearby, of George Claypool of Philadelphia, who, like Griffith Jones,was a speculative holder of Towamencin lands. By 1713 he had apparently moved to Montgomery; in the deed from Claypool he is described as a "yeoman of Montgomery."
Edward Morgan no doubt had several children. His sons probably received and held the Towamencin lands. In the list of 1734, for that township there appear: Joseph Morgan, 200 acres, Daniel Morgan, 200; John Morgan, 100. In 1727, Morgan Morgan of Towamencind died leaving a will in which he mentions jhis wife Dorothy, his brothers Joseph, John and William, his two sons Edward and Jesse (both minors), and his niece Elizabeth, John's daughter."

Monday, March 17, 2014

Col. John Washington #52ancestors

Col. John Washington is my 9th great grandfather.
   →  Pop 
your father →  Rufus S. Nichols 
his father →  Tressie (King) Nichols 
his mother →  Michael O. King 
her father →  Margaret (Wright) King 
his mother → James Wingfield Wright 
her father →  William Wright, III 
his father →  John Wright Jr 
his father →  John Wright, Sr. 
his father →  Anne Minor - Wright 
his mother → Col. John Washington 
her father   

  • John Washington (c. 1631-1677) was an English Virginia planter and politician. He was the immigrant ancestor and great-grandfather of George Washington, first president of the United States of America.  Wikipedia
John Washington of York Cave & Mattox Creek was born Feb 1632 in Purleigh Parish, Essex County, England and died in 1677 in Bridge Creek, Westmoreland Co., VA.
  • Parents:  Lawrence Washington and Amphillis Twigden
  1. before 1658 to perhaps Margaret Haywood born around 1635.  (according tohttp://www.multiwords.de/genealogy/washington2.htm).  She was perhaps the sister of merchant Nicholas Haywood.
  2.  1 Dec 1658 in Westmoreland Co., VA to Anne Pope.  Anne was born in 1635 in St. Mary, MD and died in 1668 in Bridge Creek, Westmoreland Co., VA., daughter of plantation owner Nathaniel Pope. Their wedding gift from Pope consisted of 700 acres on Mattox Creek in Westmoreland County of Virginia's Northern Neck.  5 children.. 
  3. about 1670 to Anne [maiden name unknown, though often given as Gerrard], the widow of Walter Brodhurst and Henry Brett. No children.
  4. 10 May 1676 to Frances Gerrard, Anne's sister and widow of Francis Appleton. (1)  No children.
Children of Anne Pope & John Washington:
  1. Lawrence Washington (1659 - 1697) Married Mildred Warner (1671-1701).  Grandfather of Pres. George Washington.
  2. Anne Pope Washington (1660 - 1697).  Married Francis Wright (1660-1713)
  3.  John Washington (1661 - 1698).  Married Anne Wicliffe (d 1704)    
  4. (daughter) Washington  (died young; before Sept. 21, 1675) 
  5. (son) Washington (died young; before Sept. 21, 1675) 

Captain Joseph Martin of Colonial Virginia #52ancestors

Capt Joseph Martin, Sr. is my 6th great grandfather

Joseph Martin Sr., was the son of wealthy British merchant William Martin in Bristol, England,[2] who sent his son to Virginia as supercargo aboard his ship the Brice.[3] Martin Sr. wrote to his English father that he planned to marry the daughter of a common Virginia colonist. Even though she was from the Chiles family and was a descendant of Virginia's Col. John Page, to Martin's wealthy father back in England all American colonists were inferior to the English. William Martin of Bristol was himself Lord Mayor of Bristol[4] and owner of a ship building company, a glass manufacturing plant, importer and exporter with the new world; including tobacco. The father wrote back disinheriting young Joseph Martin Sr., who never returned to England.[5]
Joseph Martin Sr. was "a perfect Englishman", recalled his grandson later, "large and athletic; bold, daring, self-willed andsupercilious. And in him was depicted, as my father has told me, the most complete form of the aristocracy of the British government."[6] Capt. Martin arrived in Albemarle County in 1745, one of the original patentees.[7] Joseph Martin Sr. left some 300 acres of his landholdings to son Joseph Jr. at his death in 1762. Nearby neighbors Dr. Thomas WalkerPeter Jefferson,James Madison, and the Lewis and Clark clans and kin including Lewis, Carr, Waller, Dabney, Hammock, Hughes, etc.[8] 
Capt Joseph Martin, Sr., of Albemarle, was born between 1700-1712 in Bristol, Gloucestershire, England and died between 3 Dec 1760-14 Jan 1762 in Albemarle County, Virginia. (ALT birth date of 1678)
  • parents: William Martin & Ann Cade
  1. 1733 in Virginia to Susannah Chiles. ( b est 1715- d: Bef 28 Jun 1754). She was the daughter of John Chiles Gent. and Eleanor. 11 children.
  2. Ann Pulliam, widow Sandidge. No children.
1678: Christening, Bristol, Somerset, England, son of William Martin. An older brother became mayor of Bristol.
1724: Emigration, Bristol to Virginia aboard the ship "Brice."
1729: Location, Albermarle County, Virginia
1736?: Marriage, Charlottesville, Albemarle, Virginia, to Susannah Chiles. (Contradictory records.)
1742: Birth of son Joseph Martin Jr.
1754: Marriage, Virginia, to Ann Pulliam Sandage
1762: Death, Louisa, Virginia.
1762: Will proven, Louisa, Virginia.
History on the Martin's dates back to 316 AD where they preached Christianity to France. They departed and left for England in the first sea-worthy vessel that hauled horses as cargo for battle. There they participated in the battle of Hastings in 1066, and travelled with William the Conqueror. Early ancestors were from northern France and Martin de Tours was from Pembroke County, England and had a sister who married Calfulnius Presbyter Britannus. Their son was the famous St. Patrick of Ireland. In 1208 AD the son of William Martin, Sir William Martin, (great-grandson of Martin de Tours) married the Princess of South Wales. William Martin was born at Pembroke Castle in Wales. In the middle 1600’s William Martin lived at the Manor of Pindergast in England and entered the mercantile business in Bristol, the second largest city in Great Britain at the time. William Martin had his own fleet of ships in the seaport of Bristol England.
Joseph Martin was born in Bristol, England and was
the youngest son of William Martin. Joseph was trained by his father in the merchant shipping business and was part of a very prosperous business.
About 1724, when Joseph became of age for romance, he fell in love with a young lady the family did not favor. To avoid any problems, his father outfitted a sailing ship named "Brice" and put aboard his son Joseph as "Supercargo". (n.b. The name "Brice" later became a family name.)
... “The Brice” [was bound for] Virginia [with Joseph] in charge of a load of goods for a trading expedition. “The Brice” made several trips to Barbados, but was eventually stolen. Joseph collected compensation money for the ship and purchased estates in Charlottesville, VA.
When Joseph settled down in Colonial Virginia he fell in love with a local Plantation owners daughter by the name of Susanna Chiles and they were married soon after. When word of his marriage arrived in England, his father was so enraged that he would marry below his stature that disinherited his son and cut him from his will.
Capt. Martin arrived in Albemarle County in 1745, one of the original patentees. He settled on a 2,200-acre land grant nearby neighbors Dr. Thomas Walker, Peter Jefferson, James Madison, and the Lewis and Clark clans—all connections that would be useful to his rambunctious son.
According to family records, Joseph and Susanna settled in Albemarle County, Virginia and had a total of nine children before Susanna passed away around 1750.
Joseph re-married on June 28, l754 to Ann Sandage. Ann was the widow since 1747 of William Sandage of Spottsylvania County. At the time Joseph was a
resident of Louisa County. Louisa County records reflect Joseph married to Ann from 1754 onward.
Family history reflects that after both Joseph and his father William had passed away the family members in England offered to share in the family estate. Joseph, the third son of Joseph booked passage on a sailing ship
to England to conclude the inheritance offering however missed the ship sail date and thus never made it to England. After this misfortune no further attempt was made to share in the Family fortune.
Joseph Martin Sr. was "a perfect Englishman", recalled his grandson later, "large and athletic; bold, daring, self-willed and supercilious. And in him was depicted, as my father has told me, the most complete form of the aristocracy of the British government."
Joseph and Susannah Martin's son, Brig. Gen. Joseph Martin married Elizabeth "Betsy" Ward, daughter of Nancy Ward who was known as "Beloved Woman of the Cherokee".
1. Joseph MARTIN (son of William MARTIN) died Jan 1762 in Albemarle Co VA. He married Susannah CHILES ABT 1733 in VA. She was born 28 Apr 1701 in Albemarle Co VA, and died 24 Jun 1756 in Albemarle Co VA.
Children of Joseph MARTIN and Susannah CHILES are:
i. Joseph MARTIN was born 18 Sep 1740 in Charlottesville, Albemarle Co VA, and died 18 Dec 1808 in Henry Co VA.
ii. Brice MARTIN was born ABT 1737 in Charlottesville, Albemarle Co VA, and died 1816 in TN.
iii. William MARTIN was born ABT 1742, and died 1808 in Stokes Co NC.
iv. John "Jack" MARTIN. He married Nancy SHIPP Jun 1784.
v. Martha MARTIN died 20 Jun 1813 in VA. She married Pomfret WALLER Sr.. He was born 20 Jan 1747.
The following Information was taken from the Albemarle County Will Book 2 Page 112. December 3, 1760 January 14, 1762
Will of Joseph Martin of Albemarle County, Virginia
To my present wife, Ann Martin, Negro man Ben, Negro woman Lou and girl Temp, during her natural life and no longer, the said girl Temp to be at her disposal forever. I give all of the tract of land I live on to my
wife Ann Martin during her natural life and no longer, and at my wife's decease, I give and bequeath unto my son Brice Martin part of the said tract of land to be divided and beginning at the mouth of Stony Creek, and to the back lines and down to the river. Brice to have Manor Plantation, and the rest to son William Martin. Son Joseph Martin 300 Acres. Son John 300 Acres. I give my son, Joseph all my rights and title to my land along Goose Creek on the branch of the Pertomich River (Potomic) I have in partnership with Col. Francis Warner living in Essex County. To my daughter Susannah Martin, 200 Acres on Rocky Creek, and if she die without heir to Susannah Chiles Hammack, daughter of John Hammack and Mary Hammack his wife. To my daughter Susannah Martin, Negro girl and choice of featherbeds and furniture. Also her choice of 200 Acres of land in the tract mentioned before. To my daughter Mary Hammack,
Negro girl Parthenia, and second choice of featherbeds and furniture. To my Daughter Ann Martin, Negro girl Vellah, to her and her heirs forever. To my Daughter Olive Martin, Negro fellow Ben and Negro Will. All the rest
of my estate to be divided between, Sarah Burrus, Mary Hammack, Susannah Martin, Ann Martin and Olive Martin. Son George Martin 8 pounds current money.
Isaac Davis
Thomas Burrus
Notes for Susannah Chiles:
from "HISTORY OF SMITH CO. TN" "Susanna was described by a grandson,William Martin, as "one of the best of womankind -- her parents of English
http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/6865421/person/-682996443/story/f45487ae-92ef-4959-995b-447914efbbc8?src=search -------------------- Birth: ABT 1700 in Bristol, Middlesex County, England
Death: in Fredericksville Parish, Albermarle County, Virginia
In the first quarter of the 18th century, William Martin, a wealthy merchant of Bristol, bought the ship, "Brice", gave it to his son Joseph and sent him to Virginia to keep him from marrying a girl that the father objected to. Joseph married Susannah Childs and settled on a large estate near Charlottsville in Albemarle Co. VA.
Source: Starr's History of the Cherokee Indians
-------------------- Birth 1700
Bristol, Somerset, England
Death 1762

— Age: 62
Albemarle County, Virginia, USA


Friday, March 14, 2014

Pvt. Emera V. Altizer, American Revolutionary Soldier #52ancestors

UPDATE Emera Altizer is NOT my 6th great grandfather as was previously thought. 
Turns out his daughter was the second wife of my ancestor George Reed, Sr.....  

He was a German immigrant and was a Private in the American Revolution... 
Emera Ambrose von Althausen was the son of Johann Peter Althauser and Elisabetha Christiana Laucks. He was born in 1736 in Bingen on the Rhine, Hesse, Germany and died in September, 1819 in Montgomery Co, Virginia. His first name may have been Emmerich at birth.
He is believed to be buried in the Althizer Family Cemetery, near Chestnut Ridge, Montgomery County, Virginia. The stone in the cemetery is for a "Pvt Emera V. Altizer," who died in 1819. The stone is more recent than 1819, which could result in an error in the name (the "V" could have been for von), but this is Emera's correct death and military service.
He married (1) Anna Maria Pitzer in 1765 in Allengheny Co, Virginia and had four children. It is believed that he married (2) Mary Miller of Maryland and had four more children. It should be noted that in a DAR application, this marriage has been called into question. There is extensive documentation of a Revolutionary War pension for a Mary Altizer, but her birth name or parentage is not found in the application. In the application, her husband is listed as "Emory" Altizer. The pension account was W. 4,720.
Emera served in the Virginia Infantry for eighteen months during the American Revolution, under Capt. Wallace. His DAR number is A002076. He was discharged from service after the surrender of Cornwallis. One family legend claims that he was brought to America to serve in a war but was too young and was adopted by a German immigrant family, later marrying their daughter Anna Maria. The dates don't quite fit this tale, charming as it is.
As with many European names in early American history, variations of spelling abound. His birth name was most likely Althausen or von Althausen. You will also find Althausen, Althauzer, Altizera (DAR records) , Althizer and Altizer, the last being the most commonly found variation in modern times. Another family tale has the name Altizer being a creation made from ALT of his name and IZER from his wife's name. More likely, it was an Americanized spelling based on the sound of the original German name.
Children of EMERA ALTIZER and MARY PITZER are:
  • NANCY ALTIZER, b. Abt. 1790; d. Aft. 1860., married Adam. Akers.
  • JOHN ALTIZER, b. 1765; d. December 11, 1850; m. ELIZABETH ELKENS.
  • EMERY ALTIZER, b. 1769; d. 1872.
Children of EMERA ALTIZER and MARY MILLER are:
  • WILLIAM ALTIZER, d. Aft. 1820.
  • ELIAS ALTIZER, b. March 1776, Montgomery Co, Va; d. November 13, 1840, Posey Co, Indiana.
  • DAVID RILEY ALTIZER, b. 1784; d. September 26, 1854, TAZEWELL COUNTY, VIRGINIA.
  • JONAS ALTIZER, b. 1791; d. August 1861; m. (1) SALLY RATCLIFFE; m. (2) SARAH SIMP?.
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Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Reverend John Jones, Puritan Minister #52ancestors

John Jones, son of William Jones (1563 - 1633) & Elizabeth Morgan (b.1572) was born 22 November 1591 in Northamptonshire, England. A Cambridge graduate and Puritan minister who came to New England aboard the ship DEFENCE of London, Edward Bostock, Master. Defence sailed from London about the end of July 1635 and arrived at Boston 8 October 1635, with about one hundred passengers. Rev. Jones was 44 years old; accompanying him were his wife, Sarah, and children: Sarah 15, John 11, Ruth 7, Theophilus 3, Rebecca 2, & Elizabeth 1/2 [1].
Reverend Jones died 9 February 1665 in Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut Colony.


[1] "Planters of the Commonwealth" by Charles Edward Banks, p 171
"Concord, came in the Defence from London, arriving at Boston 3 October 1635"  [Savage II 562 citing autobiography of Rev. Thomas Shepard.]
"John Jones of Northampton, born c. 1592, matriculated in the University of Cambridge sizar from Queen's College, Michaelmas term 1608; B.A. 1612-13; M.A. 1616; ordained 1613. Probably rector of Abbots Ripton, Hunts, 1619-30, when he was deprived. Emigrated on the Defence with his wife and children and with Thomas Shepard, in 1635. Jones and Peter Bulkeley were leaders in the settlement of Concord, and colleague ministers of the church there. Jones, with a part of the flock, migrated in 1644 to Fairfield, Connecticut, and served as pastor until his death in Janaury 1664-65. Father of John Jones (A.B. Harvard 1643)." Samuel Eliot Morison, "Appendix B: English University Men Who Emigrated To New England Before 1646", The Founding of Harvard College (H.U.P., 1935), p. 385.
Rev. Bulkeley had been ousted from his pulpit in Odell, England (where he had succeeded his father, Rev. Edward Bulkeley, in 1609), in 1634 after several warnings from Bishop Laud and the Church of England that he was not following the dictates of King Charles I.  He, along with John Jones, knew full well that he would be removed from his pulpit sooner or later, so, being foresighted, he sent his oldest son Edward and a house builder named Thomas Dane to the colonies to build a house for Peter’s family.  Rev. Bulkeley was a wealthy man, and fortunately for him, he was allowed to bring his money with him when he followed his son to the new world a year later.  Rev. Jones might have had some wealth also, but he apparently was not permitted to bring it with him and arrived in the colonies with his family penniless, needing to seek immediate employment.
There are many theories about the relationship between these two men.  A tenth generation descendant of Peter Bulkeley, Thomas Taylor, has recently written his own essay, offering new thoughts to the discussion.  It must have been difficult for two strong-minded men to be leaders of such a small group of settlers.  In any case, after eight years of testing the soil and climate and trying to farm in Concord, several of these settlers became dissatisfied with the conditions, and seventeen families chose to leave in 1644.  They took Rev. John Jones with them as their leader and settled in what is now Fairfield, Connecticut.  Included in the group was Thomas Bulkeley, Peter’s son, who had married Sarah Jones, Rev. Jones’ daughter.  ....
"Then, by ourselves again, we found our way to Abbott’s Ripton, about thirty miles west of Odell, where John Jones had served in St. Andrew’s Church.  That was another marvelous day.  St. Andrew’s still stands, though built in 950 AD by the Saxons and rebuilt in 1246.  It was recorded in the Doom’s Day Survey of 1086 by William the Conqueror, and so is now very ancient and honorable.  In Abbott’s Ripton, we found Col. William Johns, warden and keeper of the keys, who drove us to St. Andrew’s and showed us through this ancient church.  There on the wall, in plain sight, is a long plaque of names of all the ministers who have served that parish.  There in the middle it says:"
Johannes Jones 1619 Departed 1630
Upon his departure, Rev. Jones presented his parishioners with a sterling silver Communion flagon, about eighteen inches high.  It is now kept in a vault and “only brought out to use when the Bishop comes to bless us,” but we saw a picture of it.  This may be an indication of Jones’ financial standing at that time, a man of comfortable wealth. 
The location of these two towns, only about thirty miles from each other, and both men being Puritan Ministers and Dissenters, would indicate the possibility that they knew each other before coming to the colonies.


In his will, dated 17 January 1664[/5] and proved 30 June 1665, "John Jones, pastor of the church at Fairfeild," ordered that "seven pounds be taken out of my estate ... & be delivered to the heirs or executors of Captain Cullicke, sometime one of the magistrates in Conecticot jurisdiction being due to him," and "whereas I promised my dear wife Susanna Jones fifty pounds in case I died before her and beside gave her a silver bowl within a little while after that I was married unto her this I do confirm by my last will that these are due unto her, moreover my will is that the said Sussana my wife shall have the use and benefit of my twelve acres of land in the Great Meadows and of my orchard m Fairfeild during her life and after her death that it be divided equally to or amongst my six children John, Ehphalct & my four daughters Sarah Wilso[n] widow, Ruth James. Rebeca Hull & Elizabeth Hill"; "my said wife shall have the remainder of my lot adjoining to the orchard as her own for her and her heirs"; to "my eldest son John Jones pan of my library, to wit the works of Augustin, Chrisostom and of other authors usually called the fathers"; residue "to be equally divided amongst my forcsaid six children, John, Eliphaiet. Sarah, Ruth, Rebeca & Elizabeth"; "my wife Susanna Jones [to be] the sole executrix"; "Mr. Gold & Mr. Pell both of Fairfcild (to be] the overseers" [Fairfield PR 2:5],


  • New York, Genealogical Records, 1675-1920. Name:Rev. John Jones; Residence Date: 1644; Residence Place: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States; Comments:1644-1664; biography of first minister of Fairfax.
  • MY ANCESTOR. The son of WILLIAM JONES, he married SARAH about 1619. They were the parents of RUTH (JONES) JAMES - my ancestor; Sarah (Jones) Bulkley Wilson; John Jones, Jr.; Rebecca (Jones) Hull Hill.
  • "'Ye Old BURYING GROUND OF FAIRFIELD, CONN."' by Mrs. Kate Perry, p. 227-228: "He was a native of Wales, was educated and episcopally ordained in England and came, with other nonconforming clergymen of the national church, to this Country in 1635. ...It was he that attended the execution of Goody Knapp who was condemned as a witch, and tendered the poor victum such kindly minitrations as his concience permitted...NO STONE MARKS HIS GRAVE."
  • Find-A-Grave. Inscription: In Memory of Rev. John Jones AB MA. Born in Northampton England in 1593 and was a graduate of Queens College Cambridge. A Puritan divine of the Church of England and he was the first Pastor of the First Church of Christ in Fairfield which he faithfully served from 1644 until his death in 1664. A Valliant Leader & Christian Souldier. A Holy Man of God. Burial: Old Burying Ground, Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA.

Dr. Samuel Preston, Philadelphia Mayor #52ancestors

Sometimes we need to challenge ourselves to focus on our goals and achieve them. This blog was focused on the 52 ancestors challenge and will continue to do so. Researching the family tree has led me to new cities and places that I never knew I had roots. And the 52 ancestors challenge gave me a purpose for publishing my findings and a method. Challenge yourself each day and you may be surprised what you can do...
Dr. Samuel Preston, Mayor of Philadelphia, is my 9th great grandfather.
Info from Wikipedia:
Samuel Preston (1665 in Patuxent, Calvert County, Maryland – September 10, 1743 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was a jurist, merchant, and mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He was brought up as a Quaker. Removing from Maryland to Sussex county (now part of the state of Delaware) on the Delaware, he was sent to the legislature from the latter place in 1693, and again in 1701, and was chosen sheriff in 1695.
About 1703 he took up residence in Philadelphia, where he became a merchant, and stood among the most influential of the Quakers of his day. In 1708 he was unanimously elected alderman. During the same year James Logan, desiring William Penn, founder and proprietor of Pennsylvania, to consider whom to add to the property commission, wrote to him, saying: "Samuel Preston is also a very good man, and now makes a figure, and, indeed, Rachel's husband ought particularly to be taken notice of, for it has too long been neglected, even for thy own interest." Preston's wife, Rachel Lloyd (b. January 20, 1667; m. July 16, 1688; d. August 15, 1716) was the daughter of Thomas Lloyd, president of Penn's council. Almost immediately afterward, Preston was called to the council, on which he served until he died.
He was chosen mayor of Philadelphia in 1711, and in 1714 became the treasurer of the province, retaining the office until his death. In 1726 he became a justice of the peace and of the court of common pleas, and in 1728 one of the commissioners of property, which office he held many years. He was also one of the trustees under Penn's will.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Doctor Mordecai Moore, MD, physician of Lord Baltimore #52ancestors

Dr. Mordecai Moore, MD is my 9th great grandfather.
→ Pop 
your father → Rufus S. Nichols 
his father → Jim Nichols 
his father → Harriet Isabell Williams Nichols 
his mother → Clarissa "Betty" Williams 
her mother → Nancy Adeline Richards 
her mother → Jacob Moore 
her father → Isaac Moore 
his father → Thomas Preston Moore 
his father → Dr. Richard Moore 
his father → Dr. Mordecai Moore, MD 
his father

Richard Moore was a property owner in and around London Town. He was both a physician and a merchant.1 His father, Mordecai Moore, arrived in Maryland as the family physician for Lord Baltimore.2 He was married to Ursula Moore and they had Richard Moore.3After Ursula Moore died in 1702, Dr. Mordecai Moore married Deborah Lloyd, daughter of Thomas Lloyd.4 They had three children: Mary, Elizabeth, and Deborah.5 Deborah, the eldest, married Dr. Richard Hill.6      


Monday, March 3, 2014

Private John King, Revolutionary Soldier #52ancestors

John King, the Revolutionary soldier, volunteered for service to his country, in the cause of freedom, at White Plains, Maryland, for the term of three years 1778-1781. He served as a private under the command of Captain Stull of the Regiment commanded by Colonel Gunby, in the Maryland line from April 1778-April 1781. He fought in the Battles of Ruddy Fork, Alamance and Guilfod in the state of North Carolina. Was discharged from duty in Canaden, South Carolina, April 1781, When he arrived in Virginia is uncertain.
The above military record is contrary to a record that has previously been published. However, the above record is the one recieved from the Military Archives, Washington, DC., The above record was approved by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution who have access to Military Archives records.
In 1818 the Revolutionary Claims Act was enacted by U.S. Congress providing a pension to Revolutionary soldiers. John King did not agree to apply for pension at this time. He felt he would be asking for and recieving charity of which he was opposed. He fought for freedom and independence not for monetary gain.
By 1829 John King was experiencing some mifortune and realized he would come to the point of declining health. He appeared before the court in Montgomery County, Virginia, in September, 1829, with his sworn statement of service, record of property ownership and letters of recommendation from his neighbors, Andrew Lewis, Jonathon Conner, and son-in-law, Stephen Burnett. Andrew Lewis stated he knew personally that Jong King had fought bravely in the battles he mentioned. He was in his neighbor, a man of good character, truthful and honest. However he had experienced financial difficulty.
In June, 1832, John King signed the following statement:
Known all men by these present, that I, John King, of the County of Floyd, Revolutionary Pensioner of the United States, do hereby constitutes and appoint Robert Craig, my true and lawful attorney for me and in my name, to receive from the Agent of the United States for paying pensions in Washington City, DC, my pensions from fourth day of March, 1831., to the fourth of March 1832.
Witness my Hand and Seal, this the 18'th day of June, 1832.
Signed by
Henry D. King as Witness
Signed by
John King

The Kings of King's Cove: John King of Weymouth, Mass. #52ancestors

"Seaman" John King of Weymouth came from England and settled in the part of Weymouth, Mass. known as King's Cove. His son, Phillip, was a Captain and an ancestor of George King who fought in the American Revolution....

"On 23 June, 1657, John King of Weymouth deposed before Thomas Danforth in Middlesex County Court in the case of Joshua Tead versus Richard Collicut. He stated that he was "about 57 years" of age and " that he was with Mr. Richard Colicut in Xenebeak River . . . " in May, 1656. (The Genealogical Advertiser, 1: 90-95.) This deposition gives his approximate age as born near 1600."
"John Humphrey came from Dorchester in the county of Dorset, which is six miles north from Weymouth, and it is likely that John and Mary King came from the same locality. Neither the marriage of John Humphrey nor that of John King is on record in the parish of Holy Trinity in Dorchester."

"John King, Sr., was a resident of Weymouth from 1639 to 1669. He married Mary -, who was his wife 2 Sept. 1640. (Lechford's Note-Book, 308.) He married (2), near 1647, widow Dorothy (Barker) Hunt, successively widow of - Barker and of Enoch Hunt of Weymouth... He married (3) at Weymouth, 14 Oct. 1658, Abigail (Hewes) Hatch, widow of William Hatch, Jr., of Scituate, and daughter of John Hewes of Scituate, 'theWelchman.'"
  1. John, received grants 14 Dec. 1663.
  2. Samuel, marriageable, 17 Sept. 1658.
  3. Mary, b. at Weymouth, 15 June, 1639; m. there 30 Nov. 1658, Josiah Chapin of Braintree and Mendon; d. 30 May, 1676.
  4. Abigail, b. at Weymouth, 14 Mar. 1641.
  5. Philip, b. at Weymouth, near 1645.
John King who settled prior to 1640 in that part of the town of Weymouth Massachusetts still known as King's Cove where he was on record as "seaman," "planter" and "goodman". He was of English birth and parentage and came to New England with John Humphrey deputy governor of the Massachusetts Colony.
Descent from him is followed through Philip King known as Captain Philip King of Taunton Massachusetts a man of influence in the community as proved by his impressive funeral with military honors. Captain Philip King won the friendship of the neighboring Indians to such a degree that he and his family were never molested thereby He married about 1680 Judith daughter of John Whitman of Milton Massachusetts and they were the parents of seven children...  

Children of Philip King and Judith Whitman King: Elizabeth born before 1680, m. Samuel Richmond Hannah born 15 Apr 1681 m. Jonathan Padelford Abigail born 1671 Esther born circa 1674 m. Stephen Williams Judith born 1690 m. Mr. Alden Experience born 1678 m. Nicholas White Mary born 18 May 1668 m. John Leonard John born 1681 m. Alice Dean Elijah born 1686 Johannah born circa 1682 m. John Alger Josiah born 1688 Lydia born 03 Mar 1688 m. (1) Nathaniel Rogers and (2) John Macomber.

John King, son of Captain Philip and Judith Whitman King, was born in Taunton Massachusetts in 1681 and died according to his graveyard inscription in 1741 in his 60th year. Like his father he was friendly with the Indians doing humanitarian work among them and educating two Campbell and Occeun at his own expense to become missionaries among their people. He married about 1700 Alice Dean of a well known Taunton family and they had thirteen children.

John's son, Phillip was born in 1702 in Taunton, Mass. Captain Phillip King married Abigail Williams.
274. Capt. Philip KING117 was born on 5 Aug 1702 in Raynham, MA.116 He was born on 5 Aug 1702. He died on 10 Nov 1786 in Raynham, MA. He was buried in King Cemetery, Raynham, MA. "He was a Captain of militia, which was an office of no small note at that day, and it was usual for a commissioned officer to wear his regimental suit on public days after the English fashion. He was the first representative to the General Court from Raynham. He was aproprietor of the "Taunton Company Lands," as they were called. He had been at a meeting of this company, when 84 years of age and returning on the Steep Hill road in the woods late in the evening, it being dark, got lost and perished. He was found lying on a rock, having died of exhaustion." Sanford, Genealogy of the Family of Kings, p. 8.
Capt. Philip KING and Abigail WILLIAMS were married on 19 Mar 1727/28 in Raynham, MA.306 Abigail WILLIAMS (daughter of Samuel WILLIAMS) was born on 29 Mar 1701 in Taunton, MA.307 She died on 6 Oct 1756 in Raynham, MA.306 She was buried in King Cemetery, Raynham, MA.115 Born 1701 or 1707?

Katherine LEONARD and John KING were married on 9 Jan 1755 in Raynham, MA.419 John KING306 (son of Capt. Philip KING and Abigail WILLIAMS) was born on 26 Aug 1730 in Raynham, Bristol Co., MA.308 He was the brother of Abigail King who married Nathan Leonard. He livednear the south cemetery. Katherine LEONARD and John KING had the following children: 

John KING.
Isaac KING.
Nabby KING was born on 22 Jun 1763 in Raynham, Bristol Co., MA.420
Silas KING.
Zenas KING was born on 31 Jul 1768 in Raynham, MA.420 He died on 31 Aug 1775 in Raynham, MA.
Katherine KING was born on 7 Dec 1770 in Raynham, Bristol Co., MA.420
Bathsheba KING was born on 12 Oct 1773 in Raynham, Bristol Co., MA.420
Nathan KING.





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