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A Lady In Virginia April 19, 2017

Lady Lucy Higginson Burwell Lady Lucy Higginson Burwell

Lewis Fairfield Burwell  Lewis Fairfield Burwell

Early settlers in the area that later became Williamsburg Virginia

These are my 8X Great Grandparents


My Ancestor Myles Standish March 1, 2017

mum38qar_medium  Yes this is Myles Standish of Mayflower fame.  He is my  8th  Great Grandfather.


Captain Myles Standish was an English military officer hired by the Pilgrims as military advisor for Plymouth Colony.  He was one of the passengers on the Mayflower.

Myles Standish was not a Pilgrim but it was in his capacity as a military man that he was in the Low Countries to help the Dutch in their war against Spain.  And it was in Leyden in Holland that he got to know the Pilgrims there.  It was through his acquaintance with the Pilgrim Pastor John Robinson that he came to be hired as their military captain to command and train their militia.  Thus Myles and his first wife Rose were among the passengers, the original settlers,  on the Mayflower.

After the Mayflower made landfall on the tip of Cape Cod in late October 1620, he led most of the exploratory missions looking for a place to settle.  Many of the settlers who arrived in the Mayflower were weakened and ill after their voyage across the Atlantic.  Sadly, Myles wife Rose was among those who did not survive those early months.  She died in late January 1621.

Myles remarried in 1623.  His 2nd wife, Barbara, arrived on the ship “Anne” in July 1623.  Myles and Barbara had 6 children, 4of whom survived infancy.  The most important of whom from my standpoint was their surviving son Josiah, who became my 7th Great Grandfather.



Ever Expanding Family Tree June 8, 2016

I now have identified by name at least almost 3000 ancestors.  That’s a lot to handle!  As regular readers of this blog know, I’m trying to concentrate specifically on those ancestors who emigrated to America – and there are a lot of them!  They came in the 1600’s.  They came to New England.  They were my 7x or 8x Great Grandparents.

Here is a rough list of them:

Alexander Alford, 1627-1687, England to Northampton arriving in 1659, my 8X Great Grandfather

Mary Vore, 1617-1687, England to Northampton with her parents, arriving in 1630, my 8X Great Grandmother

Eulalia March, 1609-1690, England to Springfield, year of arrival unknown, my 9X Great Grandmother

Sir David Burt, 1629-1690, England to Northampton, arrived in 1664, my 8X Great Grandfather

Deacon William Holton, 1610-1691, England to America, Northampton, arrived 1634 age23, my 9X Great Grandfather

Henry Burt Jr, 1595-1662, England to Springfield Massachusetts, arrived my 9X Great Grandfather

James Miller 1610-1685, Scotland to Boston, arrived 1635 my

James Miller’s son, 16 , Scotland to Boston, arrived 1635 my

Sen Miller, , Scotland to Boston, arrived 1660

Capt. William French, 1605-1681, Halstead Essex England to Boston on the ship “Defense”, with his wife Elizabeth Stebbins and 4 children Frances age 10, Elizabeth 6,

Mary 2 1/2, and John 5 months, arrived 1635 my 7th Great Grandfather

Elizabeth Stebbins, 1605-1666, Essex England, arrived Boston 1635

Thomas Buckingham, 1620-1657, Kings Walden Hertfordshire England to Boston, arrived Boston

Thomas Lathrop Sr, 1612-1707. East well Kent England to Boston, arrived 18 Sept 1634

William Learned and Goodith Gilman, arrived Charlestown 1630 with their 5 children

Sarah Tolman, 1612, England to Suffolk County,

Thomas Tolman, 1608, England to Dorchester,

Henry Collins and his wife Ann, their 3 older children Henry Jr 5, John 3, and Margery 1, also servants Joshua Griffin 25, Hugh Alley 27, Mary Roote 15, Joseph Cooke 27, and George Burdin 24, aboard the Abigail, arriving Boston 8 October 1635 Henry and Ann were my 8X Great Grandparents

Anne Green, England to Lynn Massachusetts, died in 1624

Sir John Ball, wife Joanna King, Capt. William Ball III, wife Alice Waltham, John Ball – from Wiltshire to Concord Massachusetts

Deacon Ralph Mousall II

Alice Thompson

John Mousall

Rose Stewart Woodward

John Ufford

John Smith

Mary White

Ann Brigham

Jane Sothern

Rachael Wheatley

Alice Blower

Thomas Blower

Edward Clapp

Isabel Prescott Rigby

Mary Anne Anitye Fiske

Elizabeth Fiske

George Kendrick

Ruth Bowen

Lt Peter Hunt

Elizabeth Smith

Judith Cooper

Henry Smith

Abigail Andrews

Simon Crosby Sr
Ann Born
Richard Bullock
Richard Brackett and Alice Blower
Rachel Wheatley
Thomas Wells and Abigail Warner
Walter Roper
William Warner and Abigail Baker – to Ipswich
John Bright – to Watertown and Dedham Mass
Humphrey Rayner and family to Rowley Mass 1649
Bosworth family to Hingham arrived 1634
Hannah Dwight to Dedham Mass
John Osgood
Sarah Booth
Edward Gilman and wife Mary Clarke and infant son Moses
John Gedney – Norwich to Salem
Andrew Mansfield
Richard Thurlow
Mary Sadler Kinsman and Robert Kinsman
Thomas Boreman and Margaret Offing Boreman
Walter Roper and wife Elizabeth
Dorcas Ivory
Capt Robert Andrews and wife Elizabeth Franklin
William Pillsbury to Salisbury, Dorchester
Lionel Worth?
Susannah Whipple Worth?
Thomas Kimball 1 year old arrived 1634
Roger Preston Jr arr 1635
Francis Nurse – Yarmouth to Danvers
Thomas Baker – Ashford Kent to Milford Conn arr 1639
Alice Dayton – Ashford Kent to New Haven arr 1639
Ralph Dayton and Mary Goldhatch Tritton Ashford Kent to Long Island City
Cornelia Mely Schellinger and family 1641
Phillip Leek
Joanna Ackley
Joseph Fowler from Wiltshire arr with his family in 1634 on the Mary and John
Sir Richard Kimball and wife Ursula Scott
Edith Larkin and Henry Herrick
Hugh Laskin and Alice Stebbins
Henry Rust
Hannah Hobart
Margaret Dewey
William Wardwell
Alice Pyce
Edward Woodman
John Stevens III
Ralph Shephard
Thomas Lord – Towchester to Hartford
Thanks Ye Lord Perkins to Hartford
John Prescott and wife and 4 children – child born in Barbados on the way
Daniel Warner – Harwich to Ipswich
Stephen Greenleaf age 6 to Newbury with parents Edward and Sarah
Capt William Gerrish Jr arr 1639
Elizabeth Coffin
Edward Larkin
Joanna Butler
Abigail Baker Warner and William Warner – Boxted to Ipswich
ElizabethDenne – Boxted to Ipswich
John Denne – South Chard to Taunton arr New England 1635 with his wife Alice Strong
Dr John Dane to Ipswich
Eleanor Clark to Ipswich
Robert Adams and wife Eleanor Wilmot and 2 children to Newbury in 1635
John Hutchins
John Hazeltine
Peter Cooper to Haverhill
James Cooper
Rose Haggyse
John Minot
George Minot in 1633 to Massachusetts Bay Dorchester
John Haywood
Judith Phippen
William Symonds
James Kidder Sr
Francis Moore and Catherine and 9 year old Anna Moor in 1639
William Knowlton Jr to Ipswich
Elizabeth Welch
Elizabeth Smith
Sea Captain John Holland
James Horn
Mary Martha Jones
John Howe
Stephen Gates Jr
Richard Park and wife and 2 year old Thomas came in 1630
Abraham Belknap and other family members to Lynn in 1637
George Willis to Medford
Rev Thomas Bailey to Watertown
Isaac Morrill to Roxbury
Elizabeth Symonds
Deacon Stephen Hart to Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1633

Edmund Greenleaf  to Boston

Tristram Coffin to Newburyport

Hugh Mason and wife Hester Wells came from Ipswich England in 1634 and settled in Watertown

Richard Wheeler

Thomas Wilder

John Rugg Sr to Lancaster Worcester

James Bates Sr and Jr

Alice Glover

Co. Lewis McDonald from Scotland

Bostwick Family members

Peter Murdock from Scotland to Limerick to Connecticut

Nicholas Phillips arrived 1639

Thomas Hosmer and Frances Bushnell

Nicholas Danforth and Elizabeth Symes

Edward Griswold and Margaret Hicks

Francis Griswold and Sarah

William Trowbridge Exeter to New Haven

Osmund Trask and Elizabeth Gally

Reverend John Maverick and wife Mary Gye England to Dorchester in 1630

John Gass Middlesex England to Kentucky

Margaret Richardson  Ulster to Virginia  after 1708

Henry Carsley  England to Accomaneck Virginia

Thomas Fairchild  Cambridgeshire to Stratford Connecticut

Emma Seabrook  England to Stratford Connecticut

Mary Wheeler   Bedfordshire to Stratford Connecticut

Moses Wheeler  Kent to Guilford Connecticut

Miriam Hawley Wheeler  England to Stratford Connecticut

Sarah Platt  Hertfordshire to Milford Connecticut





Sample Find A Grave Record April 15, 2016

Abigail Wigglesworth Sweetser my 8X Great Grandmother

Abigail Wigglesworth Sweetser
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Birth: 1632
Death: Jul. 22, 1718
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA

“Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts” William Richard Cutter Published in 1908 (Pages 1592+)Benjamin Sweetser, son of Seth Sweetser (1st wife, Bethia and 2nd wife Mrs Elizabeth Oakes) and Mrs Elizabeth Oakes, was born in Tring. England, about 1632, died July 22, 1718.

He came to Charlestown with his parents when an infant. He inherited the homestead. He followed his trade of last-maker in Charlestown. He was a prominent Baptist at the time that denomination was being oppressed by the Puritans, and he was fined fifty pounds and imprisoned for being a Baptist. His will is dated May 5, 1716, and proved August 12, 1718.

He bequeathed to his wife, to sons Benjamin, Samuel, Joseph and Wigglesworth.

He married Abigail Wigglesworth, born 1632, died July 22, 1718, aged eighty-six years, according to her gravestone.

Children born at Charlestown:
1 – Abigail, Married Andrew Simpson
2 – Bethia, Married October 30, 1663, Edward Paine; second, Isaac Wheeler
3 – Benjamin, born April 24, 1666, died at Maiden, september 23, 1720
4 – Seth, born July 7, 1668
5 – Joseph, born January 14, 1670
6 – Samuel, born August 1, 1673
7 – Wigglesworth, born May 28, 1677
Found on Ancestry.com, the following records:

US New England Marriages Prior to 1700
Benjamin Sweetser (1632-1718) & Abigail Wigglesworth (1640- ) Married 1660 in Charlestown
(Abigail Married 2nd Rev Ellis Callender 1719)
Massachusetts Town & Vital Records 1620-1988
Ellis Callender and Mary or Eliza Sweetser
Married in Boston on Nov 17, 1719

(Ellis Callender born 1641, died 18 May 1728, Boston)

Family links:
Benjamin Cooke Sweetser (1633 – 1718)

Benjamin Sweetser (1666 – 1720)*
Seth Sweetser (1668 – 1731)*

*Calculated relationship

Phipps Street Burying Ground
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA
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Record added: Oct 05, 2014
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Abigail <i>Wigglesworth</i> Sweetser
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Alexander Alford – My 8X Great Grandfather March 31, 2016

English Immigrant

Alexander Alford, 1627-1687, born in Whitestaunton Somerset England, came to America in 1637 at the age of  10, settled in Windsor/Hartford Connecticut, died in 1687 in Northampton Massachusetts.  In coming to America he is listed as the primary immigrant, accompanied by Brother Benedict and Sister Joan.

the following is from a manuscript found on the internet
“Benedict, Alexander and Joanna Alford were early settlers in
Windsor, Conn. From Alexander Alford the whole Alvord family
of the United States is descended, from Benedict it may be estimated
that nearly three-fourths of the Alfords are descended (Their
descendants at present in America are about equal). The date of
their coming to America, and the ship on which they came must
remain in obscurity. It is not unlikely that they were minors and
came from England in company with and under the charge of
friends or relatives. This seems very probable in the case of Alex-
ander and Joanna. Windsor, Conn, was settled in 1635 by a party
from Dorchester. Mass.. many of whom had come to America in
1630 in the ship “]\iary and John.” It is very visionary to believe
that the Alfords were among these, for the Alford name does not
appear on the early Dorchester records nor in the list of passeiogers
on the “Mary and John”, who have been quite full}’ identified. The
earliest date that any of the Windsor Alford family is mentioned
in America is May, 1637, when “Sarg.” Benedict Alford was a
soldier from W^indsor in the Pequot Indian War. In 1640 the town
\ of Windsor granted liim his home-lot. Xo mention is made of
Alexander Alford in America until 1645, when the town of Windsor
granted him a home-lot. He received, however, a grant of land
from the town which bears no date, but the circumstances attending
the grant seem to indicate that it was about 1644. No mention is
made of Joanna Alford until her marriage to Ambrose Fowler in

The kinship of these three Alford settlers is a most important
factor in determining the parentage in England, and it is a most
fortunate circumstance that this is reasonably well established. The
early local historians and genealogists agree that Benedict and Alex-
ander Alford were brothers and that Joanna Alford was their sister.
As a further evidence of this it may be noted that the three are
found together in the same settlement in the “New World”, that the
dates of their marriages (1640, 1646. 1646) and their deaths (1683.
1687, 1684) indicate that they were of about the same age. and that
Jonathan Alford, son of Benedict, accompanied Ambrose Fowler,
Joanna’s husband, in his removal to Westfield, Mass., their names…….”


from another internet source:


St Dunstan Church- Stepney London March 25, 2016

st dunstan church St Dunstan Church

In researching my genealogy I’m finding that a number of my ancestors were married in this church.  Henry Collins Sr and Ann Riall were married there in 1628. They emigrated to America in 1635, settling in Lynn Massachusetts.   They are my 8X Great Grandparents.

St Dunstan and All Saints is the mother church of the East End.  It is also known as the Church of the High Seas, given its proximity to the port of London.

This church also houses the 10 bells of Stepney.  Think of the nursery rhyme Oranges and Lemons – “when will that be, say the bells of Stepney”

St_Leonards_Bell  Bell from Shoreditch church (from Wikipedia)


My Ancestors Came To America March 3, 2016

Many of my ancestors came to America in the 1600’s.   They were English and part of the early wave of immigrants.  Who were they?  Why did they come?  Let’s look at the records for a few of them.

Continental ship Columbus with captured British brig Lord Lifford, 1776


Stephen Gates Family Came To America March 1, 2016

Stephen Gates and his wife were my 8X Great Grandparents.  English Immigrant


A Family Comes To North America February 29, 2016

Yes, it was in the 1600’s.  An English family was just one of many to gather their belongings and board a ship bound for North America.  My ancestors.  It gives me a thrill to find named ancestors – my ancestors – part of this wave of people from the British Isles.  Hopes and dreams, in pursuit of religious freedom?  Why did each person come?  Can I put myself in their shoes knowing that I am a direct descendent?

Richard Woodward and Rose Stewart on board the Elizabeth of Ipswich

John Ufford, just a boy coming to the New World

Sir James Miller and Lady Janet Melvin

Judge Samuel Hawley

Captain William French and Mary White

William Jones and Hannah Eaton

Richard Booth

Alce Mousall

Immigrant Ancestor Ship 3-1


John Ufford Came To America February 28, 2016

English Immigrant    John Ufford came to America when he was 6 years old.  He became my 8th Great Grandfather.  He initially landed in Boston in 16