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Map Of Somerset September 13, 2016

Filed under: Ancestors,Cathedrals,Dorchester,England,Festivals,Geography,Maps — Janet @ 9:34 pm

somerset     My latest genealogy research has me wondering about Somerset – a part of England that is not very familiar to me.   Ancestors in the 16th and 15th centuries lived in Barton St David.  Looking at the map I see Glastonbury and Wells.  Ah, I’ve been there once years ago en route to Dorchester in Dorset.  We weren’t quite certain of the route and a very impatient speeding and rude driver nearly slammed into us at one of the roundabouts.  I would have liked to stop in Glastonbury but that experience put me off and we just kept going.  Pity, what I did see of it looked lovely.

That memory aside I looked up Barton St David in Wikipedia and found the following entry

“Barton St David was the birthplace of Henry Adams (1583–1646), who, after their marriage in nearby Charlton Mackrell, emigrated with his wife Edith and nine children to the new colonies in Massachusetts. He was the great-great-grandfather of John Adams, the first Vice President and second President of the United States. He was the great-great-great-grandfather of John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States. There is a plaque in the parish church which commemorates this link between the village and the United States.”

Reading the above, now I have even more reason to explore Glastonbury and nearby Barton St. David.  My link to the famous Adams family is remote at best but it would still be a good excuse to visit that part of England.




Genealogical Records May 28, 2016

This is a sample of the types of records I’m finding as I explore my genealogy.  Some of my ancestors first settled in Dorchester (virtually part of Boston) Massachusetts.  And they subsequently moved to Windsor near Hartford Connecticut.  Putting names and dates to the figures involved in this historic movement of individuals and families is exciting.  I am descended from these people.

History of Dorchester