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1629 Portrait July 21, 2017

1629 A Gentleman and His Wife

1629 Portrait of A Gentleman and His Wife

Could this couple be in my genealogy?  I ask myself.


My Ancestors Came To America July 1, 2017

Immigrant ship 33


I’ve been working on finding out more about the “who, when, how, etc” my ancestors came to America.  I have identified over 300 individuals who emigrated, mostly from England, to reach our shores.  Now I have ordered this information by year.

Here’s a sample from my working copy:

Immigrants to America


Ordered by Year


Standish, Myles     arrived in Plymouth in 1620 on the Mayflower    8th Great Grandfather    I am descended from Myles through Gilman Bryant on my father’s side


Allerton, Remember    arrived in Plymouth on the Mayflower in 1620 with her parents Isaac Allerton and Mary Norris   Remember was 5 years old    Remember was  my 9th Great Grandmother




Standish, Barbara    wife of Myles   arrived in 1623 and married Myles shortly afterward  She was his 2nd wife and the mother of Josiah, my 7th Great Grandfather     his first wife Rose died in 1621 in the first sickness at Plymouth


Annable, Anthony   came in July 1623 with his wife Jane Mumford    they sailed on the ship “Anne & Little James”





Lyford, Ruth – arrived in Plymouth in 1624




Cummings, Isaac    8th GGF   came to Salem in 1627   born in Scotland


Archer, Samuel   arrived in Salem in 1630    he was part of the Winthrop Fleet      he was a carpenter    he married in 1634



Vore, Mary  came to America with her parents Richard Vore and Ann Harris in 1630 wen she was 13     They were from Somerset    she eventually married Alexander Alford


Bissell/Buswell, Capt John and his wife Mary Drake  arrived in Nantasket in 1630


Brackett, Capt Richard – came in 1630 with his older brother Peter     Richard went back to England briefly in 1633 to marry Alice Blower


Bradstreet, Simon – arrived in Boston in 1630   He was part of the Winthrop Fleet    His wife Ann Dudley accompanied him


Dutch, Osman –  arrived in Rhode Island in 1630    settled in Gloucester   sent for his wife Grace Pratt in 1639


Fletcher, Deacon John – arrived in 1630 in Concord

with his wife Sarah Hartwell    Sarah was from Chelmsford England     was her husband John or Robert??


Keyes, Robert – with his wife Sarah arrived in 1630


Philbrick, Thomas – arrived in 1630 with the Winthrop Fleet


Wigeon, Capt Thomas – arrived in 1630 with the Winthrop Fleet





Bryant, Stephen – arrived in 1632 from Kent in Essex


Merrill, Isaac and his wife Clemmet came to Massachusetts Bay in 1632 on the “Lyon”    they settled in Roxbury


Palphry, Jane – arrived in Boston in 1632


Sargent, William –  8th GGF  Bristol to Ipswich   he arrived in 1632




Blower, Alice came in 1633 with her husband Capt Richard Brackett


Clapp, Thomas – arrived in 1633


Duncan, Nathaniel –  my 9th GGF  he came from Exeter Devonshire to Dorchester Massachusetts in 1633    his wife Elizabeth Jourdaine accompanied him



A Work In Progress June 20, 2017

Immigrant ship 33   Immigrant Ship


From the piles of papers I’ve accumulated in my genealogy research I am now compiling a list of my immigrant ancestors who came to America – who, when, what year, etc.

Following is my draft so far:   Sorry, I’m having trouble copying the Word document



Current Reading – June 2017 June 6, 2017

IMG_3375  Non fiction – full of footnotes – fascinating reading!   Increasing my knowledge and understanding of the early settlers of Essex County Massachusetts.  And I’m finding a number of familiar names which I will follow up and see if they are actually my ancestors.


1619 Marriage In Cambridge England March 5, 2017

all-saints-church-cambridge  This is All Saints Church in England where my 9X Great Grandparents were married in 1619.  They emigrated  to North America in 1623 on the ship “Anne & Little James”.  They were early settlers in Plymouth Colony.


Distant Ancestor July 30, 2016

Robert Keyes – early immigrant – one of the founders of Watertown MassachusettsWatertown Founders Robert Keyes

Watertown is adjacent to my hometown of Belmont.

Photo below: Cemetery associated with Robert Keyes





Immigrant Ship July 27, 2016

Immigrant Ship lyon

One of the Immigrant ships sailing between England and America