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Genealogy Research Expanded May 3, 2018

Filed under: Ancestor Count,Ancestors,Ancestry,Genealogy,Immigrants — Janet @ 10:06 pm

I’ve been working hard at finding more ancestors to add to my family tree and also to identify those who immigrated to North America.

The ancestor count is now nearing 11,000.

And I have a list of over 100 possible immigrants I didn’t identify the first time around.

This work has been rather tedious but I have felt compulsive about it.

Now filling in the missing details will be more interesting.

immigrant-ship-lyon-12

Work continues.

 

 

 

Practice Piece For a Series About My Immigrant Ancestors April 7, 2018

Filed under: Ancestors,Ancestry,Genealogy,Immigrant Series,Immigrants — Janet @ 8:34 pm

 

I’m going to call these pieces Settlers Stories.  Here’s Settlers Stories #1

 

 

Settlers Stories

 

James Hosmer, my 8th Great Grandfather

 

1637-1676

James was born in Cambridge Mass to his father James Hosmer Sr and 2nd wife Mary.  James Sr was actually the immigrant having arrived in Boston/Cambridge 2 years before in 1635, my 9th Great Grandfather.  James Sr has a colorful story but it was his son we write about below.

Concord Men Slain By Indians – Wayland, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA – Find A Grave Memorial# 52302008 [From Footnote: 2 Captain Hugh Mason’s company from Watertown went to the succor of Wadsworth’s command, and their account of finding the bodies of five Concord men on the east side of the river is as follows: — ” On the next day in the morning, so soon as it was light, we went to look for Concord men who were slain in the river meadow, and there we went in the cold water up to our knees, where we found 5, and brought them in canoes to the bridge-foot and buried them there.”]

James was the eldest child of James and Ellen (?) Hosmer. James was to inherit the Hosmer farm in Concord, and when he married Sara White another house was built for him and his new bride on the Hosmer farm lot. This was very near the Fitchburg Railroad bridge over the north branch of the Assabet River. This home remained in the family until 1870. James led a peaceful existence at the farm until Spring of 1676 when Indians began attacking families in his area in an attempt to wipe out the entire white settlement in this area of Concord and Sudbury. James answered the call to arms. “Arriving near the garrison house of Walter Haynes, they were decoyed into an ambush and several were killed. James stayed in the fight as long as possible, but when it was evident that the fight was lost he fled. It was while he was swimming across the river that he was shot and killed. At a stone post placed at the scene of the fight his name heads the list of those who lost their lives in this battle of King Philip’s War.

image james hosmer memorial

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty In Weathered Gravestones July 29, 2017

Zachariah Walker  Gravestone for Zechariah Walker, South Cemetery, Woodbury, Lichfield County, Connecticut

Zechariah Walker was my 8th Great Grandfather.  He was born in Boston in 1637, died in 1699, in Woodbury Connecticut at age 63.

His parents were born in England and married in Boston in 1635.  His mother came to America in 1630.  She lived first in Salem.  I haven’t been able to determine when his father immigrated to America.

I like the way this gravestone has weathered – beautiful.

 

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

 

 

All Things Nantucket June 17, 2017

Moby Dick Mary Morrell Folger  Working on my genealogy this morning I found a reference remotely connecting an ancestor to Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick.  And this novel of course makes me think of that magical island of Nantucket.  One of the daughters of Isaac Morrill, my 9th Great Grandfather, married a Folger and Mary Morrill Folger is mentioned in the novel.

 

Ancestor Count Milestones June 2, 2017

My latest statistic – five thousand seven hundred, 5700, ancestors on my family tree and still counting on June 2 2017.

I keep finding more ancestors to add to my tree.  Ancestry.com keeps growing and various other genealogy resources are being revealed.  The digital age!

More specifically I’m trying to be sure I have identified all the ancestors who emigrated to North America.  But this work results in pursuing many other ancestors and their stories as well.  The pursuit of knowledge!

IMG_3115  A gold mine of information

 

IMG_3295  4 more books I might acquire – when I was visiting the East Coast last week, my cousin and I shared some of our research and these books are part of her library.  She is deep into genealogy research and far more trained than I am.  She volunteers at the New England Genealogical Research Institute once a week.  We spent a bit of time exchanging and sharing information but other activities intervened and called upon our time.  A return visit when we might have more time to focus on our shared genealogy interests is called for – maybe a visit to the Saugus Ironworks and the Peabody Essex Museum.

 

William Tuttle – My 9X Great Grandfather May 14, 2017

William Tuttle  William Tuttle, 1607-1673   departed Northampton England to sail on the “Planter” to arrive in Boston 1635.  He was accompanied by his wife Elizabeth and 3 children.  Later he settled in New Haven.