Friday, November 29, 2013
Anyway, for Thanksgiving, I wanted to recognize the known ancestors that I have who were passengers on the Mayflower. Some would live to participate in the first fall harvest in the autumn of 1621, and some would not...
John ALDEN, the Mayflower's cooper, through his son Joseph with wife Priscilla MULLINS, another Mayflower passenger.
Isaac ALLERTON (his wife Mary, nee NORRIS, died in childbirth after arriving in the New World but before having a chance to disembark from the ship), through his daughter Remember.
John BILLINGTON, through his son Francis. John and his family had a rather bad reputation, if Governor Bradford's account is to be believed, and John would have the dubious distinction of being the first colonist to be executed (he was hanged for shooting a neighbor in September of 1630).
William BREWSTER, through his daughter Patience.
James CHILTON, through is daughter Isabella. His other daughter Mary is said to have been the first English colonist to set foot in New England.
Francis EATON, through his son Samuel.
Samuel FULLER, through his son Samuel. Samuel Sr. was the "doctor" of Plymouth Colony-- back then pretty much anyone could hang a shingle out and call himself a doctor.
William MULLINS. He, his wife, and their son would die in the first harsh winter in Plymouth. The only survivor would be his daughter Priscilla, who would marry John ALDEN. They had 11 children, and have the most descendants of any other Mayflower passengers.
It's not that unusual for someone to have so many Mayflower ancestors, since many of the families married into each other-- passengers' children married other passengers' children.
In my case, all of my Mayflower ancestors except for Isaac ALLERTON can be traced back from one couple-- my 4th great-grandparents Captain John BAKER (1792-1861) and Mehitable HILTON (1796-1865) of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
My original breakdown was:
59% Central Europe
16% Eastern Europe
I had been surprised by the high percentage of "Central Europe" that appeared, considering that most of my mother's ancestors were either English or Scottish, my paternal grandmother was of Irish descent, and my paternal grandfather was an Eastern European Jew.
Celts were originally from Central Europe, and many English people were French before the 11th century, so I figured that might explain it (for some reason, Ancestry.com considered France part of "central Europe" for the purposes of the test results-- not sure why). I know that many British people have Scandinavian ancestry due to the Vikings raiding and later settling on the island.
And I figured that the Eastern Europe and the Turkey/Persia/Caucasus comprised the quarter Jewish portion of my ancestry. My new results were baffling though-- they weren't merely more specific, but some seemed altogether different:
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
In the past two days, I've gotten a record for my 2nd great-grandfather, heard from a distant cousin who is researching a mysterious common ancestor, heard from a nice lady who stumbled upon my blog and found that we have some common ancestors, and then I got a notification that a great-uncle's Find-A-Grave request I had submitted has been fulfilled. Not a bad week so far, I must say.
Meanwhile, I have "trimmed" my family tree-- had several branches, many of them questionable-- stretching back to the Middle Ages. Going to focus on my more rcent ancestors-- Lord knows there are plenty of mysteries there to occupy me without getting into the (alleged) ones who were involved in the Wars of the Roses.
I found a fairly easy way of doing this: first, I arranged the people in my tree index by date of birth instead of name. This way I could just delete everyone from the 15th century back. The trouble came for people who did not have birthdates... just had to comb through those. Then I created an extended family chart, and checked the lower left corner of the chart for any unattached people that I had missed.
Also have renamed the files for the computer records that I have, so I'm in the long, painstaking process of re-importing and attaching said files to the people in Family Tree Maker (currently up to the K's).
FTM is the best family tree app out there, in my opinion, but it's not without its faults: while you can import multiple files at a time, you can link only one at a time to life events. Hope that the upcoming new version of FTM for Mac will address that.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
|Carl Panzram Leavenworth mugshot, 1929|
|Robert Stroud Leavenworth mugshot, 1920's|