Saturday, May 11, 2013

John BILLINGTON, 12th great-grandfather

Another Mayflower connection I found through the newly-broken-through brick wall of George Albert BAKER's parents John and Mehitable (HILTON) BAKER:

John BILLINGTON (1580-1630) was one of the more... ahem.. colorful characters on board the Mayflower. The Billington family in general (John, wife Eleanor, and two sons John Jr. and Francis) as a whole seem to have had a knack for causing trouble.

In addition to this, they were probably not warmly received among their fellow passengers because they were "Strangers"-- that is, new people who had not been part of the Pilgrims' close-knit community in Leiden, Holland, where many had lived together for years before coming to the New World. The Billingtons may have also been Catholics, which would certainly have done nothing to make them friends among the good uber-Reformed folk with whom they were casting their lot. 

Everything we know about the Billingtons came from the account of Governor William Bradford, who hated them. Because of this, what he says should be taken with a grain of salt.

John Sr. supposedly refused to obey Miles Standish, and tried to cause a mutiny on the Mayflower. 14-year-old son Francis almost blew up the ship when he fired a musket among barrels of gunpowder. 

The family's rep did not get any better after they arrived at Plymouth; wife Eleanor was put into stocks for insulting an official, and son John Jr. was captured by Indians while wandering in the woods. A search party had to be sent out, and they had to do some negotiating with his native hosts to get the boy released to them. 

Then John Sr. shot a neighbor who had apparently been hunting on his land. Whether John actually intended to shoot the poacher, or whether it was an unlucky warning shot, we don't know. What we do know is that John Billington was convicted of murder and sentenced to death; he was hanged in September of 1630-- the first white man to be executed in New England. 

I envision the Billingtons as the obnoxious family on the block that all of the neighbors wish would move-- I can see the Pilgrims gathered for some celebration or social event, and be like, "Oh, God, the Billingtons just arrived... I think John's been hitting the sauce already by the looks of him. And Eleanor is in full shrewish form... hope their little hellion doesn't set the place on fire like he almost did last time they were here..."

John BILLINGTON Jr., the son who was captured by natives and who inadvertently caused better relations between them and the white colonists,  died young and without issue; therefore, all Billington descendants come through Francis. I descend from Francis BILLINGTON through two of his children, Martha and Mary, in three ways total:

Ancestral line 1:

John BILLINGTON (1580-1630) m. Eleanor UNKNOWN

Francis BILLINGTON (1607-1684) m. Christian PENN 

Martha BILLINGTON (1638-1704) m. Samuel EATON I (1620-1684)

Samuel EATON II (1663-1724) m. Elizabeth FULLER (1666-1723)

Barnabas EATON (1703-1790) m. Mehitable ALDEN (1707-1739)

Hannah EATON (1730-1809) m. John CLEMENTS  (1719-1805)

John CLEMENTS (1750-unknown) m. Sarah PERRY (1750-unknown)

Hannah CLEMENTS (1771-1835) m. Jonathan BAKER (1769-1852)

John BAKER (1792-1861) m. Mehitable HILTON (1796-1865)

George Albert BAKER (1842-1914) m. Hannah Melissa SPECHT (1843-1924)

Jessie May BAKER (1873-1927) m. Thomas Parker SIMMONDS (1871-1953)

Estelle MAY SIMMONDS (1893-1930) m. Horace William HOWES (1882-1976)

Henry Richard HOWES (1913-1987) m. Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER (1918-1984)

S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father (b. 1933)

Me (b. 1974)


Ancestral line 2:

John BILLINGTON (1580-1630) m. Eleanor UNKNOWN

Francis BILLINGTON (1607-1684) m. Christian PENN 

Martha BILLINGTON (1638-1704) m. Samuel EATON I (1620-1684)

Samuel EATON II (1663-1724) m. Elizabeth FULLER (1666-1723)

Barnabas EATON (1703-1790) m. Mehitable ALDEN (1707-1739)

Hannah EATON (1730-1809) m. John CLEMENTS  (1719-1805)

Mehitable CLEMENTS (1754-1834) m. John TRASK (1751-1833)

Hannah TRASK (1774-1829) m. Jacob Lufkin HILTON (1775-1855)

Mehitable HILTON (1796-1865) m. John BAKER (1792-1861)

George Albert BAKER (1842-1914) m. Hannah Melissa SPECHT (1843-1924)

Jessie May BAKER (1873-1927) m. Thomas Parker SIMMONDS (1871-1953)

Estelle MAY SIMMONDS (1893-1930) m. Horace William HOWES (1882-1976)

Henry Richard HOWES (1913-1987) m. Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER (1918-1984)

S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father (b. 1933)

Me (b. 1974)


Ancestral line 3:

John BILLINGTON (1580-1630) m. Eleanor UNKNOWN

                                    Francis BILLINGTON (1607-1684) m. Christian PENN

                            Mary BILLINGTON (1640-1717) m. Samuel SABIN (1640-1699)

                                  Israel SABIN (1673-1718) m. Mary ORMSBY (1677-1715)

                                Jeremiah SABIN (1703-unk) m. Mary ABBOTT (1707-1818)

                         Jeremiah SABIN (1732-1815) m. Susannah LEVALLEY (1732-unk)

                               Sarah SABIN (1747-unk) m. Borden THURBER (1748-1822)

                          Samuel THURBER (1774-1847) m. Mary "Polly" LEWIS (1777-unk)

          Margaret Sophia THURBER (1808-1846) m. Anthony C.  SPECHT (1796-1875)

             Hannah Melissa SPECHT (1843-1924) m. George Albert BAKER (1842-1914)

Jessie May BAKER (1873-1927) m. Thomas Parker SIMMONDS (1871-1953)

Estelle MAY SIMMONDS (1893-1930) m. Horace William HOWES (1882-1976)

Henry Richard HOWES (1913-1987) m. Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER (1918-1984)

S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father (b. 1933)

 Me (b. 1974)