Saturday, June 22, 2013

Surname Saturday: CONVERSE of Woburn, Massachusetts

Lieutenant James CONVERSE was a military man and apparently quite a prominent figure in colonial Massachusetts. He was born in November of 1620, in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, and immigrated with his family to Woburn, Massachusetts. His parents were Deacon Edward CONVERSE and Jane CLARKE.  James died on 10 May 1715 in Woburn.

The CONVERSE family name was originally COIGNERIES, and has its origins in France. The name mutated to CONIERS to CONYERS to CONVERS/CONVERSE. The CONVERSE line traces back to medieval English nobility and royalty: John CONYERS married Alice NEVILLE, a great-granddaughter of John of Gaunt and Katherine de ROET, and 2nd great-granddaughter of King Edward III of England.



Above is from Ephraim and Pamela [Converse] Morris: their ancestors and descendants by Tyler Seymour Morris, 1894-- available free to read on Google.


Ancestral line from Edward III to James CONVERSE to me:


Edward III PLANTAGENET  m. Phillipa HAINAULT

John PLANTAGENET of Gaunt m. Katherine de ROET

Joan BEAUFORT m. Ralph NEVILLE

William NEVILLE m. Joan FAUCONBERG

Alice NEVILLE m. John CONYERS

Reginal CONYERS M. Anna NORWICH

Richard CONYERS m. Mary Unk

Christopher CONYERS m. Mary HALFORD

Edward CONVERSE m. Jane CLARKE

James CONVERSE m. Elizabeth LONG

Rebecca CONVERSE m. Enoch MORE

Ruth MORE m. Joseph HOPKINS

Rebecca HOPKINS m. Nathaniel SOUTHER

Ruth SOUTHER m. Jeremiah FITTS

William FITTS m. Priscilla DAVIS

Sophia Haskell FITTS m. Isaiah PURINTON

Mary Olivia PURINTON m. George Bailey PALMER

Frank Bailey PALMER m. Bessie Maud WINSLOW

Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER m. Henry Richard HOWES

S. HOWES m. my father

Me


So, commoners, practice your bow/curtsy for when you visit my blog... or shall I say "our" blog?


UPDATE:

Thanks to Heather Wilkinson Rojo of Nutfield Genealogy for tipping me off to an error in this genealogy. I checked it out in Volume I of The Great Migration Begins, and long story short, it seems that the link of Edward CONVERSE to the CONYERS/CONIERS family that descends from royalty is "defective." So on this line, I may not be descended from Edward III after all.

Damn.