King Philip’s War, French & Indian War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812 & Civil War
On June 21, 1914 my maternal grandmother, Leona Gertrude Westell, was born. Anybody who knew her knows this information is wrong. But this was her birth name, and birth date, for 56 years!
Eleanor Billington: “The matriarch of one of America’s most troublesome first families.” Well, National Geographic Channel is going to be putting some of my family’s business out there. Here is the who is who…
John Rosse was my 8th-great grandfather on the Crosby side. In 1650, during the Third English Civil War, John Rosse fought at the Battle of Dunbar. The victorious troops each received a victory medal for the battle. What John Rosse received instead forever changed my DNA, maybe.
Roy Crosby, my grandfather, marks the joining of multiple Mayflower lines. His father was descended from eight Mayflower passengers; his mother was descended from five. Here is a quick visual of the lines.
Sealed Landers was my 5th-great grandfather on the Crosby side. And, if you travel to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, you will find “Sealed Landers Park” and other remembrances of his 1761 arrival. Sealed is considered the first (white) settler of Yarmouth and it was there, along the Cape Forchue River, that he built the first grist [...]
During the exploration of my genealogy I have encountered ancestors whose primary language was not mine. Of course most genealogists expect to find ancestors that spoke a different language. Nonetheless, I was surprised to learn of the languages.
Although I wish I has good news to report about Mason Garrison, that is not the case. There has been no breakthrough in the brick-wall that Mason represents. All I can report is a few crumbs of new information, in the hopes that somebody else will put these bits to good use.
Robert Wigley is my 2nd-Great Grandfather on the Garrison side. He was the father of Gertrude Dix.
Dorcas Galley was my 8th-Great Grandmother on the Crosby side. She was born in late 1635 or early 1636 in the town of Beverly, Essex County of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, America. Her parents, John and Florence Galley most likely arrived in America shortly before her birth. This is Part I in a two part [...]
Frederick and Elizabeth Stager were my 5th-great grandparents on the Garrison side. They lived during the American Revolution and this is their picture.
Elder William Brewster (≈1566-1644) is my 10th-Great Grandfather on the Crosby side and he is, by far, the most famous ancestor I have discovered.
Gertrude Wigley is my great grandmother on the Garrison side. I have been trying for some time to confirm Gertrude’s birthday, but haven’t had much luck.
Mason Garrison is my 3rd-great grandfather and he represents a brick-wall in my family genealogy. Mason was most likely born during the mid-1790s and died 1861 in Clearfield
On April 2, 2012 the National Archives published the 1940 Census on-line. With a little digging I was able to find all of the census records for all of the Garrisons and Crosbys in my direct line.
Captain James Kelley was my 5th-great grandfather on the Crosby side. He was born January 27, 1740/41 in Manchester, MA and died January 16, 1807 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
Edward Tinkham is my 5th-great grandfather on the Crosby side. He was born in Massachusetts and moved to Nova Scotia years before the American Revolution; even so, years later his loyalty and sympathies remained with Massachusetts and the United States.
Here lie the remains of Mrs. MARGARET KELLEY Wife of James Kelley, Esq.
Augustine and Mary (Hyanno) Bearse were my 8th-great grandparents on the Crosby side. Augustine was a full-blooded Gypsy and Mary was a full-blooded Wampanoag Indian Princess. So it is written…
The Crosby side of my tree has their first Patriot! Edward Tinkham’s patriotic service to the American cause during the revolution was confirmed and my lineage to him was accepted by the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).
John Lothropp (1584-1653) was my 9th-great grandfather on the Crosby side. He emigrated from England in 1639 and it is estimated that he now has over 80,000 direct descendants in America; two of those descendants were featured at the recent Republican National Convention.
Sometimes there is nothing more sobering than seeing a heap of data presented in a visual way. This was the case when I completed a six generation family tree.
Last month I discovered the names of another set of great grandparents, and another Mayflower line, on the Crosby side. With a little research it became apparent that this was more than a single Mayflower line; five *new* lines pass through the new set of grandparents.
The last will and testament of William Clements, my 3rd-great grandfather on the Crosby side, arrived yesterday. The will provided the key piece of information needed to prove my lineage through Jane Crosby to more Mayflower passengers.
John Billington is my 10th-Great Grandfather on the Crosby side. John was born about 1580 in Lincolnshire, England and arrived in the New World, in 1620, aboard the Mayflower. John was no “Saint” — he was in fact, a “Stranger.”
A transcription of Janett Crosby’s last will and testament. Written November 5, 1568 and probated May 9, 1569. She was my 11th-Great Grandmother.
To mark Mother’s day this year, I decided to write a little about my matrilineal line. Simply put, this line follows my mother’s, mother’s mother, etc. Matrilineal lines are usually the most difficult to follow because with each marriage comes a new surname; I am lucky to have found six matrilineal generations.
In July of 1635 my 8th-great grandfather, Simon Crosby, arrived in Boston, from England. But thanks to Eleanor Davis Crosby, Simon’s arrival is not the beginning of Crosby history.
Abigail Wallis is definitely my 7th-Great Grandmother on the Crosby side. Okay, she probably is. Well she possibly is. Oh hell, it’s not likely that Abigail Wallis is my 7th-great grandmother at all. At least not that I can prove! So why write about her? Well…
Joanna Morton is my 7th-Great Grandmother on the Crosby side and until recently, she was the end of a branch. With a single bit of information I was able to move three generations past Joanna.
William Hoar is my 8th-Great Grandfather on the Crosby side. William lived his life under the black cloud that followed his wife. But it is because of his wife’s infamy that so much is known about William. I wonder if he would be pleased?