Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Fellow geneablogger Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small has issued the
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. Basically, we have to post something every
week on a different ancestor, whether a story, picture, or research problem. For
this prompt I've tried to concentrate on ancestors I haven't researched as much
as I have others in my family tree. For this post, I'm continuing with my Beaman
ancestors, with 8x great grandfather John Beaman, son of Gamaliel Beaman.

Once more I turned to William Richard Cutter's entry on the family in his New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial:

(II) John, son of Gamaliel Beaman, was born in 1649-50. After the death of his father, he returned to Lancaster, when the town was resettled, and took up his father's old farmat Wataquadock, now Bolton. About 1682 he moved to Taunton, Massachusets, but returned to Lancaster after a few years. He was a probationer at Dorchester, and in August,1681, took out a letter for Taunton; he could not have stayed long at Taunton this time, as his daughter Sarah was born in Lancaster the following February. The second time, 1682, he remained longer in Taunton. On his return to Lancaster he was received into the church as Father Beaman from Taunton; this must have been between 1708 and 1716. In 1704 he was a member of a garrison in his father's house, and there was a garrison in his house in 1711. On January 30, 1729, there was a church meeting at his house to elect deacons. He was buried in the Old Burial Ground at Lancaster, and the following inscription is on the slate stone marking the grave: "Here lies buried ye body of Mr. John Beaman, who departed this life Jan. 15, 1739-40, in Ye 90th Year of his age." He married, about 1674, Priscilla, born in Boston, in 1656, daughter of Robert Thornton. Robert Thornton came from London in the "Elizabeth" in 1635, aged eleven years; he was a carpenter and owned much land. Priscilla (Thornton) Beaman, died August 6, 1729, aged seventy-two years, and was buried in the Old Burial Ground at Lancaster. Children: Mary, born about 1675, died in Dorchester, May 3, 1676; John, February 21, 1677; Zippora, March 4, 1679; Sarah, January 25, 1682; Gamaliel, mentioned below; Ebenezer, 1690; Jonathan, 1697; Priscilla; Judith; Eunice; Jabez, born 1704.

New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial: A Record of the Achievements of Her People in the Making of Commonwealths and the Founding of a Nation, Volume 3 (Google eBook) Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, New York  1914

I'm descended from John's daughter Sarah, who married Joseph Sawyer.

A few things about this entry: this is another case where an ancestor had a connection with
a place I lived or worked that I hadn't known about before this. I worked at a bookstore in
Taunton for several years.

The other matter is something I discovered when I looked into John Beaman's father-in-law, Robert Thornton,my 9x great grandfather. Robert's wife Mary Dowling's first husband was Walter Merry.

Yes my ancestor married a Merry widow.

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