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Friday, January 20, 2017

FINDMYPAST FRIDAY RECORDS COLLECTION RELEASES FOR 20JANUARY 2017

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2017 WEEK 2:RALPH ELLINGWOOD JR. OF BEVERLY, MA. PT1


My 7x great grandfather Ralph Ellingwood Jr. was born in Salem, Ma. on 18 Mar 1657, the third
child asnd second son of Ralph and Elinor(Lynn)Ellingwood. His first wife was named Katherine,
but I haven't been able to find a record of the marriage online. In fact, I might have never learned  about it except for the way in which it ended. 

In June 1682, twenty five year old Ralph found himself being divorced by Katharine who stated
that she’d rather be dead than live with him. She sued on grounds of Ralph's "insufficiency"

Ralph for his part did what any man in 17th century Salem Ma.might do when faced with such an embarrassing situation: he claimed that it had to be witchcraft. Not exactly original, and highly ineffective in the light of the character witnesses Katherine had to testify in her behalf.

It must have been the talk of the town. Both husband and wife were given physical examinations, Katherine by a panel of “goodwives” and Ralph by two men(one of them a chirurgeon) appointed
by the Court. Based on their reports the Court granted Katherine her divorce and ordered she be allowed to take whatever clothes and property that she had brought with her into the marriage.

All of this might have been lost in the mists of time except that there was a court record of the proceedings and several centuries later the case is cited in several articles and a book about women
in Puritan society. I’ve not been able to read any of them in their entirety but what I have read
makes no mention of what happened after. So in the interest of fairness to Ralph, here’s the rest
of it:

Ralph remained single for nearly 9 years but in August of 1691 he wed Martha Rowlandson. The marriage lasted nearly 20 years before her death.

They had seven children

We don’t know what happened to Katherine after her divorce from Ralph, There is no record of her maiden name. Hopefully she too remarried and with a man she loved who gave her children of her own.

But if Ralph felt he had a point to prove to all of Salem and Beverly, Ma. the seven children he fathered may have done it.

You can read the court record at Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Massachusetts, Volume 8, pp356-357

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2017 WEEK 1:RALPH ELLINGWOOD SR. OF SALEM & BEVERLY, MA. PT2

I knew Ralph Ellingwood Sr. had left a will because my cousin Florence O'Connor had included the
text of the will and estate inventory in her book Ancestors and Descendants of Asa Freeman  Ellingwood and  Florilla (Dunham) Ellingwood. So I went over to AmericanAncestors to see if the
probate file was in the Essex County, MA: Early Probate Records, 1635-1681 database.

And it was .

But it was empty.

Just a photo of a little scrap of paper with the words "No Papers Found"

I downloaded it anyway.

Luckily, cousin Florence had cited her source for the will and inventory, The Essex County
Quarterly Court Files
, and using that information I was able to find them on Googlebooks and  download them as well: 

Estate Of Ralph Ellinwood Of Beverly.

"January 7th 1673 The last will and testament of Raph Ellinwood who being weecke in body but of a good memory first I Comit my body to the earth and my Soule to god that gaue it Secondly I make helen my wife my lawfull executrix and to make use of all my estate to bring up our Children in the feare of the lord. Thirdly I make my son Raph my lawfull heire after his mothers decease but when he is Come to the age of twenty one yeares he is to haue the ten akres which was formerly old Robert Moltons lot and that our son Raph is to pay to our other four sons as namely John Joseph Beniamin & david and our too daughters Mary and Elizabeth each & either of them an equall portion only Raph a doble portion acording as the estate is prised to be paide as each comes to age onely I alow my wife hir thirds dureing the terme of hir life and after hir decease equaly her thirds are to be devided amongst our sons & daughters that then doe surviue."


[no signature] Witness: Thomas Piekton and his wife Ann. Proved in Salem court 3: 5m: 1674 by Tho. and Ann Piekton.

Inventory of the estate of Ralf Ellinwood of Beverly, taken Jan. 30, 1673, by Henery Skerry, sr., Tho. Rootes and John Massey: The lot commonly called Molton's lot, with the building, orcharding, etc., 135l.; plowabell Land, pasture, with part of the orchard, 130li.; 2 Cowes, 7li. 10s.; 2 Heffers with Calf, 5li. 10s.; 2 Oxen, 8li. 10s.; 1 Calfe, 1li.; 1 mare & 2 mare Colts, 3li.; 15 sheepe, with theare lambs, 7li. 10s.; 4 swine & 3 pigs, 3li. 5s.; 6 Loads of haye, 6li.; A Beed part Fethers & partt Flockes with 3 Fether pillowes with a bolster & Covering 3li. 10s.; a flock bed with 3 blancitts,1li. 10s.; 20 Bushels of Ingen Corne, 3li.; 15 Bushels of barly, 2li.; 2 bushels of peese, 8s.; 8 Flitches of Bacon, 3li. 10s.; 2 bushels of Ry, 7s.; 30li. of sheeps wooll, 1li. 10s.; 16li. of hempe, 8s.; 10li. of flax, 10s.; Chaines & Fetters & horse Trases, 16s.; Cart & wheles with a Cops & bolt with plow Iornes, 2li.; 3 Boxes For wheeles, 5s.; 6li. wedges, 2s.; axes & hoes, 8s.; 2 hacks & 1 pare of Fiar Tongs, 10s.; 2 Akers of Salt marsh Ground Laying to the Common, 1li.; 3 Iorne pots and a Scellett, 15s.; warming pan, 10s.; a brace Cettell & scellitt, 1li. 10s.; a barrell of a Gun, 3s.; 5 puter platters & an old pott & porrenger, 1li. 2s.; half a barrel of mackrell, 9s.; 10 bushels of Turnups, 10s.; 1 barrell & half of sider, 15s.; 3 spining wheels, 10s.; 2 Chests, 15s.; 20li. of Cheese, 6s. 8d.; 8li. of Cotten yearne, 16s.; woodden dishes & boles & earthen platters, 5s.; 2 old siths & 2 Repe hooks, 4s.; a sider prees & pounding Troff, 1li.; a connew, 10s.; 4 old bibels & sume other books, 18s.; 4 pare of sheets with pillo bears and Tabell clothes, 4li.; 5 yeards of home maide wollen Cloth, 2li.; mony, 3s.; a towell, 1s. 6d.; his best sute of home spun Cloth, 3li.; 2 wascots, a Cote an drawers, 1li. 5s.; his stockens, shewes, & hats, 1li.; 3 shirts & neck clothes, 1li. 10s.; 3 chaires, 5s.; total, 352li. 12s. 2d.
Attested 3: 5m: 1674 by Ellenor, the widow of the deceased. 

Essex County Quarterly Court Files, vol. 22, leaves, 6, 7. pp411-412

The Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts: 1665-1674 (Google eBook) Vol II
Essex Institute, Salem Ma 1917


I was puzzled over what the item "connew" was in the inventory and eventually realized it must mean "canoe".






Saturday, January 14, 2017

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2017 WEEK 1:RALPH ELLINGWOOD SR. OF SALEM & BEVERLY, MA. PT1

My 8x great grandfather Ralph Ellinwood/Ellenwood/Ellingwood Sr, arrived on the Truelove in1635,  settled first in Salem, Ma., and later moved to Beverly.He was around 28 years old. Not long after arriving he married his first wife Elizabeth and they had at least one child, a son named Josiah who was baptized in 1644. Between then and 1655 something happened to the family because on 13 March 1655 Ralph married his second wife, Elinor Lynn.and then they proceeded to have eight children, all born at Salem, Ma. :

Stephen, baptized 16 March 1656 .
Ralph, born 18 March 1657 .
John, born 2 July 1659 
Joseph, born 12 May 1662
Mary, born 3 April 1664
Elizabeth, born 27 June 1666
Benjamin, born 1 April  1668
David ,born 6 July 1670

Ralph is one of my favorite ancestors. He testified in the Essex County Quarterly Court that a
neighbor had called hm and his wife Elinor a "bawd and a rogue". He and his son-in-law John
Smith were brought into court for trespassing on a neighbor's farm to steal dung. Our Mom liked
to tease our Dad about that one.

To be continued...

Friday, January 13, 2017

FINDMYPAST FRIDAY RECORDS COLLECTION RELEASES FOR 13 JANUARY 2017

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Monday, January 09, 2017

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2017:AN OVERVIEW

For the 2017 edition of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks I'm going to work om the Ellingwoods and the
and the other families on that branch of my family tree.  I've already written quite a bit on the
Ellingwoods and some of that material will be reused and reexamined as I go along,  but before beginning I thought I'd give a brief overview.

Here's a descent chart from my immigrant ancestor Ralph Ellinwood Sr down to  my 2x great grandfather Asa Freeman Ellingwood:


While my ancestors on my Grandmother Barker's side of the family are all from the areas north and west of Boston, the West and Ellingwood sides have many ancestors from south of Boston in Plymouth County. A large number of them come from Asa Ellingwood's wife, Florilla Dunham.
Despite that Dunham line being predominantly from the Plymouth area, a marriage nearly two hundred years earlier made Asa and Florilla 5th cousins:



There's a lot of things here to cover, and these lines should keep my busy into next year.  I'll be starting off with Ralph Ellinwood Sr., my 8x great grandfather.

Saturday, January 07, 2017

FINDMYPAST FRIDAY RECORDS COLLECTION RELEASES FOR 6 JANUARY 2017

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