Wednesday, July 01, 2020


Mark Haskell Sr is my 8x great grandfather and another ancestor for whom I have found very little information so far.


Mark Haskell was born April 8, 1658, resided in Gloucester, Mass., where he died September 8, 1691, and thirty-three years.

He married December 16, 1685, Elizabeth Giddings, supposed to have been the daughter of Lieutenant John Giddings of Ipswich, Ma.

...His children were as follows:
48 i George, b. Oct.18,1686; d.Nov. 10, 1686
50. ii Mark, b.Sept. 16, 1687
31 iii William, b.Jan.1, 1689-1690


Essex Institute Historical Collections, Volumes 32-33 ".A SHORT ACCOUNT OF THE DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM HASKELL OF GLOUCESTER, MASS"  Essex Institute Press, 1896 - Essex County (Mass.

I found Mark Haskell Sr. 's probate file which had no will and the estate inventory is written on two scraps of paper.

I'm descended from his son Mark Jr.

Monday, June 29, 2020


My 5x great grandparents were 3rd cousins, both descendants of my immigrant ancestor William Haskell Sr. of Gloucester, Ma. I found this article by Ulysses G. Haskell about William an dhis family  on Google Books:

William Haskell," the first of the name to settle in Gloucester, then called Cape Ann, was born in England in 1617, came to New England about 1637 with his brothers Roger and Mark with whom he at first settled in the part of Salem, now Beverly, then known as Cape Ann Side, and subsequently became a permanent resident of Gloucester, where he died August 20, 1693, leaving an estate valued at £548, 12s.

He first appears in Gloucester in 1643 and in 1645 mention is made of his land at Planters Neck where he probably resided for a few years following the latter date, but the information obtained from the recorded births of his children affords grounds for the conjecture that he was not a permanent resident from that time.

 If, however, he left town for a season he had returned in 1656 and settled on the westerly side of Annisquam river where he had several pieces of land, among which was a lot of ten acres with a house and barn thereon bought of Richard Window, situated on the westerly side of Walker's creek. His two sons took up land on both sides of this creek which is still occupied by his descendants.

 He was a mariner, and was engaged in the fishing business, and was known as captain and lieutenant. 

The public offices to which he was chosen afford sufficient proof that he was a prominent and useful citizen. He was selectman several years, and a representative to the general court six times in the course of twenty years. In 1661 he was appointed by the general court lieutenant of the “trayned band ” of which he was afterwards captain. 

It is stated that in 1688 “some feeble but magnanimous efforts of expiring freedom” were exhibited in the refusal of several towns to assess the taxes which the Governor, Sir Edmund Andros, and Council of New England had levied upon them. One of these towns was Gloucester, seven of whose citizens, namely: William Haskell, Sen., James Stevens, Thomas Riggs, Sen., Thomas Millett, Jeffrey Parsons, Timothy Somers and William Sargent, Sen., were fined at the Superior Court at Salem for the non-compliance of the town with a warrant for the assessment of those “ odious taxes '' in 1688. The first five were selectmen and Somers a constable. All but Somers were fined forty shillings with three pounds and a shilling added for fees. Somers was let off on payment of fees only. 

In 1681 he was one of the petitioners to the King praying for the crown's interposition to prevent the disturbance of titles to real estate at Gloucester by Robert Mason who had made claims thereto.
At the General Court in 1685 one Grace Dutch was appointed administrator of her husband Osmond Dutch “with the advice and assistance of Lieutenant William Haskell.”

 He was also one of the first of two of whom we have any knowledge who were deacons of the first church at Gloucester. 

He married November 16, 1643, Mary, daughter of Walter Tybbot, who died four days before her husband, by whom he had the following children:
1 William, b. Aug. 26, 1644.

ii Joseph, b. June 2, 1646.

iii Benjamin, b. , 1648.

iv John, b. , 1649.

v. Ruth, b. 1654; m. Nehemiah Grover, of Beverly, Dec. 2, 1673–4.

vi Mark, b. April 8, 1658.

vii Sarah, b. June 28, 1660.

viii Elinor, b. May 28, 1663; m. Jacob Grigs, of Beverly, Nov. 12, 1692.

10 ix Mary, b. —— ; m._____Dodge,

Essex Institute Historical Collections, Volumes 32-33 ".A SHORT ACCOUNT OF THE DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM HASKELL OF GLOUCESTER, MASS"  Essex Institute Press, 1896 - Essex County (Mass.)

I'm descended from both William Haskell, Jr. and Mark Haskell.

Friday, June 26, 2020


John Safford of Harvard, Ma. is another ancestor who I haven't found out  mu 6March about so far. I know he was born to Thomas Safford and Eleanor (Cheney) Safford in Ipswich, Ma. on 1709. He married Martha Haskell there on 13 Sep 1735. By that time he already owned property in Harvard, Ma.

John and Martha had at least fivex children. According to what I have found, they were:
Martha,  born  2Apr 1738, in Ipswich
John,  born 17Jul 1742, in Ipswich
Ruth  born  1750, in Harvard.
Eunice,  born  12Jul 1752, in Ipswich
William, born 12Jan 1755, in Ipswich

I am descended from daughter Ruth, who married Samuel Haskell Jr of Harvard, Ma.

And that's all I know  at present about John Safford of Harvard Ma

Saturday, June 20, 2020


In honor of Fathers Day I'm posting pictures of some of the fathers on my family tree. From the Wests:

Our Dad, Floyd E West, Jr.


Great grandfather Philip J. West, Cousin Stanley & Grandfather Floyd E West, Sr.

2x great grandfather Jonathan P.West & wife Louisa Almata (Richardson)West
3x Great grandfather John Cutter West
Some of the maternal grandfather's from Dad's family:

2x great grandfather Asa F Ellingwood & wife Florilla (Dunham)Ellingwood.

2x Great grandfather Amos Hastings Barker & wife Betsy Jane (Moore) Barker.
3x Great grandfather Philip Richardson

4x great grandfather Moses Coburn

 And the only pictures I have from Mom's side of the family:
Great grandfather John McFarland & wife Annie (Kelley)McFarland.

Great Grandfather Edward J White.

Happy Fathers' Day!

Thursday, May 28, 2020


Once again I need to apologize to my readers. I recently realized I hadn't seen any comments on the few blogposts I've made since my recent illness.

Then it dawned on  me I hadn't checked the Comments waiting to be authorized here on the Blogger dashboard. When I did, I saw there were comments going back o January. I immediately posted them to the posts they belonged with.

So my apologies to those readers. I hope to do better as I  (hopefully) get back into the swing of things.

Thursday, May 14, 2020


i haven't found much online about Thomas Safford the son of John Safford. He was named after his grandfather the immigrant Thomas Safford.

Here's all that William Richard Cutter has to say about him:

Thomas, son of John Safford , was born October 16, 1672. He married (first) Elanor Shatswell or Satchwell, widow of Richard Shatswell, or Satchwell, qnd daughter of Daniel Cheney. He married (secnd) at Rowley, Massachusetts, June 29, 1725, Sarah Scott.-p1524

Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, Volume 3 (Google eBook) Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1908 - Boston (Mass.)

Thomas and Eleanor had ten children.  I am descended from their son John Safford. 

Saturday, May 09, 2020


In honor of Mother's Day, here are pictures of our Dad's female ancestors.

First, on his mother's side:

Amos H Barker & Betsey J (Moore) Barker

Our 2x great grandmother Betsey Jane Moore was born on 16 Aug 1842 at Waterford,
Oxford, Me. She married Amos Hastings Barker in 1856 and they raised a family of
12 children, 11 of whom survived to adulthood. Betsey died 12Mar 1924 at age 82.

My great grandmother Charlotte Lovenia Barker is the lady on the right.

 Our great grandmother Charlotte Lovenia Barker was youngest of  Amos & Betsey's
12 children. She was born on 3 Aug 1879 in Albany, Oxford, Maine and was known as
":Lottie". She married her first cousin Frank W. Barker on 16Oct 1898 and they had
4 children before Frank died in 1905 from pneumonia caused by "La Grippe" (the flu).
She was married three more times before her death on 3Jan 1944 at Bangor, Maine.   

Cora Berthella (Barker) West & her great granddaughter Mindy Sue West

Our grandmother Cora Berthella (Barker) West was born 27Oct 1899 and was the eldest
child of Frank and Charlotte. She preferred the name Bertha, although it was given as
Cora on her marriage certificate. Bertha married Floyd E.West Sr on 24Mar 1919 and
had 5 children, one of whom was our Dad.

 On his Dad's side of the family:

Arvilla (Ames)West

Our 3x great grandmother Arvilla Ames was born in Livermore, Androscoggin, Maine
on 25Jan 1810, one of 10 children. She married John Cutter West on 23Sep 1827
at Sumner, Maine, and five years later they moved to Letter B Plantation (later renamed
Upton), Oxford, Maine. She had 10 children, 3 of whom died in a diphtheria outbreak
in 1862. She died at age 97 at Hermon, Maine.

Louisa A.(Richardson) West
Louisa Richardson, our 2x great grandmother was born in Wilton, Maine on
23Jun 1837 at Wilton, Maine.  She was the second wife of Jonathan Phelps West,
whose first wife had died in the 1862 diphtheria outbreak. Louisa and Jonathan
married on 31Jan 1865 and had 4 sons. She died 4Oct 1925 at age 88.

Florilla (Dunham) Ellingwood & Asa F Ellingwood

Our other paternal 2x great grandmother was Florilla Dunham who was born 29Aug
1832 at North Paris, Oxford, Maine. She married Asa F. Ellingwood on 10Aug 1850
at Woodstock, Oxford, Maine and 11 children.(She was one of 11 children herself.)
She died in Paris, Oxford, Maine on 21Feb 1917.

Clara (Ellingwood) West

Finally, our great grandmother  Clara Ellingwood was the 8th child and youngest
daughter of Florilla and Asa Ellingwood. She was born 6Mar 1865 in Dummer, Coos,
NH. Her first marriage with Charles Tidswell ended in divorce and she married our
great grandfather Philip J West on 25May 1894 at Shelburne, Coos, NH. She had
three children by her first marriage and two by her second, including our grandfather
Floyd E West, Sr. Sadly, Clara died young after an illness in Augusta, Maine on 10Apr
1901. She was only 36 years old.

And those are the pictures we have of the mothers in our family.

Happy Mothers Day!