Friday, January 10, 2020


My 4x great grandfather Moses Houghton married Martha Haskell. Her parents, Samuel Haskell and Ruth Safford, were Haskell 3rd cousins, and Ruth's family tree includes members of the Cheney, Bailey and Emery famiies whom I'v posted about previously.  I've also already posted about several Haskell ancestors in Samuel's side of the family.

I've also posted about Ruth's immigrant ancestor Thomas Safford, but that was five years ago, so I'll repost some of that here.

William Richard Cutter doesn't have much information on Thomas Safford:

Thomas Safford, the immigrant ancestor, was born in England and settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts, before 1641. He was on the list of proprietors of the town, April 6, 1641, and was admitted a freeman, December 19, 1648. He bought a farm at Ipswich, thirty-two acres, February 8, 1648. He was a subscriber to Denison's allowance in 1640, and had a share and a half in Plum Island. He died in February, 1666-67. His will was dated February 20, 1666-67, and approved March 26. 1667. He gave his farm to his son Joseph on condition of care of father and mother and paying certain amounts to daughters Elizabeth, Mary and Abigail. He married Elizabeth, who died March 4, 1667, at Ipswich.

Children: Joseph, born 1631-32; John, mentioned below; Elizabeth; Mary; Abigail. One daughter married Kilum.
- pp1523-1524

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

Monday, January 06, 2020


For the most part 2019 was a productive research year, except for posts on the poor old Old Colony  Genealogy Rabbit 

My research numbers as shown by RootsMagic7:
2019-33,949 people, 134,430 citations, 744 sources
2018-32,385 people, 122,535 citations, 635 sources
So I added 1564 people, 11895 citations and 109 sources.

Find a Grave
I transferred 5 memorials to relatives of the deceased, but added  26 more photos and took 17 volunteer photos.
2019-609 memorials, 1031 photos, 205 volunteer photos taken
2018-614 memorials, 1005 photos, 188 volunteer photos taken

On this blog I passed 2018 by23 posts.
2019 (166)

2018 (143)

On my Old Colony Graveyard Rabbit blog, I only posted 2 times this year. Sigh.

DNA changed how their results are displayed near the end of 2019. So I've had to change spme information here and added one new category, All Matches. Starred Matches are those that have Shared Ancestors that I am fairly confident are correct.
2019-56,357 All Matches

2019- 602 Starred Matches
2018-240 Starred matches

2019-1218 4th cousins or closer
2018- 919 4th cousins or closer

I also sent my DNA to MyHeritage where I have 7,699 matches.

Friday, January 03, 2020


My 9x great grandparents Samuel Woods and Alice Rushton were also among the origimal settlers of Groton, Ma. and as such were witnesses to events in the Indian Wars. William Richard Cutter gives some information on this in his New England Families, Genealogical and Memorial...volume 3:

(I) Samuel Woods, the progenitor of this family, was in Watertown, Massachusetts, as early as 1653, and afterward lived in Cambridge, where he married, September 28, 1659, Alice Rushton. In 1662 he came to Groton, Massachusetts, of which he was one of the original proprietors, owning an eleven acre right, and there resided until the destruction of the town in King Philip's war, 1675-76, when he returned to Watertown. In 1677 he signed the agreement made at Concord to resettle Groton, and in the following year returned thither. He died at Groton about January, 1718, and his wife died April 17, 1712. Both he and his wife were born in 1636, according to their deposition. Children: Samuel, born at Cambridge, January 3, 1660-61; Thomas, at Groton, March 9, 1663; Elizabeth, September 17, 1665; Nathaniel, mentioned below; Mary, August 2, 1670; Abigail, August 19, 1672; Hannah, September 18, 1674; John, at Watertown, March 4, 1676-77. pp1348-1349 

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  Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1914 -

And I found this record of Samuel and Alice testifying about an incident during King Phillip's War
in Samuel Abbott Green's An Account of the Early Land-grants of Groton, Massachusetts:

Alse Woods aged forty years testifieth and saith that at Grooton upon the day that the most of the town was burnt by Indians: she heard severall say, that Daniell Adams had killed an Indian: and she went presently into Mr. Willards Garrit and saw two Indians stand over a dead Indian, about halfe an hour, and then they carried him away, and further saith not.
The mark O of Alsk Woods.

Samuell Woodes of Grotten aged about forty years of age witnis that he saw tooe indens standing upon Captine parker*s iland at grotten and danill adams shot at tham, and one of them falle doune and the other ran away.
17 day of 2, month 1676, the mark [~ of Samuel Woodes.

An Account of the Early Land-grants of Groton, Massachusetts ,  University Press, John Wilson & Sons, Cambridge, Ma 1879

While Thomas and Alice Woods seem to have escaped the wars physically unscathed, the emotional toll of the deaths of their Longley relatives and the kidnapping of their Tarbell grandchildren must have been great.

Wednesday, January 01, 2020


Samuel Abbott Green devoted quite a bit of research for his book to the Tarbell incident. He dicussed the various versions of what happened. He also found documents detailing the efforts made by Thomas Tarbell IV to find his siblings and bring them home. Green even made a trip to Montreal where he discovered what became of Sarah Tarbell :

During my visit to Montreal in the summer of 1877 I saw, at the Congregation of Notre Dame, the French record, of which the following is a translation: —
On Monday, July 23, 1708, the ceremony of baptism was performed on Sarah Tarbell, who was born at Groton in New England, October 9, 1693. Her parents were Thomas Tarbell and Elizabeth Wood, both Protestants, and she was baptized by the minister shortly after her birth. Having been taken by the savages on Monday, June 20, 1707, she was brought to Canada; she has since been sold, and has lived with the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame, established at Lachine, where she abjured her religion on May 1. Her godfather was M. Jacques Urbain Robert de Lamorandiere, Secretary of M. l'lntendant; and her godmother was Madame Marguerite Bonat, wife of M. Etienne Pascaud, the deputy treasurer of the King in this country.
Her name Sarah has been changed to Marguerite.
[Signed] Mgte Bonat,
Meriel, Pretre.

The boys remained for many years with their captors at Caughnawaga, an Indian village on the right bank of the St. Lawrence River, directly opposite to Lachine.

  Groton During the Indian Wars  : J. Wilson and Sons, Cambridge , Ma. 1883

When John and Zachariah Tarbell finally returned to Groton, it was as grown men and strangers to their family:

 We find no further trace of these boys, now grown up to manhood, during the twenty-five years following this attempt to release the New England prisoners. In the winter of 1739 John and Zechariah Tarbell came back to Groton in order to visit their kinsfolk and see their native town. They were so young when carried away that their recollections of the place were of course very indistinct. It is not known now under what circumstances or influences they returned. An itemized bill of the expense incurred in bringing them back from Canada was made out against their brothers, Thomas and Samuel, and perhaps paid by them. Shortly afterward Thomas Tarbell petitioned the General Court for means to enable him to meet the necessary charges of the journey, besides the expenses of an interpreter; and a conditional loan was granted. The record does not say whether it was ever paid back by him.  ibid,p111

The Tarbell brothers were now more Native American than English, and returned to the families they had made for themselves in upstate New York,  Green traces the Indian side of the family right down to the time of the publication  of his book in 1877 .

It's quite possible I may have Tarbell cousins living there today,


So it's another year and another list of geneaplans. A lot of them are the same as every year but a few have been modified out of necessity  and there's one new plan for 2020:

1.Continue adding more of my ancestors siblings and their lines to my database.

2. If and when my car is back on the road, visit the places my ancstors lived and are buried here in Massachusetts

3 Again.this year I'm  going to set a goal for my blogging: to try to reach 200 posts in this blog and to post anything, anything at all, in my Graveyard Rabbits  blog.

4. Post more photos for Find A Grave from the many I still have sitting in folders on my computer..

5. Continue to stay organized:  Keep putting images  I download into  the folder they belong in immediately,

6. Transcribe more of the wills and probate files I've downloaded already.

7. Find and download the wills and probate files of female ancestors.

8.  Keep working  on  the timeline for my ancestors who were involved in the Colonial New England Indian wars, including those who were captured.

9. Go back and finish the series about the "Hot Mess" probate file of ancestor Nathaniel Stowe which I forgot to finish in May 2015. (Probably because it's such a "hot mess").

10. Write more  about my ancestor Gov. John Endecott. I keep pushing it aside, I think, because he did somethings that were nasty.

11. Make more use of the MyTreeTags feature to make lists of things my anestors were involved in .

12. Keep having fun with genealogy!

We'll see if I do better this year!