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Friday, January 10, 2020

53 ANCESTORS IN 53 WEEKS WEEK #2: THOMAS SAFFORD OF IPSWICH, MA.

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

2019 BY THE NUMBERS

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

Database:
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

Blogging
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
Ancestry.com 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

53 ANCESTORS IN 53 WEEKS 2019 WEEK 1 :SAMUEL WOODS OF GROTON, MA.

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.
-p80

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.
-p81

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

THE TARBELL FAMILY AND THE INDIAN WARS PT4

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,
Pascaud,
Lamorandiere,
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.

 p110
  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,

MY 2020 GENEAPLANS

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!


Tuesday, December 31, 2019

MY 2019 GENEAPLANS: HOW WELL DID I DO?

While 2019 was not as bad a year as 2018 for meeting my genealogy goals, it wasn't entirely successful. I didn't make any of the road trips I'd wanted to take, and there's a few projects I wanted to work on that I never got around to doing. On the other hand, I made some discoveries about my Mom's German ancestors and about my Dad's Cape Cod families, so 2019 was not a total failure.

Here are my 2019 geneaplans, with the results in red: 
1.Continue adding more of my ancestors siblings and their lines to my database.
This is one of the things I manage to get accomplished every year.

2. Get off my butt and actually visit the places my ancstors lived and are buried here in Massachusetts. I didn't do any road trips in 2017. Getting out of my apartment oncethe weather turns warm is better for my health, too.
Failed again, even though the car was running most of the yer.

3.This year I'm  going to set a more practical goal for my blogging: to reach at least 200 posts in this blog and to post anything, anything at all, in my Graveyard Rabbits  blog.
Semi successful. I did post a few times on Graveyard Rabbits. And although I didn't make 200 posts on this blog I did pass last year's total so I'm satisfied.


4. Take and post more photos for Find A Grave. Another way toi get me off my butt and out of the apartment.
Although it wasn't a lot I did manage to find a few requests.

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

6. Transcribe more of the wills and probate files I've downloaded already.
I did some but I am waaaay behind on this.

7. Find and download the wills and probate files of female ancestors.
Only did a few but it's a start.

8.  Keep working  on  the timeline for my ancestors who were involved in the Colonial New England Indian wars, including those who were captured.
I made some progress on this lately, and have posted the story of my Tarbell relatives who were captives. I will be posting about the Longley's next.

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").
Big fail again . Didn't even look at the file for a second year..

10. Write more  about my ancestor Gov. John Endecott. I keep pushing it aside, I think, because he did somethings that were nasty.
 Nope. Not yet.

11.Keep having fun with genealogy!
I always do!

And  as I say every year, I hope to do better this coming year.


Monday, December 30, 2019

THE TARBELL FAMILY AND THE INDIAN WARS PT3


The story of the capture of the Tarbell children and their susequent fate was written about in books and magazine articles right up into the early 20th century.  Samuel Abbott Green wrote quite a bit about them in his book Groton in the Indian Wars, starting with this:

In a list of prisoners held by the French and Indians in Canada, March 5, 1710-11, are the names of "Zech: Tarbal, John Tarbal, Sarah Tarbal, Matt. Farnsworth [and] Lydia Longley" (Archives, LXXI. 765), all of Groton, though no date of capture is given. Lydia Longley was taken by the Indians on July 27, 1694, and the particulars of her case have already been told. The Tarbell children were carried off on June 20, 1707; but it is unknown when Matthias Farnsworth was captured, and this entry appears to be the only record of the fact. Sarah, John, and Zechariah were children of Thomas and Elizabeth (Wood) Tarbell, who, with a large family, lived on Farmers' Row, near where James Lawrence's house now stands. Sarah was a girl nearly fourteen years of age, John a lad of twelve years, and Zechariah only seven, at the time when they were taken. They were near kindred of the Longley family, who had been massacred thirteen years before. The father was unquestionably the Corporal Tarbell who commanded, in the autumn of 1711, one of the eighteen garrisons in the town.

The story of their capture and captivity is a singular one, and sounds like a romance. They were picking cherries early one evening, — so tradition relates, — and were taken before they had time to get down from the tree. It should be borne in mind that the date of capture, according to the new style of reckoning, was July I, when cherries would be ripe enough to tempt the appetite of climbing youngsters. These children were carried to Canada, where, it would seem, they were treated kindly, as no inducement afterward was strong enough to make them return permanently to their old home. The girl, Sarah, was sold to the French, and placed in a convent at Lachine, near Montreal; but what became of her subsequently I am unable to say.


Thomas Tarbell, the father of these children, made his will September 26, 1715, which was admitted to probate six weeks later, and is now on file at the Middlesex Probate Office in East Cambridge. After making certain bequests to different members of his family, he says: —


all the rest & residue of my Reall Estate I give to be Equally divided between my three children, John, Zachary, & Sarah Tarbell, upon their return from Captivity, or In Proportion unto any of them that shall return, & the rest, or the parts belonging to them that do not return, shall be Equally divided among the rest of my children.


pp109-110

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

Even after eleven years since their capture, my 8x great grandfather held out hope for their eventual return


His sons would come back to Groton after his death, but not as he had hoped they would.


To be continued.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2019 WEEK 52:WILLIAM LONGLEY. OF GROTON, MA.

My 10x great grandfather was another immigrant ancestor and prominent citizen of Groton, Ma.  From Ellery Bicknell Crane's Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusetts Volume 1:

(II) William Longley, son of John Longley (1), was born in Frisbie, Lincoln county, England, in 1614. He came to Lynn as early as 1638, and was admitted a freeman March 4, 1639. He resided in Lynn twenty-two years, and was a prominent citizen and office holder there. He removed to Groton about 1659. His name appears first on the Groton records in 1663, and in 1665 he was elected selectman. William Longley had to go to the courts to correct the title to his lands at Lynn which he drew in 1638, and on which he had lived over twenty years. It seems that through a clerical error William's name was entered as Richard Longley on the proprietors' book, and the court records give ample proof that no Richard Longley existed, so the title was cured and doubtless William was able to deed his land to the purchaser when he went to Groton to live. He had to leave Groton, of course, in 1675, on account of King Philip's war, and he went to Charlestown to live during the hostilities. He served at one time as clerk of writs, indicating that he was well educated. He died November 29, 1680. His will, made November 3, 1680, was recorded April 10, 1681; bequeathing to wife Joanna, sons John and William, daughters, Mary Lemmond, Hannah Tarbell, Lydia Nutting, and Sarah Rand, and their children specified.

He married, in England, Joanna Goffe, sister of Thomas Goffe, who was deputy governor of the Massachusetts Bay Company that received a grant from the Crown, March 19, 1628. Goffe was a member of both Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay companies; was a merchant of London; lost money on the business of chartering ships for the colonists of Governor Winthrop and others. His widow married (second), Benjamin Crispe, and she died in 1698. The children of William and Joanna (Goffe) Longley were: 1. John. 2. Mary, married, 1666, Samuel M. Lemont. 3. Sarah, born October 15, 1660; married June 17, 1679, Thomas Rand, father of Robert Rand, to whom a grant of a thousand acres of land was given by the general court in what is now New Hampshire, on account of the losses suffered by Governor Goffe, his great-uncle. 4. Lydia, married James Blood
.-p538

Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of Worcester County, Massachusetts Voume 1  The Lewis Publishing Compny, New York, N.Y. 1907

I've found the probate file and will of William at AmericanAncestors.org. I am descended from his daughter Hannah who married Thomas Tarbell Jr.

Thankfully, he wasn't alive when catastrophe befell his son William Jr.'s family.