Sunday, April 1, 2012

About My Blog Site

This blog is for the purpose of sharing information about my ancestors, which I've gathered from over 35 years of research. I have a heritage that is an American melting pot: Greek, Irish, French, English, Scottish, Dutch and several other European nationalities, plus some Native American. I'm endlessly fascinated with the combination of people who came together to make me, and I want to know as much as possible about them.

Many of my ancestors exist only as names and dates, but some have a story to tell, and for these individuals, I have written biographies. The bulk of the biographies come from three branches of my pedigree that trace back to 17th century North American colonies: New France, New England and New Netherlands. These people are fairly well-documented because many colonial records have survived. And since the people lived so long ago, they have a massive amount of descendants, some of whom have done extensive research on them. My New France and New Netherlands branches include some of the very first settlers there; my New England branch doesn't go back to the Mayflower, but has several people who sailed with the Winthrop Fleet in 1630. I feel lucky to be connected to so much history.

My biographies also include people who lived during the 18th,19th and 20th centuries. These people have a much smaller number of descendants because they're more recent, but at least a few people might benefit from my research. If nothing else, my blogs serve as a tribute to these ancestors.

Each post features the biography of one of my ancestors. I issue them in no particular order; I've made an index to help reference them. I hope that readers will get something out of my efforts. If anyone wants to offer information, or just to connect with me, please leave a comment. Thank you.

20 comments:

  1. nice posting.. thanks for sharing.

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  2. Love the biographies. I'm distantly related through your French Canadian side... I'm a LaBree/Labrie (etc.) I've actually been working on fleshing out a narrative for my ancestors as well, and this was very helpful! Gives such a better picture of their lives than just names and dates! Thanks again.

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  3. Thanks for the positive feedback. It's good to hear that others are benefiting from my blog!

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  4. Dear Cousin,
    I am a descendent of John Seales. I am an architect and just completed a new building at 330 Hudson Street on "Old Jan's Land" I have installed a commerative plaque to him naming it "Old Jan's Alley" - Greg Cranford

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  5. So, I think we are somehow related - I have been doing ancestry research and I believe that Roger Clapp was my 10th great grand father. Would love to connect.

    Donna Fox

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  6. I am amazed at the amount of research you have done on these ancestors. You've filled in a lot of biographical holes for me, for which I am very appreciative. Thank you so much.

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  7. Regarding Charles Turgeon (my 7 x Great Grandfather). Can you tell me where you found the info about his disputes with his neighbors? I'm making a video for my children and would like to verify the stories.

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    1. The information came from the book Our French-Canadian Ancestors, by Gerard Lebel (translated by Thomas J. Laforest), 1990

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  8. Just came across your blog and was delighted to read your writings. You've added a wonderful sense of being to your ancestors (and mine). I'm a descendent of John Sayles. Thank you! Susan (Bouthillette) Bennett

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  9. I just found your blog, through your post on Samuel Bartlett. His parents, Robert and Ann, are my ancestors. Hello, cousin!

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  10. Thank you so much for doing all this work. You really make these people come alive. We are related through the first two John Kittredges and the Littlefields. Katherine Cerino.

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  11. Brooklynite,
    Thanks for posting these.
    We have just recently discovered our Dutch ancestor connections to New Netherland, New Amsterdam and Brooklyn.
    My guess is that our nearest common ancestors are John Brokaw and Mary Van Cleef. They are my 7th ggrandparents. I am descended through Mary Brokaw, who married Cornelius Van Dyke. I am guessing you are descended through one of her siblings. If I am correct and John and Mary are roughly your 7th ggrandparents, that would make us roughly 8th cousins.
    Thanks for posting and sharing, it helped fill in our framework. And thanks for posting the references as well.
    jamod84@gmail.com

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  12. Hello, cousin. I found you trying to figure out just who in the heck were Elizabeth Mather's parents (none of the birth-marriage dates for any of the proposed parents make any sense), and found your post on her husband, Henry Woodward. I'm also a Van Cleef descendent. There must be thousands of us! Crazy. Best Jacquie Dutton Strebe

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  13. Hello, cousin. I found you trying to figure out just who in the heck were Elizabeth Mather's parents (none of the birth-marriage dates for any of the proposed parents make any sense), and found your post on her husband, Henry Woodward. I'm also a Van Cleef descendent. There must be thousands of us! Crazy. Best Jacquie Dutton Strebe

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  14. Hello.
    The Clapp men (Preserved and Cpt. Roger are my great great great....grandfathers. My grandmother was Lowell and Hattie's granddaughter. Would love to learn more.

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  15. What a great way to give dimension to the people from our past. Lydia Fairbanks Bates Fletcher is an ancestress of mine via her daughter Mary (who married Moses Rowley II, a Mayflower descendant from Edward Fuller); since the Fletchers wound up in Chelmsford and my wife's a Chelmsford gal, they have for me a special place.

    Your "Comment as" button has me flummoxed, but I can be reached at . ...Okay, guess I can use that gmail account and join Google+ ...

    Thanks for your unique work!

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    1. [Months later] LOL... well, after quite a lot of digging, it turns out that "my" Mary Fletcher -- who is quite elusive -- is not the Mary from Chelmsford, which saddens me a little. Nonetheless, we are cousins -- by way of Nicholas Butler; whose great-great granddaughter Rebecca married James Shaw in Edgartown in about 1752. So, Hello again.

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  16. I was about to construct a short bio of Thomas Woodford for my family tree and when I googled his name your blog popped up. To my delight, a very good short bio already existed!

    As I did more research, lo and behold, your blog kept appearing as we share not just Thomas Woodford but numerous direct lineal ancestors on your English side.

    Some of those are: Matthew Allyn, Roger Clapp, Preserved Clapp, Thomas Ford, William Holton (likely), Richard Lyman, Benjamin Newberry, Thomas Newberry, Jedidiah Strong, John Strong, Freedom Woodward and Henry Woodward.

    I don't know how uncommon this is because many of the Puritan families in the Connecticut Valley intermarried, but I was certainly surprised by it! Anyway, thanks for doing the impeccable research and posting and sharing your work!

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  17. What a wonderful blog! I'm a direct descendant of Adriaen Hegeman of New Amsterdam on my father's side, and Julien Fortin dit Bellefontaine of Quebec on my mother's side. Madonna is also a descendant of Julien. We must be related.

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