Why did this take me so long?

Today at lunch with a friend who shares my interest in genealogy, we were talking about how to avoid saving mounds of paper copies of research materials. The first caveat is that valuable original source materials do not fall into this category. Original material should probably go to a museum or genealogy center in the appropriate area. I think this would also apply to material that you may be the only one to have. For example, my friend has translated Polish village records into English. This is technically not original material but could be very helpful to other researchers.

I suggested maintaining online databases and backing up disks. I have also self-published books of information that would only be of interest to my family. This is one way to present information in an appealing format with photos, maps, etc. Personally, I feel less need to keep copies of all the information I have amassed when I know that it is available on the web and I have a handy printed source for myself.

Small books also allow me to focus on one project at a time. I like to do that by writing blog posts. For example, I quickly pulled together the information on my husband’s Florida pioneer ancestors and printed a book for myself using Blog2Print. Now I have an attractive and convenient way to store the information I have gathered over several years, without killing trees.

During the discussion, I mentioned that I have struggled with presenting family trees in the format. When I recommended that my friend take photos of scrapbook pages, I realized I had solved my own problem. I think it would work to print traditional family tree charts, take photos of them and upload the photos to the blog or insert them into a word processing document. This will be my next step!



The Tilleys (through Michael Sean Whiting)

John Tilley, his wife Joan and daughter Elizabeth were all Mayflower passengers. Son-in-law Mike descends from the Tilleys two ways illustrating a name change along the way. Path A is through his mother and Path B is through his father.

Path A

1. John Tilley and Joan Hurst

2. Elizabeth Tilley and John Howland

3. Hope Howland and John Chipman

4. Samuel Chipman and Sarah Cobb

5. Joseph Chipman and Anna Cunningham

6. Abigail Chipman and Cornelius Hull

7. Huldah Hull and Elah Norton

8. Polly Norton and Jeremiah Buel

9. Betsey Buell and Martin L. Field

10. Thankful Field and Edgar J. Stevens

11. Eva A. Stevens and Frank Wilbur Hall

12. Edith May Hall and Henry Read

13. Marion Read and John Joseph Hartigan

14. John Joseph Hartigan and Marie Doody

15. Karen Marie Theresa Hartigan and James Elbon Whiting

16. Michael Sean Whiting and Kimberly Meredith Miles

17. Ethan Liam Whiting; Lily Elizabeth Whiting

Path B

1. John Tilley and Joan Hurst

2. Elizabeth Tilley and John Howland

3. Hope Howland and John Chipman

4. John Chaffin and ?

5. John Chaffin and Mary ?

6. Joshua Chaffin and Ester ?

7. Sarah Chaffin and Epps Chatham

8. Mary Ann (Polly) Chatham and David Henslee Payne

9. John Epps Payne and Lany Shackleford

10. Mary Emily Payne and Emory Jackson Kelley

11. Mary Gladys Kelley and James Ambrose Whiting

12. George Luther Whiting and Jessie Love McKinstry

13. James Elbon Whiting and Karen Marie Theresa Hartigan

14. Michael Sean Whiting and Kimberly Meredith Miles

15. Ethan Liam Whiting; Lily Elizabeth Whiting

Path B looks like it needs a little more work to confirm

James Chilton and his wife Susanna Furner again (through Kevin)

Both James Chilton and his wife Susanna were passengers on the Mayflower.

Kevin’s descent from them is as follows:

1. James Chilton and Susanna Furner

2. Isabella Chilton and Roger Chandler

3. Sarah Chandler and Moses Simmons

4. Mary Simmons and Joseph Alden

5. Hopestill Alden and Joseph Snow

This becomes the same as his Alden and Mullins line.

This brings Kev’s total to 6 Mayflower ancestors.

Isabella was not on the Mayflower but came from Leiden later.

More Mullins and John Alden again (through Kevin)

Our son-in-law, Kevin McCarthy goes back to Wiliiam Mullins, his wife Alice Mullins (who may be Mary Alice (Poretier) Atwood) and their daughter Priscilla Mullins, all of whom arrived on the Mayflower. This, of course, is one of the ways that Jen and Kev are distant cousins. His line of descent follows:

1. William Mullins and Alice (see above)

2. Priscilla Mullins and John Alden (also of the Mayflower)

3. Joseph Alden and Mary Simmons

4. Hopestill Alden and Joseph Snow

5. James Snow and Ruth Shaw

6. Capt. Nathan Snow and Mary Mansfield

7. Hannah Snow and Joseph Richards

8. Augustus Richards and Wealthy Ann Stephens

9. Leonidas Augustus Richards and Martha E. Carbaugh

10. Ada Ann Richards and Franklin Welch

11. Viola Welch and Charles Collins Leming

12. Marjorie Leah Leming and John Patrick McCarthy

13. John Patrick McCarthy and Katherine Anne McCown

14. Kevin Thomas McCarthy and Jennifer Rebecca Miles

15. Kevin Thomas “Keefe” McCarthy; Gabrielle Elizabeth McCarthy; Madison Grace McCarthy

Counting all the Mullins seperately, this is 4 for Kevin so far.

Edward Winslow

My husband also goes back to Edward Winslow who served as Governor of the Plymouth Colony. His descent is as follows:

1. Edward Winslow and Magdalene Oilyver

2. Mary Winslow and Peter Worden

3. Dr. Samuel Worden and Hopestill Holley

4. Peter Worden and Mary Holley

5. Peter Worden and Rebecca (Rebekeh) Richmond

6. Content (Constant) Worden and James Hadsell

7. Amy (Rachel) Hadsell and Daniel Carr

8. James Hadsell Carr and Mary Elizabeth ?

9. James Hadsell Carr and Laura Van Sittart Rose

10. Mary Idella Carr and Albert Marshall Childs

11. Ruberta Childs and Edgar Noble Thomas

12. Elma Thomas and Arthur James Miles

13. Arthur James Miles Jr. and Christine Elizabeth Crowell

14. Jennifer Rebecca Miles and Kevin Thomas McCarthy; Kimberly Meredith Miles and Michael Sean Whiting

15. Kevin Thomas “Keefe” McCarthy; Gabrielle Elizabeth McCarthy; Madison Grace McCarthy; Ethan Liam Whiting; Lily Elizabeth Whiting

Note: This is new information for my husband’s side of the family (and brings our children’s count to 25)

Thomas Rogers and Joseph Rogers

My husband descends from Thomas Rogers, a signatory of the Mayflower Compact, through his son Joseph, also a Mayflower passenger. His line is as follows:

1. Thomas Rogers and Alice Cosford

2. Joseph Rogers and Hannah ?

3. Mary Rogers and John Phinney

4. Ebenezer Phinney and Susannah Linnell

5. Mary Phinney and Job Davis

6. Hannah Davis and David Childs

7. Josiah Childs and Beulah Fay

8. Ellsworth Davis Childs and Eliza Ann Marshall

9. Albert Marshall Childs and Mary Idella Carr

10. Ruberta Childs and Edgar Noble Thomas

11. Elma Ruth Thomas and Arthur James Miles

12. Arthur James Miles Jr. and Christine Elizabeth Crowell

13. Jennifer Rebecca Miles and Kevin Thomas McCarthy; Kimberly Meredith Miles and Michael Sean Whiting

14. Kevin Thomas “Keefe” McCarthy; Gabrielle Elizabeth McCarthy; Madison Grace McCarthy; Ethan Liam Whiting; Lily Elizabeth Whiting

Note: This brings our children’s count to 24 Mayflower ancestors

Important Note: I go back to Deacon John Rogers who married Judith French. Although a contemporary of Thomas Rogers’ son John, my ancestor is not related to Thomas Rogers. Judith French was the sister of Stephen French. She m. John Rogers ca. 1636 in Weymouth, Norfolk Co., MA . Judith was b. ca. 1615/16 at Chelmsford, Essex, England [6]. Judith was b. 1605 in Misterton, Somerset, England. Judith emigrated from England to Weymouth, MA, on 19 Mar 1635, age 20, a servant to Rev Joseph Hall who was immigrating with a large family. Judith is the only one with the surname French on this arrival, and there are no Rogers listed.

John Alden and Priscilla Mullins

This lovely couple brings us to 15 (plus I’ m realizing that I have neglected some spouses e.g. Eleanor Billington, Dorothy May Bradford (possibly the first New England suicide), Mary Brewster, Susanna Chilton and Elizabeth Hopkins. Shame on me!)

John Alden was the last surviving signer of the Mayflower compact. The story of his rivalry with Myles Standish for the hand of the lovely Priscilla is the stuff of legend.  He served as the Deputy Governor. Priscilla arrived on the Mayflower with her parents and brother but she was the only survivor of the first winter. This, of course, means that I should also count her parents William and Alice Mullins in our line of descent from Mayflower passengers.  All in all, that should add up to 22 so far but I will have to organize that better. Maybe I will do a post on neglected spouses!

1. John Alden and Priscilla Mullins

2.Joseph Alden and Mary Simmons

3. Deacon Joseph Alden and Hannah Dunham

4. Mehitable Alden and Barnabus Eaton (yup, we’ve been down this road before)

5. Hannah Eaton and Capt. John Clements

The rest of this line through Christine Crowell Miles has been previously posted.

Richard Warren

Lucky number 13!

Richard Warren was another of the “Strangers”  aboard the Mayflower. He was a London merchant not a Pilgrim. His wife and 5 daughters (Probably by his first wife) joined him later, arriving on the “Anne” in 1623.

Our descent is as follows:

1. Richard Warren and first wife

2. Mary Warren and Robert Bartlett (Mary and Robert both arrived on the “Anne” in 1623 but they were married in 1628)

3. Joseph Bartlett and Hannah Pope (apparently two of her siblings, children of Thomas Pope, were killed in Indian raids)

Joseph served on a jury on March 6, 1676 that returned a verdict of “suspicious of the murder charge on them” against two Indians charged with the murder of three colonists. He also signed a covenant to free his slave Tobey if he behaved well for 12 years of servitude.

4. Mary Bartlett and John Barnes

5. Seth Barnes and Sarah Wooden

6. Seth Barnes and Elizabeth Rider

7. Mary Barnes and Capt. James Cain

8. James Cain II and Susanna Hibbard

9. James Cain III and Margaret Eldridge

10. Capt. William Cain and Mary Leslie Caskey

Some of their story has been told in previous posts. Another story about Capt William Cain is that while captain of the Unanima, he carried the first shipment of rails from England to Nanaimo, BC which formed the western beginning of the Canadian Pacific RR. He was presented with a letter of thanks and a set of mounted elk horns. The eld horns were over the fireplace in the cottage of his daughter Sadie from his second marriage to Mary’s sister Lydia, I knew Aunt Sadie well and remember the elk horns. They seemed very scary to me when I was a child and they cast scary shadows in the firelight. As a side note, Aunt Sadie was the last woman to travel around the world with her husband aboard the “Carmanian” on their honeymoon. I sure wish I had asked her more questions when I was little, instead of just eating her yummy baked goods.

The rest of this line through Christine Miles has been previously posted.

Stephen Hopkins and Giles Hopkins

Numbers 11 and 12 and still going strong!

Stephen Hopkins is interesting since he was one of the non-Pilgrims or “Strangers” on the Mayflower. It is probably more accurate to think of him as a merchant adventurer and a stockholder in the Mayflower Company. He did sign the Mayflower Compact. He had previous experience in Jamestown, Virginia. In Plymouth, he advised Capt. Myles Standish on the first land expedition and was deputized to meet the Indians and act as interpreter (I don’t see how his Jamestown experience would have helped with that) . He was the first white man to entertain and Indian at his home overnight. He went with Gov Winslow and Squantum on the first embassy to Massasoit to conclude a treaty. He was a member of the first Council of Governor’s Assistants and was Assistant Governor of Massachusetts 1624-1636. He fought in the Pequot War of 1637.

Our descent is as follows

Path A

1. Stephen Hopkins and first wife (Mary Love?)

2. Giles Hopkins and Catherine (Catone) Wheldon?

There is dispute about whether the older children of Giles are the children from his marriage to Catherine or are the children from a prior marriage in England. If they are the children of Catherine, we can claim Wampanoag ancestry since she was the daughter of Gabriel Wheldon and Margaret Diguina who was the daughter of Quadaguina, a Sachem or Chief of the Wampanoags.

Giles also fought in the Pequot War of 1637.

3. Stephen Hopkins and Mary Merrick (daughter of William Merrick who came to Plymouth in 1636 on the “James” and her mother was Rebecca Tracy who is believed to have come to Plymouth in 1625 on the “Jacob”. Her father, Stephen Tracy came in 1623 on the “Anne”)

4. Nathaniel Hopkins and Mercy Mayo

5. Elizabeth Hopkins and Thomas Crosby

6. Edward Crosby and Rebekkah Elwell

7. Anna Crosby and John Kelley

The rest of the descent through Christine Miles is previously documented

Path B

1. Stephen Hopkins and Mary?

2. Giles Hopkins and Catherine Wheldon

3. Mary Hopkins (sister of Stephen) and Samuel Smith

4. John Smith and Bethia Snow

5. Mercy Smith and Nathan Kenney

6. Nathan Kenney and Sarah Nickerson

7. Elizabeth Kenney and Joshua Pitman Trefry

8. Mary Trefry and Peleg Holmes

The rest of this line through Christine Elizabeth Crowell has been previously posted.

Path C

1. Stephen Hopkins and Mary ?

2. Constance Hopkins and Nicholas Snow

3. Stephen Snow and Suzanna Deane

4. Bethia Snow and John Smith

Becomes the same as Path B above

Such a tangled web!!