Sometimes in genealogy you hear stories about “two brothers came to America”. Well, in my family tree we have two BRIGHAM sisters who came to Massachusetts. They were the daughters of Thomas Brigham and Isabel Watson of Holme-on-Spaulding Moor, Yorkshire, England. The eldest sister, Constance, married Robert Crosby and came to America after their first child was baptized in Holme-on-Spaulding Moor in 1634. They settled in Rowley, but Robert was dead by 1642 and left Constance with five children. Constance lived a long life, and died in 1684 in Rowley, Massachusetts.
The younger daughter, Ann, married Simon Crosby, a distant cousin to her sister’s husband. She had three children (the first baptized also in Holme-on-Spaulding Moor in 1635) and her husband also died young in 1639. But Ann remarried to Reverend William Thompson as his second wife. Unfortunately the Rev. Thompson was “afflicted with melancholia” and did not work for seven years before he also died in 1666. This caused many financial problems for the widow because he died intestate. Ann lived until 1675 with her son Joseph in Braintree, Massachusetts.
Both of my BRIGHAM lines daughtered out in the first generation. There were BRIGHAM kin from Holme-on-Spaulding Moor who came to live in Massachusetts, including Thomas Brigham who died in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1653 and had five children who all married and left descendants, including three sons, Thomas, Jr., John and Samuel Brigham. These are the ancestors of most of the New England Brighams you can read about in the book The History of the Brigham Family: A record of several thousand descendants of Thomas Brigham, the Emigrant, 1603- 1653, by W. I. Tyler Brigham and Emma E. Brigham, 1907, and a second volume published in 1927 by Emma E. Brigham. Thomas Brigham’s father, John Brigham (abt. 1574 – 1621) was the brother of Constance and Ann’s father, Thomas Brigham (1576 – 1633).
My Brigham lineages:
Generation 1: Thomas Brigham, born 1576 in Holme-on-Spaulding Moor, Yorkshire, England, and died on 19 March 1633 in Holme-on-Spaulding Moor; married on 4 February 1601 in Holme-on Spaulding Moor to Isabel Watson, daughter of James Watson. She was baptized on 21 February 1561 in Holme-on-Spaulding Moor, and died on 25 June 1634 at Holme-on-Spaulding Moor.
Generation 2: Constance Brigham, born about 1692 in Holme-on-Spaulding Moor, died 25 January 1684 in Rowley, Massachusetts; married on 22 July 1622 in Holme-on-Spaulding Moor to Robert Crosby, son of John Crosby and Jane Webster. He was baptized on 30 October 1596 in Holme-on-Spaulding Moor, and died in 1640 in Rowley, Massachusetts. Five children.
Generation 4: Mary Crosby m. Richard Langthorne
Generation 5: Constance Lanthorne m. Jonathan Mooers
Generation 6: Sarah Mooers m. George Munroe
Generation 7: Andrew Munroe m. Lucy Mixer
Generation 8: Andrew Munroe m. Ruth Simonds
Generation 9: Luther Simonds Munroe m. Olive Flint
Generation 10: Phebe Cross Munroe m. Robert Wilson Wilkinson
Generation 11: Albert Munroe Wilkinson m. Isabella Lyons Bill
Generation 12: Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts (my paternal grandparents)
Generation 2: Ann Brigham, born about 1606 in Holme-on-Spaulding Moor, died 11 October 1675 in Braintree, Massachusetts; married first to Simon Crosby, son of Thomas Crosby and Jane Sothern. He was born about 1609 in Holme-on-Spaulding Moor, and died September 1639 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Three children.
Generation 3: Thomas Crosby m. Sarah Unknown
Generation 4: John Crosby m. Hannah Bangs
Generation 5: Jonathan Crosby m. Hannah Hamblin
Generation 6: Ebenezer Crosby m. Elizabeth Robinson
Generation 7: Rebecca Crosby m. Comfort Haley
Generation 8: Joseph Edwin Healey m. Matilda Weston
Generation 9: Mary Etta Healey m. Peter Hoogerzeil
Generation 10: Florence Etta Hoogerzeil m. Arthur Treadwell Hitchings
Generation 11: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my maternal grandparents)
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