Showing posts with label Bliss. Show all posts
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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Surname Saturday ~ CHAPIN of Springfield, Massachusetts

CHAPIN

"The Puritan" at Springfield, Massachusetts
Samuel Chapin and his family were in Roxbury, Massachusetts in 1635.  His first five children were born in England, and then one born in Roxbury and the last in Springfield, Massachusetts.  His English origins are described in the book Thirty One English Emigrants (see below).

Chapin followed William Pynchon who left Roxbury in 1636 with a dozen families for Springfield which was first known as Agawam.  He was very influential in his new settlement, and served as one of the first five selectman, magistrate and was a deacon of the church for 25 years. He died in 1675 a few months after the town of Springfield was attacked by Indians and burned during King Phillip’s War.  His wife survived him by seven year, and his seven children all lived to adulthood and produced 72 grandchildren.

There is a large bronze statue of Deacon Samuel Chapin in Springfield.  It is called “The Puritan” and was sculpted by Augustus Saint-Gaudins in 1887.  You can read a blog post about this statue HERE.

Sources for Chapin family information:

Thirty-One English Emigrants Who Came to New England by 1662, by Dorothy C. and Gerald E. Knoff, Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1989, pages44 to 51.

Search for the Passengers of the Mary & John, 1630, Volume 17, pages 27 to 28.   See the website http://www.maryandjohn1630.com/

The Chapin Book of Genealogical Data of the Descendants of Deacon Samuel Chapin by Gilbert Warren Chapin, in two volumes, Hartford, Connecticut: Chapin Family Association, 1924 reprinted by Higginson Book Company.

Life of Deacon Samuel Chapin of Springfield, by Howard Miller Chapin, Providence, Rhode Island: Snow & Farnham, Co. Printers, 1908. Available to read online at www.Archive.org  

My Chapin genealogy:

Generation 1: Samuel Chapin, son of John Chapin and Phillippa Easton, baptized 8 October 1598 in Paignton, Devonshire, England, died 11 November 1675 in Springfield, Massachusetts; married on 9 February 1624 in Paignton to Cicely Penney.  She was the daughter of Henry Penney and Jane Unknown, born on 27 February 1602 in Paignton, died 8 February 1683 in Springfield. Seven children.

Generation 2: Catherine Chapin, baptized in April 1626 in Berry Pomeroy, Devonshire, England; died 4 February 1712 in Springfield; married on 20 November 1646 to Nathaniel Bliss, son of Thomas Bliss and Margaret Hulins, baptized on 28 December 1622 in Rodborough, Gloucestershire, England, died on 18 November 1654 in Springfield.  Four children.  Catherine Chapin remarried in 1655 to Thomas Gilbert, and in 1664 to Samuel Marshfield.

Generation 3:  Margaret Bliss m. Nathaniel Foote
Generation 4: Eunice Foote m. Michael Taintor
Generation 5: Eunice Taintor m. Aaron Skinner
Generation 6: Charles Skinner m. Sarah Osborn
Generation 7: Ann Skinner m. Thomas Ratchford Lyons
Generation 8: Isabella Lyons m. Reverend Ingraham Ebenezer Bill
Generation 9: Caleb Rand Bill m. Ann Margaret Bollman
Generation 10: Isabella Lyons Bill m. Albert Munroe Wilkinson
Generation 11: Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts (my grandparents)

"The Puritan" at Boston's
Museum of Fine Art


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Copyright © 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Surname Saturday ~ SMITH of Wethersfield, Connecticut and Hadley, Massachusetts

SMITH

Samuel Smith and his wife and four children sailed from Ipswich, England for the Massachusetts Bay Colony on board the ship Elizabeth in April 1634.  They first lived in Watertown, and then were in Wethersfield, Connecticut in 1635. 

In the records of Wethersfield Samuel Smith is called “The Fellmonger” because he was a fur trader and a tanner. He was also part owner and builder of the Tryal, which might be the first ship built in the Connecticut colony.  Around 1659 he removed to Hadley, Massachusetts, where he appears in the records as “Lieutenant Smith”.   The regicides Whalley and Goffe supposedly hid in Smith’s home in Hadley.  (Seven men who signed the death warrant for King Charles I were known as the Regicides.  Edward Whalley, a relative to Oliver Cromwell, and his son-in-law, William Goffe,  escaped to Boston in 1660.  They lived openly for a while until orders arrived for their arrest. They fled to the New Haven colony, and then to Hadley where they lived for fifteen years.)

The only compiled genealogy about this family is Lieutenant Samuel Smith and His Children by James William Hook.  The sketch for Samuel Smith is found in The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634 – 1635, pages 396 – 402. There is an article about the identity of Samuel Smith’s wife, who was Elizabeth Smith, in The American Genealogist, Volume 32, page 195 “The Wife of Lt. Samuel Smith of Wethersfield”.  The Smith family is listed on board the Elizabeth in NEHGS Register, Volume 14, page 329, Hotten’s Original Lists of Persons of Quality pages 280 and 282, Pope’s Pioneers of Massachusetts.  There is a short sketch about Samuel Smith in The History of Whately, Massachusetts.

My Smith genealogy:

Generation 1:  Samuel Smith, born about 1602 in Hadleigh, Suffolk, England, died 16 Jan 1681 in Hadley, Massachusetts; married on 6 October 1624 in Whatfield, Suffolk, England to Elizabeth Smith, born about 1602 and died 16 March 1686 in Hadley.  Six children.

Generation 2: Elizabeth Smith, baptized on 28 Jan 1627 at St. Mary the Virgin, Hadleigh, Suffolk, England and died after 1701; married about 1646 to Nathaniel Foote, son of Nathaniel Foote and Elizabeth Deming.  He was born on 5 March 1619 in Colchester, Essex, England and died in 1655 in Wethersfield, Connecticut. Four children.

Generation 3:  Nathaniel Foote m. Margaret Bliss
Generation 4: Eunice Foot m. Michael Taintor
Generation 5: Eunice Taintor m. Aaron Skinner
Generation 6: Charles Skinner m. Sarah Osborn
Generation 7: Ann Skinner m. Thomas Ratchford Lyons
Generation 8: Isabella Lyons m. Reverend Ingraham Ebenezer Bill
Generation 9: Caleb Rand Bill m. Ann Margaret Bollman
Generation 10: Isabella Lyons Bill m. Albert Munroe Wilkinson
Generation 11: Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts (my grandparents)

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Copyright © 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Surname Saturday ~ FOOTE of Wethersfield, Connecticut

FOOTE
from the Foote Family Association website www.footefamily.org

I have two separate FOOTE lineages.  Last year I wrote up a Surname Saturday post for my lineage from Pasco Foote (about 1608 – 1670), who lived in Salem, Massachusetts.  You can read it at this link:

Today I’m posting about my immigrant ancestor, Nathaniel Foote (1592 – about 1644) of Wethersfield, Connecticut.   There is no proof that the two Foote families are connected genealogically.  

Nathaniel Foote was born in Shalford, England.  He had an amazing number of interesting relations and ancestors in England, including a first cousin who was Sir Thomas Foote, the Sheriff of London in 1649 and also Lord Mayor of London in 1650.  Nathaniel was apprenticed to a grocer as a young man.  He married Elizabeth Deming, whose brother John Deming was also one of the first settlers of Wethersfield, Connecticut.  Mary, Nathaniel’s sister, married John Hewes and had three children who came to Roxbury, Massachusetts. (Joshua Hewes, Elizabeth Hewes married Ralph Hemingway, and Pheobe Hewes who married Richard Gorde ).

By 1633 Nathaniel Foote and his family had arrived in Boston and then Watertown, Massachusetts.  By 1635 he was one of the first settlers to Wethersfield.  Nathaniel Foote received a ten acre house lot on Broad Street, and the owner of several other grants of land nearby.  His house lot is now a public park on Broad Street in Wethersfield.

In the early days at Wethersfield there were many conflicts with the native Indians, and the Foote family suffered several losses, including a daughter-in-law and two grandchildren taken captive, and another grandchild killed, another daughter and three grandchildren killed while her husband and another two children were captured. 

Nathaniel Foote died in 1644 and his widow, Elizabeth, married Thomas Welles, who was later the Governor.  Although Nathaniel died intestate, Elizabeth’s will names her children and grandchildren, and she left a large piece of land to her son Robert Foote. 

For more information on the FOOTE family, see The Foote Family, by Nathaniel Goodwin, 1849 and Genealogies and Biographies of Ancient Wethersfield. There is a sketch of Nathaniel Foote in the Great Migration, Immigrants to New England 1634 – 1635, Volume II, pages 540 -544 and there are also three articles mentioning  the Foote family in The American Genealogist, Volume 58, 165 – 167; Volume 71, pages 149 – 150; and also Volume 72, page 49 – 55.  There is an active Foote Family Association of America and website at www.footefamily.org 

My Foote Lineage:

Generation 1: Nathaniel Foote, son of Robert Foote and Joanne Brooke, born about 21 September 1592 in Shalford, Colchester, England and died before 20 November 1644 in Wethersfield, Connecticut;  married about 1615 in England to Elizabeth Deming, daughter of Jonathan Deming and Elizabeth Gilbert.  She was born about 1593 in Shalford, died 28 July 1683.  She married second on 2 March 1645 in Wethersfield as the second wife to Governor Thomas Welles. Eight children.

Generation 2: Nathaniel Foote, born 5 March 1619 in St. James, Colchester, England and died about 1655 in Wethersfield; married about 1646 to Elizabeth Smith, daughter of Samuel and Smith and Elizabeth Smith (they were both Smiths). She married second to William Gull. Four children. 

Generation 3: Nathaniel Foote, born 10 January 1648 in Wethersfield, died 12 January 1703 in Wethersfield; married on 2 May 1672 in Springfield to Margaret Bliss, daughter of Nathaniel Bliss and Catherine Chapin. She was born 12 November 1649 in Springfield, Massachusetts, and died 3 April 1745 in Colchester, Connecticut.  Nine children.

Generation 4: Eunice Foote, born 10 May 1694 in Weathersfield; married on 3 December 1712 to Michael Taintor, son of Michael Taintor and Mary Loomis. Four children.

Generation 5: Eunice Taintor m. Aaron Skinner
Generation 6: Charles Skinner m. Sarah Osborn
Generation 7: Ann Skinner m. Thomas Ratchford Lyons
Generation 8: Isabella Lyons m. Reverend Ingraham Ebenezer Bill
Generation 9: Caleb Rand Bill m. Ann Margaret Bollman
Generation 10: Isabella Lyons Bill m. Albert Munroe Wilkinson
Generation 11: Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts (my grandparents)

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Copyright © 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo