Monday, November 2, 2015

My Ancestors in Books: A Compiled Genealogy Bibliography

Note:  This blog post was updated on 14 September 2018:  see this link: 

Back before I started my own blog in 2009 I was a big fan of Martin Hollick’s Slovak Yankee blog.  It’s nice to see he started writing new posts in 2014 after a long hiatus of about four years.   His blog post “Compiled Genealogy Biography” posted on 20 January 2010 inspired me to write a similar post back then.  I thought it was time to update that post and write a new one. 

I often hear from people “Oh, all your ancestors have been written about in books!”   From this list you can see that this is not true.  Most of my research was done the hard way, by searching vital records, deeds, probate records, graveyards, newspapers and other paper and online resources. Also, finding your ancestor in a book is a clue, but since most of these books are old and unsourced, you still must verify all the generations. I use compiled genealogy books for clues.

Martin’s list contained the compiled genealogy books that contain his closest ancestors.  So I charted out my ancestors to the 7th generation (fourth great grandparents) and listed any book written on their lineages. It’s surprising which ancestors have books, and which don’t.  Perhaps someday I will end up writing an article or book about these surnames.  In the meantime, my blog will have to do…  (To make this list easier to read, I dropped ancestors off the list when they “crossed the pond” )

Great Grandparents :

Albert Munroe Wilkinson-(1860-1908) No book has ever been written on the Wilkinsons of northern New England, descendants of Thomas Wilkinson “of London” who married Elizabeth Caverly in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1715. This is my maiden name.

Isabella Lyons Bill (1863 – 1935)  her father appears in The History of the Bill Family by Ledyard Bill, 1867 (see below).

John Peter Bowden Roberts (1865 – 1925) and his wife, Emma Frances Warren ( 1865 – 1927), were immigrants from Leeds, Yorkshire, England in 1915 via Ellis Island. There is no compiled genealogy of either family. I have traced their origins in England back to the late 1700s.

Joseph Elmer Allen (1870 – 1932)  The Allen Family comes from William Allen of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, but this branch has not been documented. There are several books with the first five generations or so of the Allen family, but none that contain my branch of Allens that removed to Essex (a contiguous town) around the time of the American Revolution.

Carrie Maude Batchelder ((1872 – 1963) and her husband Joseph E. Allen are in the Batchelder, Batcheller Genealogy by Frederick Clifton Pierce, published by the author in Chicago, 1898, (with various updates), on page 329. Lists only two children, three more were born after publication.

Arthur Treadwell Hitchings (1868 – 1937) There is no book on the Hitchings/Hitchens family, which goes back to Daniel Hitchins (1632 -1731) of Lynn, Massachusetts. They are well documented in the local history books, and in journal articles.

Florence Etta Hoogerzeil (1871 – 1941) Her grandfather was Peter Hoogerzeil, immigrant to America before 1828. The family was written up by the Netherlands in articles (in Dutch) by Erik A. N. Kon, going back to Arijen Bruynen born about 1631 in Krimpen ann de Lek. No compiled genealogy book. Kon’s work is extensive, including all the known Hoogerzeil/Hogerzeil families and the American branch down to Florence and her Hitchings children.

2x Great Grandparents:

Robert Wilson Wilkinson (1830 – 1874)

Phebe Cross Munroe (1830 – 1895)

Caleb Rand Bill (1833-1902) is named in The History of the Bill Family, edited by Ledyard Bill, 1867, p. 200 along with his wife Ann Margaret Bollman. Daughter Isabella Lyons Bill married Albert Munroe Wilkinson. They are also in the update by Harry Bill, which I have only seen in Nova Scotia libraries, not in the USA.

Ann Margaret Bollman (1835 – 1923) mentioned briefly in the The Diary of Adolphus Gaetz, edited by Charles Bruce Ferguson, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Public Archives of Nova Scotia, 1965. No compiled genealogy of the Bollman family, descendants of Johan Daniel Bollman, a Hessian soldier.

Joseph Gilman Allen (1830 – 1908)

Sarah Burnham Mears (1844 – 1913) There is no book on the Mears family of Essex, Massachusetts. I have traced this line back to Alexander Mears, born about 1750 in London, England, yet have gone no further.  Alexander Mears was a Revolutionary War veteran.

George E. Batchelder (1848 – 1914)  see above and below

Mary Katharine Emerson (1847 – 1932) and her husband, George E. Batchelder are in The Ipswich Emersons, A. D. 1636-1900: A Genealogy of the Descendants of Thomas Emerson of Ipswich, Mass., by Benjamin Kendall Emerson, Boston, David Clapp & Son, 1900, page 306. This page also gives an explanation of her adoption by the Harris family of Boston (her paternal aunt) which solved a great brick wall problem for me!

Abijah Franklin Hitchings  (1841 – 1910)

Hannah Eliza Lewis (1844 – 1921) no book on this Lewis family has been found.  This is one of my brick wall lineages, since I have only traced back to her grandfather, Thomas Lewis and wife Amelia (unknown maiden name). I don’t know from which Massachusetts Lewis family he descends.

Peter Hoogerzeil  (1841 – 1908), see above

Mary Etta Healey (1852 – 1932) is a descendant of William Healy (1613 – 1683) of Cambridge, but only certain branches of this family are published in books.

3x Great Grandparents:

Aaron Wilkinson (1802 – 1879)

Mercy F. Wilson (1803 – 1883)  The great WILSON researcher, Ken Stevens of Walpole, New Hampshire was working on a compiled genealogy of the Wilsons of Danvers, Massachusetts, but hadn’t published his notes or book before he passed away.  Previous to his death he had assured me that my lineage was correct back to the first immigrant Wilson, Robert Wilson b. 1630 in England and died 18 September 1675 at Deerfield, Massachusetts in the Bloody Brook Massacre. I think he hit a brick wall with the rest of the Danvers Wilsons. I haven’t been able to untangle it, either, beyond my direct lineage to Robert Wilson.

Luther Simonds Munroe (1805 – 1851)  in the History and Genealogy of the Lexington, Massachusetts, Munroes, compiled by Richard S. Munroe, published by the author, 1966, page 71. This goes back to the Scots prisoner of war, William Munroe (1625 – 1718) in Lexington.

Olive Flint (1805 – 1875)  is in the book Genealogical register of the descendants of Thomas Flint, of Salem : with a copy of the wills and inventories of the estates of the first two generations, compiled by John Flint and John H. Stone, Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1994, and both her parents were Flints (first cousins John Flint and Phebe Flint) so this was easy.

Ingraham Ebenezer Bill (1805 – 1891)- see above

Isabella Lyons (1806 – 1872) – No LYONS compiled genealogy book as far as I know.

Joseph Allen (1801 – 1894)

Orpha Andrews (1804- 1869) is a descendant of immigrants John Andrews (about 1618 – 1708) and Jane Jordan of the Chebacco Parish of Ipswich, Massachusetts (now Essex).   Orpha and her husband, Joseph Allen, are on page 595 of the book The Descendants of Lieut. John Andrews of Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts by Betty Andrews Storey, 2009.

Samuel Mears (1823 – 1904) is on page 1491 of The Descendants of Lieut. John Andrews of Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, with his wife, Sarah Ann Burnham.  He was also an ANDREWS descendant (Lydia W.7 Burnham, Asa6, Westley5, Deborah4 Story, Rachel3 Andrews, William2, John1).  No MEARS book as far as I know.

Sarah Ann Burnham (1821 – 1848) see above. There is no BURNHAM complied genealogy.

George E. Batchelder (1822 – 1848) see above for the BATCHELDER book, and below,  

Abigail M. Locke (1825 – 1888) and her husband George E. Batchelder (above) are on page 322 of A History and Genealogy of Captain John Locke (1726 – 1696) of Portsmouth and Rye, New Hampshire and His Descendants, by Arthur H. Locke, Volume 1.

George Emerson (1817 – 1890) see above for the EMERSON book.

Mary Esther Younger (1826 – 1913) – No book has been written about the YOUNGER family of Gloucester, Massachusetts, which I have traced back only to William Younger who married Lucy Foster in Gloucester in 1750.

Abijah Hitchings (1809 – 1864)

Eliza Ann Treadwell (1812 – 1896) This is a well documented family in the Ipswich, Vital Records, dating back to Thomas Treadwell born about 1603 in London, England, died 1671 in Ipswich.  There is a book Thomas Treadwell of Ipswich, Massachusetts and some of his Descendants, by William A. Robbins in the catalog at available on microfilm #1486614, but it Is (strangely) not available at NEHGS or any other local library.

Thomas Russell Lewis (1825 – 1853)

Hannah Phillips (1821 – 1851) – father, James Phillips, is a brickwall

Peter Hoogerzeil (1803 – 1889)- see above

Eunice Stone (1807 – 1886)- there is no STONE family complied genealogy, but the immigrant John Stone (about 1595 – about 1667) was covered in The Great Migration, Volume VI, pages 552 – 553.

Joseph Edwin Healy (1823 – 1862) and his wife, Matilda Weston, are in Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume II, Part II Edward Doty, (a “Silver Book”) compiled by Peter B. Hill, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1996, page 185

Matilda Weston (1825 – 1909), see above, and also see page 121 of Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume 14, Family of Myles Standish, 2007, for Matilda, her siblings and parents (another “Silver Book”).

4x great grandparents:

William Wilkinson (? – 1840)

Mercy Nason (b. 1764 in Kittery) I haven’t used a Nason book for this line, it was well documented in vital records, town histories, articles. (But again, is there a Nason book?)

Robert Wilson (1776 – 1893), see above for the WILSON note

Mary Southwick (1777-1854) Genealogy of the descendants of Lawrence and Cassandra Southwick of Salem, Mass.: the original emigrants, and the ancestors of the families who have since borne his name, by James M. Caller and Mrs. M. A. Ober, reprint by Higginsons (originally 1881) This book is old and contains errors, but was a good guide to start.

Andrew Munroe (1764 – 1836), see above for the MUNROE book

Ruth Simonds (1763 – 1840) in the book Genealogical Sketch of William Simonds, by Edward Francis Johnson, 1889, but the family was also written up in the Woburn town histories.

John Flint (1761 – 1836) – see above for the FLINT book

Phebe Flint (1763 – 1846) – see above for the FLINT book

Asahel Bill (1748 – 1814) – see above for the BILL book

Mary Rand (1758 – 1845) in the book Genealogy of Rand: from Robert Rand of Charlestown 1634 to 1867, by Thomas Bellows Wyman, 1867 and in the Martha’s Vineyard history, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Genealogies.

Thomas Ratchford Lyons (1780 – 1859)

Ann Skinner (1786 – 1815) again, in the Yarmouth Genealogies, and The Skinner Kinsmen, the descendants of John Skinner of Hartford, Connecticut, by Natalie R. Fernald.

Joseph Allen (1776 – 1861)

Judith Burnham ((1782 – 1848)

James Andrews (1763 – 1857) see above for the ANDREWS book.

Lucy Presson (1763 – 1852) This family name changed from Presbury, to Preston to Presson since the 1600’s. There is no book on this family under any spelling.

Samuel Mears (1798 – 1879)

Lydia W. Burnham (1802 – 1864)

Henry Burnham (1783 – 1867)

Sally Poland (1780 – 1861) in the book The Polands of Essex County, Massachusetts, by Lloyd O. Poland, 1981.

Jonathan Batchelder (1800 – 1847)- see above for the BATCHELDER book

Nancy Thompson (about 1804 – after 1847)- she is a brickwall.  I have no idea who her parents may be.  She came from Gilmanton, New Hampshire. 

Richard Locke (1794 – 1864)- see above for the LOCKE book

Margaret Welch (abt. 1796 – 1860) Another brick wall! I don’t know her parents, but she may have been born in Kittery, Maine. 

Romanus Emerson (1782 – 1852)- see above for the EMERSON book 

Jemima Burnham (1783 – 1868)   - no BURNHAM book as far as I know, and look at the four Burnhams I have in this generation alone!  All these Burnhams are from Essex, Massachusetts.  All this complicated intermarriage of Burnhams may be why no one has tackled a Burnham genealogy. 

Levi Younger (1786 – 1858)

Catherine Plummer Jones (1799-1828) formerly a brick wall, now solved! Absolutely no book, but I’ve blogged many times about this one!  Her father was Owen Jones, a customs official from Wales serving in Boston at the time of the American Revolution. 

Abijah Hitchings (1775 – 1868)

Mary Cloutman (1775 – 1853) No CLOUTMAN book.  The first immigrant CLOUTMAN was Thomas Cloutman who married Elizabeth Story in 1672 Salem, Massachusetts.

Jabez Treadwell  (1788 – 1840) – see above

Betsey Jillings Homan (1792 – 1874)- There is no HOMAN family compiled genealogy as far as I know.  Betsey is a descendant of the immigrant Edward Homan (1605 – 1675) of Plymouth and Marblehead, Massachusetts.

Thomas Lewis (about 1770 – 1821) – another brickwall ancestor

Amelia Unknown (about 1790 – 1860) – wife of Thomas Lewis, above, and also a brickwall

James Phillips (1792 – 1820) – another brickwall. 

Sarah Cree (1792 – 1835) – There is no CREE compiled genealogy book.  This family dates back to the immigrant Nicholas Cree (born about 1700) who settled in Topsfield, Massachusetts.

Josiah Stone (1763 – 1848) -

Susanna Hix (1768 – 1859) – there is no HIX or HICKS book on this family.  Her parents and grandparents came from the Plymouth, Massachusetts area. 

Comfort Haley (1787 – 1874) – see above for the Haley/Healey lineage in the Mayflower Silver book series.

Rebecca Crosby (1789-?) Her parents are in the Yarmouth Genealogies, an earlier branch of the Cape Cod/ Cambridge Crosbys who are written up in earlier generations in Simon Crosby the emigrant : his English ancestry, and some of his American descendants, by Eleanor Davis Crosby, 1914

Zadoc Weston (1761 – 1849) – see above for the Weston lineage in the Mayflower Silver book series

Mary Clements – a brickwall.  Nothing is known of her origins or parents. She lived in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia with her husband Zadoc Weston. Her stepson, Abram Weston (b. 1815) married a Mary Hannah Clements in 1846.  Cousins? 


Martin Hollick’s original “Compiled Genealogy Bibliography” post from 20 January 2010

My original Compiled Genealogy Bibliography blog post from 8 February 2010


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "My Ancestors in Books: A Compiled Genealogy Bibliography", , posted November 2, 2015, ( accessed [access date]). 

1 comment:

  1. Heather,
    What a great idea. I have been able to find quite a few ancestors in books. Most on my maternal side or my husband's family. I have a list of them in my Legacy database as sources. I think I will try to put together a similar list. When I do, I'll post on my blog and reference your post.
    Thanks for the suggestion.