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Monday, May 21, 2018

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2018 WEEK 20: WILLIAM PARKER OF SCITUATE, MA.

My 9x great grandfather William Parker was a bit of rebel. He's the first of my Plymouth Colony ancestors who was fined for entertaining Quakers in his house, and for not attending church services. Here's what Samuel Dean wrote about him in his History of Scituate:
                                                      
                                                           WILLIAM PARKER
was a freeman 1640. He had sixty acres of land north of Edward Foster's North river lot. His house stood in Parker lane, west of the small brook. In 1639, he married Mary, the daughter of Thomas Rawlins: and again 1651, Mary, the daughter of Humphry Turner. His children, Mary born 1639, William 1643, Patience 1648, Miles 1655, Joseph 1658, Nathaniel 1661. This family has spread wide in the country. Some descendants are in Boston. Joseph remained in Scituate : his children, Alice, Mary, Joseph, Judith, Miles, from 1684 to 1702. His son Joseph was the last who lived on the paternal spot, save his only daughter Ruth, born 1711, who lived to a great age, and is remembered as the last of the family. William, jr. had sons, (his wife Mary Clark 1693), Alexander, Joshua and Elisha, but they all removed. Nathaniel died in Phipps's Canada expedition, 1690. His brother Miles was then living in Scituate. William Parker died 1684. His will gives "To Joseph 10 acres near the land formerly John Bonpasse's, and 3 acres near where the Sweede's old house stood. To daughter Patience Randall—to grandchild Stephen Totman—wife Mary the homestead during her life, then to be divided between Miles, Nathaniel, William, Lydia, Mary, Judith.
" -P320

History of Scituate, Massachusetts: From Its First Settlement to 1831  James Loring, Boston, Ma. 1831

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2018 WEEK 19: THOMAS RAWLINS OF SCITUATE, MA.

Thomas Totman's wife Mary Parker was my 8x great grandmother. While looking into her parents, William Parker and Mary Rawlins, I was able to push back her line one more generation to her grandfather, Thomas Rawlins of Scituate, Ma., my 10x great grandfather.

I found information about Thomas in a book by John Rollins:

Thomas RawliwS, Of Soituate.

(i.) Thomas Rawlins came from England in 1630 in the same company with Governor Winthrop, the first company of that year; settled in Roxbury; was admitted freeman May 18, 1631*; removed to Scituate, according to Roxbury records, about 1639!. He must have been in Scituate before 1639, because the Colony records say that Thomas Rawlins and others, of Scituate, were presented by the jury Dec, 1638, for receiving foreigners and strangers into their houses and lands without license of the Governor and Assistants, or acquainting the town of Scituate therewith. They were all discharged by the Court, 1639. Mr. Rollins purchased Anthony Annable's North River lot, in 1642. His house, situated where Dea. Thomas and Dea. George King afterward resided, was built in 1637. In 1646 he was one of the Connihasset partners^.
 

During his residence in Scituate he was a man of note and usefulness, having been appointed by the General Court a member of the Grand Jury of the Colony in 1641, 1642, and 1646; he was also a surveyor of Scituate, 1642, 1644, and one of the Town Committee in 1643; he was also one of the Deputies from Scituate at the special session of the General Court held at Plymouth, Sept. 27, 1642, for the purpose of providing forces against the Indians, for an offensive and defensive war, at which session "Miles Standish was appointed Captain of the forces to be raised; Mr. Thomas Prence to be his counsel, and to advise in the wars; William Palmer, leftenant, and Peregrine White, auncient bearer."*
 

Oct. 10, 1643, he was again a delegate to the General Court, convened on the occasion of the insurrection of the Indians against the Dutch and English.
 

His first wife, Mary, died just prior to his removal, having, according to Roxbury Church Records, "lived a godly life." His second wife, Emma, died Dec. 27, 1655, and he married May 2, 1656, Sarah, widow of David Mattocks, of Roxbury.f
 

Mr. Rawlins died in Boston, Mar. 15, 1660. His will, dated Mar. 12, 1660, conveyed property to his wife Sarah; and to his son Thomas, a house in Boston, provided he live there with his mother as heretofore; to his son Nathaniel, a farm in Scituate, etc. It is added in the record of probate that "Thomas Rawlins, ye sonne, declared that knowing his father to have left his mother-in-law, Sarah, too little, he was free and willing, and did give her nine pounds more," etc. -pp271-272

Records of families of the name Rawlins or Rollins, in the United States    . Geo. S. Merrill & Crocker, Printers, Lawrence, Mass. 1874

Saturday, May 12, 2018

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MOTHERS DAY PT2

In honor of Mother's Day, here are pictures of our Dad's female ancestors.

First, on his mother's side:

Amos H Barker & Betsey J (Moore) Barker


Our 2x great grandmother Betsey Jane Moore was born on 16 Aug 1842 at Waterford,
Oxford, Me. She married Amos Hastings Barker in 1856 and they raised a family of
12 children, 11 of whom survived to adulthood. Betsey died 12Mar 1924 at age 82.

My great grandmother Charlotte Lovenia Barker is the lady on the right.

 Our great grandmother Charlotte Lovenia Barker was youngest of  Amos & Betsey's
12 children. She was born on 3 Aug 1879 in Albany, Oxford, Maine and was known as
":Lottie". She married her first cousin Frank W. Barker on 16Oct 1898 and they had
4 children before Frank died in 1905 from pneumonia caused by "La Grippe" (the flu).
She was married three more times before her death on 3Jan 1944 at Bangor, Maine.   

Cora Berthella (Barker) West & her great granddaughter Mindy Sue West

Our grandmother Cora Berthella (Barker) West was born 27Oct 1899 and was the eldest
child of Frank and Charlotte. She preferred the name Bertha, although it was given as
Cora on her marriage certificate. Bertha married Floyd E.West Sr on 24Mar 1919 and
had 5 children, one of whom was our Dad.

 On his Dad's side of the family:

Arvilla (Ames)West

Our 3x great grandmother Arvilla Ames was born in Livermore, Androscoggin, Maine
on 25Jan 1810, one of 10 children. She married John Cutter West on 23Sep 1827
at Sumner, Maine, and five years later they moved to Letter B Plantation (later renamed
Upton), Oxford, Maine. She had 10 children, 3 of whom died in a diphtheria outbreak
in 1862. She died at age 97 at Hermon, Maine.

Louisa A.(Richardson) West
Louisa Richardson, our 2x great grandmother was born in Wilton, Maine on
23Jun 1837 at Wilton, Maine.  She was the second wife of Jonathan Phelps West,
whose first wife had died in the 1862 diphtheria outbreak. Louisa and Jonathan
married on 31Jan 1865 and had 4 sons. She died 4Oct 1925 at age 88.

Florilla (Dunham) Ellingwood & Asa F Ellingwood


Our other paternal 2x great grandmother was Florilla Dunham who was born 29Aug
1832 at North Paris, Oxford, Maine. She married Asa F. Ellingwood on 10Aug 1850
at Woodstock, Oxford, Maine and 11 children.(She was one of 11 children herself.)
She died in Paris, Oxford, Maine on 21Feb 1917.

Clara (Ellingwood) West

Finally, our great grandmother  Clara Ellingwood was the 8th child and youngest
daughter of Florilla and Asa Ellingwood. She was born 6Mar 1865 in Dummer, Coos,
NH. Her first marriage with Charles Tidswell ended in divorce and she married our
great grandfather Philip J West on 25May 1894 at Shelburne, Coos, NH. She had
three children by her first marriage and two by her second, including our grandfather
Floyd E West, Sr. Sadly, Clara died young after an illness in Augusta, Maine on 10Apr
1901. She was only 36 years old.

And those are the pictures we have of the mothers in our family.

Happy Mother's Day! 

MOTHERS DAY

Once again for Mothers Day I'm posting photos of our family's mothers.

For our Mom's side we don't have very many since her grandparents immigrated
here from Ireland and Germany in the 19th century.

 
John McFarland & Annie (Kelley) McFarland
First there's Anna Kelley, born 1Oct 1858 in Kiltrustan, Roscommon, Ireland. She married
my great grandfather in Edinburgh Scotland on 16May1879 and shortly after they came
to America and settled in Boston. She had 17 children, 10 of whom survived to adulthood.
Anna died 15Feb 1945 at Boston, Ma. at age 86.



Pauline (Offinger) White
Our other maternal great grandmother was Pauline Offinger, born 17Dec 1873
in Cambridge, Massachusetts to German immigrant parents. She married Edward J.
White on 27Nov 1895 in Boston, Ma. and had 9 children.          



Agnes (McFarland) White
Our grandmother Agnes (McFarland) White was born 7Oct 1898 in Boston, Ma, the
14th of John & Annie's 17 children. She was known as "Aggie" in the family.
She married Edward F.White, Sr. and had two children, our Uncle Ed and our Mom
Anne Marie. She died 12Feb 1957 in Malden Ma.


Anne M. (White) West


Finally, our Mom, Anne M. (White) West. She was born 7Jul 1927 at Boston, Ma and
married our Dad on 29Jun 1947, also at Boston. To her McFarland cousins she was
known as "Red White". She died on 28Jul 1999 at Weymouth, Ma and she is missed by
my brother, my sister, myself and the rest of the family.

Monday, May 07, 2018

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2018 WEEK 18:STEPHEN TOTMAN OF PLYMOUTH, MA.

Looking into my 7x  great grandfather Stephen Totman for this post handed me another family mystery to ponder. The original information I had found online was that Stephen had one wife named Dorothy, possibly Dorothy Stoddard. But this brief entry by  William Richard Cutter presents a different story:

II) Stephen, son of Thomas Totman, resided first in Scituate, where he married _____ ____ (first) . He removed to Plymouth, and married Dorothy  _____. He settled finally in Dorchester. Children: Stephen, born October 11, 1691, died young; Samuel, born July 20, 1693; Stephen, May 27, 1695, died young: Mary, born November 6, 1696; Christian,January 17. 1699. Of second wife, born in Dorchester: Elkanah, 1703 ; Thomas, mentioned below; Lydia, 1708; Stephen, 1711.- p641

Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of the State of Massachusetts, Volume 2,  Lewis historical publishing Company,   New York, N.Y.  1910

Now my information was that Stephen's son Samuel (my 6x great grandfather) was born in 1691. But if Cutter is correct and  the first Samuel died young, then I am descended from the second Samuel who was born in 1711.

So many questions, so little time.

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Monday, April 30, 2018

52 ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS 2018 WEEK 17:THOMAS TOTMAN OF SCITUATE, MA.

My immigrant ancestor and 8x great grandfather Thomas Totman is one of those ancestors who seems to have lived an unremarkable life. It is believed his wife was Mary Parker, daughter of William Parker and Dorothy Rawlings of Plymouth. Sadly, it is the manner of  Thomas and Mary's deaths that is the most common information about them.

From Samuel Deane's History of Scituate, Massachusetts:

THOMAS TOTMAN *
came from Plymouth 1660. He resided south side Church hill. His son was Stephen, whose children were Samuel born 1693, Stephen 1695, Mary 1696, Christian 1699. Of these, Stephen had a son Ebenezer born 1720, who left two sons, Thomas, who removed, and Stephen born 1756, a Revolutionary soldier; and who deceased 1830, leaving descendants in Scituate, Weymouth and Boston. Ebenezer married Grace, daughter of Hawkins Turner: she is said to be living now at Brookfield. She was born 1732.


* Mary, wife of Thomas Totman, died suddenly 1666. Verdict of a Jury of 12 men, "That she did gather, dress and eat a root (which she judged the same she had eaten of before) of a poisonous nature, which we believe the sole cause of her death." Thomas Totman died suddenly 1678, Jury's verdict: "his own wilful abstractinge of himself from food.”
-p356

History of Scituate, Massachusetts: From Its First Settlement to 1831 James Loring Pub. Boton, Ma
1831