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1620 GEORGE SOULE   -   from England on the Mayflower   -   12th generation (S1202)

GEORGE SOULE was born about 1590 in Eckington, Worcestershire, England, the son of Robert and Elizabeth (Tylson) Soule.

George married Mary Becket about 1623 in Duxbury, Massachusetts. She arrived in America on the ship "Anne" before July 31, 1623. It appears (although not proven) that Mary was sent for by George. They were the parents of nine children. Mary was born about 1594 in England, the daughter of Sylvester and Elizabeth (Hill) Becket

When George came across on the "Mayflower" to America, he was listed as a "servant" to Edward Winslow. This would mean that his voyage to Plymouth was more for business reasons than religious. He was about 30 years old at the time.

Edward Winslow was a native of Droitwich, Worcestershire. He was born in 1595 and his father was evidently financially able to afford him means to travel in Europe as a young man of leisure. Before 1614 he had drifted to Leyden, where he married one of the "Pilgrim" maidens. A few years later, in 1618, he was engaged in the printing business in London.

George either became indentured to him in his travels from Worcestershire or later in his printing business in London. It is known that George was well educated and became the instructor to the Winslow children on the voyage to America. He also must have brought a number of books over as two of his sons' wills listed books in their inventory which must have been brought over the Atlantic in 1620.

Soon after his settlement at Plymouth, George was granted a small tract of land for a house-lot and was virtually invested with the privileges of a freeholder -- a class below the gentry by which he was taxed for the support of the simple government of the colony.

When the boat "Jacob" came across the Atlantic bringing a cargo of cattle, George Soule was assigned "one of the four black heifers called the smooth-horned heifer" and two "she & he goats."

His life in America must have been hard at first. He had been born and raised as a "city child". He was an educated man and must have spent a great deal of time in his youth in school although it not recorded that he received a college degree.

After his settlement in Massachusetts, his ability and scholarship were recognized by his fellow-citizens and he was called to fill some very important positions in the town and colony. At first his home and lot were near Eel River.

During the troubles with the Pequot Indians in 1637, he was a volunteer. For five straight years, when the plot of Miantonomah was discovered, George Soule was appointed on the committee "for offensive and defensive War", indicating his willingness to fight as well as pray for their settlement in the wilderness.

In January of 1637 he sued, and was sued in return, Nathaniel Thomas to obtain control of some cattle. He won the verdict.

He sold his land near Eel River in 1645 to Southworth and Hicks. With his old friend Miles Standish and some others, he crossed the bay and founded a new home in the town of Duxbury, locating himself at "Powder Point". There he remained the rest of his life. He was about 55 years old at the time.

Here he served as one of the earliest selectmen and civil magistrates and was frequently re-elected. He was also the representative to the General Court, or Legislature of Plymonth Colony in 1642, 1645, 1646, 1650, 1651, 1653, and 1654.

When Bridgewater was set off from Duxbury, he was one of the original proprietors of that town, but soon disposed of his property there and afterwards became one of the earliest purchasers in Dartmouth and Middleboro. The former estates descended to his sons, George and Nathaniel, and the latter properties he bequeathed to his daughters, Patience and Elizabeth.

George and Mary were the parents of nine children, five sons and four daughters, all born in America. Their last child, Benjamin Soule, was born about 1651 when George was about 61years old and Mary was about 57 years old, although there is debate on the dates of births on some of his children.

Mary died December 16, 1676 about 82 years old while George died three years later on January 22, 1678/79 about 89 years old.

1621 HENRY HOWLAND   -   from England on the Fortune   -   12th generation (S1203)

HENRY HOWLAND was born in Fen Stanton, Huntingdon County, England November 25, 1604, the son of Henry and Ann (Aires) Howland.

Henry married Mary Newland on June 16, 1624 in Duxbury, Massachusetts. They were the parents of eight children. Mary was born about 1609 in England, the daughter of William Newland and Agnes Greenway. This would mean that Henry was 20 years old while Mary was only about 15 years old. The marriage date could be in error because of (1) their ages; (2) the date of birth for their children as it was not until about 1634 that their first was born and (3) could not find when Mary came to America.

Henry came to America on the ship "Fortune" in 1621. His brother, John Howland, was already here, coming on the "Mayflower" as a servant to John Carver, who became the first governor of the new colony.

It was recorded that Henry sold a black cow in 1624. He was taxed in 1632. He was listed as a freeman in 1633. He was a substantial landholder.

Henry was brought before the courts in 1657 for entertaining Quakers in his house. In 1660 he was fined four pounds for the same problem.

It was said that Winston Churchill was a descendant of his wife, Mary Newland.

Henry died January 17, 1670/71 in Duxbury, Massachusetts about 67 years old. His wife, Mary, died June 17, 1674 in Massachusetts about 65 years old.

1629 RICHARD INGERSOLL   -   from England on the Mayflower   -   11th generation (S1110)

RICHARD INGERSOLL was born March 10, 1587 in Edworth, Bedfordshire, England, the son of George Ingersoll.

Richard married Ann Langley October 10, 1611 at Sandy, County of Bedford, England. Ann was born about 1576, the daughter of Thomas and Ann Langley.

Richard and Ann were the parents of eight children, three sons and five daughters. Probably all but one was born in England. Nathaniel was born in America but Bathsheba was born in 1629, the year they arrived in America.

The family came to America arriving at Plymouth, Massachusetts on May 15, 1629 on the ship "Mayflower". They brought with them letters of recommendation from William Craddock which were given to Governor Endicott. Subsequently, Richard was gtanted 80 acres of land on the east side of Wooleston River and a two-acre Salem Town lot. At the time Richard was 42 years old.

Richard died July 21, 1644 at Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts at the age of 57. His wife, Ann, then married John Knight, a merchant sailor of Newbury, Massachusetts. John died in 1670; Ann died at Salem July 30, 1677 about 101 years old.

1625 - 1630 MALACHI BROWNING   -   from England   -   13th generation (S1320)

MALACHI BROWNING was born about 1600 in Maldon, Essex, England, the son of William Browning and Elizabeth Vernon. His father died April 23, 1635 at St. Botolph Bish, London, Middlesex, England.

The dates for the Browning family were confusing, even though a number of researchers agreed with those dates. Most researchers indicated Malachi married Mary Collier May 22, 1628 at St. Helen, London, Middlesex, England. Mary was born about 1604 in London, Middlesex, England, the daughter of Thomas and Susanna Collier. Malachi and Mary (Collier) Browning were the parents of at least three children; one son and two daughters.

The problem is that most researchers indicated that one of their daughters, Marie, was born in America in 1625. Marie was born about 1625 in Edgartown, Massachusetts, but this is three years before her parents were married. Either the dates are in error or they had Marie in America and then went back to England to be married, returning to Massachusetts.

They must have come to America between 1625 and 1630.

Malachi, an owner of a large book shop in Boston, died November 27, 1653 in Boston, Massachusetts about 53 years old while his wife, Mary (Collier) Browning died September 7, 1672 in Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts about 68 years old.

1625 - 1630 THOMAS COLLIER   -   from England   -   14th generation (S1425)

THOMAS COLLIER was born about 1576 probably in London, Middlesex County, England. His wife, Susanna, was born about 1580 in London, England.

They were the parents of at least one daughter. This daughter, Mary Collier, married Malachi Browning (see above)

It appears that Thomas Collier and his wife came to a America with their daughter, Mary, and her husband, Malachi Browning about 1625 to 1630.

Thomas Collier died April 6, 1647 in Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts at the age of 71 while his wife, Susanna, died in 1667 about 87 years old.

1625 - 1630 DIRCK VOLKERTSEN   -   from the Netherlands   -   12th generation (S1233)

DIRCK VOLKERTSEN was born between 1595 and 1600, probably in Normandy, but came to America from Holland between 1625 and 1630 when he was about 30 years old.

He married shortly after arriving in America, some say as early as 1631 while others say closer to 1635. His wife's name was Christine Vigne. She was born between 1612 and 1615 in Holland. When she came to America is not presently known.

Dirck was a carpenter and farmer. Like most Dutch he is referred to by different names in official records: Dirck Holgerson Norman, Dirck Volkertsen, the Norman and Dirck De Norman.

Dirck's first farm was northeast of the then city wall of New York City. It is now Wall Street in New York City. In 1638 the Indians leased Brooklyn to the Dutch, and Dirck received a grant of 400 acres with a mile long frontage on the East River and nearly equal footage on the two tidal streams or kills that bounded his land, Norman Kill and Mespath Kill. Norman Kill would later become Bushwick Creek and was eventually filled in to create McCarren Park and industrial properties. He built a stone house in 1645 which remained occupied for over 200 years before it was torn down.

His name appears several times in court records for various offenses. In 1648 he was accused of stealing a rope which he claimed he bought in good faith and was not held accountable. In 1656 he was sued by Jan De Perie, who claimed Dirck attacked him and he wanted payment of surgeon's fees and loss of time. The quarrel began during a dice game and ended with both drawing their knives. Dirck, by this time a city carpenter, was ordered to pay a fine for wounding De Perie.

There was another case of a fight with his wife's step-father, Jan Damen, in 1638. It appears that Dirck and his wife, Christine, were in the house of Jan Damen who accused Dirck of not paying a debt he owed him. Dirck answered that he did not owe him anything. Jan then demanded that they leave the house and threw Christine out the door and struck her. He also drew his knife and thrust it at her, cutting her skirt.

Dirck, trying to defend his wife, threw a pewter can at Jan Damen but missed him. Jan then attacked Dirck with his knife, but Dirck protected himself with a post and struck him. Information did not indicate how the case was resolved.

Dirck and Christine were the parents of probably ten children. Dirck Volkertsen died about 1660 in New Amsterdam, New York about 60 years old; his wife, Christine Vigtne, died about 1665 about 50 years old.

about 1635 WILLIAM FRENCH   -   from England   -   11th generation (S1108)

WILLIAM FRENCH was born March 15, 1603 in Halstead, Essex, England, the son of Thomas Edward French and Anne Olmstead.

He married Elizabeth Symmes November 20, 1631 at Halstead, Essex, England. Elizabeth was born about 1604 in Cambridge, Middlesex, England, the daughter of William Symmes.

They came to America between 1631 and 1644, probably around 1635. They settled around Cambridge and Billerica in Middlesex County of Massachusetts. They were the parents of at least one daughter, born in 1644 at Cambridge, Massachusetts.

William died November 20, 1681 in Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts at the age of 78. His wife, Elizabeth, died March 31, 1668 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts about 64 years old.

before 1635 EDWARD SPAULDING   -   from England   -   10th generation (S1007)  -  See: SPAULDING HISTORY SUMMARY

EDWARD SPAULDING was born September 13, 1596 in England, the son of Wilfred and Anne Spaulding.

Edward married Margaret Elliot in 1623 at Redenhall, Norfolk, England. Margaret was born about 1600 in England. They were the parents of three children, two who were born in America.

They had come to America before 1635 and settled in Chelmsford,Middlesex, Massachusetts.

Margaret died before 1640 in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts as he married Rachel ____ in August 1640. She was born about 1622. They were the parents of nine children, seven sons and two daughters.

Edward died February 26, 1670 in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts at the age of 73. His second wife, Rachel, died there just 5 weeks later on April 5, 1670 about 48 years old.

before 1635 RICHARD BRACKETT   -   from England   -   11th generation (S1107)

RICHARD BRACKETT was born September 16, 1610 at St. Peters, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, the son of Peter and Rachel Brackett.

Richard married Alice Blower at St. Katherine's, by the Tower, London, England. She was born June 30, 1615 at St. Gregory, Sudbury, Suffolk, England, the daughter of Thomas Blower and Alice Frost. They were the parents of at least one son.

They must have come to America before 1635 as his wife, Alice (Blower) Brackett, was admitted to the Boston church on November 8, 1635. Richard's mother, Rachell (Brackett) Saunders, came over on the "Planter" earlier in 1635 but records did not include the Richard Brackett family.

Both Richard and Alice died in 1690 in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts with Richard dying March 5 and Alice 8 months later on November 3.

1634 WILLIAM HAYNES   -   from England on the Griffin   -   10th generation (S1009)

WILLIAM HAYNES was baptized June 6, 1624 at Renhold, Bedfordshire, England, the son of Walter and Mary (Watford) Haynes. The name "Haynes" also appeared in the records as "Haines" and "Hanes".

William and his brother, Richard, came to America on the ship "Griffin" from Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England. They arrived at Boston, Massachusetts on September 18, 1634. It appears that their parents died in 1633 and 1632. The two boys, ages ten and thirteen, were sent or taken to America.

William settled in Salem, Massachusetts sometime before July 7, 1644 as that is when he was appointed at a General Town Meeting to patrol the settlement each Sabbath Day. The patrol consisted of two men to make notes of Sabbath breakers and report their names to authorities. Prior to 1644 he, among others, purchased 540 acres north of Salem, Massachusetts. This land is presently Danvers, Massachusetts.

It appears that William and his brother were men of great wealth and influence, although William was not mentioned in his father's will while Richard was.

Sometime prior to July 1644, William married Sarah Ingersoll. She was baptized July 1, 1627 at Sutton Parish, Bedfordshire, England, the daughter of Richard and Ann (Langley) Ingersoll. They had arrived from England on May 15, 1629.

William and Sarah (Ingersoll) Haynes were the parents of three known children, two sons and one daughter.

William died the early part of 1651 only about 27 years old. Sarah then married Joseph Houlton on November 13, 1651 at Newbury, Massachusetts. Sarah died in 1719 in Houlton, Essex, Massachusetts about 92 years old.

1637 WILLIAM MOULTON   -   from England   -   10th generation (S1010)

WILLIAM MOULTON was born about 1616 at Ormsby, Norfolk, England, the son of Robert and Mary (Smith) Moulton.

Although still living with the Pages, William obtained 10 acres of land north of town of Hampton. He was made a freeman on October 3, 1654.

William married Margaret Page about 1651 at Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire. Margaret was born about 1630 at Acle, Norfolk, England, the daughter of Robert and Lucy (Ward) Page. At the time William was about 35 years old while Margaret was about 21 years old.

They were the parents of ten children: six sons and four daughters.

William died April 18, 1664 at Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire about 48 years old. Margaret then married Lt. John Sandborn on August 2, 1671. He was born in 1620 and died October 20, 1692 about 72 years old. They were the parents of one son, Jonathan Sanborn.

Margaret (Page) (Moulton) Sanborn died July 13, 1699 in Hampton, New Hampshire about 69 years old.

1637 ROBERT PAGE   -   from England   -   11th generation (S1112)

ROBERT PAGE was born about 1604 in Ormesby, St. Margaret, Norfolk, England, the son of Robert Page and Margaret Goodwin.

Robert married Lucy Ward October 8, 1629 at South Walsham, Norfolk, England. Lucy was born March 13, 1605 in Ormesby, St. Margaret, Norfolk, England, the daughter of Francis Warde and Susanna Browne.

They were the parents of nine children, four sons and five daughters. At least four of their children were born in England.

The Page family came to Newbury, Massachusetts from England on April 11, 1637. He was about 33 years old at the time. In 1639 they moved to Winnacunnett, now Hampton, New Hampshire.

Robert died September 22, 1679 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire about 75 years old. His wife, Lucy, died there 14 years earlier on November 12, 1665 at the age of 60.

1634 ROBERT PEASE   -   from England on the Francis   -   12th generation (S1215)

ROBERT PEASE was born June 16, 1604 in Great Baddow, Essex, England. He married twice, both in England. His first wife was Lydia ______. He then married Marie Browning She was born about 1605, the daughter of Malachi and Mary (Collier) Browning. They were the parents of at least one daughter.

Robert and his brother, John, came to America on the ship "Francis" from Ipswich. They arrived in Boston late in 1634. About five years later John returned to England to bring his family and mother in 1639.

They settled in Salem, Massachusetts where, in 1637, the brothers were granted land.

Robert died October 27, 1644 in Salem, Massachusetts at the age of 40. His wife, Marie, then married Richard Haines. She died in 1695 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire about 90 years old.

1634 SIMON WILLARD   -   from England   -   11th generation (S1123)

SIMON WILLARD was born April 7, 1605 at Horsmonden, Kent, England, the son of Richard and Margery (Humphrie) Willard.

Simon had first married Mary Sharp, then Elizabeth Dunster. He then married Elizabeth's sister, Mary Dunster, in 1652 at Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

Simon was the father of sixteen children; nine sons and seven daughters. Mary Dunster was the mother of most but it could not be determined if she was the mother of all.

Simon came to America from Kent, England in 1634. He resided first at Cambridge, Massachusetts, then Concord, Lancaster, Groton in 1672 and finally Salem, Massachusetts.

He was a military officer reaching the rank of Major. He commanded forces in Ninigret's and Phillips's wars. He represented Concord 14 years, starting in 1636, and was elected assistant 22 years from 1654 till his death in 1676.

Simon died April 24, 1676 in Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts at the age of 71. His wife, Mary, then married Joseph Notes. She died December 28, 1715 in Charlestown at the age of 85.

1634 - 1638 THOMAS WILDER   -   from England   -   11th generation (S1124)

THOMAS WILDER was born in 1618 in England, the son of Thomas and Martha Wilder. He married Anna Eames April 1, 1640 in Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Anna was the daughter of Anthony and Mercy (Sampson) Eames. Thomas and Anna were the parents of six children; four sons and two daughters.

Thomas came to America between 1634 and 1638 with his brother, Edward, and sister, Elizabeth, after their father died in 1634. He first settled in Charlestown.

Thomas and Anna were received into the church in Charlestown on March 30, 1640. They were married there two days later.

About 1651 they moved about 40 miles west of Charlestown to an area just east of the present town of Lancaster, Massachusetts. The community was called Nashawa or Nashawena. They had purchased a 500-acre farm from the Indians. He was selectman of Lancaster until his death.

Thomas died October 23, 1667 in Lancaster, Worcester County, Massachusetts about 49 years old. His wife, Anna, died there June 10, 1692.

1638 MARTHA (?) WILDER   -   from England on the Confidence   -   12th generation (S1223)

MARTHA was born in England. She married Thomas Wilder. They were the parents of five children; three sons and two daughters. One of their sons was Thomas Wilder (see above).

Martha was heiress of the Shiplake estate. Thomas was known as "Thomas of Shiplake"

Thomas Wilder died in 1634. Martha then sent three of their children (Thomas, Edward and Elizabeth) to America with friends. Martha then came to America in 1638 on the boat "Confidence" with her daughter, Mary. On the boat roster she was listed as spinster with daughter, Mary. No mention was made of her son, John Wilder. He either died early in life or stayed in England.

In America, Martha married John Wilder, the brother of her husband, Thomas Wilder. They settled in Hingham, Massachusetts with her four children.

Martha died April 20, 1652 at Hingham, Massachusetts.

1635 SIMEON STONE   -   from England   -   12th generation (S1226)

SIMEON STONE was born February 9, 1585/86 in Great Bromley, Essex, England, the son of David and Ursula Stone.

He married Joane Clark August 5, 1616 in England. She was born about 1596 in Great Bromley, Essex, England, the daughter of William and Margaret (Hadlock) Clark. They were the parents of at least six children; two sons and four daughters.

They emigrated to America in 1635 and settled in Watertown, Massachusetts. Simeon was about 49 years old at the time.

Simeon was listed as Deacon.

His wife must have died before 1654 as Simeon married Sarah Warner in 1654. He was about 68 years old at the time.

Simeon Stone died September 22, 1665 at Watertown, Massachusetts at the age of 79.

1638 JOHN WHIPPLE   -   from England   -   12th generation (S1227)

JOHN WHIPPLE was born August 29, 1596 in Milford, Pembroke County, Wales or Bocking, Essex, England, the son of Matthew and Johanna Whipple.

John married Sarah Hawkins about 1622 in Bocking, Braintree, Essex, England. She was born there in 1598, the daughter of John and Sarah (Wood) Hawkins. They were the parents of fifteen children; eight sons and seven daughters.

John may have first married Susanna Clark and his first child may have been hers. Sources varied.

John and his family came to America about 1638. He was about 42 years old at the time. They settled in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts.

After the death of his wife, Sarah on June 14, 1658 in Ipswich, Massachusetts, John married Jenett (?) about 1659.

John Whipple died June 30, 1669 in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts at the age of 72.

before 1636 JAN TEUNISEN   -   from the Netherlands   -   12th generation (S1232)

JAN TEUNISEN was born about 1592 in Westbroek, Utrecht, Netherlands.

Little is known of Jan - Who did he marry? Where did he marry? When did he come to America? But it is known that he had at least one son, Anthony Jansen Westbrook, born about 1636 in Albany, New York. This means he was in America before 1636.

His son was the only one to adopt the surname "Westbrook" or "Westbroek". He was required to distinguish himself from other Anthony Jansens when the British gained control of the colonies.

Jan Teunisen was the first sheriff of Brooklyn, New York. He was appointed sheriff in 1646 by Governor Kieft.

1635 DAVID PROVOST   -   from the Netherlands   -   12th generation (S1238)

DAVID PROVOST was born August 10, 1608 in Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands and baptized August 11, 1611 at Oudekerk, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands, the son of Johannes and Elizabeth Provost.

As a young man David arrived for the first time in America, in the service of the West India Company but later returned to the Netherlands.

David married Margareta Ten Waert in Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands in the early 1630's. She was born October 5, 1608 at Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands and baptized December 17, 1617, the daughter of Gillis Ten Waert and Barbara Schuts.

David and Margareta immigrated to New Amsterdam, New York about 1635. In 1638 he served as commissary of provisions for the West India Company. In the winter of 1639-40 he was appointed as an inspector of tobacco. In 1643 David was granted a lot in New Amsterdam.

He was commissioned to take possession of the Mouth of the Fresh River having under his command fifty or sixty soldiers, building a fort in what is now Connecticut. Controversy came in 1646, when the Dutch accused the English at the Colony of New Haven of encroaching on their territory. An argument ensued in which the English complained that the Dutch at Fort Good Hope had harbored a runaway slave and when the English sent a guard to retrieve her, David Provost had resisted the guard and drew his sword against them and broke it on their arms. Then he withdrew into the fort where he defended himself on what he considered his just jurisdiction.

After seven years at the fort, David and Margareta returned to New Amsterdam where he became a notary public, a service he performed until his death. He was the sheriff of Brooklyn, New York in 1656

David also served as an attorney. He was an excellent writer and penman, he excelled in cartography. He spoke Latin, French and Dutch equally.

David and Margareta were the parents of ten children.

David died May 12, 1657 in New York City, New York at the age of 48. His wife, Margareta, died in 1703 in New York City, New York about 95 years old.

before 1640 TEUNIS QUICK   -   from the Netherlands   -   11th generation (S1102)

TEUNIS QUICK was born about 1580 (?) in Naarden, Netherlands, the son of Thomas Quick.

Teunis married Belijtgen Jacobus on March 9, 1624/25 in Naarden, Netherlands. Belijjgen was born in Naarden about 1604, the daughter of Jacob Van Vlechtenstyn. They were the parents of eight children, five sons and three daughters who were all probably born in the Netherlands.

When the Teunis Quick family came to America is not clear but it had to be before 1640 as their daughter, Hillegond, was baptized there at that time

Teunis died April 19, 1666 in New York City about 66 years old while Belijtgen died there in 1675 about 71 years old.

1642 JURIAEN WESTPHALEN   -   from the Netherlands   -   11th generation (S1131)

JURIAEN WESTPHALEN was born in 1629 at Luyderdrop, Leyden, Netherlands.

He arrived in New Amsterdam, New York from Holland on August 4, 1642. He then went up the Hudson River 135 miles to Fort Orange, New York. This would later become Albany, New York.

He arrived as an indentured servant to Killiaen Van Reassalaer. He was placed in the home of Michael Jansen.

After his service was completed, Juriaen moved south about 1653 to Kingston, New York with his friend and fellow indentured servant, Evert Pels (see S1231 below). He was granted 70 acres of land in September 1654.

That same year, 1654, Juriaen married Marritje Hansen. She was born in 1631 in Kingston, Ulster County, New York, the daughter of Seymen Hansen.

On August 17, 1659, Juriaen and twelve others petitioned Peter Stuyvesant to establish a church at Kingston. The Dutch Reformed Church of New York was established.

The town of Kingston was first named Esopus and then Wiltwyck. After British rule the name was then changed to Kingston.

Juriaen Westphalen died in 1669 in Kingston, New York about 40 years old. His wife, Marritje Hansen, died there in 1680 about 49 years old.

1642 EVERT PELS   -   from the Netherlands   -   12th generation (S1231)

EVERT PELS was born about 1616 in Stettin, Pomerania, Netherlands and baptized June 5, 1624.

Historians are not consistent where he married as some indicated it was in Amsterdam, Netherlands while others said Kingston, Ulster County, New York. All agreed that it was to Jannetje Symons Schepmoes on December 15, 1641. Some omitted "Schepmoes" from her name. She was born about 1623, the daughter of Claertje.

A number of the sources indicated that shortly after marrying in Holland they left for America. This appears to be the most logical as he was a friend of Juriaen Westphalen (see S1131 above) and both were indentured servants to the same man, Killiaen Van Reassaiaer and it was known that Juriaen came to America in 1642, therefore they probably came together.

His indenture service was performed in Albany, New York. When completed they moved south about 1653 with Juriaen Westphalen to Kingston, Ulster County, New York. Evert was a brewer of beer.

A interesting story was told of this family.

On the evening of September 21, 1659 a party of Indian farm hands at Kingston were having a celebration on a bottle of brandy donated by Thomas Chambers after a day of corn husking. During the revelry, one of the excited Indians fired off a powder charge in a musket.

Ensign Smit, the garrison commander, sent out a patrol to investigate. After hearing about what was going on, Smit, under orders not to provoke hostilities with the Indians, decided not to interfere.

The settlers in the area were not in agreement and were getting tired of having to work their fields under the protection of armed guards, therefore, led by Jacob Stol and Evert Pels, a band of men with axes, muskets, and cutlasses attacked the hapless party of Indians on the Chambers' plantation, killing and wounding some.

On September 29, 1659, Kit Davis was dispatched down the river to inform Stuyvestant of the situation and obtain his instructions. A party of eighteen soldiers escorted Davis to his canoe for his travel down the river. While returning to the stockade, the group ran into an Indian ambush. Four soldiers escaped with the other fourteen taken prisoner without firing a shot.

Five of the captives were forced to run the gauntlet and then tortured to death by slow fire. One escaped and seven were held for ransom. The last captive was the son of Evert Pels (not named) who had struck the fancy of an Indian maid and adopted into the tribe. A year later he was still with the tribe refusing to be ransomed.

Evert Pels and Jannetje Symons Schepmoes were the parents of nine children; three sons and six daughters.

Evert died June 29, 1686 at Kingston, Ulster County, New York about 70 years old; his wife, Jannetje, died September 2, 1683 about 60 years old.

before 1668 CORNELIUS VIERVANT   -   from the Netherlands   -   10th generation (S1002)

CORNELIUS VIERVANT was born about 1640 in Lexmont, Vianen, Ulrecht, Netherlands.

Cornelius married Jeanne Le Sueur in Kingston, Ulster, New York on October 28, 1668. Jeanne was born about 1645 in Colmenil, Normandy, France, the daughter of Francois Le Sueur. They were the parents of at least one daughter.

It is not clear when Cornelius came to America but it had to be before 1668 as that is when he and Jeanne were married in Kingston, New York.

Cornelius died in 1688 in Kingston, Ulster, New York only about 48 years old.

1657 JEANNE LE SUEUR   -   from France   -   10th generation (S1002)

JEANNE LE SUEUR was born about 1645 in Colmenil, Normandy, France, the daughter of Francois Le Sueur.

Jeanne came to New Amsterdam, New York in 1657 with her brother, Francois Le Sueur. They moved to Harlem, New York and then about 1662 to Esopus, Ulster, New York. At the time she was about twelve years old.

She married Cornelius Viervant October 28, 1668 in Kingston, Ulster, New York. At the time Cornelius was about 28 years old and Jeanne was about 23 years old.

Cornelius died in 1688 in Kingston, Ulster, New York only about 48 years old.

1660 - 1690 WILLIAM ENNES   -   from Ireland   -   9th generation (S901)

WILLIAM ENNES was born in Ireland, the son of Alexander Ennes.

William married Cornelia Viervant in New York in 1693 or 1694. She was born about 1668 in Marbletown, Ulster, New York, the daughter of Cornelius and Jeanne Le Sueur. They were the parents of seven children, five sons and two daughters with their son, William Ennes, a direct ancestor.

The legend has it that the three Ennes brothers left the Erne River Valley near Enniskillen, Ireland and went to Holland. From there they sailed to America with the early Dutch and settled with them along the Hudson River. William came to America between 1660 & 1690.

The William Ennes were members of the Dutch Reformed Church of Ulster County, New York where most of their records came from. He had bought a tract of 200 acres in Marbletown in Ulster County on September 23, 1703.

William Ennes died in New York in 1712.

before 1650 JAN DEKKER   -   from Denmark   -   11th generation (S1114)

JAN BROERSEN DEKKER was born about 1630 in Denmark.

He came to America before 1650 as he married Heyltje Jacobse in 1650 in Kingston, Ulster County, New York. She was born about 1635 in Sweden.

Both died in 1678 in Shawangunk, Ulster County, New York. Jan was about 48 years old and Heyltje about 43 years old.

1660 CYPRIAN STEVENS   -   from England   -   10th generation (S1022)

CYPRIAN was born about 1650 in Devonshire, England (although some thought London, England), the son of Colonel Thomas Stevens.

Thomas Stevens was armorer of Buttulph Lane of London who was contracted by Massachusetts Bay Company in March of 1629 for a supply of arms. He himself was a member of the Massachusetts Bay Company and gave 50 pounds to the common stock and sent three sons, Thomas, Cyprian, and Richard and one daughter, Mary, to New England.

Cyprian and his brother, Thomas, came in 1660 with Captain Green. Cyprian first settled at Rumney Marsh and then Lancaster, Massachusetts where he married Mary Willard. Mary was born September 27, 1653 at Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, the daughter of Simon and Mary (Dunster) Willard. Cyprian and Mary were the parents of eight children, five sons and three daughters.

The first three children were probably born in Lancaster. During the Indian wars they had to leave the area and live closer to Boston. They were living in Sudbury, Massachusetts, where his brother lived, when he was given permission to receive an Indian child of six years into the family. The child was probably from a friendly tribe, whose father was serving in the ranks of the colonists.

The family returned to Lancaster after the declaration of peace between France and England. Cyprian was a blacksmith by trade. He was a tavern keeper in 1686. He was appointed to take account of all the births and deaths in Lancaster. He was constable in 1690 and clerk of writs 1682 to 1686.

Mary (Willard) Stevens died about 1685 in Lancaster, Massachusetts about 32 years old. Cyprian Stevens died about 1721 in Lancaster, Massachusetts about 71 years old

1665 WILLIAM GODDARD   -   from England   -   11th generation (S1121)

WILLIAM GODDARD was born February 28, 1627/28 in Inglesham, Wiltshire, England, the son of Edward and Priscilla (D'Oyley) Goddard.

He married Elizabeth Miles in 1652 in London, England. Elizabeth was born in 1627 probably in Ware, Herts, England. William and Elizabeth were the parents of eleven children, nine sons and two daughters.

William was a wholesale grocer in London. William met with financial loses at sea and lived too expensively.

His mother-in-law had a brother living in New England to whom she had lent him a great deal of money, taking mortgage on his house and land for security. He died without paying her, therefore she gave the claim to William.

He came to America about 1665 to secure it. Finding no property but the mortgaged estate and in poor financial condition he decided to remain in America and sent for his family.

Therefore William, at the age of 37, and Elizabeth were starting their lives over again.

At the time there was a law in England that no emigrants could carry more than 5 pounds in coin from the country. William stored his merchandise and furniture in London. The family settled in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1665. The following year was the great fire of 1666 in London which destroyed all the property they stored.

While in London they were the parents of six children but three died young. They also had three children that survived that were born in America. It was strange that the three sons that were born in England that survived had a light complexion and red hair while the three that survived that were born in America had a dark complexion and dark hair.

William was a freeman as of December 1677.

Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, is a descendant of this family.

William Goddard died October 26, 1691 in Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts at the age of 63. His wife, Elizabeth (Miles) Goddard died there February 1, 1697/98 about 71 years old.

1685 - 1690 JACQUES CAUDEBEC   -   from France   -   10th generation (S1027)

JACQUES CAUDEBEC was born about 1670 in Caudebec, Normandy, France, the son of James Caudebec. They were a fairly well-to-do family, probably merchants. Caudebec is a small city on the Seine River.

Jacques was a French Protestant Huguenot but protected by a law known as Edict of Nantes. The King of France revoked the Edict of Nantes in 1685 forcing the Huguenots to leave the country or be put to death.

Therefore Jacques and a friend, Pierre Guimar, left France with no possessions for England. There they were to wait for two of his sisters who were to bring funds left behind. The sisters never arrived.

They eventually sailed for America arriving in Maryland, with no money. They then traveled to New York where Jacques secured employment with merchant Benjamin Provoost who also resided in and had a business in Kingston, Ulster County, New York.

About 1690 he organized a company for the purchase and settlement of new lands. The group included Pierre Guimar, Thomas Swartout, Anthony Swartout, Bernardus Swartout, Jan Tsye and David Jamison. David Jamison would later become Attorney-General of the Province of New York in 1720.

The seven adventurers finally settled in what is now the town of Deerpark in Orange County, New York called the Minisink Valley. He erected a substantial residence there. He also built a flouring mill, the first in the country.

Coming back to New York City, Jacques Caudebec married Benjamin Provoost's daughter, Margaret Provoost, October 21, 1695 in New York City, New York. Margaret was born in 1673 in Kingston, Ulster County, New York.

To prevent encroachment on their property, the seven secured a patent, dated October 14, 1697 for 1200 acres. The patent listed his name as Codebeck.

Again spelling of names continues to be a problem as "Caudebec" became "Cuddlebeck" or "Cuddleback". In fact where they lived would become Cuddlebackville, New York.

Jacques was tall and muscular, blue eyes, fair skinned and black curly hair. He became a very prosperous man.

Jacques and Margaret were the parents of eight children.

Jacques died about 1767 at Deerpark, Orange County, New York about 97 years old.

about 1652 JACOB VAN ETTEN   -   from the Netherlands   -   11th generation (S1127)

JACOB JANSEN VAN ETTEN was born about 1632 and baptized October 22, 1634 in Etten, North Brabant, Netherlands, the son of Jans Marinessen and Wilhelmina Hoannes.

On May 15, 1652, probably about 20 years old, Jacob was hired by Adriaen Van der Donck to work in America at 90 guilders per year for six year plus pay for the trip to America. So he emigrated to America.

Also hired in 1652 was Aert Pietersen Tack, also from Etten, Netherlands. He was to serve Adriaen Van der Donck for six years, at 100 guilders per year, as a servant in New Amsterdam, New York.

Aert Tack married Annetje Arians. sometime in the late 1650's or early 1660's. Annetje was born August 29, 1645 at Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands, the daughter of Aerjan Janss and Grietje Jansen. When she came to America is not known at this time but she also may have been hired by Adrian Van der Donck. They were living in Fort Orange (now Albany), New York in 1659 and by 1661 they were settled in Wiltwyck (now Kingston), Ulster County, New York on a 42 acre farm he now owned.

Aert Tack had now hired Jacob Van Etten to work for him

By December 1662 Aert was deeply in debt with several creditors in Court demanding judgement against him. To solve the problem Aert had mortgaged his crops and then deserted his wife, Annetje, their son and their unborn child and went back to the Netherlands before June of 1663. He was able to slip away during this period because of Indian attacks.

His wife, Annetje, petitioned the Courts at Kingston on May 13, 1664 to have an inventory made of Aert Tack's property in order to pay off his debts at a public auction stating that he had "absented himself". She also had petitioned the Court at New Amsterdam for divorce. She also reported that she "lacks bread, pork, meat, etc. in her household". She proclaimed that Aert Tack had now remarried in the Netherlands.

The Court ordered Aert Tack to be summoned to answer the complaint on July 31, 1664. Since he did not, the Court ordered that he be apprehended, beaten with a rod and banished from the colony.

Numerous times you can find the name of Aert Tacks and Annetje Arians in records in the Wildwyck (Kingston) courts.

Jacob Van Etten then married Annetje Arians in January 1665 in Kingston, Ulster County, New York. Jacob now was about 33 years old with Annetje still only 19 years old although the mother of two children and going thru some very rough times the last few years. Still both Jacob and Annetje's names appear in court records with creditors still trying to regain their lost money.

Jacob and Annetje were the parents of ten children, five sons and five daughters.

Jacob died in 1690 in Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, New York about 58 years old.

1660 ALDERT ROOSA   -   from the Netherlands   -   12th generation (S1230)

ALDERT HEYMANSEN ROOSA was born about 1620 at Herwynen, Gelderland, Netherlands, the son of Heyman Roosa

Aldert married Wyntie De Jonge in 1642 in Gelderland, Netherlands. She was born about 1623 at Herwynen, Gerderland, the daughter of Andrian and Maria De Jongh

Surnames were not utilized by the Dutch at the time and therefore Wyntie was not known as Wyntie Roosa but as Wyntie Alderts, meaning "Wyntie the wife of Aldert".

They were the parents of nine children, all but one born in the Netherlands.

Aldert, his wife and eight children came to America on April 15, 1660. Aldert was about 40 years old, Wyntie was about 37. and the children ranging in ages from 17 to 2.

By September 12, 1660 they had settled at Hurley, Ulster County, New York. There he was a member of the Judges Council in 1661; overseer in 1669; sergeant of the militia company in 1670 and a captain in 1673. When he died his wife received a grant of 320 acres in recognition of his public service.

When the town of Hurley was first built, Aldert was commissioned to go to New Amsterdam to obtain 200 pounds of lead for the protection of the settlements. On March 30, 1663, he was commissioned to layout and fortify with palisades for protection. On April 7, 1663 he reported to the governor that the Indians would not allow the building of the fortifications because the land was not included in the treaty of 1660 and the purchased had not been paid for.

Aldert requested immediate attention to get the Indians taken care of. Evidently it wasn't enough or too late, as the Indians attacked the town June 7, 1663. The indians took 45 women and children prisoner including two of Aldert Roosa's children.

In September 1665, after New Netherlands had become a Province of Great Britain, the English Governor came to the area and placed Captain Daniel Brodhead in command. Brodhead and his soldiers were very tyrannical, creating open hostility with the inhabitants. Even Aldert Roosa was beaten by the soldiers.

They petitioned the Governor to review the problem, giving him examples of their abuse. The commission that was appointed to review the situation blamed the inhabitants. Therefore Aldert Roosa, one of his sons and two others were sentenced to be banished. All their sentences were later modified and they were allowed to return

The Governor of the area was changed and therefore Aldert was pardoned and even named overseer in 1669. He was an Elder of the Dutch Church in Wiltwyck (Kingston) for many years.

Aldert Roosa died February 27, 1679 at Hurley, Ulster County, New York about 59 years old.

1751 ABRAHAM KONIG   -   from Germany on the Janet   -   9th generation (S909)

ABRAHAM KONIG was born in Germany. His wife, unnamed, must have died before 1751.

Abraham came to America from Germany with two of his sons, Jacob and Matheus. Jacob was also a direct ancestor. They came on the ship "Janet". It arrived in Philadelphia from Rotterdam on October 7, 1751. On the ship were 220 passengers.

They settled in Northampton, Pennsylvania.

The translation of "Konig" and "Koenig" became "King" in America.

1732 HANS RUDOLPH ILLICK   -   from Germany on the Dragon   -   9th generation (S910)

HANS RUDOLPH ILLICK was born July 28, 1700 in Adelschofen, Baden, Germany, the son of Andress Jelig and Anna Elisabetha.

He married Maria M. Knedt about 1732 in Northampton, Pennsylvania. Maria was born about 1710 in Germany.

Rudolph and Maria were the parents of one daughter: Anna Katherine Illick

Did they know each other in Germany? Did they come to America together?

Rudolph came to Philadelphia in 1732 on the ship "Dragon". The ship's log only listed male members.

Rudolph Illick died before August 28, 1749 about 49 years old. His wife, Maqria (Knedt) Illick, died after 1783 in Northampton, Pennsylvania over 73 years old.

before 1810 DANIEL RODEE   -   from Canada   -   5th generation (S605)  -  See: RODEE HISTORY SUMMARY

Little is known about DANIEL RODEE -- where was he born? who his parents were? who and when did he marry?

It is known that he was living in Canada about 1800 when his son, Jacob, was born. This was based on census records for Jacob Rodee.

The first record for Daniel Rodee in America comes in 1810 when it was reported in the History of Clinton County that he built the first grist mill in the area. It was located a short distance above the village of Plattsburgh, New York.

Also, according to land records for the county, Daniel Rodee sold 50 acres out of a 162 acre track for $800 to Peter McIntire on November 8, 1810.

According to the 1820 census for Plattsburgh, Daniel Rodee, who was over 45 years old at the time, was living with with four sons between the age of 16 and 26 and one daughter less than 10 years old.

1842 ROBERT SHEDDEN   -   from Scotland   -   5th generation (S501)  -  See: SHEDDEN HISTORY SUMMARY

ROBERT SHEDDEN was born on June 4, 1790 in Fenwick, County Ayr, Scotland, the son of William and Mary (Brown) Shedden.

Robert married Margaret Young on January 6, 1821 in Fenwick. Margaret was born on November 26, 1800 at Loch Winnoch, County Renfrew, Scotland, the daughter of William and Agnes (Boyd) Shedden.

Robert and Margaret (Young) Shedden lived on his father's High Gardrum farm in the Parish of Fenwick, where they farmed and raised their then nine children. They were the parents of a total of ten children with one daughter dying when she was eight years old and one daughter who was born after they arrived in America.

They lived on their farm at High Gardrum until April of 1842 when they left Scotland and sailed for the united States. At the time Robert Shedden was 51 years old and Margaret was 41. They had eight children living at the time, ranging in age from 21 years old to 11 months old.

Why they came to the Unites States can only be speculation, but three ideas have been presented:

  1. One of their neighbors came over a few years sooner and may have convinced the Robert Sheddens of the opportunities in the United States.
  2. Their oldest son, William Shedden, had come over three years earlier and may have been the deciding factor.
  3. The Sheddens were known to be interested in mining and they might have wanted to pursue this line of endeavor. They never did take up that profession.

The Earl of Glasgow offered the Sheddens a grant of land in Canada, but desiring a change of government they decided to come to America. An article written in the Scottish newspaper "The Kilmarnock Standard" of January 10, 1912, tells of their departure:

"The Rev. Mr. Orr (the Sheddens Presbyterian minister in Scotland) called at High Gardrum the night before they departed, and held a prayer meeting, and with wise counsel encouraged them on their adventurous journey, and bade them farewell. He kept up a correspondence with Robert Shedden for some years after they later settled in Illinois. At the time they (the Sheddens) left Scotland, the railway from Kilmarnock to Glasgow had not been built, and their luggage was carted to Greenock, where they embarked."

The Sheddens carted their luggage to Greenock, Scotland, their point of embarkment. Greenock is on the Clyde River in the northern part of the County of Renfrew. They set sail for America on the ship, "Roger Stewart". After six weeks on the ocean, they landed at New York City on June 11, 1842.

On Monday, June 13, they sailed for Elgin, Illinois, via the Hudson River, through Troy and Oswego, New York. At Oswego the Sheddens had to transfer their possessions to a lake boat to cross Lake Ontario, through the Welland Canal and then across Lake Erie, through the Detroit River to Lake St. Clair. The St. Clair River then took them into Lake Huron, Lake Michigan to Chicago.

From Chicago they went west by wagon and foot to Elgin, Illinois, arriving there on Saturday, July 9, 1842. The trip to Elgin was about 40 miles. From there they went west the additional six miles to Udina, Kane County, Illinois.

They had traveled by John Ranstead's wagon. They reached Udina on July 11, 1842 after a trip from Scotland that took ten weeks to accomplish. The town of Elgin had only been formed six years earlier.

The Sheddens settled in what is now the town of Plato, Illinois, where Robert Shedden purchased a 300 acre farm in section 13 and 14 of Plato Township. The farm of John Ranstead was three-quarters of a mile due north of the Shedden's farm, and maybe was one of the reasons why they settled in the area

They must have settled their land prior to the completion of the United States public land survey, as their irregular areas were not bounded by north and south lines.

The Federal Land records indicated that Robert Shedden made the following purchases:

    • February 4, 1843 - 160 acres @ $1.25/acre - $200
    • May 4, 1843 - 40 acres @ $1.25/acre - $50
    • February 6, 1844 - 40 acres @ 1.25/acre - $50
    • December 27, 1852 - 40 acres - Warranty Deed

Since some of this land is not even connected, they probably purchased additional land from private individuals.

It is interesting to note that in the book "Matthew Fowlds Centenarian Weaver and Other Fenwick Worthies" published by the Kilmarnock Printing Works, there was a section of the book on the Rev. William Orr and the Sheddens. In it appeared a letter from one of the sons of Robert Shedden, John Boyd Shedden, to the son of William Orr, Thomas Orr. The letter is as follows:

Elgin, Illinois, U.S.A.
October 10, 1908

Mr. Thomas Orr

Dear Sir,

No doubt I will be quite a stranger to you. Perhaps you will not remember me, my name is J.B. Shedden. I was born and lived in High Gardrum, Fenwick, Scotland. I left Scotland, April, 1842, and came to Elgin, Illinois, U.S.A. I was then 14 years of age; the first prayer meeting I ever attended was in your father's church. When I was four or five years of age my grandmother took me with her. I can remember yet hearing your father pray, also John Dunlop of Drumboy; it all impressed me with a good deal of reverence. I love the prayer meeting still, and attend them every Wednesday. Last week I had a short visit from Mr. James Dunlop of Hallhouse, Fenwick.

When I was a young man I had several kind letters from your father. We also received his likeness and a card with his funeral service, which I still retain. I received a great deal of good at the children's meeting on Saturdays. Many times have I received your father's blessing with his hand on my head, even when he met me on the road. He was faithful in holding up the Cross. It will be one of the joys of heaven to meet him there, perhaps next to a precious and very dear wife. Who would love Jesus would not love such a man. I have spoken of him more than once at our prayer meetings. We have a steady fight here with the enemy of souls.

But the Master is both wiser and stronger than he, and surely he will never fail us.

Please excuse this freedom, but I am glad to revive these old memories. Mr. Dunlop is a very intelligent and well informed man. I am nearly 82 years of age, but not very frail. My hand shakes so that I can hardly write, so I use a typewriter, please excuse.

I walk two miles to the Presbyterian Church here in Elgin; when it storms or I be in a hurry I take the car. My family were all full members here before they were 14 years old.

I would like to hear from any of your father's family.

Very respectfully yours,

J. B. Shedden.

John Boyd Shedden died three years after writing this letter on October 16, 1911 over 84 years old.

Robert Shedden died June 14, 1870 at Udina, Illinois at the age of 80. His wife, Margaret, died 21 years later on December 27, 1891 also at Udina, Illinois at the age of 91.