After my last blog post, where I mentioned that my grandma Valda’s line has a lot of early American settlers, I really wanted to dig into this and figure out how many there are! I hope you will enjoy this trip to early America, pre-Revolution days in the 1600s!
First, I’ll mention the few big names that I have already posted about. Of course there’s John Libby, who I just made a blog post about. There’s also Samuel Chapin, who I actually wrote two blogs about here and here.
So let’s dive in! My ancestors came from either England or Scotland/Ireland. So I’ll break it down that way.
John Frary is my 10th great grandfather. He was born in about 1600 in England. He married his wife Prudence in England in about 1630 and they immigrated to Massachusetts in 1636. He was made a freeman of Massachusetts Bay on March 13, 1638/9. He was a cordwainer in Dedham, Massachusetts. A cordwainer was a shoemaker who used new leather to make luxury shoes. In contrast, a cobbler would use old leather to make ordinary shoes. John Frary died on June 14, 1675 in Medfield, Massachusetts.
Isaac Graves is my 10th great grandfather. He was born about 1620 in England. He married his wife Mary in 1645. I’m not sure exactly when he came to America, but by 1669 he was living in the Massachusetts Colony. Isaac Graves was slain by Native Americans and died on September 19, 1677 in Massachusetts.
Robert Parke is my 10th great grandfather. He was born in Haverhill, England on June 3, 1580. He married his wife Martha in Semer, England on February 9, 1601. They left from Cowes Isle of Wight, England on March 29, 1630 on the ship Arabella. They arrived in Boston, Massachusetts on June 17, 1630. I don’t know about you, but I can’t imagine being on a ship sailing for three months! I get seasick as it is, but for that long would kill me! But back then, this was the only option. The Parke family moved from Massachusetts to Connecticut in 1639, which is where Robert Parke died on February 4, 1664.
John Merryman is my 10th great grandfather. He was born in England in about 1625. He arrived in Virginia in about 1649. He died in Lancaster, Virginia on November 21, 1674.
William Wilcoxson is my 10th great grandfather. He was born in about 1601 in Walton on Trent, England. He married his wife Margaret in 1632 in England. They left from London, England on April 10, 1635 on the ship Planter. They arrived in Boston, Massachusetts on June 7, 1635. This trip was only two months long, but still a long time! William Wilcoxson died in Stratford, Connecticut on May 29, 1651.
Thomas Holcombe was my 10th great grandfather. He was born about 1601 in Devon, England. He sailed on the ship Mary and John and arrived in Boston, Massachusetts on March 20, 1630. Thomas is credited as one of many founders of the town of Windsor, Connecticut, which was founded in 1633. He met his wife Elizabeth – who was also born in England, but came to America separately – and the two married on May 14, 1634. Thomas Holcombe died on October 1, 1657 in Windsor, Connecticut.
William Buell is my 10th great grandfather. He was born in England in about 1610. He came to America around 1630 and settled in Dorchester, Massachusetts. He later moved to Windsor, Connecticut in about 1635/1636. He married his wife Mary in Windsor, Connecticut on November 18, 1640. He died in Windsor on November 16, 1681.
Thomas Bliss is my 11th great grandfather. Shoot, I was going good there with all 10th great grandfathers! To be fair, his son (my 10th great grandfather) was also born in England and came to America. Thomas was born in Preston Capes, England in 1589. He married his wife Margaret on October 18, 1621 in Gloucester, England. He came to America in 1635. Thomas Bliss died in Hartford, Connecticut in 1650. He is on a monument as a founder in Hartford, Connecticut. The Founder’s Monument is at Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground, which was the final resting place for Hartford’s founders and early settlers.
Thomas Buttolph is my 10th great grandfather. Okay, we’re back to this generation! He was born in Norfolk, England in about 1603. He married his wife Ann in Boreham, England on July 7, 1631. He sailed on the ship Abigail from England and arrived in Massachusetts in 1635. He stayed in the Massachusetts Colony and died in Boston, Massachusetts in January 1668.
Thomas Gardner is my 12th great grandfather. Here’s an old one! He was born in about 1560 in Dorchester, England. He arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1624 with his family, and my 11th great grandfather. This is the earliest arrival I’ve seen so far, and he came late in life. He died in 1635, but I’m not exactly sure where. His son continued to reside in Massachusetts, so I would guess he died there.
John Clough is my 9th great grandfather. Looks like the 10th great grandfather streak is over. He was born in England in around 1613. He sailed on the ship Elizabeth and arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635. He was an early settler in Salisbury, and I found a record that claims he even gave the town its name. He died in Salisbury, Massachusetts on July 26, 1691.
John Page is my 9th great grandfather. He was born on February 6, 1614 in Hingham, England. He arrived at the Massachusetts Colony in America in about 1630, probably with his parents because he was 16 years old. I don’t have information on his parents, though. He met his wife Mary and married her in Haverhill, Massachusetts on July 11, 1641. He died in Haverhill on November 23, 1687.
George Marsh is my 10th great grandfather. He is the father of Mary, who married John Page. George was born in about 1592 in England. He married his wife Elizabeth in England in about 1617. The family, including daughter Mary arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in about 1635. George died in Plymouth on July 2, 1647.
Samuel Guile is my 9th great grandfather. He was born in England in about 1620. He came to America in 1636 from Suffolk, England. He is credited as being one of the 12 founders of Haverhill, Massachusetts. He died in the Massachusetts Colony in 1683.
Daniel Bradley is my 9th great grandfather. He was born on August 29, 1613 in Bingley, England. He immigrated to America in 1630 on the ship Elizabeth. He married his wife Mary in Haverhill, Massachusetts on May 21, 1662. He was killed by Native Americans on August 31, 1689 in Haverhill, Massachusetts.
From Scotland or Ireland:
John Gray is my 7th great grandfather. He was born in Londonderry, Ireland in about 1660. He married his wife Elizabeth at St. Nicholas Parish in Nottingham, England on April 23, 1691. He left from England and arrived in Worcester, Massachusetts in about 1718. Okay, so this one was a little late getting to America, but he’s still in the similar time frame. John Gray died in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1739.
George Hayes is my 8th great grandfather. He was born on September 23, 1654 in Scotland. He arrived in Connecticut in 1680. He met his wife Abigail in Connecticut (she was born and died in Connecticut) and the two married on August 29, 1683 in Windsor, Connecticut. George Hayes died on September 2, 1725 in Simsbury, Connecticut.
John Clark is my 8th great grandfather. He was born around 1630 in Antrim, Northern Ireland. He married his wife Anne in Coleraine, Northern Ireland in about 1656. He came to America with his son and my 7th great grandfather, but I do not know the exact date. His son was born in Ireland in 1660, so they came to America after that. John died in 1677 in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Phew okay there you have it! I told you it was a lot! Twenty to be exact! Seems like the family who came from Scotland or Ireland came a generation or two later than the majority of my English ancestors. The earliest as I mentioned was Thomas Gardner who came in 1624 and the latest was John Gray who came in 1718 (at least in this group). The majority came between 1630 and 1636. Most of them settled in either Massachusetts or Connecticut, except for John Merryman, who settled in Virginia. I wonder how many of these families traveled together. I was excited when I saw John Clough and Daniel Bradley both sailed on a ship called Elizabeth, and it may have been the same ship, but it was five years apart. Who knows though, records may have gotten messed up and they did travel together! I can imagine.
Now, this is all exclusively my grandma Valda’s line of ancestors. I didn’t even look up my mom’s side or my paternal grandfather for the purpose of this blog. I know there aren’t too many, but it still would have added to this list. This list was enough, I’d say. I hope you enjoyed this! Feel free to share some of your early American ancestors in the comments or if you and I share an ancestor in common!