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Saturday, May 4, 2013

Descendant of Elder/Pilgrim William Brewster

Hi Everyone, here is the family history chart of my  descendancy with Pilgrim William Brewster. I have yet to work on a DAR application, and I am hoping to do that someday soon.The research was completed by my maternal grandmother's  first cousin, Marjorie DeFoer Blodgett, in 1984. In the book, she stated, "The main research was done by Gary Boyd Roberts of the research staff, New England Historical  and Genealogical Society, 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Mass. 8 Feb 1984."

Brewster William of Bently cum Arksey -next to Doncaster, Yorkshire
Had goods dated 1521
Taxed in 1524
m. Maud Man bef 1588---sister of Christopher Man of Scrooby

1.William b. ab 1535
2.Henry b. 1537 was vicar of Sutton on Lound Co Nottingham 1565-1594--Wife Agnes  bur  15 Mar 1597/1598

Brewster William 2nd
b. ab 1535
 m. 1st Mary Smyth widow of John Simkinson--she had one son, Thomas.
 m. 2nd Prudence ? perhaps Perkins--may have been a widow.
 d. in 1590 at Scrooby

children by Mary (who may have died shortly aft 1566
1. William b. 1566 Scrooby
  by Prudence who outlived William
2. James 1568   Welbeck (old gentry family)
3. Prudence m. Robert Peck of Everton Nottingham, had a dau Ann who m John Armitage 1611
4. John

William was a steward of Manor of Scrooby--and had become Post there on Great North Road from London to Scotland. He witnessed the will of his uncle Christopher Man in 1558 with Thomas and John Simkinson  of Doncaster 7 miles north of Scrooby.

Brewster William Elder
  b. 1566 pro in Scrooby  Nottinghamshire
m. ab 1589 Mary---uncertain if Mary Wentworth or Mary Wyrall
d. 10 Apr 1644 at Duxbury, Mass

1.probably Edward who was in Virginia 1610
2.Jonathan b. at Acrooby (I think that she meant Scrooby.) 12 Aug 1593 d. at New London, Conn, 7 Aug 1659 m. twice
3. Patience b. prob by 1600 m. Gov Thomas Prence; d 1634 in Plymouth, Mass
4.Fear d. at Plymouth 1 Dec 1634
5.Love d. at Duxbury late in 1650
6.Wrestling d. after 22  May 1627 a young man unmar
7. a child bur at Leydon in 1609

William matriculated at St. Peter's, Cambridge Univ. but did not graduate.
His uncle Francis Smyth was a vicar of Crowle-Lincoln Co. had also attended St. Peters.
Davison whom he had accompanied to Holland on a diplomatic mission 1585-6. When he returned home he aided his father at Post House and succeeded him  after 1590.  He managed the Post until 1607. During this time he adopted the tenets of Puritanism and became a leader of the Separatist movement.  He printed a forbidden religious matter and once was sent to prison. He fled to Holland late in 1607 and was elected ruling Elder in Leydon not later than 1613. Here he continued printing of "heretical" books---sometimes making secret trips to England.
            He was chosen to lead the first band of Pilgrims to America, and is believed to have been the author of the "Mayflower Compact" which he was fourth to sign.  He was chaplain of the first military company organized in Plymouth under Miles Standish,  and was ruling Elder at Plymouth Plantation for many years."

Brewster Patience
b. ab 1600
m. Gov Thomas Prence; d. 1634 in Plymouth, Mass.  He m. 2nd Mary Collier
d. 29 mar 1673 at Plymouth

children by Patience Brewster
1. Rebecca 1627-1650 m. Edmund Freeman
2. Hannah 1629 d bef Nov 1698 m 2nd Jonathan Sparrow
3. Mercy b ab 1631 m John Freeman 13 Feb 1649; d 28 Sept 1711 age 80
4. Thomas 1633 d in Eng bef 1672

    by Mary Collier
5. Jane b 1 Nov 1637 m Mark Snow
6. Mary m John Tracy
7. Judith m Isaac barker and 2nd Wm. Tubbs
8. Eliz. m Arthur Howland
9. Sarah b 1646 d 1706

Freeman John, Major, son of Edmund Freeman and Bennett Hodsoll (dau of John Hodsoll/Holsoll and Faith Bacon) bp 28 Jan 28 Jan 1626/27  at Billinghurst o. Sussex  England
m. Mercy Prence  at Eastham 13 Feb 1649/50
d. Eastham Mass 28 Oct. 1719

Freeman Thomas
b. Sept 1653 at Harwich Mass
m. Rebecca Sparrow 31 Dec 1673
d. 9 Feb 1715/16 at Harwich Mass
1. Mercy b. 30 Oct  1674 m. Paul Sears Jr. d. 30 Aug 1747 .  

Jr. Sear Paul b. 21 Dec 1695 m Charity Witridge  dau of Wm. Whitridge  and Abigail Blachfield

Sears Nathaniel b. Rochester, Mass. 1 Sept 1738
m. 26 Nov 1761 Eliz Winslow, dau of John Winslow and Bethia Andrews (1741-1828)
d. 28 Apr 1816 at Long Plain Mass.

Winslow Eliz b 3 Jan 1767 d. 1850 m. Martin Bryant, b. 1765 in Plympton Mass, d. 1833, son of Nathaniel Bryant and Joanne Cole.

Bryant Mary b. 14 Mar 1801 d ? m 1st Lynus Thayer 1826 m. 2nd Rev. Bezabeel Hill pro at Ludlow Vt. Rev Bezabeel Hill was born 2 Apr 1797 Gardner, Mass., d. in Iowa 1871

Hill Ryland Judson b. 27 Sept 1832 Strykersville NY m. Cornelia Rolfe  in Vevay,  Ingham County, MI 20 Oct 1858 at home of Henry E Rolfe by Rev. Bezabeel Hill. d. 29 July 1894 Floyd Iowa.

Hill Cary Fury b. 17 Jan 1865 Vernon, Wright Co. Iowa m. 5 Aug 1888  to Emma Raymond (b. 11 May 1872 in Floyd, Iowa, and dau of Lorenzo Raymond and Susan Elizabeth Rider, d. 13 June 1947  bur. Camas, WA) d. in Floyd, Iowa. d. 28 May 1946 Vancouver WA (Bur in Camas WA.) 

Hill Nina Susan b. 22 Aug 1889, Floyd, Iowa, m. Charles Sanford 2 Apr 1908 at Hubbard, Minnesota. He was b. 28 Sept 1886 in Hubbard County, MN, and was the son of Frank Sanford and Adella Rex. He died 26 Mar 1980 in Hubbard, MN. Nina d. 20 Dec 1972 in Hubbard, MN.

Sanford Fern Irene b. 26 July 1909, dau of Nina Hill and Charles Sanford, m. Clement Erdman on 26 July 1933 at  St. Anne's Catholic Church, Minneapolis, MN. Clement was the son of Albert Erdman/Erdmann and Rozalia Rzybazejek, and was born 5 Oct 1899  in Poznan, (Selganau, Germany) Poland. Fern died 28 Sept 1982, and is buried in New Hope, MN.. Clement died 26 May 1984, and is also buried in New Hope, MN.

Erdman Joyce Mary b. 14 Apr 1939 in Minneapolis, MN, and dau of Fern Irene Sanford and Clement Erdman/Erdmann. She m. Larry Paul Moran, son of Paul Moran and Monica Flansburg 8 Apr 1967 at St. Anne's Catholic Church, Minneapolis, MN. Larry was born in Little Falls, MN on 20 Oct 1935, and died 31 Oct 2007, and is buried at Holy Family Catholic Cemetery in Belle Prairie, MN.

Moran Claudette Marie b. 21 Feb 1968 in Little Falls, MN.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

"Howdy, Neighbor!"

Howdy do, neighbor? How many of you lived in a neighborhood, where everyone knew your name, and who your family was? Well, as you know, I lived on a farm when I was growing up, so I did not have easy access to the charms of living in the city like some of my cousins did. However, our farm was in a nice neighborhood, where you could trust your neighbors, ride the school bus with their children and grandchildren, and ride your bikes all over the place.
  My farm was located in what used to be the junction of Highway 115 and County Road 47 near Camp Ripley, a military base. On the county road across from us, was the Charles Rasinsky farm. To the north of us was LeDoux's Store/Country Store. And to the south of us, was the Dan Witt Farm.  Since my mother was originally from Minneapolis, you would think that she would be quite flexible with allowing three of my younger brothers and I to ride our bikes all over the place as we grew up. But, since we lived along a very busy main drag at that time, she kept a rather tight leash on at least the four oldest, although she did allow us to walk and  climb the military tank on display with our cousins and friends.
   While I did not know Charles Rasinsky very well, I did know his wife, Mary, several of her children and in-laws, and her grandchildren as well, because we all rode the school bus together, even though we attended different elementary schools at the time.  We were a rowdy bus, but not so rowdy that we would get into trouble for it. (That came when I was in the middle school.) Our bus driver, Paul Lukasavitz, would give us gift certificates for the Dairy Queen at the end of the school year. He was definitely a very kind bus driver.
When Charles Rasinsky passed away, Mary moved back to the farm to live for the remainder of her years. With that, her entire family would come to the farm and spend time there. This was another opportunity for my younger siblings and I to finally have friends to hang out with, especially during the summer. I also found out that my great-great aunt, Antoinette Dugas Bellefuille, had been good friends with Mary when she and Uncle Hector owned my family farm. When Aunt Antoinette came to visit us, I walked her over to see Mary, so that they could visit.
During the summer of 1980, my dad thought that in order for a younger brother and I to earn money, that we would raise chickens, so that they could be butchered in the fall. So, he built a chicken coop for our farm, and used part of Mary's barn as a coop as well. Once the chores were done, I would walk over to the Rasinsky farm, and hang out with the grandchildren as frequently as I could. Two of them were living near an army base in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and were staying at their grandma's for the summer. We definitely had loads of fun! As my younger sisters grew up, they wanted to come along with me, so that they could play with the youngest one. So, that is how we spent our time.
Occasionally, my mother would make loaves of banana bread, and ask me to bring a loaf to share with Mary. So, when I showed up, she was always glad to see me at her door, and offer some cookies and lemonade while we visited with each other. This also occurred when I was an adult as well.
My siblings and I have a nice memory of using the Rasinsky farm as a land mark. When we were traveling, and headed for home, as soon as one of my younger siblings would see the Rasinsky farm, they would say, "Almost home! I see 'Sinsky's house!" (They meant Rasinsky's house, of course.)
Mary passed away in March of 2002. Sadly, after her passing, the MN Department of Transportation bought the Rasinsky farm, and several acres of my parent's family farm, in order to expand the main drag, and change the routing of  County Road 47. Unfortunately, this led to the demolition of the  Rasinsky Farm, and changed the neighborhood as well.  While progress is good, and we needed the progress, neighborhoods change to memories for those that carry on.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Brown Ford Pick Up

When my younger siblings and I were growing up, my dad liked to invite us to go with him on a "toot", aka, a ride in the pickup truck. He originally had a blue 1960's pickup, that looked exactly like the one that Redd Fox would drive on the TV show entitled, "Sanford and Son".  However, during the summer of 1972, Dad bought a brand new brown Ford pickup, that seemed to last a lifetime for us, unlike the rest of the bomber vehicles that we had.
 I have been deprived a car for a couple of years now, and the one that I shared with my mother quit as well. I have so many horror stories about the car bombers that my dad would buy, that our back 40 looked like an automobile junkyard! However, the brown Ford pickup was my favorite one of all.  Not only would my dad take us on toots to the West Side Cafe so that we could visit with my paternal grandfather, and eat a Hershey's Candy Bar , for example, but my mother would use it to drive to Minneapolis, particularly if I had an eye doctor appointment at North Memorial Hospital, and to visit with my maternal grandparents as well.
That pickup fit us just fine, thank you very much. None of us needed a car seat, and we could either sit on Mom's lap, or on top of each other, provided that we got along! (I definitely felt outnumbered 3 to 1.) It even could drive through the snow! Well, except for a snow storm in 1975. Dad, Mom, my three younger brothers, and I, took a ride to visit with the Ray and Beatrice Waldock Family on a Sunday afternoon. We stayed for supper, in spite of the snow coming down rather hard. By 9:00 pm, the truck would not start, and the roads were bad. They would eventually cancel school the next day, but in the mean time, we had a nice slumber party with the Waldock Family. We did make it home safely the next day, even though my aunt was frantically worried about where we were, as Mom was pregnant with number five.  We drove that truck until it rusted through in 1980. It was reliable and fun to ride in.