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Mayflower Project: The Application Process

As I mentioned in my previous post, I'll be sharing the details of the application process to get my kids into the Massachusetts Mayflower Society. I assume this process is similar for other state Mayflower Societies.

I've got one line documented and approved for my membership, through Stephen Hopkins. There's a person in that line that is a "freebie" to William Brewster, Abigail DOANE. Her father (Israel DOANE) goes to Stephen Hopkins and her mother (Ruth FREEMAN) goes to William Brewster.

Back eight years ago I decided to make the second line to William Brewster official at the same time as getting my daughter Sarah inducted.

When you apply to the Mayflower Society, you're provided with a worksheet like the ones pictured below with the documentation that they have and the documentation that they are missing (and require).

Here's first few pages of the application worksheet that was given to me back in 2002. The historian's note indicated that the Society was now requiring more primary documentation, and she marked each required document with a star.

scott-william-brewster.png
(later generations omitted to protect the living)

What I thought was going to be merely a formality of updating the latest documents for my daughter turned into having to get death certificates for ancestors back 7 generations well into the 18th century. I also knew from my grandparents research that the town records for Orleans, MA were destroyed in a fire.

My fortitude wasn't enough to take on a project that seemed like I was set up for failure right from the start and I gave up.

Trying Again

Eight years later, much has changed. Hopefully more records have turned up in the Society's library, and if not, at least the amount of information available both offline and online has expanded greatly. So I contacted the Mayflower Society again to inquire about requirements for documenting my Mayflower lines.

The current historian explained to me that they acknowledged that it was just unrealistic to get primary documentation all the way back to the Pilgrims. What they "want" for documentation is not the same as what they will "accept". However, they do require full documentation for the last three generations, including spouses.

He put together a new worksheet for me. Note this one is for Stephen Hopkins and the above one is for William Brewster, but they are the same since generation 7 and 6 respectively.

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(later generations omitted to protect the living)

Note that they do now seem to have some additional information for Abigail SNOW, Benoni BAKER, and Vickery BAKER, and he's not asking for the missing death records for Elnatan SNOW and Phebe SPARROW. (phew!)

The wildcards here will be Priscilla WALKER and Joseph BAKER up in Northfield and Brookfield, Vermont. I don't have full confidence in the availability of these records, but this certainly feels more doable.

It looks like a roadtrip to Vermont is in my near future. Fortunately, Northfield is only a three hour drive from my home in MA.

1 comment(s), latest 4 years, 4 months ago

My BAKER line has a dead-end at a BENONI BAKER who married ABIGAIL ADA...

My BAKER line has a dead-end at a BENONI BAKER who married ABIGAIL ADAMS. Benoni was born in Orleans, MA in the early 1860's, not to be confused with the other very well documented Benoni Baker from the same timeframe.

2 comment(s), latest 6 years, 3 months ago

My greatest genealogy accomplishment [52 Weeks - Week 42]

I don’t think this isn’t quite what was expected for this week’s prompt, but I’ll have to go with FamilyTreeCircles as my greatest genealogy accomplishment.


Back about 10 years ago, I had no idea what would become of the small project that started out of my own interest in my family history. It has grown to nearly 100,000 members, many of whom have broken through brick walls and found distant cousins sharing the same research. There have even been long lost family members who were reunited thanks to posts in FamilyTreeCircles.


Personally, I have found many Gingras cousins who have provided me with information that I never would have found otherwise, and I’ve been able to do the same in return for more than a few.


Most importantly, I’ve made several online friends, many of you, who have participated here over the years, lent a helping hand (or several), and have made this community what it is.


It’s been an honor and privilege to build and maintain this website. Thank you!


Scott




This post is in response to the Abundant Genealogy blogging prompts. To write your own, see here for information…

1 comment(s), latest 3 years, 9 months ago

My Maternal Line, HOURIHAN, MCILWRAITH, LYNCH of Ireland

Happy Mother's Day to all you mom's out there. I though it would be fun to post my maternal line (however short it is!)

- Scott JANGRO (that's me)
- [living] BAKER m. [living] JANGRO
- Dora Helen MCILWRAITH (1915-1982) m. Robert Slade BAKER
- Margaret HOURIHAN (1890-1931) m. Robert MCILWRAITH
- Frances Mary LYNCH (????) m. Thomas HOURIHAN

I've omitted my parents first names for their own privacy's sake since they're still with us. Though I'm pretty certain that's not difficult information to locate.

My matrilineal line ends very quickly as soon as we make the jump to Ireland (Cork county, I believe). I've got a cousin who's been more vigorously researching this line and he has not uncovered much, unfortunately.

Researching Irish surnames can be quite a challenge. There are a LOT of them here in Boston!

My Mayflower Connections - 1. William Brewster

This week, Thanksgiving here in the U.S., a number of genealogy bloggers are posting their Mayflower connections.

I've got two documented, William Brewster and Stephen Hopkins. Both are accepted by the Massachusetts Mayflower Society.

Here's William Brewster...

  1. William III Brewster b: Abt. 1566/67 in prob Scrooby, Nottingham, England, d: 10 Apr 1644 in Plymouth, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    +married: Mary m: Abt. 1568 in England
  2. Patience Brewster b: Abt. 1600 in prob Scrooby, Nottingham, England, d: Bef. 12 Dec 1634 in Plymouth, Barnstable County, Massachusettes
    +married: Thomas II Prence b: Abt. 1600 in England, m: 05 Aug 1624 in Plymouth, Barnstable County, Massachusettes, d: 1673
  3. Mercy Brewster Prence b: 1631
    +married John Freeman b: 28 Jan 1627 in Billinghurst, Devonshire, England, m: 13 Feb 1650 in Sandwich, Bristol Co MA, d: 28 Oct 1719 in in Eastham, Barnstable Co MA
  4. Edmund Freeman
    +married: Ruth Merrick
  5. Ruth Freeman b: 1680 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA., d: 07 Jun 1728 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA.
    +married: Israel Doane b: Bet. 1671-1672 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA., m: 1697 in , Barnstable, MA., d: Aft. 05 Jun 1740 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA.
  6. Abigail Doane b: 29 Dec 1706 in Eastmam, MA, d: Aft. 07 May 1765 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA.
    +married: Thomas Snow b: 01 Feb 1702 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA., m: 27 Jan 1732 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA., d: Bet. 1765-1766 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA.
  7. Elnathan Snow b: 02 May 1734 in Eastmam, MA
    +married: Phebe Sparrow b: 03 Jan 1738 in Eastham, Barnstable, MA, m: 04 Dec 1755 in Eastmam, MA
  8. Abigail Snow b: 28 Dec 1766 in Eastmam, MA, d: 30 Jun 1840 in Sterling, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USA
    +married: Benoni Baker b: 1755 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States, m: 19 Sep 1783 in Eastmam, MA, d: 01 May 1838 in Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
  9. Vickery Baker b: 22 Jul 1797 in Orleans, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA, d: 12 Jul 1870 in Brookfield, Orange, Vermont, USA
    +married: Priscilla Walker b: 02 Apr 1787 in Orleans, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts, m: 27 Nov 1817 in West Boylston, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, d: 06 Oct 1886 in Northfield, Washington, Vermont, USA
  10. Joseph Baker b: 20 Jun 1841 in Brookfield, Orange Co., Vermont, d: 15 Apr 1924 in Northfield, Washington, Vermont, USA
    +married: Coralinn Slade b: 11 Oct 1843 in Northfield, VT, m: 31 Dec 1863 in Northfield, VT, d: 17 Jun 1926 in Chittenden, Vermont
  11. Arthur Garfield Baker b: 02 Jul 1881 in Brookfield, VT, d: 12 Apr 1965 in Wakefield, MA
    +married: Harriet Helen Hurley b: 05 Feb 1882 in Northfield,VT, m: 24 Oct 1908 in Northfield, VT, d: 14 Sep 1949 in Melrose, MA
  12. Robert Slade Baker b: 7 Dec 1915 in Massachusetts, d: -
    +married: Dora Helen McIlwraith b: 12 Sep 1915 in Melrose, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA, d: 03 Aug 1982 in Sarasota, Florida, United States
  13. Living
    +married: Living
  14. Scott Jangro

Do you have a Mayflower connection? Why not post your own.

Use some of the posts here on this list of Thanksgiving Genealogy blog posts for further inspiration.

My Mayflower Connections - 2. Stephen Hopkins

This week, Thanksgiving here in the U.S., a number of genealogy bloggers are posting their Mayflower connections.

I've got two documented, William Brewster and Stephen Hopkins. Both are accepted by the Massachusetts Mayflower Society.

Here's Stephen Hopkins.

  1. Stephen Hopkins b: 29 Oct 1581 in Wotten-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire, England, d: 27 Jul 1644 in Plymouth, Massachussetts
    +married: Constance UNKNOWN m: Bef. 1605 in England, d: Aft. 22 Dec 1609 in London, England
  2. Constance Hopkins b: 1605 in Wotton Under Edge, Gloucestershire, England
    +married: Nicolas Snow
  3. Stephen Snow d: 17 Dec 1705 in Eastmam, MA
    +married: Susanna Rogers m: 28 Oct 1663 in Eastmam, MA, d: 1701
  4. Ebenezer Snow d: 09 Apr 1725 in Eastmam, MA
    +married: Hope Horton m: 22 Dec 1968 in Eastmam, MA, d: 1725
  5. Thomas Snow b: 01 Feb 1702 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA., d: Bet. 1765-1766 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA.
    +married: Abigail Doane b: 29 Dec 1706 in Eastmam, MA, m: 27 Jan 1732 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA., d: Aft. 07 May 1765 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA.
  6. Elnathan Snow b: 02 May 1734 in Eastmam, MA
    +married: Phebe Sparrow b: 03 Jan 1738 in Eastham, Barnstable, MA, m: 04 Dec 1755 in Eastmam, MA
  7. Abigail Snow b: 28 Dec 1766 in Eastmam, MA, d: 30 Jun 1840 in Sterling, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, USA
    +married: Benoni Baker b: 1755 in Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States, m: 19 Sep 1783 in Eastmam, MA, d: 01 May 1838 in Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
  8. Vickery Baker b: 22 Jul 1797 in Orleans, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA, d: 12 Jul 1870 in Brookfield, Orange, Vermont, USA
    +married: Priscilla Walker b: 02 Apr 1787 in Orleans, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts, m: 27 Nov 1817 in West Boylston, Worcester Co., Massachusetts, d: 06 Oct 1886 in Northfield, Washington, Vermont, USA
  9. Joseph Baker b: 20 Jun 1841 in Brookfield, Orange Co., Vermont, d: 15 Apr 1924 in Northfield, Washington, Vermont, USA
    +married: Coralinn Slade b: 11 Oct 1843 in Northfield, VT, m: 31 Dec 1863 in Northfield, VT, d: 17 Jun 1926 in Chittenden, Vermont
  10. Arthur Garfield Baker b: 02 Jul 1881 in Brookfield, VT, d: 12 Apr 1965 in Wakefield, MA
    +married: Harriet Helen Hurley b: 05 Feb 1882 in Northfield,VT, m: 24 Oct 1908 in Northfield, VT, d: 14 Sep 1949 in Melrose, MA
  11. Robert Slade Baker b: Abt. 7 Dec 1915 in Massachusetts
    +married: Dora Helen McIlwraith b: 12 Sep 1915 in Melrose, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA, d: 03 Aug 1982 in Sarasota, Florida, United States
  12. Living
    +married: Living
  13. Scott Jangro
4 comment(s), latest 1 year, 4 months ago

My Slade Ancestors, Descendants of John SLADE

Generation 1

1. John Slade-1 was born in 1725 in CT. He died on 17 Mar 1797 in Windsor, Connecticut. He married Martha Abbe on 12 Sep 1751 in Windsor, Connecticut, daughter of Thomas Abbe. She was born on 01 Mar 1728 in Wethersfield, Conn. She died on 22 Aug 1795 in Alstead, New Hampshire.

Child of John Slade and Martha Abbe is:

2.i. William Slade, B: 25 Nov 1756 in Enfield, Hartford Co., Conn., D: 25 Oct 1857 in Alstead, Cheshire Co. New Hampshire.

Generation 2

2. William Slade-2(John-1) was born on 25 Nov 1756 in Enfield, Hartford Co., Conn.. He died on 25 Oct 1857 in Alstead, Cheshire Co. New Hampshire. He married Anna Root.She was born on 08 Sep 1758. She died on 25 Oct 1838.

Children of William Slade and Anna Root are:

i. William Slade, B: 06 Aug 1790.
ii. Henry Slade, B: 11 Oct 1798.
iii. Achsah Slade, B: 01 Apr 1785.
iv. John Slade, B: 06 Aug 1792.
3.v. Thomas Slade, B: 21 May 1780, D: 12 Dec 1830, M: Clarissa Borroughs, 15 Jan 1801 in New Hampshire.
vi. Arsenath Slade, B: 06 Apr 1787.
vii. Allen Slade, B: 26 May 1796.
viii. Anna Slade, B: 29 Mar 1782, D: 02 Oct 1837 in Alstead, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire, M: John Burroughs VI, 03 Mar 1805 in Alstead, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire.

Generation 3

3. Thomas Slade-3(William-2, John-1) was born on 21 May 1780. He died on 12 Dec 1830. He married Clarissa Borroughs on 15 Jan 1801 in New Hampshire, daughter of John Burroughs V and Mehitable Carlton. She was born on 23 Oct 1779 in Alstead, Cheshire Co., New Hampshire. She died on 01 Oct 1866 in Brookfield, Orange Co., Vermont.

Children of Thomas Slade and Clarissa Borroughs are:

4.i. Lavinia Slade, B: 1805 in New Hampshire, D: 10 Jan 1880 in Walpole, , NH, M: Charles Rice, 18 Mar 1832 in Rockingham, , VT.
ii. Allen Slade.
5.iii.
Thomas Slade Jr., B: 29 Nov 1814, D: 03 May 1905, M: Elvira Adams, 19 Oct 1842.
iv. Howard Slade, D: 31 Aug 1893, M: Sally G. Barton, 20 Jul 1828.

Generation 4

4. Lavinia Slade-4(Thomas-3, William-2, John-1) was born in 1805 in New Hampshire. She died on 10 Jan 1880 in Walpole, , NH. She married Charles Rice on 18 Mar 1832 in Rockingham, , VT.He was born in 1807 in Walpole, New Hampshire. He died on 16 Jul 1878 in Walpole, , NH.

Children of Lavinia Slade and Charles Rice are:

i. Charles Edward Rice, B: 23 Apr 1845 in , , NH Prob, D: 21 Apr 1876 in , , , @@29 Unm.
ii. Eliza M Rice, B: Abt. 1834 in , , NH Prob, D: 16 Jul 1864 in , , , @@30.
iii. George Allen Rice, B: Abt. 1840 in , , NH Prob, D: , , , D @@1Yr11mos.
iv. Martha "Mattie" Ellen Rice, B: 06 Feb 1848 in , , NH Prob, D: 15 Oct 1927 in Langdon, , NH.
v. Thomas S Rice, B: Abt. 1836 in , , NH Prob, D: 17 Aug 1855 in , , , @@19.
vi. Lucy Ann Rice, B: 26 Apr 1842 in , , NH Prob, M: Charles E Hartwell, 08 Nov 1860 in Langdon, , NH Poss.
vii. Henry E Rice, B: 16 Feb 1833 in , , NH Prob.
viii. Harriet "Hattie" Rice, B: Abt. 1838 in New Hampshire.

5. Thomas Slade Jr.-4(Thomas-3, William-2, John-1) was born on 29 Nov 1814. He died on 03 May 1905. He married Elvira Adams on 19 Oct 1842, daughter of Anson Adams and Sukey Gold. She was born on 04 Jul 1814. She died on 11 Mar 1890.

Children of Thomas Slade Jr. and Elvira Adams are:
i. Coralinn Slade, B: 11 Oct 1843 in Northfield, VT, D: 17 Jun 1926 in Chittenden, Vermont, M: Joseph Baker, 31 Dec 1863 in Northfield, VT.
ii. William Thomas Slade, B: 30 Sep 1855, D: 21 Sep 1874.
iii. Adelinn Slade, B: 28 May 1845, D: 23 Oct 1932, M: Nathan Baxter Stark, 26 Jan 1869.
iv. Ora Allen Slade, B: 22 May 1858, D: 05 Jan 1926.
v. Elva Slade, B: 16 Jan 1852.

New Design

Thanks again for everyone who voted in the logo survey. I liked them all, but my favorite came in third place. Shows what I know!

I took the opportunity to clean up the design here on FTC. Back to basics with a cleaner look and a focus on the content. No competing colors.

I hope you like it. Please feel free to comment below.

4 comment(s), latest 6 years, 2 months ago

New Feature: Genealogy Articles and Answers!

We're on a roll on FamilyTreeCircles, adding new features. We're really trying to round out the types of information that are available on FTC and I'm happy to say that there are now three types of postings available for everyone from new family researchers to experienced genealogists.

Look on the homepage and you'll see the following explanation of the options.

Find Family Tree Researchers and Information for your Surnames | Family Tree Circles.png

The last thing I want to do is introduce any confusion or uncertainty with more options and I've tried to make it as simple as possible. All three types of entries end up in the same places in the list on the homepage and in the active posts page, color coded so you can tell the difference at a glance.

Journals

There is still the same, old, tried and true Journal entries. Nothing has changed there. Use a journal entry for posting all your great family research. As a general rule, anything family or surname related should go in a journal. For the time being, only journals can be associated specifically with surnames and therefore show up on the surname page for any given surname.

Answers

If you've got a question about any genealogy topic, this is the place to ask. Maybe you're wondering about what sort of resources are available in Cork County Ireland. Or maybe you're stuck with a problem in Personal Ancestral File software. Ask about any genealogy topic, technique, method, or technology. Keep an eye on the open questions to see if you can answer a question for someone else. You can read more about this on our announcement of Answers from a few days ago.

Articles

Everybody is an expert about something. Maybe your experience has made you an expert on genealogy research in the state of Vermont, or researching slave ancestry in Virginia. Maybe you're an expert user of certain software or websites. Write an article and you'll not only provide the community with some great information, but you can establish yourself as an expert and direct people to your own blog for more information.

I've got some exciting ideas of where the Articles feature can go...more on that soon.

So there you have it. Something for everyone. It'll take some time for people to get used to the new features on FamilyTreeCircles. If you're one of our more experienced users, please give them a try and show folks how it's done!

New Feature: Links

A popular use of FTC has been to share website resources in Journals. Since there are countless website resources related to genealogy, I thought it would be fun to create a special feature that allows us to share our favorite websites.

You can see the links in the "recent links" page in the navigation or see recent link page here.

This will replace the "favorite links" section in your profile, and should be used any time you fiind a website you wish to share.

Also introduced with the links feature is a "tagging" feature. Tagging is a popular method of allowing website users to categorize things with plain words, instead of trying to create a big category structure. So when you create a link, you can also tag it with words that you feel describes the website. I'll soon be creating a tag navigation system which will show any resources that have been tagged with a particular word.

The nice thing about tags is that anybody can tag a link. So if another member comes along and wants to add some keywords to a link, they can do that.

I'll be migrating the journals over to the tagging structure as well.

If you have any questions about the new features, you can contact me via Private Message or just add a comment to this journal.

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