Saturday, March 22, 2014

Surname Saturday: Seeking Charles Childs, son of Theron Childs

This surname Saturday post is going to be short and sweet as I really don't know a whole lot about the Childs family. I am hoping someone out there may be able to shed some light for me.

I know that my maternal 4th great grandparents were Theron Childs and his wife, Anna Parks. They had at least one son, my 3rd great grandfather, Charles H. Childs, in 1873. Charles married Mary Ann Jones in Morrisville, Lamoille, Vermont on 19 April 1894. Mary Ann was born in July 1876 in Hyde Park, Lamoille, Vermont, the daughter of Ruel Judson Jones and Philena Hill.

Charles Childs and Mary Ann Jones had the following children:
  1. Minnie Belle Childs: My 2nd great grandmother. See below.
  2. Olive Childs: b. 8 Nov 1896 in Johnson, Lamoille, Vermont.
  3. Thomas Charles Childs: b. 1898, d. 28 Apr 1898 in Morrisville, Lamoille Vermont 
  4. Norma Beatrice Childs: b. 1 Jan 1900 in Woodbury Washington, Vermont
  5. Vena May Childs: b. 2 Feb 1908 in Woodbury, Washington, Vermont
Minnie Belle Childs was born on 29 May 1894 in Morrisville, Lamoille, Vermont. She married Daniel James Baker on 14 Aug 1912 in Hyde Park, Lamoille, Vermont.She died on 28 Feb 1963 in Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont and is buried in Johnson, Lamoille, Vermont.

Minnie Belle Childs with Old Jumbo Cat

Minnie Childs and Daniel Baker had the following children: 
  1. Gladys Mabel Baker: See my previous post, Surname Saturday: Baker Family of Lamoille County, Vermont for more information on her.
  2. Daniel Lee Baker: See my previous post, Black Sheep Sunday: Jailhouse Death, for more information on him.
  3. Ilda M Baker: b. 22 Apr 1926, d. Sept 1992.
  4. Irene R Baker: b. 8 Feb 1930, d. Jan 1984.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Family of Ensign Joshua Holcomb

Ensign Joshua Holcomb II was the fifth child and second son of Joshua Holcomb and Ruth Sherwood. My information about Joshua II is scarce, but I will write down what little I do know about him and his family.

He was born on 18 Sep 1672. Family historians have recorded that he was born in Windsor, Connecticut;  however, we know that his parents were living in Simsbury by the time of his birth. For this reason, I would find it more likely that he was born in Simsbury than Windsor, though I can not be certain without documented proof.

Joshua Holcomb II married Hannah Carrington, the daughter of John Carrington, who’s parents, John and Joan Carrington, were hung for witchcraft in Hartford, Connecticut on 6 Apr 1651. Joshua and Hannah had at least six children together:
1. Caleb Holcomb was born on 1 May 1695.
2. Joshua Holcomb III was born on 18 Sep 1697 and died in Nov 1772.
3. Thankful Holcomb was born on 8 Jan 1700/1.
4. Experience Holcomb was born on 1702 and died on 15 Dec 1774.
5. Eleanor Holcomb was born on 6 Jul 1706.
6. Matthew Holcomb was born on 7 May 1708 and died on 21 Mar 1781.

I also believe they may have had a daughter named Hannah, though I am not sure when. One source says she was born between Thankful and Experience, and another lists her as being born after her mother’s death (which we know can not be accurate).

Hannah Carrington died on 13 May 1708. Considering the closeness to the date of her son, Matthew, I believe it is safe to assume that she died following complications from the birth.

After Hannah’s death, Joshua Holcomb II married Mary Hoskins (whom I descend from). They had eleven children together:
1. David Holcomb was born on 22 Jul 1713 and died in 1803.
2. Mercy Holcomb was born on 4 Sep 1714 and died on 10 Jun 1780.
3. Miriam Holcomb was born on 11 Jul 1716 and died on 16 Sep 1718.
4. Robert Holcomb was born on 2 Mar 1717/18 and died on 8 Mar 1717/18.
5. Sarah Holcomb was born on 2 May 1719.
6. Miriam Holcomb was born on 18 Jan 1719/20 and died on 28 Apr 1795.
7. Joab Holcomb was born about 1720 and died on 5 Dec 1723.
8. Bathsheba Holcomb was born on 3 Jan 1721/22.
9. Joel Holcomb was born on 18 Aug 1723 and died on 24 Feb 1814.
10. Joab Holcomb was born about 1724 and died on 9 Feb 1725/26.
11. Phineas Holcomb was born on 4 Feb 1726 and died in Sep 1781.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Irish Immigration to New England

I don't think I have mentioned here yet, but I also blog for Worldwide Genealogy: A Genealogical Collaboration. It's a relatively new blog that was started by Julie Goucher of Anglers Rest in which genealogy bloggers worldwide come together to post about genealogy as it relates to their region of the world.

Finnigans Slaters, and Stonepeggers:
A History of the Irish in Vermont
My recent post, Irish Immigration to New England via Canada, provides an introduction to the reasons why many Irish immigrants entered North America through Canada, and why they proceeded on to New England. If after you read my post you still want more information regarding this topic, you may want to consider purchasing Finnigans, Slaters and Stonepeggers: A History of the Irish in Vermont by Vincent E. Feeney (currently $17 on Amazon), which covers this topic in more detail.

Surname Saturday: Bonneau / Burnham Quebec to Vermont

The Bonneau/Burnham line has been confusing to research as it involves incestuous relationships. Until I figured this out, there was a lot of head scratching.

My 4th great grandfather, Basil Bonneau, was born about 1802, probably in Quebec. He married 1st Marie Roi on 27 Feb 1831 in Dunham, Quebec. He married 2nd Justine Gelineau in Oct 1850.

Children of Basil Bonneau and Marie Roi:

  1. Adelaide "Malinda Burnham" Bonneau (my 4th great grandmother)
  2. William Basile Bonneau (my 3rd great grandfather)
Adelaide "Malinda Burnham" Bonneau was b. abt. 1834 in Quebec. She married Jean Baptiste Metevier. Jean Baptiste was born on 21 Jun 1829 in Quebec to Abraham Metevier and Francoise Sophie Paquet. He died bef. 1871.

Children of Adelaide "Malinda Burnham" Bonneau and Jean Baptiste Metevier:
Alexandre Metevier
  1. Jean Baptiste Metevier (my 3rd great grandfather. I will post more about him when I do the Metevier family) b. 24 Jun 1848 in Qubec, m. Hannah Maria Westover on 13 Jan 1873 in Sutton, Brome, Quebec, d. Bet. 1894–1901
  2. Francois Metevier b. abt. 1851 in Quebec
  3. Narcisse "Nelson" Metevier b. 10 May 1851 in Quebec, d. 17 Aug 1922 in Chicago, Illinois
  4. Alexandre Metevier b. 1854 in Quebec, d. 05 Jun 1930 in Quebec
  5. Israel Metevier b. 14 Jul 1857 in Quebec, d. 14 Mar 1948 in Lyndonville, Caledonia, Vermont
  6. Florence Metevier b. 10 Nov 1863 in Quebec, d. 04 May 1940 in Barton, Orleans, Vermont
William Basile Bonneau was born on 28 Sep 1845 in Quebec. He married Justine Christine Lindsey, who was born on 03 Feb 1841 in Quebec.

Children of William Basile Bonneau and Justine Christine Lindsey:
  1. Mary Alice Bonneau b. abt. 1864 in Quebec
  2. Horace Bonneau b. abt 1866 in New Hampshire
  3. Abraham Bonneau (my 2nd great grandfather. See below)
  4. Josephine Bonneau b. abt. 1872
  5. William Bonneau b. 14 Oct 1874 in Quebec
  6. Frank Bonneau b. 14 May 1875 in Quebec
  7. Robert Bonneau b. 1878 in Quebec
  8. Clara Bonneau b. Sep 1880
Abraham Bonneau was born on 13 Mar 1868 in Manchester, New Hampshire. He married Esther May Metevier (his 1st cousin, once removed) on 25 Jun 1894 in Sutton, Brome, Quebec. She was born on 08 Jun 1875 in Turkey Hill, Quebec to Jean Baptiste Metevier and Hannah Westover. She died on 06 Oct 1904 in Montgomery, Franklin, Vermont.

Children of Abraham Bonneau and Esther May Metevier:
  1. Norman Abraham Bonneau b. 25 Nov 1895 in Sutton, Brome, Quebec, m. Elizabeth Butterfield on 18 Dec 1914 in Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont
  2. Marie Eva Bonneau (Eva Burnham) (My great grandmother, See below)
Marie Eva Bonneau / Eva Burnham (as she was know as when she came to America) was born on 30 Oct 1896 in Sutton, Brome, Quebec. She married 1st Wayland A Wright on 25 Aug 1936 in Fairfield, Franklin, Vermont. She married 2nd Carlton Edgar Kennsison (my great grandfather) on 12 May 1915 in Boston, Middlesex, Massachusetts. She married 3rd Allen Eugene Combs on 27 Sep 1941 in Hardwick, Caledonia, Vermont. She is buried with her 3rd husband in the West Enosburg, Franklin, Vermont
Carlton "Carl" Edgar Kennison was born on 12 Jun 1883 in Foster, Quebec to to Edwin
Kennison and Matilda M Rember. He died on 01 Jul 1969 in Bristol, Grafton, New Hampshire. He is buried in an unmarked grave in Lot 331 Sec. B Position #5 at Grave Homeland Cemetary in Bristol, New Hampshire.
Children of Marie Eva Bonneau/Burnham and Carlton Edgar Kennison:

  1. Norman "Bud" Carl Kennison b. 11 Sep 1918 in Berkshire, Franklin, Vermont, m. Dorothy Ida Deso on 09 Dec 1948 in Richford, Franklin, Vermont, d. 03 Dec 1983 in Hardwick, Caledonia, Vermont
  2. Mildred "Millie" Eva Kennison (my grandmother), b. 29 Jul 1929 in Richford, Franklin, Vermont, m. John Everett Gamble on 20 Dec 1941 in Cabot, Washington, Vermont, d. 13 Feb 2009 in North Hyde Park, Lamoille, Vermont
  3. Myrtle M Kennison b. 11 Mar 1923, m. Al Bulli, d. 04 Mar 2012 in Westminster, Massachusetts

Friday, February 14, 2014

Joshua Holcomb and the Simsbury, Connecticut Settlement

Site of the first home in
what is today
Simsbury, CT
It is known that Joshua Holcomb was residing in the Massaco Plantation, Connecticut in 1667 . At that time,
the Massaco, a band of indigenous people from the Wappinger tribe, primarily inhabited the Massaco Plantation. The area was referred to as an “appendix to the towne of Windsor.” Windsor settlers forested and farmed the Massaco Plantation, and began building homes along the Farmington River, on what is today called Terry’s Plain. A survey conducted in 1669 showed that there were 13 permanent residents on the Massaco Plantation. Joshua Holcomb was among these. The area became incorporated on 12 May 1670, and was then called Simmsbury (the name has since been shortened to Simsbury).
King Philip

In June 1675, Native American chief, Metacomet, known to the English as King Philip, coordinated with tribal alliances to push the English settlers off the land the English had taken from the Native American people. This conflict became known as King Philip’s War. In March 1676, Native Americans burned the town of Simsbury to the ground, causing most of the settlers to return to Windsor. Many returned to rebuild in Simsbury a year later. It is unknown what Joshua Holcomb did during this time, but it is known that he was still residing in Simbsbury 23 Apr 1627 when he received land grant from King Charles II for “property east of the Farmington River near present day Terry’s Plain.”

Joshua Holcomb married Ruth Sherwood on 04 Jun 1663 in Windsor, Connecticut. They had at least ten children:

1. Ruth Holcomb was born on 26 May 1664
2. Thomas Holcomb was born on 30 March 1666
3. Sarah Holcomb was born on 23 June 1668
4. Elizabeth Holcomb was born on 4 Apr 1670
5. Joshua Holcomb II was born on 18 Sep 1672
6. Deborah Holcomb was born on 10 Feb 1675
7. Mary Holcomb was born on 25 Oct 1675/6
8. Mindwell was born in 1678
9. Hannah Holcomb was born in 1680
10. Moses Holcomb was born on 4 Jul 1686 and died on 16 Feb 1699

Joshua Holcomb died on 1 Sep 1690 in Simsbury, Connecticut. According to the Simsbury Historical Society, Joshua was “known to be "one of the sound, substantial men of his time;" he was active in both civic and religious affairs until his death.”

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Thomas Holcombe and the Windsor, Connecticut Settlement

Thomas Holcombe House, Poquonock 1640
Drawn during the early 1800's
Connecticut Historical Society Collection
In 1631, Podunk chief, Wahginnacut, traveled to Boston to ask Governor John Winthrop to send English settlers to plant on his land. His goal was to have the English settle his lands in hope of establishing an alliance against the Pequot peoples who had been taking over the Podunk’s land for many years. He promised Winthrop to “find them corn and give them yearly eighty skins of beaver.”   Winthrop and other Boston colonists were not interested in Wahginnacut’s offer; however, settlers of the nearby Plymouth colony were intrigued and Governor Edward Winslow was sent to Connecticut to scout the land for viability. Winslow found the land to be desirable, and in September 1633, he sent a small group of English colonists to build a trading post (to cash in on the lucrative fur-trading business).

In November 1635, around 60 people from Dorchester, Massachusetts, Thomas Holcombe included, traveled to the new settlement, which Reverend Warham renamed Dorchester. Over the course of the next two years, more Dorchesters , Massachusetts settlers came to Dorchester, Connecticut, outnumbering the original Plymouth colony settlers. The Plymouth settlers initially resisted the Dorchester settlers, but in 1637, sold most of the claims and returned to Plymouth.

In 1639, Thomas Holcombe moved to a northern area of Windsor now called Poquonock where he lived as a farmer. Holcomb family historians report that Thomas Holcombe had a role in framing the Constitution of the Connecticut Colony, though I have not found concrete evidence of this thus far.

From the Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633:  
“The inventory of the estate of "Thomas Holcom of Windsor" was taken 1 October 1657 and totalled £294 10s., of which £95 10s. was real estate: "eleven acres in home lot with housing and orchard," £50; "four acres and a half adjoining to the home lot," £6; "ten acres and a half of meadow," £10 10s.; "in the fourth meadow twelve acres," £15; "twenty-five acres of woodland over the brook against the house," £3; "forty-eight acres of woodland," £7 10s.; "ten acres of woodland," 10s.; and "his part in that called Tinker's Farm, eighty acres and a barn," £3 [Hartford PD Case #2774]. He also owned two swords. To the inventory was appended the following list:
The related that survive the abovesaid deceased are
The relict Elissabeth his widow
1 Josuay the eldest of age 17 years
2 Benaiah the second of age 13 years 3 months
3 Nathanell the third of age 9 years
4 Abigayle the eldest unmarried of age 18 years 3 quarters
5 Debora the youngest of age 6 years 7 months”

Thomas and Elizabeth Holcombe had 10 children. They were:
1. Elizabeth Holcomb was born in 1634, probably in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
2. Mary Holcomb was born in 1635 in Dorchester (now Windsor), Hartford, Connecticut. 
3. Abigail Holcomb was baptized on 6 Jan 1638 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.
4. Joshua Holcomb was born on 7 Apr 1640 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. 
5. Sarah Holcomb was baptized on 14 Aug 1642 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. She died in 1654.
6. Benajah Holcomb was born on 23 Jun 1644 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. 
7. Deborah Holcomb was born on 15 Oct 1646. She died in 1649.
8. Nathaniel Holcomb was born on 4 Nov 1648 at Poquonock, Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. 
9. Deborah Holcomb was born on 15 Feb 1649/50 in Windsor, Connecticut. 
10. Jonathon Holcomb was born on 23 Mar 1651/52 in Windsor, Hartford Connecticut. He died on 13 Sep 1656 at Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Thomas Holcombe and The Great Puritan Migration

Historians often use 1620 as the date for the start of the Great Puritan Migration, also the Great Migration. It was then that 101 passengers sailed the Mayflower to settle at what they called Plymouth Harbor. Nine years later, in 1629, King Charles I, who had a strong distaste of Puritans, dissolved Parliament in order to prevent the Puritans from working to make any political changes. This dissolution of parliament remained in effect for 11 years, a period known as The Personal Rule. In 1640, when King Charles I needed funding to support his military he called on the Short Parliament, which lasted for three weeks. This ended his Personal Rule, as well as the Great Puritan Migration.

Ship The Mary and John
It was likely in either 1630 aboard the ship, The Mary and John, or in 1633 aboard the ship, Thunder, when my 9th great grandfather immigrated to America from England as part of this Great Puritan Migration. Because ship passengers lists were not a requirement of the time, we may never know when and on what ship Thomas Holcombe actually arrived in New England. The Mary and John Clearing House has, through historical evidence, created three possible passenger lists for the Mary and John, which sailed from Plymouth, England on 20 March 1630, and landed in what is now Dorchester, Massachusetts on 30 May 1630. List A includes passengers that were certainly or most likely on board (including his pastor, John Warham, and many members of his church), list B includes probable passengers, and list C includes possible passengers. Thomas Holcombe, age 25, from either Dorset or Somerset is currently listed on list B along with his wife, Elizabeth . It has also been suggested that he sailed on a ship called The Thunder, which was commanded by John Tilley and sailed in 1633. In my opinion, I would lean more toward him arriving via The Mary and John.

No matter how or when Thomas Holcombe first came to America, we do know he was residing in Dorchester, Massachusetts on 4 May 1634 when he took the following Oath of a Freeman:
“I, Thomas Holcombe, being by God's providence an inhabitant and freeman within the jurisdiction of this common weale, do freely acknowledge myself to be subject to the government thereof, and therefore do hereby swear by the great and dreadful name of the ever-living God that I will be true and faithful to the same, and will accordingly yield assistance and support thereunto, with my person and estate, as in equity I am bound, and will also truly endeavor to maintain and preserve all the priviledges and liberties thereunto, submitting myself to the wholesome laws made and established by the same. And further, that I will not plot nor practise any evil against it, nor consent to any that shall be so done, but will timely discover and reveal the same to lawful authority now here established for the speedy preventing thereof. Moreover, I do solemnly bind myself in the sight of God that when I shall be called to give my voice touching any such matter of this State, wherein Freemen are to deal, I will give my vote and suffrage as I shall in my own conscience judge best to produce and tend to the public weale of the body, without respect of persons or respect of any man.”
It is also known that Thomas Holcombe owned land in Dorchester, Massachusetts as he is recorded in the Report of Commissioners of Boston as selling his “house and lands to Richard Joanes” on 12 Aug 1635.  Thomas Holcombe moved to Windsor, Connecticut.