Notable ancestors

These are a few of the interesting characters I've come across as I explore the roots and branches of our family trees.

Mayflower Passengers

Bingham line

Brewster was a leader in the so-called Puritan movement of English Reformed Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries. They sought to "purify" the Church of England from its "Catholic" practices, maintaining that the Church of England was only partially reformed.

Brewster joined other Puritans who moved from England to Holland. In 1619 Brewster and Edward Winslow published a religious tract critical of the English king and his bishops. King James ordered Brewster’s arrest and Brewster went into hiding while preparing to depart for America.

He obtained a land patent from England and sailed on the Mayflower in 1620. Also aboard were his wife, Mary, and two of their sons, Love and Wrestling.

After the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Colony, Brewster became the senior elder and the religious leader of the colony and later an adviser to Governor William Bradford. 

Wikipedia notes many famous descendants of William Brewster including Bing Crosby, Richard Gere, Julia Child, Ted Danson, John Lithgow, Adlai Stevenson and Zachary Taylor. An episode of the TV show “Who Do You Think You Are” featured Ashley Judd tracing her ancestors back to Elder Brewster. Here's a review of that episode. A bad copy is streaming at Dailymotion.

Bingham connection:
Elder William Brewster (1560-1644)
Love Brewster (1611-1651)
William Brewster (1645-1723)
Benjamin Brewster (1688-1752)
Simon Brewster (1720-1801)
Lydia Brewster (1743- )
Anna Brewster Johnson (1762-1865)
Johnson Bingham Jr. (1793-1883)
Horace Bingham (1824-1888)
Albrose Bingham (1878-1958)
Marjorie Bingham (1903-1997)
Laura May Harding (1925-1999)

Richard Warren (1578-1628)
Stafford-Underwood line

Warren was among the few English merchants who signed on to make the Mayflower voyage as a member of the Pilgrim contingent from Holland. His reason for making the voyage has not been determined.

Warren was one of the signers of the Mayflower Compact, the first governing document of Plymouth Colony, though he appears to have had played no major role within the colony itself. In one of his writings, Governor William Bradford assigns Warren the title of "Mr." which indicates someone of status, but does not mention him at all in his recording of Plymouth history. Other records show that he was among the explorers who made the first encounter with local Indians.

Warren's descendants include such notables as Ulysses S. Grant, Franklin D. Roosevelt and astronaut Alan B. Shepard, Jr. 
Bingham connection:
Richard Warren (1578-1628)
Mary Warren (1610-1683)
Elizabeth Bartlett (1643-1713)
Anthony Sprague (1663-1731)
Sarah Sprague (1697-1741)
Abigail Whitman (1728-1804)
Oliver Hopkins (1756-1839)
Susannah Hopkins (1788-1872)
Laura Stafford (1807-1891)
Joseph Underwood (1831-1913)
Charles Underwood (1858-1913)
Lula May Underwood (1881-1967)
Marjorie Bingham (1903-1997)
Laura May Harding (1925-1999)


John Tower (1609-1702)
Stafford-Underwood line

John Tower was born on May 17, 1609, in Hingham, Norfolk, England.  John was the son of Robert and Dorothy (Damon) Tower. He was born in the parish of Hingham, county of Norfolk, in the eastern part of England.

In 1637 John Tower and his friend Samuel Lincoln arrived in Boston after a voyage that took almost 12 weeks. John and Samuel traveled together by horseback to Salem and then on to Hingham, Massachusetts, where they both settled. Lincoln was the first of Abraham Lincoln's ancestors to live in America.

Tower and his sons fought in King Phillip’s War against Indian tribes (1675-78). During his long life he filled many positions of trust and responsibility, including fence inspector, and became a man of considerable wealth for his time. In the 1640s, Tower was jailed for his part in a rebellion against Thomas Winthrop, the then-leader of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

He married Margaret Ibrook on February 13, 1639, in Charlestown, Massachusetts, and died on February 13, 1702, in Hingham, Massachusetts, at the impressive age of 92.

Valentine Whitman Sr. (1628-1701)
Stafford-Underwood line

Valentine Whitman (aka Wightman) was was born at Burton-Upon-Trent, England, and died in Providence, Rhode Island. He married Mary Aldrich on 6 Oct. 1652. She had also emigrated from England.

Valentine was an Indian interpreter and could speak their language fluently. He was often called upon to be a translator in dealings between the early settlers and the Indians.

In 1660 he was a witness to a contract between the Indian Chief Ninigret and the United Colonies (Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut, New Haven and Hartford). In 1656 he was Surveyor of Highways, and in 1658 he served as a Commissioner in the General Court of Commissioners for Rhode Island. He was also a soldier in the Rhode Island Militia during King Philip’s War in 1676. 

Whitman may have been the son of Edward Wightman, the last martyr burned at the stake in England.

Lewis Latham (1585-1655) and Frances Latham (1609-1677)
Stafford-Underwood line

Lewis was born around 1584 in Bedfordshire, England, north of London. He was trained in the art of falconry and became under-falconer to Charles, the Prince of Wales. When Charles ascended the throne as King Charles I, he retained his falconers and promoted Lewis in 1627 to King's Sergeant-Falconer.

Lewis' brother Simon was also a falconer. His book on the subject of falconry "Lathams Falconry, or the Falconers Lure and Cure in two books," gained authority in the field with at least three editions published in the 1600s.

Lewis’ daughter Frances had four children with her first husband, William Dungan, before he died at age 29. She then married London merchant Jeremy Clarke who who moved the family to America in 1637. After Clarke died in 1652, Frances married William Vaughan, one of the original members of the First Baptist Church of Newport, RI, and later the first minister of the Second Baptist Church.

Clarke was one of the first governors of the Rhode Island colony and his wife, the falconer’s daughter, would become known as the Mother of Governors. Nine Rhode Island governors, including John Chafee and his son, Lincoln, were direct descendants. One more was governor of Washington. Five more Rhode Island governors were related to her by marriage.

John Cranston (1625-1680)
Stafford-Underwood line

Cranston was born in England (or Scotland) where his father, Rev. James Cranston, was one of the chaplains of King Charles I. He was sent to New England as a boy and put under the care of Jeremiah Clarke, who became an early president of the Rhode Island colony. He eventually married Clarke's daughter, Mary.

Elected a drummer in the militia of Portsmouth while a teenager, Cranston had several military positions of authority throughout his life, and during King Philip's War he commanded the colony's militia. He also became the colony's first licensed physician and surgeon in March 1663.

Later in life Cranston was elected to a variety of offices, including attorney general, deputy, assistant and commissioner. In 1672 he was elected for the first time to the office of deputy governor, for a year, and then in 1676 during King Philip's War was elected again to that office. In 1678, following the deaths of two colonial governors in rapid succession, Cranston was elected to the office of governor, which position he held for nearly two years until his own death in March 1680.

His son, Samuel, served as governor for almost 30 years.

Samuel Gorton Sr. (1592-1677)
Stafford-Underwood line

Gorton was an early settler and civic leader of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations and President of the towns of Providence and Warwick. He was also theologically active, and the leader of a small sect of converts who came to be known as Gortonists or Gortonites.

Gorton had strong religious beliefs that were contrary to Puritan theology and was very outspoken, and as a result he was frequently in trouble with the civil and church authorities in the New England colonies.

Randall Holden (1611-1692)
Stafford-Underwood line

Holden was an early inhabitant of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, one of the original founders of Portsmouth, and one of the co-founders of the town of Warwick. He came to New England from Salisbury, Wiltshire, England and is first recorded as one of the signers of the Portsmouth Compact. Following a few years on Aquidneck Island (called Rhode Island at the time), he joined Samuel Gorton and ten others to establish the town of Warwick in early 1643 on land purchased from the Indian sachems.

Mary Metcalf (1618-1672)
Bingham line

Mary is the bride in the Brook Bride story. She lived in the Connecticut town of Saybrook, now part of East Lyme. Mary and Jonathan Rudd had planned to marry on a day in late 1646. But their plan was interrupted by a heavy snow fall that prevented the magistrate in a nearby town from making the trip. 

Friends of the couple contacted John Winthrop, son of the governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony, who was a magistrate in New London. Winthrop said he could not marry the couple because his authority was limited to Massachusetts. But he agreed to meet the wedding party at the brook that formed the dividing line between the two colonies. He stood on the Massachusetts side while the couple stood on the Connecticut side.

The story was told in in the Ladies Home Journal in 1892 and in a book about the history of East Lyme. In 1925, descendants of the Rudd family erected a monument on the banks of the brook in East Lyme. The wedding was reenacted in 1935 and again at the New York World's Fair in 1964.   

Samuel Richardson (1605-1658)
Bingham line

Samuel, Thomas and Ezekiel Richardson were among the founders of Woburn, Massachusetts. The three brothers were on the original committee to lay out the new town in 1640. The seven founders were required to build houses for habitation within two years. They also were entrusted with the power to grant lands to other persons willing to build and live within the newly formed village. They were part of initial seven members of the church in Woburn when it formed on 14 August 1642. Samuel was one of the first town officers elected on 13 April 1644 and served as a selectman of Woburn from 1644-1646, 1649-1651.

Matthew Grant (1601-1681)
Underwood line

Windsor, Connecticut, was the first English settlement in the state. A monument in the town honoring Matthew Grant and his wife Priscilla says “They were among the founders of Windsor of which he was for many years surveyor, recorder, selectman and deacon.”

Matthew’s son Samuel, born in 1631, served in similar roles. One profiles says he was a “sealer of measures, lister, constable, surveyor, boundgoer” for many years.

Two of Samuel’s sons, Josiah, and Samuel II, each married women from Connecticut’s Miner family. Josiah’s descendants include Charles Underwood and his granddaughter, Marjorie Bingham, my grandmother.

His brother Samuel II’s descendants include Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States.

Bingham line

Johnson was a leading figure in colonial Massachusetts, and is one of the founders of Woburn where he served as its first town clerk. He was selected as Deputy from Woburn to the Massachusetts General Court (the colonial legislature) almost every year from 1646 on. Johnson was the first military officer commissioned in Woburn.

He is regarded as the author of the first printed history of New England, The Wonderworking Providence of Sion's Savior in New England, which was published in England in 1654.

Johnson is depicted among the church leaders in a 19th-century painting on display at the Woburn Public Library. It shows the ordination of Thomas Carter as the first minister of Woburn. A bearded Johnson is on Carter's right.

Salem Witchery

Bingham line

Margaret was among the women who were accused of witchcraft at Salem Mass. She was found guilty of witchcraft and was executed by hanging on September 22, 1692. She was part of the last group to be executed, which also included Mary Eastey, Martha Corey, Ann Pudeator, Samuel Wardwell, Mary Parker, Alice Parker, and Wilmot Redd. 

As a lower-class, long-term widow, having lost several children in infancy, she was a prototypical witch candidate. When her husband, Benjamin, died, he left a very small estate and she, being unable to remarry, was reduced to begging, which invited resentment and suspicion. 

At her trial, she was accused by at least two Rowley residents of bewitching their livestock after their owners refused Margaret's request for food or firewood. In four of the six depositions presented at trial, Margaret was accused of appearing as a spirit or spectral image to torment her victims in their dreams.

In the spring of 1693, Governor William Phipps signed pardons for the accused who were still in prison. In 1697, the court acknowledged that the 1692 trials were unlawful. A few years later, Salem passed a bill stating that those accused had their good name and rights as citizens restored. 


Oliver Hopkins  (1756-1839)
Stafford-Underwood line

In the Revolutionary War, Hopkins enlisted into the Rhode Island Militia. In April of 1780 he enlisted in Capt. Bottom's Company, Col. Wells' regiment of the Connecticut Militia. He served as a volunteer except for two occasions that he served as a substitute. He is a 2nd cousin, once removed, to Stephan Hopkins, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Nathan Wood (1762-1832)
Stafford-Underwood line

According to pension records, Nathan Wood enlisted from Mansfield, Conn. and marched to Bennington in 1777. The following year he served in the Light Horse, Wales’ Company, Latimer’s Regiment.

Anthony Clark (1739-1827)
Woodfin line

Clark served in the Revolutionary War as a sergeant of Captian Elias Van Buntschotens Company, 3rd New York Regiment, commanded by Colonel James Clinton. His name appears on a muster roll for 15 November 1775 to 30 January 1776, dated Point Levi, 16 February 1776, which shows date of enlistment 15 November, year not shown. Family history says one of Anthony Clark's brothers was killed in the battle of Bunker Hill.

Nicholas Woodfin (1759-1832)
Woodfin line

Woodfin was an Indian spy during the Indian War of 1774 and again In the Revolutionary War. In the War of 1812, Nicholas served in an Ohio militia regiment under Gen. William Henry Harrison, the governor of the Indiana Territory who would later be the nation's ninth President. He was a private in Captain Joel Collins' Company of Riflemen, First Regiment (Suttons) Ohio Militia. His service commenced August 11, 1812 and ended February 11, 1813.

Isaac Miller (1755-1806)
Woodfin line

Miller was born in Ireland and emigrated to America about 1781. State and federal records list Miller as a private in the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment from August 1 to September 30 of 1781. His service at that time involved hauling stores to troops in Pittsburgh. He also appears as a private in John Clark’s company, 8th Pennsylvania Regiment, Continental Line, commanded by Lt. Col. Stephen Bayard for the months of February through April of 1783.

Family history says Miller had some part in the Whiskey Rebellion of 1791-94. Throughout Western Pennsylvania counties, protesters used violence and intimidation to prevent federal officials from collecting a federal tax on distilled spirits. When President George Washington called on the governor of Pennsylvania to enforce the tax, Miller moved to Virginia, then Kentucky and finally settled in Tennessee.

Johnson Bingham (1764-1843)
Bingham line

In 1776, at age 12, Johnson joined the American Revolution cause. According to family records, he enlisted in Connecticut Troops (1779-1780) as recorded in Rev. War Pension Claim 1895. He enlisted in the regular army in 1780 at age 16. He joined the Connecticut Militia in Capt. Bottom's Co. from Plainsville under Col. Wells' Connecticut Regiment. He served nine months at the rank of private.

Johnson was one of the original seven families to settle Cortland County in Upstate New York and among the first four families to settle the town of Solon where he served a time as a judge.

Jacob Spicer (1757-1824)
Harding line

Spicer enlisted in the Continental Army in March 1777 from New York's Dutchess County and served until June 30, 1783. He first joined the 8th Regiment, New York Troops in Capt. Jonathan Titus’ company under Col. Livingstone. He also served in the 2nd Regiment with the same captain under Col. Phillip Van Cortland and later in the 4th Regiment.

According to the Spicer Genealogy, he was with Gen. Sullivan in central New York in the Indian battles of 1779. He saw the surrender of British Gen. Burgoyne at Lake Saratoga in 1781 and the surrender of Gen. Cornwallis in Virginia in 1783. 

Ebenezer Mitchael Holden (1764-1875)
Harding line

Holden enlisted in Massachusetts as a private in Capt. Abner Wade’s company, Col. Michael Jackson’s regiment. He received a pension on a claim executed in 1818. Ebenezer Holden is also listed as a private in the War of 1812 serving in Capt. P. Bonner’s company, Col. D. Messinger’s regiment.

John Orrin McFarland (1707-1784)
Woodfin line

McFarland came to America with his father, Robert, who was a chief in the McFarland Clan in Scotland. The family settled for a time in Virginia and when the war began John and his son Benjamin took oaths of allegiance to the new country. Records in Bedford County say the two furnished food for the Continental Army. That allowed John Sr. to be classified as a “Patriot” by the D.A.R. (Ancestor # A076825)

John McFarland Jr.  (1739-1809)
Woodfin line

McFarland Clan historian Mary Helen Haines, in a report on McFarlands in Virginia and Pennsylvania, said John Sr. served in Pennsylvania's Montgomery Co. militia under William Doaks in 1780, and under Capt. James Finley in the 1780s. Records list another John McFarland who could be his eldest son. This John McFarland (husband of Mary Kinder), is also a qualifying Ancestor for the D.A.R. (Ancestor #A070328).

Robert Follett (1739-1811)
Bingham line

Follett, from Attleborough, MA, served 8 months in the Connecticut 1st Regiment.

Jeremiah Loveless (1743-1825)
Underwood line

Loveless is listed as an enlisted soldier in the 14th Regiment of the New York Militia under Col. Peter Yates. A short biography on Find-A-Grave says Loveless enlisted on 8 August 1775 and also served Elisha and Benjamin Loveless. He is also listed as serving in Captain James Rosekrans 9th Company of the 4th NY Continental Line in 1775.

Stephen Hopkins (1707-1785)
Related to Stafford-Underwood line

Hopkins was a governor of the Colony of Rhode Island, a Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court, and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Hopkins’ great grandfather was Thomas Hopkins (1616-1684) who emigrated from England. Revolutionary War soldier Oliver Hopkins and my great grandmother Lula May Underwood also descended from Thomas Hopkins.


Capt. Obadiah Johnson (1702-1765)
Bingham line

Johnson was a leading man in church and town affairs, and his will shows that he was possessed of considerable wealth in notes and lands. He was lieutenant and later captain, and served in the French and Indian War between 1754 and 1763.

Samuel Woodfin III (1789-1863)
Woodfin line

Samuel was among Rutherford County's first volunteers to follow fellow Tennessean Andrew Jackson to fight the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812.

American Civil War

Orrin C. Reed, New York 185th
Bingham line

Reed’s entire time in the Union Army, less than a year, was spent in the siege of Petersburg near Richmond. When the Confederate line was finally breached in March of 1865 and federal troops went on the offensive, Reed was fatally wounded in a skirmish at Lewis Farm. The war in the east ended 12 days after Reed died when Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox.

Samuel Chase Woodfin, Tennessee 18th 
Woodfin line

Woodfin and three brothers joined the Confederate Army not long after Tennessee left the Union. He fought at Stones River, where the youngest of the brothers died, and at Chickamauga, Atlanta and in North Carolina where Gen. Joe Johnston and the Western forces surrendered two weeks after Lee.

George Foster, New York 152d
Harding line

Foster was an 18-year-old orphan when he enlisted in the Federal Army on September 6, 1862. His regiment fought in the battles at Cold Harbor, The Wilderness, And Spotsylvania Courthouse. In the siege of Petersburg, Foster was captured in an attack at Weldon Railroad and spent 10 months at the notorious Andersonville prison camp in Georgia.

John Tipton Womack, Alabama 2nd
Womack line

Womack’s regiment guarded the Confederate Fort Morgan at Mobile Bay. He returned home in 1862 after his one-year enlistment expired and was not present when the Union navy took control of the bay. 

Brits & Irish

Thomas Egerton (1450-1617)
Stafford-Underwood line

Egerton, known as 1st Baron Ellesmere from 1603 to 1616, was an English nobleman, judge and statesman. He served under Queen Elizabeth I and King James and was Lord Keeper and Lord Chancellor for twenty-one years.

As Solicitor General, Egerton became a frequent legal advocate for the crown. He was one of the prosecutors at the 1586 trial of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Robert St. Lawrence (1431-1486)
Stafford-Underwood line

St. Lawrence was High Sheriff of County Dublin in 1456, Chancellor of the Exchequer of Ireland in 1478 and Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas (Ireland). In 1474 he was chosen to be one of the thirteen Knights of the Brotherhood of Saint George, who were charged with defending the Pale against invasion by neighboring Gaelic clans, and with keeping the peace in the Pale generally.

In 1483, Richard III chose him to be Lord Chancellor of Ireland, despite opposition from Gerald FitzGerald, 8th Earl of Kildare, who was then almost all-powerful in Ireland. His continued employment by the Yorkist kings after his second marriage in 1478 is perhaps surprising, given that his second wife, Joan Beaufort, was a close relative of Henry Tudor, who was to overthrow the House of York in 1485.

Hugh O'Neill (1550-1616)
Woodfin line

O’Neill, 2nd earl of Tyrone, was a celebrated Irish rebel who led an unsuccessful Roman Catholic uprising against English rule in Ireland from 1595 to 1603. The defeat of O’Neill and the conquest of his province of Ulster was the final step in the subjugation of Ireland by the English.

In 1607, O’Neill and other nobles, along with their followers, secretly fled to Spain and made their way to Rome. The “flight of the earls” signaled the end of Gaelic Ulster. Outlawed by the English, O’Neill lived in Rome the rest of his life.

An image of an aged O’Neill appears in a Vatican fresco as an observer at a coronation ceremony.

Rev. Alexander Miller (1720-1786)
Woodfin line

Miller's grandfather, Alexander Mac-Donell, was a Roman Catholic nobleman in Northern Ireland who married Alice O'Neill, daughter of Hugh O'Neill, a fiery opponent of English Tudor rule in Ireland.

Preaching in Virginia in the early part American Revolution, Miller was arrested and convicted of giving aid and intelligence to the enemy. The basis for the charge was a letter written by Miller in which he argued that independence would deprive Britain of its property and subject the Americans to divine displeasure. His son, Isaac Miller, later fought against British rule as a soldier in the colonial army.

A Scandalous Stepmother

Katherine Swynford (1350-1403)
Related to Stafford-Underwood line

Robert St Lawrence (1431-1486) was a member of the family that has inhabited Howth Castle in Ireland since 1177. Robert's first wife, Alice White, was the mother of my ancestor Nicholas St Lawrence. Robert's second wife, Joan Beaufort, came from a much more interesting family.

Katherine Swynford, Joan’s grandmother, was the long-time mistress of John of Gaunt (1340-1399), the fourth son of King Edward III of England, and Queen Philippa of Hainault.

Katherine and John crossed paths when Katherine was employed as a governess under John's first wife Blanche, the Dutchess of Lancaster. After Blanche died, John married another rich royal, Constance of Castile. That union put him in line to eventually claim the crown of Castile.

Katherine, whose sister married the poet Geoffrey Chaucer, married Hugh Swynford, a knight with small estate in Lincolnshire.

During his marriage to Constance, John fathered four children with Katherine, who was then a widow. Late in their lives, John was able to secure approval from King Richard and the Pope to marry Katherine.

Their four children were legitimized after their marriage (but prevented form succeeding to the throne) and went on to have significant roles in English history and the Tudor Dynasty. One daughter was grandmother to two kings and was related to Catherine Parr, the sixth wife of Henry VIII. One of her biographers said she is related to all English kings since her time as well as to Winston Churchill and at least five US presidents including the three Georges: Washington, Bush and Bush.

Her life is the subject of numerous books, including a 2008 biography “Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and his Scandalous Duchess” and Anya Seton's fictional “Katherine." Though published in 1954, a 2003 survey by the BBC ranked Seton's book among the top 100 most loved novels in Britain.

Jeannene's Tree

Mayflower Passengers

John Howland (1592-1673)
Macy Line

William Bradford, who was the governor of Plymouth Colony for many years, wrote in Of Plymouth Plantation that Howland was a man-servant of John Carver. Carver was the deacon of the Separatists church while the group resided in Leiden, Netherlands.

At the time the Leiden congregation left the Netherlands on the Speedwell, Carver was in England securing investments, gathering other potential passengers, and chartering the Mayflower for the journey to North America. The Separatists planned to travel to the New World on the Speedwell and the Mayflower. The Speedwell proved to be unseaworthy, and thus most of the passengers crowded onto the Mayflower.

He signed the Mayflower Compact and helped found the colony. During his service to Governor Carver, Howland assisted in the making of a treaty with the Sachem Massasoit of the Wampanoag tribe. In 1626, he was a freeman and one of eight settlers who agreed to assume the colony's debt to its investors in exchange for a monopoly on the fur trade. He was elected deputy to the Plymouth General Court in 1641 and held the position until 1655 and was elected again in 1658.

Macy connection:
John Howland (1592 - 1673)
Desire Howland (1623 - 1683)
Shubael Gorham (1667 - 1750)
Deborah Gorham (1714 - 1787)
Eunice Fitch (1736 - 1795)
Lucinda Barnard (1767 - 1810)
Jonathan Macy (1791 -1865)
David Macy (1816 - 1901)

John Tilley, Joan (Hurst) Tilley and Elizabeth Tilley 
Macy-Hoagland line

John Tilley was born in 1571 at Bedford, England. John and Joan Tilley came on the Mayflower with their youngest child, Elizabeth, then about thirteen years old. John's brother, His brother Edward Tilley and his wife Agnes were also aboard the Mayflower.

John was a signatory to the Mayflower Compact. During the first winter at Plymouth, both John and Joan died but Elizabeth survived and later married fellow Mayflower passenger John Howland.


Elihu Coleman  (1699-1789)
Macy line

Elihu was a minister of the Society of Friends on Nantucket Island. He was an early advocate of emancipation in America and wrote articles and pamphlets denouncing the institution as anti-Christian.

The home that Elihu built is still standing, and evidence of the thoroughness of its construction and the excellence of the Nantucket timber of which it was built.


John Hoagland  (1761-1835)
Macy-Hoagland line

Hoagland's name appears in the official register of the officers and men of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War. 


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