Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sons of the American Revolution - Elihu CARPENTER

Sons of the American Revolution Elihu CARPENTER (1752-1827) veteran of the Revolutionary War, married 1738 Martha HUTCHINS. Son of Eleazer CARPENTER and Elisabeth WARFIELD.

Enlisted and served as Corporal at time of the Lexington Scare in Co. of Nathaniel Carpenter, No. 607. Served 8 days.

Enlisted and served as Corporal in Nathaniel Carpenter's Co., Col. Cary's Reg. at New York and White Plains. Dismissed Dec. 1, 1776, after 5 mon. service. Enlisted and served as Quarter master's Sergeant in Col. Hathaway's Reg. April 21, 1777. Served 24 days in Rhode Island.

Enlisted as Sergeant in Co. of Capt. Nathaniel Carpenter, "Reg. of Col. Whitney, in Rhode Island Alarm, May 3, 1777. Served 1 mo. 25 days. Marched from Rehobeth to Point Judith.

"Mass. Soldier's and Sailor's of the Revolutionary War" Vol. III.P. 116.

ANCESTRY CHAIN: 6th great-grandfather Elihu CARPENTER b.1752, Betsy CARPENTER-3684 b.1788, Adaline RAWSON b.1811, Mary DUNN b.1833, Harriett Camilla ENSIGN b.1859, George Ensign SMITH b.1898, Myrle, children of Myrle, grandchildren of Myrle.

Immigrant ancestors of Elihu CARPENTER are pictured with ships. The next two generations include many more immigrant ancestors

(click on chart to enlarge.)

See post on three William CARPENTER immigrant grandfathers.

See post on immigrant grandfather Edward FREEMAN.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Francis HAWKES and Eliza COLE family group sheet

My Great Grand Parents family:

left side: father Francis HAWKES, Clarence Christopher (Cal) CRESSAL and Mary Ann FARNES, Eliza Annie HAWKES and Hyrum David DAVIDSON, Francis William HAWKES child, Sarah Ann HAWKES and Harry WORLEY, Herbert Henry HAWKES and Sarah Amy JONES.right side: mother Eliza COLE, Alvin James HAWKES and Margaret SMITH, Martha Maria HAWKES and William Henry BROUGH, Horatio Paul HAWKES and Annie McNiel SMITH, Nellie May HAWKES and not pictured Albert Milton CURTIS, Elizabeth HAWKES and Edmund Rodoph GIBBS.

Click on images to Enlarge and Read.
Ancestry Chain: grandchildren, son, Myrle, Amy Ella HAWKES, Herbert Henry HAWKES, Francis HAWKES and Eliza COLE.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

House at 1154 E. Whitlock Ave

I thought my boys would be interested in seeing the house 'fixed up'. After my sister Leona's funeral in 2002 we all went by to see it. I was quite saddened by how awful it looked and that no one seemed to be taking care of it! I believe Lincoln or Nate took some pictures then. It looks so good now..(someone decided to care) that I thought you might be interested.

Ella and Ensign Smith

[This was posted on the blog of my grand niece. ]

Happy Memorial Day. Just as a reminder that this holiday is more than the beginning of summer (when the pools open) or a great day off to have a picnic, here is what we did--for the first time ever.

We recently moved to a neighborhood in Salt Lake City where my great grandfather and grandmother built a house, and were laid to rest in a cemetery very close to us. When we were discussing our new place with my parents and uncle it came up that we would be close. So, decided to go on a field trip for our family home evening to prepare the boys and introduce them to Ella and Ensign before we went to the cemetery.

We used this as our lesson:


And then drove the five minutes to get to the house:
64 years old, and there it was. Built by the hands and sweat of my Great Grandfather and Grandmother. I was surprised at how engaged Reuben was in the whole idea and trip. His Great Great Grandfather Built that house? and they lived there? who lives there now? how come they don't live there anymore? We also visited the chapel they attended just down the street pictured below the house.

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Here is Ensign working on the foundation of the house, the back of the house with Ensign and Grandchildren (my mother included), and Ensign with my mother, aunts and grandmother (and the church in the background).
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We went to the Cemetery yesterday. It is just up the road from us. It was really easy to spot Ella and Ensign, their son George Ensign Jr who died from cancer when we has 11, and their daughter Leona (who I remember because she had really cool fake eye lashes and wore fancy clothes.)
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It was a little harder to find the military marker for Ensign (pictured above) and My other great aunt Amy and her Husband. But we found all of them with some help.

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There was a special spirit there. Reuben and Simeon were both able to be respectful, yet interested. We had to call grandma to find out why George Ensign Jr died when he was 11, because Reuben needed to know.

We talked about the sealing power. How because Ensign and Ella were sealed in the temple they were still together, with their children, even though they were not on the earth anymore. We talked about our great chain of eternal family, children sealed to parents, and how we could be with them after we die. What a great blessing eternal families are.

While Ensign did serve in World War I, and we are grateful for that service, it was lovely to talk about the service he did to his family, his faithfulness, and our link to him. I am glad the holiday morphed into a day to consider those acts of service, because it sure doesn't feel like the beginning of summer here and there was no way we could have gone to a pool or sprinkler park without turning blue. And, next time we'll think of getting some flowers, because while we did sweep off the headstones, they were looking a little bare compared to the neighboring graves.

If you are related to them you will be interested in links below:

George Ensign Smith
Amy Ella Hawkes

Thomas PRENCE 4th, 8th & 12th Governor of Plymouth Colony

Thomas Prence House Eastam, Barnstable County, Massachusetts. Built 1646. Demolished.

Thomas Prence Governor of Plymouth

Thomas Prence
(1599 – March 29, 1673) was a co-founder of Eastham, Massachusetts, a political leader in both the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies, and governor of Plymouth (1634, 1638, and 1657 - 1673).

Early Life:

Thomas Prence was born in 1599 at Lechlade, Gloucestershire, England a son of Thomas Prence and Elizabeth Tolderby. Thomas emigrated to America in 1621 on the ship Fortune, arriving in Plymouth on November 9, 1621, just a few days after the first Thanksgiving.
A chair belonging to Thomas which now resides in the Pilgrim Hall Museum.
75 Court Street (Route 3A), Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360

Marriage and Family:

Prence married three times. He married as his first wife on August 5, 1624 at Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts (the ninth marriage recorded in the colony), Patience Brewster, a passenger on the Anne which arrived in Plymouth in 1623. She was born circa 1600 probably in Scrooby a small village, where her father was born, in the northern part of the English county of Nottinghamshire and died before December 12, 1634 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, of a "pestilent fever." She was a daughter of Elder William Brewster, (c. 1567 - April 10, 1644), the Pilgrim leader and spiritual elder of the Plymouth Colony and a passenger on the Mayflower.

Thomas and Patience had four children: Thomas Jr., Rebecca, Mercy, and Hannah. Rebecca married first Edmund Freeman, Jr. the son of Edmund Freeman and had two children. Rebecca married second Capt. John PUTMAN they had ten children. She died in Sandwich, Massachusetts. Mercy married John Freeman, had eleven children, and settled in Eastham, Massachusetts. Hannah married Nathaniel Mayo, had six children, and died in Eastham.

Prence next married on April 1, 1635 in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Mary Collier, bapt. in 1612 at St Olave's Church, in the parish of Southwark St Olave, an area of south-east London, now the London Borough of Southwark, England and died before December 1662 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. She was a daughter of Jane (____) Clark and William Collier, one of the investors, or Merchant Adventurers, and an initial shareholder in the Plymouth Plantation. She was the sister of Sarah Collier, the wife of Love Brewster, a passenger on the Mayflower and the son of Elder William Brewster.

They were the parents of five children: Mary Prence, Jane Prence, Elizabeth Prence, Sarah Prence, Judith Prence. Jane Prence (November 1, 1637 - 1712) married Mark Snow the son of Nicholas Snow and Constance Hopkins, a daughter of Stephen Hopkins (born about 1582 – 1644), a tanner and merchant who was one of the passengers on the Mayflower in 1620, settling in Plymouth Colony.

Lastly, Prence married Apphia Quicke in December, 1662. It is unknown if they had any children.

COMMENTS: For many years it was believed that Prence had married only three times and that his last wife was "Mary" Freeman, but this was straightened out in 1904 by Ella Florence Elliott, who divided the erroneous construct into its proper wholes, revealing divorcee Apphia Freeman and widow Mary Howes as Prence's last two of four wives.

He was allowed to join with Bradford, Allerton and Standish as a member of the Trade Monopoly. Later, in 1644, he and several other prominent families left Plymouth for better land and founded the community of Eastham, Massachusetts. He became governor of Plymouth, for the first time, in 1634; he was elected again in 1638 and served from 1657 to 1673. After the death of Governor Bradford in 1653, he became the leader of the Plymouth Colony serving in that capacity until his death.

He was distinguished for his religious zeal, and opposed those that he believed to be heretics, particularly the Quakers. He became infamous for the banishment of those who would not conform to his specific church law, including Samuel Gorton, the first governor of Rhode Island. He restructured the local government to secure his position and led the persecution of numerous people for offenses such as smiling in church, harboring non-church members, and tending garden during the Sabbath. He also procured revenue for the colony's grammar schools so future generations would be better educated.

Governor Prence gave to Wamsutta and Pometacom, the sons of Massasoit, the names Alexander and Philip as a compliment to their warlike character.

Plots belonging to our Grandfathers found on this map are:
William Brewster
, Thomas Prence,
Peter Browne, and
[Uncle Dr. Samuel Fuller.]

"He was another able business man to arrive in Plymouth on the Fortune in 1621, and became Governor of Plymouth Colony for 20 years, serving at times from 1634 to 1673. He followed his father-in-law, William Brewster, to Duxbury in 1632, and finally removed to Nauset (Eastham) in 1644 with six other families, returning later to Plymouth where he died."
Leon Clark Hills, The Mayflower Planters, History and Genealogy of the Mayflower Planters & First Comers to Ye Olde Colony, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1990, Baltimore, MD.

"Prence arrived at Plymouth Colony in 1621 on the Fortune, and from the beginning seemed to have taken a leading role in Plymouth affairs. Of the eight Plymouth Undertakers, who seemed to be the most important men in the colony in 1627, Prence was the only one who had not arrived on the Mayflower. He became governor in 1634, and was elected an Assistant in 1635, and from then on he was either an Assistant or governor every year for the rest of his life. He also served as treasurer, as president of the Council of War, and in various other capacities. With the death of of Bradford in 1657, Prence became without a doubt the most important and influential man in the colony. He was of a conservative nature, as is shown by his siding with Bradford and Winslow in the 1645 Vassall controversy, and by his actions against the Quakers. He was involved in several law suits which were decided in his favor, ... " - Plymouth Colony, Its History & People, 1620-1691.

"In July 1627, Thomas Prence became one of the eight parnters called undertakers, who guaranteed the purchase of Plymouth Colony from the merchant adventurers. He, with his father-in-law, William Brewster, and brother-in-law, Jonathan Brewster, signed 'Articles of Agreement' to have the 'whole trade consigned to us for some years' to pay the 'debts (of the colony) and set them free:' and to 'transport as many of our brethern of Leyden over' to Plymouth. Thomas Prence served Plymouth Colony as Governors Assistant in 1632, 1635-37, and 1639 through 1656. He was the treasurer of Plymouth Colony from 1637 to 1640 and he served as Commissioner of the United Colonies, 1645, 1650 and 1653-56. On 1 January 1633/34, when he was only 34 years old, Thomas Prence was elected as the fourth governor of Plymouth Colony. He served his second term in 1638, during which time he presided over the trial of four men wh had robbed and murdered an Indian near Providence. The evidence presented to the court resulted in them being found guilty and they were hung, one having escaped. 'On 3 June 1657, Thomas Prence was again elected Governor of the jurisdiction of New Plymouth and served until his death in 1673.'" - Barbara Lambert Merrick, William Brewster Of The Mayflower and His Descendants for Four Generations, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1996. "Thomas Prence was the most distinguished of the settlers of Eastham, though not the best educated. At the time of his removal in 1645, he was holding the position of an assistant ofFortune, in November, 1621. At the time of his removal he was residing in Duxbury. His farm at Eastham contained many acres. It was situated northwest of Town cove, in that part now include within the present town of Eastham. His house stood on the est side of teh county road, near where Mr. E. Doane's howse now [1916] stands. It is said his farm comprised teh 'richest land' in the place. The famous old pear tree planted by him while a resident, and which was blown down in 1849, stood but a few rods westward from the site of his house. He was a large land-owner. He owned land in what became afterwards Harwich and Truro, besides tracts at Tonset and other localities iin ht Colony. He disposed of most of his landed estate before his death. His tracts at Sauquatucket, now Brewster, which came to him by grant, on the account of haveing been a 'Purchaser or Old-Comer,' he sold to his son-in-law, Major John Freeman, in 1672. His 'half share' at Paumet, both 'purchased and unpurchased,' lying between 'Bound Brook,' at Wellfleet, and 'Eastern Harbor or Lovell's Creek,' he sold to Mr. Thomas Paine in 1670. "Mr. Pratt, in his History of Estham, says the homestead of Gov. Prence was given by will to his son-in-law, Samuel Freeman, but the statement is not supported by documentary evidence. Records show that Gov. Prence did sell to his 'beloverd son-in-law, Mr. Samuel Freeman, Jan. 12, 1671, for thirty pounds' his 'hose lot situated and being in the town of Eastham' and 'containing eighteen acres of upland, be it more or less,' boutnde 'at the northeasterly end' by a creek, together with other upland and meadows in other parts of the town. Records also show that Gov. Prence provided a place of abode for his son-in-law, Samuel Freeman and Mercy his wife, soon after thier marrigae, and that in December, 1662, it was conveyed to them. They were then residing upon it. It was the place of the governor purchased of Mr. Josiah Cook, a 'gentleman' of Eastham. The position of this house lot the writer cannot give, but undoubtedly it was near Gov. Prence's place. "Gov. Prence continued in the office of an assistant by successive elections till 1657, when he was unanimously elected to the office of governor, as successor to Gov. Bradford, who died that year. As the law required the governor to reside at the seat of government, a dispensation was obtained from him, and he was allowed to remain at Eastham, as he desired. Mrs. Bradford was engaged to entertain him and his assistants while at Court; and attendant was appointed to attend him in his journey to and from Plymouth, and Mr. Allyn of Barnstable was engaged to accommodate him and his attendant in his house with private rooms when passing 'to and from' In 1665, Gov. Prence removed to Plymouth, and occupied the place provided by the government at a place called Plain Dealing, which the late Judge John Davis, a native of Plymouth, says was 'nearly two miles from the centre of the town on the road to Boston.' The late William Russell in his Guide to Plymouth, says the place called Plain Dealing 'extended it is believed to Kingston line'; and that Gov. Prence's house was near 'Mr. Hedges,' and in the vicinity of 'Starts Hill.' At this place, while occupying the gubernatorial chair, he died March 29, 1673, in his 73d year. He was 'honorably interred at Plymouth, April 8th.' Judge Davis says: 'The Plymouth church records, in expressing Mr. Prence's character and his amiable and pleasant conversation, depart from their usual course by an indication of his personal appearance, from which it may be supposed that it was peculiarly dignified and striking. He was excellently qualified for the office of governor. He had a countenance full of majesty, and therein, as well as otherwise, was a terror to evil doers. Gove. Bradford, and had twice been chosen govenor of the infant colony-first election in 1634, and second election in 1638. He was a native of Lechlade, a parish in Gloucestershire, England, it is understood, and born about the year 1600. He came to Plymouth in the ship

Besides holding the office of governor, Mr. Prence was a great number of years an assistant of Gov. Bradford. He was one of the commissioners of the United Colonies many years; colonial treasurer and one of the council of war. He was one of those who stood bound to the adventures for the payment of the sum they demanded for their interest in the stock, trade, etc., of the Colony, when the purchase was made in behalf of those who came in the three first ships, viz: Mayflower, Fortune and Ann.

"Gov. Prence's will bears date March 13th, 1673, and codicil march 28th, 1683. He appointed his wife, Mary, executrix, and desired that his brother, Thomas Clark, and Mr. Josiah Winslow be her advisers. To his wife mary, he gave the profits of his part of the mill at Sauquatuckett, now West Brewster, with the land adjacent to it, which he desired at her death to go to his grandson, Theophilus Mayo, who was living with him. This, he said, he gave him for his encouragement to proceed in learning. HE also gave him all his 'books fit for him in learning. He enjoined him to 'carry it well with his grandmother,' and, in case he did so, to have a 'bed.' How dutiful he was to his aged grandparent, we have no means of knowing. He doubtless removed with her to Yarmouth. From what can now be gathered he did not survive her. His death, it is supposed, took place about 1678. He was the youngest son of Nathaniel and Hannah (Prence) Mayo, and it would seem, at the death of his father, was taken by the governor into his family. The governor also gave him one-half of his land and meadow near Namassakett, in Middleboro, which if he died without descendants, would be equally divided between Gov. Prence's daughters. Of his books he gave, among others, 'to Maj John Freeman, of Eastham, Speed's, Church's and Wilson's Dictionary; Simpson's History of the Church, and Newman's Concordance.' He made other bequests, but we cannot mention them all.

"The inventory of the governor's estate shows he owned on the Cape, 'one fourth of the mill and land adjoining to it at Satuckett,' now West Brewster; twenty acres of land and three acres of meadow at Tonsett in Eastham, and eighteen acres on Porchy Island. Befre his death Gov. Prence disposed of most of his estate by deeds. Thomas Prence's descendants are numerous upon the Cape. Thomas Prence, the only son of the governor, died in England, leaving no sons, consequently he has no descendants of the patronymic living." - Josiah Paine, "Early Settlers of Eastham," Library of Cape Cod History and Genealogy, 33 and 34 (1916), 63 pages.


Prence died March 29, 1673, in
Plymouth, Massachusetts and was buried on Burial Hill.


Ancestry Chain: 12th gr. grandfather (Gov.) Thomas PRENCE b.1599, Rebecca PRINCE b.1625, Priscilla PUTNAM b.1657, Lydia BAILEY b.1695, John JEFFORDS b.1724, John JEFFORDS b.1746, Lucretia JEFFORDS b.1766, Amariah RAWSON b.1787, Adaline RAWSON b.1811, Mary DUNN b.1833, Harriett Camilla ENSIGN b.1859, George Ensign SMITH b.1898, Myrle, son, grandchildren.

GILLETT Family Bible

Gillette family bible, carried from England by Jonathan Gillett in 1630 The version of Bible that Jonathan Gillett brought with him from England to America is known as the ‘Breeches Bible’ because the ‘fig-leaf garment’ worn by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden - which is called ‘apron’ in the King James Version - is called ‘breeches’ in this edition. Jonathan's Bible was printed in Amsterdam in 1599 and was one of numerous editions of that translation, which was first printed in Geneva in 1559. This edition was favored by the Puritans in England, and it had a profound effect on the King James translation in 1611. The ‘Breeches Bible’ remains in Windsor. It has been torn and damaged, with many of its pages missing. The Bible passed into the hands of the present Holcomb family. The Gillett-Holcomb Bible became known as the "Bear Bible," because it was placed in a window to keep the sash raised, when a bear, wanting to effect an entrance, clawed it, leaving the marks of his claws so deep upon the edges of its leaves, where it can still be plainly seen. The blank pages between the Old and New Testaments are still intact, and their pen and ink entries establish the copy as having belonged to the early Gillett family. The script of the entries is the very old style, which was in use in England around 1600, in the hand of Jonathan Gillett of the second generation.

Ancestry Chain 1: (10th gr.grandfather) Jonathan Sr. GILLETT (GYLETTE) Immigant b.1604, Mary GILLETT b.1638, Abigail BROWN b.1662, Jonathan FOWLER b.1685, Catherine FOWLER b.1723, Lydia NOBLE b.1768, Horace Datus ENSIGN-76 b.1797, Martin Luther ENSIGN b.1831, Harriett Camilla ENSIGN b.1859, George Ensign SMITH b.1898, Myrle, sons, grandchildren.

Ancestry Chain 2: (10th gr.grandfather) Jonathan Sr. GILLETT (GYLETTE) Immigant b.1604, Samuel GILLETT, Hannah GILLETT b.1674, Mary TAYLOR b.1708, David BRONSON b.1733, Sylvanus BRONSON b.1769, Mary BRONSON b.1806, Martin Luther ENSIGN b.1831, Harriett Camilla ENSIGN b.1859, George Ensign SMITH b.1898,
Myrle, sons, grandchildren.

Ancestry Chain 3: (11th gr.grandfather) Jonathan Sr. GILLETT (GYLETTE) Immigant b.1604, Joseph GILLETT, Joseph GILLETT b.1664, Elizabeth GILLETT b.1688, Esther MARSH b.1714, Esther SAWYER "GUNN" b.1739, Esther REMINGTON b.1772, Mary BRONSON b.1806, Martin Luther ENSIGN b.1831, Harriett Camilla ENSIGN b.1859, George Ensign SMITH b.1898,
Myrle, sons, grandchildren.

Mehitable GUNN was married to two of our grandfathers David ENSIGN and Isaac SHELDON

Mehitable GUNN
Birth[1] 28 July 1644 Windsor, Connecticut, United States
Marriage 22 Oct 1663 Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United Statesto David Ensign
Divorce Oct 1682 Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United Statesfrom David Ensign
Marriage 1686 Northampton, Massachusetts, United Statesto Isaac Sheldon
Death 30 Jan 1720 Northampton, Massachusetts, United States

Mehitable married twice, to David Ensign, and then to Isaac Sheldon. She had 5 children with David Ensign. She divorced him "for his ill conduct" and in 1686 married Isaac Sheldon of Northampton and had another child. Married to David Ensign on 22 OCT 1663 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut.

Children David ENSIGN and Mehitable GUNN:
David ENSIGN b: 16 NOV 1664 in Hartford
James ENSIGN b: 08 JUL 1666 in Hartford
Thomas ENSIGN b: 07 DEC 1668 in Hartford
Sarah ENSIGN b: 22 JAN 1671 in Hartford
Mary ENSIGN b: 26 JAN 1674 in Hartford

The charges against David Ensign are recorded in “Connecticut Court Assistants,” page 34. Three charges were made. First he was charged with spreading false reports concerning the death of the King, the flight of the Duke of York, and the Duke of Monmouth being made Protector, and second it was charged that he “continually and unlawfully accompanied the wife of Thomas Long to the great dishonor of God, scandal of religion, and breach of the laws of the colony whereby he hath forfeited his bond made to Hartford County Sept. 18, 1679." The third charge was that he committed adultery with Thomas Long's wife, “or at least is suspiciously guilty thereof." Mehitable was married to Isaac SHELDON in 1686

Children Isaac SHELDON and Mehitable GUNN:
(Capt.) Jonathan SHELDON b: 29 MAY 1687 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts
David SHELDON 1688-1759
  1. ↑ Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States. Records of Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1638-1925.

    Mahitable Gunn daughter to Thomas Gunn born July 28th A.D. 1644 (Bk I Page Sixteen)

David ENSIGN (8th great grandfather)
Alt Birth 26 Nov 1644 Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Birth 29 NOV 1644 New Hartford, Litchfield County, Connecticut
Christening 19 AUG 1649 Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Marriage 22 Oct 1663 Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States to Mehitable Gunn
Divorce Oct 1682 Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States from Mehitable Gunn
Marriage ABT 1686 to Sarah Wilcox
Death[1] 13 DEC 1727 Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, United States

David was a farmer and miller and was also prominent in church and town affairs. He was chosen, 16 Feb 1665, chimney viewer; 23 Feb 1688, surveyor and grand juryman. He was one of the first settlers in West Hartford where he moved in 1686; his name headed the list of petitioners for the establishment of a new church. David was buried in the old cemetery of West Hartford where his gravestone bears the inscription: "Here lyeth the body of Mr. David Ensign who Died Decemr ye 14th 1727 in ye 83 year of his age." Mehitable divorced David in Oct 1682 for "ill conduct on his part." She married again in 1685, Isaac Sheldon of Northampton. David remarried Sarah Wilcox [daughter of and John WILCOX Jr. and Sarah WADSWORTH]. Nanncewatt brought complaint against David for "obtaining a quille of wampum" and he was ordered to pay the Indian 40s on 29 Dec 1674.
Children of David ENSIGN and Sarah WILCOX:

David ENSIGN Jr. b.10 OCT 1688. m.1st Hannah SMITH 16 MAY 1709. [six children] m.2nd Sarah MOODY 29 APR 1726. [six children] d.4 DEC 1759 Bloomfield, Hartford, Connecticut. David and Hannah were original members of the Second Church in Hartford, 18 Feb 1711/12. On 16 Dec 1712 he was chosen grand juryman; on 20 Dec 1715 he was selected collector of tax. He went from Windsor to Wintonbury, now Bloomfield, with all his goods in a bundle.
David Ensign
e is complained of in court.

First: for bringing and spreading false reports concerning the death of the King, the flight of the Duke of York, and the Duke of Monmouth being made protector. This prisoner returns and said he heard so at New York.

Second: for contempt of authority and that after so much means used, that he hath continually and unlawfully accompanied the wife of Thomas Long to the great dishonor of God, scandal of religion, and breach of the laws of the colony whereby he hath forefeited his bond made to Hartford County, Sept. 18, 1679.

Third: that he hath committed adultery with Thomas Long's wife, or at least is suspiciously guilty thereof.

The jury find the first article according to the prisoner's confession. They find the 2nd article and so consequently the breach of the bond, and they find the 3rd article as suspiciously guilty of the gross act of adultery. David Ensigne having been complained of in these three articles which have been committed to a jury, and he is found guilty.

The court, having considered the first article, that his misdemeanors therein in spreading such reports is notoriously dangerous and very offensive and there being no particular law that doth direct what punishment to inflict on such high misdemeanors, do inflict no punishment on him for the same, but leave to the consideration of the Court of Assistants in October next.

The court approves the verdict of the jury in the 2nd article and do accordingly judge him, the said Ensigne, to have forfeited his bond to the county of Hartford and do order execution to be granted accordingly.

And whereas the jury do find him, the said David Ensigne, suspiciously guilty of the gross act of adultery, and it being difficult to find out such notorious wickedness, not withstanding all care used, yet in this case wherein there hath been so great appearance of those gross ills, this court do order that the said David Ensigne give bond to the value of £400 in good estate, for his good behavior, and that he will totally forbear going into or keeping company with the said Long, which bond is to continue during the pleasure of the court of Assistants. In case he refuse to give bond, he is to be committed to prison, there to remain until the bond is given as aforesaid and do, for the miscarriage of above written, see good reason to defranchise him of his freedom in this corporation according to law.

David Ensigne personally appeared July 23, 1682 and did bind over to the Publick Treasury of the Colony of Connecticut, all his housing and lands within the township of Hartford, both on the East and West side of the Connecticut River as they stand bound to him in the publick records of the said town, or by his father's last will in the court records, to stand as security for his good behavior, and that he will totally forbear going into or keeping company with Sarah, the wife of Thomas Long, according to the judgement of the Court of Assistants, passed against him at their last session May 31 last passed, and for the confirmation hereof he hath sett to his hand and acknowledged the same before John Allyn, Assistant and Secretary. Page 34.

Divorce - May 28, 1683

Upon the petition of Mehitable Ensigne, that she might be freed from the conjugality to David Ensigne, the court hath considered the case, and finding testimony that the said David Ensigne hath sundry times withdrawn himself from his wife, the said Mehitabell, and bedded and boarded with the late wife of Thomas Long, and owned her to be his wife, and carried so to her, and hath not had, nor desired, communion with the said Mehitable for a long time, as she allegeth, but the last winter carried it in a laseivious manner towards the wife of Samuel Elmor, and is now gone from his wife to New York. And it may well be concluded he has gone after the said Long's wife again.

Upon those considerations this court do see good reason, and accordingly do grant, the said Mehittabell Ensigne a release from the matrimonial tye to the said David Ensigne.

And this court do order that an inventory of the personal estate of David Ensigne be taken, and that it be equally divided between the said David Ensigne and Mehitabell.

And this court orders that the house the said Mehitabell now lives in, she be not molested in her inhabiting there, without order of this court by any person whatever. Page 45. (published in 1988 or 1989 as page 24 in one issue of the Sheldon Family Association Newsletter. )

Ancestry Chain: David ENSIGN b.1644,
David ENSIGN Jr. b.1688, Datus (Datis) ENSIGN b.1729, Isaac ENSIGN Rev.WarVet.b.1756, Horace Datus ENSIGN b.1797, Martin Luther ENSIGN b.1831, Harriett Camilla ENSIGN b.1859, George Ensign SMITH b.1898,
Myrle, sons, grandchildren. .

  1. ↑ Hartford vital records, in Connecticut, United States. The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records.

    David Sr, died Dec 13, 1727. David, son James, m Mehetabell GUNN, dau Thomas, Oct 22, 1663.

Isaac SHELDON (9th great grandfather)
Birth[1][2] Abt 1629 Deposed at Northampton, Mass., 29 Apr. 1679, "aged 50 years or thereabouts."
Emigration[2] 1639 … came from England with Rev/ Ephraim Hewitt of Windsor, 1639.
Residence[1] 1652 Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Marriage By Abt 1654 Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States to Mary Woodford
Residence[1] 1656 Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States
Marriage 1686 Northampton, Massachusetts, United Statesto Mehitable Gunn
Will[1] 21 Jun 1708
Death[2] 27 Jul 1708 Northampton, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States Died at aged about 79.
Probate[1] 1 Sep 1708

"Isaac Sheldon of Windsor, Conn., and of Northampton, Mass., was born about 1629 (according to his deposition of 1679, quoted in part above), a date which agrees with the supposed date of the birth of Isaac Sheldon, son of Ralph and Barbara (Stone) Sheldon of Ashford, in the parish of Bakewell, co. Derby, England, and died as Northampton, Mass., 27 July 1708, aged 78 years. He married first, in 1653, Mary Woodford, who was born about 1636 and died at Northampton 17 Apr. 1684, daughter of Thomas WOODFORD and Mary (Blott) Woodford of Hartford, Conn., and Northampton, Mass.; and secondly, in 1686, Mrs. Mehitable (Gunn) Ensign, who was born as Windsor, Conn., 28 July 1644 and died at Northampton, Mass., 30 Jan. 1720/1, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Gunn and formerly wife of David Ensign of Hartford, Conn.

…shortly before 13 Sept. 1652, when the order quoted above was passed at a meeting of the townsmen of Windsor, Isaac Sheldon bought of John Stiles a house and three-acre lot in Windsor. In 1656 he moved from Windsor to Northampton, Mass., which was thenceforth his home. [Isaac SHELDON and father in-law Thomas WOODFORD founders of Northampton.] In his will, dated 21 June 1706 and proved 1 Sept. 1708, he named his wife Mehitable, his sons Isaac, John, Thomas, Joseph, Samuel, Ebenezer, and Jonathan Sheldon and his daughters Mary Bridgeman, Ruth Strong, Thankful Edwards, Mindwell Lyman, Hannah Chapin (Hampshire Probate Records, vol. 3, page 188)"[1]

Children of Isaac SHELDON and Mary WOODFORD:
Mary SHELDON 1654 – 1728
Isaac SHELDON 1656 – 1712
John SHELDON 1658 – 1725
Thomas SHELDON 1663 – 1728
Thankful SHELDON (twin) 1663 – 1741
Ruth SHELDON (twin) b.27 Aug 1663. m.1st Joseph WRIGHT Sr. 16 Nov 1679 [8 children]. m.2nd Samuel STRONG 28 Oct 1698 [4 children]. d.aft 16 May 1728.
Midwell SHELDON 1666 – 1735
Joseph SHELDON 1668 – 1708
Hannah SHELDON 1670-1690
Eleazar SHELDON 1672 – 1673
Samuel SHELDON 1675 – 1745
Ebenezer SHELDON 1677 – 1755
Mercy SHELDON 1684 – 1684
Ancestry Chain: Isaac SHELDON 1652 Immigrant b.1630, Ruth SHELDON (twin) b.1663, Ruth WRIGHT b.1687, Samuel NOBLE b.1722, Lydia NOBLE b.1768, Horace Datus ENSIGN b.1797, Martin Luther ENSIGN b.1831, Harriett Camilla ENSIGN b.1859, George Ensign SMITH b.1898, Myrle, sons, grandchildren.

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Bartlett, J. Gardner. The Sheldons of Bakewell, Derbyshire, England, and Isaac Sheldon of New England (1926). New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Oct 1926), 80 [1926] : 378ff.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Trumbull, James Russell. History of Northampton : Northampton genealogies, 1640-1838. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1958).

Park to Honored Grandfather Capt. Michael Pierce 316 years after his death

Pierce Park and Riverwalk
Central Falls, Rhode Island

Pierce Park and Riverwalk is located on High Street in Central Falls along the Blackstone River. Constructed in 1991 it contains a ball field, trail systems with river overlooks, benches and playground facilities. It is also the site of the Pierce Fight. The Pierce Fight site has been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. Located between High Street and the Blackstone River, this is the Rehoboth and Canonchet's Narragansett Indians on March 16, 1676. A marker near Macomber Stadium describes the confrontation, a critical episode in King Philip's War.
Services / Features / Restrictions:
Smoke Free, Free Admission, Children's Activities, Attraction, Cultural, Of Interest to Children, National Register, Park, Spectator Sports, Alcohol Prohibited, Smoke Free, Blackstone Valley and Northern Rhode Island, Ball Field, Playground, Hiking Trail, Wildlife Viewing.

Handicap Service:
Complete Wheel Chair Access.

Captain Michael Pierce was born in 1615. He married Persis Eames in 1643. Captain Michael Pierce died on 26 March 1676; The battle in which Captain Michael Pierce lost his life is detailed in Drakes Indian Chronicles (pp. 220-222) as follows:

"Sunday the 26th of March, 1676, was sadly remarkable to us for the tidings of a very deplorable disaster brought into Boston about five o'clock that afternoon, by a post from Dedham, viz., that Captain Pierce of Scituate in Plymouth Colony, having intelligence in his garrison at Seaconicke, that a party of the enemy lay near Mr. Blackstorne's, went forth with sixty-three English and twenty of the Cape Indians (who had all along continued faithful, and joyned with them), and upon their march discovered rambling in an obscure woody place, four or five Indians, who, in getting away from us halted as if they had been lame or wounded. But our men had pursued them but a little way into the woods before they found them to be only decoys to draw them into their ambuscade; for on a sudden, they discovered about five hundred Indians, who in very good order, furiously attacked them, being as readily received by ours; so that the fight began to be very fierce and dubious, and our men had made the enemy begin to retreat, but so slowly that it scarce deserved the name, when a fresh company of about four hundred Indians came in; so that the English and their few Indian friends were quite surrounded and beset on every side. Yet they made a brave resistance for about two hours; during which time they did great execution upon their enemy, who they kept at a distance and themselves in order. For Captain Pierce cast his sixty-three English and twenty Indians into a ring, and six fought back to back, and were double - double distance all in one ring, whilst the Indians were as thick as they could stand, thirty deep. Overpowered with whose numbers, the said Captain and fifty-five of his English and ten of their Indian friends were slain upon the place, which in such a cause and upon such disadvantages may certainly be titled "The Bed of Honor." However, they sold their worthy lives at a gallant rate, it being affirmed by those few that not without wonderful difficulty and many wounds made their escape, that the Indians lost as many fighting men in this engagement as were killed in the battle in the swamp near Narragansett, mentioned in our last letter, which were generally computed to be above three hundred."

Today, in Scituate, there is a Captain Michael Pierce Monument and a Captain Pierce Road.

Ancestry Chain: 10 Great grandfather Capt. Micheal J. PIERCE Immigrant b.1615 / Mary PIERCE b.165 / Mary HOLBROOK b.1686 / Rachel DANIELS b.1720 / Abner RAWSON Rev.WarVet b.1764 / Amariah RAWSON b.1787 / Adaline RAWSON b.1811 / Harriett Camilla ENSIGN b.1859 / George Ensign SMITH b.1898 / Myrle / sons / grandchildren.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day - U.S. Army Service WWI

Geo Ensign SMITH in the gunner seat
Army serial # 1,640,541
Enlisted in: NG at Logan Utah 9 Apr 1917 (age 19)
Organizations: Btry C 145 FA to disch.
Grades: Corp 4 Aug 1917; Sgt 1 Oct 1918
Served overseas: France - 5 Aug 1918 to 4 Jan 1919

Fort Douglas Sep 1917 (sitting far left Geo Ensign SMITH)
"1 Henry Frogley 2 Hula (dog) 3 The Hon. (Geo Ensign SMITH) 4 A.T.Larsen"
arrows points to Geo Ensign SMITH

"Geo. Ensign SMITH and Henry Frogley some where some time"
"1 Dots Im (Geo. Ensign SMITH) 2 Saigt Picket 3 No. Croxton 4 Zollinger 5 Frank"
"1 Henry Frogley a dandy good clean chum 2 The Hon (Geo Ensign SMITH)
3 A L Larsen from Cove up by Lewiston (ID)"

Forwarded 26 Jan 1921 Victory Medal with clasp: France
Bronze "Victory Button" issued
Paid in full $24.40 21 Jan 1919

[note below photo of girlfriend A. Ella Hawkes they married 27 Aug 1919]
The United States of America Honors the Memory of George E. SMITH
signed Lyndon B. Johnson President of the United States

Ninety four years later (1917-2011) great great grandson visits George Ensign SMITH (1898-1967) memorial .
note: memorial births is off by one year.
See: grandson in GE SMITH WWI helmet.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Peggy Fell Overboard John Saved Her Life

John WATSON and Margaret SMITH both IMMIGRANTS, 1632. “John Watson & Margaret Smith sailed together from England. Tradition is that she fell overboard and he saved her life. He removed from Windsor to Hartford about 1637, where they were married.” --Ted Steele

John and Margaret (Smith) Watson

John WATSON - b. England; d. 1650, West Hartford, Hartford Co., CT. Son of Robert WATSON and Elizabeth. His will was dated Mar. 26, 1650; inventory of estate at £126.01.06 taken Jun. 4, 1650. At Hartford, CT by 1644; juror 1644; highway surveyor 1646. Married in America.

Margaret SMITH - d. 1683, West Hartford, CT. Will dated Mar. 1683, and proved Sep. 6, 1683.

Oral will of Margaret Watson - Mar. 1683

The last Will & Testament of Margaret Watson, who deceased March last past, did declare her Mind & Will as followeth concerning her Estate, & how she would have it disposed of, as she did declare it to Sarah Watson & John Merrells sen: She bequeathd to her daughter Sarah Merrells her red cloth Petticoat. She gave her searge petticoat and her Penny stone Peticoat to her daughter Mary Seamore. She gave to her gr. child Sarah Merrells 1 Pillow beere & one sheet & a white apron. She gave to her gr. Child She gave to her gr. child Susannah Merrells 1 Sheet & 1 Pillow beere. She gave her gr. child Mary Seamor 1 Sheet & 1 blankett & her green apron. She gave to her gr. child Margaret Seamor 1 Sheet & 1 blankett & a Neck Handkercheire. She gave to her gr. Child John Watson 1 great pewter Platter & a Porringer. She did desire that her daughters, Sarah Merrells & Mary Seamor, should have 5 pounds paid to each of them, that was bequeathed to them by their Father's Will. Also she did desire that the now wife of her son John Watson may have the use of the House & Homsted if it should please God that my son John should die before her, for her lifetime.

Sarah X Watson

Taken May 1683 by John Coale, Stephen Hosmer.

Children of John and Margaret Watson

  1. Sarah - b. 1641, Hartford, CT. Married John MERRILL.
  2. John - b. 1646; d. 1725, West Hartford, CT. Administration on the estate granted Jul. 6, 1725 to the widow and sons Cyprian and Caleb. Estate inventoried at £1017, and distributed Jul. 2, 1730. Married first Anna; and second by Mar. 1683 Sarah. Children of John WATSON: John married Sarah STEELE; Thomas; Zachariah; Anna married Lamarock FLOWERS; Cyprian married first Elizabeth STEELE, and second Abigail; Sarah married Thomas SHEPARD; and Caleb married Hannah PORTER.
  3. Mary - Married John SEYMOUR (d. 1713), son of Richard and Mercy. Settled at Hartford, Hartford Co., CT. Children of Mary and John SEYMOUR: John married Elizabeth WEBSTER; Thomas married first Ruth NORTON, and second Mary WATERS (daughter of Bevil WATERS and Elizabeth); Mary married John NORTH; Zachariah died young; Margaret married first Timothy ROOT, and second John REW; Richard married Mary WILSON; John (or Jonathan); Nathaniel; and Zachariah married Hannah OLMSTED.
Parents: John Watson (d. 1650 in Hartford, Hartford Co., CT) and Margaret
Children: Sarah (c.1646), John, Mary

JOHN2 WATSON, son of Robert, was born about 1616, in England. He went to Hartford from Windsor, Conn., about 1637, and married there Margaret (Smith). She was born in England, and tradition says that Peggy Smith, a fellow passenger on the ship coming to America, fell overboard. John Watson saved her and later married her. He was surveyor of highways in Hartford, 1647. In 1645, "The eare marke for Jo Wattson: a little slitt of the side of the near eare & both the tops cutt of both eares." He died in Hartford, in 1650, between March 26, the date of his will, and June 4, its probate. He left his property to his wife, naming portions to be given his son John, when of age, and five pounds each to his daughters Sara and Mary, at eighteen years old. His widow died March, 1683. The will of Margarett Wattson, made March 26, and probated May 31, 1683, mentions her daughters Sarrah Merrels and Mary Seamor; and granddaughters Mary and Margaret Seamor; and the new wife of her son John Watson. (The Bassett Preston Ancestry, pp. 311, 312.) (D. F. P. A. 1913, p. 76--No. 110 John Watson, 1646; married Ann, his first wife; married second, Margaret Smith, between March 25, 1660 and June 4, 1650. She died 1683. (Records of Hartford, Conn., 1644)--John Watson served as Jury, Surveyor, 1646. He died in Hatfield, leaving a widow, Margaret, who died 1683. Reference: "Genealogy of Conn.," Vol. I, p. 351.
Sources: Three Hundred Colonial Ancestors and War Service, Pp. 321-22, Author: Elizabeth M. Leach Rixford, Call Number: R929.1 R62t. Families of Early Hartford, CT, Page 391.

( - Justin Maitland)

1- Ancestry Chain: 10th Great Grandparents John WATSON 1632 Immigrant b.1616 and wife Margaret SMITH, Mary WATSON b.1644, John SEYMOUR b.1666, John SEYMOUR b.1694, Lucretia SEYMOUR b.1730, Isaac ENSIGN Rev.WarVet. b.1756, Horace Datus ENSIGN b.1797, Martin Luther ENSIGN b.1831, Harriett Camilla ENSIGN b.1859, George Ensign SMITH b.1898, Myrle, sons, grandchildren.