Immigrants Austin Kilham, Alice Gorball, and John Kilham
Austin “Augustine” Kilham (my nine times great-grandfather) sailed from England with his wife, Alice Gorball, and their three children on the Mary Anne in 1637. His son, John (my eight times great-grandfather), was nine years old at the time. Continue reading →
When I think of the King family line, I normally think of my mother’s side of the family—her maiden name is King. But there are Kings on my father’s side of the family as well.
Originally spelled Kinge, William Kinge (my nine times great-grandfather) was a religious rebel of his day. He was banished from the First Church at Salem (Massachusetts) and was forced to surrender his gun. Continue reading →
Immigrants William Simpson & Janet Winchester Simpson, and William Clark & Helen Simpson Clark
This week I fudge just a little bit. My five times great-grandparents, William Simpson and Janet Winchester Simpson, didn’t immigrate to the United States, but rather to Prince Edward Island, Canada. William Clark, my four times great-grandfather, found himself in Boston, but only briefly.
What intrigues me most about the Simpsons and the Clarks is that their family lines originated in Scotland. Their stories include an escaped kidnapping and a shipwreck—complete with eight young children on board! Continue reading →
Immigrants Palmer Tingley, Anna Fosdick Tingley, & Stephen Fosdick
Palmer Tingley, my nine times great-grandfather, was born in Kingston-on-Thames, England in 1614. Palmer was a miller by trade, and at the age of 21 he boarded a ship departing London, headed for New England. The Planter set sail in mid-April, 1635, safely arriving in Boston harbor several weeks later.
Palmer was a “good churchman” and carried a certificate to prove so on his journey to America.
My closest immigrant ancestor is my grandmother on my father’s side of the family, Hazel Adelia Weldon de Meurers. Hazel was born in Dorchester, (Westmorland County), New Brunswick, Canada on July 8, 1912. She was the oldest of four children.
Most of my grandmother’s ancestors can be traced back to England, but she also had a two times great-grandmother who was born in Scotland, and a five times great-grandmother who was a Wampanoag Indian. Continue reading →