TUSLE: Update on Edward Spalding’s Wives

At last we have an official update and clarification regarding pioneer ancestor Edward Spalding’s origin and first wife — as well as their parents — in the July 2019 issue of The NEHGR.

Stephen Waasa Spaulding provides proof that Puritan farmer Edward Spalding came to New England from the Waveney Valley along the Norfolk-Suffolk English border. He brought with him his wife, Margaret (Elliott) Spalding, and three children, Grace, John, and Edward.

Records for the Spalding and Elliott families are found in Norfolk: Dickleburgh, where his parents, Edward and Diana, were married; where his father, Edward Sr., is buried; and his children, Grace, John, and Edward, were baptized; and Redenhall, where Edward and Margaret were married in 1623 and Edward’s mother, Diana, is buried.

Edward’s father, Edward Spalding Sr., died in May 1626. His mother, Diana Mowling (also found as Molling and Malden) Spalding, was buried in March 1638/9.

It would seem that soon following his mother’s death, and possible receipt of his share in estate funds, Edward took his family to New England.

Stephen Waasa Spaulding explains the source of other meager funds Edward may have possessed.

Edward had a known sister, Sibyl, and three more unnamed siblings.

Margaret’s parents were John Elliott and his first wife Margaret. She was the granddaughter of John Elliott, the “Elder of Harleston, Norfolk.” Margaret’s grandfather, John Elliott Sr., died prior to the proving of his will in May 1635; her grandmother, Anne, died in June 1637. Both were buried at St. Mary’s, Redenhall.

Margaret (Elliott) Spalding had at least six younger half-siblings: Elizabeth, Grace, John, Constance, Margaret, and Thomas Elliott.

Nothing further is known about Margaret’s parents. It would appear that the passing of her grandparents may have ended her ties to Norfolk.

Stephen Waasa Spaulding also includes information regarding Diana (Mowling) Spalding’s parents. She was the daughter of John and Sibyl (Cullum) (Bootye) Mowling. Sibyl married first Roger Bootye in 1563 in Palgrave, Norfolk. Six months after Roger’s death in 1567, the widow Bootye married John Mowling in Heveningham, Suffolk.

John Mowling was buried September 2, 1615, in Palgrave; Sible Mowling, widow, was buried there January 18, 1619/20.

Diana was the sister to John Malden of Wortwell. A sister, Joane, was christened in 1578 in Scole, Norfolk.

Sadly, we have no new news about Edward Spalding’s second wife, Rachel.

See the NEHGR article for the sources and details.

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Lost in the Weeds

UPDATED July 10, 2020:

Just to reassure my followers, I am still around. After summer and fall 2018 working on Elliott files the big catastrophe happened: in January 2019 my dependable iMac died. Completely. It died so completely that my computer technician of more than 20 years’ experience had never seen one that was such a deadly disaster. It took several tries at recovery to gather up files from the old hard drive and create new sources.

This happened just before Christmas 2018 and I finally had “Recovered Office Files” and “Reconstructed Files” by late January.

That is some of the good news. The bad news is that every one of these files only had a number for a label and there were multiples of multiples of each of them, one for each time I had saved each of them in the past. This required lengthy sorting and re-labeling, much of which remains unfinished.

The problems continue as many of the files only allow me to rename them and/or look at them. I still do not have the magic formula to access the majority of them.

Some good news as well is that I have an external hard drive that maintains updates daily, so all those files are saved.

I continue to work through the hundreds of old files that have been renamed and updated and am printing them out in batches. This is extremely time consuming as I want to ensure these files are as accurate as I can make them before printing.

I do have all the printed files from my 2004 project but those are sadly outdated although of some comfort to crosscheck new files. Also, between 2014 and 2018 I had added numerous new files and updated the information on a lot of old ones, as well as decided that some of the files were no longer valid for my family trees.

This project is my priority and I still cannot resume postings here until the rescue project concludes.

If anyone tells you not to worry, Apple computers are reliable, take note of my dilemma. Spend the bucks and get yourself a reliable external hard drive for back-up. Clouds are fine but we all know what happens to them. It can be a cloudy day and the sun comes out and the clouds (and the companies that host them) are gone!

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Hip! Hip! Hooray!

1 hipHip! Hip! Hooray!

Sorry. Had. To. Do. This. (Some of you know how I feel.)

Finally finished updating all the Clark branches — including Harris, Westcott, Gilman, Clough, Emery, Folsom, Currier, Sawyer, Kimball, Merrill, Morrill, Pittsley/Pixley/Pigsley, Richardson, Tozier, Treworgye +++ — in my husband’s family tree.

This includes no less than 125 ancestral lines all beginning with a colonial immigrant ancestor who came to New England between 1620 and 1650. And, if possible, parents and grandparents of these ancestors from England and Scotland.

This may not seem monumental. However, the first “finish” was in December 2004. The first update was in 2014 and 2015 — but never completed.

This thorough reformatting and updating was thanks to the many new online databases and my ever-expanding research library both virtual (archive.org, familysearch.org, americanancestors.org, etc.) and actual.

Next: On to the Elliott families, but that can wait until at least this afternoon. And, of course, there will be more Clark branchettes eventually. But, that’s another family story.

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