Author Archives: Brenda J. Elliott

Two Pioneer Families from Northam & Appledore, Devon

Gabriel Tetherly and Nathaniel Piper were baptized in Northam & Appledore, Devon, England, in 1622 and 1627 respectively. Gabriel Tetherly came to New England sometime after July 1636, when his father, William, took as his second wife, Mary Harris, in … Continue reading

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Bubonic Plague in Coylton, Devon 1540-1599 and 1646

While poking around in Coylton, Devon records for the recent post on the three Follett brothers who emigrated to New England around 1640, an interesting set of statistics was discovered. Annual burials registered in Coylton for 1540 to 1599, particularly … Continue reading

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The “Missing” John Follett

There are early historical reports about members of the Follett family, Nicholas, William, and John, who emigrated to New England. While there have been speculation and suggestions about their relationships to one another, nothing concrete has been found. William and … Continue reading

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Many of Our Ancestors Were Mariners

It endlessly amazes — and amuses — me as to how little we know about our colonial ancestors. Were any of your ancestors merchant adventurers? mariners? seamen? ship masters? crewmen? dock or warehouse workers? These were very knowledgeable and worldly … Continue reading

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Americae 1570

How much do we really know about the world our early colonial ancestors left behind? Do we see them only as primitive uninformed pioneers carving out the New England landscape and building new homes, creating pastures, orchards, and gardens, and … Continue reading

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Bobet-Bobbett-Babbitt

The English origin of Edward Babbitt, the immigrant ancestor, has long been uncertain. Not even The Babbitt Family History, published in 1875, offers any meaningful guidance. Edward Bobet-Bobbett-Babbitt, according to the history, first appears in Plymouth court records in 1643, … Continue reading

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Canterbury Connections

Do you have ancestors who were born, baptized, married, or buried in Canterbury, Kent, England? After coming across this magnificent map of the ancient city it only seemed appropriate to post it and a bit of information here as a … Continue reading

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