Author Archives: Brenda J. Elliott

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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Wheeler Power in Old Concord

The stories of two, three, four, and even five brothers who left the Old World and came together to settle in the New World are legend. But have you heard about the Wheeler clan of Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England? The adult … Continue reading

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Anomaly or Something Else?

Sometimes family records reveal more than the expected birth, death, and marriage information. Sometimes you come across something that makes you go hmmmm. While updating my husband’s Nurse family history I came across one of those odd things. Francis Nurse, … Continue reading

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