Tag Archives: England

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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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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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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#52Ancestors: Where There’s a Will There are Valuable Clues

The ninth of Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks prompts is Where There’s a Will. A will, like any other public record, can be flawed and filled with misinformation or unfortunate misdirects. However, a will can be the … Continue reading

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TUSLE: Heald

It’s time for TUSLE #3 (a.k.a. tying up some loose ends). One claim repeatedly found, even among reputable sources, is that the immigrant John Heald, an early settler in Concord, Massachusetts, came to New England about 1640 from Berwick-upon-Tweed, where … Continue reading

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Decimated by Plague, Died of Heartache

It goes without saying for most experienced family historians that the search for family connections leads one along strange and unexpected paths. For example, an explanation for how John Tuttle of Ringstead in Northamptonshire made his way to Saint Albans … Continue reading

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