Tag Archives: Maine

TUSLE: Lydston

It’s time for TUSLE #2 (a.k.a. tying up some loose ends). The lineage for Weymouth Lydston, a fisherman in Kittery, Maine, is muddied by the report in the Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire that there was a “John … Continue reading

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Gowen: Scotland to Nova Scotia

When teen-aged William Gowen left Scotland aboard the Unity as one of about 150 prisoners of war following defeat by Cromwell’s forces in the Battle of Dunbar, we can barely imagine what he was thinking about the New World across … Continue reading

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Challenge: Tozier-Smith

Richard Tozier and Judith Smith are my 10th great-grandparents. Very little has been written about them and there are very few clues to follow. This is a challenge of major proportions–with a most pleasing and informative outcome, I might add. … Continue reading

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TUSLE: Downing

This is the first of what will doubtless be many articles tying up some loose ends, a.k.a. TUSLE. First of all, the Dennis Downing who brought his family to New England in 1650, and settled in that part of Kittery, … Continue reading

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Colonial Shipbuilding and the Coasting Trade

“I suppose you go great voyages,” said the Water Rat with growing interest. “Months and months out of sight of land, and provisions running short, and allowanced as to water, and your mind communing with the mighty ocean, and all … Continue reading

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Occam’s Henry Beedle

Quite simply put, the logic behind inserting Henry Beedle (c1680-c1738) into at least two lineages beginning with an immigrant father Robert Beedle is flawed. There is simply no supporting documentation. Henry married Elizabeth Fost, the daughter of John Fost (or … Continue reading

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