Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Immigrants: 1600s

Over the Fourth of July holiday a family member was in Plymouth, MA, and I was asked if any ancestors came over on the Mayflower.  My response was an, "I don't know of any."  However, this inspired me to catalog as many early Immigrants I could for my family.  ["Early" as in those who didn't cross via the Land Bridge.]  I indicate my web-based sources, though for most I am relying on the poorly cited research of others.

1) The Betts and the Stoughtons

My eighth great grandparents, Richard Betts and Joanna Chamberlain were married in Ipswich, Massachusetts Bay Colony - in 1648.  It is thought Joanna arrived by 1635, and Richard mid-1640s. [source source].  Joanna Chamberlain was the daughter of Elizabeth Stoughton and Richard Chamberlain, and the granddaughter of Rev Thomas and Katherine Stoughton.

2) Hortons and Langtons

9th great grandparents, Barnabas Horton and Mary Langton are said to have immigrated c. 1630 on the ship "Swallow." [source] - Living in Massachusetts and Connecticut prior to settling in Southold, Long Island.

3) Hallocks

Barnabas Horton's son, Caleb, married Abigail Hallock.  Abigail's father, William Hallock, likely arrived in Southold, Long Island ca. 1640. [source]

4) Van Everys

Brothers Myndert and Carsten Frederickse (sons of Frederick Van Iveren) likely immigrated to New Amsterdam in the 1640s or 1650s, with Myndert marrying Catharina Burger (Burghart) in New Amsterdam in 1656. [source].  Most of the descendants of Myndert and Carsten took the surname of either Van Every or Van Avery.  Myndert was my 8th great grandfather. 

5) Swayzes and Kinges 

John Sweezey [Swayze], another eighth great grandfather, immigrated prior to 1650. [source].  He married Catherine Kinge in 1650 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.  He settled in Suffolk, Long Island.

Catherine emigrated with her father, William, prior to 1635 
They settled at Salem, Massachusetts. He was admitted a freeman there May 25, 1636. He had grants of land of forty acres on Jeffrey's Creek, now Manchester-by-the-Sea; thirty acres at Royal-side at the head of Bass river, now Beverly, and he located his homestead there. He was a grand juror in 1637. He was a member of the First church at Salem, but in 1637 joined the Antinomians and came under the ban of the Salem authorities. He was requested to sever his connection with the new church or have his arms taken away from him. He remained with the new faith and gave up his gun to Lieutenant Danforth. Later he was banished for a time for sheltering the persecuted Quakers. [source]

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