Mayflower Connections: Richard Warren

I recently discovered that I was also a direct descendant of Mayflower passenger Richard Warren.

Richard Warren was born sometime between January 11, 1580 and January 10, 1581, in London England. He came over on the Mayflower without his wife and children (they came over on the ship the Anne in 1623).

For more detailed information about Richard Warren, check out the official Mayflower History website.

Here’s my connection to Richard Warren, who is my 11th great-grandfather:

Richard Warren & Elizabeth Walker

Abigail Warren & Anthony Snow

Sarah Snow & Joseph Waterman

Sarah Waterman & Solomon Hewett

Sarah Hewett & Eleazer Hyde

Zilpha Hyde & James Rogers

James Rogers & Sarah (Sally) Coit

James Coit Rogers & Fanny Tracy

George E. Rogers & Caroline L. Pollard

Jennie L. Rogers & Charles L. Perkins

Amy B. Perkins & Nathaniel Goffe*  (*revealed through DNA testing)

Thelma E. Perkins & Roy G. Campbell

T.B. (my father)



Mayflower Connections: John Billington

I have fallen too far behind to continue participating in Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors challenge this year. Between the constant shoveling and plowing this winter and working 50+ hours a week, my one-eyed 10-year-old chihuahua battling a staph infection post-surgery, my 4-year old Bernese Mountain Dog with a seizure disorder, and furnace issues, I couldn’t keep up with the weekly posts.

That doesn’t mean that I stopped researching genealogy completely. In fact, I recently discovered I am a direct descendant of not one, but two Mayflower passengers.



Mayflower passenger John Billington (1580-1630)


The first connection is through John & Elinor Billington. Here’s the line that leads to me:

John Billington (1580-1630) m. Elinor Billington*   (*maiden name unknown)

Francis Billington (1606-1684) m. Christian Penn (1607-1684)

Mary Billington (1640-1717) m. Samuel Sabin (1640-1699)

Marcy Sabin (1655-1728) m. James Welch (1655-1726)

Mercy Welch (1689-1784) m. Thomas Spaulding (1690-1761)

Mary Spaulding (1716-1801) m. General John Tyler (1721-1804)

Mehitable Tyler (1743-1816) m. John Coit (1741-1808)

Sarah (Sally) Coit (1770-1843) m. James Rogers (1765-1816)

James Coit Rogers (1807-1878) m. Fanny Tracy (1808-?)

George E. Rogers (1833-1907) m. Caroline L. Pollard (1843-1918)

Jennie L. Rogers (1868-?) m. Charles L. Perkins (1868-1913)

Amy Buelah Perkins (1892-?) had child with Nathaniel S. Goffe (1886-1966)

Thelma E. Perkins (1911-2007) had child with Roy G. Campbell (1893-1978)

My father (T.B.) (1951-  ) m. C.M. (1951-  )


If I’ve counted correctly, that makes John Billington my 12th Great-grandfather.

Apparently, John Billington and his family had a reputation for being troublemakers. John had a long-standing feud with a fellow colony member named John Newcomen and it escalated to the point where Billington killed Newcomen. This sealed John Billington’s fate as he became the first man executed by hanging in the new colony.




52 Ancestors: #5 Amy Beulah Perkins

Amy Buelah Perkins

Amy Beulah Perkins, holding her infant daughter, Thelma Evangeline Perkins. Taken in 1911 or early 1912.

A flat iron wrapped in a blood-soaked towel with hair still attached to the end found behind an old plaster wall. A horse drawn carriage arriving in the middle of the night. An old farmhouse with a basement so haunted, it sent a plumber and an electrician running and neither would return to pick up their valuable equipment. Could that basement be the final resting place of Amy Beulah Perkins (my great-grandmother), the subject of this week’s prompt–in the Census? Continue reading

52 Ancestors: #4 Mabel (Griffith) Mandigo


Mabel Dorothy (Griffith) Mandigo, 1984

This week’s prompt is called, “Invite to Dinner,” and the person I would most like to invite to dinner is my maternal great-grandmother, Mabel (Griffith) Mandigo. She was short in stature (only 4 feet 8 inches tall), but had a big personality. Mabel was fierce, passionate, bold and had no problem speaking her mind to whoever was in front of her. She was the sixth of eight children born to Edmund W. Griffith and Mary C. Roberts. Mabel came into this world on December 23, 1901, in Castleton, Vermont. Continue reading

52 Ancestors: #3 Nathaniel S. Goffe

This week’s prompt is longevity. Rather than write about an ancestor that lived a very long life, I’ve decided to write about an ancestor whose identity was unknown for 106 years. In the fall of 2017, after almost 3 years of waiting and researching DNA matches to my father and his two siblings, I finally had enough evidence that led me to a name. His name is Nathaniel Sigourney Barker Goffe, and he is my paternal great-grandfather. Continue reading

DNA Testing: A Pandora’s Box

I received an Ancestry DNA kit for Christmas this year. I mailed it back to Ancestry on 12/29/17, and the results are expected to take 6-8 weeks or longer due to the high volume this time of year. Both of my parents have also taken the Ancestry DNA tests, as well as two of my father’s siblings. I’ll post my results when I receive them, but for now, I’ll share each of my parents’ DNA results from Ancestry.

My Mother (C.M.)

I was eager to see the results of my mother’s Ancestry DNA test because we thought she may have some Native American heritage. She is also an only child, so there are no siblings of hers we can test. As it turned out, she didn’t, and the results were pretty much as we expected:

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My mother’s paternal grandmother was born in Wales, and her paternal great-grandmother was born in Ireland.  On my mother’s maternal side, her great-great grandfather was born in Canada.

My Father (T.B.)

My father was the first in our family to take the Ancestry test back in 2014, and his ethnicity results were what we expected be based on the paper genealogy trail we had at the time:

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Here’s the thing with DNA tests: They are very much a Pandora’s box. They can be very helpful in confirming all of the paper trail research you’ve done and help find new relatives you didn’t know you had, but they can also reveal secrets and surprises.

And this is where things get complicated on my father’s side… Continue reading