52 Ancestors #3 Sigourney Barker Goffe

Already into week #3 of the 52 Ancestors challenge, this week’s prompt is “Unusual name.” I’ve thought quite a bit about how I wanted to interpret the prompt–an unusual name of an ancestor, or perhaps the unusual name of a town in which an ancestor lived in? Or maybe they went by an unusual nickname? So many possibilities…

I ended up just choosing a name I thought was unusual enough that it’s the only one in my tree of 5,683 people, my paternal great-great-grandfather. His name was Sigourney Barker Goffe, and I would never have known him if not for Ancestry’s DNA matching. In fact, I only discovered him in 2017. Continue reading

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52 Ancestors: What happened to Amy Buelah Perkins?

 

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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–challenge? Continue reading

52 Ancestors Challenge (2019)

After failing miserably in 2018, I’ve decided to give Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors Challenge another try. I’m already a couple of weeks behind, but my goal this year is not to worry so much about being on-time with the prompts. Instead, I’m just going to focus on completing them.

I’ve also decided that I will be recycling some of the 52 Ancestors posts from 2018 when appropriate and updating them for 2019. The point is to keep researching and writing about genealogy. The prompts are open to interpretation, which is why I look forward to completing them.

Week 1: First

The first ancestor I began researching was my paternal grandmother, Thelma Evangeline Perkins.

Thelma E. (Perkins) Barth, 1953/54

Thelma Evangeline Perkins was born on January 8, 1911, on Poppasquash Road in Bristol, Rhode Island, and died on September 13, 2007, in Windsor, Vermont. I was most fortunate to have my grandmother present on a daily basis for the first 30 years of my life.

We were very, very close. In fact, she truly was my best friend. Even when I left Vermont and moved 811 miles away to Reynoldsburg, Ohio, we spoke daily, sometimes several times a day by phone. I was also the last family member to see and be with her the night before she died.

Despite how close we were and the secrets we shared, she still had many, many secrets that she took to her grave. It wasn’t until 10 years after her death that her secrets would start to reveal themselves. Continue reading

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)

Me 

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.

 

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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-  )

Me

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.

 

 

 

Mabel (Griffith) Mandigo

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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