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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

1694 :: Birth of Joseph Merrill



On this date in our family history . . . the 28th day of May . . . in the year 1694 . . . Joseph Merrill is born in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts . . . his parents are Daniel Merrill (1671-1725) and Esther Chase (1674-1751) . . . and his birth can be found recorded in Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 . . . the pages in the collage are from that database . . . this Joseph is a 7th great-grandpa to the Keeper of this family history blog . . .



Tuesday, May 21, 2013

1656 :: Birth of Charles Lee





On this date in our family history . . . it is said* that Charles Lee was born on the 21st day of May . . . in the year 1656 . . . at Cobbs Hall in Virginia . . . this Charles Lee is an 8th great-grandpa to the Keeper of this family history blog . . . he is also a brother to Col. Richard Lee (1644-1714) . . . who is the 2nd great-grandpa of General Robert E. Lee (1807-1870) . . .

*The pages in the image are from . . . Google Books. Preview. The Lees of Virginia: Seven Generations of an American Family by Paul C. Nagel. Oxford University Press, Aug 16, 1990 - Biography & Autobiography - 364 pages


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

1667 :: Marriage of Elizabeth Frost and William Gowen


On this date in our family history . . . the 14th day of May . . . in the year 1667 . . . Elizabeth Frost marries William Gowen in Kittery, York County, Maine . . . this William Gowen (sometimes called Smith) is one of the Scottish prisoners captured in the Battle of Dunbar and exiled to America . . . and this Elizabeth and Williams are 9th great-grandparents of the Keeper of this family history blog . . .


Sunday, May 12, 2013

1902 :: Bell County Killing


On this date in our extended family history . . . the 12th day of May . . . in the year 1902 . . . the following news items were published in various Texas newspapers . . . the deceased, John H. Connell, is a 1st cousin four times removed to the Keeper of this family history blog . . .


Dallas Morning News, May 12, 1902. Bell County Killing. . . . Special to The News. Belton, Tex., May 11. -- John H. Connell, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of this city, died last night from the effects of a knife cut. The knife struck him in the left arm, severing an artery and passing on out almost to the hollow about the heart. His son, John Connell, was arrested, and is now in jail.


JOHN H. CONNELL DEAD
Of wounds Which Were Inflicted by His Son.

Belton, Texas, May 11. -- Mr. John H. Connell died from his wounds last night at 10 o'clock.

This is the most deplorable tragedy that ever occurred in this community. The facts leading to the sad affair as they can be gathered are that the father and son had gotten into a dispute over some trivial matter when the son gave his father the lie, whereupon he slapped him in the face. The son at once drew his knife and cut his father in the arm between the shoulder and elbow, severing the brachial artery which caused so much loss of blood before medical aid could be had that death was inevitable.

Mr. Connell served throughout the war as a Confederate soldier and was conspicuous for his daring and bravery. He leaves a wife, three sons, two daughters, and many relatives to mourn his death. He will be laid to rest at 4:30 o'clock this afternoon in the North Belton cemetery. Funeral services conducted by Dr. H.A. Bouslard.

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

1721 :: Death of Rebekah Eams



On this date in our family history . . . the 8th day of May . . . in the year 1721 . . . Rebekah Eams nee Blake dies in Boxford, Massachusetts . . . and is laid to rest in the Mount Vernon Cemetery . . . In the witchcraft excitement of 1692 Mrs. Rebecca Eames was accused, tried and condemned to death, but after being imprisoned for 7 months in Salem jail she was released and lived some 20 years thereafter. . . . this Rebekah is a 9th great-grandma to the Keeper of this family history blog . . .


Note . . . the photo of Rebekah's headstone is courtesy of findagrave contributor, Bill Boyington . . .

Sunday, May 05, 2013

1572 :: Burial of John Pyne


On this date in our family history . . . the 5th day of May . . . in the year 1572 . . . John Pine / Pyne is laid to rest at East Downe in the Barnstaple district of Devon, England . . . he is about 38 years of age . . . and he is the 13th great-grandpa of the Keeper of this family history blog . . .



Chart from The Visitations of the County of Devon (Google eBooks) . . .


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