Welcome! I really enjoy exchanging information with people and hope this blog will help with that. I am not an expert and I consider most of my research as a work in progress. Some of the surnames I'm researching:

Many old Cape families including Kelley, Eldredge/idge, Howes, Baker, Mayo, Bangs, Snow, Chase, Ryder/Rider, Freeman, Cole, Sears, Wixon, Nickerson.
Many old Plymouth County families including Washburn, Bumpus, Lucas, Cobb, Benson.
Johnson (England to MA)
Corey (Correia?) (Azores to MA)
Booth, Jones, Taylor, Heatherington (N. Ireland to Quebec)
O'Connor (Ireland to MA)
My Mayflower Ancestors (only first two have been submitted/approved by the Mayflower Society):
Francis Cooke, William Brewster, George Soule, Isaac Allerton, John Billington, Richard Warren, Peter Browne, Francis Eaton, Samuel Fuller, James Chilton, John Tilley, Stephen Hopkins, John Howland.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Seth Pope 1689-1744 Dartmouth and Sandwich, Massachusetts

Seth Pope was born 5 April 1689 at Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, the son of Seth Pope and Deborah Perry (NEHGR 2:69, 1869). Seth the elder was quite interesting; I wrote about him here. Seth the younger is my 8th great-grandfather on my grandfather Arthur Washburn Davis’ side of the family.

Seth married Hannah Bourne on 12 January 1709/10 in Sandwich. She was born 4 May 1689, the daughter of Elisha and Patience (Skiffe) Bourne. I wrote about Elisha here.  Seth’s brother, John, married Hannah’s sister, Elizabeth Bourne.

Children of Seth and Hannah Bourne are recorded in Sandwich Vital Records or proven by baptisms:

Abigail born 2 August 1710, m. Isaac Parker

Bathsheba born 2 Dec 1713

John born 23 November 1716; m. Mercy Swift

Mary, Baptized 1720

Hannah born 25 April 1720

Elisha baptized 28 July 1723, died in August that year

Patience born 29 Nov 1725, m. J. Wooster

Elisha born 28 July 1729

I descend through John Pope and his wife Mercy Swift.

Seth’s father purchased a great deal of land in Sandwich Village and gave parcels to his sons Seth and John. Seth’s home is at what is now 10 Grove Street. The house is still standing and is on a stunning piece of land.  Seth operated (later was bequeathed ownership from his father) a grist mill, fulling mill and weaveshop.

His father Seth’s will has an unusual stipulation that in case he did not keep the works in proper repair, the executors were from time to time, as found necessary, to take charge of and repair them, and operate them until the expenditures had been repaid. In October, 1734, we are told that “a committee waited upon the miller, Mr. Pope, to know if they could not be better served in grinding their corn.” Perhaps Seth Junior didn’t inherit his father’s strong work ethic!

Seth Pope died 23 November 1744 at Sandwich. He is buried there at the Old Town Cemetery. He was 55 years old.

Hannah Pope, widow of Seth, died 18 March 1744/45, at Sandwich. She was also age 55.


 Franklin Leonard Pope, Genealogy of Thomas Pope of Plymouth, NEHGR vol 42, Jan. 1888

 A Lovell, Sandwich, A Cape Cod Town, 1984


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Book Review: Mayflower Increasings by Susan E. Roser


Mayflower Increasings from the Files of George Ernest Bowman at the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants,  by Susan E. Roser, 2nd edition, 1996, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.  

Susan Roser treats 27 Mayflower families in this book, covering the first three generations of descendants. Birth, marriage and death dates are provided when known, as well as epitaphs and obituaries. She also includes a Probate Index for each family to assist the reader in identifying fourth and fifth generation children. Sources are cited throughout and it is fully indexed.

Appendices include Gov. Bradford’s list of Increasings and Decreasings of Mayflower passengers and the 1627 Cattle Division.

Research on Mayflower passengers is never-ending, so there have been some discoveries since this book was published (such as the maiden name of Richard Warren’s wife Elizabeth), so hopefully there will be a third edition published. The only criticism I have of this book is that the type is quite small.

I have found any book by Susan E. Roser to be a valuable addition to my genealogical library and am very thankful for all of her research. Some other books she has written: Mayflower Deeds and Probate, Mayflower Births and Deaths, Mayflower Marriages, Early Descendants of Henry Cobb of Barnstable Massachusetts, Early Descendants of Daniel Cole of Eastham Massachusetts.

Genealogical Publishing Company provided me with a copy of this book to review.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Book Review: The First 24 Hours of the American Revolution, Jack Darrell Crowder

Book Review: The First 24 Hours of the American Revolution, Jack Darrell Crowder, 2018, Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD.

 I really enjoyed reading this book about the first hours of the Revolution. Growing up in Lexington, I watched the annual Patriots Day Parade, occasionally getting up early enough to watch the re-enactment. Of course it was something we learned about in school with all that history at our doorstep, including 18th century homes and taverns to tour. I used to imagine what it would be like to have the men folk in your home rush off in the wee hours prepared for battle, watching from your house as the Red Coats marched by praying they would not stop and enter your home, and hearing or even watching the battle. As an adult, I didn’t think very much about the Revolutionary War until I discovered multiple ancestors who served in the war, which piqued my interest.

Crowder does a nice job in just 126 pages of summarizing what occurred in those vital first hours of the war. The illustrated 8 x 10 softcover book is divided into these chapters:

The British March and the Alarm is Given

Alarms Given to Other Towns in the Area

The Battle of Lexington

The Battle of Concord

Battle Road from Concord to Lexington

Battle Road from Lexington to Boston

Back to Boston


Propaganda of Lexington and Concord

It’s riveting to read about the bravery of men from young teens to men in their prime to elderly, eager to fight for the freedom of the country. I love the story of one man of about 78 years of age named Samuel Whittemore who, despite his age and physical infirmities, leaves his farm to join the fray. He kills one and wounds two other soldiers before he is shot in the face, beaten and bayonetted multiple times. A doctor feels he will soon die and not worth tending to, but he is encouraged to dress Samuel’s wounds. Not only did Samuel survive that day, he went on to live another 18 years!

This book is available to purchase from Genealogical Publishing Company which provided me with a copy to review.