Weird Coincidences – Plymouth Colony Edition

Genealogy is full of weird coincidences.  Like the fact that, in the 1930 census, the family of my great-aunt Emilie Schmidt was living directly next door to my great-grandfather Oscar Krueger in Wausau, Wisconsin (213 and 215 Weston Ave).  The two families wouldn’t actually be related until 1945, so it was just a strange coincidence.

For about six years I dated a girl whose last name was Howland.  Her father always told me that their family had come over on the Mayflower in 1620.  Recently I found out that my 12x great-grandfather Stephen Hopkins (1581-1644) also came over on the Mayflower.  Then I read this passage in the book “Here Shall I Die Ashore” by Caleb Johnson:

“Leiden Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  This is the street where the Pilgrim original houses were located.  Stephen [Hopkins]’s plot was located where the shorter, two-story building is, at the left side of the image.  The three-story house [directly adjacent] is sitting approximately on John Howland’s plot”.

So it’s a fact that the home where my 12x great-grandfather (and also my 11x great-grandparents Constance Hopkins and Nicholas Snow) lived was directly next door to my ex-girlfriends’ grandparents’ home.

That’s weird.


About cthomas1967

Seeking to bring my ancestors out of the shadows of history and into the light. I have always been interested in history, and at a few different times I tried to do a family tree, but wasn't able to do it with the technology that was available then. On a business trip I visited the World War I Museum in Kansas City, MO and it was a very impressive establishment. While I was there I remember thinking, "Didn't my great-grandfather father fight in World War I? And wasn't his brother killed alongside him in some famous battle? I wonder if I can find out where he died." That's what started it all. View all posts by cthomas1967

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