Category Archives: Cairns

Cairns Family in Ormstown Union Cemetery

Lulu Maria Cairns was my paternal great-grandmother – the mother of my father’s mother.  In the 1820’s the Cairns family came from Londonderry, Ireland to the area around Montréal, Canada, many of them settling in the town of Ormstown in the Châteauguay region of Québec.  There are many Cairns family members buried in the Ormstown Union Cemetery, including several of my direct-line ancestors.  I have listed the cemetery records here for each member of the Cairns family here along with some details to place them in context.

I’m guessing the numbers that precede each entry are lot numbers in the cemetery.  They can help show who is buried in the same plot with whom.  They are listed in alphabetical order, as they appeared in the cemetery records.


15-09 Annie M[oore] Cairns [Mrs. William R. Greer] (1893-1950)  Daughter of George Cairns and Martha Kearns.

5-26 Catherine [Amelia] Cairns [Mrs. William T[ully] McEwen] (1898-1995) Daughter of William Henry Cairns and Amelia Sartwell.

12-20 Catherine Ann Cairns [Mrs. John McClintock Jr.] (1812-1890) Daughter of William James Cairns and Nancy Emberson.

10-08 Elmer G[eorge] Cairns (1889-1958) Son of George Cairns and Martha Kearns.

10-08 Mrs. Elmer G[eorge] Cairns [Ida C[ottingham] Geddes] (1893-1975) Daughter of Samuel Cottingham Geddes and Sarah Ann Sadler.

10-08 George Cairns (1856-1952)  Son of James George Cairns and Mary Ann Moore.

10-08 Mrs. George Cairns [Martha [Cairns] “Kearns”] (1857-1945) Daughter of Henry Cairns and Catherine “Kitty” Davidson.

9-08 Hannah Cairns [Mrs. William W. Bryson] (1843-1933) Daughter of James George Cairns and Mary Ann Moore.

10-08 James [George] Cairns (1818-1892)  Son of James Cairns and Nancy Emberson.

10-08 Mrs. James Cairns [Mary Ann Moore] (1818-1905) Daughter of James and Hannah Moore.

10-19 Jeanie [Tate] Cairns [Mrs. James Hunter] (1880 – 1968) Daughter of Robert Moore Cairns and Eliza Jemima Reid.

2-26 Maj. Joseph Cairns (1833-1902)  Son of Samuel Cairns and Sarah Smillie.  My 3x great-grand-uncle.

5-01 Mary Cairns [Mrs. Duncan W. McEwen] (1831-1912) Daughter of Samuel Cairns and Sarah Smillie. My 3x great-grand-aunt.

14-16 Mary Ann Cairns [Mrs. Gordon Bryson] (1877-1959) Daughter of William James Cairns and Marceline Boursier dite Lavigne.

10-08 Melville E[verett] Cairns (1924-1997)  Son of Elmer George Cairns and Ida Cottingham Geddes.

7-02 Rhoda E[lizabeth] Cairns [Mrs. J. T. Dalton Hamilton] (b 1926) Daughter of Elmer George Cairns and Ida Cottingham Geddes.

2-26 Robert W[ebb] Cairns (1917-1979) Son of Samuel Robert Cairns and Mary Ann Priscilla “Vera Gwendolyn” Hatton.  My great-grand-uncle.

5-11 Robert Cairns (1816-1898) Son of William James Cairns and Nancy Emberson.

5-11 Mrs. Robert Cairns [Sarah Baird] (1822-1899) Daughter of William Baird and Nancy Guthrie.

9-08 Robert M[oore] Cairns (1851-1919)  Son of James George Cairns and Mary Ann Moore.

9-08 Mrs. Robert M[oore] Cairns [Eliza Jemima Reid] (1851-1944) Daughter of James Reid and Elizabeth Jane Weir.

2-26 Samuel [Robert] Cairns (1862-1941) Son of Robert Cairns and Sarah Webb.  My 2x great-grandfather.

2-26 Samuel Cairns (1800-1883) Son of Robert Cairns and Mary Conluce.  My 4x great-grandfather.

2-26 Mrs. Samuel Cairns [Sarah Smilie] (1808-1885) Daughter of Joseph Smillie and Mary McKee.  My 4x great-grandmother.

2-26 Rev. Samuel Cairns (1835-1867) Son of Samuel Cairns and Sarah Smillie.  My 3x great-grand-uncle.

3-23 Sarah Cairns [Mrs. Archibald McEwen] (1837-1929) Daughter of Samuel Cairns and Sarah Smillie.  My 3x great-grand-aunt.

5-11 Sarah Jane [Eliza Baird] Cairns [Mrs. James Cavers] (1852-1937) Daughter of William James Cairns Jr. and Elizabeth Baird.

3-17 Sarah S[millie] Cairns [Mrs. John S. Baird Sr.] (1871-1896) Daughter of Robert Cairns and Sarah Webb.  My 2x great-grand-aunt.

8-26 Wesley T[homas] Cairns (1922-1997) Son of William David Cairns and Joanne Wilhelmina Hamilton.

8-26 Mrs. Wesley T[homas] Cairns [Hazel I[rene] Allen] (1922-2008) Daughter of William George Allen and Martha May McGregor.

8-26 William D[avid] Cairns (1833-1972) Son of William James Cairns and Marceline Boursier dite Lavigne.

8-26 Mrs. William D[avid] Cairns [J[oanne] Wilhelmina Hamilton] (1880-1929) First wife.

8-26 Mrs. William D[avid] Cairns [Minnie Agnes MacArthur] (1887-1943) Second wife.

5-11 Katherine Cairns [Mrs. Norman Smith Cavers] (1881-1966) The wife of Norman Smith Cavers was actually Catherine Mary Wright.  Norman’s mother was Sarah Jane Cairns, and his father was James Cavers.  Catherine Mary Wright’s parents were Joseph James Wright and Mary Jean Reilly.

“In Loving Remembrance” – 44 Years Later

Just a short note about something I discovered recently while researching the family of my 5x great-grandfather Gordon Folsom (1878-1813).

The first child of Gordon and his wife Nancy Taylor (apparently a British immigrant) was their daughter Mary W. “Polly” Folsom (1806-1883).  She married John Smith (1801-1883), a farmer from Cumberland, Maine who had been married previously.

John and Polly had two daughters.  The first was Mary Elizabeth Wood Smith (1832-1841), who died at only 8 years old at the same time as her half-brother Franklin Smith.  Their names are together on a shared tombstone in the Pine Street Cemetery in Auburn, Maine.

Franklin & Mary Smith, died 1841

Franklin & Mary Smith, died 1841

The second daughter was Helen Maria Smith.  Helen was born 11 May 1834 in Danville, Maine.  She married Seth S. Goss, a farmer from her home town, in Boston on 14 Jan 1854 when she was 19 and he was 25.  It’s not hard to imagine them as childhood sweethearts, growing up together in Danville.

Goss / Smith Marriage, 1854

Goss / Smith Marriage, 1854

Then tragedy struck.  Only a year and a half after their marriage, Seth died suddenly on 28 Jul 1855 at the age of 27.  He was also buried in the Pine Street Cemetery, next to his sister-in-law whose tombstone we saw earlier.

Seth Goss Gravestone

Seth Goss Gravestone

Having lost her husband, Helen remarried to Josephus Bradford, a farmer who had immigrated from New Brunswick, Canada, to Calais, Maine with his family when he was just a young boy.  The couple moved to South Berwick, Maine and had two boys: Clarence G. Bradford who was born on 17 Aug 1858, and Edgar E. Bradford who was born two years later on 4 Mar 1860.  (Their birth years are reversed on, but all other documents list them as stated here.)  Helen and Josephus also had another child who apparently died in infancy.  The family is in the 186o, 1870, and 1880 census records for South Berwick, where Josephus is listed as a Farmer.

Helen saw a series of heartbreaks in her life:   Her youngest son Edgar died on 23 Jul 1884 at the age of 24, her husband Josephus died on 31 Jan 1898 from a heart infection, and her other son Clarence died months later on 3 Sept 1898 from heart disease.  All of them were buried in the Portland Street Cemetery in South Berwick, Maine.   Helen is listed alone as a widowed farmer in the 1900 census for South Berwick.  In the 1910 census she is living on Main Street, listed as a widow, and under occupation it says “own income”.  I’m guessing she sold the farm and retied on the income from the sale.

Here’s the part that I find touching and interesting…

Helen lost her son Edgar in 1884, then lost her second husband and her other living son in 1898.  Then in 1899 she took some of her money and purchased a marble obelisk and had it placed at the grave site of her first husband, Seth Goss.  It is adorned with two intertwined ivy vines, which symbolize immortality and fidelity.   The inscription reads:

“In loving remembrance, Seth S. Goss, June 20, 1828 – July 28, 1855, erected by Helen M. Goss Bradford, May 1899”

Obelisk at Seth Goss's grave.

Obelisk at Seth Goss’s grave.

So 44 years later, her first flame still held that much of a special place in her heart.

Helen Maria Smith Goss Bradford died 20 Sept 1913 and was buried with her husband and sons in South Berwick, Maine.

My Grandparents and “Pirates of the Caribbean”

Note: It’s difficult to believe that people are so colossally stupid that I have to add a disclaimer to this article, but here we are.  DISCLAIMER: Captain Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swan are fictional characters created by the Walt Disney Corporation.  Nobody, unless they are fictional, is actually related to Captain Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swan.  What follows is intended for humorous purposes only.  If you read it and decide it’s meant to be a serious piece of genealogical research, please seek help from a medical professional.  Ok?  Good. 

Time for more genealogical randomness.

Two of the lead characters in the Disney “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise are the lovely Elizabeth Swan (played by Kira Knightly), and the drunken scoundrel Captain Jack Sparrow (played by Johnny Depp).

Elizabeth Swan and Jack Sparrow

Elizabeth Swan and Jack Sparrow (not my grandparents)

It turns out that I am descended from both of them!

Elizabeth Swan (1653-1690), daughter of Robert Swan and Elizabeth Acy, is actually my 9x AND my 10x great grandmother.  Her daughter Abigail Harriman (1683-1756) is my 8x great-grandmother and her daughter Elizabeth Harriman (1675 – 1720) is my 9x great-grandmother.  She is an ancestor of my great-grandmother Lulu Cairns.

We all know that “Jack” is a nickname for John, right?

Captain Jonathan Sparrow (1633-1706), son of Richard Sparrow and Pandora Bangs (the best name for a grandmother ever, assuming you like your grandmothers to have porn names), was a Captain of the militia in Eastham, Massachusetts, and fought in King Philip’s War.  He was my 10x great-grandfather… and also an ancestor of my great-grandmother Lulu Cairns.

His gravestone has a SKULL with WINGS growing out of it!  Don’t be jealous.

Jonathan Sparrow's Grave, Cove Burial Ground, Eastman, MA.

Jonathan Sparrow’s Grave, Cove Burial Ground, Eastham, MA.

This and other photos of the Sparrow family graves can be found here.

So there you go!  My “Pirates of the Caribbean” ancestors.

Alexander Gordon (1635-1697)

I was reminded of this story tonight, so wanted to throw a short version on my blog where it’s easier for me to find things.  The inability to search through text stories on my tree can be problematic at times.  There is information here from the biography of my 10x great-grandfather Alexander Gordon from the book “Fifty New England colonists and five Virginia families” by Florence Black Weiland (1965).  There is also information here from Alexander’s Wikipedia Entry, and a few other sources.

“The Gordon name is one of the most ancient in Great Britain and is now represented In the Peerage by the Earl of Aberdeen. The family is of Norman origin and dates back to very early times. In 1150 Richard de Gordon, Knight Baronet, granted to the Monks at Kelso, land at Gordon near Huntley Strather.  Haddo House is the seat of the Earl of Aberdeen and is in the County of Aberdeenshire in the Highlands of Scotland.” – Weiland, p 105.

My 10x great-grandfather Alexander Gordon [an ancestor of my Nason, Cairns, and Forrest lines] was born in the Highlands of Aberdeen, Scotland in 1635.  His family was loyal to the cause of the Stuarts, and Alexander became a soldier in the Scottish Army that supported the claim of King Charles II to the throne of England.  He was taken a prisoner of war by Oliver Cromwell at the battle of Worchester on 3 Sept 1651.  Other accounts claim he was captured at the battle of Dunbar exactly one year earlier.  In either case, he was released to an American, Captain John Allen of Chartestown, Massachusetts, on the condition that he emigrate to America.

The Battle of Worchester, 3 Sept 1651

The Battle of Worchester, 3 Sept 1651

In 1651 Alexander was taken aboard the “Liberty”, commanded by the same Capt. John Allen, to Boston, Massachusetts and was held as a prisoner of war in the city of Watertown, Massachusetts.  He stayed with John Cloyes, a boatswain, or mate, on the “Liberty” who lived in Cambridge on the road to Watertown at a place near the site of Cambridge Hospital today.

Accounts vary about what happened next.  By some accounts Alexander signed an agreement on 25 April 1653 with Samuel Stratton of Watertown to be his apprentice for six years, and to learn the trade of farming.  In other accounts he was sold by John Cloyes essentially as a slave to Mr. Stratton.  In either case, it was unfortunately true that such “apprentices” were routinely abused by their masters for the purposes of keeping cheap labor.  It is generally agreed that Alexander was mistreated by Mr. Stratton.

On 23 May 1655, a number of these apprentices, including Alexander, petitioned the General Court of Massachusetts for freedom, but their request was refused.  On 3 Nov 1663, Alexander appealed again to the court in Massachusetts and was finally released from his contract.  His six-year contract with Samuel Stratton ended on paper in 1659, but Alexander had been forced to work for ten years before he won his freedom.

Alexander and a number of other Scottish ex-prisoners-of-war made their way to New Hampshire.  As early as 1660 Alexander Gordon was at Exeter, the town he helped found, where he was involved in lumbering.  He had a saw mill located on Little River at a point about one mile West of Exeter Village.

In 1663 he married Mary, the daughter of mill-owner Nicholas Lisson and his wife Alice Jane Wise.  Alexander and Mary had the following children:

Elizabeth b. 1664, Nicholas b 1666, Mary b. 1668, John b. 1670, James b. 1673, Alexander b. 1675

Thomas (20 Nov 1678 – 27 May 1761), my 9x great-grandfather married Elizabeth Harriman (1675 – 1720)

Daniel b, 1678

Alexander died on 15 Aug 1697 in Walleigh Falls, Rockingham, New Hampshire.   Administration of his estate was granted to his son John Gordon on August 25, 1697.

More information on his life can be found in the following references:

  • “History of the Town of Exeter, New Hampshire” 1888 by Charles H. Bell
  • “Alexander Gordon and His Descendants” 1999 by Marion Otis
  • “The Gordon family of Maine and New Hampshire” 1946 by Blanche Gordon Cobb.

William Webb & Barbara McKnight

William Webb was my 4x great-grandfather, and one of the ancestors of my paternal Grandmother, Mildred Jean Forrest.  “Jean” Forrest’s grandfather was Samuel Robert Cairns (1862-1941).  Samuel’s mother was Sarah Webb (b 1836).  Sarah’s father was William Webb.

William was born in Ireland around 1808.  He arrived in Montréal, Québec, Canada sometime before 1833.   He married Barbara Jane McKnight (1814-1872) at the Saint Gabriel Presbyterian Church in Montréal on 19 January 1833.  She was the daughter of Robert McKnight and Elizabeth Hanna, and came from County Louth, Ireland.

In his marriage record William is described as a butcher by trade.  Witnesses to the marriage included Ruth McKnight (likely a sister of the bride), Mary Emeron, George Henderson, and James Webb [brother of the groom].

Webb / McKnight Marriage, 1833

Webb / McKnight Marriage, 1833

William and Barbara had nine children in Montréal.  [William is described as a “butcher” in all the baptism records which mention his trade.]

James Webb was born on 24 Dec 1833.  He was baptized on 30 Jan 1834 at the Saint Gabriel Presbyterian Church in Montréal.  Sponsors were Elizabeth McKnight and Sarah Davidson.  He is listed as an “Engineer” and “Unmarried” in the 1861 census.

Sarah Webb [my 3x great-grandmother] was born on 9 Oct 1836.  She was baptized on 19 Feb 1837 at Anglican Christ Church Cathedral, Actes.  Sponsors were Martha McDowell, Barbara Webb, and Ruth McKnight.  Sarah married Robert Cairns about 1860 and they had six known children including my 2x great-grandfather Samuel Robert Cairns who was born in Ormstown, Québec, Canada on 31 Oct 1862.  Sarah and Robert lived in St. Malachie, Québec, Canada until at least 1891.

Robert Ramsey Webb was born in 1839.  For some reason his baptism record isn’t at Anglican Christ Church.  In the 1901 Census for St. Anne Ward of Montréal he gives his birth date as 4 Nov 1836, which is obviously not right as it conflicts with his sister’s known birthdate. He married Mary Jenkins on 23 Dec 1859, and they had at least two daughters.  In the 1861 census (where he is the head of the household after his father’s death) he  is listed as a machinist.  The same occupation is given for him in the 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901 census reports.  Robert died on 24 Jul 1908 and was buried in Mount Royal Cemetery of Knox Presbyterian Church in Montréal.

William Henry Webb was born on 11 Feb 1840.  He was baptized on 1 Mar 1840 at Anglican Christ Church.  Sponsors were James Ford, Thomas Martin, and Jane Herde.  He was single in the 1861 and 1871 census.  He died in Montréal General Hospital on the 16th of December 1883 where his occupation was listed as “Machinist”.  He was buried at the Presbyterian Saint Mark Church in Montréal.

Henry Fredrick Webb was born on 12 Dec 1841.  He was baptized on 15 Jan 1842 at Anglican Christ Church.  Sponsors were Henry Fredrick Hanna [namesake], Elizabeth Hanna, and William Webb.  Henry and Elizabeth Hanna were likely the aunt and uncle or cousins of Barbara Jane McKnight.  Her mother’s maiden name was Elizabeth Hanna.  Henry was in the 1860 census for New York City as a printer, and again in the 1861 census for Montréal as a printer with his residence given as New York.  He married Martha Taylor about 1865 and they had five known sons.  In the 1881 Census for Ottawa, Canada he is again listed as a Printer.  Henry died on 16th of December 1914 in Carleton, Ontario, Canada of anemia and heart trouble.  He was listed as a “Proof-reader” on the death record.

Thomas Webb was born on 4 Nov 1843.  He was baptized on 17 Dec 1843 at Anglican Christ Church.  Sponsors were William Webb, Thomas Mullin, Margaret Haney, and William McKnight.  He is in the 1861 census for Montréal with his family, then in the 1871 census for Ste-Anne, Montréal living with the family of Patrick and Elizabeth Ravey.  He’s listed as a “Carter” and unmarried.

Elizabeth Jane Webb was born on 15 Dec 1845.  She was baptized on 4 Jan 1846 at Anglican Christ Church.  Sponsors were John and Rosanna [Logie] Whelan.  [William Webb was a witness on their marriage record from 2 Jun 1844 at Anglican Christ Church].  Unfortunately Eliza died on 7 Oct 1850 at the age of 4 and was buried in the cemetery at Anglican Saint Stephen Church on the 9th.

Joseph Alexander Webb was born 15 Dec 1845.  He was baptized on 19 Mar 1848 at Anglican Saint Stephen Church.  Sponsors were William Webb, James Chapman, and Elisabeth Chapman.  In 1870 he is living in De Witt, Iowa with the family of his soon-to-be bride Hannah Tanner.  She was born in Hanover Germany.  They were married in that place on 26 December that same year, and had four daughters.  In the 1880 census he is listed as a “Clerk in Saloon” in De Witt.  The family then moved back to Montréal where they are listed in the 1901 census.  They moved to Québec City where Joseph is listed in the 1911 census as working in “coal”.  Joseph died on 29 May 1922 and was buried at the Mount Royal Cemetery in Montréal.

George Henry Webb was born on 29 Mar 1850.  He was baptized on 21 Apr 1850 at Saint Stephen.  Sponsors were William Webb, and two other names which are not legible.  One looks vaguely like Lucy Bailey.  George married Annie Brown in Carleton, Ontario, Canada on 1 Jul 1875.  They had a daughter and four sons.  George was listed as a “driver” in the 1891, 1901, and 1911 census reports for Montréal.

William Webb is mentioned in every Montréal City Directory from 1842 (the first year of the directory) and his death in 1853.  He is listed as an “Inspector” rather than a “Butcher” in the city directory.  There is no William Webb listed among Butchers in the directory, so I assume this means something along the lines of “meat inspector” since all the baptism records list him as a butcher.  You can see that after his death on 6 Apr 1853 his wife is listed as a “grocer”.

1842 Directory:"Webb, William, inspector, Wellington, near King Street."
1843 Directory: "Webb, William, inspector, Dalhousie, near Gabriel street."
1844 Directory: Same entry.
1845-1846 Directory: Same entry.
1847 Directory: Same entry.
1848 Directory: Same entry.
1849 Directory: Same entry.
1850 Directory: Same entry.
1851 Directory: Does not exist.
1852 Directory: "Webb, William, inspector, Murray near Gabriel".
1853 Directory: "Webb, Mrs. William, grocer, Murray near Gabriel"

William died on 6 Apr 1853 and was buried at Anglican Saint Stephen in Montréal.  Thomas Webb and James Webb, likely his brothers and not his sons of the same names, were witnesses.

After his death, his widow Barbara lived in a boarding house at 99 Wellington Street for a few years.  Then in the 1861 census for Montréal she is living with her son Robert, his wife Mary Jenkins, and most of the family [James, William, Henry, Thomas, Joseph, George, and two other unidentified Webbs].

In the 1871 Census for St. Malachie, Châteauguay, Quebec, Canada, Barbara and her son William are living with her daughter Sarah Webb Cairns, her husband Robert Cairns [my 3x great-grandparents], and their family.

Barbara McKnight died on 21 February 1872 in Ormstown, Quebec, Canada and was buried in the cemetery of the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Ormstown two days later.  Her son-in-law Robert Cairns and George Moore were witnesses.

The Parents of Jonathan Judkins (b 1781)

As I wrote about recently here:

Who Are the Parents of Jonathan Judkins?

One of my roadblocks had been my inability to discover the parents of my 5x great-grandfather Jonathan Judkins and his wife Dolly Smith.  I detailed the manner in which I combed through the census records for the town of Fayette, Kennebec, Maine to discover that it was fairly likely that his father was “John Judkins” listed in the 1800 Census for Fayette.

The other pieces of the puzzle fell into place when I did a similar detailed analysis of the 1810 Census for Fayette, cross-referencing what I found there with the birth, death, and marriage records for Fayette.  I was able to determine that my 5x great-grandfather’s parents were Jonathan Judkins Jr. (actually making my grandfather Jonathan Judkins III, despite his being listed as “Jr.” in the 1800 Census).  His mother was Elizabeth Batchelder.

Jonathan Judkins Jr. and Elizabeth Batchelder were married in South Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire on 23 Jan 1777:

Judkins Batchelder Marriage, 1777

Judkins Batchelder Marriage, 1777

They moved to Fayette, Maine only a couple of months later, and their first child, Elizabeth Judkins, was born in Fayette on 25 Aug 1777.    She died seven months later on 7 Mar 1778.  Other children followed: Stephen Batchelder Judkins was born 6 Jul 1779, my grandfather Jonathan Judkins was born on 9 Aug 1781, a daughter Esther was born on 10 May 1784, a son Elisha on 26 May 1787, a son Jesse born on 4 Jan 1793 [died 17 Sept 1793], and finally a daughter Mehitable born on 9 Mar 1795.

I was also able to determine the entire immediate family of my 5x great grandfather.  Siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.  And I traced his line back to the original Judkins immigrant ancestor, Job Judkins, who arrived in Boston in the 1630’s from England and was a sawyer there.  His son Joel, my 9x great-grandfather, moved to Exeter, New Hampshire, likely to pursue the logging trade there.

The link from ol’ Job Judkins to me is as follows:

Job Judkins (1606 – 1657)
Joel Judkins (1643 – 1714)
Samuel Judkins (1686 – 1741)
Capt Jonathan Judkins (1719 – 1791)
Jonathan Judkins II (1753 – 1830)
Jonathan Judkins III (1781 – )
Elizabeth E Judkins (1808 – 1886)
Lucy Gilman Folsom (1835 – 1916)
Helen Maria Nason (1863 – 1912)
Lulu Maria Cairns (1888 – 1978)
Mildred Jean Forrest (1915 – 2006)
Frederick Clifford Thomas III (1941 – )

Once, Twice, Three Times My Grandfather

John Bean (or MacBean), my 10x great-grandfather was born in Strathdearn, Iverness-shire, Scotland about 1634.  He arrived in New Hampshire 1660 as an indentured servant, essentially “owned” by Nicholas Lissen.  He ended up marrying Nicholas’s daughter Margaret… so I guess that’s how you really make your way up the ladder!

As I discovered today, John is my grandfather three different ways.

Once through his son Jeremiah Bean:

Jeremiah Bean (1675-1727)
Margaret Bean (1702 – 1756)
Mary Glidden (1736 – 1819)
Mary Gordon (1761 – 1836)
Gordon Folsom (1788 – 1813)
Charles Taylor Folsom (1808 – 1886)
Lucy Gilman Folsom (1835 – 1916)
Helen Maria Nason (1863 – 1912)
Lulu Maria Cairns (1888 – 1978)
Mildred Jean Forrest (1915 – 2006)
Frederick Clifford Thomas III (1941 – )

Once through his daughter Mary Bean:

Mary Bean (1655 – 1743)
Samuel Judkins (1686 – 1741)
Jonathan Judkins (1719 – 1791)
Jonathan Judkins II (1753 – 1830)
Jonathan Judkins III (1781 – )
Elizabeth E Judkins (1808 – 1886)
Lucy Gilman Folsom (1835 – 1916)
Helen Maria Nason (1863 – 1912)
Lulu Maria Cairns (1888 – 1978)
Mildred Jean Forrest (1915 – 2006)
Frederick Clifford Thomas III (1941 – )

And once through his daughter Margaret Bean:

Margaret Bean (1670 – 1766)
Joseph Taylor (1691 – 1763)
Mercy Taylor (1733 – 1765)
Tristram S Folsom (1761 – 1811)
Gordon Folsom (1788 – 1813)
Charles Taylor Folsom (1808 – 1886)
Lucy Gilman Folsom (1835 – 1916)
Helen Maria Nason (1863 – 1912)
Lulu Maria Cairns (1888 – 1978)
Mildred Jean Forrest (1915 – 2006)
Frederick Clifford Thomas III (1941 – )