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My Grandparents and “Pirates of the Caribbean”

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.

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A Very Interesting Document From the Revolutionary War

I stumbled across this today while researching my 6x great-grandfather Tristram S. Folsom (1761-1811).  Here’s a short bio of Tristram as recorded in the book “Genealogy of the Folsom Family: A Revised and Extended Edition, Including English Records 1638-1938)” by Elizabeth Knowles Folsom:

Tristram S. Folsom (Capt. Benjamin, Nathaniel, John), b in Deerfield, N.H. 1761; d. in New Sharon, ME 10 Apr 1811, ae 50; married first abt 1784 Mary Gordon (Ithiel, Daniel, Thomas, Alexander), b 17 Oct 1761 in Raymond, NH; she died and he married Sarah Gordon, sister of his first wife, d 1845.  He served in the Revolutionary War in Captain Simon Marston’s Company, Col. John Waldron’s Regiment in the Continental Army until April 1st 1776 (NH Rev. War Rolls, Vol. XXX, pp 455, 456).  Also in Capt. Nathan Sanborn’s Company, Col. John McClary’s Regiment of Militia, joined General Start at Bennington, 8 Sept 1777; also, in same Company, Col. Stephen Evan’s Regiment at Saratoga, 1777 (NH Rev. War Rolls, Vol. 2, pp 300, 302, 305, 309).

Children by 1st wife:

Peter, b 29 Oct 1785
Gordon, b 10 Oct 1786
Tristram, b 9 Sept 1788

Children by 2nd wife:

Joseph G. b 1804; drowned in Bartlett Pond, Livermore, ME, 5 Sept 1813 ae 9 years.
Hannah, b 5 Jul 1807; married Henry Wood of Augusta, ME.

So, one of the items of interest is that Tristram was present (at the age of 16) at the Continental Army’s victory at the battle of Saratoga in October of 1777.

Surrender At Saratoga, 1777

Surrender At Saratoga, 1777

I started looking for records of his service during the Revolutionary War, and came across a payroll document from Capt. Sanborn’s Regiment from 1777.

“Pay Roll of Captain Nathan Sanborn’s Company in Colonel Stephen Evan’s Regiment which [..] marched from the State of New Hampshire [in] September 1777 and reinforced the Northern Continental Army at Saratoga”:[Click on the image to enlarge or download]

Pay Roster, Capt. Sanborn's Company, 1777

Pay Roster, Capt. Sanborn’s Company, 1777

What I found extremely interesting about this document are the following items:

Jeremiah Prescott, Lieutenant, enlisted 8 Sept 1777, discharged 15 Dec 1777.

Simeon Fogg, Corporal, enlisted 8 Sept 1777, discharged 15 Dec 1777.

Jonathan Fogg, Private, enlisted 8 Sept 1777, discharged 30 Nov 1777.

Samuel Prescott, Private, enlisted 8 Sept 1777, discharged 15 Dec 1777.

John Batchelder, Private, enlisted 8 Sept 1777, discharged 15 Dec 1777.

Tristram Folsom, Private, enlisted 8 Sept 1777, discharged 15 Dec 1777.

Jonathan Judkins, Private, enlisted 8 Sept 1777, discharged 15 Dec 1777.

I am related to the Prescott and Fogg families directly [Nancy Prescott is my 4x great-grandmother] and through marriage [Fred Thomas Sr. married Irene Fogg after my great-grandmother Delia Bacon died], so that is of mild interest.

More interesting is that my 6x great-grandfather, Jonathan Judkins (1753-1830), who was from New Hampshire, married Elizabeth Batchelder, my 6x great-grandmother.  It seems likely that, if the Jonathan Judkins listed above is my grandfather, his wife may have been related to the John Batchelder listed above who served with him.

Having seven people who are possibly related to me on one roster is quite amazing, and could explain a lot about how these families came to be related through marriage.  War bonds men together like very little else does.  When they came back from battle, perhaps they stayed in touch and the families ended up being joined by marriage too.

 

 

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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 – )


Who Are The Parents of Jonathan Judkins?

Jonathan Judkins was my 5x great-grandfather [ancestor of my father’s mother] and the father of Elizabeth Judkins, my 4x great-grandmother. Not a great deal is known about him. He married Dolly Smith in Fayette, Kennebec, Maine on 6 Nov 1801, and then they had six children in Fayette whose births I have found in the records of that town.

Assuming it was a first marriage and Jonathan was of a typical age, he was probably born about 1776.  If we further assume that he was living in Fayette in 1800, the year before his marriage, (reasonable given that he is also in Fayette in the 1810 census) we can look at the 1800 Census for Fayette, Kennebec, Maine for clues as to his father’s name.

In that census there are four Judkins listed: Samuel, Joel, John, and Benjamin (see data below).  In Samuel’s case, there is only one male listed of the age to be a parent, so that would be Samuel himself.  The same is the case for Joel.  In the case of Benjamin Judkins, there are two males over 45 and two males between 10 and 16.  Not a good fit for someone of typical marrying age in 1801.

In the case of John Judkins, there is one male 45+ and two males between 16 and 25.  That makes a good case for a man about our Jonathan’s age, his father, and a brother.

Given the options, ages, and assumptions above, it seems most likely that Jonathan’s father could be this “John Judkins”.  The census also says that John Judkins immigrated to Maine from New Hampshire in 1799.  So if our Jonathan is his son he was likely born in New Hampshire.

Further evidence comes from the 1810 census of Fayette where there is a John and a “John Jr” listed.  John Jr has 2 boys < 10, 1 man 26-44, 3 girls < 10 and 1 woman 26-44.  From what we know of children born to my grandparents, their family in 1810 would have been:

Jonathan Judkins 34
Dolly Smith: 30
Sarah Judkins: 8
Rhoda Judkins 6
Hiram Judkins 4
Elizabeth Judkins: 2
Jessie Judkins: 1 month

Exactly matching the census!  This means “John Jr.” is very probably our Jonathan, and that his father was also Jonathan Judkins.

Based on ages of children in the census, John the elder was probably born between 1750 and 1764.   Further research on the other three Judkins men in town indicates that they were very likely all related (sons of Joseph Judkins and Margaret Smith of New Hampshire).  We can also see that eldest among them, Benjamin, was born in Rockingham County, New Hampshire.

That seems like a good place to look for John Folsom the elder to have lived.  There is a Jonathan Judkins and Esther Sweat or Sneat there having children at about the right time.  That’s my current best lead.

Further Research on the Other Folsom Families in the 1800 Census for Fayette, Maine

Samuel Judkins married a woman named Elizabeth.  There are records of two births in Fayette: Elizabeth on 6 Dec 1796, and Hannah on 4 Sept 1797.  The census has three girls, no boys.  We have record of two girls being born.  Based on the ages of the daughters, Samuel was probably born about 1770.  Aligning other sources, this family seems to be Samuel Judkins & Elizabeth Knowles.  Samuel was the son of Joseph Judkins and Margaret Smith.  He died 19 Apt 1838 in Wilton, Franklin Maine.

Joel Judkins married a woman named Abia.  There are records of 8 births in Fayette: Lydia on 9 Dec 1785 Joseph on 23 May 1787, Richard on 19 Oct 1788, David on 19 Sept 1790, Betty on 14 Aug 1792, Joel on 27 May 1794, Abia on 30 Aug 1796, and Levi on 27 Jun 1798.  The census says 5 boys and 4 girls.  We have birth records for 4 boys and 4 girls.  From the birth dates, Joel was probably born about 1760.  Aligning other sources, this family seems to be  Joel Judkins & Abia Kram.  Joel was also a son of Joseph Judkins (1724-1798) and Margaret Smith (b 1724).  He was born 25 Feb 1762 in Pittston, Kennebec, Maine, and died 1805 in Industry, Franklin, Maine.

Benjamin seems to have married a woman named Mary.  There are records of 8 births in Fayette: A Stillborn Boy on 28 Sept 1782, Polly on 9 Feb 1784, a Stillborn Boy on 28 Feb 1786, John on 18 Mar 1788, Daniel on 4 Mar 1790, Rebecah on 2 Feb 1793, Peggy on 15 Aug 1795, and Nancy on 14 Aug 1797.  The census has 5 girls, 2 boys.  We have birth records for 4 girls and two boys.  Judging by ages, Benjamin was likely born about 1757.  Aligning other sources, this family seems to be Benjamin Judkins & Mary Philbrook (1756-1797).  He was also a of Joseph Judkins and Margaret Smith.  Benjamin was born in Brentwood, Rockingham, New Hampshire 20 Jan 1748, and died in Fayette, in 1833.

Data From 1800 Census for Fayette, Maine

Samuel Judkins
Males < 10        0
Males 10 < 16    0
Males 16 < 26    0
Males 26 < 45    1
Males 45 +        0
Females < 10    3
Females 10 < 16    0
Females 16 < 26    0
Females 26 < 45    1
Females 45 +    0

Joel Judkins
Males < 10        3
Males 10 < 16    2
Males 16 < 26    0
Males 26 < 45    1
Males 45 +        0
Females < 10    3
Females 10 < 16    1
Females 16 < 26    0
Females 26 < 45    1
Females 45 +    0

John Judkins  (Immigrated in 1799 from NH)
Males < 10        0
Males 10 < 16    1
Males 16 < 26    2
Males 26 < 45    0
Males 45 +        1
Females < 10    0
Females 10 < 16    0
Females 16 < 26    1
Females 26 < 45    0
Females 45 +    1

Benjamin Judkins
Males < 10        0
Males 10 < 16    2
Males 16 < 26    0
Males 26 < 45    0
Males 45 +        2
Females < 10    3
Females 10 < 16    1
Females 16 < 26    1
Females 26 < 45    1
Females 45 +    0