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Immigrant Ancestors from England

A look at some of the branches of my family I’ve traced back to England, and the original immigrant ancestors from those lines.


Jonathan Fairbanks arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1633 from Yorkshire, England before settling in Dedham, Massachusetts.  The weird thing about the Fairbanks family is that they touch mine via marriage of Jane Fairbanks to Rev. William Duff, who lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia!

Jonathan Fairbanks (1595 – 1668)
George Fairbanks II (1619 – 1683) Son of Jonathan
Eliezur Fairbanks III (1655 – 1741) Son of George
Cap. Eleasur Fairbanks IV (1690 – 1741) Son of Eliezur
Eleazer Fairbanks (1716 – 1760) Son of Cap. Eleasur
Rufus Fairbanks (1759 – 1842) Son of Eleazer
John Eleazer Fairbanks (1793 – 1860) Son of Rufus
Jane Elizabeth Fairbanks (1823 – 1871 Daughter of John Eleazer
Annie E. Prescott Duff (1847 – 1930) Daughter of Jane Elizabeth


Thomas Jones (1620 – 1671) arrived from Hampshire, England to Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1638.  His great-granddaughter Sarah Jones married Newton Ransom (1722-1796):

Sarah Jones (1724 – 1804)
Dr Luther Ransom (1758 – 1832) son of Sarah
Sophia Ransom (1792 – 1868) daughter of Luther
Charles H Thomas (1821 – 1873) son of Sophia

William Jones came from England to Massachusetts, likely around 1640.  His descendant Mehitable Jones married Paul Dexter Pond (1760-1843):

William Jones (1589 – 1677)
Thomas Jones (1645 – 1679) son of William
Thomas Jones (1674 – 1729) son of Thomas
Aaron Jones (1713 – 1742) son of Thomas
Samuel Jones (1740 – 1786) son of Aaron
Mehetabel Jones (1765 – 1841) daughter of Samuel
Samuel Pond (1790 – 1865) son of Mehetabel
Louisa “Lois” Adams Pond (1823 – 1896) daughter of Samuel


Richard Knight (1603-1683) arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts in April, 1635 aboard the ship “James” with another of my ancestors, Anthony Morse.  His daughter Elizabeth Knight married Anthony Morse (1631-1677):

Deacon Richard Knight Sr. (1603 – 1683)
Elizabeth Knight (1639 – 1667) Daughter of Deacon Richard
Ens. Anthony Morse (1662 – 1710) Son of Elizabeth
Elizabeth Morse (1697 – 1762) Daughter of Ens. Anthony
Nathaniel Morse (1728 – 1781) Son of Elizabeth
David Morse (1756 – 1840) Son of Nathaniel
Sally Maria “Mariah” Morse (1805 – 1890) Daughter of David
Louisa “Lois” A. Pond (1823 – 1896) Daughter of Sally Maria “Mariah”


Samuel Lathrop came to Plymouth from Egerton, Kent, England in 1634.  His descendant Sarah Lathrop Adams (1765-1857) married David Morse (1756 – 1840) thus combining two Pilgrim lines:

Samuel Lathrop Lothrop (1623 – 1700)
Israel Lathrop Lothrop (1659 – 1733) Son of Samuel
Samuel Lathrop (1692 – 1753) Son of Israel
Capt Elisha Lathrop (1713 – 1787) Son of Samuel
Sarah Lathrop (1765 – 1857) Daughter of Capt Elisha
Sally Maria “Mariah” Morse (1805 – 1890) Daughter of Sarah
Louisa “Lois” A. Pond (1823 – 1896) Daughter of Sally Maria “Mariah”


Anthony Morse came from Marlborough, Wiltshire, England, and settled in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1635. Apparently Anthony testified at his sister-in-law’s trial where she was accused of being a witch!  His descendant Sally Maria Morse married Samuel Pond (1790-1865):

Anthony Morse Sr. (1606 – 1686)
Deacon Benjamin Morse (1641 – 1707) Son of Anthony
Deacon William Morse (1673 – 1749) Son of Deacon Benjamin
Daniel Morse Sr. (1697 – 1766) Son of Deacon William
Nathaniel Morse (1728 – 1781) Son of Daniel
David Morse (1756 – 1840) Son of Nathaniel
Sally Maria “Mariah” Morse (1805 – 1890) Daughter of David
Louisa “Lois” A. Pond (1823 – 1896) Daughter of Sally Maria “Mariah”


George Polley (1625 – 1683) came to Woburn, Massachusetts before 1649 from Shoreditch, Middlesex, England.  His grand-daughter Mary Polley married Thomas Jones (1681-1729):

George Polley (1625 – 1683)
George Polley (1656 – 1698) Son of George
Mary Polley (1682 – 1729) Daughter of George
Sarah Jones (1724 – 1804) Daughter of Mary
Dr Luther Ransom (1758 – 1832) Son of Sarah
Sophia Ransom (1792 – 1868) Daughter of Dr Luther
Charles H. L. Thomas (1821 – 1873) Son of Sophia


Daniel Pond arrived in Dedham, Massachusetts from Edwardston, England in 1630.  His descendant Lois Pond married Charles H. Thomas.

Daniel Pond (1627 – 1697)
Ephraim Pond (1656 – 1704) Son of Daniel
Samuel Pond (1729 – 1806) Son of Ephraim
Paul D Pond (1760 – 1843) Son of Samuel
Samuel Pond (1791 – 1866) Son of Paul D
Louisa “Lois” A. Pond (1823 – 1896) Daughter of Samuel


Robert Ransom arrived in Massachusetts from England in 1654.  His descendant Sophia Ransom was the mother of Charles H.L. Thomas

Robert Ransom (1637 – 1697)
Joshua Ransom (1665 – 1713) Son of Robert
Robert Ransom (1687 – 1777) Son of Joshua
Newton Ransom (1722 – 1796) Son of Robert
Dr Luther Ransom (1758 – 1832) Son of Newton
Sophia Ransom (1792 – 1868) Daughter of Dr Luther
Charles H. L. Thomas (1821 – 1873) Son of Sophia


Richard Smith (1596-1666), came to the US from Gloucestershire, England and settled in Rhode Island in the 1630’s.  He established a trading post on the western side of the Narragansett Bay at a place called Cocumscussoc, later to become the village of Wickford in modern-day North Kingstown, Rhode Island.  His daughter Joan Smith married Thomas Newton (1630-1683):

Richard Smith (1596 – 1666)
Joan Smith (1627 – 1664) daughter of Richard
Capt James Newton (1654 – 1739) son of Joan
Alice Newton (1686 – 1779) daughter of Capt James
Newton Ransom (1722 – 1796) son of Alice
Dr Luther Ransom (1758 – 1832) son of Newton
Sophia Ransom (1792 – 1868) daughter of Dr Luther
Charles H Thomas (1821 – 1873) son of Sophia


Nancy Taylor, born about 1784, was born in London, England according to her son Seneca Folsom’s death record.  She married Gordon Folsom (1788-1813) on 27 Jan 1806 in Rome, Kennebec, Maine.  She died about 1835 in Monmouth, Kennebec, Maine.  She is one of the only English direct ancestors I have that didn’t arrive at the time of the Pilgrims.

Nancy Taylor (1784 – 1835)
Charles Taylor Folsom (1808 – 1886) son of Nancy Taylor
Lucy Gilman Folsom (1835 – 1916) daughter of Charles Taylor Folsom
Helen Maria Nason (1863 – 1912) daughter of Lucy Gilman Folsom


Simon Wolcott arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts with his parents Henry Wolcott (1579 – 1655) and Elizabeth Saunders (1584 – 1655) at the age of six from Tolland, England.  His descendant Theodosia Wolcott married Dr. Luther Ransom:

Simon Wolcott (1624 – 1687)
Henry Wolcott (1670 – 1747) Son of Simon
Thomas Wolcott Sr (1702 – 1762) Son of Henry
Luke Wolcott (1730 – 1762) Son of Thomas
Theodosia Wolcott (1762 – 1825) Daughter of Luke
Sophia Ransom (1792 – 1868) Daughter of Theodosia
Charles H. L. Thomas (1821 – 1873) Son of Sophia


Charles H. Thomas (1821-1873) and Louisa A. Pond (1823-1896)

Louisa A. “Lois” Pond was my 3x great-grandmother.  Louisa’s father, Samuel Pond, was married first to Betsey Walker, then in November of 1821 he married Louisa “Lois” Adams.  Unfortunately Louisa died only a couple months later in June of 1822.  Her tombstone in the Middlebury Cemetery in Middlebury, Vermont reads “Lois, daughter of Silas and Lois Adams and wife of Samuel Pond died in Chateaugay, NY in June 1822 at the age of 24 years”.

Samuel remarried almost immediately to his third wife,  my 4x great-grandmother, Sally Maria “Mariah” Morse (1805-1890) on 3 Aug 1822.  But Samuel must have still carried a torch for his recently-departed, as he named his first-born child Louisa A [Adams, likely] Pond.  My grandmother was born nine months after the marriage on 11 May 1823 in Burke, New York, and was the first of 13 children.

Louisa was mentioned as one of the founding members of the Burke Presbyterian Church in 1845 when she was 22 years old.

Presbyterianism or Congregationalism in Burke was one with that of Chateaugay until 1845, when, upon the erection of Burke as a town, twenty-six members of the mother church ( which had been formed in 1816) were granted letter of dismission to form a Congregational church in the new town.

"Malone Farmer", Malone, NY, April or June 1933

“Malone Farmer”, Malone, NY, April or June 1933

Right around the same time (1845 or 1846)  Louisa married Charles H. Thomas, a blacksmith.  I believe the “H” stands for Horace, as their first child was given that name.  Charles was born in Chazy, New York in 1821, the son of James S. Thomas and Sophia Ransom.  Their son Horace Luther Thomas was born in Burke on 13 Dec 1946.  Horace was my great-great-grandfather.  Six children followed: Lovisa Maria Thomas (1847-1930), two boys who died in infancy (Charles Thomas and Charles W. Thomas), Alma M. Thomas (1852-1943), Charles Franklin Thomas (1854-1927), and Warren Perry Thomas (1860-1896).  I have written about Charles Franklin and Warren Thomas several times, as they were involved in a tragic train accident in 1896.

Horace Luther Thomas

Horace Luther Thomas

The family appears in the 1850 census for Burke, New York where Charles is 29 years old and is listed as a “Blacksmith”.  My grandfather Horace is only 4 years old.  The Charles Thomas listed here (born about Feb, 1850) is the first of three children with that name.  The first two, as stated previously, died in infancy.


Taylor Family

Taylor Family c1921

Above: Lovisa Thomas (second from left) with her son Francis Lavery and the family of her daughter Addie Lavery Taylor (far left).

The family moved from Burke, New York to Canton, New York [about 55 miles away] sometime between the births of Charles Franklin Thomas in 1854 and his brother Warren in 1860.  The next mention of Charles and Louisa is in the 1860 census for Canton, New York.  Horace is listed as “Henry L” Thomas, his sister Lovisa is listed as “Louisa” (like the mother), and Charles Franklin is listed as “Franklin”.

1860 Census, Burke, NY

1860 Census, Canton, NY

Charles’s Civil War Draft Registration form from June of 1863 lists him as a Blacksmith living in Canton, New York.  Charles was 42 years old at the time.

Civil War Registration, 1863

Civil War Draft Registration, 1863

Charles and Louisa appear again in the 1870 Census for Canton.  Lovisa is already listed as a “Dress Maker”, and Charles Franklin is listed with his brother Warren as “At School”:

1870 Census, Canton, NY

1870 Census, Canton, NY

Charles passed away in Canton on 7 Dec 1873 and was buried in Bridge Cemetery with his wife and his son Warren.  A one-line notice was the only notation I’ve found of his death.


From the “St. Lawrence Republican”


Charles H Thomas Tombstone, Bridge Cemetery, Canton, NY

After the death of her husband, Louisa stayed in Canton where she and son Warren are found in the 1880 census:

1880 Census, Canton, NY

1880 Census, Canton, NY

In 1885, Louisa married Alvin A. Hine, a 68-year-old, widowed, retired farmer.  This photo of her was likely taken on or around the occasion of her second wedding.  I like this photo because my great-great-grandfather Horace Luther Thomas obviously has the lips, nose, and ears of his mother:

Louisa Pond c1885 courtesy of Dave Momot

Louisa Pond c1885 courtesy of Dave Momot

Louisa’s husband Alvin died on 16 Mar 1896.  Louisa followed on 8 Aug 1896.  Her son Warren was killed on 8 Dec 1896.

Death announcement. From "The Palladium", Malone, New York, Thursday August 20, 1896.

Death announcement. From “The Palladium”, Malone, New York, Thursday August 20, 1896.

Horace Luther Thomas married Anna Elizabeth Clifford, the daughter of Irish immigrants.  They had seven children: Anna, Agnes, Emma, Horace Jr, Nellie, Robert Erwin, and Frederick.  They lived in Winooski, Vermont for almost 60 years where Horace worked as an electrical engineer at the Winooski hydroelectric power plant.

Lovisa Marie Thomas married Julius T Lavery.  They had four children: Martha, Warren, Francis, and Addie.  Lovisa lived in Canton, New York for 70 years where she worked as a dressmaker and seamstress.

Alma M Thomas married Henry H Eggleston, a farmer, about 1870, and they moved between Canton and nearby Potsdam, New York for the next 70 years.  Henry and Alma had two daughters: Frances L “Frankie” Eggleston, and Jessie M Eggleston.

Charles Franklin Thomas was a railroad conductor for many years.  He married Mary M. “Polly” Thomas in Burlington, Vermont in 1876 and they had five children: Charles Franklin Jr, Horace Edward, George, Ira, and Harold Wilmer “Catcher” Thomas.  “Eddie”, “Georgie” and Ira all died in 1889 from Diphtheria.  Charles Jr was killed in a freak train accident in 1899, so Catcher was the only child left to carry on the family line.

Warren Perry Thomas was a miller and a fireman for the Vermont Central Railroad.  He married Marion Dixon in 1880 and they had two children, Delbert Wilford Thomas and Mildred Marion Thomas.  As stated before, Warren was killed in a train explosion in Eagle, Connecticut in 1896.