Saturday, June 9, 2012


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Standard Notation to Help "Unconfuse" the Other Posts

1. John Jones = Margaret Clayton
...2.  Edward Jones = Margaret Trevoe
.....3. Edward Jones Junior = Eleanor Davis
......4. Jessie Jones = Martha Adams
.......5. Moses Owen(s) Jones = Mary Matilda Johnston
........6. Celia A. Jones = Henry Day
..........7. Ida Day
..........7. Emma Day = Thomas Burns
..........7. Ellen Day
..........7. Mary Day
..........7. Blanche Day
..........7. Henrietta Day = William Everett Mitchell
.............8. Everett Day Mitchell = Veronica Merrow
................9. Everett Mitchell
................9. Mary Mitchell Ross Williams
................9. Carol Mitchell Doubleday
................9. John Mitchell
.............8. Helen Mitchell = Oscar Price
.............8. William Harold Mitchell = Marguerite Rice
.............8. Richard Bruce Mitchell = Mary Carolina Cafarella*
...............9. Mary Rose Mitchell = Frederick Wendell Burrill
...............9. Richard Bruce Mitchell II = Jane Teresa Callnan
...............9. William Philip Mitchell = Marcia Kim Good (DIV.)
............8. Lauretta Mitchell = Northrup
.........7. Martha Day
.........7. Anna L. Day

*  See

1. William Everett Mitchell = Maggie Patterson
....2. William Everett Mitchell = Henrietta Day
........3. Everett Day Mitchell = Veronica Merrow
........3. Helen Mitchell = Oscar Price
........3. William Harold Mitchell = Margueritte Rice
........3. Richard Bruce Mitchell = Mary Carolina Cafarella*
........3. Lauretta(Bertha) Mitchell = Northrup

1. Captain Richard Norman = Mary or Margaret Alford
....2. Susanna Norman = Robert Lockwood
........3. Gersham Lockwood Sr. = Elizabeth Townsend Wright

1. Edmund Lockwood (senior) =Alice (Ales) Cowper
..2. Robert Lockwood = Susanna Norman
....3, Gersham Lockwood Sr. = Elizabeth (Townsend) Wright
.....4. Joseph Lockwood = Sarah Green
......5. Abigail Lockwood = Samuel Adams
.......6. Nathaniel Adams = Mary Owen
........7. Martha Adams = Jesse Jones
.........8. Moses Owen Jones =  Mary Matilda Johnston
..........9. Celia A. Jones = Henry Day
...........10. Henrietta Day = William Everett Mitchell
.............11. Richard Bruce Mitchell = Mary C. Cafarella
...............12. Mary R. Mitchell = Frederick W. Burrill
.................13. Diane E. Burrill = Daryl McPherson
...................14. Michael P. Mc Pherson

1. Samuel Adams = Abigail Reynolds or Lockwood
....2. Nathaniel Adams = Mary Owen
........3. Martha Adams = Jessie Jones
............4. Moses Owen(s) Jones = Mary Matilda Johnston
................5. Celia A Jones = Henry Day
....................6. Henrietta Day = William Everett Mitchell

1. Moses Owen = Elizabeth Cornell
....2. Mary Owen(s)= Nathaniel Adams
........3. Martha Adams = Jessie Jones
............4. Moses Owen(s) Jones = Mary Matilda Johnston
................5. Celia A Jones = Henry Day
....................6. Henrietta Day = William Everett Mitchell

1. James W. Johnston = ?
....2. Mary Matilda Johnston= Moses Owen Jones
........3. Celia A. Jones = Henry Day
............4. Henrietta Day = William Everett Mitchell

Edward the Second is on the English throne and Edward the first had just recently conquered and annexed Wales so naming his son the first Prince of Wales.  Edward I and II begin a campaign of castle building in Wales.  Robert the Bruce is on the throne of Scotland.  Louis X is on the throne of France.  Spain is a collection of tiny kingdoms and is mostly ruled by the Moors.  Robert of Anjou is ruling Naples, Frederick II on the throne of Sicily only a few years after the Sicilian Vespers.  When he is 28, the Black Plague is killing people in England.  The Renaissance has just sputtered into existence in Italy.  In his life the hundred years war will begin.  The first Mechanical clocks are only 10 years old.Pope Clement has recently moved the papal government to Avignon.  The Welch name Owen or Owain means well born or noble.

1. David Owen b. 1320
..2. Owen Owen
...3. Cadwallader Owen = Margaret Pigot
....4. Cadwallader Owen
.....5. Owen Owen = Margaret Hanmer
......6. John Owen
.......7. David Owen = Alice Blount Oxenbridge
........8. David Lloyd Owen = Joan Rees
.........9. Edward Owen = Sarah Oteley or Oreley
..........10. Richard Owen = Johanna Pitt
............11. John Owen = Rebecca Wade
..............12. George Owen = Martha Naibor
................13. Moses Owen = Mary
..................14. Moses Owen = Elizabeth Cornell
....................15. Mary Adams = Nathaniel Owen
......................16. Martha Adams = Jesse Jones
........................17. Moses Owen(s) Jones = Mary M. Johnston
..........................18. Celia A. Jones = Henry Day
............................19. Henrietta Day = William E. Mitchell
..............................20. Richard B Mitchell = Mary C. Cafarella
................................21. Mary R. Mitchell = Frederick W. Burrill
..................................22. Diane E. Burrill = Daryl McPherson
....................................23. Michael P. McPherson

Michael and the children of his generation are the Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Great Grandchildren of  David Owen, who was born 692 years ago at this writing.

1. John Mainwaring 1475 = Joan Lacon 1475
....2. Sir Richard Mainwaring = Dorothea Corbett
........3. Marie Mainwaring = Adam Oteley
............4. Richard Oteley =  Katherine Mac Worth
................5. Sarah Oteley = Edward Owen  see 9 above

Pitchford Hall.  Touted as the finest Elizabethan house in England. 
It was built for our ancestor Adam Ottley(Oteley) in about 1560.
 It was reserved as a "safe house" for Queen Elizabeth and King George,
 during the Second World War
and mentioned in the diaries of Queen Victoria. 
Photo from Wikipedia. 

1. William Oteley 1509 = Margaret Leighton 1513
....2. Adam Oteley = Marie Mainwaring
........3. Richard Oteley = Katherine Mac Worth
............4. Sarah Oteley = Edward Owen see 9 above

1. Thomas Mac Worth 1470 = Agnes1470
....2. John Mac Worth = Elizabeth Hosier
........3. Katherine Mac Worth = Richard Oteley
............4. Sarah Oteley = Edward Owen see 9 above

1. William Pitt 1535 = Elinor? 1535
....2. ?
........3. Johanna Pitt = Richard Owen see 10 above

1. James Naibor 1641 = Martha S
....2. Martha Naibor =  George Owen  see 12 above

Friday, June 8, 2012

The Corbet Line to Us

Roget Corbeau 1000 to 1055,  married to Giovanni(a) Carnaghi
Hugo Le Corbet Chevalier du Pays de Caux Normandy
       Before 1040 to before 1086.(1020 is commonly used, possibly born in Caux, Allier, Auvergne, France)
       Wife unknown
Fichier:Carte pays Caux1.png
With thanks to Wikipedia

Roger Fitz Corbet  First Baron of Cause.   Alretone, Shropshire in Domesday book Sheriff/governor of Shropshire.
       About 1050 to about 1134.  
      Wife was  the Heiress of Talsey

William Corbet   Second Baron of Caus.  Lived in Wattlesborough/Castle of Cause
      Wife and dates unknown

Simon Corbet of Pontesburie
      Wife and dates unknown but probably predeceased his father

Thomas Corbet the Pilgrim

Sir Richard Corbet of Wattlesborough 
      early 1200s but may also be the same as :

Sir Richard Corbet of Wattlesborough
      Estimate only  1176 to before 1255 
      Wife by 1196 Joanna Toret of Moreton Toret Salop

Sir Richard Corbet  Son of Richard, Knight of Wattlesborough, Lord of Moreton
      Before 1225 to after 1272. 
      Wife Petronilla, the Lady of Edge Baldenham and Booley.

Sir Robert Corbet  of Morton Corbet, Shropshire.  Sheriff of Shropshire
       Approx 1234 to 1375. 
      Second wife in 1280, Mathilda De Arundel

Thomas Corbet
      1281 to 1310. 
      Wife Amice Hussey? Daughter of Ralph Hussey

Sir Robert Corbet Lord of Moreton Corbet
      Approx 12-25-1304 to 12-3-1375. 
      Wife Elizabeth Le Strange.  Parents Fulk Le Strange & Eleanor Giffard

Sir Thomas Corbet
      Died 1359.
      Wife Elizabeth (Amice)

Sir Roger Corbet of Moreton Corbet
      About 1330 to 1394. 
      Wife Margaret De Erdington, Dau. of Giles De Erdington.

Sir Robert Corbet  Orphaned at age 11, became ward of Percy, Earl of Worcester then John Burley I of Broncroft.  Sheriff of Shropshire from 11-1419
      12-8-1383 to after 1419. 
      Wife Margaret last name unknown.

Sir Roger Corbet
      1415 to 6-8-1467. 
      Wife Elizabeth Hopton Dau. of Thomas Hopton and Eleanor Lucy.

Sir Richard Corbet of Moreton Corbet
      1451 to 12-6-1493. 
      Wife Elizabeth Devereaux, Dau. of Sir Walter  Devereaux and Agnes Ferrers.

Sir Robert Corbet of Moreton Corbet
      1477 to 4-11-1513. 
      Wife Elizabeth Vernon, Dau. of Sir Henry Vernon and AnneTalbot.
      She lived another 50 years and was known as "old Lady Corbet of Shawbury".

Dorothy Corbet
      Husband Sir Richard Mainwaring  of Ightfield

This is a variation there are several similar.  This is my drawing of a Mainwaring/Manwaring crest.  I can by the way, do watercolors of any crests you want, and if you are interested in needlepoint, I can paint canvases for a fee.  You must remember that we in our immediate family have no right to bear these arms, especially, we should avoid carrying them in our local jousts.  Perhaps drag races would be a good analogy.  All these names come from a female line and from long ago.  They are nice to display as nostalgia though.  The whites and grays in this crest represent a silver color.  This might sometimes have a black diamond in the top silver bar.  The diamond would have a silver center diamond.

Marie Mainwaring = Adam Oteley
Richard Oteley = Katherine Mac Worth
Sarah Oteley = Edward Owen 
Richard Owen = Johanna Pitt
John Owen = Rebecca Wade
George Owen = Martha Naibor
Moses Owen = Mary
Moses Owen = Elizabeth Cornell
Mary Adams = Nathaniel Owen
Martha Adams = Jesse Jones
Moses Owen(s) Jones = Mary M. Johnston
Celia A. Jones = Henry Day
Henrietta Day = William E. Mitchell
Richard B Mitchell = Mary C. Cafarella
Mary R. Mitchell = Frederick W. Burrill
Diane E. Burrill = Daryl McPherson
Michael P. McPherson 2012

34 or 35 generations from Hugo Le Corbet to Michael P. McPherson and more than 972 years at this writing.

Moreton Corbet castle.  Photo from Wikipedia. 

Hugo's family probably had Danish origins, as the Normans in general were from Scandinavia, arriving mostly as Viking raiders who decided to stay.  The use of the raven was a device for heraldry that possibly even goes back to Roman history when Marcus Valerius Corvus had a raven land on his helmet at the beginning of a battle.  Is there a family connection to the General?  It is possible but who knows.  It makes a good story though.  A Reafan was used as a symbol for the family in Danish times and was translated to the French Le Corbeau and later to Corbet.

Lady Sybilla Corbet of Alcester was born in 1077(Daughter of Roger Fitz Corbet?)  and though married to the Duke of Cornwall, became the mistress of Henry I and bore him children.  This is very muddled, but it may be that the Dukes of Cornwall were descended from this alliance.  Henry is reputed to have fathered at least 20 children out of wedlock.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Fryeth alias Norman

Captain Richard Norman Sr.(Probably changed his name from Richard Fryeth possibly adopting the maiden name of his mother Joan Norman) was born between 1580 and 1587 in Dorchester or Charminster, England (Dorset)(Long John Silver country).(Also reported Orchard Portman, Somersetshire)  He came to  Massachusetts in 1623/4, and soon moved to Cape Ann. Then, when the original settlement failed because the settlement was too far from the fishing grounds, for the Dorchester Company(he was an employee of the company and may not have intended to stay here at first)he moved to Salem(Naumkeag) in 1626 under the organization of Richard Conant, before Governor Endicott arrived and later moved to Marblehead.  
He became a fisherman and/or a shipwright along with his son, John, and was probably not a Puritain.  He died between April 22, 1653 and June 27, 1664.

The existing information is garbled as there are conflicting reports but these facts should be essentially correct or at least give a feeling for the circumstances.

Richard's wife's name was Margaret or Mary Alford, b 1585, m. September 2, 1605, d.1645...though this too is a bit inconsistant in the reports.(She may have been a second wife.)

There is a story of Lt. Richard Norman Jr. in August of 1683 who tried to swim to shore from his Shallop(a pleasure barge) near Misery Island(off Beverly Farms in Salem Sound)and drowned on the way.

There is a reef named Norman's Woe between Cape Ann and Marblehead near where one of the Normans had settled. There were a number wrecks there.  The most famous was the ship "Favorite" out of Wiscasset, Maine in December of 1839.  A number of bodies washed ashore, one, an older woman, was lashed to a piece of the ship.  It inspired Longfellow to write "The Wreck of the Hesperus" .
I cannot say for sure that these Normans were related to ours, but it seems like a remarkable coincidence.

John Fryeth SR. was supposedly born in Ipswitch, Somerset England, but the family is reported to be in Bishopworth.  He was born about 1500 and died around 1578 in Windford, England, while married to Joanne(Joan)(last name unknown, but probably Norman)also reported to have a similar lifespan from 1500 to 1578.  They had a son named John (Fryeth)Norman born between 1520 and 1530 in Bishopworth,died 3/7/1579  He married Agnes(last name unknown) between 1555 and 1556 in Ipswich.  There is a missing generation here, but John was the grandfather of Captain Richard Norman, the immigrant discussed above.

Richard Norman Sr. deeded to Richard Norman Jr. a house and ten acre lot "in Marvellheade upon Darbe Fort side" along with cow commons.

Susanna Norman was born about 1612-15 and died on December 23, 1680.  She was living in Greenwich, Connecticut, having married Robert Lockwood around 1633-1635 in Watertown Massachusetts.
Robert was born on January 14, 1599-1600,in Combs, Suffolk England.  He died Sept. 11 1658 in Fairfield Connecticut.  She had a second husband: Jeffry Ferris who she married about 1661.  He was born about 1610 in England and died in Greenwich Connecticut on May 31, 1666.  

Wikipedia states the following:

Charminster was the English town of origin of Richard Norman and family, one of the Planters of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in America, who arrived there in ca. 1626.

Fryeth as a name only really comes up with names related to John Fryeth.  He is cited as the father or in some cases the grandfather of Richard Fryeth alias Norman, but there are disputes as to the relationship.  Playing with the spelling produces a variant spelling of FRIETH.  Searches for this results in towns in central(that is very central) England named Frieth in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.  This could be the origin of the name, but I am just speculating.

I just picked this up from, thank you Mr. Forsythe...
from Public Record Office, Court of Requests, Unindexed Records, Bundle 466:
"On 23 October 1603 Richard Fryeth alias Norman brought SUIT AGAINST AGNES FRYETH alias Norman, WIDOW OF JOHN FRYETH alias Norman of Ipswich, co. Suffolk, AND HER DAUGHTER ELIZABETH, WIFE OF EDMUND GREENLEAF, about land in the parish of St. Mary at the Tower, Ipswich. The evidence shows that the plaintiff, Richard Fryeth alias Norman, was son and heir of John Fryeth alias Norman, that Elizabeth Greenleaf was the plaintiff's half sister, and that Agnes Fryeth alias Norman was his stepmother and evidently much younger than her husband, whom she described as having been old and decrepit in 1576, when the land in dispute was purchased, so that she was obliged to support the family until he died in September 1590. Richard Fryeth alias Norman claimed the land as his father's son and heir, but his stepmother claimed that the land was bought with money that she herself had earned."

Additional info published:               

Richard Norman Sr., (fisherman, shipwright)'s Timeline

March 18, 1576
Horningsheath, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
Charminster, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
February 7, 1606
Age 19
Charminster, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
January 12, 1610
Age 23
Charminster, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Age 26
July 31, 1617
Age 30
Dorchester, Dorchestershire, England
October 17, 1619
Age 32
Charminster, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Age 36
Southwick, Hampshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 36
Cape Anne, Gloucester, MA



Sunday, June 3, 2012

Wikipedia Exerpt on Fairfield Connecticut

The Lockwoods came to this country in 1630 on one of two ships to be researched.(Either the Arbella or the Elizabeth)  This was part of what is called Winthrop's fleet.
The Winthrop Fleet consisted of eleven ships sailing from Yarmouth, Isle of Wright to Salem. Some sailed April 8, arriving June 13, 1630 and the followng days, the others sailed in May, arriving in July. The total count of passengers is believed to be about seven hundred.   Financing was by the Mass. Bay Company.
The ships were the Arbella flagship with Capt Peter Milburne, the Ambrose, the Charles, the Mayflower, the Jewel, the Hopewell, The Success, the Trial, the Whale, the Talbot and the William and Francis.
Sailed April 8 1630: Ambrose, Arbella, Hopewell, Talbot,
Sailed May 1630: Charles, Jewel, Mayflower, Success, Trial, Whale, William and Francis
Winthrop wrote to his wife just before they set sail that there were seven hundred passengers. Six months after their arrival, Thomas Dudley wrote to Bridget Fiennes, Countess of Lincoln and mother of Lady Arbella and Charles Fiennes, that over two hundred passengers had died between their landing April 30 and the following December, 1630. That letter traveled via the Lyon April 1, 1631 and reached England four week later.
Funny that the Lockwoods are listed in the passenger list, but the Elizabeth does not appear in the records, and the Arbells seems to have held only a few leaders.
  They came to Cambridge Ma. and settled in Watertown.  They later moved to Fairfield, Ct. and owned land in Windsor inherited from his first wife.

The following is an excerpt from Wikipedia's post on Fairfield, Connecticut.

 The Colonial era
In 1635, Puritans and Congregationalists in the Massachusetts Bay Colony dissatisfied with the rate of Anglican reforms sought to establish an ecclesiastical society subject to their own rules and regulations. The Massachusetts General Court granted them permission to settle the towns of Windsor, Wethersfield, and Hartford in the area now known as Connecticut.
On January 14, 1639, a set of legal and administrative regulations called the Fundamental Orders was adopted, and established Connecticut as a self-ruled entity. By 1639 these settlers had started new towns in the surrounding areas. Roger Ludlow, framer of the Fundamental Orders, purchased the land presently Fairfield, and established the name.
According to historian John M. Taylor: "Early in 1639 the General Court granted a commission to Ludlow to begin a plantation at Pequannocke. He was on that errand, with a few others from Windsor, afterwards joined by immigrants from Watertown and Concord. He bought a large tract of land from the Pequannocke sachems, - afterwards greatly enlarged by other purchases to the westward,- and recalling the attractive region beyond (Uncoa), which he had personally seen on the second Pequot expedition, he also “set down” there, having purchased the territory embraced in the present town of Fairfield, to which he gave its name."[3]

Towns created from Fairfield
Fairfield was one of the two principal settlements of the Connecticut Colony in southwestern Connecticut (the other was Stratford). The town line with Stratford was set in May 1661 by John Banks, an early Fairfield settler, Richard Olmstead, and Lt. Joseph Judson, who were appointed as a committee by the Colony of Connecticut.[4] The town line with Norwalk was not set until May 1685.[5]
Over time, it gave rise to several new towns that broke off and incorporated separately. The following is a list of towns created from parts of Fairfield.

 Revolutionary War

When the American Revolutionary War began in the 1770s, Fairfielders were caught in the crisis as much as, if not more than, the rest of their neighbors in Connecticut. In a predominantly Tory section of the colony, the people of Fairfield were early supporters of the cause for independence. Throughout the war, a constant battle was being fought across Long Island Sound as men from British-controlled Long Island raided the coast in whaleboats and privateers. Gold Selleck Silliman, whose home still stands on Jennings Road, was put in charge of the coastal defenses.
In the spring of 1779, he was kidnapped from his home by Tory forces in preparation for a British raid on Fairfield County. His wife watched from their home as, on the morning of July 7, 1779, approximately 2,000 enemy troops landed on Fairfield Beach near Pine Creek Point and proceeded to invade the town. When they left the following evening, the entire town lay in ruins, burned to the ground as punishment for Fairfield's support of the rebel cause. Ten years later, President George Washington noted after traveling through Fairfield that "the destructive evidences of British cruelty are yet visible both in Norwalk and Fairfield; as there are the chimneys of many burnt houses standing in them yet."[6]
Fairfield recovered slowly from the burning, but soon after the end of the war its houses and public buildings had all been rebuilt.