I left you HERE last week, when Ancestry deleted 12) Alice Harris Farnham Martin's parents...who knows why or how...since I've got a private tree. It must have been the goings-on at Ancestry itself. So tonight I chased them back down again, and we'll start at the furthest that I now can find and come back down to Alice again. [NOTE: the numbers 1), 2), etc. prior to a name, are generations going back from my grandchildren's generation as 1)]
These are my ancestors through the Grangers down to my grandmother 4)Ada Phillips Swasey Rogers.
14) Elizabeth Herone/Hearon was the daughter of 15) Alfred and 15) Caroline Herone, about whom I know no more.
Their daughter 14) Elizabeth was born in 1539 in Maldon, Essex, England who d. in 1575 in St Botolph Aldgate, London, England.
|St. Botolph's Aldgate, construction started 1115; 16th century; 1741, completed 1744|
14) Elizabeth Herone married 14) Vincent Harris on 23 Apr 1559, in Croydon, Surrey, England.1559 — at age 20. (Note from modern times, Croydon was once in Surry, but now is considered in South London.)
Now I have a lot of trouble pronouncing English names (though it's probably because they throw in some consonants that don't get pronounced, but I don't know when that happens.) But this church apparently was built near one of the four gates of medieval London, thus the Aldgate. And so I understand that her birth was just recorded in this church, thus she lived in London.
I'm so grateful for those church records kept so well back then.
They had 4 children and the oldest was 13) Thomas Harris, b. 5 Dec 1562 in Bromley, Kent, England, d, 1621 in Maldon, Essex, England.
|All Saints vicarage, Maldon, Essex, England|
In either 1580 or 1584 he married (probably in Wyddiall, Hertfordshire, England) 13) Ms. Cordelia Gill, (b. 1566 in Widihall, Hertfordshire, England, d. 1632 in Essex, England. (Note: I could find Hertfordshire information on line, but no Widihall...so if anyone knows anything about that site, please let me know. Thanks.)
Remember how grateful I was for church records? Well somewhere someone found 2 different marriage records for this couple. Since the first one would have a 14 year old bride (not unheard of) and the first child wasn't born until after the second marriage date, it's probably that one. I have no information at the time on Cordelia Gill's parents.
It's possible 13) Thomas and 13) Cordelia Gill Harris had 13 children, and the youngest was (generation 12) Alice Harris. She was born in 1607 in Braunstone, England, and d. on 9 Feb 1652 in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts,
Thus 12) Alice Harris was the first woman of this line to come to the Americas. (Yes I realize all those male ancestors also came, but I'm focusing on the matriarchs for now! They had their hands full with gardening, cooking, cleaning, birthing and raising children, making clothing from whatever they could weave, and helping provide the shelters.
Dear Ancestry records are confusing, but I want to simplify 12) Alice Harris' life. They say she either married in England or in Andover, Essex County, Massachusetts Colony.
Simple process of logic. 12) Alice Harris married in 1627 to 12) Ralph Farnum II (also spelled Farnham frequently.) Of their 6 children, the oldest was 11) Mary Farnum, who married 11) Daniel Poor, Jr., which was where I left you on that last post mentioned above.
12) Alice Harris Farnum was widowed in 1642 at the death of 12) Ralph, and she married again in 1645 to 12) Solomon Martin. Since her youngest child was still 5 years old, this was a necessary marriage. Interestingly, Solomon Martin died 10 years later at sea in Indonesia, so I would consider him to have been a mariner. 12) Alice had died in 1652 herself. By that time her eldest child 11) 11) Mary Farnum had married 11) Daniel Poor.
So though her great grandmother, 15) Caroline Herone is the first matriarch of this line of ancestors, 12) Alice Harris Farnum Martin is the heroine of my post today. At least I know a bit more about her than her great grandmother.
See also My Ancestry from Newbury and Ipswich HERE,
for more early Massachusetts colony information
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