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The menu bar at the top leads to biography pages for parents, if available, tree charts and a way to return to the home page.
Links to children in Doug's direct line are toward the bottom of the page.
The term "modern equivalent" refers to the Gregorian Calendar, which is currently used. Before 1752 the Julian Calendar was used, putting dates 11 days earler.

..... I've been picking away at genealogical research since I was 13, but haven't really gone at it full tilt until relatively recently after (how many??) decades later. I try to find as much as possible about my ancestors in hopes of getting an idea of what they and their lives were like. I do it partly because I love the research process - making discoveries, solving mysteries, and satisfying my big curiosity. Most of the people I research have been completely forgotten since they lived. They may not have cared, but I don't like the idea, so shed at least a partial light back on them. Another thing I find interesting is that in most cases our lives are significantly influenced by our natural families, for better or worse, or both. Alcoholism and other medical problems, artistic talents (a controversial point in terms of what that actually is and where it comes from, but I think it can be genetic), senses of humor, physical abilities and disabilities can be generational. If you're fortunate to have heirlooms and family artifacts, interesting things can turn up about them when you look. My great aunt had a little bell that she said a certain ancestral couple had on their dinner table to summon the servants. It was in awful condition and looked pretty utilitarian. Poor servants if that story was true. But - they were Friends (the proper name for Quakers) who I now know lived relatively modestly, and they had an apothecary shop for many years. This surely was the bell on the counter in the shop the customers used and was saved for sentimental reasons. I also have been able to confirm and dispel some oral history. If I believed everything my father's mother told me, I'd still be thinking, for instance, that I'm descended from Declaration-signer John Hancock's brother, even though it turns out my Hancocks lived in England during the Revolution and Uncle John was a generation or two younger than the American statesman. I want a genealogy that's based in fact, not fantasy. I have plenty of interesting forebears without any of them being famous. My subsistance farmer ancestors impress me a lot. The idea of climbing into a wagon with your family and all your belongings, moving into a wilderness and creating a life there is incredible - more so than inheriting money and making a name for yourself with the aid of your pedigree. In the world of genealogy and biography, there are usually far more records available for the wealthy than the poor, which helped make genealogy a realm dominated by the elite until fairly recently. The accessibility of censuses, town records, court records and a community of researchers who can find each other on the internet and share information not available in books or in public records (such as oral history and diaries) helps us find things about our ordinary (so-called) ancestors.

.....Another sad fact of recorded history is that men have come out better represented, so please forgive how that's manifested here. I've found some interesting information on Jonas Bartlett and Luther Jenney Briggs, for instance, but know next to nothing about their wives, Harriet Smith Holbrook and Mary Brown Thornton, aside from some bare facts. Forming some idea of their lives has to come from context, which I am working on as well. Having a genealogy where the women remain marginalized isn't very impressive.

.....There is very little information here about European ancestors before the Great Migration in New England and the comparable wave of settlement in New Netherlands, both in the early to mid 1600s. This is mainly because there aren't many records from this period to trace back further. You'd hardly believe it given how many venerable old publications you'll find on library shelves that proudly proclaim an ancestral line back to the Middle Ages (usually Charlemagne or at least William the Conqueror). A majority of them aren't based on reliable research, but represent wishful thinking and in a few cases, outright fakery. I got excited early-on whenever I would come across these books for my families and was fascinated at the idea of being descended from King Henry the whatever. That was until I realized that the line was only really provable either to one or two generations before immigration, or not at all (which is most often the case). In England, for instance, there just aren't many records for "commoners" that predate the late 1500s. Even if a line can be traced with proof back to King so-and-so, he was one amongst millions of personal ancestors when you go back that many generations (and conversely, he and other royal co-horts have had millions of descendants). Hard to relate that to one's own genetic make-up in the 21st Century, in my opinion. I even find that to be the case for the 11th or so generation back in England or the Netherlands - the parents and grandparents of the immigrants. I know a few names, a few dates, their home town, but they are pretty remote to me. There are enough records in the United States to often find some interesting biographical information on the early immigrant generation, mostly in court records. In fact, you are likely to find out more about your New England and New Netherlands ancestors of the 1600s than you are about your 4th great grandparent (or your 40th). There were fewer people and a culture that was more sensitive and litiginous than today over such things as religious observance and slander, so your ancestor is more likey to have been involved in a court case. So, while I'm interested in a broad understanding and knowledge of my family history, I concentrate on the people I can be reasonably sure I'm actually descended from (with some aunts and uncles thrown in, too) and those that I can find in records that tell me something about their lives. Generally, that means my "American" forebears.

.....My research continues, but this website allows me to show what I've found so far. Some of it I've confirmed or found myself in primary records and have provided a source citation. Some of it remains heresay. If you don't see a citation, regard the information accordingly.

.....I hope you enjoy what I have here. Some of the reading may be dry, but creative writing will have to wait for most of my biographies. A few have been given more attention because I've found significant biographical information on those people, or they just happened to interest me. Thanks for visiting!