Previous Queries Regarding
the History of Dukes County, MA
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Carol Milner) Subject:
Gee and Willix ancestry on Martha's Vineyard... I am a descendant of Hannah Gee Hodgkins
whose parents were John Gee born in about 1617 in London, London, England and who married
Hazelponi or Hazelelponi Willix. Her parents were Baltazar Willix and Hannah/Annah. The
story goes that John Gee was killed/died at sea off of Martha's Vineyard on 27 Dec 1669.
Where can I read more about this? And family stories say that Hazelponi's mother Annah was
robbed, murdered and then tossed into the river there. This family had a brutal history in
Martha's Vineyard! I would like to know more about this family . If there is anyone who
can help me or at least point me in the right direction, I would really appreciate it.
After John's death, Hazelponi married Obediah Wood of Ipswich, Mass. I will be eager to
hear from anyone who can help me learn more of my family.... Carol
- email@example.com (George
Ballentine) I am a descendant of Samuel Huxford who married Esther Norton. One of his
grandsons, Samuel left Martha's Vineyard about 1746 and removed to Hyde County, NC. He
eventually settled in St. James Goose Creek Parish, SC. There is still a large family of
his Huxford descendants in that area today. I would like to correspond with anyone
researching or interested in this Huxford line. Please email or visit my website at http://www.n-link.com/~georgeball to see my
- JackieK@aol.com (Jackie French Koller) Can you
steer me toward any other references to the story of Polly Daggett and the liberty pole? I
have discovered that Parnell Manter was apparently 18, and I cannot find any references to
the ages of the other two girls. Jackie French Koller http://members.aol.com/jackiek/index.htm
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Barry Michie) I have
an ancestor, Jean Nicholas Chateau, who arrived in Philadelphia 3 Sept 1739 aboard the
LOYAL JUDITH. Attached to the passenger, fidelty and allegiance lists is the following:
"These immigrants were the survivors of the ship "LOVE AND UNITY", which
first landed at Martha's Vineyard, near Boston, after over one hundred of it's one hundred
and fifty passengers had died on board ship." I would appreciate anyone finding and
information on the LOVE AND UNITY, e.g.: - master? - bound from? - destination? -
passenger lists? - what happened ... plague, shipwreck, storm, starvation, violence????? -
fate of the ship?
- MimiMS1@aol.com (Mimi) I am researching the
following lines. If anyone has any particular information about these people please email
me. James ATHEARN married Rebecca SCUDDER. Their daughter Mary ATHEARN b. 10-10-1763 in
Tisbury married Nathaniel MAYHEW in 1786. They had nine children including George Athearn
MAYHEW b. 1789 in Chilmark Mass.George A Mayhew married Alice Hussey PERRY, and both lived
and are buried in Cincinnati, Ohio. It seems that many Mayhews and Perrys moved to
Cincinnati, but when and why? If anyone knows please let me know. Thanks. Mimi
- FSUY66A@prodigy.com (MRS JOAN E BARNEY) I have
recently learned of a escaped slave, his name was Edinbur Randall who landed in West Chop
in September of 1854. Through the efforts of Mrs Vanderhoop and Mrs. Peters arrived in New
Bedford a few days later. Does anyone know more about this story?
Also: I am looking for the parents of Mary Norton who married Zachariah Hillman. She died
1810 in New Bedford, MA. He was born in Chilmark. I am not sure about Mary.
- email@example.com (Kim
Hamm) Under the family surname of COTTLE in "History of Martha's Vineyard...."
by Charles E. Banks, a Edmund COTTLE (designated as numer 214 in Banks'history), is stated
as having "among others" a Capt Edmond Cottle as a child. It is the "among
others" that our family's current research is dedicated. Hopefully we can link a
Charles COTTLE (born abt 1810 and married a Mary H. NORTON) to him as a son. It is just
said in our family that Charles was his son, but we have no factual evidence. Any light or
references would me appreciated!
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cal Emery) Among my
Grandmothers post card collection is one sent to one of my Uncles in 1912. It has a photo
of the Bethel Launch, Helen May on the front. The back shows a seal with the words Hold
Fast Vineyard Haven in a circle around a square with the letters B S F S in the corners
and what appears to be a bird in the center. The written msg salutation is Dear Brother of
the Hold Fast. A scripture ref is printed on the card; Rev. 3:11 My question: What is (or
was) this organization? Are any of its' records still available? Thanks.
- email@example.com (Bob Sunbury) Here is some
information you may be able to help me confirm: Thomas Smith Married Nancy Roach on March
17, 1831. They had seven children: William Wallace Smith, Lydia Davis Smith, Phoebe Ann
Smith,Calbert H Smith Nancy T Smith, and Lizzie C Smith. Here is the part I don't
understand the records show Poebe married Ira Dextor Jr on Nov. 17,1863, but I have her
married to Samuel Kinsman Elliott. I think her first husband died and she remarried. The
story is her first husband was in his 70 when she married him. If there is any way you can
help me with this information and the birthplace of Samuel Kinsman Elliott, Agusta
Elliott, and Helen Kinsman I would be thankful.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Elaine Vincent
Kantor) Looking for info on Daniel Vincent b. 1760 in Martha's Vineyard., m.Hannah Smith
1785 and died 1806 Edgartown. Especially interested in where their sons ARCHELAUS VINCENT
and THOMAS VINCENT resided during their adulthoods and whom they married. Looking for a
possible tie to my NORFLEET VINCENT family in North Carolina in early 1800s.
- email@example.com (Paul Bunnell, FACG,UE) I am
looking for more info. on my granddaughters family. Joseph G. Pachico (1), son of Joseph
G.(2) possibly from St. Michael, Azores before 1894. Joe (1) was born 2 Dec.1893 Cottage
City, Dukes co., Martha's Vineyard. Died 10 Feb. 1950 in jail there. Wife was Elizabeth
(Ellen) Donnelly. Would like anything on this line or origins. Also: Anything on the
Joseph Robert Montesion Sr. family which still live there today. Thanks, Address: 58
Bluestone Dr. Nashua, NH 03060
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ronald W.
Fletcher) I am looking for information about the wife of my great-great grandfather, James
P. CLAGHORN. He was born 4/6/1848 in Tisbury and she was born abt 1849. She is listed as
Louisa L. in the census records, and I suspect that the "L" stands for LAMBERT.
It is also possible that the "L" stands for Leannoth, a common name in the
family (my grandmother's middle name). Their daughter, Sara Jane CLAGHORN, was born
1/26/1868 in Tisbury.
- LadyJane8@aol.com I am seeking information about
Suzannah Ward who married Z. Mayhew march 1713, Chilmark. She died 23 May 1758, Chilmark.
- Hhwaters@aol.com (Horace H. Waters) I am looking
for the parents of Thomas L. Norton of Tisbury who married Sarah "Sally" Athearn
on 18 Jul 1836. Thomas was born Feb 1810. Thomas and Sarah had the following children:
Laura Ann, Thomas, Eliza, Benjamin A., and Mayhew. Any information about Thomas' ancestors
would be greatly appreciated.
- email@example.com (Jennifer Merk) I am
searching for relatives/descendants of Jethro Norton Smith, my 4th Great Grandfather, b. 3
April 1804 in Edgartown. He moved to Maine, then Kennebunkport - Arundel area, m. Rhoda
Huff/Hough. Would like to know more family history!
- Tuba4@aol.com (Barbara)I have some information on
Isaac Chase and I am trying to see if he is connected to the William Chase family. My
information places Isaac as the son of Thomas who was the son of Aquila Chase and Martha
S. Jelliman (Jellison) who was the son of Richard Chase and Joan Bishop. Thomas' siblings
were William, Joane, Sara, Anne, Elizabeth, Aquilla, Joane and Martha. I saw where Thomas
was listed as the son of Richard and ? Is it possible that this Thomas was the grandson of
Richard and that this information is correct? Thanks.
- Marcelle.Orswell@chirondiag.com (Marcelle
Orswell) I am researching my husband's family history. His grandfather Norton Orswell was
married in Edgartown in 1936. His father William died in Edgartown sometime in Nov. 1921.
There is also a connection with the Marchant family - George Orswell married Hattie
Marchant in Feb 1856. George Orswell died in 1893. There is also a reference to an infant
named Hattie Marchant Orswell who died in 1874. I'm looking to fill in the gaps as well as
for any other information to piece a family tree. If anyone knows more of the family
history I would appreciate that as well. Thanks on behalf of my husband Gary and his
- MVMcKillop@aol.com (Mary McKillop) VANDERHOOP
family - I am researching this family for my sister-in-law. Her mother was a VANDERHOOP
and I came across this site on the web. I would like any info on the Vanderhoop clan. All
she knows is that Barbara VAnderhoop married an Adrian Cummings in Gay Head. Barbara is
about 70 years old today. Any help with any connection to this VANDERHOOP will be
- S49smith@aol.com Nathanial Mayhew/Mayo b.1714 m.
Mary Randall Scituate Ma. Child William MAYHEW b.1760 went to Maine m.Joanna Farrow. Need
to connect Nathanial to parents.
- Weezie89@aol.com (Marje Lukacsko)I am looking for
information on the Luce Family, in particular, Grafton Luce, b. April 16,1780, daughter
Lucinda Luce, believed to be a direct descendant of Andrew Luce. His father was Adonijah
Luce b. August 15, 1717 in Tisbury, died in Stowe, Vt. married to Abigail Athearn about
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Joan N. Mullen)
Seeking information on NICHOLAS NORTON, the emigrant, died 1690, Resident of Weymouth,
later Edgartown. Information his participation in the PEQUOT WAR. Joan Norton Mullen,
14505 Willowbend Ct., Wichita, Kansas 67230.
- JR243@aol.com (Ruth) Some of my ancestors with the
surname WORTH& GLOYD lived at Martha's Vineyard when first coming to America. Has
anyone run across these names in that area? Would appreciate any info.
- BidaSea@aol.com I'm researching the Daggett family
of Martha's Vineyard. Joseph Daggett was married to Alice Sesstom in the LDS Family group
sheet, but in a book by Robert Anderson, he says that Alice Sesstom is not the wife of
Joseph. He states that Joseph was married to the sister of Putuspaquin, a minor sachem at
Sanchekantacket, who is not Alice as stated by Charles Banks... Anyone else researching
this line of the Daggett family?
- GYB@aol.com Abijah Luce removed from the vineyard in
the late 1700's. In my geneaology I list him has the son of Bethuel. I have no record of
this. Does anyone? Also he married a mary pease. somewhere. They had one child in
Vinalhaven, ME. I don't know for sure any of this. Need help!
- email@example.com (Roberta Cekala) I may have
the name backwards, but we are looking for any information on Herbert James Weeks (or
James Herbert Weeks?), also Charles Weeks and Timothy Weeks. I think Timothy died in the
1940's in North Kingstown but is buried in Vineyard Haven Cemetery. I may not have all the
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Wm. H. Smith) What was
the name of the little gas station / diner on North Road, by Walter Jenkison's house? A
friend of mine asked me what the name was the name was. I remember going to this diner as
a kid, but I don't recall.
- PRTA59A@prodigy.com (Mrs. Elizabeth V. Brady) I
would very much like to see a copy of a photo which is said to have been printed in a
book, title unknown, of the vessel THE LEROY MILTON YALE. It is known to have sailed from
the Vineyard after 1848 and said to have sailed the Calif. coast for many years. I am a
descendant of Dr. Leroy Milton Yale, Sr., and his wife, Maria Allen Luce. I would enjoy
hearing from others who enjoy researching their Vineyard heritage.
- email@example.com I am wondering if there is anything
from the Deaf's perspective toward Alexander Graham Bell from Martha's Vineyard. I need
some sources to show that the Deaf consider A. G. Bell an enemy.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Björn Pehrson) Dr. H.M. Jernegan
of Boston, interested in Steamships around 1881, would he be related to the Vineyard
Jernegans? Anyone has any facts about him?
- email@example.com (Keith E Wallwork) I am
looking for decendants of Mrs William Gurin (or similar). The address I have from some 40
years ago was Isle of Matthew (could this be Mayhew?) Vineyard Haven. We share the same
ancestors (Rabbit) on my mothers side.
- Trbrd@aol.com Looking for family tree on Josephine
Warren Norton b, between 1883-1895; married Capt. Angus Rellman Lohnes from Peggys Cove,
Nova Scotia. Josephine had two brothers, Charles G. Norton and Harry Norton from Indian
Hill area of Chilmark. Her Mother's name could possibly be Margaret Travers and died at
Josephines birth; her father had two sons and a farm and sent her to his brothers to live.
Don't know if adopted or not. Can't find birth records or marriage records to Angus
Lohnes.... Can anyone help me on this, please?
- firstname.lastname@example.org (David W. Anderson) Looking
for information on Jacob Daggett's parents and other ancestors. Jacob Daggett b about
1690, m 10/24/1714 Nantucket, died 2/24/1760 Nantucket. Thanks.
- email@example.com (Douglas V. Smith)
Searching for documented information on ancestry of Thomas JERNEGAN (about 1695 - maybe
1728) who arrived in Edgartown about 1712 probably from Virginia and married Abigail
RIPLEY daughter of Joseph and Sarah (JENKINS) RIPLEY. Douglas V. Smith, Box 65, Sharon, VT
05065 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
- email@example.com (Jim Adkins) Looking
for ancestors of Betsey Hartwell, died 1856. She was married to Joseph Luce who was born
Jan 15, 1776 in Tisbury, MA and died in Cattaraugus County, NY in 1863.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Roy Dutcher) I would like to
know how Dutcher's Dock got it's name.
- email@example.com (Karen Hillman Costantini)
Researching HILLMAN family of Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket. John Hillman b(1752) m.
Phebe Folger 1 Oct 1775, dau Seth Folger of Nantucket. According to History of Martha's
Vineyard, John was Rev. soldier & POW in 1781. Prob. d.soon afterward. His widow Phebe
m2 DANIEL ALLEN 1788. What I thought was deadend turned out John had a son Reuben, my 4G
gf. b.1775 Nantucket m.Elizabeth BEARD,their son Charles b.1811 Nantucket who m.Sarah
REXFORD. Would appreciate any info on above,Hillman's and Rexford in particular.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ida B. Wiese) I
recently found the maiden name of Mercy (Mary) Mayhew who married Caleb Rand in a King's
County Nova Scotia history, formerly of Tisbury. His dates; born 10 Jan 1730 at
Charlestown, Ma, died before 1780 at Cornwallis, Nova Scotia. The transients to Tisbury
page gives his father, Caleb, and says the first five children married at Tisbury and
moved to Nova Scotia, so I feel Mercy (Mary) Mayhew must be a descendant of Thomas Mayhew.
Can anyone give me her ancestry? Thanks.
- email@example.com (Vicki Tilton Waspe) Seeking
parents/siblings and dates of Jedidah PEASE, b. abt. 1739 in Edgartown, MA; d. 3 Oct 1835
in Oakland, Kennebec Co., ME. Married Cornelius TILTON on 16 Feb 1758 in Dukes Co., MA
(who was b. 1738 in Chilmark and d. 31 Oct 1839 in Winslow, Kennebec Co., ME.)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ken Newcombe) Andrew
Newcomb was living in Edgartown about 1670. He died there about 1707. His son Thomas had
son Joseph married to Mary Eldridge. Their son Elisha was murdered at sea in 1772. Any
- email@example.com ("Mooncusser")
I'm looking for info on Huldah Pease m. Capt. John Kendrick the noted navigator. Any info
would be great. Ancestors or descendents of Huldah seem to be hard to find as she and John
moved around. Thanks....
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Helen C Leigh)
My gggm Soucin Morris, born Martha's Vineyard 26 Oct. 1819, married Alvin (Andy?)
Alexander, born VT(?)died Pensacola, FL. They had six children, Alvin Andrew b. 11 May
1847, Montpelier, VT, (my ggf); John Everett b 6 June 1853, Pensacola, FL; Mary Matilda b
ca 1860 Elgin? IL; Morris, b? (lived in New York State); Ellen b?; and Elizabeth, b?.
Alvin died in Pensacola, Florida,and Soucin (sp?) moved to Camden, Ark., believe with
Alvin and Milly (Taylor) Alexander (son and wife). There's more that has to do with the
children of Alvin (Andy?) and his wife, Soucin. I am mainly interested in any information
from that part of the country about these two. It is believed that he was a seaman and
that she and her family worked in the vineyards. Would really appreciate any information.
- LaurenTen@aol.com (Lauren Tennent) I would
appreciate any information about Desire NORTON, born about 1670, Tisbury, Dukes Co., MA.
She married Robert LUCE, born abt.1667 Scituate, Plymouth, MA. They were probably married
between 1684-87 in Tisbury. While I have quite a bit of information on my Luce line and
some of the families they married into, I have very little on Desire NORTON, and nothing
on her family. Desire is not mentioned in the "History of Martha's Vineyard" or
in "The Descendants of John Norton...". Thanks in advance to anyone who can help
me with this line.
- email@example.com (Syd Locke) Jonathan Locke m.
Mary Norton Jan. 1 1729/30 in Chilmark. One son, Jonathan who was raised by his
Grandfather Samuel Norton after his fathers death cir. 1731. Banks lists Jonathan as a
housewright while A.H. Locke lists him as a doctor. Both have him in Lockeport N.S. in
1763 with same issue. Seeking info to clairify. Also: Is the Samuel Norton (423) who m.
his sister Mary (71) the family that raised Jonathon Locke who m. Mary Norton Jan. 1,
1729/30 ? There is a conflict in info between Banks and A. H. Locke.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Chris
Fairbrother) I would be very interested to learn more about Dr. Alfred Fairbrother who
lived on the Island in the early 1900's, the one who was described as a scoutmaster and
confiscator of errant baseballs. Was he related to the Fairbrothers of London and Windsor,
Berkshire, England who immigrated to the United States before WWI?
- email@example.com (Sandy) I have read The History
of Martha's Vineyard and what there is here on the internet by Charles E. Banks. I am
trying to learn more about my ancestor Joseph Daggett who married Alice Sesseton, a local
Indian. Thank you.
- BCleghorn@aol.com I'm looking for any and all
Cleghorns--they were Claghorns on the island -- and their allied families. We lived all
over the island and intermarried with many families, particularly those connected with
whaling. I'm willing to share the information that I have for the information you have.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Marjorie Gillick) I am
looking for information about 1. Silas Marchant and 2. Hepsabeth Jones, parents of 3.
William Marchant, b 1752 at Martha's Vineyard (married to 4. Elizabeth Williamson in
- email@example.com (Bob Weeks) I
am looking for information reference William Weeks. I am told he was shipwrecked on
Martha's Vineyard. It would be helpful to know the name of the ship and from where it
sailed. Who did William Weeks marry? Where did he live? Did he have children and the line.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Gordon J. Hayes) I
am looking for possible information regarding William Hayes (1770-1815) a resident of Nova
Scotia who drowned from the schooner "Rollo" off Martha's Vineyard in 1815. If
anyone can point me to where I could check records of that time and area I would be most
- email@example.com (Carol (Bent) Hathaway)
I found John Bent who died on the 7 September 1934 in the Historical Records of Tisbury
but cannot locate anything further on him. If anyone else is doing research on the Bent
surname, I would love to exchange data. I am compiling a book on my fathers' descent. His
father Ernest Vernon Bent was born in Nova Scotia but married in MA. He was the son of
John Zenas Bent who was born in 1839 in Nova Scotia. Since I have no date of death ...
could this have been him in Tisbury?!
- Hyfantis@aol.com (Paul S. Uek) I am trying to
gather more information on a person named Deborah Lewis, who flourished about 1765. I have
only two references thus far, both drawn from the same newspaper. One states "We hear
from the Vineyard, that one Deborah Lewis, of that place, about 32 years of age, who til a
few days since, constantly appeared in the female dress, and was always supposed to be one
of the sex, suddenly threw off that garb, and assumed the habit of a man; and,
sufficiently to demonstrate the reality of this last appearance, is on the point of
marrying a widow woman." The New-London Gazette (New London, Conn.), August 3, 1764.
(The other reference is in the Jan. 12, 1770 issue of the same paper.)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Brian Parker)
Captain Jesse Smith lived in Tisbury in the early 1900s. His wife's name was Mary
Elizabeth (Judkins) Smith and they had six children: Jesse, Jr.; Granville, Louise, May,
William and Jack. He served in the Naval Transport System in World War I. Any information
regarding Captain Jesse Smith would be appreciated.
- email@example.com (Brian Parker) My
great grandmother was Isabella A. (Legg) Smith. Her mother, Charlotte, and father, Henry
Legg had three sons, Richard, William N., and Lewis A., and three daughters, Isabella A.,
Jermina T., and Louisa L. The birthplace of mother and children was the island of St.
Helena. I would appreciate any information on the migration of the Legg family in the
early 1800s to the U.S.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Juliette Smith) I am
looking for information about Thomas Mayhew, who founded Martha's Vineyard. He is my 10th
g-grandfather and I am trying to find ancestors past his grandfather, Simon Mayhew. I have
a book called "Thomas Mayhew: Patriarch to the Indians" which contains a plate
reproduction of Thomas Mayhew's family tree that looks to contain as many as 8
generations. The reproduction is much too small to read and the publisher is not in
business any longer. Does anyone have any ideas about how I could get a copy of the info
on that tree? I'd be really grateful for any help!
- thadeusbc@SPRINTMAIL.com (Don Umbdenstock)
I am looking for any information regarding Capt. Thomas Milton. Looking for vitals and
parents. His daughter was Eliza Milton Sweet b. 1811 on the Vineyard. His wife was Jane
- email@example.com (Mike Martyn) My family
history (on my mother's side) has reportedly been traced to MV and the year 1698 when
Simon Baxter was born. His second wife (don't know first) was Rebecca Tarbox also of MV.
The had a son Nathan, and then moved to NY, vice versa. Nathan had a son, Nathan Jr. It
may be that one of the Nathans moved to NY. Not sure. Anything of SIMON BAXTER's parents?
Anything at all about REBECCA TARBOX and family would be appreciated. SIMON's first wife
would be too much to ask for.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jan Walker) My
great-great-great-grandmother was Chloe _____ born on Martha's Vineyard. 1824 is her birth
in Wisconsin Census, but 1832 is her birthdate on the tombstone in South Dakota. Possible
last names COFFIN, DAGGETT, HORTON. She married a Thomas J. Edwards in New York. Jan
- email@example.com (Chuck Veit) I am looking for members
of the Manter family of West Tisbury who may have moved into Western Massachusetts and
then New York. I am a desc. of Matthew M. Manter and his wife Catherine living in
Hartwick, NY in the 1850 census. Any info from anyone researching the Manter family would
be helpful. Thanks!
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Stephen Kuehm) I am looking for any
information available on the mutiny aboard the New Bedford whaling (?) vessel Junior on
Christmas Day, 1857, off the coast of New Zealand. Archibald Mellen, Jr., born 5 Jun 1830
in Tisbury was the Captain. Cyrus W. Plummer was the leader of mutiny. Please contact me
if you have any leads. Thanks.
- email@example.com (Vandercreek) I am looking for
any/all information on the history of the Jernegan family of Edgartown-particularly
ancestors of Cyrus D.(or E.) & Phebe Butler and before them: Hiram & Emily North,
born late 1700's to mid 1800's. I am willing to share information on their descendants.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Su Chism ) Looking
for information on the HINES family.
- email@example.com (Donald R. Walker) I am a
decendant of Capt. Manly S. Smith (1828-1907) and am looking for his ancestors. I thought
that Capt. Smith was from the Vineyard Smith family but have been advised that he may have
been born in Maine. I would be appreciative if anyone has done any research on Capt. Smith
that would share with me. Thank you, Donald Walker, Auburn, California.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ronald
Branscombe) I am conducting a world-wide genealogical study into the Branscomb(e) family,
and would be interested to know if anybody has done any work on the Branscombs of Tisbury.
I have a Branscombe Family Home Page at: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/2155.
Ronald Branscombe, Holywell, Northumberland, U.K.
- email@example.com (Jack Cadigan) I am
interested in any/all information on the Brig Susan; her Captain Frederick Swain; her
mates/harpooners Ewers, Tracey, and Coffin; Captain Swain (or Skjon?) of the London
whaling Barque Sarah, and any clue as to who else made that voyage from 1829 - 1833.
- PRTA59A@prodigy.com (Mrs. Elizabeth V. Brady) I
am a descendant of Dr. Leroy Milton Yale, Sr., 1802-1849, and his wife, Maria Allen Yale,
1816-1861, who is actively researching their life and times together with the history of
Martha's Vineyard. I would greatly enjoy finding a "Luce" cousin with which to
correspond and have a great deal of Yale information I'd be happy to share.
II am also very interested in finding a descendant of Jirah Luce. He was Maria Allen
Yale's only sibling. He was born on Martha's Vineyard 18 Jan. 1819 and died Healdsburg,
CA, 30 Dec 1880. I recently learned that J. L. was a member of a group of Vineyarders who
in Feb. of 1849 removed to California to make their fortune, perhaps in the gold rush.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Gary
Hutchison) Am interested in discovering antecedants and origins of these ancestors,
including Dunham, Pease, Marchant, Vincent, Vincent, Chase, Coffin. Anyone else out there
looking too, or maybe already in possession of such information?
- email@example.com (Al Covell) - My
g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-grandfather was James COVELL and there is a strong possibility that Ezra
was his brother. James came to the Vineyard in the summer of 1651 and he was followed by
Ezra in 1671. James probably came from Braintree, probably had a wife named Mary (might
have been Native American) and several children. Should anyone have any information on
this family I would appreciate hearing from you.
- JRKS76B@prodigy.com (Nancy L. Abbott) - I am
doing research on the deaf inhabitants of Martha's Vineyard. (am on phase 2 of the
identification of these deaf inhabitants.) Would appreciate any help you can give me. My
papers deal with Thomas Hart Benton's friendship and portraits of some of these deaf
inhabitants, particulary from Chilmark. Am also interested in getting photos of some of
the later deaf inhabitants, i.e. George West and his wife Sabrina. Do know that George and
his wife had a daughter, who was also deaf (plus two others) and of course there was Josie
West, George's brother, whose portrait now hangs in the Dukes County Historical Society. I
am also interested in finding out the descendants of these deaf indviduals (which so far
hasn't numbered much since the few I came across didn't marry). Thanks!
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Chris Baer) - I am looking
for descendants of Capt. Jeruel WEST (1753-1810) and Deborah SHAW (1755-1837) of
"Frog Alley," Tisbury, MA. Please contact me if you have any information!
- email@example.com (R. Michael
Hall) I am looking for info on the pease family. A distant uncle was a pirate. Some
of us were in PA and others in NY. Irish and Dutch blood. Can you help? Can you tell me
where else to look? thanks.
(Mark Davis) I'm looking for information on the CASE family of Tisbury. The
information I have is that James CASE was b. 1713 in Tisbury. He md. Sarah BLOSSOM, also
possibly b. Tisbury. James may be the son of William CASE and Hope HAMLIN; William is
supposed to be the son of John CASE and
Desire MANTER. Does anyone know about these folks?
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Robert Pease) Attempting
to identify parents of Abijah Pease. He is identified as being on Vinalhaven
Island(Me.) about 1820 and thereafter. Abt. 18 years old at that time. Gravestone gives
DOB as 28 Sept. 1802. Background: John Pease of Martha's Vineyard was married four
times. Children from fourth mar. to Mary Norton were- Seba (lost at sea), Havilah, Samuel,
Mary and Francis. Havilah, Samuel and Mary rem. to Vinalhaven Island (Me.) mid 1790s. I
know their children, and Abijah Pease is not one of them. However, Abijah and a Joseph(
abt. two years older) appear to arrive and closely associate with the Peases on
Vinalhaven, the question is whether Abijah (and/or) Joseph are children of a Pease sibling
or other relative, perhaps Fancis Pease, born abt. 1780 (MVineyard)
- email@example.com (Nancy Porter)
FOR INTERESTED VINEYARDERS: Both Farmington and Industry Maine were the destinations of
many people from Martha's Vineyard. Some: Butlers, Allens, Manters, Luce, Lambert, Norton,
Daggetts, Cottles - are prominent in the establishment of these two towns, in addition to
some Pease who settle in Wilton, some Smiths who settled in New Sharon. Have Industry VR's
& Farmington VR's in my possession. Will be glad to help, but keep in mind there are
lots of "voids" in these old records.
- RNE@Prodigy.Net (Jane) My
gr-gr-grandfather was Henry Ellis McCollum born on Martha's Vineyard in 1803 and died in
Marston Mills. I am looking for information about his parents: Archibald McCollum (MV) and
his mother Martha Godfrey.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Kathy Mosley) I am interested
in the history of the JERNEGAN's in Martha's Vineyard. Who was the first Jernegan in
Martha's Vineyard, who were his parents? I would appreciate any information, thank you.
- email@example.com (Mac Williams) I have
done some preliminary research for a friend of mine on the LUCE
(LUSE) family. He is descended from HENRY LUCE who married REMEMBER LITCHFIELD about abt
1699. Any help would be appreciated on the the ancestors of HENRY LUSE.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Nancy Porter) Does
anyone have any particulars about the ship, "The Snubbett"? Came up the Kennebec
to deliver folks to Hallowell (we think) - folks with ties to the Island.
- email@example.com (Nancy Porter)
Looking for info on early Lamberts. Particularly Levi Lambert who married Phebe
Young. Perhaps moved off the Vineyard before marriage.
Also: Does anyone know when and where Eliabeth Eddy Lambert and Husband Jonathan Lambert
died? Where they are buried?
- firstname.lastname@example.org Looking for info on
Fear Hawkes who ma: Thomas Tilton. Hist. of Industry Maine says they moved there circa
1820. Thomas died and Fear was living with one of her sons in Farmington 1860. But can't
find any record of their buriel in either Farmington or Industry. Were their bodies
returned to Martha's Vineyard? Does anyone know anything about either Fear or Thomas'
- DINAMAY@aol.com I am looking for information
regarding Henry Young, schoolmaster at Tisbury, and wife Lydia Ross. This family had
10 children and was on the island from 1770-1793. Henry Young left the Revolutionary War
Service in 1777 to return to Tisbury as schoolmaster. He also was recorded in Town
Records. He left for Heath in about 1795 and was recorded as schoolmaster on a land deed
there. His father was a "Writer and Messenger" in Edinburgh, Scotland. Family
tradition has it that he wrote for the king.
They moved to Franklin Co. Mass and then to Madison New York. I believe
Lydia's father may have been William Ross who bought land 1740 on the Vineyard. Lydia had
a sister Hannah. Lydia's grandmother was Hannah Pease daughter of James Pease. Does anyone
know who Hannah Pease married or who William Ross' family was? Do you know where the
Young\Ross family came from before their arrival in Dukes? Henry was on the ship Centaur
in 1763. Will exchange family data. Diana Hart 2432 East Lynwood Drive, Salt Lake City,
Utah 84109 (I may be discontinuing my E-Mail soon.)
(David R.Rodriguez) Do you, or any older relative or friend, recognize this lady? I
have strong reason to believe that this is my Maternal Grandmother, but I have no definite
factual information to substantiate this. This picture bears the name of R.G. Shute,
Photographer, Edgartown, Mass.. I have been informed that R.G.Shute was an important turn
of the century photographer from Edgartown, so this picture would have to be from the same
time frame. If you have any information regarding this lady, please let me know. I would
be most grateful.
- Bevzbase@aol.com I am having a difficult
time determining the parentage of an Ebenezer Daggett born 1693-96 Aug 8. Records show two
Ebenezers in the same family Father Samuel son of Thomas. My Ebenezer was married to
Hannah Sibley. I have been trying for several months to determine where he belongs. My
original info had him the son of
William Daggett from Saco, Maine. My mothers maiden name was Daggett so you can see that
this is an important line in my genealogy and I don't want to pass down incorrect info. I
would appreciate any help or direction you could offer.
- SLOWE@lonet.ca (Sally Lowe) I am in the process of
researching the Gosnell family which are descendents of Bartholomew Gosnold. Could someone
direct me as to where I can go to find any info on Bartholomew, wife, and each and all
family members would be appreciated. I reside in Canada.
- email@example.com (K.M. Lanoue) I am currently
researching the family history of Sanford Blackinton of North Adams, Massachusetts. He was
a wealthy woolen manufacturer and kept a summer residence on Martha's Vineyard (or
possibly rented one). The probable dates of the family on the Vineyard would be @ 1865 to
1875. Mr. Blackinton died in 1872 but his wife and surviving children continued to visit
the island. If anyone has any information on where their property was located I would
greatly appreciate it. Thank you! K.M. Lanoue, Bennington, VT.
- HOCIN@aol.com ("Rhodehamel") I am looking
for reference to Benjamin Allen in West Tisbury, Volume II, pages 65-67. I will appreciate
any help you can give me.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Shirley Dunham) The
family I am looking for is: Nathan & Louisa Dunham - I am guessing that Louisa's
madden name was Pease. They are both from Edgartowm (based on death certificate in P-town
for their son Nathan b. 1790 d. 1851). I am estimating that they were both around 1770. -
Also records (and family documents) are showing a name change to 'Donham' Do you have any
information on them? Any direction would be greatly appreciated.
- email@example.com (Harold Davis
Hilton) I am researching my ancesor Elijah NORTON, a sea captain, who was born on Martha's
Vineyard Island 16 Feb 1740. I believe his father to be Ichabod NORTON, born in England.
(One of his sons was Burroughs Norton who married Betsey Bullard. We believe Elijah had a
wife in England, as that is where family notes show Burroughs to have been born.) When and
why Ichabod came to New England is unknown. Since Norton had been on the island for so
long, it is possible he is of this family and joined them. Also unknown is the wife of
Elijah, and his date of death and place of burial. Any information will be appreciated.
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