Going back 347 years to 15 November 1670

Most days of most lives are “ordinary.” But, our ordinary is likely very different than the ordinary of our ancestors. Though, in some ways things are probably similar. I’m using a random number generator to decide how many years to go back in time.  The intent is to see which ancestors were living, where they lived, the basics of what was going on in their lives, and what was going on in the world around them.

 

Going back to 1670 has proven to be much more difficult than my first post in this series when we went back to … Continue reading

Happy Birthday John Johnson

John Johnson (1698-<1756)

John Johnson was born on 26 Aug 1698 in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut as the second child of Isaac Johnson and Margaret Miller. He was baptized two days later. He had eleven siblings, namely: Sarah, Margaret, Isaac, Thomas, Henry, Content, William, Stephen, Tabitha, Mary, and Hannah.

When he was 23, John Johnson married Mary Bow, daughter of Samuel Bow and Mary Turner, on 07 Feb 1721/22 in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut. Mary was a widow when she married John. She had three daughters with her previous husband, Arthur Davis, namely, Phebe, Hannah, and Martha Davis. These girls were between … Continue reading

Happy Birthday Joseph Johnson

Joseph Johnson (1676/77-1739)

Birth

Joseph Johnson was born 339 years ago today, on 09 Mar 1676/77¹, in Middletown, Connecticut as the fourth child of Isaac Johnson and Mary Harris. He had eight siblings, namely: Isaac, Daniel, John, Nathaniel, Elizabeth, William, Mary, and Ebenezer.

Joseph Johnson was baptized on 11 Mar 1676/77 in First Church, Middletown, Connecticut. The church had been established just nine years earlier, in 1668.

Joseph was born into a world where there were no lines between church and state. Puritanism was the only permitted faith and it controlled every aspect of citizens’ lives. Unlike the Pilgrims who came … Continue reading