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 Stephen Bacon

Stephen Bacon, birth record.

Stephen Bacon (1677-1766)

Stephen Bacon was born on 21 Aug 1677 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts as the ninth child of John Bacon and Rebecca Hall. He had eight siblings, namely: Mary, John, Rebecca, Daniel, Sarah, Samuel, Thomas, and Susanna.

When he was 26, he married Mary Loker, daughter of John Loker and Sarah Rice, on 06 Jan 1703/04 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

Stephen Bacon and Mary Loker had the following children:

  • Sarah Bacon was born on 17 Sep 1704 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts. She married Theoder Rider on 18 May 1726 at Sherborn, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
  • Mary Bacon was … Continue reading
  • Happy Birthday Joanna Lyon

    Joanna Lyon (1690-1765)

    Joanna Lyon was born on 26 May 1690 in Milton, Norfolk, Massachusetts as the second child of George Lyon and Thankful Badcock. She had three siblings, namely: Preserved, Hannah, and Silence. You may remember learning about Joanna’s mother Thankful back in February (see Happy Birthday Thankful Badcock!). Joanna’s father died when she was four years old. Thankful raised Joanna and her siblings for about seven years, but when she remarried, she had to hand the children over to their grandmother Hannah Tolman Lyon. So, from about age 11 onward, Joanna Lyon was raised by her grandmother.

    When she was … Continue reading