Abraham Bennett Sr. (1715-1777)
Abraham Bennett Sr. was born on 06 Jun 1715 in Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut as the sixth child of James Bennett and Deborah Adams. He had six siblings, namely: Gershom, Elizabeth, Ephraim, Hannah, Samuel, and Deborah. He was baptized on 26 Jun 1715 in First Congregational Church, Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut.
When he was 21, Abraham Bennett Sr. married Silence Hickock, daughter of Samuel Hickock and Elizabeth Plumb, on 12 Mar 1737 in Connecticut.
Abraham Bennett Sr. and Silence Hickock had the following children:
Hannah Bennett was born about 1740 in Connecticut. She married Jonathan Rockwell on 01 … Continue reading
Gertrude Lovin Boyce (1865-1957)
Gertrude has made it easy for us to know about her life. She not only wrote a lengthy memoir towards the end of her life, but also studied her parents’ ledger book and left us a brief narrative of their lives.
Gertrude Lovin Boyce was born on 23 May 1865 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts as the second child of Oliver Selam Boyce and Mary Jane Frost. She had one sibling, namely: Mary B. Boyce. When Gertrude was young, the family moved from Massachusetts to Blackberry Township, Kane, Illinois.
As she told us, above, in her own words, … Continue reading
Guy Allison Phillips (1866-1940)
Guy Allison Phillips was born on 13 May 1866 in Clarence, Erie, New York as the first child of Albert Aveldo Phillips and Amelia A. Brace. He had six siblings, all brothers, namely: Frank Lonsbury, Clarence Arthur, Edmund B, Charles Floyd, Harold Everett, and Faye Elmer. Guy grew up on a farm in Bristol, Kendall, Illinois. He attended local schools until he was about 16 and then studied for two-years at the Jennings Seminary in Aurora, Kane, Illinois.
When he was 22, he married Gertrude Lovin Boyce, daughter of Oliver Selam Boyce … Continue reading
Oliver Selam Boyce (1827-1878)
Oliver Selam Boyce was born on 30 Apr 1827 in Springfield, Sullivan, New Hampshire as the fourth child of Adam Boyce and Mary Loverin. He had six siblings, namely: Elias Smith, Achsah Jane, Sophronia Jennette, Sylvanus, Lucinda Hall, and Mary Loverin. He was called Selam.
When he was 30, he married Mary Jane Frost, daughter of Joseph Frost and Caroline Mumford, on 02 Jul 1857 in Massachusetts (New England). She was called Lady.
Oliver Selam Boyce and Mary Jane Frost had the following children:
Mary B. Boyce was born on 21 Nov 1860 in … Continue reading
Sarah Everett (1644-1677)
Sarah Everett was born on 12 Apr 1644 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts as the third child of Richard Everett and Mary Winch. She had four full siblings, namely: Abigail, Israel, Ruth, and Jedediah. Her father had been married before he was married to Mary Winch, so Sarah had six half-siblings, namely: Israel, John, Mary, Samuel, Sarah, and James. Many of these children had died before Sarah was born. For example, she had a sister with the same name who only lived from 14 Mar to 1 April 1641. It was common then to reuse the names of deceased … Continue reading
Amelia A. Brace (1844-1926)
Amelia A. Brace was born on 22 Mar 1844 in Akron, Erie, New York as the sixth child of Edmund Brace and Jerusha Bennett. She had seven siblings, namely: John, Deborah Rose, Comfort, Nancy, Thomas, Joseph, and Eliza H. Brace.
When she was a very small child, Amelia’s family left New York and resettled in Bristol, Kendall, Illinois.
Amelia lost her mother when she was about five-years old. It is quite possible that her mother died in childbirth when Amelia’s youngest sister, Eliza, was born on 7 Nov 1849. The mother, Jerusha Bennett Brace, passed away sometime … Continue reading
Betsey Holmes (1800-1860)
Betsey Holmes was born on 01 Mar 1800 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut, USA as the fifth child of Thomas Holmes and Elizabeth Baldwin. She had seven siblings, namely: Thomas, David, Andrew Billings, Daniel, Sabra, Nelson Baldwin, and Albert Smith Holmes.
Betsey’s mother, Elizabeth Baldwin Holmes, died on 4 Mar 1810 when Betsey was only ten-years old. Her father remarried later that same year, on 11 Nov 1810, to Nancy Coats. Thomas and Nancy Coats had six children who were half-siblings to Betsey. They were Henry Tyler, Frederick Noyes, Franklin Harris, John Clinton, Charles Burrows, and Mary … Continue reading
Mary Jane Frost (1825-1915)
Mary Jane Frost was born on 05 Feb 1825 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts as the fourth child of Joseph Frost and Caroline Mumford. She had four siblings, namely: Thomas, George, Sarah E. S., and Charles. She grew up in Dorchester.
When she was 32, Mary Jane Frost married Oliver Selam Boyce, son of Adam Boyce and Mary Loverin, on 02 Jul 1857 in Massachusetts. She was called Lady. He was known as Selam.
On the day of their marriage, the couple started a ledger to keep track of their expenses. The book still exists. What … Continue reading
Mary Loverin (1792-1884)
With the help of a family bible, an application for an 1812 War Pension, and the memoir of her granddaughter, Gertrude Lovin Boyce Phillips, we can get a glimpse into “Polly” Loverin Boyce’s life as she lived in New Hampshire and Vermont and finally on a farm in Illinois.
Mary Loverin was born on 01 Feb 1792 in Croydon, Sullivan, New Hampshire as the fourth child of John Loverin and Betty Hall. She had ten siblings, namely: Eunice, Aehsa, Kimbell, Caleb, Betty, Eunice, Hannah Hall, Lydia Hall, John Caleb, and Loisa Jane Printice. Mary Loverin was … Continue reading
John Frost (1754-1822)
John Frost was born on 03 Jan 1754 in Sherborn, Middlesex, Massachusetts as the only child of Joseph Frost and Deborah Esterbrook. John’s father was killed on 17 May 1755 after falling from the tongue of an ox cart. His mother died 15 May 1756. So, as a two-year old, John was an orphan. We don’t know who raised John.
When he was 22, he married Mary Bacon, daughter of John Bacon and Abigail Sawin, on 14 Nov 1776 in Natick, Middlesex, Massachusetts.
Though he was a young man during the American Revolution, there is no record of … Continue reading