Early New England Families Study Project update

Alicia Crane WilliamsFive new sketches have been posted in the Early New England Families Study Project database:

Nathaniel Bacon (c. 1621–c. 1673) married Hannah Mayo, dau. of Rev. John Mayo; settled in Barnstable, tanner, 8 children.

Joshua Holgrave (c. 1615–c. 1643), son of John and Elizabeth (––) Holgrave (covered in the Great Migration series, or GM), married Jane Conant (see below), to New England about age 18 with parents and younger siblings; settled in Salem, 2 children.

Jane (Conant) (Holgrave) Mason (1611–1661), niece of Roger Conant (GM) and sister of Mary Conant who married Hilliard Veren (already covered in the Early New England Families Study Project, or EF), came to New England with her family at about age 18; married first Joshua Holgrave (see above), 2 children; married second Elias Mason, 5 children.

Robert Moulton, Jr. (c. 1616–c. 1665), son of Robert and Alice (––) Moulton (GM), said to have come to Salem in 1629 with his father, probably as a teenager, settled in Salem, married Abigail “Nab” Goad/Goode, niece of Emanuel Downing and thus niece by marriage of Gov. John Winthrop (GM); 8 children, farmer.

Thomas Stowe (1615–c. 1684), son of John and Elizabeth (Bigg) Stowe (GM), grandson of Rachel (Martin) Bigg (GM), and first cousin of Hopestill Foster (EF), came to New England at age 19 with parents and siblings, settled in Roxbury, Braintree, Concord, and Middletown, Connecticut; married Mary Griggs; 7 children, “wealthy landholder.”

This makes a total of 66 sketches. Based on Clarence Almon Torrey’s work New England Marriages Through 1700, the Early New England Families Study Project follows the Great Migration Study Project, and will treat all heads of families not included in The Great Migration Directory (generally, children of Great Migration immigrants and new immigrants after 1640).

About Alicia Crane Williams

Alicia Crane Williams, FASG, Lead Genealogist of Early Families of New England Study Project, has compiled and edited numerous important genealogical publications including The Mayflower Descendant and the Alden Family “Silver Book” Five Generations project of the Mayflower Society. Most recently, she is the author of the 2017 edition of The Babson Genealogy, 1606-2017, Descendants of Thomas and Isabel Babson who first arrived in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1637. Alicia has served as Historian of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, Assistant Historian General at the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, and as Genealogist of the Alden Kindred of America. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and a master’s degree in History from Northeastern University.

6 thoughts on “Early New England Families Study Project update

  1. Thanks for the Bacon background, Alicia. I’d always meant to read Savage to see what he had on them, as my Beriah Smith married a Savage, a Bacon, and finally, my Elcey (Alice) Smith.

    1. Thomas and and Mary Stowe are my 9th great-grandparents. I’ve been doing research on the Early Settlers of the Stowe family of New England and finding very interesting information on them. ♥️

    1. Hi Bradford,

      Jeffrey Staple is in that section of Great Migration between 1636 and 1640 that has not yet been published. A nice article on his English ancestry was published in the NEHGS Register in 2007 (161:95-100). His sons John and Thomas are in the first section of Early New England Families Study Project to be addressed soon, but not yet on the schedule. Son Samuel will come up when Early Families deals with marriages in 1652 (currently doing 1642 and earlier). Grandsons, likewise, will be done by marriage year.

    2. Hi ! I am M. Staples from Memphis. Have done a lot of research on this. My family line is from Jeffrey Staple of Weymouth.

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