Author Archives: Pat Shaul

About Pat Shaul

Genealogist / Family Historian; Blog started as a record of my Grandfather's post card collection which ran for 15 months. Then, in June, 2017, I changed over to reporting and commenting on notifications from the ANCESTRY app "We're Related" I then started to provide snippets into ancestor biographies on the dates that were significant anniversaries.

Historical Sketch of the Town of Pawtucket [RI]

The Historical Sketch of the Town of Pawtucket [RI] by Rev, Messena Goodrich, per the Town Council was originally published in the centennial year, 1876. Since my Jenks branch was residing there in the early 1600s to 1700s, I decided … Continue reading

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Tioga County, New York, was a stop-over for my Jenks Line

Early on in my research into how my 4 times great-grandparents had migrated to Oakland County, Michigan, I was online in a genealogical site and when I mentioned my Jenks line, a distant cousin from New York told me I … Continue reading

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Saugus, Massachusetts was home for the family in the 1600s

I found this volume on eBay a number of years ago. Since my research indicated that 8 and 9 times great grandfathers, Joesph Jenks and his son, Joseph Jenks, Jr. both had a hand in the development and building of … Continue reading

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And Massachusetts, too…

Besides the author’s name drawing me to this work, I knew that a number of my ancestors passed through Lynn, Massachusetts in the mid 1600s. A number of ancestors appear through the book, and from pages 420 – 426, the … Continue reading

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Then there is the Connecticut Family

I had joined the Descendants of Gov Thomas Welles of Connecticut at the urging of my distant cousin. Shortly after I joined, an initial version of the above was released. Then my 10th cousin, once removed, got really busy and … Continue reading

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And then, I found Grandmother Thankful Isham – my roadblock for years.

I had been stumped as to what was next in my 5 times great grandmother, Thankful Isham, pedigree. I was stumped for a number of years and I admit this is where I stopped looking because it was too daunting. … Continue reading

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And then, back to the Norman Conquest of England …

The book on the Lee family pointed me to this book on the Stevens Genealogy – Some Descendants of the Fitz Stephen Family in England and New England by C. Ellis Stevens, 1905 As an introduction, the book begins: “The … Continue reading

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The 400 Year Story of an American Family

My 5th cousin mentioned in a letter that there was this book about our Lee ancestors that I might want to find. The book was The 400 Year Story of an American Family, Characters, Communities & Contributions, by Paul B. … Continue reading

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After the Jenks Family, I discovered my Botsford roots

My great-great-great grandmother was Almira Botsford Jenks, wife of Morris Jenks. Because the Botsford name was familiar in my area (the Botsford Inn was a famous local of the famous and want-to-be famous. I decided to look into any connection. … Continue reading

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The First Family History Book I found with my family mentioned.

The first family history book I found (at the New England Historical and Genealogical Society Library) was the Jenks Family of America by William B, Browne. The book was commissioned by Harlan Walker Jenks and published in 1952, ten years … Continue reading

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