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.

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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9 Times Great Grandfather, William Sprague, Last Will and Testament (1675)

William Sprague’s Will In the name of God, Amen. The nineteenth day of October in the year of our Lord God, one thousand, six hundred, seventy & five.  I, William Sprague, senior, of Hingham, in New England, being sick in … Continue reading

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10th Great Grandfather Edward Sprague’s Will (1614)

Will of Edward Sprague of England – – – 1614. The VI-th day of June in the year of our Lord God, 1614.  In the name of God, Amen. I, Edward Sprague of Upway in the County of Dorset, fuller, … Continue reading

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Genealogy (in part) of the Sprague Families in America.

As descended from Edward Sprague of England from 1614. This book starts out the with the wills of Edward Sprague and that of his son William, who settled in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1636. Edward Sprague (1576 – 1614) was my … Continue reading

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