Contoocook, New Hampshire, perhaps around 1910

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feature 1 We have quite an assortment of saviors and scoundrels in the family. I'm adding to their life stories as I find reliable and documented sources. Mayflower passengers William Brewster, Francis Cooke, Isaac Allerton, Thomas Rogers, Miles Standish, William Mullins. Salem witch trial ministers Rev. Cotton Mather and his father Rev. Increase Mather. Mary (Ayer) Parker and Susanna (North) Martin, convicted of witchcraft and hung in Salem, and Dr. Roger Toothaker, accused of witchcraft and died in prison. Colonial governors John Wentworth, John Endicott, Simon Bradstreet, Thomas Dudley, Thomas Prence. And there's Mary Grove, who arrived as the concubine of the bigamist Sir Christopher Gardiner, and was made an honest woman by Thomas Purchase of Pejepscot Plantation (now Brunswick), Maine. Search them up and read their stories.

feature 2 Are you related to any of the famous in here? Use the Search fields to look up one of the following people. When you see their details page, check out the "Relationship" tab and see if you're related. Remember that women are always found by their birth (maiden) name. Laura Elizabeth (Ingalls) Wilder (1867-1957), author of the Little House series. John Ernest Steinbeck, Jr. (1902-1968), Pulitzer-prize winning author of The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, and East of Eden. Josiah Bartlett (1729-1795), signer of the Declaration of Independence. Robert Lee Frost (1874-1963), Pulitzer-prize winning poet. Corliss Lamont (1902-1995), socialist philosopher. John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892), influential American Quaker poet. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) American poet and educator. NH Governor Benjamin Pierce (1757-1839), and his son, 14th U.S. President Franklin Pierce (1804-1869). English Queen Anne Boleyn, wife of Henry VIII (1501-1536).

feature 3 The Hannah Duston Story In 1697, Hannah Webster (Emerson) Duston and her midwife, widow Mary (Corliss) Neff, and a young boy named Samuel Leonardson, were captured by Indians and taken up the Merrimack River to be sold to the French in Canada as slaves. Here's the story from The History of Haverhill, Massachusetts. Two generations later, Hannah and Mary became related through the marriage of Hannah's great-niece, Lydia Emerson, and Mary's great-nephew, Lt. Jonathan Corliss who later died in the Revolutionary War. But this family drama had begun years earlier with Hannah's sister, Elizabeth Emerson (1665-1693), who was hung in Boston for murdering her twins in 1691. The father of her three illegitimate children was Samuel Ladd, the husband of Martha Corliss, who was Mary (Corliss) Neff's sister. Six years later, Samuel Ladd is ambushed and killed by Indians because "...he so sour"; his son Daniel is captured, and later becomes The Marked Man.

feature 4 Names and dates are dusty stuff. I think of them as the bones, the details that support the genealogy by linking it all together. The meat is really the stories. Who are these people? Where did they live? Who did they know? What did they do? Do big ears run in the family? Click on NOTES (left menu) and scan through their stories. Click on the person's name or family number beside their story for the bones.

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