Pause in Blog

Whether permanent or not, this blog is now combined with my other one Alchemy of Clay. http://blackmtnbarb.blogspot.com/
go there, and then follow me over there. The personal and genealogical archives, and Black Mountain NC scenery and my potting life are combined. It's a good thing.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Oops

I am keeping some archives here, and not supposed to publish them, but somehow, when I'm a bit tired, my eyes crossed after staring at one screen or another, cutting and pasting to save what looks really ingeresting...I mess up.  So I'm sorry if it looked like I was publishing "when I was 69" again.  It's supposed to be over at Alchemy of Clay.  If only I could get my fingers to remember.  Please forgive.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Must Stop...

...spending so much time here blogging.  I read a lot of other people's blogs.  I comment on a few of them, depending upon 1) whether or not I have anything to say and 2) whether or not they have a requirement for me to fill in a bunch of blanks by typing (which I generally avoid).

Then I write 3 blogs almost daily.
And one is often about my genealogy, which requires me to spend time at Ancestry DOT com, (this one sometimes)

So I've decided to do 3 things.
In order...I'm reducing my work with Ancestry for a while.  I'll just post one blog a week about my ancestors.  I hope they understand.

Second, I'm reducing the time I spend on the computer.  Just think, spring is coming soon and I'll want to do other things in the good weather of North Carolina.

And Third, I'll merge a couple of my blogs, which means there will only be the one that is actively receiving information about my life and pottery and living in Black Mountain.  So come on over Alchemy of Clay to see anything I have to say...mostly. It may take a bit of an adjustment period.

I will also reduce the blogs I read, but I won't tell you that.
Just assume if I read your blog, and sometimes comment, I'll be back soon.

Thanks for following me here, and I hope you'll consider following me over on my "combined blog."  Barb

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Full Circle

This full length movie directed and edited by Donna Read is one I've enjoyed for years.  I was thrilled to see it available on YouTube, as originally aired by the National Film Board of Canada (NFBC) and am sharing it with you here.  Women's Spirituality, The Rainbow Family, goddesses, changes that honor the earth.

Full Circle

Enjoy!

Some more mothers of mothers

I have so many other branches of my family to explore, looking for the earliest matriarchs that are listed in Ancestry on my trees.
I continue to chase the ones from my father's mother's (5)Ada Swasey Rogers) family first.  Then there are my father's father's - oh my.  They go back a LOT further!

We left the various branches of the Swasey's and Bowers, ending up with 9) Joseph Swasey who married 9) Mary Bowers. in 1744  Their son was 8) Jerathmel Bowers Swasey; b. 10 May 1752 in Somerset, Bristol, Massachusetts; d. 4 Feb 1826 in Somerset, Bristol, Massachusetts.

8) Jerathmel Swasey married 8) Sarah Hellon Swasey; b. 23 February 1757, D. 25 December 1836 in Somerset, Bristol County, Massachusetts.  I have no information on her parents.  Last year I posted information about 8) Jerathmel HERE.

There are no tree branches for the rest of the Swasey's wives until I get to my grandmother's own grandfather, 7) George T. Granger (1806 - ?).  His grandfather 9) Samuel Granger (1701-1739) married 9) Martha Marston (b, 23 Jan 1694 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, d. 19 Mar 1753 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts).  

Taking 9) Samuel Granger's line first, his father, 10) John Granger (1654-1723) has a birth listed, but no mother.  His father is quite possibly 11) Lancelott Granger who lived in Andover MA when his son was born, and nothing else is recorded about him that Ancestry has found (yet.)

But 10) John Granger's wife 10) Martha Poor Granger (1654-1723) has another long branch or two to follow.

Her father 11) Daniel Poor Jr. (1623-1689)  was a barber who has a biography including when he immigrated to the Amercian colonies of Massachusetts from Marborough, England.  And 10) Martha Poor Granger's mother was 11) Mary Farnham Poor (1628-1713) who had been born in Rochester, England.

Her mother was 12) Alice Farnham Martin 

I have to take a break now...Ancestry has just erased 2 people at least that I worked on tonight, they are completely gone from my tree.  ARGH.




 


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Erin go Braugh

an Anglization of the Irish language phrase...
Éirinn go Brách.
 - to express allegiance to Ireland. It is most often translated as "Ireland Forever."

I often thought I should wear orange on St. Patrick's day, since I wasn't Catholic.
But then, the people who parade down the street would be busy pinching me.  So I go for the green.


happy st patricks day images

And I have probably always been on the Orange side of Irish things, since I'm pretty sure my ancestors were among those shipped to Ireland by the English, often being Scottish in the first place.

I found more about my Irish roots, as best I had found them HERE.

Last year I shared about my joys on this holiday HERE.




Monday, March 16, 2015

Two more matriarchs from 16th Century

Yesterday I shared information about the Thomas Sylvesters of Shelter Island.  Once I read the book about them, I may have other things to say.

But to get back to my matriarchal persuits...

11) Gissell Brinley Sylvester's parents were 12) Thomas Reeves Brinley, (born 1591 in Exeter, Devon, England died 15 Oct 1661 in Datchett, Buckinghamshire, England) and 12) Anna Wase (b. 1606 in Petworth, Sussex, England, d. 13 Jun 1687 in Datchet, Buckinghamshire, England).  

12) Thomas Reeves Brinley is well documented as the "Auditor General of the Revenues of King Charles I and II."  He left England during the English Civil War by Cromwell, and returned to his post for King Charles II but died a year later.

12) Anna Wase had 8 children, and also went with her husband when the revolution of Cromwell made Royalists unpopular, and lived into her 80s probably back in her home of Datchet.

Her parents were 13) William Wase (b. May 1580 in Petworth, Sussex, England, d. 19 September 1642 in Datchet, Buckinghamshire, England) and 13) Ann Cole (b. 1582 as recorded in St. Leonard, Heston, London, Middlesex, England, death unknown.)  Apparently she married 13) William Wase when she was 16 in Petworth, Sussex, England.  There is no other information on her at Ancestry at this time.  But she is one of  the earliest matriarchs that I'll be mentioning today.

12) Thomas Reeves Brinley's mother was 13) Joanne Reeves (his middle name from her) (b. 1567 in Exeter, Devon, England, Death in (?) Exeter, Devon, England.)
An illustration of Exeter in 1563, entitled Civitas Exoniae (vulgo Excester) urbs primaria in comitatu Devoniae


Exeter has a wonderful history, dating from Roman times and before...and I can't begin to explore all that is in this town.  The map above would have been how it looked during Joanne Reeves lifetime.   
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Exeter Cathedral, completed 1400
Looking back to the Sylvesters of Shelter Island, I just want to show their connection to my family.  Their daughter 10) Ann Sylvester married 10) Capt. Jonathan Bowers in 1695. Ancestry has lots of confusing listings for poor 10) Ann Sylvester Bowers, with different birth places, dates, different marriage places and dates, and different death places and dates.  Wherever she may be buried, may she rest in peace.  Their daughter, 9) Mary Bowers married 9) Joseph Swasey, my grandmother's great great something grandparent. (Grandmother was Ada Swasey Rogers.)

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Sylvesters of Shelter Island

 I may have many ancestors of whom I'm totally oblivious.  And these are some of them.  First, what is Shelter Island?  Where? New York State. (I have done enough research that I'll leave the details at the end of the post rather than interrupt the flow of Matriarchal commenting.)  There was also a movie by this name, which I know nothing about.    If you wish to read all about the Sylvesters settling of Shelter Island, I'll copy from Wikipedia at the end of this post.*

Shelter Island at eastern end of Long Island


On Ancestry 11) Capt. Nathaniel Sylvester is listed as being born in 1610 in London City, Middlesex, England and dying on 13 Jun 1680 in Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island, Suffolk County, New York.  In the Wikipedia quotation below, his birth was in Rotterdam, where he later did business in shipping.

Since my focus for Women's History Month is my ancestresses, let's look at his wife was 11) Grisell Brinley (born 16 Jan 1635 in Datchet, Buckinghamshire, England and died 13 Jun 1687 at Sylvester Island, Suffolk, New York) 

Signature of Grissell Brinley Sylvester 1635-1687
signature of Grissell Brinley Sylvester
 
St Mary the Virgin, Datchet

Datchet Mead and Datchet Ferry in 1686 with Windsor Castle in the background
Where Grissell Brinley Sylvester was born: 
Datchet (Buckinghamshire, England) is a village on the River Thames, England. which developed because of its close proximity to Windsor and the ferry service which connected it to the main London road across the River Thames.
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Dachet Village center
When Grissell was 17, she married Captain Sylvester, in 1652 on Shelter Island, NY.

Tomorrow I'll follow my matriarchal path back to see who Grissell's parents and grandparents were.

I have just learned of this book, which I may end up purchasing, since our library system doesn't have a copy.





A book about the Sylvesters and Shelter Island
 
* Quote from Wikipedia on Shelter Island
In 1651 the island [was sold] to a group of Barbados sugar merchants for 1,600 pounds of sugar. Nathaniel Sylvester (1610–1680), one of the merchants, was the island’s first white settler. He was among a number of English merchants who had lived and worked in Rotterdam (where he was born) before going to Barbados. His connections there and with the Netherlands helped him establish a far-flung trading enterprise. On March 23, 1652, he made the purchase official by agreement with Youghco (called Pogatticut), the sachem of the Manhanset tribe. The other owners, Sylvester’s brother Constant, and Thomas Middleton, never came to Long Island. In 1673 Nathaniel Sylvester claimed ownership of Shelter Island, Fishers Island, and other parts of Long Island.[3] By that time the Manhansett had declined in number and power.[4]
In 1652 Sylvester constructed a house on the island for his 17-year-old bride, Grissel (also spelled Grizzel)[4] Brinley from London. Her mother was Anna (Wase) Brinley and her father Thomas Brinley had been an auditor in the court of King Charles I. With the Revolution he had lost his position; Grissel had gone to the colony with her older sister Anne, who had married William Coddington, the governor of the Rhode Island colony.[4] Archeological research in the 21st century has revealed there may have been two early house complexes. The Sylvesters had eleven surviving children. The more elaborate manor house, which survives today, was built in 1733 by a Sylvester grandson [see  photos above.]
The Sylvester estate was developed as a large provisioning plantation. It raised food crops, as well as livestock for slaughter, sending casks of preserved meats and other supplies to Barbados. Labor was provided by a multicultural force of American Indians, enslaved Africans and English indentured servants. Sylvester and his associates were part of the Triangle Trade between the American colonies (including the Caribbean), Africa and England. His descendants continued to use slaves on the plantation into the 19th century. An estimated 200 blacks are buried at the Negro Burying Ground on the North Peninsula.[4]
The Sylvesters gave shelter to many persecuted Quakers. Sylvester Manor stands today, just off New York State Route 114, and is controlled by Sylvester descendants. All but about 24 acres of the original thousands of acres have gone into other hands.[4]
Following the death in 1680 of Nathaniel Sylvester, Shelter Island was divided between his two sons, Giles and Nathaniel II. In 1695, William Nicoll, a resident of Islip, bought from Giles the area now called Mashomack Nature Preserve. Three years later, in 1698, another newcomer, George Havens, bought 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) from Nathaniel II. This parcel comprises what today is the Center; it stretched south to South Ferry and west to West Neck Creek. Over time these estates and parcels were split and divided by marriage and purchase, so that by the early 18th century, 20 families lived on Shelter Island. By order of the Provincial Government, the Town of Shelter Island was established in 1730.
Note: Most of the photos are from public domain Ancestry collections, or Wikipedia.