Notable People

The Royals

Researching can take painstakingly tiny steps. Every link can take hour to years to document or prove. it can feel like you crawl inch by inch. Then once in awhile you encounter a published family account and this can speed you up incredibly. This is what happens when you hit Royalty. Royalty has always documented…

The Lincoln Family

My Grandfather, who poo-pooed genealogy, has some pretty interesting lines.  My Grandmother wanted me to trace Grampy’s line whether he wanted it or not.(hehe) So whenever I find something interesting, I know Grammy is cheering me on. My Grampy, Alfred Balentine, descends from the Famous Lincoln family of Hingham, Mass.  We actually come from three…

Nicholas Byram

Nicholas Byram was born in Ireland in 1610 after his parents moved from England. When Nicholas was 16, his father sent him back to England to stay with friends. Legand #1- Those friends stole his money and sold him off to indenturehood to the West Indies.After Nicholas served his indenturehood, he headed up the North…

Painting Context in Salem, Mass.

I have so many found Ancestral Grandparents, I have always bowed out when naming Uncles and Aunts. The information would be incredulous. Parameters need to be formed when recording family history. I decided early on to discuss direct Grandparents only. But once in a rare while, I find it necessary to name the siblings of…

Rev. William Tompson, Braintree, Ma

William, of Braintree, had been matriculated at Brazen Nose College, Oxford, 28 Jan 1620, at the age of 21, but his degree is not found in the Fasti; had been a preacher in Winwick, a parish of his native Lancashire before he came to New England in 1637 with his wife Abigail and some children.…

Rev. Peter Clark, Salem Village, Ma

Peter Clark, born 1692, died June 1768. graduated from Harvard  College in 1712. He was ordained pastor June 5, 1717 in Salem, Ma (now Danvers). He was a published writer, Original Sin” 1757-1760. He also published  Scripture Grounds of the Baptism of Christian Infants asserted and defined in a Letter,etc. 1735. He also published many…

Rev. John Reynor, Plymouth, Ma

The name has been spelled many different ways including Reynor, Reyner, Rayner, Raynor and Reinor. John was born at Gildersome in West Riding County Yorkshire, England which is about 35 miles from Scrooby. He attended Emmanuel College, Cambridge and graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford where he received his A. B. in 1625. His first wife…