1985 celebrating Mom’s first Christmas at Cedar Lane Rehabilitation Center in Waterbury CT.  At the time, we were still optimistic her therapists could wean her from that machine.  Instead, she spent 4 years, 3 months and 2 days attached to a respirator. 

I vividly remember my mother’s dreadful, raucous cough that seemed to walk into a room before her.  That was part of who she was in my mind, not an ominous sign of Emphysema lurking in her lungs.  I still see Mom sitting at the kitchen table, chin cradled in one hand, a cup of black coffee or glass of Pepsi  in the other.  That plain, creaky kitchen table was where we talked about everything and mom dispensed her shrewd advice that was almost never well received by my teenage self.  

I’ve written about oodles of relatives going back hundreds of years, but not my own mother. I glossed right over her.  So much was left unsaid when she was dying. I never said goodbye or told her how I felt because I was clueless. I have to admit I wasn’t a very good daughter when she needed me most.  Back in the 80’s there was no skype, facetime, email, texting nor any digital form of communication.  Mom’s tracheotomy prevented her from talking on the phone. Months turned into years in the hospital which atrophied her muscles and made letter writing difficult and so she basically lived for our visits.  Visiting was hard, time consuming and emotionally draining. Every trip ended with us leaving and her staying, knowing after the first year or so, that she wasn’t coming home, she would never sit at the kitchen table again, laugh or talk, cook one of her amazing dinners or even smell the lilacs she loved so much.  Over time weekly visits turned into monthly and then every few months until she was gone.

Tom, Bob, jack and Peggy

But enough of that wishy washy stuff. I should be telling you about her roots. It seems impossible to sum up my mother’s life in a neat little blog post, but I will try to give you a glimpse of the impact her truncated life made.

Sherry, Peg and Don

My mother, Margaret Anne Hennessy, who everyone called Peg or Peggy, was the fourth child born to Thomas Francis Hennessy and Margaret Florence (Cox) Hennessy.  Older brothers Thomas, Robert and John (Jack) were 4, 2 and 1 years of age when Peg was born.

Eight years later, the twins, Donald  & Sherry  came along.   In 1940 the family resided at 56 Northfield Rd. New Rochelle, NY.

In 1954, her father, Thomas Hennessy passed away due to  heart disease, although when she got older my mother suspected her father’s heart condition was caused or exacerbated by smoking.  Just about everyone smoked back then and, for the most part, people were oblivious to the health consequences.  My mother started smoking when she was 15 years old.

Sherry Hennessy and Margaret Cox Hennessy about 1980. That’s our kitchen table with the Grand union bicentennial dishes from 1976.

Peggy’s mother and my grandma, Margaret (Cox) Hennessy, nicknamed Flo, was hospitalized in 1956. In the 2 previous years, Flo had lost her husband, mother and sister, leaving the burden of caring for her family completely on Flo’s shoulders.  It was a burden she was not equipped to handle.  I don’t know the diagnosis that led to her hospital admission, but it was something akin to a nervous breakdown. Flo remained in the hospital for the next 25 years until her death in 1981.

Peg, along with her brother Jack, went to work and took responsibility for raising their younger siblings, Sherry and Don. Their brother Tom had left home years earlier and had started his own family, while Robert had joined the military and was serving in the Philippines.

Stan, Scott, Peggy in 1963
Peggy married Stan Syska on October 20, 1962.  My brother Scott was born in 1963, my sister, Suzy, in 1965 and I came along 13 months after that.  Years later, I came to understand how chaotic a time that was for Mom, when my own twins were born and I found myself with 4 children under the age of 5.  I wished my mother could have been there although I’m sure we would have bickered over something important like diaper duty or pacifier protocol.

Life wasn’t easy for my parents.  They worked hard always struggling to make ends meet.  Dad was a self employed carpenter.  Mom dreamed of going to college and becoming a writer.  Instead she worked nights as a nurse’s aid, slept during the day and took care of us in the afternoons and evenings.

Stan Syska, Tom Hennessy & Peggy (Hennessy) Syska- with cigarettes in hand

I don’t know exactly when Mom was diagnosed with Emphysema, but she told us kids in 1981 when she began oxygen therapy at home.  We had this little machine in the corner of the living room that converted the air to 98% oxygen which meant mom could get the oxygen she needed with many less breaths.  This was necessary because emphysema destroys the air sacs in a person’s lungs and that puts a large strain on the heart as well.  Eventually, oxygen and medications weren’t enough. Mom went into cardiac arrest and was put on a respirator. I would need a much longer forum to tell you about the course of her disease, how it affected all our lives and the decisions my sister, brother and I had to make. 


One thing I learned in my research though is that the typical onset of Emphysema symptoms occurs when a person is in their 60’s or 70’s even for smokers. I suspect my mother may have had a genetic condition called AAT deficiency (see picture on  right) which causes early onset empysema.  Today you can be tested to see if you have this deficiency or are a carrier of the gene. 

In 1985 after going on a respirator and spending several months in the hospital, Mom was transferred to Cedar Lane Rehabilitation Center in Waterbury, CT where she would spend the rest of her life.  We did our best to make it seem normal, but there is nothing normal about a 49 year old woman being confined to a hospital and attached to a machine.

On April 25, 1989, my brother and his wife had their first child, Kevin. When Kevin was almost two months old, they brought him to Cedar Lane where Mom was delighted to cradle him in her arms. All the nurses came in the room and Peggy got to proudly show off her grandson. I wish I could have been there to see her face.  And then my mother knew it was time to go.  Peg simply stopped eating or drinking and, with a do not resuscitate order, it was only a matter of time until she passed away on July 27, 1989.

As one of her many legacies, my mother had promised each of her children she would give us $100 if we didn’t start smoking cigarettes by the time we were 21.  None of us have ever smoked, defying the odds that say children of parents who smoke  are twice as likely to take up the habit themselves. I never got my cold hard cash but my mother had already given me everything: life, love, air.  


Mom was in the midst of  ‘quitting smoking’ for most of my childhood. She tried everything from hiding her cigarettes, to hypnosis, to joining smokenders, but the addiction was too strong.  She finally quit for good when she started oxygen therapy, but it was too late. Emphysema is a progressive, terminal disease that destroys the lung’s air sacs.  

Mom started smoking in 1950 at just 15 years old.  It’s hard
to imagine a time when people didn’t know smoking was harmful. 
To help illustrate what that era was like, I found some  cigarette advertisements with celebrities like Gary Cooper, John Wayne, Ronald Reagan, Lucy & Desi Arnaz and Babe Ruth.  There were many more. Even Fred and Barney Flinstone appeared in cigarette ads in 1960-61.

Other ads made outlandish claims such as “more doctors smoke Camel” or cigarettes make you thin.  One of the most bizarre is the “Winston, when you’re smoking for two” ad that claims low birth weight is a win-win: easy labor, slim baby and full flavor. 

 Cancer by the Carton

1952 article published in Readers Digest that demonstrated to the public the connection between
smoking and lung cancer.  This was based on 30 years of research at the time

Tobacco companies fired back with the statement below and intense ad campaigns touting low tar and low nicotine cigar
ettes with filters.  While the number of smokers in the US continues to decline, we have exported the problem.

Today there are 1 billion smokers globally with 80% of smokers living in low and middle income countries according to the World Health Organization.

Update:  According to the CDC, cigarette smoking in the US is at an all time low of 15.7% of high school students and 17.8% of adults.  However, smoking is shockingly high in Asian countries.  According to the World Health Organization, in 2015 76% of the Indonesian population 15 and older were smokers.  Other alarming statistics reported by WHO indicate large portions of the populations of
many countries are lighting up including  70% in Jordan, 60% in Sierra Leone, 59% in Russia, 53
% in both Cuba & Greece, 50% in Egypt, 49% in the Ukraine, 47% in China and Vietnam, 43% in Congo, Malaysia, Phillipines & Serbia.  

The WHO report of all countries can be accessed from this link

Multinational tobacco companies continue to market, sell and profit from a product that is known to cause a host of serious, debilitating diseases that lead to horrid, premature death.  According to an ICIJ report,   “The industry’s product is the world’s single-largest preventable cause of death. Between 2005 and 2030, tobacco-related illnesses will claim as many as 176 million lives worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.”  

Access the ICIJ report here:



A poem for today

On this very historic day, I would like to share this inspirational poem by  in honor of my mother and all the strong women who have helped to build our family and our great nation!

By: Lucinda K. Treat

Give us this day.
Our day.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

And women?
Yes. And women.

So. Please, America.
Please media.
Give us this day.

For the Founding Mothers.

For the 30 who were beaten picketing the White House in 1917.
To get us here.

For Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
But also for Lucy Burns, Victoria Woodhull, Alice Paul.
For Sojourner Truth. And Lucy Stone.

For all the words we’ve swallowed.
For all the grabs and jabs we’ve endured.
For 78 cents on the dollar if we’re white.
For the 64 or 54 cents if we’re not.

For all the times you’ve stolen our credit.
Or our promotions.

For all the times you’ve locked us up.
Or shot us down.

For all the times you’ve left us with the dishes.
Or your children.

For all the times we’ve cracked our skulls on your glass ceiling.
And cracked our backs doing your work.

For Gloria Steinem and Betty Freidan.
For Angela Davis. And Winona LaDuke.
Yes, for Delores Huerta, too.
And Yuri Kochiyama.

For all the places we’ve been told we don’t belong.
The locker room.
The board room.
The front lines.
Outside of the house.
Inside of the White House.

For all the names that forged this moment, invisible.

For our daughters. And for our sons.

Give us this day.

– Lucinda Kinau Treat

shared with permission of the author

Carolina Petroll Syska (1834-1895)

Carolina (Petroll) Syska about 1890 in NYC Back of photo says "S.W. Felt- 147 and 149 Chicago Ave"
Carolina (Petroll) Syska about 1890 in YC
Back of photo says “S.W. Felt- 147 and 149 Chicago Ave”



 Anna Carolina Petroll was born on March 29, 1834, the third child of  Christian & Dorothea (Gumpert) Petroll in Poznan, Prussia (also known as Posen, Germany or Adelnau, Poland.)


Carolina’s siblings included Johann Carl Petroll born in 1831, Anna Susana Petroll born in 1837, Johann Christian Petroll born in 1839, who died in infancy, and Johann August Petroll born in 1846.


   March 29, 1834 in Adelnau (Posen) Prussia

On June 9, 1851, Carolina Petroll married Johann Adolph Szyszka in Radlow, Oder-Spree, Germany.  The marriage record indicates that Carolina was 17 years old and Adolph was 27 years old.

Marriage of Carolina Petroll and adolph syska

Adolph & Caroline had 11 children between 1852 and 1875.   

Below are birth records from Adelnau for 4 of their children.  Their oldest daughter, Augusta was born in 1852. Second daughter, Amalie Emile, was born in January of 1854 only to pass away 2 months later (see record below).  Third child Anna Wilhemina is believed to have died in childbirth although date of her death is unknown.  Their first son, Julius was born in 1857 but passed away three months later. Next they had Mary Wanda, Adolph and Ottillie.  In December of 1866, their 8th child, Fredrich Wilhelm Szyska was born (see record below).  Pauline Bertha Szyszka, the 9th child, was born in 1869, followed by August in 1871 and Juliane Bertha in 1875 (see records of Pauline & Juliane’s birth’s below) .  

In all five girls and three boys survived: Augusta, Mary Wanda, Adolph, Ottillie,  William, Pauline, August and Bertha.    

Amalie Emilie Szyszka1866 WF Syska birth



pauline and bertha szyszka

More about Adolph & Caroline’s children can be read by accessing the prior post:

Descendants of immigrants Adolph and Carolina (Petroll) Syska

 In 1885 Carolina & Adolph emigrated to the USA with three of their children:  Pauline, August & Bertha.  They sailed from Bremen Germany aboard the Donau Ship,arriving in NY on June 5, 1885.  Adolph & Caroline’s other children had previously emigrated to the United States between 1876 and 1883.
hamburg passenger list

Adolph & Caroline settled in New York City.  They owned a meat market on 88th & Amsterdam.

syska family history images

Carolina passed away on Nov. 9, 1895 at 61 years old and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Carolina Petroll Syska death record

Johann Adolph Syska passed away in 1916 at 92 years old.   He was also buried at Woodlawn. 

Johann Adolph Syska death


Coming soon:  I’ll be posting more information about the Petroll ancestry in the next blog entry.

Immigration ships that brought the Syska and Zimmerman families to America in the 19th century

Here is the passenger list from the Howard which brought the Zimmermann family to America from the port of Hamburg Germany to the port of NY, USA on May 21, 1848.  Although they had been at sea for over 5 weeks their journey was not over.  They took another boat up the Hudson river, a relatively short 130 mile jaunt, to Albany where they loaded onto a train first to Buffalo NY and then onto their final destination of Sheboygan, WI.   The passenger list below shows that my 3rd gr grandparents, Gottfried & Caroline Zimmermann, were not only accompanied by their 8 children (ages 5 to 22), but also by Gottfried’s brother, Michael Frederick Zimmermann (1806-1892) along with his wife, Maria Dorothee, and their 8 children (ages from 6 mos. to 14 years.)

Passengers listed as follows:

Gottfired Zimmermann (age 50);  Caroline (42), Fred (22), Gottlieb (18), Gottfried (15), Carl Ludwig or Louis (13),  William (11), Emil (10), my 2nd grgf, Caroline (7) and on the next page Theodore (5).  Next the family of Michael Frederick Zimmermann is listed and then Christian Zimmermann* (age 25) is also listed.

*Christian may have been a brother or other relative of Gottfried and Michael’s.  I do not believe he is one of their children as he is not listed on any future census or other records as residing with or being part of either family.

Below is the passenger list from the Donau which arrived in NY from Bremen Germany on June 15, 1885 carrying the Szyszka (Syska) family to America.  On board were Adolph & Caroline (my 2nd gr grandparents) with four of their children including 16 y.o. Pauline, 10 y.o. August, 7 y.o. Bertha and 21 y.o. Ottilie.  Their older children had already come to America separately between 1874 and 1883. In total they had 11 children but 3 died in childhood, while the 8 surviving children all emigrated to America.  Adolph & Caroline were descended by 28 grandchildren and well over 50 great grandchildren.

Adolph & Caroline’s children in order were:  Augusta (b.1852),  Amalie E. (b.1854) died in infancy, Anna Wilhelmina (b.1855) probably died in childhood, Julius (b.1857) died in infancy, Mary Wanda (b.1858), Adolph (b.1863), Ottillie (b.1863), William (b.1866) (my grgf), Pauline (b.1869), August (b.1871), Bertha (b.1875).


GEORGE SLAWSON (1616-1695)

SAMUEL HOLLY (1593-1643) &  ELIZABETH (COGAN) HOLLY (1599-1647)

JOHN YOUNGS (1598-1672) and JOAN (HERRINGTON) YOUNGS (1600- abt. 1638)

RICHARD LAW (1607-1687) and MARGARET (KILBOURNE) LAW (1607-1689)

THOMAS JONES (1618-1654)  & Mary (UNK) ( -1650)

27) George Slawson (abt. 1615-1695) arrived on the “Jonas” in 1636 in Lynn MA.

*Slawson spelling variations include Slauson, Slason, Slosson

George arrived in America with his brother Thomas and moved to Sandwich MA about 1637, then to Stamford CT in 1642.  The name of his first wife, who is the mother of all of his children, is unknown.  In 1680 he married his 2nd wife was Mary (Williams) Jennings, widow of Joshua Jennings.  George testified at the trial of Elizabeth Clason, accused of witchcraft, stating he had lived as her neighbor for many years and found her to be a woman of peace and without malice.

  • George’s oldest son John Slawson (1641-1706) married Sarah Tuttle ( – 1676).  Sarah was murded on 11/17/1676 with an axe.  Her brother, Benjamin Tuttle, was hanged for the crime.  John Slawson married his 2nd wife, Elizabeth Benedict in 1680 and followed his brother, Eleazer Slawson, to Bedford NY in 1681. John soon returned to Stamford where he married his 3rd wife, Hannah (Prunderson) Gibbs.  
    • The son of John and Sarah Slawson, Jonathan Slawson (1670-1727) married Rose Stevens (1683-  ), as his 2nd wife. 
      • David Slawson (1713-1779), son of Jonathan & Rose Slawson, married Eunice Scofield (1707-1742/3)
  • George’s 2nd son, Eliezer/Eleazer Slawson (1643-1698)  married Susanna Belding (1651-1707) as his 2nd wife.  Eleazer Slawson was one of the early settlers of Bedford, NY founded in 1680. 
    • Eliezer & Susanna’s son, James Slason (1680-1759) married Mehetable Ambler (1675-1737)  
      • Sarah Slason (1715-1814), daughter of James & Mehetable Slason, married Stephen Bishop (1716-1791)

George Slawson (1615-1695)– John Slawson (1641-1706) -Jonathan Slawson (1670-1727) – David Slawson (1713-1779) – Jonathan Slauson (1736-1820) – Daniel Slauson (1765-1846) – Nathan Dann Slauson (1803-1873)- Lewis Slawson (1830-1885) – Sarah Francis (Slauson) Selleck (1863-1938) – Maud J (Selleck) Scofield (1882-1968) – Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)

George Slawson (1616-1695)– John Slawson (1641-1706) -Jonathan Slawson (1670-1727) – David Slawson (1713-1779) – Jonathan Slauson (1736-1820) – Lydia (Slauson) Selleck (1777-1845) – Sands Selleck (1817-1898) –  Sanders Selleck (1859-1947) – Maud J (Selleck) Scofield (1882-1968) – Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)

George Slawson (1615-1695)- Eliezer/Eleazer Slawson (1643-1698) – James Slason (1680-1759) – Sarah (Slason) Bishop (1715-1814) -Sarah (Bishop) Provost (1746-1791)- John Provost (1767-1853) – BetseyAnn (Provost) Seeley (1807-1856) – Emily (Seeley) Scofield (1843-1927) – Harry Francis Scofield (1870-1956) – Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)

28)  SAMUEL HOLLY (1593-1643) &  ELIZABETH (COGAN) HOLLY (1599-1647)

Witch Trials

The exact year the Holly family arrived in New England is uncertain, but probably between 1630-1635.  Town records show they resided in Cambridge MA by 1639. 

Samuel died in 1643, after which Elizabeth married John Kendall.  Elizabeth was then tried, convicted and executed for witchcraft in 1647.  

See more of her story at:

The son of Samuel & Elizabeth, John Galen Holly Sr.(1618-1681) married Mary Waitsill (1620-1714) in 1640 in Stamford, Ct.  John Holly served as Stamford’s Marshall, Collector of Customs and Judge. 

John & Mary’s daughter, Bethia Holly (1655-1713), married Jonas Weed (1647-1704) in 1676.

    • Daughter of Bethia & Jonas, Abigail Weed (195-1758) married Jeremiah Scofield (1691-1762)
      • Richard Scofield (1717-1772), son of Abigail & Jeremiah, married Marcy/Mercy Buxton (1721-1779)
  • John & Mary’s son, John Holly Jr. (1649-1716) married Hannah Newman (1657-1713)
    •  Elizabeth Holly(1697-1742), daughter of John & Hannah, married Nathaniel Seely(1695-1757) in 1722.*
      • Elizabeth & Nathaniel’s daughter, Hannah Seeley (1730-1790)  married Sylvanus Scofield (1729-1795)**
    • Sarah Holly (1701-1764) daughter of John & Hannah, married Obadiah Seeley (1701-1745)  (brother of Nathaniel Seeley above).*
      • Sarah & Obadiah’s son, Obadiah Seeley Jr. (1728-1775) married Abigail Crissey (1727-1791)**

** The daughter of Hannah Seeley & Sylvanus Scofield, Rhoda Scofield, married her second cousin, John Seely, who was the son of  Obadiah Seeley and Abigail Crissey.  

SAMUEL HOLLY (1593-1643) &  ELIZABETH (COGAN) HOLLY (1599-1647)- John Holly (1649-1717)- Elizabeth (Holly) Seely (1697-1742) – Hannah (Seely) Scofield (1730-1790) – Rhoda (Scofield) Seely (1765-1806) –  Seth Seely (1806-1880) – Emily (Seely) Scofield (1843-1927) – Harry Francis Scofield (1870-1956) – Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)

SAMUEL HOLLY (1593-1643) &  ELIZABETH (COGAN) HOLLY (1599-1647)- John Holly (1649-1717)- Sarah (Holly) Seely (1701-1764) – Obadiah Seely Jr. (1728-1775) – John Seely (1755-1832) – Seth Seely (1806-1880) – Emily (Seely) Scofield (1843-1927) – Harry Francis Scofield (1870-1956) – Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)

SAMUEL HOLLY (1593-1643) &  ELIZABETH (COGAN) HOLLY (1599-1647) – Bethia (Holly) Weed (1655-1713) – Abigail (Weed) Scofield (1695-1758)- Richard Scofield (1717-1772) – Enos Scofield (1753-1830) – Stephen Scofield (1782-1853) – Samuel Scofield (1805-1885) – James E. Scofield (1831-1918) – Harry Francis Scofield (1870-1956) – Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)

29) John Youngs (1598-1672)  arrived in 1637 aboard the ‘MaryAnn’ with his second wife, Joan Harris, and his six young children.  

His first wife, Joan Herrington (abt 1600- abt 1630), who died in England  is believed to be the mother of his first 6  children born from about 1619-1630.

Rev. John Youngs was a puritan minister who, in 1640, traveled  across the Long Island Sound with a group of about 13 other Englishman, settling in Peconic Bay and establishing the first permanent NY English settlement.

John & Joan’s daughter, Sarah Marey Youngs (1624-1697) married first Daniel Scofield (1620-1669) in 1645 and second Miles Merwin in 1670.

John Youngs (1598-1672) and Joan (Herrington) Youngs (1600-1630) – Sarah (Youngs) Scofield – Daniel Scofield (1647-1714)- Samuel Scofield (1685-1767) -Abraham Scofield (1727-1787) -Amy (Scofield) Scofield (1760-1844)- Stephen Scofield (1782-1853) – Samuel Scofield (1805-1885) – James Scofield (1831-1918) – Harry F. Scofield (1870-1956)- Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)

John Youngs (1598-1672) and Joan (Herrington) Youngs (1600-1630) – Sarah (Youngs) Scofield – John Scofield (1651-1699) -Nathaniel Scofield (1688-1769) – Sylvanus Scofield (1729-1795) – Rhoda (Scofield) Seeley (1765-1806) – Seth Seeley (1806-1880) – Emily (Seeley) Scofield (1843-1920) -James Scofield (1831-1918) – Harry F. Scofield(1870-1956)- Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)

John Youngs (1598-1672) and Joan (Herrington) Youngs (1600-1630) – Sarah (Youngs) Scofield- John Scofield (1651-1699) -Nathaniel Scofield (1688-1769) – Jonathan Scofield* (1719-1788) – Jonathan Scofield (1748-1788) – Elizabeth Ann, ‘Betsey’ (Scofield) Jones (1783-1838) – Sally Ann (Jones) Scofield (1808-1884) – James Scofield (1831-1918) – Harry F. Scofield(1870-1956)- Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)

John Youngs (1598-1672) and Joan (Herrington) Youngs (1600-1630) – Sarah (Youngs) Scofield – John Scofield (1651-1699) – Mercy/Marcy (Scofield) Lounsbury (1690 -1722) – Rachel (Lounsbury) Scofield* (1718-1760) – Jonathan Scofield (1748-1788) – Elizabeth Ann, ‘Betsey’ (Scofield) Jones (1783-1838) – Sally Ann (Jones) Scofield (1808-1884)-James Scofield (1831-1918) – Harry F. Scofield(1870-1956)- Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)

30) Richard Law (1607-1687) and Margaret (Kilbourne) law- arrived 1638 with his wife Margaret Kilbourne.

Richard Law was the King’s attorney in England. He moved to new world after the original settlers and became Town clerk. He served 24 years as selectman from 1641-1664, as Representative for New Haven from 1653-1665, as Representative to Connecticut legislature for 1666, 1669, 1672.
Richard’s grandson – Jonathan Law Jr. (son of Jonathan Law and Sarah Clark) was one of the earliest Harvard graduates and became Governor of CT from 1741-1750.

  • Richard & Margaret’s two daughters, Sarah and Abigail Law (1643-1711) (my 9th gr grandmother) married brothers, John and Jonathan Selleck (1641-1713).
    • Jonathon & Abigail Selleck’s son, Jonathon Selleck Jr. (1664-1710) married Abigail Gold (1665-1711).

Richard Law (1607-1687) & Margaret (Kilbourne) Law (1607-1689) – Abigail (Law) Selleck (1643-1711) – Jonathan Selleck Jr. (1664-1710) – Nathan Selleck (1686-1772) – Jonathan Selleck (1720-1790) – Samuel Selleck (1746-1790) – Thomas Selleck (1778-1850) –  Sands Selleck (1817-1898) –  Sanders Selleck (1859-1947) – Maud J (Selleck) Scofield (1882-1968) – Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)

31)  Thomas Jones (1618-1654)  & Mary (unk) ( ?-1650) –  arrived before 1639

He arrived in Connecticut in 1639 to the area now known as Guilford with a group from Surrey lead by Henry Whitfield. They bought land from the Menuncatuck Indians. The group hastily built the meeting house, still standing in 1939 known as “The Old Stone House”.  Families of Early Guilford, Connecticut, Vol. II

There were several Thomas Jones born circa 1600 who were in New England in the mid 1600’s.    At least five are clearly documented.   I am reasonably confident that our Ancestor is the Thomas Jones (abt 1618-1654) that was one of the original inhabitants of Guilford CT.   The date he arrived in the new world is unknown but it was before 1639 when he is documented in Guilford.  One source has him coming to America in 1635 with Mr. Whitfield landing in New Haven CT.

On June 1, 1639 the 39 original families to inhabit Guilford signed a convenant. Thomas Jones as well as Francis Bushnell signed that covenant, which is significant because 24 years later, the children of Thomas Jones and Francis Bushnell are wed.

Thomas arrived in Guilford, CT at 22 years old and most likely married his wife there.  Her name was Mary, but her last name is unknown.  It may have been Carter or Howard, but that is unproven.

  • Her surname was not North, as Mary North was the wife of a different Thomas Jones who was a Blacksmith living in Massachusetts with his wife and 6 children (see below).

Our ancestors, Thomas & Mary Jones, had four children, but the youngest, Thomas, passed away as an infant in 1651, a month after his mother died.  After the death of his wife and son, Thomas Jones Sr., returned to England where he contracted small pox and passed away in 1654.  Their surviving children, Samuel, Sarah & Nathaniel, remained in America.

Thomas’ eldest son, Samuel Jones (1641-1704) married Mary Bushnell (daughter of Francis) in Saybrook CT abt. 1663.

  • The son of Samuel & Mary, John Jones (1676-1721) married Elizabeth Dann (1686-1731) in Stamford in 1702.
    • John & Elizabeth’s son, Thomas Jones (1719-  ) married Mary Demille or Daniel.

Thomas Jones (1618-1654)) & Mary (unk) Jones (  – 1650)  – Samuel Jones (1641-1704)  – John Jones (1676-1721) – Thomas Jones (1719 –   ) –  Reuben Jones (1748-1784) – Reuben Jones Jr. (1776-1858) – Sally Ann (Jones) Scofield (1808-1884) –  James E. Scofield (1831-1918) –  Harry F. Scofield(1870-1956)-  Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945) 

The other Thomas Jones:

  1. Thomas Jones (1598-1680), wife Mary North, Gloucester MA.  This Thomas Jones is said to have lived in New London CT and is often confused with the Thomas Jones from Guilford CT.  He was in CT in 1651, but was back in Gloucester, MA by 1653 where he was made a freeman.  All of his children were born in either England or Hingham MA and none of them lived in CT.  This Thomas died in Hull MA in 1680.  His will lists his children as Sarah, Abraham, Thomas, Ephraim, John & Hannah.  His wife, Mary North, died in 1650.
  2.  Thomas Jones (1602-1681), wife Ann, Hingham/ Gloucester MA
  3. Thomas Jones (1608-1666), wife Abigail, Charlestown MA
  4.  Thomas Jones (  – 1651), wife Abigail, Boston/Manchester, MA

COLONISTS – PART IV- Scofield,Pennoyer, Bassett, Mead, Hunt, Gilbert


Richard Scofield (1613-1671)
Daniel Scofield (1620-1669) and Sarah Youngs (1624-1697)
Robert Pennoyer (1614-1678) & Ealse (Marshall) Pennoyer (1618-1671)
John Bassett (1589-1652) & Margery (Holland) Bassett (1590-1656)
William Mead (1600-1663) 
William Hunt (1604-1667) & Elizabeth (Best) Hunt (1607-1667)
Jonathan Gilbert (1617-1682)

Some Scofield Family History:

Richard and Daniel Scofield were brothers   born in Rochdale, Lancashire England, the sons of Alexander Scofield and Mary Norton and grandsons of  Cuthbert Scofield and Janey Langley.  However, Cuthbert and Janey were not married at the time, thus Alexander was baptized as Cuthbert’s illegitimate son. 

  • Richard and Daniel both emigrated to America about 1635 and our family’s relation to them is well documented.  Likewise,the relationship in England between Alexander Scofield as the son of Cuthbert Scofield, owner of Scofield hall, is documented. Alexander Scofield is considered to be the father of Richard and Daniel. I have not found any evidence or suggestions to conflict this, but I haven’t found any birth or other primary sources to conclusively prove that relationship either.  Further, it is somewhat curious that neither Richard nor his brother Daniel named any of their children after their parents, Alexander or Mary, which was the English custom at the time. 


19) Richard Scofield (my 9th great grandfather) emigrated from England in 1635 aboard the “Susan & Ellen.” 

Richard initially settled in Ipswich MA and moved to Stamford Ct on an unknown date.  We know that Richard was there prior to 1659 due to property records and according to stamford town records, two of his children were born in Stamford- Elizabeth in 1653 and Jeremy in 1658.  

Richard married his wife, Mary (unknown) before 1650.  After Richard’s death, Mary remarried Robert Pennoyer.    Richard and Mary had four children- Richard, Elizabeth, Hannah and Jeremiah- although the order of their births is uncertain.  

Richard & Mary’s son Richard Scofield (1650-1726)  married Ruth Brundish(1672-1742). Their son, Jeremiah Scofield (1691-1762) married Abigail Weed (1695-1780)

 Richard & Mary (unk) Scofield– Richard Scofield (1650-1726) -Jeremiah Scofield (1691-1762)- Richard Scofield (1717-1772) – Enos Scofield (1753-1830)– Stephen Scofield (1782-1853) -Samuel Scofield (1805-1885) – James Scofield (1831-1918) – Harry F. Scofield (1870-1956)- Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)

20)  Daniel Scofield (1620-1669) (my 9th great grandfather) arrived about 1639 possibly aboard the Fellowship.

Some accounts say Daniel came over on the same ship as Richard in 1635, but he is not on the passenger list.  Daniel was however documented in America before 1641 and is considered one of the Stamford Ct. Pioneers of 1642.  Daniel is in the early town records many times and served as Stamford town marshal as well as a Town Selectmen for many years.

Daniel Scofield  married Sarah Youngs – the daughter of Reverend John Youngs (1598-1672) and Joan Herrington (1600-1630) of Southhold, NY.
> Daniel & Sarah’s son Samuel Scofield (1651-1699) married Hannah Weed (1687-1739)
> Daniel & Sarah’s son John Scofield (1651-1699) married Hannah Mead (1664-1728).

  • John & Hannah’s Son, Nathaniel Scofield (1688-1769) married Elizabeth Pettit (1690-1772)
    • Nathaniel & Elizabeth’s son, Sylvanus Scofield (1729-1795) married Hannah Seeley (1730-1790)
    • Nathaniel & Elizabeth’s son, Jonathan Scofield (1719-1788) married his first cousin, Rachel Lounsbury (1718-1788)
  • John & Hannah’s daughter, Mercy/Marcy Scofield (1690-1722) married Henry Lounsbury (1684-1758)
    • Mercy & Henry’s daughter, Rachel Lounsbury married her first cousin, Jonathan Scofield. 


 Daniel Scofield & Sarah (Youngs) Scofield – Daniel Scofield (1647-1714)– Samuel Scofield (1685-1767) -Abraham Scofield (1727-1787) –Amy (Scofield) Scofield (1760-1844)– Stephen Scofield (1782-1853) – Samuel Scofield (1805-1885) – James Scofield (1831-1918) – Harry F. Scofield (1870-1956)- Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945) 

Daniel Scofield & Sarah (Youngs) Scofield – John Scofield (1651-1699) -Nathaniel Scofield (1688-1769) – Sylvanus Scofield (1729-1795) – Rhoda (Scofield) Seeley (1765-1806) – Seth Seeley (1806-1880) – Emily (Seeley) Scofield (1843-1920) -James Scofield (1831-1918) – Harry F. Scofield(1870-1956)- Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)

Daniel Scofield & Sarah (Youngs) Scofield– John Scofield (1651-1699) -Nathaniel Scofield (1688-1769) – Jonathan Scofield* (1719-1788) – Jonathan Scofield (1748-1788) – Elizabeth Ann, ‘Betsey’ (Scofield) Jones (1783-1838) – Sally Ann (Jones) Scofield (1808-1884) –James Scofield (1831-1918) – Harry F. Scofield(1870-1956)- Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945) 

Daniel Scofield & Sarah (Youngs) Scofield – John Scofield (1651-1699)  Mercy/Marcy (Scofield) Lounsbury (1690 -1722) – Rachel (Lounsbury) Scofield* (1718-1760) – Jonathan Scofield (1748-1788) – Elizabeth Ann, ‘Betsey’ (Scofield) Jones (1783-1838) – Sally Ann (Jones) Scofield (1808-1884)-James Scofield (1831-1918) – Harry F. Scofield(1870-1956)- Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945) 


  • 1st cousins: Jonathan Scofield (1719-1788) and Rachel Lounsbury (1718-1788) m. 1746
    •      *Jonathon’s father and Rachel’s mother were siblings.
  • 2nd cousins: John Seeley (1755-1832) and Rhoda Scofield (1765-1806) married in 1783
    • *John’s paternal grandfather, Obadiah Seeley (b.1701), was the brother of Rhoda’s maternal grandfather, Nathaniel Seeley (b.1695).
    • *John’s paternal grandmother, Sarah Holly (b.1701) was the sister of Rhoda’s maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Holly (b.1697)
  • Ironically, Amy Scofield and Enos Scofield who shared the same surname, wed in 1779 and were actually third cousins.  Their paternal great grandfathers were the brothers Richard & Daniel Scofield.

21)  Robert Pennoyer/Penniard (1614-1678) & Ealse (Marshall) Pennoyer (1618-1671) probably arrived in 1635 aboard the “Hopewell.”

Robert was a Turner by trade who came to America when he was 21 years old. He married Ealse Marshall, mother of all his children, by 1653.  His second wife was Mary (unk) Scofield, widow of Richard Scofield.

Robert settled in Medford, MA, moving to New Amsterdam, Stamford and, finally, Mamaroneck, NY.  He was in trouble with the law numerous times, accused of assaulting a young married woman, for which he was flogged, and of drunkenness.  He also served as a soldier in the Indian war and was, reportedly, appointed Constable of Mamaroneck in 1667.   

His daughter, Elizabeth, married Richard Lounsbury in 1670 and their son, Henry, married Mercy Scofield in 1709.

Robert & Ealse (Marshall) Pennoyer – Elizabeth (Pennoyer) Lounsbury (1651-1694) – Henry Lounsbury (1684-1758) – Rachel (Lounsbury) Scofield (1718-1760) – Jonathan Scofield (1748- 1788) -Elizabeth Ann, ‘Betsey’ (Scofield) Jones (1783-1838) – Sally Ann (Jones) Scofield (1808-1884) – James Scofield (1831-1918) – Harry F. Scofield(1870-1956)- Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945) 

22)  John Bassett (1589-1652) & Margery (Holland) Bassett (1590-1656) arrived about 1635 and settled in New Haven Ct.  

There are a 5 Bassett families documented in colonial New England.  The first to arrive about 1620 was William Bassett of Plymouth. He was followed by a second William Bassett 10+ years later who settled in Lynn MA.   Next was John (my 9th Gr Grandfather) & William Bassett who were probably related and both settled in New Haven.  The 5th Basset family was Thomas who settled in Fairfield Ct.  

Records indicate John Bassett was christened May 17, 1589, in Heyshott, Sussex, England, son of Robert Bassett. However, genetic DNA tests have found a possible connection of both John and William Bassett of New Haven to the Bassetts of Claybrooke, Leicester, England, where the Bassett line can be traced to 1600.

John & Margery’s daughter Elizabeth Bassett (1637-1672) married Isaac Finch(1635-1702).

  • Elizabeth & Isaac’s daughter, Elizabeth Finch (1669-1720) married Jonathan Pettit (1656-1720)
    • Elizabeth & Jonathon’s daughter, Elizabeth Pettit (1690-1772) married Nathaniel Scofield (1688-1769)

John & Margery (Holland) Bassett – Elizabeth (Bassett) Finch (1637-1672) – Elizabeth (Finch) Pettit (1669-1720) – Elizabeth (Pettit) Scofield (1690-1772) – Jonathan Scofield (1719-1788) – Elizabeth Ann, ‘Betsey’ (Scofield) Jones (1783-1838) – Sally Ann (Jones) Scofield (1808-1884) – James Scofield (1831-1918) – Harry F. Scofield(1870-1956)- Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945) 

John & Margery (Holland) Bassett – Elizabeth (Bassett) Finch (1637-1672) – Elizabeth (Finch) Pettit (1669-1720) – Elizabeth (Pettit) Scofield (1690-1772) – Sylvanus Scofield (1729-1795) – Rhoda(Scofield) Seeley (1765-1806) – Seth Seeley (1806-1880) – Emily (Seeley) Scofield (1843-1920) – James Scofield (1831-1918) – Harry F. Scofield(1870-1956)- Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)

23) William Mead (abt.1600-1663) arrived 1635

William came to America possibly on the Elizabeth, although he is not on the passenger list (which appears to be incomplete).  He is said to have arrived with his wife, children and three brothers, Gabriel, Richard and John.

William settled initially in Wethersfield Ct. but moved to Stamford soon there after.  Town Records confirm that William Mead was in Stamford prior to 1641 when he received a homelot and 5 acres.

Mead Family Research cites William’s birth as either 1592 in Hertfordshire England or 1600 in Watford England.  There is conflicting information regarding the identity of his wives. He appears to have married in England possibly to Phillipa (unknown), probably the mother of his three young children (Joseph , Martha  & John) all born in England.  William’s first wife may have died en route or soon after arriving in New England.  Colonial records indicaMeads tombstonete William married Martha Davis in New England in 1635, probably a 2nd marriage for both of them as one source refers to her as Martha (Baker) Davis.
His son John Mead (1628- 1699) married Hannah Potter in 1657 and moved to Old Greenwich CT in 1660.  John Mead is one of the 27 proprietors of Greenwich, who in 1672 bought indian land .

John & Hannah’s daughter, Hannah Mead (1664- 1721) married John Scofield (1651-1699), son of Daniel & Sarah Scofield.
William Mead (1600-1663) – John Mead (1628-1669) – Hannah (Mead) Scofield (1664-`1728) – Samuel Scofield (1678-1707)- Eunice (Scofield) Slawson (1707-1742/3) – Jonathan Slauson (1736-1820) – Daniel Slauson (1765-1846) – Nathan Dann Slauson (1803-1873)- Lewis Slawson (1830-1885) – Sarah Francis (Slauson) Selleck (1863-1938) – Maud J (Selleck) Scofield (1882-1968) – Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)

William Mead (1600-1663) – John Mead (1628-1669) – Hannah (Mead) Scofield (1664-`1728) – Samuel Scofield (1678-1707)-Eunice (Scofield) Slawson (1707-1742/43) – Jonathan Slauson (1736-1820) – Lydia (Slauson) Selleck (1777-1845) – Sands Selleck (1817-1898) –  Sanders Selleck (1859-1947) – Maud J (Selleck) Scofield (1882-1968) – Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)

William Mead (1600-1663) – John Mead (1628-1669) – Hannah (Mead) Scofield (1664-`1728) – Nathaniel Scofield (1688-1769) – Jonathan Scofield* (1719-1788) – Jonathan Scofield (1748-1788) –  Elizabeth Ann ‘Betsey’ (Scofield) Jones (1783-1838) – Sally Ann (Jones) Scofield (1808-1884) – James Scofield (1831-1918) – Harry F. Scofield(1870-1956)- Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945) 

William Mead (1600-1663) – John Mead (1628-1669) – Hannah (Mead) Scofield (1664-`1728) – Nathaniel Scofield (1688-1769) – Sylvanus Scofield (1729-1795) – Rhoda(Scofield) Seeley (1765-1806) – Seth Seeley (1806-1880) – Emily (Seeley) Scofield (1843-1920) – James Scofield (1831-1918) – Harry F. Scofield(1870-1956)- Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)

24) William Hunt (1604-1667) & Elizabeth (Best) Hunt arrived about 1635 in Boston MA

The exact date of William Hunt’s arrival is unknown but he is considered one of the founders of Concord MA.  There is conflicting information as to whether he married Elizabeth Best in England or America.  

Their daughter Hannah Hunt was born in Boston MA on Feb. 12, 1639 according to transcribed Boston town records.   Hannah married John Brundage/Brondish (1635-1697) in 1660 in Fairfield Ct.  

Hannah & John’s daughter, Ruth Brondish, married Richard Scofield (1650-1726) in the year 1689 in Stamford Ct. 

Daughter Hannah (Hunt) Brondish (1639-1721) – Ruth (Brondish) Scofield (1672-1742) – Jeremiah Scofield (1691-1762) – Richard Scofield (1717-1772)– Enos Scofield (1753-1830)- Stephen Scofield (1782-1853) -Samuel Scofield (1805-1885) – James Scofield (1831-1918) – Harry F. Scofield(1870-1956)- Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)

25) Jonathan Gilbert (1617-1682)*  arrived in Boston in 1635 from England with his brothers Thomas, Obadiah, and Josiah to Boston.

*Our connection to Jonathan Gilbert appears probable but is unproven.  More research is needed although I’ve currently hit a solid cement wall.  

Jonathan Gilbert is believed to be the son of Thomas Gilbert (abt 1592-1659) and Elizabeth Bennett, born in Yardley, Worcester, England.  Thomas followed his four sons to America, arriving in about 1639 with his wife and younger children.  Thomas was granted land and settled at Wolleston MA in 1640 and later moving to Windsor CT and finally to Wethersfield where he died in 1659.

 In 1654, Lydia Gilbert, (abt 1610-1654) was tried and convicted of witchcraft and probably executed by hanging in Windsor, Hartford Connecticut.  Lydia was accused of using witchcraft to cause the death of Henry Stiles who died in 1651 when a gun accidentally discharged in the hands of Thomas Allyn during militia drills. Allyn was fined 20 pounds and loss the use of his gun for a year.  Lydia Gilbert was sentenced to death.   

Lydia is identified as the wife of Thomas Gilbert.  However, it is unclear if she is the second wife of Thomas Sr. which would make her Jonathan Gilbert’s step mother, or the wife of Thomas Jr. and thus the sister-in-law of Jonathan Gilbert. Records of Lydia Gilbert’s trial and conviction can be found, but there is no record of her death.  Some historians have suggested she escaped with her husband to Nayaug Ct. (Glastonbury), but I haven’t found evidence to support this.

Jonathan Gilbert (1617-1682) (my 9th Gr Grandfather) was at Hartford 1640 and later moved to New Haven.  He was an innkeeper and served as an interpreter between the Indians and English. He also served as collector of customs, Master Marshal of Connecticut Colonies and Cornet of the Hartford Troop during the Pequot war. He married Mary White (1626-1650) first and Mary Welles second. 

The son of Jonathan and Mary (White), Jonathan Jr. (1648-1696) married Dorothy Stow (1659-1698).  

Dorothy and Jonathon’s daughter, Mary Mercy Gilbert (1680-1757)* was probably the wife of Still John Lockwood (1672-1758).  Although I have not been able to confirm this to date.   Still John Lockwood’s wife died before him so only his children are named in his will.  They had 13 children, but most of their birth records only list the father’s name.  Several records reference his wife Mary and, in at least one record, Still John’s wife is referred to as Miss Gilbert.  One of their sons is also named Gilbert. 
Jonathan Gilbert (1617-1682) & Mary (White) Gilbert (1626-1650)– Jonathan Gilbert (1648-1696) – Mary Mercy Gilbert (1680-1757)- Robert Lockwood (1714-1784) –  Lydia (Lockwood) Slauson (1742-1773) – Daniel Slauson (1765-1846) – Nathan Dann Slauson (1803-1873)- Lewis Slawson (1830-1885) – Sarah Francis (Slauson) Selleck (1863-1938) – Maud J (Selleck) Scofield (1882-1968) – Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)

Jonathan Gilbert (1617-1682) & Mary (White) Gilbert (1626-1650)– Jonathan Gilbert (1648-1696) – Mary Mercy Gilbert (1680-1757)- Robert Lockwood (1714-1784) –  Lydia (Lockwood) Slauson (1742-1773) – Lydia (Slauson) Selleck (1777-1845) – Sands Selleck (1817-1898) –  Sanders Selleck (1859-1947) – Maud J (Selleck) Scofield (1882-1968) – Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)



Beatrice Scofield Syska (my grandmother) is a direct descendant of over 50 New England colonists, with a decidedly English heritage although we do have three early american ancestors, with French*, Scottish** and, possibly, Danish*** roots. 

 In fact, Beatrice’s entire pedigree contains the descendants of and the early american settlers that came to the coast of New England circa 1620-1660.  

Beatrice’s was the first generation to marry outside that relatively small group for 300 years and she chose to marry the son of polish and german immigrants.  Wonder how that happened, but we’ll have to explore that later.  For now we are talking about Pilgrims.   

Our colonial ancestors were, predominately, puritans who came to america seeking a new way of life allowing them freedom to practice their religion outside the bounds of the Church of England.  Sailing ships carried them on journeys that took months with sparse provisions, cramped quarters and, what we would consider, deplorable sanitary conditions finally landing on the coast of Massachusetts, which was little more than untamed wilderness.   Most of our ancestors moved into Connecticut within a few years, settling the towns we know today as Stamford, Fairfield, Wethersfield and Greenwich and New Haven. Some from subsequent generations then moved to Westchester County, NY, and were among the first inhabitants of Bedford, Rye, Mamaroneck and Pound Ridge and a few even ventured down to Queens and Long Island, but most of them returned to Connecticut. And….. that’s where their journey ended, which is not to say they didn’t have other adventures in their neck of the woods.  Still unlike many other colonists that moved north to New England, south to New Jersey and Pennsylvania, or to western NY, Ohio, Illinois and out to the great wild west, our ancestors basically stayed put in Southern CT and Southeast NY area for over 300 years – and of course some of us are still here! 

Our relatives began arriving in approximately 1621, a year after the Mayflower landed and just days after the first thanksgiving celebration.  They have been here since the literal genesis of our country, and thus, as settlers endured unbelievably harsh winters, starvation and disease, were right in the thick of those skirmishes with the Indians that progressed to all out wars and even the annihilation of one tribe, in particular, and of course were part of the witch trials both as accused and accusers.  And that only covers the first 80 years or so.  Our fore bearers became farmers, large land owners, soldiers and officers, statesmen and leaders, businessmen and entrepreneurs and, as time went by, were instrumental participants in the fight for independence, the revolutionary war and the construction of the United States of America. 

Below I have listed our colonist ancestors in order of their arrival in the new world, although in some cases their arrival is an estimate.  It’s not a complete list as there are still some ancestors I have been unable to identify or trace with any degree of certainty.   

A great many Americans can trace their ancestry to the pilgrims leading to a treasure trove of sources and books tracing colonial family heritage that are fabulous tools, but not always entirely reliable.  To the best of my ability, I have confirmed these pedigrees through primary sources such as baptismal and birth records, property documents such as deeds, and citations from court and probate records.  In the absence of primary sources, I have confirmed the details with multiple secondary sources. 

I will share all the pedigrees for each line with you later. There are a few pedigrees I have either been unable to confirm at all or am still uncertain about.  If there is too much conflicting information or just no information about a person’s ancestry, I have left their pedigree out all together.  In cases of minor discrepancies or some conflicting information I have included that information in the notes.  As it happens, the connection for which I have the most trepidation is the first, that of Thomas Prence and I will explain that later.  Amazingly, though, the vast majority of these pedigrees are quite reliable, even conclusive, in my estimation. I believe the colonists knew they were making history and, thus, understood the significance of keeping records, plus, they were deeply rooted to their community and church aiding in the process of maintaining records for future generations.  

Finally, I am not happy about publishing a list so dominated by males when, in fact, the female heritage is just as relevant.  Unfortunately, identifying one’s male ancestors is much simpler than female ancestors, as wives have traditionally assumed their husband’s surname and cultural restrictions severely limited references to women in records in the past. Ironically, those colonial witch trials created some of the best records of women in the community.  Rest assured, that I am searching just as hard for all of our female forebearers.

I have so much to tell you about all of these colonists that I’m afraid I have to do this in multiple parts.  Check back for subsequent entries  explaining the arrivals, significant details about their lives here in America and their pedigrees.

Beatrice (Scofield) Syska’s Ancestors First Generation Arriving in 1621-1684



  • Thomas Prence (1600-1673) and Apphia Quickie
  • Richard Norman (abt. 1580-1682) and Margaret (Alford) Norman (1594-1645)
  • Simon Hoyt (1590-1657) and Susannah (Smith) Hoyt Bates (1615-1674)
  • John Strickland (1584-1672) & Jane (Fenwick) Strickland (1590-1663)
  • John Pettit (1608-1662) & Debrow (unk) Pettit
  • Richard Webb (1611-1675) and Margery (Moyer) Webb (1610-1676)


  • Jonas Weed (1597-1676)
  • John Finch (1613- 1657 ) and Martha (Brett) Finch (1618-1681)
  • Robert Lockwood (1600-1658)
  • John Waterbury (abt. 1620-1658)
  • Jeremiah Jagger (1600-1658)


  • David Selleck (1614-1654) & Susanna (Kibby) Selleck (1616-1713)
  • William Newman (1610-1676) & Elizabeth Bowstreet (1611-1676)
  • DAVID PHIPPEN (1585-1650) and Sarah (Pinckney) Phippen
  • John Brundish (1593-1639) and Rachel (Hubbard) Brundish (1611-1656
  • Robert Rose (1594-1665) and Margery (Evered) Rose (1594-1664)
  • Jeffrey Ferris (1610-1667) & Mary (unk) Ferris ( – 1658)
  • Thomas Stevens (1623-1658)
  • Richard Scofield (1613-1671)
  • Daniel Scofield (1620-1669) and Sarah Youngs (1624-1697)
  • Robert Pennoyer (1614-1678) & Ealse (Marshall) Pennoyer (1618-1671)
  • John Bassett (1589-1652) & Margery (Holland) Bassett (1590-1656)
  • William Mead (1600-1663) 
  • William Hunt (1604-1667) & Elizabeth (Best) Hunt (1607-1667)
  • Jonathan Gilbert (1617-1682)
  • William Potter (1608-1662)  & Frances (Child) Potter (1610-1662)
  • SAMUEL HOLLY (1593-1643) &  ELIZABETH (COGAN) HOLLY (1599-1647)
  • George Slawson (1616-1695)
  • John Youngs (1598-1672) and Joan (Herrington) Youngs (1600- abt. 1638)
  • Richard Law (1607-1687) and Margaret (Kilbourne) law (1607-1689)
  • Thomas Jones (1602-1681)  & Mary North ( -1650)
  • David Provost (1608-1657) & Margaret Ten Waert (1608-1703)  
  • Gerrit jansen Roos (1632-1698) & Altje Lamberts (1631-1659) 


  • Miles Merwin (1623-1697) & Elizabeth (Powell) Merwin (1630-1664)
  • Obadiah Seeley (1614-1657)
  • Nathan Gold (1623-1694) 
  • Richard Smith (1595-1690) and Rebecca (Buswell) Smith (1593-1667)
  • Clement Buxton (1615-1657) & Unica (unknown) Buxton (1612-1670)
  • Francis Holmes (1608-1675)  & Ann Greenwood (1605-1675)


  • Stephen Clasen/McClay (1633-1692) and Elizabeth Perement (1631-1714)
  • Richard Lounsbury (1634-1691)
  • James Sands (1622-1695)
  • Frances Dann (1659 -1723/24) 
  • William Sutherland (1650-1724)
Mary (Archer) Hennessy-  Wife of Patrick Hennessy – Mother of Joseph, Thomas, Henry & John

Mary (Archer) Hennessy- Wife of Patrick Hennessy – Mother of Joseph, Thomas, Henry & John

Mary (Archer) Hennessy (abt. 1869- abt 1907) is my great grandmother.  She married Patrick Joseph Hennessy (1874- ) sometime before 1898.  While I have not been able to confirm the year of their marriage nor the year of Mary’s birth or death, I have confirmed that she was Patrick’s wife and the mother of his first four children.

Patrick and Mary lived first in Brooklyn, NY and then in New Rochelle, NY.  Patrick worked as a Coachman or Chauffeur.  They had four sons:  Joseph Hennessy (1898 – ), Thomas Hennessy (1899-1954), Henry Hennessy (1901 – ) and John (Jack) Hennessy (1906-  ).  Mary died sometime between the birth of John in 1906 and 1910 when Patrick Hennessy is listed as a Widow on Census records.

Premium Point, New Rochelle –  
Northern shore of Long Island Sound 
I have located only one census record in which Mary Hennessy appears – the 1905 NY census that has her residing in  Premium Point, New Rochelle, NY with her husband Patrick and three sons at the time – Joseph, Thomas and Henry.  Based on the location, names and ages of the children, approximate ages of Mary and Patrick, as well as Patrick’s occupation and country of origin, I am certain this is the correct Census record for Mary and Patrick.  However, not all the details are accurate.   Patrick’s age is given as 29, but he would have been 31 (1874); plus the census has him immigrating to the US in 1890 when, in fact, it was January 11, 1894 according to his naturalization record.  Mary is listed as born in Ireland and coming to America in 1890, same as Patrick. Mary’s age on the census is difficult to read, but appears to be either 31 (1874) or 36 (1868).  I believe 36 would have been her correct age.

  • The 1905 NYS census relied on information provided verbally by any family member or a neighbor. It was not uncommon to assume a wife’s information was the same as her husbands. Age information of adults was often an approximation or even a guess.

Its certainly possible Mary and Patrick were married in Ireland and came to the United States together or happened to arrive the same year, but I have not found any record to prove or disprove this.  All of their children were born in the US, with the oldest born 4 years after Patrick arrived.

The only other definitive record I found belonging to Mary, is the birth record of Henry in Pittsfield, MA in 1902.  Although Henry was born in Massachusetts, the record lists Patrick and Mary’s address as Brooklyn, NY at the time which appears consistent with other records as both Joseph and Thomas were born in Brooklyn.   Henry’s birth record also indicates Patrick’s occupation as a Coachman, identifies Mary’s maiden name as Archer and her middle initial as possibly J and states both Patrick and Mary were born in Ireland.

I have been unable to find any other information that I believe conclusively identifies Mary. Presumably, Mary is buried somewhere in Westchester county as is Patrick Hennessy, but I have not been able to find either of their graves.  Patrick remarried and remained in the Premium point neighborhood of New Rochelle with his second family at least until 1940 as documented by the Census of that year.  Keep in mind, that all of the names I am searching- Mary, Archer & Hennessy- are incredibly common, particularly for immigrants coming from Ireland or England during that time period.  There are hundreds of records of both Mary Archer and Mary Hennessy as well as Patrick Hennessy.  I have concluded that the vast majority of these records are not related to our family.

 All of this brings me to a tale of the one and only lead I have into the roots of Mary (Archer) Hennessy….


On October 1, 1875,  Sarah (Andrew) Galloway Archer (1831-1912) arrived in New York Port with three of her children,  Hugh, Matilda and Mary.   They had come aboard a ship called, “The State of Virginia,” sailing from Glasgow, Scotland.   The New York port was just a stop along the way to their destination of Philadelphia where they joined the rest of their family, including  Richard Archer Sr. (1830- aft 1895) and Richard Archer Jr.  The two Richards had come to America in 1872.

 15 years earlier, Sarah Andrew Galloway and Richard Archer were married on September 5, 1860 in Ballymena, Ireland according to Ireland’s Civil Marriage records.   Sarah was the daughter of James Andrew and the widow of David Galloway.  She had three children from her first marriage – Jane, Hugh and Matilda- when she married Richard.  The oldest, Jane Galloway (1855-1897) married in 1872 and remained in Ireland when the rest of the family emigrated to America in 1875.

Sarah had two more known children with Richard.  Her son, Richard Jr. was born in 1862 and Mary was born in November of 1867.  The family moved to Dundee, Scotland sometime prior to Mary’s birth.  They are documented in Dundee on the 1871 Scottish census record which gives ages as follows:  Sarah Archer 35,  Jane Galloway 16, Hugh Galloway 13, Matilda Galloway 10, Richard Archer 9, Mary Archer 3. These ages make more sense since Hugh and Matilda were from Sarah’s first marriage and are older than Richard. Once in the USA, Hugh primarily assumed the Archer surname, while Matilda may have continued to use Galloway until her marriage.

  • Unfortunately, I can’t share this census as the Scottish government has released information but not the original census images.  The record is detailed, though, as it gives full names and ages, as reported by the family, of all persons in the home on that day as well as their place of birth.

Bridge to Dundee Scotland
 According to the Scottish census and civil birth records, Mary was born in the city of Dundee,  Forfarshire/Angus County, Scotland on Nov. 5, 1867.  Both her parents and siblings were born in Ireland so it is likely that Mary considered her nationality to be Irish.  Even, the ship passenger list above indicates her place of birth as Ireland along with the rest of her family.  
The Archer family settled in Philadelphia, residing at 535 Charter St. in 1880.  Richard Sr. was working as a carpetweaver as were his sons Hugh (22) and Richard Jr. (18).  Matilda was 20 years old and worked in a woolen mill while Mary was 11 and attended school. 
2676 Martha St. Philadelphia PA- built in 1875

According to Philadelphia city directory for Richard Archer Sr., the family resided at 535 Charter St. Philadelphia until 1890 when they moved to 2136 Charter St.  In 1894 and 1895 Richard and Sarah were residing at 2676 Martha St. Philadelphia.   That is the last record for Richard Archer Sr.  He died between 1895 and 1900 when Sarah is documented as being a widow on the Census.  

In 1900 Sarah was residing with her son, Richard Jr., his wife Maggie and his 4 yr. old son Richard,
at 2676 E. Lehigh Ln Philadelphia.  Sarah was 68 years old, widowed and the mother of 9 children, 4 of which were still living.  Her oldest daughter Jane passed away in 1897.  The other children we know about- Hugh, Matilda, Richard and Mary – were all living in 1900.  There must have been another 4 children that died prematurely.  
In 1910 Sarah was living at 3243 Joyce St. Philadelphia in the family home of her daughter and son-in-law, Matilda and Charles Seiler.  At this time,census records state only 3 of Sarah’s children were still living which is consistent with her daughter Mary (Archer) Hennessy having passed away prior to 1910.    Regarding Sarah’s other childrenMatilda and Richard both died after the 1920 census, but Hugh’s date of death is unknown.  
Sarah Archer passed away on Sept. 27, 1912 in Philadelphia at the age of 81.  She had survived the death of two husbands and six of her nine children, resided in three countries and on two continents, traveled across the atlantic and as a mother, grandmother and  great grandmother had grown a new branch of her family in America.   Her Death certificate confirms her age as 81, that she was widow, born in Ireland, the daughter of James Andrew and buried on Sept. 30, 1912 in Philadelphia, PA although the name of cemetery is unknown.  Richard Archer’s place of burial is also unknown.

Richard probably had a brother, George Archer (1834-1905) who also emigrated to the US and settled in Philadelphia with his wife Mary (McKnight) Archer.  George is buried with his wife at  Greenmount 
Cemetery, 4301 North Front Street Philadelphia PA.   It is possible that Richard & Sarah Archer are buried there as well. 


Mary’s siblings:

Richard and Margaret (unknown) Archer had at least 1 son, Richard Archer Jr. (b.1890) who  potentially could have been first cousin of Hennessy boys (Joseph, Thomas, Henry & John)

  • Richard Archer Jr. had four children – possible 2nd cousins 
    • Clare (Archer) Williard (b. 1918 -2000) 
    • Private (b.1920)
    • Private (b.1921)
    • Mary (Archer) Gubicza (b.1922 -2009) 
      • Private – 4 children living
      • Michael Gubicza (1958-2009)
  • Hugh Galloway Archer –  unknown if married or had children
  • Matilda (Galloway) Seiler and had 5 children who also could be potential first cousins.
    • Elwood Seiler (1886-1921 )
      • Private (1913-) 
      • Private (1919-)
    • Lilly May (Seiler) Dunn (1888- 1936)
      • Florenc M. Dunn (1911 -1992)
      • Cecil W. Dunn (1914-1971)
      • Alexander R. Dunn (1919 -1990)
      • Grace Dunn (1926-1997)
      • Howard Dunn (1929-2006)
    • Florence (Seiler) Doran Pewters (1891 -1973)
      • Lilly May (Doran) (1909-
        • Private – 6 children living born from 1927 – 1938
    • Private (1898-
    • George Seiler (1901- 1969)

George and Mary Archer had 7 children – William, Annie, Margaret, Sarah, Mary Elizabeth, Thomas & Martha – who may have been Mary (Archer) Hennessy’s first cousins.