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:







Beatrice (Scofield) Syska’s Ancestors First Generation Arriving in 1621-1630


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)son of a French Huguenot 
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)

1) Thomas Prence (1600-1673)– 

came over aboard the Fortune landing in Plymouth, MA in 1621.   Later, he served several terms as the Governor of Plymouth colony and resided in Duxbury & Eastham MA.  

Thomas was born in Lechdale, Gloucestershire England, in the year 1600, the son of Thomas Prince/Prence Sr. and Elizabeth Todlerby.

Prence’s father, in his will of July 31, 1639, mentioned “my son Thomas Prence now remayninge in New England in parts beyond the seas”, and bequeathed him a “seale Ringe of Gold”

When Thomas arrived in Plymouth, only half of the Mayflower’s 102 passengers including just 4  women, had survived.  Ships continued to arrive bringing more family and settlers, but the mortality rate remained high.   

Thomas Prence House in Eastham, MA –
Built 1646
Thomas Prence – House Diagram

During his life Thomas was widowed three times.   Patience Brewster, daughter of Mayflower passenger William Brewster, was his first wife and their’s was the 9th marriage recorded in Plymouth. Patience died in 1634 of Pestilence Fever (probably small pox or influenza) and Thomas next married Mary Collier, who died in 1644.   Apphia Quickie Freeman (1602-1668) became his 3rd wife in about 1646.  Apphia probably arrived in America in 1630,with her husband at the time, Samuel Freeman, who she later divorced, prior to her marriage to Thomas.  After Apphia died in about 1668, Thomas married Mary (Burr) Howes.  In total, he fathered 8 daughters and 1 son.  

His youngest daughter Judith Prence (probably of his 3rd wife, Apphia Quickie) is documented as marrying Clement Buxton in 1677.  There are however a number of conflicting records regarding the marriage of Judith which essentially have her married to multiple husbands at the same time, thus this pedigree is far from certain.  
*Judith first married Isaac Barker in 1665 which is confirmed by the Will of Thomas Prence in 1673.  She may have married Clement Buxton 2nd in 1677, but records show Isaac living until 1688.  Further records indicate Judith also married William Tubbs in 1693, which could have been her 3rd husband, but again the dates don’t match up.   

PEDIGREE (Unconfirmed):

  • Thomas Prence (1600-1673) – Judith (Prence/Pirent) Buxton (1646-1722)*- Moses Buxton (1686-1766) -Mercy (Buxton) Scofield (1721-1779)- 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)
  • Thomas Prence (1600-1673) –  Judith (Prence/Pirent) Buxton (1650-1722)*-  Eunice (Buxton) Scofield  (1678-1743)  – Eunice (Scofield) Slawson (1707-1742/43) – 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)
  • Thomas Prence (1600-1673) –  Judith (Prence/Pirent) Buxton (1650-1722)*-  Eunice (Buxton) Scofield  (1678-1743)  – 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)

2) Richard Norman (abt. 1580-1682) and Margaret (Alford) Norman (1594-1645) – my 10th Gr. Grandparents

Richard Norman was a fisherman and shipbuilder who married Margaret Alford in 1615 in St. Giles in the Wood, Devon, England.  Documents show the Normans arrived in Salem, MA about 1626 with 5 children including  10 yr old Susanna. 
 But the Norman Family was already here in America, having come to the new world in 1623 with the Dorchester Company as part of the Cape Ann Colony.  The group moved to Salem in 1626, built homes and were established when Governor Endicott arrived in 1628.  

Per colonial records: Old Goodman Norman and his son and others who owned what they came over on the account of a Company in England called by the name of Dorchester Co. of Dor. Merchants: they had sundry houses built in Salem”

Richard & Margaret’s daughter, Susanna Norman married Robert Lockwood in 1634. Susanna’s parents remained in Mass, but the Lockwoods moved to Connecticut about 1645, first to Stamford and then Greenwich. Robert Lockwood was Sergeant of the Fairfield County Regiment in 1650.  He passed away in 1658 and Susanna remarried Jeffrey Ferris about 1660, but she died a year later in December of 1661.   Robert & Susanna had ten children, with their eldest oldest son, Jonathan Lockwood, marrying his step-sister, Mary Ferris, in 1664  


  •  Richard Norman (abt. 1580-1682) and Margaret (Alford) Norman (1594-1645) – Susannah (Norman) Lockwood (1616-1660) – Jonathan Lockwood (1634-1688) -Still John Lockwood (1672-1758) – Robert Lockwood (1714-1784) – Lydia (Lockwood) Slausen (1742-1773) – Daniel Slausen (1765-1846) – Nathan Dann Slausen (1803-1873)- Lewis Slawsen (1830-1885) – Sarah Francis (Slausen) Selleck (1863-1938) – Maud J (Selleck) Scofield (1882-1968) – Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)
  • Richard Norman (abt. 1580-1682) and Margaret (Alford) Norman (1594-1645) – Susannah (Norman) Lockwood (1616-1660) – Jonathan Lockwood (1634-1688) -Still John Lockwood (1672-1758) – Robert Lockwood (1714-1784) – Lydia (Lockwood) Slausen (1742-1773) – Lydia (Slausen) Selleck (1777-1845) – Sands Selleck (1817-1898) –  Sanders Selleck (1859-1947) – Maud J (Selleck) Scofield (1882-1968) – Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)

3) Simon Hoyt (1590-1657) my 9th Gr. Gr
 arrived in 1629 on the Higginson fleet of Massachusetts Bay Colony, possibly aboard the Lyons Whelp ship.  His first wife & the mother of his 5 oldest children died in England prior to his emigration.  Its unclear if any of those children came with him to America.   

In 1630 Simon married 2nd wife Susannah (Smith) Hoyt Bates (1615-1674), daughter of Richard and Rebecca (Buswell) Smith, and had 7 more children.  The family is recorded in Dorchester in 1633, then in Scituate in 1635, Windsor by 1639, Fairfield by 1649 and finally in Stamford in 1657 when Simon died.   Susannah married 2nd Robert Bates in Stamford about 1657 and passed away before 1674.    

Probate records document receipt by 5 of his children:  Joshua Hoyte of Stamford; Moses Hoyte of Westchester on April 2, 1666; Samuell Hoyte April 1665; Samuel Finch for his wife Sarah in April 1665, Benjamin Hoyte January 27 (yr unk); and Samuel Firman for his wife, Miriam on March 25, 1662.  

Records document that in 1674, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, Benjamin, Thomas Lyon (wife Mary), Samuel Finch (Sarah) and Samuel Firman (Miriam) agreed upon the distribution of the estate of deceased mother Susanna Bates. 

Simon & Susanna’s daughter Sarah Hoyt (1646- ) married Samuel Finch (1636-1698),my 8th grgr, the son of John & Martha Finch.  
Sarah & Samuel’s daughter, Sarah Finch married Obadiah Seeley (1670-1745) in 1692


  • Simon Hoyt (1590-1657) – Sarah (Hoyt) Finch (1646-  ) –  Susannah (Finch) Seeley (1671-1745) – Obadiah Seeley 4th (1701-1745) – Obadiah Seeley 5th (1728-1775) – John Seeley (1755-1832) -Seth Seeley (1806-1880)- Emily (Seeley) Scofield (1843-1920) – Harry F. Scofield (1870-1956)- Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)

4) John Strickland (1584-1672) & Jane (Fenwick) Strickland (1590-1663) my 10th Gr Gr
arrived in Salem, with their children, before 1629 (exact date unknown).  John is recorded as a member of a jury in Watertown MA on Sept. 18, 1630 after which he moved to Wethersfield CT.  At some point, he moved to Long Island, but the date is unknown. 

In 1639, their son, Edmund traveled with Roger Ludlowe and three other men, along with their cattle, from Wethersfield, CT across 70 miles of wilderness and settled the town of Uncowa, now Fairfield.  
Source:    Fairfield, Conn. Tercenterary,  1639 – 1939,  Three hundred Year anniversary ,pg. 34 – 35

Edmund Strickland (1610-1670) married Hannah (unknown) ( -1695) in about 1641 and their daughter, Mary Strickland (1648 – 1714) married John Weed in Stamford in the year 1670.  


  • John Strickland (1584-1672) & Jane (Fenwick) Strickland (1590-1663) – Edmund Strickland (1610-1670) – Mary (Strickland) Weed (1648 – 1714) – Hannah (Weed) Scofield (1687-1739)-  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) 
5) John Pettit (1608-1662) arrived in Salem about 1629/1630.  
Conflicting versions have John emigrating with his sister Anne Pettit or his brother Thomas Pettit and family, but neither is confirmed.  The passenger list of the Talbot, indicates Thomas Pettit, his wife Christian and their infant son, Thomas Jr. (born enroute on the Talbot), arrived in Massachusetts in 1629. While records from the Winthrop fleet have Anne Pettit arriving in Salem in 1630 and enrolled in the Boston church on Aug. 1630.
  • Thomas Pettit settled in Salem but was forced to leave in 1639, along with Thomas Hooker and other colonists, who had openly supported Anne Hutchinson during her trial.  They moved into New Hampshire and settled the town of Exeter.  In 1655, Thomas again moved to Newtown, LI, which is known today as Elmhurst, Queens. 
John Pettit, our ancestor, has not been found on ship passenger lists, but town records show John was made a ‘Freeman’ in 1631 and a communicant of the Ispwich church in 1632.  He was, further, employed in Boston in 1634 by Oliver Mallows, the father-in-law of his brother, Thomas. Property and church records have the family residing in Roxbury Mass in about 1640 and then moving to Stamford. John Pettit is considered one of the first settlers of Stamford.  

Born on 1608 in Essex Co. England, the eldest son of Mary & Henri Pettit, a French huguenot refugee.  
He first married Debrow/Deborah (unk) (abt. 1612-1652), the mother of his first two children, John and Deborah.  John’s next married Mary Moore (1610-1657), the mother of David (1554-1657) and Jonathan (1656-1720).
I have not been able to determine Mary Moore’s ancestry.
John & Mary Pettit’s son, Jonathan Pettit (1656-1720) married Elizabeth Finch (1669-172) in Stamford, CT. 
Jonathan & Elizabeth moved with their son Nathaniel Pettit (1688-1768)  to Bedford, Westchester Co. NY.   While their daughter Elizabeth Pettit (1690-1772) married Nathaniel Scofield(1688-1769), son of John & Hannah (Mead) Scofield and remained in Stamford CT.   


John Pettit (1608-1662) -Jonathan Pettit (1656-1720) – 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)

John Pettit (1608-1662) -Jonathan Pettit (1656-1720) – 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) 

6) Richard Webb (1611-1675) and Margery (Moyer) Webb (1610-1676)
Richard Webb arrived in America as a teenager sometime between 1626 and 1629 with his parents Richard Webb Sr. and Grace (Wilson) Webb. 
The Webb’s are said to have come to America with much of their family including:  Alexander & Mary Webb (parents), and their four grown sons and families, including Richard, Henry, William & Christopher.  A fifth son, John Webb may have stayed in England initially, emigrating to America several years later.  

Sir John Alexander Webb (1484 –  ) served
as an officer in Henry VIII army.  H
is son Sir Henry John Alexander Webb (1510 -)
was granted the Webb Coat of Arms in 1577
by Queen Elizabeth I.  The coat of arms is
said to have established the family as nobility.

*Alexander Webb (1559- abt.1629) was the first cousin of William Shakespeare.  Alexander’s mother, Margaret Arden, was the sister of William Shakespeare’s mother, Mary Arden.  In addition, their father’s are said to be cousins as well. 

Richard Webb, Jr., married Margery Moyer, probably in Stamford, CT, and had 7 children.
Richard served two years as a Selectmen in Stamford and represented Stamford in the Connecticut General Court.  
Richard owned and operated the first mill in Stamford, which his son Joseph Webb  inherited when his father died in 1675.  Joseph married Hannah Scofield, daughter of Richard & Mary, though, we are not direct descendents of this line.  They were our great grand Uncle & Aunt.

Richard & Margery’s other son Samuel Webb (1662-1736) married Hannah Jagger (1667-1729), probably the daughter of Jeremiah Jagger, and they are  my 9th Gr Gr.  Samuel & Hannah’s grandson, Charles Webb Jr. was a Colonel in the Stamford Fairfield Regiment during the Revolutionary war and married Mercy Holly.   


Richard Webb (1611-1675) & Margery (Moyer) Webb (1610-1676) – Samuel Webb (1662-1736) – Charles Webb (1697-1730) – Charles Webb (1724-1800)* – Sarah (Webb) Dann (1753-  )  – Betsey (Dann) Slausen (1777-1857) – Nathan Dann Slausen (1803-1873) – Lewis Slausen (1830-1885) – Sarah Frances (Slausen) Selleck (1863-1938) – Maud Justina (Selleck) Scofield (1882-1968) – Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945) 

Colonists Arriving on John Winthrop’s Fleet

In the spring and summer of 1630, John Winthrop’s fleet brought 11 ships to the New England colonies carrying 1000 settlers, livestock and provisions with plans to start the Massachusetts Bay Colony.   The initial group of four ships, led by the flag ship Arbella, left England  April 8, 1630.   The Arabella reached Massachusetts on June 12, 1630. The Jewell arrived the following day; the Ambrose arrived on June 18; and the Talbot arrived on July 2.

7) Jonas Weed (1597-1676) – arrived on the Arabella.   

 There is some discrepancy regarding Jonas’ birth year, but based on John Winthrop’s journal and English baptismal records, its probably 1597.  He arrived in Salem, but settled in Watertown MA, where he was made a freeman in 1631.  
Jonas moved to Wethersfield about 1635 and, in 1637, he married his younger wife, Mary (unknown).  In 1641, Jonas and Mary joined a group of other settlers from Wethersfield to found Stamford CT

“Whereas there was a dismission granted by the Church of Watertown in Massachusetts dated 29th of Ma[ ] last to Andrew Ward, Jo: Sherman, Jo: Strickland, Rob’te Coo, Rob’te Reynolds & Jonas Weede, wth intent to forme a newe Ch: Covennte in this River of Connecticut, the sade prties hase soe accordingly done with the publicke allowance of the rest of the members of the saide Churches, as by certificate nowe prduced apprs. It is therefore, in this prsent Cort, ratified & confirmined, they prmising shortlie and publiquely to renewe the saide Covenant vppon notice to the rest of the Churches.”

Three of Jonas & Mary’s children are our direct ancestors: 

Jonas Weed Jr. (1647-1704), a shoemaker in Stamford Ct., married Bethia Holly (1655-1713) the daugther of  John & Mary (Waitstill) Holly.   Jonas & Bethia’s daughter, Abigail Weed, married Jeremiah Scofield in 1714. 

John Weed (1643-1714) married Mary Strickland and their daughter, Hannah Weed married Samuel Scofield in 1709.  

Daniel Weed (1652-1697)  married Ruth Woods (1653-1709) and their son Abraham Weed married Susanna Bell in 1706.  Lois Weed, the granddaughter (out of wedlock) of Abraham and Susanna, married Abraham Scofield in 1752.




  • Jonas Weed (1597-1676)  Jonas Weed (1647-1704) -Abigail (Weed) Scofield (1695-1758)- 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)
  •  Jonas Weed (1597-1676)  John Weed (1643-1714) -Hannah (Weed) Scofield (1687-1739)-  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) 
  • Jonas Weed (1597-1676)  Daniel Weed (1652-1697)- Abraham Weed (1680-1711) – Daniel Weed (1705-1776) – Ruth Weed (unk father) (1709-1773) – Lois Weed (Scofield) (1731-1763) –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) 

8) JOHN FINCH (1613- 1657) – arrived on the Winthrop fleet.

Passenger lists show John Finch arriving with Abraham and Daniel Finch, possibly his brothers.  Abraham Sr., their father, may also have been on the ship them to America, but some genealogists believe that was a transcription error.  Others also believe John may be the son of Daniel not Abraham, but none of this is confirmed.

What we know is that Daniel, Abraham and John Finch all arrived in Massachusetts in 1630 and settled in Watertown.  In November of 1630, John Winthrop noted in his journal, Old Finch had his wigwam and all his goodes destroyed by fire,  which probably refers to either Abraham Sr. or the oldest brother, possibly Daniel.     

John Finch was born in England sometime between 1595 and 1613.  His first wife is unknown, but died before 1634 when he married Martha Brett in Watertown, who is, most likely,  mother of his last three children.  Martha was born in Kent, England in 1618 and is believed to have also come to America on the Winthrop fleet in 1630, but her parents are unconfirmed. 

While there is no evidence John Finch lived in Wethersfield, Abraham & Daniel definitely moved there.  Abraham  was killed on April 23, 1637 in the Wethersfield Massacre by Massutunk, a Pequot chief, who was tried, convicted and beheaded in 1639, for the murder.   

The Wethersfield Massacre  was part of the Pequot War
that ended with the massacre of hundreds of Pequots and
destruction of the Pequot tribe.

John Finch moved to Stamford, along with Daniel, before 1642 when he was granted six acres in the town.   John died in Stamford in 1657, after which, Martha married 2nd John Green. 

John & Martha’s son, Samuel Finch (1636-1698) married Sarah Hoyt  (1637-whose daughter Sarah married Obadiah Seeley.

Another son, Isaac Finch (1639-1702) married Elizabeth Bassett (1637-1672), the daughter of John & Margery (Holland) Bassett.  Isaac & Elizabeth’s daughter Elizabeth Finch(1669-1720) married Jonathan Pettit (1656-1720) in 1688.  


  • JOHN FINCH (1613-1657)– Isaac Finch (1639-1702) – 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 FINCH (1613-1657)- Isaac Finch (1639-1702) – 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)
  • JOHN FINCH (1613-1657)- Samuel Finch (1636-1698) – Susannah (Finch) Seeley (1671-1745)-Obadiah Seeley 4th (1701-1745) – Obadiah Seeley 5th (1728-1775) – John Seeley (1755-1832) -Seth Seeley (1806-1880)- Emily (Seeley) Scofield (1843-1920) – James Scofield (1831-1918) – Harry F. Scofield(1870-1956)- Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)

Illustration of a typical soldier9)  Robert Lockwood (1600-1658)  arrived 1630 also aboard the Arabella with his brother Edmund Lockwood.  He settled in Watertown MA and married Susanna Norman four years later.  They moved to Fairfield Ct. about 1641.  Robert was the Sargent of the Fairfield CT Regiment and may have lived in Stamford and Norwalk as well.  Robert Lockwood died in 1658 and Susanna married Jeffrey Ferris, but Susanna died only a few years later in 1661.   

In 1664, Robert and Susanna’s son Jonathan Lockwood (1634-1688) married Mary Ferris (1640-1708), who was his step-sister and the daughter of Jeffrey & Mary Ferris.  Jonathan & Mary moved to Greenwich and Jonathan was one of the early proprietors in 1672.  Their son Still John Lockwood (1674-1758) married Mary or Mercy (unknown) and fathered Lydia (Lockwood) Slausen/Slawson (1742-1773).

Robert Lockwood (1600-1658) – Jonathan Lockwood (1634-1688) -Still John Lockwood (1672-1758) – 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)

Robert Lockwood (1600-1658) – Jonathan Lockwood (1634-1688) -Still John Lockwood (1672-1758) – 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)
Maud J.(Selleck) Scofield lineage

Maud J.(Selleck) Scofield lineage



Maud Justina (Selleck) Scofield (1882-1968), my great grandmother, married Harry Scofield in 1902 and became the mother of Beatrice P. Scofield, my grandmother, in 1906.

  • In 1882, Maud was born to Sanders Selleck (1859-1947) and Sarah Francis Slauson  (1863-abt. 1938). who were married in September 12, 1880.  Their children were Maud, Howard, Claude and a fourth child that died (date unknown).  Sanders was born in Pound Ridge, Westchester Co., NY which is where he and Sarah raised their family while Sanders worked as a Basket Maker, a family trade.  In fact, there was a Selleck Basket factory and Shop in Pound Ridge until about 1944.   Sander’s father and grandfather had also owned a farm of more than fifty acres in Pound Ridge which had passed down to Sander’s older brother Silvori Selleck who was also appointed  postmaster of Scott’s Corners, Pound Ridge in 1897.

While Maud Selleck, married Harry Scofield in 1902, her brothers, Howard and Claud, continued to live with their parents who moved to Darien CT sometime between 1910 and 1920.   In 1940, Sanders, 82 and widowed, was living with his son Howard.  Sarah and Sanders are both listed on Darien city records in 1937, thus Sarah must have passed away between 1937 and 1940.  Her husband, Sanders, passed away after 1940.

High Ridge Cemetery
Stamford, CT
* Sanders and Sarah were distant cousins.               Lydia Slauson (1778-1845) is Sanders paternal grandmother.  Lydia’s brother Daniel Slauson (1765-1846) is Sarah’s paternal great grandfather.


  • Sanders Selleck was the son of Sands Selleck (1817-1898) and Ann Elizabeth (Betsey) Austin (1821-1901), who were born and lived most of their lives in Pound Ridge, Westchester County, NY with their five children.   Sands Selleck was a farmer and well-known basket maker.  He was active in county politics and served as town selectman.  He and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal church.  Sands and Betsey died in New Canaan, CT in 1897 and 1901, respectively.


  • The parents of Sands were Thomas Selleck (1778-  ) and Lydia  Slauson (1778-1845) who were married in 1798.  Thomas was born in Pound Ridge, NY and Lydia was born in New Canaan, CT.  They resided mostly in Pound Ridge, NY, where their 8 children were born.  Thomas worked as a stone mason and contractor as well as farming the family tract of land..  Lydia passed away in 1845 and records indicate Thomas Selleck remarried Eliza Smith in 1851 at 73 years old.  His date of death is unknown.
  • Thomas Selleck was the son of Samuel Selleck (1746-1790) and Amy Dann ( 1750-  ) who were married in 1771.
  • The parents of Samuel Selleck were Jonathan Selleck (1720-1790) and Anne ( abt.1730- ).  
  • Jonathan was born on Oct. 1, 1720 in Stamford, CT, the son of Nathan Selleck (1686-1772) and Sarah Sands (1696-1789), Nathan’s third wife.  

Nathan Selleck’s wives:

Nathan Selleck’s house built about 1708 on Farms Rd. Stamford, CT

  • Susannah Hooker married Nathan in 1708 and died in 1709 after the birth of their daughter Susannah Selleck;
  • Nathan next wed Mary Sands in 1710, but she died in 1712.
  • Sarah Sands and Nathan were married in 1713 and had six 6 children.  Sarah is the daughter of Capt. Samuel Sands of Queens, NY.
  • Nathan parents were Jonathan Selleck Jr. (1664-1710) and Abigail Gold (1665-1711).  Jonathan and Abigail were married Jan. 5, 1685 in Stamford, Ct.  In 1699, Jonathan Selleck was appointed Justice in the County of Fairfield.

Abigail is the daughter of Major Nathan Gold, who arrived in Milford  Ct. in 1643, 

and of Sarah (Phippen) Yeo who arrived in Massachusetts Bay as an infant with 

her family (David Phippen) who settled in Boston, MA.
Abigail’s sister, Martha Gold, married her husband’s brother, John Selleck, Jr. 
The fathers of the Selleck brothers had also married 2 sisters.

  • Jonathan Selleck Jr. is the son of Jonathan Selleck, Major (1641-`1713) and Abigail Law (1637-1711)
    • Major Jonathan Selleck was born on on March 20, 1641 in Boston, MA as the son of immigrant and businessman David Selleck (1614-1654) and his wife, Susanna Kibby/Kebby (1616-1713).   David came to America in 1633, arriving in Dorchester MA. 
    • In the year 1660, 6 years after the death of their father, Jonathan, then 20 years old, moved from Boston with his younger brother John, 17, to Stamford CT where they became partners as shipping merchants in the same business that had been so profitable for their father.  John transported the cargo, spending weeks or months at sea, while Jonathan stayed in New England to manage the business.  
    • The brothers married two sisters, Abigail and Sarah Law, who were the daughters of Richard Law(1601-1686) and Margaret Kilbourne (1607-1689).  
      • Richard Law had been the Kings Attorney in England prior to coming to America in about 1635.  He served as legal counsel for the community, town clerk, selectman and Representative to the Connecticut Legislature. 
    •  Jonathan Selleck became an officer in the Stamford Militia and, in 1676, was rewarded with Land, for his service against the indians in King Phillips war.
    • In 1689, his brother John was captured by the French, along with his ship, and was never heard from again..

  • Their father, David Selleck was born in Overstory, Somerset England, the son of Robert Selleck (1575-1660) and Elizabeth Gray (1574-1618).  David was a soap maker as well as trader.  He owned and leased vessels and conducted trade in Boston, Virginia, Barbados and England.  Record indicate he first came to New England in 1633.  He returned to England in 1636 perhaps for business and also to marry Susanna Kibby.  His name appears in colony records of Dorchester MA in 1640.  David and Susanna were members of the First Church of Boston in 1644, having moved to Boston about 1642.
  • David Selleck is reputed to have been involved in human trafficking of Irish ‘servants’ taken against their will and brought to Barbados, Virginia and New England.  The Cromwellian policies of England allowed for ‘involuntary Irish transportation’ for a short period from 1652 to 1657, but the practice may have gone on unofficially for sometime longer.  Once in the new world, the servants were sold into servitude usually for a period of 7-10 years.
  •  David Selleck was fined by Massachusetts colony in 1652 for importing Irish servants without permission.  Then in 1653 he was granted license by England for two ships to transport 400 Irish children to the new world.  In December of 1653 those two ships were cleared to sail from England.  There is no passenger list and no record of what happened to their cargo.


Harry Scofield (1870-1965) and the Scofield Lineage in the US

Beatrice Scofield (my grandmother) is the daughter of Harry F. Scofield and Maud Justina (Selleck) Scofield, who were married on March 25, 1902. – For more about Harry & Maud’s married life,  see the March 11th post, “Family and Life of William F. Syska Jr. and Beatrice P. Scofield Syska”. 

Emily Scofield headstone
My 2nd Great Grandmother, Emily (Seely) Scofield

The ancestry of both Harry Scofield and Maud Selleck can be traced to the first English settlers that arrived in New England in the 1600’s.  Many Americans can trace their roots to the English colonists so there are many records of their lives available for research.  
 Our Scofield ancestors can be traced even further back to England in the 1500’s, see earlier post titled Cuthbert Scofield Family History.  

The Selleck lineage will be discussed in a later post. 

Harry Scofield (1870-1965) was the son of James E. Scofield (1831-1918) and Emily Seely (1843-1938)  both born in Stamford, CT.   James & Emily resided most of their lives in Norwalk CT although they were married in 1861 in Pound Ridge, NY, in Westchester county along the CT border.  James was a farmer and  milk dealer.  He and his wife were the parents of 3 children named Pauline (b.1865), Harry (b. 1870) and Edna (b. 1874).

James and Emily can be found on Census records as late as 1910 when they were living in New Canaan, CT, at which time James was 78 years old.  James is believed to have passed away in 1918 at 87 years old, while Emily died in September of 1927 at 84 years old.  Emily is buried at the Mountain Grove Cemetery in Bridgeport, CT, presumably, James is there as well, but I have not confirmed that.

*Emily and James were actually distant cousins as James is a descendant of Richard Scofield and Emily, of his brother, Daniel Scofield.

samuel scofield
High Ridge Cemetery, Stamford, CT

 The parents of James Scofield were Samuel Scofield (1805-1885) and Sally Ann Jones (1804-1884).  Samuel was born in Pound Ridge NY and Sally in Connecticut.  According to Census records, Samuel and Sally resided in New Canaan, CT. where they raised 8 children while Samuel worked as a basket maker.

Stillwater Rd. Cemetery, Stamford, CT

Samuel Scofield was the son of Stephen Scofield (1782-1853) and Ann Peck (1785-1812).  Stephen was born in Pound Ridge, NY and Ann in Bedford, NY.    Ann died in 1812 at only 27 years old after which, Stephen Scofield remarried Betsey Brown (1792-1864).  Based on Samuel’s date of birth of 1805, Ann is his biological mother.

Sarles Cemetery, 
Pound Ridge, NY

Stephen Scofield’s parents were Enos Scofield(1753-1830) and Amy Scofield (1760-1844), both born in Stamford Ct.   They were married on July 22, 1779 in Stamford CT.   They are both buried in Pound Ridge NY in the Sarles Family Burial ground, which is not an accessible Cemetery today (it’s surrounded by private property).

**Amy’s 2nd great grandfather is Daniel Scofield, brother of Richard Scofield (1613-1660) who is Enos’ great grandfather, thus Amy and Daniel were also distant cousins.  
Enos Scofield was the son of Richard Scofield (1717-1772) and Mercy Buxton (1721-1779), both born in Stamford CT.
Richard Scofield’s parents were Jeremiah Scofield (1691-1762)  and Abigail Weed (1695-1758).  Jeremiah and Abigail were married in Stamford on Jan. 20, 1714


  • *Note:  Abigail Weed’s great grandmother, Elizabeth (Cogan) Holly Kendall was tried and convicted of witchcraft and executed  in Massachusetts in approximately 1647. 
  • Elizabeth imigrated to America with her first husband Samuel Holly in approximately 1635.  She married John Kendall after Samuel’s death in 1643.
  • More details about this and  our ancestors involved in the witch trials will be posted in a later blog entry.  
Jeremiah Scofield was the son of Richard Scofield Jr. (1660-1726)   and Ruth Brundish (or Brondage) (1672-1742).  There are no definitive records of Richard or Ruth Scofield’s dates of birth or death, however, their marriage is recorded in Stamford CT on Sept. 14, 1689.

The parents of Richard Scofield Jr. are Richard Scofield (abt. 1613-1660) and Mary  (1617-   ), maiden name unknown.  After Richard died in 1670, she married Robert Pennoyer and she is cited in Richard’s will/inventory as Mary Pennoyer.

Richard Scofield, emigrated to America in 1635 aboard the ship called,  “The Susan and Ellen,” where he is cited on passenger list as “Richard Skofield, 22.” Most sources state that Richard came with his brother Daniel, however Daniel is not included on that passenger list.  Either way, Daniel also emigrated to America around the same time.  Richard died on March 6, 1670 and is buried in the Scofield Cemetery in Stamford CT.

Richard and Daniel are  the sons of Alexander Scofield (1588- ) and Mary Norton (1583-)