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:



Ancestors of Anna Carolina Petroll Syska


The Petroll name is not common.  According to one source there are currently only 303 people with the name Petroll living in Germany, 64 in Brazil, 57 in the United states and 17 in Poland.  There appears to be a number of smaller countries, in particular, the slavic countries,who appear not to be included at all. According to Ancestry website, only a handful of Petrolls immigrated to the US in the 19th century, all from Prussia or Germany.

I was unable to find the source of the Petroll name, but the spellings of surnames were not rigid up until the 18th and 19th centuries.  Records show that many people used multiple spellings of their names throughout their own lives and we know many immigrants names were changed both intentionally and unintentionally.  There are a number of similar surnames including Petrolli, Petrolla, Petrolo etc.  The majority of people with related surnames live in Italy.


Ancestors of Anna Carolina Petroll Syska (my 2nd gr grandmother )

On Sept1830 petroll gumpert marriageember 26, 1830,  Johann Christian Petroll (1802-1855)  married Anna Dorothea Gumpert (1811-1853) in  Adelnau, Posen, Prussia.  According to the marriage record, he was 28 years old and his bride was 18. 

Christian and Dorothea had 5 children, 2 of whom died in childhood.  The children were Carl (b.1831), Carolina (1834-1895), Susane (1837-1841), Christian (1839-1839) and August (b. 1846).  

Dorothea died March 9, 1853 and Christian died Nov. 22, 1855 both in Posen, Prussia.  Their 2nd daughter, Carolina married Adolph Syska and emmigrated to the United States in 1885. 

1831 Birth Carl Petroll

Christian Petroll was born on June 8th, 1802 as the 5th child of George Friedrich Petroll (1761-1813) and Christine Rauhut Petroll (1765-1831). George Friedrich Petroll and Christine Rauhut were married in 1785 in Schwarzwald, Posen, Poland.  

Province of Posznan was part of Poland until 1793 when it was annexed in the Kingdom of Prussia. In 1871 Poznan was made part of Germany and in 1918 it was finally returned to Poland .
Province of Posznan was part of Poland until 1793 when it was annexed in the Kingdom of Prussia. In 1871 Poznan was made part of Germany and in 1918 it was finally returned to Poland .

Although the family continued to live in the same region, their nationality was a moving target.  The Province of Posen/Poznan shifted from Poland to Prussia to Germany and back again to Poland between 1793 to 1918.  Today it remains part of Poland. 
George and Christine had 9 children from 1786 to 1808 including: Anna Marie (b.1786), Johann Gottlieb (1793-1835), George Friedrich (1794-1850), Johann Gottfried (1797-1855), Anna Christina (1799-1867), Johann Christian (1802-1855), Johann Carl Mathias (1804-1832), Christoph (1806-1816) and Johann Mathias (1808-1808).   George died in 1813 when he was 55 years old while Christine Rauhut Petroll passed away in 1831 at 66 years old 

As of now, that’s as far as I can trace the Petroll line.  I will be sharing information about the ancestry of Dorothea Gumpert in my next blog entry. 

churches poland1 churches poland2

** Special thanks to Barbara Moon for sharing all these wonderful records and photos**


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.

Dutch/French Ancestors, Plus a Distant Relation to FDR (Provost, Ten Waert, Vigne & Roos Families)

David Provost (1608-1657) & Margaret Ten Waert (1608-1703) – arrived 1624 & 1634 

Maria Vigne (1610-1671) and Jan Roos (1610-1632)- arrived 1624 

We know that our ancestors in the Scofield family most likely originated near Normandy and came to England in the 11th Century, eventually coming to America in the 1600’s.  However, we have other Dutch and French ancestors that came to America in the colonial period directly from Holland.

Painting of St. Bartholomew Massacre
François Dubois

The Provost/ Provoost/Prevot family were Huguenots, French protestants who originally fled France to escape religious persecution, first to Holland and then America.  William Provoost (Prevot) (my 11th gr gf)  is documented as living in Paris in 1572 at the time of the St. Bartholomew Massacre, which targeted the Huguenots.   William fled to Amsterdam, where he soon married a french woman, also a fugitive, and had 5 sons.  The eldest son, Johannes, married a dutch woman, Jannetie Eerdewijns, and had 3 sons.

The youngest son of Johannes & Jannetie, David (1608-1657), came to New Amsterdam (New York) in 1624.  He returned to Holland to marry Margaret Gillis TenWaert (1608-1703), daughter of Gillis Tenwaert and Barbara Schut.  Gillis TenWaert was a prominent and wealthy Holland merchant.  

David & Margaret (my 9th gr grandparents) returned to New Netherlands in 1634 to begin their American life and family.  David Provost, was granted land in 1639 on Pearl street, near Fulton (in today’s Manhattan). He was a lawyer, serving as attorney General in the Brooklyn courts.  He was also a Captain in the military and was put in charge of Fort Good Hope from 1642 -1647, at Hartford, Conn., “to resist the aggressions of the English.” After which he returned to New Amsterdam, and taught school for a time. He died in January, 1656.  

David Provoost (b. 1642), ca. 1700-1710
Attributed to: Gerrit Duyckinck, 
Oil on wood panel: 30 x 25 in.

  David & Margaret had 10 children born from 1639 to 1656.  Their third son, David Provost (1642- ) served as mayor of NYC from 1698-1699. The fourth son of David & Margaret, Elias Provost (1646-1686) married Cornelia Roos (1655-1701) in New Amsterdam in 1672. Their son, Johannes Provost (1676- ) married Sarah Bailey (1677-).  The son of Johannes & Sarah, John Provost (1707 – ) married Elizabeth (unknown).  

  Samuel Provost (1740-1815), son of John & Elizabeth, was born in Stamford CT about 1740 and married Sarah Bishop (1746-1791).  Samuel fought in the Revolutionary war in the Connecticut Continental troops.  Samuel & Sarah had a son, John Provost (1767-1853) who married Mary Waterbury (1771-1842). Their daughter, Betsey Ann (Provost) (1807-1856) married Seth Seeley (1806-1880).

Much of the Provost family history is documented in the book titled,  Biological and Geneological notes of Provost Family by Andrew Provost.

William Provoost (1544-1607) – Johannes Provoost (1576-  ) – David Provost (1608-1657) – Elias Provost (1646-1686) – Johannes Provost (1676 – ) – John Provost (1707 –  ) – Samuel Provost (1740-1843) – John Provost (1767-1853) – Betsey Ann (Provost) Seely (1807-1856) – Emily (Seely) Scofield (1843-1927) –  Harry Francis Scofield (1870-1956)- Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)

Gillis Tenwaert (1578-  ) – Margaret Gillis (TenWaert) Provost (1608-1703) – Elias Provost (1646-1686) – Johannes Provost (1676 – ) – John Provost (1707 –  ) – Samuel Provost (1740-1843) – John Provost (1767-1853) – Betsey Ann (Provost) Seely (1807-1856) – Emily (Seely) Scofield (1843-1927) –  Harry Francis Scofield (1870-1956)- Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)


Vrouwenkerkhof square in Leiden with the remains of the church attended by both the Mayflower Pilgrims and  the first New Netherlands settlers.                    **The Walloons were French-speaking Dutch from the Valenciennes & Hainault area  (Belgium).

Maria Vigne, was born about 1610 in Valenciennes, Nord, France, the daughter of   Guillaume ‘Ghislain’ Vigne and Ariaentje ‘Adriene’ Cuvellier. The Vignes of Valenciennes were living in Leyden, Holland in 1618, recorded as members at the Walloon Church* in October 1618. Baptismal records of the Church indicate four more children were born at Leyden but only one of those survived.

Guillaume and Adriene Vigne (my 11th gr grandparents), with their three daughters (Christina, Maria and Rachel) are believed to have sailed to New Netherland in April 1624 (possibly on de Eendracht–Unity or the Nieuw Nederlandt), with the first thirty Walloon* families who agreed to settle there on behalf of the Dutch West India Company. Their son Jan was the first male born of European parents in New Netherland.  The Vignes established a farm on the East River, north of current-day Wall Street. Guillaume died about 1632 and his widow inherited his estate. About this time, she also moved to a large house on the east side of current-day Broadway, where she lived with all of her children (including the families of her two eldest).

Maria Vigne married Jan Roos in about 1631

  • Jan Roos (1610-1632) was born in Haarlem, North Holland, Netherland around 1610.  He probably came to New Netherlands with the first group of dutch settlers in 1624 or soon after, possibly with his parents.  However, there is no record of who his parents were or when they arrived in the new world.  Jan married Maria Vigne (1610-1671) by 1631 and they had one child born in 1632 just before Jan Roos died in an indian attack also in 1632. 

 After Jan was killed, Maria married second,  Abraham Ver Planck.  He and Maria lived at the Vigne household (in manhattan east of Broadway) until her mother, Adrienne, married her 2nd husband Jan Damen. They then bought land across the Hudson at Paulus Hook [now Jersey City] where they had a farm and two cows, and leased four acres to tobacco planters.  The 1643 Indian war forced Maria and Abraham to seek safety at the Fort at Manhattan. The family continued to own the land at Paulus Hook until 1699, but probably never lived there again. They bought a lot in 1649, near Pearl Street and Maiden Lane, where they built a new home. In 1664, when the English fleet showed up on the Hudson River, Abraham was one of the signers of the petition requesting that Peter Stuyvesant surrender. A fight with the English would have destroyed New Amsterdam.

The only son of Jan & Maria (Vigne) Roos, Gerrit Jansen Roos (1632-1698), my 9th gr grandfather,  is also the 6th great grandfather of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  To answer the next obvious question, I suppose that does make us distant cousins, along with quite a few other people, although sorting it out made my head throb.  But, since I know you’re counting on me, I gave it a try.  My great grandfather, Harry F. Scofield (1870-1956), was FDR’s 7th cousin which makes me a 7th cousin three times removed… I think. 

Gerrit, who had no idea one of his descendants would become President, went on with is life and married Aeltje Lamberts Wolf (1631-1659) in 1651.  He was employed as a carpenter & was a member of the Dutch Church.  Gerrit & Aeltje’s daughter, Cornelia Roos (1655-1701) married Elias Provost – see above for Provost family history.

Maria (Vigne) Roos VerPlank (1610-1671) – Gerrit Jansen Roos (1632-1698) – Cornelia (Roos) Provost (1655-1701) – Johannes Provost (1676 – ) – John Provost (1707 –  ) – Samuel Provost (1740-1843) – John Provost (1767-1853) – Betsey Ann (Provost) Seely (1807-1856) – Emily (Seely) Scofield (1843-1927) –  Harry Francis Scofield (1870-1956)- Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)



The New Netherlands  territories extended from the Delmarva Peninsula to Cape Cod,  now part of  New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Connecticut, with small outposts in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. The inhabitants, not necessarily Dutch, included all Europeans who lived there (such as French Huguenots, Scandinavians and Germans) as well as Africans, Indo-Caribbeans, South Americans and Native Americans.  The legacy of New Netherlands included secular broad mindedness and mercantile pragmatism profoundly influencing the future of the United States.

In 1609 Henry Hudson, hired by the Dutch East India Company in Amsterdam to find a Northeast Passage to Asia by sailing around Scandinavia & Russia, was thwarted by the Artic ice and attempted to sail west instead, landing first in New foundland and Cape Cod.  Hudson continued to look for passage to the Pacific Ocean, sailing down the St. Lawrence River and back up the mid atlantic coast into the narrows and up the river that would be named after him to Albany.  When Hudson returned to Amsterdam and reported his findings, additional expeditions were sent and the settlement of New Netherlands as a business Venture began. In 1624 New Netherlands became a province of the Dutch Republic.   In 1626, the director of New Netherlands chose the Island of Manhattan as its Capitol and traded goods with the natives to purchase the land.  Fort Amsterdam was built and the settlements around the Fort became known as the Manhattoes (New York Harbor).

The Dutch West India Co. established the reformed Church as its official Church, but had a policy of religious freedom that held no one should be persecuted or investigated because of religion.  Although they brought the first African slaves to the colony in 1625, their treatment of slaves was was not as harsh as future American Colonies’  In New Netherlands, families of slaves were kept intact, slaves were admitted to the church, baptized and married, allowed to testify in court, sign documents and bring civil actions against whites.  When the New Netherlands colony fell, the slaves were freed, establishing the first free african americans.

Syska Family Census


Adolph Syska (1824-1916)

Adolph & Carolina (Petroll) Syska(my 2nd gr grandparents)  arrived in the USA in June of 1885.  Carolina passed away in 1895.  In 1900 Adolph was living in the Bronx with his oldest daughter, Augusta (Syska) Hoffman, her husband, Hiram Hoffman, and her son Frederick. 


Son of Adolph & Carolina (Petroll) Syska:

William F. Syska Sr. (1866-1956) & Elizabeth (Zimmermann) Syska (1871-1954) & Family


William & Lizzie were residing at 6354 Rhodes Ave, Chicago, IL with their 4 children ages 0 to 7 yrs. – Erna, William, Chester & Herbert.  They were living in the home of  Lizzie’s parents, Emil & Elizabeth Zimmermann, along with Lizzie’s siblings Paul, Clara, Carl, Carl’s wife Mary and his daughter Corrinne, and sister in law, Bertha Wordelmann. Emil Zimmermann owned the home at this address and lists his occupation as carpenter.   William Syska lists his occupation as Butcher and indicates he came to the USA in 1885.  He and Lizzie were married 9 years prior in about 1891.


William & Lizzie were living at 752 East 137th St., Bronx, NY.  They had moved to NY sometime prior to 1906 when they were living at the Old Burke Farm located between Bear Swamp Rd. and White Plains Rd. Bronx, NY.  There is an article written about William Syska providing farming consultation to city residents at the time.  
In 1910 they had 8 children ages 7 months to 17 years, with his oldest daughter, Erna, employed as a dressmaker.  William, who was 44 y.o., although the census says ’42’, lists his occupation as Butcher.  We know that in 1918 he reopened a Butcher shop, in Pelham NY.


Sometime prior to 1920 the family moved to Wilton CT and purchased a farm.  William, aged 53, listed his occupation as Farmer.  He resided with wife, Lizzie and all of their children except Erna. We know from a newspaper clipping, that they had a fire in the barn in November of 1920.  The newspaper says that “Mr. Syska’s son was filling the tank of the car with gasoline when it ignited.”  Another article indicates that the family moved back to westchester in 1923, but other city records have the family living in CT. until atleast 1929.


In 1935 William & Elizabeth Syska were living in Daytona Beach FL.  The exact date of their move to FL is unknown.  The Daytona Beach city record shows them living on Ridgewood Ave. in Daytona Beach in 1932.  They owned and operated a gas station, grocer and orchard in FL and continued to reside there until at least 1945.


William & Lizzie were residing at 127 Congress Ave., Daytona Beach FL with their daughter Gladys (Syska) Allard Horton and her 3 sons ages 7 mos. to 9 years.  William is 73 y.o. and lists his occupation as Manager of Gas Filling Station.    The FL 1945 census above is the first time, he indicates he is retired!












Son of William & Elizabeth (Zimmermann) Syska:

William F. Syska Jr. (1896-1981) & Beatrice (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945) & Family


In 1930, a family of four, William, Beatrice, Stanley & Doug, resided in an aparment on Church St. in New Rochelle that they rented for $35 a month.  William and Beatrice (my grandparents) had been married 3 years earlier.  William listed his occupation as carpenter but indicated he had not worked on the previous day.


The family was residing at 19 Burling Ln, New Rochelle, NY in an apartment they rented for $25 a month with their 9 children ages 2 months to 12 years.  Their youngest son, Bruce, wasn’t born until 1943.   
Times were tough for the syska family.  A 43 yr old William Syska Jr., head of household, listed his occupation as a carpenter but was out of work.  He had been on unemployment for 39 weeks.  In 1939 he had worked for 26 weeks and his income for the year was $558.  Beatrice was 33 yr.old and listed her occupation as housework, not to mention mother of 9!  She gave birth to one more child 3 years after this and then passed away in 1945


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)

Colonial Witch Trials

Colonial Witch Trials

I admit I am fascinated with our ancestral involvement in the colonial witch trials, but I am reminded that these were real people caught up in this hysteria; mothers, fathers, friends and neighbors who genuinely feared the devil’s presence in their lives. Two of my ancestors were tried for witchcraft and one was executed.  While others were witnesses and judges.

As  portrayed in popular stories of the Salem witch trials, the accused might be spared if they confessed, repented and pointed the finger at others which did nothing but feed the frenzy. Almost four hundred years later, we know these people were innocent and to falsely accuse another to save oneself is wrong, yet, in the 17th century, witchcraft was accepted as a very real threat. We can only imagine what the accused went through.  But in that situation I can understand how an accused witch could convince herself that a strange neighbor was bewitched, amidst her own self doubts as to whether her seemingly innocent actions were, in fact, witchcraft.  

There was no forensic science, to speak of, thus the courts relied almost entirely on witness’ accounts.  They did have a few witch ‘tells’ including putting a person in the water, possibly with their hands and feet bound, as witches would float. It’s believed that some women briefly floated due to their dresses.  Most people sank proving their innocence but risking their lives. Some drowned when the rope tied to their waist, intended to pull them to safety, broke. Another tell involved searching the body of the accused for witch marks or teats that were believed to have been made by the devil and, thus, were insensitive to pain.  The courts did not necessarily accept these as evidence, but they were done nonetheless. People were often convicted based on voluntary confessions, or the testimony by two witnesses.

It’s estimated that 80 people were accused of witchcraft and 15 executed in New England during the initial wave of hysteria in the mid 1600’s.  One of those accused was Elizabeth Cogan Holly Kendall (1599-1651),my 9th great grandmother, who was put to death in about 1651.  The famous Salem witch trials didn’t occur for another 40 years, in about 1692, during which 19 more people were executed with many more accused.


Elizabeth Cogan, was born in Somerset England about 1599.  She married Samuel Holly (1593-1643) in England in 1618 and came to America in about 1635 with her husband and children including her oldest son John Galen Holly (1618-1681) (my 8th gr grandfather).   Samuel Holly died in 1643 leaving his wife Elizabeth and children, the youngest of which was probably about 10 years old.  In 1644, Elizabeth married John Kendall (1608-1661)

A few years later in approximately 1651, ‘Goody’ or Mrs. Kendall was charged with bewitching the child of Goodman Genings to death.   Goody Kendall was said to “make much of the child when she was well.” The child then “quickly changed color” and dyed a few hours later.  Goody Kendall was accused by the Genings’ nurse of witchcraft.  Her trial and execution, which was one of the earliest in colonial america, were said to be unusually swift.  According to one source, she was put to death by hanging, but other sources indicate the method of her execution  is unproven.  

Not long after the execution, upon questioning, the parents of the child indicated that the nurse had taken her out into the cold the night before which they believed was the cause of the child’s death.  In order to protect herself, the nurse had accused Mrs. Kendall.  In all likelihood neither woman was to blame for the death.  The nurse was imprisoned for bearing false witness against Goody Kendall, but she was never tried and died in  prison.  I can’t help wondering how this trial may have impacted history had it occurred and shed light on the ease with which a person could be falsely accused.    


            John Galen Holly (1618-1681) – Our Ancestor

  • The exact year the Holly family arrived in New England is uncertain, but probably between 1630-1635.  In either case, town records show they resided in Cambridge MA by 1639.  
  • After his father’s death, John Holly moved to Stamford CT in 1645, where he became a prominent town official serving as selectman, representative and judge.  
  • A conflicting opinion claims John Holly was not Samuel’s son.  However,  there is quite convincing evidence to refute this including property records of land owned by Samuel Holly on the southside of Charles river in Cambridge, MA that was willed to Samuel’s son in Dec. 1643, and then sold by John Holly to Edward Jackson in Oct. 1645.   The sale also included land currently in use by Elizabeth Kendall, late wife of Samuel Holly.
  • Notably, John Holly named his eldest son Samuel and eldest daughter Elizabeth, after his parents, in accordance with English naming traditions of the time.
  • Two of John Galen Holly’s children are our direct ancestors  – John Holly (1649- 1716) is a 7th gr grandfather and Bethia (Holly) Weed (1655-1713) is an 8th gr grandmother. 


Elizabeth Clason/Clawson (1641-1714)  (my 9th gr grandmother) was accused of witchcraft and tried in Fairfield, CT in 1692.  Elizabeth’s maiden name was Periment or Pennoyer.  She was believed to have been born in England, most likely coming to America with her parents in approximately 1643.  I have not positively identified her parents, but she married Stephen Clason (McClay/Clawson) on November 11, 1654 in Stamford.  They had four children, including their youngest daughter, Elizabeth (Clason) Dann (1666-1748) who is my 8th gr grandmother. 

Unlike Elizabeth Kendall’s case for which there is only one written account, her story is recorded in detail in a number of documents that still exist today.   Further the people of Stamford are said to have been very suspicious of the accusations against Elizabeth Clason.

Katherine Branch was a servant who lived with the Wescot family in Stamford Ct.  In April of 1692 she began to suffer seizures and fits causing her to fall to the ground, convulse and call out.   A local midwife concluded she was bewitched. 

On May 27, 1692, hearings were held by a Court of Inquiry, led by Nathan Gold and Jonathan Selleck , both of whom are my 9th gr grandfathers, as well as John Burr and John Bell. Katherine Branch told stories of a cat speaking to her and turning into a woman and then back to a cat. Katherine accused several women of being witches with her, including Goody (Elizabeth Periment) Clason and  Mercy Disborough of Fairfield. 
Elizabeth Clason denied the accusations, but admitted there had been a disagreement between herself and Abigail Wescot for some years which could have been the motive for the Wescot’s servant to accuse Clason
 According to records Mrs. Clason was subjected to the water test in a Fairfield pond and floated, an indication of her guilt as a witch. The preliminary investigation of a special Court stated that she had ‘familiarity with Satan’…’and deserved to dye.’   The court appointed Sarah Burr, Abigail Burr, Abigail Howard, Sarah Wakeman, and Hannah Wilson to examine the bodies of Mrs. Clason and Mrs. Disborough in search of marks of the devil.  They reported finding nothing unusual on Mrs. Clason.

In an unusual move, Stephen Clason asked his neighbors to sign a petition asserting his wife’s good character.  In spite of the ‘evidence’, 76 Stamford residents signed the petition, the original of which still exists today at the Stamford Historical Society.   

Elizabeth Clason's defenders

After the hearings, Mrs.  Clason remained in jail pending the outcome, but the jurors were unable to reach a verdict.  In June the court created a special commission to try the case the following September.  The Fairfield trial began on September 14, but the jury was once again unable to reach a verdict.  Finally on October 28, 1692 court convened again.  This time the jury acquitted Clason and convicted Disborough who was sentenced to death.  The Hartford Court subsequently overturned that verdict and acquitted Disborough as well.  The women had spent months in jail awaiting the outcome but were at last freed. 

Elizabeth (Clason) Dann (1666-1748) – Our Ancestor


  • Elizabeth Clason married Francis Dann Sr. in Stamford in November of 1685 – my 8th gr grandparents.  
  • We are direct descendents of two of her children. 
    • Their daughter, Elizabeth Dann (1686-1731) married John Jones (1676-1721)  
    • Their son, John Dann (1701-1731) married Deborah Green (1701-



In another case, in Fairfield CT. our ancestor Susannah (Norman) Lockwood (1616-1660), wife of Robert Lockwood, testified against Goodwife Knapp who was convicted of witchcraft and executed by hanging in 1653.  Goody Knapp was tried by Magistrates John Davenport and Roger Ludlow.

Goody Knapp was reported to have been tormented emotionally and physically while in jail. A group of women, including Susannah Lockwood, were appointed to examine her body and were quite thorough and rough.  Goody Knapp is reported to have told the group “take heed the devil have not you.”

Goody Knapp refused to accuse others and is credited with the following statement, “I must not render evil for evil … I have sins enough already, and I will not add this [naming another witch] to my condemnation.”


Lucius Robinson Paige, History of Cambridge, Massachusetts, H. O. Houghton, 1877 – Cambridge (Mass.),

David D. Hall,Witch-Hunting in Seventeenth Century New England, A Documentary History 1638-1693, Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1999

Godbeer, Richard, Escaping Salem The Other Witch Hunt of 1692.  Oxford University Press, Inc., 2005.

Tomlinson, Richard G., Witchcraft Trials of Connecticut:  The First Comprehensive, Documented History of Witchcraft Trials in Colornial Connecticut. Hartford, Conn. Connecticut Research, In., 1978

Stamford Historical Society

COLONISTS – PART III:  Waterbury, Jagger, Selleck, Phippen, Newman, Brundish, Rose, Ferris, Stevens

COLONISTS – PART III: Waterbury, Jagger, Selleck, Phippen, Newman, Brundish, Rose, Ferris, Stevens

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



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)

10) John Waterbury (abt. 1620-1658)

probably arrived in Massachusets Bay Colony in 1630 aboard the “Eagle”, part of the Winthrop fleet, with his parents William & Alice.  John is not listed on the passenger lists, but he would have been a minor who were not always included on lists.  
Records indicate he sold his property in Watertown, MA in 1646 and was granted land in Stamford CT in 1650. He married Rose (Taylor or Lockwood) about 1639. 
His son Jonathan Waterbury (1648-1702) married Eunice Buxton (1650-1710).  Benjamin, son of Jonathon & Eunice, married Mary Mead. 

John Waterbury (abt. 1620-1658) & Rose (unk) Waterbury ( – 1684) – Jonathan Waterbury (1648-1702) – Benjamin Waterbury (1694-1776)- Josiah Waterbury (1732-1805)- Mary (Waterbury) Provost (1771-1842) – Betsey Ann (Provost) Seeley (1807-1856)- Emily (Seeley) Scofield (1843-1927)- Harry Francis Scofield (1870-1956)- Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)

11) Jeremiah Jagger (1600- 1658) 

arrived in 1630 aboard the Arabella, settling first in Watertown MA., then moving to Wethersfield Ct.  He married Elizabeth (unk) and moved to Stamford with his family about 1641 as one of its original proprietors. 

Jeremiah Jagger (1600-1658)– John Jagger (1640-1684)- Hannah (Jagger) Webb (1667-1729)- Charles Webb Sr. (1697-1730)- Charles Webb (1724-1800)- Sarah (Webb) Dann (1753- ) – Betsey (Dann) Slauson (1777-1857) – Nathan Dann Slauson (1803-1873) – Lewis Slauson (1830-1885) – Sarah F.(Slauson) Selleck (1863-1938) – Maud J (Selleck) Scofield (1882-1968) – Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)

12) David Selleck (1614-1654) & Susanna (Kibby) Selleck (1616-1713) 

 On July 24, 1633, John Winthrop’s journal mentions the Dorchester arrival  of a ship with about eighty passengers and twelve cows. Prior to it’s arrival, the ship had been forced into the western islands due to a leak.  The portuguese inhabitants treated the passengers well and they stayed for 3 weeks, but 20 passengers died from pestilent fever. Once repaired, the ship, crew and remaining passengers sailed to New England. David Selleck was among those that survived the journey arriving in Dorchester, MA in 1633.  

Three years later, on 1 October 1636, David returned to his homeland to marry Susannah Kibby, daughter of Henry and Rachel Kibby.  They returned to New England to start their new life and family. 

David, born in Overstowey, Somerset England, the son of Robert Selleck, was a soap boiler, merchant and seaman who settled in Boston, where he and Susanna were church members in 1644 and their seven children were born.
 1913 photo of  building that housed the first public
elementary school in North America.   David & Susannah
were strong upporters of the first school

He was also reputed to be involved in bringing Irish children over as indentured servants and there does appear to be some evidence to support this, though I have not investigated it in detail.    

Two of their sons,  John & Jonathan, came to Stamford in 1660 and, following in their father’s footsteps, started a shipping and trade business. The brothers married two sisters who were the daughters of Richard & Margaret (Kilbourne) Law.  The younger brother, John, was lost at sea in 1689, possibly captured by the French.    

Jonathan Selleck Sr. (1641-1713) married Abigail Law (1643-1711) in Stamford in 1667.  Their two sons also married two sisters, the daughters of Nathan Gold.  Our ancestor, Jonathan Selleck Jr. (1664-1710)  married Abigail Gold

David Selleck (1614-1654) & Susanna (Kibby) Selleck (1616-1713) – Jonathan Selleck (1641-1713) -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)
  • He conducted trade from New England, Virginia, Bardados & England.  
  • David died while on an expedition to Virginia in 1654, presumably killed by pirates.

13) William Newman (1610-1676) 

is believed to have arrived in America in 1633 or 1634 with his parents who settled first in Ispwich, MA.  William, a shoemaker, was granted 5 acres of land in Stamford in 1642 and married his wife, Elizabeth Bowstreet (1611-1676), also in Stamford in 1644.

William & Elizabeth’s daughter, Hannah, married John Holly Jr. 

William Newman (1610-1676) and Elizabeth Bowstreet (1611-1676) – Hannah (Newman) Holly (1657-1713) – Elizabeth (Holly) Seeley (1697-1742) – Hannah (Seeley) Scofield (1730-1790) – Rhoda (Scofield) Seeley (1765-1805) – Seth Seeley (1806-1880)- Emily (Seeley) Scofield (1843-1927)- Harry Francis Scofield (1870-1956)- Beatrice P. (Scofield) Syska (1906-1945)

14)  DAVID PHIPPEN/Fitzpen (1590- bef. 1650) & Sarah (unknown) Phippen Hull (  -1659) and familyarrived on the “Recovery of London” in 1634.

David was born in Weymouth, Co. Dorset in 1585 and married Sarah (unknown) about 1617.   Their first 7 children were born in England and emigrated with their parents in 1634.   The Phippen family settled first in Hingham MA., then Boston where David was granted a houselot in 1641,  and appointed constable on 13 March 1646/7.  David died in 1650.  Sarah remarried George Hull, but died before August 1659.   

Their daughter Sarah (Phippen) Yeo Gold (1633-1694) first married Thomas Yeo, but after his death in 1658, married Major Nathan Gold (1623-1694). Sarah & Nathan settled in Fairfield Ct. where they raised seven children of their own including Abigail Gold (1665-1711) who married Jonathan Selleck Jr. (1664-1710). 

David Phippen (1585-1650) and Sarah (Pinckney) Phippen – Sarah (Phippen) Yeo Gold (1633- 1694)  – Abigail (Gold) Selleck (1655-1711) –  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)


15) John Brundage (Brondish) (1593-1639 ) and Rachel (Hubbard) Brundage – arrived about 1634. 

John, a tanner, was born in 1593 in Co. Suffolk England. He married Rachel Hubbard in England in 1621.  Rachel Hubbard’s ancestry it not clear.  One theory is that she is the daughter of Elizabeth Hubbard, granddaughter of James & Naomi (Cooke) Hubbard. 

John and Rachel came to America with their children in 1634, settling first in Watertown, MA where John was made a Freeman in 1635, then moving to Wethersfield CT.  John died suddenly in 1639 most likely by suicide.  

A confirmation given by his widow states, ‘but Providence so disposing of the aforesayd John Brundishe that before the tym that the mony was due & ye writing(?) confermed He put an end unto his lyf.’  

Their son, John Brundage Jr.(1637-1697) married Hannah Hunt (1639-1721), daughter of William & Elizabeth Hunt.   John & Hannah’s daughter, Ruth Brundage (1672-1742), married Richard Scofield (1650 – 1726) in 1689.

John Brundish (1593-1639) and Rachel (Hubbard) Brundish –  John Brundish (1634-1697) – Ruth (Brundish) 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) 
16) Robert Rose (1594-1665) and Margery (Evered) Rose – came from Ispwich, Suffolk, England in 1634 aboard the ‘Francis’ with their 8 children, including 15 year old twins- Robert and John.   Robert Sr. most likely settled initially in Watertown MA and soon after moved to Wethersfield CT.   

He was a soldier, receiving 50 acres for his service in the Pequot war in 1637, and served as Constable in Wethersfield as well as on a number of town committees.  He then moved to Totoket, which later became Branford CT., and is considered one of the founders of that town.   



Robert Rose Jr. married Rebecca (unknown) about 1655.  Their daughter Rebecca Rose (1657-1728) married Obadiah Stevens (1644-1702) in 1678.  

The daughter of Rose & Obadiah, Rose Stevens (1619-1683), married Jonathan Slawson in 1711. 

The Rose/Stevens/Slawson/ Selleck family tree is quite complex.  The tree has three sets of cousins marrying eachother.  In 1761 Lydia Lockwood married her 2nd cousin Jonathan Slawson.  Their son, Daniel Slawson married his 2nd cousin, Betsey Dann, in 1796. Then in 1880, Daniel & Betsey’s great granddaughter, Sarah F. Slawson, married her 3rd cousin, Sanders Selleck.

Robert Rose (1619-1683) – Rebecca (Rose) Stevens(1657-1729)– Thomas Stevens (1679-1774)Rachel (Stevens) Lockwood (1718-1747) – 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 Rose (1619-1683) – Rebecca (Rose) Stevens(1657-1729)– Thomas Stevens (1679-1774)– Rachel (Stevens) Lockwood (1718-1747) – 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)
Robert Rose (1619-1683) – Rebecca (Rose) Stevens(1657-1729)– Thomas Stevens (1679-1774)Lydia (Stevens) Dann (1723-1771)– Nathan Dann (1749-1805) – Betsey (Dann) Slauson (1777-1857) – 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 Rose (1619-1683) – Rebecca (Rose) Stevens(1657-1729)– Thomas Stevens (1679-1774)– Lydia (Stevens) Dann (1723-1771)- Nathan Dann (1749-1805) – Betsey (Dann) Slauson (1777-1857) – 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 Rose (1619-1683) – Rebecca (Rose) Stevens(1657-1729) – Rose (Stevens) Slauson (1683-1727) – 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)

Robert Rose (1619-1683) – Rebecca (Rose) Stevens(1657-1729) – Rose (Stevens) Slauson (1683-1727) – 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)

17) Jeffrey Ferris (1610-1666) and Mary (-1658) – arrived in 1634.
Jeffrey, born in Leicestershire, England in 1610, sailed to America with his wife, Mary (unknown) and first child in 1634, settling initially in Watertown, then moving to Wethersfield and finally to Stamford about 1640.  Jeffrey is cited as one of the pioneers in Stamford at the end of 1642. 
He moved again and, in 1656, eleven men including Jeffry Ferris peti­tioned to be accepted under the New Haven jurisdiction, founding the town known as Greenwich CT.
His first wife, Mary, died in 1658 and he married 2nd Susanna (Norman) Lockwood, widow of Sergeant Robert Lockwood.  Jeffrey’s marriage contract (a colonial pre-nup) with Susannah pledges financial obligations to the children of Susannah & Robert Lockwood.  Susannah died in 1661 and Jeffrey married his 3rd wife Judith Feake Palmer.  Jeffrey died in Greenwich, CT May 31, 1666.
Jeffrey & Mary’s daughter, Mary Ferris (1640-1708) married Jonathan Lockwood (1634-1688), who was her step-brother and the son of Robert Lockwood & Susanna (Norman) Lockwood Ferris.  The date of their marraige is unknown, but was before Jeffrey’s death in 1666, as the marriage is referenced in his will.

Jeffrey Ferris (1610-1666) – Mary (Ferris) Lockwood (1640-1708) – 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)

Jeffrey Ferris (1610-1666) – Mary (Ferris) Lockwood (1640-1708) -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)

     18) Thomas Stevens (1623-1658) most probably arrived aboard the Abigail in 1635. 
       He appears to have come alone, although he would have only been 12 years old.  He may be the son of, or otherwise related, to John Stevens who received a house lot in Stamford in 1641, but so far I haven’t found any real evidence of a relationship.    
Th   Thomas married Ann (unknown) in Connecticut about 1642/3 and settled in Stamford having four sons and one daughter.  He died in 1658 while his children were still young.  His estate was inventoried in 1660, but it was not administered until 11 years later, most likely due to Ann’s 2nd marriage at the time to Francis Holmes.  The County Court at Fairfield, CT appointed “ye eldest son”, Obadiah Stevens, to administer the estate on 14 Mar 1671.  His son, Ephraim, died young and unmarried, thus his share was divided among the remaining siblings in 1677.  Records includes signatures of Obadiah Stevens and brother-in-law Obadiah Seely on behalf of Esther Stevens Seely. 
Son of Thomas and Ann, Obadiah Stevens (abt. 1646-1702) married Rebecca Rose (1657-1728), daughter of Robert & Rebecca (Sherwood) Rose.   Obadiah & Rose’s son, Thomas Stevens (1679 – 1774) married  Sarah (unknown).  We are related to two of their daughters, Rachel (Stevens) Lockwood & Lydia (Stevens) Dann.
Thomas & Ann’s daughter, Esther Stevens (abt. 1650-  1711)  married Obadiah Seeley Jr. (1646-1679/80) son of Obadiah & Mary (Angell) Miller Seeley.  Their son, Obadiah Seeley III (1670-1711) married Susannah Finch (1671-1745).
Thomas Stevens (1623-1658) –Obadiah Stevens (1644-1702) – Thomas Stevens (1679-1774)- Lydia (Stevens) Dann (1723-1771)- Nathan Dann (1749-1805) – Betsey (Dann) Slauson (1777-1857) – 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 Stevens (1623-1658) –Obadiah Stevens (1644-1702) – Thomas Stevens (1679-1774)- Rachel (Stevens) Lockwood (1718-1747) – 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)

Thomas Stevens (1623-1658) –Obadiah Stevens (1644-1702) – Thomas Stevens (1679-1774)- Rachel (Stevens) Lockwood (1718-1747) – 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)

Thomas Stevens (1623-1658) -Esther (Stevens) Seeley (1648-1711) – Obadiah Seeley (1670-1745)- 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)