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)



King Henry VIII separated the Church of England from the Catholic Church in 1533 and decreed marriage between first cousins legal, leading to perhaps the most complex family tree ever! 

Technically, William Shakespeare has no direct descendants.   However his mother is our 13th great grand aunt, sister to our 13th great grandmother.  Thus his maternal grandparents (Robert & Mary Webb Arden) are our 14th great grandparents.  On his father’s side his, John Alexander Webb is his Great Grandfather and also our 15th Great Grandfather.   Richard Webb came to America in about 1629.  He is Beatrice Scofield Syska’s 9th Great Grandfather and William Shakespeare’s 2nd Cousin.


The Arden Family takes its name from the Forest of Arden in Warwickshire and can trace it’s male lineage back to the Anglo Saxon time period prior to the 11th century Norman Invasion.

Ralph De Arden (1373-1421)  m.  Sibell DeBelgrave –  18th GRGR

Robert De Arden (1413-1451) m. Elizabeth Clodshale – 17th GRGR
Walter De Arden (1441-1502) m. Eleanor Hampden   –  16th GRGR
Thomas Arden (1469-1546)  m. unknown – 15th GRGR
Robert Arden (1506-1556) m. Mary Webb  and  Grace Arden (1514-  ) m. Henry Webb  – both are my 14th GRGR
Mary Arden (1537 –  )  m. John Shakespeare   (Mary is my 13th great grand aunt)
Margaret Arden (1538-1608) m.   Alexander Webb.  – 13th GRGR

Castle Bromwich Hall
John Arden (  -1526), apparently inherited the Arden family’s primary estate at Park Hall, Castle Bromwich.   John Arden had fallen in love with Alice Bracebridge (a distant cousin), but his father,  Sir Walter  disapproved.  John was kidnapped & taken to bracebridge Hall.  Arbitrators appointed by King Edward IV, at the request of Sir Walter, permitted the marriage but ordered Richard Bracebridge to give Sir Walter his best horse for trespassing during the Kidnapping.  In 1502 John Arden inherited Park Hall in Castle Bromwich, while his younger brother, Thomas (1469-1546) settled at Wilmcote near Stratford upon Avon.



Sir John Alexander Webb (1484-1516)  – 15th GRGR

Henry Alexander Webb (1510-1544) m. Grace Arden and Mary Webb (1512-1550) m. Robert Arden   –  14th GRGR
Sir Alexander Webb Sr. (1534-1573) m. Margaret Arden  – 13th GRGR
Sir Alexander Webb Jr. (1559-1629) m. Mary Wilson  – 12th GRGR
Richard Webb (1594-1676) m. Grace Wilson  – 11th GRGR

Sir John Alexander Webb (1484-1516) – 15th GRGR,  an officer in King Henry VIII’s army, had four children by an unknown wife,  including Mary, Abigail, Sir Henry Alexander Webb and Margaret.  Our family is related to Mary and Henry.

  • Mary Webb (1512-1550)  married Robert Arden (1506-1556) and had 2 daughters.
    • Mary Arden Shakespeare (1537-) who married John Shakespeare and gave birth to William . – see below
    • Margaret Arden Webb (1538-1608 ) who married Sir Alexander Webb Sr. and whose descendants emigrated to America  – see below
Mary Arden Home
  • Abigail Webb Shakespeare (1515-  ) married  her first cousin, Richard Shakespeare in 1532 and had 2 sons- John and Henry.
    • John Shakespeare also married his first cousin Mary Arden (1537 –  ), daughter of Robert Arden & Mary Webb (Abigail’s sister), in 1557.  They had eight children including William Shakespeare. 
  • Sir Henry Alexander Webb (1510-1544):    Presumably named after King Henry, he was an usher in the Privy Council of Queen Regent Catherine Parr (King Henry’s 6th wife), who granted him lands and privileges for his service. Henry married Grace Arden (1514- )  (daughter of Thomas Arden) and had three children:  Alexander, Agnes and Robert.  
    • Sir Alexander Webb Sr. (1534-1573) also married his first cousin, Margaret Arden (1538-1608)  who was the daughter of Robert Arden.
      • Sir Alexander Webb Jr. (1559-1629) married Mary Wilson (1561-1629) emigrated to America abt 1629  with their family including Richard Webb (1594-1676) (my 11th gr gr)





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)

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-)

Schofield/Scholefield Hall

Schofield/Scholefield Hall

Scof -Eng
Site of Scholfield Hall – Hollingsworth Lake, Rochdale

On a picturesque grassy knoll, overlooking Hollingworth Lake in Lancashire England, sits the remains of Schofield Hall and over 400 years of family history. The Hall was the home of the Schofields, whose ancestry can be traced back to the reign of Edward I. 

The most ostentatious member of the family was, ofcourse, Cuthbert Schofield (my 10th Great Grandfather) who died in 1605 of indeterminate age, and who was buried at Rochdale, but not before wreaking havoc! Cuthbert gained favor when he was knighted by Elizabeth in 1588 for his service against the Spanish Armada.  However, this quarrelsome gentleman appeared at the Duchy Court more frequently than any other inhabitant of the parish.

At the Bishop’s Court, Chester, in 1561 he sued his wife Ann for divorce -see prior blog for details of this sordid affair.  Then in 1565, in another outlandish episode, Cuthbert Schofield and his followers, besieged the Milnrow Chapel of St. James the Apostle in Bridge Street.  Cuthbert and Sir John Byron were engaged in a dispute over the ownership “Goseholme,” the land upon which the Chapel was built. That fiasco ended up with Cuthbert back in court resulting in access to the Chapel being restored to the people of Milnrow.

Nonetheless, Cuthbert’s care of the Scholfield Hall and it’s estates which included the Round House (farmhouse), Booth Hollins and the Holt, was above reproach.  When Cuthbert died, in 1605, the estate passed to his nephew, Gerard Schofield.  Yet another court battle ensued when Cuthbert’s illegitimate son, Alexander, sued for ownership of the Hall.  Alexander lost his case and Gerard Scofield’s family retained ownership 

Schofield Hall in 1829
Schofield Hall in 1829
Photograph: Iain Spencer Gerrard

According to church records, by 1626, “Mr. Gerrarde Scolfelde” held the family estates of Scholefield Hall, The Round House, The Holt, and Booth Hollins. He died at The Holt on 01 October 1638 passing Scholefield Hall on to his 18 year old son and heir James Schofield. James was the last Schofield to inhabit the Hall.   By 1673, James Scholefield, impoverished, due to his support for the King during the English Civil War, sold Scholefield Hall to his son-in-law Seth Clayton, Esq. The Claytons lived in the Hall until they sold it in 1770 to Robert Entwisle.

In his “History of the Parish of Rochdale” Henry Fishwick states that in 1889 Schofield Hall was still owned by descendants of the wealthy Entwisle family. By this time the Hall was in a ruinous state, but still habitable. At the turn of the century, Schofield Hall was converted into cottages. One former tenant told how she used to go to bed with an umbrella and awoke one morning to discover snow drifting onto her bed! The Hall became uninhabitable, the roof, it was said, leaked like a colander, but the farmer at Rakewood Farm stored farm machinery there, until about 1925, when, a substantial part of the building collapsed.  In 1939 the two-storeyed porch which formed a prominent feature at the front of Schofield Hall was still standing.

In the 1800’s the Rochdale Canal Company published plans to submerge the Schofield Hall Estates under two reservoirs. Initial plans were abandoned in favor of one large lake, as it exists, today. Water is carried by drain to Summit with the aid of a steam-driven pumping engine, which raised water from Hollingworth Lake up to the level of the drain.


Family of Sophia (Bolton) Cox (1846-1934)

Family of Sophia (Bolton) Cox (1846-1934)

Sophia Bolton was born in 1846 in Market Harborough, England, the daughter of James Bolton  (1812-1886 ) and Elizabeth (Charlton) Bolton (1812-1891) – my 3rd great grandparents.

James and Elizabeth were married on March 13, 1834 in Great Bowden, Leceistershire.  They raised their family and lived most of their adult lives on Middle Green in Market Harborough, Great Bowden, while James worked as an agricultural Laborer (ag lab) and a Shepherd.    Their 10 children, born from 1836 to 1857, were named, in order:  James, Emma, Thomas, Eliza, Sophia, Alice, Alfred, Stephen, Mary and Fredrick.

The first English Census that captured the personal information of families was in 1841.  Earlier censuses in England were limited to head counts for taxation purposes.  The 1841 census listed everyone in the household, but did not indicate their relationship to the head of house.  That census included a teenager, Anne Bolton, residing with the Bolton family.  She was, most likely, a relative of James living with them temporarily, perhaps as a mother’s helper or servant which was common at the time.  She was too old to be their daughter and there is no record of James and Elizabeth having a daughter named Anne.

Ten years later, in 1851, the Boltons remained at Middle Green, but Sophia was no longer residing with her parents.  At 15 years old, she was living and working as a house maid for a Widow, Mary Rowlatt in Great Bowden.  Sophia probably continued to work as a maid until her marriage to John Cox in 1869.  James Bolton passed away in 1886, while his wife, Elizabeth died 5 years later in 1891.

I have not been able to identify Elizabeth (Charlton) Bolton’s parents.

James Bolton was the son of George Bolton (1781-1856) and Mary Martin (1786-1865).  George and Mary were wed on Nov. 2, 1802 and had 8 children.  James was 4th oldest, born in 1812.  The other children, in order of their ages, were: Hannah, Elizabeth, Amy,  James, Edward, Anne, Thomas, Mary and Sarah.  

The 1841 Census shows George and Mary Bolton residing in Bowden Magna, Leicestershire with five of their children Elizabeth (age 30), Edward (25), Anne, (20), Thomas(19) and Mary(15) while George and his son, Thomas, worked as agricultural Laborers.  Edward listed his occupation as a Gardener.  At the time, 1841, James had been married for seven years and was living with his family in Market Harborough.  His other siblings that were not included as living with George and Mary, were probably either married or working elsewhere.  The English Census rules required documentation only of those family members present in the home on the specific day of the census.  It was conducted on a Sunday night so it was presumed most family members would be home, but some were visiting elsewhere, in hospitals or even working as maids or servants which was very common at the time, particularly for teenage girls.

St. Peter & St. Paul Church, Great Bowden – built before 1220

George Bolton(1781-1856) was baptized on July 2, 1781, the son of William Bolton (abt.1738-1827) and Mary (Bailey) Bolton (1751-1822)  at St. Peter & St. Paul Parish Church (Anglican Church of England) in Great Bowden.  He had at least one brother, William Bolton (1776-1857) also baptized at this church.  Based on the age of his parents, it is likely there were other, older siblings.  


Note: George’s brother William  had 10 children.  A number of George’s and William’s children have the same name. Fortunately baptism records indicate the names of their parents for all of William’s children and most of George’s children.  It appears that after William’s first wife, Kezia, died prematurely he remarried and had another family.  William  also has a son named James but he was born in 1830, 28 years after Sophia’s father.

Possible, but unproven family connections

At this point the ancestory becomes murky.  The father of William Bolton (1738-1827) may be Richard Bolton (b. 1715), but I have been unable to confirm William’s date of birth, place of birth or parents. There was no requirement in England in prior to 1837, to register the birth of a child and, while baptisms did have be recorded, it was done by individual church’s without any uniform rules regarding what information was captured and how the records were maintained.  In the absence of any records, I don’t know where the assumption originated that Richard Bolton was the father of William Bolton (1738-1827), but I am unable to confirm it.

Richard Bolton was born Nov 3, 1715 and baptized on Nov. 13, 1715 at St. John The Baptist in Croydon, Surrey the son of John and Susan Bolton.   The name of Richard Bolton’s spouse as well as,the location and date of his death are unknown.  Richard Bolton is referred to, in other family trees and references, as a ‘squire’ although I have not found any record or basis for this.  A squire in the middle ages was the apprentice to a Knight, but in the 1700s the term squire was used to denote a “Lord of the Manor”, who may have owned much of the land in a village or area, or a gentleman with a coat of arms- perhaps the descendant of a Knight- or even a village leader or Justice of the Peace. 

It may be possible to continue to trace Richard Bolton’s family back further, However, I am uncertain he is William’s father, and thus our ancestor.  There are a few troubling inconsistencies discussed below.  

  • Richard was born in Surrey, an affluent village south of London, approximately 125 miles from where William, his supposed son, was born.  Richard could have moved from Surrey to Great Bowden, although that seems unlikely given that he appears to have been a land owner or related to land owners in Surrey.  Whereas, Great Bowden and the county of Leicestershire consisted mostly of working class families.   
    • One possibility is that Richard’s family went into debt as a result of supporting King Charles during the English Civil War from 1642-1660, forcing the family to sell their land and relocate. Though, to date, I  have not found evidence that Richard Bolton ever lived in or near Great Bowden.
  • England naming patterns of the time made it common to name the first and 2nd born sons after their grandfathers and the 3rd son after his father, etc.   It was not strictly adhered to and, given the lack of baptism records, there are certainly children I have not identified.  Yet, I have not found any children, grandchildren or great grandchildren of William Bolton (1737-1827) named Richard Bolton, which seems highly unlikely if Richard was indeed William’s father and George and William Jrs grandfather. 
Bolton Surname – comes from olde english – pre 7th century ‘bothl’ or ‘botl’– meaning dwelling house/hall with the olde englsih ‘tun’ meaning enclosure or settlement.  In England the original Bolton families were established in the Lancashire area, but over the centuries covered all of the country and parts of Wales.  Greatest populations remain in Lancashire and Yorkshire.

History of the Scofield Name

History of the Scofield Name

Our Scofield family heritage can be traced back 400 years in America to the birth of our country, and another 300 years in England to the middle ages in England.  

However, the Scofield name is most likely Nordic in origin from skali and feld – meaning “dweller by a field with a hut.”

Scofield Family Crest

Scofield/Schofield is a common surname, especially in Lancashire, England where today there are an estimated 8000 Scofield families.

The predominant theory is the Scofields came to England during the  migration following the Norman conquest of England in 1066.    After the Conquest,  Normans, Frenchmen and Bretons from other parts of France settled in England. Early records mention John de Scolefeld who was recorded in the year 1343 in Lancashire and Edward Scholfield recorded in 1343 in Wakefield, Yorkshire. William Scoffield of County Lancashire, was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377).

The Scofield name is thought to have originated in  Escoville, Normandya small village near Caen, France.  Several sources indicate the Schofield family was granted lands in Lancashire by Duke William of Normandy for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.  I haven’t found actual documentation, instead, it may be a logical assumption based on the origin of the name as well as records, beginning in 1300s, documenting the Scofield family of Kent as landholders in Lancashire

A similar theory is the Scofields descended from Sir Esbern de Cillesfelle, a Norman Knight who came to England with the invading armies of Duke William in 1066. Sir Esbern’s name appears in the “Domesday ” Book of Kent.  Yet, this reference lacks evidence that the Scofields descended from De Cillesfelle.  In fact, De Cillesfelle is translated in English to Chelsfield, “open field.”  Chesfield is an English Village aproximately 240 miles south of Rochdale, the home of the Scofield Hall.  It appears more likely that Sir Esbern de Cillesfelle established the village of Chelsfield, but is not an ancestor of the Scofield family.   

The Scofields indeed may have descended from the Normans who came to England in the 11th century gaining land and titles from the Duke of Normandy.  It is also possible that they simply took the name Scofield from their land, “Dweller by a field with a hut.”  The Norman invasion is said to have transformed England’s culture, language, politics and way of life.

If the Scofields did descend from the village of Escoville, Normandy France, what does that mean for our heritage, considering the Normans conquered northern France  about 100 years prior to the English, conquest….
Escoville is a tiny village in northern France with little documented history.  The nearby city of Caen, is actually known as “The City of William the Conquerer,” for the buildings erected during his reign, including  Château de Caen, one of the largest medieval fortresses, circa 1060, but also because William is buried in the city.  The first mentions of the name of Caen are found in acts of the dukes of Normandy inferring that the Normans may have built the city.  Certainly the Normans had great influence in the area, still there is no way to ascertain if a person emigrating from Escoville descended from French or Normans. In either case, the Normans, and Vikings before them, were, by nature, conquerers who migrated and assimilated with many cultures.

Spelling variations of the name include: Scofield, Skofield, Schofield, Scholefied, Schofelde, Scofielde, Scholefelde, Scholfield, Scofelte. Old and middle english did not have definitive spelling rules, thus it was not uncommon for one person to use different spellings within their lifetime.  In fact, our ancestor Richard Scofield is listed on the immigration ship to America in 1633 as “Richard Skofield,” but in American records he used “Scofield.”