When I started researching the family tree, I was under the impression that most of my family came over in the 1800s. This was because of the stories that were being told to me growing up. The problem was my parents didn’t have any information past their great grandparents. Imagine my surprise when I was able to trace a branch of the tree back to the Pilgrims. Without further ado, here is our line:
William Brewster (1568-1644) born in Scrooby, Nottinghamshire, England. He married Mary whose last name is unknown (circa 1569-1627). Also born in England. They came over on the Mayflower in 1620. William was the spiritual elder of Plymouth Colony. Mary is credited as one of the women that prepared the food for the first Thanksgiving.
Their daughter Patience Brewster (circa 1600-1634) born in England and came over on the Ship Anne in 1623. Married Thomas Prence (circa 1601-1673) who was born in Gloucestershire, England. Thomas was the 4th Governor of Plymouth Colony. Patience died in Plymouth, MA of pestilence fever which is thought to be from a small pox outbreak.
Their daughter Hannah Prence, (before 1634-1698) married Captain Jonathon Sparrow (1633-1706) They lived in Eastham, MA.
Their son Richard Sparrow (1675-1728) married Mercy Cobb (1685-1724). They lived in Eastham, MA.
Their daughter Mary Sparrow (1718-1785) married Isaac Smith (1716-1802). They moved to Chatham, CT.
Their daughter Azubah Smith (1738-1809) married John Hinckley (1729-1811). They lived in Chatham, CT.
Their son Walter Hinckley (1775-1838) married Mercy Gibson (1772-1827). They moved to Arcade, NY. Walter was a Deacon in the Congregational Church.
Their son Roger Gibson Hinckley (1805-1881) married Jane Johnson (1810-1848). Roger was born in NY and Jane was born in Barre, MA. They married in NY and moved to Racine, WI where Jane drowned after jumping from a steamship in Lake Michigan. Roger then moved by wagon train during the gold rush to Soquel, CA where he was a Millwright. There is a creek named after him.
Their daughter Ann Jeanette Hinckley (1836-1920) married John Lafayette Shelby (1828-1910). Ann Jeanette was born in NY and John Lafayette born in Tennessee and raised in Kentucky. He was from the prominent Shelby family in the south. Both moved to Soquel, CA where they met. They divorced in 1875. Ann Jeanette was a seamstress and John was business partners with Ann’s father, Roger. All three are buried in a family plot in Soquel.
Their daughter Ida Shelby (1859-1879) married John Day Bostwick (1851-1921). John Day was born in NY but moved with an uncle to California where they became butchers. Ida died of puerperal fever shortly after the birth of their second child who also did not live. This is as far back as the oral history went in the family as my grandmother knew her grandfather John.
Their son Charles Jabez Bostwick (1878-1957) married Alpha Wilkens (1880-1929). Charles ran away from home as a teenager and moved to Chicago, IL where he met Alpha. Alpha was born in Burlington, IA and moved to Chicago as a child. She died of pneumonia and Charles eventually moved to Inglewood, CA in the 1940’s near some of his daughters. He had many different jobs including: milkman, chauffeur and airplane mechanic.
Their daughter Florence Irene Bostwick (1902-1996) married Henry Mangen (1900-1947). They lived in Chicago and a few years after Henry died, Florence moved to Tucson, AZ near her oldest daughter.
Their daughter Florence Irene Mangen (1921-2016) married Harry J Rice Jr (1921-2001). Florence was born in Chicago, IL and Harry in Fond du Lac, WI. They married in Chicago and moved to Tucson, AZ.
Those are my parents and the direct line of descendants from William and Mary Brewster to my mom are in blue. I am part of the 14th generation that have been in America.