Saturday, July 4, 2015

Celebrating Independence Day!

In honor of Independence Day, I'd like to honor my ancestors who supported the Revolution. Some supported independence by signing anti-British documents or serving in early government positions, others provided supplies, and others actually fought in battles. The following names have been primarily identified from the rolls of the DAR. I need to do a lot more research on most of these men but if you have the names and vital dates for your ancestors who were born between 1700-1763, the DAR database is a good place to start your search.

Edward Abbott (1730-1801) - 5th great-grandfather - Signed the Association Test in New Hampshire. This document was written in April before the Declaration of Independence. It called for the signatures of every adult male willing to take up arms against the British AND lists the names of those who refused to sign. 

George Abbott (abt 1708-1785) - 6th great-grandfather - Signed the NH Association Test.

Jonathan Abbott (1740-1821) - served as a Sergeant in Capt. Henry Abbott's militia and responded to the Lexington Alarm.

Samuel Ackley (1763-1861) - 5th great-grandfather - private in Capt. Jackson's Company, Col. Crane's Regt.

Asa Barrows (1751-1830) - 5th great-grandfather - private in multiple companies: Capt. Shaw, Capt. Benson, Capt. Hammond.

Benjamin Blake (1731-1824) - 6th great-grandfather - private in Capt. Joseph Chandler's Company, Col. Wyman's Regt. He also paid a labor tax to support the war.

David Blake (1762-1843) - 5th great-grandfather - private in Col. Richardson's Company

Eleazer Cole (1747-1833) - 6th great-grandfather - private in Capt. Josiah Hayden's Company, Col. John Bailey's Regt. Massachusetts Line.

Samuel Connor (1704-1778) - 7th great-grandfather - signed the NH Association Test

William Cotton (1751-1814) - 6th great-grandfather - private in Capt. Edward Everett's Company, Col. Timothy Bedel's Regt.

Samuel Dennen/Denning (1733-1798) - 6th great-grandfather - served as a seaman and was taken prisoner.

John Dunham (1726-1814) - 6th great-grandfather - private in Capt. Shaw's Company, Col. Warren's Regt. - responded to the Lexington alarm. Also served under Capts. Curtis and Sampson, Cols. Jacobs and Cotton.

Gibbins Edgecomb (1743-1817) - 6th great-grandfather - private in Capt. Crocker's Company, Col. Mitchell's Regt.

Dr. James Freeland (1743-1796) - 5th great-grandfather - physician or surgeon

John Garland (1719-aft 1790) - 7th great-grandfather - signed the NH Association Test

Samuel Haskell (1749-1825) - 6th great-grandfather - served in as a private, later promoted to Sergeant in Capt. Joseph Elliott's Company, Col. Wm. Turner's Regt. and later in Capt. Hezekiah Whitney's Company, Col. Josiah Whitney's Regt.

Hezekiah Hayes (1719-1791) - 7th great-grandfather - signed the NH Association Test

Elisha Houghton (1746-1810) - 6th great-grandfather - minuteman in Capt. Benjamin Houghton's
Company, John Whitcomb's Regt.

Snow Keene (1734-aft 1811) - 6th great-grandfather - private in Capt. Turner's Company, Col. Thomas' Regt. and responded to the Lexington alarm. He later served under Capts. Chamberlain and Turner, Col. Brooks.

Moses Lyford (abt 1728-1788) - 7th great-grandfather - signed the NH Association Test

Oliver Smith Lyford (1753-1788) - 6th great-grandfather - private in Col. Stark's Regt.

Thomas Mellen (1713-1782) - 6th great-grandfather - served as a member of the Massachusetts First Provincial Congress in 1774 & 1775. They met after Parliament annulled the charter of Massachusetts and declared that representatives would no longer be elected; they would be appointed by the King. John Hancock was the president (governor) and the Provincial Congress collected taxes, bought supplies, and raised the militia. In 1775, the Provincial Congress sent delegate, Paul Revere, to the First Continental Congress with the message that they had set up an autonomous government, free of British influence.

Daniel Messer (1735-1815) - 6th great-grandfather - served as a private in 1775 and also provided civil service to the new government.

William Moody (1740-1828) - 6th great-grandfather - served as a private and later as Sergeant with Capt. Bradish, Capt. Pride, Col. Phinney.

Samuel Morgan (1748-aft 1796) - 5th great-grandfather - possible but initial documentation has not been updated since the early days of the DAR and he must be treated as a new ancestor for future applicants.

Reuben Packard (1737-1820) 6th great-grandfather - served as a Sergeant in Capt. Josiah Hayden's Company, Col. Bailey's militia. Marched to Lexington at the news of the alarm. Served nearly 8 months total but in short responses as a Minuteman.

Dimon Perry (abt 1742-aft Jan 1819) - 6th great-grandfather - private in Capt. William Weston's Company. 

Elisha Prescott (1754-1813) - 6th great-grandfather - This is another line that needs work as earlier documentation shows a problem in some areas. However other parts of the application are correct. The problem seems to be with a second wife and not the wife I have in my database. He served as an ensign under Capt. William Harper, Col. Wyman's Regt; also, served as a Sergeant in Capt. Cutting Cilley's Company; and a private in Capt. Winthrop Rowe's Company, Col. Poor's Regt. 

Jeremiah Prescott (1718-1780) - 7th great-grandfather - signed the NH Association Test

Lazarus Rand (1755-1816) - 5th great-grandfather - private in Capt. Abraham Tyler's Company, Col. Edmund Phinney's Regt. and Capt. Alexander McLellan's Company, Col. Jonathan Mitchell's Regt. 

John Safford (1709-1782) - 7th great-grandfather - responded to the Lexington alarm, served with Capt. Whitney, and Capt. Dodge.

Patten Simpson (1737-1807) - 7th great-grandfather - private under Col. Stark

Dominicus Smith (? -1821) - 5th great-grandfather - I have his pension but he is not in the DAR database. He served as a private in Capt. Noble's Company, Col. Patten's Regt. Massachusetts Line. 

Enoch Spurr (1761-1843) - 4th great-grandfather - served as a Quartermaster Sergeant. A quartermaster would supervise, store, and distribute supplies and provisions. From the Quartermaster Creed: "...My forges burned at Valley Forge. Down frozen, rutted roads my oxen hauled the meager foods a bankrupt Congress sent me...Scant rations for the cold and starving troops, gunpowder, salt, and lead..." 

Joseph Spurr (1731-1805) - 5th great-grandfather - served as a matross. A matross was someone who assisted the gunners in loading, firing, and sponging guns. They were armed and guarded the store-wagons that transported the gunpowder and ammunition. 

Aaron Stevens (1710-1796) - 6th great-grandfather - signed the NH Asssociation Test

Dr. Joseph Wight, Sr. (1729-1804) - 5th great-grandfather - served as a ship's surgeon

Here are a few links to the stories of my direct ancestors who fought in the Revolution. I definitely have a lot more research to do based on the long list above.

Samuel Ackley

Asa Barrows - From Bill West at West in New England

Dr. James Freeland

Elisha Houghton

Dominicus Smith 

Enoch Spurr

Ancestors of Thomas Richard Carter (1914-2005): Edward Abbott, George Abbott, Samuel Ackley, Dr. James Freeland, Thomas Mellen, William Moody, Enoch Spurr, Joseph Spurr, Aaron Stevens, Joseph Wight

Ancestors of Fern Lyndell Cotton (1922-2002): Jonathan Abbott, Asa Barrows, William Cotton, John Dunham, Gibbins Edgecomb, Samuel Haskell, Elisha Houghton, Snow Keene, Moses Lyford, Oliver Smith Lyford, Reuben Packard, Elisha Prescott, Jeremiah Prescott, Lazarus Rand, John Safford, Patten Simpson

Ancestors of Clayton Leonard Blake (1904-1979): Benjamin Blake, David Blake, Samuel Connor, Daniel Messer

Ancestors of Linona Alice Yates (1920-present): Eleazer Cole, Samuel Dennen/DenningJohn Garland, Hezekiah Hayes, Samuel Morgan, Diman Perry, Dominicus Smith

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Golgotha Memorial - First Settlers of Amesbury

In 1903, the Amesbury Improvement Association placed a marker at the site of the first settlers' burial ground and called the site Golgotha. The memorial plaque lists eighteen first settlers, although not all were buried on this site. I recently visited the site to see it for myself. It's hard to imagine all the wilderness that existed in the 17th century where there are now so many buildings and so much traffic. I tried to get some photos that cropped out the modern elements.

Golgotha (in Aramaic) or Calvary (in Latin) refers to the hill resembling a skull cap just outside the old gate of Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified, buried in a tomb and rose in the Resurrection.  The dictionary definition includes "place of great suffering" or "place of burial."

My ancestors are John Bailey, John Hoyt, Henry Blaisdell, and Jarret Haddon.

John Bailey, Rebecca Bailey, Ruth Brown, Isaac Rogers, Rebecca Rogers, Stephen Blaisdell, Jr., Susannah Blaisdell, Stephen Rowe, Charles H. N. Rowe, Anna J. Rowe, Eva Hayes, Linona Alice Yates - my grandmother

Jarret Haddon, Mary Haddon m. Henry Blaisdell, Henry Blaisdell, Jr. John Blaisdell, Stephen Blaisdell, Stephen Blaisdell, Jr. - see above for the rest of the line.

John Hoyt, Thomas Hoyt, Israel Hoyt, Dorothy Hoyt, Alice Babb, Lydia Waterhouse, Alice Garland, Richard Hayes, Sydney Hayes, George Hayes, Eva Hayes, Linona Alice Yates - my grandmother

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Carter Homestead - 52 Ancestors #25 Dr. Timothy Carter

The Carter Family Farm/Middle Intervale Farm
In 1799, Dr. Timothy Carter and his wife, Frances (Freeland), made the trek from Massachusetts to Maine. They settled in Bethel in an area, along the Androscoggin River, known as Middle Intervale. There they built "The Brick End House" and a farm on land that later encompassed a meetinghouse across the road and another house on the other side of the barnyard. These four buildings are my family homestead. All but the meetinghouse have been in my family for seven generations. My cousin John lives in the Brick End House now and his father, my Uncle Timmy, lives in the other house. In the late 1970s, the meetinghouse was turned over to the local historical society and was renovated, in keeping with the period. 
Aunt Becky & friend in front of the Brick End House
Notice the long shed that at one time connected a stable
and then connected to the barn. 
View of the barn and the other house - taken
from the pasture and cornfield across the road

The old barn and stable
When I was very young, my parents and I lived in the house with the green roof and my grandparents lived in the Brick End House. Later we moved away from the farm and my grandparents moved into the house on the left and my uncle and his family lived in the Brick End House. Still, this place has always felt the most like home.
                                   The Middle Intervale Meetinghouse
The meetinghouse and cemetery
Meetinghouse sign

The meetinghouse from the front
I have many relatives buried in the cemetery

The Brick End House

Not sure of the date on this picture 
Sometime in the 1970s

Me in front of the Brick End House
The massive stand of lilac bushes, roof of my
grandparents' house & view of the Brick End House
My Grandparents' House

My grandparents' house
approaching on the road

Closer and in summer

I always loved these beautiful
doors - Back: Me & my sister, Lorna
Front: Cousins Becky & John 
The old stone steps - notice that the height varied
from step to step

  Other pictures around the farm

Back of the barn
Me and my cousin, Nancy
on Patches
Grammie's Flowers

The Sand Pasture
The Brook
Seated: Gus Carter holding his daughter, Ann, Fanny (Capen) Carter holding Teddy (son of Gus & Dora, Dick Carter holding sons, Timmy and Tommy
Standing: Stanley Carter, Becky Carter, Paul Carter, Frances Carter, Dora (wife of Gus), Lyndell (wife of Dick)

Fanny (Capen) Carter was the mother of Gus, Rebecca, Dick, Stanley, and Paul. Frances Carter was her sister-in-law who never married. Fanny's husband, Edward, was killed in 1922. She raised her children on the farm. 

Dr. Timothy & Frances (Freeland) Carter
Elias Mellen & Rebecca (Williamson) Carter
Augustus Mellen & Mary Frances (Stanley) Carter
Edward Mellen & Fanny (Capen) Carter
T. Richard "Dick" & Fern Lyndell (Cotton) Carter
Timothy & Jodi (Reue) Carter
John Richard Carter - current owner/operator of the farm

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Escaping Persecution

This is the family history of another one of my students. During his family history project, he explored the stories that he had heard. However, like many of us when we are children, we only half-listen and don't process the full significance of the word or appreciate the historical significance of our family's past. This was a chance to really listen and document the stories. 

J. is the grandson of a noted psychiatrist, author, and professor at Columbia University. However, both his grandfather and his grandmother came from families who fled Eastern Europe to escape persecution. J's 2X great-grandfather fled Ukraine. The family settled in New York City. J.'s great-grandparents were Benjamin William & (Anita Rosenbloom) Glick. Their parents were Abraham & Rae (___) Glick and Joseph & Ida (___) Rosenbloom. 

From the interview with his grandfather:
In 1905, the Russo-Japanese war was going on, and Ukrainian Jews were being conscripted and dragged to fight in Japan, so there was a good chance my great-great grandparents (Abraham and Rae), residents of highly segregated Odessa, would die in combat. So, Abraham (a tobacco merchant), Rae, and their two daughters fled to New York. To sound less “Jewish,” they bought passports and became the Glicks, to sound more German. Allegedly, they were the “Tarnopolskys,” but there is no confirmation. Allegedly, a son stayed in Ukraine. Abraham opened up a candy store in New York, Rae was a seamstress for a living, and my great-grandfather, Benjamin William Glick, was born in 1907. They lived on the Lower East Side in Manhattan, in a very Jewish neighborhood. My great-grandfather was the first in the family to attend college, going to New York University and Columbia Medical School and becoming a doctor. There was fear among Jews on the Lower East Side. They feared of being rounded up or beaten up. One of my grandfather’s aunts married a Jew who carried a gun out of paranoia. When the family lived in Hell’s Kitchen, he wanted to defend them, in case any cops gave them a hard time. There were many limits that Jews had in society, before the First World War. There were limits on joining clubs, attending colleges, and even what buildings they could live in. There was a question about whether or not Benjamin William would be accepted into med school.

J.'s grandmother is the daughter of Kurt & Ursula (Dzialowsky) Bachrach. Their parents were Jacob & Jenny (Wolff) Bachrach and Jacob & Anna (___) Dzialowsky. 
"Auschwitz I Entrance". Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

From the interview with his grandmother: 
Her father's father [Jacob Bachrach] was a cantor in a synagogue. He died in a hospital from diabetes-related complications, being taken care of by Catholic nuns. His wife [Jenny (Wolff) Bachrach] was rounded up and killed in Auschwitz. Her father, Kurt Jakob Bachrach, was notified many years later that her name was on the list of Auschwitz victims. Before the Holocaust, they lived a very integrated life in their community in Germany. Before leaving the country, according to my grandmother, Kurt was arrested and questioned many times. He was always able to find his way out with his charm. He was the editor of a Jewish newspaper.  He was a witness to Kristallnacht when Nazis were smashing Jewish storefronts and other belongings owned by Berlinese Jews. He took this as a warning sign to flee. Kurt had gotten married in Germany to Ursula before moving to New York. Her parents were still in Germany when Kurt moved in 1938. Kurt came over because he knew someone who could give him a voucher. Eventually, he was able to send for his wife and her parents. Her parents were able to successfully escape an increasingly anti-semitic 1939 Berlin and flee the country on a ship leaving from Hamburg. Once settled in New York, Kurt sold newspapers at Times Square Station and sold Fuller Brush products in Harlem. Kurt eventually began to work for the Anti-Defamation League. They had him change his name because his name was German, and there was an anti-German sentiment in the United States. He was known in the professional world as “Jack Baker.”

J. asked where he might find a record of his 2X great-grandmother's death in Auschwitz. I suggested that he start with Yad Vashem and this is what he found.
Link to document

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Laying Down The Law - 52 Ancestors #24

In the early 17th century, the areas of southern Maine and New Hampshire had been granted to John Mason and Ferdinando Gorges, respectively. Massachusetts Bay authorities also laid claim to part of the area, but the settlements had no representation in the General Court and were generally left to their own devices without much formal governance. Brian Pendleton moved into this environment when he settled at Strawberry Bank in 1651. Shortly after he settled in, he presented a petition requesting that the town be put under the jurisdiction of the Massachusetts Bay officials and that they set up courts to meet twice a year to deal with "abuses."

"We may have here & at Dover two Courts every yeare with two magistrates and their assistants, whereof this Barer Mr. Bryan Pendleton to bee one of the Assistants Chosen for this place; And whereas by reason of divers shipping & others coming into this harbour, as likewise some of our owne Inhabitants, several abuses are committed & noe Magistrate neere at hand to administer justice uppon the parteys soe offending, that before justice can be done many depart hence without punishment, & others suffer rather that seek so farre for justice, Humbly praye that Mr. Pendleton may have more than ordinary power what other assistants have for the rectifying & punishing such abuses to be Committed." 

The wording suggests that Brian Pendleton would be the law in the area. The Court granted the request and Pendleton became an Associate Justice in 1651 and was re-appointed in 1652.

In 1652, Pendleton and others again successfully petitioned the Court and changed the name from Strawberry Bank to Portsmouth.

Brian Pendleton - 11th great-grandfather
Mary Pendleton
Pendleton Fletcher
Pendleton Fletcher, Jr.
Sarah Fletcher
Gibbins Edgecomb
Thomas Edgecomb
Mary Edgecomb
Benjamin Perley Philbrick
Lizzie Philbrick
Ray Everett Cotton
Fern Lyndell Cotton - my grandmother

Brian Pendleton and His Descendants, 1599-1910, With Some Account of the Pembleton Families of Orange County, N.Y., Ostego County N.Y., and Luzerne County, Pa., and Notices of Other Pendletons of Later Origin in the United States, Everett Hall Pendleton, compiler; accessed on 

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Finding A Lost Family History

Each year my U.S. History students have the option of researching their family history as their 4th Quarter project. Part of the project is to write a reflection or summary of the findings. This comes from a student with a unique situation. As an emancipated minor with no living relatives other than his estranged mother, I admit that I wasn't sure how much we could fill in the blanks. We started with just his father's name and date of death.

Family History Conclusions:
I have learned a lot from this project. Originally, I thought I was going to do the Individual in History project because I didn't even have my grandparents' names. However, using your knowledge and the power of the internet, something was unlocked that I thought would stay locked forever. It's like the commercial, except it was real.

All of the sudden, I was pulled into my family history and with every name, every place, photo, address, story, I got more and more interested until I was doing more of the Family History project than the Individual in History one. That's what was so cool. I was unlocking the past and it wasn't even required.

After leaving Windham this past summer, I felt disconnected. I had always felt this way. I never knew any relatives and never met anyone who knew any stories. After leaving the last real relative still around, I felt like I would never know who my family was. It didn't bother me much at first, but everyone should know a little of where they come from.

When this project started, it hit me again how little I knew and how sunken inside I felt. Now coming out the other side of the project, I feel so great. I learned so much that I thought would stay hidden from me forever. It has helped me accept how families can change and people can leave, die, or even become unreachable, but in the end, family is family. It is important to keep that in mind.

More about what we found

The Epitomy of Pedigree Collapse - 52 Ancestors #23

This week's 52 ancestors theme is weddings. No good wedding stories come to mind so I thought I would outline all the marriages that link me back to the immigrants, George & Hannah (Chandler) Abbott.

George & Hannah (Chandler) Abbott had thirteen children, including seven sons who lived to carry on the Abbott name. Add to the confusion with other immigrants with the Abbott surname and untangling the Abbotts is not an easy task. The descendants of George & Hannah also had a habit of marrying cousins so my lines are very interesting. Given the difficulties, I welcome any corrections that might send me off chasing more Abbotts. This is done to the best of my ability at this point in time. 
  1. John b. 2 March 1648 m. Sarah Barker
  2. Joseph b. 11 March 1649 - d. young
  3. Hannah b. 9 June 1650
  4. Joseph b. 30 March 1652 - d. young
  5. George b. 7 June 1655
  6. William b. 18 November 1657
  7. Sarah b. 14 November 1659 m. Ephraim Stevens
  8. Benjamin b. 20 December 1661 m. Sarah Farnum
  9. Timothy b. 17 November 1663
  10. Thomas b. 6 May 1666 m. Hannah Gray
  11. Edward b. abt 1668-1669 - d. young
  12. Nathaniel b. 4 July 1671
  13. Elizabeth b. 9 February 1673
Line #1
The longest line of descent from George and Hannah comes from my great-great-grandmother, Mary Jane Abbott who married Edward Abbott Capen. Edward's mother was Sarah (Abbott) Capen, another descendant of George & Hannah. They were first cousins. Mary Jane was born in 1847 and died in 1940. 

Mary Jane's parents were John & Sarah (Ackley) Abbott. John was born on April 27, 1819 and died in 1902. He married Sarah on March 31, 1841. 

Generation 2. 
John's parents were both Abbotts! They were Aaron Jr. & Sarah (Abbott) Abbott. Aaron was born on April 11, 1778 and died on September 8, 1856. Sarah was born on June 26, 1780 and died on October 23, 1853. They were married on January 1, 1800.  They were second cousins. 

Generation 3. 
Aaron Jr.'s parents were both Abbotts again! They were Aaron Sr. and Lydia (Abbott) Abbott. Aaron was born on February 17, 1732 and died on December 31, 1812. Lydia was born on June 15, 1737 and died on December 15, 1811. I have not found a marriage record for Aaron and Lydia so all I know is that they were married before 1778. They were first cousins. 

Sarah's parents were Stephen & Mary (Gile) Abbott. Stephen was born on October 28, 1746 and died on May 12, 1811. Mary was born March 24, 1754 and died in 1823. They were married about 1778. 

Aaron Sr.'s parents were Thomas & Elizabeth (Ballard) Abbott. Thomas was born January 3, 1699 and died July 11, 1774. Elizabeth was born in 1700 and died July 31, 1782. They were married in 1725. 

Lydia's parents were Edward & Dorcas (Chandler) Abbott. Edward was born June 9, 1702 and died April 14, 1759. Dorcas was born in 1705 and died May 16, 1748. They were married July 15, 1728. 

Stephen's parents were (you guessed it) both Abbotts. They were George and Sarah (Abbott) Abbott. George was born November 7, 1706 and died October 6, 1785. Sarah was born on October 8, 1711 and died June 14, 1769. They were married on February 1, 1737. They were first cousins, once removed. 

Generation 5.
Thomas's parents were Thomas & Hannah (Gray) Abbott. Thomas was born May 6, 1666 and died April 28, 1728. Hannah was born November 30, 1674 and died in 1763. They were married December 7, 1697. Thomas was the son of George & Hannah (Chandler) Abbott. 

Edward's parents were also Thomas & Hannah (Gray) Abbott.

George's parents were also Thomas & Hannah (Gray) Abbott

Sarah's parents were Stephen & Sarah (Stevens) Abbott. Stephen was born March 16, 1678 and died May 27, 1766. Sarah was born about 1690 and died in January 1751. They were married around 1708. They were first cousins. Sarah Stevens' parents were Ephraim & Sarah (Abbott) Stevens. 

Generation 6. 
Stephen's parents were John & Sarah (Barker) Abbott. John was born March 2, 1648 and died March 19, 1721. Sarah was born about 1647 and died February 10, 1729. They were married November 17, 1673. John was the son of George & Hannah (Chandler) Abbott. 

Line #2
Zerviah Abbott married John Ellingwood. She was born March 19, 1768 and died October 18, 1847. They married on December 29, 1789. Zerviah's parents were both Abbotts! Jonathan (3) & Mehitable (Abbott) Abbott. They were third cousins. 

Generation 2.
Jonathan's parents were Jonathan Jr. & Martha (Lovejoy) Abbott. Jonathan was born December 14, 1714 and died May 21, 1794. Martha was born in 1720. They married in 1739. 

Mehitable's parents were Ephraim & Hannah (Phelps) Abbott. Ephraim was born in March 1710 and died April 25, 1745. Hannah was born about 1715. They married in 1734. 

Generation 3.
Jonathan Jr.'s parents were Jonathan Sr. & Zerviah (Holt) Abbott. Jonathan was born in 1687 and died March 21, 1770. Zerviah was born March 24, 1689 and died March 26, 1768. They were married on May 6, 1713. 

Ephraim's parents were Stephen & Sarah (Stevens) Abbott. Ephraim was a brother to Sarah (Abbott) Abbott, wife of George Abbott. This line goes back to George & Hannah (Chandler) Abbott as outlined above. 

Generation 4.
Jonathan Sr.'s parents were Benjamin & Sarah (Farnum) Abbott. Benjamin was the son of George & Hannah (Chandler) Abbott. 

Line #3
Mary Abbott was born in 1761 and died in 1843. She married Thomas Capen. He was born April 19, 1762 and died at sea in 1808. 

Generation 2.
Mary's parents were Edward & Deborah (Stevens) Abbott. Edward was born December 27, 1730 and died September 15, 1801.

Generation 3.
Edward's parents were Edward & Dorcas (Chandler) Abbott. Edward was the brother of Lydia (Abbott) Abbott, wife of Aaron Abbott, Sr. This line goes back to George & Hannah (Chandler) Abbott as outlined above.

Lydia (Abbott) Abbott - Aaron Abbott, Jr. - Sarah K. Abbott - see below.

Sarah (Abbott) Stevens - Sarah (Stevens) Abbott - Sarah (Abbott) Abbott - Stephen Abbott - Sarah (Abbott) Abbott - Sarah K. (Abbott) Capen - Edward Abbott Capen, husband of Mary Jane (Abbott) Capen

Mary (Abbott) Capen - Deborah (Capen) Ackley - Sarah (Ackley) Abbott, Mary Jane (Abbott) Capen - Fannie (Capen) Carter - T. Richard Carter - my grandfather

Mehitable (Abbott) Abbott - Zerviah (Abbott) Ellingwood - John Ellingwood, Jr. - Asa Freeman Ellingwood - Nina K. (Ellingwood) Gibbs - Annie (Gibbs) Cotton - F. Lyndell Cotton - my grandmother