Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Repost of more Swasey ancestors

I have so many other branches of my family to explore, looking for the earliest matriarchs that are listed in Ancestry on my trees. (repost from March 18, 2015 on "When I was 69.")

I continue to chase the ones from my father's mother's (5) Ada Swasey Rogers) family first.  Then there are my father's father's - oh my.  They go back a LOT further! (remembering my numerical system starts with my grandchildren as generation (1).

Yesterday I left the various branches of the Swasey's and Bowers, ending up with 9) Joseph Swasey who married 9) Mary Bowers. in 1744  Their son was 8) Jerathmel Bowers Swasey; b. 10 May 1752 in Somerset, Bristol, Massachusetts; d. 4 Feb 1826 in Somerset, Bristol, Massachusetts.

8) Jerathmel Swasey married 8) Sarah Hellon Swasey; b. 23 February 1757, D. 25 December 1836 in Somerset, Bristol County, Massachusetts.  I have no information on her parents.  Last year I posted information about 8) Jerathmel HERE.  (which includes several census records.)

There are no tree branches for the rest of the Swasey's wives until I get to my grandmother's own grandfather, 7) George T. Granger (1806 - ?).  His grandfather 9) Samuel Granger (1701-1739) married 9) Martha Marston (b, 23 Jan 1694 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts, d. 19 Mar 1753 in Andover, Essex, Massachusetts).  

Taking 9) Samuel Granger's line first, his father, 10) John Granger (1654-1723) has a birth listed, but no mother.  His father is quite possibly 11) Lancelott Granger who lived in Andover MA when his son was born, and nothing else is recorded about him that Ancestry has found (yet.)

But 10) John Granger's wife 10) Martha Poor Granger (1654-1723) has another long branch or two to follow.

Her father 11) Daniel Poor Jr. (1623-1689)  was a barber who has a biography including when he immigrated to the American colonies of Massachusetts from Marborough, England.  And 10) Martha Poor Granger's mother was 11) Mary Farnham Poor (1628-1713) who had been born in Rochester, England.

Her mother was 12) Alice Farnham Martin

Monday, May 22, 2017

From Exeter to New York and Jamaica

Yesterday I shared information about the Sylvesters of Shelter Island.

But to get back to my matriarchal pursuits...(though you know of course this is no longer women's history month..but I can celebrate women's history any day of the week!)

11) Gissell Brinley Sylvester's parents were (numerically going back in history) 12) Thomas Reeves Brinley, (born 1591 in Exeter, Devon, England died 15 Oct 1661 in Datchett, Buckinghamshire, England) and 12) Anna Wase (b. 1606 in Petworth, Sussex, England, d. 13 Jun 1687 in Datchet, Buckinghamshire, England).  

12) Thomas Reeves Brinley is well documented as the "Auditor General of the Revenues of King Charles I and II."  He left England during the English Civil War by Cromwell, and returned to his post for King Charles II but died a year later.

12) Anna Wase had 8 children, and also went with her husband when the revolution of Cromwell made Royalists unpopular, and lived into her 80s probably back in her home of Datchet.

Her parents were 13) William Wase (b. May 1580 in Petworth, Sussex, England, d. 19 September 1642 in Datchet, Buckinghamshire, England) and 13) Ann Cole (b. 1582 as recorded in St. Leonard, Heston, London, Middlesex, England, death unknown.)  Apparently she married 13) William Wase when she was 16 in Petworth, Sussex, England.  There is no other information on her at Ancestry at this time.  But she is one of  the earliest matriarchs that I'll be mentioning today.

12) Thomas Reeves Brinley's mother was 13) Joanne Reeves (his middle name from her) (b. 1567 in Exeter, Devon, England, Death in (?) Exeter, Devon, England.)
An illustration of Exeter in 1563, entitled Civitas Exoniae (vulgo Excester) urbs primaria in comitatu Devoniae

Exeter has a wonderful history, dating from Roman times and before...and I can't begin to explore all that is in this town.  The map above would have been how it looked during Joanne Reeves lifetime.   
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Exeter Cathedral, completed 1400
Looking back to the Sylvesters of Shelter Island, I just want to show their connection to my family.  Their daughter 10) Ann Sylvester married 10) Capt. Jonathan Bowers in 1695. 

Ancestry has lots of confusing listings for poor 10) Ann Sylvester Bowers, with different birth places, dates, different marriage places and dates, and different death places and dates.  Wherever she may be buried, may she rest in peace. 

Their daughter, 9) Mary Bowers married 9) Joseph Swasey, my grandmother's third great grandparents. (Grandmother was Ada Swasey Rogers.)

And as noted yesterday, Nathaniel "... Sylvester and his associates were part of the Triangle Trade between the American colonies (including the Caribbean), Africa and England. His descendants continued to use slaves on the plantation into the 19th century. An estimated 200 blacks are buried at the Negro Burying Ground on the North Peninsula.[4]

I am a descendent of slave owners, (the guilt is upon my grandfathers, not me) and it appears the Sylvesters also were involved with slave traders...which is what the Triangle Trade means.
  Wikepedia says:
"A classic example[of the Triangle Trade] is the colonial molasses trade. Sugar (often in its liquid form, molasses) from the Caribbean was traded to Europe or New England, where it was distilled into rum. The profits from the sale of sugar were used to purchase manufactured goods, which were then shipped to West Africa, where they were bartered for slaves. The slaves were then brought back to the Caribbean to be sold to sugar planters. The profits from the sale of the slaves were then used to buy more sugar, which was shipped to Europe, restarting the cycle. The trip itself took five to twelve weeks.

AND then the same article also says:
"Yet, the "triangle trade" as considered in relation to New England was a piecemeal operation. No New England traders are known to have completed a sequential circuit of the full triangle, which took a calendar year on average, according to historian Clifford Shipton.[7]  [7. Curtis, Wayne. And a Bottle of Rum. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2006–2007....there's no mention of Shipton in this footnote.]

So I'm not sure how involved in this trade triangle the Sylvesters were...but it's pretty likely that they did profit from one or all three of the three arms of trade from Africa to America to Europe to Africa.

1781 auction of 620 Igbo captives to be sold straight off the slave-ship, from Nigeria to Jamaica. More the exception than the rule for their ethnicity to be noted, but many determined researchers of African-American origins have gone through existing archives to ferret out this information.

Some of this information has come to Wikepdia from the book by Mac Griswold, The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island, New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013. I haven't been able to find a copy of it yet.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Shelter Island NY ancestry connection

 I may have many ancestors of whom I'm totally oblivious.  I discovered these through the great source, Ancestry.  I posted the following information on my old blog "When I was 69."

I'll post more about the Sylvester decendents and ancestors tomorrow.  They are part of my family tree of my gandmother, Ada Swasey Rogers.

First, what is Shelter Island?  Where? at the end of Long Island in New York State. (I have done enough research that I'll leave the details at the end of the post rather than interrupt the flow of Matriarchal commenting.)  There was also a movie by this name, which I know nothing about.    If you wish to read all about the Sylvesters settling of Shelter Island, I'll copy from Wikipedia at the end of this post.*

Shelter Island at eastern end of Long Island

On Ancestry 11) Capt. Nathaniel Sylvester is listed as being born in 1610 in London City, Middlesex, England and dying on 13 Jun 1680 in Sylvester Manor, Shelter Island, Suffolk County, New York.  In the Wikipedia quotation below, his birth was in Rotterdam, where he later did business in shipping.

Since my focus for Women's History Month is my ancestresses, let's look at his wife, who was 11) Grisell Brinley Sylvester (born 16 Jan 1635 in Datchet, Buckinghamshire, England and died 13 Jun 1687 at Sylvester Island, Suffolk, New York) 

Signature of Grissell Brinley Sylvester 1635-1687
signature of Grissell Brinley Sylvester
St Mary the Virgin, Datchet

Datchet Mead and Datchet Ferry in 1686 with Windsor Castle in the background
Where Grissell Brinley Sylvester was born: 
Datchet (Buckinghamshire, England) is a village on the River Thames, England. which developed because of its close proximity to Windsor and the ferry service which connected it to the main London road across the River Thames.
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Dachet Village center
When Grissell was 17, she married Captain Sylvester, in 1652 on Shelter Island, NY.

So her family, the Brindleys, had immigrated the the new world before she married!

Tomorrow I'll follow my matriarchal path back to see who Grissell's parents and grandparents were.

* Quote from Wikipedia on Shelter Island
In 1651 the island [was sold] to a group of Barbados sugar merchants for 1,600 pounds of sugar. Nathaniel Sylvester (1610–1680), one of the merchants, was the island’s first white settler. He was among a number of English merchants who had lived and worked in Rotterdam (where he was born) before going to Barbados. His connections there and with the Netherlands helped him establish a far-flung trading enterprise. On March 23, 1652, he made the purchase official by agreement with Youghco (called Pogatticut), the sachem of the Manhanset tribe. The other owners, Sylvester’s brother Constant, and Thomas Middleton, never came to Long Island. In 1673 Nathaniel Sylvester claimed ownership of Shelter Island, Fishers Island, and other parts of Long Island.[3] By that time the Manhansett had declined in number and power.[4]
In 1652 Sylvester constructed a house on the island for his 17-year-old bride, Grissel (also spelled Grizzel)[4] Brinley from London. Her mother was Anna (Wase) Brinley and her father Thomas Brinley had been an auditor in the court of King Charles I. With the Revolution he had lost his position; Grissel had gone to the colony with her older sister Anne, who had married William Coddington, the governor of the Rhode Island colony.[4] Archeological research in the 21st century has revealed there may have been two early house complexes. The Sylvesters had eleven surviving children. The more elaborate manor house, which survives today, was built in 1733 by a Sylvester grandson [see  photos above.]
The Sylvester estate was developed as a large provisioning plantation. It raised food crops, as well as livestock for slaughter, sending casks of preserved meats and other supplies to Barbados. Labor was provided by a multicultural force of American Indians, enslaved Africans and English indentured servants. Sylvester and his associates were part of the Triangle Trade between the American colonies (including the Caribbean), Africa and England. His descendants continued to use slaves on the plantation into the 19th century. An estimated 200 blacks are buried at the Negro Burying Ground on the North Peninsula.[4]
The Sylvesters gave shelter to many persecuted Quakers. Sylvester Manor stands today, just off New York State Route 114, and is controlled by Sylvester descendants. All but about 24 acres of the original thousands of acres have gone into other hands.[4]
Following the death in 1680 of Nathaniel Sylvester, Shelter Island was divided between his two sons, Giles and Nathaniel II. In 1695, William Nicoll, a resident of Islip, bought from Giles the area now called Mashomack Nature Preserve. Three years later, in 1698, another newcomer, George Havens, bought 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) from Nathaniel II. This parcel comprises what today is the Center; it stretched south to South Ferry and west to West Neck Creek. Over time these estates and parcels were split and divided by marriage and purchase, so that by the early 18th century, 20 families lived on Shelter Island. By order of the Provincial Government, the Town of Shelter Island was established in 1730.
Note: Most of the photos are from public domain Ancestry collections, or Wikipedia.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Beauty, a constant, a value we all know and share

I don't know which Greek philosopher might have said there are certain constants which are shared as values by all civilizations, all people...and it may not have been Greek.  Beauty, Truth, Love, etc.

So today's constant, I choose to celebrate Beauty.

Whether hiking a mountaintop, strolling by a lake or river, or enjoying an artist's image, each of us appreciates beauty from somewhere deep inside us.  Of course we have our own taste in regards to what we most like, but the constant is that we all know we like something these things have in common.

Beauty just is.  By itself.  To be seen, heard, smelled, imagined, tasted, touched!

As a visual artist I see what appeals to me, and translate it into shapes and colors that I hope appeal to others.  It's a driven impulse in me, to share that connection.  I am happiest thinking that someone else will someday see something I've made and enjoy it also.

I've got other "constants" to share...more on future blogs.

Today's quote:

Being aware of the connection between all things can help you in terms of the broader effect you may be creating. 
Madisyn Taylor

Friday, May 19, 2017

Letting my fingers do the walking

You know, soon that phrase will have only an archaic meaning.

Just like flip phones where you have to push each button three times when texting to get the right letters to come up.  I actually have a friend who has no computer and uses a flip phone to text me daily.  Her skills will eventually become history as she may someday soon change to the "smart phone."

Here is how my back seat looked after the show last Saturday.  I borrowed the tables from friends, thank heavens, because there's nowhere in my little 3 room apartment to store them.  My fingers are nimble, but the rest of my body isn't!

This isn't modern art, a bright pattern of shapes, but the shelves on top of the little cart going between the apartment and the car for the Art by the Tracks Show in Black Mountain

The same little cart fit nicely into the front seat to bring home the various display clothes that had been rained on during the show.  Fortunately they'd mostly dried out by the end of the day.

And yes, this and the shelves have all come in the house and been placed where they belong.

But the pottery, in 4 big tubs (big to me) are still in the car.  They will just sit somewhere perhaps, for the next however many months.  I'll stack them somewhere and try to ignore them, in a corner perhaps, or under a table.  They don't fit in my one storage closet, nor the one clothes closet.

Do I need more inventory? I think not.  I'm inundated with old pots, and these were the new ones.  I'm admitting to not being a professional, not really a studio potter.  

I'm a clay artist.  That's it.  I just do what feels good to me, and sometimes I can sell things.  That's such a blessing.  But for every pot that I sell, there are a dozen (approximately) that have to be stored somewhere.  What a strange thing to have as a dilemma.

I love my apartment, so don't mistake this dilemma as a wish to have a bigger place.  It's just I have to work my magic to fit in it better.  Got a wand to lend me, anyone?

Today I share a quote again:
We have received an inestimable gift. To be alive in this beautiful, self-organizing universe—to participate in the dance of life with senses to perceive it, lungs that breathe it, organs that draw nourishment from it—is a wonder beyond words.  It is an extraordinary privilege to be accorded a human life, with self-reflexive consciousness that brings awareness of our own actions and the ability to make choices. It lets us choose to take part in the healing of our world.
Joanna Macy