Notable Relatives

Belva Ann Lockwood 1830–1917

Fourth Cousin Eight Times Removed's Wife

Belva Ann Bennett was born on Oct. 24, 1830 in Royalton, New York. Belva married Uriah Harrison McNall in 1848. She married Ezekiel Lockwood on Mar. 11, 1868. She passed away on May 19, 1917 at age 86. She was buried in the Congressional Cemetery.

"Booms for Belva." The Daily Astorian 16 Oct. 1884. Chronicling America. Web.
Perhaps Belva Lockwood can tell us what becomes of the pins?
No presidential candidate can kiss the babies half so gracefully as Mrs. Lockwood.—Rochester Post-Express.
It is now claimed that Mrs. Lockwood "hugs a delusion." Will the campaign of slander never end?—Rochester Post-Express.
If Mrs. Lockwood cannot refute the rumor that she wears a false bang, which has gained currency, she had best withdraw.—Life.
Candidate Belva Lockwood is very confident of success. She has already called at the White house to see if it has closets enough.—Philadelphia Call.
The public is beginning to lose all interest in the fact that Mrs. Lockwood is running for the presidency. It never was an interesting sight to watch a woman run, anyway.—Lowell Citizen.
Many persons of good sense are now predicting that Mrs. Belva Lockwood will have a majority in Pennsylvania at the coming election. The reason for this is that Mrs. L. has promised, if elected, to abolish the female bang.—Norristown Herald.
"We must always have the ladies on our side," says the artful Mr. Blaine. There is one lady who will not be caught with this taffy. She is the young, the beautiful, the accomplished, the fascinating Belva Ann Lockwood.—Louisville Courier-Journal.

Lockwood, Belva Ann. "How I Ran for the Presidency." National Magazine Mar. 1903. Web.
It was in the regular course of presidential elections in 1884 that I received the nomination to the office. The national conventions had been assembled, and had made their nominations early. James G. Blaine, then in the zenith of his popularity and one of the leading statesmen of the nation, had been nominated by the republican party, and Grover Cleveland, then a new possibility, and comparatively unknown, was nominated by the democratic party; John P. St. John headed the ticket for the prohibitionists, and Benjamin F. Butler was nominated in Michigan by the laboring men's party, and his nomination had been made by a woman.
Progressive and thinking women from all parties had attended in greater or less numbers all of these conventions, and were pressing forward for recognition.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

Lorna Elizabeth Lockwood 1903–1977

Seventh Cousin Four Times Removed

Lorna Elizabeth Lockwood was born on Mar. 24, 1903 in Douglas, Arizona. Lorna passed away on Sep. 23, 1977 in Phoenix, Arizona at age 74. She was buried in Phoenix.

State Office Party
Arizona Representative Democratic
Arizona Supreme Court Justice

Henry Hayes Lockwood 1814–1899

Sixth Cousin Six Times Removed

Henry Hayes Lockwood was born on Aug. 17, 1814 in Delaware. Henry married Anna Rogers Booth on Oct. 2, 1845 in New Castle, Delaware. He passed away on Dec. 7, 1899 at age 85. He was buried in Annapolis, Maryland.

Branch: USA Rank: Brigadier General
"General Lockwood's Funeral." The Evening Times 9 Dec. 1899: 8. Chronicling America. Web.
A large number of friends of the late Gen. Henry Hayes Lockwood, attended his funeral services at "Ever May," 1628 Twenty-eighth Street northwest, at 10 o'clock today.
The body was taken to Annapolis, where it will be interred in the Naval Cemetery, at 2:15 o'clock this afternoon.
He was born in Kent county, Del., August 17, 1814, and graduated from West Point, in 1836; was assigned to the Second Artillery and engaged in the Seminole war. He resigned in 1837. and for four years followed agricultural pursuits. In 1841 he was appointed professor of mathematics in the navy, and was on the frigate United States at the capture of Monterey, Cal., in 1842. He was made a brigadier general of volunteers, August 8. 1861. and commanded Point Lookout, Va., and the defences of the lower Potomac until 1863, when he commanded a brigade at Gettysburg. He took part in the Richmond campaign and commanded the troops sent against Gen. Jubal A. Early. After the war he returned to Annapolis and retired as commodore, August 4, 1876.
He was the author of a number of books on naval and military affairs. He leaves a family of six children, all grown.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

James Booth Lockwood 1852−1884

Seventh Cousin Five Times Removed

James Booth Lockwood was born on Oct. 9, 1852 in Annapolis, Maryland. James died on Apr. 9, 1884 on Cape Sabine, Pim Island, Nunavut, Canada at age 31. He was buried in Annapolis.

Colonial and Revolutionary History of the Lockwood Family in America. Comp. Frederic A. Holden and E. Dunbar Lockwood. Philadelphia, 1889. 624. Web.
Was a son of Gen. H. H. Lockwood, born at United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., 9th October, 1852, died at Cape Sabine, Arctic regions, 9th April, 1884. Was sent to a private school at Bethlehem, Pa., and later to St. John's College, Annapolis, Md.
Was commissioned 2d Lieutenant in 23d United States Infantry, 1st October, 1873, and served in the West seven years, and became proficient in the ordinary military duties and also in surveying, telegraphy and phonography.
He volunteered for duty with the Lady Franklin Bay Expedition under Greeley; and as second in command, was intrusted with the most important field-work of the expedition, and also assisting in the magnetic observations.
In preliminary sledging he was in the field twenty-two days after the sun had left for the winter, and six days before its return. In March, 1882, Lieut. Lockwood, with a dog-sledge made a few days' trip across Robeson Channel to Newman Bay, in temperatures ranging from 30° to 55° Fahrenheit below zero.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.
Branch Unit Rank
USA 23rd Infantry Regiment Second Lieutenant

Mahlon Betts 1795–1867

Third Cousin Six Times Removed

Mahlon Betts was born on Mar. 16, 1795 in Pennsylvania. Mahlon married Mary Richards Seal on Nov. 8, 1818. He passed away on Mar. 4, 1867 in Wilmington, Delaware at age 71. He was buried in Wilmington.

State Office Party
Delaware Representative
Delaware Senator

Henry Gildersleeve 1817–1894

Fourth Cousin Five Times Removed

Henry Gildersleeve was born on Apr. 7, 1817 in Connecticut. Henry passed away on Apr. 9, 1894 at home in Connecticut. His death at age 77 was due to heart disease. He was buried in Connecticut.

Samuel Drake Lockwood 1789–1874

Fifth Cousin Seven Times Removed

Samuel Drake Lockwood was born on Aug. 2, 1789 in Pound Ridge, New York. Samuel married Mary Nash on Oct. 3, 1826. He passed away on Apr. 23, 1874 in Batavia, Illinois at age 84. He was buried in Batavia.

State Office
Illinois Attorney General
Illinois Secretary of State
Illinois Supreme Court Justice

The Ottawa Free Trader 2 May 1874: 4. Chronicling America. Web.
We see announced, in despatches to the Chicago papers, the death at his home in Batavia, in this state, on the 23d ult., of Judge Samuel D. Lockwood. He must have been over 80 years of age. He had for many years been a Judge of the Supreme Court of this state, and while he was never accounted a remarkably able or brilliant man, his decisions were always marked by sound common sense. He was one of those sterling men of the old regime whose integrity was always above suspicion.

Charles Andrews Lockwood 1890–1967

Seventh Cousin Five Times Removed

Charles Andrews Lockwood was born on May 6, 1890 in Midland, Virginia. Charles married Phyllis Natalie Irwin. He passed away on Jun. 6, 1967 in Los Gatos, California at age 77. He was buried in the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, California.

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Vol. IV. 1969. 131. Web.
Charles Andrews Lockwood was born in Midland, Va., 6 May 1890, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in the class of 1912. Following brief cruises in Mississippi and Arkansas, and a short tour as instructor in the Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, in September 1914 he reported to the tender Mohican for indoctrination in submarines. By 1 December of that year he had his first submarine command, A–2, followed by B–1. American entry into World War I found him in command of 1st Submarine Division, Asiatic Fleet. From that time, with the exception of a tour on the Asiatic station where he commanded gunboats Quiros and El Cano on the Yangtze Patrol and the destroyer Smith Thompson, practically all his sea service was in and connected with submarines. In addition to those listed above are added G–1, N–5, UC–97 (ex-German), R–25, S–14, and Bonita.
In June 1939 he became Chief of Staff to Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Fleet, in cruiser Richmond. This important service was interrupted in February 1941 when he was sent to London as naval attaché and principal observer for submarines. Following promotion to rear admiral in March 1942 he proceeded to west Australia as Commander, Submarines, Southwest Pacific. In February 1943, he was transferred to Pearl Harbor to become Commander, Submarines, Pacific Fleet, in which capacity he served the rest of the war, being promoted to vice admiral in October 1943. Under his guidance and inspiration in these two commands, U.S. submarines overcame torpedo and other difficulties to destroy the Japanese Merchant Marine and cripple the Imperial Navy. His wartime awards were the Distinguished Service Medal and two gold stars in lieu of second and third awards, and the Legion of Merit. After the war he served as Inspector General of the Navy until his retirement in June 1947.
In retirement at Los Gatos, Calif., he wrote and co-authored best selling books on naval history and submarine operations until his death 7 June 1967.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.
Branch Rank
USN Vice Admiral

Carle Augustus Woodruff 1841–1913

Sixth Cousin Four Times Removed

Carle Augustus Woodruff was born on Aug. 8, 1841 in Buffalo, New York. He passed away on Jul. 20, 1913 in Raleigh, North Carolina at age 71. He was buried in Raleigh.

Branch: USA Unit: 2d United States Artillery Rank: First Lieutenant
United States. National Park Service. The Civil War. Web.
While in command of a section of a battery constituting a portion of the rear guard of a division then retiring before the advance of a corps of Infantry was attacked by the enemy and ordered to abandon his guns. Lieutenant Woodruff disregarded the orders received and aided in repelling the attack and saving the guns.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

Charles Adams Platt 1861–1933

Cousin (8)

Charles Adams Platt was born on Oct. 16, 1861 in New York. Charles passed away on Sep. 12, 1933 in Cornish, New Hampshire at age 71. He was buried in Manchester, Connecticut.

Zephaniah Platt 1735–1807

Cousin (4)

Zephaniah Platt was born on May 27, 1735 in Huntington, Long Island, New York. Zephaniah passed away on Sep. 12, 1807 in Plattsburgh, New York at age 72. He was buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Plattsburgh.

DAR #A089657 Service: New York Rank: Colonel

The Columbian Cyclopedia. Vol. 24. Buffalo, 1897. Web.
PLATT, Zephaniah: 1735, May 27—1807, Sep. 12; b. Huntington (L.I.), N. Y. He purchased a farm at Poughkeepsie about 1770, soon became prominent in Dutchess co., was a member of the continental congress, and a sterling patriot. He was chosen to the N. Y. convention of 1776 for framing a constitution for the state; 1777 he was one of the committee of safety for Dutchess co.; 1778 he was elected a state senator. His vote helped to make the small majority by which N. Y. ratified the constitution of the United States. He was made first judge of Dutchess co., serving till 1795. The founding of Plattsburg was his closing work; and there he died.

Moss Kent Platt 1809–1876

Cousin (6)

Moss Kent Platt was born on May 3, 1809 in Plattsburgh, New York. Moss married Elizabeth Freligh on Oct. 14, 1830. He married Margaret Anne Freligh on May 20, 1858. He passed away on Mar. 1, 1876 at age 66.

Legislature Office Party
New York Senator Republican

Jonas Platt 1769–1834

Cousin (5)

Jonas Platt was born on Jun. 30, 1769 in Poughkeepsie, New York. Jonas married Helena Livingston in 1790 in Poughkeepsie. He passed away on Feb. 22, 1834 in Peru, New York at age 64. He was buried in the Riverside Cemetery in Plattsburgh, New York.

The Columbian Cyclopedia. Vol. 24. Buffalo, 1897. Web.
PLATT, Jonas: 1769, June 30—1834, Feb. 22; b. Poughkeepsie, N. Y.; son of Zephaniah P. He studied law with Richard Varick; settled as a lawyer in Whitesboro, near Utica; was gen. of cavalry in state militia; member of congress 1799–1800; four years in state senate from 1809; made the first motion in the senate for construction of the Erie canal, seconded by De Witt Clinton, 1810. He was made judge of the supreme court 1814, and member of the convention that framed the state constitution 1821. He died on his farm near Plattsburg, N. Y., 1834.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.
Legislature Office Party
Congress Representative from NY Federalist

Charles Zephaniah Platt 1773–1822

Cousin (5)

Charles Zephaniah Platt was born in 1773 in New York. Charles married Sarah Bleecker on Oct. 4, 1803 in Albany, New York. He passed away on Apr. 14, 1822 in New York.

Zephaniah Platt 1796–1871

Cousin (6)

Zephaniah Platt was born on Mar. 31, 1796 in Pleasant Valley, New York. Zephaniah married Cornelia Jenkins on Sep. 30, 1818 in Pleasant Valley. He passed away on Apr. 20, 1871 in Aiken, South Carolina at age 75.

Orville Hitchcock Platt 1827–1905

Cousin (7)

Orville Hitchcock Platt was born on Jul. 19, 1827 in Washington, Connecticut. Orville passed away on Apr. 21, 1905 in Meriden, Connecticut at age 77. He was buried in Washington.

The Columbian Cyclopedia. Vol. 24. Buffalo, 1897. Web.
PLATT, Orville Hitchcock: born Washington, Conn., 1827, July 19. He received an academic education, studied law, and began practice 1849. He was clerk of the Conn. state senate 1855–6; sec. of state of Conn. 1857; was in the state senate 1861–2, and in the state house of representatives 1864 and 69. Elected to the U. S. senate as a republican, he took his seat 1879, Mar. 18; he was re-elected 1885 and 91.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.
Legislature Office Party
Congress Senator from CT Republican

David Nelson Beach 1848–1926

Fourth Cousin Four Times Removed

David Nelson Beach was born on Nov. 30, 1848 in South Orange, New Jersey. David passed away on Oct. 18, 1926 in Southington, Connecticut at age 77. He was buried in Southington.

Harlan Page Beach 1854–1933

Fourth Cousin Four Times Removed

Harlan Page Beach was born on Apr. 4, 1854 in South Orange, New Jersey. Harlan married Lucy Ward. He passed away on Mar. 4, 1933 in Florida at age 78. He was buried in Southington, Connecticut.

Edwin Drake 1819–1880

Seventh Cousin Six Times Removed

Edwin Laurentine Drake was born on Mar. 29, 1819 in Greenville, New York. Edwin passed away on Nov. 8, 1880 in Pennsylvania at age 61. He was buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Titusville, Pennsylvania.

"Death of Colonel Drake." Clearfield Republican 17 Nov. 1880. Chronicling America. Web.
Col. Edwin L. Drake, who sank the first oil well in this State at Titusville, died at his home in South Bethlehem, on Monday evening, Nov. 8, aged sixty-one years. The narration of the discovery of the merits of petroleum as an illuminating fluid, and of the measures concerted for its introduction into thousands of homes in both continents, forms an interesting chapter in the history of Pennsylvania. Colonel Drake was born in Green county, New York, and spent his early days on his father's farm, at Rutland, Vermont. At eighteen years, single-handed, he entered the struggles of the world. He was successively captain on the Erie Canal, clerk on a steamer plying before Buffalo and Detroit, superintendent of a Tecumseh, Michigan, oil-cloth factory, salesman in a New Haven clothing store, drummer for a New York mercantile house, express messenger between Albany and Boston, and from 1849 to 1857 he was conductor of the New York and New Haven Railroad. Ill health compelled him to resign this latter position and he accepted an offer from Townsend, Pierpont, Ives & Bowditch, of New Haven, who had come into possession of a tract of land at Titusville, Pennsylvania, to visit the purchased site and investigate a defect in the title to the property. The land owed its value to a spring, from which was taken with a blanket oil used in the manufacture of a liniment to which was attributed great curative powers. The fluid was known as "Seneca Oil," and had been analyzed by Professor Silliman, who regarded it as of small importance. Colonel Drake saw while at Titusville the oil in use as a lubricator. He was satisfied at once that there was a fortune in the fluid as a lubricator, and after much difficulty succeeded in forming a stock company, composed entirely of New Haven business men, and went back to Titusville as a salaried agent of the "Seneca Oil Company." He was to be responsible for all losses and was to share whatever profits might arise with the capitalists.
He determined to bore for the oil, having convinced himself of the feasibility of the plan, but for a time could hire no men to work for him, as he was deemed a lunatic. Finally, after many discouragements, he drove to the depth of 69½ feet, on Saturday, August 29, 1859, a pipe of soft iron, 1½ inches thick. Work was suspended for the Sabbath, but to his great joy Colonel Drake on the following day found oil bubbling over the top of the pipe. A pump was rigged and the pipe yielded twenty-five barrels a day. Shortly after the derrick, works and engine were burned out and Colonel Drake was penniless. Within thirty days the enterprising pioneer in petroleum had rebuilt the works. He sank another well and the business grew larger daily. Speculators flocked in by the hundred and men's minds were unbalanced through oil. The Seneca Oil Company sold out, and Colonel Drake operated individually until 1864, when poverty and ill health compelled him to retire. The last $500 used by him in the work on the Drake well was borrowed money.
The State granted him in 1873 a civil pension of $1,500 a year, reversible to his widow while she remains unmarried. It was a small recompense for his public labors. The twenty five-barrel well of August, 1859, has been augmented by 10,000 other wells, with an annual capacity of not less than 15,000,000 barrels. Not less than $60,000,000 worth is exported annually, and from his humble but beautiful home in South Bethlehem Colonel Drake could daily see passing over the Lehigh Valley and Lehigh Susquehanna Railroads long trains of oil tanks on their way to the tide, supplying the world with one of its greatest products. He was an earnest member of the Protestant Episcopal Church and leaves a family of a wife and three children, by whom he was idolized.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

Sir Francis Drake

First Cousin Sixteen Times Removed

Francis Drake was born in Tavistock, Devon, England. Francis married Mary Newman in 1569. He married Elizabeth Sydenham in 1585. He died on Jan. 27, 1596 off the coast of Portobelo, Colón, Panama. His death was due to dysentery. He was buried at sea in a lead coffin, near Portobelo.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

Sir Francis Drake 1588–1637

Second Cousin Fifteen Times Removed

Francis Drake passed away on Mar. 11, 1637 in Devon, England.

Legislature Office Constituency
England MP from Devon Plympton Erle

Sir Francis Drake 1617–1662

Third Cousin Fourteen Times Removed

Francis Drake married Dorothy Pym on Jan. 18, 1640. Francis passed away on Jan. 6, 1662.

Legislature Office Constituency
England MP from Devon Bere Alston

Sir Bernard Drake

Fifteenth Great Uncle

Bernard Drake married Gertrude Fortescue. Bernard passed away on Apr. 10, 1586 in Devon, England.

Joseph Rodman Drake 1795–1820

Third Cousin Eight Times Removed

Joseph Rodman Drake was born on Aug. 7, 1795 in New York. Joseph married Sarah Eckford in 1816. He died on Sep. 21, 1820 in New York. His death at age 25 was due to tuberculosis. He was buried in the Joseph Rodman Drake Park in New York.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

Richard Drake 1535–1603

Fifteenth Great Uncle

Richard Drake married Ursula Stafford. Richard passed away on Jul. 11, 1603 in Devon, England.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

Legislature Office Constituency
England MP from Norfolk Castle Rising
England MP from Northumberland Morpeth

Henry Martyn Whitney 1824–1904

Fourth Cousin Six Times Removed

Henry Martyn Whitney was born on Jun. 5, 1824 in Waimea, Kauai, Hawaii. Henry married Catharine Olivia March in 1849 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He passed away on Aug. 17, 1904 in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii. His death at age 80 was due to heart failure. He was buried in the Oahu Cemetery in Honolulu.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

Harry Whitney 1873–1936

Fifth Cousin Five Times Removed

Harry Whitney was born on Dec. 1, 1873 in New Haven, Connecticut. Harry passed away on May 20, 1936 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada at age 62.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

Branch Rank
USA Captain

John Drake

First Cousin Fifteen Times Removed

John Drake married Dorothy Button. John passed away on Apr. 11, 1628 in Musbury, Devon, England.

Legislature Office Constituency
England MP from Devon
England MP from Dorset Lyme Regis

Freddie Woodruff 1947–1993

Eighth Cousin Thrice Removed

Freddie Russell Woodruff was born on Sep. 14, 1947 in Weatherford, Oklahoma. Freddie died on Aug. 8, 1993 in Georgia. His death at age 45 was due to being shot in the head. He was buried in the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

Brennan, John O. University of Oklahoma. 26 Feb. 2014. Central Intelligence Agency. Web.
I always administer the oath of office in front of our Memorial Wall. There are 107 stars on that wall, each one representing an Agency hero who made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our Nation. You should know that one of them, Freddie Woodruff, was a native of Weatherford, Oklahoma.
Freddie was one of our finest officers. I had the privilege of knowing and traveling overseas with Freddie in 1991. He was a good ole boy from Oklahoma, a consummate intelligence officer who was dedicated to serving his country and his fellow Americans until he was killed overseas in 1993.

Gup, Ted. The Book of Honor. New York, 2001. 374. Web.
Freddie Woodruff was shot to death in August 1993 in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. The forty-five-year-old son of a professor, he was an ordained minister who could read ancient Greek and speak Russian, German, Turkish, Armenian, and several other tongues. He had been in Georgia under cover as a political officer at the U.S. Embassy. His mission was to train the security force assigned to protect that nation's embattled leader, Eduard Shevardnadze.

Nehemiah Platt 1797–1851

Cousin (6)

Nehemiah Platt was born on Jul. 25, 1797. Nehemiah passed away on Mar. 29, 1851 at age 53. He was buried in the Nichols Cemetery in Nichols, New York.

Legislature Office
New York Senator

Thomas Collier Platt 1833–1910

Cousin (7)

Thomas Collier Platt was born on Jul. 15, 1833 in Owego, New York. Thomas passed away on Mar. 6, 1910 in New York. His death at age 76 was due to acute nephritis. He was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Owego.

The Columbian Cyclopedia. Vol. 24. Buffalo, 1897. Web.
PLATT, Thomas Collier: politician: b. Owego, N. Y., 1833, July 15. His health failed while he was at Yale College, and he left in his Sophomore year and engaged in business. He became pres. of a bank in Tioga, N. Y.; was interested in the lumber business in Mich.; member of the lower house of congress as a republican 1873–77, and of the senate for a few weeks 1881, resigning with Mr. Conkling because of disagreement as to control of federal official appointments in New York; and was defeated for re-election. He was a quarantine commissioner of the port of New York 1880–88, was removed in the latter year, and his appeal to the courts for reinstatement was denied. He was offered, but declined, the position of minister to Spain 1890, and the same year in Sep. was appointed one of the commissioners to select a site for a dry-dock on the Pacific coast n. of Cal. For some years he was pres. of a railroad, and since 1880 has been pres. of the U. S. Express Company. Later, he became a well-known republican leader.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.
Legislature Office Party
Congress Senator from NY Republican

Daniel Newton Lockwood 1841–1906

Sixth Cousin Six Times Removed

Daniel Newton Lockwood was born on Jun. 1, 1841 in Hamburg, New York. Daniel passed away on Jun. 1, 1906 in Hamburg at age 65. He was buried in Buffalo, New York.

A Biographical Congressional Directory. 1913. 814. Web.
Lockwood, Daniel Newton, a Representative from New York; born in Hamburg, Erie county, N. Y., June 1, 1844; was graduated from Union college, Schenectady, N. Y., in 1865; studied law, was admitted to the bar in May, 1866, and practiced in Buffalo, N. Y.; district attorney for Erie county 1874–1877; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1877–March 3, 1879); delegate in the Democratic national conventions of 1880, 1884, and 1896; United States attorney for the northern district of New York from October, 1886, to June, 1889, when he resigned; reelected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1891–March 3, 1895); resumed the practice of law in Buffalo, N. Y.; general manager from New York at the Pan American exposition in 1901; died in Buffalo, N. Y., June 1, 1906.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.
Legislature Office Party
Congress Representative from NY Democratic

George William Fowler 1859–1924

Fourth Cousin Five Times Removed

George William Fowler was born on Feb. 24, 1859 in Hammondvale, New Brunswick. George married Ethyl Georgina Wilson on Jul. 28, 1897. He passed away on Sep. 2, 1924 at age 65. He was buried in Hammondvale.

Branch: CEF Unit: 104th Overseas Battalion Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Canada. Libary and Archives. First World War. Web.
Declaration Paper
Canadian Expeditionary Force
Answered by Officer
01 Name: George William Fowler
02 Birth Place: Hammond Vale, N.B.
03 Birth Date: Feb. 24, 1861
04 Wife: Ethyl Georgiana Fowler
04 Address: Sussex, N.B.
05 Profession: Barrister at Law
06 Religion: Pagan
07 Vaccination: Willing
08 Militia: 8th Hussars
09 Duration: 20 Years
10 CEF Service: Willing

The Canadian Parliamentary Companion. Ed. J. A. Gemmill. Ottawa, 1897. 335. Web.
Fowler, George William (King's Co.).
Great grandfather, Weedon Fowler, a Lieutenant in the Revolutionary Army, came from New York with the Loyalists in 1783, and settled at French Village in King's Co. B., 24 Feb., 1859, at Hammond Vale. Ed. at Varley School, St John; Dalhousie Univ., Halifax; and Boston Univ. Law School, graduating with honors at latter institution in June, 1884. Admitted to the Bar of N.B. in 1884. Was a mem. of the Municipal Co. of King's Co. from 1886 to 1890, and Warden of the Co. in 1889; Grand Master of Orangemen of N.B. from 1890 to 1893. First returned to Ho. of Assem. at g. e. 1895. A Conservative.—Sussex, N.B.

Who's Who in Canada. Ed. B. M. Greene. 1922. 854. Web.
FOWLER, Senator George W., K.C.—Born Hammond Vale, King's County, N.B., 1859, son of Weeden and Harriet (Fownes) Fowler. Educated: Varley School, St. John; Dalhousie University; Graduate, Boston Law School. Called to New Brunswick Bar, 1884; has large lumber and mining interest in British Columbia; elected to New Brunswick Legislature, 1895; mover of address, first session; elected to House of Commons, King's County, 1900; for Kings-Albert, 1904; defeated, 1908; re-elected, 1911; appointed to Senate, 1916; Warden, King's County, 1889. For many years an enthusiastic militia man, retiring from 8th Hussars with rank of Captain, 1898. Raised the 104th Overseas Battalion, C.E.F., 1915, and in 1916 went to England as Commanding Officer; appointed O.C., 13th Reserve Battalion, C.E.F., England. Married Ethyl G. Wilson, daughter of Captain John Wilson, July 28, 1897; has two sons. Conservative. Residence: Sussex, N.B.

Oliver Platt

Cousin (11)

Oliver James Platt was born on Jan. 12, 1960.

Nicholas Platt

Cousin (10)

Nicholas Platt was born on Mar. 10, 1936 in New York.

Joseph Platt 1672–1748

Uncle (2)

Joseph Platt was born on Feb. 17, 1672 in Norwalk, Connecticut. Joseph passed away on Jun. 12, 1748 in Norwalk at age 76. He was buried in Norwalk.

Legislature Office
Connecticut Representative from Norwalk

Sir John Drake 1625–1669

Third Cousin Thirteen Times Removed

John Drake was baptized on Apr. 4, 1625. John passed away on Jul. 6, 1669.

Legislature Office Constituency
England MP from Dorset Bridport

Sir Edmund Prideaux

Cousin (18)

Edmund Prideaux passed away on Aug. 19, 1659.

Legislature Office Constituency
England MP from Dorset Lyme Regis

Sir Edmund Prideaux

Cousin (19)

Edmund Prideaux passed away in 1702.

Sir Edmund Prideaux 1554–1628

Cousin (17)

Edmund Prideaux was born in 1554. Edmund married Bridget Chichester. He married Catherine Edgcumbe. He married Mary Reynell in 1606. He became a baronet on Jul. 17, 1622. Sir Edmund passed away in 1628.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

John Prideaux 1718–1759

Cousin (22)

John Prideaux died on Jul. 19, 1759. He was killed in the Battle of Fort Niagara.

John Prideaux 1578–1650

Cousin (17)

John Prideaux passed away on Jul. 29, 1650 in Bredon, Worcestershire, England. His death was due to fever. He was buried on Aug. 15, 1650 in Bredon.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

Roger Prideaux

Uncle (16)

Legislature Office Constituency
England MP from Devon Totnes

Sir Peter Prideaux 1626–1705

Cousin (19)

Peter Prideaux was baptized on Jul. 13, 1626. Peter married Elizabeth Grenville on Nov. 7, 1645. He passed away on Nov. 22, 1705.

Legislature Office Constituency
England MP from Cornwall St Mawes
England MP from Devon Honiton

William Wistar Comfort 1874–1955

Sixth Cousin Thrice Removed

William Wistar Comfort was born on May 27, 1874 in Pennsylvania. William married Mary Lawton Fales in 1902. He passed away on Dec. 24, 1955 in Pennsylvania at age 81.

"Biographical Note." Haverford College, Apr. 2006. Web.
William Wistar Comfort (1874-1955), son of Howard and Susan Foulke Wistar Comfort, was born in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pa. and raised a Quaker, attending Meeting as a youth at the Meeting at Coulter and Greene Streets in Germantown . He graduated from Haverford College in 1894 and received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1902. His thesis was titled: “The Development of the Character Types in the French Chansons de Geste.” In 1902, he married Mary Lawton Fales. He returned to his alma mater (Haverford) to teach from 1897-1898, also 1902-1909, took many trips abroad and taught Romance Languages at Cornell University, 1909-1917. In 1917 he returned to Haverford to serve as its president until 1940, thus spanning the two World Wars. He often lectured on Quaker topics at the college.
Comfort was an elder, later minister in the Society of Friends. He was Clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting from 1934-1953, president of Friends Historical Association from 1941-53, member of the Board at Lingnan University, China. In 1937, he traveled to France at the request of the American Friends Service Committee to lecture on Quaker topics.
William Wistar Comfort was the author of a number of books primarily on Quaker topics, written both in French and English.

John Lambrick Vivian 1830–1896

Fifth Cousin Five Times Removed

John Lambrick Vivian was born on Mar. 26, 1830 in Camborne, Cornwall, England. John passed away on Oct. 16, 1896 in London, England at age 66.

Boase, George Clement, and William Prideaux Courtney. Bibliotheca Cornubiensis. Vol. III. London, 1882. 1356. Web.
VIVIAN, Lieut.-Col. John Lambrick. See ante ii, 833 (only son of John Vivian, b. Wall, Gwinear 24 June 1791, d. Rosehill, Camborne 30 Sep. bur. Gwinear 6 Oct. 1873 and not as previously stated. m. 23 Apl. 1817 at Breage, Mary, eld. dau. and coheiress of John Lambrick and Mary his wife, only dau. of Peter Hamel. She was b. Erisey 4 June 1794, bapt. Ruan Major 16 June, d. Rosehill 23 Apl. 1873). b. Rosehill 26 Mch. 1830. Educ. under rev. Chas. Hickson C. of Camborne 1839–42; At Truro gram. sch. 1842–46; Capt. 16 Aug. 1855; Served during the Crimean war in the cavalry of the Turkish contingent; Hon. Col. in the Ottoman army 1856; H.M. Superintendent of police and Inspector of Militia and volunteers in the colony of St. Kitts, West Indies 1859, and Police magistrate 1862, retired 1863; Lt.-Col. of Militia 1861; Chief constable of Swansea 1863–65; Chief constable of Plymouth 1865–66; Served on the staff of the Colonial field force against Secocoeni in the Transvaal 1878. m. (1) 1856 at St. Peter's, Eaton square, Susanna Isabella, dau. of William Neale of Basingstoke. She d. Plymouth 1866; m. (2) 24 Dec. 1867 at St. Pancras, Middlesex, Emma Linwood, dau. of Geo. Arnold Porter Johnson. She was b. Soham, Suffolk 30 July 1840.
The visitation of the county of Cornwall in the year 1620. Edited by lieut.-colonel J. L. Vivian and Henry H. Drake. Lond. [Harleian Soc.] 1874, 4o.
The visitations of Cornwall, comprising The Heralds' Visitations of 1530, 1573 & 1620. Edited with additions [to the present time] by lieutenant-colonel J. L. Vivian. Part i. Lond. Golding and Lawrence 55 Great Russell street W.C.; Exeter, W. Pollard, North street [printed n.d.] 1879, 4o. pp. 1–40, 5/-. With Part v the imprint was only Exeter, W. Pollard, North street. Part vii was issued Aug. 1880.
Note.—Col. Vivian has also written Report upon the constitution and organization of the colonial police St. Kitts 1860; Report upon crime and criminal statistics of the colony of St. Kitts 1859-63; Report upon the organization of the Swansea police force, Privately printed, Swansea, Cambrian Steam Press office 1864, 8o.; Reports to the Home office on statistics of crime 1863-66.

Sir John Mundy

Fifteenth Great Grandfather

John Mundy was born in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England. John passed away in 1537.

Chaffers, William. Gilda Aurifabrorum. London. 42. Web.
Sir John Mundy, goldsmith, Mayor 1522–3, was son of William Mundy, of Wycombe, Bucks. He was buried in the church of St. Peter in Cheape; ob. 1537.

Lysons, Daniel, and Samuel Lysons. "Mundy, of Markeaton." Magna Britannia. Vol. 5. London, 1817. Web.
Sir John Mundy, Lord Mayor of London, a native of High-Wycombe, in Buckinghamshire, settled in Derbyshire in the reign of Henry VIII., having purchased Markeaton of Lord Audley. The present representative is Francis Mundy, Esq.
Arms: Per pale, Gules and Sable, on a cross, engrailed, Argent, five lozenges, Purpure; on a chief, Or, three eagles' legs, erased, a-la-quise, Azure.
Crest: A wolf's head, erased, Sable, bezantée; fire issuing from his mouth, Proper.

William Mundy 1801–1877

Tenth Cousin Six Times Removed

William Mundy was born on Sep. 14, 1801. William passed away in 1877.

Legislature Office Constituency
United Kingdom MP South Derbyshire

Francis Mundy 1771–1837

Ninth Cousin Seven Times Removed

Francis Mundy was born on Aug. 29, 1771. Francis passed away on May 6, 1837 at age 65.

Legislature Office Constituency
United Kingdom MP Derbyshire

Francis Noel Clarke Mundy 1739–1815

Eighth Cousin Eight Times Removed

Francis Noel Clarke Mundy was born on Aug. 15, 1739. Francis passed away on Oct. 23, 1815 at age 76.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

Wrightson Mundy

Seventh Cousin Nine Times Removed

Wrightson Mundy married Anne Burdett. Wrightson passed away on Jun. 18, 1762.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

Edward Miller Mundy 1800–1849

Eighth Cousin Eight Times Removed

Edward Miller Mundy was born on Nov. 10, 1800. Edward passed away on Jan. 29, 1849 in Barbados at age 48.

Edward Miller Mundy 1750–1822

Sixth Cousin Ten Times Removed

Legislature Office Constituency
United Kingdom MP Derbyshire

Godfrey Mundy 1804–1860

Eighth Cousin Eight Times Removed

Godfrey Charles Mundy was born on Mar. 10, 1804. Godfrey passed away on Jul. 10, 1860 at age 56.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

Sir Rodney Mundy 1805–1884

Eighth Cousin Eight Times Removed

George Rodney Mundy was born on April 19, 1805 in London, England. Rodney was knighted on Nov. 10, 1862. Sir Rodney passed away on Dec. 23, 1884 at home in London at age 79.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

Sir George Mundy 1777–1861

Seventh Cousin Nine Times Removed

George Mundy was born on Mar. 3, 1777 in Derbyshire, England. George was knighted in 1837. Sir George passed away on Feb. 9, 1861 at home in London, England at age 83.

Legislature Office Constituency
United Kingdom MP from Yorkshire Boroughbridge

Sir Robert Miller Mundy 1813–1892

Seventh Cousin Nine Times Removed

Robert Miller Mundy was born in 1813 in Derbyshire, England. Robert married Isabella Popham in 1841. He passed away on Mar. 22, 1892 in Emsworth, Hampshire, England.

Isaac Munroe St. John 1827–1880

Sixth Cousin Six Times Removed

Isaac Munroe St. John was born on Nov. 19, 1827 in Augusta, Georgia. Isaac passed away on Apr. 7, 1880 at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia at age 52. He was buried in the Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.

Branch: CSA Rank: Brigadier General

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

Robert St. John 1902–2003

Eighth Cousin Four Times Removed

Robert William St. John was born on Mar. 9, 1902 in Chicago, Illinois. Robert married Ruth Bass in 1965. He passed away on Feb. 6, 2003 in Waldorf, Maryland at age 100.

Sir Thomas Grenville

Seventeenth Great Grandfather

Thomas Grenville married Isabella Gilbert. Thomas was knighted on Nov. 14, 1501. Sir Thomas passed away on Mar 18, 1513. He was buried in Bideford, Devon, England.

Browning, Charles H. The Magna Charta Barons and Their American Descendants. Philadelphia, 1898. 346. Web. This book is not accepted by the Baronial Order of Magna Charta.
12. SIR THOMAS GRENVILLE, Knight, of Stowe, Cornwall

Granville, Roger. The History of the Granville Family. Exeter, 1895. 59-60. Web.
Thomas married first, Isabella, daughter of Sir Otes Gilbert, of Compton, "a family (writes Prince in his 'Worthies of Devon') of as ancient standing in the county of Devon as the Conquest, and if we may give credit to an author of our own (Mr. Wêste) it was here before, for he asserts that Gilbert possessed lands in Manadon, near Dartmore, in Edward the Confessor's days. They have matched as they descended down into honourable houses, and have yielded matches to others, in particular to the noble family of the Grenviles."
By her he had two sons and six daughters, viz., Roger, his eldest, of whom presently, and Richard, High Sheriff for Cornwall, 1st, 10th and 14th Henry VIII., who died without issue.

Granville, Roger. The History of the Granville Family. Exeter, 1895. 69-70. Web.
His will, dated 9th March, 1512, was proved P.C.C. 12th May. It is as follows:—
"In the name of God. Amen. I, Sir Thomas Graynfeld, Knyght, in my hoole mynde, make my Testament in Maner and Forme followinge. First, I bequeth my soule to Almightie God, and to our blessed Ladie, and to all the hoolie saints in Hevyn. My Bodie to be buryed in the Church erthe of Bedyforde, in the south est Part of the Chauncell Dore, where my mynde is yf I lyve to make an Altaire, and a Preste to sing there to pray for mee and myn auncestors and heires for ever. The said Preste and pore men to bee put in by discrecion of myn heires and executors. Further, I will that my saide Chappell, whennsoever it bee made, and the Church of Bedyforde in meane season have my Cope of Tissue and my Vestiment of the same, and a suet of blacke velvett, to bee made of such velvett gownys as I have, by the discrecion of myn heires and executors. Also, I will that John Greynfelde, yf he bee disposed to be a Preste, to have the next avoydance of one of the benefices of Bedyforde or of Kikehamton. And yf he will be no Preste, that then my sonne Roger Graynfelde and his heires see him have sum resonable living of landes by theire discrecions. Item, I will that my sonne Roger shall marry my daughter Onor, and I give her in marriage ccc markes in money, to bee levyed of my landes and goodis. Item, I will that my daughter Jane, which I had by my last wyff, to have cc markes in lyke manner to bee leveyed of my goodis and landes. Provided allway that yf the said Onor and Jane fortune to dye or ever they be maryed, that thenne they to have nothing of the said money. But thenne the saide money whenne it is so levyed to bee disposed for my soule by the discrecion of my sonne Roger. Item, I give to the Church of Bedyforde, and to the Brige of Bydisforde, vi lbs. xiii s. 4d. Item, to the Church of Kikehamton, iiii lbs.
Roger, sonne, I woll desyr you, as my trust in you, to see this my Will performed and fullfilled, and yow I make myn executor."

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

Sir Hugh Courtenay

Twenty-First Great Grandfather

Hugh Courtenay was buried in Haccombe, Devon, England.

Browning, Charles H. The Magna Charta Barons and Their American Descendants. Philadelphia, 1898. 345. Web. This book is not accepted by the Baronial Order of Magna Charta.
8. SIR HUGH COURTENAY, of Haccomb, Devonshire, and Boconnock, Cornwall, second son, brother of Edward, third Earl of Devon

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

Sir Hugh de Courtenay 1303–1377

Twenty-Third Great Grandfather

Hugh de Courtenay was born on Jul. 12, 1303. Hugh married Margaret de Bohun on Aug. 11, 1325. He passed away on May 2, 1377 at age 73. He was buried in Exeter Cathedral.

Browning, Charles H. The Magna Charta Barons and Their American Descendants. Philadelphia, 1898. 428. Web. This book is not accepted by the Baronial Order of Magna Charta.
6. HUGH DE COURTENAY, K.G., second Earl of Devon, second son, d. 1377, who m. 1325, Lady Margaret de Bohun

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

Margaret de Bohun 1311–1391

Twenty-Third Great Grandmother

Margaret de Bohun was born on Apr. 3, 1311. Margaret married Hugh de Courtenay on Aug. 11, 1325. She passed away on Dec. 16, 1391 at age 80. She was buried in Exeter Cathedral.

Bigelow, Melville M. "The Bohun Wills." American Historical Review July 1896: 639-44. Web.
Will of Margaret de Courtenay, Countess of Devon, daughter of Humphrey de Bohun, Earl of Hereford and Essex, and Elizabeth Plantagenet, daughter of Edward the First. Born about 1310; married to Hugh de Courtenay August 11, 1325; died December 16, 1391.
Translated from a transcript of the original MS. in the Public Record Office, London (2 Rous), specially furnished.1
In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, I, Margaret de Courtenay, Countess of Devonshire, in good sound life and memory make this my will the 28th day of January, in the year of the Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ 1390, in this manner. First, I commend my soul to God and to our Lady Saint Mary and to all the saints of heaven, and my body to be buried in the Cathedral Church of Exeter near my lord.2 And I wish that my debts be first paid out of all my goods and chattels which I have on the day of my decease, and that satisfaction be made to all my servants if any of them be in arrear. And I will for my herce and pray my executors that there be no other herce around me except bars to save the people in the press from harm, and two tapers each of five pounds, the one at my head the other at my feet, without torches or other lights or work of carpentry around me. And I wish that on the day of my burial there be distributed among poor men and women £20, and that distribution be made first to women intending to set out for Egypt ['gisauntz en gypsyen']3 and to poor men and women who cannot go ['aler'] to each a groat, and then to my poor tenants the remainder. And I wish to be buried at the end of thirteen weeks, and that each day of the said time there shall be said for the souls of my lord and myself 'placebo et dirige,' and masses. And I bequeath for keeping house for the same time £100;
1 In the margin of the MS., 'Testamentum Domine Margarite Curtenaye Comitisse Devonie matris Domini [Hugonis de Curtenaye, Comitis Devonie].'
2 That is, her husband, who had died thirteen years before. The word here and elsewhere in this will translated 'my lord' is 'Mounsire,' or perhaps 'Mounseigneur'; it is written 'Mounsr.' and 'Monsr.'
3 That is, on pilgrimage. 'Gisauntz,' which can hardly be from 'geter' or 'jeter,' much less from 'giser,' is probably from 'quider' ('cuider'), pres. part. 'quisans,' Eng. 'guess' (compare 'quoth' and 'be-queath'), to be thinking or intending (to go). Skeat says that 'guess' is cognate with A.S. 'gitan,' Eng. 'get,' and that 'guess' at first probably meant 'to try to get.' Etymological Dict. 'Guess.' 'Trying to get to Egypt' would agree with the idea of the gift. Skeat does not mention 'quider.' On bequests for pilgrimages see Sharpe's Calendar of Wills, Introd. II. xxviii.; Bridgett, Our Lady's Dowry, chs. 9, 10.

if anything remains thereof I wish that so much in masses be chanted for my soul by the Friars Minorites of Exeter. And I wish that [memorial of] the day of my death shall be kept on the day after my interment. And I will for the souls of my lord and myself during the first year from my decease ten trentals.1 Item, I bequeath for the souls of my lord and myself to the Friars Minorites of Exeter for chanting seven annual diriges £10. Item, to the Friars Preachers of Exeter for chanting three annuals £4, 10sh. Item, I will for the souls of my lord and myself that one hundred poor men be clothed in coats, hats, shirts ['chemys'],2 and breeches ['breis'] and shoes. Item, I will for the souls of my lord and myself that £200 be distributed among the daughters of knights and gentlemen in aid of their marriage portions and to poor clerks3 to find [for them] at school, of which 100 marks to Margaret daughter of my son Philip de Courtenay, in aid of her marriage.4 Item, I bequeath for the shrine of Saint Albingh' £200. Item, I bequeath for my niece Courtenay of Canonlegh5 60sh. Item, I bequeath to the Abbess of Canonlegh 14sh. 4d. and to each nun ['dame'] there 3sh. 4d. Item, I bequeath to the Prioress of Polslo 13sh. 4d. and to each nun ['dame'] there 3sh. 4d. Item, to the Prioress of Cornworth 13sh. 4d. and to each nun there 3sh. 4d. Item, to the sisters of Ilchester6 13sh. 4d. Item, I bequeath to the Abbot and Convent of Ford7 100sh. and to each monk ['moigne'] there 3sh. 4d. and to each friar ['frere'] there 2sh. Item, I bequeath to the Prior and Convent of Henton Charterhouse 100sh. Item, I bequeath to the Prior of Bearliche and to the canons there 40sh. Item, I bequeath to our Lady of Walsingham my ring with which I was espoused and 40sh. Item, I bequeath to the Friars Preachers of Exeter 40sh. Item, to the Friars Minorites £10. Item, I pray, my very honored son [Archbishop] of Canterbury8 that the said Friars Minorites have £6, 13sh. 4d. to buy off a mark of rent which they carry out of their house yearly.9 Item, to the said friars a silver 'fesour.'10 Item, to brother John Trewynt 100sh. Item, I bequeath to the Bishop
1 That is (it seems) ten times the thirty masses on thirty days, or three hundred masses in as many days.
2 Speaking of the effigy of Richard the First at Fontevraud, as engraved by Stothard, Fairholt (Costume, I. 91) says: 'His tunic is white, and under this appears his camise or shirt.'
3 Clergy.
4 This provision in regard to marriage portions and poor clerks at school recalls the language of the famous Statute of Elizabeth in regard to gifts to charities. 43 Eliz. c. 4. See 1 Jarman, Wills, 200, 6th Am. ed. (Bigelow).
5 Canon Hill, Dorset ?
6 In Somerset.
7 Near Exeter.
8 This is the William de Courtenay before whom Wiclif had been summoned in 1377. He was then Bishop of London.
9 Interest at 10 per cent.
10 Utensil for dressing the vine. Jaubert's Glossaire, 'Fessour, fessoir.' 'Pioche large au milieu de la lame et terminée en pointe.' 'Houe, pioche pour les jardins.' Vayssier's Dict., 'Fessou.' Compare the gift to-day of a silver trowel.

John Ware 60sh. Item, I bequeath to each of the four orders, that is to say, Preachers, Minorites, Carmelites, Austins, 100sh. for their Chapter-general. Item, I bequeath for putting upon the high altar of Crukern1 20sh. Item, [upon] the altar of Colyton, 30sh. Item, upon the altar of Exminster 40sh. Item, upon the altar of the Church of Okehampton 30sh. Item, upon the altar of the Church of Chulmley 30sh. Item, upon the altar of the Church of Plympton 30sh. Item, I bequeath for the repair of the chancel of Colyford 40sh. Item, for the repair of the chancel of Musbury marsh2 40sh. Item, I bequeath to the Cathedral Church of Exeter a pair of basins which were for [washing] the hands of my lord for every day for ministering at the high altar. Item, I bequeath to William my son, Archbishop of Canterbury, a gilt chalice and my missal which I had from Sir William Weston, and my best bed with all the apparel which he may wish to choose, and my diamond which I had from Joan my daughter and 40 marks for a vestment and a silver gilt goblet ['godet'] which I had from my brother of Northampton.3 And I wish that the aforesaid bed, after the decease of my said very honored son, remain in the Priory of Canterbury. Item, I bequeath to my said very honored son a pair of silver basins with the arms of Courtenay on the bottom, with God's blessing and my own. Item, I bequeath to Sir ['Monsire'] John Cobham4 a silver hanap with cover [having the figure] of an eagle. Item, to my daughter Cobham £40. Item, to my daughter Luttrell £40 of that which she owes me and a tablet of wood painted for each day, for the altar,5 and my tablet of Cypress [Ipres work ?] with the [figure of a] hand, and my book called Tristram. Item, to my daughter Dengayne £40 and my two primers, and a book called Artur de Britaigne.6 Item, I bequeath to my son, Earl of Devonshire, all my swans in the town of Toppesham and twelve dishes and twelve saucers of silver and two silver chargers. Item, to my daughter, the countess, his wife £20. Item, I bequeath to my son Philip de Courtenay all my chapel [furnishing] with books, vestments, candlesticks, censers, surplices and all other appurtenances of my said chapel, except what I have otherwise willed by my testament. Item, a silver hanap, covered and gilt, which belonged to the Bishop of Exeter, and a pair of basins enamelled in the bottom with the arms of Hereford and Courtenay quartered. Item, a wagon ['caru'] with all the apparel, at Thurlston. Item, another at Yelton and another at Brodewyndesore,7 and the crucifix which I have carried for my worship and that Richard, his son, shall have it after his descease, with God's blessing and mine. Item, I bequeath to my daughter
1 In Dorset.
2 This was not the only Church-in-the-Marsh; there was a church of Stratford-in-the-Marsh — the Stratford near London. Most of the places just named in the text bear the same names still, and are in Devonshire.
3 William de Bohun, Earl of Northampton.
4 Her son-in-law.
5 See Inventory, ante, p 430 among effects of Eleanor, sister of testatrix.
6 The original, probably, of the romances of King Arthur.
7 Broad Windsor, in Dorset.

Lady Anne Courtenay a ring having a diamond, which I had from herself, [the ring being?] of gold chains,1 and £20. Item, I bequeath to Peter, my son, my red and green bed striped, with all the apparel, together with a Holland quilt ['quntepoynt'] striped with peacock's feathers and red velvet, a pair of sheets of Liège2 linen [figured] with quatrefoils, together with the best coverlet of menever, and a pair of silver basins having the arms of Hereford and Courtenay quartered in the bottom, enamelled, and a wagon ['carru'] with the apparel at 'Esteoker,' with God's blessing and mine. Item, to Sir ['Monsire'] Hugh Luttrell six dishes and six saucers of silver. Item, I bequeath to Richard Courtenay certain silver vessels of the value of £100, and that my very honored son of Canterbury have them in his keeping until he shall be of full age. And if he die under age, that my said very honored son dispose of them for my soul. Item, I bequeath to Hugh, son of the Earl of Devonshire, my little [grand] son, six dishes and six saucers of a sort. Item, I bequeath to Anneys Chamber[n]on3 £l3, 6sh. 8d. and a book of 'Medycynys et Marchasye,' and another book called 'Vices and Virtues,'4 and a book called 'Merlyn.'5 Item, to Alyson Anst 60 shillings. Item, to Margaret Drayton, my little [grand] daughter, £10, the which I have for her in my keeping, and also that she have £20 in the distribution of the £200 aforesaid. Item, I bequeath to the altar of the tomb of my lord and myself six towels having six frounces and twelve other towels, six pieces of linen for the altar, six albs, six amices having the apparel, six chasubles, six stoles together with six fanons, and two cruets of the round sort. Item, I bequeath to Thomas Staneys my beautiful diamond which I had from the queen.6 Item, to Sir Stephen the hermit ['Lermyte']7 of Crukern 40 shillings. Item, to John Radston 100 shillings. Item, to William Bykebury, to stock his lands, £20. Item, I wish that little Richard Hydon have 100 shillings of the £200 aforesaid, and that it be put to increase for him. Item, to Richard Trist 60 shillings (of the £200 aforesaid and that it be put to increase for him).8 Item, to
1 'Un anel ove un dyamaunt qe ieavoye de luy mesmes de Cheynes dor.'
2 A town in modern Belgium.
3 Probably the familiar Devonshire name Champernown, a family settled there before the time of this will (Gentleman's Magazine, III. 156, ed. Gomme), though, strangely enough, not appearing in the Index to Calendarium Cenealogicum.
4 'Vices and Virtues' appears also in the will of Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester, post, p. 647. The MS. has been printed by the Early Eng. Text Society, London, 1888, under the title, 'Vices and Virtues, being a soul's confession of its sins with Reason's description of the Virtues. A Middle-English dialogue of about A.D. 1200.' Edited by F. Holthausen.
5 Early Eng. Text Society, Wheatley; also in Geoffrey of Monmouth. And see Ellis, Early English Metrical Romances.
6 Probably Isabella, wife of her uncle, Edward the Second.
7 As to bequests to hermits and anchorites see Sharpe's Calendar of Wills, Introd. II. xxi. Most of the legatees following were probably of the household of the testatrix.
8 The words in parenthesis inserted, 'vacat.'

my monk1 of Donkeswelle 40 shillings. Item, to Sir Henry Brokelond 40 shillings. Item, to Sir John Dodyngton six dishes, six saucers of silver, and my red missal, and a lean colt. Item, to Sir John Stowford 60 shillings. Item, to Sir Laurens Hankyn 100 shillings. Item, to Sir John Hamond 60 shillings. Item, to Sir Nell Brode 40 shillings. Item, to Sir Thomas Attelee 100 shillings. Item, to Sir John Dagnel, parson of Ken, 40 shillings. Item, to Sir Walter [architect ?] of my lord's tomb 60 shillings. Item, to Otis Chambernon 100 shillings and a good colt. Item, to Henry Burton £13, 6sh. 8d. and the best horse-colt which he may wish to choose. Item, to Jankyn Farewey 60 shillings. Item, to William Amadas 60 shillings. Item, to Jankyn Baret 40 shillings. Item, to the Bishop of Exeter the best gold paternoster which I have. Item, to the Abbot of Clyve 60 shillings. Item, to John Roger £10. Item, to John Spore 60 shillings. Item, to Simkin, clerke of the kitchen 100 shillings. Item, to Robert Halle 60 shillings. Item, to Baldwin Haghell 60 shillings. Item, to William Fychet 60 shillings. Item, to John Blessy 100 shillings. Item, to William Rohe 40 shillings. Item, to John Freke 40 shillings. Item, to Richard Baldwin 40 shillings. Item, to Walter Secher 40 shillings. Item, to Roger Thorneston 40 shillings. Item, to Thomasyn Lavandre2 40 shillings. Item, to Alice her handmaid ['damisel'] 13sh. 4d. Item, to John Damisel Gardiner3 of Exminster 13sh. 4d. Item, to William Allen 13sh. 4d. Item, to Thomas Perkyn 20 shillings. Item, to Bertlot 20 shillings. Item, to Walter Squillere 13sh. 4d. Item, to Thomas Love 13sh. 4d. Item, to Andrew Baker 13sh. 4d. Item, to John Hicks 13sh. 4d. Item, to William Typpe 40 shillings of the £200 aforesaid. Item, to William Porter 20 shillings. Item, to Bendbowe 13sh. 4d. Item, to Walter, page of the stable, 13sh.4 Item, to John Matford 13sh. 4d. And I bequeath all the residue of all my goods and chattels not willed in this my testament to my said very honored son the Archbishop of Canterbury to dispose of for my soul. And I make and appoint my said very honored son, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and Sir ['Monsire'] John Cobham overseers ['surueyours'] of this my testament to oversee that all my will be accomplished. And for accomplishing this my testament I make and appoint as my executors my very dear sons Philip de Courtenay, Peter de Courtenay, Robert Wylford, Sir John Dodyngton, Otis Chambernoun, and Stephen Denclyve for the performing5 [the same] under the oversight of the said overseers in manner as aforesaid.6
[Probate not given.]
1 With 'mon moigne' compare 'monsire,' in the usage of the time. Both denote intimacy.
2 Tamasin of the laundry, probably.
3 Sic; but not to be taken as a person having three names. 'Gardiner' probably signifies occupation. 'Damisel' is odd.
4 These items, '13sh. 4d.' being a mark, it is probable that there is an omission here of the '4d.'
5 Redundant words.
6 Of the many great estates of the testatrix (Dugdale's Baronage, I. 640, for the list) one, Powderham, near Exeter, brought by her to her husband, is still the seat of the earls of Devon. The present earl, a descendant of one of the younger sons of the testatrix, is Rev. Henry Hugh Courtenay, Rector of Powderham. From the Courtenays, through the Grenvilles of Devon and Cornwall, has descended the distinguished family of Drakes of Ashe and other places in Devon; one of whom, John Drake, of Wiscombe, came to New England in 1630 and settled in Windsor, Connecticut, about 1636. From him, and two others of the Drake family who followed some years later, there are many descendants now living in the United States.

Browning, Charles H. The Magna Charta Barons and Their American Descendants. Philadelphia, 1898. 344. Web. This book is not accepted by the Baronial Order of Magna Charta.
6. LADY MARGARET DE BOHUN, sister of Sir William de Bohun, K.G., created Earl of Northampton, and of John and Humphrey, Earls of Hereford and Essex. She d. 15 Richard II.,* having m.† 1325, Sir Hugh Courtenay, K.G., second Earl of Devon, d. 1377, who distinguished himself in arms in the warlike reign of Edward III., and was one of the original members of the Order of Knights of the Garter.
* Her will dated January 28, 1390, given among the "Bohun Wills," American Historical Review, vol. i. 639.
† See her father's will, dated August 11, 1319.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

Sir Hugh de Courtenay

Twenty-Fourth Great Grandfather

Hugh de Courtenay married Agnes St. John. Hugh passed away on Dec. 23, 1340 in Devon, England. He was buried in Devon.

Browning, Charles H. The Magna Charta Barons and Their American Descendants. Philadelphia, 1898. 428. Web. This book is not accepted by the Baronial Order of Magna Charta.
5. SIR HUGH DE COURTENAY, Lord Oakhampton, 1299, created Earl of Devon in 1335, who m. Agnes, daughter of Sir John St. John and sister of Baron St. John, of Basing

Sir Hugh de Courtenay

Twenty-Fifth Great Grandfather

Hugh de Courtenay married Alianore le Despencer.

Browning, Charles H. The Magna Charta Barons and Their American Descendants. Philadelphia, 1898. 428. Web. This book is not accepted by the Baronial Order of Magna Charta.
1. Robert de Vere, a Surety for the Magna Charta, Earl of Oxford, lord great chamberlain, had by his wife, Lady Isabel de Bolebec:
2. SIR HUGH DE VERE, Earl of Oxford, lord great chamberlain, d. 1263, had by his wife, Lady Hawyse, daughter of Saher de Quincey, a Magna Charta Surety, Earl of Winchester:
3. LADY ISABEL DE VERE, who m. John de Courtenay, lord of Oakhampton, Devonshire, and had:
4. SIR HUGH DE COURTENAY, lord of Oakhampton, who m. Lady Alianore, sister of Hugh, Earl of Winchester, and daughter of Hugh, Baron le Despencer, justiciary of England, k. at Evesham

Humphrey de Bohun

Twenty-Fourth Great Grandfather

Humphrey de Bohun married Elizabeth on Nov. 14, 1302. Humphrey died on Mar. 16, 1322 in North Yorkshire, England. He was killed in the Battle of Boroughbridge.

Browning, Charles H. The Magna Charta Barons and Their American Descendants. Philadelphia, 1898. 344. Web. This book is not accepted by the Baronial Order of Magna Charta.
5. HUMPHREY DE BOHUN, Earl of Hereford and Essex, lord high constable, He was taken prisoner in the Scotch wars and was exchanged for the wife of Robert Bruce, then a captive in England. Subsequently he joined the banner of the insurrectionary Barons, under Lancaster, and was killed at Boroughbridge, March 16, 1321–2. He m. November 14, 1302, Princess Elizabeth, b. 1282, d. 1316, widow of Sir John, Earl of Holland, and daughter of EDWARD I., KING OF ENGLAND, by his first wife, Eleanor of Castile

Elizabeth of Rhuddlan 1282–1316

Twenty-Fourth Great Grandmother

Elizabeth was born on Aug. 7, 1282. She married Humphrey de Bohun on Nov. 14, 1302. She died on May 5, 1316 in Quendon, Essex, England at age 33. She was buried in Essex.

Humphrey de Bohun

Twenty-Fifth Great Grandfather

Humphrey de Bohun married Maud de Fiennes in 1275. Humphrey passed away on Dec. 31, 1298 in Pleshey, Essex, England. He was buried in Essex.

Browning, Charles H. The Magna Charta Barons and Their American Descendants. Philadelphia, 1898. 344. Web. This book is not accepted by the Baronial Order of Magna Charta.
4. HUMPHREY DE BOHUN, who succeeded as Earl of Hereford and Essex and lord high constable, d. 1298. He m. Lady Maud, daughter of Ingelram de Fienes

Eleanor de Braose

Twenty-Sixth Great Grandmother

Eleanor de Braose married Humphrey de Bohun.

Humphrey de Bohun

Twenty-Seventh Great Grandfather

Humphrey de Bohun married Maud de Lusignan.

Browning, Charles H. The Magna Charta Barons and Their American Descendants. Philadelphia, 1898. 343. Web. This book is not accepted by the Baronial Order of Magna Charta.
2. HUMPHREY DE BOHUN, Earl of Hereford and Essex, d. 1274–5. He was a very distinguished person among the rebellious Barons, temp. Henry III. In 47 Henry III. he and other Barons were excommunicated for plundering churches in time of war, and was one of the commanders at the battle of Lewes, and was constituted governor of Goodrich and Winchester Castles. He m. first, Lady Maud, daughter of Raoul, Baron d'Eue, d. s. p. m.

Henry de Bohun

Twenty-Eighth Great Grandfather

Henry de Bohun passed away on Jun. 1, 1220.

Browning, Charles H. The Magna Charta Barons and Their American Descendants. Philadelphia, 1898. 343. Web. This book is not accepted by the Baronial Order of Magna Charta.
1. Henry de Bohun, one of the Sureties for the Magna Charta, Earl of Hereford, lord high constable of England, d. 1220, m. Lady Maud, daughter of Geoffrey Fitz-Piers, Baron de Mandeville, first Earl of Essex, lord high justice of England, and sister of Geoffrey de Mandeville, one of the Sureties for the Magna Charta

William Bonville

Twentieth Great Grandfather

William Bonville married Margaret Grey. William was beheaded on Feb. 18, 1461.

Margaret Grey

Twentieth Great Grandmother

Margaret Grey married William Bonville.

Edward I of England 1239–1307

Twenty-Fifth Great Grandfather

Edward was born in 1239 in Westminster, London, England. He married Eleanor on Nov. 1, 1254. He passed away on Jul. 7, 1307 in Burgh by Sands, Cumberland, England. He was buried in Westminster Abbey.

Westminster Abbey, London. 2013.

Eleanor of Castile

Twenty-Fifth Great Grandmother

Eleanor married Edward on Nov. 1, 1254. She passed away in 1290 in England. She was buried in Westminster Abbey.

Westminster Abbey, London. 2013.

Henry III of England 1207–1272

Twenty-Sixth Great Grandfather

Henry was born on Oct. 1, 1207 in Hampshire, England. He married Eleanor on Jan. 14, 1236 at Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, England. He passed away on Nov. 16, 1272 in Westminster, London, England at age 65. He was buried in Westminster Abbey.

Westminster Abbey, London. 2013.

Eleanor of Provence

Twenty-Sixth Great Grandmother

Eleanor married Henry on Jan. 14, 1236 at Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, England. She passed away in 1291 in Amesbury, Wiltshire, England. She was buried in Amesbury.

Ferdinand III of Castile

Twenty-Sixth Great Grandfather

Ferdinand married Joan in 1237 in Burgos, Spain. He passed away on May 30, 1252 in Seville, Andalusia, Spain. He was buried in Seville Cathedral.

William de Braose

Twenty-Seventh Great Grandfather

William de Braose married Eva Marshal. William was hanged on May 2, 1230 in Gwynedd, Wales.

Tout, T. F. The History of England. 1905. 38. Web.
At Easter, Llewelyn took a drastic revenge on the adulterer. He seized William in his own castle at Builth, and on May 2 hanged him on a tree in open day in the presence of 800 witnesses.

Eva Marshal 1203–1246

Twenty-Seventh Great Grandmother

Eva Marshal was born in 1203 in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Eva married William de Braose.

John, King of England 1166–1216

Twenty-Seventh Great Grandfather

John was born on Dec. 24, 1166. He married Isabella in 1200 in France. He died in 1216. His death was due to dysentery. He was buried in Worcester Cathedral.

Isabella of Angoulême

Twenty-Seventh Great Grandmother

Isabella married John in 1200 in France. She passed away in 1246 in France. She was buried in Fontevraud Abbey.

Henry II of England 1133–1189

Twenty-Eighth Great Grandfather

Henry was born on Mar. 5, 1133. He married Eleanor on May 18, 1152. He passed away on Jul. 6, 1189 at age 56. He was buried in Fontevraud Abbey.

Eleanor of Aquitaine

Twenty-Eighth Great Grandmother

Eleanor married Henry on May 18, 1152. She passed away in 1204. She was buried in Fontevraud Abbey.

Geoffrey Plantagenet 1113–1151

Twenty-Ninth Great Grandfather

Geoffrey was born on Aug. 24, 1113. He married Matilda on Jun. 17, 1128. He died on Sep. 7, 1151 at age 38.

Empress Matilda

Twenty-Ninth Great Grandmother

Matilda married Geoffrey on Jun. 17, 1128. She passed away on Sep. 10, 1167.

Margaret of Huntingdon 1145–1201

Ancestor (5)

Margaret married Humphrey.

Henry of Scotland 1114–1152

Ancestor (4)

Henry married Ada in 1139 in England. He died on Jun. 12, 1152.

Ada de Warenne

Thirtieth Great Grandmother

Ada married Henry in 1139 in England. She passed away in 1178.

David I of Scotland

Ancestor (3)

David passed away on May 24, 1153.

Henry I of England

Thirtieth Great Grandfather

Henry married Matilda on Nov. 11, 1100. He passed away on Dec. 1, 1135 in Normandy, France. He was buried in Berkshire, England.

Matilda of Scotland

Ancestor (3)

Matilda married Henry on Nov. 11, 1100. She died on May 1, 1118. She was buried in Westminster Abbey.

Westminster Abbey, London. 2013.

William the Conqueror

Thirty-First Great Grandfather

William married Matilda. He passed away on Sep. 9, 1087 in Rouen, Seine-Maritime, Normandy, France. He was buried in Caen, Calvados, Normandy.


Twenty-Sixth Great Grandmother

Joan married Ferdinand in 1237 in Burgos, Spain. She passed away on Mar. 16, 1279.

Alfonso IX of León 1171–1230

Twenty-Seventh Great Grandfather

Alfonso was born on Aug. 15, 1171 in Spain. He married Berengaria in 1197. He passed away in 1230 in Sarria, Lugo, Galicia, Spain. He was buried in Galicia.

Malcolm III of Scotland

Ancestor (2)

Malcolm died on Nov. 13, 1093 in Northumberland, England. He was killed in the Battle of Alnwick.

Richard Grenville

Sixteenth Great Uncle

Richard Grenville married Matilda Beville. Richard passed away on Mar. 18, 1550.

Sir Richard Grenville 1542–1591

Second Cousin Fifteen Times Removed

Richard Grenville was born in 1542 in Bideford, Devon, England.

Allen, W. C. North Carolina History Stories. Richmond, 1901. 17-20. Web.
It was with pleasure that Manteo and Manchese once more saw the land of their birth. They had been absent about eight months, and had seen much of the world. They were overjoyed to see the smooth waters of the sound and, in the distance, the forests where they had so often roamed.
As soon as the ships reached Wocoken they cast anchor. There were more than a hundred men on board. Ralph Lane was governor of the new colony and Sir Richard Grenville was commander of the ships. Manteo was sent to Roanoke Island to inform the king of their arrival. While waiting for him to return, Grenville and Lane, with about a dozen others, crossed over the sound and explored a large part of the neighboring country. They were received in a kindly manner by the Indians. Several villages were visited. Everywhere the best of feeling existed between the Indians and the English.
One night they stopped at Aquascogoc, a small village with about twenty wigwams. The Indians were glad to see the strangers, and welcomed them to their homes. The night passed very pleasantly.
Next morning Grenville and his party left to go to another place. They bade farewell to the savages, who crowded around to see them off. The white men thanked the Indians by signs for what they had done, and gave them presents.
On the next day, after having traveled a long distance from the village, one of the men found that a silver cup had been stolen from him. He told Sir Richard Grenville, and said that it had been stolen by an Indian in the village where they had spent the night. At once they returned to the village. Grenville sent word to the chief that the cup had been stolen and the thief must be caught. The chief sent word back that he would try to find the thief and the cup. Soon he came out to the white men with an Indian boy, who confessed that he had taken the cup, and promised to go back to the village and bring it.
The white men waited for some time, but the boy did not return. Nobody knows why he did not. Some one may have stolen the cup from him, or he may not have wanted to give up what pleased him so much. The white men became restless. Soon they lost their tempers and began to shout and curse. The Indians became frightened and began to run. Grenville and his men fired their guns at the fleeing savages. Then they charged into the village and began to destroy everything they could find. As they went through the village they searched for the cup, but could not find it, and this made them still more angry.
They set fire to the village and burned every wigwam to the ground. They searched the country around to find the boy who had stolen the cup, but he was nowhere to be seen. They then set fire to the fields of grain and destroyed everything in sight.
This was the beginning of bad feeling between the Indians and the white men. It was wrong for the Indian to steal the cup, but there was no reason for the white men to act as they did. The Indians never forgave them for it. Manchese, who had never had any fondness for the English, left them and began to plot their destruction.
After having destroyed the Indian village and the fields of grain, Grenville and his party returned to their ships.
Soon Manteo came back bringing an invitation from Wirgina, the king of Roanoke Island, to the white men, bidding them come there to make their settlement. This invitation was accepted, and the whole company set sail for that place.
Governor Lane and the colonists received a cordial welcome when they reached Roanoke Island. King Wirgina sent kindly messages and gave them lands upon which to build their homes. Other Indians helped them unload the ships and erect their houses.
Soon they had a nice little village of huts. Then they took from the ships all the household furniture they had brought over. Lane and his men worked hard, and soon had comfortable homes. Sir Richard Grenville then sailed away to England, leaving the colony to live or die in a strange land.
At first the Indians came to see them every day, and were very friendly. Later they did not come so often. They began to show some unfriendliness. They had heard how Governor Lane and some of his men had burned the Indian town because they could not find the silver cup. But Manteo was a strong friend, and remained so.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

Sir Bernard Grenville 1567–1636

Third Cousin Fourteen Times Removed

Bernard Grenville married Elizabeth Bevill.

Sir Bevil Grenville 1595–1643

Fourth Cousin Thirteen Times Removed

Bevil Grenville was baptized on Mar. 1, 1595 in Withiel, Cornwall, England. Bevil married Grace Smith. He was wounded in action on Jul. 5, 1643 in Somerset, England. He was buried on Jul. 26, 1643 in Kilkhampton, Cornwall.

Cornwall. Online Parish Clerks. Baptisms. 1595. Web.
Date: March 1
Parish: Withiel
Name: Bevill Grenfill
Father: Barnardii

Cornwall. Online Parish Clerks. Burials. 1643. Web.
Date: July 26
Parish: Kilkhampton
Name: Sir Bevill Grenville
Note: Knight

Bernard Granville 1631–1701

Fifth Cousin Twelve Times Removed

Bernard Granville was born on Mar. 4, 1631. Bernard married Anne Morley. He passed away on Jun. 14, 1701 at age 70.

Sir Bevil Granville 1665–1706

Sixth Cousin Eleven Times Removed

Bevil Granville was baptized on Mar. 10, 1665. Bevil was knighted on May 28, 1686. He died on Sep. 15, 1706.

Sarah Gildersleeve Fife 1885–1949

Fifth Cousin Four Times Removed

Sarah Gildersleeve was born on Sep. 28, 1885 in Connecticut. Sarah married Robert Herndon Fife. She passed away on May 20, 1949 in Hartford, Connecticut at age 63. She was buried in Portland, Connecticut.

Charles Fuller Gildersleeve 1833–1906

Fourth Cousin Five Times Removed

Charles Fuller Gildersleeve was born on Oct. 17, 1833 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Charles married Mary Elizabeth Herchmer in 1863. He passed away on Jan. 18, 1906 in Kingston at age 72. He was buried in the Cataraqui Cemetery in Kingston.

A Cyclopædia of Canadian Biography. Ed. Geo. Maclean Rose. Toronto, 1886. 586-87. Web.
Gildersleeve, Charles F., ex-Mayor, Kingston, was born in Kingston, on the 17th of October, 1833, his parents being Henry and Sarah (Finkle) Gildersleeve. His father had come from Portland, Connecticut, in 1816, settling in Kingston; and was a shipbuilder, an owner of steamboats, and a very active and successful man of business. The maternal grandfather of Charles F. Gildersleeve was a United Empire loyalist. C. F. Gildersleeve was educated at Upper Canada College, Toronto, and studied law, first at Kingston, and afterwards at Toronto. In 1859 he was called to the bar, and he practised his profession for five years at Kingston. In 1864 he entered the steamboat business on Lake Ontario, and was the owner of the Norseman, which ran between Rochester and Port Hope, and of the Hastings, which plyed between Kingston and Belleville. He has been president of the Kingston and Pembroke Railway Company, and was for a period vice-president of the Canadian Navigation Company. He always took a great interest in promoting civic interests, and his zeal and achievements were recognized by his repeated election to the council board, and to the chair of chief magistrate in 1879. The Kingston and Pembroke Railway, already alluded to, in the formation of which Mr. Gildersleeve took a prominent part, has added in a large degree to the commercial progress of Kingston. It is the shortest route between the principal lumbering rivers of Ontario and the American market, and throws open for settlement a large agricultural area. Mr. Gildersleeve comes of a family of sturdy, capable and successful men of business. This family was especially conspicuous as shipbuilders, the sixth generation of the Gildersleeves having engaged in that occupation at Portland, Conn. When the father of ex-Mayor Gildersleeve went to Kingston in 1816 he assisted in building the Frontenac, the first steamboat launched on Lake Ontario. Soon afterwards he built for a company the steamboat Charlotte, he himself being the principal owner and manager, till his death in 1851. The eldest son, Overton Gildersleeve, was for many years mayor of Kingston. Upon the death of his father he assumed the management of the business, and continued at the head of the same till his death, which occurred in 1864. His brother, Charles, the subject of this memoir, then became manager, and has held that position since, his undertakings being characterised by a wise mixture of prudence and enterprise. The steamboat interest, at the head of which is Charles Gildersleeve, is in all probability the oldest on the continent. Mr. Gildersleeve is a staunch Reformer, and has held office in the local association of his party. He is a master Mason, and a staunch member of the Church of England. He married, in June, 1863, Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Charles L. Herchmer, of Belleville, Ontario. There is issue by this marriage two children.

Gildersleeve, Willard Harvey. Gildersleeves of Gildersleeve, Conn. Meriden, 1914. 28-29. Web.
Born Kingston, Ontario, 17 Oct., 1833; d. there 18 Jan., 1906; m. Mary Elizabeth, dau. of Charles L. Herchmer, of Belleville. Educated Upper Canada College where he took a scholarship. He studied for and was admitted to the bar in 1859. He then traveled in Europe. On his brother Overton's death in 1864, he gave up law to take the management of the steamboat business in which his father and brother had been engaged since 1817. In his marine career, he built and owned the steamers Corinthian, Norseman, Maud, Welshman, and North King. He also owned the Empress, Bay of Quinte, Hastings and Hero. They ran between Rochester, Port Hope, Bay of Quinte ports and Kingston. In 1893, he formed the Lake Ontario and Bay of Quinte Steamboat Co., which took over his steamers, he becoming the first manager. In March, 1894, he was appointed general manager of the Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Company which controls the traffic by water, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec and Saguenay River. In this he showed his marine genius. No dividends had been paid for eight years but his first year of management yielded vastly improved results. His efforts made the services the most efficient in the world. He advocated the construction of several large boats and the result was the "Toronto," the "Kingston" and the "Montreal," lake passenger steamers that cannot be excelled. He retired in 1904, after ten years of splendid service, to his old home in Kingston, where he looked after the interests of the Bay of Quinte Co., as president and manager.
From 1864 to 1894, he was active in municipal affairs, as alderman twenty-two years and mayor in 1879. He led in the promotion of the Kingston and Pembroke R. R., and was president for years. He also helped establish the Kingston School of Mining. In religion he was an Anglican, member of St. George's Cathedral, where his family had worshipped for ninety years. In enlarging the edifice, he was chairman of the building committee. In politics, he was a liberal of the old school. Marine men always spoke of the splendid condition that his boats were kept in. Interests and safety of the traveling public, he always had in view and that was why the Gildersleeve boats were so popular. He was elected first president of the Dominion Marine Association, when formed in 1903. He died 1 a. m. Jan. 18, 1906, Thursday, in Kingston, the funeral services being conducted by the Bishop of Ontario. He was buried in the Cataraqui cemetery. Mrs. Gildersleeve resides at 199 King street, Kingston, Ont., Canada.

Overton Smith Gildersleeve 1825–1864

Fourth Cousin Five Times Removed

Overton Smith Gildersleeve was born on Jan 13, 1825 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Overton married Louisa Anne Draper on Aug. 16, 1850. He died on Mar. 9, 1864 in Kingston. His death at age 39 was due to stroke. He was buried in the Cataraqui Cemetery in Kingston.

A Cyclopædia of Canadian Biography. Ed. Geo. Maclean Rose. Toronto, 1886. 587. Web.
The eldest son, Overton Gildersleeve, was for many years mayor of Kingston. Upon the death of his father he assumed the management of the business, and continued at the head of the same till his death, which occurred in 1864. His brother, Charles, the subject of this memoir, then became manager, and has held that position since, his undertakings being characterised by a wise mixture of prudence and enterprise.

Gildersleeve, Willard Harvey. Gildersleeves of Gildersleeve, Conn. Meriden, 1914. 27-28. Web.
Born Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 13 Jan., 1825; d. there 9 Mar., 1864. Educated at Upper Canada College where he took a scholarship and then studied law in Kingston and his last year in Toronto where all the judges of the high courts resided. After a trip to Europe, he m. 16 Aug., 1850, Louisa Anne, b. Toronto, 16 Aug., 1832; d. Toronto, 16 April, 1851, dau. of Judge William Henry and Augusta (White) Draper. (Judge Draper was chief justice of Upper Canada in 1863.) She was then 18 years old, of a very sweet disposition and a highly cultivated voice. The following spring she caught cold which turned into a rapid decline. Taken to Toronto for a change, she soon died. Overton went to England, then returned in September. 1 Oct., 1851, his father died and he became head of the house and gave up law practice as the large business interests of the steamboats engaged his attention. He was a most energetic citizen, being twice mayor, 1855-56 and 1861-2, of Kingston. In 1860, he traveled to the West Indies and Mexico.

William Camp Gildersleeve 1795–1871

Fifth Cousin Five Times Removed

William Camp Gildersleeve was born on Dec. 6, 1795 in Georgia. William passed away on Oct. 11, 1871 in Pennsylvania at age 75.

Champion, Andrew Quinn, trans. Scranton Wochenblatt 12 Oct. 1871. 6 Jan. 2017. Web.
William C. Gildersleeve, a Resident of Wilkes-Barre from the previous Century, died on Wednesday. Because of his Niggerlove he was once subjected to some Persecutions.

Hollister, H. "The Gildersleeve Episode." The Historical Record. Ed. F. C. Johnson. Vol. VIII. Wilkes-Barre, 1899. 337-38. Web. This is an eye-witness account of the disgraceful affair in 1839.
At this time the North, not only in Congress, but out of it, was controlled wholly by the South. Southerners taught us to believe that without slavery the country would go to the devil at once. Nearly everybody believed it. The smooth words of Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun were law in the land in regard to slavery. The fugitive slave law had not been enacted, but every Northern man was told and taught that to catch a runaway "nigger" was a duty he owed his God and his country. The poor, sore-footed, hungry slave who sought liberty in flight, found only here and there a friend to give him aid, shelter and food. Those who did were called Abolitionists, in disdain. They were hooted and howled at almost as bad as the escaping slave and everywhere and time were treated with contempt. Not only this, but their families were ostracised from society. They had few, if any, associates. A fugitive slave found his way to Wilkes-Barre and was directed to Montrose on his way to Canada. Wm. C. Gildersleeve was a philanthropist and the great Abolitionist of Wilkes-Barre. He was a zealous, generous, warm-hearted man who thought that all men were born free and none should be slaves. These sound doctrines he owned in public, greatly to his prejudice in the Wilkes-Barre community. His convictions were strong and he defied public opinion. The people looked upon him as a public enemy and it needed little incentive for a demonstration.
At about this time an incident in Wilkes-Barre hastened and intensified the Gildersleeve affair. At the Phoenix hotel, where the popular Gilchrist pampered to the Southerners, an escaped slave was employed as waiter. His former master, with two or three friends, dined here one day when the negro made his appearance to serve the guests. The master sprang for his former slave, who with a brave and friendly carving knife defended himself as he could and finally escaped running across the street and leaping into the Susquehanna river below the bridge and swimming vigorously across and escaped in spite of the pistol shots fired after him.
I landed my boat in the Wilkes-Barre basin one evening where but the single house of Mr. Brobst stood … and ventured up to the Public Square, where a great crowd of people were standing. In the then small, quiet town this thing was unusual, and I ventured to inquire what was going on. "Riding Gildersleeve on a rail" was the reply. He had been taken from his house, divested of all his clothing but his pantaloons, placed on an ordinary rough fence rail, supported by a man on each side and carried by four or five strong men. From his head to his pants he was covered with tar and feathers, and though uncomplaining, presented a picture of despair. He made no protest, answered no questions, uttered no sounds. From the court house he was carried to the Phoenix Hotel, where several Southern sympathizers looked on approvingly, then taken up River street to the old Redoubt, then turning to the right across Union street down by the residence of Andrew Beaumont, who lived in a three-story building on the corner. Beaumont was then the great Democratic chief of Luzerne county. He was father-in-law of Samuel P. Collings, one of the best and brightest newspaper editors in the State. When Beaumont saw these disgraceful proceedings going on, he harangued the crowd and tried to disperse it as did Anthony H. Emley, a private banker, and Ed. Le Clerc, but succeeded indifferently. The excited throng carried Gildersleeve to his door on the inhospitable rail, admonished him to be careful in future and he vanished into his own house.
Though fifty-one years have passed, few are living who witnessed the transaction, but if any are remaining who participated in the affair they wish to blot the reminiscence out. No arrests were made because public opinion was averse to any conviction and any jury would have brought in a verdict of "served him right."

Portrait and Biographical Record of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania. 1897. 170. Web.
William Camp Gildersleeve, a native of Georgia … who died in 1871, was a merchant in Wilkesbarre, and in ante-bellum days was quite conspicuous by his connection with the underground railway; his Abolition sentiments brought him the dislike and even abuse of many of opposite opinions, but he persevered in his course and lived to see his judgment triumphantly vindicated by the people of the country. He was a son of Rev. Cyrus Gildersleeve, who was born on Long Island and became the first pastor of the Wilkesbarre Presbyterian Church.

Scranton Wochenblatt 12 Oct. 1871. Chronicling America. Web.
William C. Gilderſleeve, ein Bewohner von Wilkesbarre aus dem vorigen Jahrhundert, ſtarb am Mittwoch. Wegen ſeiner Niggerliebe war er früher manchen Verfolgungen ausgeſetzt.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

Sir James Whitney

Fourth Cousin Six Times Removed

James Pliny Whitney was knighted in 1908. Sir James passed away on Sep. 25, 1914.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

Alfred Mundy 1809–1877

Eighth Cousin Eight Times Removed

Alfred Miller Mundy was born on Jan. 9, 1809. Alfred passed away on Mar. 29, 1877 at age 68.

Walter Guion 1849–1927

Fourth Cousin Seven Times Removed

Walter Guion was born Apr. 3, 1849. Walter passed away on Feb. 7, 1927 at age 77. He was buried in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

Legislature Office Party
Congress Senator from LA Democratic

David Wendell Guion 1892–1981

Fifth Cousin Six Times Removed

David Wendell Guion was born on Dec. 15, 1892. David passed away on Oct. 17, 1981 at age 88. He was buried in the Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger, Texas.

John Isaac Guion 1802–1855

Third Cousin Eight Times Removed

John Isaac Guion was born on Nov. 18, 1802. John passed away on Jun. 6, 1855 at age 52. He was buried in Jackson, Mississippi.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

State Office Party
Mississippi Governor Democratic

Connie Guion 1882–1971

Fifth Cousin Six Times Removed

Connie Myers Guion was born on Aug. 29, 1882. Connie passed away on Apr. 29, 1971 at age 88. She was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Stephen Barker Guion 1820–1885

Fourth Cousin Seven Times Removed

Stephen Barker Guion was born on Jun. 17, 1820. Stephen passed away on Dec. 20, 1885 at age 65.

William Howe Guion 1818–1886

Fourth Cousin Seven Times Removed

William Howe Guion was born on Feb. 6, 1818. William married his cousin Amanda Guion. He passed away on Jan. 9, 1886 at age 67. He was buried in Rye, New York.

Stufflebean, Debra Guiou, comp. "Descendants of Louis Guion, Ecuyer." May 2017: 21. Kansas Writer. Web.
WILLIAM HOWE GUION [b. Feb 6, 1818 - d. Jan 9, 1886] Buried Rye, Westchester Co
Partner with Stephen B. Guion & John Stanton Williams – Black Star European Steamers
m. AMANDA GUION (his cousin)

Daniel Denton

Ninth Great Grandfather

Daniel Denton was born in Yorkshire, England. Daniel married Abigail Stevenson and divorced in 1672. He married Hannah Leonard on Apr. 24, 1676 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He passed away in 1703 in New York.

Royster, Paul. Daniel Denton. Lincoln: U of Nebraska, 1984. 1-5. Web.
Daniel Denton, son of the first Presbyterian minister in America, wrote a promotional tract in 1670 to encourage English settlement of territories lately seized from the Dutch. Denton’s A Brief Description of New‐York gives an account of the geographical features and general economy of the country surrounding New York, relates some customs of the native inhabitants, and offers incentives and advice to prospective settlers.
Denton was born around 1626 in Yorkshire, England, son of Helen Windlblank and the Reverend Richard Denton. In the 1640s he accompanied his father to Massachusetts, Connecticut, and eventually Long Island. In 1650 he was made town clerk of Hempstead, where his father was pastor, and in 1656 he held the same position in the town of Jamaica. When his father removed to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Denton remained on Long Island, and in 1664 he became one of the grantees of a patent at Elizabethtown, New Jersey. In 1665 and 1666 he served as justice of the peace in New York. Around 1659, Denton married Abigail Stevenson, who bore three children, and from whom he was divorced in 1672. The two elder children, Daniel and Abigail, remained with their father, while the infant daughter, Mercy, accompanied her mother, who subsequently remarried. Denton left New York for England in 1670 (which may have occasioned his divorce), and there he evidently participated in settlement enterprises and possibly in the newly acquired (by the English) fur trade.
A Brief Description of New‐York: Formerly Called New‐Netherlands is a twenty‐five‐page pamphlet describing the topography, climate, soil, fauna and flora, settlements, crops, products, trades and occupations of the area between the Hudson and Delaware rivers, including Manhattan Island, Staten Island, and Long Island. Denton also included in his pamphlet some anecdotal relations of Indian customs and society. Quite understandably, he did not describe the Indians as a threatening presence, noting that “it hath been generally observed, that where the English come to settle, a Divine Hand makes way for them: by removing or cutting off the Indians, either by Wars one with the other, or by some raging mortal Disease.” Likewise, Denton gave little attention to the Dutch inhabitants of New York, other than to remark how much more effective British force would be in controlling the Indians.
The recurrent theme of Denton’s tract is the New World’s availability of land, and it lays its greatest stress on the material advantages and opportunities of colonial life: “here any one may furnish himself with land, and live rent‐free, yea, with such a quantity of land, that he may weary himself with walking over his fields of Corn, and all sorts of Grain.” The pamphlet’s strongest appeal is to “those which Fortune hath frowned upon in England, to deny them an inheritance amongst their Brethren, . . . [who] may procure here inheritances of land and possessions, stock themselves with all sorts of Cattel, enjoy the benefit of them whilst they live, and leave them to the benefit of their children when they die.” Denton identified America (specifically New York) with this particular trajectory of success, and his tract represents an early prototype of the myth of American soil as the “land of opportunity”: “How many poor people in the world would think themselves happy, had they an Acre or two of Land, whilst here is hundreds, nay thousands of Acres, that would invite inhabitants.”
Denton’s pamphlet reflects other characteristic colonial attitudes as well—most notably a sense of the self‐reliant egalitarian flavor of American society, “where a Waggon or Cart gives as good content as a Coach, and a piece of their home‐made Cloth, better than the finest Lawns or richest Silks,” and a typically Puritan reference to America as the new Promised Land: “I must needs say, that if there be any terrestrial Canaan, ‘tis surely here, where the Land floweth with milk and honey.” Denton was anxious in this last passage to be understood in a literal as well as typological sense, and indeed the secular note dominates throughout the tract. Denton’s early vision of the westward expansion of English culture and his mode of representing the American wilderness as an agrarian frontier were well on their way to becoming conventional tropes in a formalized rhetoric of the New World. Denton’s book exemplifies the migration of ideas from New England southward and westward across the continent, and also the capacity of those ideas to adapt and develop in response to local circumstances.
After A Brief Description of New‐York, Denton published nothing more. He returned to America in 1673, settling in Piscataway in East Jersey, where he was appointed magistrate. The next year, however, he removed to Springfield, Massachusetts, where he taught school and served as the town recorder. In 1676 he married Hannah Leonard by whom he had six children—Hannah, Samuel, Sarah, Elizabeth, Thomas, and Alice. He returned to Jamaica, New York, in 1684, became county clerk of Queens County in 1689, and died intestate in 1703.

Samuel Fowler 1779–1844

Fourth Cousin Eight Times Removed

Samuel Fowler was born on Oct. 30, 1779 in Newburgh, New York. Samuel passed away on Feb. 20, 1844 in Franklin, New Jersey at age 64. He was buried in New Jersey.

Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography. Ed. James Grant Wilson and John Fiske. Vol. II. New York, 1888. 518. Web.
FOWLER, Samuel, physician, b. near Newburg, N. Y., 30 Oct., 1779; d. in Franklin, N. J., 21 Feb., 1844. He studied medicine in Philadelphia, and, after being licensed in 1800, began practise in Hamburg, N. J. A few years later removed to Franklin, where he subsequently resided, enjoying a high reputation on account his scientific knowledge. He interested himself politics, and represented his county in the upper branch of the New Jersey legislature, and also his state in congress, to which he was twice elected as a Jackson Democrat, serving from 2 Dec., 1833, till 4 March, 1837. As a mineralogist he held deservedly a high rank. The zinc-mines in Franklin were once owned by him, and his descriptions of the minerals found in their vicinity, particularly the franklinite, said to have been named by him, led to the development of its metallurgy. The rare mineral, fowlerite, was discovered by him. He contributed frequent descriptions of New Jersey minerals to scientific and other journals.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.
Legislature Office Party
Congress Representative from NJ Democratic

Samuel Fowler 1851–1919

Sixth Cousin Six Times Removed

Samuel Fowler was born on Mar. 22, 1851 in Port Jervis, New York. Samuel passed away on Mar. 17, 1919 in Newark, New Jersey at age 67. He was buried in New Jersey.

Legislature Office Party
Congress Representative from NJ Democratic

Matthias Sention

Eleventh Great Grandfather

Matthias Sention was born in England. Matthias married Mary Tinker on Nov. 1, 1627 in England. He passed away on Oct. 19, 1669 in Norwalk, Connecticut. He was buried in Norwalk.

Matthias Sention 1628–1728

Eleventh Great Uncle

Matthias Sention was born in 1628 in England. Matthias married Elizabeth Seeley on Jun. 8, 1655 in Duxbury, Massachusetts. He passed away in 1728 in Norwalk, Connecticut. He was buried in Norwalk.

Mark Sension

Eleventh Great Uncle

Mark Sension passed away on Aug. 12, 1693 in Connecticut. He was buried in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Legislature Office
Connecticut Deputy from Norwalk

Stephen St. John 1735–1785

Third Cousin Nine Times Removed

Stephen St. John was born in 1735. Stephen passed away on May 9, 1785 in Norwalk, Connecticut. He was buried in Norwalk.

DAR #A099202 Service: Connecticut Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Legislature Office
Connecticut Representative from Norwalk

John St. John 1833–1916

Seventh Cousin Five Times Removed

John Pierce St. John was born on Feb. 25, 1833 in Brookville, Indiana. John passed away on Aug. 31, 1916 in Olathe, Kansas at age 83. He was buried in Olathe.

Branch: USA Unit: 143rd Regiment, Illinois Infantry Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
"St. John Is Dead." The Topeka Daily State Journal 1 Sept. 1916: 10. Chronicling America. Web.
Olathe. Kan., Sept. 1.—John P. St. John, candidate for the presidency on the Prohibition ticket in 1884, twice governor of Kansas and one of the most widely known temperance advocates in the United States, is dead here. He was 83 years old and had been in failing health since a heat prostration two months ago, while on a speaking tour.
While speaking at Jetmore, Kan., on June 20, in behalf of the Prohibition cause, Mr. St. John was overcome with the heat. He cancelled his speaking engagements and returned to his home, where he rallied sufficiently to enable him to attend the national Prohibition convention at St. Paul, Minn., in July. On his return home he spoke at Shelbyville, Ill., which proved to be his last public utterance.
John Pierce St. John was one of the most widely known temperance advocates in the United States. He was a candidate for president on the Prohibition ticket in 1884, and served two terms as governor of Kansas—1879-1883—during which Kansas became a prohibition state.
Born at Brookville, Ind., February 25, 1833, St. John served as a captain and lieutenant-colonel in the Civil war, and settled in Kansas, where he became a member of the state senate. He became a political factor when he won a fight to displace United States Senator Samuel B. Pomeroy. Pomeroy and St. John had been personal friends, but the latter became displeased at the way Pomeroy conducted himself as a senator, and thereupon championed John J. Ingalls, Pomeroy's opponent, who won. This made St. John a leader and resulted in his election as governor.
He was called a "traitor" when he deserted the Republican party and became a candidate for president on the Prohibition ticket in '84. During his campaign he was burned or hung in effigy more than 600 times. He was twice shot at, but unhurt. Many Republicans attributed the defeat of James G. Blaine for president to St. John's entrance into the race.
In 1912, notwithstanding his advanced age, he stumped Kansas for woman suffrage, declaring that when women had the vote they would have prohibition. In 1914 he campaigned in the east for prohibition, estimating that up to that time he had, altogether, traveled 350,000 miles and delivered 4,500 speeches in behalf of the prohibition cause.
When he was in the Kansas capitol he inaugurated the first "water banquet," with the result that liquor has been under taboo in the Kansas state house ever since.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

Eliphalet Lockwood 1675–1753

Tenth Great Uncle

Eliphalet Lockwood was born in 1675 in Connecticut. Eliphalet passed away on Oct. 14, 1753. He was buried in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Legislature Office
Connecticut Representative from Norwalk

James Lockwood 1683–1769

Tenth Great Uncle

James Lockwood was born on Apr. 21, 1683 in Norwalk, Connecticut. James passed away on May 5, 1769 in Norwalk at age 86. He was buried in the Pine Island Cemetery in Norwalk.

Legislature Office
Connecticut Representative from Norwalk
Unit: Norwalk Trainband Rank: Colonel

LeGrand Lockwood 1820–1872

Fourth Cousin Seven Times Removed

LeGrand Lockwood was born on Aug. 14, 1820 in Norwalk, Connecticut. LeGrand married Anna Louisa Benedict on Jun. 9, 1842. He passed away on Feb. 24, 1872 in New York at age 51. He was buried in Norwalk.

The Lockwood mansion is a National Historic Landmark in Norwalk. It was featured in House of Dark Shadows in 1970 and The Stepford Wives in 2004. In 2006, it was reported that the spirits of LeGrand and Ann haunt the mansion.

Bierstadt, Albert. The Domes of the Yosemite. 1867. Athenæum, St. Johnsbury. Web.
The Domes of the Yosemite fits so seamlessly into the Athenaeum's Art Gallery that it is difficult to imagine it elsewhere. Nevertheless, the work was originally commissioned for the Connecticut home of financier Legrand Lockwood well before the Athenaeum was founded. Lockwood was devastated by the depreciation of gold in 1869, however, and died soon thereafter in 1872. The $5,100 that the painting sold for at auction after Lockwood's death paled in comparison with the astonishing $25,000 that he originally paid Bierstadt for the work in 1867. The Domes was then purchased by Horace Fairbanks to be the visual centerpiece of the Athenaeum's Gallery addition.

Brown, Michael. "Xerox Gives Boost to Lockwood Mansion." The Hour [Norwalk] 5 June 2010. Web.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, a National Historic Landmark that which hosted the filming of the 2004 feature film "The Stepford Wives," accepted a $10,000 grant from the Xerox Foundation on Friday. The grant will help promote educational opportunities for Fairfield County third and fifth graders.
The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion was constructed between 1864 and 1868 and predates similar mansions in the Newport R.I. area by approximately 20 years, said Susan Gilgore, assistant executive director of the museum. In 1941 the mansion was sold to the City of Norwalk and thirty years later was declared a National Historic Landmark.
Patsy Brescia, treasurer of the museum, explained the mansion would use the Xerox Foundation's contribution to help establish tours for all Fairfield County students, not just Norwalk.
"We thought the grant would be a great way to give back to the Norwalk community," said Xerox Foundation President, Joseph Cahalan. "We are trying anything that will turn kids on to cherishing history."
With the current stresses and constraints on education, Calahan said, the Xerox Foundation felt they could help bring more students to the mansion with their donation.
The museum already hosts around 400 Norwalk students each year for tours of the mansion and Mathews Park.
"This is a perfect way to pass the love of history onto future generations," said Sheldon Gerarden, president and executive director of Lockwood-Mathews Mansion. "We thank the Xerox foundation for helping us enhance our outreach programs and future educational offerings to our region."
Since construction was completed in 1868, the 65-room mansion has played host to various Hollywood productions such as the "Stepford Wives," (2004) starring Nicole Kidman, and "The House of Dark Shadows," a 1970 feature film based on the 1960's gothic soap opera, Dark Shadows. The mansion is also a reminder of the rich history Fairfield County has to offer, Gerarden said.
The National Historic Landmark is currently run by roughly 35 volunteers and is overseen by a 21-member board. Funding for renovations comes primarily from private donations and grants, as well as from the City of Norwalk.
Over past 30 years Lockwood-Mathews Mansion has undergone serious renovations including a $1 million dollar renovation of its roof, and various refurbishing in the main rooms used for tours.
Despite funding from various groups, corporations, private donors and the City of Norwalk, Lockwood-Mathews Mansion is a work in progress, Gilgore said, adding: "There is still so much that needs to be done to preserve this amazing historic place."

Linsey, Patrick R. "Investigators Report Finding Spirits Living at Lockwood Mathews Mansion." The Hour [Norwalk] 25 Sept. 2006. Web.
LeGrand Lockwood lived in the Norwalk mansion now bearing his name for only four years before his death in 1872. But according to Lockwood Mathews Mansion Museum executive director Marjorie St. Aubyn and a team of paranormal investigators, the railroad tycoon and his wife, Ann, stuck around a lot longer than that.
Four researchers from Connecticut Paranormal Research and Investigations combed the museum from top to bottom Monday, and said the 62-room 138-year-old structure abounds with spiritual energy. Two of the presences felt most strongly, said lead investigator Christine Kaczynski, are those of Legrand and Ann Lockwood.
Kaczynski discussed her findings with her ragtag team standing in the imposing mansion's shadow in the Mathews Park, as they puffed on cigarettes and punched keys on a laptop.
"There! That's an orb!" she chirped, pointing to what looked like a small transparent ball of light in the corner of a photograph taken in the mansion that morning. To Kaczynski and her team, an orb is evidence of a spirit taking energy from the earthly world. To skeptics, an orb is a reflection of light in the camera's lens.
"It's going through levels of manifestation," she said of the glowing ball. "Sometimes, you'll actually get the outline of an individual. Energy never dies. It never ceases to exist. It just changes form."
If one were looking for spiritual energy, the Lockwood Mathews Mansion would seem a good place to start. The stunning "country manor" positively drips with history. Commissioned by Lockwood in 1864 as a triumph of the fortunes made with the rise of heavy industry in America, it was sold less than a decade later, after its patriarch saw financial ruin and an untimely death.
Members of the affluent Mathews family occupied the mansion for the next six decades, until it was sold to the city and fell into disrepair. Nearly razed, the structure was eventually sold to a non-profit foundation and restoration efforts have been ongoing in recent years.
St. Aubyn said that for as long as she has worked at the mansion, volunteers and staff have sensed an otherworldly presence: "People that work in the museum, I'd say, 'How come you left a mop in the middle of the rotunda?' and they'd say, 'Well the house told us to leave.'"
Witnessed have been a little girl in a white dress and a little boy, she said. Strange sounds are heard – doors slamming, children playing. The mansion has been a popular set for the entertainment industry, and a "man in a long frock coat" once spooked a burly production assistant on a film shoot.
Kaczynski said walking through the large door into the entrance room and rotunda, she and her team sensed a paranormal presence almost immediately.
"There's some very old places you can go in and every night of the year and not get anything," she said. Not at Lockwood Mathews.
She also provided assurances that none of the energy present at the mansion poses any danger to visitors or staff.
"These by no means are negative spirits," she said, "but they're still living their after lives here in the mansion. These spirits are living alongside the living."
It is when the edifice is dark and quiet that the spirits are most easily sensed, said Kaczynski, though she is quite sure they are active in the day, as dozens of volunteers, staff and visitors are traipsing through the museum.
The mansion has seen a resurgence in recent years, being used for fashion shows, financial seminars and holiday parties.
Laughed St. Aubyn: "And the Lockwoods party on."

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

John Platt 1632–1705

Ancestor (1)

John Platt was born on Jan. 11, 1632 in Ware, Hertfordshire, England. John married Hannah Clark. He passed away on Nov. 6, 1705 in Norwalk, Connecticut at age 73.

Legislature Office
Connecticut Deputy from Norwalk
Unit: Norwalk Trainband Rank: Sergeant

Stephen Whitney 1776–1860

Second Cousin Eight Times Removed

Stephen Whitney was born on Sep. 4, 1776 in Derby, Connecticut. Stephen married Harriet Suydam in 1803. He passed away on Feb. 16, 1860 in New York at age 83. He was buried in New York.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

Thomas Richard Whitney 1807–1858

Fourth Cousin Six Times Removed

Thomas Richard Whitney was born in 1807. Thomas passed away on Apr. 12, 1858 in New York. He was buried in New York.

Legislature Office Party
New York Senator Whig
Congress Representative from NY Know Nothing

George Maney 1826–1901

Fifth Cousin Five Times Removed

George Earl Maney was born on Aug. 24, 1826 in Franklin, Tennessee. George married Elizabeth Crutcher in 1853. He passed away on Feb. 9, 1901. His death at age 74 was due to cerebral hemorrhage. He was buried in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Nashville, Tennessee.

"Sudden Death of Gen. Maney." The Evening Star 11 Feb. 1901: 8. Chronicling America. Web.
Gen. George E. Maney of Tennessee, a well-known figure in southern circles in Washington, was stricken with apoplexy last Saturday afternoon on F Street and died a few moments later in the Losekam, where he was taken by friends. The body was removed to Gawler's undertaking establishment to await the disposition of his relatives in Tennessee, who were notified.
Gen. Maney was a veteran of the Mexican and civil wars. He was a brigadier general of the confederate army and after the war his admiration for Gen. Grant led him into the republican party. He entertained an ardent admiration for James G. Blaine, and during Garfield's administration was appointed minister to the United States of Colombia. President Harrison appointed him minister to Uruguay and Paraguay. He had always taken an active part in republican politics and in the last campaign was an effective speaker on the stump in New York and Delaware. He leaves a widow and one son, Capt. Maney of the 15th Infantry, now in the Philippines.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.
Legislature Office Party
Tennessee Senator Republican

Robert Hayworth McKune 1823–1894

Second Cousin Six Times Removed

Robert Hayworth McKune was born on Aug. 19, 1823 in Newburgh, New York. Robert married his second cousin Elmira Smith on Apr. 15, 1845. He was elected Mayor of Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1875. He was a Democrat. He was injured during a labor riot on Aug. 1, 1877. His term ended in 1878. He passed away on Oct. 9, 1894 in Newburgh. His death at age 71 was due to lung disease. He was buried in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Dunmore, Pennsylvania. He did not have a headstone until Aug. 1, 2006. There is a Masonic symbol on his headstone.

Branch: USA Rank: First Lieutenant

"The Board of Trade Will Pass Resolutions on the Death of Secretary McKune." Wilkes-Barre Times 11 Oct. 1894: 5. Web.
The Board of Trade of this city held a special meeting this morning to take action on the death of Robert H McKune, the deceased secretary of the Board. They adjourned without action until this afternoon at 4 o'clock when a committee on resolutions will be appointed. The Board will probably decide to attend the funeral which will be held at Scranton tomorrow.
Referring to Mr McKune's death the Scranton Republican of this morning says: "He was one of the most genial of men. He was a man of singular force of character, with an unbounded enthusiasm in any cause which he espoused. He was persistent, forceful, almost tumultuous in all that he undertook. He was a born fireman and was never so much at home as when with the fighters, fearless, self poised, oblivious of danger a perfect cyclone of enthusiastic endeavor. "The boys" all honored and loved him. He was prominent in Masonry, and there, as elsewhere, he always led and was the inspiration of all around him. A Democrat, he was always ardent, even to fierceness, so impetuous was his zeal. He will be mourned, sincerely mourned by all who knew him." The first announcement of his death was received in this city by Attorney J. Elliot Ross. The funeral was to have occurred this afternoon at Newburg. In his will, which was made in December, 1891, Mr. McKune directed that he be buried in Forest Hill cemetery in this city, and Attorney Ross, the executor of the estate, notified Mrs Bancroft to this effect. His estate consists of little else than his life insurance. Mrs. Bancroft, his sister, is his sole legatee. J Elliot Ross is executor under the will.

"An Ex-Mayor Laid to Rest." The Scranton Tribune 15 Oct. 1894: 7. Chronicling America. Web.
The remains of the late Robert H. McKune were buried yesterday and funeral services held in ceremony and manner befitting the memory of him as ex-mayor of Scranton.
During the morning and until 2 o'clock the body lay in state in the municipal building. Public services were held in the First Presbyterian church, where the remains were taken at 2:15 o'clock, and the burial was made under Masonic auspices in Forest Hill cemetery.
The corridor of the municipal building was divided by large flags into an apartment, where the remains rested in a plain black, cloth-covered casket. All morning and until the hour of the church services many took a last look at their deceased friend. It was remembered by those who knew him best that the facial expression was wonderfully lifelike and peaceful. Behind the casket on a table reposed many floral remembrances. The guard of honor in the hallway and about the casket was composed of the following police officers and members of the crystal Engine company: Patrolmen Gurrell, Meinzer and Thomas, and G. A. Connor, H. P. Wilcox, Charles Gessler and Henry Hines.
Representatives of the Wilkes-Barre board of trade, of which the deceased was secretary, viewed the remains and attended the funeral. They were: President Isaac Long, Charles J. Long, Cyrus Straw, J. W. Driesbach, J. K P. Fenner, M. H. Post, Marcus Smith and Mr. James. Dr. Warner, J. M. Burdick, Dr. Higgins and C. Foot were also among the Wilkes-Barre men.
The pallbearers and honorary pallbearers were past masters of the Union lodge of Masons and members of Crystal Engine company, respectively, as follows: Pallbearers, William Beaumont, David McDonald, John Harvey, E. T. Hall, John T. Fitzparick, Colonel F. L. Hitchcock; honorary bearers, D. J. Newman, A. K, Adams, D. J. Sloe, F. F. Schoen, Charles Heinmein, Henry J. Kiefer. The flower bearers were John M. Kefnmerer, C. Q. Carman, John Madison and William Maylin.
At the church the central part of the auditorium was occupied by Masons, and the fire and police departments, each of whom marched in a body from the municipal building. The edifice was nearly filled.
Rev. James McLeod, the pastor, offered prayer, an excerpt of the Scripture was read by Rev. S. C. Logan, and a male quartette sang "We Are Going Down the Valley." Dr. Logan's funeral address was from Psalms xlviiii, 12, "Nevertheless man being in honor abideth not." His remarks were confined principally to the deceased's fortitude and courageous character during the Scranton riots of 1877, in his regime as mayor, and the lesson his actions offered the living.
Dr. Logan said in part:
"We are honoring today the remains belonging to a generation which will stand conspicuous in history. Robert McKune participated in three different kinds of revolution which are notable epochs in the history of the United States. He was a 'forty-niner,' a soldier in the civil war, and the defender of a city's stability. Of his character it is not necessary for me to speak. I am here only in the capacity of his friend and one whom God permitted to associate with him."
Dr. Logan then called attention to the citizens' testimonial circular archived in the Albright library. It related, he said, to a period which tested the character of officials and citizens, and when Robert McKune was the only representative the people of Scranton could look to for support and protection. Allusion was made to the riots of '77. The circular was signed by Governor Hartrandft and staff, military officers, directors of public institutions, officers of corporations, the Scranton City guard, citizens of Wilkes-Barre, Pittston, Bethlehem, Elmira, and others. Excerpts read by Dr. Logan from a copy of the circular alluded to the patriotic and able administration of Robert McKune during the riots and the confidence and thanks he merited from the people.
"It is worth living," said Dr. Logan, "if our fellow men find such testimony and if it can be announced as we lay away his body to rest until the day of judgment shall indicate the righteousness of God."
Reference was made to the many worthy characteristics of the deceased, his love for children, true manhood and wonderful courage. His bravery was not known to its full extent until with a broken jaw, the roof of his mouth fractured and face covered with blood he dared to face on Lackawanna avenue a mob bereft of reason. Later he walked to meet another crowd of frenzied men on Washington avenue despite the admonitions of many friends. These acts showed the sub-strata of character and courage which were not previously known to be in him. For peace, righteousness and justice he nursed the city in its childhood for the people the speaker represented.
He fulfilled his trust with the strength God had given him. His spirit and endeavor were worthy of emulation. Following the church services burial was made in Forest Hill cemetery under the auspices of Union lodge, Free and Accepted Masons. Senior Warden Charles H. Church officiated.

"Ex-Mayor M'Kune Buried." Wilkes-Barre Times 11 Oct. 1894: 5. Web.
The Funeral of Robert H. McKune, late ex-mayor of Scranton and Secretary of the Wilkes-Barre Board of Trade, took place yesterday afternoon from the First Presbyterian church at Scranton, says the Republican. The edifice was crowded to the doors, public appreciation of his services and of the man himself evincing itself in the numbers who presented themselves at the obsequies and viewed the remains as they lay in state at the municipal building between the hours of 9 30 a. m, 1 30 p. m, Union Lodge, No. 291. Free and Accepted Masons had charge of the funeral arrangements, it being under its direction that the remains were escorted from the municipal building to the church by a cordon of police, delegations from the fire department of Scranton, a delegation of citizens from Wilkes Barre and the lodge members. Rev. S. C. Logan, D. D., was the officiating clergyman. The services were impressive but simple. All ostentation became supplementary to the sincerity, the genuine sorrow and the unfeigned sympathy. Deceased leaves no immediate relatives. There was no place reserved for mourners, yet mourners filled the church.
Rev. Dr. Logan’s eulogism was founded upon Psalms xlix, 12. It was the discourse of a friend upon the death of a brother, filled with veneration and respect akin to reverence. He said Robert H. McKune belonged to a generation which had passed away; a generation which had made itself conspicuous, which had been honored, and which would be honored in generations to come. He belonged to a generation which entered into the whole life of the nation, which revolutionized the whole of its institutions, which precipitated the idea of a railroad connecting the two great oceans, and gave commercial thrift to a section of this great universe, hitherto uninhabited except by savages.
Dr. Logan said:
"He was what was known as a forty-niner; he passed through the revolution, which had to do and must have to do with our nation’s prosperity, and being a lover of righteousness and purity in municipal politics, was chosen as the administrative head of this city. I am here as a friend. I have nothing to do with personal characteristics. There is no public servant who will be misunderstood and misrepresented, but this man was valorous. He served his country and his God with the same assiduousness that characterized his discharge of every trust. He was a man whom every man might honor and does honor. Like others, he had his shortcomings, but his name abides in honor still.
In ‘77, without a moment’s warning, there arose an exigency in this city which tried men’s souls. Robert H. McKune was one of the good men and true who stood ready to sacrifice anything to make this city a home of righteousness, when he stood on Lackawanna avenue facing a violent mob and commanding the special police, he showed courage which belonged to true manhood. He fought through the life on the Pacific; he carried a knapsack during the four years of the rebellion; he took the office of responsibility and with the strength and ability that were given him executed its duties. Now this good man has passed away, let us reverence his name and endeavor to learn a valuable lesson from his noble career."
At the close of the services at the church the cortege moved toward Forest Hill cemetery. Electric cars conveyed those of the hose companies and citizens who wished to attend the services at the grave. Here the services were also under the direction of the Masons and were sweetly impressive. A fine, drizzling rain, intermingled with occasional flakes of snow began descending as the procession reached the cemetery. The wind sighed mournfully through the shivering limbs of the naked trees. The cold was penetrating. Nature, upon the verge of temporary existence, bowing to her own unenviable death, seemed imbued with the solemnity of the occasion.
Crowds gathered about the yawning grave as Chaplain Charles Church, of the Union lodge, proceeded with the ritualistic services of the Masonic order. A little white lamb’s skin apron, the ancient emblem of faith was deposited in the grave. One by one the members of the lodge stepped forward with uncovered heads. They carried small twigs of evergreen which were consigned to the grave of their late brother. The pall bearers were selected from Union lodge and they were E. L. Buck, F. L. Hitchcock, W. C. Beaumont, John Fitzpatrick, John Harvey and David McDonald. The honorary pall bearers were from the ranks of the Crystal Hose Company and were C. R. Hineline, P. F. Schoen, D. J. Newman and D. J. Slowe, F. J. Amsden, of Union Lodge acted as marshal. The floral tributes were four in number, magnificence compensating for lack of quantity. A masonic emblem of pink and yellow roses, white pinks and sunlax from brother Masons, a pillow in which was wrought the words, “Our President,” from Crystal Hose; an anchor from nieces displaying “Uncle,” and a wreath of roses.
A committee from the Crystals and a committee from the Masonic order guarded the remains as they reposed in the Mayor’s office. It is estimated that 3,000 people viewed the body.
The Wilkes-Barre Commercial Travlers’ sent A. D. Powers, A. E. Lomady and John C. Farrell as a delegation and among the members of the Board of Trade of this city the following were noticed: Isaac Long, president, E. W. Davis, Chas. J. Long, Marcus Smith, M. H. Post, J. W. Driesbach, Cyrus A. Straw, Dr. Higgins, Dr. Warner, Dr. Weaver, Thos O’Brien, J. M. Burdick, Byron Shoemaker, J. K. P. Fenner, of Ashley; H. H. James, of Parsons, Mr. and Mrs. Wm L. Foote and Mrs. James Boyd were also present.

"Hon. Robert H. McKune, Fourth Mayor of Scranton." The Wyoming Valley. Ed. J. A. Clark. Scranton, 1875. 199-200. Web.
The present Mayor of our city is of Scotch and Irish descent, his great-grandfather having emigrated from Scotland and settled in Orange County, in the State of New York, in 1762, in which county the family has always since resided.
Robert was born in Newburg, on the Hudson, August 19th, 1823. His father dying when he was three years of age, he was taken in charge by his grandfather, who placed him in the private school of John James Brown, one of Newburg's oldest teachers, and subsequently entered the High School under the Superintendent, O. M. Smith, both of which teachers are still residents of Newburg.
He left his studies at thirteen, and commenced active life by entering the boot and shoe store of George Mecklan, who was at that time the largest dealer in his line of goods. After remaining here one year he united himself with a relative, Henry Schenck, of No. 12 Church street, New Brunswick, New Jersey, who carried on the same class of business, and with whom he stayed some two years.
Having always had a desire for personal independence, he concluded to learn a trade. His widowed mother had been carrying on a baking business in Newburg, and thither he repaired to join the comforts of home with his business relations, which he adhered to for several years.
In 1839 he went to the city of New York, and found employment with Messrs. Monroe, at 173 West Broadway, who at that time commanded some of the best business in the city. After remaining here for about two years, he returned to his home and took charge of his mother's business until he was of age, when, having a small patrimony left by his grandfather, he entered the grocery business in Newburg.
While here he was married to Miss Elmira Smith, of Mamaking, Sullivan County, New York, and continued his residence in Newburg for two years. His health failing he took up his abode at Cold Spring, N. Y., for another two years, when he emigrated to California in 1849, leaving New York, February 1st, on steamer "Falcon," the first which carried the first mails to California. During this trip he worked as baker both on the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and was the first American that ever carried on that branch of industry in the city of Panama. Reaching California he repaired to the mines and stayed there for seven months, then went to San Francisco and engaged at his business during his sojourn there.
Upon his return to the States he settled at Susquehanna Depot, on the New York and Erie Railroad, then a town just springing into existence; after which he located at Binghamton, where he was successively connected with several firms in the wholesale grocery trade.
These firms naturally extending their arms into the Wyoming and Lackawanna Valleys, his mind was directed to these promising localities, and an acquaintance ripened into a conversant knowledge of the business and men in the Anthracite region. He had remained in business in Binghamton for some seventeen years; when the war having broken out he went to Scranton in 1862 and connected himself in business with Mr. George Cone and A. W. Renshaw.
In September, 1862, he occupied the position of first lieutenant in the Keystone Guards, a company raised in Scranton, and with them he joined the army at the front, assisting the army of the Potomac at the battle of Antietam, he having charge of the advance guard on the Williamsport road, on the Union right. Upon his return from the emergency, he entered the service again by uniting with the secret bureau at Vicksburg, Miss, under command of Colonel Hutchinson, and remained in the secret service until the close of the war. He stayed one year South after the termination of hostilities, when he again returned North and entered upon a general insurance business in Scranton, at which he has been actively engaged to the present date.
In 1868 he was appointed by Chief Justice Chase, United States Commissioner, and held this position until his election as Mayor, when he resigned. He was nominated for Mayor by the Democratic party in 1875, and elected. The triumph of the election is a credit to his popularity, for both parties had determined, because of the odium which had been cast upon our city by the press abroad, to put forth the best representative men, so that in either case the city would be honored. He has already entered upon his administrative duties with a spirit which commends him to the favorable and hearty support of every citizen in this prosperous and growing city. That he is public spirited as well as judicious all have the utmost confidence, as his residence here for years has amply testified. That he will make radical changes for the promotion of the welfare of the city there can be no doubt, for his whole life has been a busy one; his experience is varied, extensive and liberal, and Scranton will yet be able to point to an administration of justice inaugurated by Mayor McKune, which will be fitting matter for the future historian.
His long residence in Binghamton brought him into intimate relations with the late lamented Daniel S. Dickinson, and in looking over the files of Binghamton journals we frequently find the name of Robert H. McKune as the presiding officer of assemblages, both political and social, bringing him into the nearest and most familiar connections with this great and good man. At the outbreak of national hostilities, he followed in the course of policy marked out by Dickinson, to save the Union at all hazards.
In the engine house of Crystal Hose Company of this city, can be seen hanging on the wall a certificate of membership to the fire department of the village of Newburg, dating March, 1842. Ever since he has been known as one of the most efficient and active firemen of his locality. Young yet, he is active, and having associated with men of large minds his policy as Mayor must be characteristic.

Wenzel, David. The Lackawanna Historical Society Journal [Scranton] Summer 2006: 6-7. Web.
No one ever said that being Mayor of Scranton was an easy job. You do expect to get roughed up by the media and City Council, but certainly not to have your life threatened by your fellow citizens. But that was the situation back in 1877 when labor unrest brought events in Scranton to the edge of anarchy.
A general strike that involved employees of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad had lasted for just one week when the railroaders agreed to go back to work at the same wages. The local miners had gone out with the railroaders but were in no mood to strike. The situation was so serious that the Pennsylvania Governor John F. Hartranft had requested that federal troops stand by.
On the morning of August 1st, the streets around the silk mills on South Washington Avenue were filled with five or six thousand strikers who moved to the railroad shops just below Lackawanna Avenue. They harassed and threatened the railroad workers to leave their work place and contribute to the strike.
The strikers collected near the corner of South Washington and Lackawanna Avenue and someone read a letter supposedly written by W.W. Scranton stating that they would keep the men working for thirty-five cents a day. The crowd grew more violent. Mayor McKune appeared and was greeted by hoots and jeers. McKune was a Democrat, elected just two years before in 1875 as a friend of labor.
McKune was struck in the back of the head by a club that caused blood to spurt from his mouth. He was hit with stones. Some strikers tried to protect him and were nearly overpowered when Rev. Father Dunn pleaded with the crowd and began to lead the Mayor to safety. Another striker hit the Mayor, breaking his upper jaw and fracturing the roof of his mouth. The mayor made it to Lackawanna Avenue where a posse of citizens, some of them Civil War veterans, were poised to stop the crowd from rioting.
McKune was hit one more time by a hammer blow to his head, knocking him unconscious. The posse of citizens fired on the crowd of strikers, and four were killed and a dozen more seriously wounded. The crowd dispersed. The next day 3000 armed National Guardsmen entered Scranton and proclaimed martial law.
Mayor Robert McKune recovered and served out his term as Mayor. On October 9, 1894, Robert McKune died at age 71 in Newburg, New York. He stipulated in his will that he wanted to be buried at Forest Hills Cemetery in Dunmore.
Fast forward to 2005. I was doing research for a book that I an compiling on the lives of the 29 mayors of Scranton. I visited the Forest Hills Cemetery and saw the various gravestones of other Scranton mayors. Norma Reese, cemetery caretaker and my historical guide, showed me Robert McKune's plot, which does not have a headstone to mark his resting place. Knowing of his history and the sacrifice he made for his city, I was shocked.
On Tuesday, August 1, 2006, 129 years to the day of the bloody riot of 1877 and 112 years since he died, Mayor McKune will finally get his headstone. A ceremony will take place on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Forest Hills Cemetery to dedicate the headstone and to partially re-enact his funeral ceremony. Invited to participate are Norma Reese, who will give the welcome; Alan Sweeney, President of the Lackawanna Historical Society, who will read a history of Mayor McKune; Girl Scout Melissa Dickinson, who will relate the story of the funeral, which was covered by the Scranton Republican in great detail. Unveiling of the headstone will be handled by Sultzer-Sitler Monument Company, who donated the memorial. Union Lodge #291 of Scranton Masonic Order, the same lodge of which McKune was a member, will hold a memorial ceremony lead by Past Master Maxson. A presentation of flowers will be made by the Union Lodge 291 and the Scranton Fire Department. Mayor Chris Doherty has been invited to make remarks. The public is invited. We hope to see you there.
History of Scranton, Penn. Published by United Brethren Publishing House, Dayton, Ohio, pp. 230-233.
Hollister's History of the Lackawanna Valley, 1885
Scranton Republican, "Ex-Mayor McKune Buried," Oct. 5, 1894, page 1.

Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve 1831–1924

Fourth Cousin Five Times Removed

Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve was born on Oct. 23, 1831 in Charleston, South Carolina. Basil married Elizabeth Fisher Colston on Sep. 18, 1866 in Virginia. He passed away on Jan. 9, 1924 at home in Baltimore, Maryland at age 92. He was buried in the University of Virginia Cemetery in Charlottesville.

Branch: CSA Unit: 1st Virginia Cavalry Rank: Private
Cox, Richard P. "Gildersleeve: Soldier, Scholar." The Washington Times. 13 May 2005. Web.
Gildersleeve "soldiered" during summer vacations from the university. In successive summers, he served on the staff of the 21st Virginia Infantry and was a private in the 1st Virginia Cavalry. The summer of 1864 saw him on the staff of Gen. John B. Gordon.

Mohr, Clarence L., ed. The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Ed. Charles Reagan Wilson. Vol. 17. U of North Carolina, 2011. Web.
Born 23 October 1831 in Charleston, S.C., Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve became the most renowned American classicist of the late 19th century. Founder of the American Journal of Philology in 1880, Gildersleeve taught classics at Johns Hopkins for almost four decades and became a central figure in the professionalization of Greek and Latin studies in the American university.
Gildersleeve grew up in a home of pronounced southern loyalties. His father, Benjamin, was a northerner by birth but adopted the southern antebellum sectional cause with enthusiasm. A Presbyterian minister and editor of a denominational paper, Benjamin Gildersleeve supervised his son's early education and introduced him, somewhat unsystematically, to the classics. Basil Gildersleeve went on to attend the College of Charleston, Jefferson College in Pennsylvania, and Princeton, where he graduated in 1849. He taught classics at a private academy in Richmond, Va., and then spent 1850 to 1853 in Germany at Berlin, Göttingen, and Bonn, before taking his Ph.D. at Göttingen. After three years in Charleston writing and teaching, he became a professor at the University of Virginia in 1856. Except for his service in the Confederate army, which left him with a crippling leg injury received in the Shenandoah Valley campaign, he remained at Virginia until he took a position at Johns Hopkins in 1876. He died 9 January 1924.

Wolfe, Brendan. "Slavery at the University of Virginia." Encyclopedia Virginia. 21 Feb. 2013. Web.
April 5, 1864 - University of Virginia professor Basil L. Gildersleeve publishes an essay in the Daily Richmond Examiner comparing enslaved African Americans to the ass in an old saying, attributed to Mohammed upon being offered chariots of fire at the gates of heaven: "I will either go to heaven on my ass or I will not go to heaven at all."
April 18, 1864 - In an essay, Basil L. Gildersleeve, a University of Virginia professor of Greek and Hebrew, speaks out against so-called miscegenation, claiming that to prevent it is to guarantee white supremacy.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

Willard Gildersleeve 1886–1976

Sixth Cousin Thrice Removed

Willard Harvey Gildersleeve was born on Sep. 17, 1886 in Connecticut. Willard married Gertrude Isabell Sugden. He passed away in 1976 in Wayne, New Jersey. He was buried in Connecticut.

Virginia Gildersleeve 1877–1965

Sixth Cousin Four Times Removed

Virginia Crocheron Gildersleeve was born on Oct. 3, 1877 in New York. Virginia passed away on Jul. 7, 1965 in Massachusetts. Her death at age 87 was due to heart attack. She was buried in Bedford, New York.

Who's Who in New York City and State. 1911. 380. Web.
Educator; b. N. Y. City, Oct. 3, 1877; d. Hon. Henry Alger and Virginia (Crocheron) Gildersleeve; ed. Brearley Sch., N. Y. City, and Barnard Coll. (Columbia Univ.), A.B., 1899, A.M., 1900, Ph.D., 1908, Columbia; Fiske Graduate Scholar in polit. science, Columbia Univ., 1899-1900. Ass't English, 1900-03, tutor in English, 1903-07, lecturer 1908-10, ass't prof. since 1910, Barnard Coll., Columbia University. Author: Government Regulation of the Elizabethan Drama. Mem. Phi Beta Kappa, Coll. Settlements Ass'n, Kappa Kappa Gamma fraternity. Club: Women's University. Address: 28 W. 48th St., N. Y. City.

Public Domain. Wikimedia Commons. Web.

George Fisk Comfort 1833–1910

First Cousin Five Times Removed

George Fisk Comfort was born in 1833 in Berkshire, New York. He married Anna Amelia Manning on Jan. 19, 1871. He passed away on May 5, 1910 in Montclair, New Jersey. He was buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Syracuse, New York.

The New International Encyclopædia. Ed. Frank M. Colby and Talcott Williams. Second ed. Vol. V. New York, 1918. 653-54. Web.
COMFORT, George Fisk (1833–1910). An American educator. He was born at Berkshire, N. Y., and graduated at Wesleyan University in 1857. He was one of the leaders in organizing the American Philological Association (1869) and also in establishing the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City (1869–72). From 1872 to 1887 he was professor of modern languages and æsthetics in Syracuse University and in 1872 founded there the College of Fine Arts, of which he was dean from 1873 until 1893. In the latter year he became president of the Southern College of Fine Arts, at La Porte, Tex., and in 1896 organized the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, of which he became the director. He published: Art Museums in America (1869); Modern Languages in Education (1886); Woman's Education and Woman's Health (1894); The Land Troubles in Ireland (1898); and a series of German textbooks.

Who's Who in New York City and State. Ed. Lewis R. Hamersly. Revised ed. New York, 1905. 209. Web.
COMFORT, George Fisk:
Educator, author, art critic; born Berkshire, N. Y., Sept. 20, 1833; son of Rev. Silas C. (D. D.) and Electa (Smith) Comfort; was graduated from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn., 1857; L. H. D., University of the State of N. Y., 1888; LL.D., Syracuse University, 1893; traveled and studied art, history, philosophy and philology in Europe and the Orient, 1860-65; two years at the University and Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin; traveled and studied in Europe in 1879, 1887 and 1891; professor of esthetics (the first in America) and modern languages and literature in Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa., 1865-68; lecturer on Christian art and archæology in the Drew Theological Seminary, Madison, N. J., 1868-74; one of the founders of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, N. Y. City, 1869-72; lecturer in the same, 1898; organized the American Philological Association, 1869; its secretary, 1869-74; elected professor of esthetics and modern languages in Syracuse University, 1871; originated and organized, in 1873, in this university, the College of Fine Arts, coordinate with the Colleges of Liberal Arts throughout the country, with curricula of four years' length in each of the different branches of fine arts, being the first college of its kind in America, and in some respects the first of its kind in the world; dean of this college, 1873-93; originated for its graduates scholastic degrees in fine arts, architecture, painting, sculpture and music; organized, in 1896, the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts (on the same plan as the Metropolitan Museum of Art), of which he has been the director since its beginning; organized, in 1901, the Central N. Y. Society of Artists, which holds annual exhibitions in the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts; author: Art Museums in America; Modern Languages in Education; a series of text books of the study of the German language and literature; has contributed many articles upon art history and criticism to encyclopædias and the periodical press; art editor of the Northern Christian Advocate, 1872-93; corresponding member of the Archæological Institutes of Rome, Berlin and Paris; member of the Society of Arts, London; honorary fellow for life of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and of Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts; honorary member of the American Anthropological Society and of the Texas Historical Society; member of the National Arts Club, the Society of American Authors, the American Philological Association, the National Art Theatre Society, the Municipal Art Society of New York, the Syracuse University Club, the Onondaga County Historical Society, the Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity, and other clubs; married Dr. Anna Manning (q. v.), Jan. 19, 1871. Address, Metropolitan Museum of Art, N. Y. City.