Saturday, November 1, 2014

William Pinchbeck (1852 - 1933)

William Pinchbeck, my great-grandfather, was born on Friday, May 14, 1852 in Wainfleet All Saints, Lincolnshire, England.  He was the eighth child (of twelve) of Isaac and Martha (Smith) Pinchbeck.  At the age of nine William was living on Fen Bank in Wainfleet All Saints.  By 1871, at age 19, he lived as a boarder in Batley, Yorkshire where he was a laborer in an iron works.  By the time he married my great-grandmother, Harriet Shirt, on February 12, 1876 he was living in Soothill, Yorkshire.

William and Harriet were married in Healey Lane End Chapel in Batley, Yorkshire according to the rites and ceremonies of the Primitive Methodists after a certificate was issued by the Minister, James Keightley.  In 1881, according to the England census, they were living on Oaks Road in Soothill with their children Thomas, William Jr., and Martha.  William was a colliery cart man at that time.

In June of 1888 William immigrated to the United States arriving in Castle Garden, New York on June 25 in the ship Alaska.  His son Thomas came with him.  Harriet followed him in September of 1888.  She arrived on September 29 with their other six children at the time -- William Jr, Martha, Abraham, Isaac, John, and Harriet.

I have not found where the family lived when they first arrived in the United States, but in 1892 William purchased two parcels of land from Elizabeth Purdy in Lewisboro, Westchester County, New York.  William was a farmer in 1895 in South Salem, New York when his youngest child, Robert Smith Pinchbeck, was born.

When Harriet died in 1896 William had ten children ages 19 to about 1 year old.  He was married again in 1897 to Mary Ann.  I haven't yet confirmed her last name, but she was born in England in 1851 and immigrated in 1897, according to the 1900 US census.  The family was living in Lewisboro in 1900 where William was a farmer.

William declared his intention to become a citizen of the United States on January 25, 1901 and was naturalized on February 27, 1903 at the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains, New York.

William and Mary Ann had moved to Glen Road in Redding, Connecticut by 1910 and they lived there in 1920.  In 1910 his daughter, Elizabeth, son, Robert, and Harriet's niece, Eva Kemp Gill with her husband and two children, were living with them.

In 1928 William and Mary Ann lived in Armonk, New York.  That year they traveled to England arriving from New York in Liverpool on September 24th on the ship Baltic of the Whit Dominion Line.  According to his passport, their intended address was Carlingham Road, Batley, Yorkshire.  They returned to New York aboard the ship Adriatic of the White Star Line arriving on November 19, 1928.

Passport photo
William and Mary Ann Pinchbeck

William died on May 21, 1933 at the age of 81 in Armonk.  He was buried in South Salem Cemetery in South Salem, New York.

Children of William and Harriet (Shirt) Pinchbeck:
Thomas      1877 - 1925
William Jr. 1878 - 1954
Martha       1880 - 1937
Abraham    1882 - 1917
Isaac           1884 - ?
John           1887 -  ?
Harriet        1888 - 1976
Elizabeth     1890 - 1953
Ada             1892 - 1987
Robert         1895 - 1949

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Massing of the Colors in Wethersfield, Connecticut

This past Sunday, September 28, I attended the 49th Annual Massing of the Colors of the Hereditary and Patriotic Societies of Connecticut at the First Church of Christ in Wethersfield.  As a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, both represented at this ceremony, it was my pleasure to attend.

Wethersfield could not have been more 
beautiful on a warm afternoon in late September.    

Before the ceremony I walked around the town and visited the cemetery and the Broad Street green.  I had not realized that there was a memorial plaque to my 12th great-grandmother, Alice (Tiler) Sherwood in the cemetery.        
It is located in the cemetery directly behind the church near the building.

The Ancient Burying Ground

On Broad Street Green I found the memorial monument
for my 12th great-grandfather, Nathaniel Foote, a settler of 
Wethersfield in 1634.  The granite monument is on the site
of the original home lot.  It reads…    

                                                  Nathaniel Foote
                                                   The Settler
                                                    Born in England 1593
                                                  Died in Wethersfield 1644
                                                  Erected By The
                                                  Foote Family Association
                                                  of America
                                                 On the Original Home Lot
                                                 September 7, 1908

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Happy Anniversary

Wedding day, September 9, 1950

Sixty-four years ago today, at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, my parents, William Pinchbeck and Wanda Hanlin were married at Ridgeview Congregational Church in White Plains, New York.  

Happy anniversary, Mom and Dad!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Daniel Belden and Elizabeth Foote

Recently I visited Deerfield, Massachusetts to learn more about my tenth great-grandparents, Daniel and Elizabeth (Foote) Belden.  While there I toured the Memorial Hall Museum maintained by the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association.

It contains this memorial to Daniel Belden

In a raid on Deerfield on September 16, 1696 Elizabeth was killed along with several of their children.  Daniel was taken captive with his son Nathaniel and daughter Esther and taken to Canada.  In June 1698 they were released and left Canada for Albany.  After spending three weeks in Albany they went down the Hudson to New York, from there to Stamford, Connecticut and then to family in Norwalk before eventually returning to Deerfield.

Daniel married again on February 17, 1699 to Hepzibah Buell Wells.  On February 29, 1704 she was captured and killed during the French and Indian Raid on Deerfield.  

A memorial to Hepzibah Wells Belden and her daughter, Mary Wells.

After losing two wives, Daniel was married again; this time to Sarah Hawks.  


Daniel died August 14, 1731 and is buried in the Old Burying Ground on Albany Road in historic Deerfield.

His daughter, Mary, moved to Norwalk where other Belden family members lived, including her uncle, John Belden, after her mother died and her father was captured in 1696.  She married James Trowbridge on April 19, 1698 several months before her father was released from captivity.  My ninth great-grandmother went on to live a life in Wilton Parish as a Deacon's wife that was very different from her parents' life.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Anthony Beers

My immigrant ancestor in my Beers line is Anthony Beers.  My ninth great-grandfather was born in Gravesend, Kent, England about 1611.  He immigrated to Massachusetts Bay around 1644.  By 1646 he was living in Watertown, Massachusetts with his first wife, Elizabeth. He was a member of the Watertown Train Band in 1652 and applied to be designated "free" in Massachusetts in 1657.  His youngest son, Barnabus, was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts.  Eventually Anthony moved to Fairfield, Connecticut where he married Mary Adams, widow of Edward Adams, after 1671.  Anthony died about 1679 when he drowned at sea.  An inventory was taken May 14, 1679 by George Squire and Thomas Wilson.

Children of Anthony Beers and Elizabeth (probably Firmin):

Samuel, born at Watertown, 1647; died young
Ephraim, born at Watertown, 1648 -- my eighth great-grandfather who married Mary Gardner
John, born at Watertown, 1651/2
Esther, born at Watertown, 1654
Samuel, born at Watertown, May 1657; died September 1657
Barnabas, born at Roxbury, 1658

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Richard Olmstead (1612 - 1687)

Richard Olmstead is the immigrant ancestor in my Olmstead line.  He was born in 1612 in Fairsted, Essex, England and was baptized on February 20th of that year.  In 1632 he sailed from London to Boston with his uncle, James Olmstead, his brother and sister, and members of his uncle's family on the ship Lyon.  Richard settled in Cambridge and in 1636 moved to Hartford as one of its first settlers and original proprietors. He is listed on the Founders Monument located in the Ancient Burying Ground adjacent to Center Church in Hartford.
While in Hartford he served as Constable and fence-viewer.  He served in the military in the Pequot War in 1637.

Richard Olmstead was one of the signers of the agreement for planting Norwalk in June of 1650.  He was a settler of Norwalk, Connecticut and in 1651 owned home lot XV.  He continued his military service in Norwalk as Sergeant, Lieutenant, and, finally, Captain of the Norwalk Train Band.  He was muster master for Fairfield County in November 1673 and served as a Commissioner for Norwalk from 1678 to 1685.  He died early in 1687 in Norwalk.

I am descended from my eleventh great-grandfather through his son James.  Recently I received my membership certificate from The National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century as a descendant of Richard Olmstead.