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.
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
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.
I am getting ready to leave for a week-long road trip to Pennsylvania to do some genealogy research. Actually, some doesn't really suggest the potential for exciting breakthroughs in researching my mother's side of my family. Including, most recently, a discovery of French Huguenot ancestors who were a founding family in a little town called Paradise.
Two years ago when I made a similar trip I visited cemeteries, libraries, courthouses, historical societies, and even found two cousins. Here's to another successful week of discovery!
It is interesting when someone in your family tree shows up in two places. Anson Beers is one of those people; he is my 4th great-grandfather -- twice. I am descended through his son, Edwin, born to Anson's first wife and I am descended from his daughter, Abigail, born to Anson's second wife.
Anson Beers was born June 2, 1800 in Weston, Fairfield County, Connecticut. He was the son of Joseph Beers and Betty Morehouse. Anson was a farmer who lived in Weston his entire life. He first married Mary Ann Weeks before 1825 based on the age of his oldest child, Edwin, my 3rd great-grandfather. Mary Ann died February 1, 1835 probably in childbirth. Anson was left with six children under the age of ten. He re-married shortly after in 1836 based on the age of his oldest child with second wife, Rachel Squire. Rachel and Anson went on to have three more children, including Abigail born in 1840. Anson died April 4, 1850 in Weston and is buried in Coley Cemetery as are Mary Ann and Rachel.
When the US census was taken in October of 1850 Rachel was living in Weston with her four children and her stepson Frederick. Anson's two oldest children from his first marriage were married themselves by then. His younger daughters, Jennette and Theresa were living in Brooklyn, New York. Margaret, his youngest daughter with Mary Ann, died in infancy.
By 1860 Rachel was living with her daughter, Abigail, and son-in-law William Williams. By 1870 Rachel was living with her son, William, and his family in Norwalk, Connecticut. Rachel died August 1, 1872 at the age of 60.
Children of Anson Beers and Mary Ann Weeks:
i. Edwin Beers, b. May 23, 1825, Weston, CT, d. September 25, 1891, Weston, m. June 13, 1848 in Weston Abigail Mead
ii. Mary P. Beers, b. 1827, Weston, CT, d. May 23, 1909, Weston, m. March 12, 1849 in Weston Orrin Lockwood
iii. Jennette Beers, b. 1829, Weston, CT, m. John Brown
iv. Theresa Beers, b. September 1832, Weston, CT, d. April 7, 1919, Norwalk, CT, m. April 28, 1852 William J. Waldron
v. Frederick Beers, b. Mar 26, 1834, Weston, CT, d. April 17, 1913, Wessington Springs, South Dakota, m. March 16, 1856 in Weston Sarah Josephine Brotherton
vi. Margaret Beers, b. February 1, 1835, Weston, CT, d. in infancy
Children of Anson Beers and Rachel Squire:
i. James Merwin Beers, b. April 12, 1837, Weston, CT, d. May 2, 1915, Norwalk, CT, m. September 4, 1859 in Redding, CT Mary Jane Squire
ii. Abigail Jane Beers, b. June 27, 1840, Weston, CT, d. August 10, 1921, Weston, CT, m. December 31, 1856 in Weston William Williams
iii. William Platt Beers, b. November 11, 1843, Weston, CT, d. July 5, 1911, Norwalk, CT, m. February 5, 1867 in Weston Cornelia A. Brown
iv. Samuel B. Beers, b. August 4, 1846, Weston, CT, d. September 23, 1855, Weston, CT