Samuel Wilson (1681 – 1762)

Samuel Wilson is my 6th Great Grandfather Another Quaker on the Forster side of our family. His parents brought him to America at age one.  The Home Visitor, a newspaper that published an article on him, states that in was on the “good ship Welcome”  with William Penn along with his 3 sisters and parents…

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Edwin William Forster – A Timeline

Edwin William Forster is my Great Grandfather. I’ve attempted to put together a timeline for him using mostly public information such as census, city directories and newspapers. Edwin William was born while his parents were living “Over 501 West Walnut” in Des Moines Iowa.  This is the building, which seems to have been 501 to…

Zebina Rawson – Shipwright in Buffalo? A Puzzle

Here’s a question:  Why did a Boston shipwright die in Western New York? This will be of interest to the Lindsey / Rawson side of our family. Zebina Rawson (1724 – 1826) is my 4th Great Grandfather. I found an image of the marriage record for Zebina Rawson and Elizabeth Waters, October 1, 1806.  This was a…

Richard Lundy (1654 – 1738)

Richard Lundy is my 7th Great Grandfather. He is another Quaker from my Forster ancestry.  Another of many religious refugees in our family. The connection to me is through Aaron Milton Forster my 2nd Great Grandfather.  Richard Lundy is 5 generations up Aaron’s maternal line. The text below comes DIRECTLY, without edit, from the book:…

The Memoirs of Captain Roger Clapp (1609 – 1690)

Roger Clapp is my 10th Great Grandfather. Late in life he wrote his memoir, which I have attempted to publish complete in this post.  This text is taken directly from the book MEMOIRS of ROGER CLAPP published in 1844 by David Clapp. This full text includes his religious motivations as well as stories of men roasted…

Captain Roger Clapp’s Story . . . In His Own Words

Roger Clapp is my 10th Great Grandfather. Late in life he wrote his memoir and in it he recounted how and why he had traveled to the Massachussets Colony and what transpired when he arrived.  Roger was a Puritain and his motivations were deeply religious.  Religious references and lists of people fill his narrative. The…

Roger Clapp (1609 – 1690)

Fanciful drawing of Captain Roger Clap, possibly with historically accurate uniform.  Scan from The Pilgrim Shore by Edmund H. Garrett. Boston: Little, Brown, 1900. Roger Clapp is my 10th Great Grandfather. He arrived in the Massachusetts colony on May 30, 1630.  He came on the ship “Mary and John”, which was the first of 17 ships…