Tracing out your family tree sometimes results in surprises.
I’ve know for some time that Hezekiah Hoar is my 9th Great Grandfather. What I didn’t know until recently is that he’s ALSO MY 10th Great Grandfather.
Hezekiah arrived in the Massachusetts from England in 1643 as a single man of 34. He married at age 45 and had eight children before his death at 85. His Son Nathaniel had, among his children, Jonathan and Abigale . . . later their lines would join again.
Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that in small New England towns filled with people who emigrated because of their strong religious beliefs, families intermarry, sometime more than once. Those families were not only living in small towns, but attending the same church, an even smaller community within the town. So it’s natural that grandchildren meet and marry.
1n 1777, at age 34, Hezekiah’s 2nd Great Grandson Shadrach Hoar, married 29 year old Anna Haskins, who is Hezekiah’s 3rd Great Granddaughter
So Hezekiah Hoar is my 9th AND 10th Great Grandfather.
For clarity when reading the two paths from Hezekiah to Edwin Ruthven Clapp that I’ve posted below, remember that Shadrach and Anna’s son William Hoar, later changed his name to Hanson . . . so he’s listed in my family tree, and in the path’s posted below, as William Hoar Hanson.
Here’s the path from Hezekiah to my 3rd Great Grandfather Edwin Ruthven Clapp through Shadrach:
Hezekiah HOAR (1608 – 1693)
Nathaniel Hoar (1656 – 1745)
Jonathan HOAR (1694 – 1741)
Shadrach HOAR (1743 – 1832)
William HOAR HANSON (1774 – 1856)
Lucy HANSON (1798 – 1879)
Edwin Ruthven CLAPP (1827 – 1906)