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… Continue reading Edwin William Forster – A Timeline

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… Continue reading Zebina Rawson – Shipwright in Buffalo? A Puzzle

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:… Continue reading Richard Lundy (1654 – 1738)

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… Continue reading The Memoirs of Captain Roger Clapp (1609 – 1690)

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… Continue reading Captain Roger Clapp’s Story . . . In His Own Words

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… Continue reading Roger Clapp (1609 – 1690)

Sarah Clark (1620 – 1698) Accused of Witchcraft in 1692

Sarah Clark  (1620 – 1698) is my 10th Great Grandmother. This story is on my father’s side, so it will be of most interest to the Lindsey / Rawson side of our family. Sarah Clark was born in 1620 in England.  Her father emigrated to “Virginia” in 1624 and I presume Sarah came along with him. … Continue reading Sarah Clark (1620 – 1698) Accused of Witchcraft in 1692