Peabodys and Duryees – Our Branch of the Family Tree (2) – December 6, 1939

This is the final section of the Duryee Family Tree with additions hand-written by Aunt Betty Duryee.

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Joseph Woodward Duryee fathered five daughters, Mary, Ella (my great-grandmother),  Florence, Lillian and Lizzie (who preferred Betty, Aunt Betty Duryee). 

 

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fr: Ella Duryee Guion, Elsie Guion; back: Alfred Duryee Guion, Aunt Mary and Aunt Lillian (Aunt Betty Duryee was probably taking the picture).

You can see Alfred that your genealogy is one of the best, and that you come from a long line of ancestors you can well be proud of. You may have a certain responsibility to live up to, but never forget that it is just a background after all, and that it is the character of the man himself, his life and achievements that really matters in his generation. 

Tomorrow and Sunday, I will continue pictures of the Trumbull House and The End of an Era. 

Judy Guion

Trumbull – Dear Santa Claus (4) – A Letter From Dan About an Adventure – December 3, 1939

This letter from Dan to his older brother is typed on the back of Grandpa’s 3-page letter.

DBG - Dan (cropped) fron Ced, Dan and car - 1941

Daniel Beck Guion

ye El pueblito de Trumbull

Dec. 3

Que tal. chico,

Tenga una amiga en Valencia qui  escribe a mi de quando en quando. En la ultima carta yo le dije a me ella que si usted _ra a Valencia se puede visitarla. Ella se llama Carol Ravell. Su direccion esta Auto Mundial, Valencia. Es muy amiga mia. Le encontre a ella en el vapor Santa Paula en Julio.

 On Thanksgiving Day, while nuestro padre busied himself en la cochina, Ced, Barbie (Plumb, Dan’s girlfriend), Jean (Mortensen, Dick’s girlfriend), Don Whitney y yo set out in your Packard for Greenfield Hill.Every Thanksgiving Day the Fairfield Country Hounds dress up in their round just bowlers and mount their most stalwart steeds for a bit of tally-ho before dinner. I have enclosed some actual photographs of the affair clipped from the Sunday Post.

They started from the Green, led by the hounds who, I am told, were pursuing a real fox.  We dashed from road to road in a perpetual attempt to intercept the hunt as it wandered from hill to veil in pursuit of the elusive animal.  It was quite a colorful affair.  All the officials were in red coats.  The rest wore Derby hats, held on by black silk ribbons clipped to the back of the brim.

In an excess of spirit we set off on a rough dirt road and were rather surprised when the front spring (not the one which I had noticed earlier!) was completely severed.  We could go forward, but not in reverse.  We parked in the road while we made a last attempt to locate the horseman before starting for home.  I became conscious of a desire to perform a natural process (liquid), and, to avoid the embarrassment of pardoning myself from the two gals present, I wandered absently I head on the old dirt road as if I were looking for the horses ….. A sort of (“see a man about a horse”) proposition with more truth than usual.  As my crank-case drained I became aware of a pattering of pause approaching along the road, but I could not see until it flashed interview from behind the convenient privet hedge that I was (and I swear this is the truth, so help me, and I have witnesses) the Fox! it was going like the much-expressed hammers of hell, only more so.  It glanced neither to the right or left.  There was no sign of pursuit, but that Fox was laying down its feet in the most purposeful manner possible, and it was heading straight toward the Packard! 

I started running after it, yelling to the rest of the gang who were standing near the car, “Here comes the Fox! Here comes the Fox!”, and just before Reynard reached the car, he caught sight of them, for he swerved suddenly, cleared the low stone wall which bordered the road in a single bound, then sped across the field out of sight.

Two Horsemen, cantering slowly along the road from the direction from which the fox had come, evidently on their way home from the hunt, passed us, and I said, “We have a broken spring, and we just saw the fox go by!”

“Oh, yea?” one of the man replied, and I suddenly realized that my story might receive the same treatment everywhere.  But all the gang saw clearly that it was a genuine fox, and, although he did not tarry (the fox, I mean) long enough to tell us whether or not he was THE fox, or merely a casual chicken killer from the surrounding countryside, we were satisfied that, since we had come to see a Fox-Hunt, we had not come in vain.

The spring replacement cost $17.49.

                                                                            Bueno, pues,

                                                                                            Dan

Tomorrow I will be posting a letter from Aunt Betty Duryee, with some information regarding the Duryee ancestors and her account of Thanksgiving.

Judy Guion

 

 

Special Picture # 346 – Early Pictures of Alfred Duryee Guion (Grandpa) 1886 – 1905

Early pictures of Grtandpa, who’s life changed drastically when his Father, Alfred Beck Guion, passed away at the age of 45. The Lincoln Avenue house had to be sold and the family moved to Dell Avenue. Three of Ella’s sisters moved in with them to help with the finances. Grandpa went to work to help support the family.

ADG - Alfred Duryee Guion at about 1 yr old in 1885

Alfred Duryee Guion circa 1886 (Grandpa was born in September, 1884)

ADG - Alfred Duryee Guion and Elsie May Guion about 1995

Alfred Duryee and his sister, Elsie May Guion at the Lincoln Avenue House (prior to 1899 when their Father passed away)

Back row: Alfred Duryee Guion, his Aunt ______ and Aunt Lizzie (also known as Aunt Betty) in the Dell Avenue house, front row: Ella (Duryee) Guion, Elsie May Guion

Tomorrow, another Special Picture.

Judy Guion

My Ancestors (57 and 58) Jennings Rider and Sally Allen and (59 and 60) Dickerman Allen Rider and Almira Lillie and (61 and 62) Dickamon Allen Rider and Cordelia Pratt

Last June I read about a Challenge, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, and I was intrigued. I decided to take up the challenge. Some Ancestors may take more than one week, but I still intend to write about 52 Ancestors. I hope you enjoy reading about My Ancestors as much as I am looking forward to researching and writing about them. 

Governor William Bradford; (2) Joseph Bradford; (3)Elisha Bradford; (4)Laurana Bradford; (5) Hannah McFarland; (6) Jennings Rider; (8)Dickerman Allen Rider; (9) Dickamon Allen Rider; (10) Marian Edith Rider; (11) Marian Dunlap Irwin; (12)Judith Anne Guion

Two weeks ago, as I was going through the Lewis, Rider, Irwin folder where I started collecting information on these families in 1975, I came across a piece of paper that I had either forgotten about or did not notice.  It was sent to me by my mother’s sister, Margaret (Irwin) Mitchell Sedberry.  Her note at the bottom says, “This is from Virginia Rider, and she wrote, “You are now Mayflower descendants.”

I had known that my three daughters were Mayflower descendants through their father but never knew of my connection.  Needless to say I went exploring on the Internet.  I will be following this line from Governor William Bradford to Dickamon (various records have different spellings for this name) Allen Rider (1832 – 1904), whose descendants I have covered on previous Sundays.

 

(1) Jennings Rider; (2) Dickeman Allen Rider; (3) Dickamon Allen Rider, (4) Homer Marchant Rider; (5) Marian Edith  (Rider) Irwin; (56 Mairian Dunlop (Irwin) Guion; (7) Judith Anne Guion.

Jennings Rider, the only Child I have found from the marriage of Caleb Rider and Hannah (McFarland) Rider, was born in 1780. He married Sally Allen (1783-1869) )August 3, 1806 in Whitingham, Vermont.  Their children follow:

  1. Alvin Rider (1807-deceased)
  2.  Dickerman Allen Rider (1808-1899)
  3. Moses Rider (1810-deceased)
  4. Arabella Rider (1812-1813)
  5. Isaac Tichenor Rider (1814-1870)
  6. Arabella Rider (1815-1897).

Dickerman Allen Rider, sercond child of Jennings Rider and Sally Allen, was born October 11, 1808 in Whitingham, Windham, Vermont.. He married Almira Lilly (or Lillie or Lilley).

 

The only child I have now is Dickamon Allen Rider who married Cordelia Pratt (January 1, 1842-7 ?, 1928. They had four children:

  1. Homer Marchant Rider 1864-1916)
  2. Frank L Rider (1866- ?
  3. Clara May (Rider) Madiera (1868- ?)
  4. Jessie Mildred Rider (1871- ?)

As posted in a previous My Ancestors post, Homer Marchant Rider (January 6, 1864-November 23,1916) married Edith May Lewis (June 21, 1863-June 10,1961). He is my great-grandfather, father of Marian Edith (Rider) Irwin, the grandfather of Marian Dunlop (Irwin) Guion, my mother.  Now the Lewis, Rider, Irwin line goes all the way back to the Mayflower and William Bradford. Quite a surprise to me but a connection well worth mentioning.

Tomorrow I will begin a week of letters written in 1944. All five of Grandpa’s sons re scattered all over the world doing their part during World War II.

Judy Guion

 

 

My Ancestors (53 and 54) – Laurana Bradford and Elijah McFarland and (55 and 56) Hannah McFarland and Caleb Rider

Last June I read about a Challenge, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, and I was intrigued. I decided to take up the challenge. Some Ancestors may take more than one week, but I still intend to write about 52 Ancestors. I hope you enjoy reading about My Ancestors as much as I am looking forward to researching and writing about them. 

Governor William Bradford; (2) Joseph Bradford; (3)Elisha Bradford; (4)Laurana Bradford; (5) Hannah McFarland; (6) Jennings Rider; (8)Dickerman Allen Rider; (9) Dickamon Allen Rider; (10) Marian Edith Rider; (11) Marian Dunlap Irwin; (12)Judith Anne Guion

Two weeks ago, as I was going through the Lewis, Rider, Irwin folder where I started collecting information on these families in 1975, I came across a piece of paper that I had either forgotten about or did not notice.  It was sent to me by my mother’s sister, Margaret (Irwin) Mitchell Sedberry.  Her note at the bottom says, “This is from Virginia Rider, and she wrote, “You are now Mayflower descendants.”

I had known that my three daughters were Mayflower descendants through their father but never knew of my connection.  Needless to say I went exploring on the Internet.  For the next few Sundays I will be following this line from Governor William Bradford to Dickermon (various records have different spellings for this name) Allen Rider (1832 – 1904), whose descendants I have covered on previous Sundays.

(1)Laurana (Bradford) McFarland; (2) Hannah (McFarland) Rider; (3) Jennings Rider; (4) Dickeman Allen Rider; (5) Dickamon Allen Rider, (6) Homer Marchant Rider; (7) Marian Edith  (Rider) Irwin; (8) Mairian Dunlop (Irwin) Guion; (9) Judith Anne Guion

Laurane Bradfordl and, the fifth child of Elisha Bradford and Bathsheba Le Brocke, was born in 1726. She married Elijah McFarland (1722-1777) and they had thirteen children.

  1. Mary (molly) McFarland (1747-1815)
  2. David McFarland (1748 – 1778)
  3. Selma McFarland (1748 – deceased)
  4. Elijah McFarland (1749-1827)
  5. Abigail McFarland (1752-deceased)
  6. Hannah McFarland (1752-after 1812)
  7. Joseph McFarland (1753-1803
  8. Laurana McFarland (1755-1834)
  9. Sara McFarland (1757-deceased)
  10. Saba McFarland (1758-deceased)
  11. Mackfarling (1759-deceased)
  12. Sabra McFarland ( ? – ? )
  13. Asaba McFarland (deceased)

 

Hannah McFarland, sixth child of Laurana (Bradford) and Elijah McFarland Sr., was born in 1752 and married Caleb Rider (1746-deceased) on December 15, 1768. I have only found one child born to them:

  1. Jennings Rider (1780-1854).

Next Sunday I will continue this line of descent  from Jennings Rider to Homer Marchant Rider,

Tomorrow, I’ll begin a week of letters written in 1943. Lad and Marian are married and looking forward to the holidays.

Judy Guion

My Ancestors (51 and 52) – Elisha Bradford (1667-1747) and Bathsheba LeBrocke (1703-1758)

 

Last June I read about a Challenge, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, and I was intrigued. I decided to take up the challenge. Some Ancestors may take more than one week, but I still intend to write about 52 Ancestors. I hope you enjoy reading about My Ancestors as much as I am looking forward to researching and writing about them. 

Governor William Bradford; (2) Joseph Bradford; (3)Elisha Bradford; (4)Laurana Bradford; (5) Hannah McFarland; (6) Jennings Rider; (8)Dickerman Allen Rider; (9) Dickamon Allen Rider; (10) Marian Edith Rider; (11) Marian Dunlap Irwin; (12)Judith Anne Guion

Two weeks ago, as I was going through the Lewis, Rider, Irwin folder where I started collecting information on these families in 1975, I came across a piece of paper that I had either forgotten about or did not notice.  It was sent to me by my mother’s sister, Margaret (Irwin) Mitchell Sedberry.  Her note at the bottom says, “This is from Virginia Rider, and she wrote, “You are now Mayflower descendants.”

I had known that my three daughters were Mayflower descendants through their father but never knew of my connection.  Needless to say I went exploring on the Internet.  For the next few Sundays I will be following this line from Governor William Bradford to Dickermon (various records have different spellings for this name) Allen Rider (1832 – 1904), whose descendants I have covered on previous Sundays.

(1) Elisha Bradford; (2)Laurana (Bradford) McFarland; (3) Hannah (McFarland) Rider; (4) Jennings Rider; (5) Dickeman Allen Rider; (6) Dickamon Allen Rider, (7) Homer Marchant Rider; (8) Marian Edith  (Rider) Irwin; (9) Mairian Dunlop (Irwin) Guion; (10) Judith Anne Guion

Elisha Bradford, son of Joseph Bradford and Jael Hobart, was born about 1667. He married (1) Hannah Cole and (2) Bathsheba LeBrocke. Elisha and Bathsheba had fifteen children:

Hannah Bradford (1720 – 1758)

Joseph Bradford (1721 – 1743)

Sylvanus Bradford (1023 – 1723)

Nehemiah Bradford (1724 – 1747)

Laurana (Bradford) McFarlane (or McFarland) (1726 -1782)

Mary Bradford (1727 – 1727)

Elisha Bradford Jr. (1729 – 1753)

Lois Bradford (1731 – 1752)

Deborah (Bradford) Sampson (1732 – 1811)

Alice Bradford (1734 – 1795)

Azenath (or Asenath) (Bradford) Packard 1736 – 1818)

Carpenter Bradford (1739 – 1823)

Abigail Bradford (1741 – 1760)

Chloe Bradford (1743 – 1747)

Content Bradford (1745 – 1745)

Their daughter, Laurana Bradford married Elijah McFarland on Nov 14, 1718.

Next Sunday, more about Laurana (Bradford) McFarland and her husband, Elijah McFarland.

Tomorrow I’ll begin a week of Childhood Memories of Trumbull.

Judy Guion

 

 

 

 

My Ancestors (49 and 50) – Joseph Bradford and Jael (Hobart) Bradford

Last June I read about a Challenge, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, and I was intrigued. I decided to take up the challenge. Some Ancestors may take more than one week, but I still intend to write about 52 Ancestors. I hope you enjoy reading about My Ancestors as much as I am looking forward to researching and writing about them. 

Governor William Bradford; (2) Joseph Bradford; (3)Elisha Bradford; (4)Laurana Bradford; (5) Hannah McFarland; (6) Jennings Rider; (8)Dickerman Allen Rider; (9) Dickamon Allen Rider; (10) Marian Edith Rider; (11) Marian Dunlap Irwin; (12)Judith Anne Guion

Two weeks ago, as I was going through the Lewis, Rider, Irwin folder where I started collecting information on these families in 1975, I came across a piece of paper that I had either forgotten about or did not notice.  It was sent to me by my mother’s sister, Margaret (Irwin) Mitchell Sedberry.  Her note at the bottom says, “This is from Virginia Rider, and she wrote, “You are now Mayflower descendants.”

I had known that my three daughters were Mayflower descendants through their father but never knew of my connection.  Needless to say I went exploring on the Internet.  For the next few Sundays I will be following this line from Governor William Bradford to Dickermon (various records have different spellings for this name) Allen Rider (1832 – 1904), whose descendants I have covered on previous Sundays.

(1) Joseph Bradford; (2) Elisha Bradford; (3)Laurana (Bradford) McFarland; (4) Hannah (McFarland) Rider; (5) Jennings Rider;  (6) Dickeman Allen Rider; (7) Dickamon Allen Rider, (8) Homer Marchant Rider; (9) Marian Edith  (Rider) Irwin; (10) Mairian Dunlop (Irwin) Guion; (101 Judith Anne Guion

Joseph Bradford was the youngest son of Governor William Bradford, born in Plymouth colony in 1630.  He died July 10, 1715, also in Plymouth County.  His oldest sibling was John Bradford (1615-1678), the son of William Bradford and his first wife Dorothy (May, who accidentally fell overboard from the Mayflower and was drowned in 1620.  He had 2 other older siblings, William Bradford (1624-1704) and Mercy Bradford (1630-1648).

On May 25, 1664, Joseph Bradford married Jael Hobart at Hingham, Massachusetts.  They lived about one mile from the mouth of the Jones’ River, at a place called “Flat House Dock”, probably because his house had a flat top.

Joseph and Jael Bradford produced three sons, Joseph Bradford (1665-1712), Elisha Bradford (1669-1747) and Peter Bradford (1676-1712).  I am descended from Elisha Bradford.

Joseph Bradford died July 10, 1715, at the age of 85.

Next Sunday you will read what I was able to discover about Elisha Bradford and his wife, Hannah Cole.

Tomorrow, I will begin posting a week of letters written in 1944. All five of Grandpa’s sons are away from home helping Uncle Sam win the War. 

Judy Guion

Voyage to Venezuela (10) – Day Four on the Santa Rosa – January 2, 1939

This is the  beginning of a series of posts concerning Lad’s Voyage to Venezuela, taking a similar route as John Jackson Lewis during the first portion of his journey, about 88 years later. Lad and Dan had been hired by their Uncle Ted Human (husband of Helen (Peabody) Human, Aunt Helen), sister of Arla Mary (Peabody) Guion, Grandpa’s wife who had passed away in 1933 after a long illness. This is Lad’s version of the adventure he was taking and the same trip Dan had taken earlier in the year, traveling with Ted Human to South America.

         Alfred Peabody Guion (Lad)

Monday morning I woke up with the warm, fresh sea breeze blowing into the room and discovered that, Jimmie, my room Steward, had opened the port hole earlier in the morning because the wind was so warm.  The exhilaration of that breeze was wonderful and it only took me a few minutes to dress and get out onto the deck.  Everything seemed wonderful.  The breakfast was good, the people were friendly, I had not been seasick at all and the sea had been smooth, even while we had passed Cape Hatteras, which is always the roughest part of the trip.  That morning, after spending an hour wandering about in meeting and talking to many new people, I asked for permission to go down to the engine room.  I was told that after the ship left Puerto Cabello there would be a conducted trip down below, but after explaining that I would leave the ship at La Guayra, the stop previous to Puerto Cabello, I was taken to meet the chief engineer, and when I had explained the circumstances he was very friendly and helpful and referred me to one of the assistants.  He took me down to the bowels of the ship and I spent another very pleasant hour or so asking questions and seeing how a modern steam turbine engine and the oil heated steam furnaces work.  It was quite enlightening and everything was fairly clean, but even with my coat off it was very warm.  Then, since I still had some time before dinner, I went up to the control and radio rooms and talked with a radio operator.  I could not get onto the bridge, however, because of very strict laws made by the owners.

After lunch and a game of Shuffle-board, I was beginning to get a little bit tired of waiting for the ship to land at La Guayra and as the day passed I found myself wishing more and more that I were already on Land.  That evening there was another movie – Walt Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” – which I had seen previously but thoroughly enjoyed seeing again.  Then afterward, another dance and since on the morrow we were to land at Curaçao, a Dutch West Indies Island, I retired fairly early so I would be on hand to see the Island as it came into sight.

Tomorrow I will post what little I have found about Joseph Bradford amd his family. I may also post information about his son, Elishe Bradford. J

udy Guion

My Ancestors (45 and 46) – Governor William Bradford – 1590 – 1657) and Alice Carpenter (1593-1670)

Last June I read about a Challenge, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, and I was intrigued. I decided to take up the challenge. Some Ancestors may take more than one week, but I still intend to write about 52 Ancestors. I hope you enjoy reading about My Ancestors as much as I am looking forward to researching and writing about them. 

This morning, as I was going through the Lewis, Rider, Irwin folder where I started collecting information on these families in 1975, I came across a piece of paper that I had either forgotten about or did not notice.  It was sent to me by my mother’s sister, Margaret (Irwin) Mitchell Sedberry.  Her note at the bottom says, “This is from Virginia Rider, and she wrote, “You are now Mayflower descendants.”

I had known that my three daughters were Mayflower descendants through their father but never knew of my connection.  Needless to say I went exploring on the Internet.  For the next few Sundays I will be following this line from Governor William Bradford to Dickermon (various records have different spellings for this name) Allen Rider (1832 – 1904), whose descendants I have covered on previous Sundays.

(1) Governor William Bradford; (2) Joseph Bradford; (3)Elisha Bradford; (4)Laurana (Bradford) McFarland; (5) Hannah (McFarland) Rider; (6) Jennings Rider; (8)Dickerman Allen Rider; (9) Dickamon Allen Rider; (10) Marian Edith Rider; (11) Marian Dunlap Irwin; (12)Judith Anne Guion.

William Bradford was the son of William Bradford (1559 – 1591) and Alice Hansen (1552 – 1597).  He was born about the 19 of March 1590 in Austerfield, West Riding, Yorkshire.  He was raised on a large farm and the family was considered wealthy and influential, when most of their neighbors possessed smaller farms.

At the age of seven he became an orphan and was sent to live with two uncles.  When he was twelve years old he traveled to hear the Rev. Richard Clyfton, who believed that the Church of England would become a purer Christian church by eliminating all Roman Catholic practices.  Bradford was inspired by his preaching and continued to attend his services.

This small congregation determined that reform of the Church of England was hopeless and started making plans to travel to the Dutch Republic where religious freedom was permitted.  There were many setbacks, including a betrayal, imprisonment and fines.  By the summer of 1608 they had managed to escape England in small groups and relocate to the Dutch Republic.  Bradford was 18.

Bradford arrived in Amsterdam in August 1608.  He had no family with him and was taken in by the Brewster household.  After nine months, the Scrooby Congregation chose to relocate to the smaller city of Leiden.  Bradford continued to reside with the Brewster family but conditions changed dramatically for him when he turned twenty-one and was able to claim his family inheritance in 1611.  He bought his own house and set up a workshop as a weaver of heavy cotton cloth for men’s clothing.

In 1613, he married Dorothy May, the daughter of a well-off English couple living in Amsterdam.  In 1617 their first child, John, was born.

William Bradford sold his house in Leiden in 1619 and shows up in the March 1620 tax records in a section of London called Aldgate.  Edward and Alice (Carpenter) Southworth and their two sons were also living in Aldgate in 1620.  Edward Southworth was a highly respected leader of the Leiden group, but he died during the winter of 1621/22.  His widow Alice emigrated to Plymouth Colony after Bradford’s wife died, and they were married (more on this later).

By July 1620, arrangements had been made and about 50 Separatists departed on the Speedwell.  William and Dorothy Bradford left their three-year-old son, John, with Dorothy’s parents in Amsterdam, possibly because he was too frail to make the voyage.  The Speedwell was to meet with the Mayflower off the coast of England and would travel together to the northern part of the Colony of Virginia (which then extended north to the Hudson River).  It turned out that the Speedwell was not structurally strong enough to make the voyage and some of the passengers were transferred to the Mayflower, including the Bradfords, making crowded conditions.

During the crossing they were buffeted by westerly gales, which caused the ships timbers to shake violently and the caulking failed to keep out seawater.  Many passengers were lying wet and ill in their berths and a crew member and a passenger died on the trip.

The passengers and crew of the Mayflower spotted Cape Cod hook in November 1620, after about two months at sea.  They anchored in what is now called Provincetown Harbor.  The Mayflower Compact was signed that day, Bradford being one of the first to sign.

Bradford volunteered to be a member of the exploration parties searching for a place for settlement.  During their third exploration, the men located Plymouth Bay.  For several days they explored the bay and found a suitable place for settlement, now the site of downtown Plymouth, Massachusetts.  The location featured an easily defended hill, numerous brooks and had been the location of an Indian village, so that much of the land had been cleared for planting.

When the exploration party made their way back on board the Mayflower, Bradford learned of the death of his wife, Dorothy.  She had fallen overboard off the deck of the Mayflower during his absence and drowned.  William Bradford recorded her death in his journal.

 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Bradford_(governor)   for more information about Governor William Bradford and the settlement of Plymouth Colony.

Next Sunday, I will see what I can find out about Joseph Bradford, William’s son with his second wife, Alice Carpenter. Tomorrow I will begin posting a week of letters from November, 1943, with letters reporting the plans and marriage of my Dad and Mom, Alfred Peabody Guion, and Marian Dunlap Irwin. Judy Guion

My Ancestors (43 and 44) – Dickamon Allen Rider and Cordelia Eliza Pratt

Last June I read about a Challenge, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, and I was intrigued. I decided to take up the challenge. Some Ancestors may take more than one week, but I still intend to write about 52 Ancestors. I hope you enjoy reading about My Ancestors as much as I am looking forward to researching and writing about them. 

(1)Dickamon Allen Rider; (2) Marian Edith Rider; (3) Marian Dunlap Irwin; (4)Judith Anne Guion.

Dickamon Allen Rider came to California from Vermont when he was about 20.  He came with his older brother, Homer, and his younger brother, Jesse.  Homer drowned in the Feather River (according to DeDe Rider – Edith May (Lewis) Rider,my great-grandmother.  I seem to remember that Jesse, the youngest at 18, decided to return home. Dickamon was the only Rider to remain in California.

Cordelia Eliza Pratt was born November 5, 1842 in Iowa and died in July 1923 in Watsonville, California.  Very little is known of her parents. Her father was Charles Henry Pratt who died in 1878.  Her mother, Mary Pratt died in 1886.  They settled in Grass Valley, California after traveling from Iowa.

Dickamon Allen Rider married Cordelia Eliza Pratt and they had four children:

Homer Marchant Rider, born January 6, 1864, in Nicolaus, California, my great-grandfather.

Frank L.  Rider

Clara May Rider

Jessie Mildred Rider

I know there is more information about these individuals but I have not found it yet. (Mrs. P – I really appreciate all the research projects you have undertaken because of my lack of thorough research, but please do not do any research on this. I know you would but you have plenty of your own work to do.)

Tomorrow, I will begin posting more Childhood Memories of Trumbull. These have been taken from recordings I made with my Dad and four of his siblings, Dan having passed  away. I hope you enjoy this look back into a world that your parents or grandparents may have shared with their siblings.

Judy Guion