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

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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

My Ancestors (41 and 42) – William Wilde and Anna (Joanna) Burke (Lawrence?)

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) Joanna Burke; (2) Margaret Anne Wilde; (3) Edith May Lewis; (4) Marian Edith Rider; (5) Marian Dunlap Irwin; (6)Judith Anne Guion.

‘Excerpt from a letter from Ruth Shattuck, written July 14, 1975.

William Wilde was born in New York City, New York, in 1815 and married Anna (possibly Joanna, know as Anna)  Burke (one source says “Lawrence” but all others list her as Anna Burke) born in England.  She left England at age 14, after her parents died of the plague.  She went to New York to live with an older sister who was married and living in New York City.

William Wilde was a close friend of the sister and her husband.  When Anne was 16 she married William Wilde.  They lived in New York City for a number of years.  They had 3 or 4 children before they joined the 1st wagon train leaving New York City going west.  They settled in what later became Blue Earth clap County, Minnesota.  Anne and William had 10 children, 6 girls and 4 boys.  I do not recall in what sequence the boys came.  I do know Eleanor and Bill were the eldest.

  1. Eleanor Wilde Lewis
  2. Bill Wilde Junior
  3. Janette Wilde – married Herb Cornell
  4. boy – left home when grown – lost at sea
  5. Margaret Ann Wilde (b. Aug 22, 1844). – Married John Jackson Lewis,  Aug. 26, 1862* in Mapleton, Blue Earth County, Minnesota.
  6. Anne Wilde – married Charles Shattuck of Watsonville, California
  7. boy
  8. Harriet Wilde – marriage a Bancroft
  9. Melvina Wilde – married Campwell Ellis
  10. boy – died about 7 or 8 years old
  • – The date, if accurate, points out another error in Ruth Shattuck’s information. Margaret Ann Wilde was 18 when she married John Jackson Lewis.

Another source lists the children as follows:

  1. Jeanette
  2. Margaret – Married John Jackson Lewis
  3. George
  4. Eleanor
  5. Bill Jr.
  6. Anne
  7. Herb
  8. Harriet
  9. Lavina
  10. Henry

I had always been told that I had a great grandmother who walked across the country. For some reason I thought it was Carrie Dunlap Snamen. This information seems to claim that it was my great-grandmother, Margaret Ann Wilde who traveled with her parents from New York City to Blue Earth County, Minnesota.  She married John Jackson Lewis on August 26, 1862, in Mapleton, Blue Earth County, Minnesota.

From Family Search.com online, I have more detailed and probably more accurate info. It shows the following info:

William L Wilde (1820 – 1918) (his mother was Eleanor Lawrence, so perhaps this is where Ruth Shattuck was confused) married Anna Burke (1826 – 1899).  Their children were:

  1.  Mary Jeanette Wilde (1842 – 1928)
  2. Margaret Ann Wilde (1844 – 1876)
  3. George W Wilde (1848 – 1902)
  4. Eleanor L Wilde (1850 – 1923)
  5. William E Wilde (1853 – 1938)
  6. Anna E Wilde (1858 – 1950
  7. Herbert Wilde (1860 – deceased)
  8. Harriet E Wilde (1863 – 1958)
  9. Henry Wilde (1865 – deceased)
  10. Malvina Wilde (1867 – 1912)

The lesson learned with this post is that information recorded by family members, who sometimes are relying on memory, are not always accurate.  The information passed down as family lore is always quite interesting, but may not always be correct.  It does make family history more exciting. 

Tomorrow I’ll start a week of letters written in 1944 when all 5 of Grandpa’s sons are in the service of Uncle Sam. 

Judy Guion

 

My Ancestors (38 and 39) – Marian Edith Rider and Mowry Addison Irwin

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) Edith May (Lewis) Rider; (2) Marian Edith (Rider) Irwin; (3) Marian Dunlap (Irwin) Guion; (4) Judith Anne Guion

Homer Marchant Rider married Edith May Lewis on 29 July 1885 at Rider’s Ranch (near Coralitas, CA)

Their children were as follows:

  1. Homer Allen Rider, ,b. 8 Aug 1887 at the Rider Ranch
  2. Marian Edith Rider, b.  15 Oct 1888 at Santa Cruz
  3. Louise Rider, b.  12 Sept 1890 at Westport, CA
  4. Child died at birth
  5. Delo Margaret Rider, b. 7 Dec 1898 at Watsonville, CA
  6. Donald Lewis Rider, b. 16 Aug 1901

Marian Edith Rider was born 15 Oct 1888 at Santa Cruz, CA

She married Mowry Addison Irwin on 28 July 1914 in Watsonville, CA

Mowry Addison Irwin was born in Erie, PA on 16 Oct 1888

Mowry Addison Irwin, Marian Edith (Rider) Irwin, Marian Dunlap (Irwin) Guion and Alfred Peabody Guion 

They had the following children:

Marian Dunlap Irwin and Homer Addison Irwin about 1920

1.  Marian Dunlap Irwin, born 11 Nov 1915 in Sacramento, CA

2.  Homer Addison Irwin, born 24 April 1917 in Marysville, CA

3.  Margaret Edith Irwin, born 28  May 1920 in Oakland, CA

4.  Donald Mowry Irwin, born 3 July 1925 in Albuquerque,NM

Mowry Addison Irwin passed away on 10 May 1947.  He was a resident of Berkeley for 10 years.  Mr. Irwin and his family had moved to Orinda in 1940.  He was President last year and a Director this year of the Orinda Association and was instrumental in helping to start the Orinda News, a community newspaper.  He was employed for the past 15 years by the Westinghouse Wholesale Sales Co.

Marian Edith (Rider) Irwin passed away 8 June 1958.

Next Sunday I will be posting more information about Marian Dunlap (Irwin) Guion, my Mother. 

Tomorrow I will be posting a week of the memories of Grandpa and Grandma Guion’s children during their time in Trumbull.

Judy Guion