17th Century New England, with special emphasis on the Salem Witchcraft Trials


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Genealogy: Charts and Biographies

If your interest is your ancestors, these links go to sites with genealogical and biographical information.

Colonial Massachusetts and Maine Genealogies [Link #292]
From the site: "Each of these genealogical lines trace their roots from the British Isles to Colonial Massachusetts, arriving during the 1600s. They settled in towns like Barnstable, Dedham, Duxbury, Lexington, Lynn, Marshfield, Salem, Salisbury, and Watertown. Many of these families continued north to Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont during the early 1700s. This site contains, online, genealogical information about approximately 9,200 individuals who are descendants of the following surnames: Anderson, Basford/Bamford, Blake, Brackett, Bradbury, Carver, Conant, Chute, Farrington, Hamblen/Hamblin/Hamlin, Haskell, Mansfield, Mather, Noyes, Plumer/Plummer, Sawyer, Sewall, Shackford, Thurston, Waite, Watts, Woodward"

Best! Mayflower and Early Families [Link #6]
This is a very cool site -- full of texts of wills and deeds, image scans of actual documents, a bulletin board for discussions, some vital records (Saybrook, CT, and Plymouth County, MA) -- even a couple of "slide shows" about the Plymouth colony and the events in Salem. The site was orginally called "The Massachusetts Enquirer: Mayflower, MA & New England Events, People, Life" -- an interesting attempt to portray colonial New England events as if being reported today -- but the site has been deepened and that has become only part of the site, renamed "The Colonial Gazette" when the site was given a major overhaul in March-May 1999. Thumbs up to the folks at Maddox Interactive for this contribution to the Internet!

17th, 18th & 19th Century Cape Cod Gravestones by Robert Paine Carlson [Link #308]
Gravestones Dated 1683 - 1860 in Barnstable County, Massachusetts; Gravestone Records from the 15 Towns of Cape Cod; Twenty Thousand Names with Gravestone Inscription Details: Eighteen Hundred Color Photographs; One Hundred Thirty Old Burying Grounds; Forty Six Gravestone Carvers;Seven Hundred Colonial Epitaphs

Best! Notable Women Ancestors: Witches by Sam Casey [Link #70]
This site includes links to many biographies of women accused of witchcraft, including these Biographies located at this site include:
  • Susanna North Martin by Sam Casey. A superb, well-documented biography of her ancestor who was executed for witchcraft in 1692, with links to transcriptions of the warrant for her arrest, her indictment, and depositions of John Pressey, John & Mary Pressey, and Bernard Peach; Jarvis Ring & Joseph Ring (2); John Kimball, John Allen, Joseph Knight & Elizabeth Clark; Robert Downer, Mary Andrews, Moses Pike, Thomas Putnam, Sam Parris, Nathaniel Ingersoll, Abigial Williams & Ann Putnam, Jr.; William Brown, Elizabeth Hubbard, Mercy Lewis, Sarah Vibber, John Atkinson & Sarah Atkinson.
  • Elizabeth Jackson Howe by Cynthia (Frazier) Abbott
  • Rebecca Nurse by Dana A. Wildes
  • Sarah Wild(e) by Rhonda Little
  • Mary Bliss Parsons , one of the women accused of witchcraft in Hartford, Ct.

Best! GenForum's Genealogy Forums [Link #145]
Many, many web-based genealogy forums on surnames -- some of which should interest people researching the Salem witchcraft trials (such as COREY, PARRIS and TOWNE), with new ones being added all the time -- or if you don't find one for your favorite surname, you can start one of your own. From the site: "GenForum is a conglomeration of message boards (some people call them queries, we call them forums). Anyone can post to these forums and immediately have their data shared with other researchers. From our home page, you can access our over 8200 forums devoted to specific surnames, states, countries, and general topics."

Historical Sketches of Andover (1894) by Sarah Loring Bailey [Link #362]
The on-line text of this 19th century history of Andover. Lots of genealogical information and a history of the town during the Indian wars and the witchcraft trials of the 17th century.

The History of Hannah Dustin/Duston and the Genealogy of the Cheney Family [Link #3]
This site contains information regarding the Dustin/Duston, Cheney and select kindred families of early New England. These two well documented families connect through the marriage of Hannah Dustin and Daniel Cheney II. Hannah Dustin Cheney was the daughter of the famous Hannah Dustin of which this site is named. There are thousands of descendants found throughout the United States today.

Salem-Witch List by Margo Burns [Link #24]
This is an e-mail discussion list for descendants of the people involved in the Salem Witchcraft trials of 1692, hosted by Roots Web, a terrific source of genealogical information. There is a digest mode as well as regular mail mode.

Family Genealogy Charts for the Nurse-Towne family [Link #49]
This on-line genealogy database includes lots of the vital statistics for the family of Rebecca (Towne) Nurse (1621-1692) and Francis Nurse (1618-1695). The above link will take you into the middle of the database to Rebecaa Nurse's entry, which is fully linked to all the rest of the family. NOTE: It has recently come to my attention that there is an error in this chart, listing a Susannah (Towne) Hayward as a sister of Rebecca. She was probably more closely related to William and Peter Towne of Cambridge

Descendants of Thomas Tarbell [Link #50]
This is a genealogical chart of several generations of the descendants of Thomas Tarbell (1620-1678), who was the father of John Tarbell, husband of Mary Nurse and son-in-law of Francis and Rebecca (Towne) Nurse. It includes a little biographical information, too.

Descendants of Thomas Bradbury [Link #52]
Thomas Bradbury (1611-1695) was the husband of Mary (Perkins) Bradbury, who was hanged in the Salem witch hysteria. This is part of the Family Tree Maker site -- very nice for genealogical research!

Selected Vital Records from the 17th c. and Early 18th c. [Link #104]
These are vital records, copied from sources at the Phillips Library of the Peabody-Essex Museum:

Biography of Rebecca Nurse by Allan Gilbertson [Link #110]
A short biography of Rebecca Towne Nurse, executed July 19, 1692 in Salem for witchcraft, with citations.

My Lineage to Rebecca Nurse by Margo Burns [Link #125]
A brief description of my lineage back to Rebecca Nurse, my 10x-great-grandmother.

GenForum's American Indian Genealogy Forum [Link #146]
Web-based forum on genealogy of American Indians.

The Associated Daughters of Early American Witches [Link #174]
A National Society incorporated in the State of California, with membership by invitation only. From the site: "A woman must be at least sixteen years of age and able to prove descent from an ancestor or ancestress who was accused or tried or executed for the practice of witchcraft prior to 31 December 1699."

The Piscataqua Pioneers Collection [Link #201]
This contains no actual documents, but is a list of what is in "The Piscataqua Pioneers Collection," a special collection at the Dimond Library at the University of New Hampshire, Durham -- including regional genealogies, vital records, town histories, maps, etc. Check here to see if UNH has something you're looking for. Of course it's primarily focused on New Hampshire, but there's plenty about Massachusetts and Maine as well.

US GenWeb Archives King William's War Pensions Project by David Colby Young [Link #216]
This site was still under construction when I visited it 2/18/2000 but it has great promise for anyone researching participatants in King William's War (1689-1697). From the site: "The US GenWeb Archives is embarking on the US GenWeb Archives Pension Project. This project will endeavor to provide actual transcriptions of Pension related materials for all Wars prior to 1900. Transcripts, extracts and abstracts will be accepted and files will be placed in the USGenWeb Archives directory of the State and County of principal residence of the Pensioner."

Maule Genealogy Homepage [Link #244]
Excellent genealogy page about the 17th century Quaker Thomas Maule, author of Truth Held Forth and Maintained According to the Testimony of the holy Prophets, Christ and his Apostles recorded in the holy Scriptures.

1600s Ancestors data Base [Link #262]
Database with over 18,000 entries of people who lived in New England in the 1600s. A great resource!

America's First Families: Ancestor Roll of Honor [Link #263]
Scroll down from the top of this page and find a clickable listing of people -- such as John Alden -- about whom there are full pages of biographical information.

Colonial Graduates of Harvard University [Link #356]
List of the graduates of Harvard from its beginning in 1642 to 1773.

A Very Grave Matter by Jenn Marcelais [Link #357]
From the site: "a collection of photographs and historical information of colonial cemeteries and gravestones of New England in southern Maine, southern New Hampshire and northeast Massachusetts."
  • Capt. Daniel Epps Includes gravestone picture and court case from Essex County Quarterly Courts, about the disputed ownership of an Indian boy named Lionel.

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This page was last updated Feb. 15, 2009 by Margo Burns, margoburns@gmail.com