Will of John Denison, 26 April 1698, Stonington, Connecticut

John Denison was my 9th great grandfather, the son of George Denison and "Lady" Ann Borodell, both English Puritans who arrived in Massachusetts during the Great Migration. (John's middle name is often listed as Borodell, but I have not seen a primary source for that.) George and Ann Denison and their children were among the … Continue reading Will of John Denison, 26 April 1698, Stonington, Connecticut

Will of Elizabeth Deming Foote Welles, Wethersfield, Connecticut, 28 March 1678

True story: I just don't find my colonial New England lines to be all that interesting. Most of them are well-documented already, and tracing those lines back becomes more an exercise in careful mouse-clicking than actual research. They were mostly somewhat boring respectable people with no scoundrels or scandals to research. And, since I don't … Continue reading Will of Elizabeth Deming Foote Welles, Wethersfield, Connecticut, 28 March 1678

Will of John Johnston, 23 April 1849, Davidson County, Tennessee

John Johnston was my 5th great grandfather. I have only recently begun to research him as part of my pandemic project of breaking down brick walls. I know that he was born in Pennsylvania, and that his father was most likely also named John Johnston. This first John Johnston was in the Nashville area by … Continue reading Will of John Johnston, 23 April 1849, Davidson County, Tennessee

Slaves Held by Joel Dickinson, Wayne County, North Carolina

Joel Dickinson was another brother of my ancestor, David Dickinson and a son of Daniel Dickinson. Joel left a will dated December 19, 1792 in Wayne County, North Carolina, naming 15 enslaved people.  To wife Mary: negro man Ben, negro women Esther and Sare (Sarey or Sarah) To son Isaac: three negroes, Banner, Lige and … Continue reading Slaves Held by Joel Dickinson, Wayne County, North Carolina

Slaves Held by Isaac Dickinson, Wayne County, North Carolina

While browsing through Wayne County estate files to sort out Dickinsons, I ran across several records naming enslaved people. Though these are not my direct ancestors, from here on out, I've decided to post any slaveholding records I find that might be helpful to other researchers. Isaac Dickinson (or Dickerson) was the son of John … Continue reading Slaves Held by Isaac Dickinson, Wayne County, North Carolina

Will of John Dickinson, 4 February 1742, Northampton County, North Carolina

John Dickinson was my 7th great-grandfather. He was a "Gentleman Planter" in colonial Northampton County, North Carolina. This is another line of my family that may go back to early Quakers. There was certainly a Quaker John Dickinson who married a Rebekah Powell in 1724 in Talbot County, Maryland. Many online trees trace my John … Continue reading Will of John Dickinson, 4 February 1742, Northampton County, North Carolina

Slaves Held by Daniel Dickinson, Wayne County, North Carolina

Working my way back through Dickinsons, I came to Daniel Dickinson, my 6th great-grandfather, who died about 1779 in Wayne County. Like his son, David, he seems to have died unexpectedly without leaving a will. His estate file contains a letter, however, naming his heirs. As most of Daniel's wealth was held in the form … Continue reading Slaves Held by Daniel Dickinson, Wayne County, North Carolina

Will of Edward Hood, 22 July 1807, Wayne County, North Carolina

I recently discovered that Edward Hood was my 6th great-grandfather. I don't know all that much about him yet. I do know that he was born before 1740, died about 1811 in Wayne County, NC, and owned several hundred acres along Black Creek, just south of the present-day city of Wilson, NC. One of Edward … Continue reading Will of Edward Hood, 22 July 1807, Wayne County, North Carolina

Will of Joseph Townsend, Carroll County, Tennessee, 25 August 1843

(Note: this post has been updated from a previous version) Joseph Townsend was my 6th great-grandfather. He was born in Virginia, and is likely the Joseph Townsend found on the 1810 census in Frederick County, Virginia. By 1814, he had moved to Overton County, Tennessee where he was granted 55 acres on the Roaring River. … Continue reading Will of Joseph Townsend, Carroll County, Tennessee, 25 August 1843