Another Brick Wall Falls: John Glosson of Chatham County, North Carolina

John Glosson (1802 - aft. 1880) was my 4th great-grandfather and had been a brick wall forever. I knew that he was born in North Carolina, and had tentatively placed him as a John "Glisson" in Duplin county just because the household matched. But I was never convinced, and a couple of weeks ago I … Continue reading Another Brick Wall Falls: John Glosson of Chatham County, North Carolina

Anthony Collings, 1678-1754, Cornwall to Maryland

Anthony Collings was either my 7th or 8th great-grandfather, depending on whether William Collings was Lydia Colling's father or grandfather. But he was definitely my ancestor. Anthony Collings was born in 1678 in Antony Parish, Cornwall, England. Map showing Antony parish from UK Web Archive. Anthony emigrated to Westmoreland County, Virginia before 1706. By 1716, … Continue reading Anthony Collings, 1678-1754, Cornwall to Maryland

Do Unto Others: the Op den Graeff Connection

After researching Lydia Collings Uptigrove to the extent that was possible, I turned to Elijah Uptigrove, her husband. In the process of researching him, I unearthed some interesting history! First, the working theory As I outlined earlier, it seems clear that the Collings and Uptigroves were acquainted with each other in Albemarle County, Virginia, prior … Continue reading Do Unto Others: the Op den Graeff Connection

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 Daniel Denison, 7 October 1747, Stonington, Connecticut

Daniel Denison, was not my direct ancestor. He was the brother of George Denison, my 8th great-grandfather. However, I try to at least skim the wills of my ancestor's siblings in order to record names of spouses and children, and in case there is any other information of interest. Daniel's will names his second wife … Continue reading Will of Daniel Denison, 7 October 1747, Stonington, Connecticut