Will of George Griggs, Boston, Massachusetts, 4 May 1655

George Griggs was my 10th great-grandfather, and takes the line "back to the boat." He was from the village of Lavendon, in Buckinghamshire, England. George, his wife Alice Siptharpe (or Sipthorpe) and their children emigrated to the American colonies as part of the Great Migration of Puritans that took place from 1630-1635. They traveled with … Continue reading Will of George Griggs, Boston, Massachusetts, 4 May 1655

Will of Robert Latimer, New London, Connecticut, 12 August 1727

Robert Latimer was my 8th great-grandfather on my one and only New England line. His detailed will and later estate inventory reveals a prosperous man, with numerous tracts of land, herds of livestock, and luxury items such as featherbeds "check'd coverlids" and 24 books. The tracts of land mentioned are easily identified as being on … Continue reading Will of Robert Latimer, New London, Connecticut, 12 August 1727

Will of John Burney, Robertson County, Tennessee, 6 January 1819

William Latimer was a prosperous Middle Tennessee farmer, and my 4th great-grandfather. His wife, Catherine, had been one my brick walls, until, as part of my Pandemic Project of identifying female ancestors, I came around to examining the Latimer line again. So many Ancestry tree hints identify people without providing any evidence to support the … Continue reading Will of John Burney, Robertson County, Tennessee, 6 January 1819

Will of Robert Shaw, Sumner County, Tennessee, 7 July 1823

Robert Shaw was my 5th great-grandfather and along with his wife, Elizabeth Hamilton, one of the earliest white settlers of Sumner County, Tennessee.  I Robert Shaw of Sumner County and of Tennessee do make and ordain this instrument which is subscribed with my name to be my last will and testament revoking all others. First … Continue reading Will of Robert Shaw, Sumner County, Tennessee, 7 July 1823

Colonel Jonathan Latimer and Lucretia Griswold

Jonathan Latimer was a descendant of the English Robert Latimer, who arrived in Boston in 1635 on the ship "Hopewell" as part of the Great Migration. Jonathan's father (also named Jonathan Latimer) was married to Borodell Denison, Captain George Denison's great-granddaughter. Jonathan Latimer II was born in New London, Connecticut in 1724.The Latimers were by that time  a wealthy family, having … Continue reading Colonel Jonathan Latimer and Lucretia Griswold

Elder William Brewster and Mary Wentworth

Born in 1560 in the town of Scrooby in Nottinghamshire, England, William Brewster married Mary Wentworth, and studied briefly at the college of Cambridge before becoming active in the movement to reform the Anglican church. His congregation eventually emigrated to the more religiously tolerant environment of Leyden, Holland, where he began publishing religious tracts that were circulated … Continue reading Elder William Brewster and Mary Wentworth

Will of Jonathan Latimer of Sumner County, Tennessee, 13 November 1802

Sumner County, Tennessee, November 13, 1802 Copied from the Sumner County GenWeb page. Source: Sumner County, TN Will Book 1, p. 99 Note: This will was copied from the handwritten clerk’s record in the Sumner County Will Book No.1. The clerk’s record had many errors in spelling, names were misspelled and there was no punctuation. For … Continue reading Will of Jonathan Latimer of Sumner County, Tennessee, 13 November 1802