My ancestors settled in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Maine in the early 1600’s as well. (My 9th great-grandmother, Mary Towne Esty, was one of the accused “witches” hanged in Salem.) Our trees very possibly connect back in New England at some point. It breaks my heart what has happened to the country our ancestors settled at great personal peril.
I hear you.
Until the other day when my wife and I uncovered the Thomas Holcombe line, and the line of Samuel Chapin, one of the founders of Springfield, MA, the man who is depicted in the famous “the Puritan” statue in Springfield, I had discovered no New England connections whatsoever. Most of my lines ran through Tidewater Virginia, all the way back to the earliest days of Jamestown.
A few months back we had discovered that I am a direct descendant of Robert Chandler, who served throughout the Revolution in the Connecticut Second, and spent the entire winter at Valley Forge. Which has led us to all the CT discoveries.
Amazing stuff. This sort of study gives one a whole new appreciation for what it is we are in danger of losing for our posterity.
By the way, if there is a family connection between us, or with any of those involved in the witch trials, the ironies will abound, because one of my earliest family connections in Jamestown is to John and Alice Proctor. No relation to the NE Proctors that I’m aware of, but...