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To: Mama_Bear

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.


11 posted on 03/31/2013 3:41:15 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (Separate school and state, before it's too late!)
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To: EternalVigilance
I love genealogy! It's like a huge puzzle. I have zero connections to VA, but much of my tree is deeply rooted in Massachusetts and I love knowing that my ancestors had a hand in forming this great nation.

But, as John Adams said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." Sadly, we are rapidly becoming the "other" of which he spoke.

When I get some time, I may freepmail a list of some of my New England ancestral surnames from my tree and my husband's. (He is descended from the Mayflower's John Alden.) Could be a connection somewhere. Never know.

14 posted on 03/31/2013 7:02:02 PM PDT by Mama_Bear ("In life, as well as in dance, grace glides on blistered feet.")
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