My grandfather Thomas Holcombe immigrated to Massachusetts in 1630, and soon became one of the first settlers of Connecticut at Windsor, where every able-bodied man was expected to be an armed, trained member of the militia. He quickly moved northwest and helped pioneer Poquonock. There were hostiles all around. I don’t have to wonder what he would think of this insanity.
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.