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his website is about a Puritan colonist, John Arnold, his descendants, their
families and allied families. John was born in England in
1594, and came to colonial Massachusetts sometime before or during 1634 with his ten year old son, Joseph.
We know that, on May
6, 1635, John was a Freeman in New Towne (now Cambridge), Massachusetts. His name
shows up on a list of New Towne residents as residing there on August 4, 1634
and also May 6, 1635. He later (1636) helped to settle Hartford, Connecticut with
Thomas Hooker's company and was granted 16 acres. Today his
name can be seen on the Founders' Monument in Hartford. He died
in 1664 and his son, Joseph, had gone on to become one of the founders of Haddam,
Connecticut, 1662. Joseph's
great grandson, Jonathan Arnold, born in East Haddam, Connecticut
in 1754 became one of the early settlers of Meredith, Delaware
County, New York. (ca 1800). He fought in the Revolutionary War
and came to Delaware County a few years later. Jonathan's son,
Aaron was one of the early (1815) settlers of Bergen, Genesee
County, New York where this branch of the family remained until
early in the 20th century.
f the surnames listed here
many are those of families directly descended from John,
however, many are distantly related or related only through "layers"
of marriages to those direct descendants or into their families. Some
of our very early ancestral colonial families were BRAINERD,
BUCK, CONE, EMMONS (or EMONS or EMANS), KIRBY (or KERBY or KERBE),
SHEDD (originally SHED and sometimes SHEAD), SPENCER and WAKEMAN
e've recently undertaken an expansion
of this website to include our Dutch (New Amsterdam) ancestors.
The only source we have for this information was a document commissioned
by Rosalthe Shedd in 1900 and passed down to her great-great grandson,
Richard Redmond who, in turn passed it on to the author of this
site (her great-grandson) for publication. Since our sources are
so limited we welcome any and all critique of the information
contained on the "Dutch Surname" site linked to below.
these links will take you off site- use your "back" button to
familiy, most recently of Genesee County, New York and, we think, earlier
from New Haven, Connecticut and Berkshire County, Massachusetts.
We are also trying
to expand our Information on the NORTH family. We have a number of NORTH given
names, spouses and some dates, but, so far, we haven't been able
to connect them with each other, although we know that they and the
NORTHs you see in our database are from Meredith, Delaware County,
NY ca 1810-20. There was Daniel NORTH who was one of the original
settlers of Delaware County, ca 1790; and later, a close
neighbor of Jonathan Arnold. We suspect that those
NORTHs shown here are his immediate descendants.
to see a list of the unconnected NORTH names mentioned above.
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