Thursday, July 26, 2012
Who wouldn't want to be here?
I've been AWOL lately because I got involved with tracing my ancestors. Our son started to work on both sides of our families. My dad had originally done a lot of work on his English ancestors (his male line) and now I'm busy tracing the females (who are actually more interesting that the males!)...I found a male ancestor on one of the female lines whose wife and three of their 13 children were killed during an Indian raid in Deerfield, MA. He and two other children were taken prisoner and sold to the French. They all made it home after a couple of years. Then he remarried (having 11 children to care for....) His second wife was then killed in another raid. He remarried again and this one actually lived, although they had to go through another Indian raid in 1709. Another ancestor of mine was run through with sabers and left to rot in an English forest...sigh...Another one was the first Englishman to be beheaded in his town, which then became infamous for beheadings...sigh...What can I say? However, I did find several ancestors that were sheriffs. LOTS and LOTS of Normans, but I did find one line that was actually Saxon and who managed to hang onto their lands after the Norman invasion. It appears that my dad's male line were actually indigenous English (Vikings), but it also appears that they married into Norman nobility. I've been working nonstop for about a week on all this stuff and I'm ready for a break. Time to go up and work the horses!
If you are interested, here's a link to the Belden story: http://sandwalk.blogspot.com/2011/10/daniel-belden-and-deerfield-massacre.html