Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Witch, the Devil, and the Reverend Mr. Stone

With a nod to the calendar, I bring you two tales from the daily life of Rev. Samuel Stone, my 9th great-grandfather. The first is said to have taken place in 1648:

Burr, George Lincoln. Narratives of the New England Witchcraft Cases. Mineola, N.Y.: Dover Publications, 2002. (p. 135-136)

The second is said to have happened in 1662:

Mather, Increase, and George Offor. Remarkable Providences Illustrative of the Earlier Days of American Colonisation. London: Reeves and Turner, 1890. (p. 96-99)

Note: Samuel Stone of Cambridge (see p. 222) is not a descendant of Rev. Samuel Stone. He's the son of Gregory Stone and grandson of David Stone. It's possible, but unproven, that Rev. Samuel Stone's father, John Stone, was a brother or half-brother of Gregory. See Stone-Rogers for more on this.

Newell, William. Discourses and Poems of William Newell, Minister of the First Parish in Cambridge: A Memorial Volume. Boston: Geo. H. Ellis, 1882.

Search this book for "stone." There are other useful pages.


The book below tells the same story as the first book in this post. I've put it here because this one is out of copyright, whereas the other is not. (However, the first one has has good footnotes!)

Mather, Cotton and Thomas Robbins. Magnalia Christi Americana: Or, The Ecclesiastical History of New-England, from Its First Planting, in the Year 1620, Unto the Year of Our Lord 1698. Hartford: Silas Andrus & Son, 1853. (Vol. II, p. 456)

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Duties and Services of Rev. Samuel Stone

Felch, William Farrand; George C. Atwell; H. Phelps Arms; Francis Trevelyan Miller. The Connecticut Magazine, Volume 9. 1905. (p. 154-158)

See also p. 557, The Building of a Model Municipality, which tells the history of Hartford. Includes a photo of the Ancient Burying Ground.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

400 New England Ancestors

At least some of the information for Joseph Loomis in this book is attributed to the Loomis genealogy, which lists an eighth child in Joseph's family group, i.e. Samuel Loomis, who was born in England. The Loomis genealogy also states that it was Samuel, not Nathaniel as shown here, who married Elizabeth Judd, daughter of Thomas Judd. Consequently, I won't be too quick to believe everything I read herein.

Having said that, I will still check for my New England surnames as time permits. I post it here for what it's worth. It may have information I haven't run across elsewhere, such as the interesting notes here about the Loomis Institute.

Cross, Roselle Theodore. My Children's Ancestors; Data Concerning About Four Hundred New England Ancestors of the Children of Roselle Theodore Cross and His Wife Emma Asenath (Bridgman) Cross; Also Names of Many Ancestors in England, and Descendants of Mr. and Mrs. Cross's Grandparents, Theodore and Susannah (Jackson) Cross, Samuel and Lois (Temple) Murdock, Noah and Asenath (Judd) Bridgman, Jacob and Lydia (Slack) Daggett. Twinsburg, O. Columbus, O.: Champlin Press], 1913.

The three Loomis genealogies listed below are posted here.
Loomis, Elias. The Descendants of Joseph Loomis: Who Came from Braintree, England, in the Year 1638, and Settled in Windsor, Connecticut, in 1639. New Haven: Tuttle, Morehouse and Taylor, 1870.

Loomis, Elias. The Descendants of Joseph Loomis: Who Came from Braintree, England, in the Year 1638, and Settled in Windsor, Connecticut, in 1639. New Haven: Tuttle, Morehouse and Taylor, 1875.
Descendants of Joseph Loomis in America, and His Antecedents in the Old World.
The original published by Elias Loomis, LL.D.; revised by Elisua Scott Loomis, Ph.D., 1908 [1909]. 839 pp., illustrated. [See review below.]

This scholarly production, bound in morocco and finely illustrated, suggests a family bible in size. It would be a convenience to patrons of genealogical libraries if the index, which occupies two hundred odd pages, referred to pages and not to numbers designating persons, which run from 1 to 12,670 through eleven generations. Sections in the index give soldiers of the Civil War, college graduates, and celebrated people bearing the name. Sixty-two pages are devoted to the history of the family in England. Joseph Loomis (Braintree and London, Eng.) came to Dorchester, Mass., in 1638, and the next year went to Windsor, Conn. It is remarkable that the title to his homestead has never passed out of the Loomis name. The estate is now occupied by a school which was founded primarily for the benefit of the descendants of Joseph Loomis.

(This review appeared in the Jan. 1911 issue of New England Historical and Genealogical Register.)

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Descendants of Elder John Strong

This is a two-volume book. In the first, my interest includes the introduction, the sketch of Northampton history, the history of John Strong, and the family group information--in other words, from the beginning of the book through page 19.

The second volume opens with Jedediah Strong, the son of John from whom my line descends. From the beginning of this volume through p. 771 is of particular interest to me. (Don't panic! This volume begins with p. 769!) Jedediah's daughter Thankful married Thomas Root. Their family group information begins at the bottom of p. 952. Although their daughter Experience is listed, there's no mention of her husband, Samuel Parker--therefore no additional pages noted here.

Dwight, Benjamin W. The History of the Descendants of Elder John Strong, of Northampton, Mass. Albany, N.Y.: J. Munsell, 1871.

Genealogists will find this review of the Strong genealogy interesting:

Whitmore, William Henry. American Genealogist; Being a Catalogue of Family Histories and Publications Containing Genealogical Information, Issued in the United States, Arranged Chronologically. Albany: Munsell, 1875.

And the review itself sparked some commentary about the Stone genealogy and others in an 1872 address to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society:

Don't be confused by the wonky appearance of the pages in this book. The print size alternates from page to page for no reason that I can discern, but the text seems to flow correctly.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Cotton on Stone, and Stone on Philosophy

In Praise of Master Stone, a poem by John Cotton, followed by Why Socrates is Not Plato, Nor Plato Socrates, from A Congregational Church is a Catholic Visible Church, by Rev. Samuel Stone, both written in 1652.

See also p. 322, An Answer to Prayer by Captain Edward Johnson, in which he refers to the Reverend as "the Rhetorical Mr. Stone."

See also p. 180, The Taking of the Fort at Mystic, from A Brief History of the Pequot War. Rev. Stone accompanied Capt. Mason and his army of 90 men as their Chaplain. The events described here took place in May 1637.

Stedman, Edmund Clarence, Ellen Mackay Hutchinson Cortissoz, and Arthur Stedman. A Library of American Literature From the Earliest Settlement to the Present Time. New York: C.L. Webster, 1888.

Click for a Chronology of the Pequot War.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Threnodia on the Death of Rev. Samuel Stone

A Threnodia upon our churches second dark eclipse, happening July 20,1663, by death's interposition between us and that great light and divine plant, Mr. Samuel Stone, late of Hartford, in New England. Intro begins at the bottom of p. 196. The poem is attributed to Edward Bulkley.

Also see p. 115-118 for events of 1633, the year Rev. Stone and Thomas Hooker arrived in the U.S.

This book is also worth browsing for interesting material pertaining to the times.

Be advised: "Captain Stone" is not Rev. Samuel Stone, and the Stephen Hopkins mentioned in this book is not the one in my family tree.

Morton, Nathaniel, William Bradford, Thomas Prince, and Edward Winslow. New-England's Memorial. Boston: Congregational Board of Publication, 1855.

Threnodia also appears in the book below, with an interesting footnote. Scroll to the bottom of p. 16:

Boynton, Percy Holmes, Howard Mumford Jones, George Sherburn, and Frank Martindale Webster. American Poetry. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1918.