It was on 9 September 1587 that my 10th great grandfather, Jonas Humphrey was born. He married Frances Coley and they had my 9th great grandmother, Susanna Humphrey about 1615 in Wendover Bucks, England. It was their grandchildren that began to really muck up and gnarl the family tree — not bad considering they were born in the mid 1600s!
Susanna married Nicholas White on 11 June 1637. The two produced Elizabeth (9 June 1643, born in Dorchester, Massachusetts) and Nicholas (1647, also born in Dorchester). Seems innocent enough. And did you catch that they were in New England at the time of the birth of the children?
Well, Elizabeth is my 8th great grandmother. She married Samuel Hall on 20 March 1663 in Taunton, Massachusetts. The line that follows: George (1681) → Lydia Hall (1706) → Mehitable Morey (1737) → Prudence White (1772) → Morris Jenks (1801)→ Esther Jenks (1832) → Effie Clarissa Lee (1859) → Lee Norton Goodliff Weaver (1893) → my mother → me.
Now, on to brother, Nicholas, who happens to be my 8th great grandfather! Grandfather married Ursula Macomber on 9 December 1673 in Taunton, Massachusetts. The line that follows: Thomas (16__) → Nathaniel (17__) → Nathaniel, Jr. (1744) [who married Mehitable Morey — see above!!!!] → Prudence (1772) → Morris Jenks (1801) → Esther Jenks (1832) → Effie Clarissa Lee (1859) → Lee Norton Goodliff Weaver (1893) → my mother → me.
So, for those counting (I used my genealogy software), 5 times great grandparents, Nathaniel White, Jr. and Mehitable Morey were third cousins! So, I guess that would make me my own 10th cousin. Should I get myself birthday and Christmas gifts?
PS: Nathaniel White, Jr. served as a Sergeant in Capt. Silas Cobb’s Company , Col. Timothy Walker’s Regiment of the Massachusetts Revolutionary Army. He is one of the Supplemental Ancestors I am preparing to submit for my Sons of the American Revolution membership.