A Different type of Ancestry

I spend my time researching my family ancestry, blogging about it and just enjoying the moment of discovery. My sister on the other hand enjoys the moment of discovery of her Equine Family. I don’t know the difference between a “Cold-blooded Family” and a “Warm-blooded family” of horses or how to breed them. I do know how to feed and groom them. I spent time as a girl doing just that before school each day.  I never felt the passion for them that she did. I kept that for my human family research.

The Equine researches provided the lineage through their females. Until recently most of our family research papers have been through the male line.  The females were not important to our ancestors expect to continue the family line. they didn’t keep records of the females the same way they did the males.  Horse breeders on the other hand, knew the importance of keeping track of those family lines.

My very dedicated sister wrote a book about horse breeding that just reached 79th on the best sellers for Horse Racing list. It is titled “The Thoroughbred Female Families that have Dominated the Racing World (Volume 1)”  by Sarah A Montgomery.  Way to go sis. I have more to add to my family tree, a published author. May she have continued success both in her breeding of horses and writing about them.

Here is a link to her book.  http://www.amazon.com/Thoroughbred-Female-Families-Dominated-Racing/dp/1479157945/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top/176-0135896-4625605




Arbella Journey 26 April 1630

Isaac and Mary Stearns journey across the Atlantic Ocean continues slowly with a scarce wind, calm sea and a close dampness that has persisted the entire journey.

I have been writing little snippets of their journey this week enticing you to join me on the Anniversary of the Arbella’s arrival to the Bay Colony. Three hundred and eighty three years ago on 12 June 1630 the; courageous and somewhat discouraged passengers aboard the Arbella reached their designated port of what is now called Salem, Massachusetts.

I am putting out a cry to the “Ancestral Cousins” of the Arbella passengers to join me at the

Salem Maritime National Historical site

193 Derby Strret

Salem, Massachusetts 01970 at

4 o’clock in the morning “Yes the morning”

Come celebrate the anniversary arrival of the Arbella. Come join me and sense the spirit of the brave soul with a cornerstone of faith that brought them across the unknown seas to the savage ridden wilderness that was the colony in 1630. What did they find at the end of the rainbow? The Pot of Gold or did they return to England on the next ship?

Here is a link to the passenger list to see if you are one of those braves souls;


This list gives you the name where they were born and where they settled once they arrived.


Arbella 24 April 1630

The seas remain calm and fair slowing Isaac and Mary Stearns journey toward the Massachusetts Bay Colony. The Caption had made observation that they were at forty five degrees twenty minutes north latitude in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Historical Marker in Stewartstown, New Hampshire taken during one of my road trips.


Abrella 23 April 1630

Isaac and Mary Stearns decided to not join the main meal gathering of the Captains and consorts from the Ambrose and Jewell that came aboard the Arbella while at anchor. The Captain of the Arbella Fleet decided that with the small gale and fair weather little progress would be made to their new home. They had not seen the Talbot  since the storm and this would give her time to reach them.

Isaac and Mary stayed in the women’s cabins to care for Shubael and Martha who remain in poor health.



Tall ships anchored at Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Arbella Voyage 22 April 1630

Isaac and Mary Stearns give thanksgiving to the Lord on Thursday 22 April, 1630 for Faire weather and a stiff wind. The family, passengers and crew’s stomachs have eased; a small meal in their belly and calmer sea give them strength. The stiff wind speed them all day and night toward the Massachusetts Bay Colony.




Hampton,  New Hampshire

Sketch of the Arbella

Sketch of the Arbella

Rough Seas and Raining 21 April 1630

Winthrop Journal notes that on 21 Apr 1630 the fleet was dealing with rain and rough seas.

“Wednesday, 21 April 1630

“Thick, rainy weather: much wind at the S.W. Our Captain, over night, had invited his consorts to have dined with him this day, but it was such foul weather as they could not come aboard us.”

Winthrop, John; Hosmer, James Kendall. Archieves.org; https://archive.org/stream/winthropsjournal00wint#page/34/mode/2up/search/+april+1630 ; accessed 21 April 2013; “Original Narratives of Early American History, Winthrop’s Journal 1630-1639 Vol I page 30.”

Sadly I can not correctly cite where I found the image. I believe it was from a “Wiki” page. If anyone can help give credit to the proper people, please e-mail me.