Mayflower Serendipity 1
This is a tease blog. Many of you know I’m researching my Mayflower lineage. I put my application in May 2017. Many delays in process. Some mine. Some at other levels. I wasn’t worried. I did receive a list of what official documents I needed. No problem in my mind I had the supporting evidence.
The Mayflower books and the Howland books confirmed my link down to Mercy Gearin’s [Gearing/Geren/Garrin] birth. My records confirmed from myself to Isaiah. According to interviews with my mother and uncles, Isiah, my 2nd great-grandfather, was the son of Elijah Pease and Mary “Polly” Collins. Mary was the daughter of Mercy Gearin and Lemuel Collins, according to the Town History of Industry, Maine.
Sounds good, I just needed to find the birth, marriage and death records of Elijah Pease and his wife Mary Collins, and for Isaiah Pease and Abigail Bennett. No problem, right?
Wrong. I had indexes of the marriages, for some births and some deaths. Going to the original source/s was not as easy as one would think.
The last ten months included phone calls to town clerk, state archives, and vital records; including emails for request for the records. Research. More research. Last but not least, “Out of the box” research.
The Snags started with a house fire that burned the original records of documentation I used to build my family tree. I started my tree in the mid 1970’s. I did interview my mother, my uncles and my aunt by marriage for family information. My mother and her brothers died. My aunt by marriage has photos, but not many records. She remembers my grandparents and great grandparents. Thess gave me clues where to search.
- First snag happened last July when the state of Maine change the years allowing you to obtain records to 125 years. That meant anyone born 1892 or after, required you to present your relationship the person with certified birth, marriage records and in my case death records for my parents. I needed those records for my application anyway. The problem was now I needed to go to that place to obtain the record. Massachusetts, also requires you to show relationship and that my parents were deceased to obtain my grandfather’s death record from 1967.
- Second snag was that my great grandfather Arthur W. Place birth record cannot be found. The town of Kittery does have his siblings. They sent me to Eliot, Maine to see if it was there. I went through the records, page by page for his birth. No luck. I do have marriage and death record.
- Third snag same issue as with my great- great-grandfather, for my great-grandmother, Tyna [Tina} Marie Hutchins. Same results.
- Fourth snag, you know the theme by now, great-grandmother Marietta Downs.
- Fifth snag great-grandfather, George A Pease.
- Sixth snag 2nd great-grandfather, Isaiah Pease. All I had was an index of the marriage and a town history of his marriage to Abigail A Bennett. No birth or death records.
- Seventh snag, 2nd great-grandmother, Abigail A. Bennett same issue as Isaiah.
- Eighth snag, 3rd great-grandfather, Elijah Pease. Only records were from Town histories.
- Ninth snag, my 3rd great grandmother, Mary “Polly” Collins. I only had her birth record.
- Eleventh snag was time issues. Time to go to the local town offices, state archives, Genealogical Societies and vital Records. You needed to go in person with supporting documents as mentioned above. The other time issue evolved around early settling of Maine. My ancestors lived on those Plantations that became unincorporated places, towns and then new towns as the divided. What town, county or state were those records in? Were the records in Massachusetts, Maine? What was the name of the plantation? What county?
These were the snags in my Mayflower line research that needed to be resolved. I know this is my Mayflower line from supporting documents: census, town histories, land deeds, interviews and letters. I just didn’t have those direct documents.
Over the past year, I researched, and continue to research, my ancestors. Hints came from unexpected places at times, from out of the blue, and many calls, e-mails, post to Ancestry forums, Facebook pages, Genealogical Societies.
I resolved most all of the issues over the past ten months. One of my biggest hurdles remained until I received a message via Ancestry on March 30, 2018.
Now, you remember I stated at the beginning, this is a “TEASER” blog. Wait and see what the BIG REVEAL is. See you next time.
Happy Family Researching Everyone.