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The Indian War that Wasn’t

A distant cousin shared this funny story with me recently. He also shared the picture of Richard “John” Hall. On Saturday the 6th day of January, 1838, near the same spot where a quarter of a century before the first settler in the Town of Ellington felled the trees and erected his rude log cabin …

Moffitt Family

Note many variations: Moffatt, Moffit, Moffitt, Mofit, Mofat. William Moffatt was born about March 10, 1663 in Newbury, Massachusetts and died January 16, 1747 in Killingly, Windham, Connecticut [an original proprietor], he was at one time living in Salem, Massachusetts. He married about 1692 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts to Mehitable Cloyse daughter of Thomas Cloyes. …

Holmes Family

From “Baptist Piety: The Last Will and Testament of Obadiah Holmes”, Edwin S. Gaustad Arno Press 1980. D. Testimony to his Children VERY PROBABLY OBADIAH HOLMES’ POSTERITY WAS HIS GREATEST LEGACY. His nine children presented him with some forty-one grandchildren. If that rate of productivity continued to the end of the colonial period, Obadiah and …

Emil Sandretzky

Emanuel (Emel/Emil) Cirklah Sandretzky (adopted at age 10). “Emel/Emil” was born in Rhode Island [probably Baden-Baden, Germany] on October 27, 1848 and died April 20, 1937 in Waseca, Minnesota. His given name was Emanuel but was changed by his step-father, Charles Sandretzky as it was too long to Emel. Charles Sandretzky then adopted Emel. (The …

Genealogy

I have enjoyed genealogy for over 40 years and this website reflects most of my work. I try to keep it updated, but my Ancestry.com tree is much more extensive and accurate. Do I know more about these families than I have on this website? Of course I do. Do I have more sources? Yes! …