This was all the result of an accident made possible by the release of Family Tree Maker that I had in 2007. As I built my family tree from the present backwards, in the same database I built my husband's Dick Piper's. As the machine treated us as married, long before it's timed, shared relationships popped up without having to look for them.
The preponderance of common ancestors seemed more like gay relatinoship bonus points from the Mormons -- 25 years as a defacto married couple, and now almost 10 more years as a dejure couple, increase your historical bonds.
#1 on my list, is Isaac Learned, Chelmsford, MA (1624) – son Isaac (1655) goes to Dick, son Deacon Benoni (1657) goes to Robert.
Descendants of Governors, poets, & others:
#2 All descended from Gov. Thomas Dudley, (1576) whose daughter Anne was the first poet in America. Another Thos. Dudley daughter Sarah (1608) went on to join up on Dick's side; the Governor's son Reverend Samuel had a daughter Elizabeth (1652) who went to Robert's side, and daughters Rebecca (1658) and Dorothy (1662), who go over to Dick's side, in addition to their brother Stephen Dudley (1664).
#3. Elizabeth Sherburne, Portsmouth, NH (1658). Eliz's first husband Tobias Langdon (1631)’s daughter Elizabeth Langdon (1656) goes to Dick; her second husband Tobias Lear (1629)’s son Tobias (1676 ) goes down to Robert.
With Ms. Sherburne's two offspring comes top drawer DNA access to Portsmouth, New Hampshire and much more for both families.
#4. James Kingsbury, Boxford, England (1562)’s son Joseph (1605) goes to Robert, son Thomas (1585) goes to Dick.
And this is only the tip of the iceberg for this clan who came on a variety of ships, settled in a variety of towns -- and then moved often when here. To top it off, for the early ones, their wills are the only records that survive.
#5. Joseph Underwood, Watertown, MA (1650)’s daughter Hannah (1670) goes back to Dick, daughter Elizabeth (1679) goes back to Robert, and son Joshua (1683) also goes back to Robert.
John (1620) goes back to Robert, as well as John’s children John (1656) and Rachel (1669). Captain John's son William (1615) by his first wife, goes back to Dick.
#6a. George Partridge, England (1617)’s daughter Elizabeth (1643) -- both to Robert
I've kept these two Partridge Families separate, since I've gone back to the mid 1400's and the two don't appear to overlap. This group of "George" Partridges appears the grander with Dutchesses and other noble titles seeping into the bloodline...
# 7 Robert Reynolds, Boston, MA (1586)’s eldest daughter Ruth (1622) marries into the Whitney's --leading family of Watertown, who become a direct ancestor of Dick's, while the youngest Reynolds sister, Mary (1630), becomes the Matriarch of the Sangers in the U.S. , and then the becomes the destitute "Widow Sanger" under town care in Watertown.
#9. Rev. James Keith (1643) son Josiah (1678) is 7th. Great Grandfather of Dick; son Joseph (1675) is 7th. Great Grandfather of Robert, Mary (1664) 8th. Great Grandmother of Dick.
#11. Henry Adams (1583) – Thomas (1612) 9th Great Grandfather to Dick, Henry (1604), Jonathan (1614), Jane (1624) 10th GG, Mary (1625), John (1622) 10th GG to Robert. (Rest are 9th Great Grand Parents).
For the Adams who went on to be President John Adams, Henry Adams from 1538, would have been his 2nd. Great Grandfather.
#12. Moses Simmons (1570) – son Moses (1604) goes to Robert, son Thomas (1602) -- goes to Dick.
#13. Francis Sprague (1600) – Dorcas (1638) --10th Great Grandmother to Dick, John (1633) 8th. Great Grandfather to Robert.
The Eames are known as an artistic family. Ezra Ames of Albany NY, painted a famous Sanger in the period after the Revolution. (Upper right-hand image).
Overall Lines, Many Shared:
Henry Adams: 6 Sanger lines, Samuel Morse: 6 Sanger lines, 1 Piper line. Henry Sherborne: 5 Sanger lines, 2 Thrasher. William Bullard: 5 Sanger lines. Anthony Fisher: 4 Sanger lines. Richard Fiske: 4 Sanger lines. George Alden: 3 Sanger lines. Richard Jackson: 3 Sanger Lines. George Partridge: 2 Sanger lines. 1 Piper line. Steven Batcheldor, Sr. 2 Sanger Lines, 8 Piper Lines, 2 Thrasher. Jonathan Fairbanks: 2 Sanger Lines. Thomas Philbrick: 4 Thrasher, 3 Piper. (Thrasher= maternal lines for Piper).
We are strangely connected to one family that we don't share blood-lines with.
Specifically, the first Richard Sanger, 18 years old is listed on the passenger list of the ship Confiidence, as a servant to the Goodnow family.
The senior Goodnow on the ship is the 11th, great-grandfather of of Dick, and at least for a brief time both Sanger and Goodnow live together as elders in the newly formed Sudbury, Massachusetts where they habe both settled.
It seems "servant" doesn't mean indentured servant, and the hellish existence of many of the Virginia immigrants.
Then there's tracing both families back to the Mayflower, here again we're not related. When imaging what it was like on that archtypal voyage, to have your spouse pulled into the historical dream adds color.
Dick's Mayflower ancestor is Stephen Hopkins, whose aborted trip to Virginia over a decade before the Mayflower, is rumored to be the source of Shakespeare's The Winters Tale.
Ours is John Alden, a young passenger on the Mayflower for his skills as a Cooper and Carpenter, and not for his desire to escape persecution in England. He marries Patricia Mullins, giving rise to the fictional "The Courship of Myles Standish," by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.