Am on an intriguing adventure through history while creating a family tree on Ancestry


Am on an intriguing adventure through history while creating a family tree on Ancestry.com. Including finding a 1640s paternal-side ancestor nicknamed “the pilgrim” with a wife named Jane Bond! Yep, what a name. I have to find out if she did any spy work lol
My maternal Irish grandparents were dirt poor; struggling as coal miners, mine camp cook (my grandmother), lumbermen, and such. Great-grandad Luther passed down to his nine sons and daughters a talent for art, self-taught bluegrass music, and a taste for moonshine. He like many of my heirs apparently served (he in WW1) in every war from the Revolutionary War on.
That side of the family has proven a challenge to track given a mysterious name change from Siers to Sears along the way. So I’ve moved on for now to my paternal side – which has proven much easier and very enlightening.
My grandfather Dennis (“Dink”) was a farmer and itinerate driller/wildcatter during the Depression. My grandmother Rhoda was a teacher whose parents had once been fairly well-to-do farmers but had lost all but the farm in the Depression. She and her three sisters all went to college, a rarity in those days.
Grandma Rhoda’s maternal side tree formed quickly with lots of links and data on Ancestry leading back to Jonathon “the pilgrim” Ogden who came from England with his brother to Southampton in 1640.
It appears they were quite industrious, including a stint as contractors to build a stone church that stood 100 years. Jonathon then received another land grant on Long Island by the Dutch Government to build a small community. He fell out with the Dutch because of their horrid treatment of the Natives and went back to be with his countrymen at the eastern part of LI. His wife’s name was “Jane Bond”.
He and his brother Richard then formed a whaling company that included a sizable land grant of over 300 acres to form a six-family colony. Much more to the story but he later settled in Elizabethtown, NJ. I passed through the town a few times when I lived in NJ, with no idea an ancestor had been an early settler.
This part of the timeline “exploded” when I found a link to the National Archives and a book written circa 1905 by an ancestor. And get this, a Kindle version was on Amazon! The book includes 18 years of research into Jonathon Ogden’s English roots and ancestry back into 12th century England. I just started to read it, and am reminded of how much I loved reading about Knights of the Round Table as a kid. I was fascinated with that period and would have vivid dreams as if I’d lived it.
I feel like I’ve found a true “treasure” … something very much needed to take my mind away from the political events swirling around us like a Cat 5 hurricane.
I’m hooked on this adventure!

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Deborah Meyer

January 12, 2018

WOW! Robert that is an amazing amount of information you were able to accumulate for your tree! Well done!!!!

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    Robert Squires

    January 7, 2018

    In two short days, but a lot building on some work by other cousins along that longest branch. Ancestry is great, but so much intel one has to map a plan and keep track while verifying with two sources at least.

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    Deborah Meyer

    January 7, 2018

    Clearly, you are up to the challenge, because what you found out is terrific!

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Robert Squires

January 12, 2018

In two short days, but a lot building on some work by other cousins along that longest branch. Ancestry is great, but so much intel one has to map a plan and keep track while verifying with two sources at least.

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Deborah Meyer

January 12, 2018

Clearly, you are up to the challenge, because what you found out is terrific!

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Melanie Morsovillo Jarvis

January 12, 2018

Very interesting

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Adam Squires

January 12, 2018

Wouldn’t grandma Rhodas side be for my side too

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    Robert Squires

    January 7, 2018

    Definately. I’ll be able to share the family tree with anyone who at least has the limited but free version of an Ancestry account. If you send me your email, I’ll add you to the group of family members I will update on interesting findings from time to time.

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    Adam Squires

    January 7, 2018

    That’s awesome to know and didn’t know about being in the 12th century

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    Robert Squires

    January 7, 2018

    Adam Squires the 1905 published book on Jonathon Ogden explores that so I have a lot of reading to do. Thankfully I found it on a Kindle.

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Robert Squires

January 13, 2018

Definately. I’ll be able to share the family tree with anyone who at least has the limited but free version of an Ancestry account. If you send me your email, I’ll add you to the group of family members I will update on interesting findings from time to time.

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Adam Squires

January 13, 2018

That’s awesome to know and didn’t know about being in the 12th century

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Robert Squires

January 13, 2018

Adam Squires the 1905 published book on Jonathon Ogden explores that so I have a lot of reading to do. Thankfully I found it on a Kindle.

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Rose Dixon

January 13, 2018

What a fascinating history… and to discover an ancestor who wrote a book with even more incite! You’ve struck gold! Enjoy.

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Kathleen Hughes

January 13, 2018

I too have a book about my family history. My favorite person is my great grandmother who divorced her husband in Richmond in 1862 because she didn’t believe in slavery. She took her infant son and went back to New York and then went to Vassar. Her son went to the Naval Academy and married his roommate’s mother. His second marriage produced my father and a relatively sane line.

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    Robert Squires

    January 9, 2018

    An amazing story! TY for sharing it. As I explore back through the timelines, I try to imagine what it may have been like. Well except for several ancestors who had 16 children omg. Another set of parents of an ancestor on my maternal side both died in England at age 25 (not sure how) in early 1700a, and their only son made his way later to America.

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    Kathleen Hughes

    January 9, 2018

    I love Ancestry!


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