Thursday, August 14, 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday - Maryland State Archives: St. Mary's County Career Files



Since it is necessary to see where the Carrows lived before appearing in North Carolina in 1695 and Dorchester and Queen Ann  Maryland around 1700, Evan remains important. He is Deputy Sheriff in Accomac Virginia in July 1667, when he is first found and must then indenture to Mark Cordea for his transportation to Maryland. At one point I found him in Queen Ann in 1682, possibly as Juror.

Also appearing in Accomac records in  August  1667 is Rowland who is transported by Thomas Miller, who also got headrights for Morgan Aprice,Edgar Jones,Mary Morgan, John Welsh and Eliza Wilkins.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014

Friday Places from the Past ~ Swedish Church in Southwark and the Frigate Philadelphia

 This seems a very appropriate picture  as my Swanson family who came around this time period were from Goteborg Sweden. Andrew Swanson who seems to have been brother or another close relation to my Charles was impressed by the British in 1796.

 "Peter Coleman and Andrew Swanson, both Swedes, were impressed at Port Royal, Jamaica, on the 8th September 1796 from on board the Brigantine Betsey, by his Britannic Majesties ship Alfred. Samuel Holt of Philadelphia was Captain of Betsy and was affiliated with Old Swedes Church. " 

My Ancestor Charles Swanson was a pilot on the Delaware River where he apparently died of cholera in August 1850.

They were associated with the Old Swedes Church but were not directly related to  the earliest Swanson family from Delaware.

Friday Places From the Past - Western Northern Liberties, Philadelphia in 1799 and Henry Norbeck



My 6th Great Grandfather Henry Norbeck was a  Nailer living in West Northern Liberties at his death in 1799. In 1798 his home was described for tax purposes as being a two story brick structure  16 x 18 feet and with a 10 x 14 one story separate kitchen. 

He lived on North 2nd Street which at that time was at the TOP of the map. He may have come from Norway to Rotterdam where he sailed at the same time as the Palatinates. His daughter Mary Dorothy married John Hunneker/Honaker and their daughter Catherine married the son of Peter Rementer/Regimenter.

Peter Rementer, John Hunneker and Henry Norbeck all were proven by me as Revolutionary War Patriots in the Daughters of the American Revolution. The DAR chose Honaker as the spelling they recognize.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Those Places Thursday ~ Old Somerset Maryland, Hyde County North Carolina and my cousin Danny's DNA



                 Ann Ffrowan, Edward Sermon, Alexander Mitchell in Old Somerset Maryland


1653, Mar 4 - William Coulborne issued 350 acre patent in Northampton County at head of Nassawadox Creek bounded on west by land of Nich: Waddelow for transporting Edward Sermoner

1662  "The Deposicon of Edward Shearman aged 24 yeares or thereabouts Sworne and sayth that when Mr Randall Revell had taken the Sloope Shallop and small Boate that was with Capt John Savage att Marie Creeke and Tradeing with the Indians the sd Mr Revell Comitted the Charge and Care of the Sloope vnto me with what was in her and the Charge of the Shallop vnto John Markeham with order that nothing should be imbezelled or disposed of without his order"

Sometime after these legal documents were taken, Ann Frowin or Frewin met Edward Sermoner or Sirmon in  Virginia or Maryland. Ann and two siblings, Merrian and Andrew are in Accomac records around this time and Andrew dies in 1669.

Edward Sirmon and Ann Frewin  were married in 1664 by the same Randall Revell who was probably his employer. Their oldest son Thomas was born in 1663 and also Edward and Peter before Edward's death . His will was proved 10 January 1676.

Alexander Mitchell immigrates into Maryland  in 1673 and  as Alexander Mitchellor is entitled to 50 acres in 1677. Ann Frewin Sirmon marries Alexander Mitchell(er) 14 November 1676. They have at least 4 children.

How my second cousin Danny come into this discussion is the interesting part. Danny and I  have Grandmothers, who were the lovely Swanson sisters of Beverly NJ, so that is how we are related. We always knew that, no DNA needed there as we played together when younger. Danny' s mother, however, is a Mitchell and a direct descendant of Ann Frewin Mitchell.

I was therefore quite surprised when  Danny 's DNA came up as a 5th cousin match to my most distant known Carrow cousin, whose roots are in North Carolina. Scratching my head, Dan and I came up with a few shared surnames that we shared on his maternal and my paternal side. Yes, that does sort of make us double cousins but that was not the whole story.

In my incessant search for ancestors I stumbled upon a largish DNA match shared between some people from Hyde County NC and Danny and my distant, but equally beloved, Carrow cousin. These surnames are there: Berry,Cuttrell,Rose,Gibbs,Murray and Sermon. All of these names are cousins to one another both in Somerset County Maryland and both Hyde and Beaufort County Maryland.

 This fact narrows the number of ancestors  or make many of us whose roots are in Colonial America have what is called  " pedigree collapse". Less great grandparents means that, unseen by many of us as we do not have everyone's maiden names, the same couples appear more than once in our lineage. This keeps the segments of DNA from recombining or changing as rapidly over time as it normally would. Ann Frewin Sermon Mitchell 's DNA is apparently still capable of drawing folks together as cousins.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday - Y DNA SNPS, Southern Baltic Haplotypes and other findings


One of my goals for the New Year was to break down the Carrow origin brick wall. It is beginning to crumble now, thanks to my attention to comparing Y lines as they have been tested at both 23andme and Family Tree DNA. This is the treasure chest that I am unlocking  this week, with a lot of help from more scientific folks than me.All of these lovely men testing has resulted in a plethora of results to tiptoe though and match with. BigY,Geno2,and other places to hunt SNPS and gather them.

Apparently both my Carrow and Rementer lines are part of the same haplotype called Southern Baltic Modal. What does that mean? Well for some of the Carrows it means that they descend from  a man who came out of the Ice Age area that was favorable to human life and found his way into the English Midlands.
He COULD have gone further south on the European Continent first and then went over. Was he Saxon or Danish? His descendants are found in the Danelaw areas. Could he have been from Wales? Possibly South Wales. We will continue to SNP test as new ones evolve.

Peter Rementer we know came from Europe with the Palatinate diaspora. He spoke German, was Catholic and from a military family, most probably, hence the Regimenter/Regimender surname that we find.Alsace has been mentioned and also Mainz in West Germany. He did not travel really far "After the Ice", as the saying goes.

I am very grateful for these new clues and for male Rementer and Carrow cousins who have accompanied me on this search. We are getting somewhere.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Follow Friday - Curia Regis - early Carrow findings


County Cornwall.
Place:  Westminster.
Date:  The day after Ascension, 16 Edward IV [24 May 1476].
Parties:  John Carowe, clerk, and William Stephyn', chaplain, querents, and Thomas Tregose and Annora, his wife, deforciants.
Property:  10 messuages, 4 tofts, 1 mill, 4 gardens, 200 acres of land, 20 acres of meadow, 40 acres of pasture and 40 acres of furze and heath in Kenegy Thomma, Kenegy Osbourne, Loscosek and Boscruke.
Action:  Plea of covenant.
Agreement:  Thomas and Annora have acknowledged the tenements to be the right of John, as those which John and William have of their gift, and have remised and quitclaimed them from themselves and the heirs of Annora to John and William and the heirs of John for ever.
Warranty:  Warranty.
For this:  John and William have granted to Thomas and Annora the tenements and have rendered them to them in the court, to hold to Thomas and Annora and the heirs of Annora, of the chief lords for ever.

County:  Cornwall. Devon. Somerset. Oxfordshire.
Place:  Westminster.
Date:  Two weeks from Easter, 1 Henry VI [18 April 1423].
Parties:  Nicholas, bishop of Bath, Edmund, bishop of Exeter, John Typtoft, knight, Thomas Carwe, knight, John Hals, John Juyn', Robert Longe, Roger Trewebody, Thomas Cokayn and John Lawer, querents, and Walter de Hungerford', knight, and Katherine, his wife, and William Talbot, knight, and Eleanor, his wife, deforciants.
Property:  The manors of Newelond', Parke, Hametethy, Trevigowe, Penhale, Hermena, Tresodran', Treflyghan, Nansyrgh', Dounant (or Donnant) and Rillaton' in the county of Cornwall and the manors of South'pole, Harleston', Wolmeston', Plymtre, Sutton' Lucy and Colewyll' and the advowson of the church of Depford' in the county of Devon and the manors of Wotton', Southcadbury, Maperton', Halton', Clopton' and Hatherley in the county of Somerset and the manor of Stoke Mulys in the county of Oxford.

County:  Buckinghamshire. 
Place:  Westminster. 
Date:  The day after Ascension, 21 Henry VII [22 May 1506]. And afterwards one week from Holy Trinity in the same year [14 June 1506]. 
Parties:  John Carowe, knight, and Edith, his wife, Robert Throgmerton', knight, William Mordaunt, William Gascoigne, Wistan (Wistanus) Broun', John Vynter and Robert Spencer, querents, and William Fetyplace and Elizabeth, his wife, deforciants. 
Property:  100 acres of land in Briddesthorn' otherwise called Bridesthorn'. 
Action:  Plea of covenant. 
Agreement:  William Fetyplace and Elizabeth have acknowledged the land to be the right of William Mordaunt, and have remised and quitclaimed it from themselves and the heirs of Elizabeth to John, Edith, Robert, William Mordaunt, William Gascoigne, Wistan, John and Robert and the heirs of William Mordaunt for ever. 
Warranty:  Warranty against John, abbot of St Peter, Westminster, and his successors. 
For this:  John, Edith, Robert, William Mordaunt, William Gascoigne, Wistan, John and Robert have given them 100 marks of silver.