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. 


Monday, January 6, 2014

Mystery Monday - Where is Curry Rivel ?



Big thanks for solving this mystery goes to the Guild of One-Name folks on Rootsweb, the "go to" people.
When I found this couple Was thoroughly confused .
Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire, England 1633, Nov. 12
William Wrinch of Teversham  Sara Carrow of Teversham sp aged above 22 years 
 at St Edward 
 Surrogate: Robert King ..Curry Rivel Cambridgeshire: - Registers of Marriages, 1558-1813

Was this Cambridge or Somerset this couple lived and married in? Others on the web had been similarly puzzled. What my Guild UK folks let me know was that often Ancestry.com records are mislabeled and categorized. I now know that two distinct families of Carrows are living in  both places at the same time.

Were they connected? Are my family of single or plural origins? That is now my 2014 mystery to solve.




Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Tuesdays Tip ~ Linking your surnames with the old country ~ Working with Headrights and Land Grants

Thomas Miller  Imprisoned after Culpepper's Rebellion
Rowland and  Evan Carrew

Accomac County Court records shed light on many many people who come into the Colonies between 1664 and later. I go there first to look for immigrants. An original Virginia county "Accawmak"  was formed in 1634 and renamed Northampton County in 1642-43. In 1663 Northampton was divided with the  northern part receiving the original name. At the court held April 16, 1664 ,Col. Edmund Scarborough declared that "Most of the county was present".

The land grants received in this court itemize a huge percentage of immigrants coming into the New World.
Jon Carrow is found in a land grant to Captain Samuel Matthews in 1643 but odds are that he is present several years before this, possibly as early as 1635. We find another John Carrew here at this time, one we claim as ours. He is Constable in 1667 and Evan Carrew is Deputy Constable around that same time. 

Maryland records indicate Evan coming into St. Mary's in 1671 and he works as an accountant. However, many do not realize he is here in Accomac prior to that. I find it significant that a Rowland Carrew  is found as a headright the same year we first see Evan appear.Evan Carrew does not appear as a headright until 1671 in Maryland. He appears 15 July 1667 in Accomac Court being summoned to give testimony and that same month he is paid 100 pounds in tobacco to replace Henry Stott as Constable. He apparently is known to the community. It seems likely that he and John Carrow are born in Virginia, possibly to Jon. Carrow here by 1635 when most shipping stops until 1643.

Rowland Carrew is found this one time in records. What clues can I get from this? Where is he born? Where are others who seem to arrive with him from?

I start with Thomas Miller who gets land for bringing him in. Miller may sell  250 acres of it again in October 1669 to Abijah Manlove daughter of Mark Manlove. He had had this land assigned to him by a William Green just prior to him so perhaps he did not actually transport these men. Headrights are used as cash in that time and that economy. The land in question was called Green's Chance. William Green apparently transported himself and his son John from Virginia to Maryland for some of this land.


Thomas Miller, acting governor, Council member, secretary, and customs collector, was in North Carolina (then called Albemarle) by 1 Mar. 1672/73.On that date he contracted for shipment of a large quantity of tobacco from Albermarle  to England and for his own passage.In his contract Miller was identified as an apothecary of "Balley Samson in the County of Waxford in Ireland." In other documents related to the shipment, he was identified as a merchant. He seems to have had a fair education and to have had influential connections with the with the Lords Proprietor of Carolinas whom he apparently was associated as early as 1669. His behavior, however, did not reflect gentle birth. He was given to vulgar, offensive remarks, and as an official he was abusive and domineering.

Interesting to me is the fact that this Thomas Miller may have  received land in Virginia August 1667 for transporting Rowland Carrew, Morgan Aprice,Edgar Jones,Mary Morgan, John Welsh and Eliza Wilkins. This transaction and these names are found only in Accomac County Court records. Did Rowland Carrew end up in Carolina? Did Thomas Miller actually transport Carrew  and Aprice or did William Green?


Three Morgan Aprice's are found in historical records at this time,all in the West Country in England: Hereford, Shropshire and Wiltshire not far from Bristol.  All of these may be clues to the Carrows and their origin place. A strong tip is that almost all men named Evan or Rowland at this time are Cornish or from the West Country near to Wales.