Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Learning History, One Ancestor at a Time
The above tree shows Colonial immigrants of the 1600s in the top row. None of these ancestors were known to our family at the time I began to search out our roots. We didn't know our Quaker ancestors came from England in 1682 to settle New Jersey, or that our Foxwell ancestors settled Barnstable, Massachusetts at its founding in 1639.
We didn't know that our Denne ancestors, Quaker settlers of New Jersey in 1682, have a lineage that goes all the way back to Sir Roger Bigod, an English baron who was a Magna Carta surety in 1215. Learning history through the lives of our ancestors has been fascinating and amazing.