Love in February…

So, this month I have a proper Anniversary list for you to see.  I was somewhat surprised to see so many February weddings.  Weddings today seem to concentrate around the summer months, with the warm sun and good driving weather. Perhaps in an era where the population was more farm-centric, spring, summer and autumn had other priorities. It will be intersting to see what kind of annual pattern is produced by looking at anniversaries. But I’m getting off topic here. So, without delay, I bring you to this months Anniversary list:

  • ? February 1528/29: John Turney & Alice Sheppard in Hollingdon, UK
  • 2 February 1641/42: William Filley & Margaret ? in Windsor, CT
  • 2 February 1830: Barnet Manzer Dykeman & Sophia Beyea in NB
  • 3 February1590/91: Anthony Maria Browne & Jane Sackville in Wiltshire UK
  • 4 February 1816: James Beyea & Mary Smith in Lakeside NB
  • 20 February 1649/50: Jacob Jans Schermerhoorn & Jannetje Egmont in NY
  • 25 February 1701/02: Jonathan Batchelder & Ruth Raymond in Salem/Beverly MA

The final couple, Jonathan Batchelder and Ruth Raymond, lived during a turbulent time in MA… a time of witch trials, Indian raids, and battles with French of Quebec.

Jonathan’s father, John, was a juror during the Salem witch trials and ended up sending innocent people to their death. He lived with that guilt and eventually signed the Declaration of Regret, for the part he played in the trial, and recanted his judgement/decision as juror.  Jonathan would have been 14 when his father served as a Juror during the witch trials.

Ruth’s father, William Raymond, was an active military man during King Philip’s War and fought in the infamous Great Swamp Fight on the 19th of December 1675 (322 years later, to the day, I married Kevin). The Great Swamp fight was against the Narragansett Indians. It is estimated that 600 Natives died that day and about 70-80 Colonists died. Ten years later, in 1685, William became the Deputy of Beverly MA and 5 years after that, in October 1690, he took up his military duty once again and commanded a company in William Phip’s Expedition to Canada. It was more than an unsuccessful attempt to take over Quebec. The Expedition  was a complete failure. Frontenac held the Quebec fort and about 1000 of Phip’s men died. Only a small amount died during battle. The rest died from a fleet epidemic of smallpox and ship accidents. William, however, survived and returned home to his family.

Ruth was possibly born the same year her father fought in the Expedition to Canada.  I can imagine William thinking of his small infant daughter, and his numerous other children, as he face the daunting fort at Quebec. 

In 1700 Ruth’s older sister, Mary, was wed to Josiah Batchelder. Josiah’s older brother was Jonathan.  Ruth and Jonathan may have met throught their siblings, but it is more likely that they were well known neighbours and perhaps grew up together. Looking at some old town planning records for Beverly and Salem might support this hypothesis… I’ll add it to my to-do list.

It seems to be popular theory that Ruth was born in 1690. I suspect that this birthdate isn’t accurate and is really a few years earlier. If she was born in 1690 then she married and became a mother very young and died early at the age of 57.  If the date of 1690 is correct, Ruth would have been 12 years younger than Jonathan (aged 24) and only about 12 years old at the time of their marriage. Their first child together, Ruth “Jr.”, was born in December 1703 when Ruth would have been around 13 years of age.

Jonathan and Ruth would go on to have four children: Ruth, Abigail, Lydia and Jonathan. I am a descendant of their youngest daughter Lydia, born about 1713.

Published in: on 21 February 2008 at 1:52 am  Leave a Comment  

Canadian Blog Awards

I’m very happy to announce that I’ve been named a double bronze medalist at the Canadian Blog Awards! I even beat out CityNews! Actually I’m really just hoping this gets me a larger readership! I love sharing the stories of my ancestors and gaining a greater understanding of the history of becoming Canadian!

Here’s my glitter for you all to enjoy!

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Thank you to EVERY one of you who voted for this blog! Your kindness and support means everything to me! My wish is that someday your descendants will tell your story too! We all have a story worthy of telling…

Published in: on 3 February 2008 at 11:53 pm  Comments (9)