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Sarah Odding, 8th Great-Grandmother

September 1, 2015 5 Comments

Home in Rhode Island

Home in Rhode Island

My 8th great-grandmother was born in 1609 in Cornwall, England and died in Rhode Island in 1681.  She sailed to America with her mother, step father, and husband in 1633. The group left Roxbury for Rhode Island because they probably were already Quakers.  The Pilgrims made life hard for Quakers.

Sarah ODDYN or ODDING, daughter of William ODDYN or ODDING and Margaret Lang (parents from England). Details on vitals still being confirmed: Birth 05 Feb 1609 in Madron, Cornwall, England; Death 05 Feb 1681 in Kingston, Washington Co., Rhode Island.

Sarah Odding (1609 – 1681)
is my 8th great grandmother
Eber Sherman (1634 – 1706)
son of Sarah Odding
Mary Sherman (1688 – 1751)
daughter of Eber Sherman
Thomas Sweet (1732 – 1813)
son of Mary Sherman
Thomas Sweet (1765 – 1844)
son of Thomas Sweet
Valentine Sweet (1791 – 1858)
son of Thomas Sweet
Sarah LaVina Sweet (1840 – 1923)
daughter of Valentine Sweet
Jason A Morse (1862 – 1932)
son of Sarah LaVina Sweet
Ernest Abner Morse (1890 – 1965)
son of Jason A Morse
Richard Arden Morse (1920 – 2004)
son of Ernest Abner Morse
Pamela Morse
I am the daughter of Richard Arden Morse – (not you?)

Sarah married Phillip Sherman (Shearman), son of Samuel Sherman and Philippa Ward.

Mr Phillip Shearman was one of the 23 signers of the Portsmouth Compact dated 07 March 1638 (13th signer) … a document 138 years older than our Declaration of Independence in 1776.

Sarah and Phillip had perhaps 12 children (other source says they had 11 children and all survived to adulthood):

Eber Sherman1634 – 1706
Sarah (md Mumford) Sherman
1636 – 1718
Peleg Sherman Sr. 1638 – 1719
Mary Sherman1639 – 1700
Samson Sherman
1641 – 1718
Edmund Sherman1641 – 1718
Sarah Sherman
1641 – ?
William Sherman1643 – 1646
John Sherman
1644 – 1734
Hannah Sherman1647 – 1717
Samuel Sherman
1648 – 1717
Mary (2nd one) Sherman1652 – 1729
Philip Sherman
1652 – 1731
*Source: Ancestry.com

References to Phillip Shearman and his wife Sarah Odding (Oddyn) being Quakers:
• “After Phillip Shearman went to Rhode Island he left the Congregational Church and united with the Society of Friends.” (Representive of Men and Old Families of Rhode Island, Volume 1, publisher Jeff Beers & Co, Chicago c1908, page 210).
• “In the meantime, Phillip Shearman, became a member of another religious order, the Society of Friends (Quakers).” (Going to Palmyra: Sherman Deeds, by Margaret Sherman Lutzvick, 1997, page 38).
• “Philip and Sarah Sherman joined the Society of Friends as did their children and their children’s children for two hundred years.” (A New England Heritage, by Frederick Barreda Sherman, c1969, page 64).
• “After he removed to Rhode-Island he left the Congregational Church and united with the Society of Friends.” (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Vol 24 Jan 1870 page 66: Article titled The Sherman Family, By Rev David Sherman).
*SOURCE: Alonzo Sherman (descendant)

Family and descendants:
While still living in Roxbury, in the Massachusetts colony, Sherman married Sarah Odding, the daughter of William and Margaret Odding. He and Sarah had a large family of at least 11 children, most of whom survived childhood, married, and had large families.

Sherman’s mother-in-law, Margaret Odding, married secondly John Porter, another signer of the Portsmouth Compact. With Margaret, Porter had one child, Hannah, who married Samuel Wilbur, Jr., whose father, Samuel Wilbore was another signer of the compact.

Among the many descendants of Philip and Sarah Sherman are former United States Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. Other descendants include James S. Sherman, Susan B. Anthony, Janis Joplin, Sir Winston Churchill, Lyndon LaRouche, Conrad Aiken, Mamie Eisenhower, and possibly Marilyn Monroe.
*Source: Wikipedia summary of sources.

Family links:
Spouse:
Phillip Sherman (1610 – 1687)
Burial:
Portsmouth Friends Churchyard
Portsmouth
Newport County
Rhode Island, USA

SARAH ODDING
In the list of admissions to Roxbury church, member #95 was “Sarah Odding. She was step daughter to John Porter & came with her parents & was after married to Philip Sharman of this church”.
COMMENTS: This admission was late in 1633, but her parents were much earlier in the list, and the family probably came to New England on one of the ships that arrived during the early summer. See JOHN PORTER and PHILIP SHERMAN.
In 1998 Patricia Law Hatcher discovered that Sarah Odding was born by 1612, daughter of “William Oddyn” of Braintree, Essex.

Back to Class-Fall for Fitness

August 30, 2015 3 Comments

Tucson Racquet Club

Tucson Racquet Club

I enjoy my membership at the Tucson Racquet and Fitness Club very much. The facility is open 24 hours and is kept clean by a friendly and competent staff. As a steam room fan I am mighty particular about the cleanliness of our spa. The indoor jacuzzi/steam area is thoroughly cleaned, and the water in the jacuzzi drained and replaced twice a week. I have worked at fancy expensive spas that do not maintain such a level of attention to cleaning spa facilities. The steam room is the only one I have seen with a view of outdoors. The natural light and view of the mountains adds to the pleasant steam experience for me.

The Racquet Club  an open, family oriented place with acres of space for recreation.  The tennis, handball and volleyball teams are active.  Pickleball and even a ping pong table add extra fun for the competitive sport.  Two olympic sized heated pools provide plenty of room for lap swimming and classes at the same time.  The cooler lap pool is shaded from the Arizona sun.  Since I use the private pool at my condo village I have not used the pools very much. In the 7 years I have been a member I have taken two classes. I am happy to do my own thing in the weight room without a set time.  This has suited my lifestyle and may still be my favorite way to use the club.  However, Medicare Advantage, for which I will qualify next year, will give me a Silver Sneakers membership at no cost.  If I want to include all the classes offered I will be charged $22.50 a month.  This is a screaming bargain, but only if I go to class.  The next step in my health care journey is to analyze the cost benefits of taking fitness classes.

This is ironic because I have taken and taught thousands of fitness classes and private lessons.  At one time in my life I spent lots of money and time to seek teaching from accomplished yogis and other master teachers.  I do appreciate the value of good instruction, but I believe I have become jaded and stagnant.  I don’t know exactly why I took such  long break, but I now see many reasons to go back to fitness school this fall.  For the next four months, while I still pay full price for my membership I will take classes at least five days a week in order to establish a habit.  I can only benefit from what I learn during this fall fitness semester of training.  To pick and choose from the wide variety on menu of classes is a luxury I might as well enjoy.  If I find that I like classes attending again the $22.50 monthly fee will be super reasonable in the future. The classes I plan to incorporate into my schedule on the first week are:

  • Postural Fitness- an excellent system based on the work of Pete Igoscue 
  • Pilates- there are two levels of mat classes for me to try
  • Yoga- the club offers 5 kinds of yoga for all kinds of tastes and abilities
  • TRX- I have never tried this popular training method

Do you have a fitness routine, gentle reader? Are you loyal to classes or do you like to mix and match with your own thing?  My investment into trying new classes this fall will be an adventure back to the future for me. Whatever the outcome I am sure the time I spend will be well rewarded.  Health is our only real wealth.

Full Moon in Pisces August 2015: A Dream-Like Perception

August 29, 2015 1 Comment

Pamela Morse:

Full Moon Opportunity

Originally posted on Julie Demboski's ASTROLOGY:

Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida - 'Barcas en la Playa' 1909 {{PD}} Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida – ‘Barcas en la Playa’ 1909 {{PD}}

The Full Moon occurs at 11:35 AM PDT on the 29th of August at 6 Pisces 06, and it makes us work to find its meaning; though it’s quick to tell us that our previous optimistic efforts, our openness, what we’ve shared publicly and with the social circle, our beliefs and faith (all through a waning opposition of the Moon-Earth to Jupiter), and that our ideals, creative efforts, inspirations or delusions (conjunction to Neptune) contribute to the Full Moon results we see now, it offers us no other major indicators of what may transpire. We could, then, conclude that we are getting feedback on our attitude toward or efforts to acquire bounty, to expand our world, to learn something new, to teach, or to interact socially, to assess an ideal, to create or avoid (through Neptunian delusion)–but that would…

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Fluidity and the Future

August 26, 2015 2 Comments

fountain of youth

fountain of youth

When the worldwide economy takes center stage anything can happen.  Some people are caught in a crunch without sufficient funds to cover their losses.  Some investments are easily converted into cash.  These are considered to be fluid investments.  Anything that you own for which there is no instant market is not fluid.  You must find a buyer in order to unload those items.  Often the seller takes a serious loss when forced to raise funds to cover losses. Think of the recent real estate tragedies in the united States as an example.  The underwater homes and mortgages were stuck in  a stagnant market that favored buyers over sellers.  The American dream of the 30 year mortgage in real estate as a fabulous investment has been revealed to be less than foolproof.  Not all homes will retain value, and in some markets real estate is very difficult to move.

Fluidity is a factor in investing and planning for retirement, but it is also a major element in future flexibility in life. The body you create as well as inherit will serve you for better or for worse as time passes.  You will be able to enjoy activities and stay involved in social and intellectual interests as long as your physical health allows.  The precious resources of healthy mind and healthy body can’t be overprotected.  The body is the permanent home we will occupy until we die. Keeping it in good working order is the most valuable gift we can give our future selves.  Retaining good range of motion will pay excellent dividends in terms of comfort and ease. How can we contribute to our liquid physical assets?

  • Immerse yourself in water- use the support of hydrostatic pressure to bring ease to your movement and enhancement to your natural flexibility
  • Try new forms of artistic expression- the latest trend is all about adult coloring books as a meditative practice. Crafty or edible, use any new excuse to expand your artistic horizons.
  • Plan free time to include more activities in nature.  Picnics, hikes, and trips to the dog park all bring the healing power of nature into our daily experience.
  • If you have any space (even a balcony) try growing some of the foods or herbs you eat.  The satisfaction of gardening is a shortcut to both better nutrition and therapy.
  • Start a regular stretching and strength routine.  The methods you use are less important than making the practice a daily habit.  Keeping range of motion all over the body, especially the spine, is an investment well worth your time.
fountain of youth

fountain of youth

Medicare on My Mind

August 25, 2015 2 Comments

Silver Sneakers

Silver Sneakers

I will only pay four more ridiculously high premiums to the Aetna Insurance Company before we break up forever. They are leaving the state at the end of the year, and I will be eligible for Medicare at the same moment. I think I am lucky with that timing. I will not need to learn about anything other than Medicare, but it is a complicated task. I did not change my private insurance policy when the new regulations came into effect because I had only a couple of years left to use it. Now that I have a chance to design and create a plan that may really benefit my health I am pleased.

My investigation started with a referral for a health insurance agent.  My friend’s agent referred me to a Medicare specialist who will see me this week for an initial appointment.  Karyn Damschen is the agent who will walk me through the basics and help me decide on the best plan for my needs.  After a short phone consultation I was happily relieved to know that an impartial independent representative of all insurance companies can advise and guide my choices.  She works for me but is paid a commission by the insurance company whose policy I purchase.  She also is my support for using the system and making the most of tax credits I may deserve.  I probably could navigate the computer system when the policies and pricing become available in November, but the decision is important. My future health care (at least until the market opens again next year) depends on making a wise purchase.  The more I know the better.  I look forward to the guidance of a professional to help me make a wise decision.

Silver Sneakers is a program I plan to use to pay my health club dues.  My club has the program, so in January I will be able to assign my dues to the insurance company of my choice.  This is a gift that goes on giving.  Now that I have paid into the insurance pools for years and extracted no benefits, I am ready to receive something that I value.  There are specialty classes created for the senior set to enjoy in good health.  My club offers Zumba Gold and a senior strength/flexibility class.  I have not participated, but think it is an excellent idea to give special attention to this part of the population.

Zumba Gold

Zumba Gold

If you are eligible soon for Medicare I urge you to find an agent to help you make the best of it.  Who knows, maybe I will see you at the Tucson Racquet Club sometime.  I will be there enjoying my excellent benefits.  I will be in the steam room if you need me.

Listen with Compassion

August 23, 2015 3 Comments

politics as usual

politics as usual

One skill that is central to peace of mind and well being is listening. We hear sounds all the time. People talk to us with varying degrees of sincerity and interest. Our job is to distinguish and sort the grain from the chaff. By paying attention it is possible to harvest harmony from the symphony of sounds and sentences we hear. To listen with compassion is a difficult task. Defending our own position rather than truly comprehending other points of view is one of the most common substitutes for listening. Understanding others is not a sign of weakness but a sign of maturity. We can’t agree with everyone, but we can look for ways to increase loving kindness in our lives.  To love thy neighbor as thyself involves a degree of allowing that neighbor to express himself.  As we in the United States fall deeper into the political season each day I expect some wild rhetoric.  To remain happy, detached and centered is my goal.  I am setting guidelines for myself ignored to keep my cool and enjoy life while those around me might loose it.

  • No need to respond to political statements made by anyone on line
  • When hearing news reports, suspend judgement and consider the facts
  • Keep my own negative feelings about candidates to myself
  • Attempt to understand the logic behind all points of view presented
  • Realize that many factors contribute to elections, most of which have not yet happened.  A wait and see attitude will serve me well as time passes.

By conscious meditative contemplation I will not only survive but will find my center during the presidential election hoo-ha.  I can admit that the last two elections disturbed and distracted me.  I became enraged at the robo calls and the parties making them.  Now I know that this too shall pass.  I am gearing up to listen with compassion and a distinct sense of humor during the political crazy season.  I wish you a sane election season, gentle reader.  Best of luck.

party

party

What is Fiduciary Responsibility?

August 20, 2015 2 Comments


Americans are not financially literate as a group. The depressing collapse of the markets in 2008 followed by a bank bail out has left the country with gross inequity.  Working folks with real estate holdings, retirement plans and other investments took big hits while the banks returned to business as usual.  Regulations designed to curb the abuses of financial institutions, like Dodd/Frank have not been implemented.  We are still in a situation dominated by lenders, bankers, and mortgage brokers.  Stock brokers have been able to operate under an assumption that suitable, reasonable investments were the only offers made to clients.  In reality any system that is commission based encourages transactions.  The broker makes a cut from each trade, and wants to maximize the client’s contribution to his total commission.  His company also rewards him for selling in house products by offering a higher commission for the sale than competitive products may have.  The client becomes the least of the broker’s concern within this structure.

I switched to a fiduciary to manage my investments years ago. I am much more secure and happy with my portfolio since I made the change.  I worked with brokers from different brokerages in the past, but never found one with my interests in mind.  There is a simple reason for that.  The rewards were structured against my financial well being and in favor of trades to create commission.  Now I split the profits with my fiduciary firm, which works perfectly.  I make as much money as they make.  If they make nothing for me I pay them nothing.  This incentive to make good decisions for both of us carries weight and works like a charm.  I do discuss the strategy a few times a year to make sure we are on the same page, but my involvement is very light.  We are in the same financial boat which makes me feel happy.

Brokerages are starting to lobby the public with misleading ads about this new proposed regulation.  I urge you to take some time to understand the issues.  Brokers pretend that fiduciary responsibility to you will somehow cut you off from good advice.  What it will do is make it illegal to sell you products that are not the best investment or the best deal in terms of fees for your situation.  This is a protection Americans need to stay financially stable into retirement. Caveat emptor, gentle reader.

Lydia Peabody, 9th Great-Grandmother

August 19, 2015 2 Comments

Peabody coat of arms

Peabody coat of arms

My 9th great-grandmother was born in New Hampshire and died in Massachusetts.  My 9th great-grandfather died young, and Lydia remarried.

Lydia Peabody Howlett: Birth: Aug. 30, 1640 Hampton Rockingham County New Hampshire, USA Death: Apr. 30, 1715 Boxford Essex County Massachusetts, USA d/o Francis Peabody / Lydia Perkins bapt Hampton, Rockingham Co., NH A member of the church at Rowley and by a letter of dismission was admitted to the Boxford church 21 Feb 1702/03 – by her father’s will she received five pounds besides what she had already had. m [1] 1662 Essex Co., MA Thomas Howlett [Jr.] They had 2 children – Mary m Lt. Thomas Hazen, Lydia m

[2] 8 Jul 1667 Essex Co., MA Thomas Perley They had 6 known children – Thomas m Sarah Osgood; Lt. Jacob m 3X; Lydia; Hepzibah [Hephzibah] b/d 1694/1695 Boxford ; Mary; Sarah ca1675 – 1769 ref: MA Boxford VR Topsfield Historical Society Lydia died 30 Apr 1715 Boxford, Essex Co., MA – The Peabody Gen. by Selim Hobart Peabody 1909; Essex Probate Court Record; New England Marriages Prior to 1700 C.A. Torrey Family links: Parents: Lydia Perkins Peabody (1617 – 1649) Spouses: Thomas Howlett (1637 – 1667) Thomas Perley (1641 – 1709) Sibling: Lydia Peabody Perley (1640 – 1715) Isaac Peabody (1648 – 1727) Burial: Mount Vernon Cemetery Boxford Essex County Massachusetts, USA Created by: BluMoKitty Record added: Sep 04, 2013 Find A Grave Memorial# 116523513

Lydia Peabody (1640 – 1715)
is my 9th great grandmother
Mary Howlett (1664 – 1727)
daughter of Lydia Peabody
John Hazen (1687 – 1772)
son of Mary Howlett
Caleb Hazen (1720 – 1777)
son of John Hazen
Mercy Hazen (1747 – 1819)
daughter of Caleb Hazen
Martha Mead (1784 – 1860)
daughter of Mercy Hazen
Abner Morse (1808 – 1838)
son of Martha Mead
Daniel Rowland Morse (1838 – 1910)
son of Abner Morse
Jason A Morse (1862 – 1932)
son of Daniel Rowland Morse
Ernest Abner Morse (1890 – 1965)
son of Jason A Morse
Richard Arden Morse (1920 – 2004)
son of Ernest Abner Morse
Pamela Morse
I am the daughter of Richard Arden Morse

Goody Cole was a local “character” in Hampton who ran afoul Francis’ wife Lydia and another neighbor, Sarah Perkin. She was later apparently tried for witchcraft though she was not convicted.

Nov 4 1645: in the oldest book of records of Ipswich court, entry reads “Eunice Cole to sit in the stocks at Hampton and to make acknowledgement of her slanderous speeches concerning Susan Parkings and Lidia Pebodye and to pay to the witness Isaac perkins 7d and the feas of the court.” [Ref: PeabodySH PEABODY p8] 1645: Eunice Cole publicly acknowledges her slanderous speeches against Susan Perkins and Lydia Peabody. That these two were connected seems possible [Ref: Noyes PEABODY Francis] Mar 4 1649/50: Seating at the Meeting House, assigned Second seat on east end of the south side, as “Goody Pebody” [Ref: Noyes PEABODY Francis] Her surname appears as PERKINS in various Internet sources (most noteably the LDS Ancestral File), daughter of Isaac PERKINS who was their neighbor in Hampton, but no confirmation found

 

Mount Vernon Cemetery, Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts

Mount Vernon Cemetery, Boxford, Essex, Massachusetts

What Are Missions on Empire Avenue?

August 18, 2015 2 Comments

My Empire Avenue Profile

My Empire Avenue Profile

The stock trading game Empire Avenue is a daily activity for me. I enjoy meeting people from around the world and connecting for all kinds of reasons. I have friends on the Avenue that represent many different viewpoints, ethnicities, nationalities, and philosophies. I may have met them as investments, but now I appreciate their support and camaraderie in the social networks. For me, Empire Avenue can be a clearing house for new contacts.  I buy a few shares, check out the profiles and content the individual promotes, and often find friendship and mutual interests. I don’t look at the game as a platform to promote my business interests, but I support many players who do.  The mission system is a great way to meet, promote, and discover new players and content.

What is a mission on Empire Avenue?  It is a contract between players.  An offer of EAVs (the funny money that fuels the Empire stock market) is made in return for a visit to a website, tweet, blog, or any other digital destination.  By accepting the mission and the payment a player indicates an interest in the subject, but there is no requirement to endorse, retweet, like, or comment on a mission.  In other words, the mission completion is an honor system.  Like all systems of this kind, some take advantage by running off with the fake bucks without visiting the content.  In the game we can see when other players do this.  It can be a mistake, but if a player rips off missions frequently everyone becomes aware of it.  It is permitted to block a player in the game if such behavior is discovered.  I have not blocked any players, but I have sold my shares in a few.

If you are active in social media, have an interest in international concerns, and like to make new contacts, Empire Avenue might be fun for you.  There is no fee for playing.  Your imaginary wealth from the EAVs grows with daily dividends from your portfolio of players. The value of the contacts, the content, and the sharing is something that each individual must judge for themselves. The time I spend both creating and completing missions on Empire Avenue is well rewarded. If you decide to play, gentle reader, let me know and I will buy your shares and run a mission to help you get started.

Rev. Simon Bradstreet, 10th Great-Grandfather

August 15, 2015 1 Comment

Rev. Simon Bradstreet

Rev. Simon Bradstreet

My 10th great-grandfather was a well educated and rebellious Puritan vicar in England.  His son Simon and daughter-in-law Ann Dudley would carry his Puritan streak all the way to America.

Simon Bradstreet was on of the first Fellows of Emanuel College, Cambridge University, England and Vicar of Horbling Lincolnshire from 1596 to 1621.

Simon Bradstreet (1580 – 1621)
is my 10th great grandfather
Governor Simon Bradstreet (1604 – 1697)
son of Simon Bradstreet
John Bradstreet (1652 – 1718)
son of Governor Simon Bradstreet
Mercy Bradstreet (1689 – 1725)
daughter of John Bradstreet
Caleb Hazen (1720 – 1777)
son of Mercy Bradstreet
Mercy Hazen (1747 – 1819)
daughter of Caleb Hazen
Martha Mead (1784 – 1860)
daughter of Mercy Hazen
Abner Morse (1808 – 1838)
son of Martha Mead
Daniel Rowland Morse (1838 – 1910)
son of Abner Morse
Jason A Morse (1862 – 1932)
son of Daniel Rowland Morse
Ernest Abner Morse (1890 – 1965)
son of Jason A Morse
Richard Arden Morse (1920 – 2004)
son of Ernest Abner Morse
Pamela Morse
I am the daughter of Richard Arden Morse

He may have left England for Holland as the “Great Migration” moved toward America, but this information is unproven:
From “History of Newfield” page 447. He was a non-conformist minister in Lincolnshire, England, and Middelburg, Holland; married and died about 1617.

His death date is probably 1620-21, and some believe he died in England.

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