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William Perkins was born in England, educated at Cambridge, and moved to New England in 1632. He served in the military and taught school after arrival. He was a very well educated man.
1. Rev.-Capt. William Perkins, son of William Perkins Merchant Taylor and Catharine Unknown, was
born on 25 Aug 1607, was christened in All Hallows, Bread Street, London, Eng., and died on 21 May 1682 in
Topsfield, MA at age 74.
General Notes: Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: immigrants to New England
1620-1633, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 1995, Three volumes.
From George Walter Chamberlain, History of Weymouth, Boston, 1923.
“Capt. William Perkins, the first schoolmaster of which there is any record, was voted ?10 for six months
schoohng, 10 Mar. 1651 (Weymouth Town Records.) He entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge, as a
pensioner at Michaelmas Term, 1625; afterwards immigrated to Christ’s College from which he
graduated, A.B., at lent term, 1627-28.
“He was son of William Perkins, a merchant tailor, of London, and was born 25 Aug. 1607, and came
in the ship William and Francis, leaving London, 7 Mar. 1631-32. This ship arrived at Boston, 5 June,
1632. (Drake’s, The Foumders of New England, 11.) He was made a freeman of the Massachusetts Bay
Colony, 3 Sept. 1634. He married at Roxbury, 30 Aug. 1636, Elizabeth Wootton, and removed to
Weymouth in 1643, where he resided till 1652, when he removed to Gloucester, and in 1655 to
Topsfield. He became the first munister of the latter place. He was deputy from Weymout in 1644 and
Captain there in 1645. He died at Topsfield, 21 May, 1682, aged 75 years.
“The General Court entered the following record on 7 Oct. 1641: ‘Mr. Willi Perkins, for his fathers
50, is granted 400 acres of land.’ (Massachusetts Bay Colony Records, 1:338.) He was to ‘have power to
end small causes at Waymoth,’ 29 May, 1644, and again, 14 May, 1645. (Ibid. 2: 73, 97.) He was a
deputy at the General Court, 29 May, 1644, and was called ‘Lieut. Wm. Perkms’ (Ibid. 66) and ‘Capt.,’ 4
Nov. 1746 (Ibid. 184.).”
William Perkins, 1607-82, A Study, The Essex Genealogist, vol 3, pp 65-76, May 1983, iss.2
We know from the Cambridge Alumni association that he was a preacher and a teacher:
Adm. at EMMANUEL, 1624. S. of William, merchant tailor, of London. B. there, Aug. 25, 1607. Schools, London and Colchester (Mr Danes). Matric. Michs. 1625. Migrated to Christ’s, Nov. 15, 1626. B.A. 1627-8. Went to New England, 1632. Resided at Roxbury, Mass., adm. a freeman of the Massachusetts Colony, 1634. Moved to Weymouth, Mass., 1643. Sent as deputy to the General Court, 1644; lieutenant, 1644, and captain, 1645, of the local military company; served as schoolmaster and preached occasionally. Removed to Gloucester, Mass., and taught school there, 1651-5. Retired to Topsfield, Mass., 1655. Died there, May 21, 1682. (Peile, I. 378; J. G. Bartlett.)
The 40th anniversary of the Watergate investigation is a national watershed moment. Credibility has been destroyed in all American political and religious institutions during those 40 years. The population forced to pay for the corrupt system has lost the belief that government works in their best interests. Religious institutions have been exposed and now have lower status and less respect. When I voted to end the war in Viet Nam the situation was known as “The Generation Gap”, as if this was the first, last ,and only generation so violently opposed to the politics and lifestyle of the previous. I suspect that each generation has a gap of various depth and breadth to be digested by the course of history. After my parents were dead I became interested in my ancestry. This study has shown me the drastic, religious and political beliefs of their ancestors. My father’s side is full of teachers, and my mother’s is full of preachers.
Tracing a spiritual and political timeline of my ancestors has shown me that rebellion was frequent and sometimes drastic. My ancestors rebelled against religious and political institutions by moving to America in the 1600′s. The entire protestant reformation was an act of rejecting an overly powerful Catholic church to become more pure. After crossing the Atlantic for religious freedom my ancestors founded and preserved institutions in the colonies. Other members of my family firmly rejected the Puritan way of life, setting out to live free in new territories rather than submit to the religious fascism of the Pilgrim fathers. The Wampanoag branch of my family tried hard to wipe out the British presence for good during King Philip’s War. I had family members in the military on both sides of the Civil War, when that happened. There may have been a few settled, stationary generations, but when I look at the ethical will of my ancestors they were generally busy rebelling and rejecting institutions as much as they were preserving them. A dynamic historical tension can be found in the cultural traditions of my ancestors. This explains why my parents were so crazy. It was imperative to reject the beliefs they embodied. It probably also explains why my own generation’s traditions and habits need a vigorous review. Generation gaps are forever. Barry Goldwater is fully dead, and only a faint glimmer of the military industrial complex as our worst internal nightmare has been superseded by the much freakier medical pharmaceutical complex. We have a new fall of civilization to manage now.
My 16th great grandfather was born into a fancy Scottish family. Politics, diplomacy and treason were part of life in Scotland under King James III:
Robert Boyd (d.c.1470) Lord Boyd, was a Scottish Statesman.
A son of Sir Thomas Boyd (d. 1439), Robert Boyd belonged to an old distinguished family, of which one earlier Sir Robert Boyd, had fought with Sir William Wallace and Robert the Bruce.
Created Lord Boyd in 1454, he was one of the Regents during the minority of King James III, in 1460. He conspired with his brother, Sir Alexander Boyd, and obtained possession of the King’s person in 1466 and was made by Act of Parliament sole Governor of the Realm.
He negotiated the marraige between James and Margaret of Norway in 1469 and secured with it the cession of the Orkney Islands by Norway. He was appointed Great Chamberlain for life, and Lord Justice General in 1467.
Conflict broke out between the King and Boyd family. Robert, and his son Thomas Boyd, 1st Earl of Arran (who was married to Princess Mary), were out of the country involved in diplomatic activities when their regime was overthrown. Robert, 1st Lord Boyd was pronounced guilty of treason and fled firstly to Alnwick, Northumberland. His brother and assistant, Sir Alexander Boyd, was captured and beheaded on November 22, 1469.
Robert 1st Lord Boyd fought in the English service in the French wars, and died in exile.
He married Mariotta, daughter of Sir John Maxwell of Calderwood, and had numerous issue. One of his daughters, Elizabeth, married Archibald Douglas, 5th Earl of Angus.
Robert Boyd (1425 – 1470)
Lord Boyd conspired with his brother, Sir Alexander Boyd, and obtained possession of the young King’s person in 1466 and was made by Act of Parliament sole Governor of the Realm; and Great Chamberlain for life, and Lord Justice General in 1467. Early in that year he procured the marriage of his eldest son, Thomas, (created Earl of Arran for that occasion) with Mary, elder sister of James III, which aroused the jealousy of the other nobles and made his eventual downfall inevitable since the King regarded the marriage as an unforgivable insult.
Lord Boyd obtained the cession of the Orkney Islands to Scotland, 8 September 1468, from Christian I, King of Norway, for whose daughter Margaret, he negotiated a marriage with James III. While absent for that purpose he and his son Thomas (the Earl of Arran) and his brother (and coadjutor) Sir Alexander Boyd, were attainted for high treason, whereby his peerage became forfeited. He was living Easter 1480/1, and died before October 1482, it is said, at Alnwick in Northumberland where he had fled in 1469.
James III’s biographer sums Boyd up as an unscrupulous political gambler and an inveterate optimist. To forcibly assume guardianship of an underage King was, indeed, a familiar path to power in mediaeval Scotland, but it was also a dangerous path. Boyd underestimated the dangers, overestimated his support, and made the fatal mistake of marrying his son to the King’s sister, an insult the King would not forgive.
FamilyRobert Boyd belonged to an old and distinguished family, of which one earlier Sir Robert Boyd, had fought with Sir William Wallace and Robert The Bruce. He was the son and heir of Sir Thomas Boyd of Kilmarnock (died 9 July 1439). Robert married Mariot (or Janet), daughter of Sir Robert Maxwell of Calderwood. She died after 25 June 1472, apparently early in 1473. They had three sons:
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Are you in communities? Are you a leader? Do you create valuable content? Does the internet make you compulsive and lonely? I have read several posts lately about the brains of depressed people, and the effects of loneliness on health. It appears that insomnia, which seems to afflict most Americans now, can be a result of altered and damaged circadian rhythms. Depression makes the day/night self timer malfunction. Isolation from live social contact proves to be as damaging to overall health as smoking or obesity. It destroys the self monitoring abilities we learned in elementary school to survive in a social world. Now that social order has been redefined, healthy relationships are less likely to evolve. Human lovingkindness is essential for mental and physical health and well being.
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Yesterday I returned to Supportive Care for Healing at the U of A Cancer Center where I am the substitute client for last minute cancellations. I look at the rotating offers I get as sort of a Zen oracle of healing. All of the therapists are very talented, and the room is spacious and comfortable. I go when I can, and always feel good as a result. Since shiatsu is an offering that just did not come up for me on the zen cancellation calendar, I decided to book an appointment in advance to try the work of Michael Dalzell. My neighbor Mindy told me how much she enjoyed her treatment with him, so onto the table I went. It was an excellent call. The stretching movements not only loosened me from within, some kinks that had developed while driving, flying, and traveling for two weeks departed. I am now loose as a goose and ready to put the finishing touches on the summer garden this weekend. Michael does all his work at cancer centers around Tucson because he finds it very rewarding to help this population. The benefits are well documented for patients undergoing heavy radiation and chemo treatments. He sees a lot of success using shiastsu as a healing modality. I am going back next week for two hours. If you want to schedule a treatment with him or the other fine therapists at Supportive Care for Healing call the super helpful volunteer desk at 520-694-1812. They will so hook you up.
My garden grows more important to me all the time. Growing fruit trees and grape vines is satisfying and tricky too. We have to keep the birds and pests from consuming too many of the products. This year we are lucky with a big peach crop. They are tiny, cling peaches you can pop right into your mouth in one bite. Leaving them on the tree to ripen fully makes for a very full flavored peach. They are getting ripe this week, and I plan to get more than the birds. We are eating and sharing globe artichokes now, and starting to have ripe tomatoes. We make and drink lots of tea and flower essences. The herbs are used for baths, cooking, and tea mixtures. The Lakota squash might be a healthy crop, but it and the Jerusalem artichokes are new crops for us this season. So far, everything looks happy and healthy.
Music is part of many spiritual practices and worship ceremonies. Musical exposure at an early age is a gift. If parents appreciate and play music for a child, singing and dance will be a natural part of life. In my household folk music and piano rolls were always being played and sung during my childhood. I played classical music on the piano, but I absorbed American and English folk music from my parents, who invited friends over to play and sing music. The Moore-Khalsa home is full of musical talent and knowledge, but of a different sort. They are more meditative and prayerful ,kind of musical monks. They harmonize well together, making a joyful noise.
We were given an added treat during the Thomas Moore weekend at Kripalu recently. His wife and daughter gave a special evening program on Saturday night. The Kundalini yoga session was directed by Hari Kirin Kaur Khalsa, Tom’s wife. The musical accompaniment was done by their daughter , Ajeet Kaur, and her band. I sat myself right next to the musicians for max vibrations during the demonstration. Drum, guitar and harmonium formed the instrumental background for chants. Sanskrit mantras were used. These chants have specific meaning and results when repeated. One specific breathing and mantra round was taught to combat insomnia. I sleep well normally, but had a profoundly deep sleep that night. I felt the results of the chanting and movement in my body and mind. Ajeet’s clear sweet voice carried the group into focused concentration. The twin brothers who played guitar and drum were also accomplished and well rehearsed in this music. The total package was a pleasant and instructive voyage into the technique of Kundalini yoga. The people in our class all reported a positive experience. It was fun to be included as her talented parents encourage her musical career by working with her. She has recorded a CD with her band and is setting out to soothe the planet with her musical talent. Our group was lucky to meet her as she sets out on this adventure.
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The village of Pawtuxet is a place where local residents function as the tourist board. I was directed by local ladies at the cafe to drive up Post Road and start to look for Malachi Rhode’s home. I found it right away and saw the current resident in his back yard. I resisted the temptation to ask him if I could go into his back yard since my family had owned the home in the 1700′s. I had visited the larger new cemetery with graves that included Rhodes in great number. The small ancient graveyard on the Post Road was even more peaceful and special. I found Malachi there, within walking distance of his house. His life is honored and his place in history kept as a treasure that belongs to the place. Seeing and feeling the place put me in touch with the spirit of all my relations.
Anna was born in Barnstable, Ma in 1640. She died a widow in Barnstable in 1724, living through some heavy times. She married Silas Sears:
Lieut. SILAS SEARS, son of Richard, died Yarmouth, Mass., 13 Jan, 1697/8; married ANNA ??(Bursell??) who died a widow in yarmouth, 4 Mar 1725/6. They had children:
SILAS, born Yarmouth c. 1661; RICHARD, born in Yarmouth; HANNAH, born Eastham(?) Dec 1672, m. 8 Feb 1692/3 Thomas SNOW(son of Mark and Jane(Prence)Snow) she died prior to 30 Sep 1706; JOSEPH, born Yarmouth, c. 1675; JOSIAH, born Yarmouth c. 1677; ELIZABETH, born Yarmouth, m. there 22 Nov 1705, John COOKE; DORRITY, born yarmouth c. 1687; m. there 8 Feb 1715/6 Joseph STAPLES she died 28 Feb 1753
Lt. Silas Sears lived in that part of Yarmouth known as the East precinct, now East Dennis; was “propounded to take up Freedom,” June 6, 1682; commissioned Ensign, 28 Oct 1681; Liet. 7 July 1682; chosen Representataive to the General Court at Plymouth, 1685-91; Selectman, 1680-94; Juryman, 1680-82.
25 Dec, 1689; “Silace Sears and other fined 20 shillings for not appearing and attending at Court, or disorderly departing therefrom;”–fines remitted latar, “it being first offense of the kind.”
1694; “Lt Silas Sears on Com. to seat men, women and others in the meetinghouse;” an onerous duty in those days.
1 Nov 1676, Emott Bursell and Silas Sears appointed administrators of the Estate of James Bursell of Yarmouth. It has been suggested that his wife may have been a daughter of James Bursell, based on the supposition of his being chosen one of the administrators.
Silas Sears left no will, and letters of administration were granted to his widow Anna, 1 May 1698. The “settlement” of his estate was made 5 May 1698 and mentions sons Silas, Richard, joseph and Josiah; and daughters, Hannah, Elizabeth and Dorrity
Anna Bursell (1640 – 1724)
is my 9th great grandmother
Silas Sears (1661 – 1732)
son of Anna Bursell
Sarah Sears (1697 – 1785)
daughter of Silas Sears
Sarah Hamblin (1721 – 1814)
daughter of Sarah Sears
Mercy Hazen (1747 – 1819)
daughter of Sarah Hamblin
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
I am the daughter of Richard Arden Morse
My 13th great grandfather lived in Scotland when religion was making life very difficult for all involved. Mary Stuart reigned as a Catholic. Life was uneasy and brutal:
Biography from Wikipedia:
“Sir William Kirkcaldy of Grange (c. 1520 – 3 August 1573), Scottish politician and general, was the eldest son of Sir James Kirkcaldy of Grange (d. 1556), a member of an old Fife family. The house of the Grange lands was Halyards Palace.
Sir James was lord high treasurer of Scotland from 1537 to 1543 and was a determined opponent of Cardinal Beaton, for whose murder in 1546 he was partly responsible. William Kirkcaldy assisted to compass this murder, and when the castle of St Andrew’s surrendered to the French in July 1547 he was sent as a prisoner to Normandy, whence he escaped in 1550.
He was then employed in France as a secret agent by the advisers of Edward VI, being known in the cyphers as Corax; and later he served in the French army, where he gained a lasting reputation for skill and bravery. The sentence passed on Kirkcaldy for his share in Beaton’s murder was removed in 1556, and returning to Scotland in 1557 he came quickly to the front; as a Protestant he was one of the leaders of the lords of the congregation in their struggle with the regent, Mary of Guise, and he assisted to harass the French troops in Fife. He opposed Queen Mary’s marriage with Darnley, being associated at this time with Moray, and was forced for a short time to seek refuge in England.
Returning to Scotland, he was an accessory to the murder of Rizzio, but he had no share in that of Darnley, and he was one of the lords who banded themselves together to rescue Mary after her marriage with Bothwell. After the fight at Carberry Hill the queen surrendered herself to Kirkcaldy, and his generalship was mainly responsible for her defeat at the Battle of Langside. Kirkcaldy sailed to Orkney as Lord High Admiral of Scotland in pursuit of Bothwell, but his ship, the Lion, ran aground. He seems, however, to have believed that an arrangement with Mary was possible, and coming under the influence of William Maitland of Lethington, whom in September 1569 he released by a stratagem from his confinement in Edinburgh, he was soon vehemently suspected by his fellows.
After the murder of Moray, Kirkcaldy ranged himself definitely among the friends of the imprisoned queen. About this time he forcibly released one of his supporters from imprisonment, a step which led to an altercation with his former friend John Knox, who called him a murderer and throat-cutter. Defying the regent Lennox, Kirkcaldy began to strengthen the fortifications of Edinburgh castle, of which he was governor, and which he held for Mary, and early in 1573 he refused to come to an agreement with the regent Morton because the terms of peace did not include a section of his friends.
After this some English troops arrived to help the Scots, and in May 1573 the castle surrendered. Strenuous efforts were made to save Kirkcaldy from the vengeance of his foes, but they were unavailing; Knox had prophesied that he would be hanged, and he was hanged on the 3rd of August 1573.”
William Kirkcaldy (1520 – 1573)
is my 13th great grandfather
Janet Kirkcaldy (1520 – 1572)
daughter of William Kirkcaldy
William Carr (1542 – 1655)
son of Janet Kirkcaldy
Benjamin Carr (1592 – 1635)
son of William Carr
Caleb Carr (1623 – 1695)
son of Benjamin Carr
Sarah Carr (1682 – 1765)
daughter of Caleb Carr
John Hammett (1705 – 1752)
son of Sarah Carr
MARGARET HAMMETT (1721 – 1753)
daughter of John Hammett
Benjamin Sweet (1722 – 1789)
son of MARGARET HAMMETT
Paul Sweet (1762 – 1836)
son of Benjamin Sweet
Valentine Sweet (1791 – 1858)
son of Paul 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
I am the daughter of Richard Arden Morse