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It is with great excitement that I have found an ancestor from my mother’s side in Plymouth Colony. Most of her forefathers sailed to Virginia or below, but this particular Taylor branch had some distinctions. Margaret Diguina Weeks is said to be the Wampanoag daughter of Quadequina. There is dispute about this, but I do hope I can confirm these facts. My 11th great-grandfather, Quadequina, introduced popcorn to the Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving.
It becomes complicated because there were two Richard Taylors, both married to women named Ruth. I have not traced them back in England to know if they match up in the old country with the other Taylors. Ruth Wheldon’s father officially objected to her marriage to my Mr. Taylor, helping us narrow down some of the facts. If Ruth Wheldon had a full-blooded Wampanoag mother, Ruth was a kind of Pocahontas of the north. I need to do some research on this to see what I can learn. The story is amazing.
Quadequina Wampanoag (1576 – 1623)
is my 11th great-grandfather
Margaret Diguina Weeks (1613 – 1651)
Daughter of Quadequina
Ruth Whelden (1625 – 1673)
Daughter of Margaret Diguina
John TAYLOR (1651 – 1690)
Son of Ruth
Abigail Taylor (1663 – 1730)
Daughter of John
Martha Goodwin (1693 – 1769)
Daughter of Abigail
Grace Raiford (1725 – 1778)
Daughter of Martha
Sarah Hirons (1751 – 1817)
Daughter of Grace
John Nimrod Taylor (1770 – 1816)
Son of Sarah
John Samuel Taylor (1798 – 1873)
Son of John Nimrod
William Ellison Taylor (1839 – 1918)
Son of John Samuel
George Harvey Taylor (1884 – 1941)
Son of William Ellison
Ruby Lee Taylor (1922 – 2008)
Daughter of George Harvey
I am the daughter of Ruby Lee
Here is one account of the story of Margaret Diguina and her tribe:
“Gordon B. Hinckley, Shoulder for the Lord” by George M. McCune page 35- ” Two of the early immigrants to Plymouth colony were Gabriel Wheldon, of Arnold, Nottingham, England, and his brother (name unknown). Gabriel had been married in England before sailing to America but his first wife named Margaret evidently was deceased at the time of his migration.
Both brothers had a free spirit much like Stephen Hopkins and found their way to the camps of the Wampanoags. There they both fell in love with two of the daughters of Chief Quadequina, younger brother of the Great Chief. They each married and Gabriel gave his second wife the English name ‘Margaret’ after his first spouse. The two counseled with their father-in-law and his older brother Massasoit regarding what to do. The Plymouth Colony would probably punish them for their intermarriage. Massasoit advised them to return to the colony and all would be well.
The Plymouth Colony tribunals saved face by banishing the couples from Plymouth for life but did not send them back to England. Gabriel and Margaret established their home in Barnstable where the Hinckleys came in late 1630′s and here Gabriel and Margaret raised a large family of girls.
One of those girls was Ruth Wheldon. This is a score!!
Hi Ruby Lee my name is Ron Turner I too am a descendant of Ruth Weldon. After many years of research I have come up with the only thing that works, YES Gabriel Wheldon married Oiguina he called her Margaret. She was the daughter of Qaudequina brother of Massasoit. If you wish to contact me my e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org would love to hear from you cousin.
Thanks so much Ron. I love this research and will definitely be in touch with you. this is my favorite discovery of all so far, and I have some really good ones.
You have the most interesting facts revealed in your background. wow.
You probably do too..if you go 11 generations you will find at least one fact that will shock you.
Pamela, this is a really interesting story and only possible for someone living in the “New World”. And I see that you spend a great deal of time and effort to find out about your family-tree. Impressive.
And I just see in the other comments that you met a distant relative of yours. How exciting!
Yes, and he has data…this has happened on ancestry before but this one is very exciting.
I, too, an a decendant of Margaret Diquina (daughter of Quadiquina). The story is Amazing!
It is exciting, isn’t it? How did you find out? I just learned a few months ago. I am going to see Cape Cod and our people in April…very proud.
Hello I am a direct descendant of Catherine Wheldon b. 1618 who married Giles Hopkins. I would imagine Ruth must have been her sister. We strongly believe that yes indeed Margaret was the daughter of Quadequina. We have her listed as being born in 1604 though and we don’t have a reference for the Weeks name. We have her listed as: Margaret Diguina (Oguina). I would be interested in the Weeks aspect of the name and we’re still trying to sort out the question of Diguina/Oguina as there are references to both names in our research. Looking forward to hearing from you! Thank you very much!
Hello, I am excited to go to see our tribe on Cape Cod in April. I also wonder where the weeks name is derived. Where do you live..I will be a t Mashpee, on Cape Cod, end of April to learn all about us.
Hello! I just stumbled across your website when I looked up Quadequina. I am a descendant of Margaret Diquaina (the spelling used on our family tree) via Catherine Wheldon and Giles Hopkins. I never knew this story, it’s amazing!!
I think it is amazing too. I will go to Cape Cod to our res to meet our tribe in April. Very excited. Surely they know more than we do..
Hello again! I live in New Hampshire. Due to family health issues I am not able to travel currently. I am most anxious to find out what you learn when you visit there though
I am also. I will be out at Falmouth, MA for a few days, and I have a friend who has lived there for a while. I will go to Plymouth also since i have Mayflower ancestors..but really the reason I am going is..being Wampanoag. I will let you know everything I learn.
Thank you very much! I hope you have a wonderful, fun and informative visit. On a side note, on my father’s side I am descended from Stephen Hopkins. On my mother’s side I am descended from Edward Doty who was indentured to Stephen Hopkins. You can imagine the fun my Dad has with that one.
I have some messy parts of my tree. The few people marry each other in the colonies because there are so few who pass muster with the church..
It was by sheer coincidence that I ended up descended from both Stephen Hopkins and Edward Doty. The only connection for our family is me, the lines never joined for us until my parents met and married in the 1960′s.. All these generations later I have to wonder what they (Stephen & Edward) would have thought about that. It can be very difficult to sort things out and then as you have already run into there are many people who shared the same name during the same time. It’s a pity better records weren’t kept or saved from those early days in the New World. One might think that someone might have recognised the historical importance of that time though I imagine they just had their hands full trying to survive.
Survival, indeed. The many generation gap is interesting. I have some in England who married each other (families) every four or five generations ..freaky.
Hello again! Have been quite busy here. I was curious what you might have learned when you visited Plymouth in April I think it was? Thank you!
It is more sad than we could imagine. 200 years of history were wiped out. They count their ancestry from the 1800′s from English names….200 years lost!!! I am dealing with it as our tribal members do in Cape Cod. They need help!!
We appear to be related …
Hi Fred. How are you in the fam? I went to Mashpee in April to learn that 200 years of history are missing and so is Quadequina’s grave.
This is so cool! I just discovered that I am a descendant of The Great Sachem Chief Wasanegin Wampanoag, father of Chief Quadequina, father of Diguina, mother of Ruth Wheldon, mother of John Taylor, father of Ruth Taylor, wife of John Dille Jr. ….anyways we are related! What a great story. Thanks Ruby Lee.
It is very cool. What is not cool is that nobody knows where Quadaquina was buried. It is an honor, but when you follow what the Pilgrims did to the tribe….I think you will freak right out. You are not related to King Philip,( Metacom) are you? That would be huge.
he is also my 10th great grandfather
Cool. Where do you live?
My name is Susan and I loved reading all the genealogy info on your blog. Quadequinna is in my family tree (maybe not direct) but he is a direct ancestor of my partner, Ken. We both have Mayflower ancestors too. While I honor all my forefathers and foremothers, I am especially drawn to earn about those more recently discovered, in particular my Native and African-American roots.
Always eager to talk family history,
I do a lot of genealogy research and it is not uncommon for someone to have the wrong tribe.
* to learn about those….
Thanks, Susan. I am also heavily related to those Mayflower peeps and more interested in the Wampanoag tribe. It would be super easy to be mistaken here because there are no records. I went to Mashpee and Plimouth Colony in May and learned a lot, but not what I expected. There are no graves or records for the tribe until the 1800′s and then they trace ancestry with English names…..
I think Margaret Diguina’s married name was Whelden rather than Weeks.
I know that it is Wheldon, but for some reason her maiden name is commonly given as Weeks..no idea where it came from..nor do the people at the Mashpee Wampanoag museum…Their first records are from the 1800s
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