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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 email@example.com would love to hear from you cousin.
I, too, an a decendant of Margaret Diquina (daughter of Quadiquina). The story is Amazing!
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 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 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.
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.
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.
he is also my 10th great grandfather
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.
her name is Oguina, not Diguina – which is a foreign family group
I’m curious as to where the Diguina and Weeks names came from as neither one are in any of the documents from that time period I’ve actually seen. I know there is a Diguina family line over-seas and could see that mistake happening, with her original native name being ‘Oguina’.
But the ‘Weeks’ is confusing. The only thing stating that she may have remarried at some point is a group of difficult to read documents, and that sounds like she may have remarried the other brother wheldon, not anyone by the name of Weeks. strange.
Hello…Margaret also my great g.m. can you update us on anything more you have found on her and her family? thanks. My name is susan.
My Grandpa was a direct descendant of Catherine Weldon; all daughters down to his mother; I am trying to work on finding other female descendants from his mother’s family and Grandmother’s family in case one of them can do an mtDNA test my Grandpa was an only son and his two sisters died young.
I hope you find the right person to test. Alas, I am not the person. I have discovered an error back in the 1700’s in South Carolina that put this entire branch of my tree into question. I had a DNA test in Ancestry.com’s system and show no Native American heritage. I was very sad to find this error in my tree,since I had become very attached to these people.
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