When I first looked at our family tree today there seemed to be no-one new to portrait this week, but I was quite wrong. Within the last 12 months, we actually added three great-grandparents to the tree that all either were born or died within this past week.
In the Denney line:
The oldest of today’s ancestors in terms of distance from us is Humphry Shinton, our 10th and 11th great-grandfather. He was born on 19 April 1640, in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England, to Humphrey and Elizabeth (Love). He married Anne Perry on 6 June 1663, in his hometown, and they had two children during their marriage as far as we know. Their daughter Elizabeth married Richard Felton, and the two of them immigrated to the New World in or around the 1680s. Their great-granddaughter was Sally Wise Felton, wife of Azariah Denney. Humphry Shinton died in August 1681 in Wolverhampton at the age of 41, and was buried there on 29 Aug 1681 in the churchyard of St. Peter’s.
In the Lindsey line:
Mary Duset, our 5th and 6th great-grandmother, was born on 3 December 1742 in Milton, Norfolk, MA. Her parents Peter and Ruth (Newcomb) had at least four more children, and it appears as though Mary’s forefathers and -mothers had already been living in the New World for four generations. Mary married Benjamin Everenden (later Everton) on 2 December 1760 in Stoughton, Massachusetts. They had seven children, and their son Thomas was (great-) Grandma Irene‘s great-great-grandfather. Mary’s husband Benjamin died ten years before America’s independence from England in 1766 and did not even live to see the birth of his last son who was named Benjamin (in his honor without a doubt), but Mary lived to be 80 years old and thus saw a good bit of what went on in the early days of independent America. She passed away in Dorchester, Suffolk, MA on 4 March 1823.
In the Mulford line:
Our 3rd and 4th great-grandfather William Henry Harris was born on 25 April 1825, only two years after Mary had died, in Mason, West Virginia, the first child of Henry and Jane (Summers). Four more children were to follow. At some point in his youth or early adulthood, William Henry crossed the nearby Ohio river and on 21 July 1853, he married Joanna Dianne Brown in Gallia County, OH, but apparently the couple did not stay long on the western side of the Ohio. Instead, they settled back on the West Virginia side and raised their family there. We know of only one child that the two had, Arilla Jane Harris, who was Mattie Mulford‘s mother and who in turn became the mother of (great-) Grandpa Lorain. On 8 January 1886, William Henry died in Mason County, WV at the age of 60, and as far as we know, he lies buried there.
Requiescat in Pace, Humphry, Mary and William.