James H. Chichester, born in England and present in the New World as early as 1643, lost his mother Susanna as well as his wife Eunice in this third week of May, the former in 1636, the latter in 1661.
Susanna Trevilian, our 11th and 12th great-grandmother in the Snyder line, was born on in 1585 in Somerset, England. William Chichester, our 11th and 12th great-grandfather, was her second husband: With her first husband Richard Carpenter, she had already had more than 10 children. But our direct ancestor was among the sons of William, whom she married after her first husband had died. Susanna’s mother was a Chichester by birth. It can be therefore assumed, that William was one of Susanna’s cousins, but more research is necessary to confirm this assumption. Susanna died on 20 May 1636 in Widworthy, Devon, at the age of 51.
After Susanna’s death, her sons William Jr. and James Chichester, who was nine years younger than his brother, apparently set sail in their own boat for the New World. Both men were seafarers, it is said, and both lived in the Puritan community in Massachusetts, more precisely in Salem, for a while. There, James met and married Eunice Porter, daughter of Jonathan Porter who had immigrated to Massachusetts from England before 1632. Eunice was born in 1621, presumably still in England, and married James H. Chichester in 1643 in Salem.
It appears that Eunice and James, although Puritans when they arrived in the New World, joined the Quakers eventually and thus moved away from Salem to settle in Huntington, NY, although they had little to do with and apparently little love for the Dutch there. Eunice died on 21 May 1661, one day and 25 years after her mother-in-law, in Huntington at the age of 40. Through their son David, our line goes straight to Sarah Chidester, who married Abraham Snyder Sr. on 10 June 1797.
Requiescat in Pace, dear Great-Grandmothers Chichester.