Monday, December 30, 2013

Time to tally up your family tree for 2014

New Years is an excellent time to tally up your family tree for 2014. The goal of this exercise is to calculate the percentage of ancestors you know of up to your 7th Great Grandparents.

I've added a little guide to calculating your family tree in less than an hour if you have a tree on 

View the family tree pedigree view for one of your parents

The last generation is your 3rd Great-Grandparents. 

As you click the arrow after each 3rd GGP, their branch opens to show up to the 7th generation.

Count how many 4th, 5th, 6th, & 7th GGPs you have and added them to the box indicated on this chart

how many ancestors possible for 4th - 7th generation using this chart:
4th column - 2
5th column - 4
6th Column - 8
7th Column - 16

Complete one of these for each parent. 

Add it to the chart and calculate your percentage

Happy New Years!!
May you break down many brick walls in 2014!!!!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Frances Alcock Hutchins (1612-1694) - Accused Haverhill Witch

I couldn't think of a better day to dance this family skeleton out of the closet. 

Frances (Alcock) Hutchins, daughter of George & Anna (Hooker) Alcock, was born in England around 1612. She left Southhampton, England on the ship Bevis in May 1636 as a servant to Richard Drummer. During her voyage, Frances worked with another servant, John Hutchins. They married the following year and raise a large family in Newbury & Haverhill, Massachusetts. 

Passengers on the Bevis, May 1638

                                  Passengers of the Bevis 1638

At the age of 80, Frances was accused of practicing witchcraft by Timothy Snow, Ann Putham Jr., and Mary Walcott. Justice Dudley Bradstreet issued an arrest warrant on August 18, 1692 and Frances was picked up by Constable William Starling the next day. She would soon be transported to Salem and be reunited with her 76 year old sister, Mary (Alcock) Foster, who had been detained in the Salem Dungeon since July 15. 

                                          Transcription of Warrant

On December 3rd of 1692, Mary died while waiting to be hanged as a confessed witch. Perhaps fearing that his mother might die before receiving a trial, Samuel Hutchins, along with his brother in law, Joseph Kingsberry, offered a 200 pound bond on the 21st to High Sheriff George Corwin in Salem for her freedom.

Recognizance for Francis Hutchins

Memorandum --
That on the Twenty one Day of Decemb'r: Anno'qe D[mbar ] : one Thousand Six hundred Ninty & two in the: fourth year of the Reigne of our Sovereigne Lord & Lady William & Mary by the Grace of God of England &c. King & Queen Defenders of the faith &c: Personally came and Appeared before me George Corwin High Shirriffe for the County of Essex of the Province of the Massathutets Bay in New England -- Samuel Hutchens of Haverell and Jospeh Kingsbury of Haverell afores'd Husbandman and Acknowledged themselves Indebted Unto our Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen or the Survivors of them their Heires & Successors: in the Summe of two hundred pounds to beleaved one their Goods & Chattles Lands & Tenements for the Use of our Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen or the Successors of them if Default be made in the Performance of the Condition Underwritten

Videllisitt --
The condition of the above written Recognizance is Such That Whereas francess Hutchens Widdow of Haverell afores'd is Suspected of and Accused of Committing Divers Acts of Witchcrafts If therefore the Said frances Hutchens afores'd: Shall & do make her Personall Appearance before the Justices of our Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen at the Next Court of Assize of Oyer & Terminer Next Generall Goal Delivery to be held for & within the County of Essex afores'd; to answar what shall be objected ag't: her on their Maj'tes: behalfe Refering to the Witchcrafts & to do & Receive that by w'ch said Court shall be then and there Injoyned & not Darpart without Licence Then the said Recognizance to be Void: or Else to abide in full force & Vertue In Wittness wherof the: above Named Persons Sam'll: Hutchings & Joseph Kingsberry have hereunto sett our hands & seales this Twenty first Day of December in the Year of our Lord one Thousand six hundred Ninty & two, and in the fourth year of their Maj'ties Reigne
*Thomas Beadle
*Joshua Conant
*Jno Gyles 1692
           *Samuel Huchins
           *Joseph Kingsberry 

Recognizance for Frances Hutchins

After 124 days in a cold dungeon, Frances was free on bond until the end of the witchcraft hysteria in the summer of 1693. She died the following year on April 5.


Source of Salem documentation photos and transcription
  • Ray, Benjamin. Warrant for Arrest of Frances Hutchins and Ruth Wilford. 2002. Photograph. 29 Oct 2013.
  • Ray, Benjamin. Recognizance for Francis Hutchins  2002. 29 Oct 2013.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Late Night Finds: Richard Hazard (1807-1879)

Looks like I'm off to order my 3rd Great-Grandfather's submitted Declaration of Intent & Character Reference Report from Ontario County, New York. He is one of my biggest brick walls. Born somewhere in Ireland between 1807 - 1815 (averaged by various vital records), Richard  married Anna Brady in Rochester, Monroe, New York on 30 Mar 1846. Richard & Anna traveled around New York (Ontario & Orange County mainly) while their family grew to 9. They finally settled in Rochester, Monroe, New York in the late 1860's and started a coopering business.

I have researched several clusters of Hazards living around Rochester, New York over the last few years but could not 100% confirm any relationship to Richard Hazard. I was excited to see another Hazard on the list. Perhaps John F. Hazard is his father, a brother, or maybe a uncle or cousin.I am so excited to get my hands on this file!!

Fingers crossed my Hazard brick wall comes tumbling down before my summer road trip to Monroe County, New York. I just might have to schedule a detour to Ontario, New York as well.

Have a wonderful weekend researching!!

For Ontario County, New York researchers, you'll love Records & Archives section of the county's webpage

Friday, February 15, 2013

New Zazzle Store - Get some genealogy shirts and goodies

Over 3000 likes on facebook!!! 1157 likes since New Years :)

Feeling the Genealogy love!

To celebrate, I created a few genealogy t-shirts and whatnot on Zazzle of some of the TTGB posts!! More to come including the popular "You might be a Genealogist"

make custom gifts at Zazzle

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Identity of the Drown Man

The sad end to my 2nd great grand uncle, Hugh Hazard, on September 8, 1889. He was the third son of Richard and Anna (Brady) Hazard of Rochester, Monroe County, New York.  

The Daily News (Batavia, NY) - 9 Sep 1889 - Pg 1

The Daily News (Batavia, NY) - 13 Sep 1889 - Pg 1

Friday, February 1, 2013

One year anniversary!!

One year ago today, I brought Twisted Twigs on Gnarled Branches Genealogy to Facebook. I have had so much fun! I have met some amazing people, enjoyed sharing my adventure while researching my own family history, and adored reading all the comments left.  

As genealogists, we know that life can be short. Researching genealogy has been a passion of mine for decades. I remember sitting in one of my 8 am Medical Technology classes one year ago. I feverishly wrote an email, before class started, to a newly discovered distant cousin who's family though my 2nd Great Grandmother died as a baby. My professor came over and mentioned that he had the same look in his eyes when he started his Medical Technology classes. Something clicked. While I enjoy studying medicine and hoped to become a physician, I would most likely be preoccupied with thoughts of probate records to obtain and cemeteries I had yet to visit. I walked out of that class and never looked back. I am currently applying to Wayne State University to receive a Master in Library and Information Science degree and hope to become a certified genealogist in the next year. 

I want to thank everyone who visits Twisted Twigs on Gnarled Branches Genealogy. I sincerely appreciate all of you!     

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