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Follow Friday – Cape Cod Gravestones

If you’re ancestors were first families in and around Plymouth Colony, chances are that you will find their names on 17th, 18th & 19th Century Cape Cod Gravestones. There is an index to all of the cemeteries in Cape Cod, and if you are lucky, there may be a photo of the markers. I found quite a few photos of ancestors graves, here are some examples:

Ebenezer Nickerson 1768

Joshua Doane

From the website:

Mission Statement

A major goal is to photograph and display the most interesting old gravestones in Barnstable County before they are lost to the ravages of time. A related goal is to provide reasonably complete gravestone records from the earliest in 1683 up to 1880 or later for all Barnstable County cemeteries. Information about the gravestone carvers and gravestone styles is included. Reference sources for cemetery surveys done over the last one hundred years are provided for further research.

Search Suggestion

If you want to search for a specific name on this large web site, go to the Google search engine at In the search box enter capecodgravestones+name. There should be no space before or after the + sign. For example, if you are searching for Marcy Freeman, enter in the search box capecodgravestones+Marcy+Freeman. The search result will be a listing of links to Marcy Freeman. To search for all the Mulfords, enter capecodgravestones+Mulford in the Google search box. Click on the link “Repeat the search with the omitted results included” to display all the links. Most links go directly to sections of this web site but some links go to other web sites which link back to this web site. In limited tests this search procedure works well with Google! The procedure does not work with some other search engines.

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Treasure Thursday – Doane Collection

I found this book at a yard sale, “Searching For Your Ancestors” written by Gilbert H. Doane. There is a lot of great information in it for amateur genealogists about how to research your family, where to look, what to look for, etc. It is the third edition printed in 1960. The first edition was printed in 1937. If anyone knows of a first edition available, I’m interested in getting a copy.
As for the Doan’s Pills tin, I bought it from eBay a few years ago for a couple of dollars. James Doan invented the pills while working as a druggist in Kingsville, Ontario.

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Surname Saturday – Small, Smalle, Smalley

I have recently found another family that I am descended from, the Smalley family from Harwich, Massechusetts. I am just starting to research this family but I’ve heard the name when reading about Plymouth Colony. I haven’t gone that far back in my research as of yet, I’ve gone back to Edward Smalle and Mary Woodward, grandparents of Hannah Smalley who married Benjamin Doane on Jan. 29, 1795 in Harwich, MA.

What I have found about the Smalley family:

EDWARD SMALLE married MARY WOODMAN and had the following children:
i. JOHNATHON SMALLEY, born in 1690, married Damaris Winslow July 30, 1713. 

Damaris & Jonathan were the parents of five children: i. HANNAH SMALL, born 20 August 1715 in Harwich (Barnstable) Massachusetts. She married Israel Nickerson. Hannah & Israel were the parents of five children: (a) an unnamed daughter; (b) an unnamed son; (c) Israel Nickerson; (d) James Nickerson; and (e) Patience Nickerson. ii. PHEBE SMALLEY (985) iii. JONATHAN SMALLEY, born 26 May 1721. He married 2 March 1741/42, Hannah Weekes, who was born 21 September 1721 and died about 1803, daughter of George and Deborah (Wing) Weekes. Jonathan & Hannah were the parents of seven children: (a) Elijah Smalley; (b) David Smalley; (c) Jonathan Smalley, married Bethia Godfrey; (d) Phebe Smalley; (e) Enoch Smalley; (f) Elisha Smalley; and (g) Hannah Smalley. iv. LYDIA SMALL, born 6 August 1725 in Harwich. She married Ebenezer Broadbrooks. v. DAVID SMALL, born 1729.


ii. LT. ZACHARIAH SMALLEY, born 1698, died 24 April 1778 in Harwich (Barnstable) Massachusetts. He married (as his first wife) 31 March 1720 in Oyster River (Durham) New Hampshire, Jane Davis. Zachariah & Jane were the parents of three daughters: (a) Mary Smalley, married Oker/Oaker Phillips, five children, Lydia, Nathan, Stephen, Susannah and Smalley; (b) Bathsheba/Bashua Smalley, married first Ansel Nickerson, married second, Gowel Chase, married third, Joseph Sears; and (c) Abigail Small, married Lot Gage. Zachariah married (as his second wife and as her second husband) after 22 May 1742 in Harwich, Hannah (Hopkins) Paine, who was born 25 March 1700 in Eastham (Barnstable) Massachusetts, and died 24 October 1793 in Harwich, daughter of Joshua and Mary (Cole) Hopkins, and widow of Capt. Ebenezer Paine. Zachariah & Hannah were the parents of a daughter: (d) Jane Small, married John Long, six children, Zachariah/Zachery, Abigail/Abijah, Ebenezer, John, Sarah and Jane.

iii. BENJAMIN sMALLEY married 29 June 1726, Patience Baker, who was born 27 February 1708/09.Patience was a midwife. She died of a broken neck when she fell off her horse while on her way to assist in the delivery of a baby.

Benjamin & Patience were the parents of seven children: i. BENJAMIN SMALL. He married Bridget Eldridge. Benjamin & Bridget were the parents of ten children: (a) Dorcas Small, married Samuel Eldridge, two children, Samuel and Priscilla; (b) Sarah Smalley, married Ebenezer Eldridge, two sons, Ebenezer and Jacob; (c) Patience Small, married Uriah Nickerson, nine children, Joshua, Tabatha, Patience, Rosanna, Uriah, Malachi, Lurana, Israel and Ruth; (d) William Small, married Sally Doggat; (e) Benjamin Small, married Susanna Lovell, eight children, Denna/Denny, Thomas, Lovell, Benjamin, Lukey, Polly, Abner and Zebina; (f) James Small, married Anna Eldridge/Nickerson, thirteen children, Nathan, Polly, Anna, Bridget, Cynthia, James, Dorcas, Rua/Rebecca, Naomi, Samuel, Samuel, Diadama and Damaris; (g) Eli Small, married Elizabeth Rodgers, nine children, Betsey, Eldridge, Sarah, Eli, Moses, Aaron, Elizabeth, Eli and Polina; (h) Thomas Small, married Lydia Robbins, nine children, Mehetabel, Obed, Reliance, Lydia, Thomas, Nathaniel, Patience, Benjamin and Hannah; (i) Briget Small, married Jeremiah Ellis; and (j) Zebidu Small, married Mercy Eldridge. ii. EDWARD SMALL. He married 24 September 1761, Hannah Cole. Edward & Hannah were the parents of ten children: (a) Daniel Small, married Priscilla Clark, seven children, Paddock, Daniel, Prissilla, Josiah, Sophia, Nathan and Hannah; (b) Edward Small, married Lydia Phillips, eleven children, Nabby, Sally, Freeman, Arena, Anthony, Lydia, Orin, Melinda, Huldah, Patience and Edward; (c) Thankful Smalley, married Isaac Paine; (d) Abigail Small; (e) Isaiah Smalley, married Deborah Weekes; (f) Isaac Small; (g) Reuben Small, married first, Betsey Phillips, married second, Thankful Cahoon; (h) Hannah Small, married Benjamin Doane; (i) Patience Small, married (—) Seabat; and (j) Ezra Small, married Barbara Young. iii. JOHN SMALL. He married his second cousin, twice removed, Abigail Gage, daughter of [990] James and Mercy (Baker) Gage. iv. JOSEPH SMALL. He married 28 December 1765, Mercy Godfry. v. MARY SMALL. She married William Eldredge. Mary & William were the parents of a son: (a) Daniel Eldredge, married Edith Bassett. vi. PATIENCE SMALL. She married John Cahoon. vii. MERCY SMALL

According to DNA test results, Edward Smalle was not related to John Smalley of Plymouth Colony and Nauset, Massechusetts.

John D. Austin, FASG, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Volume 6, Second Edition, Family Stephen Hopkins, (Plymouth, Massachusetts: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 1995), 32, 45, 126

“Freeman Compilation,” MS, c. 1875; Harwich, Massachusetts, 281


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I Dunno About Those Doanes

Thanks to my cousin, whom I met this summer at our family reunion, I have a few more generations to add to my family tree and a lot more researching to keep me busy, but the more I search, the more the same surname keeps popping up, Doane. I am researching my 2nd great-grandmother’s family, the ancestors of Mary Elizabeth Robbins, who married Allen Cark Doan in Welland, Ontario in 1876.
Her father, Caleb Robbins was born in Gainsborough, Pelham Twp., Ontario in 1837 and married Catherine Pattison, daughter of John Wright Pattison and Catherine Rinker, in Welland in 1858. Caleb was the son of Nathaniel Robbins and Hannah Doane Nickerson. Hannah Doane Nickerson’s parents were Elkanna Nickerson and Hannah Doane. Hannah Doane was the daughter of Benjamin Doane and Hannah Smalley.
My cousin’s father told her that the males of the Doane family had a custom of marrying the females of the next generation. I don’t know if this is true, but here are more than the average number of Doane intermarriages just in my direct line:
My parents are one example, they were first cousins once removed.
My 2nd great-grandparents, Allen C. Doan and Mary E. Robbins.
My 2nd and 3rd great-grandparents, Linus C. Doan and Hannah Maude Doan (my parents’ common ancestor).
My 3rd and 4th great-grandparents, Isaac Doan and Polly Charlotte Doan.

No wonder I can’t walk and chew gum at the same time! 😉

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Too Late For Dinner, How Un-Fortune-ate!!

Turkey and cranberries, pumpkin pie, it’s funny how just the mention of these words automatically conjures up great memories of Thanksgiving feasts of the past.

It makes me wonder about the first Thanksgiving celebration in Plymouth Colony. What did they have for their “feast”? I’m pretty sure they were far more thankful for it than we could ever be. They were thankful that they survived the first winter, as so many loved ones didn’t. (page 198) They were thankful for not being killed by unfriendly natives and they were really thankful for the bounty that friendly natives had shared.

What would have been on the menu? Read about the First Thanksgiving on page 230.

Well, whatever they ate, by the time my ancestor got there, there weren’t even any leftovers! He was a week late, arriving in Plymouth Colony on the Fortune in 1621 (page 235). My ninth great-grandfather, Stephen Deane, was on board ship, so his meal was not much to give thanks for, no fresh fruit or vegetables, no fresh meat, and even fresh water was probably being rationed by this time. If he was healthy, it was because of his strong fortitude, not his diet.

The Fortune landed a week late, but, it arrived, and Stephen Deane survived, was a prominent figure in early Plymouth Colony and married Elizabeth Ring in 1627. They had three daughters before his death in 1634; Elizabeth, my eighth greatgrandmother, married William Twining, Miriam married John Wing and Susanna married Thomas Rogers.

How cool is this, you can embed books that are on InternetArchive right into your blog!

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Tombstone Tuesday – Doan’s Ridge Cemetery

Doan’s Ridge Cemetery is located on Ridge Road near Welland, Ontario. The Doan families arrived in the Niagara area after the Revolutionary War from Pennsylvania.

The early Doan family gravestones are illegible.
My 3rd Great-grandmother, Polly Charlotte Doan

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The Willett Genealogy – Imperfect and Incomplete

I ran across the genealogies of the Willet families of England and America at It has been an attempt to discover the origins of the branches of the families with the surname of Willetts/Willet/Willits in America and if and how they are related, written a century ago.

It is not at all impossible that there are errors in this genealogy; and we will be pleased to have pointed out to us such as may be discovered. In the main, however, we believe it to be fairly perfect. There have been several attempts to compile the genealogy of a single branch of the Willett family, but this is the first time the entire family has been brought together in one grand reunion.

The author goes on to explain where he accumulated his information, with blank pages entered for the purpose of further information and corrections in the future. This is a unique book, both in it’s format and in the attitude that the researcher takes, that, although there may be some errors, he tried his best to make it as accurate as possible and admits that where there is conflicting information, he weighed it and though it may be circumstantial, he entered the likeliest information with notes about the conflicting information.

J.E. Bookstaver, the author and a descendant of the Willetts family doesn’t try to convince the reader that he is an expert and he makes no claims to royalty, as was the fashion of the time for genealogists. He just put his research out there, ready for anyone to add to it or correct as needed. I think he was way ahead of his time.

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WWI – CEF-2nd Div. 19th Battalion – Private F.W. Hines

My grand-uncle, Private Fleming Wesley Hines served in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces, 2nd Division, 19th Battalion and died in France on September 18th, 1916. I have been reading the WWI war diaries for the CEF 2nd Division and transcribed some in a previous post. I was hoping to transcribe the diary but it proved far more than I thought at the time, there are up to a hundred pages for just one day when there was a lot of activity. I guess I bit off more than I could chew, lol. So, instead, I’ll read through them and post some of the more interesting pages of the diary as I come across them.

I will be posting the transcribed pages for the time period of different battles from May-Nov. 1916, with an emphasis on the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, as this is probably the battle that my grand-uncle was wounded in, according to the timeline chart below:

Item Date
Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary assassinated in Sarajevo 28 June, 1914
Germany declares war on Russia 1 August, 1914
Germany declares war on France 3 August, 1914
Germany invades Belgium, establishing the Western Front war, Britain declares war 4 August, 1914
Canada commits 25,000 troops to support England. 5 August, 1914
US declares itself neutral 8 August, 1914
Germans and British troops engage for the first time at Mons. British slow the German advance 23 – 24 August, 1914
Trenches first dug on the Western Front 15 September, 1914
First Canadian Troops arrive in Britain 14 October, 1914
Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry is assigned to the British 80th Brigade and become the first Canadians in France. 21 October, 1914
Troops share an unofficial Christmas Truce in the Western Front trenches. 25 December, 1914
First German Zeppelin raid on British mainland. 19 January, 1915
First use of poison gas in WW1, by Germany at Bolimow in Poland on the Eastern Front 31 January, 1915
the 1st Canadian Division arrives in France 16 February, 1915
Battle of Neuve Chapelle 10 March, 1915
Action of St. Eloi 14-15 March, 1915
Gravenstafel Ridge – Poison Gas is first used on the Western Front, in a German attack on French and Canadian troops on the Ypres Salient. Part of 2nd Ypres. 22-23 April, 1915
St. Julien. Part of 2nd Ypres. 24 April – 4 May, 1915
Lusitania is sunk by a German submarine; casualties include 124 Americans passengers. 7 May, 1915
Frezenberg Ridge. Part of 2nd Ypres. 8-13 May, 1915
Battle of Aubers Ridge 9 May, 1915
Battle of Festubert 17-25 May, 1915
Bellewaerde Ridge. Part of 2nd Ypres. 24-25 May, 1915
Second Action of Givenchy 15-16 June, 1915
The Battle of Loos 25-September- 8 October, 1915
Action of Bois Grenier (part of the Battle of Loos) 25 September, 1915
Actions of the Hohenzollern Redoubt 13-19 October, 1915
Action of St Eloi Craters 27 March – 16 April 1916
Battle of Mount Sorrel 2 – 13 June 1916
Albert (Capture of Montauban, Mametz, Fricourt, Contalmaison and la Boisselle) 1-13 July, 1916
Bazentin Ridge 14-17 July, 1916
Attack at Fromelles 19 July, 1916
Attacks on High Wood 20-25 July, 1916
Pozieres Ridge (Fighting for Mouquet Farm) 1-3 September, 1916
Guillemont 3-6 Setember, 1916
Ginchy 9 September, 1916
Flers-Courcelette 15-22 September, 1916
Thiepval Ridge 26-29 September, 1916
Le Transloy Ridges (Capture of Eaucourt l’Abbaye) 1-18 October, 1916
Ancre Heights (Capture of Regina Trench) 1 October – 11 November, 1916
The Ancre (Capture of Beaumont Hamel) 15-18 November, 1916
German retreat to the Hindenburg Line 24-29 March, 1917
The US declares war on Germany. 6 April, 1917
Battle of Vimy Ridge 9 – 14 April 1917
First Scarpe 9 – 14 April 1917
Second Scarpe 23-24 April, 1917
Attack on la Coulotte 23 April, 1917
Arleux 28-29 April
Third Scarpe (Capture of Fresnoy) 3-4 May, 1917
First US troops arrive in France. 26 May, 1917
Affairs south of the Souchez River 3-25 June, 1917
General Sir Arthur Currie appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Corps. Currie became the first Canadian to hold overall command of Canadian troops. He was appointed over other British Generals who had higher rank/more seniority. Currie had his detractors but was the greatest Canadian General and to some the greatest military leader of all time. 8 June, 1917
Capture of Avoin 26-29 June, 1917
Battle of Messines (Capture of Wytschaete) 7-14 June
Pilckem Ridge 31-July-2 August, 1917
Battle of Hill 70 15 – 25 August, 1917
Langemarck 16-18 August, 1917
Menin Road Ridge 20-25 September, 1917
Polygon Wood 26 September – 3 October , 1917
Broodseinde 4 October, 1917
Poelcappelle 9 October, 1917
First Passchendaele 12 October, 1917
Second Passenchdaele 26 October – 10 November 1917
Battle of Cambrai – Tank attacks 20-21 November, 1918
Battle of Cambrai – Capture of Bourlon Wood 23-28 November, 1918
Russia and Germany sign an armistice at Brest-Litovsk, effectively ending the two-front war and allowing Germany to concentrate troops on the Western Front 15 December, 1917
US forces make their first offensive 28 May, 1918
St. Quentin 21-23 March, 1918
Actions at the Somme Crossings 24-25 March, 1918
First Bapaume 24-25 March, 1918
Rosieres 26-27 March, 1918
First Arras 28 March, 1918
Moreuil Wood 30 March, 1918
Avre 4 April, 1918
Estaires (First Defence of Givenchy, 1918). Part of the battle of the Lys. 9-11 April, 1918
Messines (Loss of Hill 63). Part of the battle of the Lys. 10-11 April 1918
Hazebrouck. Part of the battle of the Lys. 12-15 April, 1918
Bailleul (Defence of Neuve Eglise). Part of the battle of the Lys. 13-15 April, 1918
First Kemmel Ridge . Part of the battle of the Lys. 17-19 April, 1918
US forces make their first offensive 28 May, 1918
Canadian Hospital ship Llandovery Castle sunk by German U-Boat. Life boats were pursued and sunk. 234 were killed, including 14 nursing sisters. 24 survived. This attack proved a rallying cry for the Canadian troops for the rest of the war. 27 June, 1918
Action of La Becque 28 June, 1918
Capture of Hamel 4 July, 1918
Battle of Amiens (code named “Llandovery Castle”). On 8 August, ‘the Black Day of the German Army’ – Canadian and Australian troops, plus 600 tanks, shatter German forces and reach Hindenburg line. 8 – 11 August 1918
Actions around Damery 15-17 August, 1918
Albert (1st Pioneer Battalion on detached duty) 21-23 August, 1918
Second Bapaume 31 August-3 September, 1918
2nd Battle of Arras 26 August – 3 September 1918
Scarpe (Capture of Monchy-le-Preux). Part of the 2nd Battle of Arras. 26-30 August, 1918
Drocourt-Queant Canal 2-3 september, 1918
Havrincourt 12 September, 1918
Epehy 18 September, 1918
Canal du Nord (Capture of Bourlon Wood) 27 September – 1 October, 1918
St. Quentin Canal 29 September – 2 October, 1918
Beaurevoir Line 3-5 October, 1918
Cambrai (Capture of Cambrai) 8-9 October, 1918
Battle of Ypres 28 September-2 October, 1918
Pursuit to the Selle 9-12 October, 1918
Battle of Courtrai 14-19 October, 1918
Battle of the Selle 17-25 October. 1918
Battle of Valenciennes (Capture of Mont Houy) 1-2 November, 1918
Battle of the Sambre 4 November, 1918
Passage of the Grande Honnelle 5-7 November
Capture of Mons 9-11 November 1918
Armistice 11 November, 1918
Kinmel Park Mutiny. Canadian troops mutiny because of delays in returning to Canada. 4-5 March, 1919
End of the war/Treaty of Versailles 28 June, 1919

Primary source: Nicholson, G. W. L. 1962. Official History of the Canadian Army in the First World War: Canadian Expeditionary Force 1914-1919.

Canadian Great War Project

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My Plymouth Colony Ancestors – 1st generation in America

There are several early families of Plymouth that I descend from, one of which is Deacon John Doane, but there were some in Plymouth before the Doane family arrived.

The earliest arrival was Stephen Deane, who was on the second ship, the Fortune when it left Leiden, Holland in 1621. The Fortune arrived in Plymouth Colony in November of 1621, just days after the First Thanksgiving. He was there at the time of the first division of cattle in the Colony.

William Ring was on the Speedwell, the Mayflower’s sister ship, when it had to turn back to Holland because the vessel wasn’t seaworthy. He later died, leaving a widow and three children to cross the ocean without him in 1629. Mary Durant Ring died in July, 1631 in Plymouth Colony leaving a will. Her estate inventory lists clothing and fabric in interesting colors: black, gray, red, blue, violet, white, and green (hardly the dull shades stereotypically assigned to Puritans). The inventory also showed her to be a savvy businesswoman; the Governor owed her 2, and she was due another 2 of commodities “to come out of England”. She was owed 6 shillings worth of beaver from Mr. Wynslow that she explained as resulting from “timber that I lent [him] that cost me a pound of beaver, besides a piece more than they took of me”, and money from Goodman Gyles. Since there were no banks, and specie was notoriously scarce, people borrowed from each other. These accounts in her estate inventory indicate that Mary was an active player in the economic and financial life of Plymouth.

Mary died after the marriage of her two (surviving) daughters, and the birth (or expected arrival) of a grandchild. Her son Andrew Ring, however, was still a minor. As it was assumed that husbands would take care of their wives, Mary assigned most of her goods to her son, stipulating that her son-in-law Stephen Deane would play a large role in caring for the boy. She required Stephen “to help him forward in the knowledge & fear of God, not to oppress him by any burdens but to tender him as he will answer to God.”As overseers she named two men, “loving friends”, who had been in the Leiden congregation, Samuel Fuller and Thomas Blossom.

Elizabeth Ring married Stephen Deane, probably in 1630. The next year Mary Ring died, giving Stephen a great deal of responsibility for raising Elizabeth’s young brother Andrew. Mary specifically bequeathed to Elizabeth the ruff Mary “had of Goodman Gyles”. Elizabeth and her sister Susan were to equally divide all the residue of Mary’s estate that wasn’t given to anyone else. Two pieces of cloth were earmarked for Elizabeth’s child, a girl, also named Elizabeth. [16 ]

Stephen died, probably on 6 October 1634. Elizabeth then married on 16 September 1635 Josiah Cooke . He was not on the 1633 tax list, but he (or his son Josias) does appear on the 1634 list, assessed at the minimum 9 shillings. On 24 March 1633/4, he and Edward Doty were fined 6/8 apiece for breaking the peace. It must have been a fight. Since Doty drew blood from Cooke, Doty had to pay him 3/4d. Josiah became a freeman on 3 January 1636/7. In Plymouth he had been on a grand jury, and served as constable and surveyor. Josiah was among those moving to Nauset (later Eastham) around 1645. He was listed there as a freeman on an undated list probably from the 1640s. In Eastham in 1647 he became a deputy. He signed his will 22 September 1673; it was proved 29 October that year. In it he declared himself to be about 63 years old. He named his wife Elizabeth and a number of children and step children from his blended family, including step-son-in-law William Twining and step-grandson Stephen Twining.

Children of Stephen and Elizabeth (Ring) Deane:

i. Elizabeth Deane , b. ca. 1630; m. William Twining; had 7 children.

ii. Miriam Deane m John Wing as his second wife, but they had no children.

iii. Susanna Deane m (1) Joseph Rogers, and m (2) Stephen Snow; she had children with her second husband.

A genealogical Profile of Mary Durante Ring

Birth: Mary Ring was born about 1589, based on her estimated
date of marriage.

Death: She died in Plymouth in July 1631.
Ship: Unknown, 1629 or 1630

Life in England: Mary Ring has been tentatively identified as
the Marie Durante of Ufford, Suffolk who married Wylliam
Ringe of Petistree, Suffolk in 1601, but this identification has
remained unproved.

Life in Holland: William and Mary Ring were in Leiden by
May 16, 1614.William Ring, a say weaver, became a citizen of
Leiden on June 7, 1619.William Ring and perhaps the rest of
his family were aboard the Speedwell which accompanied the
Mayflower in 1620, but abandoned the voyage when the
Speedwell proved unseaworthy. He died in Leiden between 1620
and 1629.

Life in New England:Widow Mary Ring came to Plymouth
with her children in 1629 or 1630. She died in the epidemic of
infectious fever of 1633. Her will and inventory provide modern
researchers with a wonderful list of textiles available at the

Family: William Ring married Mary (possibly) Durant by
1609. If the Ufford attribution is correct; they married on May
21, 1601, in Ufford.They had three children.

Children of William and Mary Ring:
• Elizabeth was born by 1609. She married (1) Stephen Deane
by about 1630 and had three children. She married (2) Josias
Cooke on September 16, 1635, and had three children. He
died in Eastham on October 17, 1673. She died in Eastham
on May 3, 1687.
• Susanna was born about 1611. She married Thomas Clark by
July 1631 and had six children. She died between 1644 and
January 20, 1664/5. He married (2) Alice (Hallett) Nichols
shortly after January 20, 1664/5. She died by July 25, 1671.He
died on March 24, 1696/7.
• Andrew was born about 1618. He married (1) Deborah
Hopkins on April 23, 1646, in Plymouth and had six children.
He married (2) Lettice (_____) Morton about 1674.

For Further Information:
Robert C. Anderson. The Great Migration Begins. Boston: New
England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.
Robert C. Anderson. The Pilgrim Migration. Boston: New
England Historic Genealogical Society, 2004.
John Insley Coddington. “The Widow Mary Ring, of
Plymouth, Mass., and her Children.” The American Genealogist 42
(1966): 193–205.
Mayflower Families through Five Generations: Vol. 6: Stephen
Hopkins. John D. Austin. Plymouth: General Society of
Mayflower Descendants, 1992.
A collaboration between PLIMOTH PLANTATION and the
Supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services

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COG #69 – What if….the British won the Revolutionary War?

What if…Moses Doan’s message was read by Colonel Rahl, instead of being stuffed into his pocket to be read later…would Washington have surrendered?

“Doan and the British suspected that Washington might attack Trenton but they had no idea when, and felt confident that the British and the Hession reinforcements there would prevail. Moses and Abraham were in Newtown on Christmas Eve day and noticed that preparations were underway for marching the troops. They also noticed ferry barges assembling near McKonkey’s Ferry (Washington’s Crossing, PA). Actually, in the weeks prior, General Washington had ordered that all the boats North and South of the ferry to be confiscated for their use or destroyed. Moses sent Levi with this news to General Grant via New Brunswick and then returned to his Jericho Mountain cave and planned to scout the rebels the following day. That morning he disguised himself as a local farmer and took Old York Road. towards New Hope. He passed the Buckingham Friends and eventually took the Ferry Road to Coryell’s Ferry. It was here that Moses saw that the troops and usual sentinels were gone and preparations were being made to dismantle the fortifications. He rode to Bowman’s hill where the main rebel encampment was and realized that something very big was happening. At this time a Nor’easter had begun to blow and sleet and snow were falling. Moses suspected that the rebels were heading for Trenton and knew his only chance to help the British was to warn them himself. He went north past Coryell’s to Howell’s Ferry which was run by a loyal Tory. There he crossed the ice choked river in what had become a raging storm.. Securing a horse, he rode south into the near blizzard. The howling wind, the pounding of the river and cracking of the ice floes was incredible as was the near zero temperature but he kept on. He encountered no one on the road and considered turning back, thinking he may have been wrong about the Americans’ intentions.

In an incredible historic moment, as he passed the embankment across from McKonkey’s (now Washington Crossing), he heard and saw the rebel barges filled with soldiers pushing through the blizzard towards the Jersey side. He was now sure that their objective was Trenton. Moses Doan was, at that moment, in possession of one of the greatest secrets of the war.

There are several versions of what happened next. Historians agree that Moses made it to Trenton and requested to see Colonel Rahl who was in command. The Colonel was playing cards and reportedly did not want to be disturbed. Moses wrote a note and asked that it be immediately brought to Rahl who simply put it into his vest pocket unread. It was found on his person the next day. The note read: “Washington is coming on you down the river, he will be here afore long. Doan”. The versions differ mainly on how and from whom Rahl got the note. Most historians agree that a more attentive commander may have utilized Moses Doan’s note to prevent one of the Colonial Army’s greatest moral victories.

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What if the British had stopped Washington at Trenton? Would the rebels have conceded defeat? Who would have been president? General John Graves Simcoe, Bart.? If that were the case, then the 1st first lady would have been Lady Elizabeth Simcoe, who is famous on her own as a watercolour artist, creating beautiful watercolours of her travels and sights she saw.

How much of the history would have changed? Would slavery have even been an issue in Lincoln’s time, or would it have been history? Would there have been a civil war? I know the war of 1812 wouldn’t have occurred. What else would have changed?

Moses Doan would have been honoured as a national hero, not shot dead in a tavern. His brother Levi, and cousin Abraham wouldn’t have been hung in 1788, just after the Gov’t signed an agreement not to punish crimes of war. My Loyalist ancestors would never have left their homes in New York and Pennsylvania, and I would probably not exist.

What would the United States be like today? Would it be a warring nation or a peacekeeping nation? There would probably be a prohibition of handguns, like in Canada. Would the crime rate go down? Probably. There would be a universal health care system. Would the taxes be higher? Probably, due to costs of universal healthcare. There would probably be no need for NAFTA, most of the continent would be one country, sharing in all of the resources. Would we all be better off, I dont know, I know I wouldn’t.

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July 2020