Lucy Terry b. 1730

Working on the Gaines family and their move to Guilford, Vermont, I found a reference to Lucy Terry, a woman who is sometimes said to be the founder of Guilford. That’s interesting, a woman in Colonial America credited with founding a town.

On Wikipedia, a page devoted to Lucy Terry told more of her story. She was a child, kidnapped with others from Africa and brought to Rhode Island where she was sold, as a slave to Ebenezer Williams who brought her to Deerfield, Massachusetts. Abijah Prince, a free black man bought Lucy’s freedom, they married in 1756 and they had six children.

And Lucy wrote a poem about the August 25, 1746 ‘Bars Fight’ a fight between colonials and natives in Deerfield. Lucy loved to tell this story and it was preserved orally- by Lucy and others until it was published in 1855. Lucy is the first recorded black author in America. She bought writing paper from her general store, records show this and suggest she wrote a lot, this poem is the only writing that has survived. Text of the poem from: Holland, J. G. History of Western Massachusetts: The Counties of Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin, And Berkshire, Springfield: S. Bowles and Company, 1855. A digital book at HathiTrust .

“August ’twas the twenty-fifth,
Seventeen hundred forty-six ;
The Indians did in ambush lay,
Some very valient men to slay,
The names of whom I’ll not leave out.
Samuel Allen like a hero fout.
And though he was so brave and bold,
His face no more shall we behold.
Eleazer Hawks was killed outright,
Before he had time to fight, —
Before he did the Indians see,
Was shot and killed immediately.
Oliver Amsden he was slain,
Which caused his friends much grief and pain.
Simeon Amsden they found dead,
Not many rods distant from his head.
Adonijah Gillett we do hear
Did lose his life which was so dear.
John Sadler fled across the water,
And thus escaped the dreadful slaughter.
Eunice Allen see the Indians coming,
And hopes to save herself by running,
And had not her petticoats stopped her,
The awful creatures had not catched her,
Nor tommy hawked her on her head,
And left her on the ground for dead.
Young Samuel Allen, Oh lack-a-day !
Was taken and carried to Canada.”

“I guess I’m a politician”

Things my ancestors could never comprehend: They’d understand the Corona virus, the worldwide epidemic, pandemic, plague, not a new thing, highly contagious diseases have been around for centuries. My ancestors would be in awe of modern scientific knowledge and modern medicine.

My ancestors could not understand how casually, recklessly? this President treats his responsibility, his job, his country’s well-being.

This interview is from March 7th, 4 months after the Coronavirus appeared, 2 days before Italy was shut down, 4 days before the World Health Organization calls the virus a pandemic, USA death toll was at 17, unknown number of total cases, no nationwide testing was/is happening.

Q    Mr. President, you were shaking a lot of hands today, taking a lot of posed pictures.  Are you protecting yourself at all?  How are you – how are you staying away from germs?

THE PRESIDENT:  Not at all.  No, not at all.  You know, I’m a person that was never big on the hand-shaking deal throughout my life.  They used to criticize me for it or laugh about it or have fun with it.  But if you’re a politician – like, I walk in, and the doctors have their hands out – “Hello, sir.  How are you?”  I – if you don’t shake hands, they’re not going to like you too much.  And I guess that’s my business; I never thought I’d be a politician.  I guess, I’m a politician.

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, we’re considering different things.  But we’re also considering the fact that last year we had approximately 36,000 deaths due to what’s called the flu … As of the time I left the plane with you, we had 240 cases.  That’s at least what was on a very fine network known as Fox News.  

And how was the show last night?  Did it get good ratings, by the way?

Q    I – I don’t, sir.

THE PRESIDENT:  Oh, really?  I heard it broke all ratings records, but maybe that’s wrong.  That’s what they told me.  I don’t know.  I can’t imagine that.

And you’re smiling when I say that.  Who are you from, by the way?

Q    I’m – I’m from CNN.

THE PRESIDENT:  You are?  I don’t watch CNN.  That’s why I don’t recognize you.

Q    Oh, okay.  Well, nice to meet you.

THE PRESIDENT:  I really don’t – I don’t watch it.  I don’t watch CNN because CNN is fake news.

From the President’s White House via . Link to this specific interview with reporter Peter (no last name given probably Beinart). Remarks by President Trump After Tour of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | Atlanta, GA, Issued on: March 7, 2020

You’re not even allowed to do that in Grand Theft Auto 2013

A thing my ancestors could never have imagined: they’d be amazed at the video game Grand Theft Auto, they could never understand the real life 21st century Johnson & Johnson company and some American doctors in 2013 committing such crimes against the aged, babies and disabled.

John Stewart via  the Daily Show 2013, December 5th, “Holy shit. They knowingly bribed doctors to give useless drugs to old people, the disabled and babies,” a stunned Stewart said. “You’re not even allowed to do that in ‘Grand Theft Auto.” Johnson & Johnson, this company


Page 11 Family Pride 1930

Stand on the busiest corner of New York City and detain the first 500 people who pass either on foot or in any variety of vehicle. Line them up and look them over. Say that they roughly correspond, person for person, with each of our first American ancestors, and we shall not be far wrong. There will be, most likely, a very few of exceptional ability, and a very few scoundrels, the great majority will be passably good citizens, mediocre and commonplace. If it be objected that many of those hypothetically drawn into our net on the metropolitan corner may be foreigners, the obvious reply is, that every single one of our first colonial ancestors was a foreigner.

Page 11 Family Pride
Jacobus, Donald. Genealogy As Pastime And Profession. New Haven, Conn., The Tuttle, Morehouse and Taylor company, 1930

Insults in 1672

Deborah Angell, daughter of Thomas, the original ancestor of this Angell branch, married Stephen Sabeere in 1668:

This present writing may certify all present shall come that the Generall Sergeant Did publish the baines if matrymonye betwixt Steeuen Sabeere and Deborah Angell both Late of Newport at two seuerl meetings of the Genr Courts held at Newport in my Audience Given under my hand this 7th of November John Green Assistant 1668

Volume 3 page 104 of Providence (R.I.). Record Commissioners. The Early Records of the Town of Providence. Providence: Snow and Farnham, city printers, 1892. At HathiTrust.

Deborah and Stephen had a family, probably owned land and probably stayed in the Providence Rhode Island area. On November 19 of 1672 Stephen had some trouble: Stephen calls Henry Palmer’s wife a witch, Henry calls Stephen a French dog and french Roug.

28 Award of John Easton to James Barker about Henry Palmer and Stephen Sebeere.  Thirdly Wee do Award Stephen Sebeere shall acknowlidge unto Henry Palmer done ronge unto him and his wife in sayinge that his wife is a witch Fourthly Wee do award. Henry Palmer, acknowlidge that he hath done Ronge in callinge Stephen Sebeere French dog and french Roug 19th day of Nov. 1672:  John Easton  James Barker

Volume 1 page 25. Worthington, Dorothy and Rhode Island Historical Society. Rhode Island Land Evidences, Vol. I, 1648-1696: Abstracts. Providence:Rhode Island Historical Society 1921. At HathiTrust.


John Adams letter 1800 only honest and wise in this house

John Adams is no longer connected through Jeremy Adams and family but I’m keeping this as it compares a place and a time to our modern times.

This is what 2nd President John Adams (4th cousin 9x removed) wrote from the White House about 216 years ago in a letter to his wife Abigail:


Before I end my letter, I pray Heaven to bestow the best of Blessings on this House and all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise Men ever rule under this roof.

Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 2 November 1800 [electronic edition]. Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive. Massachusetts Historical Society.

Adams wrote this in November of 1800, just before the election, won by Thomas Jefferson. Today in America October 2016 we’re about 1 month away from electing the 45th President. My ancestors would be horrified.