Author: Richard E. Brenneman, assisted by Editors Otto, Roberts and
Like only a few presidents, several western heroes
or outlaws, and a handful of other entertainment or sports figures, the
actress Marilyn Monroe is an American icon. She has become a symbol of
youth, its innocence, vulnerability and exploitation, of peerless but
doomed beauty, of Hollywood’s studio system and its relentless
stereotyping, and of early death and its legacy of tragic loss. Yet
this brilliant comedienne left us such movie classics as Gentlemen
Prefer Blondes, The Seven Year Itch, and Some Like It Hot, plus
intriguing, more serious performances in Bus Stop and The
Misfits. Marilyn Monroe has been the recipient probably of more
posthumous biography than any actress of any century or nation. Her
marriages to baseball player Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller
have been well chronicled (the latter in part by Mr. Miller’s own After
the Fall), her illegitimacy is widely known, and her mother’s
family, from the Midwest and upper South, has been examined by
biographers (but not studied well genealogically) mostly for patterns of
instability that Marilyn is thought to have continued. This article,
however, can claim a unique contribution to Monroe studies; it is the
first, surprisingly, to consider the genealogical background and
ancestry of Charles Stanley Gifford (1898-1965), a New England native
who the actress believed was her father. Marilyn and Gifford, a studio
co-worker of her mother, never met, although Marilyn may once have tried
to telephone. Unfortunately, then, the actress knew neither a father
nor anything about Gifford’s fascinating Rhode Island ancestry.
This ancestry, through six generations, centers around Newport, the
birthplace of Gifford, his mother, maternal grandparents, and five
great-grandparents. It quickly extends, however, to Dartmouth, New
Bedford, and Westport, Massachusetts, via Giffords; to Edgartown on
Martha’s Vineyard, via Dunhams and Butlers; to Little Compton, via
Tompkinses and Taylors; to Tiverton, via Almys and Cooks; to East
Greenwich, via Batemans and Spencers; to South Kingstown, via Congdons;
to Westerly, via Blivens; and to Block Island, via Mitchells. Thus much
of Marilyn Monroe’s possible paternal ancestry becomes a Rhode Island
genealogical sampler. As with most Rhode Island migrants -- Gifford’s
father moved to California in the first decade of this century -- there
are descents from many colonial figures of interest, including
“Presidents” John Coggeshall and John Sanford and Governors William
Coddington, Jeremiah and Walter Clarke, Nicholas and John Easton, and
Peleg Sanford. Some colonial ancestry remains unknown -- for example
the patrilineal descents of Ann Babcock and Thomas Tillinghast below --
and additions will be welcome. But from available printed sources we
can trace one, and possibly two, Mayflower descents; one further Mayflower
connection; lines to four Rhode Island immigrants of royal descent
and to Governor Thomas Mayhew of Martha’s Vineyard; one likely distant
kinship to The Princess of Wales and her sons; kinships as well to 11
U.S. presidents, including Bush; and connections to various figures from
earlier “Notable Kin” columns. Links to Dartmouth and New Bedford,
Plymouth Colony and Mayflower lines (through Little Compton
especially), royal descents, and numerous presidential connections are
common expectations in Rhode Island genealogy.
C.S. Gifford’s Mayflower
lines are from John Alden and Priscilla Mullins and possibly -- if
the first Thomas Mitchell of Block Island is Thomas, son of Experience
and Jane (Cooke) Mitchell -- from Francis Cooke. Marilyn’s possible Mayflower
“connection” is descent from John Howland’s brother, the immigrant
Henry Howland of Duxbury. Royal forebears are derived through the famed
Mrs. Anne Marbury Hutchinson and her sister, Mrs. Catherine Marbury
Scott of Providence, from Acting Governor Jeremiah Clarke, and from John
Throckmorton -- each descended from Edward I, King of England (d.
1307). The Marbury sisters, moreover, shared ancient Spanish ancestry
through Sancha de Ayala (d. 1418), wife of Sir Walter Blount. Of these
various ancestors John Alden and Priscilla Mullins were also forebears
of the presidents Adams; Experience Mitchell, of Taft and Bush; the
parents of Experience Mitchell, very probably, of The Princess of Wales
and her sons; Francis Cooke, of FDR and Bush; Cooke’s parents-in-law,
(Jacques?) and Jeanne (___) le Mahieu, of Grant, FDR, and Bush; Henry
Howland, of Nixon and Ford; and both John Howland and Mrs. Hutchinson,
also of FDR and Bush. Still other presidential connections of Gifford
and his possible daughter are derived through William and Audrey
(Barlow) Almy, ancestors of Harding, Nixon and Carter; Thomas and
Rebecca (___) Cornell, ancestors of Nixon and Carter; Richard and Mary
(Hooker) Greene, ancestors of Taft and Harding; Adam and Elizabeth
(Creel) Mott, ancestors of Harding and Ford; and Henry and Agnes
(Butter?) Sherman, ancestors of Taft, Hoover, and Bush. Governor Mayhew
is an ancestor of Bush, and George Hull (see below), of Ford. Another
pair of Gifford forebears, Richard and Joan (Fowle) Borden, were the
immigrant patrilineal ancestors of accused murderess  Lizzie
Andrew Borden, milkman Gail Borden III, and Canadian Prime Minister Sir
Robert Laird Borden.
There are probably hundreds, if not
thousands, of other connections to notable Americans. From earlier
columns in this series we can glean historians Henry and Brooks Adams
and Charles A. Beard, Episcopal Bishop Phillips Brooks, the second Mrs.
Theodore Roosevelt (Edith Carow), Senator Samuel James Ervin, Jr., and
William Sydney Porter, alias O. Henry (Beard through Francis Cooke, the
others via Howlands -- see NEXUS 3:26-27), Humphrey Bogart
and Bing Crosby (via Howlands, 3:178-80), Orson Welles (via Aldens and
Francis Cooke), “signers” Robert Treat Paine and Roger Sherman (via
Shermans, 3:235-38), “signer” William Ellery, Jr. (via Almys and
Cornells, 3:291-94), Constitution “signers” Nicholas Gilman, Jr. (via
Hutchinsons) and Nathaniel Gorham, Jr. (via Howlands), financier Joseph
Wharton (via Clarkes and Scotts, 4:69-73), various du Ponts (via
Hutchinsons, 4:159-62), Hetty Green (via Howlands, Clarkes and Scotts,
4:192-95), Pamela Harriman (via Hutchinsons), philanthropists Mrs.
Russell Sage and Henry Clay Folger, Jr. (both via Scotts), Mrs. Edward
Stephen Harkness (wife of the donor of Harvard’s houses and Yale’s
colleges [via Clarkes), Texas cattleman A.H. “Shanghai” Pierce (via
Hutchinsons, Mitchells, and Francis Cooke, 4:240-44), James Butler “Wild
Bill” Hickok (via Butlers and Mayhews, 5:19-22), midget performer
Mercy Lavinia Warren Bump Stratton Magri, Mrs. “Tom Thumb” (via Mayhews
and Francis Cooke), Canadian prime minister Sir Charles Tupper, 1st Bt.
(via Mayhews, 5:56-59) and Mrs. John George Diefenbaker (via Howlands),
Jennie Jerome, Sir Winston Churchill and the second Lady Anthony Eden
(via Bordens, Thomas Cooke of Portsmouth, Howlands and Shermans at
least, 5:94-98), Irish President Erskine Hamilton Childers (via Aldens
and Hutchinsons), Mrs. Tomas Masaryk (wife of the president of
Czechoslovakia, via Aldens), Mrs. Benny Goodman (via Hutchinsons,
5:168-71), Johnny Carson (via Howlands), Ralph Waldo Emerson (via
Howlands, 6: 108-12), Henry David Thoreau (via Mitchells), Harriet
Beecher Stowe (via Shermans), William Cullen Bryant (via Aldens,
Mitchells, and Francis Cooke, 6:202-206), Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(via Aldens and Howlands), James Russell Lowell (via Shermans), and
William Hickling Prescott (via Greenes, 7:26-30).
readers of this column will not reel at the above list -- they will know
instead that such intricate and multiple notable kinships are typical
in the “New England family.” Also seemingly wondrous, but quite usual
for migrants from the smallest state in this region, is the considerable
number of families well covered in printed sources and prominent in
early Rhode Island history, that figure in C.S. Gifford’s ancestry. Of
“colony founders” covered by G.B. Roberts in “A Bibliography for 100
Colonial Rhode Island Families,” most recently updated in the
introduction to Genealogies of Rhode Island Families from NEHGR, vol.
1 (1989), Marilyn Monroe may descend from at least 34 -- Aldrich, Almy,
Babcock, Bailey, Borden, Briggs, Brownell, Burdick, (Jeremiah) Clarke,
Coggeshall, (Thomas) Cooke, Cornell, Crandall, Dennis, Gardiner, (Dr.
John) Greene, Hazard, Holden, Hutchinson, (George) Lawton, Manchester,
Pearce, Peckham, Remington, Reynolds, Sanford, Scott, Sherman, Stanton,
Throckmorton, Thurston, Tillinghast, Tripp, and Wilcox. Through the
above, plus forebears in Little Compton and Block Island, Marilyn may be
related to millions of Americans with Rhode Island ancestry. The
Alden, Howland, and possible Francis Cooke descents add kinships to many
Plymouth Colony descendants, and via Dunhams, Butlers and especially
Mayhews, many colonial resdients of Martha’s Vineyard, and their
descendants, are Gifford cousins also. David Nason, #54 below, was a
native of South Berwick, Maine. One of Nason’s
great-great-great-grandfathers, also a great-great-great-great-grand
father of James Easton, Jr., #56, was the immigrant Rev. Joseph Hull, a
1614 Oxford graduate who preached or lived in Weymouth, Hingham,
Barnstable, Yarmouth (Mass.), York (Maine), Oyster River (N.H.) and the
Isles of Shoals, as well as in Somerset, Devon, and Cornwall. Hull’s
children settled on Cape Cod and in Maine and New Jersey; one grandson,
John Hull (below), settled in Jamestown, R.I. and left a daughter whose
husband (Henry Stanton, below) and several children moved to Carteret
Co., North Carolina. George Hull, Rev. Joseph’s brother and a passenger
on the Mary and John, was a founder of Fairfield, Connecticut.
Thus Charles Stanley Gifford had genealogical connections to several
parts of New England.
But we have considered only the ancestry of
Marilyn’s possible father. Her mother, Gladys Pearl Monroe, was the
daughter of Otis Elmer Monroe and Della Mae Hogan, natives of Indiana
and Missouri, the granddaughter maternally of Tilford Marion Hogan and
Jennie Nance, and the great-granddaughter maternally, according to
census records, of George W. and Sarah A. Hogan, and of Levi and Sarah
C. Nance. These last, born ca. 1824, 1824, 1813 and 1837 respectively,
were natives of Kentucky, Virginia, Ohio, and Missouri. Much further
research into this maternal ancestry is needed and may be underway. It
is clear already, however, that the geographical range of Marilyn’s
likely ancestral associations is wide. As with President Bush (two
years Marilyn’s senior) and others of their generation who combine or
may combine New England and Southern, Yankee and Confederate roots, the
actress Marilyn Monroe may well be related to a considerable percentage
of the American people and a sizeable part of her audience. She is
certainly one of our most enduring contemporary legends.
below is the known genealogical data about Marilyn and her mother, plus
an ancestor table (AT) of Charles Stanley Gifford for six generations,
including full dates and places for all vital events when ever known.
For the father of any person listed, double the number; for the mother,
double it and add one; for a child, divide the number by two and drop
halves. Places precede dates, towns are in Rhode Island unless otherwise
specified (at first entry), and b., bp., d., bur., m., and ca. are
abbreviations for born, baptized, died, buried, married and circa
(about). Following the AT are single or multi-line extensions of 
the ancestry of 16 of Gifford’s great-great-great-grandparents,
arranged in the standard format for this column, showing Gifford’s, and
possibly Marilyn’s, descent from each of the individuals or couples (and
many, but not all, of the Rhode Island families) listed above.
Following the number of the sixth-generation ancestor (32-63) are his or
her parents, grandparents, great-grand-parents, etc., backwards to the
italicized, already mentioned ancestors. Semi-colons separate
generations, commas separate couples in the same generation, and RD, MP,
PW, TP and FP indicate, as usual (and respectively), an ancestor of
royal descent, a Mayflower passenger, a forebear shared with The
Princess of Wales, or ancestors of two or three (IT) or four or five
(FP) American presidents.
Norma Jeane Mortenson (raised as
Norma Jeane Baker), known as Marilyn Monroe, b. Los
Angeles, Calif. 1 June 1926, d. there 5 Aug. 1962; m. (1) Los Angeles 19
June 1942 James Dougherty, b. Torrance, Calif. ca. 1921, son of Edward
and Ethel Mary Dougherty (div. 1946); (2) San Francisco 14 Jan. 1954
Joseph Paul DiMaggio, b. Martinez, Calif. 25 Nov. 1914, son of Giuseppe
and Rosalie (Mercurio) DiMaggio (div. 1955); (3) White Plains, N.Y. 29
June 1956 (civil) and Katonah, N.Y. 1 July 1956 (religious) Arthur
Miller, b. New York City 17 Oct. 1915, son of Isidore and Augusta
(Bamett) Miller (div. 1961). Marilyn’s mother was
Pearl Monroe, b. Ciudad Porfirio Diaz (later Piedras Negras),
Coahuila state, Mexico 24 May 1900 or 1902, d. Gainesville, Florida 11
March 1984; m. (1) Los Angeles 22 May 1917 John Newton “Jack” Baker, b.
Kentucky ca. 1891, son of S.W. and Lucy (Epperson) Baker (div. 1921);
(2) Hollywood, Calif. 11 Oct. 1924 Martin Edward Mortenson, b.
Haugesund, Rogaland Co., Norway ca. 1897, d. Milton, Mahoning Co., Ohio
18 June 1929 (he apparently deserted his wife a few months after the
marriage); (3) prob. California before 1960, a Mr. Eley.
table of Marilyn’s possible father:
Stanley Gifford, b. Newport 18 Sept. 1898, d. Hemet, Riverside Co.,
Calif. 27 June 19652. Frederick Almy Gifford, b. New
Bedford, Mass. 12 April 1867, d. Riverside Co., Calif. 4 July 1957; m.
Newport 25 April 18883. Elizabeth Easton “Lizzie”
Tennant, b. Newport 5 April 1866, d. there 27 April 19044.
Charles Adams Gifford, b. New Bedford 7 May 1839, d. Taunton, Mass. 5
April 1874; m. New Bedford 15 Feb. 18665. Susan Bateman
Almy, b. Tiverton 27 Feb. 1841, d. Los Angeles, Calif. 10 Oct. 19086.
William Congdon Tennant, Jr., b. Newport 8 Dec. 1838, d.
there 9 Dec. 1898; m. there 26 Jan. 18597. Elizabeth
Cutting Easton, b. Newport 31 Dec. 1837, d. there 9 Feb. 19218.
John Allen Gifford, b. Westport, Mass. 18 July 1802. d. New Bedford 16
March 1872; m. Westport 7 Feb. 18269. Lydia F. Tompkins,
b. Little Compton (henceforth LC), 16 Nov. 1799, d. New Bedford 23 Oct.
187210. Samuel Elam Almy, b. LC 18 Feb. 1800, d. there 17
Aug. 1889; m. there 24 March 183011. Susan Bateman, b.
Newport 18 Aug. 1805, d. Tiverton 15 Nov. 186512 William
Congdon Tennant, b. Newport 25 Nov. 1815, d. New Bedford 12 March 1889;
m. prob. Newport 28 Feb. 183613. Mary Lawton Bliven, b.
Newport 25 Feb. 1818, d. there 2 March 188614. John W.
Easton, b. Newport 15 July 1809, d. there 29 Sept. 1872; m. prob.
Newport 28 Oct. 183015. Frances Ann Franklin, b. Newport
16 June 1812, d. there 15 July 190416. Abner Gifford, b.
Westport 16 Oct. 1780, d. Dartmouth 22 Dec. 1862; m. Westport 11 April
180217. Thankful Dunham, b. prob. Edgartown, Mass. ca.
1770, d. Dartmouth 17 Feb. 1837, ae. 6618. Uriah Tompkins,
b. LC 17 Aug. 1767, d. there 15 Nov. 1848; m. there 31 Aug. 179419.
Mary (or Mercy) Taylor, b. LC 28 Oct. 1767, d. there 3 Dec. 184720.
Cook Almy, b. Tiverton 24 Sept. 1765, d. LC 25 Feb. 1861; m. LC 22
March 179521 Charlotte Cook, b. Tiverton 12 Sept. 1773,
d. there 23 March 183522. William Bateman, b. Coventry 29
Jan. 1773, d. Newport 20 Nov. 1850; m. East Greenwich 7 March 179923.
Susannah Spencer, b. Newport 3 Sept. 1775, d. Tiverton 21 Nov. 184724.
John Fowler Tennant, b. Newport 8 Jan. 1786, d. there 1 May 1883; m.
there 23 May 181325. Mehitable Congdon, b. So. Kingstown
ca. 1792-93, d. Newport 24 March 1842, ae. 4926. Benjamin
Hall Bliven, b. Voluntown, Conn. 17 June 1787. d. Newport 24 Oct. 1870;
m. by 181227 Meribah Nason, b. Newport 4 April 1790, d.
there 12 May 184228. James Easton (IID, b. Newport 3 May
1772, d. there 14 Dec. 1851; m. there 1 Feb. 180129. Mary
Ann (Nancy) Spooner, b. Newport ca. 1783. d. there 2 Oct. 183230.
Robert Maynard Franklin, b. So. Kingstown 26 Sept. 1765, d. Newport 18
Oct. 1850; m. by 180531. Olivia Tillinghast, b. ca. 1782,
d. Newport 3 or 24 Jan. 1818, wid. of Mulford Osborne32.
Christopher Gifford (IID, b. Dartmouth 28 Aug. 1737, d. Westport 5 Dec.
1820; m. Dartmouth 2 April 175633. Deborah Howland, b.
Dartmouth 25 Sept. 1740, d. Westport 9 March 182334. David
Dunham, Jr., b. Edgartown ca. 1724, bur. there 19 Aug. 1807; m. there 5
Nov. 176135. Priscilla Butler, b. Edgartown ca. 1730, d.
there 10 Oct. 181036. Micah Tompkins, b. Little Compton 29
Jan. 1722, d. there May 1771; m. Tiverton ca. 175537.
Sarah Dring, b. Tiverton 7 Sept. 1731, d. LC 9 May 182738.
Gideon Taylor, b. LC 15 May 1729, d. there 11 July 1790; m. there 18
Jan. 175339. Mary Brownell, b. LC 8 Aug. 1735, d. there 15
March 181540. John Almy, b. Tiverton 18 April 1720, d.
there 14 May 1808; m. prob. Tiverton ca. 175841. Hannah
Cook, b. Tiverton 1 April 1738, d. there 25 Oct. 1765
42. Isaac Cook, b. Tiverton 21 June 1745, d. there 18
April 1726; m. there 16 Oct. 176643. Lydia Gray, b.
Tiverton 27 Sept. 1744, d. there 9 April 182644. Hector
Bateman, b. England ca. 1748, d. Coventry 19 June 1784; m. East
Greenwich 14 Jan. 177045. Susannah Nichols, b. East
Greenwich 2 Sept. 1750, d. Tiverton 18 July 183746.
Jeremiah Spencer, b. East Greenwich 8 May 1727, d. there 16 Feb. 1803;
m. there 3 Oct. 175047. Alice Aldrich, b. Mendon, Mass. 2
May 1730, d. East Greenwich post 178648. James Tennant, b.
East Greenwich ca. 1756, d. Exeter 10 April 1839; m. Westerly 19 Sept.
178249. Mary Chappell, b. Exeter ca. 1758, d. Middletown 3
Jan. 182850. William Taylor Congdon, b. N. Kingstown 19
July 1769, d. there 17 Aug. 1841; m. ca. 179051. Ann
Babcock, d. ante 181852. James Bliven (III), b. Westerly
20 Nov. 1760, d. Newport ca. 1811; m. Westerly 22 Feb. 178053.
Mary Ross, b. Westerly 1 Aug. 1756, wid.of James Hall54.
David Nason, b. So. Berwick, Maine 5 July 1758, d. Newport 16 Nov. 1807;
m. Providence 27 June 177955. Abigail Stoddard, b. prob.
LC 16 Jan. 1763, d. prob. Newport 9 Aug. 184356. James
Easton, Jr., b. prob. Newport 4 March 1738, d. prob. there 5 June 1798;
m. there 11 Nov. 176257. Rebecca Coggeshall, b. Newport 29
July 1745, d. there 14 Oct. 179058. Benjamin Spooner, b.
Newport ca. 1736, m. there 26 March 176059. Sarah Hunt, b.
LC 4 April 1741, d. Newport 6 Dec. 182660. John Franklin,
b. Jamestown 12 May 1727, d. Wickford 16 Aug. 1806; m. Jamestown 29
Aug. 175061. Elizabeth Mitchell, bp. Boston 19 Sept. 1731,
d. Wickford 25 May 176862. Thomas Tillinghast, b. prob.
R.I. ca. 1740, d. Philadelphia, Pa. Oct. 179363. --
(probably not wife Mary ___)
Christopher Gifford, Jr. & Mary Borden; Richard Borden &
Innocent Cornell; John Borden & Mary Earle, Thomas Cornell, Jr.,
& Sarah Earle (a 2nd wife); Richard Borden & Joan Fowle,
Thomas Cornell (TP) & Rebecca ___ (TP).33.
Thomas Howland & Ruth Wing; James Howland & Deborah Cooke,
Nathaniel Howland & Rose Allen, John Cook, Jr. & Ruth Shaw;
Zoeth Howland & Abigail ___, John Cook & Mary Borden; Henry
Howland (VP) & Mary ___ (VP), Richard Borden &
Joan Fowle, above; Henry Howland (FP) & Margaret ___
(FP).34. David Dunham & Sarah Clifford; Jacob
Clifford & Elizabeth Mayhew; John Mayhew & Elizabeth Hilliard;
Thomas Mayhew, Jr. & Jane Paine; Gov. Thomas Mayhew & ___.36.
Samuel Tompkins & Sarah Coe; John Coe & Sarah Pabodie; William
Pabodie & Elizabeth Alden; John Alden (MP, TP) & Priscilla
Mullins (MP, TP).39. George Brownell, Jr. &
Sarah Bailey; George Brownell & Mary Thurston; Jonathan Thurston
& Sarah ___, Edward Thurston & Elizabeth Mott; Adam Mott (VP)
& Elizabeth Creel (VP).40. Job Almy, Jr.
& Bridget Sanford; Job Almy & Mary Unthank, Peleg Sanford, Gov.
of R.I., & Mary Coddington; William Almy (TP) & Audrey
Barlow (TP), John Sanford, “President” of R.I., & Bridget
Hutchinson, William Coddington, Gov. of R.I., & Anne Brinley;
William Hutchinson (VP) & Anne Marbury (RD,TP).41,
42 (siblings): Thomas Cook & Philadelphia Cornell; Joseph Cook
& Susanna Briggs, George Cornell & Deliverance Clarke; John Cook
& Mary Borden, above, Thomas Cornell (III) & Susanna Lawton, Walter
Clarke, Gov. of R.I., & Hannah Scott; Thomas Cornell, Jr.,
above, & Elizabeth ___, Jeremiah Clarke, act. Gov. of RI.
(RD) & Frances Latham, Richard Scott & Catherine Marbury (RD).43.
William Gray & Elizabeth Dennis; Edward Gray, Jr. & Mary
Manchester, Robert Dennis, Jr. & Sarah Briggs; William Manchester
& Mary Cook, Robert Dennis & Sarah Howland, William Briggs &
Elizabeth Cook; Henry Howland (VP) & Mary (VP),
above, John Cook & Mary Borden, above (parents of Mary &
Elizabeth).45. Thomas Nichols & Welthyan Spencer;
John Spencer (III) & Mary Fry; John Spencer, Jr. & Audrey
Greene, Thomas Fry, Jr. & Welthyan Greene; John Greene, Jr. &
Anne Almy (parents of Audrey), Thomas Greene & Elizabeth Barton
(parents of Welthyan); John Greene & Joan Tattershall (parents of
John, Jr. & Thomas), William Almy (VP) & Audrey Barlow
(VP), above; Richard Greene (VP) & Mary Hooker (TP).46.
Peleg Spencer & Elizabeth Coggeshall; Joshua Coggeshall, Jr. &
Sarah George; Joshua Coggeshall & Joan West; John Coggeshall, “president”
of R.I., & Mary ___.50. Stephen Congdon & Mary
Taylor; Joseph Taylor & Experience Sherman; Abiel Sherman &
Dorcas Gardiner; Samson Sherman & Isabel Tripp; Philip Sherman &
Sarah Odding; Samuel Sherman & Philippa (Ward?); Henry Sherman (VP)
& Susan Lawrence (VP); Henry Sherman (VP) & Agnes
(Butter?) (TP).54. Nathaniel Nason & Meribah
Tuttle; Richard Nason & Mercy Ham; John Ham & Mary Heard; John
Heard & Elizabeth Hull; Rev. Joseph Hull & ___.56.
James Easton & Alice Stanton; John Easton & Dorcas Perry, Henry
Stanton & Mary Hull; Peter Easton & Anne Coggeshall, John
Stanton & Mary Clarke, John Hull & Alice Tiddeman; Nicholas
Easton, Gov. of RI., & ___, John Coggeshall, above, &
Mary ___,Jeremiah Clarke, act. Gov. of R.I. (RD), above, &
Frances Latham; Tristram Hull & Blanche ___; Rev. Joseph Hull, above,
& ___.57. James Coggeshall & Hannah Brooks;
Benjamin Coggeshall & Sarah Easton; John Coggeshall, Jr. &
Patience Throckmorton, James Easton & Miriam Allen; John
Coggeshall, above, & Mary ___,John Throckmorton (RD)
& Rebecca ___, John Easton, Gov. of R.I., & Mehitable
Gaunt; Nicholas Easton, gov. of R.I., above, & ___.61.
Thomas Mitchell (III) & Margaret ---; Thomas Mitchell, Jr. &
Margaret Rathbone; Thomas Mitchell & (likely) Experience Mitchell
(VP) & Jane Cooke; Thomas Mitchell (PW,TP) &
Margaret Williams (PW, TP), Francis Cooke (MP,TP) &
Hester le Mahieu (VP); (Jacques?) le Mahieu (VP) & Jeanne___
1. For Marilyn
and her maternal ancestry: among numerous biographies of the
actress, F.L. Guiles, Norma Jean (1969) and Legend (1984,
with a bibliography), R.F. Slatzer, The Life and Curious Death of
Marilyn Monroe (1974, for the reproduced Calif. and Ohio VRs, pp.
275-80), and Randall Riese and Neal Hitchens, The Unabridged Marilyn
Her Life from A to Z (1987); 1910 census, Los Angeles, L.A. Co.,
Calif. (roll 82, precinct 101, enumeration district [E.D.] 146, sheet
3B, p. 8450, for Della M. Monroe), plus IGI (International Genealogical
Index, 1988 version), for Missouri birth of Della Mae Hogan; 1880
census, Flat Creek twp., Barry Co., Mo., roll 672, E.D. 4, p. 307,
household 180-188, for TM. Hogan; and 1870 census listings for George W.
Hogan in twp. 54, range 19, household #1321-1372 and Levi Nance in
Prairie twp., household 14, both in Chariton Co., Mo.
the ancestor table of C.S. Gifford, #s 1-63 and their patrilineal
forebears: Calif., R.I., and Mass. VRs, supplemented by various city
directory, U.S. census, and IGI entries, of which the microfiche index
to Calif. deaths since 1940, Mass. VRs 1841-95, and the IGI are at
NEHGS, and all R.I. data appears also in the Newport Mercury (Newport
marriages and deaths), in the William C. Tennant Bible record or notes
of Mrs. Grace Vars and Easton data at the Newport Historical Society
(with thanks to Bertram Lippincott IID, in various volumes (10-13 esp.)
of A.G. Beaman’s R.I. Vital Records, New Series, the R.I.
Genealogical Register (henceforth RIGR), or James N. Arnold’s
Vital Record of R.I., or in printed sources cited below; Register
128(1974):239-52, 129(1975):30-33, 40, 342-43, 132(1978):216-17
(Gifford); NGSQ 75(1987): 105-09, 216-19, 284-85 (Howland,
Dennis) and Franklyn Howland, A Brief Genealogical and Biographical
History of Arthur, Henry, and John Howland (1885), pp. 106-7; C.E.
Banks, The History of Martha’s Vineyard, vol. 3 (1925, repr. 1966),
pp. 152-54, 156-59 (Dunham), 92-93 (Clifford), 298-303 (Mayhew), 47-50
(Butler) and I.W. Dunham, Dunham Genealogy (1907), P. 141
(confused, but enough to link the wife of Abner Gifford to David and
Priscilla [Butler] Dunham); B.F. Wilbour, Little Compton Families (1967,
revised 1974), sections on the Tompkins, Coe, Pabodie, Dring, Taylor,
Brownell, Thurston, Almy and Hunt families; Jane Fletcher Fiske, Thomas
Cooke of RI., vol. 1 (1987), PP. 13-23, 35-39, 62-66, 69-72,
103-04, 109-12, 182, 184-85, 296-97; Boston Transcript genealogical
column, 1 April 1914, #9833 (Gray); E.L. Woodworth-Barnes and J.F.
Fiske, Huling Genealogy (1984), pp. 9-11, 17-24, 34-35, 66-67,
135-36 (Huling, Nichols, Bateman); C.P. and T.R. Coggeshall, The
Coggeshalls in America (1930), pp. 6-16, 20-21, 24-25,38-39
(Coggeshall, Spencer, Easton); A.J. Aldrich, The George Aldrich
Genealogy, vol. 1 (1971), pp. 27-36, 39-40, 47-48, 65; R.I. Roots
8 (1982): 93-94 (Tennant, Chappell, Tillinghast); The Congdon
Chronicle, no. 1 (Jan. 1921):2-5, no. 2 (Apr. 1921):16, no. 14 (Apr.
1927):162-64, no. 16 (Oct. 1927): 182-83, 185-86, 17(Jan. 1928):200,
18(n.d.):213, 19(July 1934): 222-23; various Arnold and Beaman entries,
plus n.a., The Descendants of Cornet Robert Stetson, vol. 1, no. 3
(1956), p. 13, RIGR 3(1980-81): 46-47, 50-51, 6(1983-84):258,
7(1984-85): 82 for Bliven and Ross; Lineage Book, National Society of
the D.A.R., vol. 44 (1917), p. 129 (David Nason), E.S. Stackpole, Old
Kittery and Her Families (1903), pp. 624-27, 630 (Nason) and Sybil
Noyes, C.T. Libby and W.G. Davis, Genealogical Dictionary of Maine
and N.H. (1927-38, repr. 1972), Nason, Ham, Heard and Hull entries;
Thomas Spooner, Records of William Spooner, vol. 1 (1883), PP.
13-25, 29-31, 55-56, 111-12,388, and vol. 2 (unpublished typescript at
NEHGS), p. 399; Representative Men and Old Families of RI., vol. 3
(1908), p. 2095 (Franklin); Register 82 (1928):457-63, repr. in Genealogies
of RI. Families from NEHGR, henceforth RIF2 (1989), 1:704-10
3. For the ancestor extensions: Register 84(1930):70-84,
225-29 (repr. in English Origins of New England Families [henceforth
EO], 1st series , 2:293-312) (Borden) and H.B. Weld, Historical
and Genealogical Record of the Descendants of Richard and Joan Borden (1899),
pp. 35-40, 48-55, 57, 66-68, 92; TAG 58(1982):77-79
(Cornell);The Howland Quarterly 28 (1963-64):6-7; H.K. Shaw and
A.C. Williams, Families of the Pilgrims: John Alden, William Mullins (1986),
PP. 1-5; J.O. Austin, Genealogical Dictionary of R.I., 2nd ed.
(1969), Pp. 344-47, 466, 490-91 (Mott), 276-79,462 (Coddington), 292-95
(Easton); Register 71(1917): 310-24 (repr. in EO, 2nd
series , 1:19-33) (Almy); J.M. Sanford, President John Sanford
of Boston, Mass. and Portsmouth, R.I. (1966), pp. 1-2, 7-9; NYGBR
45(1914): 164-69 (Hutchinson); Rev. John Cornell, Genealogy of
the Cornell Family (1902), pp. 17-27, 35-36, 39-40; A.R. Justice, Ancestry
of Jeremy Clarke of RI. and Dungan Genealogy (1922), pp. 45-51; Register
96(1942):8-10 (repr. in EO, 2nd series, 3: 94-96) (Scott)
and 101 (1957):308-10 (repr. in RIF2, 1:675-77) (Manchester);
L.B. Clarke, The Greenes of R.I. (1903), pp. 38-40, 52-62, 66-68,
81-82, 93; C.E. Robinson, The Gardiners of Narragansett (1919),
pp. 18, 52, 101 and R.V. Sherman, Some of the Descendants of Philip
Sherman, the First Secretary of RI. (1968), pp. 24-28, 385-87 and
B.L. Stratton, Transatlantic Shermans (1969); W.H. Stanton, Our
Ancestors the Stantons (1922), pp. 27-33; C.H. Weygant, The Hull
Family in America (1913), pp. 245-49, 251-53, 261-62 and Register
105 (1951):260-61 (repr. in RIF2, 2:354-55); C.W.
Throckmorton, A Genealogical and Historical Account of the
Throckmorton Family (1930), pp. 210-12; TAG 56(1980):97-98
(Mitchell), R.V. Wood, Jr., Francis Cooke of the Mayflower: Four
Generations (1986), pp. 1-3, 6-7, 22-23, R.S. Wakefield, R.V. Wood,
Jr., and others, Francis Cooke of the Mayflower and His
Descendants for Four Generations (1987), pp. 1-3, 10-11, 44-45, and
the Register 143(1989):195-99 (le Mahieu).
4. General: For
the royal descents of Mrs. Anne Marbury Hutchinson and Mrs. Catherine
Marbury Scott, of Act. Gov. Jeremiah Clarke, and of John Throckmorton
see F.L. Weis and W.L. Sheppard, Jr., Ancestral Roots of Sixty
Colonists, 6th ed. (1988), lines 14, 11 and 208, plus sources cited
therein, and Register 141(1987):101, 107. For the Mitchell line
of The Princess of Wales see W.A. Reitwiesner and G.B. Roberts, American
Ancestors and Cousins of The Princess of Wales (1984), pp. 21-30
esp. For the descents of 11 presidents from ancestors of C.S. Gifford
see G.B. Roberts, Ancestors of American Presidents, preliminary
edition revised (1989), including pp. 294-97 for the Marbury descent
from Sancha de Ayala.
Richard E. Brenneman, a native of
Odessa, Missouri, has published articles in The American Genealogist
on the English origins of the Yarnall family of Pennsylvania, on Billa
Root of Connecticut, and on the Goodrich family of Connecticut and
Massachusetts. He has also undertaken extensive research on the
Burnworth and Monasmith families of Pennsylvania. Interested readers may
contact him at P.O. Box 8635, JFK Station, Boston, MA 02116.