Editorial

NEHGR Vol. 173, Spring 2019

Our lead article is Who Was Ursula Woodgate? Identifying the Wife of Francis Quarles and Mother of Joanna1 (Quarles) Smith of Boston, Massachusetts, and Lyme, Connecticut. Author Robert Battle’s initial research expected to find that Ursula Woodgate’s father, John Woodgate, was related to various New England colonists with Woodgate ancestry. Although John’s ancestry was not determined, his wife’s Hall ancestry was (including royal descents). Their daughter, Ursula Woodgate, married the poet Francis Quarles and had at least twelve children, including Joanna Quarles, baptized in 1633. The arguments that Joanna was identical with Joanna (Quarles) Smith are presented in note 17.

Robert Battle’s research also resulted in a companion article, Magdalen (Hall) Camp Was Not the Grandmother of William1 Curtis and Mary1 (Curtis) Ruggles of Roxbury, Massachusetts. The parish of Nazeing, Essex, had many families named Camp — and men approximately the same age who had the same first names. The author shows that the Curtis siblings were the grandchildren of Richard and Elizabeth (_____) Camp, not of Richard and Magdalen (Hall) Camp.

In James1 Lane of North Yarmouth, Maine, and His Daughter Ann2 (Lane) (Bray) Shed of Billerica, Massachusetts, Nathaniel Lane Taylor analyzes the lives of brothers James and Job Lane of Massachusetts and of Edward Lane, their alleged brother. James moved to Maine perhaps about 1658, and died about 1680. His only daughter was Ann Lane, whom the author shows was identical with Ann, wife of John Bray, and subsequently of Zachary Shed.

David Holmes of Milton, Massachusetts, was a Scottish prisoner who arrived in Massachusetts in 1652. Helen Schatvet Ullmann identifies his wife and children (despite the use of some odd variants of “Holmes”). By 1664 David and his wife had moved to Milton, where he died in 1666.

In Captain William1 Terrett of Stonington, Connecticut, and Some of His Descendants, Eugene Cole Zubrinsky gives an account of the life of William Terrett, probably the child of that name baptized in Gloucestershire in 1747. William Terrett was in New York City by 1771, when he married a girl of French, Dutch, and German ancestry. By 1775 they had settled in Stonington, where William was a “leather breeches maker and glover,” and later a merchant and shipowner. The connection to New York City was continued after the Revolution (in which William served as a private), and two of his children were married there.

Scott Andrew Bartley has found the Yorkshire ancestry of Nathan1 Halstead of Concord, Massachusetts, based on Letters to Ezekiel and Edna (Halstead) (Bailey) Northend of Rowley, Massachusetts, in 1650 and 1652. The letters are from Henry2 Halstead to his sister and brother-in-law, and give enough family information that research in parish registers and probate records resulted in a three-generation account.

Gregory Connell Lawrance inherited the family Bible of Margaret Rice (Connell) Phillips of Connellsville, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Family members continued to record births, marriages, and deaths, resulting in Phillips Bible Records, 1775–1971. As with many Bible records, places are rarely mentioned. The author has provided annotations which show the Phillips family was from New Jersey, and descendants lived in Pennsylvania, Illinois, and California.

We continue Rebecca’s Siblings: The Overlooked Children of Secretary Edward1 and Rachel (Perne) Rawson, by Alwin E. Schmidt, Jr. This second installment treats some Rawson daughters, particularly Rachel, Margaret, and Perne, and reveals a previously unknown marriage for Margaret. A key document is the account of John Lake, a Boston tailor, who made clothes for the Rawson children.

New London Beckwiths in the Records of the East (or Second) Congregational Society of Lyme, Connecticut: The John2 Beckwith Family Revisited, by R. Bruce Diebold, continues, with accounts of Oliver3 and John3 Beckwith. New London County (which included Lyme and New London) has extensive surviving court records, and the author has cited many cases involving these Beckwiths, including one for forgery.

We conclude Updates from English Records for Some Great Migration Immigrants Who Came by 1635, by Randy A. West. The immigrants treated in this issue are George Richardson, John Rockwell, William Rockwell, Robert Seeley, Michael Shaflin, Simon Stone, Richard Swain, Benjamin Ward, and Edward White.


The Register depends on many people, especially associate editor Helen Ullmann. She reviews all submissions and edits accepted articles, often doing further research for those articles. Helen and I have been working for eighteen years on the Register.

Gary Boyd Roberts and Jenifer Kahn Bakkala review all the articles for each issue. Cliff Stott does research for most of our English origin articles. Julie Otto produces the index to the Register each year. Leslie Weston prepares the InDesign version of the Register.

Helen and I rely on the Register’s consulting editors: Bob Anderson, Cherry Bamberg, Drew Bartley, Chris Child, David Dearborn, David Greene, Charles Hansen, Gale Harris, David Lambert, Rhonda McClure, Gary Boyd Roberts, George Sanborn, Bart Saxbe, Scott Steward, and Cliff Stott.

Colleagues at NEHGS are always supportive in various ways, especially Sharon Inglis, Ellen Maxwell, Cécile Engeln, Lynn Betlock, Nancy Bernard, Ryan Woods, and Brenton Simons. The genealogists on each floor of the library answer my infrequent phone queries.

Finally, Helen and I are grateful for the many authors who send us articles. We couldn’t get along without you!

— Henry B. Hoff