Editorial

NEHGR Vol. 175, Winter 2021

Our lead article is Thomasine1 (Clench) Frost of the Great Migration: Her Probable Correct Origins in Colchester, Essex. Author Perry Streeter initially was hesitant to challenge the identification of Thomasine (Clench) Frost that had appeared in 1999 in a Register article by a well-known genealogist. However, when Perry’s first draft was well received, he proceeded with his article showing that Thomasine’s parentage, as given in the 1999 article, was unlikely. He examined the parish registers of Earls Colne, Essex, where Thomasine married Edmond Frost in 1634, and all he found were three other marriages in 1614, 1617, and 1638. As the author developed the family, it became apparent that two of the grooms were probably her older brothers, both from Colchester, Essex. The author’s research showed that the Clench family appeared to have been extensive, and that there was more than one Thomasine the right age to have married in 1634.

In Sarah (Gerrish) King (1714–1798) of Salem, Massachusetts, and Her Descent from Nine Puritan Ministers, William B. Saxbe, Jr., presents the most recent research on the Puritan ministers in her ancestry, which exemplifies the “intermarriage within the families of the Puritan clergy.” The text is summarized by a chart showing which men “were in old England,” which men came to New England, and which men were born in New England. Other examples of such intermarriage can be found in New England, but probably none as extensive as the ancestry of Sarah (Gerrish) King.

In New Research on the Origin and Parentage of Aquila and Thomas Chase, Chase W. Ashley determined that Aquila and Thomas were probably the orphaned sons of Thomas “Chasse” of Woolverstone, Suffolk, and that Aquila was baptized there 7 January 1619/20. The author argues convincingly that the two boys were taken to New England by Woolverstone emigrants and settled in Hampton. Previous researchers had relied on the rare name Aquila to propose other parentage for the two boys.

Parishioners following their minister to New England was a common occurrence in the seventeenth century. In The Probable English Origin of Robert1 Gamlin of Roxbury and Concord, Massachusetts, Randy A. West shows that Rev. Thomas Weld was living in Terling, Essex, before he immigrated to Roxbury in 1632. On the same ship was Robert1 Gamlin, probably the Robert Gamlin whose daughter had been buried in Terling in 1628.

Confirming published records with original records, if possible, is always a good idea. Early Cram, Dearborn, Haborne, and Wheelwright Records from Lincolnshire Vetted and Corrected, by Ronald A. Hill, shows that a 1914 article in the Register misinterpreted old style/new style dates, listing them a year too early.

Gale Ion Harris is well known for his studies of Harris families in early New England. The last Harris family he is treating in print is Robert1 Harris of Roxbury and Muddy River, Massachusetts, which begins in this issue. Robert married in Roxbury in 1642/3 and had four children who left descendants, mostly in Massachusetts and Connecticut, many through daughters. This Harris family had been treated in an 1861 genealogy, which, according to Gale Harris, “For the period in which it appeared, the work was well done.”

Based on a family Bible, Cynthia Lynn Coy has shown that The David Coy Family of Oneida County, New York, Does Not Include Deborah, Wife of Ephraim Davis. This corrects a 1998 Register article on “Early Coy and Harris Families of Eastern Connecticut.”

Based on extensive research in Greenwich deeds, Theophilus5 Lockwood of Connecticut and New York State, Son of Theophilus4 and Hannah (Close) Lockwood of Cos Cob, Greenwich, Connecticut, by Capers W. McDonald, confirms the father-son relationship and shows the migration of Theophilus5 up the Hudson River Valley. In addition, Greenwich deeds help identify the other children of Theophilus4 and provide detail on their lives.

In this issue we conclude Updates to the Ancestry of Brothers Thomas1 and William1 Hatch of Scituate, Massachusetts, by Edward R. Taylor and Randy A. West. William Hatch, father of the two brothers, left a lengthy will naming all his children as well as siblings and some of their spouses, This, and other family wills, are the basis of this genealogy of the Hatch family, descended from Thomas Hatch of Tenterden, Kent, the grandfather of the two brothers.

In this issue, we continue The Colman and Cutler Ancestry of John1 Thorndike of Essex County, Massachusetts, with the Colman Ancestry of John1 Coggeshall, Muriel1 (Gurdon) Saltonstall, and Jemima1 (Waldegrave) Pelham, by Robert Battle. The Colman family lived in Essex and Suffolk, and most branches left enough records for the author to be able to present a fairly complete account of them. Not surprisingly, the Clench, Chase, and Gamlin families (see above) were from those two counties, as were many Great Migration immigrants.

We would like to remind readers that if you are writing an article or building your own database, when you find a vital record in Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1620–1850 on AmericanAncestors.org, it is helpful to the reader (and the editors) for you to cite the book itself. The book exists in many places both online and in libraries; see the NEHGS library catalog.


– Henry B. Hoff and Helen Schatvet Ullmann