These four maps of Boston, Massachusetts (MA), were published in 1905 by the Boston Municipal Printing Office, in a small booklet entitled “Series of Plans of Boston showing Existing Ways and Owners of Property 1630 – 1635 – 1640 – 1645.” Compiled by George Lamb, from Town Records, Book of Possessions, Massachusetts (MA) Bay Records, Savage’s Winthrop, Lechford’s Diary, Aspinwall’s Notarial Records and Suffolk County Deeds. Property owners’ names are shown as of 1630, 1635, 1640, 1645.
There are some mentioned of the Pelton surname originating in Essex, England – but there is no proof as to whether our first ancestor in America – John Pelton – actually came from Essex. So, in order to figure out his origin we need to look at the facts that we already know. If you are researching this person please feel free to leave a comment and share what you know! Remember – facts only! We want cited sources.
Birth: circa 1616 in England
Immigration/Emigration: Between 1620-1650 from Leicestershire, England (source 3)
*** work-in-progress: Pelton’s in Leicestershire, England circa 1600′s
Marriage: Susannah Way(e) in 1645 (source 2)
Death: 23 JAN 1681 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts (source 1)
- Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 for John Pelton (document)
- U.S., New England Marriages Prior to 1700 for John Pelton (document)
- Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650 (document) (ebook)
“A genealogical dictionary of the first settlers of New England showing three generations of those who came before May, 1692, on the basis of Farmer’s Register (1860)” by James Savage (ebook)
PELTON, JOHN, Boston, very early, had est. describ. in the book of
possns. rem. to Dorchester, his eld. s. John was bapt. 2 Mar. 1645.
In his will of 3 Jan. 1681, pro. 10 Mar. foil, he names w. Susanna, s.
“Genealogy of the Pelton family in America : being a record of the descendants of John Pelton who settled in Boston, Mass., about 1630-1632, and died in Dorchester, Mass., January 23rd, 1681” by J.M. Pelton (ebook)
“Records relating to the early history of Boston .. (1876)” (ebook)
“Records of the First Church at Dorchester, in New England, 1636-1734” (ebook)
I think I’ve finally figured out that – in fact (after hearing it from my father all these years) – our family hails from the Brandenburg area of Germany. I speak ZERO German (except some swear words and “1, 2, 3, drink!”) so hopefully, Google Translate will be kind to me in my research!
Fredrick Charles Otto WETZOLD (he went by Otto)
Born: January 22, 1868 in Berlin, Germany
I had his parents listed as:
Then, I found a potential sister of Otto … I say “potential” because I have no proof, just a search from FamilySearch.org. I don’t have my usual access to Ancestry.com to look further.
Selma Louise Hedwig WETZOLD
Born: August 4, 1873 (Christened Aug 31) in Berlin, Brandenberg, Preußen, Germany
Parents of Selma:
Gustav Eduard WETZOLD