Salem, Massachusetts

I’ve always wanted to visit Salem! Ever since I was little! The history, the stories, the houses … it’s right up my spooky little alley!

I don’t have a lot of photos up yet – but I took 135!

We downloaded an app for my husbands phone and took an awesome walking tour of the city using it.

We visited The Witch House, the Phillips House, a couple cemeteries (including The Burying Point), and so much more!

It was SUCH an awesome day!


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Kissing (5th) Cousins

So I was doing a little research on my BEAUMONT line the other day and finally went back a few more generations. I had been trying to find the correct father for William BEAMONT because I had his father listed as “William” also and didn’t think that was correct. Mostly due to the fact that I’d done this line when I was a little naive about citing sources and didn’t put where I had retrieved this information. Anyway … so I have (correctly) listed the line as William BEAUMONT (BEMENT) > Thomas BEAUMONT (m. Jennet STAFFORD) > William BEAUMONT (m. Rosamond BEAUMONT)

Rosamond BEAUMONT’s parents are listed as Roger BEAUMONT (m. Johanna PILKINGTON).

Wait a tick – a Beaumont married a Beaumont? Apparently – according to the website where I found this information (which would be William and Rosamond are 5th cousins once removed.

What the heck are 5th cousins anyway? Well – it comes down to this. If your great-great-great-great grandparent (great + great + great + great + grand = 5) is another person’s great-great-great-great grandparent (great + great + great + great + grand = 5), then you are 5th cousins. There is no removed when you are on the same generational level (5 – 5 = 0). But these two are supposedly “once removed” so I think I can assume they aren’t on the same generational “level” but one generation apart. Thanks Wikipedia!

I mean – they are barely blood related. You aren’t going to get 11-toed babies when you marry that far apart. It’s still pretty intriguing though. Now I really (really) want to get further back and connect the two! It’s going to be super difficult due to the fact that I’m already back in the late 1400’s and “across the pond” in England. So if anyone is tracing the BEMENT or BEAUMONT name please get in touch!

Related Via:
Me > few generations of PELTON > Ithamar PELTON (m. Asenath PRATT) > Hezekiah PRATT > Nathaniel PRATT (m. Sarah BEAUMONT) > William BEAUMONT > Thomas BEAUMONT > William BEAUMONT (m. Rosamond BEAUMONT)

A Little History:

William Beaumont (also spelled Beamon, Beamond, or Beaman) and his younger brother John Beaumont (also spelled Bement) left England in April 1635 on the ship “Elizabeth”, and settled in Salem, Massachusetts. William Beaumont later moved to Saybrook Colony, Connecticut, in 1640; his brother John Bement remained in Massachusetts.

The time period referred to as “Middle Ages” or “Medieval” was from 1066 until around 1485 [source]

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As I’ve mentioned before in an older post; my PELTON family tree goes pretty far back. It’s for the most part all documented also between two releases of a Pelton Family Genealogy book and various census records that I’ve personally found. It’s exciting to have more than just “hearsay” when it comes to family history.

That said I figured since a show I’ve been hooked on “Who Do You Think You Are” mentioned researching the Witch Trials in Salem, Massachusetts (and surrounding areas) I would post my own findings (both founded and un-sourced) here on the blog! I am currently working on two friends’ genealogies also and both friends have ancestors in the same areas of Massachusetts. It will be neat to find out if our ancestors were neighbors (and more – if they were involved in the trials).

Ithamar PELTON
Born: 22 Nov 1740 in Saybrook, Essex, Connecticut
Died: 16 Mar 1826 in Middlefield, Hampshire, Massachusetts
Married: Asenath PRATT in 1764 in Haddam, Middlesex, Connecticut

Asenath PRATT
Born: Sep 1741 in Middletown, Middlesex, Connecticut
Died: 22 Mar 1825 in Middlefield, Hampshire, Massachusetts

//—- Asenath PRATT was the daughter of Hezekiah PRATT and Ann UNKNOWN:
Hezekiah PRATT
Born: 09 Jan 1701 in Saybrook, Connecticut
Died: Unknown
Married: Ann UNKNOWN in 1734

//—- Hezekiah PRATT was the son of Nathaniel PRATT and Sarah BEAUMONT:
Nathaniel PRATT
Born: Abt. 1662 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
Died: Abt. Sep 1744 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
Married: Sarah BEAUMONT in 02 May 1688

Born: 1661 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
Died: 11 Oct 1716 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut

//—- Sarah BEAUMONT was the daughter of William BEAUMONT and Lydia DANFORTH:
Born: 1607 in Carlisle, Cumbria, England
Died: 04 Feb 1698 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
Married: Lydia DANFORTH in 09 Dec 1643 in Saybrook, Massachusetts

Born: 24 May 1625 in Framlingham, Suffolk, England
Died: 16 Aug 1686 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut

Lydia DANFORTH was the daughter of Nicholas DANFORTH and Elizabeth Barber SYMMES. Nicholas and Elizabeth were the parents of Lydia and her siblings – Elizabeth, Thomas, Samuel, Jonathan and Anna.

Thomas DANFORTH (brother of Lydia DANFORTH) was one of the judges for the Salem Witch Trials in 1692.

From Wikipedia’s “Salem Witch Trial’s” Page:

When Sarah Cloyce (Nurse’s sister) and Elizabeth (Bassett) Proctor were arrested, they were brought before John Hathorne and Jonathan Corwin, not only in their capacity as local magistrates, but as members of the Governor’s Council, at a meeting in Salem Town. Present for the examination were Deputy Governor Thomas Danforth, and Assistants Samuel Sewall, Samuel Appleton, James Russell, and Isaac Addington. Objections by John Proctor during the proceedings resulted in his arrest that day as well.

I have to admit – it makes me sad to see that one of my ancestors sent people to their death. But – they were Puritans in early Salem, Massachusetts. I wouldn’t (unfortunately) expect anything else. According to theThomas Danforth Wikipedia page the Danforth family immigrated to New England in 1634 on the ship theGriffin. The family along with the 200 or so other passengers aboard left to escape persecution for their Puritan beliefs. (Archbishop William Laud had begun his persecution of Puritans in England in 1633).

More Reading: “History of Framingham, Massachusetts”

Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

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