Friday, August 15, 2008
Many of you who follow this blog know that I vacationed in Massachusetts and Rhode Island this past July. One of the reasons for my trip to Cape Cod was that is the site where one of my ancestors landed in America long ago. This ancestor (my many-great-grandfather William Nickerson) Arrived at Salem in 1637 with his wife Anne and his older children. More children were to be born in this wild country.
They had sailed from Yarmouth, England, and he soon settled on the Cape, with some other families. They called that place Yarmouth as well. A few years later he moved his family a little further East, to the "elbow" of Cape Cod and eventually owned most of the land in the area that is now the city of Chatham. His original house has been rehabilitated and still stands (picture below). The above monument is in the yard.
William was my 8th-great-grandfather (I think - it's hard to keep it counted right that far back). One of his decendents, a girl by the name of Chloe Nickerson (1782-1861), met one Sturgis Osburn (1773-1837) in New York and the rest is history.
I mean me. I am Sturgis' and Chloe's (several greats) grandson.
I am also descended from British stock through the above Sturgis Osburn, whose first American ancestor was one Capt. Richard Osborn, who landed in Connecticut in 1636, from London, England, (embarking from Southhampton) by way of Barbados. The bones of his descendent Capt. John Osborn rest in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Okay - so I have never set foot in England. But don't tell me I'm not FROM there!
(Both photos by my cousin Carl Osburn.)
Posted by Relax Max at 8:40 PM