Caspar Surber (Sarver) and Barbara Merkj

Casper Surber was born or baptized on 5 March 1719 in Switzerland.He married Barbara Merkj, and shortly afterwards, on 18 April 1741 left from the German-speaking parish of Schoefflisdorf in Oberwenigen (near Zurich) for “Carolina.” Caspar and Barbara may have been Mennonites or other religious dissidents such as Anabaptists, as these formed the majority of Swiss emigrants.They were certainly […]

Captain George Denison and Lady Ann Borodell

Born in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, England, George Denison arrived in Massachusetts Bay Colony with his father, William Denison aboard the “Lion” in 1632 as part of the Great Migration. His father was among a group of Roxbury, Massachusetts (now part of Boston) men “disarmed” for their support of the theologian and proto-evangelist Anne Hutchinson. Captain George first married Bridget Thompson of […]

Elder William Brewster and Mary Wentworth

Born in 1560 in the town of Scrooby in Nottinghamshire, England, William Brewster married Mary Wentworth, and studied briefly at the college of Cambridge before becoming active in the movement to reform the Anglican church. His congregation eventually emigrated to the more religiously tolerant environment of Leyden, Holland, where he began publishing religious tracts that were circulated […]

Nathaniel Foote and Elizabeth Deming

Nathaniel Foote and his wife Elizabeth Deming arrived in Watertown, Massachusetts around 1630. They were from Shalford, which is a town near Colchester, Essex, England. Nathaniel’s profession was listed as Grocer. By 1635 they had moved to Wethersfield, Connecticut where they were among the first settlers. Much more information about Nathaniel, including a list of his property, can […]

Josiah Churchill and Elizabeth Foote

Josiah Churchill, born 1613, was among the first settlers of Wethersfield, Connecticut. He was a sailor from Muston, Dorset, England (I believe this is actually Winterborne Muston, located between Dorchester and Poole) who arrived about 1635. Josiah married Elizabeth Foote, daughter of Nathaniel Foote, became Town Surveyor, and invested heavily in Wethersfield real estate. By the time of his […]

William Denison and Margaret Chandler

William Denison, was born in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, England (near present-day Stansted Airport). He arrived on the ship “Lyon” with his wife Margaret Chandler, as part of the Great Puritan Migration in 1632, and settled in Roxbury. William’s profession was first listed as “maltster,” a person who processed wheat and barley into malt for beer and whiskey. He […]