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Two More Double Descents! Holden and Fosdick

Last fall, I began delving into some of my earliest colonial America ancestors. I wrote about Josiah Lakin and his wife Lucy (MNU), who I firmly believe to have been a daughter of Thomas Boyden and his wife, Martha Holden. All the evidence points towards that conclusion and there isn’t a single iota of evidence against it. All the puzzle pieces fit together (although I still have Lucy’s surname entered as Boyden? in the hopes that a primary record will appear from somewhere.)

Even though the Lakins were born in the late 1600s, information has been published about the parents and grandparents of my ancestors.

I had to chuckle when I took a look. I have quite a few ancestor couples from whom I descend twice. I even have a quadruple line through – yep – the Lakins.

Groton, MA
Source: Google Maps

Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, where they lived, was and is a small place. Back in 1676, when the town was attacked by Indians and abandoned, it was said that there were about 70 homes there. Seventy homes definitely doesn’t equal 70 different surnames, so there had to have been a lot of intermarriages.

So it is with Lucy’s (alleged) parents, Thomas Boyden and Martha Holden – specifically, the Holden family.

Thomas Boyden’s wife, Martha was Martha Fosdick, daughter of Stephen Fosdick.

Stephen Fosdick married Anne Harre on 10 June 1612 in Hadleigh, Suffolk, England. She was the mother of their six children:

  1. Hannah, born c1616; married Mr. Tingley, c1638
  2. Samuel, born c1618, England; died about 22 May 1649 at sea
  3. Martha, born c1621, England; married Richard Holden, c1641. She died 6 December 1681, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts
  4. Thomas, born c1623, England; died 21 July 1650, Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts; married Damaris (MNU)
  5. John, born c1625, England; married (1) Ann Shapleigh (2) Elizabeth (MNU)
  6. Marah, born c1627, England; married Thomas Webb, before 1663

The next generation exposed the new double descent from the Holden-Fosdick family.

Richard Holden and Martha Fosdick had the following children:

  1. Stephen, born 19 July 1642, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts; died 12 January 1658/59, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts; unmarried.
  2. Justinian, born c1644; married (1) Mary (MNU), before 1680 (2) Susannah Dutton, 6 December 1693, Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts
  3. Martha, born 15 January 1645/46, Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts; married Thomas Boyden, before 1667
  4. Mary, born c1648; married Thomas Williams, 11 August 1666, Groton, Middlesex, Massachusetts
  5. John Holden, born 17 March 1650/51, Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts; married (1) Abigail (MNU), before 21 May 1685 (2) Sarah Pierce, 19 June 1690, Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts (3) Abigail Morse, c1719
  6. Samuel, born c1655; married Anna (MNU), before 1682
  7. Sarah, born c1657; married Gershom Swan, 20 December 1677, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts
  8. Stephen, born c1660; married Hannah Lawrence, before 1685
  9. Elizabeth, born c1662; married John Reed, 21 March 1681/82, Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts
  10. Thomas, born c1664; died after 25 July 1679

Martha was the third child born to Richard and Martha (Fosdick) Holden. Their fourth child, daughter Mary, who married Thomas Williams, is also my ancestor. My descent through Thomas and Mary Williams is as follows:

  1. Thomas Williams & Mary Holden
  2. Thomas Williams & Elizabeth Blood
  3. Elizabeth Williams & James Lakin
  4. Mary Lakin & Oliver Shepley
  5. Sibbel Shepley & James Scripture
  6. Oliver Scripture & Mary Goddard Bucknam
  7. Mary Elizabeth Scripture & George Rogers Tarbox
  8. Nellie F. Tarbox & Calvin Segee Adams
  9. Charles Edwin Adams & Annie Maude Stuart
  10. Vernon Tarbox Adams & Hazel Ethel Coleman
  11. Doris Priscilla Adams & George Michael Sabo
  12. Linda Anne Sabo Stufflebean – me!

It’s always fun to add new names onto the family tree, but  in this case, it just made for more tangled branches!



Descended Twice from the Same Ancestors – William Haskell & Marie Tybbot

1. William Haskell and Marie Tybbot have a LOT of descendants, but perhaps not as many as one would think. That’s because descendants intermarried and produced people like me, who are descended from them twice. They are my 9 times great grandparents.

William Haskell’s English origins have been proven. He was born 8 November 1618 in Charlton Musgrove, Somerset, England. He married Marie (Mary) Tybbot on 6 November 1643 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts and lived out their lives there. I don’t know if there was some type of pestilence epidemic in Gloucester in 1693 or if William and Marie were one of those couples who passed away within a short time of each other, but Marie died in 16 August 1693 and William followed only four days later on 20 August 1693.

I am descended from two of their sons, William and Mark. Here are the lines:

2. William Haskell married Mary Brown
1644-1708                             1649-1715

3. Ebenezer Parsons married Lydia Haskell
1682-1763                                   1681-1734

4. Isaac Parsons married Hannah Burnham
1714-1767                         Abt 1721-aft 1759

Each of those families spent their lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Generation 5, John Haskell married Hannah Parsons, is where the two lines come together. John and Hannah were third cousins. They likely knew their was a distant family relationship because Hannah’s grandmother was a Haskell, although Lydia Haskell Parsons died before her granddaughter was born.

The second line, from Mark Haskell, is:

2. Mark Haskell married Elizabeth Giddings
1658-1691                         1666-1725

3. William Haskell married Jemima Hubbard
1690-1731                              1684-1761

4. Nathaniel Haskell married Hannah White
1719-1808                                   1721-1814

Each of these families also lived out their lives in Gloucester, with the exception of Mark Haskell’s widow who married (1) John Dennison and removed to Ipswich, Massachusetts.

Nathaniel and Hannah were the parents of John Haskell who married Hannah Parsons from my first Haskell line. The descendants continue now as one line:

5. John Haskell married Hannah Parsons
1745-1828                       1749-1834

John and Hannah were the first generation to leave Gloucester and move to New Gloucester, Maine.

6. William Tarbox married Judith Haskell
1779-1860                            1780-1861

William and Judith lived out their lives and raised their family in New Gloucester, Maine.

7. George Rogers Tarbox married Mary Elizabeth Scripture
1818-1895                                             1827-1866

George Tarbox first moved to Lowell and then Newburyport, Massachusetts before marrying Mary Elizabeth in Nashua, New Hampshire. They finally settled in Calais, Washington, Maine.

8. Calvin Segee Adams married Nellie F. Tarbox
1843-1921                                        1856-1927

9. Charles E. Adams married Annie Maude Stuart
1877-1922                                 1874-1940

10. Vernon Tarbox Adams married Hazel Ethel Coleman
1899-1968                                              1901-1995

11. George Michael Sabo married Doris Priscilla Adams
1926-1985                                           1923-2008

12. Linda Anne Sabo, me

I’ll be posting a couple more of my double lines in the future, including my very tangled Lakin line, with several lines of descent. Do you have any triple lines?