Friday Family History-Happy 13th Birthday Baby!

Thirteen years ago today Nov 30, 1999
You came into our lives in a quiet way.
Everyone had gone to lunch so that Momma could rest,
and as she rested you slipped into this world.

From those quiet beginnings came a young lady
That is full of ideas and the willingness to share them.
A blessing she is to those who know her.
A will that is hard as brick, which bore testimony in the 24 hours it
took for her to get here.

Her heart is even bigger and stronger than her will.
A heart that loves beyond what she understands and holds tight to those
that she loves. What a blessing she is!

She is a lovely young lady that a grandmother can truly be proud of.

We wish the blessing of a beautiful day!
May God continue to bless you.

Love Grandma


Friday Family History-Daniel and Mary Terrell Dimmock/Dimick married 23 November 1732 Windham, CT.

Daniel and Mary Terrell Dimmock are my 5th great-grand Uncle and Aunt.  Mary Terrell being the sister of my 5th great-grandfather Lewis Terrell/Terrill whose wife is Anna Babcock.

I don’t have much information on Mary . I believe that Mary was born between  1712 and 1713 in New Jersey(other sources say CT) to Josiah and Hannah Terrell/Terrill. Mary is the great-granddaughter of our immigrant ancestors and Great Migration participants Roger and Abigail Ufford Terrell.  Daniel is the second husband to  Mary Terrell, with Daniel, Mary had two children they are as follows:

Phebe born 8 December 1733 , Windham CT, married James Hawkins 12 May 1757 Coventry CT.

Joanna born 8 February  1736, Windham CT, married Samuel Curtis Jr., 26 May 1763 Coventry CT. She died 1 April 1816 Windham CT.

I was able to find a considerable amount on Daniel and his Dimmock/Dimick/Dymoke/Dimmocke family. Daniels great-grandfather was also among the earlier settlers of New England coming with the Great Migration, although I am not sure if he was with the Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony or the Pilgrims at Plimoth, we find that Thomas died in Barnstable, Massachusetts  in 1658/9. Some research suggests that this Thomas, the great-grandfather of Daniel, is the son of Edward Dymoke. If this is his family link it would make Thomas and Daniel descendants of the House of Scrivelsby the Kings’ Champions. What makes this story even more interesting is that Thomas may well have come with a group of Puritans and very much  a contradiction to his standing  in life.

The King’s/Queens Champion have been of that house since 1066, they are also the royal standard bearers. A Champion stands in the stead of the King or Queen if they are being challenged. They do their fighting for them. Queen Elizabeth’s Champion is Lieutenant-Colonel John Lindley Marmion Dymoke. The position is much more involved then this and you can find much more information on the lineage and history of the Champions on the internet and I am sure at your local library!

Some of the information that I gathered on this family can be found at:

General Notes on the Dimick Families of North America

Descendant of Thomas Dymoke

CT -MANSFIELD RootsWeb message board 

Happy Anniversary Daniel and Mary

Happy Hunting!


Thankful Thursday/Thanksgiving 2012

The faces of those gone on before are but shadows on a piece of paper. In my veines their stories are still told. For those long ago names and dates are now part of me.

I am thankful for each ancestor, their trials, their joys, those that  lived life the only way they knew how. Those that sought to improve their plight, even though they sought for freedom for “their” religion, they opened a door in  this new country that would over time come to understand that we are all created equal and all have a right to practice religion as we as individuals  see fit to do so.

This country as she stands today is also something that I am so grateful for. Oh I understand we are in a nasty mess, one that we may never climb out of. That there is hope that this land will regain her footing is another thing that I am thankful for, a hope that is born of the human spirit and a God that has I believe placed this country here for this time and place. What the outcome is, is not mine to see. Saying that this does not remove me from the responsibility of  those privileges given to me as a citizen of this great country.  For those privileges I am thankful.

Never last but first I am thankful to the one that orchestrates it all. I am thankful to God for His love, mercy, and longsuffering.  How he has guided me these last 54 years, never ceases to amaze me! His Son Jesus Christ is the ultimate gift and I am truly thankful that  he loved me enough to give his life for me for my sins. A debt I can never repay, but only with my heart.

My family and friend are a blessing each and everyone each bringing a special aspect to my life. Children bring joy, grandchildren even greater joy ( like the old saying, if I knew grandkids were so much fun I would have had them first )  parents bring love and stability, friends sharing and caring sometimes the only one besides God that you are comfortable sharing your uttermost depths with. For a loving husband who puts up with my shinaigains and still loves me, sometimes leaving me to wonder why!

As my daughter so nicely said in a post on facebook, she is thankful for all her challenges, for they have made her who she is. I agree with her completely all of her challenge……oh wai tI  mean all <GRIN> of my challenges good and bad have made me who I am, for which I am thankful, the make me, the only me there is !

May each of you be truly blessed this day~ God Bless and keep each one.



What was Elizabeth Fone Winthrop Feake Hallett’s life like? Missy Wolfe tells us in Isubordinate Spirit.


I received a most interesting letter in my email last week out of the blue, mind you she must have known of me, but I not of her.  The email was from Missy Wolfe and it was telling me about a book she had written about life in early New England 1610-1665 it was entitled Insubordinate Spirit.  I found it even more interesting that I had just completed another book about another  person that possessed such a spirit among again some of the first settlers of New England, Martha Allen Carrier. It seems that things like this come in threes, my mother was also  reading the Traitors Wife, which is also a book about Martha Carrier.  These last two books about Martha Carrier are historical fictions written by Kathleen Kent and are well done.  The first book is by Missy Wolfe and it is actually a non fiction history of Elizabeth Fones Winthrop Feake Hallett’s life and times. Need I say, being a Hallett descendant,  that it took me no time to get to and order the book and read it.

Insubordinate Spirit-A True Story of Life and Loss in Earliest America 1610-1665 is a well written book. I found it very easy to read and very easy to follow. Missy tells of life and politics and religion and the play between these institutions and the effects they had on Elizabeth and her family. The book is not highly technical in that it is not in legal jargon but in layman’s terms. She has done her homework well and  found some very interesting information on Johana Winthrop Lyon, Elizabeth’s oldest child from her first marriage to the son of John Winthrop Sr. , her Uncle and then also her father in law. I am glad I read it and I think after reading it, I just might need to re-read the Winthrop Women a historical fiction by Anya Seaton , knowing and understand a little more of what was going on in her surroundings. I am sure will make that book even more interesting.

You can find the book at I will gladly add this to my genealogy book collection.

Happy Hunting!

This piece is unsolicited and my work. I received no compensation for writing this piece.

My lineage from William and Elizabeth Hallett is:

1-William Hallett
+Elizabeth Fones

2-Col. William Hallett
+Sarah Woolsey

3-Rebecca Hallett
+James Jackson

4-General Joseph Jackson
+Mary Rodgers

5-Daniel Jackson
+Jamima Benjamin

6-Silas (2) Jackson
+Mary Polly Peterman

7-Jamima Jackson
+Samuel Craig McCartney

8-Silas Jackson McCartney
+Nancy “Nannie” Curl Terry

9-Arthur Cellus McCartney
+Christina S. Cutter

10-Willard Warren McCartney
+ Adela Ruth Ogilvie

11-James R. McCartney
+ Dency J. Terrill

12-Julia K. McCartney
+ James E. Hogston