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David Parsons (#47188618)
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Karen McKeown Wilson
Josiah French family
Thank you for adding my 18g grandfather and his wife means alot to me i did add his birth thanks again
Added by Karen McKeown Wilson on Nov 07, 2015 8:51 PM
JBrown, IA, MN, Calif, AustinTX
Moses French photo-Elm Street Cemetery in Braintree
Thank you for the photo of Moses French and deciphering the inscription. I've been figuring out the old-time geography in order to better search wills and cemeteries, deciphering which descendents of John French and his mysterious wife Grace (unknown maiden name, perhaps Alden, wrongly confused with Kingsleys due to mix-up of two unrelated John Frenches).

You've walked some of this so can tell me if I'm wrong or missing something. What I have so far--

This was the Monatiquot area of Old Braintree before it was partitioned into what became the modern suburbs, namely

(1) Quincy (Had the first of three Puritan-era churches, so the first church-and-town cemetery in old Braintree, now called Hancock Cem. Was previously Mare Mount (referring to hills along the sea/mar/mare/marine area, perhaps the Blue Hills, which might have been visible to fishing vessels in the area of varied ethnicities, Spanish and not just British, etc. long before the Puritans arrived ). Mare Mount morphed into Merry Mount, a fur trading post that the Pilgrim Miles Standish thought scandalous, so they had it put out of business after they arrived.

It had the best coastal access of old Braintree so was the part first encountered by the varied "corporate adventurers", Winthrop and the rest, who came in by ship with the Pilgrims and then 10 years later, with the other, more moderate Puritans.

Due to its "best" location, the "la-de-dahs", which the Frenches were not, owned most of the land there. Since only one church served old Braintree after it first incorporated, if people wanted a church-related graveyard, they had to bury people in the cemetery for that church. That include the first John French's two wives, first Grace (maiden Unknown, perhaps Alden) and then the widowed minister's daughter Elinor Thomson Veazie/Veasey/Vesey.

(2) Indian Villages. The trading post did business with two Indian villages along rivers upstream, locations marked by the Monatiquot part of old Braintree, with a river navigable partway in, and, a bit later, the Cochato portion even further inland, with the latter's river stream perhaps not as navigable by boats (too shallow?marshy? narrow?? rocky?). The natives had farmed/gardened in/near their villages and had fur trapping set-ups in the surrounding woods.

Those villages would be mostly emptied by European diseases by the time the Puritans arrived and the remaining Indians either assimilated or had maybe gone up into their back-up area in the Blue Hills or further. There were no frequent Indian raids, unlike places more inland, as the other Indians were willing to give theses spots up, as long as they could still hunt and farm/garden elsewhere

(3) Monatiquot/modern Braintree. The "worker bees" were more inland from the la-de-dahs. Monatiquot settled early, perhaps before the "freemen" of Braintree were declared for the first church and first town votings. This would be due to Gov. Winthrop's iron forge and other ventures not needing a church and town to exist, also due to a shared boat landing with Weymouth, plus the fur trade was not yet ready to die off. The Weymouth bay was perhaps still used by fishing vessels for repairs. Etc..

This is now modern Braintree. what remained after Quincy was peeled away, more to the north and Randolph was peeled away, to the west.

Theirs would have been the Elm Street Cemetery as this community campaigned for a second church to be added. When religious freedom was finalized mid-1820s, by finally separating church from state, the Quincy church voted to be Unitarian and the one here became what is now the First Congregational Church of Braintree.

John French and Grace were said to live here on Elm Street, located where it ended in early years, so at the Commercial street intersection. Their second-youngest son, Thomas, had land nearby. Thomas and his wife died "too soon" so young Moses and Thomas Jr., as eldest sons, late teens or early 20s, were executors of the estate, with the paperwork saying Monatiquot, sometimes spelled differently. They were one of many large French families.

A speculation that fits the facts-- Instead of dividing the land, Moses is the one who stayed behind to farm and be buried here. The rest of the brothers left then or had already departed, after arranging for Moses to buy or rent the homestead, giving them some cash to buy elsewhere. That's very typical in most of the farming families that filled my and my husband's trees. Handing everything over to the eldest son was a British nobility thing. seen as unfair by most others as it almost guaranteed poverty for all except the eldest and forced the eldest to do what they possibly hated, stay home to farm with Mom and Dad before they died.


(4) Cochato, modern Randolph. Some of the others went back there to both farm and trap and mill. Think that was Dependence and sons?

(5) Mendon and Milford--still studying those. Two siblings of Moses' father who married the Thayers went here early, then some of Moses siblings later, such as Abijah.

Were these towns in original Braintree or instead colony/daughter towns just outside?

(6) notes-
People working in pre-Braintree would have had to travel to Dorchester and/or to Weymouth for church. People think the original settlers had to move into Braintree only after it was legally formed, but that's not how things always worked.

Lad-de-dahs mostly stayed away, but worker bees for Winthrop's businesses, for fishing vessels, and for fur trading would have been there, plus so-called "squatters" or anybody buying land privately from Indians or any Indians who had assimilated (inter-married or became servants or a minister's pupils, adopted some or all European ways)

The first cemetery in Quincy is now called the Hancock Cemetery, named after a signer of the Constitution. Streets with other American Revolution names like Adams and Washington would also have been called something different in the 130 years the Puritans were in old Braintree pre-Amer. Rev., but I'm not sure what they were.

There was a "great road" that connected Boston to Plymouth that passed though old Braintree and Weymouth, maybe that's one.

Anything turned into a freeway could have been one of the original great roads (widened Indian trails at first, then gradually improved )

If you think of anything else, let me know.

Julia Brown
Added by JBrown, IA, MN, Calif, Au... on May 13, 2015 11:04 AM
Farrar and related families
Thank you for your kind help. We are working hard on this group.
Added by Farrar and related famili... on May 09, 2015 4:14 PM
Margie Hinton
Phebe Corliss Ellis
Thanks so much for taking the photo of Phebe's grave marker. I am helping research the Corliss family of England and since I live in California, I am unable to get to the cemetery to take photos.

Margie Hinton - twigsnbranches@earthlink.net
Added by Margie Hinton on Aug 02, 2014 1:00 PM
Storres Myers
Alfred and Estella Showers Photo Requests
David,

Alfred and Estella Showers, Centre County Memorial Park, are in unmarked graves. They are in Plot 36-B, west of the Chapel of Devotion Mausoleum. I uploaded a photo of Section B in the direction of the mausoleum. The floral patterned bag marks the approximate location of plot 36.--Storres
Added by Storres Myers on Jul 07, 2014 7:42 PM
CHS Jr.
Thank You ...
... for an excellent photo (Eliphalet Ripley)
CHS Jr.
Added by CHS Jr. on May 06, 2014 8:11 AM
robin laing
Photographs
Hi David.
Like to thank you for taking the trouble regarding
James Archibald Laing
Much Appreciated
Robin Cunningham Laing
Added by robin laing on May 02, 2014 7:37 AM
Gail K
Bullock photos
Thanks so much for the photos of the Bullock markers for their memorials. It is much appreciated!
Added by Gail K on May 01, 2014 5:01 PM
Donna J Breuer
David
Thank you for the photo of Anne Tracy's tombstone we appreciate your help

Donna Breuer
Added by Donna J Breuer on Apr 04, 2014 3:16 PM
Donna J Breuer
David
Added by Donna J Breuer on Apr 04, 2014 3:15 PM
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