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Ken Smith (#46985536)
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Bio Photo I have been interested in genealogy since the late '70s, when a cousin showed me a 1901 genealogy, "The Descendants of William Wood" in which my late grandmother was mentioned. I like this site and have made an effort to try to locate all the ancestor graves I can. I'm always available to take grave photos in the Twin City area, that is, when they're not under two feet of snow.

Feel free to contact me with additional information or corrections. I will gladly transfer any memorial that I created that is your direct family member and not mine. You may use any pictures I add to memorials.

If I send you a biography or information about any memorial that you manage and you are no longer interested in maintaining that memorial, I will be glad to accept a transfer.
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Rachel Keller
Rose's obituary
Added by Rachel Keller on Jun 05, 2017 4:12 PM
Larry Cornwell
RE: Violation of Findagrave Policy?
Thanks, Ken!

I'll go back and read all the policies when some time opens up for me to do so.

Best wishews,

Added by Larry Cornwell on Apr 23, 2017 11:38 AM
Larry Cornwell
RE: Violation of Findagrave Policy?
Hi, Ken,

Good answer, thanks!

Where are all these rules published? I gave a cursory search on the findagrave home page, but missed it.


Added by Larry Cornwell on Apr 23, 2017 7:36 AM
All transferred :) if you need anything else just let me know :) Thank you for being respectful in you requests :)
Added by Shutterbug on Apr 22, 2017 6:42 PM
Larry Cornwell
Violation of Findagrave Policy?
Hi, Ken,

I noticed one of your comments on findagrave that someone had violated Findagrave policy by leaving a flower on a memorial page.

I know of no such prohibition. Please point out to me where findagrave states that restriction (which makes no sense).

Thanks so much.

Col. Larry P. Cornwell, USAF-Ret.
Montgomery, AL
Author of well over 300 ancestors' memorials
Added by Larry Cornwell on Apr 22, 2017 1:38 PM
Dennis Wright
Elizabeth Wood Parker

I am a descendant of Edward Parker, Elizabeth's second of three husbands. I have done extensive research on Elizabeth, her first husband John Potter, and her second husband Edward Parker. First let my thank you for the background of her first marriage. It fits with the information I have and it provides a nice touch to her bio.

In addition I will point out her name is perhaps more accurately Elizabeth Wood Potter Parker Rose. Wood is her maiden name and she was the daughter of Henry Wood and Isabel Goodspeed Wood. The other names are in order of her marriages to John Potter, Edward Parker, and Robert Rose. Rose was a military hero during the Indian Wars.

Isabel Goodspeed Wood was the daughter of Robert Goodspeed and Isabel Allyn. She and Henry had several daughters. One of the other daughters was named Mary.

I have no information on Edward's birth date or location. I believe his birth location was Kirby Hill, near Manchester, England based on DNA evidence linking one of his sons to that location. I do not know his parents names.

Claims that he is the son of William Parker, Earl of Morley are proven false. The Earl had only two sons, both who died in England. One went on to take his father Earlship and the other died without issue.

Statements that he was born in 1622 are also false. I estimate his birthdate at closer to 1602. This is just an estimate and I have found no evidence to support it. Your statement his birthdate is unknown is the most accurate.

I have a copy of the New Haven Colonial court records covering the early years and on to after both Edward and Elizabeth died. I read the transcripts relating to Elizabeth, Edward, John Potter, and the effusive Lucy Brewster. This includes the famous slander trial involving Edward, Lucy, and Elizabeth.

The record is not clear, but the interpretation given the trial in Potter Profiles is without much basis. Although there is evidence Lucy Brewster said the court would not approve of Edward's attention to Elizabeth, there is no evidence the court would not approve of their marriage. In fact they married the next month and the court and church would have had to approve the marriage. The church admitted Edward without question and he went to become a prosperous man of distinction in the colony.

What the Potter Profiles miss, and I have read them in their original form, is Lucy Brewster was the defendant in one of the slander trials. She slandered Elizabeth by saying the church would never accept her marriage to Edward and that was the primary basis of the charge. Lucy was charged, not Elizabeth.

Lucy quoted a sermon of Reverend John Davenport, minister and cofounder of New Haven, in her critique of Elizabeth accepting Edward's attentions. The court questioned her lightly around this quote to determine the accuracy of her quote. Although the court was not pleased with Lucy's conduct, it chose not to fine or excommunicate her.

The court did excommunicate colony members for slander. Lucy's husband Francis was briefly excommunicated for slander a few years earlier. Excommunications were temporary and for a set amount of time. One year was a popular excommunication sentence by the early New Haven court.

Edward was also tried in a separate slander case. Edward was accused of spreading negative business information about a rival, Richard Malbon. Both were in the butcher business and there had been a history of ill feelings between the two dating back about five years. Edward admitted he repeated what he had heard from a friend of his, Jonathan Rudd. He was assessed a fine that he paid.

There is a piece of this story I have not figured out. Elizabeth was excommunicated at the time of the trials. This is in the court records. I cannot find the reason for her excommunication and it could be for just about anything the church considered sinful.

At the same time, Lucy Brewster was talking to Elizabeth and excommunication means other members of the church can't talk to you. There is no doubt Lucy Brewster was a member of the church. The court made no charge against Lucy for what appears to be a violation of a legally enforced church sanction.

Elizabeth did return to the church by the time of her marriage to Edward in July of 1646, a month after the trial in June of that year. Nor was she excommunicated again after Edward's death and before she married Robert Rose. Widows were often kept in the church, so John Potter's death is likely not the reason for her excommunication. One history, so many little mysteries...

Dennis Wright
Added by Dennis Wright on Mar 26, 2017 8:47 AM
Ronnie Miller
RE: Memorial# 177177375
Hi Ken,

I agree, in this case however I am a direct relation to Rachel and her family. She is my 8th Great Grandmother.

I hope you and your family are well and happy this day!

Onward we travel,

Added by Ronnie Miller on Mar 12, 2017 11:11 AM
David Crawford
I prefer to keep my memorial on him as it is.

I see that you are descended from a Michael Woods married to a Mary. Would that be Micahel Marion Woods who lived in Goochland County, VA then the part they lived in became Albermarle County ? I am descended from a Sir Michael Marion Woods who was married to Lady Mary Catherine Campbell. Are these the same you are talking about ? R.J.
Added by R.J. on Mar 11, 2017 4:27 PM
Ronnie Miller
Memorial# 177177375
Hello Ken,

I have added a daughter for Moses and Alice Wise Cox # 131657283, # 131657469 and linked her to them.

My thoughts are the more we collectively know the better for us all.

Another daughter has found her way home today!

Please continue your fine work in helping us all find our family members.

Onward we travel,

Added by Ronnie Miller on Mar 10, 2017 12:48 PM
Judy Ayers
Thank you
Thank you, Ken, for doing all this wonderful documentation. I am trying to sort out my Haynes/Noyes/(so many) lines. And your information is so helpful. We are all in your debt.

Gratefully, Judy Ayers, daughter of Ursula Haynes Ayers. Her father was Horace Herbert Haynes, son of Horace Haynes, son of Elbridge Haynes, etc. etc.
Added by Judy Ayers on Mar 08, 2017 9:16 PM
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