|Map of New England by John Sellers from about 1670.|
As my ancestry marches backward in time, there is a linear connection from one Holcombe to the next; son to father, generation to generation and so on moving backward. Each of these generations is like a node that connects one family to another. Branching off these nodes are the stories of the spouses and their ancestors, the other colonial families.
This report, which is a work in progress, will provide a link to short articles about some of the my colonial families.
Mary Bliss would marry the first Nathaniel Holcombe in 1670. He was the third son of the Puritan settler Thomas Holcombe and is my eight great-grandfather. He and Mary would settle in the wilderness west of the Connecticut River and be responsible for a huge line of descendants. The Bliss family would first settle in Boston, then Hartford, Connecticut and finally, Springfield, Massachusetts.
Read about the Bliss Family Here . . .
Catherine Chapin was the mother of Mary Bliss and came from a well-documented colonial family. They settled in Springfield, Massachusetts in about 1642. Catherine's father, Samuel was one of the founding fathers of Springfield and the family boasts many notable descendants.
Read about the Chapin Family Here . . .
Martha Buell would marry the second Nathaniel Holcombe in 1695. He was the oldest son of Nathaniel I and is my seventh great-grandfather. Martha's family were early settlers to Simsbury, Connecticut and thus also from the larger group of people who pioneered the wilderness west of the Connecticut River.
Read about the Buell Family Here . . . coming soon
Martha Cogan was the mother of Martha Buell and comes from a family that some trace back to the middle ages. Martha's father, Thomas came from Chard, Somersetshire, England and settled in Tauton, Plymouth Colony before 1638.
Read about the Cogan Family Here . . . coming soon
Thankful Hayes would marry the third Nathaniel Holcombe in 1717. He was the eldest son of Nathaniel II and is my sixth great-grandfather. The Hayes family were prominent settlers of wilderness at Salmon Brook, which later became Granby, Connecticut. The Holcombe and Hayes family are forever entwined by multiple marriages during the early generations of the families.
Read about the Hayes Family Here . . . coming soon
Elizabeth Wilcockson would marry Joseph Holcombe sometime before 1750. He was a middle child of Nathaniel III and is my fifth great-grandfather. Elizabeth's family where early settlers to Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Read about the Wilcockson Family Here . . . coming soon
The Holcombe Family - Colonial Generations
The Wilderman Family - Colonists and Pioneers
David Hollister and the Hollister Family
Research Notes: Available information on most of these families is plentiful and can be found across the web as well as in older, more traditional, genealogy texts. Some of the more prominent and useful sources will be mentioned at the end of each of the individual articles.