Another genealogical post. Forty years ago, I copied inscriptions at our family cemeteries, the Pilcher Cemetery and the Winslow Pilcher Family Cemetery. (I describe that project in another post, here.) Additional information about those families may be interesting to some readers.
When I was a child, visiting the cemeteries on Decoration Day, I liked to read the old tombstones but I didn’t know who the people were. When I became interested in genealogy as a teenager, how fun to realize the kinship connections. I learned that David and Esther Washburn, who are buried in the older part of the Pilcher Cemetery, are my great-great-great-grandparents. I was interested in tracing the history of their children, but I didn’t get very far and drifted away from genealogy during my college days.
But in the early 00s, I corresponded with a distant Washburn cousin named Hoy Washburn, who sent me a tremendous amount of research he and another cousin had done on the family. Here, I’ll copy the names of just my direct ancestors.
John Washbourne, born August 1, 1566 in Bengeworth, Worcestershire, England, died August 3, 1624. Married Martha (Timbrell) Stevens in St. Peter’s Parish, Bengeworth. She was born there about 1573 and died May 9, 1626. They are my 9-great-grandparents.
John Washbourne, baptized July 2,1597 in St. Peter’s Parish, Bengeworth, died March 17, 1671. He married Margery Moore on Nov. 23, 1618 in St. Peter’s Parish Bengeworth. She was born about 1586.
According to this website, John (1597-1671) sailed to New England in about 1631 or 1632, and settled in the town of Duxbury in Plymouth Colony, where he was a tailor. He and Margery were the immigrant ancestors, although Margery apparently died not long after they arrived in Plymouth. (Other interesting websites, for instance this one, can be easily searched for concerning these early Washburns.)
John Washburn, born about Nov. 20, 1620 in Bengeworth, died Nov. 12, 1686 in Bridgewater, Pymouth Co., MA. He married Elizabeth Mitchell in Plymouth on Dec. 6, 1645. She was born about 1629 in Plymouth and died before Dec. 5, 1684 in Bridgewater, MA.
Elizabeth was the granddaughter of a Mayflower passenger. Her parents were Experience Mitchell and Jane Cooke, and Jane Cooke was the daughter of Francis Cooke, who sailed on the Mayflower and signed the Mayflower Compact. Francis Cooke and his wife Hester (who came to the colony a little later) are my 9-great-grandparents. There is much online concerning Cooke and other Mayflower passengers.
James Washburn (5/15/1672-6/11/1749), married Mary Bowden (about 1670-12/18/1745). They were from Bridgewater. They married Dec. 20, 1693
Moses Washburn (9/9/1702-10/31/1765), married Hannah Cushman (12/25/1705-after 7/29/1750). They married May 23, 1727 in Kingston, MA. She was the daughter of Robert Cushman and Perusus Lewis.
Bezaliel Washburn (about 1740-10/5/1813), married Patience Sollard, his third wife, on July 10, 1795 in Darmouth, Bristol County, MA. (What cool names! “Bezaliel and Patience, table for two…” The biblical Bezalel was one of the artisans on the Tabernacle in Exodus 31.)
David Wasburn (8/12/1785-3/13/1852), married Esther Griffith. David was born in Dartmouth. Esther was born in 1789 in New York. They both settled in Fayette County, IL in the 1830s, and died there. Their children:
* Alma Washburn
* Julia Ann Washburn, m. Jabez Luther
* Philip Washburn (1808-1841), m. Rebecca
* Reuben Washburn (b. 1810)
* Leonard Washburn (b. about 1815), m. Shara Ann Starnes
* Daniel Griffith Washburn (b. 1823), m. Mary Beach
* David J. Washburn (2/15/1825-1/30/1893), m. Sarah J. Crawford, who was my great-great-great-aunt in the Crawford family)
* George Washburn (1/24/1826-about 1880). He was my great-great-grandfather. His third wife,
Ellen (Long) Goodman, was my great-great-grandmother. His first wife, Octavia Pilcher, was my great-great-great-aunt in the Pilcher family.
* Hannah Washburn (1829-1907), who married William Lewis Pilcher, my great-great-great-uncle (Octavia’s older brother) in the Pilcher family. They are buried in the Winslow Pilcher family cemetery.
* Almon Delos Washburn (1831-1902)
* Eli Washburn (1832-1864: he died in the Civil War at Marietta, Cobb Co., GA)
* Ira Washburn (1836-1849.
* Leroy Washburn (1838-1908). He married Susan F. Crawford, my great-great-great-aunt in the Crawford family, and sister of Sarah, whom I just mentioned).
George and Ellen Washburn had two daughters Abagail
and Susan. Susan is buried in the Bolt Cemetery with her husband Isaac England and near her parents. Abagail married Albert Pilcher and had one child, Grace, who married Josiah Crawford. “Joe and Grace” were my mother’s parents.
When I copied the inscriptions in the Pilcher Cemetery in 1974, I had difficulty reading the stones of Philip and Rebecca Washburn and Philip’s young brothers Ira and Reuben. They are all buried near David and Esther in the old section of the cemetery.I remember getting down the ground and tracing the inscriptions with my fingers to determine the letters and numbers. I felt sad for Philip and Rebecca, married but young when they both died in 1841. What was their story?
Another Washburn family member, Cyrene (1814-1856) is buried nearby, too. I assumed he was a child of David and Esther, but according to Hoy Washburn’s wonderful research, Cyrene was David’s brother Stephen’s son. (Cyrene is a biblical name but for a place, rather than a person.)
Back to Francis Cooke: the Mayflower website gives some information about him, here. That site also gives famous descendants of the passengers, and the Cookes’ descendants include both Presidents Bush, Dick Van Dyke, “Grandma” Moses, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. How much joy it would’ve given my grandma to know she was distantly related to Roosevelt through her mother’s family! She was a stubborn Democrat and revered FDR.