I have a copy of Taylor's Early Families of Limington, also his History of Limington, and found some great info in there. I am also researching a Lake family connection that he mentions through Mercy (Lake) Laha. Laha was also a name from Cape Cod, but Taylor says she was from Gorham, and the Lakes in Maine at that time are all Francis Eaton (Mayflower) descendants. Interesting.
My theory on the elusive Gervis Coley is that it was a mistranscription of JAMES Cole (Cole was sometimes written Coley back then), with the upper loop of the J written small and a large loop below to make it look more like a G. Fairly common back them. The curving letters of "_ames" could easily have been misread "_ervis" by Bowman. So far have not found much information about any James Cole....possibly because he died so very young! I" am looking for a marriage record for a James Cole at the right time to have had daughter Ann with wife Bridget.
There also might be reason to look in early NJ recores in the Piscataway region, as there were early Cape Cod people, notably one of the Higgins families, who were connected by marriage to both the Smiths and the Strouts, who moved to NJ, possibly to get away from some of the religious strictures of Plymouth. I don't know that they were Quakers, or may have been in process of becoming Quakers, but times were hot for Quakers on Cape Cod, so maybe....???
I've been loosely followig this thread since its beginning. I stumbled upon a gravestone today of Sarah Strout wife of Eleazer Strout, died 1810 ae 95 I believe it said. Is this something you knew about or are interested in?
This must be a different Sarah Strout, as my Sarah Strout married a York and then a Thorn.
Thank you, Wayne, for following this thread! I'm still trying to find proof if Bridget was her biological mother or not.
Yes this is a different Sarah, I was actually trying to answer Jane's post that spoke of an Eleazer Strout, son of Bridget. The site I found had Sarah's stone and a broken off field stone and perhaps another broken stone or two.
The birth date 2 Aug 1682 comes from Find-A-Grave and was posted by an individual known to guess a lot.
Thank you very much for this info.
If you ever find the place of death and the year of death for Bridget Strout (widow Coley), please let me know.
I need to find out if Bridget was still alive in 1727-1735 and lived in Cape Elizabeth with her husband George, or if she died in Truro, Mass..
I'm still trying to prove if she was the biological mother of Sarah Strout (York Thorn) who was born about 1735/37 (I'm searching for Sarah Strout's birth record also---see my 2-9-2010 posting).
Thank you again for your interest, Pauline
I am SOOO interested in this. I plan to get to NEHGS one of these years and the Cape and start digging around. I bought Leonard Smith's Cape Cod books and have been combing them for clues to Bridget's identity, as well as trying to get my hands on the source of Bowman's original transcription of the Truro Vital Records (found online) where the marriage record of George and Bridget is found. There just weren't that many people back there when she was born, and most of them came from Plymouth, which means a high probability of a Mayflower connection for her. Intriguing.....I really want to dig around in the old Eastham records because Truro's congregation came from the Eastham parish originally, and one of my older ancestors were Samuel Freeman, Samuel Mayo, and Rev. Treat, who was the minister at Eastham for awhile.....what I wouldn't give for any journal or diary of his!
My theory is that Bridget was a nickname or a middle name- maybe her mother was still alive? There were at least two Bridgets I can find in the previous generation (Bridget Bodfish and Bridget Fuller) and so am looking in the family trees of those for collateral descendants. People consistently named children after family members back then, so we shall see...I am always checking to see if any of Bridget's grandchildren have unexplained names and if any might have been named after granny....keep coming across Lydia....and there were some illustrious Lydias out on the Cape.
Also, have found some interesting insights in my John Smith/Beriah Smith to the Higgins family, and some of them took off for New Jersey and so would have unwittingly created the dearth of documents facing us about Bridget.....Many theories....but NO other mention of any Gervis Coley in any database ANYWHERE. Need to check English sources...
All in all, a lovely puzzle, and one that I will keep plugging away at for the rest of my life.
PLEASE stay in touch. There is someone else out there working on Sarah York and the theory that she was a native Am adopted by them...there was a Captain Sandy who was part of the selling of the Ossipee tract to Francis Small (later the Limington/Limerick Maine area) and so they had good ties with some of them, at least on an occasional basis. There are lots of old Maine histories out there.....do you live in Maine? WISH the records in Portland had not burned then.
Hi Jane, I have been wondering if you have found any more information on Bridget?
I am still looking for the date of her death, and still trying to prove if she was the biological mother of Sarah Strout,
Do you know the name of the 'someone else out there' who is researching Sarah Strout York and the theory that she was a Native Am. taken in by the Strouts?
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could finally solve some of these mysteries??
Best of luck in your search! Pauline
From the TruroMAStrout1.gif attachment that was posted by Kathy, it looks like Sarah Strout was a bit more that 12 when she married John York in 1748. My math reveals that she was about 37.
I have been dealing with two contradictory theories for the parentage of my 3rd great grandfather Col. John York (1749-1838) for more than 25 years.
There is little question that Col. John York (1749 – 1838 ) resided and died in Bethel, Oxford, Maine and that he was married to Abigail Bean (1750-1827).
My personal conclusion is that the parentage of Col. John York is John York (1722 – 1771) born at Durham, NH to John and Phaltiel Folsom York; and Sarah Folsom (1730 – 1825) born at Exeter to Nathaniel and Susanna Jackson Folsom.
The alternate theory that perplexes me is that Col. John York’s parentage is that of a different John York (1728 – 1771) born at Boston to Abraham and Amiable Blake York; and Sarah Strout (1736 – 1815) born at Pearsontown to George and Bridget Cooley Strout.
Sears notes are in direct opposition to my other sources. (Sears, 1991)
The sources listed below are the basis for all conclusions. Early Families of Standish, Maine by Albert J Sears seems to be the contradiction.
Chapman, J. (1882). A Genealogy of the Folsom Family; John Folsom and his Descendants, 1615-1882. Concord, New Hampshire: The Republican Press Association.
Folsom, E. K. (1938). Genealogy of the Folsom Family a Revised and Extended Edition Incuding English Records 1638-1938. Rutland, VT: The Tuttle Pulblish Campna, Inc.
Lapham, W. B. (1891). History of Bethel, Fomerly Sudbury Canada, Oxford County Maine. Augusta, Maine: Press of the Maine Farmer.
Sears, A. J. (1991). Early Families of Standish, Maine. Bowie, MD: Heritage Books.
Stackpole, E. S., & Meserve, W. S. (1913). History of the Town of Durham, New Hampshire. Durham, NH: Published by Vote of the Town.