Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Is it really TRUE? A first cousin 12 x times removed is William Brewster who was on the MAYFLOWER 1620?

Mayflower 1620  William Brewster
I have come upon another surprise and again the thought of "Is it really so?" has come to my mind.  
The first surprise was this summer when my DNA report was posted on Ancestry.com for me to read and it said my enthnicity was 22% Irish.  I was sure they gave me the wrong results. Looking in my mother's maternal line I discovered the Irish line. Whoa....  They were from Cork Ireland and someone even posted stories about them.  The DNA was true. 

This second surprise is very timely.  And again it's from my mother's maternal line. My Grandmother is Edna Clare PHIPPEN.
This is the link to a site called Relative Finder.  Relative Finder If you have a tree on FamilySearch.org you can sign in on your LDS Account and follow the instructions. -  your tree will be download.  Then the fun begins.  You will see many categories you can choose from and I choose this one.  

  •  Mayflower          
  •  It came up that William Brewster is my first cousin 12 x                                         removed and it gives you a 'map' (so to speak) starting at the bottom of the page is my name and you read up to see how we are connected.   I went to my tree in FamilySearch.org to double check.  I followed (starting with me)  the pedigree line and sure enough it got me to William Brewster.  There were even sources on each pedigree (family) as I got closer to the Brewster line,  however the data on William Brewster (person detail) is a mess.  Those of you that use FamilySearch.org know what I am talking about and those who are not familar with it  - Sorry I don't know where to begin to explain. 
  •  Oh, and BTW you don't have to be a member of the LDS church to sign up to use FamilySearch.org.  

  • This is how the connection reads:

  • Elder William Brewster    1560-1643
    Patience Brewster      1590-1634
    Mary Prence    1629 - 1711
    Joseph Freeman    1645-1733
    John Freeman    1680 -1725
    Dorothy Freeman    1790-
    Tamer Williams    1743-
    Ester Smith    1768 -1845
    Ada Stewart    1798 - 1870
    Joseph Freeman Phippen    1822 - 1912
    Edna Clare Phippen     1878 -1949
    Verona Shirley Perrins     1914 – 2006
    Renee Tomlinson (me)    1942 -

"The words 'once removed' mean that there is a difference of one generation"  So William Brewster is twelve generations from me and my two brothers and all our cousins on the PHIPPEN line. 

If you want to know more about William Brewster GOOGLE his name and you will find lots of wonderful information on him. He was a good guy.  
This is what I found on FamilySearch.org that someone had posted. 

A Short Biography and Record of Mayflower Trip

William Brewster was born about 1566, the son of William Brewster. He was educated in both Greek and Latin and spent some time at Cambridge University, although he never completed a full degree. He went into the service of William Davison, then Secretary of State, while his father back home maintained a position as the postmaster of Scrooby, Nottinghamshire. Under Davison, Brewster first traveled to the Netherlands. After Davison was removed as Secretary of State by Queen Elizabeth, Brewster worked himself into his father's postmaster duties and maintained Scrooby Manor. Brewster was instrumental in establishing a Separatist church with Richard Clyfton, and they often held their meetings in the Manor house. Brewster and the others were eventually found and forced out, and fleeing prosecution and persecution they headed to Amsterdam in 1608, and moved to Leiden, Holland in 1609. Brewster became the church's Elder, responsible for seeing that the congregation's members carried themselves properly, both helping and admonishing them when necessary. In Leiden, Brewster working with Thomas Brewer, Edward Winslow, and others, began working a printing press and publishing religious books and pamphlets that were then illegally conveyed into England. Brewster also employed himself teaching University of Leiden students English. By 1618, the English authorities were onto him and his printing press, and had the Dutch authorities in pursuit of him. Thomas Brewer was arrested and held in the University of Leiden's prison, but Brewster managed to evade the authorities and went into hiding for a couple years. When the Leiden church congregation decided to send the first wave of settlers to establish a colony that everyone could eventually move to, their pastor John Robinson decided to remain behind in Leiden with the majority of the congregation, intending to come later. The smaller group that went on the Mayflower desired the next highest ranking church official, Elder Brewster, to go with them; so he agreed. He brought his wife Mary and two youngest children, Love and Wrestling, on the Mayflower with him. Brewster continued his work as Church Elder throughout his life at Plymouth Colony. His wife Mary died in 1627, and he never remarried. He lived to be nearly 80 years old, dying in 1644. His estate inventory lists the titles of several hundred books that he owned. Shortly after he died, William Bradford wrote a short but concise biography of Brewster in his history Of Plymouth Plantation, though he erroneously filed it under 1643 instead of 1644.

 "Is it really so?"  I don't know. The jury is still out on this one for me.  Then I'm wondering; maybe their is a cousin of mine that has known this all along!  If so, please let me know.  On the surface it looks good but, this is one Ancestral line I would need to fully study family by family to be convinced all is correct.   And right now I don't have the time to scrutinize each family.
What I want to do is to WISH YOU ALL