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The Bostwicks, Sacketts, and Roods all come from English ancestry. But John Sackett's marriage to Elizabeth Masten brought a Dutch and an earlier Walloon heritage to this side of the family. The stories of our Dutch ancestors give an insight into life in New Netherlands in the mid-1600s. This family grouping includes some sad family stories of the Bunnells and the Roods.

The Bostwick Family

The first Bostwick -- Arthur -- came at the end of the "Great Migration" and became one of the first settlers in Stratford, Connecticut. The next three generations remained in Connecticut until Elizabeth relocated with Sylvester McKay to upstate New York.

How We're Related

Elizabeth Bostwick married Sylvester McKay on September 13, 1782.


Ebenezer Bostwick Jr. married Elizabeth Taylor on December 24, 1746.

A family history says “ Ebenezer Bostwick was nearly sixty when war was proclaimed, but he gave valuable service during the Revolution and lived to enjoy the freedom of the colonies in his old age.”


Ebenezer Bostwick Sr. married Rebecca Bunnell on April 11, 1717 in New Milford, Connecticut. He was born in Stratford, Connecticut and died in Brookfield. Connecticut. He served as lieutenant in the Danbury, Connecticut, militia company, being commissioned in October, 1743.


John Bostwick Jr. married Abigail Walker in Stratford, Connecticut in 1687. John went from Stratford to New Milford about 1707, was the town's second settler and became a prominent citizen there filling many elected offices there. Among other responsibilities, he was on a committee to choose the schoolmaster for the first public school in New Milford. In 1721 he was granted the rights to build a grist mill.


John Bostwick Sr. married Mary Brinsmead in Stratford, Connecticut in 1661. He acquired his father's lands in Stratford and obtained more on his own. He died in 1688 leaving a good estate.

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English connection

Arthur Bostwick married Jane Whittel in Taporley, England on January 8, 1627. Jane is likely to have died in England.

Arthur emigrated to America about 1641 and was one of the first settlers of Stratford, Connecticut and owned one of the original town lots.

The Bostwick/Bostock line traces their ancestry to Osmer who can be found in the “Domesday Book,” from 1080.[1]


The Taylor Family

The Taylors were early settlers in Connecticut and remined there for the four generations.

How We're Related

Elizabeth Taylor married Ebenezer Bostwick, Jr. on December 24, 1746.


Ebenezer Taylor married Eleanor Grant in Windsor, Connecticut about 1720. Ebenezer was the fifth child of John and Elizabeth. He grew up a farmer with his father and became a member of the First Church in Windsor. The family moved from the Windsor area to Litchfield, about 40 miles to the west, about 1730. Ebenezer became a member of the church in Litchfield, was a Selectman of the Town in the 1750's, and was a Grand Juror.


John Taylor married Elizabeth Spencer on March 24, 1685. He probably grew up primarily in East Windsor. He was required with his father to care for roads in the east side community in 1672. He moved to and married in Suffield firstly to Sarah Younglove in 1682, but she died in 1683 with the birth of their first child. They had two children in Suffield, and then probably after the death of his father in 1688, moved back to the Windsor area, where the remainder of their children were born.

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English connection

Stephen Taylor married Elizabeth Newell in Windsor, Connecticut on October 15, 1649. Stephen was most likely born in England's West Country, the southwest peninsula that contains the shires of Dorset, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. Stephen is first known to be in Windsor, Connecticut in 1640. He was one of the first to move to the East side of the Connecticut River about 1656.


Robert Taylor married Thomasyne Smallridge in 1616 in Spreyton, Devon, England. She died in 1618, shortly after her son Stephen's birth. It is likely that Robert and Stephen emigrated together by 1640 to Connecticut.

McKay/Bostwick/Taylor /Grant

The Grant Family

One of the reasons that Connecticut was first settled was a discontent among some of the first arrivals in the Massachusetts Bay Colony' strict Puritanism. This seems to be what drove Matthew, the first Grant in the New World. His immediate descendants stayed in Connecticut.

How We're Related

Eleanor Grant married Ebenezer Taylor in Windsor, Connecticut about 1720. At her death in 1786 a colorful obituary was published in The Weekly Monitor and Litchfield Town and County Recorder: "The Widow Eleanor Taylor, whose decease was mentioned in our last, we are now informed, came to her end 'like a shock of corn fully ripe,' being in the ninety first year of her age, and has left a numerous progeny, viz. eight children, thirty-six grand-children, and seventy-one great-grand-children. --- Her remains were decently interred, the 3d instant, when a sermon suitable to the occasion was preached, by the Rev. Judah Champion."


Thomas Grant married Sarah Pinney on February 13, 1696 in Windsor, Connecticut.


Tahan Grant married Hannah Palmer on January 22, 1663 in Windsor, Connecticut. He was born 1633 in Dorchester, Massachusetts two years before his father and mother moved to Windsor. Tahan was a black smith, brander of horses, constable and bailiff in Windsor between 1653 and 1693.

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English connection

Matthew Grant married Priscilla Grey on November 16, 1625 in England. Matthew was born in County Devon, England and came to America in 1630 on the ship "Mary & John". He became a freeman in in 1631. He moved from Dorchester, Massachusetts to Windsor, Connecticut in 1635. Like many others, he disliked the close union of church and state that characterized the colony of Massachusetts Bay.

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Matthew Grant's Diary

He was a farmer but also a carpenter, the original surveyor of Windsor, and the Town Clerk of Windsor. In 1654 he compiled A Book of Records of Town Ways in Windsor. He was also the compiler of the Old Church Record, which has furnished the basis for the histories of most of the families of ancient Windsor. Grant appears to have been a born writer, making notes on his spare surroundings with scarce ink and paper. In his “Diary,” more accurately called a “Notebook,” he has recorded notes on sermons by the Revs. Warham, Huit, Hooker, Stone, and Moxon, as well as instructions for surveying and other notes for his own use. Grant apparently completed his life’s work, the only surviving record of the births, marriages, deaths, and church admissions of the people of early Windsor, within weeks of his death at the age of eighty.

Matthew is the GGGG grandfather of President Ulysses S. Grant.

McKay/Bostwick/Taylor /Grant/Pinney

The Pinney Family

The Pinney and Hull families followed a familiar pattern of landing in Massachusetts Colony but resettling in Connecticut.

How We're Related

Sarah Pinney married Thomas Grant on February 13, 1696 in Windsor, Connecticut.


Nathaniel Pinney married Sarah Griswold in Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony on July 21, 1670. He died at age 36 leaving two small children. He has been described as the best friend and "White Brother" of Uncas the Mohegan.


Humphrey Pinney married Mary Hull about 1633 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Humphrey of Somerset, England traveled to New England in 1633 and helped to form the towns Dorchester, Massachusetts and Windsor, Connecticut.

Mary's parents are George Hull and Thomasine Mitchell who are also the parents of another McKay ancestor, Cornelius Hull. George was the older brother of Rev. Joseph Hull who led a company of 106 which sailed from England to Massachusetts in 1635 and was known as the Hull Colony.

McKay/Bostwick/Taylor /Spencer

The Spencer Family

The Spencer and Andrews families were early settlers in Hartford, Connecticut.

How We're Related

Elizabeth Spencer married John Taylor on March 24, 1685.


Thomas Spencer married Esther Andrews on July 25, 1658 in Hartford, Connecticut. He removed to Suffield in 1674, and was one of the 34 qualified voters at the first town meeting there. Suffield did not secede from Massachusetts and become part of Connecticut until 1749.

Esther's father was William Andrews. William was a freeman in Massachusetts March 4, 1634. He probably came to Hartford with Hooker's Company and was a founder of the town. He was also the first school master there from 1643 to 1656. Esther's mother, Abigail Graves, was William's second wife. Abigail was probably the sister of George Graves, another founder of Hartford. Esther's brother, Samuel married Thomas Spencer's sister, Elizabeth.

Thomas Spencer married Ann Deerfield in 1637. Thomas first settled at Cambridge, Mass. where in 1633 he received a grant of a home lot, was made a freeman of the Mass. Bay May 14, 1634 (implying he had joined the Cambridge church), and received an additional grant of land at Cambridge in 1635. He removed to Hartford, Connecticut by 1639 where he was a member of the Hartford First Church and his name is on the Hartford Founders Monument. He served in the 1637 Pequot Indian War and in 1650 was elected Sergeant of Hartford's train(ing) band. In 1671 he received a grant of 60 acres "for his good service in the country."

Ann immigrated with her brother in 1634 aboard the Elizabeth of Ipswich. She was a maid servant for William Coddington, who went on to become the first governor of Rhode Island.

McKay/Bostwick/Taylor /Grant/Pinney/Griswold

The Griswold Family

These Griswolds are both distantly and closely related to the Stevens Griswold ancestors.

How We're Related

Sarah Griswold married Nathaniel Pinney in Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony on July 21, 1670.


Edward Griswold married Margaret (last name unknown but possibly Hicks) in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England in 1629. Edward came with his younger brother Matthew, a Petersen ancestor, from England with Rev. Ephraim Huit (another Petersen ancestor) in 1639. They belonged to the Puritan Church and this was the cause of their moving to New England as it was for many during this period 1630 to 1640.

Edward first settled in Windsor, Connecticut. Then in 1664 to Killingworth, Connecticut, first called Kenilworth, and now named Clinton. He was active in organizing the church in Killingworth and served on a committee to establish a Latin School at New London.

Edward served on a jury in Hartford in 1650 that returned a verdict of guilty against John Carrington and his wife for witchcraft and in 1662 he was on a jury that found Rebecca and Nathaniel Greensmith guilty of the same offense. Ironically the great-grandchildren of Edward and John Carrington married.


The Bunnell Family

The Bunell family started in America with the first Bunnell, William, running afoul of the authorities in both Watertown, Massachusetts and New Haven, Connecticut. Later Bunnells stayed in Connecticut and were much less controversial.

How We're Related

Rebecca Bunnell married Ebenezer Bostwick on April 11, 1717 in New Milford, Connecticut.


Benjamin Bunnell married Hannah Plumb in New Haven, Connecticut about 1700. Benjamin was a cordwainer -- a shoemaker who makes new shoes from new leather.


Benjamin Bunnell married Rebekah Mallory in New Haven, Connecticut on November 27, 1664. He and Rebekah had ten children. Benjamin had a chaotic childhood (see below).

Rebekah's father, Peter Mallory, appears to have come to America at the age of eight and lived with the Preston family for a time until marrying Mary Preston in around 1648. Mary had immigrated with her father William Preston on the ship, Truelove in 1635.

McKay/McKay Connection

Peter Mallory is also the father of another McKay ancestor, Peter Mallory, Jr.


William Bunnell married Ann Wilmot in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1640. He was a farmer and tanner. He had arrived in America in 1638 with his two brothers. After first settling in Salem, Massachusetts, William moved to Watertown. There were three children born during their years at Watertown including Benjamin. Unfortunately, William's standing in the community began to deteriorate, and by 1640, he was considered a charge to the community. On October 7, 1640, the court found it necessary to grant him a lot and stated that if he was unable to pay for it, the country would bear the expense. In 1645, they found it necessary to supply him with cotton, wool and canvas to be for his use. Shortly afterwards, he was sent back to England at community expense, leaving behind his wife and small children with no means of support. By October of 1645, the court appointed a committee to dispose of the children of William Bunnell if their grandfather (Benjamin Wilmot) did not wish to care for them.

Benjamin Wilmot, father-in-law of William Bunnell, had been among those who left Watertown and moved into Connecticut, settling in New Haven. Anne's father did attempt to assume responsibility for the children and their mother. Anne Bunnell had little choice but to take her children and join her father and his family in New Haven. But before too long, Anne and her father found it necessary to apprentice the two older children, Lydia and Benjamin.

William returned to the colonies sometime in 1649 and resumed his marriage with Ann. Upon returning he was required to take the Oath of Fidelity. In order to take the Oath, a freeman or admitted inhabitant must have been Trinitarian (believing in the Trinity). On taking it, one swore fidelity to Connecticut, not to the King. Unfortunately for his family it was not too long before he was once again at odds with the governing body.

In January 1651 William appeared in court again on charges of refusing to pay rent due and refusing to leave the house when unable to pay the rent. A month later, William still had not left the house and was once again called to court. His excuse appeared to be that he had nowhere else to live.

In October he appealed to the court to retrieve his children from their apprenticeships claiming his wife and her father had done it without his consent. Ann had apprenticed Benjamin and his sister because William had left them little or nothing.

By 1653 the court was in agreement to bear the expense of sending William back since it would free the town from the expense of maintaining him. The court ordered the townsmen to pay for his passage to England, where he told them he had friends to care for him.[4]

McKay/Bostwick/Bunnell /Plumb

The Plumb Family

The Plumb family has a long connection to Connecticut. Several different spellings of Plumb can be found in the family tree including Plum, Plumb, Plumbe, Plume.

How We're Related

Hannah Plumb married Benjamin Bunnell in New Haven, Connecticut about 1700.


John Plumb/Plume married Elizabeth Norton on November 24, 1668 in Milford, Connecticut.


Robert Plumb married Mary Baldwin on January 9, 1642 in Milford, Connecticut. He emigrated to New England with his father to Wethersfield and was one of the first settlers of Milford in 1639.

Mary's parents were Sylvester Baldwin and Sarah Bryan who along with their five children left England on the ship Martin in 1638. Sylvester died aboard the ship was buried at sea. The ship arrived in Boston three weeks later on July 3, 1638.

John Plumb married Dorothy Chaplin about 1616 in Ridgewell, Essex, England. John was among the first settlers and proprietors of Wethersfield, Connecticut, in 1635, and it seems likely that he sold his property in Ridgewell, Essex early in 1635 and bought, if he had not previously owned, a ship and immigrated to Wethersfield in his own vessel, as he was from the first a ship owner there, and traded up and down the river with the Indians. He removed to Branford in 1644. He was probably one of the soldiers in Capt. Mason's army of 77 men that marched, attacked, surprised and totally defeated the Pequots at Pequot Hill in 1637.

McKay/Bostwick/Bunnell /Plumb/Norton

The Norton Family

There were no fewer than fourteen immigrants with the surname, Norton, who arrived in the colonies prior to 1650 and there are at least three in the McKay/Stevens family tree. This Norton family is related to two Petersen ancestors.

How We're Related

Elizabeth Norton married John Plumb on November 24, 1668 in Milford, Connecticut.


John Norton arrived from England in 1646, and was one of the earliest settlers in Branford, Connecticut. John married three times, and all three wives preceded him in death. Elizabeth was the daughter of John's first wife Dorothy Rowley who died when Elizabeth was seven. He was made a freeman at Hartford in 1664, while a resident at Farmington. He joined the church in Farmington in October of 1661.

Stevens/McKay Connection

John Norton is the nephew of Francis Norton and the cousin of George Norton, both Petersen ancestors.


The Walker Family

The Walker family began in New England with one of the early Boston settlers.

How We're Related

Abigail Walker married John Bostwick, Jr. in Stratford, Connecticut in 1687.


Joseph Walker married Abigail Prudden in Milford, Connecticut, on Nov 14, 1667. He was chosen ordinary (tavern) keeper for the town of Stratford on October 2, 1678.


Robert Walker married Sarah (probably Leager) by 1635 in Boston, Massachusetts. Robert migrated from Manchester, Lancashire to Massachusetts Bay in 1632 and settled in Boston. He was a leader of those that broke away from the First Church to found the Third Church in 1669. He was a weaver of linen.

Sarah was a teacher.

McKay/Bostwick/Walker /Prudden

The Prudden Family

The Prudden family founder in America was Rev. Peter Prudden who brought his congregation to what was to become Milford, Connecticut.

How We're Related

Abigail Prudden married Joseph Walker in Milford, Connecticut, on Nov 14, 1667. Following Joseph's death in 1687, Widow Abigail married again the following spring. Her new husband, Richard Hubbell, already had a large family, his first two wives having died. Richard and Abigail became parents of two more sons.


Peter Prudden married Joanna Boyce in Milford, Connecticut in 1639. Peter assisted in the foundation of Milford, Connecticut. After education at the Merchant Taylors' School, he was a student at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He arrived in Boston, Massachusetts on June 26, 1637 with John Davenport and Theophilus Eaton. After Davenport and Eaton formed New Haven Colony, Prudden and a small group of settlers purchased a tract of land called Wepawaug from local Native Americans. Prudden was ordained as the first pastor of the Congregationalist church at Milford on April 8, 1640.

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The Sackett Family

The origin of the Sackett Family in America is somewhat foggy. We do know that they came to eventually settle in Connecticut. Later descendants moved on to the Hudson Valley of New York.

How We're Related

Mary Sackett married Alexander McKay in Amenia, New York on August 2, 1760.


John Sackett married Elizabeth Masten on January 1, 1738. He is frequently mentioned in early records of Dutchess County in connection with sales of real estate. In a deed given by him to one Moses Harris for 3,497 acres of land that had been a part of his father's estate, he is referred to as "John Sackett of Dover, sole executor and youngest son of Capt. Richard Sackett." He is described as a "Chirurgeon" and lived with his wife in Stephantown, Rensselaer County, New York.


Richard Sackett married Margery Sleade on May 11, 1699 in New York, New York. In 1703 Richard was living in New York City and was recorded in the census as Richard Sackett in the East Ward. Other members of his household were his wife, four children (probably including step children from Margery's earlier marriage), and four negro slaves (three male and one female). Richard was the earliest settler of Amenia, New York. Richard, born in New Haven, Connecticut was a procurer of Royal Navy supplies and captain in the New York colony's militia.

In an interesting connection to others in this family tree, Richard Sackett was one of the presiding officers of the "Court of the Palatines" i.e., jurisdiction over other relatives who came to the America from the Palatine region of Germany and worked collecting naval stores (the "Tar Camps") in the Hudson Valley. The Court had the "power to confinement or corporal punishment, not extending to life or mutilation."

In 1711 Richard settled his family permanently in Dutchess County, building his residence about one mile south of the present village of Wassiac. When he came to Dutchess County there were no other white settlers for 15 miles in any direction, the population of the county being only about 450.


Jonathan Sackett married Hannah, probably in New Haven Connecticut around 1675, but very little is known about this couple.

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English connection

John Sackett married Agnes Tinkham on May 20, 1652. There is a story that he came to New England in the winter of 1630-31 with his father (also John) and his uncle Simon on the ship Lyon.[1] The father supposedly became strongly attached to the non-conformist minister, Roger Williams, whom he followed first to Plymouth settlement and afterwards to Rhode Island. He eventually settled in New Haven. This version of the Sackett history is unconfirmed.

What we do know is that the first mention of John is on July 1, 1644, aged about 16, John swore the oath of fidelity at a General Court of New Haven. In 1646 when he was a member of the New Haven Train Band. The general court of that year first brought him to notice and gave him a place in the recorded history of Connecticut by fining him six cents "for wanting a rest at a training he attended." A rest was a stick crotched at one end which was used to steady the heavy musket then in use when taking aim. He remained a resident of New Haven until his death in 1684. He was primarily a farmer but also did some carpentry and was called a horse doctor.


The Masten Family

John Masten was a Dutchman who was part of the New Amsterdam experiment. After the English dominated the region, John's latter kin migrated up the Hudson Valley

How We're Related

Elizabeth Masten married John Sackett on January 1, 1738.


Aart Masten married Pieternella Viele on September 9, 1704 in Kingston, New York. In 1714, according to the first census in Dutchess County, there were only 445 inhabitants -- only 11 men over the age of 60 and 29 of the 445 were slaves. In 1719 Aart Masten acquired property there from Thomas Sanders for the sum of 80 pounds.


Cornelius Masten married Elizabeth Van Wagenen in 1676 in Kingston, New York. He took the oath of Allegiance September 9, 1689. He was a trustee of the Corporation of Kingston. His will dated January 30, 1712, was written in Dutch, with a long religious preamble. It named his wife, Elizabeth as Executrix and said she should remain in possession of the entire estate during her widowhood; if she remarries, "she shall be bound to convey half of my estate to my children and at her death, the other half to go to my children."


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Dutch connection

John Masten married Djevertje Langedyck in New Amsterdam in 1650.

John came to New York from Holland (probably a mercenary in the Dutch service) and settled in Flushing, NY, about 1640. He was constable at Flushing in 1658.

An example of how males and females were treated is shown in John's will. He leaves "my whole estate" to my two sons "except one gold ring and one silver thimble" which he leaves to his two daughters.

McKay/Sackett/Masten /Viele

The Viele Family

The Dutch Viele family, like the Mastens started in New Amsterdam and succeeding generations moved upstate.

How We're Related

Pieternella Viele married Aart Masten on September 9, 1704 in Kingston, New York. Her father died when she was an infant and she led a difficult existence with an abusive stepfather. The step-father was killed in the Schenectady massacre of 1690.


Pieter Viele married Jacomyntje Swart in 1670 in Schenectady, New York. Pieter came to Schenectady with his brother Cornelis in 1670. He became a land owner both in that area and in Dutchess County.


Cornelius Viele married Marie Du Trieux in January 1642 in New Amsterdam, New Netherlands. Cornelius was possibly one of the earliest ancestors to visit the New World. He was a sail-maker from Holland who had a share in the ship Fortuyn which sailed from Hoorn in 1613 on a voyage of discovery across the Atlantic to New Netherlands, just four years after Henry Hudson. In the following year, he and his two partners were granted a charter to trade there. However, in 1620 they lost the profitable charter to the West India Company. In 1634 he moved to New Amsterdam (what is now Lower Manhattan) and opened a tavern. His first wife having died, he married Marie.

McKay/Sackett/Masten /Van Wagenen

The Van Wagenen Family

The Van Wagenen family was among the early settlers around Albany, New York.

It is possible that the Van Wagenen family members are distant relations to the Waggener family in the Freeman family or at least from the same town. Both families are likely from a town called Wageningen in the Province of Gelderland, Netherlands. It was the custom for families in the Netherlands to take their last name from the town where they came.

How We're Related

Elizabeth Van Wagenen married Cornelius Masten in 1676 in Kingston, New York.


Aert Jacobson Van Wagenen married Annigje Gerrits van Schaik in Westbroek, Netherlands on June 22 1640. He probably arrived in America about 1642. Aert occupied, apparently as early as 1648, a farm at Bethlehem which was destroyed by fire before May 1654. He took the oath of allegiance to the Patroon on November 23, 1651. Aert Jacobsen leased a farm from the Patroon (Killian Van Rensselaer or one of his heirs). Under this arrangement the Patroon owned the buildings, stocked the farm with animals and owned the land. The patroon collected the rent, tithes, and received half the increase from the animals. A letter from Jeremias van Rensselaer, dated June 3-6 1660 says “To Aert Jacobsz...I have also granted a piece of land, above, in the high wood, behind his land, which he is busy clearing.”

In late 1660, he purchased a piece of land near Kingston containing 47 morgens (94 acres), 215 rods for 600 guilders (240 dollars), half in beaver and half in wheat at market prices. He and his wife were both received as members of the Dutch Church at Kingston on June 24, 1661. His family bible in Dutch, which has been survived through these past 350 years, is preserved at Old Dutch Church in Kingston, New York.

Aert spent a lot of time in court for things such as violations of the Sabbath, slander, late payments, etc.:

14 Feb 1662 Albert Gysbertsen, plaintiff, demands from Aert Jacobsen payment of the value of 3 beavers, wages earned for making a plough.

28 February 1662 Aert Pietersen Tack, plaintiff, demands from Aert Jacobsen payment of the amount of 81 schepels of oats. Defendant admits the debt, but says he is now unable to pay.

2 May 1662 Cornelis Jansen van Dost, plaintiff, demands from Aert Jacobsen payment of the amount of 61 guilders for wages earned.

9 October 1663 Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Aert Jacobsen, defendant. Plaintiff complains to this court that defendant said that the Lord God would some time avenge himself upon the Lords who are here on the bench. Roelof Swartwout, Schout, plaintiff, vs. Aert Jacobsen, defendant. Plaintiff accuses defendant of being a desecrater of the Sabbath, he having on that day taken a load of beer to this house.

4 February 1665 Aert Jacobsen and his wife Annetje Gerrets complain about violence committed against them in their house on this day, by Christoffel Berrisfort and five English soldiers who entered their house fully armed and took from them by violence a ham.


Jacob Aertse Van Wagenen married Symen Groot. He sailed from the Netherlands aboard the Calmer Sleutel (Calm Water) at the age of 25 in 1637 and came to Rensselaerwyck (Rensselaer County, New York), with Evert Pels, a brewer.

McKay/Sackett/Masten /Van Wagenen/Groot

The Groot Family

The de Groot family has a long history that includes one of the first settlers in Schenectady to New Amsterdam to the Netherlands and back to Joscelin de Coronet, a Crusader born in 1220.

How We're Related

Symen Groot married Jacob Aertse Van Wagenen.


Symon Groot married Marie Regelsburg about 1601 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. They arrived in New Amsterdam in 1647 and by 1650 were living in Rensselaerswyck.


Jan de Groot married Cornelia Pieters on July 1, 1579 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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Spanish connection

Jean de Groot married Alida Alvarez about 1552 in the Netherlands. Although there is little information about this couple, their marriage would have taken place during the era when the southern Netherlands were controlled by the Spanish Hapsburgs.

McKay/Sackett/Masten /Viele/Swart

The Swart Family

The Swart family were among the early settlers of Schenectady.

How We're Related

Jacomyntje Swart married Pieter Viele in 1670 in Schenectady, New York. She was the seventh child and must have been quite young when she married. She remarried to an abusive man who was killed in a massacre after which Jacomyntje fled with her children to Dutchess County and she married a third time.


Teunis Cornelissen Swart married Leysebeth (Elizabeth) Vanderlinde in Beverwyck, New Netherlands. Teunis immigrated to the Dutch Colony of New Netherlands, in about 1658. He was one of the first settlers of Schenectady and was a prominent land owner there. In 1661 Arent Van Curler, the leader of the men interested in the settlement of Schenectady, appeared before the Council of State and applied for permission to purchase the necessary land from the Indians. in 1662 Van Curler and his party of pioneers (including Teunis Swart) took possession of the land. He became a significant land owner there. Theunis died at age 51 leaving his wife, Elizabeth, a widow with eight children, probably six of whom were still living.

Elizabeth married twice more. Elizabeth and her mother and step-father and maidservant, were passengers on de Coninck David, from Amsterdam, arriving at New Amsterdam on November 29, 1641.

Elizabeth's ancestry is interesting. Her great grandfather was the mayor (Burgemeester) of Rotterdam in the late 1500s. His parents were religious dissenters at the time of the Protestant Reformation. His father fled to England and his mother was executed (drowned) as a heretic.[5]

McKay/Sackett/Masten /Viele/Du Trieux

The Du Trieux Family

The Du Trieuxs were from a small but significant group of Walloon colonists who were encouraged by the Dutch to settle in New Amsterdam. Both Phillipe and Marie were colorful characters of early New York.

How We're Related

Marie Du Trieux married Cornelius Viele in January 1642 in New Amsterdam, New Netherlands.

Marie was a 'tapper' or tavern keeper. The fact that she was the one in charge is indicated by the marking of 'The Tavern of Marie du Trieux' on a 1644 map of Manhattan. Her second husband, Johannes Peeck, was also an early settler of New Amsterdam, and the town of Peekskill, NY takes its name from him. Marie was constantly in trouble with the authorities for tapping after hours and during prayers, selling spirits without a license and keeping a disorderly tavern. In 1664 she was found guilty of selling liquor to the Indians, fined 500 guilders, and banished from New Amsterdam.


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Walloon connection

Phillipe Du Trieux married Jaquemyne Noirett on August 30, 1621 in Leiden, Netherlands.

Phillipe and his family, along with 29 other families, entered into a contract with the West India Company to relocate to America. They were Walloons, not Dutch. They departed the Netherlands at the beginning of April 1624 on the ship New Netherlands for New Amsterdam. He and fellow emigrants came as free men and were granted freedom in all religious matters. He became an employee of the West India Company and served from 1638 until his death as the Court Messenger. He owned a home on Beaver Street, near the Fort, which he sold in 1643, having acquired a sizable farm along the East River in 1640 that is now the Fulton Fish Market near the southern tip of Manhattan on the shore south of the Brooklyn Bridge.

The Walloons

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Walloon Settlers Memorial

The Walloons were natives of the County of Hainaut in Belgium who had fled to nearby Holland to escape religious persecution. Made to feel unwelcome in Holland, the Walloons, led by Jesse de Forest, first appealed to the British in 1621 for permission to settle in the British-controlled Virginia colony. When their request to the British was denied, they petitioned the Dutch West India Company to allow them to settle in the Dutch-controlled colony of New Amsterdam. Their application was granted and a group of 32 Belgian Huguenot families, joined the Dutch in 1624 on the ship Nieu Nederland to colonize New Amsterdam. There is a monument in Battery Park on Manhattan to commemorate the trip. In 1626, Pierre Minuit, one of the Walloon immigrants and governor of New-Belgium, became famous by the purchase of Manhattan Island. He bought it from the Manhattes Indians in exchange for glittering beads and other trinkets. The total value was about sixty guilders or $ 24.


The Rood Family

The Roods history is tainted by stories of incest. Much of the earliest family history is only surmised.

How We're Related

Abigail Rood married Elkenny McKay in Woodstock, Connecticut on February 10, 1727.


Samuel Rood married Mary Mariner on May 20, 1690 in Norwich, Connecticut. Samuel was the youngest son of Sarah and Thomas Rood and was only six when his father was convicted of incest with Samuel's oldest sister and sentenced to death (see following story).

Little is known of his wife's Mary's background other than her father's name was Thomas.


Thomas Rood married Sarah White on January 24, 1647 in Salem, Massachusetts. Thomas may have been an attorney and has the dubious distinction of being the only colonist in North America executed for incest. Criminally charged along with his daughter Sarah in 1672, Thomas Rood allegedly confessed to his incestuous sexual relationship, from which their son George was born. Though the written laws of the colony said nothing about incest, the Hartford Court inquired of local clergy about the propriety of such incestuous activity between adults and determined that the death penalty was appropriate.

Upon Rood’s plea of guilty the Court ruled as follows:

not haveing the feare of God before thine eyes thou hast committed that abominable sin of incest haveing carnall copulation with Sarah Rhood thy reputed daughter for which according to the law of God & the law of this colony thou deservest to dye …

Historical records indicate that only ten days elapsed between his trial and his execution by hanging. Thomas Rood was the only individual to be executed for the crime of incest between adults in Connecticut’s history.[3]

The Rood family tragedies did not end there. After the incestuous relationship between Thomas Rood and his daughter Sarah their son George was given by the state to his Uncle Thomas Leffingwell to be raised. Then when George becomes a young man and becomes engaged to a women named Hannah Bush there is another case of rape by her step father while her mother was present. It gets worse. One of George and Hannah’s sons, Ebenezer Rood, is hauled into court by his wife for almost beating her to death while she was pregnant. And then there is the case of Micah Rood, son of Thomas and Sarah Leffingwell/White Rood. By all accounts Micah was a well to do prosperous farmer who descended into mental, emotional and economic poverty. He became a pauper who was paid by the church members for cleaning the church. A legend grew up in the Norwich, Conn. area that Micah had killed a peddler in his apple orchard and that a certain type of one of his apples called the ” Mike” had a blood red spot on it because of the crime he committed.

Leffingwell and Rood

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The Deerslayer

Where facts are missing, interesting stories develop. One such story surrounds Thomas Rood and his wife Sarah (born White?) and Thomas Leffingwell and his wife Mary (possibly also born White). All we actually know of any "Leffingwell-Rood" connection, is the fact that Thomas Leffingwell was named as the guardian of Thomas Rood's orphaned son (after Thomas was hanged for incest), and was referred to as the child's "uncle" in the deposition.

It is possible that Thomas Rood's wife Sarah was:

1. Thomas Leffingwell's sister,

2. The sister of Thomas Leffingwell's wife Mary, or

3. Some other close relationship, such as adoption of both Thomases into Uncas' (a leader of the Mohegans) tribe.

Concerning the women, nothing is known for sure about either of them. There are two legends in the Leffingwell family: one, that Thomas Leffingwell made a mysterious journey back to England to get a wife. There is no record of such a journey, either coming or going, and no marriage record. The other tradition is that Mary, or "Mary White" was a daughter of Uncas, the product of young Thomas Leffingwell 's close association with Uncas's Mohegans.

Thomas Leffingwell is considered, by many, as having been the inspiration of James Fenimore Cooper's "Hawkeye" or "Natty Bumpo" in his work "The Deerslayer". In Cooper's story, Bumpo was a young white man who had been adopted by a Delaware Indian. Bumpo's side-kick, Chingakskuk, is even described as a descendant of Uncas.

Thomas Leffingwell was a footloose teenager of about 15 when he first had dealings with the Mohegans. If one rules out the phantom "trip to England", it is more than likely that the second family legend is true -- namely, that Leffingwell's wife was a Mohegan woman.

Whatever Mary Leffingwell's identity, Thomas Rood's equally mysterious wife Sarah must have had the same identity (either English or Mohegan), for the two to have been sisters. Thomas Rood was as intimately involved with Uncas as Leffingwell was, so the possibility that both women were Indians is very real. This is especially true, since Thomas Rood bore the distinctive honor of having been buried in the "Sachem Burial ground" of Norwich, Connecticut.

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Links to the Extended McKay Family


The McKay family first settled in western Massachusetts, then most moved into eastern New York State and Pennsylvania. The last four generations settled in the Midwest -- Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana.

The Bostwicks were among the first settlers in Stratford, Connecticut. The next three generations remained in Connecticut

The Taylors were early settlers in Connecticut and remained there for the four generations.

The first Grants settled in Connecticut due to discontent with the Massachusetts Bay Colony's strict Puritanism.

The Pinney and Hull families followed a familar pattern of landing in Massachusetts Colony but resettling in Connecticut.

The Spencer and Andrews families were early settlers in Hartford, Connecticut.

These Griswolds are both distantly and closely related to the Stevens Griswold ancestors.

The Bunell family started in America in Watertown, Massachusetts and New Haven, Connecticut.

The Plumb family has a long connection to Connecticut.

The Norton family is related to two Petersen ancestors.

The Walker family began in New England with one of the early Boston settlers.

The Prudden family founder in America was Rev. Peter Prudden who brought his congregation to what was to become Milford, Connecticut.

The Sackett Family eventually settled in Connecticut. Later descendants moved on to the Hudson Valley of New York.

The Masten family were Dutch who first lived in New Amsterdam then later migrated up the Hudson Valley

The Dutch Viele family, like the Mastens started in New Amsterdam and succeeding generations moved upstate.

The Van Wagenen family was among the early settlers around Albany, New York.

The de Groot family was among the first settlers in Schenectady.

The Swart family were also among the early settlers of Schenectady.

The Du Trieuxs were from a small but significant group of Walloon colonists who were encouraged by the Dutch to settle in New Amsterdam.

The Roods history is tainted by stories of incest.

The Deary family is descended from Palatine German immigrants who lived for a few generations in Northern Virginia before migrating west to Ohio, Iowa and Illinois.

The McCurdy family were Scots-Irish who emigrated from Scotland to Northern Ireland and later migrated to Eastern Pennsylvania then moved on to Eastern Ohio.

The King family is the Southern connection in the McKay ancestry with old roots in Virginia.

The Osbourne family have a close association with a plantation called Coxendale along the James River in Virginia.


The Fox family had an English/Yankee heritage with the first immigrant arriving at the end of the Puritan Great Migration in 1640. They relocated from Concord, Massachusetts to Dracut to Philadelphia.

The Colborn family in America arrived in 1635 all were settlers in Massachusetts.

The Blood and Willard families were important early settlers in Concord and Groton, Massachusetts.

The Richardson family settled early in Woburn, Massachusetts and then became the early settlers in Chelmsford.

The Merriam family was among the first settlers of Concord.

The Stone and Rogers families were part of the Puritan Great Migration.

The first Scramlin immigrant came to the America from what is today's Rhineland-Palatinate region in southwest Germany and settled in upstate New York.

The Jung family were Palatine German farmers who settled west of Albany, New York.

Daniel McDougall arrived in America just before 1776 and soon found himself fighting for independence.

Peter Sommer came to America to be a pastor to the German community already established in the Hudson Valley of New York.

The Cook family arrived in America during the Great Migration and stayed in Rhode Island for six generations.

The Tripp family arrived during the Great Migration but soon relocated to Rhode Island.

Like the Tripps, the Bentley family moved to Rhode Island where there was greater religious freedom.

The Rathbone family were northern slave owners and among the early settlers on Block Island, Rhode Island.

The Cudworth family was important in early Plymouth history.

The Benedict family were English Puritans who settled first in New York, then in Connecticut and finally in Rhode Island.

The Hoyt, Lindall and St.John families were early settlers in Connecticut.

The Drake, Moore, Rockwell, and Rogers families are all associated with early Connecticut settlement.

The Greene family settled in Rhode Island.

The Howard family migrated north and west from the Hudson Valley to Iowa over a one hundred year period.

The first Soule immigrant, George, came to America came aboard the Mayflower. His descendants became Quakers and eventually moved from Massachusetts to New York.

The Foote family arrived in America in 1630. Descendants migrated first to Connecticut and then to western Massachusetts before settling into the Hudson Valley.

The Puritan Chapin family first settled in Massachusetts and late in Connecticut.

The Prior family origins are uncertain but they have a long history in Connecticut.

Three generations of the Torrey family remained in Massachusetts for their lifetimes.

The first three generations of the Wilson family in America are closely identified with the Puritan church.

The Hooker family in the McKay family tree is dominated by Rev. Thomas Hooker, the so-called Father of Connecticut.

The Howland family was among the earliest New England settlers and the next four generations the Howland descendants continued to live in the Plymouth Colony area.

The Allen family settled in Massachusetts.

The Eaton family descends from Mayflower passenger Francis Eaton.

The Hoskins family has an Irish connection.

The Coon (Kuntz) family emigrated in 1710 from the Palatine region to the Hudson River Valley.

The Hagedorns were Palatinate Germans who emigrated due to the encouragement of the English monarchy.

The Mentgen famly was also from Palatine Germany.

This branch of the Coons family may or may not be related to the other Coon family in this line.

Four generations of the Gage family followed a familiar migration route from Massachusetts to the Hudson Valley to upstate New York.

The Hoag family went from a Puritan judge in the Salem witch trials to early settlers in the Hudson Valley.

The Collins family were Quakers who settled along the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border region.

The Barnard and Peasley families are closely associated with Amesbury/Salisbury region of Northeastern Massachusetts.

The Eaton and Rowlandson families lived in Northeastern Massachusetts and were made famous by a book detailing a kidnapping incident during King Philip's War.

The Swett family includes the immigrant, John, the soldier, Benjamin, and the Quaker, Moses.

The Hussey family's founder, Captain Christopher Hussey, started the American whaling enterprise from Nantucket Island.

The Bachiler family descended from the dissident minister Stephen Bachiler who had a long and colorful life.

The Huddleston family is associated with the Quakers of Rhode Island.

The Davises were an early Massachusetts family.

The Pynchon family is known for the immigrant, William, who founded Springfield, Massachusetts and wrote the first book banned in the colonies.

The Meeker family migrated out of the Massachusetts Bay Colony first to Connecticut, then to the Hudson River Valley, and finally to western New York State.

The Mills family, after arriving during the Great Migration, settled in Stamford/Fairfield, Connecticut.

The Wakeman and Goodyear families were prominent along the Connecticut coast in Fairfield, Milford and New Haven.

The Rogers and Knowles families were early Connecticut settlers as well as land owners in southern Maine.

The Clark family includes a founder of Milford, Connecticut.

The Hawley and Birdsey families are associated with settlement in Stratford and Wethersfield, Connecticut.

The Ward family settled first in Watertown, Massachusetts but later, along with the Lockwood family settled in Connecticut.

The Middlebrook, Bateman and Williams families' start in New England was in Concord, Massachusetts but soon relocated to Fairfield, Connecticut.

The Mallory family is associated with Fairfield, Connecticut.

The Trowbridge and Lamberton families were among the earliest settlers in New Haven, Connecticut.

The Morehouse family has strong Connecticut roots as settlers in Stamford and Fairfield.

Among the earlest of the Great Migration to New England, the Hull family settled in Windsor, Connecticut and later in Fairfield.

The first Fords settled on an island off the coast of southern Maine in the 1640s and spent a couple of generations there. Later generations relocated to Massachusetts and then Connecticut before Benoni Ford moved his family to upstate New York.

The Cadman family arrived in Rhode Island and the family stayed on the border with Massachusetts for four generations before settling in the Hudson Valley of New York.

The Seabery came from Somerset, England and seem to be among the rather rare Massachusetts slave-owning families.

The Ladd family like many came to Rhode Island because of its relative religious tolerance.

The Kemp and Partridge families were early settlers in Duxbury, Massachusetts.

William Almy was one of the earlest settlers in the Massachusetts Bay Colony but returned to England and eventually settled with his family in Rhode Island.

Thomas Cornell was a prominent settler both in New York and Rhode Island. A questionable murder and conviction tainted the reputation of his family.

The Mann family is closely associated with the early settlement of both Scituate, Massachusetts and Hebron, Connecticut.

The Root family were first settlers in Hartford and Hebron, Connecticut and Deerfield, Massachusetts.

The Frary family had first hand experience with violence with Native Americans on the frontier.

The Sutton family includes religious dissidents who relocated more than once to escape religious persecution.

The Foster family first settled in Ipswich/Topsfield, Massachusetts.

The Griffin family got caught up in the witchcraft hysteria of the era.

The Shatswell family is connected to the Stevens and McKay family through four different lines from the immigrant John Shatswell.

The first Letsons in America settled in Rhode Island before relocating to upstate New York.

The Blanchards are closely identified with Rhode Island.

The Whaley family has a strong anti-royalist background with connections to both Oliver Cromwell and the Regicides.

The Hearndon settled in Rhode Island.

The early generations of Albros were Rhode Island residents with varied religious beliefs.

The Gardiner family were early settlers in Rhode Island.

There is a tradition in the Rhode Island branch of the Sweet family, that their ancestors had long been gifted by nature with the faculty of setting dislocated and broken bones.

The extended Manchester family were traders in the Long Island Sound with connections to Long Island, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

The Greene family followed Roger Williams to Rhode Island.

The Lawton and Hazard families were early settlers in Rhode Island.

The Smith family members were early settlers in Rhode Island.

The Gereardy family came to New Amsterdam from Holland.

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General History





[1] Genealogy of the Bostwick family in America : the descendants of Arthur Bostwick of Stratford, Conn. p. 31

[2] A Great Appearance of Force: Puritan Family Government in Colonial Connecticut, 1672-1725, Alicia Desiree Martin-Cowger

[3] The Sacketts of America : their ancestors and descendants, 1630-1907 p. 14

[4] One Bassett family in America, p. 182-185

[5] New York Genealogical and Biographical Record Vol. 120 number 2 page 137