The NEHGR article of July 1995 made us aware of the multitude of errors made by Pierce. While far from perfect (like many works of the time) it is a starting point, to get the research ball rolling. Like most others my early research did not note sources. Am adding sources where I have them in my file in "roots web world connect."
Think most of my sources are accurate. Have added material from individuals that have cited their sources. The early generations of the Bowen and Bullock ancestry is off the net, so don't know at present how accurate it is.
My line Joseph 2, Benjamin 3, Benjamin 4, Benjamin 5, Benjamin 6, Freelove 7. Gens. 6 & 7 are part of the Danby, Rutland Co., VT Fiske's.
We can thank Gene Zubrinsky for bringing to light one of Pierce's mis-placements. Pg. 239 of Gene's work points out the boo boo.
The article was covering the Hammond family and wife Elizabeth Bartram (various mis-spellings of the name have been noted over the years) -can be seen on pg. 230)
For those who have Hammond and or Fiske ancestry (from Joseph and Elizabeth) it is a must read.
I do not subscribe to the various quarterlies NEHGR, NYGBR, TAG; but am quite aware of their existance and check them in the library from time to time. Had a stretch of about 10 years were I was frequenting used book stores who have history and genealogy in inventory. Happened across the issue noted above - and for the exorbitant sum of $3.00 purchased same.
Those who are desc. from Benjamin 5 (noted above) are likely acquainted with Pierce's work. Pg. 169 notes Hannah Hammond as his wife (dau. of Gideon & Hannah (Cole) pg. 226 of NEGHR July 1995). Ben died in 1785 about 4/5 years before his widow and 4 children went to Danby.
What Pierce did not pick up was the fact that Hannah died within a year of marriage.
Was much bewildered for several years, after becoming aware of the small Fiske cemetery in Danby four corners, as to why Valleriah (Colvin) Fiske, widow of Benjamin, was buried in a 10 grave cem. with this part of the Fiske family. Could not find any Benjamin Fiske that would fit as her husband. At that point not realizing the magnatude of Pierce's blunders, did not know that Val was Ben's 2nd wife.
In NYS series of DAR Bible and Family Records vol.B-220 a Valeria Colvin m. 15 Nov 1761, Benjamin Fishe (not a typo) d. 13 Sep 1773. They had children, but no records available. Original info in manuscript form by Porter Matteson, was retyped and indexed by John C. LaPiana.
Did not make the connection until June 2000 when I was comparing notes with a Colvin cousin. Ben, son of Ben &Val married Freelove Colvin ( a moderately distant cousin of Val).
I wonder from time to time, how many of the current generation (involved with the net) would have had the patience of our forebarers to subscribe to the BET (Boston Evening Transcript) which published (most weeks) 2 weekly columns of Q's A's and notes. Sometime it took 3 to 6 months to see a rep;y to a query.
Easiest way to acces my file -search for "Weldon Vail" see 3 hits, then click on my file, and go to work.
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