Once again, my desk is awash in sticky notes.
I’m working on the BREED sub-folder today, one I had put off, as I knew it was likely to be a brain-buster. And, it is.
I found this little tidbit on a scanned document from a family history given to me by my Aunt Gwen.
There are quite a few typos in this note, but I think you can get the gist of it.
If you remember from my last post, I mentioned that Sarah (Hood) Bassett was my 6x great-grandmother.
What I didn’t realize until reading this note is that her younger sister, Anna (Hood) Breed is my 5x great-grandmother!
And, it’s even more convoluted than that… Hang on; it’s gonna get bumpy.
Sarah and Anna Hood were the daughters of Richard Hood and Mary Newhall Hood. Sarah married into the Bassett family, while her sister Anna married into the Breeds.
Easy so far, right?
Now, Sarah and William, and Anna and Samuel, begin to have children, as married folks in New England did.
And, Ruth Bassett and Benjamin Breed grew up and got married, too, as people do…
Oh, dear; what have we here? Both Ruth and Benjamin married into the Allen family.
And, not different branches of that family. Oh, no; that would be too simple.
Ruth Allen, wife of Benjamin Breed, was the daughter of Ruth and Abraham Allen, Benjamin’s first cousin and her husband. So, it turns out, Ruth Allen and Benjamin Breed are first cousins, once removed.
Benjamin’s grandparents and Ruth great-grandparents are the same people: Richard Hood and Mary Newhall.
And, that’s why the Hood sisters aren’t both either 6x or 5x great-grandmothers, but one generation different from each other in relationship to me.
Now, let’s see where we go from here, shall we?
Ruth and Benjamin get to work and begin having children, including a son, Abraham. Abraham grows up and marries Sarah Bassett.
Bassett. There’s that name again. And, yes, it’s our Bassetts.
Sarah Hood and William Bassett had a son named also William, sister to Ruth Bassett. William married Rebecca Berry. They had a son named Joseph, who married Eunice Hacker.
Joseph and Eunice had a daughter named Sarah Bassett.
Yes, the same Sarah Bassett who married Abraham Breed. Sarah and Abraham were second cousins, having the same great-grandparents, Sarah and William Bassett.
Well, now. That’s a nice, tidy family tree, isn’t it???
Endogomy for the win!
I’m sure that there are more tangled branches on this tree, but I will tackle them another day.
‘Til next time.