Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:
1) Which family surname line (of identified ancestors) of yours stayed the longest in one U.S. state or other country province/shire since, say, 1600? For example, in the USA, my Seaver line was in Massachusetts from 1634 to 1940. For England, my Vaux line was in Somerset from the late 1500s to 1840. For Canada, my Kemp line was there from 1785 to 1902.
* List the generations for one or two of your long-staying-in-one-locality surname lines. (Yes, I know that some countries used patronymics - follow the father's line back in time).
* Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Google+ or Facebook post.
A) I'm going to do Seaver for the USA:
1. Robert Seaver (1608-1683), came to Roxbury, Mass. in 1634 from England.
2. Shubael Seaver (1640-1730), resided in Roxbury, Mass.
3. Joseph Seaver (1672-1754), moved from Roxbury to Sudbury, Mass.
4. Robert Seaver (1702-1752), moved from Sudbury to Westminster, Mass.
5. Norman Seaver (1734-1787), resided in Westminster, Mass.
6. Benjamin Seaver (1757-1816), resided in Westminster, Mass.
7. Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825), resided in Westminster, Mass.
8. Isaac Seaver (1823-1901), moved from Westminster to Medfield to Westminster to Leominster, Mass.
9. Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922), resided in Leominster, Mass.
10. Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942), resided in Fitchburg and Leominster, Mass.
11. Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), resided in Leominster, Mass, moved to San Diego, Calif. in 1940.
So 11 generations. 1634 to 1940 is 306 years in one U.S. state - and all within a radius of about 20 miles!
B) For England, I'm going to do my Vaux line in Soemrset:
1. Thomas Vax (1593-????) in South Petherton.
2. John Vaux (1620-????) in South Petherton.
3. William Vaux (1653-1706) in South Petherton.
4. James Vaux (1704-1776) in South Petherton.
5. John Vaux (1747-1806) in South Petherton.
6. James Vaux (1787-1839) in South Petherton.
7. Samuel Vaux (1816-1880) moved from South Petherton to Aurora, New York in about 1840.
So 7 generations for this Vaux surname line. 1593 to 1840 is 247 years in one English county/shire, and all in the same parish!
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