Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Who Else is Related to Simon Bradstreet, Colonial Massachusetts Governor?

I received an email from Geni.com today that said I was related to Simon Bradstreet (1604-1697), who was Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1679 to 1686, and 1689-1692.  I knew that - he is my 9th great-grandfather.  The more interesting ancestor for me is his wife, Ann (Dudley) Bradstreet (1612-1672), the first American poet and the first woman to be published in Colonial America.

I was interested to see what Geni.com had to offer about this colonial "Power Couple" and if there was anything of significant interest in the Geni.com profiles for them.

Here is the top of the Geni.com profile for Simon Bradstreet:


I read the Notes, and waned to see what sources were given.  There is a Sources tab further down the page, so I clicked on that tab and saw:


There were only two sources - one was to a WikiTree profile for Simon Bradstreet and the other was to a published book in which Governor Bradstreet is mentioned.

I guess no one has added these sources to the list:

1)  Marston Watson, Royal Families: Americans of Royal and Noble Ancestry: Volume One: Governor Thomas Dudley and Descendants Through Five Generations, Second Edition ( Baltimore, Md. : Genealogical Publishing Company, 2005), Volume II, page 60.

2)  Dean Crawford Smith, edited by Melinde Lutz Sanborn, The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton, 1878-1908, Part II: The Ancestry of Amanda Spiller, 1823-1873 (Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008), page 8.

3)  Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins, Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 (Boston, Mass. : New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), Simon Bradstreet sketch, Volume I, pages 209-215.

I guess I'll have to add those to the Sources list on geni.com so that readers can read some authoritative works.

Further down the Notes was an interesting list of descendants of Simon and Ann (Dudley) Bradstreet:



Assuming the list members are really descendants of Simon and Anne, then I am also related to all of those on the list.  That's cool, my cousins will enjoy knowing that they are related to Simon and Anne, but also to cousins Herbert Hoover, David Souter, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Richard Henry Dana, Elliot Richardson, Steve Young and John Lithgow.

Now my quandary is:  What qualifies someone to be on this list of descendants?  And:  Should I add my name as a "Non-political descendant?" Do my accomplishments in genealogy, such as they are, merit inclusion on the list?   I know, as a "Notable genealogist!"  I'm a bad boy - go check it out!

I wonder how long it would take to have my name taken off the list?  And who would do it - a curator?  Another Geni.com cousin?  Perhaps other cousins would add their name to the list too.

Oh well, we'll see what happens!  This was fun!

Are any readers descendants of Governor Simon and Anne (Dudley) Bradstreet also?  Surely, we are an elite group!

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Copyright (c) 2014, Randall J. Seaver


5 comments:

Brian Chelton said...

It appears I also am related to the Bradstreets. I am still confirming some details and verifying sources - as one of them was a published family history. My wife who was an English Lit major was super excited to hear that her kids might be related to Ann. I confess I had to look up Ann on Wikipedia as I do not think I had ever heard of her. Now I know.

Julie said...

I have the Dudley's (Anne parents)only because Mary Winthrop married Rev. Samuel. I am descended from Elizabeth Fones Winthrop Feake Hallet via William Hallet. At this point in my research I have no connection to this family, but will be keeping an eye out :D I know I have I read about Thomas while reading about Elizabeth.

Bill Wheeler said...

I too am a descendent of the Bradstreets. I came across them when I was researching Col. John Porter who was in the Revolutionary War. I really need to spend some time to learn more about the one of these days.

Becky MacAllester said...

I'm descended from Gov. Simon and Ann (Dudley) Bradstreet from their son Dudley who married Ann Wood. From there it goes to Margaret Bradstreet and Job Tyler, Hannah Tyler and Capt. John Spafford, Bradstreet Spafford and Mary Page, Col. Nathan Spafford and Hannah Barnett, Maria (Mary) Spafford and Reuben Bickford, Maria (Mary) Bickford and Curtis Hiscock Green, then Harriet M Green and Abel H Wilder - who were my 3rd great grandparents. I've not done a lot on this line yet, but it looks right so far.

Btw - I think we're related several times over, Randy, because I've got Champlins, Cards, Barbers, Hazards, and probably others too.

Also, I grew up in York County, PA and only live a few hours from there now. Let me know if you'd like me to make a foray to the Historical Society or take pictures (preferably when it finally gets warmer out here!).

carol roberts said...

I too am a direct descendent of Simon Bradstreet and Anne Dudley. Simon Bradstreet's grandson was also named Simon Bradstreet. He married Elizabeth Capen. A daughter was Lucy Bradstreet who married Robert Andrews. Their son, Robert Andrews, Jr. married Dorothy Goodenow. Their son Asa Andrews married Polly Seaver. Their son was Dudley B. Andrews. Dudley married Abigail Ball. Their son George Lyman Andrews is my maternal Great Grandfather. Their daughter was Alice Seaver Andrews who married George Smith Snyder. Their daughter, Dorothy Andrews Snyder, was my mother.Carol Roberts