A Mayflower Story

Part of the Mayflower story– who? Me? Growing up in the heart of the Midwest, I never dreamed some of my ancestors lived on the east coast, let alone arrived via the Mayflower. I first became interested in genealogy after completing a birth family search for my mother who was adopted. Warning: researching your ancestors can become addictive!

Still, I never would have guessed that my husband and I have in common Mayflower passengers William Mullins, Alice Mullins, Priscilla Mullins, and John Alden or that my unverified passenger ancestors include among others, Thomas Rogers, Richard Warren, and John Howland. If we go back far enough, are we all one family? This seems to be part of my story.

clara & maurineCase in point is my mother who always disapproved of genealogical societies. Was she disappointed she couldn’t become a member where her adopted mother belonged since she wasn’t truly “kin.” Lo and behold! I recently discovered my mother’s birth family connects to her adoptive one. She and her adopted mother share distant great-grandparents and are 7th cousins as well as connect through love in roles as mother and daughter.

Clara Louise Coddington                      Maurine V. Sharpe aka Barbara Mendenhall                Harry Wait m. 2 Earle A. Sharpe         Louis Merle Crandall

Willet Melvin Coddington                     Ruth Mendenhall                                                                 Coramay Sophronia Foote                    Frederick Paul Huebner

John R. Foote                                           Ellis Abner Mendenhall                                                  Vergenia Low A. Jenison                       Huldah Louise Pieper

John J. Foote, Jr.                                       Ellis Arthur Mendenhall                                                    Mary Lull                                                   Artimesia Babcock

John Foote                                                   Abel Babcock                                                                    Elizabeth Babcock                                     Lucy Ann Huntington

Oliver Babcock                                           Ezra Babcock                                                                        Anne Avery                                                 Saberah Stillman

James Babcock, Jr.                                     Oliver Babcock                                                                     Sarah Vose                                                  Patience Pendleton

James Babcock                                           Col. Oliver Babcock                                                            Elizabeth Saunders                                   Susannah Clark

John Babcock                                              John Babcock                                                                       Mary Lawton                                              Mary Lawton

Joining a genealogical society aside, my mother and grandmother bequeathed their special bond to us descendants. This is “the rest of the story” and what matters to me.


Today is AJ’s B’day!

Early this fall, I posted a partial family tree on Wiki hoping to attract interest leading to clues for finding both Capt. John and Phebe Freeman Crandall’s parents. Today via email, I received the notice copied below. What a jolt when I got to the birthday blurb at the bottom! Do I really need a personal reminder to acknowledge the birthday of a long-departed family member? Especially one I’ve never known when even relatives I know and have known haven’t had the pleasure of knowing her? Cree-eepy!

Maybe what’s more to the point but especially weird and bothersome is that I’ve lately been thinking/writing a lot about this particular Great-Grand Aunt Ann Jennet about whom Wiki sent notification. Please let me say now, in the event she is somehow tuned in and listening, no two people including me are capable of spelling her name the same way twice, let alone correctly. Trust me and I apologize for this but moving on…

Last night upon Ann Jeanette’s birthday eve, my recently discovered first cousin once removed on my dad’s side named Frank, emailed me two introductory pages attached to Ann Janett’s mother’s will which I’d never seen before. Thank you, Frank! I deciphered the tiny script this morning but decided to save the task of writing out a proper transcription for another day because I’m lazy (!) and because I need to dig through my files for the rest of the story, i.e., the third page of the will itemizing a short but tenderly rendered list of valuables. On this page, my 3rd great grandmother cites the names of her children including that of Ann Jenet. OK, organizing information is what efficient family historians do, right? Not happening on my end. I have too many emails to write.

Frank and I also exchanged messages last night about Annejeanette Crandall, as she is listed in a Federal Census, age 12. This A.J., however, is the daughter of Patrick Crandall and grew up to marry William McCord. Not our family? I would have thought so had I not been matched with a cousin through Ancestry’s DNA site who is her descendant. Wow, someone with whom I share DNA also has a grand aunt named A.J. (spelled differently) Crandall? Were these two individuals separately named in honor of a same shared ancestor? Or, are their similar names just a coincidence? No matter, if my DNA-cousin match descends from ancestral Crandalls whom I don’t recognize, we might still share one mutual grand who resides further up the tree whom we just haven’t found yet.

Back to today being the birthday of my grand aunt two generations removed who isn’t out of sight nor out of mind with or without Wiki intervention. After emailing Frank late yesterday, I also sent a note off to my DNA-cousin match referencing our two family trees where we each have a John Crandall through the grandparents of our AJ’s. Although his ancestor is native to England and mine to Rhode Island, perhaps we may one day agree on someone who came before from a mutually acceptable middle ground. Perhaps Massachusetts or better yet, an exotic island in route to the New World from the Old? Of course, verifying this ancestor we could share might require extraordinary effort.

Presto, miracle of miracles! This morning, I receive a reply from my DNA-match cousin saying he is contacting and enlisting relatives in Iowa. With my match’s fleet of Iowan connections as well as with the assistance of my two known first cousins once removed, along with my nephew James, and several other family tree members who have promised to test their DNA and post on Ancestry in 2018, we might make some headway. Yay! Do I see the helping hand of an expert possessing supernatural powers at work? Hmmm, perhaps Ann Jeanette enters on cue waving her fairy godmother birthday baton?

All I can say for sure is, watch out for birthdays of the long departed. I’ve decided to consult my new family anniversaries calendar so I know whom, if not what, to expect next. I’m either naively hopeful or crazy. You choose.

———- Original Message ———-

From: WikiTree <info@wikitree.com>
Date: January 3, 2018 at 12:52 PM
Subject: WikiTree Family News

WikiTree News

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4 Jan 1823: Ann Jannette Crandal [share tree on facebook]

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First DNA Cousin-Match

I’ve been gathering information about my single DNA cousin-match to date. I gotta get to know and love him since he’s my one and only! CuriouslyGeorge doesn’t descend from any of my heretofore identifiable ancestors. In other words, I cannot attach him to the family tree my brother, first cousin once-removed, and great-aunt painstakingly researched and recorded. An ancestor named John belonging to CuriouslyGeorge now hangs precariously above a branch on my tree where Capt. John is located, my eldest proven paternal Crandall ancestor.

Our Capt. John Crandall is reportedly born in Massachusetts in 1778. My match’s Patrick Crandall’s father John is said to be born in 1763 in England. Since I descend from Phebe and Capt. John Crandall, my Capt. John is possibly a cousin of Patrick’s father John. Through a little research of my own, I see his Ann Jeanette Crandall connects to Patrick and joins the McCord family. Although her name resembles names of my distant aunt and their daughters, she isn’t one of them. After studying my match’s line, Capt. John’s parents remain a mystery although I suppose England could be my ancestral grandfather’s land of birth. This idea makes me think Capt. John Crandall doesn’t descend from the John/Jonathan Crandall born in 1732 to Col. John and Mary/Esther Crandall of Rhode Island, a theory I hope DNA will validate, dern.

Attempting to attach CuriouslyGeorge to Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island’s line, I decide for an upper New York State minute that Patrick’s grandparents might be Joshua and Abigail Crandall, Joshua being a son of Elder John’s son Rev. Joseph Crandall. Alas, his dates don’t compute. Or, at least, they don’t yet, so back to the drawing board….

In case you haven’t guessed, CuriouslyGeorge is the code name my cousin-match selected for himself. He doesn’t descend from my great grandfather Frank Richmond Crandall’s family which is the one I grew up hearing stories about and/or sharing homemade, hand-cranked ice cream with. As a child, I listened to lots of stories on the Fourth of July, waiting for ice cream to set before adding Michigan peaches although truthfully, I preferred my peaches kept separate. Mmmm, juicy, sweet memories.

In 2018, additional Crandall family members from my line will post their DNA test results on Ancestry. That’s the plan. Very likely, another descendant of Frank Richmond Crandall will connect to future Crandall “monkeys” on the tree inclusive of and in addition to CuriouslyGeorge. Let’s hope!

Below is the paper trail for my only “stranger” DNA cousin match. Please note the first two generations of direct ancestors on the right side of the chart are unverified. We can prove Capt. John is who he is, but not his parents or grandparents. On the left side, Patrick and his father John Crandall are verified. The first generational John Crandall who is a 5th Great Grandfather for all of us is only a name and unproven. We need to get this gentleman some teeth!

5th Great Grandfather John Crandall    shared     just a name with no verification

4th Great Grand Uncle John Crandall                    4th Great GFather John Crandall ?

1st cousin 5 X removed Patrick Crandall               3rd Great GF (Capt) John Crandall

2nd cousin 4x removed no name CRANDALL       2nd Great GFather D.F. Crandall

3rd cousin 3x removed Ann Jeanette Crandall     Great GF Frank Richmond Crandall

4th cousin 2x removed William McCord                GFather Merle Simmons Crandall

5th cousin 1x removed Cecil Murl McCord            Father Louis Merle Crandall

6th cousin Gloria McCord                                          Self/LCC

6th cousin 1x removed CuriouslyGeorge

I found the following McCord genealogy to be easily accessible on Ancestry and a group I’m happy to be a part of if in the cards!

John Crandall

Born in England on 1763. John married Elizabeth. John married Magdalene Wood and had 11 children. He passed away on 1850 in Appanose, Iowa, USA.

Parents Unavailable

Spouse(s) 1. Elizabeth 2. Magdalene Wood


Phebe Crandall 1794-Unknown

Catherine Wood Crandall 1796-Unknown

Simeon Crandall 1788-1872

Thomas Crandall 1803-1852

Jacob James Crandall 1800-1907

John Crandall 1802-1853

Benjamin Crandall 1806-1871

Daniel Crandall 1808-1883

Patrick Crandall 1810-1894

Hannah Crandall 1814-Unknown

Margaret Crandall 1816-1856


Patrick Crandall

Born in New Platz, Ulster, New York, USA on 1810 to John Crandall and Magdalene Wood. Patrick married Delilah Smith and had 4 children. He passed away on 1894 in Iowa, USA.

Delilah Smith


Albert Crandall

Ozonder Crandall

Marriett Crandall

Annejeanette Crandall



Ann J Crandall
Gender: Female
Birth Date: Apr 1845
Birth Place: Buena Vista County, Iowa
2nd Marriage Date: 6 Jan 1861
Death Date: Jan 1930
Burial Place: near Dunlap, Harrison, Iowa
Spouse: Mr Handbury
Spouse: William McCord
Father: Pat Crandall


Name: Ann J Crandall
Age: 12
Birth Year: abt 1844
Birth Place: Iowa
Residence Date: 1856
Residence Place: Gallands Grove, Shelby, Iowa, USA
Gender: Female
Household Members:  
Name Age
Patrick Crandall 45
Delilah Crandall 44
Ann J Crandall 12
Maryette Crandall 9
Magdelena Crandall 88


On Her Way

Why begin with Sylvanus T. Jones, an individual only collaterally related to me through his wife with whom I share Sears ancestors? Please, dear reader, understand I need to start somewhere. My family history is blessed with a cast of rather mild, unremarkable personality-types stretching into a wide, meandering middle with no definitive beginning or end. In order to understand my third great-grandmother Phebe Freeman Crandall, I need to make sense of disparate facts in Sylvanus’ life. At the start, he is part of her story just as she is part of his story. Simply put, we’re all one family. So, thank you, Sylvanus, and by the way, you have a very cool name.

My hobby is researching family genealogy. Full disclosure, when clues run thin I imagine what happens next. Sometimes facts need a nudge. With a little guesswork, things work out and if they don’t, oh well. We might not need to know! Please enjoy reading the first chapter of “On Her Way,” a title for whatever random reason is a reminder of the oft repeated State ‘O Maine quote, “You can’t get there from here.” Oh dear, but where is Phebe going? Will she get there? In her lifetime? Am I going crazy or is delving into genealogy simply crazy going?

Phebe’s saga can’t start until I decide on which page of the book to write historical evidence. On the left? And the factually-based fictional narration on the right? This plan seems counter-intuitive like the color of Republican Right states being red, and the Liberal Left, blue. Yikes, isn’t researching family an apolitical escape? Choosing between history and herstory aside, I know my left from my right. Thankfully, my left has always been my other left, so you decide, dear reader, which side is more right than the other.

The family of Silvanus and Phebe Sears Jones appear on several Internet sites. I’ve added their names as well as Phebe and John’s below next to numerals. They and the Jones children and their ages neatly fit into the Sandwich Census of 1800 although why would this family be residing in Sandwich and not Dighton? I’ll tackle that knotty issue on the right side in an upcoming post, a story promising to fill in the gaps evident here.

Jones children in in 1800:

Jason 1796-1860

Mary 1796-1860

Zebulon 1797-1841

Eleanor 1800-1849


Accessed 14 Nov 2017 at 3:45 PM

Name: Silvanus Jones Jr
[Silvanus Jones Junior]
Home in 1800 (City, County, State): Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Free White Persons – Males – Under 10: 2 sons Jason and Zebulon of Silvanus & wife
            Free White Persons – Males – 16 thru 25: 1 John Crandal
Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44: 1 Silvanus
Free White Persons – Females – Under 10: 2 daughters Mary & Eleanor of Silvanus & wife
Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25: 1 Phebe Freeman Crandal
Free White Persons – Females – 26 thru 44: 1 Silvanus’ wife Phebe Sears
Number of Household Members Under 16: 4 children of Silvanus & wife
Number of Household Members Over 25: 2 Silvanus & his wife
Number of Household Members: 8 John Crandal, Phebe Freeman, 6 Joneses



Accessed 29 Dec 2017 at 10:47 PM

Father Isaac Jones, b. 6 Oct 1698 Hull, MA, d. 26 Mar 1783 Weymouth, MA (Age 84 years)

Mother Mary Randall b. 9 Nov 1704 Weymouth, MA d. 31 Jan 1784 Weymouth, MA (Age 79 years)

Marriage 6 Feb 1723/4 Weymouth, MA

Family ID F735741829

Isaac Jones b. 26 Apr 1726 Weymouth, MA

Spouse Thankful King b. 22 Jan 1729 d. 5 Apr 1808 MA (Age 79 years)

Marriage 30 Dec 1753 Dighton, MA


  1. Joshua Jones b. 26 Sep 1754 Dighton, MA
  2. Daniel Jones b. 1 Jul 1756 Dighton, MA
  3. Thankful Jones b. 29 Nov 1757 Dighton, MA
  4. Naomi Jones b. 31 Aug 1759 Dighton, MA
  5. Asa Jones b. 2 Jul 1761 Dighton, MA d. about Bristol, Ontario County, New York (Age 67 years)
  6. Ruth Jones b.16 Mar 1763 Dighton, MA
  7. Salathiel Jones b. 17 Mar 1765 Dighton, MA d. 19 Feb 1843 Dighton, MA (Age 77 years)
  8. Isaac Jones b. 31 Jan 1767 Dighton, MA d. 3 Mar 1853 Dighton, MA (Age 86 years)
  9. Simeon Jones b. 10 Sep 1768 Dighton, MA
  10. Sylvanus Jones b. 27 Oct 1770 Dighton, MA d. 25 Mar 1846 Bristol, Ontario Co, NY (Age 75 years)
  11. Zebulon Jones b. 8 Jun 1772 Dighton, MA


Accessed 13 Nov 2017 at 2:41 PM

  1. Sylvanus Jones.Born on 27 Oct 1770 in Dighton, MA.497 Sylvanus died in Bristol, Ontario County, New York, on 25 Mar 1846; he was 75.1840 Federal Census. Bristol, Ontario County, New York
    Roll 320, page 235
    1 male 60-69 [Sylvanus]
    1 female 60-69 [Phebe]

On 3 Mar 1792 when Sylvanus was 21, he married Phebe Sears in Dighton, MA. Born ca 1771. Phebe Sears died in 1841 in Bristol, Ontario County, New York.



‘Tis only an old LL Bean bag now but when new, what a find, much discounted– a bargain! From the start, I never minded the monogram not belonging to me, loving the bright pink color and liking to pronounce “Mendez” as it rolled exotically from my tongue.

“Who’s bag is this?” I heard more than once traveling from bus to ferry and back again in route to our island cabin in summer. “Mine!” I used to exclaim with a chuckle. I proudly do so now since I’ve learned through coincidence that Mendez is really and truly a family name.

Genealogy may become a vocation and not just a hobby for me after discovering this:

Mendez foto

Last Day

  • Today is our final visit to the eagle’s nest. We’re delighted and amazed to see Mama tenderly feeding her baby. Although large in size, the eaglet does not tear into the food its parent brings to the nest. Instead, Mama carefully feeds the eaglet bite by bite from her beak to his (or hers!) In October when we return, we don’t expect to see our Eagle family here. Safe travels to all!