Family History
Welcome to my Genealogy Pages
These pages dedicated to my father's first cousins, three brothers who died in
World War One.

Read the wonderful Graphic Novel made by three students from Carnforth, Lancashire, England about one of the three brothers, John Frederic Johnson (1896-1916).

Learn more about the three Johnson brothers.

My Great Grandmother, Harriel Lavinia Porter Mott with her sisters.
My Grandmother Anabel Thurston Spicer with her sisters.

June, 2021

My Quaker Ancestry.

While I've known about Quaker ancestors on my mother's side, it wasn't until I began really exploring some lines on my father's side that I realized how deep - back to Pilgrims - ran the Quaker ancestors of my 3rd great-grandmother, Rachel Field (1780-1851), perhaps the last of the Quaker line, but with generations of Quaker ancestors. And she married a man, Levi Willets, with a deep Quaker background although his father had been disowned by the Friends in 1757.That has led to research and five web pages on those Quaker lines:

These are not genealogies or lineages of the various individual ancestors. That may come.
It is a family history through and from those individuals.

David Hackett Fischer, in his marvelous book Albion's Seed, estimates that there are 16 million Americans who can trace their ancestry to one or more of the 20-25,000 Puritans who came to this country during the Great Migration. In my studies over the last two years I've discovered, by rough count, about 30 ancestors who were Puritan emigrants, and many of them involved in the fascinating beginnings of this country in New England.

One of the reasons I invested in a computer was to use it to organize the papers and findings of my Great Aunt 'Bessie', a woman I was always scared of as a youth, but who did a lot of study on the origins of her Mott name and left me a starting point for further research.

Putting these ancestors into the historical context of their time is the most interest I get out of these studies, and so I have sought to document as much as possible, and to read and search the local histories of the places they came to and lived in. Besides Puritans I've discovered German Palatine emigrants to the Hudson River Valley who almost starved to death their first winter here in 1710, four of my ancestors who fought in the American Revolution, one who set up the first 'fulling-mill' in America in 1643 before the British made it illegal to 'do' textiles in the colonies, and two who were in the Civil war, one a surgeon. Perhaps there were more, for the search goes on, and there are many limbs of my family tree that I just haven't seen yet. I hope you enjoy these pages.

What's on these pages and those of special interest:

Email me,, if you are interested in these places, and/or people:

  • John Mott of the Revolution - Updated in 2020, a very close examination of the career of my GGG Grandfather, a Continental Army Captain who was long confused with a militia Captain with the same name.
  • His father, Ebenezer, whose origins have been speculated on by many people.
  • Early Martha's Vineyard: Governor Thomas Mayhew, his daughter Hannah, John Pease, and John Doggett.
  • My direct line ancestry pages generated from my database very much needing a 2020 update.
  • There's a Gallery of pictures of ancestors.
  • Mary Wager - I'm especially interested in contacting anyone about the Wager name.
  • The Pease Genealogy Pages - An examination into the English Ancestry and first five generations of the American descent of John and Robert Pease who emigrated from Great Baddow, Essex, England aboard the Francis in 1634.
  • Southampton, Long Island: One of my ancestors, Thomas Sayre, was one of the founders. There's a neat biography (if I do say so myself) with a good story of some early Puritan colonists who had little regard for the Dutch in and around New Amsterdam.

Special thanks to:

  • I'm indebted to the Commonwealth War Graves Comminssion in Marblehead, England for providing me with information about the three brothers, 2nd Lieut. John Frederic Johnson, Private Alec Cuthbert Johnson, and Private Alfred Andrew Johnson, to whom these pages are dedicated. They were three sons of my great Aunt, Kate Spicer Johnson. May they rest in peace.
  • I'd like to thank the folks at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Special thanks to Anne and Cynthia who run the Interlibrary Loan at Indiana University Northwest for getting me so many sources after I've located them in far flung libraries whose catalogs I accessed right here from home on the internet. Also thanks to Frank Leister at Leister Productions for writing the "Rolls-Royce" (MacUsers Magazine) of genealogy software programs. While I don't use his program any more, it made getting into organizing easy and fun.
  • As an added note, I put these pages on the internet first back in 1995. Over the years I've been more than delighted to make contact with distant cousins, and not so distant cousins, including an 11th cousin in Scotland as well as a second cousin in England who helped wonderfully in adding a couple of generations to my Spicer ancestry. To all the cousins out there: THANKS
  • Genealogy has its rewards. The mom of a sixth grader wrote to me thanking me for my Pease Genealogy pages saying that her daughter, Brittney, was working on a genealogy project at school. There are many places on the web to find how to do genealogy, but this one, that Brittney's mom sent, is a good starting place for young and old. It's from "History at Home: A Guide to Genealogy." Maybe Brittney will find out she's related to Grace Kelly after all! Good Luck!

Pages began in 1995. Updated last: August, 2020

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