Wednesday, October 24, 2012

1692 theme, again

Working on the next issue of Gardner's Beacon (Vol.II, No. 5) with a seasonal theme. We had a similar issue last year (Vol. I, No.4).

The topic never seems to dry up and continues to be of interest. Of course, why just look at the thing around the spooky day? We ought to address the role of women in England's history, and in its colonies, at any time.

So, we can try to fill in missing information about Margaret, even is it's a sketchy addition. A start would be to gather together all of the views that have come forth in the past 200 years, or so, into one place.

While we will consider Thomas' female descendants, looking at women in collateral families will offer a lot of pertinent topics to discuss.


04/ 29/2014 -- Aftermaths.

10/30/2013 -- I am in the process of reading Katherine Howe's book, The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane. Dane, as in being related to Francis, of course. I wondered if there would be motivating material for a Beacon issue (we did have 1692 as a theme in 2011 and 2012). It is an interesting plot, especially the balancing of the characters, and their interactions, in two time periods is nice. The description that Katherine provides of little Dorcas Good in the underground cell surely depicts the poor, young thing's misery and shows Katherine's grasping of the horror. One wonders, from some of the modern views and comments, if people really understand the dire situation. Too, the main hypothesis might have some truth, in a slightly altered construction. You see, science has not shown as much light on human matters as some might think. But, then, for any knowledge that we have gained, we have also seen that the unknowns do not diminish. It's just that we get better able to cover (as in, remove from awareness) the holes in which lurk the demons.

09/04/2013 -- Again, the scene is built as follows. Those who came over are from the 10th to 13th generations back (for the most part) for someone alive now. By the time of 1692, lots of the earlier arrivals had passed on. So, that left the second generation (again, for the most part) as the elders. Now, taking a cohort mix (generational cut) round or about 1692 would give us someone on the current person's tree who would have about three generations living (including the level of their own cohorts). So, we would see siblings/cousins, parents/aunts/uncles, and the greats. In other words, it's a composite person that is built from that cohort mix (meaning, of course, that being on the tree implies ancestry) for which we can identify relationships blood (including 1/2 blood), in-law, and even friends. What Marjorie's chart does is to take someone who is in the mix and look at extended relationships. Now, consider what we would have if we did that for a large part of the composite mix. Would it not be an interesting view?

02/10/2013 -- Fan-in from the turmoil of all types of ancestors.

10/27/2012 -- We will have a comment by John Goff, the Salem Preservationist, about his book: Salem's Witch House: A Touchstone to Antiquity (Google's digitization).

10/24/2012 -- First of a series, Who am I?

Modified: 04/29/2014

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