Sunday, July 26, 2020

6th generation

TL;DR -- The 5th accomplished the split from England; the 6th workhorse'd the 1812 ordeal; the 7th enjoyed the fruits of the labor of the prior two. Essentially.


We can note that the fifth generation was involved with the start of the U.S. Too, there can be a focus on the seventh generation as the first to truly enjoy the benefits. International trade boomed after the 1812 conflict was resolved. Lots of families became quite prominent from various commercial activities.

So, what of the sixth, the sandwich generation? Well, we are doing this exercise to start collecting some notion of the descendants of Thomas and Margaret. The GSMD based their silver books on the fifth generation. We used a George descendant to look at the GSMD (Deeper dive - we'll have much more to write) and its relation to our goals. There were many intermarriages twixt people in Essex County and those in the lower set of counties.  

Also, we wanted to come further toward 1900, as that would include Dr. Frank's generation. However starting with the seventh has some appeal as they experienced the U.S. Civil War.  

first issue 
A cousin of Dr. Frank's was mentioned in a book review (WSJ, May 30-31). The book was about Colt (pistol king), but the reviewer took a look at some of his cohorts. One was Rufus Porter. That got our attention. As the George descendant is also a Porter descendant, through Hathorne as is Dr. Frank. There were two major Porter families (one of Essex County and another of Connecticut). John Porter of Essex County was neighbor of Thomas Gardner. Two of John's daughters married Hathorne. The daughter of one of these couples married the grandson of Thomas. This couple was buried near Thomas on Gardner's Hill, and their grave is one of those that needs further research. Though, their stone is in Harmony Grove Cemetery (see 29 December 1674 and several related posts). 

Rufus Porter via Wikitree

The book reviewer was noting that there had been a upsurge of industry with Rufus Porter's generation with lots of invention going on, the western movement, and wealth creation. Rufus, himself, went to California. What caught the eye, initially, was that he started Scientific American in 1845. He sold it, but the magazine made note of his passing. 

Having been born in 1792, Rufus was on the late side of the sixth generation.  We have not established a start year or end year, yet, but will be researching a reasonable selection. Perhaps, one approach might be to pick some example of the 5th (First five), 6th, and 7th generations for each of the children. And, picking both a son and a daughter, not necessarily the same couple, might interesting.

Remarks: Modified: 07/29/2020

07/28/2020 -- Have done several posts related to generations: 5th generation6th generation7th generation1900 backAmerican 100sFirst five, and About generations.

07/29/2020 -- Have started to follow the generational lines, first using Dr. Frank's demarcations.

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