Wednesday, March 24, 2021


TL;DR - Tongue in cheek? Perhaps. Academic look at something from 400 years ago had an impact of several varieties on my self. The Hector? 1637 trip. Davenport was one passenger. Another, Theophilus Eaton. Who? Bro of Nathaniel Eaton of Harvard fame (or infamy to some) about whom we will wax eloquent at some point. And, Nathaniel? In the lineage of Dr. Frank and Ann and many more. Anyway. Winthrop's observation at the time is of essence to the discussion. 


The recent American Ancestor (NEHGS), per usual, had timely and interesting articles. One of the articles motives this post for a number of reasons. First, the post and author are as follows: 

  • Deconstructing the Hector "Passenger List" by Dr. Andrian Brockett. 
  • See details of the research at this site:  The Hector 'Passenger List' 

The author's career had a "paleographical and historical" interest. One of his goals is maintaining his "rigorous academic approach in genealogy" which is nice to see. I have been looking for an opportunity to raise the sights of genealogists to consider more than their plodding ways. 

Actually, from where I sit, some genealogists think that their collection of papers prove an existence. Whereas, we really need to have more respect for those of the past in ways not considered. The issue is what does this mean and how do we attempt such a thing. 

Earlier, I had a post in which I referenced Ichnology (see Remarks 04/25/2014) in which I alluded to the fact that we build large models of the old and gone beasts even to the extent of postulating motion. And, from the minimal of fact. Imagination at work? Yes, same goes from mathematics and all of the science based upon it. Some might use magical (you have to listen closely to catch this as it is anathema in the academic world); myself, I would prefer creative. 

Now, after that bit of an introduction, there was the boat, Hector, that arrived in 1637. Two passengers were Rev John Davenport and Theophilus Eaton. Theophilus is kin being the brother of Nathaniel who had a run in with the Massachusetts folks. Stories remain to be told (Gardner Research citation). Actually, we have a  lot more than this to discuss with Harvard, in time. 

Too, one might mention that Winthrop only noted five as those were of his class and recognized as such by himself, albeit with some tension that bears a little attention. 

In short, bring on the academic flavor. At the same time, let's get into advanced logic and more. 

Remarks: Modified: 04/20/2021

04/20/2021 -- For more about this issue, see post on Abraham and Robert

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