Barry's Relatively Speaking: Still Neighbors After 300 Years

Posted on Oct 31, 2012

Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on Kathryn shares the following experience.

My next-door neighbor, Martha (Kinney) Johnson, and I have been searching for our ancestors and those of our husbands' for several years and have enjoyed working together, sharing books, information and progress.

From a member of Martha's family, she recently acquired a book, History of Waterbury, by Henry Bronson, M.D., and published by the Bronson Brothers. This book lists her sixth great grandfather, John Bronson, as one of the founders of the Village of Mattutuck in Connecticut, which later became Waterbury.

Since my husband had ancestors in Connecticut, I checked to see if any of them were named in this book. Lo and behold! There was his seventh great grandfather, Thomas Newell. Not only was this ancestor one of the original founders along with our neighbor's ancestor, but according to a map shown in the book, they had purchased adjoining plats of land!

We thought this was a co-incidence worthy of note that in our research we would find that our ancestors also were neighbors over 300 years ago in what was the beginning of Waterbury, Connecticut.

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