I have been going through my ThruLines and updating or creating DNA/Genealogy Charts for them. In this Blog, I’ll look at my Churchill ThruLines. The people who have tested in my family are:
- my three sisters, one brother and me
- my father’s cousin Joyce
- my father’s cousin Maury
My Churchill Genealogy
The Churchills are related to my Pilgrim Bradford genealogy:
My great-grandmother Annie Snell had the Pilgrim ancestry on her mother’s side. Lucy Churchill married Samuel Bradford who was a descendant of Governor Bradford of the Mayflower. Lucy lived in Plymouth, MA. Her parents were Stephen Churchill and Lucy Burbank. As I recall, Stephen Churchill was a cooper by trade or a barrel maker in the Colonial Town of Plymouth. According to Wikipedia:
My sister Lori has the most Churchill ThruLines with two, though the level of DNA matches are low:
The names Peleg and Heman are in white which means they are already in my tree.
Stephen had a big family which is good for producing descendants and ThruLines.
Lori and Herb
Ancestry wants me to evaluae Herb’s connection. Here is what Herb shows for his paternal side tree:
Herb shows the father being from Plymouth, so hopefully that will be easy to track. There appears to be some confusion in herb’s father already. The ThruLines have Elmer C P Chandler and herb’s tree has Elmer Carlton Paul. I did find this record from WWII:
The 1930 Census for Kingston, MA could give an explanation:
Elmer is living with his grandparents and their last name is Paul.
The Social Security record is helpful:
It appears that Eva may have married a Gomes based on the 1945 record above. Of the trees that I have found, this one seems to make the most sense to me:
Here we have the three generations of Elmes Chandlers.
In support of the genealogy, I notice that my father’s 1st cousin Joyce also has a small match with herb:
With that in mind, I continue. This is the Tree I have so far that I would like to get up to Peleg Churchill:
James Chandler to Eliza Churchill
James Chandler was living in Duxbury, MA as a shoemaker in 1860:
Her husband appears to be a Hatter.
Eliza Churchill to Peleg Churchill
I am having trouble finding a record to connect these two people. I did find this under a Mayflower Application:
This application was approved in 1921. That genealogy check did not go as smoothly as I had hoped.
My First Churchill DNA/Genealogy Tree
Churchill gets overshadowed due to the Bradford connection. I have tended to focus in more on the Bradford Lines in the past.
Lori and Butterflies on the Heman Churchill Line
That is an interesting heading name. My goal is to prove or disprove this connection:
This is the extent of butterflies’ maternal line in the direction I an interested in:
I will likely be looking for the wife of William Evans on the top right of her tree. I’ll start my own tree for butterflies to see if I can verify the 200 years of genealogy back to our common ancestors.
Beverly’s father Roger was a printer in New London, CT:
It is helpful to now have the 1950 Census to look at.
Roger’s father William was born in New York and was a caretaker at New London Parks:
I next want to follow Ruby or Ruba:
Based on this, I’m willing to accept the Ancestry hints:
Evans to Churchill
Here is someone’s transcription of a newpaper article:
Here Theodore is said to be the son of Jane A Churchill. However, my Ancestry hint has this:
However, the 1850 Census has Theodore’s father from Wales:
I accepted the Ancestry hint for William Evans and Jane Churchill.
Jane to Heman Churchill
This connection is mentioned in many genealogies, but what is the evidence? In Heman’s will, he only mentions two daughters, but not Jane:
That did not mean that he did not have other children. It turns out that Heman who was also a cooper owed a lot of people a lot of money and was also insolvent like his brother Peleg.
It appears that Haman had a lot of deaths in the family:
This was from:
Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1620-1850 (Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2016).
Heman apparently belonged to the Baptist Church. I don’t know if that makes finding the records more difficult.
This Ancestry Tree has this summary for Heman Churchill:
Unfortunately, at this point, I am stuck. Jane Churchill Evans has that she was born in New York. The Jane Churchill I am looking for should have been born in Massachusetts as that is where Heman Churchill lived to my knowledge. So I have not proved or disproved the connection.
Joyce and Patricia
I’ll take a look at this ThruLine:
Joyce and Patricia share a pretty good DNA match for 5th cousins. I will try to prove or disprove Patricia’s connection to my family via Jocye:
Here is what Patricia shows on her paternal side:
The ThruLines want me to head toward Ellen Augusta Leach. I see from the 1920 Census that John’s mother’s parents were born in Massachusetts:
Also the name Earle comes up in that Census.
Here is the family in 1880 in San Francisco:
I’m cutting corners a little, but I feel like Patricia’s tree is right and plus Slade above was born in Massachusetts. However, it is really his wife Ellen that I am interested in.
Now my tree looks a little more like Patricia’s:
I need to see if the Churchill connection is right. Slade and Ellen married in 1864 in Lynn, MA:
Here is the marriage from 1830:
At this point, I am on track with the ThruLines:
Fortunately, Ellen’s father left a will where he clearly states that Eleanor was his daughter:
This Daniel was also a cooper.
I already have Daniel in my family tree, so I’ll add him to my Churchill DNA/Genealogy Chart:
So now I have gone up the genealogy and back down again. Patricia matches Joyce and I don’t have her on my chart. Also I need to fix my side of the chart:
Joyce and Laura
Joyce and Ashley have a large match, because the major match is on Joyce’s paternal side. That is the side that she is not related to me. So I’ll go with Laura. Laura has a large tree:
Unfortunately, her tree diverges at the point of her paternal grandmother. That could make the connection difficult as I would think that Laura would know her grandmother.
Here is the family in 1920 in Penobsctot, ME:
It looks like there was anothegenr Joseph Fernald Leach born in Abington, MA. That appears to be the confusion in the trees, so I will not bother to pursue this further.
Other Churchill ThruLinMes
Maury is my father’s 1st cousin (like Joyce). As such, his Churchill ThruLines go back an additional generation. However, my second cousin manages his DNA and does not have the Churchills in his ancestry. So he doesn’t show any Churchill ThruLines.
I’ll show Joyce’s ThruLines going back one generation:
This family did not hold back on the obscure names. How many people can say they have a Zadock in their ancestry?
Joyce and L.B
I’ll give this a shot. James shows a possible 6th cousin to Joyce on Joyce’s paternal side also – the side I am not related on.
LB’s tree is mostly filled out in the direction of Bathsheba Churchill. As usual, I will build out a tree, to see if I can get to Bathsheba and Zadock Churchill.
I found a birth record for Florence:
Her mom checks out as Annie L. Nelson.
Here is the marriage record for Annie:
Here is the family in 1880 in Androscoggin, ME:
That Census also gave me an approximate birthdate for Sally or Sarah:
Sarah’s death record gives her father’s name:
Here is the family in 1850 in Buckfield, ME:
There is also a Thankful on the next page. Miles was born in Massachusetts which is a good sign. Miles was born in Middleborough, MA:
This Thomas ended up in Buckfield, ME:
I see they have a Zadoc and a Bathsheba Churchilll Bearce in the family which is a good sign.
From Colonial Families of the USA, 1607-1775:
Bathsheba to Zadock
Here is an approved Mayflower application from 1929:
This seems to tie the loose ends together.
Here is the amended and corrected Churchill DNA/Genealogy Tree:
I previously had Stephen Churchill born 1743 married to Hannah Barnes, so I corrected that mistake.
Do Joyce and Diana Have Churchill Common Ancestors?
ThruLines has Diana going back to a Polly Churchill. I do not appear to have Polly in my tree. Diana shows her paternal grandfather being from Plymouth County, Massachusetts:
I’ll create my own tree to see if the ThruLines make sense.
Here is Edwin’s birth record in Middleborough, MA:
His mother is recorded as Mary Dixon, born in Plymouth. Here is the family in Plymouth:
Jacob’s marriage record gives his father’s name:
In 1850 Plymouth, Samuel was a cooper:
According to Samuel’s death record, his mother was Mary Churchill:
Here is part of Stephen Churchill’s will from 1821:
In it, he names Stephen Jr., Lucy, Hannah, Meriah, Nancy, Sally, Polly and Betsy, Heman and Daniel. I have that Peleg died in 1810 which would be why I don’t see him here.
Finishing the Churchill DNA/Genealogy Tree (for Now)
Here my Churchill Tree is filling out nicely:
Summary and Conclusions
- I was able to add three lines under Stephen Churchill born 1743
- I previously did not have the Line of Polly Churchill born 1786
- I tried to connect a proposed descendant of Heman Churchill, but that proved tooo difficult
- I add one Zadock Line. Zadock was the son of an earlier Stephen Churchill born 1717 in Plymouth.
- My father’s cousin Joyce was helpful in most of these matches