Friday, February 08, 2013

3rd Cousins

Just for fun: President John Adams is my 3rd cousin 9x removed.

I can just imagine Mrs. Mercy Weston, a resident of Kingston, MA and mother of 11 children, talking about her relative (3rd cousin), John Adams, during the tumultuous 1770's. They lived only 25 miles apart for some of that time, and the Weston and Adams children were close in age.

It is likely the John and Mercy Weston family moved to Maine in the early 1880s. Their daughter Judith was married about 1781 in Kingston, Massachusetts, but daughter Deborah (my ancestor) was married in 1784 in New Gloucester, Maine. Perhaps the move occurred after the Revolutionary War ended in 1883?

A Kingston record book lists the following about the family:

John and Mercy Weston

Lydia their daughter, was born May 26, 1750
Isaac their son, was born September 12, 1752     Isaac their son deceased 30 October 1752
Jonathan their son, was born August 20, 1753     Jonathan their son deceased August 17, 1754
Sarah their daughter, was born July 18, 1755
Deborah their daughter, was x  January 29, 1758
Celia Weston their daughter, born April 26, 1760
Judith Weston their daughter, born August 17, 1762
John Weston their son, was born December 13, 1764
Rhoda Weston their daughter, was born May 5, 1767
Peleg Weston their son, was born July 27, 1769
Mercy Weston their daughter, was born November 2, 1771

Source Information: Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011. Original data: Town and City Clerks of Massachusetts. Massachusetts Vital and Town Records. Provo, UT: Holbrook Research Institute (Jay and Delene Holbrook).

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