The Wonderment of Walter Goodwin Davis

 

I’ve been working with a copy of Lunt: A History of the Lunt Family in America, by Thomas S. Lunt, published in 1913.

There are a few weird things in it that can be traced to differences with Walter Goodwin Davis’ treatments of the family in his Descendants of Abel Lunt and Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis.

One item is that Davis seems to have renamed a child of Henry(5) Lunt from Joseph to Henry. The Newbury, Massachusetts vital records record at volume 1, page 297 a Joseph born on 13 February 1774 but there is no similar entry for a Henry at page 296. There’s no indication in either Lunt or Davis that the child born on 13 February was a twin, either. Where did Davis come up with another Henry? Or did he?

 

John Burbank and Family

In which I point out and correct a number of errors in previously published materials.

Summary

John1 Burbank (?–1681) was an early settler of Rowley, Massachusetts. There has been quite a bit of poorly researched information about this family posted on the Internet as well as in earlier published works.

The report: Burbank_John1-Desc_Final, of the family points out and corrects the misinformation that I am aware of. It begins with his wives, continues to his children, one of whom is alleged to have married at the tender age of 11, and ends with his 2nd great-granddaughter Mary Burbank, who married John Fairfield, of Arundel (Kennebunkport), Maine in 1751.

Richard Mellen of Massachusetts – Genealogy Available

Richard Mellen of Massachusetts is a brief genealogy of the Mellen family compiled from numerous primary and published records. Richard Mellen is a relatively unknown and unknowable persona. Very little is known about him, even where and when he died is unknown. The introduction gives background on the family and their relations. Also included are notes on the family’s surname, places, and records involved. A three-generation genealogical summary is presented in the NEHGS Register style. This paper is also a preview of a forthcoming 10-generation study of the Simon Mellen (c1636-1694) family which will be published and made available for sale elsewhere.

[Update 22 October 2011: The Simon Mellen study is scheduled for publication in December 2011.]