The direct ancestors of Marshall Cortis are well documented, and there are many because of the hundreds of years they have lived in New England. With the exception of more recent (1800s) immigrants from Canada, Ireland, and France, most of the rest of the family emigrated from England in the 1600s.
Attached is a link to the Pedigree Chart for Marshall, which lists all of his direct ancestors that have been identified. The chart is 16 pages.
It is very easy to get lost trying to figure out how families are related because of the large number of well documented family lines. Please refer to the chart to follow the stories, and if you are a descendant of Marshall, keep a copy of this list. These are your ancestors.
Surnames of the ancestors of Marshall Cortis are listed below. As I mentioned in the last post, this family has a long history in Hingham, Massachusetts. If the name has an * at the end, the surname was found in lists of the earliest settlers of Hingham, and were living in Hingham before 1700.
Source of * surnames: Early Hingham, Plymouth Co., MA Records Extracted from New England Historical & Genealogical Register. Transcribed by Jane Devlin. Accessed at http://www.dunhamwilcox.net.
First Settlers of Hingham. Communicated by Andrew H. Ward, Esq., Extracted from New England Historical & Genealogical Register Vol. 2, p 250 to 252 July 1848. Transcribed by Jane Devlin. Accessed at http://www.dunhamwilcox.net.
In future posts, I will identify some of the interesting stories among the ancestors. I am not going to attempt to discuss each family on the pedigree list – I would never complete the stories and my own family line has been haunting me to tell their stories!
Hope everyone has great holidays with family and friends. This is the perfect time to work on your family history. Ask the elders questions about their family, how they celebrated Christmas and other holidays, and what it was like growing up. Record or write the information down. Our phones have great capability to record conversations and you can transcribe them later. In addition, you have the voice of your parent/grandparent/elder. Twenty years from now your grandchild might want to know more about your parents or grandparents. Wouldn’t it be great to not only tell them the stories, but let them hear the stories as they are being told to you! Don’t wait to ask the questions. We aren’t here forever. I have had many missed opportunities to learn more about my family, and then find out it’s too late.
Until next time…..