On this day, June 15

isaacwilsonbaptismThere are two notable anniversaries today. The first is relatively recent- it was on this day in 1966 that Isabelle F. Shields, our Aunt Belle, died. Mom was named after Aunt Belle, and like Mom, Aunt Belle was a teacher. She wasn’t really our Aunt, or Mom’s. She was the daughter of John and Bridget (Creegan) Shields. Bridget was the sister of Catherine (Creegan) Farrar, Mom’s maternal grandmother. She was therefore the cousin of Mom’s own mother, Nana Dunn. That makes her Mom’s first cousin once removed, rather than an aunt. (And my first cousin twice removed).

The other anniversary is one of the oldest- today is the birth anniversary of Isaac Wilson, one of my tenth great grandfathers. Isaac was born on this day in 1567, in Halifax, Yorkshire. That creates another link to the Leeds area, where great grandfather Daniel Farrar came from. Isaac’s son Nathaniel emigrated to Boston in the late 1600’s, where his daughter Hannah married Shubael Seaver, the son of Robert and Elizabeth (Ballard) Seaver.

On this day, June 6, 1657

Today is the anniversary of the death of Elizabeth (Ballard) Seaver, born in England in 1613. Not much else is known about Elizabeth’s origins, but we do know that she emigrated to Boston by 1633, and, according to church records quoted in the July, 1872 New England Historical and Genealogical Register, was “a maide servant- she came in the year 1633 and soone after joyned to the church, – she was afterwards married to Robert Sever of this church, where she led a godly conversation”.

Elizabeth’s arrival in 1633 is, so far, the earliest of any of our ancestors.