Archive for October, 2009

My 10th great grandmother was Martha Allen, who was probably the most famous person condemned as a witch during the Salem Witch Trials. From this distance in history, it appears that she was a much better person than her accusers, who were bitter and petty, and full of the righteous hate that seems to afflict […]


Moses Cleveland, born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England in 1620, was the first of my Cleveland ancestors to immigrate to America from England. He took passage for America from London, arriving in Massachusetts in 1635. He is documented as being a ship’s carpenter’s apprentice, although just 11 years old, hired on in London to join the […]