Jonas Weed [Jonas Weede in ship's registry] arrived with the 1630 Winthrop Fleet, established himself in Watertown MA, made Freeman May 1631. Few years later, he helped found Wethersfield CT, first official settlement in CT. He soon moved to Stamford CT and became one of the leading figures in early Stamford. BTW: Stamford public library has a treasure trove of books and documents for genealogy of the New England area, including Charles Allison Weed's book. " History of Weed and Allied Families". Origin: Stanwick, Northamptonshire, England Thomas Weed Sr. (b. 1508) m. Anne White Thomas Weed (b. 1547) m. Hannah White Jonas Weed b. 1575 England m. Mary Jane Davidson b. 1580 England Jonas Weed (Immigrant) b. 1598 England d. 1676 Stamford CT (age 78) m. Mary Elizabeth Schofield b. 1616 England d. 1689 Stamford CT Jonas Weed II b. 1647 CT d. 1704 CT (age 57) m. Bethia Holly b. 1656 d. 1713 Johnathon Weed I b. 1684 CT d. 1728 CT m. Mary Ferris b. 1690 Johnathon Weed II b. 1711 CT m. Mercy Drew b. 1715 Gilbert Weed b. 1740 CT d. .. NY m. Abigail Hoyt b. 1740 William Weed b. 1774 NY m. Olive Branch b. 1772 Tracy Hoyt Weed b. 1811 NY m. Cynthia Cherrington b. 1815 Wlliam Branch Weed b. 1836 m. Josephine Topping b. 1838 Cynthia Sophia Weed b. 1872 OH d. 1963 CO m. Charles Steele b. 1850: in Albany or Auburn NY, d.1926 CO Lee 1893 - died young Dolly 1896 - died young Mabel 1898-1993 Mary 1901-1975 Thomas Saunders Nell 1904-1925 William Saunders b. 1825 Ireland Herbert 1907-1986 m Catherine Leech b. 1827 Ireland Charles b. 1910 d. 2002 Robert Saunders b. 1865 Ontario Elizabeth (Betty) b. 1913 d. 1990 m Deborah Fowler b. 1872 Guthrie Center IA m. Andrew Dugger Saunders b. 1904 d 1983 Norman Dugger 1932 William Kraig 1934-2007 Ray Lynn - 1937 m. Cynthia R. Gartner b. 1942 Robert b. 1962 m. Debbie Wein Randi b. 1992 Lauren b. 1994 Scott b. 1963 m. Andrea Cole Joshua b. 1986 Amy b. 1964 m. Peter Lawer Jessica b. 1986 m. Kyle Flynn Sean Patrick Flynn b 2010 Brayden Robert Flynn b 2012 Kylie James Flynn b 2014 m. Peter Davis Rachel b. 1988 m. Tom Catalano Ella Marie b. 2019 m. Bob Cowen Amanda b. 1991 m. Amber Caputo Elizabeth b. 1993 Lucas b. 2018 Tracy b. 1968 Tim b. 1970 m. Gina Miccio Emily Rose b. 2019 Abigail Grace b 2021 m. Frank Milton Wallace Sue Ellen b. 1947 m. Wm. Knowles Julie Knowles b. 1970 Beth Knowles b. 1972 m. Wm. Wyman Alex b. 1997 Alysha b. 1998
Cynthia Cherrington may have been a 2nd cousin to Abraham Lincoln…her grandfather Wm. Cherrington married Margaret Hanks. Still tracking this down. Cherrington family geneologists say that Margaret Hanks was unrelated to Lincoln’s mother Nancy. If they saw me bearded, they might rethink their position. While it could be a coincidence, I look much so like Abe that it’s scary. Will probably never know for sure, as conditions in that part of the country during that time were extremely fluid and documentation wasn’t high on their list of priorities.
Grandmother used to say we were “7th cousins” of Abe Lincoln. The term “cousin” is often vague, but if the Cherrington link is correct, I would be cousins 7 times removed. I know grandmother had letters to her mother from Lincoln’s stepmother, so there was an acquaintance of some sort. Unfortunately, she threw out the letters. When I found out – too late – she shrugged “It was just family stuff, nothing important”. She did not understand that historians have no difficulty finding official speeches and documents. What they give their eyeteeth for are journals and family letters. 🙁
Steele side of the family
Charles Steele b 1850 was the son of a Jacob Steele. I found NYS death certificate for Jacob in area north of Rochester NY and a possible cemetery in West Webster, a suburb of Rochester, which is fairly near Auburn. Mabel said Grandpa Charles was born in Auburn, but grandma said Albany. Family tradition says Jacob was an architect. At that time, there were no schools of architecture so the label implies self-education (starting as a builder, perhaps) and/or European background.
Although he put in a year at Harvard, Charles Steele could not resist the lure of the West. Turning down his father’s offer to finance his degree, he preferred to punch cows for the Slaughter outfit, among other pioneer ranchers. In moving cattle around the West, he once rode through the San Juan Mountains of Colorado and fell in love with them. Eventually, he bought a small ranch and homesteaded additional acreage about eight miles north of Lake City around 1890.
Cynthia Weed grew up in Gallia County, Ohio. At the age of 10, she went out to work for her room-and-board, in exchange for working 12-16 hours a day six-and-a-half days a week. Small wonder then, that when her sisters in Colorado suggested she come West, she wasted no time. She met Charles Steele while he was visiting her sisters’ home, a wide spot in the road near Salida, Colorado.
There were several of the Weed family in Western New York, in the same general area where the Steele family was considered to be. It is quite possible that the families were acquainted before Charles and Cynthia met in Colorado. I never heard why Charles was visiting Cynthia’s sisters in the first place, since they lived several days ride from where Charles lived. However, the West was rather sparsely populated in those days, and it was quite common for people to look up others who came from the same part of the country, if only to get news from home and to lend a helping hand to newcomers. I’m sure that if the Weeds and Steeles were even minimally acquainted, Charles would have been told that there were Weeds in Colorado and would have paid his respects. In any case, he and Cynthia met and duly impressed each other (He was an up-and-coming rancher and politican, she was a tiny beauty). They were married on New Years Day, January 1st, 1892. Cynthia was 19, Charles 41.
‘Lake Fork Charlie’ set to work raising horses and being a County Commisioner. He and Cynthia had eight children, with the two eldest succumbing to Scarlet Fever at a tender age. Charles himself suffered a stroke which left him bedridden in his later years. Cynthia had to shut down the horse-raising operation (it requires an expertise which Charles could no longer exercise and the children lacked). She got into the cattle business, which requires mostly an appalling amount of patience and mind-numbing optimism. Since cattle ranching is once-a-year income (and lucky to get that), she had to do a lot of truck farming to make ends meet, preserving her garden produce against the winter and selling chickens, eggs, and vegetables to the booming mining town of Lake City. All the clothes were homemade and one of Grandmother’s fondest memories is of the day Grandpa brought home a second-hand sewing machine, which looked to be the original demonstration model. From then on, she didn’t have to make denim overalls by hand. And you think you’ve got it tough?
The income from the garden was so vital that on one occasion when the regular bridge was washed out by Spring floods, she took the wagon over the High Bridge, an amazing wooden trestle structure 125 feet above the river, bumping from tie to tie, with the horses walking planks laid between the rails, her son holding a coat over the horse’s head so it could not see the raging floodwater below!. All this work while tending a paralyzed invalid husband. With the help of the two boys, she kept the ranch going until 1923, then sold out and moved to Gunnison, where she kept busy for another forty years, taking care of homes and grandchildren, crochetting Afghans (her only hobby), raising and canning fruits and vegetables from a WWII Victory Garden, and tending chickens through winters that ran as cold as 60 below zero. I have always been amazed at the household skills she took for granted and which are now becoming totally forgotten. But more amazing is that while nothing in her life had ever been easy, I do not recall ever hearing a negative word from her or a judgemental remark about others. She had great inner strength, a rather dry sense of humor and an understanding heart. She died at 93 and I miss her greatly. I deeply regret that my wife and children never got the chance to know her.
Aunt Mabel left home to teach school at Hermit Lakes when she was 17. She eventually married Raymond Wright and settled at the Wright Ranch in the upper Rio Grande Valley. In addition to running cattle, Ray and his brothers, Wallace and Warren, build a bunch of cabins for the dudes, mostly fishermen escaping the heat of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Georgia. Some families have seen three or four generations coming to the ranch, even though the cabins are bare-bones facilities, with a pump in the front yard and an outhouse in back (of course, many of the guests lived that way at home too, 70-90 years ago). Some of my fondest memories are of the summers I spent at the ranch, fishing the Rio Grande or Clear Creek, working the cattle and putting up hay. (Imagine an eleven-year-old at the wheel of a tractor – Yippee!). Tending to the cabins and dudes and running that business became Mabel’s job and she was still cleaning cabins in preparation for the tourist season when age finally caught up with her at 94, although when she finally died, we had to beat her with a stick to make her lie down.
Uncle Herbert and Hope started raising Larry, Nelly, Peggy and Joyce in Gunnison, then moved to the Pacific Northwest and eventually Alaska.
Aunt Mary and Hugh Monson lived near Gunnison, with Ruby, Joe and Clyde, then retired to Montrose.
Uncle Charles worked in Gunnison til he retired, then went to Creede to become a County Commissioner, among other things, and to help Mabel with the ranch after Ray died. He has one son, Lee. Charles lived at the ranch with Dorothy until his death in 2002.
Betty married at 19, had three boys and supported them through the depression as Clerk of the County Court and as a newspaper reporter. She remarried during WWII and had a daughter Sue, then finished her college degree and taught English in the local High School, finding time to edit the local paper for a couple of years while the new owner learned his way around the county. She also wrote a newspaper history column and a couple of books, histories of the area and of early editors.
Norman pursued his doctorate in Physics to the point of exhaustion, eventually settling into a government job at White Sands. He retired in 1997 and lives among the pecan trees in Las Cruces NM with Lee and their pets.
Kraig became a jack-of-all-trades in pursuit of a unique lifestyle which would allow him and Lorna to write the Great American Novel. They definitely produced the unique lifestyle, along with some truely great stained glass work and a fantasy novel. Lorna died in December 2006 and Kraig in January 2007.
Lynn spent four years in the USAF, part of that time in Japan, got an interesting but useless degree in Linguistics at Ohio State, then moved to NYC, where he enjoyed the Sixties in Greenwich Village. While working at IBM, he married Cindi in 1969, moved about 75 miles north of NYC. They have 5 kids, 8 1/2 grandkids, 5 1/2 great-grandkids and assorted furry creatures.
Sue and Bill Knowles continue to live in Gunnison, with whatever pets are current. Bill retired from managing a real estate agency. They have two girls; Julie, who is a school administrator near Rifle CO, and Beth. Beth and husband Bill own and operate Wyman Woodworks with the help of their two girls, who have no idea how lucky they are in their choice of parents and grandparents.
Saunders side of the family: (per research by Norman Saunders)
William Saunders, born about 1825, birthplace unknown; died Hawarden, Iowa,
1894. father: Thomas Saunders, farmer.
Married: 19 May, 1848, Listerlin Parish, Kilkenny, Ireland, to Catherine Leetch (Leech), born about 1827, birthplace unknown; died 1906, Hawarden Iowa. her father: George Leetch, farmer and (Parish?) clerk. William and Catherine are your great-grandparents.
At the time of their marriage, William was living in Kilmaganny Parish, Kilkenny County, Ireland. Catherine was living, a few miles away, in Listerlin Parish, Kil-kenny County, Ireland. It would be easy to conclude that you and I were Irish, but the reality is that virtually all of Catherine’s ancestors were Welsh and William’s, Saxon, English. Saunders was early spelled “Saundhurst”. Question: Who are William’s ancestors and where did they live?
Saunders were resident in the central counties of England, particularly Northampton and Buckingham, in 1228, and probably earlier. See Harrington, Northamptonshire. Many Saunders left England, 1660-1685, during the reign of Charles II, perhaps to avoid punishment for political activities associated with the English Civil War. They acquired land in Wicklow, Ireland and later in Kildare, Meath and Dublin, Ireland. They served as Constables and Magistrates in Ireland. The name is found in the list of members of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Benjamin Franklin published Poor Richard’s Almanac under the penname Richard Saunders. William may be a descendant of one of these.
Count Alexander of France was into England in 1250. His sons, John Alisaundre of Surrey and Sir Robert AlySandre of Melksham, Wilts, are ancestors of Saunders presently living in the counties of Wilt, Warwick, Hertford, Sussex, Surrey and Dorset in England and in Ireland. Count Alexander’s son, Nicholas, was High Sheriff of Kildare, Ireland in 1300. William may be a descendant of Count Alexander.
Col Robert Saunders (1620-1670?) of England served in the Parliamentary Army under Oliver Cromwell and for his service in England and Ireland was appointed Governor of Kinsale, Ireland and given 3,725 acres of land in Wexford County, Ireland. He and his sons, Joseph, Robert and Anderson are listed as the earliest Saunders in Ireland. They are the ancestors of Saunders at Saunders Court, Wexford County, Ireland, at Saunders Grove, Wicklow County, Ireland and at Newtown Saunders in Wexford County and Largay in County Cavan. William may be descended from Col Robert Saunders. Only a few miles separate Kilkenny, Carlow, Wexford and Wicklow and Kinsale Counties.
The Saunders who immigrated to Beckwith, Ontario, Canada in the early 1800s came from Kilkenny County, Ireland. They removed to Brook Twp, Lambton County, Ontario about 1850. Relatives of William may have been among them. He and Catherine may have lived with relatives when they immigrated to Ontario.
In 1848/1849. Catherine’s brother, Matthew Leetch, immigrated to Beckwith in 1847.