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Monday, April 05, 2010

Surname: Bronson

None of the Bronsons pictured here are my direct-line ancestors.
Click anyway to enlarge and get a good eyeful of
what the Bronson genes look like in action.

The Bronson surname is part of Rosmer P. Kerr's heritage. Rosmer's eighth great-grandfather may have been:
  • Richard Bronson, thought to be the father of John Bronson. If correct, he's my tenth great-grandfather.
  • John Bronson of Hartford and Farmington, born probably before or about 1620. With his wife, whose name is shrouded in mystery, he had seven children. John John died at Farmington 28 November 1680. He was my ninth great-grandfather.
  • Dorcas Bronson, whose birthdate isn't known. Some of her siblings were born 1641-1647. She is listed as the sixth of seven children, but if that's the case, she would have been quite a bit younger than her husband, Stephen Hopkins of Hartford, who was born 1634. Dorcas did outlive him by more than seven years, dying 13 May 1697. Dorcas and Stephen were my eighth great-grandparents.

Bronson, Henry. The History of Waterbury, Connecticut; The Original Township Embracing Present Watertown and Plymouth, and Parts of Oxford, Wolcott, Middlebury, Prospect and Naugatuck. Waterbury: Bronson Bros, 1858. My direct-line ancestors didn't live in Waterbury, but some of their children did. As a result, you'll find some Bronson genealogy (beginning on p. 137), some Hopkins genealogy (p. 151), and some Judd genealogy (p. 155) in this book. Images for The Bronson Look came from this book also.

Hinman, R. R. A Catalogue of the Names of the Early Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut, With the Time of Their Arrival in the Country and Colony, Their Standing in Society, Place of Residence, Condition in Life, Where from, Business, &C., As Far As Is Found on Record. Hartford: Case, Tiffany, 1852. Hinman's Bronson genealogy begins at the bottom of p. 341.


Barbara said...

Hi TK, I love your Cousins in Cyberspace site, may I take your idea? Also, you can add me to Elder John Strong, if you like.
Thanks for posting The History of Waterbury, I was able to use some information that was right in front of me, no work on my part, hey thanks for that.

Becky said...

Well, hello cousin! I'm a descendant of John Bronson's daughter Sarah who was the second wife of John Kilbourn! Sarah would be my 10th great-grandmother.

T.K. said...

Barbara, most definitely, make a Cousins in Cyberspace page! I'm really pleased that it's being well-received, and would love to see others do the same. It would really make for a more visible network, I think!

Becky, it was fabulous visiting Kinexxions today. The photos and stories of your journey are awesome, and that is the most understated understatement I've ever made!

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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