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Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Surname: Loomis

The Loomis surname comes to me via my grandpa, Rosmer P. Kerr. His tenth great-grandfather is said to have been:
  • Thomas Lummyus, who died in 1551 in England. Thomas was my twelfth great-grandfather.
  • John Lummys, whose will was dated 1567. He was married to Kyrsten Pasfield (or Jackson). John Sr. and Kyrsten were my eleventh great-grandparents.
  • John Lummys, who was christened in 1562 and died in 1619. His wife was Agnes. John Jr. and Agnes were my tenth great-grandparents.
  • Joseph Loomis, born about 1590 in England. He was a woolen-draper in Braintree, Essex before sailing from London on 11 April 1638 aboard the ship Susan & Ellen. He and his family arrived at Boston on 17 July 1638 and went to Windsor, Connecticut soon after. His wife, whose name is not known, died 23 August 1652. Joseph died 25 November 1658. He was my ninth great-grandfather.
  • Samuel Loomis, thought to be the youngest of Joseph's eight children. Samuel was born in England. He married Elizabeth Judd on 27 December 1653. He died 1 October 1689, possibly at his home in Westfield, Massachusetts. Samuel and Elizabeth were my eighth great-grandparents.
  • Joanna Loomis, born 22 October 1665. She married Joseph Smith on 20 November 1691. Joanna and Joseph Smith were my seventh great-grandparents.
All three of the Loomis genealogies mentioned below are posted at My Ancestors in Books.

Loomis, Elias. The Descendants of Joseph Loomis. New Haven: Tuttle, Morehouse and Taylor, 1870. Republished Rutland, Vt: Tuttle Antiquarian Books, 1990.

Loomis, Elias. The Descendants of Joseph Loomis: Who Came from Braintree, England, in the Year 1638, and Settled in Windsor, Connecticut, in 1639. New Haven: Tuttle, Morehouse and Taylor, 1870. Republished Rutland, Vt: Tuttle Antiquarian Books, 1990.

Loomis, Elias, Elisha S. Loomis, and Charles Arthur Hoppin. Descendants of Joseph Loomis in America And His Antecedents in the Old World. 1909.

You'll find some Loomis resources in 400 New England Ancestors at My Ancestors in Books.

See also Loomis Surname Origin.

Savage: Another Point of View

According to A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Joanna Loomis may not have been the mother of Ruth Smith, my connection to this line. Here is what Savage has to say on the subject:
SMITH, Joseph, Farmington, s. of William, by first w. Lydia had Joseph, b. a. 1681; Lydia; both bapt. prob. 17 Aug. 1684, tho. the rec. as giv. in Geneal. Reg. XII. 147, says 18, wh. was Monday ; Jobanna, 12 Apr. 1685; Mary, 30 Jan. 1687; Eliz. 16 Feb. 1690; Joanna, b. 15, bapt . 16 Oct. 1692 ; Ruth, bapt. 1 Dec. 1694; Susanna, b. 20 Apr. 1698; Thankful, 4 Nov. 1700; Mercy, 6 Aug. 1702; Esther, 30 Oct. 1705; Experience, bapt. prob. 11 July 1708; and Zephaniah, b. 16 Feb. 1710, d. young; but prob. the last two were b. by a sec. w. Joanna Loomis.
Reader, if you've researched this question and have been able to document it one way or the other, I'd appreciate knowing what you've found!

Savage, James, John Farmer, and O. P. Dexter. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. Boston: Little, Brown and Co, 1860.

1 comment:

Barbara said...

TK, we share Joseph Loomis, he is my 10th great-grandfather, so I guess we are removed one generation. Fun. Thanks for the selection of books. I used Ferris, Mary W., Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines, Vol. II (it might be online, one of the best books ever) and Stiles, Henry R.. The History of Ancient Windsor, Vol. II.

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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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