I had been exchanging emails with James Wright
regarding common interests with our family trees and the
subject of having, as he put it, of "multiple trees
growing into each other". Indeed I have. He was
referring to having a common ancestor in two or more
branches of a tree resulting in the marriage of cousins.
In my case we have the instance of these being 1st
cousins in the marriage of Isaac Thayer (1695-?) &
Miriam Thayer (1699-1749) See
Thayer Family. They were my 5th
great grandparents. This was not all that uncommon at
Then we have the
Doolittle Family. Abraham Doolittle
(1649-1732) & Mercy Holt (1649-1688 ) They were my 7th
great grandparents and had sons, John and Abraham hoe
initiated 2 branches of descendants. Five generations
later, 4th cousins, Chauncey Butler Doolittle
(1803-1863) & Delight A Dean (1820-1897) married to be
my 2nd great grandparents.
John Hall (1605-1676 & Jane Woolen
( - 1690), my 8th great grandparents had a pair of sons
who married and initiated a similar line of descendants.
One branch subsequently merged with the Doolittle line,
while the other Married into the Royse line which then
rejoined the Doolittle line. Those Doolittles did a lot.
We also have the
Bass Family wherein Samuel Bass
(1600-1694) & Anne Saville (1601-1693), my 8th great
grandparents, had a son who's granddaughter married into
the Copeland family. Her mother was Ruth Alden,
granddaughter of John Alden of Mayflower fame. Another
son of Samuel had a daughter who married married into
the Thayer family. Of course Alden Copeland was my
father and Jenny Marcia Thayer was his mother.
And then there is the amazing
Atherton/Weeks family. Joseph Weeks
married Elizabeth Atherton in 1677. They were my 7th
great grandparents and initiated 3 lines of descendants
which later reemerged into my line.
1) Repent Weeks
married Joseph Pomeroy and their line merged into the
Clapp family and thence the Copeland line.
Weeks joined the Green Family and they merged with the
Cooke line then the Bullen line and subsequently the
Doolittle line (there they are again) and finally the
3) And finally, Renew Weeks married
Benjamin Carpenter. Several generations later there was
a marriage to the Bingham line which then merged with
the Copeland family line.
But after the discovery of the Hunt line of ancestors we
discovered that they were also connected to our Atherton
ancestors making another connection in the web.
We also have a similar loop connection from John Strong
and Abigail Ford. Two of their children, Sarah and Mary
are the matriarchs of separate lines that merge in
In researching Thomas Cushman(1670-1726), my 8th great
grandfather, I discovered that his second wife was the
granddaughter of William Carpenter, my 9th great
grandfather, This is another example of families
diverging and rejoining generations later or, another
way of looking at it is the intermarriage of ancestor
All these families are on my father's side of my lineage.
Jim Wright suggested that our trees looked less like
trees and more like a brier patch and I have to agree. I
have found many instances of intermarriages between the
Copeland, Thayer, Cooke, Alden, and even the Packard
families in New England before 1700. My maternal
grandmother was a Packard. I strongly suspect that my
mother and father could have been 6th, or 7th cousins
but at this point can not prove it.