In our tree there are many people who we remember quite well, but on this page are people anyone would remember if they met. These are the good the bad and the just plain strange in the family tree. While this is rather common in any tree (dead rot is a fact of life in real trees too *g*) we thought we'd introduce you to our bunch of infamous and famous family members.
Stephen Hopkins - (1599 - 1676) - While he is best known for his passage on the Mayflower in 1620, Stephen was quite the rabble rouser. He headed a mutiny not once but twice while shipwrecked in 1609 on Bermuda. While in Plymouth he was fined several times for infractions such as serving alcohol on sundays, allow people to get drunk in his house, and mistreating a servant. Just goes to show not all our forefathers were the angels that the history books paint them. For more on this colorful character please visit Caleb Johnson's wonderful site at:
Roger Toothaker (1634 - 1692) - Roger had a checkered past long before the action that earned him a place on this page. His family was given aid by the town because of his probable abandonment of them. The record of aid is in the town records. The act though that earned him his place was the fact that he was accused of witchcraft during the famous Salem Witch trials. In his role as a Doctor in the town he was accused of witchcraft surrounding a birth in the town he attended. He died in prison awaiting trial. His sister in law (Martha Carrier) was hanged for witchcraft and his wife was accused also.
Richard Warren (?-1628) Richard sailed to the new world on the Mayflower in Sept of 1620. His family may be related to the DeWarrens in England but this has yet to be proven, but notheless he is one of our founding fathers and his decendents are still leading the way. Among them are 2 US presidents and an Astronaut.
Laura Ingalls Wilder - Laura, unlike most of the others listed here, is not a direct relative but rather a distant cousin, but as I grew up reading her books I was very happily surprised to find out she was my cousin (8th 3x's removed).
William Brewster (1566-1644) - William sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 to the new world and was one of the pilgrim fathers and was instrumental in fouding Plymouth Colony.
Benjamin Church (1639-1717/18) - Benjamin rose to great hieghts of command during King Phillips War and wrote a book on his experiences during the war that is one of the very few records of this War between the Narragassett Indians and Plymouth's Colonists still surviving today. In his time he was a great war hero. Today these events are looked at in a different light given the brutal mistreatment and systematic elimintation of the American Indian in not only Benjamin's time but in the resulting 200+ years.
Major General John Sullivan (1740-1795) - John was a lawyer in NH who at times was attourney general, "President" of New Hampshire and Chief Justice in New Hampshire. He attended continental congress and was a major participate in the Revolutionary War. He helped drive the Iroquois out of the east.
This website : http://www.castletown.com/GeneralSullivan.htm has more info on him.
Daniel Webster (1782-1852) - Daniel was very important statesman from New Hampshire and later Massachusetts. He is not a direct relation but rather a 3rd cousin 6 times removed. This page can give you a better over view of his accomplishments.
http://www.senate.gov/learning/learn_history_webster.html The academy that he was principal of was Fryeburg Academy which is located in close by Fryeburg Me.
Ulysses S Grant (1822-1885) - While most famous for being the Commander of the Union forces and accepting General Lee's surrender he was also in several other battles including the Mexican War and was President of the United States in 1868. This site has alot of good information on this cousin of ours. http://www.mscomm.com/~ulysses/