Dee, Thanks for the detailed response. I had the feeling from other sources that Henry was not a descendant of John Alden of the Mayflower. I would be interested in any info anyone has linking Sarah Alden, who married Timothy Dwight (not the Timothy Dwight of Yale) and then married Capt. Thomas Newhall after Timthy's death, to Henry Alden of Needham/Dedham. I believe her father was William, son of Henry, but I would love any further details. As a funny aside, I have determined that we are descendants of Edward Doty, known to be the most cantankerous Pilgrim and John Howland, the only Pilgrim to fall out of the Mayflower. Perhaps that explains some of my quirks.