I have in my possession, and would be willing to send copies of, about 6 original pages of Small family register that has come down through the descendants of Bridget Small (b. 12 November 1789, 1 of 5 children of James Small (b. 30 Sept 1765) and Anna (or Anara? Nickerson?)(b. 5 Dec 1765).
Bridget married Joshua Hopkins, and they and their offspring moved 1st to Tuckerton, N.J. (abt. 1817), then to Greenwich,Huron Co. OH.(will have to look this up, but say about 1830's or 40's.) If these people were typical, more extended relatives may have moved to these places in concert with them, or vice versa.
This register may have been an attempt to keep track of far flung cousins. It is written in several hands, likely was created about 1853, has been chewed on by a mouse, and has varying degrees of legibility. James and Anna Small are listed as being 88 and their children are in their 60's.Except for the Hopkins information (on its own sheet of paper), James and Anna have the earliest birth dates.Their children were born 1785-1790. Except for the short Hopkins information, and a John Small and Freeman Nickerson, all the others listed were born in the first half of the 1800's. Only a few of the individuals are clearly listed as being in family clusters.Some could easily be surmised to be parents and children from surname, proximity in the lists and birth dates.
Here is the Cahoon information as written:
"Parents Anna CahoonbornOct 14 th 1817 Patricke F. Cahoon bornOct 18 th 1815 Children EmilyCahoon"[" here and below is a ditto mark below born]Septe 20 1838 Patricke H Cahoon"Octe 8th 1843 Anna M Cahoon"Dec 11th 1845 Phebe B. Cahoon"Feb 5th1853"
In a different area of the pages is the following set of names in sequence [WARNING SOME OF THE DATES ARE HARD TO INTERPRET, HOWEVER, IT APPEARS THAT SOME OF THESE ARE SIBLINGS, RECORDED IN BIRTH ORDER, THUS HELPING WITH DATE INTERPRETATION -
"Francis Cahoon was born Janary(sic) 1 186(sic) [meaning 1806?] Febery (sic) did (sic) 18 (sic) "Deidamia CahoonFebnary (sic) 20 186 (sic)October in [unreadable character] 12 [uncertain of the 2] "Cordelia T [or L?]Cahoon June 26 1828" " Francis S CahoonJanary (sic) 31 [or 21?] 1830 "Julia M Cahoon August 6 1832 "Ruhamah T[?] Cahoon August 30 1834 "Joseph H Cahoon June 25 1837 "Naomia A Cahoon June 23 1839 "George P Cahoon May 30 184[2?] "Isaac F. Cahoon September 27 [21?] 1845"
In addition to lots of Smalls and the Hopkins/ Linnell list, and the Cahoons listed above, the following surnames occur in these lists: Eldrige, Eldredge, Atwood, Baker, Norway, Norawy (looks like a misspelling of Norway), Harding, Nickerson, Studley, Done, Long, and Jinkins. THE MOST RECENT BIRTH DATE IN THESE LISTS IS 1850.
Only a small portion of this family register indicates direct ancestors for my husband's family line.Although I have found it helpful to keep track of collateral relatives because information on common ancestors is often passed down in different ways to different people, I haven't yet worked to sort out what I think is a lot of Bridget Small's cousins. Would be happy to make photocopies for others to work on. You may have better intrepretations of the more obscurely written dates if you can see the original. Would appreciate hearing if anyone can link any of this information to Bridget Small Hopkins' and herparents, James, and Anna (Anara?)(Nickerson?)