|My family tree on my Father's side of the family goes back to 1636 when the ship the "Arbella"- the flagship of the "Winthrop Fleet of 1630"- first sailed into Boston with the Webb family aboard. Our Webb family is indirectly related to the family of John Adams, whose Braintree, Massachusetts neighbor, childhood friend and college colleague was Nathan Webb. Our direct descendants- starting with Richard Webb- began in England before making their way to Stamford,CT. Three generations later they moved to Goshen, Orange Co., NY. then on to Passaic, NJ.|
The Crafts family side of my family is descended from the family of Griffin and Alice Crafts, who also sailed one of the 11 vessels that comprised The Winthrop Fleet. Thomas Crafts, a member of the Sons of Liberty, read the newly-ratified Declaration of Independence to the city of Boston for the first time from the balcony of the Old South Meeting House. Abigail Adams wrote about her experience that day in her famous letters.
I began working on my family tree while living outside of Boston. This gave me a first hand look at the impact the early settlers of New England had on the foundation of our country. It has been exciting seeing the "Webb" headstones located in the Granary Cemetary and the "Crafts-Bell Tomb" in the King Phillip Cemetary. Both cemetaries are the cornerstones that can be seen while walking the famous Freedom Trail in Boston.
The Archer Family is related to the Webb side of my family. I have in my possession our Archer Family bible. I have many questions as to the beginning of the Archer part of our family tree. I know they lived in Orange County, NY and many Archers are buried in the Webb Family Plot in Hamptonburg, Orange Co., NY. They were also part of the Carpenter side of the family.
My husband David Page is an 11th generation direct descendant of Miles Standish from his mother's side of the family. We are truly a family of old New England "blue bloods"!
Please feel free to contact me if you are a part of our Family and if you have any pictures, letter, stories or of course a cherished family bible you would like to share.