Our research has led to more than 3500 names, centered in the Connecticut Valley, the Massachusetts coast, and prior to 1620-1650, in England. It shows links from the Deerfield, Massachusetts, area to four Mayflower families, and to over 20 Revolutionary soldiers. Descent along quite ancient lines from several canonized saints is also documented. The Deerfield lines include several hard-to-find lines, mainly from Sheldon's History of Deerfield, on the Allen, Hawks, Smead, Hinsdale, and Taylor families, among others. Our tree also shows kinship to Princess Diana through one of her many sets of New England ancestors.
The bulk of these lines are through Ann Elizabeth Boyden Doneilo (1909-1987) of Massachusetts. Some of the more prominent American surnames in our tree include Boyden, Stearns, DeWolfe, Brewster, Rogers, Stoddard, Hopkins, Totman, and Gates.
While numerous lines of royal descent are shown, I think it is much more in keeping with the American spirit to point to ancestors such as the humble indentured servant named Thomas Boyden, who in the mid-17th century donated two bushels of corn to the building of "the new brick college" in Cambridge, now known as Harvard. His family became known for producing noteworthy educators as well as other productive citizens.
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