|I became interested in genealogy in the late 1970's and did extensive research on both my own and my husband's families.Our forebears settled primarily in Massachusetts, Maryland and Virginia and their surnames include Swallow, Thaxter, Peloubet, Clinedinst, Kuhnle, and Martin.I started my research with my husband's family, the Swallow family of Dunstable, Massachusetts, and my family, the Clinedinst family of Newmarket, Virginia.This was pre-internet research and I visited local and state libraries, the National Archives, and the Mormon Church.I would be delighted if someone found something useful in my records.|
The Swallow family emigrated from England around 1640 and settled in and around Dunstable, Massachusetts.Later generations had large reunions at the family homestead and kept remarkably complete family records.The family homestead is still inhabited by Swallow descendants and an old grave yard on the grounds contains the graves of many of the first American Swallows.
The Thaxter family emigrated from Hingham, England with a group of emigres that founded Hingham, Massachusetts in 1638.One of the other families in the group, the Lincolns, were the forebears of Abraham Lincoln.
The first American Peloubet, Joseph-Alexandre de Chabrier de Peloubet, escaped the guillotine during the French Revolution and made his way to New York.His memoirs were published in a limited edition and contain a family history that dates to 1466 in France.
The Clinedinst family emigrated from Steyr, Austria around 1710 and settled originally in York, Pennsylvania.They later moved south into Maryland and finally made their home in Newmarket, Virginia where they were carriage-makers.
The Kuhnle family emigrated from Germany and settled in Maryland, and the Martin family emigrated from Ireland and settled in Maryland.