Thanks, Mahlon...I rec'd the following from my uncle, Edwin Houston this morning.
When I was down in New LondonConn. , visiting the New London Public Library, which incidently has a separate genealogical section, I ran into two items that refute what your friends have to say about the Matthew Beckwith ancestors and his wife. Over the years,- many people in the Beckwith line have tried to convince themselvesthat the line from Matthew goes back thru Marmaduke of Pontefrace to royalty. One of these articles particularly mentionPaul Beckwith as being wrong in his works. This material that I have said that he came from Essex England, and was a trader-- it appears starting out as a seaman -- first identified being in America inonboard s Pinnace (Small Ship) with other seaman being put on record as being noisy from drinking too much ale. Soon after there are records of his marriage to Mary -- Not Elizabeth -- evidence indicates she was Mary Biirchard. His children married people from Wartertown MASS., which indicates that he took his family on board his boat. I will bring this stuff along this summer for you to copy.
I would say that the record indicates that he progressed fairly fast into owning and operating trading ships, and the sons and grandsons continued in the shipping business up thru Marvin Holmes Beckwith, who said in his petition to get out of jail that he had been a trader in the Nova Scotia area for many years.