Search the Database

Well-Behaved Women & History

Grietjen Westercamp. 1642 – Aft 1701 W | D

Sued the father of her first child for support, and wasn’t deterred by his ridicule. Abducted during the Esopus Wars by (probably) the Lenapi tribe, and made it home again. Spent a great deal of time in front of the court in her later life defending […]

Hannah Hinman 1666 – 1743 : I00904

Hannah Hinman

Hannah Hinman worried her father. He was so worried about her that he put explicit instructions in his will, directing his sons to keep an eye on her.

I doe desire also that my daughter Hannah may live in the family with my sons till she attain her respective age: If […]

Genealogical Math & the Collapsing Hinmans

People get into genealogy, in part, because they fantasize about connections to famous people. The odd thing is that any mathematician can prove you are just that, connected to Big Names, by blood.

The mathematical study of genealogy indicates that everyone in the world is descended from Nefertiti and Confucius, and everyone of […]

Edward Hinman

Sergeant Edward Hinman arrived in Boston 19 June 1650 aboard the ship William & George as a crewman. He settled in Stratford, Connecticut after a few false starts elsewhere.

Tradition says that he belonged to the bodyguard of Charles I as sergeant-at- arms, and escaped from Cromwell’s wrath to America. To my knowledge, nobody […]