Thursday, June 5, 2014

Maud J.(Selleck) Scofield lineage


Maud Justina (Selleck) Scofield (1882-1968), my great grandmother, married Harry Scofield in 1902 and became the mother of Beatrice P. Scofield, my grandmother, in 1906.
  • In 1882, Maud was born to Sanders Selleck (1859-1947) and Sarah Francis Slauson  (1863-abt. 1938). who were married in September 12, 1880.  Their children were Maud, Howard, Claude and a fourth child that died (date unknown).  Sanders was born in Pound Ridge, Westchester Co., NY which is where he and Sarah raised their family while Sanders worked as a Basket Maker, a family trade.  In fact, there was a Selleck Basket factory and Shop in Pound Ridge until about 1944.   Sander's father and grandfather had also owned a farm of more than fifty acres in Pound Ridge which had passed down to Sander's older brother Silvori Selleck who was also appointed  postmaster of Scott's Corners, Pound Ridge in 1897.   
While Maud Selleck, married Harry Scofield in 1902, her brothers, Howard and Claud, continued to live with their parents who moved to Darien CT sometime between 1910 and 1920.   In 1940, Sanders, 82 and widowed, was living with his son Howard.  Sarah and Sanders are both listed on Darien city records in 1937, thus Sarah must have passed away between 1937 and 1940.  Her husband, Sanders, passed away after 1940.
High Ridge Cemetery
Stamford, CT
* Sanders and Sarah were distant cousins.               Lydia Slauson (1778-1845) is Sanders paternal grandmother.  Lydia's brother Daniel Slauson (1765-1846) is Sarah's paternal great grandfather.

  • Sanders Selleck was the son of Sands Selleck (1817-1898) and Ann Elizabeth (Betsey) Austin (1821-1901), who were born and lived most of their lives in Pound Ridge, Westchester County, NY with their five children.   Sands Selleck was a farmer and well-known basket maker.  He was active in county politics and served as town selectman.  He and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal church.  Sands and Betsey died in New Canaan, CT in 1897 and 1901, respectively. 

  • The parents of Sands were Thomas Selleck (1778-  ) and Lydia  Slauson (1778-1845) who were married in 1798.  Thomas was born in Pound Ridge, NY and Lydia was born in New Canaan, CT.  They resided mostly in Pound Ridge, NY, where their 8 children were born.  Thomas worked as a stone mason and contractor as well as farming the family tract of land..  Lydia passed away in 1845 and records indicate Thomas Selleck remarried Eliza Smith in 1851 at 73 years old.  His date of death is unknown.
  • Thomas Selleck was the son of Samuel Selleck (1746-1790) and Amy Dann ( 1750-  ) who were married in 1771.
  • The parents of Samuel Selleck were Jonathan Selleck (1720-1790) and Anne ( abt.1730- ).  
  • Jonathan was born on Oct. 1, 1720 in Stamford, CT, the son of Nathan Selleck (1686-1772) and Sarah Sands (1696-1789), Nathan's third wife.  

        Nathan Selleck's wives:

Nathan Selleck's house built about 1708 on Farms Rd. Stamford, CT

  • Susannah Hooker married Nathan in 1708 and died in 1709 after the birth of their daughter Susannah Selleck;  
  • Nathan next wed Mary Sands in 1710, but she died in 1712. 
  • Sarah Sands and Nathan were married in 1713 and had six 6 children.  Sarah is the daughter of Capt. Samuel Sands of Queens, NY.  

  • Nathan parents were Jonathan Selleck Jr. (1664-1710) and Abigail Gold (1665-1711).  Jonathan and Abigail were married Jan. 5, 1685 in Stamford, Ct.  In 1699, Jonathan Selleck was appointed Justice in the County of Fairfield.                   

Abigail is the daughter of Major Nathan Gold, who arrived in Milford  Ct. in 1643, 

and of Sarah (Phippen) Yeo who arrived in Massachusetts Bay as an infant with 

her family (David Phippen) who settled in Boston, MA.
Abigail's sister, Martha Gold, married her husband's brother, John Selleck, Jr. 
The fathers of the Selleck brothers had also married 2 sisters.

  • Jonathan Selleck Jr. is the son of Jonathan Selleck, Major (1641-`1713) and Abigail Law (1637-1711)
    • Major Jonathan Selleck was born on on March 20, 1641 in Boston, MA as the son of immigrant and businessman David Selleck (1614-1654) and his wife, Susanna Kibby/Kebby (1616-1713).   David came to America in 1633, arriving in Dorchester MA. 
    • In the year 1660, 6 years after the death of their father, Jonathan, then 20 years old, moved from Boston with his younger brother John, 17, to Stamford CT where they became partners as shipping merchants in the same business that had been so profitable for their father.  John transported the cargo, spending weeks or months at sea, while Jonathan stayed in New England to manage the business.  
    • The brothers married two sisters, Abigail and Sarah Law, who were the daughters of Richard Law(1601-1686) and Margaret Kilbourne (1607-1689).  
      • Richard Law had been the Kings Attorney in England prior to coming to America in about 1635.  He served as legal counsel for the community, town clerk, selectman and Representative to the Connecticut Legislature. 
    •  Jonathan Selleck became an officer in the Stamford Militia and, in 1676, was rewarded with Land, for his service against the indians in King Phillips war.
    • In 1689, his brother John was captured by the French, along with his ship, and was never heard from again..  
  • Their father, David Selleck was born in Overstory, Somerset England, the son of Robert Selleck (1575-1660) and Elizabeth Gray (1574-1618).  David was a soap maker as well as trader.  He owned and leased vessels and conducted trade in Boston, Virginia, Barbados and England.  Record indicate he first came to New England in 1633.  He returned to England in 1636 perhaps for business and also to marry Susanna Kibby.  His name appears in colony records of Dorchester MA in 1640.  David and Susanna were members of the First Church of Boston in 1644, having moved to Boston about 1642.  
  • David Selleck is reputed to have been involved in human trafficking of Irish 'servants' taken against their will and brought to Barbados, Virginia and New England.  The Cromwellian policies of England allowed for 'involuntary Irish transportation' for a short period from 1652 to 1657, but the practice may have gone on unofficially for sometime longer.  Once in the new world, the servants were sold into servitude usually for a period of 7-10 years.
  •  David Selleck was fined by Massachusetts colony in 1652 for importing Irish servants without permission.  Then in 1653 he was granted license by England for two ships to transport 400 Irish children to the new world.  In December of 1653 those two ships were cleared to sail from England.  There is no passenger list and no record of what happened to their cargo.  

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