The Ancestry of Overmire Tifft Richardson Bradford Reed

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  • ID: I20736
  • Name: William !!! Barsham
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 27 JUN 1558 in Colkirke, Norfolk, England
  • Death: in Cambridge, Middlesex Co., MA
  • Note:

    WARNING: Some show this William who m. Anne Yelverton immigrated and died in Massachusetts. We have seen no real evidence for this. LDS Ancestral files can be notoriously inaccurate and apparently are in this case. Many show this couple as the parents of the immigrant William Barsham of Watertown. Again, this is apparently bogus.

    Researcher James C. Barton has identified a book, which may be the source of the misinformation, that shows this William Barsham as the son of William Barsham who m. Ann Yelverton tited, "Samuel Richardson (1602-1658) and Josiah Ellsworth (1629-1689) Some Descendants" compiled by Ruth Ellsworth Richardson. Ms. Richardson has no documentation for the claim. As Barton says, "No references, sources, or authorities are shown... Regarding this, the NEGHS wrote to me in answer to my specific question as follows:
    "It didn't take very long to establish that the book makes no documented and reasonably reliable case. In fact, it makes no case at all. It simply makes the statement; the relevant pages are enclosed. The book lists some five pages of research sources, essentially a bibliography, but there are no footnotes, and only a few source attributions."

    Furthermore, The Great Migration Begins, by Robert Charles Anderson, a highly respected source, says Barsham's origins are unknown.

    Barton notes "It strikes me as amazing that people like Anderson (Great Migration), Faris (Plantagenet Ancestry), and Richardson (Magna Carta Ancestry), all in the past several years, were not able to find the connection to Watertown that Ruth Ellsworth Richardson found over 30 years ago. One might reasonably conclude there is no known record of any such connection."

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    1) Database of, 25 Aug 2001 &db=:a30581&id=I1297&style=TABLE
    2) Ted Cox Database, 22 Dec 2001 &db=tedcox1&id=I7244
    3) Ancestral File (R), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998
    4) Brent Ruesch Database, 21 Nov 2002
    5) Research of D.G. Weymouth, Website, 2003
    6) Kirk Larson Database, 23 Sep 2003 &db=:2640299&id=I57072
    7) Descendants of Father of Drieu of Normandy, 2005
    8) Research by James C. Barton,, 25 Feb 2007
    9) "Samuel Richardson (1602-1658) and Josiah Ellsworth (1629-1689) Some Descendants" compiled by Ruth Ellsworth Richardson, 1974.
  • _UID: 539EE050C0AE455CB9015E15E584B01B9131
  • Change Date: 1 MAY 2007

    Father: Thomas Barsham b: 1528 in Colkirke or Wate, Norfolk, England
    Mother: Audrey Jennison b: ABT 1532 in Burnham, Norfolk, England

    Marriage 1 Ann !!! Yelverton b: ABT 1560 in Of, Rougham, Norfolk, England
    • Married: 10 JUL 1579 in Waterton, Suffolk, England
    • Change Date: 1 MAY 2007
    • Note: 08:33

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