01 Jan 2018

#52Ancestors By Marilyn Sears Lindsey





We all start from a woman…

a mother-to-be…




We owe everything to the one who gave us life.

There is no me, without you…I said to my mother, Claire Lavina.

Her mother, Mabel (1904-2005), was a hatmaker who raised 8 children and her dream for their lives was that they would graduate from high school and make something of themselves. They all did.

Mabel’s mother was Minnie (1886-1930).  She had 8 children also…twins Alfred and Albert, who died as babies, Elizabeth, Mabel, Arthur, Austin, Ethel and James.  Five lived to adulthood.

Miranda Freelove Trask (1869-1893) was Minnie’s mother.  Miranda had 3 children in 3 years and died at 23 years old from Bright’s, which is a kidney disease.

Susan Hardy (1833-1904) was Miranda’s mother and she died the year that her great granddaughter, Mabel Arilla, was born.  She married, had 4 children, moved to Hampton, Minnesota in 1860 when she was 27 years old, divorced her husband and returned to Massachusetts.  She re-married and had 4 more children for a total of 8 children.

Mary Ann Woods (1809-1889) was Susan’s mother.  Her Marriage Banns were read on 13 Feb 1830 in Northborough, Mass    “That notice that two people were going to marry had one purpose and one purpose only: to make sure folks knew there was a wedding in the offing so that they had a chance to come forward and object if there was some legal reason why the marriage couldn’t take place.  In general, that meant one (or both) of the couple was too young, one (or both) of them was already married, or the law prohibited the marriage because they were too closely related.5

When folks married without banns, however, particularly when they married some distance away from where they were known, there wasn’t the same opportunity in advance to have folks ‘speak up or forever hold their peace.’ The bond then stepped into the breach.

What that bond actually was, then, was a form of guarantee that there wasn’t any legal bar to the marriage. Enforcing the guarantee was a pledge by the groom and a bondsman — usually a relative — to pay a sum of money, usually to the Governor of the State (or colony if earlier, or to the Crown if in Canada6), if and only if it actually turned out that there was some reason the marriage wasn’t legal.” (from

Lavina (b. 1762)was Mary Ann’s mother.  She married at 21 years old and had 4 children in 25 years – her 4th when she was 47 years old.








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