Tuesday, August 17, 2010

First Pemberton DNA Sample Submitted

Today I sent the first DNA sample (mine) to Family Tree DNA. Meanwhile, my brother informs me that he submitted a sample years ago to the Sorenson DNA lab so it will be fun to see how closely we match. We are all hoping that many others will join in the DNA data base for the Pemberton surname. The Family Tree DNA project for Pemberton is here.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Will of Sarah Pemberton 1696

... And my body I commit to the Earth to be decently buryed by my late dear husband Sir Matthias Pemberton ... We presume the preposition "by" means "beside" not "through the instrumentality of".

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Will of John Pemberton, 1648

Proved in London, 18 February 1651 No connection visible there.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Pickax Dream

In my dream (see post of March 26th), the pickax was buried up to the handle collar (the handle lying horizontal on the soil), sharp end down in a recently tilled farm field. It occurs to me that the field may represent Pemberton's hough, and that John Pemberton, blacksmith, of Thornton Hough, may have come into owership of George Pemberton's hough - thus the pick is in the hough. More likely, the pick is in Thornton Hough. The signature mark on the little bit of paper attached to the top end of the pick, must be that of someone linking this John to one of my George's.

I have completed the transcription of the Will of John Pemberton, Blacksmith, of Thornton Hough, 1664, proved 1669 and John gives his wife's name as Margery and his children as John, Robert, William, and Elline. John blacksmith must have been born between 1605 and 1635.

There is a family showing up in the baptisms in St Oswald, Chester, Cheshire of interest here. George Pemberton is the father of these children: George 1640, John 1642, Hester 1643, and Elizabeth 1644. Its about 12 crow miles from Chester to Thorton Hough, which is on the Wirral. Was this son John named after the blacksmith, an uncle maybe? I have to work this a bit. Maybe the father of George the first was a John?

The only record I have found of a Sarah Middleton, who married George Pemberton I, is in Nantwich, 1661, so this George baptised in 1640 would almost have to be George Pemberton the zeroeth, and his father George Pemberton the -1th (if they are indeed in the same lineage).