Some time ago I had linked my Stowe ancestors to Bethia Hopkins, daughter of John Hopkins, and her husband, Deacon Samuel Stocking. Their daughter, Bethia, married a Stowe. They were the ancestors of Hattie Hawley Stowe, my great grandmother.
I knew that my family were early settlers in Massachusetts and Connecticut. And in recent generations my Williams great grandparents lived in Hartford, CT.
But I did not know until now that (1) at least three of my ancestors were original proprietors: George Stocking of Hartford John Hopkins, of Gloucesteshire and Thomas Birchard (Birchwood)! (2) it would be natural for these families to intermarry because they lived in a close-knit, small community.
John Hopkins' daughter married George Stocking's son. As for Thomas Birchard, he is connected by marriage with my Baldwin ancestors who were early settlers in Milford, CT.
I know the feeling.
I worked for months and months and finally found my "first immigrant." He was a "lesser freeman" of Guilford CT, origins obscure, "maybe Wales." A carpenter, perhaps, by trade -- but really, they did whatever needed to be done. I think most were *not* farmers so had to learn?
One of the sources I read said "conditions on the early plantations were far more like medieval villages than the organized shires and towns they were recruited from in England."
I was so humbled and awed.