Islands In The Stream

A major reason I began the 1718 Genealogy is that I’m a semi-purist at heart. I don’t like giving out information that’s wrong and if I discover that some of the data is incorrect, well I’m happy to oblige by changing it. I’m a sensible researcher at heart, as well, willing to chart into uncertain waters to established a reasonable bit of evidence for someone who should be a relative, but may not be. You’ll find this in the genealogies I’m targeting, especially those centered in New England. Oftentimes, I’ll come up with data, add it, then come back to it and connect the dots. A lot of discombobulated material will show up as small bits of genealogical floating islands that should be attached to the main lineages, but aren’t. All these little bits are pieces of the puzzle that will eventually fit into the whole and form a continent based on good old solid earth.
This genealogy is a major project for me. Not only do I enjoy the research, but those who know me, will realize that it will not be something half-ass and based on the flotsam that litters the waters of our ancestry. DNA has been the best new tool on the market today to establish people connections, but it’s still only a back-up to what needs to actually be done; the research that is required to document it all. For example a DNA test for cousins Robert and Irene can only tell you the relative closeness of the relationship. If William and Joel are in court for a paternity issue, the markers are a comparison between the two men, one much more specific to the child than the other. Evidence of this type matching is after the fact, after actual or circumstantial evidence proves the possibility of a suspect in the first place. So reliance on DNA as it becomes more reliable is a pertinent aspect to determining our roots, but confirms only what you’ve done correctly in the first place. Or not.
Is everything solid? No more so than the mantle beneath the crust. How many times have we come up against a suspicion to realize it doesn’t work because we have selected the wrong person. I can’t say enough how quickly certainties run awry when there’s more than two people with the same name in town. Factor in plausibility, gut feelings, misinterpretation of data, incorrectly transcribed documents and failure to obtain proof of a matter hardly commences the faulty attributes that combine to misdirect us. Like a puzzle piece facts have to fit perfectly in order for us to see the overall picture correctly. I make mistakes like this, frequently thinking I’ve got it nailed down only to discover previous perceptions were wrong. Like the helix matrix of a chromosome the complexity is enormously entwining very much like our individual lives and family structures. Makes me dizzy to think about all of that. No more so then the choices I must make from day to day running strategies that take from a week to a year to unfold and hopefully help me and my family to prosper.
Islands in the stream is not just a book, not just a song or an analogy but a unique method for me to puzzle out our ancestries in a piecemeal fashion, especially in a perspective that channels a lot of detail into a whole.  It’s seeing the forest through the trees despite the fact these mighty pillars all look the same. There is individuality in each just as in each person each family and in bloodlines that span millennium. Surname families are so much like drifting leaves in a stream, bumping into others, bouncing off things that have an impact, influencing the direction of that impact-at times chaotic and random-but constant and moving, spiraling through the faster narrower gaps or moving with the breeze when the waters are still. It’s more than just allegory these words pertain to.
(C) Copyright 2016 The Jameson Perspective. Authored Nov. 7, 2016.

Four Decades and Counting

This story is about time.
In 1973, my dad’s mom, Martha(McKnight) Jameson died after 92 years of living. She was a quiet woman from upstate New York, short of stature, really, a plain woman of her times, who raised eight kids, all of whom but one lived to adulthood. Thankfully, when she left Athol, Massachusetts to come to Hartford, Connecticut to be with her husband, Arthur, she brought with her her family photos along with the eight kids, one dog, and household furniture. The McKnight family was left behind and she entered a new world, a city that teamed with life so different than the farm-country life she had shared for much of her child and early adult life.
I didn’t know her well. As a rug rat I was having far too much fun with my cousins to be concerned about a gray-haired lady who sat in a chair watching us day in and day out smiling and nodding her head. When, eventually, I became aware of her we talked, what about, I don’t recall, now, but she always had time for me. Later on I didn’t have time for her as I went directly into adolescence and that crazy period called puberty.
Then, she died.
In 1974, one year after I was discharge from the Navy, I went to visit my uncle who supported his mother from 1942 on and asked the questions that flooded my mind then. He took me up to the attic and there in great condition was my grandmother’s Hope chest. Inside, was her wedding dress, other paraphernalia, a box of photos and an old Bible that dated to 1861. I immediately picked up the Bible and turned to the center where I discovered six or seven Jameson names I’d never heard before. Curiosity sparked, the genealogy bug bit me and before I could stop it, I was led onto a road that really caught my interest and I vowed to learn something about my ancestors.
Forty-two years have come and gone, but not without discovering the rich history that peopled my family. As I have become older and believe it or not, wiser, I have really thought long and hard about my extended history and the realization of having come full circle in life. God has bless me in all my undertakings and on a road that has led me to comprehending the full measure of that journey. My grandmother loved me as my own mother as I will with my own grandchildren with a fourth on the way.  Despite the pressures and stresses, the obstacles and emotions, the baggage we pick up and the failures we endure and no matter how heavy the cross I will always have hope and happiness exactly the same as the generations that came before me.
Autumn has picked up with its breezy winds and increasingly colder temperatures here in New England. The trees are beautiful with their colorful harvest, even as the leaves are picking up speed in its drop to the bare earth. As I enter my own Autumn, not of discontent, but fully knowing and aware of what lays ahead of me I will pass on what I’ve learned.
My grandmother was a wonderful human being with full knowledge of what occurred and what transpired. She brought up seven of those eight kids knowing full well what it was doing to her and why. She smiled and changed with the seasons and endured bravely often without merit and credit, being acknowledged finally from the mouth of a grandchild who knew her but briefly and yet now with so much more understanding.
(C) Copyright 2016, TJP. Authored Oct. 24, 2016.


I’m excited about a brand new project I am creating on the TNG-The Next Generation of Family Genealogy. With the Three hundred year anniversary of the 1718 Scots-Irish emigration coming up in a year and a half, I wanted you all to know about what I am doing and why.

The project is a genealogical family tree of mostly(fn1) Scots-Irish with some English and other nationalities thrown in who came to our shores in the 18th century with all past families linked together. It will be a source-driven compilation of families containing all surnames that will stretch three or four generations down from the original ancestor to the American colonies and with research bringing our forefathers as far into the distant past as we can go.

I will be concentrating on the New England region first and eventually include more of these same people as they landed along the Eastern Seaboard scattering into the interior of this nation.

The goals I have outlined on the front page of this site are as follows: 1) develop a site that includes as many of these early families as possible; 2) develop a solid source base; 3) allow researchers access to the data; and finally, 4)  discussion, to determine the merits of evidence.

This is a free database for research, but you must register in order to tap into the histories and lives of these families. You will also be asked to abide by the copyright as well if you incorporate any of the material and data within its pages into your own family tree. You will also have the option to add twigs and branches or data to enhance and expand the ancestry tree, itself. For more information on this and guidelines for adding materials, facts and images, please see the main page for “Procedures”.

My interests in history and people have spurred me to take on a project of these dimensions. My passion is also to build as more solid support for each of the surnames in the database in order to make a good case for each.

I hope that everyone will have as much fun as I in developing this creation. I know that the Family History Library(FHL) has a similar tree, but the attachments the computer makes are not necessarily correct as I have discovered in my own family history on the site. And like Ancestry, the genealogies are amply fortified with a lack of references.

You will also have plenty of opportunity to discuss and argue the merits of the evidence by using this blog to do so. There is a link on the 1718 Project that will take you here so I encourage everyone to take up issues, make comments and enjoy the discussions.




(fn1)-Or as many as I can find or handle


Is off-world planetary travel far off? Will families residing on Mars or the Moon need to inform and other makers of genealogy software that resident listings will have to change? Are Star Charts just around the Solar System corner? Imagine an ancestry tree from a holistic perspective!  Experience dizzying speed as your window to genealogy is telescopically previewed with a touch of a finger, viewing different branches in a tree spinning slowly before your eyes. Talk about “pop-outs”!? Looking far forward, an ancestral address might include the following: Redman, Iceland County, Phobos, Mars; Settlement One, Desert County, Mars; or perhaps, Base Two, Crater County, Moon. When we get to that point several generations will need to be added to your present family tree. I can see it all now in a note to an ancestral person-“William DeMeetros, father, husband, son, first settler to found a village called Canal City, Mars. Emigrated from Jackson, Mississippi, USA in 2099, who joined a fledgling group of religious protestors known as Starburst Sanctions, a little known Lutheran splinter faction that left Earth and settled on the red planet. As an Engineer, he developed the first expandable and collapsible village anywhere which can easily be moved from place to place. In another era…..
Up until civilization and society developed, everyone lived a nomadic lifestyle. After, historians and that ilk called it a migration and later still as the continents politically fractured we created a series of migration terms as travel and communications increasingly made our planet smaller. In another hundred to two hundred years we will see more frequent space travel to Mars or perhaps the Moon as private and government enterprises work together to develop the technologies to make these journeys possible. In Genesis, a group of worldly professional scientists and civilians will fly, then gather and form a very challenging society as expeditions and explorations are set forth and subsequently new temporary or, maybe, permanent towns are developed to study local conditions on any one of these planets.
As a result we as a society will have a rebirth where colonization will once again establish political muscle as one nation or another gets out into space first and claims a planet or moon for itself. I don’t see much change now in that scenario any more than such situations have developed in the past or when we begin to really see interplanetary movement. In the fifties and sixties Earth’s people saw strong national competition between nations. In the past ten years, privately funded growth has been developed on this planet, but the race speeds towards a destiny it cannot escape. Energy, technology and financing will stir the now brewing pot of competition driving our ideologies upward and outward in an emigration that will explode like we’ve never seen before.
Migration is a tool for self-survival, expanding proportionately as populations increase. This ball of humanity is intellectual, physical and driven on two planes by empirically pushed human nature and free will. So risk, resistance and romance play issue here in one huge tumultuous glob of tension pushing the extremes of our boundaries to more distance alternatives. Can you imagine multi-dimensional comings and goings!? As complicated as all this is, imagine the frustrations our earliest ancestors had in moving from place to place; the risks inherent in such a move, then, is no different than they are today or in the future. The thug, the schemer, the manipulator and planners, movers and shakers will be right alongside us as we march into whatever destiny we choose or may be chosen for us.
Will God intervene?
No matter where we go our burdens and issues will come with the baggage unless the leaders on the planet today commence the steps needed to accomplish historically futuristic movement away from Earth and before we travel the black depths of the Universe’s oceans. If the people within a church cannot resolve whatever issues pop up to fractionalize and divide the congregation into two new groups, then I fear we will not be able to do likewise elsewhere. Perhaps, negotiators will provide a smooth transition from here to there, but what happens there may not necessarily be known here. Will it be a race? Unconditionally. The same pressures that bore upon our earlier immigrant families will exist on an upward plume which trajectories will only hint at what’s to come. Nations are known to be combatant. Friction exists at the borders and God let’s us decide how to handle these situations.
The important aspect, however, is choice. When Europeans crossed the Atlantic, their minds had already been made up. The ingredients of stress placed health and life in jeopardy and for many, it could be resolved by going to a new land to start fresh and unencumbered. As with our forebears, so, too, will future settlers and entrepreneurs find the price high. Yet, the risks afford the opportunity to make incredible gains until the guiding hand of authority slips in to unravel the newly purchased freedoms.
So, yes, we will see interplanetary travel among the stars and not the Hollywood type, either. The new age will be interesting as Family History Library, Ancestry and other software developers will race to accommodate genealogists in their never-ending shifting of the landscape to upturn that devilishly clever little rock we forgot to look under. No doubt in my mind that some distant descendant will actually look under that moon rock and reflect on their own space odyssey, not as a monolithic thought of creation, rather a journey of a lifetime.

© Copyright 2016 The Jameson Perspective(TJP/SMJ)


For most of us who want to learn about our family’s past, the experience is in the telling and not the learning. Nothing wrong in that, but the decision to choose new paths after that becomes uppermost after a spell. Is the knowledge I’ve learn enough to spur me on or have I had enough and make the decision to stop. Like everything else we do this fulcrum point is reach at some given confluence of emotions, expanded knowledge, satisfaction of and reality of the moment. We can move on or dig deeper.

The genealogy bug is a persistent little point of contention that pricks your being with equal parts exasperation and trembling excitement urging you onward with the gnawing sensation that there was something we missed. So we research into depths that scratch that little itch of ours. For me the knowledge of knowing how much research is left to do here in the states leaves me daunted and tired at times. Time for something new!

One of time’s little surprises is the knowledge that developments move on without our knowledge. Coming across that tidbit sparks an urge to do more. While I have commented on John Jameson’s goals a few months ago and despite the fact that John wants to ascertain his ancestry, he has set himself a goal, which I believe is potentially bigger and of greater benefit to the world at large-the discovery and exploration of Northern Ireland. True, Ireland was a stepping stone for beleaguered Scots in the past who passed on to new colonial digs, yet for many others it was more than a sojourn from wrestling life’s varied sufferings, it marked a new life right there in the heart of its shimmering emerald grasses.

What John has done is taken an idea and moved it a step upward. His site Some Ulster Jamesons is a great way to encourage others into getting together and exploring the issues surrounding this small, but contentious earth-shattering isle and put it in the forefront where it belongs. He even has a Facebook page so we can all get together and share our thoughts and records.

  • And that’s not the only way to support this project. As you tackle your own family project you might come across a new site that’s developed help for Irish and Scots-Irish researchers. Tell someone about it or ask to post it on this page or on John’s.
  • Do you have an issue about something in your family tree-write an article about what needs resolving. While message boards are fine so many people use it that before long, your little description might be pushed back into oblivion in just a few days. An article provides an opportunity to explore this in a way that others can better understand what is driving you crazy. Clarifying your topic with supporting evidence not only provides a better vision, but it’ll be up on a page and seen by others over a longer period of time. While I don’t want to get into the message board business, I am willing to categorize articles written by my readers in order to pass on new thoughts, ideas and data.
  • Blogging is a great way to outline your goals and propel your perspective. John’s Ulster Jam?sons site will link your blog so others can connect with you. Anything that widens your outlook will widen others, especially regarding Jamesons.
  • While we can’t do your research for you, asking a question is free and easy. A fresh look, a different angle is tantamount to opening up new ideas. There was a time when I could spend long periods of time looking into someone else’s genealogy and still get up in the morning and go to work. Weren’t those the days!
  • Become proactive. I know everyone has busy lives. Some of my best days, though, involved multi-tasking and produced many a rewarding day, even as a father, a husband, landscaper(mowing the lawn), plumber, washer and everything else in between. But then, not everyone is me, either, and that I can appreciate as well. I enjoy history and learning about my past. You should, too, because our past has a definite link to what we do now and in the future. What the past states is that change is a necessary ingredient to sustaining your very present life.
  • Sharing is a key to supporting others in their search as well as yours. Locate a list of names, a biography or any type of record in your search you can always contact John or I and we can post a link to it. Find a map that details an ancient village or place that’s hard to locate; we’ll take that, too.

So hopped to it. As Sonny and Cher sang, “The beat goes on…”


(C) Copyright 2016 The Jameson Perspective(TJP/SMJ)




You can’t have it both ways! You can’t tell me that Robert and Sarah were married in Ireland, but Robert and Sarah were born in the colonies. You can’t tell me that Robert was a son of John and Abigail(Carter) Jameson of Boston, later Stonington, CT. You can’t tell me that John married Rosanna Irwin and that he was a brother of William Jameson of Maine, whose father was the William Jameson of 1689 Londonderry fame. Was John Jameson a polygamist? Was Miss Carter and Miss Irwin in the same household cranking out kids and really! Could they have been one year and eleven years old, resp., when they started their first pregnancies? I suppose this may be true if you believe in God, and I do. But really, in the normal scheme of things a one year old having a baby!?

I really do try to ignore these tree combinations that occur in too many family histories.  I recently stumbled across another one the other day where a John Jameson is shown to have married first, Rachel Opdyke, and secondly, Margaret White. His second wife had the son, Robert Jamison, who married Sarah McKee. How can that be!? Margaret White was the wife of James Jameson of Essex co., VA.

Then, there is the Robert Jemison, b. 1720 in County Antrim, Ireland, who was married in 1740, Ireland to Sarah McKee, then baptized in 1756, Dublin all the while they’re having kids in Pennsylvania, yet residing in Londonderry, Ireland at the same time. Robert Jr. was born in 1749, Philadelphia. Robert Jemison Sr. died six years later in Bucks Co., PA, but he was in Ireland until 1796. By that time in my life, I’d be pretty settled down. Oh, did I tell you he was an Elder, October 1794, at the Neshaminy Presbyterian Church in Bucks county!? I didn’t! To top it all off like the cherry on a hot fudge sundae, a researcher uses a source from Select Births and Baptism of Ireland showing that Robert Jemison Sr., was a son of John and Ann Jamison. Wait! Wait a minute, here. She’s got John and Abigail(Carter) Jamison as Robert Sr.’s parents. Now I’m really confused. Each of these researchers shown on’s Family Trees section has their followers as well. Sources be darned! Ohhhh….I want to use that other “D” word instead.

I point all this out not to destroy the intelligence of some probably very fine folks here who are actively involved in their origins, but to promote common sense about what is being wrought out there. This type of research is becoming prevalent without sources and when there are sources it refers you to ten different equally-the-same trees(I’m including all the services that provide record sources, here). We need more presumptive thought regarding our family ancestors. Why would anyone spend money just to copy another family’s ancestry? Perhaps it’s just easier in a very busy world we live in. I suppose. I spend $300.00 a year for genealogy record services. Even with our pensions and my social security that’s a goodly sum to justify. I’m not complaining. However, what’s the rationale? Why is James Jemison, according to another digger of truth, got him married to Abigail Carter? Huh!? So James was, what?, 59 years old when he and Abigail got hitched and had son, Robert(who married Sarah McKee) when he was 70? Works for me. And where did James come from, anyway? Anybody know?

When I originally commence looking into Jamison and McKee, I recall that I did not add the connection of sons Arthur, Thomas and Robert as the three men of the same name in North Carolina. I did this purposely because I just did not have enough qualifying evidence at the time to do so. Looking on the genealogy Internet sites, now, I see almost everyone has since done that. Where are the sources? You just can’t always use U.S. and International Marriage records to indicate proof of marriage. That source covets family trees that you may be taking data from anyways.

I like to vent. It helps me to marshall my thoughts together. Venting helps to put closure on that impity(you won’t find this in the dictionary(imp-pit-ty)) feeling of outrage. Seems to me, that all these genealogy-based subscription sites could get a handle on these trees and tell their customers, “No sources, no display.” Why foul up someone else’s virgin mind with prefab influences that will only railroad you onto the wrong tracks? Does anyone feel that Rootsmagic, Legacy Family tree, Reunion, Ancestry and MyHeritage, who allow their clients to upload their trees to the web, bear some responsibility in controlling their customer’s data? And that’s a very good question to poll to leave you with.

(C) Copyright 2016 The Jameson Perspective(TJP/SMJ)

Who’s Your Daddy



Figure 1: Jamesons of Maine Chart
Figure 2: Family Migration Map

      Last year I was asked to look into the family tree of William and Martha Jameson of the Jamesons of Maine and as a result I deduced some particulars that will probably bring up more questions then answers. But that’s life isn’t it!? We tend to muddle around in the dark until some fresh new insight is exhibited upon the topic we’re interested in. So many of the trees on ancestry are lacking in sources that I focused on research in this area to help clear up some thoughts.

Alexander vs John Alexander
Figure 1

     The question was: Is Alexander Jameson of Appleton, Maine(1) who married Nancy Packard, the son of Alexander and Mercy(Hawthorn) Jameson or of Alexander and Sarah(Blackington) Jameson? In order to decide the relevancy between the two branches I really found myself having to go back into several of the ancestors histories, especially the Blackingtons, Packards, Snows, Bonneys and the Hawthorns. So here are the issues and my determinations:

(1) 1850 ME Census, page 212A, Image 46,

• Alexander Jameson, who married Nancy Packard, was born about 1797 and residing in Appleton, Waldo(2), Maine with the following issue-Mercy A, Abner P., Charles & Sarah E. Jameson. The 1860 census is a repeat of the 1850, so the births are consistent as are the dates from the Find A Grave, Maine for both birth and death & locations. As far as I can determine, he was a son of Alexander & Sarah Jameson for the following reasons:

(2) The counties of Waldo, Knox and Lincoln considerably shifted and overlapped during the early colonial days.

• Right away the first thing you notice are the names: John Alexander Jameson and Alexander Jameson. They are distinct. The second thing you see is that their children were born in different locations. The third difference is the naming of the children. Their names reflect mostly the names of relatives on both sides of their respective families.
• Alexander & Sarah Jameson had a number of children you will notice on the Find A Grave records for Tolman Cemetery of Rockland, Maine that record their dates & ages which is also supplemented with the following “a son of Alexander and Sarah Jameson” or “a daughter of Alexander and Sarah Jameson”. I have put in a request of the photographer to see if this is recorded on the stone, in the official records or added on by some unknown person. Based on research I did, and not everyone may agree, I have concluded this couple had the children listed in the following order and all born in Camden, Maine:
Child Jameson, b.c. 1780(3);
Alexander Jameson, b. 1782, d. Aug. 15, 1792; Tolman Cem(4).
Mark Jameson, b. 1784, d. June 24, 1792; Tolman Cem.
Child Jameson, b. 1785,
Barbara Jameson, b. 1786, d. Aug. 1792; Tolman Cem.
Luke Jameson, b. 1788, d. Sept. 7, 1792; Tolman Cem.
Child Jameson, b. betw. 1790-99,
Chloe Jameson, b. 1791, d. Aug. 15, 1792; Tolman Cem.
Sarah Jameson, b.c. 1793, d. 1850;
Alexander Jameson, b.c. 1797, d. April 19, 1864.
Naming rights: Chloe and Barbara are names on the Blackington side of the family. Mark & Luke are Biblical names and as research has shown not listed in any of the immediate family. Alexander and Sarah after the parents.

(3) Based on the 1790 & 1800 Maine censuses including the number of people in the family group. Indicative for all children listed as “child” with only one overlapping with those of the deceased  named children.

(4) There was indeed illnesses that struck the community in 1791-92; influenza, typhoid & throat distemper struck the Jamesons particularly hard at this time.

• Alexander and Mercy(Hawthorn) Jameson’s only child was John Alexander Jameson(5), who married Elizabeth Bonney. Their children were all born in West Isles, New Brunswick, Canada and later in Washington Co., Maine:
Rebecca Jameson, b. 1793;
Jeremiah Jameson, b. 1795;
Mary Jameson, b. 1797;
Sarah Jameson, b. 1800;
John Jameson, b. 1802;
Ruth Snow Jameson, b. 1805;
Charles Jameson, b. 1808;
Moses Jameson, b. 1810;
Martha Jameson, b. 1814;
George A. Jameson, b. 1818.
• Naming rights: Rebecca in the Bartlett line; George, Sarah, Martha, Charles & John in the Jameson line. Ruth, Charles and Moses in the Bonney line.

(5) It is interesting to note that John Alexander Jameson had no children named Alexander.


The Bonney’s The Bonney’s came out of Plymouth, MA having come to the new colony in the 1600s. They were adventurers and explorers not settling down in any one place for very long. Joel William Bonney, born in Plymouth, MA left Cornwall, CT where his parents had settled and moved north to Scarborough, Maine where he married Lydia Kinney. Bonney was given the opportunity to moved north to Machias, Washington county, Maine up by the Canadian border in 1763(6) from Scarborough. He went with the original 16 Associates who made up the founding settlement and because he was a millwright, he was quite valuable and added as an Associate and given seven acres of land as well.

(6) Town of Machias, Maine, Memorial of the Centennial Anniversary of the Settlement, Machias, Town of, 1863, pages 20-23.


• The Snow Family led by an earlier member of the family from Middlesex County, MA to Nottingham, Rockingham County, NH in the early 1700s left there and a great great grandson, Benjamin Snow, removed to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia prior to 1784, when his first son, Henry was born, and then he finally settled in at Plymouth, Grafton County, NH, in 1787. With his death in 1817, the family moved northeast to Atkinson, Piscataquis county, Maine led by his son, Henry Holland Snow, who married Sarah, daughter of Alexander and Sarah(Blackington) Jameson. By 1836, the family was in Ohio.
• The Camden Jamesons spearheaded by Alexander & Sarah Jameson resided in Camden, Maine in 1810 and some time between 1810 and 1820 moved up to Charleston in Penobscot county, Maine, where presumably they died. The two remaining children of this couple, Sarah, who married Henry Holland Snow, moved on to Atkinson, Maine, and Alexander, who married Nancy Packard, remained in Knox County at Appleton. Their children, Mercy, Abner, Charles and Sarah Jameson all moved out to Minnesota with their mother, Nancy, around 1870, and after their father’s death.
• The Friendship Jamesons led by Samuel Jameson left Falmouth in 1743, to settle in Friendship, Knox County, Maine with his first wife, Sarah Smith. She gave him three children: Jane, Alexander and William Jameson. In an ironic twist of fate, William removed to Bridgewater, MA and married Eunice Packard, who was a living relative of Nancy Packard, several times removed. Jane, Samuel’s first child by Smith, was born in 1740-41 in Arundel, Maine. Mrs. Jameson may have had an additional child after Jane since she had none other until 1744, when Alexander was born and son, William, two years later, who were both born in Friendship.


Maine on the Rocks Map-rev
Figure 2

     Playing devil’s advocate, one could say that the Packard family plays a dominant role in so far as the tendency goes for family relatives to marry family relatives in a more immediate sense. Here, not is there only a distance in localities but in time as well. One can also say, as has been the case in the past, that it seems odd that Alexander and Nancy Jameson would name a child, Mercy, despite the fact no Mercy exists in this branch of the family, so it would be easy to conclude that her father, Alexander, must be the son of Alexander and Mercy(Hawthorn) Jameson. Yet John Alexander Jameson and his wife do not name any of their children after either grandparents or themselves with the exception of the Christian name, John. So, what does that tell us? Well, like many parents around the world and throughout all the ages, they named their children in whatever way felt familiar and by whatever method they used. My wife and I, as an example, decided to list children’s names we each liked. We found overlapping names from which we chose what fitted us emotionally and what we allowed based on our experienced opinions.
“I liked the name, Brian. It’s strong, goes well with Brindle and is the name of my favorite football player.”
“Well, I like Payton. It’s my grandfather’s first name and I associate all sorts of positive things with it.”
“August’s a nice name and it’s the month he was born in.”
“Maybe, but how about naming him George Washington Brindle?”
“What!? Are you crazy!” And on and on it goes. We have our reasons for doing what we do. For the most part those reasons are generally good and healthy just as the bloodlines we mix with.
     The above document is based on fact and circumstances, however, not all sources are included, nor are there a lot of sources to go around in digging up our early past. Please feel free to contact me to discuss this article or make your comments known 

(C) 2016 The Jameson Perspective(TJP/SMJ)


Bartlett 3
Sarah 1, 3
Elizabeth 2
Joel William 3
Mercy 2
Abner P. 2
Alexander 1-3
Barbara 2
Charles 2, 3
Chloe 2
George A. 3
Jane 3
Jeremiah 2
John 2
John Alexander 2
Luke 2
Mark 2
Martha 3
Mary 2
Mercy 3
Mercy A. 2
Moses 2
Rebecca 2
Ruth Snow 2
Samuel 3
Sarah 2
Sarah E. 2
William 1,3
Lydia 3
Packard 3
Eunice 3
Nancy 1, 3
Sarah 3
Benjamin 3
Henry Holland 3


You know, if I wasn’t retired, I’d never be able to manage and/or organize the number of tasks I have set for myself. Don’t forget. I’ve got grandkids who love their “Papa” and as I was telling John Jameson the other day, it just wasn’t “love” they sent home with me; I also got their germs and nearly a week in bed! While I’m more rested and feeling close to being my old self, it dawned on me I needed to keep everyone abreast of my research(1).

I’ll tell you this-it isn’t easy making the bed and juggling an itinerary that’s more busier now than when I was employed and enjoying the water cooler gossip! I’m tasked, I don’t need chains to keep me sitting in my chair, by an overwhelming need to spit out as much data as I can. So, to be heard and not seen, I will be posting research and such as I do about the TNG(The Next Generation) site I use for billeting the genealogies that I come across(2). I will be adding more and more of these lineages as I move along in my searches and will announce them at the time they are published. I have left out images for the time being, but these will return in the sometime near future.

You are free to search through the data providing you register first(there’s no costs here) and I ask that if you use data or material to copyright it as follows: (C) Copyright 1985-2016, The Jameson Perspective(TJP/SMJ). The branches come sourced for the most part. You will discover areas not referenced as I expand into new branches and territories. These will be added as I update them. Many of the branches I list and upload to TNG exist in their original state of research before the year 2000. Any questions please fill free to comment either here or on the TNG.

Following are the posted branches I now have on site, new or appended and identified:

ID #            Title                

7000 – William & Martha Jameson of Falmouth, Maine or The Jamesons of Maine(UPDATED-2/22);

9000 – William & Robert Jennison/Jamison of Charlestown, Massachusetts;

10000 – William & Margaret Jameson of Windham, New Hampshire;

11000 – James & Sarah Jempson/Jameson of Boston, Massachusetts;

21400 – Thomas & Mary(Doyne) Jameson of Charles County, Maryland(NEW-2/22).

(1) – These reminders can be found under “What’s New!” in the archives entitled “Changes”.

(2) – The web site for these branches can be found in the top menu titled The Jameson Perspective Branches, shown above.

(C) Copyright 1985-2016 The Jameson Perspective(TJP/SMJ).

Support Your Local Genealogist!

My friend and cohort, John Jameson, is reformatting the Jameson Perspective, a newsletter I published for nine years from March of 1985 to December of 1993. John is publishing it in the Flip-book format so that reading it and searching through it is like a book, but with a better search method. The reader will retain all the original content from data to images and will be up on the website in a few days of this blog’s release.

Fundamentally, John’s, The Jam?son Family Network, is and will be a published site or work place where we can all go for help, support and data. His ideas, developed some years ago, were primarily dedicated to research on his family lineage, Hugh and Thomas Jameson of Dunbarton, New Hampshire; all else stemmed from that one single purpose. But a funny thing happened on the way to the Forum; he realized others were in the same boat as he regarding the issues of research in Northern Ireland. So, he decided it was high time to bring others, who are researching their families’ history in Ireland, together and developed a site called “Some Ulster Jam?sons” in which he and others of like ilk could put up their Jameson lineages and also hash out their information in an on-line forum.

He has brought together a number of people from around the world, developed a blog on Facebook so we can all interact in real time discussions on the topic of Jamesons and genealogy, while supporting others as they claw their way through the data jungle of old world records. No mean feat since he originally began all of this by using TNG(The Next Generation) of genealogy software which requires a bit of programming to design his sites.

He has done an excellent job in fostering and bringing together people and history. In tune with that development he has moved on to create his newest site, The Jam?son Family Network, in which he hopes it will become self-sustaining. The grand purpose, of course, is to stimulate us and our research where interaction and support are key as we increase our understanding of the complexities of research and knowledge of our family backgrounds.

But that’s not all! He’d like to see all of us take our experiences and develop a database of information. We could write an article about our thorniest issues whether it be on research, software, a specific historical report of an ancestor in your family, or a topic of concern, like in my blog reports. We could send in a source or sources with links or data that deals in Jameson material which we’ve collected over the years. The name of this game is ENGAGE. By interacting we are developing a formidable repertoire of sources, abilities and knowledge, all to expand our own horizons.

If this is something you feel is inspiring, then contact either me, here at my blog or John at…