08 April 2013

Bigamy in New London

Comments after the jump.

 Thomas Fitch

 Arrival: 1635 London to Boston, Mass
 Birth: 4 Feb 1760 in Bozrah, New London, Connecticut
 Marriage: 10 Mar 1782 to Freelove Smith in Lyme, New London, Connecticut
 Marriage: 1784 to Elizabeth Ellis in New London, Connecticut
 Marriage: 1784 to Mary Fitch
 Marriage: 1826 to Hannah Newton
 Residence: 1850 (U.S. Census) in Montville, New London, Connecticut
 Death: 2 Sep 1855 in Chesterfield, New London, Connecticut

 All children born in New London, Connecticut except * which don't have a birth place listed.

 Freelove Smith (1763-1783)
 ✿ William Fitch, B: 1783

 Elizabeth Ellis (1763-1824)
 ✿ Clarissa Fitch, B: 1786
 ✿ Asa Fitch, B: 1790
 ✿ Margaret Fitch, B: 1793
 ✿ Margaret Fitch Harvey, B: 1793
 ✿ Russell Fitch, B: 1798
 ✿ Sophia Fitch, B: 1800
 ✿ George Fitch, B: 1805

 Mary Fitch (1759-1851)
 ✿ Nancy Fitch, B: 1785
 ✿ Lizzie Loulval Fitch, B: 1786 (female)
 ✿ Loulval Fitch, B: 1786 (male)
 ✿ John Fitch, B: 1789
 ✿ Freelove Fitch, B: 1789
 ✿ James Fitch, B: 1790
 ✿ Mercy Fitch, B: 1795 (female)*
 ✿ Mercy Mary Fitch, B: 1795 (male)*
 ✿ Thomas Fitch, B: 1797
 ✿ Edwin Rufus Fitch, B: 1797

 Hannah Newton (1763-1850)

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The clearest sign of a clickophile here is having an event, arrival in America, that occurs before the person is born. Here are a couple more:

Duplicate Children

Margaret Fitch & Margaret Fitch Harvey both born in 1793.
Lizzie Loulval Fitch (female) & Loulval Fitch (male) both born in 1786.
Mercy Fitch (male) & Mercy Mary Fitch (female) both born 1795.
The differences in each pair are key (i.e. different surnames, male vs. female) so the computer would show them as separate people and someone not paying attention would just click away without noticing. It's possible that Lizzie and Loulval are twins but I'm fairly certain the Margarets are not.


Marrying two women in the same year and having children with both women over the next 20 years is highly unlikely. Not all men named Thomas Fitch in Connecticut are the same person.
If Thomas' paternal line on this tree is correct...I know, I know, it's not likely but go with me on this. If Thomas' line on this tree is correct his great-great-great-grandfather is also named Thomas Fitch. So how many of Thomas' sons named one of their sons Thomas and how many of them named a son Thomas? You get the idea. Then think of the era. Families tended to stay in the same area for generations. Even if half of the Fitches left New London, Connecticut there could still be plenty of men named Thomas Fitch to drive their descendants crazy trying to sort them all out. That's what we do though, sort them out. We compare the details, research each family, and determine, to the best of our ability, which one is most likely our ancestor. Unfortunately that's not what clickophiles do. 

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1 comment:

  1. Yesterday, I visited Freelove and Thomas's grave in CHesterfield Cemetery, Monteville, CT. Thomas married poor Freelove Smith, who died in childbirth less than a year after her marriage. Thomas subsequently married Mary Allen Fitch, who lived a long time and produced many children. He had only one child, William, by Freelove (he survived the childbirth), who moved to Ohio, was residing there in 1850. I have pictures of the gravestone of his parents, with one wife on each side of the family marker.