Louisa May Alcott
her cousinship with
|Louisa May Alcott||
In an earlier page, we showed our connection to Louisa May Alcott through the Quick family. Here we show a second one, only discovered in 2008, through the Chatfield family, through which Alcott was an 8th cousin of my great-great-grandmother Mary (Comfort) Kennedy. Unlike the Quick descent, the Chatfield descent is not shared by Dorothy Quincy, wife of John Hancock.
Francis Chatfield and Anne Peckham, the couple who head this chart, would appear to have been the ancestors of most modern Chatfields, including the various Chatvelt families of the Netherlands.
|Anna (Bronson) Alcott||Amos Bronson Alcott|
Francis Chatfield = Anne Peckham (ca. 1532-1594) | alive in 1594 of “Chatfields” in Westmeston, | and of Rumboldswyke, | Sussex | _____________________________|_________________ | | Lt. Thomas Chatfield George Chatfield (ca. 1568-1636+) (ca. 1566-1619?) of Bergen-op-Zoom and of South Mundham, Geertruidenberg, in the parish of Pagham, North Brabant co. Sussex = (1) Paulina = Margaret .... van Oudenhoven (alive in 1619) (d. in 1623-33) | | | Anna Henry Chatfield Chatfield/Chatvelt (ca. 1588-1637) (say 1615-1664+) of South Mundham, = Johannes in the parish of Pagham, ver Veelen/Verveelen and of North Mundham, (1616-1699/1701) co. Sussex of New Harlem = (2) Jane (Shepherd) Wickham | (d. 1639) | | Maria Verveelen George Chatfield (1656-1748?) (ca. 1624-1671) = Adolf Meyer of Killingworth, Connecticut (d. 1711) “ancestor of most of the of New Harlem American Chatfields” | = (2) Isabel Nettleton | | Anna Catharina John Chatfield Meyer (1661-1748) (1677-1762) of Derby, Connecticut = Abraham Lent = Anna Harger (1674-1749) (1668-1739+) of Tarrytown, N.Y. | | | Isaac Lent Solomon Chatfield (1707-1771) (1708-1779) of Fishkill, of Derby, Connecticut Dutchess Co., N.Y. = Hannah Pierson = Sara Luyster (1715-1801) (1714-1767) | | | Catharina Lent Mary Chatfield (say 1743-1767+) (1736-1807) = Francis Harris = Capt. John Alcott (1740-1816), (1731-1808) of Sandy Cove, of Wolcott, Connecticut Digby Tp., Annapolis | (now Digby) Co., N.S. | | | Catherine Harris Joseph Chatfield Alcox/Alcott (1767-1846) (1771-1829) = John Comfort of Wolcott, mechanic (ca. 1755-1830) = Anna Bronson of Clinton Tp., (1773-1863) Lincoln Co., | Upper Canada | | | Francis Comfort Amos Bronson Alcott (1800-1880) (1799-1888) of Beamsville, of Harvard, Mass., Clinton Tp., Lincoln Co. transcendentalist = Jemima Wilcox philosopher (1801-1876) = Abigail May | (1800-1877) | | Margaret Comfort Louisa May Alcott (1833-1916) (1832-1888) = John Kennedy (IV) novelist (1832-1897), of St. Anns, Gainsborough Tp., Lincoln Co. | John Kennedy (V) (1862-1939) of Melita, Manitoba, Canada = Susanna Samantha Helena Young (1882-1937) | Jean Margaret Kennedy (1917-2000) = Richard Harry Mitchelson, Jr. (1914-1998), of Winnipeg, Manitoba (my natural grandparents)
Sources: For general information on Louisa May Alcott, see AlcottWeb.com. We owe our knowledge of the Alcotts’ Chatfield ancestry to Gary Boyd Roberts, “Nineteenth-Century Heroines, Part One: Literature and Feminism,” NEHGS NEXUS 7(5) (October-November 1990): 154-59, at p. 156, reprinted in Gary Boyd Roberts, Notable Kin, 2 vols. (Santa Clarita, California, 1998-99), 1:198-208, at p. 202. This supplies the line from Solomon Chatfield and Hannah Pierson down to Louisa May Alcott. Working from the top downward, published secondary sources bearing on the ancestral line presented for her here include:
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Written 11 October 2008
Slightly revised 22 July 2009