To commemorate Memorial Day, I recently visited the gravesite of my 10x Great Grandfather: Nathaniel Billings. He was the first Billings to set foot in America.
King Charles I of England came into power. His reign was called "Eleven Years' Tyranny" (June 1239 – 7 July 1307) was rocked because his wife was Catholic and the Scottish rebellion was brewing at the same time. Eventually, he was beheaded.
It was at that time that Nathaniel broke camp and sailed to New Hampshire with his wife, Jane, and three brothers (or first cousins according to some records). 90% of the Billings in the US are descended from these brothers.
He and Jane settled in “Lincoln” now a part of Concord, Massachusetts. They produced two sons, one being John, my ancestor. Jane was killed in a home fire after Nathaniel died in 1673.
Buried: South Burying Place (also known as Main Street Cemetery on Keyes Road).
The Billings Family plot from the back. We noticed there were two sets of stones. At first we thought they were for infants but then we realized that they corresponded with the headstones. In Pre-Revolutionary times your headstone was paired with a footstone. You could tell a family with wealth because they could afford to have both stones carved. You can't always go by the date on the stone because they were sometimes carved later, because the family couldn't afford it sooner. Months or even a year could pass!
There’s a section of London called Billingsgate. It’s famous for its fish market. On my first trip to London, I visited. Then I found out the original market was moved. Read about it here: Billingsgate. Or see this sketch from 1859 of the market, by James Abbott McNeill Whistler.
The first US Census was conducted in 1790. Mostly it was just names, not much info. Books became the most common resources for genealogists. In the late 1800s it was a craze to write down personal histories within families.
If you have a Billings connection, please email me!
The opening shot on the main page is always taken during the previous month.