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Narratives of Early America - And you were there!

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We are now in the time of Katherine Parr.

Early American Narratives / History Zone - Narratives of Early America

Greetings good folk. My name be Kezia Meriam Wellington and I be born in 1736 in Lexington, Massachusetts. My parents named me after one of the women in the Good Book, the Bible. Job 42:14 says, "[Job's] first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-Happuch." I have two sisters but I am the only one named from Job 42:14. My family, the Meriams, and my husband's family, the Wellingtons, were some of the founding families of Cambridge Farms. As you know, Lexington was called Cambridge Farms before 1713.

Lexington is a small community one day's walk from Boston. The lovely little settlement is quiet and peaceful with a lovely Green in the center of town. Nothing ever happens here.

My husband, Christopher Elisha Wellington, decided there were more opportunities (and more happening) in Boston, so we moved to Boston in 1769. There my husband opened a small print shop. I was sad to leave my home but at least Boston was only a day's journey from Lexington. Our two eldest children, Jonathan and Rachel were happy to move to a bigger town. Hannah and little Elijah do not remember anything else.

Then the British army moved into Boston. My husband's business was not tied to the port so the occupation did not directly effect my husband's work but it did discourage some from doing business with us. The final straw was when we were forced to put up a few soldiers in our home. We soon began to look for business opportunities elsewhere.

My husband found a printer's shop in Philadelphia that was hiring. We quickly moved to Philadelphia where my husband now works with Nathanael Dober. Nathanael Dober and his good wife, Sarah Dober, share our interest in modern literature, science, history, and culture. But I am sad to be so far from my hometown.

I watch the rising tension between the British and the Colonists with dismay. We are British after all. My family originally came from Lostwithiel, Cornwall. Lostwithiel was founded in Norman times and was a major port for the tin trade. In the 13th century, the town was the capital of Cornwall. Situated on the Fowey River, the town was once the second-busiest seaport in the south of England. In time, the river silted up and the town was drawn into the English Civil War. In 1644 the town was occupied by Parliamentarians and then besieged by Royalists. The war left the town in shambles. Soon after my family traveled to the New World.

The Massachusetts (Quonehassit) area was already well known to Europeans. European ships visited the area before 1617. Plymouth was started in 1620. A trading port was built on Noddle's Island [now part of Boston] in 1624. In 1630, John Winthrop and other Puritans settled in an area called Mishawum. They called the new settlement Charlestown. John Winthrop renamed the settlement Boston. Boston became the capital of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1631. By 1775, Boston had 16,000 inhabitants. Lexington was much smaller.

In 1775 I am 39. My eldest boy, Jonathan, was born in 1758 and is 17. Rachel was born in 1761 and is now 14. Hannah was born in 1764 and is 11. Little Elijah was born in 1768 and is now 7.

(Some information comes from A Short History of Boston by Robert J Allison, 2004).

(21st century)

In the StarGate SG-1 Novel:

Alas, this novel has closed and can only be accessed by a timey-wimey Stargate.

I am Kezia Wellington, a Marine Staff Sergeant (E-6), assigned to Stargate Command. I was part of the elite force (sub-unit) of Marines known as the "Mushrooms" but now I am assigned to SG-9. I have been a Marine for over 10 years. I was born in New Zealand and am of mixed Maori and European descent. Like other New Zealanders, I can make do with whatever I have at hand. My tattoos include the "Srooms" logo, for my old unit, and the Elvish symbol for "9". I am a big fan of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, which filmed in New Zealand. My teammates on SG-9 include Captain Sarah Dober, Dr. Kitaneja Kalokairinos (AKA Kitaneja of Knossos), and Shauri Ta-Sherit. She is also friends with the plain-talking, Sgt. 'Dusty' Mehra.

The Story of SG-9 on Abydos (Stargate)

A Newcomer to the Base - Sarah D
Late Night Reflections - Kitaneja
A Late Conversation - Sarah D
Meeting a Teammate - Kezia W
Training - Sarah D
In the Gateroom - Sarah D
On With Luck to Abydos - Kitaneja
Have Stargate Will Travel - Kezia W
What a Welcome - Kitaneja
A Friendship is Born - Shauri
A Promising Start - Sara D
The Cave of the Kheper - Shauri
Aftermath - Sarah D
Discoveries in the Cave - Kitaneja
Helping the Wounded - Sarah D
Abydonian Astronomy - Sarah D
The Map in the Cave - Kitaneja
The Story of Ra - Shauri
Documenting and More Documenting - Kitaneja
No Memory - Sarah D
The Sun Rises - Kezia W
Invitation - Shauri
The Eye of Ra Ceremony - Sarah D
The Eye of Ra Ceremony Explained - Shauri
Recuperating - Kezia W
Doubts - Shauri
Another Fine Morning on Planet Abydos - Kitaneja
Tensions - Sarah D
Mediating a Dispute - Kitaneja
Trying to Find Resolution - Sarah D
Desperate Times -Kezia W
Help for the Nagadans - Sarah D
Homesick - Kitaneja
Gifts From Home - Sarah D
Savoring the Memory - Shauri
A Secret Journey - Shauri
Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's To A Wadi We Go - Shauri
Wind in the Wadi - Kitaneja
Kezia's Secret Weapon - Kezia
Children in the Wadi - Sarah Dober
Ten Years Remembered - Shauri
Thinking Back Over 10 Years - Sarah Dober
Kitaneja Ten Years Ago - Kitaneja
Offering Consolation - Kezia Wellington
Walking to the Cave of the Kheperu - Shauri
In the Cave of the Kheperu - Sarah Dober
Tales from the Planet of the Ancestors - Shauri
Still More Tales - Kitaneja

(1775)

History Zone - Narratives of Early America

Greetings good folk. My name be Kezia Meriam Wellington and I be born in 1736 in Lexington, Massachusetts. My parents named me after one of the women in the Good Book, the Bible. Job 42:14 says, "[Job's] first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-Happuch." I have two sisters but I am the only one named from Job 42:14. My family, the Meriams, and my husband's family, the Wellingtons, were some of the founding families of Cambridge Farms. As you know, Lexington was called Cambridge Farms before 1713.

Lexington is a small community one day's walk from Boston. The lovely little settlement is quiet and peaceful with a lovely Green in the center of town. Nothing ever happens here.

My husband, Christopher Elisha Wellington, decided there were more opportunities (and more happening) in Boston, so we moved to Boston in 1769. There my husband opened a small print shop. I was sad to leave my home but at least Boston was only a day's journey from Lexington. Our two eldest children, Jonathan and Rachel were happy to move to a bigger town. Hannah and little Elijah do not remember anything else.

Then the British army moved into Boston. My husband's business was not tied to the port so the occupation did not directly effect my husband's work but it did discourage some from doing business with us. The final straw was when we were forced to put up a few soldiers in our home. We soon began to look for business opportunities elsewhere.

My husband found a printer's shop in Philadelphia that was hiring. We quickly moved to Philadelphia where my husband now works with Nathanael Dober. Nathanael Dober and his good wife, Sarah Dober, share our interest in modern literature, science, history, and culture. But I am sad to be so far from my hometown.

I watch the rising tension between the British and the Colonists with dismay. We are British after all. My family originally came from Lostwithiel, Cornwall. Lostwithiel was founded in Norman times and was a major port for the tin trade. In the 13th century, the town was the capital of Cornwall. Situated on the Fowey River, the town was once the second-busiest seaport in the south of England. In time, the river silted up and the town was drawn into the English Civil War. In 1644 the town was occupied by Parliamentarians and then besieged by Royalists. The war left the town in shambles. Soon after my family traveled to the New World.

The Massachusetts (Quonehassit) area was already well known to Europeans. European ships visited the area before 1617. Plymouth was started in 1620. A trading port was built on Noddle's Island [now part of Boston] in 1624. In 1630, John Winthrop and other Puritans settled in an area called Mishawum. They called the new settlement Charlestown. John Winthrop renamed the settlement Boston. Boston became the capital of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1631. By 1775, Boston had 16,000 inhabitants. Lexington was much smaller.

In 1775 I am 39. My eldest boy, Jonathan, was born in 1758 and is 17. Rachel was born in 1761 and is now 14. Hannah was born in 1764 and is 11. Little Elijah was born in 1768 and is now 7.

(Some information comes from A Short History of Boston by Robert J Allison, 2004).

(1530)

In The Lion's Den:

Lady Wellington was born Lady Kezia Stafford, the youngest daughter of Henry Stafford, the 2nd Duke of Buckingham, and Katherine Woodville or Wyndeville, the widow of Jasper Tudor. Jasper Tudor was the son of Owen Tudor and the uncle of Henry VII. Katherine Woodville was Henry VIII's great-aunt. Henry Stafford, the 2nd Duke of Buckingham, was a descendant of Thomas of Woodstock, youngest son of Edward III.

Kezia was born in 1482 at Stafford Castle. (She is 48 in 1530). Soon after Kezia's birth, Henry Stafford, the Duke of Buckingham, was executed for treason in 1483 by Richard III, who said that Henry Stafford had planned to kill him.

The 2nd Duke of Buckingham was succeeded by his son, Edward Stafford, the 3rd Duke of Buckingham (Kezia's older brother). Edward Stafford came into a great inheritance at the age of 7 and was the richest peer in the realm, with an annual income of 6000 pounds. Edward Stafford had lands in 12 counties and had many seats, including Stafford Castle, Penshurst Place in Kent (a fortified house of sandstone that was built in the 1300s and which had once belonged to the royal family before being acquired by the Staffords), Maxstoke Castle, and Kimbolton Castle. (Kimbolton Castle in Cambridgeshire was built in the 15th century and was now in need of repair. It is where Catherine of Aragon would die in 1536. Kimbolton Castle was later bought by Sir Henry Montagu, later the 1st Earl of Manchester, in 1615). Between 1511 and 1521, Edward Stafford built the palatial Thornbury Castle in Gloucestershire, which was said to be based on Richmond Palace. Thornbury Castle had geometric knot gardens and covered galleries, an orchard, and a rose garden with paths, arbours, and aviaries. It was never finished.

Edward Stafford was a privy councillor, High Steward of England, and often at court, but he was too close to the throne for Henry VIII's liking. He was also "high-minded", aloof, haughty, and not very bright. He liked gambling but lost often and was good at jousting. He was part of the king's circle but was so proud of his lineage that he was not popular.

The older nobility, the Bourchiers, Nevilles, Staffords, and Manners, all of Plantagenet descent, were often part of the Queen's circle and were called the White Rose faction. Their high lineage and conservative tendencies appealed to Spanish pride. Thomas Grey, the second Marquess of Dorset, ranked second after Buckingham. He did not have royal blood but was the grandson of Edward IV's queen, Elizabeth Wydeville, by her first marriage to Sir John Grey. Dorset inherited his title in 1501 after his father was executed. He was known as a great jouster. His wife was Margaret Wotton. His seat was Bradgate Park in Leicestershire, which is where Lady Jane Grey was born. The Howards were East Anglian gentry who married higher and higher until they inherited the Dukedom of Norfolk. The Norfolk seat was Kenninghall in Norfolk.

Lady Wellington (Kezia) and Edward Stafford's two other married sisters stayed at court as ladies-in-waiting to Queen Catherine of Aragon. The names of the two other sisters were Anne, wife of Sir George Hastings, later the Earl of Huntington, and Elizabeth, wife of Robert Radcliffe, Lord FitzWalter. One was a favorite of the queen and one was said to be a favorite of the king. It is not known who was the favorite of the king. Unlike her sisters, Kezia has always remained faithful to her husband.

Edward Stafford was the husband of Alianore Percy (the sister of the Earl of Northumberland) and the father of Elizabeth Stafford, the second wife of the 3rd Duke of Norfolk (the famous one). In 1513, the 19 year old Elizabeth Stafford married the 40 year old Thomas Howard, later the Duke of Norfolk. At that time, Thomas Howard was Earl of Surrey. He would become the Duke of Norfolk in 1524.

Like Kezia and the other "Stafford aunts", Elizabeth Stafford (b 1494) had been in the household of Queen Catalina of Aragon. Elizabeth Stafford is thus Kezia's niece and the 3rd Duke of Norfolk is Kezia's nephew-in-law. Elizabeth had a prior romance with Ralph Neville, later the 4th Earl of Westmorland.

Edward Stafford was executed in 1521 for "imagining and compassing" the death of the king. The man who was forced to pass the sentence of death on him and who presided over his trial was Thomas Howard, the old Duke of Norfolk (the 2nd Duke of Norfolk). Howard's son the 3rd Duke of Norfolk was the son-in-law of Edward Stafford. The main evidence against Buckingham was testimony from Buckingham's officers, who had grievances against him. There were reportedly tears on the cheeks of Thomas Howard, the 2nd Duke, as he condemned Buckingham to death. Edward Stafford was beheaded in May 1521. Many believed that it was Cardinal Wolsey who was responsible for his death. Buckingham's estates were forfeited to the Crown and divided amongst Henry VIII's loyal lords and courtiers, including Norfolk. Buckingham's widow was granted a pension for life. Henry wrote letters of condolence to the Duchess and Buckingham and to her son, Lord Henry Stafford. Stafford Castle and some other nearby estates were later returned to Lord Henry. The Dukedom of Buckingham would not be recreated until 1592.

The 3rd Duke of Norfolk was cruel to his wife, Elizabeth (Kezia's niece), and beat her when she protested his liason with her maid, Elizabeth (Bess) Holland. Elizabeth Stafford later went to her dower house at Redbourne at the Duke of Norfolk installed Elizabeth Holland at his palace at Kenninghall in Norfolk. The couple's eldest children, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (aged 9) and Mary, aged 7, sided with their father.

Kezia's husband, Christopher Lord Wellington, was the Marquess of Wellington (ok, so this was really created in 1812). She is thus the Marchioness of Wellington. He was born in the Manor of Wellington (ancient Walintone) which was once owned by King Alfred. His hometown of Wellington was a small market town at the foot of the Blackdown hills in Somerset. Wellington was known for its wool industry, as was much of Somerset. Glastonbury Abbey, the reputed burialplace of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere, was also in Somerset. He was fostered in the north at Raby Castle, County Durham, with Ralph Neville, the Earl of Westmorland.

Kezia, having an unusual name, was not afraid of giving her children less than common names. The Wellington sons are Lords Drogo (the Viscount), Elias, Garret, and Everard. Their daughters are Ladies Rosanna, Thomasina, Jocatta, and Dionise. They live with Lady Wellington and Christopher Lord Wellington in the Manor of Wellington.

Lord Drogo Wellington, Viscount of Douro (he is not "the" Viscount because it is a courtesy title), is married to Lady Wellington (Leonor), the daughter of the Lady Damiana. Lady Damiana is the daughter of a Spanish duke.

Lord Wellington's mother was Rose de Montgomerie, the daughter of Alexander Lord Montgomerie (the 1st Baron of Montgomerie), and Margaret Boyd of Kilmarnock. She was the sister of Hugh Montgomerie, then the Lord Montgomerie (created 1449) but now the 1st Earl of Eglinton (created in 1508). The family seat was in Eglinton Castle, Kilwinning, Ayrshire, Scotland.

Kezia Wellington enjoys playing the lute, virginals, and the viol. She likes to listen to recorder music but is not as good in playing it. She loves to sing and dance. She still plays shuttlecock (like badminton) now and then, although she was better at it in her youth. She also enjoys bowls (rather like curling but without the ice) and quoits (like horseshoes). She also enjoys long walks in the garden. Her husband likes archery, falconry, jousting, riding, and fencing (sword-fighting). Kezia is happier when he dances with her or plays chess, as these are not dangerous activities!

(Sources include the Wikipedia, Alison Weir's Henry VIII: The King and His Court, and Daily Life in Elizabethan England.)

In the Pan Historia Junction Novel:

Greetings good folk. My name be Kezia Meriam Wellington and I be born in 1667 in Cambridge Farms, Massachusetts. My parents named me after one of the women in the Good Book, the Bible. Job 42:14 says, "[Job's] first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah, and the third Keren-Happuch." My family, the Meriams, were one of the founding families of Cambridge Farms. Cambridge Farms is a small community one day's walk from Boston.

My family originally came from Lostwithiel, Cornwall. Lostwithiel was founded in Norman times and was a major port for the tin trade. In the 13th century, the town was the capital of Cornwall. Situated on the Fowey River, the town was once the second-busiest seaport in the south of England. In time, the river silted up and the town was drawn into the English Civil War. In 1644 the town was occupied by Parliamentarians and then besieged by Royalists. The war left the town in shambles. And so, my family traveled to the New World to seek their fortunes with the colonists of New England.

My good parents are Beniamin and Hannah Meriam. They grow Indian corn, roots, hay, and sheep. I have two sisters, Hannah and Jenny. We also have a brother, Beniamin. My sisters and I were unseparable until that day in 1676 when the family was visiting relatives in Plymouth. In 1676, the "King Philip's War" was raging and I became a white captive of the Wampanoag.

The Wampanoag are a kind folk and they treated me well. They gave me the name, Quanshishe. As Quanshishe I lived in the mainland Wampanoag village of Shawomet near Somerset. I married a fine young man named Nohanet and had three children, Quinshiske, Nannantum, and Wennaputanan. I was happy with my new family, though I missed my sisters.

In 1696, I was "ransomed" and reunited with my New England family. The transition to New England life was difficult and not everyone accepted me back. But my sisters, all married now, accepted me into their hearts. They also accepted my children, who now went by the names Hannah Quinshiske, Jenny Nannantum, and Elijah Nohanet.

In time, I became the wife of Nicholas Wellington. Nicholas Wellington was my childhood sweetheart. He is a farmer and cabinet maker (furniture maker) in Cambridge Farms. Together we welcomed three more children into the world, Rachel, Ruthe, and Jonathan.

Now the year is 1709. A new tavern is being built in Cambridge Farms by Benjamen Muzzey. The tavern will one day be known as Buckman Tavern and, after 1713, the little town will be known as Lexington.

Sources:

Plimoth Plantation
Lostwithiel

Post Medieval Europe

See my work there:

The Growth of Somerset Towns
Elizabethan Entertainment

Colonial America

Opening the door
Links for Names from the Early Colonial Period
Welcoming the Travelers
Domestic Architecture
New England Colonial Houses
More Explanations
Middle and Southern Colonial Houses
Food Chronology: The 1600s
The 1769 Transit of Venus
Effect of the War on Science
The State of Astronomy in Colonial Times
Early American Herb Gardens
Early American Cooking
Early Root Beers

American Civil War

Salaries and Prices During the Civil War

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