Krafft Family
Interesting Relatives

Ancestors, cousins, and connections who are significant, interesting, or notorious.

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Ancestors: Direct ancestors of Dean Blackmar Krafft.

John Billington -- John Billington came on the Mayflower with his wife Ellen and his sons John and Francis. John was a difficult and contentious man, who got into trouble several times. Finally, in 1630, he was tried for the murder of John Newcomen, whom he had shot with a musket during a quarrel. He was found guilty and became the first Englishman to be hanged in New England. We are descended from his son Francis, through the Sabin, Kingsley, Eggleston, Pond, Dean, and Krafft lines.

Amaziah Blackmar -- Thanks to an entry in a Revolutionary War soldier's diary, we have a unique perspective on looting in the Revolutionary War, as well as an insight into the life of Amaziah Blackmar.

Zaccheus Gould -- He was the first of our Gould line to immigrate to the Colonies, arriving in Massachusetts by 1639, and settling in Topsfield, where he was a major landowner. He was evidently a man of strong opinions, for he was fined 5 for turning his back on the minister during a sermon to express his displeasure with the arguments presented. As a result, he was never admitted as a Freeman.

Elder John Hunting -- Born in Thrandeston, Suffolk, England in 1602, John Hunting came to Dedham, Massachusetts in 1638. There, he was made the first ruling Elder of the church of Dedham, a position that put him nearly on par with the minister in importance in the community.

Theodore Julius Krafft -- He is the immigrant who brought our branch of the Krafft family name to the U.S. He emigrated from Germany around 1832, sent by his uncle, Theodore Erasmus Hilgard, to find some place where the family could move and escape the political turmoil taking place in Germany. He settled on the town (later city) of Belleville, Illinois. In 1838, he married Mary Elizabeth Mitchell, and together they raised eight children. Theodore Julius Krafft was the first Mayor of the City of Belleville, and was a business man, a lawyer, and a farmer. His eldest son, James Frederick Krafft, served in the Civil War, and then moved, with his wife Louisa Flanagan, to Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Rev. Edward Mitchell -- After serving in his teens in the Revolutionary War, he settled in Boutetourt Co., Virginia. He was an early Methodist minister, first in Virginia, and then later in St. Clair Co., Illinois. A Methodist gathering including Bishop Asbury laid plans for the Fincastle Methodist Church at his house. He became an early opponent of slavery, and freed his own slaves in Virginia in the late 1790s.

Rev. Samuel William Pond -- One of the first missionaries to the Dakota (or Sioux) Indians of Minnesota, Samuel William Pond shared their lives, learned their language, and created the first dictionary of the Dakota language. He is the author of "The Dakota or Sioux in Minnesota as were in 1834", and a book of poems "Legends of the Dakota and Other Poems". His son, S.W. Pond, Jr., wrote a biography on the work of Samuel and his brother Gideon, "Two Volunteer Missionaries Among the Dakotas".

Frederic Burton Shipp -- He is our most recent immigrant, having been born in Swaffham, Norfolk, England in 1868. His family emigrated to Canada in May 1874, and he then moved to Ohio, where he married Charlotte Jane Hayne in 1894. Charlotte Hayne's father, Frederick Nowel Hayne, was also born in England about 1827, and was living in the U.S. by shortly after 1850.

William Tuttle -- William Tuttle's was a family of some notoriety. Our ancestor is his daughter Hannah Tuttle. His daughter Elizabeth Tuttle was a direct ancestor of Aaron Burr. She was also a very loose woman, who had children by several men while married to a man who, after many years and several pleas, was finally allowed to divorce her. Another daughter, Mercy Tuttle, married Samuel Brown. At the age of 41, she killed her 17-year-old son Samuel, Jr. with an axe as he was sleeping. She was found guilty of his murder (although she was probably insane), but escaped execution. Yet another daughter, Sarah Tuttle, was murdered by William's son Benjamin, also with an axe. Benjamin did not escape and was hanged for the murder seven months later.

John Webster -- Born in England, he arrived in Hartford, Connecticut by 1636. He was a very early Governor of Connecticut. He is the ancestor of Noah Webster, the lexicographer, who is thus our cousin.

Isabel Wells -- Isabel Wells Tuttle was the 70-year-old widowed mother of William Tuttle when she joined him and his family on the Planter to sail to New England in April 1635. It's hard to imagine what it must have been like as an old woman to undertake such a trip. Sadly, there are no records of her in America, so it is likely that she either did not survive the trip, or else died shortly after.

Walter Woodworth -- Walter Woodworth was a very early immigrant to Scituate, Mass. Walter's daughter, Mehitabel, is mentioned as having been "unfortunate as to her health." She was afflicted with some nervous disorder, which in those superstitious days was synonymous with being "possessed with the devil;" in other words, she was under the influence of witchcraft and Mary Ingham was charged with being the witch. On March 6, 1676, she was indicted in the following language: "Mary Ingham, thou art indicted by the name of Mary Ingham of the Town of Scituate, in the jurisdiction of New Plymouth, for that thou, having not the fear of God before thine eyes, hast by the help of the Devil in a witchcraft or sorcery, maliciously procured much hurt, mischief and pains unto the body of Mehitabel Woodworth, the daughter of WALTER WOODWORTH, of Scituate aforesaid, and some others; particular causing her, the said Mehitabel to fall into violent fits, and causing great pains unto several parts of her body at several times so as she, the said Mehitabel Woodworth hath almost been bereft of her senses and hath greatly languished to her much suffering thereby and the procuring of great grief, sorrow and charge to her parents--all which thou hast procured and done against the law of God and to His great dishonor, and contrary to our Sovereign Lord the King, His crown and dignity." Mary was tried and, very fortunately, acquitted.

Cousins and Connections
: Interesting relatives who are not direct ancestors.

Thomas Harlock -- An early immigrant to Martha's Vineyard, he was the second husband of Sarah Marchant Arey, our 8th great grandmother. Harlock Pond, on Seven Gates Farm, Martha's Vineyard, was named after him. Several other ancestors were early residents of the Vineyard, including John Pease (9th great grandfather), after whom Pease Point is named.

Andrew Johnson -- Together with his brother David Johnson, Andrew was killed in the King's service fighting the French at Fort Louisburg in Nova Scotia.

Joseph Smith -- Founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, usually known as the Mormon church. He received a revelation from God in the form of gold plates which, when translated, became the Book of Mormon. He was murdered for his beliefs in Illinois, just before the Mormons made their great trek to Salt Lake City. Our common ancestor is John Gould (8th great grandfather), son of Zaccheus Gould, an early English immigrant.

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