My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Surname Saturday - Westover

My 5th great-grandfather, Moses WESTOVER was both a Loyalist and a Revolutionary War Patriot.  WESTOVER is one of my favorite surnames because of the number of connections I have made through this name, their traceable history and it is one of two surnames that I follow the entire line.

The Westover line has a very long history.  Jonas Westover from England, married November 19, 1663 in Windsor, Connecticut and there is quite a bit of information on this line.  However, my more direct line left Connecticut around 1735 for western Massachusetts, then on to Quebec.

My Westover names on RootsWeb total over 900.  My direct lines are in All Caps.  For my American and Canadian ancestor, mentioned above, I have 18 sources for Moses Westover.  I even have a Google alert on the name Westover + obituary.  However, I am not actively searching for more information on this family, but will analyze anything that drops in my lap.  Over the years, about 25 people have contacted me and information was exchanged.

In future blogs, I will provide more information, including cemetery stone photos.

Note: Since this early post, I have written quite a few posts pertaining to the Westover line, including a will.