Monday, February 6, 2017

Notes From My Grandmother | Twining Lineage and Genealogy, Part Four

Somehow, much of my grandmother's hand written and (badly) typed notes and research wound up in my possession. Traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles and back to Chicago again. It sat, in the dark of my mother's closet, until my dad passed and my mom decided to begin her great purge. Knowing I had picked up the torch, the next generation to pursue the Greatest Hobby on Earth, the papers came to live with me. Unsure for many years on just what to do with them, I have decided to bring them out and share them with you - transcribed, of course - no one can read my grandmother's handwriting! But in her own words; mistakes, rambling sentences, and all. I think she will be pleased her work and her writing are once again out in the light!

the Twining papers
The Twinings held a special fascination for my Grandmother. Her middle name was Twining. Her mother was a Twining. She drank Twining's tea, as did the rest of our family. I'm unclear as to the link between our family and the Twining's Tea Company, however. Our Twining ancestor came to the 'New World' c.1640 and has been recorded in the small book Genealogy of the Twining family : descendants of William Twining, Sr, who came from Wales or England.

Of all the research I inherited, the Twining collection is by far the most expansive. My grandmother wrote 'stories' and typed up other little sketches on them. I will present them to you here, as written by her.

Twining Story, cont.

Continuing down the lineage, another William; William III. Very little is known of this steadfast Puritan. His reason for remaining on the Cape when his parents, brother Stephen, and probably his two sisters, had gone to Pennsylvania may evidently be found in his unwillingness to compromise the ancestral religion. He may have been content with that 'barren waste' which had produced so many noble men and women who blessed the world for having lived. Whatever his motives, it remains to his credit that he was a man who transmitted to his descendants those qualities which have made their name an honor wherever they have gone. Many have filled professions of distinction. The cause of Christianity has been greatly blessed by their devotions.


William Twining III b. 2/28/1654
                                 d. 1/23/1734
                                  m. 3.26.1688/9 to Ruth Cole
                                                     daughter of John Cole and Ruth Snow
                                                             b. 3/11/1667
                                                             d. 3/4/1728


Eliza b. 8/25/1690 d. UNK
Thankful b. 1/11/1697 d. UNK
Ruth b. 8/27/1699 d. UNK
Hannah b. 4.2.1702 d. UNK m. 6/12/1731 to David Young
William IV b. 2/9/1704 d. 11/17/1769 m. 2/21/1727 to Apphia Lewis
Barnabas b. 9/29/1705 d. 3/5/1766 m. to Hannah Sweet
Mercy b. 2/20/1708 d. UNK be continued.......................

***editor's note: this is a transcript of research completed in 1982 based on information available at that time. I have not yet researched this family further, but suspect there is more information/clarification available to us today. I will follow up at a future date with fresh data. *** 

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©1980-82 Elizabeth Twining Potwin Thomas - private collection

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