Discover your family's story.

Enter a grandparent's name to get started.

Start Now

Descendants of Rev. James Keith of Bridgewater MA

The Keith family of the region of country in and about the Bridgewaters, members of which have been most prominent and influential there from the beginning, is as ancient as are the settlements there. Bridgewater, as originally, was the first interior settlement in the Old Colony, the grant of the plantation being made in 1645, but the actual settlement was not commenced until after 1650, the first lots being taken up in the West Parish, and there the first house was built and the first improvements made, the proprietors and inhabitants practically all coming from Duxbury. From the ancient town of Bridgewater have since been set off the towns of East Bridgewater, West Bridgewater and North Bridgewater, the latter since becoming the thriving city of Brockton. The first settlements being made in the West Parish, the first church was built there. While the settlement was thus early made and the church formed, the society had no regular settled pastor until the coming thither, in 1661, of Rev. James Keith, who was born in Scotland, and emigrated to this country at the age of eighteen years. From the Rev. James Keith have descended practically all those bearing the name in this Commonwealth. Across the sea the Keiths were among the most ancient families in Europe. Of the nobility of Scotland, while some were originally Scots, others at different times came thither from foreign countries. To the latter class belonged the Keiths, it being the supposition that the ancient family derived its origin from one Robert (who was of German origin), a chieftain among the Catti, from which it is said...

Biography of David D. Middlebrook

Middlebrook, David D., Ferrisburgh, Vergennes p. o., was born in Ferrisburgh, Vt., in June, 1802. He represented his town in the Legislature in 1845 and 1846, and has held several of the town offices. He attended the grand hater-gathering of members in Montpelier in 1885. He was married in 1828 to Almira Carter, of Monkton, Vt., who died on September 14, 1851, leaving a family of seven children, two of whom are now living — Theophilus C. (born on May 4, 1839), Anner C. (born on September 13, 1845). Theophilus C. enlisted and served as lieutenant in Company I. Fourteenth Vermont Regiment. He was married in 1862 to Emma French, who died in 1880, leaving one son –George D. Theophilus then married his second wife, Annie Clark, and by her has had one daughter, Emma, and a son, Walter C. Julia A., a daughter of David D. Middlebrook, died leaving two children — Achsa and Julia, who died on January 25, 1872, aged fourteen years. Achsa married the Rev. H. P. James and now has a family of two daughters — Laura and Julia, who are great-grandchildren of David D. David D. Middlebrook was a son of Theophilus and Elizabeth (Hubbell) Middlebrook, who were born in Fairfield county, Conn., and married in 1793. They had a family of eight children born to them, five of whom are now living — David D. (born in 1802), Hannah (born in 1805), Patience (born in 1807), Eliza (born in 1810), and Nancy (born in 1812). They settled in Ferrisburgh, Vt., in 1790, Elizabeth died in 1850, in the eighty-second year of her...

Pin It on Pinterest