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Posted: 1256192730000
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Hello Patt:
Just entering this site and have some Estabrook history as we descend from Rev. Joseph Estabrook of Concord,1660. In my documentation there is reference to another family immigrating from Tiverton, in Devonshire Eng. in 1796. The family of William Estabrook (originally spelled Easterbrook), first settled in Middletown and then at MIddle Haddam, Conn. He married the Widow Sarah (nee Wright) McCleve, in 1797. They had 4 kids William, John, Thomas, and Helen. His son William married Laura Gray and had 8 children with her living in both NY and NJ, named Charles, William, Augustin, Helen M., *J. Martin*, Sarah Jane, Joratio J., Sanford T., and SamuelW., with his second wife, Hester (nee Wyman) Taft, he had two children , Albert and Emma Estabrook.
Patt it is the only connection in all my documents that might give you a lead to your ancestors. This J. Martin, could be your Jennie M.'s mother. All of my direct relatives pretty much stayed here on the east coast and there was never a Jennifer anywhere in the names.
There is a book written by W.B.Estabrook, Genealogy of the Estabrook Family, 1891 Who knows maybe you might find something out in there. Let me know how it goes. Good luck

Alison Estabrook 8th generation Estabrook by marriage
Jeffrey Deane Estabrook is my husband and we have 4 children Timothy Carl 19, Hannah Elizabeth 17, Rachel Catherine 16, and Samuel Joseph 14. We live in Westford MA and one of our ancestor's (not direct) actually lived here
during the civil war and it is documented that he fought.
We live very close to Concord, MA where our original ancestor Rev. Joseph immigrated to and lived and ministered for 36 years. There are woods in Concord called Estabrook Woods that even Henry Thoreau wrote about so lovingly. You might find it on the web "Henry Thoreau and the Estabrook Country: A Historic and Personal Landscape by Stephen F. Ells. There is a street called named Estabrook Road. And in Lexington just a town over Joseph Jr. had an illustrious hisory as well. He fought with Col. Parker and the minute men on April 19th 1775. He was Capt. Joseph Estabrook at the time and then deacon of the first church of Lexington as well as Selectmen, Town Clerk, Treasurer, Rep to the General Court, of course not all at once but spread out over the years of his life in Lexington. But his single most important contribution to the family history is that he was integral to the beginning of free public school in America. As a founding member of the committee that developed a public school for all the children of Lexington it was Capt. Estabrook who was chosen to be the first wholly qualified teacher for this amazing step forward in our future. This inspires me so much. And it is an unsung story in our American History. This man also,as much as I can recall, was also given by his father Rev. Joseph, a slave once he became of age, however this slave had been his boyhood friend, named Prince, and although he did agree to take him as a slave from his father and continue to keep him under those conditions; he continued in his friendship as well. When the two were engaged during the revolutionary war (and this is where I could be confusing my Joseph's)(it could actually by the Joseph 3rd, not the 2nd we are talking about, I need to confirm) Joseph Estabrook and I believe it was Captain Joseph Estabrook decided Prince Estabrook should only fight as a free man and gave him his freedom. Today in Concord Prince Estabrook is honored greatly and there is an actor who does a portrayal of him. I would love to go with my children to see this and interact with the character as the Estabrook family and see what would happen. My children were horrified to find out their ancestors had slaves. It could be healing. Anyway I've gone on way to long. I really hope you've got some useful info from all this. If not let me know I'll try some more. Good luck.
Alison Estabrook
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