Puritans. Who knew?
This will be long, so this is Part One
In my many searches, there are a lot of times that I find information but when I see how exactly we are connected, a lot of the time it isn’t a very close connection if there is a connection at all. I have found in the past, that the farther back, it can become something like the “brother-in-law of the sister-in-law of the niece of the Uncle of the 10 cousin 2 times removed” So nothing that really comes back to me or family. Sort of a relative by marriage of marriage of some sort of connection.
But this time, it turns out that the people I am tracing back through my Beach Family Line (my GG Grandmother was a Beach – Caroline Margery Beach) are really related, being my 14th Great Grandparents and Puritans.
So, first– what is a Puritan?
From an internet search at http://www3.nd.edu/~rbarger/www7/puritans.html
The Puritans were a group of people who grew discontent in the Church of England and worked towards religious, moral and societal reforms. The writings and ideas of John Calvin, a leader in the Reformation, gave rise to Protestantism and were pivotal to the Christian revolt. They contended that The Church of England had become a product of political struggles and man-made doctrines. The Puritans were one branch of dissenters who decided that the Church of England was beyond reform. Escaping persecution from church leadership and the King, they came to America.
The Puritans believed that the Bible was God’s true law, and that it provided a plan for living. The established church of the day described access to God as monastic and possible only within the confines of “church authority”. Puritans stripped away the traditional trappings and formalities of Christianity which had been slowly building throughout the previous 1500 years. Theirs was an attempt to “purify” the church and their own lives.
Researching this branch, the Bulkeley Family is very interesting.
Some quick Facts:
I will end this with a quote about my 12th Great Uncle Peter Bulkley:
“noted even among Puritans for the superlative stiffness of his Puritanism”