Thank you, Ralph A. Followell, your documents arrived today, and I was very interested in the three Followell/Folwell families in the genealogies.
I focussed on the family of William Followell,of Flore, died 1692, and wife Elizabeth. His children included Naomi, b. 1664, William, born 1669/70, d. 1708 Flore; and Nathan, b. 1674/75, d. April 8, 1749 in Flore.
If in fact this William and this Nathan died in Flore, they were not my family, as my Nathan Folwell Feb. 10, 1731 in Mansfield, New Jersey, and my William Folwell died in Salem, New Jersey, either in 1690 or 1710, leaving a widow, Hope Folwell.
But your data show Naomi (of Flore) married to Thomas Middleton, Jan. 23, 1681/82, in All Saints, Flore, and having a Middleton child in 1689. Now, my Naomi Folwell, sister of my Nathan, did marry Thomas Middleton, as per Middleton family records and also New Jersey wills. I wonder if 1) there were two Naomis and two Thomas Middletons, one the Flore line and one my separate line; or 2) is the Flore Naomi Followell the same as my Naomi Followell, making my Nathan and my William the sons of William and Elizabeth of Flore, which of course would solve my "brick wall" and provide the answer to my question of who are Nathan's parents...
or 3) is the information that Naomi of Flore married Thomas Middleton actually an "add-on" from some modern genealogist's research, confusing the two Naomis?
This (to me) major question would be partly resolved if someone could look at the All Saints, Flore, records and see whether in fact there is a record of Naomi Followell marrying Thomas Middleton on Jan. 23, 1681/82 in Flore. If so, this would knock out alternative 3), but not alternative 1) the possible coincidence of two different Naomis marrying two different Thomas Middletons.
I do doubt the connection of my Folwells with the Followells of Flore, because my Nathan died in New Jersey, and because also I believe although no proof that Peter Folwell who was a town officer in New Jersey was Nathan's brother, and no Peter is mentioned in the Flore family.
You tell me that the Northampton Record Office is 30 miles from where you live - do you think possibly if you go over to Northampton sometime, you could look at the Flore records for Jan. 23, 1681/82 and see whether they list Naomi as marrying Thomas Middleton? I would be so interested in knowing if there is a real source for this information.
I was intrigued that so many Followells/Folwells lived in villages surrounding Northampton: Weedon, Weston Favel, Flore, Pattishall, etc. I found your notes on the name Followell interesting, especially the "Fallinthewell" derivation! I had previously read that the name Folwell was derived from "foul well" which is rather unpleasant. I think the derivation from "field well" is more likely, or at least pleasanter!
I will send in the mail the New Jersey Folwell descendants' genealogy - among the descendants are: weavers, farmers, businessmen, and a college president.
Thank you again for sending me the Followell/Folwell English genealogies.
Maida Barton Follini in Nova Scotia
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