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Grace Chetwood

Female about 1602 - 1669  (~ 67 years)

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  • Name Grace Chetwood 
    Born about 1602  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 21 April 1669  New London, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • On 13 Apr 1635 “Grace Bewlie” aged 30 and “Jo[hn] Backley” aged 15 were enrolled at London as passengers for New England on the Susan & Ellen. On 18 Apr 1635 “Ben[jamin] buckley” aged 11 and “Daniell Buckley” aged 9 were enrolled at London on the same ship. On 8 May 1635 “Grace Bulkley” aged 33 was enrolled at Longdon as a passenger for New England on the Elizabeth & Ann. On 9 May 1635 “Peter Bulkley” aged 50 was enrolled on the same ship. Son Edward came to New England before the rest of the family becoming a member of Boston church on 22 Mar 1634/5.

      From Styles’ Ancient Wethersfield:
      “A curious and very live tradition in the family, is connected with the mother’s, Mrs. Grace Bulkeley’s voyage across the Atlantic, viz., to the effect that while on the why hither, ‘she apparently died, and that her husband, supposing land to he near and unwilling to consign the beloved form to a watery grave, urgently entreated the Captain that the body might be kept one day more and yet another day, to which, as no signs of decay appeared, he consented. On the third day, symptoms of vitality were observed, and before land was reached, animation so long suspended, was restored, and though carried from the ship an invalid, she recovered and lived to old age.’—Caulkins’ New London, 132.
      “Some antiquarians have treated this as a fairy-tale; but, after, all, from a physicians’ standpoint, it may be quite true. The strongest argument against the validity of the tradition is the fact that Savage says that Rev. Peter and his bride came over to New England in separate ships. Hotten confirms this, but he also mentions a Grace Bewlie, ae. 30, as on the same ship with Peter and Jo. Backlie and the other children, so that Hotten can be used to prove either theory. And it is quite improbable that Rev. Peter would, if he could have managed it otherwise, have allowed his new and young wife to be separated from him in this long and tedious voyage to their new home. It being assumed, then, (Savage to the contrary) that husband and wife were on the same ship—we have only to remember, as to the trance, that such swoons, or trances, are apt to occur with pregnant women (especially in first pregnancies), at about the time of their ‘quickening'’—and it would be nothing strange or impossible that Mistress Grace, a young and impressible woman, passing through all the anxieties and excitement of such a leaving of home and such a rough voyage, should have, at the time of her ‘quickening’ (which must, from the dates, have occurred while on the ocean) experienced a nervous disturbance of the nature of a trance. Gershom, her first-born, was born about four months after his parents arrived in New England; and the name (Gershom) which was given him, meaning, as it does, ‘an exile’ (~'I have been a stranger in a strange land.’—Exodus II, 22) affords us a glimpse, perhaps, of the thoughts, anxieties and forebodings which filled the young mother’s heart.”

      After the death of Grace’s husband Peter Bulkeley, she lived with her son, Rev. Gershom Bulkeley, at New London, CT. Bradstreet recorded her death in his Journal in these words: “Mrs Grace Bulkley ye widow of Mr Peter Bulkley sometime Pastour of ye chh of Concord, deceased. She was a woman of great piety and wisdome and dyed in a good old Age. Her sickness was long and very afflictive.” [1, 2]
    Person ID I11228  Schirado
    Last Modified 18 November 2000 

    Father Sir Richard Chetwood,   b. about 1560,   d. after 1631  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Mother Dorothy Needham,   d. after 1629 
    Family ID F7966  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Rev. Peter Bulkeley,   b. 31 January 1582/3, Odell, Hinwick, Bedfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 March 1658/9, Concord, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Married April 1635  [1
    +1. Rev. Gershom Bulkeley,   b. January 1635/6, Cambridge or Concord, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 December 1713, Glastonbury, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 77 years)
     2. Eleazer Bulkeley,   b. about 1638
     3. Dorothy Bulkeley,   b. 2 August 1640, Concord, MA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. Dr. Peter Bulkeley,   b. 12 August 1643, Concord, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1691, Fairfield, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
    Family ID F7964  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S143] Donald Lines Jacobus, (New Haven, Connecticut, 1933).

    2. [S37] Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston,).

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