Saturday, May 9, 2009

Book on decendants of Henry Cobb of Barnstable donated to CCGS library

CCGS Librarian Betsy Ferris has announced that Early Descendants of Henry Cobb of Barnstable, Massachusetts, by Susan E. Roser was donated to the Reading Room collection of the Cape Cod Genealogy Society this month by the author. Published in Ontario, Canada by Stewart Publishing and Printing in 2008, the book is the first volume in the Friends of the Pilgrims Series.

Susan E. Roser is a 12th generation descendant of Henry Cobb and Patricia Hurst through their son John. Her Mayflower descent is through Isaac Allerton and Mary Norris. She is a member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Canadian Society. She has served as editor of the Canadian Society's newsletter, Canadian Pilgrim, and has researched and written extensively for the Mayflower Quarterly, the Mayflower Descendant, and The American Genealogist.

This book is the culmination of ten years of research into the first four generations of the Henry Cobb families. The author personally transcribed epitaphs from family stones in 45 cemeteries. A list of the cemeteries is included along with locations and visiting information. The author also includes a full transcription of 35 family wills. Genealogists and historians will appreciate her extensive list of primary and other sources.

"We look forward to more in the Friends of the Pilgrims Series, which is about emigrants who came shortly after the Mayflower and settled among Mayflower passengers as friends and neighbors," said Betsy. Later volumes are to include the families of John Barnes, John Churchill, Daniel Cole, James Cole, John Doane, John Faunce, John Holmes, Samuel Ryder, and John Shaw.