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Martha Huntington Grant Buell

Martha was born December 9, 1695 in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut. She was my 7th great grandmother. Her father was John Huntington, and was 30 at the time Martha was born. Her mother was Abigail Lathrop, and she was 31 when Martha was born.

March was married at the age of 20 to Noah Grant. Noah died on October 10th, 1727.

Martha married a second time to Captain Peter Buell of Coventry, Conn. She had four children by Noah, and five children by Peter Buell.

Martha died in 1779, the same year there was a smallpox epidemic in Tolland, Connecticut. Martha was 82 years old.

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James Johnston

James was my 8th great grandfather from my grandfather Gray’s line, through the Willis line. He was baptized in 1655, and was the 4th son of Lord Warriston  Archibald Johnston, who was executed in 1663 by Charles II, for serving under Cromwell.

The Johnston family fled to Holland to escape persecution. James would go on to study law.  He would not return to England until about 1688. Later he would go on to become Secretary of State for Scotland.

He married Catherine Poulett in Salisbury in the year of 1696. She was the daughter of John the 2nd Baron and Catharine Nee Vere. This marriage brought no children. His second marriage was to Lucy in 1716. Lucy was the daughter of Thomas Claxton of Dublin and Mary Pearce.

The King (George I), and Queen Caroline, were his guests at home at Twickenham. James was one of the first to construct a home on the Thames river. John James was the architect of the mansion that took 35 years to build. It was known as Orleans House after 1813. The grounds were very involved as well with canals, an icehouse, kitchen garden, wilderness, grotto, and a fruit garden. A special room was added for entertaining Queen Caroline, James Gibbs was the architect for the addition which was a baroque octagonal room.






Johnston was on the House of Commons of Great Britain for Lichester from 1708 to 1710, and for Calne from 1710 to 1713. Johnston died in Bath in May of 1737. His eldest daughter Lucy was baptized at Twickenham on July 7th, 1717. She married General George Preston, Colonel of the Scots Greys. His son James Johnston born May 21 1721 was an army officer, Colonel of Royal Horse Gurads then Colonel of the Scots Greys following the death of his brother in law. James, married Charlotte, daughter of George Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax. After Charlotte’s death he married his own first-cousin, Frances Carter, widow of Philip Twysden and mother of Frances Villiers, Countess of Jersey.

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Joan De Beaufort

Joan De Beaufort was born in 1375 in Anjou, France. She had one daughter with Ralph De Neville in 1407. She died on November 13, 1440, in Howden, England, at the age of 65.

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Eleanor Neville

Joan De Beaufort


Ralph De Neville


John of Gaunt Duke of Lancaster

Catherine Roet

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  • Birth

    Joan De Beaufort was born in 1375 in Anjou, France.

  • Birth of Daughter

    Her daughter Eleanor was born in 1407 in Durham, England.

    Eleanor Neville


  • Death of Husband

    Her husband Ralph passed away on October 24, 1425, in Durham, England, at the age of 61.

    Ralph De Neville


  • EDIT


    Joan De Beaufort died on November 13, 1440, in Howden, England, when she was 65 years old.