Lavina S. Bursley’s fifth great grandfather, Robert Day, was made a freeman in Ipswich in 1641. In Robert’s will, he wrote:
“I give to my son John Day after my decease…ye parcell of land lying near the common fence gate w[hi]ch was part of Mr. Bradstreets his lot…”
Humphrey Bradstreet arrived in Ipswich in 1635. From this will, we know that Humphrey Bradstreet not only knew Robert Day, but had also lived nearby and conducted land transactions with him. He would never have guessed that two and half centuries later, his sixth great grandson, Albert J. Stanwood, would meet and marry Robert’s fifth great granddaughter, Lavina Bursley, in the small town of Elk River in Minnesota.
Albert and Lavina are my second great grand parents, and Ipswich, the home of both of their ancestors, one of my favorite places.