Monthly Archives: July 2012

Lydia Ward Arey and John Taylor

Lydia Ward was the daughter of George Ward and Barzilla Doane, two original Wellfleet families. She was born in 1760 and married Reuben Arey (1) in 1777 at age seventeen. Together they had eleven children. Reuben Arey died in 1801 … Continue reading

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More on the South Wellfleet Areys

The second Reuben Arey, born in 1778 as the son of Reuben Arey (1) and Lydia Ward Arey, was also a distinguished  citizen of Wellfleet.  He was a successful businessman and is referenced as “Esquire” and “a Gentleman” in various … Continue reading

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The South Wellfleet Areys — The First Reuben Arey

The first Arey in the English colonies was Richard, a mariner born in 1606 in Truro, England.  His name appears in documents in Salisbury and Gloucester, Massachusetts, and he purchased land in New London, Connecticut.  Eventually he settled in Martha’s … Continue reading

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The First Cannon Hill

Firing a cannon on the Fourth of July is a long-time tradition – a celebration that predates the parades and fireworks of today.  This past winter, in reviewing the archive of the Cape Cod Genealogical Society’s monthly Bulletin, I came … Continue reading

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Prospect Hill and Why I’m Blogging

Prospect Hill, on the south side of Blackfish Creek, past the marsh on the road to the Old Wharf, became part of my family’s landscape in the early part of the 20th Century. In 1910, my great grandfather, John Edward … Continue reading

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