Newborn grandson’s ancestry is versatile

Posted June 28, 2009, at 7:27 p.m.

How often in our research we come upon names that repeat. My sons have middle names that honor their grandfathers, Gayland for my dad and Willard for my father-in-law.

Now we have a new grandson, Dylan Robert Saucier, born June 22 to Scott Gayland and Amanda (Wilcox) Saucier in Waterville.

His middle name Robert honors the late Bob Phillips, Amanda’s grampy, who many years ago planted the tree next to which she and Scott were married on the Fourth of July last year in Hermon.

Dylan has plenty of patriotic heritage. Great-grandfathers Bob Phillips and Gordon Wilcox both served in the Korean War, while Gayland Moore and Willard Saucier were both in World War II.

Dylan’s Civil War ancestor, Alfred Hart, was born in England and lived in Dexter, while War of 1812 veteran Henry T. Hildreth moved from New Hampshire to Greenville. And the little boy has lots of Revolutionary War ancestors, including my William Hayford Sr. from Pembroke, Mass., and the Maine town of Hartford.

His New England ancestry stretches from here to the Mayflower. He can claim Pilgrims Francis Cooke and Isaac and Mary Allerton, as well as 4-year-old Mary Allerton, who married Thomas Cushman and was the last surviving Mayflower passenger.

Dylan’s forebears number many fishermen, from Uncle Tony who once stuck his boot into an ice fishing hole (at age 2) to the 17th century Bennett, Wharff, Millett, Riggs, Haskell, Lane and Somes families in Gloucester, Mass. If you had ancestors in Gloucester, consult the birth, marriage and death volumes for the town at Bangor Public Library and Maine State Library.

I’m sure Dylan will enjoy building things, something which runs all through his family of engineers, electricians, millwrights, farmers, mechanics and you name it. Bob Phillips’ dad, George Bates Phillips, was a welder at Bath Iron Works during World War II and later a carpenter.

Though mills are dwindling, Dylan may use some of the worker and manager genes he got from ancestors Harry and Thressa Steeves, Stanley and Edith Steeves, Stanley Roberts and Alfred Hart in Maine, and Stephen Hart in Trowbridge, England.

Perhaps he’ll use his gift of gab and some writing genes to earn a living, or follow in the path of the teachers in the Bennett and Roberts families.

Obituaries and census records are a great way to trace what occupations sustained our ancestors and their families.

Dylan will surely have a sense of service from his mom, who is a nurse, and from great-grandfather Gordon Wilcox, who was a member of the Brewer Fire Department. Gordon’s mom, Ruth Wilcox, and my grandmother, Edith Steeves, were very active in church organizations.

Dylan’s ancestry includes lots of Franco-American lines. In addition to my husband’s French-Canadian and Acadian genes from Quebec and Nova Scotia, he has Bishop (Levesque) ancestry on his mother’s side.

Probably next in percentage is his English heritage. He also has Given and Orr and McReady ancestors from Ireland, and the Stief-Lutz family from Germany.

And his great-grammy Elaine (Francis) Phillips has Penobscot Indian heritage.

Dylan is a beautiful little boy, and we look forward to getting to know him. He joins siblings Lexis and Andrew Perry.

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The Bradford Heritage Museum and Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, at the John B. Curtis Free Public Library. Learn about the society and visit its archives. For information, call 327-1246.

Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor, ME 04402; or e-mail queries to familyti@bangordailynews.net.

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