Heritage - Something handed down from one's ancestors or the past, as a characteristic, a culture, tradition, etc. (Webster's Dictionary).
That's what we had in mind when we formed the Honeywell Family Association and started this newsletter. I am not sure how or when my family interest became a hobby, nor when the hobby turned into an obsession. The important thing for me is that the obsession is now called the Honeywell Family Association. Many before me have looked into the origins of their family for a variety of reasons. Alex Haley, in his book, Roots, provided incentive for some in this interesting pursuit. It started for me and my son, James Parks "JP" Honeywell, as a father and son weekend outing to see the place where our ancestors lived and to visit relatives. Our prior family knowledge went only four generations. That weekend brought to light information going back ten generations to our first American ancestor, Roger Hunnewell, spanning back 350 years! I was now hooked.
Using my 92 year-old father, Elmer Clarence "Tink" Honeywell, as a source, and my son as a sounding board, we began to assemble the story about the Honeywell Family of Theresa, New York. This culminated in a 130-page notebook which was shared with many of the over 100 descendants from Lorenzo and Mary Victoria (Curtis) Honeywell.
Starting with these 100 cousins as a base, arrangements were made to have a Honeywell Family picnic and reunion in 1994. We also invited as many attendees as we knew from outside our lineage. Discussions among members of various Honeywell lines led to formation of the Honeywell Family Association to encompass all of the Honeywell Family in the United States and Canada.
The goal of the association is to share information known about the Honeywell Family in America, promote additional research into our Family's past, update Honeywell Family histories from various Family members, and promote Family fellowship. Initial volunteers to manage the Associations are myself, Richard Honeywell of Watertown, NY, David Honeywell of Merrickville, Ontario, and Ed Honeywell of Ottawa, Ontario. I agreed to serve as newsletter editor. This is the first of what is planned as a quarterly Honeywell Family Association newsletter.
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Have you ever been asked in jest if you are connected with company, Honeywell, Inc.? You are in a way if you are related to Roger Hunnewell, the immigrant. That includes most of the Honeywells living in North America. Mark Charles Honeywell founded the company which grew from a plumbing and heating company in Wabash, Indiana to one of the world's largest corporations. His lineage is:
Roger > Israel > Richard > David > Mattias > Israel > Sanford > Mark.
Mark Honeywell was a major benefactor to the City of Wabash, where he spent most of his life. My wife, Lois, and I visited there this Spring and were given the red carpet treatment by Honeywell House manager Mrs. Janet D. Speicher, (219) 563- 2326. We also enjoyed visiting the Honeywell Memorial Center and Honeywell Golf Course, where Mark Honeywell had his summer lodge and studio.
Mark's father, Sanford, was a millwright in Wabash. One of his millstones is on display outside the family-owned newspaper, The Wabash Plain Dealer. Mark's great grandfather, Mathias, was a Revolutionary War soldier as were Mathias' brothers, Isaiah, John, Rice, and Zadoc Honeywell. We left a Family lineage at the Honeywell House and the Wabash Carnegie Library which described Mark's connection to the rest of the Family. Mark was the most famous citizen of Wabash, but neither he nor the city knew of his family history.
I am sure that any Family member visiting Wabash will get the same warm welcome we did.
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Roger Hunnewell was the first known Honeywell to see the New World. As of yet, no known record of his departure, voyage, or landing has been found, but he was believed to have arrived at the seaport of Boston in the Westward, now called Massachusetts, around the year 1645. At the time, England was in the midst of a great Civil War (1642-51) and this may have played a part in his decision to come over to the New World.
No record of his date of birth or parentage has been found. Family tradition has it that he originated from Devonshire, England, although this remains to be proven. It is assumed that he was already married to his wife Bridget and that they came across the Atlantic Ocean together. Bridget was around 24 years old and either pregnant with or carrying their new-born and first son Richard.
They stayed in Suffolk County, MA until around 1650 when Roger moved his family up along the rugged coast to what was then known as the Eastward. They settled in Winter Harbor in the township of Biddeford, then called West Saco.
Roger and Bridget made their home there and had two more sons, John and Israel. Roger made his living as a fisherman until his untimely death in the early part of June, 1654. He and three others drowned at sea while out on a fishing expedition.
Bridget went on to marry her second husband, Richard Moore, the following year. With him, she moved her three children in 1658 to Scarborough, Maine or Black Point, as it was called then. They were among the first settlers of Scarborough.
Their first child, Richard, was one of the most colorful and picturesque of the Honeywell descendants. His first wife and children were said to have been massacred by Indians, "on the spot where the little red house stands at the forks of the road near Plummer's Neck."
Editor's note: The Association has a photograph of that little red house, the home of Richard Hunnewell. See next issue.
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The mammoth Honeywell Family book, The Descendants of Roger and Ambrose Hunnewell (Honeywell), published in 1972, will be the subject of an update. This was decided at the Honeywell Family Reunion to assure that the memory chain of generations is not lost. In order to prepare for publication of a major addendum to this book, we are asking Honeywell Family members to fill out the questionnaire inserted in this Newsletter. After receipt, Family Group Leaders will be established to coordinate these responses and to conduct further research. The end result will be a supplement for all the new Honeywells who have joined us since 1972 and an extend and corrected history.
We talked to Paul Honeywell of Mesa, Arizona and learned he is considering an update to the Samuel Honeywell book at some time in the future.
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