September 12, 2021
Our very own Billington Woodsman, Mr. Rounds, has planned a tour of the area in MA that our Billingtons moved to after leaving Plymouth, MA around 1640. The tour will cover our ancestor’s area in Middleborough where our ancestor, Francis Billington is buried abt 1684 at the age of 78. The Nemasket Hill Cemetery visit will introduce us to many of our ancestor’s final resting place. The first burial was in 1662. The early settlers for two generations are buried here. Our tour will find us vising Anawan Rock at Rehoboth, MA. This location where Chief Anawan of the Wampanoags was captured. Next, we will meet at the Ring of the Green in East Providence. This was the next stop of many of our ancestors, Kingsleys, Oulds and Olds, and Sabins moved there. The Newman Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in America. It has first generation headstones and the Church of Kingsleys of 1640. I wonder who we will find buried here? An incredibly special tour of the Carpenter Museum and the Trim Genealogy Room will be led by a Billington descendant who lives in the area. Next on our stop, Mt Hope was the main camp of the Wampanoag’s home. They were living here at the time of the Mayflower’s arrival in 1620. Then, we will visit Swansea where the first attack of the King Phillip War and the Church of the Kingsleys took place. We will visit the cemetery that Francis’ daughter, Mercy Billington and 8 generations of family are buried. If time permits, we will visit the Woodcock Garrison and return to Plymouth after a short visit to the Billington Sea. If you are interested in participating send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, I will send you a form to join our group on this special day.