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Bruce Follansbee 1931 – 1981

    Bruce Edward Follansbee born May 13th, 1931 was the only child of Howard Barney Follansbee (1902-1947) and Martha (Sweet) Follansbee (1906-1946). He comes from a long line of Follansbees beginning with our Immigration from England, circa 1640’s. Migrating across the continent where his Grandfather and Father would settle in Zillah. Edward P Follansbee (1854-1948) would become the Treasurer for the city council and Howard (son of Edward) would be a partner in the Follansbee and Co General Store.

     Bruce was orphaned early in life around the age of 15 according to his parents recorded dates of his parent’s deaths in the WA state archives. He lost his mother in 1946 to a brain tumor and his father in 1948 to kidney failure; just as the Nation was recovering from the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Loss at such a young age would always color Bruce’s life.

    He spent a little time with each of his Grandmothers, Lena Sweet and Edna Follansbee before he started working at the Yakima Ice Rink, where he met his soon to be Wife, Joan Nelson (1931-2008). Joan and her sister Jean performed in a group at that ice rink and were known to be pretty good skaters. From this chance meeting on the cold ice, Bruce and Joan would start a family at the ages of 17 years old. A year later his first child, a daughter was born. It was a rough start, when Bruce’ first son was born Bruce had to give up his motorcycle as three could fit and not four!! Bruce had a bike accident in the Zillah orchard and took care of baby Sharon while he was in a body cast. She would be followed by two brothers. Having three children to support, Bruce would work various jobs, mostly as a driver. For Safeway he drove a truck to transport lettuce and he worked for Belkin Moving Company. Eventually he would work and rise in the ranks for Prudential Insurance.

    As his grandson, who lost him at a young age, Bruce seemed to me to be both at once a hard, tough man who was loved and greatly respected by his family and the Yakima Community. Perhaps over the years his toughness softened, or perhaps he only had a hard shell and a heart of gold. He loved a good joke and had a fabulous sense of humor. Bruce was never one to rest on his laurels and let life move on without him. He took up running in his 40’s where he would run in the cold, in the heat, and kept pressing no matter how many blisters his blisters got. My father tells me he liked to run the roads between the old Yakima Mall and the YMCA on Yakima Ave.

    Grandpa was not without his antics as our family stories prove. From his daughter, we are reminded of her early memories. “I remember being woken in the night a few times to go camping. Bruce and friends decided after a few beers that the families should jump in the cars and head to Rimrock Lake.” My father tells stories of a tough upbringing and a strict father, but he clarifies these as due to his stubbornness (The Famous Follansbee Stubbornness) and it was during the 50’s and 60’s a tough crossroad en a generation that remembered the Depression and were toughened up by WWII and the generation of Car Hops, a Musical Revolution, and an Age that benefited from the sacrifices of previous few generations. Bruce was fiercely loyal to his family and friends. He loved his boat “Joan Louise” and had to sell it when he got esophageal cancer age 49. He died age 50 after a very difficult year. Mt St Helens blew when he had the first surgery and a year later he was gone. But he is never forgotten. In memory of Bruce, feel free to share any stories you would like to add here to this mini biography.

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Report to the Follansbee Association: The Pedigrees Pt. 1

The next few posts will be transcripts of the pedigrees listed at the end of “The Report…”

From “…Follansbee Association” PDF pp. 41-53

“Pedigree of the American Follansbees, furnished by the Follansbee descendants of New Hampshire, as gleaned from letters sent me by various members of the family”

I. Thomas Follansbee, who came from England to the Colony of Massachusetts previous to 1677, with his wife Abigail and children,

1. Thomas, b 1674-5.

2. William,

3. Abigail, 4. Sarah, who died in Newburyport, Nov. 6, 1683, they afterwards had other

children born in Newburyport, Mass., as appears by the records there, viz ;

5. Francis, b October. 1677;

6. Hannah, b April 10. 1683.

1. Thomas, son of Thomas named above m. Abigail. He died June 10, 1755, and

buried in West Newbury. His wife died in Oct. —, aged 74 years. They had issue, viz:

III. 1. Mary, b March 28, 1697.

2. William, b 3 March 14, 1700-1, married first Mary Robinson. He is described in the

Newburyport records as the son of Thomas Follansbee, Jr, from. England. He had issue

by his wife Mary, viz:

IV. 1. Moses Follansbee. b Dec. 15, 1721, at Newburyport, d in Enfield, N. H., June 14,


III.     2. William m. for his second wife ____________, and for his third wife,

Hannah Simmons, by whom he had issue, viz:

IV. 1. Thomas, b. March, 1736. d. April, 1818, at Ware, N. H.

2. Simon, b in Haverill. Mass., 1738, m Martha Huse, of Hampstead. He died May, 1821, and his wife died May, 1818, aged 83. They had issue viz:

V. Nathan, b. in Plaistow, Aug. 16, 1763, m. Anna Sawyer, of Haverhill,

    Mass: Dec. 17, 1783. He died in Enfield, N. H., Dec. 26, 1847. Anna, his wife, died Aug. 30, 1854, aged 93 1/2 years. They had issue eight children, viz:

VI     1. Leonard, b in Canaan, N. H., Dec. 7, 1784, m Love Machmore, of Newburyport, July 5, 1S05. He was a sea captain, and died at New Orleans, while doing     business at that port, Sept. 1839, and his wife. Love, died 1863.

2. James, bin Canaan, Sept. 9, 1788, m Eliza Currier, of Enfield, June 9, 181G. He died in Enfield, 1849, leaving issue.

3. Nathan, b in Canaan, N. H, Sept. 27, 1789, m Catharine Montry, of Newburyport, Oct. 24, 1809. She died March, 1841, aged 56. They had issue.

4. Martha, b in Hampstead, June 30, 179

5. Betsey, b ” ” June 10, 1795, m Abial Goodrich, of Enfield, March 15, 1814. He died Jan. 2, 1857, and she died Sept. 6, 1864, leaving issue.

6. Sarah, b in Enfield, Aug. 27, 1797, m Geo. Harris, of Canaan, Feb. 26. 1822.

7. Anne, b in Enfield, N. H, January, 1839, m Samuel Thomas, of Plainfield, N. H., August 31, 1839, now living in Burnett, Wis., with issue,

8. Lucy, b Nov. 8, 1804, m Capt. S. Whitmore, May 29, 1831. She died -March 16, 1850, leaving issue.

VI.     4. Martha, above named, m. Hubbard Harris of Canaan, March 6, 1820, by whom she had the following issue, viz:

VII.     1. Hubbard D., b in Plainfield N. H., Jan. I6. 1821, m Louisa Dearing, of Boston. Mass. Nov. 30. 1845. She was born in Portsmouth N.H. April 10, 1823. They     have one son, Hubbard D., b in Boston, Mass., Aug. 23, 1816.

VII.     2. Martha J. S. Harris b in Warren, N.H. Feb. 4, 1822, m Rev. Isaac Hobart, at Enfield, May 11, 1840. She died March 5, 1850, leaving one daughter and a son,     viz:

VIII.     1. Alfredor. b in Radnor, PA, Feb. 8, 1842.

2. Adoniram Judson, b in Radnor, Pa. April 7. 1844.

IV.     Moses Follansbee, son of Wm. Named above, m. Priscilla Heath, June 14th. 1750, and had issue,

V.     1. Moses; 2. John; 3. William; 4. Joseph; 5. Samuel; 6. Rachel; 7. Anna; 8. Betsy;

    9. Abigail; 10. Sarah; 11. Susan; 12 Martha, and 13. Rhoda.

1. Moses m. _______ and had issue, viz:

VI.     Warren; Anna. b. 1785. m. Timothy Higgins, 1861; Sally, b. in Vt., 1787, m. Ansel Fish, 1810, d. 1864 ; Polly m. Hugh Canada; Susan m. Geo. Whitney;     Prescilly, b. 1800, m. Walter Belknap, Sept. 24, 1818, and Sally who m. Ambrose Kibbee.

VI.     Dolly Follansbee. b. July 4th. 1781, in Newbury Port, Mass., m., Feb. 14th. 1700, Ambrose Kibbee, who was born in Summers, Conn., May 25th 1770 and died     in East Randolph, Vt., Nov. 22, 1827. She died Dec. 17th. 1823. They had the following issue, viz;

VII.     1. Dolly, b April 2d, 1800, d Sept. 3d, 1821, Sp in East Randolph.

2. Ambrose, b Jan. 3d, 1802. now living: in Royalton, Vt.

3. Anna, b Nov. 27th, 1803, m, 1st, Lewis Debbie; 2d, R. Gay, and d leaving; issue by both husbands.

4. Leonard, b Sept. 11th, 1805. now living: in E. Randolph,

5. P. Chandler, b Oct. 23d, 1807, living in Wisconsin.

6. Moses C, b Aug, 17th, 1809, d in Troy, and left issue.

7. Shubel C. b July 1st, 1811, a bachelor in Randolph.

8. Benjamin P. b July 28th. 1813, lives in Detroit. Mich.

9. Nathaniel, b Nov. 3d, 1815, d in E. Randolph, Nov. 5th, 1815.

10. Harvey, b Nov. 20Eh. 1816. d in Michigan. Sp,

11. Henry C., b Oct, 22d, 1818. lives in Detroit. Mich.

12. Jerred, b Nov. I4th. 1820, lives in Michigan.

13. Dolly, b Feb. I3th 1823, m Phineas D. Pierce, and now lives in Royalton, Vt.

V.     Rachel Follansbee. b. Oct. 10, 1756, m Abial Goodrich (who Was born June 3d, 1750.) at Haverhill, Mass. They had issue viz;

VI.     1. William, b Oct. 25, 1770;

    2. Ezekiel, d;

3. Follansbee, dead;

4. Nathaniel, living;

5. Eliphalet, living;

6. Abial, living;

7. Jeremiah, living;

8 Joseph. b. Sept. 7th, 1792; living:

9. Joshua, living;

10. Sally, m Wm. Welch, living; and

11. Betsey, living, unmarried.

1. Wm. Goodrich, above named, m. June 3d. 1800, Betsy Jones of Canaan, N. H. He Died Feb., 1859, and his wife died March 13th, 1845. They had issue, viz:

VII.     1. Pollv, b June 6th 1802;

     2. Betsey, b June 26th, 1805;

3. Sally, b June 5th, 1809;

4. Rachel, b. June 2d, 1812;

5. Follansbee, b June 25, 1814;

6. Eunice, b. April 7, 1819;

7. Abram, b Oct. 1, 1822.

1. Polly, above named, m. in Brookfield, Vt., Clark Wilson, of Williamstown, Vt., Dec. 17th. 1820. Clark Wilson died August 9th, 1841, and his wife Polly, May 11, 1851. They had issue, viz:

VIII.     1. Abigail G., b Au 5th, 1831.

2. Henry L., b May 19th, 1841


VII.     2. Betsey C. Goodrich, m. first in Williamstown, Vt., June 27, 1832, James Wolcott. He died in Iowa, in 1852, and she m. second David Martin, May 12, 1859. She had by her first husband issue, viz :

VIII. 1. Mabel, b Nov. 4, 1838, m. Ira J. Badger.

2. Boxanna, m. ____ ___ Sept. 16th, 1860, Ira C. Taylor, of Waitsfield, Vt.

VII.     3. Sally Goodrich, m. Nov, 6th, 1838. Elijah Edson, of Williamstown, Vt. She died July 25, 1859. They had issue, viz:

VIII. 1. Charles W. Edson, b. April 24th, 1841, m Aug. 21, 1864, Esther Stone, of Brookfield, Vt.

2. Lynas b Feb. 9th, 1848.

3. Ann, b March 19th, 1850.

VII. 4. Rachel Goodrich, m. Dec. 22, l826, Charles Boatwell and had issue.

VIII.     1. Mariah, b Oct. 27th, 1837, m. Andrew B. Blood, of Lewell, Mass., Nov., 1859.

2. Wesley, b Aug, 1. 1844.

3. William, b July 1.5, 1848.

4. Emma, b July 15, 1850.

5. Sarah J., b May 23, 1853.

VIII. 5. Follansbee Goodrich m. April l9th, 1849, Bethiah Harrington, and had issue, viz:

VIII.     1. Mariah, b Sept. 2Gth, 1850.

2. Esther J., b April 22, 1852.

3. Albert, b June 1854.

4. Burnet, b Nov. 8th. 1857.

5. Alma, b Nov. 21, 1861.

VII.     7. Abram Goodrich m Harriet Cass, April 26, 1854, and had issue

VIII.     Joseph C, b April 7th, 1862.

VI.     2. Ezekiel Goodrich, b in Newbury, Mass., March 4th, 1778, m Rhoda Ferrin (who was born in Ware, N. H., Feb. 28, 1780,) Nov. 25th 1802. He died in Chelsea, Vt., Aug. 13, 1841. He had issue by his wife Rhoda, born in Chelsea viz:

VII.     1. Pollv, b Aug. 9th, l805.

2. Sophia, b Aug. 10, 1808.

3. Susan, b Feb. 23, 1812.

4. Horace, b Oct. 7th, 1814.

    1. Polly Goodrich, last above named, married in Chelsea, Vt., Seth G. Durkee, of Williamstown, Vt., Sept. 23, 1824, and had issue, viz :

VIII.     Azro Durkee, b. in Williamstown, Vt, Sept. 21, 1825, and Leonora, b Nov. 5th, 1828.

    Azro Durkee, m. Maria S. Robinson, of Stowe, Sept. 14th, 1854, and had issue, viz.

IX.     1. Ella M. Durkee, b in Hydepark, Feb. 8th, 1856. Hattie P. Durkee, b in Stowe, Nov. 21, 1860. Leonora Durkee, above named, m Geo, S. Wheeler, of Randolph,     June 23d, 1853, and had issue, viz,

IX. Mary E. Wheeler, b in Brookfield, Aug. 1st, 1854. Henry P., b March 11th, 1856.

VIII.     2. Sophia Goodrich, m Luther “W. Bigelow, of Brookfield, April 2d, 1829, and had issue, viz:

IX.     1. Lester G. Bigelow, b Jan. 17th, 1831.

    2. Wilber F. Bigelow, b Jan. 5th, 1834.

    3. Lewis F., b June 14, 1830.

    1. Lester G. Bigelow m Sila Day, of Coventry, Vt., Jan. 1st, 1854, and have children, viz,

X.     Harry, b Sept. 22d, 1855.

    Fred, b Feb. 8th, 1857.

    Ida, b Oct., 1861.

    Girty S., b July 6, 1864.

IX.     2. Wilber F. Bigelow m Georgie S. Langley, Oct. 13th, 1861.

     8. Lewis F. Bigelow m Lizzie Kittredge, of Walden, Vt., May 28rd, 1861, and have issue

X.     Clarence A. Bigelow b Jan. 6th, 1862.

VIII.     3. Susan Goodrich m Eleazer Quinby, of Chelsea, Sept. 18th, 1834, and had issue, viz,

IX.     Albert E. Quinby, b June 18, 1841, and Ann Quinby. b. July 13th, 1844, m Asa J.     Kittredge, of Walden, June 13, 1863.

VII.     4. Horace Goodrich m Ann White of Sharon, Jan. 10th, 1836, and had issue.

VIII.     1. Pluma A. Goodrich, b Oct. 2Sth, 1839.

    2. Harley ” b March 19th, 1843, and married Mary F. Alicott, August, 1862, in Charlestown, Mass., and had a daughter.

IX. Ella A. Goodrich, b April 14th, 1863.

VIII.     1. Pluma A. Goodrich m Silas B. Woodbury, of Manchester, N. H., and had a son.

IX.     Fred G. Woodbury, b August 16th, 1863.

VI.     5. Eliphalet Goodrich, b in Newbury, Mass, March 6th, 1783, m Judeth Kimball, who was born in Hopkinton, N. H., April 28th, 1793. She died in Chelsea,     Vt., Feb; 7th, 1848,     and he     died in Chelsea, July 25th, 1856. They had the following children, viz:

VII.     1. Melinda Goodrich, b .March 5th, 1815, d Sept. 11th, 1819.

    2. Denison Goodrich, b Feb. 23d, 3 819, d Oct, 20th, 182-*.

    3. Nancy J. Goodrich, b Sept. I5th, 1823, m Kev. A. I. Copeland, and had issue, viz:

VIII.     Mary J. Copeland, b in Montpelier, September, 1850.

    Osmon B. Copeland, b in Waitsfield, February, 18.54.

    Carrie ” ” b in Bradford, January, 1856.

VII.     4. Judith K. Goodrich, b November 18th, 1825.

    5. Maria Goodrich, b March 14th 1829, m Matthew H. Kimball, September, 1855, and had issue, viz:

VIII. George Kimball, b in Hopkinton, N. H., March, 1858.

VII.     5. Marenda F. Goodrich, b in Chelsea, October 17th, 1835, m Elliot P. Densmore, May 2nd, 1854.

VI.     8. Joseph Goodrich, b 1792, m Sarah Glidden, November 17th, 1817, and had issue.

VII.     1. Richard K., b January 20th, 1818.

    2. Rachel, b May 1st, 18l9.

    3. Jane H, b December 21st, 1820.

    4. Abial, b December 28th, 1822.

    5. Alpheus, b July 23d, 1824.

    6. Mahala S., b March 16th, 1826.

    7. Malinda, b September 29th, 1829.

    8. J. B., b June 18th, 1831.

    9. Darwin, b March 20tb, 1834.

    10. Warren, b March 19th, 1839.

    12. George, b April 10th, 1841.

    1. Richard K. Goodrich m Olive Smalley, February 14th, 1842, and had issue, viz:

VIII.     1 Fanny, b November 21st, 1843.

    2 Abbie, b February 11th, 1846, and m Goin B. Evins, October 21st, 1864.

VII.     2 Rachel m Albert Hixon, February l9thth, 1843, and had issue.

VIII.     1 Matilda F. Hixon, b February 19th, 1849, m Lewis Hovey, February 2nd, 1865.

    2 Charles A. Hixon, b May 25th, I860.

VII.    1 Jane H. m Noah Downs, January 2d 1842, and had issue, viz:

VIII.    1 Henry, b January 25, 1845.

    2 Adna B., b. Nov. 21st, 1847.

    3 Laura Ann, b March 21st, 1862.

VII.     4 Abial Goodrich m Elmina Waldo, and had issue, viz :

VIII.     Nellee, b 1856.

VII.     5 Alpheus m Luna C Sprague, December 2nd, 1832, he died December 6th, 1858, leaving issue,:

VIII.     Ellee S., b April 17th, 1856.

VII.     6 Mahala S. m Harley D. White, August 4th, 1851, and had issue, viz:

VIII.     Marcelus, b August, 1853.

    Sarah, b January, 1855.

    Clarence, b July, 1859.

VII.     7 Malinda, b 1829, m Wm. A. Robins, July 5th, 1854, and had issue,

VIII.     Hattie J., b March 10th, 1859.

VII.     8 J.B. Goodrich m Doborah J. Osgood, April 3d, 1856, and had issue,

VIII.     Hattie, b March 28th, 1857.

    Lucy, b November, 1858.

    Sarah b August, 1859.

    John, b February, 1862.

VII. 9 Darwin m Julia Jeffords, July, 1861.

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Edward Follansbee

I forgot where I pulled this from, most likely it was from

 The following is a record of the names and births of the children of Edward Follansbee, and Abigail his wife, born at Leominster.

Sally Follansbee was born December 1st, 1791

Betsy Follansbee was born April 27th, 1793

Leonard Follansbee was born July 20th, 1796

Thomas Follansbee was born July 18th, 1799

Dexter Follansbee was born July 12th, 1800

Ayers Follansbee was born May 29th 1802

Lucy Follansbee was born 9th 1804

Recorded September 25th, 1813 by Josiah Richardson, Town Clerk.

What else can you see on this record?


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Henry Follansbie and Folansbye Villiage, The first link connecting the Place-Name Follansbee.

From: An hisorical, topographical, and descriptive view of the county Palatine of Durham…Vol. 1pg 17.   By Eneas Mackenzie, Marvin Ross

“Follonsry is bounded by Wreken Dyke on the north on the south and east by the parish of Washington and on the east by Boldon Thorald of London the grantee of Bishop William gave his vill of Folettibi to his younger son Nicholas who released his right in it to Robert Fitz Roger for twenty marks a gown and a palfrey The estate was held by John de Farneacres in the fourteenth century and afterwards by the Gategangs of Gateshead In 1429 Roger Thornton the wealthy merchant of Newcastle died seized of it but Lord Lumley who married the heiress of Thornton probably alienated the manor for it was soon after the property of the Hiltons in which family it continued until 1750 In consists of three farms North Follonsby South Follonsby and the Learn comprizing altogether 702 acres The first portion is the property of Thomas Wade Esq the second of Matthew Russell Esq and the Learn of the Barras family which family it continued until 1750 In consists of three farms North Follonsby South Follonsby and the Learn comprizing altogether 702 acres The first portion is the property of Thomas Wade Esq the second of Matthew Russell Esq and the Learn of the Barras family”

Reviewing some old material for my memory sake.

It is established that the area where the old vill. of Follonsby sat was an area of waste land granted to Thorald de London by Bishop William around 1154 to 1160 (12th C). Thorald then granted the Vill. to his son Nicolas who in turn released it to Robert Fitz Roger. There seems to be a gap, and then we know that in the 14th C. it was owned by John de Farnacres, etc etc until we see all the land sold off. No where from the beginning with Thorald to the eventual dissipation of the Follonsby area do we find in any record of an actual Follonsby owning, living, or working there. The earliest traceable Follansbie is perhaps Henry b. 1597 about 400 years after Thorald was granted the area. It just seems most likely that Henry or perhaps an earlier ancestor was from the area and his last name is a place name, it came from the area he lived, making the village or later Follonsby farms predating the surname of Follonsby (Follansbie, Follansbee, Follansby, Folletebi).

It is established that the original name was Folletebi. In The Place Names of Northumberland and Durham we read:


Follingsby (Jarrow). c. 1140 F.P.D. Folete{s)hi, c, 
1180 Foleteby, Folescehy, c. 1220 Folasceby ; 1335 Ch. 
Folethehi ; 1343 J. and W. Folescehy ; 1400.45 Folancehy ; 
1446D.S.T. Folauncehey ; 1539 F.P.D. Folansbye, Folaunceby ; 
1580 Halm. Follenshye. 

Cf. FuUetby, Lines., D.B. Folesbi, Fullohi, Lines. Surv. 
Fuledebi, Fuletebi. The first element is a name of the same 
type as O.N. Haf-, Sumar-, Vetr-li^i=sea.-, summer- and 
winter-traveller. No name FuU-li6i is recorded, but there 
may have been such a name from the adj. full li'Sa, " well- 
provided with troops," " fuUy able " (Vigfusson and 
Fritzner). Cf. Selaby infra. Foletes and Folesce are 
anglicised genitives of this name. For n, v. Phonology, 
§ 55. Later a pseudo-patronymic form was developed.

It is interesting to read that the spelling Folansbye is found around 1539, and our earliest recorded ancestor Henry Follansbie was born in 1597. Noted is the spelling Follenshye in 1580, so I am forced to conclude without other evidence that Henry was possible born with the surname Follansbie and possibly his father or grandfather was the first to use the place-name as their last name, or being only 41 years between the two spellings, Henry could be the first to use the place-name assuming that both names were used as is common all over the world.

The answers lie with tracing Henry, which has been fruitless using just the internet.

-Josh Follansbee

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My Direct Linage to Thomas Follansbee

Tracing my lineage shows my family’s Immigration from England to Massachusetts and our migration west to Wisconsin, then to California and finally to Washington State. Thomas Sr., Edward T, Edward P, and Howard were the movers who brought my line of Follansbees to the West Coast.

Thomas Follansbee    b. 30APR1637 Stephney, England (Immigration) (9th G.Grandfather)

Thomas Follansbee    b. 1674 Newbury Mass. (8th G.Grandfather)

Francis Follansbee     b. 13JUN1699 Newbury Mass. (7th G.Grandfather)

Francis Follansbee     b. 10NOV1724 Newbury, Mass. (6th G.Grandfather)

Edward Follansbee     b. 12JUN1768 Leominster, Mass. (5th G.Grandfather)

Leonard Follansbee    b.20JUL1796 Leominster, Mass. (4th G.Grandfather)

Edward T. Follansbee  b.3MAR1834 Camden, Maine. (Migration West) (3rd G.Grandfather)

Edward P. Follansbee  b. 1865 Hudson, WI. (2nd G.Grandfather)

Howard B. Follansbee  b.  21AUG1902 Marysville, Ca. (G.Grandfather)

Bruce Edward Follansbee b. 13MAY1931 Yakima, Wa

Steven Follansbee  Living

Joshua Edward Follansbee Living


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Biography: Thomas “The Immigrant” Follansbee (b 1637).


There is conflicting information in various sources on the life of Thomas Follansbee. My plan for this post is to build a short biography from the various sources with a view to eliminate errors and generate additional information from readers who may be able to fill in some blanks.


taken from

     Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts.  Vol IV published 1908

“(I) Thomas Follansbee, immigrant ancestor, born in Hamsterly, Durham England, about 1640, came to America when a young man and settled at Newbury, Massachusetts, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He married first, before 1672, Mary , and second, Sarah , who died probably November 4, 1683, at Newbury, and he married third, April 4, 1713, at Newbury, Jane Mossman, of Boston. He was of Portsmouth in 1665 and 1671 ; of Newbury in 1677 and later. He was the ancestor of all of this name in America, so far as discovered. He was living as late as 1713 and probably in 1721. Children: 1. Rebecca, born about
1660; married November 22, 1677, Thomas Chase (2). 2. Anne, married, November 10, 1684, Moses Chase; she died before 1713. 3. Mary, born about 1667; married December 1, 1686, Robert Pike; second, about 1691, William Hooke. 4. Thomas, born about 1671 ;mentioned below. 5. Francis, born October 22, 1677. 6. Hannah, born April 10, 1680.

Birth and Parentage A.D. 1637

Thomas Follansbee was born on 20 April 1637 in Durham, England. Many family trees at list his parents as Henry Follansbie and Jane Gibbon. I have yet to find any real confirmation, their names on any documents, or listed by himself. I leave Henry and Jane as possible but unconfirmed for now. They were not listed anywhere until a few years ago when they started popping up on a family tree or two, it appears the family tree sharing on has propagated to many family histories on the internet and not one of them with any documented proof.

First Marriage- A.D. 1659 (22 yrs old)

There is clear proof for Thomas’ first marriage to Mary Bradford on 25OCT1659 in London. London Metropolitan Archives has a photocopy of the marriage entry at St. Andrew, Holbron. Sounce is London Metropolitan Archives, St Andrew Holborn, Register of marriages, 1559 – 1698, P69/AND2/A/002/MS06668, Item 001. It should be commented that some lists have Thomas marrying three times. Mary, Sarah and Jane. I think there are only two marriages. I think Mary is Sarah. There are only two records to be found, one in England in 1659 and one in America in 1713. On his first wife Mary Sarah or Sarah Mary..whichever.. I believe that his two daughters Mary and Sarah are names after their Mother.


Children-Pre America

Rebecca, b. 1661. Jane b. 1665,  Mary, b.1667 during the trip these girls were quite young 6 years old, 2 years old and an infant. I am still investigating at the time, since I do not have an exact date for the birth of Mary, I suppose she could have been born in the U.S. However I am not inclined to think Sarah travelled from England to Newbury Mass. on a 2 – 4 month sea voyage, but who know.


Travel to America A.D. 1667 (30 yrs old)

Recorded in U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s, we have Thomas landing in Newbury Massachusetts in 1667.

Children born in America 1668-1677

I think the new home agreed with Thomas. He was quite busy populating the Follansbee name having four more children possibly five if Mary was born in the U.S. These five minions were Anne, B. 1668,  Hanna, b. 1680, Thomas b. 1674, Francis b. 1677

Barbados A.D. 1679 (42 yrs old)

We do have a record for Thomas Ffollinsby at Barbados recorded in the U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration lists index , 1500’s to 1900’s. There is another record for a Folinsby in Barbados. It is a record of burial for an Alice Folinsby wife of Thomas Folinsby at St. Michaels in Barbados. Both the arrival date and burial dates are 1679.  I wonder if this is a family vacation. There are multiple Folinsbys in Barbados at this time. While Alice is recorded as the wife of Thomas, I think it is his sister. Below is a cut and paste from the online publication of The Original Lists of Persons of Quality; Emigrants, Religious Exiles, Political Rebels, Serving Men sold for a term of years, ; Apprentices, Children Stolen, Maidens Pressed, and others who went fro Great Britain to the American Plantations. 1600-1700.



2nd Marriage A.D. 1713 (76 yrs old)

We have paper showing the intended marriage of Thomas to Jane Mosemore (Moseman).



One Last Voyage A.D. 1726 (89 yrs old)

We reach the end for our Immigrant Fore-Father, Thomas Follansbee. I have not found any records that would indicate why he left England. I take the position that it was for Religious Freedom. It would be a safe assumption that Thomas was a Puritan. The American Colonies during this time (and the two that he lived in) were Puritan through and through. The Puritans were champions for their religious freedom but persecuted those who did not agree with them. Quakers, Jews, Catholics and others were run out, hanged, and not tolerated. For Thomas to live, work, and raise a family in Massachusetts and New Hampshire it would be safe to lean heavily towards viewing him as a (non-separatist) Puritan.

He was a joiner (carpenter) <cite reference> and is recorded as working on a local school and church. Little else is known of him. Photography was experimental for another 100 years and would not be “invented” officially until 1839. I have not found any paintings or carving or any other likeness. As far as we know, Thomas Follansbee is the Patriarch of all American Follansbees. If you have any resources to share, please comment below.

-Joshua E. Follansbee

*This will be updated as I progress in researching and verifying dates, names and locations.


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Folet vs. Foljambe in relation to Follansbee

Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, Volume 4. New York Lewis Historical Publishing Company 1908 pp. 2134-2136

Summary with comments on agreement or disagreement based on other sources:

Quote: “For the past century has been spelled Foliambe and Fojambe the “s” sound seems to have been added in America” It is doubtless a Norman Family dating back to England to the conquest in 1066.”

Conflict: What keeps me from jumping on the Fuljambe = Follansbee bandwagon is that both names appear simultaneously in England. I am also hesitant because of I am really stuck on attaching the village of Follingsby to Follansbee because of the location in Durham County of our ancestors and the village.  Also, other studies indicate that Follingsby as a name-place was most likely post-conquest while retaining the local Scandinavian flavor “by”. Studies indicate Folet as the first source for Follingsby which fits a boader time period for a French-Norman name than the precise period of 1066.

Another issue with the quote is the author’s phrase “doubtless a Norman..England..1066.” Personally I find it hard to take the absolute assurance without a quote or reference to a source. Here I think we find a historians interpretation from similar sounding names.


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