Friday, May 14, 2010
Felton Family Reunion
This year the Felton Family Association is having its reunion on July 31st and August 1st, 2010 at the Felton Smith Historic Site at Brooksby, Farm in Peabody, Massachusetts. The reunion will be at the Smith barn, with the usual tours of the Nathaniel Felton Senior and Junior houses, food, and fellowship. Our annual hostess, Cora Felton Anderson will available to answer any questions about the family genealogy, as she is working on revising and correcting the published Felton compiled genealogy books.
The Felton Family Association was formed by the descendants of Nathaniel Felton (circa 1615 – 1705). He arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1633 with his mother, Eleanor (Thrower) Felton and his uncle Benjamin Felton. He married Mary Skelton, daughter of the Reverend Samuel Skelton, who was the first minister of Salem, educated at Cambridge University. Nathaniel Felton built a house on Felton Hill in 1644, which is still standing. This part of Salem became Danvers, and in 1876 it became Peabody, Massachusetts.
Nathaniel and Mary had eight children, including Nathaniel, Jr., whose home is also still standing next door to the “Senior House”. The two Felton properties, and the surrounding gardens, land and orchards are now run by the Peabody Historical Association as “Brooksby Farm”. The houses are usually open only by appointment, but will be available for tours during the Felton Family Reunion. They are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and are a rare example of surviving father and son homes from the 1600s.
For more information:
The Felton Family Association website http://www.feltonfamily.org/
Cora Felton Anderson’s email Felton96@aol.com
Reprints of the following Felton Family Genealogies are available from Higginson Book Company at Higginsonbooks.com
History of the Descendants of Lieutenant Nathaniel Felton by Cyrus Felton, 1886
Some Descendants of Nathaniel and Mary Felton by Cyrus Felton, 1877
Felton Family History by Nancy Felton Koster, 1935
The Nathaniel Felton Family Descendants by William Reid Felton, 1963
The Peabody, Massachusetts Historical Society website http://www.peabodyhistorical.org/, which contains photos and information on the Felton Home Sites, click on “properties”
Copyright 2010, Heather Wilkinson Rojo