finding your roots

Escaping England in 1624

Beth Dodd May 15, 2012

My 7th great grandfather was James Field. At the tender age of 20 he came to America as a ‘servant’ to a family friend. This was done to avoid signing to loyalty oath to the Church of England and the King. James was the grandson of John Field, the Puritan preacher that stood before parliament and exposed the excesses of the church. They rewarded him with a ban on his preaching for 10 years. James began writing. Because of his writing, he was thrown in jail for a year. It is no wonder that the family wished James to have religious freedom.
It is noteworthy that James Feild is the great grandfather of Thomas Jefferson. Unfortunately, James is as close as I get to the founding father. This makes me his 3rd cousin.

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The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the new 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the 12th series from Professor Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Filmed on location across the United States, the series premieres nationally Sundays, March 25 – May 20 at 8 pm ET on PBS (check local listings).

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