Four generations trace heritage across the Atlantic

Four generations trace heritage across the Atlantic

It took 379 years, with a male in every generation, to lead up to this fall's four-generation Frothingham family picture.

A patriarch of the Frothingham family, 91-year-old John Frothingham of Savoy, said his ancestors came from Holderness, England, to Jamestown (in what is now Virginia) one to three at a time during the spring and summer of 1630.

"For 14 straight generations, there had to be a male in every generation," Frothingham said. "My grandfather was the only male who was an only child."

Frothingham's son, Richard, 61, lives in Homer Glen, where he manages rental property. His grandson, Craig, 31, lives in Canton, Mich., and is in law enforcement. Frothingham's great-grandson, and Craig's son Caden, is now 4 months old.

The four got together for the photograph during a Labor Day weekend wedding in Dwight. They will be together again this weekend for Caden's baptism.

John Frothingham said family history relates that his English family emmigrated to the West aboard several of 11 ships owned by John Winthrop, the first governor of the colony of Massachusetts. They found Jamestown too crowded with earlier settlers and too close to two Indian tribes so they migrated to Charlestown, now is part of Boston; other areas in Massachusetts; and other states.

"The first four (American) generations of our family (57 people) are all buried in the now closed Phipps Cemetery (named the Phipps Street Burying Ground), two blocks from Bunker Hill," Frothingham said. "You cannot visit there unless it is Memorial Day or by special arrangements."

Bunker Hill is the Boston area site of a famous Revolutionary War battle that took place in 1775.

John Frothingham came to Illinois when he was 10 years old, the year his father was transferred to a job in Chicago.

He came south to the University of Illinois where he met his wife, Catherine.

On active duty with the Marine Corps for 22 years, Frothingham retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1962, then taught history and sociology at Champaign Central High School.

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