Richard H. Benson’s book, THE NICHOLAS WADE FAMILY, highlights New England Wade ancestry

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Tackling the age-old problem in genealogy of accurate identification and documentation requires significant knowledge and understanding of genealogical research and relevant resources, plus skill. Richard H. Benson is to be commended for his well-sourced compilation and fascinating narrative of New England Wade ancestry in THE NICHOLAS WADE FAMILY. Published in Register Style by the venerable Newberry Street Press, the reader is treated to a wealth of genealogical and historical data on this early Colonial American family. Benson utilizes the highest standards of sourcing and citation with primary sources, chronicling five generations of the well-known Massachusetts Wades in the first five chapters of his work. The remaining third of the book is devoted to discussions on the as-of-yet- unlinked John Wade Family of Lyme, Connecticut and other unidentified Wades, complete with bibliography and index. The author brings all these families to life in both in word and picture with inviting biographical detail, maps, and illustrations.

Starting with the earliest known ancestor Nicholas Wade of Scituate, Massachusetts, first found documented in the primary records of Plymouth Colony taking the oath of allegiance on 1 February 1638, to the Wades in 1850 as noted in US Census Records for Norfolk, Massachusetts, Benson soundly presents his argument of kinship. Generationally, fathers, mothers and children are listed and described along with collateral relationships in well-rounded detail, extensively footnoted. Wade descendants and researchers alike will benefit from learning from a master genealogist as he displays his research, analysis and evidence in this compiled genealogy of the Nicholas Wade Family.

Book Review by Mary E Petty, B.A. Genealogy, Vice President of Heirlines, of The Nicholas Wade Family, by Richard H. Benson (Boston: Newbury Street Press, 2012. ISBN 978-0-88082-278-7. 6 x 9, 322 pp., hardcover, $44.95). Order online at, by phone 1-888-296-3444, or by writing New England Historic Genealogical Society, Sales Dept., 99-101 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116.

Submitted by Mary E. Petty, B.A. (History), B.A. (Genealogy)
Heirlines Vice President

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