On March 11/07 we received an email from Vance Mead, a native of Greenwich, Connecticut who is presently living in Helsinki, Finland. Vance is one of the most active Mead(e) family researchers. He advised that the following excerpt on Roland Price Meade & his family from Vermont was published over 100 years ago in 1901 by Spencer P. Mead in his book "History and Geneaology of the Mead Family: of Fairfield County, Connecticut, Eastern New York, Western Vermont and Western Pennsylvania, from A.D. 1180 to 1900", New York Knickerbocker Press 1901
He said there is not much more in the book about Roland's immediate family, but it goes back to William Mead of Stamford, Connecticut, Roland's great, great, great, great, great grandfather.
He also advised that to obtain more information on this publication: Google "history and genealogy of the mead family" spencer and you'll get 50 or so hits, including places where you can buy reprints and CD copies, also available online at Ancestry.com, and a library service saying where it's available. Nothing in Canada, but it is in Minnesota, Michigan and North Dakota, among others.
Vance Mead will be writing a comprehensive story on William Mead, Rolandís
great, great, great, great, great grandfather, William Mead, the English adventurer who became a founder
of Stamford, Conn., and the progenitor of the Mead family in America.
Thank you Vance!
Mead, William, fl. 1640 -- Family
Mead family PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: vii, , 471 p., 1 leaf, 73 p.,  leaves of plates : col. coat of arms, plates, ports. ; 25 cm. NOTES: "Genealogical index to the genealogy of the Mead family published in 1901, by Spencer P. Mead, New York, 1907."--73 p. at end of text.
Below are the first 8 generations of the Mead(e) family in North America, directly descending from William Mead of Stamford, Connecticut (Generation 1) to Roland Price Meade (Generation 8). The five children of Roland Price Meade (Generation 9) are listed on the left. Click to find their family genealogy records (Generation 9 to the present).
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Birth: abt 1602, England
Death: 1663, Stamford, Fairfield, Conneticut, USA
Father: Richard Mead
Mother: Francis Mead
William is believed to have sailed to America in April of 1635 on the ship "Elizabeth".
Spouse(s): Phillippa, Martha Davis Barker. *There is some confusion as to the clarity of Williamís wife(s).
Note: Martha was the subject of a well documented, controversial legal case in 17th Century New England, which eventually involved her brothers and initiated their decision to leave Stamford. (Person Sheets will be posted on this site for Johnís sister and brother, Martha and Joseph)
Birth: 1634, Lydd, Kent, England
Death: 5 Feb 1699, Greenwich, Connecticut, USA
Spouse: Hannah Potter
Marriage: 10 Jul 1657, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut
Birth: 5 Jan 1664, Greenwich, Conneticut
Spouse: Martha Finch
Birth: 22 Apr 1701, Greenwich, Conneticut
Death: 1790, Greenwich, Conneticut
Spouse: Martha Weeks
Marriage: 28 Feb 1722
Col. James Mead
Birth: 25 Aug 1730, Horseneck, N.Y.
Death: 19 Jan 1804
Spouse: Mercy Holms
Spouse: Phebe Smith
Birth: 30 Nov 1804
Death: July 18 or 19, 1859
Spouse: Rachel Price
Marriage: about 1836, Rutland, Rutland, Vermont
8.1 Roland Price Meade
Birth: 10 Apr 1837, Vermont, United States (not clear if he was born in Rutland, Vermont or in Weston, Windsor, Vermont)
Death: 1879, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Burial: Brookside Cemetary, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Spouse: Mary Rachel Ashford, baptized March 30, 1850 (source: HBC Archives), daughter of James Ashford, British Army pensioner
Marriage: July 31st, 1866, St. John's Anglican Church, Winnipeg; Priest: W.H. Taylor; Witnesses: Anne White, Jane Bruce, George Groat
8.2 George Hackstaff Mead
Birth: April 2, 1838
8.3 James Mead
Birth: September 25, 1839, Greenfield, IN
8.4 George Smith
Birth: October 20, 1840
8.5 Phebe Narcissa
Birth: February 19, 1842
Spouse: Henry Bolt of Elmira NY
Children: Taken from the 1880 census, Elmira, Chemung Co. NY
8.6 Benjamin F. Mead
Birth: November 11, 1843, Port Dover, Canada, West
Spouse: Ada Savory (sometimes documented as Adra)
*For more information on Benjamin F. Mead's descendants, see Donald Ray Johnson's documentation in the Meade Family Submissions section.