My great-grandmother's surname was Winslow, but as I traced the name back, I found that the name had originally been Winsley. It seems to have mutated into Winslow in the early 1700's. 

I trace back to my 10th great-grandparents John Winsley and Elizabeth Paddy through three lines.

Generation 1a: Samuel Winsley I was born about 1597 in Colchester, England to John Winsley and Elizabeth Paddy. He married Elizabeth Randall about 1634 in Salisbury, Massachusetts. He died in Salisbury on 2 June 1663. 

Generation 1b: Mary Winsley was born about 1592 in Colchester, England to John Winsley and Elizabeth Paddy. She married Phillip Fowler about 1610 in England, and she died on 30 August 1659 in Ipswich, Massachusetts. 

Generation 2: Ephraim Winsley was born to Samuel Winsley and Elizabeth Randall on 15 April 1641 in Salisbury, Massachusetts. On 26 March 1668, in Salisbury, Massachusetts, he married Mary Greeley, daughter of Andrew Greeley and Mary Moyce. Ephraim died on 8 October 1709 in Salisbury. 

Generation 3: Samuel Winslow II was born to Ephraim Winsley and Mary Greeley on 21 December 1670 in Salisbury, Massachusetts. He married Catherine Stevens, daughter of Benjamin Stevens and Hannah Barnard, on 29 April 1696 in Salisbury. He was killed by Indians on 22 July 1710 in Kingston, New Hampshire. 

Generation 4: Samuel Winslow III was born in Salisbury, Massachusetts on 26 November 1700 to Samuel Winslow II and Catherine Stevens. On 2 January 1723, he married Huldah Swett, daughter of John Swett and Bethia Page, in Hampton, New Hampshire. He married, second, Frances Tucker, in Amesbury, Massachusetts, on 1 May 1739. Samuel's probate records show that he died in March of 1787. I descend from Samuel from two of his children-- a son by his first wife Huldah, and a daughter by second wife Frances Tucker. 

Generation 5a: John Winslow II was born to Samuel Winslow III and Huldah Swett on 10 December 1729 in Kingston, New Hampshire. He married Elizabeth French, daughter of Benjamin French and Ruth Huntoon, in Kingston on 8 December 1763. John died on 15 May 1816 in Kingston. 

Generation 5b: Hannah Winslow was born to Samuel Winslow III and Frances Tucker on 22 April 1743 in Kingston, New Hampshire. On 9 August 1768, she married Samuel Severance, son of Jonathan Severance and Katherine Tucker, in Kingston, New Hampshire. Hannah and Samuel were first cousins, as their mothers were sisters. Samuel served briefly as a patriot soldier during the War for Independence, and he was at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Hannah's death date is unknown.

Generation 6: John Winslow III was born on 28 November 1774 in Kingston, New Hampshire, to John Winslow II to and Elizabeth French. On 14 April 1796, in Kingston, he married Mary Webster, daughter of Captain Jacob Webster and Elizabeth George. He died on 26 November 1848 in Kingston.

Generation 7: William Winslow was born to John Winslow II and Mary Webster in Kingston on 20 December 1800. He was married to Mary "Polly" Severance, daughter of Samuel Severance and Judith Towle, on 26 February 1824 in Kingston. On the evening of 13 February 1860, he left a gathering to walk home, but never made it. The next morning, when he hadn't returned home, a search party found William in the woods, suffering from exposure. He died shortly after being found and brought to his house. 

Generation 8: James W. Winslow was born to William Winslow and Mary "Polly" Severance on 10 March 1838 in Kingston, New Hampshire. He married, first, Mary A. Smith on 27 February 1861; they had three daughters, and Mary died of dropsy on 23 July 1876. By 1880 James was living with Elizabeth A. Mace Bean, daughter of John Mace and Sophronia Bly, and wife of Napoleon Bean. No marriage record can be found for James and Elizabeth, and no divorce record was found for Elizabeth and Napoleon. Napoleon was still giving himself as married in the 1880 and 1900 census records, though no wife is listed in his household, and Elizabeth's tombstone reads "Elizabeth Bean." It is therefore most likely that Elizabeth was never formally divorced from Napoleon, and that she and James never formally married. They had four children together, but only one-- my great-grandmother Bessie-- survived infancy. 

Generation 9: Bessie Maud Winslow was born to James W. Winslow and Elizabeth Mace on 30 May 1886 in South Hampton, New Hampshire. She married Frank Bailey Palmer on 1 October 1906 in Raymond, New Hampshire. Bessie died on 17 August 1970.

 

Ancestry line #1

John WINSLEY I (b. 1569) m. Elizabeth PADDY
Samuel WINSLEY (1597-1663) m. Elizabeth RANDALL
Ephraim WINSLEY (1641-1709) m. Mary GREELEY
Samuel WINSLEY II (1670-1710) m. Catherine STEVENS
Samuel WINSLEY III (b. 1700) m. Huldah SWETT
John WINSLOW II ( 1729-1816) m. Elizabeth FRENCH
John WINSLOW  III (1774-1848) m. Mary "Polly" WEBSTER
William WINSLOW (1800-1860) m. Mary "Polly" SEVERANCE
James W. WINSLOW (1838-1906) m. Elizabeth A. MACE
Bessie Maud WINSLOW (1886-1970) m. Frank Bailey PALMER
Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER (1918-1984) m. Henry Richard HOWES
S. Howes (1937-1999) m. my father
Me 

 

Ancestry line #2

John WINSLEY (b. 1569) m Elizabeth PADDY
Samuel WINSLEY (1597-1663) m. Elizabeth RANDALL
Ephraim WINSLEY (1641-1709) m. Mary GREELEY
Samuel WINSLEY II (1670-1710) m. Catherine STEVENS
Samuel WINSLEY III (b. 1700) m. Frances TUCKER
Hannah WINSLOW (b. 1743) m. Samuel SEVERANCE
Samuel SEVERANCE (1775-1836) m. Judith TOWLE
Mary "Polly" SEVERANCE (1805-1889) m. William WINSLOW
James W. WINSLOW (1838-1906) m. Elizabeth A. MACE
Bessie Maud WINSLOW (1886-1970) m. Frank Bailey PALMER
Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER (1918-1984) m. Henry Richard HOWES
S. Howes (1937-1999) m. my father
Me (b. 1974)

 

Ancestry line #3

John WINSLEY (b. 1569) m. Elizabeth PADDY
Mary WINSLEY (1592-1659) m. Philip FOWLER
Samuel FOWLER (1618-1711) m. Margaret NORMAN
Samuel FOWLER II (1663-1737) m. Hannah WORTHEN
Samuel FOWLER III (b. 1685) m. Jemima CLOUGH
Hannah FOWLER (b. 1717) m. John EATON
Jemima EATON (1747-1791) m. Christopher CROSS
Hannah CROSS (1768-1858) m. John MUNROE
Anna MUNROE (b. 1793) m. Richard SIMMONDS
Christopher SIMMONDS (1816-1894) m. Margaret Esther PARKER
Thomas Parker SIMMONDS (1871-1953) m. Jessie May BAKER
Estelle May SIMMONDS (1893-1930) m. Horace William HOWES
Henry Richard HOWES (1913-1987) m. Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER
S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father
Me