Oregon – A Puritan Promised Land

Last night I found Eliza, the daughter of Eliza Spalding. She was taken captive by the Cayuse Indians who murdered thirteen people in what looks like a religious battle between the Protestant and Catholics. I see the possibility of a British agent paying a hostile native. The Puritan’s saw themselves as Jews coming to the New Canaan land.  These women are in my Patriot Family Tree where John Wilson is found. We are kin to the Windsors.



Eliza had a daughter named America Jane who was born in Brownsville. I believe her name speaks of The Puritan Promise that I give new life to. I hereby found the church of The Puritan Promise. On June 17, 2020, I declare Jesus a false prophet and take him away from all Christians. All the things Jesus said would happen – did not happen in the time frame he set. The Jews do not believe in Jesus. The Puritans believed in The Jews. This church is only open to the Anglo-Saxon Race that is under attack by haters of Democracy, and defended by Evangelical Haters of Democracy – who pretend to follow Jesus – the false prophet!

The Puritans came to America as subjects of the Crown of England. They did not seek to form a Democracy. They did seek good relations with Native Americans. They can now have good relations with American Indians. There is no land to fight over. As for having good relations with Black People, this is not possible. They made the case for this in the last week. They want to erase Angl0-Saxon history. The Puritans did no own slaves. Member of The New Promise will compile genealogies and histories of White People, especially their families. A living legacy will be set up so future generations who care about their Ancestry shall be awarded a tithe.

Hating other races is forbidden. Loving your own race is encouraged. There will be a test. If you have Confederate roots, you must take a oath and condemn the traitors in your family tree.

An hour ago I took a walk around the block and did not see Clark the cat. I have not seen him for twenty-four hours after I talked to management who told me I could keep him, but she has to be kept in doors. I had to shut my door to him. On this day the God of the Jews bid me to close the gate of heaven on those who tortured this beautiful animal, and me.

Jesus…is dead! If he is for real, he has 72 hours to appear and do all the things he said he would do.

John ‘The Nazarite’






32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

37 But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

America Jane Warren Crooks


Brownsville, Linn County, Oregon, USA
Death 31 Jul 1954 (aged 96)

Prineville, Crook County, Oregon, USA

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America Jane Warren was born in Brownsville, Oregon, on November 7, 1857, the first child of Andrew J. and Eliza (Spalding) Warren. America’s mother, Eliza, was the oldest child of the Reverend Henry H. and Eliza (Hart) Spalding, Presbyterian missionaries who were sent into the wild and untamed northwest to teach the white man’s religion and save the souls of the native Indians. The Spaldings accompanied Dr. Marcus Whitman and his wife, Narcissa, who had the same goal.

The Spaldings established their mission at Lapwai, Idaho, while the Whitmans settled at Waiilatpu (near Walla Walla, Washington). When Eliza was about ten years old, Henry Spalding took his daughter to Waiilatpu so she could attend a school which had been set up for white children.

Shortly after her arrival, a band of disgruntled Cayuse Indians attacked the Mission and massacred Marcus and Narcissa Whitman and many others. Eliza, who had witnessed the horror of the massacre, was among the forty-six captives who were carried off by the Indians. She was obliged to act as interpreter as she was the only one who could speak the Indian language.

After several weeks, the prisoners were rescued by a party led by Peter Skene Ogden. Henry Spalding was so frightened at the possibility of Indian attack at the Lapwai mission that he moved his family south to the Calapooya River area in January of 1848. He was given land on which to settle by his friends, Captain James Blakely and Hugh Brown, at the site of Brownsville.

It was here that Eliza met and married Andrew J. Warren, a young cattleman. And it was here that Eliza’s daughter, America Jane, married Joseph H. Crooks on October 3, 1873, when she was not quite 16 years old.

Joe Crooks was the son of John Turley and DeMercy Crooks who had come to Oregon by wagon train from Missouri in 1848.

Shortly after their marriage, America and Joe moved to a ranch on Willow Creek, near Grizzly, in Wasco County.

Five children were born to their unionb: Effie, Minnie, Charles A., Warren and Beulah. In 1890 they moved into Prineville into a house which stood at the southeast corner of West Second and Claypool streets, so that the children could attend school in the winter. They spent their summers on the ranch.

A seldom-mentioned fact is that America’s aunt Martha Jane Spalding also lived in Prineville for a long time. Martha married William (Bill) Wigle and they built a house which still stands at the northwest corner of East First and Dunham Streets [1991].

America told her children and grandchildren many of the stories that her mother had recounted to her of the happy days at the Lapwai Mission, as well as those of the terror of the massacre at Waiilatpu. America also recalled her own fond memories of the early days at Grizzly when the young people would pile into a wagon, drive to Prineville, dance all night, and drive home again in the dawn of the next day.

Joe Crooks passed away October 18, 1918. America continued to live in the house on West Second Street until her death on July 31, 1954, at the age of 97. She was the 1939 Crook County Pioneer Queen.





New Israel / New England

Jews and Puritans in Early America
Examines the history of colonial New England through the lens of its first settlers’ Judeocentric worldview


The New England Puritans’ fascination with the legacy of the Jewish religion has been well documented, but their interactions with actual Jews have escaped sustained historical attention. New Israel/New England tells the story of the Sephardic merchants who traded and sojourned in Boston and Newport between the mid-seventeenth century and the era of the American Revolution. It also explores the complex and often contradictory meanings that the Puritans attached to Judaism and the fraught attitudes that they bore toward the Jews as a people.

More often than not, Michael Hoberman shows, Puritans thought and wrote about Jews in order to resolve their own theological and cultural dilemmas. A number of prominent New Englanders, including Roger Williams, Increase Mather, Samuel Sewall, Benjamin Colman, Cotton Mather, Jonathan Edwards, and Ezra Stiles, wrote extensively about post-biblical Jews, in some cases drawing on their own personal acquaintance with Jewish contemporaries.

Among the intriguing episodes that Hoberman investigates is the recruitment and conversion of Harvard’s first permanent instructor of Hebrew, the Jewish-born Judah Monis. Later chapters describe the ecumenical friendship between Newport minister Ezra Stiles and Haim Carigal, an itinerant rabbi from Palestine, as well as the life and career of Moses Michael Hays, the prominent freemason who was Boston’s first permanently established Jewish businessman, a founder of its insurance industry, an early sponsor of the Bank of Massachusetts, and a personal friend of Paul Revere.

She could not teach each of the hundreds of Nez Perce who showed up daily, so she set up a system of teaching in which she taught a few Nez Perce a song or lesson until they memorized it.  They would then teach it to the other members of the tribe.  In addition to teaching languages, she also taught many of the girls to sew and knit.  She set up the first loom west of the Rockies and taught the girls to make stockings and “civilized” clothing.  Eliza also hand wrote lessons in the Nez Perce language.  By doing so, Eliza taught many of the Nez Perce how to read and write in their own language.  Prior to Eliza’s teaching the Nez Perce had had no concept of a written language, since all of their traditions were passed orally.

Eliza’s school remained different than many of the other missionary schools in the west.  She did not require her pupils to bathe, dress in “white” clothing, or cut their hair.  In addition, she taught in both English and the Nez Perce language.  This probably made her school more successful, because she did not foster as much animosity amongst her students.  However, a language barrier still existed and the lack of an “adequate” written language required Eliza to develop two other ways to teach her pupils.   The first was through the use of song.  She taught them to sing Protestant hymns and created a hymnal in the Nez Perce language, the first book written in the language.  The second teaching method was the use of story and illustrations.  Eliza would draw an illustration of a Biblical story and would then teach the story to a member of the tribe who spoke some English.  This member would then pass on the story to the rest of the tribe in their language.  This strategy worked particularly well because the Nez Perce had an existing tradition of oral history.



Deacon Stephen Hart

Born before in Braintree, Essex, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]

[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of Elizabeth (Unknown) Hart — married about 1625 in Englandmap
Husband of Margaret (Unknown) Hart — married after 3 Sep 1678 in Hartford/Farmington, Connecticutmap

Descendants descendants

Died about in Farmington, Hartford, Connecticutmap
The Puritan Great Migration.
Stephen Hart migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
Join: Puritan Great Migration Project
Discuss: pgm


Stephen Hart was born about 1603, based on the estimated date of his first marriage.[3] There is no proof of his birth or parentage.

It is believed that Stephen arrived in Cambridge, Massachusett about 1632/3 with the group, known as the “Braintree Company,” led by the Reverand Thomas Hooker. Land records (see below) and his subsequent move to Hartford with Hooker, makes this a plausible scenario. Stephen was instrumental in the planting of a church in Farmington, Connecticut.

Stephen Hart and His Descendants by Alfred Andrew with Updated by Richard Hart.: Deacon Stephen Hart, Historical Issues #1 by David Hart. This website contains an analysis of ship sailings to try and determine exactly when and on what ship Stephen Hart immigrated.

Stephen Hart’s first wife, _____ _____ was unnamed in any New England records. She died at Farmington by 1678.[3]

Stephen’s second wife was Margaret ______. They were married after the 1678 death of her second husband. She was the widow of Arthur Smith and Joseph Nash. Margaret survived Deacon Hart, and was admitted to the church in Farmington, March 17th, 1690/1. She died at Farmington between 18 Feb 1691/2 (date of will) and 1 Mar 1693/4 (probate of will)[3] Margaret, left her property to her sons, John and Arthur Smith, and daughter, Elizabeth Thompson. She had grandchildren — Elizabeth, John, and Ann Thompson.[4]

Some totally fictitious?/unsourced wives have been added to his Find a Grave Memorials, which do not have even accurate burial locations.

Deacon Stephen Hart died in Farmington, March 1682/3, between the 16th (date of his will) and the 31st (date of his inventory.)[5] Ages are sometimes attached to his death, but these are calculated on his estimated birth and were not listed in any contemporary record.


In 1632 a company of Essex people had come out with the Rev. Thomas Hooker, afterwards the renowned pastor of the church at Hartford. Winthrop refers to them as “the Braintree company.” They first went across the Neponset, where they began a settlement; and then, by order of the General Court, they moved over to Cambridge. When, therefore, eight years later, the place to which they first went was incorporated as a town, a name was given to it, probably at Winthrop’s suggestion, connected with that “Braintree company which had begun to sit down at Mount Wollaston.[6]

If Stephen was at Mount Wollaston/Braintree he left no records there to prove it.


He was admitted as a freeman of the Massachusetts Bay Colony on 14 May 1634, along with Thomas Hooker, Samuel Stone, and other Hartford founders.[7]

It should be mentioned that in the time of Stephen Hart’s residence the place that was later called Cambridge was called Newe Towne or Newetowne. The early town records (Cambridge), inform us that Stephen was responsible for 8 rods of common fencing. Among the 42 men listed, 577 rods of fence were assigned. 70 rods was the longest assignment and 2 rods was the shortest.[8] This record is dated 7 Jan 1632, but it is believed to have been made up later. He also had several grants of land: 5 Aug 1633 ½ acre cowyardes, 2 Feb 1633/4 2 acres in the planting ground in the neck, 20 Aug 1635 a proportion of two in the Fresh Pond meadow (proportions were between 0 and 6), 8 Feb 1635/6 another 2-acre division.[8][9]

5 Oct 1635, in a general register of lands held, is listed his house with the back side, and about 18 acres in various lots.[10] His house lot was #46 on the map.[11]

7 October 1635, Steven Hearte and his wife sold to Joseph and George Cooke their house and yards and several parcels of land and meadow and everything belonging.[10]


Stephen Hart is on the Adventurer’s Boulder and the Founder’s Monument.

Winthrop noted in his journal, 15 Oct 1635, “About sixty men, women and little children, went by land toward Connecticut with their cows, horses and swine, and, after a tedious and difficult journey, arrived safe there.”[12] There is ample reason to believe that Stephen Hart and his family, left Newtowne with this earlier group in advance of the main body that left with Rev. Thomas Hooker in 1636.[13]

There is a family tradition that the town was named for the low stage of Connecticut River, which he discovered and used to cross–Hart’s Ford.[4] However the official version is that it was named after the birthplace of Rev. Samuel Stone, Hertford, England.[14]

Stephen owned a lot in the soldier’s field, which he sold to William Wadsworth.[15] This ground was given to men who had served in the expedition against the Pequot Indians in 1637.

In February 1639, he had several parcels of land: one parcel containing his dwelling house, outhouses, yard, & gardens, about 2 acres (#30 on the map); one parcel on which his dwelling house once stood, about 2 acres (#16 on the map); and various parcels of meadow, swamp, pasture, and neck, all of which are minutely described in the record[15]


Tradition says that Stephen and others while “on a hunting excursion on Talcott Mountain, they discovered the Farmington River Valley, then inhabited by the Tunxis, a powerful tribe of Indians. The meadows were probably then cleared, and waving with grass and Indian corn. Such lands were then much needed and coveted by the settlers…”[4] On 16 Jan 1639 the General Court of Connecticut sent a group of men to “view those parts of Unxus Sepus wch may be suitable for those purposes and make report of their doings… This was for the purpose of some “inlargement of accommodacon.”[16] 15 June 1640, the Particular court “is to conclude the conditions for the planting of Tunxis.”[16]

Stephen and his first wife, whose name was not mentioned were members of the First Church of Farmington, officially organized Nov. 1652.[4] He was admitted 13 Oct 1652, she 1 month later.[17] Mr. Hart had been deacon of Rev. Thomas Hooker’s church at Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at Hartford, Connecticut,[4] Stephen Hart was one of the seven pillars of the Farmington church, and was chosen their first deacon.[4]

Stephen Hart appears to have taken the lead in the settlement among the Indians in Farmington, and purchased a large tract on the border of the present town of Avon, and known to this day by the name of Hart’s Farm.[4]

He held the following positions of the Colony: Deputy to Connecticut General Court for Farmington 1647-1655, 1660; War committee from Farmington May 1653;[18] Juryperson 24 May 1647, 20 Feb 1650/1, 7 Dec 1654, 3 March 1658/9, 5 Sep 1661, 9 October 1661[16] Town records for the period were burned.

His house-lot, which was four or five times as large as any other, was on the west side of Main Street, in the village, opposite the meeting-house, and contained fifteen acres, extending, from Mill Lane to the stone store south. This large house-lot was granted to Deacon Stephen Hart as an inducement to erect and continue a mill on the premises, to be perpetuated and kept in motion. The mill was erected originally by the Bronsons, to whom, as a consideration, was granted, viz: a tract of eighty acres, on the Pequabuk River, now known as the “Eighty Acre.” The south part of this house-lot he gave to his son John, and the north part to his son Thomas.[4][19]


Deacon Hart’s Will was dated March 16th, 1682 (3). He mentions the farm he formerly gave his three sons, John, Stephen, and Thomas, viz: one-half to John, one-fourth to Steven, and one-fourth to Thomas.
  Item. — I give to my grandson, Thomas Porter, and my son in law, John Cole, my plowing land and meadow and swamp, which was sometimes part of Andrew Warner’s farm, and abuts upon my son Steven harts land on the north I did give it to them to be equally divided betwixt them the engagement to my beloved wiffe being fullfilled to them and their heirs(?) forever
  Item. — I doe give to my sons, Steven and Thomas hart that tonn acers of land with I bought of andrew warner that lies in the farm meddow to be equally divided betwixt them the ingagement to my beloved wiffe being fullfilled I give it to them and their heirs(?) forever
  Item. — I doe give to my sons, Steven and Thomas hart, my daughters, Sarah Porter and Marie Lee, my Swamp Lot in the Great Swamp, and all the rest of my upland divitions devided or undevided to be equally divided betwixt them and their heirs forever.
  Item. — I doe give to my grand child Dorretee Porter, tenn pounds.
  Item. — I doe give to my grandchild John Lee, three pound
  Item. — I doe give to my grandchild John Hart, my eldest son’s son, three pound
  Item. — I give my beloved wife, &c.
The Inventory was taken by Thomas Hart, and John Hart, Isaac Moore, and Benjamin Judd, March 31st, 1682/3. Amount, £319. 2s. including House and homestead, £70; land at Nodd, east of river, £4 etc.[5]


  1. Sarah, born say 1624; married Hartford, 20 Nov 1644, Thomas Porter.[HaVR 606][3]
  2. John, born say 1627; m. by 1652 Sarah _____. He had a daughter, Sarah age 5, treated by John Winthrop Jr. 23 Dec 1657.[WMJ 298][3]
  3. Stephen b. about 1634; died 18 Sep 1689 age 55 [TAG 11:51, citing Farminton gravestone] at the Ancient Burying Ground in Farmington.[20]; married by 1662 Ann Fitch, dtr of Thomas Fitch.[3][21][3]
  4. Mary, born say 1638; married (1) John Lee; married (2) 5 Jan 1691/2, Jedediah Strong.[3]
  5. Thomas, born say 1640; married (1) by 1665 Mary Smith, daughter of Arthur and Margaret (_____) Smith; married (2) Ruth Howkins, daughter of Anthony Howkins.[3]
  6. Rachel (aka Mehitabel) b. about 1642; m. by 1664 John Cole.[3] See Rachel’s profile.

Eliza Hart Spalding

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The renowned author, Jane Kirkpatrick, is writing a historic-fiction novel about my kindred, Eliza Hart Spalding, who is kin the Ann Hart, who married my great, great, grandfather, Commodore Isaac Hull, one of the Captains the U.S.S Constitution. Eliza may be kin to the Signer, John Hart. For sure she is kin to the late Princess Diana, and thus, the Windsors.

A month ago I went to Brownsville and talked with local historian, Linda McCormick, who is authoring a purely historic novel of Eliza. I have yet to talk to Jane, who also writes Christian novels. Not the definition below.

With my kinship to Senator Thomas Hart Benton, my family plays a big role in the history of Oregon, and one of New England’s most premiere family that was full of Belles, and brave women who made much of our nation’s history.

Above is the Hart and McCurdy house in Saybrook and Old Lyme. Jessie Benton helped author the journals of her husbands search for a better trail across the Rockies. Eliza was the first women to cross the Rockies in 1837.

John Gregory Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press

Copyright 2014


Eliza Hart was born August 11, 1807 to Levi Hart and Martha Hart (they were first cousins) in Kensington, Connecticut. In 1820 the family moved to Oneida County, New York. She was introduced to Henry Spalding by a mutual acquaintance who said that Henry “wanted to correspond with a young lady.” The couple were pen pals for about a year, and the relationship quickly deepened after they met in the fall of 1831. Eliza was as interested in participating in missionary work as was Spalding. They married on October 13, 1833 in Hudson, New York.

Eliza Hart was born at what is now Berlin, Connecticut, on August 11, 1807, the oldest child of Levi and Martha Hart. There were two other daughters and three sons in the family. The Hart family be- longed to pioneer stock. Stephen Hart, the progenitor of the American line, came to the colonies in 1652. Eliza’s father had the title of “Captain” which may have referred to some connection with the state militia. He was described by Gray in his History of Oregon as being “a plain substantial farmer.” In 1820, when Eliza was thirteen years old, the Hart family moved to a farm near Holland Patent, Oneida County, New York. There Eliza’s parents made their home until they died.

A descendant of Stephen HART is
Diana Spencer, the Princess of Wales.
Here is the way:
1.Stephen Hart 1602/3-1682/3
2.Mary Hart abt 1630-1710 +John Lee 1620-1690

[1] Stephen HART
Stephen HART. Born ABT 1568, ENG. He married a woman whose name is unknown but records indicate she was, born ABT 1572 in Ipswich, Suffolk, ENG
A descendant of Stephen HART is
Diana Spencer, the Princess of Wales.
Here is the way:
1.Stephen Hart 1602/3-1682/3
2.Mary Hart abt 1630-1710 +John Lee 1620-1690
3.Tabitha Lee 1677-1750 +Preserved Strong 1679/80-1765
4.Elizabeth Strong 1704-1792 +Joseph Strong Jr 1701-1773
5.Benajah Strong 1740-1809 +Lucy Bishop 1747-1783
6.Joseph Strong 1770-1812 +Rebecca Young 1779-1862
8.Ellen Wood 1831-1877 +Frank Work 1819-1911
9.Frances Ellen Work 1857-1947 +James Boothby Burke-Roche 1851-1920
10.Edmund Maurice Burke-Roche 1885-1955 +Ruth Sylvia Gill 1980-
11.Frances Ruth Burke-Roche 1936- +Edward John Spencer 1924-
12.Diana Spencer HRH The Princess of Wales 1961- + Charles HRH
The Prince of Wales 1948-
Source:Gen History of Deacon
Stephen Hart and his descendants – Andrews and a book by
Gary Boyd Roberts, through Nancy Bainter

Eliza Hart Spalding (and her traveling companion, Narcissa Whitman) were the first white women to cross the Rocky Mountains.  Leonard J. Arrington wrote in his book, History of Idaho: “what Plymouth Rock was to New England, the Spalding Mission was to Idaho.”  She changed the history of the West by blazing the trail for women to migrate by land over the Rocky Mountains and helping form the first white settlement in Idaho.

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