Alice Flint is the last of my 7x great-grandmothers who I’ve uncovered. Her parents were William Flint and Alice (Unknown). I’ve seen references that she was born in England and some that indicate she was born in Salem, MA. And the date ranges from 1636-1640. I’ve found nothing that cites an original source. [9/17/2011 8 PM: True confession. I just realized that my original posting of this had some misleading info that I have now deleted]
She married John Pickering around 1657, after the death of her first husband, Henry Bullock. Alice appears in the Essex County court record in 1652, accused of wearing a silk hood; but, because she could prove she was worth £200, it was discharged. In researching this, I found this article, umm...story, umm...historical fiction, or whatever, and was amused by the amount of detail in “hearsay”:
Published in Wide Awake magazine, Volume 27, June 1888:
Alice's father, William, was born around 1603 in Great Britain, possibly Wales, but again, the sources I found seemed to rely on family tradition for the birthplace, as opposed to documented material. It is said he arrived in America in 1640 and he does actually appear in Salem records in 1642. It seems there is much more known about William’s brother, Thomas, but in Pioneers of Massachusetts, I did find information that William was an overseer of fences and highways and a juryman.