Yes, I hadn't studied this couple for a long time: the family group sheet was six years old! There were several printouts from 2003 of online, unsourced family trees--clearly from my name collecting days--and I discarded them. Yeah! The file drawer has a little more room!
I ran the Cary/Godfrey names in searches in the NEHGS databases, printed out a few sheets, and updated the sources in my database. Darn, now the folder is back to the size it was before I started....
Reviewing my notes in the family group sheet, I see that there is a good deal of controversy/uncertainty about John Cary's ancestry and early years. I checked the Great Migration series at NEHGS and see that there is still no Cary sketch. I checked Hollick's (2006) New Englanders in the 1600s and recorded the sources for Cary in my To Do file.
I need to study more on the best or standard format for locations in the Massachusetts area in the 1600s. Should I be using colony names? What was Bridgewater part of in 1644? It seems to me that there should be a published, industry standard for all those early towns for specific date ranges.
Line of Descent
John Cary = Elizabeth Godfrey
Joseph Cary = Maretia Mercie Bushnell
Elizabeth Cary = Seth Palmer
Joseph Palmer = Abigail Lasell
Zenas Palmer = Lydia Marshall
Lydia Palmer = David Bascom
Hannah Field Bascom = Titus Davison
Clara Eveline Davidson = Celim Homer Porter
L Willis Porter