The "big four" were John Cotton, Richard Mather, Increase Mather and Cotton Mather. They were, in fact, four generations from the same family. My family is related to them only by marriage, but I would like to think that because of this, some of their celebrity status was shared by my family. The picture at left is of John Cotton.
My favorite one from my family is the Reverend Samuel Stone, who is one of the "founding fathers" of Hartford, Connecticut. He came to America on the "Griffin" on September 4, 1633 with Thomas Hooker & John Cotton. When things got a little too crowded in Boston, Reverend Stone gathered up his followers and established a new town, which he named after his home town of Hertford, England. I can almost hear his accent when you look at the spelling of the new town, Hartford.