Generation 11 Extensive

Eleventh Generation

1536. Rev. William NOYES279-281 was born about 1568 in Cholderton, Wiltshire, England.94,279,281-286 He was educated University College from 1588 to 1592 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England.279,281,285-288 “Of Wilts, pleb. Matriculated 15 Nov 1588. Aged 20. B.A. 31 May 1592.” [Foster’s Alumni Oxonienses. Vol. 1500-1714. p.1082] In 1601 he was church rector in Cholderton, Wiltshire, England.279,281,283,285,286 (Instituted rector of Cholderton in 1601, according to the Salisbury Diocesan Register. Presented by Giles Hutchins who owned the advowson.) He died in 1616/17 in Cholderton, Wiltshire, England.289 (Edward Deering Noyes received a letter from the current Rector of Cholderton, Rev. Edwin P. Barrow in which is the following extract from the Registry Book: “Mr. William Noyes Rector of Choldington about 30 years departed this life anno 1616.) He was buried in 1616/17 in Cholderton, Wiltshire, England.289 NEHG Register, Vol. 149: William Noyes Rev. Born, 1568. Died, before the 30th of April 1622, in Cholderton, Wilts, England (near the edge of Hants, between Amesbury in the west and Andover in Hampshire). William Noyes, plebian, was matriculated, age 20, at University College, Oxford, 15 Nov 1588, being admitted to the B.A. degree 31 May 1592. He was instituted rector of Cholderton in 1601, according to the Salisbury “Diocesan Register”.

Rev. Cotton Mather, pastor of the North Church in Boston, provides an insight into the character of William Noyes while describing, from a contemporary viewpoint, the early education of Ann’s nephew, Rev. Thomas Parker.

“This Mr. Thomas Parker was the only son of his father, who was very desirous to have him a scholar, committed him unto perhaps a godly, but a very severe master [Rev. William Noyes]. Under this hard master, though he was well nigh discouraged by the dulness which he apprehended in his own capacity, yet the consideration of his father’s desire made him, with an early piety, to join his prayers unto his pains, that he might have his education prospered; and God so prospered him, that he arrived unto a desirable degree of knowledge, both in tongues and in arts.” [Magnalia Christi Americana (Hartford, 1855), 1:480-488].

William’s grandson, Rev. Nicholas Noyes, of Salem, Massachusetts, told Rev. Cotton Mather that his grandfather was “a very learned man”, whose wife was a sister of the learned Mr. Robert Parker.

The register of the Diocese shows that he officiated in the Parish from 1602 to 1620, at which time he resigned. He was then appointed Attorney General to the King. In 1621, he was succeeded as rector by his son Nathan. Despite his scholarly ways, either Rev. William Noyes failed to keep a parish register for Cholderton, or the book has been lost. When Mr. Samuel Heskins became rector in 1651, he felt it necessary to begin a new book and recorded somewhat erroneous information concerning William and his son Nathan. In the NEHG Register, Vol. 42, Oct 1888, p.403 Edward Deering Noyes received a letter from the current Rector of Cholderton, Rev. Edwin P. Barrow in which is the following extract from the Registry Book: “Mr. William Noyes Rector of Choldington about 30 years departed this life anno 1616. Mr. Nathan Noyes succeeded his father in the Rectorie of Choldrington and departed this life in ye year 1651.” Among the burials extracted from the register is “Mrs. Ann Noyes, widow & Relict of Mr. William Noyes sometime Rector of Choldrington, March 7, 1657, age 82. The present parish register was begun only in 1651, but a complete list of the incumbents from 1297 is preserved in the Salisbury Diocesan Register. The following records are taken from the “Parish Notes,” published in 1889 by Rev. Edwin P. Barrow, the then rector.

“The Church of St. Nicholas, Cheldreton, was given to the Monks of St. Neots (Huntingdonshire) about 1175 by Roger Burnard, and the grant was confirmed by Pope Alexander III. In 1380, 1399 and 1401 John Skylling, lord of the manor, was also patron of the church, probably by temporary grants from the Convent. In 1445 it was again in St. Neots’ Priory, but seems to have been finally alienated to John Skylling about 1449.” Through several patrons it came to Sir Thomas Lovell, lord of the manor, in 1492 and 1494. John Thornborough was patron in 1567, and by him and Giles Hutchins the living was given to William Noyes. Rev. William Noyes became rector just before the death of Queen Elizabeth and held the living until his death. In 1840, the old church was pulled down

Cholderton is a small town on the Bourne, about eleven miles from Salisbury, which contains the great Salisbury Cathedral, built in the year 1220 A.D., whose lofty tower overlooks the dead Roman city of Sarum and “Stonehenge.” the ruins of the wonderful pre-historic temple of the ancient Celtic Druids, in the midst of the Salisbury Plain. Nearby is Wilton House, the seat of the Earl of Pembroke. It is sometimes called West Cholderton, to distinguish it from Cholderton, Hampshire, which is known as East Cholderton.

He married Ann Parker, *(Verified) who was a sister of Rev. Robert Parker, a learned Puritan divine, and a graduate of Oxford, who was driven to Holland for “non-conformity” to Queen Elizabeth’s forms.

* 8861. 2. Noyes. R.W. N., Oct. 22, 1906. The “Additional Corrections and Additions,” page 3, of Wheeler’s “History of Stonington, Conn.” has the following: “Miss Harriet E. Noyes of New Hampshire says: ‘From recent investigations in England the name of Rev. William Noyes’s wife was proven to be Anne Stephens, daughter of Nicholas Stephens of Burdrop Manor, and sister of Dorothy Stephens, mother of Rev. Thomas Parker.'” M. G. F.

From the way the notice is written, I suspect is was printed in some genealogical publication. Since the date referenced is two years after the “Noyes Descendants” was published, I suspect the new information is more correct, although I have not obtained any actual copies from English records to substantiate it.

Mary Parker, as his wife, is apparently an error which has persisted, as so many people have relied on the information in the Noyes Genealogy and have not pursued further research.

Miss Harriette E. Noyes was aware that Anne Stephens was thought by some to be the wife of Rev. William Noyes, as she makes reference to it on Page 45 of Vol. I. Apparently, at the time of publication, it was their opinion that that information was erroneous. However, further investigation subsequent to the printing of the book, seems to have proved that information to be correct all along.

He died intestate before 30 April 1622, when an inventory of his estate was made. 28 May 1622, his widow Anne was appointed administratrix (Court of Archdeacon of Sarum).

NEHG Register, Vol. 149: The inventory of “all the goods & cattles of Wm Noise clarck l[ate of] of West Choldrington in the County of Wiltsh[ire] taken and prized by John Bacheler & Richard Noyse the 30th of Aprill 1622” included:

Imprimis his wearing app[ar]ell & money in his purse s

Item in the Chamber ov[er] the hall

2 bedsteds i chest i flasket one little binery bord

i bedpan 2 old coffers i forme & other old household implents viiis iiij

Item linnen iijs

Item 2 old flock beds 2 flock pillowes

a fether bolster 3 little fether pillowes

3 blankets & 2 cov[er]leds, one pound and halfe of fethers xxs

Item in the chamber ov[er] the buttry

2 old bedsteads a peece of a presse and

a few other household implements ijs

Item in the buttry

1 old combe, i old barrell 3 little tables

2 old formes 1 little hiver 1 old powdring tub

search i seeve, i peck, i peele i torne i pewter platter

2 sawcers one old pottinger 1 chamber pott one little brasen candlestick

1 little old pot 2 little skillets & other old household implem[en]ts vjs

Item in the kitchen

one little bord, 2 old formes 1 frying pan, 1 greeiron

1 brech one tramell 1 pothanger one cradle 1 chaire

1 driping pan and a fewe other household implem[en]ts iijs iiijd

Item in the backside

one capon and 4 hens one old rack and 2 or three old troughs iijs

Item 2 bushels of wheate and a little bacon viijs

The total was an extremely modest £3, 2 shillings, 8 pence. We may assume that he had disposed of his library and other valuables before his death. Anne Noyse took administration with a bond, dated 28 May 1622 and co-signed in a well-educated hand by Cuthbert Parker, yeoman, of Whitchbury, Hampshire, presumable Anne’s brother; both used heraldic seals.

James Frazier, in 1847, was rector of Cholderton, and in 1870 Bishop of Chester in 1884, and Bishop of Oxford, in 1888. The advowson of the rectory of Cholderton now belongs to the Provost and Fellows of Oriel College, Oxford, having come into their possession in 1698.

His brother, Richard Noyes, of Cholderton, yeoman, made his will 25 Aug 1639, in which he mentions widow Sara. Another brother, Robert Noyes, yeoman, born in 1570, died 20 Jan 1659, and was buried at Cholderton. The will of Richard Noyes of Manningford Bruce, in the diocese of Sarum, 2 Feb 1590, mentions “the sons of Robert Noyes of Cholderton.” This Robert may have been the father of William, Richard, and Robert Noyes. Richard Noyes of Manningford Bruce was son of William Noyes of Urchfont, yeoman (will 1557), who purchased the prebend of Urchfont in 1540, from the Earl of Hertford, afterwards Protector Somerset. The Noyes family of Urchfont was of the same stock as that of Cholderton.

NEHG Register, Vol. 12, Jul 1858, p. 276. “Examination of a Register of the diocese of Sarum, from early in the 13th century, printed by Sir Thomas Philips, a distinguished Antiquary, but never published, helped James Savage, Esq. to one or two of our New England divines from Wiltshire: Wilielmus Noyes p.m. at the church of Choldrington 1602, and Nathaniel Noyes p.r. Wm Noyes at the church of West Chaldrington 1621. He states that p.m. is an abbreviation for per mortem and p.r. for per resignationem. Rev. William NOYES and Anne PARKER were married in 1608.281,285,290 (This date may be based on the mistaken notion that Anne Parker was the mother to all of William’s children.)

1537. Anne PARKER291,292 was born about 1575/76 in Cholderton, Wiltshire, England.169,279,283,285,287,293 (Based on age at death 82 years.) She signed a will on 18 Mar 1655/56 in Cholderton, Wiltshire, England.285,293-295 (“Copy of the Will of Anne (Parker) Noyes

Widow of Rev. William Noyes, of Cholderton, Eng.

In the Prerogative Court of Canterbury.

In the name of GOD, amen. I Anne Noyes of Cholderton, in the County Wilts, widdow, the eighteenth day of March in the yeare of our Lord one thousand six hundred fiftie & five being in perfect health and memorie (thanks bee to Almighty God) and taking to remembrance the uncertaine estate of this transitory life and that all flesh must yield unto death when it shall please God to call doe make and ordayne this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following that is to say – Imprimis I give and bequeath to James Noyes and Nicholas Noyes, my two sonnes now in New England twelve pence a piece and to such children as they have liveing twelve pence a piece – Item I give and bequeath to my sonne in law Thomas Kent of Upper Wallop twelve pence Item I give and bequeath to his wife five shillings and to their children twelve pence a piece. Item I give and bequeath unto Robert Read of East Cholderton in County of Southton Gent all the rest and residue of my goods and chattels moveable and immoveable utensils and implements of household stuffe whatsoever And lastly I make and ordayne the s’d Robert Read Gent full whole and sole Executor of this my last Will & Testament In witness whereof I have here unto sett my hand and seale the day and yeere above written.

Anne Noyes her marke sealed and delivered in presence of us John Tisdale T. Tisdale.” Her will is at Somerset House, London (P.C.C., 130 Wooten).) She died on 7 Mar 1657/58 in Cholderton, Wiltshire, England.296 (Ae. 82 y. “Mrs. Anne Noyes, widow and Relict of Mr. William Noyes, sometime rector of Choldrington” as recorded in the Cholderton parish register. [New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, 20:66]) She was buried on 7 Mar 1657/58 in Cholderton, Wiltshire, England.169,279,283,285,287,297 (Buried in Cholderton churchyard aged 82.) Will (proved) on 20 Apr 1658.285,293,295 (Noyes Pedigree says 27 Apr 1658.) In her will, Anne NOYES names only the youngest NOYES children, including James and Nicholas. This “division of interests” suggests that William may have had an earlier wife who was mother of the older boys who were born ca. 1596-1600. Although Anne PARKER was of a suitable age to have been mother to all the known children, Ann STEPHENS, could possibly have been the first wife as suggested in a newspaper clipping attached to one of the New England Historical and Genealogical Society lending library Noyes Genealogy books. It would be interesting to pursue this possibility since the newspaper clipping update speaks only to updated “proof” that Ann STEPHENS was wife to William NOYES as opposed to specifically saying she was mother to James and Nicholas. Neither is there source material included in the article.. Unfortunately, the newspaper clipping is not dated, nor does it identify from which newspaper it was taken.

Additionally “Ould Newbury” says “Rev. William Noyes married Anne Stephens, daughter of Nicholas Stephens, Esq. of Burdop Manor, in Wiltshire, England. Again, there is no reference saying that Ann Stephens was the mother of the younger children including James and Nicholas, only that their father, William, had married Anne Stephens, thus establishing a familial connection with the Rev. Thomas Parker who married Anne Stephens’ sister Dorothy.

It is curious that Ann named only the youngest Noyes children in her will, while eldest child Ephraim named only his brother John and the children of deceased brother Nathan. Widows had much more latitude in choosing legatees than their husbands did, yet it is unusual that Ann bothered to make token bequests to children in New England while ignoring children relatively nearby. This division of interests suggests that Ann may have been mother of the youngest children and that William had an earlier wife who was mother of the older boys. Despite Walter Goodwin Davis’ “The Ancestry of Abel Lunt” (Portland, Me., 1963), pp.71-78 willingness to accept multiple wives for Rev. William, no other evidence supports this interpretation, and Ann was of a suitable age to have been mother to all the known children.

Rev. Cotton MATHER, pastor of the North Church in Boston, wrote to Rev. Nicholas NOYES of Salem requesting more information on Rev. Thomas PARKER of Newbury. Rev. NOYES was a grandson of Rev. William NOYES of Cholderton, by Rev. James NOYES. Rev. N. NOYES replied to Rev. MATHER with the following information: “Mr. James NOYES was born, 1608, at Cholderton in Wiltshire, of godly and worthy parents. His father [Rev. William] was minister of that same town, a very learned man, the school master of Mr. Thomas PARKER. His mother was sister to the learned Mr. Robert PARKER, and he [James] had much of his education and tutorage under Mr. Thomas PARKER.” This contemporary reference by a grandson would seem to support the contention that the mother of James and Nicholas was indeed Anne PARKER as opposed to Ann STEPHENS.

Savage also notes that “This s. [Thomas PARKER] serv. short time at the altar in Newbury, Eng. and came in the Mary and John, May 1634, with his neph. Rev. James Noyes, ….” This reference to Rev. James NOYES as the nephew of Thomas PARKER also is supportive of the Anne PARKER theory.

She was buried at Choulderton 7 Mar 1657, aged eighty-two years (Parish Register).

“Massachusetts & Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis”, Vol III p 54 states “His [William Noyes] certain wife was Anne Parker whom he married before 1608.” Rev. William NOYES and Anne PARKER had the following children:

i. Rev. James NOYES180,298-303 was born on 22 Oct 1608 in Cholderton, Wiltshire, England.94,95,171,284,287,299,300,304-306 (Noyes-Gilman gives full birthdate.) He was educated Brasenose College on 22 Aug 1627 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England.95,99,171,202,287,288,300,304,306 (Matriculated; did not graduate, being called to teach at Newbury, Berkshire, England.) He emigrated on 23 Mar 1633/34 from Southampton, Hampshire, England.172,307,308 (Sailed on ship Mary & John of London, Robert Sayres, Master, on 23 Mar. 1634 with brother James and sister-in-law Sarah. The ship was detained in the Thames where all passengers signed the oath of allegiance to the king and the church 24 Mar. 1634, before they were allowed to sail from London.

“James Noyce” was enrolled at Southampton as a passenger for New England on the Mary & John [Drake’s Founders 71].) He immigrated in May 1634 to Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.171 He lived in Medford, Middlesex, Massachusetts in May 1634.305,307 (Medford was first known as Mistick.) Before 3 Sep 1634 he was admitted as a church member at Ipswich Church in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts.308 (Implied by freemanship.) He was ordained on 5 May 1635 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.202 (First Church.) He lived in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts about 1635.307 He signed a will on 17 Oct 1656 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.99,171,180,305,309-313 (The will of Rev. James Noyes, teacher of the church in Newbury, was proved in the Salem court Nov. 26, 1656. The following copy is transcribed from the original on file in the office of the clerk of courts, at Salem, volume III, leaf 56:

The Last will and Teastament of James Noies.

my will is that my wife shall have the rule and ordering with the difsposing of all my substance I haue; while she keepeth hir selfe in an unmaryed Condition, And That she will Take counsayle of my Loving ffriends Cozen Thomas Parker my brother Nicholas Noys & Wm Gerrish; But if she difsposeth hir selfe in way of marryage then my will is; That my ffriends A[b]ove mentioned shall have the difsposing of all for the portions of my wife And Children as they shall see meete; in witness hearof I have put my hand this 17th ocktob : 1656.

James Noies


Wm Gerrish

Richard Browne

Robert Long

The inventory of the estate of “Mr. James Noyes, teacher of Newbury, who deceased October 21, 1656,” taken 21 November 1656, totalled £597 : 11s. : 4d (with debts owing from the estate of £60), of which £310 was real estate: “the house with 7 acres of land adjoining with the orchard,” £100; “four acres of upland and four acres of meadow,” £20; “twelve acres of marsh or meadow,” £30; “two acres of arable land,” £10; and “seventy-five acres of upland and meadow,” £150 [EPR 1:246-47; EQC 2:7-8]. Livestock £102, clothing £13 : 6 : 4 and books £30 (a large library for the period.) [Magnolia Christi Americana, supra, I:436.].) He died on 22 Oct 1656 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.95,116,167,171,202,284,287,288,305,310,314 (VR says ae. 48 y. Mass. and Maine Families says Oct. 21, 1656.) He was buried after 22 Oct 1656 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.315 (First Parish Burying Ground.) Will (proved) on 26 Nov 1656 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.167,310,311,316 Savage, Vol 3: JAMES, Newbury, one of the two first min. b. 1608, at Choulderton, in Wilts, near the edge of Hants, betw. Amesbury in W. and Andover in H. s. of Rev. William, who was instit. I find by the registry of that diocese, in 1602 as rector, but in 1621, resign. in favor of Nathan Noyes. His mo. was sis. of Robert Parker a very learned Puritan, driv. to Holland for his heterodoxy a. forms; and he was bred at Brazen Nose, Oxford, as his nephew, Rev. Nicholas in his acco. for Magn. III. cap. 25, Append. writes, and was call. away by his cous. Thomas Parker to assist him at the sch. of Newbury, in Berksh. He m. 1634, Sarah, eldest d. of Mr. Joseph Brown of Southampton, and in Mar. of that yr. emb. for N. E. in co. with his br. Nicholas and cous. Thomas Parker, in the Mary and John of London, preach. some short time at Medford, was freem. 3 Sept. 1634, and invit. to Watertown ch. but in 1635 went to Newbury, and tho younger than his collea. cous. d. first, 22 Oct. 1656. His will, made five days bef. ment. w. Sarah and ch. br. Rev. Nicholas N. and cous. Rev. Thomas Parker; the inv. show. good est. We owe gratitude to Mather for rare modesty in being content with the faithful and judic. contrib. of the Salem kinsman, of wh. in our day Eliot’s Biogr. Dict. has well abbrev. the charact.

Descendants of Reverend William Noyes: James Noyes Rev. Born, 1608, in Cholderton, Wilts, England. Died, 22 Oct 1656, in Newbury, Massachusetts. He married Sarah Brown, daughter of Joseph Brown, 1633. Matriculated at Brasenose College, Oxford University, 22 Aug 1627, but was not graduated. In Mar 1633, he and his wife Sarah, brother Nicholas, and cousin Thomas Parker, with others, took the oath of “Supremacy and Allegiance”, to pass for New England, in the “Mary and John”, of London, Robert Sayres, master.

In 1633-34 he preached in Mystic, now Medford, Massachusetts and was made freeman 3 Sep 1634, was invited to Watertown but declined and with his brother Nicholas and cousin Thomas Parker, was among the first settlers of Newbury, Massachusetts in May 1634 or 35. Rev. Mr. Parker and Rev. Mr. Noyes began, almost immediately, to form a church. The first meeting was on the Sabbath and held in the open air, under a tree. Rev. Mr. Parker was chosen pastor “in the waye of church discipline which he then preached for, the congregational waye” (Newbury, p.17). Mr. James Noyes was, at the same time, chosen teacher of the church and remained so for more than 20 years. Will made 17 Oct 1656, five days before his death, and proved 26 Nov 1656. In it he mentions wife Sara and children, brother Deacon Nicholas Noyes and cousin Rev. Thomas Parker. Inventory of estate amounted to £657, 11 shillings, 4 penney.

On IGI as parents, but no marriage is recorded here James is listed as being born of “Godly parents”. His own father was a minister of “the same town”. One of James’ sons was one of the founders of Yale University. James married Sarah Brown not long before coming to New England in 1634. He was married to Sarah BROWN before 1634 in England.

Rev. Nicholas Noyes’ Account of His Uncle, Rev. James Noyes in Mather’s “Magnolia”:

“Mr. James Noyes was born, 1608, in Choulderton, Wiltshire, of godly and worthy parents. His father was a minister of the same town, a very learned man, the school-master of Mr. Thomas Parker. His mother was sister to the learned Mr. Robert Parker, and he had much of his education and tutorage under Mr. Thomas Parker. He was called by him from Brazen-Nose College in Oxford, to help him in teaching the Free School at Newberry; where they taught school together till the time they came to New England. He was converted in his youth by the ministry of Dr. Twiss and Mr. Thomas Parker, and was admired for his piety and his virtue in his younger years. The reason of his coming to New England was, because he could not comply with the ceremonies of the Church of England. He was married in England to Mrs. Sarah Brown, the eldest daughter o Mr. Joseph Brown, of Southampton, not long before he came to New England, which was in the year 1634. In the same ship [in 1634] came Mr. Thomas Parker, and a younger brother of his, Mr. Nicholas Noyes, who was then a single man; between which there was more than ordinary endearment of affection, which was never shaken or broken but by death. Mr. Parker and Mr. James Noyes, and others that came over with them, fasted and prayed together many times before they undertook this voyage; and on the sea Mr. Parker and Mr. Noyes preached or expounded, one in the forenoon, the other in the afternoon, every day during the voyage, unless some extrordinary thing intervened, and were abundant in prayer.

When they arrived, Mr. Parker was at first called to preach at Ipswich, and Mr. Noyes at Medford, at which place they continued nigh a year. He had a motion made unto him to be minister at Watertown; but Mr. Parker and others of his bretheren and acquaintance, settling at Newberry, and gathering the tenth of the churches in the colony, and calling Mr. Noyes to be the teacher of it, he preferred that place; being loath to be separated from Mr. Parker, and bretheren that had so often fasted and prayed together, both in England and on the Atlantic sea. So he became the teacher of that church, and continued painful and successful in that station something above twenty years, without any considerable trouble in the church. Notwithstanding his principles, as to discipline, were something differing from many of his bretheren, there was such condescension on both parts, that peace and order was not interrupted. [Magnalia 484-85]

Noyes-Gilman: “Soon after being called to teach in the Free School at Newbury, England, Sir Richard Saltonstall, Henry Sewall, Richard and Stephen Drummer and others were organizing a colony for the purpose of stock-raising in New England, and they interested in their enterprise many Wiltshire men. These, with Rev. Thomas Parker as their spiritual guide and teacher, became the nucleus of the colony, and through their cousin, both James, then but twenty-five, and his younger brother Nicholas joined the colony. James married Sarah Brown before emigrating.

In the same ship came Mr. Thomas Parker, Mr. James Noyes, and a younger brother, Nicholas Noyes, who was then a single man; Mr. Parker and Mr. Noyes, and others that came over with them, fasted and prayed together many times before they undertook this voyage; and on the sea Mr. Parker and Mr. Noyes preached or expounded, one in the forenoon, and the other in the afternoon, every day during the voyage, unless some extraordinary thing intervened; and were abundant in prayer.

When they arrived, Mr. Parker was first called to preach at Ipswich, and Mr. Noyes at Mistick, at which places they continued nigh a year. He had a motion made unto him to be minister at Watertown; but Mr. Parker and others of his acquaintance, settling at Newbury, and gathering a tenth of the churches in the colony, and calling Mr. Noyes to be teacher of it, he preferred that place, being loth to be separated from Mr. Parker and brethren that had so often fasted and prayed togetheer, both in England and on the Atlantic sea. So he became the teacher of that church, and continued, painful and successful in that station something above twenty years, without any considerable trouble in the church.

Notwithstanding his principles, as to Dicipline were something differing from many of his brethren, there was such condescension on both parts, that peace and order were not interrupted.

He was much loved and honored in Newbury, – his memory is precious there to this day, and his Catachism (which is a publick and standing testimony of his understanding, and orthodoxy in the principles of religion), is publicly and privately used in that town hitherto. He was very learned in the Tongues, and in the Greek, excelled most. He was much read in the Fathers and the Schoolmen, and much esteemed in the Ministry.

His conversation was so unquestionably Godly, that they who differed from him in the smaller matters as to discipline, held a most amicable correspondence with him, and had an high estimate of him. *** He was as religious at home as abroad, in his family and in secret, as he was publickly; and they that best knew him, most loved and esteemed him. *** He had a long and tedious sickness, which he bore patiently and cheerfully; and he died joyfully, in the forty-eighth year of his age, Oct. 22, 1656. He left six sons and two daughters, all of which lived to be married and have children, though since one son and one dughter be dead. He hath now living, fifty-six children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; and his brother that came over with him a single man, is, through the mercy of God, yet living, and hath of children; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, above an hundred; which is an instance of divine favor, in making the families of his servants in the wilderness like a Flock.”

“Massachusetts & Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis”

He also calls ‘Thomas Parker’ the cousin of James & William (p. 57):

“James matriculated at Brasenose College, Oxford, on Aug. 22, 1627, but did not gradute, having been pursuaded by his cousin, Mr. Thomas Parker, to help him teach the free school at Newbury in Berkshire and to continue his own education with him. When the Mary and John reached Boston in New England in May, 1634, on the voyage from Southampton, these two cousins and several other kinsmen, including James’s brother Nicholas, were among the passengers. Parker and Noyes took the Freeman’s Oath on Sept. 3, 1634….”

“Mr. [James] Noyes’s will, made Oct. 17, 1656, gave to his wife while unmarried the ordering of his substance, she to take counsel of cousin Thomas Parker, brother Nicholas Noyes and William Gerrish.” [Essex Probate , I:245]

“Mrs. [James] Noyes cared for Mr. Parker during his years of blindness and his feeble health until his death on April 24, 1677. By his will she was given all his Newbury property, except land in possession of Nicholas Noyes, and all arrears due for his ministry.” [Ibid., III:153]

Noyes Pedigree

Among his printed works are “A Catechism for Children”, 1641, “The Temple Measured”, 1647, “Moses and Aaron”, 1661; the last two are at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Hudson and Mohawk Valleys

He had a grant of land on which he built a house, about 1645, in which he, his family, and Thomas Parker lived. This house is still standing (1910) and has never known any owner but a Noyes, and is Newbury’s proudest showplace.

“Mr. Parker and Mr. Noyes were excellent singers, both of them, and they were extraordinary delighted in singing the psalms. They sang four times a day in the public worship and always just after evening prayers, in the family, where reading the Scriptures, expounding and praying were the other constant exercises.”

ii. NOYES95,317 was born about 1611 in Cholderton, Wiltshire, England.95 Stuart Noyes says this daughter was Mowat. She married Thomas Kent of Over Wallop. From the phrasing of Ann (Parker) Noyes’ will, this couple was still in England in 1658 and they are not the family that immigrated to Gloucester, Mass. This is not the Thomas Kent baptized at Over Wallop 13 June 1609, son of Richard; he was probably a younger man.

768 iii. Deacon Nicholas NOYES.

iv. Ann NOYES was born on 16 Dec 1617 in Cholderton, Wiltshire, England.318

1538. Capt. John CUTTING319 was born about 1586 in London, Middlesex, England.320,321 (63 y in 1656.) He was christened on 8 Mar 1594 in London, Middlesex, England.322 (St. Clement Danes, Westminster.) He lived in Watertown, Litchfield, Connecticut in 1636.323 He lived in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts in 1638.323 He lived in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts in 1648.324 He lived in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts in 1656.324 He signed a will on 22 Oct 1659 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.324,325 (Bee it knowne unto all men by thiese prsents that I John Cutting of Newbury in the County of Essex in New england being through gods mercy in health of body and of perfect memory. Considering seriously mine owne frailty and mortality, endeavouring to leave mine estate to my relations as may continue loue & peace amongst them, I do hereby make my last Will and Testament, first I comend my Soule into the hands of my blessed Redeemer Jesus Christ and my body when I shall decease this life, if I dy in Newbury to be buryed in the burying place in Newbury in hope of a happy resurrection. And for my worldly goods I dispose of as followeth, first I giue and bequeath unto mary my wife dureing her widdowhood, all my Lands goods and chattels. And so will and appoint her my sole executrix of this my last will and testament. But if my said wife shall change her Condition and marry againe, then I order and appoint that she my said wife shall pay yearely afterwards dureing her naturall life out of my lands fifteene pounds a yeare. That is to say. To my Daughter Mary, the wife of Nicholas Noyes fiue pounds a yeare, And to my Daughter Sara Browne of Charlestowne, the wife of James Browne, fiue pounds a yeare, and to my Grand child Mary–the wife of Samuell Moody, fiue pounds a yeare, and also out of my stocke to every one of my Grand children and great grand children thirty shillings a peice. And at the death of the said Mary, my wife I giue & bequeath unto my said Daughter Mary Noyes all that house and land now in the possession of Thomas Bloomfield that lyeth on the east side of the high way conteineing about fifty or fiue and fifty acres bee it more or lesse both vpland pasture land & meadow and after my said Daughter Mary Noyes her decease to remaine and abide to the proper use of her Son Cutting Noyes, his heires & assignes foreuer. 2dly I giue and bequeath vnto my Daughter Sara, the wife of James Browne abousaid & her heires, all the house I now dwell in, with the twelue acres of vpland that the house stands vpon, and three quarters of that twenty acres of Salt Marsh land lately purchased of Mr. Steuen Dummer bee it more or lesse. 3dly I giue and bequeath vnto my Grandchild Mary moody, the wife of Samuel moody abouesaid, all the house and Land that is in the possession of John Dauis with the six akers of meadow in the Birchen meadows and the quarter part of the twenty acres of the salt marsh land bee it more or lesse as is abouespecifyed, further I give vnto her my said Grandchild Mary Moody, all that parcell of arable land lately purchased of the said mr. Dumer, lyeing vpon the southwest of the highway betweene the land of Henry shorte on the southeast and John Knights land on the northwest conteineing about twenty or fiue twenty acres more or lesse. And the first yeare the said Samuell Moody, his heirs &c. shall possesse the abouesaid parsell of Land which shalbe after my wives decease, then the said samuell Moody or his heirs shall pay to my Daughter sara, the wife of James Browne aforesaid the summe of forty pounds. But if my grandchild Mary moody abousaid shall dye without Issue of her owne body, then all the land abouespecifyed that is hereby given vnto her, shall after her decease, Remaine equally to bee diuided vnto my abouesaid two daughters Mary Noyes & sara Browne & their Children for euer. And the forty pound that is here mentioned to be paid by Samuell moody vnto my daughter Sara Browne abouesaid, if paid before, shall be paid backe againe unto the abouesaid Samuell Moody my Debts and funerall rites being discharged by my said executrix. In witness whereof I the aboue mentioned John Cutting haue sett my hand and seale october the two & twentyeth. In the yeare of our Lord one thousand sixe hundred fifty nine.

John (Seal) Cutting

Witness: Anthony Somerby

John Browne


Nicholas O Wallington


Sworne in Court held at Ypswich the 27th of march 1660 by Anthony Sumerby to be the last Will and testament of John Cutting.

Robert Lord Clerke

Certified upon oath by John Browne to be sealed and subscribed by John Cutting in Court held at Ypswich the 27 (1) 1660.

Robert Lord Clerke.) He died on 20 Nov 1659 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.168,320,326 Will (proved) on 27 Mar 1660 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts.325,327 He was a shipmaster, formerly of London, England.324,326,328 A shipmaster, formerly of London, England (source: the Noyes Descendants, vol. 1). “Was at Watertown, Mass., 1636, afterwards at Charlestown, Mass., then removed to Newbury, Mass., 1642.” “CUTTING, from Saxon Cuth, well known, famous, & ing, equivalent to the Latin ens, expressing the existence of the quality or action of the word to which it is affixed, as Cuthing, the son of Cuth

Ancestry of Abel Lunt: A sea captain, Cutting made 13 or more Atlantic crossings; in 1634 he was master of the Francis, which brought colonists from Ipswich. In 1636 he took up land at Watertown, in 1638 had a house at Newbury, in 1648 settled at Charlestown, and by 1656 was again living at Newbury. He was in 1647 master of the Advent of Boston. His will names his daughter Mary Noyes and grandson Cutting. Capt. John CUTTING and Mary WARDE were married about 1615 in London, Middlesex, England.168,320 Colonial Families says ca. 1617.

1539. Mary WARDE329,330 was christened on 22 Sep 1594 in London, Middlesex, England.331 (St. Botolph, Bishopsgate Parish.) She signed a will on 26 Nov 1663.332,333 (Know all men by theiss psents that I Mary Miller widdow of *** body but of perfect memory Do here make my last will and testament disposeing of my worldly goods as followeth.

I give and bequeath eleven pounds due to me in Rent from Benjamin Roafe unto my Daughter Sara the wife of James Browne as also foure Cowes that is in the possession of the said Benjamin Roalfe unto my said daughter Sara Browne and the ** that is in Henry Tewksburyes hands I give unto Mary Moody the wife of Samuel Moody, the said Samuel paying to my aforesaid Daughter Sara Browne twenty shillings ** two oxen that is in my son Nicholas Noyes his hands I give to my said son Nicholas, provided that he pay also to my said Daughter Sara Browne eight pounds out of the said oxen as also I give my said Daughter Sara Browne thirty five shillings what Henry Tewksbury oweth unto me, and thirty shillings that Samuell moody oweth unto me, and ten shillings that is behind of rent in the hands of John Davis and fifty shillings in the hands of Nicholas Noyes of my Rent since last year I also give unto my said Daughter Sara Browne and a feather bed I give also unto her my said daughter also a silver spoons and the little ** my daughter Mary the wife of Nicholas Noyes, and the ** Dram cup I give to my Grandchild Mary Moody; and my linnen and cloathes & other goods left I dispose of to be divided equally among them my two daughters ** grandchild aforesaid as also I appoint my son James Browne to be the executor of this my last will and testament ** my debts & funeral being discharged novemb : 26th 1663 In witness wherof I have set my hand.

witness Anthony Somerby Mary MA Miller

Henry Short her marke) She died on 6 Mar 1664 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.168,320,334 Will (proved) on 29 Mar 1664 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts.335 One American genealogist thinks that Mary was that Mary Cutting named as a sister in the will of Susan Browne of Ipswich, co. Suffolk, made in 1626. Susan also left legacies to her mother Judith Warde, her sister Rebecca Warde and her brother Edward Warde, which makes it obvious that these sisters and brother were children of Edward Warde of Little Wratting, co. Suffolk, yeoman, who named them all and his wife Judith in his will of 1620. This constitutes a valuable clue, but is not proof. See ‘Genealogical Gleanings in England’, Henry F. Waters, Boston, 1901, p. 584.

Torrey says Mary [?Ward]. Capt. John CUTTING and Mary WARDE had the following children:

i. Judith CUTTING was born about 1618 in England.168 She died on 20 Nov 1659 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.168,336 (Colonial Families says 1650)

ii. Capt. John CUTTING Jr.326 was born about 1620 in England.168 He lived in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts in 1642.49 Gave affidavit in court at Salem 27:101642.

769 iii. Mary CUTTING.

iv. Sarah CUTTING was born in 1629 in England.168 She died on 25 Oct 1699 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.168,326,337,338

1540. John KNIGHT Sr.101 was born before 30 Jan 1594/95 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.339 He was baptized on 30 Jan 1595 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.339 He emigrated on 5 Apr 1635 from Southampton, Hampshire, England.339,340 He immigrated on 3 Jun 1635 to Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.339,340 Came on the ‘James’ of London, a ship of 300 tons. He signed a will on 5 May 1670.341 This 5 of may 1670 I John Knight of Newbery Senr being often pained in my body and know not how suddenly I may be desolued and leaue this world and being desirous while my memoree is good to setl my outward Estat acording to my desir and therfor do hear make my Last will and Testament as followeth first I Comitte my soule to god that gaue it: and my body to the Earth to be buried to Rest vntill the Resurecion by my Saviour Jesus Christ

Itm I give unto my beloued wiffe Eleven pounds a yeare for hir maintainance while she liueth and that she may dwell in one End of my house while she liueth and to use anie of my goods what she hath need of for her selfe in the house

Itm I giue and apoint fourtie pounds after my wifs deseace and in Convenient time as my overseers Judg best for my daughter Sarah bartlets vse while she liueth: ||and | with hir husband John Bartlet and after hir decease the fourtie pounds to be made good vnto the Child or Children of hir body surviving to Injoy: If she haue none then the fortie ponds to Return vnto my sonn John Knights Children Equaly vnto all accept Josep Knight: and my will is that if my daughter Sarah Bartlet haue a sonn or daughter liuing after hir decease my will is that my sonn John Knight or his asigns shall pay for the Childs use tenn pounds more which will be in all fiftie pounds: and my will is that when my son in law John Bartlet or anie other for hir Coms to demand or Recieue the fortie ponds before mentioned that then sufficient bond in land be giuen vnto my ouerseers or my Executor for the payment of it acording to my will

Itm I giue vnto my daughter marie douner and hir husband Josep douner fourscore pounds to be paid one fortie of it in a yeare after my wifs decease and the other fortie pounds the next year after that: and Likewise I giue vnto my grand Child Josep Downer twentie pounds to be paid by my Executor when he is on and twentie years of aige: Likewise I giue vnto my gran Child marie Downer twentie pounds to be paid by my Executor when she is Eighteen years of age

Itm I giue vnto my daughter Marie Douner and his husband during ther lius four acers of marish Land out of the marish I haue on the south sid of John Piks land that they call the 8 acers: after my wifs deceas and four acers of medow Joyning vnto that 4 acers I gaue my daughter Sara Bartlet on the north: and likwise I giue my daught maried Douner & hir husband during ther liues that peec of marish our the pond to the Creek on the East by henri Jaqueses land on the north & John piks on the south and my lot at Plum Iland and two akers wher they haue built and that one aker of ||plow|| land in the feeld on the west sid of the way going to new toune joyning to my son Johns two akers he bought of Nicholas noie and my freehold or Comanag in Newbery all which land and Comanag to Inioy during their livs and afterward to Return vnto my grand Child, Josep Downer to Inioy for Euer or if he dy before he Inioys it then to Remain vnto my granchild Marie Downer and if Josep Douner do Inioy the land then my will is he shall pay vnto his sister marie Downer twenti pound besids that her porcion be fore Likwise I giue unto my daught marie Downer after my wifs decease my great new Kitl and a puter Candlestick & a plater

Itm I giue unto my wifs grand Child Thomas hains ten pounds to be paid after his time is out

Itm Besid that portion of land and other Estat I gaue my sonn John Knight for manie years sinc as my brother & |other| do know I now giue vnto my sonn John Knight my howse and land I dwell upon with barn and orchard and my land next the ox comon both plow land and pastur and medow: as with all the ffences both of plow land and pastur and medow which is my part by agreement to do and likwise about 4 or 5 akers of marrish joyning to the Creeke by the Comon on the south East and likwise another parcill of marish on the north of John Piks land tourd litl Pin Iland & by henri Jquises and the Creek on the west: And my desire is that my sonn John would let his sonn Josep Knight haue and Inioy all this land and housing when he is of aige for Euer Likwise I do make my sonn John Knight my Executor and do giue him all my goods accept the three things before mentioned to my daughter marie and likwise all my stocke of Cattell and horse and sheep and swine and I do Ingaig him herby to pay all the legacies and Charg that may a Rise for funerall or debts and to Receiue all that is du vnto me from anie person Likwise my will is that if my sonn John Knight will make over by a deed ||giuen|| unto Josep Downer and his wife marie douner that three acers of land joyning unto that he dwells on by henri Jaquishes and that two ackrs of plow land by my on acker on the west sid of the Ridg which was Nicholas noices then my will is that he he shall pay but fortie pounds of the fourscor unto Josep Downer & his wife and this land Josep and his wife to Inioy during ther lius and afterwards to her sone as the other before Likwise I desier my thre frends my brother Richard Knight and Thomas Halle senr and Nicholas Noice to be my ouerseers to see this my will performed and I do giue them tenn shillings apeece to be paid by my Executor

John Knight


Richard Knight

Thomas Hale

Proved June 23, 1670 by the witnesses before Mr. Samuell Symonds and Maj. Gen. Denison

Inventory of the estates of John Knight, Sr. lately deceased in May 1670, taken by Thomas Hale, Sr. Nicholas Noic and Rich. Dole: house, barn and orchard, twelve ackers of upland and twentie and two akers of meadow, £ 220; wering Cloths and Beding, £ 16; two brasse kitls, a skilet and a warming pan, £ 3; in pewter, £ 1 10s; in Iron things, £ 3, 10s; Coberd, tabl, forme and other things, £ 1 10s; 4 woodn bols, a tunnel, tray, 4 dishes, to pails, 10s 6d; Jug, tubs, barell, sivs, slid, bags & wood, £ 1 4s; a gunn, £ 1 5s; 16 bushells of mault, £ 3 12s; 3 oxn and a steere, £ 20; 4 Cows and a heifer, £ 20; 2 yearlings, £ 2; 4 swine, £ 3; bacon, £ 2 10s; 3 bush, of Rie, 13s; one sadl, pilion & bridl, £ 1; free hold or Comanag, £ 8; in trees, £ 2; total £ 324 11s 6d

Attested June 23 1670, by John Knight executor of his father’s estate.

Essex Probate Docket #15981; “Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts;

1635 – 1681,” In three volumes,The Essex Institute; Salem, MA; 1916 He died after 5 May 1670 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.101,339 Will (proved) on 23 Jun 1670.339 He was Tailor.102 Came from Southampton, 1635, in the James; was a tailor of Romsey in Hants, adm. freem. with his br. Richard 25 May 1636. John KNIGHT Sr. and Elizabeth VINCENT were married on 29 Mar 1624 in England.223,340

1541. Elizabeth VINCENT was born before 1610. She died on 20 Mar 1644/45 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.101,339,340 John KNIGHT Sr. and Elizabeth VINCENT had the following children:

i. Elizabeth KNIGHT was born before 16 May 1625 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.223 She was buried on 18 May 1625 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.223

770 ii. John KNIGHT Jr..

iii. Elizabeth KNIGHT was born before 13 Oct 1628 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.223 She was baptized on 13 Oct 1628 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.223 She was buried on 19 Oct 1628 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.223

iv. Elizabeth KNIGHT was born before 22 May 1632 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.223 She was baptized on 22 May 1632 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.223

v. Mary KNIGHT was born before 10 Aug 1634 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.223 She was baptized on 10 Aug 1634 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.223

vi. Sarah KNIGHT was born about 1636 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.102,223

1542. Richard INGERSOLL342-344 was born before 10 Mar 1587 in Sandy, Bedfordshire, England.345 He was baptized on 10 Mar 1587 in Sandy, Bedfordshire, England.345 He immigrated in 1629 to Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.346 Will (proved) on 2 Jan 1644/45 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.347,348 He died between 21 Jul 1644 and 4 Oct 1644 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.345,347 He signed a will on 21 Jul 1644 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.347-349 His will of 21 July 1644, pro. 2 Jan. 1645, ment. w. Ann, s. George, John, and Nathaniel, the youngest, s.-in-law Richard Pettingell, wh. m. his d. Joanna, and William Haines, wh. m. his d. Sarah, that had sec. h. Joseph Houlton, also ds. Alice, w. of Josiah Walcot, and Bathsheba, the youngest, wh. m. John Knight, jr. and bef. 1652, his f. John Knight m. her mo. Ann, wh. d. 1677. In his inv. a pair of oxen is set down as of the value of £14, and his farm of fifty acres £7.

I, Richard Ingersoll of Salem in the County of Essex in New England being weake in body, but through God’s mercy in perfect memory doe make this my last will and testament as followeth, viz.:

I give to Ann my wife all my estate of land, goods, & chattells whatsoever except as followeth, viz.:

I give to George Ingersoll my son six acres lying in the great meadow.

Item I give to Nathaniel Ingersoll my youngest son a parcell of ground, which I bought of John P(???), but if the said Nathaniel dy without issue of his body lawfully begotten, then the land aforesaid to be equally shared between John Ingersoll my son, & Richard Pettingill & William Haines my sons in law.

I give to Bathsheba my youngest daughter two cowes.

I give to my daughter Alice Walcott my house at town with 10 acres of upland and meadow after my wife’s decease.

Witness his

Townsend Bishop. R X I


I read this will to Richard Ingersoll & he acknowledged it to be his will.

Jo, Endicott.

Proved in court upon oath 2 Jan. 1644-5.

Inventory taken 4 Oct. 1644.

As illustrating the relative value of land and stock, I give some items of the appraisement of the estate. 7 cows œ34, 2 young steers œ4, bull œ7, pair of oxen œ14, 2 horses and mare and a young colt œ25, a farm of 80 acres œ7. Among other items was a moose Skin Suit. (E. I. Hist. Coll. 1:12.) He was Ferryman.345 He was also known as Richard Inkersall.350 Came to New England on the 2nd Mayflower. The Master of this Mayflower was the famous Capt William Pierce. The ship left Gravesend, London, England March 1629 and arrived at Plymouth, May 15, 1629. There were approximately 35 passengers including Richard Ingersall, his wife Anne and children George, Joanna, John, Sarah and Alice. Kept the ferry at North River.

Seven Hundred Ancestors: An inventory of the property was taken on Oct. 4, 1644. Some of the items listed were as follows: 7 cows, 34 Lbs; two young steers, 4 lbs.; bull, 7 lbs.; pair of oxen, 14 lbs.; two horses and mare and young colt, 25 lbs.; a farm of 80 acres, 7 lbs. A moose skin suit was another item.

Among Richard Ingersoll’s papers was found this recipe: “A metson to make a man’s hear groe when he is bald: Take some fier flies and some Redd worms and sum black snayles and sum hune bees and drie them and ppund them to powder and mixt them in milk or water”.

It is claimed that a certain house in Salem was built by Richard Ingersoll and was the original of the romance by Hawthorne-“House of the Seven Gables”.

Several years after the widow, Ann, married John Knight, Sr. of Newbury litigation arose over the farm her husband had willed her and in the trial her son in law gave the following testimony: “I Richard Pettingell, aged about 45 years doe testify that this farm of land that is now in contriversy was reserved by the widow Inkersoll to her self before her marriage to John Knight, Sr. and she verbally gave this land to John Inkersoll, her son. I, Richard Pettingell doe farder testify that about the year 52 the said John Knight came home too Newbury and tould his wife that hee had promised Mr. Pain sum timber at frost fish river; she was then troubled at it and said what have you to doe to sell my timber wher upon the said John Knight promised her twenty shillings, and the said John Knight, Sr. did then own that he had no right in that land”. Essex Court Files XIV 28-32. John Knight then joined with his wife in conveying the farm to her sons John and Nathaniel “Ingerson”. Richard INGERSOLL and Agnes LANGLEY were married on 10 Oct 1611 in Sandy, Bedfordshire, England.345,350,351 (St. Swithin’s Church)

1543. Agnes LANGLEY was born in 1590 in Sandy, Bedfordshire, England.107 She died on 30 Jul 1677 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.107,352 She was also known as Agnes Langlye.350 Richard INGERSOLL and Agnes LANGLEY had the following children:

i. Alice INGERSOLL was born before 21 Dec 1612 in Sandy, Bedfordshire, England.345

ii. John INGERSOLL was born before 1 Oct 1615 in Edsworth, Bedfordshire, England.345 He was baptized on 1 Oct 1615 in Edsworth, Bedfordshire, England.345 He was buried on 17 Nov 1615 in Edsworth, Bedfordshire, England.345

iii. George INGERSOLL353 was born before 2 Jul 1618 in Sutton, Bedfordshire, England.345 He was baptized on 2 Jul 1618 in Sutton, Bedfordshire, England.345 He lived in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts in 1639.354 Given a grant of land. He lived in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts in 1652.347 He lived in Falmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts in 1675.347 He died after Jun 1694 in , , Canada.347 He lived in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts in 1694.347 George Ingersoll became a prominent citizen. He had a chouse, and owned land in several places, which he sold and removed to Falmouth Maine. He was among the first settlers at Back Cove, Casco Bay, by June 25, 1657. He was a representitive to the General Court for Falmouth, 1657. He was a member of the first board of Selectmen of Falmouth.

1658: He bought 55 acres of land adjoining that of Thomas Skilling, March 25, 1658. He was a lieutenant in Falmouth, of the military force for protection against the Indians. He lived in a place called Capisic. During the attack of the savages in 1675, one son was killed and his house burned. He was the first to discover the murders of the Wakely family.

INDIAN WARS – Hubbard and Drake Vol 2.

At Casco Bay, Lieut. Ingersolls son, with another man, going out a fowling about this time were both killed before they returned home, his fathers house being burned with many others also thereafter.

NEHGR 8:239 – Indian Killings.

Lord’s Day, Nov. 7, 1675. Met Lieutenant Ingersoll and 12 Casco men who came to join with our men to search out and fight the Indians. 25-27, Lt. Ingersoll, returned to Casco, sent a request for 45 soldiers at being alarmed that one houes was burning and a man wounded. Lt. Ingersoll returned to the garrison and settled for twenty men who went to Casco with

him. On the 30th a Sergeant and company returned to the garrison.

His military talents and taste procured his promotion to the command of the militia company, an office he filled with much reputation to him self through the first indian war. He was driven from Falmouth by the Indian hostilities.

1680: He returned to Falmouth, Me., but there was another indian outbreak and he returned to Salem.

Early Land Conveyance: Boston Mass., 17 August 1681.

For ye furtherance of the settlement and plantation of the inhabitants of North Yarmouth in Casco, Mr. George Pearson, Left Anthony Brackett and George Ingersoll Sr. are appointed a committee to entertain and allow of inhabitants to grant such allotments as shall be rite for ye encouragement and mete, accomodation being reserved for ye settling of a minister also

that they are ordered to lay out ye town at least 80 families may be accomodated.

1683: Deputy to Provincial Assembly of Maine, 1683-85

1685: He deposed as about 67 years , concerning the clearing of land by Richard Corben 28 years before. Robert Corben took oath of allegiance to Mass. Bay govt. July 13, 1658. He cleared and possessed a meadow from about that time; “he was slain by the Indians in the late war.”

(Deposition of George Ingersoll, June 24, 1685.)

He is said to have been in the French and Indian war. 1689: Liet. George Ingersoll was also on the list: Falmouth, Nov 13, 1689. (Maine Hist. & Gen. Rec. 3, 1886). HRK comment: This may be the war of 1687-89, by which time he would have been close to 70 years old.

Before the second Indian War he removed to Salem, where he died, 1694, leaving two sons, George who was shipwrecked, and Samuel, who settled in Stroudwater. (Hist. of Maine. V. I)


We find George Ingersoll here as early as 1657, but are not able to determine the period of his arrival; he was born in 1618, and was probably the son of Richard Ingersoll, a Bedfordshire man, who with his family was sent to Capt. Endicott, in Salem, by the Massachusetts Company in 1629. (see the company’s letter in Hazard, vol. i. p. 279.)

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We meet with the names of George Ingersoll and Robert Corbin for the first time in 1657; in 1685, Ingersoll testified that about twenty-eight years since, Robert Corbin cleared a parcel of that meadow, called George Lewis’s marsh, about eight or ten acres or therabouts, at the north end of said marsh”

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“To the Honorable General Courte now assembled at Boston, 30 May, 1660, the humble petition of some of the distressed inhabitants of Falmouth.

“The humble desire of your poore petitioners hoping that you will take it into serious consideration, our present conditon that we stand in, in respecte, of the pretented patenes and clames that Mr. Robert Jordan and Mr. George Cleeves laies clame to, so that much trouble cometh to us, suing men to Cortes, as witnes the maney sutes and actions at Cortes anda re stil goen on against us and other tretened against, so taht we are much destracted in our afares and know not what we shall doe in thes our trobeles, only our prayers are to God and you, that you would be pleased to consider our condition and destractions that we are in, and that it will be the overthrow of thes hopeful beginenes that is amoung us. God began to answer our prayers, and to send us a faithful dispenser of the word to us, for which we desire to bles God for and we hope shall enjoy, if these destractions doe not discourage him , therefore our oumbell request is to this onered assemblies that you would be pleased to take into it consideratioin our present condition, for if that Mr. Jordan’s paten and claim hould with Mr. Cleeves, the town is overthrown and noe man shall enjoy what he hath labored

uppon and possessed, unless it be uppon their terms, and at ther wills and pleasures, but we hope that we shall injoy our priveleges and town affairs with the rest of teh towns in the jurisdiction, thes not to trobele your oners noe farther, but leave the case to God and you, hoping for a comfortable answer, We remain yours in all faithfulness. George Ingersoll,

George Lues, (Lewis), Joseph Phippen, Nathaniel Wallis, Thomas Cellen, (skillin) Houmphry Durham, John Walles, Nicholas Wite, Phinehas Rider.”

iv. John INGERSOLL was born before 11 Mar 1620 in Sutton, Bedfordshire, England.345 He was baptized on 11 Mar 1620 in Sutton, Bedfordshire, England.345 He died in Dec 1683 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.

v. Joanna INGERSOLL92 was born before 3 Mar 1622/23 in Sutton, Bedfordshire, England.345 She was baptized on 3 Mar 1624 in Sutton, Bedfordshire, England.345 She died about 1693 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.355

vi. Alice INGERSOLL was born about 1625.

vii. Sarah INGERSOLL was born before 1 Jul 1627 in Sutton, Bedfordshire, England.225 She died in 1719.

771 viii. Bathsheba INGERSOLL.

ix. George INGERSOLL was born about 1632. He died about 1632.

x. Nathanial INGERSOLL was born about 1633 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.225 Deposed aged 40 years 30 June 1674; deposed “aged 45 years or thereabouts” 25 June 1678; deposed aged 60 years 25 December 1694. He died on 27 Jan 1717/18 in Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts.

1584. George LITTLE154 emigrated in 1640 from London, Middlesex, England.356 He lived in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts in 1640.356 He died on 15 Mar 1693 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.107 He was born in London, Middlesex, England.107 He was born and lived in London England. Alice was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. George was a Tailor and lived on Unicorn Street, near London Bridge. He came to Newbury in 1640 on the ship Bevis. Alice had come to America from Southhampton with the Dummers on the ship Bevis in 1638. She and her two brothers were servants of the Dummers. the Poore children had been orphaned and were under the guardianship of the Dummers. This information was from a letter written by Chief Justice Samuel Sewall in 1684 to his uncle, Stephan Dummer, then living in Hampshire. The descendants of George Little have formed a Family organization, called George Little Family Association (GLFA) and have met three times during the 1990’s at Newburyport MA. where George Little built his home. It is one of the three oldest working farms with original homes in the USA, which is and always has had a Little family living in it. During the reunions the families have always allowed the attendees to tour the homes. they still have and are using some of the utensils and furnishings of George Little. George and his wife Alice are buried in the graveyard adjoining The First Church of Newbury MA. George LITTLE and Alice POORE were married after 1638.356

1585. Alice POORE357 was born on 12 Jun 1618 in Towbridge, Wiltshire, England.107,357 May 1638 her age was 20 years. She died on 1 Dec 1680.37 Came to New England with brothers Daniel and Samuel on the Bevis in May 1638. George LITTLE and Alice POORE had the following children:

i. Sara LITTLE was born on 8 May 1652 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.134 She died on 19 Nov 1652 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.107

ii. Lt. Joseph LITTLE358 was born on 22 Sep 1653 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.38,358 He lived in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts before 1677.227 He died on 6 Sep 1740 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.71 Joseph Little and his wife were active members of the Congregational Church of Newbury.

iii. John LITTLE was born on 28 Jul 1655 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.129 He died on 20 Jul 1672 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.107

792 iv. Moses LITTLE.

v. Sarah LITTLE was born on 24 Nov 1661 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.123 She died after 1718 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.107

1586. Tristram COFFIN Jr.233,359,360 was born on 1 Feb 1632 in Plymouth, Devonshire, England.227,233,235,361 Coffin Gatherings and Coffin Genealogy says ca 1632. Brixton Parish. He immigrated in 1642 to Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts.361 He died on 4 Feb 1703/4 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.227,233,362,363 He was Merchant Tailor in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.364 Made freeman 29 Apr 1668.

When Tristram’s father left Newbury, Tristram Jr. stayed behind. He was very active in town and church affairs holding a number of positions in town government. In about 1654 Tristram erected the Coffin home on what is now High Street in Newbury. This house, one of the oldest still standing in North America, is now owned by the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities. And may be visited by the public.

The Rev. Thomas Parker first settled Newbury in 1635 with a group of about one hundred of his followers. The church in Newbury was led by Rev. Parker for many years and in the 1660’s great controversy arose as to its administration and religious practices. Two factions developed in the town and Tristram, throughout was a supporter of Rev. Parker, signing petitions and giving testimony throughout the period.

On May 14, 1654, Tristram signed petition in defense of Robert Pike who was accused of “intemperate zeal and seditious speech”.

On March 7, 1663, he was appointed a fence viewer.

On May 29, 1668 Tristram was admitted as freeman.

In March of 1674, Tristram, among others was appointed to lay out six acres to be used as pasture for the future ministry. This, apparently led to him being appointed lot layer on September 21, 1677.

In the years, 1669, 1670, 1680, and 1681 he served as a selectman of the town.

Additionally, on September 29, 1681 he was appointed by General Court as one of three commissioners of small claims.

On March 1, 1682 Tristram was appointed “standing way warden to see that evry inhabitant do their part on the hye wayes”

By the year 1683, Tristram was one of the largest sheep owners in Newbury with a herd of 55.

In 1686 he was a member of the committee that partitioned the balance of the undivided common lands in Newbury.

On November 21, 1693, having previously been made a Deacon of the church, Tristram, with the other two deacons were chosen as standing overseers of the poor in Newbury and he was made Treasurer for the Poor.

In 1695, Newbury, having grown substantially was divided into two parishes, Tristram and two others were selected to make the geographical division. This was the beginning of the parish divisions which would result in the break off of Newburyport seventy years later.

Remaining active in church and town affairs until the end, on October 18, 1700 Tristram was appointed to a committee to procure a new bell for the First Parish Meeting House.

When Tristram died in 1704 a memorial inscribed as follows was erected in the First Church burial ground in Newbury:

To the memory of Tristram Coffin, Esq.,

who having served the first church of

Newbury in the office of Deacon 20 years

died Feb, 1703-4 aged 72 years.

‘On earth he pur-chas-ed a good degree,

Great boldness in the faith and liberty,

And now possesses immortality.’


Tristram Coffin Jr. was born in England in 1632. He married Judith Somerby of Newbury, Massachusetts, in 1652. Tristram was a weaver and filled many notable positions on the Newbury Town Council. He was named Deacon to the first Parish of Newbury. His house in Newbury is known as the Old Coffin House. Tristram Jr. and his wife Judith’s graves are marked in the cemetery of the First Parish of Newbury which is located across the street from the Coffin house. Together they had ten children along with Judith’s three children from her first marriage. Tristram COFFIN Jr. and Judith GREENLEAF were married on 2 Mar 1653 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.227,233,235,363-366

1587. Judith GREENLEAF367 was born on 2 Sep 1625 in England.233,368 She was baptized on 29 Sep 1626 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.363,366,368 (Parish Records of St. Margaret’s parish, Ipswich, Suffolk, England.) She died on 15 Dec 1705 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.227,233,235,363,364,369 “To the memory of Mrs. Judith, late virtuous wife of Deacon Tristram Coffin, Esq., who having lived to see 177 of her children and children’s children to the third generation, died December 15, 1705, aged 80.

Grave, sober, faithful, fruitfull vine was she

A rare example of true piety.

Widow’d awhile she wayted wisht for rest,

With her dear husband in her Savior’s brest.” Tristram COFFIN Jr. and Judith GREENLEAF had the following children:

i. Judith COFFIN227 was born on 4 Dec 1653 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.235,237,265 She died on 17 May 1724 in Hampton Falls, Rockingham, New Hampshire.237

ii. Deborah COFFIN92 was born on 10 Nov 1655 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.227,233,235,237

iii. Mary COFFIN was born on 12 Nov 1657 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.227,235,237,358 She died on 28 Nov 1725.227,237,358

iv. James COFFIN was born on 22 Apr 1659 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.138,235,237,370 He died on 4 Mar 1736.138

v. John COFFIN was born on 8 Sep 1660 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.227,235,237 He died on 13 May 1677 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.227,235,237

793 vi. Lydia COFFIN.

vii. Enoch COFFIN was born on 21 Jan 1664 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.227,235 He died on 12 Nov 1675 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.227,235

798 viii. Stephen COFFIN.

ix. Peter COFFIN251 was born on 27 Jul 1667 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.227,251 He died on 19 Jan 1747 in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusetts.251,277 Ancestor of the Gloucester Coffins.

x. Deacon Nathaniel COFFIN273 was born on 26 Mar 1669 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.227,251 He died on 20 Feb 1748/49 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.251,277,371 Newbury Town Clerk, Deacon, Representative, and Counsellor 1730.

1588. Henry JAQUES243,372 was born about 1619 in Stanton, Wiltshire, England.243,373,374 Deposed in 1663 about 44 years, about 56 in 1676, and 60 in 1678. He lived in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts in 1640.243 He signed a will on 30 Oct 1686.375 To his wife Anna he left one-half of his dwelling-house and half of the great cellar, one-third of the orchard and ten rods of suitable land for a garden. His executor was to keep the garden well fenced, was to cut sufficient wood and bring it to her door and to keep two cows for her both winter and summer. She was also to have the bed in the parlor with all the furniture belonging to it, one-half of the household goods for her life, and £6 each year. A horse and a man were to be supplied to carry her to meeting. To his son Daniel Jaques, the land in Bradford and Rowley bought from Capt. Walker, the house and land in Amesbury bought from Richard Currier and John Gimpson, the right in the saw-mill and land bought from Robert Jones and various other lands. To his daughter Mary, wife of Richard Brown, £20. To his daughter Hannah, wife of Ephraim Plummer, 40s. To his daughter Sarah, wife of John Hale, £17. To his daughters Elizabeth and Ruth, £50 apiece two years after marriage or upon reaching the age of twenty-one. His grandson Henry, son of his son Henry, deceased, “shall at the charge of my executor be maintained and kept at schoole untill he can read and write well and cast account sufficiently for common usses & then be bound apprentice to some trade”; also he was to be paid £15 at the age of twenty-one. To the three sons of his son Henry Jaques of Woodbridge, deceased, all of his estate at Woodbridge town in east New Jersey, the eldest son to have a double share. To his grandson Richard, deceased, £50 at the age of twenty-one. He appoints his son Stephen his true and lawful heir to all his lands, houses, goods and chattels, with remainders to Stephen’s heirs, his son Daniel, his grandson Richard and his own heir male. “Whereas Jasper my Indian hath been a good servant to me my will is that he shall serve my executor well and faithfully six years after my decease & that then he shall have his freedom.” Executor: son Stephen. Overseers: friends Capt. Thomas Noyes, Mr. Moses Gerrish. Witnesses: Isack Ilsley, Anthony Mors, Henry Short. The estate was valued at £1124, Jasper the Indian being worth £10. He died on 24 Feb 1687 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.115,243,376 Will (proved) on 8 Mar 1687.373 Henry Jaques was born in England about the year 1619, his age being estimated as about forty-four in 1663, about fifty-six in 1676, and sisty in 1678. Without documentary evidence, he is said to have come to New England with young Benjamin Woodbridge, who, having entered Oxford at the age of sixteen in 1638, left the university, possibly in 1640, joined his brother John in Newbury in the Massachusetts Bay Colony and became the first graduate of Harvard College in 1644. Jaques was first at Andover, of which John Woodbridge was a founder, but soon ws permanently settled in Newbury where on October 8, 1648, he married Anna Knight. He bought the land of Walter Allen, who had moved to Watertown, before 1651, and probably at the time of his marriage in 1648. He was a housewright, of more than local reputation. Francis Usselton was his apprentice in 1651. In 1660 he was engaged by the town of Ipswich to build “a gallery at both ends and along the west side of the new meeting-house, with three substantial seats all along and three pairs of stairs,” for £30, also to lay the meeting-house floor. He was one of a committee to complete “the ministry house” in Newbury in 1675/5. In 1679 he had built a house in Boston for Henry Ellis, and was obliged to sue for his payment.

In 1665 a group of Newbury men joined to purchase and settle a town in New Jersey to be known as Woodbridge, and Henry Jaques is the second name on the list of the nine original grantees. On the three hundred and sixty eight acres of land on Rahway creek which he obtained in Woodbridge he settled his oldest son Henry in 1666. The boy, only seventeen, had got into serious trouble in Newbury that year, and had “fled”, presumably to Woodbridge with his father, who returned to Newbury in due time.

Jaques was elected constable of Newbury in 1663, selectman in 1663/4, 1675/6, 1676/7 and 1678/9 and served on Essex grand juries in 1661, 1676 and 1680. Encouraged by the selectmen, he was prepared to keep an ordinary in 1670. He was an active partisan of Rev. Mr. Parker in the Parker-Woodman controversy in the Newbury church in 1671. He was a tythingman in 1680 and 1687. He took the Freeman’s Oath on May 19, 1669, and the Oath of Allegiance in 1678, when he was aged sixty. In King Philip’s war he supplied to the forces a horse, worth £3, a bridle, saddle cloth etc., all of which were lost. He was discharged from ordinary training in 1679, and from all training in 1680 because of his lameness and because he had two sons already in the train-band and another about to enter it. Henry JAQUES and Anne KNIGHT were married on 8 Oct 1648 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.243,373,374,377-381 Seven Hundred Ancestors says Anna Knight was his second wife.

1589. Anne KNIGHT226 was born before 5 May 1631 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.381 She was baptized on 5 May 1631 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.378,381 She died on 22 Feb 1704/5 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.243,376,379 Henry JAQUES and Anne KNIGHT had the following children:

i. Henry JAQUES II244 was born on 30 Jul 1649 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.243,244 He died on 17 Apr 1679 in Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey.115,244 He signed a will in 1679.244 Left a legacy to Anne his wife and her children. In 1666 he had got Eleanor Bryer into trouble and, instead of facing the music, had fled, presumably having been taken to New Jersey by his father. The fine of the unhappy Eleanor was paid by John Knight, and Henry was fined £30 in March and an unnamed sum in May, 1666, for his misdemeanors. He remained in Woodbridge where he married about 1673 Anne, probably sister of John Trueman of Woodbridge who left a legacy to her and her children in his will in 1679. He took the Oath of Allegiance Feb. 27, 1667/68. In 1677 he made public acknowledgment of his error in slandering Rev. Ezekiel Fogg.

ii. Mary JAQUES was born on 12 Nov 1651 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.243,244 She died on 13 Oct 1653 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.243,244

iii. Mary JAQUES was born on 23 Oct 1653 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.243,244

iv. Hannah JAQUES was born about 1656.243 She died on 16 Mar 1731.115,379

v. Richard JAQUES244 was born in 1658 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.243 He died on 28 May 1683 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.126,244,246 (A jury of inquest found that “Richard Jakwish, tired and weary with washing sheep, jumped into the river to save a man who was beyond his depth, ‘sank and rose no more'”. [Quarterly Court of Essex County].) He took the Oath of Allegiance in 1676, aged 22.

794 vi. Lieut Stephen JAQUES.

vii. Sarah JAQUES was born on 20 Mar 1663/64 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.125,243,382 She died after 4 Mar 1725/26.382 Survived husband John Hale.

viii. Daniel JAQUES was born on 20 Feb 1667 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.125,243

ix. Elizabeth JAQUES231 was born on 28 Oct 1669 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.115,125,243 She signed a will on 15 Dec 1742.379,383 (In the Name of God and by his Assistance. I Elizabeth Knight of Newbury, Relict & widow of Richard Knight decd. Do Humbly Committ my Soul, Body & Spirit Both in Life and Death into The Everlasting arms of God Alsufficient, my Heavenly father and to Jesus Christ my alone Saviour and Blessed redeemer Through the power & presence of his Eternal Spirit, my body To the Earth to be Decently buried, whence it Original was Taken In hopes of a happy & Glorious Resurection In the Great Day of the man Christ Jesus, to whome Be Glory Forever Amen; And for Such good things of this World, as it pleased God to bless me withall, I Give and Dispose off In manner Following.

Imprimis. I Give to my Son Henry ye Sum of Ten pounds to be Paid by my Executor in good passable bills of Credit Old Tenor and also one pewter platter.

2ly; I Give to my Son Moses one feather bed & Bolster and Curtains and one Coverlet to be delivered to him By my Executor & also two pewter platters.

3ly; I Give to my Daughter Elizabeth the wife of Samuel Dole, ye Sum of five pounds to be paid out of my moveables, or household goods by my Executor. Also all my Clothing or wearing apparril both linnen & wollen.

4ly; I Give to my Grand Son Richard ye Son of Richard Knight Decd. one Bedsted & [brass skillet?] & two Sheep; and to my Grand Daughters Eunice & Ednah, ye Daughters of my Said son Richard Decd. I Give five Shillings to Each to Be paid by my Executor Old Tenor.

Lastly I Give to my Son Edmond my Dwelling House And all my Stock of Cattle, and all my moveables of what kind Or Nature whatsoever, Excepting Such as I have Otherwise Disposed of in manner as abovesaid, Constituting & appointing him my Executor, of this my Last will & Testament, ordering him to pay all my Debts and funeral Charges, In Witness to what is above written I have hereunto sett my hand and Seal this fifteenth Day of December Anno Domini 1742 and in ye Sixteenth year of his Majesties Reign George the Second King of Great Brittan &c.

her mark

Eliza. Knight (seal)

Signed Sealed and Acknowledged in presence of John Rolfe Jr. Enoch Rolfe Stephen Jaques Jr.) She died in 1743 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.231 Will (proved) on 13 Jun 1743 in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts.383 Her mother and Richard’s father were first cousings.

x. Ruth JAQUES was born on 14 Apr 1672 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.125,243 She died on 9 Jan 1764 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.

xi. Abigail JAQUES was born on 11 Mar 1674 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.125,243 She died about 1763.

1590. Samuel PLUMER246,384 was born in 1619 in England.246 He died in 1702 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.246 He kept a ferry over the Merrimac. Was admitted freeman June 2, 1641. Was a representative in 1676. Samuel PLUMER and Mary BITFIELD were married about 1646.246,385

1591. Mary BITFIELD died in 1701 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.386 Samuel PLUMER and Mary BITFIELD had the following children:

i. Ephraim PLUMER was born on 16 Sep 1654/55 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.115,387 He died on 13 Aug 1715/16 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.115,387

ii. Sylvanus PLUMER was born on 22 Feb 1658.246

iii. Ruth PLUMER was born on 7 Aug 1660.246

iv. Elizabeth PLUMER was born on 10 Oct 1662.246 Lineage of Francis Plumer says Oct. 10-19, 1662

795 v. Deborah PLUMER.

1596. is the same as person number 1586.

1597. is the same as person number 1587.

1598. John ATKINSON Sr.258,259,388 was born in 1636 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts.167,259,389 (Mary Adams Rolfe says about 1640.) He signed a will on 26 Jun 1715.259 (John Atkinson’s Will 956 PR

Sept 29, 1715 311-3756

The last will and testament of John Atkinson Sen. Of the Town of Newbury in the County of Essex in new England being aged and not able to provide for my self as here to fore and my son John Atkinson Jun having for some time past taken the care of me and hath comfortably provided for me in my ould age and is willing still to take ye care of me and provide for me so long as I shall live in this world, And I having given each of my children their full share or portion of my worldly goods in my lifetime before this day. And I having something yet left which I do thing may be little a nuff for my maintenance while I do live in this world. First in God’s appointed time I Resin my body to the dust to be decetly[sic] buryed and my sole unto the hand of Jesus Christ in hope of a glorious resurection And as for that part of works good that God hath lent me I do for the consideration above mentioned, give and bequeath unto my above said son John Atkinson Junr. Of Newbury afore said all my estate that I have not disposed of before this

and in particular fourty pounds of that sixty pounds which I allotted my son Nathaniel Atkinson of Newbury aforesaid to pay it to whom I should will it to in my last will and testament and also the money that I recovered a judgement for at Ipswich Court sum time past which judgemnent I recovered against Mr. Theodore Atkinson of Newcastle in the Province of Hampshear and also a peis of land at Haverhill which sd land I had of my unker Atkinson late of Boston decest and also a small peis of land at Boston lying near the land known by the name of Atkinsons Lane, also all my Right that I have in a peis of land at Salisbury, which land was formerly Samuel Geshil’s late of Salisbury decest which by obligation more at large may appeal as also all the money that is du to me or moneysworth du by Book Bill bond etc.. And upon the confederation of all that I have now willed to my said son John Atkinson Jun, I do oblige my son to take the whole care of me and comfortably as I shall live in the World and also to pay my honest debts so far as he shall have of my estate in his hands to pay., besides my maintenance it is to be understood that the incom [sic] that I am to have yearly of my son Nathaniel Atkinson is to go to my son John Atkinson toward my maintenance and whatsoever that is mine that I have not disposed of before this day whether it be real estate or personal estate I do give and bequeath unto my said son John Atkinson Junr. Whom I do appoint to be the executor of this my last will and testament. In witness whearof [sic] and in confermation [sic] of all above written I the said John Atkinson Senr. Have hereunto sett my hand and seale this twenty sixth day of June in the year of our Lord seventeen hundred and thirteen being the twelth year of ye Raine of our Sovereign Lady Anne Queen of Great Britian, France etc.

Signed and sealed in the present of us

John Sawyer Jr.

Joseph Merril Junr.

William Titcomb.

Proved Sept 29, 1716) He died in 1715 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.259 Will (proved) on 29 Sep 1716.259 He was Hatter.167 “Ancestry of Chas. S. Pillsbury and John Sargent Pillsbury” by Mary Lovering Holman, Rumford Press, Concord NH 1933 2 vols., relating an “ATKINSON Line”, p. 719 ff: In this section the author discusses Theodore and John’s probable relationship, and the Myrick connection (ie. marriage of John Atkinson and Sarah Myrick. She consistently refers to John and Theodore as Nephew and Uncle (p. 721) Her sources are court records, deeds, wills, etc.– all primary sources.

For example, but not limited to this one reference: p. 721 ” Know all men by these presents That I Theodore Atkinson of Boston upon Account of that Love and affection which I Bear unto my Nephew John Atkynson of Newbury and for other Considerations thereunto moving Have Given….unto him ye sd. John tenn acres of yt wilderness Land….bought of John Dow of Sd Haverhill…in Sd. Haverhill….^: 9: 1674. Joseph Dudley, Robert Clement. (evidently witnesses).

Also on p. 721: ” John Atkinson evidently prospered as a hatter, while in addition to the gifts that his uncle Theodore gave him, he bought much land. “This uncle Theodore Atkinson, who came as an indentured servant of John Newbate, settled in Boston in 1634, and was made Freeman there, 18 May 1642. From his subsequent career and this fact one is forced to conclude that he came over as an indentured servant for some political or religious motive. The English government frequently tried to prevent people from leaving the home country and so many times they came under other auspices than the natural ones. Theodore was born in 1612-14, so he was under age possibly when he came. He married probably about 1642, a wife Abigail, by whom he had: Theodore, Nathaniel, Abigail, Eleazer, Thomas and Abigail, all of whose births or baptisms are recorded. He married Secondly, about 1668, Mary (Wheelwright) Lyde, widow of Edward Lyde and dtr. of Rev. John Wheelwright. Thay had at least three children, Elizabeth, bpt. 21 Mar. 1669, JOHN, b. 13 June 1672, and Theodore, b. 28 Feb. 1673. Theodore, Sr. died in Boston, in Aug. 1701, aged 89 years. He deposed in Essex Co. in 1676, aged 62..

So evidently he had a son John, later, by 2nd marriage. But the John Atkinson who married Sarah Myrick.

In John Atkinson Sr.’s will, he of Newbury, he, among other things, refers to “also a pees of Land at Haverhill which sd. Land I had of my unker Atkinson late of Boston Decest” (26 June 1713.)

It seems pretty clear that there were 2 John Atkinsons, the elder, a nephew of Theodore, who married Sarah Myrick.

His father died when he was very young (1646) and he was adopted by his uncle Theodore of Boston and from him learned the hatter’s trade. [Mary Ann Rolfe Papers]

He was one of the signers of the position presented to the general court in Boston Sept 11 1666 favoring the adoption of conciliatory measures and the repeal of all legislative acts displeasing to the king (Charles II) (Currier) new p. 176

He took “ye oath of allegiance and fidelitie unto this government ye 25 February sixty eight before Robert Pike (Jno Atkinson) (177) aged 44 in 1678 (?) (180). [Mary Ann Rolfe Papers]

July 27, 1692 he and his wife Sarah testified at the court in Salem at the trial of Widow Susannah Martin who was tried for witchcraft June 29 and executed July 16, 1692.

March 31 1682 he signed petition asking the license for keeping an ordinary be granted to John March. ON 181. July 27, 1692 he and his wife Sarah testified at the court in Salem at the trial of Widow Susannah Martin who was tried for witchcraft June 29 and executed July 16, 1692.

March 31 1682 he signed petition asking the license for keeping an ordinary be granted to John March. ON 181. [Mary Ann Rolfe Papers]

John Weaver of Boston England mariner mortgaged to Mr. Thomas Norman of Boston and Jno Atkinson of Newbury which became bound for one to Tho: Woodbridge of Newbury merchant for 700L, to perform the award of Maj-gen Daniel Denison, Maj Robert Pike, Capt Nath: Saltonstall, Capt Willm Gerish and Mr. Richard Dole, my ketch called ye Three Sisters now riding at anchor before Boston, Dec 11, 1677. Witnesses Hugh March and Joseph Pike. Acknowledged March 1,1674 before Edward Tyng, assistant (Suf Co. Deeds v 9:80) [Mary Ann Rolfe Papers]

Came to Newbury about 1663 and resided on the southwesterly side of the upper green on the spot occupied in 1853 by Capt. Stephen W. Little. [Colonial Families]. John ATKINSON Sr. and Sarah MYRICK were married on 27 Apr 1664 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.258,389,390 VR says John Atkins [Attkinson. CT R.], and Sara Mirricke.

1599. Sarah MYRICK was born in 1640 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.391 She died before 1700 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.391 John ATKINSON Sr. and Sarah MYRICK had the following children:

799 i. Sarah ATKINSON.

ii. John ATKINSON II was born in 1667 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.259 (C.C.Coffin Hist. Boscawen).

iii. Thomas ATKINSON was born on 27 Dec 1669 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.258 He died before 1699.258

iv. Theodore ATKINSON was born on 23 Jan 1672 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.258 He died on 24 Jul 1685.258,259 (Drowned.)

v. Joanna ATKINSON was born in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.259

vi. Abigail ATKINSON was born on 8 Nov 1673 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.258,392 She published intentions to marry Jonathan Woodman on 1 Jan 1695/96 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.390 She died on 24 Sep 1725 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.393,394

vii. Samuel ATKINSON was born on 16 Jan 1676 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.258 He signed a will on 18 Mar 1717/18.259 Will (proved) on 25 Mar 1728.259

viii. Nathaniell ATKINSON was born on 29 Nov 1677 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.258

ix. Elizabeth ATKINSON was born on 20 Jun 1680 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.258 She published intentions to marry Thomas [Lovet] Leavitt of Hampton, NH on 4 Jan 1703/4.259

x. Joseph ATKINSON was born on 1 May 1682 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.258 He died in 1706.258 (Killed by Indians in the Province of Maine.)

xi. Rebecca ATKINSON was born in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.259

xii. Edward ATKINSON was born in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.259

1612. Richard DOLE Sr.395,396 was born before 31 Dec 1622 in Rangeworthy, Gloucester, England.395,397,398 (Vikrus says 1622.) He was baptized on 31 Dec 1622 in Rangeworthy, Gloucester, England.398,399 He immigrated in 1639 to Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.397 He signed a will on 25 Mar 1698.399,400 (He mentions his “Dear & Loving Wife” [name not given] and his marriage contract with her “baring Date Octo 29 1690.” He also mentioned the heirs of his son John Dole; son Richard Dole; son William Dole; son Abner Dole (including land “where Henry Dole was want to plant Cabadges”); daughter Hannah Moodey, wife of John Moodey; daughter Apphia Coffin, wife of Peter Coffin; and daughter-in-law Sarah Walker; executors: “my Three Sons beforenamed viz. Richard Dole William Dole & Abner Dole.”

Inventory of his estate was taken 26 July 1705.) He died before 26 Jul 1705.395,397,398 (The date of his death is not ascertained. Inventory of his estate was taken 26 July 1705 so it is probable he died in his 83rd year.) Will (proved) on 30 Jul 1705.399,400 Arrived in New England as an apprentice to John Lowell, son of Percival Lowell. In his apprenticeship record at Bristol, dated 7 September 1637, he is listed as Richard Dole, son of William Dole from the parish of Thornbury, Gloucestershire, tanner, apprentice to John Lowle of the City of Bristol, glover, and his wife Mary. The Lowle family settled in Newbury and Richard Dole continued as clerk in their employ for a time. But he entered early, and with great activity and enterprise, upon business for himself. He long held a prominent place as merchant in Newbury, and also became an extensive landholder, and left at his decease an estate of £1840 – a large property for those times. He built and made his home through life, on the north bank of the river Parker, just below where “Oldtown bridge” is now located. He was a man of marked ability and upright character, influential and respected as a citizen and a christian. Richard DOLE Sr. and Hannah ROLFE were married on 3 May 1647 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.251,395,401,402 Newbury VR says Rofe (sic), [Hannah T.C. ] d. wid., and Richard Dole, ___ 3, 1647.

1613. Hannah ROLFE was born about 1629.369 Ae. 49 y. She died on 16 Nov 1678 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.395,398,403,404 Richard DOLE Sr. and Hannah ROLFE had the following children:

i. Dr. John DOLE398 was born on 10 Aug 1648 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.398,405,406 He died on 10 Jan 1694 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.407 Settled in that part of Newbury which afterward became the business centre of Newburyport. Administration of his estate was granted 3 Oct 1699.

ii. Richard DOLE Jr. was born on 6 Sep 1650 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.148,271,398,408 He died on 1 Aug 1723 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.398,408,409 He was buried after 1 Aug 1723 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.398,408 (Monumental stone marks his grave in the oldest burying place in Newbury.

Here lies buried in

hopes of a glorys

resurrection the

body of Mr Richard

Dole who died

in ye 73 year

of his age.)

iii. Anna DOLE was born on 26 Mar 1653 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.271,278,398 She died on 6 Jul 1653 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.271,398,403

iv. Benjamin DOLE was born on 14 Jun 1654 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.271,278,398 He died in 1678/79 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.407

v. Joseph DOLE398 was born on 5 Aug 1657 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.271,398,405 He died in 1692/93 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.407 Said to have been captain of one of his father’s ships. There is evidence that he lived to be more than thirty years of age, but no record of his death or marriage. Yet there is some reason to think he may have been the father of a John, who subsequently appears on the town records, but whose parentage is uncertain.

vi. William DOLE149,271 was born on 11 Apr 1660 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.271,398,410 He died on 31 Jan 1717/18 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.149,409 NEHGR says 29 Jan 1717/18. Married step-sister Mary Brocklebank. Lived near his father.

806 vii. Henry DOLE.

viii. Hannah DOLE was born on 23 Oct 1665 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.270,271,398 She died on 11 Aug 1719 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.411

ix. Apphia DOLE was born on 7 Dec 1668 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.251,271,278,398 She died on 14 Apr 1725 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.277,412

x. Abner DOLE was born on 8 Mar 1671/72 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.149,271,278 He published intentions to marry Mary Belcher of Boston on 5 Jan 1698 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.149,413 He signed a will on 1 Mar 1738.55 (In the name of God amen I Abner Dole of Newbury in new england being of perfect mind and memory, yet calling to mind that it is appointed for all men once to died, do make and ordaine this my last will and testiment first I resigne my sole to God who gave it and my boody to the dust to be decently buried att the descretion of my executor and as touching the worldly goods and estatet wherwith it hath pleased God to bless me with I do: herby give and despose of as followeth &c.

1) I do give and bequeath unto my son Henry Dole all that my pese of land lying att the westerly end of Salvance plumrs his land known by ye name of Shorts Lot and all my Jeriecov medow more or less exepin fouer acres and also one third part of my right at plum island and interest there in both upland and medow or marsh land and also my pastur land, all of it in that pastur called the old town pastur nere Mr. Danel Noyeses as by record may apere and as it is now fenced in and allso five ewese and fine lambs and allso a gun that which he now hath and allso all my household goods that was his own mothers and allso that pece of land which I purchased of Richard Gooding and allso the land that — two cowes if stented one in the old town pasture more or less in quantity and quality and allso all my right in the pasture upland and meadow as it was given me by my honrd father Mr. Richard Dole that lieth to ye eastward of the old towen green so called and if it please God that if my son Henry Dole dy withut a meale hair living to injoy the land above given said land shall return to my two sons Nathaniel and Abner Dole and if my son Henry shall have daftrs surviveing him then my two sons shall pay them fifty pounds apece in currant money or bill of credit when they come to the age of eightten or day of marriage and allso I give my son Henry Dole four acres of my pastur meedow at the westerly end joying upon Richard Dole medow.

2) I herby give and bequeath unto my son Abner Dole four acres of salt marsh on the south sid of my Jerecoo medow joying to the grat crick and allso the bed that

I now useth and on peair of shets and a blanket and a coverled and a gun that he now useth.

3) I do herby give and bequeath my dafter Sarah Woodman the now wife of Jonathan Woodman forty pounds in money or bills of credet acounting the bills att the same valew as att this present riting besides what shee have allready had to be paid by my executor in two yeare after my decease.

4) I do herby give and bequeath unto my son Nathaniel Dole all my estate both rale and persnoll not other ways desposed of in this my will and apint him to be my sole executor of this my will to performe what is to be performed therin acornd to ye true intent and meaning therof. In witness wherof I do set to my hand and seale this first day of March 1738/or 9

Signed seal published pronounced and declared by Abner Dole to be his last will and testament. Abner Dole. In presents of us John Moody, Nathanell Lunt Joseph Lunt. Approved and allowed Jan 12th `1740.) He died before 12 Jan 1739/40.149 Will (proved) on 12 Jan 1740.149

1614. Capt. Samuel BROCKLEBANK414 was born about 1626 in England.269,415 (Age 36, March 29, 1664.) He died on 21 Apr 1676 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts.269,415,416 (Slain in King Philip’s War, with Wadsworth at Sudbury. Other records record the date as 18 Apr 1676.) Dating of “The Sudbury Fight” [Condensed Version]

The date of “The Sudbury Fight” had been the subject of much dispute for years. I have more thoroughly analyzed all the resources I had on The Sudbury Fight. It is one of my concerns because Capt. Samuel Brocklebank, my 7th great-grandfather was slain in it. There were a number of major players in this story, but especially the other Captain that was killed in it, Capt. Samuel Wadsworth, and most of their men.

So, was the date of The Sudbury Fight, 18 Apr 1676 or 21 Apr 1676?

The Wadsworth Monument was erected in the town of Sudbury about 1730 by the President of Harvard College, Capt. Wadsworth’s own son, who must surely have been correct when he had the monument erected. Certainly he would have known what day his own father was killed. The monument said 18 Apr 1676.

In 1852 the monument was rebuilt, and although those on the committee that was formed to rebuild it knew “that there was a discrepancy among the authorities”[2] concerning the date of the fight, it was nevertheless erected with the same date of 18 Apr 1676.

So, shortly after that, S.G. Drake, a former President of the NEHGS, wrote a most convincing article in the NEHGR, entitled “WADSWORTH MONUMENT”[1] concluding that the date was rather 21 Apr 1676.

First, he called attention to the contemporary historian’s accounts. That itself was convincing enough, but there was a second factor to consider. It was that notice of the battle happening that day was received at Charlestown, Massachusetts, just at the beginning of the monthly lecture there.

Then, S.G. Drake, refers the reader to Buddington’s History of the First Church of the town of Charlestown, which he felt “easily settled” the question of on what day that lecture was held. I quote: “It is there stated that the regular Monthly Lectures were held in that town on Fridays. And we know that the 21st of April, 1676, was Friday.”[1]

Thirteen years later, however, the NEHGR [2] published an article by the Hon. George S. Boutwell, member of Congress for the district in which the fight occurred. His view was in complete opposition to Mr. Drakes. And he also developed his argument on the basis of a number of historical records, including some of the same records that Drake referred to. He concluded that the date on the monument was indeed the correct date.

Later that same year the NEHGR published another report that I will make later reference to.

I previously referred those interested in the dispute over the date of “The Sudbury Fight” to the NEHGR’s discussions. The first by S.G. Drake in favor of the date 21 April 1676, contrary to what the Wadsworth Monument in Sudbury read.[3] And the second by Hon. George S. Boutwell, in favor of the date 18 Apr 1676, as the monument read.[4] Both had substantial points worth considering.

Another book, History of The Town Of Marlborough, Mass., by Charles Hudson summed up the controversy very nicely in three paragraphs, which take into consideration both of the above positions, as well as the one to follow and gives the message that views concerning both positions are highly probable and improbable, leaving the matter just as it was, a matter of controversy. The writer did, however, make the main points stand out, without dragging it out. [5]

I don’t know if the debate was ever fully settled. Even in the book “Flintlock and Tomahawk”, by Douglas Edward Leach, published 1958, only gave a correspondent the general idea that The Sudbury Fight seemed to have happened between Apr 19 and Apr 27.

The best summation of evidence that I’ve seen is “Report On The Sudbury Fight, April, 1676” [6] This report was written by a committee formed by the NEHGR to investigate the matter. It, at length, considers all the histories and points of view taken by both Mr. Drake and Mr. Boutwell and introduces much new evidence that had been previously unknown by the former writers in the NEHGR, evidence that they were able to unearth.

One of the historians, Dr. Increase Mather that Mr. Drake had referred to in his previous account, had recorded events in journal form, writing daily entries. He recorded no event on 18 Apr 1676. on the 19th, however, he recorded that one man was killed at Weymouth and another at Hingham, and that the enemy had burned the remaining deserted houses at Marlborough. Under 20 April, he said a day of great humiliation was observed at Boston. But, it wasn’t until the 21st that he reported that “sad tidings came to us. For the enemy set upon upon Sudbury and burnt a great part of the town; and whereas Captain Wadsworth (a prudent and faithful man) was sent out for their relief with about seventy armed men, a great body of Indians surrounded them, so as that about fifty of ours were slain that day, amongst whom was Captain Wadsworth and his Lieutenant Sharp. Also Captain Brocklebank (a godly and choice spirited man) was killed at the same time”. [3]

I mention Dr. Increase Mather, at this time, because we will be referring to these words shortly. I desire not to go to great length with the confusing and contradictory references that were previously made concerning the various historian’s accounts, but to get more to the point. I believe that the later discovery of many town records, as well as Gage’s History of Rowley will speak for themselves.

This committee assigned to get to the truth of the matter, said that they were “indebted to the accurate Historiographer of the Society, W. B Trask, Esq….for a reliable transcript of the Town Records of Roxbury.” “We say reliable, because Mr. Shattuck, in his History of Concord, by some typographical or other mistake has made them say April 27.” So, that explains the April 27th error that has been carried on.

The actual records tell that all of the following men “Were all slain at Sudbury by the Indians under command of Captain Samuell Wadsworth, vpon 21 Aprill, 1676.”: “Josep Pepper…Thomas Baker, Jr., John Roberts, Nathaniel Sever, Thos. Rawley, Sen., William Cleaves, Joseph Pepper, John Sharpe, Thomas Hopkins, Samuel Gardner”.

Some of the Concord Town Records even have it as the 31st of March: “Samuel Potter; John Barnes; David Comy; James Hosmer” all reported as dying that day. That’s a mystery. Perhaps the clerk only recorded events on a monthly basis.

It appears that the County Records of the Probate Court of Middlesex County, provide the best evidence:

Samuel Potter, of Concord, no d.o.d.

John Barnes of Concord, no d.o.d.

David Comy of Concord, d. 21 Apr 1676, “slaine by ye Indians at


James Hosmer Jr. of Concord, d. 21 [2] 1676

“being slaine in the jniagement with the jndeans at Sudburie,

one the 21 of the second month in the year 1676.”

Josiah Wheeler, of Concord, “slain by the engagement with the

Indians at Sudburie on the twenty-first of the second month,

in ye yeare 1676.”

Will Heywood, of Sudbury, “slayn Aprill 21, 1676”.

(Of course, when you are looking for it, no Nathaniel Gleason,

is mentioned in these extracts, however, he may have been

either under Wadsworth’s command, or under Capt. Hugh Mason’s

(of Watertown) command. Nevertheless, the date of his death

is in agreement.

The Suffolk Probate Records are not so conclusive concerning the following that died: Capt. Samuel Wadsworth, of Milton (slain in the country’s service).

Joseph Pepper, of Roxbury (slain in the country’s service).

Thomas Baker, of Roxbury, slain 1676.

John Buckman Jr., dyed in the country’s service.

Jabesh Duncan, of Roxbury, dyed in the country’s service.

John Wiseman, of Boston, slain in the country’s service.

Except for the last entry:

Eliazer Hawes, of Dortchester, “slaine in ye wars ye 21 of Aprill.”

The records proved that Mather had been right in his date when he recorded that a man had been slain at Weymouth, as the records show that “Sergt. Thomas Pratt, of Weymouth, slain by the Indians 19th April, 1676.”

Rowley, where Capt. Brocklebank and some of his men were from yielded nothing in it’s town records. But, we do have Gage’s History of Rowley:

Pg. 220 says: “Upon tuesday and wednesday last they burned the remainder of the houses in Marlborough.” “This day we have intelligence in general that Sudbury was this morng. assaulted and many houses burnt down.” (Dated 21 Apr ’76)

Pg. 234, “We recd yours of 21st, informing of killing two men of Hingham and Weymouth, and that on fryday last your Town of Sudbury was assaulted, since which, we have more particularly that the greatest part of that town was lost, and the same day Capt. Wadsworth and Brocklebank with many under their command…”.

Pg. 222 contains a letter from Secretary Edward Rawson to Lieut. Richard Jacob, Capt. Brocklebank’s lieutenant: “Information of God’s further frown upon us in depriving the country both of yr Captain and Capt. Wadsworth, wth severall others by permitting the enemy to destroy them yesterday so yt yr late Capt. Brocklebank’s charge is devolved upon yourself.” (Boston, 22 Apr 1676)

Prior to his receiving this letter, Lieut. Richard Jacob, writes from Marlborough 22 April 1676 to Rawson. “This morning the enemy alarmed us by firing on that part of the town next to Sudbury…and they afterwards came in sight on Indian Hill in great numbers, and as they are accustomed after a fight, began to signify to us how many were slain. They co-hooped seventy-four times, which we hoped was only to frighten us.”

April 23 Sec. Rawson wrote again to Lieut. Jacob, “Yesterday, upon the council receiving the sad intelligence of yr Capt. and Capt Wadsworth’s death, ordered your taking charge of affairs at Marlborough. Since when I received yours of 22d, giving intelligence of the enemy’s infesting your quarters…”

Then there was the anonymous historian’s account, which was published in London in October, 1676, and which was considered by the publisher “the most exact account yet printed.” He wrote: “April 20, Capt. Wadsworth, of Dorchester, being designed with an 100 men to repair to Marlborough to strengthen the garrison, and remove the goods, & c. there; did accordingly this evening march with about 70 men from Sudbury, the rest of his men not appearing; The enemy… permitted them to pass them in the night, but in the morning assaulted and burned most of the Houses in Sudbury (save those that were ingarrisoned) upon which the Town of Concord receiving the alarm, 12 resolute young men hastened from thence to their neighbor’s relief, but were waylaid and 11 of them cut off; But by the time Capt. Wadsworth was come to Marlborough, the alarm and news of this disaster overtook him, and although he had marched all the day and night before and his men much wearied, yet he hastened back againe and was accompanied by Capt. Brocklebank, commander of the garrison at Marlborough, with what small number he durst spare out of his garrison, when they arrived within a mile and a half of Sudbury… and were suddenly set upon….Our two Captains after incomparable proofs of their resolution and gallantry, being slain upon the place, together with most of their men; but those few that remained escaped to a mill, which they defended till night, when they were hapily rescued by Capt. Prentice, who coming in the way hastily, though somewhat too late to the relief of Capt. Wadsworth, & c.”

Also from Edw. Rawson’s letter, it is clear that it was on Tuesday and Wednesday, the 18th and the 19th that it was Marlborough that was the town attacked. The anonymous writer stated that that once the news arrived that Capt. Wadsworth and his men prepared to go and set off marching toward “Marlborough to strengthen the garrison there,” which did not happen until the 20th. He also reported that Capt. Wadsworth and his company had “marched all the day and night before the day of the Sudbury Fight. So, it now becomes clear that it was Marlborough that was attacked and burned on the 18th & 19th of April and not Sudbury, as he was marching at that point to Marlborough.

True, in the morning of the 21st, when the men of Concord responded to the attack on Sudbury, they hastened to try to defend their neighbors, but were met up by Indians and cut off, a number of them dying. The NEHGR considered that skirmish “a distinct affair by itself in the early part of the same day, they being the nearest neighbors to Sudbury.”

So, it was 21 Apr 1676 later in the day that the Sudbury Fight occurred.

Judge Sewall, wrote in his journal “Friday about 3 in ye afternoon, April 21, 1676, Capt. Wadsworth and Capt. Brocklebank fall…” Some have questioned the April 21 date on this basis, saying that with the country in the possession and control of the Indians, and how could the news of the fight reach Charleston the same day at the beginning of the lecture which General Daniel Gookin was attending. Charles Hudson’s answer to that is that “Those who advocate the latter date assert, with a good degree of probability, that Gookin’s intimacy with the Praying Indians, enabled him to obtain, through them, the earliest intelligence from the interior, and that they could in four of five hours convey the news to Charlestown.”[5]

Has anyone not heard, even in our day, of the amazing feats of endurance of some Indian runners.

NEHGR concludes by saying, “Your Committee were appointed ‘to ascertain if possible the date of the Sudbury Fight.’ We believe the evidence herein submitted fully warrants us in now reporting that we have conclusively ascertained the date of that Fight, and that it was on the twenty-first day of April, 1676, old style.” Old Style meaning according to the Julian Calendar.

However, as I mentioned, S.G. Drake, in order to settle the question that it was absolutely on the 21st of the month, referred the reader to Buddington’s History of the First Church of the town of Charlestown. He said: “It is there stated that the regular Monthly Lectures were held in that town of Fridays. And we know that the 21st of April, 1676, was Friday.”[3] Friday, that is, according to the Old Style, Julian Calendar.


[1] NEHGR, Vol. 7, July 1853, pp. 221-224.

[2] NEHGR, Vol 20, April 1866, pp. 135-141.

[3] NEHGR, Vol 7, July 1853, pp. 221-224.

[4] NEHGR, Vol 20, Apr 1866, pp. 135-141.

[5] History of The Town Of Marlborough, Mass., Charles Hudson, pp. 75, 76.

[6] NEHGR, Vol 20, Oct 1866, 341-352.

The Essex Antiquarian: He was a yeoman, and lived in Rowley, being a selectman of the town and holding other public offices. He was appointed deacon of the church there Feb. 18, 1665. His estate was appraised at £442, 11s. Capt. Samuel BROCKLEBANK and Hannah [BROCKLEBANK] were married on 18 May 1652 in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts.275,417

1615. Hannah [BROCKLEBANK] was born in 1632.107 She died on 6 Sep 1690 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.272,395 Capt. Samuel BROCKLEBANK and Hannah [BROCKLEBANK] had the following children:

i. Dea. Samuel BROCKLEBANK was born on 28 Nov 1653 in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts.275,276 VR says 28: 9 m: 1653. He was a yeoman, and lived in the western part of Rowley (now Georgetown).

ii. Francis BROCKLEBANK was born on 26 Sep 1655 in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts.275,418 (VR says 26: 7 m: 1655.) He was buried on 22 Jul 1660 in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts.275,419

iii. John BROCKLEBANK was buried on 4 Jul 1660 in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts.275,419

iv. Hannah BROCKLEBANK was born on 28 Mar 1659 in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts.275,418 She was living in 1701 in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts.275

v. Elizabeth BROCKLEBANK was born in 1661 in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts.275

vi. Mary BROCKLEBANK269 was born in 1663 in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts.107 She was living in 1720.275 (Widow of William Dole.) Dau. of Samuel Brocklebank.

vii. Sarah BROCKLEBANK was born on 29 Oct 1666 in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts.275,276 She was buried on 1 Mar 1667 in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts.275,419

807 viii. Sarah BROCKLEBANK.

ix. Jane BROCKLEBANK was born on 31 Jan 1670/71 in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts.275,420,421 She died on 26 Jul 1728 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.248

x. Joseph BROCKLEBANK275 was born on 28 Nov 1674 in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts.275,420 He died on 21 Apr 1748.275 He was a yeoman and lived in Rowley.

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