Generation 12 Extensive

Twelfth Generation

3072. Robert NOYES 422 was born about 1518 in Cholderton, Wiltshire, England.423 He died after 17 Nov 1599 in Cholderton, Wiltshire, England.423 When he ws listed on the subsidy roll of 42 Elizabeth I. Married before 1568 a woman whose name is presently unknown.

Robert was many times in court, particularly regarding the manor of Littleton.

Robert Noyes was listed in the subsidies of 10 September 13 Elizabeth I [1571] and 42 Elizabeth I [1599/1600] (Chancery Proceedings, Series II, C3/151/91).

While we have been taught to look with suspicion on ages given in round numbers, Robert’s 1598 deposition suggests that he was nearly fifty years old when his first known child was born. When Richard Noyes of Manningford Bruce in 1590/91 gave a small legacy to “every of the sonnes of Robert Noyes of Chowlderton,” the implication was that there were at least two boys and probably more. Evidence of only two have been found. Robert NOYES were married before 1568.423 Robert NOYES had the following children:

1536 i. Rev. William NOYES.

ii. Robert NOYES was born about 1570 in Cholderton, Wiltshire, England.94,422 He was buried on 20 Jan 1659 in Cholderton, Wiltshire, England.422,424 (Ae. 89y.)

iii. Richard NOYES was born about 1572 in Cholderton, Wiltshire, England.425 (Ae. 67 y.) He signed a will on 25 Aug 1639.426 He died after 25 Aug 1639 in Cholderton, Wiltshire, England.285 Will (proved) on 29 Oct 1639.422 Will witnessed by Nathan Noyes and his wife Mary Noyes, proved 29 Oct. 1639, in which he names “my beloved Kinsmen Nathan Noyes and Ephraim Noyes.” (Archdeaconry Court of Sarum, original will). He was Yeoman.285

3074. Rev. Robert PARKER283 was born about 1550 in Cholderton, Wiltshire, England. He died in Cholderton, Wiltshire, England. Mather called him “one of the greatest scholars in the English Nation, and in some sort the father of all Nonconformists of our day.”

Rev. Robert PARKER and Mary Eydith BURGE-COLLINS were married about 1569 in Cholderton, Wiltshire, England.

3075. Mary Eydith BURGE-COLLINS was born about 1555 in Cholderton, Wiltshire, England. Rev. Robert PARKER and Mary Eydith BURGE-COLLINS had the following children:

i. Rev. Robert PARKER was born about 1569 in Cholderton, Wiltshire, England. He died in 1614. Noted and learned Puritan divine whom Elizabeth I exiled to Holland for his heterodoxy.

ii. Richard PARKER was born about 1572 in Cholderton, Wiltshire, England. He died in 1611.

1537 iii. Anne PARKER.

iv. Cuthbert PARKER280 was born about 1577.280 In a deposition given at the sign of the Angell in Andover at Michaelmas Term 5 Charles I [1629] he styled himself “Cuthbert Parker of nether Clatford, Southants, aged about 52 (Exchequer Depositions by Commission, E134/5 CHAS 1/MICH 3). He lived in Whitchbury, Wiltshire, England in 1621.280 He was buried on 8 Jul 1636 in Goodworth Clatford, Hampshire, England.280 In 1621, aged 44, when Cuthbert Parker deposed on behalf of Thomas Parker and Edward Parker, complainants against Robert Kyrle, Esquire, brother of William Kyrle, deceased, the dispute concerned tenements in Clinger, in the parish of Cam, Gloucs. Administration on his estate granted to Stephen White as the principal creditor, the widow Joan Parker renouncing (P.C.C. Admons. 1636).

v. Marie PARKER280 was born.

vi. William PARKER280 was born.

vii. Edward PARKER280 was born.

3076. Francis CUTTING318 was born. Francis CUTTING had the following children:

1538 i. Capt. John CUTTING.

3078. Edward WARD lived in Little Wrathinge, Suffolk, England.326 Edward WARD and Judith [WARD] were married.326

3079. Judith [WARD] was born. Edward WARD and Judith [WARD] had the following children:

1539 i. Mary WARDE.

3080. William KNIGHT was born about 1565 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.427 William KNIGHT and Elizabeth CARTER were married on 12 Nov 1588 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.427

3081. Elizabeth CARTER died in Romsey, Hampshire, England. William KNIGHT and Elizabeth CARTER had the following children:

1540 i. John KNIGHT Sr..

ii. Richard KNIGHT226 was born before 14 Jan 1603 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.102,428 He was baptized on 14 Jan 1603 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.102,428,429 He emigrated in Apr 1635 from Southampton, Hampshire, England.102,429 (Sailed on the ‘James’ of London.) He signed a will on 17 Aug 1681.429,430 Mentions among his children his daughter Sarah Kelley and six of her children. He died on 4 Aug 1683 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.226,428-430 Ae. 81 y. Died without male heirs. Will (proved) on 25 Sep 1683.429,430 He was Tailor.102 Prob. younger br. of the first John, came with him from Southampton in the James, 1635, call. in the custom-ho. rec. tailor of Romsey, in Hants. Freeman 5/25/1636.

3084. George INGERSOLL was born about 1563 in Edsworth, Bedfordshire, England.431 He died in 1644.353 George INGERSOLL and Alicia HANKIN were married on 21 Jun 1584 in Hinxworth, Hertfordshire, England.431

3085. Alicia HANKIN was born. George INGERSOLL and Alicia HANKIN had the following children:

1542 i. Richard INGERSOLL.

ii. William INGERSOLL was born in 1590 in Edworth, Bedfordshire, England.353 He died on 17 Nov 1590 in Edworth, Bedfordshire, England.353

iii. Joan INGERSOLL was born in 1594.353

iv. Elizabeth INGERSOLL was born in 1597 in Edworth, Bedfordshire, England.353

v. William INGERSOLL was born about 1600 in Edworth, Bedfordshire, England.353 He died on 21 Jul 1644.353

vi. John INGERSOLL was born about 1615.351

vii. Alice INGERSOLL was born in Edworth, Bedfordshire, England.353

viii. George INGERSOLL was born in Edworth, Bedfordshire, England.353

3086. Thomas LANGLEY was born about 1548 in Sandy, Bedfordshire, England.432 He died on 12 Jun 1600.432 Thomas LANGLEY and Ann [LANGLEY] were married.

3087. Ann [LANGLEY] was born. She died. Thomas LANGLEY and Ann [LANGLEY] had the following children:

1543 i. Agnes LANGLEY.

3170. POOR was born. POOR had the following children:

1585 i. Alice POORE.

ii. Samuel POOR357,433,434 was born about 1620 in , Wiltshire, England.357 (May 1638 his age was 18 years.) He died on 31 Dec 1683 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.433-435 Came to New England with brother Daniel and sister Alice on the Bevis of Hampton in May 1638. One of the early settlers of Newbury. He bought a house and land of Tristram Coffin April 15, 1652, bounded on the northwest by land that he had previously bought of Richard Kent; but the description is otherwise so vague and indefinite that it is impossible to say just where the land was located. Freeman 1673.

iii. Daniel POORE92,436,437 was born in 1624 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England.357,436,438,439 Age given in May 1638 was 14 years. He signed a will on 1 Jun 1689.440 “In the name off God Amen : I Daniel Poor senr. of Andover in the county of Essex in New England Husbandman, being at ppsent of a sound mind & memory though very sick of body, & considering ye dangerousness of my disease & not knowing how soone my great change may be, have thought it meet & doe accordingly make this my last will and testament in manner & form following : ffirst I bequeath & resign my soul unto ye hands of god that gave it & my body to be decently interred in the earth from whence it was taken, in hope & firm assurance of ye pardon of all my sins & of a blessed and happy resurection through the alone meritt & mediation of my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. And as for my worldly goods and outward estate, whether real, personal or mixt, (my just debts & funeral expenses being discharged) I give & bequeathe in manner following.

Imp. I give and bequeath unto my dear wife Mary my dwelling house with all my household stuff & ye one half of my Land on this side Shawshin River both arable land, pasture land & mowing ground, together with my whole stock of neat cattle, sheep, swine & horses. (and alsoe above two thirds of my kort yard) Barn and corne upon ye ground & what provision I have in ye house & what money I shall leave out of this aboves’d estate I would have my aboves’d wife as soon as she can conveniently pay to my daughter Ruth twenty pounds & to my daughter Lucy twenty pounds. Confiding in my sd wife that she will deal by them as well as she hath by her other daughters ; and after that she will pay all my honest and just debts and receive what is due to me after, I give my sd wife all my husbandrie tackling of what kind or nature soever & after my Dear wife’s decease ye abovesaid Land shall goe to my eldest son Daniell.

Imp. I give to my son Daniell ye other half of my land on this side of Shawshin river (excepting three acres I have given to my daughter Martha at which her husband has built upon & mostly improved) alsoe a parcell of lowe ground on ye west side of Shawshin river being bounded by the highway & land of John Granger, ye River & ye Common : my sayd son Daniell paying within two years of my Decease ten pounds apiece to my Daughters, Ruth & Lucy in good merchantable pay att ye current price.

Itt. To my son John all my upland …. with the meadow-ground. [The will is here abridged, only an outline given to indicate noticeable points.]

. . . . . . . . . . .

As for my daughters Mary, Sarah, Hanah, Deborah, they have already received their full portions according to intent & ability.

Itt. I give to my daughter Martha twenty acres of land ….

Itt. I give to my daughter Elizabeth all the meadow I have in Wade’s meadow ….

Itt. I give to my daughter Priscilla my meadow on the west side of Shawshin River commonly called the Pond meadow.

Itt. To my daughters Ruth & Lucy who are yet unmarried, I give forty pounds to each of them to be paid as is before exprest.

Itt. I give to my brother in law Jno ffarnum a Parcell of meadow — two acres …. on furthest side of Woodchuck meadow ….

Itt. I constitute and appoint my two sons Daniell & John Poor to be my executors, Desiring and commending them according to their ability to be help full unto their mother as her necessity shall require, Hereby making void all former wills or writings of this nature.

As witness my hand & seal this 1st day of June in the year of our Lord sixteen hundred eighty nine.

His Mark

Daniel + Poor

[Essex County Court Papers, vol. xlix., p. 32] )

He died on 8 Jun 1689.436,441,442 Day & month unsourced. He probably emigrated in May 1638 from Southampton, England to New England aboard ship “Bevis of Hampton” as “Dayell” aged 14 with possibly a sister Alice aged 20 and a brother Samuel aged 18 as servants of Stephen or Richard Dummer of Newbury, MA.

NE Families: Daniel Poore, the immigrant ancestor. came from England in the ship “Bevis”. Captain Robert Batten, master, sailing from Southampton with sixty other passengers in May, 1638, when he was fourteen years of age. He came in the family of Stephen and Alice Dummer. In the same ship came also Samuel Poore, and Alice Poore, who married George Little, of Newbury, Massachusetts. Daniel doubtless lived in Newbury about ten years, and Samuel and Alice settled for life there. John Poore, probably an elder brother, also settled there and another brother, Thomas Poore, settled and died at Andover, leaving neither wife nor children. Daniel Poore married in Boston, October 20, 1650. Mary Farnum, sister of John Farnum, who also settled in Andover, and has many descendants in that section. Daniel Poore died June 8, 1689, aged sixty-five; his wife also died in Andover, February 3, 1714, aged eighty-five years. Their home was on the easterly side of the Shawshine river, not far from its mouth and near the station on the Boston & Maine railroad in North Andover near the Merrimac river, and the street railway from Lawrence to North Andover passes near the site of the old house. The ancient bridge over the Shawshine river is near by and the homestead included land on both sides of the river below the bridge.

iv. Thomas POOR437,443 was born. Brother of Daniel and John settled and died in Andover, leaving neither wife nor children.

3172. Tristram COFFIN359,444 was born in 1609 in Plymouth, Devonshire, England.227,361,445,446 (Coffin Gatherings says ca 1605. Of Butlers. Brixton Parish.) He was baptized on 10 Mar 1610 in Plymouth, Devonshire, England.446 (Brixton Parish) He immigrated in 1642 to Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts.227,447 He lived in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts on 15 Nov 1642.361 He lived in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts about 1648.361 He lived in Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts in 1654.361 He lived in Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts in 1660.361 He died on 2 Oct 1681 in Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts.227,445 Tristram married before coming to America and lived, successively at Haverhill, Newbury, Salisbury and finally on Nantucket Island, where he died.

On the fifteenth of November, 1642, Passaquo and Saggahew, with the consent of Passaconaway who was leader of the Merrimacs, sold for L3 10s. `to the inhabitants of Pentucket,’ now Haverhill, a track of land fourteen miles long and six miles wide, `with ye isleand and the river that ye isleand stands in’ etc. Among the witnesses to this deed was Tristram Coffyn, who had this year, arrived in New England and had moved from Salisbury to Haverhill.

Tristram is said to have been the first man to use a plow in Haverhill. He was a royalist, and was one of the few, if not the only early settler to come to New England as a consequence of the success of Oliver Cromwell.

In about 1644, Tristram and his family moved to Newbury, where he became a prominent inn keeper and ferryman. In Newbury in 1644 Tristram was granted permission to keep an “ordinary” (saloon), sell wine and keep a ferry on the Newbury side of the Merrimack between Newbury and Carr’s island. George Carr ran the ferry from Carr’s island to Salisbury. This arrangement was confirmed in the town records on December 26,1647: `Tristram Coffin (senior) is allowed to keep an ordinary and retayle wine, paying according to order, and also granted liberty to keep a ferry at Newbury side. In September 1653, `Tristram Coffyn’s wife Dionis Coffin was presented for selling beer’, at his ordinary in Newbury, ‘for three pence a quart.’ (higher than the set price for beer). Having proved `upon the testimony of Samuel Moores, that she put six bushels of malt into a hogshead she was discharged.’ Dionis was found to be “doctoring” the beer sold at the ordinary. Contrary to current practice Dionis was making her beer stronger and charging a correspondingly higher price. The law at the time called for beer to be `good wholesome beer of four bushels of malt to the hogshead.’ Goodwife Coffin is said to have remarked: `I’ll have better beer than my neighbors and be paid for it. A fig for the law.’

In 1654 or 1655, Tristram returned to Salisbury where he signed his name as “Tristram Coffyn Commissioner of Salisbury.”

In 1659, Tristram and some of his sons were among a company of Salisbury men who purchased nineteen twentieths of the island of Nantucket from Thomas Mayhew.

In 1660 Tristram Sr. with wife, mother and some of his children moved to the island where this branch of the Coffin family continued. Tristram Jr. remained in Newbury with his wife and family.


Tristram Coffyn was born in 1609 in Brixton Parish, town of Plymouth, Devonshire, England and baptized March 11, 1610. He was the eldest child of Peter and Johanna Coffin.

Coffyn’s early years in England were during a very eventful time. Intellectual freedom was being claimed as a right for each individual. This period was during the reign of James I. Among the names of the day were William Shakespeare, Francis Bacon and Oliver Cromwell. It was a period when the Puritans were making large gains in the Parliament.

Tristram had one younger brother, John and four sisters, Johanna, Deborah, Eunice and Mary. When Tristram was 19 his father Peter, died. His will was dated December 21, 1627 and was proved by his widow Johanna on March 13, 1628. In the will it was declared that Tristram was to be provided for according to his degree and calling. Tristram was a farmer and therefore most likely took control of his fathers estate near Plymouth. Two years later Tristram courted and wed Dionis Stevens, daughter of Robert Stevens of Brixton. Dionis Stevens was born in 1609 although other accounts say 1613. Shortly after their marriage, their first child Peter was born in 1631 followed by their son Tristram Jr., born in 1632. During the early 1630’s England entered into a storm of conflict with the death of James I and the succession of Charles I. In 1638 the Scots took up arms against the King. The Presbyterians took control of the Commons and this was followed by an all out civil war in 1642. During this period of time Tristram and Dionis had two more children Elizabeth (d.o.b. unknown) and James born August 12, 1639. Dionis was also pregnant with their fifth child.

In 1640 Coffyn was selected as a Warden of Brixton Parish. Shortly after in November 1640, he leased his farm that was located at Butlass. With the civil war closing in on his family and the wounding and eventual death eight days later of his brother John at Plymouth Fort, Tristram decided to take his family, including his mother and two unwed sisters to safety in Colonial America. Tristram’s friend Robert Clement was leaving for America shortly, aboard a small fleet of ships, some of which were owned by Clement. Tristram quickly put his affairs in order and embarked on his journey with his family aboard Clement’s ship named “Hector Clement” in the spring of 1642. This proved to be the last time Coffyn was to see his home in England.

The crossing of the Atlantic took between 60 and 90 days before they arrived in Newburyport Massachusetts, during the summer of 1642. It was a mere twenty years since the pilgrims, aboard the Mayflower had landed at Plymouth. Shortly after their arrival, Tristram secured living quarters for his family and started exploring up the Merrimack River with Robert Clement in search of a good location for a more permanent home. He arrived in a soon to be called settlement named Pentucket, now known as Haverhill Ma. The book “The History of Haverhill” by George Chase states that Clements son, Job Clements had already settled in the area a year earlier, if so, this could be the reason that Coffyn and Clements chose this area. They found the area to have fertile soil with the necessary resources to build a farm, however, it was recorded that the large population of wolves were a problem with the flocks of sheep and a guard had to be posted at all times. In 1641 there were only six homes built in this area Tristram’s group of settlers negotiated with the Indians for the property rights and secured a twenty square mile area for the sum of three pounds ten shillings. A copy of this deed is still on record and bares witness to the signatures of Robert Clement and Tristram Coffyn, dated November 15, 1642. Not only is this the first record of the first Coffin immigrant in America, but it also indicates how Tristram spelled his surname, Coffyn, with a “y” instead of an “i”. It was also during this period that John, their youngest child fell ill and died. Dionis was also pregnant with their sixth child who was later named Deborah. She was born the first Coffin child in America, and the third child born in the tiny settlement but was destined for the same fate as the other newborns and died three weeks later. These deaths give evidence to the harsh conditions that the first immigrants must have encountered upon their arrival in the new world. The living conditions were primitive and unforgiving and many families suffered greatly. It was noted that Coffyn was the first white settler to plough land in the area, having made his own plough from materials at hand. A few years after his arrival in Pentucket, his daughter Mary was born, becoming the first Coffin child to be born and survive to adulthood in America. The settlements survival was threatened in the early 1640’s when Indian war parties decided to target the settlers homes. They wanted to halt the white invasion but they feared the firepower of the settlers muskets. The plan was to send a small group of Indians to each of the settlers homes at the same time and gain entrance to the houses by pretending to want to trade with each of the settlers. Upon a predetermined signal, the Indians would then jump the homeowners, cut their throats and ransack the house looking for weapons. What the Indians didn’t know was that one of their members was a Colonial informant who revealed the plan to British intelligence and the British soldiers along with about forty settlers disarmed the Indians before they could set the plan in motion. The Indians backed away knowing that it would be foolish to try again in the near future.

After only a few years of farming in Pentucket, Tristram embarked on a new direction. It would seem that not only was he a farmer, but he was also a businessman. When the opportunity arose to operate a ferry back in Newbury, he decided to move his family once again. The History of Newbury states that in 1644 Tristram Coffin Sr. is allowed to keep an Ordinary (Tavern) which consisted of selling wine and keeping a ferry and Inn on the Newbury side of the Merrimack River. George Carr kept a ferry on the Salisbury side across from Carr Island. These ferries crossed from Newbury on the south side, between Carr Island and Ram Island, over to the north side of Salisbury. The ferry was operated by Tristram and most likely his older sons Peter and Tristram Jr. in the early years, and as the older boys developed other interests, James took over. In the 1650’s Peter left Newbury to go to Dover, New Hampshire, where he became involved in the lumber business. Tristram’s daughter Elizabeth wed Stephen Greenleaf in 1651 and resided in Newbury. Tristram Jr. married Judith Somerby in 1653 and became a weaver/tailer and Deacon of the First Parish of Newbury. Tristram Jr. is also the person who brought the Coffin name to the old Coffin mansion in 1654, which still stands in Newbury, housing over eight generations of Coffin descendants up to the 1850’s. In 1997 I had the pleasure of visiting Newbury and the Coffin house which is now a historical site. The Coffin house is one of the earliest homes made of wood still standing in New England. It is believed that the father, Tristram Sr., lived here shortly before moving to his new home in Nantucket. In 1735 the first centennial of Newbury was celebrated by the town in the front yard of the Coffin house, under two gigantic elm trees. The Tavern and Inn in Newbury was operated mainly by Dionis, Tristram’s wife, and was called “Coffins Ordinary”. Not only did she serve the patrons but she was also responsible for making the beverages of the day, which eventually got the Coffyns into confrontation with the law. The laws of 1645 stated clearly that “every person licenced to keep an Ordinary (Tavern) shall always be provided with good wholesome beer of four bushels of malt to the hogshead, which he shall not sell above two pence the ale quart, on penalty of forty shillings the first offence and for the second offence shall lose his licence”. Dionis’ ale was made with six bushels, giving it a kick that kept them coming back for more. For her troubles she increased the price by one pence and in turn had to stand before the court to defend her actions. Eventually the charge was dismissed, but word spread quickly through Newbury as to where to go for a quality ale. According to the book “Ould Newbury” by John Currier, the Coffins owned forty acres across from Carr Island. In later years the road to the Inn was known as Coffin Lane and was on the west side of present day Jefferson St..

Toward the mid 1650’s the ferry crossings were replaced by a floating bridge leaving Tristram little choice but to sell his holding. He moved across the river to Salisbury where records show his name on some documents as Commissioner of Salisbury. It was during these years in the late 1650’s that the first plans to relocate his family to a more desirable location were first laid out. Depending on which source one would believe, there are many arguments that have been brought forward as to why Tristram decided to leave Massachusetts. All would have been valid arguments. It was true that the Puritan rule was harsh and prejudice against freedom of choice both religiously and politically. It was also true that the desire to move to an area where fences were not needed for the livestock (that an Island would provide) would be of some benefit. However, In the end, Tristram’s desire to keep his family together around him and in their own community outside of the smothering rules of the Puritans probably could have been the driving factor behind his decision to locate to a new home. In talking to his friends and neighbours he found he was not alone in his thinking. Others were also anxious to leave, many for the same reasons as Coffyn. After a short time their ideas took shape and later after meeting it was decided to form a group of associates to pursue matters further. The idea of common pastures and buildings were appealing to many, especially the farmers who were advancing in age. The back breaking life of maintaining a farm could now be shared among the group with common mills and labour supplied by the Indians. How the Island of Nantucket, thirty miles off the south shore of Cape Cod ever came forth as a choice, is once again debatable. Some point out that the connection lies with Thomas Mayhew, the owner of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, was a cousin of one of the associates in Tristram’s group, a man named Thomas Macy. Others think that Nantucket simply came up in a passing conversation and caught Coffyn’s imagination. At one meeting the decision was made to send Tristram Coffyn, possibly his son James, Edward Starbuck and cabin boy Isaac Coleman on a fact finding mission to meet with Mayhew and view Nantucket to assess its suitability as a home. Early in 1659 the men set out for Edgartown in Martha’s Vineyard, the home of Thomas Mayhew.

Thomas Mayhew came to New England before 1632 from Wiltshire England. By 1637 Mayhew was in the town of Watertown, Massachusetts, where he was operating a grist mill. His business enterprises were flourishing by the time the family of John Folger arrived in Watertown. Mayhew had a son named Thomas Jr. who was very religious. Folger’s son Peter was close to the same age as Thomas Jr. and the two became friends. They both shared an appetite for adventure, so when the opportunity came forth for the Mayhew’s to purchase an Island named Nantucket, from the Earl of Stirling in 1641 for forty pounds, the adventure began. After seeing the Island it was concluded that Nantucket Island was too far off shore and that Martha’s Vineyard would be a more suitable island to inhabit, so shortly after Mayhew also bought Martha’s Vineyard.

Thomas Mayhew Jr. moved quickly to establish his home on Martha’s Vineyard bringing Peter Folger along with him. His mission was to teach the Indians that inhabited the Islands’ Christianity. Folger was to be a school master and surveyor. The work was quite successful and the elder Mayhew came to join them in Edgartown. In 1657 Thomas Jr. found it necessary to go to England to stimulate more financial support, however, his ship was lost in a gale on the crossing and he was never heard from again. Mayhew was devastated by the loss of his son, however he decided to continue with his son’s mission. Folger on the other hand was looking for a change. His chance came in the form of a shallop sailing into the harbour at Edgartown with Tristram Coffyn on board. It’s interesting to note that this simple twist of fate with Coffyn arriving in Edgartown while Folger was searching for a new adventure, brought about the circumstance to which American statesman, scientist and writer, Benjamin Franklin would later be born into. In later years, Folger’s daughter, Abiah, of Nantucket, married Josiah Franklin, where in 1706 shortly after moving from Nantucket, gave birth to Benjamin Franklin. In turn this made Peter Folger, Ben Franklin’s grandfather.

Tristram’s preliminary discussions with Mayhew were favourable. However, Mayhew insisted that if Coffyn’s group wanted to purchase Nantucket, the Indians on the Island would have to be included in the negotiations. It was estimated that Nantucket had about 700 Narragansett Indians living in six villages, mostly on the east shore. Today, unfortunately, there is not a single Indian descendant living on the Island. The last Indian descendant died in the 1850’s. Nantucket in Algonquin is interpreted as “far away Island”. Coffyn realized that without an interpreter he would have problems communicating with the Indians. To address this problem he enlisted the services of Peter Folger who was also a skilled Surveyor. Shortly thereafter, the group left for the Island. The Indians greeted them favourably and although their interpretation of purchasing land proved to be different than the white interpretation, they agreed on the idea. In later years the Indians were surprised to learn the meaning of trespassing, for in their culture no one ever owns property but instead they only had rights to live upon it, yet anyone could travel through it. After achieving their goal, Coffyn and the rest headed back to Edgartown for further negotiations with Mayhew.

Committed to carrying on with his lost son’s work, Mayhew had no real interest in Nantucket and therefore agreed to very reasonable terms for the purchase of the Island. The sale price of 30 pounds along with two beaver hats, one for him and one for his wife, was a bargain especially if one considers that after owning the Island for close to twenty years Mayhew was selling it for ten pounds less than he bought it for. The beaver hats incidently were made by Tristram Jr. Today one can only speculate on the mood of the negotiations, but judging by the eventual results, Coffyn and Macy must have respected each other a great deal in order for things to have gone so smoothly. Mayhew did however retain a one twentieth share of the venture so he could have a voice in how the Island affairs were being handled.

Coffin returned home to Salisbury to organize the purchase of Nantucket. Once there, his eight partners ratified the agreement with Mayhew and ten new partners and ten tenant inhabitants were admitted into the company.

Original Owner Partner Selected Half Share Owners

Thomas Mayhew Richard Swain

Tristram Coffin John Bishop

Thomas Macy Edward Starbuck Peter Folger

Richard Swain Thomas Coleman Eleager Folger

Thomas Barnard Robert Barnard Thomas Macy

Peter Coffin James Coffin Joseph Coleman

Christopher Hussey Robert Pike Joseph Gardner

Stephen Greenleaf Tristram Coffin Jr. John Gardner

John Swain John Smith Sam Streton

William Pile Thomas Look Nathaniel Holland

The half share partners were tradesmen who were needed to help develop the settlement. Folger was the interpreter/surveyor who later became the miller. Joseph Gardner was a shoemaker and Nathaniel Holland was a tailor ect. Some of the other half-share holders listed didn’t join the group until the later years.

In the fall of 1659 before any formal deed was drawn up with the Indian leaders Wanackmamack and Nickanoose, James Coffin, Thomas Macy and family, Edward Starbuck and Isaac Coleman left Salisbury for Nantucket to take up residence. Macy was in trouble with the Puritan judges for harbouring Quakers during a short rain storm. Nantucket was out of the Judge’s legal realm, so rather than stay and face the charges he decided that the sooner he could leave Salisbury the better it would be. Edward Starbuck was Macy’s partner in the company and also his best friend. He felt compelled to go with Macy and the rest to see them through what was going to be a tough first winter. James Coffin age 19 went to watch over his father’s interests and Isaac Coleman age 13 was probably just looking for adventure.

The first winter on Nantucket proved to be one full of hardships. The crossing was reported to have been a rough one in which the tiny craft was almost lost. During the first winter the Indians were said to have been most helpful in seeing to the needs of the first white settlers on the Island. In the spring of 1660 Edward Starbuck returned to Salisbury to update the rest on the progress of Nantucket. The reports were favourable and others made preparations to relocate quickly.

The freedom enjoyed in Nantucket, by being independent from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, was the lure that attracted many from Salisbury. But along with their freedom certain laws and regulations had to be drawn-up to keep the new settlement from deteriorating. For instance one guideline was that Indian land could not be purchased by any individual except for use by all its original purchasers. This would ensure a balanced ownership. The Colony of New York claimed jurisdiction over Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket and so it was with the Governor of New York, Francis Lovelace, that the Colony had to deal within terms of being recognized. By the summer of 1661, records show that the meetings were now being held on Nantucket indicating that many of the settlers had made the move to the Island. The first concerns of many were where their house lots would be located. At a town meeting held July 15, 1661 it was agreed upon that each owner would have the freedom to choose his lot within limits not previously occupied. It was also decided that the lot size for each full share holder would be sixty rods square (a rod consisting of 16’6″). It was also agreed that Tristram Coffyn would select first, in which he selected a lot on the north western coastline of the Island at a place known as Cappammet Harbour (today known as Capaum Pond). The original Nantucket record states “Tristram Coffyn, Sr., had his house lot laid out at Cappammet, by the aforesaid lot layers, at Cappamet Harbour head, sixty rods square, or thereabouts, the east side line part of it bounded by the highway; the south side by a rock southward of the pond; the north by the harbour head; the west side bounded by the lot of Tristram Coffin Jr.” In the aftermath, once all was said and done, Tristram had succeeded with his wish to live out his days in a free society surrounded by his friends and family, not unlike the communes that arose during the 1960’s. To his east side, across Cappamet Harbour was his son Peter who didn’t reside on the Island but was a frequent visitor seeing as he had secured the rights to supply the settlers with lumber for their homes. To the west was the lot of his son Tristram Jr., again not a full time resident but a frequent visitor. To the south laid the lots of his daughter Mary and her husband Nathaniel Starbuck. Mary and Nathaniel were very much a part of the Island’s development. Mary owned the first store on the Island as well as being regarded in later life as a spiritual leader, having embraced Quakerism. Mary and Nathaniel also had the honour of having the first white baby on the Island during the early 1660’s. Also to the south lay the lot of James Coffin. After Tristram, James was the head of the Coffin interests on Nantucket.

The first years of settlement consisted of building houses along with shelters for their livestock, mainly sheep and oxen, as well as developing pastures and common buildings. The Indians helped to develop the farms and taught the settlers a great deal about living on the Island. In turn they were given employment and some formal education. The first years were often regarded as the best years upon Nantucket, in terms of creating a society that flowed in harmony, where one could rely on their neighbours as though they were family. The great grandson of Thomas Macy would later write, “The little community was kind and courteous to each other and hospitable to strangers. The prevalence of good feeling was remarked and felt by all who came among them”.

From the beginning Tristram Coffyn and Thomas Macy were the spokesmen for the settlement. In 1671 they were selected by the group to go to New York and meet with Governor Lovelace and secure their claim to the Island. Upon their return the Islanders nominated Coffyn to be Chief Magistrate of Nantucket. The town also selected all other officers except the Chief Military Officer who was to be selected by Governor Lovelace from nominees chosen by the settlement. After a few more years of harmony, or about the early 1670’s the first signs of trouble on the Island began to appear. The problems came through the evolution of the two classes of settlers. On one hand they had the full share owners and their partners, who by Nantucket law had two votes each. On the other hand the half share owners only had one vote resulting in less of a say on Island affairs. They viewed themselves just as important as the full share settler. The only thing missing for a revolt by the half share members was a leader. That changed in 1673 when it was decided that the community needed to expand their fishing interests by enlisting the services of a skilled tradesman by the name of John Gardner of Salem, Massachusetts. Gardner was the brother of full share owner Joseph Gardner. Right from the start John Gardner challenged the original owners on most issues and from this began the feud between the Gardners and the Coffins.

Another problem arising on the Island involved the Indians and liquor. Some of the white settlers were taking advantage of the Indians’ ignorance regarding liquor consumption. Laws had to eventually be implemented prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcohol to Indians. John Gardner often ignored these laws which escalated the tension on the Island. Gardner also attempted to buy land from the Indians, however the final blow most probably resulted from a meeting Gardner set up with Gov. Lovelace’s replacement, Governor Francis Andros. One of the requirements of the Islanders was to pay taxes to New York. This payment was met by giving the government four barrels of fish. John Gardner convinced the settlers to let him deliver the payment. While there, he met with Governor Andros and in turn convinced the Governor to name the main town in Nantucket, Sherborne, after his home town back in England. He then managed to get himself appointed as Chief Military Officer. This all came about shortly before the Dutch takeover of New York. With the change in governments in New York, Gardners’s group declared that past arrangements with the original settlers were no longer valid. The tension ran high for a short period until the Dutch were run out of New York and the old government was reinstated. Upon this action, Tristram and Mathew Mayhew, grandson of Thomas, once again sailed for New York and had their agreements with the government reinstated.

In 1676 Thomas Mayhew became Chief Magistrate on Nantucket with Peter Coffin, a new resident on the Island becoming Assistant Magistrate. Peter and James Coffin had returned to the Island as a result of the conflict on the mainland between the Indians and the white settlers known as King Philip’s War. This appointment of Macy and the election of Peter Coffin infuriated the Gardner group. Not only was Peter a “Coffin” he also held government positions back in Dover and was not considered a full time resident of Nantucket. A few years later the tension eased with the elections of James Coffin, John Gardner and Nathaniel Starbuck who would all be elected as Assistant Magistrates. The feud continued toward the late 1670’s in a period that would result in Tristram Coffyn being selected as Chief Magistrate by Governor Andros in the hopes of trying to pull the community back together. Coffyn was regarded by most of the settlers as the one person who could rectify Nantucket’s struggle with growth. Unfortunately, for everyone, a shipwreck on the Nantucket shoals diverted any plans that Tristram had for the Islanders. In September 1678 a French ship ran aground during a storm, forcing the crew to abandon ship. Shortly thereafter the cargo was salvaged by certain parties and sold for profit. This action put Tristram, who was chief magistrate, in violation with maritime law which stated that the cargo should have been secured until claimed by the owner. In failing to do so, Tristram subjected himself to be responsible for the lost cargo. The courts came down hard on him with a stiff penalty which would ruin him financially. The action cast a dark cloud over Coffyn, who was now in his early 70’s. His family rallied to his side but the strain of the penalty along with the feuding years had worn him down. His son James made financial arrangements to pay the fine. In the end, surprisingly, it was John Gardner, who had become the new Chief Magistrate of Nantucket, who stood up to the courts with a touching appeal on Coffyn’s behalf. He convinced the courts to reduce the penalty substantially. Tristram COFFIN and Dionis STEVENS were married before 1631.227 Based on birth of son Tristram.

3173. Dionis STEVENS was born in Plymouth, Devonshire, England.445 Brixton Parish. Tristram COFFIN and Dionis STEVENS had the following children:

i. Hon. Peter COFFIN360 was born in 1631 in England.361,445 He immigrated in 1642 to Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts.361 He died on 21 Mar 1714/15 in Exeter, Rockingham, New Hampshire.361,445 Honorable Peter Coffin was born in England in 1631. He was the first child of Tristram and Dionis. Peter married Abigail Starbuck, daughter of Edward Starbuck. He resided in Dover, New Hampshire for a good portion of his life before moving his family to Nantucket. He later moved his family to Exeter, New Hampshire, where he became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Hampshire and a member of the Governor’s Council. The Coffin’s had ten children including their son Jethro whose house is considered the oldest house still standing on Nantucket having been built in 1686.

1586 ii. Tristram COFFIN Jr..

iii. Elizabeth COFFIN360,367 was born after 1632 in England.361 She immigrated in 1642 to Salisbury, Essex, Massachusetts.361 She died on 19 Nov 1678 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.448-450 Elizabeth Coffin was born in England in 1634. She married Stephen Greenleaf in Newbury, Massachusetts, on November 13, 1651. From this family the Greenleaf’s of New England have descended. Elizabeth died in 1678 at the age of 44. The Greenleafs had ten children.

iv. Hon. James COFFIN360 was born on 12 Aug 1639 in Plymouth, Devonshire, England.360 Brixton Parish. He died on 28 Jul 1720 in Nantucket, Nantucket, Massachusetts.360 Hon. James Coffin was born in England in 1639. He married Mary Severance, daughter of John and Abigail Severance of Salisbury, Massachusetts, in 1663. James was the first settler to settle on Nantucket after the purchase. He later became a leading figure in Nantucket politics. He served many terms as Chief magistrate on the Island. James and Mary had fourteen children with twelve surviving into adulthood.

v. John COFFIN died on 30 Oct 1642 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts.360,451 He was born in England.

vi. Deborah COFFIN was born on 15 Nov 1642 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts.452 She died on 30 Dec 1642 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts.451

vii. Mary COFFIN360 was born on 20 Feb 1644 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts.453 She died on 13 Nov 1717.360 Mary Coffin was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts, in 1645 and married Nathaniel Starbuck at the age of 17. Mary was a most extraordinary woman. Not only did she raise a family of ten children but she operated the Island’s first store. Her open mindedness gained her respect from everyone who knew her. Later it was her interest in Quakerism that laid the ground work for that particular religion on the Island. Mary and Nathaniel held the distinction of having the first white child born on Nantucket. Mary died on November 13, 1717.

viii. Lieut. John COFFIN360 was born on 30 Oct 1647 in Haverhill, Essex, Massachusetts.452 He died in 1711 in Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts.360 Lieut. John Coffin was born in Massachusetts, on October 30, 1647, exactly five years to the day of the death of his brother John. John married Deborah Austin daughter of Joseph and Sarah Austin. Shortly after his father’s death he moved to Martha’s Vineyard, where from him and his wife most of the Coffins on the Island descend from. He died in Edgartown in 1711.

ix. Stephen COFFIN360 was born on 11 May 1652 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.454 He died on 14 Nov 1734.360 Stephen Coffin was the last child born to Tristram and Dionis Coffyn. He was born in Newbury, Massachusetts, in 1652. He married Mary Bunker in 1668 and had ten children with Mary. Stephen took over his father’s estate on Nantucket where he lived out his life as a farm manager. He died on November 14, 1734.

3174. Capt. Edmund GREENLEAF363,367,455 was born on 2 Jan 1573/74 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.238,450 St. Mary’s le Tour Parish. He lived in Ipswich, Suffolk, England after 1 Dec 1613.456 St. Margaret’s Parish. He lived in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts in 1650.365,366 He signed a will on 22 Dec 1668.366 The Will of EDMUND GREENLEAF

“In the name of God, amen. The two-and-twentieth day of December, sixteen hundred sixty-eight, I, Edmund Greenleaf, being mindful of my own mortality and certainty of death, and uncertainty of the same, and being desirous to settle things in order, being now in good health and perfect memory, do make, appoint and ordain this to be my last wil and testament, in manner and form following: that is to say – first and principally, I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of my blessed Redeemer, the Lord Jesus, who hath died and gave himself for me, and his blood cleanseth from all sin, and through his righteousness I do only look for justification and salvation; and do commit my mortal body, after this life is ended, into the dust from whence it was taken, there to be preserved by the power and faithfulness of my Redeemer, Jesus Christ, unti the resurrection of the just, and then to be raised up by the same power to immortality and life, where I shall see him as I desire, through his grace and assistance, to live and die, and at last to be found of him in peace.

“Nextly, my will is, being according to God’s will revealed in his word, that we must pay what we owe and live of the rest, unto whose rule the sons of men ought to frame their wills and actions; therefore, my mind and will is, that my debts shall be truly and justly paid to every man to whom I shall be indebted, by my executors hereafter named.

“And first I do revoke, renounce, frustrate and make void all wills by me formerly made; and I declare and appoint this to be my last will and testament.

“Imprimis – I give unto my son Stephen Greenleaf, and to my daughter Browne, widow, and to my daughter Coffin, to each of them twenty shillings apiece. Item – I give unto my granchild Elizabeth Hilton, ten pounds. Item – I give unto my grandchild Enoch Greenleaf, five pounds.

“Item – I give unto my grandchild Sarah Winslow, five pounds, if her father pay me the four pounds he oweth me.

“Item – I give unto my eldest son’s son, James Greenleaf, twenty shillings; and after my funeral expenses, debts and legacies are discharged, I give and bequeath the rest of my estate unto my son Stepphen Greenleaf, and to my daughter Elizabeth Browne, and to my daughter Judith Coffin, equally to be divided amongst them and their children. And further, I desire and appoint my son Stephen Greeleaf and Tristam Coffin the exectors of this my will, to see it executed and affirmed as near as they can; and I further entreat my cousin Thomas Moon, mariner, to see the performance of this my will.

“In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the twenty-fifth day of December, 1668.

“Edmund Greenleaf” L.S.

“Signed, sealed, published, and

declared to be my last will

in the presence of us,

“George Ruggell”

“John Furniside”

The inventory of Mr. Greenleaf’s estate, which was appended to the will, amounted to 131 pounds 5s. 9d.

The following paper is also recorded in the Probate Records, appended to the will, as, probably assigning the reason why the name of his second wife, who appears to have outlived him, was not mentioned:

“When I married my wife, I kept her grandchild, as I best remember, three years to schooling, diet and apparel; and William Hill, her son, had a bond of six pounds a year, where of I received no more than a barrel of pork of 300 pounds of that 600 pounds a year he was to pay me, and sent to her son Ignatius Hill, to the Barbadoes, in mackerel, cider, and bread and pease, as much as come to twenty pounds, and never received one penny of it. His aunt gave to the three brothers 50 pounds apiece – I know not whether they received it or no; but I have not received any part of it.

“Witness my hand, EDMUND GREENLEAF”

“Besides, when I married my wife, she brought me a silver bowl, a silver porringer, and a silver spoon. She lent or gave them to her son, James Hill, without my consent.”

Proved February 12, 1671, and is recorded in the Probate Records in Boston, in the volume for 1669 to 1674, page 112.

He died on 24 Mar 1670/71 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.366,457 (IN MEMORY OF



BORN JAN. 2, 1574

DIED MAR. 24, 1671) He was buried after 24 Mar 1670/71 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.457 (Burying Ground of the First Settlers est. 1635) Will (proved) on 12 Apr 1671 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.366 He was Dyer.366 Came to New England before 1638 and settled at Newbury, Mass.; was freeman 13 Mar 1639 and the same year appointed Ensign of the Company at Newbury and permitted to keep a house of entertainment. In 1642 he was Lieutenant and was appointed “to end small business in Newberry;” in 1647 he was, at his own request, discharged from his military office, and later moved to Boston where his wife Sarah died 18 Jan 1663; he married secondly another Sarah, widow, first of ___ Wilson, second of William Hill of Fairfield, Conn. She died at Boston in 1671.

The will of Edmund Greenleaf, dated 1668 is on record at the Suffolk County Probate Office, but the original is not now to be found. The will mentions his “eldest son’s son James Greenleaf.” There is no other notice of this person, either child or adult.

NEHG Register: Edmund “is known to have come from Ipswich, Suffolk, England where the registers of St. Mary’s at the Tower and St. Margaret’s record the baptism of his children between 1613 and 1631.” “all is speculation” concerning his ancestry. “in the Essex volumes of the Boyd Marriage Index an entry, ‘Moor Sar and Edm Greenleaf Langford’ (Women’s Volume, p 33, copy in Salt Lake City). The time, 1611, was about right, the names are right and seemed to explain the Cousin Thomas Moor, the overseer of Edmund’s will”. In 122:29 is given the will of Samuel More dated 24 Dec 1615, where he mentioned his “my sister Sara wife of Edmund Grinleaf of Ipswich in the county of Suffolk”. 38:299 [1884] gives his birth date “probably about 1590”. Capt. Edmund GREENLEAF and Sara(h) MOOR\MOORE were married on 2 Jul 1611 in Langford, Essex, England.458 Edmund Greenleaf and Sara Moore were married in the Church of St. Giles in the parish of Langford, Essex, England, nearly a part of Maldon today. Their marriage record was found in the 1611 Essex Record Office in Chelmsford, with this entry:

“Edmund Greeneleaf and Sarah More were married the ijcond of Julye.”

3175. Sara(h) MOOR\MOORE367 was born before 13 Dec 1588 in Maldon, Essex, England.368 Parish Records of All Saints, Maldon, Essex, England. She was baptized on 13 Dec 1588 in Maldon, Essex, England.368 Parish Records of All Saints, Maldon, Essex, England. She died on 18 Jan 1662/63 in Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts.366 Capt. Edmund GREENLEAF and Sara(h) MOOR\MOORE had the following children:

i. John GREENLEAF456 was born about 1612.368 Firstborn son John Greenleaf has no record of baptism, neither in Ipswich, nor in Langford or Maldon.

ii. Enoch GREENLEAF was born before 1 Dec 1613 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.456 (Parish Record of St. Mary’s le Tour, Ipswich, Suffolk, England) He was baptized on 1 Dec 1613 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.363,368 (Parish Record of St. Mary’s le Tour, Ipswich, Suffolk, England) He was buried on 12 Sep 1617 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.363,368 (Parish Records of St. Margaret’s parish, Ipswich, Suffolk, England.)

iii. Samuel GREENLEAF was born before 8 Jan 1615/16 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.368 He was baptized on 8 Jan 1615/16 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.368 (Parish Records of St. Margaret’s parish, Ipswich, Suffolk, England.) He was buried on 5 Mar 1616/17 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.363,368 (Parish Records of St. Margaret’s parish, Ipswich, Suffolk, England.)

iv. Enoch GREENLEAF was born before 20 Mar 1617/18 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.368 He was baptized on 20 Mar 1617/18 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.368 (Parish Records of St. Margaret’s parish, Ipswich, Suffolk, England.)

v. Sara GREENLEAF was born before 26 Mar 1620/21 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.368 She was baptized on 26 Mar 1620/21 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.368 (Parish Records of St. Margaret’s parish, Ipswich, Suffolk, England.) She died about 1655.363

vi. Elizabeth GREENLEAF was born before 16 Jan 1621/22 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.363,368 She was baptized on 16 Jan 1621/22 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.368 (Parish Records of St. Margaret’s parish, Ipswich, Suffolk, England.)

vii. Nathaniel GREENLEAF was born before 27 Jun 1624 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.368 He was baptized on 27 Jun 1624 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.363,368 (Parish Records of St. Margaret’s parish, Ipswich, Suffolk, England.) He was buried on 24 Jul 1633 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.363,368 (Parish Records of St. Margaret’s parish, Ipswich, Suffolk, England.)

1587 viii. Judith GREENLEAF.

ix. Capt. Stephen GREENLEAF367 was born before 10 Aug 1628 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.368 He was baptized on 10 Aug 1628 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.363,368,459 (Parish Records of St. Margaret’s parish, Ipswich, Suffolk, England.) He signed a will on 5 Aug 1690.460 (Because I know not the day of my death I make this my Last will and testat I bequeath my body to the earth and my soul to god yt gave it in hope of a blessed resurection

1 I give to my eldest sone Stephen Greenleif the one half of my house Lott that half next him, he makeing all the fence that lyeth against his own land I give him also my share of the yland that we bought between us of Ephraim winslow of Saulsberry with two acres of the meadow below the yland next Caleb Moodys meadow provided there be liberty for Edmund to make a fence across the yland from my [ditch?] to doctor dole his [ditch?], and what may be upon the yland may be used to repaire’ the fence and that my sone Stephen with his brother Edmund and Caleb Moody that is mgadgee Doe their pro[___]n of the fence to secure their meadow

2d. I give to my sone John Greenlef besides what he hath already had my freehold Lott at plumb yland he payeing to his sister Mary five pound in pay when she shall be marryed or at 18 years of age.

3d I give to my sone Samuel Greenlef besides the Liveing he hath by deed of gift five sheep and all my weareing cloths.

4t. I give my sone Tristrum that Liveing at Har[__]choak the free hold lott with the house & fences to it, and the two river Lots of Salt marsh at [foss?] yland he payeing to his sister Mary five pounds in pay when she shall be marryed or at 18 years of age.

5 I give my Rate lott to be equally [divided?] [___], Tristrum, & Edmund [___] as they can they draweing lotts for yr shares and the Rate lott I bought of Benja Guttridge I give to my sone Stephen I doe appoint also my sone Stephen to pay to his sister Mary three score pound in pay and ten pound in mony within two years after she shall be 18 years of age or marriage.

6ly I give to my sone Stephen the Cha[__]er, to daughter dole the brass pot or the Litle Iron Ketle wch she will, and the litle silver cup in my cupbord and one sheep. And I doe hereby [___] that I gave him the meadow at Saulsberry next major pykes pasture. that he should have had a deed of gift of, I give to my daughter noice my gre[at?] platter and the silver wine cup to her daughter Elizabeth, I give the [_aker nut?] cup to my sone Stephen

7t I give to my sone Edmund Greenleif the rest of my Estate houseing land and meadow fence stock houshold stuff and tools he payeing to his sister Mary [sweet?] 8[_] pound in pay as soon as she shall be marryed.

Lastly. In case my sone Edmund Greenlef should dye without Issue Lawfully begotten of his own body then all which I have in this my will given to him I give to my sone Stephen Greenleff viz. house Lands &c. as beforementioned, He payeing to the rest of his brothers and sisters their surviveing proportion also the value what it may be valued at by two indifferent men, Reserveing to himself and Mary which I freely give three parts or shares of said Edmunds portion.

I doe appoint my sone Edmund Greenleif to be my sole executor and Caleb Moody & Wm Titcomb to see this my will performed as overseers of the Land. My desyre is that my well beloved wife shall Live [__] my sone Edmund But if in case my wife should see good to remove and Live otherwhere Then Edmund shall pay to his mother four pounds a yeare or else she [to?] have the thirds of the Land and further in case my sone Tristram dye without Issue Lawfully begotten of his own body Then the one half of the value of the Land given him by [me?], to be to his widow and the other half to be divided equally amongst the rest of the children. In full testimony that this is my last will & testament I have hereunto put my hand & seale [this 5?] August 1690

Stephen Grenlife & a seale

This was published [___] of Capt Stephen Grenlef [Senr.?] & signed & sealed in presence of

Benja. Gerrish Wm Longfellow James March) He died on 31 Oct 1690 in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.361,448 Drowned. Coffin Genealogy says 1690. Will (proved) on 25 Nov 1690 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts.460 In 1670 was appointed Ensign of the Company at Newbury, and in 1685 Lieutenant; was a Deputy to the General Court 9 Aug 1676 and 13 May 1686, to the Council of Safety 1689, and to the General Court 1689 and 1690. His wife died 19 Nov 1678 and he married, secondly, 31 Mar 1679 Esther, daughter of Nathaniel Weare of Hampton, widow of Benjamin Swett of Hampton; was a Captain in the disastrous expedition against Canada in 1690, and was drowned off Cape Breton 31 Oct 1690; his widow died at Newbury 16 Jan 1718.

x. Daniel GREENLEAF was born before 14 Aug 1631 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.368 He was baptized on 14 Aug 1631 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.363,368 (Parish Records of St. Margaret’s parish, Ipswich, Suffolk, England.) He died on 5 Dec 1654 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.363,461 VR spells Daniell Grenleife.

3176. Richard JAQUES was born about 1574 in Rodborne, Wiltshire, England.379 He signed a will in Jan 1652/53.379 He died after 1653 in Grittleden, Wiltshire, England.379 Richard JAQUES and Grace were married before 1615.379 Based on birth of son, Henry.

3177. Grace was born about 1590 in Grittleden, Wiltshire, England.379 Richard JAQUES and Grace had the following children:

i. Abraham JAQUITH462 was born about 1615 in Stanton, Wiltshire, England.462 He died on 17 Dec 1676 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts.462 He was christened in First Church, Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts.462 His Ancestral File Number is 16S5-1J3.462 Abraham Jaquith is believed to have landed in Boston June 18, 1643 with Huguenots from La Rochelle, France, who stopped at Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia, where Charles de la Tour and Madame La Tour boarded their vessel. They proceeded to Boston where La Tour persuaded Governor Winthrop and his council that they could stay. (Jaquith Family in America – forward).

DEATH: Abraham died during the smallpox epedemic which swept Charlestown in 1676 but the actual cause of death and place of burial are not known. (Jaquith Family in America – by Jaquith & Walker).

Abraham was admitted into the First Church in Charlestown, Massachusetts on Oct 9, 1643.


16 Nov 1676 Woburn; Middlesex; Massachusetts

This 16: of the 9th mo 1676. I Abram Jaquith of the Towne of Oburne in the Coun of Midd. in New Engld. being weake in body, but perfect in memory, and understanding, do make this my last will & testamt. I

do bequeath to my beloved wife Hannah, all my houseing & y3 orchard

during her life, & two Cows, & their maintenance, winter & sumer, during her life, and Twenty bushels of corne to be yearly pd to her during her life in kind as followeth. Ten bush. of Indian 3. of Ry, 2. of wheate, five of barly, Also I do bequesth to my sonne Abram, all my housing, & houselott, at my wifes decease, but thirty acers of land lying in a lott called Cutlars lott, I give to my sonne Abram in prsent possession to by layd out to him on the north side of the lott from end to end, and besides this also I give to Sonne Abram, halfe of all my meadow lands, also halfe of all my other lands and wood lands with the priviledges. Also I give to my sonne Jno and to my Daughter Lidea, the other halfe of Cutlers lott, wch is thirty acres and the other halfe of my meadow land to be equally divided between them, Excepting one eight pt of the woodland, wch I give to my daughter Sarah. Also I give to my daughter Deborah Six pounds, to be payd to her at my wifes decease, and my will is that my sonne Abram, my sonne Jno and my daughte Lidea, the possessors of ye Arrable lands, shall pay to my wife the Twenty bushels of corne yearly, and also find her with firewood yearly, during her life as above specifyed. I make my wife Anna & my sonne Abram Executors of this my will Witnes Abram Jaquith Jno Wright

his marke Allen Convars Jno Russell

Attested on oath by Allen Convars and Jno Russell.

Decemb. 19, 1676, at Charlstowne Court. As attests.

Tho: Danforth. Record Entred by Tho: Danforth. R.

Abraham came to America in 1640. He lived at Charleston, Connecticut and Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts. He became a freeman in 1656. He died in 1675 or 1676 in 1675 or 1676 in the King Phillips War.

NAME: Possible surname spellings – Jackewish, Jaques, Jaquith

Other possible father’s are John or George, Richard’s brothers.

ii. Richard JAQUES462 was born in 1618.462 He died in 1652/53.462 1636 – Matriculated Oxford

Rector Grittleton, Wiltshire, England

1652/1653 – All to wife, Grace in will.

1588 iii. Henry JAQUES.

3178. Richard KNIGHT226 was born before 14 Jan 1603 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.102,428 He was baptized on 14 Jan 1603 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.102,428,429 He emigrated in Apr 1635 from Southampton, Hampshire, England.102,429 (Sailed on the ‘James’ of London.) He signed a will on 17 Aug 1681.429,430 Mentions among his children his daughter Sarah Kelley and six of her children. He died on 4 Aug 1683 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.226,428-430 Ae. 81 y. Died without male heirs. Will (proved) on 25 Sep 1683.429,430 He was Tailor.102 Prob. younger br. of the first John, came with him from Southampton in the James, 1635, call. in the custom-ho. rec. tailor of Romsey, in Hants. Freeman 5/25/1636. Richard KNIGHT and Agnes COFFLEY were married before 1626.102,226,381,463

3179. Agnes COFFLEY died on 22 Mar 1679 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.226,430 Savage says 29 Mar 1678/79. Richard KNIGHT and Agnes COFFLEY had the following children:

i. KNIGHT was born on 17 Jun 1626 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.378 She was buried on 17 Jun 1626 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.378,381 Still-born.

ii. Richard KNIGHT was born before 21 Jun 1627 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.378,381 He was baptized on 21 Jun 1627 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.378,381 He was buried on 15 Jul 1627 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.378,381

iii. William KNIGHT was born before 7 Dec 1628 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.378,381 He was baptized on 7 Dec 1628 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.378,381 He was buried on 10 Jan 1629 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.381

1589 iv. Anne KNIGHT.

v. Richard KNIGHT378 was born before 18 Oct 1633 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.378,381 He was baptized on 18 Oct 1633 in Romsey, Hampshire, England.378,381 Died young.

vi. Elizabeth KNIGHT226 was born about 1640.381 She died on 29 Jul 1667 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.464,465

vii. Rebecca KNIGHT was born on 3 Mar 1642/43 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.226,232,378,381 Savage says 7 Mar 1642. She died on 29 Mar 1697.

viii. Sarah KNIGHT was born on 23 Feb 1647/48 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.226,366,378,381 Savage says 23 Mar 1647/48. She died after 20 Jun 1714 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.

3180. Francis PLUMER was born about 1594.466 “Francis Plumer of Newbury released from training, paying eight shillings per year to the use of the company,” 27 Sep 1659 EQC 2:178]. This implies that Plumer was not yet sixty years old, for at that age would not have been required to pay anything to be dismissed from training. Birthdate based on estimated date of marriage. He immigrated in 1633 to Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts.467 Perhaps Lynn. He lived in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts in 1635.468 By the Parker River. He died on 17 Jan 1672/73 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.468,469 He was Weaver of linen.470 Francis PLUMER and Ruth were married about 1619.466

3181. Ruth died on 17 Aug 1647 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.466 Francis PLUMER and Ruth had the following children:

1590 i. Samuel PLUMER.

ii. Joseph PLUMER246 was born in 1630.246 He died on 11 Dec 1683.246 Settled on the south side of the Parker River. He was a freeman 1670.

iii. Hanna PLUMER was born in 1632.470

iv. Mary PLUMER was born in 1634.470

3182. Samuel BITFIELD was born. Samuel BITFIELD and Elizabeth [BITFIELD] were married.386

3183. Elizabeth [BITFIELD] was born. Samuel BITFIELD and Elizabeth [BITFIELD] had the following children:

1591 i. Mary BITFIELD.

3196. Thomas ATKINSON259 lived in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts about 1636.259 He died in Nov 1646.259 (Administration granted his widow, Susan, 25 Nov 1646.) He was born in Bury, Lancastershire, England.259 Took Freeman’s Oath 7 Dec 1636.

An inventory of Thomas Atkinson late of Concord this 16 (9) 1646

Imprimus in apparel 4L 10s

Three yds + ¼ broad cloth ay 18s p yd 2L 18s 6d 7:08:06

It 4 yds + ½ Searge 1 L 0s 3d

Seven sheets 2 L 8s 6d six napkins 4 pillow cotes 1 table cloth 13s Bedding + 4 cushions 4 L 15s one bearing cloth 16s 8:06:09

It 4 pr of shoes 17s ld in lether + rope 5s one trunck 5s one sheet + bedsted 6s 1:13:06

It one yron pott I kettle one frying pan 18s one brasse kettle 1 skillett 10s 1:8:00

It pewter 13s armes + ammunition 1 L 56 yron tooles + other yron things 2 L 6s 4:4:0

It flaxe + seed 12s Indian corn 1 L 17s 4d Rye 12 bush 1 L 16s wheat 36 L 6 L 6s 10:11:04

It a cow + 2 calvs at Concord 6 L three cattle at uncoway or fairefield 11 L 2s 4d 17:02:04

It 4 Swine 2 18s Hay 2:08:00 the house and accommodations thereto 12 L 16:18:00

Itt Debts due him 9s 6d 06:09:06

Indebted 9 L 10s 0d. The sum with debts payd 59 L 05s 1d.

Simon Willard, Tho Brookes, Geog Wheeler praisers He had 80 L in England is rec and some little he hath rec but it is not known what until intelligence come the next yeare. Administration granted to Susan his [wife]

Pro Rec Vol 2 copy 5

Susan H. Pease of Ossipee born in Vermont died at Wellfleet was about 89. She m 1st Timothy Inns Taylor of Effinham who died Nov. 28 1814; 2nd William Gowan lived in Wellfleet.

Anne d John Woodman – Mary – March 10 1692

John s “ “ “ May 4 1695

Mary d “ ‘ ‘ June 1, 1701 Thomas ATKINSON and Susan [ATKINSON] were married before 1636.259

3197. Susan [ATKINSON] was born. Thomas ATKINSON and Susan [ATKINSON] had the following children:

1598 i. John ATKINSON Sr..

ii. Rebecca ATKINSON was born in 1638.259

iii. Susannah ATKINSON was born on 28 Apr 1641.259

iv. Hannah ATKINSON was born.

3198. James MIRICK471 was born. Father of children born in Newbury. James MIRICK had the following children:

1599 i. Sarah MYRICK.

ii. Hannah MIRICK was born on 6 Feb 1655/56 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.471 VR spells Miricke.

iii. Abigail MIRICK was born on 5 Sep 1658 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.471

iv. Capt. Isaac MERRICK was born on 6 Jan 1663/64 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.471 He published intentions to marry Mary Newell on 2 Aug 1694 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.472 He died in 1731 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.473 Ae. 65 y.

v. Timothy MERRICK was born on 28 Sep 1666 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.474 He published intentions to marry Mary Lancaster on 9 May 1696 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.475

3224. William DOLE395 was tanner.476 Served as a church warden in 1617 and 1625. William was mentioned in his mother’s will in 1641, but his date of death is unknown. There is a large gap in the Bishops’ Transcripts, running from 1641 to 1660. There were several entries in the records of Rangeworthy for the surname Hale, but no connection could be made with Joan. There are no surviving baptismal records for the period in which she would have been born, and no wills for the surname Hale at Rangeworthy were found. His mother’s will mentions his 4 sons and 4 daughters, not by name. William DOLE and Joane HALE were married on 9 May 1622 in Rangeworthy, Gloucester, England.399

3225. Joane HALE was born. William DOLE and Joane HALE had the following children:

1612 i. Richard DOLE Sr..

ii. Dorothy DOLE was born before 11 Apr 1624 in Rangeworthy, Gloucester, England.395 She was baptized on 11 Apr 1624 in Rangeworthy, Gloucester, England.395

iii. William DOLE was born before 1 Feb 1625/26 in Rangeworthy, Gloucester, England.395 He was baptized on 1 Apr 1625/26 in Rangeworthy, Gloucester, England.395

iv. Joan DOLE was born before 28 Dec 1628 in Rangeworthy, Gloucester, England.395 She was baptized on 28 Dec 1628 in Rangeworthy, Gloucester, England.395

v. Dorothy DOLE was born before 2 Jul 1639 in Rangeworthy, Gloucester, England.395 She was baptized on 2 Jul 1639 in Rangeworthy, Gloucester, England.395

3226. Henry ROLFE was born before 5 Sep 1585 in Whiteparish, Wiltshire, England.477,478 He was baptized on 5 Sep 1585 in Whiteparish, Wiltshire, England.478,479 He signed a will on 15 Mar 1642 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.478 (Estate of Henry Roffe of Newbury

“The 15th 12th month 1642 I desire to comend my soule into the hands of the lord Jesus Christ, I desire my goods may be equally divided to my wife & all my children, only my sonne John Roffe must have the howse & land more then all the rest of my children and that their

porcons shalbe divided when they be 21 yeares of age if they marry not before In case my wife dye or marry then the goods shalbe divided; otherwise not till my eldest childe come to be 21 yeares of age But still to remayne in their mothers hands with the rest till that either of them are 21 yeares of age or marry. If any of my children dye then that porcon shalbe equally divided betweene my wife & the rest of my children I doe give vnto my wife one great

brasse pott and one great brasse pann, and a great brasse posnett and a chafing dish and five pewter platters I doe give vnto my Kinsman Thomas whittear a swarme of bees. I desire my brother John Roffe and my Cosen John Saunders of Sallisbery and william Mondy of

Newberry to oversee my will & order it to my desire & accordinge to my will.”

Henry Roffe

Witness: Thomas Hale, Thomas Cowllman, william Mose.

Proved 28:1:1643

Ipswich Deeds, vol. 1, leaf 2.

Inventory taken 1:1:1642, by John Woodbridg, Henry Short and

Richard Knight: howse & land, £30; Six kowes, £30; foure oxen, £24;

one bull & one steere, 3 yeare old, £7. 10s.; three beasts, two

years old, £8; two beasts, one yeare old, £2. 10s.; three Calves,

£1. 4s.; three hoggs, £1. 4s.; Bees, £7. 10s.; haye, £4; Soyle, £1;

Cart, Slead & 3 Yoaks, £1. 6s.; within the howse: one fetherbed &

flockbed, £3. 10s.; Six fether pillowes, 18s.; 4 Coverleds, £2; 5

blanketts, £1. 10s; 3 paier of Sheets, £1. 8s.; 2li. and a halfe of

bee wax, 2s. 6d.; bowlster Case & pillow & napkins, 10s.; porke, £2.

7s.; butter & Cheese, 12s.; barrells & butte[r] Cherne & other lumb.,

18s.; Pewter, £1. 7s. 6d.; Brasse, £3. 13s.; a Brasse pott, £1; iron

potts, £1. 6s.; A chafing dish & a posnet, 5s.; 12 bushells of indian

corne, £2. 2s.; 9 bushells of wheate, £2. 6d.; 2 bushells of pease,

9s.; hogsheads & howes & other lumber, 16s.; in apparrell, stockins

& shoes, £3; muskett & fowling peeces & 2 Swords & bandileers, £1.

19s.; working Tooles & lanthorne, 15s.; bookes, £1; spining wheeles,

10s.; a chest & chaiers & other lumb., 16s.; harrow tines, 10s.;

total £153. 8s. 6d.

Ipswich Deeds, vol. 1, leaf 3.

Source: Printed “Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts; 1635 – 1681,” In three volumes, The Essex Institute; Salem, MA; 1916, Vol. 1, Pg. 21.)

He died on 1 Mar 1643 in Newbury, Berkshire, England.478,480 Henry ROLFE and Honor ROLFE were married on 28 May 1621 in Whiteparish, Wiltshire, England.481 Doubtless an error in the Parish Registers of Whiteparish, Wiltshire, 1559-1655 which says John Rolfe and Honor Rolfe.

3227. Honor ROLFE was born about 1593. She died on 19 Dec 1650 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts.478 (Died at the home of Thomas Blanchard) Henry ROLFE and Honor ROLFE had the following children:

i. Anna ROLFE was born about 1626 in England.478 She died on 16 Nov 1678 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.478

1613 ii. Hannah ROLFE.

iii. John ROLFE482 was born on 10 May 1634 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts.478 He died on 30 Sep 1681 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.478 (Died at the home of his brother, Benjamin.)

iv. Benjamin ROLFE was born about 1638 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.478 He signed a will on 14 Mar 1705.478 He died on 10 Aug 1710.478

3228. John BROCKLEBANK was born in 1601 in , Yorkshire, England.107 He died before 1643 in England.107 John BROCKLEBANK and Jane [BROCKLEBANK] were married before 1626 in England.275,415 (Based on birth of son, Samuel.)

3229. Jane [BROCKLEBANK]275,415 was born in 1605 in , Yorkshire, England.107 She died on 26 Dec 1668 in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts.275 She was buried on 26 Dec 1668 in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts.275,415 Came from Yorkshire with Rev. Rogers; had a two-acre house lot on Wethersfield Street, 1643, denoting her to be of good estate. She lived there since 1638. John BROCKLEBANK and Jane [BROCKLEBANK] had the following children:

1614 i. Capt. Samuel BROCKLEBANK.

ii. Ens. John BROCKLEBANK was born about 1630 in England.275 He signed a will on 30 Nov 1665.483 Brocklebank, in his will dated 30 Nov 1665 mentions his …”very loveing and tender

father-in-law” Archelaus Woodman.

He was buried on 5 Apr 1666 in Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts.275

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