Joseph Webber Sr.

Joseph WEBBER Sr. (1697 – 1744) was Alex’s 7th Great Grandfather; one of 256 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Joseph Webber Sr. was born in 1697 in Gloucester, Mass. His parents were Samuel WEBBER and Deborah LITTLEFIELD.  He married Mary LEWIS on 13 Apr 1726 in York Maine.   Joseph died in 1744.

Mary Lewis was born 29 Jan 1705. Her parents were Andrew LEWIS and Mary HUTCHINS.  After Joseph died, she married Elias Weare  on 29 Jun 1753.  Elias was Joseph Webber’s step-nephew, but there was no blood relation.

An Elias Weare & Mary Webber had three sons:- John Weare b.1760. Joseph Weare. James Weare b.23  Nov 1766, but

Elias Weare was born 10 Jan 1699 in York, York, Maine. His parents were Elias Weare and Magdeline Hilton.  After her first two husbands were killed in Indian attacks, Magdeline married as her third husband Joseph’s older brother John Webber in 1709.  She first married Elias died 29 Jun 1788 Wells, York, Maine.

Children of  Joseph and Mary:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Joseph Webber Jr. 24 Jul 1727 York, Maine Sarah Sedgeley
10 Jan 1754 York, Maine
1796 ? Maine
2. Charles B. WEBBER Jan 1741 Old York, Maine Hannah CALL
Sarah Smiley 1782?
20 Nov 1819 Vassalboro, ME
3. Matthias Webber Jun 1744 Unknown Wife 12 Nov 1815

Joseph was mentioned in his mother’s 1737 will, but died before May 19, 1753, when “widow Mary” (presumably his) recorded intentions to marry Elias Weare. Joseph, was given lands by his mother, 3 Jan 1726; bought land of his brother John and sold it to Aaron Banks, July 6, 1730; sold land to Andrew Westcott, July 22, 1730;

There were several men named Elias Weare who intermarried with the Webbers. Very confusing, so I’ll try to sort it out.

1. Elias Weare was born 5 Apr 1672 in York, York, Maine. He married Magdeline Hilton He was killed by Indians 10 Aug 1707 in York, York, Maine. Later, Magdeline, as her third husband, married [this Joseph Webber Sr.'s brother] John Webber .

2. Elias Wear was born 10 Jan 1699 in York, York, Maine. His parents were Elias Weare1, Magdalene Hilton. He married 27 Dec 1722 – Gloucester, Essex, Mass. to Elizabeth Sayward.  Many sites state that he on this same date, he married the same Mary Webber that married his brother Joseph.  Maybe he really married late in life to Mary Lewis Webber on 19 May 1753.    Elias2 did not have any children of the same name. Elias2 died 29 Jun 1788 – Wells, York, Maine.

3. Elias Wear was born  6 Mar 1731 in York, York, Maine.  His parents were Joseph Weare, Mary Webber.  His maternal grandparents were Samuel Webber Jr. and Elizabeth Young and his maternal great grandparents were Samuel Webber Sr. and Deborah Littlefield. Some say it was this Elias that married Mary Webber in 1754 before he married Ruth.  He married Ruth Banks Apr 1760 – York, York, Maine,  Elias3 died 23 Feb 1809 in Clements, Annapolis, Nova Scotia, Canada.


1. Joseph Webber Jr. (See his page)

2. Charles B. WEBBER (See his page)

3. Matthias Webber

In the 1790 census, a Matthias Webber was living in York, York, Maine head of a household of 4, 2 males over sixteen and 2 females.  In the 1800 census,and 1810 census a Mathias Webber was still living in York.


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Isaac Willey I

Isaac WILEY I (1614 – 1685) was Alex’s 11th Great Grandfather; one of 4,096 in this generation.

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Isaac Willey was born in 1614 in Wiltshire, England.  His parents were Alan WILLEY and Alice MASON. He married  Joanna LUTTEN about 1636, possibly in Boston.  He was in Boston, Mass., as early as 1640, and removed to Charlestown, Mass., before 1644.  After Joanna died, he married Hannah Brooks, widow of Edward Lester on 23 Apr 1672 in New London.   Isaac died in 1685, Haddam, Middlesex, CT.

Joanna Lutten (Luttin) was born about 1618 in Camden Town, now London, England. Her parents were William LUTTIN and Jane WADDEL. She was a serving woman in Boston when she married Isaac.  Joanna died about 1670, New London, CT.

Hannah Brooks was born 1628 in Concord, Middlesex, Mass. Her parents were Henry Brooks and [__?__]. She first married 13 Dec 1647 in Concord, Mass. to Thomas Fox (24 Oct 1619 in England – d. 14 Apr 1658 in Concord, Mass.) and had six children with Thomas. She next married 1661 in New London, CT. to Andrew Lester (b. 1618 in England – d. 7 Jun 1669 in New London, CT) and had two more children. Finally, she married 24 Apr 1672 in Concord, Middlesex, Mass to Isaac Willey. Hannah died in 1692.

Children of Isaac and Joanna :

Name Born Married Departed
1. Joanna Willey 1638 Robert Hempstead
Andrew Lester
New London
2. Isaac Willey Jr. Baptized 2 Aug 1640 Frances BURCHAM
(Our ancestor from her later marriage to Clement MINER)
8 Jun 1660
Aug 1662
New London
3. Hannah Willey Baptized 6 Mar 1641/42 Thomas Hungerford
New London
Peter Blatchford
New London
ca. 1663
Samuel Spencer
About 1681
4. Sarah Willey 19 Jun 1644
Charlestown, Mass
John Terrell (Tyrrel)
New London
7 Mar 1711/12
5. Mary Willey ca. 1646 Samuel Tubbs after 1725
6. John WILLEY ca. 1648 Miriam MOORE
18 Mar 1669/70
New London, CT.
2 May 1688
Haddam CT
7. Abraham Willey 1650 Elizabeth Mortimer 1692

Isaac Willey was of Boston, Mass., as early as 1640, and removed to Charlestown, Mass., before 1644.   All that is known about him there are the records of his children given by Savage and in the Boston Record of births, etc.  He had wife Joanna, who died in New London, Connecticut., where he married after 1670 Anna, widow of Edward Lester.  She died in 1692.  In 1645 he went with John Winthrop, Jr., to New London. What is known about him there is given in Miss Caulkins’s History of New London.  Her notice is as follows:

” Willey’e houselot was on Mill brook, at the base of Post Hill. He was an agriculturist, and soon removed to a farm at the head of Nahantic River, which was confirmed to ‘ old Goodman Willie ‘ in 1664. It is probable that both he and his wife Joanna had passed the bounds of middle age, and that all their children were born before they came to the banks of the, Pequot.  Isaac Willey, Jr., was a married man at the time of his death in 1682. John Willey was one who wrought on the mill-dam in 1657 ; Abraham had married and settled in Haddam before his father’s decease. No other sons are known. Hannah, wife of Peter Blatchford, is the only daughter expressly named as such, but inferential testimony leads us to enroll among the members of this family Joanna, wife of Robert Hempstead, and afterward of Andrew Lester ; Mary, wife of Samuel Tubbs ; and Sarah, wife of John Terrall.

” Isaac Willey married second, after 1670, Anna, relict of Andrew Lester, who survived him. The Willey farm was sold to Abel Moore and Chr. Christophers. John Willey married in 1670 Miriam, daughter of Miles Moore. He lived beyond the head of Nahantic, and when the bounds between New London and Lyme were determined, his farm was split by the line, leaving twenty acres, on which stood his house, in New London.  “Abraham Willey, , married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Mortimer, of New London.”

1645- Isaac  went with John Winthrop, Jr., to New London. What is known about him there is given in Miss Caulkins’s History of New London.

1645 – Isaac Willey and John Stebbins mowed the meadows of the Upper Mamacook.

25 Feb 1647 – John  was chosen, with John Winthrop, Robert Herapsteed, Samuel Lothroup and Thomas MINER , ” to act in all Toune affaires; ” and at the meeting he was granted ” to have a planting lot at the other side of the cove, near Mr. deane winthrops lot.” The house lots originally numbered 38, but the number was reduced to 36. The first grantee was John Winthrop, Esq., and Isaac Willey was the fifth after him, ” his homestead lying north west of Mr. Winthrop’s on the upper part of what are now Williams street and Main street.”  [Today, Williams Street is in downtown New London, but Main Street does not exist.]

His name occurs as one of sixteen who had cattle marks before 1650.

May 1649 – At a General Court ” certain individuals at Pequot,” viz., Robert Bedell, Gary Latham and Isaac Willey, charged with resisting a constable and letting go an Indian committed to their charge, were summoned to appear at Hartford and answer for their conduct.

About 1652 – Two necks of land, one of them called ” a pyne neck,” with a broad cove between them, east of Pequot River, were granted to him, and sold by him to Amos Richardson. The Nahantic farm is described as ” rounding the head of the river.”

20 Sep 1657 – Referring to rate bills of that date Miss Caulkins says: ” After enumerating house and houselot, meadow, marsh and upland, the planter had from two to four cows; half a dozen calves, yearlings and two years old; a litter of swine and two or three sheep, or perhaps a share in two or three sheep. This was all the ratable property of even some of the oldest settlers, as Willey.”

1669 – His name is 15th in the list of 21 freemen.. [Conn. Colon. Rec., ii, p. 523.]

29 Nov. 1669 – The town appointed Wm. Hough, John Stebbins, Clement MINOR and Isaac Willey ” to lay out the King’s highway between New London and the head of Niantick river.”

12 Mar 1672 – He appears to have been a participant in the affray in Aug. 1671, arising out of the disputed lands between New London and Lyme, now East Lyme, as he was among those arraigned at Hartford, ” for attempts by violence to drive Mr. Mathew Griswold and Lieut. Wm. Waller off their lands, and resistance to authority and assault.” [Conn. Colonial Rec., ii, p. 558.]

Many sites state that [our ancestor] Francis GRISWOLD immigrated with his brother Matthew, but I’m thinking Matthew belonged to a different family.    It looks like Francis lived in Cambridge, Mass and brothers Matthew and Edward Griswold immigrated to Connecticut, and are associated with Saybrook, Norwich and  Killingworth, Connecticut, called then “Kenilworth,” in honor of the Griswold’s native place in England.

9 Jul 1663 – He took probate of the will of his son-in-law, Thomas Hungerford, at Hartford, [Goodwin, p. 201.]

1667 – Goodwife Willey was presented before the court ” for not attending public worship and bringing her children thither,” and fined 5 shillings. [Miss Caulkins, p. 250.]

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Isaac Willey, immigrant ancestor, was in Boston, Massachusetts, as early as 1640.

Before 1644 he removed to Charlestown, Massachusetts, where the records of his children are found, in addition to those records in the Boston record of births. In 1645 he went with John Winthrop Jr. to New London, Connecticut, where he died about 1685. His house lot was on Mill brook, at the foot of Post hill. He was a farmer, and in a short time moved to a farm at the head of Nahantic river, which in 1664 was confirmed to “old Goodman Willie.” Their children were doubtless all born before they moved here. In 1645 he and John Stebbins mowed the meadows of the Upper Mamacook. He was chosen at a meeting, February 25, 1647. with John Winthrop, Robert Hempsteed, Samuel Lothroup and Thomas Minor, “to act in all Toune affairs,” and at the same time he was granted a planting lot near the cove. He was one of sixteen who had cattle marks before 1650. In May, 1649, he was before the general court with two others, charged with resisting a constable and letting go an Indian committed to their charge, and they were summoned to appear at Hartford to answer for their conduct. About 1652 he received two grants of land east of Pequot river, and he sold them to Amos Richardson. In 1669 his name was on a list of twenty-one freemen. On November 29, 1669, he was on a committee for laying out the King’s highway between New London and the head of the Niantic river. On March 12, 1671-72, he was among those arraigned at Hartford “for attempts by violence to drive Mr. Mathew Griswold and Lieut. Wm. Waller off their lands, and resistance to authority and assault.” This shows that he was among those who participated in the affray in August, 1671, because of disputed lands between New London and Lyme. In 1667 Goodwife Willey was brought before court and fined five shillings “for not attending public worship and bringing her children thither.”

He married (first) Joanna , who died in New London. He married (second) after 1670, Anna, widow of Edward Lester, and she died in 1692. Children, by first wife: Joanna, birth not recorded; (Savage doubts her existence; Miss Caulkins says she was second wife of Robert Hempstead, who died at New London in June, 1655, after which she married Andrew Lester); Isaac, baptized on his mother’s right at Boston, August 2, 1640; Hannah, baptized in Boston, March 6, 1641-42; Sarah, born at Charlestown, June 19, 1644; Mary, born about 1646;John, mentioned below; Abraham, at New London, perhaps about 1650.


1. Joanna Willey

Wife of Robert Hempstead, mother of Mary, the first child born in the new town of Pequot, later New London.

Many have given her the maiden name of Willey; actually there is no foundation in the historical record for this claim, and THE DIARY OF JOSHUA HEMPSTEAD offers no encouragement for such conjecture. The 1999 version correctly lists her as “Joane” in the introduction.

It’s also noteworthy that Joshua (1678-1758) the Diarist never refers to a Willey as “Uncle, Aunt or Cousin;” or in any other relational capacity.

Joanna’s first husband Robert Hempstead was born 1613 in Steeple Bumstead, Essex, England. His parents were William Hempstead and [__?__]. Robert died Jun 1654 in New London, New London, CT.

from the “Diary of Joshua Hempstead” – “Robert Hempstead was one of the 36 grantees of original house lots in New London. is more probable that Robert Hempstead was from Hempstead, Long Island, rather than with Winthrop’s men”

Frances Manwaring Caulkins says of Robert Hempstead (in her HISTORY OF NEW LONDON): “The name of Robert Hempstead has not been traced in New England previous to its appearance on our records. It is probable that when he came to Pequot with Winthrop in 1645, he had recently arrived in the country and was a young, unmarried man…”

“That Robert (and wife Joane) are buried in the Ancient Burial Place there is little doubt. Pursuing our investigations we might make a long list of the fathers of the town whose graves have not been found, but whom we suppose to have been gathered into this congregation of the dead…-Where were interred, if not here, Robert Hempstead…?”

Joanna’s second husband Andrew Lester was born 1618 in England. After Joanna died, he married 1661 in New London, New London, CT to Hannah Brooks and had two more children. Andrew died 7 Jun 1669 in New London, New London, CT. After Andrew died, Hannah married 24 Apr 1672 in Concord, Middlesex, Mass to Joanna’s father Isaac WILLEY. Hannah died in 1692.

2. Isaac Willey Jr.

Issac’s wife Frances BURCHAM  was born c. 1644 in Lynn MA.  Her parents were Edward BURCHAM of Lynn, Mass and Katherine MASON.   She first married 8 Jun 1660 in Boston, Suffolk, Mass to Isaac Willey Jr. We are descendants from Frances’ second marriage.  Isaac died soon after the marriage and she married second 26 Nov 1662  to Clement MINER   Frances died on 6 Dec 1672 shortly after the birth of Ann.

3. Hannah Willey

Hannah’s first husband Thomas Hungerford was born 1602 in Farley Hungerford, Somerset, England. His parents were cousins Anthony Hungerford and Lucy Hungerford, daughter of Sir Walter Hungerford. He was married once before Hannah, but his first wife’s name is not known. Thomas died in Mar 1663 in New London, New London, CT.

Hannah’s second husband Peter Blatchford was born 1640 in New London, New London, CT. Peter died 1 Sep 1671 in New London, New London, CT.

Hannah’s third husband Samuel Spencer was born 1650 in Lynn, Essex, Mass. His parents were Gerard Spencer and Hannah Hills. After Hannah died, he married  in 1689 to  Merriam MOORE, the widow of his brother-in-law, John WILLEY.  Samuel died 7 Aug 1705 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT.

HUNGERFORD: is an ancient English surname, derived originally from the name of a locality. Sir Thomas Hungerford, the first of the name of any historical prominence, is said to have begun life in the humble situation of register of Wyvie, Bishop of Salsbury; first speaker (1377) of the House of Commons; Farley Castle, the home of Sir Thomas (the first Sir Thomas) was at Blark Bounton, County Oxford, and his monument there shows that he died in 1398; the Farley estate remained in the Hungerford family until 1711, when the last of the direct male line died.; the name is extinct in England, but branches of the family survive in Ireland, it is said, as well as in America;

Thomas Hangerford, died 1663.
Estate, £100. Children, three — “Thomas, aged about fifteen; Sarah, nine; Hannah, four years old, this first of May, 1663.” The relict of Thomas Hungerford, married Samuel Spencer, of East Haddam ;one of the daughters married Lewis Hughes, of Lyme.

On the road leading from New London to the Nahantick bar, (Rope Ferry) nearly in the parallel of Bruen’s Neck, is a large single rock of granite, that in former times was popularly known as Hungerford’s Fort. It is also mentioned on the proprietary records in describing the pathway to Bruen’s Neck, as “the great rock called Hungerfort’s Fort.” We must refer to tradition for the origin of the name. It is said that a young daughter of the Hungerford family (Hannah?) being alone on this road, on her way to school, found herself watched and pursued by a hungry wolf. He made his approaches cautiously, and she had time to secure some weapon of defense, and to retreat to this rock before ho actually made his attack. And here she succeeded in beating him off, though he made several leaps up the rock, and his fearful bark almost bewildered her senses, till assistance came. We can not account for the name and the tradition, without allowing that some strange incident occurred in connection with the rock, and that a wolf and a member of the Hungerford family were involved in it ; but the above account may not be a correct version of the story.

Thomas Hungerford, 2d, had a grant of land in 1673, “four miles f1om town,” and his name occurs, as an inhabitant, for ten or twelve years, though he was afterward of Lyme. The heroine of the rock is more likely to have been a member of his family, than of that of his father, whose residence was in the town plot, on the bank.

4. Sarah Willey

Sarah’s husband John Terrell (Tyrrel) was born Aug 1644 in Milford, New Haven, CT. His parents were Roger Terrell and Abigail Ufford. John died 27 Feb 1712 in Milford, New Haven, CT.

John was a taxpayer as early as 1664 and was one of the grantees of New London, Connecticut. John married Sarah, daughter of Isaac Wiley, and died February 27, 1712, the death of his wife occurring March 7 of that same year. No children are mentioned in her will, but it is thought that he had children by a first wife, for the chruch records mention two children, William and Mary, baptized May 7, 1761.

5. Mary Willey

Mary’s husband Samuel Tubbs was born 1638 in Duxbury, Plymouth, Mass. His parents were William Tubbs and Mercy Sprague. Samuel died in 1696 in New London, New London, CT.

Samuel was a member of the Connecticut volunteers in King Philip’s War and in 1696 was granted land in Voluntown, CT for his service. (See Great Swamp Fight – Aftermath for details)

6. John WILLEY (See his page)

7. Abraham Willey

Abraham’s wife Elizabeth Mortimer was born 1655 in New London, New London, CT. Her parents were Thomas Mortimer and Elizabeth [__?_]. Elizabeth died in 1692 in Haddam, Middlesex, CT.


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John Willey I

John WILLEY I (ca. 1649 – 1688) was Alex’s 10th Great Grandfather; one of 2,048 in this generation.

John Willey was born ca. 1649, New London, New London, CT. John’s parents were Isaac WILLEY and Joanna LUTTEN .  He married Merriam MOORE on 18 Mar 1669/70 in New London, CT.  John died 2 May 1688, in Haddam, Middlesex, CT.

Merriam Moore as born 8 Nov 1647 in New London CT.  Her parents were Miles MOORE and Isabell JOYNER .  She married second to  Samuel Spencer in 1689.  Miriam died in 1706, East Haddam, Middlesex, CT.

Samuel Spencer was born 1650 in Lynn, Essex, Mass. His parents were Gerard Spencer and Hannah Hills.  He first married in 1673 to John’s older sister, Hannah Willey as her third husband.  After Hannah died, he married  in 1689 to  Merriam MOORE.  Samuel died 7 Aug 1705 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT.

Children of John and Miriam:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Isaac WILLEY 18 Jan 1669/70
New London, CT
14 DEC 1697
Lyme, CT
after 1751
Lyme, CT
2. Isabel Willey 21 Oct 1673
New London, CT
John Griffee
1690 in New London, CT
Caleb Bennett (Rose’s brothers and son of Henry BENNETT)
Lyme, CT
3. John WILLEY II 24 Feb 1675/76
New London, CT
Elizabeth HARVEY
16 Oct 1698 in New London, CT
19 Jun 1754
New London, CT
4. Miriam Willey 1 Nov 1677
New London, CT
Thomas Harris
Lyme, CT
Dutchess, NY
5. Allyn Willey 25 Jan 1680
New London, CT
Matitable [_?_]
6. Abel Willey 3 Mar 1682/83
New London, CT
Hannah Bray
17 JUL 1703
New London, CT
Martha Miner
Aft. 1733
2 OCT 1752
East Haddam, CT
7. Mary Willey 10 DEC 1685
New London, CT
John Holmes
11 FEB 1706/07
New London, CT
Samuel Andrews
1 Jun 1736 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT
29 MAY 1734
New London, CT

There is a difference of opinion among genealogists which son, Isaac or John was John WILLEY III’s father.  These are alternative, not double ancestors.

John was one of those who wrought at the mill-dam in 1651. He lived beyond the Head of Nahautick.

23 Sep 1652 – The land in Lyme was confirmed to him by the town, being described аз follows :

At the head of Nehantuck River, twenty acres of upland be it more or less : bounded easterly with New London bounds, and every way else with the Commons, at the South East Corner at a white oak tree, at the North East Corner at a white oak tree being a little without the fence now standing, af the North West Corner by a Keed oake tree, at the South West Corner with a stake.”

Swamp -- Nehantic State Forest -- Lyme CT.

17 Feb 1693 – The same land, with some in New London, was sold by his sons, John and Isaac Willey (either son could be our ancestor, see John Wiley II for details ) to Capt. Edward Palmer. They both subscribed by a mark, and were described as sons of John Willey, late of Haddam, deceased.

Three purchases of land, made by Isaac and John Willey in 1692 and 1709 and later, from Amos and Samuel Tinker, in the N. W. part of Lyme, with a considerable tract adjoining in East Haddam, remained the home of the Willey family for nearly a century, until it had been divided among successive generations into very small parcels.

2 May 1688 – The inventory of John’s estate, amounting to £169 13 00, was presented at Hartford, Nov. 6. 16S9, by his widow, who was appointed to administer the estate, with Alexander Eolio and Thomas Hungerford to assist her and to oversee her and her children..

1696 – John Willey( deceased)  granted lands in Voluntown, Conn., in 1696, for their services in the Connecticut volunteers in King Philip’s War[Narragansett Hist. Beg., 1882, p. 146.] (See Great Swamp Fight – Aftermath for details)

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John, son of Isaac Willey, was born at New London about 1648. He was one of those who made the mill dam. He lived beyond the head of Nahantic; when the bounds between New London and Lyme were settled, his farm was split by the line, leaving twenty acres with his house in New London. On September 23, 1682, land was confirmed to him in Lyme, and this land with some in New London was sold February 17, 1692-93. There are records of other land bought by him. He died at Haddam, Connecticut, May 2, 1688, and his wife was administratrix of his estate. He married, at New London, March 18, 1668-69, Miriam, daughter of Miles and Isabel (Joyner) Moore, and she married (second) in 1689, Samuel Spencer. Children, born at New London: Isaac, January 18, 1670-71; Isabel, October 21, 1673; John,mentioned below; Miriam, November 1, 1677; Allen, June 25, 1680; Abel, March 3, 1682-83; Mary, December 10, 1685.


1. Isaac WILLEY (See his page) Some sources say John WILLEY III‘s parents were Isaac Willey and Rose Bennett, others say John Willey Jr. and Elizabeth Harvey

2. Isabel Willey

Isabel’s first husband John Griffee was born 1666 in CT. John died 1697 in Haddam, Middlesex, CT.

Isabel’s second husband Caleb Bennett was born 11 Oct 1675 in Lyme, New London, CT. His parents were Henry BENNETT and Sarah CHAMPION. He first married Rebecca Mack. Caleb died 12 Nov 1732 in Lyme, New London, CT.

3. John WILLEY II (See his page) Some sources say John WILLEY III‘s parents were John Willey Jr. and Elizabeth Harvey, others say Isaac Willey and Rose Bennett.

4. Miriam Willey

Miriam’s husband Thomas Harris was born 22 Mar 1677 in Block Island, Rhode Island. His parents were William Harris and Elizabeth [__?__]. Thomas died 22 Feb 1726 in Dutchess, New York.

5. Allyn Willey. T

Allyn’s wife Matitable [_?_] was born about 1710.

6. Abel Willey

Abel’s first wife Hannah Bray was born 1680 in New London, CT. Her parents were xx. 1733 in New London, CT.

Abel’s second wife Martha Miner was born 20 Jun 1699 in New London, New London, CT. Her parents were Clement Miner and Martha Mould. Her grandparents were our ancestors Clement MINER and Francis BURCHAM. Martha died in 1746.

Martha Miner joined the church at East Haddam Nov 6, 1737 and that of New London on Aug 23, 1767 by letter. She is mentioned in Abel’s will Apr 17, 1746, proved Oct 2, 1752 of which Abel’s son Abel Jr. was named executor and who accepted the trust Nov 2, 1752. The inventory amounted to several hundred pounds.

7. Mary Willey

Mary’s husband John Holmes was born 11 Mar 1687 in New London, New London, CT. His parents were Thomas Holmes and Lucretia Dudley. John died 29 May 1734 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT.

Mary’s second husband Samuel Andrews was born in 1683 in Middletown, Middlesex, CT. Samuel died 14 Dec 1758 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT.


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John Willey III

John WILLEY III (1699 – 1743) was Alex’s 8th Great Grandfather; one of 512 in this generation of the Miner line.

John Willey was born 24 May 1699 in East Haddam CT.  Some say his parents were Isaac WILLEY II and Rose BENNETT. But it is more likely that they were John WILLEY II and Elizabeth HARVEY.  Isaac and John were brothers.  He married Sarah SAUNDERS on 5 Apr 1722 in East Haddam.   John died on 13 Nov 1743 in East Haddam, CT.

View of East Haddam. Connecticut and Goodspeed's Landing Connecticut River 1880

View of East Haddam. Connecticut and Goodspeed’s Landing Connecticut River 1880

Sarah Saunders was born in 1705 in East Haddam.  It is not know what branch of the Saunders family she is from. She died in 1791 in East Haddam. (The record of the 1st ch. in East Haddam in a list of deaths in 1791, has Widow Willey, aged 86.)

Children of John and Sarah:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Keziah WILLEY 26 Mar 1723
East Haddam
Elihu MINER Sr.
21 Mar 1745  East Haddam
29 Mar 1807 Millington, Middlesex, Connecticut.
2. David Willey 19 Apr 1725
East Haddam
m1. Abigail Cone
m2. Rachel Spencer
20 Aug 1752 East Haddam
m3. Rachel Church
6 Mar 1806 Goshen, NH
3. Nathan Willey 1 Mar 1734
East Haddam
Bef. Feb 1756
4. Jonathan Willey 10 Jul 1737
East Haddam
Mary Bates
4 May 1758
East Haddam
26 Dec 1805
Middletown, CT
5. Asa Willey 6 Sep 1740
East Haddam
22 Oct 1743
East Haddam

Isaac Willey of New London Connecticut and His Descendants states that John Willey’s parents were John Willey Jr.  and Elizabeth Harvey   instead of Isaac Willey and Rose Bennett.  John and Isaac were brothers.  According to the source, a gravestone in East Haddam cemetery, with the inscription ” I. W., D. Sep. 6, 1728,” perhaps records the death of the John Willey who was the son of Isaac.  John’s birth date is adjusted to be May 24, 1699 which fits him in as the first born before Allen who was born Sept. 29, 1700.  If these revisions are true, we have the following alternative ancestors
John Willey Jr. (1675 -1754)  and Elizabeth Harvey (1680 – )
John Harvey ( 1647 – 1705)  and Elizabeth Willey ( 1650 -1705)
Thomas Harvey (1615 –   and Elizabeth Andrews ( 1614 – 1717)

The following ancestors would be incorrect
Isaac Willey II
Henry Bennett Jr.
Henry Bennett Sr.
Henry Champion

23 Jan 1728 – John  is described in a deed as a miller,

5 Jun 1724 – John bought land in Lyme, with a grist-mill and saw-mill thereon, from John Pelton, which, with 158 acres of land, he sold to his brother Allen Willey for £200.

1739 – John’s grist-mill is mentioned in a deed of Abel Willey to Zachariah Willey

11 Nov 1743 – Will is dated and proved Dec. 26, 1743, he gave the saw-mill to his daughter Keziah, but if David would pay £40, he was to have the mill.  John’s brother Allen was executor. The inventory amounted to £514 14 14 which was a tidy sum in those days.


1. Keziah WILLEY (See Elihu MINER Sr. ‘s page)

2. David Willey

David’s first wife Abigail Cone was born about 1726, baptized 11 May 1729  in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT. Her parents were David Cone (1704 – 1754) and Molly [__?__] ( – 1754).

David’s second wife was Rachel Spencer was born 6 Mar 1728 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT. Her parents were Sgt. Micajah Spencer (1693 – 1753) and Sarah Booge (1704 – 1744). Sarah died about 1775 in East Haddam.

Some genealogies say David’s second wife was Rachel Dutton, but Rachel Dutton married David’s uncle Benajah Willey (1713 – 1752). Rachel Dutton was born 6 Nov 1727 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT. Her parents were Samuel Dutton (1706 – 1790) and Rachel Cone (1708 – 1718) Rachel died 1793 in Millington, CT.

Some genealogies say that the John Willey who married Elizabeth Marshall was David’s son, but it seems more likely that he was the son of Benajah Willey and Rachel Dutton.

John Willey, b. ~ 1741; d. 28 Jun 1818 Litchfield, Middlesex Co., CT; m.  30 Apr 1767 in Litchfield, CT to Elizabeth Marshall ( b. 9 Feb 1741 in Freetown, Mass. – d.  3 Jun 1817 in Litchfield, CT, at the age of 76.) Elizabeth’s parents were John Marshall and Elizabeth Winslow.   John and Elizabeth had seven children born between 1767 and 1782.

John had an illegimate son with Mindwell Scoville, John Willey Jr. ( b. 2 Jan 1789 – d. 21 Oct 1879) After the birth of this child he ran away, and was gone several years. When he returned he lived with his  eldest daughter Abigail till his death.

David’s third wife Rachel Church was born 5 Sep 1732 Millington, Middlesex, CT.  Her parents were John Church (b. 1682) and   Elizabeth Olmstead (b: 1688 in Hartford, Hartford, CT). She first married 14 Nov 1751 to Hezekiah Mack( b. 20 Jan 1728 in Lyme, New London, CT – d. Oct 1755 at Lake George in his 28th year) and had two children John Mack (b. 1752) and Hezekiah Mack (b. 1754).  Rachel died 10 Jul 1801 in her 69th year in Millington.

Child of David and Abigail Cone:

i. Abigail Cone Willey bapt. 22 Jul 1753 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT; d. 1 May 1792 Avon Livingston, New York; m. 4 Jun 1761 in East Haddam to William Markham (b. 14 Sep 1738 in Haddam, Middlesex, CT – d. 1 May 1792 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT)  William’s parents were William Markham (1706 – 1752) and Esther Arnold (1705 – 1746). Abigail and William had eight children born between 1762 and 1778.

The only way Abigail’s 1753 baptism date matches up with her 1761 marriage and 1762 first child is that she was born several years earlier.

In the French and American War in 1759, William was in Capt. Joseph Spencer’s company. Col. Nathan Whiting’s 2nd Connecticutt Regiment.

In 1761, William was in Capt. Giles Wolcott’s Company, Col. Phineas Lyman‘s 1st Connecticut Regiment.

Lyman earned a reputation as the most experienced colonial American officer during French and Indian War. In 1759  he was with Lord Amherst at the capture of Crown Point and Ticonderoga and in 1760 took part in the expeditions to Oswego and Montreal. In 1762 he commanded the colonial contingent of Lord Albemarle‘s army in the capture of Havana. (See my post Battle of Havana – 1762)

Abigail last know to be in Genesee Co., NY.

ii. David Willey, Jr., b. 10 Feb 1748 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT; d. 16 Mar 1819 Lempster, Sullivan Co., NH, at the age of 71, and buried East Lemster Cemetery Lempster, NH.

It’s possible David’s parents were Benajah Willey and Rachel Dutton.

David was living in Lempster, Sullivan, New Hampshire in the 1776 state census.

In the 1790 census, David was living in Lempster, Cheshire, New Hampshire with a wife and a son under 16

Children of David and Rachel Spencer:

iv. Ahimaaz Willey, bapt. 31 Aug 1755 East Haddam, Middlesex, CT; d. CT 25 Apr 1831 – Wilbraham, Hampden, Mass; m. Jerusha Russell (b. 21 Jun 1751 in Ellington, Tolland, CT – d. 3 Nov 1817 in Windsor, Berkshire, Mass) Jerusha’s parents were Ebenezer Russell (1714 – 1791) and his cousin Susannah Russell (1719 – 1779)

Wilbraham, Hampden, Mass

Wilbraham, Hampden, Mass

Ahimaaz settled in Wilbraham, Hampden, Mass. , where he was one of the petitioners in 1805 to the Legislature, for the incorporation of the M.E. parish in W. Ludlow, and Springfield.

Wilbraham was first settled in 1730 by Nathaniel Hitchcock along with what is now Hampden, Massachusetts as the Fourth District of Springfield. It was also known as the Outward Commons, Mountains or Springfield Mountain. Hitchcock built a log hut along what is now Main St. Hunting and logging occurred in the late 17th century.

The Wilbraham town center is among the largest designated historical areas in the country, with fine examples of colonial and Victorian homes from as early as the 1730s along the historical areas of main street. The oldest Methodist meeting house in New England is located in the town’s center, as is the campus of Wilbraham & Monson Academy, founded in 1804.

Ahimaaz  was son and successor of Zadok in the office of high priest (1 Chronicles 6:8, 53). On the occasion of the revolt of Absalom he remained faithful to David, and was of service to him in conveying to him tidings of the proceedings of Absalom in Jerusalem (2 Sam. 15:24-37; 17:15-21).

v. Elizabeth Willey b. 1756 East Haddam, Middlesex, CT; d. 30 Apr 1835 Marion, Wayne, New York; Burial: Upper Corners Cemetery; m. 1775 East Haddam to Abel Brockway (b. 1755 in Waterbury, New Haven, CT – d. 28 Sep 1838 in Marion, Wayne, New York; Burial: Upper Corners Cemetery) Abel’s parents were Samuel Brockway (1717 – 1806) and Margaret Smith (1725 – 1757). Elizabeth and Abel had nine children born between 1775 and 1800.

Townships of Wayne County New York

Townships of Wayne County New York

Marion is an interior town near the center of the county, about 20 miles east of Rochester, New York and 50 miles west of Syracuse, New York.   Marion was part of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase.  The area was first settled around 1795.

vi. Jeremiah Willey, bapt. 27 Aug 1758 East Haddem, Middlesex Co., CT, last know in 1794 to be in East Haddem, Middlesex Co., CT, and was buried in East Haddem, CT.

vii. Rachel Willey, bapt. 14 Dec 1760 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT.

viii. Lovina Willey, bapt, 24 Apr 1763 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT; m. 25 Jun 1789 – Lempster, New Hampshire to Eleazer Cary (b. 23 Apr 1757 in Windham, New London, CT – d. 15 May 1790 in Lempster, Sullivan, New Hampshire) Eleazer’s sister Eunice married Lovina’s brother Nathan. Their parents were William Cary (1729 – 1808) and Eunice Webb (1733 – 1809).

Eleazer and Eunice Cary’s father, William was Captain of the first company in Col. Benjamin Bellow’s 16th New Hampshire Militia Regiment in 1776. William was Captain of the 8th company in the same regiment in Sep and Oct 1777 which reinforced the army of Gen. Gates at Saratoga.

The regiment was called up at Walpole, New Hampshire, on September 21, 1777, as reinforcements for the Continental Army during the Saratoga Campaign. The regiment marched quickly to join the gathering forces of Gen. Horatio Gates as he faced British Gen. John Burgoyne in northern New York. The regiment served in Gen. William Whipple’s brigade of New Hampshire militia. With the surrender of Burgoyne’s Army on October 17 the regiment was disbanded on October 27, 1777.

ix. Nathan Willey, b. 1765 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT; d. 15 Jun 1826 Goshen, Sullivan, New Hampshire and was buried  in Four Corners Cemetery, Goshen, Sullivan Co.; m. 1 Oct 1789  Lempster, Sillivan, NH to Eunice Cary (b. 4 Jan 1767 in Windham, CT – d. 1807 in West Greece, New York) Eunice’s brother Eleazer married Nathan’s sister Lovina. Their parents were William Cary (1729 – 1808) and Eunice Webb (1734 – 1809) Nathan and Eunice had ten children between 1790 and 1805.

Eunice was a triplet. Born at the same time as Eunice were James Cary (1767 – 1767) and William Cary (1767 – 1815)

x. Deacon Reuben Willey, bapt. 12 Jul 1767 East Haddam, Middlesex, CT;  d. 6 Jan 1846 Goshen, Sullivan, NH buried in Four Corners Cem, Goshen, Sullivan Co.; m. ~ 1796 East Haddam to Sarah Hall ( b ~1777 – d. 9 Nov 1835 in Goshen, Sullivan, NH buried in Four Corner Cemetery)  Reuben and Sarah had six children born between 1797 and 1814.

Reuben settled ion Goshen, Sullivan, New Hampshire

Reuben settled in Goshen, Sullivan, New Hampshire

Incorporated in 1791, Goshen was first settled in 1768 as a part of Saville (now Sunapee). The name Goshen may have been taken from Goshen, Connecticut, where many residents had relatives.

xi. Olive Willey, bapt. 1 Jul 1770 in East Haddam, Middlesex Co., CT.

Children of David and Rachel Church:

xii. Jeremiah Willey, b. 28 Jul 1777 East Haddam, Middlesex, CT; bapt. as an adult in St. Stephens, East Haddam 20 Jul 1794; d. 14 May 1865 Hamilton, Madison, NY at the age of 87; m. 1797 to Hannah Staples (b.  27 Dec 1778 in Colchester, New London, CT – d. 29 Dec 1869 in Hamilton, NY, at the age of 91) Hannah’s parents were Elijah Staples (1752 – ) and Hannah Bigelow (1759 – ) Jeremiah and Hannah had eleven children born between 1798 and 1821.

Typical scenery of the Hamilton area in the fall season.  Hamilton township is the home of Colgate University.

Typical scenery of the Hamilton area in the fall season.
Hamilton township is the home of Colgate University founded in 1817.

In the 1860 census, Jeremiah and Hannah were living with their youngest son Omri in Hamilton, Madison, New York

xiii. Sarah Willey b. ~1776; bapt. as an adult 12 Oct 1794 in St. Stephens, East Haddam, Middlesex, CT; m. 12 Oct 1794 in East Haddam to John Osborne (b. CT )

4. Jonathan Willey

Jonathan’s wife Mary Bates was born 21 Aug 1735 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT. Her parents were Clement Bates (1706 – 1784) and Mary Strobridge (1706 -).

Children of Jonathan and Mary

i. Susannah Willey, b. 23 Nov 1758 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT.

ii. Mary Willey, b. 5 Mar 1761 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT.

iii. Jonathan Willey b.    2 Jun 1763 in East Haddam, Middlesex Co., CT; d. bef. 1845 in Rock Creek, Morgan, Ashtabula, OH; m1. Mary [__?__]; m2. 2  Oct 1828 Torrington, Litchfield, CT to  Irena Warner (b. Waterbury, CT – last known to be in Rock Creek, OH)  Irena first married Elisha Hayden. ( – 1812 Wolcotville, CT)

Jonathan was a private in the Connecticut Continental Army.  He was placed on the pension roll 14 Sep 1833 with an annual benefit of $80.00. His pension date was 4 Mar 1831 sums received $240.00
Sums received: 240 00. In 1854 Irena applied for a widow’s pension, bounty land warrant.

Jonathan and Mary’s daughter married Elisha and Irena’s son Augustus in Ohio;  Augustus died after 1888 in Cortland, OH.

Jonathan removed to Morgan, now Rock Creek, bt. 1832, his
wife surviving him in 1845.

iv. Clements Bates Willey b. 19 Apr 1765 East Haddam, Middlesex, CT; d. 25 May 1841 Rock Creek Morgan Township, Ashtabula, Ohio; m1. 29 Mar 1791 – Barkhamstead, Litchfield, CT to Sarah Hart (b. 1767 – d. 1794 Barkhamstead);  Clement and Sarah had one son Rodney Bates (b. 1790);  m2. 1795 in CT to Candace Merrills (b. 12 Feb 1773 in Canton, Hartford, CT – d. 14 Apr 1846 in Rock Creek, Ohio) Candace’s parents were William Merrill (1732 – 1806) and Sarah Kellogg (1735 – 1801) Clements and Candace had  fourchildren born between 1796 and 1801.

Clement removed about 1808 from Barkhamstead, CT  to Rock Creek, Morgan, Ashtabula, OH.

In the 1820 census, Clement had a household of nine in Tiffin, Adams, Ohio, a few miles north of the Ohio River, 75 miles east of Cincinnati

v.  Azubah Willey, b. 24 May 1767 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT; d. aft. 1804 Marcellus, NY; m.  Humphrey Baker (b. 1772 in W. Simsbury, CT – d. 1832 in Marcellus, NY) Humphrey’s parents were Bildad Baker and Lois Humphrey.

vi. Elles “Alice” Willey, b.  30 Apr 1769 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT; d. 2 Sep 1836 – Castile, Wyoming, New York; m. 11 Jan 1791 – East Haddam to Green Hungerford (b. 20 Aug 1765 East Haddam – d. 1 Jul 1840 in Castile, Wyoming, New York) Green’s parents were Lemuel Hungerford (1733 – 1786) and Sarah Stewart (1732 – 1817) Alice and Green had one child Edmund Hungerford (1791 – 1851)

Green is a common first name in the Hungerford family.

In the Revolution, Green was a private in the Connecticut Militia. He was placed on the pension roll in Genesee County New York on 26 Jul 1833 with an annual allowance of $40.00. His pension commenced 4 Mar 1831 with $100.00 received.

In the 1800 census, Green was living in Canandaigua, Ontario, New York with a household of 5. The town was first settled around 1789. Canandaigua officially became a town in 1791.

vii. Hannah Willey b. 23 Apr 1771 East Haddam, Middlesex, CT; d. ~1825 Barkhamsted, Litchfield, CT Alternatively, Hannah died about 1841 in East Haddam; m. 20 Jan 1795 Barkhamsted to David Bristol (b. 29 Jan 1776 Barkhamsted – d. 5 May 1856? Stoughton, Dane, Wisconsin). NOTE: I’m not sure this is the same David Bristol because the gravestone reads “AE 64 yrs & 6 ms.” There were two David Bristols in the 1830 census, one living in Barkhamsted, Litchfield, CT with a household of 8 and another living in Vienna, Oneida, New York with a household of 7.

David’s parents were David Bristol Sr. (1742 – 1820) and Lois Hart (1743 – 1825).  Hannah and David had seven children born between 1795 and 1818. After Hannah died, Daniel married Mary Robinson (b. 1805 in Connecticut – d. Kenosha, Kenosha, Wisconsin)

David Bristol Sr. bought 400 acres in Ohio as a member of the Scioto company and was a signer of the articles of agreement  executed Dec 14 1802 in Granby Mass. They paid $1.25 per acre to GeneralJonathan Dayton of Elizabeth Town NJ and Dr. Jonas Stanberry of New York City. David Sr. died in 1820 in Ohio.

The Scioto Company was a French institution whose option on 4,000,000 acres expired in 1790 and sold  worthless deeds in the Northwest Territory, later Ohio, to French colonists. The French settlers  arrived in 1791 and later bought their land again at Gallipolis, from the Ohio Company,  for the same $1.25 per acre that Bristol paid.  The US government also granted to them 24,000 acres  in the southern part of what is now Scioto County, Ohio in 1795,  known as the First French Grant.

David Bristol (1776 - 1856)

David Bristol (1776 – 1856)

viii. Keziah Willey, b. 28 Sep 1773 in East Haddam, Middlesex, CT; d. 11 Mar 1813 CT


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Capt. Matthew Beckwith

Capt. Mathew BECKWITH (1610 – 1680) was  Alex’s 10th Great Grandfather; one of 2,048 in this generation of the Miner line.

Matthew Beckwith Coat of Arms

He was responsible for the building of the first vessel launched at New London, the firm of Mould & Coit buildling to his order the bark “Endeavor,” which was sailed in the trade with Barbados, the vessel passing out of the possession of Matthew Beckwith in 1666, in exchange for 2000 pounds of sugar.

Matthew Beckwith was born on 22 Sep 1610 in Pontefract, Yorkshire, England, an old, medieval town in West Yorkshire, England,  Pontefract is well known for its historical market place, and most importantly, its medieval castle which was built in the Norman Conquest era.

His parents were Thomas BECKWITH and Anne DYNLEY.   He immigrated in 1637 to Massachusetts from England, some say on the “Sparrow Hawk,” which crashed upon reaching New England.  After a query from a reader, I found the Sparrow Hawk actually crashed in 1626 when Matthew would have been only 16 years old.  Here’s a book on the subject. He married Elizabeth (Mary) LYNDE in 1641 in Hartford, Connecticut Colony.  Matthew died on 21 Oct 1680 in New London, CT at age 70 when he fell off a cliff.   He was  buried  in Lyme, New London, As recorded in the journal of Simeon Bradford:

“Octob. 21. Matthew Brecket Sen. aged about 70, missing his way in a very dark night, fell from a Ledge of rocks about 20 or 30 foot high and beat out his brains against a stone he fell vpon. Another man yt was wth him was wthin a yard of ye place but by gods Providee came not to such an end. Let him and all nearly concerned, ye every one, make good vse of such an awfull & Solemne Providee.”

Matthew Beckwith – Gravestone

Elizabeth (Mary) Lynde was born in 1625 in London, England.  Her parents were Enoch LYNDE   and Elizabeth DIGBY.  Enoch Lynde, was a shipping merchant in the Netherlands engaged in foreign trade and he was also connected with the postal service between England and Holland.  He was fluent in Dutch and may have been of Dutch extraction.     After Matthew died, Elizabeth married Samuel Buckland. Elizabeth died in 1682 in Lyme, New London, Connecticut at age 57.

Many sources state that Elizabeth was born in New London CT, but .John Winthrop, Jr. did not found the first English settlement there until 1646.

Children of Matthew and Elizabeth

Name Born Married Departed
1. Matthew Beckwith c. 1645 Elizabeth [Hill?]
Guilford, Middlesex, CT
Elizabeth Griswold
1689 in Lyme, CT
Sarah Starkey?
4 Jun 1727
Lyme, New London, CT
2. Mary Beckwith c. 1643
Lyme, New London, CT
Benjamin Grant
New London, CT
Samuel Daniels
10 May 1667
Watertown, Litchfield, CT
7 Feb 1692/93
3. Elizabeth Beckwith c. 1647
New London, CT
Robert Girard (Gerrand, Gerard)
Lyme, CT
John Bates
Haddam, Middlesex, CT
15 Jan 1718/19
Haddam, Middlesex, CT
4. Sarah Beckwith c. 1650
New London, CT
Joshua Grant
1666 in Watertown, Mass
14 Aug 1676
5. Joseph BECKWITH c. 1653
New London, CT
Susannah TALLMAN
Portsmouth, RI
Lyme, CT
6. Nathaniel Beckwith 1656
New London, CT
Martha [_____]
1678 in Lyme, CT
25 Dec 1725
Lyme, CT
7. John Beckwith 4 Feb 1668
New London, CT
Prudence Manwaring
New London, CT
8 Dec 1757
New London, CT

Resided: Pontefract, Yorkshire, England; Old Lyme, New London County, Connecticut, Matthew’s property is today’s Rocky Neck State Park, the port from which his three ships were based was called Beckwith’s Cove.  The couple did not acquire a home lot until four years after they were married. Hartford records show that Mary and their first child, a daughter Mary born in 1643, resided with the household of B. Barnard in Hartford, indicating that Matthew traveled and lived on his vessel.

Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme CT

Occupation: With two partners owned three ships, the “Speedwell,” the “Hopewell.” and the Endeavor.” These ships ranged from 50 to 82 tons, participated in trade between New England, New Amsterdam, and Barbados.   The Endeavor was the first barque built and launched in New London.  Matthew Beckwith was believed to have been involved with a couple of wealthy Dutchmen and one of them, a Captain Sybado, left him a small legacy in his will that was filed in England.

Property: Matthew and Mary owned large tracts of land along the Niantic River, in Lyme, granted to him by Gov. Wentworth.  Owned 30 acres and with two others owned three ships, one of the ships (the “Endeavor,”) was sold in Barbados for 2,000 pounds of sugar, at death the estate was inventoried at 274 pounds.

Legal involvement: 1662 fined for the assault and bttery of John Richards; convicted of slandering Matthew Marvin, was forced to make a public confession; fined 10 shillings for intemperance.

According to “The Founders of Saybrook Colony and Their Descendants, 1635-1985″,  Matthew Beckwith came to New England (possibly from Ponteferact, Yorkshire, England) in 1635, residing first at Saybrook Point, CT. He was in Branford, CT, in 1638 and was among the first settlers of Hartford in 1642. By 1651, he was in East Lyme, having purchased large tracts of land along the Niantic River.

“The Beckwiths”, by Paul Beckwith, 1891, mentions a number of items from the Connecticut Records. He is said to have resided in Hartford in 1645, on lot number ten on Main Street. This book points out the possible parents of Matthew as Marmaduke Beckwith of Dacre and Clint, North Yorkshire, England, and his wife Anne Dynley. The book traces the ancestry of Marmaduke back to Sir Hugh de Malebisse, who held lands at the time of William the Conqueror. Matthew’s wife’s name is given as Elizabeth (which has since been refuted).The “Beckwith Notes” discount the parentage of Marmaduke Beckwith, and give the name of Matthew’s wife as MARY. The notes suggest that Matthew was probably born in Essex, England, far from North Yorkshire, Marmaduke’s home.

Matthew Beckwith had issues with the law.  Documented events in his life were:

1. Emigrant Ancestor; 1636; Saybrook, Middlesex Co., CT.

1 Aug 1639 – Fine –  Hartford, Hartford Co., CT. Matthew Beckwith, centured & fined 10 s. for unreasonable & imoderatt drinking att the pinnace (small schooner).  Drinking at Hartford was prohibited, but not on the water.  Matthew Beckwith and friends were caught on the shore.   Matthew may have been a trader, as these vessels were commonly used to bring supplies to the Colony and return with beaver skins. He owned a boat, which he kept at Beckwith Cove in Lyme, CT.

2 Mar 1643/44 – Lawsuit – Hartford,  In the ac of Math: Beckwytt pl agt Math: Allen deft the July find for the pl damages viijs & Chardges of Court. Execution graunted.

1 Sep 1644 – Lawsuit – Hartford, Math: Beckwith & Tho: Hungerford pl agt Will Edwards deft in an act of Slaunder. In the ac of Math: Beckwith & Tho: Hungerford pl agt Will Edwads deft the Jury find for the pl damages 20s & Cost of Court.

1645 – Matthew bought land in Hartford, from William Platt, an original proprietor. In 1650, he bought land in Hartford, from Thomas Porter. In the spring of 1651, he was given a house lot in East Lyme, New London, CT. His wife was at the Hartford Court on May 22, 1665, where she gave her age as 40.

24 Apr 1649 – Lawsuit – Hartford, Mathew Marven plt Contra Mathew Beckwith defendt in an action of defamation damages £50 In the action … the defendt making his public penitent confession of his evill in Slaundering the said plt was remitted by the Court and Plt.

1 Jun 1651 – Lawsuit – Hartford,  Mathew Beckwith plt Contra William Williams defendt in an Action of the Case to the damage of 50s. .. the Jury finds for the defendt damages 2s.

1651 –  Mathew Beckwith plt Contra Thomas Hubberd defendt in an Action of Debt with the damages to the value of 15s; the Courte Adiudges the defendt to pay vnto the plt 12s & Costs of Curte wch is 16s.

4 Sep 1651 – Debt – Hartford, . The Creditors of Mathew Beckwith had publique notice to bring in their Debts to the next Quarter Courte or to the Secretary before the Courte and then appeare there and theire Causes shall bee heard.

13 Jun 1655 – Lawsuit – Pequott, CT. Matthew Beckwith plt Contra Tho Rowell defendt in an Actio of the Case uppon Accote to the dammage of £16; In the Action of accte betweene Mathew Beckwith plt and Thomas Rowell defent the Jury findes for the plt damages fourteene pounds and 9s and Costs of Courte whith the Courte allows to bee ten Shillings.

1657 – the Winthrop Medical Journal, p. 379, Pequot, New London, CT, gave the ages of the children as follows: Mary 14, Matthew 12, Elizabeth 10, Sarah 7-1/2, Joseph 4. Mary was reported as living at the B. Bernards. She was apparently living with the family of Bartholomew Bernard of Hartford.

15 May 1660 – Lawsuit – Hartford,  Richrd Hartley plt contr Math: Beckwith Dft in an actioon of ye case to ye damadge of £24; The Jury finds for ye Plt the debt according to Bill and the forfeiture of ye sd payment on ye Bond and costs of ye Court.    Mathew Beckwith Plat contr Thomas Brooks in an action of Debt by Bill to bye damadge of £50; Thomas Brooks not appeareing to answer according to Summons The Court Grants to ye Plaintief a spetial warrant for Brooks his appearance at ye Court in June vnless there happen a Court at N: London about that time.

4 Sep 1662 – Lawsuit – Hartford, John Richards Pt contr Georg Halsey Math Beckwith Peeter Blachfield & Tho: Stafford in an action of ye case respecting an assult & Battery; Matthew Beckwith not mentioned in the final judgement of the Court.

1665 – Matthew was able to give land somewhat liberally to his sons, and it is recorded that, thirty acres more were “laid out” to him, all of which he gave his son Joseph

13 Dec 1682 – Inventory Taken Lyme, New London, CT 14. £293.01.00

Further Notes:

In 1645, Matthew purchased land in Hartford from a proprietor, William Platt. In 1650 he bought more land in Hartford from another proprietor, Thomas Porter. In the spring of 1651, Matthew was given a home lot in that section of New London known today asEast Lyme. Matthew traveled from port to port, keeping his homeport in Lyme in a section of waterway that became known as Beckwith Cove. Matthew and Mary had twelve children, and many of them traveled with their father as youngsters.

Matthew was not a quiet, obscure man.  His name appears several times on the pages of the recorded history of Connecticut.  He was fined once for public drunkenness, was a defendant in two separate cases, one for “slaunder” in which he paid a fine and did public penitence.  In 1662, at the age of fifty-two, suits were brought against him and three other men for assault. He paid a fine. He in turn brought suit against two other men for debts owned and for killing his “swine.” This same Matthew Beckwith is given credit as one of the founders of the church at Bramford.

Matthew died on October 21, 1680. Records report that “Matthew Beckwith, age abt. 70, missing his way in the very darknight, fell from a ledge of rocks about 20 or 30 feet high and beat his brains against a stone he fell upon.” This gave occasion for a sermon on the providence of God which took away Matthew Beckwith and spared his fellow wayfarer. The inquest showed that he was then seventy years old, and this is the only evidence as to the year of his birth. His widow Mary married Samuel Buckwall (Buckland). Mary died June 30, 1694.

The estate of Matthew Beckwith was after his death appraised at 293 pounds, indicating him to have ranked among the “well-circumstanced class of that day.” He was able to give land “somewhat liberally to his sons.” It was recorded that in 1675 thirty acres more were “laid out” to Matthew Beckwith, all of which he gave to his son Joseph.

Oral family history records that JABEZ BECKWITH is a descendant of Matthew Beckwith; however no records so far have been found to confirm this. Jabez Beckwith  is recorded in the 1800 census in Litchfield, Connecticut. The family story is that in 1803, he and Ormanda and their five children moved to Charlotte, New York.

In 1811, their son, Ransom, and his two brothers, Samuel and Simeon, left home to go west to Ohio. At a stopover, called the Cross Roads in Stueben County, New York, they met another party of travelers which included the fourteen-year-old Anna Palmer. Ransom made a three-day stopover. He and the talented young singer, Anna, were married on April 25, 1812. They settled at Sartwell Creek where the old Beckwith homestead is located and where their thirteen children were born.

Historical accounts in McKean County, Pennsylvania state, “Jabez Beckwith, with his wife, Ormanda and five children, was on his way from Charlotte, New York, to go to the home of his eldest son, Ransom, who had settled west of Roulet. He was taken sick on the way and died within the week at Major Isaac’s home. This was the first death in Potter County.” Jabez was buried in a unmarked grave. His widow later married the Honorable Joel Bishop.


1. Matthew Beckwith  Jr.

Mathew Jr. had a rather interesting marital history. See John Rogers – Rogerene Founder for details.

John Rogers (1653 – 1707), the founder of the Rogerene Quakers spent a cummulative fifteen years in jail for his beliefs, among them celebrating the Sabbath on Saturday and working on Sunday.  He wasn’t our direct ancestor, but his love story with Elizabeth Griswold is unique.  His first wife Elizabeth was forced by her family to divorce him.  There were no grounds for divorce based on religious differences, so its legality is questionable and Rogers believed he was still married to Elizabeth and remained faithful to her for twenty-five years until he married his housemaid.  He still claimed his first marriage was valid and the Bible permitted him two wives,  In 1705, thirty-five years after his marriage, he tried to get Elizabeth back, leading him into a unique conflict with our Matthew BECKWITH family..

Matthew’s first wife Elizabeth [Hill?]

Matthew’s second wife Elizabeth Griswold was born in Milford, CT. Her parents were Matthew Griswold and Anna Wolcott. She first married John Rogers (See his page for more detail about his life) the founder of the Rogerine Quakers on 17 Oct 1670.  She was granted a divorce from John Rogers, 12 Oct 1676. She next married Peter Pratt (1647 in Plymouth, Mass – 24 Mar 1688 in Lyme, New London, CT). Finally she married Matthew Beckwith in 1689 or 1691.

Matthew’s third wife Sarah Starkey?

Elizabeth Griswold Rogers Pratt Griswold had children by each husband. In 1703, Rogers made a rash attempt to regain his divorced wife, then married to Beckwith; Beckwith complained that he laid hands on her, declaring she was his wife, threatened Beckwith that he would have her in spite of him , all of which Rogers confessed to be true. But he defended on the plea that she was really his wife. In June, 1703, Mathew Beckwith, Sr appeared in court and swore that he was in fear of his life of him.

The Rogerenes (also known as the Rogerens Quakers or Rogerines) were a religious sect founded in 1674 by John Rogers (1648–1721) in New London, Connecticut.   Rogers was imprisoned and spent some years there. He was influenced by the Seventh Day Baptists and the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and opposed the Established Puritan church. Rogerenes initially held to a Seventh Day (Saturday) Sabbath, but over the years began to regard each day as equally holy. Their disdain for Sunday worship often brought them into sharp conflict with their neighbors. Increasingly they adopted a Pacifist stance, including war tax resistance,  which further brought them the ridicule of the larger community. Some of the Rogerenes left Connecticut and migrated to New Jersey settling in parts of present-day Morris County. One such group settled in what is presently the Landing section of Roxbury Township, New Jersey near Lake Rogerine, then known as Mountain Pond in about 1700. Another smaller group of Rogerenes in about 1734 settled on the eastern side of Schooley’s Mountain near present-day Hackettstown, New Jersey.  Rogerene worship services continued through the early 20th Century in Connecticut.

The Rogerenes: Part II, History of the Rogerenes. Boston: Stanhope Press, 1904. by Anna B. Williams

In 1637 John’s father, James Rogers,  was a soldier from Saybrook in the Pequot war. He is next at Stratford, where he acquires considerable real estate and marries Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Rowland, a landed proprietor of that place, who eventually leaves a valuable estate to his grandson, Samuel Rogers, and presumably other property to his daughter, who seems to have been an only child. A few years later, James Rogers appears at Milford. His wife joins the Congregational church there in 1645, and he himself joins this church in 1652.



The conversion of John Rogers was directly preceded by one of those sudden and powerful convictions of sin so frequently exemplified in all ages of the Christian church, and so well agreeing with Scriptural statements regarding the new birth. Although leading a prominently active business life, in a seaport town, from early youth, and thus thrown among all classes of men and subjected to many temptations, this young man has given no outward sign of any lack of entire probity. Whatever his lapses from exact virtue, they have occasioned him no serious thought, until, by the power of this conversion, he perceives himself a sinner. Under this deep conviction the memory of a certain youthful error weighs heavily upon his conscience

He has at this time one confidant, his loving, sympathetic and deeply interested young wife, who cordially welcomes the new light from Newport. In the candid fervor of his soul, he tells her all, even the worst he knows of himself, and that he feels in his heart that, by God’s free grace, through the purifying blood of Jesus Christ, even his greatest sin is washed away and forgiven.

Does this young woman turn, with horror and aversion, from the portrayal of this young man’s secret sin? By no means. she is not only filled with sympathy for his deep sorrow and contrition, but rejoices with him in his change of heart and quickened conscience. More than this, understanding that even one as pure as herself may be thus convicted of sin and thus forgiven and reborn, she joins with him in prayer that such may be her experience also. They study the New Testament together, and she finds, as he has said, that there is here no mention of a change from a seventh to a first day Sabbath, and no apparent warrant for infant baptism, but the contrary; the command being first to believe and then to be baptized. Other things they find quite contrary to the Congregational way. In her ardor, she joins with him to openly declare these errors in the prevailing belief and customs.

Little is the wonder that to Elder Matthew Griswold and his wife the news that their daughter and her husband are openly condemning the usages of the powerful church of which they, and all their relatives, are such prominent members, comes like a thunderbolt. Their own daughter is condemning even the grand Puritan Sabbath and proposes to work hereafter upon that sacred day and to worship upon Saturday. They find that her husband has led Elizabeth into this madness. They accuse and upbraid him, they reason and plead with him. But all in vain. He declares to them his full conviction that this is the call and enlightenment of the Lord himself. Moreover, was it not the leading resolve of the first Puritans to be guided and ruled only by the Word of God and of His Son, Jesus Christ? Did they not warn their followers to maintain a jealous watchfulness against any belief, decree or form of worship not founded upon the Scriptures? Did they not urge each to search these Scriptures for himself? He has searched these Scriptures, and Elizabeth with him, and they have found a most astonishing difference between the precepts and example of Christ and the practice and teachings of the Congregational church.

Elder Matthew Griswold is ready with counter arguments on the Presbyterian side. But “the main instrument” by which Elizabeth is restored to her former church allegiance is her mother, the daughter of Henry Wolcott. This lady is sister of Simon Wolcott, who is considered one of the handsomest, most accomplished and most attractive gentlemen of his day. Although she may have similar charms and be a mother whose judgment a daughter would highly respect, yet she is evidently one of the last from whom could be expected any deviation, in belief or practice, from the teachings and customs of her father’s house. That her daughter has been led to adopt the notions of these erratic Baptists is, to her mind, a disgrace unspeakable. She soon succeeds in convincing Elizabeth that this is no influence of the Holy Spirit, as declared by John Rogers, but a device of the Evil One himself. Under such powerful counter representations, on the part of her relatives and acquaintances, as well as by later consideration of the social disgrace attendant upon her singular course, Elizabeth is finally led to publicly recant her recently avowed belief, despite the pleadings of her husband. At the same time, she passionately beseeches him to recant also, declaring that unless he will renounce the evil spirit by which he has been led, she cannot continue to live with him. He, fully persuaded that he has been influenced by the very Spirit of God, declares that he cannot disobey the divine voice within his soul.

One sad day, after such a scene as imagination can well picture, this young wife prepares herself, her little girl of two years and her baby boy, for the journey to Blackhall, with the friends who have come to accompany her. Even as she rides away, hope must be hers that, after the happy home is left desolate, her husband will yield to her entreaties. Not so with him as he sees depart the light and joy of Mamacock, aye, Mamacock itself which he has given her. He drinks the very dregs of this cup without recoil. He parts with wife and children and lands, for His name’s sake. Well he knows in his heart, that for him can be no turning. And what can he now expect of the Griswolds?

Although his own home is deserted and he will no more go cheerily to Blackhall, there is still a place where dear faces light at his coming. It is his father’s house. Here are appreciative listeners to the story of his recent experiences and convictions; father and mother, brothers and sisters, are for his sake reading the Bible anew. They find exact Scripture warrant for his sudden, deep conviction of sin and for his certainty that God has heard his fervent prayers, forgiven his sins and bestowed upon him a new heart. They find no Scripture warrant for a Sabbath upon the first day of the week, nor for baptism of other than believers, nor for a specially learned and aristocratic ministry. They, moreover, see no authority for the use of civil power to compel persons to religious observances, and such as were unknown to the early church, and no good excuse for the inculcating of doctrines and practices contrary to the teachings of Christ and his apostles. Shortly, James, the young shipmaster, has an experience similar to that of his brother, as has also an Indian by the name of Japhet. This Indian is an intelligent and esteemed servant in the family of James Rogers, Sr.

News of the baptism of these young men into the Anabaptist faith by Mr. Crandall, at their father’s house, increases the comment and excitement already started in the town. The minister, Mr. Simon Bradstreet, expresses a hope that the church will “take a course” with the Rogers family. The Congregational churches at large are greatly alarmed at this startling innovation in Connecticut. The tidings travel fast to Blackhall, dispelling any lingering hope that John Rogers may repent of his erratic course. Immediately after this occurrence, his wife, by the aid of her friends, takes steps towards securing a divorce and the guardianship of her children. From her present standpoint, her feelings and action are simply human, even, in a sense, womanly. He who is to suffer will be the last to upbraid her, his blame will be for those who won her from his view to theirs, from the simple word of Scripture to the iron dictates of popular ecclesiasticism. If John Rogers and his friends know anything as yet of the plot on the part of the Griswolds to make the very depth of his repentance for an error of his unregenerate youth an instrument for his utter disgrace and bereavement, their minds are not absorbed at this time with matters of such worldly moment.


In March, 1675, James Rogers, Sr., and his family send for Elder Hiscox, Mr. Samuel Hubbard and his son Clarke, of the Sabbatarian church of Newport, to visit them. Before the completion of this visit, Jonathan Rogers (twenty years of age) is baptized. Following this baptism, John, James, Japhet and Jonathan are received as members of the Sabbatarian church of Newport, by prayer and laying on of hands. (Letter of Mr. Hubbard.)

This consummation of John’s resolves brings matters to a hasty issue on the part of the Griswolds, in lines already planned. There is no law by which a divorce can be granted on account of difference in religious views. In some way this young man’s character must be impugned, and so seriously as to afford plausible grounds for divorcement. How fortunate that, at the time of his conversion, he made so entire a confidant of his wife. Fortunate, also, that his confession was a blot that may easily be darkened, with no hindrance to swearing to the blot. At this time, the young woman’s excited imagination can easily magnify that which did not appear so serious in the calm and loving days at Mamacock, even as with tear-wet eyes he told the sorrowful story of his contrition. Thus are laid before the judges of the General Court, representations to the effect that this is no fit man to be the husband of Elizabeth, daughter of Matthew Griswold. The judges, lawmakers and magistrates of Connecticut belong to the Congregational order  – the only élite and powerful circle of the time; this, taken in connection with the unfavorable light in which the  Rogers are now regarded in such quarters, is greatly to the Griswold advantage.

Yet, despite aversion and alarm on the part of the ruling dignitaries regarding the new departure and the highly colored petition that has been presented to the court by the daughter of Matthew Griswold, there is such evident proof that the petitioner is indulging an intensity of bitterness bordering upon hatred towards the man who has refused, even for her sake, to conform to popular belief and usages, that the judges hesitate to take her testimony, even under oath. Moreover, the only serious charge in this document rests solely upon the alleged declaration of John Rogers against himself, in a private conference with his wife. This charge, however, being represented in the character of a crime  (under the early laws), is sufficient for his arrest. Very soon after his reception into the Sabbatarian church, the young man is seized and sent to Hartford for imprisonment, pending the decision of the grand jury.

The case before the grand jury having depended solely upon the word of a woman resolved upon divorce and seeking ground for it, they returned that they “find not the bill,” and John Rogers was discharged from custody. Yet, in view of the representations of Elizabeth in her petition regarding her unwillingness, for the alleged reasons, to remain this young man’s wife, backed by powerful influence in her favor, the court gave her permission to remain with her children at her father’s for the present, “for comfort and preservation” until a decision be rendered regarding the divorce, by the General Court in October. No pains will be spared by the friends of Elizabeth to secure a favorable decision from this court.

The Rev. Mr. Bradstreet, bitter in his prejudice against the young man by whose influence has occurred such a departure from the Congregational church as that of James Rogers and his family and such precedent for the spread of anti-presbyterian views outside of Rhode Island, writes in his journal at this date: “He is now at liberty, but I believe he will not escape God’s judgment, though he has man’s.”

[Miss. Caulkins states that John Rogers "made an almost insane attempt" to regain his former wife Elizabeth, wife of Matthew Beckwith. This statement is founded upon a writ against John Rogers on complaint of Matthew Beckwith (Jan. 1702-3), accusing John Rogers of laying hands on Elizabeth, declaring her to be his wife and that he would have her in spite of Matthew Beckwith. The historian should ever look below the mere face of things. For more than twenty-five years, John Rogers has known that Elizabeth, married or unmarried, would not return to him, pledged as he was to his chosen cause. He is, at this particular date, not yet fully separated from Mary, but holding himself ready to take her back, in case a petition to the General Court should by any possibility result favorably. This and another complaint of Matthew Beckwith  the latter in June, 1703  - to the effect that he was "afraid of his life of John Rogers" indicate some dramatic meeting between John Rogers and "Elizabeth, daughter of Matthew Griswold," in the presence of Matthew Beckwith, the incidents attendant upon which have displeased the latter and led him to resolve that John Rogers shall be publicly punished for assuming to express any ownership in his, Matthew Beckwith's, wife.

This "afraid of my life" is a common expression, and was especially so formerly, by way of emphasis. Matthew Beckwith could not have been actually afraid of his life in regard to a man whose principles did not allow of the slightest show of physical force in dealing with an opponent. Although the court record says that John Rogers "used threatening words against Matthew Beckwith," on presentation by Matthew Beckwith's complaint, this does not prove any intention of physical injury.

Any meeting between John Rogers and Elizabeth Griswold could not fail of being dramatic. What exact circumstances were here involved is unknown; what attitude was taken by the woman, when these two men were at the same time in her presence, it is impossible to determine. But it is in no way derogatory to the character of John Rogers, that in meeting this wife of his youth, he gives striking proof of his undying affection. Ignoring her marriage to the man before him, forgetful, for the time being, even of Mary, blind to all save the woman he loves above all, he lays his hand upon Elizabeth, and says she is, and shall be, his. Under such circumstances, Matthew Beckwith takes his revenge in legal proceedings. When summoned before the court, John Rogers defends his right to say that Matthew Beckwith's wife  so-called  is still his own, knowing full well the court will fine him for contempt, which process follows (County Court Record).]

John Rogers is fifty-five years of age at this date, and Matthew Beckwith sixty-six. Elizabeth is about fifty.

2. Mary Beckwith

Mary’s first husband Benjamin Grant was born 6 Sep 1641 in Watertown, Middlesex, Mass. His parents were Christopher Grant a glazier who arrived from England and Mary [__?__]. Benjamin died 11 Sep 1726 in Old Lyme, New London, CT.

Mary’s second husband Samuel Daniels was born 1648 in Redgrave, Suffolk, England. Samuel died in 1683 in Medfield, Mass.

3. Elizabeth Beckwith

Elizabeth’s first husband Robert Girard (Gerrand, Gerard) was born 1638. John died in 1690, Haddam, Middlesex County, CT

Elizabeth Beckwith and Robert Gerard were divorced. Court records show that Elizabeth was abused and abandoned by her husband.

Divorce; Oct 1674; New Haven, New Haven Co., CT – Robert Gerard [or Jarrad] made the statement that he “wished… [his wife] to take her course” or be free to remarry. (Divorce Case of Elizabeth Jarrad [Oct. 1674], Recs. Ct. of Assts., Lacy transcript, I, 55) Robert may have threatened to make provisions for binding out their daughter Elizabeth after he deserted the family. [Women Before the Bar, p. 124]

Elizabeth’s second husband John Bates was born 7 Oct 1649 in Scituate, Plymouth, Mass. John died 15 Jan 1718 in Haddam, Middlesex, CT.

Will of John Bates Died 15 Jan 1718/19. Invt. £286-12-00. Taken 28 Jan 1718/19, by James Braynard, Samuel Ingram and Joseph Arnold.

An agreement of heirs either of his body or by marriage: That our hond. mother Elizabeth Bate shall have the use and improvement of halfe the dwelling-house, half the barn and half the orchard in the home lott, and half said home lott, and half the land in the little meadow above the land of Mr. Symon Smith, and all the household goods proper for a woman’s use, and a cow, and a mare, which she shall choose, and the sheep. These, being part of our hond father’s estate, shall be intirely to the use of the forenamed Elizabeth during her natural life or widowhood.

Also, at our said mother’s decease, Elizabeth Bailey or her heirs shall have one-third part of the personal or moveable estate. We agree that Jonathan Bate be put in Adms., and that he pay the lawful debts out of the personal estate, and also that he execute a deed for a small lott on the Plain in the second division upon the right of John Webb, to Nathaniel Spencer, Jr., it being sold to him before our sd. father’s death. We the subscribers do each and every one of us, both for ourselves and our heirs, covenant and engage that we will forever remain satisfyed and contented with the foresd. distribution. Signed and sealed this 23 day of February, 1718-19.
Witness: Joseph Arnold, Samuel Ingram, Hez. Brainard.
John X. Bate, ls. Solomon X Bate, ls. Joseph X Graves, ls. Jonathan X Bate, ls. James Ray, Jr., ls. Elizabeth X Bailey, ls.
I, Elizabeth Bate, relict or widow of the deceased John Bate abovenamed, am fully satisfied with the distribution that my children have now agreed upon, as is above expressed.
Elizabeth X Bate, ls.
Court Record, Page 96–3 March, 1718-19: Adms. granted to Jonathan Bates, son of the decd.
Page 111–1st September, 1719: Agreement exhibited, which the Court accepts.

4. Sarah Beckwith

Sarah’s husband Joshua Grant was born 11 Jun 1637 in Watertown, Middlesex, Mass. Joshua died 14 Aug 1676 in Arrowsic, Maine.

5. Joseph BECKWITH (See his page)

6. Nathaniel Beckwith

Nathaniel’s wife Martha [_____] was born 1657 in Lyme, New London, CT. Martha died 26 Jan 1725 in CT.

7. John Beckwith

John’s wife Prudence Manwaring was born 1668 in New London, New London, CT. Her parents were Oliver Manwaring and Hannah Raymond. Prudence died 17 Nov 1740 in New London, New London, CT.



[S1193] Simeon Moses Fox, “Matthew Beckwith and his Family.”

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Edward Burcham

Edward BURCHAM (1607 – bef. 1682) was Alex’s 10th Great Grandfather; 1 of 2,048 in this generation of the Miner line.

Edward Burcham Coat of Arms

Edward Burcham was christened on 3 Jan 1607 in Markby, Lincolnshire, England. Markby  Markby  is 123 miles  north of London and 29 miles  west of Lincoln. The church of St Peter’s is the only remaining thatched church in Lincolnshire.

St. Peter Church Markby, England

Edward married Katherine MASON on 15 Sep 1631 at Saleby, Louth, Lincolnshire, England.  He emigrated to Lynn, Mass in 1636 and was made freeman on 14 Mar 1638/39.  He returned to England in 1656 and it is not know whether he came back.

Katherine Mason was born 19 Dec 1602 in Saleby, Louth, Lincolnshire, England.  Katherine died in 1690 in Lynn, Mass.

Children of Edward and Katherine:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Anna Burcham 1638
Lynn, Mass
William Hawkins
After 1684
2. Frances BURCHAM 1640
Lynn, Mass
Isaac Willey
(Son of our ancestor Isaac WILLEY I)
8 Jun 1660
Boston, Mass.
Clement MINER

26 Nov 1662
Hinham, Mass
6 Jan 1673
New London, CT

Occupation: 1645, Clerk of Writs
Resided in: 1636, Lynn
Returned: 1656, to England

Edward  was settled at Lynn, MA by 1636 with Lynn being just east of Boston, MA.   In the 1636 Lynn land division, Edward Burcham received 30 acres + 10 acres in in what became the Reading area.  Edward Burcham was Clerk of Wrtis 1645-1655 which meant he was “to record deaths, births, marriages for ye Towne” of Lynn.  At the 18 June 1645 General Court Edward burcham was one of three “to end smale causes for ye towne of Lynne” and this renewed 20 May 1648 and this appointment noted a 20s payment.

Edward Burcham wrote many wills and probated wills and did estate inventories also.  Edward Burcham is believed to have returned to England in 1656 and nothing more is recorded of him in America.


1. Anna Burcham

Anna’s husband William Hawkins’ origins are unknown

The 15 October 1684 settling of a petition filed by William Hawkins and his wife Anna Burcham Hawkins to claim land that Lynn had granted to her recently deceased father Edward Burcham in 1638 in an area of Lynn called Reading was granted.  If Edward Burcham had daughters Anna and Frances, Anna would be his only living child in 1684 as Frances had died in 1673.

Genealogical History of the Town of Reading, Massachusetts:

1684 This year, on petition of Wm. Hawkins, and Anna his wife (daughter of Edward Burcham, deceased), the Court ordered, “that the 121 acres of land lying between the Southerly side or bounds of the Newhall lotts and the Southerly side or bounds of old Mr. Robert Burnap’s land, as per the plot appears, be, by a sworne surveyor divided and laid out into three equal parts or proportions, according to the original grants of the town of Lynn, as other lotts lye in length from Easte to West, and that that bigger part thereof, lying next to the land of said Burnap Lent, towards the North, is undoubtedly, and shall be accounted the land, and be in plenary possession of the said Wm. Hawkins, in right of his wife Anna, daughter and heire of Edward Burcham, deceased.”

2. Frances BURCHAM (See Isaac WILLEY ‘s page and Clement MINER ‘s page)


Oliver-Miner Ancestors and Descendants by F. L. Oliver, 1956; MA application for Freeman Status 14 March 1638;

Burcham and Allied Families by C. Dunn, 2000;

History of Lynn by A. Lewis, 1829;

Genealogical Register of the first Settlers of new England by J. Farmer, 1829

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Peter Tallman

Peter TALLMAN (1623 – 1708) was Alex’s 10th Great Grandfather; one of 2,048 in this generation of the Miner line. He was Solicitor General of Rhode Island in 1662 and records indicate he was volatile, stubborn, prone to dispute and lawsuits and had the first divorce in family history.

Peter Tallman Coat of Arms

Peter Tallman was born about 1623 in Hamburg, Germany.    His parents were  Henrich TAELMON (1586 – )  and Anna [__?__],  a burgher family which may have had Dutch or Schleswig-Holstein origins.  He was made a burgher of Hamburg on 14 Aug 1646.  He emigrated to Barbados in 1647 where he soon married Anne HILL on 2 Jan 1649  in Church Christ, Barbados.

Christ Church Barbados


Barbados Map

Peter signed a contract 2 Jun 1648 with Nathaniel Maverick who was Captain of the Golden Dolphin to ship cargo and carry passengers.  Peter agree to ship at least 10 tons of cargo and to pay £3/ton for rum, 5 fatherings/pound for cotton, and 1 penny/pound for tobacco.  Peter Tallman agree further to provide the necessary provisions for the voyage, to have and English bondsman and 3 slaves aboard, and to travel himself and his wife and his mother-in-law widow Ann Hill and his brother-in-law Robert Hill.  They sailed in September 1649 and settled in Newport, Rhode Island.

On 18 Nov 1650 Peter is described as an apothecary (practiced the art of healing, “no cure, no pay”).  He was also a merchant trader and he sold Barbadian imports such as rum and tobacco and cotton in Newport for grain and livestock that he could sell in Barbados and he also made sales trips to New Netherlands to sell these wares and wine and brandy and clothing.  He also often acted as an interpreter between the English and the Dutch.  Peter Tallman was a Freeman in 1655 and was thereafter allowed to vote and to own land.

Peter divorced Anne in May 1665 in Portsmouth, RI. because  her most recent “child was none of his begetting, and that it was begotten by another man”.  All evidence all points to it being Tom Durfee’s eldest son Robert, whose birth date is given as 10 Mar 1665.    Peter married Joan Briggs in 1665 in Taunton, RI.  He married a third time to Esther [__?__] in  1686 in Rhode Island.  Peter died on 1 Apr 1708 in Portsmouth, RI.

Anne Hill was born around 1633 in Barbados.  Her parents were Philip HILL and Anne KINGE. The first settlement in Barbados was in 1627.   Anne’s parents were among the early British planters and would have likely cultivated tobacco and cotton, as the famous sugar plantations did not develop extensively until after 1642.  After were divorced, Anne married  married her lover Thomas Durfee (1643 – 1712) and had six more children.  Anne died between 1680 and 1684 in Portsmouth, RI.

Peter’s mother-in-law Anne Hill removed from Barbados with her daughter Anne and son-in-law Peter Tallman to Rhode Island, where she remarried John Elton in 1650 in Newport RI and removed to Flushing.  Ann apparently either acquired 100 acres of land in Flushing, or had inherited it from her first husband, and apparently later left it or gave it to her daughter. She later moved to Staten Island, and eventually went with her son Robert Hill to Virginia, where,, she married once more, a Capt. Hudson.

Children of Peter and Anne

Name Born Married Departed
1. Mary Tallman 1651 Ensign  John Pearce Jun 1720
Portsmouth, Rhode Island
2. Elizabeth Tallman 1654
Portsmouth, RI
Isaac Lawton
3 Mar 1674 Portsmouth, RI
20 May 1701
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
3. Anne Tallman 1656 Stephen Brayton 1732
4. Dr. Peter Tallman 22 Mar 1657/58
Portsmouth, RI
Ann Wright (Watson) 6 Jul 1726
5. Joseph Tallman 1660
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
Mary Timberlake
1685 Portsmouth, Newport, RI
3 May 1709
6. Sussanah TALLMAN c. 1662 (many alternatives have been suggested)
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
Joseph BECKWITH 1717
Lyme, New London, CT
7. Sarah Tallman 1664
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
William Wilbore
18 Dec 1680 Little Compton, Newport,  RI
Little Compton, Newport,

Children of Peter and Joan Briggs:

Name Born Married Departed
8. Jonathan Tolman 1666
Newport, RI
Sarah [__?__]
c. 1689
Dartmouth, Mass
9. Dr. James Tallman 1668
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
Mary Davol
18 Mar 1689 Portsmouth, RI
Hannah Swain
Nantucket, Mass.
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
10. Mercy Tallman 1670 Isreal Shaw
Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island
Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Islan
11. John Tallman 1672
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
Mary [__?__]
1693 Portsmouth, RI
Flushing, NY
12. daughter 1674
13. Nathaniel Tallman 1680
Bristol, Mass.
Rachel Sherman
13 Jun 1724 Bristol, Mass.
Bristol, RI
14. Benjamin Tallman 28 Jan 1685
Portsmouth, Newport, RI
Patience Durfee
23 Sep 1708 Portsmouth, RI
Deborah Cook
7 Jun 1724 Portsmouth, RI
20 May 1759
Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island

Children of Peter and Esther [__?__]

Name Born Married Departed
15. Samuel Tallman 14 Jan 1687/88
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
16. Joseph Tallman 1691
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
Joanna Mayhew
1 Dec 1713 Portsmouth Newport, Rhode Island
13 Apr 1756
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island


1648 – Peter visited Rhode Island sailing there from Barbados on the Golden Dolphin.

Shortly after their marriage, Peter made arrangements for the transportation of his family. He signed a contract with Nathaniel Maverick, captain of the Golden Dolphin, on June 2, 1648. This contract included the shipping of at least ten tons of cargo, including rum, cotton and tobacco. Peter agreed to pay Captain Maverick three pounds sterling for
each ton of rum, five farthings per pound for the cotton, and one penny per pound for shipping the tobacco. Peter also agreed to provide provisions for his passengers who included an English bondsmen and three slaves.  According to his affidavit, his brother-in-law and mother-in-law also came with Peter and Ann Tallman.

1650 – Now he set himself up as an apothecary, undoubtedly while maintaining and juggling many other business ventures. He was known to be engaged in “healing” as late as 1660 in Warwick, Rhode Island.

1650 – He gave power of attorney to Mr. John Elton “for good causes and considerations.” Mr. Elton was empowered to collect a bad debt from Samuel Maverick of Noddles Island or else imprison him. Mr. Elton would then keep the money he collected. In effect, Tallman sold the debt. He also sold a runaway slave to Elton, if he caught him. Describing the slave, Tallman said, “The Negro is named Mingoe & but a yong man & hath the marke of I:P: on his left shoulder: & did unlawfully depart from my house in Newport about six months since.” Since the document was signed on  eptember 18, 1650, it can inferred that Tallman had settled in Newport no later than March of that year

28 Nov 1650 – A Barbados will for Francis Kinge mentions children of sister Ann Hill. (Also mentions his siblings Arthur, Joseph, Abigail Kinge, Johanna Kinge, and brothers and sisters with surname Arthur). Potentially “Kinge” could be the maiden name for our Ann Hill, wife of Philip.

1650’s – Documented numerous times being in New Amsterdam (New York City) sometimes as a translator (which would seem to confirm his being of Dutch heritage), and where he owned a house and lot. He also was active in Flushing, New York, and in Connecticut, and later in the settlement of Martha’s Vineyard. He also purchased land in Plymouth Colony.

Nov 1650 – John Elton, Peter’s new step father-in-law, held a power-of-attorney from Tallman in to collect debts and pursue an escaped slave, and their dealings went back about a year prior to that).

27 June  1651 – He is called Peter Taelman, had clearance of a Vessel from Manhattan to South (Delaware) River.


21 November 1656. On this day Peter Talemann recovered a judgment, and on 23 January 1657 [1656/7] he entered an annuity of 124 bank marks for his daughter Susanna.

9 October 1663 Susanna Talemann, by her curator [guardian], Hans Erlekamp, Cancelled this annuity entry.

1655 – Peter is in the list of freemen at Newport

25 Jan 1656 – He of Middleburgh (Newton) NY, was complained of by the magistrate of Middleburgh for removing tobacco by the court at Flushing.

1656 – The first record of Peter Tallman in New Amsterdam is in a probate court. He owed 201 florins to the estate and was ordered to pay it.  It is unlikely that he moved to New Amsterdam since this  , only one year after being established as a freeman in Newport. That same year, 1656, he was plaintiff in a case, suing Rutgert Jansen for
defaulting on a debt.

1658 – He was again in court to collect on a debt. This time he sued the defendant for fl. 60:6. The court awarded him two-thirds, the other thirds awaiting better proof. Debt
was not taken lightly. The defendant, Tomas Yongh, was ordered to pay within twenty-four hours or face imprisonment. When Peter brought in his accounts the court decided they were unsatisfactory. He was ordered to prove each item.  In March, 1659, his full account was finally approved.

1658 – Peter Tallman also served as interpreter for the court between the Dutch and the English. Also in 1658, he appeared with Jan Denman; it isn’t clear what his role was, but interpreter seems likely. The case was over Denman’s losing his license to sell beer. He lost it because “there is so great a noise and racket, that the whole neighborhood is kept awake.”  He was given his license for a trial period since he promised to better control the noise level in the future. It would be interesting to know if Peter Tallman was there as a friend, partner, or merely as an interpreter. Unfortunately, the records are not that complete.

18 Dec 1658 – Peter Tallman moved to Portsmouth in with his wife Ann and 2 daughters and 1 infant son.  He bought land from Richard and Mary Morris and from William Wilbore [father of his future son-in-law] that was connected properties totaling 15 acres and he paid 35s/acre.  After this he continually added to his real estate holdings.He was one of the early purchasers of land on Martha’s Vineyard, and was very active in the settlement of that island.

There were two other court cases in 1658 that were particularly interesting. In the first, Tallman was sued for withholding 297 pounds of tobacco that he had agreed to trade for Spanish wine and stockings. After receiving the wine and stockings, he defaulted on the payment. He did not show up for the first hearing, sending a letter of protest and filing a countersuit for “all costs, damages and wrongs.”  It seems that this country has been a litigious country from its beginnings. His case must have been poorly supported by the evidence because he lost at the first hearing.

The other case involved an arrest Tallman made. He arrested the surgeon of the ship Sphera Mundi, claiming this surgeon was acting as an attorney for Tallman’s skipper, making his responsible for the skipper’s debts and duties. Peter claimed that he was owed for an “anker of brandy… and 400 pounds of tobacco.” The attorney of the skipper (in court) said the surgeon was merely a messenger; that the skipper had met Tallman ; that Tallman had thanked the skipper, that the skipper had sent Tallman a letter and that Peter Tallman had also written the skipper a letter.  Tallman asked for a continuance because he needed time to prove that the surgeon was the attorney. Unfortunately, the case in not continued in the records. Either Tallman realized his error and declined to press his claim any further or the records were not included in the collection. This entry raises more questions than it answers. In does indicate, though, that Peter Tallman was engaged in commerce. The evidence from the New Amsterdam records reveal that he was a merchant. Taken with his definition of his occupation in the Aspinwall Notarial Records when he gave Mr. Elton his power of attorney, it seems likely that he sold Barbadian imports from his apothecary shop to the residents of Newport in exchange for grains and livestock which he could resell in Barbados for rum, cotton and tobacco. In New Amsterdam, he could sell some of what he obtained in Barbados diversifying his stock with wine, brandy and clothing. The book, New England Merchants in the Seventeenth Century, describes this triangular trade pattern as fairly typical.  Trade was usually within a correspondence group. What this means is that Tallman probably had a friend in Barbados upon whom he depended to represent his interests. The trading partner would expect the same in return. This would work to each person’s mutual benefit. There is no conclusive evidence as to whom the Barbadian trading partner may have been, but a relative of Ann Hill, Tallman’s wife, seems likely.

Jan 1661 – Peter bought land from Wamsutta or King Alexander as he was called by New England colonists,  chief sachem of the Wapanoag Indians who was told by Plymouth Colony that if he sold land again outside Plymouth colony he would be arrested.  He did and he was.   Peter was forced to return that land because the sale was deemed illegal by the colonial authorities.


Wamsutta (ca. 1634–1662), was the eldest son of Massasoit and a  sachem of the Wampanoag.. His sale of Wampanoag lands to colonists other than those of the Plymouth Colony brought the Wampanoag considerable power, but aroused the suspicions of the Plymouth colonists. He was imprisoned for three days at Plymouth; he died shortly after release, causing tribal suspicion of the colonists. His death contributed to King Philip’s War of 1675. Wamsutta  was honored in the naming of a United States Navy steamer in commission during the American Civil War between 1863 and 1865.

Wamsetta was ill at the time of the land sale to Tallman.  He was arrested and he became even more ill on the march and then, even though he was sent home, he died soon after.

The cause of death was disputed, and Wamsutta’s brother Metacomet (who succeeded Wamsutta in leadership of the Wampanoag) suspected that he had been poisoned. Wamsutta’s death was one of the factors that would eventually lead to the 1675 King Philip’s War.

Some historians believe Wamsutta was poisoned or tortured by Governor Josiah Winslow, who saw him as a threat. But considering Winslow’s father, Edward Winslow and Governor William Bradford (both of whom had died before this), and their previous peaceful relations with Wamsutta’s father, Massasoit, their devout Christian character, and their having treated the Indians with respect, such speculation is open to question. Nan Apashamen, a Wampanoag historian at Plymouth Plantation, suggests Wamsutta’s name had changed to Moanam and that he was Phillips’ father, not brother.

May 1661, Aug 1661, May 1662 – Commissioner in Portsmouth.  The Commissioners were the legislative body and the handled civil cases.

May 1661 – Peter was General Solicitor for the General Court of Rhode Island at Portsmouth.  The General Court was made up of a President, 4 Assistants, a General Recorder, a General Attorney, and a General Solicitor.  The General Court existed to act as a court of trials, to advise the governor, and to act as a council of war – with the court of trials the most important duty.  The General Court was replaced by the General Assembly in 1663 when Rhode Island received her Charter from England and Peter Tallman was Deputy to the General Assemby from Portsmouth for 1662-1665.  Peter Tallman did not hold political office after 1665 and this may be because he was divorced that year.

14 Oct 1662 – John Hudson (his Mother-in-law’s third husband) charged Peter Tallman on behalf of her for cheating her and her children of £300, a charge to which Tallman pleaded not guilty and was cleared by a jury. Hudson appealed but final resolution is not known. This falling out with his mother-in-law may have begun much earlier, for another item from 1650 is apparently copied into the 1662 court record, documenting that Ann had charged Tallman in 1650 with “craftily” obtaining her goods and substance and being unwilling to pay for or return them.

ca. 1660 – A young Thomas Durfee (around 17 years old) arrived in Rhode Island. It appears that he was initially an indentured servant in the Tallman household. He was first documented witnessing a land deed for Tallman in 1661, where Tallman purchased land from the famous Indian sachem Wamsutta.  They were both admitted as inhabitants of Portsmouth in 1662. Tallman launched legal proceedings against Tom starting 12 Jun 1664 for “breach of his bond”. This would likely be a breaking of the indenture, possibly by Tom’s leaving the household; Tom was found guilty by the Court. Records of 19 Oct 1664 document a “bill of indictment” by Tallman against Tom, with an apparent “discharge” of the “redemption” bond by Durfee paying £10 to Tallman.

In addition to the legal “breach”, the underlying cause of the falling out between the two were much deeper.  Tallman in the same month of Oct 1664 started legal proceedings against Tom for “disrespecting his wife” Ann.  Tom Durfee quite clearly was having an affair with his employer’s wife, who was about ten years his senior. We don’t know when the affair started, but by time of the legal suit it was public. Tallman’s petition emphasized Tom’s “insolent carriage” toward Ann. The court sent for Durfee and he was admonished for this behavior.

3 May 1665 – Tallman petitioned the court “to be released from his wife”, and the court asked the governor to issue a warrant to bring her in the next day by 8 a.m.   Peter brought a letter to court that Ann had written him that stated that their youngest child was not his and when this was read out in court Ann admitted to adultery.  She re-confirmed what she had apparently written her husband, that her most recent “child was none of his begetting, and that it was begotten by another man”. Circumstantial evidence all points to it being Tom Durfee’s eldest son Robert, whose birth date is given as 10 Mar 1665.

Ann requested mercy, and the Court asked whether she were willing to reconcile with her husband, “to which her answer was, that she would rather cast herselfe on the mercy of God if he take away her life, than to returne”. The Court declared her an adulteress and sentenced her to be whipped twice, first with 15 stripes in Portsmouth on 22 May, and 15 more lashes on 29 May in Newport. They also fined her £10, and granted the divorce to Peter Tallman. She was to remain in prison until punishment was rendered.

Tom Durfee was also brought in to the Court of Trials and found guilty by a jury on 8 May, sentenced to pay fines and receive 15 lashes.

While Tom presumably endured his punishment, Ann fled the colony before hers could be administered. While it was said she went to her brother in Virginia, other evidence indicates she went to nearby Plymouth Colony, at least initially, where a certain John Arthur was charged on 1 Aug 1665 with “entertaining the wife of one Talmon and the wife of William Tubbs.”

In any case, Ann remained away from Aquidneck for about two years. If she had remained in nearby Plymouth this whole time, certainly Durfee could have visited her. He could possibly have left the colony with her for all or part of that period, for we can find no documentation that Durfee was in Rhode Island for that period. On the other hand, the fact that no additional children were born until “around” 1667 might imply they were apart that entire time.

In 1667 Ann returned to Aquidneck and resumed the relationship with Tom at least by 1668 when they were again “apprehended” by the authorities for their relationship. (Or alternately they both returned together and the relationship was never interrupted).

Court records of 1 May 1667 stated that because Ann Tallman, late wife (i.e. “ex-wife”) of Peter Tallman, escaped her punishment in 1665 and had now returned to the colony, a warrant for her arrest was issued to Constable Anthony Emery. Because she had petitioned the Court for mercy (apparently knowing she had to face apprehension on return to Rhode Island), the punishment was halved to 15 stripes in Newport only, and the fine was remitted.  It isn’t known if the sentence was carried out.

A year later, however, Ann and Thomas were brought to court again. On 11 May 1668 he was charged with fornication and pleaded guilty, being sentenced to either be whipped with “15 stripes” in Portsmouth” or pay a fine of 40 shillings. Ann was charged with the same (not adultery since she was no longer married) and was found guilty although she did not appear in court. She was sentenced to be twice whipped or to pay a fine of £4.

It would appear that things “settled down” and somehow they were “tolerated” as a couple. As the guilty party in her divorce from Tallman, Ann would not have been allowed to re-marry, and thus their relationship was in essence a “common-law” marriage. While there is no direct evidence, Ann must have been the mother of his next four children, born between 1667 and 1679. Thomas was made a freeman of Portsmouth in 1673, implying possibly he had been “forgiven” as normally he would have been eligible at age 21.

Children of Anne and Thomas Dufree

Name Born Married Departed
i. Robert Durfee 10 Mar 1665
Born out of wedlock during Anne’s marriage to Peter TALLMAN 
Mary Sanford
1687 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island,
10 May 1718
ii. Richard Durfee 29 Nov 1667
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
Ann Almy
1687 in Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island
aft 10 Apr 1700
iii. Thomas Durfee 28 Mar 1669 Ann Freeborn
1690 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
11 Feb 1729
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
iv. William Durfee c. 1673 c. 1727
v. Ann Durfee c 1675/76 William Potter
12 Jan 1693
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
c. 1731
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
vi. Benjamin Durfee c. 1678/79
Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
Prudence Earle
1699 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island
 6 Jan 1754
Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island

No records are known mentioning Ann after this date, and she died between 1680 and 1684.  Thomas “remarried” sometime after 1684 (probably by 1685) to Deliverance Hall, who became the widow of Abiel Tripp in 1684. Thomas and Deliverance had two children: Patience, born 19 Jun 1690 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island and Deliverance, born c. 1690. Patience notably married Peter Tallman’s son,  Benjamin Tallman,  just months after Peter Tallman died in 1708.

The documentation from 3 Nov 1682 records two 50-acre lots at Flushing, Long Island deeded from “Ann Dorfee” of Rhode Island to her son John Tallman, with the deed signed by Thomas Dorfee and Ann A. Dorfee, “his wife”. Ann possibly had inherited this land from her mother. The fact that Thomas and Ann appear here as husband and wife is still not proof that they were legally married, but does indicate their relationship survived to this time. John Tallman also mentioned in his will of 1709 the 100-acre plantation on which he lived, which may have been this same land.

7 June 1674, having broken a law of Mass., prohibiting the receipt of land from Indians by deed of gift, Peter was imprisoned, but on giving up the deeds he was at this date released.

20 Oct 1675, He bought suit against Rebecca Sadler, wife of Thomas, for breach of peace and threatening his family.

1865 – Peter among the proprietors of Guilford CT.

13 Mar 1702/03 – Peter declared to Joseph Sheffield, one of her Majesties Assistants.

“I am now 80 years of age and in the year 1647 I came from Hambrough to the Island of Barbados and within two years after my arrival I married with Ann Hill daughter of Philip Hill and Ann his wife.” “He was married in Christ Church Parish in said Island, and after sever or eight months after his marriage, the said Tallman moved from the Island of Barbados to Rhode Island, bringing with his wife and his wife’s brother called Robert Hill as likewise his wife’s mother, who after said Philip Hills death married Mr. John Elton, and Mrs. Elton remained in Rhode Island about one year with her son Robert, and afterwards removed from Rhode Island to Flushing upon Long Island, and thence to Staten Island in the Government of New York, and afterwards under Virginia or Maryland, carrying her son Robert Hill, and after her being in Virginia she had a child or more by Capt Hudson, who, as is reported, she married, and further said Robert Hill settled in Virginia, and further said Tallman declared to me, the said deponent, that the Peter Tallman whose habitation is now at Guilford, in the County of New Haven in Connecticut is eldest lawful son of said Perter Tallman”

The original freeman of Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island were Major Benjamin Church [wiki], John Pearce [husband of 1. Mary Tallman], John Cook, Gersham Woodle, Richard Borden, Christopher Almy [father-in-law of ii. Richard Durfee], Thomas Cory, Stephen Manchester, Joseph Wanton, Forbes Manchester, Daniel Howland, Edward Gray, Edward Briggs, William Manchester, Amos Sheffield, Daniel Wilcox, Edward Colby, Joseph Tabor, David Lake, Thomas Waite, 5. Joseph Tallman, John Briggs, John Cooke, William Almy, and John Cooke,Jr.

Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island

Tiverton is located on the eastern shore of Narragansett Bay, across the Sakonnet River from Aquidneck Island (also known as the Island of Rhode Island). Together with the adjacent town of Little Compton, the area is disconnected from the rest of the state of Rhode Island.

Tiverton was incorporated by English colonists in 1694 as part of the Province of Massachusetts Bay. In 1746, in the final settlement of a long colonial boundary dispute between Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Tiverton was annexed to Rhode Island by Royal Decree (together with its fellow towns along the eastern shore of Narragansett Bay,Barrington, Bristol and Little Compton, and the town of Cumberland, to the north of Providence). Tiverton was incorporated as a town of Rhode Island in 1747.

1. Mary Tallman

Mary’s husband Ensign John Pearce was born 8 Sep 1647 in Waltham Abbey, Essex, England. His parents were Richard Pearce and Susannah Wright. John died 5 Dec 1707 in Tiverton, Rhode Island.

John was an original freeman in Tiverton, Rhode Island.

2. Elizabeth Tallman

Elizabeth’s husband Isaac Lawton was born 11 Dec 1650 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. His parents were Thomas Lawton and Elizabeth Salisbury. He first married between 1670 and 1673 in Portsmouth, RI to Mary Sisson (b. 24 Jun 1639 in Dartmouth, Mass. – d. 1674 in childbed of her only child in Dartmouth, Mass). He married second, 1 Mar 1674 to Elizabeth Tallman, by whom he had all his children. His third wife, to whom he was married 11 Oct 1701, was Naomi, widow of George Lawton and daughter of Bartholomew Hunt. Naomi died 3 Jan 1720. Isaac died 25 Jan 1732 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.

Isaac was a deputy in 1696, 1698, 1699, 1704-06. He was an honest farmer and had three wives.

3. Anne Tallman

Anne’s husband Stephen Brayton was born 1650 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. His parents were Francis Brayton and Mary [__?__]. Stephen died 2 Apr 1694 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.

4. Dr. Peter Tallman

Peter’s wife Ann Wright was born 1655 in Guilford, New Haven, CT. Her parents were Benjamin Wright (1634 – ) and Jane Meigs (1638 – ). She first married 26 Feb 1677 Age: 22 in Guilford, New Haven Co, Connecticut to John Walstone (1644 – 1680). Ann died 21 May 1731 in Guilford, New Haven, CT.

5. Joseph Tallman

Joseph’s wife Mary Timberlake was born about 1660

Joseph was an original freeman in Tiverton, Rhode Island.

6. Sussanah TALLMAN (See Joseph BECKWITH‘s page)

7. Sarah Tallman

Sarah’s husband William Wilbore was born Dec 1660 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. His parents were William Wilbore and Martha Holmes. William died 1738 in Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island.

8. Jonathan Tolman

Jonathan’s wife Sarah [__?__] was born xx. Perhaps Sarah was Mary Davol’s sister.

9. Dr. James Tallman

James’ first wife Mary Davol was born 1667 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island. Her parents were Joseph Davol and Mary Brayton, Mary died in 1701 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.

James’ second wife Hannah Swain was born 1679 in Nantucket Island, Mass. Her parents were John Swain (1633 – 1715) and Mary Weare (1633 – 1714). Hannah died 1765 in Portsmouth, RI

James was a physician (as was his brother Peter)

1698 -He deeded to Mary Timberlake, of Tiverton, wife of Joseph, for many kindnesses formerly to me shown and given by her, certain land and buildings in Portsmouth for life, and them to her daughters Joan Cory and Sarah Timberlake.

1700 – He had lot 77 assigned to him; paying therefor £1701. His marriage to Hannah Swain, at Nantucket, by Wm. Worth, Justice of the Peace, is noted upon the records at that island; wherein he is called “James Tallman, M.D.”

1705 – He deeded brothers Benjamin, Samuel and Joseph, for love, etc., twelve acres.

1706 -Thomas Barnes of Providence, died and made will on this date, and directs that his debts be paid to utmost of his estate, “especially to my careful and kind Doctor, Mr. James Tallman,” etc.

1724 -Will, proved 1724, 2. Executrix, wife Hannah. Witnesses, Josiah Arnold, Jr., Daniel Amory, William Anthony. Overseer of will, John Earl. To son John, 100 acres in Tiverton; he to pay his brother Jeremiah £500. To son Peter, 50 acres in Tiverton. To son Silas, land in Tiverton. To son Joseph, land in Portsmouth. Son Stephen to have the rest and remainder of homestead where I do dwell, etc., he paying sister Jemima £200, and sister Hannah £100, when she is 17, etc. Wife Hannah to have use of land given Joseph until he is 21; and use of 1/2 of land given Stephen with privilege of 1/2 the housing to live in with as many of her children as she wishes. The rest of property is given her, she paying my (and her) daughter Mary, £200. If Silas dies before 21, his share goes to Peter, and if Joseph dies before 21, his share goes to Stephen.Inventory, £1373, 16s. 6d. Neat cattle £138. 100 sheep £40. Little boat £5. “Horse kind” £35. 4 swine £7, 10s. Poultry oe1. Bills due £287. 2 guns and 1 sword £4. Cider mill, 2 cheese presses, 1 flock bed, 2 saddles, 1 side saddle, pillion, etc. His profession is disclosed by following items: 1 bell metal mortar, and 2 other mortars, 1 still, and physick and syrup £5. He also left a negro woman valued at £40.

1734 – Ordered by town that “Hannah Tallman, for keeping Job Bennett ten days and doctoring his foot, be allowed 20s. to be paid out of the Treasury.” She seems to have inherited her husband’s profession, as well as estate.

1764 – Hannah’s Will, proved 1765 – Widow Hannah. Executors, sons-in-law David Fish and Mathew Slocum. Witnesses, Henry Hedley, Joseph Thomas, Robert Dennis. To 3 sons Stephen, Peter, and Silas, 5s. each. To daughter Mary Freeborn, oe700. To daughter Jemima Fish and son-in-law David Fish, £600. To son Jeremiah, £600. To daughter Hannah Slocum, household goods. To son-in-law Matthew Slocum, £500. To 3 daughters aforesaid, land in Tiverton.
Inventory, £3868, 18s.”

10. Mercy Tallman

Mercy’s husband Israel Shaw was born 29 Jan 1660 in Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island. His parents were Anthony Shaw and Alice Stonard. Israel died 21 Aug 1705 in Little Compton, Newport, Rhode Island.

He sold two parcels of land in Portsmouth, February 11, 1707, to his brother-in-law, John Cook, of Tiverton, and in the bargain were included buildings and orchards, and a share in Hog Island. The consideration was £210, 10s.

11. John Tallman

John’s wife Mary [__?__] was born about 1672 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. Mary died in 1707 in Rhode Island

13. Nathaniel Tallman

Nathaniel’s wife Rachel Sherman was born 24 Sep 1705 in Swansea, Bristol, Mass. Her parents were Samuel Sherman and Sarah Pierce.

14. Benjamin Tallman

Benjamin’s first wife Patience Durfee was born 19 Jun 1690 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. Her parents were Thomas Durfee and Deliverance Hall. Patience died 1723 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.

Benjamin and Patience married just months after Benjamin’s father died.  It’s not surprising that they waited because Patience’s father was the same house servant who eloped with Benjamin’s father’s first wife Ann.   Deliverance was Thomas’ second wife, so there was no blood relation, but still!

Benjamin’s second wife Deborah Cook was born 1692 in Portsmith, Newport, Rhode Island. Her parents were John Cook and Mary Havens. Deborah died in 1759 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island.

16. Joseph Tallman

Joseph’s wife Joanna Mayhew was born 9 Jun 1693 in New London, New London, CT. Her parents were John Mayhew and Joanna Christopher.

Children of Anne and Thomas Dufree

i. Robert Durfee (Born out of wedlock during Anne’s marriage to Peter TALLMAN)

Robert’s wife Mary Sanford was born 30 Mar 1664 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. Her parents were John Sanford and Mary Gorton. Mary died 15 Nov 1748 in Freetown, Bristol, Mass.

ii. Richard Durfee

Richard’s wife Ann Almy was born 29 Nov 1667 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. Her parents were Christopher Almy and Elizabeth Cornell. Ann died 1708 in Rhode Island.

iii. Thomas Durfee

Thomas’ wife Ann Freeborn was born 28 Mar 1669 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. Her parents were Gideon Freeborn and Sarah Brownell. Ann died 1729 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island

iv. William Durfee c. 1673 c. 1727

v. Ann Durfee

Ann’s husband William Potter was born 1671 in Dartmouth, Bristol, Mass. His parents were Nathaniel Potter and Elizabeth Stokes. William died 1720 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island

vi. Benjamin Durfee

Benjamin’s wife Prudence Earle was born 1681 in Portsmouth, Newport, Rhode Island. Her parents were William Earle and Prudence [__?__]. Prudence died 12 Mar 1733 in Tiverton, Newport, Rhode Island.


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