Thomas Lumbert

Thomas LUMBERT (1582 – 1665) was Alex’s 11th Grandfather; one of 4.096 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Thomas Lumbert (Lombard, Lumbar, Lumberd) was baptized on 2 Feb 1581/82  in Thorncombe, Dorsetshire, England.  His father was also Thomas LUMBERT. He was married four times.   He first married in 1602 and his first wife died sometime between 1608 and 1617.  He married a second time in 1617 to someone who died after 1623.  Thomas emigrated in 1630 with the Winthrop Fleet on the Mary and John, first settling in Dorcester, Mass. He married a third time about 1635, possible a sister or sister-in-law of Alice (Richards) Torrey [TAG:67:51].  After 1645, he married a fourth time to Joyce Small, widow of Ralph Wallen of Plymouth.    Thomas died on 7 Mar 1665 in Barnstable, Mass.

Mary and John 1630

Joyce Small was born in 1614.  She first married Ralph Wallen before 1620 in England. They arrived at Plymouth Plantation aboard the Anne on 10 Jul 1623. A “division of cattle” was made in New Plymouth Colony 1 Jun 1627. Ralph and Joyce Wallen were assigned to the thirteen-member Company of Francis Eaton. In the “division of cattle” their group was given “an heyfer of the last yeare called the white belyed heyfer and two shee goats.” In 1633 the Freemen of Plymouth were listed and Ralph Wallen was on the list. He was also on the Plymouth Colony tax list for 1631/33. In 1633/34 the name “Widow Wallen” replaced the name of her deceased husband. Joyce continue to live in Plymouth until she sold her land on 7 Sep 1643.  She had lived in Plymouth for 20 years. Joyce was living on 19 Sep 1683 at Barnstable, Massachusetts. Ralph & Joyce Wallen had four (4) children: a. Ann Wallen , b. after Nov 1620, Plymouth , Massachusetts b. Jane Wallen, b. Plymouth , Massachusetts c. Thomas Wallen , b. Plymouth , Massachusetts d. Richard Wallen, b. Plymouth , Massachusetts Children of Thomas and First Wife  (Thomas and Bernard)

Name Born Married Departed
1. Thomas Lumbert 7 Sep 1602 Bef. 1617
2. Bernard Lumbert c. 1608
Thorncombe, Dorset, England
[__?__] c. 1663
Mary Clarke
Barnstable, Mass

Children of Thomas and Second Wife (Thomas, Joshua and Margaret)

Name Born Married Departed
3. Thomas Lumbert 1617
Thorncombe, Dorset, England
Elizabeth Derby
23 Dec 1665 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass
1661 – Barnstable
4. Joshua Lumbert 15 Oct 1620
Thorncombe, Dorset, England
Abigail Linnett
27 May 1651
5. Margaret Lumbert 7 May 1623
Thorncombe, Dorset, England
Edward Coleman
27 Oct 1648
Eastham, Barnstable, Mass
10 Jun 1663

. Children of Thomas and Third Wife (Caleb, Jemima, Jobaniah, Jeremiah and Benjamin)

Name Born Married Departed
6. Caleb Lumbert c. 1635
Dorchester, Mass
Mary Prout
Deliverance Peck (Daughter of Joseph PECK)
c. 1675
7 Jun 1691
Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass
7. Jemima LUMBERT c. 1636 in Watertown, Middlesex, MA Joseph BENJAMIN 10 Jun 1661
Boston, Mass
Barnstable, Barnstable, MA
8. Jobaniah Lumbert 23 Apr 1639
9. Jedediah Lombard 20 Sep 1640
Barnstable, Mass
Hannah Wing
20 May 1668 Barnstable
Truro, Barnstable, Mass
10. Benjamin Lumbert 26 Aug 1642 Barnstable, Mass Jane Warren 19 Nov 1672
Sarah Walker
19 Nov 1685 Barnstable
Mrs. Hannah Whetstone
24 May 1694 Barnstable
2 Aug 1725

The name was generally written by the first settlers Lumbert, sometimes Lumber, which is in accordance with the common pronunciation. Rev. John LATHROP wrote the name Lumber, Lumbert, Lumbart and Lumbard. He is also sometimes called Lombard.

Waters noted that Thomas Lumbert was an overseer to the estate of Philip Torrey of Combe St. Nicholas, Somerset, in 1621, and the will of his widow Alice (Richards) Torrey of Combe St Nicholas in 1634 mentions her brother-in-law Thomas Lumbard. (The four sons of Philip and Alice Torrey emigrated to New England).

Thomas was acquainted with many families who came to New England including the Rossiters, Torreys, Frys, and Richards. Maybe one of his first wives was a Torrey but not a Richards.

Waters suggested this Thomas Lumbard may be the immigrant. Thomas Lumberd of Combe St. Nicholas married Thomaszine Hawkins at Ashill, Somerset, 9 Jun 1624. They had a son William baptized 25 Jan. 1628 in Ashill, and a daughter Sarah, baptized 8 Dec 1636 at Combe St. Nicholas. This Thomas would appear to be too young to be the brother-in-law of Alice Torrey, but he does show the existance of another closely related family.

“However, it is in Thorncombe, Dorset, eight miles from Combe St. Nicholas, that we find the family of Thomas Lombard the immigrant. The Thorncombe parish records include the following entries:

1580 July 2 Barnard, s. of Thos. Lumbert
1581 Feb. 2 Thomas Lumbard (1582 by New Style)

Thomas emigrated when he was almost 50 years old.  He came to America prior to 19 Oct 1630 when his name appears in the list of the first 24 men of Dorchester who applied to become freemen. He became a freeman 18 May 1631. As he was one of the first settlers of Dorchester, he probably came on the Mary and John that arrived at Nantasket on 30 May 1630. The passengers on this ship were from Somerset, Dorset and Devon, and all of them settled in Mattapan, renamed Dorchester.

One of the leaders of this group was Mr. Edward Rossiter of Combe St. Nicholas and another was Aaron Cooke of Thorncombe.  Aaron was the son of our ancestor Elizabeth CHARD from her first marriage to Aaron Cooke Sr.  We descend from both Elizabeth COOKE from her first marriage and Abigail FORD from her second marriage to Thomas FORD.

Thomas Lombard must have known both of these men in England and, although his name does not appear in the Mary and John passenger lists, all of which are modern reconstructions, he probably came on that ship.

On the 20th of March 1630, a group of 140 men and women, set sail from Plymouth, England, in the ship “Mary and John.” The company had been selected and assembled largely through the efforts of the Reverend John White, of Dorchester, England; of Dorchester, England; with whom they spent the day before sailing, fasting, preaching, praying.” These people had come from the western counties England, mostly from Devon, Dorset, and Somerset. They had chosen two ministers to accompany them: “men who were interested in the idea of bringing the Indians to the knowledge of the gospel.”

The Reverend John Maverick was an elderly man from Devon, a minister of the Established church. Reverend John Warham was also an ordained minister of the Church of England, in Exeter, eminent as a preacher. There is some evidence that both of these men were in some difficulties with the church on account of their sympathies with the Puritans. According to tradition they landed upon the south side of Dorchester Neck, [which is now South Boston], in OId Harbor.

Ten of the men, under the command of Captain Southcote, found a small boat, and went up the river to Charlestown Neck, where they found an old planter, probably Thomas Walfourd, who fed them “a dinner of fish without bread.” Later they continued their journey up the Charles River, as far as what is now Watertown, returning several days later to the company who had found pasture at Mattapan. The settlement was later called Dorchester, in honor of Reverend John White, of Dorchester, England.

Roger Clapp tells of the hardships that followed. They had little food, and were forced to live on clams and fish. The men built small boats, and the Indians came later with baskets of corn. “The place was a wilderness,” writes Roger Clap. “Fish was a good help to me and to others. Bread was so scarce that I thought the very crusts from my father’s table would have been sweet; and when I could have meal and salt and water boiled together, I asked, ‘who could ask for better?’” Here they lived for five or six years. Other boats arrived and other towns were titled. But the life at Dorchester was not entirely congenial to the lovers of liberty of the “Mary and John.

The group of settlements around Massachusetts Bay was dominated by clergymen and officials of aristocratic tendencies. Their Governor, John Winthrop, had little empathy with the common people. “The best part (of the people),” he declared, “is always title least, and of that best part, the wiser is always the lesser.” And the Reverend John Cotton put it more bluntly when he said, “Never did God ordain democracy for the government of the church or the people.” These principles were repugnant to the people of the “Mary and John”, who had come to America to escape such restraint. They had no wish to interfere with the methods of worship of others, and they did not wish others to interfere with them. Too, they were land-hungry, after centuries of vassalage to the lords of the manors, leading hopeless lives without chance of independence.

Perhaps there were influenced also, by the fact that a great smallpox epidemic had raged among the Indians, killing off so many that they were not the menace that they had been at the first. The settlers turned their attention toward the fertile meadows of the Connecticut Valley. A group under Roger Ludlow, set out and reached the Plymouth Trading house that had been erected by William Holmes near the junction of the Connecticut and the Farmington Rivers, early in the summer of 1635. A little later 60 men, women and children, with their “cows, heifers and swine,” came overland from Dorchester.

The winter was severe and the food scarce, and many returned to Massachusetts, but in the Spring they came back to Connecticut with their friends, and by April 1636, most of the members of the Dorchester Church were settled near the Farmington River, along the brow of the hill that overlooks the “Great Meadow”.

This in spite of the fact the Plymouth people disputed their claim to the land. They built crude shelters, dug out of the rising ground along the edge of the riverbank. The rear end and the 2 sides were simply the earth itself, with a front and a roof of beams. The town was later named Windsor.

Below are surnames of the first settlers of Dorchester who arrived on the Mary and John in 1630, or were known to be in Dorchester before 1632 (from Anderson, NEHGR 147): Benham, Clap, Collicot, Cooke, Denslow, Dyer, Eggleston, Ford, Gallop, Gaylord, Gibbs, Gibson, Gillet, Glover, Grant, Greenaway, Holman, Hoskins, Hulbird/Hubbert, Hull, Johnson, Lumbert/Lombard, Louge, Ludlow, Maverick, Newton, Phelps, Phillips, Pierce, Pomeroy, Rockwell, Rossiter, Smith, Southcott, Stoughton, Terry, Upsall, Warham, Way, Williams, Wolcott, Woolr

In 1639 Thomas was one of the first settlers of Barnstable, apparently there already when the Rev. John LATHROP arrived with the main group of settlers.   On 11 Oct 1639, removed to Mattacheese (Barnstable) with Rev. John Lothrop, who says in his Diary, relation to their first Thanksgiving, Dec. 11, 1639, O.S.:

‘After praises to God in public were ended, as the day was cold, we divided into three companies to feast otgether, som at Mr. Hull’s, some at Mr. Mayo’s, and some at brother Lumbard, Sr.’s’

Thomas was an Innkeeper.  Plymouth Colony Records show that on 3 Dec. 1639 Thomas Lumbert was “allowed to keepe Victualling, or an ordinary, for entertainement of passengers, and to draw wyne at Barnstable he keeping good order in his house”.  Thomas’ descendants are eligible for membership in the Flogon and Trencher;  Descendants of Colonial Taverner Keepers.

Thomas Lombard died between 10 June 1663 when he acknowledged his will and 8 Feb. 1664 when his inventory was taken. He left most of his estate to his wife and three younger sons, Caleb, Jedediah and Benjamin. He also confirms that he formerly gave lands to sons Barnard and Joshua and son-in-law Joseph Benjamine and son-in-law Edward Coleman. He mentions daughter Margaret Coleman, grandchild Abigaill Benjamine and daughter Jemima

CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: When Jobaniah Lombard was baptized at Dorchester on 23 June 1639, he appeared in a list of “such children as have been baptized in the church of Dorchester by communion of  their parents one or both being members of the church at Windsor, or Hingham” [DChR 149]; the church member in this case was probably Joyce. Thomas Lombard had joined the Barnstable church by 1641, as he had two sons baptized there, and is called “Brother Lumbar Senior” at the baptism of the second.

FREEMAN: Reque sted 19 October 1630 (as “Tho: Lumberd”) and admitted 18 May 1631 (as “Tho: Lumbard”) [MBCR 1:80, 366]. Oath of fidelity, Barnstable, 1657 [PCR 8:179].

EDUCATION: His inventory included “books” valued at 14s.

OFFICES: Barnstable surveyor of highways, 6 June 1649

ESTATE: Granted two acres marsh at Dorchester, 27 June 1636 [DTR 16]; grant of additional two acres of marsh, 2 January 1637/8 [DTR 28]; granted two lots, each of nearly four acres, 18 March 1637/8 [DTR 31]; received Lot #51, six acres, in meadow beyond Naponset [DTR 321].

In his will, dated 23 March 1662/63, acknowledged 10 Jun 1663 and proved 7 Mar 1664/65,

“Thomas Lumbert of Barnstable” bequeathed to “my wife that she shall have her habitation in the house that I now live in so long as she liveth or continueth a widow, and further that she shall have the use of one third of my arable lands … and the meadow lying in Mattakessett field”;

to “my son Caleb my house and one third of my lands … moreover my son Caleb and my son Jedadiah and my son Benjamine all of them are to have habitation and free egress and regress in the house so long as my wife liveth or continueth a widow”;

at wife’s death or remarriage “my son Caleb shall give unto my son Jedediah and my son Benjamine each of them £5 and then the house and forementioned lands to be Caleb’s”;

“if my son Jedediah or Benjamine shall see cause to remove their dwellings that if they be willing to have their forementioned £5 apiece; that upon six months’ warning my son Caleb shall pay it unto them;

and the other two thirds of my lands I give unto my other two sons, Jedediah and Benjamine”;

“I do confirm by this my last will and testament certain parcels of lands that formerly I gave unto other of my children as followeth … unto my son Barnard twenty acres of land, unto my son Joshua two acres of land, and unto my son-in-law Josepth Benjamine four acres of land and unto my son-in-law Edward Coleman one acre of land”;

to “my wife the old mare, one cow and two heifers only she is to give unto my son Joshua and my daughter Margarett Coleman the first living colt”; “she is to give unto my grandchild Abigaill Benjamine the first heifer calf that shall come of the forementioned cows”;

to “my wife my yoke of oxen with yokes, chains, cart and wheels” and at her death they to be divided between “my three sons Caleb, Jedediah and Benjamine equally”;

residue to “my wife and to be at her dispose, only an hogshed of mackerel that is due from Thomas Starr my son Caleb is to have for his own use in lieu of some bedding that was his”; to “my son Caleb the yoke of oxen and a gale and the three year old mare that was always accounted his, and his carpenter’s tools and his arms and the saddle and bridle … only he shall give unto my son Barnard the half of the first colt that his forementioned mare shall have”;

to “my son Jedediah the young mare of a year and vantage old, and a calf of a year old and a cow and a gale and his arms”; to “my son Benjamine the black horse and a cow and a calf of a year old with his arms”;

“my wife shall give … unto my son Barnard’s wife 10s. and unto my son Barnard my looms with all materials”; the bay horse lately bought of Mr. John FREEMAN equally divided among “my three sons Caleb Jedadiah and Benjamine and they shall pay “unto my son Joshua Lumber 20s. within a year”; “I do confirm the cow that formerly I gave unto my daughter Jemina

The “true inventory of the estate of Thomas Lumbert of Barnstable Senior deceased” was taken 8 Feb 1664/65 and totalled £210 8s. 6d., including “lands and housing” valued at £60

On 7 Mar 1664/65 Joyce, “the wife of Thomas Lumbert, deceased,” Jedediah Lumbert and Caleb Lumbert, were granted administration on the estate of Thomas Lumbert [PCR4:81].


2. Bernard Lumbert

Bernard’s second wife Mary Clarke was born in 1611 in England. Her parents were William Clarke (1576 in Great Bromley, Essex, England – 12 Jul 1632 in Great Bromley) and Margaret Hadlock. Mary died 1683 in Barnstable, Mass.

Bernard was first at Dorchester with his father. Moving to Plymouth County, he lived at Scituate, where he and his wife joined Lathrop’s church 19 Apr 1635; he had a house at Scituate by 1636, and his daughter Mary was baptized there 8 Oct 1637 . He became a Plymouth freeman 3 Jan 1636/37 . In 1639 he moved to Barnstable with the Lothrop group. On 10 Oct 1643 the court ordered that if the townsmen of Barnstable did not appoint a place for their defense, it would have Mr. Thomas Dimmack, Anthony Annable, Henry Cobb, Henry Cogan, and Bernard Lombard do it ). On 2 Jun 1646 Bernard Lombard was on the grand jury, a position he held a number of times. On 5 Oct 1652 he was approved by the court as ensign for the Barnstable military company . On 9 Jun 1653 Gyles Rickard was presented for lascivious carriage toward Mary Lombard, the daughter of Bernard Lombard

3. Thomas Lumbert

Thomas’ wife Elizabeth Derby was born in 1646 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were John Derby and Alice [__?__]. Elizabeth died 23 Dec 1666 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.

4. Joshua Lumbert

Joshua’s wife Abigail Linnett was born 1630 in London, England. Her parents were Robert Linnell (1584 – 1662) and Perninnah Howse (1599 – 1633).  Her grandparents were Rev. John HAWSE and Abigail LLOYD.  Abigail died in 1662 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass

Hopestill Bullock, (b. 26 Dec 1659) married Joshua’s son Joshua Jr. on 6 Nov 1682

5. Margaret Lumbert

Margaret’s husband Edward Coleman was born 1632 in Buckinghamshire or in Ireland. His parents were Thomas Coleman and Francis Belcher or Thomas Coleman and Catherine (Catren) Higginson. Edward died 1691 in Boston, Suffolk, Mass.

6. Caleb Lumbert

Caleb’s first wife Mary Prout was born about 1637

Caleb’s second wife Deliverance Peck was born in 21 Jun 1637.  Her parents were Joseph PECK and Rebecca CLARK.  She first married 26 Jun 1662 in Block Island, Newport, Rhode Island to William Cahoon (b. 1635 in Taunton, Bristol, Mass – d. 22 Jun 1675 in Rehoboth, Mass.) Deliverance died 9 Dec 1727 in Newport, Rhode Island.

William Colquhoun fought the English in the brutal battles of Dunbar and Worcester in Scotland, and was captured by the Army of Parliament. He was indentured to the iron mines in Braintree, Massachusetts. Upon achieving his freedom, he sailed on the “Shallop” to Rhode Island and bought a share of Block Island there. In 1664 he went to Swansea RI and successfully petitioned the General Assembly to make him a freeman with full rights as a citizen.

“William Cahoon in America soon about 1652 (possibly aboard the Unity). He worked for a number of years at Saugus (Lynn, Mass.). He spent six months at Taunton before assisting in the construction of a shallop at Braintree. In April of 1661, he was one of the fifteen men who sailed from Taunton to Cow Cove and became the first settlers of Black Island, Mass. (now Rhode Island).

His period of servidtude presumably espired before the end of 1662, and on 13 January 1662/63 William Cahoune bought 9 from Thomas Terry 40 acres on the ‘hieway’ that then divided Block Island. On 4 May 1664 he was a freeman at New Shoreham, in 1665 he served on a Newport grand jury, and on 20 February 1669/70 he became a freeman and permanent resident of Swansea, Mass.

On 13 November, 1670 William Cohoun sold his 38 acres on Block Island to Samuel Hagbourne. At the coming of King Philips War, William Cahoone was killed by the Indians near East Rehobeth on 22 June 1675 and was buried at Swansea two days later.

He probably married about 1663/64 to Deliverance, who married Caleb Lambert of Barnstable in 1681 after Wiliam’s death.

On Sunday, June 24, 1675, the colonists held a day of prayer concerning the unrest. Upon
returning to their homes after church services, numerous residents of Swansea were killed.  Others, including the family of William and Deliverance, sought refuge in the garrison home of  Rev. John Myles. During the night, one of their sentries was attacked and injured. They decided  to send two men to the neighboring town of Rehoboth to retrieve the doctor. One of these was William. Along the way, both men were killed by the Indians. William was 42 and had a wife and  seven children.

In 1681 Joseph Kent and Caleb Lambert were appointed guardians of Joseph Cahoon (son of William & Deliverance).

7. Jemima LUMBERT (See Joseph BENJAMIN‘s page)

9. Jedediah Lombard

Jedediah’s wife Hannah Wing was born 28 Jul 1642 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Daniel Wing and Hannah Swift. Her grandparents were Rev. John WINGE and Deborah BACHILER.  Hannah died 27 Feb 1682 in Barnstable, Mass.

10. Benjamin Lumbert

Benjamin’s first wife Jane Warren was born 31 Dec 1652 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass. Her parents were Nathaniel Warren and Sarah Walker. Jane died 27 Feb 1683 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.

Benjamin’s second wife Sarah Walker was born 16 Feb 1657 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. Her parents were Deacon Philip Walker (1629 – 1679) and Mary Jane Metcalf (1633 – 1710). Her grandparents were Michael METCALF Sr. and Sarah ELWYN.  Sarah died 2 Aug 1693 – Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

Benjamin’s third wife Hannah [__?__] was born about 1663.  She first married John Whetstone (b. 1647 in Scituate, Plymouth, Mass. – d. 1693 in Scituate, Plymouth, Mass)


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Robert Bullard

Robert BULLARD (1599 – 1639) was Alex’s 11th Grandfather; one of 4,096 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Robert Bullard - Coat of Arms

Robert Bullard was born about 1598/99 at Barnham, Suffolk, England.  His parents were William BALLARD (Buller) and Grace BIGNETTE. He  married Anne MARTYN about  1624/25 at Barnham, Suffolk, England.  Robert died 24 Apr 1639 at Watertown, Mass. His death was accidental, the result of “the overthrow of a cart,” according to the early records of Medfield.

Anne Martyn was born in 1600 in Barnham, Suffolk, England.  Her parents were John MARTYN and Agnes [__?__].  After Robert died she married Henry Thorpe before 25 Nov 1639. Anne died before 15 Oct 1660 in Watertown, Mass.

Henry Thorpe was born 1600 in Barnham, Suffolk, England. His parents were John Thorpe and Alice Chandler.  Henry died 21 May 1672 in Watertown, Middlesex, Mass.

One source say William Thorpe, born at England, 1615, died at New Haven, New Haven, 1679 was the son of Henry Thorpe and Anne Martyn. That would mean this Ann was a different woman from the one who married Robert Bullard.

Children of Robert and Anne:

Name Born Married Departed
1. William Bullard 1625/26 Barnham, Suffolk, England 17 Oct 1626 Barnham, Suffolk, England
2. Anne BULLARD c. 1627
Barnham, England.
Richard DANA
1648 Cambridge, Mass.
15 Jul 1711, Cambridge, Mass.
3. Maudlin Bullard c. 1629 Barnham, England. John Pearson
Reading, Middlesex, Mass
12 Dec 1690 Reading, Mass
4. Benjamin Bullard 1630
Sherborn, Middlesex, Mass
Sarah [__?__]
Martha Pidge (Fairbanks) Adopted from the Michael METCALF combined family of nineteen)
Elizabeth Thorpe
1 May 1677 Billerica, Mass
27 Sep 1689 Sherborn, Mass

Child of Ann and Henry Thorpe

Name Born Married Departed
5. James Thorpe c. 1636/7
Watertown, Mass.
Hannah Newcomb
8 Jan 1657 in Dedham, Norfolk, Mass
18 Sep 1691
Dedham, Norfolk, Mass.

Robert settled in Watertown before 1639, the year of his death.

Two of Robert’s brothers and one of Anne’s sister also emigrated.

Vol. 2, Worcester society of Antiquity wrote out, The Pioneers of Massachusetts:
nah b. 1 (12) 1645, Michael b. 21 (1) 1648. Robert, Watertown, before 1639. “Robert Bullard, the husband of Anne Bullard, bur. 29 (4) 1639, 40 years old.” The widow m. 2, Henry Thorp; she had grant of land in 1644. Ch. Benjamin, (m. in Ded-ham 5 (2) 1659, Martha, dau. of Thomas


2. Anne BULLARD (See Richard DANA‘s page)

3. Maudlin Bullard

Maudlin’s husband John Pearson was born 1615 in Yorkshire England. His parents were John Personne and [__?__]. John died 17 Apr 1679 in Redding, Fairfield, CT

4. Benjamin Bullard

Benjamin’s first wife Sarah [__?__]

Benjamin’s second wife Martha Pidge was born 12 Jan 1642 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Mass. Her parents were Thomas Pidge and Mary Sothy. (Fairbanks)  Martha died 4 Jan 1676 in Sherborn, Middlesex, Mass.

Martha’s mother Mary Sothy Pigge (Pidge) was born about 1599 in Saffron Walden, Essex, England. She was the widow of Thomas Pigge of Roxbury, Mass. Thomas died of Dec 30, 1643 in Roxbury of dropsy, a godly Christian man. He had a fall & a bruise on his back, which hurt his kidneys & not carefully cured they utterly wasted away & many other of his entrails. Mary Pigge the wife of Thomas Pigge was admitted to Roxbury church as member #85.” She married as his second wife [our ancestor thru his 1st wife] Michael METCALF on 13 Aug 1645 in Dedham, Mass. Because the combined Metcalf/Pidge family now had 19 children, Martha was adopted by Jonathan FAIRBANKS. Jonathan’s daugther Mary had married Michael Metcalf’s son Michael METCALF Jr. a couple of years earlier.

Benjamin’s third wife Elizabeth Ellis was born 23 May 1651 in Dedham, Norfolk, Mass. Many sources say that her maiden name was Thorpe and her parents were Henry Thorpe and Ann [__?__], but that would mean she was Benjamin’s half sister and her mother was 51 years old when she was born.  Elizabeth died 1 Dec 1719 in Sherborn, Middlesex, Mass.

Upon the premature death of his father, Robert Bullard of Watertown, his mother, Anne Martyn Bullard (who soon remarried and lived out her life in Watertown) sent Benjamin to Dedham to be brought up by Robert’s brother John Bullard and his wife Madgalen Martyn Bullard (Benjamin’s mother’s sister). Except for its greater genetic closeness, Benjamin thus entered a foster relationship similar to that of Martha in the Fairbanks’ household.

5. James Thorpe

James’ wife Hannah Newcomb was born 15 Oct 1637 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., Mass. Her parents were Francis Newcomb and Rachel Brackett. Hannah died 6 Dec 1710 in Dedham, Norfolk Co., Mass.

Peter, the son of James and Hana Thorp was borne 30: 11 mo: 62 [which then
translates to 30 Jan 1763, at least I hope I have done this conversion


Plummer, John. The Martyn Wives of Robert and John Bullard. New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (1992), 146:280.  ‘Anne, b. say 1604; d. before 15 Oct. 1660 (Edgar J. Bullard, Other Bullards [Port Austin, Mich., 1928], 7); m. probably ca. 1625, Robert Bullard, b. probably in Barnham ca. 1600; d. at Watertown, Mass., 24 April 1639, aged 40, son of William and Grace (Bignette) Ballard (Bullard and Allied Families, 12-13). Anne (Martyn) Bullard married (2) before November 1639 Henry Thorpe.

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Richard Dana

Richard DANA (1617 – 1690) was Alex’s 10th Grandfather; one of 2,048 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Richard Dana was born in 31 Oct 1617 in Manchester, Lancashire, England. His parents were Robert DAWNEY (DANA) and Elizabeth BARLOW.  Richard first appeared in Cambridge, Mass in 1640.  He married Ann BULLARD in 1648 in Cambridge, Mass. Richard died from a fall from a scaffold in his barn on 2 Apr 1690, Cambridge, Mass.

Richard Dana – Homestead – Built by Richard Dana in 1661, this rendition was done in 1875. The home was in South Cambridge, on the south side of the Charles River, which is now Brighton

Ann (Anna)Bullard (Buller). was born about 1630, in England. Her parents were Robert BULLARD and Ann MARTYN. Ann died 15 Jul 1711, Cambridge, Mass.

Children of Richard and Ann:

Name Born Married Departed
1. John Dana 15 Apr 1649
12 Oct 1649
2. Hannah Dana 8 Jul 1651
Samuel Oldham
5 Jan 1669/70
Cambridge, Mass.
3. Samuel Dana 13 Oct 1653
8 Nov 1653
4. Jacob Dana 3 Feb 1654
Patience Sabin
24 Dec 1698
5. Joseph Dana 21 May 1656
Mary Gobel
17 Jan 1681/82
Concord, Mass
11 Feb 1700
6. Abiah Dana 21 May 1656
8 Dec 1668
7. Benjamin Dana 20 Feb 1660
Mary Buckminster
24 May 1688
13 Aug 1738
8. Elizabeth DANA 20 Feb 1662
14 Jan 1679
Medford, Mass.
Preston, CT
9. Daniel Dana 20 Mar 1662
Naomi Croswell
1691 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Mass
10 Oct 1749
10. Deliverance Dana 5 Mar 1666
Samuel Hyde
Newton, Mass
10 May 1741
11. Sarah Dana 1 Jan 1669
11 Jan 1669

Richard Dana – Dana Houses in Cambridge The pictured homestead that was built in 1661 is #4, quite south on the Roxbury Path, past the crossroad.

The Danas are supposed to be of Italian origin. They are traced from Italy to France, among the Huguenots with whose religious views they were in sympathy. They did not remain long in France, but pushed on to England, from whence one Richard soon came to America. We learn of only one besides Richard in England. William, who seems without doubt to have been Richard’s father, and that Richard was his only son.

Rufus W. Griswold says, in his “Poets and Poetry of America,” that

“William Dana, Esquire, was sheriff of Middlesex during the reign of Queen Elizabeth. Their only descendant at that time living, Richard Dana, came to America about the middle of the seventeenth century, and settled at Cambridge, then called Newtown, near Boston.”

Richard Dana – House on the bank of the Charles River

Richard  held in turn the Offices of Constable, Surveyor of Highways, and Juror.  Richard was the father of seven sons and four daughters and was the progenitor of a very long line of descendants.  His death is recorded in Sewells well know diary under the date of April 2, 1720. He fell from a scaffold in his barn.

Another authority says he settled at what is now the town of Brighton, Mass., in 1640. The only Danas in England now are the few descendants of Rev. Edmund Dana, who went from this country about the time of the Revolution, probably because of his Tory proclivities. There are still Danas in Italy, as ascertained by Charles A. Dana, editor New York Sun. He says they possess the same characteristics of the family in this country, being of a literary and scientific turn of mind. One whom he met is a professor of some eminence in one of the Italian colleges.

English Ancestors

Richard’s father Robert DAWNEY (DANA) was born on 2 June 1571 in Kendal Parish, Westmoreland, England and was christened on 16 June 1571 in Natland, Kendal Parish.  His parents were Edward DAWNEY OR DANA and Agnes [__?__] .   He married  Elizabeth BARLOW on 10 April 1597 in Collegiate Church, Manchester, Lancaster, England.  Robert died on 24 May 1644 at the age of 72 in Manchester, Cheshire, England and was buried on 24 May 1644 in Manchester.

Richard’s mother Elizabeth Barlow was born 11 Jul 1578 in Manchester, Lancashire, England. Her parents were Alexander BARLOW and Ellen JONSON. Elizabeth died 11 Apr 1635 in Manchester.

Children of Robert and Elizabeth

i. Margaret Dana b. 19 Mar 1597 in Manchester, Lancashire, England; m. [__?__] Smythe; c. 1618 in Manchester; d. 8 Apr 1698 at the age of 101 in England.

ii. Cecily Dana b. 1598; d. 4 April 1598

iii. Edward Dana b. 24 Aug 1599 in Manchester, Lancashire, England; m. 2 Nov 1615 in Manchester, Lancashire, England to Elizabeth Charlton; d. 6 Sep 1633 at the age of 34 in Manchester.

iv. Henry Dana b. 7 Mar 1601 in Manchester. He was buried on 13 June 1602. Alternatively, he died Jun 1682 in Manchester.

v. Elline (Ellen) Dana b. 22 Feb 1604 in Manchester, Lancashire, England. She was buried on 19 June 1606. Alternatively, she married 1631 in Manchester, Lancashire, England to John Bradshaw and died in 1640 in England.

vi.  Robert Dana b. 28 Aug 1607 in Manchester, Lancashire, England. He was buried on 13 Nov 1607.

vii. Robert Dana b. 6 Feb 1609 in Manchester, Lancashire, England. He was buried on 10 April 1633 at the age of 24.

viii. James Dana b. 8 Dec 1611 in Manchester, Lancashire, England.; d.  21 March 1612 at the age of 1.

ix. Alice Dana b. 21 March 1612 in Manchester, Lancashire, England; d. 3 June 1621 at the age of 9.

x. Anne Dana b. 23 Feb 1615 in Manchester, Lancashire, England; d. 6 May 1616 at the age of 1 in Manchester.

xi. Richard DANA b. 31 Oct 1617 in Manchester. (See this page)

xii. Elizabeth Dana b. 9 Mar 1619 in Manchester, Lancashire, England. m. 1646 in Manchester to Ralph Travis.


2. Hannah Dana

Hannah’s husband Samuel Oldham was born 1651 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Mass. Her parents were Richard Oldham and Martha Eaton. Hannah died 13 Jul 1727 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Mass.

4. Jacob Dana

Jacob’s wife Patience Sabin was born 28 Feb 1655 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. Her parents were William Sabin and Mary Wright. Patience died 1712 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Mass.

5. Joseph Dana

Joseph’s wife Mary Gobel was born 1660 in Concord, Middlesex, Mass. Her parents were Thomas Goble and Mary Mousall. Mary died 1699 in Concord, Middlesex, Mass.

Joseph’s twin brother Abiah died in 1668 when he was twelve years old. Abiah is both a boy’s and girl’s name and means “God is my father.” In the Old Testament the name Abijah was borne by several characters.

7. Benjamin Dana

Benjamin’s wife Mary Buckminster was born 1667 in Brookline, Middlesex, Mass. Her parents were Joseph Buckminster and Elizabeth Clark. Alternatively, her parents were Zechariah Buckminster and Sarah Webb. After Benjamin died, she married 19 Jul 1742 in Newton, Middlesex, Mass to Joshua Fuller (b. 2 Apr 1654 in Newton, Mass – d. 27 Jun 1752 in Newton) Mary died 14 Feb 1754 in Newton, Middlesex, Mass.

8. Elizabeth DANA (See Daniel WOODWARD‘s page)

9. Daniel Dana

Daniel’s wife Naomi Croswell was born 5 Dec 1670 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Mass. Her parents were Thomas Crosswell and Priscilla Upham. Naomi diod 24 Feb 1751 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Mass.

Daniel was the great great grandfather of Richard Henry Dana Jr. (Aug 1, 1815 – Jan 6, 1882) an American lawyer and politician from Massachusetts, a descendant of an eminent colonial family who gained renown as the author of the American classic, the memoir Two Years Before the Mast. Both as a writer and as a lawyer, he was a champion of the downtrodden, from seamen to fugitive slaves.

Richard Henry Dana

Famous Danas

Daniel’s son Richard Dana (wiki) was born 26 Jun 1700 in Boston, Mass. He married Lydia Trowbridge 31 May 1737 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Mass and had seven children including Francis. Richard died 17 May 1772 Boston, Suffolk, Mass

Richard graduated from Harvard College and then studied law and passed the bar. He became a prominent lawyer, was connected with the Sons of Liberty and protests against the Stamp Act. He served one term in the Massachusetts Assembly.

Daniel’s grandson Francis Dana (wiki) was born 13 Jun 1743 in Charlestown, Mass. He married Elizabeth Ellery 5 Aug 1775 in Hampton, New Hampshire and had six children including Richard Henry. Francis died 25 Apr 1811 in Cambridge, Mass.

Francis Dana

Francis was an lawyer, jurist, and statesman from Massachusetts. He served as a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1777–1778 and 1784. He signed the Articles of Confederation.

He became a leader of the Sons of Liberty, and was first elected to Massachusetts’s provincial (revolutionary) Congress in 1774. In 1775 the Continental Congress dispatched him to England in an unsuccessful attempt to reconcile the differences leading to the Revolutionary War. He returned the following year, convinced that a friendly settlement of the dispute was impossible, and was elected a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1777, where he signed the Articles of Confederation in 1778. As a member of the latter body, he became chairman in January 1778 of the committee appointed to visit Washington at Valley Forge and confer with him concerning the reorganization of the army. This committee spent about three months in camp, and assisted Washington in preparing the plan of reorganization which Congress in the main adopted. In this year, he was also a member of a committee to consider Lord North’s offer of conciliation, which he vigorously opposed.

Dana left the Congress to accompany John Adams to Paris as a secretary to the diplomatic delegation.   In 1780 he was named as American minister to Russia, and while he never gained official recognition from Catherine II, he remained in St. Petersburg until 1783. After his return, he was again elected to the national congress in 1784. In 1785 Dana was appointed to the Supreme Court of Massachusetts, and served there until 1806, as the Chief Justice after 1791. An earnest advocate of the adoption of the Federal constitution, he was a member of the state convention which ratified it in 1788, and was one of the most influential advisers of the leaders of the Federalist Party, specifically its Essex Junto.

Daniel’s great grandson Richard Henry Dana Sr. (wiki) was born 15 Nov 1787 in Cambridge, Mass. He married Ruth Charlotte Smith 11 May 1813 in St Johns Church, Providence, Rhode Island and had four children including Richard Henry Jr. Richard died 2 Feb 1879 in Boston, Mass.

Richard Henry Dana Sr.

Richard was an American poet, critic and lawyer.

He graduated from Harvard College and became a lawyer.  He was also a literary critic. Between 1817 and 1827, he was the first American to write major critiques of Romanticism, though his views were unconventional then.  In a review of the poetry of Washington Allston, he noted his belief that poetry was the highest form of art, though it should be simple and must avoid didacticism.  Some of his criticisms were controversial. Dana accused Harvard of smothering genius, and that the minds of poets were more insightful than the general community. Dana also criticized the Transcendentalism movement. He wrote, “Emerson & the other Spiritualists, or Supernaturalists, or whatever they are called, or may be pleased to call themselves… [have] madness in their hearts“.  Dana was a member of the Anthology Club; he and others in the club founded the North American Review in 1817 as an outlet for his criticism, though his opposition with standard conventions lost him his editorial control of it.  By 1850, his opinions were widely followed. As he wrote at the time, “Much that was once held to be presumptuous novelty… [became] little better than commonplace”

As a writer of fiction, Dana was an early practitioner of Gothic literature, particularly with his novel Paul Felton (1822), a tale of madness and murder.  The novel has also been called a pioneering work of psychological realism alongside works by William Gilmore Simms. Nevertheless, Dana had difficulty supporting his family through his writing, which earned him only $400 over 30 years

He lived on Chestnut Street in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, ca.1840s-1870s.

Daniel’s 2nd great grandson was Richard Henry Dana Jr. (1815 – 1882)  As a boy, he studied in Cambridgeport under a strict schoolmaster named Samuel Barrett, alongside fellow Cambridge native and future writer James Russell Lowell.  Barrett was infamous as a disciplinarian who punished his students for any infraction by flogging. He also often pulled students by their ears and, on one such occasion, nearly pulled Dana’s ear off, causing the boy’s father to protest enough that the practice was abolished

In 1825, Dana enrolled in a private school overseen by Ralph Waldo Emerson, whom Dana later mildly praised as “a very pleasant instructor”, though he lacked a “system or discipline enough to insure regular and vigorous study.”  In July 1831, Dana enrolled at Harvard College, where in his freshman year his support of a student protest cost him a six month suspension.  In his junior year, he contracted measles, which in his case led to ophthalmia.

Fatefully, the worsening vision inspired him to take a sea voyage. But rather than going on a fashionable Grand Tour of Europe, he decided to enlist as a merchant seaman, despite his high-class birth. On August 14, 1834 he departed Boston aboard the brig Pilgrim bound for Alta California, at that time still a part of Mexico.  This voyage would bring Dana to a number of settlements in California (including Monterey, San Pedro, San Juan Capistrano, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, and San Francisco). After witnessing a flogging on board the ship, he vowed that he would try to help improve the lot of the common seaman. The Pilgrim collected hides for shipment to Boston, and Dana spent much of his time in California curing hides and loading them onto the ship. To return home sooner, he was reassigned by the ship’s owners to a different ship, the Alert, and on September 22, 1836, Dana arrived back in Massachusetts.

He thereupon enrolled at Harvard Law School. He graduated from there in 1837 and was admitted to the bar in 1840. He went on to specialize in maritime law. In the October 1839 issue of a magazine, he took a local judge, one of his own instructors in law school, to task for letting off a ship’s captain and mate with a slap on the wrist for murdering the ship’s cook, beating him to death for not “laying hold” of a piece of equipment. The judge had sentenced the captain to ninety days in jail and the mate to thirty days.

In 1841 he published The Seaman’s Friend, which became a standard reference on the legal rights and responsibilities of sailors, He defended many common seamen in court.

During his voyages he had kept a diary, and in 1840 (coinciding with his admission to the bar) he published a memoir, Two Years Before the Mast. The term, “before the mast” refers to sailors’ quarters, which were located in the forecastle (the ship’s bow), officers’ quarters being near the stern. His writing evidences his later social feeling for the oppressed. With the California Gold Rush later in the decade, Two Years Before the Mast would become highly sought after as one of the few sources of information on California.

He became a prominent abolitionist, helping to found the anti-slavery Free Soil Party in 1848 and representing the fugitive slave Anthony Burns in Boston in 1854.

In 1853 he represented William T.G. Morton in Morton’s attempt to establish that he discovered the “anaesthetic properties of ether”.

In 1859, while the U.S. Senate was considering whether the United States should try to annex the Spanish possession of Cuba, Dana traveled there and visited Havana, a sugar plantation, a bullfight, and various churches, hospitals, schools, and prisons, a trip documented in his book To Cuba and Back.

During the American Civil War, Dana served as a United States Attorney, and successfully argued before the Supreme Court that the United States Government could rightfully blockade Confederate ports. During 1867–1868 Dana was a member of the Massachusetts legislature and also served as a U.S. counsel in the trial of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

In 1876, his nomination as ambassador to Great Britain was defeated in the Senate by political enemies, partly because of a lawsuit for plagiarism brought against him for a legal textbook he had edited, Henry Wheaton‘s Elements of International Law (8th ed., 1866). Immediately after the book’s publication, Dana had been charged by the editor of two earlier editions, William Beach Lawrence, with infringing his copyright, and was involved in litigation which continued for thirteen years. In such minor matters as arrangement of notes and verification of citations the court found against Dana, but in the main Dana’s notes were vastly different from Lawrence’s.

Dana died of influenza in Rome and is buried in that city’s Protestant Cemetery.

His son, Richard Henry Dana III, married Edith Longfellow, daughter of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

10. Deliverance Dana

Deliverance’s husband Samuel Hyde was born 5 Mar 1667 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Mass. His parents were Job Hyde and Elizabeth Fuller. Samuel died 27 May 1741 in Newton, Middlesex, Mass.


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Daniel Woodward

Daniel WOODWARD (1653 – 1713) was Alex’s 9th Grandfather; one of 1,024 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Daniel  Woodward was born on 11 Jun 1653 in Watertown, Mass. He was christened on 2 Sep 1653 in Medford, Mass.  His parents were George WOODWARD and Mary GIBBSON. He married Elizabeth DANA on 14 Jan 1679 in Medford, Mass. After Elizabeth died, he married Elizabeth Greely (Grimsda) on 27 Jan 1704 in Newton, Mass. Daniel died on 31 July 1713 in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

Elizabeth Dana was born on 20 Feb 1662 in Cambridge, Mass. She was christened on 27 April 1662 in Cambridge. Her parents were  Richard DANA and Anne (Anna) BULLARD (BULLER). Elizabeth died 1702 in Preston, CT.

Elizabeth Greely was born about 1678 in Newton, Middlesex, Mass. Elizabeth died 14 Feb 1749 in Newton, Middlesex, Mass

Children of Daniel and Elizabeth:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Elizabeth Woodward 22 Apr 1681
Medford, Mass
Stephen Frost
1 Oct 1699
Charlestown, Mass
15 Feb 1727
Canterbury, CT
2. Mary Woodward 15 Apr 1683
Joseph Hyde 1752
3. Lt. Daniel Woodward 5 Jan 1684
Thankful Gates (Stephen’s brother)
1 Mar 1700/01
Preston, New London, CT
29 May 1752
Preston, New London, CT
4. Abigail Woodward 14 Feb 1687
John Richards
17 Jun 1707 Preston, CT
5. Sarah Woodward 5 Jun 1689
Mark Williams
1706 Charlestown, Mass
6. Hannah WOODWARD 7 May 1691
Stephen GATES IV
6 Nov 1713
Preston, CT
21 Oct 1762
Preston, CT
7. Susanna Woodward 23 Dec 1695
William Adams
2 May 1723 Norwich, CT
Joseph Adams
4 Apr 1728 Canterbury, CT
29 Apr 1790
Canterbury, CT
8. Eunice (Esther) Woodward 8 Mar 1707
Jonathan Spaulding
9. Amos Woodward 5 Jun 1693
Hannah Park
1713, Mansfield, Mass.
14 Mar 1778, Newton, Mass
10. Jonathan Woodward 5 May 1693
Margaret Meacham
Salem, Mass
Sarah [__?__]
11. Joseph Woodward 1699
Hannah Richards
1 Jun 1724
Preston, CT
14 May 1726
Canterbury, Windham Cty, CT
12. Thomas Woodward 1700
Dorothy Parke
18 May 1725
Preston, New London, CT
1778, Stonington, CT
13. Benjamin Woodward 28 Sep 1704
Preston,  CT
Anna [__?__]
Hannah [__?__]

Daniel’s name is included on a list of men impressed in several towns where Capt. Davenport’s company was raised will serve to identify many of the names. Daniel is listed under Cambridge which is five miles from Medford.   Of course, many impressed were either excused for disability or escaped from the service in some other manner. The returns were dated from Nov. 25 t0 Dec. 3, 1675.  Capt. Davenport’s company participated in the Great Swamp Fight.

Daniel’s father’s homestead was assigned to him in the settlement of the estate. It is supposed that he was the Daniel Woodward, of Medford, who was licensed by the Court, May 1, 1690, to keep an inn.


1. Elizabeth Woodward

Elizabeth’s husband Stephen Frost was born 9 May 1673 in Charlestown, Middlesex, Mass. His parents were Joseph Frost and Hannah Miller. Stephen died 12 Mar 1728 in Canterbury, CT.

2. Mary Woodward

Mary’s husband Joseph Hyde was born in 1681 in Mass

3. Lt. Daniel Woodward

Daniel’s wife Thankful Gates was born 7 Aug 1687 Stow, Mass. She was Stephen’s sister.  Her parents were Stephen GATES III and Jemima BENJAMIN.   Thankful died 24 May 1752 Preston, CT.

4. Abigail Woodward

Abigail’s husband John Richards was born 1 Jan 1691 in New London, CT. His parents were John Richards and Love Manwaring. John died 31 May 1765 in New London, CT.

5. Sarah Woodward

Sarah’s husband Mark Williams was born 1686 in Mass.

6. Hannah WOODWARD (See Stephen GATES IV‘s page)

7. Susanna Woodward

Susanna’s first husband William Adams was born 29 Jan 1689 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Mass. His parents were Richard Adams and Rebecca Davis. William died 1 Aug 1727 in Norwich, New London, CT.

Susanna’s second husband Joseph Adams was born 1682 in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Mass. He first married 23 Jul 1708 in Canterbury, Canterbury, CT to Eunice Spalding (b. 14 Feb 1685 in Chelmsford, Mass. – d. 5 Apr 1726 in Canterbury, Windham, CT) Joseph died 3 Mar 1752 in Canterbury, Windham, CT.

8. Eunice (Esther) Woodward

Eunice’s husband Jonathan Spaulding  was born on 15 Apr 1704 in Canterbury, Windham, CT. He died in Windham, Windham, CT.

9. Amos Woodward

Amos’ wife Hannah Park was born 1684 in Preston, New London, CT. Her parents were Thomas Parke and Mary Allyn. Hannah died 14 Mar 1778 in Windham, Windham, CT.

10. Jonathan Woodward

Jonathan’s first wife Margaret Meacham was born 9 Jan 1700 in Salem, Essex, Mass. Her parents were Jeremiah Meacham and Deborah Browne. Margaret died 1743 in Mass

Jonathan’s second wife Sarah [__?__] was born

11. Joseph Woodward 

Joseph’s wife Hannah Richards was born 17 Jun 1700 in Hartford, Hartford, CT. Her parents were Samuel Richards and Hannah Henbury. After Joseph died, she married 5 Nov 1729 in Hartford, Hartford, CTto Ebenezer Judd (b. 3 Mar 1703 in Waterbury, New Haven, CT – d. 20 May 1734 in Hartford, Hartford, CT) Hannah died 27 Oct 1781 in West Hartford, Hartford, CT

12. Thomas Woodward

Thomas’ wife Dorothy Parke was born 15 Apr 1704 in Preston, New London, CT. Her parents were Robert Parke and Mary Rose. Dorothy died 18 May 1725 in Preston, New London, Mass.

13. Benjamin Woodward

Benjamin’s first wife Anna [__?__]

Benjamin’s second wife Hannah [__?__]


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John Benjamin

John BENJAMIN (1585 – 1645) was Alex’s 11th Grandfather; one of 4,096 in this generation of the Shaw line.  Harvard College was established in 1636, the same year John’s mansion burned down, and Harvard owns the land that originally belonged to John Benjamin. It is believed that John Benjamin and Governor John Winthrop were friends due to attending Cambridge University and Gray’s Inn, and that is why John came to America. That may be true, though I haven’t seen definitive proof John Benjamin’s attendance.

 Benjamin Coat of Arms

John Benjamin was born on 12 Mar 1585 in Chalvington, Heathfield, Sussex, England.  He was christened on 21 Mar 1585 in Chalvington, Heathfield, Sussex, England. His parents were John BENJAMIN Sr. and Joan HOOKES. He married Abigail EDDYE in 1619 in Cranbrook, Kent, England.

Founders’ Memorial Watertown, Mass

Founders’ Memorial Watertown, Mass – John Benjamin

John arrived with his family in Boston Harbor, Sunday evening, 16 Sep 1632, on board the Lyon.    His brother, Richard Benjamin, came with him on the same voyage and settled in Southold, Long Island.  They sailed from London June 22, 1632, arriving in Boston September 14/16, 1632. The master, William Pierce, brought 123 passengers.  “He brought one hundred and twenty three passengers, whereof fifty children, all in health. They had been twelve weeks aboard and eight weeks from Land’s End.”  The Lyon made four  trips: 1630, 1631, 1632, 1632. The Lyon hit a reef April 10, 1633 (Peirce was ‘driving’) and it sunk, replaced by the Rebecca, built in the colonies.

Lyon Passenger List:

Benjamin, John of Heathfield, Sussex and wife Abigail (From Haethfield, Sussex, bound for Cambridge and Watertown. Ref: Banks Mss. 36 pg 171. Listed with a Richard Benjamin.

In 1642 he was the largest landed proprietor in Newtowne, now Cambridge, Massachusetts. The will of John Benjamin was in the handwritng of Governor Winthrop, who in his writings refers to the comfort and elegance of his residence in Cambridge .John died on 14 Jun 1645 in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

Abigail Eddye was born on 1 Oct 1601 and was christened on 6 Oct 1601 in Cranbrook, Kent, England. Her parents were Rev. William EDDY, Vicar of St. Dunstan’s Church, Cranbrook, Kent, England and Mary FOSTER (Fosten or Faston). Abigail died on 20 May 1687 in Charlestown, Mass.

Children of John and Abigail:

Name Born Married Departed
1. John Benjamin 11 Sep 1620
Lydia Allen
22 Dec 1706
Watertown, Mass.
2. Abigail Benjamin 1624
Heathfield, Sussex, England
Joshua Stubbs
c. 1640
John Woodward (Son of Richard WOODWARD)
1654/55 in Charlestown, Mass
30 Oct 1704
Sudbury. Mass
3. Samuel Benjamin 1628
Heathfield, Sussex, England
Mary [__?__] 25 Sep 1669
Hoccanum, Hartford, CT
4. Mary Benjamin 1630
Heathfield, Sussex, England
10 Apr 1646
Watertown, Mass.
5. Joesph BENJAMIN 16 Sep 1633
Cambridge, Middlesex, MA.
10 Jun 1661
Barnstable, Barnstable, MA
Sarah Clark,
7 Dec 1668
Yarmouth, Mass
c. Apr 1704
Preston, New London, CT
6. Richard Benjamin 1640
Cambridge, Mass.
Anna [__?__] 22 Dec 1706
7. Joshua Benjamin 6 May 1642
Thankful Stowe
Aug 1682
6 May 1684
Charlestown, Mass.
8. Caleb Benjamin 1643
Mary Hale
c. 1669
8 May 1684
Wethersfield, CT
9. Abel Benjamin 1645
Amathea Myrick (Merrick)
6 Nov 1671
Charlestown, Mass.
10 May 1713
10. Mary Benjamin 10 May 1646
16 May 1646

Tradition says that it was about the year 1494 that the name Berington became changed to Benjamin, and that John Berington II–the next John after John de Lacey of 1222–of the ancient de Lacey stock, is the ancestor of the American Benjamin family

REMOVES: Watertown Between 1636 and 1643
CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Church admission prior to 6 November 1632 implied by freemanship (probably to Watertown church, as Cambridge church had not yet been organized).
FREEMAN: 6 Nov 1632
EDUCATION: His inventory included “2 volumes of book of Martire [i.e., Book of Martyrs],” £1 10s.; “Mr. Perkin’s works, 3 volumes,” £1 4s.; “an English Expositor on Matt: & John,” £1; “a law book,” 5s.; “Mr. Rog[ers] treatises,” 6s.; “two concordances,” £1; “3 or 4 other books,” 3s., for a total of £5 8s.; and, in another part of the house, “an old chest with books & all the iron lumber,” 7s.

Governor Winthrop was from Groton, England and was married to Thomasine Clopton of Groton. John Eddy (Abigail’s brother) married Amy Doggett of Groton.   Amy’s cousin, Thomas Doggett, married Margery Clopton of Groton (the sister of Governor Winthrop’s wife Thomasine). Therefore, Thomas Doggett and Governor Winthrop were brothers in-law. John Eddy’s wife was the cousin of Governor Winthrop’s in-laws. John Benjamin and Governor Winthrop were distant in-laws.

Abigail’s brothers, John and Samuel Eddy, came to America two years before the Benjamins and John Eddy settled in Watertown about four years before John and Abigail, explaining why John Benjamin built his second home in Watertown. The Winthrops, Cloptons, Doggetts, Eddys, and Benjamins all knew each other in England before coming to the new world. If John Benjamin did not befriend Governor Winthrop at school, it is likely they were friends due to marriage of common acquaintances and relatives.

Location of John Benjamin’s Cambridge Mansion in Red. After John’s mansion burned down in 1636, he donated the land to help form Harvard University,

John was an early resident of Cambridge, Mass., arriving in 1632.  The site for what would become Cambridge was chosen in December 1630, because it was located safely up river from Boston Harbor, which made it easily defensible from attacks by enemy ships. Also, the water from the local spring was so good that the local Natives believed it had medicinal properties. The first houses were built in the spring of 1631. The settlement was initially referred to as “the newe towne”.  Official Massachusetts records show the name capitalized as Newe Towne by 1632. Located at the first convenient Charles River crossing west of Boston, Newe Towne was one of a number of towns (including Boston,  Dorchester,  Watertown, and Weymouth) founded by the 700 original Puritan colonists of the Massachusetts Bay Colony under governor John Winthrop. The original village site is in the heart of today’s Harvard Square.

John Benjamin Watertown Properties are shon in Red

John’s lot was bought from the Oldham family and much of his land contains the current site of the Perkins School for the Blind. His homestead in Watertown was 60 acres and was situated east of Dorchester Field and bounded on the south by the Charles River

John was a pioneer in Watertown, Mass.  Watertown, first known as Saltonstall Plantation, was one of the earliest of the Massachusetts Bay settlements. It was begun early in 1630 by a group of settlers led by Sir Richard Saltonstall and the Rev. George Phillips and officially incorporated that same year. The alternate spelling “Waterton” is seen in some early documents.  The first buildings were upon land now included within the limits of Cambridge known as Gerry’s Landing. For its first quarter century Watertown ranked next to Boston in population and area. Since then its limits have been greatly reduced. Thrice portions have been added to Cambridge, and it has contributed territory to form the new towns of Weston (1712), Waltham (1738), Belmont (1859), and Lincoln (1754). In 1632 the residents of Watertown protested against being compelled to pay a tax for the erection of a stockade fort at Cambridge; this was the first protest in America against taxation without representation and led to the establishment of representative government in the colony.  Here about 1632 was erected the first grist mill in the colony, and in 1662 one of the first woolen mills in America was built here.

The view of the Charles River today from the site of the Benjamin homestead in Watertown.

OFFICES: Cambridge constable (as “Mr. John Beniamyn”), 29 May 1633; Cambridge committee to lay out Atherton Hough’s lot, 7 Jul 1634 ; Cambridge committee to compile land inventory, 3 Feb 1634/35 (which was received by the General Court on 27 Oct 1636); on 4 January 1635/6 Cambridge “reckoned with John Benjamin for his constable’s charge,” and the account was settled four days later . On 7 Nov 1634 “Mr. John Beniamin” and two others were dismissed from training “by reason of their age & infirmities … only they are to have in readiness at all times sufficient arms for themselves, besides for their servants”

Appointed with Joseph Weld to sell land of Mr. Richard Gurling, and settle his estate, 19 Sep 1637.

ESTATE: Granted one acre for a cowyard at Cambridge, 5 August 1633; granted “all the ground between John Masters … and Antho Couldbyes,” 2 March 1633/34 granted “the marsh between [word missing] Windmill Hill and the creek next to it,” 1 Sep 1634; given proportional share of 5 in meadow (among the largest shares), 21 Apr 1635 ; on 8 Feb 1635/6 in the list of those with houses in town, John Benjamin appears in the West End with a rating of two, and also on the south side of the river is a lot which had been held by William Wetherell, but annotated as “sold to Mr. Benjamin & by him to Edm Angier”; on 17 March 1635/36  William Wetherell sold for £8 to John Benjamin a house and twelve acres of land on the south side of Charles River; on 24 March 1635/36.  William Ruskew sold for £1 10s to John Benjamin one acre in shipmarsh.

In the Cambridge Book of Possessions, John Benjamin appears on 4 June 1635 with three parcels: one house and lot in West End, six acres; one-quarter of an acre in town; and three acres on the west side of Charles River; in the Cambridge land inventory of 6 September 1642 he held two parcels: one dwelling house with six acres in the West End, and twenty-seven acres in the Great Marsh.

On 7 April 1636 Winthrop reported “Mr. Benjamin’s house burnt, and £100 in goods lost”.
In the Watertown Inventory of Possessions, John Benjamin held four parcels: sixty-acre homestall, eighteen acres of upland with two acres of meadow, eighty acres of upland in the Great Dividends, and twenty-four acres of plowland in the further plain; the third and fourth of these lots had previously been held by  Robert Feake. In the Composite Inventory he held the same four parcels.

On 28 February 1643 John Benjamin of Watertown sold to “Barnabye Wind junior … one house with two acres of ground adjoining, also eight acres of land lying in a common corn field” [ SLR 1:51].

In his will, undated but proved on 3 July 1645, John Benjamin bequeathed to “my son John a double portion of my estate & my beloved wife two cows, forty bushels of corn out of all my lands to be allowed her towards the bringing up of my small children yearly such as grows upon the ground, one part of four of all my household stuff, all the rest of my lands, goods & chattels I will shall be equally divided between seven other of my children, provided that out of all my former estate my will is that my wife during her life shall enjoy the dwelling house I live in & three acres of the broken up ground next the house, & two acres of the meadow nearhand belonging to the house”; in swearing to this will John Eddy said that John Benjamin “did further declare (as an addition to this his will) that his wife should have liberty to take wood for her use upon any of his lands during her life”.

The inventory of the estate of John Benjamin (which was not totalled) included real estate valued at £162: “dwelling house with the whole land & meadow next the mill,” £50; “the lot bought of John Bernard containing threescore acres of land with a house upon it & all belonging to it,” £75; ten acres marsh land at oyster bank, £10; “ten acres marsh in Rocky Meadow,” £3; “80 acres of great dividend,” £12; and “16 acres of Capt. Sedgw[ick],” £12.

On 1 September 1646 “George Pickrom of Watertowne & Ester his mother” sold to “Joshua Stubs & Abigail Benjamin his mother-in-law … a homestead of sixteen acres together with … the great dividend, plow ground, meadows or whatsoever lands belongeth to them with farms …” [ SLR 1:78]. On 22 March 1646[/7?] “Abigail Benjamin & Joshua Stubbs executors to John Benjamin granted unto Jeremiah Norcrosse a parcel of land in Watertowne containing sixteen acres …” .

10 Aug  1630 Abigail’s brother John Eddy, his wife Amie, and daughters Mary and Sarah, set sail for America on the ship “Handmaid” from the Port of London England, along with Abigail’s younger brother Samuel (age 22), about sixty other passengers, and twenty-eight cows. After twelve rough weeks at sea, theHandmaid landed at Plymouth settlement, in the Colony of “New Plymouth” (now Massachusetts) on October 29, 1630 O.S.

11  Nov 1630 – Escorted by New Plymouth Colony’s Military Advisor Capt. Myles Standish, John and Samuel Eddy traveled North to the town of Boston in order to establish residency in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Neither had the proper “dismissal papers” releasing them from the New Plymouth Colony, and after being refused entry, returned to Plymouth. Previous to February 26, 1631/32 O.S.. John obtained the proper papers and along with his family, resettled in the Bay Colony at Watertown (see map) just West of Boston.   Genealogically speaking, John Eddy became “John Eddy of Watertown”.

Samuel remained in Plymouth for fifty years until age 73 when he and wife Elizabeth moved West to Swansea in 1681  He died in Swansea, Nov. 12, 1687. Elizabeth died here on May 24, 1689, in her 82nd Year.”


1. John Benjamin

John’s wife Lydia Allen was born  1624 in Watertown, Middlesex, Mass. Her parents were William Allen ( 23 Mar 1602 in Allen Hall, Stratford, St Hulme, Wales – 10 May 1679 in Manchester, Essex, Mass.) and Anna Goodale (1601 – 1678). Lydia died 10 Jan 1709 in Watertown, Middlesex, Mass.

Lydia’s father William Allen, who was in Boston, November 13, 1673, a refugee from New York at the time of the capture of that town by the Dutch. He made his will December 15, 1674, which was probated January 26, 1674-5. (Suffolk Probate, Vol. 6, p. 133.) The testator bequeaths “unto Lydia Benjamin, wife unto John Benjamin of Watertown.” On January 26, 1674/75 (at the time of probating the will), John Benjamin appeared in court and renounced his executorship, “in the right of Lydia his wife, to the will,” this done as he attests, freely.

John Benjamin Signature

They had eight children and remained near Boston all their lives.

1662- Removed to Harford, CT.

Removed back to Watertown, MA 5 April 1681- Exempted from military training (He was 61).

Was member of Colonial Militia.

John Benjamin Cambridge

2. Abigail Benjamin

Abigail’s first husband Joshua Stubbs was born 1622 in England.  They had three children, and moved to Charlestown in 1654 where Joshua died Joshua died in 1654.

Abigail’s second husband John Woodward was born 1621 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England.  His parents were Richard WOODWARD and Rose STEWART. John died 17 Feb 1695 in Watertown, Mass.

3. Samuel Benjamin

Samuel’s wife Mary [__?__] was born 1631. Mary died in 1669 in Watertown, Middlesex, Mass.

Samuel resided in Watertown, and took the oath of fidelity in 1652. Oct. 28, 1667, he, with his wife Mazy, sold to Daniel Medup, three lots of land; 1st, 120 acres adjoining lands of his mother; 2nd, six acres in little Nonesuch Meadow; 3rd, farm lands elsewhere surrounding. In the same month, Oct. 19, 1667, he sold to his mother Abigail, for £3 5, ten acres, with the mansion house, &c. He moved to Hoccanum, in Hartford, Conn. He married Mary (???), who out-lived him, and by whom he had children: Samuel, John, Abigail, and Mary, bom in Watertown, May 12, 1666.

5. Joesph BENJAMIN (See his page)

6. Richard Benjamin

Richard’s wife Anna [__?__] was born

7. Joshua Benjamin

Joshua’s wife Thankful Stowe was born 4 Jan 1659 in Concord, Middlesex, Mass. Her parents were Nathaniel Stowe and Elizabeth [__?__] Thankful died 4 Mar 1691 in Charlestown, Middlesex, Mass.

8. Caleb Benjamin

Caleb’s wife Mary Hale was born 29 Apr 1649 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.  Mary died in 1700 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.

Mary’s father Samuel Hale was born on 1 Jul 1615 in Walton At Stone, Hertford, England.  He married Mary Smith in 1642 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.He died on 9 Nov 1693 in Glastonbury, Hartford, Connecticut.

Mary’s mother Mary Smith was born in 1612 in Norwich, Norfolk, England. She died on 19 Jan 1712 in Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut.

Probate Records

(Died 8 May, 1684.) Invt. £77-15-06. Taken by Samuel Haile sen., Joseph Hill. The children: Mary, age 13 years, Abigail 11, Sarah 8, John 6, Samuel 5, Martha 3, Caleb 1/2 years old.
Court Record, Page 93–4 September, 1684: Adms. to Mary, the Relict.
Page 135–(Vol. VII) 7 November, 1709: This Court do order the Clerk to issue forth a Writ to cite Walter Harris sen. of Glastonbury to appear before this Court on the 1st Monday of December next to render an Account of his own and his late wife her Adms. on the Estate of CalebBenjamin, late of Wethersfield, Decd.
Page 5–(Vol. VIII) 6 February, 1709-10: Walter Harris sen. of Glastonbury now appeared before this Court and exhibited an Account of his own and his late wife’s Adms. on the Estate of Caleb Benjamin, late of Wethersfield, Decd:
£ s d
Paid in Debts 11-05-00
Loss of Horses 8-06-00
And two Cows 7-00-00
And the Court allow Walter Harris 25-00-00
for his wife keeping 2 or 3 of the younger children for some years. All which amounts to 51-11-00
Which subtracted from the Moveable Part of sd. Estate, There remains thereof to be distributed 11-04-06
This Court allow John Benjamin for his Costs 19-09
There remains only to be dist. 10-04-03
1-3 part of this to Walter Harris 3-08-01
And a double portion to John Benjamin, & single portions to each of the other Children now living. And appoint John Hubbard sen., Benjamin Talcott and Thomas Kimberly, Dist., to divide the Lands & remaining Moveables.

9. Abel Benjamin

Abel’s wife Amity Myrick (Amithy, Amathea Merrick) was born Feb 1654 in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. Perhaps her father was John Myrick.   Amathea died 10 May 1713 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Mass.


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Joseph Benjamin

Joseph BENJAMIN (1633 – 1704) was Alex’s 10th Grandfather; one of 2,048 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Joseph Benjamin was born 16 Sep 1633 in  New Town, now Newton and Cambridge, Mass.  His parents were  John BENJAMIN and  Abigail EDDY. He married Jemima LUMBERT 10 Jun 1661 either in Cambridge or Barnstable.  Jemima’s family moved from Watertown to Barnstable in 1639 when Joseph and Jemima were just young children.  There’s no record how Joseph and Jemima met.  Some say this was a run-away marriage.  After Jemima died, he married  Sarah Clark, on 7 Dec 1668 in Yarmouth, Mass.  Joseph died about Apr 1704 in Preston, New London, CT

Jemima Lumbert (Lambert, Lombard) was, born 1636 in Watertown, Middlesex, MA.  Her parents were Thomas LUMBERT and  Joyce [__?__]. Jemima, Joseph and Abigail are all mentioned in her father’s will dated 1663 and it is most probable that she died during the birth of her second child, who was also named Jemima.  Jemima died 1664 in Barnstable, Barnstable, MA.

Sarah Clark was born 1 Aug 1639 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts.  Some researchers think that since Jemima bore the first wife’s name, it is natural to suppose that she was the first born daughter by the second marriage, born about 1666. Her parents were Arthur CLARK and Sarah THAYER.   Some say, she was Jemima’s cousin and her parents were William CLARK and Sarah LUMBERT, but I don’t think William Clarke even married Sarah Lumbert.  See his page for details.  Sarah died after 1716 as she was still living in New London, New London, Connecticut when her son John died .

Children of Joseph and Jemima:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Abigail Benjamin 23 Mar 1662
Charlestown or Barnstable, Mass?
aft. 1704
Charlestown, Suffolk, MA
2. Jemima BENJAMIN Feb 1664 or Feb 1666
Barnstable, Mass
8 Nov 1686
Stow, Mass.
Preston, CT

Children of Joseph and Sarah Clark:

Name Born Married Departed
3. Hannah Benjamin Feb 1668/69
Cambridge, Stow, Middlesex,
Simon Gates (Stephen’s Brother)
4 May 1688
Stow, Mass
4. Mary (Marah) Benjamin Apr 1670
Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.
John Clarke
16 Aug 1695 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass
John King
14 Oct 1707
Feb 1722/23
Ispwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts.
5. Joseph Benjamin 29 Apr 1673
Elizabeth Cooke
26 August 1698
Preston, CT
May 1738
Preston, New London, CT
6. Mercy Benjamin 12 Mar 1674
Isaac Gates
(Stephen’s Brother)
2 Jul 1696
Concord, Mass
Stow, Middlesex, Mass.
7. Elizabeth Benjamin 14 Jan 1680
John Huntley
Lyme, New London, CT
8. John Benjamin 1682
Febe Larrabee 2 Aug 1716
Preston, CT
9. Sarah Benjamin 1686
Thomas Knowlton
30 Nov 1708
1730 – East Haddam, CT
10. Kezia Benjamin 1688 – Yarmouth 1703

As a young man, Joseph was on the move, appearing in Cambridge,Yarmouth, Charlestown, Yarmouth again, Barnstable and finally, Preston, New London, Connecticut.

3 Oct 1662 – Admitted as an “inhabitant” of Barnstable.

He is mentioned in the ANNALS OF YARMOUTH in Oct. 3,1663 and April 29, 1673.

He was a watchman at Charlestown in 1665 and was named in sessions (court records).

He then lived in Barnstable and then before 1668 he moved to Yarmouth. Joseph settled in Yarmouth before 1670, on a farm near the meadows, on the north of the Miller farm. In Yarmouth, his farm was near the Meadows.

In 1680 he exchanged his farm for that of Joseph Gorham (son of our ancestor Capt. John GORHAM) in Barnstable. He sold a farm in Cambridge, which he inherited, on Oct. 30, 1686.

30 Oct 1686 – He sold the estate in Cambridge which he had inherited from his father. The land was bounded on land by “my brother Abel Benjamin which was devised by Will by my honored father John Benjamin sometime of Watertown, Mass.”

27 Jul 1696 – Joseph bought about 100 acres of upland meadow and swamp in Preston, New London, Connecticut for £13 12s.   This farmland would remain in the Benjamin family for 200 years.

24 June 1703 – Joseph Benjamin, “for various reasons, but especially affection“, deeded his main farm to his eldest son

27 Jul 1704, Joseph deeded the other part of his farm to his son John, who was to possess the lands after his father’s death.

1704 – Joseph died in Preston.

Preston, New London, CT

The town of Preston, CT was established in 1686 and Joseph and his family moved there in 1696, where he bought 100 acres of land. His abstract of purchase was made 27 July 1696 and is as follows :

” John Stanton Sr., of Stonington,New London Co., colony of Conn., for 13 pounds 12 shillings, sold to Joseph Benjamin, now resident of town of Preston, same county and Colony, 100 acres of upland, fresh meadow land and swamp in the township of Preston…” and then follows a description of boundaries of the land. It is recorded in Vol. 1 pg.273 of the Preston Land Records.

In 1703 the father followed common custom, and deeded his lands to his two sons, Joseph and John.

Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England., p.165

Benjamin, JOSEPH,Barnstable, s. of the first John, m. 10 June 1661, Jemima, d. of Thomas Lambert, or Lombard, sold est. at Cambridge 30 Oct. 1686, that came to him, his deed says, from f. John dec. and by this means we know of his descent. He lived some years at Yarmouth, where from the imperfect record we find several children. but not all, nor in all cases the dates of those named. Abigail; Joseph; Hannah, Feb. 1668; Mary, Apr. 1670; Mercy, 12 Mar. 1674; and Eliz. 14 Jan. 1680. He removed to New London, d. 1704, leaving widow Sarah, and ch. Joseph, aged 30;John, 22; (Abigail, Jemima, Sarah, Kezia, Mary, and Mercy, all a. 20,) says the admirab. accurate and precise pro. docum.


2. Jemima BENJAMIN (See Stephen GATES III‘s page)

Some researchers think that since Jemima bore the first wife’s name, it is natural to suppose that she was the first born daughter by the second marriage, born about 1666.

3. Hannah Benjamin

Hannah’s husband Simon Gates was born 5 JUN 1667 in Cambridge, Mass. He was Stephen’s Brother.  His parents were Stephen GATES II and Sarah WOODWARD. Simon died in 1752.

Simon bought out the interest in his father’s estate from his brothers Stephen and Thomas before 1711.

Simon’s will, dated in Stow 22 July 1743 with codicil added 25 May 1747, was lodged for probate by his son Amos, 9 March 1752, and proved 22 Jun 1752. He mentioned his wife Hannah, his “two eldest sons Joseph and Benjamin,” sons Elisha and Amos, all of whom had received land by deeds of gift. Hannah Heald, Mary Haines, and Susannah Fitch are mentioned as surviving daughters [Susannah died before settlement], and daughter Elizabeth Wheeler was deceased.  Mentions cash, bonds, and bills, from which it appears that he was something of a capitalist.  See Torrey, NEHGR 120:166

Simon Gates Bio

4. Mary (Marah) Benjamin

Mary’s first husband John Clarke was born 1645 in Plymouth, Mass. Capt. Gorham officiated their marriage on  August 16, 1695.   John died 16 Aug 1705 in New Haven, Connecticut.

Mary’s second husband John King was born 1648 in England. His parents may have been Capt John King (1629 – 1703) and Sarah Holton (1637 – 1675).  He first married in 1695 in Eastham, Mass to Bathshua Snow (b. 25 Jul 1664 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 14 Oct 1707 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass).  He was 46 years old in 1695, quite old for a first marriage and 105 would make him our oldest relative. John died between date of will (18 Nov 1752) and date proved (1 May 1753)

“`The Boston Post Boy’ of 25 Jun 1753 reported: `We are informed from Harwich in County of Barnstable that Mr John King lately died there, aged 105 years; he was born in Old England and had lived in Harwich about 70 years.'”

John King is said to have been at Eastham by 1686. He signed a receipt with other heirs of Stephen Snow, his father-in-law, on 21 May 1706, but Bathshua may then have been still alive, since William Cole, another son-in-law, also signed for his wife Hannah, who was then living. John King and his wife were admitted to the Brewster Church 14 Sept.1701…John King bought lands at Harwich from Indians 11 May 1711 and was a Proprietor there. In March 1725/6 he was chosen to keep boys of Harwich from `playing and profaning the Sabbath.'”

Mayflower Families-Stephen Hopkins’ by John D Austin (1992) p64 -“The will of John King of Harwich, dated 18 Nov. 1752 and proved 1 May 1753, mentioned beloved wife (without given name) and distributed residuary estate in one-seventh shares to the following: Heirs of son Samuel, heirs of son John, heirs of dau. Joanna Cole, grandson Stephen King, son Roger, son Ebenezer and dau. Bashua Ryder. Son Rodger King filed an account 5 Feb. 1754.”

John’s father Capt. John King was reported by some to be the son of Sir John King, attended school in North Hampton, England. In 1645, at the age of 16, he left North Hampton with a Colony and came to America and where he helped settle Northampton, MA. Later he lived in Hartford, CT. He was also associated with the founding of Northfield, MA in 1638. John attained the rank of Captain in the American Continental Army and was Military Commander of Northampton in 1692. He distinguished himself in the fight known as Falls Fight above Deerfield.  On November 18, 1656, he married Sarah Holton, daughter of William Holton, who was also associated with the founding of North Hampton. Theirs is the first marriage recorded and it is believed to have been the first solemnized at Northampton. John King was for several years captain of the Northampton military company, and in 1679, was its representative.

5. Joseph Benjamin

Joseph’s wife Elizabeth Cooke was born 30 Jun 1678 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut. Her parents were Richard Cooke and Grace Larabee. Elizabeth died 1745 in Preston, New London, Connecticut.

Joseph served in 1695 under Captain Gorum in the campaign against the Indians at Pemaquid and was severely wounded and pensioned in 1700.

Joseph was a blacksmith and settled in Preston, Connecticut where he bought land on 4-4-1700.
Source the book “Benjamins in America”, pg 29-30.

24 June 1703 – Joseph Benjamin, “for various reasons, but especially affection“, deeded his main farm to his eldest son

6. Mercy Benjamin

Mercy’s husband Isaac Gates was born 1673 in Boston Middlesex, Mass.  He was Stephen’s Brother) His parents were Stephen GATES II and Sarah WOODWARD.  Isaac died 22 Nov 1748 in Stow, Mass.

Isaac’s second wife Elizabeth Merriam was born 5 Oct 1673 in Stow, Middlesex, Mass. Her parents were Samuel Merriam and Elizabeth Townsend. She first married 6 Dec 1699 in Concord, Middlesex, Massachusetts, to John Farrar (1672 in Lancaster, Mass – 19 Aug 1707 Sterling, Worcester, Mass., killed by Indians) Elizabeth died 15 Mar 1755 in Harvard, Worcester, Mass.  The church record states that “the house burnt down” which might imply fire was the cause of death, but actually, the family was at the cemetery at the time of the fire.

Isaac Gates Bio

7. Elizabeth Benjamin

Elizabeth’s husband John Huntley was born 24 Nov 1677 in Lyme, New London, Connecticut. His parents were Aaron Huntley and Mary Champion. John died 10 Apr 1750 in Lyme, New London, Connecticut.

8. John Benjamin

John’s wife Phebe Larrabee was born 13 Dec 1680 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut, Her parents were Greenfield Larrabee and Alice Parke. Phebe died 2 Aug 1716 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut.

27 Jul 1704, Joseph deeded the other part of his farm to his son John, who was to possess the lands after his father’s death.

Children born at Preston: 1) Phebe; born July 4, 1706; married 1752c, Nathaniel Tyler; 2) Jemima; born February 2, 1708; married March 25, 1725, John Utter/Tyler; 3) Mercy; born August 18, 1709; married 1732c, William Wedge; 4) Elizabeth; born June 3, 1711; married December 10, John Back; died 1797c; 5) John, Jr.; born October 31, 1714; married 1740c, Margaret Jameson and 6) Jabez; born July 1716; married 1737c, Rhode Smith.
“The Lineage of My Children, the Keogh, Knapp, Benjamin & Bellinger Families” by Chester Henry Keogh; p. 32; privately published; 1926 (CS71.K38) (HeritageQuest)

9. Sarah Benjamin

Sarah’s husband Thomas Knowlton was born 1682 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. He died in Massachusetts.


Joseph Benjamin Bio 1

Joseph Benjamin Bio 2

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Stephen Gates I

Stephen GATES I (c. 1600 – 1662) was Alex’s 11th Grandfather; one of 4,096 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Stephen Gates I – Coat of Arms

Stephen Gates I was born about 1600 in Hingham, Norfolk, England.  His parents were Thomas GATES and Elizabeth ROSE. According to Walter Goodwin Davis, his mother’s name was Rose [__?__] and she was a widow who brought a family of sons to Hingham in 1622.   He married Ann VEARE on 5 May 1628 in Hingham, England.  Under the leadership of [our ancestor] Rev. Robert PECK, a large number of Hingham families including the Gates decided to immigrate.  With about a hundred others, most of them neighbors, he sailed with his wife and two small daughters, the Diligent of Ipswich in 1638. John Martin, Master. She sailed from Ipswich, Suffolk, in June 1638 and arrived August 10, 1638 at Boston, with about one hundred passengers, principally from Hingham, Norfolk, destined for Hingham, Massachusetts. Stephen died in 1662 in Cambridge, Mass.

Ann Veare was born about 1603 in England.  After Stephen died, Ann married Richard WOODWARD on 18 April 1663.  Richard was Ann’s daughter-in-law Sarah’s Grandfather. Stephen GATES II and Sarah WOODWARD were married exactly a year earlier on 18 Apr 1662 in Stow, Mass. so maybe Richard and Ann met at the reception.  Ann died 5 Feb 1682/83 in Stowe, Mass.

Children of Stephen and Ann:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Elizabeth Gates c. 1633 England John Lassell
29 Nov 1647 Hingham, Mass.
3 Aug 1704 Hingham, Mass.
2. Stephen GATES II c. 1634 in Norfolk, England. Sarah WOODWARD
18 Apr 1662 in Stow, Mass
Acton, Mass.
3. Mary Adell Gates Oct 1636 Hingham, Norfolk, England John Maynard
5 Apr 1658 Sudbury, Mass.
1682 Sudbury, Mass.
4. Simon Gates bapt
3 May 1646 Hingham, Mass.
Margaret Barstow
Nov 1670
21 Apr 1693 Boston, Mass.
5. Thomas Gates bapt
3 May 1646 Hingham, Mass.
Elizabeth Freeman
6 Jul 1670 Sudbury, Mass
10 Aug 1726 Preston, CT
6. Isaac Gates bapt
3 May 1646 Hingham, Mass.
3 Sep 1651 Hingham, Mass.
7. Rebecca Gates bapt
3 May 1646 Hingham, Mass.
Jan 1649/50 Hingham, Mass.

Dilligent of Ipswich, John Martin, Master. She sailed from Ipswich, Suffolk, in June and arrived August 10 at Boston, with about one hundred passengers, principally from Hingham, Norfolk, destined for Hingham, Massachusetts.
Diligent Passenger list includes these Gates:

Stephen Gates
Mrs. Anne Gates
Elizabeth Gates
Mary Gates

Stephen settled in Hingham, MA where he received a grant of a three acre planting lot. His house lot was on Town (now North) Street, bounded north by the street, east by [our ancestor] William BUCKLAND, and west by the town swamp. He received a grant of half an acre of salt marsh in 1647.

Hingham Location in Plymouth County in Massachusetts

Stephen and his wife probably did not become members of the Hingham church until about 3 May 1646, when their children Simon, Thomas, Isaac and Rebecca were baptized. Birth dates of the children are not found in the Hingham town records.

If Stephen was in Cambridge, Mass., in 1652, as stated by some writers, he did not remain there long, since he was one of the early settlers of Lancaster, Mass., where he subscribed to town orders 3 April 1654.

Lancaster, Worcester, Mass

Lancaster was officially incorporated  in 1653. Until it was cut down due to safety concerns, Lancaster boasted the largest oak tree in the state, called the Beaman Oak, named after settler Gamaliel Beaman (1623–1677).  Lancaster boasts being the official “mothertown” to all of central Massachusetts. Towns such as Harvard, Stow, Bolton,  Hudson,  Marlborough,  Leominster, Clinton, Berlin and Boylston were all once considered part of Lancaster.


his house Lott. The house Lott of Stephen Gates: is on the neck Lying north to the house Lott of John Whitcomb Juner bounded by the said Lott of John Whitcomb south by the house Lott of Nathaniel Joslin north by a Rang of Lotts Easterly which Lyeth on the west side of Penicook River and westward by a peice of entervail of his own nigh adioyning to the North Riuer the said house Lott being Laid out for twenty acors more or Less:

entervail Lott. His enteruail Lott Containing more or Less twenty acors partly Lyeth in one peice at Quasaponikin thirteen acors more or Less bounded southardly [by a piece] of enteruail of John Whitcombs northardly [by the lot] of Mordica Maclode west by the North River [and east] by sum meadow of Edward Brick and [seven acres] more or Less lyeth betwen his house loott and the North Riuer bounded in Like maner by Nathaniel Joslins Lott north and John Whitcombs south his house Lott [east and] said Riuer west

He hath his Second devision of upland Lying to the of hog swamp meadow a considerable part of a pond Lying within the sd Land & bounded on all the sides of it by Common undivided Land a Rock called the Sleeping Rock is on the outside of it near the norwest corner the place where it Lyes by the Indians was called Kequassagansit and is Laid out to the estate of the sd Stephen Gates for three hundred & fourteen acres. . . .

The place name Quasaponikin no longer exists.  It was”A hill in the N. E. part of Lancaster, also the same name given to a meadow and brook in the early records of the town. A village in Lancaster was called Ponikin in the late 19th C.   This name may have applied first to a shallow part of the river near where the brook enters the Nashua. The northern Indians have the word Poonichuan, “where the current stops.” The Natick dialect has Ponquag, ” a ford,” also Penackinnu, “it spreads,” and Josiah Cotton gives l’ongqui as “shallow,” in his vocabulary. Dr. Trumbull says in his definition of Quassapaug, K’chepaug, “greatest pond,” a name easily corrupted to Quassapaug.  Quassaponikin corrupted, from k’che-ponquagin, would mean, “at the greatest fording place.”

While living in Lancaster he was admitted freeman 14 May 1656. He was elected constable,  a responsible and honorable position. In 1657 he failed to notify the voters about a town meeting. In consequence, he was fined ten pounds, but the fine was remitted when he informed the court that his failure was due to sickness.  It is stated that Stephen Gates was deprived of his constable’s staff. This probably occurred after his failure to notify the voters about the meeting.

In 1658 there was trouble between the Gates and Whitcomb families due to the fact that three sons of John Whitcomb had killed three swine belonging to Stephen Gates. Whitcomb agreed to pay for the swine, but afterward sought to be released from paying, claiming that he was “aged & weak and mean estate.” The court decided that he must pay for the swine. See Henry S. Nourse, The Early Records of Lancaster (1884), p. 63, for particulars concerning this case.  At the time of the Gates-Whitcomb trouble Stephen Gates was living in Sudbury, Mass.

During the family’s stay in Lancaster, Stephen’s wife gave offense of some kind to “Mr. Rowlandson”, the minister, but this was soon lost to sight in the trouble that resulted from their daughter Mary for speaking up in a public meeting in support of her mother’s word against the Minister’s.

Stephen next appeared in Cambridge, where he lived on a leased farm and he made his will, 9 June 1662, and died before 29 Sept. 1662, when the inventory of his estate was taken.

In the report of the Cambridge committee for seating the meeting house, 19 Jan. 1662/3, it was provided that “Goodie Gates” (Stephen’s widow) should be seated “at ye end of ye Deacons seats.”


1. Elizabeth Gates

Elizabeth’s husband John Lassell (Lazell) was born in 1620 in England. John died 21 Oct 1700 in Hingham, Plymouth, Mass.

2. Stephen GATES II (See his page)

Stephen’s wiil, which was made out heavily in favor of his son Stephen II, was contested by the other children. They failed to break the will. [The will doesn’t look so one sided to me, see details by Walter Goodwin Davis below.]

3. Mary Adell Gates

Mary’s husband John Maynard was born 1630 in England. John died 22 Dec 1711 in Marlborough, Middlesex, Mass.

Stephen was reputed to have a fiery temper which his daughter Mary inherited  In January 1656/57, during a church service,  Mary disputed some statements which had been made by the Rev. Joseph Rowlandson, minister in Lancaster. Upon evidence of John Prescott (Lancaster’s founder) and others, the court convicted her of ” bold and unbecoming speeches used in the public assemblies, and especially against Mr. Rowlandson.”  She acknowledged the offense and was discharged upon paying fees for the attendance of the witnesses.

4. Simon Gates

Simon’s wife Margaret Barstow was born 24 Feb 1650 in Scituate, Plymouth, Mass.  Her parents were George Barstow and Susannah Merrett. Margaret died 13 Apr 1707 in Brookline, Norfolk, Mass.

Simon was a soldier in King Philip’s War.  In 1735, his son Jonathan Gates was granted land in Narragansett Township on account of his father’s service in the war.  Simon was sued 9 Nov 1670 by John Woods of Marlborough, Mass for breaking a marriage contract with his daughter Francis.  In his suit against Gates, Woods stated that “he hath contracted with another for the great wrong of said Francis”  Simon’s daughter Abigail died 10 Mar 1774  at the age of 104.  During the last few years of her life, Abigail had to sit in a chair with a bar across the front to support her.

5.  Thomas Gates

Thomas’ wife Elizabeth Freeman was born 23 Jun 1648 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Mass. Her parents were John Freeman and Elizabeth Noyes. Her grandparents were Edmund FREEMAN  and Alice COLES Elizabeth died 10 Jul 1723 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut,


From Sarah Miller 1939 by Walter Goodwin Davis

Genealogies of Connecticut families: from the New England historical and … By Judith McGhan, Genealogical Publishing Co

The early records of Lancaster, Massachusetts. 1643-1725, Page 80, Issue 3482 By Lancaster (Mass.)

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