Thomas French Sr

Thomas FRENCH Sr. (1696 – 1746) was Alex’s 8th Great Grandfather, one of 512 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Thomas French was born 6 Sep 1696 in Rehoboth, Mass.  His parents were John FRENCH  Jr. and Hannah PALMER.  He married Mary BROWN on 5 Jan 1719/20 in Attleboro, Mass.   Thomas died 3 Jun 1746 in Attleboro, Mass.

Thomas French Sr. Headstone Maplewood Cemetery , Attleboro, Bristol County, Massachusetts

Mary Brown was born 28 Jun 1696 in Rehoboth, Mass.  Her parents were Joseph BROWN and Hannah FITCH.  Her second husband was Capt. Joseph Capron, as his third wife. They were married 12 Nov 1753.  Mary died in 21 Nov 1783 in Attleboro, Mass.

Joseph Capron was born 31 Aug 1691 in Attleboro Mass. His parents were Banfield Capron and Elizabeth Callendar. He first married 3 Jun 1714 in Attleboro, Mass to was Judith Peck, daughter of Hezekiah Peck and Deborah Cooper.  Judith died at Attleboro Mar 14, 1733/34. His second wife was Bethia Burt. She died May 18, 1754 at Attleboro. His third wife was Mary (Brown) French Capron, married Nov 12, 1753 or 1754. Joseph died 14 Oct 1776 in Attleboro, Mass.

Mary Brown French Capon Old Kirk Yard Attleboro, Bristol County, Massachusetts,

Children of Thomas and Mary:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Thomas FRENCH 16 Apr 1722 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass. Keziah PERRY
2 Jan 1745/46
10 Sep 1793 Attleboro
2. Christopher French 17 Sep 1724
Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.
Amy Carpenter
11 Oct 1753Attleboro
17 Jul 1755 – Stockbridge, Berkshire, Mass
3. Mary French 25 Dec 1726 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass. William Carpenter
9 Jun 1744 Attleboro
1 Jan 1815

Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island

4. Joseph French 5 May 1729
Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.
Sybil (Sebilla, Sybullah) Carpenter
4 Apr 1755 Attleboro
20 Oct 1794 Attleboro
5. Elizabeth French 28 Aug 1731
Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.
William George
16 Oct 1760
23 Apr 1783
6. Bridget French 28 Apr 1734
Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.
Noah Blanding
23 Nov 1758
21 May 1807 Attleboro
7. Sarah French 29 Jul 1736
Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.
Oliver Carpenter
15 Nov 1759 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass
1815 Brookfield, Worchester, Mass
8. Hannah French 27 Jul 1738
Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.
Caleb Carpenter
17 Apr 1757
Seekonk, Bristol, Mass
20 Oct 1820
Seekonk, Bristol, Mass.

Attleborough is about 10 miles north of Rehoboth, both are near Providence, Rhode Island.

Thomas French Memorial Commemorative Stone erected in the center of the Maplewood Cemetery Attleboro, Bristol County, Massachusetts


Thomas French’s name on the commemorative stone


1. Thomas FRENCH (See his page)

2. Christopher French

Christopher’s wife Amy (Amee) Carpenter was born 24 May 1726 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. Her parents were Jedediah Carpenter (1697 – 1731) and Mercy Brown (1699 – 1751).  After Christopher died in 1755, she married 6 Dec 1759 in Rehoboth to Peter Carpenter (b. 22 Sep 1723 in Rehoboth – d. 14 Nov 1771 in Rehoboth) and had one child Amy Carpenter (b. 1760).

Peter had previously married 2 Jan 1745 in Rehoboth to Rachel Bullock (b. 11 May 1733 in Rehoboth – d. 24 Feb 1758 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island) and had five children born between 1746 and 1758. Amy died 25 Nov 1805 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

Child of Christopher and Amy

i.  Nathaniel French b, 24 Feb 1755 West Stockbridge, Berkshire, Mass; d. 18 Dec 1818 West Stockbridge; Burial Slauter Cemetery today called Rockdale Cemetery, located in West Stockbridge, Mass; m. 26 Mar 1777 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass to Bethiah French (b. 27 May 1757 in West Stockbridge, – d. 25 Jul 1832 in West Stockbridge) Nathaniel and Amy had four children born between 1781 and 1785.

Nathaniel was a Private in Captain Job Woodbridge’s Company, Colonel  Brown’s Regiment,  Massachusetts  Woodbridge’s Regiment of Militia Active 1775-1777

Woodbridge’s Regiment of Militia, also known as the “1st Hampshire County Militia Regiment” and “Woodbridge’s (25th) Regiment” and “The 25th Regiment of Foot”. On April 20, 1775, the day immediately following the Battles of Lexington and Concord, Woodbridge’s regiment was formed and marched to Cambridge, Massachusetts near Boston, and participated in the Siege of Boston and the Battle of Bunker Hill.

The regiment spent part of the summer and the fall of 1776 as part of the Fort Ticonderoga garrison. The next year the regiment was called up at South Hadley, Massachusetts on August 16, 1777 as reinforcements for the Continental Army.

3. Mary French

Mary’s husband William Carpenter was born 13 Mar 1725/26 in Attleboro, Mass.  His parents were Ebenezer Carpenter (1694 – 1729) and Mehitable Bishop (194 – 1729). William died 17 Oct 1812 in Cumberland, Providence Co., RI.

The following is a request William Carpenter made Apr 2, 1750:

” William Carpenter came before the Council and prayed that they would appoint and empower a committee to divide to one of his sisters, namely Priscilla now widow of Christopher Dexter of Providence. R. I., her share in her father’s estate, namely Ebenezer Carpenter of Attleboro, (deceased) said William being his eldest and only son of the said Ebenezer: and also said William having purchased of his two other sisters, namely, Elizabeth now wife of Timothy Walker, and Keziah, now wife of Samuel Carpenter, their two shares so that there remains only said Priscilla”s share to be set off. Whereupon the Council do vote that the prayer of the said William Carpenter be granted, the Council appointed .Samuel Piartlett Esq., Capt. Ichabod Peck, John Nicholson. Jonathan Ormsby and George Sherman to divide to said Priscilla the fifth part of the real estate of her said father.”

William of Attleboro, Mass., private, served in the Revolution in Capt. Samuel Robinson’s Company ; enlisted June 21, 1778, served 22 days in R. I. A.

William Carpenter, Corporal, served in Capt. David Batchelder’s Company, Col. Taylor’s Regiment. R. I. A. Served 15 days in July and August.

Mary French Carpenter Gravestone Cumberland Cemetery  Cumberland, Providence , Rhode Island,  Find A Grave Memorial# 24913566

Mary French Carpenter Gravestone Cumberland Cemetery
Cumberland, Providence , Rhode Island,
Find A Grave Memorial# 24913566

Children of Mary and William

i. Jemima Carpenter b 13 Oct 1745 Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island; d. 25 Mar 1775 Cumberland

ii. Mary Carpenter b 30 Jun 1747 Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island; m. 4 Feb 1772 to John Hoppin (b. 11 Mar 1744 – Attleboro, Bristol, Mass) His parents were John Hoppin and Elizabeth [__?__].

John was a farmer.

iii. Ebenezer Carpenter b. 13 Jan 1749; d. 24 Aug 1752, aged 2 years, and was buried in South Attleboro

iv. Asenath Carpenter b. 4 Jan 1750 Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island; d. 5 Jun 1827 Colerain, Franklin, Mass; Burial: Colrain West Branch Cemetery, Colrain, Franklin, Mass;  m. 26 Jan 1775 in Cumberland to Rev. George Robinson (b. 23 Nov 1754 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass. – d. 24 Sep 1847 in Lancaster, Worcester, Mass.) His parents were George Robinson (1726 – 1812) and Abigail Everett (1727 – 1762).  Asenath and George had five children born between 1779 and 1790.

George Robinson Revolutionary Service SAR Membership:25569

George Robinson Revolutionary Service SAR Membership: 25569

George was a Presbyterian minister. After Asenath died, he married second, on 12 Nov 1829 to Lucy Shepardson(widow of Joseph Shepardson?),

v. Elizabeth (Betty) Carpenter b, 15 Dec 1752 Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island; m. 26 Jan 1775 in Cumberland to Capt. David Dexter (b. 22 Apr 1752 in Cumberland) His parents were David Dexter (1723 – 1766) and Mary Tyler (1728 – 1790).  Elizabeth and David had nine children born between 1775 and 1795.

David Dexter was a captain in 1776 in Colonel Lippitt’s regiment, presumably Dexter’s title of Colonel was given as a result of his activities in the Revolutionary War, for there is no evidence of further military activity after his move to Claremont. Dexter was active in both local and regional politics, being a selectman of Claremont for thirteen years and Chairman of the Board of Selectmen for eight of them. He also served as a representative to the New Hampshire Legislature from 1814 to 1820, and as director of the Claremont Bank.


In 1790, Timothy Atkins deeded two parcels of land to David Dexter, then referred to as a blacksmith from Worcester, Massachusetts, and to Stephen Dexter, then a blacksmith from Newport, New Hampshire. The smaller of the two parcels was sold with dams and mills already existing (apparently for milling lumber). Around 1800 Stephen and David Dexter built a dam across the Sugar River at the base of the hill on which their houses stood and constructed “grist, saw, and oil mills and a scythe shop.” The Dexters are credited with the establishment of manufacturing in in-town Claremont, whose later nineteenth century development was completely dominated by industrial mills, the buildings of which continue to dominate the town. The site of the Dexters’ mills continued to be used for manufacturing after their deaths and eventually came under the ownership of the Monadnock Mills, the largest of the mills in Claremont.

David Dexter House — North Street, Claremont, NH

The David Dexter House is a rectangular two-and-a-half-story house. It has a symmetrical facade of two windows on either side of a central entry, surmounted by five windows across the second story of the facade. Both east and west ends of the main house have four windows arranged symmetrically on the first and second story with three windows contained under the slope of the roof at the attic story. The rear wall of the main house has somewhat irregular window placement. The roof of the house is covered with asphalt tiles and has two dormers on the south (front) facade, and one on the rear. The foundation of the structure is concrete below ground level, surmounted by brick which has been faced with rectangular granite blocks.

David Dexter House

David Dexter House

The center entrance of the front elevation has an elaborate doorway consisting of a very wide raised six-panel door framed by sunken panel pilasters with moulded capitals supporting an entablature. The entablature is made up of (in vertical progression) two plain bands, a moulding, a rope moulding, a pattern band of interlacing arcs surmounted by another rope moulding, a frieze of triglyphs, one rope moulding, dentils, and a moulded cap. A one-pane light occupies the space above the door. On the east elevation of the main block, centered on the first floor, is a narrower entrance, similar to the front entrance, but less elaborate, decorated with rope mouldings, dentils, moulded door surround and moulded cap. One other entrance exists on the back of the house.

Main entrance door looking south. Note wide size with transom light and hand-wrought heart-shaped hinges

Main entrance door looking south. Note wide size with transom light and hand-wrought heart-shaped hinges

Most of the windows of the house appear to be original sash, double hung, with twelve panes over twelve panes.

The interior contains many raised six-panel doors and raised panel Indian shutters on the first floor, in addition to a variety of late Georgian/Federal mantel pieces. Of major importance is the southwest first floor,parlor which is an elaborately decorated Federal interior. Its focal point is an ornamented mantel with a center panel containing an urn flanked by swags and smaller covered urns in the end panels. The vertical sides of the mantel are decorated by foliate chains which are surmounted by a pineapple; the surrounds of the fireplace opening are faced with marble. The sliding interior shutters of this room, the panels beneath the windows, the doors, baseboard, wainscot, and door and window surrounds all have reeded decorative trim; all panels are decorated with reeding. The cornice of the room is made of wood with modillions, a band of reeding, and a frieze of incised lines, resembling a triglyph motif. The room and its ornamentation survive intact.

Parlour front west side of first floor, looking north. Note Federal mantelpiece and denticulated cornice

Parlour front west side of first floor, looking north. Note Federal mantelpiece and denticulated cornice

Original ornamentation of the exterior included window caps of the same design as the front entry cap in addition to a cornice entablature that extended around the entire main house and consisted of the same decoration used in the aforementioned caps.

Rear View of House before it was moved

Rear View of House and addition before it was moved

The structures’s original rear ell was removed to facilitate moving. Asphalt siding, introduced in the first half of the 20th century, has been removed to expose the original narrow clapboards Two chimneys of the main block have been reduced in size below the roof line. Some alterations have been made to the second story to provide for bath rooms; however, the house survives remarkable intact with details such as original hinges and shutter pulls preserved.

The David Dexter House was the focus of an intense and bitter local controversy over the Urban Renewal project which levelled its neighborhood and which also led to the deactivation of the New Hampshire State Historic Preservation Office and the dismissal of its first Director. The building was moved in early 1975 as a last resort when efforts by local citizen groups, the City Council, City Manager and City Solicitor to retain it in its original location were unsuccessful.

When destruction was imminent (the building had already been vandalized), a City Council member purchased it and moved it a few hundred feet to a vacant hilltop site, just over the property line from the Urban Renewal project area. The effect of the move on the integrity of the building was to preserve the remaining original fabric, except for the immense masonry chimney stack and the ell, which could not be moved. However, the building was documented by the Claremont Historical Society and the City of Claremont (which commissioned an adaptive reuse study by a prominent historical architect). The loss of the ell did not significantly affect the main block; although interesting and potentially usable, the ell was clearly a subordinate service accessory to the architecturally distinguished dwelling.

The building is now being rehabilitated by its owner for multi-family residential use, with the advice and assistance of the Claremont Historical Society and the City of Claremont. If the property is entered in the National Register, the owner anticipates applying for Tax Reform Act rehab incentives.


Built on land purchased by David Dexter in 1790, the David Dexter House has a tradition of having been constructed over a period of years, resulting in its late Georgian and Federal detailing. Its elaborate southwest parlor and reeded, panelled stair trim seem to represent the last period of construction or alteration from the house’s early history and are excellent examples of high style Federal interior design.

Stairs Dexter House

Stairs Dexter House

The stair banister and its “echo” in an applied half banister on the wall side of the stair appear to be local eccentricities of design and are noteworthy features. The Dexter House with both its interior and exterior Federal details appears to be one of the last remaining and highest quality Federal frame houses in Claremont

Stairs Dexter House Detail

Stairs Dexter House Detail

Community Planning:

The David Dexter House and the brick mill building at the foot of Dexter Hill which was a part of the Monadnock Mills and is one of the oldest mill buildings extant in Claremont, are unique in their preservation of both the scale of early manufacturing enterprises as well as the relationship of the owner’s private life to his business. Later usage of the David Dexter House as a mill workers’ boarding house (under the name of the “Fitchburg”) parallels the expansion of the scale of manufacturing in Claremont and the removal of the owner from immediate contact with the mills.

The effect of the move on the property’s historic integrity has been minimal, although some damage to historic fabric–particularly the foundations and chimney base–was inevitable. Efforts have been made to mitigate unavoidable damage, including the reuse of original granite foundation blocks at the new site.

The new site is not known to possess historical significance which would be adversely affected by the placement of the David Dexter House.

vi. William Carpenter b. 7 Dec 1754 Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island; d. 29 Dec 1755 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass

vii. Priscilla Carpenter b. 4 Oct 1756 Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island; d. 1764 Cumberland

viii. Amey Carpenter b. 13 Aug 1760 Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island; d. 31 May 1790; m. Aug 1781 to Comfort Fuller (b. 1760 in Cumberland)

Comfort was a physician

ix. Hannah Carpenter b. 6 Jun 1762 Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island; d. 28 Aug 1785 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; m. 22 Mar 1781 in Attleboro to Noah Tiffany (b. 7 Jul 1752 in Attleboro – d. 19 Jul 1818 in Brooklyn, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania) Noah’s parents were John Tiffany (1710 – 1788) and Deliverance Parmenter (1717 – 1798).  Hannah and Noah had three children born between 1782 and 1785.

After Hannah died, Noah married Mary Olney (1759-1837)

Old Brooklyn Cemetery
“Here lies Dec’n’ Noah Tiffany, Died July 19th 1818 Ae 66 yrs.”

“When you, my friends, are passing by
And this informs you where I lie
Remember you ere long must have,
Like me, a mansion in the grave.”

Noah Tiffany 1

Noah Tiffany  -- History of Brooklyn, Susquehana, Pennsylvania - 1889

Noah Tiffany — History of Brooklyn, Susquehana, Pennsylvania – Its Homes and Its People By Edward A. Weston… – 1889

x. Samuel Carpenter b. 18 Nov 1763 Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island; d. Iowa; m. Mary McDonald (b. 1763 in Cumberland) Samuel and Mary had six children born between 1787 and 1803.

xi. Ebenezer Carpenter b. 25 Jan 1765 Cumberland, Providence, Rhode Island; d. 28 May 1811 Providence, Providence, Rhode Island; m. 28 Apr 1785 in Cumberland to Lydia Angell (b. 30 Dec 1763 in Cumberland – d. 19 Sep 1851; Burial Cumberland Cemetery) Her parents were Abraham Angell (1733 – 1804) and Mary Hawkins (741 – ).   Ebenezer and Lydia had eight children born between 1789 and 1800.

4. Joseph French

Joseph’s wife Sybil Carpenter was born 20 Oct 1733 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass. Her parents were first cousins Obadiah Carpenter (1707 – 1764) and Bethiah Carpenter (1706 – 1788). Sybil died 3 Jun 1809 in Poultney, Rutland, Vermont.

Joseph served as a Private in Capt. Moses Wilmarth’s 9th company, Col. John Daggett’s 4th Bristol Regiment which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775 served 9 days.  Also on the alarm caused by the Battle of Bunker Hill (company order of the Town Treasurer of Attleboro July 5, 1775.

Sybil Carpenter French Headstone -“SIBBEL wife of Joseph French of Attleborough, died June 3d 1809, in the 76th year of her age.” – Hosford Crossing Cemetery Poultney, Rutland County Vermon

Children of Joseph and Sybil

i. Joseph French b. 29 Sep 1756 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 20 Sep 1775 Cambridge, Middlesex, Mass

ii. Thomas French b, 7 Jun 1758 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 30 Oct 1777 Attleboro

iii. Mary French b. 12 Nov 1760 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 5 Oct 1804 Attleboro; m. 3 Jun 1784 in Attleboro to Ebenezer Tyler (b. 8 Sep 1760 in Attleboro – d. 15 Oct 1827 in Pawtucket, Providence, Rhode Island)  His parents were John Tyler (1724 – 1794) and Anna Blackington (1722 – 1793).  Mary and Ebenezer had five children born between 1785 and 1799.

iv. Ezra French b. 7 May 1764 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 13 Mar 1806 Attleboro; m. 22 Aug 1786 in Attleboro to Jane Titus (b. 7 May 1763 in Attleboro – d. 10 Mar 1832 in Attleboro) Her parents were Robert Titus (1719 – 1784) and Elizabeth Foster (1734 – 1806).  Ezra and Jane had five children born between 1787 and 1800.

v. Obediah French b. 27 Jul 1766 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 18 Mar 1846 Poultney, Rutland, Vermont; m1. 14 Jun 1790 in Stockbridge, Berkshire, Mass to Sarah Warner (b. 1769 – d. 23 May 1813 in Poultney, Rutland, Vermont); Obediah and Sarah had six children born between 1792 and 1809.

m2. 1813 in Poultney, Rutland, Vermont to Lydia [__?__] (b. 1770 – d. 5 Apr 1825 in Poultney, Rutland, Vermont) 

Obidiah French Headstone Inscription: OBADIAH FRENCH died march 17, 1846, AE. 80 Yrs. — Burial: Hosford Crossing Cemetery Poultney, Rutland, Vermont

vi. Sibbel French b. 5 Oct 1768 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 22 Jan 1845 Attleboro; m. 3 Feb 1792 in Attleboro to Jerahmel Bowers Wheeler (b. 13 Aug 1768 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. – d.18 Mar 1835 in Montpelier, Washington, Vermont) Jerahmel’s brother Benjamin married Sibbel’s sister Huldah.  Their parents were Philip Wheeler (1733 -1774) and Mary Ingalls (1735 – 1819).  Sibbel and Jerahmel had nine children born between 1791 and 1807.

vii. Huldah French b. 16 Jun 1771 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 8 Feb 1856 East Montpelier, Washington, Vermont; m. 2 Jan 1792 in Attleboro to Benjamin Ingalls Wheeler (b. 19 Sep 1766 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. – d. 7 Mar 1845 in East Montpelier, Washington, Vermont) Benjamin’s brother Jerahmel married Huldah’s sister Sibbel.  Their parents were Philip Wheeler (1733 -1774) and Mary Ingalls (1735 – 1819).Huldah and Benjamin had nine children born between 1795 and 1814

viii. Cynthia French b. 7 Oct 1773 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 27 Dec 1797 Attleboro

 5. Elizabeth French

Elizabeth’s husband William George was born 1731 – Attleboro, Bristol, Mass. His parents were Joshua George and Rhoda Eastman.  William died in 1776 or  18 Aug 1836 – Bristol, Mass

Children of Elizabeth and William:

i. William George b. 25 Oct 1761 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 1836 in Attleboro; m. 1 Dec 1788 Attleboro to Nancy Mason (b. 1761 in Cumberland, Providence, RI – d. 1804 in Attleboro)  Her parents were Jonathan Mason (1734 – 1798) and Patience Mason (1737 – 1825) William and Nancy had at least two children Sophia (b. 1791) and Harriet (b. 1798)

ii. Josha George b. 16 Aug 1763 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 21 May 1768 in Attleboro

iii. Zilpah George b. 30 Jun 1765 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. ~1810; m. 19 May 1790 Attleboro to Avery Richards (b. 16 Apr 1762 in Bristol Co., Mass.  –  d. 17 May 1819 in Attleboro) His parents were Nathan Richards and Mehitable [__?__].

iv. Preston George b. 23 May 1767 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 5 Mar 1816 Attleboro; m. 12 May 1802 to Lydia May (b. 19 Nov 1771 in Attleboro – d. 1 Feb 1854 in Attleboro) Her parents were Elisha May (1739 -1811) and Ruth Metcalf (1743 – 1815) Preston and Lydia had at least two children: Preston (b.1809) and Mary Ann (b.1811)

v. Caleb George b. 13 Aug 1776 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; m. 29 1797 Attleboro to Chloe More (b. 13 Feb 1777 in Attleboro) Her parents were Comfort More (Moore) and Chloe Read.  Caleb and Chloe had at least one child: Fabius  (b. 1811)

 6. Bridget French

Bridget’s husband Noah Blanding was born 12 Sep 1721 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. His parents were Noah Blanding and Rebecca Wheaton.  Noah died 19 Jan 1785 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.

Pvt. Noah Blanding, Capt. Alexander Foster’s co., Col. Thomas Carpenter’s regt.; pay roll for service from Jnly 27, 1778, to Aug. 12, 1778, 17 days, at Rhode Island;

Also, Capt. Caleb Richardson’s co., Col. John Hathaway’s regt.; enlisted March 25, 1779; service, 21 days, at Rhode Island; roll dated Attleborough;

Also, Capt. Foster’s co., Col. Carpenter’s regt.; enlisted July 27, 1780; discharged July 31, 1780; service, 7 days, on an alarm at Rhode Island; marched to Tiverton, R. I., on 6 days campaign; roll dated Attleborough;

Also, Capt. Moses Willmarth’s co., Col. Isaac Dean’s regt.; enlisted July 31, 1780; discharged Aug. 7, 1780; service, 10 days, on an alarm at Rhode Island.

Children of Bridget and Noah:

i. Bridget Blanding b. 30 Sep 1759 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; d, 19 May 1837 Attleboro;

ii.  Lieut. Noah Blanding b.7 Nov 1761 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; d. 5 May 1834 Attleboro; m. 28 Aug 1790 in Attleboro to Bethiah Thacher (b. 27 Mar 1764 in Attleboro – d. 20 Aug 1848 in Attleboro) Her parents were Peter Thacher (1715 – 1785) and Bethia Carpenter (1729 – 1793),  Noah and Bethiah had nine children born between 1792 and 1809.

iii. Mary Blanding b. 12 Oct 1763 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; d. 6 Sep 1824; m.

iv. Joseph Blanding b. 7 Mar 1766 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; d. ~1848; m. 26 Apr 1790 Attleboro to Huldah Marten (b. 19 Feb 1768 in Attleboro – d. 1824 in Attleboro)  Her parents were John Marten (1745 – ) and Margaret Richardson (1746 – 1803) Joseph and Huldah had at least one child Eluma Martin Blanding (b. 1800)

v. Thomas Blanding b. 1767 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; d. 26 Aug 1782

vi. Enoch Blanding b. 1 Mar 1771 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass

vii. Huldah Blanding b. 19 Aug 1776 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; d. 26 Apr 1825 Attleboro

7. Sarah French

Sarah’s husband Oliver Carpenter was born 8 Apr 1734 in Rehoboth, Bristol, MA His parents were Edmund Carpenter (1704 – 1739) and Mehetabel Cooper (1705 -1737)  Oliver died 1809 – Brookfield, Worcester, Mass.

It appears that Oliver drifted into different townships. An Oliver enlisted at Union, Conn, in the Revolutionary service, in Company 5 of the 8th regiment; about this time he settled in Brookfield, Mass. (There is some doubt about the foregoing; it might have been another Oliver.)

Private Oliver Carpenter, Capt. Samuel Craggin’s co., Lieut Col. Nathan Tyler’s regt.; service from Dec. 8, 1776, to Jan. 21, 1777, 1 mo. 15 days, on an alarm at Rhode Island and Providence Plantation; travel allowed to Mendon;

Private Oliver Carpenter,  Attleborough, Capt. Jacob Ide’s co., Col. John Daggett’s regt.; marched to Rhode Island on the alarm of Dec. 8, 1776; service, 24 days;

Also, Capt. Samuel Robinson’s co., Col. Isaac Dean’s regt.; marched to Tiverton, R. I., July 31, 1780, on an alarm; discharged Aug. 4, 1780; service, 4 days.

Also, Corporal, Capt. David Batchellor’s co., Col. Tyler’s regt.; enlisted July 28, 1780; discharged Aug. 8, 1780; service, 15 days, travel included, on an alarm at Rhode Island; also, Capt. Craggin’s co.; service, 2 mos. 26 days, at Rhode Island [year not given].

Children of Sarah and Oliver:

i.  William Carpenter b. 29 Aug 1760 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; m. 19 Feb 1790 Huntington to Charry Hawley (b. 11 Jan 1766 in Stratford, Connecticut)  He moved to Connecticut

William marched from Attleboro to Rhode Island, April 21, 1777. under Capt. Stephen Richardson, for 25 days’ service. William C. private in Captain Richardson’s company, in the Rhode Island alarm, Sept. 25, 1777, served one month and six days: heserved the third time in Captain Wilmarth’s company. Colonel Daggett’s regiment. Jan. 1, 1778: served at Rhode Island, two months, 25 days ; the roll sworn at Taunton, Mass. We tind him serving as corporal in Capt. Caleb Richardson’s company. Colonel Hathaway ‘s regiment, in the Rhode Island alarm, March 25, 1779; served 21 days; the roll was dated at Attleboro. He served as private in Capt. Alexander Foster’s company. Col. Thomas Carpenter’s regiment, in the Rhode Island alarm. July  27. 1778 ; served 17 days.

William Carpenter, of Attleboro, enlisted in the Continental army for nine months; age, 19; stature five feet, 10 inches: enlisted from Colonel Dean’s regiment; William Carpenter of Attleboro, private in the Continental army, in Colonel Sheldon’s Light dragoons, from September, 1779 to June 16, 1780, enlisted as corporal of the Dragoons, June 16, 1780, for the rest of the war.

ii. Anna Carpenter b. 8 Apr 1762 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; d. 9 Apr 1815 Langdon, New Hampshire,m. 28 Oct 1784 in Rehoboth to Samuel Walker (b. 4 Feb 1762 in Rehoboth, – d, 19 Feb 1813 in Rockingham, Vermont) His parents were Lt. Aaron Walker (1728 – 1775) and Esther Carpenter (1735 – 1763).  Anna and Samuel had five children  three of whom were born between 1786 and 1793.

Samuel enlisted in the Continental army and served for several years.

iii. Sarah Carpenter b. 4 Aug 1765 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass’ d. 23 Dec 1845 Attleboro; m1.  int. pub. 24 Oct 1784 to Consider Atherton (b. 1763 – );

m2. 17 Dec 1795 in Attleboro to Amos Ide (b. 10 Apr 1756 in Attleboro – d. Apr 1816 in Attleboro) His parents were Amos Ide (1729 – 1810) and Huldah Tyler (1733 – 1780).  He first married 30 Sep 1784 in Attleboro to Sarah Metcalf (b. 10 Feb 1758 in Attleboro – d. 12 Nov 1792 in Attleboro) and had one daughter Abijah Metcalf Ide (b. 1785),  Sarah and Amos had six children born between 1795 and 1805.

iv. Nathan Carpenter b. 8 May 1767 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; d, 3 Sep 1814; m. 26 Oct 1794 in Attleboro to Lucinda Ingraham (b. 8 Sep 1773 in Attleboro – d, 26 Feb 1831 in Attleboro) Her parents were Jeremiah Ingraham (1746 – ) and Chloe Pitcher (1753 – 1824),  Nathan and Lucinda had four children born between 1795 and 1802.

Nathan was a carpenter

v. Oliver Carpenter b. 30 Mar 1769 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; d. Brookfield, Worcester, Mass; m. 2 Apr 1792 to Betsey Draper (b, 2 Apr 1792 -d, Brookfield)

vi. Calvin Carpenter b. 4 Nov 1771 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; m. Olive Phipps (b. 1772),

Calvin was a carpenter

vii. Luther Carpenter b. 26 Jan 1775 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass;  d. Jan 1844; m. Ester Jillson

Luther was a carpenter, too.

viii. Mary Carpenter b. 26 Jul 1777 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; m. 6 Jan 1803 to Abraham Bowen (b. ~1771)

8. Hannah French

Hannah’s husband Caleb Carpenter was born 30 Mar 1730 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass,.  His parents were Jedediah Carpenter (1697 – 1731) and Mercy Brown (1699 – 1751). Caleb died 10 Oct 1801 Seekonk, Bristol, Mass.

Caleb served probably as private in Capt. Nathaniel Carpenter’s Company for eight days, in the Lexington alarm.

The following is an extract from a letter, dated May 4, 1848, from Caleb Carpenter,  a grandson of the above named Caleb, of Almont, Mich.: he was a physician and surgeon:

” Dear Sir. — I have been some time in answering your letter of March 18, requesting the genealogy of our-family. The reason of the delay has been the time employed by me in hunting up the family. I have collected the branches of the family together as well as my observation admits and herewith transmit them to you. My grandfather’s name was Caleb; he married Hannah French. He lived and died in Rehoboth, Mass. A chairmaker.

(Signed) Caleb Carpenter.”

Caleb Carpenter Gravestone – Newman Cemetery East Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, Findagrave Memorial No.  21484555

Children of Hannah and Caleb

i. Jedediah Carpenter b. 13 Jan 1758 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. 16 Dec 1781; Burial: Newman Cemetery , East Providence,  Providence County, Rhode Island

Jedediah Carpenter enlisted as private in Nathaniel Carpenter’s company, in Col. Thomas Carpenter’s regiment in the Rhode Island alarm, Dec. 8, 1776 and served sixteen days: marched

from Rehoboth to Bristol: he enlisted the second time as private in Capt. Hill’s company, Colonel Daggett’s regiment, Dec. 28, 1776 and served three months at Bristol : he enlisted the third

time in Captain Brown’s company, Col. Thomas Carpenter’s regiment in the Rhode Island alarm Aug. 1, 1780 and served eight days: he marched from Rehoboth to Tiverton.

Jedidiah Carpenter – Newman Cemetery East Providence, Providence ,Rhode Island Find A Grave Memorial# 21483479

ii. Caleb Carpenter Jr.  b. 4 Dec 1759 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. 31 Mar 1833;  m. int published 27 Sep 1784 to Silence Smith (b. 1 Jul 1757 – 13 Sep 1845 Burial: Newman Cemetery ,) Her parents were George Smith and Mercy Metcalf.  She first married  Benjamin Bagley.   Caleb and Silence had five children born between 1786 and 1798.

Silence was one of the original members of the First Baptist church at East Providence Centre ; she was baptized in 1794.

Caleb Carpenter Jr., of Rehoboth, enlisted as private in James Hill’s company, in Colonel William’s regiment, Sept 27, 1777. He susequently served in Capt. Nathaniel Carpenter’s company in Col. Thomas Carpenter’s regiment.

Caleb was a seaman aboard the brig “Reprisal“, captured Feb 19, 1778, by a British vessel, and committed to Forton Prison, England, June 19, 1778.  This was the same time that Jonathan Carpenter was taken and Caleb’s name frequently occurs in Jonathan’s diary. Caleb was released from Prison in June, 1781, some months after Jonathan’s release, and after his return to Rehoboth he went to see his friend and fellow prisoner, Jonathan Carpenter, who was then residing in Vermont, Sept. 10, 1781.

According to wikipedia, the Reprisal brought munitions of war from Martinique June–September 1776 where it engaged in  the Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet.  On October 24, 1776, the Reprisal was ordered by Congress to proceed to Nantes, France, in Reprisal, taking to his post Benjamin Franklin, who had been appointed Commissioner to France.  On Feb 5,  Reprisal  captured the Lisbon packet, two days out of Falmouth, after a hard fight of 40 minutes.  . Five other prizes were captured on this cruise, which ended on February 14.   Cruise around Ireland, April–June 1777 .

On Sep 14, 1777, Reprisal left France, for the United States. About October 15, Reprisal was lost off the banks. of  Newfoundland and all 129 on board, except the cook, went down with her.  It looks like A genealogical history of the Rehoboth branch of the Carpenter family in America by Amos Bugbee Carpenter has the wrong ship name for Caleb’s naval service.

iii. Job Carpenter b. 5 Jul 1761 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. Aug 1787 South Carolina;

Job was a physician.

iv. Japhet Carpenter  b. 31 Mar 1763 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. 12 Sep 1796

v. Cynthia Carpenter b. 19 Apr 1765 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; m1. 26 Feb 1793 in Seekonk, Bristol, Mass to John Smith (b. 1767 in Seekonk);

m2. 20 Dec 1801 to  Perez Read (b. 4 Aug 1748 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass – d. 3 May 1818; Burial Newman Cemetery, East Providence, Providence , Rhode Island,)  His parents were Noah Read (1717 – 1773) and   Anne Hunt (1722 – 1771) Perez first married 9 Jan 1777 to Mary (Molly) Paine (1758 – 1800)

vi. Patience Carpenter b. 9 Nov 1767 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. 6 Jun 1804

vii. Rufus Carpenter b. 14 Feb 1770 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. 28 Dec 1834 Washington, Macomb, Michigan;  m. Betsey Baldwin (b. 15 Jun 1773 in Vermont)  Rufus and Betsey had five children born between 1794 and 1807.

Rufus resided at West Fairlee, Vermont

viii. Hannah Carpenter  b. 27 Apr 1772 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. 29 Oct 1800; Burial: Newman Cemetery, East Providence, Providence, Rhode Island;

Hannah Carpenter Gravestone Find A Grave Memorial# 21483320

Hannah Carpenter Gravestone Find A Grave Memorial# 21483320

ix. Chloe Carpenter b. 9 Nov 1774 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. 27 Feb 1810; m. David Bell

x. Betsey Carpenter b.  22 Aug 1779 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. 14 Aug 1852 Burial: Newman Cemetery, East Providence, Providence, Rhode Island;  m. Oct 1804 to William Hill ( – 1834)


A genealogical history of the Rehoboth branch of the Carpenter family in America, brought down from their English ancestor, John Carpenter, 1303, with many biographical notes of descendants and allied families (1898) by Carpenter, Amos B. (Amos Bugbee), b. 1818

David Dexter House, Claremont, Sullivan County, NH

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Edmund Perry

Edmund PERRY (1588 – 1637) was Alex’s 11th Great Grandfather, two of 4,096 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Edmund Perry – Coat of Arms

Edmond Perry was born on 27 Jan 1587/88 in Devonshire, England.  He was the son of John PERRY and [__?__].  His mother was probably not  Judith VASSELL (1567 – 1650).  He married Sarah BETTS in 1613 in Bridford, Devonshire, England.   Edmund reportedly emigrated to Plymouth Colony (Sandwich) in 1637 and died shortly thereafter.  Another source says Edmond Perry and his wife Sarah cam to America in 1639 on the ship “Lion.”  However Irving says Edward died in 1614 before the rest of his family emigrated to America. This theory says that Sarah Perry, the widow of Edmund Perry, emigrated to America with her children, but no husband.

Sarah Betts was born about 1592 in Devonshire, England.   Many sources say her maiden name was Crowell, she was born in London and her parents were John Crowell and Elishua Miller.  I don’t think so because John and Elishua were the parents of Sarah’s daughter-in-law Elizabeth, her son Arthur’s wife.   I am beginning to think that Sarah’s maiden name is really lost to history (See the discussion under her son Arthur Perry and daughter-in-law Elizabeth Crowell)  She is mentioned as being a Quaker. Sarah died 07 Jun 1659 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.

Children of Edmond and Sarah:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Arthur Perry 1614 Elizabeth Crow (Crowell)
c. 1636
Boston, Mass.
9 Oct 1652Boston, Mass.
2. John Perry 1616
Fremington, Devonshire, England
Did not marry Anna Newman
1629 Sawbridgeworth
Elizabeth [_?_]
21 Sep 1642
Roxbury or Sherborn, Middlesex, Mass
3. Thomas (William) Perry 1620
Pulborough, Sussex, England
Susannah Carver 1693
Sandwich, Barnstable, Mas
4. Elizabeth Perry? (May be John Perry’s widow) 1622
Pulborough, Sussex, England
John Hanchett
2 Apr 1644 or
2 Apr 1652
Roxbury, Suffolk, Mass.
 5 Nov 1688 – Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass
5. Hannah PERRY 1623
Devonshire, England
24 Jun 1652
Sandwich, PC
9 Jan 1672/73 Sandwich, Barnstable Co. Mass
6. Anthony PERRY 1624 Devonshire, England Elizabeth [?]
about 1647
1 Mar 1682/83 Rehoboth, Mass
7. Margaret Perry 1625 Edmond Freeman (Son of Edmund FREEMAN)
18 Jul 1651
8. Ezra Perry 1627
Bridford, Devonshire, England
Elizabeth Burgess
12 Feb 1650/51
Sandwich, Barnstable, Ma
16 Oct 1689 Sandwich, Barnstable, MA
9. Edward Perry 1630
Devonshire, England
Mary Freeman (Daughter of Edmund FREEMAN)
Sandwich, Mass
16 Feb 1694/95 Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass
10. Deborah Perry 8 Nov 1635 Devonshire, England Robert Harper
09 May 1654
Sandwich, Barnstable Co, Mass
14 Oct 1665 Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass;

After Sarah Perry died, on 7 of June 1659, Plymouth Colony Court (Records, Vol. 3, p. 163) authorized Ezra Perry to serve as executor of the estate of the widow, Sarah Perry, “there being no other (although she hath many friends in the Country) that claimeth any interest to the estate, having put in securities into the Court to be accountable for the estate in case it shall be required by any that hath better title thereto…” Ezra presented the inventory of the estate the following day.

An Inventory of Sarah Perry’s Estate

(NOTE: On June 7, 1659, Ezra Perry was allowed by the court to be Executor of the estate of Sarah Perry. This inventory was taken the day after. Sarah Perry, who is believed by many to have been the widow of Edmund Perry and mother of Ezra Perry above, apparently left no will.)

An Inventory of the goods of Sara Pery of Sandwich lately deceassed taken and prissed [appraised] this 8 of June 1659 by them whose names are under written.

l.-s.-d. [pounds-shillings-pence]

Imprimise five Cowes at …………………………….. 17-00-0

It on 2 yeare old steere ………………………………. 02-05-0

It two yeare old Calves ………………………………. 03-00-0

It 12 yards of sarge ……………………………………. 03-00-0

It on chest with some Cotton wooll &, divers other

smalle thinges …………………………………………….02-00-0

The whole some …………………………………………..27-05-0


Edward DILLINGHAM [our ancestor and father of Henry Dillingham below]

Henry Dillingham [husband of Hannah Perry, daughter of Edmund and Sarah PERRY.]

Thomas Burge[s] [father-in-law of Ezra Perry, executor of Sarah Perry’s estate]

  • Edmund Perry, born in Devon, England, 27 January 1588; married in Devon, 1614, Sarah Betts, born in London, Middlesex, England, 1592; died in Sandwich before 7 June 1659. Edmund reportedly emigrated to Plymouth Colony (Sandwich) in 1637. See, however, the discussion below in connection with his son Ezra and the administration of Sarah Perry’s estate. The surname and birthplace of Sarah, represented here, are from,
  • Of Ezra’s appointment as executor of Sarah Perry’s estate, Brownson says this: “Most printed accounts appear to base their claim that Ezra Perry and his ‘brother, Edward Perry the Quaker, were sons of the widow Sarah Perry of Devonshire, England’ on this statement. But the wording of the record makes it clear that neither Ezra nor any of the other Perrys in Sandwich were closely related by blood to the deceased widow Sarah. There is, however, an implication that Ezra Perry had some claim on the estate (perhaps for himself, possibly on behalf of others also), perhaps based on right to a dower residue of the estate of a step-mother. It could be argued that the Perry family group came to Sandwich with a widowed step-mother in order to live under the protection of some one of the pioneer Sandwich families to whom the widow’s husband and/or these minor children may have been closely related. Such a suggestion is, however, sheer conjecture.”

Bill Wright March 01, 2006  Genform

I agree that Edmund and Edward are equivalent names in this time period. If both names or both possible readings of the early records exist, how is the father/son relationship determined and how do we know that there are actually two individuals being referenced and not just Edward who d in 1694?

The first reference to Edward in Sandwich, Plymouth Colony was in November, 1652, when he was a member of a committee to acquire and store fish for the town’s use. (Canfield, Rosemary, “Rhode Island Descendants of Edward Perry,” 1988, Pacific Grove, CA, p 1, privately printed with limited distribution to libraries, including the Wilcox Library, Westerly, RI). Have you seen an earlier record?

The NEHGR article concluding that Ezra was the stepson of Sarah is secondary, but references the Plymouth Colony Court Records, vol 3, page 163, dated 7 June 1659. Are you saying that you have looked at the Plymouth Colony Court Records and could not find the appointment of Ezra as executor of Sarah’s estate “there being noe other (although she hath many friends in the Country) that claimeth any interest to the Estate, …”?

I have made one serious attempt to track down the source of the Edmund name while visiting the NEHist Gen library and the advice from one of the experts there was the same as you mentioned. The names Edmund and Edward could be one and the same in the original records of the mid-1600s. But where in the records is Edmund named? I have not found one reference documenting the source of the name.

As far as Edmund being the son of John, this also needs documentary support. It sounds like a guess and wishful thinking on the part of someone trying to count coup by adding another generation to a pedigree.

The NEHGR article says the first mention of Ezra in the records is in 1644. I agree these are secondary references, but they are documented. Is the documentation incorrect?

What is the documentation for Edmund? You mention people who refute Brownson and McLean’s conclusion that Sarah was Ezra’s step-mother. I have not found a published refutation. I have found numerous claims that Ezra, Edward, etal are the sons ofEdmund and Sarah, but never any documentation. Is there a source other than Sarah’s Estate settlement which Brownson and McLean in NEHGR effectively for the stepson/stepmother relationship.

As far as FHL film numbers take a look at: 0567792 “Plymouth Colony records, court orders, 1633-1690” Vol 1-3.

Vol. 4-6 are found on Film 0567793.

The Devonshire, England origin of the Perrys is based on family tradition that was passed down over seveal generations in Edward’s family. I don’t know if the same tradition was also passed down for descendants of Ezra or the other Perrys in Plymouth and Massachusetts colonies that are often lumped together without documentary support as siblings. But here again, no one has been able to locate any Perrys in the Devonshire records. The tradition is pervasive enough so that there is probably an element of truth in it. The Perrys simply did not leave documentary records in Devonshire.

Edward’s birth is estimated to have occurred circa 1630-1632. This is based on the 1652 reference in the Sandwich records and his marriage sometime in the 1650s. The earlier the reference to Edmund or Edward in the record, the more likely that it would be another person other than the future husband of Mary Freeman. But is there such a record?

There are enough published accounts from creditable genealogists and historians (Brownson and McLean, Canfield, Samuel Eliot Morison for example) that could not find any support for Edward’s (and hence Ezra’s) parentage that anyone claiming that Edward was the son of Edmund needs to provide the documentary evidence for such a claim.


1. Arthur Perry

Arthur’s wife Elizabeth Crowell was born in 1616 in England. Her parents were John Crowell (1590 – 14 Jan 1673 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass) and Elishua Miller or Yelverton (1590 – 1689) Elizabeth died 22 FEB 1696 in Boston, Middlesex, Mass.  By wife Elizabeth he had Elishua (1637), Seth (1639), John (1642), Elizabeth (1647), Sarah (1647), and Deborah (1649). See Savage, 3:399.

It’s interesting that Arthur’s mother and wife are both claimed to be Crowells. It’s possible that Sarah and John were brother and sister and Arthur married his cousin, but I haven’t found any direct evidence and am beginning to think that Sarah’s maiden name is really lost to history.

Elizabeth’s father John Crowell (name in early times generally written Crow, but the present spelling became universal, as is seen on the Yarmouth, Mass., records), the immigrant ancestor, came from England and settled in Charlestown, Mass., as early as 1635.  His wife preceded him the year before, and upon his arrival in this country had brought a house of William Jennings.  John Crowell was town officer at Charlestown, and was given the title of “Mr.” reserved for ministers and men of gentle birth or superior station.  He owned land in Malden and Dorchester which he disposed of, and in 1638 he disposed of his property in Charlestown.  His wife Elishua united with the Charlestown church Jan. 4, 1634-35.  Mr. Crowell was admitted a freeman in 1640, and was deputy to the General Court from Yarmouth in 1641-43.  He removed to Yarmouth and took the oath of allegiance to the Plymouth Colony, Dec. 18, 1638; was a magistrate at Yarmouth as early as 1640.  He died in January, 1673.  His children, according to the Crowell Genealogy, were: Moses, baptized at Charlestown June 24, 1637 (died when young); John, born about 1639; Thomas; Elizabeth; and Elishua.

It is in connection with Arthur Perry’s public duties for which he is best remembered in the records of the town of Boston, MA.  In the absence of church bells and newspapers, Arthur called the general public to their house of worship on Sundays and for lectures on Thursday.  He also set the clocks, proclaimed the laws, gave notice of town meetings, auction sales, the departure of vessels, advertised rooms for rent, children lost and found; and the new importation of goods.

Arthur was an initial Member of the Honorable Artillery Company and was their drummer in 1638. Our ancestor Thomas HUCKINS was one of the twenty-three original members of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, charted in 1638. Thomas bore its standard in 1639.

2. John Perry

John Perry arrived in America with the Puritan missionary to the Indians, John Eliot. They came over on the ship “Lyon” in 1631, which left London on August 23, 1631, and landed in Boston or Nantasket on November 2, 1631. John settled in Roxbury, MA, and became a freeman on March 4, 1633. He was a member of Eliot’s church, being listed as number 15 on the church list.  He had six children born in Roxbury.  Three died in infancy.  The other three were Elizabeth, John Jr., and Samuel. In his will, dated June 4, 1642, he bequeathed his house, land and goods to his wife, to bring up the three living chidlren. William Heath and Philip Eliot (brother of John Eliot) were named as overseers of the will.

John Eliot  (c. 1604 – 1690) was a Puritan missionary to the American Indians. His efforts earned him the designation “the Indian apostle.”

The marriage of a John Perry to Ann Newman in Sawbridgeworth in 1629 has been assigned to the Roxbury man, but there are reasons to doubt this. First, we do not see a Christian name for the wife of John Perry of Roxbury. Second, his first known child is born eight years after this proposed marriage. Since the only daughter of John of Roxbury is Elizabeth, & since an Elizabeth Perry marries in Roxbury in 1644, it is possible that John Pery married in Roxbury about 1636 an Elizabeth, parentage unknown, & she then married John Hanset.

3. Thomas (William) Perry

A recurrent error has this William and/or Thomas Perry married to Sarah Stedman, daughter of Isaac and Elizabeth Stedman. However, as shown by Robert S. Wakefield in “The Family of Isaac Stedman of Scituate and Muddy River, Massachusetts,” TAG (July 1994), pp. 155-159, this Sarah actually married Samuel Perry, son of John Perry and Anne Newman.

Susanna Carver emigrated with her parents, Richard and Grace Carver, from Norfolk County, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1637.  Appears to have been a resident of Scituate from 1637 and of Marshfield from 1657.

4. Elizabeth Perry

It is possible that Elizabeth was John Perry’s widow and she married John Hanchett  in 1644 after John death in 1642..  John Hanchett was born about 1622.  John died  23 Feb 1683 – Roxbury, Suffolk, MA

5. Hannah PERRY (See Henry DILLINGHAMpage)

6. Anthony PERRY (See his page)

7. Margaret Perry

Margaret’s husband Edmund Freeman was born 26 Nov 1620 in Billingshurst, Sussex, England. His parents were Edmund FREEMAN and Bennet  HODSOLL  He first married Rebecca Prence 22 Apr 1646. Her parents were Gov. Thomas PRENCE and Patience BREWSTER.  Edmund Jr died before 5 Jan 1703/04.

Edmund Freeman Of Sandwich died intestate bef. 5 January 1703/4, when Ezra Perry was appointed administrator of his estate. The inventory was taken March 1703/4 and was valued at 42 pounds, 14 shillings with all but two items supposedly in the custody of Edmund, the Son. It was also designated that the son owed the estate an additional 8 pounds. The son Edmund disputed the accounting, but it must have been upheld by the Barnstable Court, for he appealed the case to the Superior Court on 12 March 1704/5 maintaining the “insufficiency and uncertainty of the allegation therein” and declaring the testimony of his uncle John Freeman, Esq. a “pack of lyes.” The case was decided against Edmund Freeman. Final distribution of the estate, 9 June 1705, named Edmund Freeman, Isaac Pope and Alis his wife, Richard Allen of Sandwich, John Fish and Margaret his wife, John Launders and Rachel his wife, Patience Burg, widow, and Ezra Perry and Rebecca his wife

8. Ezra PERRY

Ezra’s wife Elizabeth Burgess was born 1629 in Truro, Cornwall, England. Her parents were Thomas Burgess and Dorothy Phippen. The origins of her parents are not known for certain. His mother is variously called Dorothy Waynes, Dorothy Phippen, etc., and Thomas and Dorothy ____ Burgess are said to come from several places in England, including Truro, Co.Cornwall and Yorkshire.  Elizabeth died 26 Sep 1717 in Sandwich, Barnstable Co. Mass.

Inscription – “Elizabeth Burgess Perry, wife of Ezra Perry, daughter of Thomas and Dorothy Burgess, daugther-in-law to Edmund and Sara Perry”.  Old Town Cemetery Sandwich,Barnstable,  Massachusetts,

The first recorded notice of Ezra Perry in America is found in the Sandwich town records, where at a meeting in August [or September] 1644 we learn that “divers persons engaged freely to pay in goods and merchantable corn” toward the repair of their Meeting House. Ezra Perry pledged nine shillings toward the project — a very generous contribution considering his age (about seventeen, if the information we have on the year of his birth is correct). Ezra’s next appearance in the records is notice of his marriage: “Ezra Perry and Elizabeth Burge were married the 12 day of Februarie, Anno. Dom. 1651” (1652 N.S.). On 4 April 1657, “Lieftenant” Perry received four shillings pay for service in the militia, yet his name is absent from the 1658 list of Sandwich land owners. On 7 June 1659, Plymouth Colony Court (Records, Vol. 3., p. 163), authorized Ezra to serve as executor of the estate of Sarah Perry, “there being no other (although she hath many friends in the Country) that claimeth any interest to the estate, having put in securities into the Court to be accountable for the estate in case it shall be required by any that hath better title thereto…”  Ezra presented the inventory of the estate the following day.

A deed from the Sachem Quachatasett to John Alden, 27 July 1661 mentioned a tract of land “on that side of Manomet River next unto Sandwich: the bounds of which is from the lands of Ezra Perry…”  But Ezra Perry was then still resident on his father-in-law’s tract, which the latter, Thomas Burgess, obtained “from Plymouth Court in consideration for his public service in 1652.” On 10 July 1663, Burgess conveyed half his Manomet holding to Ezra, one quarter to Joseph Burgess (his son), and the remaining quarter to Lt. Josiah Standish of Sandwich.

On 29 May 1665, Ezra agreed to assist in building a new meeting house for Sandwich. On 25 June 1666, the Court granted him a small quantity of land in the Neck (about 30 acres) “where Mr. Edmond Freeman, Jr. hath his land,” and on 3 July 1667 it granted him an additional 20 acres “being in the purchase of Mr. Edmond Freeman and not suitable for anyone besides, being there is no meadow on it.” On 5 June 1671, Ezra and one Edward Perry were appointed to represent Sandwich on a committee “to view the damage done to the Indians by the horses and hogges of the English.” On 3 June 1674 and again on 5 June 1677, Ezra served on the Grand Inquest. His name is absent from the 1675 list of Sandwich men “who have just right to the privileges of the town,” but appears together with that of his son, Ezra, Jr., among the names “added to a list of townsmen” in 1677. Ezra was appointed constable for Sandwich on 3 June 1679.

By will dated 4 April 1684, Thomas Burgess gave “to my son Ezra Perry … two lots I bought of Edmond Freeman Jr.” and directed that if his son, Joseph, prefered not to accept certain land under the conditions he prescribed, this land would also go to Ezra. The will named “Sons Ezra Perry and Joseph Burges” co-executors.

Ezra made his own will five years and six months later, and died the same day:

Inventory of the estate showed goods valued at £78 8s, but no real estate. Evidently, Ezra disposed of his real estate before his death, probably by gift to each of his sons on their coming of age. He also evidently gave each child a “marriage portion” of furniture and livestock. The three children who were unmarried at the time of his death received their portion by bequest.

Ezra and his wife were buried in Sandwich, as related by “The Old Cemetary of Sandwich, Massachusetts” by Mrs. Jerome Holway, being a paper read before the Sandwich Historical Society, 20 Oct 1908: “The oldest stone is that of Thomas Clark, son of Thomas and Jane Clark, 1683, age seven weeks. Beside this is the grave of Thomas Burgess, 1685, and his wife Dorothy, 1687. He was one of the settlers in the party that came in June 1637, after the settlement of the town in 1637. Another one of these is Ezra Perry, buried nearby, who died in 1689, and his wife Elizabeth Burgess, 1717.”

Of Ezra’s appointment as executor of Sarah Perry’s estate, Brownson says this: “Most printed accounts appear to base their claim that Ezra Perry and his ‘brother, Edward Perry the Quaker, were sons of the widow Sarah Perry of Devonshire, England’ on this statement. But the wording of the record makes it clear that neither Ezra nor any of the other Perrys in Sandwich were closely related by blood to the deceased widow Sarah. There is, however, an implication that Ezra Perry had some claim on the estate (perhaps for himself, possibly on behalf of others also), perhaps based on right to a dower residue of the estate of a step-mother. It could be argued that the Perry family group came to Sandwich with a widowed step-mother in order to live under the protection of some one of the pioneer Sandwich families to whom the widow’s husband and/or these minor children may have been closely related. Such a suggestion is, however, sheer conjecture.”

He signed a will. [EZRA PERRY’S WILL]

[p. 33] The will of “Ezra Perry Snr of of manument and Towne of Sandwich” made 16 October, 1689, after providing that his

Barnstable County, Mass., Probate Records 27

body be buried “at ye ordinary place of burring,” disposes of his estate as follows: “All my outward moveables, with out doars and with in docars to my truly and well beloved wife, as my true undoubted and Lawful Executrix …. to dispose of at her pleasure Excepting what I Leave and bequeath to my well beloved Son Samuel Perry that is two stiers of two and one heifer of fout years, one mare Coult one Bed and furniture be Longing thereto one gun one Sword and Bandaleers one Iron pot, to my well beloved Son Benjamin Perry two Cowes two steeres about three years old one bed- and its ffurniture one gun one Sword To my Daughter Remember too Cows one bed and its ffurniture, one meare and all her Increse, also to my Son Ezra one Shilling To John Perry my Son one Shilling to Deborah my Daughter wife to Seth Pope one Shilling To Sarah wife to Epharim Swift one Shilling”

The will was signed by a mark. It was witnessed by Jacob Burge (who made his mark) and James Steuart, and probated 18 April, 1690.[p. 34] The inventory, taken 24 October, 1689, by Elisha Bourne and Nathaniel Wing, was sworn to by “Elizabeth Perry ye Relict of ye above sd Ezra Perry” on 18 April, 1690. The will and inventory were recorded 22 April, 1690, by Joseph Lothrop, recorder.Sandwich Vital Reords

Ezra Perry Headstone Old Town Cemetery Sandwich, Barnstable, Massachusetts

Text from a book about Sandwich- Ezra Perry’s grave is one of the five oldest in the Old Town Cemetery and his headstone is one of the oldest surviving stones in America. The in-laws Burgess headstones were replaced in 1917 by family members with the text of the originals kept.

Ezra Perry Headstone Description

Children of Ezra and Elizabeth:

i. Ezra Perry Jr. (1652 – 31 Jan 1729)

ii. Deborah Perry (28 Nov 1654 Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass – 19 Feb 1711, Bristol, Mass)) m. Seth Pope, son of Thomas Pope and Sarah Jenney, before 1675

Deborah Perry Pope Headstone –  Her monument is the earliest extant stone in the Acushnet Cemetery. Acushnet, Bristol, Mass

iii. John Perry (1656 – 1732

iv. Mary Perry (1658 – 1699

v. Sarah Perry (1659 – 1734

vi. Benjamin Perry (1660 – 1740

vii. Samuel Perry (15 Mar 1666 Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass – 18 Aug 1751 Sandwich, Mass) m. Esther Tabor (1671 – 1749)

Samuel Perry Headstone “In Memory ofSamuel Perrywho died Aug’stye 18th 1751 in ye85th Year ofhis age ”  – Old Bourne Cemetery Bourne, Barnstable, Mass.

viii. Remembrance Perry (1 Jan 1677 Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass – 4 Nov 1732) m. Jonathan Tobey (1662 – 1741)

Remember Perry Tobey – Old Town Cemetery Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass

9. Edward Perry

Progenitor of Naval heroes – Captain Oliver Hazard Perry, Commodore Matthew Perry, and others.

Oliver Hazard Perry

Oliver Hazard Perry – The Hero of Lake Erie

Edward’s wife Elizabeth Freeman was born 2 Jun 1632 – London, Middlesex (London), England.  Her parents were Edmund FREEMAN and Elizabeth Beauchamp. Elizabeth died 5 Nov 1688 – Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.

When Edward was only nine-years-old, his family immigrated to New England (1639).

By the time Edward was 23 years old, he had moved to the little town of Sandwich,
where many of the Quakers settled. His name first appears in the records of Sandwich, Plymouth Colony, for November 1652 when he was a member of a committee to acquire and store fish for the town’s use. In 1653 he was appointed a grand juryman. He was surveyor of highways in 1657, 1658, and 1674.

As early as 1654 he was fined for conduct unacceptable to the established church. It could be argued that the Perry family group came to Sandwich with a widowed step-mother in order to live under the protection of one of the pioneer Sandwich families to whom the widow’s husband and/or these minor children may have been closely related. Edward Perry married about 1653. From this fact it has been assumed he was born about 1630.

Due to his Quaker beliefs, when Edward married Mary Freeman, he refused the services of the authorized magistrate, choosing a Quaker ceremony instead.  On March 7, 1653/54, the Court fined him five pounds for not being legally married and ordered him to have the marriage ratified. He refused and at the next session of the Court, on June 6, 1654, the Court ordered “Edward Perrry, for refusing to have his marriage ratified before Mr.Prence according to order of Court, is fined five pounds for this present Court and so five pounds for each General Court that shall be during the time of his said neglect for the future.”

Note that Edward employed a Quaker wedding ceremony in 1654, 3 years before the first Quaker congregation was established in Plymouth Colony, and 4 years before he formally joined that organization. The Quaker religious movement had been going since the late 1640’s, so there is nothing strange about him being a practicing Quaker before a Quaker “meeting” (congregation) existed in his area. The fact that his father-in-law, a very tolerant Puritan, was Lt Governor helped to deflect some of the Puritan anger, but the fines were still massive.

The Plymouth Colony records contain an entry for 7 Mar 1654 under the heading of “fines”: “Edward Perry, for unorderly proceeding, contrary to order of the Court, about his marriage, is fined five pound.” On the same date: “Thomas Tupper, for his negligence in not causing Edward Perry, of Sandwidg, to bee by him orderly married, being by the Court appointed to merry persons there, was required henceforth to desist, and is not intrusted with that business any more.”

On 6 Jun 1654 the Court again imposed a fine: “Edward Perry, for refusing to have his marriage rattifyed before Mr. Prence according to the order of Court, is fined five pounds for this present Court, and soe five pounds for every Generall Court that shall bee during the time of his said neglect for the future.”

On August 1, 1654, Edward was again fined. The final outcome of the conflict isn’t know but Edward’s difficulties didn’t cease.  At the beginning of June 1658, he and thirteen other men from Sandwich appeared before the Court to give reason for refusing to take the oath of fidelity. Because of their religion, they replied that it was unlawful for them to take the oath. The Court fined them 10 pounds apiece.

About 1657, he joined the newly formed Society of Friends. In 1658, the Quakers in Sandwich began having monthly meetings and the Court issued the third decree against them. It forbid, under severe penalties, holding or attending meeting. Following the decree, the fines and complaints against Quakers became so numerous that in June (1658), a marshal was chosen to help the constable.  That October, Edward and ten other men appearaed before the Court “to answer for their refusing to take the oath of fidelity and remaining obstinate.” The Court fined each of them ten pounds. In addition, “Edward Perry for using threatening speeches to abuse the marshal is fined to the use of the colony twenty shillings.”

Regularly throughout the years Edward’s name appeared in the court records. In 1658, 1659, and 1660 he and other Quakers were fined for refusing the oath of fidelity. In 1659 he was fined for “using threatning speeches” to the marshall. In 1663 he was called to account for a “rayling letter which hee wrote to the Court”. Nevertheless, he was respected enough to be appointed to share in community duties.

March, 1659/60 – The Court summoned Edward and six other men to answer about whether they would take the oath of fidelity. Edward and another man didn’t appear. The men who did appear said that they had not been duly summoned. There isn’t a record of them being fined.

13 Jun 1660 – The Court summoned Edward and eleven other men and asked them if they would take the oath. After all of the men refused to do, the Court fined them five pounds each. That is the last record of them being summoned or fined for refusing to take the oath of fidelity. The cause for some of the relief from fines and punishments appears to be due to interference from King Charles.

However, Edmund’s legal troubles didn’t end. In 1665, he was fined for writing a “railing letter to the Court of Plymouth.” In 1658 -60, his fines amounted to 89 pounds, 18 shillings and several head of cattle – at the time five pounds was considered a fortune. Edward’s fines were the heaviest imposed in the colony.

Edward published religious writings between 1767 and 1690, with titles such as “A Warning to New England,” “To the Court of Plymouth, this is the Word of the Lord,”  “A Testimony Concerning the Light,” “Concerning True Repentance,” etc. The “Warning to New England” was a series of visions and prophecies against the sins of the day.  The Court fined him £50 for such words as “The Voice that called unto me: Blood toucheth Blood, and Blood for Blood. The Word spoken: O, what lamentation shall be taken up for New England to Countervail or equalize Abominations in drunkenness, swearing, lying, stealing, whoredoms, adultery and fornication, with many other Abominations, but above all Blood, Blood, even the Blood of My Children, and servants which my cruelty and cruel hands have been shed in the midst of her.

In 1671 he and Ezra Perry were to view the damage done to the Indians by the “Horses and Hoggs of the English” and he and James Skiffe were appointed to “have inspection of the ordinaries”. Reportedly, Edward was the clerk of the Sandwich meeting of Friends from 1672 to 1694. One historian states that Edward was the author of several tracts setting forth the Quaker philosophy.

Edward Perry named his wife Mary as executrix of his will written at Sandwich 29 Dec 1694. The will was proved 12 Apr 1695. Edward requested that he be buried at “Spring Hill burying place, among my friends there”. This spot is a short distance from the present Quaker meeting house and cemetery in Sandwich, Mass. Nine children were named in his will, all referred to by their first names only.

Sandwich December 29, 1694

I Edward Perry of Sandwich being sick of body but of sound mind and disposing memory praised by God for it do make this make this my last will and testament in mannder and form following:

First, I commit my soul into ye hand of ye Lord my Savior and my body to be decently buried at Spring Hill burying place among my friends there when God shall please to take me hence and for ye disposal of my outward estate which God hath graciously given me my mind and will is that it shall be disposed in such manner as in this my last will is declared.

Imprimis my mind and will is and I do hereby give unto my well beloved wife Mary ye use and profit of all my housing and land for her comfort during ye term of her natural life and after her decease to be disposed as followeth (that is to say) my will is that my eldest Samuel shall have my dwelling house and all my out housing and ye land thereunto belonging bounded southerly upon ye highway or country road and westerly on ye way that leads to a place known by ye name of ye Great Spring from

said road bounded easterly by John Wing and northerly by Scoton River including all ye meadow as upland within said boundaries and on lot of land of about nine acres be it more or less which is within fence lying on ye south side of ye said highway or country road and bounded with ye fence that is about it this land and meadow with all ye housing thereon I give as foresaid to my son Samuel to have and to hold to him and

his heirs and assigns forever.

It. I give and bequeath unto my son Edward to have and to hold to him and his heirs and assignings forever all ye remaining part of ye tenement on which I dwell both upland and marsh lying on ye westerly side of ye lands above given to Samuel. And as is bounded southerly by ye highway or country road and northern by Scorten River and westerly by ye land in ye occupation of Joseph Hallett and easterly by ye aforesaid way which leads form ye country road to ye great spring aforesaid which way is to be divination between ye lands of my sons aforesaid and is to lie common for ye use of both ye creek that runs from said Great Spring into Scoton River is to be ye division of their marsh and my mind is that Edward shall have as belonging to said nement all my land on ye south side of ye highway except ye lot given to Samuel.

It. I give and bequeath to my youngest son Benjamin both upland and meadow lying on Scoton Neck to have and to hold to him and his heirs and assignees forever, it is to be understood that all my lands given to my three sons shall be for ye use of my said wife Mary during ye term of her natural life aforesaid.

It. My will is that my daughter Deborah shall have twenty pounds in money paid to her by my son Edward as a legacy out of ye land given to him within one year after my wife’s decease and my daughters Peace and Rest shall have each of them ten pounds in money.

It. My mind and will is that my son Benjamin shall pay in legacies out ye lands given to him thirty pounds in within one year after he comes to twenty one years of age and to enjoy ye land given to him, ten to my daughter Dorchas and ten to my daughter Sara and five to my daughter Peace and five to my daughter Rest.

It. My will is that my daughter Mary shall have five pounds besides what she hath already had to be paid to her by her mother my executrix here after named in such time and manner as she shall see meet and six pounds to by granddaughter Hannah Easton.

It. I give and bequeath to my said wife all my moveable estate whatsoever for her comfort and support in her age, and what she shall not have need to be expend, to be disposed of as she shall se cause, she having paid ye bequest given to my

daughter last (named) Mary. I do nominate and appoint my said well beloved daughter Mary to be my sole Executrix to this my last will and testament.

Signed sealed and declared to be my last will and testament ye day and year above written.

I ye within mentioned Edward Perry do desire and appoint Skeffe and John Otis to be ye overseers of this my last will as it is above written that so it may be truly performed.

Edward Perry (seal).

In the presence of Ebenezer Wing, John Hoxcy, John Otis. Proved April 9, 1695.

10. Deborah Perry

Deborah’s husband Robert Harper was born in 1629 in England. His parents were Joseph Harper and Christian Nutt.  After Deborah died, he married 22 Jun 1666 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass to Prudence Butler b. 1644 in Sandwich, Mass., daughter of Thomas Butler who was also an active Quaker.  Robert died in 1704 in Falmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

Robert Harper first appears in New England records at the time of his first marriage in May 1654. About this time the first Quakers made their appearance at Sandwich and Robert Harper soon joined the Society of Friends. His name appears among Sandwich land owners at the time of the 1658 survey.

1 June 1658 – He appeared before the court for failure to take the “oath of fidelitie”, and was fined £10  on at Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA, New England.

2 Oct 1658 – Robert Harper was fined £5 for refusing to take the “oath of fidelitie”, along with twelve others of Sandwich, and was fined £5.

7 Jun 1659 – He appeared before the court for failure to take the “oath of fidelitie”, and fined £5  at Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA, New England.

6 Oct 1659 – He appeared before the court for failure to take the “oath of fidelitie”, and fined £5 at Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA, New England.

8 or 13 June 1660 – Robert Harper was fined fined £5 for refusing to take the “oath of fidelitie”. This fine was imposed by the court in regards to the 7 Mar 1660 appearance. on  at Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA, New England.

2 Oct 1660 – He was convicted for refusing to take the “oath of fidelitie”, at the General Court in Plymouth; fined £6 at Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA, New England.

2 Oct 1660 – Robert Harper and Deborah Perry were fined £4, “for being att Quakers meetings”. It is believed that the fine of Henry Howland (£4) was mistaken as the way it was written in the transcription of the records could have been misread.

Robert Harper appeared before the court for “intollorable insolent disturbance” and was ordered to be publicly whipped on 1 March 1663/64 at Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA, New England.

14 March 1661 –  Friend, William Leddra of Barbados, was executed in Boston.  obert Harper, a prominent Quaker in Boston caught William’s body under the scaffold when the hangman cut it down. For this sign of respect toward his dead friend, Robert and his wife, were banished. Another Quaker, Edward Wharton helped bury the body. Shortly after William’s death, King Charles II put a stop to the executions.

He appeared before the court for “rayling and revileing” the local minister, Thomas Walley, Sr; ordered to be whipped on 5 July 1670 at Plymouth, Plymouth Co., MA, New England.

1685 – He recieved permission “to take up land,” where is now East Falmouth, in the eastern portion of what was then Saconnessett. He was one of eight men listed as “purchasers from the Indians” at East Falmouth, Barnstable Co., Mass.

22 April 1690 – Robert Harper sold one hundred acres of land formerly owned by John Robinson to Thomas Bowerman on at “Suckanessett”, now Falmouth, Barnstable Co., Mass.

11 June 1704 – Robert Harper witnessed the marriage of Gershom Gifford and Deborah Bowerman at Falmouth, Barnstable Co., MA, New England; , married at the home of William Gifford, both were of Falmouth.

Robert Harper Quaker Bio

It seems probable that much of his land and personal property was taken from him because of his refusal to take the oath of Fidelity and for absenting himself from the authorized church worship. His name appears at the head of a list of Quakers, with fines of £44.

It may be that because of this he had few worldly goods to leave, as no record of the probate of his estate has come to light, nor can we find the date of his death. He was living in August 1704 when he signed the marriage certificate of his granddaughter, Deborah (Bowerman) Gifford, as did the girl’s mother, Mary (Harper) Bowerman.

Fortunately, the will of the childless son, Stephen2 Harper, has survived and it is this instrument which makes it possible for us to identify several members of this family group who otherwise would have remained unknown. In his will dated 17 Nov. 1740, proved 31 Dec. 1740, Stephen Harper of the town of Falmouth, yeoman, gives to his “wife Eliphal Harper one half the lot of land in Falmouth Town bounded southerly by Nathanial Hatch’s land . . . Westerly by Tobey’s land . . . Northerly by Thomas Parker . . . also the whole use and improvement of all my Real Estate together with the North end of my house and one half my barn . . . in Falmouth” during her natural life and all moveable estate and the residue after other bequests; to kinsman Stephen Bowerman all lands and meadows lying in the town of Falmouth after wife’s decease, he to pay the legacies hereafter ordered, and also the new end of the dwelling house and half the barn. To kinswoman Abigail Robinson £30 to be paid by Stephen Bowerman after “that I have given him comes into his hands”; to kinswoman Experience Gifford £30 with the same provision, and £5 each to kinsman Thomas Bowerman Junr, kinsman Samuell Bowerman, kinswomen Deborah Gifford, Waitstill Allen, Mary “Bassington” [sic?], Experience Landers and Mary Robinson, and kinswoman Hannah Barlow. To kinsman Benjamin Bowerman. “My will is that if my wife Eliphal Harper should, after my decease, move from Falmouth and hire out the Real Estate I have given her the use of, that she should give Stephen Bowerman the Refusal of the hiring of it, he paying as much yearly for the rent thereof as any other person and if he choses it, then to let any of the rest of his brothers have the offer thereof, giving as aforesaid.” Humphrey Wadey of Sandwich is named sole executor; witnesses: Seth Parker, Jashub Wing, Theodore Morse. Wing and Morse were sworn 17 Nov. 1740 and Parker 6 April 1741 (Barnstable County Probate 5:539).

Stephen Harper’s will names eight children of his eldest sister, Mary (Harper) Bowerman (Stephen, Experience, Deborah, Benjamin, Thomas, Samuel, Wait and Hannah). It seems likely that “kinswoman Mary Bassington” was a ninth child. Perhaps some reader can confirm or otherwise identify Mary Bassington. Also named in the will are Abigail, Experience and Mary Robinson, daughters of the testator’s half‑sister, Hannah (Harper) Robinson (see below). It is interesting that Stephen Harper does not name his youngest half‑sister Mercy Harper, although the latter was living unmarried at the date of the will. This omission could be explained by the hypothesis that the two were not on good terms, or by the possibility that Robert Harper had provided by deed of gift for his youngest child, so that Stephen may have felt that Mercy had had her full share of the family estate.


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Anthony Perry

Anthony PERRY (1624 – 1683) was Alex’s 10th Great Grandfather, one of 2,048 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Anthony Perry was born in 1624 in Devonshire, England. His parents were Edmond PERRY and Sarah CROWELL.  He immigrated with his parents to Plymouth Colony (Sandwich) in 1637 or on the Lion in 1639.   He married Elizabeth [__?_] about 1647.  Anthony died 1 Mar 1682/83 in Rehoboth, Mass.

Elizabeth was born about 1626.  Elizabeth died on 14 May 1703.

Children of Anthony and Elizabeth:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Samuel PERRY 10 Dec 1648 Rehoboth, Mass. Mary MILLER
12 Dec 1676 Rehoboth, Mass
3 Apr 1706 Rehoboth, Mass.
2. Elizabeth Perry 15 OCT 1650 Rehoboth Stephen Burpee
29 May 1674 Rehoboth
Sep 1706 Rehoboth
3. Jasiel (Jahaziel) Perry 18 OCT 1652 Rehoboth SEP 1676 Rehoboth
4. Mercy (Mary?) Perry 9 DEC 1654 Rehoboth Thomas Kendrick
17 JUL 1681 Rehoboth
26 Jan 1685/86 Rehoboth
5. Mehitable Perry 23 SEP 1657 Rehoboth SEP 1676
6. Nathaniel Perry 8 OCT 1660 Rehoboth Sarah Carpenter
17 MAY 1683 Rehoboth
22 Apr 1715

Grand Juryman, May 1654; on a committee to buy Joseph Peck’s house to make it fit for the ministry, 2 November 1663; constable for Rehoboth, 1665 (Peirce’s Colonial Lists. Civil, Military and Professional Lists of Plymouth and Rhode Island Colonies);

Received one share of the land granted to Rehoboth by Plymouth Colony Court on 10 April 1666 (Bowen, Early Rehoboth, VI, 40-41);

On a committee to finish the meeting house (1678) and then to sell it (1680);

Deputy to the Court, 1673; Surveyor of Highways for Rehoboth, 1679 (Pierce’s Colonial List); Townsman, 8 May 1680. Representative to the General Court in Boston;

Made a donation of £14 2d to “Phillips War.”

Anthony’s son-in-law Stephen Burbee is the of the same Burbee family as Burbee Seeds.  Stephen married Elizabeth Perry on 29 May 1674 in  Rehoboth, Mass.


1. Samuel PERRY (See his page)

2. Elizabeth Perry

Elizabeth’s husband is sometimes called Stephen Burpee  (of Burpee Seed fame) b. 1647 band other times Stephen Bruff  born before 1653 – Marshfield, Plymouth, Mass. The marriage is recorded as Steven Burph.   His parents were Edmund Bruff and Mary Chandler. Stephen died before 21 Jan 1719.

3. Jasiel Perry

Jasiel died in Sep 1676 and was a soldier in King Philip’s War.  So far I have not found a specific record of his death. The fighting had ended by then, so maybe Jasiel died of his wounds.

Private Soldiers – The History of Rehoboth by Leonard Bliss, page 117, says, “The names of the Rehoboth soldiers who served in Philip’s war have been preserved, and are as follows:” Those engaged in the Narraganset expedition were, John Fitch, Jonathan Wilmarth, Jasiel Perry, Thomas Kendrick, Jonathan Sabin, John Carpenter, John Redeway, John Martin, John Hall, John Miller, Jun., John Ide, Joseph Doggett, Sampson Mason, Jun. “Those who served under Major Bradford were, Preserved Abell, Samuell Perry, Stephen Paine, Jun., Samuel Miller, Silas T. Alin, Samuel Palmer, James Redeway, Enoch Hunt, Samuel Walker, Nicholas Ide, Noah Mason, Samuel Sabin, Thomas Read, Israel Read, George Robinson, Nathaniel Wilmarth.”

4. Mercy Perry

Mercy’s husband Thomas Kendrick was born 23 Jan 1646/47 Rehoboth, Mass. His parents were George Kendrick and Ruth Bowen.

1668 – He and his brother-in-law were elected constables for one year. “Att the General Court of Elections held att Plymouth the third Day of June, Anno Dom 1668, Prence Gour, Constables of Rehoboth– Robert ffuller George Kendricke” Constables kept the peace, made arrests, served warrants, and among other popular activities, collected taxes.   Their duties included keeping the peace, making arrests, serving warrants, and the collection of taxes. Since there was very little cash in those days they were required to accept payment in produce at rates set by the town council. The handling of such produce made the collection of taxes an arduous task.

1675/76 – George Kendrick, advanced £11 s.13 d.01  to help pay for King Philip’s War. It appears his aunt  Sarah Bowen was killed by Indians as part of King Philip’s War, and her daughter Abigail may have died then as well.

Children of Mercy and Thomas:

i. Mary Kendrick b. 2 JAN 1683/84 Rehoboth, Mass.

ii. Ruth Kendrick b. 1 MAY 1685 Rehoboth, Mass.

iii. Elizabeth Kendrick b. 24 OCT 1686 Rehoboth, Mass.

iv. Thomas Kendrick b. 16 JAN 1686/87 Rehoboth, Mass.

v. Mehitable Kendrick b. 15 AUG 1689 Rehoboth, Mass.
d. 28 JAN 1730/31 Rehoboth, Mass.; m. 19 MAY 1714 Rehoboth, Mass. to Arthur Tucker b. ABT 1670 Roxbury, Mass.

vi. Jaziel Kendrick b. 23 MAR 1691/92 Rehoboth, Mass.; m. 5 APR 1716 Rehoboth, Mass. to Lydia Guy

6. Nathaniel Perry

Nathaniel’s wife Sarah Carpenter was born 11 Jan 1662/63 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. Her parents were Samuel Carpenter and Sarah Redway. Her grandparents were William CARPENTER JR. and Abigail BRIANT.  Sarah died 5 JAN 1747/48 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

Children of Nathaniel and Sarah:

i. Anthony Perry b. 7 MAR 1683/84 Rehoboth, Mass.; d. JAN 1684/85 Rehoboth, Mass.

ii. Anthony Perry b. 11 APR 1686 Rehoboth, Mass.

iii. Sarah Perry b. 6 OCT 1688 Rehoboth, Mass.; d. 17 DEC 1775 Attleborough, Bristol, Mass.; m. 1 JAN 1707/08 Rehoboth, Mass. to Jacob Ide

iv. Nathaniel Perry b. 2 APR 1691 Rehoboth, Mass.; d. 2 NOV 1773 Rehoboth, Mass. m. ABT 1714 to Patience Butterworth

v. Jacob Perry b. 21 AUG 1698 Rehoboth, Mass.; m. 1723 to Abigail Smith

vi. John Perry b. 11 MAR 1699/00 Rehoboth, Mass.; m. 23 NOV 1721 Rehoboth, Mass. to Mercy Newsome

vii. Patience Perry b. 21 JAN 1695/96 Rehoboth, Mass.; d. 2 NOV 1773 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.; m. 1 MAR 1714/15 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. to Samuel Butterworth


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Samuel Perry

Samuel PERRY (1648 – 1706) was Alex’s 9th Great Grandfather, one of 1,024 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Samuel Perry was born 10 Dec 1648 in Rehoboth, Mass.  His parents were Anthony PERRY and Elizabeth [__?__].  He married Mary MILLARD on 12 Dec 1676 in Rehoboth, Mass.  Samuel died 13 Apr 1706 in Rehoboth, Mass.

Mary Millard was born in 1657.  Her parents were  John MILLARD and  Elizabeth [__?__].  Mary died 10 Apr 1706 in Rehoboth, Mass.

Children of Samuel and Mary

Name Born Married Departed
1. Mehitable Perry 30 APR 1680 Rehoboth Philip Amidon
27 MAY 1698
4 JUL 1699 Rehoboth
2. Jasiel PERRY 6 May 1682 in Rehoboth Rebecca Peck WILLMARTH
3 Jan 1705/06 in Rehoboth
Briggs Corner, Oak Knoll, Rehoboth
3. Mary Perry 17 AUG 1684 Rehoboth Nathaniel Willmarth
29 DEC 1677 Rehoboth
4. Elizabeth Perry 7 JAN 1685/86 Rehoboth William Blanding
16 OCT 1708 Rehoboth
26 JAN 1709/10 Rehoboth
5. Samuel Perry 4 FEB 1688/89 Rehoboth Patience Wood
12 MAR 1714/15 Rehoboth
16 JUN 1756 Rehoboth
6. Rebecca Perry 4 JAN 1690/91 Rehoboth John Humphrey
17 MAR 1723/24 Rehoboth
7. Sarah Perry 30 JUL 1693 Rehoboth Noah Blandon
28 MAR 1713 Rehobot
14 SEP 1715 Rehoboth

Samuel Perry was a soldier in King Philip’s War  See my Great Swamp Fight article

Private Soldiers – The History of Rehoboth by Leonard Bliss, page 117, says, “The names of the Rehoboth soldiers who served in Philip’s war have been preserved, and are as follows:” Those engaged in the Narraganset expedition were, John Fitch, Jonathan Wilmarth, Jasiel Perry, Thomas Kendrick, Jonathan Sabin, John Carpenter, John Redeway, John Martin, John Hall, John Miller, Jun., John Ide, Joseph Doggett, Sampson Mason, Jun. “Those who served under Major Bradford were, Preserved Abell, Samuell Perry, Stephen Paine, Jun., Samuel Miller, Silas T. Alin, Samuel Palmer, James Redeway, Enoch Hunt, Samuel Walker, Nicholas Ide, Noah Mason, Samuel Sabin, Thomas Read, Israel Read, George Robinson, Nathaniel Wilmarth.”


1. Mehitable Perry

Mehitable’s husband Philip Amidon was born 26 JAN 1667/68 in Rehoboth Bristol Mass. His parents were Roger Amadowne Amidon and Joanna Harwood. After Mehitable died, he married 16 Sep 1700 to Johanna Warfield. Philip died 15 MAR 1745/46 in Oxford Worcester Mass

2. Jasiel PERRY (See his page)

3. Mary Perry

Mary’s husband Nathaniel Willmarth was born 29 Dec 1677 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. He was her first cousin . His parents were John Wilmarth and Ruth Kendrick. His grandparents were Thomas WILMARTH and Elizabeth BLISS. Nathaniel died 2 Dec 1747 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

4. Elizabeth Perry

Elizabeth’s husband William Blanding was born 2 May 1676 in Rehoboth, Mass. His parents were William Blanding and Bethiah Wheaton. After Elizabeth died, he married Mehitible [__?__] in 1711 in Rehoboth, Mass. William died in 19 Jun 1750 in Rehoboth, Mass

5. Samuel Perry

Samuel’s wife Patience Wood was born 27 Feb 1691 in Swansea, Bristol, Mass. Her parents were Thomas Wood and Hannah Rider. Patience died 10 Aug 1773 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass

6. Rebecca Perry

Rebecca’s husband John Humphrey was born 19 Feb 1684 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Mass. His parents were Samuel Humphrey and Mary Torrey. John died 11 Jul 1751 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass

7. Sarah Perry

Sarah’s husband Noah Blandon was born 7 Mar 1690 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. His parents were William Blanding and Bethiah Wheaton. After Sarah died, he married 15 Jun 1719 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass to Rebecca [__?__] (b. 1694 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. – d. 13 Oct 1732 in Rehoboth). He married third 4 Jan 1737 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. to Martha Cooper (b. 11 Apr 1709 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. – d. 14 Feb 1752 in Rehoboth) Noah died in 1776 in Attleborough, Bristol, Mass.


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Jasiel Perry

Jasiel PERRY (1682 – 1778) was Alex’s 8th Great Grandfather, one of 512 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Jasiel Perry was born 6 May 1682 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.  His parents were Samuel PERRY and  Mary MILLARD.   He married Rebecca Peck WILLMARTH on 3 Jan 1705/06 in Rehoboth Mass. Jasiel died 1778 and is buried in Briggs Corner, Oak Knoll, Rehoboth.

Rebecca Wilmarth was born  30 Aug 1683 in  Rehoboth, Mass. Her parents were Jonathan WILMARTH and Esther PECK.  Rebecca died 17 May 1736.

Children of Jasiel and Rebecca:

  Name Born Married Departed
1. Mary Perry 30 Apr 1708
Rehoboth, Mass
Daniel Walker
1 Jan 1728/29
Rehoboth, Mass
Aft. 1768 Clarendon, NH
2. Daniel Perry 9 May 1710 Rehoboth Mary Walker
9 Mar 1736/37
20 Sep 1778
3. Mehitable Perry 25 Apr 1713 Rehoboth Nathaniel Knapp
12 Mar 1740/41
Tauton, Mass
4. Jasiel Perry 15 Aug 1715 Rehoboth Elizabeth Walker
28 Oct 1731 Rehoboth
18 Mar 1753
5. Rebeckah Perry 17 May 1717
James Brown
27 Jul 1737
31 Jan 1752
6. David Perry 16 Aug 1719
Margaret Willmarth Dryer (his 1st cousin granddaughter of Jonathan WILMARTH)
16 Feb 1742/43
14 May 1806
7. Ichabod Perry 3 Apr 1722
Sarah Haskins
27 Nov 1746
Ruth Fisher
8 Feb 1753 in Attleboro
Experience Blanchard
4 Mar 1784 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass
8. Keziah PERRY 7 Aug 1724 Rehoboth, Mass Thomas FRENCH
2 Jan 1745/46.

Jasiel (whom God made ) was the last named on the list of David’s heroes in (1 Chronicles 11:47)

“Inventory of estate of JASIAL PERRY of Rehoboth, dated. 26 Feb. 1752, pres. by Jasiall Perry, executor. Pers. estate. 51-1-3; no real estate. Appraisers Nathan Wilmouth, Amos Brown & Daniel Willmouth

“Rcpt. by David Perry & Ichabod Perry for legacies from estated of their father Jasiel Perry, dated. at Rehoboth. 26 Feb. 1752

“Rcpt. by Daniel Walker of Coventry, Co. of Kent, R.I. for legacy from est. of Jasiel Perry of Rehoboth., paid by Jasiel Perry, exec., dtd. 16 Feb. 1751/52 . Witnesses: Joseph Barrus & Thomas French 

“Rcpt. by Thomas French for legacy to his wife from estate of his father-in-law Jasiel Perry of Rehoboth, dated. at Attleboro,  3 Apr. 1752


1. Mary Perry

Mary’s husband Daniel Walker was born 10 Oct 1706 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. His parents were Philip Walker (1661 – 1740) and Sarah [__?__] ( – 1739). Daniel died in 1768 in Clarendon, Rutland, Vermont.

Daniel was suspected by rebels of corresponding with the enemy, was confined to his land until he escaped in July 1777 to join Army. Was captured by rebels a few days before Burgoyne’s capitulation, but escaped after it to re-join Army on retreat. Served until reduction of Royal Rangers. Also – Found on “A List of Men who Enlisted by ordres of the late Mr. Howetson for Sir John Johnston’s (sic) Brigade and joined Joseph Brant’s Volunteers of their own accord.”

Daniel Walker 1 --  Dr. H.C. Burleigh Essay - Lennox & Addington Historical Society

Daniel Walker 1 — Dr. H.C. Burleigh Essay – Lennox & Addington Historical Society

Children of Mary and Daniel:

i. Mary Walker b. 6 Sep 1730 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; d. 19 Aug 1777 Clarendon, Rutland, Vermont; m. 1752 to Ebenezer Bates (b. 15 Dec 1725 in Coventry, Kent, Rhode Island – d. 1816 in Shaftsbury, Bennington, Vermont) Most sources say that Ebenezer was born in Vermont, but his parents and siblings lived in Rhode Island.  His parents were James Bates (1695 – 1768) and Elizabeth Bennett Harrington (1709 – 1776).  Mary and Ebenezer had nine children.

Clarendon, Vermont

Clarendon, Rutland, Vermont

The area that later formed the Town of Clarendon was settled by families from lower New England as early as 1762. It and the surrounding area was then part of Albany County, New York, but was later split off as Charlotte County until Vermont declared itself as a republic around 1788. Land claims by New Hampshire were eventually settled, and in 1795 Vermont became a state.

ii. Mehitable Walker b. 22 Sep 1733 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; d. 26 Jun 1800 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; m. 5 May 1754 in Coventry, Kent, Rhode Island to Benoni Pearce (b. 23 Nov 1730 North Kingston, Washington, Rhode Island, Recorded Providence,  – d. 31 Oct 1819 in Johnston, Providence, Rhode Island) His parents were Nathan Pearce (1706 – 1790) and Abigail Spink (1704 – 1791).  Mehitable and Benoni had five children born between 1757 and 1772.

After Mehitable died, Benoni married 27 July 1830 in Pawling, Dutchess, New York by Benoni’s brother, William Pearce Esq, to Ruth Tweedy ((b. 1750 in Pawling, Dutchess, New York – d. 27 Apr 1830 in Danbury, Fairfield, CT).

Benoni’s timeline

1752 – Took oath against bribery and corruption in  Providence, Rhode Island.

Mar 23, 1762 – Benoni  was a director in a lottery for paving certain streets in Providence.

1768 – Benoni was a bookseller in Providence, R.I. In business “West of the Great Bridge”.

The 1770 List of Providence Taxpayers gives a Benoni Pearce living in section XI C 5 of the map, just West of the Great Bridge on Broad Street.

1770 – He was in the General Assembly representing Providence.

In an article in the “Rhode Island Imprints” by John Eliot Alden there is the following:
One Hundred Pounds Reward.
Escaped last Night from the House of Subscriber, a Prisoner named William Prentice.

1780 lived in Pawling, N.Y. Benoni’s father, Nathan Pearce, Sr. sold land in Pawling,  New York to Benoni Pearce.

1807 lived in Providence, R.I.

iii. Sarah Walker b. 2 Sep 1735 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; d. New York; m int. 28 Apr 1764 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass to her cousin Elisha Wilmarth (b. 25 Aug 1733 in Attleboro – d. 1789 Attleboro) Elisha’s parents were Stephen Willmarth (1765 – ) and Deborah Crossman (1702 – 1800).  His grandparents were our ancestors Jonathan WILMARTH and Esther PECK. Sarah and Elisha had five children born between 1765 and 1775.

An order on Ephraim Newell, Town Treasurer of Attleborough, dated July 5, 1776, was made for wages due Elisha Wilmarth and others for service on the alarm caused by the battle of Bunker Hill.

iv. Daniel Walker b. 11 Mar 1736 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. 5 Jul 1795 Ernstown Township, Ontario, Canada; m1. Jerusha Bates (b. 1738 – d. 1767 shortly after the birth of her only child); m2. Dec 1767 in Coventry, Rhode Island to Mary Young (b. 1731 in Rhode Island – d. 9 Jan 1829 in Ernestown Township, Lenn Add, Ontario, Canada in her 99th year) Daniel and Mary had ten children, eight grandchildren and 62 great grandchildren.

Mary Walker Obit

Daniel Jr. was one of the first settlers of Ernesttown a historic township in Lennox and Addington County in eastern Ontario. It was originally known as Second Town because it was surveyed after Kingston Township, but was renamed in 1784 after Prince Ernest Augustus, fifth son of George III. In 1998, it became part of Loyalist Township

Shortly after the American Revolution, some former members of Edward Jessup‘s Loyal Rangers settled in this area. The town of Bath, originally part of this township, was an important centre for shipbuilding in Upper Canada.

Loyalist Township

Loyalist Township is Loyalist Township was formed on January 1, 1998, through the amalgamation of Amherst Island Township, Ernestown Township, and Bath Village.   The quaint villages of Bath, Odessa and Wilton offer a glimpse of history, while thriving industries, such as LaFarge, carry the community into the future.

Daniel Walker 2 - Dr. H.C. Burleigh Essay – Lennox & Addington Historical Society

Daniel Walker 2 – Dr. H.C. Burleigh Essay – Lennox & Addington Historical Society

Daniel Walker 3
Daniel Walker 4
Daniel Walker 5
Daniel Walker 6

v. Gideon Walker b. 20 Nov 1738 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 1793 Whiting, Vermont; m. 20 Feb 1762 in Coventry, Kent, Rhode Island to Rachel Foster (b. 21 Apr 1743 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass – d. 31 Mar 1815 in Whiting, Addison, Vermont)  Her parents were Benjamin Foster (1714 – 6 Jan 1803) and Rachel Day (1725 – 1820)  Her grandparents were our ancestors Maj. John FOSTER and Margaret WARE. Gideon and Rachel had five children born between 1764 and 1784 in Whiting, Addison, Vermont.

Gideon Walker Revolutionary Service

Gideon Walker Revolutionary Service

vi. Rebecca Walker b.14 Jun 1740 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. Clarendon, Vermont; m. 1760 to Elijah Osburn (b.1739)

vii. Esther Walker b.9 Jun 1742 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 1773 Coventry, Rhode Island; m. 1760 to William Roy (b. 1739 – d. 07 Jan 1822 in Pownal, Bennington, Vermont)

viii. Nathan Walker b. 4 May 1744 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 19 Oct 1823 Ferrisburgh, Vermont; m. 1765 to Catharine Johnson (b. 1738 in Attleboro, Vermont – d. 28 Aug 1820 in Ferrisburg, Addison, Vermont) Nathan and Catharine had nine children born between 1766 and 1785.

Vermont Flag

On May 1, 1804, the number of U.S. states rose to seventeen, and it was expected that the U.S. flag would change to 17 stars and 17 stripes. In recognition, Vermont adopted what was expected to be the new U.S. flag with the addition of the name “VERMONT” embroidered along the top. The U.S. flag did not change in that way, resulting in the Vermont flag having more stripes than the national flag

ix. John Walker b. 1 Sep 1748 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 15 Oct 1748 Coventry, Rhode Island

x. Ichabod Walker b. 23 Dec 1749 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 21 Mar 1832 Potsdam, St. Lawrence, New York; Burial: Bayside Cemetery, Potsdam; m. Abigail Logia (Lougee) (b. 1750 Swansea, Bristol, Mass – d. 4 Apr 1798 in Probably Clarendon, Rutland, Vermont) Her parents were Philip Logee (1730 – 1780) and Comfort Chase (1734 – 1754);  Ichabod and Abigail had fourteen children born between 1770 and 1796.

m2. 20 Feb 1799 Clarendon, VT to Penelope Patch (b. 18 Nov 1754 in Union City, Tolland, CT – d. Dec 1836 in Lancaster, Fairfield, Ohio)

Ichabod Walker Revolutionary Service

Ichabod Walker Revolutionary Service — DAR# A119381

In the Memory of
Ichabod Walker
who died
March 18, 1832
In his 83rd year

2. Daniel Perry

Daniel’s wife Mary Walker was born Aug 1716 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. Her parents were Peter Walker (1689 – 1760) and Mary Child (1691 – 1731). Mary died 27 Jan 1793 in Woodstock, CT.

Children of Daniel and Mary:

i. Daniel Perry b. 15 Jan 1739 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.; d. 23 Oct 1744 Rehoboth

ii. Ezra Perry b. 22 May 1741 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.; d. 1 Mar 1821 Rehoboth;Burial: Oak Knoll Cemetery, Rehoboth;  m. 29 Apr 1762 in Attleboro to Jemima Titus (b. 1744 in Rehoboth – d. 4 Feb 1808 Rehoboth)  Her parents were Robert Titus (1719 – 1784) and Esther Wilmarth (1724 – ).  Ezra and Jemima had three children born between 1767 and 1781.

To the Memory of
who died March 1,
in the 80th year
of his age.

[At the bottom of Jemima’s headstone, it reads]:
A pious worthy consort.
Here lies by my side, my two grand children
who were in the fire Died.

Perry, Ezra – Private, Lieut. John Dryer’s co., Col. Thomas Carpenter’s regt.; service, 3 days; company marched from Rehoboth to Bristol, R. I., on the alarm of Dec. 8, 1776

Perry, Ezra, Plympton. Private, Capt. John Bradford’s co., Col. Theophilus Cotton’s regt.; muster roll dated Aug. 1, 1775; enlisted May 3, 1775; service, 3 mos. 6 days; also, company return dated Oct. 7, 1775; also, order for bounty coat or its equivalent in money dated Roxbury, Nov. 9, 1775; also, return of men raised to serve in the Continental Army from Capt. James Harlow’s (3d Plympton) co., Col. Theophilus Cotten’s (1st Plymouth Co.) regt.; residence, Plympton; engaged for town of Plympton; joined Capt. Turner’s co., Col. Bradford’s regt.; term to expire Jan. 10, 1778; also, list of men mustered by James Hatch, Muster Master for Plymouth Co., dated May 26, 1777; Col. Bradford’s regt.; enlisted by Capt. Thomas Turner; Enlistment to expire Jan. 10, 1778; also, Corporal, Capt. William Crow Cotton’s co., Col. Josiah Whitney’s regt.; marched July 29, 1778; discharged Sept. 13, 1778; service, 1 mo. 16 days; company raised in Plymouth Co. and marched to Rhode Island

iii. Noah Perry b.3 Oct 1743 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.; m. 15 Dec 1774 in Rehoboth to Sarah Barrows (b. 21 July 1751 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass) Her parents were Joseph Barrows (1713 – ) and Bathsheba Woodward (1717 – ).  Noah and Sarah had nine children born between 1775 and 1794.

iv. Mary Perry b. 5 Aug 1745 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.; d. 18 Oct 1747 Rehoboth

v. Daniel Perry b. 3 Apr 1748 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; m. 18 Apr 1771 in Rehoboth, Bristol to Judith Hunt (b: 18 Jul 1753 in Rehoboth – ) Daniel and Judith had three children born between 1772 and 1776.

vi. Lydia Perry b. 30 Apr 1750 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

vii. Elijah Perry b. 19 Nov 1752 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.; d. Nov 1825 in Whitingham, Windham, Vermont; m. 28 Oct 1779 Woodstock, Windham, CT Irene Child (b. 10 Apr 1762 in Woodstock, CT – d. 4 Jun 1835 in Whitingham, Windham, Vermont) Elijah and Irene had one child Esther (b. 1787)

Elijah Perry Rehoboth.Private, Capt. Samuel Bliss’s co. of Minute-men, which marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775; service to April 27, 1775, 1 week 1 day.

Perry, Elijah.Corporal, Capt. James Hills’s co., Col. Carpenter’s regt.; enlisted Dec. 8, 1776; discharged Dec. 22, 1776; service, 15 days, on the alarm at Bristol, R. I., of Dec. 8, 1776; roll dated Bristol and sworn to at Rehoboth;also, Sergeant, Capt. James Hills’s co., Col. John Dagget’s regt.; copy of a list of men stationed at Bristol for 3 months from Dec. 28, 1776.

Elijah Perry, Private, Capt. James Hills’s co., Col. Williams’s regt.; service from Sept. 29, 1777, at Tiverton; reported enlisted out Oct. 9, 1777. Roll sworn to at Rehoboth.

Elijah Perry, Sergeant, Capt. Ichabod Wade’s (Light Infantry) co., Col. George Williams’s regt.; service, 21 days; company stationed at Tiverton Oct. 7, 1777. Roll sworn to at Rehoboth.

Perry, Elijah, Rehoboth.Descriptive list of men mustered by James Leonard, Muster Master, to serve in the Continental Army for the term of 9 months from the time of their arrival at Fishkill, agreeable to resolve of April 20, 1778, dated Taunton, June 1, 1778; Capt. Joseph Franklin’s 10th (Rehoboth) co., Col. Thomas Carpenter’s (1st Bristol Co.) regt.; age, 25 yrs.; stature, 5 ft. 10 in.; complexion, light; hair, dark; eyes, blue; residence, Rehoboth; engaged for town of Rehoboth; arrived at Fishkill June 16, 1778; also, list of men returned as received of Jonathan Warner, Commissioner, by Col. R. Putnam, July 20, 1778.

Elijah Perry, Rehoboth (probably).List of men drafted to serve at Rhode Island for 1 month, dated March 13, 1779.

viii. Samuel Perry b. 18 Sep 1756 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.; d. 12 Jul 1829; m1. 19 Jan 1784 Rehoboth to Chloe Lindley (b. 1763 in Rehoboth – d. 19 Mar 1815); m2. 25 Mar 1816 to Anna Chapman (b. 1795 in Rehoboth)

3. Mehitable Perry

Mehitable’s husband Nathaniel Knapp was born about 1710 in Taunton, Bristol, Mass.

Child of Mehitable and Nathaniel:

i. Eliab Knapp b: ~1758 lived Raynham, Bristol, Mass.; m 12 Mar 1781 at Halifax, Plymouth, Mass to Lois Thompson (b:12 Apr 1758) Her parents were Thomas Thompson and Mary Loring. Eliab and Lois had at least one child Eliab Jr. mar: 6.Oct.1814 a Mary Atwood

4. Jasiel Perry

Jasiel’s wife Elizabeth Walker was born 26 Apr 1714 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. Her parents were Timothy Walker (1687 – 1745) and Grace Childs (1689 – 1729).  Elizabeth died 31 May 1795 in Rehoboth.

Children of Jasiel and Elizabeth:

i. Rebecca Perry b. 4 Sep 1742 Rehoboth oth, Bristol, Mass;d. young

ii. Timothy Perry b. 3 Aug 1744 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. 30 Nov 1779; m . 22 Nov 1769 to Huldah Hill (b. 1750 – d. 19 Dec 1806 Rehoboth) Her parents were Nathaniel Hill (1716 – 1771) and Anna Caldwell (1709 – 1800).  Timothy and Huldah had four children including Timothy (b. 1770) and Cordelia (b. 1774)

Timothy Perry Gravestone -- Oak Knoll Cemetery, Rehoboth,  Find A Grave Memorial# 63061986

Timothy Perry Gravestone — Oak Knoll Cemetery, Rehoboth, Find A Grave Memorial# 63061986

iii. Rebecca Perry b. 5 Aug 1746 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. 18 Nov 1830; m. 12 Aug 1770 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass to Zebediah Sweet (b. 1744 in Attleboro – d. 5 Mar 1826 in Attleboro) His parents were Thomas Sweet (1701 – 1766) and Rebecca Peck (1704 – 1784).  Rebecca and Zebediah had two children: Timothy (b. 1777) and Lender (b. 1787)

Zebediah died in the 83d year of his age.  Burial: Old Kirk Yard, Attleboro, Find A Grave Memorial# 66789429

iv. Stephen Perry b. 4 May 1751 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. 25 Jan 1826 – Newport, Sullivan, New Hampshire; 25 Nov 1773 Attleboro to Hepsibah Dunham (b. 23 May 1755 in Attleboro – d. 26 Jul 1834 in Newport, Sullivan, New Hampshire); Her parents were Solomon Dunham (1728 – 1790) and Hephzibah Clap (1731 – 1755).  Stephen and Hepsibah had at least three children: Eunice (b.1779), Rebecca (b. 1781) and Timothy (b. 1785)

v. Jasiel Perry b. 15 Jun 1753 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. 15 Jan 1832 in Mass; m. Elizabeth (Betty) Hicks(Hix) (b. 1750 in Mass. – d. 13 Oct 1823)  Her parents were Benjamin Hicks(Hix) (1708 – 1798) and Ann Ormsbee (1712 – 1808) Jasiel and Betty had five children born between 1777 and 1788.

Jasiel Perry Gravestone -- Oak Knoll Cemetery  Rehoboth, Find A Grave memorial# 75857135

Jasiel Perry Gravestone — Oak Knoll Cemetery
Rehoboth, Find A Grave memorial# 75857135

Extract from: Rehoboth, Ma From “Our Country and It’s People”, A Descriptive and Biographical Record of Bristol County, The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

There is a saw and grist mill two miles north of Rehoboth village at a place called Perrysville, which was operated many years by Otis Perry. There is also at that point a wooden ware manufactory operated by Charles Perry & Co. (Descendents of Jasiel)

vi. Elizabeth Perry b. 16 Dec 1755 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. 1798 – Providence, Rhode Island; m. 20 May 1784 – Mass. to Cpl. Wilson Franklin (b. 10 Apr 1752 in Rehoboth – d. 1835 in Zanesville, Ohio) His parents were Capt. Joseph Franklin (1719 – 1791) and Abigail Daggett (1729 – 1770). Elizabeth and Wilson had five children born between 1785 and 1795.

Wilson Franklin of Rehoboth, Massachusetts, was on a “list of men who served in Capt. Carpenter’s co., Col. Simeon Cary’s regt., Gen John Fellow’s brigade, for 5 mos. at New York and White Plains, and were dismissed Dec. l, 1776; also, Corporal, Col. Elisha Sheldon’s (2d) regt. of Light Dragoons; Continental Army pay accounts for service from March 7, 1777, to Dec. 31, 1779; residence, Rehoboth; also, returns of officers and men belonging to Massachusetts in Col. Sheldon’s regt., certified at Durham, April 22, 1779, and at Fishkill, June 18, 1779; engaged March 7, 1777; term, during war; also, Private, Col. Sheldon’s regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. l, 1780 to Dec. 31, 1780.”

vii. Grace Perry b. 7 Apr 1758 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass; d. 1758

5. Rebeckah Perry

Rebeckah’s husband James Brown was born 23 Jan 1713 in Swansea, Bristol, Mass. James died 22 Nov 1782 in Ashford, CT.

Children of Rebeckah and James:

i. Mary (Molly) Brown b. 22 Jun 1740 in Barrington, Rhode Island; m. 1758 to William Lawton (b. 3 Oct 1737 in Bristol, Rhode Island – d. 1808 New York) His parents were Isaac Lawton (1709 – 1749) and Sarah Howland (1711 – ) Molly and William had twelve children born between 1759 and 1787.

ii. Cyril Brown b. 11 Jun 1746 in Barrington, Bristol, Mass.; d. 1786 Ashford, Windham, CT; m.  15 Sep 1768 Ashford, Windham, CT to Mary Allen

6. David Perry

David’s wife Margaret Willmarth Dryer was born 12 May 1722 in Rehoboth, Mass. She was David’s first cousin.  Her parents were William Dryer and Esther Willmarth. Her grandparents were Jonathan WILMARTH and Esther PECK. Margaret died 13 Jan 1806 Rehoboth.

David Perry Gravestone -- Buried at Briggs Corner or Briggsville Cemetery as noted in History of Rehoboth  Find A Grave Memorial# 38408148

David Perry Gravestone — Buried at Briggs Corner or Briggsville Cemetery as noted in History of Rehoboth Find A Grave Memorial# 38408148

Children of David and Margaret:

i. Ame Perry b. 3 Jul 1747 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.; d. 1802

ii. Esther Perry b. 23 Oct 1748 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.; d. 13 Jan 1778 Rehoboth; m. 13 Jun 1776 in Rehoboth to Benjamin Bullock (b. 25 Sep 1753 – d. 17 Jan 1850 in Rehoboth) His parents were Hezekiah Bullock (1722 – 1768) and Jemina R. Garnsey (1722 – ).  Esther and Benjamin had twelve children born between 1772 and 1798.

After Esther died, Benjamin married 10 Dec 1778 in Rehoboth to Mehitable Fuller (b. 10 Mar 1755 – d. 2 May 1843 in Rehoboth) Benjamin and Mehitable had six more children born between 1781 and 1796.

iii. David Perry b. 27 Jan 1750 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.; d. 18 Jul 1827 Rehoboth; m. 3 Jul 1773 in Rehoboth to Sarah Short (b. 22 Nov 1752 in Rehoboth – d. 14 Dec 1845 in Rehoboth) Her parents were Philip Short (1714 – 1805) and Lydia Luther (1723 – 1798).  David and Sarah had seven children born between 1776 and 1795.

iv. Robert Perry b. 2 Mar 1751 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.; d. 3 Jun 1837 Ernestown, Ontario, Canada; m. 19 Dec 1771 in Rehoboth to Jemima Gary Washburn (b 13 Apr 1754 in Rehoboth – d. 12 Jan 1830 in Ernestown, Ontario, Canada)  Her parents were Simeon Washburn (1727 – 1802) and Jemima Gary (1721 – 1804).  Robert and Jemima had ten children born between 1772 and 1793.

Robert Perry fought with Butler’s Loyal Rangers. More About Capt. Robert Perry, Corp. U.E.: September 15, 1772, moved to Rutland, Vermont July 14, 1777, enlisted with cousin David Shorey in QLR under Lt. Col. Peters August 17, 1777, fought at Battle of Bennington September 18, 1777, fought at Battle of Saratoga October 1777, fled to Canada after Burgoyne’s surrender January 01, 1782, appointed Cpl. Jessup’s Loyal Rangers

From Pioneer Life on the Bay of Quint, published 1904:

“An illustrious name in the annals of the United States and Canada is the name Perry. It was Commodore Perry who won the famous victory at Put-in-Bay and framed the historic despatch so often quoted: “We have met the enemy and they are ours.”

Another Commodore Perry opened Japan to the commerce of the world. The family is descended from one, David Perry, but it was his son Robert who came to Canada, and for the purposes of this history he is regarded as the ancestor or pioneer of the Perry family., many of their descendants have been  prominent in the history of Ontario.

David Perry built the first saw-mill in 1820 on the site of the present town of Newburgh. Rev. Robert Perry was famous in his day, and is still remembered as one of the builders of the Methodist church in Canada. His son, Ebenezer, was a man of remarkable talent and tireless industry. He sat for years in the council, was Reeve of Ernesttown and Warden of the county.

Other members of the family have also taken an active part in public life, including Peter Perry, grandson of the Pioneer, who represented Lennox and Addington in the Legislature of Upper Canada. Daniel Perry, son of Daniel Perry and grandson of the Pioneer, was the father of Mrs. W.R. Gordonier.

 Schedule of Losses sustained by Robert Perry of Rutland County of Charolotte and Province of New York but through loyalty and attachment to the government left the named place in May 1777 and joined the Kings Troops and served until the reducement of the 84th Regiment of Foot and sustained the following losses:

Land and Tenement 272.10 £ 
Horses and Cattle Sheep and Hogs 60.13 £ 
Farming Utensils 108.17442.Says resided at marshish in the Fall of 1783 and winter

Robert Perry, the U.E. Loyalist, was familiar with the story of the trials and troubles of his uncle, Daniel Walker, Sr. during and after the campaign for the conquest of Canada, including the battle of Quebec. He was just entering his teens when his uncle returned home after freezing his feet and spending a winter in Vermont. He was just twenty when this same Daniel Walker, his children, grandchildren and relatives made the long trek to the choice valleys of Vermont, which was not a colony, but still a disputed territory between New York and New Hampshire.

Three year later, on Dec. 9, 1771, he married Jemima Washburn, the daughter of a neighbour, Simeon Washburn of nearby Attleboro, Mass. Jemima had been born on April 30, 1754, and was not yet our of her teens when the marriage ceremony took place. About a year before, Jemima’s first cousin, Althea Gary, had married David Shorey. Now that they were married, the two young couples followed their Walker cousins to Vermont.

Shortly after reaching the promised land, the two young men, who were also second cousins, united in the purchase of fifty acres of virgin land in Durham, a short distance north of Clarendon, where their Walker cousins were already located. Here the two young families busied themselves clearing the virgin land, and creating a productive farm. They were still busy when the clouds of conflict darkened the skies. They were well aware of the activities of the Green Mountain Boys in their conflict with the New York authorities, and quietly avoided any attachment to either side since they were too involved with the daily activities at their own firesides. It was only when the first signes of the approaching revolution spread across the land that they became involved. They watched expectantly as the rebels attempted to take Quebec, and likely enjoyed their failure to do so. They must have been pleased to hear of the retreat of the rebels along Lake Champlain, knowing that a British force had at last arrived at Crown Point.

But there were rumblings throughout Vermont when General Burgoyne reached Lake Champlain in the early summer of 1777. With many of their friends and relatives, both Robert Perry and David Shorey offered their services as the British Army approahed Fort Edward, on the Upper Hudson River. They became allied with the Queen’s Loyal Rangers on July 15, 1777 at Fort Miller under the command of Lieut.-Col. John Peters, who was also a Vermonter. They were both with their regiments at the Battle of Bennington on August 17. Both avoided capture, and were again with their regiment at the Battle of Saratoga on September 18.

After the surrender of General Burgoyne in October 1777, Robert Perry, with many other loyal subjects of American birth, were forced to flee to Canada to avoid arrest a severe punishment. According to the terms of surrender of General Burgoyne’s army, those Americans who had joined the British were not to carry arms again during the course of the conflict.

Those who had gone to Canada were employed at various duties. In a few years when the Americans had broken the terms of the surrender, they were reformed into regiments and used at full duty. Robert Perry and many others became members of Major Edward Jessup’s Loyal Rangers. 

The situation back in Vermont during these early years was an unhappy one for the Perry family, particularly after Robert had gone to Canada. His wife Jemima, had been left on the farm with her three small children. However, for company she had her cousin Althea Shorey, with her small family, but their quiet abandoned situation did not last.

Early the following year the Vermont authorities seized their farm home and contents, as well as, their livestock, implements and paraphernalia, and sold them at auctions. Before the year was over, as records found in the Haldimand Papers indicate, Mrs. Perry arrived at St. John, Quebec with her three children, Robert Jr., aged six, Amey aged five, and Patience aged two.

In the meantime, however, the Vermont authorities had been busy as their records indicate. It appears by one such item, namely a certificate, dated October 19, 1778, that one, James Claghorn had bought the farm of ninety-seven acres, formerly the property of Robert Perry and David Shorey, for the sum of 480 pounds currency. There is also a record that on February 10, 1778, one cart, fomerly belonging to them was sold for the sum of six pounds, eight shillings, and that a Brown cow owned by them was sold at Hartford in Windsor County (Vermont) in 1779, for five pounds, eight shillings.

There is also a record that in September 1778 of a payment of two pounds to Daniel Washburn for boarding the family of Robert Perry for five weeks. It is also on record that Gideon Cooley was paid one pound, one shilling in September for boarding and transporting the families of Perry and Shorey to the lake, meaning Lake Champlain, across which these families were carried by flag when on their way to their husbands in Canada. 

It was also recorded that debts contracted by the Perry family prior to the confiscation of his estate was paid by the authorities and deducted from the sale of the property. It is of interest to note that Perry owed Dr. Jacob Rubach five pounds, thirteen shillings and six pence. The Shorey estate and similar debts totaled thirty-four pounds, five shillings. Of these Dr. Rubach received two pounds, eight shillings, while costly even in those early days. 

Following the retreat of the Loyalists soldiers to Canada, Robert Perry is noted as belonging to Peters Queens Loyal Rangers and was employed at Sorel. In a Muster Roll of the Queen’s Loyal Rangers, on December 4, 1789, Perry was recorded as on duty at Machiche in the King’s Works.

However, in 1781, the several regiments and companies who had served with Burgoyne in 1777 were united in one regiment, name Jessup’s Loyal Rangers. Perry was appointed a corporal in this corps. On January 1, 1782, he was stationed at Vercheres, was 24 years of age, 5’6″ tall, had been born in American and had served four years and seven months. \

A year later he was stationed at Riviere de Chene, a short distance down the river from Sorel. However, Mrs. Perry and her cousin, Mrs. Shorey and their families, became early residents in the refuge which was established at Machiche, several miles up the St. Lawrence from Three Rivers. Here they remained until the exodus to the Bay of Quinte area in 1784. 

Peace finally arrived in the autumn of 1783 and preparations were begun for the settlement of the thousands of refugees and soldiers already resident in the Province of Quebec, as well as in New York and elsewhere. In Canada, General Haldimand planned wisely to settle these people by regiment for better administrative control and management. Land was to be settled by townships with each male more then twelve years of age being granted one hundred acres at no cost. Officers and N.C.O.s received additional land according to their rank. Provisions were to be issued for a further two-year period with seeds and tools available.

The regiments were disbanded on Christmas Eve 1783 except for those stationed in the Upper Posts such as Oswego, Niagara, Carleton Island and Detroit. Spring was slow in arriving in 1784. The ice blocked the St. Lawrence River until late April, and the journey up the river did not start in earnest until late May. Jessup’s Loyal Rangers finally began the task of climbing the rapids to the Promised land. As it was not feasible to settle all the soldiers in one group it was divided into two. The first portion settled in the Prescott-Brockville area while the remainder while the rest amounting to four hundred souls continued on up the river to the second township above Cataraqui (Ernesttown Township). 

Corporal (Sargent) Perry and family went with the second group, and arrived in the latter part of June 1784. Here Robert Perry drew the east half of Lot two of the second concession, and the east half of lot seven in the third concession. He established his family on the former lot which was situated a few miles north west of Bath Village.

The family by that time had increased to six children with three children being born in the refugee camp at Machiche. In a list of the first settlers in the township dated October 6, 1784 it notes that Robert Perry and his wife and six children were settled with two acres cleared. He evidently remained on this lot until his death.

His wife died on January 12, 1830 at age seventy-five, and lies buried in the Anglican Cemetary in Bath. Her husband survived an additional five years, but his burial place is unmarked.

Claim of Robt. Perry , late of Charlotte Co. Claimt says: He resided at Mashish in the Fall ‘83 & the Winter. Is a native of America , lived in Rutland Township, Vermont , Joined Burg , early in 1777 , returned to Canada after ye Capitulation. Served in Major Jessup ‘s Corps. Produces his Discharge. Had 50 acres in Rutland . Produces Deed from Ephraham Derwon to Claimt & David Shorey of 100 acres in Rutland in Considn. of £37, dated ‘76 . Says this was bought in ‘72 & the money was paid at different times. He had not the Deed till the whole was pd., which is ye Reason that Deed bears Date in ‘76 , half belonged to Claimt, about 30 acres Clear. Vals. the Clear Land ½ Joe per acre to Clear it. Produces Certificates of Sale of this Estate from John Fasset & Certificate from Thos. Chittenden of Confiscation of all Claimts Estate. Produces Deed from Gideon Walker of 55 acres in Rutland in Consid. n. £4. 72, none Clear. Produces Deed of 13 acres & ½ in Considn. of £4.2. ‘75 , none of this Clear. He had parted with 13 acres of No. 2, 1 Horse, 1 yoke oxen, Cows, 6 Sheep, 6 Hogs, farming utensils, furniture. Left them at the Place when he went away. Has been always informed the rebels took them in ‘77 . He also had Wheat, & Corn in the ground & Grass ready to cut. Danl. Walker , Wits.: Knew Claimt Knew his Place, he bought it some years before he came away. Heard of his purchasing No. 2. Ebenezer Washburn , Wits.: Knew his Place No. 1 in Rutland , he bought it he thinks in 1773 . Thinks he had 30 acres Clear. Knew he had other Lands. Knew his Stock, 4 Cows, 1 Horse & other things.

v. Peter Perry b. 24 Mar 1753 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.; d. 25 Jul 1825  Stockbridge, Berkshire, Mass; m. 23 Jan 1777 in Rehoboth to Lydia Wilmarth (b.16 May 1755 in Rehoboth – d. 10 Jul 1813 in Stockbridge) Her parents were Ezra Wilmarth (1730 -1777) and Prudence Morse (1732 – 1814).  Peter and Lydia had eight children born between 1779 and 1806.

Peter Perry was a Private, Capt. Carpenter’s co., Col. Simeon Cary’s regt., Gen. John Fellows’s brigade; copy of a list of men stationed at New York and White Plains for 5 months, and dismissed Dec. 1, 1776.

vi. Margaret Perry b. 21 May 1755 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.; d. 16 Nov 1804 West Stockbridge, Berkshire, Mass; m. 25 Nov 1773 in Rehoboth to her first cousin Christopher French (b. 29 Mar 1752 in Rehoboth – d. 2 Dec 1845 in West Stockbridge)  His parents were Thomas FRENCH and Keziah PERRY.  Margaret and Christopher had eleven children born between 1774 and 1799.

After Margaret died, Christopher married 25 May 1805 in West Stockbridge and 4 Jun 1805 – Attleboro to  Lydia Perry (b. 1764 in Mass – d. 3 Jan 1854 in West Stockbridge) Some say Christopher’s second wife was Margaret’s sister, but I haven’t found evidence of her parents.  According to the 1850 census, she was born 1764 in Mass.

Christopher French, his father Thomas French and his brother Thomas French jr. all served in the Revolutionary War. Christopher was Corporal in Captain Israel Trowbridge’s Company,  Colonel Josiah Whitney‘s regiment. the company served in Rhode Island from May 14, 1777 to July 6, 1777.

He migrated to Berkshire County with his family after he was discharged. Christopher had 12 Children and 2 wives. 1st Margaret Perry who died in West Stockbridge and 2nd her sister Lydia Perry.    The French family lives on or near Long Pond Road, in Williamsville, West Stockbridge, Mass, a couple of miles from the New York border.

West Stockbridge, Berkshire, Massachusetts

West Stockbridge, Berkshire, Massachusetts

West Stockbridge was first settled in 1766 and was officially incorporated in 1775. The town grew out of Stockbridge, formerly known as Indiantown, and was originally called Queensborough. The area was part of the disputed border between Massachusetts and New York, which eventually left the town in its current state. The town grew as five separate villages (West Center, West Stockbridge, Freedleyville, Rockdale and Williamsville), with West Stockbridge growing the largest because of the railroad, which hauled iron ore and marble. The town had an ironworks in Williamsville, founded by Colonel Elijah Williams, and the furnace smokestack is the only part which remains of the works.

vii. Mehitable Perry b. 7 Sep 1760 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; d. 17 Jan 1829 Rehoboth; m. 11 Oct 1781 in Rehoboth to Sylvester Rounds (b. 10 Apr 1762 – d. 4 Nov 1824 in Rehoboth) His parents were Jabez Rounds (1735 – 1806) and Prudence Crossman (1740 – 1825).  Mehitable and Sylvester had five children  born between 1788 and 1803.

Elder Sylvester Rounds was a Baptist Minister 

“Soldier of the Revolution, serving in the Massachusetts Militia as a private.”

“Round, Sylvester, Rehoboth.Private, Capt. Stephen Bullock’s co., Col. Thomas Carpenter’s (Bristol Co.) regt.; entered service July 27, 1778; discharged Sept. 10, 1778; service, 1 mo. 16 days, on expedition to Rhode Island.”

viii. Kezia Perry b. 10 Jun 1764 Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.; d. 3 Dec 1786 Rehoboth; m. 1 Apr 1784 in Rehoboth to William Bullock (b. 22 Oct 1760 in Rehoboth – d. 28 Jun 1837 in Worchester, Otsego, New York) His parents were Hezekiah Bullock (1722 – 1768) and Jemima R Garnsey (1723 – ).  Kezia and William had two children born in West Stockbridge: William (b. 1785) and Kezia (b. 1786)

After Kezia died, William married 13 Oct 1791 in Dutchess, New York to Margaret Ferry (b. 1762 in Dutchess, New York – d. 25 Aug 1844 in Worchester, Otsego, New York) William and Margaret had five more children born between 1793 and 1804.

7. Ichabod Perry

Ichabod’s first wife Sarah Haskins was born 1724 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. Sarah died 20 May 1752.

Ichabod’s second wife Ruth Fisher was born 2 Mar 1730 in Norton, Bristol, Mass. Her parents were Eleazer Fisher (1699 – 1753) and Elizabeth Lane (1705 – 1726). Ruth died 10 Jun 1788 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass

Ichabod’s third wife Experience Blanchard was born 22 Jun 1727 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Mass. Her parents were Thomas Blanchard and Sarah Vinson. She first married 3 May 1748 in Norton, Bristol, Mass to Sylvanus Braman (b. 1722 in Norton, Bristol, Mass. – d. 1 Nov 1782 in Norton, Bristol, Mass.) Experience died Jul 1793 in Norton, Bristol, Mass.

Ichabod was a Private in Captain Israel Trow’s Company, Colonel Isaac Dean’s Regiment Bristol County, Massachusetts. Entered service Aug 1, 1780  service 9 days on the alarm.

Also Private Capt. Edward Fuller’s Company, Colonel William McIntosh’s Regiment Mar 19 – Apr 5 1778

Also served as a Private, Captain Moses Wilmarth’s Company, Colonel Isaac Dean’s Regiment which march to Rhode Island on the alarm in 1780.

Children of Ichabod and Ruth:

i. Abiel Perry b. 20 Dec 1754  Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; d. 20 May 1834 Williamsburg, Hampshire, Mass; m. 1779 in Williamsburg to Miriam Walcott (b. 19 Sep 1755 in Williamsburg, Hampshire, Mass – d. ) Her parents were Jonathan Walcott (1710 – 1788) and Mary Jackson (b. 1723)Abiel and Miriam had ten children born between 1780 and 1800.

ii. Unis Perry b. 19 May 1755 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass;

iii. Ruth Perry b. 4 Apr 1756 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass;

iv. Isaac Perry b. 20 Feb 1757 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass;; mm 22 Aug 1786 Rehoboth to Elizabeth Perry (b, 1759  Attleboro)

v. Lucy Perry b. 5 May 1759 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass;

vi. Hannah Perry b. 1764 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass;

vii. Ephraim Perry b. 5 Mar 1766 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass; d. 14 Dec 1803

8. Keziah PERRY (See Thomas FRENCH‘s page)


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Thomas French Jr.

Thomas FRENCH Jr. (1722 – 1793) was Alex’s 7th Great Grandfather, one of 256 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Thomas French was born 16 Apr 1722 in Attleborough, Bristol, Mass.  His parents were Thomas FRENCH Sr. and Mary BROWN.  He married Keziah PERRY on 2 Jan 1745/46 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.  Thomas died 10 Sep 1793 in Attleborough, Mass. and is buried in the Old Kirk Yard.

Thomas French Headstone

Keziah Perry was born 7 Aug 1724 in Rehoboth, Mass.  Her parents were Jasiel PERRY and Rebecca Peck WILMARTH.

Children of Thomas and Keziah:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Mary French 14 Jan 1746/47

15 May 1748 Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.
2. Mary French 28 Oct 1748 Attleboro 1 May 1749
3. Thomas French 18 Feb 1750 Attleboro 30 Sep 1757 Attleboro
4. Christopher Peter French 29 Mar 1752 Attleboro Margaret Perry (granddaughter of Jasiel PERRY)
25 Nov 1773
West Stockbridge
Lydia Perry
25 May 1805
West Stockbridge
2 Dec 1845
West Stockbridge, Mass
5. Keziah French 2 Mar 1754 Attleboro 20 Feb 1756 Attleboro
6. Keziah French 21 Feb 1756 Attleborough John Dryer
21 Apr 1778
28 Aug 1826
New York
7. Sarah FRENCH 6 Apr 1758 Attleborough Seth RICHARDSON II
12 Jan 1778
Attleboro, Mass
18 Feb 1816 Attleborough
8. Thomas French 23 Apr 1761
Mercy Willmarth
24 Jun 1783
Polly Sweet
1 Jan 1801 Attleboro
9 Apr 1838
9. Phebe French 2 Nov 1762
15 Sep 1845
10. Lydia French (twin) 3 Sep 1969
Attleboro, Mass
Daniel Balkcom
27 Mar 1792
Rehoboth, Mass
11. Lucy French (twin) 3 Sep 1769
Attleboro, Mass
John or James Cobb
25 Nov 1786

Thomas French Jr was a Private in Captain Alexander Foster’s Company, Colonel John Daggett’s Regiment marching to Bristol Rhode Island on the alarm Dec 8, 1776.  Service 25 Days.   December 8, 1776 at Newport, Rhode Island – Gen. Sir Henry Clinton, under orders from Gen. William Howe, who had found Clinton’s insistent advice aggrevating, sailed into Newport with 6,000 soldiers and took possession of Newport without any resistance.
Conclusion: British Victory

Thomas also was part of Captain Stephen Richardson’s Company Attleborough Service 25 days.  Company marched from Attleborough to Rhode Island Apr 21, 1777 to hold the line until men could be raised for that purpose for two months .

Also Captain Israel Trow’s Company, Colonel Josiah Whitney’s Regiment May 14 – July 6 1777 in Rhode Island.  In July, 1777, the Massachusetts Council of War, suddenly aware of New England’s peril if the victorious progress of Burgoyne was not stayed, hurriedly sent heavy reinforcements of militia to aid Gen. Benj.  Lincoln, who was then harassing the rear of the invading army. Col. Josiah Whitney, on July 27 ordered a draft of one-sixth of the training bands and alarm lists in his regiment to march at once to Bennington with six days rations, and on Aug. 2 ordered one-half of the militia to follow with eight days rations.

Also Corporal in Captain Richardson’s Company, Colonel George William’s Regiment.  Company marched on a secret expedition from Taunton Sep 25 – Oct 29, 1777.

Our ancestors Thomas Frence Jr and his son-in-law Seth Richardson were both on this Secret Mission Source: A sketch of the history of Attleborough: from its settlement to the division By John Daggett 1894


4. Christopher French

Christopher’s first wife Margaret Perry was born 21 May 1755 in Rehoboth, Mass. Her parents were David Perry (1719 – 1807) and Margaret Dryer (1722 – 1806). Her grandparents were Jasiel PERRY and Rebecca Peck WILLMARTH. Margaret died 16 Nov 1804 in West Stockbridge, Mass.

Some say Christopher’s second wife Lydia Perry was Margaret’s sister, but I haven’t found evidence of her parents.  According to the 1850 census, she was born 1764 in Mass. Lydia died 3 Jan 1854 in West Stockbridge, Berkshire, Mass.

Christopher French, his father Thomas French and his brother Thomas French jr. all served in the Revolutionary War. Christopher was Corporal in Captain Israel Trowbridge’s Company,  Colonel Josiah Whitney‘s regiment. the company served in Rhode Island from May 14, 1777 to July 6, 1777.

He migrated to Berkshire County with his family after he was discharged. Christopher had 12 Children and 2 wives. 1st Margaret Perry who died in West Stockbridge and 2nd her sister Lydia Perry.    The French family lives on or near Long Pond Road, in Williamsville, West Stockbridge, Mass, a couple of miles from the New York border.

West Stockbridge, Berkshire, Massachusetts

West Stockbridge was first settled in 1766 and was officially incorporated in 1775. The town grew out of Stockbridge, formerly known as Indiantown, and was originally called Queensborough. The area was part of the disputed border between Massachusetts and New York, which eventually left the town in its current state. The town grew as five separate villages (West Center, West Stockbridge, Freedleyville, Rockdale and Williamsville), with West Stockbridge growing the largest because of the railroad, which hauled iron ore and marble. The town had an ironworks in Williamsville, founded by Colonel Elijah Williams, and the furnace smokestack is the only part which remains of the works.

Christopher French Gravestone — South Cemetery, West Stockbridge, Berkshire, Massachusetts

Christopher  is buried in the Slauter cemetery (now called South Cemetery). This same Christopher French was a cooper in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He was 92 years old and still working at his trade when his great grand-daughter, Julia Jayne Trumbull visited on her wedding Trip in 1843.

Children of Christopher and Margaret

i. Margaret French b. 18 Jan 1775 in West Stockbidge, Berkshire, Mass; d. 4 Feb 1848; Burial: Orcutt Cemetery, Noxen, Wyoming County, Pennsylvania; m.7 Mar 1793 in West Stockbridge to Joseph Jackson (b. 25 Apr 1769 in Granville,  Hampden, Mass – d. 29 Mar 1833 in Monroe, Wyoming, PA) Margaret and Joseph had eight children born between 1793 and 1810.

Joseph and Margaret French Jackson came from Massachusetts into New York State within 10 years after 1793, the year of their marriage, and settled at Pompey, Onaudago, New York.  The 3 oldest children were born in Massachusetts and the 3 sons, Goerge, Henry and Alonzo were born in New York State.

Sometime after 1802, Joseph and Margaret came from Pompey, New York to Bowmans Creek, Pennsylvania, later known as Monroe in Monroe Township PA. They settled on a farm on Leonards Creek in Monroe Township and built the large farm house later known as the “Tom May Place,” in the heavy virgin timber along the creek.  Leonard’s Creek is 16 miles northwest of Wilkes Barre along Pennsylvania Route 309. There were many large sawmills to prepare the lumber and great mills to prepare the corn and wheat flour on this creek. The graves of Joseph and Margaret Jackson are marked by a large white marble upright slab with the inscription of Joseph on one side and Margaret French on the opposite side.

ii. Mary “Polley” French b. 27 Oct 1777 in Attleboro or West Stockbridge, MA; d. 12 Aug 1810 West Stockbridge; m. 01 May 1798 in West Stockbridge to Solomon Reed  (b. 1779 in West Stockbridge-  d. 15 Apr 1839 West Stockbridge) After Polley died, Solomon married Amy French (b. 17 Oct 1785 in West Stockbridge, – d. 27 Nov 1863 in West Stockbridge). Amy’s parents were cousins Nathaniel French (1755 – ) and Bethiah French (1757 – 1832) Amy was Polley’s second cousin through her father’s side and third cousin on her mother’s side.

iii. Olive French b. 29 Sep 1779 in West Stockbridge, MA; d. 20 Nov 1844 Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois; Burial: Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Plot: block 10 lot 138; m. 6 Oct 1797 in West Stockbridge to Elijah Slater (b. 8 Dec 1775 in Wyoming County, PA; d. 6 Jul 1836 Springfield, Illinois; Burial: Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Plot: block 10 lot 108)

Elijah and Olive Slater were two of the original members of the Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Illinois. The church was founded in 1828 and Elijah was enrolled as an elder Jan 3, 1832.

In 1828 Springfield was still a prairie village with a population not exceeding 200 inhabitants living in 35 log cabins and 6 frame houses. There were a few stores and taverns which made the village a trading center for settlers and Indians who came from as far as 75 miles distance to make purchases. These consisted mostly of staples, including iron castings, nails, coffee, salt and whiskey. Much of the trade was by barter. The Indians brought furs and skins and the whites grain, produce and game. While the village was a crude one by our standards [1953], the crudeness applied only to the man-made part of it, the streets and buildings, and was offset by the natural beauty of the rolling meadows, winding streams.

Elijah Slater bio Source: History of the early settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois : “centennial record”

I don’t normally include great grandchildren (our ancestors’ 2nd cousins), but the story of Samuel Slater’s escape from the Texas Vigilance Committee is so dramatic, that I had to make an exception:

Elijah and Olive Slater Children 1

Elijah and Olive Slate Children 2

Elijah and Olive Slater Children 3

Springfield’s original name was Calhoun, after Senator John C. Calhoun of South Carolina. The land that Springfield now occupies was originally settled by trappers and traders who came to the Sangamon River in 1818. The settlement’s first cabin was built in 1820, by John Kelly, its site is at the northwest corner of Second Street and Jefferson Street. In 1821, Calhoun became the county seat of Sangamon County; due to the fertile soil, and trading opportunities. Settlers from Kentucky, Virginia, and as far as North Carolina came to the city. By 1832, Senator Calhoun had fallen out of the favor with the public and the town renamed itself Springfield after Springfield, Massachusetts.

iv. Christopher French b. 16 Jul 1781 in West Stockbidge, Berkshire, MA; d. 7 Oct 1782 in West Stockbidge

v. Christopher French II b. 15 Oct 1783 in West Stockbidge, Berkshire, MA; d. 18 Aug 1855 in W. Stockbridge, MA; m. 20 Aug 1804 W. Stockbridge to Lavina Lois Brown (b. 1788 in West Stockbridge – d. 24 Aug 1857 in West Stockbridge) Lois’ parents were Ebenezer Brown (1757 – ) and Bathsheba Nichols (1758 – ). Christopher and Lois had seven children born between 1805 and 1822 in West Stockbridge.

vi. John French b. 17 Aug 1785 in West Stockbidge, Berkshire, MA; d. 28 Mar 1839 in West Stockbidge; m. 21 Mar 1811 in Egremont, Berkshire, Mass. to Phena Alcott (b. 1789 in Egremont, Mass. – d. 1857)

vii. Esther French b. 29 Feb 1788 (leap day) in West Stockbidge, Berkshire, MA; d. 15 Mar 1877 Augusta, Oneida, New York; Burial Knoxboro-Augusta Cemetery; m.  22 Oct 1808 in W. Stockbridge to Oliver Otis Robbins (b. 3 Aug 1783 Bernardston, Franklin, Mass – d. 18 Dec 1871 Augusta, Oneida, New York; Burial Knoxboro-Augusta Cemetery) Oliver’s parents were Lemuel Robbins (b. 1741 Plympton, Plymouth Mass. – d. 3 Mar 1824 Burial Knoxboro-Augusta Cemetery, Augusta, Oneida County, New York,) and Rachel Bass (1750 – ). Ester and Oliver had eight children born between 1809 and 1828.

Oliver’s father Lemuel woked in forges in CT and MA. Owned a forge with son, Thomas in Salisbury, CT Worked iron forge in Litchfield Co, CT which were noted for their manufacture and supply of war materials during the Revolutionary War. Wife Rachel Bass (born 1750), insane at end of life. Father of 6 children. 1814 Moved to Augusta, NY, with son Oliver Otis

Bernardston is named for Governor Francis Bernard, who was royal governor at the time of incorporation. The town’s lands were originally set off for the officers and soldiers (or their descendants) involved in the “Falls Fight”, (See my post Turner’s Falls Fight) a battle loosely related to King Philip’s War, in 1676. During the later years of the French and Indian War, the area was the site of raids.

In the 1870 census, Oliver (86) and Ester (82) were living near Oriskany Falls in Augusta, Oneida, New York

viii. Lucenda “Lurena” French b. 3 Jun 1790 in West Stockbidge, Berkshire, MA; d. 5 Nov 1848; m. (int.) 2 Mar 1812  West Stockbridge to Sylvanus F. Slauter (Slaughter) (b. 22 Aug 1790 in West Stockbridge – d 17 Mar 1852 in Westfield, Hampden, Mass.) Sylvanus’ parents were Ephraim Slauter (1755 – 1843) and Lydia Fuller (1758 – 1825). Lurena and Sylvanus had nine children born between 1812 and 1831.

Sylvanus’ grandfather Gilbert Slauter (Gulbert Slawter in the rolls) was killed in action Nov 12, 1778. He was a private in the Winchester County New York Militia 2nd Regiment under Col. Thomas Thomas.

Ephraim Slauter Bio from his 2nd great grandson’s (Lucius Demming b. 1858) Sons of the American Revolution Application

ix. Peter French, b. 29 May  1792 in W. Stockbridge, MA; d. 07 Apr 1858 in W. Stockbridge, MA; m1.  30 Oct 1813 West Stockbridge to Malinda Slauter (b. 1794 in W Stockbridge – d. 6 Nov 1834 West Stockbridge); m2.  4 Apr 1835 in Washington, Berkshire County to Betsy M.. Codding (b. 1801 – d. 17 Dec 1837 West Stockbridge); m3. 6 Jun  1838 in West Stockbridge and Washington, MA. to Achsah Codding (b. 1809 – d. 2 Jun 1862 West Stockbridge)

x. Thomas French b. 24 Apr 1794 in W. Stockbridge, Berkshire, Mass; d. 8 May 1871 in West Stockbridge; m.  1 Jan 1817  to Esther Hale (b. ~1792 in Tyringham, Berkshire, Mass.; d 21 Jun, 1871 in West Stockbridge, Berkshire Co., Mass. Thomas and Esther had seven children between 1818 and 1828.

xi. Eliza “Elise” French b. 17 Jun  1797 in West Stockbidge, Berkshire, Mass; d.  ~1881 in Cilfton Park, NY; m. 20 Dec 1814 West Stockbridge to William Bishop (b. 7 May  1778 in W. Stockbridge, MA. – d. 1860) Eliza and William had six children born between 1815 and 1836.

xii. Almire (or Almira, or Elmira) French b. 13 Jul  1799 in W. Stockbridge, Berkshire, MA; d. 31 Dec 1881 Ovid,  Seneca, New York; m.~1829 to Chester or Otis Belden or Belding (b. 31 May 1799 in Columbia, New York – d.  22 Nov  1878 in Canaan, Columbia, New York) Chester’s parents were Job Kelsey Belding (1762 – 1830) and Martha Dean (1763 – 1850)

In the 1850 census, Chester and Almira were farming in Canaan, Columbia, New York with five children at home ages 12 to 27.

6. Keziah French

Keziah’s husband John Dryer, Jr. was born 23 Jan 1754 – Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. His parents were John Dryer and Mary Read. John died 29 Sep 1826 in Junius, Seneca, New York

John’s name appears on a Muster Roll of Capt. Samuel Bliss’s Company of Minute Men from Rehoboth, from the 19th of April to the 27th , 1775 each 8 day’s service

His name also appears on a list of men under Capt. Samuel Bliss who enlisted for 8 months from April and May, 1775, in Col. Timothy Walker’s Regiment.

Children of Keziah and John:

i. Israel Dryer b. 31 Mar 1774 in Rehoboth, Mass; d. 26 Dec 1866 New York; m1. 10 May 1802 in West Stockbridge, Berkshire, Mass to Sarah Wood (b. 22 Jun 1786 in West Stockbridge, Ma – d. 23 Mar 1820); m2. 23 Oct 1825 to Eunice Wadhams Cross (b. 1795 in Tyre, New York – d. 26 Feb 1835); m3. 1836 to Lydia Beebe. Israel had three children with Sarah and three more with Eunice.

ii. Mary Dryer b. 1781 in Richmond, Berkshire, Mass.; d. 1853 Clyde; m. 19 May 1803 in Richmond to Luther Redfield (b. 26 Nov 1780 in Richmond – d. 10 Jun 1867 in Monroe, Michigan) Luther’s parents were Beriah Redfield and Dorothy Stevens. Mary and Luther had eight children born between 1804 and 1818.

In January 1806 Luther and Mary moved to Junius, Seneca, NY, then a wilderness. He was an active, substantial citizen… a farmer. He was Captain of the militia. When the British landed at Sodus on Sunday, Jun 18, 1813 he and his company were summoned from worship. In May of 1822 moved to Clyde, Wayne, County, NY. Died June 10, 1867 in Monroe, Michigan.

Luther Redfield (1780 – 1867

In the 1850 census, Luther and Mary were retired in Galen, Wayne, New York.

iii. John Dryer b. 13 Dec 1783 in

iv. Keziah Dryer b. 5 Nov 1786 in

v. Huldah Dryer b. 7 Sep 1789 in Mass; d. Penfield, Monroe, New York; m. 15 May 1809 in Junius, Seneca, New York to Elias Grow (b. 7 Apr 1785 in Hartland, Windsor, Vermont – d. 3 Sep 1831 ) Elias’ parents were John Grow and Deborah Davison. Huldah and Elias had seven children between 1812 and 1825.

vi. Daniel Dryer b. 7 Apr 1792 in West Stockbridge, Mass;

vii. Chester Dryer b. 16 Mar 1795 in West Stockbridge, Mass; d. 1 Mar 1882 Ottawa, Illinois; m1. Susan Thorn (b. 1796 – d. Aug 1841 in Ottawa, Illinois); m2. 8 Mar 1842 La Salle, Illinois to Mary Little (b. 30 JUL 1819 in Campton, Grafton, New Hampshire) Mary’s parents were Ebenezer Little (1789 – 1839) and Pheobe Palmer (1792 – 1854)

viii. Thomas French Dryer b. 17 May 1801 in Richmond, Mass; d. 9 Mar 1889 Michigan; Burial: Richards Cemetery, Armada, Macomb County, Michigan m1. 30 Dec 1824 in Mass. to Cleora Anne Brown (b. 9 May 1804 in Berkshire, Mass. – d. 3 Jul 1831 in Richmond, Michigan) Cleora’s parents were Nathan Brown and Anna [__?__]. ; m2. Electa Ball Condit (b. 1 May 1812 in Junius, New York – d. 1916 in Michigan) Electa’s parents were Moses Condit and Electa Ball.

8 Oct 1835 – Thomas was issued 160 acres Meridian: Michigan-Toledo Strip
State: Michigan
County: Macomb
Township: 4-N
Range: 14-E
Section: 19

In the 1850 census Thomas and Close were farming in Lenox, Macomb, Michigan with seven children at home ages 8 to 23.

7. Sarah FRENCH (See Seth RICHARDSON II‘s page)

8. Thomas French

Thomas’ first wife Mercy Willmarth was born 5 Nov 1760.  Her parents were either Thomas’ aunt and uncle Nathan Wilmarth Jr. (1723 – 1813) and Mercy Titus (1725 – 1799) or his great uncle Nathan Wilmarth Sr. (1700-1764) and his second wife Rebecca Brown (1725 – ?)   Even though Nathan Jr was of a more likely  generation, it appears that Nathan Sr. might truly have fathered Mercy with his second wife when he was sixty years old.  Nathan Wilmarth Sr was the son of our ancestor Jonathan WILMARTH.

Thomas’ second wife Polly Sweet was born 18 Feb 1774 in Attleboro, Bristol, MA.  Her parents were Thomas Sweet and Margaret Foster. Polly died 4 Aug 1832 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass

Children of Thomas and Mercy:

i. Mary French b. 12 Feb 1785 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 1828 Pawlet, Rutland, Vermont; m. 26 Nov 1801 in Attleboro to David Robinson (b. 4 Nov 1780 in Attleboro – d. 1828 in Pawlet, Vermont) David’s parents were Nathaniel Robinson (1752 – 1841) and Hannah Woodcock (1752 – 1845.) Mary and David had eleven children between 1802 and 1828.

ii. Nancy French b. 27 Oct 1789 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 1868 Norton, Bristol, Mass; Burial: Norton Center Cemetery; m. 10 Oct 1816 in Attleboro to Benjamin Blandin (b. 22 Oct 1781 in Attleboro – d. 1857 in Norton, Bristol, Mass.; Burial: Norton Center Cemetery) Benjamin’s parents were Capt. Benjamin Blandin and Susannah [__?__]. Nancy and Benjamin had six children between 1817 and 1827.

From 1812 to 1814, Benjamin was a sergeant in Capt. Elihu Daggett’s Company, Lt. Col. C. Howard’s Regiment raised at Attlebourgh, service at Plymouth.

iii. Mercy French b, 17 Dec 1792 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 31 May 1853 Attleboro; m. 18 Nov 1830 in Attleboro to Asa Fisher (b. Attleboro – d. 1850 in Indiana)

iv. Thomas French b. 17 Jan 1795 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; d. 6 Aug 1857 Attleboro; m. 21 Dec 1821 in Foxboro, Mass to Sally Capron (b. 27 Apr 1794 in Attleboro – d. 11 May 1854 in Attleboro) Sally’s parents were Otis Capron and Rachel Sweet. Thomas and Sally had seven children between 1815 and 1832.

In the 1850 census, Thomas and Sally were farming in Attleboro.

v. Sally French b. 21 Dec 1797 in Attleborough, Bristol, Mass.; d. 28 Oct 1821 Attleborough;

10. Lydia French

Lydia’s husband Daniel Balkcom was born 20 Jul 1765 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.  His parents were Daniel Balcom and Rebecca Cobb.  His great grandfather was our ancestor Alexander BALCOM Jr. Daniel died in 1833.

Children of Lydia and Daniel

i. Metilda Balkcom b. 6 Nov 1808 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass;

ii. Polly Balkom b. 1808 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.; m. 27 Dec 1824 in Rehoboth, Mass. to Daniel Hunt

11. Lucy French

Lucy’s husband was either John Cobb or James Cobb.

John Cobb was born about 1770 in Abington, Massachusetts. John died in Northampton, Mass.

James Cobb was born 1762 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass James parents were James Cobb (1731 – ) and Judith Wellman (1735 – )


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Roger Shaw

Roger SHAW (1594 – 1661) was Alex’s 11th Great Grandfather; one of 4,096 in this generation of the Miller line.

Roger Shaw – Coat of Arms

Roger Shaw was baptized 26 Aug 1594 in St. Peter’s upon Cornhill, London, England.  The church was badly damaged in the Great Fire of London in 1666. The parish tried to patch it up, but between 1677 and 1684 it was rebuilt to a design by Christopher Wren.  His father was Ralph SHAW.  He married Ann [__?__].  After Ann died, he married Susanna, (widow of William Tilton of Lynn Mass. who died 28 Jan 1655).  Roger died 29 May 1661 in Hampton, Rockingham, NH.

Roger Shaw’s Stone, Founders Park, Hampton, New Hampshire

Hampton, NH Founders Park

Susanna [__?__] was born about 1604 in England. She first married 18 Dec 1638 in Wolston, Warwickshire, England to William Tilton (b. 28 Feb 1586 in Wolston, Warwickshire, England – d. 1653 in Lynn, Essex, Mass.) She was known to have had two sons by her first marriage, namely, Abraham and Daniel Tilton, remembered in the will of Mr. Shaw made Aug 25, 1660 ; probated Aug 10, 1661, after his death on May 29th of the same year. His eldest son, Joseph, was made sole executor of this will in which he is instructed to pay Abraham and Daniel Tilton their portion according to “Covenant,” when they shall become of age. He also designates “Samuel Fogg and said Joseph as trustees, to order and direct my son Benjamin (then  twenty years old) until he comes to the age of twenty-one years, according to law in all things. Susannah died 28 Jan 1655 in Hampton, New Hampshire.

Children of Roger and Ann:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Margaret Shaw c. 1634 Cambridge, Mass Thomas Ward(e) 15 Apr 1704
2. Joseph Shaw c. 1635 Cambridge, Mass. Elizabeth Partridge
26 Jan 1660/61
8 Nov 1720 Hampton Falls, Rockingham, NH
3. Ann SHAW 6 Jun 1636 Cambridge, Mass Samuel FOGG
12 Dec 1652  Hampton, NH
9 Dec 1663 Hampton, NH
4. Esther Shaw Jun 1638 Cambridge, Mass.
5. Mary Shaw 26 Nov 1639 Cambridge, Mass Jan 1640 Cambridge, Mass.
6. Benjamin Shaw 1641 Cambridge, Mass Esther Richardson
25 May 1663
17 Jan 1717/18 Hampton, Rockingham, NH
7. Mary Shaw 29 Jul 1645 Thomas Parker
Abt. 1668
8. Deliverance Shaw 1647  Cambridge, Essex, Mass Abraham Tilton
1669 Ipswich, Essex, Mass
May 1732
Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire

Roger Shaw is first mentioned in history as appearing at General Court from Cambridge, Mass. in 1636.  He was made Freeman in Cambridge in 1638,  having previously bought two hundred aeres of land and built a house on the southside of Arrow street.

From Roger Shaw, 1594-1661 (1904) By Farwell, Harriette Favoretta (Kilborn)

Harleian Records taken from the Register of St. Peter’s, Cornhill, London, Eng.,

“1594, September 1st, Sunday,christening of Roger Shaw, sonne of Ralph Shaw,Vintnor at the Sunne, on Cornhill ; borne Monday ye 26th of August.”

Although it is not positively proven that the christening alluded to was that of the immigrant Roger Shaw above mentioned, yet the probabilities are strongly in favor of such a conclusion, as no subsequent record of him has been found in the old country ; and the fact that he was accounted competent by General Court to be installed Vintnor and Keeper of the Ordinary at Hampton, N. H.,where he finally settled, would seem to imply that he had some previous knowledge of the business.

In 1639, he was drawn juryman, and the following year was elected Town Clerk of Cambridge, Mass. He was also selectman for the same town for the years 1641, 1642, 1648 and 1645.

The settlement of Hampton, NH , (formerly  known as Winnacunnet)  was led by our ancestor Reverend Stephen BACHILER, who had formerly preached at the settlement’s  namesake:  Hampton,  England. It was authorized by General Court in 1638, and incorporated in 1639, Roger Shaw’s name appearing as one of the petitioners. In 1640 he bought of “John Crosse” land in the new town, and 15 Nov 1647 he obtained a grant of lands from Charles I [see discussion in comments] which, included with his former purchase, constituted a large estate. In 1648, he moved to Hampton, selling his real estate in Cambridge, Mass., consisting of a house and two hundred acres of land, and settled on his first purchase, some part of which were still owned by his descendants in the 1880’s.  The original house was enlarged and improved by his son Benjamin and grandson Edward, and was used in colonial times as a garrison . It was taken down, however, sometime in the 1850’s to make room for a “modern one.”

Roger seems to have been a man of prominence among the early settlers, for from 1651 to 1653 he served as Representative to General Court, and was selectman in 1649 and 1654, and filled many other important offices. Controversy arising from the occupancy of lands on the New Hampshire borders by authority of Massachusetts, was, in 1651, carried into General Court adding to the responsibilities of Representatives for that year.  He was also the same year appointed “Commissioner for trying small cases.” On the 20th  of September, 1658, the town of Hampton appointed Roger Shaw first, on a Committee of
three, together with the Town Clerk, “to examine all grants and appointments of lands, highways and such like,and to recorde the same in ye new Towne Book.”

On  9 Feb 1659, the same committee were appointed “to lay out and record convenient highways to men’s land in the towne and to allow satisfaction to the proprietors for the same according to their discretion :” which satisfactionwas to be made from the town’s land.

He was for a time Vintnor and Keeper of the Ordinary in Hampton, and in 1650 Avas empowered and ordered by General Court “to sell wine or any sort of strong liquors to Christians and the Indians, as in his judgment shall seem meet and necessary, on just and urgent occasions, and not otherwise.”

Roger Shaw m. 1st Ann ; 2d, Susanna, widow of William Tilton of Lynn, Mass., who d. January 28, 1655. She was known to have had two sons by her first marriage, namely, Abraham and Daniel Tilton, remembered in the will of Mr. Shaw made August 25, 1660 ; probated August 10, 1661, after his death on May 29th of the same year. His eldest son, Joseph, Avas made sole executor of this will in which he is instructed to pay Abraham and Daniel Tilton their portion according to “Covenant,” when they shall become of age. He also designates “Samuel Fogg and said Joseph as trustees, to order and direct my son Benjamin (then  twenty years old) until he comes to the age of twenty-one years, according to law in all things.”


His “son-in-law” [step-son] Abraham Tilton was apprenticed 5 Dec. 1653 to John Hood, weaver, of Lynn; whose wife Elizabeth, acting under a power of attorney from her husband then is England, released the apprentice 10 Nov. 1656, although she had previously sent him to Peter Tilton, living in Connecticut. [Nor. Rec. I] Samuel Tilton, another of the children of “my late wife Susanna”, received a tract of land from Mr. Shaw April 6, 1660, and receipted in full for his portion 12 June 1661, and for that of his brother Daniel Tilton 13, July 1663.

1. Margaret Shaw

Margaret’s husband Thomas Ward(e) was born 1620 in Filby, Norfolk, England. His parents were Francis Warde and Susanna Browne. Thomas died in 1680 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire.

Thomas was a selectman of Hampton for 8 years.

Shaw records; a memorial of Roger Shaw, 1594-1661 (1904) By Farwell, Harriette Favoretta (Kilborn),

2. Joseph Shaw

Joseph’s wife Elizabeth Partridge was born 14 Feb 1643 in Salisbury, Mass. Her parents were William Partridge and Ann Gerrish. Elizabeth died in 1702

3. Ann SHAW (See Samuel FOGG‘s page)

6. Benjamin Shaw

Benjamin’s wife Esther Richardson was born 1645 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire. Her parents were Ezekiel Richardson and Susanna Bradford. Her grandparents were Thomas RICHARDSON and Katherine DUXFORD. Benjamin died 16 May 1736 in Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire.

7. Mary Shaw

Mary’s husband Thomas Parker was born 1634 in Biddeford, Maine. His parents were John PARKER and Mary CROCOMBE. Thomas died 13 Nov 1684 in Georgetown, Sagadahoc, Maine.

Thomas Parker  of whom but little information has been gleaned. In 1640, land was granted to wid. Judith Parker of Hampton, who, it is presumed, was his mother. At a Town meeting in the spring of 1663, “liberty was granted to Thomas Parker to come into the town and follow his trade,” (that of shoemaker) although for some reason not recorded, there was a dissenting vote of nine prominent men*. They removed finally to Reading, Mass. Children’s names (no dates obtained) were Samuel, Sarah, Deborah, Abigail, Ruth, Elizabeth.

Thomas lived and died in Georgetown, ME. Had about 1/3 of the island now known as Georgetown facing the sea.

8. Deliverance Shaw

Deliverance’s husband Abraham Tilton was born 1638 in Lynn, Essex, Mass. His parents were William Tilton and Susannah [__?__]. Abraham died 28 Mar 1728 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass.

When Deliverance and Abraham married in 1669. Susannah was Deliverance’s step-mother.

Deliverance  whose birth is not mentioned in any of the public records,  according to “Savage” married Abraham Tilton, at Kittery Me., 1669. Her will, dated Nov. 9, 1730, and probated July 2, 1733, names sons, Abraham, Samuel and Isaac ; daughters, Sarah Martin ; Mary, widow of Tristram Brown ; and Rebecca, widow of Thomas Durges. First kinsmen, John Lamb, and Abigail, widow of John Bell.


Roger Shaw Bio – Shaw records; a memorial of Roger Shaw, 1594-1661 (1904) By Farwell, Harriette Favoretta (Kilborn),

Shaw records; a memorial of Roger Shaw, 1594-1661 (1904) By Farwell, Harriette Favoretta (Kilborn), Mrs., 1834- [from old catalog]

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