John Kingsley

John KINGSLEY (1614 – 1679) was Alex’s 11th Great Grandfather, one of 4,096 in this generation of the Shaw line.

John Kingsley – Coat of Arms

John Kingsley was born on 7 Sep 1614 in Hampshire, England.  His parents were John KINGSLEY Sr. and Katherine BUTLER.  On 3 Jun 1635, John Kingsley, his brother Stephen, and Captain John Smith sailed on the James from Bristol, England.   Among the one-hundred passengers on board was a minister Richard Mather who sailed in disguise to America in escape from the wrath of King Charles. He wrote a journal giving details of the trip.

Richard Mather from Wikipedia

As they approached New England, they encountered the Great Colonial Hurricane of 1635, the worst hurricane ever recorded in history. They were forced to ride it out just off the coast of modern-day Hampton, New Hampshire. Their ship was stranded on rocky shore, but later was released by high waves.  According to the ship’s log and the journal of Increase Mather, the following was recorded;

“At this moment,… their lives were given up for lost; but then, in an instant of time, God turned the wind about, which carried them from the rocks of death before their eyes. …her sails rent in sunder, and split in pieces, as if they had been rotten ragges…”

They tried to stand down during the storm just outside the Isles of Shoals, but lost all three anchors, as no canvas or rope would hold.   Their cables were lost and sails were destroyed, but after the storm the sailors made new sails and steered their ship into Boston Harbor and landed in Boston  17 Aug 1635.

John married Elizabeth STOUGHTON about 1636 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Mass.  After Elizabeth died, he married Alice Thatcher after 1656 in Dorchester, Mass. Finally, he married Mary Johnson on 16 Mar 1674 in Rehoboth, Mass. John died in Briston RI and was buried on 6 Jan 1679 in Rehoboth, Mass.

Bristol County Massachusetts

John Kingsley’s tombstone was discovered near the spot where the Wachusett canoe house was later built on Roger Williams Ave. John’s gravestone was taken up and moved about 1-1/2 miles northeast to the old Newman cemetery, reset in the old part of the cemetery about 23′ south of the Newman monument. The tombstone is located in the Newman Cemetery, corner of Newman Ave and Pawtucket Ave (Route 114) in E. Providence, RI, having been moved there from it’s original location in nearby Rehoboth, MA during road construction. (but not the bodies!)

John Kingsley Headstone – Newman Cemetery East Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island

Elizabeth Stoughton has no documentation to support her maiden name. A source says this is NOT Elizabeth Daniels, who married John Kingsley of Milton. Nor is is Elizabeth Stoughton, who died as a child.

Alice Thatcher was born Abt. 1608.  She was the widow of Richard Jones,  Alice died 14 Jan 1672/73 in Rehoboth, MA.   Alternatively, her first name was Mary.

Mary Johnson was born 31 Jul 1614 Herne Hill, London, England. Her  parents were John Johnson and Mary Heath. Her grandparents were John JOHNSON Sr. and Hannah THROCKMORTON.  She firs married 1639 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Mass. to Roger Mowry (b. 1612 in England – d. 5 Jan 1666 in Salem, Mass.) Her daughter Mehitable Mowrey married John’s son Eldad.   Mary died 9 Jan 1678 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass within a few days of her husband.

Children of John and Elizabeth:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Freedom KINGSLEY c. 1636
Dorchester, Mass.
Reboboth, Mass
26 Jul 1669
Northampton, Mass.
2. Eldad Kingsley ca. 1638
Mehitable Mowrey
9 May 1662
Providence RI
30 Aug 1679
Swansea, Bristol, Mass.
3. Samuel Kingsely 1639
Dorcester, Mass.
9 Dec 1708
Northampton, Mass
4. Enos Kingsley ca 1639/40 Sarah Haynes
15 Jun 1662
Ann Dickerson
30 Jun 1692
9 Dec 1708
Northampton, Mass
5. Edward Kingsley ca. 1642 9 Dec 1708
Believed to have returned to England for Education.
6. Renewed Kingsley 19 Jan 1644
Dorcester, Mass.
Timothy Jones 2 Dec 1677
Ipswich, Mass


Tradition says that as William II of England or William Rufus (the Red King) was one day hunting in the New Forest, he became separated from his companions and attendants, and wandering aimlessly about the forest and glade, became hopelessly lost. But just as night was closing in with its darkness and gloom, he espied a friendly light gleaming from the cabin of one of the yeomen who lived on the confines of the forest.  Hastening thither, he begged shelter for the night, without making his identity known. He was kindly received and hospitably entertained so far as the means at hand in the humble abode would allow.  The man of the house at once slaughtered a young goat from which, with other means at hand, his good wife prepared a savory repast, whose delightful odor reached the nostrils of the hungry King and whose delectable flavors greatly pleased his palate.

The King of course being weary from the arduous sports of the day, the humble couch provided him brought most refreshing slumbers, from which he awoke to partake of another bounteous repast, which the wife had prepared (such as her female descendants have ever since been noted for preparing).

In going abroad by the light of day he discovered that he was in his own meadow or Lea, as it was anciently called in England.

He was so delighted with the hospitality he had received that he bestowed the whole of that portion of his domain known as the King’s Lea upon his host and made him a Baron.  The recipient took the name of the land bestowed upon him, Kyngesleigh (or Kingsley), and the family crest or coat of arms contains the King’s crown surmounted by a goat’s head.

Many of his descendents because of the prejudices ofthe revolutionary period against the word ‘King’, have followedthe spelling Kinsley.

John Kingsley

John Kingsley became a member of the Church at Dorchester on 23 Aug 1636, and Elizabeth Kingesley a little later in 1636.

John Kingsley was one of the seven signers of the church covenant signed in 1636 at Dorchester, Mass.  He and Elizabeth married there, and she was the second church member when her marriage covenant was signed.

John resided at Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts, between 1635 and 1648.  He was appointed bailiff in 1647, tax collector in 1648, and an elder in the church in 1655.

John Kingsley and Alice Thatcher removed to at Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, between 1662 and 1668.

1645 – John  acquired the first grant of land in Taunton, MA  and relocated there, where he became a shareholder in Great Lots the following year.

1647 – He was appointed bailiff

1648 – Appointed tax collector

c. 1649 – The family moved to Rehoboth, MA. spent about ten  prosperous years in their fertile farm east of Seekonk River. They raised grain and had horses, cattle, sheep, swine and fowls.

1676 – When the King Philip’s War broke out, all the able men went to Boston and joined the war, women and children went to Swansea and Rehoboth when a Rev. Johne Clarke gave them shelter. The Indians burned the towns but John Kingsley’s home was saved by being in a fortified garrison home. Five weeks of isolation left them starving and he wrote a letter to frinds in Connecticott to please send food. About three weeks later food arrived in Boston and Rehoboth.

28 Mar 1676 – Indians burned the town of Rehoboth during King Philip’s War

A party of the Indians, crossing the river, laid the town in ashes, burning forty houses and thirty barns. Only two houses were left standing, the garrison house, which stood on the spot where the house of Phanuel Bishop now stands, and another home on the south end of the common, which was preserved by blak sticks having been arranged around it, so as to give it at a distance the appearance of being strongly guarded. The houses were set on fire, as tradition informs us, early in the evening, and when the sun arose the next morning it beheld only a line of smoking ruins.

John was saved by being in a fortified garrison home. (Mary had probably fled with the other women and children to Newport where Rev. John Clarke provided shelter for them) Five weeks of isolation had left them starving and he wrote a letter to friends in Conn. to please send food. About three weeks later food arrived to them.

At a meeting of the Councill Hartford May 26, 1676, Major Robert Treate, Esq., Dep. Gov.; Captain John Allyn and Mr. John Wadsworth.

Wheras the General Court ordered that there should be 600 bushels of wheat raysed upon the county of Hartford, to be proportioned by the Authority of this county, upon the seuerall plantations, to be improved and baked into bread for the country’s use, which is thus proportioned: upon Hartford, 174 bush.; Windsor, 152; Wethersfeild, 134; Farmington, 74; Midleton, 46; Hadum, 20, which is to be raysed forthwith and brought to Hartford, to be ground into flour and baker pr the baker, all except Windsor proportion, which is to be baked there. The Secret’y to send out warrants to the respectiue townes, accordingly.

May 30, 1676. To all Christian friends, the good people unto whome these present writeings shall come greeting: Whereas    we haue recieved a letter bearing date May 5, ’76, from one John Kingsley, of Seaconck or Rehoboth, whereby we are credibly informed of the great straights, difficulties and wants, not onely of *o’ Christian friends there but of very many of o’ dear friends the Lord’s people in that Colony of New Plimouth and elcewhere, by reason of the prevayleing of the cruell enemie, by burning, killing and destroyeing people and places not a fewe; and being called upon for releife, we haue thought fit to recommend it to your pious consideration to remember the poore and them that are in bonds, as bownd with them; it being a worke that even nature, God and man calls for of us, to extend o’ compassion and charity for the supply of o’ distressed friends necessities, whose lowd cryes of their misery doth answerably call for o’ liberality and mercy, least the Lord should justly turn his hand from them to vs. We desire that you would appoint one in each congregation, to receiue your liberality and to take care for the speedy and effectuall sending the same to Boston and Seaconck, to be distributed to those in necessities. Deacon Walker of Seaconck is recommended to vs as a suitable person to receiue and distribute what shall be sent to Seaconck and the rest may be sent to Mr. Thatcher and Mr. Mather of Boston, to be by them put into some faythfull hands to be distributed amongst the people in necessity in the Massachusetts and Plimouth Colony. Mr. Shepherd, added.


Ser, I sallvte you with al’ that cal on the Lord Jesus, thayer Lord & oweres. I did despach a few lines to New Noriage & so to you & the rest on your river, but fearing it should not come to your hand & those which it concernes, I nowe in my sickness that he Lord hath laid on vs as hee did on Job—I am now in a fever or ague, yet I doe judge I follow Pale (Paul). I can say truely that since ovr wares begun my flesh is so gon with feare, care & grife & now this sickenes, my skin is redey to cleave to my bones. Now being vnknowne to you beloe on the river, I say I am the 1 (one) man & onely left of thse that gathered the Chvrch that is now in Dorchester, yet of lat have lived at Rehoboth or Seconke & hath sufered deepe, with my neighbovres. Now to tel you what wee have & how wee are like to sufer, my hart wil not hould to write & sheetes would (not) contayne. I am not able to beare the sad stories of ovr woeful day, when the Lord mad ovr wolfish heathern to be our lordes, to fier our towne, shout & hollow, to cal to us to come out of our garisones. Some did goe out alife, with sucsese; but had not ovr God restrained them, they were enow to have swallowed vs all vp. They burnt our milles, brake the stones, ye, our grinding stones; & what was hid in the erth they found, corne & fowles, kild catel & tooke the hind quarters & left the rest, yea, all that day the Lord gave lisones (license) they burnt cartes wheles, drive away our catel, shipe, horses, in a word had not the Lord restrayned thay had not left won to have tould of our woful day.  Wee lost but on siley man that day.  Wee are shut vp in our garisones & dare not goe abroad far to our outlandes, without som strength. Som of our souldiers are removed. Nobodey comes to say, how doe ye. Counsel from Bost. & Plimouth was to stay, uneles all had gon that could and left the rest to perish, yet now every rod of ground neare garrison is broaken vp & where house and barne stood now put in beanes & sqvashes; but alase, what wil doe against famin?

Now to leave all ovr danger, fear of sword, famen stares vs in the face. Now to my comfort I heare you have store of corn, ye tho you doe not sow in som years. Now misery cales for mersey but I consave is distress.* The truth is my hart wil not beare to write. Ah, the burden that I beare night & day, to see the blessed and loving God thus angrey, & wee have not a Profet to tel how longe, & to say this or these are New Englandes sinn. For general sin cales vseley (usually) for generall plagve; which is now. Deare brethren, if there be power in your handes, doe not say, goe away & com agayne. It is betur to die by sord than famen. Therefore I beg in my Lourds (Lord’s) name, to send vs som meal; for if wee sent it (to) Road Island there is wone wolf in the way & hee wil have money, which won of 40 hath not it to pay, tho they starve; yea 1-sh (one shilling) for 1 bushel, caring & bringing. There is another, that is the miller & hee takes an 8 part. O New Ingl. When wilt thou leave off opresing. It may be in som of your mindes to say, why doe not he hed men write, but onely this ould pore man. I say onely, I wil lay a mantel on my shoulder & goe pakewardes (backwards). There is but too (two) that knows of my writing, & the won descoriged me, but I know how earnest Pal (Paul) begged prayeres that which hee cales grase might be expekted.

I pray if this com in to the hand of aney that fere God, doe against famin? have a wiling mind may hav a hand to save vs from famen. I doe not beg for money to bild houses, Ah noe, noe. If any wil send meale, pray let deacon Walker distribut it. I knowe no man like minded.

It would be a dishoner to such a people as you, to vse argements to stir you vp to such a worke. I leave this & you all to the good hand of God, throw Jesus Christ, who is the define head of that blessed Covenant of Grace & fovntayn of all good. Bere with my writing, who came of (off) my sicke bed to make an end of these lines.

If aney that here or recede wil tryst mee won harel of indien meal & won of wheat. I do promise to pay, I or mine, when the Lord shall tvrn to his people with peace.

If aney know or here that Enoes Kingsley be alive, at Northampton, lett (him) know that I his father am a live tho no shelter for my grey head, onely with won swine God left when hee sent our enemyes to be our lordes, & blessed be his holy name; hee gave & hee tooke. I prayed seven yeares to be fited to suffer common calamity, so the thing I peared (feared) is com on mee; but alas I am redey to fant in the day of adversetey & show my strength is smal.

(Directed) For this much honored friend, the preacher of the gospel at Hartford, Conn., these, with speed, as consernes maney.

The Indians assaulted Rehoboth, on the 28th of March. They burnt thirty barns and near upon forty dwelling houses, thereby as it were threatening the utter desolation of that poor town.

Robert Beers, slain ye 28th March, 1676. It is said that he was a religious, but eccentric and superstitious man, and that on the approach of the Indians, he refused to go into the garrison house, but sat down in his own house, with the bible in his hand, believing that while he continued reading it, nothing could harm him. He was shot through the window and fell with the bible in his hand—Bliss History of Rehoboth, p. 96.

*This is believe to be the reading of the original; but the meaning is obscure. Probably one or more words necessary to complete the sentence were omitted by the writer.

John and Mary moved to Bristol, RI where the couple died within a day of each other. His grave was moved back to Rehoboth, probably because he stated in his will that he wanted “to be buried by my wife Allice in the North Corner of my houselott.”

In Vol. VI American Ancestry on page 207, we find the following:

“John Kingsley of Dorchester, Mass., born at Hampshire, Eng., emigrated from there to Taunton, Mass., where he was one of the original purchasers.  Removed to Dorchester 1635.  His ancestors spelled the name Kyngesley and bore these arms: Vert, a cross engrailed ermine, crest in ducal coronet gules a goats head argent. Descended from Randuphus de Kyngesleigh of Chester 1120.”

In the history of Dorchester, Mass. By the Committee of the antiquarian and Historical Society (Page 125) we also find the following:

“John Kinsley or Kingsley was here as early as 1635. He was a grantee of land in 1635 and one of the original signers of the covenant in 1636.  He had a share in the great lots in 1646, was a rater in 1648 and freeman in 1651. He had a son named Eldad born in Dorchester in 1638 and a daughter, Renewed, born Jan. 19, 1644. He had a son Enos who went to Northampton and a daughter who married Samuel Jones, son of Richard Jones. John Kingsley married a daughter of William Daniels of Milton and lived there in 1670.”

From the vital statistics of Rehoboth, Mass., where he lived during the later years of his life, we learn that John Kingsley was buried Jan 6, 1678. Also that Alice the wife of John Kingsley was buried Jan 4, 1673.

He was one of the seven original members who organized the Church at Dorchester in 1636 and signed the Covenant. Rev. Richard Mather the grandfather of Cotton Mather was the first pastor under the covenant. Kingsley was the last of the seven to survive.

He was a man of strong religious convictions and was obliged to leave England on account of his religious principles.

(Plym. P.) The will of John Kingsley of Rehoboth, made 2 Nov. 1677, mentions, to be buried by my wife Allice in the North Corner of my house lott; wife Mary to be sole exex. of this my will, and when my wife Mary shall die, then my son Eldad my sole exor.; children Enos and ffreedum five pounds a peece; I look that Eldad and his to be a staffe to us in our old age, forJohn French hath left mee in my old age, when I had most need of him. Witnes: Robert ffuller, Phillip Walker. Proved 5 Mar. 1678-9, when the inventory was exihibited.


1. Freedom KINGSLEY (See John FRENCH Sr.‘s page)

2. Eldad Kingsley

Eldad’s wife Mehitable Mowrey was born 1646 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island. Her parents were Roger Mowry and Mary Johnson.Her grandparents were John Johnson and Margaret Scudder and his great grandparents were John JOHNSON Sr. and Hannah THROCKMORTON.  Mary married Eldad’s father in the second marriage for each.  Mehitable died 12 Apr 1730 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass

3. Samuel Kingsely

4. Enos Kingsley

Enos’ first wife Sarah Haynes was born 1642 in Springfield, Hampshire, Mass. Her parents were Edmond Haynes and Hannah Lambe/Dewey. Sarah died 7 Dec 1691 – Northampton, Hampshire, Mass.

Enos’ second wife Ann Dickerson was born 1636 in Weathersfield, Hartford, CT. Her parents were Deacon Nathaniel Dickinson and Anne Gull. She first married John Clarey. Ann died 16 JUL 1723 in Northampton, Hampshire, Mass.

5. Edward Kingsley

Believed to have returned to England for Education. Some genealogies say Edward Kingsley and Eldad Kingsley were the same person.

6. Renewed Kingsley

Renewed’s husband Timothy Jones was born about 1640 in Dorchester, Mass. His parents were Richard Jones and Alice Elizabeth Thatcher. Timothy died about 1677.


(Edna Hartshorn Deane,Amos Kingsley, A Biography and Genealogy) – Immigration Story

The history of Peter Parker and Sarah Ruggles of Roxbury, Mass. and their ancestors and descendants … By John William Linzee 1918

Posted in 13th Generation, Immigrant - England, Pioneer, Line - Shaw, Historical Monument | Tagged , , , , | 10 Comments

John French Sr

John FRENCH Sr. (1622 – 1697) was Alex’s 10th Great Grandfather, one of 2,048 in this generation of the Shaw line.

John French – Coat of Arms

John French Sr was was baptized in St. Edmund’s, Assington, Suffolk, England on 26 May 1622.  His parents were Thomas FRENCH (1584 – 1639) and Susan RIDDLESDALE (1584 – 1658). He immigrated with his parents about 1637. His older brother Thomas came over first with the Winthrop fleet. His sisters Dorcas and Susan immigrated about 1633 to serve as maids to John Winthrop.  He married Freedom KINGSLEY about 1654. John died on 1 Feb 1697 in Northampton, Mass.

John was baptized in St. Edmund’s Church, Suffolk, England

Freedom Kingsley was born about 1636 in Dorchester, Mass.  Her parents were John KINGSLEY and Elizabeth STOUGHTON.  Before she married John, Freedom was a servant of  William Lane (Suff. I :99)

The will of Wm Lane of Dorchester, mentions Thomas Rider my Sonne in Lawe and my daughter Elizabeth his wife, his children; sonne Thomas Linckhorne of Hingham; Sonne George Lane of Hingham; sonne Nathaniell Baker of Hingham; sonne Andrew Lane of Hingham; Mary Long my daughter; ffredome Kingley my faithfull servant; Brethren Joseph ffaraworth & John Wiswall Exors. Made 28 Feb. 1650.

Freedom died on 16 Jul 1689 in Northampton, Mass.

Children of John and Freedom:

Name Born Married Departed
1. John FRENCH Jr. 28 Feb 1654/55 Ipswich, Mass. Hannah PALMER
27 Nov 1676
Rehoboth, Mass
24 Feb 1723/24
Rehoboth, Mass.
2. Deacon Thomas French 25 May 1657
Mary Catlin
18 Oct 1683
Northampton, Mass
Hannah (Edwards) Stebbins
3 Apr 1733
Deerfield, Mass
3. Noe French 27 Feb 1659/60 Died Young
4. Mary French 27 Feb 1659/60 Samuel Stebbins
4 Mar 1677/78
26 Jan 1696 Northampton, Hampshire, MA
5. Samuel French 26 Feb 1661/62 Unmarried 8 Sep 1683
6. Infant Daughter 1 Apr 1664
1 Apr 1664
7. Hannah French 8 Mar 1664/65
Francis Keet 25 JUL 1711 Northampton, Hampshire, MA
8. Jonathan French 30 Jul 1667
Sarah Warner
Hadley, Hampshire, Mass
17 Feb 1714 Northampton, Hampshire, MA
9. Elizabeth French 9 Oct 1673
Samuel Pomeroy
c. 1690
prob. Northampton
2 Jun 1702
Northampton, Hampshire, MA


John French worked as a tailor

The first record of John French in America was in Dorcester, Mass was first recorded in Dorchester on 27 Jan 1642/43 after his arrival in Boston.

He came to Northampton sometime between 1682 and 1690, probably from Ipswich, where he had been a farmer. At least two of his children with Freedom Kingsley were born in Rehoboth.

Savage –

JOHN, Northampton, came a. 1676, from Rehoboth, with w. d. of John Kingsley, and ch. John, Thomas, Samuel, and Jonathan, the first three of wh. took o. of alleg. 8 Feb. 1679; beside three ds. Mary, w. of Samuel Stebbins, m. 4 Mar. 1678, wh. d. bef. her f.; Hannah, w. of Francis Keet; and Elizabeth w. of Samuel Pomeroy. Perhaps he was s. of John of Dorchester; certain. he d. 1 Feb. 1697. Samuel d. prob. unm. 8 Sept. 1683.2

John French of Ipswich was a Denison subscriber in 1648, to pay this tax he must have been of age and therefore born before 1627, which agrees with the Assington record.

Four deeds of John French of Ipswich, Taylor, and Freedom his wife, as well as the similarity of names of children to those of John French of Northampton, indicate the identity of the two families.

John French was entitled to a share in Plumb Island in 1664.

In p’snce of Thomas Wiswall, ffreedome Kingsley. Proved 6 July 1654 by Thomas Wiswall who deposed.

(Ipswich Deed IV : 99)

I John French of Ipswich . . . Tayler … for forty five pounds . . . payd unto me by Thomas Lull of the same Towne weaver . . . sell . . . my now dwelling house and land . . . with barne, out houses, yards, orchyards, Gardens, fences, with all . . . apptenances . . . containing by estimation two acres . . . scituate … in Ipswich . . . Haveing the land of Thomas Mattcalfe toward the south, the land of Joseph Quilter toward the west, John Pindars land toward the north, the streate or way toward the east. To have and to hold . . . and peaceably to possess . . . from the first day of June next coming which will be in the yeare 1678 Thence forward forever . . . the eight of June Anno Dom 1677. John French and a seale

ffreedom French

Recorded June 22th, 1677.

Witnesses, Grace Fitt & a marke

Robert Lord.

John French acknowledged this deed and Freedom his wife did freely resigne her interest of Dowrye in the land and House herein conveyed . . . June 21 :1677.

(Ipswich Deed IV : 102)

… I John French of Ipswich. . . Taylor for . . . sixteene pounds . . . payd by Robert Lord Jun’ of Ipswich . . . marshall . . . Have granted … a p’cell of Land being part of my planting lott by estimation five acres … on the North syde the River … at the time of the sale of the premisses . . . the sayd John is the true owner . . .

In wittnes whereof I the sayd John French with the consent of Freedome my wife have hereunto set my hand … the 25th of June . . . Anno Dom 1677.

Robert Lord, Senior; Samuel Chapman. Recorded Aug. 16,1677.

(Ipswich Deed IV : 110)

. . . I John French of Ipswich . . . Tayler . . . for . . . fifteene pounds . . . payd by Edmond Heard of the same Towne . . . Have . . . sold . . . a parcell of Land lyeing . . . within the comon field on the North Syde the River containeing three acres with all . . . the apptenances … 14 day of September . . . Anno Dom 1677. In presence of Daniel Warner sen’; John Potter.

John French acknowledged this writing to be his act & deed & Freedome his wife did freely resigne her thirds or Interest of Dowry Sept. 20: 77. Recorded Octob: 23, 1677.

(Ipswich Deed IV : 486)

… I John French of Ipswich . . . Taylour and Freedom my wife in consideration of full satisfaction . . . payd by . . . Anthony Potter of the same town . . . planter . . . have sold . . . my parcell of marsh Thatch being my second division in the marsh called the hundreds . . . also three acres more or less of Basterd marsh lyeing in Ipswich in the marsh commonly called Reedy marsh bounded with the Land of Capt. John Appleton toward the west, by a ditch and with land of Ensigne Thomas French toward the Northeast, and with land of Mr Robert Paine in pt and with land of Joseph Quilter in pt, toward the South, being a try angle lott . . . dated the fourteenth day of this Instant June . . . 1677.John French and a seale.

Freedome French and a seale.

In presence of John Denison Sen’; John Brewer Sen’.

Recorded decemb 12: 1682.


1. John FRENCH Jr. (See his page)

2. Thomas French

Thomas’ wife first wife Mary Catlin was born  10 Jul 1666 in Wethersfield, Hartford, CT.  Her parents were John Catlin and Mary Baldwin.  Mary died 9 Mar 1704 in Deerfield, Franklin, Mass.

No family suffered more than John Catlin’s in the destruction of Deerfield, Massachusetts during the Indian Massacre of 29 February, 1703/4. He was killed trying to protect his home. His sons Joseph and Jonathan were also killed. His married daughters Mary French and Elizabeth Catlin Corse were killed during the subsequent march to Canada. His wife, Mary, “being held with the other prisoners in John Sheldon‘s house, gave a cup of water to a young French officer who was dying. He was perhaps a brother of Hertel de Rouville. May it not have been gratitude for this act that she was left behind when the order came to march? She died of grief a few weeks later.”

Deerfield Memorial

Thomas’ second wife Hannah Atkins was born  xx.   She was the widow of Joseph Edwards, and of Benoni Stebbins, who was also killed at the Deerfield Massacre.  Hannah died in 1737.

Thomas lived for a time in Northampton, where he came with his parents early in his life. Later settled in Deerfield, MA. and was Deacon of the Deerfield Church.  He was blacksmith, town clerk and deacon. He and all his family were taken in the Deerfield raid of 1704. The raiders destroyed 17 of the village’s 41 homes, and looted many of the others. Thomas’ house was not burned, so the town records were saved. He married Mary Catlin married 18 October 1683. She was killed on the trip on 9 March 1703/04. He and their two eldest children were redeemed in 1706. He married again to Hannah Edwards 9 Mar 1704 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass and died in 1733.

Deacon Thomas French Gravestone — Old Deerfield Burying Ground , Deerfield, Franklin County, Mass.

Here lyeth the body
of Deacon Thomas
French who dyed
April ye 5th 1733
Aged 76 Years

Blessed are ye dead
Who dye in the Lord

Children of Thomas and Mary:

i. Mary French (8 Mar 1685 in Deerfield, Mass – 12 Mar 1685 in Deerfield)

ii. Mary French (9 Nov 1686 in Deerfield, MA – 24 Mar 1758 in Bolton, Tolland, CT) Carried to Canada 1704.  Redeemed with father in 1706, at age 19.

iii. Thomas French , Jr. (2 Nov 1689 in Deerfield, MA – 26 Jun 1759 in Deerfield, MA)  Redeemed with father and sister Mary in 1706, probably brought back by Ens. John Sheldon

iv. Freedom French (20 Nov 1692 in Deerfield, Franklin, MA – 6 Oct 1757 in Montréal, Ile de Montréal, Quebec)  Freedom was eleven when she was carried to Canada.  She was  placed in the family of Monsieur Jacques Le Ber, merchant of Montreal, and on Tuesday, the 6th of April, 1706, Madame Le Ber had her baptized anew by Father Meriel, under the name of Marie Françoise, the name of the Virgin added to that of her godmother, being substituted for the Puritanic appellation of Freedom, by which she had been known in Deerfield. She signs her new name, evidently with difficulty, to this register, and never again does she appear as Freedom French.  She was often recorded as a guest at the marriages of her English friends.  Two years after her sister’s marrage, on the 6th of February, 1713 at the age of twenty-one, Marie Françoise French married Jean Daveluy, ten years older than herself, a relative of Jacques Le Roi, her sister’s husband. Daveluy could not write, but here, appended to the marriage register, I find for the last time the autographs of the two sisters written in full, Marie Françoise and Marthe Marguerite French.

v. Marguerite Martha French (12 May 1695 in Deerfield, MA Baptême: 23-02-1707, Montréal –  1 May 1762 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada)  Martha was given by her Indian captors to the Sisters of the Congregation at Montreal. On the 23d of January, 1707, she was baptized sous condition, receiving from her god-mother the name of Marguerite in addition to her own. On Tuesday, November 24, 1711, when about  sixteen., she was married by Father Meriel to Jacques Roi, aged twenty-two, of the village of St. Lambert, in the presence of many of their relatives and friends. Jacques Roi cannot write his name, but the bride, Marthe Marguerite French, signs hers in a bold, free hand, which is followed by the dashing autograph of the soldier, Alphonse de Tonty; and Marie Françoise French, now quite an adept in forming the letters of her new name, also signs.  On the third of May, 1733, just one month from the day of her father’s death in Deerfield, Martha Marguerite French, widow of Jacques Roi, signed her second marriage contract, and the following day married Jean Louis Ménard, at St. Laurent, a parish of Montreal.

vi. Abigail French (28 Feb 1698 Deerfield, MA – in Caughnawaga, a village of the Mohawk nation inhabited from 1666 to 1693, now an archaeological site near the village of Fonda, New York.  lived as an Indian, never married.)

vii. John French (1 Feb 1704 Deerfield, Franklin, MA – 29 Feb 1704 Killed in Deerfield Raid)

The Raid on Deerfield occurred during Queen Anne’s War on February 29, 1704, when French and Native American forces under the command of Jean-Baptiste Hertel de Rouville attacked the English settlement at Deerfield, Massachusetts just before dawn, burning part of the town and killing 56 villagers.

Minor raids against other communities convinced Governor Joseph Dudley to send 20 men to garrison Deerfield in February. These men, minimally trained militia from other nearby communities, had arrived by the 24th, making for somewhat cramped accommodations within the town’s palisade on the night of February 28. In addition to these men, the townspeople mustered about 70 men of fighting age; these forces were all under the command of Captain Jonathan Wells.

The Connecticut River valley had been identified as a potential raiding target by authorities in New France as early as 1702. The forces for the raid had begun gathering near Montreal as early as May 1703, as reported with reasonable accuracy in English intelligence reports. However, two incidents intervened that delayed execution of the raid. The first was a rumor that English warships were on the Saint Lawrence River, drawing a significant Indian force to Quebec for its defense. The second was the detachment of some troops, critically including Jean-Baptiste Hertel de Rouville, who was to lead the raid, for operations in Maine (including a raid against Wells that raised the frontier alarms at Deerfield). Hertel de Rouville did not return to Montreal until the fall.

The force assembled at Chambly, just south of Montreal, numbered about 250, and was composed of a diversity of personnel. There were 48 Frenchmen, some of them Canadien militia and others recruits from the troupes de la marine, including four of Hertel de Rouville’s brothers. The French leadership included a number of men with more than 20 years experience in wilderness warfare. The Indian contingent included 200 Abenakis, Iroquois, Wyandots, and Pocumtucs, some of whom sought revenge for incidents that had taken place years earlier. These were joined by another 30 to forty Pennacooks led by sachem Wattanummon as the party moved south toward Deerfield in January and February 1704, raising the troop size to nearly 300 by the time it reached the Deerfield area in late February.

The expedition’s departure was not a very well kept secret. In January 1704, New York’s Indian agent Pieter Schuyler was warned by the Iroquois of possible action that he forwarded on to Governor Dudley and Connecticut’s Governor Winthrop; further warnings came to them in mid-February, although none were specific about the target.

The raiders left most of their equipment and supplies 25 to 30 miles north of the village before establishing a cold camp about 2 miles from Deerfield on February 28, 1704. From this vantage point they observed the villagers as they prepared for the night. Since the villagers had been alerted to the possibility of a raid, they all took refuge within the palisade, and a guard was posted.

The raiders had noticed that there were snow drifts all the way to the top of the palisade; this greatly simplified their entry into the fortifications just before dawn on February 29. They carefully approached the village, stopping periodically so that the sentry might confuse the noises they made with more natural sounds. A few men climbed over the palisade via the snow drifts and then opened then north gate to admit the rest. Primary sources vary on the degree of alertness of the village guard that night; one account claims he fell asleep, while another claims that he discharged his weapon to raise the alarm when the attack began, but that it was not heard by many people. As the Reverend John Williams later recounted, “with horrid shouting and yelling”, the raiders launched their attack “like a flood upon us.”

The raiders’ attack probably did not go exactly as they had intended. In attacks on Schenectady, New York and Durham, New Hampshire in the 1690s (both of which included Hertel de Rouville’s father), the raiders had simultaneously attacked all of the houses; at Deerfield, this did not happen. Historians Haefeli and Sweeney theorize that the failure to launch a coordinated assault was caused by the wide diversity within the attacking force.

French organizers of the raid drew on a variety of Indian populations, including in the force of about 300 a number of Pocumtucs who had once lived in the Deerfield area. The diversity of personnel involved in the raid meant that it did not achieve full surprise when they entered the palisaded village. The defenders of some fortified houses in the village successfully held off the raiders until arriving reinforcements prompted their retreat. More than 100 captives were taken, and about 40 percent of the village houses were destroyed.

The raiders swept into the village, and began attacking individual houses. Reverend Williams’ house was among the first to be raided; Williams’ life was spared when his gunshot misfired, and he was taken prisoner. Two of his children and a servant were slain; the rest of his family and his other servant were also taken prisoner. Similar scenarios occurred in many of the other houses. The residents of Benoni Stebbins’ house, which was not among the early ones attacked, resisted the raiders’ attacks, which lasted until well after daylight. A second house, near the northwestern corner of the palisade, was also successfully defended. The raiders moved through the village, herding their prisoners to an area just north of the town, rifling houses for items of value, and setting a number of them on fire.

As the morning progressed, some of the raiders began moving north with their prisoners, but paused about a mile north of the town to wait for those that had not yet finished in the village. The men in the Stebbins house kept the battle up for two hours; they were on the verge of surrendering when reinforcements arrived. Early in the raid, young John Sheldon managed to escape over the palisade and began making his way to nearby Hadley to raise the alarm there. The fires from the burning houses had already been spotted, and “thirty men from Hadley and Hatfield” rushed to Deerfield. Their arrival prompted the remaining raiders to flee, some of whom abandoned their weapons and other supplies in a panic.

The sudden departure of the raiders and the arrival of reinforcements raised the spirits of the beleaguered survivors, and about 20 Deerfield men joined the Hadley men in chasing after the fleeing raiders. The English and the raiders skirmished in the meadows just north of the village, where the English reported “killing and wounding many of them”. However, the pursuit was conducted rashly, and the English soon ran into an ambush prepared by those raiders that had left the village earlier. Of the 50 or so men that gave chase, nine were killed and several more were wounded. After the ambush they retreated back to the village, and the raiders headed north with their prisoners.

As the alarm spread to the south, reinforcements continued to arrive in the village. By midnight, 80 men from Northampton and Springfield had arrived, and men from Connecticut swelled the force to 250 by the end of the next day. After debating over what action to take, it was decided that the difficulties of pursuit were not worth the risks. Leaving a strong garrison in the village, most of the militia returned to their homes.

The raiders destroyed 17 of the village’s 41 homes, and looted many of the others. They killed 44 residents of Deerfield: 10 men, 9 women, and 25 children, five garrison soldiers, and seven Hadley men. Of those who died inside the village, 15 died of fire-related causes; most of the rest were killed by edged or blunt weapons. They took 109 villagers captives; this represented 40 per cent of the village population. They also took captive three Frenchmen who had been living among the villagers. The raiders also suffered losses, although reports vary. New France’s Governor-General Philippe de Rigaud Vaudreuil reported the expedition only lost 11 men, and 22 were wounded, including Hertel de Rouville and one of his brothers. John Williams heard from French soldiers during his captivity that more than 40 French and Indian soldiers were lost; Haefeli and Sweeney believe the lower French figures are more credible, especially when compared to casualties incurred in other raids.

Illustration of 1704 Deerfield Raid Published 1900

The raid has been immortalized as a part of the early American frontier story, principally due to the account of one of its captives, the Rev. John Williams. He and his family were forced to make the long overland journey to Canada, and his daughter Eunice was adopted by a Mohawk family; she took up their ways. Williams’ account, The Redeemed Captive, was published in 1707 and was widely popular in the colonies.

She liked to go to Deacon French’s, who lived on what is now the site of the second church parsonage. The Deacon was the blacksmith of the village, and his shop stood a few rods west of his house. Eunice would stand hours watching him, as he beat into shape the plough-shares, that had been bent by [p.132] the stumps in the newly cleared lands. As the sparks flew up from the flaming forge, she thought of the verse in the Bible, “Man is born unto trouble as the sparks fly upward,” and wondered what it meant. Too soon, alas, she learned.

For the 109 English captives, the raid was only the beginning of their troubles. The raiders still had to return to Canada, a 300 miles  journey, in the middle of winter. Many of the captives were ill-prepared for this, and the raiders were themselves short on provisions. The raiders consequently engaged in a brutal yet common practice: captives were slain when it was clear they would be unable to keep up. Only 89 of the captives survived the ordeal; most of those who either died of exposure or were slain en route were women and children. Thomas’ wife Mary Caitin French was killed on the trip on 9 March 1703/04.

Deerfield Raid Map. Mary Caitlin French was killed about halfway through the journey

In the first few days several of the captives escaped. Hertel de Rouville instructed Reverend Williams to inform the others that recaptured escapees would be tortured; there were no further escapes. (The threat was not an empty one — it was known to have happened on other raids.)  The French leader’s troubles were not only with his captives. The Indians had some disagreements amongst themselves concerning the disposition of the captives, which at times threatened to come to blows. A council held on the third day resolved these disagreements sufficiently that the trek could continue.

Illustration by Howard Pyle showing the journey back to Canada

The raid failed to accomplish one of Governor Vaudreuil’s objectives: to instill fear in the English colonists. They instead became angry, and calls went out from the governors of the northern colonies for action against the French colonies. Governor Dudley wrote that “the destruction of Quebeck and Port Royal would put all the Navall stores into Her Majesty’s hands, and forever make an end of an Indian War”, the frontier between Deerfield and Wells was fortified by upwards of 2,000 men,  and the bounty for Indian scalps was more than doubled, from £40 to £100. Dudley also promptly organized a retaliatory raid against Acadia (present-day Nova Scotia). In the summer of 1704, New Englanders under the leadership of Benjamin Church raided Acadian villages at Pentagouet (present-day Castine, Maine), Passamaquoddy Bay (present-day St. Stephen, New Brunswick), Grand Pré, Pisiquid, and Beaubassin (all in present-day Nova Scotia). Church’s instructions included the taking of prisoners to exchange for those taken at Deerfield, and specifically forbade him to attack the fortified capital, Port Royal.

Deerfield and other communities collected funds to ransom the captives, and French authorities and colonists also worked to extricate the captives from their Indian masters. Within a year’s time, most of the captives were in French hands, a product of frontier commerce in humans that was fairly common at the time. The French and Indians also engaged in efforts to convert their captives to Roman Catholicism, with modest success. Some of the younger captives, however, were not ransomed, and were adopted into the tribes. Such was the case with Williams’ daughter Eunice, who was eight years old when captured. She became thoroughly assimilated, and married a Mohawk man when she was 16. Other captives also remained by choice in Canadian and Native communities such as Kahnawake for the rest of their lives.

Two of Thomas’ daughters who stayed in Canada married and had large families. The third daughter assimilated into the Indians at Kahnawake. One great-grandson was Archbishop Octave Plessis, who was the ranking churchman to champion the Catholic viewpoint to the British government in the first decades of the 1800’s. That the Church survived is largely due to his efforts.

Negotiations for the release and exchange of captives began in late 1704, and continued until late 1706. They became entangled in unrelated issues (like the English capture of French privateer Pierre Maisonnat dit Baptiste), and larger concerns, including the possibility of a wider-ranging treaty of neutrality between the French and English colonies. Mediated in part by Deerfield residents John Sheldon and John Wells, some captives were returned to Boston in August 1706. Governor Dudley, who needed the successful return of the captives for political reason, then released the French captives, including Baptiste; the remaining captives that had chosen to return were back in Boston by November 1706.

Thomas French and his children Mary and Thomas Jr. were brought back to Deerfield in 1706 by Ensign John Sheldon, in his second expedition to Canada for the redemption of the captives. An interesting evidence of the proneness of Deerfield maidens to versifying, exists in a poem said to have been written by Mary French to a younger sister during their captivity, in the fear last the latter might become a Romanist (Catholic).

Soon after his return, Thomas French was made Deacon of the church in Deerfield in place of Deacon David Hoyt, who had died of starvation at Coos on the march to Canada. In 1709, Deacon French married the widow of Benoni Stebbins. He died in 1733 at the age of seventy six, respected and regretted as an honest and usefu1:man and a pillar of the church and state.

John Williams wrote a captivity narrative about his experience, which was published in 1707. The work was widely distributed in the 18th and 19th centuries, and continues to be published today. Williams’ work was one of the reasons this raid, unlike others of the time, was remembered and became an element in the American frontier story. In the 19th century the raid began to be termed a massacre (where previous accounts had used words like “destruction” and “sack”, emphasizing the physical destruction); this terminology was still in use in mid-20th century Deerfield. A portion of the original village of Deerfield has been preserved as a living history museum; among its relics is a door bearing tomahawk marks from the 1704 raid. The raid is commemorated there in leap years.

An 1875 legend recounts the attack as an attempt by the French to regain a bell, supposedly destined for Quebec, but pirated and sold to Deerfield. The legend continues that this was a “historical fact known to almost all school children.” However, the story, which is a common Kahnawake tale, was refuted as early as 1882.

4. Mary French

Mary’s husband Samuel Stebbins was born 21 Jan 1659 in Northampton, Hampshire, Mass. His parents were John Stebbins and Abigail Bartlett. After the divorce, he married 14 Mar 1692/93 in Rhode Island to Sarah Williams (b. 1660 in Rhode Island – d. 26 Jan 1697). Samuel died 3 Sep 1732 in Coldspring, Hampshire, Mass.

Mary and Samuel Stebbins were divorced 27 Dec 1692 after 15 years of marriage; HDF sources: Stebbins gene., pg. 115; Parsons gene., 1/684

Samuel Stebbins was divorced by his first wife Mary French for infidelity which included his siring of several children by Sarah Williams. The decree was rendered 27 DEC 1692 and Samuel m 12 MAR 1692/3 Sarah Williams in Rhode Island. The subject of the article is apparently the son of Samuel by another extra-marital affair with Ruth Baker who subsequently married Ebenezer Alford.

7. Hannah French

Hannah’s husband Francis Keet was born 1665 in Rehobeth, Essex, Mass. His parents were Francis Keet and [__?__]. Francis died 9 May 1751 in Sunderland, Franklin, Mass.

8. Jonathan French

Jonathan’s wife Sarah Warner was born 28 May 1668 in Hadley, Hampshire, Mass. Her parents were Isaac Warner and Sarah Boltwood. Sarah died in 1724 in Hatfield, Hampshire, Mass

9. Elizabeth French

Elizabeth’s husband Samuel Pomeroy was born 29 May 1669 in Northampton, Mass. His parents were Caleb Pomerory and Hepzibah Baker. After Elizabeth died, he married to Joanna Root (b. 5 Nov 1681 in Northampton, Mass. – d. 20 Jan 1713 in Northampton, Mass.) After Joanna died, he married 1715 in Northampton, Hampshire, Mass. to Elizabeth Strickland (b. 29 Jan 1685 in Simsbury, Hartford, CT – d. Southampton, Hampshire, Mass.) Samuel died 29 Oct 1748 in Northampton, Hampshire, Mass

Samuel was a farmer and schoolteacher.


The history of Peter Parker and Sarah Ruggles of Roxbury, Mass. and their ancestors and descendants … By John William Linzee 1918

The redeemed captive returning to Zion: or, The captivity and deliverance of Rev. John Williams of Deerfield 1704 Google EBook

Posted in 12th Generation, Historical Church, Immigrant - England, Line - Shaw, Storied, Twins, Violent Death | Tagged , , , | 9 Comments

Francis Griswold

Francis GRISWOLD (1610 -1652 ) was Alex’s 11th Great Grandfather, one of 4,096 in this generation of the Shaw line.

The Griswold family were exceptional among our ancestors having a coat of arms at the time of their immigration

Francis Griswold was born about 1610 in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England.  His parents may have been George Henry GRISWOLD  (bapt. 6 Nov 1574 at Wootten Wawen Warwickshire- 1623) and Dousabel  LEIGH (1575 – 1615)   Francis married Mary [__?__].   Francis died in 1652 in Cambridge, Mass.

Many sites have perpetuated the error that Dorothy James married a George Greswold and had various children who came to America. The available records do not support this. Dorothy James married Henry Greswold in Belbroughton, Warwickshire in 1592. They did have a son George (as well as Humphrey and William). However, George was only about 13 years old (i.e., born ca 1588) when his father died in 1601/02. George died about 1615. George was presumably unmarried as no mention is made of a wife or children and all of his property (including Greet Hill) went to his brother Humphrey. His father was born in 1563 (his mother, Dorothy, is reputed to have been born about 1567 and died in 1656). Thus they could not have had a son George born in 1548.

Mary [__?__] was born about 1617 in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England.  After Francis died, she married William Bullard on 4 Jan 1653/54 in Cambridge, Middlesex , Massachusetts.  Mary died in 1685 in Cambridge, Mass.  Alternatively, Mary  died 2 Oct 1652 in Charlestown, Mass.

William Bullard was born about 1594 in Barnham, Suffolk, England.  His parents were William BULLARD and Grace BIGNETT.  On 16 May 1610 in Barnham, Suffolk, England, he was mentioned in the will of William Bullard.  In 1630 in Barham, Suffolk, England, he was mentioned in the will of Grace Bignett. William Bullard immigrated in 1638 to Massachusetts Bay Colony.  He settled in Dedham, Mass.  He lived in 1658 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He  moved in 1677 to Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.  William died on Monday, 23 Dec 1686 in Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts.

Children of Francis and Mary:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Elizabeth GRISWOLD 1637 in Cambridge Mass. Jonah PALMER
3 May 1655 Rehoboth, Mass
11 Feb 1691/92
Rehoboth, Mass
2. Mary Griswold 28 Oct 1639, Cambridge  1639 or
2 Oct 1652
3. Hannah Griswold 3 Feb. 1643 Died at 2 months
4. Hannah Griswold 4 Mar 1644/45, Cambridge John Kent
21 Mar 1662
Dedham, Mass
9 Jan 1690/91, Charlestown

Often this name is spelled Grissell, Grisill, Grisold, Greshold, and Greshould.

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

Jonah PALMER lived in Charlestown, Mass which is only three miles from Cambridge before his family moved to Rehoboth in 1643 so he might have known Elizabeth as a child, but she would have been only 7 or 8 years old when the Palmer family left for Rehoboth.   Our Francis and Mary had no male children and hence few rearchers into their true English origins.

On the other hand, maybe GEORGE GRISWOLD of Kenilworth, England, had five sons born there.

THOMAS, remained in Kenilworth.
MICHAEL, b. 1597; settled  Wethersfield, Conn.

EDWARD, b. 1607; settled Windsor, Conn., 1639, Killingworth, 1664.

FRANCIS, b. _____; settled . Cambridge, Mass.

MATTHEW, b. 1620; settled Windsor and Lyme, Conn. [Salisbury Genealogy, Vol. II, p. 5].

Adding to the confusion, Edward named one of his sons Francis Griswold (1629 – 1671).   here is a mystery whether our not Mary Griswold married William Bullard after our Francis died.  There is another mystery whether or not the widow of the other Francis Griswold married Major William Bradford.

Francis’ Father

John9John8John7John6John5William vel Thomas4Richard3Ralph (Rudolphus)2John1), son of   Roger10 GRESWOLD, was christened on 6 Nov. 1574 in Wooten Wawen, Warwickshire and died between 1613 and 1633. He married about 1606, DOUSABEL LEIGH? , who was born about 1575, was buried on 28 Aug. 1615 in Wooten Wawen.   The George Greswold mentioned in the eleventh generation in the Visitation of Warwickshire, 1619, may be the father of Edward Griswold, who emigrated from Kenilworth, England, to Windsor, Conn. in 1639. It is clear from a deposition made by Captain George Griswold that the great grandfather’s name was George Griswold, who had three sons, Edward, Matthew and Thomas. There is thus the possibility that George Griswold, father of Edward and Matthew, is to be identified with the George Griswold of the eleventh generation.

More than this possibility, or at most probability, cannot be affirmed as yet. The Kenilworth parish records prior to 1630, which might have settled the question, were destroyed during the wars of the Commonwealth, and the Griswold family in England has become extinct. There are facts enough, however, to make the connection between the Griswolds, of Windsor, Conn. and the Greswold heraldic family of Kenilworth and Solihull, Warwickshire, at least possible if not probable.  Rev. F. W. Chapman in his unpublished memoranda on the Griswold family held the opinion that the grandfather of Edward and Matthew was a Francis Griswold, on what grounds it is not known.   “Matthew Griswold, Esq., of Kenilworth, Warwick County, England, had three sons, Edward, Matthew and Thomas, who were cousins to Humphrey Griswold, of Malvern Hall

Possible Siblings

Edward Griswold, born in England, about 1607. He married there about 1630, Margaret, whose parentage is unknown. Actual records of his birth and marriage have not been found.  One source researching the Griswold Genealogy, Captain George Griswold indicates that Edward’s parents were George Griswold (baptised 6 Nov 1574 at Wooten Wawen) and Dousabel, whose maiden name was thought to be Leigh.   The Griswold Family Association in America has done extensive research and believes that George Griswold is the father of Edward.  Sadly, the Kenilworth parish records prior to 1630, which might have settled the question, were destroyed during the wars of the Commonwealth, and the Griswold family in England has become extinct.

The Greswold Family, 12 Generations in England – Researched and Edited by Robert L. & Esther  Complied by Coralee Griswold.,

Matthew Griswold was born in 1620 at England. He was the son of George Griswold and Honora Pawley. Matthew Griswold married Anna Wolcott, daughter of Henry Wolcott Sr. and Elizabeth Saunders, on 16 October 1646 at Windsor, Hartford Co., CT. Matthew Griswold died on 27 September 1698 at Saybrook, Middlesex Co., CT.

Matthew came to Windsor in 1639 with Edward Griswold, his older half brother, and the congregation of the Rev. Ephraim Huit, but did not remain there long. He became an agent of Lord Fenwick and moved to Saybrook where he received a grant of land in 1645 which became the foundation of a large fortune.

Old Lyme was first settled in 1664 as East Saybrook, and Matthew as the pioneer and its first settler. He was one of the signers of the Articles of Separation in 1665.

Although Matthew was a lawyer, he also followed the trade of a mason, furnishing the stones for many of the graves of the early settlers. He also furnished the stone for his father-in-law, Henry Wolcott, which is almost intact after all these years. However, there is no stone for Matthew’s grave, nor do we know exaclty where he is buried, although there are are records which would lead one to believe that he is probably buried in the Old Saybrook Cemetery. Although he removed to Lyme, he remained a member of the Saybrook church and was brought there for interment.

The terrible consequences of the witchcraft delusion and the opportunity which it provided for the poor and unscrupulous members of the community to harass people of wealth and character cannot be better illustrated than by the following account, although the outcome was more fortunate than for some.

In 1667 John Tillerson charged the wife of Mathew Griswold of Lyme with being a witch and induced others to suspect her of witchcraft, for which Matthew caused him to be arrested and arraigned before the court. This John stated the cause of his suspicions and jealousies. The court decided that she was not a witch and that he had no cause to be jealous of her; that he had greatly sinned in harboring such jealousy against so good a neighbor who had done him so many favors. To clear Mrs. Griswold of all suspicion of the offense the Court ordered that its opinion should be published by the constables at Saybrook and Lyme at some public meeting.

Anna was living in September 1700 when she and Abraham Bronson were summoned before the court at New London as adminstrators of the estate of Matthew. Abraham was summoned alone to the court in May 1701, so Anna evidently died in the interim.

The birth sequence of the children is from Vol. II:122 of the Middletown Congregational Church records, but the Frenches suspect a discrepancy.

The Frenches cited the following sources: Town and church records of Lyme, Middletown and Saybrook, Ct; Wolcott Memorial; Connecticut Colony Records Vols. I, II; Historical Society Collections, Particular Court Records; Court of Assistants Records, Office Secretary of State.

Children of Matthew Griswold and Anna Wolcott

Sarah Griswold d. 12 Sep 1690

Elizabeth Griswold b. c 1652

Matthew Griswold+ b. 1653, d. 1715

John Griswold

Anna Griswold.


1. Elizabeth GRISWOLD (See Jonah PALMER‘s page)

4. Hannah Griswold

Hannah’s husband John Kent was born 20 Jul 1645 in Newbury, Essex, Mass. His parents were Richard Kent and Dorothy Emma Shorte. John died 30 Jan 1718 in Newbury, Essex, Mass

9 Nov 1655 –  “Jonas PALMER and Elizabeth GRISWOLD PALMER of Rehoboth” sold to William Bullard, son of our ancestor William BILLARD Sr and second husband of Mrs. Mary GRISWOLD for a consideration part of which was to be paid to “Hannah Grissell daughter of Francis Grissell of Charlestown aforenamed deceased,” land in Charlestown “by the last will and testament of the said Francis Grissell deceased given and bequeathed unto the said Elizabeth Palmer” [ MLR 1:152-53; Wyman 447]);

Sources: .

Posted in 13th Generation, Immigrant - England, Immigrant Coat of Arms, Line - Shaw, Witch Trials | Tagged | 8 Comments

Jonah Palmer

Jonah PALMER (1617 -1709) was Alex’s 10th Great Grandfather, one of 2,048 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Jonah Palmer was born about 1617 in England.  His parents were Walter PALMER and Ann Elizabeth [__?__].  He immigrated with his parents and four brothers and sisters on 5 Apr 1629  from Gravesend England on a boat called “Four Sisters” – one of six ships in the convoy. (See Passages )  They arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in June 1629 and settled in Charlestown Massachusetts.  He married Elizabeth GRISWOLD on 3 May 1655 in Rehoboth, Mass.  After Elizabeth died, he married   Abigail CARPENTER Titus on 9 Nov 1692 in Rehoboth.   Jonah died 22 Jun 1709 in Rehoboth, Mass.

Elizabeth Griswold “Grissell” was born about 1637 in Cambridge Mass.  Her parents were Francis GRISWOLD and Mary [__?__].  Elizabeth died 11 Feb 1691/92 in Rehoboth, Mass and is buried at Newman Cemetery East Providence, Providence, Rhode Island.

Elizabeth Griswold Palmer Headstone –

Abigail Carpenter was baptized 31 May 1629 in Shalbourne, England.  Her parents were William CARPENTER and Abigail BRIANT.  Her first marriage was to John TITUS in 1650.  We also have ancestors through Abigail’s first marriage to John.  After John died, she married as his second wife, Jonas (Jonah) Palmer on 9 Nov 1692.  Abigail died 10 Mar 1710 at Rehoboth,  Mass.

Children of Jonas and Elizabeth:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Hannah PALMER 8 Nov 1657 Rehoboth, Mass. John FRENCH
27 Nov 1676 Rehoboth, Mass.
4 Feb 1738/39
Rehoboth, Mass.
2. Samuel Palmer 22 Nov 1659 Rehoboth Elizabeth Kingsley
29 Dec 1680 Rehoboth
18 Nov 1743 Windham, CT
3. Jonah Palmer 29 Mar 1662 Rehoboth Elizabeth Kendrick
20 Jan 1688/89 Rehoboth
19 Sep 1730 Windham, CT
4. Mary Palmer 23 Feb 1662/63 Rehoboth Dr. Joseph Doggett
14 Feb 1687/88
15 Apr 1757 Rehoboth
5. Elizabeth Palmer ca. 1665
6. Martha Palmer 6 Jul 1666 Rehoboth Joseph Titus
(Son of John TITUS)
19 Jan 1686/87 Rehoboth
18 Sep 1762 Rehoboth
7. Grace Palmer 1 Oct 1668 Rehoboth James Carpenter
15 Apr 1695 Rehoboth
1738 in Rehoboth, Mass

In 1652, Jonas’ father Walter purchased land in New London and the whole family moved there except Jonas who remained in Rehoboth.

By the terms of his father’s will he inherited one half of the farm in Rehoboth, then in Plymouth County, now in Bristol County, Mass.

9 Nov 1655 –  “Jonas Palmer and Elizabeth Griswold Palmer of Rehoboth” sold to William Bullard, son of our ancestor William BILLARD Sr and second husband of Mrs. Mary GRISWOLD for a consideration part of which was to be paid to “Hannah Grissell daughter of Francis Grissell of Charlestown aforenamed deceased,” land in Charlestown “by the last will and testament of the said Francis Grissell deceased given and bequeathed unto the said Elizabeth Palmer” [ MLR 1:152-53; Wyman 447]);

Jonas’ will is in Probate office at Taunton:

“I Jonas Palmer, of Rehoboth, county Bristol, of Massachusetts Bay, husbandman, being aged and weak of body but of perfect mind & memory Thanks be given unto God therefore, Calling unto mynd the Mortallity of my Body & Knowing this it is appointed for all men once to dye, Doe make & ordain this my last will and Testament. That is to say principally & first of all, I give and Recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it And my Body I Recommend to the Earth to be buried in Decent Christian manner at the Discretion of my Executor hereafter named nothing Doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall Receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such wordly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give Demise Dispose of the same in the following manner and form. Imprimis

It is my will that my Executor Do performe and fulfill what I am obliged and bound to do for my beloved wife, Abigail, by an agreement made between us before we were married. I give unto my beloved wife, Abigail, two bushell of Corn in Rye and Indian & three parts of butter and cheese and meal that shall be left in the house at my decease.

Item. I give unto my Eldest son, Samuel Palmer, to him and his heires and assignes forever all that my lots lying in Wacthamokett Neck, about three or four acres, more or less and my son Samuel to have my best Coate and best hatt.

Item. I give to my Eldest son Samuel & to Ensigne Moses Read Whom I likewise Constitute make and ordain my sole Executors of this my last will & testament all & singular my home lott & barn by them Equally to be possessed and Enjoyed to them their heires & assignes for ever.

Item. I give unto my son Jonah Palmer all that my meadow lying below his house, bounding upon the Mill River to him his heires and assignes for Ever providing that my said son Jonah payes unto his sister Grace Carpenter Twenty shillings within a year after my Decease. Likewise I give unto my son Jonah one of my Coates Next the best.

Item. I give unto my three Eldest Daughters, vizt, Hannah Mary and Martha Twenty Shillings apiece or Each of them Twenty Shillings to be payd unto them within a year after my Decease by my Executors before mentioned out of my home lott.

Item, I give unto my Daughter Martha to her; her heires and assignes for Ever all that my Three square Pasture lying by Dear Hill being three acres more or Less. Provided she pay to her other three sisters (vizt.) to Hannah French ten shillings and to Mary Doggett ten shillings and to Grace Carpenter Twenty shillings to be payed to them within a year after my Decease. Item. I give unto my Daughter Mary my Little Iron Pott & a great pewter platter. Item. I give unto my Daughter Martha another platter. Item. I give unto my Grand Child, Samuel Palmer, son of Samuel Palmer, my Bible & a Trammel and pott hangers. Item. I give unto my son Jonah’s three sons my Hatchett new howe & a pitchfork. Item. I give to Jonathan, Joseph Titus (my grand children) my Axe and long pitchfork. Item. I give to my Grand Child, Stephen Carpenter a heiffer and two sheep & halfe the Increase of the sheep from the date hereof and my cloak. I give to my Grand Child Lidea Carpenter the Coverlid that her mother spun and my pillow bear and a pint Cup & my great Pott that belongs to the Pott and Trammels. I give my Grand Child Gershom Carpenter a sheep.

Item. it is my will & I do give unto my four Daughters, viz. Hannah, Mary, Martha and Grace all my household Goods which are not already given and Disposed of before mentioned, to be Divided by them alike. Item. it is my will that Joseph Ormsbee shall have ten shillings and if I should live out this winter Ensuing he shall have something more for the help I have of him. And I do hereby utterly Disalow Revoke and Disannul all and Euery other Former Testament Wills Legacies and bequests, the Executors Rattifying & Confirming this & no other to be my last will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal the day and year first above written. Signed Sealed published pronounced & Declared by the said Jonah Palmer as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us the subscribers Jonah Palmer

Witnessed by
Daniel Carpenter,
John Ormsbee [John ORMSBY],
Preserved Abell.
Will sworn July 6, 1709.”


1. Hannah PALMER (See John FRENCH‘s page)

2. Samuel Palmer

Samuel’s wife Elizabeth Kingsley was born 29 Jan 1662 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. Her parents were Eldad Kingsley and Mehitable Mowry. Elizabeth died 16 May 1717 in Windham, Windham, CT.

3. Jonah Palmer

Jonah’s wife Elizabeth Kendrick was born 12 Dec 1661 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. Elizabeth died 5 Aug 1725 in Windham, Windham, CT.

4. Mary Palmer

Mary’s husband Dr. Joseph Doggett was born Nov 1657 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. His parents were John Doggett (1624 – 1707) and  Anne Sutton (____ – 1693). His maternal grandparents were John SUTTON and Juliana ADCOCKE. Joseph died 19 Jan 1727 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

Joseph inherited The Daggett House in 1707.  It is an historic house in Slater Park in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The house is the oldest house in Pawtucket, and one of the oldest surviving buildings in the state.

Daggett House Musuem Slater Park Pawtucket Rhode Island — 16 2nd St, Pawtucket, RI 02861   Between Empire St and Federal St

The large farmhouse was built around 1685 for John Dagget, Jr. on the site of an earlier 1643 house which was burned by Native Americans during King Phillip’s War. According to his diary, George Washington allegedly stopped at Daggett House while travelling between Newport and Boston.

The house is supposed to have passed by inheritance in 1707 from its original owner to his eldest surviving son, Joseph Daggett, a doctor of medicine, a wheelwright, and a miller. The farm was presumably inherited by Joseph’s son Israel, a cooper, in 1727.

Upon Israel Daggett’s death in 1777, the homestead is thought to have passed to the eldest surviving son, William; from William it passed to his three eldest sons William, John and Abel. The three sons partitioned the estate in 1830, John and Abel taking the house and the land immediately surrounding. John’s portion was sold at auction to his sister Amey after his death in 1842; Abel willed her his share one year later.

Amey Daggett shared the farm with her niece Hannah and Hannah’s family, willing it to Hannah in 1855. Hannah’s husband Jefferson Daggett and his eldest son, Edwin O. Daggett, continued to farm the property at least until 1870, when Jefferson died.

The house opened as a museum in 1905. Furnished with unusual period antiques, including Colonial pewter used in Revolutionary War and china owned by Gen. and Mrs. Nathanael GREENE and the Daggett Family. Outstanding needlework and furniture. Also, many Civil War articles including several uniforms, and pieces of the Monitor and the Merrimac. Built 1685. House may be rented for small parties.

Joseph Doggett Headstone – Newman Cemetery East Providence Providence County Rhode Island,

6. Martha Palmer

Martha’s husband Joseph Titus was born 17 Mar 1665 Rehoboth, Mass.  His parents were John TITUS and Abigail CARPENTER.   Joseph was still living Rehoboth 16 Jun 1741, aged 76.

7. Grace Palmer

Grace’s husband James Carpenter was born 12 Apr 1668 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. His parents were Samuel Carpenter and Sarah Redaway. His grandparents were William CARPENTER and Abigail BRIANT. James died 27 Apr 1738 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.


Posted in 12th Generation, Double Ancestors, Historical Monument, Historical Site, Immigrant - England, Line - Shaw | Tagged , , , | 12 Comments

John French Jr

John FRENCH Jr (1655 – 1724) was Alex’s 9th Great Grandfather, one of 1,024 in this generation of the Shaw line.

John French was born 28 Feb 1654/55 in Ipswich, Mass.  His parents were John FRENCH Sr. and Freedom KINGSLEY. He married Hannah PALMER on 27 Nov 1676 in Rehoboth, Mass.  John died 24 Feb 1723/24 in Rehoboth, Mass.

John French-jr-headstone

John French-jr-Headstone – Newman Cemetery
East Providence Find a Grave Memorial# 84303737

Hannah Palmer was born 8 Nov 1657 in Rehoboth, Mass.  Her parents were Jonah PALMER and Elizabeth GRISWOLD.  Hannah died 14 Feb 1738/39 in Rehoboth, Mass. Children of  John and Hannah:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Hannah French 19 Oct 1679 Rehoboth Jonathan Carpenter
13 Mar 1698/99 Rehoboth
13 Feb 1747/48 Rehoboth
2. John French 13 Apr 1681 Rehoboth Martha Williams
21 Aug 1708 Rehoboth
13 Mat 1723/24 Rehoboth
3. Mary French 15 MAR 1683/84 Rehoboth Jonathan Bliss
10 APR 1711 Rehoboth
Peter Hunt
OCT 1752
Rehoboth, Mass
10 Dec 1754 Rehoboth
4. Elizabeth French 19 JAN 1684/85 Rehoboth Nathaniel Read
8 JUL 1709 Rehoboth
5. Martha French 28 Mar 1688 Rehoboth Zachariah Read
4 Jul 1717 Rehoboth
19 Jun 1756 Rehobot
6. Samuel French 30 Mar 1690 Rehoboth 10 Jun 1709 Rehoboth
7. Jonathan French 17 Nov 1693 Rehoboth Mary Newsome
28 Sep 1722 Rehoboth
25 Jan 1759 Rehoboth
8. Thomas FRENCH Sr. 6 Sep 1696 in Rehoboth Mary BROWN
5 Jan 1719/20 Attleboro, Mass
3 Jun 1746 Attleboro, Mass
9. Ephraim French 22 Jan 1698/99 Rehoboth Bethia Dean 13 Aug 1726 Rehoboth 24 Apr 1786 Rehoboth

John came from Northampton, MA, and settled in Rehoboth, in 1676; he lived with his Grandfather  John KINGSELY. Source: Rep. Men and old fam. of RI, by J. H. Beers.


1. Hannah French

Hannah’s husband Jonathan Carpenter was born 11 Dec 1672. His parents were Samuel Carpenter  and Sarah Redway  and his grandparents were William CARPENTER JR and Abigail BRIANT.   Jonathan died 23 Aug 1716 in Providence, RI.

Hannah French Carpenter – Headstone –  Newman Cemetery East Providence, Providence, Rhode Island


Jonathan Carpenter Gravestone – Newman Cemetery East Providence, Providence , Rhode Island

Children of Hannah and Jonathan:

i. Jonathan Carpenter Jr b. 9 Apr 1701; d. Jun 1720

Jonathan Carpenter jr Gravestone

ii. Samuel Carpenter (1703 – 1703)

2. John French

John’s first wife, Martha Williams, was born about 1681 in Boston, Massachusetts.  Martha died 17 Aug 1717 in Attleboro, Bristol, Mass.

John’s second wife Abigail Paine was born 5 NOV 1689 in Truro or Eastham, Barnstable, MA. Her parents were Thomas Paine (1656 – 1721) and Hannah Shaw (1661 – 1713). She first married Ebenezer White (1685 – 1726). Abigail died 15 JUL 1731 in Attleboro, Bristol Co, MA.

3. Mary French

Mary’s first husband Jonathan Bliss was born 17 Sep 1666 in Rehoboth, Mass. His parents were Jonathan Bliss and Miriam Harmon. His grandparents were our ancestors Thomas BLISS and Dorothy WHEATLEY.  He first married Miriam Carpenter June 3, 1691 at Rehoboth, MA. Jonathan died 16 Oct 1719 in Rehoboth, Mass.

Jonathan Bliss Headstone – Palmer River Churchyard Cemetery Rehoboth, Bristol, Massachusetts, – Note that The double “S” is written the archaic way, the first “s” looks like an “f”

Mary’s second husband Peter Hunt was born 27 Feb 1684 in Rehoboth, Mass. His parents were John Hunt (1656-1715) and Martha Williams (1663-1701).   He was married three times
[1] Abijah Brown, 9 Jun 1708
[2] Anne Paine, 13 Mar 1717
[3] Mary French, 25 Oct 1752.
Peter died 2 Mar 1760 in Rehoboth, Mass.

Peter Hunt Headstone – Newman Cemetery East Providence, Providence, Rhode Island,

4. Elizabeth French

Elizabeth’s husband Nathaniel Read was born 30 Mar 1680 – Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. His parents were Ensign Thomas Read and Hannah (Anna) Perrin. Nathaniel died 3 Nov 1732 in Rehoboth, Mass

5. Martha French

Martha’s husband Zachariah Read was born 20 Oct 1681 – Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. His parents were Moses Read and Mary Fitch. Zachariah died 21 Mar 1732 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

7. Jonathan French

Jonathan’s wife Mary Newsome was born 11 Jan 1702 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.   Her parents were Leonard Newsum and Experience Titus. Mary died 24 May 1747 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

8. Thomas FRENCH Sr. (See his page)

9. Ephraim French

Ephraim French Headstone – Newman Cemetery East Providence, Providence, Rhode Island

Ephraim’s wife Bethia Deane was born in 1705 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. Her parents were Ezra Dean and Abigail Leonard.  Bethia died 14 Sep 1779 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

Bethiah Deane French Headstone – Newman Cemetery East Providence, Providence, Rhode Island

Children of Ephraim and Bethiah:

i. Ephraim French, Jr., b. 25 April 1734 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.; d. Abt. 1780 in West Stockbridge, Berkshire, Mass; m. Mary Lee 21 April 1756 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

Ephraim was a private in Rev. War, in Capt. Josiah Crocker’s Co., Col. Thos. Carpenter’s Regt., Mass. Troops.


Posted in 11th Generation, Historical Monument, Line - Shaw | Tagged , | 5 Comments

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

Posted in 10th Generation, Historical Monument, Line - Shaw | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

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.


Posted in 13th Generation, Dissenter, Double Ancestors, Immigrant - England, Line - Shaw | Tagged , , , , , | 20 Comments