Isaac Estey II

Isaac ESTEY II (1656 – 1714) was Alex’s 8th Great Grandfather; one of 512 in this generation of the Miller line.

Isaac Estey was born  in 1656 in Topsfield Mass.  His parents were Isaac ESTEY I and Mary TOWNE.  He married Abigail KIMBALL on 14 Oct 1689. His mother was hanged for witchcraft in 1692 when Isaac was 30 years old.   Isaac died in 1714 in Topsfield MA at the age of 52.

Women of the Topsfield Parish memorial located in the town common in Topsfield Massachusetts where Isaac lived his whole life

Abigail Kimball was born 22 Mar 1666/67 in Ipswich MA.  She was the daughter of John KIMBALL and Mary BRADSTREET. Reseachers differ on whether her mother’s maiden name was Bradstreet or Jordan.  Abigail married her second husband, William Poole of Reading on 25 Apr 1718.  There is conflicting information about this subsequent marriage.  The Gay Estey Bangs account has Abigail Kimball being married to William Poole on the same date as Abigail Stanley Wife of Joshua son of Mary Town and Isaac is noted to be married to William Poole.  The marriage to Abigail Stanley seems unlikely as Joshua and Abigail moved south to Rochester Mass. before that time and had children in Rochester. This error persists however because of the reliance on the Bangs article.  Abigail died 12 Feb 1760 in Topsfield, Mass.

William Poole was born 1667 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass. His parents were Jonathan Poole and Judith [__?__]. Jonathan Poole, of Reading, was the son of John and Margaret, and was born (probably at Cambridge) in 1634. His father was one of the first settlers of Reading, a large land owner, and doubtless was the wealthiest of the settlers. The family homestead was on the present site of the “Wakefield Rattan Works,” and to this and other large tracts of land Jonathan succeeded upon the death of his father in 1667 

Children of Isaac and Abigail

Name Born Married Departed
1. Mary Estey 15 Feb 1690/91
Topsfield, Mass.
John Perkins
10 Sep 1713 Topsfield MA
22 Jun 1750 Topsfield  MA
2. Abigail Estey 8 Jan 1692/93
Joseph Cummings
22 May 1712
Ipswich, Mass.
10 Jan 1729/30 of smallpox. Their children were placed under guardianship.
3. Sarah Estey 4 Oct 1694 Captain Joseph Cummings
1 Dec 1714
Topsfield, Mass.
(Joseph lived to be 102 years old)
Bef. 1751
4. Isaac Estey 20 Nov 1696
5. Aaron Estey 16 Feb 1697/98
Esther Richards
Lynn, Mass.
21 Apr 1783 Topsfield
6. Jacob Estey 28 Jun 1700
7. Hannah Estey 18 May 1702
Isaac Cummings
5 Jan 1720/21
23 Jun 1743 Sutton, Mass.
8. Richard ESTEY I 7 Apr 1706
7 May 1728
26 Mar 1791
Sheffield New Brunswick Canada
9. Rebecca Estey 8 Aug 1709
Preserved (Preservit) Tucker
12 Nov 1729
Topsfield, Mass.
Matthias Puffer
7 Apr 1743 Stoughton, MA
22 Feb 1777
Sharon, Mass
10. Moses Estey 1712
Eunice Pengilly (Penguille) 8 Sep 1736 Suffield, CT They died in Black River which is now Long Valley, Morris County, New Jersey

Isaac Jr was lived in Topsfield records as a husbandmen. He inherited the “House on the Hill” from his parents. He remained in Topsfield until he died. Some of his children moved south to Stoughton, MA with their uncle Joseph, His son Richard emigrated to the Maugerville Settlement in Nova Scotia (Now New Brunswick)

Some of his children moved south to Stoughton, MA with their uncle Joseph. Lived south of the river on what was later part of the Pierce farm. (History of Topsfield) Military service: King Phillips War

Isaac’s name appeared with others who took the oath of allegiance and fidelity to Charles II in January, 1677. In 1681 his minister’s rate was seven shillings and one penny.

In 1689 and 1691, he was chosen one of the surveyors of highways.

In 1694, Issac was chosen constable. In 1696 he was one of the selectmen of the town. In 1699 “Ephraim Dormand and Isaac Easty iunr are chosen to sarue on ye Jury of trialls at ye next court to be houlden at ipswich.”

“At a Lawfull meeting of ye Town of Topsfield the 2 day march 1702/8. . . Isaac Estey Junr and Samuel Stanley are Chosen Selectmen for the year Insuing

When his father died in 1712 he inherited about 40 acres of upland and 4 of meadow that he was already living on. The land was on the south side of the Ipswich river

He left a will dated Mar. 16, 1713/14, which was probated May 3, 1714. He died in 1714 in Topsfield, Massachusetts.

“My will is yt my son Isaac have all ye land which he is already posest of being on ye south side of Ipswich river which I reckon to be about forty acres of upland and four of meadow be it more or less. My will is yt he & his heirs forever have ye land aforesaid togather with what he hath had of my movable estate.”


The Historical Collections of the Topsfield Historical Society, Volume 7 By George Francis Dow 1901 has an interesting report dated May 17, 1762 which shows where everyone in town was seated in the Meeting House. From the Elders Seat to the Mens First Seat Below all the way to the Women’s Back Pew the South Side of the door, the whole social hierarchy of the plan is laid out. Many of Isaac’s children and grandchildren are included.

1. Mary Estey

Mary’s husband John Perkins was born 12 Aug 1685 in Topsfield, Essex, Mass. He was Mary’s second cousin. His parents were Elisha Perkins (1656 – 1741) and  Catherine Towne ( – 1714). His paternal grandparents were Deacon Thomas Perkins and Phebe Gould and his great grandparents were our ancestors John PERKINS and Judith GATER. His maternal grandparents were Jacob Towne and Catherine Symonds. Three of Jacob’s sisters were accused of witchcraft and two were hung. His great grandparents were William TOWNE and Joanna BLESSING.  John died 22 Jun 1750 in Topsfield, Essex, Mass.

John was a house carpenter.

When Mary’s aunt, Hannah Estey Abbot became a widow in January, 1723/24. She lived with John and Mary.

When her sister, Abigail Estey Cummings, died on January 10, 1729/30, she became her niece, Abigail Cummings Sibley’s guardian.

“John Perkins, house carpenter, and Joseph Perkins, husbandman, of Topsfield, sell one third part of the estate of their father, Elisha Perkins, late deceased, to their brother Jacob.” Joseph Perkins had died when the deed was acknowledged, March 26, 1751.

Children of Mary and John:

i. Elisha Perkins, b. 21 Dec 1714 Topsfield, Essex, Mass; d. 5 Apr 1752 Topsfield; m. 6 Mar 1751 – Wenham, Essex, Mass to Lucy Tarbox (b. 25 Oct 1722 in Wenham – d. 29 Aug 1806 Topsfield) Lucy’s parents were Capt. Thomas Tarbox (1684 – 1774) and Esther Edwards (1681 – 1766) Elisha and Lucy had one child Elisha (b. 24 Mar 1752 Topsfield – d. 4 Apr 1752 Topsfield) After Elisha died, Lucy married 3 Jan 1753 Topsfield to Deacon Daniel Gould (1699 – 1766) Lucy and Daniel had seven children born between 1753 and 1766. After Daniel died, Lucy married a third time 31 May 1768 Topsfield to Asa Gould (1736 – 1816)

ii. Isaac Perkins b. 17 Sep 1717 in Topsfield, Essex, Mass; d. 21 Oct 1802 Salem, Essex, Mass; m. 30 Aug 1742 to Elizabeth Perkins (b. 7 Jun 1723 – d. 15 Jan 1781) Elizabeth’s parents were Robert Perkins (1697 – 1750) and Elizabeth Towne (1697 – 1772) Isaac and Eliabeth had eight children born between 1744 and 1762.. After Elizabeth died, Isaac married 6 Sep 1787 Boxford to widow Mary Curtis.

Isaac removed from Topsfield to Salem and resided in Derby’s Neck Farm.

iii. John Perkins b. 19 Feb 1720 Topsfield, Essex, Mass.; d. 1790 – Topsfield; m. 14 Feb 1737 Topsfield to Jemima Averil (b. 25 Apr 1715 in Topsfield – d. 2 Mar 1749 in Topsfield) Jemima’s parents were Ebenezer Averill (1669 – 1717) Mehitable Foster (1675 – 1740) John and Jemima had five children born between 1739 and 1749.

iv. Thomas Perkins b. 26 Jan 1723/24; d. 1757 “died in ye war”; m. pub. 24 Nov 1751 to widow Martha Williams of Ipswich Thomas and Martha had two children: Elisha (b. 1753) and Sarah (b. 1755)

Thomas died intestate and his widow was appointed to administer on his estate; in her account rendered to the court, she mentions the bringing up of two young children, and calls herself, Martha Bradstreet, late Perkins. She had married 9 Mar 1758 to Elijah Bradstreet ( – 14 Jan 1760). She married 20 oct 1762 to her fourth husband, Anthony Potter of Ipswich.

Thomas Perkins was a farmer and very probably a weaver, as a weaver’s tools, etc. were among his effects at his death. He is mentioned in a private journal as being at Cap Britten in the army.

v. Moses Perkins b. 17 Dec 1732 in Topsfield, Essex, Mass.; d, 7 Aug 1807 Topsfield; m. 11 Apr 1754 in Topsfield to Anna Cummings (b. 20 Oct 1734 in Topsfield – d. 9 Feb 1825 in Topsfield) Anna’s parents were Cornet David Cummings (1698 – ) and Anna [__?__] Moses and Anna had seven children born between 1754 and 1773.

Moses was a private in Captain Joseph Gould’s Company. On April 19, 1775 the two companies of the Topsfield Militia left their plows in midfurrow and galloped off to Lexington and Concord to help drive the Redcoats back to Boston. They did not see active service on that day, however, as they arrived after the battle was over.

Moses had a gift for music as we learn from the church records that “Moses Perkins is chosen to set ye psalm & sit in ye elder’s seat – Mar 13 1764”

He was a cooper by trade

2. Abigail Estey

Abigail’s husband Joseph Cummings was born 26 Jan 1690 in Topsfield, Essex, Mass.  Joseph’s brother Isaac married Abigail’s sister Hannah.    Their parents were John Cummings and Susannah Towne.  Joseph  was also second cousin to his brother-in-law also named Joseph Cummings who married Abigail’s sister Sarah.  Joseph died 24 Dec 1729 in Topsfield, Essex, Mass. and Abigail died a few days later 10 Jan 1729/30 of smallpox. Their children were placed under guardianship.

They shared the “Hobbs-Bell” house with his brother John according to the provisions of his father’s will.

Their children were placed under guardianship. Thomas Potter of Ipswich was appointed guardian of Joseph, Jacob Peabody of Ipswich was appointed guardian of Jacob, Joseph Cummings of Ipswich of Moses, Aaron Estey of Topsfield of Daniel, and John and Mary (Estey) Perkins were guardians of Abigail.

Joseph and Abigail Cummings

Children of Abigail and Joseph:

i. Joseph Cummings b. 27 Jul 1713 in Topsfield, Essex, Mass;; m. 23 Sep 1739 in Ipswich to widow Martha Hodgkins (b. 1713 – ) Joseph and Martha had four children born between 1740 and 1749.

When their parents died in 1729/30 of smallpox, Thomas Potter of Ipswich was appointed guardian of Joseph. Joseph was a cooper.

ii. Jacob Cummings b. 12 May 1717 in Topsfield, Essex, Mass; d. 13 Oct 1814 Sutton, Worcester, Mass; m. 21 Jan 1741 in Sutton to Mary Marble (b. 4 Apr 1721 in Sutton – d. 10 Jul 1799 in Sutton) Mary’s parents were Freegrace Marble (1682 – 1775) and Mary Sibley (1684 – 1773).   Jacob and Mary had eleven children born between 1743 and 1763.

When their parents died in 1729/30 of smallpox, Jacob Peabody of Ipswich was appointed guardian of Jacob.

iii. Abigail Cummings b. 16 Dec 1721 in Topsfield, Mass; d. Sutton, Worcester, Mass; m. 25 Aug 1740 in Sutton to Ebenezer Sibley (b. 28 Feb 1717 in Sutton) Ebenezer’s parents were John Sibley (1687 – 1741) and Zeruiah Gould (1694 – 1741). Abigail and Ebenezer had three children born between 1745 and 1749.

When their parents died in 1729/30 of smallpox, Abigail’s brother-in-law and sister,  John and Mary (Estey) Perkins were appointed guardians of Abigail.

iv. Daniel Cummings b. 4 Dec 1724 in Topsfield, Essex, Mass; d. 11 Oct 1812 Gray, Cumberland, Maine; m. 8 Feb 1746 in Topsfield to Mary Williams (b. 4 Jul 1727 in Cape Ann, Mass. – d. 1768 in Gray, Cumberland, Maine) Mary’s parents were George Williams (1695 – ) and Sarah Gilbert (1698 – ). Daniel and Mary had twelve children born between 1747 and 1770.

When their parents died in 1729/30 of smallpox, Abigail’s brother Aaron Estey of Topsfield  was appointed guardian of Daniel.

Daniel was in the Louisberg Expedition of 1745 under Capt. Thomas Pike.

v. Moses Cummings b. 9 Oct 1726 in Topsfield, Essex, Mass; d. New Hampshire; m. pub. 2 Nov 1754 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass to Esther Adams (b. 9 Oct 1726 in Ipswich) Esther’s parents were Caleb Adams ( – 1783) and Esther Brown (1699 – 1730)

When their parents died in 1729/30 of smallpox,  Joseph Cummings of Ipswich was appointed guardian of Moses,

3. Sarah Estey

Sarah’s husband Captain Joseph Cummings was born 1 Sep 1692 in Woburn, Middlesex, Mass. Joseph  was second cousin to his brother-in-law also named Joseph Cummings who married Sarah’s cousin Abigail.   His parents were  Abraham Cummings and Sarah Wright. After Sarah died in 1750, Joseph married 10 Nov 1751 to Priscilla Lamson (b. 25 Feb 1713/14 in Ipswich – d. 19 Aug 1780) Priscilla’s father was John Lamson, son of John Lamson and Martha Perkins. Joseph died 22 Apr 1794 in Topsfield, Essex, Mass, living to be 102 years old!

Captain Cummings bought and sold real estate. Between 1719 and 1763 as many as twenty-three deeds were recorded for his transactions.

Mrs. Susanna Randall said that the day he was a hundred years old, he put his foot in the stirrup from the ground, seated himself in the saddle, rode to Andover on a cold wintry day to visit his grandson, Stephen, my father, and about that time Stephen had a son born whom he named Joseph for his grand-sire.” (The Cummings Memorial, p. 32)

From the Obituary of Captain Joseph Cummings Salem Gazette, May 13

In early life he made a public profession of religion, and, by a uniform piety, integrity, temperance, cheerfulness and benevolence, he supported an amiable and unblemished character.

He was not favored with the advantages of education; but strong mental powers, inquisitive turn of mind, and a tenacious memory had enabled him to acquire and retain a good knowledge of the principal events and public transactions of the last hundred years. Possessed of a rich fund of interesting and entertaining anecdotes, he was a living history of nearly a century.

Within his memory the people in his neighborhood were in fear of the Indians, and he had himself stood sentry at a small fortress in the town. Employed from his youth in cultivating a valuable farm, not with excessive labor, but steady industry–living in a plentiful, but plain and simple manner–and enjoying a uniform cheerfulness–the powers of his body and mind continued in great vigor to a very advanced age. When nearly a hundred, he would readily mount his horse from the ground; and his reason continued to his last moments. Satisfied with living, and with little appearance of any other disease than senility, he closed this mortal scene, in the cheering hope of a blessed immortality. His descendants were 2 children, 23 grandchildren, 116 great-grandchildren, and 32 great-great-grandchildren, total, 173.

Captain Cummings bought and sold real estate. Between 1719 and 1763 as many as twenty-three deeds were recorded for his transactions.

When her Sarah’s sister, Abigail Estey Cummings, died 10 Jan 1729/30, Sarah became the guardian of her nephew Moses Cummings.

Children of Sarah and Joseph:

i. Capt. Thomas Cummings b. 15 Jul 1716 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass; d. 3 Sep 1765 Ipswich; m1. 17 Jul 1736 in Ipswich to Lydia Richardson (b. 27 Sep 1714 in Dracut, Middlesex, Mass. -d. 26 Mar 1753 in Ipswich); Lydia’s parents were Josiah Richardson (1691 – 1776) and Lydia Colburn (1692 – 1737). Thomas and Lydia had nine children born between 1737 and 1755.

m2. 28 Mar 1754 in Andover, Essex, Mass to Anna Kettel (bapt. 11 Jan 1719 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Mass. – d. 10 Apr 1792 in Topsfield, Essex, Mass.) Anna’s parents were Richard Kettell (1693 – 1761) and Anna Lord (1699 – ). Anna first married  6 Dec 1736 to Asa Johnson (1716 – 1749) and had five children from her first  marriage.   Her new husband had six living children.  Thomas and Anna had six  more  children born between 1756 and 1763.

Lt. Thomas was at the capture of Louisburg.

ii. Sarah Cummings b. 20 Aug 1720 in Topsfield, Essex, Mass; d. 7 Nov 1756 Ipswich, Essex, Mass; m. 18 Sep 1736 in Essex, Mass to Benjamin Lamson  (b. 8 Apr 1710 in Ipswich – d. 1753 in Ipswich) Benjamin’s parents were William Lamson (1675 – ) and Lydia Porter. Sarah and Benjamin had six children born between 1737 and 1744.

4. Isaac Estey

The Isaac Estey that married  Sarah Gould (1710 – 1743), daughter of Zacheus Gould and Elizabeth Curtis, was born in 1715 and was the son of Jacob Estey and Lydia Elliot.

5. Aaron Estey

Aaron’s wife Esther Richards was born 7 Jul 1705 in Southboro, Mass. Her parents were Crispus Richards (1681 – 1763) and Sarah Collins (1678 – 1774). Esther died 17 Jul 1805 in Topsfield, Mass., ten days after her one hundredth birthday!

In 1729 Aaron and Esther became the guardians of Aaron’s sister, Abigail Estey Cumming’s son, Daniel Cummings.

Topsfield town records show that on December 6, 1749, Ceesar, a Negro servant who belonged to Aaron Estey died.

In 1754 Esther Richards who was born on February 25, 1744/45 came to live with them. She was the daughter of Joseph and Mary [Bowden] Richards of Southborough. Her father died when she was an infant, and at the age of ten she was brought by her mother, in accordance with her father’s wish, to live with his sister’s family.

DIED.–At Topsfield, Mrs. Esther Estey, aged 100, relict of the late Mr. Aaron Estey. Early in her youth she became devoted to religion, and was a distinguished member of Christ’s Church, for about eighty years. During which time she maintained a character comporting with her profession. As a wife she was kind, prudent and virtuous; she was an affectionate and instructive parent, a humane and indulgent mistress, a generous and obliging neighbor, and a faithful hospitable friend, at whose habitation wine and oil were poured into the wounds of the afflicted, and the indigent were not sent empty away. As a Christian she was humble and submissive yet zealous and active, placing all confidence in the merits of Jesus. She stood with loins girt about, and her lamp trimmed and burning, waiting with patience for that glorious day, when her Lord should call her from this vain world to shout forth ceaseless praises to her redeemer, in his kingdom of unfading felicity.

The Topsfield Historical Collections Volume 7, recorded that on May 20, 1760, the town of Topsfield appointed a committee of twelve men to seat the townsfolk in the meeting-house “according to there Best Skill and Judgement.” Seated in the “The Mens First Seat Below [the elders] were Mr. Aaron Easty, Mr. David Balch. [Esther Estey Balch’s husband], and, Mr. John Perkins [Mary Easty Perkins’s husband]. Daniel Easty was seated in “the front back pew with Bartw Dwinell. Mr. Aaron Esty’s wife [Esther Richards Estey] was in the women’s first seat with the widow Mary Dwinel. Mr. David Balch’s wife [Esther Estey Balch] was in the women’s third seat.”

In the 1771 list for May 16, 1771, Aaron Estey had moved up to the elder’s seat. Mr. William Estey appeared in “the mens second seat in the frunt gallery.”

At least three Estey sons (Isaac, Daniel, and William) were in the militia during the Revolution.

Children of Aaron and Esther:
Mary Dwinnell, Esther Balch, and William and Isaac Estey all moved to Keene, New Hampshire. Daniel stayed and appears in the 1790 census. Aaron moved to Vermont and Hannah to New Hampshire.

Keene, Cheshire, New Hampshire

Keene, Cheshire, New Hampshire

i. Isaac Estey b. 23 Jan 1723/24; d.  as an infant.

ii. Aaron Esty b. 18 Jan 1725 Topsfield, Mass; d. 1745 French War;

iii. Hannah Esty b. 14 Apr 1726 Topsfield, Essex, Mass; d. 1790 Hillsborough, New Hampshire; m. 2 Feb 1753 in Topsfield to  Eneas “Enos” Towne (b. 18 Nov 1729 in Topsfield –  d. 1795  Hillsborough, NH) Enos’ parents were Philip Towne (1707 – 1781) and Dinah Hobbs (1702 – 1741)

In 1793 The History of Hillsborough lists Enos as a tavern owner.

According to The Annals of the Town of Hillsborough, in 1793, Enos Towne was the representative from Hillsborough to the state legislature.

iv. Mary Estes b. 1 Jun 1730 Topsfield, Essex, Mass; d. 5 Mar 1820 Keene, Cheshire, New Hampshire; m. 25 Feb 1750 in Topsfield to  Benjamin Dwinnell (b. 10 Nov 1726 in Topsfield – d. 29 Jul 1805 in Keene, NH) Benjamin’s parents were Michael Dwinell (1670 – 1761) and Elizabeth Fisk (1704 – 1729). Benjamin’s maternal grandparents were Joseph FISKE and Susannah WARNER. Mary and Benjamin had ten children born between 1751 and 1772

Benjamin and at least two of their older sons, Jonathan and Thomas, served in the American Revolution. In 1777 the Benjamin Dwinnell family moved to Keene, New Hampshire, so they were there for the majority of the American Revolution. Their children moved with them.

Benjamin was a private in Captain Joseph Gould’s Company. On April 19, 1775 the two companies of the Topsfield Militia left their plows in midfurrow and galloped off to Lexington and Concord to help drive the Redcoats back to Boston. They did not see active service on that day, however, as they arrived after the battle was over.

v. Isaac Estey b. 30 Sep 1731 Topsfield, Essex, Mass; d. 15 Nov 1807 Readsboro, Bennington, Vermont; m. 2 Sep 1755 in Topsfield to Hannah Smith (b. 13 Oct 1734 Boxford, Massa – d. 15 Mar 1807  Readsboro) Hannah’s parents were John Smith (1706 – 1792) and Hannah Peabody ( – 1759) Isaac and Hannah had six children born between 1756 and 1774.

Isaac served in the Militia of Citizens under Governor John Wentworth before the Revolution. He was a sergeant in the Keene Foot Company and a freemason.

vi. Abigail Esty b. 1734 Topsfield, Essex, Mass; d. 11 Jun 1759

Esther Estey b. 1736; d. Young

vii. William Esty b. 1737 Topsfield, Essex, Mass; d. 13 Mar 1745 Topsfield

viii. Daniel Esty b. 4 May 1739 Topsfield, Essex, Mass; d. 23 Jul 1830  Topsfield at the age of 91 of an accidental wound;  He is buried with his wife in South Side Cemetery in Topsfield; m. 30 Oct 1765 in Topsfield to Hannah Towne (b. 8 Dec 1739 in Topsfield – d. 26 Feb 1802 Topsfield). Hannah’s parents were Richard Towne (1700 – 1765) and Hannah Bixby (1699 – 1760) Daniel and Hannah had eight children born between 1766 and 1786

Daniel was a private in Captain Joseph Gould’s Company at Lexington. He enlisted on September 22, 1776 and was discharged on November 16, 1776. His service was two months, seven days including travel time.

ix. Esther Esty b. 29 Jun 1741 Topsfield, Essex, Mass; d. 28 Feb 1783  Keene, Cheshire, New Hampshire; m. 12 Nov 1761 in Topsfield to David Balch (b. 4 Jan 1741 in Mass. – d. 31 Jul 1801 in Keene, NH) David’s parents were John Balch (1715 – 1774) and Rebecca Smith (1715 -1794). Esther and David had seven children born between 1762 and 1783.  After Esther’s  death, David married 6 Mar 1783 to  the widow Mary Clark.

David  was a cordwainer and yeoman.  A cordwainer  made shoes from fine, soft leather. There was a distinction between a cordwainer, who made shoes, and a cobbler who repaired them.

He serve as a soldier in the French and Indian War in 1758.  In the Revolution, he was in Captain Joseph Gould’s Company.

x. Aaron Esty b. 18 Jan 1746 Topsfield, Essex, Mass; d. 31 Jul 1844 Leicester, Vermont; m. 23 Oct 1766 in Lynn, Mass. to Mary “Molly” Hooper (b. 8 Jan 1744 in Marblehead, Mass. – d. 1820 in Leicester, Worcester, Mass.)  Molly was  an orphan who was raised by Zaccheus Gould and Rebecca Symonds.  Aaron and Molly had three children born between 1767 and 1771.

They moved to Rindge, New Hampshire about 1770 and a few years later to Shrewbury, Vermont and finally to Leicester, Vermont.

xi. William Esty b. 2 Aug 1748 Topsfield, Essex, Mass; d. 1819 Keene, Cheshire, New Hampshire; m. Phebe Dwinell (b. 17 Jun 1755 in Topsfield – d. 18 Feb 1835 in Keene, NH) Phebe’s parents were Jacob Dwinnell  (1715 – 1784) and Kezia Gould ( – 1798). William and Pheve had twleve  children born between 1774 and 1798.  They moved from Topsfield to Keene and lived on Beech Hill. Their first six children were born in Topsfield and the last six in Keene.

William served in the Revolution. He served in Joseph Gould’s Company. He was also in Captain John Dodge’s company, Colonel Jacob Gerrish’s regiment of guards. He enlisted in that company on Nov 12 1777 and served until Apr 3 1778. He was at Cambridge and Charlestown. He was a sergeant in the same company and regiment according to the muster roll for February, 1778. At Winter Hill his company detached from the militia to guard Lieutenant General Burgoyne’s army.

The Esteys moved from Topsfield to Keene, and lived on Beech Hill,

7. Hannah Estey

Hannah’s husband Isaac Cummings was born 25 Dec 1695 in Topsfield, Essex, Mass. Isaac’s brother Joseph married Hannah’s sister Abigail.  Their parents were John Cummings and Susannah Towne. Isaac died 1752 in Sutton, Worcester, Mass.

Hannah died on June 17, 1743 in Stoughton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. Her death was recorded in the diary of the Reverend Morse of Canton. “Our sister, Hannah Cummings, wife of Isaac, of Sutton, Mass., died about a month after they moved there of lung fever.”

Isaac may have married Susanna Holden born March 13, 1743-44 in Sutton. Their daughter, Susanna, was born Apri. 14, 1746.

Isaac bought lands in Douglas on April 23, 1752. He was the first selectman in Douglas.

Children of Hannah and Isaac:

i. Hannah Cummings b. 26 Oct 1721 in Stoughton, Norfolk, Mass; m. 23 Mar 1744 in Dorchester, Mass to Phineas Rice (b. 4 Aug 1724 in Westborough, Worcester, Mass. – d. 7 Jul 1777 in Barr, Worcester, Mass.)

ii. Isaac Cummings b. 12 Feb 1723 in Stoughton, Norfolk, Mass; d. 19 Dec 1745 Cape Brettian

iii. Mary Cummings b. 30 Sep 1726 in Stoughton, Norfolk, Mass;

iv. Mehitable Cummings b. 8 Aug 1730 in Stoughton, Norfolk, Mass; d. 1776 Gloucester, Rhode Island; m. 30 May 1749 in Douglas, Worcester, Mass to Joseph Jepherson (b. 1725 in Dedham, Norfolk, Mass. – d. 28 Mar 1751 in Gloucester, Rhode Island) Joseph’s parents were Thomas Jepherson (1690 – ) and Susannah Bullard (1692 – 1766)

v. Rebecca Cummings b. 7 Aug 1735 in Stoughton, Norfolk, Mass; d. 1817 Duanesburg, Schenectady, New York; m1. 20 Apr 1756 in Acton, Middlesex, Mass to Francis Chaffin (b. 25 Jan 1730 in Littleton, Middlesex, Mass. – d. 28 Jan 1778 in Valley Forge, Chester, Pennsylvania) Francis’ parents were Robert Chaffin (1695 – 1745) and Abigail Davis (1699 – 1752) Rebecca and Francis had seven children born between 1757 and 1772.

Francis Chaffin Revolutionary Service

Francis Chaffin Revolutionary Service

A Rebecca Cummings married 4 Jun 1752 in Glouchester, Rhode Island to Ichabod White (b. 28 Feb 1729 in Uxbridge, Mass. – d. 10 Oct 1810 in Duangsburg, New York) Ichabod’s parents were John White (1702 – 1770) and Rachel Benson (1707 -1776) Rebecca and Ichabod had six children born between 1754 and 1768.

I haven’t figure out which of these marriages is correct.

vi. Ebenezer Cummings b. 17 Jun 1738 in Stoughton, Norfolk, Mass;

vii. Sarah Cummings b. 17 Jul 1740 in Stoughton, Norfolk, Mass;

viii. Noah Cummings b. 14 Sep 1742 in Stoughton, Norfolk, Mass;

8. Richard ESTEY I (See his page)

9. Rebecca Estey

Rebecca’s first husband Preserved (Preservit) Tucker was born 1708 in Stoughton, Mass. His parents were Joseph Tucker and Judith Clapp (1680 – 1728). Preserved died 7 Apr 1743 in Stoughton, Mass.

Rebecca’s second husband Matthias Puffer was born 1708 in Topsfield, Essex, Mass. His parents were Eleazer Puffer (1684 – 1727) and Elizabeth Talbot (1687 – 1759). Matthias died 1806 in Sharon, Norfolk, Mass.

Children of Rebecca and Preserved

i. Judith Tucker b. 11 Oct 1730 in Stoughton, Mass ; m. 30 Mar 1749 in Canton, Mass or Sharon, Mass to Caleb Johnson (b. 1730)

ii. Uriah Tucker b. 4 Aug 1733 – Easton, Bristol, Mass; d. 11 May 1817 – New Milford, Litchfield, CT; m. 2 Feb 1762 New Milford to Eunice Dayton (b. 21 Dec 1743 in New Milford – d. 8 Feb 1820 in New Milford) Eunice’s parents were Abraham Dayton (1719 – 1780) and Abiah Beardsley (1725 – 1780)

iii. Joseph Tucker b. 1736

iv. Preservit Tucker b. 24 Apr 1739 in Stoughton, Mass

Children of Rebecca and Matthias

v. Matthias Puffer b. 11 Mar 1743/1744 Sharon, Norfolk, Mass; d. 13 Sep 1806 in Society Land, Hillsboro, CT; m. 7 Nov 1764 – Sharon, Norfolk, Mass. to Olive Boyden (b. 2 Feb 1743/44 in Walpole, Norfolk, Mass. – d. 13 Feb 1790). Olive’s parents were John Boyden (1702 – 1756) and Prudence Leach ( 1717 – 1759) Mattias and Olive had seven children born between 1765 and 1784.

vi. Mary Puffer b. 11 Mar 1743/1744 Sharon, Norfolk, Mass; d. 10 Dec 1750 – Sharon, Norfolk, Mass

vii. Rebecca Puffer b. 1745; m. 7 Apr 1774 Milton, Mass to Joseph Smith?

viii. Abigail Puffer b. 3 Apr 1748 in Sharon, Norfolk, Mass

ix. Isaac Puffer b. 15 Jul 1750 Sharon, Norfolk, Mass

x. Benjamin Puffer b. 9 Sep 1753 in Stoughton, Norfolk, Mass; d. Hobart, Delaware, New York

10. Moses Estey

Moses’ wife Eunice Pengilly (Penguille) was born in 1712 in Topsfield, Essex, Mass. Her parents were John Pengilly and Mary Granger. Eunice died 1753 in Black River, New Jersey.

Moses was a tailor.

Moses moved to Enfield, Connecticut in 1752 and to Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1756 and later to New Jersey. They died in Black River which is now Long Valley, Morris County, New Jersey.

Children of Moses and Eunice:

i. Moses Estey b. 1738 in Minebrook, Somerset, New Jersey; d. 4 Feb 1836 – Morristown, Middlesex, New Jersey;

ii. Eunice Este b. 19 Oct 1739 in Enfield, Hartford, CT; d. 5 Oct 1742;  burial Old Center Cemetery, Suffield, Hartford, CT

iii. Mary Estey b. 18 Feb 1742 in Enfield, Hartford, CT

iv. Eunice Estey b. 17 Jan 1743 in Enfield, Hartford, CT; d. 1820 Upper Darby, Pennsylvania;  m. 1767 to Lt. Col.  Benjamin Brannon (b. 1739 in Upper Darby, Chester, Pennsylvania – d. 9 Apr 1825 Burial: Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia)

Sub- Lieutenant (Lieutenant Colonel), 3rd Battalion, Chester County, Pennsylvania Militia.

Benjamin Brannan - Source: History of Chester County, Pa with Genealogical & Biographical Sketches

Benjamin Brannan – Source: History of Chester County, Pa with Genealogical & Biographical Sketches – 1881

Benjamin Brannan 2
Benjamin Brannan 3
Benjamin Brannan 4Saltpetre is the essential ingredient of gunpowder,

” To the Inhabitants of the County of Chester :
” Pursuant to the recommendation of the Committee of Safety for the Province of Pennsylvania, to the Committee for Inspection for the County of Chester, Benjamin Brannan, Walter Finney, and John Beaton were appointed to attend the saltpetre manufactory in the City of Philadelphia, in order to perfect themselves in said art : We having complied therewith do hereby give notice to all those whose public virtue and patriotic spirit would excite them to such a valuable and necessary undertaking at this crisis of time; that attendance will be given at the house of Benjamin Brannan in Darby, on the 23rd and 24th of February [1776]; at the house of Mr. Cochran in East Fallowfield on the 27th and 28th ; at the house of Mrs. Whitby [Withy] in the borough of Chester, on the lst and second of March; at the house of Mr. Hood in Oxford, on the 4th and 5th; at the house of Mr. Miller in Birmingham on the 6th and 7th : at the house of Mr. Powell in Newtown on the 8th and 9th ; at the house of Mr. Bell in Kennet on the 12th and 13th, and at the house of Walter Finney in New London on the 14th and 15tb of said month, in order to teach and instruct all persons who may please to apply at the times and places above mentioned.

“Benjamin Brannan,
“Walter Finney.

Benjamin Brannan was commissioner of Chester County, PA in 1779 and assessor in 1782.

v. Sarah Estey b. 26 Mar 1746 – Enfield, Hartford, CT;

vi. Abigail Estey b. 20 Feb 1748 Enfield, Hartford, CT;

viii. Hannah Estey (twin) b. 7 Jan 1752 Enfield, Hartford, CT

vii. Moses Estey (twin) b. 7 Jan 1752 Enfield, Hartford, CT; m1. Elizabeth Fearcio (1760 – 1783 of consumption); m2. 1784 to Anne Kirkpatrick (1764 Somerset, New Jersey – 1809) Anna’s parents were Andrew Kirkpatrick (1722 – 1777) and Margaret Gaston (1728 – 1795). Moses and Anne had seven children born between 1783 and 1801.

Two of the daughters, Hannah and Sarah, married well-known men. Hannah married David G. Burnet (wiki), who became the first president of the Republic of Texas, and Sarah married Lewis Mills, a prominent Morristown citizen. During the 1830s, Sarah and Lewis owned the family home in Morristown. One son, David Kirkpatrick Estey, became a judge of the Supreme Court of Ohio and lived in Cincinnati. He married a daughter of President William Henry Harrison.

The story of Moses and his family is interesting, but his Revolutionary pension and exploits of his children and sons-in-law is too verbose for this page.   I’ve given him his own page.  To see more of his story, click on Moses Estey.

Moses Estey Portrait

Moses Estey Portrait

Moses Estey was elected lieutenant of militia 1774 and was promoted captain. He served on tours of duty, guarding prisoners and stores. He was at the battle of Monmouth where he was wounded. In 1832 he was placed on the pension roll for service of captain, New Jersey line.

Captain Moses Estey built the Moses Estey house in Speedwell, News Jersey, after a fire had destroyed his earlier house on the same site in January, 1786. Estey, a chairmaker by trade, had at one time a chair factory in the back of his residence.

Este, Moses, Capt NJ Militia; wounded at Monmouth, 28 June 1778

Moses Estey House

Moses Estey House at original location Water and Spring Streets

The Estey House is two-and-a-half stories high over a basement and has a spacious entrance hall flanked by two rooms on each side. The second floor has a similar plan. All eight rooms have fireplaces and the house has two chimneys on both sides. Each pair of chimneys has been brought together in the attic to appear as a single chimney above the roof. Double recessed arches on opposite sides of the cellar support the massive stonework for the fireplaces. The stairway in the front hall is obviously of a later date than 1786 and was probably built as an auxiliary to the original box stair still remaining.

Capt Moses Estey House – American Historical Buildings Survey

Although the Estey House has undergone some renovations over the years, its structural integrity remains intact. Visitors to Historic Speedwell admire its elegance and the classical harmony of its lines.

Moses Estey House  Morristown, New Jersey

Moses Estey House Morristown, New Jersey

The Moses Estey House was removed from its location on the corner of Spring and Water Streets  in Morristown when it faced demolition by an urban renewal project. Three late 18th- and early 19th-century Morristown houses threatened with demolition were moved to Speedwell – the Gabriel Ford CottageMoses Estey House and L’Hommedieu-Gwinnup House. The Speedwell Village made the same agreement with H.U.D. as made for the L’Hommedieu-Gwinnup House. Since then, the roof has been repaired and the chimneys capped. Awaiting restoration.


New Brunswick Estey

Isaac Estey Jr.

Isaac EsteyJr. and Mary Kimball

The family of John Perkins of Ipswich, Mass. 1889

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  10. donnycr says:

    Hello Mark. Very impressive blog and a great find for me. I am research Daniel Estey (h/o Louisa Crowe), who died in New Brunswick. I have seen speculation stating he was connected to the Townes, but have never been able to prove this. I am leaning towards Daniel being the son of Daniel and Hannah Towne, but one curveball I am seeing is there was a Daniel Estey, who died in 1791 in Massachusetts. This Daniel may have been around the same age as my Daniel. However, on the link you provide for you have only the birthdate of a Daniel Estey. Seeing if you could shed some light on this brick wall I am hitting. Thanks for your time.

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