Thomas Coleman II

Thomas COLEMAN (1672 – 1759) was Alex’s 8th Great Grandfather, one of 512 in this generation of the Shaw line. Six of his grandsons marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775 and another was a surgeon at Bunker Hill.

Thomas Coleman was born  26 Mar 1672  in Byfield, Newbury, Mass. His parents were Tobias COLEMAN and Lydia JACKSON. He married Phoebe PEARSON on 6 Jan 1701/02 in Newbury, MA . Thomas died 17 Dec 1759 in Rowley or Byfield, Mass.

Phoebe Pearson was born 14 Jul 1682 in Rowley or Newbury Mass.  Her parents were Benajmin PEARSON and Hannah THURSTON. Phoebe died 28 Jun 1754 in Byfield or Rowley, Mass.

Children of Thomas and Phebe:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Anna Coleman 1700
Newburyport, Mass
Daniel Tenney
15 May 1733 Newbury
28 Jun 1768
Bradford, Mass
2. Dorcas Coleman 25 Apr 1703
Newbury Mass

27  Apr 1703
3. John Coleman 8 Mar 1703/04
Newbury Mass
Dorothy Upham
13 Apr 1723 Malden, Mass
Persis Tufts
12 Feb 1737 Medford, Middlesex, Mass
20 Apr 1781
Malden, Mass
4. Nathaniel Coleman 1 Mar 1708/09
Newbury, Mass
Ann Wicom
20 Apr 1732
5. Jane Coleman 20 Mar 1711/12
Newbury, Mass
Samuel Harriman
16 Oct 1729 Newbury, Mass
6. Sarah Coleman 10 Mar 1714/15
Newbury, Mass
Abner Spofford
23 Dec 1734
Rowley, Mass
Jonathan Wood
24 Nov 1778, of Boxford, Mass.
4 Oct 1790 Rindge, Cheshire, New Hampshire
7. Mary Coleman 24 Apr 1717
Newbury, Mass
Abraham Adams
18 Nov 1738
6 May 1752
Newbury, Essex, Mass
8. Phebe Colman Mar 1718/19
Newbury, Mass
Dudley Tyler  (Taylor)
23 Nov 1738
3 Mar 1769
9. Benjamin COLEMAN 6 Feb 1720
Newbury, Mass
5 Jul 1743
Newbury, Mass
Jan 1797 Byfield, Mass
10. Hannah Coleman 6 May 1725
Newbury, Mass
Nathaniel Harriman
21 Apr 1742
Rowley, Mass
Joseph Palmer
1 Oct 1745
Bradford, Mass
before 1790   New Hampshire

The Falls, Parker River at Central Street, Byfield, Mass

Byfield is a village (also referred to as a “parish”) in the town of Newbury, in Essex County, Massachusetts, in the United States. It borders West Newbury, Georgetown, and Rowley.  Quascancunquen means “waterfall,” referring to the falls in Byfield where Central Street crosses the Parker River. In 1636, the first water powered mill was established at the falls. Gristmills and sawmills were built, and in 1794, the first textile mill in Massachusetts. Byfield developed into a mill village, and once had six water powered mills, manufacturing various products from woolens to snuff.


1. Anna Coleman

Anna’s husband Daniel Tenney was born 14 Feb 1702 in Bradford, Essex, Mass. His parents were Deacon Samuel Tenney (1667 – 1747) and Sarah Boynton (1672 – 1709).  He first married about 1725 to Sarah Kimball (b. abt 1705 – d. 31 Aug 1732) and had three children. Daniel died 7 May 1751 in Bradford, Essex, Mass.

Daniel Tenney Bio

Children of Anna and Daniel:

i. Daniel Tenney b. 16 Mar 1734 in Bradford, Essex, Mass; d. Jan 1815; m. 25 Jun 1761 in Bradford to Joanna Cheney (b. 5 May 1738 in Bradford – d. 1790 in Thetford, Orange, Vermont) Joanna’s parents were Eldad Cheney (1681 – 1780) and Joanna Woodbury ( – 1756). Daniel and Joanna had nine children born between 1762 and 1781.

Daniel enlisted 30 Oct 1777 in Capt Nathan Gage’s company under Maj. Gage.  Discharged 6 Nov 1777.

ii. Sarah Tenney b. 29 Jul 1737 in Bradford, Essex, Mass; d. 31 Oct 1815 Bradford; m. 6 Jan 1761 in Bradford to Capt. Thomas Stickney (b. 24 Oct 1734 in Bradford – d. 8 Nov 1808 in Bradford) Thomas’ parents were Thomas Stickney ( – 1769) and Mary Mulliken (1692 – 1737) Sarah and Thomas had eleven children born between 1761 and 1783.

Thomas was a private in Col. Mulliken’s regiment in expedition to Nova Scotia in 1755.  Thomas was first lieutenant of Capt. Nathan Gage’s company of Bradford, Massachusetts which marched on the alarm Apr 19 1775 to Cambridge and participated in the Battle of Bunker Hill.

In 1777 he was first lieutenant in Capt Joseph Enton’s company, Colonel Samuel Johnson’s regiment Aug 5 1777 to Dec 12 1777. Thomas commanded this company in the Battle of Bennington and was wounded there.

iii. Jonathan Tenney b. 29 Jan 1736 in Bradford, Essex, Mass; d. 24 Aug 1736 Bradford

iv. Shubael Tenney b. 5 Jan 1740 in Bradford, Essex, Mass; d. 8 Dec 1823 Bradford; m. 15 Mar 1768 in Newburyport, Essex, Mass to Martha Noyes (b. 19 Jun 1743 in Newbury – d. 29 Jan 1840 in Bradford) Martha’s parents were Samuel Noyes (1706 – 1769) and Martha Smith (1715 – 1756). Shubael and Martha had seven children born between 1769 and 1786.


“Shubael Tenny
Dec. 8, 1823
Aged 84 yrs.”

his wife
Jan.29, 1840
Aged 96 yrs.”

3. John Coleman

John’s first wife Dorothy Upham was born 1692 in Malden, Middlesex, Mass. Her parents were Nathaniel Upham ( 1661 – 1717) and Sarah Floyd (1662 – 1715). Dorothy died in 1734 in Malden, Middlesex, Mass.

John’s second wife Persis Tufts was born 2 May 1700 in Medford, Mass. Her parents were Jonathan Tufts (1660 – 1722) and Rebecca Waite (1662 – ). Persis died 30 Jan 1772 in Malden, Middlesex, Mass.

Children of John and Persis:

i. Samuel Colman b. 5 Jun 1738 in Malden, Middlesex, Mass; d. 24 Sep 1738 Malden

ii. Persis Colman b. 5 Dec 1739 in Malden, Middlesex, Mass; d. 15 Jan 1740 Malden

4. Nathaniel Coleman

Nathaniel’s wife Ann Wicom’s origins are not known.

5. Jane Coleman

Jane’s wife Samuel Harriman was born 12 Nov 1705 in Rowley, Essex, Mass. His nephew Nathaniel married Jane’s younger sister Hannah. His parents were Jonathan Harriman and Margaret Elithorpe. His grandparents were Leonard HARRIMAN and Margaret PALMER. Samuel died in 1758 in Newbury, Mass.

Children of Jane and Samuel:

i. Child Harriman b. Mar 1731 in Newbury, Mass; d. 1731 Rowley, Essex, Mass.

ii. Samuel Harriman b. 23 Feb 1732 in Rowley, Essex, Mass.; d. 13 Sep 1736 Rowley

iii. Jane Harriman b. 10 Nov 1733 in Rowley, Essex, Mass.; d. 28 Sep 1736 Rowley

iv. Dudley Harriman b. 9 Mar 1735 in Rowley, Essex, Mass; d. 27 Sep 1736 Rowley

v. Phebe Harriman b. 2 Aug 1737 in Rowley, Essex, Mass; d. 29 Jul 1745 Rowley

vi. Jane Harriman b. 8 Oct 1739 in Rowley, Essex, Mass; d. 9 Jul 1814 Essex, Mass; m. 19 Aug 1762 in Newbury to Benjamin Evans (b. 1738 in Rocky Hill, Salisbury, Mass.) Benjamin’s parents were Ezekial Evans (1710 – 1753) and Judith French (1710 – 1777).

vii. Asa Harriman b. 30 Jan 1742 in Newbury, Mass.; d. 1 Jul 1819 Raymond, New Hampshire; m. 25 Mar 1760 in Newbury to Joanna Beal (b. 21 Jul 1746 in York, Maine – d. 1826 in Raymond, New Hampshire). Joanna’s parents were Bejamin Bale (1719 – ) and Mary Drew. Asa and Joanna had ten children born between 1768 and 1783.

Asa was a private in Capt. Eliphalet Spofford’s company, Col. Samuel Genishe’ regiment which marched on the alarm of April 19 1775 from west parish of Rowley to Cambridge a distance of about 32 miles.   Dismissed April 23, 1775.   Spofford was the father-in-law of Asa’s cousin Benjamin Adams (See below)

viii. Nathaniel Harriman b. 17 Sep 1747 in Rowley, Essex, Mass; d. 1 Oct 1747 Rowley

6. Sarah Coleman

Sarah’s first husband Deacon Abner Spofford was born 21 Aug 1705 in Rowley, Essex, Mass. He was Sarah’s second cousin.  His parents were Capt. John Spofford (1678 – 1735) and Dorcas Hopkinson. Abner died 12 Sep 1777 from a fall in his mill in Georgetown, Essex, Mass.

Abner was a husbandman & millwright. He was chosen deacon March 4, 1755 and was commissioned captain of the milita Nov. 22, 1743.

Some sources say Sarah’s second husband Jonathan Wood was baptized 21 Aug 1715 in Ipswich, Essex, Mass. His parents were Philemon Wood (1679 – ) and Abigail Ross (1677 – 1720)

I can’t find any other details for this Jonathan Wood, but there was another Jonathan Wood (b. 6 Dec 1713 in Boxford – 19 Jun 1781 in Boxford) son of David Wood (1677 – 1744) and Mary Spofford (1680 – 1750) whose first wife Sarah Redington (1725 – 1775) died just a few years before the 1778 marriage to Sarah Colman.

It is supposed that Sarah Colman came to live with her daughter Phebe and her son-in-law David Adams in Rindge, New Hampshire after the death of her 2nd husband.

Sarah Colman was buried in Meeting House Cemetery, Rindge, Cheshire, New Hampshire,  Find A Grave Memorial# 89107332

Sarah Colman was buried in Meeting House Cemetery, Rindge,
Cheshire, New Hampshire, Find A Grave Memorial# 89107332

Deacon Abner Spofford — Stone has sunk and most of the inscription is no longer visible. Union Cemetery,Georgetown, Essex County, Mass
Find A Grave Memorial# 12551516

[This in Memory
of] Deacon
Abnr Spofford
[who Died
September the
12h 1777 in
the 74h year
of his Age]

Children of Sarah and Abner:

i. Rachel Spofford b. 23 Sep 1735 in Georgetown, Essex, Mass; d. 9 Nov 1813 Rowley, Essex, Mass; m. 1 Apr 1755 in Rowley to David Nelson (b. Aug 1725 in Byfield, Mass. – d. 8 Sep 1807 in Rowley) David’s parents were Solomon Nelson (1703 – 1781) and Mercy Chaplin (1705 – ) David first married 7 May 1752 in Rowley to Mary Hale (b. 17 Oct 1731 in Bradford – d. 26 Jul 1753 in Rowley) Rachel and David had eight children born between born between 1775 and 1773.

David Nelson - Revolutionary Service

David Nelson – Revolutionary Service

Died Sept. 8, 1807,
Aged 82.

his wife
Died Nov. 9, 1813
Aged 78.

They lived the life and died the death of Christians
Long has the mortal slept beneath the soil,
And the immortal rose to dwell with God.
This humble stone although so long neglected
In memory of their worth now erected,
by their only surviing child,
Jacob Nelson of Winthrop, Me.
July 1855.

ii.son, b. and d. 1737

iii. son, b. and d. 1738.

iv. Eleazer Spofford b. 1 Aug 1739 in Georgetown, Mass; d. 1828 Jeffery, New Hampshire; m.4 Jan 1765 in Georgtown, Essex, Mass to Mary Flint (b. 12 Mar 1745 in Salem, Mass. – d. 28 Oct 1832 in S Danvers, Essex, Mass.)   Mary’s parents were Elisha Flint ( – 1773) and Miriam Putnam (1721 – ) Eleazer and Mary had ten children born between 1765 to 1789.

Eleazer built the house in Georgetown long occupied by Jerome Spofford, and on his removal to Jaffrey, Cheshire, NH, sold the place to Dr. Amos Spofford. The deed, dated April 20, 1778, is still preserved by Miss Marietta Spofford, of Georgetown. A family tradition relates that the money for the purchase of the Jaffrey property was quilted into the skirt of his eldest daughter, who made the journey on horseback.

He built a valuable set of mills on the Contoocook River, at the site of the present factories in East Jaffrey; was an ingenious mechanic, an upright, godly man, and a good citizen, being especially interested in the construction of turnpike roads, the great public improvement of that day. He was for many years a deacon of the First Church in Jaffrey; a leader of the service of song, being noted for musical taste and ability. Late in life they removed to East Bradford, Mass. (now Groveland), where he died in 1828.   Mary returned to Jaffrey, and died Oct. 28, 1832, aged 92. She was very skilful in fancy needle-work.

Eleazer Spofford Revolutionary Service

Eleazer Spofford Revolutionary Service

Eleazer Spofford’s commanding officer,  Daniel Spofford  (1721 –1803) was  colonel of the Seventh Regiment of militia in Essex County, marched to Cambridge, April 19, 1775  Offices: Representative of the town, 1776; member of the convention that formed the constitution, 1780; elected deacon in Georgetown, 1781. Occupation: architect, built several churches  I haven’t figured out exactly how he was related to Eleazer.  Daniel’s parents were John Spofford (1678 – 1735) and   Sarah Poore(1693 – ___).  Daniel’s son Moody married Daniel’s sister Huldah (See below).

v. Sara Spofford b. 24 Mar 1741 in Georgetown, Essex, Mass; m. 20 Oct 1762 in Georgtown to her cousin Dudley Tyler (b. 30 Sep 1739 Rowley, Essex, Mass. – d. 1822 Georgetown)  Dudley’s parents were Dudley Tyler  and Phebe Coleman (See Below)

vi. John Spofford b. 20 Feb 1742 in Salem, New Hampshire Removed to  Whitestown, Oneida, New York (immediately west of Utica); d. 1800 New Hampshire; m. 1762 in Georgtown to Susannah B Dow [bcficb] (b. 19 Apr 1756 in Haverhill, Essex, Mass. )  Susannah’s parents were Abraham Dow [bcfic in the Book of Dow Scheme, see our ancestor Stephen DOW (bc) for details] (1732 – 1795) and Susanna Hoyt (1729 – )

vii. Huldah Spofford b. 11 Nov 1744 in Georgetown, Essex, Mass; d. 18 Nov 1805 Georgetown ; m. 16 Oct 1766 in Georgetown to Deacon Moody Spofford (b. 24 Jun 1744 in Georgetown – d. 23 Dec 1828 in Georgetown) Moody’s parents were Col. Daniel Spofford (1721 –1803)  and Judith Follansbee (1721 – 1799) Huldah and Moody had nine children born between 1770 and 1790.

Moody filed a pension application for his revolutionary service.

After Huldah died, Moody married 3 Jun 1816 Age: 71 in Rowley to Mirriam Flint Putman (1760 – 1831)

viii. daughter, b. and d. 1746

ix.. Abraham Spofford b. 3 Feb 1748; d. 12 Jul 1749 Georgetown

x. son, b. and d. 1749

xi. Phebe Spofford b. 6 Jan 1751 in Rowley, Essex, Mass; d. 17 Feb 1822 Rindge, Cheshire, New Hampshire; m. 5 May 1773 in Boxford to Capt. David Adams (b. 20 Jun 1747 in Boxford – d. 17 Nov 1831 in Rindge, New Hampshire) David’s parents were Capt. Isaac Adams (1713 – 1797) and Mary Mercy Wood (1720 – 1794) Phebe and David had nine children born between 1774 and 1796.

Phebe and David removed to Rindge, Cheshire, New Hampshire.  After her husband died, Phebe's mother joined them there.

Phebe and David removed to Rindge, Cheshire, New Hampshire. After her husband died, Phebe’s mother joined them there.

Rindge was incorporated in 1768 by Governor John Wentworth  in honor of Captain Daniel Rindge of Portsmouth, one of the original grant holders, and the one who represented New Hampshire’s claim to the land before the king,

Captain Abel Platts is credited as being Rindge’s first temporary settler, arriving in 1738 to take possession of his family’s land grant.  But disputes about the grants, combined with the outbreak in 1744 of the French and Indian War, made it untenable to remain in Rindge, so early settlers abandoned it. Platts and others returned in 1752, and starting in 1758, settlement increased steadily.

A company of 51 men, under Captain Josiah Brown, of New Ipswich, was raised around Rindge in 1777. Lieutenant Asa Sherwin, of Rindge, was second in command. The company was joined to Colonel Samuel Ashley’s regiment and May 6 1777 marched for Ticonderoga, where they remained until all fears of an immediate attack were quieted, when they were ordered home and discharged June 21st, after an absence of six weeks. The men from Rindge in this service, fourteen in number, were as follows: Jonathan Ingalls, orderly sergeant; Asa Sherwin, first lieutenant; privates: Daniel Adams, Samuel Adams, …

Pay Roll of Capt. Salmon Stone’s Company in Col. Nichol’s Regiment, Gen. Stark’s Brigade raised out of the 14th Regiment of NH Militia, Enoch Hale, Colonel, which company marched from Rindge July 1777 and joined the Northern Continental Army at Bennington and Stillwater… as follows:
“Thaddeus Fitch, quartermaster of the regiment
Salmon Stone, Capt.
John Stanley, second Lieut.
Abel Stone, sergeant advanced to ensign
Privates: John Dean, Daniel Adams

Daniel Adams was commissioned Ensign in Rindge in 1780.

Capt David Adams Revolutionary Service

Capt David Adams Revolutionary Service


Capt David Adams Revolutionary Service 2

Capt David Adams Revolutionary Service 2

xii Dr. Isaac Spofford b. 10 Apr 1752 in Rowley, Essex, Mass; d. 14 Jun 1786 Beverly, Essex, Mass.; m. 1772 in Georgetown to Mary “Polly” Ayer (b. 10 May 1756 in Haverhill, Mass. – d. 6 Dec 1781 in Beverly, Essex, Mass) Polly’s parents were Deacon John Ayer (1714 – 1777) and Elizabeth Hale (1720 – 1757)

m2. Ruth Thorndike (b. 8 Nov 1760 Beverly, Mass – d. 7 Sep 1790 Beverly) Ruth’s parents were Col. Larkin Thorndike (1730 – ) and Ruth Woodbury.

Colonel Larkin Thorndike was Captain of the Beverly foot company and responded to the Lexington Alarm, April 19, 1775. In 1777 he was made Colonel of the Eighth Regiment (Essex County) and resigned his commission in 1779 to accept a similar position in Brig. General Jonathan Titcomb’s  brigade, July 5, 1779. During the Revolution, he was on the Beverly Committee of Safety, and correspondence; was Representative to the General Court of Mass. and held many other offices.

Isaac was a Physician, Revolutionary War veteran. He studied medicine in Haverhill under Dr. Brickett. After a short period practicing medicine in Topsfield, he removed to Beverly. He served as Continental Army as surgeon in Colonel Thomas Nixon’s 6th Massachusetts regiment.   (See Dudley Tyler’s section below for the story of this regiment) Isaac  was included on a list of surgeons to whom warrants were issued Jun 28, 1775 and was commissioned Jul 5, 1775 by the Massachusetts Prov. Congress. He was among the 31 medical men who rendered service at the battle of Bunker Hill.

Surgeon Dr. Isaac Spofford's 6th Massachusetts Regiment,  was positioned ion Breeds Hill

Surgeon Dr. Isaac Spofford’s 6th Massachusetts Regiment, was positioned on Breeds Hill

During the battle of Bunker Hill the 6th Massachusetts Regiment, under the command of Colonel John Nixon, was positioned in the redoubt on Breeds Hill near Captain Jonathan Brewer and Captain William Prescott regiments. During General William Howe‘s first attack on Breed’s Hill, Nixon was wounded and was withdrawn from the battle. The remaining members of the regiment withdrew when the redoubt was overtaken by Howe’s second attack.

Dr Isaac Spofford was buried in Abbott Street Burial Ground  Beverly, Essex , Mass  Find A Grave Memorial# 30394919

Dr Isaac Spofford was buried in Abbott Street Burial Ground Beverly, Essex ,
Mass Find A Grave Memorial# 30394919

xiii. Jacob Spofford b. 26 Feb 1754 in Rowley, Essex, Mass; d. 12 May 1812 Ipswich, Mass; m. 29 May 1777 in Rowley to Mary Tenney (b. 22 Nov 1756 in Rowley – d. 1 Feb 1802 in Georgetown, Essex, Mass) Mary’s parents were John Tenney (1723 – 1808) and Rose Chandler ( 1728 – 1785) Jacob and Mary had ten children born between 1779 and 1800.

7. Mary Coleman

Mary did NOT marry the Jeremiah Boynton who was born 14 Oct 1709. His parents were Joshua Boynton and Mary Dole. He married the Mary Coleman who was born 14 Jun 1706 in Newbury, whose parents were Ephraim Coleman and Susannah [__?__], and who died about 10 Feb 1743 in Newbury.   Jeremiah died 7 Mar 1775 in Newbury, Mass.

Mary’s husband Abraham Adams was born 24 Aug 1715 in Newbury, Essex, Mass. His parents were Abraham Adams (1676 – 1763) and Anne Longfellow (1683 – 1758). After Sarah died giving birth to triplets on 6 May 1752, he married 29 Jan 1759 or 1760 in Rowley to Sarah Foster (1732 – 1776). Abraham and Sarah had twins Polly Adams (1761 – 1790) and Sally Adams (1761 – 1839). Abraham’s mind became unsound and he died 18 Sep 1771 of suicide, hanging himself in the entry of his house in Rowley, Essex, Mass.

Children of Mary and Abraham:

i. Mary Adams b. 12 Nov 1738 in Rowley, Essex, Mass; d. 22 May 1760 Rowley; m. 25 Mar 1750 in Rowley to Benjamin Jaques (b. 7 Feb 1732 in Newbury, Essex, Mass. – d. 5 Nov 1822 in Bradford, Essex, Mass.) Benjamin’s parents were Benjamin Jaques (1702 – 1782) and Mary Noyes (1710 – ) Mary and Benjamin had one child Jacob, born 3 Mar 1760 a couple of months before Mary’s death.

Next, Benjamin married 4 Mar 1762 in Newbury to Judith Noyes (b. 9 Jan 1743 in Newbury – d. 9 Apr 1819 in Bradford)

ii. Rev. Phineas Adams b. 3 Mar 1742 in Georgetown, Essex, Mass. – d. 15 Nov 1801 in Haverhill, Essex, Mass; m. 9 May 1771 Haverhill to Priscilla Perkins (b, 10 Jun 1742 in New Rowley, Essex, Mass.)

“This monument is
Erected to
The memory of
Pastor of the third Church
in this Town.
He died Nov. the 17th 1801
in the 60th year of his Age;
and 32d of his Ministry.
Second West Parish Cemetery

iii. Benjamin Adams b. 1 Mar 1747 in Georgetown, Essex, Mass; d. 19 Nov 1812 Georgetown; m. 4 Dec 1770 in Georgtown to Sarah Spofford (b. 21 Sep 1751 in Georgetown, Essex, Mass. – d. 4 Nov 1776) Sarah’s parents were Eliphalet Spofford (1725 – 1776) and Lucy Peabody (1728 – 1766) Benjamin and Sarah had six children born between 1771 and 1789.

Benjamin was a private in Captain John Brickett’s company which marched on the alarm on Apr 20, 1775 in response to the alarm of Apr 19 to Cambridge service 4 days.

iv. Joseph Adams b. 14 Feb 1748 in Rowley, Essex, Mass; d. 05 Jan 1768

v. Jesse Adams b. 28 Apr 1750 in Rowley, Essex, Mass; d. 06 Jun 1791

vi, vii. viii. triplets Adams b. 06 May 1752 in Georgetown, Essex, Massachusetts; d. same day

8. Phebe Coleman

Phebe’s husband Lt. Dudley Tyler (Taylor) was born in 1700.  His parents were Job Tyler (1675 – 1754) and Margaret Bradstreet (1674 – 1736).  His maternal grandparents were Col. Dudley Bradsreet and Anne Wood and his great grandparents were the Massachusetts Bay Colony’s last Governor Simon Bradstreet (wiki) and Anne Dudley (wiki), the daughter of Massachusetts co-founder Thomas Dudley and New England’s first published poet.

After Phebe died, he married 3 Mar 1769 to Mary Willson of Haverwill. Dudley’s will was dated March 5, 1788, and probated June 28, 1790. Mary’s will was probated April 7, 1794, Job Tyler, her son-in-law, being named as executor. She divided her estate among the children of Job Tyler, her stepson, Joseph Tyler being residuary legatee. Also, her will provided : ” In case Caesar, the negro man who lives with me, should live to be past his labour, then if what my former husband left for him is not enough to support him, that he have his support out of what I give to the said Joseph Tyler.”

In 1757, Dudley had the rank of clerk in the company commanded by Captain Richard Thurston, was in the train band and on the alarm list. In 1765, he was lieutenant in the 2nd Rowley company in the 3rd regiment of militia in Essex County.

Dudley was executor of his father’s will. He kept the Tyler Tavern in Georgetown, Mass., and moved to Haverhill in 1769, where he was a slave-owner as late as 1776, which is the last date in which negroes are entered in the town valuation lists. In 1780, he donated six shirts to assist in clothing the army. He was hogreeve [A civil officer charged with the duty of impounding hogs running at large] in 1773 and 1774; he was surveyor of highways from 1775-1782. In 1776 he was paid for timber, plank and work on the Mill bridge, £4 10s, and in 1782 he was paid for plank and timber on the same bridge, £1 6s 4d. All his children were by his first marriage.

Children of Phebe and Dudley

i. Lt. Dudley Tyler b. 30 Sep 1739 Rowley, Essex, Mass. – d. 1822 Georgetown;  m. to his cousin Sara Spofford (b. 24 Mar 1741 in Georgetown, Essex, Mass; )  Sara’s parents were Abner Spofford and Sarah Colman (See Above) Dudley and Sarah had five children born in Rowley between 1763 and 1773.  After Sara died, Dudley married Ruth [__?__] (1759 – 1822)

Dudley was in active service in the French and Indian Wars in 1757, 1759, and later campaigns. He was seven years m the Revolution and was in the Battle of Bunker Hill ; during the time from 1776-1782 his name occurs with frequency on the Revolutionary rolls. He was promoted from ensign to first lieutenant ;  He was appointed Lt in the Massachusetts Line 6th Regiment on Nov 21 1776 (Previous rank Lt.)  He was lieutenant in a company of Colonel Thomas Nixon’s 6th Massachusetts regiment ; was wounded at the Battle of Princeton, Jan 3, 1777.

Dudley served as a lieutenant during the entire War of the Revolution, but is said to have failed to receive a pension by leaving the camp at White Plains previous to the formalities of a discharge, though his duties as a soldier were at an end.  In 1757-1760 he owned the Francis Brocklebank place in Rowley. He died, however, in the almshouse. The children were born in Rowley.

The 6th Massachusetts Regiment also known as the 4th Continental Regiment was raised on April 23, 1775 under Colonel John Nixon outside of Boston. The regiment would see action at the Battle of Bunker HillNew York CampaignBattle of TrentonBattle of Princeton and the Battle of Saratoga. The regiment was furloughed Jun 12, 1783 at West Point, New York and disbanded on Nov 3, 1783.

The 6th Massachusetts participated in the New York campaign by helping fortify Governors Island in New York Harbor in August 1776.  They later fought in the Battle of Harlem Heights and the Battle of Trenton under General Nathanael Greene.  The regiment reinforced General Philip Schuyler at Stillwater, New York in July 1777.  The 6th Massachusetts composed part of the main body of General Horatio Gates at the Battles of Saratoga.

Colonel John Nixon – Commanded the regiment from May 19, 1775 until Aug 9, 1776 when he was promoted to Brigidier General. His brother,  Colonel Thomas Nixon,  served as Lieutenant Colonel of the 6th Massachusetts from May 19, 1775 until he took command of the regiment on Aug  6, 1776 and was promoted to Colonel.  Retired Jan  1, 1781.

ii. Thomas Tyler bapt. 22 Feb 1741 in Rowley, Essex, Mass.; d. 4 Nov 1776; m. 20 Jun 1768 Owensbury, Mass. to Mary Bradbury (1745 – ) Thomas and Mary had three children born between 1769 and 1773.

Thomas was on the Alarm List and belonged to the Train Band in 1757. He marched on the Lexington Alarm, and was in camp in Cambridge, May 17. His name appears on the Coat Rolls for December 26, 1775, and he was in the Continental Army in 1776. His name appears on a receipt dated March 14, 1777, ” he being deceased.”

Thomas Tyler Revolutionary Service

Thomas Tyler Revolutionary Service

iii. Anna Tyler bapt. 28 Nov 1742   Haverhill, Essex, Mass. – d. 26 Nov 1754   Haverhill,.

iv. Phebe Tyler bapt. 27 Jul 1746 Haverhill, Essex, Mass; d. bef. 1788; m.  [__?__] Pike Her father’s will showed she had four children.

v. Job Tyler bapt. 28 Aug 1748 in Rowley, Essex, Mass; d. 18 Jun 1831; m1. 1774 to Abigail Swan (b. 21 Feb 1746 in Leicester, Worcester, Mass. – d. 1786 Rowley) Abigail’s parents were Dudley Wade Swan (1711 – 1766) and Beulah Gulliver (1715 – 1790). Job and Abigail had five children born between 1775 and 1784.

m2. 21 Jun 1786 to Anna Pike (1765 – 1819) Job and Anna had eleven more children born between 1787 and 1808.

Job lived in Haverhill and was a householder there in 1798, rated at $180. In 1787-1788 and 1789 he was chosen surveyor of lumber. He is said to have built the first toll bridge across the Merrimac River. He moved to Canaan, N. H., in 1803.

vi. Mary Tyler bapt. 18 Feb 1753 in Haverhill, Essex, Mass; m1. William Huston who was in the revolution; m2. [__?__] Pike

vii. John Tyler bapt. 23 Nov 1755 in Haverhill, Essex, Mass. John was a fifer in the Revolution ; he seems to have been named as belonging to the company of Captain Moses McFarland, in 1776, with his brothers, Dudley Tyler as 2nd Lieutenant, and Theodore and Thomas Tyler. Also, enlisted April, 1779, served in Captain Benjamin Pike’s Company. Reported as sergeant ; enlisted for the war. In his father’s will he is spoken of, in 1788, ” if still alive.”

viii. Theodore Tyler bapt. 22 Jan 1758 Rowley, Essex, Mass ); d. Apr 1799 at Sea; m. 7 Dec 1785 to Susanna Hunt (b. 1765 – 15 March 1835 in Newburyport, Essex, Mass Theodore and Susannah had five children born between 1786 and 1796.

Theodore was in the revolution and was drafted in 1775. In 1776 he was hired, with others, for two months in February, for 40 shillings L.M. per man. He was in captain Jonathan Evans’ company of Colonel Wade’s Essex County Massachusetts regiment, beginning with January 1, 1778. In July, 1778, he appears to have been in Captain Jonathan Foster’s company of the same regiment. the last roll was made up to January 1, 1779. The company was stationed at Middletown, R.I.

9. Benjamin COLEMAN (See his page)

10. Hannah Coleman

Hannah’s first husband Nathaniel Harriman was born 22 Mar 1723 in Rowley, Essex, Mass. His uncle Samuel married Hannah’s older sister Jane. His parents were Nathaniel Harriman (1696 – 1745) and Mehitable Spofford (1697 – 1756). His grandparents were Jonathan Harriman and Margaret Elithorpe and his grea grandparents were Leonard HARRIMAN and Margaret PALMER. Nathaniel died 26 Oct 1744 in Rowley, Essex, Mas

Hannah’s second husband Joseph Palmer was born 2 Aug 1719 in Bradford, Essex, Mass. His parents were Richard Palmer (1675 – 1723) and Martha Downer (1678 – 1723). Joseph died in 1806 in Campton, NH.

i. Benjamin Harriman b. 19 Jun 1743 in Rowley, Essex, Mass.; d. 3 Jul 1743 Rowley

ii. Rosamond Harriman b. 6 Jan 1745 in Rowley, Essex, Mass; d. 1828; m.13 Dec 1763 in Rowley to Leonard Harriman (b. 12 Mar 1739 in Rowley – d. Aug 1813 in New Hampshire)  Leonard’s parents were John Harriman (1703 – 1753) and Jane Bailey (1706 – 1803) Rosamond and Leonard had nine children born between 1764 and 1787

Sources: – 1887

The Tyler genealogy; the descendants of Job Tyler, of Andover, Massachusetts, 1619-1700 (1912) By Willard Irving Tyler Brigham, 1859-1904

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