Elisha Hedge

Elisha HEDGE (1640 – 1732) was Alex’s 9th Great Grandfather; one of 1,024 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Elisha Hedge was born ca. 1640 in Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Captain William HEDGE and [__?__].  He married Mary STURGIS in 1660 in Yarmouth Mass.  Elisha died 17 May 1712/13 in Yarmouth or 17 May 1732 Yarmouth, Burial: Cove Burying Ground, Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.

Mary Sturges was born 20 Apr 1648 in Sandwich, Mass.  Her parents were Edward STURGIS and Elizabeth HINCKLEY.  Mary died 5 Mar 1712/13 in Yarmouth. Children of Elisha and Mary

Name Born Married Departed
1. Elizabeth Hedge 1663
Barnabas Lothrop (Thankful’s brother and son of Barnabas LOTHROP)
14 Nov 1687
18 Sep 1747
2. William Hedge 31 Jan 1668/69 Yarmouth Elizabeth Ingoldsby
1681 in Boston
15 Sep 1734 Yarmouth
3. Mary Hedge Mar 1670/71 Yarmouth Josiah Thatcher
25 Feb 1690/91 Yarmouth, Mass
Zachariah Paddock
29 Jul 1708 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass
6 Aug 1727 Yarmouth
4. Elisha Hedge Mar 1670/71 Yarmouth Sarah Lothrop (Thankful’s sister and son of Barnabas LOTHROP)
1 Sep 1702 Barnstable, Mass
27 Jun 1709
5. John HEDGE 15 Apr 1673 Yarmouth Thankful LOTHROP
25 Jan 1699/1700
2 Jun 1752 Yarmouth
6. Samuel HEDGE 18 Jun 1675 Yarmouth Grace SNOW
8 Dec 1698 Eastham, Mass.
19 May 1714 Eastham, Mass
7. Sarah Hedge 3 Mar 1677/78 Yarmouth Thomas Howes (Son of our ancestor Jeremiah HOWES)
23 Jun 1698 Yarmouth
24 Mar 1776
8. Mercy Hedge SEP 1680 Yarmouth Edward Denison
ca. 1699 Yarmouth
Rhode Island
9. Susanna Hedge 16 Dec 1682 Yarmouth Amos Howes
22 May 1701 Yarmouth
24 Jan 1755 Yarmouth
10. Thomas Hedge Apr 1684 Yarmouth Hannah Taylor
12 Dec 1717

Mr. Elisha Hedge is one of those who was supposed to assist the widow Mary Sturgis in settling the estate of Samuel Sturgis [PCR 5:160]. Most sources claim that Elisha and William Hedges married Mary and Elizabeth Sturgis, but there is no direct evidence for this, and the known marriage of Mary Sturgis to one of the sons of Edward Sturgis is sufficient to explain other associations between the two families [Roger Faxton Sturgis, Edward Sturgis of Yarmouth, Massachusetts, 1613-1695 and His Descendants (Boston 1914), pp. 10-18].

An invoice of liquors brought into town during the year 1663, will give some idea of the extent of the drinking habits of the times :

” A Note of the particulars of the Liquors that have been brought into the town of Yarmouth, since May 1663, and envoiced.
Item, Mr. HEDGE a quarter cask of liquors.
Item, Samuel Sturgis 10 gallons.
Item, Edward STURGIS, Sr. 10 gallons.
Item, Edward Sturgis, Jr. 10 gallons.
Item, Elisha HEDGE, 10 gallons.
Item, Mr. Hedge, 10 gallons and 5 cases.
Item, Mr. Thacher, 3 cases.
Mr. Hedge, Edw. Sturgis, Sr. and Sam’l Sturgis, 17 gallons. Nathaniel Covell, 10 gallons.
Teague Jones, 10 gallons envoiced, and one case forfeit to the country.
Richard Michell, 10 gallons.
By Anthony Thacher, Robert Dennis.”

Early in the 1663 a party of residents of Yarmouth n indulged in an escapade quite in conflict with the customs of the times, and their names subsequently appeared in the court records, which inform posterity that “Josias Hallet and Thomas Starr of Yarmouth went to the house of John Doane, Jr., at Eastham, and finding no one at home, behaved themselves uncivilly therein, ransacking the house for liquors, and drinking thereof, and writing and setting up in the house a libellous and scandalous paper of verses and leaving them there. Elisha HEDGE and Samuel Sturgis were also deemed guilty, in some degree, though not so deeply as the former.” The two first were ordered to find sureties, for their good behavior until the next court and pay each a fine of fifty shillings ; the two latter to find sureties and pav each a fine of thirty shillings.

Liquor legislation was a disturbing element in Yarmouth. The court in 1663 fined Edward STURGIS for bringing liquor into town without giving seasonable notice to those appointed to invoice it, and in the 1664 Elisha HEDGE, for breaking bulk before giving notice what liquors he had brought into town, was adjudged to have forfeited 16 gallons thereof

Google books:  Title The Williamson and Cobb families in the lines of Caleb and Mary (Cobb) Williamson of Barnstable, Mass., and Hartford, Conn. 1896, Author, Frank Farnsworth Starr Publisher J. Wilson & son, 1896 Original from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Digitized Mar 18, 2008

On page 116, of Vol. 114, of the Archives of the State of Massachusetts, we find the following :

— Province of the Massachusetts Bay> To His Excellency the Govern’ the Honorble Council & House of Representatives in General Court Assembled June 12th 1735

[Col. Shubal Gorham was the son of Lt. Col John Gorham described below and grandson of our ancestor  Capt. John GORHAM]  He was successful in his petition, but spent a large sum of money in promoting Gorhamtown, Maine, but his speculation in wild land proved unfortunate.

The Petition of Shubal Goreham Representative of the Town of Barnstable for himself and the Persons Whose Names are hereto Under Written being in the Expedition to Canada Anno 1690 or the Descendants of those who are dec* under the Command of Capt. Jn° Goreham Sheweth That the said Capt Goreham with a Company under his Command was actually in the Service of the Crown at the Time when Sir William Phipps went to Cannada in the Year 1690 in Order to Reduce that Country to the Obedience of the Crown of Great Britain and altho” he failed Yet those who went on said Expedition Suffered great hardships and Your Excellency and Honre haveing heretofore Rewarded those who have Served their Country He therefore most humbly Prays that the Heirs of the said Cap’ Goreham & such others as were in said Expedition under his Command that are now living & the Heirs of such as are since dec* May Obtain a Grant of a Tract of Land of Six Mile square for a Township to be settled in such Way and Manner as may be Consistent with Your Excellency & HonTM Pleasure & in Duty Bound shall Pray &c

Capt Jn° Goreham, (Ca Lieut Jabez Snow, Ensne James Claghorn, Sergt Constant Freeman alive, Sergt James Lewis alive, Drumr John Holbrook, Corp Caleb Williamson alive, Corp0 Barnabas Wixum alive, James Maker, Jn° Andrus alive, Abraham Remick alive, Tho” Snow alive, Jos: Higgins, Joshua Higgins alive, Nathu Atkins, Cornelius Jones, Daniel Cole alive, Elisha Tupper, Edmond Freeman alive, George Field, Nath” Lothrop, Clerk James Pain, Jn° Lewis alive, Sam Allen, Shubal Goreham, James Hamblin alive, Thos Parker, Jon Linnet, James Cookoone alive, Stephen Presberry alive, Tho” Hambleton, Batcheldor Wing alive, Samuel Larrance, Jn° Robinson, Jn° Rowly alive, Samn Godfrey alive, Benj’ Wood, Rob’ Phinney, James Stewart , Joseph Burg , Joseph Cane, Robt Claghorn, Tim” Fuller alive, Jn° Grey, Elisha Hedge, Samuel Rider, Jos: Sturgis alive, Dan Hambleton alive, Michael Phillips , Jabez Elamus, James Robius, Jos: Daniel Jer: Samson, Benjamin Bates, Tim Toby, Wm Bootson, Jn° James, Elimas Shantam, Edward Phiuney, Zimro Robins, James Mark

The Batteries of Quebec bombard the New England fleet.


1. Elizabeth Hedge

Elizabeth’s husband Barnabas Lothrop was born 22 MAR 1662/63 Barnstable, Mass.  He Thankful’s brother and son of Barnabas LOTHROP and Susanna CLARK.  After Elizabeth died, he married  20 Feb 1706 Barnstable to Bethiah Fuller and 25 Dec 1718 Barnstable to Hannah Chipman.  However, these second and third marriages are incompatable with Elizabeth’s 18 SEP 1747 date of death.   Barnabas died 11 OCT 1732.

2. William Hedge

William’s wife Elizabeth Ingoldsby was born 1681 in Boston, Suffolk, Mass. Her parents were Ebenezer Ingoldsby and [__?__]. Two other marriages are recorded for Elizabeth which are incompatible with William Hedge’s 15 SEP 1734 Yarmouth date of death, 23 Feb 1701 – Boston, Mass to Stephen Norwood and 14 May 1698 – Boston, Mass to Windsor Goulding. Maybe Elizabeth had a cousin of the same name.

3. Mary Hedge

Mary’s first husband Josiah Thacher was born 26 Apr 1667 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Josiah died 12 May 1702 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

Josiah Thacher Headstone

Mary’s second husband Zachariah Paddock was born 14 Apr 1664 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Zachariah Paddock and Deborah Sears. He first married1686 – Yarmouth, Plymouth colony to Bethiah Hall (15 Nov 1668 – 8 Mar 1708) He married 29 Jul 1708 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass to Mary Hedge. Zachariah died 8 Apr 1718 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

4. Elisha Hedge

Elisha’s wife Sarah Lothrop was born between 1677 and 1681 in Barnstable, Mass.  Her parents were Barnabas LOTHROP and Susanna CLARK.  Many sources say Sarah married 15 May 1698 Barnstable to Stephen Skiffe.  Sarah died 14 May 1749 in Sandwich, Mass.

Sarah’s husband Stephen Skiffe  was born 4 Feb 1684/85 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.  His parents were Capt. Steven Skiffee and Lydia Snow.   He first married 15 May 1698 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass to Sarah Lothrop (b. 1678 in Barnstable, Mass – d. 14 May 1749 in Sandwich, Mass)  After Sarah died in 14 May 1749 in Sandwich, Mass., he married Thankful GORHAM 27 Jul 1749 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.  Thankful was our ancestor through her first marriage to Thomas HAWES (1701 –  1747).  Steven died 4 Oct 1758 in Sandwich, Mass.

Many sources show Sarah, daughter of Barnabas Lathrop marrying either Elisha or Stephen, but these two sets of marriage facts are incompatible. Sarah couldn’t have been married to Stephen and Elisha at the same time.  Sarah’s death and Stephen’s remarriage in 1749 fits.   The 1702 marriage of Elisha Hedge and Mary Sturgis was recorded in Barnstable records and their siblings Thankful LOTHROP and John HEDGE married in 25 Jan 1699/1700.  I haven’t found children from either of these two marriages.

ONE guess is Sarah married Stephen after 1709 when Elisha died, not 1698 as is usually reported.  ANOTHER guess is Stephen married a first cousin also named Sarah Lathrop.  Stephen’s Sarah was born in 1681, not 1678 as is most usually ascribed to Barnabas’ Sarah.  Sarah’s gravestone reads: Buried in Old Burying Ground, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA. Her gravestone reads: “Here lies the body of Mrs. SARAH SKEFF wife to Stephen Skeff, Esq. who departed this life May ye 14th 1749 in the 69th year of her age.”.

Sarah Skeff Headstone –Wife to Stephen Skeff Esq In the 69th year of her age — Old Town Cemetery Sandwich, Barnstable County Mass

5. John HEDGE (See his page)

6. Samuel HEDGE (See his page)

Two first cousins named Thankful Hedge were born a couple years apart on Cape Cod.  Either one may have married our ancestor Edward STURGIS IV. Both show a death of 17 Apr 1762 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

Thankful Hedge was born 17 Apr 1714 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Samuel HEDGE and Grace SNOW.

Another Thankful Hedge was born 23 Oct 1712 in Yarmouth, Mass. Her parents were John HEDGE and Thankful LOTHROP.

7. Sarah Hedge

Sarah’s husband Thomas Howes was born 1677 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were [our ancestors] Jeremiah HOWES) and Sarah PRENCE. Thomas died 8 Aug 1700 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

8. Mercy Hedge

Mercy’s husband Edward Denison was born 1678 in Stonington, New London, CT. Her parents were George Dennison and Mercy Gorham. Her maternal grandparents were our ancestors Capt. John GORHAM and Desire HOWLAND. Edward died 9 Dec 1726 in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island

9. Susanna Hedge

Susanna’s husband Amos Howes was born 1672 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Joseph Howes and Elizabeth Mayo. His grandparents were our ancestors Thomas HOWES and Mary BURR.  Amos died 16 Feb 1718 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass

10. Thomas Hedge

Thomas’ wife Hannah Taylor was born 1688 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. Hannah died 16 May 1719 in Yarmouth, Mass.






History of old Yarmouth. Comprising the present towns of Yarmouth and Dennis. From the settlement to the division in 1794 with the history of both towns to these times (1884) Author: Swift, Charles Francis

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  13. Allan Gilbertson says:

    According to Robert Charles Anderson,”The Great Migration Begins,” Mary was not Mary Sturgis.

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