Barnabas Lothrop Esq.

Barnabas LOTHROP (1636 – 1715) was Alex’s 9th Great Grandfather; one of 1,024 in this generation in the Shaw line.

Barnabas Lothrop was baptized 6 Jun 1636, in Scituate Mass.  His parents were Rev. John LOTHROP and Anna HAMMOND. He married Susanna CLARK on 1 Dec 1658 in Plymouth, Plymouth Colony.   After Susanna died, he married the widow Abigail Button in 1698 in Barnstable Mass.   Barnabas died 26 Oct 1715 in Barnstable and is buried in Lothrop Hill Cemetery.

Barnabas Lothrop – Headstone – Lothrop Hill Cemetery, Barnstable,Mass

Susanna Clark was born ca. 1638 in Plymouth, Mass.  Her parents were Thomas CLARK and Susanna RING.   Susanna died 28 Sep 1697 in Barnstable, Mass.  She is also buried in Lothrop Hill.

Susannah Clark Lothrop – Headstone

Abigail Button was born in 1643 and died 21 Dec 1715 in Boston.

Children of Barnabas and Susanna

Name Born Married Departed
1. John Lothrop 7 Oct 1659 Barnstable Apr 1666
2. Abigail Lothrop 18 Dec 1660 Barnstable Thomas Sturges (son of our ancestor Edward STURGIS)
15 May 1679 Barnstable
Oct 1723
3. Barnabas Lothrop 22 Mar 1662/63 Barnstable Elizabeth Hedge
(John’s sister and son of Elisha HEDGE)
14 Nov 1687
Bethiah Fuller
20 Feb 1706 Barnstable
Hannah Chipman
25 Dec 1718 Barnstable
11 Oct1732
4. Susanna Lothrop 28 Feb 1664/65 Barnstable William Shurtleff
Oct 1683
9 Aug 1726
Plymouth,  Mass
5. John Lothrop 1667 Barnstable Elizabeth Green
13 Mar 1687 Barnstable
23 Oct 1695
Barnstable, Mass
6. Nathaniel Lothrop 23 Nov 1669 Barnstable Bethia Green
15 Nov 1688 Barnstable
7. Bathsheba (aka Bashua, or Bershuaha) Lothrop 25 Jun 1671 Barnstable Samuel Smith
26 May 1690 Eastham, Mass
Capt Samuel Freeman
13 Dec 1742 Eastham
8. Anna Lothrop 10 Aug 1673 Barnstable Ebenezer Lewis
Apr 1691 Barnstable
26 Dec 1715
9. Mercy Lothrop 27 Jun 1676 Barnstable 3 Jul 1677
10. Thankful LOTHROP Sep 1683
25 Jan 1699/1700
2 Jun 1752 Barnstable
11. Sarah Lothrop Abt. 1677 Barnstable Stephen Skiffe
15 May 1698 Barnstable
Elisha Hedge
(John’s brother and son of Elisha HEDGE)
1 Sep 1702
Barnstable, Mass.
14 May 1749
Sandwich, Mass
12. James Lothrop Mar 1683/84 Barnstable 8 Jun 1713
13. Samuel Lothrop Jun 1685 Barnstable 7 Nov 1754

Barnabas was deputy to General Court, judge of Common Pleas, and councilor with Governor Hinckley and Governor Bradford.

Barnabas Lothrop was appointed by the General Court in Plymouth in 1675 to the council of war representing the town of Barnstable. It was the duty of the council of war to ready a defense against Indian uprisings.

He was a deputy to the Colonial Court in 1675, and served until 1685,

He was also an assistant from 1681 to 1686, and on of the council under Sir William Phipps.”

1679 – Joseph and Barnabas Lothrop, of Barnstable; Kenelm Winslow of Marshfield; and William Clarke [his brother-in-law] of Plymouth, as the agents of thirty partners, purchased for the sum of 200 pounds, the remainder of the lands not already granted, between Dartmouth on the West, Plymouth Purchase on the East and Middleboro’ and Plymouth on the North, ‘to be settled in four years with an Orthodox ministry’, these grants include present towns of Rochester and Marion —-Baylie’s History.”**

Rochester, Plymouth, Mass

Rochester was settled in 1679 on the lands called “Sippican” by the local Wampanoags, along the coast of Buzzards Bay. (“Sippican” was the name of the local tribe.) It originally included the lands of Mattapoisett, Marion and parts of Wareham (which was lost when Wareham was founded in 1739). The town was officially incorporated on June 4, 1686 as Rochester, and was renamed for Rochester, England, from which early settlers to the town came. The town originally thrived with the early shipbuilding and whaling trade in Mattapoisett Harbor. However, in 1852 and 1853 the towns of Marion and Mattapoisett, respectively, were separated and incorporated as separate towns, thus landlocking the town. Since that time, the town has become mostly rural-residential, with some farms located in town

He was  one of he first counsellors of Massachusetts after its union with Plymouth under the charter of William and Mary 1692

Barnabas was appointed associate judge of the Barnstable county Court of Common Pleas in 1692, and served until 1714 or 1745.

He was the Judge of probate at Barnstable in 1693. He was judge of probate for Barnstable county from 1702 to 1714. For example,

“John Gibbs made oath” to the inventory, at Barnstable, 14 April 1693, before Barnabas Lothrop, Esq., Judge of the Prerogative Court, and it was recorded 15 April, 1693, by Joseph Lothrop, Register

On 14 April 1693, Barnababas Lothrop, Esq., of Barnstable, Judge of Probate appointed as adminstrator “John Gibbs of Sandwich … Eldest Son of Thomas Gibbs Late of Sandwich aforesd deceased .


2. Abigail Lothrop

Abigail’s husband Thomas Sturges was born Dec 1659 in Sandwich, Mass. His parents were Edward STURGIS and Elizabeth HINCKLEY. Thomas died 30 Jun 1708 Barnstable.

In 1697 John Thacher, Thomas Sturgis, and William Hedge were granted leave to set up a windmill on the commons, to use one acre of land, for the site, the mill not to be rated.

In 1702, a gratuity of £6 was granted to Thomas Sturgis and others, the owners of the windmill, for repairs, they agreeing to grind for a toll of two quarts per bushel, for the term of three years.

1698 – Difficulty was experienced in getting the proper persons to take the office of Representative to the General Court. Mr. Thomas STURGIS, Sergeant Rider, Mr. John Howes and Mr. Jeremiah Howes, were each chosen and declined. The meetings were so thinly attended that it was found necessary to impose a fine of 1s. on every legal voter absent.

Children of Abigail and Thomas:

i. Susanna Sturgis b. 1683 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 13 Oct 1768 in Bristol, Rhode Island; m. 20 May 1701 to Seth Taylor (b. 5 Sep 1677 in Barnstable – d. 17 Dec 1721 in Yarmouth) Seth’s parents were Jasper TAYLOR and Hannah FITZ RANDOLF.

ii. Edward Sturgis b. 10 Dec 1684 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

iii. Thomas Sturgis b. 4 Apr 1686 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

iv. Hannah Sturgis b. 18 Sep 1687 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

v. John Sturgis b. 2 Dec 1690 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

vi. Elizabeth Sturgis b. 25 Dec 1692 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

vii. Abigail Sturgis b. 28 Oct 1694 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

viii. Thankful Sturgis b. 18 Mar 1697 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

ix. Jacob Sturgis b. 14 Jan 1700 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass.

3. Barnabas Lothrop

Barnabas’ first wife Elizabeth Hedge was born 1663 in Yarmouth, Mass.  She was John’s sister and her parents were  and our ancestors Elisha HEDGE and  Mary STURGIS. Elizabeth died 18 SEP 1747.

Barnabas’ second and third marriages are incompatible with Elizabeth’s 1747 date of death.  More research is needed.

Barnabas’ second wife Bethiah Fuller was born 10 Dec 1687 – Barnstable, Plymouth Colony.  Her parents were John Fuller (After 1640-Between 1691/1692) and Hannah Morton (1659-1738) Berthiah died 26 Dec 1714– Barnstable, Mass. and is buried in Lothrop Hill Cemetery, Barnstable.

Bethier Lothrop Headstone


Betheir Lothrop Detail

“It is unusual to find an early gravestone with an image other than a winged skull. This gravestone displays an urn with wilted flowers, … carved in the style of John Noyes of Boston, who also was a silversmith.

Barnabas’ third wife Hannah Chipman was born 24 Sep 1699 – Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Samuel Chipman (1661-1723) and Sarah Cobb (1663- ) Hannah died 11 Jun 1768 – Barnstable, Mass

4. Susanna Lothrop

Susanna’s husband William Shurtleff was born 1657 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass. His parents were Thomas Shurtleff (Est 1630- ) and Elizabeth Lettice (Cir 1637-1693). William died 4 Feb 1730 in Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass

5. John Lothrop

John’s wife Elizabeth Green was born 11 Nov 1662 in Boston, Suffolk, Mass. Her parents were James Green (Est 1635-1731) and Rebecca Jones (1641- ) Elizabeth died 1 Aug 1752 in Hingham, Plymouth, Mass.

6. Nathaniel Lothrop

Nathaniel’s wife Bethia Green was born 1671 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. After Nathaniel died in 1700, she married 6 Nov 1701 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass to Robert Claghorn (b. 27 Oct 1661 in Barnstable, Mass – d. Aug 1723 in Barnstable). Bethia died Oct 1731 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass

7. Bathsheba (aka Bashua, or Bershuaha) Lothrop

Bathsheba’s first husband Samuel Smith was born 26 May 1668 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Samuel Smith and Mary Hopkins.  His grandparents were our ancestors Ralph SMYTH and Elizabeth HOBART. Samuel died 22 Sep 1692 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.

Bathsheba’s second husband Capt Samuel Freeman was born 26 Mar 1662 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Samuel Freeman and Mercy Southworth. He first married 5 May 1684 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass to Elizabeth Sparrow (b. 1663 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 31 Aug 1688 in Cape Cod, Mass,), daughter of Jonathan SPARROW. Samuel died 30 Jan 1743 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass

8. Anna Lothrop

Anna’s husband Ebenezer Lewis was born 20 Dec 1666 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were James Lewis and Sarah Lane. Ebenezer died 9 Jan 1759 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.

10. Thankful LOTHROP (See John HEDGE‘s page)

11. Sarah Lothrop

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.

Sarah’s husband Elisha Hedge was born in Mar 1670/71 Yarmouth.  He was John’s brother and his parents were  and our ancestors Elisha HEDGE and  Mary STURGIS.  He married Sarah 1 Sep 1702 Barnstable, Mass . Elisha died 27 Jun 1709.

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


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