Francis Wyman

Francis WYMAN (1619 – 1699)  was Alex’s 10th Great Grandfather, one of 2,048 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Francis Wyman’s name survives in a portion of Route 62 in Burlington west of Cambridge Street known as the Francis Wyman Road and Francis Wyman School , Burlington, MA. It also lives on in the ancient Francis Wyman House, a colonial landmark on Francis Wyman Road. Furthermore, it survives in the name of the Francis Wyman Association, created about 1900 to restore the house and preserve the early family history of all American Wymans.

Francis Wyman – Coat of Arms

Francis Wyman was baptized 24 Feb 1618/19 in Westmill, Hertfordshire, England.  His parents were Francis WYMAN(T)  and Elizabeth RICHARDSON.

Francis was baptized at St. Mary The Virgin Parish Church – Westmill, Hampshire, England

The two Wyman brothers Francis and John were seventeen and fourteen in 1636 when they immigrated and so probably came with their older uncles,  Samuel RICHARDSON (1602 – 1658) and Thomas Richardson.  [Abigail WYMAN married her second cousin Samuel’s son Stephen RICHARDSONThe first definite record that we find of the Wyman brothers in New England is when the town order founding Charlestown Village (Woburn ) were signed in 1640; which the Richardsons and Wymans all signed. By that date the Wymans were 21 and 18.    Francis first married Judith Pierce 30 Jan 1644/45 in Watertown or Woburn, Mass.  After Judith died, he married Abigail Justice REED on 2 Oct 1650 in Woburn, Mass.  He owned a tannery  at the present Main and Wyman Streets near Central Square. Francis’ house has not been recorded, but John’s house was a two story frame house 34 by 26 feet with 13 windows having 40 rods of land adjoining.   By 1666 they had also built country farms in what is now Burlington, a few miles north, on what became the Billerica boundry.  He lived to testify at the Salem Witch trials.   Francis died 30 Nov 1699 in Woburn, Mass. and was buried in the Old Burial Ground.

Francis Wyman Gravestone — Here lyes ye body of Francis Wyman, aged about 82 years, died November 28th, 1699.  — First Burial Ground, Woburn, Middlesex, Mass

Judith Pierce was born in Norwich, Norfolk, England and died prior to 1650 in Woburn (now Burlington), Mass. Her parents were John Pierce (c. 1588 in England – 02 Sep 1661 in Watertown, Mass.) and Elizabeth Hart (18 Jun 1584 in England – 12 Mar 1667/68 in Watertown, Mass) John Peirce was a weaver in Norwich, Norfolk, England before his emigration. He was among the passengers on either the John & Dorothy of Ipswich with William Andrews the Master or the Rose of Yarmouth with William Andrews, Jr. the Master. These two vessels sailed from Ipswich, England and arrived in Boston 8 June 1637. Listed as passengers were “John Pers”, aged 49, weaver of Norwich, wife Elizabeth, aged 36, children John, Barbre, Elizabeth, and Judith, and a servant, John Gednay, aged 19.  Francis and Judith had no children.

Abigail Justice Reed was born around 1634 in Hertfordshire, England and emigrated with her parents as an infant on the ship, ‘Defence’ arriving on 6 Oct 1635.  She was baptized 30 Dec 1638 in Dorchester, Mass   Her parents were William REEDE and Mabel KENDALL. Abigail died after 1677  in Woburn, Mass.

Children of Francis and Abigail:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Judith Wyman 29 Sep 1652 Woburn, Mass. 22 Dec 1652
Woburn, Mass
2. Francis Wyman 1654 Woburn 26 Apr 1676 Woburn
3. William Wyman c. 1656 Woburn Prudence Putnam
25 Feb 1681/82
Salem, Mass
3 Dec 1705
4. Abigail WYMAN c. 1659 Woburn Stephen RICHARDSON
31 Dec 1674 Billerica MA
17 Sep 1720 Woburn
5. Timothy Wyman 15 Sep 1661 Woburn Hannah Wiswall
9 Jan 1709 Woburn
6. Joseph Wyman 9 Nov 1663 Woburn Unmarried
(Occupation: tailor)
24 Jan 1713/4
7. Nathaniel Wyman 25 Nov 1665 Woburn Mary Winn
28 Jun 1691 Woburn
8 Dec 1717 Woburn,
8. Samuel Wyman 29 Nov 1667 Woburn Rebecca Johnson
17 Mar 1691/92 Woodbury, CT
17 May 1725 Woburn
9. Thomas Wyman 1 Apr 1671 Woburn Mary Richardson
5 MAY 1696 Woburn
4 Sep 1731 Woburn
10. Benjamin Wyman 25 Aug 1674 Woburn Elizabeth Hancock
20 Jan 1701/02 Woburn
19 Dec 1737 Woburn
11. Stephen Wyman 2 Jun 1676 Woburn 19 Aug 1676
12. Judith Wyman 15 Jan 1678/79 Woburn Nathaniel Bacon
Before 1700
Nov 1744

The Wyman surname is very old and comes from the Anglo-Saxon, Wigund, meaning “Man of War”

Francis and John were pioneers of Woburn, Middlesex, Mass

Francis Wyman and his brother Lieutenant John Wyman were among the first settlers of Woburn in 1641. They were tanners by trade, church members and persons of much respectability and worth.  Francis and John became tanners in Woburn, perhaps having learned the craft in England (Buntingford, two miles north of Westmill, was a tanning center in Hertfordshire)  Their tanning business carried on until 1768 when it was sold to David Cummings. The water needed for tanning was diverted from a brook which was done away with when the nearby Middlesex Canal was built about 1800. Woburn became the tanning center of the country.  Francis Wyman was admitted freeman May 6, 1657. They owned together five hundred acres of land in Billerica.

Francis and his brother John both worked as tanners in Woburn, Mass.  A variety of tooled leather scabbards

Francis  and John  had an older brother, Thomas, who stayed in England and inherited the family farm there.  In 1658, their father back in England wrote out a Will giving small amounts of land to his sons John and Francis if they wished to return to England to claim it.

1640 – 500 acres of land in Woburn (now Burlington) was granted to Mr. Thomas Coytmore and was subsequently sold by Joseph Rock to Francis and John for £50 in Oct. 1667.

6 May 1657 – Francis admitted freeman in Woburn, Mass.  Francis and his brother John owned together 500 acres in Billerica Mass

1655 – Rev. Henry Dunster, first president of Harvard College,  sold 500 acres in what became the town of Billerica, Massachusetts to Francis and John Wyman for 100 pounds sterling.  Dunster had been granted the land in 1648.  Because of Dunster’s Baptist leanings, he was removed as the president of Harvard and apparently needed some cash. After some political maneuvering the pending town of Billerica was persuaded to lay out the grant which was entirely within the new town. The grant was on the border of Woburn, adjacent to where the Wymans already had land.

Between the 1640s and 1660s, Rev. John Eliot (“Apostle to the Indians”) and Daniel Gookin both worked with Harvard College and others to Christianize local Indians — who likely came mostly from the Massachusett (Massachuseok), Wampanoag, Nipmuc, Penacook and Pawtucket tribes.

By about 1666 the Indian Christianizing efforts resulted in a new “Praying Indian Town” named Shawshinock established near the headwaters of the Ipswich River in Billerica, northeast of the Francis Wyman House. Gookin retained land near the Wyman House,

1657 – The Woburn selectmen agreed to exchange 94 acres of land the Wymans already possessed in the town for an equal amount “adjoining to their land at Billerica….” Again, in 1661, Francis exchanged with “the town of Woburn..a parcel of land lying in the treasury…(for land at)…his farm next Billerica.”  That same year Billerica granted 70 acres in the same general area to the Wyman brothers, which was laid out- the return was made in 1663.

1658 – Francis Wyman Sr. in his will said ‘.. do give and bequeth unto my two sons Francis Wyman and John Wyman which are beyound sea ten pounds a piece of Lawful English money to be paid unto them by mine executor if they be in want and come over to demand the same.’

1665 – The Wymans purchased for the sum of 50 pounds, the Coytmore grant of 500 acres which was to be laid out in Woburn. The Woburn Selectmen attempted to have the grant laid out elsewhere, but the General Court in 1666 had it laid out at this time when the Woburn-Billerica boundary was being settled. It was stated that the grant was to be laid out “…in Woobourne bounds next adjoining to the land and houses of the said Waymens, apprehending it to be most convenient and profitable for them so to lye.” Interestingly, the deed of sale is witnessed by Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck – a Martha’s Vineyard Indian who was the solitary Indian to have graduated from Harvard College at this time.

1671 – Francis, John, and eleven other citizens of Woburn were hauled before the County Court for publicly manifesting contempt for the ordinance of baptism and for attending illegal assemblies of the Anabaptists. Nothing much happened and both were later active in the local (Congregational) church. John Wyman seemed to have been convinced of the ‘error’ of his ways and was admitted back to the church in Woburn and took an active part in the settlement of Rev. Jabez Fox as a colleague of Rev. Thomas Carter in 1697. In his will 10 March 1683/4 he gave them 40/ each calling them his ‘Reverend Pastors’.

Francis however always retained his partiality for the Baptists for in his will 5 Sept. 1698 he gave to two elders of the Baptist Church in Boston, Mr. Isaac Hull and Mr. John Emblen £20 each.

Whereas John Wright, Isaac Cole, ffrancis Wiman, John Wiman, ffrancis Kendall, Robert Peirce, Matthew Smith & Joseph Wright, members in full communion with the Church of Christ at Woburne, were presented by the Grand Jury of the County of Middlesex in New England at the Court in October last (1671) for refuseing communion with the Church of Woburne in the Lord’s Supper, and rejecting the counsell of neighboring churches, and all other measures for healing the disorder and scandall thereby occasioned: This Court having heard their severall answers, wherein they pretend and alledge that the grounds of their withdrawing are sundry scruples in poynt of conscience, not daring to partake with the church for fear of defilement by sin, giving some reasons of their dissatisfaction, which not being satisfactory to the Court, who are sensible of the scandall thereby redounding to our profession, and considering the directions given by the word of God and laws of this Colony, requiring the attendance of all due meanes for preserving the peace and order of the churches in the wayes of godliness and honesty, that so all God’s ordinances may have passage unto edification, according to the rules of Christ. This Court do therfore, upon serious consideration of the whole case, order that the respective churches of Charlestown, Cambridge, Watertown, Redding & Billerica be moved and requested from the Court, according to God’s ordinance of communion of churches, to send their elders and messengers unto the church of Woburn the ( ) day of March next, where the brethren that were presented as above said are ordered and required to give a meeting together with the church there, and shall have liberty humbly and inoffensively to declare their
grievances, and the church also to declare the whole case for the hearing of their proceedings: And after the case is fully heard by the said councill, they are to endeavor the healing of their spirits, and making of peace among them, for the issuing of matters according to the word of God, and to make returne of what they shall do herein to the next county Court to be held at Cambridge: And the Recorder of this Court is ordered seasonably to signify the Court’s mind herein to the several churches above named. It is ordered that the Court’s final determination in the above named case be respited, untill they receive the councill’s return, and the above named persons that were presented by the Grand Jury are ordered to attend at the next court at Cambridge.'(3) These people of Woburn were prosecuted before the Middlesex County Court Dec. 1671 for contempt for the ordinance of Infant Baptism as administered in the church of Woburn and for withdrawing from that church and attending the assemblies of the Anabaptists which was not allowed by law.

An early map of the Daniel’s farm in Billerica dated 1668 shows two Wyman houses on land in Woburn at the present site, although it must be admitted that the map leaves much to be desired in the way of scale; nonetheless, the houses of Francis Wyman and John Wyman appear approximately the correct location in Woburn (now Burlington). By 1669 the Wyman farm had developed to the point that Billerica says a boundary dispute that what they were really after was the tax on the “great farme which the Wymans bought & (amounting to) 8 or 9 pounds p. annum.” The same year reference is made to Francis Wyman’s present habitation ” & neere the line &” and to the fact that Wyman paid tax to both Billerica and Woburn.

As early as 1672 reference is made to Francis’ “old” house in Woburn center, and in the rates for 1674 and 1675 Woburn lists separately his farm, as well as his house and estate near the center of town.

1674-75  – Francis was Selectman in Woburn

1675 – During the King Philip’s War, Francis removed to his house near the center of Woburn. At this time, he leased the farm to Edward Farmer. The three year lease is extant and mentions a sizable estate consisting of a dwelling house, barn, outhouse, cornfields, orchards, gardens, pastures, yards, and fences together with 3 cows, 2 oxen, 35 sheep, a mare, one servant and a “hair cloth for the kell.” By this time the orchard apparently bore fruit for arrangements were made for the disposition of the fruit. At the expiration of the lease in 1679, lawsuirs arose over the condition of the property and mention is made of the crops of corn, barley, hops, and 6 or 7 acres of rye, as well as 700 poles of fences in a “ruinous condition” which three years earlier had been “sufficient.”

1692 – Many sites and even some books state that Francis Wyman testified in the Salem Witch Trials that Margaret Scott of Rowley, “came to him and did most grievously torment him by choking, and almost pressing him to death, and he believed in his heart that Margaret Scott was a witch.”  The accuser was actualy Frances Wicom.

Beginning in 1892, Francis Wyman was erroneously thought by Salem historian Winfield Scott Nevins to have sent Salem accused witch victim Margaret Scott to her tragic Salem Gallows Hill death. Nevins was thrown off by the peculiarities of Puritan penmanship to believe that Frances Wycomb of Rowley was one and the same person as Francis Wyman — which she was not.

Benjamin Scott, and Margaret his wife, came from England, time unknown. They first appear in Braintree, soon remove to Cambridge, and in 1651 were in Rowley. He died in 1671, as his will was proved September 26 of that year. They had a daughter Hannah, probably born in England, who married Christopher Webb.   The widow Margaret was hung at Salem, September 22, 1692, “guilty of certain arts called Witchcraft and Sorceries.” She was arrested August 4, 1692, had a preliminary examination August 5, was sentenced September 19, and executed September 22.

Margaret Scott fits the stereotype of the classic witch identified and feared for years by her neighbors in Rowley, Massachusetts (a small town to the north of Salem). Margaret had difficulty raising children, something widely believed to be common for witches. Her husband died in 1671, leaving only a small estate that had to support Margaret for years. Margaret, who was thus forced to beg, exposed herself to witchcraft suspicions because of what the historian Robin Briggs has termed the “refusal guilt syndrome.” This phenomenon occurred when a beggar’s requests were refused, causing feelings of guilt and aggression on the refuser’s part. The refuser projected this aggression on the beggar and grew suspicious of her.

It also appears that when Margaret Scott was formally accused, it occurred at the hands of Rowley’s most distinguished citizens. Formal charges were filed only after the daughter of Captain Daniel Wicom became afflicted. The Wicoms also worked with another prominent Rowley family, the Nelsons, to act against Margaret Scott. The Wicoms and Nelsons helped produce witnesses, and one of the Nelsons sat on the grand jury that indicted her.

Frances Wicom testified that Margaret Scott’s specter tormented her on many occasions. Several factors may have led Frances to testify to such a terrible experience, including her home environment and its relationship with Indian conflicts. She undoubtedly would have heard first-hand accounts of bloody conflicts with Indians from her father, a captain in the militia. New evidence shows that a direct correlation can be found between anxiety over Indian wars being fought in Maine and witchcraft accusations.

Another girl tormented by Margaret Scott’s specter was Mary Daniel. Records show that Mary Daniel probably was a servant in the household of the minister of Rowley, Edward Payson. If Mary Daniel, who received baptism in 1691, worked for Mr. Payson, her religious surroundings could well have had an effect on her actions. Recent converts to Puritanism felt inadequate and unworthy and at times displaced their worries through possession and other violent experiences.

The third girl to be tormented spectrally was Sarah Coleman. Sarah was born in Rowley but lived most of her life in the neighboring town of Newbury. Her testimony shows the widespread belief surrounding Margaret Scott’s reputation.

Both the Nelsons and Wicoms also provided maleficium evidence—a witch’s harming of one’s property, health, or family—against Margaret Scott. Both testimonies show evidence of the refusal guilt syndrome.

However, what sealed Margaret Scott’s fate was the timing of her trial and its relation to the witchcraft crisis. Evidence from the girls in Rowley coincided chronologically with important events in the Salem trials. Frances Wicom initially experienced spectral torment in 1692, “quickly after the first Court at Salem.” Frances also testified that Scott’s afflictions of her stopped on the day of Scott’s examination, August 5. Mary Daniel deposed on August 4 that Margaret Scott afflicted her on the day of Scott’s arrest. The third afflicted girl, Sarah Coleman, testified that the specter of Margaret Scott started to afflict her on August 15, which fell ten days after the trial of George Burroughs and Scott’s own examination. Additionally, the fifteenth was only four days before the executions of Burroughs and other accused witches who were not “usual suspects” and thus brought considerable attention to the Salem proceedings.

By the time that Margaret Scott appeared in front of the court, critics of the proceedings had become more vocal, expressing concern over the wide use of spectral evidence in the Salem trials. The court probably took the opportunity to prosecute Margaret Scott to help its own reputation. Margaret Scott’s case involved not only spectral evidence but also a fair amount of testimony about maleficium. Scott exhibited many characteristics that were believed common among witches in New England. The spectral testimony given by the afflicted girls further bolstered the accusers’ case. To the judges at Salem, Margaret Scott was a perfect candidate to highlight the court’s effectiveness. By executing Scott, the magistrates at Salem could silence critics of the trials by executing a “real witch” suspected of being associated with the devil for many years.

1699  -Epitaph: “Here lyes ye body of Francis Wyman, aged about 82 years, died November 28th, 1699” “Memento Mori-Fugit Hora.” “ye memory of ye just is blessed”

1699 – After Francis died, his son William occupied the country house with his wife Prudence Putnam of Salem. She was the daughter of Lt. Thomas Putnam and Ann (Holyoke)- two other very interesting lines.

He settled with each son at majority and in his will left his remaining estate to his youngest son Benjamin. (William had already inherited land and the homestead). Abigail is also mentioned in his will.  A copy of the 1699, handwritten, and later typed, ‘Last Will & Testament’ of Francis Wyman – with the settlement of his vast lands and estate, may be viewed here

1699 – Francis Wyman left “a Negro girl named Jebyna” to his wife in his will. Nearly a century later, four Wyman households in Woburn had one “servant for life” each. SLAVERY WAS PART OF WINCHESTER HISTORY By ELLEN KNIGHT © This article was first written for Black History Month, 2000, and published in the Daily Times Chronicle, Winchester Edition, on Feb. 24, 2000.]


In brief, the evidence indicates that the Wymans had many acres of land to farm as early as 1655. This, together with the several significant town grants as well as the 500 additional acres of the 1665 Coytmore grant indicate considerable activity in developing the land, enough to account for each brother to build a house. These houses are referred to in 1666. Prior to 1675 Woburn had no significant Indian trouble which would cause settlers to fear to live on the outskirts of the town.

The country house of Francis, built sometime before 1666, stood on the site now owned by the FWA. The present structure is an eight room, two story, center-chimney house with attic and half-cellar, that is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. While some believe the house to date to 1666, few vestiges of that era remain, and the replacement house dates more nearly to 1710-1730.

Francis and his brother John were among the largest landholders in Woburn, Massachusetts. A genealogy book about the history of the Wyman and Trask families indicates that John and Francis Wyman “were with one exception the largest landholders in Woburn.”  Here’s link to Google Maps Street View of Francis Wyman Road in Burlington, Mass.

56 Francis Wyman Rd, Burlington, Mass

He built his house about 1666 on the outskirts of Woburn, now part of Burlington. It was still standing in the 20th century.

Every fall for over 100 years, the Wyman Family Association hosts a gathering of the clan at the Francis Wyman house in Burlington, Massachusetts. The homestead still stands at 56 Francis Wyman Road, built in 1666, and is one of the three oldest houses in Massachusetts. Unlike most old, historical homes, the Wyman house is owned by the family association, not a museum or historical society. The house was originally built as a garrison, where families could flee in case of war or Indian attacks. It was used as a prison for captured British soldiers in 1775, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The house has suffered through fire and damage over the years, but the family association has taken on the burden of insuring, restoring and displaying the house to the public. A fire in 1996 caused major damage to the interior of the house. They are reconstructing an old Burlington barn on the property for rental purposes, to help fund the completion of the restoration.

Exterior of Francis Wyman house with Mr. [Joshua

Originally thought to have been built ca. 1665-1666, new evidence puts the build date ca. 1730. The ownership chronology developed as follows:

ca. 1666: Francis Wyman built earlier house nearby. FW was a tanner from Westmill, Hertfordshire, England)

ca. 1730: William Wyman credited with building surviving house

April 1775: House sees some action, outbreak of the Revolutionary War.  Massachusetts Colony was a hotbed of sedition in the spring of 1775.  Preparations for conflict with the Royal authority had been underway throughout the winter with the production of arms and munitions, the training of militia (including the minutemen), and the organization of defenses.In April, General Thomas Gage, military governor of Massachusetts decided to counter these moves by sending a force out of Boston to confiscate weapons stored in the village of Concord and capture patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock reported to be staying in the village of Lexington.

17 April 1775  – Nearby in Billerica, just beyond the property line of the Francis Wyman house, is the cellar hole of the Amos Wyman house, originally John’s farm.   Samuel Adams and John Hancock, two of America’s forefathers, fled to this home from Lexington, ahead of the British troops. Elizabeth (Pierce) Wyman, wife of Amos, is said to have fed her visitors  boiled potatoes, pork and bread instead of the salmon which her guests had planned to eat at the Lexington parsonage. , and Hancock is reported to have sent a cow to his hostess at a later date in appreciation of her hospitality.

18 Apr 1775 – The lantern’s alarm sent Revere, William Dawes and other riders on the road to spread the news. The messengers cried out the alarm, awakening every house, warning of the British column making its way towards Lexington.

ca. 1823-1899: Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Reed occupy the house

ca. 1944: Harold Bennett and family are caretakers

Nov. 1996: Last Wymans live in house (Peter Wyman et al)

Interior of Francis Wyman house 1936

The house was restored by the Francis Wyman Association, a private association of Wyman family descendents, between 1899 and 1916. In 1916–the 250th anniversary of the house built in the wilderness–the Association opened the house as a tourist attration. It was again shown publicly ruding the 1930 Massachusetts Tercentenary clebration and in 1966, upon the 300th anniversary of 1666.

In November 1996, a fire tore through the house, triggered by a curtain being ignited by an electric space heater. The Francis Wyman Association and the town of Burlington organized new efforts to better study and to restore the house.

By 1997, Historic Preservation & Design’s team was selected to lead the new restoration. This was mostly a Salem-based undertaking with architects John Goff and Staley McDermet both hailing from our Witch City, supported by structural engineer John Wathne of Structures North, Inc.

The SPNEA (Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities) was engaged and it dispatched a team to help identify historically sensitive areas in the house. Warwick Carpenters of Gill, MA proceeded with a Restoration Phase I (structural work and exterior restoration) that was completed in 1999. Historic Preservation Associates of Wales, Mass., later advanced a Restoration Phase II (which focused mostly on the house interior) that was just completed in June 2011.

Following a fire in November 1996, the property was extensively researched and the house was more accurately restored to show its ca. 1730 appearance (John Goff’s Historic Resources Survey form for 56 Wyman Rd.)  Portions of the surviving Francis Wyman House (including basement walls and chimney base) may survive from ca. 1666, although most visible parts of the house are from a later ca. 1730 Georgian Period.

The Massachusetts Historical Association has approved a matching grant request for $50,000 for the restoration of the 1666 Francis Wyman House in Burlington, Massachusetts. The Wyman Family Association is raising the matching funds. According to their website at

“Please, open your genealogical hearts and generous pockets, and send your tax-deductible contributions so we can take advantage of every dollar that can be matched. Large, or small, we welcome any and all amounts, as they will be available for the matching grant.”

This Phase II Interior Restoration Plan will restore the fire damage done to the 1666 home and create a first floor Francis Wyman House Historic Museum. It will complete the work for the first floor rooms and stairway, and make the building handicap accessible.

The family association was established in 1899 for descendants of Francis Wyman to maintain the homestead as an educational resource and historic landmark. The Francis Wyman House is the oldest landmark in Burlington (originally part of Woburn, Massachusetts) and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


3. William Wyman

William’s wife Prudence Putnam was born 28 Dec 1661 in Salem, Essex, Mass. Her parents were Thomas Putnam and Ann Holyoke. After William died, she married 11 Jun 1717 in Salem, Essex, Mass to Peter Tufts (b. 5 May 1648 in Malden, Mass. – d. 20 Sep 1721 in Medford, Mass.) Prudence died 1745 in Woburn, Middlesex, Mass.

4. Abigail WYMAN (See Stephen RICHARDSON‘s page)

5. Timothy Wyman

Timothy’s wife Hannah Wiswall was born 06 Feb 1662 in Dorchester, Mass. Her parents were Enoch Wiswall and Elizabeth Oliver. Hannah died 17 Aug 1743 in Woburn, Mass

6. Joseph Wyman

Unmarried(Occupation: tailor)

7. Nathaniel Wyman

Nathaniel’s wife Mary Winn was born 1 May 1670 in Woburn, Middlesex, Mass. Her parents were Increase Winn and Hannah Sawtell. Her grandparents were Edward WINN and Joanna SARGENT. Mary died 7 Jun 1743 in Woburn, Middlesex, Mass.

8. Samuel Wyman

Samuel’s wife Rebecca Johnson was born 1 Mar 1665 in Woburn, Middlesex, Mass. Her parents were Matthew Johnson and Rebecca Wiswall. Rebecca died 13 Sep 1734 in Woburn, Middlesex, Mass.

Samuel Wyman Gravestone — First Burying Ground Woburn, Middlesex, Mass

9. Thomas Wyman

Thomas’ wife Mary Richardson was born 10 Mar 1679 in Woburn, Middlesex, Mass. Her parents were Nathaniel Richardson and Mary Peacock. She was Thomas’ second cousin, they shared great grandparents Thomas RICHARDSON  and Katherine DUXFORD.  Mary died 7 Jun 1743 in Woburn, Middlesex, Mass.

10. Benjamin Wyman

Benjamin’s wife Elizabeth Hancock was born 26 Aug 1677 in Cambridge, Middlesex, Mass. Her parents were Nathaniel Hancock and Mary Prentice. After Benjamin died, she married 22 Sep 1739 in Woburn, Middlesex, Mass to Jonathan Bacon (b. 14 Jul 1672 in Billerica, Mass – d. 12 Jan 1754 in Bedford, Mass.) Elizabeth died 2 Mar 1749 in Medford, Middlesex, Mass.

12.  Judith Wyman

Judith’s husband Nathaniel Bacon was born 18 Sep 1675 in Billerica, Middlesex, Mass. His parents were Michael Bacon and Sarah Richardson. He was Thomas’ second cousin, they shared great grandparents Thomas RICHARDSON  and Katherine DUXFORD. Nathaniel died 24 Jul 1750 in Lexington, Middlesex, Mass.

Sources: [Artistic Representation]

Historic homes and institutions and genealogical and personal …, Volume 2 By Ellery Bicknell Crane

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  21. Janet says:

    Are any of these Wymans” related to the Vermont ones??They live in Cavendish Vt.???One was Phil, Jeff…???Stephen I hear was in jail??They related to Capens of Chester Vt.???RubyAnnCapen.????

    • Janet says:

      Im also searching for Cobb of Vt.??Proctor of I guess came from Ca. Harriet Maria Proctor 1848..My gram..she married Peter J Knight..Wanted to see if there was anyone who knew her & mite be related????Cobb from my dad side/Maurice R Cobb,Rawsonville,Vt. his mom Ethel H.Knight & Burton J Cobb..???

  22. Harvey Farr says:


    My Mother is Eleanor Ruth Farr. Her maiden name was Wyman from a farm in Starksboro, Vermont. She is Treasurer of the Chittenden County Daughters of the American Revolution. I recently grabbed her complete genealogy which includes Francis Wyman and made a 20 Meg word searchable Adobe pdf of it. I did it because mom is 80 and, although she is healthy as ever, I wanted to make sure it was not lost for my son, nieces and nephews. I am also putting together the story of the Farr’s, Wyman’s and Storrs’ (my wife’s family) in the Revolutionary War and Pre-Revolution America for my son as a side project in a Word document.

    The Miner Descent information has been very helpful In appreciation of your efforts I would gladly send mom’s Wyman genealogy to anyone interested in the research. I am sure Cavendish Wyman’s will have some descendants in common with those from Addison County. Thank you again for your excellent web site.


    Harvey Farr

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  24. Dale Pendell says:

    Anyone know the meaning of “6 May 1657 – Francis admitted freeman in Woburn, Mass. “?

  25. Carol Richardson says:

    Elizabeth Jane Richardson Wyman is one of my Great Aunts…her Father and Mother Thomas Richardson and Katherine Duxford Richardson are one of my Great Grandparents. my name is Carol Richardson

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  27. Teresa Young Nevins says:

    Does anyone know if anywhere in the Wyman, was anyone related to Sitting Bull?

  28. Carol A Richardson Siebert says:

    Elizabeth Richardson was my 11th Great Aunt

  29. Joel Franklin Wyman II says:

    Hello, my name is Reverend Minister Joel Wyman II, I am a 41 years old Reverend Minister, and I live in Maine, but I traced my family tree to Francis Wyman and all others discussed in this webpage, I would like the stories of the hero’s back then, When the Bitish came to arrest John HancHancock and John Addams my family, Amos Wyman hid them in there basement, if that isn’t a hero, who is? .

  30. Joel Franklin Wyman II says:

    My name is Joel Franklin Wyman and I’m interested in the great things my family has done, like when the British had warrants for John Hancock and John Addams, Amos Wyman hid them in there basement and the stories of Hezikia Wyman as (Death on a Pale Horse?

  31. James Koenig says:

    I love your site. I have been snooping for any bit of ca. 1666 info that I can find, around the time my ancestor Josiah Cleveland was born, in North Woburn (aka New Bridge). His parents, my 8th great grandparents were Moses Cleveland and Ann Winn, daughter of Edward, also first settlers of Woburn, but not nearly as names worthy as yours. (There is Winn Street still, which crosses Wyman.) My mom was a Cleveland. I love your recollection of Frances’ attraction to the Anabaptists. How brave, and self aware; how much that shows of his character. And, having a deed witnessed by the first Indian to have graduated from Harvard. Yes, there is a God, but he seems to have travelled in different circles and with more spirit than among the majority denomination. Blessings to your ancestors.

    Your site gives me great insight. Thank you for your beautiful care.

    Jimmy Koenig,
    Vashon Island, Washington

  32. Charity Ann Faulkner says:

    Francis Wyman is my 9th Great Grandfather and I can’t wait to make it out for a walk through of the property; and take in it’s rich history.

  33. Charity Ann Faulkner says:

    We have a shared history, that’s a really interesting fact. I am the 9th Great Granddaughter of Francis Wyman.

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