Edward Dillingham

Edward DILLINGHAM (1595 – 1667)  was Alex’s 10th Great Grandfather; two of 2,048  in this generation of the Shaw line.   He was one of the 10 men assigned to organize the settlement of Sandwich, Plymouth Colony  and he and Deborah Bachiler Wing’s oldest son, John WING are listed as Heads of Families in Sandwich, Plymouth Colony.

Edward Dillingham – Coat of Arms

Edward Dillingham was baptized on 6 Dec 1595 at Cotesbach, Leicester, England.  He lived in Bitteswell, an adjoining parish.  His parents were Rev. Henry DILLINGHAM and Oseth [__?__].   He married Ursula CARTER at Cotesbach, Leicester, England, on 14 Feb 1614/15.  Edward’s younger brother John immigrated in 1630.  Edward with his wife, Ursula, and three of their children came to Boston in 1632, settled in Lynn, and later in Sandwich, Massachusetts. Three daughters of Edward and Ursula remained in England  Edward died between 1 May 1666 when he wrote his will and 5 June 1667 when it was proven in Sandwich, Plymouth Colony.

St. Mary’s Church, Cotesbach, Leicester, England – Henry Dillingham Rector of Cottesbach who was also patron of the living of Bitteswell in 1606. His son Edward was a Gentleman landowner of Bitteswell before emmigrating to Massachusetts in 1632.

Ursula (Drusilla) Carter was born on 20 Jun 1590 in Kempston, Bedfordshire, England.  Her parents were John CARTER and Mary ANSCELL.  Ursula died on 6 Feb 1655/56 in Sandwich, Barnstable, MA  and was buried on 9 Feb 1655/56 in Sandwich, Barnstable, MA.

Children of Edward and Ursula:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Elizabeth DILLINGHAM 2 Apr 1616
Cotesbach, Leicester, England
ca 1645
Sandwich, Plymouth Colony
31 Jan 1692
Yarmouth, Mass
2. Marie Dillingham 2 Dec 1618
3. Oseah Dillingham Feb 1622
Stephen Wing (John’s brother and son of Rev. John WINGE)
Oct 1646
Sandwich, Plymouth Colony
29 Apr 1654
Sandwich, PC
4. Henry DILLINGHAM 13 Oct 1624
Hannah PERRY 
24 Jun 1652
Sandwich, PC
26 Jul 1705
Sandwich, PC
5. Sarah Dillingham 23 Jun 1627
Feb 1628
6. Lt. John Dillingham 1 May 1629
Elizabeth Feake
24 Mar 1651
Sandwich, PC
21 May 1715
Harwich, Mass

3 Apr 1637 – Edward was one  of “10 men of Saugus” to whom Sandwich lands were granted.

This Plaque of The Ten Men from Saugus, who were the Founders of Sandwich, is on the wall of the Selectmans’s office in City Hall, Town of Sandwich, Massachusetts. The ten families from Saugus, Mass. (near Lynn, Mass.) just north of Boston were allotted property on Cape Cod  at Sandwich, Mass. in 1637.

Sandwich was first settled in 1637 by a group from Saugus with the permission of the Plymouth Colony. It was named for the seaport of Sandwich, Kent, England. It is the oldest town on Cape Cod. As of the census  of 2000, there were 20,136 people in the town

Historians assert, that religious considerations also led the ten Saugus (Lynn) pioneers to seek this first plantation of the Cape. Whatever their motives, after deliberation they concluded that the Plymouth colony could be no more stringent than the Massachusetts, nor present more obstacles to their aspirations; so they sought and obtained permission from the colony of Plymouth to locate a plantation at Shaume, now Sandwich. The record says: ”April 3, 1637, it is also agreed by the Court that these ten men of Saugus, viz.,Edmund FREEMAN, Henry Feake, Thomas DEXTEREdward DILLINGHAM, William Wood, John Carman, Richard Chadwell, William Almy, Thomas Tupper, and George Knott, shall have liberty to view a place to sit down, and have sufficient lands for three-score families, upon the conditions propounded to them by the governor and Mr. Winslow.”

That year these men except Thomas Dexter, who came subsequently, settled with their families in and near that part of the town now occupied by the village of Sandwich.

Sandwich was the site of an early Quaker settlement. However, the settlement was not well-received, as their beliefs clashed with those of the Puritans who founded the town. Many Quakers left the town, either for further settlements along the Cape, or elsewhere. Early industry revolved around agriculture, with fishing and trading also providing for the town. Later, the town grew a small industrial component along the Scusset River and Old Harbor Creek and its tributary.

He was on the list of those able to bear arms (between the ages of 16 and 61) in 1643, and he took the oath of fidelity in 1644.

Edward Dillingham was a surveyor of highways in 1640, 1641, and 1653. On 27 Sep 1642 he was chosen deputy from Sandwich to the General Court at Plymouth to provide forces on account of the Indians.

On 7 Jan 1650 Edward Dillingham was again on a committee to divide meadow lands, receiving 8 acres as his share. He served on the Grand Jury in 1655 and in 1658 was appointed one of a committee to determine the true boundary of every inhabitant’s land in Sandwich.

Apparently quite independent, he seemed to have come in conflict with the civil and religious authorities. In 1657, he was arrested for “speaking approbriesly to the constables deputie of Sandwich was admonished and cleared.”

He was a legatee of the will of his brother John of Ipswich, Massachusetts, who died in 1634 or 1635 and nearly ten years passed before he and Richard Saltonstall settled all outstanding differences concerning Edward’s one-third share of the estate.

Edward Dillingham House in Sandwich dates back to “1650” –  The Dillingham House is located on Old Main Street, very close to the village of Sandwich and its many attractions, including beaches, museums and the scenic historic village

Ryan Griffin now owns the Dillingham House and operates a four bedroom B & B there.  The house has gone from being the  home of one of the distinguished founders of Sandwich, MA, Edward Dillingham to being a rundown boarding house during the 1930s and 40s and then was vacant for much of the 1970s.  It is now once again restored to a lovely house for guests to Cape Cod.  Throughout all these incarnations, however, it has been generally viewed as being haunted.  Many people think the ghost is Branch Dillingham who committed suicide in 1813.  Others think it is several of his many children, or both. During the 1970s the local police responded many times to alarms from the house, only to find no cause. during their investigations doors that would not budge would suddenly open easily and lights that did not work would be on upon their return to that room.  The police reports noted that over the years activity seemed to increase in October. Ms Griffin has also noticed this pattern. One guest briefly saw a man in Victorian clothing, and her sister claimed that when she woke up she saw a young girl sitting at the end of the bed. Other guests have reported unexplained footsteps when no one is around. The Dillingham House is at 71 Main St., Sandwich MA  508-833-0065. email  info@dillinghamhouse.com

Will of Edward Dillingham:

The last will and testament of Mr. Edward Dillingham,  exhibited to the Court held at Plymouth the first day of June 1667 on the oaths of Stephen Wing and William Griffith.

Know all men that I Edward Dillingham do make this my deed of gift to my two sons Henry Dillingham and John Dillingham in Trust not to be their proper right, but the proper right of the persons hereafter named only they two are to take care of the goods until the owners send for them, only they two have liberty to take so much out of the goods, as shall pay them their charges layed out about the goods, the goods conveyed are three mares and three foals, two-year-old horses, two milch cows, one four years old steer, one three years old steer, one two years old steer, one two years old heifer, three one year old heifers with some other things, which shall be set down in the conclusion hereof.

[It is supposed the persons of Leicestershire, mentioned by the testator, had sent over cattle to receive back their increase in after years. So says Rossiter Cotton.]

The persons, whose proper right these goods are, are:—

Robert Low of Bitswell, son to blind Robert Low;
Thomas Low, commonly called Thomas Low of the Back house;
Thomas Low, called Thomas Low in the lane;
Thomas Shatswell;
William Binsent;

All those are of Biteswell in the county of Leicester:
Ann Porter of Shawell in the same county;
Richard Porter of the same town and county;
Nathaniel Cox of Litterworth; in the same county;
John Wright of Cottesbith in the same county;
Old Cart of Leine in the same county;
Edward Clark of the same town and county; and
Another man, that hath a bond of mine in his hands that lives at or near Earlephilton in the same county;
William Thornton of Neather Elbrook in the same county;

My hope and desire is, that there may be for Robert Low, twenty-two pounds, Thomas Low of the back house eighteen pounds, Thomas Low in the lane six pounds, and for Thomas Shatswell one pound, and for William Binsent two pounds, ten shillings, Ann Porter four pounds, Richard Porter two pounds and ten shillings, Nathaniel Cox one pound, and Jonn Wright one pound and ten shillings, Old Cart four pounds; Edward Clark three pounds, and another man one pound, William Thornton two pounds.

I hope it may hold out these sums, but, if it should fall short, then you must make abatement according to these proportions.

There is before the sealing of this writing much loss in the Cattle, therefore, there must be abatement according to the proportion before mentioned. There is to be added to the things before mentioned, namely; Henry Dillingham, which he oweth me, as also divers small things which I sold to him, which- cometh to four pounds and also John Dillingham which he oweth me and also for divers small things which I sold to him which cometh to five pound and ten shillings, dated the first day of the third month called May in the year one thousand six hundred, sixty and six. EDWARD DILLINGHAM (Seal.) This Will Recorded Book 4th, page 36, of the Colony Records.

From Frederic William Dillingham’s application to Sons of the Revolution:

Edward Dillingham of Bitteswell, Leicestershire, England who settled at Plymouth, 1632, Ipswich 1634, Saugus 1636 and Sandwich 1637 in the colony of Plymouth on or about the 2d day of April 1637. He was born in 1595, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. From other notes of FWD: Edward Dillingham, Deputy of Sandwich 1643 d.1667 Edward Dillingham, Gent, was freeholder of Bitteswell in 1630. Wife Drusilla d.Feb 6, 1656 (another note says wife Ursula d.Feb 9, 1656) Apr 3 1637 ten men including Edward made record of settlement at Sandwich. Number of families from Lynn, Duxbury and Plymouth. Mr Dillingham had 8 acres of meadow in Sandwich. Edward and brother John came in the fleet with Winthrop in 1630. Were first in Boston, then Ipswich. [This is wrong; John came in 1630, Edward in 1632. ED] Another note cites New England Historical and Genealogical Register Dillingham, Edward, Lynn, Witness at Salem Court in 1637, joined in the founding of Sandwich, propr. 3 Apr 1637. Wife Ursula d. Feb 9, 1656. Will, May 1, 1666 probated 5 June 1667 was in the form of a deed of gift to his two sons Henry and John. Property in his hands whose owners, specified, res. in Bitteswell and other places in Lancashire, Eng.

Another note, probably by Dean Dudley, refers to Savage’s Gen Dec New England Edward Dillingham came to Lynn Mass from Bitteswell in the County of Leicester England where he had an estate. [This agrees with my conclusion that Edward Dillingham Gent Freeholder was also Edward Immigrant. See my notes under The Rev Henry Dillingham. ED] The exact date of his arrival is not given but we find him in Lynn in 1636 and in 1637 he removed to Sandwich. He was a Rep to the Gen [unreadable] 1642. Had two sons, Henry and John, the latter born in England in 1630. [Another source gives Henry’s birth as 1627 ED] His will is dated May 1 1666 probated Jun 1 1667 an abstract of which is printed in the New England His + Gen Reg Vol VII p 225.

From a letter from FWD to George Halsey Thompson, Registrar of OFPA …

As to his coming to this country Savage says Edward and John were probably brothers but Richard Saltonstall in a letter to Governor Winthrop 1636 says they were brothers. This in a letter to me from Dean Dudley. Savage further says they were relatives of Richard Saltonstall and Samuel Appleton. Dudley in another letter to me says they were brothers and came in the same ship. You know how badly Winthrop’s papers were scattered and destroyed but there is a fragment which says John Dillingham came in the Abigail, being No. 71 on the list.

I wrote my father’s sister Maria who told me the origin of the family was in three brothers who came from England. One settled in Mass., one in Vermont and the third in Maine. Maine was cut off from Mass in 1820, leaving us no ancient Maine lineage. Edward Dillingham and his brother John appear to have come from Bitteswell in Leicestershire, England. The family were landed gentry there before 1600, as may be seen in Nicholl’s History of that County. Their arms were: arg, ten fleur de lis, 4, 3, 2, 1, ppr. Edward was a legatee of his brother John of Ipswich, who died early, and Sir Richard Saltonstall and Governor Thomas Dudley helped to settle his estate. In 1632, Edward took cattle of Emanuel Downing of London for a third of the increase.

In 1637, Mr Dillingham was living at Saugus (Lynn), and with nine other men was by the Plymouth court, granted liberty to view a place in the old colony to sit down on, and have sufficient land for three score families, on the conditions propounded to them by the Government and Mr Winslow. These nine men were Edmond Freeman, Henry Feake, Thomas Dexter, William Wood, John Carman, Richard Chadwell, William Amey, Thomas Tupper, and George Knott. Most of these men settled at Sandwich, and in a list of Freemen of Sandwich, in 1643, are the names of Dillingham, Feake, Freeman, Knott, Chadwell and Tupper.

Mr Dillingham brought over from Bitteswell a herd of cattle which he took from his neighbors on shares; that is, he was to return the cattle with part of their increase in subsequent years. The fulfillment of this agreement is provided for in his will.

He was elected Deputy of Sandwich in 1643. Mr D. was one of the founders of Sandwich and a much respected citizen. His daughter Osea married Stephen Wing, who was town clerk of Sandwich in 1669. His wife’s name was Drusilla, who died 6 February 1656. Mr D. died in 1667. From ED: Of the list of founders and freemen of Sandwich, the names of Feake, Freeman and Tupper appear among the wives of later generations of Dillinghams. The document above identifies Drusilla as his wife, but as indicated above this is probably a copying error, because he married Ursula Carter in England and she was the mother of his children. No mention of a second marriage is found. The document quoted above was clearly a pamphlet genealogy “Dillingham Family” published in Yarmouthtown, Mass by C. W. Swift, Publisher and Printer in 1912. It is reprinted in the Cape Cod Library of Local History and Genealogy. From Alexander, pg 18a Son of the Rev Henry and Oseth ____, baptized 6 Dec 1595, at Cottesbach, Leicestershire, where his father was rector. He was made executor of the will of his father, who died in 1625, and was nearly all his property, becoming thereby a freeholder in Bitteswell, an adjoining parish. He married at Cottesbach, 14 Feb 1614, Ursula Carter, by whom he had at least seven children. But three of these came with him to America, Oseth, Henry and John. All the others probably died young, although the oldest, Elizabeth, may have married and remained in England. The parentage of Ursula Carter was not found, but in the parish record of Cottesbach, in the list of rectors, immediately preceding the record of death of Rev Henry Dillingham, is given “Edward Carter, 1601”. It may be found that Ursula was his daughter. [DILLIN.GED]”The last will and testament of Mr. Edward Dillingham, exhibited to the Courtheld at Plymouth the first day of June 1667 on the oaths of Stephen Wing and William griffith. Know all men that I Edward Dillingham do make this my deed of gift to my two sons Henry Dillingham and John Dillingham in Trust not to be their proper right, but the proper right of the persons hereafter named only they two are to take care of the goods until the owners send for them, only they two have liberty to take so much out of the goods, as shall pay them their charges layed out about the goods, the good conveyed are three mares and three foals, two-year-old horses, two milch cows, one four years old steer, one three years old steer, one two years old steer, one two years old heifer, three one year old heifers with some other things, which shall be set down in the conclusion hereof. . . . There is to be added to the things befoe mentioned, namely; Henry Dillingham, which he oweth me, as also divers small things which I sold to him, which cometh to four pounds and also John Dillingham which he oweth me and also for divers small things which I sold to him which cometh to five pound and ten shillings, dated the first day of the third month called May in the year one thousand six houndred, sixty and six. EDWARD DILLINGHAM (Sear.)
This Will recorded Book 4th, page 36, of the ColonyRecords.
Attest, Rossiter Collon, Regr.
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of Stephen ‘Wing and William Griffith


1. Elizabeth DILLINGHAM  (See John WING II‘s page)

3. Oseah Dillingham

Oseah’s husband Stephen Wing was born 1621 at prob. Flushing, Zeeland, Netherlands.  His parents were Rev. John WINGE and Deborah BACHILER.  After Oseah died, he married Sarah Briggs 7 Jan 1654/55 Sandwich, PC.  Stephen died 24 Apr 1710 Sandwich, MA, Interred at Spring Hill Cemetery.

Stephen’s second wife Sarah Briggs was born 1641 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were John Briggs and Catherine [__?__]. Sarah died 26 Mar 1689 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.

When the William & Francis embarked on their voyage on March 9, 1632. Oseah Dillingham would have been about ten years old when she left her homeland. Most historians agree that the only Dillingham children that were on the William and Francis were, Henry Dillingham, who was about seven or eight at the time and John Dillingham, the youngest child, who was about two years of age. It is true that there are holes wide enough to sink a ship in when it comes to the list of passengers on the William & Francis. We probably will never know the full story. However, it doesn’t seem reasonable that the Dillingham’s would bring a seven year old and a two year old and leave an eleven year old girl behind.  Chances are that it was this voyage where she first met Stephen Wing, the man that she would marry.

Because of her father’s reputation, Oseah Dillingham must have enjoyed a prominent position among her peers in the small village of Sandwich, Massachusetts. Therefore it must have been doubly humiliating for Oseah to have to endure the censure of the magistrates because of her pregnancy before her marriage to Stephen Wing.

“Whereas Steven Wing, of Sandwich, [and] Oseah Dillingham, were found to haue had carnall knowledge each of others body before contract of matrimony, which the said Steven Wing, coming into the face of the Court, freely acknowledging, he was, according to order of Court, fined in x li, and so is discharged.” Plymouth Court Records, March 2, 1646/47.

There are no any historical records that have survived that describe the outrage the Edward Dillingham must have experienced when he learned the news that Stephen Wing had taken advantage of his daughter. Chances are that Stephen Wing got a good thrashing in the woods followed by a severe upbraiding by Edward Dillingham and Stephen’s older brothers, John and Daniel Wing.

Stephen Wing resided in Sandwich. It is contended by some that he continued to live with his father even after his marriage. Tradition, however, with considerable confidence and probability, fixes his precise location on a farm not far from Spring Hill, now in the possession of a descendant.

A part of the house which he built in 1644 is said to be still in existence.  From his business as a town official, we conclude that for a while at least he must have lived at the central village of Sandwich. In 1646-7, he was married to Oseah, the daughter of Edward Dillingham, one of the nine associates to whom the town had been granted April 3, 1637. In accordance with the rigid laws of that period, and which were enforced against all, however high their position in society, some objections were made against him and a fine was laid upon him. by the Court at Plymouth, March 2, 1646/47 for the too early birth of his first child after marriage. He appears however to have been an earnest advocate of religion and was a strenuous supporter of religious meetings and of public order. Yet he with many others of that period came in conflict with the exclusiveness and intolerance to which both church and state were then committed. From the first the whole family of his father and his mother’s father were inclined to a greater freedom in worship and life than the customs and laws of the colonies permitted. In this they had the sympathies of what seems to have been for many years a majority of the inhabitants of Sandwich.

The religious difficulties of the town by no means originated as has been supposed, with the advent of the Quakers. Loud complaints were made respecting those who resisted the severe and arbitrary laws of the colony long before any meetings forbidden by law were set up, or the name of Quaker was known And yet the prevalence of such a spirit and sentiment prepared (he people of Sandwich to decline enforcing and even to resist the cruel laws against the Quakers when these people made their appearance, in 1657 when Nicholas Upsall visited Sandwich there was a great commotion Public proclamation was made that for every hour’s entertainment of him “a severe fine was to be exacted.” In spite of such a law, several families at that time nol at allinclined to Quakerism, not only received him to their bouses, but allowed him and others to bold meetings and attended upon them. Stephen, with his brother Daniel, began first with contending for tolerance, and soon their sympathy with suffering was exchanged for conversion to the faith of the sufferers. Severe fives were imposed upon him, imprisonment was threatened if not absolutely inflicted on him, and even the town privileges of a freeman were withdrawn from him and his friends because he declined for a time to take the oath of fidelity which bound him to assist in the execution of such laws. He had been admitted a freeman and enrolled among those “liable to bear arms” in 1643, and had been assigned his proper proportion and boundary of land in 1658. So large, however, was the number of converts to the Friends, and so general the disposition to tolerate them among the people of Sandwich, that the laws against them could not be enforced, and if any punishments were inflicted it had to be done out of town. Stephen and his family became permanently connected with the Society of Friends, and his posterity have in all their generations remained true to his example.

In 1667 he with William Griffith presented to probate the will of his father-in law, Edward Dillingham,and in 1669 he was chosen town clerk. In 1675 the town voted to record his name with many others as having a just right to the privileges of the town. In 1678 he seems to have overcome his scruples about taking the oath of fidelity for his name that year appears among those on the list ofits receivers.

Oa the 9th day of the 4th month 1653-4, his wife Oseah died ;and on the 7th of the 11th month of the same year he married Sarah, the daughter of Johu Briggs, who came to America in 1635, aged 20. She died 3d month, 26, 1689 ; but the period of his own death is uncertain. One account gives it as 2d month, 24, 1710 (OldStyle). The will of one named Stephen Wing is given inthe records, dated Dec 2 1700, and proved July 13, 1710;and it mentions sons Nathanael, Elisha and John, and daughters Sarah Giflbrd and Abigail Wing, and a grandson, Jeremiah Gifford. “Ebenezer Wing and Matthew Wing, sons of the deceased/ were appointed by the judge to be executors of the will. From this date we infer that Stephen continued to live through the first decade of the last century, although he must then have been not less than eighty-eight years of age.

4. Henry DILLINGHAM (See his page)

6. Lt. John Dillingham

 “Lieut John Dillingham was born in England in 1629, probably at Bitteswell, the family seat in Leichestershire. Coming over with his father about 1632, he at length in 1681, became a freeman of Sandwich and took the oeath of fidelity to the Government. About this time he settled at Satucket and became a great land owner. This place, which is in the western part of Brewster, was until the incorporation of Harwich, in 1694, in the Constablerick of jurisdiction of Yarmouth. Before removing from Sandwich, he married Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Feake 21 March, 1650.   He was chosen the Constable of Harwich in 1704. His death occurred 21 May, 1715. His will, dated 15 Nov 1707, mentions John, Jr., and other children. . . . The old homestead of this Dillingham family remained in their possession up to within a quarter of a century ago. In this house all these generations lived and died. The old family Bible contains a record of seven generations. It was the first or second John Dillingham of Satucket that built the house in which the family resided.”

He is called in the records, John, 1st, of Satucket, and later Lieutenant John. He bought land in 1667 in Satucket, then a part of Yarmouth, but later in Harwich on the incorporation of that town in 1694. The estate then purchased has come down through the family to the present time, being now in the westerly part of Brewstar, which was set off from Harwich in 1803. he removed to his new home about 1670 with John WING, his brother-in-law, and became a large landowner.”

“In the office of the clerk of the Supreme Judicial Court in Boston is recorded a deed, dated 1 March, 1676/7, in which John WING and Lieut. John Dillingham of Satucket, in the Liberties of Yarmouth, buy, for ten pounds, 4 shillings, of Indians Sampson, Penassamusk his wife (daughter of Nepoyeton, late sachem of Mattachese), and Ralph of Nobscusset and Manatotmusk, his wife, daughter also of said epoyeton, all land held by them in common with Robin, Indian, and wife Sarah, daughter also of said Nepoyeton, from Bound Brook on the west to Saquatucket River on the east from the North sea to the South sea. This deed was not recorded until 21 June, 1697. Another deed, of the same date as the above, shows that Robin and wife Sarah sell their interest in this land to John Wing and John Dillingham for five pounds, five shillings.

In the same office is recorded an agreement between Lieut. John Dillingham, John WING Sr., and Kenelm Winslow, as to ownership of land in Eastham, under date of 5 February, 1694/95. A story handed down in the family is to the effect that the purchase price of the land bought from the Indians was a “black colt”, while another version says “coat”.

1657 – He took the oath of fidelity in Yarmouth .
He served on the Grand Inquest (Jury) at Plymouth in 1653 and again in 1673.

1667 – With his brother Henry, he settled his father’s estate.

7 Jul 1674 –  “Serjeant Dillingham was appointed to be leif-tenant — of the milletary company of Yarmouth”.

1676 – He was taxed in Yarmouth for 6 pounds-17s-9d towards defraying the expenses of King Philip’s War.

1699 – He sold his interest in the fulling mill on Satucket River.

20 Mar 1701 – John Dillingham was constable of Harwich, but this may have been his son.

John was a Quaker, a member of the Sandwich Monthly Meeting, and it was in his home and that of Henry Jones that the first recorded Friends meetings were held, in 1681. John and Elizabeth Dillingham were present at a half yearly meeting at the house of Edward WANTON in Scituate, 18-7 mo-1682. A monthly meeting was held at his house, 1 mo. 1710, and he is frequently mentioned in the minutes of the meetings. He must have given up his military office before actively joining with the Friends, as they were decidedly opposed to military service. At a meeting of 5-2 mo.- 1700, William Allen [Ralph ALLENs grandson], Robert Harper [Edmund PERRY’s son-in-law] and John Dillingham were appointed “to speak with some friends at Yarmouth concerning their going to training,” which was considered “disorderly”.

He is said to have “sealed with an antelope’s head, couped at the neck”, and to have used the fleur-de-lis coat of arms.


John died in Harwich, 27 May, 1715 (gravestone says 21 May), “aged 85″. The old Dillingham burying ground in West Brewster, on the north side of the road to East Dennis, west of the river, is the oldest in that part of the town. The oldest stone is that of John, the settler.

The old house now standing in West Brewster is said to have been built by this John. The date 1660 is burned into one of the rafters. The house was in possession of the family until recent years, when it was sold, but in 1921 it was purchased by Isaac Snow Dillingham, Jr., of Boston, for use as a summer residence. Part of the original estate is still held by descendants.” It is now a B&B (See above)






The best account in print of John Dillingham is in Augustine Caldwell, [Boston 1873], pp. 9-13. Dillingham’s daughter Sarah had married John Caldwell, and the author of this volume saw fit to collect in one place all records he could find about John Dillingham in New England.

The New England historical & genealogical register and antiquarian …, Volume 7 By New England Historic Genealogical 1853 – Edward Dillingham Will

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  13. Jane Dillingham says:

    I have the Dillingham Book with full geneologic history. I am Jane Dillingham.

  14. Charlotte says:

    I am hoping to learn more about Ursula Carter, wife of Edward Dillingham. If anyone has any information and documentation on her parentage I would be very interested in seeing it. Many thanks, Charlotte

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