Jonah Palmer

Jonah PALMER (1617 -1709) was Alex’s 10th Great Grandfather, one of 2,048 in this generation of the Shaw line.

Jonah Palmer was born about 1617 in England.  His parents were Walter PALMER and Ann Elizabeth [__?__].  He immigrated with his parents and four brothers and sisters on 5 Apr 1629  from Gravesend England on a boat called “Four Sisters” – one of six ships in the convoy. (See Passages )  They arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in June 1629 and settled in Charlestown Massachusetts.  He married Elizabeth GRISWOLD on 3 May 1655 in Rehoboth, Mass.  After Elizabeth died, he married   Abigail CARPENTER Titus on 9 Nov 1692 in Rehoboth.   Jonah died 22 Jun 1709 in Rehoboth, Mass.

Elizabeth Griswold “Grissell” was born about 1637 in Cambridge Mass.  Her parents were Francis GRISWOLD and Mary [__?__].  Elizabeth died 11 Feb 1691/92 in Rehoboth, Mass and is buried at Newman Cemetery East Providence, Providence, Rhode Island.

Elizabeth Griswold Palmer Headstone –

Abigail Carpenter was baptized 31 May 1629 in Shalbourne, England.  Her parents were William CARPENTER and Abigail BRIANT.  Her first marriage was to John TITUS in 1650.  We also have ancestors through Abigail’s first marriage to John.  After John died, she married as his second wife, Jonas (Jonah) Palmer on 9 Nov 1692.  Abigail died 10 Mar 1710 at Rehoboth,  Mass.

Children of Jonas and Elizabeth:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Hannah PALMER 8 Nov 1657 Rehoboth, Mass. John FRENCH
27 Nov 1676 Rehoboth, Mass.
4 Feb 1738/39
Rehoboth, Mass.
2. Samuel Palmer 22 Nov 1659 Rehoboth Elizabeth Kingsley
29 Dec 1680 Rehoboth
18 Nov 1743 Windham, CT
3. Jonah Palmer 29 Mar 1662 Rehoboth Elizabeth Kendrick
20 Jan 1688/89 Rehoboth
19 Sep 1730 Windham, CT
4. Mary Palmer 23 Feb 1662/63 Rehoboth Dr. Joseph Doggett
14 Feb 1687/88
15 Apr 1757 Rehoboth
5. Elizabeth Palmer ca. 1665
6. Martha Palmer 6 Jul 1666 Rehoboth Joseph Titus
(Son of John TITUS)
19 Jan 1686/87 Rehoboth
18 Sep 1762 Rehoboth
7. Grace Palmer 1 Oct 1668 Rehoboth James Carpenter
15 Apr 1695 Rehoboth
1738 in Rehoboth, Mass

In 1652, Jonas’ father Walter purchased land in New London and the whole family moved there except Jonas who remained in Rehoboth.

By the terms of his father’s will he inherited one half of the farm in Rehoboth, then in Plymouth County, now in Bristol County, Mass.

9 Nov 1655 –  “Jonas Palmer and Elizabeth Griswold Palmer of Rehoboth” sold to William Bullard, son of our ancestor William BILLARD Sr and second husband of Mrs. Mary GRISWOLD for a consideration part of which was to be paid to “Hannah Grissell daughter of Francis Grissell of Charlestown aforenamed deceased,” land in Charlestown “by the last will and testament of the said Francis Grissell deceased given and bequeathed unto the said Elizabeth Palmer” [ MLR 1:152-53; Wyman 447]);

Jonas’ will is in Probate office at Taunton:

“I Jonas Palmer, of Rehoboth, county Bristol, of Massachusetts Bay, husbandman, being aged and weak of body but of perfect mind & memory Thanks be given unto God therefore, Calling unto mynd the Mortallity of my Body & Knowing this it is appointed for all men once to dye, Doe make & ordain this my last will and Testament. That is to say principally & first of all, I give and Recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it And my Body I Recommend to the Earth to be buried in Decent Christian manner at the Discretion of my Executor hereafter named nothing Doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall Receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such wordly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give Demise Dispose of the same in the following manner and form. Imprimis

It is my will that my Executor Do performe and fulfill what I am obliged and bound to do for my beloved wife, Abigail, by an agreement made between us before we were married. I give unto my beloved wife, Abigail, two bushell of Corn in Rye and Indian & three parts of butter and cheese and meal that shall be left in the house at my decease.

Item. I give unto my Eldest son, Samuel Palmer, to him and his heires and assignes forever all that my lots lying in Wacthamokett Neck, about three or four acres, more or less and my son Samuel to have my best Coate and best hatt.

Item. I give to my Eldest son Samuel & to Ensigne Moses Read Whom I likewise Constitute make and ordain my sole Executors of this my last will & testament all & singular my home lott & barn by them Equally to be possessed and Enjoyed to them their heires & assignes for ever.

Item. I give unto my son Jonah Palmer all that my meadow lying below his house, bounding upon the Mill River to him his heires and assignes for Ever providing that my said son Jonah payes unto his sister Grace Carpenter Twenty shillings within a year after my Decease. Likewise I give unto my son Jonah one of my Coates Next the best.

Item. I give unto my three Eldest Daughters, vizt, Hannah Mary and Martha Twenty Shillings apiece or Each of them Twenty Shillings to be payd unto them within a year after my Decease by my Executors before mentioned out of my home lott.

Item, I give unto my Daughter Martha to her; her heires and assignes for Ever all that my Three square Pasture lying by Dear Hill being three acres more or Less. Provided she pay to her other three sisters (vizt.) to Hannah French ten shillings and to Mary Doggett ten shillings and to Grace Carpenter Twenty shillings to be payed to them within a year after my Decease. Item. I give unto my Daughter Mary my Little Iron Pott & a great pewter platter. Item. I give unto my Daughter Martha another platter. Item. I give unto my Grand Child, Samuel Palmer, son of Samuel Palmer, my Bible & a Trammel and pott hangers. Item. I give unto my son Jonah’s three sons my Hatchett new howe & a pitchfork. Item. I give to Jonathan, Joseph Titus (my grand children) my Axe and long pitchfork. Item. I give to my Grand Child, Stephen Carpenter a heiffer and two sheep & halfe the Increase of the sheep from the date hereof and my cloak. I give to my Grand Child Lidea Carpenter the Coverlid that her mother spun and my pillow bear and a pint Cup & my great Pott that belongs to the Pott and Trammels. I give my Grand Child Gershom Carpenter a sheep.

Item. it is my will & I do give unto my four Daughters, viz. Hannah, Mary, Martha and Grace all my household Goods which are not already given and Disposed of before mentioned, to be Divided by them alike. Item. it is my will that Joseph Ormsbee shall have ten shillings and if I should live out this winter Ensuing he shall have something more for the help I have of him. And I do hereby utterly Disalow Revoke and Disannul all and Euery other Former Testament Wills Legacies and bequests, the Executors Rattifying & Confirming this & no other to be my last will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal the day and year first above written. Signed Sealed published pronounced & Declared by the said Jonah Palmer as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us the subscribers Jonah Palmer

Witnessed by
Daniel Carpenter,
John Ormsbee [John ORMSBY],
Preserved Abell.
Will sworn July 6, 1709.”


1. Hannah PALMER (See John FRENCH‘s page)

2. Samuel Palmer

Samuel’s wife Elizabeth Kingsley was born 29 Jan 1662 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. Her parents were Eldad Kingsley and Mehitable Mowry. Elizabeth died 16 May 1717 in Windham, Windham, CT.

3. Jonah Palmer

Jonah’s wife Elizabeth Kendrick was born 12 Dec 1661 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. Elizabeth died 5 Aug 1725 in Windham, Windham, CT.

4. Mary Palmer

Mary’s husband Dr. Joseph Doggett was born Nov 1657 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. His parents were John Doggett (1624 – 1707) and  Anne Sutton (____ – 1693). His maternal grandparents were John SUTTON and Juliana ADCOCKE. Joseph died 19 Jan 1727 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.

Joseph inherited The Daggett House in 1707.  It is an historic house in Slater Park in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The house is the oldest house in Pawtucket, and one of the oldest surviving buildings in the state.

Daggett House Musuem Slater Park Pawtucket Rhode Island — 16 2nd St, Pawtucket, RI 02861   Between Empire St and Federal St

The large farmhouse was built around 1685 for John Dagget, Jr. on the site of an earlier 1643 house which was burned by Native Americans during King Phillip’s War. According to his diary, George Washington allegedly stopped at Daggett House while travelling between Newport and Boston.

The house is supposed to have passed by inheritance in 1707 from its original owner to his eldest surviving son, Joseph Daggett, a doctor of medicine, a wheelwright, and a miller. The farm was presumably inherited by Joseph’s son Israel, a cooper, in 1727.

Upon Israel Daggett’s death in 1777, the homestead is thought to have passed to the eldest surviving son, William; from William it passed to his three eldest sons William, John and Abel. The three sons partitioned the estate in 1830, John and Abel taking the house and the land immediately surrounding. John’s portion was sold at auction to his sister Amey after his death in 1842; Abel willed her his share one year later.

Amey Daggett shared the farm with her niece Hannah and Hannah’s family, willing it to Hannah in 1855. Hannah’s husband Jefferson Daggett and his eldest son, Edwin O. Daggett, continued to farm the property at least until 1870, when Jefferson died.

The house opened as a museum in 1905. Furnished with unusual period antiques, including Colonial pewter used in Revolutionary War and china owned by Gen. and Mrs. Nathanael GREENE and the Daggett Family. Outstanding needlework and furniture. Also, many Civil War articles including several uniforms, and pieces of the Monitor and the Merrimac. Built 1685. House may be rented for small parties.

Joseph Doggett Headstone – Newman Cemetery East Providence Providence County Rhode Island,

6. Martha Palmer

Martha’s husband Joseph Titus was born 17 Mar 1665 Rehoboth, Mass.  His parents were John TITUS and Abigail CARPENTER.   Joseph was still living Rehoboth 16 Jun 1741, aged 76.

7. Grace Palmer

Grace’s husband James Carpenter was born 12 Apr 1668 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass. His parents were Samuel Carpenter and Sarah Redaway. His grandparents were William CARPENTER and Abigail BRIANT. James died 27 Apr 1738 in Rehoboth, Bristol, Mass.


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